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Marks and Spencer Group plc (MKS) is a leading department stores business based in the UK. It opened the day at 138.7p after a previous close of 139.15p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 133.0203p to a high of 139.1p. The latest price was 133.6p (25 minute delay). M&S is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 75,505 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.

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

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, M&S's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 91.16p, which is 50.28% down on its pre-crash value of 183.35p and 23.36% up on the lowest point reached during the March 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 £513.43.

M&S share price

Use our graph to track the performance of MKS stocks over time.

M&S shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-18.
Open138.7p
High139.1p
Low133.0203p
Close133.6p
Previous close139.15p
Change -5.55p
Change % -3.989%
Volume 9,584,294
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range73.9p - 224p
50-day moving average 132.3882p
200-day moving average 109.1962p
Wall St. target price294.84p
PE ratio 76.25
Dividend yield 0.11p (11.08%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 1.2p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy M&S stock?

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M&S price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 133.6p

1 week (2021-01-08) -3.12%
1 month (2020-12-17) -3.99%
3 months (2020-10-16) 46.56%
6 months (2020-07-17) 35.17%
1 year (2020-01-17) -28.58%
2 years (2019-01-17) -53.24%
3 years (2018-01-17) -56.54%
5 years (2016-01-15) -68.40%

Is M&S under- or over-valued?

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

M&S's 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 76x. In other words, M&S shares trade at around 76x 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.

M&S's PEG ratio

M&S's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.7071. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

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.

M&S's EBITDA

M&S's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £479 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 M&S's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

M&S financials

Revenue TTM £9.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.38%
Gross profit TTM £3.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.12%
Return on equity TTM -5.72%
Profit margin -1.72%
Book value 1.389p
Market capitalisation £2.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

M&S's 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.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

M&S's total ESG risk score

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.

M&S's environmental score

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.

M&S's social score

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.

M&S's governance score

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.

M&S's controversy score

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 share dividends

We're not expecting M&S to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Have M&S's shares ever split?

M&S's shares were split on a 17:21 basis on 19 March 2002. So if you had owned 21 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 17 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your M&S shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 23.5% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for M&S shares which in turn could have impacted M&S's share price.

M&S share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, M&S's shares have ranged in value from as little as 73.9p up to 224p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MKS.LSE volatility(beta: 1.66)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 1.6553. 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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M&S overview

Marks and Spencer Group plc operates various retail stores. The company offers protein deli and dairy; produce; ambient and in-store bakery; meals dessert and frozen; and hospitality and ?Food on the Move' products. It also provides womenswear, menswear, lingerie, kids wear, and home products; and financial services, including credit cards, current accounts and savings products, insurances, and mortgages, as well as renewable energy services. In addition, the company invests in and develops real estate properties; and provides its products online. It also exports its products to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The company operates 1,519 stores in the United Kingdom and 62 stores internationally. Marks and Spencer Group plc was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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