Summary

Smiths News PLC (Smiths News) is a UK-based newspaper and magazine wholesale distributor. Smiths News operates in distinct markets that include Smiths News, newspaper and magazine wholesaling; Bertrams, book wholesaling and The Consortium, suppliers of education resources. The company carries out the wholesale distribution of newspapers and magazines serving 30,000 customers from around 48 distribution centers across the UK. It also specializes in logistics and supply chain partnerships and it distributes more than 73 million newspapers and magazines per week.

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- Company history – Progression of key events associated with the company.
- Major products and services – A list of major products, services and brands of the company.
- Key competitors – A list of key competitors to the company.
- Key employees – A list of the key executives of the company.
- Executive biographies – A brief summary of the executives’ employment history.
- Key operational heads – A list of personnel heading key departments/functions.
- Important locations and subsidiaries – A list and contact details of key locations and subsidiaries of the company.
- Detailed financial ratios for the past five years – The latest financial ratios derived from the annual financial statements published by the company with 5 years history.
- Interim ratios for the last five interim periods – The latest financial ratios derived from the quarterly/semi-annual financial statements published by the company for 5 interims history.

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Table Of Contents

Smiths News PLC (NWS) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review




Table of Contents

Table of Contents 2
List of Tables 3
List of Figures 3
Section 1 - About the Company 4
Smiths News PLC - Key Facts 4
Smiths News PLC - Key Employees 5
Smiths News PLC - Key Employee Biographies 6
Smiths News PLC - Major Products and Services 7
Smiths News PLC - History 8
Smiths News PLC - Company Statement 10
Smiths News PLC - Locations And Subsidiaries 11
Head Office 11
Other Locations and Subsidiaries 11
Section 2 - Company Analysis 13
Smiths News PLC - Business Description 13
Smiths News PLC - SWOT Analysis 14
SWOT Analysis - Overview 14
Smiths News PLC - Strengths 14
Strength - Operational Efficiency 14
Strength - Market Leading Position 14
Strength - Strong Network 14
Smiths News PLC - Weaknesses 14
Weakness - Huge Debt 14
Weakness - Dependence on Single Segment 15
Smiths News PLC - Opportunities 15
Opportunity - Trends in Content Delivery 15
Opportunity - Growth Initiatives 15
Opportunity - Strategic Acquisitions 15
Smiths News PLC - Threats 16
Threat - Competitive Landscape 16
Threat - Intellectual Property Infringement 16
Threat - Regulatory Compliance 16
Smiths News PLC - Key Competitors 17
Section 3 - Company Financial Ratios 18
Financial Ratios - Capital Market Ratios 18
Financial Ratios - Annual Ratios 18
Performance Chart 20
Financial Performance 20
Financial Ratios - Interim Ratios 21
Financial Ratios - Ratio Charts 22
Smiths News PLC, Recent Deals Summary 23
Section 4 - Appendix 24
Methodology 24
Ratio Definitions 24
About GlobalData 28
Contact Us 28
Disclaimer 28



List of Tables

Smiths News PLC, Key Facts 4
Smiths News PLC, Key Employees 5
Smiths News PLC, Key Employee Biographies 6
Smiths News PLC, Major Products and Services 7
Smiths News PLC, History 8
Smiths News PLC, Other Locations 11
Smiths News PLC, Subsidiaries 11
Smiths News PLC, Key Competitors 17
Smiths News PLC, Ratios based on current share price 18
Smiths News PLC, Annual Ratios 18
Smiths News PLC, Interim Ratios 21
Smiths News PLC, Recent Deals Summary 23
Currency Codes 24
Capital Market Ratios 24
Equity Ratios 25
Profitability Ratios 25
Cost Ratios 26
Liquidity Ratios 26
Leverage Ratios 27
Efficiency Ratios 27



List of Figures

Smiths News PLC, Performance Chart (2008 - 2012) 20
Smiths News PLC, Ratio Charts 22

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