WHSmith raises £165m through share placing amid coronavirus crisis

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WHSmith has successfully raised more than £165m to shore up its balance sheet amid the current ongoing health crisis.

The retailer said it had placed 15.8 million new shares at 1,050p per share – a 4% discount on yesterday’s closing price. Investors have subscribed to the shares, raising approximately £165.9m.

WHSmith boss Carl Cowling is among the investors and will purchase more than 7,000 shares. They will be admitted to the stock exchange on April 9.

The retailer said the move will “strengthen its balance sheet, working capital and liquidity position during this period of unprecedented uncertainty”.

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