George Weston Limited engages in the food processing and distribution business in Canada and Internationally.
Average dividend payer with moderate growth potential.
Share Price & News
How has George Weston's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: WX5 has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
DE Consumer Retailing
1 Year Return
DE Consumer Retailing
Return vs Industry: WX5 exceeded the German Consumer Retailing industry which returned -9.4% over the past year.
Return vs Market: WX5 exceeded the German Market which returned -17.5% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is George Weston's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
No news available
Is George Weston undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Undervalued compared to fair value
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: WX5 (€62.5) is trading below our estimate of fair value (€114.74)
Significantly Below Fair Value: WX5 is trading below fair value by more than 20%.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: WX5 is poor value based on its PE Ratio (75.5x) compared to the Consumer Retailing industry average (17.3x).
PE vs Market: WX5 is poor value based on its PE Ratio (75.5x) compared to the German market (16.5x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: WX5 is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.3x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: WX5 is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.2x) compared to the XE Consumer Retailing industry average (1.3x).
How is George Weston forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: WX5's forecast earnings growth (57.2% per year) is above the savings rate (-0.4%).
Earnings vs Market: WX5's earnings (57.2% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the German market (14.2% per year).
High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: WX5's revenue (2.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the German market (4.2% per year).
High Growth Revenue: WX5's revenue (2.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: WX5's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (18.8%).
How has George Weston performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: WX5 has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: WX5's current net profit margins (0.4%) are lower than last year (1.1%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: WX5's earnings have declined by -5.8% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: WX5's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: WX5 had negative earnings growth (-62.6%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Consumer Retailing industry average (2.2%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: WX5's Return on Equity (6.2%) is considered low.
How is George Weston's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: WX5's short term assets (CA$12.7B) exceed its short term liabilities (CA$10.8B).
Long Term Liabilities: WX5's short term assets (CA$12.7B) do not cover its long term liabilities (CA$23.9B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: WX5's debt to equity ratio (121.9%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: WX5's debt to equity ratio has increased from 96.4% to 121.9% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: WX5's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (28.4%).
Interest Coverage: WX5's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (2.7x coverage).
Inventory Level: WX5 has a high level of physical assets or inventory.
Debt Coverage by Assets: WX5's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.8x debt).
What is George Weston's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: WX5's dividend (2.16%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the German market (1.71%).
High Dividend: WX5's dividend (2.16%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the German market (4.98%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: WX5's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: WX5's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (162.1%), WX5's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: WX5's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (29.6% payout ratio).
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Galen Weston (46yo)
Mr. Galen G. Weston, B.A., M.B.A., has been Chief Executive Officer of George Weston Limited since January 18, 2017 and has been the Chairman since September 2016. He served as a Non-Independent Director o ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Galen's total compensation ($USD5.63M) is about average for companies of similar size in the German market ($USD5.11M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Galen's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.
|Chairman & CEO||3.17yrs||CA$7.93m||0.075% CA$7.2m|
|President & CFO||2.17yrs||CA$4.81m||0.0039% CA$369.7k|
|President of Loblaw||3.17yrs||CA$6.11m||0.00092% CA$88.1k|
|Senior Director of Investor Relations||no data||no data||no data|
|Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer||no data||no data||0.017% CA$1.7m|
|Executive VP & Chief Talent Officer||no data||no data||0.0072% CA$685.7k|
|Chief Strategy Officer||3.83yrs||no data||no data|
|Group Head of Tax||3.83yrs||no data||no data|
|Group Head of Pensions & Benefits||1.17yrs||no data||no data|
|VP & Chief Risk Officer||0.58yr||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: WX5's management team is considered experienced (3.2 years average tenure).
|Chairman & CEO||3.17yrs||CA$7.93m||0.075% CA$7.2m|
|Independent Director||5.33yrs||CA$199.50k||0.0033% CA$312.2k|
|Independent Director||3.83yrs||CA$190.00k||0.00065% CA$62.3k|
|Lead Independent Director||7.83yrs||CA$257.50k||0.0013% CA$124.5k|
|Chairman Emeritus||no data||CA$3.15m||2.74% CA$262.1m|
|Independent Director||6.83yrs||CA$189.85k||0.0023% CA$218.4k|
|Independent Director||3.5yrs||CA$190.00k||0.0028% CA$266.2k|
|Non-Independent Director||0.83yr||CA$140.31k||0.055% CA$5.2m|
|Independent Director||9.17yrs||CA$273.88k||0.0013% CA$124.5k|
|Non-Independent Director||3.83yrs||CA$182.50k||0.056% CA$5.3m|
Experienced Board: WX5's board of directors are considered experienced (3.8 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: WX5 insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 16.5%.
George Weston Limited's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: George Weston Limited
- Ticker: WX5
- Exchange: DB
- Founded: 1882
- Industry: Food Retail
- Sector: Consumer Retailing
- Market Cap: CA$14.945b
- Listing Market Cap: CA$9.577b
- Shares outstanding: 153.58m
- Website: https://www.weston.ca
Number of Employees
- George Weston Limited
- 22 St. Clair Avenue East
- M4T 2S7
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|WN||TSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Shares||CA||CAD||Nov 1972|
|WX5||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Shares||DE||EUR||Nov 1972|
|WNGR.F||OTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)||Yes||Common Shares||US||USD||Nov 1972|
|WN.PRA||TSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)||PFD 1 5.8%||CA||CAD||Dec 2001|
|WN.PRC||TSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)||PFD SHS III||CA||CAD||Apr 2005|
|WN.PRD||TSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)||PFD IV 5.20%||CA||CAD||Aug 2005|
|WN.PRE||TSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)||PFD 4.75% V||CA||CAD||Apr 2006|
George Weston Limited engages in the food processing and distribution business in Canada and Internationally. The company operates through three segments: Weston Foods, Loblaw, and Choice Properties. The Weston Foods segment offers foodservice and retail, making bread, rolls, cupcakes, donuts, biscuits, cakes, pies, cones and wafers, artisan baked goods, and more. The Loblaw segment provides grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise, and financial services. It operates retail drug stores under the Shoppers Drug Mart, and President's Choice Bank. This segment also provides merchandisers, warehouse clubs, online retailers, mail order prescription drug distributors, limited assortment stores, discount stores, convenience stores, and specialty stores. The Choice Properties segment owns, develops, and manages retail and commercial real estate consisting of 700 properties portfolio is comprising of retail properties, leased, tenants, industrial, office, residential assets. The company was founded in 1882 and is based in Toronto, Canada. George Weston Limited is a subsidiary of Wittington Investments, Limited.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/03/29 22:06|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/03/27 00:00|
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