Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The company was the first chain store company in the world, and was responsible for the creation of the ISBN book catalogue system.

WHSmith’s travel business operates 586 units, mainly in airports, railway stations, motorway service areas, hospitals, and workplaces, primarily in the U.K. Its travel stores sell a tailored range of products, to cater for people on the move or in need of a convenience offer. Its High Street business sells a wide range of products, which are divided into four categories such as stationery, books, and news and impulse, as well as a small offer of entertainment products in some stores. High Street’s trading is seasonal, peaking at Christmas, with other peaks at Easter and in August and September for the ‘Back to School’ range.

Company Growth (employees)
London, GB
Size (employees)
13,769 (est)
WHSmith was founded in 1792 and is headquartered in London, GB

WHSmith Office Locations

WHSmith has offices in London and Swindon
London, GB (HQ)
Victoria House 4th Floor 37 63 Southampton Row Bloomsbury Square
Swindon, GB
Greenbridge Rd

WHSmith Data and Metrics

WHSmith Financial Metrics

WHSmith's revenue was reported to be £1.2 b in FY, 2016 which is a 3% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2016)

1.2 b

Revenue growth (FY, 2015 - FY, 2016), %


Net income (FY, 2016)

108 m

Market capitalization (24-Jul-2017)

1.9 b

Closing share price (24-Jul-2017)


Cash (31-Aug-2016)

38 m
WHSmith's current market capitalization is £1.9 b.
GBPFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


1.2 b1.2 b1.2 b1.2 b

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

531 m

Gross profit

655 m

Gross profit Margin, %


Operating expense total

548 m

Pre tax profit

112 m121 m131 m

Net Income

92 m101 m108 m
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


34 m34 m38 m

Accounts Receivable

24 m22 m26 m

Current Assets

235 m230 m236 m


166 m167 m171 m


56 m59 m63 m

Total Assets

457 m456 m470 m

Accounts Payable

95 m92 m98 m

Current Liabilities

294 m279 m268 m

Total Liabilities

356 m309 m302 m

Retained Earnings

54 m59 m62 m

Total Equity

101 m147 m168 m

Financial Leverage

4.5 x3.1 x2.8 x
GBPFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Cash From Operating Activities

116 m144 m134 m

Cash From Financing Activities

(78 m)(101 m)(90 m)

Income Taxes Paid

(20 m)(20 m)(23 m)
GBPY, 2016


87.2 k

Financial Leverage

2.8 x

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