Lumber Depot profit bolted higher

Lumber Depot profit surges

Profits at Lumber Depot bolted 555 percent from $22 million for the nine months in 2020 to $145 million for the year ended April 2021, as it grew revenues 14.7 percent to $1.43 billion from $921 million in 2020 nine months period.
The company operates a hardware store in Papine, St Andrew, for more than two decades and generated revenues that rose 7 percent in the April quarter over the January 2021 quarter to $377 million from $353 million and 21 percent over the April 2020 quarter of $311 million. Gross profit margin for the full year was 21 percent, an improvement on the 18 percent for the 2020 nine months period. Administrative costs rose 42 percent to $154 million from $108 million in the nine months to March 2020, but it would be up by 7 percent if the comparative periods were the same number of months.
Cash inflows for the year pulled in $157 million, but after working capital adjustments the amount climbed to $186 million and ended the year with a net gain of $114 million after dividend payment of $14 million and loan repaymentof $33 million. The company has cash funds of $143 million and investments of $117 million at the end of April, with the latter shown as a noncurrent asset.
Current assets stood at $317 million and current liabilities at $139 million, resulting in net current assets of $178 million. Shareholders’ equity grew 68 percent to $523 million and pushed cash and investments to $360 million from $129 million in 2020.
The company reports earnings per share of 21 cents, up from just 3 cents in 2020.
The stock traded 580,827 units up to $3.65 in early trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, but the price dropped back to close at $3.50  at a PE of 16.7 times 2021 earnings and 13 times’s projection of 27 cents for 2022.

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