How to buy Rolls-Royce (RR) shares

The coronavirus pandemic has caused extreme share price volatility. So are Rolls Royce shares a good buy?

Rolls-Royce Holdings plc (RR) is a leading aerospace and defence business based in the UK. It opened the day at 141.44p after a previous close of 141.22p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 141.38p to a high of 144.24p. The latest price was 143.7p (25 minute delay). Rolls-Royce is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 48,200 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

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How has coronavirus impacted Rolls-Royce's share price?

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

Its last market close was 125.24p, which is 43.47% down on its pre-crash value of 221.55p (accounting for the 28 October 2020 split) and 21.65% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 102.95p (accounting for the 28 October 2020 split).

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Rolls-Royce shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £497.78 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 £540.51.

Rolls-Royce share price (LSE:RR)

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Rolls-Royce shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-08.
Previous close141.22p
Change %1.7561%
Information last updated 2022-01-10.
52-week range86.69p - 161.908p
50-day moving average128.7084p
200-day moving average116.5132p
Wall St. target price134p
PE ratio4.5579
Dividend yield0p (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)28.3p
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Is it a good time to buy Rolls-Royce stock?

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Is Rolls-Royce 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

Rolls-Royce's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 5x. In other words, Rolls-Royce shares trade at around 5x 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, Rolls-Royce's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the aerospace & defense industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Rolls-Royce's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 7.939. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value 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 Rolls-Royce's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Rolls-Royce's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Rolls-Royce's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £613 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Rolls-Royce'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.


Revenue TTM £11.3 billion
Gross profit TTM £-210,000,000
Return on assets TTM -0.21%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 23.02%
Market capitalisation £10.8 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 Rolls-Royce.

Total ESG risk score

Rolls-Royce's total ESG risk: 29.13

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Rolls-Royce's overall score of 29.13 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 53rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Rolls-Royce 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 Rolls-Royce's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Rolls-Royce's environmental score: 9.05/100

Rolls-Royce's environmental score of 9.05 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Rolls-Royce is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Rolls-Royce's social score: 14.41/100

Rolls-Royce's social score of 14.41 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Rolls-Royce is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Rolls-Royce's governance score: 4.67/100

Rolls-Royce's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Rolls-Royce is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Rolls-Royce's controversy score: 2/5

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

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Rolls-Royce Holdings plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 29.13
Total ESG percentile 52.62
Environmental score 9.05
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 14.41
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 4.67
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 2

Rolls-Royce share dividends


Forward annual dividend yield: 4.2% of stock value

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 April 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Rolls-Royce's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Rolls-Royce's shares ever split?

Rolls-Royce's shares were split on a 644:221 basis on 28 October 2020. So if you had owned 221 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 644 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Rolls-Royce shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 65.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Rolls-Royce shares which in turn could have impacted Rolls-Royce's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Rolls-Royce's shares have ranged in value from as little as 86.69p up to 161.908p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RR.LSE volatility(beta: 1.84)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 Rolls-Royce's is 1.8421. This would suggest that Rolls-Royce'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 Rolls-Royce's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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Dividend history

Financial Year Type Amount Ex-dividend date Payment date
31/12/2019 Final 7.10p 23/04/2020 01/07/2020
Interim 4.60p 24/10/2019 03/01/2020
31/12/2018 Final 7.10p 25/04/2019 25/04/2019
Interim 4.60p 25/10/2018 03/01/2019
31/12/2017 Final 7.10p 26/04/2018 02/07/2018
Interim 4.60p 26/10/2017 03/01/2018

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