How to buy Telstra Corporation (TLS) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Telstra Corporation shares.

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Telstra Corporation Limited is a telecommunications and information services provider based in Australia. Its products and services include telephones, mobile broadband, digital content, disconnection services, data centres and much more. Originally founded as Australian and Overseas Telecommunications Corporation Limited, Telstra was renamed in 1993 and listed on the ASX in 1999.

How to buy shares in Telstra Corporation

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares listed in Australia, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the ASX. Our table can help you choose.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, such as your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
  3. Search for Telstra Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: TLS. 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 Telstra Corporation reaches your desired price. Look into dollar-cost averaging to spread out your risk, 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 on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Telstra Corporation. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock and 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 affect your stock.

Telstra Corporation stock price (ASX:TLS)

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

Telstra Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-23.
52-week range$3.0168 - $4.31
50-day moving average $4.108
200-day moving average $3.8244
Target price$4.32
PE ratio 26.2179
Dividend yield $0.1 (2.44%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.156

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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.
Name Product Standard brokerage fee Inactivity fee Markets
IG Share Trading
AUD $8 or 0.1%
$50 per quarter if you make fewer than three trades in that period
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.
ThinkMarkets Share Trading
AUD $8
No
ASX shares
$8 flat fee brokerage for CHESS Sponsored ASX stocks (HIN ownership), plus free live stock price data on an easy to use mobile app.
Superhero share trading
$5
No
ASX shares, US shares, ETFs
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.
GO Markets Share Trading
$7.70
No
ASX shares, Forex, CFDs, ETFs
Pay zero brokerage on your first 20 trades and $7.70 after that on over 2,500 ASX listed shares from either your desktop or mobile.
Opentrader Share Trading
AUD $5
No
ASX shares, Options trading, ETFs, Warrants
Gain access to chess sponsored shares for as little as $5 per trade.
Get free live data, advanced charting and even gain experience before trading through fantasy portfolios when you sign up with OpenTrader.
Saxo Capital Markets (Classic account)
AUD $5
No
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.
HSBC Online Share Trading
AUD $19.95
No
ASX shares, mFunds, ETFs, Bonds
Limited-time offer: Join HSBC’s online trading account before 28 February 2022 and HSBC will reimburse you up to $100 on your first 5 trades. Also traders who transfer $50k+ will get a $200 bonus(T&Cs apply).
Make trades online with brokerage fees starting from just $19.95 with an HSBC Online Share Trading account. Plus gain access to complimentary expert research, trading ideas and tools.
SelfWealth (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.
Bell Direct Share Trading
AUD $15
No
ASX shares, mFunds, ETFs
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.
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Is it a good time to buy Telstra Corporation stock?

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Telstra Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$3.88

1 week (2022-01-20) -6.51%
1 month (2021-12-24) -6.51%
3 months (2021-10-27) -1.02%
6 months (2021-07-27) 2.11%
1 year (2021-01-27) 23.57%
2 years (2020-01-24) 3.88
3 years (2019-01-25) 31.08%
5 years (2017-01-27) -24.07%

Is Telstra Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Telstra Corporation's P/E ratio

Telstra Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, Telstra Corporation shares trade at around 26x 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.

Telstra Corporation's EBITDA

Telstra Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $5.1 billion (£2.7 billion).

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

Telstra Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $21.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.84%
Gross profit TTM $9.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.05%
Return on equity TTM 12.5%
Profit margin 8.61%
Book value 1.229
Market capitalisation $48.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Telstra Corporation'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 Telstra Corporation.

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

Telstra Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 23.57

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Telstra Corporation's overall score of 23.57 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 28th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Telstra Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.68/100

Telstra Corporation's environmental score of 5.68 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Telstra Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Telstra Corporation's social score

Social score: 13.2/100

Telstra Corporation's social score of 13.2 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Telstra Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Telstra Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 8.68/100

Telstra Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Telstra Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Telstra Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

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

Total ESG score 23.57
Total ESG percentile 28.46
Environmental score 5.68
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 13.2
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 8.68
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 2

Telstra Corporation share dividends

40%

Dividend payout ratio: 40% of net profits

Recently Telstra Corporation has paid out, on average, around 40% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.44% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Telstra Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Telstra Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.1 per share.

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

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Telstra Corporation's shares ever split?

Telstra Corporation's shares were split on 8 September 1999.

Telstra Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Telstra Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.0168 up to $4.31. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

TLS.AU volatility(beta: 0.51)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (AU average) beta is 1, while Telstra Corporation's is 0.5138. This would suggest that Telstra Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Telstra Corporation overview

Telstra Corporation Limited provides telecommunications and information services to businesses, governments, and individuals in Australia and internationally. It operates in four segments: Telstra Consumer and Small Business, Telstra Enterprise, Networks and IT, and Telstra InfraCo. The company offers telecommunication products, services, and solutions across mobiles, fixed and mobile broadband, media, and digital content in prepaid and post-paid services, as well as operates call centers, Telstra shops, and the Telstra dealership network. It also provides network capacity and management, unified communications, cloud, industry solutions, integrated and monitoring services to government and large enterprise customers; builds and manages digital platforms; and provides telecommunication products and services to other carriers, carriage service providers, and internet service providers. In addition, the company operates the fixed passive network infrastructure, including data centers, exchanges, poles, ducts, pits and pipes, fiber network, and mobile towers; provides wholesale customers with access to network infrastructure; provides long-term access to components of infrastructure and network services under the infrastructure services agreement and commercial contracts; and designs and constructs fiber, exchanges, and other infrastructure. The company was formerly known as Australian and Overseas Telecommunications Corporation Limited and changed its name to Telstra Corporation Limited in April 1993. Telstra Corporation Limited was founded in 1901 and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

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