Greencore Group plc (‘Greencore’ or the ‘Group’), a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK, today provides an update in light of the recent developments regarding COVID-19.
The Group is more than five months into FY20 and trading broadly in line with original expectations. Since the emergence of COVID-19, the Group has implemented an extensive range of measures to keep colleagues safe. The Group’s supply chain and production network have remained fully operational and levels of customer service have been as strong as ever.
Over the last 10 days, the impact of COVID-19 has become more pronounced on the wider UK food industry, the grocery sector (to which the Group supplies the vast majority of its products) and on Greencore. While much is changing across UK society in response to the pandemic, it is apparent that the maintenance of a robust food system – at a manufacturing, distribution and grocery store level – will be an increasingly critical part of the national infrastructure, particularly as footfall reduces in foodservice and hospitality formats. Currently, from a demand perspective, Group volumes are holding up well, albeit there is a pronounced change in mix across different parts of the product portfolio and across customers’ store formats.
As a business Greencore is committed to playing its part in keeping the UK fed, working with colleagues, suppliers and customers to maintain food through all scenarios. However, given the level of uncertainty, it is too early to predict the impact of COVID-19 on FY20 results.
The Group’s cash generation has proceeded broadly in line with plan. The Group retains substantial financial headroom, with significant access to cash and undrawn committed debt facilities and with no maturities in any facilities in the next 18 months1.
The Board is continuing to closely monitor performance in what is a rapidly changing trading environment and will provide updates as appropriate. The Group will report its FY20 Interim Results on 19 May 2020.
Patrick Coveney, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“We have three priorities as we lead our Group through the COVID-19 pandemic – keeping our colleagues safe, feeding the UK and protecting our business. The health and safety of our colleagues, customers and business partners is paramount. We are closely monitoring all aspects of our business and are confident that we have the team, customer partnerships and protocols in place to maintain food supply through this uncertain period.”