An exceptionally strong end to the year

Greggs plc 9 January 2019 Update
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Greggs

An exceptionally strong end to the year

Q4 trading statement

Retail

 

9 January 2019

Price

1,367p

Market cap

£1,383m

Net cash (£m) at 30 June 2018

43.5

Shares in issue

101.2m

Free float

100%

Code

GREG

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

1.1

35.9

0.5

Rel (local)

(0.2)

43.9

13.2

52-week high/low

1395.0p

942.0p

Business description

With 1,953 shops, eight manufacturing and distribution centres and 22,000 employees, Greggs is the UK’s leading ‘food-on-the-go’ retailer. It uses vertical integration to offer differentiated products at competitive prices

Next events

FY18 preliminary results

7 March 2019

Analysts

Kate Heseltine

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Paul Hickman

+44 (0)20 3681 2501

Greggs is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Greggs, the leading food-on-the-go retailer, has continued an impressive upwards trend in like-for-like (lfl) owned-store sales growth across Q4, and in the final five weeks of FY18e. The company is successfully drawing new customers into its stores with strategic product launches and efforts to reduce queues and improve product availability. We upgrade both our FY18 and FY19 PBT forecasts for the second time in six weeks, by 3%.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT* (£m)

EPS* (p)

DPS (p)

P/E (x)

Yield (%)

12/16

894.2

80.3

62.0

31.0

22.1

2.3

12/17

960.0

81.8

64.5

32.3

21.2

2.4

12/18e

1,029.3

89.2

70.2

34.7

19.5

2.5

12/19e

1,107.4

95.2

74.9

37.5

18.3

2.7

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Lfl sales continued to strengthen across Q4

Q418 company-managed store lfl sales rose by 5.2%, implying growth of approximately 6.3% over the final five weeks compared with a reported increase of 4.5% over the first eight weeks of the quarter. This follows a solid Q318 increase of 3.2% and marks the 21st consecutive quarter of lfl sales growth for the company; an enviable record in the current climate. Although travel and work-related locations generally delivered the highest lfl sales growth, the strong performance was broad based, a testament to the ongoing transformation of the brand.

Leveraging the brand

Although Greggs does not invest in above-the-line advertising, it does use social media marketing and is very successful in generating waves of positive publicity around innovative new products to draw new customers into the stores – the recently launched vegan sausage roll to complement ‘Veganuary’ being an example. New IT systems, implemented in 2017, are starting to deliver marked improvements in replenishment and the speed at which customers are served.

A further upgrade to earnings forecasts

We upgrade both our FY18 and FY19 PBT by 3% to £89.2m and £95.2m, respectively. In FY19 we conservatively forecast 2% lfl sales growth, with a stronger H1 vs H2 against softer comparatives (assuming no repeat of the extreme weather patterns that dominated the first half of 2018), and 5.6% growth from new stores.

Valuation: Supported by quality of earnings and yield

As a result of the sector de-rating, our blended DCF and peer-group valuation remains broadly unchanged at 1,517p. This implies an FY19e P/E multiple of 20.3x, which does not appear stretched given the quality of earnings and dividend yield.

Exhibit 1: Financial summary

December

£m

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

PROFIT & LOSS

2016

2017

2018e

2019e

2020e 

Revenue

 

 

894.2

960.0

1,029.3

1,107.4

1,178.7

Cost of Sales

(324.3)

(348.1)

(375.2)

(401.4)

(424.8)

Gross Profit

569.9

611.9

654.1

706.1

753.9

EBITDA

 

 

125.9

135.7

144.6

157.4

170.1

Operating Profit (before amort. and except.)

80.3

82.2

89.3

95.0

103.6

Intangible Amortisation

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Exceptionals

(5.2)

(9.9)

(6.0)

(4.0)

(3.0)

Other

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Operating Profit

75.2

72.3

83.3

91.0

100.6

Net Interest

(0.0)

(0.4)

(0.1)

0.2

0.2

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

80.3

81.8

89.2

95.2

103.8

Profit Before Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

75.1

71.9

83.2

91.2

100.8

Tax

(18.1)

(16.9)

(18.4)

(20.0)

(21.0)

Profit After Tax (norm)

62.3

64.9

70.7

75.2

82.8

Profit After Tax (FRS 3)

58.0

56.9

65.8

72.0

80.4

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

100.4

100.6

100.7

100.4

100.4

EPS - normalised (p)

 

 

62.0

64.5

70.2

74.9

82.5

EPS - (IFRS) (p)

 

 

57.7

56.5

65.3

71.7

80.1

Dividend per share (p)

31.0

32.3

34.7

37.5

41.3

Gross Margin (%)

63.7

63.7

63.5

63.8

64.0

EBITDA Margin (%)

14.1

14.1

14.0

14.2

14.4

Operating Margin (before GW and except.) (%)

9.0

8.6

8.7

8.6

8.8

 

BALANCE SHEET

 

Fixed Assets

 

 

323.4

334.7

376.0

408.5

427.1

Intangible Assets

14.3

14.7

18.3

20.7

20.7

Tangible Assets

307.4

319.2

354.2

384.3

402.8

Investments

1.8

0.8

3.6

3.6

3.6

Current Assets

 

 

92.6

106.6

104.9

116.5

140.8

Stocks

15.9

18.7

19.9

21.3

23.7

Debtors

30.7

33.4

36.2

38.4

40.9

Cash

46.0

54.5

48.8

56.8

76.2

Other

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Current Liabilities

 

 

(121.4)

(127.9)

(137.2)

(144.4)

(141.1)

Creditors

(121.4)

(127.9)

(137.2)

(144.4)

(141.1)

Short term borrowings

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(29.9)

(14.0)

(8.1)

(7.0)

(6.6)

Long term borrowings

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other long term liabilities

(29.9)

(14.0)

(8.1)

(7.0)

(6.6)

Net Assets

 

 

264.7

299.4

335.6

373.5

420.3

CASH FLOW

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

133.8

134.5

142.7

158.5

161.0

Net Interest

0.1

0.2

(0.1)

0.2

0.2

Tax

(16.2)

(17.6)

(19.9)

(19.2)

(20.4)

Capex

(80.1)

(72.6)

(90.0)

(95.0)

(85.0)

Acquisitions/disposals

4.7

2.2

(4.1)

(1.0)

0.0

Financing

(8.3)

(6.0)

(1.2)

(0.0)

0.0

Dividends

(30.9)

(32.2)

(33.1)

(35.6)

(36.3)

Net Cash Flow

3.0

8.5

(5.7)

8.0

19.5

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

(42.9)

(46.0)

(54.5)

(48.8)

(56.8)

HP finance leases initiated

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

(46.0)

(54.5)

(48.8)

(56.8)

(76.2)

Source: Company data, Edison Investment Research

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