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The reiteration of the FY21 margin guidance is reassuring and proves that Danone is dealing with cost inflation (roughly) as well as its peers. Apart from this, we don’t see other major catalysts before Saint-Affrique’s announcements expected during the CMD in March 2022.
Companies: Danone (BN:EPA)Danone SA (BN:PAR)
A mix of good operational and governance news, which is very welcome after Danone’s underperformance. However, we remain cautious on margin development given the weaknesses announced by peers.
No major surprise in the Q1 results, nor stunning news about a new CEO/strategy. The group, currently on a “break”, is attempting first to recover from the pandemic gradually and the guidance suggests that this will be the case.
Danone finally bows to investor pressure to split the Chairman and CEO roles. This is a good start, but we hope that the group will accompany this decision with strategic choices to relaunch growth.
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Leading proprietary brand British food manufacturer Premier Foods (“Premier”) has issued a very pleasing Q3 FY22 trading statement covering the thirteen weeks (“13W”) to the 1 January 2022.
Companies: Premier Foods plc
Cake Box’s interim results, covering the 6 months to 30th September 2021, capture a period of strong sales recovery, continued double digit LFL franchise sales growth and accelerated franchisee store openings. Profit growth is a very strong at 122% to CPTP of £3.7m, EPS of 7.5p. An interim DPS of 2.5p is proposed, up 35% yoy. We upgrade our expectations post today’s update, raising FY22 CPTP by c8% to £7.0m and EPS to 14.7p. A net cash position of £7.0m is expected. With the potential for c400 s
Companies: Cake Box Holdings Plc
We were impressed with Diageo’s presentation as it once again demonstrated its ability to outperform the spirits market, which is itself in a strong position to outperform the drinks industry. Buy and hold.
Companies: Diageo plc
JOHN MENZIES+ (MNZS, BUY at 315p) – Note Publication: Evolutionary trends…
MARKS & SPENCER+ (MKS, HOUSE STOCK at 253p) Q3 TS – FY22 guidance firmed up, c5% underlying upgrade
NORTHBRIDGE INDUSTRIAL SERVICES+ (NBI, House Stock at 174p) - Further progress in Tasman disposal
BUNZL^ (BNZL, BUY at 2723p) – Note published: Solid strategic outlook
TESCO^ (TSCO, BUY at 292p) Q3 & Christmas TS – a beat to expectations and so further FY22 upgrades (c5%)
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Greencore has issued a trading update for the 13 weeks ended 24 December, a period through which the lifeblood of much of the Group’s food to go activities, mobility, was again in part curtailed by the Governments’ various responses to the Omicron surge. In this context we view Greencore’s Q1 FY22 sales performance as particularly reassuring, noting that with the quarter being historically its quietest trading period, it was not the worst time to have a quasi-lockdown. Given the headwinds, we ar
Companies: Greencore Group Plc
Carr’s trading update for the first 20 weeks of FY22 notes that the group has made a positive start to the year with overall performance during the period broadly in line with Board expectations. Importantly, the announcement notes that while the Board sees potential for growth in each of the three divisions, there are limited opportunities to exploit inter-divisional synergies, so it has decided to conduct a strategic review. We leave our estimates unchanged and reiterate our indicative valuati
Companies: Carr's Group PLC
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Cake Box’s Covid impacted FY21 results post the audit process have come in ahead of our expectations with CPTP of £4.7m (Shore: £4.1m), growth of 25% yoy. Adjusted EPS growth of 23% is reported to 9.6p, whilst a final DPS of 3.7p is proposed making for a full year payment of 5.55p, a yield of 1.7% (not including a special 3.2p catch-up payment in October 2020). Period end net cash was £3.6m, with sustained future cash generation expected to provide strategic flexibility. New store openings conti
The slight sales and EBIT beat is praised. The absence of FY21 guidance slightly darkens the picture but, overall, the figures send a good signal for the industry.
In the last fortnight, we have surrendered some of the notable progress made over the last three months. That said, the optimism displayed by markets, driven by progress with vaccines and their rollout, persists. The recent direction of markets has been set by volatility in US markets, driven by specific retail market developments. Domestically, we have seen a broadly upbeat procession of results and trading updates/outlooks have, generally, been at least in line. The share price reactions have
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It seems that Diageo’s solid FY21 wasn’t enough to keep the share price up (-2.5% at the opening), but this does not extinguish our confidence in the group. Admittedly, the guidance, which is only qualitative, may seem insufficient and, yes, Diageo is the first spirits group to express concerns about a future decline in the off-trade (ultimately not very surprising!), but we believe that the current positive momentum should continue to drive sales levels above those of 2019 in the months to come
Exactly one year ago, the FTSE 100 closed at 5,862, having fallen 100 points on the day, the lowest point since mid-May 2020, due in part, to the strength of sterling vs US$ at $1.34. One year on, the FTSE 100 has risen to 7,119, a rise of 21%, it remains 7% below the peak in January 2020. From an international viewpoint, US and European markets continue to trade at record highs. The US Federal Reserve is close to withdrawing some of its economic support this year as inflation picks up and the e
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