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Santos Limited is an oil & gas e&p business based in Australia. Santos shares (STO) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are listed in Australian Dollars. Santos has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $3.7 billion..

How to buy shares in Santos

  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 Santos. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: STO. 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 Santos 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 $5.08, 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 Santos. 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.

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Santos share price

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Santos shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-21.
52-week range$2.716 - $8.7403
50-day moving average $6.6615
200-day moving average $5.696
Target price$5.04
PE ratio 11.3488
Dividend yield $0.1 (1.43%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.321

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IG Share Trading Offer

AUD 8

Standard brokerage - Australian shares

Share Trading Account Offer

Competitive broker fees on Australian and international shares

  • Brokerage - AU shares: From AUD 5 or 0.05%
  • Brokerage - US shares: USD 0
  • Sign-up process: Instant
  • Support - After hours: Yes
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Name Product Standard brokerage fee Inactivity fee Markets
IG Share Trading
Finder Award
IG Share Trading
AUD 8 or 0.1%
AUD 50 per quarter if you make fewer than three trades in that period
ASX shares, Global shares, Forex, CFDs, Margin trading
$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, forex and CFDs, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
Bell Direct Share Trading
AUD 15
No
ASX shares, Options trading, mFunds, ETFs, Warrants
Invest in Australian shares, options and managed funds from the one account with no inactivity fee.
Bell Direct offers a one-second placement guarantee on market-to-limit ASX orders or your trade is free, plus enjoy extensive free research reports from top financial experts.
Superhero share trading
AUD 5
No
ASX shares, ETFs
Pay zero brokerage on all Australian ETFs.
Trade ASX stocks with a flat $5 commission fee and a low minimum investment of just $100.
CMC Markets Stockbroking
AUD 11 or 0.1%
No
ASX shares, Global shares, Forex, CFDs, Options trading, mFunds, ETFs, Warrants
$0 brokerage on global shares including US, UK and Japan markets.
Trade up to 9,000 products, including shares, managed funds, forex, commodities and cryptocurrencies, plus access up to 15 major global and Australian stock exchanges.
SelfWealth Share Trading (Basic account)
AUD 9.5
No
ASX shares, US shares
Trade ASX and US shares for a flat fee of $9.50, regardless of the trade size.
New customers receive free access to Community Insights with SelfWealth Premium for the first 90 days. Follow other investors and benchmark your portfolio performance.
ANZ Share Investing
AUD 19.95
No
ASX shares, Global shares, Options trading, mFunds, ETFs, Warrants
Earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$3 spent on brokerage fees on certain instruments.
Access Morningstar reports, company announcements and and live pricing via ANZ’s share investing platform. Available for desktop and mobile.
Westpac Online Investing Account
AUD 19.95 or 0.11%
USD 63.50 per year on the global markets account
ASX shares, Global shares, Options trading, ETFs
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Is it a good time to buy Santos 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.

Santos price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of A$5.08 on 2020-10-22

1 week (2021-01-15) -31.54%
1 month (2020-12-23) -18.20%
3 months (2020-10-23) -3.79%
6 months (2020-07-23) -10.09%
1 year (2020-01-23) -42.40%
2 years (2019-01-23) -14.77%
3 years (2018-01-23) -1.93%
5 years (2016-01-22) 78.87%

Is Santos under- or over-valued?

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

Santos's P/E ratio

Santos'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, Santos 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.

Santos's PEG ratio

Santos's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.35. 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 Santos's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Santos's EBITDA

Santos's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2 billion (£1.1 billion).

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

Santos financials

Revenue TTM $3.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.27%
Gross profit TTM $1.3 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.99%
Return on equity TTM -0.04%
Profit margin -0.08%
Book value 3.503
Market capitalisation $15.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Santos'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 Santos.

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

Santos's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 45.54

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Santos's overall score of 45.54 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 89th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Santos's environmental score

Environmental score: 25.24/100

Santos's environmental score of 25.24 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Santos is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Santos's social score

Social score: 16.87/100

Santos's social score of 16.87 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Santos is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Santos's governance score

Governance score: 15.94/100

Santos's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Santos is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Santos's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 45.54
Total ESG percentile 89.06
Environmental score 25.24
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 16.87
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 15.94
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 2

Santos share dividends

We're not expecting Santos to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Santos's shares ever split?

Santos's shares were split on 13 March 2009.

Santos share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Santos's shares have ranged in value from as little as $2.716 up to $8.7403. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

STO.AU volatility(beta: 1.95)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 Santos's is 1.952. This would suggest that Santos's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Santos overview

Santos Limited explores for, develops, produces, transports, and markets hydrocarbons for homes and businesses in Australia and Asia. Its five principal assets are located in the Cooper Basin, Queensland & NSW, Papua New Guinea, Northern Australia & Timor-Leste, and Western Australia. The company produces natural gas, such as liquefied petroleum gas, ethane, methane, coal seam gas, liquefied natural gas, shale gas, and condensate, as well as oil. Its proved plus probable reserves include 1,022 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Adelaide, Australia.

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