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WH Smith

Current Price 1187.00p Bid 1185.00p Ask 1203.00p Change 4.12%
Last Updated: 04/06/2020 04:17. Prices delayed by at least 15 minutes.
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Company Overview

WH Smith is one of the UK high street's oldest names with roots dating back to 1792. Until recently the company was split into two main operations: retail and news distribution. In 2006, after a series of disposals that saw publishing house Hodder Headline sold, the company demerged its distribution arm to leave it focused purely on retail.

Financial Highlights Year Ended 31/08/2019

Revenue
£1,397.00m
Operating Profit/Loss
£140.00m
Dividend yield (%)
3.00
Total dividend for year
58.2000p
Dividend cover
1.97
P/E Ratio
17.10

Key Personnel

Mr Robert Moorhead
CFO and COO
Mr Henry Staunton
Chairman
Mr Ian Houghton
Company Secretary
Mr Carl Cowling
Group Chief Executive
Mr Maurice Thompson
Non-Executive Director
Mr Simon Emeny
Non-Executive Director
Ms Annemarie Durbin
Non-Executive Director
Ms Suzanne Claire Baxter
Non-Executive Director

Stock Details

EPIC
SMWH
ISIN
GB00B2PDGW16
Shares in Issue
130.86m
Market cap
£1,553.35m
Sector

Analyst Views (7)

Strong Buy
 
85.71%
Buy
 
0%
Hold
 
14.29%
Sell
 
0%
Strong Sell
 
0%
This information is provided by Web Financial Group (UK) Limited. It is subject to change without notice and doesn't reflect view held by Redmayne Bentley and is not advice.

Price Summary

Mid Price
1,187.00p
Bid Price
1,185.00p
Ask Price
1,203.00p
Volume
766,109
Change Today
47.00p
% Change Today
4.12%
Open
1,167.00p
Previous Close
1,187.00p
Intraday High
1,212.00p
Intraday Low
1,146.37p
52 Week High
2,654.00p
52 Week Low
700.50p
52 week high and low figures quoted above are calculated from intraday price data.

Intra-Day Chart

Income Statement

Year End Date
31 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2018
 
£ (M)
£ (M)
Continuing Operations
Revenue
1,397.00
1,262.00
Operating Profit/Loss
140.00
136.00
Net Interest
-5.00
-2.00
Pre-Tax Profit
135.00
134.00
Profit After Tax from continuing operations
108.00
108.00
Discontinued Operations
Profit After Tax
n/a
n/a
Profit/Loss for the Year
108.00
108.00
Attributable to:
Equity Holders of Parent Company
106.00
108.00
Minority Interests
2.00
n/a
Total Dividend Paid
58.2000p
54.1000p
Retained Profit/(Loss) for the Financial Year
n/a
n/a

Earnings per Share

Year End Date
31 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2018
Basic
98.10p
99.10p
Diluted
97.20p
98.20p
Adjusted
114.70p
108.20p
Dividend per Share
58.2000p
54.1000p

Assets

Year End Date
31 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2018
 
£ (M)
£ (M)
Non-Current Assets
Property, Plant & Equipment
201.00
179.00
Intangible Assets
225.00
72.00
Investment Properties
n/a
n/a
Investments
4.00
3.00
Other Financial Assets
n/a
n/a
Other Non-Current Assets
18.00
14.00
Current Assets
Inventories
174.00
154.00
Trade & Other Receivables
73.00
60.00
Cash at Bank & In Hand
49.00
45.00
Current Asset Investments
n/a
n/a
Other Current Assets
2.00
1.00
Other Assets
n/a
n/a
Total Assets
746.00
528.00

Liabilities

Year End Date
31 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2018
 
£ (M)
£ (M)
Current Liabilities
Borrowings
20.00
38.00
Other Current Liabilities
259.00
249.00
Total Current Liabilities
279.00
287.00
Non-Current Liabilities
Borrowings
209.00
9.00
Provisions
7.00
5.00
Other Non-Current Liabilities
14.00
15.00
Total Non-Current Liabilities
230.00
29.00
Other Liabilities
n/a
n/a
Total Liabilities
509.00
316.00

Net Assets

Year End Date
31 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2018
 
£ (M)
£ (M)
Net Assets
237.00
212.00

Capital & Reserves

Year End Date
31 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2018
 
£ (M)
£ (M)
Share Capital
24.00
24.00
Share Premium Account
9.00
8.00
Other Reserves
-253.00
-257.00
Retained Earnings
455.00
437.00
Shareholders Funds
235.00
212.00
Minority Interests/Other Equity
2.00
n/a
Total Equity
237.00
212.00

Dividend History

Dividend Metrics

Year End Date
31 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2018
Dividend growth
7.58%
12.24%
Dividend yield
3.00%
2.60%
Dividend cover
1.97
2.00
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