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Quick Byte #2: Cover-More

Quick Byte #2: Cover-More

Following on from yesterday’s Quick Byte on the outcomes of the UBS Emerging Companies conference, today we’re taking a look at our analysts’ notes on Cover-More.

Like the handwritten notes on a uni student’s lecture pad, they’re rough and ready and in no way intended to be conclusive. You can’t base an investment process on a few lines of hand-written notes, but they may just add to the dialogue. Be sure to seek and take personal professional advice before engaging in any securities transaction.

Cover-More (ASX: CVO)

  • Standing room only – significantly more attendees for CVO than any other presentation
  • Favourable impression of CEO
  • Travel insurance a highly specialised part of the broader insurance market
  • Particular requirement to be able to integrate into travel agent systems; assist the travel agent in selling
  • CVO a sophisticated user of technology. Appear to be effective at using data to identify opportunities, profile customers, prompt sales opportunities and to improve conversion rates. Some big uplifts said to be experienced by channel partners on adopting CVO systems
  • Significant scope for margin improvement. CVO has claims processing capacity in several countries, starting to find savings in moving volume to lower cost centres
  • Summary: CVO have a strong domestic market share, indicating barriers to competition/ability to work effectively with channel partners, notably Flight Centre. With Flight Centre a globally competitive operator, this suggests scope for CVO to succeed in fast-growing Asian markets. Given systems orientation and lack of underwriting risk, it may be better to think of CVO as something more than an insurance business.
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4 Comments

  1. An interesting company, however I am interested in there reasoning for such high pay out ratios. In today’s FY results, dividends for the year ( 2014 FY and 2015 Interim Dividends) was nearly 100% of cash flow from operating activities. I question whether management are interested in the the long term performance of the business or the short term movement of the share price post IPO.
    Your thoughts would be appreciated,
    Regards,
    Sam

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