Merlin Entertainments PLC (LON:MERL) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages

Shares of Merlin Entertainments PLC (LON:MERL) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twelve ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 341.43 ($4.46).

MERL has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Thursday, February 28th. Peel Hunt reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Thursday, February 28th. Numis Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 454 ($5.93) price target on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Thursday, February 28th. Berenberg Bank reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 315 ($4.12) price target (down previously from GBX 340 ($4.44)) on shares of Merlin Entertainments in a research note on Thursday, March 21st. Finally, HSBC downgraded Merlin Entertainments to a “reduce” rating and dropped their price target for the company from GBX 450 ($5.88) to GBX 315 ($4.12) in a research note on Monday, May 20th.

Shares of MERL traded up GBX 4.30 ($0.06) during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching GBX 395 ($5.16). 1,314,722 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,380,000. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.04 billion and a P/E ratio of 17.56. The firm has a 50 day moving average of GBX 373.48. Merlin Entertainments has a twelve month low of GBX 304.50 ($3.98) and a twelve month high of GBX 415.70 ($5.43). The company has a current ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 74.54.

About Merlin Entertainments

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.

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Analyst Recommendations for Merlin Entertainments (LON:MERL)

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