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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Smith(DS) LSE:SMDS London Ordinary Share GB0008220112 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +1.30p +0.36% 366.70p 5,059,741 16:28:55
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
366.60p 366.80p 367.10p 361.00p 366.60p
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Industrials 5,765.00 292.00 24.90 14.7 5,051.9

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DS Smith Daily Update: Smith(DS) is listed in the General Industrials sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker SMDS. The last closing price for DS Smith was 365.40p.
Smith(DS) has a 4 week average price of 328.90p and a 12 week average price of 324.20p.
The 1 year high share price is 583p while the 1 year low share price is currently 286.20p.
There are currently 1,377,652,787 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 5,628,641 shares. The market capitalisation of Smith(DS) is £5,051,852,769.93.
alotto: Mark I think the market is becoming more conscious around packaging, sustainability etc. My feeling is that the whole industry is being hit as there will be a reduction with the use of (necessary)packaging material, especially is not recyclable/recycled, resource-intensive for its manufacture, etc. DS Smith sold its plastic division and invested in eco-friendly processes for the manufacture of their packaging materials. I wouldn't be that confident shorting DS Smith, considering that the share price has fallen considerably since the latest highs. However I would get rather nervous below 300p, that is where I would set my stop losses.
moorsie2: I think the market was expecting more for the sale (or were led to believe more for the sale) . Also Europac and Interstate acquisitions done at the top of the paper cycle which always means over paying... Compelling case for this to trail the sector and come back to an average valuation for the sector. I would wager a lower share price by end of the week than what it started....
nav_mike: Good update - share price reaction may depend on what the city had pencilled in for proceeds of the plastics division sale £450m seems decent given the asset value and profits of the division
moorsie2: To pay 2bn euros for Europac is insanity.... this is what is damaging your share price. Rumour has it SMDS refused to pay 900m for it less than 2 years ago... seems like the CEO was too eager to grab market share and made the mistake of over paying based on multiply earnings at the upper end of a cycle
moorsie2: Dogwalker - the industry write down is significantly over done so I would expect this to rise back to circa 450-470 in the coming weeks and months. But I would have significant doubts that the US acquisition and Europac acquisition will be long term adding value. To me it looks like they significantly overpaid for these assets and that will prove to be a significant lag on their share price in the medium term. It is a good move by them to get out of Plastics but at the wrong time. The business carries a negative now due to perceptions of plastics while just 12 months ago it would have carried a premium. I am sitting on my hands until I see what they get for plastics division
opistewart: Another good day for DS Smith shareholders !! Investors were asked to cough up one billion to fund Europac acquisition ,since then CEO Roberts has precidded over 1.5 billion being wiped off the value of the company . 4/5 months over 30% wiped off the share price . Roberts strategy is questionable as is his ability to deliver , Time for a change at the top .
gettingrichslow: Dogwalker, I will let them lapse and then decide whether to invest the cash in SMDS or elsewhere when the dust has settled. If you think about it, in any RI, the rump of unexercised rights that are left at the end then need to be sold off to buyers who weren't otherwise intending to buy, which must have a downwards effect on the share price.
gettingrichslow: Dogwalker, not quite, the question wasn't about why he has faith in SMDS, it was about why he decided to buy more thru the RI (rather than in open market). It seems to me that many people seem to enlarge their holdings when RIs are announced when they weren't really planning to beforehand. In other words, they are 'enticed in' by the RI, rather than it being a premeditated decision by the investor. On your other point about RIs creating 'a recipe for immediate share price improvement' I'm afraid the evidence suggests the exact opposite (this is a much researched subject)!
typo56: Dogwalker. It may seem unfair but... 1) Short term the dividend income will normally be offset by the capital loss as the share price falls to reflect the ex-div. Therefore, if the divi were bigger, the price drop would be bigger. 2) The dividend value will be reflected in the price of the nil paid shares. i.e. without the dividend, once they go ex rights the nil paid shares would normally track about 359.8p below SMDS (350p exercise price plus the 9.8p dividend they wouldn't be entitled to). In this case they should track about 350p below. In other words, should you wish to sell the nil paids or let them laspe, you'll be receiving 9.8p per nil paid share more for them than you would if they didn't have the dividend entitlement (it effectively adds 3/11 * 9.8p to your dividend per SMDS). Therefore, overall, I don't think you're as hard done by as may first appear.
gettingrichslow: Ali47fish, what advantage would it give? You're not buying the shares 'on the cheap'. If you were, who do you think is subsidising it?? Google 'how do rights issues work' and you will see what I mean. The reason the RI price is lower than the current share price is purely because if the share price drifted lower than the RI price then no-one would take up the offer. That is all. You are not getting them at some sort of 'bargain price'. That is why many people choose not to take up the offer!
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