The market appears satisfied with the mid-single digit earnings growth that salary packaging and fleet management company Smartgroup (ASX: SIQ) has put on the table. The company’s share price rallied 6% as the market opened.
Financials for the year ended 31 December 2021:
Revenue of $221.8m, up 3%
Profit after tax of $69.5m, up 7%
Final dividend of 19 cents per share
Special dividend of 30 cents per share
This brings total dividends for the year to 72 cents per share, up 66% compared to last year.
Smartgroup added approximately 17,000 additional salary packaging customers in the last 12 months, growing its portfolio by 4.7%.
Encouragingly, the company achieved a 100% success rate in renewing or extending all of its top 20 contracts that were due in 2021.
This included heavyweight clients such as the Department of Defence and other major health, not-for-profit, education and government players.
The supply of motor vehicles across Australia and globally continued to pose challenges, and Smartgroup was no exception.
The company flagged that “an unprecedented number of novated lease vehicles that have been ordered but not yet delivered to customers”.
“By the end of 2021, this pipeline of novated lease vehicle orders was around four times pre-COVID-19 levels, representing a significant amount of delayed revenue of around $12 million.”
Despite the backlog, vehicle leasing volumes managed to rise 4% on-the-year and the primary contributor to the company’s overall revenue growth.
Smartgroup believes its business is "well positioned to benefit from improvements in vehicle supply", taking into consideration the $12m of delayed revenues.
January vehicle leasing leads have so far shown promise, up 8% compared to last year.
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