- RBD reportes strong performance despite COVID-19-induced challenges.
- The Company gets good opportunities due to take outs and home deliveries.
- Group sales were robust at NZ$ 540 million, up by NZ$157.2 million.
Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited (NZX:RBD) provided its 1HFY21 financial results on Tuesday, even though COVID-19-induced lockdown and closures had an impact on the travel and hospitality industry overall. RBD, faced challenges in some markets due to ongoing closures, but with increased opportunities for takeout and home deliveries was able to come out strong in 1HFY21.
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Its operating results have remained strong across all divisions. The total group sales were NZ$540.6 million, up by NZ$157.2 million for 1H2021 versus pcp. This factored in the California business as well. NPAT for the same period was NZ$34.5 million, up NZ$23.3 million over pcp. However, the underlying NPAT was NZ$23.1 million, up NZ$11.9 million.
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Even its sales for the second quarter had been very strong reporting an increase of 53% at NZ $280.9 million.
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RBD reported that its total year-to-date sales were NZ$540 million, which marked an increase of 41% over PCP. The Company owned stores were up by 60 over the same period last year to 350 primarily as a result of the acquisition of 69 stores in September.
Increase in the number of brand stores
Brand stores also increased to 350 in number. They are up by 60 on 1HFY2020 mainly due to the inclusion of 69 stores in California. However, this was offset by the sale of New Pizza Hut stores in NZ to independent franchisees. So currently, there are 132 RBD-owned stores in NZ, 69 in California, 73 in Hawaii, and 76 stores in Australia.
New Zealand Operations
The NZ store sales were up by 37% at NZ$239 million. This was mainly due to strong sales seen in KFC and Carl’s Jr. Same store sales were up by 12.5%. EBIT was NZ$43.1 million showing a 23% increase versus pcp.
IN 1H 2021, the Group also sold Pizza Hut to independent franchisees and this was offset by some new KFC and Taco Bell stores opening in prime locations.
The Australian business contributed NZ$123 million to the total business, up by about 24%, operating profit of about NZ$5.6 million up a whopping 106 %.
The Company has done well in the first half of FY21 and expects to do well in the second half as well. The opening of new stores for KFC and Taco Bell brands will be continued in New Zealand and Australia. A new Taco bell is likely to be completed in Hawaii. The overall business is expected to deliver robust results going forward. However, due to prevailing uncertainties around the spread of the Delta variant, the Company has not given any firm profit guidance for 2HFY21.
On 24 August 2021, the stock was trading up by 2% at NZ$ 15.800, at the time of writing.