How to buy United Utilities Group shares | 917.4p

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United Utilities Group PLC (UU) is a leading utilities-regulated water business based in the UK. It opened the day at 939.8p after a previous close of 930.6p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 911.4p to a high of 939.8p. The latest price was 917.4p (25 minute delay). United Utilities Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 5,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

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

How has Coronavirus impacted United Utilities Group's share price?

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

Its last market close was 888.4p, which is 16.03% down on its pre-crash value of 1058p and 19.57% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 743p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of United Utilities Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £759.78 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 £883.96.

United Utilities Group share price

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United Utilities Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Open939.8p
High939.8p
Low911.4p
Close917.4p
Previous close930.6p
Change -13.2p
Change % -1.418%
Volume 1,833,868
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range710.0062p - 1021.0521p
50-day moving average 916.9p
200-day moving average 890.9775p
Wall St. target price809.27p
PE ratio 55.6149
Dividend yield 0.43p (4.78%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 16.1p
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Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
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Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£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
£11.95
£5.95
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
£119.88
£7.99
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
£100
0.45%
£11.95
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
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
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
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
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Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
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Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
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
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
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
0-0.45%
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
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
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Is it a good time to buy United Utilities Group stock?

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United Utilities Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 917.4p

3 months (2020-10-16) 3.26%
6 months (2020-07-17) 5.01%

Is United Utilities Group under- or over-valued?

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

United Utilities Group's P/E ratio

United Utilities 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 56x. In other words, United Utilities Group shares trade at around 56x 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.

United Utilities Group's PEG ratio

United Utilities Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.45. 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 United Utilities 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.

United Utilities Group's EBITDA

United Utilities Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £1.1 billion.

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

United Utilities Group financials

Revenue TTM £1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 37.96%
Gross profit TTM £1.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.02%
Return on equity TTM 3.75%
Profit margin 6.06%
Book value 4.152p
Market capitalisation £6.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

United Utilities Group'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 United Utilities Group.

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

United Utilities Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.63

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and United Utilities Group's overall score of 22.63 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 22nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like United Utilities 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.).

United Utilities Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.37/100

United Utilities Group's environmental score of 8.37 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Utilities Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

United Utilities Group's social score

Social score: 9.64/100

United Utilities Group's social score of 9.64 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Utilities Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

United Utilities Group's governance score

Governance score: 9.62/100

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

United Utilities Group'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, United Utilities Group scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that United Utilities Group has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

United Utilities Group PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.63
Total ESG percentile 21.64
Environmental score 8.37
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 9.64
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 9.62
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

United Utilities Group share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 26756.25% of net profits

Recently United Utilities Group has paid out, on average, around 26756.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.78% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), United Utilities Group shareholders could enjoy a 4.78% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In United Utilities Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.43p per share.

United Utilities Group'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 17 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

United Utilities Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, United Utilities Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 710.0062p up to 1021.0521p. 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 United Utilities Group's is 0.1979. This would suggest that United Utilities Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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United Utilities Group overview

United Utilities Group PLC provides water and wastewater services in the United Kingdom. It is also involved in renewable energy generation, corporate trustee, financing, and property management activities; and the provision of waste treatment, consulting, and project management services. The company operates 42,000 kilometers (km) of water pipes; 78,000 km of wastewater pipes; 566 wastewater treatment works; and 86 water treatment works. It serves 3 million households and 200,000 business customers. United Utilities Group PLC was incorporated in 2008 is based in Warrington, the United Kingdom.

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