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
  -0.75p -2.16% 34.00p 34.75p 35.00p 35.50p 34.75p 35.00p 4,742,803 16:35:07
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 2,335.0 59.0 4.0 8.5 417.46

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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 34.75p.
Debenhams has a 4 week average price of 32.50p and a 12 week average price of 32.50p.
The 1 year high share price is 59p while the 1 year low share price is currently 32.50p.
There are currently 1,227,822,150 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 4,243,290 shares. The market capitalisation of Debenhams is £417,459,531.
kazoom: Personally I don't think the question of survival is quite so big as some imply, but it certainly is still a question. It is though my view that this stands to be the most difficult Christmas period for bricks and mortar retails, with the combination of the "megatrend" of a shift on line coupled with the shorter term phenomenon of very poor consumer sentiment. So I don't really think that you necessarily miss out on a big gains (multi-bagger might be a bit more of a stretch) by sitting out at these prices. I don't see that the share price will go into vertical lift at any point, so me I think the rational thing to do is to wait for definitive signs that a corner has been turned. You may well lose out on the first few percent of any recovery but equally you potentially miss out on further percentage falls (not excluding the possibility of -100%). All that said, I have the same view on Game [GMD] (very different situation, but the same headwinds) , even predicting in October when an upwards breakout looked to be on that we could well see a share price starting with a 3 (which we did). I didn't expect Game to break through the mid-40s before anything definite about Christmas; but that has gone above 60 - so that's a 50% upside I've missed out on there. (Although I still this there is a decent chance of getting in maybe in the 40s again). I don't though think that DEB has the same "story" to suggest a quick breakout. Happy to continue to watch here.
simon templar qc: Of a handful of shoppers waiting outside John Lewis in London this morning, one didn't know there was a "Black Friday" today, I suppose its because they have been price matching along with Debenhams all week in any event. Another guy was waiting to get in to take some shoes back, he probably decided to go early in case the returns got busier! You have to laugh this Black Friday just a gimmick. The reason for sales in the old days was at the end of the season, it was to get rid of surplus stock and reduce the price according. If it was still on display it was because no one wanted it. The other reason was the clothes left on rails at beginning of season had been tried on thousands of times. Apart from being stretched and pulled out of shape, shoppers risked smelly clothes through sweat, lipstick smeared and generally not pristine. So what happens now. Well it all depends what you are buying. You see if its a washer or laptop, the technology is improving all the time. So the biggest discounts on the oldest products. Bottom line is British shoppers are clueless what they are actually buying. Marks & Spencer aren't joining in I don't blame them nor are Harrods. As for Debenhams customers, no doubt they will buy some of those outdated lines Bucher said he wanted to ditch. Then in the clear light of day shoppers will be very disappointed with a lot of cheap out of date tat. Now you know why the share price is still falling.
simon templar qc: All these guys who thought the share price would go up before x dividend, made a big mistake, the share price just keeps going lower and it probably will continue to do so after as well.
kazoom: Certainly Simon, But given that it took the market more than 20 months to begin to appreciate that news. (The share price doubled in the 20 months following that story). And that the share price has subsequently fallen by 66% in the following 6 and a half years. I think it is safe to assume that at least that story is really "in the price" #Letskeepitreal
kazoom: I can't even count the number of times I have heard the argument that "when the shorters buy back" the share price will rocket. Having invested over-time in a number of heavily shorted shares, I also cannot count the number of times this has been true. In this latter case though it is because I cannot remember ANY. For me a high level of shorts is a signal that I might have missed something and need to try to understand the thinking of those that are short. I do not as such regard it as a positive or a negative, until I've researched further. Disclaimer: Given that some people seem to be totally paranoid about why non-shareholders post on companies, I thought it worth disclosing my interest. I am neither Long nor Short on DEB at this stage. If things pan out as I expect I do hope to buy DEB shares at some point in the next 2 years - either at a lower price or at a similar price (but later). So I will be clearly disappointed if the share price rallies substantially in the immediate future, but such is life. Personally I think the rally in the last few weeks has been based on a false reading of the state of the retail market - I think demand remains suppressed ; but if I am wrong, it is merely a trading opportunity that did not appear so I will hardly be crying. Many DEB shareholders are working on longer timescales than me so whilst we have different reactions to short term shareprice movements; we probably have the same longer term success criteria.
libertine: Sports Direct option expires at dates between 27/10 and 30/11. On those dates they could be obliged to buy the shares representing the 10.5% stake at the strike price agreed with Goldman Sachs over two years ago. Sports Direct were basically taking a bet that the share price of Debenhams would rally, whilst ensuring they had the ability to take the 10.5% stake. The option would therefore now be well out of the money in view of the share price drop. On the other hand as the share price has fallen Sports Direct have taken the opportunity to increase their CFD. It`s going to be interesting how this all gets unwound. Maybe the option will be extended again.
kazoom: Personally I disagree about short selling. Certainly in extreme crises it can exacerbate momentum and undermine confidence. But in the normal run of things it's just a 'player' taking an opposite view. If it were the case that shorting is the only reason the Deb share price is as low as it is. (IE it is an 'artificial' price) then all that would do would be to great a brilliant buying opportunity which would generate great returns once the future outturns prove the case. In truth jftm should be celebrating the shorters for producing this great opportunity. For me, I think that in the emerging retail slowdown Deb will not go bust (probably) and that therefore in the fullness of time (maybe a couple of years) this will prove to be a bargain price. In the meantime though I think that things will get worse for retailers and there will probably be bigger bargains still to come. Other than extra special situations, I don't expect to be buying into any retailers until 2018.
simon templar qc: To be perfectly honest guys the company performed slightly better than I expected however the economy is still set to deteriorate. So my price target of yesterday of 39-42 range bang on for the time being. I see a bobbing around at this level for some time then if we see a share price less than 40 for a few days the market worsening. The minute the share price falls to the mid 30 level the signs are the company heading for deep trouble. My gut feeling is there will be a further profit warning in the Autumn nearer results. edit: [...] Squeeze on consumers is likely to get worse before it starts to ease Howard Archer, chief economic advisor to the EY ITEM Club, said: “The squeeze on consumers is likely to get worse before it starts to ease.” Archer added: There is some support for consumer spending coming from current decent employment growth, but it is questionable if this can continue in the face of weakened UK economic activity, increasing business uncertainty and concerns over the UK’s economic outlook.” In contrast to Carpetright, Debenhams saw its shares fall by nearly 3% as the department stores operator’s third quarter sales decline disappointed investors and it warned full-year profits could be at the lower end of estimates if current volatile market conditions on the high street continues. READ: Debenhams cautions over 'current market volatility' on the high street Sergio Bucher, Debenhams CEO, who took over in October, said: "As industry data has confirmed, May was a tough month for retailers and we continue to see volatility in trading week to week.” He added: “As a result we are focused on delivering cost control and self-help through our ‘Fix the Basics’ plan.” Task for Debenhams boss looks more difficult George Salmon, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown said: “After choosing to leave his position at the top of Amazon’s European fashion division to take over as CEO at Debenhams, we can assume Sergio Bucher likes a challenge. However, the task in front of him now looks all the more difficult.” The analysts added: “Recent figures from the ONS show sales volumes in the retail industry are growing at their lowest level for 4 years, and Debenhams is feeling the pinch. Trends in its key sales metrics have gone into reverse in recent weeks.” There was some good news for Debenhams from strong digital sales growth, up 7.9% for the 15 week period to June 17 , and 12.6% for the 41 weeks to the same date, driven by mobile demand which was up 47% year-on-year. Salmon pointed out: “The new CEO’s strategy, namely to improve the online offering, declutter the stores and step up the quality of the in-store service, seems sensible. “However, Debenhams has struggled for years. Particularly in these difficult times, we feel investors should remember that it's one thing to correctly diagnose the problem and quite another to successfully apply the cure.”
simon templar qc: Its going to be interesting how this pans out. NEXT warns and latest weekly figures show John Lewis indications of like for like falling. Marks have managed to carry on lately with less sales and some hard hitting appointments at the top. With consumer debt increasing and price pressures increasing someone is surely to suffer. I happen to think on balance Marks will survive better than the rest even though the clothes have suffered badly for years. They are able to convert some of their shelf space into food. NEXT looks like its fantastic run could be running out of steam. John Lewis has got quite a good loyal customer base but still losing like for like but not got the amount of stores Debenhams have. Its a difficult call but one of the lower three, NEXT Debenhams JL could suffer badly. Current share price managing to bob around the current level and could do so for a bit longer. If Debenhams does warn of further fall in sales the share price will fall below 50 pence. If not it could recover 10 pence or so.
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.
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