While investors gave Harvey Norman’s (ASX: HVN) gritty half year result the thumbs up (up 3.71%) this morning, it’s online counterpart Kogan.com (ASX: KGN) initially fell by double-digits after positing a sizable net loss, albeit on the back of some abnormals the market clearly wasn’t expecting.
Firstly, let’s take a look at why Kogan was down -12.48% after lunch despite delivering record sales. The market should have known something was up when the online retailer went into a trading halt citing further announcements pending.
Today’s dismal result follows in the wake of a half-year trading update – revealing supply chain disruptions and higher costs – which sent the share price to a two-year low in late January.
Having reported a net profit of $35m a year earlier, Kogan today declared a- $11.8m interim net loss after being hit by $13.6m in compensation expenses due to the award of options, and provisions of $10.4m taken to make further payments to NZ online retailer Mighty Ape, which Kogan acquired in December.
Mighty Ape, which specialises in gaming and entertainment products, contributed $93.8m of revenue and $21.6m of gross profit in the half year.
Kogan’s expenses rose in the half, with the company citing covid-related disruptions.
Gross sales jumped 9.4% to a record $698m.
No dividend was paid.
A 1.3% lift in revenue to $419.5m, due entirely to acquisitions, with its core operations going backwards during the half.
Kogan.com business reported a -17.3% decline in revenue to $325.7m.
10.4% year-on-year increase in active customers to 3,314,000.
176% lift in Kogan First loyalty customers to over 274,000 subscribers.
Consistent with prior years, Kogan did not provide earnings guidance for second half FY22.
Kogan's share price has demonstrated underlying weakness over the past three months.
While consumer electronics, appliances and furniture retailer’s first half profit before tax fell 4.9% to $612.2m, the market took some comfort from knowing the result was 103.3% up on first half FY20, which clearly exceeded expectations.
After a slow start that was hampered by closures in Sydney and Melbourne, Harvey Norman noted that trade across Australia accelerated as lockdowns lifted late in the first half.
Reported profit after tax and non-controlling interests fell -6.7% to $430.9m in the first half which was a major beat to Bell Potter expectations.
Chairman and co-founder Gerry Harvey noted a strengthening momentum in the home renovation market and heightened consumer demand is driving sales across key home, lifestyle and tech product categories with the ‘home’ continuing to be the focal point for consumer spending.
Sales at franchised stores in Australia declined -6.2% to $4.91bn, but up on consensus expectations of $3.40bn.
Australian franchising operation’s profit fell -23.7% to $292.9m.
Same-store sales growth across Australian franchisees was -8.4% lower.
Australian franchisee operating margins fell from 10.22% to 8.53%.
Inventories rose almost by $72m to nearly $56m.
Franchisee receivables was up more than $97m.
Cashflow was up 44%, on the back of lower inventory build up.
“This is a solid result given the unprecedented COVID-19 issues encountered by the consolidated entity during this half.
We operate an integrated retail, franchise, property and digital business across eight countries – and our points of difference have proven to be our strengths validating the continued investment in our three main pillars:
108 company-operated retail stores overseas.
194 franchised complexes in Australia across all key product categories within the Home, Lifestyle and Tech markets.
A resilient $3.54bn freehold property portfolio and a $1.12bn leasehold portfolio that anchors a strong balance sheet.”
The Harvey Norman share price has outperformed the broader market over the past three months.
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