Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Limited (SOL)

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General Information
Company Name: Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Limited
Stock Code: SOL
Website: www.whsp.com.au
GICS Sub-Industry: Coal & Consumable Fuels
Market Cap ($M): 3,423
Equiv. Shares (M): 239

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 14.380 $ 14.290 $ 14.380 $ 14.240 $ 14.300 14,631 $ 0.080  0.559 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Hold (3)
Recommendation Date: 12th Sep 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 1

Company Overview

Business Description:
Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Limited (SOL) is a diversified investor in basic commodities such as building products, coal, equities, telecommunications, financial services and pharmaceuticals in Australia. SOL’s main business activities includes: Investing activities, Coal mining, Copper mining and processing and Consulting.

Strategy Analysis:
SOL strategy is based on conservative and diversified long-term investment. Through strict adherence to this strategy SOL has delivered well above average total shareholder returns over many decades. Mistakes have been made but the successes have far outweighed the disappointments. Management remains focused on creating long-term shareholder wealth from a sensible and conservative investment strategy. New Hope is driving the group at present and adding to cash reserves which will be invested sensibly. Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co reported NPAT down 25% to $74.26m for the half-year ended 31 January 2013. The regular profit after tax attributable to shareholders for the period was $71.4m, a decrease of 19.4% compared to $88.7m for the previous corresponding period. This net decrease was mainly attributable to a reduced contribution by New Hope and lower special dividend income which were partly offset by increased contributions by Brickworks and TPG Telecom. Revenues from ordinary activities were $384.32m, down 15.8% from the same period last year. Basic and Diluted EPS were 31.02 cents compared to 41.48 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $77.84m compared to $30.98m last year. The interim dividend declared was 18 cents compared with 17 cents last year.

Financial Summary
Year to Jul NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2015  F 117.5 49.1 1.8 29.1 49.0 3.4 100.0
2014  F 115.4 48.2 -28.2 29.7 47.0 3.3 100.0
2013  A 160.7 67.1 3.8 20.3 44.0 3.2 100.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F
Energy Resources (ERA) $691 M -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.00 0.00 0.00
Washington H. Soul Pat (SOL) $3,462 M 0.0392 -0.3577 0.0185 19.2774 30.0125 29.4681 3.18 3.25 3.39
Whitehaven Coal (WHC) $1,923 M -- -- -- -- -- 60.2894 0.00 0.00 0.00

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
SOL 1.42 29.7 1.17 10.00 4.93
Market 0.99 15.9 1.29 1.76 1.56
Sector 1.23 11.4 0.78 0.65 6.16

Name Position Start Date
Mr Peter Raymond Robinson Chief Executive Officer 11 January 1984
Mr Robert Dobson Millner Non-Executive Chairman 11 January 1984
Mr David John Fairfull Non-Executive Director 14 August 1997
Mr Michael John Hawker Non-Executive Director 10 October 2012
Mr David Wills Non-Executive Director 01 April 2006
Mr Robert Westphal Non-Executive Director 01 April 2006
Mr Thomas Charles Dobson Millner Non-Executive Director 01 January 2011

Name Position
M R Roderick Chief Financial Officer
Ian David Bloodworth Company Secretary

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
102,257,830 (42.72%) Brickworks Limited and its subsidiaries
29,318,700 (12.25%) Perpetual Limited and subsidiaries

Calendar of Events
Date Event
26 March 2015 Report (Interim)
31 October 2014 Report (Annual)
21 October 2014 Report (Annual)
18 September 2014 Report (Prelim)
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