March 26, 2017 7:27 AM ET

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Company Overview of J D Wetherspoon plc

Company Overview

J D Wetherspoon plc owns and operates pubs in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. As of July 24, 2016, it operated 926 pubs. The company 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

36,703 Employees

Phone:

44 1923 477 777

Fax:

44 1923 219 810

Key Executives for J D Wetherspoon plc

Chief Executive Officer, Member of Management Board and Director
Age: 51
Total Annual Compensation: 622.0K GBP
Finance Director, Member of Management Board and Director
Age: 38
Total Annual Compensation: 119.0K GBP
Personnel & Legal Director, Member of Management Board and Executive Director
Age: 49
Total Annual Compensation: 343.0K GBP
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

J D Wetherspoon plc Key Developments

The Dee Hotel No Longer For Sale

JD Wetherspoon plc (LSE:JDW) is not seeking to sell The Dee Hotel. The Dee Hotel, on Grange Road, was one of 34 put on the market by JD Wetherspoon in November, 2015. But Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said on March 20, 2017 that "We can confirm that the company has decided not to sell The Dee Hotel."

J D Wetherspoon plc Declares an Interim Dividend for the Period Ending January 22, 2017, Payable on May 25, 2017

The board of J D Wetherspoon plc declared an interim dividend of 4.0 pence per share for the current interim financial period ending January 22, 2017 as compared to 4.0 pence per share paid last year. The interim dividend will be paid on May 25, 2017 to those shareholders on the register at April 28, 2017.

J D Wetherspoon plc Reports Unaudited Earnings Results for the Six Months Ended January 22, 2017

J D Wetherspoon plc reported unaudited earnings results for the six months ended January 22, 2017. For the period, the company reported revenue of £801,435,000 against £790,250,000 a year ago. Operating profit was £65,101,000 against £49,429,000 a year ago. Profit before interest and tax was £53,802,000 against £53,908,000 a year ago. Profit before tax was £39,932,000 against £36,642,000 a year ago. Profit for the period was £30,310,000 or 27.2 pence per diluted share against £30,796,000 or 25.9 pence per diluted share a year ago. Net cash inflow from operating activities was £84,080,000 against £74,274,000 a year ago. Purchase of property, plant and equipment was £18,775,000 against £14,120,000 a year ago. Purchase of intangible assets was £9,663,000 against £3,289,000 a year ago. Free cash flow was £49,224,000 or 44.2 pence per diluted share against £55,700 or 46.8 pence per diluted share a year ago, the decrease was due mainly to the increased expenditure on existing pubs and the timing of payments to suppliers. Net debt as at January 22, 2017 was £695,999,000.

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Recent Private Companies Transactions

Type
Date
Target
Merger/Acquisition
January 31, 2017
J D Wetherspoon plc, Newcastle City Centre Pub
Buyback
December 2, 2016
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Merger/Acquisition
November 11, 2016
J D Wetherspoon plc, Five Pubs
 

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