How to buy J D Wetherspoon (JDW) shares

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J D Wetherspoon plc
+ p39.00 ( + 4.11%)

J D Wetherspoon plc (JDW) is a leading restaurants business based in the UK. In the week up to 12 October J D Wetherspoon shares plunged 8.38% to a closing position of 945.5p. However, over the last 12 months, J D Wetherspoon's share price has risen by 6.88% from 923.5p. J D Wetherspoon is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 42,572 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in J D Wetherspoon

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

How has coronavirus impacted J D Wetherspoon's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, J D Wetherspoon's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 948p, which is 37.01% down on its pre-crash value of 1505p and 92.68% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 492p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of J D Wetherspoon shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £445.35 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 £609.66.

J D Wetherspoon share price (LSE:JDW)

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J D Wetherspoon shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-26.
Previous close948p
Change %4.1139%
Information last updated 2021-10-23.
52-week range786.5p - 1452.975p
50-day moving average1022.0429p
200-day moving average1186.1923p
Wall St. target price1309.5p
Dividend yield8p (0.83%)
Earnings per share (TTM)-147.4p
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£493.50 total
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£495.32 total
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£505.45 total
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£503.00 total
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Is it a good time to buy J D Wetherspoon stock?

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Is J D Wetherspoon 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.


J D Wetherspoon's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £92.4 million.

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

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.


Revenue TTM £772.6 million
Gross profit TTM £14.3 million
Return on assets TTM -2.95%
Return on equity TTM -60.84%
Profit margin -23.44%
Book value 2.209p
Market capitalisation £1.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

J D Wetherspoon share dividends


Dividend yield: 0.83% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 1.38% of stock value

J D Wetherspoon has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.83% of its share value annually.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 October 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").

J D Wetherspoon's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have J D Wetherspoon's shares ever split?

J D Wetherspoon's shares were split on a 5:1 basis on 17 November 1997. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your J D Wetherspoon shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 80% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for J D Wetherspoon shares which in turn could have impacted J D Wetherspoon's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, J D Wetherspoon's shares have ranged in value from as little as 786.5p up to 1452.975p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

JDW.LSE volatility(beta: 1.49)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 J D Wetherspoon's is 1.4935. This would suggest that J D Wetherspoon's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

To put J D Wetherspoon's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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