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Wheelock & Co. Ltd.

Company Background

Wheelock is a listed investment holding company based in Hong Kong. Through its key subsidiary, Wharf Holdings, the company engages in a wide range of businesses, including real estate development, shopping mall operations, media and container terminals.

Wharf Holdings operates two of Hong Kong's landmark shopping malls, the Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Times Square in Causeway Bay, and accounts for about 10% of retail sales in Hong Kong.

The company runs complexes consisting of office buildings and shopping malls in locations in mainland China, including Shanghai, Dalian, Chongqing and Chengdu.

Wharf Holdings also has hotels under the Marco Polo and Niccolo brands in Hong Kong, mainland China and the Philippines. Group companies include i-Cable Communications, a leading cable TV provider in Hong Kong, and Wharf T&T, a telecommunications company.

Wheelock and Wharf were once separate British conglomerates in Hong Kong. In the 1970s and 1980s, Asian shipping magnate Yue-kong Pao acquired them both. Pao's successor, son-in-law Peter Woo, recently passed control of the businesses to his own eldest son, Douglas Woo, who now serves as chairman of the companies.

Business Summary

Wheelock & Co. Ltd. is an investment holding company, which engages in property investment and development. It operates through the following segments: Investment Property, Development Property, Hotels, Logistics, Communications, Media and Entertainment (CME), and Investment and Others. The Investment Property segment leases retail, office, and serviced apartments in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Singapore. The Development Property segment covers acquisition, development, design, construction, sale, and marketing of trading properties in Hong Kong Mainland China, and Singapore. The Hotels Segment includes hotel operations in the Asia Pacific region. The Logistics Segment consists of container terminal operations in Hong Kong, and Mainland China. The CME segment comprises pay television, internet, multimedia, and other businesses. The Investment and Others segment is consists of management services, finance, and holding company operations. The company was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2018 HKDUSD
Gross Profit28,114M3,587.09M
Operating income22,992M2,933.57M
Income before tax30,636M3,908.87M
Net income17,239M2,199.54M
Diluted EPS8.411.07
Dividends Per Share1.550.19
Total Assets592,624M75,692.62M
Total liabilities203,146M25,946.72M
Total equity251,077M32,068.69M
Operating cash flow3,582M457.03M
Currency in HKDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 40,953M 57,431M 60,579M 70,953M 48,490M
Gross Profit 18,870M 23,997M 24,720M 27,705M 28,114M
Operating income 13,802M 18,455M 19,395M 22,411M 22,992M
Income before tax 39,863M 25,081M 26,589M 37,041M 30,636M
Net income 22,009M 14,232M 16,294M 20,570M 17,239M
EBITDA 17,261M 21,655M 22,552M 24,849M 25,875M
Diluted EPS 10.83 7 8.01 10.06 8.41
Dividends Per Share 1.06 1.15 1.30 1.42 1.55
Total Assets 517,567M 512,758M 520,435M 569,672M 592,624M
Total liabilities 177,651M 171,899M 170,915M 181,849M 203,146M
Total equity 191,206M 201,667M 215,365M 241,684M 251,077M
Operating cash flow 13,933M 32,676M 31,636M 17,233M 3,582M
 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 5,281.06M 7,407.99M 7,804.10M 9,104.92M 6,186.88M
Gross Profit 2,433.36M 3,095.35M 3,184.55M 3,555.19M 3,587.09M
Operating income 1,779.82M 2,380.49M 2,498.56M 2,875.85M 2,933.57M
Income before tax 5,140.50M 3,235.18M 3,425.33M 4,753.22M 3,908.87M
Net income 2,838.15M 1,835.77M 2,099.07M 2,639.61M 2,199.54M
EBITDA 2,225.88M 2,793.26M 2,905.26M 3,188.70M 3,301.41M
Diluted EPS 1.39 0.90 1.03 1.29 1.07
Dividends Per Share 0.13 0.14 0.16 0.18 0.19
Total Assets 66,741.07M 66,161.03M 67,125.61M 72,873.24M 75,692.62M
Total liabilities 22,908.37M 22,180.08M 22,044.58M 23,262.37M 25,946.72M
Total equity 24,656.31M 26,021.04M 27,777.74M 30,916.55M 32,068.69M
Operating cash flow 1,796.72M 4,214.85M 4,075.51M 2,211.39M 457.03M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2018
Operating margin47.41%
Profit margin35.55%

Key executives

  • Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & MD: Douglas Woo
  • Group Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director: Yiu Cheung Tsui
  • Investor Relations Officer: Queenie Hung
  • Secretary: Wing Sang Chan


  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.4%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (0.7%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (0.6%)
  • Third Avenue Management LLC (0.5%)
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (0.3%)
  • Principal Global Investors LLC (0.2%)
  • CBRE Clarion Securities LLC (0.2%)
  • Geode Capital Management LLC (0.2%)
  • BlackRock Advisors (UK) Ltd. (0.1%)

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