How to buy First Derivatives (FDP) shares

Learn how to easily invest in First Derivatives shares.

FD Technologies Plc
- p20.00 ( - 0.94%)

FD Technologies Plc (FDP) is a leading information technology services business based in the UK. It opened the day at 2200p after a previous close of 2120p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 2095p to a high of 2200p. The latest price was 2105p (25 minute delay). First Derivatives is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 2,500 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in First Derivatives

  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: FDP in this case.
  5. Research First Derivatives shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your First Derivatives shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted First Derivatives's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, First Derivatives's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 2115p, which is 30.31% down on its pre-crash value of 3035p and 24.41% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 1700p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of First Derivatives shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £660.65 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 £771.98.

First Derivatives share price (LSE:FDP)

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

First Derivatives shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close2120p
Change %-0.7075%
Information last updated 2021-10-16.
52-week range1894p - 3580p
50-day moving average2337.639p
200-day moving average2387.8125p
Wall St. target price4903.77p
PE ratio66.0938
Dividend yield0p (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)32p
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Fees for buying 20x First Derivatives shares with popular platforms

Share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

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Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£421.00 total
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£421.00 total
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£421.00 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.81
£422.81 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£432.95 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£428.99 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£430.50 total
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Is it a good time to buy First Derivatives stock?

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First Derivatives price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 2105p

1 week (2021-10-07) -6.03%
1 month (2021-09-17) -11.37%
3 months (2021-07-16) 4.21%
6 months (2021-04-16) -24.28%
1 year (2020-10-16) -40.20%
2 years (2019-10-17) -0.71%
3 years (2018-10-17) -31.43%
5 years (2016-10-17) 7.81%

Is First Derivatives under- or over-valued?

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

P/E ratio

First Derivatives's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 66x. In other words, First Derivatives shares trade at around 66x 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.


First Derivatives's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £22.3 million.

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


Revenue TTM £237.9 million
Operating margin TTM 7.7%
Gross profit TTM £101 million
Return on assets TTM 3.34%
Return on equity TTM 5.2%
Profit margin 3.78%
Book value 6.591p
Market capitalisation £588 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

First Derivatives share dividends


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.37% of stock value

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 November 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, First Derivatives's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1894p up to 3580p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FDP.LSE volatility(beta: 0.83)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while First Derivatives's is 0.8267. This would suggest that First Derivatives's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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