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May 05, 2015 6:36 PM ET

Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure

Company Overview of J D Wetherspoon plc

Company Overview

J D Wetherspoon plc owns and operates pubs in the United Kingdom. As of December 29, 2014, it operated approximately 927 pubs, which offer food and drinks. The company also operates hotels and bars. J D Wetherspoon plc was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Watford, the United Kingdom.

Wetherspoon House

Central Park

Reeds Crescent

Watford,  WD24 4QL

United Kingdom

Founded in 1979

34,417 Employees

Phone:

44 19 2347 7777

Fax:

44 19 2321 9810

Key Executives for J D Wetherspoon plc

Chief Executive Officer, Member of Management Board and Director
Age: 49
Total Annual Compensation: $497.0K
Personnel & Legal Director, Member of Management Board and Executive Director
Age: 47
Total Annual Compensation: $276.0K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

J D Wetherspoon plc Key Developments

J D Wetherspoon plc Declares Interim Dividend for the Interim Financial Period Ending January 25, 2015, Payable on May 28, 2015; Reports Unaudited Interim Results for the Twenty Six Weeks Ended January 25, 2015

The board of J D Wetherspoon plc declared an interim dividend of 4.0 pence per share for the current interim financial period ending 25 January 2015 against 4.0 pence per share paid a year ago. The interim dividend will be paid on 28 May 2015 to those shareholders on the register at 1 May 2015. The dividend was covered 5.9 times by profit (2014: 5.2 times). The company reported unaudited interim results for the twenty six weeks ended January 25, 2015. For the period, the company reported revenue of £744,367,000 compared with £683,229,000 for the same period last year. Operating profit was £55,089,000 compared with £55,716,000 for the same period last year. Profit before tax was £37,452,000 compared with £35,969,000 for the same period last year. Profit for the period was £27,823,000 or 22.6 pence diluted per share compared with £26,042,000 or 20.7 pence diluted per share for the same period last year. Net cash inflow from operating activities was £70,069,000 compared with £76,923,000 for the same period last year. Purchase of property, plant and equipment was £18,484,000 compared with £21,824,000 for the same period last year. Purchase of intangible assets was £2,885,000 compared with £2,823,000 for the same period last year. Adjusted earnings before exceptional items were £27,823,000 against £27,856,000 a year ago.

J D Wetherspoon plc Reports Sales Results for the Twelve Weeks of Second Quarter and Year to Date Ended January 18, 2015; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Half Year Ending January 25, 2015

J D Wetherspoon plc reported sales results for the twelve weeks of second quarter and year to date ended January 18, 2015. For the quarter, the company reported like-for-like sales increased by 2.8% and total sales by 6.8%. Like-for-like sales slowed to approximately 2% in December. In the year to date, like-for-like sales increased by 4.6% and total sales increased by 9.1%. For the half year ending January 25, 2015, the company expects the operating margin, to be around 7.3%, 0.9% lower than the same period last year. This reduction is mainly due to an above-inflation increase in pay for staff and an increase in utility and supplier costs.

J D Wetherspoon plc to Report First Half, 2015 Results on Mar 13, 2015

J D Wetherspoon plc announced that they will report first half, 2015 results on Mar 13, 2015

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