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.
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.
|52-week range||73.9p - 224p|
|50-day moving average||132.3882p|
|200-day moving average||109.1962p|
|Wall St. target price||294.84p|
|Dividend yield||0.11p (11.08%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||1.2p|
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|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%|
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 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 "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 (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.
|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%|
|Market capitalisation||£2.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
|Total ESG score||16.75|
|Total ESG percentile||8.98|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
|Level of controversy||2|
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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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.
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".
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.
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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