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How to buy BHP Billiton (BHP) shares

Learn how to easily invest in BHP Billiton shares.

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BHP Group engages in oil exploration, metal mining and potash development. The company’s operations include working with iron ore, petroleum, zinc, copper and other precious metals. The company is based in Melbourne, Australia and trades on the ASX.

How to buy shares in BHP Billiton

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the ASX. Our table can help you choose.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, such as your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
  3. Search for BHP Billiton. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: BHP. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until BHP Billiton reaches your desired price. Look into dollar-cost averaging to spread out your risk, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At today's price, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs.
  6. Check on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of BHP Billiton. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock and the business performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that affect your stock.

BHP Billiton stock price (ASX:BHP)

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BHP Billiton shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-06-27.
52-week range$34.0219 - $53.72
50-day moving average $45.3474
200-day moving average $43.6541
Target price$48.46
PE ratio 8.6301
Dividend yield $3.5 (11.71%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $4.774

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Is it a good time to buy BHP Billiton stock?

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BHP Billiton price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$42.76

1 week (2022-06-22) 4.22%
1 month (2022-05-27) -2.08%
3 months (2022-03-29) -15.53%
6 months (2021-12-29) 3.46%
1 year (2021-06-29) -11.03%
2 years (2020-06-29) 20.86%
3 years (2019-06-28) 3.89%
5 years (2017-06-29) 82.11%

Is BHP Billiton under- or over-valued?

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

BHP Billiton's P/E ratio

BHP Billiton's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9x. In other words, BHP Billiton shares trade at around 9x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

BHP Billiton's EBITDA

BHP Billiton's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $40.2 billion (£22.8 billion).

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

BHP Billiton financials

Revenue TTM $67.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 49.61%
Gross profit TTM $54 billion
Return on assets TTM 20.14%
Return on equity TTM 33.16%
Profit margin 24.86%
Book value 10.035
Market capitalisation $295.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

BHP Billiton'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 BHP Billiton.

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

BHP Billiton's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 32.22

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and BHP Billiton's overall score of 32.22 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 61st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like BHP Billiton 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.).

BHP Billiton's environmental score

Environmental score: 16.56/100

BHP Billiton's environmental score of 16.56 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BHP Billiton is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

BHP Billiton's social score

Social score: 6.88/100

BHP Billiton's social score of 6.88 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that BHP Billiton is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

BHP Billiton's governance score

Governance score: 2.78/100

BHP Billiton's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that BHP Billiton is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

BHP Billiton's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. BHP Billiton scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that BHP Billiton has a damaged public profile.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

BHP Billiton Ltd was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 32.22
Total ESG percentile 60.88
Environmental score 16.56
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 6.88
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 2.78
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 4

BHP Billiton share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 96.49% of net profits

Recently BHP Billiton has paid out, on average, around 96.49% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 11.71% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), BHP Billiton shareholders could enjoy a 11.71% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In BHP Billiton's case, that would currently equate to about A$3.5 per share.

BHP Billiton's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have BHP Billiton's shares ever split?

BHP Billiton's shares were split on 2 July 2002.

BHP Billiton share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, BHP Billiton's shares have ranged in value from as little as $34.0219 up to $53.72. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BHP.AU volatility(beta: 0.82)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while BHP Billiton's is 0.8166. This would suggest that BHP Billiton's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

BHP Billiton overview

BHP Group Limited operates as a resources company in Australia, Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, rest of Asia, North America, South America, and internationally. It operates through Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore, and Coal segments. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties; and mining of copper, silver, zinc, molybdenum, uranium, gold, iron ore, and metallurgical and energy coal. It is also involved in mining, smelting, and refining of nickel; and potash development activities. In addition, the company provides towing, freight, marketing and trading, marketing support, finance, administrative, and other services. The company was founded in 1851 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.

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