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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Marks & Spencer LSE:MKS London Ordinary Share GB0031274896 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -9.50p -3.44% 267.00p 4,151,526 13:43:26
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
266.90p 267.10p 280.20p 265.00p 277.90p
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 10,698.20 66.80 1.60 166.9 4,338.1

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01/12/201811:45MARKS & SPENCER CHARTS ONLY73
25/10/201809:10M&S about to go up418
05/9/201710:59Archie Norman bringing home the M&S bacon4
04/4/201721:56Get on your Marks bid rumour.336

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Marks & Spencer Daily Update: Marks & Spencer is listed in the General Retailers sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker MKS. The last closing price for Marks & Spencer was 276.50p.
Marks & Spencer has a 4 week average price of 265p and a 12 week average price of 265p.
The 1 year high share price is 328.80p while the 1 year low share price is currently 262.10p.
There are currently 1,624,746,157 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 8,337,860 shares. The market capitalisation of Marks & Spencer is £4,326,699,016.09.
blueteam: With a weak pound this could easily be bought from a investor aboard. With 11% shorted any whiff of a bid could see this reverse very quickly. A lot of high street gloom is already in the share price, at some stage this is or will be a great buy.
diku: Merge merge merge with a top food retailer...and see the share price shoot up to 400 - 420p...
countless: From IC mag...… I’m not a fan of politics generally and tend to avoid mentioning it when discussing investments. However, I can’t help thinking that Marks & Spencer (MKS) has many similarities with the current Conservative party: Both are very reliant on the support of wealthy older people and will probably face terminal decline unless they change their ways. Half-year results released this week show that the company has much to do. LFL sales in clothing and homeware were down by 1 per cent and Food LFL sales were down by 2.9 per cent. The company is looking to put things right by closing stores, opening better stores, refreshing its clothing ranges, improving its online business and revamping its supply chain and cutting costs. Can M&S become a successful and growing retailer again? I’m not so sure it can. In clothing, I think it has a very tough task. Competitors such as Boohoo, Asos, Next and Primark offer a combination of better and cheaper ranges. With the exception of Primark – which doesn’t sell online – all have good and established online businesses and fulfilment. I think M&S food is very good quality but its prices are too expensive – with a few exceptions such as ready meals – given what can be bought elsewhere. I think it’s going to be hard for it to woo more customers. If it can prove doubters such as me wrong, then I would say that M&S shares look quite interesting just now. The business remains very good at generating cash flow, with free cash flows increasing due to a tight rein on capex spending. As a result, debt levels are coming down. But can M&S deliver meaningful growth in sales and free cash flow? If it can, then the shares look cheap and offer a 2019 forecast free cash flow yield of 9.5 per cent, at a share price of 297p. This suggests that the dividend yield of 6.2 per cent looks safe for the time being. One for contrarian investors to consider perhaps?
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.
danny baker: It's going to take more than a non-exec buying 2,000 shares to stop the share price going down the plug hole. Did you see the good Ocado statement? The more MKS's competitors do well the more pressure on MKS's LFLs. Clothing sales are holding up quite well for MKS but it is the food side which has gone ex-growth. It's not really got back on track after a disappointing Christmas. Summer trading should have been good but the hot weather impacted UK salad growers so MKS couldn't take full advantage of the increased demand. If my local store is anything to go by they are still over-ordering rainbow and pasta salads and running out of everything else. I'm very happy to run my short position.
philanderer: 'Marks & Spencer's share price falls as FTSE100 demotion looms' Pressure is piling on troubled retailer Marks & Spencer, which faces being demoted from the FTSE100 after the index closes today, as its share price tumbled this morning. Officials will reshuffle indices based on close of business market values today, ahead of an announcement tomorrow. The 134-year old firm has been a member of the FTSE 100 since the index was established in 1984, but shares have fallen nearly a quarter over the last year. Based on Friday's closing price of 310p per share, M&S was ranked 99th in the index for market capitalisation, valued at £5.05bn. Close behind were fellow blue chip Severn Trent, with a market cap of £4.93bn, and FTSE250 stock Weir Group on £4.87bn. This morning M&S' share price was down 2.7 per cent in early trading. But shares in Weir Group and Severn Trent were also down, 2.1 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively. Midcap stocks GVC Holdings and Ocado look certain to be promoted, having climbed to 86th and 88th position respectively. HTTP://
essentialinvestor: The MKS share price peaked 3 year ago almost to the day, around double current levels.
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
sarkasm: broker ratings Marks and Spencer Group Plc 9.7% Potential Upside Indicated by Deutsche Bank Posted by: Amilia Stone 19th December 2017 Marks and Spencer Group Plc with EPIC/TICKER (LON:MKS) had its stock rating noted as ‘Reiterates217; with the recommendation being set at ‘HOLD’ this morning by analysts at Deutsche Bank. Marks and Spencer Group Plc are listed in the Consumer Services sector within UK Main Market. Deutsche Bank have set their target price at 335 GBX on its stock. This indicates the analyst now believes there is a potential upside of 9.7% from the opening price of 305.4 GBX. Over the last 30 and 90 trading days the company share price has increased 4.4 points and decreased 35.6 points respectively. The 52 week high share price is 397.8 GBX while the year low share price is currently 296.3 GBX. Marks and Spencer Group Plc has a 50 day moving average of 327.07 GBX and a 200 Day Moving Average share price is recorded at 342.17. There are currently 1,624,741,639 shares in issue with the average daily volume traded being 10,240,320. Market capitalisation for LON:MKS is £4,994,455,699 GBP.
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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