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A step change for Adairs

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A step change for Adairs

As small cap investors, we are constantly seeking money-making opportunities arising from change events. We look for the emergence of specific structural or cyclical factors which have the potential to open up new markets, drive earnings higher or alter market perceptions about business quality or valuation. Last week we were encouraged by news that one of our portfolio holdings, homewares retailer Adairs (ASX:ADH), had agreed to acquire fast-growing, pure-play online furniture retailer, Mocka. 

We see this deal as representing a step-change event for the company; adding a large adjacent market with low online penetration that should accelerate earnings growth and improve perceived quality, resulting in a meaningful re-rate in the shares. With the recent share price spike, we have already captured some of this upside but think there is plenty more to go.


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The Montgomery Small Companies Fund own shares in Adairs. This article was prepared 09 December with the information we have today, and our view may change. It does not constitute formal advice or professional investment advice. If you wish to trade Adairs you should seek financial advice.


Dominic is the Portfolio Manager of the Montgomery Small Companies Fund. Dominic joined Montgomery in August 2019 after spending thirteen years specialising in smaller companies in portfolio management and equities research. Most recently, Dominic was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst at MHOR Asset Management in Sydney for three years. Prior to this, he ran Deutsche Bank’s Small Caps Equity Research Team in Sydney for six years. He was also previously Head of Research at Foster Stockbroking.  

This post was contributed by a representative of Montgomery Investment Management Pty Limited (AFSL No. 354564). The principal purpose of this post is to provide factual information and not provide financial product advice. Additionally, the information provided is not intended to provide any recommendation or opinion about any financial product. Any commentary and statements of opinion however may contain general advice only that is prepared without taking into account your personal objectives, financial circumstances or needs. Because of this, before acting on any of the information provided, you should always consider its appropriateness in light of your personal objectives, financial circumstances and needs and should consider seeking independent advice from a financial advisor if necessary before making any decisions. This post specifically excludes personal advice.

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