Orange Stock Exchange Share Price - Live Quotes and Prices

The telecommunications leader Orange is a safe bet for investors. Read this article for important information about this major French company.

Orange is the leader of the French telecommunications sector and one of the largest telephone operators in the world with more than 250 million users. It is also active in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Introduction to Orange stock

History of the Company 

Orange was originally a British telecommunications company. In 2000, it became a subsidiary of the French public company France Telecom. Since the acquisition of Orange, all of France Telecom's brands have been replaced by Orange's. In 2013, the company permanently changed its name and brand to Orange. Currently, the company employs more than 148,000 people, about 60% of whom are in France.

Products and business lines

Orange's main activities are telecommunications services and equipment sales. It is also active in the marketing of electronic communication services to a targeted customer base of qualified alternative operators. Orange's products are aimed at a broad customer base of professionals, individuals and businesses through Orange Business Service. Finally, Orange also offers banking and mobile banking products via Orange Bank and Orange Money.

Orange Group subsidiaries

The telecommunications company Orange is present in 27 countries, in more than 70% of European countries and in more than 80% of African and Asian countries. The Orange subsidiaries are:

  • Orange Bank - Orange Monnaie
  • Orange Poland - Spain - Belgium - Luxembourg...
  • Orange Caribbean - French overseas departments
  • Orange Saudi Arabia, Orange Iraq, Orange Jordan
  • Orange Morocco - Orange Tunisia - Orange Madagascar - Orange Egypt - Orange Democratic Republic of Congo - Orange Burkina Faso
  • Orange Applications for Business - Orange Business Services - Orange Cyberdefense
  • Générale de Téléphone-Orange Lease - Orange Marine-Orange Consulting - Sofrecom 
  • Orange Prestations TV-Internet+- Orange Advertising Network-Orange Studio - OCSGlobecast - Viaccess-Orca - SoftAtHome

Key facts and dates

Here are some of the events and dates that have marked the history of Orange and the French and British companies that preceded it:

  • 1792 - creation of the first telegraphy communication network in France, the ancestor of France Telecom
  • 2004 - privatization of France Telecom by the State, which held more than 50% of the company's shares  
  • 2001: on February 13, Orange was listed on the CAC40 stock exchange and integrated into Euronext Paris with a value of 10 euros, the unit cost of one share
  • 2003: 13.7% of Orange's capital was delisted from the Paris Stock Exchange by compulsory buyout at the IPO price
  • 2000-2004: the early 2000s were a difficult period for Orange. Indeed, the all-out internationalization between 1995 and 2000 had an impact on the company's cash flow. In 2002, it was one of the most indebted companies in the world. The turnaround plan taken within the company has allowed the rebalancing of the financial situation of the company.

Is investing in Orange stock a good opportunity?

The health crisis of 2020 has impacted many activity sectors, including tourism, transport, hospitality and manufacturing. However, the telecommunications sector is one of the few spared by the crisis. The services offered by telephone, mobile, fixed and internet operators are essential services that the population needs, especially during lockdowns.

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Orange has a solid financial situation and excellent results at all levels, including services, business development and finances. But is this reason enough to invest in Orange stock? Let’s take a look at what the figures say. 

Stock profile

Orange S.A. is listed on Euronext and the CAC40 on the Paris Stock Exchange. On May 3, 2021, the share price at the close of trading was 10.38 euros. A slight appreciation of 0.29% was noted compared to the previous day's price. Over the last thirty days, the prices have been stable and give a static trend. 

Since January 1, 2021, the highest variation observed was 6.64%. The lowest share price in a year was 8,632 euros and the highest was 9,734 euros. Orange has more than 2,648 million shares with more than 800,000 individual shareholders.

Orange's shareholders are mainly institutional investors. Here is a breakdown of shareholders by category :

  • Employees and self-employed : 3.07%
  • Self-holding : 0.4%
  • Institutional investors : 67.2%
  • State : 25.07%
  • Deutsche Bank : 5.07%

Financial data

Orange is the leader in the telecommunications sector in France. In 2020, the group generated revenues of 42.3 billion euros and net income of 5.05 billion euros. Despite a slight decline in Europe due to the health crisis, the group's performance in Africa, Asia and the Middle East has balanced out the company’s results.  

Orange announced an increase of +0.3% compared to the previous year on a comparable basis. In 2020, the company's general assembly decided on a dividend of 0.70 euro per share and 0.30 euro following tax proceeds. It should be noted in passing that the net result for 2020 included a significant amount of tax proceeds relating to a decision by the Conseil d'Etat in connection with an old tax dispute. 

Here is the group's outlook for 2021:

  • Estimated revenues : 42,432 billion euros
  • Net income forecast : 2.63 billion euros
  • Expected rate of return : 6.74