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MKS Marks And Spencer Group Plc

3.20 (1.25%)
Last Updated: 13:49:26
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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Marks And Spencer Group Plc LSE:MKS London Ordinary Share GB0031274896 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  3.20 1.25% 260.20 1,289,913 13:49:26
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
259.90 260.10 261.10 257.50 258.10
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Misc General Mdse Stores 11.93B 363.4M 0.3699 7.02 2.55B
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
13:49:22 AT 254 260.20 GBX

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Posted at 08/12/2023 08:20 by Marks And Spencer Daily Update
Marks And Spencer Group Plc is listed in the Misc General Mdse Stores sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker MKS. The last closing price for Marks And Spencer was 257p.
Marks And Spencer currently has 982,420,226 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Marks And Spencer is £2,549,380,486.
Marks And Spencer has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of 7.02.
This morning MKS shares opened at 258.10p
Posted at 30/11/2023 11:10 by philanderer
Market fails to recognise qualities of M&S, says SVM’s Veitch

Marks & Spencer (MKS) is showing clear improvements and even with its loss-making Ocado (OCDO) venture, the shares aren’t reflecting the potential, says SVM manager Neil Veitch.

Veitch holds the Citywire Elite Companies A-rated stock in his £54m SVM UK Growth fund and in the most recent update said the interims should provide ‘clear evidence of the improvements made across the business’, noting clothing and home sales were up 6%, while the business was gaining market share.

‘This reflects the significant improvements that have been made in boosting M&S’s style perception over recent years,’ Veitch said.

‘Having added a number of third-party brands to its online offering and improved its own infrastructure, M&S has built a strong platform for future growth.’

It also ‘consistently grew volumes’ in food but Veitch said there are ‘still many areas where performance can be improved’.

‘The Ocado joint venture remains lossmaking and the group’s reward scheme, Sparks, is still some way short of best-in-class,’; he said. ‘Overall, though, we still think that at current levels the share price fails to reflect M&S’s qualities or its potential for improvement.’

Shares in Marks & Spencer were trading at 252p on Wednesday.
Posted at 25/11/2023 20:29 by xxxxxy
Bosses at Asos will no longer need to hit diversity targets to get their bonuses, in the latest sign of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) movement faltering.The online fashion retailer said it was changing the criteria for its annual executive bonus scheme, making it primarily dependent on profits. Executives will also have to make progress on improving Asos's share price and profit margins to land their payouts. ... Daily Telegraph
Posted at 11/11/2023 18:45 by waldron
M&S shares: what the analysts think plus latest price targets

One of the UK’s best-known retailers is undergoing an impressive and much-needed transformation, and shareholders are finally feeling the benefit. Here’s how the City has reacted to latest results.

9th November 2023 13:38

by Graeme Evans from interactive investor

A “chronically undervalued” Marks & Spencer Group MKS

share price has been backed to reach at least £3 as favourable reviews for the resurgent retailer continued in the City today.

Peel Hunt said upgraded forecasts will “look miles too low” if M&S can deliver on the promises outlined in a five-year strategy briefing, which the company held with analysts after yesterday’s better-than-expected half-year results and dividend restoration.

The City firm left yesterday afternoon’s presentation convinced that the management team is “as impressive a unit as we have seen at the company in years, possibly ever”.

Peel Hunt said it learned a lot about how processes are improving within M&S, including the supply chain, in-store tactics and product sourcing. This has underlined its belief that the turnaround can be both a sales and margin story.

The positive commentary follows half-year profits of £360 million that comfortably beat City forecasts of £275 million, with the beat driven by both sides of the business.

Food like-for-like sales grew by 11.7% and margins were encouraging in clothing and home after an improvement to 12.1% from 9.8% the previous year. M&S also reported further robust trading in October, boosting confidence in the run-up to Christmas.

The City’s full-year profit consensus rose from £560 million to around £640 million, although M&S struck a cautious tone amid the highest interest rates in two decades.

As it had previously promised, the company declared a “modest” 1p a share dividend to reflect the improved operating performance, balance sheet and credit metrics.

This will be paid on 12 January and represents the first distribution to shareholders in four years. Peel Hunt is looking for a total for the year of 6p, rising to 8p a share in 2025.

Shares jumped 9% yesterday and are now up 90% to 243p over this year, with last night’s valuation of £4.8 billion giving M&S a stronger foothold in the FTSE 100 index after recently ending four years of mid-cap exile.

Despite the progress, M&S loyalists among its 100,000 or so retail investors will recall being above 500p in 2015 and sharing a dividend pot worth £375 million the following year.

Peel Hunt believes yesterday’s upgrades may end up looking too conservative if the strong trading in food and especially clothing and home (C&H) lasts beyond Christmas.

The broker said: “The value for money position in food continues to improve and style progress persists in C&H.

“The expression “positive dissatisfaction̶1; prevails, and may do so in shareholders' minds, in that the shares have done well, but they remain chronically undervalued in our view. We stick with a strong Buy but our 300p target price is probably too low on a 12-month view.”

Among other City firms, JP Morgan today switched the retailer to “neutral”; from “underweight” with its new price target of 260p up from 170p previously.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley upgraded their earnings forecasts but stick with their “overweight221; rating and 280p price target for now.
Posted at 08/11/2023 13:58 by philanderer
Richard Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, said the retailer ‘continues its transformation at speed’ and has been ‘rejuvenated’ with the shares now having nearly doubled this year.

‘From here on in, expectations and indeed comparatives are likely to become tougher, although at these levels the shares are not looking especially expensive based on historic valuations,’ he said.

‘The market consensus of the shares as a strong “hold” reflects the fact the share price progress is unlikely to remain linear while also recognising that most investors are content to stay on the ride.’
Posted at 08/11/2023 08:31 by pierre oreilly
Food glorious food.Expanding food outlets selling high quality food at prices below Waitrose is the transforming factor here.We've had one year of share price appreciation, such transforming can drive the price higher for 3 or 4 years, and from now on, with a Divi too.M&S is no longer just for big pants for fuddy duddy old women.
Posted at 06/11/2023 10:38 by debsdowner
BooHoo breaks it's ethical pledge which promised to pay it's suppliers a fair price.

Seems it's been a waste of money hiring a barrister it looks like it has done so to convince shareholders it is doing the right thing.

Bricks and mortar NEXT and MARKS now beating the online fashion on profits and share price performance.
Posted at 26/10/2023 04:54 by johnwise
Undervalued – even after a 70% share price surge

Marks & Spencer Group MKS

shares have surpassed even the retail sector’s impressive year-to-date performance. They have risen by over 70% in the current calendar year following upbeat results that prompted a material improvement in investor sentiment.

In its latest trading update, the firm reported continued market share growth across its operations. This means it is becoming increasingly well placed to capitalise on improving operating conditions in the retail sector.

Already, its financial performance is gaining momentum. Like-for-like food sales in the first 19 weeks of its current financial year increased by 11%, while clothing and home sales grew by 6% on a like-for-like basis over the same period. This was in spite of the company reporting “robust” profit margins, with guidance for the full year subsequently raised.

Crucially, the firm’s financial position shows that it can continue to overcome a tough operating environment. Its net interest cover amounted to 13 in its 2023 financial year. This figure is likely to grow over the coming years as profitability improves. And with a net promoter score (a market research tool measuring how likely someone would recommend the store) that increased from 29 to 36 over the past year, the firm is making encouraging progress in convincing shoppers that it is attractive relative to sector rivals.

Although the company’s turnaround has taken many years to come to fruition, a focus on efficiency, e-commerce and improved product quality is starting to have a marked impact on its top and bottom lines.

And even after a strong performance over recent months, Marks and Spencer’s shares continue to offer a wide margin of safety to new investors. They currently trade on a forward price/earnings (PE) ratio of around 11.6, which is attractive compared with other retail stocks. Therefore, they remain a worthwhile investment opportunity on a long-term view.
Posted at 23/8/2023 09:47 by florenceorbis
Written by:
Josh Lamb

Marks & Spencer to regain FTSE 100 spot

Published: 09:10 23 Aug 2023

M&S will return to the FTSE 100 index come September

Marks and Spencer Group PLC (LSE:MKS) is poised to regain its place on London’s blue-chip index after a four-year absence thanks to impressive share price gains this year.

Come September’s reshuffle, M&S will re-emerge on the index, alongside Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC (LSE:DPH), Diploma PLC (LSE:DPLM) and Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (LSE:HIK, OTC:HKMPF), according to benchmark provider FTSE Russell.

They will replace Abrdn PLC (LSE:ABDN), Johnson Matthey PLC (LSE:JMAT), Persimmon PLC (LSE:PSN) and RS Group PLC (LSE:RS1), with confirmation of the changes coming after markets close on 30 August.

M&S has enjoyed a strong first half of this year, with a lift to interim guidance earlier this month only adding fuel to share price gains of 71% since December.

Having struggled in the wake of the pandemic, the retailer made new appointments last year in the form of co-chief executive Katie Bickerstaffe and chief financial officer Jeremy Townsend, which helped shift investor sentiment, according to analysts.

An unexpectedly large improvement in interim profit margins and overall strong performance in its clothing business then saw the stars align for M&S, which has found itself with a market cap of £4.3 billion heading into September.
Posted at 18/7/2023 13:32 by darrin1471
IMO It depends upon the size of the dividend whether you will be able to retire this year. MKS share price could be around that level when they announce.
Posted at 21/5/2023 11:56 by darrin1471
In January MKS did not upgrade their outlook so the risk should be to the upside as consumer confidence is higher now than when the outlook was issued.
MKS is at a year high but there is still a 50% upside to reach the post covid high and I would argue that the perception of MKS is now a lot better than then.

The elephant in the room. Dividends
This time last year "The Board will consider the scale and timing of a resumption of dividend payments at the year end"
Resuming dividends after 4 years should be a significant boost to the share price as income funds are able to buy.
Dividends vs debt paydown vs investment is an important call and the forward looking dividend policy will be very important to the MKS share price.
Marks And Spencer share price data is direct from the London Stock Exchange

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