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Many Australian consumer companies are likely to report weak 1H24e results. However, they are likely to be better than consensus estimates with slightly better sales trends and higher gross margins in some cases. While earnings should be fine this half, share prices have run in anticipation of results and the trading updates and outlook commentary are likely to flag higher operating cost growth as a headwind.

Reporting season preview - Retail, food & beverages preview for FY23e

Retail, food & beverages preview for FY23e

04 August 2023

There is anticipation of weaker results for retail this upcoming reporting season. While the June-half has been tough, for many, it may be slightly better than consensus expectations. Inventory should be down and cash flow good. We are near consensus for FY23e for most stocks and call out Domino’s and Treasury Wines where there may be downgrades to FY24e earnings.

Reporting season preview - Retail, food & beverages for 1H23e

Retail has reached peak earnings

02 February 2023

Australian retailers will deliver good results for the upcoming reporting season in February and March 2023, once again mystifying many that worry about higher interest rates. While reporting season will reveal impressive earnings for most, we are becoming more cautious. It may sound like a contradiction, but this set of results is likely a peak and earnings could fall meaningfully over the next 18 months as sales growth falls below cost growth.

PE ratios are depressed across consumer stocks reflecting concern about an earnings decline. However, bears will need to wait at least another six months for evidence. FY22e earnings are likely to surprise on the upside for just about all retailers, trading updates will be strong and inventory should be down on February levels. It’s less clear cut how stocks will react, but any downturn is unlikely to be evident.

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