The largest and leading automotive online retailer in the UK.
23-Oct-2017 – 29p – £413.7m
Interim Management Statement 1 July to 20 October 2017 – A weird selection of dates and a really muddy update in my opinion. The basics seem to constitute a profit warning with PBT expected to be £60m.
I am not much interested here as the latest update is horribly structured and very unclear. But, anyway, let’s use my “have a guess at it” interpretation – Stockopedia has a Net Profit for 2017 of £60m so if we add 25% (assuming tax is about 20%), that gives us £75m PBT – So this is basically a profit warning and a 20% miss.
Subsequent note: The Chairman also stepped down on 23 October 2017 – For personal reasons!
13-Feb-2018 – 20.9p – £297.6m – PER 6.02
Results For The 12 Months To End December 2017 – Well, someone was obviously paid well to make these as unclear as possible. Looks like Revenue up about 5% (£4,739m) with PBT down 10% (£65.3m). EPS is down a few percent to 3.7p. Expects 2018 to be in-line with expectations.
This latest update is probably a little better than expected. This is in real value territory here, the yield is a well covered 7% and the PER is just 6. 2 obvious downsides, the Net Debt and the industry in general. Get over those 2 and it’s not looking so bad. Actually Pendragon (PDG), Vertu Motors (VTU) and Cambria Automobiles (CAMB) all seem quite cheap at the moment. Tempting but perhaps not just yet.
7-Aug-2018 – 24.05p – £339.2m – PER 6.62
Interim Results For The 6 Months To End June 2018 – A little mixed but FY remains in-line.
Stills looks like a decent income play at 6%+ but the Net Debt and the industry being one I am just not interested in at the moment keeps me Neutral.