How to buy Smiths Group (SMIN) shares

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Smiths Group plc
- p22.50 ( - 1.56%)

Smiths Group plc (SMIN) is a leading specialty industrial machinery business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1421p after a previous close of 1417.5p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 1411.5p to a high of 1430p. The latest price was 1421p (25 minute delay). Smiths Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 14,550 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Smiths Group

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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: SMIN in this case.
  5. Research Smiths Group shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Smiths Group shares. It's that simple.
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How has coronavirus impacted Smiths Group's share price?

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

Its last market close was 1416p, which is 18.88% down on its pre-crash value of 1745.5p and 79.24% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 790p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Smiths Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £524.83 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 £833.88.

Smiths Group share price (LSE:SMIN)

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Smiths Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-08-20.
Previous close1417.5p
Change %0.2469%
Information last updated 2021-10-10.
52-week range1309.4038p - 1669.5p
50-day moving average1421.7858p
200-day moving average1529.6538p
Wall St. target price1711p
PE ratio20.3371
Dividend yield37.7p (2.59%)
Earnings per share (TTM)71.2p
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Is it a good time to buy Smiths Group stock?

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Smiths Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 1421p

1 week (2021-10-08) -1.86%
1 month (2021-09-16) -0.04%
3 months (2021-07-16) -8.62%
6 months (2021-04-16) -13.54%
1 year (2020-10-16) 1.57%
2 years (2019-10-16) -11.82%
3 years (2018-10-16) 4.45%
5 years (2016-10-14) -3.99%

Is Smiths Group 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

Smiths 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 20x. In other words, Smiths Group 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

Smiths Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.4676. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued 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 Smiths Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


Smiths Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £418 million.

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


Revenue TTM £2.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.51%
Gross profit TTM £915 million
Return on assets TTM 3.78%
Return on equity TTM 6.52%
Profit margin 11.8%
Book value 6.06p
Market capitalisation £5.7 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 Smiths Group.

Total ESG risk score

Smiths Group's total ESG risk: 41.36

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Smiths Group's overall score of 41.36 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 87th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Smiths Group 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

Smiths Group's environmental score: 18.44/100

Smiths Group's environmental score of 18.44 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Smiths Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Smiths Group's social score: 17.94/100

Smiths Group's social score of 17.94 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Smiths Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Smiths Group's governance score: 9.98/100

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

Controversy score

Smiths Group's controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Smiths Group plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 41.36
Total ESG percentile 86.66
Environmental score 18.44
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 17.94
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 9.98
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

Smiths Group share dividends


Dividend yield: 2.59% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 5.02% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 1.86% of net profits

Smiths Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.59% of its share value annually.

Smiths Group has paid out, on average, around 1.86% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.02% 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 5.02% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Smiths Group's case, that would currently equate to about 37.7p per share.

While Smiths Group's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that the company is investing more in its future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 October 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Smiths Group's shares ever split?

Smiths Group's shares were split on a 2:3 basis on 18 June 2007. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Smiths Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Smiths Group shares which in turn could have impacted Smiths Group's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Smiths Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1309.4038p up to 1669.5p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SMIN.LSE volatility(beta: 0.79)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 Smiths Group's is 0.7912. This would suggest that Smiths Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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