How to buy NatWest (NWG) shares
Natwest Group is a British state-owned banks composed of NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). In July 2020, the RBS formerly changed its name to NatWest Group plc.
NatWest Group plc (NWG) is a leading banks-diversified business based in the UK. It opened the day at 197p after a previous close of 196.35p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 196.5p to a high of 202.6p. The latest price was 202.4p (25 minute delay). NatWest is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 59,822 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
How to buy shares in NatWest
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: NWG in this case.
- Research NatWest shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your NatWest shares. It's that simple.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in NatWest?
- Has coronavirus impacted NatWest shares?
- NatWest shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is NatWest stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is NatWest suitable for ethical investing?
- Are NatWest shares over-valued?
- How volatile are NatWest shares?
- Does NatWest pay a dividend?
- Have NatWest shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted NatWest's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, NatWest's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was 213p, which is 4.18% up on its pre-crash value of 204.1p and 107.91% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 102.45p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of NatWest shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £520.96 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 £981.12.
NatWest share price (LSE:NWG)Use our graph to track the performance of NWG stocks over time.
NatWest shares at a glance
|52-week range||90.5138p - 222.2988p|
|50-day moving average||212.9361p|
|200-day moving average||202.058p|
|Wall St. target price||394.43p|
|Dividend yield||6p (2.83%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||15p|
Fees for buying 100x NatWest 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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|£9.99 per month||No minimum||£7.99
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|£36 per year||£20||£9.50
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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.
Is it a good time to buy NatWest stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
NatWest price performance over time
|1 week (2021-09-09)||-3.11%|
|1 month (2021-08-19)||-4.39%|
|3 months (2021-06-18)||0.20%|
|6 months (2021-03-19)||5.75%|
|1 year (2020-09-18)||108.92%|
|2 years (2019-09-19)||-2.69%|
|3 years (2018-09-19)||-21.21%|
|5 years (2016-09-19)||8.88%|
Is NatWest 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.
NatWest's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, NatWest shares trade at around 14x 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.
NatWest's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.4624. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued given the current rate of growth.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into NatWest's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
|Revenue TTM||£11.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||38.66%|
|Gross profit TTM||£7.9 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||0.28%|
|Return on equity TTM||5.06%|
|Market capitalisation||£24.4 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 NatWest.
Total ESG risk score
NatWest's total ESG risk: 23.99
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and NatWest's overall score of 23.99 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 29th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like NatWest 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.).
NatWest's environmental score: 8.6/100
NatWest's environmental score of 8.6 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that NatWest is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
NatWest's social score: 14.97/100
NatWest's social score of 14.97 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that NatWest is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
NatWest's governance score: 16.41/100
NatWest's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that NatWest is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
NatWest's controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, NatWest scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that NatWest hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||23.99|
|Total ESG percentile||29.04|
|Environmental score percentile||8|
|Social score percentile||8|
|Governance score percentile||8|
|Level of controversy||3|
NatWest share dividends
Dividend yield: 2.83% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 2.85% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 39.22% of net profits
NatWest has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.83% of its share value annually.
NatWest has paid out, on average, around 39.22% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.85% 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 2.85% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In NatWest's case, that would currently equate to about 6p per share.
While NatWest'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 12 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have NatWest's shares ever split?
NatWest's shares were split on a 1:10 basis on 6 June 2012. So if you had owned 10 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 NatWest shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 900% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for NatWest shares which in turn could have impacted NatWest's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, NatWest's shares have ranged in value from as little as 90.5138p up to 222.2988p. 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 NatWest's is 1.5553. This would suggest that NatWest'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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