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AUTO

Auto Trader GroupLSE:AUTO Stock Report

Last Price

UK£6.92

Market Cap

UK£6.6b

7D

-0.5%

1Y

22.0%

Updated

17 Jan, 2022

Data

Company Financials +
AUTO fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Valuation1/6
Future Growth3/6
Past Performance6/6
Financial Health6/6
Dividends0/6

AUTO Stock Overview

Auto Trader Group plc operates in the digital automotive marketplace in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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US$923.3b

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Auto Trader Group
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUK£6.92
52 Week HighUK£7.51
52 Week LowUK£5.38
Beta0.29
1 Month Change-3.70%
3 Month Change16.30%
1 Year Change22.05%
3 Year Change52.32%
5 Year Change78.58%
Change since IPO170.31%

Recent News & Updates

Nov 28
Is Auto Trader Group plc (LON:AUTO) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At Its Intrinsic Value

Is Auto Trader Group plc (LON:AUTO) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At Its Intrinsic Value

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Sep 27
We Think Auto Trader Group (LON:AUTO) Can Stay On Top Of Its Debt

We Think Auto Trader Group (LON:AUTO) Can Stay On Top Of Its Debt

Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously...

Shareholder Returns

AUTOGB Interactive Media and ServicesGB Market
7D-0.5%-7.4%-0.5%
1Y22.0%-5.8%8.7%

Return vs Industry: AUTO exceeded the UK Interactive Media and Services industry which returned -5.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: AUTO exceeded the UK Market which returned 8.7% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is AUTO's price volatile compared to industry and market?
AUTO volatility
AUTO Average Weekly Movement4.9%
Interactive Media and Services Industry Average Movement6.6%
Market Average Movement5.0%
10% most volatile stocks in GB Market10.5%
10% least volatile stocks in GB Market2.4%

Stable Share Price: AUTO is not significantly more volatile than the rest of UK stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.

Volatility Over Time: AUTO's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

FoundedEmployeesCEOWebsite
1977980Nathan Coehttps://www.autotrader.co.uk

Auto Trader Group plc operates in the digital automotive marketplace in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It offers its products to retailers, home traders, and logistics firms; vehicle advertisement on its websites for private sellers, as well as insurance and loan financing products to consumers; and display advertising on its websites for manufacturers and their advertising agencies. Auto Trader Group plc was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

Auto Trader Group Fundamentals Summary

How do Auto Trader Group's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
AUTO fundamental statistics
Market CapUK£6.55b
Earnings (TTM)UK£195.70m
Revenue (TTM)UK£360.00m

33.5x

P/E Ratio

18.2x

P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
AUTO income statement (TTM)
RevenueUK£360.00m
Cost of RevenueUK£0
Gross ProfitUK£360.00m
ExpensesUK£164.30m
EarningsUK£195.70m

Last Reported Earnings

Sep 30, 2021

Next Earnings Date

n/a

Earnings per share (EPS)0.21
Gross Margin100.00%
Net Profit Margin54.36%
Debt/Equity Ratio0%

How did AUTO perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison

Dividends

0.8%

Current Dividend Yield

38%

Payout Ratio

Valuation

Is Auto Trader Group undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

33.49x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: AUTO (£6.92) is trading above our estimate of fair value (£5.42)

Significantly Below Fair Value: AUTO is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: AUTO is good value based on its PE Ratio (33.5x) compared to the UK Interactive Media and Services industry average (38.2x).

PE vs Market: AUTO is poor value based on its PE Ratio (33.5x) compared to the UK market (19.5x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: AUTO is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (5x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: AUTO is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (15x) compared to the GB Interactive Media and Services industry average (9.8x).


Future Growth

How is Auto Trader Group forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 20 analysts?

6.7%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: AUTO's forecast earnings growth (6.7% per year) is above the savings rate (0.9%).

Earnings vs Market: AUTO's earnings (6.7% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the UK market (12.1% per year).

High Growth Earnings: AUTO's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: AUTO's revenue (7.3% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the UK market (4.9% per year).

High Growth Revenue: AUTO's revenue (7.3% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: AUTO's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (50.2%).


Past Performance

How has Auto Trader Group performed over the past 5 years?

1.9%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: AUTO has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: AUTO's current net profit margins (54.4%) are higher than last year (51.8%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: AUTO's earnings have grown by 1.9% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: AUTO's earnings growth over the past year (25.7%) exceeds its 5-year average (1.9% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: AUTO earnings growth over the past year (25.7%) exceeded the Interactive Media and Services industry 23.6%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: AUTO's Return on Equity (44.9%) is considered outstanding.


Financial Health

How is Auto Trader Group's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: AUTO's short term assets (£73.1M) exceed its short term liabilities (£41.3M).

Long Term Liabilities: AUTO's short term assets (£73.1M) exceed its long term liabilities (£26.8M).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: AUTO is debt free.

Reducing Debt: AUTO currently has no debt however we can't compare to 5 years ago as we have no data for that period.

Debt Coverage: AUTO has no debt, therefore it does not need to be covered by operating cash flow.

Interest Coverage: AUTO has no debt, therefore coverage of interest payments is not a concern.


Balance Sheet


Dividend

What is Auto Trader Group current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

0.78%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: AUTO's dividend (0.78%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (1.39%).

High Dividend: AUTO's dividend (0.78%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (4.05%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: AUTO is not paying a notable dividend for the UK market, therefore no need to check if payments are stable.

Growing Dividend: AUTO is not paying a notable dividend for the UK market, therefore no need to check if payments are increasing.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: AUTO is not paying a notable dividend for the UK market.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of AUTO's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the UK market.


Next Steps

Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

2.7yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Nathan Coe

1.83yrs

Tenure

UK£523,000

Compensation

Mr. Nathan Coe has been the Chief Executive Officer of Auto Trader Group PLC since March 1, 2020. Mr. Coe served as the Chief Financial Officer of Auto Trader Group plc from July 2017 to March 1, 2020 and...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Nathan's total compensation ($USD714.23K) is below average for companies of similar size in the UK market ($USD2.26M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Nathan's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.


Leadership Team

Experienced Management: AUTO's management team is considered experienced (2.7 years average tenure).


Board Members

Experienced Board: AUTO's board of directors are considered experienced (5.3 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Auto Trader Group plc's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Auto Trader Group plc
  • Ticker: AUTO
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 1977
  • Industry: Interactive Media and Services
  • Sector: Media
  • Implied Market Cap: UK£6.554b
  • Shares outstanding: 947.15m
  • Website: https://www.autotrader.co.uk

Number of Employees


Location

  • Auto Trader Group plc
  • 1 Tony Wilson Place
  • 4th Floor
  • Manchester
  • Greater Manchester
  • M15 4FN
  • United Kingdom

Listings


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2022/01/17 22:58
End of Day Share Price2022/01/17 00:00
Earnings2021/09/30
Annual Earnings2021/03/31


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.