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Marston's PLC (MARS) is a leading restaurants business based in the UK. It opened the day at 44.36p after a previous close of 45.74p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 42.84p to a high of 45.7838p. The latest price was 43.18p (25 minute delay). Marstons is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 14,000 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.

How has Coronavirus impacted Marstons's share price?

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

Its last market close was 41.92p, which is 60.71% down on its pre-crash value of 106.7p and 127.83% up on the lowest point reached during the March 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 £394.73.

Marstons share price

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

Marstons shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-29.
Open44.36p
High45.7838p
Low42.84p
Close43.18p
Previous close45.74p
Change -2.56p
Change % -5.597%
Volume 1,629,958
Information last updated 2020-10-20.
52-week range18.4p - 133.8p
50-day moving average 45.81p
200-day moving average 47.7519p
Wall St. target price108.33p
PE ratio 11.3017
Dividend yield 0.07p (20.75%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 11.6p
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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 50 trades are free with Fineco, until 31/12/2020. 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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0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
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IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
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£11.95
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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.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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 Marstons stock?

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Marstons price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 43.18p

1 week (2020-10-14) -3.70%
1 month (2020-09-22) 4.75%
3 months (2020-07-21) -10.60%
6 months (2020-04-21) 23.87%
1 year (2019-10-21) -64.46%
2 years (2018-10-19) -56.01%
3 years (2017-10-20) -59.83%
5 years (2015-10-21) -73.01%

Is Marstons under- or over-valued?

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

Marstons's P/E ratio

Marstons's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 11x. In other words, Marstons shares trade at around 11x recent earnings.

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

However, Marstons's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the restaurants industry or those of similar companies.

Marstons's 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. 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 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

Marstons's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £185.6 million.

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

To put Marstons's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Marstons financials

Revenue TTM £1.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 12.1%
Gross profit TTM £446.2 million
Return on assets TTM 2.84%
Return on equity TTM -7.4%
Profit margin -5.32%
Book value 1.153p
Market capitalisation £298.7 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Marstons share dividends

We're not expecting Marstons 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 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.

Marstons share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Marstons's shares have ranged in value from as little as 18.4p up to 133.8p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MARS.LSE volatility(beta: 1.48)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 1.4834. 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.

Marstons overview

Marston's PLC operates managed, franchised, tenanted, and leased pubs, bars, restaurants, and accommodations in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Destination and Premium, Taverns, and Brewing. It provides premium cask, kegs, and bottled and canned beers through its six breweries under the Pedigree, Hobgoblin, Wainwright, and Shipyard brands, as well as under the licensed brands, including Estrella Damm. The company distributes its beers through 12 depots and distribution centers to estates, supermarkets, other pubs, and leisure businesses. It operates through approximately 1,400 bars, pubs and lodges, breweries, depots, and offices; approximately 1,700 rooms; and 30 stand-alone lodges. The company also exports its beers to approximately 61 countries. It is also involved in the property management; telecommunications; and insurance businesses. The company was formerly known as The Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries PLC and changed its name to Marston's PLC in January 2007. Marston's PLC was founded in 1834 and is headquartered in Wolverhampton, the United Kingdom.

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