SSP GROUP PLC
Results for six months period ended 31 March 2019
SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, announces its financial results for the first half of its 2019 financial year, covering the six months ended 31 March 2019.
- Underlying operating profit1 of £62.5m: up 14.6% at constant currency2, and 13.2% at actual exchange rates
- Revenue of £1,261.6m: up 6.8% at constant currency; 7.1% at actual exchange rates
- Like-for-like sales3 up 2.0%: driven by air passenger travel and retail initiatives
- Net gains4 of 4.1%: strong performances in Continental Europe, North America and the Rest of the World
- Underlying operating margin1 up 30 basis points to 5.0% at constant currency, strategic initiatives delivering well
- Underlying profit before tax1 of £54.2m: up 11.3%. Reported profit before tax of £51.4m
- Underlying earnings per share1 of 6.7 pence: up 19.6%. Reported earnings per share of 6.1 pence
- Capital investment of £108.2m, reflecting the significant new contract opening programme, which has been first half weighted in 2019
- Encouraging pipeline of new contracts with wins in North America, Brazil, India, Spain and France
- Interim dividend of 5.8 pence per share, up 20.8 %. This follows the completion of the c. £150m special dividend and share consolidation in April 2019
Commenting on the results, Kate Swann, CEO of SSP Group said:
“SSP has delivered another good performance in the first half of 2019, driven by strong sales growth, significant new contract openings across the world and our programme of operational improvements. We have continued to grow our global presence, particularly in North America and Asia, and we have further expanded our operations in Latin America. These are high growth markets for SSP and present us with exciting opportunities. Given this positive momentum, we are today raising our expectations for net gains in the second half of the year.
“Looking forward, the second half has started well and whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short term, we continue to be well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets and our programme of operational improvements.”
1 Stated on an underlying basis which excludes the revaluation of the obligation to acquire an additional 16% ownership share of TFS and the amortisation of intangible assets arising on the acquisition of the SSP business in 2006. This is consistent with the prior period.
2 Constant currency is based on average 2018 exchange rates weighted over the financial year by 2018 results.
3 Like-for-like sales represent revenues generated in an equivalent period in each financial period in outlets which have been open for a minimum of 12 months. Like-for-like sales are presented on a constant currency basis.
4 Net contract gains/(losses) represent the net year-on-year revenue impact from new outlets opened and existing units closed in the past 12 months. Net contract gains/(losses) are presented on a constant currency basis.