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How to buy Oil Search shares

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Oil Search Limited is an oil & gas e&p business based in Australia. Oil Search shares (OSH) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Oil Search has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $1.4 billion.

How to buy shares in Oil Search

  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 Oil Search. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: OSH. 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 Oil Search 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 of $N/A, 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 Oil Search. 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.

Oil Search share price

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Oil Search shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeAUDA$1.855 - AUDA$8.12
50-day moving average AUDA$3.0261
200-day moving average AUDA$2.9947
Target priceAUDA$6.61
PE ratio 10.7106
Dividend yield AUDA$0.13 (4.66%)
Earnings per share (TTM) AUDA$0.204

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Is it a good time to buy Oil Search stock?

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Is Oil Search under- or over-valued?

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

Oil Search's P/E ratio

Oil Search's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, Oil Search shares trade at around 11x 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.

Oil Search's EBITDA

Oil Search's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $841.4 million.

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

Oil Search financials

Revenue TTM $1.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 32.08%
Gross profit TTM $751 million
Return on assets TTM 2.47%
Return on equity TTM -2.14%
Profit margin -8.07%
Book value 2.706
Market capitalisation $5.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Oil Search'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 Oil Search.

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

Oil Search's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 26.62

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Oil Search's overall score of 26.62 (as at 07/31/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 39th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Oil Search's environmental score

Environmental score: 13.82/100

Oil Search's environmental score of 13.82 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Oil Search is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Oil Search's social score

Social score: 4.8/100

Oil Search's social score of 4.8 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Oil Search is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Oil Search's governance score

Governance score: 5.49/100

Oil Search's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Oil Search is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Oil Search's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Oil Search Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 26.62
Total ESG percentile 38.98
Environmental score 13.82
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 4.8
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 5.49
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Oil Search share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 66.72% of net profits

Recently Oil Search has paid out, on average, around 66.72% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.66% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Oil Search shareholders could enjoy a 4.66% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Oil Search's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.13 per share.

Oil Search'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 2 March 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Oil Search's shares ever split?

Oil Search's shares were split on 22 September 1991.

Oil Search share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Oil Search's shares have ranged in value from as little as $1.855 up to $8.12. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

OSH.AU volatility(beta: 1.76)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 Oil Search's is 1.7614. This would suggest that Oil Search's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Oil Search overview

Oil Search Limited explores for, develops, and produces oil and gas properties in Papua New Guinea, the United States, and Australia. The company operates through PNG Business Unit and Alaska Business Unit segments. It is involved in the development, production, and sale of hydrocarbons, liquefied natural gas, crude oil, natural gas, condensate, naphtha, and other refined products; and power generation activities. As of December 31, 2019, the company's proved and probable reserves, and contingent resources comprised 497.0 million barrels of oil and condensate; and 6,737.0 billion cubic feet of gas. Oil Search Limited was founded in 1929 and is based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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