OOH!Media Limited (ASX: OML) is a leading media company across Australia and New Zealand that creates deep engagement between people and brands through unmissable out of home advertising solutions. OOH, offers connected offline and online ecosystems that make brands unmissable across a network of over 30,000 plus locations across Australia and New Zealand. OOH has a market capitalisation of A$250 million.
What is the most recent update on COVID-19 outbreak?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported from the Wuhan province in China on 31 December 2019. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a total of around 179,000 confirmed cases and around 7,400 deaths globally. As of Wednesday (18 March 2020), the Federal Government has upgraded its travel advice ban to a ‘Level 4’ for the entire globe due to the outbreak of COVID-19, for the first time in Australia history. WHO has declared Europe the epicentre of the pandemic with Europe reporting more cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.
Update on share price
In the last month, OOH share price has fallen by 66.7% and has an annual dividend yield of around 10.6% (fully franked). OOH is currently trading at around A$1.00. The unfavourable results are due to market uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
How is Coronavirus affecting OOH?
The deteriorating macroeconomic conditions and resultant market uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has huge implications for OOH during this difficult trading period. Consequently, under its continuous disclosure obligations, OOH has withdrawn its FY20 earnings guidance for the time being on Monday 16 March 2020.
OOH is taking decisive action to proactively manage through this difficult trading period to ensure the media company is well positioned for when conditions stabilise and continues to make every effort to achieve the prior earnings. More specificity, OOH will begin to re-prioritise capital expenditure and will now be materially below the bottom of the previous guidance range of A$60-70 million.
What is the outlook for OOH
Given the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, forecasting full year revenue in the current market environment difficult. Additionally, this is particularly relevant for OOH given the media company has nine months remaining in its finical year to December 2020.
Despite OOH share price down 66.7% over the past month, OOH revenue for the year to date has been in line with the prior corresponding period. OOH’s performance in the first quarter is consistent with delivering the FY20 earnings guidance provided at the full year results of 24 February 2020. OOH will remain vigilant on controlling costs and is maintaining and implementing strict cost and cash-flow practises throughout this difficult trading period. Once market conditions stabilise, OOH will seek to reinstate earnings and capital expenditure guidance.
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