How to buy J D Wetherspoon shares | 1006p

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J D Wetherspoon plc (JDW) is a leading restaurants business based in the UK. It opened the day at 1017p after a previous close of 1017p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 987.5p to a high of 1037.723p. The latest price was 1006p (25 minute delay). J D Wetherspoon is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 42,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in J D Wetherspoon

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  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.

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

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

Its last market close was 1007p, which is 33.09% down on its pre-crash value of 1505p and 104.67% up on the lowest point reached during the March 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 £647.60.

J D Wetherspoon share price

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J D Wetherspoon shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-07-07.
Previous close1017p
Change -11p
Change % -1.082%
Volume 159,365
Information last updated 2020-08-02.
52-week range492p - 1734p
50-day moving average 897.5876p
200-day moving average 1081.8964p
Wall St. target price1227.31p
PE ratio 12.1327
Dividend yield 0.12p (1.38%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 58p
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Is it a good time to buy J D Wetherspoon stock?

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J D Wetherspoon price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 1006p

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1 month (2020-07-10) N/A
3 months (2020-05-14) 16.57%
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Is J D Wetherspoon under- or over-valued?

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

J D Wetherspoon's P/E ratio

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

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

However, J D Wetherspoon's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the restaurants industry or those of similar companies.

J D Wetherspoon's EBITDA

J D Wetherspoon's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £231.6 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 J D Wetherspoon's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

J D Wetherspoon financials

Revenue TTM £1.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 8.01%
Gross profit TTM £252.2 million
Return on assets TTM 5.07%
Return on equity TTM 19.46%
Profit margin 3.28%
Book value 3.066p
Market capitalisation £1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

J D Wetherspoon share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 17.12% of net profits

Recently J D Wetherspoon has paid out, on average, around 17.12% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.38% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), J D Wetherspoon shareholders could enjoy a 1.38% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In J D Wetherspoon's case, that would currently equate to about 0.12p per share.

While J D Wetherspoon's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that J D Wetherspoon is investing more in its future growth.

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 payout ratio 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.

J D Wetherspoon share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, J D Wetherspoon's shares have ranged in value from as little as 492p up to 1734p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

JDW.LSE volatility(beta: 1.12)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 1.1221. This would suggest that J D Wetherspoon's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly 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.

J D Wetherspoon overview

J D Wetherspoon plc owns and operates pubs and hotels in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. As of July 09, 2020, it operated 875 pubs and 50 hotels. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Watford, the United Kingdom.

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