How to buy Persimmon (PSN) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Persimmon shares.

Persimmon Plc (PSN) is a leading residential construction business based in the UK. It opened the day at 2555p after a previous close of 2538p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 2513p to a high of 2563.0491p. The latest price was 2544p (25 minute delay). Persimmon is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 5,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Persimmon

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

Fees for buying 10x Persimmon shares with popular platforms

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Persimmon share price (LSE:PSN)

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Is it a good time to buy Persimmon stock?

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Is Persimmon 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

Persimmon's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Persimmon shares trade at around 10x 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.

PEG ratio

Persimmon's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.05. A PEG ratio close to 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares offer reasonable value for the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Persimmon's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

EBITDA

Persimmon's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £986.9 million.

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

How has coronavirus impacted Persimmon's share price?

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

Its last market close was 2549p, which is 22.33% down on its pre-crash value of 3282p and 86.40% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 1367.5p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Persimmon shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £511.30 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 £823.84.

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 Persimmon.

Total ESG risk score

Persimmon's total ESG risk: 22.21

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Persimmon's overall score of 22.21 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 14th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Environmental score

Persimmon's environmental score: 10.83/100

Persimmon's environmental score of 10.83 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Persimmon is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Persimmon's social score: 8.38/100

Persimmon's social score of 8.38 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Persimmon is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Persimmon's governance score: 11.51/100

Persimmon's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Persimmon is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Persimmon's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Persimmon scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Persimmon has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Persimmon Plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.21
Total ESG percentile 13.68
Environmental score 10.83
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 8.38
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.51
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 2

Persimmon shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-08.
Open2555p
High2563.0491p
Low2513p
Close2544p
Previous close2538p
Change6p
Change %0.2364%
Volume519,782
Information last updated 2022-01-17.
52-week range2476p - 3270.8046p
50-day moving average2770p
200-day moving average2885.905p
Wall St. target price3271.81p
PE ratio10.3115
Dividend yield235p (9.22%)
Earnings per share (TTM)247.2p

Do Persimmon shares pay dividends?

9.2%

Dividend yield: 9.22% of stock value

9.2%

Forward annual dividend yield: 9.22% of stock value

95.1%

Dividend payout ratio: 95.14% of net profits

Persimmon has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 9.22% of its share value annually.

Persimmon has paid out, on average, around 95.14% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 9.22% 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 9.22% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Persimmon's case, that would currently equate to about 235p per share.

Persimmon'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 21 July 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Persimmon's shares have ranged in value from as little as 2476p up to 3270.8046p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PSN.LSE volatility(beta: 1.29)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 Persimmon's is 1.2915. This would suggest that Persimmon'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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