Turners Auctions FY profit rises 14% on sales growth
Turners Auctions FY profit rises 14% on sales growth, looks at growth
Feb. 12 (BusinessDesk) - Turners Auctions, the country's biggest auction house, boosted annual profit 14 percent as it lifted car sales. The company said it is holding off making a special return while it looks at "growth opportunities."
Net profit rose to an expected $4.2 million, or 15.4 cents per share, in the 12 months ended Dec. 31, from $3.7 million, or 13.5 cents, a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Sales rose 3.7 percent to $78.2 million with a 2 percent gain in used car sales to 928,595.
The company's board declared a fully-imputed final dividend of 8 cents per share, up from 6 cents a year earlier, and taking the total payment to 15 cents, but won't pay a special dividend like last year. The shares were unchanged at $2.11, and have rallied 14 percent this year.
"The directors have elected not to declare a special dividend this year because the group is currently considering a number of growth opportunities which may require investment," the company said. Turners held $13.9 million in cash and equivalents as at Dec. 31.
The auction house upgraded its forecast earnings in January after reporting a 19 percent lift in first-half profit as Christchurch trading conditions returned to normal.
The company said it's "cautiously optimistic" for a further recovery in the domestic economy, and sees a pick-up in imported car sales as the kiwi dollar remains strong.
Turners' new car sales jumped 20 percent to 76,871 and new commercial vehicle sales climbed 18 percent to 20,164.
The company, which also provides finance for buyers at its car auctions, increased the size of its loan book 10 percent to $21.4 million as at Dec. 31.