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Smith (DS) PLC

ISIN: GB0008220112 | Ticker: SMDS | LEI: 39RSBE4RCI4M15BLWH36
Country: United Kingdom

About Smith (DS) PLC

Company Description

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, paper products and recycling services worldwide. Over the past 80 years our organisation has grown dramatically, as have our services and areas of expertise.

Our story can be traced back to the box-making business started by the Smith Family in East London in the 1940s. During the next half a century we grew our reputation for quality engineering and a dedication to our customers. As we grew our scale, we grew our capabilities – adding papermaking and recycling so we could view our customers’ challenges in the whole and not just one part. In recent times, our business has experienced rapid growth, as well as acquiring businesses across Europe and in North America. This growth saw us become one of the largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Our vision “To be the leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions” serves us well.

Year founded


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350 Euston Road, NW1 3AX London – United Kingdom

Financial statements

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Line item in (gbp) 01.05.2020 01.05.2021 01.05.2022
Assets N/A 8,700,000,000.00 9,886,000,000.00
Noncurrent Assets N/A 6,404,000,000.00 6,778,000,000.00
Property Plant And Equipment N/A 3,050,000,000.00 3,128,000,000.00
Investment Accounted For Using Equity Method N/A 38,000,000.00 17,000,000.00
Noncurrent Biological Assets N/A 9,000,000.00 10,000,000.00
Other Noncurrent Receivables N/A 1,000,000.00 0.00
Deferred Tax Assets N/A 37,000,000.00 7,000,000.00
Noncurrent Derivative Financial Assets N/A 35,000,000.00 495,000,000.00
Current Assets N/A 2,296,000,000.00 3,108,000,000.00
Inventories N/A 537,000,000.00 703,000,000.00
Trade And Other Current Receivables N/A 818,000,000.00 1,229,000,000.00
Current Biological Assets N/A 6,000,000.00 7,000,000.00
Cash and cash equivalents N/A 813,000,000.00 819,000,000.00
Noncurrent Assets Or Disposal Groups Classified As Held For Sale N/A 1,000,000.00 0.00
Current Derivative Financial Assets N/A 80,000,000.00 316,000,000.00
Equity 3,351,000,000.00 3,535,000,000.00 4,234,000,000.00
Issued Capital N/A 137,000,000.00 137,000,000.00
Share Premium N/A 2,241,000,000.00 2,248,000,000.00
Equity Attributable To Owners Of Parent N/A 3,533,000,000.00 4,232,000,000.00
Noncontrolling Interests N/A 2,000,000.00 2,000,000.00
Liabilities N/A 5,165,000,000.00 5,652,000,000.00
Noncurrent Liabilities N/A 2,709,000,000.00 2,085,000,000.00
Noncurrent Provisions N/A 8,000,000.00 7,000,000.00
Other Noncurrent Payables N/A 15,000,000.00 37,000,000.00
Deferred Tax Liabilities N/A 271,000,000.00 396,000,000.00
Noncurrent Recognised Liabilities Defined Benefit Plan N/A 175,000,000.00 86,000,000.00
Noncurrent Derivative Financial Liabilities N/A 15,000,000.00 28,000,000.00
Longterm Borrowings N/A 2,066,000,000.00 1,391,000,000.00
Current Liabilities N/A 2,456,000,000.00 3,567,000,000.00
Current Provisions N/A 48,000,000.00 48,000,000.00
Trade And Other Current Payables N/A 1,834,000,000.00 2,503,000,000.00
Current Derivative Financial Liabilities N/A 41,000,000.00 56,000,000.00
Line item in (gbp) 01.05.2020/
Revenue 5,976,000,000.00 7,241,000,000.00
Employee Benefits Expense 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
Profit Loss From Operating Activities 311,000,000.00 443,000,000.00
Finance Income 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
Finance Costs 83,000,000.00 70,000,000.00
Share Of Profit Loss Of Associates And Joint Ventures Accounted For Using Equity Method 5,000,000.00 7,000,000.00
Profit Loss Before Tax 231,000,000.00 378,000,000.00
Income Tax Expense Continuing Operations 49,000,000.00 98,000,000.00
Profit Loss From Continuing Operations 182,000,000.00 280,000,000.00
Profit Loss From Discontinued Operations 12,000,000.00 0.00
Profit (loss) 194,000,000.00 280,000,000.00
Profit Loss Attributable To Owners Of Parent 194,000,000.00 280,000,000.00
Profit Loss Attributable To Noncontrolling Interests 0.00 0.00
Line item in (gbp) 01.05.2021 01.05.2022
Profit (loss) 194,000,000.00 280,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Used In Operations 895,000,000.00 1,079,000,000.00
Interest Paid Classified As Operating Activities 69,000,000.00 63,000,000.00
Interest Received Classified As Operating Activities 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
Income Taxes Paid Refund Classified As Operating Activities 66,000,000.00 96,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Used In Operating Activities 761,000,000.00 921,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Losing Control Of Subsidiaries Or Other Businesses Classified As Investing Activities 16,000,000.00 35,000,000.00
Cash Flows Used In Obtaining Control Of Subsidiaries Or Other Businesses Classified As Investing Activities 90,000,000.00 23,000,000.00
Other Inflows Outflows Of Cash Classified As Investing Activities 2,000,000.00 2,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Used In Investing Activities -391,000,000.00 -403,000,000.00
Proceeds From Issuing Shares 3,000,000.00 7,000,000.00
Proceeds From Borrowings Classified As Financing Activities 1,157,000,000.00 334,000,000.00
Repayments Of Borrowings Classified As Financing Activities 1,213,000,000.00 529,000,000.00
Payments Of Lease Liabilities Classified As Financing Activities 73,000,000.00 73,000,000.00
Dividends Paid Classified As Financing Activities 0.00 166,000,000.00
Other Inflows Outflows Of Cash Classified As Financing Activities 0.00 -21,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Used In Financing Activities -142,000,000.00 -483,000,000.00
Effect Of Exchange Rate Changes On Cash And Cash Equivalents -4,000,000.00 -8,000,000.00
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents after effect of exchange rate changes 228,000,000.00 35,000,000.00
Cash and cash equivalents 813,000,000.00 819,000,000.00

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Filings & Publications


Consolidated Report
Corporate Governance Report
Company Presentation
Sustainability Report
Remuneration Report


Consolidated Report
Corporate Governance Report
Company Presentation
Sustainability Report
Remuneration Report

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Short Interest

Current short interest

Position Holder Short Interest in Percent Date
Marshall Wace LLP 0.60% 18.10.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.50% 20.12.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.79% 03.08.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.57% 05.12.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.60% 13.09.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.58% 15.09.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.71% 30.10.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.57% 29.08.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.69% 28.11.23
Total 5.61%

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Containers & Packaging


Paper & Plastic Packaging Products & Materials

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