Greggs PLC: Announces Q4-2023 Trading Update

Newcastle upon Tyne / UK. (gs) British Greggs PLC, the leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer in the United Kingdom with more than 2,400 retail outlets throughout the country, announced its trading update for the fourth quarter 2023. Total sales for FY-2023 were GBP 1,809 million, an increase of 19.6 percent compared with 2022. Like-for-like sales in company-managed shops were 13.7 percent higher than those seen in 2022. Fourth quarter like-for-like sales in company-managed shops grew by 9.4 percent, with continued growth in transaction numbers and a reduced contribution from price inflation as the company progressed through the year. The strong finish to the year reflected the favourable Christmas trading pattern and less disruption than the company saw in the same period of 2022. Q4-2023 highlights:

  • Financial year 2023 (FY-2023) total sales up 19.6 percent to GBP 1,809 million (2022: GBP 1,513 million)
  • Company-managed shop like-for-like sales up 13.7 percent for FY-2023
  • Company-managed shop like-for-like sales up 9.4 percent for the fourth quarter, with continued growth in transaction numbers and reduced contribution from price inflation
  • Strong LFL performance reflects popularity of the Greggs brand as we further develop our range and make Greggs more accessible through digital channels and extended trading hours
  • Delivery service rolled out to 710 shops with Uber Eats, alongside the existing service offered with Just Eat
  • A record 220 new shops opened in the year, with 33 closures and 42 relocations resulting in a net 145 new shop openings, and 2,473 shops trading as at 30 December 2023
  • Good progress in development of supply chain capacity, supporting growth plans
  • Year-end net cash of GBP 195 million (2022: GBP 192 million)
  • Inflationary pressures reducing
  • Anticipate full year outcome in line with our previous expectations

Chief Executive’s Summary

Chief Executive Roisin Currie: «2023 was a year of further progress by Greggs. I am proud of our teams, who did a fantastic job serving more customers as we continue to grow our shop estate and offer greater availability through digital channels and extended trading hours. We enter 2024 with plans to continue to invest in our shops and expand supply chain capacity to deliver the growth strategy, supported by our strong balance sheet. Our value-for-money offer, and the quality of our freshly prepared food and drink continue to evolve and position us well for further progress in the year ahead.»

Trading Performance

Total sales for FY-2023 were GBP 1,809 million, an increase of 19.6 percent compared with 2022. Like- for-like sales in company-managed shops were 13.7 percent higher than those seen in 2022. Fourth quarter like-for-like sales in company-managed shops grew by 9.4 percent, with continued growth in transaction numbers and a reduced contribution from price inflation as we progressed through the year. The strong finish to the year reflected the favourable Christmas trading pattern and less disruption than we saw in the same period of 2022.

Our strong LFL sales performance demonstrates the popularity of the Greggs brand as we further develop our range and make Greggs more accessible through digital channels and extended trading hours. By the end of 2023 Greggs was available for delivery on the Uber Eats platform in 710 of our shops, in addition to the service provided through our existing partner Just Eat.

Seasonal lines, including our iconic Festive Bake, Chocolate Orange Muffin and Christmas Lunch Baguette were in high demand in the fourth quarter, featuring alongside our shop-baked Sweet Mince Pies and festive hot drinks. Pizza continues to perform strongly during the day and into the evening, with pizza boxes and pizza bundle deals continuing to contribute to our growth.

Shop estate and supply chain development

In 2023 we opened a record 220 new shops and closed 75 shops (33 closures and 42 relocations), giving a total of 2,473 shops trading at 30 December 2023 (comprising 1,970 company-managed shops and 503 franchised units). Our shop openings are giving customers more convenient access to Greggs, whilst our relocation activity increases our capacity in existing successful catchments.

The planned investment in our supply chain is progressing well, which supports our ambitious growth plans. A fourth production line is currently being commissioned at Balliol Park in Newcastle upon Tyne and will provide significant additional manufacturing capacity for our iconic savoury rolls and bakes. Work is progressing well to expand the logistics capacity of our Birmingham and Amesbury distribution centres, both of which are due to come on stream later in 2024.

Financial position and outlook

Greggs ended 2023 with a cash position of GBP 195 million (2022: GBP 192 million), which will support our plans to invest further in growing both our shop estate and supply chain capacity in the years ahead. The pipeline of new shop opportunities remains strong, and we expect to open between 140 and 160 net new shops in 2024.

Given the strong trading in the final quarter the Board anticipates reporting a full year outcome for FY-2023 in line with its previous expectations.

As expected, inflationary pressures are reducing and with good forward cover on food, packaging and energy we anticipate a more stable cost base in the coming year. Wage inflation remains, although higher rates of pay across the economy will also provide support to consumer incomes. Overall, we are confident that we can deliver another year of good progress as we continue our plans for sustainable growth.

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