Challenger Limited (CGF)

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General Information
Company Name: Challenger Limited
Stock Code: CGF
GICS Sub-Industry: Other Diversified Financial Services
Market Cap ($M): 3,823
Equiv. Shares (M): 570

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 6.690 $ 6.780 $ 6.820 $ 6.680 $ 6.710 3,178,149 $ -0.020  -0.298 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Sell (3.5)
Recommendation Date: 22nd Oct 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 4

Company Overview

Business Description:
Challenger Limited (CGF) is an investment management firm focusing on providing Australians with financial security in retirement. Challenger operates two core investment businesses, Life division and Funds Management division.

Strategy Analysis:
Annuities are in demand by retail investors moving into retirement and CGF is well placed to take advantage of this trend. Changing demographics clearly complement the business model. The two business divisions are aligned to changes in the industry and are well positioned to take advantage of their small positions in a large market that continues to grow. We expect strong long-term demand for lower-risk, lower-cost income stream products, with the industry focus on new products and expanded distribution. CGF´s simplified business model is based on annuity sales from its Life business and Funds Management, with around $40bn of funds and assets under management after selling most of its mortgage management business in late 2009. Management expects further growth in fund flows due to growth of existing boutique managers and investing in new managers over coming years. Challenger reported NPAT of $222.0m for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. The increase in statutory profit reflects a significant improvement in investment experience due to improved global sentiment leading to a contraction in credit spreads. Revenues from ordinary activities were $810.9m, up 21.7% from the same period last year. Diluted EPS was 41.5 cents compared to 3.8 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $261.0m compared to $400.6m last year. The interim dividend declared was 9.5 cents compared with 7.5 cents last year.

Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2016  F 373.3 64.5 3.5 10.4 32.0 4.8 100.0
2015  F 356.1 62.3 2.7 10.8 30.0 4.5 85.0
2014  A 328.7 60.7 4.6 9.8 26.0 4.4 20.8
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F
Challenger (CGF) $3,874 M 0.0459 -0.0139 0.0646 11.2193 11.3769 10.6868 3.82 4.40 4.78
IOOF (IFL) $2,653 M 0.1260 0.1398 0.0982 16.8831 14.8123 13.4879 5.37 5.94 6.54
Macquarie Group (MQG) $19,018 M 0.5572 0.0995 0.0572 16.1900 14.7245 13.9282 6.34 4.95 5.38
Perpetual (PPT) $2,119 M 0.3245 0.1687 0.1084 19.3247 16.5346 14.9180 3.85 4.85 5.98
Platinum Asset Mgmt (PTM) $3,698 M 0.4366 0.0355 0.0744 19.6363 18.9640 17.6503 5.34 5.21 5.61

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
CGF 1.45 11.1 1.59 4.52 3.67
Market 0.90 15.3 1.23 1.72 1.52
Sector 1.22 13.9 1.03 1.57 7.52

Name Position Start Date
Mr Brian Benari Chief Executive Officer,Managing Director 17 February 2012
Mr Peter L Polson Non-Executive Chairman 06 November 2003
Ms Brenda Mary Shanahan Non-Executive Director 01 April 2011
Mr Graham Allan Cubbin Non-Executive Director 06 January 2004
Mr Jonathan Grunzweig Non-Executive Director 06 October 2010
Mr Russell Richard Roberts Hooper Non-Executive Director 06 November 2003
Mr Leon Zwier Non-Executive Director 15 September 2006
Mr Steven Gregg Non-Executive Director 08 October 2012
Ms JoAnne Stephenson Non-Executive Director 08 October 2012

Name Position
Paul Rogan Chief Executive, Distribution Product and Marketing
Robert Woods Chief Executive, Funds Management
Richard Howes Chief Executive, Life
Andrew Tobin Chief Financial Officer
Michael Vardanega Company Secretary
Andrew Brown Company Secretary

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
32,520,035 (6.13%) Caledonia (Private) Investments Pty Limited & its Associates

Calendar of Events
Date Event
22 September 2015 Report (Annual)
19 August 2015 Report (Prelim)
17 February 2015 Report (Interim)
28 October 2014 AGM
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