Another solid update from e-tailer Kogan, Qantas investors have given the airline the biggest thumbs down imaginable in rejecting help the company boost its liquidity while Sigma Healthcare has sold and leased back two of its Distribution Centres (DC’s) for $172 million, half the number of centres in the original deal.
Yesterday we saw two conflicting outcomes from retail issues - Super Retail Group attracted support from around two-thirds of its retail shareholders while online retailer, Kogan.com had to increase the size of its issue after being knocked down in the rush.
Restaurant Brands has warned investors of a “significant decline”, online retailer Kogan has reported a huge jump in sales, Premier Investments yesterday confirmed that it has delayed re-opening some of its Australian chains while Nearmap has confirmed full-year guidance and reckons it is largely unaffected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
While the acquisition of Matt Blatt and the acceleration in online penetration is supportive, UBS remains cautious. As stores re-open and competitive offerings emerge the broker expects the benefits for online business from the pandemic will partially reverse.
FY18 results were strong and ahead of estimates, albeit largely because of FX gains. Momentum in mobile and internet was a highlight but the broker is concerned about the lack of a trading update. UBS cuts FY19-21 estimates for earnings per share by -2-10%.