Imperial Brands PLC (IMB) is a leading tobacco business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1569.5p after a previous close of 1565p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1566.5p to a high of 1588p. The latest price was 1584.5p (25 minute delay). Imperial Brands is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 30,300 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
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- Can I buy shares in Imperial Brands?
- Has coronavirus impacted Imperial Brands shares?
- Imperial Brands shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Imperial Brands stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is Imperial Brands suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Imperial Brands shares over-valued?
- How volatile are Imperial Brands shares?
- Does Imperial Brands pay a dividend?
- Have Imperial Brands shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Imperial Brands's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Imperial Brands's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 1724.5p, which is 0.26% down on its pre-crash value of 1729p and 37.06% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 1258.2p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Imperial Brands shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £657.60 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 £888.46.
Imperial Brands share price (LSE:IMB)Use our graph to track the performance of IMB stocks over time.
Imperial Brands shares at a glance
|52-week range||1329.2578p - 1736p|
|50-day moving average||1598.16p|
|200-day moving average||1572.85p|
|Wall St. target price||1953.46p|
|Dividend yield||139.1p (8.14%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||299.1p|
Fees for buying 20x Imperial Brands shares with popular platforms
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Is it a good time to buy Imperial Brands stock?
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Is Imperial Brands 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.
Imperial Brands's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 6x. In other words, Imperial Brands shares trade at around 6x 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.
Imperial Brands's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.0675. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Imperial Brands's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Imperial Brands's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £3.7 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Imperial Brands's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£16.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||18.61%|
|Gross profit TTM||£6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.27%|
|Return on equity TTM||50.74%|
|Market capitalisation||£16.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Imperial Brands.
Total ESG risk score
Imperial Brands's total ESG risk: 31.19
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Imperial Brands's overall score of 31.19 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 54th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Imperial Brands is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Imperial Brands's environmental score: 10.39/100
Imperial Brands's environmental score of 10.39 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Imperial Brands is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Imperial Brands's social score: 21.2/100
Imperial Brands's social score of 21.2 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Imperial Brands is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Imperial Brands's governance score: 11.6/100
Imperial Brands's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Imperial Brands is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Imperial Brands's controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Imperial Brands scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Imperial Brands hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||31.19|
|Total ESG percentile||54.3|
|Environmental score percentile||8|
|Social score percentile||8|
|Governance score percentile||8|
|Level of controversy||3|
Imperial Brands share dividends
Dividend yield: 8.14% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 8.14% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 46.36% of net profits
Imperial Brands has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 8.14% of its share value annually.
Imperial Brands has paid out, on average, around 46.36% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 8.14% 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 8.14% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Imperial Brands's case, that would currently equate to about 139.1p per share.
While Imperial Brands'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 17 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Imperial Brands's shares ever split?
Imperial Brands's shares were split on a 1225:1062 basis on 21 May 2008. So if you had owned 1062 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1225 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Imperial Brands shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 13.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Imperial Brands shares which in turn could have impacted Imperial Brands's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Imperial Brands's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1329.2578p up to 1736p. 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 Imperial Brands's is 0.5841. This would suggest that Imperial Brands's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
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