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Connect Group

16:51 on 22/11/2017

Current Price 112.34p | Bid 111.50p | Ask 111.75p | Change -1.97%

Company Overview

Connect Group plc (formerly Smiths News plc) is a leading specialist distributor operating in large and diverse markets. The Group has three separate divisions, connecting suppliers to customers in an efficient, knowledgeable and service oriented way: Connect News & Media - Encompassing; Smiths News, the UK's largest news wholesaling business with an approximate 55% market share, distributing newspapers and magazines on behalf of all the major national publishers as well as a large number of regional publishers. Smiths News serves approximately 30,000 customers across England and Wales, supplying large general retailers as well as smaller independent newsagents, and; Dawson Media Direct, an international media direct business supplying newspapers, magazines and inflight entertainment technology and content to over 80 airlines in 50 Countries, Connect Books - Combining a number of recognised brands in print and digital bookselling, including Bertrams, Dawson Books and Wordery. A leading distributor of physical and digital books, the division serves over 8,200 customers in approximately 100 countries, with over 200,000 in stock titles and access to over a further 7 million consumer and 20 million academic titles, Connect Education & Care - A leading independent supplier of consumables through The Consortium and West Mercia Supplies with an approximate 5% market share. The division serves over 30,000 customers with an extensive range of over 40,000 products across a branded, own brand and value range, including stationery, arts and craft and cleaning.

Stock Details

Shares in Issue 246,651,853
Market cap £ 402.66m
Sector Support Services
Indices FTSE SmallCap
UK FTSE All Share

Financial Highlights Year Ended 31/08/2015

Turnover £1875.10 million
Operating Profit £36.30 million
Dividend Yield 5.70
Dividend Per Share 9.20
Dividend Cover 1.73
P/E Ratio 17.55
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Price Summary

Mid Price ? 111.75p
Bid Price ? 111.50p
Ask Price ? 111.75p
Volume ? 135893
Change Today -2.25p
% Change Today -1.97%
Open 112.85p
Previous Close 111.75p
Intraday High 114.00p
Intraday Low 110.00p
52 Week High 175.00p
52 Week Low 129.75p

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