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Admiral Earnings: Admiral Continues To Demonstrate Its Competitive Advantage With Pricing Progress

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At a broad level, we believe Admiral ADM has reported results for the first six months of the year that are in line with our full-year forecasts. However, the shape of the results within each line of business is different from what we have forecast. Admiral has delivered profit before tax of GBP 233.9 million year to date, or GBX 57.6 in earnings per share, versus our GBP 468.1 million and GBX 1.16 in profit before tax and earnings per share for the full year, respectively. Admiral’s year-to-date figures imply a profit before tax and EPS of GBP 467.8 million and GBX 1.15. We think that EPS is however below that of the GBX 123.47 as per Refinitiv collected consensus. With shareholders’ equity of GBP 928.6 million, Admiral has delivered a 39% return to shareholders, higher than the 36% return on equity delivered in last year’s first six months. That means Admiral is currently looking a lot better than our 35.2% full-year ROE forecast. We apply a 9% cost of capital to Admiral and so we maintain our rating of narrow economic moat. We also maintain our GBP 30.7 per share estimate of fair value as we look to be about right on our full-year forecasts.

The interim dividend proposed is GBX 51 per share, representing a 65% post-tax profits payout ratio, and made up of GBX 38 per share normal dividend and GBX 13 per share special, and the stock trades excluding this dividend on Sept. 7, and it will be paid on October 6th. The company’s solvency ratio has improved to 182% since the end of last year, a rise of 2 percentage points. This is primarily the result of a rise in eligible own funds. That is post-payment of the final dividend in relation to last year’s earnings.

Total group customers are 9.41 million, a rise versus the same six months last year of 4%. Insurance revenue, influenced by pricing, has risen by 14%. The Group combined ratio has improved by 2.7 percentage points, mainly driven by 2.4 percentage points of loss ratio development.

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Henry Heathfield, CFA, is an equity analyst for Morningstar Holland BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers insurance.

Before joining Morningstar in 2016, Heathfield spent five years as a European and U.K. generalist at Silchester International Investors and three years at Redmayne-Bentley Stockbrokers.

Heathfield holds a bachelor’s degree from Nottingham Trent University and a master’s degree in finance from the London Business School.

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