The ASX reporting wrap-up: A2 Milk, Woolworths, Appen

Just what the investor ordered. Here’s a recap of the companies that reported on Thursday…

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Well, what a mammoth day for reporting on the ASX. Investors were inundated with full-year report after full-year report — we don’t blame you if you’re still working your way through some of those announcements.

Unfortunately, the higher number of earnings released did not coincide with a better outcome for the broader market.

Out of the companies listed in the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO), only 72 rose or remained flat — the remaining 128 slipped lower.

We’ll quickly unpack today’s results and then wrap things back up for tomorrow:

Those that reported on the ASX today

A2 Milk Company Ltd (ASX: A2M)

Shares in A2 Milk took the elevator downwards after the company reported its FY21 full-year results. As border closures continue to impact the daigou sales channel, the infant formula maker incurred significant damage to its revenue and earnings.

The takeaway points:

The A2 Milk Company share price finished the day down 12.32% trading at $6.01.

Woolworths Group Ltd (ASX: WOW)

The Woolworths share price was a more positive performer following its reporting of full-year results for FY21.

Shares in the supermarket giant inched 0.42% higher to $40.99 on the back of a major jump in earnings. The company also announced a $2 billion buyback and a bumper dividend to boot.

The takeaway points:

  • Group sales rose 5.7% to $67,278 million
  • e-Commerce sales surged 58.1% to $5,602 million
  • Group earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased 13.7% to $3,663 million
  • Group net profit after tax up 22.9% to $1,972 million
  • Final dividend of 55 cents per share

Appen Ltd (ASX: APX)

Lastly, the Appen share price plummeted on the ASX today after reporting its earnings fell more than 50% in its FY21 result. Investors were clearly rattled by the decrease, resulting in the tech company’s shares falling 21.4% to $10.86 by the end of the session.

The takeaway points:

  • Group revenue down 2% to US$196.6 million
  • Annual contract value increased 16% to US$119.6 million
  • Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) down 14.3% to US$27.7 million
  • Interim dividend of AUD4.5 cents per share 50% franked declared, flat on 1H20 dividend.
  • Net profit after tax down 55.1% to US$6.7 million
  • Appen to acquire location data provider Quandrant for US$25 million upfront
  • Outlook: higher confidence in the pipeline supported by a stronger order book

ASX shares reporting next week

We might have reached the peak of the ASX reporting mountain today. However, tomorrow we embark on the journey back down with a handful of companies dispensing their results.

Some of the big-name companies set to release their financials tomorrow include BWX Limited (ASX: BWX), Freedom Foods Group Ltd (ASX: FNP), Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES), Bega Cheese Ltd (ASX: BGA), and Pointsbet Holdings Ltd (ASX: PBH).

To see the full line-up, check out our ASX Reporting Season Calendar.

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