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Business Description: AP Eagers Limited (APE) operates motor vehicle dealerships in Australia. APE provides full facilities including the sale of new and used vehicles, service, parts and the facilitation of allied consumer finance. APE also operates a substantial motor vehicle auction business, Brisbane Motor Auctions. APE has four operating segments being Automotive Franchised Retail, Truck Retail, Property, Investment and others.
Strategy Analysis: APE's strategy is focused on maintaining its industry position through acquisition of dealerships located on strategically visible and functional properties. APE is structured through a franchise and dealership network and develops its dealership program through acquisition, property rationalisation and refurbishing existing facilities. To improve margins at each dealership, APE is focused on cost control, optimising property usage operational integration..
AP Eagers reported NPAT up 38% to $55.37m for the year ended 31 December 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were $2.64bn, up 10% from last year. Diluted EPS was 33.2 cents compared to 25.2 cents last year. The increases in profitability and earnings per share were due to improved operational results from the company's Qld/NT, SA Cars and National Truck divisions and the inclusion for the first time of dividend income from the strategic investment in Automotive Holdings Group. Net operating cash flow was $55.64m compared to $64.52m last year. The final dividend declared was 13 cents, taking the full year dividend to 20 cents compared with 80 cents last year.
Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 20/10/2014 |
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Carl Richards, director of investor education at the BAM Alliance 17/10/2014 |
â€śAs odd as it may sound, the sooner you start treating your investments like you treat life, the happier youâ€™ll be with the outcome.â€ť
William H. Gross, Janus Capital Group 16/10/2014 |
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CMC Markets 8/10/2014 |
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The Age 19/12/2013 |
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