How to buy Diploma shares | 2094p

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Diploma PLC (DPLM) is a leading industrial distribution business based in the UK. It opened the day at 2064p after a previous close of 2106p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 2064p to a high of 2128p. The latest price was 2094p (25 minute delay). Diploma is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 2,007 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Diploma

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: DPLM in this case.
  5. Research Diploma shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Diploma shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted Diploma's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Diploma's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was 2284p, which is 7.53% up on its pre-crash value of 2112p and 91.77% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 1191p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Diploma shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £684.70 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth £1,186.54.

Diploma share price

Use our graph to track the performance of DPLM stocks over time.

Diploma shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-18.
Open2064p
High2128p
Low2064p
Close2094p
Previous close2106p
Change -12p
Change % -0.57%
Volume 832,986
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range1173.7392p - 2406.6087p
50-day moving average 2170.0588p
200-day moving average 2022.014p
Wall St. target price1375p
PE ratio 48.092
Dividend yield 0.51p (2.41%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 43.5p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
eToro Free Stocks
0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Diploma stock?

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Diploma price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 2094p

1 week (2021-01-15) -1.32%
1 month (2020-12-23) -0.10%
3 months (2020-10-23) -9.04%
6 months (2020-07-23) 13.74%
1 year (2020-01-22) 7.27%
2 years (2019-01-22) 64.36%
3 years (2018-01-22) 76.26%
5 years (2016-01-22) 209.76%

Is Diploma under- or over-valued?

Valuing Diploma stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Diploma's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Diploma's P/E ratio

Diploma's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 48x. In other words, Diploma shares trade at around 48x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Diploma's PEG ratio

Diploma's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.49. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Diploma's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Diploma's EBITDA

Diploma's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £90.3 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Diploma's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Diploma financials

Revenue TTM £538.4 million
Operating margin TTM 12.91%
Gross profit TTM £194.4 million
Return on assets TTM 7.26%
Return on equity TTM 11.65%
Profit margin 9.16%
Book value 4.235p
Market capitalisation £2.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Diploma share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 6976.74% of net profits

Recently Diploma has paid out, on average, around 6976.74% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.41% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Diploma shareholders could enjoy a 2.41% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Diploma's case, that would currently equate to about 0.51p per share.

Diploma's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 26 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Diploma's shares ever split?

Diploma's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 21 January 2008. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Diploma shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Diploma shares which in turn could have impacted Diploma's share price.

Diploma share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Diploma's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1173.7392p up to 2406.6087p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Diploma's is 0.4036. This would suggest that Diploma's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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Diploma overview

Diploma PLC, together with its subsidiaries, supplies specialized technical products and services in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, North America, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Life Sciences, Seals, and Controls. The Life Sciences sector supplies consumable and instrument for the diagnostic testing of blood, tissue, and other samples in hospital pathology and life sciences laboratories; electrosurgery equipment and consumable for use in hospital operating room; and surgical medical device, and related consumable and service to GI endoscopy suite in hospital and private clinic. It also provides environmental analyzer and containment enclosure for potent powder handling; and equipment and service for the monitoring and control of environmental emission, as well as gas detection device. The Seals sector supplies a range of seal, gasket, filter, cylinder, components, and kits used in heavy mobile machinery and specialized industrial equipment; and sealing products, custom moulded and machined part, and hydraulic cylinder components to manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment. The Controls sector offers electrical wiring, protective sleeving, connectors and harnessing products, aerospace-quality fastener, customized assemblies, and cables and cable accessories for technical applications in aerospace and defense, motorsport, energy, medical, rail, and industrial industries; flexible braided products for screening, earthing and lightning protection, power shunt connector, multi-core cables, cable markers, sleeving and trunking, and specialty fasteners; and fluid controller, compressor, valve, temperature and pressure measurement device, and specialized vending and liquid dispensing component for food retailing and transportation, catering equipment, vending machine, coffee brewing, pure water, and water-cooling systems in the food and beverage industry. Diploma PLC was incorporated in 1999 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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