Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
WH Smith LSE:SMWH London Ordinary Share GB00B2PDGW16 ORD 22 6/67P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +18.00p +0.92% 1,984.00p 1,979.00p 1,981.00p 1,997.00p 1,927.00p 1,969.00p 728,714 16:35:19
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 1,234.0 140.0 104.5 19.0 2,184.76

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Obviously the recent share price movement has more to do with the general market sell off that SMWH in particular but good to see the £20 mark holding
I think the city appreciates the managements ability to deliver what they promise. Not much doubt that they are seen as standard setting in the retail arena. There were some posts here a few months back suggesting they are less focused on customer service. The model of growing the travel business while increasing margins on the high street through cost saving is consistently delivering and the £100m returned annually to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks supports the share price
The city certainly loves W H Smith, most other companies would have tanked 10 - 20% on that update especially when you consider the lofty valuation this has.
Steady update today trading in line with expectations. Should lead to high single digit EPS growth and another £100m return to shareholders in the next 12 months. This pull back was to be expected, be interesting to see if it holds above the psychological £20 level
Once again, new highs. £21 barrier broken now
Slightly disappointed that they only bought £41m of shares last year against the announced £50m
Excellent results, 10% EPS growth 10% increase in the dividend. Cash in the bank. Another £50m share buyback kicked off this morning. What's not to like? Admittedly all that was priced in following the recent rally so I still expect some weakness in the share price at some point but for a long term buy and hold its perfect
New highs, must admit I've top sliced in anticipation of a pull back when the results are announced. Probably completely wrong
WH Smith refusing to stock copies of The Northern Echo RETAILER WH Smith has taken the decision to stop stocking The Northern Echo in some of its branches but copies can still be bought from all major supermarkets and newsagents. This follows a move by the chain to try and impose fees on publishers in return for selling newspapers through its stores. Readers are reminded that WH Smith is responsible for only a very small number of all copies of The Northern Echo sold each day and they can still find their favourite local paper at all of the major supermarkets, including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and the Coop, as well as at newsagents across the region.
WHSmith reviews
The worst customer service on the high street,.. Only fools queue to spend money.. All most all of this shop sells can be bought on the Internet at a discount The steady decline in high street sales at WH Smith showed no sign of slowing in the spring as like-for-like sales fell 4pc. Britain's Best And Worst High Street Stores Here's a full round up of the top five stores: Brand Customer Score Waitrose 84% John Lewis 78% Local special electrical retailers 75% Lush 72% Local independent home or garden store 72% And here are the five worst. Brand Customer Score JD Sports 36% JJB Sports 37% Currys Digital 40% WHSmith 42% Currys 42%
WH Smiths (unlike Woolworths) have turned their business around when others have gone bust. And in the last ten years they achieved the following: A. They saw operating margins increase by 3-fold (from 3.3% to 11%). It helped to boost operating profits from £47m to £133m. B. It manages to maintain free cash flow to operating cash flow at 70%, this plays a crucial in dividends and share buybacks. C. Number of shares outstanding fell from 183m to 112m, which helped boost the share price by an extra £6 per share. D. Using EV/EBIT ratio, it stands at 13 times, which is twice their normal average. One big reason for Smiths success is down to its travel division. Rail has enjoyed their revival, see chart: Air travel has been going from strength to strength, see here: However, there some concerns and one big factor is the decline of its inventory turnover from 5.7x to 3.45x. That leads to longer holding period. But the major findings from Smiths is the bizarre retail coverage of its high-street division. That division saw revenue declined from £1.1bn to £630m in the past decade. But, it's “Sq. ft.” coverage is hovering at 2.8m, slightly lower than 3m (2006). While, at the same time, its store numbers rose from 543 to 612. To me, Smiths valuation is high. And with analysts pencilling in £1.05 per share in earnings for 2017 and £1.09 per share for 2018. The earnings per share growth are small if we factor in share buybacks. If enjoy these facts, why not see it in chart form and with added explanation.
Solid set of interims. Concerns would be that 50% of the increase in Overseas travel revenue was currency related although to be fair LFL was higher too, the statements regarding Funky Pigeon are vague and woolly and the cash conversion was lower leading to a small net debt position. Nothing to be too concerned about but you get the impression that maintaining that high single digit EPS growth is getting harder. How long can volumes on the high street continue falling by 2% - 4%? Based on the RSI graphs above we may be in for a short term pull back
A little disappointed that the Barclays mandate to carry on repurchasing stock is limited to £5m which between now and 25th January is a considerable reduction in activity from the 40k a day run rate at the end of November
In the month of November I make it they have bought back c. 653k shares at a cost of around £9.8m so nearly 20% of the annual commitment. Also the daily volume went from 16k to 35k and then 40k in the last two days. They clearly feel that this £15 level will not be around long
" The 224-year-old group said growth at its High Street business was driven by the recent trend towards 'colour therapy', including colouring books for adults. The 'colour therapy' trend is picking up in the UK as more and more customers look to de-stress and spend time away from their mobile phones and tablet screens." Really!
Good Xmas figures out today. Retailers have been battered really badly recently, especially here. Should see a good bounce today.
Fantastic write up IC... much appreciated. Quite shocked how little forum interest there is in this company considering it is now a case study in financial management for the whole retail industry. Brilliantly managed business.
Be aware my enemies in The British Government are going to manipulate this share: I set up a short at 1370 for understandable reasons. Let's see if the people who are manipulating against me manage to take it just past my stop loss to about 14xx and then it go down the pan to about £2! You have all been warned/advised! Manipulation from my enemies in the British Government. You will think "was this a coincidence" when it happens and no it isn't.
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Short but as it is one of the most shorted listed companies I expect there are a lot of shorters out there waiting for the fall. But like you said the charts are telling a different story, but once it turns it will be quick. If only i could find a way of shorting Herbalife....
On paper this looks like a cracking short at the current price, trading between £13.50 and £13.60 intraday however the price just seems to want to head north with the price surging over the last few months. Fundamentally why would you buy shares in W H Smith at the current price ? It is in the main a declining business yet people are still buying shares at these levels, it amazes me. I will keep this on my watchlist with the intention of going short as I feel once a downtrend sets in it could be sustained. Is anyone else short or considering opening a position ? Cheers
Sold out at just under £13 because I wanted the funds for something else (more Pace shares). Still like the WH Smith potential though and will keep watching with a view to buying back on a dip when funds allow.
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