How to buy M&S (MKS) shares

Learn how to easily invest in M&S shares.

M&S
LSE: MKS - GBX
p223.50
- p3.20 ( - 1.41%)
DEPARTMENT STORES

Marks and Spencer Group plc (MKS) is a leading department stores business based in the UK. In the week up to 18 January M&S shares plunged 13.55% to a closing position of 222.1p. However, over the last 12 months, M&S's share price has risen by 24.61% from 142.8p. M&S is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 69,577 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in M&S

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: MKS in this case.
  5. Research M&S shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your M&S shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Fees for buying 100x M&S shares with popular platforms

Share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.

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£177.95 total
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£179.72 total
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£185.95 total
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£189.90 total
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£185.94 total
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£187.45 total
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M&S share price (LSE:MKS)

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Is it a good time to buy M&S stock?

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Is M&S under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

M&S's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 149x. In other words, M&S shares trade at around 149x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

However, M&S's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the department stores industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

M&S's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2274. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into M&S's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider M&S's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

EBITDA

M&S's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £557 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a M&S's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.

How has coronavirus impacted M&S's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, M&S's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was 223.5p, which is 17.96% up on its pre-crash value of 183.35p and 202.44% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 73.9p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of M&S shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £516.47 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth £1,258.80.

Environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like M&S.

Total ESG risk score

M&S's total ESG risk: 16.75

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and M&S's overall score of 16.75 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like M&S is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

To gain some more context, you can compare M&S's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

M&S's environmental score: 4.44/100

M&S's environmental score of 4.44 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that M&S is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

M&S's social score: 10.36/100

M&S's social score of 10.36 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that M&S is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

M&S's governance score: 6.95/100

M&S's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that M&S is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

M&S's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, M&S scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that M&S has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Marks and Spencer Group plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 16.75
Total ESG percentile 8.98
Environmental score 4.44
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 10.36
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 6.95
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

M&S shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-22.
Open182p
High182.9p
Low176.2p
Close177.95p
Previous close180.6p
Change-2.65p
Change %-1.4673%
Volume3,996,617
Information last updated 2022-01-16.
52-week range126.896p - 263p
50-day moving average235.387p
200-day moving average181.3415p
Wall St. target price249p
PE ratio148.8667
Dividend yield0p (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)1.5p

Do M&S shares pay dividends?

11.1%

Forward annual dividend yield: 11.08% of stock value

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 November 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").

M&S's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, M&S's shares have ranged in value from as little as 126.896p up to 263p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MKS.LSE volatility(beta: 1.59)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (LSE average) beta is 1, while M&S's is 1.5906. This would suggest that M&S's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

To put M&S's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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