How to buy Bluescope Steel (BSL) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Bluescope Steel shares.

BlueScope Steel Limited
- A$0.05 ( - 0.23%)

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BlueScope Steel Limited is a steel business based in Australia. Bluescope Steel shares (BSL) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian Dollars. Bluescope Steel has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $12.9 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in Bluescope Steel

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Our table below can help you choose.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
  3. Search for Bluescope Steel. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: BSL. 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 Bluescope Steel reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, 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 in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Bluescope Steel. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even 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 can affect your stock.

Bluescope Steel stock price (ASX:BSL)

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Bluescope Steel shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-24.
52-week range$12.4938 - $25.8756
50-day moving average $23.8484
200-day moving average $21.945
Target price$27.72
PE ratio 9.2121
Dividend yield $0.31 (1.43%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.348

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Is it a good time to buy Bluescope Steel stock?

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Bluescope Steel price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$21.63

1 week (2021-09-17) -5.96%
1 month (2021-08-25) -12.82%
3 months (2021-06-25) -2.83%
6 months (2021-03-25) 15.98%
1 year (2020-09-25) 69.38%
2 years (2019-09-25) 80.55%
3 years (2018-09-25) 32.29%
5 years (2016-09-23) 179.10%

Is Bluescope Steel under- or over-valued?

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

Bluescope Steel's P/E ratio

Bluescope Steel'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, Bluescope Steel 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.

Bluescope Steel's EBITDA

Bluescope Steel's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2.1 billion (£1.1 billion).

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

Bluescope Steel financials

Revenue TTM $12.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 13.14%
Gross profit TTM $5.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.58%
Return on equity TTM 17.07%
Profit margin 9.25%
Book value 15.145
Market capitalisation $10.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Bluescope Steel'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 Bluescope Steel.

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

Bluescope Steel's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 41.02

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Bluescope Steel's overall score of 41.02 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 81st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Bluescope Steel's environmental score

Environmental score: 19.5/100

Bluescope Steel's environmental score of 19.5 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Bluescope Steel is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Bluescope Steel's social score

Social score: 15.58/100

Bluescope Steel's social score of 15.58 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Bluescope Steel is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Bluescope Steel's governance score

Governance score: 9.93/100

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

Bluescope Steel's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Bluescope Steel scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Bluescope Steel has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

BlueScope Steel Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 41.02
Total ESG percentile 81.36
Environmental score 19.5
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 15.58
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 9.93
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

Bluescope Steel share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 13.48% of net profits

Recently Bluescope Steel has paid out, on average, around 13.48% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.43% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Bluescope Steel shareholders could enjoy a 1.43% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Bluescope Steel's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.31 per share.

While Bluescope Steel's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Bluescope Steel is investing more in its future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Bluescope Steel's shares ever split?

Bluescope Steel's shares were split on a 1:6 basis on 6 December 2012. So if you had owned 6 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Bluescope Steel shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 500% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Bluescope Steel shares which in turn could have impacted Bluescope Steel's share price.

Bluescope Steel share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Bluescope Steel's shares have ranged in value from as little as $12.4938 up to $25.8756. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BSL.AU volatility(beta: 1.38)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while Bluescope Steel's is 1.3808. This would suggest that Bluescope Steel's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Bluescope Steel overview

BlueScope Steel Limited produces and sells metal coated and painted steel building products in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, North America, the Pacific Islands, and Asia. The company operates through five segments: Australian Steel Products, North Star BlueScope Steel, Building Products Asia & North America, Buildings North America, and New Zealand & Pacific Islands. It offers steel slabs, plates, hot and cold rolled coils, coated and painted strip products, roof and wall claddings, and purlins and house framings under the LYSAGHT steel building products, COLORBOND steel, COLORSTEEL, ZINCALUME steel, GALVABOND steel, GALVASPAN steel, BlueScope Zacs, and SuperDyma brands. The company also provides engineered building solutions to industrial and commercial markets under the Butler, Varco Pruden, EcoBuild, and PROBUILD brands. It serves customers in the residential and non-residential building, and construction; manufacturing, automotive and transport, agricultural, and mining industries directly, as well as through a network of service centers and steel distribution businesses. The company was formerly known as BHP Steel Limited and changed its name to BlueScope Steel Limited in November 2003. BlueScope Steel Limited was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.

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