Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Debenhams LSE:DEB London Ordinary Share GB00B126KH97 ORD 0.01P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 52.30p 52.25p 52.30p 52.45p 51.70p 51.85p 1,961,084 12:09:19
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 2,341.7 105.8 7.0 7.5 642.15

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Debenhams Daily Update: Debenhams is listed in the General Retailers sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker DEB. The last closing price for Debenhams was 52.30p.
Debenhams has a 4 week average price of 51.55p and a 12 week average price of 51.55p.
The 1 year high share price is 81p while the 1 year low share price is currently 51.25p.
There are currently 1,227,822,150 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 7,424,254 shares. The market capitalisation of Debenhams is £642,764,895.53.
edmundshaw: I don't wish to be unkind, but there seem to be a lot of - how can I put it? - misunderstandings with accounts and intangibles here. To be clear, amortization happens and is normal (good), and writedowns are not happening (which is also good - it means those intangibles are still regarded as correctly valued). Basic EPS is 5.8p per share. For H1. As margins are expected to contract further next year, we might get 5.5p. Again for the first half. For the last full year it was 7p for the full year, so we may be looking at around 6.5p this year (except that our currency hedging is rather good, so there is room for a small upside surprise on that basis). A PER of around 8, basic at a share price of 53p. Yield is around 6.5%. There is a pension surplus. Debt is low and dropping (0.9x EBITDA) Cash flow per share is higher than earnings. Just to simplifiy a bit, profit is £87.8m, amortisation was £55M. A couple of other exceptionals added to £(14)m. So underlying earnings look around £129m. Using my guesstimate of 6.5p for the full year, and adding back amortization and subtracting other notable exceptionals, I get a cash flow per share of around 9.5p for the full year. If this represents underlying EPS, we would be on an underlying PER of around 5.6 at the current share pricxe of 53p. Of course this is pre-Capex, and capex is an unavoidable part of the business, particularly during the transformation stages we are going through. Later, this may well drop. Now a PER (adjusted, pre capex) of 5.6 is cheap, so why? Because earnings have been slowly dropping over the last couple of years, and people worry the retail shopper will get more cautious in the near future. Plus there is no sense yet of any optimism from the new leadership here. I am not even mentioning improvements down to reduced warehousing, nor the growing and successful international sales. My estimation is that if Debenhams soldiers on in the same old way, it will decline slowly, but in the meantime is a good cash cow, and worth at least the current share price, medium term, all things being equal. But if the re-invention succeeds to any degree, the share price could well be worth double. And in the meantime there is a very affordable 6.5% yield, which is several times more than I could get on a savings account.
simon templar qc: Have only glanced quickly but not impressed. Like for like sales growth of 0.5% and EBITDA down 6% in UK!!! Gross margin down! Shows how competitive things are becoming. John Lewis weekly sales yesterday up... HTTP:// Good luck guys I will not make any further comments for time being the market will listen to what press have to say, my comments will make little difference to share price.
edmundshaw: "Social shopping"? Sounds interesting. I like the sound of Sergio Bucher's strategy, which looks a good combination of vision and basic efficiency review. Of course the proof of the pudding (and the justification for his remuneration) will be in the delivery. Numbers adequate for the year, but it is the belief in future prospects that will drive the Debenhams share price back up.
longfield123: huge turnover in shares 70 million but share price does not move ???????
edmundshaw: Debenhams boost from long forex forward hedging should help them this year compared to JL and others with a shorter hedging policy. I have no great opinion about whose shops the customers prefer at the moment, but I feel the (albeit slow) improvement in online sales, the balanced sales across the age groups and a good reputation should keep Debs trading OK. Worth repeating Xmas period trading?: Financial Highlights · Group gross transaction value +3.7%; Group like-for-like sales as reported +3.5% · Group like-for-like sales in constant currency +0.5%, including UK LFL +1.0% · Online sales +13.9%, with two year growth of over 25% · Gross margin of (25bps) to +25bps, sales mix continues to be dilutive · Good performance in the 7 week Christmas period to 7th January: - LFL sales +5.0%, +1.7% in constant currency - Online sales +17.0% Last year, Underlying EPS was 7.5p. Following good cash generation, net debt reduced by £40.8m to £279m. Net debt/EBITDA at 1.2x. Full year dividend up to 3.425p per share (so yield at 54p is 6.3%, covered 2.2 times. Don't see any reason to sell at these levels. Recovery represents good upside with a nice income while waiting, while downside seems limited at a PER of 7.2 which is pricing in some serious drops in performance already. A well-reasoned argument as to why earnings might fall off a cliff and the share price with them should fall further would be of interest. (Chart-based magic numbers do not count.)
simon templar qc: tintin I cannot rule out Debenhams would be taken out but its unlikely with the leases. I suppose a take out would be one reason for the static share price albeit the trend is down. Its a late Easter this year so no news soon. Could be more downgrades in May.
walbrock82: Simon, I agreed with you up to a certain point, which is why I gave a share price guidance for DEBENHAMS between 35p/share to 65p/share. I also acknowledged DEB been VERY SLOW in developing their online division (15% of T. SALES), which would eat into its cash flow. But, DEB cash earnings have held up well (been consistently the same for ten years), until cash earnings drop like a stone, then dividends won't get cut.
edmundshaw: Yup, sometimes the price goes up-diddly-up-up, and sometimes it goes down-diddly-own-down... a bit like a share price on the stock market...
ckafetz: With this share going ex div early December and the large div compared to share price does this normally lead to a rally in share price leading up to the ex div date?
simon templar qc: Results out initial observations: Highlights... Financial headlines -- Gross transaction value up 1.3% to GBP2,860.1m -- Group like-for-like sales up 2.1% in constant currency, up 0.6% as reported -- Group gross margin rate maintained, with 90bps markdown improvement on last year -- Operating profit up 4.3% to GBP134.1m reflecting good cost control -- Profit before tax in line with market expectations, up 7.3% to GBP113.5m (2014: GBP105.8m(1) ) -- Basic EPS up 7.0% to 7.6p (2014: 7.1p) -- Final dividend of 2.4p per share; maintaining full year dividend of 3.4p per share -- Following strong cash generation, net debt reduced by GBP41.7m to GBP319.8m -- Current net debt/EBITDA 1.3x (2014: 1.6x), medium term leverage target improved to 0.5x from previous target of 1.0x Debenhams met market expectations but nothing sparkling. Profit up 7.3% EPS up about 7% which is showing growth faster .Sales growth poor in my opinion. Margins steady. Dividend flat. They intend to rebase dividend cover. Debt down £40+ million down, nothing there overall concerning. The company state they have had a good start to the year but, its too early imo to draw any conclusions to key Christmas period. So overall what do I think? With the global economy weakening Debenhams is still at risk. Part the strategy on less sales per year seems to be working but sales growth poor. Debenhmams has had a fair run lately share price strengthening the share price a discount to sector however the company is still at risk with a weakening global economy. I see no large upside to the share price at the moment, if anything the share price could weaken. CEO to go! That suggests to me his is going while things are just about OK which will give him a nice golden handshake. Have seen this before CEO goes and things weaken later on! A long line of management changes in retail sector the last one at John Lewis. Argos gave a profit warning very recently! So there we are folks nothing sparkling and nothing overly worrying my overall take is share price could weaken I would be likely to take profits at the current price if I held, which I don't as the company is still at risk of further downside at the moment.
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