Thorn Group Limited (TGA)



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General Information
Company Name: Thorn Group Limited
Stock Code: TGA
Website: www.thorn.com.au
GICS Sub-Industry: General Merchandise Stores
Market Cap ($M): 450
Equiv. Shares (M): 151

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 3.040 $ 3.040 $ 3.050 $ 2.960 $ 2.990 827,026 $ 0.050  1.672 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Sell (3.5)
Recommendation Date: 17th Dec 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 2

Company Overview

Business Description:
Thorn Group Limited (TGA) is an operator in the household goods rental market in Australia. TGA provide a range of audio/visual products, kitchen and laundry appliances, computers, furniture and fitness equipment through its Radio Rentals and Rentlo national store network. TGA also provides other services through its Cashfirst, Thorn Business Services, Thorn Equipment Finance and National Credit Management Limited.

Strategy Analysis:
TGA's broad strategy is to become Australia's leading provider of retail and financial services to the sub-prime consumer and commercial markets. They aim to continue to grow revenue in the core Radio Rentals and Rentlo (RR&R) businesses through continuation of their effective marketing campaign and the re-design of a number of their stores. Since 2011, TGA has focused on growth in financial services with the acquisition of NCML, the start-up of Thorn Equipment Finance (TEF) and Cashfirst. Thorn Group reported NPAT down 2.1% to $14.01m for the half-year ended 30 September 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were $100.46m, up 4.1% from the same period last year. Diluted EPS was 9.55 cents compared to 9.77 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $48.75m compared to $34.82m last year. No dividend was declared.


Financial Summary
Year to Mar NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2016  F 36.2 24.2 14.8 12.3 14.0 4.7 100.0
2015  F 31.6 21.1 11.3 14.2 12.0 4.0 100.0
2014  A 28.4 19.0 -6.7 11.5 11.0 5.1 100.0
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
Harvey Norman (HVN) $3,474 M 0.0804 0.0730 0.0338 16.0216 14.9315 14.4435 4.22 9.17 4.73
Thorn Group (TGA) $450 M -0.0094 0.1015 0.1320 15.8117 14.3543 12.6802 3.68 3.82 4.37

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
TGA 0.91 14.7 2.60 1.26 1.92
Market 0.88 14.7 1.18 1.88 1.45
Sector 0.87 13.9 1.69 1.62 0.79

Directors
Name Position Start Date
Mr James Marshall Chief Executive Officer,Managing Director 05 May 2014
Mr Peter William Henley Non-Executive Director 21 May 2007
Mr Stephen (Steve) Kulmar Non-Executive Director 15 April 2014
Mr David Foster Non-Executive Director 01 December 2014
Ms Joycelyn Morton Non-Executive Director,Non-Executive Chairman 01 October 2011

Management
Name Position
Peter Eaton Chief Financial Officer,Company Secretary

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
9,517,105 (6.36%) Kinetic Investment Partners Limited
9,677,638 (6.47%) Vinva Investment Management
9,167,286 (6.13%) IOOF Holdings Limited
8,289,380 (5.54%) Investors Mutual Limited

Calendar of Events
Date Event
17 November 2015 Report (Interim)
27 July 2015 Report (Annual)
19 May 2015 Report (Prelim)
22 January 2015 Div Pay Date
08 January 2015 Books Close
06 January 2015 Div Ex Date
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