£1632.7m market cap

1614p last close

With 2,050 shops, eight manufacturing and distribution centres and 23,000 employees, Greggs is the UK’s leading ‘food-on-the-go’ retailer. It uses vertical integration to offer differentiated products at competitive prices.

Investment summary

COVID-19 will have an uncertain but important impact on Greggs’ profitability in FY20. The profit and cash flow impact of lost sales will be mitigated by internal initiatives and government support on operating costs (rates and employees). The strong balance sheet means that Greggs is well placed for tougher times. Our forecasts are now under review and we are planning to publish a note to update them shortly.

Y/E Dec
Revenue (£m)
PBT (£m)
EPS (fd) (p)
P/E (x)
P/CF (x)
2018A 1029.3 145.7 89.8 70.3 23.0 10.7
2019A 1167.9 232.7 114.2 89.7 18.0 6.6
2020E N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2021E N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Industry outlook

Greggs enjoys an expanding market. The Project Café2017UK report (Allegra World Coffee portal) valued the UK coffee shop market in 2016 at £8.9bn, +12% y-o-y, with branded outlets accounting for £3.7bn. Allegra estimates it could reach £16bn by 2025. The squeezed consumer is a potential concern, although Greggs is well placed for the value switch after widespread refurbishments and extended customer options as it moves to widen its market.

Last updated on 31/03/2020
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Balance sheet
Forecast net debt (£m) N/A
Forecast gearing ratio (%) N/A
Price performance
Actual (22.8) (29.8) (12.2)
Relative* (8.7) (5.2) 12.4
52-week high/low 2476.0p/1300.0p
*% relative to local index
Key management
Roger Whiteside CEO
Richard Hutton FD

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