Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Wh Smith Plc LSE:SMWH London Ordinary Share GB00B2PDGW16 ORD 22 6/67P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  43.50 4.37% 1,039.00 472,938 16:35:02
Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price
1,037.00 1,040.00 1,042.00 981.00 983.00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
General Retailers 1,397.00 135.00 98.10 10.6 1,360
Last Trade Time Trade Type Trade Size Trade Price Currency
18:10:40 O 189 1,002.16 GBX

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Wh Smith Daily Update: Wh Smith Plc is listed in the General Retailers sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker SMWH. The last closing price for Wh Smith was 995.50p.
Wh Smith Plc has a 4 week average price of 981p and a 12 week average price of 787.50p.
The 1 year high share price is 2,660p while the 1 year low share price is currently 585.50p.
There are currently 130,863,128 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 478,143 shares. The market capitalisation of Wh Smith Plc is £1,359,667,899.92.
makinbuks: The results are to 31st August, yes , but the forward looking statement I quoted above is for the six weeks post year end. I agree matters in the High street are deteriorating but the other fact I pointed out is that the High Street business in profit terms is only 1/3rd approximately of the whole and once the new US business is incorporated even less. So while your concerns are valid and SMWH may indeed fall short next year of the £60m profit they earned this year on the High Street it will not cause a dramatic collapse in the share price. Have a look at their ability to deliver through the economic cycle increasing the dividend year on year while reducing the shares in issue by 40% since 2007
makinbuks: Getting a placing away at a premium to the market is pretty impressive in these uncertain times. The hike in the dividend is impressive too, given the new shares in issue. It appears the board recognizes that they have wrung all they can from the high street business and can grow Travel only in a limited way organically so now they look for growth by acquisition. This will make SMWH a riskier play but could well be the driver for the next share price leg up. One of my favourite long term holds. Phil Oakley at the IC is supportive and comments often
tymedici: Not surprised at today's share price tumble. The shopping experience at WHSmith's is shocking. Few staff and vile check-out machines which would test the patience of the most stoical customer. Avoid until the management learn to value customers.
makinbuks: 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
walbrock82: 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.
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davydoo: "Looking to the year ahead, we continue to plan cautiously in an uncertain environment, however we are a resilient business and are well positioned for continued growth in both the UK and internationally." How is 5 years of falling sales continued growth? Maybe he means the share price.
simpler: Xmas results out on Weds. Am expecting L4L sales to fall. The promotional mix Smiths campaigned with (e.g 75% off books) over the Xmas period smacks of desperation and will surely affect margin and therefore earnings. Unsure of whether this has already been baked in the recent share price fall from 700p to 600p though. Any other views?
philanderer: Evening Mark, maybe in some peoples` eyes they`re still not that expensive ? ;-) Dividend still at 4%+ Next week brings a few choice updates from important sectors. WH Smith (LSE: SMWH) is due to provide us with preliminary full-year results on Thursday, and the signs are good. At the time of the company's pre-close update in August, we were told to expect results at the upper end of current forecasts. High-street business is focusing in margins and cost-cutting, and the Travel division is doing well despite the depressed economy. The share price has stormed up to today's 656p from a low of 472p in June. But even after that near 40% rise, the shares are still not looking that expensive -- latest forecasts suggest a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of under 11, with a dividend yield if 4.1% expected. The dividend should be well covered, and the firm's pre-close update suggests we can have confidence in it.
philanderer: UT: 137K @ 646.50p ---------------------- Motley Fool High-street strength -- preview 11th October WH Smith (LSE: SMWH) is one of those rare beasts -- a high-street business whose performance has held up well during the recession. In fact, earnings and dividends have been rising steadily, and the share price has more than doubled to 638p from a 2008 low of 295p. And part of that has been due to a recent surge that has seen the price gain 35% from around 470p in June. But even after all that, full-year forecasts put the shares on a modest price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 10.4, falling to 9.4 for 2013, with a dividend of 4.2% expected (2013: 4.7%). Oh, and the point of it all is that those results will be out on Thursday 11 October. A pre-close update in August told us that the firm expected its performance to hit the top end of then-current forecasts.
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