How to buy Ryanair (RYA) shares

Airline stocks have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. So is now the time to buy or sell Ryanair shares?

Ryanair Holdings plc
+ €0.26 ( + 1.59%)

Ryanair Holdings plc (RYA) is a leading airlines business based in the UK. It opened the day at €15.9992 after a previous close of €16.035. During the day the price has varied from a low of €15.915 to a high of €16.4. The latest price was €16.25 (25 minute delay). Ryanair is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 15,016 staff. All prices are listed in Euros.

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  4. Search the platform for stock code: RYA in this case.
  5. Research Ryanair shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
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How has coronavirus impacted Ryanair's share price?

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

Its last market close was €16.035, which is 4.58% up on its pre-crash value of €15.3 and 99.19% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as €8.05.

If you had bought €1,000 worth of Ryanair shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth €539.46 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 €1,011.97.

Ryanair share price (LSE:RYA)

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Ryanair shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-26.
Previous close€16.035
Change %1.3408%
Information last updated 2021-10-23.
52-week range€11.27 - €18
50-day moving average€16.5263
200-day moving average€16.3797
Wall St. target price€19.88
Dividend yieldN/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)€-0.984
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Is it a good time to buy Ryanair stock?

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Is Ryanair 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.

PEG ratio

Ryanair's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 60.8351. 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 Ryanair'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 Ryanair's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Ryanair's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is €266.9 million (£0.0 million).

The EBITDA is a measure of a Ryanair'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 €1.9 billion
Gross profit TTM €-66,900,000
Return on assets TTM -4.27%
Return on equity TTM -24.14%
Profit margin -58.62%
Book value €3.96
Market capitalisation €18 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 Ryanair.

Total ESG risk score

Ryanair's total ESG risk: 37.01

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Ryanair's overall score of 37.01 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 63rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Environmental score

Ryanair's environmental score: 13/100

Ryanair's environmental score of 13 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ryanair is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Ryanair's social score: 21.14/100

Ryanair's social score of 21.14 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ryanair is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Ryanair's governance score: 9.37/100

Ryanair's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Ryanair is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Ryanair's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Ryanair scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Ryanair hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 37.01
Total ESG percentile 63.48
Environmental score 13
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 21.14
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 9.37
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

Ryanair share dividends

We're not expecting Ryanair to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Have Ryanair's shares ever split?

Ryanair's shares were split on a 39:40 basis on 28 October 2015. So if you had owned 40 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 39 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Ryanair shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 2.6% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Ryanair shares which in turn could have impacted Ryanair's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Ryanair's shares have ranged in value from as little as €11.27 up to €18. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

RYA.LSE volatility(beta: 1.5)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 Ryanair's is 1.4963. This would suggest that Ryanair'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 Ryanair's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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What stock exchanges is Ryanair listed on?

In this guide, we've focused on Ryanair's London Stock Exchange (LSE) listing. However, Ryanair shares can be traded on multiple exchanges.

Country Exchange Stock Code
UK London Exchange LSE: RYA
Ireland Irish Exchange IR: RY4C
Germany XETRA Exchange XETRA: RY4C
Based in Dublin, and one of the largest budget carriers in the world. Ryanair was publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: RYA) in July 1998, as well as the NASDAQ.

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