Over the weekend I explained HERE why Boohoo.com (BOO) could go bust. Given the shocking corporate governance history here arguably it SHOULD go bust. Boohoo is just a bad actor on the PLC stage. Matt Earl, the Dark Destroyer, was an early critic of Boohoo but even with the shares having crashed to 44p, giving a £560 million market cap, he warns of massive problems ahead and quantifies the extra cash need: £200 million.
A week (and a bit) before Christmas and all is not well. Certainly it is nothing to do with immediate prospects for the FTSE 100 judging by today’s move, nor with the Bank of England which should have already previously raised interest rates in my opinion or even that Britain hit a record 78,000 Covid cases yesterday. Rather it is to do with the online fashion retailer boohoo (BOO), which fortunately I don’t own (but from which I am certain that at least one of my daughters has purchased something this year).
In yesterday's bearcast I discussed why Boohoo (BOO) did not move from the AIM casino to the main market. Some interpret this as me saying the shares are a buy. Au contraire on a PE of 60 the risk reward trade off looks dreadful. Yesterday i recorded a video with Boohoo's greatest critic Matt Earl and that should go live within 24 hours and that will, I suspect, raise many more questions that bulls cannot answer. Now the Sunday Telegraph brings news of US legal action and I publish the Ciurt filings in full below. Ouch!
A “Trading Update” for the four months ended 31st December from boohoo (BOO) emphasises “Strong revenue growth of 44% (43% in constant exchange rates) across all geographic regions” (to £328.2 million), “Gross margin for the four months 54.2%, up 170bps” and “Strong balance sheet with net cash of £189 million (31 December 2017: £127 million)”. The shares have currently responded, er... more than 7% lower towards 180p…