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O'KEY Group S.A. (LSE, MOEX: OKEY, the “Group” or the “Company”), one of Russia’s leading food retailers, today announces its financial results for the first six months of 2021 based on condensed consolidated interim financial statements reviewed by auditors.

All materials published by the Group are available on its website, okeygroup.lu.

All results are presented under IFRS 16 unless stated otherwise.

H1 2021 financial highlights

·        Group revenue increased by 4.2% YoY to RUB 88,662 mln

·        O`KEY revenue grew by 0.8% YoY to RUB 73,001 mln from the high base of H1 2020

·        DA! revenue rose by 23.9% YoY to RUB 15,661 mln, driven by a 10.2% LFL revenue growth and the expansion programme

·        Group gross profit increased by 2.6% YoY to RUB 19,486 mln, while gross profit margin stood at 22.0%

·        Group EBITDA amounted to RUB 6,575 mln, and EBITDA margin was 7.4%

·        O`KEY hypermarkets EBITDA reached RUB 5,904 mln, with EBITDA margin of 8.1%

·        DA! discounters EBITDA improved by 46.1% YoY to RUB 671 mln, led by the chain’s ramp-up

Armin Burger, O`KEY Group CEO, commented:

“The Group delivered a strong set of financial results fully in-line with our expectations. The revenue growth was driven by both hypermarkets and discounters. Our strategy based on a combination of clearly positioned store formats enables us to cover all customer segments and benefit from the synergies.

“O`KEY hypermarkets demonstrated decent results, especially given the challenging base of H1 2020. The Group is strongly positioned as one of the leading hypermarket players in Russia, and continued to improve the store portfolio to enhance sales density and streamline the cost base. We are also reformatting and renovating hypermarkets in our core regions to further strengthen their competitiveness in a fast-changing environment. O`KEY is developing a multi-channel e-commerce shopping model with its own platform in efficient collaboration with delivery operators. We are pleased to post a 62.6% YoY online revenue growth in H1 2021.

“DA! discounters continued to outperform the market and increased their revenue by almost 24% YoY with an impressive 10% like-for-like growth in H1 2021 delivered on top of their 31.3% LFL performance in H1 2020. As the chain keeps ramping-up, we see a substantial profitability improvement. We expect discounters to grow further their top- and bottom-line and reach up to 50% of the Group’s revenue in a four-year horizon.

“We reiterate our guidance and expect a low-single-digit LFL growth at hypermarkets and a double-digit LFL growth at DA! discounters in 2021. We plan to open 35–40 DA! discounters, and O`KEY will relaunch 3 newly renovated hypermarkets by the end of 2021.”


For more details, please refer to the Group’s Q2 2021 Trading Update



In H1 2021, total Group revenue increased by 4.2% YoY to RUB 88,662 mln.

Group retail revenue increased by 4.0% YoY to RUB 87,698 mln in H1 2021, driven by both O’KEY and DA! revenue growth. Rental income grew by 33.3% YoY to RUB 964 mln in H1 2021.

Group gross profit

The Group’s gross profit increased by 2.6% YoY to RUB 19,486 mln, driven by retail and rental income growth. The Group’s gross margin decreased by 0.3 pps YoY to 22.0% on the back of increased tariffs for external transportation services, logistics staff salaries inflation, and the launch of the company’s new distribution centre in Q4 2020. However, this was partially offset by improvements in commercial margin. Shrinkage costs in H1 2021 were flat YoY as a percentage of revenue.  


Group SG&A expenses increased by 5.9% YoY to RUB 17,275 mln, and, as a percentage of revenue, rose by 0.3 pps YoY to 19.5% in H1 2021.

Personnel costs, as a percentage of revenue, grew by 0.1 pps YoY to 8.4%, mainly due to the hypermarkets personnel wages indexation in H1 2021, offset partially by higher staff productivity and the discounter chain ramp-up.

Depreciation and amortisation (D&A) expenses increased by 8.2% YoY to RUB 4,347 mln, driven mainly by lease terms revision in the discounter segment.

Communication and utilities expenses increased, as a percentage of revenue, by 0.1 pps YoY to 2.2% in H1 2021. This was largely attributable to the utility tariffs inflation and the discounter chain growth.

Advertising and marketing expenses decreased, as a percentage of revenue, by 0.1 pps YoY to 1.0%, as a result of increased efficiency of the loyalty programme and optimisation of the advertising channels mix.

In H1 2021, operating taxes decreased, as a percentage of revenue, by 0.1 pps YoY to 0.4%, led by the recalculation of property tax based on cadastral revaluation of several assets, as well as a decrease in the amount of non-applicable VAT compared to H1 2020.

In H1 2020, during the pandemic-related lockdowns, the Group temporarily re-negotiated rental terms and brought variable rental costs down. In H1 2021, these lease incentives were no longer in effect, and variable lease expenses increased by 0.2 pps YoY to 0.2% in H1 2021.

Group other operating expenses

Group other operating expenses decreased by 35.7% YoY to RUB 266 mln in H1 2021 from RUB 413 mln in H1 2020. In H1 2021, a non-current assets impairment loss of RUB 372 mln was recognised, offset partially by a RUB 122 mln gain from investment property revaluation. Additionally, a one-off loss of RUB 360 mln from non-current assets disposal related to the store and land plots portfolio optimisation was recognised in H1 2020. The above-mentioned items are of non-cash nature.

Group net profit

Net finance costs decreased by 2.6% YoY to RUB 2,343 mln in H1 2021, driven by a decline in the weighted average interest rate. A substantial part of interest costs was attributable to non-current lease liabilities (under IFRS 16).

In H1 2021, the Group recognised net foreign exchange gain of RUB 539 mln, compared to a RUB 1,082 mln loss in H1 2020. The Group's foreign exchange gain / loss was mainly attributable to intragroup US-dollar-denominated loans, as well as lease contracts denominated in foreign currencies, while losses from import operations had a relatively small impact on the Group’s results.

The Group recorded a net profit of RUB 152 mln in H1 2021, compared to a loss of RUB 900 mln in H1 2020.

 

Net cash from operating activities amounted to RUB 804 mln in H1 2021, compared to a RUB 468 mln outflow in H1 2020. In H1 2020, substantial investments in working capital were made to ensure shelf availability and meet customer demand during the months of the pandemic.

Net cash used in investing activities amounted to RUB 1,786 mln in H1 2021, in comparison with RUB 1,614 mln worth of investments in H1 2020. In H1 2021, the Group invested over RUB 870 mln (excluding VAT) in the development of the hypermarket business, and over RUB 1,095 mln (excluding VAT) in the discounter business operations. In H1 2021, the Group sold a land plot and received RUB 180 mln of cash proceeds.

Net cash used in financing activities amounted to RUB 4,344 mln in H1 2021, compared to RUB 1,234 mln in H1 2020. The increase was mainly due to a RUB 1,175 mln bonds redemption, as well as a partial repayment of long-term loans amounting to RUB 973 mln in H1 2021.

As of 30 June 2021, the Group had RUB 17,400 mln of undrawn, committed borrowing facilities available in Russian roubles on a fixed and floating basis in respect of which all conditions had been met. Proceeds from these facilities may be used to finance operating and investing activities if necessary.

The Group’s financial position remained stable during the reporting period. As of 30 June 2021, the total interest-bearing liabilities (net of cash) to EBITDA ratio stood at 3.97x. As of 30 June 2021 and during the six-month period then ended, the Group complied with all of its loan covenants.

Group interim IFRS report

The Group’s interim report, including the full set of reviewed IFRS interim financial statements, can be found at https://okeygroup.lu/investors/result-center/ifrs-statements/.