Our Value
A customer-centric company that provides customers with an effortless experience.
Our History
Established in 2014, Stealth Group Holdings has built a solid foundation through strategic events and achievements.
Leadership Team
Our leadership and management team are shareholders committed to delivering future success.
Directors
The Board of Directors are a well balanced, experienced team, established early to support high growth plans.
Corporate Governance
We are committed to administering the policies and procedures with openness and integrity, pursuing the true spirit of corporate governance commensurate with the Company’s needs.
Services & Solutions
Our product offering is supported by a vertically integrated solutions portfolio.
Products
We source from more than 1,500 suppliers across 19 countries – providing access to more than 300,000 products.
How We Supply Our Customers
Access to one million products, best prices, in-stock and available, value-add supply solutions, unmatched customer service.
Customers & Markets

With more than 5,500 business customers and 34,000 retail customers of all sizes, we provide customers with purchasing options and fulfilment solutions that are necessary in their everyday requirements.

Our Value
A customer-centric company that provides customers with an effortless experience.
Our History
Established in 2014, Stealth Group Holdings has built a solid foundation through strategic events and achievements.
Leadership Team
Our leadership and management team are shareholders committed to delivering future success.
Directors
The Board of Directors are a well balanced, experienced team, established early to support high growth plans.
Corporate Governance
We are committed to administering the policies and procedures with openness and integrity, pursuing the true spirit of corporate governance commensurate with the Company’s needs.
Services & Solutions
Our product offering is supported by a vertically integrated solutions portfolio.
Products
We source from more than 1,500 suppliers across 19 countries – providing access to more than 300,000 products.
How We Supply Our Customers
Access to one million products, best prices, in-stock and available, value-add supply solutions, unmatched customer service.
Customers & Markets

With more than 5,500 business customers and 34,000 retail customers of all sizes, we provide customers with purchasing options and fulfilment solutions that are necessary in their everyday requirements.

Stealth Global Holdings Ltd (“Stealth” or the “Company”) (ASX: SGI) is pleased to announce its financial results for the half-year ended 31 December 2022 (FY23), reporting another record performance.

 

1H FY23 Highlights

  • Record 1H Revenue achieved, being $52.4m (1H FY22: $44.3m from continuing operations), up 18.3%.
  • Record 1H Gross Profit achieved, being $15.2m (1H FY22: $13.2m from continuing operations), up 15.2%.
  • Strong Gross Profit Margin of 29.0% achieved (FY22: 30.2%, FY21: 29.0%, FY20 26.6%, FY19: 24.3%, FY18: 18.5%).
  • Record 1H Underlying EBITDA1 of $2.4m, up 41.2% (1H FY22: $1.7m from continuing operations).
  • Record 1H Statutory EBITDA1 of $2.2m, up 120.0% (1H FY22: $1.0m from continuing operations).
  • Record 1H NPAT attributable to members of $0.30m, up 1,647% (1H FY22: $0.02m from consolidated operations).
  • Record 1H Earnings per share attributable to members of 0.31 cents (1H FY22: 0.02 cents from consolidated operations).

Stealth Managing Director, Mike Arnold, said: “The Stealth Group has maintained its positive momentum and delivered another strong financial and operational performance in the first half of FY2023. We delivered record first half sales and earnings resulting from an aggressive organic growth plan, and full period contributions from recent acquisitions. Importantly, the business delivered growth in a challenging economic environment that required strong management of cost inflation, a tight labour market in Australia, and lingering COVID-19 related global supply chain disruptions”

“A key focus in CY2023 is the delivery of synergies from Skippers Transport Parts and United Tools and complete integration
with Stealth’s existing Heatley’s and ISG businesses. The success of our investments in all banners is driven by consolidation,
offering more range, cross selling, and more customer value to drive significant growth.”

“Looking forward, the business remains well placed with good growth opportunities and strategic initiatives that are delivering significant benefits. We are also accelerating targeted growth and value creation initiatives in areas that provide additional income sources across the supply chain upstream and downstream and market competitive advantage.”

1H FY23 Performance Overview

Revenue

Stealth achieved record half-year revenue of $52.4m, up $8.1m (18%) on 1H FY222 and up $23.7m (83%) on 1H FY212, as it continues to execute on its long-term growth strategy of building a stronger, larger, more relevant and diversified business holding an advantaged market position. Key drivers of revenue growth were positive demand conditions across all areas of the business, with strong conditions in Western Australia and Queensland as mining activity remained high. The result also included full period contributions from strategic acquisitions completed in FY22 including Skipper Transport Parts (STP) on 15 August 2021, United Tools Pty Ltd on 1 March 2022 and United Tools Albany on 2 May 2022.

Earnings

The Group achieved gross profit for the half-year of $15.2m, up 15% on 1H FY222 and 92% on 1H FY212 on the back of increased activity levels across the network. The Group achieved a gross profit margin of 29.0% in 1H FY23, broadly in line with 29.8% achieved for 1H FY222 and up 150bps on the 27.5% achieved in 1H FY212. This was achieved despite the challenging cost inflation environment, international supply chain high prices, shortages and disruptions. The worst of this is over and Stealth is well positioned to benefit from tailwinds in CY2023. More than 95 per cent of Stealth’s products are non-discretionary, placing Stealth in a strong position to withstand an economic downturn and pricing reset will benefit Stealth’s profitability.

Underlying Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, Amortisation (EBITDA)1 was $2.4 million, up 41.2% on $1.7 million reported for 1H FY22. Underlying EBITDA excludes investment and significant item costs of $0.2m ($0.7 million in 1H FY22) related to acquisition transaction costs and eCommerce technology platforms. Group Underlying EBITDA margin was 4.6%, up 21% on the 1H FY22 margin of 3.8% (from continuing operations).

Statutory Net Profit After Tax was a record $0.3 million, up 176% on the reported loss of $0.4 million (from continuing operations) in 1H FY22.

Cash Flow and Investments

Group Cash was $5.1 million as of 31 December, up on $4.7 million at 30 June 2022.

Operating cashflow was up strongly in the six-month period to $1.8 million from $0.3 million in 1H FY22, supporting capital expenditure of $0.3 million, and investment in e-commerce platforms and other intangibles of $0.3 million (1H FY22 $0.8 million and $0.3 million respectively).

Stealth’s balance sheet remained solid with growth funding capacity for the Group. Net debt including revolving working capital facilities (excluding property lease liabilities) was $10.0 million at 31 December 2022, down from $10.5 million at 31 December 2021. The Company’s Gearing Ratio decreased slightly to 39.5% at 31 December 2022 from 40.4% at 30 June 2022 and 41.6% as of 31 December 2021.

Of the $10.0 million net debt, $6.6 million relates to acquisitions (C&L Tool Centre in December 2020, Skipper Transport Parts in August 2021, United Tools Group in March 2022 and United Tools Albany in May 2022) Net debt at 30 June 2022 relating to acquisitions was $7.3 million, a reduction in the 6 months of $0.7 million.

$2.9 million of the of the $6.6 million is on a repayment schedule with Commonwealth Bank (CBA) at $0.4 million per quarter. This will be fully repaid by 30 June 2024. The remaining $3.7 million of the $6.6 million net debt relates to post-acquisition support (capital investment, working capital and trading) via working capital facilities.

The remaining balance of $3.4 million of the $10.0 million net debt, relates to working capital requirements of the business as it maintains its high growth trajectory. The level of total net debt remains below the Company’s target debt leverage ratio.

In November 2022, the Group further increased the available working capital facilities by $3.0 million with CBA to support further expansion requirements.

Dividends – Inaugural payment proposed for FY2024.

The Board has determined to pay an inaugural dividend for the period of FY2024. The dividend payout ratio will be between 30% and 40% of free cash flow applied to the full-year financial results, as contemplated within the Company’s Capital Management Framework (and dividend policy).

The payment of dividends is an important step in Stealth’s history and rewarding shareholders for their investment in our Company. The timeline has been determined by the final payment date of the Company’s acquisition fixed debt facility with Commonwealth Bank. This will be 30 June 2024. Until then, the Company will continue to make quarterly instalments of ~$400,000 until 30 June 2024. Thereafter these funds will be used in support of future investment and dividend programs.

The Board proposes to declare a fully franked dividend to shareholders. The Company will provide more details at its AGM in November 2023.

Strategy and Outlook

Strategy

Stealth continues to focus on its longer term 2025 growth strategy, of building a stronger, larger, more relevant and diversified business holding an advantaged market position.

The Company will continue to increase its scale, expand the number of store locations in its distribution network through both a Company store and Independent partner store model, penetrate existing and new market channels, as well its breadth across geographical, customer, supplier brands and product ranges.

Of the Top 25 companies listed in the WA stock exchange index, Stealth is now serving 17 of these companies. 12 months ago, it was only 6. This demonstrates the strengths of the business model, further supported by more than 95% of all products sold by Stealth being non-discretionary items.

The Company’s focus in CY2023 is on finalising the consolidation of acquisitions, extracting revenue and earnings synergies, and complete the pricing reset for margin improvement. Capital allocation will continue to be carefully managed, and internal investment will be placed in inventory, eCommerce, store and distribution centre upgrades.

Outlook

Trading has been very strong in the first two months of 2H FY23 (January and February). Group revenue is up 20.5% on 1H FY22 and Gross Profit earnings up 23.1% on 1H FY22.

Sales growth rates continue to be driven by robust underlying demand and inflation, with volume growth remaining broadly positive. Underlying demand for Stealth’s products is expected to remain strong in 2H FY23, with an expected improvement in the adverse construction and building conditions to support volumes.

While supply chain challenges have improved, they continue to be a risk to watch in 2H FY23, as will freight, fuel, and labour costs. There continues to be uncertainty over the level of inflation going forward and how the impact of inflation and other cost of living increases may impact consumer behaviour in the business and retail sectors.

Reassuringly, approximately 36% of stealth’s revenue is generated by end markets of mining, resources and infrastructure. These end markets remain strong with ongoing high demand for stealth’s products and services. High growth is expected to continue from these end markets. In addition, Stealth is defensively positioned with a broad customer base with more than 8,000 business customers and 34,000 retail customers of all sizes across all end markets and DIY, providing a wide range of products that are necessary to their everyday workplace requirements.

Stealth continues to see a clear path to deliver on its longer term 2025 targets of +$200m in annual revenue and +8% EBITDA.

Investor Presentation Webcast

Stealth will conduct a live webinar conference call and webcast to discuss the 1H Fy23 results. Details for registration will be provided separately to this announcement.

About Stealth Global Holdings

Industrial Supplies & Solutions for Every Workplace

Stealth Global Holdings Limited (ASX code: SGI) is a wide range distributor of industrial, safety, truck & automotive and workplace supplies and other related products and solutions. Headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, Stealth provides supplies and solutions for every workplace through its large distribution portfolio that extends across the end-to-end supply chain covering Business, Retail, Trade, and Specialist Wholesale. The core operating banners are: Heatley’s Safety & Industrial, C&L Tool Centre, Skipper Transport Parts, Industrial Supply Group and United Tools.

STEALTH GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED