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Tuesday 27 April, 2021

Vivo Energy

Q1 2021 Trading Update

RNS Number : 6446W
Vivo Energy PLC
27 April 2021
 

27 April 2021

 

Vivo Energy plc

(LSE: VVO & JSE: VVO)

 

First Quarter 2021 Trading Update

 

Vivo Energy plc, the leading pan-African retailer and distributor of Shell- and Engen-branded fuels and lubricants, provides the following trading update for the quarter ended 31 March 2021 ( " Q1 " ).

 

Highlights

 

· Q1 gross cash profit of $195 million was 9% higher than Q1 20 ($179 million)

· Q1 volumes continued to recover from the significant impact of COVID-19 in 2020, and were 5% lower year-on-year, with unit margins remaining strong at $79 per thousand litres

· Retail volumes improved by 4% against Q1 20, with Commercial volumes impacted by Aviation and Marine and the end of a large supply contract in Q3 20

· Excluding Aviation, Marine and the supply contract, group volumes were 2% higher than Q1 20

 

 

Key Performance indicators

 

($ in millions), if not otherwise indicated 

 

Q1 2021

Q1 2020

Change

Volumes (million litres)

 

2,483

2,602

-5%

Gross Cash Unit Margin ($/'000 litres)

 

79

69

14%

Gross Cash Profit

 

195

179

9%

 

 

Commenting on the trading update, Christian Chammas, CEO said:   "We delivered a strong start to 2021, with Q1 gross cash profit increasing by 9% to $195 million. It was especially pleasing to see the Retail segment return to volume growth despite ongoing restrictions, continuing the positive momentum from H2 2020 and further demonstrating the resilience of our business and our markets. We have already made good progress towards our target of opening 90-110 net new sites this year and continue to develop our customer offerings while protecting the health and safety of our people and customers. As we move through the year, we expect the recovery to continue, albeit subject to potential impacts from the prevailing mobility restrictions, with the strong Q1 reinforcing our confidence in the business moving forwards."

 

 

Operational Review

 

Group volumes of 2,483 million litres were 5% lower than Q1 20, primarily reflecting the continued volume drag from the Aviation and Marine businesses and the end of a material supply contract in Q3 20. Excluding these factors, volumes were 2% ahead of the previous year period.

 

· Retail made a positive start to the year, with volumes up 4% on Q1 20, underpinned by the continuing improvement in mobility leading to a number of markets returning to like-for-like growth, continued network expansion and the positive impact of marketing initiatives.

· Commercial volumes were 15% lower, primarily impacted by weaker Aviation and Marine volumes, which have remained subdued due to the continuing restrictions on international travel, and the end of a material supply contract in one market. Core Commercial volumes, excluding the supply contract, were slightly behind the previous year.

· Lubricant volumes increased by 9%, driven by strong performance in Retail & B2C channels.

 

Q1 gross cash profit of $195 million increased by 9% year-on-year, supported by unit margins of $79 per thousand litres. Unit margins increased by 14% compared to Q1 20, which was negatively affected by COVID-19 related inventory impacts. Performance has been aided by the positive supply and pricing environment from H2 2020 continuing through Q1, as well as the mix effect from a smaller contribution from the lower margin Aviation and Marine businesses and supply contract volumes.

 

COVID-19 Update

 

During Q1, COVID-19 related restrictions on movement within our operating countries remained in place and continued to have an impact on mobility levels. These restrictions regularly change as governments in our countries primarily use measures including curfews, localised restrictions and border closures to reduce the spread of the virus. Just one country, Mauritius, is currently in a countrywide lock-down, which it entered in mid-March. Vaccination programmes have started in the majority of our countries. These are generally at an early stage, although Morocco has vaccinated approximately 4.5 million people, around 13% of the population.

 

Moroccan Competition Review

 

As announced in March, the Royal Cabinet's review of the Conseil de la Concurrence's ("CDC") investigation of the fuel marketing industry concluded that the CDC investigation "was marked by numerous procedural irregularities" and experienced "an obvious deterioration in the climate of deliberations". A new President has now been appointed to lead the CDC. We continue to believe that we have conducted our operations in accordance with applicable competition laws, rules and regulations.

 

Outlook

 

The strong start to 2021 builds on the positive trends we saw during H2 2020 and reinforces our confidence in the business moving forwards. As we move through the year, we expect the volume recovery to continue to be supported by like-for-like growth and our network expansion, albeit subject to potential impacts from COVID-19 related mobility restrictions, with unit margins normalising. Our strong balance sheet and cash generation enable us to continue to invest in the growth and enhancement of our network to capture the structural growth opportunities in our markets across Africa and create value for all of our stakeholders.

 

  

Conference call

 

Vivo Energy plc will host a webcast and conference call for analysts and investors this morning at 09:00 UK time, with the following details:

 

Webcast link:  https://webcasting.brrmedia.co.uk/broadcast/606c3172560fbf10fcc51e76

Dial-in:   +44 330 336 9125 / +27 11 844 6054

Passcode:   2793712

 

A replay will be available after the event at https://investors.vivoenergy.com

 

 

Ends

 

 

 

Notes to editors:
 

Media contacts:

Vivo Energy plc

Rob Foyle, Head of Communications

+44 7715 036 407

[email protected]

 

Tulchan Communications LLP

Harry Cameron, Suniti Chauhan

+44 20 7353 4200

[email protected] 

 

Investor contact:

Vivo Energy plc

Giles Blackham, Head of Investor Relations

+44 20 3034 3735 / +44 7714 134 681

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

About Vivo Energy:

 

Vivo Energy operates and markets its products in countries across North, West, East and Southern Africa. The Group has a network of over 2,300 service stations in 23 countries operating under the Shell and Engen brands and exports lubricants to a number of other African countries. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops, restaurants and other non-fuel services. It provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, construction, power, transport, wholesalers and manufacturing. The Company employs around 2,700 people and has access to over 1,000,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity and has a joint venture, Shell and Vivo Lubricants B.V., that sources, blends, packages and supplies Shell-branded lubricants.

 

Vivo Energy plc has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and is a member of the FTSE 250 index, with a secondary inward listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

 

For more information about Vivo Energy, please visit www.vivoenergy.com

 

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