Best calls to action – Tuesday, 15 February

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Andrew Tang
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By Andrew Tang
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Analyst - Equity Strategy
Date posted:
15 February 2022, 6:00 AM
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Equity Strategy and Quant

JB Hi-Fi Limited: Electric Dreams: A resilient 1H22 result, augmented by a $250m buyback

JBH pre-announced its headline 1H22 earnings last month. The full earnings release issued today confirmed that EBIT was down 9% to $420.5m, but this was 60% above 1H20 and 17% above our estimate before the January trading update.

Gross margins and operating cash flow were better than we had forecast. A $250m off-market buyback was announced. We have increased our EPS estimates by 1.7% in FY22F and 5.1% in FY23F, taking account of higher forecast sales and a lower forecast share count. We reiterate our ADD rating.

Read our full reports and latest price targets on ASX:JBH here.

Aurizon Holdings Ltd: Continued focus on Bulk's growth

We view the 1H22 result as solid, with the key interest being the deployment of capital into Bulk, rebound in Coal's unit metrics, and the dividend reduction to support the funding of the One Rail acquisition due to complete in coming months.

The story remains one of Coal and Network facing long-term sustainability issues, but in the meantime generating strong cashflow to support returns to investors and a pivot into Bulk. ADD retained.

Read our full reports and latest price targets on ASX:AZJ here.

Beach Energy Limited: Strong rally closing the gap with peers

BPT's 1H financial result was in-line with expectations given the production and revenue numbers were released at the quarterly in late January. Operating cashflow was significantly higher than we'd forecast (+$124m, +26%) with a catch up payment and favourable working capital movements.

We think there's a chance of weaker customer demand for gas on the East Coast this calendar year and downgrade our sales forecast. Despite today's strong rally and the potential for a softer 2H we maintain our ADD.

Read our full reports and latest price targets on ASX:BPT here.

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