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B&M Makes Strong Start To The Year

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B&M European Value Retail S.A. ("the Group"), the UK's leading variety goods value retailer, today [8th July] provides a trading update for the first quarter ("Q1") of its current financial year ("FY22"), relating to the 13 week period from 28 March 2021 to 26 June 2021.  

Highlights 

  • Group revenue growth in Q1 FY22 of +3.1% on a constant currency basis1 (Q1 FY21: +27.7%)

  • Core B&M UK fascia2 delivered two-year like-for-like3 ("LFL") revenue growth of +21.3% versus pre-pandemic levels of FY20.  On a one-year basis, LFL revenues were -4.4% (Q1 FY21: +26.9%)

  • Trading patterns were volatile throughout the quarter, with a pull-forward in Gardening demand boosting LFL in the final two weeks of FY21 and early weeks of FY22, and also depressing the subsequent weeks 

  • 7 gross new B&M UK fascia2 stores opened in Q1, with 4 closures

  • Heron Foods2 delivered a satisfactory performance against the very strong comparatives of Q1 FY21 and in the context of grocery spending showing signs of normalising

  • In France, revenues increased by 26.9%, with Q1 both this year and in the prior year being impacted by 6 weeks of varying lockdown restrictions

  • While it continues to be too early in FY22 to accurately predict likely revenue and profitability outcomes, the Group is on track with its plans for the year and expects the two-year LFL in the core B&M UK business to remain strong 

Simon Arora, Chief Executive, said, 

"The Group has made a strong start to the new financial year and sales remain significantly above pre-pandemic levels.  As expected, trading throughout the first quarter was volatile as we annualised against the high comparatives from last year.  

Although there remains much uncertainty as to how consumer spending evolves over the coming months, we remain optimistic that our combination of exceptional value across a wide range of product categories and our convenient Out of Town locations will continue to resonate with customers."                                                                        

Revenue  

 

Q1

FY22

Q1

FY21

 

Total Group revenues

 

£1,188.8m

 

£1,154.8m

 

B&M UK2, 4

 

£1,018.6m

 

£987.8m

 

Heron Foods2

 

£101.7m

 

£113.0m

 

Babou

 

£68.5m

 

£54.0m

Total Group revenue growth (constant currency)1

+3.1%

+27.7%

B&M UK one-year LFL3 revenue growth

-4.4%

+26.9%

B&M UK two-year LFL3 revenue growth

+21.3%

n/a

Store Roll Out 

 

Q1

FY22

Q1

FY21

 

Number of Stores

 

Group

 

B&M UK

 

Heron Foods

 

Babou

 

 

 

1,097

 

684

 

308

 

105

 

 

 

1,053

 

656

 

295

 

102

 

1) Constant currency comparison involves restating the prior year Euro revenues using the same exchange rate as that used to translate the current year Euro revenues.

2) References in this announcement to the B&M UK business includes the B&M fascia stores in the UK except for the 'B&M Express' fascia stores. References in this announcement to the Heron Foods business includes both the Heron Foods fascia and B&M Express fascia convenience stores in the UK.

3) One-year like-for-like revenues relate to the B&M UK estate only (excluding wholesale revenues) and include each store's revenue for that part of the current period that falls at least 14 months after it opened compared with its revenue for the corresponding part of FY21. This 14 month approach has been adopted as it excludes the two month halo period which new stores experience following opening.  Two-year like-for-like revenues also relate to the B&M UK estate only, and includes each store's revenue for that part of the current period that falls at least 26 months after it opened compared with its revenue for the corresponding part of FY20.

4) B&M UK revenues in Q1 FY22 include £13.2m of wholesale revenues (Q1 FY21: £11.0m).

Source : B&M and Insight DIY

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12 July 2021

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