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Share Price:
Up 525.40p
Change Today:
17.80p
Market Cap:
16,956m
Sector:
Aerospace and Defence

BAE faces further ESG outflows, Exane says

By Sean Farrell

Date: Friday 09 Apr 2021

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - BAE Systems faces further outflows if the trend towards responsible investing continues, Exane BNP Paribas said as the broker cut its rating on BAE to 'neutral' and reduced its share price target by 15% to 525p.


European funds are moving rapidly to satisfy ESG (environmental, social and governance) requirements imposed by investors and the defence sector has been penalised because of a lack of agreement on compliance, Exane said. Many asset managers are dumping companies rather than risk having to justify a potentially controversial investment, it added.

Aerospace and defence companies could face a further derating if their shares were to be treated like tobacco companies. The sector looks cheap but a rebound may not happen unless companies take back control of their stories, Exane said.

BAE needs to take action on important controversies for its value to materialise and could be snubbed by more investors if ESG gains further momentum, Exane said. Among other contentious actions, BAE has sold billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia that campaigners say have been used against civilians in Yemen.

"Corporates and investors need to take control of the defence exclusion debate," Exane analyst Chloe Lemarie said in a note to clients. She said investors should "transform their exclusion strategy into a lobbying tool that can have an actual ESG impact".

Capital markets days at Thales and probably BAE are potential catalysts to take the debate further Lemarie said. BAE shares fell 2% to 516p at 15:30 GMT.

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BAE Systems Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Price 525.40p
Change Today 17.80p
52 Week High 541.60p
52 Week Low 397.00p
Volume 9,142,909
Shares Issued 3,227.36m
Market Cap 16,956m
Beta 0.01

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What The Brokers Say

Strong Buy 13
Buy 2
Neutral 6
Sell 0
Strong Sell 0
Total 21
buy
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BAE Systems Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Final 2nd Interim
Ex-Div 22-Apr-21 22-Oct-20
Paid 01-Jun-21 30-Nov-20
Amount 14.30p 9.40p

Trades for 14-May-2021

Time Volume / Share Price
16:35 564,513 @ 522.78p
16:39 1,139,662 @ 520.90p
16:35 2,919,277 @ 525.40p
16:29 1,094 @ 525.00p
16:29 702 @ 525.00p

BAE Systems Key Personnel

Chair Roger Carr
CEO Charles Woodburn