Carsales (ASX:CAR) share price falls despite optimistic outlook

The company says the road is smoother further down.
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The Carsales.Com Ltd (ASX: CAR) share price has hit a bump on the road. It comes after the company held its 2021 annual general meeting (AGM).

At the time of writing, shares in the online vehicle retailer are trading for $25.04 – down 1.49%. For context, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is 0.1% higher.

Let’s take a closer look.

What happened at the Carsales AGM?

Carsales revealed its outlook for FY22 in its presentation to shareholders. While the outlook was largely positive, investors don’t seem too revved up by it, judging by the falling Carsales share price.

The company said the following:

Q1 of FY22 was tough for the company. Lockdowns in Australia’s two largest states had a material impact on car sales and listings. Since New South Wales and Victoria have opened up, however, sales are up.
Carsales expects to deliver “strong” growth in Group Adjusted revenue, “solid” growth in Group Adjusted EBITDA and strong growth in Group Adjusted NPAT. The company said its financial performance will be more overly weighted to the second half of the financial year, due to the negative impacts of lockdowns.
Outside of NSW and Victoria, car sales growth remained “solid” among established dealers and private listings.
Core expenses are expected to increase with the end of JobKeeper.
Finally, looking at its overseas businesses, Carsales expects strong growth in revenue and EBITDA across Brazil, the United States, and Korea.

Carsales FY21 results

When Carsales released its FY21 results, the Carsales share price increased.

At the time, and as it restated today, Carsales reported revenue up 4%, EBITDA up 10%, and adjusted NPAT up 11%. The company did declare a 10% lower dividend of 22.5 cents per share.

For the 12 months ended 30 June, Carsales delivered double-digit growth across its adjusted EBITDA and net profit metrics. This was broadly in line with the market’s expectations.

When the results were released, management said this reflected a resilient revenue performance driven by a strong performance from its international businesses, modest growth in the Australian business, and strong margin performance. The latter was apparently driven by cost management initiatives.

Carsales share price snapshot

Over the past 12 months, the Carsales share price has increased 17.4%. Year-to-date, shares in the company have increased 25.7%. Its 52-week high is $26.67 and its 52-week low is $16.72. has an approximate market capitalisation of $7.1 billion.

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