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WHSmith is a British retailer. The Company’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.

TypePublic
Founded1792
HQSwindon, GB
Websitewhsmithplc.co.uk

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Employees (est.) (Sep 2018)13,592(-1%)
Job Openings467
Revenue (FY, 2018)£1.3 B(+3%)
Share Price (Oct 2017)£20.6

Key People/Management at WHSmith

Henry Staunton

Henry Staunton

Chairman
Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke

CEO
Robert Moorhead

Robert Moorhead

CFO and COO
Suzanne Baxter

Suzanne Baxter

Non-Executive Director
Annemarie Durbin

Annemarie Durbin

Non-Executive Director
Drummond Hall

Drummond Hall

Non-Executive Director
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WHSmith Office Locations

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

WHSmith Revenue

WHSmith's revenue was reported to be £1.26 b in FY, 2018 which is a 2.3% increase from the previous period.
GBP

Revenue (FY, 2018)

1.3b

Revenue growth (FY, 2017 - FY, 2018), %

2.3%

Gross profit (FY, 2018)

136.0m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2018), %

10.8%

Net income (FY, 2018)

108.0m

Market capitalization (31-Oct-2017)

2.3b

Closing stock price (31-Oct-2017)

20.6

Cash (31-Aug-2018)

45.0m

EV

2.3b
WHSmith's current market capitalization is £2.3 b.
Annual
GBPFY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Revenue

1.2b1.2b1.3b

Revenue growth, %

3%2%2%

Cost of goods sold

1.1b

Gross profit

136.0m
Half Year
GBPH1, 2018

Revenue

643.0m

EBIT

83.0m

EBIT margin, %

13%

Interest expense

1.0m
Annual
GBPFY, 2005FY, 2006FY, 2007FY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Cash

1.066.0m82.0m22.0m47.0m56.0m41.0m36.0m31.0m34.0m34.0m38.0m38.0m45.0m

Accounts Receivable

16.0m21.0m27.0m22.0m21.0m20.0m20.0m23.0m24.0m22.0m26.0m28.0m60.0m

Inventories

143.0m141.0m147.0m151.0m151.0m154.0m151.0m148.0m144.0m141.0m146.0m150.0m154.0m

Current Assets

1.0278.0m286.0m241.0m262.0m285.0m259.0m246.0m233.0m235.0m230.0m236.0m242.0m260.0m
Half Year
GBPH1, 2018

Cash

36.0m

Inventories

155.0m

Current Assets

249.0m

PP&E

166.0m
Annual
GBPFY, 2006FY, 2007FY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Net Income

32.0m60.0m59.0m64.0m69.0m73.0m80.0m81.0m92.0m101.0m108.0m116.0m108.0m

Depreciation and Amortization

41.0m42.0m

Inventories

(5.0m)(4.0m)

Accounts Payable

(5.0m)
Half Year
GBPH1, 2018

Net Income

83.0m

Depreciation and Amortization

22.0m

Inventories

(5.0m)

Accounts Payable

(20.0m)
GBPY, 2018

EV/CFO

15.8 x

Revenue/Employee

91.6k

Debt/Equity

0.2 x

Debt/Assets

0.1 x

Financial Leverage

2.5 x
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WHSmith Operating Metrics

WHSmith's Stores was reported to be 610 in H1, 2018.
FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017H1, 2018

Stores

615 604 615 612 611 610

Retail Space, sq. ft.

3 m2.49 m2.89 m2.83 m2.80 m2.80 m

Selling Units

673 712 736 768 815 839

Countries

26 27
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WHSmith Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Acquired CompanyDateDeal Size
InMotion EntertainmentOctober 31, 2018

WHSmith Revenue Breakdown

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WHSmith revenue breakdown by business segment: 50.6% from Travel and 49.4% from High Street

WHSmith Online and Social Media Presence

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WHSmith Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was WHSmith founded?

    WHSmith was founded in 1792.

  • Who are WHSmith key executives?

    WHSmith's key executives are Henry Staunton, Stephen Clarke and Robert Moorhead.

  • How many employees does WHSmith have?

    WHSmith has 13,592 employees.

  • What is WHSmith revenue?

    Latest WHSmith annual revenue is £1.3 b.

  • What is WHSmith revenue per employee?

    Latest WHSmith revenue per employee is £92.8 k.

  • Who are WHSmith competitors?

    Competitors of WHSmith include Next Jump, World of Books and Thrift Books.

  • Where is WHSmith headquarters?

    WHSmith headquarters is located at Greenbridge Rd, Swindon.

  • Where are WHSmith offices?

    WHSmith has offices in Swindon and London.

  • How many offices does WHSmith have?

    WHSmith has 2 offices.