How to buy International Distributions Services shares

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International Distributions Services PLC (IDS) is a publicly traded integrated freight and logistics business based in the UK. The latest price was 342.264p (25 minute delay). International Distributions Services is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 160,980 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in International Distributions Services

  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: IDS in this case.
  5. Research International Distributions Services shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your International Distributions Services shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

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Fees for buying 100x International Distributions Services shares with popular platforms

Share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

Platform Customer feedback Monthly fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate Link
eToro Free Stocks logo ★★★★★ £0 $100 £0.00
£342.26 total
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Saxo Share Dealing Account logo Not yet rated 0.12% per year No minimum £0.00
£342.26 total
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XTB logo ★★★★★ £0 No minimum £0.00
£342.26 total
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CMC Invest share dealing account logo Not yet rated £0 No minimum £0.00
£342.26 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo ★★★★★ £0 £1 £11.95
£354.21 total
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InvestEngine logo ★★★★★ 0% - 0.25% £100 £0.00
£342.26 total
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£342.26 total
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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Alternative ways to invest in International Distributions Services

Buying shares in just one company is generally considered a riskier bet than investing in a range of investments - AKA a "diversified portfolio". Experts generally recommend holding a mix of investments in specific assets and funds. Funds are ready-made portfolios of multiple companies' shares (potentially including International Distributions Services), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

International Distributions Services is a major part of the London stock exchange, so it's included in many global funds and investment trusts, as well as tracker-style exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Fund5-year performance (to May 2024)Link to invest
Vanguard FTSE 250 UCITS ETF Distributing (VMID)Vanguard icon22.84%Invest with XTBCapital at risk
Invesco FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (S250)Invesco icon21.86%Invest with HLCapital at risk
Xtrackers FTSE 250 UCITS ETF 1D (XMCX)DWS Xtrackers icon20.95%Invest with XTBCapital at risk
HSBC FTSE 250 UCITS ETF GBP (HMCX)HSBC icon20.80%Invest with XTBCapital at risk
iShares FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (MIDD)iShares icon20.69%Invest with eToroCapital at risk

All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is it a good time to buy International Distributions Services stock?

Only you can make the decision on the time to leap. The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

Finder might not agree with the analysis and we take no responsibility. We also give no representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this page.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is International Distributions Services 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. Check out the International Distributions Services P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA

International Distributions Services's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 55x. In other words, International Distributions Services shares trade at around 55x recent earnings.

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

However, International Distributions Services's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the integrated freight & logistics industry or those of similar companies.

International Distributions Services's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £509 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a International Distributions Services'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.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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