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Best stocks under $5 in Australia (2024)

We used Finder's proprietary algorithm to find the 10 best stocks under $5 on the ASX.

Important note

Unfortunately, there's no one magic stock that is 'best' for everyone. Instead, you should look into your own portfolio, individual needs and investment strategy to decide what stock is right for you. Further, nobody can say for certain which direction a share will go as past performance is no guarantee of future results. So keep in mind these are stock ideas only and should not be taken as personal financial advice.

It's not easy picking quality stocks.

To help identify stock picks that are currently under $5, we used Finder's proprietary algorithm to filter Australian-listed companies that have strong fundamentals.

We take into account historical prices, dividends, revenue growth, (low) price volatility and profit margins, which might indicate a quality stock.

To avoid speculative stocks, we only include companies with a market cap of more than $1 billion. We filtered out stocks that have been listed on the ASX for less than 5 years to better compare historical data.

This doesn't mean these are the best stocks for you or your personal situation. Always do your own research and chat with a professional when in doubt.

How did we pick this list?

We use a proprietary algorithm that rates ASX-listed stocks based on price performance, profit, revenue and dividends. For more information about our methodology, head to our stock ranking page. The companies displayed on this page may not be the best for you and you're encouraged to do your own research. Investments can go up and down and we do not guarantee the performance of or returns of any investment.

Data last updated Mar 15, 2024.

MFF Capital Investments Limited (MFF.ASX)

MFF Capital Investments Limited is a closed ended equity mutual fund launched and managed by Magellan Asset Management Limited. The fund invests in public equity markets across the globe.
  • Market cap: A$1.688 billion
  • YTD performance: A$1.688 billion
  • 1-year performance: 41.03%
  • 5-year performance: 81.61%
  • P/E ratio: 4.9351
  • Headquarters: Australia

Genesis Minerals Ltd (GMD.AU)

Genesis Minerals Limited engages in the exploration and development of gold deposits in Western Australia. It owns 100% interests in the Leonora Gold project located to the north of Kalgoorlie; 65% interest in the Barimaia Gold project located in the Murchison district of Western Australia; and St Barbara's Leonora assets comprising Gwalia underground mine and Leonora mill, as well as Tower Hill, Zoroastrian, Aphrodite, and Harbour Lights projects.
  • Market cap: A$2.323 billion
  • YTD performance: 2589.19%
  • 1-year performance: 56.7%
  • 5-year performance: 8945.46%
  • P/E ratio: N/A
  • Headquarters: Australia

Ingenia Communities Group (INA.AU)

Ingenia Communities Group (ASX:INA) is a leading operator, owner and developer offering quality residential communities and holiday accommodation. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, the Group is included in the S&P/ASX 200.
  • Market cap: A$2.028 billion
  • YTD performance: -2.36%
  • 1-year performance: 29.93%
  • 5-year performance: 71.88%
  • P/E ratio: 27.6389
  • Headquarters: Australia

Azure Minerals Limited (AZS.AU)

Azure Minerals Limited engages in the exploration of precious and base minerals in Australia. The company primarily explores for nickel, cobalt, gold, and copper deposits.
  • Market cap: A$1.693 billion
  • YTD performance: 609.62%
  • 1-year performance: 126.39%
  • 5-year performance: 7280%
  • P/E ratio: N/A
  • Headquarters: Australia

Bellevue Gold Ltd (BGL.AU)

Bellevue Gold Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and evaluation of gold properties in Australia. It holds a 100% interest in the Bellevue gold project covering an area of approximately 2,700 km2 located to north-west of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
  • Market cap: A$2.391 billion
  • YTD performance: 81.25%
  • 1-year performance: 62.4%
  • 5-year performance: 565.58%
  • P/E ratio: N/A
  • Headquarters: Australia

Boss Resources Ltd (BOE.AU)

Boss Energy Limited explores for, develops, and produces uranium deposits in Australia. It holds a 100% interest in the Honeymoon uranium project covering an area of approximately 2,595 square kilometers located in South Australia.
  • Market cap: A$1.657 billion
  • YTD performance: 4003.1%
  • 1-year performance: 38.2%
  • 5-year performance: 11605.89%
  • P/E ratio: 20.25
  • Headquarters: Australia

Helia Group Limited (HLI.AU)

Helia Group Limited, together with its subsidiaries, is involved in the loan mortgage insurance business primarily in Australia. The company facilitates residential mortgage lending by transferring risk from lenders to lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) providers, primarily for high loan to value ratio residential mortgage loans; and portfolio of seasoned home loans.
  • Market cap: A$1.115 billion
  • YTD performance: 60.42%
  • 1-year performance: 10.64%
  • 5-year performance: 189.48%
  • P/E ratio: 4.5176
  • Headquarters: Australia

Red 5 Ltd (RED.AU)

Red 5 Limited engages in the exploration, production, and mining of gold deposits and mineral properties in the Philippines and Australia. The company holds interests in the Siana Gold project located in the Island of Mindanao, the Philippines; the King of the Hills Gold project located in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia; and the Darlot Gold mine situated in the north-east of Perth in Western Australia.
  • Market cap: A$2.892 billion
  • YTD performance: 67.31%
  • 1-year performance: 148.58%
  • 5-year performance: 234.62%
  • P/E ratio: 21.25
  • Headquarters: Australia

Ramelius Resources Ltd (RMS.AU)

Ramelius Resources Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, mine development and operation, production, and sale of gold in Australia. It operates through three segments: Mt Magnet, Edna May, and Exploration.
  • Market cap: A$2.248 billion
  • YTD performance: 17.31%
  • 1-year performance: 66.67%
  • 5-year performance: 236.14%
  • P/E ratio: 28.0714
  • Headquarters: Australia

Westgold Resources (WGX.AU)

Westgold Resources Limited engages in the exploration, operation, development, mining, and treatment of gold assets primarily in Western Australia. The company's assets include Bryah Operations, Murchison Operations, Meekatharra Gold Operations, and Cue Gold Operations that comprise various mining titles covering 1,300 square kilometers in the Murchison region.
  • Market cap: A$1.238 billion
  • YTD performance: -1.88%
  • 1-year performance: 88.41%
  • 5-year performance: 258.63%
  • P/E ratio: 18.6429
  • Headquarters: Australia

Are stocks under $5 lower quality?

It's a common misconception that a higher price means a share is better quality.

Businesses with a higher share price are in many cases older, more established and have a long history on the ASX. While there's nothing wrong with buying these businesses, due to the size of the business/industry dominance, they might not have room to grow.

Remember in most cases over the long term, share price growth is a reflection of earnings growth. If a business keeps growing its earnings over time, its share price in theory will increase.

On the flip side, finding the right share under $5 could mean it is smaller but has a greater opportunity to grow. It could even take market share from the larger incumbents.

It is also not always the case that a smaller company based on its share price is in a worse position financially than larger businesses. In some instances it is simply the market mispricing a business. Once again though, it is important to find the right smaller company.

What to look for in stocks under $5

If you're looking to buy "cheap" stocks you should still follow the same investment formulas and investment themes that you would for any other stock. After all, when it comes to buying shares, you're investing your hard-earned money into a business that you hope will grow.

In order to understand a "fair value" for a share, there's a plethora of different metrics you can use.

It's important to remember each of these have their own limitations and few businesses will tick every single one of them.

Even if a business is on paper ticking every box it does not guarantee the price of the shares will rise.

But here are a few tips you can look out for:

  • Earnings per share (EPS): EPS is calculated by dividing company profits by the outstanding shares of common stocks. The valuation should give you an indication of a company's profits.
  • Price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio): In short the price to earnings for stock is how much the market is willing to pay today for a stock's past or future earnings. It is done by dividing a company's share price by its annual earnings per share. If for example a company is priced at $10 per share and its earnings per share is $1, then the P/E ratio would be 10/1 = 10. Theoretically, a lower P/E ratio means the company is cheap.
  • Price to sales (P/S): P/S is calculated for businesses that are not yet profitable. It is calculated by dividing the number of outstanding shares by the total sales or revenue over the last 12 months. The lower the P/S ratio, the more attractive the investment.
  • Profitability ratios: Not all businesses need to be profitable today to make for a good investment. But they need to have a path towards profitability. When it comes to measuring profitability, investors can use gross profits, operating profits, net profits, cash flow or even earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA).
  • Debt ratio: This is especially important in a rising interest rate world. It is worked out by dividing the total debt by total assets. A debt ratio of greater than 1 suggests the company has more debt than its assets.

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