How to buy Sage (SGE) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Sage shares.

Sage
LSE: SGE - GBX
p810.40
+ p9.80 ( + 1.22%)
SOFTWARE-APPLICATION

The Sage Group plc (SGE) is a leading software-application business based in the UK. It opened the day at 691.2p after a previous close of 690p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 688.7862p to a high of 694.6p. The latest price was 693.8p (25 minute delay). Sage is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 11,760 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Sage

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

Fees for buying 100x Sage shares with popular platforms

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
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $10 £0.00
£693.80 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.85
£695.65 total
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IG Share Dealing logo £0 £250 £8.00
£701.80 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£705.75 total
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interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£701.79 total
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Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£693.80 total
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Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£703.30 total
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Sage share price (LSE:SGE)

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Is it a good time to buy Sage stock?

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Is Sage 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

Sage's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, Sage shares trade at around 31x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

PEG ratio

Sage's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.4211. 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 Sage'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

Sage's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £484 million.

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

How has coronavirus impacted Sage's share price?

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

Its last market close was 800.6p, which is 3.35% up on its pre-crash value of 773.8p and 55.28% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 515.6p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Sage shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £710.21 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 £1,063.20.

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 Sage.

Total ESG risk score

Sage's total ESG risk: 22.34

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Sage's overall score of 22.34 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Sage's environmental score: 5.77/100

Sage's environmental score of 5.77 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sage is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Sage's social score: 15.75/100

Sage's social score of 15.75 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Sage is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Sage's governance score: 11.82/100

Sage's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Sage is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Sage's controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 22.34
Total ESG percentile 15.74
Environmental score 5.77
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 15.75
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 11.82
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 2

Sage shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open691.2p
High694.6p
Low688.7862p
Close693.8p
Previous close690p
Change3.8p
Change %0.5507%
Volume2,065,921
Information last updated 2022-01-18.
52-week range555.8712p - 862.0777p
50-day moving average803.6p
200-day moving average722.119p
Wall St. target price823.53p
PE ratio30.5824
Dividend yield17.7p (2.18%)
Earnings per share (TTM)26.1p

Do Sage shares pay dividends?

2.2%

Dividend yield: 2.18% of stock value

2.2%

Forward annual dividend yield: 2.18% of stock value

68.0%

Dividend payout ratio: 68% of net profits

Sage has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.18% of its share value annually.

Sage has paid out, on average, around 68% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.18% 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 2.18% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sage's case, that would currently equate to about 17.7p per share.

Sage'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 13 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Sage's shares have ranged in value from as little as 555.8712p up to 862.0777p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SGE.LSE volatility(beta: 0.53)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 Sage's is 0.5279. This would suggest that Sage's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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