WH Smith PLC operates as a retailer in the United Kingdom and internationally. More Details
High growth potential with worrying balance sheet.
Share Price & News
How has WH Smith's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: SMWH is not significantly more volatile than the rest of UK stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 7% a week.
Volatility Over Time: SMWH's weekly volatility (7%) has been stable over the past year.
7 Day Return
GB Specialty Retail
1 Year Return
GB Specialty Retail
Return vs Industry: SMWH underperformed the UK Specialty Retail industry which returned 103.2% over the past year.
Return vs Market: SMWH exceeded the UK Market which returned 26.4% over the past year.
Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is WH Smith's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
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Is WH Smith undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Book (PB) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: SMWH (£17.88) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£9.61)
Significantly Below Fair Value: SMWH is trading above our estimate of fair value.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: SMWH is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the GB Specialty Retail industry average.
PE vs Market: SMWH is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the UK market.
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate SMWH's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: SMWH is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (10.5x) compared to the GB Specialty Retail industry average (2.2x).
How is WH Smith forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 10 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: SMWH is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (1%).
Earnings vs Market: SMWH is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.
High Growth Earnings: SMWH's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: SMWH's revenue (13.3% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the UK market (6.2% per year).
High Growth Revenue: SMWH's revenue (13.3% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: SMWH's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (42.4%).
How has WH Smith performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: SMWH is currently unprofitable.
Growing Profit Margin: SMWH is currently unprofitable.
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: SMWH is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of 24.4% per year.
Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare SMWH's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable
Earnings vs Industry: SMWH is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Specialty Retail industry (-2.5%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: SMWH has a negative Return on Equity (-105.29%), as it is currently unprofitable.
How is WH Smith's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: SMWH's short term assets (£315.0M) do not cover its short term liabilities (£377.0M).
Long Term Liabilities: SMWH's short term assets (£315.0M) do not cover its long term liabilities (£843.0M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: SMWH's debt to equity ratio (176.2%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: SMWH's debt to equity ratio has increased from 6.3% to 176.2% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: SMWH's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (20.3%).
Interest Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if SMWH's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT.
What is WH Smith current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Forecast Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate SMWH's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate SMWH's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if SMWH's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if SMWH's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: SMWH is not paying a notable dividend for the UK market.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of SMWH's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the UK market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average board tenure
Mr. Carl D. Cowling has been Group Chief Executive at WH Smith PLC since November 01, 2019. Mr. Cowling served as Managing Director of High Street Business at WH Smith PLC since 2017 until November 01, 201...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Carl's total compensation ($USD850.42K) is below average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD1.81M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Carl's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
Experienced Board: SMWH's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.2 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
WH Smith PLC's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: WH Smith PLC
- Ticker: SMWH
- Exchange: LSE
- Founded: 1792
- Industry: Specialty Stores
- Sector: Retail
- Market Cap: UK£2.337b
- Shares outstanding: 130.70m
- Website: https://www.whsmithplc.co.uk
Number of Employees
- WH Smith PLC
- Greenbridge Road
- SN3 3RX
- United Kingdom
WH Smith PLC operates as a retailer in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates in two segments, Travel and High Street. The Travel segment offers news, books, and convenience for travelling cus...
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
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