How to buy Marstons (MARS) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Marstons shares.

Marston's PLC
+ p4.85 ( + 6.33%)

Marston's PLC (MARS) is a leading restaurants business based in the UK. It opened the day at 87.35p after a previous close of 86.6p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 85.6p to a high of 88.4358p. The latest price was 85.6p (25 minute delay). Marstons is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 13,095 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in Marstons

  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: MARS in this case.
  5. Research Marstons shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Marstons shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Marstons's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Marstons's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was 81.5p, which is 23.62% down on its pre-crash value of 106.7p and 342.93% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as 18.4p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of Marstons shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £240.30 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 £767.42.

Marstons share price (LSE:MARS)

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

Marstons shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close86.6p
Change %-1.1547%
Information last updated 2021-10-23.
52-week range42.1395p - 105.5p
50-day moving average78.2764p
200-day moving average87.3698p
Wall St. target price100.4p
Dividend yield4.8p (6.36%)
Earnings per share (TTM)-20.9p
eToro Free Stocks

Invest in Marstons shares with 0% commission

Other fees apply. Your capital is at risk.

  • Unlimited trades, with no dealing charges or management fees
  • Pay no stamp duty on UK shares (saving 0.5%)
  • Create an account today in a few minutes
Capital at risk

Fees for buying 200x Marstons 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.

Platform Platform fee Min. initial deposit Trading fee estimate
Freetrade logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£171.20 total
Capital at risk
eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $50 £0.00
£171.20 total
Capital at risk
Fineco logo £0 No minimum £0.00
£171.20 total
Capital at risk
Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.77
£172.97 total
Capital at risk
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £11.95
£183.15 total
Capital at risk
interactive investor Trading Account logo £9.99 per month No minimum £7.99
£179.19 total
Capital at risk
Halifax Share Dealing Account logo £36 per year £20 £9.50
£180.70 total
Capital at risk

Full comparison of share dealing platforms

All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is it a good time to buy Marstons stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

Is Marstons 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.

PEG ratio

Marstons's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.25. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value 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 Marstons'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 Marstons's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.


Marstons's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £36.6 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Marstons'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.


Revenue TTM £227.3 million
Gross profit TTM £195.2 million
Return on assets TTM -2.19%
Return on equity TTM -68.8%
Profit margin -58.21%
Book value 0.76p
Market capitalisation £482.4 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Marstons share dividends


Dividend yield: 6.36% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 20.75% of stock value

Marstons has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 6.36% of its share value annually.

The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 December 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").

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

Have Marstons's shares ever split?

Marstons's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 9 January 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Marstons shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Marstons shares which in turn could have impacted Marstons's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Marstons's shares have ranged in value from as little as 42.1395p up to 105.5p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MARS.LSE volatility(beta: 1.7)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 Marstons's is 1.7029. This would suggest that Marstons'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 Marstons's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

Win £500 to get your trading started

Subscribe to trending stock alerts for a chance to win

By submitting, you agree to the Finder Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use

Frequently asked questions

More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked provides guides and information on a range of products and services. Because our content is not financial advice, we suggest talking with a professional before you make any decision.

By submitting your comment or question, you agree to our Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use.

Questions and responses on are not provided, paid for or otherwise endorsed by any bank or brand. These banks and brands are not responsible for ensuring that comments are answered or accurate.
Go to site