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LKQ’s Consistent Parts Availability and Product Breadth Will Support Its Recovery in 2021

Dawit Woldemariam Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Dawit Woldemariam |

After taking a fresh look at our thesis on LKQ, we’re maintaining our $38 fair value estimate. Vehicle miles driven dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic and have since started to recover. We expect vehicle miles driven to return to 2019 levels in the near term. The number of auto claims is another major driver for alternative parts demand, which we expect will increase as more vehicles return to roadways, benefiting LKQ’s collision parts business. We think the company’s mechanical parts will also see an uplift as the average age of vehicles remains elevated.

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Company Profile

Business Description

LKQ is a leading global distributor of non-OEM automotive parts. Initially formed in 1998 as a consolidator of auto salvage operations in the United States, it has since greatly expanded its scope to include distribution of new mechanical and collision parts, specialty auto equipment, and remanufactured and recycled parts in both Europe and North America. It still maintains its auto salvage business and owns over 75 LKQ pick- your-part junkyards. Separate from the self-service business, LKQ purchases over 300,000 salvage automobiles annually that are used to extract parts for resale. Globally, LKQ maintains approximately 1,700 facilities.

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500 West Madison Street, Suite 2800
Chicago, IL, 60661
T +1 312 621-1950
Sector Consumer Cyclical
Industry Auto Parts
Most Recent Earnings Mar 31, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2021
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 44,000

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