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Six out of 11 analysts covering the stock have a positive view
Thursday 04 May 2017 Author: James Crux

Online fashion star (BOO:AIM) continues to put smiles on investors’ faces.

The shares at 188.5p aren’t cheap on 70 times forwards earnings. Yet six analysts out of 11 analysts covering the stock rate the shares either as a ‘buy’ or ‘outperform’, according to Reuters data. Key to their positive view is impressive earnings momentum.

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Boohoo’s latest financial results show more customers are shopping with its website, ordering more frequently and spending more per order. Boohoo has also morphed into a multi-branded business following the acquisitions of PrettyLittleThing and Nasty Gal.

It is conservatively guiding towards 50% sales growth this year with an EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) margin target of around 10%.

We admire Boohoo’s ‘test-and-repeat’ model that limits fashion risk and avoids having unwanted stock.

Well-invested for current growth projections, Boohoo’s addition of complementary brands should help drive further rapid international growth and we’re comforted by the £58.4m net cash position.

Shore Capital analyst George Mensah believes Boohoo has strong earnings momentum. He sees scope for further earnings upgrades as the year progresses – despite having already lifted his estimates in late April.

For the year to February 2018, Mensah forecasts pre-tax profit of £37.5m (2017: £30.9m) for earnings per share of 2.7p (2016: 2.2p). (JC)

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