Top ASX shares to buy in August 2022

These are the stocks our Foolish writers think would make A+ purchases this month.

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With the August earnings season about to kick off, ASX companies big and small will soon turn in their report cards for mums, dads (and every other type of investor!) to judge their progress.

But before the bell rings on the duxes and drop-outs, we asked our Foolish contributors to let us know which ASX shares they reckon will top the class in the long run. Here is what the team came up with:

7 best ASX shares for August 2022 (smallest to largest)

  • Lindsay Australia Limited (ASX: LAU), $144.95 million
  • Electro Optic Systems Holdings Ltd (ASX: EOS), $148.86 million
  • Ansarada Group Ltd (ASX: AND), $164.82 million
  • Temple & Webster Group Ltd (ASX: TPW), $637.52 million
  • Charter Hall Long WALE REIT (ASX: CLW), $3.29 billion
  • Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE), $8.84 billion
  • South32 Ltd (ASX: S32), $17.63 billion

(Market capitalisations as of 31 July 2022)

Why our Foolish writers love these ASX shares

Lindsay Australia Limited

What it does: Lindsay Australia is an integrated transport, logistics, and rural supply company. It has a large and growing fleet of road and rail transport, along with more than 40 rural supply stores and transport depots.

By Bernd Struben: The Lindsay share price has gained around 17% so far in 2022, despite skyrocketing fuel costs. Even following that gain, the stock trades at a reasonable price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 20 times. And, I believe it has strong growth potential with the end-to-end solutions the company provides to Australia's farmers by simplifying transport and logistics issues across the agricultural sector. That's particularly relevant in light of a growing global food crunch.

In its FY22 first-half (H1) results, Lindsay reported a 20.2% year-on-year increase in underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA), which reached $31.4 million. The company also continues to expand its rail fleet, adding 50 refrigerated containers in H1, bringing the total to 350.

Lindsay is also a reliable dividend payer, with a current trailing dividend yield of 3.96%, unfranked.

Motley Fool contributor Bernd Struben does not own shares of Lindsay Australia Limited.

Electro Optic Systems Holdings Ltd

What it does: Electro Optic Systems (EOS) is an Australian-owned and operated defence, space and communications company.

By Aaron Teboneras: EOS designs, manufactures and exports advanced technology systems. Key applications include sensors and systems for space domain awareness, optical, microwave and on-the-move satellite products, and remote weapons systems.

With the EOS share price currently trading not far off multi-year lows at 91 cents, I believe this has created an attractive buying opportunity for long-term investors.

Defence capabilities among Australia and its allies have been growing in importance since Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. This has highlighted a need among many EOS customers, including NATO, to increase their defence expenditure.

In FY2021, EOS reported record revenue of $211.8 million. That was 17.5% higher than what it achieved in FY2020 ($180.2 million). The company expects FY22 revenue to be equal to or higher than FY21.

Furthermore, the defence contractor continues to heavily invest in the future, particularly in its SpaceLink division. The total addressable market for this is estimated to be around US$2 billion per annum from 2024.

Motley Fool contributor Aaron Teboneras owns shares of Electro Optic Systems Holdings Ltd.

Ansarada Group Ltd

What it does: Ansarada is a provider of specialised cloud-based software addressing the needs of companies and organisations requiring data management solutions for managing mergers and acquisitions, tender processes, and board meetings.

By Mitchell Lawler: The tech sector has been punished so far in 2022. However, while it is not uncommon to find small-cap ASX tech shares showing falls of more than 40% on a year-to-date basis, the Ansarada share price has been somewhat resilient, retracing 19% since the start of the year.

Notably, the reduction in the company's share price has coincided with sustained growth across key metrics. Last week, Ansarada released its fourth-quarter results for FY22. Positively, revenue increased 43% year-on-year (YoY) to $12.9 million, accompanied by customer growth of 52% YoY.

With an impressive staple of clients, zero debt, and $22 million in cash, I believe Ansarada is currently a relatively well-positioned company.

Motley Fool contributor Mitchell Lawler owns shares of Ansarada Group Ltd.

Temple & Webster Group Ltd

What it does: Temple & Webster is the largest, online-only retailer of furniture and homewares in Australia. A majority of the 200,000 products for sale on the company's website are held and directly despatched to customers by external suppliers. Temple & Webster also has a growing private-label range.

By Tristan Harrison: The Temple & Webster share price has fallen heavily in 2022, which I think has created an opportunistic time to buy.

The company continues to grow strongly, with its latest trading update showing 23% revenue growth year-on-year.

The ASX retailer is adding new growth avenues, such as its 'The Build' website for home improvement. It's also aiming to boost its productivity and customer experience by investing in areas such as data, personalisation, AI, augmented reality and logistics.  

I believe greater scale can benefit Temple & Webster's unit economics and enable further re-investment. Plus, it's considering "opportunistic inorganic activity", meaning potential acquisitions.

Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison does not own shares of Temple & Webster Group Ltd.

Charter Hall Long WALE REIT

What it does: Charter Hall Long WALE REIT is a real estate investment trust (REIT). It owns a portfolio of properties with long weighted average lease expiries (WALE).

By Sebastian Bowen: I believe Charter Hall Long WALE REIT is an investment worth considering as we head into the last month of winter. This property trust specialises in holding real estate assets with long WALEs, as its name implies. These include distribution centres, offices, and pubs, among others.

Many of these properties are held with lease agreements spanning more than a decade, with inflation-linked rental increases built into many. This arguably provides investors today with much-needed certainty in an uncertain investing environment.

Even better, on recent pricing, this REIT offers a trailing distribution yield of close to 7%. As such, it could well be worth a look this August.

Motley Fool contributor Sebastian Bowen owns units of Charter Hall Long WALE REIT.

Treasury Wine Estates Ltd

What it does: Treasury Wine is the maker, marketer, and supplier of iconic Australian wine brands including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, and 19 Crimes.

By Brooke CooperThe Treasury Wine share price has had a rough trot over the last few years.

It's been impacted by the pandemic, Chinese tariffs on Australian wine, and general market weakness.

In fact, the stock is around 24% lower than it was at the start of 2020, trading at $12.25. However, brokers are tipping a turnaround.

Morgans has slapped Treasury Wines shares with an 'add' rating and a $13.93 price target.

The broker believes the company is gearing up to post a few years of strong earnings growth, starting with the six months ended 30 June.

Motley Fool contributor Brooke Cooper does not own shares of Treasury Wine Estates Ltd.

South32 Ltd

What it does: South32 is one of Australia's largest miners. It has a portfolio of world-class assets across a range of locations and commodities, including aluminium, copper, and nickel.

By James Mickleboro: I think South32 shares could be a top option for investors in August. Last month, the miner released its fourth quarter and FY2022 production update and revealed it had another solid year despite battling weather, COVID, and labour headwinds.

In light of this, and the strong prices South32 is commanding for a number of the commodities it produces, the company appears well-placed to deliver bumper free cash flow when it releases its full-year results later this month. And thanks to its strong balance sheet, this could potentially mean big dividends for shareholders.

Looking ahead, I believe the future is bright for South32 due to its exposure to commodities that are integral to the decarbonisation megatrend. So with its shares changing hands for just 0.75x net asset value, compared to Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) at ~1.4x, this could make South32 great value today.

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro does not own shares of South32 Ltd.

The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Ansarada Group Limited, Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited, Lindsay Australia Limited, and Temple & Webster Group Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Ansarada Group Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited, Lindsay Australia Limited, Temple & Webster Group Ltd, and Treasury Wine Estates Limited. 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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