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Auto Trader downgraded to ‘neutral’ by UBS over slow transition to transaction platform

Progress on transitioning from a marketing to a transaction platform could not be announced for another year

Auto Trader Group plc - Auto Trader downgraded to ‘neutral’ by UBS over slow transition to transaction platform

Auto Trader Group plc (LON:AUTO) was downgraded to ‘neutral’ from ‘buy’ by UBS as the firm now needs to execute on its opportunity to transition from a marketing to a transaction platform.

However analysts said progress on these products are unlikely to be announced for another year, and there are risks if the UK enters a second lockdown period or if macro trends are worse than expected.

READ: Auto Trader skids slightly, predicts near-term revenue decline as car market recovers from coronavirus impact

The ‘buy’ recommendation was based on short-term catalysts such as the quick reopening of car dealerships, used car prices holding steady, a small number of forecourt closures during lockdown and a return toward full Auto Trader pricing.

The FTSE 100 stock has jumped 40% since the April trough, while the investment bank bumped up the share price to 525p from 510p.

Shares were flat at 532p on Monday late morning.

Quick facts: Auto Trader Group plc

Price: 514 GBX

LSE:AUTO
Market: LSE
Market Cap: £4.96 billion
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