Merlin Entertainments Dividends - MERL

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Stock Name Stock Symbol Market Stock Type Stock ISIN Stock Description
Merlin Entertainments Plc MERL London Ordinary Share GB00BDZT6P94 ORD 1P
  Price Change Price Change % Stock Price Last Trade
0.00 0.0% 454.60 01:00:00
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Merlin Entertainments MERL Dividends History

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sovsov1357: Does anyone have any idea when we’ll get paid for takeover? My initial reading was not until Q4 at earliest - in which case I think I’ll sell now, considering no divi and the money could be used elsewhere...
sux_2bu: 320p is where i'll be seriously considering buying, after a bit more research. ;-) There again, maybe under 300p is on the cards, i really don't know. The market is not in love with MERL meantime.
ddubzy: Well ongoing, ACSO should help MERL with their queuing problems.
cantrememberthis2: PUG I bought in today. MERL hold the cards for Alton Towers and Legoland. We have been to both and can see why they are hugely popular for families. It ticks the boxes except for the queues. Still not a patch on Disney!
farmergeorge: Has the Merl share price lost it's way, or are we just waiting for some significant news - one way or 'tother?
philanderer: xd tomorrow morning for the 2.4p dividend
manics: Berenberg braces for disappointment from Merlin Falling visitor numbers at attractions such as Legoland and Blackpool Pleasure Beach may make for a disappointing set of first-half results for Merlin Entertainment (MERL), according to Berenberg. ‘Merlin may have raised ticket prices too far,’ Berenberg analyst Owen Shirley warned yesterday, ahead of today’s results. He also claimed that lower-than-expected cinema admissions for the Lego Batman Movie had meant that the expected divisional boost for Legoland had failed to materialise; a result which he said was ‘unlikely to be taken well’. Shirley noted that ‘earnings risk is skewed to the downside’ and maintained his ‘sell’ recommendation, in place since March. The shares fell 1.2% to 462.8p yesterday.
philanderer: 'UK Stocks Tapping into Emerging Markets Growth' Merlin Entertainments (MERL) Merlin Entertainments’ main business is the operation of theme parks. Most of its revenue is derived from its Midway Attractions division of indoor venues. The stock gains 7.9% year to date. Known in the UK as the operator of theme parks Alton Towers and LegoLand, Merlin Entertainments is not limited to the UK. They currently have four theme parks in China, one in Korea and two in South East Asia. The company will also open a theme park in Dubai in October this year, and continue to explore opportunities in China. “Merlin has a diverse portfolio of global brands with over 70% of 2016 profits from outside the UK and this proportion will only grow over time as we continue to invest internationally. I remain confident in the company's underlying growth prospects,” said Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainments. Richard Buxton, manager of the Old Mutual UK Alpha Fund and Steve Davies, manager of the Jupiter UK Growth Fund both back the stock, believing the company is a “fabulous long-term structural growth story”. “I can see their growth story out to 2030 and there are not many companies particularly in the top end of the FTSE 100 that you can say that about,” said Davies. According to Morningstar data, fund management group BlackRock owns 8.7% of the company. HTTP://
philanderer: Merlin is undervalued, says Barclays Alton Towers owner Merlin Entertainments (MERL) may not look cheap but Barclays believes there is a lot that is being undervalued. Analyst Vicki Stern reiterated her ‘overweight’ recommendation and target price of 575p on the stock following a roadshow. The shares were trading flat at 502p at the time of writing. ‘One of the questions posed on the last roadshow we hosted with management was: ‘What is the market missing?’. With the stock trading at 22x 2017 price/earnings, one might argue “not much”, but in fact we think there is a lot that is being underestimated/undervalued,’ she said. While Stern said the stock was ‘unlikely to ever look “cheap” on a one-year price/earnings given its growth characteristics’ there was more potential for the company thanks to an accommodation rollout, which she said was ‘potentially the most under-appreciated piece of the story’. HTTP://
eadwig: philanderer, "Yes, but how much of Merlin's revenues/profits are generated in London? We know it is a global business." MERL is geographically diversifying as fast as it can, but its biggest single concentration of business is in and around London, as stated by the CEO in the results presentation. Mdme Tussauds is the number one tourist attraction in the UK, plus the London Eye, London Dungeon, out of town pleasure parks etc. That makes them vulnerable to any impact from terror attacks in London especially, but they also saw drop off in business in the UK that correlated with other European city attacks. The mass shooting in Orlando last year could have happened anywhere that couple lived, it just happened to be Orlando which was badly affected for some weeks afterwards, and that is probably MERL's most prolific regional earner after London/UK. They had some very bad luck in 2016. If terror attacks are lessened, and the pound doesn't keep strengthening (hard to imagine), I think 2017 will see a rate of growth that actually justifies the price multiple MERL currently carries. Last year's results didn't with the results showing a drop in like for like sales in much of the business. I was expecting a drift down in share price, but its holding up very well and many analysts are remaining enthusiastic, which I didn't expect. I may have to add at higher levels than I was intending. No rush though, this one keeps growing for years .... before the takeover from a major media company which is a coming a few years down the road, in my opinion.
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