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Second Quarter Trading Update

Released 07:00 09-Jan-2020

RNS Number : 2184Z
Dunelm Group plc
09 January 2020
 

 

 

9 January 2020

 

Dunelm Group plc

Second Quarter Trading Update

 

Dunelm Group plc ("Dunelm" or "the Group"), the UK's leading homewares retailer, reports the following trading update for the 13-week and 26-week periods ended 28 December 2019.

 

Revenue

 

Total like for like (LFL) sales increased by 5.0% in the second quarter, reflecting strong growth across the total retail system, especially given the strength of the comparative period (Q2 FY19 total LFL 10.8%).  Total growth, including the benefit of new stores, was 6.2%.

 

Total LFL sales for the first half of the year increased by 5.6% with total growth of 6.0%.

 

 

 

13 weeks to 28 December 2019

26 weeks to 28 December 2019

 

Revenue

(£m)

YoY Growth (£m)

YoY Growth (%)

Revenue

(£m)

YoY Growth (£m)

YoY Growth (%)

LFL Stores1

265.3

+3.2

+1.2%

485.2

+9.4

+2.0%

Online - Dunelm.com

47.7

+11.6

+32.1%

83.4

+20.8

+33.2%

Total LFL2

313.0

+14.8

+5.0%

568.6

+30.2

+5.6%

Non-LFL Stores3

9.4

+3.6

-

16.4

+6.6

-

Total Dunelm

322.4

+18.4

+6.1%

585.0

+36.8

+6.7%

Closed businesses4

-

+0.4

-

-

-3.6

-

Total Group

322.4

+18.8

+6.2%

585.0

+33.2

+6.0%

 

1 LFL stores:  stores trading for at least one full financial year prior to 30 June 2019 without any change of space. LFL store revenues include Reserve & Collect/Click & Collect sales and Home Delivery sales in respect of orders placed via in-store tablets.

2 Total LFL:  LFL stores and dunelm.com. The process for obtaining a refund for online purchases in store has been changed to minimise the risk of fraudulent returns. This process change has increased the attribution of refunds to the online channel. Total LFL is unaffected and therefore, as the business becomes more multichannel, is a more meaningful measure of overall performance.

3 Non-LFL stores: new stores (including relocations) opened in the current or previous financial year and existing stores with significant change of space in the current or previous financial year.

4 Closed businesses:  sales from Worldstores.co.uk and Kiddicare.com. Those websites were closed in Q1 FY19.  The negative sales in Q2 FY19 reflected refunds processed by those businesses.

 

 

Gross margin

 

Gross margin improved by approximately 110bps in the second quarter, mainly due to sourcing gains and lower product markdowns during the period.  We maintained our commitment to everyday great value and did not participate in Black Friday or additional pre-Christmas discounting.  Margin improvements were made across all of our product categories. In the year to date, margin has improved by 120bps.

 

Business development

 

As previously announced, we successfully transitioned to our new proprietary digital platform during the quarter. We are pleased with both the smooth transition during switchover and the growth on the platform since launch. During the peak

pre-Christmas season, we hosted significantly more customers on the website than the capacity on the previous system would have permitted.

 

We opened a new store at Bristol Cribbs Causeway in December, resulting in a portfolio of 171 superstores by the end of the period.  We expect to open three new superstores (including two relocations) during the second half of the year.

 

In line with our goal of extending product choice and value, we are on track to add over 6,000 new online-only products this year. As part of that, we will enhance our Spring 2020 offering with new products including our 'Mindful Home' collection, designed to help everyone create a beautiful and tranquil home. 

 

Balance sheet

 

The Group continues to be highly cash generative.  As at 28 December 2019, net debt was £68m (FY19: £73m) and weekly average net debt during the half was £24m.  During the first half of the year the Group paid out a special dividend of £65m and made two additional quarterly corporation tax payments as a result of a change in tax legislation.  Tax paid during the half was £20m higher than in the comparative period.

 

Overall financial performance and outlook

 

We expect profit before tax (PBT) for the first half to be approximately £83m, after adjusting for the impact of the new accounting standard IFRS 16 'Leases'.  In the prior year, PBT was £70m, which was calculated on an IAS 17 basis.  We estimate that the impact of IFRS 16 has been to reduce PBT by approximately £1.3m in the first half of FY20. 

 

Our expectations for the full year remain unchanged since the trading update released on 5 December 2019.

 

Comment from Nick Wilkinson, Dunelm's Chief Executive Officer:

 

"We are really pleased with our performance in the first half, building on the strong growth and profitability delivered last year.  The second quarter was particularly strong in terms of sales and margin growth, on both one-year and two-year bases.

 

"The successful launch of our new digital platform during the quarter marked an exciting milestone for Dunelm.  The transition to a modern, flexible, cloud-native platform has already improved our customer experience and will allow us to step change our retail innovation capabilities going forward. Our customers have responded well to the new website during Christmas and Winter Sale trading.

 

"Our ambitious growth plans are centred on extending and enhancing our customer proposition, helping more customers than ever create a home that they love.  We are excited by the significant opportunities ahead of us."

 

Ends

For further information please contact:

 

Dunelm Group plc

0116 264 4439

Nick Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer

Laura Carr, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

MHP Communications

020 3128 8789

 

 

Simon Hockridge / Tim Rowntree / Pete Lambie

dunelm@mhpc.com

 

 

 

 

 

Next scheduled events:

 

Dunelm will make its interim results announcement on 12 February 2020.  There will be a presentation for analysts at 9.30am that morning in the offices of UBS, 5 Broadgate, London EC2M 2QS.   Those analysts who wish to attend are requested to contact Ailsa Prestige of MHP Communications on 020 3128 8100 or ailsa.prestige@mhpc.com.  A copy of the presentation will be made available on the Dunelm website.

 

Notes

 

Quarterly sales and margin analysis (Q1 FY19 included Worldstores businesses in the total Group):

 

 

52 weeks to 27 June 2020

 

Q1

Q2

H1

Q3

Q4

H2

FY

Total sales

£262.6m

£322.4m

£585.0m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LFL Stores growth

2.9%

1.2%

2.0%

 

 

 

 

LFL Online growth

34.7%

32.1%

33.2%

 

 

 

 

Total LFL growth

6.4%

5.0%

5.6%

 

 

 

 

Total Dunelm growth

7.5%

6.1%

6.7%

 

 

 

 

Total Group growth

5.8%

6.2%

6.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin growth

+130bps

+110bps

+120bps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 weeks to 29 June 2019

 

Q1

Q2

H1

Q3

Q4

H2

FY

Total sales

£248.2m

£303.6m

£551.8m

£284.5m

£264.1m

£548.6m

£1,100.4m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LFL Stores growth

1.3%

7.8%

4.8%

9.8%

12.1%

10.9%

7.7%

LFL Online growth

33.3%

37.7%

35.8%

32.1%

37.0%

34.6%

35.1%

Total LFL growth

4.2%

10.8%

7.8%

12.5%

15.4%

13.9%

10.7%

Total Dunelm growth

7.5%

9.6%

8.7%

12.4%

16.6%

14.4%

11.5%

Total Group growth

0.1%

2.0%

1.2%

6.1%

11.6%

8.7%

4.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin growth

+130bps

+190bps

+160bps

+90bps

+240bps

+160bps

+160bps

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

Dunelm was founded in 1979 as a market stall business, selling ready-made curtains. The first shop was opened in Leicester in 1984 and over the following years the business developed into a successful chain of high street shops before expanding, following the opening of the first Dunelm superstore in 1991, into broader homewares categories. Dunelm is now a multi-channel retailer, with Dunelm.com being launched in 2005 and the acquisition of the Worldstores Group in 2016 accelerating this further.   

 

Dunelm is market leader in the £13bn UK homewares market and active in the £11bn UK furniture market. It currently operates 171 superstores, of which the majority are out of town and trades online through dunelm.com. Dunelm employs approximately 10,000 colleagues and sells around 30,000 product lines in store, increasing to around 55,000 online.

 

Dunelm, "The Home of Homes", offers a customer proposition of style, value, quality and ease of shopping. From its textiles heritage, in areas such as bedding, curtains, cushions, quilts and pillows, Dunelm has broadened its product range to a complete homewares offer including the likes of kitchenware, dining, lighting, seasonal, wall art and rugs. Dunelm is one of the few national retailers to offer an authoritative selection of curtain fabrics on the roll and owns a specialist UK facility dedicated to producing made-to-measure curtains and blinds.

 

The product range includes many exclusive, own brand designs and owned premium brands such as Dorma and Fogarty. This is augmented by a range of other well-known brands and license agreements. Dunelm has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2006 (DNLM.L) and has a current market capitalisation of approximately £2.3bn.


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