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BlessMe1975 14 Aug 2018

Shareholder perks Any idea whether the discount code issued as shareholder perk can be used to buy V.I.P family annual pass?

Hardboy 10 May 2018

Re: Message from Eadwig Thanks for posting that g16.All the posters worth reading seemed to have been disappearing - LKH & Eadwig - but it sounds as if he'll be back soon.

k9maggie 10 May 2018

Re: pre 8.00am trading sorry should have typed 3.7p not 1.7p

g16cos 10 May 2018

Message from Eadwig I'm just copying this from the Barclays board. Please read below for update on Eadwig which obviously explains why he hasn't been able to post for some time. I wish him all the best and hope in time that he can return to this board. This board is poorer with the absence of people like Eadwig. Thanks for the concern. I'm physically well but my best friend died in January. I was in the UK looking after my elderly father at the time and on the day of his funeral in Feb my dad had a fall that night resulting in 5 weeks hospitalisation and eventually his death also. For some reason my two siblings very much set against my supposed lack of concern during his illness and after his death. I've no idea where this came from. I was after all spending new year and January in the UK looking after him 24 hours a day as I have done for at least 10 weeks per year for the last 4. Anyway, I've been quite upset by that on top of everything else as I'm sure you can imagine.I'm now back in Poland after missing out on 4 months of my 4 year old's growing up (my sister used to give up one Saturday afternoon per week in her own concern for my dad) and will be slowly easing back into shares which I have dangerously neglected. Despite that I hit my 15% growth target for the tax year 17/18 although I only measured my position on 5th May, so a 13 month year.I'm very much out of touch so don't have a lot to contribute to the board right now but hope to participate more as time goes on. I'd be grateful if you could copy and paste this message somewhere public and appropriate so that anyone else who might be concerned can be brought up to date.Eadwig"

k9maggie 10 May 2018

pre 8.00am trading sorry can someone explain all these 07 - 08 hr (ie pre 8.00) at around 1.7pforgetting the 1.7p price and assuming its a error does city trading start pre 8.00 ??

kjbenja72 27 Apr 2018

Re: Trading Statement Some people still like Wayne Rooney

Uncle Doug 27 Apr 2018

Trading Statement Trading statement didn't really give us much. Nothing in 2018's results to make me think this lot are going anywhere. I see Merlin still blaming terrorist attacks and poor weather. The excuse is wearing a bit thin IMO. Does anyone really fancy a Shrek experience?

Self made hedge operator 03 Mar 2018

Re: Lets go back up Quite pleased with the drop.Added to my holdings at 359p.Market squalls like this are to be taken advantage of - steel tariffs won’t hit trips to Alton Towers.Was very impressed with the results. As the terror attacks fade from view, the company is building a geographically diverse business and am liking the significant expansion in bedrooms. The balance sheet is robust and the dividend well underpinned.

Uncle Doug 03 Mar 2018

Re: Lets go back up Well that surge in SP didn't last long, down 5.5% Friday.

kjbenja72 01 Mar 2018

Lets go back up I bought in at £4.85 and was started to get worried but I am holding for the long term.

Hardboy 01 Mar 2018

Re: Results But what has become of the goodly King Eadwig?

g16cos 01 Mar 2018

Re: Results The markets certainly like the results. I purchased a few weeks back at £3.26 and am quite happy with investing in this company. I also want to thank people like Eadwig and others who have been providing their thoughts on the company. I think Eadwig's average price of around £4 will be met before too long and hopefully that'll be just the start.

City Ranger 01 Mar 2018

Results Good set of results today which look like the start of the turnaround. Gardaland badly hit by a drop in numbers but overall a strong uptick in visitors. With the addition of ValueAct to be the 3rd largest shareholder to promote change, this should be the start of the fightback.

nk1999 19 Feb 2018

Rise today "Merlin Entertainments shares received a boost, gaining 4%, after a US activist investor became the third largest shareholder in the themepark operator. ValueAct, which pushed for management changes at Rolls-Royce and Microsoft , has revealed a 5.4% stake in the owner of Legoland and Alton Towers. Merlin downgraded its full year profit forecasts in October after terror attacks in the UK had an impact on the number of visitors to its attractions, which also include Madame Tussauds and the London Eye. However, ValueAct is understood to be supportive of Merlin’s strategy after the two companies met."(From a newsletter)

nk1999 14 Feb 2018

Numis "Opportunity in Merlin share price fall, says NumisShares in Merlin Entertainments (MERL) are trading back at their 2013 flotation price, which Numis said is an opportunity to invest. Analyst Tim Barrett retained his ‘buy’ recommendation and target price of 454p on the shares after a 40-week update showed only marginal improvement in the London day trip market. The shares rose 2p to 320p yesterday.The derating of the stock ‘more than reflected estimate risk’ creating a medium-term opportunity, said Barrett ‘Merlin’s share price has underperformed by 10% since its 40-week update,’ he said. ‘It is now trading back at its IPO price from 2013, notwithstanding 20% earnings per share growth over that period and an expected compound annual growth rate of 9% over the next three years.’He added that the 2018 price/earnings multiple of 15.2 was ‘attractive versus peers and relative to earnings per share growth’. ‘Sales momentum may remain negative for several more quarters, which could weigh on short-term performance,’ he said. ‘However, we expect… investors to start to take more interest which could underpin material upside on a 12 months view.’ "(From Citywire)

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