Super Cheap Auto (SUL) is Australasia’s leading retailer of automotive and boating, camping and fishing products.
The company boasts a number of brands, including Super Cheap Auto, BCF Boating/Camping/Fishing, GoldCross Cycles, Ray’s Outdoors and Rebel Sport.
The group’s recent 1H13 results were a solid improvement on the 1H12 results.
Revenue rose 37% to $1.04 billion, helped by strong Like-for-like (LFL) sales. LFL sales for SUL’s Supercheap Auto division were up 5.2% while its Leisure and Sports divisions sales rose by 2.8% and 8.3% respectively.
The group’s underlying earnings EBIT and NPAT increased 35% and 30% respectively compared to the prior corresponding half. On the back of the strong result, the group was able to increase its interim dividend by 31% to 17 cents per share, fully franked.
SUL has a history of delivering healthy returns, with its return on equity (ROE) averaging 19.2% since 2008. The group has also grown its half-year revenue by an average rate of 18% over the last five halves.
Moreover, while many retailers have been suffering margin contraction, SUL’s EBIDA margin has risen over 140 basis points. These are extremely impressive results given the tough retail-operating environment over the last few years.
Going forward, we expect SUL to deliver more robust revenue and earnings growth. The company has shown solid same stores sales growth, with an ability to control costs through supply chain initiatives.
We believe SUL’s good supply chain management will be essential, especially given the company long-term aim to open another 40 Super Cheap Auto stores, 44 more stores in Leisure and 59 more stores in Sports.
Overall, we see continued growth for SUL’s business, which should translate to further gains for SUL’s share price.
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