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Tuesday 10 August, 2010

Greggs PLC

INTERIM RESULTS - Expansion p

RNS Number : 7980Q
Greggs PLC
10 August 2010
 



GREGGS plc

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE 26 WEEKS ENDED 3 JULY 2010

 

Greggs is the leading bakery retailer in the UK,

with over 1,400 retail outlets throughout the country,

 serving freshly baked products to six million customers each week

 

EXPANSION PLANS ON TRACK

 

·    Sales up 2.9% to £321m (2009: £312m); like-for-like sales up 0.7%

·    Operating profit up 13.1% to £18.5m (2009: £16.3m)

·    Pre-tax profit up 12.3% to £18.6m (2009: £16.5m)

·    Underlying operating profit up 4%

·    Interim dividend increased 5.8% to record 5.5p per share

·    Diluted earnings per share up 12.4% to 12.7p (2009: 11.3p)

·    Net cash of £24.6m (2009: £14.9m) after £4.5m share buyback

·    26 new shops opened: net increase of 18 in half year

 

"We have delivered a resilient first half performance under challenging conditions with total sales growth of 2.9% and marginally positive like-for-like sales growth, in line with our expectations.  Our accelerated shop opening and refit programmes are progressing as planned, and delivering encouraging early results.  We are now set to commence the first phase of our supply chain investment programme.

 

The pressure on the trading environment looks likely to increase in the second half and we remain focused on managing costs tightly.  We now expect an increase in ingredient cost inflation in the second half of the year, following the recent rise in wheat prices. 

Despite the challenging trading environment, I believe that Greggs remains on track to deliver another year of progress."

-     Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive

 

ENQUIRIES:


Greggs plc

Hudson Sandler

Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive

Michael Sandler / Alex Brennan

Richard Hutton, Finance Director

Tel:  020 7796 4133

Tel:

020 7796 4133 on Tuesday 10 August only



0191 281 7721 thereafter


 

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REPORT

 

We are making good progress with our strategy: making Greggs more accessible to more people through our shop opening programme, investing in our bakeries for greater efficiency and capacity for growth and realising the benefits of a strong, centrally run business. 

 

We have delivered a resilient first half performance under challenging conditions with total sales growth of 2.9% and marginally positive like-for-like sales growth, in line with our expectations.  Our accelerated shop opening and refit programmes are progressing as planned, and delivering encouraging early results.  We are now set to commence the first phase of our supply chain investment programme.  

 

Results

 

Total group sales in the 26 weeks ended 3 July 2010 (2009: 26 weeks to 27 June) increased by 2.9 per cent to £321 million (2009: £312 million).  Like-for-like sales grew by 0.7 per cent, in line with our expectations of marginally positive like-for-like sales growth over the year. 

 

Operating profit increased by 13.1 per cent to £18.5 million (2009: £16.3 million), benefiting from the change in the start and end dates of the first half as a result of our 53-week accounting period in 2009.  Operating margin improved to 5.7 per cent (2009: 5.2 per cent).  Adjusting for the change in the start and end dates of the first half, there was an underlying increase in operating profit of four per centwith net margin remaining stable.  The cost environment in the first half remained in line with our expectations with increases in fuel and wage costs partly mitigated by deflation in energy prices.

 

Profit before taxation increased by 12.3 per cent to £18.6 million (2009: £16.5 million).  This includes net finance income of £95,000 (2009: £192,000).  There were no property or other exceptional gains in either period.

 

Diluted earnings per share were 12.7 pence (2009: 11.3 pence), an increase of 12.4 per cent.

 

Our shops

 

We opened 26 new shops during the first half and closed eight, making a net increase of 18 since the beginning of our financial year and giving us a total of 1,437 at the end of the half year.   We are encouraged by the performance of our new shops, almost half of which are in locations such as industrial estates, business parks and transport hubs, improving our accessibility to customers and complementing our established presence on high streets. 

 

We also completed 47 shop refurbishments during the half year.  In London, we refitted eight shops based on the concept shop we trialled in 2009, making more space available to our customers to encourage browsing and self-selection in a contemporary shopping environment.  These units have shown good sales increases.  This reflects our learning from the initial concept shops, and we will refit a further 19 shops in the London area during the second half.  If current performance trends are maintained, we will then roll the concept shop format out to other parts of the country as part of our normal store refurbishment programme.

 

Trading activity

 

With consumers now having less disposable income than a year ago, we have focused our promotional activity in the first half on ensuring that customers benefit from great value offers throughout the day. 

 

In the first half we have sold more than two million meal deals, up 167% versus last year.  Our current sandwich meal deal offers a freshly made roll with a choice of fillings, a 500ml soft drink and a packet of crisps.  We have also had a good response to our seasonal promotion of two soft drinks for £1.80.

 

We launched our breakfast rolls in February - bacon or sausage in a fresh, Greggs-baked roll - and have now sold 4.5 million, helping to grow our sales in the traditionally quieter early morning period. 

 

Our supply chain

 

Last year we undertook a review of our supply chain and announced plans to invest in our bakeries for significant shop growth and improved efficiencies.  We are now beginning the first phase of this investment and are on site at our new bakery in Newcastle upon Tyne, which will replace our existing Gosforth bakery.  

 

Our people

 

Our people continue to show tremendous commitment to Greggs, our customers and the wider community.  Their efforts are the key to our continued sales growth in an exceptionally testing environment, supported by our investment in customer service training.  They have also continued to show huge commitment to supporting causes outside the workplace, such as The Great Bakery Bike Ride, raising £90,000 for Greggs Breakfast Clubs and BBC Children in Need.  I am delighted that our planned addition of 50-60 net new shops this year will provide a further 500-600 new jobs.

 

Capital expenditure

 

Total capital expenditure during the first half was £12.4 million (2009: £10.4 million), reflecting the increased rate of shop openings and refurbishments and these will gather pace in the second half.  Alongside this we will be conducting the first phase of investment in our supply chain to support the growth in shop numbers.  We therefore continue to budget total capital expenditure for the year of £45-50 million (2009: £30.3 million), which will be financed from our strong cash flow.

 

Cash flow and share buyback

 

We remain strongly cash generative and continue to self-finance our capital investment requirements.  At the end of the first half, net cash on the balance sheet was £24.6 million (2009: £14.9 million).  This was after spending £4.5 million to purchase for cancellation 1,000,000 shares at an average price of £4.50, in line with the plans we announced in March to return up to £15 million of surplus cash to our shareholders.

 

Dividend

 

The Board has declared an increased interim dividend of 5.5 pence per share (2009: 5.2 pence), a rise of 5.8 per cent, reflecting the Board's confidence in the prospects for the group.  We remain committed to delivering value to shareholders through our dividend policy, building on our record of 25 consecutive years of dividend growth since the business floated on the stock market in 1984.  The interim dividend will be paid on 1 October 2010 to those shareholders on the register at the close of business on 3 September 2010.

 

Prospects

 

The significant structural changes we made to our business in 2009 are starting to deliver a faster pace of new shop openings and we are on track to meet our target of adding 50-60 net new shops in 2010. We also expect to double our rate of shop refits to 120 over the year as a whole. We are investing in our supply chain to support future growth of 600+ new shops creating more than 6,000 new jobs across the UK. 

 

The pressure on the trading environment looks likely to increase in the second half and we remain focused on managing costs tightly.  We now expect an increase in ingredient cost inflation in the second half of the year, following the recent rise in wheat prices. 

 

Despite the challenging trading environment, I believe that Greggs remains on track to deliver another year of progress.

 

Kennedy McMeikan

Chief Executive

10 August 2010

Greggs plc

Condensed consolidated income statement

For the 26 weeks ended 3 July 2010

 


26 weeks ended 

 3 July 2010 

 

26 weeks ended 

 27 June 2009 

Restated ( note 1) 

 

53 weeks ended 

 2 January 2010 

 






£'000 

£'000 

£'000 





Revenue

321,333 

312,360 

658,186 

Cost of sales

(124,653)

(121,509)

(252,284)





Gross profit

196,680 

190,851 

405,902 





Distribution and selling costs

(159,768)

(156,733)

(321,686)

Administrative expenses

(18,440)

(17,783)

(35,783)





Operating profit

18,472 

16,335 

48,433 





Finance income

95 

192 

346 





Profit before tax

18,567 

16,527 

48,779 





Income tax

(5,570)

(5,123)

(14,405)





Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

12,997 

 

11,404 

 

34,374 





Basic earnings per share

 

12.9p

11.3p

34.1p

Diluted earnings per share

12.7p

11.3p

34.0p

 



Greggs plc

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the 26 weeks ended 3 July 2010

 


26 weeks ended 

 3 July 2010 

 

26 weeks ended 

 27 June 2009 

 

53 weeks ended 

 2 January 2010 


£'000 

£'000 

£'000 









Profit for the period

12,997 

11,404 

34,374 





Other comprehensive income








Actuarial losses on defined benefit pension plans

(4,627)

(5,796)

(6,920)





Tax on items taken directly to equity

1,296 

1,623 

1,938 





Other comprehensive income for the period, net of income tax

 

(3,331)

 

(4,173)

 

(4,982)









Total comprehensive income for the period

 

9,666 

 

7,231 

 

29,392 

 



Greggs plc

Condensed consolidated balance sheet

as at 3 July 2010

 


3 July 2010 

27 June 2009 

2 January 2010 


£'000 

£'000 

£'000 

ASSETS




Non-current assets




Intangible assets

506 

759 

579 

Property, plant and equipment

208,909 

206,988 

211,155 






209,415 

207,747 

211,734 





Current assets




Inventories

13,047 

11,818 

11,886 

Trade and other receivables

20,035 

26,017 

21,206 

Cash and cash equivalents

24,550 

14,885 

34,619 






57,632 

52,720 

67,711 





Total assets

267,047 

260,467 

279,445 





LIABILITIES




Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

(64,720)

(73,226)

(71,738)

Current tax liabilities

(6,664)

(6,751)

(8,857)

Provisions

(857)

(1,462)

(857)






(72,241)

(81,439)

(81,452)

Non-current liabilities




Defined benefit pension liability

(16,316)

(11,718)

(12,332)

Other payables

(8,649)

(8,313)

(8,830)

Deferred tax liability

(8,002)

(10,530)

(9,298)

Long term provisions

(2,992)

(2,646)

(3,296)






(35,959)

(33,207)

(33,756)





Total liabilities

(108,200)

(114,646)

(115,208)





Net assets

158,847 

145,821 

164,237 





EQUITY




Capital and reserves




Issued capital

2,060 

2,080 

2,080 

Share premium account

13,533 

 13,533 

13,533 

Capital redemption reserve

379 

 359 

359 

Retained earnings

142,875 

 129,849 

148,265 





Total equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

158,847 

 

145,821 

 

164,237 



 

 

Greggs plc

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the 26 weeks ended 3 July 2010

 

 

26 weeks ended 27 June 2009


Issued capital 

Share 

premium 

Capital 

redemption 

reserve 

Retained 

earnings 

Total 


£'000 

£'000 

£'000 

£'000 

£'000 







At 28 December 2008

2,080 

13,533 

359 

131,975 

147,947 

Total comprehensive income for the period






Profit for the period

11,404 

11,404 

Other comprehensive income

(4,173)

(4,173)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

 

 

 

7,231 

 

7,231 

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity






Sale of own shares

200 

200 

Share based payments

540 

540 

Dividends to equity holders

(10,097)

(10,097)

(9,357)

(9,357)

Balance at 27 June 2009

2,080 

13,533 

359 

129,849 

145,821 

 

53 weeks ended 2 January 2010


Issued capital 

Share 

premium 

Capital 

Redemption 

reserve

Retained 

earnings 

Total 


£'000 

£'000 

£'000

£'000 

£'000 







At 28 December 2008

2,080 

13,533 

359 

131,975 

147,947 

Total comprehensive income for the year






Profit for the financial year

34,374 

34,374 

Other comprehensive income

(4,982)

(4,982)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

29,392 

 

29,392 

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity






Sale of own shares

1,182 

1,182 

Share based payments

982 

982 

Dividends to equity holders

(15,339)

(15,339)

Tax items taken directly to reserves

 

 

 

 

73 

 

73 

Total transactions with owners

(13,102)

(13,102)

At 2 January 2010

2,080 

13,533 

359 

148,265 

164,237 

 

26 weeks ended 3 July 2010


Issued capital 

Share 

premium 

Capital 

redemption 

reserve 

Retained 

earnings 

Total 


£'000 

£'000 

£'000 

£'000 

£'000 







At 3 January 2010

2,080 

13,533 

359 

148,265 

164,237 

Total comprehensive income for the period






Profit for the period

12,997 

12,997 

Other comprehensive income

(3,331)

(3,331)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

 

 

 

9,666 

 

9,666 

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity






Shares purchased and cancelled

 

(20)

 

 

20 

 

(4,532)

 

(4,532)

Sale of own shares

570 

570 

Share based payments

450 

450 

Dividends to equity holders

(11,544)

(11,544)

Total transactions with owners

(20)

20 

(15,056)

(15,056)

Balance at 3 July 2010

2,060 

13,533 

379 

142,875 

158,847 



 

 

Greggs plc

Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

For the 26 weeks ended 3 July 2010


26 weeks ended 

 3 July 2010 

26 weeks ended 

 27 June 2009 

53 weeks ended 

2 January 2010 


£'000 

£'000 

£'000 

Operating activities








Cash generated from operating activities (see below)

24,923 

39,037 

87,944 

Income tax paid

(7,763)

(6,710)

(14,731)





Net cash inflow from operating activities

 

17,160 

 

32,327 

 

73,213 





Cash flows from investing activities




Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

 

(12,376)

 

(10,417)

 

(30,296)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

509 

 

422 

 

2,368 

Interest received

95 

192 

346 





Net cash outflow from investing activities

 

(11,772)

 

(9,803)

 

(27,582)





Cash flows from financing activities




Sale of own shares

570 

200 

1,182 

Shares purchased and cancelled

(4,532)

Dividends paid

(11,544)

(10,097)

(15,339)

Government grants received

49 

200 

1,087 





Net cash outflow from financing activities

 

(15,457)

 

(9,697)

 

(13,070)





Net (decrease) /  increase  in cash and cash equivalents

 

(10,069)

 

12,827 

 

32,561 





Cash and cash equivalents at the start of the period

 

34,619 

 

2,058 

 

2,058 





Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

24,550 

 

14,885 

 

34,619 





Cash flow statement - cash generated from operations




26 weeks  ended 

 3 July 2010 

26 weeks ended 

 27 June 2009 

53 weeks ended 

2 January 2010 


£'000 

£'000 

£'000 





Profit for the period

12,997 

11,404 

34,374 

Amortisation

73 

107 

Depreciation

13,849 

13,238 

27,218 

Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment

 

264 

 

151 

 

10 

Release of government grants

(214)

(108)

(228)

Share based payment expenses

450 

540 

982 

Finance income

(95)

(192)

(346)

Income tax expense

5,570 

5,123 

14,405 

(Increase) /  decrease  in inventories

(1,161)

334 

266 

Decrease / (increase)  in debtors

1,171 

(3,319)

1,492 

(Decrease) / increase in creditors

(7,034)

12,840 

11,103 

Movement in pension liability

(643)

189 

(321)

Decrease in provisions

(304)

(1,163)

(1,118)

Cash generated from operating activities

 

24,923 

 

39,037 

 

87,944 



 

 

Notes

 

1.             Basis of preparation and accounting policies

 

The condensed accounts have been prepared for the 26 weeks ended 3 July 2010.  Comparative figures are presented for the 26 weeks ended 27 June 2009. These condensed accounts have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.  They do not include all the information required for full annual accounts, and should be read in conjunction with the Group accounts for the 53 weeks ended 2 January 2010.

 

These condensed accounts are unaudited and were approved by the Board of Directors on 10 August 2010.

 

The information for the 53 weeks ended 2 January 2010 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by section 435 of the Companies Act 2006.  Those accounts have been reported on by the Group's auditors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditors was unqualified and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The accounting policies applied by the Group in these condensed accounts are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated accounts for the 53 weeks ended 2 January 2010 other than those disclosed in note 2. 

 

A minor presentational change was made to the income statement in the second half of 2009 reallocating some salary and associated costs from administrative expenses to cost of sales and distribution and selling costs and consequently the comparative figures for the period ended 27 June 2009 have been restated on the same basis.  There is no impact on net profit.

 

2.             Changes in accounting policies

 

From 3 January 2010 the following standards, amendments and interpretations became effective and were adopted by the Group:

·      Amendment to IFRIC 9 and IAS 39 Embedded Derivatives;

·      Amendments to IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement: Eligible Hedged Items;

·      Revised IFRS 3 Business Combinations;

·      Amendments to IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements.

The adoption of the above has not had a significant impact on the Group's profit for the period or equity.

 

3.             Principal risks and uncertainties

 

The Directors consider that the principal risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance in the remaining 26 weeks of the financial year remain the same as those stated on page 31 of our Annual Report and Accounts for the 53 weeks ended 2 January 2010, which are available on our website www.greggs.co.uk

 

4.             Operating segment

The Board has carefully considered the requirements of IFRS 8: Operating Segments, and concluded that, as there is still only one reportable segment whose revenue, profits, assets and liabilities are measured and reported on a consistent basis with the Group accounts no additional numerical disclosures are necessary.

 

5.             Defined benefit pension scheme

 

The valuation of the defined benefit pension scheme for the purposes of IAS 19 as at 2 January 2010 has been updated as at 3 July 2010 and the movements have been reflected in these condensed accounts.

 

6.             Taxation

 

The taxation charge for the 26 weeks ended 3 July 2010 and 27 June 2009 is calculated by applying the Directors' best estimate of the annual effective tax rate to the profit for the period.



 

7.             Earnings per share

 


26 weeks ended

 3 July 2010

 

26 weeks ended

27 June 2009

53 weeks ended

2 January 2010


£'000 

£'000 

£'000 





Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

12,997 

11,404 

34,374 





 

 

The number of ordinary shares in issue at 3 July 2010 was 102,990,470 (27 June 2009 and 2 January 2010: 103,990,470).   The weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period was 101,022,715 (26 weeks ended 27 June 2009: 100,758,294 and 53 weeks ended 2 January 2010: 100,819,649).  The diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period was 101,980,629 (26 weeks ended 27 June 2009: 101,040,749 and 53 weeks ended 2 January 2010: 101,247,513).

 

8.             Dividends

 

The following tables analyse dividends when paid and the year to which they relate:

 

Dividend declared

26 weeks ended 

 3 July 2010 

 

26 weeks ended 

27 June 2009 

53 weeks ended 

2 January 2010 


Pence per share 

Pence per share

Pence per share 

 





2008 final dividend

10.0p

10.0p

2009 interim dividend

5.2p

2009 final dividend

11.4p


11.4p

10.0p

15.2p

 


26 weeks ended 

 3 July 2010 

 

26 weeks ended 

27 June 2009 

53 weeks ended 

2 January 2010 


£'000 

£'000 

£'000 

Total dividend payable




2008 final dividend

10,097 

10,097 

2009 interim dividend

5,242 

2009 final dividend

11,544 

Total dividend paid in period

                   11,544 

                   10,097 

                   15,339 





Dividend proposed at period end and not included as a liability in the accounts

 




2009 interim dividend (5.2p per share )

-      

5,242 

2009 final dividend (11.4 p per share )

11,525 

2010 interim dividend (5.5p per share)

5,515 


5,515 

5,242 

11,525 

 



 

9.             Related party transactions

 

There have been no related party transactions in the first 26 weeks of the current financial year which have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Group.

 

Related parties are consistent with those disclosed in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts for the 53 weeks ended 2 January 2010.

 

10.          Half year report

 

The condensed accounts were approved by the Board of Directors on 10 August 2010 and copies are being posted to all shareholders.  Further copies are available on application to the Company Secretary, Greggs plc, Fernwood House, Clayton Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1TL.  They will also be available on the Company's website, www.greggs.co.uk.

 

11.          Statement of Directors' responsibilities

 

The Directors named below confirm on behalf of the Board of Directors that to the best of their knowledge:

 

·      the condensed set of accounts has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU;

·      the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:

 

(a)   DTR4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first 26 weeks of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of accounts; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining 26 weeks of the year; and

 

(b)   DTR4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first 26 weeks of the financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Group during the period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

 

The Directors of Greggs plc are listed in the Annual Report and Accounts for the 53 weeks ended 2 January 2010.  There have been no changes since the Annual Report and Accounts was published.

 

 

For and on behalf of the Board of Directors

 

Kennedy McMeikan                                                                                                                             Richard Hutton

Chief Executive                                                                                                                                    Finance Director

 

10 August 2010

 


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