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X5 Retail Group N.V.
18 October 2018
 

X5 RETAIL GROUP REPORTS 17.6% NET RETAIL SALES GROWTH IN Q3 2018

·     Total net retail sales growth remained strong at 17.6% y-o-y, driven by:

0.5% increase in like-for-like (LFL) sales; and

17.1% sales growth contribution from a 19.6% rise in selling space.

·     Net retail sales for X5's core formats Pyaterochka and Perekrestok increased by 18.3% and 25.5%, respectively, and decreased by 0.3% at Karusel mainly due to refurbishment closures in Q2 2018.

·     X5's LFL sales and traffic growth remain positive at 0.5% and 0.9% y-o-y respectively in Q3 2018. LFL sales and traffic were positive for both core formats - Pyaterochka and Perekrestok.

·     X5 added 507 net new stores in Q3 2018, contributing to an additional
208.9 th. sq. m of net selling space in the quarter. Net selling space growth slowed down from 23.3% in Q2 2018 to 19.6% in Q3 2018.

Amsterdam, 18 October 2018 - X5 Retail Group N.V. ("X5" or the "Company"), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: "FIVE"), announces today the Company's preliminary consolidated net retail sales and operational results for the third quarter (Q3) and nine months (9M) ended 30 September 2018(1).

Net Retail Sales(2) Performance

Net Russian ruble (RUB) retail sales by format, million (mln)(3)

RUB mln

 Q3 2018

 Q3 2017

change

y-o-y, %

9M 2018

9M 2017

change

y-o-y, %

Pyaterochka

297,817

251,653

18.3

871,129

724,499

20.2

Perekrestok

53,225

42,417

25.5

163,633

132,312

23.7

Karusel

20,647

20,705

(0.3)

64,723

63,335

2.2

Х5 Retail Group

372,805

317,131

17.6

1,104,003

927,482

19.0

Q3 2018 monthly net RUB retail sales by format, % change y-o-y


July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

Pyaterochka

20.5

19.0

15.5

Perekrestok

24.0

26.5

25.9

Karusel

(0.6)

0.3

(0.6)

X5 Retail Group

19.1

18.2

15.4

(1)  Numbers in this press release are preliminary and have not been reviewed or audited by the Company's auditor.

(2)  Net retail sales represent revenue from operations of X5-managed stores net of VAT. This number differs from revenue, which also includes proceeds from direct franchisees (royalty payments) and other revenue, which will be reported as part of X5's Q3 and 9M 2018 financial results.

(3)  In the tables and text of this press release, immaterial deviations in calculation of % change, subtotals and totals are due to rounding.

Average Ticket and Number of Customer Visits

Q3 & 9M 2018 average ticket and customer visits by format


Q3 2018

Q3 2017

change

y-o-y, %

9M 2018

9M 2017

change

y-o-y, %

Average Ticket, RUB







Pyaterochka

333.2

336.3

(0.9)

345.3

347.6

(0.6)

Perekrestok

481.2

490.4

(1.9)

511.6

514.7

(0.6)

Karusel

745.6

725.7

2.7

763.5

732.1

4.3

X5 Retail Group

359.5

363.4

(1.1)

374.9

377.8

(0.8)

# of Customers, mln







Pyaterochka

1,021.4

857.1

19.2

2,881.2

2,384.5

20.8

Perekrestok

125.9

99.0

27.2

364.6

293.5

24.2

Karusel

31.5

32.6

(3.1)

96.8

98.7

(1.9)

X5 Retail Group

1,184.3

999.3

18.5

3,363.0

2,807.7

19.8

Q3 2018 average monthly ticket and customer visits by format, % change y-o-y


July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

Average Ticket

 



Pyaterochka

(1.6)

0.2

(1.4)

Perekrestok

(4.2)

(0.4)

(1.0)

Karusel

0.1

4.1

4.1

X5 Retail Group

(2.2)

0.1

(1.2)

# of Customer Visits



Pyaterochka

22.1

18.6

16.9

Perekrestok

29.0

26.0

26.6

Karusel

(0.6)

(4.2)

(4.5)

X5 Retail Group

21.3

17.8

16.4

LFL Sales Performance

Q3 & 9M 2018 LFL(4) store performance by format, % change y-o-y


Q3 2018

9M 2018


Sales

Traffic

Basket

Sales

Traffic

Basket

Pyaterochka

0.1

0.5

(0.4)

(0.0)

(0.1)

0.0

Perekrestok

4.7

6.7

(1.8)

5.2

5.5

(0.3)

Karusel

(2.5)

(4.8)

2.4

0.1

(3.2)

3.4

X5 Retail Group

0.5

0.9

(0.4)

0.7

0.4

0.3

(4)  LFL comparisons of retail sales between two periods are comparisons of retail sales in local currency (including VAT) generated by the relevant stores. The stores that are included in LFL comparisons are those that have operated for at least 12 full months. Their sales are included in LFL calculation starting from the day of the store's opening. We include all stores that fit our LFL criteria in each reporting period.

Expansion Dynamics

Selling space and # of stores by format


As at

30-Sep-18

As at

31-Dec-17

change vs

31-Dec-17, %

As at

30-Sep-17

change vs

30-Sep-17, %

Selling Space, square meters (sq. m.) 



Pyaterochka

5,035,160

4,426,808

13.7

4,145,793

21.5

Perekrestok

728,467

637,242

14.3

585,585

24.4

Karusel

382,120

385,271

(0.8)

380,784

0.4

X5 Retail Group

6,155,080

5,479,741

12.3

5,144,561

19.6

# of Stores






Pyaterochka

12,822

11,225

14.2

10,481

22.3

Perekrestok

712

638

11.6

584

21.9

Karusel

92

93

(1.1)

91

1.1

X5 Retail Group

13,685

12,121

12.9

11,326

20.8

Selling space and # of stores added by format


Net Added

Q3 2018

Net Added

Q3 2017

change,

y-o-y, %

Net Added

9M 2018

Net Added

9M 2017

change,

y-o-y, %

Selling Space, square meters (sq. m.) 





Pyaterochka

194,012

301,732

(35.7)

608,353

816,520

(25.5)

Perekrestok

23,151

21,057

9.9

91,225

37,112

145.8

Karusel

(4,151)

1,061

n/a

(3,151)

(6,114)

(48.5)

X5 Retail Group

208,910

323,581

(35.4)

675,339

842,808

(19.9)

Net # of Stores







Pyaterochka

508

793

(35.9)

1,597

2,118

(24.6)

Perekrestok

21

27

(22.2)

74

45

64.4

Karusel

(1)

1

n/a

(1)

0

n/a

X5 Retail Group

507

820

(38.2)

1,564

2,139

(26.9)

Key Drivers for Q3 2018 Results

External environment

·     Real food retail trade growth was positive in Q3 2018; however, it slowed to 1.0% y-o-y from 2.6% y-o-y in Q2 2018.

·     Income dynamics remain uncertain. Despite some positive signs during the year, there is still no sustainable trend towards recovery.

·     Food inflation accelerated from 0.4% y-o-y in Q2 2018 to 1.6% in Q3 2018. This trend was driven mainly by seasonality (the low base of H2 2017) and the lower harvest compared to 2016 and 2017.

Sales

·     In line with the Company's priorities, the share of promo in Q3 2018 remained at almost the same level as in Q2 2018 and Q3 2017.

·     Pyaterochka's net retail sales growth slightly decelerated to 18.3% y-o-y in Q3 2018 from 21.0% in Q2 2018, mainly due to the slower pace of selling space additions, in line with the Company's current plans. LFL traffic remained positive at 0.5%.

·     Perekrestok's net retail sales growth accelerated to 25.5% in Q3 2018 from 22.8% in Q2 2018, the highest pace of growth among the Company's formats. LFL traffic was also the highest among all formats for the eighth quarter in a row and reached 6.7% y-o-y in Q3 2018.

·     Karusel's net retail sales growth was negative at (0.3)% y-o-y in Q3 2018, driven by the closure of six hypermarkets during Q2 2018 for refurbishment.

Loyalty programmes

·     X5 continued to develop its loyalty card programmes. In total, X5's three retail formats had 31.4 million registered loyalty card users as of 30 September 2018, with penetration in traffic in September reaching 42% at Pyaterochka, 45% at Perekrestok and 72% at Karusel.

Expansion and retail portfolio improvement

·     22 Perekrestok stores were opened following refurbishments in Q3 2018, which, along with new openings, brought the total share of stores operating under the new concept to more than 83% as of 30 September 2018.

·     Two Karusel hypermarkets were opened following refurbishment in Q3 2018 and five further stores are due to re-open later in the year.

·     In Q3 2018, X5 opened one new distribution centre in Yaroslavl (36.5 ths sq. m.) to serve the Pyaterochka format.

·     In Q3 2018, as part of the Company's ongoing rationalisation programme, X5 closed 57 Pyaterochka stores and eight Perekrestok stores.

·     The Perekrestok Online service continued to expand, with the number of orders increasing from 64 ths in Q2 2018 to 93 ths in Q3 2018.

Note to Editors:

X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE and MOEX: FIVE, Fitch - 'BB+', Moody's - 'Ba2', S&P - 'BB', RAEX - 'ruAA') is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 30 September 2018, X5 had 13,685 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 12,822 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 712 Perekrestok supermarkets, 92 Karusel hypermarkets and 59 convenience stores. The Company operates 40 DCs and 3,293 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2017, revenue totalled RUB 1,295,008 mln (USD 22,193 mln), Adjusted EBITDA reached RUB 99,131 mln (USD 1,699 mln), and adjusted net profit for the period amounted to RUB 33,768 mln (USD 579 mln). In H1 2018, revenue totalled RUB 734,077 mln (USD 12,368 mln), adjusted EBITDA reached RUB 51,697 mln (USD 871 mln), and net profit amounted to RUB 14,313 mln (USD 241 mln).

X5's Shareholder structure is as follows: CTF Holdings S.A. - 47.86%, Intertrust Trustees Ltd (Axon Trust) - 11.43%, X5 Directors - 0.07%, treasury shares - 0.01%, Shareholders with less than 3% - 40.63%.

Forward looking statements:

This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as "anticipate", "target", "expect", "estimate", "intend", "expected", "plan", "goal", "believe", or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.'s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as of the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

Elements of this press release contain or may contain inside information about X5 Retail Group N.V. within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014/EU).

For further details please contact:

Andrey Vasin

Head of Investor Relations

Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 13-151

e-mail: [email protected]


 


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