Pendragon (PDG)

Sector:

Retailers

Index:

FTSE Small Cap

12.78p
   
  • Change Today:
      0.24p
  • 52 Week High: 28.45
  • 52 Week Low: 9.00
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 1,396.94m
  • Volume: 36,459
  • Market Cap: £178.53m
  • RiskGrade: 232

Pendragon swings to first-half loss, to cut 300 jobs

By Michele Maatouk

Date: Wednesday 18 Sep 2019

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Car dealer Pendragon said on Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first half in "challenging" markets as it scrapped its dividend, sounded a downbeat note on the outlook and announced the loss of around 300 jobs.
In the six months to the end of June, the company swung to an underlying loss of £32.2m from a profit of £28.4m in the first half of last year. Revenues came in at £2.5bn for the period, up 2.9% on a like-for-like basis but down 0.8% on a total basis. The group also said it was scrapping its interim dividend.

Pendragon said the losses were a result of price cuts as it looked to reduce excess levels of used-car stock.

"By the end of the first-half, stock levels had been largely addressed and improved stocking policies introduced to significantly reduce the risk of excess stock re-occurring," it said.

Pendragon said heightened political and Brexit uncertainty was denting confidence, with no improvement expected for the rest of the year. As a result, the group underlying loss before tax for FY19 is now expected to be at the bottom of the board's expectations.

The company said a detailed strategic and market review of the Car Store business confirmed that there continues to be a significant and attractive market opportunity, however a number of short-term actions are required to improve performance, which include site closures. Pendragon said 22 of the 34 current Car Store locations do not have the required attributes to become profitable.

"The business will take immediate action to address these worst performing locations, and they will be closed during the second-half of FY19," it said.

The company's preparation centre in Stoke will also be closed and in total around 300 jobs will be lost.

Pendragon also announced that non-executive chairman Chris Chambers will step down from the board on 1 October. Non-executive director Bill Berman has agreed to assume the newly-create role of executive chairman on an interim basis.

At 1015 BST, the shares were down 9.9% at 9.84p.

Berenberg said the loss was greater than the £25m it had initially expected, due to the sudden 3% decline in national used car values in June, which further worsened the expected gross margins in the H119 de-stocking programme.

"While it will be a long road to recovery and in the short term risk is perhaps more skewed to the downside given the challenging consumer outlook, it seems as though Pendragon is working on some credible measures to improve outer years," it said.

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Pendragon Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 12.78p
Change Today 0.24p
% Change 1.91 %
52 Week High 28.45
52 Week Low 9.00
Volume 36,459
Shares Issued 1,396.94m
Market Cap £178.53m
RiskGrade 232

Pendragon Star Ratings

Compare performance with the sector and the market.
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Key: vs Market vs Sector
Value
89.23% above the market average89.23% above the market average89.23% above the market average89.23% above the market average89.23% above the market average
67.35% above the sector average67.35% above the sector average67.35% above the sector average67.35% above the sector average67.35% above the sector average
Price Trend
45.06% below the market average45.06% below the market average45.06% below the market average45.06% below the market average45.06% below the market average
29.63% below the sector average29.63% below the sector average29.63% below the sector average29.63% below the sector average29.63% below the sector average
Income
52.67% above the market average52.67% above the market average52.67% above the market average52.67% above the market average52.67% above the market average
26.32% above the sector average26.32% above the sector average26.32% above the sector average26.32% above the sector average26.32% above the sector average
Growth
85.26% below the market average85.26% below the market average85.26% below the market average85.26% below the market average85.26% below the market average
59.26% below the sector average59.26% below the sector average59.26% below the sector average59.26% below the sector average59.26% below the sector average

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Pendragon Dividends

  Latest Previous
  Final Interim
Ex-Div 18-Apr-19 20-Sep-18
Paid 30-May-19 23-Oct-18
Amount 0.70p 0.80p

Trades for 21-Feb-2020

Time Volume / Share Price
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15:48 2,118 @ 12.59p
14:32 7,925 @ 12.56p
12:49 4,000 @ 12.61p
08:33 4,302 @ 12.58p

Pendragon Key Personnel

COO Martin Shaun Casha
CFO Mark Simon Willis
CEO William Berman

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