Overview: Woolworths (WOW) is a retailer with primary activities in Supermarkets. WOW’s other operations include BIGW discount department stores; Home Improvement; Petrol through the Woolworths/Caltex alliance; and Hotels. Since re-listing in 1993 Woolworths has been one of Australia’s most successful and consistent retailers. Woolworths announced strong half-year results with revenue up 6% and net profit up 14.5%. Woolworths is a heavyweight on the ASX and attracts shareholders with its diversified balance sheet. solid dividend yield and predictable earnings. The solid share price performance highlights the blue-chip nature of the stock.
Dividend and Investment View: Woolworths Limited (WOW) has increased its net dividend consistently in line with the rising stock price over the past decade. In 2013 the total net dividend amounted to $1.33 excluding franking credits. The FY14 interim dividend was paid on 24th April 2014 and was $0.65, an increase of $0.03 compared to the previous corresponding period. The final dividend will be announced with the full-year results on 29th August 2014 and is expected to be in the range of $0.71-$0.75. WOW’s dividend enjoys a 100% franking credit.
Historically, the value of the stock has increased before the ex-dividend date. WOW has underperformed the market in the past 6 months and is trading almost $3 below its April high. The full-year results along with the dividend are expected to increase buying pressure. The company has disclosed to the market that its Home Improvement business will not meet its guidance for FY14 which lowered expectations. However strong results from the supermarket, liquor, hotel, or petrol divisions are expected to offset those losses.
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