Overview

Wesfarmers Limited is a Public Company that is ranked number 1 out of the top 2000 companies in Australia. The company generates the majority of its income from the Supermarkets and Grocery Stores in Australia industry.

In 2017 the company generated total revenue of $68,732,000,000 including sales and other revenue. In 2017 Wesfarmers Limited had 223000 employees in Australia including employees from all subsidiaries under the company's control.

The Chief Executive of Wesfarmers Limited is Mr Rob Scott whose official title is Managing Director. The Chairman of Wesfarmers Limited is Mr Michael Chaney whose official title is Non-Executive Chairman. 

Wesfarmers Limited owns a diversified portfolio of businesses operating in the supermarket, hardware and department stores, gas processing and energy distribution, coal mining, chemicals and fertiliser and industrial and safety product industries. The company divides its operations into the following:

Retail:

The retail division has a range of operations from supermarkets and department stores to hardware and office supplies. Brands include:

  • Coles - operating as a retailer of groceries and other household consumables through Coles and Bi-Lo supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand, and its online presence through Coles Online. The company also retails liquor through Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and 1st Choice stores, and petrol outlets through Coles Express, a joint venture with petrol retailer Shell. Coles also provides financial services and operates a number of hotels under the Spirit Hotels brand.
  • Kmart - is a retailer of apparel and general merchandise, and has an automotive services department.
  • Target - operates Target and Target Country brands, and is a retailer of apparel, homewares and general merchandise.
  • Home Improvement  - operates through the Bunnings brand with a chain of 357 trading locations in Australia and New Zealand providing home and garden improvement products and building materials. Wesfarmers also recently acquired 260 trading Homebase brand stores across the UK and Ireland, which will be rebranded to Bunnings. 
  • Officeworks - operates an Australia-wide chain of retail office supplies stores.

 

Industrials:

  • Resources - Wesfarmers holds a 40% interest in the Bengalla mine in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, which produces steaming coal for domestic and export markets.
  • Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers - supplies chemicals and fertilisers to the mining, agricultural and industrial sectors. It’s subsidiary CSBP specialises in ammonia, ammonium nitrate, sodium cyanide, polyvinyl chloride resin and wood-plastic composite products. Other businesses in this segment include: Kleenheat Gas, a producer and distributor of LPG and appliances to domestic, commercial and industrial customers; Australian Vinyls, a manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride resins; a 50% interest in ammonium nitrate manufacturer Queensland Nitrates; a 75% stake in Australian Gold Reagents, a manufacturer of sodium cyanide. 
  • Industrial & Safety - supplies maintenance, repair and operating, packaging and safety products. The unit includes Blackwoods, a supplier of industrial and safety products in Australia and New Zealand, and distributor to markets in the Asia Pacific region. Other businesses include: Workwear Group, which sells apparel under the King Gee, Stubbies, Hard Yakka, Wolverine, Bales, Totally Workwear, NNT and Incorporate Wear brands; Greencap, an Australian integrated risk management and compliance company; Coregas, which produces a range of gases including oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and argon.

 

Other:

Wesfarmers also has a 50% interest in investment bank and corporate advisory services provider Gresham Partners and Gresham Private Equity Fund, and a 24.8% stake in BWP Trust. Additionally, it holds a 50% interest in Western Australian plantation sawmiller, Westpine Industries.

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