How to buy Legal & General (LGEN) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Legal & General shares.

Legal & General Group PLC (LGEN) is a publicly traded asset management business based in the UK. It opened the day at 258.7p after a previous close of 257.1p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 257.9p to a high of 266.3p. The latest price was 265.8p (25 minute delay). Legal & General is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 10,743 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Legal & General

  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: LGEN in this case.
  5. Research Legal & General shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Legal & General shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

Fees for buying 100x Legal & General 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.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £0.00
£265.80 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£273.80 total
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Freetrade logo £0 £1 £0.00
£265.80 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£265.80 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£277.75 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.79
£267.59 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£273.79 total
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iWeb logo £0 £1 £0.00
£265.80 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£275.30 total
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Legal & General share price (LSE:LGEN)

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

Legal & General price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 265.8p

1 week (2023-01-20) 4.28%
1 month (2022-12-27) 6.07%
3 months (2022-10-25) 13.11%
6 months (2022-07-28) 3.67%
1 year (2022-01-28) -6.01%
2 years (2021-01-28) 5.85%
3 years (2020-01-28) -13.42%
5 years (2018-01-26) -3.42%

Is it a good time to buy Legal & General stock?

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Is Legal & General 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

Legal & General's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, Legal & General shares trade at around 8x 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, Legal & General's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the asset management industry or those of similar companies.

EBITDA

Legal & General's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £3.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Legal & General'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.

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 Legal & General.

Total ESG risk score

Legal & General's total ESG risk: 23

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Legal & General's overall score of 23 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 19th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Legal & General 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.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Legal & General's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Legal & General's environmental score: 9.02/100

Legal & General's environmental score of 9.02 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Legal & General is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Legal & General's social score: 16.34/100

Legal & General's social score of 16.34 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Legal & General is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Legal & General's governance score: 13.14/100

Legal & General's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Legal & General is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Legal & General's controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Legal & General scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Legal & General has managed to keep its nose clean.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Legal & General Group PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 23
Total ESG percentile 18.58
Environmental score 9.02
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 16.34
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 13.14
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 1

Legal & General shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open258.7p
High266.3p
Low257.9p
Close265.8p
Previous close257.1p
Change8.7p
Change %3.3839%
Volume15,496,309
Information last updated 2023-01-25.
52-week range191.369p - 282.3521p
50-day moving average254.592p
200-day moving average250.6678p
Wall St. target price309.57p
PE ratio7.6353
Dividend yield18.7p (7.29%)
Earnings per share (TTM)0.34p

Legal & General share dividends

7.3%

Dividend yield: 7.29% of stock value

7.3%

Forward annual dividend yield: 7.29% of stock value

55.0%

Dividend payout ratio: 55.03% of net profits

Legal & General has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 7.29% of its share value annually.

Legal & General has paid out, on average, around 55.03% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.29% 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 7.29% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Legal & General's case, that would currently equate to about 18.7p per share.

Legal & General'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 17 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Legal & General's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Legal & General's shares have ranged in value from as little as 191.369p up to 282.3521p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LGEN.LSE volatility(beta: 1.43)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 Legal & General's is 1.4329. This would suggest that Legal & General'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 Legal & General's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

Frequently asked questions

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