WHL Group is a southern hemisphere retail group, with its head office in South Africa, listed on the JSE Limited Securities Exchange (JSE) since 1997. It is one of the top 40 JSE-listed companies and had a market capitalisation of R100.5 billion at 28 June 2015. 40% of revenue (including concession sales) is generated in Australasia.
The Group consists of three major operating divisions
- Woolworths South Africa (Woolworths or WSA) based in South Africa and operating across 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa;
- David Jones (David Jones or DJ) based and trading in Australia; and
- Country Road Group (Country Road Group or CRG) based in Australia and trading in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Woolworths Financial Services (WFS) is a joint venture between Woolworths and Barclays Africa Group, with Barclays Africa Group owning 50% + 1 share. The WFS board is constituted with directors from both WHL and Barclays Africa Group, with direction on credit policy, risk and funding aspects received from Barclays and direction on customer integration from Woolworths.
The Group employs more than 43 000 employees across 14 countries and trades in more than 1 300 store locations.