Market Cap£370m

Last Close 635p

Focusrite is a global music and audio products group supplying hardware and software used by professional and amateur musicians, which enables the high-quality production of music.

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Investment summary

In H120 Focusrite’s revenue was driven by acquisitions against a period of tough comparatives for the core brands. Gross margin performance was strong due to changes in mix, and pricing power on product relaunches. Current trading looks more encouraging for the majority of the brands. Therefore, following EPS upgrades in March, we upgraded EPS forecasts again in May for FY20e by 7%, but a higher tax rate limits upgrades in FY21e. The decision on the announcement of the interim dividend for FY20e has been deferred given COVID-19 uncertainty.

Y/E Aug
Revenue (£m)
PBT (£m)
EPS (fd) (p)
P/E (x)
P/CF (x)
2018A 75.1 15.5 11.3 17.8 35.7 24.1
2019A 84.7 17.2 13.8 21.4 29.7 26.4
2020E 114.5 21.8 15.4 23.3 27.3 20.0
2021E 126.7 23.8 17.1 23.6 26.9 17.1
Industry outlook

Focusrite’s products connect with a home-based leisure movement that is outpacing overall consumer expenditure. The global music instrument and pro audio wholesale market was £2.7bn in 2013 (source MTM) but is highly fragmented. Management estimates its addressable market at US$575–850m. Currently, it estimates a 55% share of the mass interface market, 12–14% of the semi-professional Thunderbolt market and 2% of the commercial market.

Last updated on 24/06/2020
Content on Focusrite
Focusrite – Uptempo
Consumer | research Update | 14 May 2020
Focusrite – Marching on
Consumer | research Update | 26 March 2020
Focusrite – Another sensible acquisition
Consumer | research Flash note | 20 December 2019
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Balance sheet
Forecast net debt (£m) 12
Forecast gearing ratio (%) 21
Price performance
Actual 0.8 46.8 18.3
Relative* (1.9) 28.5 41.1
52-week high/low 740.0p/390.0p
*% relative to local index
Key management
Phil Dudderidge Chairman
Tim Carroll CEO
Jeremy Wilson CFO