Truworths (TRU) is a retailer of fashionware in South Africa and the UK. As such its business has been damaged by the impact ofin the UK and the conditions in the South African . Both countries have then been impacted by lockdowns which prevented in-store sales for a period of time, beginning in late March 2020. The second wave of the pandemic has also been a factor. In the UK, Truworths benefited from its strong and growing online presence.
In South Africa, Truworths has managed to hold its own in the face of stifffrom a variety of local and overseas competitors. About 70% of its are made on credit so the management of its is a critical metric.
The impact of its problems in the UK and South Africa on Truworths is visible in the decline in itsprice. Consider the :
You can see here that the share made a peak at R110 in March 2018 and it has been in awhich culminated in the impact of in March 2020. Since then, it has entered a recovery phase and the share has been trending up between clear lines.
Like many South African companies Truworths decided to venture offshore in 2015/2016 with the purchase of its Office business in the UK. That purchase was unfortunately timed, given the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. In the latestfor the 52 weeks to 30th June 2020, the company GBP118m of the cost of Office and in the 26 weeks to 31st December 2020, sales at Office were down by 24,6% while trading space fell by 17% as the company endeavoured to “right-size” the business.
The company’s past conservatism has left it with a strongwhich has enabled it to ride through these various adversities and it now appears to be on the mend. Its (P:E) ratio has improved from a low of 4,4 in April 2020 to current levels around 8,8. This should be compared to its in March 2018 of over 16 and that of January 2013 of over 21.
In the past Truworths has shown itself to be a strong competitor in the cut-throat fashion industry. Its excellentand strong balance sheet have enabled it to ride through the difficulties of the past few years both in the South Africa and the UK. We believe that this share has considerable recovery potential from current levels.
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