How to buy Royal Mail shares | 239.5p

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 & logistics business based in the UK. It opened the day at 236.7p after a previous close of 237.7p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 235.7p to a high of 240.12p. The latest price was 239.5p (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.

How has Coronavirus impacted Royal Mail's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Royal Mail's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was 243.8p, which is 26.83% up on its pre-crash value of 178.4p and 105.12% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 118.856p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Royal Mail shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £745.05 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 £1,254.45.

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 2020-09-29.
Open 236.7p
High 240.12p
Low 235.7p
Close 239.5p
Previous close 237.7p
Change 1.8p
Change % 0.757%
Volume 3,112,621
Information last updated 2020-10-20.
52-week range 121.92p - 258.6p
50-day moving average 227.3586p
200-day moving average 185.8294p
Wall St. target price 321.59p
PE ratio 15.1429
Dividend yield 0.24p (19.71%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 16.1p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Zero platform fee
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From £5
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Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
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No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
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From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.

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Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
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Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.

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Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
Over 2,000 funds
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Moneybox Pension
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.

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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 239.5p

1 month (2020-10-29) 3.63%
3 months (2020-08-28) 33.43%

Is Royal Mail under- or over-valued?

Valuing Royal Mail stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Royal Mail's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Royal Mail's 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 15x. In other words, Royal Mail 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.

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

Royal Mail's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £528.4 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 Royal Mail's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Royal Mail financials

Revenue TTM £10.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 2.88%
Gross profit TTM £3.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.12%
Return on equity TTM 3.14%
Profit margin 1.49%
Book value 5.627p
Market capitalisation £2.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Royal Mail share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 4687.5% of net profits

Recently Royal Mail has paid out, on average, around 4687.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 19.71% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Royal Mail shareholders could enjoy a 19.71% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Royal Mail's case, that would currently equate to about 0.24p 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 5 December 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").

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

Royal Mail share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Royal Mail's shares have ranged in value from as little as 121.92p up to 258.6p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RMG.LSE volatility(beta: 1.16)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 1.1589. This would suggest that Royal Mail's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly 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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Royal Mail overview

Royal Mail plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a universal postal service provider in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, North America, the Western United States, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. It offers parcels and letter delivery services under the Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide brands. The company also provides services for the collection, sorting, and delivery of parcels and letters. In addition, it operates ground-based parcel delivery networks in Europe comprising the GLS network that covers 36 European countries and nation states through wholly-owned and partner companies. Further, the company provides express parcel delivery and logistics services. Additionally, it engages in property holdings activities; and provision of facilities management services. The company serves consumers, sole-traders, small and medium-sized enterprises, large businesses, retailers, and other postal operators, as well as business to business, and business to consumer sectors. Royal Mail plc was incorporated in 2013 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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