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X5 Retail Group N.V.
18 April 2019
 

X5 RETAIL GROUP REPORTS 15.3% NET RETAIL SALES GROWTH IN Q1 2019

ü Total net retail sales growth remained strong at 15.3% y-o-y (16.4% y-o-y, incl. VAT), in roubles (RUB) driven by:

§ 5.0% increase in like-for-like (LFL)(1) sales; and

§ 10.3% sales growth contribution from a 15.1% rise in selling space.

ü X5's LFL sales growth accelerated q-o-q to 5.0% y-o-y in Q1 2019 from 3.7% in Q4 2018, driven primarily by improved traffic. LFL sales growth was positive for all X5 formats. 

ü X5's LFL traffic and basket growth accelerated q-o-q to 2.7% and 2.2% y-o-y respectively in Q1 2019 from 2.2% and 1.4% y-o-y in Q4 2018.

ü Net retail sales for X5's core formats Pyaterochka and Perekrestok increased by 16.3% and 20.3% y-o-y, respectively.

ü Karusel's net retail sales decreased by 1.4% y-o-y in Q1 2019 due to the closure of one hypermarket and the transfer of two stores to Perekrestok, in line with the format's strategy of optimising its store portfolio.

ü X5 added 348 net new stores in Q1 2019.

 

Amsterdam, 18 April 2019 - 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 Q1 2019(2).

Net Retail Sales(3) Performance

Net retail sales by format(4)

RUB mln

 Q1 2019

 Q1 2018

change

y-o-y, %

Pyaterochka

315,274

271,048

16.3

Perekrestok

66,445

55,250

20.3

Karusel

21,917

22,218

(1.4)

Х5 Retail Group

404,116

350,346

15.3

Q1 2019 LFL store performance by format, % change y-o-y


Sales

Traffic

Basket

Pyaterochka

4.7

2.2

2.5

Perekrestok

7.6

7.8

(0.2)

Karusel

2.0

(2.4)

4.5

X5 Retail Group

5.0

2.7

2.2

Q1 2019 monthly net RUB retail sales by format, % change y-o-y


January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

Pyaterochka

16.2

17.4

15.6

Perekrestok

23.4

20.1

17.8

Karusel

(2.8)

(0.6)

(0.7)

X5 Retail Group

15.6

16.2

14.4

Average Ticket and Number of Customer Visits

Q1 2019 average ticket and customer visits by format


Q1 2019

Q1 2018

change

y-o-y, %

Average Ticket, RUB




Pyaterochka

366.4

360.9

1.5

Perekrestok

558.3

556.2

0.4

Karusel

824.3

782.5

5.3

X5 Retail Group

400.9

395.8

1.3

# of Customers, mln




Pyaterochka

992.4

857.8

15.7

Perekrestok

136.8

113.3

20.7

Karusel

30.6

32.4

(5.6)

X5 Retail Group

1,161.9

1,011.0

14.9

Q1 2019 average monthly RUB ticket and customer visits by format, % change y-o-y


January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

Average Ticket

 



Pyaterochka

2.8

1.9

0.0

Perekrestok

2.0

(0.6)

(0.2)

Karusel

4.8

6.0

5.2

X5 Retail Group

2.7

1.5

(0.1)

# of Customer Visits



Pyaterochka

13.9

16.5

16.6

Perekrestok

21.7

21.8

18.9

Karusel

(6.2)

(5.3)

(5.1)

X5 Retail Group

13.5

15.8

15.4

Expansion Dynamics

Selling space and # of stores by format


As at

31-Mar-19

As at

31-Dec-18

change vs

31-Dec-18, %

As at

31-Mar-18

change
y-o-y, %

Selling Space, square metres (sq. m) 




Pyaterochka

5,434,862

5,291,421

2.7

4,642,926

17.1

Perekrestok

794,234

781,538

1.6

685,551

15.9

Karusel

369,493

382,024

(3.3)

382,168

(3.3)

X5 Retail Group

6,598,589

6,463,735

2.1

5,733,064

15.1

# of Stores






Pyaterochka

13,917

13,522

2.9

11,797

18.0

Perekrestok

771

760

1.4

674

14.4

Karusel

91

94

(3.2)

92

(1.1)

X5 Retail Group

14,779

14,431

2.4

12,701

16.4

Selling space and # of stores added by format


Net Added

Q1 2019

 Net Added

Q1 2018

change,

y-o-y, %

Selling Space, square metres (sq. m) 




Pyaterochka

143,441

216,118

(33.6)

Perekrestok

12,696

48,309

(73.7)

Karusel

(12,531)

(3,103)

n/a

X5 Retail Group

134,854

253,323

(46.8)

Net # of Stores




Pyaterochka

395

572

(30.9)

Perekrestok

11

36(5)

(69.4)

Karusel

(3)

(1)

n/a

X5 Retail Group

348

580

(40.0)

Key Drivers for Q1 2019 Results

External environment

§ Consumer demand for food products continued its moderate growth in Q1 2019 despite the VAT rate hike and increasing inflationary pressure. The growth rate of food retail trade reached 1.9% in January-February 2019.

§ According to Rosstat data, consumer sentiment showed small improvement from -17% in Q4 2018 to -16% in Q1 2019.

§ Food inflation accelerated to 5.8% y-o-y in Q1 2019 from 3.6% y-o-y in Q4 2018. It continued to accelerate during Q1 2019 from 5.5% y-o-y in January to 5.9% y-o-y in March.

Sales

§ Pyaterochka's net retail sales growth in Q1 2019 was 16.3% y-o-y, compared to 18.1% y-o-y in Q4 2018, due to the slower pace of openings. LFL traffic accelerated to 2.2% y-o-y in Q1 2019 from 1.7% y-o-y in Q4 2018, as a result of the format management's focus on quality and freshness of products, service level in stores, as well as better operational efficiency overall. In addition to this, LFL basket improved by 2.5% y-o-y.

§ Perekrestok's net retail sales growth totalled 20.3% in Q1 2019, delivering the highest pace of growth among the Company's formats. LFL revenue in the supermarket segment was driven predominantly by 7.8% y-o-y LFL traffic growth, which was the highest across our formats for the tenth consecutive quarter.

§ Karusel saw a small 1.4% y-o-y decline in net retail sales, mainly due to the transfer of two stores to Perekrestok management in 1Q 2019, while the LFL revenue contribution was positive, at +2.0% y-o-y.

§ LFL traffic was positive in X5's core formats Pyaterochka and Perekrestok in Q1 2019.

§ LFL traffic in Pyaterochka in Moscow reached positive territory in Q1 2019 after being negative in 2018. LFL traffic in Pyaterochka in other regions remained positive in Q1 2019.

Loyalty programmes

§ X5 continued to develop its loyalty card programmes. In total, X5's three retail formats had 38.3 million registered loyalty card users as of 31 March 2019, with penetration in traffic in March reaching 50% at Pyaterochka, 49% at Perekrestok and 78% at Karusel.

Expansion and retail portfolio improvement

§ In line with the strategy of balanced growth, over the first quarter the Company opened less stores in the proximity format compared with Q1 2018.

§ The number of new openings in Q1 was in line with X5's budget. Opening guidance for 2019 remains unchanged at 2,000 new stores (gross) across all formats.

§ Four Perekrestok stores were opened following refurbishments in Q1 2019, which, along with new openings, brought the total share of stores operating under the new concept to more than 87% as of 31 March 2019.

§ In Q1 2019, as part of the Company's ongoing rationalisation programme, X5 closed 85 Pyaterochka stores, seven Perekrestok supermarkets, one Karusel as well as the remaining 55 Perekrestok Express stores.

§ In Q1 2019, two Karusel hypermarkets were transferred to Perekrestok, which, together with the closing of one hypermarket, resulted in a selling space reduction of 12,531 sq. m. in the hypermarket format since the beginning of the year.

§ The Perekrestok Online service continued to expand, with the number of orders increasing from 200 ths in Q4 2018 to 275 ths in Q1 2019. In March, the number of online orders reached 4,000 on peak days.

 

(1)  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.

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

(3)  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 Q1 2019 financial results.

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

(5)  Including 28 supermarkets acquired by X5 from O'KEY.

 

Note to Editors:

X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE and MOEX: FIVE, Fitch - 'BB+', Moody's - 'Ba1', 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 and the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand.

As of 31 March 2019, X5 had 14,779 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 13,917 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 771 Perekrestok supermarkets and 91 Karusel hypermarkets. The Company operates 41 DCs and 3,837 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2018, revenue totalled RUB 1,532,537 mln (USD 24,439 mln), Adjusted EBITDA reached RUB 109,871 mln (USD 1,752 mln), and net profit for the period amounted to RUB 28,642 mln (USD 457 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 - 0.02%, Shareholders with less than 3% - 40.62%.

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:

Natalia Zagvozdina

Head of Corporate Finance and IR

Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 27-300

e-mail: [email protected]

Andrey Vasin

Head of Investor Relations

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

e-mail: [email protected]

 


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