How to buy The Merchants Trust shares | 438p

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The Merchants Trust Plc (MRCH) is a leading asset management business based in the UK. It opened the day at 450p after a previous close of 450p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 438p to a high of 453p. The latest price was 438p (25 minute delay). The Merchants Trust is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). All prices are listed in pence sterling.

How to buy shares in The Merchants Trust

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

How has Coronavirus impacted The Merchants Trust's share price?

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

Its last market close was 357.25p, which is 33.60% down on its pre-crash value of 538p and 21.93% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 293p.

If you had bought £1,000 worth of The Merchants Trust shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £561.23 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 £662.81.

The Merchants Trust share price

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

The Merchants Trust shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-18.
Open450p
High453p
Low438p
Close438p
Previous close450p
Change -12p
Change % -2.667%
Volume 140,787
Information last updated 2020-12-27.
52-week range277.2974p - 531.8842p
50-day moving average 427.66p
200-day moving average 376.7285p
PE ratio 5.2626
Dividend yield 0.27p (6.89%)
Earnings per share (TTM) 87.6p
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Share dealing platform comparison

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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 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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0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
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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.
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
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.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. 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.
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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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
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 The Merchants Trust stock?

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The Merchants Trust price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of 438p

1 week (2021-01-12) -5.19%
1 month (2020-12-22) 1.27%
3 months (2020-10-22) 24.08%
6 months (2020-07-22) 23.90%
1 year (2020-01-20) -22.48%
2 years (2019-01-18) -7.20%
3 years (2018-01-19) -14.45%
5 years (2016-01-20) 16.49%

Is The Merchants Trust under- or over-valued?

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

The Merchants Trust's P/E ratio

The Merchants Trust's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 5x. In other words, The Merchants Trust shares trade at around 5x 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.

The Merchants Trust financials

Revenue TTM £117.1 million
Operating margin TTM 97.24%
Gross profit TTM £117.1 million
Return on assets TTM 10.42%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 82.3%
Book value 5.621p
Market capitalisation £547.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

The Merchants Trust'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 The Merchants Trust.

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

The Merchants Trust's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 30.36

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and The Merchants Trust's overall score of 30.36 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like The Merchants Trust 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.).

The Merchants Trust's environmental score

Environmental score: 10.18/100

The Merchants Trust's environmental score of 10.18 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Merchants Trust is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Merchants Trust's social score

Social score: 14.47/100

The Merchants Trust's social score of 14.47 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Merchants Trust is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

The Merchants Trust's governance score

Governance score: 13.43/100

The Merchants Trust's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that The Merchants Trust is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

The Merchants Trust Plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 30.36
Total ESG percentile 8
Environmental score 10.18
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 14.47
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 13.43
Governance score percentile 8

The Merchants Trust share dividends

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

The Merchants Trust share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Merchants Trust's shares have ranged in value from as little as 277.2974p up to 531.8842p. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MRCH.LSE volatility(beta: 0.83)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 The Merchants Trust's is 0.8337. This would suggest that The Merchants Trust's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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The Merchants Trust overview

The Merchants Trust Plc is a closed-ended equity mutual fund launched and managed by Allianz Global Investors GmbH, UK Branch. The fund invests in the public equity markets of the United Kingdom. It invests in stocks of companies operating across diversified sectors. The fund benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the FTSE All-Share Index. The Merchants Trust Plc was formed on February 16, 1889 and is domiciled in the United Kingdom.

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