How to buy Rio Tinto Group (RIO) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Rio Tinto Group shares.

Rio Tinto Group (RIO) is a leading other industrial metals and mining business based in the UK. In the week up to 12 January Rio Tinto Group shares surged 8.28% to a closing position of 5452p. Over the last 12 months, Rio Tinto Group's share price has risen by 3.91% from 5876p. Rio Tinto Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 47,500 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Rio Tinto Group

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  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: RIO in this case.
  5. Research Rio Tinto Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Rio Tinto Group shares. It's that simple.
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Rio Tinto Group share price (LSE:RIO)

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Is it a good time to buy Rio Tinto Group stock?

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Is Rio Tinto 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

Rio Tinto 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 6x. In other words, Rio Tinto Group 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.


Rio Tinto Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £32 billion.

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

How has coronavirus impacted Rio Tinto Group's share price?

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

Its last market close was 5457p, which is 22.99% up on its pre-crash value of 4202.5p and 84.73% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 2954p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Rio Tinto Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £759.19 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 £1,336.42.

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 Rio Tinto Group.

Total ESG risk score

Rio Tinto Group's total ESG risk: 32.79

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Rio Tinto Group's overall score of 32.79 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 67th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Rio Tinto Group 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

Rio Tinto Group's environmental score: 13.49/100

Rio Tinto Group's environmental score of 13.49 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Rio Tinto Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Rio Tinto Group's social score: 13.38/100

Rio Tinto Group's social score of 13.38 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Rio Tinto Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Rio Tinto Group's governance score: 10.92/100

Rio Tinto Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Rio Tinto Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Rio Tinto Group's controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Rio Tinto Group scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Rio Tinto Group has a damaged public profile.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Rio Tinto Group was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 32.79
Total ESG percentile 67.48
Environmental score 13.49
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 13.38
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 10.92
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 4

Rio Tinto Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close5866p
Change %4.0914%
Information last updated 2022-01-17.
52-week range4354p - 6783.504p
50-day moving average4789.94p
200-day moving average5428.2075p
Wall St. target price52.3p
PE ratio6.4165
Dividend yield692.2p (9.12%)
Earnings per share (TTM)842.5p

Do Rio Tinto Group shares pay dividends?


Dividend yield: 9.12% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 9.12% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 40.34% of net profits

Rio Tinto Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 9.12% of its share value annually.

Rio Tinto Group has paid out, on average, around 40.34% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 9.12% 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 9.12% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Rio Tinto Group's case, that would currently equate to about 692.2p per share.

While Rio Tinto Group'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").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Rio Tinto Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 4354p up to 6783.504p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RIO.LSE volatility(beta: 0.61)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 Rio Tinto Group's is 0.6101. This would suggest that Rio Tinto Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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