Greencore PLC: announces Full Year and Q4-2022 Trading Update

Dublin / IE. (gg) Greencore Group PLC, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK, issues a trading update for Q4 and the full year ended 30 September 2022, ahead of the publication of its full year results on 29 November 2022. Highlights:

  • Progressive year on year improvement in revenue, Operating Profit and deleveraging, supported by continued volume growth and significant recovery of inflation
  • FY22 reported revenue of approximately GBP 1.7bln (FY21: GBP 1.3bln)
  • FY22 Adjusted Operating Profit and Adjusted EPS at the lower end of the respective ranges of GBP 72-GBP 77m and 9.2p-10.0p (given in the Q3-2022 update on 26 July) after absorbing the impact on volume and operations of rail strikes and the unscheduled bank holiday in September 2022
  • Strong cash conversion resulting in Net Debt (excluding lease liabilities) of approximately GBP 180m (2021: GBP 183m) at year end after GBP 30m strategic capex and most of the GBP 10m share buyback, with Net Debt:Ebitda, as measured under financing agreements, approaching the Group’s target range of 1.0x – 1.5x
  • Q4 Pro-forma revenue 25 percent up year on year due to the impact of inflation recovery and new business wins

Trading Performance

Pro forma revenue growth in Q4-2022 of 25 percent year on year is driven by a combination of increased volumes, a low-teen percentage increase in underlying pricing, the onboarding of new business in ready meals and increased revenue in the Group’s Irish ingredients trading business.

Q4-2022 revenue growth of 23 percent in food to go categories is lower than Q3-2022 due to a stronger comparative period, the volume impact of rail strikes and the unexpected bank holiday, and the full year effect of new business wins in Q4-2021. In Q4-2022, we completed the onboarding of new business enabled by the GBP 30m strategic capital investment across three manufacturing sites.

For the full year, we have delivered good year on year volume growth while recovering significant levels of ongoing inflation and enhancing profit and cash conversion. Group pro forma revenue has increased 29 percent year on year with a 35 percent increase in food to go categories reflecting volume growth, the onboarding of new business and the impact of inflation recovery.

Adjusted Operating Profit will be at the lower end of the range of GBP 72-GBP 77m (given in the Q3-2022 update on 26 July) after absorbing the impact on volume and operations in Q4-2022 of rail strikes and the additional September bank holiday.

We have also retained our focus on tight cashflow management delivering an absolute reduction in Net Debt year on year at the same time as delivering our share buyback programme. Net debt was approximately GBP 180m at the end of the financial year marginally down from GBP 183m in 2021. Leverage is now approaching our target range of 1.0x to 1.5x.

The GBP 10m share buyback programme that commenced on 26 July 2022, the first phase of our previously announced GBP 50m value return to shareholders over the coming two years, has now been completed, as announced on 7 October 2022.

Outlook

We closely monitor the impact of the UK macroeconomic environment on consumer sentiment and demand in our categories. We don’t currently see an impact as consumer demand has held up well, however we remain watchful and cautious about the potential impact of cost-of-living factors through the year ahead.

We remain focused on the recovery of inflation through all mechanisms available and are working with our customers and supply partners to mitigate the ongoing impact of the persistently high inflation across the industry on consumer prices. We have substantially recovered the inflation that we have experienced over the last 12 months, and we are making decisions whether to bid for or renew contracts based on their economics, including the ability to recover inflation.

We remain focused on execution of our Better Greencore efficiency programme and continue to plan for the second phase which focuses on output optimization and efficiency.

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