How to buy Smith-and-Nephew (SN) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Smith-and-Nephew shares.

Smith & Nephew PLC (SN) is a publicly traded medical devices business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1271p after a previous close of 1287p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1242p to a high of 1284.5p. The latest price was 1281.5p (25 minute delay). Smith-and-Nephew is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 18,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Smith-and-Nephew

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  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: SN in this case.
  5. Research Smith-and-Nephew shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Smith-and-Nephew 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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Smith-and-Nephew share price (LSE:SN)

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Smith-and-Nephew price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 1281.5p

1 week (2022-09-27) 27.45%
1 month (2022-09-02) 19.26%
3 months (2022-07-04) 12.41%
6 months (2022-04-04) 4.14%
2 years (2020-10-02) -15.94%
3 years (2019-10-04) -31.98%
5 years (2017-10-04) -7.54%

Is it a good time to buy Smith-and-Nephew stock?

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Is Smith-and-Nephew 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

Smith-and-Nephew's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Smith-and-Nephew shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71).

PEG ratio

Smith-and-Nephew's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.1809. A PEG ratio close to 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares offer reasonable value for the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Smith-and-Nephew's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

EBITDA

Smith-and-Nephew's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £1.2 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Smith-and-Nephew's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

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 Smith-and-Nephew.

Total ESG risk score

Smith-and-Nephew's total ESG risk: 33.11

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Smith-and-Nephew's overall score of 33.11 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 55th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Smith-and-Nephew 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.).

Environmental score

Smith-and-Nephew's environmental score: 4.38/100

Smith-and-Nephew's environmental score of 4.38 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Smith-and-Nephew is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Smith-and-Nephew's social score: 20.04/100

Smith-and-Nephew's social score of 20.04 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Smith-and-Nephew is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Smith-and-Nephew's governance score: 9.18/100

Smith-and-Nephew's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Smith-and-Nephew is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Smith-and-Nephew's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Smith-and-Nephew scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Smith-and-Nephew has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Smith & Nephew PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 33.11
Total ESG percentile 55.04
Environmental score 4.38
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 20.04
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 9.18
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

Smith-and-Nephew shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-01.
Open1271p
High1284.5p
Low1242p
Close1281.5p
Previous close1287p
Change-5.5p
Change %-0.4274%
Volume4,485,507
Information last updated 2022-09-26.
52-week range990.31p - 1353.8683p
50-day moving average1071.99p
200-day moving average1195.6425p
Wall St. target price14.26p
PE ratio20.18
Dividend yield37.5p (3.03%)
Earnings per share (TTM)0.5p

Do Smith-and-Nephew shares pay dividends?

3.0%

Dividend yield: 3.03% of stock value

3.0%

Forward annual dividend yield: 3.03% of stock value

67.6%

Dividend payout ratio: 67.61% of net profits

Smith-and-Nephew has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 3.03% of its share value annually.

Smith-and-Nephew has paid out, on average, around 67.61% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.03% 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 3.03% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Smith-and-Nephew's case, that would currently equate to about 37.5p per share.

Smith-and-Nephew'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 29 September 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Smith-and-Nephew's shares have ranged in value from as little as 990.31p up to 1353.8683p. 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 Smith-and-Nephew's is 0.4021. This would suggest that Smith-and-Nephew's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Frequently asked questions

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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