How to buy The Gap (GPS) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in The Gap shares.

We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!

The Gap Inc (GPS) is a leading apparel retail business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$17.54 after a previous close of US$17.84. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD16.895 to a high of USD17.54. The latest price was USD17.33 (25 minute delay). The Gap is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in The Gap

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  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, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for The Gap. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: GPS. 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 The Gap 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 last close price of US$17.84, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of The Gap, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of The Gap. 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.

The Gap stock price (NYSE:GPS)

Use our graph to track the performance of GPS stocks over time.

The Gap shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-11-26.
OpenUS$17.54
HighUS$17.54
LowUS$16.895
CloseUS$17.33
Previous closeUS$17.84
Change US$-0.51
Change % -2.8587%
Volume 11,850,950
Information last updated 2021-11-21.
52-week rangeUS$18.784 - US$37.3064
50-day moving average US$23.693
200-day moving average US$28.4789
Target priceUS$31.91
PE ratio 12.1935
Dividend yield US$0.12 (0.48%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$1.974

Where to buy The Gap stock

Name Product Standard brokerage for US shares Currency conversion fee Markets
eToro (global stocks)
US$0
50 pips (US$0.50 for every AU$100 exchanged)
Global shares, US shares, ETFs
Zero brokerage share trading on US, Hong Kong and European stocks with trades as low as $50.
Note: This broker offers CFDs which are volatile investment products and most clients lose money trading CFDs with this provider.
Join the world’s biggest social trading network when you trade stocks, commodities and currencies from the one account.
IG Share Trading
US$0
0.70%
ASX shares, Global shares
$0 brokerage for US and global shares plus get an active trader discount of $5 commission on Australian shares.
Enjoy some of the lowest brokerage fees on the market when trading Australian shares, international shares, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
Superhero share trading
US$0
50 pips (US$0.50 for every AU$100 exchanged)
ASX shares, US shares
Earn up to 15,000 Qantas frequent flyer points when you transfer an exisiting balance or trade. Offer valid for all new and existing Superhero members until 28 February.
Pay zero brokerage on US stocks and all ETFs and just $5 (flat fee) to trade Australian shares from your mobile or desktop.
Saxo Capital Markets (Classic account)
US$4
1%
ASX shares, Global shares, ETFs
Access 19,000+ stocks on 40+ exchanges worldwide
Low fees for Australian and global share trading, no inactivity fees, low currency conversion fee and optimised for mobile.
CommSec Share Trading Account
US$19.95
0.60%
ASX shares, Global shares, Options trading, ETFs
Trade with Australia's largest online stockbroking firm.
Enjoy fast, simple and affordable trades, with market leading research and broker recommendations all in one platform
loading

Compare up to 4 providers

The value of your investments can fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no indication of future results.

Is it a good time to buy The Gap stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

The Gap share growth calculator

US$

Use the fields above to explore the returns from a historical investment. Please refer to the charts further up this page to see performance over 5 years, or other periods. Past performance doesn't indicate future results. Capital is at risk.

Considering buying The Gap shares?

Before you consider The Gap, you'll want to hear this.
Ticker Nerd uses advanced software to track hundreds of signals and data points to find stocks before they blow up. You can get the next two hot stocks they find sent to your inbox for free.

Show me how

The Gap price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $17.33

1 week (2021-11-19) -28.00%
3 months (2021-08-27) -34.63%
6 months (2021-05-28) -48.19%
1 year (2020-11-27) -20.32%
2 years (2019-11-29) 4.33%
3 years (2018-11-29) -34.97%
5 years (2016-11-29) -31.34%

Is The Gap under- or over-valued?

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

The Gap's P/E ratio

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

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

The Gap's PEG ratio

The Gap's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.1492. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

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

The Gap's EBITDA

The Gap's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$1.4 billion (£1 billion).

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

The Gap financials

Revenue TTM US$16.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.14%
Gross profit TTM US$6.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.89%
Return on equity TTM 28.56%
Profit margin 4.53%
Book value 8.032
Market capitalisation US$9.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

The Gap'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 The Gap.

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

The Gap's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 10.38

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and The Gap's overall score of 10.38 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

The Gap's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.61/100

The Gap's environmental score of 1.61 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Gap's social score

Social score: 3.58/100

The Gap's social score of 3.58 puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

The Gap's governance score

Governance score: 2.19/100

The Gap's governance score puts it squarely in the 1st percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that The Gap is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Gap's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. The Gap scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that The Gap hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

The Gap Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 10.38
Total ESG percentile 3.96
Environmental score 1.61
Environmental score percentile 1
Social score 3.58
Social score percentile 1
Governance score 2.19
Governance score percentile 1
Level of controversy 3

The Gap share dividends

28%

Dividend payout ratio: 28.22% of net profits

Recently The Gap has paid out, on average, around 28.22% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.94% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The Gap shareholders could enjoy a 1.94% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Gap's case, that would currently equate to about $0.12 per share.

While The Gap's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that The Gap may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The Gap's most recent dividend payout was on 26 January 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The Gap's shares ever split?

The Gap's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 22 June 1999. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The Gap shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The Gap shares which in turn could have impacted The Gap's share price.

The Gap share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Gap's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$18.784 up to US$37.3064. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GPS.US volatility(beta: 1.67)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while The Gap's is 1.666. This would suggest that The Gap's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

The Gap overview

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix, and Janie and Jack brands. Its products include denim, tees, fleece, and khakis; eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances; and fitness and lifestyle products for use in yoga, training, sports, travel, and everyday activities for women and girls. The company offers its products through company-operated stores, franchise stores, Websites, third-party arrangements, and catalogs. It has franchise agreements with unaffiliated franchisees to operate Old Navy, Gap, Athleta, and Banana Republic stores and websites in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. As of March 04, 2021, the company had 3,100 company-operated stores and 615 franchise stores. It also provides its products through e-commerce sites. The Gap, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Frequently asked questions

More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Go to site