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Marks And Spencer Group Plc LSE:MKS London Ordinary Share GB0031274896 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +3.50p +1.62% 219.50p 23,106,727 16:10:07
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219.50p 219.60p 220.40p 215.00p 216.10p
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 10,377.30 84.60 2.10 104.5 4,280.4

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17/6/2019
09:20
Marks And Spencer Daily Update: Marks And Spencer Group Plc is listed in the General Retailers sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker MKS. The last closing price for Marks And Spencer was 216p.
Marks And Spencer Group Plc has a 4 week average price of 212.10p and a 12 week average price of 212.10p.
The 1 year high share price is 316.60p while the 1 year low share price is currently 212.10p.
There are currently 1,950,059,808 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 14,740,401 shares. The market capitalisation of Marks And Spencer Group Plc is £4,280,381,278.56.
07/6/2019
09:38
diku: What has happened since Archie Norman took over...down down deeper down...one time performers in the past...same with Barc chairman..he was going to double the share price when price was around 240p...look at it now...he is going or gone...
02/6/2019
13:27
debsdowner: My view on rights issue? The share price was £2.71 at the time the announcement was made and the share price expected to weaken which they have done. I have a gut feeling they will bounce in due course so BUY the rights. Good luck.
01/6/2019
00:45
philanderer: Market report: After a week in which it lost 12 per centof its market value, Marks & Spencer was back in fashion and bounced 1.9 per cent, or 4.1p, to 225.2p. Its share price had been driven down by a technicality that allowed investors to buy the ‘rights’ to cut-price shares in the retailer’s £600million cash call. The reversal of fortunes may be enough to keep M&S from falling through the trapdoor after the Footsie is re-calibrated next week, although it will be nip and tuck. HTTPS://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-7092173/MARKET-REPORT-Just-Eat-shares-slide-rival-Uber-unveils-impressive-quarterly-results.html
31/5/2019
11:41
debsdowner: !FOLLOWFEED Marks & Spencer has just done a rights issue and here are the options: Https://www.hl.co.uk/news/articles/marks-and-spencer-rights-issue-faqs For readers who have followed my posts most will know I have a good handle on retailers predicting the demise of Debenhams. So what are my views? Marks is struggling like most supermarkets and large department stores. I view any pe rating above 10 too high due to poor consumer confidence and the possibility of a recession. There is a high possibility of demotion from the footsie 100 now and if that happens I see a downtrend to continue in the share price falling below the rights issue price. The dividend has been slashed its no longer a yield earner. If Marks doesn't get demoted the shares could bounce slightly but its a 50/50 bet. Sharecast links: Marks Spencer valuation, pe ratio 5 year record and forecasts.. Forecast growth operating margin 5% over double 4 big supermarkets. Https://www.sharecast.com/equity/Marks_Spencer_Group Marks will struggle the next 2 years unless management come up with new id albeit the forecast margin beats the main competition hands down. Buy the rights imo. Support at 2.20 now gone sell down to rights price imo.
28/5/2019
10:03
the grumpy old men: EXTRACTED FROM THE ABOVE MOTLEYFOOL ARTICLE Meanwhile, low earnings multiples (and high dividend yields) at Marks & Spencer and easyJet, suggest potential value on offer. However, I believe only one of the two represents a great investment proposition. Green shoots (again) In its annual results last week, M&S’s management spoke of “good progress in restoring the basics,” signs of “green shoots,” and so on. However, we’ve heard this time and again over the past few decades from previous management teams and turnaround plans at the company. Sure, the current team has made a bold move in announcing a new joint venture with online grocer Ocado, but this strikes me as something of a ‘Hail Mary pass’, that is, a long shot. The price M&S is paying — up to £750m — is widely considered expensive. And long-suffering shareholders are being asked to cough up over £600m in a rights issue, as well as seeing their dividends slashed by 40%. I’ve been saying for years that if I owned the stock, I’d be happy to sell and buy into a business with a more promising outlook. I see no reason to change my view at a share price of 246.3p (market cap £4bn), with a forward P/E of 10 and prospective dividend yield of 4.5%.
28/5/2019
09:59
the grumpy old men: Marks & Spencer and easyJet poised for FTSE 100 exit. Time to buy? G A Chester | Tuesday, 28th May, 2019 | More on: EZJ MKS Marks & Spencer (LSE: MKS) and easyJet (LSE: EZJ) have just seven trading sessions left to save themselves from being dumped out of the FTSE 100 in the summer quarterly index review. According to my calculations, they’re currently the Footsie’s bottom-ranked constituents, and are set to be pushed out by FTSE 250 firms JD Sports Fashion and Aveva, which both stand poised for automatic promotion to the top index. Do I think now is a good time to snap up shares in any of these companies? Earnings multiples My colleagues have been almost universally bullish on JD Sports for many years — and continue to be impressed by the company’s blistering growth. At a share price of 618.8p (market cap £6bn), it trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 20. I see a good business, but a multiple that’s a bit too rich for my liking in the retail sector, and I rate it a ‘hold’. Software group Aveva just missed out on promotion in the last quarterly reshuffle, but its shares have continued to rise and now sit at 3,460p (market cap £5.6bn). I see this as another good business, but on a forward P/E of 36, I maintain my previous view that the sky-high earnings multiple makes it a stock to avoid. Meanwhile, low earnings multiples (and high dividend yields) at Marks & Spencer and easyJet, suggest potential value on offer. However, I believe only one of the two represents a great investment proposition. Green shoots (again) In its annual results last week, M&S’s management spoke of “good progress in restoring the basics,” signs of “green shoots,” and so on. However, we’ve heard this time and again over the past few decades from previous management teams and turnaround plans at the company. Sure, the current team has made a bold move in announcing a new joint venture with online grocer Ocado, but this strikes me as something of a ‘Hail Mary pass’, that is, a long shot. The price M&S is paying — up to £750m — is widely considered expensive. And long-suffering shareholders are being asked to cough up over £600m in a rights issue, as well as seeing their dividends slashed by 40%. I’ve been saying for years that if I owned the stock, I’d be happy to sell and buy into a business with a more promising outlook. I see no reason to change my view at a share price of 246.3p (market cap £4bn), with a forward P/E of 10 and prospective dividend yield of 4.5%. First-rate business While I see M&S as a structurally challenged company in a structurally challenged sector (and a value trap for investors), I’m far more optimistic about easyJet. I think there’s genuine value on offer at the budget airline, whose share price of 919p (market cap £3.6bn), gives a forward P/E of 8 and prospective dividend yield of 6.2%. Of course, for a company to be on such a cheap rating, investor sentiment has to be against it. In half-year results earlier this month, easyJet pointed to headwinds from “the ongoing negative impact of Brexit-related market uncertainty as well as a wider macroeconomic slowdown in Europe.” I see a proven first-rate business in a cyclical, rather than structurally challenged, industry. I reckon the valuation of the stock is attractive for long-term investors, and I rate it a ‘buy’.
10/10/2018
18:22
countless: Found this on Stockopedia, which I think is excellent for information, graphs and finding shares, so thought I would share. It was written last trading update by Paul Scott, one of their best contributors I think:- Share price: 307p (up 5.2% yesterday, on results day) No. shares: 1,624.8m Market cap: £4,988m Results for 52 weeks ended 31 Mar 2018 It would take too long to comment on everything, so here are just some interesting points that I jotted down whilst reading the results. Revenue up slightly, 0.7%, to £10,622m Adjusted profit remarkably resilient, at £580.9m - down only 5.4% in a market where much of the competition is seriously struggling. Adjusted free cashflow is a stand out item, at £582.4m - remember this is after capex, so MKS remains a highly cash generative business. Huge adjustments though, covering various reorganisational costs, totalling £514.1m - so how you view these results depends on whether you accept the adjustments or not. Adjusted EPS of 27.8p = PER of 11.0 Net debt is £1.83bn - large, but I think MKS has a substantial freehold property portfolio. I would normally disregard debt that relates to freehold properties Property - the 2017 Annual Report shows "land & buildings" with a book value of £2,588m at 1 Apr 2017. The word "freehold" is not mentioned anywhere in the Annual Report. I've googled it, and this article from 2013 suggests that 65% of MKS's retail space was freehold. If anyone has more information on what MKS's freehold properties might be worth, then please post it in the comments below. MKS seems to be permanently reorganising, but the narrative with yesterday's results sounds impressive for its directness - admitting that many things are wrong with the business, but can be fixed. International profit has more than doubled to £135.2m, due to exiting from loss-making sites/countries, and forex benefits. That's an impressive improvement. I wonder what profit growth might be possible from overseas expansion? Store closures - this is being accelerated, and will result in 25% of the "legacy" clothing and home space being closed. Whilst brutal, this should considerably boost future profits, I imagine. It also means there will be less competition in many towns for mid-market rivals such as Next (LON:NXT) (my largest long position currently). Store closures will also free up working capital, so cashflow positive. A very interesting comment is made re closures; We have been encouraged by the proportion of sales transferred to nearby stores from those which have closed. That is very important. It means that a store closure not only eliminates the losses from the problem store, but it also boosts the profits of its neighbouring MKS store(s). Don't underestimate how positive that will be for profits. I remember in the 1990s, my former employer had 3 shops in Oxford. All of them were loss-making. When our CEO finally disposed of the 2 surplus stores, the 1 remaining store was a goldmine, as many of the customers from the other 2 shops started using the 1 remaining local shop. Therefore, I think that MKS's store closure programme could significantly boost its profits. Unfortunately though, I think it could also hollow out many town centres, where the presence of an MKS store is a big draw for older, affluent shoppers, who may simply stop going into town altogether, and order online instead? Dividend - held at 18.7p per share, with a statement saying this will be maintained. More importantly, the cashflows are perfectly adequate to fund this level of payout - a sustainable (I think) 6.1% yield - not bad! Cost-cutting - MKS has long been seen as a bloated, inefficient company. That is more-or-less confirmed by the refreshingly self-critical commentary alongside these results. The interesting angle on this, is that stripping out excess costs means that MKS should be able to absorb the well known other rising costs affecting all retailers, mainly labour-related. So this is a good reason to believe MKS might be more resilient than most, as it becomes more efficient through the current reorganisation. Price reductions - don't you just hate the buzz phrase "price investment"! Why not just call it what it is, price cuts. It's not an investment at all. MKS uses an even more elaborate phrase to tell us that it will be reducing some food prices; Our repositioning will require renewed investment in trusted value. We believe however that this will be offset by cost reduction, volume optimisation opportunities, removing excessive packaging costs, and tackling issues which impact availability and waste. I like the other stuff, about finding cost savings. This newish management does seem to be on the ball, or getting that way anyway. Note also that wage cost increases & other inflation-related costs, were "largely offset" by a reduction in the large marketing budget, and through in-store efficiencies. This reinforces my earlier point that MKS is a bloated, inefficient company, but that's a good thing because it means there's an opportunity to make it much better, and hence more profitable. Or at least there's plenty of fat to be cut out, to absorb future cost increases, e.g. Central costs increased in a number of areas including IT and the introduction of the Government's apprentice levy, however these were offset by reduced costs following the head office restructuring and lower incentive costs year on year. Cashflow - this was a real eye-opener for me. Due to the huge depreciation charge (on previous years' capex), EBITDA works out at: Adjusted operating profit £670.6m + depreciation & amortisation £580.6 = Adjusted EBITDA £1,251.2m. Wow! The public perception of MKS as an almost failing business, seems to be wildly too pessimistic compared with its figures showing that it's actually still a real cash cow. Pension fund - is ginormous! It has an IAS surplus of £948.2m. Yet the cashflow statement shows £41.4m was paid into it by the company. So there must be an actuarial deficit. Scheme assets are £9,989.3m! Scheme liabilities are £9.029.6m, in the accounts. That's some pension scheme. My opinion - before I looked at these numbers, I just assumed that MKS was a basket case, probably heading towards eventual failure. The figures & narrative paint a very much more positive picture. Store closures (of loss-making sites) could increase profits considerably over the coming years. New management seem focused on delivering a serious reorganisation of the company. I'm amazed that MKS doesn't seem to do a proper Ecommerce food offering. All I could find was party food that you had to pre-order about 5 days early. How ridiculous! Why doesn't it do a proper groceries delivery service? Most people seem to agree that MKS clothing is lamentable these days. So that's another potential area for improvement. With all these problems, that MKS is still generating EBITDA of £1.25bn, says to me that there is a cracking business here, which is partially obscured by all its well-known problems. I can scarcely believe myself saying this, but based on my review of these figures, I'm minded to go long of MKS shares - for the divis, and the recovery potential, plus the highly cash generative nature of the existing business.
23/5/2018
09:22
essentialinvestor: The MKS share price peaked 3 year ago almost to the day, around double current levels.
28/4/2018
16:34
moorsie2: fair enough... But this sector M&A talk/ action can only be positive for MKS share price Should be a good week for holders and possibly back above 300 again
25/8/2017
09:57
jpjohn1: In the past I have bought many different shares in company's purchasing £ millions, but on this site don't matter what company it is I would say a third of all comments are very negative of that company, I am not saying we only have positive good news but there are a lot of investors out there hoping to give bad news all the time hoping the share price will collapse and they will pick up a bargain. Mks share price is not great at the moment but you are buying probably the best name in the high street
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