LONDON & NEW YORKLONDON & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cazoo Group Ltd (“Cazoo” or “the Company”), Europe’s leading online car retailer, which makes buying and selling a car as simple as ordering any other product online, has announced its financial results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2022.

Alex Chesterman OBE, Founder & CEO of Cazoo, commented, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished so far in 2022 as we continue to transform the car buying and selling experience for consumers. We achieved record revenues and retail unit sales in Q2 and grew our market share significantly, despite the tough macroeconomic backdrop, as the consumer shift towards online car buying continues to accelerate.

Despite having launched only two and half years ago, we have now sold over 80,000 retail units entirely online, including over 30,000 in the first half of this year and we achieved record revenues in H1 of £628m, up 153% YoY, as consumers continue to embrace the selection, value, transparency and convenience of our proposition.

Whilst our growth remains very robust, we are laser-focused on maintaining our strong balance sheet, preserving cash and materially reducing the need for further funding as we drive towards profitability. We are encouraged by the positive trajectory of our UK retail GPU in Q2, which was up by 150% vs Q1 2022 and we are well positioned to continue this positive momentum in the second half of the year and beyond.

I am particularly pleased that despite the weak economic environment affecting growth in other retail businesses and sectors, we have maintained our strong momentum into Q3 with record retail unit sales and revenues in July, whilst also growing our UK website inventory to record levels, highlighting the progress we have made with our reconditioning capabilities.

Our balance sheet remains strong with over £575m of cash and self-financed inventory at the end of June. However, given our focus on cash preservation and achieving profitability, we have initiated a full strategic review of our business in mainland Europe, with a view to further reducing cash burn and aiming to ensure that we have an executable plan which materially reduces any further external funding requirement.”

Stephen Morana, Chief Financial Officer of Cazoo, added, “Our Q2 performance gives me confidence in our plan to position Cazoo for profitable growth, with a relentless focus on improving unit economics, reducing costs and maximising liquidity. We continued to see significant revenue growth of 145% YoY in Q2 to £333m, driven by a 124% increase in vehicles sold and solid uptake of our finance and ancillary products. Our revenues over the first half of the year grew more than 150% YoY to £628m, as we sold a record 30,386 retail units in the period.

Whilst our Q1 UK retail GPU was impacted by investments made last year, we saw a marked improvement in Q2 of £309, compared to £124 in Q1 2022 and we expect further considerable progress in the second half of the year. At the same time, we have started our process to take costs out of our business and reduce our SG&A per unit, as we make progress towards reaching cash flow breakeven.”

Summary Results
 

 

Six months ended
June 30,

 

Three months ended
June 30,

 

 

2022
(unaudited)

2021
(unaudited)

Change

2022
(unaudited)

2021
(unaudited)

Change

Vehicles Sold

43,668

20,454

+113%

23,955

10,692

+124%

Retail

30,386

16,557

+84%

17,033

8,772

+94%

Wholesale

13,282

3,897

+241%

6,922

1,920

+261%

Revenue (£m)1

628

248

+153%

333

136

+145%

Retail (£m)1

502

208

+141%

271

112

+142%

Wholesale (£m)

83

13

+549%

41

7

+486%

Other (£m)1

43

27

+57%

21

17

+24%

UK Retail GPU (£)2

226

315

(89)

309

467

(158)

Gross Profit (£m)

3

11

(8)

2

8

(6)

Gross Margin (%)

0.5%

4.6%

(4.1)%pts

0.5%

5.6%

(5.1)%pts

Loss for the period (£m)

(243)

(102)

(141)

 

 

 

Adj. EBITDA (£m)3,4

(175)

(69)

(106)

 

 

 

Adj. EBITDA Margin (%)5

(27.9%)

(27.9%)

+0.0%pts

 

 

 

1 Retail revenue’ excludes £6m of sales in H1 2022 where Cazoo sold vehicles as an agent for third parties and only the net commission received from those sales is recorded within ?Retail revenue’ (H1 2021: £7m). ?Other revenue’ includes ancillary products, subscription, remarketing and servicing income.

2

 

UK Retail GPU (Gross Profit per Unit) is derived from UK retail and ancillary product revenues, divided by UK retail units sold (net of returns). ?UK Retail GPU’ was previously referred to as ?Retail GPU’ as we did not have non-UK retail revenues prior to December 2021. H1 2022 UK Retail GPU excludes de minimis EU retail unit sales and EU gross loss.

3

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as loss for the period, adjusted for tax, finance income/expense, depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangible assets, share based payment expense, fair value movement and foreign exchange movement in warrants and convertible notes and exceptional items.

4

For a reconciliation to the most directly comparable measure under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) see the section titled “Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation”.

5

Adjusted EBITDA margin represents the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to Revenue.

First Half 2022 Financial and Strategic highlights

  • Record revenues of £628 million, up 153% YoY, driven by strong retail revenue growth
  • Vehicles sold up 113% YoY to 43,668 as the Company’s strong growth trajectory continued
  • UK Retail GPU of £226, impacted by H2 2021 investments in reconditioning and car buying launch
  • Continued to improve reconditioning capabilities with record UK website inventory at June 30, 2022
  • Raised $630 million from the issuance of convertible notes to support continued investment in growth

Second Quarter 2022 Financial and Strategic highlights

  • Revenue up 145% YoY to £333 million, driven by strong retail and wholesale revenue growth
  • Vehicles sold up 124% YoY to 23,955 as demand continues to grow despite a tough economic backdrop
  • UK Retail GPU of £309 in Q2 2022, 2.5x higher than Q1 2022 as we generate efficiencies across business
  • Strong momentum from car buying channel with over 30% of retail sales sourced directly from consumers
  • Successfully implemented realignment plan to right-size the business and position us for profitable growth

Cash flow and liquidity

  • Cash position of £401m as of June 30, 2022, and over £175m of self-financed inventory
  • Capital expenditure was £33m in H1 2022 as the Company invested further in its infrastructure
  • It is anticipated that capex spend will be lower in H2 as was weighted heavily to the first half of the year
  • Net outflow of £70m to fund vehicles during H1 2022 which is expected to be partially financed in H2
  • Approximately £80m of cash-financed inventory will be realised over next 18m from subscription inventory

Current trading and outlook

We are very pleased by our strong performance in Q2 and remain confident in achieving the guidance for the year that we set out with the announcement of the realignment plan on June 7, 2022. Despite the weak macroeconomic environment affecting growth in other retail sectors, we have maintained our strong momentum into Q3 with record retail unit sales and revenues in July, whilst also growing our UK website inventory to record levels.

Our business realignment plan is progressing well, and we remain laser focused on profitability and cash generation. In that context, we are currently conducting a strategic review of our business in mainland Europe, with the aim of further reducing our cash burn and ensuring that the Company has a plan which materially reduces the requirement to raise any additional external funding.

The UK used car market remains by far the largest in Europe, with approximately 8m transactions annually worth over £100bn. Digital penetration remains tiny, materially behind those levels seen in almost every other retail sector. We continue to believe that our market leading platform, brand, team and infrastructure position us very well to realise our ambitions of achieving a 5% or greater share of the sizeable UK used car market over time.

Chief Financial Officer Change

The Company today also announces the appointment of Paul Woolf as Chief Financial Officer, who will join and succeed Stephen Morana during Q4 of this year. Mr Morana will remain in his current role until Mr Woolf joins to ensure a seamless transition.

Mr Woolf joins from Graphcore having previously acted as Chief Financial Officer at UK-listed Mitie Group PLC, and a number of international private equity backed companies including CPA Global, Virgin Active, Birds Eye Iglo and The Automobile Association. Mr Woolf holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford.

Alex Chesterman OBE, Founder & CEO of Cazoo, commented “I am delighted to welcome Paul to the Cazoo team. He has a proven and strong record as Chief Financial Officer of a number of leading international businesses across a variety of sectors and we look forward to benefitting from his wealth of experience as we continue to scale our operations while remaining laser-focused on cash preservation and our path to profitability. I would like to thank Stephen for his notable contributions, including leading the Company through its NYSE listing, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Stephen Morana added “I have really enjoyed my time at Cazoo. The pace of growth has been incredible to see and I am highly confident in the team’s ability to continue to build an amazing and highly profitable company.”

Conference Call

Cazoo will host a conference call today, August 2, 2022, at 8 a.m. ET. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 1-877-704-6255, or for international callers, 1-215-268-9947. A webcast of the call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Company’s website at
https://investors.cazoo.co.uk.

Continued Listing Standards

The Company received a notice on July 15, 2022 from the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) that Cazoo is not in compliance with the continued listing standards set forth in Rule 802.01C of the NYSE Listed Company Manual that require listed companies to maintain an average closing share price of at least $1.00 over a consecutive 30 trading-day period.

On July 28, 2022, the Company notified the NYSE of its intent to cure the deficiency, to the extent required, in line with the cure period designated under the NYSE rules, including, if necessary, via a share consolidation which would be subject to Board and shareholder approval.

The Company’s Class A ordinary shares will continue to be listed and trade on the NYSE during this period, subject to the Company’s compliance with other NYSE continued listing standards. The Company’s receipt of the notice does not affect the Company’s business, operations or reporting requirements with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Cazoo - www.cazoo.co.uk

Our mission is to transform the car buying and selling experience across the UK & Europe by providing better selection, value, transparency, convenience and peace of mind. Our aim is to make buying or selling a car no different to ordering any other product online, where consumers can simply and seamlessly buy, sell or finance a car entirely online for delivery or collection in as little as 72 hours. Cazoo was founded in 2018 by serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman OBE and is a publicly traded company .

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbour” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The expectations, estimates, and projections of the business of Cazoo may differ from its actual results and, consequently, you should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “strategy,” “future,” “opportunity,” “plan,” “may,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are predictions, projections and other statements about future events that are based on current expectations and assumptions and, as a result, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release, including but not limited to: (1) the implementation of and expected benefits from our business realignment plan and cost-saving initiatives; (2) realizing the benefits expected from the business combination (the “Business Combination”) with Ajax I; (3) achieving the expected revenue growth and effectively managing growth; (4) executing Cazoo’s growth strategy in the UK and Europe; (5) achieving and maintaining profitability in the future; (6) global inflation and cost increases for labor, fuel, materials and services; (7) geopolitical and macroeconomic conditions and their impact on prices for goods and services and on consumer discretionary spending; (8) having access to suitable and sufficient vehicle inventory for resale to customers and reconditioning and selling inventory expeditiously and efficiently; (9) availability of credit for vehicle financing and the affordability of interest rates; (10) increasing Cazoo’s service offerings and price optimization; (11) effectively promoting Cazoo’s brand and increasing brand awareness; (12) expanding Cazoo’s product offerings and introducing additional products and services; (13) enhancing future operating and financial results; (14) acquiring and integrating other companies; (15) acquiring and protecting intellectual property; (16) attracting, training and retaining key personnel; (17) complying with laws and regulations applicable to Cazoo’s business; (18) successfully deploying the proceeds from the Business Combination and the issuance of $630 million of convertible notes to an investor group led by Viking Global Investors; and (19) other risks and uncertainties set forth in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in the Report on Form 6-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) by Cazoo Group Ltd on June 9, 2022. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the disclosure included in other documents filed by Cazoo from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Cazoo assumes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Cazoo gives no assurance that it will achieve its expectations.

Cautionary Statement

The financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, and as of June 30, 2022, presented in this announcement are preliminary, unaudited and represent the most recent current information available to Cazoo’s management. Preliminary financial results are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are not within Cazoo’s control. Cazoo’s actual results may differ from these estimated financial results, including due to the completion of its financial closing procedures, final adjustments that may arise between the date of this press release and the time that financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, and as of June 30, 2022, are finalized, and such differences may be material. In addition, these financial results do not reflect important limitations, qualifications and details that will be included in the full financial statements to be included in a Report on Form 6-K to be filed with the SEC. The preliminary results included herein have been prepared by, and are the responsibility of, Cazoo’s management. Cazoo’s independent registered public accounting firm has not audited, reviewed, compiled, or performed any procedures with respect to this information. Accordingly, Cazoo’s independent registered public accounting firm does not express an opinion or any other form of assurance with respect thereto.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This release includes certain financial measures not based on IFRS, including Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin (together, the “Non-IFRS Measures”)

In addition to Cazoo’s results determined in accordance with IFRS, the Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information for management and investors to assess the underlying performance of the business as they remove the effect of certain non-cash items and certain charges that are not indicative of Cazoo’s core operating performance or results of operations. Cazoo believes that non-IFRS financial information, when taken collectively with financial measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, may be helpful to investors because it provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating Cazoo’s ongoing operating results and trends and because it provides consistency and comparability with past financial performance. However, Cazoo’s management does not consider non-IFRS measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are presented for supplemental informational purposes only, have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the analysis of other IFRS financial measures, such as loss for the period. Some of the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin include that they do not reflect the impact of working capital requirements or capital expenditures and other companies in Cazoo’s industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin differently, or use a different accounting standard such as U.S. GAAP, which limits their usefulness as comparative measures. Cazoo urges investors to review the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to loss for the period included below, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate its business.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as loss for the period adjusted for tax, net finance expense, depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangible assets, share-based payment expense, fair value movement and foreign exchange movement in warrants and convertible notes and exceptional items.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to revenue.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
For the six months ended:
 

 

 

Jun-22

 

Jun-21

 

Change

 

 

£'m

 

£'m

 

£'m

Revenue1

 

628

 

248

 

380

Cost of sales

 

(625)

 

(237)

 

(388)

Gross profit

 

3

 

11

 

(8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing expenses

 

(45)

 

(29)

 

(16)

Selling and distribution expenses

 

(57)

 

(20)

 

(37)

Administrative expenses2

 

(288)

 

(70)

 

(218)

Loss from operations2

 

(387)

 

(108)

 

(279)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net finance expense3

 

(22)

 

(1)

 

(21)

Other income and expenses4

 

158

 

-

 

158

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax

 

(251)

 

(109)

 

(142)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax credit

 

8

 

7

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

 

(243)

 

(102)

 

(141)

1 Revenue excludes £6m of sales in H1 2022 where Cazoo sold vehicles as an agent for third parties and only the net commission received from those sales is recorded within revenue (H1 2021: £7m).
2  Current period includes a non-cash impairment charge of £135m largely related to actions taken in the Company's business realignment plan
3  Current period includes £13m finance expense on convertible notes, of which £10m is non-cash
4  Other income and expenses includes fair value movement and foreign exchange movement in warrants and convertible notes
ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION
 
 

Reconciliation of loss for the period to adjusted EBITDA

 

 

Jun-22

 

Jun-21

 

 

£'m

 

£'m

Loss for the period

 

(243)

 

(102)

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

Tax credit

 

(8)

 

(7)

Net finance expense

 

22

 

1

Depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangible assets1

 

169

 

15

Share-based payment expense

 

35

 

13

Fair value movement and foreign exchange movement in warrants and convertible notes

 

(158)

 

-

Exceptional items2

 

8

 

11

Total adjustments

 

68

 

33

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

(175)

 

(69)

 

Current period includes a non-cash impairment charge of £135m largely related to actions taken in the Company's business realignment plan

Exceptional items include restructuring costs of £7m with the remainder primarily related to transaction costs incurred on the acquisition of brumbrum

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
As at:
 

 

 

Jun-22

 

Dec-21

 

 

£'m

 

£'m

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment and right-of-use assets1

 

363

 

273

Goodwill and intangible assets

 

195

 

262

Inventory2

 

374

 

365

Cash and cash equivalents

 

401

 

193

Other net working capital

 

(40)

 

-

Loans and borrowings (current)3

 

(222)

 

(181)

Loans and borrowings (non-current)3

 

(63)

 

(68)

Convertible notes and embedded derivative

 

(360)

 

-

Warrants

 

(6)

 

(43)

Lease liabilities

 

(120)

 

(90)

Net assets

 

522

 

711

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Share capital, share premium and merger reserve

 

1,347

 

1,323

Retained earnings

 

(827)

 

(611)

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

2

 

(1)

Total equity

 

522

 

711

1 Property, plant and equipment and right-of-use assets includes £168m of subscription vehicles (Dec-21: £104m)

2

Inventory consists of vehicles purchased, direct and indirect vehicle reconditioning costs, including parts and labor and inbound transportation costs. Inventory includes vehicles which have been ordered but not delivered which remain in inventory until the revenue is recognized

3

Loans and borrowings (current and non-current) for the current period comprises entirely of stocking loans and facilities used to finance subscription vehicles (Dec-21: £245m)
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
For the six months ended:
 

 

 

Jun-22

 

Jun-21

 

 

£'m

 

£'m

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

 

(243)

 

(102)

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Tax credit

 

(8)

 

(7)

Net finance expense

 

22

 

1

Depreciation, amortization and impairment of intangible assets1

 

169

 

15

Share-based payment expense

 

35

 

13

Fair value movement in warrants and convertible notes

 

(158)

 

-

 

 

(183)

 

(80)

Movement in inventory

 

(8)

 

(12)

Movement in subscription vehicles

 

(62)

 

-

Other working capital movements

 

38

 

37

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(215)

 

(55)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(18)

 

(35)

Purchases and development of intangible assets

 

(15)

 

(5)

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

 

(34)

 

(80)

Other investing activities

 

18

 

-

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(49)

 

(120)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

Net proceeds from issue of convertible loan notes

 

460

 

-

Vehicle financing activities

 

29

 

(1)

Other financing activities

 

(24)

 

(8)

Net cash from financing activities

 

465

 

(9)

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

201

 

(184)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

193

 

244

Net foreign exchange difference

 

7

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

401

 

60

 

Current period includes a non-cash impairment charge of £135m largely related to actions taken in the Company's business realignment plan

 

Contacts

Investor Relations:
Cazoo: Robert Berg, Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Finance, investors@cazoo.co.uk
ICR: cazoo@icrinc.com

Media:
Cazoo: Lawrence Hall, Group Communications Director, lawrence.hall@cazoo.co.uk
Brunswick: Chris Blundell/Simone Selzer +44 20 7404 5959 / cazoo@brunswickgroup.com