How to buy Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Walgreens Boots Alliance shares.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA) is a publicly traded pharmaceutical retailers business based in the US. It opened the day at $32.61 after a previous close of $32.43. During the day the price has varied from a low of $32.6 to a high of $33.16. The latest price was $33.12 (25 minute delay). Walgreens Boots Alliance is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 315,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Walgreens Boots Alliance

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  5. Research Walgreens Boots Alliance shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
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Walgreens Boots Alliance share price (NASDAQ:WBA)

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

Walgreens Boots Alliance price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $33.12

1 week (2022-09-27) 2.13%
1 month (2022-09-02) -6.10%
3 months (2022-07-01) -14.11%
6 months (2022-04-04) -23.69%
1 year (2021-10-01) -29.23%
2 years (2020-10-02) -7.41%
3 years (2019-10-04) -37.47%
5 years (2017-10-04) -56.32%

Is it a good time to buy Walgreens Boots Alliance stock?

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Is Walgreens Boots Alliance 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

Walgreens Boots Alliance'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, Walgreens Boots Alliance 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

Walgreens Boots Alliance's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 12.0008. 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 Walgreens Boots Alliance'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

Walgreens Boots Alliance's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $4.6 billion (£4 billion).

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

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 Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Total ESG risk score

Walgreens Boots Alliance's total ESG risk: 17.83

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Walgreens Boots Alliance's overall score of 17.83 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 13rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Walgreens Boots Alliance 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

Walgreens Boots Alliance's environmental score: 1.25/100

Walgreens Boots Alliance's environmental score of 1.25 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Walgreens Boots Alliance is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Walgreens Boots Alliance's social score: 11.92/100

Walgreens Boots Alliance's social score of 11.92 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Walgreens Boots Alliance is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Walgreens Boots Alliance's governance score: 4.15/100

Walgreens Boots Alliance's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Walgreens Boots Alliance is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Walgreens Boots Alliance's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Walgreens Boots Alliance scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Walgreens Boots Alliance hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 17.83
Total ESG percentile 12.86
Environmental score 1.25
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 11.92
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 4.15
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 3

Walgreens Boots Alliance shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-10-04.
Open$32.61
High$33.16
Low$32.6
Close$33.12
Previous close$32.43
Change$0.69
Change %2.1277%
Volume2,849,922
Information last updated 2022-09-27.
52-week range$32.33 - $53.1878
50-day moving average$37.285
200-day moving average$43.8
Wall St. target price$41.32
PE ratio5.5229
Dividend yield$1.91 (5.85%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$5.9

Do Walgreens Boots Alliance shares pay dividends?

5.9%

Dividend yield: 5.85% of stock value

5.9%

Forward annual dividend yield: 5.85% of stock value

35.4%

Dividend payout ratio: 35.42% of net profits

Walgreens Boots Alliance has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 5.85% of its share value annually.

Walgreens Boots Alliance has paid out, on average, around 35.42% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.85% 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 5.85% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Walgreens Boots Alliance's case, that would currently equate to about $1.91 per share.

While Walgreens Boots Alliance'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.

Walgreens Boots Alliance's most recent dividend payout was on 9 September 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Walgreens Boots Alliance's shares have ranged in value from as little as $32.33 up to $53.1878. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WBA.US volatility(beta: 0.62)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Walgreens Boots Alliance's is 0.6185. This would suggest that Walgreens Boots Alliance's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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