How to buy Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) shares

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Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited

Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited (GKP) is a leading oil and gas e&p business based in the UK. In the week up to 14 October Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares surged 8.23% to a closing position of 217p. Over the last 12 months, Gulf Keystone Petroleum's share price has risen by a staggering 167.31% from 73.1p. Gulf Keystone Petroleum is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 354 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Gulf Keystone Petroleum

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  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: GKP in this case.
  5. Research Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares. It's that simple.
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How has coronavirus impacted Gulf Keystone Petroleum's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Gulf Keystone Petroleum's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was 217p, which is 16.22% up on its pre-crash value of 181.8p and 358.77% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 47.3p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £338.72 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 £1,170.43.

Gulf Keystone Petroleum share price (LSE:GKP)

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Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Previous close194.4p
Change %0.5144%
Information last updated 2021-10-16.
52-week range66.8363p - 222.2603p
50-day moving average193.5278p
200-day moving average178.8674p
Wall St. target price2.59p
PE ratio12.7647
Dividend yield11.7p (5.39%)
Earnings per share (TTM)17p
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Is it a good time to buy Gulf Keystone Petroleum stock?

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Gulf Keystone Petroleum price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 195.4p

1 week (2021-10-07) -2.54%
1 month (2021-09-17) 195.4
3 months (2021-07-16) 11.78%
6 months (2021-04-16) 9.28%
1 year (2020-10-16) 167.31%
2 years (2019-10-16) -2.01%
3 years (2018-10-16) -20.89%
5 years (2016-10-14) 65.59%

Is Gulf Keystone Petroleum 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

Gulf Keystone Petroleum's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares trade at around 13x 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.

However, Gulf Keystone Petroleum's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the oil & gas e&p industry or those of similar companies.


    Gulf Keystone Petroleum's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £134.3 million.

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

    To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.


    Revenue TTM £189.3 million
    Operating margin TTM 34.2%
    Gross profit TTM £-13,058,000
    Return on assets TTM 5.84%
    Return on equity TTM 10.8%
    Profit margin 26.71%
    Book value 2.2p
    Market capitalisation £463.8 million

    TTM: trailing 12 months

    Gulf Keystone Petroleum share dividends


    Dividend yield: 5.39% of stock value


    Forward annual dividend yield: 7.88% of stock value


    Dividend payout ratio: 52.53% of net profits

    Gulf Keystone Petroleum has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 5.39% of its share value annually.

    Gulf Keystone Petroleum has paid out, on average, around 52.53% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.88% 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 7.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Gulf Keystone Petroleum's case, that would currently equate to about 11.7p per share.

    Gulf Keystone Petroleum'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 23 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

    Gulf Keystone Petroleum's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

    Have Gulf Keystone Petroleum's shares ever split?

    Gulf Keystone Petroleum's shares were split on a 1:100 basis on 9 December 2016. So if you had owned 100 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9900% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Gulf Keystone Petroleum shares which in turn could have impacted Gulf Keystone Petroleum's share price.

    Share price volatility

    Over the last 12 months, Gulf Keystone Petroleum's shares have ranged in value from as little as 66.8363p up to 222.2603p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

    GKP.LSE volatility(beta: 1.98)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 Gulf Keystone Petroleum's is 1.9831. This would suggest that Gulf Keystone Petroleum's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

    To put Gulf Keystone Petroleum's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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