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Bapcor and 1 other quality ASX share to add to your portfolio

Looking for 2 quality ASX shares to add to your investment portfolio?

I think Bapcor Ltd (ASX: BAP) and Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd (ASX: SOL) are worth taking a good look at.

Both have established market positions and strong long-term growth prospects.

Bapcor

Bapcor is the largest and leading second-hand car parts distributor in Australia and New Zealand. It has a range of brands under its umbrella including Burson, Autobarn and Autopro.

The company has grown its presence in both countries in recent years. It has achieved this through acquisitions and the expansion of its existing business chains. It has now grown to the point where it has a strong scale advantage against its major competitors.

Bapcor is also expanding into Thailand. This could provide it with a launching pad for further expansion across Asia.

Following a recent capital raising of $180 million, the company’s balance sheet is now much more robust. These funds will see it through prolonged downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bapcor was impacted harshly during the early phase of the pandemic. However, business activity now looks set to pick-up as lockdown restrictions are easing in both Australia and New Zealand.

The growth of the electric vehicles market could potentially be a long-term risk to Bapcor. Electric vehicles have far fewer parts and require significantly less maintenance than internal combustion engine cars. However, I don’t see this trend having any significant impact on Bapcor’s operating margins in the short-to-medium term.

Bapcor currently offers a fully franked forward annual dividend yield of 2.95%.

Soul Patts

Another quality ASX share to consider adding to your share portfolio is Soul Patts. It has investments in a wide range of industries. These span from pharmacies to telecommunications, mining and building products. This provides Soul Patts with a high level of diversification and helps make it a strong defensive share. It also helps provide Soul Patts with a buffer to any market volatility.

Soul Patts has a strong long-term track record of outperforming the ASX index. In addition, it has been listed on the ASX for over a century and has paid a dividend every year in that time.

The company also keeps significant levels of cash on its balance sheet. This places it in a strong position to snap up any future investment opportunities that may arise.

Soul Patts currently offers an attractive fully franked forward annual dividend yield of 2.99%.

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Motley Fool contributor Phil Harpur owns shares of Bapcor. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Bapcor and Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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