Liberum looking long-term at Motorpoint
Car dealership Motorpoint (MOTR) can continue growing in the long term but there are short-term visibility issues, according to Liberum.
Analyst Sanjay Vidyarthi retained his ‘buy’ recommendation but reduced the target price from 270p to 195p on the stock, which closed flat at 148p on Friday. T
he group delivered strong first-half results and market share gains but ‘at a materially reduced level of profitability’.
‘After a strong summer, trading conditions worsened materially in September,’ said Vidyarthi.
‘We reduce our full-year 2023 profit before tax [forecast] by 50% to £7m. Management expects the trading environment to remain difficult but will continue to invest in strategic growth initiatives while aiming to remain profitable and cash generative.’
Although there are short-term headwinds for the group, Vidyarthi said there was longer-term optimism.
‘Market share gains combined with productivity improvements should support longer-term growth and profits, but there is limited visibility on this right now,’ he said.