Cazoo winds down operations in mainland Europe

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Used car marketplace Cazoo, will be winding down it’s operations in mainland Europe after announcing plans to focus on the UK market alone.

From the strategic review carried out last week, it has been decided that the best course of action is for the company to focus exclusively on its core opportunity in the UK. Growth in the UK remains strong, with retail unit sales up over 100% year-on-year in July and August, despite the challenging macro-economic backdrop. Continued expansion in the EU would be too difficult to sustain financially with profits in mind.

As a result, the company intends to commence an orderly wind down of its operations in Germany and Spain and is in consultation with its employee representatives in France and Italy. Cazoo will facilitate a structured closure for its customers, employees and suppliers and has notified the relevant employee representatives and unions in each market. It is expected that the Company will achieve cash savings of over £100m, net of any wind down costs, as a result of its withdrawal from the EU, by the end of 2023.

Given our target of reaching profitability by the end of next year, we have taken the tough decision to focus solely on the huge UK used car market, worth over £100bn+ annually. I would like to thank all our colleagues in the EU who are impacted by this decision, and we will of course look to support them in every way possible. We have built a market leading platform, team, brand and infrastructure in the UK, where we have now sold over 90,000 retail units since launch, despite the challenging macroeconomic backdrop. The strong customer demand we are seeing in the core UK business gives us high confidence in the future opportunity and the decision we have taken today to withdraw from mainland Europe ensures that our balance sheet remains strong and that we have a plan which we believe no longer requires any further external funding.

– Alex Chesterman OBE, Founder & CEO of Cazoo


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