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Merlin Entertainments

Current Price 339.50p Bid 339.50p Ask 339.60p Change 0.12%
Last Updated: 22/01/2019 21:21. Prices delayed by at least 15 minutes.
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Company Overview

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 120 attractions, 18 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to more than 65 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its c.29,000 employees (peak season). It is headquartered in Poole, Dorset, UK and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. In 2017, Merlin had revenues of £1,594 million and EBITDA of £474 million. Reflecting its longstanding strategy of diversification and global expansion, Merlin now generates over 70% of profits from outside of the UK. Merlin's strategy since Merlin was formed in 1999 has been to create a high growth, high return family entertainment company based upon strong brands and a global portfolio that is naturally balanced against the impact of external factors. It operates two distinct products - Midway attractions and theme parks.

Financial Highlights Year Ended 31/12/2017

Turnover
£1,594.00m
Operating Profit
£323.00m
Dividend Yield
0.00
Dividend Per Share
7.40
Dividend Cover
2.73
P/E Ratio
16.54

Key Personnel

Nicholas John Varney
Chief Executive Officer
Anne-Francoise Nesmes
Chief Financial Officer
Sir John Michael Sunderland
Non-Executive Chairman
Soren Thorup Sorensen
Non-Executive Director
Trudy Ann Rautio
Non-Executive Director
Yun Chiang
Non-Executive Director
Andrew Raymond Fisher
Non-Executive Director
Charles Mark Gurassa
Non-Executive Director
Anne Frances Hazlitt
Non-Executive Director

Stock Details

EPIC
MERL
ISIN
GB00BDZT6P94
Shares in Issue
1,022,072,449
Market cap
£3,465.85m

Analyst Views (9)

Strong Buy
 
44.44%
Buy
 
11.11%
Hold
 
33.33%
Sell
 
0.00%
Strong Sell
 
11.11%
The above information represents a selection of the views published in the last 120 days by analysts. It is subject to change without notice and doesn't reflect view held by Redmayne Bentley and is not advice.

Price Summary

Mid Price
339.50p
Bid Price
339.50p
Ask Price
339.60p
Volume
908525
Change Today
0.40p
% Change Today
0.12%
Open
337.30p
Previous Close
339.50p
Intraday High
343.20p
Intraday Low
337.30p
52 Week High
415.70p
52 Week Low
304.50p
52 week high and low figures quoted above are calculated from intraday price data.

Intra-Day Chart

Merlin Entertainments Intra-day Chart

Merlin Entertainments News

News in this section is provided by MoneyAM

Broker Forecast - Berenberg issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 17 Jan 2019 | 12:40 Broker Forecast - UBS issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 10 Jan 2019 | 12:30 Merlin Entertainments to build £205m Legoland Park in South Korea 07 Jan 2019 | 13:05 Broker Forecast - Goldman Sachs issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 25 Oct 2018 | 13:00 Broker Forecast - Morgan Stanley issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 17 Oct 2018 | 11:30 Stronger pound fails to hold FTSE back 16 Oct 2018 | 16:45 UK stocks open lower as geopolitical tensions simmer 16 Oct 2018 | 08:53 Merlin Entertainments revenue up but cost picture 'challenging' 16 Oct 2018 | 07:25 Broker Forecast - UBS issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 14 Aug 2018 | 09:30 Currency effects weigh on Merlin Entertainments' H1 profits 02 Aug 2018 | 08:59 Merlin Entertainments appoints Shazam's Andrew Fisher as a director 08 Jun 2018 | 07:49 Broker Forecast - Peel Hunt issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 07 Jun 2018 | 09:10 Broker Forecast - Citigroup issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 06 Jun 2018 | 09:30 Director Deals - Merlin Entertainments PLC (MERL) 03 May 2018 | 16:10 Merlin Entertainment launches $400m corporate bond offering 30 Apr 2018 | 13:16 FTSE closes the week on a high as pound plunges 27 Apr 2018 | 16:54 FTSE rises on falling pound amid weak UK economic growth 27 Apr 2018 | 11:59 Merlin Entertainment trading subdued in 'seasonally quiet' period 27 Apr 2018 | 07:55 Director Deals - Merlin Entertainments PLC (MERL) 05 Apr 2018 | 14:55 Director Deals - Merlin Entertainments PLC (MERL) 05 Apr 2018 | 14:55 Director Deals - Merlin Entertainments PLC (MERL) 28 Mar 2018 | 15:35 Director Deals - Merlin Entertainments PLC (MERL) 28 Mar 2018 | 15:35 Director Deals - Merlin Entertainments PLC (MERL) 05 Mar 2018 | 12:35 Broker Forecast - Morgan Stanley issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 02 Mar 2018 | 09:00 Broker Forecast - Berenberg issues a broker note on Merlin Entertainments PLC 02 Mar 2018 | 08:30 Interest rate concerns weigh on FTSE 01 Mar 2018 | 16:46 FTSE struggles as interest rate fears re-emerge 01 Mar 2018 | 12:08 FTSE 100 slips as global sell-off continues 01 Mar 2018 | 08:38 Merlin held back by terror attacks and bad weather 01 Mar 2018 | 07:21 FTSE struggles as European equities fall 22 Feb 2018 | 16:54

Assets (£m)

Data has been provided by MoneyAM

Reporting Date
31 Dec 2017
31 Dec 2016
Tangible Assets
2,092.0
1,841.0
Intangible Assets & Goodwill
1,018.0
1,017.0
Investments & Other Non-Current Assets
103.0
100.0
Total Non-Current Assets
3,213.0
2,958.0
Inventory
37.0
36.0
Trade & Receivables
100.0
86.0
Cash & Receivables
309.0
215.0
Other Current Assets & Assets Held for Resale
5.0
3.0
Total Assets
3,664.0
3,298.0

Liabilities (£m)

Data has been provided by MoneyAM

Reporting Date
31 Dec 2017
31 Dec 2016
Short Term Liabilities
359.0
352.0
Long Term Liabilities
1,738.0
1,518.0
Other Liabilities / Pension etc
0.0
0.0
Total Liabilities
2,097.0
1,870.0

Net Assets (£m)

Data has been provided by MoneyAM

Reporting Date
31 Dec 2017
31 Dec 2016
Net Assets
1,567.0
1,428.0

Equity (£m)

Data has been provided by MoneyAM

Reporting Date
31 Dec 2017
31 Dec 2016
Share Capital
0.0
0.0
Minority Interests
4.0
4.0
Retained Earnings
0.0
0.0
Share Premium Account
0.0
0.0
Other Equity
1,563.0
1,424.0
Total Equity
1,567.0
1,428.0

Cashflow (£m)

Data has been provided by MoneyAM

Reporting Date
31 Dec 2017
31 Dec 2016
Cashflow from Operating Activities
413.0
433.0
Cashflow Before Financing
70.0
146.0
Increase / Decrease in Cash
90.0
40.0

Income (£m)

Data has been provided by MoneyAM

Reporting Date
31 Dec 2017
31 Dec 2016
Turnover
1,594.0
1,457.0
Cost of Sales
255.0
227.0
Gross Profit
1,339.0
1,230.0
Operating Profit
323.0
320.0
Pre-Tax Profit
271.0
277.0
Profit / Loss for the Year
209.0
211.0

Dividend History

Data has been provided by MoneyAM

Period
Ex-Dividend Date
Payment Date
H1 Dividend
16 Aug 2018
24 Sep 2018
H2 Dividend
12 Apr 2018
17 May 2018
H1 Dividend
17 Aug 2017
25 Sep 2017
H2 Dividend
11 May 2017
19 Jun 2017
H1 Dividend
11 Aug 2016
19 Sep 2016
H2 Dividend
28 Apr 2016
07 Jun 2016
H1 Dividend
13 Aug 2015
24 Sep 2015
H2 Dividend
30 Apr 2015
05 Jun 2015
H1 Dividend
27 Aug 2014
25 Sep 2014
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