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2021/07/31 02:54 UTC

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Share Price & News

How has Merck's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: MRK is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 2% a week.

Volatility Over Time: MRK's weekly volatility (2%) has been stable over the past year.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Pharmaceuticals


US Market

1 Year Return




US Pharmaceuticals


US Market

Return vs Industry: MRK underperformed the US Pharmaceuticals industry which returned 17.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: MRK underperformed the US Market which returned 37.5% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-0.9%-0.02%-0.5%
30 Day-1.2%3.4%0.3%
90 Day3.2%9.2%3.1%
1 Year3.8%-4.2%22.4%17.5%38.0%35.9%
3 Year33.7%16.6%32.9%21.7%62.9%52.7%
5 Year46.8%20.4%49.0%29.8%121.7%97.3%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Merck's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Merck undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: MRK ($76.87) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($171.14)

Significantly Below Fair Value: MRK is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: MRK is poor value based on its PE Ratio (31.3x) compared to the US Pharmaceuticals industry average (23.7x).

PE vs Market: MRK is poor value based on its PE Ratio (31.3x) compared to the US market (18.4x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: MRK is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.9x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: MRK is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (7.2x) compared to the US Pharmaceuticals industry average (3x).

Future Growth

How is Merck forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 13 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: MRK's forecast earnings growth (16.5% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: MRK's earnings (16.5% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.9% per year).

High Growth Earnings: MRK's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: MRK's revenue (4.3% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.2% per year).

High Growth Revenue: MRK's revenue (4.3% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: MRK's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (41.6%).

Past Performance

How has Merck performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: MRK has a large one-off loss of $7.9B impacting its June 30 2021 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: MRK's current net profit margins (12.3%) are lower than last year (22.2%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: MRK's earnings have grown significantly by 20.2% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: MRK's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: MRK had negative earnings growth (-40.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Pharmaceuticals industry average (12.9%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst MRK's Return on Equity (23.06%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

Financial Health

How is Merck's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: MRK's short term assets ($26.9B) exceed its short term liabilities ($26.4B).

Long Term Liabilities: MRK's short term assets ($26.9B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($37.4B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: MRK's debt to equity ratio (109.4%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: MRK's debt to equity ratio has increased from 55.9% to 109.4% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: MRK's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (38.3%).

Interest Coverage: MRK's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (21.4x coverage).

Balance Sheet


What is Merck current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

TodayJul 31 2021Ex Dividend DateSep 14 2021Dividend Pay DateOct 07 202123 days from Ex DividendBuy in the next 45 days to receive the upcoming dividend

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: MRK's dividend (3.38%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.3%).

High Dividend: MRK's dividend (3.38%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.5%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: MRK's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: MRK's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (102.6%), MRK's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: MRK's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (43% payout ratio).

Next Steps


How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Rob Davis (54 yo)

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Mr. Robert M. Davis, also known as Rob, J.D., is Chief Executive Officer and Director at Merck & Co., Inc. since July 1, 2021. He has been President for Merck & Co., Inc. (“Merck”) since April 01, 2021 and...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Rob's total compensation ($USD6.84M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.23M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Rob's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: MRK's management team is considered experienced (3.2 years average tenure).

Board Members

Experienced Board: MRK's board of directors are considered experienced (5.8 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Merck & Co., Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Ticker: MRK
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1891
  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
  • Sector: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech
  • Market Cap: US$194.639b
  • Shares outstanding: 2.53b
  • Website: https://www.merck.com

Number of Employees


  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • 2000 Galloping Hill Road
  • Kenilworth
  • New Jersey
  • 7033
  • United States



Merck & Co., Inc. operates as a healthcare company worldwide. It operates through two segments, Pharmaceutical and Animal Health segments. The Pharmaceutical segment offers human health pharmaceutical prod...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/07/31 02:54
End of Day Share Price2021/07/30 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.