How to buy Whitbread shares | 3081p

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Whitbread PLC (WTB) is a leading restaurants business based in the UK. It opened the day at 3065p after a previous close of 3065p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 2983p to a high of 3089p. The latest price was 3081p (25 minute delay). Whitbread is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 35,455 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Whitbread

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

How has Coronavirus impacted Whitbread's share price?

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

Its last market close was 2224p, which is 53.37% down on its pre-crash value of 4769p and 23.18% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 1805.5p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Whitbread shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £531.49 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 £493.95.

Whitbread share price

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

Whitbread shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-11.
Open3065p
High3089p
Low2983p
Close3081p
Previous close3065p
Change 16p
Change % 0.522%
Volume 835,945
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range1551.1455p - 4232.0369p
50-day moving average 3071.9119p
200-day moving average 2442.4482p
Wall St. target price4741.39p
PE ratio 19.1535
Dividend yield 1p (4.03%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 145p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
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
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
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.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
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
£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
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Whitbread 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.

Whitbread price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 3081p

3 months (2020-10-16) 38.53%
6 months (2020-07-17) 33.15%

Is Whitbread under- or over-valued?

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

Whitbread's P/E ratio

Whitbread's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Whitbread shares trade at around 19x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71).

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

Whitbread's PEG ratio

Whitbread's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.27. 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 Whitbread's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Whitbread's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Whitbread's EBITDA

Whitbread's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £631 million.

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

To put Whitbread's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Whitbread financials

Revenue TTM £1.2 billion
Gross profit TTM £741 million
Return on assets TTM -1.48%
Return on equity TTM -15.64%
Profit margin -49.65%
Book value 23.214p
Market capitalisation £6.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Whitbread'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 Whitbread.

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

Whitbread's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.15

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Whitbread's overall score of 22.15 (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 Whitbread 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.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Whitbread's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Whitbread's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.59/100

Whitbread's environmental score of 9.59 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Whitbread is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Whitbread's social score

Social score: 8.89/100

Whitbread's social score of 8.89 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Whitbread is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Whitbread's governance score

Governance score: 5.67/100

Whitbread's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Whitbread is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

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

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Whitbread PLC was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.15
Total ESG percentile 21.55
Environmental score 9.59
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 8.89
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 5.67
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

Whitbread share dividends

We're not expecting Whitbread to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Have Whitbread's shares ever split?

Whitbread's shares were split on a 42:47 basis on 8 January 2007. So if you had owned 47 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 42 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Whitbread shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 11.9% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Whitbread shares which in turn could have impacted Whitbread's share price.

Whitbread share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Whitbread's shares have ranged in value from as little as 1551.1455p up to 4232.0369p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WTB.LSE volatility(beta: 1.22)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 Whitbread's is 1.2233. This would suggest that Whitbread'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 Whitbread's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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Whitbread overview

Whitbread PLC operates hotels and restaurants in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates approximately 820 hotels with 78,500 rooms under the Premier Inn and the hub by Premier Inn brand names; and restaurants under the Brewers Fayre, Beefeater, Cookhouse & Pub, Bar+Block, Thyme, and Table Table brands. Whitbread PLC was founded in 1742 and is based in Dunstable, the United Kingdom.

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