JB Hi-Fi says low interest rates a double-edged sword for retailers

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 25-Oct-19

JB Hi-Fi has advised that its Australian stores recorded same-store sales growth of 3.7 per cent in the September quarter, while its New Zealand arm’s same-store sales were up 3.8 per cent. JB Hi-Fi CEO Richard Murray says group sales are still expected to increase by about 2.2 per cent to $7.65bn in 2019-20. He notes that while consumer confidence has improved since the 18 May federal election, the cash rate’s fall to a record low has also prompted some fears about the state of the economy.

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JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, THE GOOD GUYS, NICK SCALI LIMITED – ASX NCK, SOUTHERN CROSS MEDIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX SXL

JB Hi-Fi surges as tech reigns

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 19 : 12-Feb-19

Consumer electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi has posted a 2018-19 interim net profit of $160.1m, which is 5.5 per cent higher than previously. JB Hi-Fi has forecast that its full-year net profit will be within the range of $237m to $245m; full-year sales are expected to be $7.1bn, after sales totalled $3.843bn in the first half. CEO Richard Murray says consumers still seem to be buying gadgets such as smartphones and internet-connected fridges, at a time when many discretionary retailers are struggling.

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JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, THE GOOD GUYS, OPHIR ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

JB Hi-Fi growth slows as competition intensifies

Original article by Sue Mitchell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 & 16 : 14-Aug-18

Consumer electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi has posted a 2017-18 underlying net profit of $233.2m, which is 12.3 per cent higher than previously. Group earnings rose 14.5 per cent to $350.6m, while its Australian division’s earnings were 11.4 per cent higher at $292.3m. Sales grew by 21.8 per cent in 2017-18, but expectations of competition from key rivals and fewer store openings have prompted the company to pare back its sales growth forecast to just 3.6 per cent in 2018-19. Shareholders will receive a full-year dividend of $0.132 per share.

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JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, THE GOOD GUYS, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, MARTIN CURRIE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED

JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys: satisfaction guaranteed?

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 20-Sep-16

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that more than three million Australians aged 14+ made at least one purchase from JB Hi-Fi in an average four weeks in the year to June 2016. Over a million made at least one purchase from The Good Guys, while Harvey Norman, attracted nearly 1.3 million customers in the same time period. The survey also shows that JB Hi-Fi customers have a mean household income of $A115,000, compared with $A107,000 for Harvey Norman customers and $A98,000 for The Good Guys customers. Meanwhile, The Good Guys has triumphed in the Furniture/Electrical Store category of the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards every month this year with scores consistently over 90 per cent, and JB Hi-Fi has been close behind it in second place (also with scores hovering around 90 per cent and above).

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, THE GOOD GUYS, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN

JB Hi-Fi bets big on Good Guys

Original article by Eli Greenblat
The Australian – Page: 19 & 22 : 14-Sep-16

JB Hi-Fi will finance the acquisition of The Good Guys via a capital raising and a $A450m debt facility. The listed consumer electronics and home entertainment group will raise $A394m from investors, with the new stock to be issued at $A26.20 apiece. JB Hi-Fi anticipates annual cost savings of between $A15m and $A20m as a result of the $A870m acquisition of The Good Guys. The deal will increase JB Hi-Fi’s sales to $A6bn a year and lift its share of the consumer electronics and household appliances market.

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JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, THE GOOD GUYS, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN, OPHIR ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, ALPHINITY INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD