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.

London, GB
Size (employees)
13,773 (est)
WHSmith was founded in 1792 and is headquartered in London, GB
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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
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WHSmith Financials and Metrics

WHSmith Financials

WHSmith's revenue was reported to be £1.23 b in FY, 2017

Revenue (FY, 2017)

1.2 b

Net income (FY, 2017)

116 m

EBITDA (FY, 2017)

183 m

EBIT (FY, 2017)

142 m

Market capitalization (31-Oct-2017)

2.3 b

Closing share price (31-Oct-2017)


Cash (31-Aug-2017)

38 m


2.3 b
WHSmith's current market capitalization is £2.3 b.
GBPFY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


1.4 b1.3 b1.3 b1.3 b1.2 b1.2 b1.2 b1.2 b1.2 b1.2 b

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

579 m531 m

Gross profit

664 m655 m
GBPFY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


22 m47 m56 m41 m36 m31 m34 m34 m38 m38 m

Accounts Receivable

27 m22 m21 m20 m20 m23 m24 m22 m26 m28 m


147 m151 m151 m154 m151 m148 m144 m141 m146 m150 m

Current Assets

241 m262 m285 m259 m246 m233 m235 m230 m236 m242 m
GBPFY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017

Net Income

59 m64 m69 m73 m80 m81 m92 m101 m108 m116 m

Cash From Operating Activities

104 m113 m104 m118 m115 m119 m116 m144 m134 m148 m

Dividends Paid

78 m23 m26 m29 m31 m34 m38 m42 m46 m50 m

Cash From Financing Activities

(108 m)(61 m)(67 m)(96 m)(83 m)(85 m)(78 m)(101 m)(90 m)(100 m)
GBPY, 2017


12.3 x


15.9 x


15.2 x


89.6 k


0.1 x

Financial Leverage

2.6 x
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WHSmith News and Updates

Aurelius has managed to halve the price it's paying for Connect Books

Fancy yourself as a good barterer? Chances are you're not as good as Aurelius, which has just managed to complete the purchase of Connect Books for almost half the value it initially agreed. In December, turnaround-focused private equity firm Aurelius and struggling Connect Group, the firm which …
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