How to buy Merlin Entertainments shares

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Merlin Entertainments plc (MERL) is a leading other business based in the UK. Merlin Entertainments is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 28,000 staff. All prices are listed in British Pound.

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  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: MERL in this case.
  5. Research Merlin Entertainments shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Merlin Entertainments shares. It's that simple.
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Merlin Entertainments share price

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Merlin Entertainments shares at a glance

Information last updated 2019-12-03.
52-week range£0 - £0
50-day moving average £0
Wall St. target price£404.5
PE ratio 17.3511
Dividend yield £0.08 (1.21%)
Earnings per share (TTM) £26.2
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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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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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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).
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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
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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 Merlin Entertainments stock?

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Is Merlin Entertainments under- or over-valued?

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

Merlin Entertainments's P/E ratio

Merlin Entertainments's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Merlin Entertainments shares trade at around 17x 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.

Merlin Entertainments's EBITDA

Merlin Entertainments's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is £470 million.

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

Merlin Entertainments financials

Gross profit TTM £0
Return on assets TTM 0%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 0%
Book value £1.614
Market capitalisation £4.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Merlin Entertainments'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 Merlin Entertainments.

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

Merlin Entertainments's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 54.1

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Merlin Entertainments's overall score of 54.1 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 51st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Merlin Entertainments 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.).

Merlin Entertainments's environmental score

Environmental score: 43.35/100

Merlin Entertainments's environmental score of 43.35 puts it squarely in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Merlin Entertainments is doing better than many of its peers in terms of its environmental impact, and so perhaps exposed to a slightly lower level of risk.

Merlin Entertainments's social score

Social score: 62.56/100

Merlin Entertainments's social score of 62.56 puts it squarely in the 75th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Merlin Entertainments is below average in its sector in terms of looking after its workforce and social impact.

Merlin Entertainments's governance score

Governance score: 60.75/100

Merlin Entertainments's governance score puts it squarely in the 36th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Merlin Entertainments is impressive in terms of responsible leadership, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Merlin Entertainments'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, Merlin Entertainments scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Merlin Entertainments has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Merlin Entertainments plc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 54.1
Total ESG percentile 50.79
Environmental score 43.35
Environmental score percentile 37.39
Social score 62.56
Social score percentile 74.89
Governance score 60.75
Governance score percentile 35.93
Level of controversy 2

Merlin Entertainments share dividends

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

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Merlin Entertainments overview

Merlin Entertainments plc operates visitor attraction places worldwide. The company operates midway attractions under the Madame Tussauds, The Eye Brand, SEA LIFE, The Dungeons, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Seal Sanctuaries, Shreks Adventure, Blackpool Tower, WILD LIFE, Australian Treetop Adventures, Hotham Alpine Resort, Falls Creek, and Little BIG City brands. It also operates resort theme parks under the Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Gardaland, Heide Park, THORPE PARK Resort, and Warwick Castle brands; and LEGOLAND parks under the LEGOLAND Billund, LEGOLAND Windsor, LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Deutschland, LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Malaysia, LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Japan brands. The company operates approximately 120 attractions, 18 hotels, and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. Merlin Entertainments plc was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Poole, the United Kingdom. As of November 4, 2019, Merlin Entertainments plc was taken private.

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