LUMBER reports 140% increase in three months net profit

September 9, 2021

The Lumber Depot Limited (LUMBER), for the first quarter ended July 31, 2021, reported revenue of $420.08 million, an increase of 16% year over year (2020: $361.20 million).

Cost of sales for the period amounted to $316.61 million (2020: $294.62 million). Consequently, gross profit for the period closed at $103.47 million (2020: $66.58 million).

Moreover, the Company reported an impairment gain on trade receivables of $6.44 million relative to the loss of $2.46 million a year prior.

Administrative and other expenses closed the period at $36.75 million, 6% higher than the $34.79 million in the three months ended July 2020.

As a result, operating profit amounted to $73.22 million, up 150% relative to the $29.33 million reported in 2020.

Other income amounted to $642,855 and finance income totalled $549,013 for the three months ended July 31, 2021. Additionally, finance cost for the first quarter amounted to $2.63 million, 4% higher than the $2.53 million reported twelve months earlier. As a result, net financial cost closed at $2.08 million  (2020: $147,166).

Profit before taxation amounted to $71.78 million, up 140% year over year from the $29.91 million booked in 2020. There was no taxation for the period resulting in net profit of $71.78 million at the end of the first quarter. This represented an increase of 140% relative to $29.91 million booked in 2020.

Earnings per share (EPS) for the first quarter amounted to $0.10 (2020: $0.04). The twelve months trailing EPS amounted to $0.26. The number of shares used in our calculations is 706,237,500 units. Notably, LUMBER’s stock price closed the trading period on September 8, 2021 at a price of $3.00 with a corresponding P/E of 11.34 times.

Management noted that, “Along with the core competitive strengths of Lumber Depot, the strong financial performance during the first quarter was directly related to successful efforts to negotiate adequate stock levels and reasonable cost prices for all key hardware items while maintaining fair selling prices to the market.  We also worked hard to maintain commercially reasonable opening hours and staffing levels throughout the COVID 19 pandemic.”


Balance Sheet at a glance:

As at July 31, 2021, the Company reported total assets of $569.13 million, an increase of 29% from the $442.43 million as at July 31, 2020. This mainly constituted to ‘Cash and cash equivalents’ which closed at $150.45 million relative to the $98.78 million booked in 2020.

Shareholders’ Equity as at July 31, 2021 was $394.89 million relative to $222.15 million booked a year prior. This resulted in a book value per share of $0.559 (2020: $0.315).



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