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.
|52-week range||£0 - £0|
|50-day moving average||£0|
|Wall St. target price||£404.5|
|Dividend yield||£0.08 (1.21%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||£26.2|
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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 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 (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.
|Gross profit TTM||£0|
|Return on assets TTM||0%|
|Return on equity TTM||0%|
|Market capitalisation||£4.7 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 Merlin Entertainments.
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: 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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Total ESG score||54.1|
|Total ESG percentile||50.79|
|Environmental score percentile||37.39|
|Social score percentile||74.89|
|Governance score percentile||35.93|
|Level of controversy||2|
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.
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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