How to buy Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) shares
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Fortescue Metals Group is an other industrial metals & mining business based in Australia. Fortescue Metals Group shares (FMG) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian dollars. Fortescue Metals Group has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $21.1 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.
How to buy shares in Fortescue Metals Group
- 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.
- 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.
- Search for Fortescue Metals Group. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: FMG. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Fortescue Metals Group reaches your desired price. Look into dollar-cost averaging to spread out your risk, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- 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.
- Check on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Fortescue Metals Group. 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.
What's in this guide?
- Fortescue Metals Group key stats
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- Is Fortescue Metals Group stock a buy or sell?
- Fortescue Metals Group performance over time
- Is Fortescue Metals Group suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Fortescue Metals Group shares over-valued?
- Fortescue Metals Group's financials
- How volatile are Fortescue Metals Group shares?
- Does Fortescue Metals Group pay a dividend?
- Have Fortescue Metals Group shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Fortescue Metals Group stock price (ASX:FMG)Use our graph to track the performance of FMG stocks over time.
Fortescue Metals Group shares at a glance
|52-week range||$13.2573 - $22.7855|
|50-day moving average||$20.1632|
|200-day moving average||$18.6269|
|Dividend yield||$2.175 (9.76%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$4.179|
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Is it a good time to buy Fortescue Metals Group stock?
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Fortescue Metals Group price performance over time
|1 week (2022-06-23)||1.62%|
|1 month (2022-06-01)||-15.56%|
|3 months (2022-04-01)||-16.76%|
|6 months (2021-12-31)||-8.75%|
|1 year (2021-07-01)||-25.69%|
|2 years (2020-07-01)||27.40%|
|3 years (2019-07-01)||91.58%|
|5 years (2017-06-30)||235.82%|
Is Fortescue Metals Group under- or over-valued?
Valuing Fortescue Metals Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Fortescue Metals Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Fortescue Metals Group's P/E ratio
Fortescue Metals Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 4x. In other words, Fortescue Metals Group shares trade at around 4x 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.
Fortescue Metals Group's EBITDA
Fortescue Metals Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $14.4 billion (£8.1 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Fortescue Metals Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Fortescue Metals Group financials
|Revenue TTM||$21.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||62.01%|
|Gross profit TTM||$15.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||32.89%|
|Return on equity TTM||58.39%|
|Market capitalisation||$55.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Fortescue Metals Group'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 Fortescue Metals Group.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Fortescue Metals Group's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 27.89
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Fortescue Metals Group's overall score of 27.89 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 51st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Fortescue Metals Group 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.).
Fortescue Metals Group's environmental score
Environmental score: 14.49/100
Fortescue Metals Group's environmental score of 14.49 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fortescue Metals Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Fortescue Metals Group's social score
Social score: 7.58/100
Fortescue Metals Group's social score of 7.58 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Fortescue Metals Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Fortescue Metals Group's governance score
Governance score: 10.82/100
Fortescue Metals Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Fortescue Metals Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Fortescue Metals Group's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Fortescue Metals Group scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Fortescue Metals Group has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||27.89|
|Total ESG percentile||50.54|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
|Level of controversy||2|
Fortescue Metals Group share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 99.33% of net profits
Recently Fortescue Metals Group has paid out, on average, around 99.33% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 9.76% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Fortescue Metals Group shareholders could enjoy a 9.76% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Fortescue Metals Group's case, that would currently equate to about A$2.175 per share.
Fortescue Metals Group'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 28 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Fortescue Metals Group's shares ever split?
Fortescue Metals Group's shares were split on a 10:1 basis on 19 December 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 10 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Fortescue Metals Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 90% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Fortescue Metals Group shares which in turn could have impacted Fortescue Metals Group's share price.
Fortescue Metals Group share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Fortescue Metals Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $13.2573 up to $22.7855. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while Fortescue Metals Group's is 0.75. This would suggest that Fortescue Metals Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Fortescue Metals Group overview
Fortescue Metals Group Limited engages in the exploration, development, production, processing, and sale of iron ore in Australia, China, and internationally. It also explores for copper and gold deposits. The company owns and operates the Chichester Hub that includes the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines located in the Chichester ranges; and the Solomon Hub comprising the Firetail, Kings Valley, and Queens Valley mines located in the Hamersley ranges of Pilbara, Western Australia. It is also developing the Eliwana mine situated in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In addition, the company holds a portfolio of properties situated in Ecuador and Argentina. Further, it provides port towage services. Fortescue Metals Group Limited was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in East Perth, Australia.
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