Source - RNS
RNS Number : 6463K
Greene King PLC
12 April 2018
 

 

PRE-CLOSE TRADING STATEMENT

 

Pub Company like-for-like (LFL) sales for the 49 weeks to 8th April were -1.8%. The weather over the last 12 weeks impacted trading, particularly in our destination food-led pubs, and on an underlying basis, excluding the impact of snow, LFL sales in the year-t0-date were -1.2%. Both drink and accommodation LFL sales were ahead of last year.

Trading over Easter was strong with LFL sales up 2.8% against the Easter weekend last year, helped by strong sporting fixtures, especially football and boxing.

The targeted £10m investment we made in the second half of the year to strengthen our value for money, customer service and quality is starting to positively impact on trading, despite the continued challenging market backdrop.

We continue to reposition Pub Company to drive growth going forward; we will complete the exit from Fayre & Square by the financial year end; we opened nine new pubs over the year; and we invested core and brand conversion capex in 292 pubs.       

After 48 weeks, LFL net profit in Pub Partners was -0.3% while own-brewed volumes in Brewing & Brands were -0.7%, ahead of the UK ale market* at -3.1%.

We remain on track to deliver targeted cost savings of £40-45m, we will have spent c. £160m in the full year in ensuring our estate remains well invested and our disposal proceeds are likely to be ahead of expectations at c. £120m following the sale of three high value leasehold pubs.

As a result, we expect full year profit before tax and exceptionals to be in the range of £240-245m.

With our high quality portfolio of pubs, excellent team, strong balance sheet and sustainable dividend, we remain well placed to withstand the external market challenges and deliver long-term value to our shareholders.

*BBPA May 2017 to February 2018

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

 

 

Greene King plc

Rooney Anand, chief executive officer

Richard Smothers, chief financial officer

Tel: 01284 763222

Finsbury

Alastair Hetherington

Philip Walters

Tel: 0207 251 3801

 

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

 

·      Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs around 40,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.

·      It operates 2,903 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which 1,758 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and 1,145 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands and formats include Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer and the Greene King Local Pubs estate.  82% of the estate is either freehold or long leasehold.

·     Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries. Its industry-leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.

 

 


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