How to buy Woodside Petroleum (WPL) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Woodside Petroleum shares.

Woodside Petroleum Ltd
+ A$0.38 ( + 1.74%)

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Woodside Petroleum Ltd is an oil & gas e&p business based in Australia. Woodside Petroleum shares (WPL) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian Dollars. Woodside Petroleum has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $4.2 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in Woodside Petroleum

  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 Woodside Petroleum. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: WPL. 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 Woodside Petroleum 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, 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 Woodside Petroleum. 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.

Woodside Petroleum stock price (ASX:WPL)

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Woodside Petroleum shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-18.
52-week range$16.3584 - $26.8745
50-day moving average $20.645
200-day moving average $22.7069
Target price$27.09
PE ratio 41.2305
Dividend yield $0.42 (2%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.512

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Is it a good time to buy Woodside Petroleum stock?

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Woodside Petroleum price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$22.17

1 week (2021-09-17) 5.02%
1 month (2021-08-25) 9.16%
3 months (2021-06-25) -1.64%
6 months (2021-03-25) -8.69%
1 year (2020-09-25) 21.02%
2 years (2019-09-25) -30.93%
3 years (2018-09-25) -41.64%
5 years (2016-09-23) -17.77%

Is Woodside Petroleum under- or over-valued?

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

Woodside Petroleum's P/E ratio

Woodside Petroleum's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 41x. In other words, Woodside Petroleum shares trade at around 41x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the P/E ratio for the ASX over the 12 months to December 2019 (32.14). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Woodside Petroleum's EBITDA

Woodside Petroleum's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2.4 billion (£1.2 billion).

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

Woodside Petroleum financials

Revenue TTM $4.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 15.39%
Gross profit TTM $615 million
Return on assets TTM 1.66%
Return on equity TTM 3.1%
Profit margin 8.48%
Book value 12.834
Market capitalisation $20.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Woodside Petroleum'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 Woodside Petroleum.

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

Woodside Petroleum's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 25.62

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Woodside Petroleum's overall score of 25.62 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 34th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Woodside Petroleum's environmental score

Environmental score: 14.54/100

Woodside Petroleum's environmental score of 14.54 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Woodside Petroleum is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Woodside Petroleum's social score

Social score: 5.63/100

Woodside Petroleum's social score of 5.63 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Woodside Petroleum is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Woodside Petroleum's governance score

Governance score: 6.94/100

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

Woodside Petroleum's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Woodside Petroleum Ltd was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 25.62
Total ESG percentile 34.46
Environmental score 14.54
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 5.63
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 6.94
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Woodside Petroleum share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 97.18% of net profits

Recently Woodside Petroleum has paid out, on average, around 97.18% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.67% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Woodside Petroleum shareholders could enjoy a 2.67% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Woodside Petroleum's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.42 per share.

Woodside Petroleum'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 29 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Woodside Petroleum's shares ever split?

Woodside Petroleum's shares were split on 16 December 2009.

Woodside Petroleum share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Woodside Petroleum's shares have ranged in value from as little as $16.3584 up to $26.8745. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WPL.AU volatility(beta: 1.41)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 Woodside Petroleum's is 1.4133. This would suggest that Woodside Petroleum's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Woodside Petroleum overview

Woodside Petroleum Ltd engages in the exploration, evaluation, development, production, marketing, and sale of hydrocarbons in Oceania, Asia, Canada, Africa, and internationally. The company produces liquefied natural gas, pipeline natural gas, condensate, liquefied petroleum gas, and crude oil. It holds interests in the Greater Browse, Greater Sunrise, Greater Pluto, Greater Exmouth, North West Shelf, Wheatstone, Canada, Senegal, Greater Scarborough, and Myanmar projects. Woodside Petroleum Ltd was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Perth, Australia.

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