How to buy Royal Mail shares

Everything you need to know about buying Royal Mail shares, including the live RMG share price.

Royal Mail PLC (IDS) is a publicly traded integrated freight and logistics business based in the UK. In the week up to 13 March Royal Mail shares plunged 9.73% to a closing position of 220.8p. Over the last 12 months, Royal Mail's share price has fallen by 37.92% from 354.7p. Royal Mail is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 164,313 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Royal Mail

  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: IDS in this case.
  5. Research Royal Mail shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Royal Mail shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.
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Fees for buying 100x Royal Mail 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.

Platform Customer rating Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
Freetrade logo ★★★★★ £0 £1 £0.00
£220.20 total
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eToro Free Stocks logo ★★★★★ £0 $50 £0.00
£220.20 total
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IG Share Dealing logo ★★★★★ £0 £250 £8.00
£228.20 total
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CMC Invest logo Not yet rated £0 No minimum £0.00
£220.20 total
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Fineco logo ★★★★★ £0 No minimum £0.00
£220.20 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo ★★★★★ £0 £1 £11.95
£232.15 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo ★★★★★ £0 £0.01 £1.78
£221.98 total
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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.

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Is it a good time to buy Royal Mail stock?

Only you can make the decision on the time to leap. The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

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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 Royal Mail 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. Check out the Royal Mail P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA

Royal Mail's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, Royal Mail shares trade at around 8x 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, Royal Mail's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the integrated freight & logistics industry or those of similar companies.

    Royal Mail's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £638 million.

    The EBITDA is a measure of a Royal Mail'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.

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