How to buy The GEO Group (GEO) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in The GEO Group shares.

The GEO Group Inc
NYSE: GEO - USD
REIT-HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
$7.01
- $0.01 ( - 0.14%)

The GEO Group Inc (GEO) is a leading reit-healthcare facilities business based in the US. In the week up to 14 September The GEO Group shares plunged 9.32% to a closing position of $7.1. Over the last 12 months, The GEO Group's share price has fallen by 36.42% from $11.23. The GEO Group is listed on the NYSE and employs 20,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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

How has coronavirus impacted The GEO Group's share price?

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

Its last market close was $7.01, which is 59.57% down on its pre-crash value of $17.34 and 41.94% down on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $9.95.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of The GEO Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $620.60 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 $432.45.

The GEO Group share price (NYSE:GEO)

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

The GEO Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open$7.03
High$7.35
Low$7.03
Close$7.14
Previous close$6.95
Change$0.19
Change %2.7338%
Volume2,877,173
Information last updated 2021-09-17.
52-week range$4.96 - $11.2546
50-day moving average$7.6657
200-day moving average$6.9745
Wall St. target price$12.75
PE ratio6.2589
Dividend yield$1.07 (15.24%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$1.12
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Fees for buying 100x The GEO Group shares with popular platforms

Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £2.34
£522.35 total
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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £2.60
£522.61 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.24
£521.25 total
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Stake logo £0 £50 £2.89
£522.90 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £17.44
£537.45 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £16.08
£536.09 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £5.20
£525.21 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £16.29
£536.30 total
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Is it a good time to buy The GEO Group stock?

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The GEO Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $7.14

1 week (2021-09-09) -4.93%
1 month (2021-08-19) -11.85%
3 months (2021-06-18) -6.30%
6 months (2021-03-19) -12.18%
1 year (2020-09-18) -36.42%
2 years (2019-09-19) -59.45%
3 years (2018-09-19) -71.41%
5 years (2016-09-19) -55.00%

Is The GEO 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

The GEO 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 6x. In other words, The GEO Group shares trade at around 6x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

PEG ratio

The GEO Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.6228. 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 The GEO 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.

EBITDA

The GEO Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $403.6 million (£0.0 million).

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

Financials

Revenue TTM $2.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.67%
Gross profit TTM $571.8 million
Return on assets TTM 3.81%
Return on equity TTM 14.87%
Profit margin 6.25%
Book value $8.236
Market capitalisation $859.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell The GEO Group shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "GEO.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 25.1 million The GEO Group shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 13% down from 28.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting The GEO Group shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

The GEO Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The GEO Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The GEO Group shares traded daily (recently around 2.4 million). The GEO Group's SIR currently stands at 10.65. In other words for every 100,000 The GEO Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 10650 shares are currently held short.

However The GEO Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The GEO Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable The GEO Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The GEO Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.21% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The GEO Group shares in existence, roughly 210 shares are currently held short) or 0.2164% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The GEO Group shares, roughly 216 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against The GEO Group.

Find out more about how you can short The GEO Group stock.

The GEO Group share dividends

15.2%

Dividend yield: 15.24% of stock value

8.4%

Forward annual dividend yield: 8.4% of stock value

29.2%

Dividend payout ratio: 29.21% of net profits

The GEO Group has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 15.24% of its share value annually.

The GEO Group has paid out, on average, around 29.21% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 8.4% 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 8.4% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The GEO Group's case, that would currently equate to about $1.07 per share.

While The GEO Group's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The GEO Group's most recent dividend payout was on 1 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The GEO Group's shares ever split?

The GEO Group's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 25 April 2017. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The GEO Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The GEO Group shares which in turn could have impacted The GEO Group's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The GEO Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.96 up to $11.2546. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GEO.US volatility(beta: 0.71)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while The GEO Group's is 0.7107. This would suggest that The GEO Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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