Overview

Wesfarmers Limited is a Public Company that is ranked number 2 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 2018 the company generated total revenue of $67,166,000,000 including sales and other revenue. In 2018 Wesfarmers Limited had 217000 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 hardware, 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 department stores to hardware and office supplies. Brands include:

  • Bunnings -  is a retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products and is a major supplier for project builders, commercial tradespeople and the housing industry with a chain of 375 trading locations.
  • Kmart - is a retailer of apparel and general merchandise, operating 228 stores throughout Australia and New Zealand. 
  • Target - operates Target and Target Country brands, and is a retailer of apparel, homewares and general merchandise, operating 303 stores nationally and online. 
  • Officeworks - operates an Australia-wide chain of retail office supplies stores.

 

Industrials:

  • 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; EVOL LNG, the producer and supplier of liquefied natural gas for for transport, power generation and industrial applications
  • 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:

  • Coles: Wesfarmers owns a 15% stake in ASX listed Coles Group Limited, a retailer of groceries and other household consumables. The division operates in over 2,500 locations throughout Australia and has an online presence through Coles Online. The company also retails liquor through Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, First Choice Liquor and First Choice Liquor Market, and petrol through Coles Express, a joint venture with petrol retailer Shell. Coles also provides financial services and operates hotels in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales under the Spirit Hotels brand.
  • Flybuys: Wesfarmers and Coles Group Limited each holds a 50% share in the flybuys loyalty program.
  • Forest products: 50% stake in Wespine Industries Pty Ltd.
  • Property: 24.8% stake in BWP Trust.
  • Investment banking: 50% interest in Gresham Partners Group Limited
  • Private equity investment: 50% interest in Gresham Private Equity Fund No. 2
  • Corporate: other activities including treasury, head office and central support functions. 

 

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