Whitbread plc (WTB) is a leading restaurants business based in the UK. It opened the day at 3268p after a previous close of 3263p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 3245p to a high of 3308.1111p. The latest price was 3290p (25 minute delay). Whitbread is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 28,335 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
How to buy shares in Whitbread
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: WTB in this case.
- Research Whitbread shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Whitbread shares. It's that simple.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Whitbread?
- Has coronavirus impacted Whitbread shares?
- Whitbread shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Whitbread stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Is Whitbread suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Whitbread shares over-valued?
- How volatile are Whitbread shares?
- Does Whitbread pay a dividend?
- Have Whitbread shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Whitbread's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Whitbread's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 3155p, which is 33.84% down on its pre-crash value of 4769p and 74.74% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 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 £700.73.
Whitbread share price (LSE:WTB)Use our graph to track the performance of WTB stocks over time.
Whitbread shares at a glance
|52-week range||2020p - 3646p|
|50-day moving average||3281p|
|200-day moving average||3217.2307p|
|Wall St. target price||3608.1p|
|Dividend yield||0p (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||-481.9p|
Fees for buying 10x Whitbread shares with popular platforms
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Is it a good time to buy Whitbread stock?
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Is Whitbread 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.
Whitbread's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.27. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.
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 (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 that into context you can compare it against similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||£597.8 million|
|Gross profit TTM||£-59,300,000|
|Return on assets TTM||-4.67%|
|Return on equity TTM||-23.91%|
|Market capitalisation||£6.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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.
Total ESG risk score
Whitbread's 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
|Total ESG score||22.15|
|Total ESG percentile||21.55|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||2|
Whitbread share dividends
Forward annual dividend yield: 4.03% of stock value
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 November 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").
Whitbread's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Compass Group (CPG.LSE): 1.85% (3.04% forward annual dividend yield)
- Hilton Worldwide (HLT.US): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
- The Restaurant Group (RTN.LSE): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
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.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Whitbread's shares have ranged in value from as little as 2020p up to 3646p. 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 Whitbread's is 1.2082. 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.
- Compass Group (CPG.LSE): 1.0135
- Hilton Worldwide (HLT.US): 1.2323
- The Restaurant Group (RTN.LSE): 2.5982
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