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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 businesses through continuation of their effective marketing campaign and the re-design of a number of their stores. Another initiative to drive growth in this area is the 'one person branch', which enables the business to optimise penetration into under-serviced markets.
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.
The Age 18/05/2013 |
As Australia's major retailers increase their online sales channels, pouring millions into their websites, they could face new competition from China's booming e-commerce industry.
The Age 18/05/2013 |
Most of those who take a political approach to the budget assume that if it's in deficit, the way you get it back to surplus is to cut government spending or, if you're a really bad person, increase taxes. They forget it's the budget itself that's supposed to do the heavy lifting.
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