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Auto Trader Group

16:51 on 20/11/2017

Current Price 323.43p | Bid 323.40p | Ask 323.90p | Change 0.97%

Company Overview

Auto Trader Group plc is a 100% digital business, which has evolved from a print classified business founded in 1977. The Group's transition to a digital business began in 1996, with the launch of autotrader.co.uk, a UK online forum enabling users to buy and sell vehicles. From 1996 onwards, the Group began to focus on transforming its business into a leading digital automotive marketplace, becoming one of the busiest websites in the UK. Auto Trader's online revenue surpassed its print revenues for the first time in 2007. As part of the Group's strategy to transition to a fully digital business, the Group undertook several measures to develop its digital offering, including the acquisition of an online used car retailer-to-retailer trading platform in 2009, the provision of websites for retailers and the launch of mobile applications in 2010, and the launch of the first of a series of data-oriented recommendation engines in 2013. The Group also undertook the progressive closure of the print business, with the final publication of the print magazine in June 2013. The digital automotive Marketplace continues to evolve and, in 2014, the audience on mobile devices (including tablets) surpassed those on desktops for the first time. The content of autotrader.co.uk is accessible on multiple major devices including mobile phones, tablets and desktop, and supported by multiple mainstream operating systems including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. During the years 1994 to 1995, Auto Trader diversified into overseas markets including Holland, South Africa and Italy. However, in 2013, the Group made the decision to focus solely on the UK and Ireland. The Group completed the disposal of its overseas subsidiaries in 2013. A small investment in a Chinese classified business called iAutos remains, but management consider this to be a non-material investment.

Stock Details

EPIC AUTO
ISIN GB00BVYVFW23
Shares in Issue 988,275,914
Market cap £3,702.08m
Sector General Retailers
Indices FTSE 250
UK FTSE All Share

Financial Highlights Year Ended 27/03/2016

Turnover £281.60 million
Operating Profit £169.60 million
Dividend Yield 0.00
Dividend Per Share 1.50
Dividend Cover 0.00
P/E Ratio 29.57
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Price Summary

Mid Price ? 323.40p
Bid Price ? 323.40p
Ask Price ? 323.90p
Volume ? 2930565
Change Today 3.10p
% Change Today 0.97%
Open 321.20p
Previous Close 323.40p
Intraday High 324.90p
Intraday Low 317.30p
52 Week High 455.00p
52 Week Low 307.80p

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