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In 2023, I’m looking at the BHP share price

The BHP Group Ltd (ASX:BHP) share price has risen 9.7% since the start of the 2023. The Rea Group Ltd (ASX:REA) share price is 1% off its 52-week low.

BHP share price

BHP Group (formerly BHP Billiton) is a diversified natural resources company producing commodities that was founded in 1885.

BHP’s principal business lines are mineral exploration and production. BHP’s assets, operations and interests are separated into three focus areas: Copper and related minerals (e.g. gold, uranium, silver, zinc, etc.), Iron Ore, and Coal (i.e. metallurgical and energy).

BHP shares are often seen as a reliable dividend paying investment and is a common constituent of an ASX share portfolio. If you own an popular ETF or LIC, or invest with Industry Super, chances are you have exposure.

REA share price

Founded in 1995, REA Group is a Melbourne-based real estate advertising company that is majority owned by News Corp. In Australia, it operates through its Realestate.com.au platform.

REA Group operates on a global scale and now operates property websites in around 10 countries used by some 20,000 agents. In a typical month, the core Australian website gets over 55 million visits. The business is broken down across geographic lines, with Australia taking the lion’s share of revenue. Within Australia, REA makes money by listing properties for sale or rent (i.e. the agent uses REA’s website to show properties, which the property owner is on the hook to pay). It also makes money from financial services (e.g. mortgage broking), but this is a much smaller part of the business.

Property websites such as Realestate.com.au attract both buyers and sellers and aim to simplify the process resulting in an efficient and stress-free transaction. We believe its competitive advantge is that of any other established platform: network effects and efficient scale. In other words, Domain (the #2 player) is meaningfully behind REA in users and views, which means REA can continue to charge more.

Share price valuation

One way to have a ‘quick read’ of where the BHP share price is, is to study something like dividend yield thru time. Remember, the dividend yield is effectively the ‘cash flow’ to a share holder, but it can be influenced by yearly or bi-yearly fluctuations. Currently, BHP Group Ltd shares have a dividend yield of around 5.25%, which compares to its 5-year average of 9.38%. Put simply, BHP shares are trading below their historical average dividend yield.

The REA share price trades at a price-sales ratio of 16.76x, which compares to its 5-year long-term average of 12.29x. So, its shares are trading higher than their historical average. However, please do more investigating than a simple multiple like this. Our websites explain Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Dividend Discount Models (DDM), and many different ways to value a share, like Rea Group Ltd.

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