Dowlais Group — Firmly on track despite the UAW strike headwinds

Dowlais Group (LSE: DWL)

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Dowlais Group — Firmly on track despite the UAW strike headwinds

Dowlais Group’s positive trading update, with growth ahead of the market and continued margin expansion, provides another marker in delivering on the stated strategy. Management intends to drive profitable growth through the EV transition and expand the underlying operating margin to 11% (FY22: 6.6%). Delivery on these targets will highlight the quality of the operations and valuation discrepancy.

David Larkam

Written by

David Larkam

Analyst, Industrials

Industrials

Dowlais Group

Firmly on track despite the UAW strike headwinds

Trading update

Automotive components

9 November 2023

Price

106p

Market cap

£1.5bn

Net debt (£m) at 30 June 2023

849

Shares in issue

1,393m

Free float

97%

Code

DWL

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

Dowlais is an automotive components group with two core divisions: GKN Automotive is the market leader in drive systems for both ICEs and EVs, and GKN Powder Metallurgy is the leader in sintered component manufacture and number two in metal powders.

Analyst

David Larkam

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Dowlais Group is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Dowlais Group’s positive trading update, with growth ahead of the market and continued margin expansion, provides another marker in delivering on the stated strategy. Management intends to drive profitable growth through the EV transition and expand the underlying operating margin to 11% (FY22: 6.6%). Delivery on these targets will highlight the quality of the operations and valuation discrepancy.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT*
(£m)

EPS*
(p)

DPS
(p)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/22

5,246

212

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

12/23e

5,487

259

13.3

4.0

8.0

3.8

12/24e

5,799

337

17.4

5.2

6.1

4.9

12/25e

5,939

427

22.4

6.7

4.7

6.3

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Overall trading in the four months (July to October) was in line with Edison’s expectations despite the United Auto Workers (UAW) union strike in North America. Group sales of £1.8bn were up 4.7%, with an adjusted operating margin of 6.8%. Underlying margins pre-central costs were up 100bp on the prior year and 90bp on H123, assisted by a 30% drop through margin on additional business. The impact of the UAW strike is expected to be £30–45m to revenue and £10–15m to operating profit for FY23 (assuming no volume catch-up). We estimate an impact of c 50bp on group operating margins over the four-month period. We estimate a pre-central cost operating margin run rate of over 8% (FY22: 6.6%) indicating positive progress towards management’s target of 11%.

GKN Automotive sales grew by 4.8% y-o-y, c 100bp above the market, compared to being in line with the market in H1. The key activities, Driveline and ePowertrain, both out-performed the market. The adjusted operating margin was 7.6%, an increase on the equivalent prior year period of 120bp and of 110bp versus H123. Order growth continued to be strong, with bookings of £5.4bn for 10 months already a record year (FY22: £5.0bn) with a continued positive mix in relation to the EV transition.

GKN Powder Metallurgy sales grew by 4.2% y-o-y, suggesting a stabilisation of the business given the below market growth seen in H1 (2% vs auto market growth of12%). The operating margin of 9.0% was also stable. In October, the company signed commercial agreements with Schaeffler for the supply of magnets (no financial details released). This is a key milestone in developing the division’s new EV magnets business, which is at the core of its EV/ICE strategy.

Cash generation remains positive, with management expecting net debt at the year end to be below the demerger level of £880m.

There is no change to full year management expectations despite the impact of the UAW strike. Full year results will be published on 21 March 2024. Edison forecasts are unchanged as is our valuation from our initiation note (DCF 186p/share, with a peer group comparison offering upside).

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This report has been commissioned by Dowlais Group and prepared and issued by Edison, in consideration of a fee payable by Dowlais Group. Edison Investment Research standard fees are £60,000 pa for the production and broad dissemination of a detailed note (Outlook) following by regular (typically quarterly) update notes. Fees are paid upfront in cash without recourse. Edison may seek additional fees for the provision of roadshows and related IR services for the client but does not get remunerated for any investment banking services. We never take payment in stock, options or warrants for any of our services.

Accuracy of content: All information used in the publication of this report has been compiled from publicly available sources that are believed to be reliable, however we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this report and have not sought for this information to be independently verified. Opinions contained in this report represent those of the research department of Edison at the time of publication. Forward-looking information or statements in this report contain information that is based on assumptions, forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable, and therefore involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of their subject matter to be materially different from current expectations.

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This document is prepared and provided by Edison for information purposes only and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation for investment in any securities mentioned or in the topic of this document. A marketing communication under FCA Rules, this document has not been prepared in accordance with the legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and is not subject to any prohibition on dealing ahead of the dissemination of investment research.

This Communication is being distributed in the United Kingdom and is directed only at (i) persons having professional experience in matters relating to investments, i.e. investment professionals within the meaning of Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "FPO") (ii) high net-worth companies, unincorporated associations or other bodies within the meaning of Article 49 of the FPO and (iii) persons to whom it is otherwise lawful to distribute it. The investment or investment activity to which this document relates is available only to such persons. It is not intended that this document be distributed or passed on, directly or indirectly, to any other class of persons and in any event and under no circumstances should persons of any other description rely on or act upon the contents of this document.

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