How to buy G4S shares

G4S shares have fallen 0.00% from their previous closing price (N/Ap). Learn how to easily invest in G4S shares.

G4S plc (GFS) is a publicly traded security and protection services business based in the UK which employs around 533,000 staff. G4S is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and traded in sterling.

How to buy shares in G4S

  1. Open a brokerage account. Choose from our top broker picks or compare brokers in depth. Then, complete an application.
  2. Fund your account. Add money to your account via bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  3. Search the platform by ticker symbol. GFS in this case.
  4. Choose an order type. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of shares or dollar amount.
  5. Submit the order. 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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Alternative ways to invest in G4S

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 G4S), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

G4S 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).

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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
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Is it a good time to buy G4S stock?

Review technicals and fundamentals to help you determine if now's a good time for you to invest.

Technical analysis

View G4S's price performance, share price volatility, historical data and technicals.

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 G4S 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 G4S P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA.

G4S's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 223x. In other words, G4S's shares trade at around 223x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the United Kingdom stock market as of 09 November, 2023 (10). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

G4S's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.897. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into G4S's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

G4S's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £660 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of G4S's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

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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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