Famous Brands on Wednesday (29 May) stated a marginal (2%) rise in revenue for the 12 months ended February 2019 to R7.2 billion.

Gross income, however, declined five% to R3.6 billion, whilst operating earnings earlier than non-operational objects also reduced 5% to R849.7 million.

Famous Brands is domestic to numerous casual-eating and fast food chains in South Africa consisting of Steers, Wimpy, Debonairs, Mugg & Bean, Tashas, Salsa, Mythos, and Turn n Tender. It additionally owns Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) inside the United Kingdom.

Headline profits in step with percentage dropped 19% to 319 cents consistent with share, the organization said, highlighting economic and political uncertainty in its fundamental markets, both domestically, within the lead up to the countrywide authorities elections, and within the UK.

“Across those markets, the trading environment changed into characterized with the aid of confined client discretionary spend and negative sentiment, even as eager competitor interest intensified margin stress. In South Africa, vulnerable economic conditions have been exacerbated with the aid of us of unique risks,” Famous Brands stated.

Technological improvements persisted to purpose a strategic shift in the industry, the protecting group said, “evidenced by means of the rapid growth of online ordering and door-to-door delivery offerings in our zone”.

The board declared a gross dividend of 100 cents (2018: nil) according to everyday percentage.

Brands

Famous Brands said that it has a portfolio of 25 restaurant brands, represented by using a network of two,871 operations throughout South Africa, the rest of Africa and the Middle East (AME) and the UK.

The commercial enterprise is segmented into Leading manufacturers and Signature manufacturers, strategically placed to attraction to a wide variety of clients across the earnings and demographic spectrum and across meal alternatives and fee propositions.

The Leading manufacturers are categorized as quick service, rapid casual and informal eating. “Our community comprises 2,761 franchised and a hundred and ten organization-owned operations,” it stated.

Revenue grew by 5% to R895 million. Operating income rose by way of 10% to R476 million, while the working income margin expanded to 53.2% (2018: 50.7%).

“Given the subdued economic surroundings, our enlargement program become measured and conservative. We opened 162 eating places (2018: 182) and made over, relocated or converted 260 web sites (2018: 248),” the organization said.

Among its leading manufacturers, Debonairs Pizza grew market proportion in a sturdy category, while Wimpy won back proportion, arresting the decline experienced within the previous 12 months.

Steers and Mugg & Bean retained their marketplace proportion, and Fishaways did nicely to keep constant, it stated.

“Across those manufacturers, our key awareness at some point of the duration turned into to hold to enhance the experience and provider for our clients. Over 850 of our SA restaurants have now enabled online ordering through internet or app. We also added driver-tracking technology and extended our transport presenting to over 2 000 drivers on all major delivery structures,” Famous Brands said.

Signature manufacturers portfolio

The organization stated that it’s Signature manufacturers ‘underneath-performed control’s expectancies’, and stay the concern of important assessment. “System-extensive income growth becomes derived usually from new restaurants, whilst like-for-like sales declined,” it said.

Famous Brands said that in step with its approach to apply a ‘brutal filter to unclutter the business’, it endured to aggressively rationalize this portfolio to place it for growth.

It consequently exited the following agencies in the course of the reporting duration: 14 on Chartwell (one restaurant); Thrupps (five stores closed due to a strategy overview by way of accomplice Total); O’ Hagan’s (two eating places); The Bread Basket; and the Made pilot challenge trialled with Edgars.

It stated that 32 new restaurants were opened across the portfolio and four have been remodeled.

“During the overview duration, we received the balance of the forty-nine % shareholding inside the Mythos joint undertaking partnership, in which the group already owned a controlling stake,” it stated.

Prospects

Looking in advance, the institution said that it’s far not likely that nearby or international buying and selling conditions will improve materially inside the quick term, “but the efforts made this 12 months to restructure our enterprise to face up to negative situations have to preserve us in appropriate stead”.

The group said its intention is to open 187 eating places inside the new monetary 12 months, whilst 308 revamps are deliberate. “This program will but be determined by using improvement in trading conditions,” it harassed.

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