Greencore Group plc (“Greencore” or the “Group”), a leading manufacturer of convenience foods in the UK, today issues a trading update for Q4 and the full year ended 24 September 2021, ahead of the publication of its full year results on 30 November 2021.
- There has been further improvement in revenue, profitability, and cash flow momentum during Q4, supported by a continued increase in demand for food to go categories and strong execution on new business wins
- Revenue trends continued to recover through Q4, with Group pro forma revenue 27% above Q4 20 levels and 1% above equivalent pre-COVID levels in Q4 19. For the full year, the Group anticipates a reported revenue outturn of approximately £1,320m
- The Group expects to generate an FY21 Adjusted Operating Profit outturn towards the upper end of previous guidance of between £36m and £40m
- The Group also expects Net Debt (excluding lease liabilities) at year end to be below £190m, an improvement on previous guidance of below £240m. Strong free cash generation continued in the final quarter. Working capital inflows were supported by increased volumes and from the timing benefit of an early year end date. There was an adjustment to the phasing of some capital expenditure projects into early FY22, and the disposal of an investment property for approximately £7m was also completed. Net Debt:EBITDA, as measured under financing agreements, is expected to be below 2.2x
- Good progress was made on the Group’s sustainability objectives, in particular the launch of fully recyclable, plastic free sandwich skillet trials for customers in September 2021
- The Group is encouraged by the progress seen in the final quarter of FY21
- While the well documented supply chain and labour challenges persist across the UK food industry, the Group is working closely with customers and suppliers to mitigate the impact and to deliver strong operational service levels
- The Group is also engaging intensively with customers to recover input cost and other inflation
|FY21 Pro Forma Revenue Growth1,2|
|Versus FY20||Versus FY19|
|Food to go categories||+37%||+9%||-2%||-16%|
|Other convenience food categories||+8%||+2%||+10%||+4%|
Commenting on the performance, Patrick Coveney, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are pleased with the further improvement in our business in the fourth quarter, in particular the increase in demand across the business and our strong underlying cash generation. I am also excited by the progress we have made in the past quarter on our sustainability journey including the launch of the first fully recyclable, plastic free sandwich skillet.
None of our progress would have been possible without the energy and dedication of our teams and colleagues who, as throughout the COVID pandemic, continue to do a fantastic job. Greencore has a strong position in the dynamic UK convenience food market and, looking forward, we remain confident in our medium-term prospects.”