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Merlin Entertainments – is activism a new ride at Alton Towers?

By Chris Bailey | Friday 24 May 2019

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

I have written about Merlin Entertainments (MERL) before, noting back in February that 'from a stock market perspective it is a hard share to love as it seems to need to pour in a lot of capex to keep relevant and this crimps the valuation you would pay. Risk-reward feels more exciting in the lower third of the aforementioned 300-400p range'. Well the lower end of that share price range was (again) the area the share bounced from earlier in the week when it was announced that the activist investor ValueAct was agitating for change…

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