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Tuesday 14 January, 2020

boohoo group plc

Trading Update

RNS Number : 6606Z
boohoo group plc
14 January 2020
 

For immediate release                                                                        14 January 2020

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the company to constitute inside information stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.  Upon the publication of this announcement via the Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

 

boohoo group plc - trading statement for the four months ended 31 December 2019

                                                                                                                                       

Continued strong growth across all brands in all regions

 


Four months to 31 December

Ten months to 31 December

£ million

FY20

        FY19

  Increase

CER(1)

       FY20

        FY19

  Increase

CER

Group total revenue

473.7

328.2

        44%

44%

1,038.5

723.5

44%

44%

Revenue by region









  UK

255.8

180.0

42%

570.7

414.0

38%

38%

  ROE(2)

69.6

44.4

54%

157.1

95.7

64%

62%

  USA

110.6

70.4

57%

221.3

138.6

60%

61%

  ROW(3)

37.7

33.4

13%

13%

89.4

75.2

19%

20%

(1) CER designates Constant Exchange Rate translation of foreign currency revenue. (2) ROE is rest of Europe. (3) ROW is rest of world.

 

Highlights

Group

·    Strong revenue growth of 44% (44% CER(1)) across all key geographic regions

·    Gross margin for the four months 53.5%, down 70 bps

·    Strong balance sheet with net cash of £245 million (31 August 2019: £207 million)

·    Excellent operational performance in both warehouses

·    Successful integration and re-launch of MissPap, Karen Millen and Coast onto our multi-brand platform

 

boohoo

·    Revenue £232.6 million, up 42% (42% CER). Year-to-date revenue £513.7 million, up 38% (38% CER)

·    Gross margin for the four months 52.0%, down 20bps

 

PrettyLittleThing

·    Revenue £190.8 million, up 32% (31% CER). Year-to-date revenue £428.4 million, up 37% (36% CER)

·    Gross margin for the four months 55.1%, down 130bps

 

Nasty Gal

·    Revenue £41.5 million, up 102% (102% CER). Year-to-date revenue £85.3 million, up 123% (125% CER)

·    Gross margin for the four months 54.3%, down 10bps

 

Guidance

Group revenue growth for the financial year to 29 February 2020 is expected to be 40% to 42%, ahead of our previous guidance of 33% to 38%. We expect group adjusted EBITDA margin to be 10.0% to 10.2%, ahead of our previous guidance of around 10%. All other guidance for the current financial year and our medium term guidance to deliver sales growth of 25% per annum and 10% EBITDA margin remains unchanged.

 

John Lyttle, CEO, commented:

"I am delighted to report the group has enjoyed record trading in the last four months of 2019. All of our brands have performed exceptionally well and delivered strong market share gains. We have continued to see operating leverage in our more established brands, and will continue to invest into them and our newly-acquired brands. The newly-acquired brands, MissPap, Karen Millen and Coast, are showing great promise and open different target markets for the group, in line with our strategy to build our multi-brand platform."

 

Investor and analyst conference call

 

boohoo group plc will today host a conference call for analysts and investors at 9.30am (UK time). The dial in details for the call are as follows:

 

UK Toll Number:

+44 3333000804

UK Toll-Free Number:

08003589473

Participant pin code:

66678403#

 

For international access numbers, please click here.

 

Notice of results

 

boohoo group plc expects to report its results for the 12 months to 29 February 2020 on 22 April 2020.

 

Enquiries




boohoo group plc


Neil Catto, Chief Financial Officer

Tel: +44 (0)161 233 2050

Alistair Davies, Investor Relations

Tel: +44 (0)161 233 2050

Clara Melia, Investor Relations

Tel: +44 (0)20 3289 5520



Zeus Capital - Nominated adviser and joint broker


Nick Cowles/Andrew Jones (Corporate Finance)

Tel: +44 (0)161 831 1512

John Goold/Benjamin Robertson (Corporate Broking)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3829 5000



Jefferies - Joint broker


Philip Noblet/Max Jones

Tel: +44 (0)20 7029 8000



Buchanan - Financial PR adviser

[email protected]

Richard Oldworth/ Kim Looringh-van Beeck/Toto Berger

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5000

About boohoo group plc

 

"Leading the fashion eCommerce market"

 

Founded in Manchester in 2006, boohoo is an inclusive and innovative brand targeting young, value-orientated customers. For 13 years, boohoo has been pushing boundaries to bring its customers up-to-date and inspirational fashion, 24/7. boohoo has grown rapidly in the UK and internationally, expanding its offering with range extensions into menswear, through boohooMAN.

 

In early 2017 the group extended its customer offering through the acquisitions of the vibrant fashion brand PrettyLittleThing, and free-thinking brand Nasty Gal. In March 2019 the group acquired the MissPap brand and in August 2019, the Karen Millen and Coast brands, all complementary to the group's scalable multi-brand platform. United by a shared customer value proposition, our brands design, source, market and sell great quality clothes, shoes and accessories at unbeatable prices. These investment propositions have helped us grow from a single brand, into a major multi-brand online retailer, leading the fashion eCommerce market for 16 to 40-year-olds around the world. As at 31 August 2019, the boohoo group had over 13 million active customers across all its brands around the world. 

 

Cautionary Statement

Certain statements included or incorporated by reference within this announcement may constitute "forward-looking statements" in respect of the group's operations, performance, prospects and/or financial condition. Forward-looking statements are sometimes, but not always, identified by their use of a date in the future or such words and words of similar meaning as "anticipates", "aims", "due", "could", "may", "will", "should", "expects", "believes", "intends", "plans", "potential", "targets", "goal" or "estimates". By their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions and actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that any particular expectation will be met and reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statement. Additionally, forward-looking statements regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as a representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. No responsibility or obligation is accepted to update or revise any forward-looking statement resulting from new information, future events or otherwise. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast. This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any shares or other securities in the Company, nor shall it or any part of it or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or commitment or investment decisions relating thereto, nor does it constitute a recommendation regarding the shares or other securities of the Company. Past performance cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance and persons needing advice should consult an independent financial adviser. Statements in this announcement reflect the knowledge and information available at the time of its preparation. Liability arising from anything in this announcement shall be governed by English law. Nothing in this announcement shall exclude any liability under applicable laws that cannot be excluded in accordance with such laws.

 



Appendix - prior period revenues by region

 

Revenue by period for the year to 29 February 2020 (FY20)

 

£m

4m to 31 December

10m to 31 December


FY20

FY19

yoy %

yoy % CER

FY20

FY19

yoy %

yoy %

CER

Total

473.7

328.2

44%

44%

1,038.5

723.5

44%

44%

 

Revenue by region





 UK

255.8

180.0

42%

42%

570.7

414.0

38%

38%

 ROE

69.6

44.4

57%

54%

157.1

95.7

64%

62%

 USA

110.6

70.4

57%

57%

221.3

138.6

60%

61%

 ROW

37.7

33.4

13%

13%

89.4

75.3

19%

20%

 

£m

3m to 31 May

3m to 31 August

6m to 31 August


FY20

FY19

yoy %

yoy % CER

FY20

FY19

yoy %

yoy %

CER

FY20

FY19

yoy %

 

yoy %

CER

Total

254.3

183.6

39%

39%

310.5

211.7

47%

47%

564.9

395.3

43%

43%










Revenue by region









 UK

140.6

110.7

27%

27%

174.4

123.3

41%

41%

315.0

234.1

35%

35%

 ROE

38.2

22.3

72%

71%

49.2

29.0

70%

68%

87.5

51.2

71%

69%

 USA

51.3

31.4

64%

66%

59.4

36.8

61%

64%

110.7

68.2

62%

65%

 ROW

24.2

19.2

26%

28%

27.5

22.6

22%

23%

51.7

41.8

24%

25%

 

Revenue by period for the year to 28 February 2019 (FY19)

 

£m

4m to 31 December

2m to 28 February

12m to 28 February


FY19

FY18

yoy %

yoy % CER

FY19

FY18

yoy %

yoy %

CER

FY19

FY18

yoy %

 

yoy %

CER

Total

328.2

228.2

44%

43%

133.4

88.7

50%

50%

856.9

579.8

48%

47%










Revenue by region









 UK

180.0

135.6

33%

33%

74.2

56.6

31%

31%

488.2

355.6

37%

37%

 ROE

44.4

28.2

57%

54%

19.4

10.2

90%

86%

115.1

66.3

74%

67%

 USA

70.4

39.6

78%

80%

27.7

13.5

105%

101%

166.3

92.7

79%

81%

 ROW

33.4

24.7

35%

32%

12.1

8.4

44%

44%

87.3

65.2

34%

30%

 

 

£m

3m to 31 May

3m to 31 August

6m to 31 August


FY19

FY18

yoy %

yoy % CER

FY19

FY18

yoy %

yoy %

CER

FY19

FY18

yoy %

 

yoy %

CER

Total

183.6

120.1

53%

52%

211.7

142.8

48%

47%

395.3

262.9

50%

49%










Revenue by region









 UK

110.7

74.5

49%

49%

123.3

88.8

39%

39%

234.1

163.4

43%

43%

 ROE

22.3

12.2

82%

71%

29.0

15.6

86%

73%

51.2

27.8

84%

72%

 USA

31.4

17.9

75%

78%

36.8

21.7

70%

71%

68.2

39.6

72%

74%

 ROW

19.2

15.4

24%

22%

22.6

16.7

36%

31%

41.8

32.1

30%

27%

 


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