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Thorn Group share price surges 30% on quarterly report

The Thorn Group Ltd (ASX: TGA) share price surged 30% on Friday to close the day at 13 cents. The rise in the Thorn Group share price came following the release of the company’s quarterly report.

What was in the announcement?

The company announced that the closure of its Radio Rentals stores was completed. According to Thorn group, the company had initially closed its stores temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic, later deciding to close them permanently. The store closures were completed at the end of May 2020 with significant redundancies occurring as a result. The company’s Radio Rentals business now utilises a purely online model which onboards customers digitally. Progress was made towards the development of this new structure during the second quarter of 2020.

Thorn reported that its business finance division faced difficulties during the second quarter of 2020 due to reduced cash repayments from customers. The company is in discussion with the lenders of its warehouse funding trust about relief options.  

In the June quarter of 2020, Thorn Group had positive cash flow of $45.5 million. This came as receipts from previously written lease contracts exceeded operating expenses and outgoings for new leases.

Thorn Group paid off $21.3 million of debt funding in the June quarter along with $2 million of its corporate debt facility. 

The company is currently undergoing cost reductions and collecting receivables from its Radio Rentals business after remodelling this division into an online business. It expects both these initiatives to be cash positive for the group. 

At the end of the June quarter, Thorn Group had $71.8 million in cash. This compared to $49.6 million cash at the end of the March quarter.

About the Thorn Group share price

Thorn is a financial services company that provides leasing and financing to consumers and businesses.

In December 2019, Thorn Group settled a class action brought against the company for $25 million. The class action was related to the previous lending practices of its Radio Rentals business.

The Thorn Group share price is up 333% from its 52 week low of 3 cents, however, it is down 40.9% since the beginning of the year. The company’s share price is also down 53.6% since this time last year.

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