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Serco Group plc (SRP) is a leading specialty business services business based in the UK. It opened the day at 116.2p after a previous close of 116.3p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 114.7729p to a high of 116.8p. The latest price was 116p (25 minute delay). Serco Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 50,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Serco Group

  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: SRP in this case.
  5. Research Serco Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Serco Group shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted Serco Group's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Serco Group's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 138p, which is 12.33% down on its pre-crash value of 157.4p and 42.27% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 97p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Serco Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £665.20 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 £868.48.

Serco Group share price

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

Serco Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Open116.2p
High116.8p
Low114.7729p
Close116p
Previous close116.3p
Change -0.3p
Change % -0.258%
Volume 2,172,467
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range96.2538p - 171.6516p
50-day moving average 117.0353p
200-day moving average 134.7049p
Wall St. target price106.42p
PE ratio 12.0714
Dividend yield 0.01p (0.84%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 9.8p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
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Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
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.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
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
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
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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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
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
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
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 Serco Group stock?

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Serco Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 116p

1 week (2021-01-08) -9.38%
1 month (2020-12-15) 1.40%
3 months (2020-10-16) -15.94%
6 months (2020-07-17) -26.07%
1 year (2020-01-15) -28.31%
2 years (2019-01-15) 4.98%
3 years (2018-01-15) 10.06%
5 years (2016-01-15) 37.69%

Is Serco Group under- or over-valued?

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

Serco Group's P/E ratio

Serco Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 12x. In other words, Serco Group shares trade at around 12x 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.

Serco Group's EBITDA

Serco Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £209 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Serco Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Serco Group financials

Revenue TTM £3.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 4.4%
Gross profit TTM £342.4 million
Return on assets TTM 4.7%
Return on equity TTM 20.13%
Profit margin 3.41%
Book value 0.556p
Market capitalisation £1.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Serco Group share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 1000% of net profits

Recently Serco Group has paid out, on average, around 1000% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.84% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Serco Group shareholders could enjoy a 0.84% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Serco Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.01p per share.

Serco Group'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 14 May 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Serco Group's shares ever split?

Serco Group's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 10 April 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Serco Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Serco Group shares which in turn could have impacted Serco Group's share price.

Serco Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Serco Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 96.2538p up to 171.6516p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Serco Group's is 0.353. This would suggest that Serco Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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Serco Group overview

Serco Group plc provides public services in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. The company offers base and operational support engineering, and management and information, as well as nuclear, space, and maritime services for the defense sector; and custodial, immigration detention, and detainee transport and monitoring services for the justice and immigration sectors. It also provides rail, ferry, and cycle operations; road traffic management; and air traffic control services to the transportation sector, as well as integrated facilities management, pathology and non-clinical support, and patient administration and contact services for the health sector. In addition, the company offers citizen services, including contact centers and case management; middle, back office, and IT; and employment and skills services. The company serves the United Kingdom and Canadian governments, devolved authorities, and other public sector customers; and federal and civilian agencies, and various state and municipal governments. Serco Group plc was founded in 1929 and is based in Hook, the United Kingdom.

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