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Tuesday 15 June, 2021

boohoo group plc

Trading Update

RNS Number : 8604B
boohoo group plc
15 June 2021
 

      15 June 2021

 

 

 

boohoo group plc - trading statement for the three months to 31 May 2021

("boohoo" or "the Group")

Building for growth and a sustainable future

 

 

Three months to 31 May

£ million

FY22

FY21

Change

CER(1)

2yr Growth

Group total revenue

486.1

367.8

32%

32%

91%

Revenue by region

 

 

 

 

 

  UK

274.6

183.0

50%

50%

95%

  ROE(2)

54.7

63.4

-14%

-12%

43%

  USA

131.9

92.0

43%

40%

157%

  ROW(3)

24.9

29.4

-15%

-10%

3%

 

(1) CER designates Constant Exchange Rate translation of foreign currency revenue. (2) ROE is rest of Europe. (3) ROW is rest of world.

 

Financial Highlights

· Strong revenue growth of 32%, with 2yr CAGR of 38%

· Gross margin for the three months 55.0%, in line with 2 years ago and down 60bps vs. a strong comparative in the first quarter last year

· Net cash of £199.1 million (28 February 2021: £276.0m, reflecting £143.5m of investments across offices and infrastructure)

 

Operational Highlights

· Successful integration of Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton brands onto our multi-brand platform

· Launch of the new Debenhams digital department store, with fashion, beauty and homewares

· Distribution centre in Wellingborough now live with Daventry site on schedule for operational use in Q2, supporting the next phase of the Group's growth with significant job creation

· All of the Group's London-based brands now operating from our new offices in Soho

 

Sustainability highlights

· Published separately today a further progress report from Sir Brian Leveson on the Group's Agenda for Change programme, which highlights the excellent progress that the Group continues to make

· Joined the Fast Forward initiative for auditing of our UK supply chain, which the Group will transition to over the next twelve months

· Further substantial progress on Agenda for Change, with the launch of our UP.FRONT sustainability strategy and the  publication of our UK supplier list in March and global supplier list on track for publication in September

 

Guidance

The Group has made a strong start to its financial year against challenging comparatives, and in line with expectations uncertainty remains in a number of markets that the Group operates in around the world as a result of the pandemic. Guidance for the year ending 28 February 2022 therefore remains unchanged, with revenue growth of around 25% and adjusted EBITDA margins expected to be in the region of 9.5-10%.

Our medium-term guidance for 25% sales growth per annum and a 10% adjusted EBITDA margin remains unchanged, reflecting the board's confidence in the Group's prospects as it continues to invest in building for the future.

 

 

John Lyttle, CEO, commented:

"I am delighted with our performance in the first quarter, particularly as it was always going to be challenging to produce strong growth rates on last year, when lockdowns around the globe drove such high traffic to online retailers. The two year CAGR of 38% highlights the Group's continued phenomenal growth, with revenues having increased 91% over the last two years, with particularly strong performance in key markets such as the UK and US, where sales have more than doubled.

This quarter we have integrated and relaunched our newly-acquired brands, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton, and we have also relaunched Debenhams for fashion, beauty and homeware, adding ranges, with an exciting pipeline of brands for our digital department store.

We continue to make great progress on our Agenda for Change programme, with this morning's latest report from Sir Brian Leveson outlining the seriousness with which the Group is determined to develop and demonstrate a gold standard in our supply chain.

Our ongoing investment in infrastructure and our platform leaves us well-placed to maximise the opportunities for growth as we build the business for the future."

 

Investor and analyst conference call

 

boohoo group plc will today host a conference call for analysts and investors at 9.00am GMT. The dial in details for the call are as follows:

 

UK Toll Number:

+44 333 300 0804

UK Toll-Free Number:

0800 358 9473

Participant pin code:

36301957#

 

For international access numbers, please click here:
https://event.sharefile.com/d-s84220495bb4b47b2abfff950788bcd35

 

 

Enquiries

 

boohoo group plc

 

Neil Catto, Chief Financial Officer

Tel: +44 (0)161 233 2050

Alistair Davies, Investor Relations

Tel: +44 (0)161 233 2050

Clara Melia, Investor Relations

Tel: +44 (0)20 3289 5520

Mark Mochalski, Investor Relations

Tel: +44 (0)20 3239 6289

 

 

Zeus Capital - Nominated adviser and joint broker

 

Nick Cowles/Andrew Jones (Corporate Finance)

Tel: +44 (0)161 831 1512

John Goold/Benjamin Robertson (Corporate Broking)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3829 5000

 

 

Jefferies - Joint broker

 

Philip Noblet/Max Jones

Tel: +44 (0)20 7029 8000

 

 

Buchanan - Financial PR adviser

[email protected]

Richard Oldworth / Kim Looringh-van Beeck / Toto Berger / Sophie Wills

Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5000

 

About boohoo group plc

 

"Leading the fashion eCommerce market"

 

Founded in Manchester in 2006, boohoo is an inclusive and innovative global brand targeting young, value-orientated customers, pushing boundaries to bring its customers up-to-date and inspirational fashion, 24/7.

In 2017, the group extended its customer offering through the acquisitions of the vibrant fashion brand PrettyLittleThing and free-thinking brand Nasty Gal. In March 2019, the group acquired the MissPap brand, in August 2019 the Karen Millen and Coast brands and in June 2020 the Warehouse and Oasis brands, all complementary to the group's scalable, multi-brand platform. In January 2021, the group acquired the intellectual property assets of Debenhams, with the goal of transforming a leading UK fashion and beauty retailer into a digital department store and marketplace through a new capital-light and low-risk operating model. In February 2021, the group acquired the intellectual property assets of UK brands Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton. As at 28 February 2021, the boohoo group had 18 million active customers across all its brands around the world.

 

Cautionary Statement

Certain statements included or incorporated by reference within this announcement may constitute "forward-looking statements" in respect of the group's operations, performance, prospects and/or financial condition. Forward-looking statements are sometimes, but not always, identified by their use of a date in the future or such words and words of similar meaning as "anticipates", "aims", "due", "could", "may", "will", "should", "expects", "believes", "intends", "plans", "potential", "targets", "goal" or "estimates". By their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions and actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that any particular expectation will be met and reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statement. Additionally, forward-looking statements regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as a representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. No responsibility or obligation is accepted to update or revise any forward-looking statement resulting from new information, future events or otherwise. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast. This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any shares or other securities in the Company, nor shall it or any part of it or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or commitment or investment decisions relating thereto, nor does it constitute a recommendation regarding the shares or other securities of the Company. Past performance cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. Statements in this announcement reflect the knowledge and information available at the time of its preparation. Liability arising from anything in this announcement shall be governed by English law. Nothing in this announcement shall exclude any liability under applicable laws that cannot be excluded in accordance with such laws.

 

 

 

Appendix - prior period revenues by region

 

Revenue by period for the 3 months to 31 May 2021 (FY22)

 

£m

3m to 31 May

 

FY22

FY21

yoy %

yoy % CER

Total

486.1

367.8

32%

32%

 

Revenue by region

 UK

274.6

183.0

50%

50%

 ROE

54.7

63.4

-14%

-12%

 USA

131.9

92.0

43%

40%

 ROW

24.9

29.4

-15%

-15%

 

 

Revenue by period for the year to 28 February 2021 (FY21)

 

£m

4m to 31 December

2m to 28 February

12m to 28 February

 

FY21

FY20

yoy %

yoy % CER

FY21

FY20

yoy %

yoy %

CER

FY21

FY20

yoy %

 

yoy %

CER

Total

660.8

473.7

40%

40%

268.0

196.3

37%

36%

1,745.3

1,234.9

41%

41%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 UK

356.7

255.8

39%

39%

158.2

108.5

46%

46%

945.1

679.4

39%

39%

 ROE

90.4

69.6

30%

32%

30.6

31.4

(3)%

(1)%

244.7

188.4

30%

30%

 USA

168.2

110.6

52%

51%

64.7

42.3

53%

46%

435.1

263.6

65%

63%

 ROW

45.5

37.7

20%

24%

14.5

14.1

3%

11%

120.4

103.5

16%

19%

 

£m

3m to 31 May

3m to 31 August

6m to 31 August

 

FY21

FY20

yoy %

yoy % CER

FY21

FY20

yoy %

yoy %

CER

FY21

FY20

yoy %

 

yoy %

CER

Total

367.8

254.3

45%

45%

448.7

310.5

44%

44%

816.5

564.9

45%

44%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 UK

183.0

140.6

30%

30%

247.2

174.4

42%

42%

430.2

315.0

37%

37%

 ROE

63.4

38.2

66%

65%

60.3

49.2

23%

21%

123.7

87.5

41%

40%

 USA

92.0

51.3

79%

83%

110.2

59.4

86%

83%

202.2

110.7

83%

83%

 ROW

29.4

24.2

22%

22%

31.0

27.5

12%

14%

60.4

51.7

17%

18%

 

CER in this appendix for the year ended 28 February 2021 is calculated using exchange rates prevailing during the year ending 28 February 2021.  Nomenclature: ROE - rest of Europe; ROW - rest of world; yoy - year-on-year; CER - constant exchange rate

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