Q1 Growth of AutoWallis' New and Used Vehicle Sales Above Market Avg

Automotive

Revenue growth at the AutoWallis Group’s Retail & Services Business Unit exceeded market averages to reach 9% in the first quarter, while the company organized its mobility-related services, which saw expansion last year thanks to acquisitions, in a separate business unit at the start of the year.

The AutoWallis Group achieved revenue of HUF 89.1 bln in the first three months of 2024, which is 11% less year-on-year. More than half of its revenue is generated abroad; in the first quarter, this ratio grew by 1.5% to reach 57%. The slowdown is caused by the 25% drop in the Distribution Business Unit’s revenue to HUF 47.5 bln, which is mainly technical in nature, explained by the exceptionally high figures in the last quarter of 2022 and the base period — the first quarter of 2023 — as well as the Suez Canal and the Red Sea situation in the first quarter of this year, which extended maritime shipping deadlines by almost a month; accordingly, their effects can be considered to be temporary.

As previously indicated by AutoWallis, last year’s increased registration figures were a result of the deferred purchases due to COVID, the chip shortage, and global shipping difficulties coupled with a large backlog of orders waiting to be fulfilled. These one-off effects have now been balanced out, and sales are normalizing and leveling out, once again becoming more predictable. Regarding the above, AutoWallis CEO Gábor Ormosy explained that first-quarter revenue was in line with expectations, and the vehicle sales figures achieved by the Group fit in with the growth trend. He emphasized that the Group’s updated strategy, published in May, has plans to realize revenue of HUF 750 bln and EBITDA profits of HUF 40 bln in 2028, meaning both indicators may be twice that of 2023’s results.

Starting from the beginning of 2024, AutoWallis organized its mobility-related services in a new business unit, as their importance gained extra weight, in part due to the acquisitions closed in 2023 (Nelson Flottalízing, wigo carsharing) (the data of the Mobility Business Unit were formerly included in the Retail & Services Business Unit). The size of the fleet operated by the group in the business unit remained largely the same as in the same period of the previous year (+3.2%) thanks to the joint effects of the increase in efficiency realized in short-term rental activities and the services of the wigo car-sharing program.

The business unit’s revenue was HUF 1.4 bln in the first quarter with EBITDA showing a profit of HUF 673 million with an exceptional 47% EBITDA margin. The revenue of AutoWallis’s Retail & Services Business Unit exceeded the average of the Hungarian market to grow by 9% and reach HUF 40.2 bln, while the 2023 first quarter revenue of the Mobility Business Unit, reported separately starting from this quarter, contain the data of the base period.

Primarily due to the one-off base effects affecting revenue, the AutoWallis Group’s EBITDA decreased by 16% in the first quarter of 2024 to reach HUF 4.8 bln. The company realized an EBITDA margin of 5.3%, almost identical to the base period. The cost of goods sold (CoGS) dropped by 14 percent to HUF 73.3 bln, as a result of which the group was able to increase its high margin level from 14.9% in the base period to 17.8%.

The 32% increase in personnel expenses is primarily attributable to the acquisitions carried out in 2023 and the resulting growth in staff numbers (the Group’s average headcount increased by 126 to reach 1038 persons in the first quarter), AutoWallis said.

In the first quarter of 2024, the value of financial gains or losses was HUF -1.6 bln after last year’s profits of HUF 270 mln, mainly because of the realized and unrealized exchange rate profits and losses derived from the revaluation of periodic foreign currency items.

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