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The Sage Group plc (SGE) is a leading software-application business based in the UK. It opened the day at 729.8p after a previous close of 735.2p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 724.4p to a high of 739.4p. The latest price was 734.2p (25 minute delay). Sage is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 11,647 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.

How has Coronavirus impacted Sage's share price?

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

Its last market close was 711.6p, which is 8.04% down on its pre-crash value of 773.8p and 38.01% up on the lowest point reached during the March 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 £945.00.

Sage share price

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

Sage shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-29.
Previous close735.2p
Change -1p
Change % -0.136%
Volume 1,337,666
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range511.0957p - 787.6584p
50-day moving average 608.9412p
200-day moving average 682.3127p
Wall St. target price617p
PE ratio 20.79
Dividend yield 0.23p (3.88%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 28.1p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
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
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
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£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
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
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
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
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
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
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
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
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
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
Over 2,000 funds
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
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
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
No minimum
4 portfolios
Moneybox Pension
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 Sage stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

Sage price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 734.2p

1 week (2021-01-08) 25.50%
1 month (2020-12-15) 27.64%
3 months (2020-10-16) 3.18%
6 months (2020-07-17) 7.97%
1 year (2020-01-15) -0.54%
2 years (2019-01-15) 21.56%
3 years (2018-01-15) -9.40%
5 years (2016-01-15) 31.81%

Is Sage under- or over-valued?

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

Sage's 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 21x. In other words, Sage shares trade at around 21x 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.

Sage's PEG ratio

Sage's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7579. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

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.


Sage's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £555 million.

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

Sage financials

Revenue TTM £1.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 27.27%
Gross profit TTM £1.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.18%
Return on equity TTM 19.65%
Profit margin 16.29%
Book value 1.512p
Market capitalisation £6.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Sage's 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.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Sage's total ESG risk score

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.).

Sage's environmental score

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.

Sage's social score

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.

Sage's governance score

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.

Sage's controversy score

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 share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 10132.14% of net profits

Recently Sage has paid out, on average, around 10132.14% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.88% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Sage shareholders could enjoy a 3.88% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sage's case, that would currently equate to about 0.23p 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 14 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Sage's shares ever split?

Sage's shares were split on a 77:81 basis on 10 June 2013. So if you had owned 81 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 77 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Sage shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 5.2% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Sage shares which in turn could have impacted Sage's share price.

Sage share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Sage's shares have ranged in value from as little as 511.0957p up to 787.6584p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SGE.LSE volatility(beta: 0.51)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 0.5101. This would suggest that Sage's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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Sage overview

The Sage Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides technology solutions and services for small and medium businesses in North America, Northern Europe, Central and Southern Europe, and internationally. It offers cloud native solutions, such as Sage Intacct, a cloud financial management platform; Sage People, a cloud HR and people management solution; Sage Accounting, a solution for small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers to remotely manage customer data, accounts, and people; Sage Payroll, a payroll and HR software; and CakeHR, a HR management solution that enables small businesses to manage workforces with tools comprises reporting, organization chart, pay slip, and absence request. The company also provides cloud connected and hybrid solutions, including Sage X3, a business management solution; and Sage 50cloud and Sage 200cloud provides a range of cloud connected accounting solutions. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, the United Kingdom.

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