How to buy Forterra (FORT) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Forterra shares.

Forterra plc (FORT) is a leading building materials business based in the UK. It opened the day at 276p after a previous close of 274p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 275p to a high of 280.5p. The latest price was 280.5p (25 minute delay). Forterra is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 1,885 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Forterra

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

How has coronavirus impacted Forterra's share price?

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

Its last market close was 253.5p, which is 31.76% down on its pre-crash value of 371.5p and 55.11% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 163.431p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Forterra shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £587.42 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 £758.98.

Forterra share price (LSE:FORT)

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

Forterra shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close274p
Change %2.3723%
Information last updated 2022-01-17.
52-week range240.5p - 329.9625p
50-day moving average263.09p
200-day moving average280.995p
Wall St. target price326.88p
PE ratio16.4557
Dividend yield6p (2.32%)
Earnings per share (TTM)15.8p
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Fees for buying 100x Forterra shares with popular platforms

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Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£280.50 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.79
£282.29 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£288.50 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£292.45 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£288.49 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£280.50 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£290.00 total
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Is it a good time to buy Forterra stock?

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Is Forterra 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

Forterra's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, Forterra shares trade at around 16x recent earnings.

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


Forterra's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £82.1 million.

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


Revenue TTM £349.8 million
Operating margin TTM 20.35%
Gross profit TTM £84.1 million
Return on assets TTM 12.44%
Return on equity TTM 20.37%
Profit margin 10.35%
Book value 0.962p
Market capitalisation £594.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Forterra share dividends


Dividend yield: 2.32% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 2.32% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 40% of net profits

Forterra has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.32% of its share value annually.

Forterra has paid out, on average, around 40% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.32% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 2.32% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Forterra's case, that would currently equate to about 6p per share.

While Forterra's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Forterra dividend history

Dividend Type Ex-dividend date Payment date
£0.032 Interim 23/09/2021 15/10/2021
£0.028 Final 17/06/2021 09/07/2021
£0.075 Final 18/06/2020 09/07/2020
£0.04 Interim 19/09/2019 10/10/2019
£0.072 Final 13/06/2019 04/07/2019
£0.033 Interim 20/09/2018 11/10/2018
£0.064 Final 14/06/2018 05/07/2018
£0.031 Interim 21/09/2017 12/10/2017
£0.038 Final 15/06/2017 06/07/2017
£0.02 Interim 29/09/2016 19/10/2016

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Forterra's shares have ranged in value from as little as 240.5p up to 329.9625p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FORT.LSE volatility(beta: 1.68)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 Forterra's is 1.682. This would suggest that Forterra's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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