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How to buy Nestlé (NESN) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Nestlé shares.

Nestlé S.A (NESN) is the largest packaged foods company in the world with over 2,000 brands under its name. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1905.

How to buy shares in Nestlé

  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 Nestlé. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: NESN. 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 Nestlé 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 CHFCHFCHF96.62, 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 Nestlé, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Nestlé. 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.

Nestlé stock price (SW:NESN)

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

Nestlé shares at a glance

Information last updated 2024-05-17.
Previous closeCHF95.42
Change CHF1.2
Change % 1.2576%
Volume 5,067,128
Information last updated 2024-05-16.
52-week rangeCHF88.1432 - CHF110.6415
50-day moving average CHF93.8982
200-day moving average CHF98.5917
Target priceCHF108.68
PE ratio 22.5863
Dividend yield CHF3 (3.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) CHF4.23
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Is it a good time to buy Nestlé stock?

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Nestlé price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of CHF96.62

1 week (2024-05-14) 2.09%
1 month (2024-04-19) 1.45%
3 months (2024-02-21) -2.52%
6 months (2023-11-21) -3.14%
1 year (2023-05-19) -15.11%
2 years (2022-05-20) -14.65%
3 years (2021-05-21) -12.59%
5 years (2019-05-21) -2.47%

Is Nestlé under- or over-valued?

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

Nestlé's P/E ratio

Nestlé's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 23x. In other words, Nestlé shares trade at around 23x recent earnings.

Nestlé's PEG ratio

Nestlé's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3354. 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 Nestlé's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Nestlé's EBITDA

Nestlé's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is CHFCHF18.2 billion (£15.7 billion).

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

Nestlé financials

Revenue TTM CHFCHF93.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.74%
Gross profit TTM CHFCHF43 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.48%
Return on equity TTM 29.07%
Profit margin 12.01%
Book value CHF13.635
Market capitalisation CHFCHF250.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Nestlé'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 Nestlé.

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

Nestlé's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 32.78

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Nestlé's overall score of 32.78 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 55th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Nestlé's environmental score

Environmental score: 15.54/100

Nestlé's environmental score of 15.54 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Nestlé is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Nestlé's social score

Social score: 19.87/100

Nestlé's social score of 19.87 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Nestlé is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Nestlé's governance score

Governance score: 9.88/100

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

Nestlé's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Nestlé S.A. was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 32.78
Total ESG percentile 54.88
Environmental score 15.54
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 19.87
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 9.88
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 3

Nestlé share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 70.92% of net profits

Recently Nestlé has paid out, on average, around 70.92% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.14% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Nestlé shareholders could enjoy a 3.14% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Nestlé's case, that would currently equate to about CHF3 per share.

Nestlé'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.

Nestlé's most recent dividend payout was on 23 April 2024. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 21 April 2024 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Nestlé's shares ever split?

Nestlé's shares were split on a 10:1 basis on 29 June 2008. So if you had owned 1 share the day before the split, the next day you would own 10 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Nestlé shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 90% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Nestlé shares which in turn could have impacted Nestlé's share price.

Nestlé share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Nestlé's shares have ranged in value from as little as CHFCHF88.1432 up to CHFCHF110.6415. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta measures a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (SW average) beta is 1, while Nestlé's is 0.293. This would suggest that Nestlé's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Nestlé overview

Nestlé S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and beverage company. The company operates through Zone North America; Zone Europe; Zone Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Zone Latin America; Zone Greater China; Nespresso; and Nestlé Health Science segments. It offers baby foods under the Cerelac, Gerber, Nido, and NaturNes brands; bottled water under the Nestlé Pure Life, Perrier, Vittel, Buxton, Erikli, and S.Pellegrino brands; cereals under the Fitness, Nesquik, cheerios, and Lion Cereals brands; and chocolate and confectionery products under the KitKat, Smarties, Aero, Nestlé Les Recettes de l'Atelier, Milkybar, Baci Perugina, Quality Street, and Fitness brands. The company provides coffee products under the Nescafé, Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Starbucks Coffee At Home, and Blue Bottle Coffee brands; culinary, chilled, and frozen foods under the Maggi, DiGiorno, Thomy, Garden Gourmet, Sweet Earth, Hot Pockets, Stouffer's, Buitoni, Lean, and Life Cuisine brands; dairy products under the Carnation, Nido, Bear, Coffee-Mate, and La Laitière brands; and drinks under the Nesquik, Nestea, Nescafé, and Milo brands. In addition, it offers food service products under the Milo, Nescafé, Maggi, Chef, Nestea, Stouffer's, Chef-Mate, Minor's, and Lean Cuisine brand names; healthcare nutrition products under the Boost, Garden of Life, Nature's Bounty, Persona, Vital Proteins, Solgar, Peptamen, Resource, Vitaflo, Impact, and Compleat brands; ice cream products under the Movenpick, Häagen-Dazs, Nestlé Ice Cream, and Extrême brands; and pet care products under the Purina, ONE, Alpo, Felix, Pro Plan, Cat Chow, Fancy Feast, Bakers, Friskies, Dog Chow, Beneful, and Gourmet brands. The company was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland.

Past developments

28 January 2023: Nestle unveils a $100 million investment over the next 3 years to expand its Colombian operations. Its investment builds on the $13 already spent, with the aim of increasing production capacity and updating technology

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