Pendragon FY22 Earnings Drop, But Revenue Climbs; Says Confident Of FY23

Pendragon Plc (PDG.L), a British motor retailer, on Wednesday posted a decline in earnings for 2022, amidst higher costs and expenses. However, the company recorded a rise in revenue.

For the 12-month period to December 31, 2022, the Nottingham-headquartered firm reported a pre-tax income of 57.2 million pounds, lesser than 73.3 million pounds of 2021.

Post-tax income was at 45.5 million pounds or 3.1 pence per share, compared with 61.5 million pounds or 4.3 pence per share a year ago.

Underlying profit before tax also fell to 57.6 million pounds from 83 million pounds of previous year.

Operating earnings fell to 101 million pounds from last year's 107.6 million pounds. The retailer registered underlying operating income of 98.5 million pounds as against previous year's 116.3 million pounds.

Operating expenses stood at 363.9 million pounds as against 336.4 million pounds of previous year.

Cost of sales also increased to 3.162 billion pounds from 3.008 billion pounds of 2021.

Revenue was at 3.620 billion pounds, versus 3.449 billion pounds a year ago.

Regarding the current trading, the company said its underlying operating profit in the first two months of fiscal 2023 was ahead of 2022 as volumes in both new and used cars have shown good year-on-year growth.

Going ahead, the Board remains confident in the prospects for the Group in 2023.

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