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
  +0.25p +0.65% 38.75p 39.00p 39.25p 40.25p 38.50p 38.50p 1,990,956 16:35:05
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 2,335.0 59.0 4.0 9.7 475.78

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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 38.50p.
Debenhams has a 4 week average price of 38p and a 12 week average price of 38p.
The 1 year high share price is 59.35p while the 1 year low share price is currently 38p.
There are currently 1,227,822,150 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 2,266,887 shares. The market capitalisation of Debenhams is £475,781,083.13.
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
edmundshaw: A couple of large trades (below the mid price) after the bell and a largish, though uninformative auction. The 900k at 45.6813p seems to reflect the price action today. There are quite likely to be adjustments of institutional holdings now, so the share price in the short term is anyone's guess, there are both bull and bear points for Debenhams. I remain long as I like the look of Sergio's changes: rational and positive but not too dramatic. Therefore I view DEB as cheap. It is also good to see him not playing games with the dividend to suit himself, something prevalent among a certain type of incoming CEO. IMO he is right to hold the dividend; if necessary it can be cut or raised if conditions warrant it.
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: American Idiot (good name) I was once told by a wise man that to understand something can take a while, whereas to think you understand takes a second. The position is exactly as I explained in post 2191 It is not my responsibility to educate you, nor do I have the time or inclination. But what it appears you are saying is that the CFDs are a long position, and the put option can basically become a short position to cover. There are two sides to a put option and you have the wrong one. Sports Direct have SOLD the put option. Sports Direct have the option to BUY 10.5% of the shares from Goldman Sachs at an unknown strike price exposing the firm to a fall in Debenhams’ share price. They are therefore out of the money on the position at present. How else do you think Sports Direct can claim the voting rights on the option. You don't get voting rights on short positions. They have the right to buy the shares so can claim to have control over the voting rights. Perhaps a sample of some of the press clippings can help you understand:- hxxps://
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: Just so posters can see I am not being biased Marks set to post lower profits. Margins are higher than Debenhams however... HTTP:// Operating forecast margin Marks 5.4% Operating forecast margin Debenhams 3.5% One doesn't have to be clever to realise why Debenhams is on a lower pe ratio. There is always a reason for a bombed out share price and a downward trend. edit: Whatever Marks say is bound to affect the sector, I would have waited a bit longer to see how things were panning out before I recommended investing. In the meantime Debenhams Sale still on HTTP:// Marks Sale off HTTP:// Sales may keep consumers shopping but at a cost to retailers margins. Monsoon reports fall in sales and profits HTTPs:// Will Debenhams warn in next 6 months? I think they will warn on or before Final results. River Island Looks Amazing HTTP://
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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