How to buy QinetiQ Group (QQ) shares

Learn how to easily invest in QinetiQ Group shares.

QinetiQ Group plc
+ p3.80 ( + 1.17%)

QinetiQ Group plc (QQ) is a leading aerospace and defence business based in the UK. It opened the day at 355.2p after a previous close of 346.8p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 347.4p to a high of 356p. The latest price was 353.6p (25 minute delay). QinetiQ Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 6,890 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in QinetiQ Group

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

How has coronavirus impacted QinetiQ Group's share price?

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

Its last market close was 323.6p, which is 16.55% down on its pre-crash value of 387.8p and 39.00% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 232.8p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of QinetiQ Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £759.12 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 £908.47.

QinetiQ Group share price (LSE:QQ)

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

QinetiQ Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close346.8p
Change %1.9608%
Information last updated 2021-09-18.
52-week range234.1516p - 364.3489p
50-day moving average336.5222p
200-day moving average336.0972p
Wall St. target price289.25p
PE ratio15.4722
Dividend yield6.9p (2.1%)
Earnings per share (TTM)21.6p
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Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£353.60 total
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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £0.00
£353.60 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£353.60 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.80
£355.40 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£365.55 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£361.59 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£363.10 total
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Is it a good time to buy QinetiQ Group stock?

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QinetiQ Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 353.6p

1 week (2021-09-15) 8.80%
1 month (2021-08-20) 5.74%
3 months (2021-06-22) 1.20%
6 months (2021-03-22) 5.80%
1 year (2020-09-22) 38.45%
2 years (2019-09-20) 18.34%
3 years (2018-09-21) 23.90%
5 years (2016-09-22) 49.58%

Is QinetiQ Group 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

QinetiQ Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 15x. In other words, QinetiQ Group shares trade at around 15x 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.


QinetiQ Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £190.6 million.

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


Revenue TTM £1.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 10.97%
Gross profit TTM £193.5 million
Return on assets TTM 5.99%
Return on equity TTM 14.04%
Profit margin 9.74%
Book value 1.562p
Market capitalisation £1.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

QinetiQ Group share dividends


Dividend yield: 2.1% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 2.1% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 51.36% of net profits

QinetiQ Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.10% of its share value annually.

QinetiQ Group has paid out, on average, around 51.36% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.1% 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 2.1% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In QinetiQ Group's case, that would currently equate to about 6.9p per share.

QinetiQ Group'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 29 July 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, QinetiQ Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 234.1516p up to 364.3489p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

QQ.LSE volatility(beta: 0.64)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 QinetiQ Group's is 0.6408. This would suggest that QinetiQ Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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