Ultimate Products has issued another unscheduled trading update, once again reporting that sales have been more robust than expected. Management states it now anticipates sales in the year ended 31st July will be above £111m, underlying EBITDA* will be above £9.6m and CPTP will be above £7.4m. We have upgraded our forecasts, accordingly, looking for CPTP of £7.5m which delivers underlying EPS of 7.3p. Our forecast net debt position falls to £9.0m (0.9x net debt/EBITDA), leaving the Group still w
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B&M has reported in-disappointing UK B&M sales growth and we expect market consensus PBT of £247m (IAS 17) to reduce by around £10-15m (mid single digit %). There is no update on Germany. We expect the share price to reflect lower forecasts and some de-rating.
Although we remain sellers of B&M it is hard not to be impressed with its ambition and the pace at which it moves. Two recent acquisitions, management change in Germany and pushing through a major warehouse investment in Bedford, as well as opening midhigh single digit percentage new space in the core B&M chain all attest to this.
B&M has reported 3Q UK B&M stores LFL of -1.6% against our expectation of +2% and total UK sales growth of +4.4% (WH +9.5%). This is worse than expectation in our view and compares with underlying +3.6% in 1Q and -1.6% in 2Q, and comparatives 1-3Q 2017/18 of +6.3%, +7.7% and +3.9% (1Q figures in each year adjusted to exclude Easter timing differences). The company points to the exit rate of UK LFL being better at +1.2% and continuation of this rate into 4Q (where the comparative will weaken over
BME has reported 3Q UK LFL sales growth of 3.9% v consensus of around +4% and a tough comparative of +7.2%. Growth has come in lower margin food and FMCG which we believe continues to be vulnerable to price competition for food retailer own brands and in any event dilutes the benefit of sales growth at the bottom line. Germany sales rate declined from +11% 1H to +8% 3Q perhaps indicating negative LFL getting worse in short term. Management is happy with existing EBITDA consensus. The only price
Full year consensus forecasts likely to hold as UK B&M sales UK LFL was +7.7% in 2Q – however, this was achieved with a 80bps decline in gross margin. Overall PBT of £86.8m (+17.8%) was slightly below consensus despite a £2.4m EBITDA contribution from newly acquired Heron Foods. The next key test 3Q trading against start of marketing-driven sales acceleration of 2016/17. Germany had a difficult 1H with EBITDA down 22.5% - this casts doubt on B&M’s ability to manage acquisitions. The company is m
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