Appreciate Group

LN: APP

Market Cap£52m

Last Close 27.8p

Appreciate Group is a specialised financial services business and is the UK’s leading provider of multi-retailer redemption products. Consumers can access products directly through its market-leading Christmas Savings offering while corporate customers use these products to supply a range of incentive and reward products.

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Investment summary

FY21 results remained positive despite a significantly negative impact from the pandemic and business transformation, with the usual strong seasonal rebound to profitability in H2. PBT of £1.3m included exceptional costs of c £1.1m and c £1.9m net of non-recurring losses in respect of discontinued business as part of the strategic repositioning programme. Excluding these, adjusted PBT was c £4.2m. H221 underlying billings increased 5.7% y-o-y (vs a 28.8% y-o-y decline in H121) with December a record month, and including exceptionally strong growth in higher margin digital product. For the seasonally less significant Q122, billings were well ahead of Q121 but c 9% down on Q120. Management expects a pick-up as corporate customers focus once more on employee engagement and customer acquisition and as consumers return to the shops. With the Christmas savers orders for the current year already in place, pandemic-restricted agent activity is the main contributor to a c 14% y-o-y order book decline.

Y/E Mar
Revenue (£m)
EBITDA (£m)
PBT (£m)
EPS (p)
P/E (x)
P/CF (x)
2020A 112.7 11.6 11.4 4.9 5.7 N/A
2021A 106.8 3.3 4.2 2.0 13.9 N/A
2022E 97.4 8.5 6.5 2.8 9.9 N/A
2023E 106.7 11.1 9.1 3.9 7.1 N/A
Industry outlook

The market is estimated at c £6bn by the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association, and is fragmented, providing significant opportunities for market share growth.

Last updated on 02/09/2021
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Appreciate Group – Return to profitability in H2 as expected
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Appreciate Group – FY21 meets consensus as recovery continues
Financials | research Update | 5 May 2021
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Appreciate Group – Gaining momentum
Financials | research Update | 12 January 2021
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Balance sheet
Forecast net cash (£m) 17.9
Forecast gearing ratio (%) N/A
Price performance
%
1m
3m
12m
Actual 6.5 (28.1) (10.6)
Relative* 4.7 (29.3) (28.0)
52-week high/low 46.0p/24.0p
*% relative to local index
Key management
Laura Carstensen Chairman
Ian O'Doherty CEO