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Friday 29 April, 2016

Restaurant Group PLC

Trading Update and Board Change

RNS Number : 7451W
Restaurant Group PLC
29 April 2016

The Restaurant Group plc  


Trading Update and Board Change



Trading Update

The Restaurant Group today provides an update on recent trading and its expectations for the 2016 financial year. 


Since we updated on current trading with the preliminary results on 9th March, we have seen a further deterioration in trading conditions, with our Leisure business, in particular, continuing to be impacted by the structural and business challenges referred to in the March Preliminary results statement. As a result for the 17 weeks to 24 April, total sales are up 4.7% and like for like sales are down 2.7%.


In the short term, we do not anticipate any improvement to underlying like for like trends and, on this basis, we now expect full year like for like sales to be down between 2.5% and 5.0% which would translate into full year profit before tax in the range of £74m to £80m.


We are actively implementing the operational initiatives to improve performance that we outlined in detail at the Preliminary results in March.


The Group is cash generative and our balance sheet strong, supporting the dividend.


Review of Strategy

A comprehensive review of our current operating strategy has also commenced. This will include our property portfolio, site roll out programme, brand positioning and overheads. We will update on this review at the Interim results in August.


We remain disciplined in our self-funded approach to the returns expected from new openings. Recent openings are generating good returns. Year to date we have opened four new sites, and expect to open a further three by the end of the first half.  Overall openings this year will be fewer than last year, however we anticipate opening more than 30 sites across the brands. We will reassess the optimum number of new sites in total and by brand to open going forward. 


Board Change

After 11 years with The Restaurant Group, it has been agreed that Stephen Critoph, CFO, will leave the Company with immediate effect. The Board has commenced the search for a new CFO.


The Board thanks Stephen for his contribution.



The Group's AGM will take place on 12 May. The next scheduled announcement after today's update will be the Interim results announcement, which will be issued at the end of August.


 Danny Breithaupt, CEO said:

"We are focused in the short term on the operational levers that will improve our trading performance. In the medium term, we are reviewing the core strategic assumptions that differentiate our operating model to ensure that we optimise returns for shareholders.


In spite of the current like for like challenges, overall returns remain strong, the business continues to be cash generative, and there is a strong core business to build on."



Conference call

A conference call for analysts will be held at 7:15am, the details are as follows:


UK Dial in: 0800 073 8965

International dial in: +44 (0) 1452 560304

Conference ID: 3457916


A replay will also be available on the Company website following the call.



29 April 2016




The Restaurant Group plc

Tel: 020 3117 5001

Danny Breithaupt, Chief Executive Officer

Debbie Hewitt, Chairman Elect

Instinctif Partners

Tel: 020 7457 2020

Matthew Smallwood



Management change

The disclosure required by section 430 (2B) of the Companies Act 2006 relating to the departure of Stephen Critoph from the Company will be published on the Company website once terms have been finalised.



Notes for Editors:


1.   The Restaurant Group plc operates over 500 restaurants and pub restaurants predominantly in leisure locations and airports. Its principal trading brands are Frankie & Benny's, Chiquito, Coast to Coast, Brunning & Price and a Concessions business which trades principally in UK airports.  


2.   This statement is based on information sourced from management accounts.




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