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Coles (COL) - 1H24 result insights

Coles has momentum for now

01 March 2024

Coles 1H24 results revealed a tight control on costs in its Supermarkets division and some easing of the headwind in stock loss. The retailer has started 2H24e strongly in its Supermarket business. While some of the momentum is likely to ease off, Coles should achieve market share gains in 2H24e. We also see further improvement in stock loss driving underlying EBIT higher in 2H24e.

Stealing profits

Understanding the issue of retail theft in Australia

11 September 2023

Retail theft is reducing retail profits. Crime losses amount to 1.3%-1.4% of sales, or $4.5-$5.0 billion, across Australian retail. The issue has ramped up globally over the past year, with some of the increase year-on-year simply a return to normalisation post COVID-19. Reported Australian east-coast retail crime for FY23 is only up 2% on FY19 levels. The drive towards self-checkouts has exacerbated crime rates and retailers with challenges, like Coles, need to implement changes. As economic conditions tighten, crime rates may rise and prevent Coles from achieving any discernible margin recovery in FY24e in our view.

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