Why invest in us?

What sets us apart as an investment opportunity?

 

We aim to change how the UK shops for cars by providing the best online car buying experience, enabling all retailers to sell online.

While we seek to do things differently at every juncture of how we do business, below summarises five key traits that elevate us as a truly unique investment proposition.

1

Largest volume of in-market car buyers

Auto Trader has over 90% prompted brand awareness with consumers and attracts over 58 million cross platform visits each month. The audience is not only large but highly engaged, with an average of 561m minutes spent on Auto Trader each month and, when measured against competitors, we hold more than 75% share of minutes spent across all automotive classified sites. This scale, combined with our user experience, means we are the most effective sales platform for anyone wanting to sell a vehicle in the UK.

>90%

prompted brand awareness with consumers

>58m

cross platform visits on average each month in 2021

561m

minutes on average spent on AutoTrader each month in 2021


There is growing demand from consumers for more of the car buying process to be available online. Consumers believe that shifting to more of an online model will make comparing cars easier, avoid haggling and help in the research and understanding of ancillary products.

55%

of buyers would consider buying a used car online according to our research

2

The largest and most trusted automotive marketplace

Our marketplace hosts the largest number of vehicle sellers (listing 485,000 cars each day on average in the year) through our partnership with more than 13,300 retailers. Our marketplace provides our audience with an unrivalled choice of both new and used cars to meet all consumers’ needs. Auto Trader is the most trusted automotive classified brand in the UK.

Our leading digital automotive marketplace benefits from a network effect model whereby the largest volume of in-market car buyers generates the most effective response for our customers, who in turn provide consumers with the most extensive choice of trusted stock. We use the large volume of data we collect to enhance the car buying experience and create efficiencies for our customers.

485,000

live car stock on average per month in 2021

8.1m

car transactions in the UK in 2021

13,336

average retailer forecourts in 2021

>75%

of all minutes spent on automotive marketplaces are spent on the Auto Trader platform

4

Product innovation is digitalising the car buying process

The large volume of data, and the insight derived from it, powers everything that we do, from new product launches, through iterative feature changes, to enhancements of our search experience. We invest in our products to provide the best possible digital journey for the consumer and are building the component parts to allow more of the car buying process to be completed online.

5

Financially robust and strong cash generation

The highly cash generative nature of the business allows us to invest in long-term growth drivers and in more normal times to return cash to shareholders. Following an equity raise in April 2020 we have a robust balance sheet and are now in a net cash position.

A strong balance sheet

£152.9m

cash generated from operations in 2021

Continuing reduction of debt

0.0x

net debt/EBITDA ratio for 2021 (well below our covenant level of 3.5x)

Our revenue streams

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Whilst the current market is far from predictable, it’s a safe bet that those buyers looking to make a purchase early next year are looking at your adverts on our marketplace right now. So what do you need to do to prepare for January?👇https://t.co/qwwUW9oYTs
EVs have proven again to be a bright spot in the latest @SMMT figures says @IanJPlummer. Fuel anxiety, greater environmental awareness, and the ‘cool factor’ are all helping to drive sales. https://t.co/Liuj74ZpOF
The record growth we’ve seen in used car prices in recent months shows no signs of slowing with November marking the 20th month of consecutive price growth. So where are prices currently at and what we can expect in the near future. Find out now 👉 https://t.co/LknZuxwuiT https://t.co/9JDMTOzn2s
Did you know that 42% of buyers in January this year did their research in December 2020? With this trend set to continue this year, @AndrewKorpela shares some advice on how to entice January's buyers to your adverts right now, setting you up for success next year. https://t.co/uuCOTMTCcG
It's no secret that we've seen the number of buyers considering an electric vehicle grow through 2021. But are buyers really interested in electric vehicles and how does this translate into buying intent? Find out in our The Road to 2030 Report👉https://t.co/ag3HZOMpFT https://t.co/2EZcsZKEHO
We recently marked our 1 year anniversary since we launched RPM, our online learning platform for retailers. In the last 12 months, we’ve found that retailers who’ve attended these masterclasses go on to sell their vehicles 10% quicker! Find out more - https://t.co/gXfP03yPAA https://t.co/3X02xWECId
Auto Trader Connect is now live to all retailers who requested access and who's partners have integrated with us. Auto Trader Connect puts the power of real-time data in your hands, enabling you to more efficiently manage your forecourt. Find out more - https://t.co/ygKfaAbven https://t.co/B8XGCfI4xD
We're still seeing retailers underpricing stock. With demand still high, there is a huge opportunity to make additional profit by pricing to market. https://t.co/AFIvnD8cOt
Of all the sales in January 2021, 42% were the result of searches made in December 2020. Make sure you're advertising all of your stock now so that you can kick of 2022 with a bang. https://t.co/jOjKQRTACD
We’ve seen 4 years of price growth in just 5 months and this shows no signs of slowing, with mid November seeing the average price of a used car rising to a staggering £19,852. https://t.co/8j0qtqT9yd

Auto Trader Group plc
Registered in England (Company number: 09439967)

Auto Trader Limited
Registered in England and Wales (Company number: 03909628)

Registered address:

1 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester
M15 4FN
VAT number: GB 614 8918 20

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