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WH Smith PLC

ISIN: GB00B2PDGW16 | Ticker: SMWH | LEI: 2138001KJNGUJ34G7X91
Country: United Kingdom

About WH Smith PLC

Company Description

WH Smith PLC is a leading retail company that has been operating since 1792. The company is a British retailer of convenience, books, travel accessories, and news. Since its inception, WH Smith has grown to become one of the world's most recognizable brands.

WH Smith currently operates more than 1,500 stores worldwide, including over 800 stores in the United Kingdom and over 700 stores in other countries. The company has a strong focus on providing unparalleled customer service and delivering a wide range of products to meet the needs of its customers.

One of the key strengths of WH Smith is its commitment to innovation and change. The company is always looking for new and better ways to serve its customers, including investing in its digital presence through the launch of a mobile app and the expansion of its e-commerce platform.

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180 Wardour Street, W1F 8FY London – United Kingdom

Financial statements

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Line item in (gbp) 01.09.2020 01.09.2021 01.09.2022
Assets N/A 1,350,000,000.00 1,692,000,000.00
Noncurrent Assets N/A 1,040,000,000.00 1,274,000,000.00
Property Plant And Equipment N/A 174,000,000.00 219,000,000.00
Goodwill N/A 406,000,000.00 471,000,000.00
Intangible Assets Other Than Goodwill N/A 67,000,000.00 72,000,000.00
Investment Accounted For Using Equity Method N/A 2,000,000.00 2,000,000.00
Noncurrent Receivables N/A 6,000,000.00 9,000,000.00
Deferred Tax Assets N/A 57,000,000.00 55,000,000.00
Current Assets N/A 310,000,000.00 418,000,000.00
Inventories N/A 135,000,000.00 198,000,000.00
Trade And Other Current Receivables N/A 45,000,000.00 87,000,000.00
Cash and cash equivalents 108,000,000.00 130,000,000.00 132,000,000.00
Current Derivative Financial Assets N/A 0.00 1,000,000.00
Equity 227,000,000.00 183,000,000.00 311,000,000.00
Issued Capital N/A 29,000,000.00 29,000,000.00
Retained Earnings N/A 82,000,000.00 138,000,000.00
Share Premium N/A 316,000,000.00 316,000,000.00
Other Reserves N/A -240,000,000.00 -244,000,000.00
Capital Redemption Reserve N/A 13,000,000.00 13,000,000.00
Equity Attributable To Owners Of Parent N/A 173,000,000.00 295,000,000.00
Noncontrolling Interests N/A 10,000,000.00 16,000,000.00
Liabilities N/A 1,167,000,000.00 1,381,000,000.00
Noncurrent Liabilities N/A 791,000,000.00 864,000,000.00
Other Longterm Provisions N/A 12,000,000.00 14,000,000.00
Noncurrent Recognised Liabilities Defined Benefit Plan N/A 2,000,000.00 0.00
Longterm Borrowings N/A 415,000,000.00 404,000,000.00
Current Liabilities N/A 376,000,000.00 517,000,000.00
Other Shortterm Provisions N/A 2,000,000.00 0.00
Trade And Other Current Payables N/A 265,000,000.00 365,000,000.00
Current Recognised Liabilities Defined Benefit Plan N/A 1,000,000.00 0.00
Line item in (gbp) 01.09.2020/
Revenue 886,000,000.00 1,400,000,000.00
Profit Loss From Operating Activities -92,000,000.00 97,000,000.00
Finance Costs 24,000,000.00 34,000,000.00
Profit Loss Before Tax -116,000,000.00 63,000,000.00
Income Tax Expense Continuing Operations -36,000,000.00 10,000,000.00
Profit (loss) -80,000,000.00 53,000,000.00
Profit Loss Attributable To Owners Of Parent -82,000,000.00 47,000,000.00
Profit Loss Attributable To Noncontrolling Interests 2,000,000.00 6,000,000.00
Line item in (gbp) 01.09.2020 01.09.2021 01.09.2022
Profit (loss) N/A -80,000,000.00 53,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Used In Operations N/A 113,000,000.00 213,000,000.00
Interest Paid Classified As Operating Activities N/A 13,000,000.00 26,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Used In Operating Activities N/A 100,000,000.00 187,000,000.00
Cash Flows Used In Obtaining Control Of Subsidiaries Or Other Businesses Classified As Investing Activities N/A -1,000,000.00 0.00
Purchase Of Property Plant And Equipment Classified As Investing Activities N/A 37,000,000.00 70,000,000.00
Purchase Of Intangible Assets Classified As Investing Activities N/A 7,000,000.00 13,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Used In Investing Activities N/A -43,000,000.00 -83,000,000.00
Proceeds From Issuing Shares N/A 1,000,000.00 0.00
Repayments Of Borrowings Classified As Financing Activities N/A 267,000,000.00 0.00
Payments Of Lease Liabilities Classified As Financing Activities N/A 86,000,000.00 96,000,000.00
Cash Flows From Used In Financing Activities N/A -35,000,000.00 -104,000,000.00
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents before effect of exchange rate changes N/A 22,000,000.00 0.00
Effect Of Exchange Rate Changes On Cash And Cash Equivalents N/A 0.00 2,000,000.00
Cash and cash equivalents 108,000,000.00 130,000,000.00 132,000,000.00

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Short Interest

Current short interest

Position Holder Short Interest in Percent Date
Marshall Wace LLP 0.50% 10.11.23
Marshall Wace LLP 0.60% 21.11.23
Total 1.10%

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