Caffyns reports pre-tax profits of £4.39m thanks to bumper sales of used cars

  • 2021 financial results shows ‘significant’ uplift in profits and revenue
  • ‘Buoyant used car market’ boosted company’s performance
  • ‘Outlook depends on consumer confidence’, says boss

Time 9:39 am, May 27, 2022

Dealer group Caffyns has reported a strong set of 2021 financial results thanks to bumper sales of used cars.

Announced via the London Stock Exchange this morning (May 27), results for the year ended March 31, 2022 show profit before tax came to £4.39m – a ‘significant improvement’ on the £1.42m recorded the year before.

Revenue jumped by 36 per cent from £165.1m to £223.9m ‘due to a buoyant used car market’.

New car deliveries were hampered by the current industry shortage of new models, but Caffyns still reported deliveries were up by seven per cent.

Used car sales were up by 24 per cent and the company was buoyed by ‘significantly enhanced unit margins’ on secondhand cars.

Aftersales revenues, meanwhile, rose by 19 per cent to £19.2m.

During the year, the dealer group added MG and Lotus franchises to its Motorstore used car operation in Ashford, Kent.

Caffyns reported strong trading from its Volkswagen Group and Volvo brands, while its Vauxhall business in Ashford ‘performed in line with expectations’.

It noted that trading at its Motorstore branch remained ‘subdued’ thanks to the disruption caused by adding the MG and Lotus brands.

Caffyns also said it’ll be increasing its representation with Lotus in 2022 by adding a new dealership in Lewes, East Sussex, and will relocate its Volvo showroom in Worthing, West Sussex, to near-by Angmering adjacent to its Audi showroom.

The company also said it plans to dispose of its Land Rover dealership in Lewes. It said it expects this process, which involves the purchaser acquiring appropriate planning permission, to take two years.

The end-of-year results also showed Caffyns furloughed 88 employees in April 2021 and received £100,000 in furlough grants. A business rates relief saved the company £800,000.

Commenting on the results Simon Caffyn, chief executive, said: ‘The underlying profit before tax of £4.6m was a significant improvement on the prior year.

‘Despite limited new car supply, operating profits improved due to very buoyant trading in used cars and our strong focus on improving operational effectiveness.

‘The outlook will depend on consumer confidence, but we carry forward a strong new car order book and have substantially strengthened our balance sheet.’

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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