WH Smith

SMWH: 2,472.00 +14.00 (+0.57%) delayed: 9 Dec 2019, 18:45

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Share Price Information

Name WH Smith
Epic SMWH
Sector Specialty Retailers
ISIN GB00B2PDGW16
Activites WH Smith PLC is one of the UK's leading retail groups. WHSmith PLC has 565 high street stores and 490 travel outlets at airport, train station, hospital, workplace and motorway service area locations primarily in the UK, as at 31 August 2009. WHSmith Direct - www.whsmith.co.uk - serves customers on the internet 24 hours a day. WHSmith High Street sells a wide range of newspapers, magazines, stationery, books and impulse products, as well as a range of entertainment products. WHSmith Travel sells a tailored range of Newspapers, Magazines, Books and Confectionery products for people on the move and a broader convenience range in hospitals and workplaces.
Index FTSE 250

Key numbers

Latest Share price (p) 2,472.00 Net gearing (%) 61.66
Market capitalisation (£m) 2,828.15 Gross gearing (%) 68.23
Shares in issue (m) 115.06 Debt ratio 49.25
P/E ratio 25.06 Debt-to-equity ratio 0.45
Total dividends per share (p) 58.20 Assets / equity ratio 3.15
Dividend yield (%) 2.37 Price to book value 11.93
Dividend cover 1.69 ROCE (%) 28.91
Earning per share (p) 98.10 EPS growth (%) -1.01
52-week high / low (p) 2,488.00 / 1,678.00 DPS growth (%) 7.58

Results at a glance

Date Type Turnover (£m) Profit (£m) Basic EPS Currency
31 Aug 2019 Full Year 1,397 108 98.10 GBP
31 Aug 2018 Full Year 1,262 108 99.10 GBP
31 Aug 2017 Full Year 1,234 116 104.50 GBP

Dividend history

Period Ex-date Pay-date Net dividend Currency Total for year
H2 Dividend 09 Jan 2020 30 Jan 2020 41.00 GBX 58.20
H1 Dividend 11 Jul 2019 01 Aug 2019 17.20 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 10 Jan 2019 31 Jan 2019 38.10 GBX 54.10
H1 Dividend 12 Jul 2018 02 Aug 2018 16.00 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 11 Jan 2018 01 Feb 2018 33.60 GBX 48.20
H1 Dividend 13 Jul 2017 03 Aug 2017 14.60 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 12 Jan 2017 02 Feb 2017 30.50 GBX 43.90
H1 Dividend 14 Jul 2016 04 Aug 2016 13.40 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 14 Jan 2016 04 Feb 2016 27.30 GBX 39.40
H1 Dividend 16 Jul 2015 06 Aug 2015 12.10 GBX 0.00
H2 Dividend 08 Jan 2015 29 Jan 2015 24.20 GBX 35.00

Contact details

Company name WH Smith
Address 180 Wardour Street, London W1F 8FY.
Telephone +44 (0)207 494 1800
Website http://www.whsmithplc.co.uk/

Advisors

Company's broker JPMorgan Cazenove
Company's joint broker Merrill Lynch International
NOMAD Greenhill & Co
Registrar Computershare Investor Service
Auditors Deloitte & Touche LLP
Solicitors Linklaters LLP

Directors

Appointed Director Position
01 Jun 2012 Stephen Clarke Chief Executive
26 Feb 2019 Carl David Cowling Executive Director
01 Dec 2008 Robert James Moorhead Group Finance Director
01 Sep 2010 Henry Eric Staunton Non-Executive Chairman
04 Feb 2013 Suzanne Claire Baxter Non-Executive Director
03 Dec 2012 Annemarie Verna Florence Durbin Non-Executive Director
26 Feb 2019 Simon Emeny Non-Executive Director
01 Sep 2008 John William Drummond Hall Non-Executive Director
26 Feb 2019 Maurice Nicholas Beech Thompson Non-Executive Director

Company financials

Assets (£m) 2019 2018 2017
Reporting date 31 Aug 2019 31 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2017
Tangible assets 201 179 164
Intangible asssets and goodwill 225 72 67
Investments and other non-current assets 22 17 15
Total non-current assets 448 268 246
Inventory / work in progress 174 154 150
Trade and other receivables 73 60 54
Cash and equivalents 49 45 38
Other current assets and asset held for resale 2 1 0
Total of all assets 746 528 488
Liabilities (£m) 2019 2018 2017
Short term liabilities 279 287 272
Long term liabilities 230 29 29
Other liabilites / pension etc 0 0 0
Total of all liabilities 509 316 301
Net assets (£m) 2019 2018 2017
Net assets 237 212 187
Equity (£m) 2019 2018 2017
Share capital 24 24 24
Minority interests 2 0 0
Retained earnings 455 437 406
Share premium account 9 8 6
Other equity -253 -257 -249
Total equity 237 212 187
Cash Flow (£m) 2019 2018 2017
Cash from operating activities 149 143 148
Cashflow before financing -71 85 100
Increase / decrease in Cash 4 8 0
Income (£m) 2019 2018 2017
Turnover 1,397 1,262 1,234
Cost of sales 0 0 0
Gross profit 0 0 0
Operating profit 140 136 142
Pre-tax profit 135 134 140
Profit / loss for the year 108 108 116