How to buy Vodafone shares

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Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) is a leading telecom services business with stocks listed in the UK. It opened the day at £127.04pp after a previous close of £127.68pp. During the day the price has varied from a low of 126.3762p to a high of 129.1p. The latest price was 129.06p (25 minute delay). Vodafone is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Vodafone

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a company that's listed outside of Australia, you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to global 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 Vodafone. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: VOD. 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 Vodafone 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 £127.94p, 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 Vodafone, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Vodafone. 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.

Vodafone share price

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Vodafone shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-21.
Open127.04p
High129.1p
Low126.3762p
Close129.06p
Previous close127.68p
Change 1.38p
Change % 1.0808%
Volume 20,999,147
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week range87.0831p - 142.74p
50-day moving average 132.7528p
200-day moving average 130.5883p
Target price2.01p
PE ratio 436.8666
Dividend yield 0.09p (6.91%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 0.3p
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Is it a good time to buy Vodafone stock?

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Vodafone price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 129.06p

1 week (2021-06-14) -0.72%
1 month (2021-05-21) 1.24%
3 months (2021-03-19) -3.64%
6 months (2020-12-21) 5.82%
1 year (2020-06-19) 1.02%
2 years (2019-06-21) 1.70%
3 years (2018-06-21) -30.01%
5 years (2016-06-21) -39.85%

Is Vodafone under- or over-valued?

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

Vodafone's P/E ratio

Vodafone's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 437x. In other words, Vodafone shares trade at around 437x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Vodafone's PEG ratio

Vodafone's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.5941. 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 Vodafone's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Vodafone's EBITDA

Vodafone's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £12.1 billion.

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

Vodafone financials

Revenue TTM £43.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.33%
Gross profit TTM £13.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.58%
Return on equity TTM 0.89%
Profit margin 0.26%
Book value 1.977p
Market capitalisation £36.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Vodafone'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 Vodafone.

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

Vodafone's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 17.19

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Vodafone's overall score of 17.19 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Vodafone's environmental score

Environmental score: 3.86/100

Vodafone's environmental score of 3.86 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Vodafone is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Vodafone's social score

Social score: 8.77/100

Vodafone's social score of 8.77 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Vodafone is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Vodafone's governance score

Governance score: 7.56/100

Vodafone's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Vodafone is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Vodafone's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Vodafone Group Plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 17.19
Total ESG percentile 16.25
Environmental score 3.86
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 8.77
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 7.56
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 3

Vodafone share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 2368.42% of net profits

Recently Vodafone has paid out, on average, around 2368.42% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 5.86% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Vodafone shareholders could enjoy a 5.86% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Vodafone's case, that would currently equate to about 0.09p per share.

Vodafone'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 23 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Vodafone's shares ever split?

Vodafone's shares were split on a 6:11 basis on 23 February 2014. So if you had owned 11 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 6 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Vodafone shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 83.3% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Vodafone shares which in turn could have impacted Vodafone's share price.

Vodafone share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Vodafone's shares have ranged in value from as little as £87.0831 up to £142.74. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

VOD.LSE volatility(beta: 0.87)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while Vodafone's is 0.8684. This would suggest that Vodafone's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Vodafone overview

Vodafone Group Plc engages in telecommunication services in Europe and internationally. The company offers mobile services that enable customers to call, text, and access data; fixed line services, including broadband, television (TV) offerings, and voice; and convergence services under the GigaKombi and Vodafone One names to customers. It also provides value added services, such as Internet of Things (IoT) comprising logistics and fleet management, smart metering, insurance, cloud, and security services; and automotive and health solutions. In addition, the company offers M-Pesa, an African payment platform, which provides money transfer, financial, and business and merchant payment services; and various services to operators through its partner market agreements. Vodafone Group Plc has strategic partnerships with Open Fiber. As of March 31, 2021, it had approximately 315 million mobile customers, 28 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers. The company was incorporated in 1984 and is based in Newbury, the United Kingdom.

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