Tuesday 24th August 2021
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Directors are pleased to report that Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited (RBD) has earned a Group Net Profit after Tax (NPAT) of $34.5 million for the six months ended 30 June 2021 (1H 2021). This is up $23.3 million on the last half-year’s reported result. Although the company continues to face challenges from COVID-19 the operating results have remained strong across all divisions.
The result includes $77.3 million in sales and $12.7 million of brand EBITDA from the newly acquired California division. This, combined with the adverse effect of COVID-19 on the 1H 2020 results, compromises the opportunity for direct comparisons between the two half years’ reported results. Comparisons at a reported profit level are further distorted by the recognition of $11.4 million ($US8.1 million) in relation to the PPP loan drawn down last year at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, that was forgiven during the period.
After adjusting for the PPP loan, the underlying NPAT would be $23.1 million, up $11.9 million. This increase is due to rolling over the adverse effect of COVID-19 on the 1H 2020 results, the addition of the new Californian business and the strong trading results in the current year.
Total store sales hit a new high of $540.6 million, up $157.2 million or 41.0% on 1H 2020, thanks to the inclusion of $77.3 million in sales from the California business (acquired in September 2020). Very strong same store sales growth from the other divisions also contributed.
Combined brand EBITDA at $89.9 million was up $26.5 million (41.7%) on 1H 2020*, with the increase arising from strong sales growth in the current year, a $12.7 million contribution from the California division and the COVID-19 impact on the prior year’s results.
Despite the impact of COVID-19, store numbers are expected to continue to grow in the second half. New store roll outs for both the KFC and Taco Bell brands will continue in New Zealand and Australia. The Hawaiian market will see another new Taco Bell completed, together with continuing scrape and rebuild refurbishments delivering significant sales growth. A new store development programme is under way in California, with up to three new KFC stores targeted for opening before year end.
The overall business continues to deliver solid results across all geographic markets and this strong performance has carried over into the second half of the year. However, whilst current trading remains strong across all divisions, the prevailing uncertainties with COVID-19, particularly in the Australian and most recently the New Zealand markets make it difficult to provide firm profit guidance.
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