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SMWH Wh Smith Plc

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Share Name Share Symbol Market Stock Type
Wh Smith Plc SMWH London Ordinary Share
  Price Change Price Change % Share Price Last Trade
0.00 0.00% 1,171.00 16:35:23
Open Price Low Price High Price Close Price Previous Close
1,166.00 1,162.00 1,193.00 1,171.00 1,171.00
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Posted at 01/5/2024 18:11 by panache1
WH Smith PLC has announced a significant change in share ownership, with Causeway Capital Management LLC acquiring additional voting rights, bringing their total to 8.15%, as reported on April 27, 2024. The Los Angeles-based investment firm now holds over 10 million voting rights in the UK-based retailer. This move might signal increased investor confidence and potential strategic influence by Causeway Capital in WH Smith's future operations.
Posted at 13/9/2021 10:31 by sponges
Didn't catch full details but Ian King on Sky news business programme has just mentioned reason for being up today is re some investment made by "activist investor"
Posted at 03/12/2020 08:30 by weemonkey
Agree not much resistance till £20

The recovery story is easy to work out here.

The kicker: SMWH was, is and will continue to be a fantastic business.

COVID allowed investors to get in on the cheap
Posted at 10/4/2019 13:10 by connorcampbell
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Can Thursday’s interim results give WH Smith a bookish boost?

There is now always a relative sense of predictability about WH Smith’s statements: Travel does well, High Street doesn’t. The nuance tends to lie in how good and how bad. For the 20 week period to January 19th, total sales at the Travel business were up a very healthy 16% following the acquisition of the US travel retailer InMotion, with like-for-likes rising 3%; High Street, meanwhile, saw total sales tumble a manageable 1%, alongside a 2% dip in comparable sales. This left WH Smith with a 6% increase in overall sales and a flat LFL performance.

A similar set of figures on Thursday may be enough to satisfy investors, while they’ll want to hear further details of the InMotion integration and plans for the US as a whole. And for reference, at the midway point last year, WH Smith posted a 1% decline in group pre-tax profit to £82 million, so an improvement on that could be the key if the stock wants to keep climbing towards £23-plus all-time peak.

Read what Spreadex analysts have to say, or watch a 60 second earnings preview video, here:
Posted at 10/4/2019 13:10 by connorcampbell
Can Thursday’s interim results give WH Smith a bookish boost?

There is now always a relative sense of predictability about WH Smith’s statements: Travel does well, High Street doesn’t. The nuance tends to lie in how good and how bad. For the 20 week period to January 19th, total sales at the Travel business were up a very healthy 16% following the acquisition of the US travel retailer InMotion, with like-for-likes rising 3%; High Street, meanwhile, saw total sales tumble a manageable 1%, alongside a 2% dip in comparable sales. This left WH Smith with a 6% increase in overall sales and a flat LFL performance.

A similar set of figures on Thursday may be enough to satisfy investors, while they’ll want to hear further details of the InMotion integration and plans for the US as a whole. And for reference, at the midway point last year, WH Smith posted a 1% decline in group pre-tax profit to £82 million, so an improvement on that could be the key if the stock wants to keep climbing towards £23-plus all-time peak.

Read what Spreadex analysts have to say, or watch a 60 second earnings preview video, here: hxxps://spreadex.com/?tid=389537
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Posted at 24/8/2012 11:34 by philanderer
WH Smith's prospects in year ahead look good, says Deutsche

Prospects for High street chain WH Smith (LON:SMWH) in the year ahead look very good, says Deutsche bank, which rates the stock a 'buy' and has upped its price target for the shares by 80 pence to 650 pence.

It comes after what the broker called a "solid" pre-close update from the firm yesterday. It reports results for the year to August 31 in October.

This has led to a 2 per cent increase to Deutsche's pre-tax profit forecast for the full year to £101 million, noted analyst Warwick Okines.

"In our view, August 2013 forecasts of £104 million (was £103mln) are well underpinned and our 10 per cent EPS growth forecast looks conservative," the analyst added.
He said the group had a very clear strategy which was set to continue.

"WH Smith's strategy of growing travel (in UK and International) and defending High Street profits (through cost and space mix management) supplemented by generous dividend and share buybacks, has been very consistent over the years."

Deutsche has rated WH Smith a 'buy' since December 2007.

One key downside risk is if the downturn in passenger travel is prolonged, Okines noted.
Earlier this month, broker Seymour Pierce said the firm was highly cash generative, was being undervalued by the market and it should be a core holding for investors.

It issued a bullish note to its clients, with a 'buy' rating and a 670p price target.
Shares in WH Smith were up 0.08 per cent, to stand at 598 pence.
Posted at 24/8/2012 09:01 by philanderer
Questor share tip: Update leaves WH Smith looking anything but grey

WH Smith has announced a new buy back and upgraded full-year guidance.

Questor says buy.


WH Smith
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Questor says BUY
WH Smith

Publishing sensation 50 Shades of Grey appears to have provided a boost for WH Smith, but that is not the only reason that full-year results should be at the top end of expectations. This news, revealed in a trading update yesterday, propelled the retailer's shares to a six-year high.

WH Smith is a 220 year-old retailer, with 612 high street stores and 561 outlets in travel locations such as airports, trains stations and motorway services.

Management's diligent focus on costs means that margins have been boosted in both these operations. This followed on from the first upgrade guidance at its high street business for five years, which was announced in June.

Consensus expectations for pre-tax profits had stood at about £99m earlier this week – but should now be increased to £101m. The retailer also announced yet another £50m share buy-back after completing its latest tranche of purchases.


Buy-backs are ways of returning capital to shareholders by reducing the number of shares in issue, which boosts earnings per share (eps). The benefit compared with dividends is that a back-back – theoretically at least – should result in higher share prices as a result of the increase in eps.

Buy-backs can also be preferable for a company's management because they can be undertaken on an ad hoc basis. If cash returns are made through dividends, this could create a problem if it is not sustainable in future years.

WH Smith's management, under chief executive Kate Swann, understands the value of returns to shareholders, with £377m paid via dividends and buy-backs since the 2007 financial year. This is about half the company's current market capitalisation.
The business remains highly cash generative, with the high street operation boosted by sales of physical books, which should reassure investors concerned about the impact of e-books.

Of course, WH Smith has also launched its Kobo e-reader in the UK to compete with the Kindle. We should get an update on how well that is going when the group's full-year results are released on Oct 11.

As for future growth, Questor thinks the market is under-playing the potential of the group's travel business. This offers the real prospect of expansion into new territories where there is a high footfall, which is perfect for WH Smith's relatively low-ticket items.

It's not just new territories either. Travel in Europe has been hit by the debt crisis and this update implies there could have been a slight recovery in travellers – and that they have been buying higher-margin drinks and confectionary.

Investors had a bit of a wobble earlier this year and the shares plunged as low as 471p in June. Questor recommended a buy at 484.6p on June 12 and the shares are now up by more than a quarter in a matter of months.

The yield on the shares remains attractive even after recent gains, at 4.3pc rising to 4.8pc next year.

Trading on a August 2013 earning multiple of 9.1, falling to 8.4, the shares do not look particularly expensive.

However, after such a bullish run the shares could drift between now and the full-year numbers.

They remain a buy.




Indy newspaper:

Market Report: Erotica boom keeps WH Smith sizzling


Investors really must be keen on giant bars of Dairy Milk for £1. The

newspapers-to-stationery seller WH Smith, up 15.5p to 597.5p, got investors excited with a pre-close trading update that revealed it expects to reach profit of £100m for the first time in more than a decade. Shares hit an all-time high yesterday, so its strategy of selling bottles of water and magazines to captive audiences in train stations and airports has paid off.

Widely written off as high-street history, WH Smith under chief executive Kate Swann is back in vogue. It has been boosted by the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, and analysts at Peel Hunt raised their price target to 600p from 525p. Analysts think the price will stay high as the retailer will spend a further £50m to extend its share buy-back programme to 2013.
Posted at 23/8/2012 11:33 by philanderer
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Grey sales bright for WH Smith

The phenomenal success of Fifty Shades Of Grey and other copycat "passion" books has given retailer WH Smith a lift.

The erotic novel has sold more than five million copies, making it the best-selling book in Britain since records began, and WH Smith said its 600 high street stores have seen a boost from the trilogy and a raft of similarly racy books that have proved popular in its wake.

The recent strong line-up of books helped WH Smith's high street stores weather the tough retail conditions in the year to August 31.

WH Smith said its results for the year would be at the top end of City expectations and announced it would return a further £50 million to shareholders.

Its near-600 stores in airports, railway stations and motorway service areas also made good progress, helped by opening stores overseas.

Both divisions have increased their profit margins after benefiting from selling more books and stationery and fewer CDs and DVDs under the leadership of its highly regarded chief executive Kate Swann.

WH Smith shares rose 5% to fresh highs on Thursday as investors applauded the bullish update.

The City had previously expected profits within a range of £97 million to £101 million, up from £93 million the previous year.

The group has already returned £377 million to shareholders since mid-2007 as it put in resilient trading performances despite the squeeze on consumer spending, helped by the change in its sales mix.

It has also recently launched its Kobo e-reader to compete with Amazon's Kindle and is expected to give an update on its performance in its full-year results in October.
Posted at 14/8/2012 20:15 by philanderer
Telegraph market report

"Shares in WH Smith hit new highs"

Investors have chased the newsagent higher, but broker Seymour Pierce thinks they have further to go.

Despite touching new highs, shares in high-street stalwart WH Smith may still have further to go.

The newsagent climbed 2 to 574p, the highest level since the company de-merged its retail and news distribution businesses in 2006. Seymour Pierce analysts Kate Calvert and Freddie George said today they think there's more to come from the company, which has held up well in the tough economic environment.

"We view WH Smith as a core holding and believe the market is undervaluing this highly cash generative business," they wrote in a note to clients. The group "is one of the few retailers in our universe to have grown profits through the current downturn."

The analysts also noted that over the past five years, the retailer has returned more than half its market value back to shareholders. They recommend investors buy the shares, and raised their target price to 670p from 570p.

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