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Tortilla Mexcn.Grill (MEX)


Monday 10 January, 2022

Tortilla Mexcn.Grill

Trading Update

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Tortilla Mexican Grill PLC
10 January 2022

10 January 2022

Tortilla Mexican Grill plc
("Tortilla" or the "Group")

Trading Update

A very strong FY21 performance underpinned by a year of transformational growth

Tortilla, the largest and most successful fast-casual Mexican restaurant group in the UK, provides a Trading Update in respect of the financial year ended 2 January 2022 (the "Period").




· Group revenue increased 79% to £48.1 m (FY20: £26.8m; FY19: £35.4m)

· UK like-for-like (LFL) revenue versus 2019 increased by 23.8% despite the numerous lockdowns/restrictions.  Excluding Q1, which was significantly impacted by lockdowns, LFL revenue increased by 30.3% versus FY19

· Further growth was driven by the addition of seven UK company-operated restaurants and two UK franchise restaurants, taking Tortilla's estate to 64 stores globally


· FY21 revenue and profits are materially ahead of our expectations following stronger trading in Q4, despite the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19


· Strong cash generation resulted in net cash at the year end


· Launch of partnership with Merlin Entertainments at Chessington World of Adventures, as well as the opening of two further sites in partnership with SSP Group plc at Gatwick Airport and Skelton Lakes motorway services


· Continued investment in our people by increasing our employee pay rates and strengthening the senior management team


· Admission of the Group to AIM in October 2021, raising gross proceeds of £5.0m to accelerate growth plans


· Strong confidence in outlook and ability to deliver in line with expectations for FY22


Tortilla delivered excellent performance during the FY21 financial year, achieving a 79% increase in Group revenue to £48.1m, and a 36% increase when compared with FY19 revenues.


This was driven by growing customer demand across all the Group's channels of eat in, take away and delivery, and underpinned by both the increasingly relevant Tortilla brand and the continued roll-out of new sites in line with the Group's growth strategy. Tortilla is known for its customisable, high-quality, fresh products.


During the period, Tortilla opened new stores in Edinburgh, Exeter and Windsor, new delivery kitchens in Balham, Manchester and Brent Cross, and launched the first Tortilla site in partnership with Merlin Entertainments, taking the total company-run locations to 51.



The Group's delivery channel went from strength to strength during the year, supported by an increase in the number of delivery kitchens to five. An important pillar of Tortilla's multichannel model, delivery now comprises more than 30% of total Group revenue.


Note: FY21 figures are subject to audit



Current trading and outlook


Trading continues to be very positive despite the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The Board remains confident that the Group will perform in line with expectations for FY22, as the reduced financial assistance from the UK Government will be offset by reduced trading restrictions. 


The Board also remains confident in the Group's ability to make good progress against its store roll-out strategy to open 45 new sites in the next five years.



Richard Morris, Chief Executive Officer of Tortilla, commented:


"We are delighted to have maintained the very strong trading momentum, outlined at the time of our IPO, to achieve an excellent full year performance. This was supported by the growing appeal of our proposition and the continued expansion of the Tortilla brand. Once again, the adaptability of Tortilla's offer supported us through the latter stages of the year to achieve a strong performance across both delivery and take away.


"In addition to delivering this very strong financial growth, we were pleased to achieve progress against a number of strategic objectives, including the launch and development of various partnerships, and growing our estate of delivery kitchens and traditional bricks and mortar locations, to meet the increasing customer preference for delivery of high-quality Californian-inspired Mexican cuisine."





Tortilla Mexican Grill PLC

Via Hudson Sandler

Emma Woods, Non-Executive Chair

Richard Morris, CEO

Andy Naylor, CFO

Liberum Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser, Sole Broker)

Tel: 020 3100 2222

Andrew Godber

Edward Thomas

Christopher Whitaker

Nikhil Varghese


Hudson Sandler (Public Relations)



Tel: 020 7796 4133

Alex Brennan

[email protected]

Wendy Baker

Lucy Wollam

Charlotte Cobb


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Tortilla is the largest and most successful fast-casual Mexican restaurant group in the UK specialising in the sale of freshly made Californian-inspired Mexican cuisine. The Group has 64 sites worldwide, comprising 51 sites in the UK operated by the Group, three sites franchised to SSP Group in the UK, and 10 franchised sites in the Middle East.


The Group was founded in 2007 by Brandon Stephens, originally from California who, upon his arrival in London in 2003, found it difficult to satisfy his desire for quality burritos and tacos. As a result, Brandon established Tortilla with a mission of offering customers freshly prepared, customisable, and authentic Californian-inspired Mexican food.


The brand is synonymous with an energetic, vibrant culture, and with providing a great value-for-money proposition. It embraces fast-growing sector trends (including eating out, healthy eating, provenance, ethnic cuisine, delivery) across a variety of locations, through a differentiated product offering which is popular with a broad customer base, and a clearly defined multi-channel marketing strategy. It benefits from flexible site locations and formats, and a scalable central infrastructure.

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