How to buy Royal Mail shares | 496.318p

Everything you need to know about buying Royal Mail shares, including the live RMG share price. Share price changes are updated daily.

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Royal Mail plc (RMG) is a leading integrated freight and logistics business based in the UK. It opened the day at 496.5p after a previous close of 495.5p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 491.3p to a high of 500.2p. The latest price was 496.318p (25 minute delay). Royal Mail is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 109,325 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: RMG 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.

Royal Mail share price

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

Royal Mail shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-30.
Previous close495.5p
Change 0.818p
Change % 0.1651%
Volume 1,092,964
Information last updated 2021-04-27.
52-week range150p - 531.2p
50-day moving average 502.4445p
200-day moving average 385.157p
Wall St. target price321.59p
PE ratio 227.4545
Dividend yield 0p (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 2.2p
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Fees for buying 100x Royal Mail shares with popular platforms

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Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $200 £0.00
£496.32 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.82
£498.14 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£508.27 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£504.31 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£496.32 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£505.82 total
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Is it a good time to buy Royal Mail stock?

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Royal Mail price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 496.318p

1 week (2021-05-06) -2.49%
1 month (2021-04-16) -3.18%
3 months (2021-02-17) 4.49%
6 months (2020-11-17) 75.81%
1 year (2020-05-15) 182.08%
2 years (2019-05-17) 108.36%
3 years (2018-05-17) -10.57%
5 years (2016-05-17) -1.23%

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.

P/E ratio

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 227x. In other words, Royal Mail shares trade at around 227x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-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 £656.4 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.


Revenue TTM £11.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.82%
Gross profit TTM £3.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.91%
Return on equity TTM 0.45%
Profit margin 0.19%
Book value 4.822p
Market capitalisation £5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Royal Mail share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 340.91% of net profits

Recently Royal Mail has paid out, on average, around 340.91% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.01% 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 2.01% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Royal Mail's case, that would currently equate to about 0p per share.

Royal Mail'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 28 July 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Royal Mail's dividend payout ratio is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Royal Mail's shares have ranged in value from as little as 150p up to 531.2p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RMG.LSE volatility(beta: 1.61)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 Royal Mail's is 1.6096. This would suggest that Royal Mail'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 Royal Mail's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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