• Diversified conglomerate Wesfarmers generates most of its revenues from four consumer retail operations.
  • The company continued to increase revenue and remained profitable throughout the COVID pandemic.
  • Wesfarmers has continued to perform well in the face of inflationary pressures and high interest rates.

Wesfarmers is Australia’s largest conglomerate with market leading Bunnings Hardware and Officeworks along with Kmart and Target discount stores.

The company has managed to maintain growth in revenue and profit in the last four fiscal years in the face of both the COVID 19 pandemic and an inflationary/higher interest rate environment.

Wesfarmers Financial Performance

Wesfarmers Financial Performance

Source: ASX

Half Year 2024 results continued the trend with a 0.3% increase in revenues, a 3% rise in net profit after tax and a 3.4% increase in dividend payments.


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In FY 2023 Wesfarmers paid out $1.91 per share in dividends.  The company’s average dividend yield over five years is 3.63%.

An analyst at Medallion Financial Group has a SELL recommendation, suggesting investors might want to take profits as the company’s trading near all-time highs suggests better value alternatives elsewhere.

Marketscreener.com has an analyst consensus HOLD recommendation on Wesfarmers shares, with one of the fifteen analysts reporting at BUY, one at OUTPERFORM, nine at HOLD, two at UNDERPERFORM, and two at SELL.

The Wall Street Journal also has an analyst consensus rating at HOLD, with two of the seventeen analysts reporting at BUY, ten at HOLD, two at UNDERWEIGHT, and three at SELL.

Over five years WES shares are up 106.8%.  The price chart shows interested investors with a “wait and see” posture had multiple opportunities to buy on the dips.

wes wesfarmers limited stock price chart overview

Source: ASX

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