Portobello SpA — Focus back on the operations

Portobello SpA (MIL: POR)

Last close As at 22/05/2024

EUR6.64

−0.06 (−0.90%)

Market capitalisation

EUR36m

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Research: Consumer

Portobello SpA — Focus back on the operations

Portobello’s FY23 results demonstrate the primary effects of the out-of-court settlement with respect to VAT and direct taxes (a higher year-end net debt position) and the secondary effects, such as disruption to its trading activities due to management’s focus on cash generation and the company’s inability to trade as previously expected. Following the period end, two capital raises totalling €12.6m, including €3.8m by three of the executive management team, from a maximum mandated amount of €20m, have improved the company’s financial position. The requirement to improve the balance sheet further is likely to necessitate a focus on managing costs and cash generation in FY24. Ahead of the publication of the full financial statements and greater clarity on the company’s trading strategy for the year ahead, we withdraw our estimates.

Russell Pointon

Written by

Russell Pointon

Director of Content, Consumer and Media

Woman shopping vegetables at the supermarket

Consumer

Portobello SpA

Focus back on the operations

FY23 results

Retail

24 April 2024

Price

€5.46

Market cap

€29m

Net debt (€m) at 31 December 2023

49.7

Shares in issue

5.32m

Free float

44.7%

Code

POR

Primary exchange

Euronext STAR Milan

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

Portobello aims to build a national Italian retail presence (from 34 stores at end-FY23) via a roll-out of its own stores and franchises. It uses a combination of barter (own and third-party media) and cash purchases to source branded products from its suppliers.

Analysts

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Portobello SpA is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Portobello’s FY23 results demonstrate the primary effects of the out-of-court settlement with respect to VAT and direct taxes (a higher year-end net debt position) and the secondary effects, such as disruption to its trading activities due to management’s focus on cash generation and the company’s inability to trade as previously expected. Following the period end, two capital raises totalling €12.6m, including €3.8m by three of the executive management team, from a maximum mandated amount of €20m, have improved the company’s financial position. The requirement to improve the balance sheet further is likely to necessitate a focus on managing costs and cash generation in FY24. Ahead of the publication of the full financial statements and greater clarity on the company’s trading strategy for the year ahead, we withdraw our estimates.

Year end

Revenue (€m)

PBT*

(€m)

EPS*
(€)

DPS
(€)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/22

129.9

18.6

4.63

0.0

1.2

0.0

12/23

103.5

(48.8)

(11.99)

0.0

N/A

0.0

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

On a reported basis, FY23’s revenue declined by 20% y-o-y to €103.5m, gross margin declined by 90% to €4.5m and EBITDA moved to a loss of €38.2m from an underlying profit of €24.6m in FY22. The decline primarily reflects the company’s inability to use €22m of advertising space in the period, which management estimates, based on historical data, would have generated at least €44m of additional revenue. On an adjusted basis, management estimates revenue would have increased by 14% to €147.5m and EBITDA would have declined by c 6% to €17m. These compare with our prior FY23 estimates for revenue of €160.8m and EBITDA of €21.9m. Following the opening of six new stores in FY23, post period end three stores were closed as these were deemed unsuitable for the standard format, albeit one closure in Milan will be compensated for by a new store that opened close by in October 2023.

Portobello’s operating cash outflow after interest payments improved significantly to (€10m) in FY23 from (€16.5m) in FY22, as the above losses were offset by a more favourable working capital movement. Investing cash flow also declined significantly, to €4.9m from €8.7m in the prior year.

At the end of FY23, Portobello’s net financial debt position was €49.7m (€42.4m end-FY22) including gross debt of €50.8m and cash and financial receivables of €1.1m.

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