The AutoWallis Group closed 2021 with profits significantly exceeding its own plans and an EBITDA of HUF 7.8 billion, despite the prolonged coronavirus epidemic and manufacturing difficulties due to chip shortages. The revenue of the automotive company registered on the Hungarian stock exchange set a new record by more than doubling to nearly HUF 200 billion, while its margin generation and operational efficiency increased significantly. In addition to earlier acquisitions, AutoWallis’s expansion was driven by organic growth that surpassed domestic and regional market averages.
AutoWallis Plc. closed a record year in all respects in 2021, despite the fact that the period was significantly burdened by the negative effects of the prolonged coronavirus epidemic and the chip shortage affecting the automotive industry, said company chairman Zsolt Müllner. He added that over the course of its almost 30-year history, the Group has seen a wide variety of disadvantageous effects, but, as the results show, AutoWallis performs well even in a variable environment and the company is expressly motivated by challenges. The Group, present in 14 countries in the region, has an intensive strategy for growth and remains on the path it has set. An important step in implementing its plans was last year’s institutional share subscription paired with a retail share subscription that was the largest on the Hungarian stock exchange in the past 10 years, which raised a total of HUF 10 billion to finance new acquisitions and developments, in addition to the HUF 10 billion bonds issued earlier. AutoWallis plans to more than double its revenue to HUF 400 billion and increase its EBITDA to more than HUF 14 billion by 2025. Zsolt Müllner said the company is on the right path to realizing its strategy, which they continue to consider feasible despite of current business and economic uncertainties.
In 2021, AutoWallis’s revenue more than doubled to HUF 195 billion (+121%) which, in addition to organic growth that surpassed domestic and regional market averages (+28.4%), was also attributable to the acquisitions carried out in 2020 (+197.9%). The company listed in the Premium category of the Budapest Stock Exchange saw its revenue increase to HUF 110.9 billion (+188%) in its Distribution Business Unit and to HUF 84.1 billion (+69%) in its Retail & Services Business Unit. Within costs, the value of cost of goods sold (CoGS) grew by 117 percent to HUF 167.5, which is slightly less than sales revenue, leading to an increase in margin generation from 12.6 to 14.1 percent. This positive trend is primarily due to the fact that the Group managed to implement a successful and efficient pricing policy during the entire year in both the procurement of new and used cars and in sales. Despite of the significant increase in sales, material costs + capitalized own performance were only 41 percent higher than previous year’s figures because the significant increase in volume in the Distribution Business Unit generated proportionally significantly lower growth in material costs. The value of contracted services grew by 124 percent, mainly due to increased logistics costs in connection with Opel and SsangYong import activities. The 144 percent rise in personnel expenses is due in part to increases in average wages and in part to acquisitions and developments. In 2021, the value of financial gains or losses was HUF 793 million in losses, which is an improvement of more than HUF 400 million over the previous year. AutoWallis CEO Gábor Ormosy explained that based on these figures, the company’s EBITDA, i.e. its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, which the management considers to be the best indicator of profitability, increased by almost three and a half times compared to the previous year to reach HUF 7.8 billion, which significantly exceeds the figure of HUF 5.5-6.2 forecast in the strategy updated last year. The company’s total comprehensive income was a profit of HUF 3.2 billion, compared to the loss reported last year, while the earnings per share (EPS) stood at HUF 8.95. Gábor Ormosy explained that Group members managed the manufacturer supply disturbances exceptionally well, especially as regards inventory management, which is behind the improvement in results and the better-than-planned figures. Efficient exchange rate management and disciplined cost management also supported the handling of market turbulence. The CEO said that the company has the resources necessary for implementing the growth plans laid out in its strategy, for which it also intends to use the profits generated last year, which is why the Board does not recommend using the total comprehensive income or the profit reserves, or the HUF 1.4 billion dividend fund generated from the dividends expected from subsidiaries in 2021, to pay dividends. In connection with the 2021 plans, Gábor Ormosy said that based on current information, the Russian-Ukrainian war and the economic sanctions imposed on Russia do not currently have any direct effects on the business of the AutoWallis Group. The Group is present in 14 countries in the Central and Eastern European region but has no interests in Russia or Ukraine; moreover, it represents 16 brands, so its activities are diversified and crisis-proof.