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How to buy Oil Search (OSH) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in Oil Search shares.

Oil Search is an oil & gas e&p business based in Australia. Oil Search shares (OSH) are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and all prices are in Australian dollars. Oil Search has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $1.1 billion. If you're looking to buy shares, check out the steps below.

How to buy shares in Oil Search

To buy shares listed in Australia such as Oil Search, you'll need to sign up to a broker with access to the ASX. Our table can help you compare share trading platforms and choose. Then follow these steps.

  1. Open and fund your brokerage account.
    Complete an application with your personal and financial details, including your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, PayPal or debit card.
  2. Search for Oil Search.
    Find the share by name or ticker symbol: OSH. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  3. Purchase now or later.
    Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Oil Search reaches your desired price. Look into dollar-cost averaging to spread out your risk, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  4. 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.
  5. Check on your investment.
    Congratulations, you own a part of Oil Search. 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.

Oil Search stock price (ASX:OSH)

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

Oil Search shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-20.
52-week range$0 - $0
50-day moving average $4.2264
200-day moving average $4.0193
Target price$3.84
PE ratio 70.8772
Dividend yield $0.038 (1.27%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.057

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Is it a good time to buy Oil Search stock?

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Oil Search price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of A$4.04

3 years (2021-06-24) 6.88%
5 years (2019-06-24) -42.41%

Is Oil Search under- or over-valued?

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

Oil Search's P/E ratio

Oil Search's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 71x. In other words, Oil Search shares trade at around 71x 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.

Oil Search's EBITDA

Oil Search's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $680.9 million (£0.0 million).

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

Oil Search financials

Revenue TTM $1.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 27.95%
Gross profit TTM $344.7 million
Return on assets TTM 1.7%
Return on equity TTM 1.5%
Profit margin 7.57%
Book value 2.735
Market capitalisation $8.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Oil Search'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 Oil Search.

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

Oil Search's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 26.52

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Oil Search's overall score of 26.52 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

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

Oil Search's environmental score

Environmental score: 13.82/100

Oil Search's environmental score of 13.82 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Oil Search is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Oil Search's social score

Social score: 4.8/100

Oil Search's social score of 4.8 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Oil Search is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Oil Search's governance score

Governance score: 5.4/100

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

Oil Search's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Oil Search Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 26.52
Total ESG percentile 37.42
Environmental score 13.82
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 4.8
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 5.4
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Oil Search share dividends

10%

Dividend payout ratio: 9.95% of net profits

Recently Oil Search has paid out, on average, around 9.95% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.27% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Oil Search shareholders could enjoy a 1.27% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Oil Search's case, that would currently equate to about A$0.038 per share.

While Oil Search's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Oil Search is investing more in its future growth.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 29 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Oil Search's shares ever split?

Oil Search's shares were split on 22 September 1991.

Oil Search share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Oil Search's shares have ranged in value from as little as $0 up to $0. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

OSH.AU volatility(beta: 2.08)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 Oil Search's is 2.0819. This would suggest that Oil Search's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Oil Search overview

Oil Search Limited explores for, develops, and produces oil and gas properties primarily in Papua New Guinea, the United States, and Australia. It operates through PNG Business Unit and Alaska Business Unit segments. The company is involved in the exploration, development, production, and sale of hydrocarbons, liquefied natural gas, crude oil, natural gas, condensate, naphtha, and other refined products; and power generation activities. As of December 31, 2020, its proved and probable reserves, and contingent resources comprised approximately 547.2 million barrels of oil and condensate; and 3,956.4 billion cubic feet of gas. The company was incorporated in 1929 and is based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. As of December 17, 2021, Oil Search Limited operates as a subsidiary of Santos Limited.

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