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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Associated British Foods Plc LSE:ABF London Ordinary Share GB0006731235 ORD 5 15/22P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  38.00 1.68% 2,304.00 2,301.00 2,303.00 2,304.00 2,266.00 2,269.00 1,885,941 16:35:06
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Food Producers 13,937.0 686.0 57.6 40.0 18,240

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DateSubjectAuthorDiscuss
18/1/2021
12:31
Provided the vaccination targets are attained and there is a continuing fall in new cases I am hopeful that the stores could reopen early / mid March. Suet
suetballs
18/1/2021
11:51
KEPLER CHEUVREUX RAISES ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS PRICE TARGET TO 2,200 (2,100) PENCE - 'HOLD'
philanderer
14/1/2021
14:11
That's me out, hoping for an opportunity to get back in lower down.
essentialinvestor
14/1/2021
13:04
Primark refuses to go online despite £1bn lockdown loss https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55661741
philanderer
14/1/2021
11:36
Primark warns of £1bn hit from lockdown shop closures https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55661741
philanderer
14/1/2021
07:09
Associated British Foods PLC Trading Update. Associated British Foods plc today issues a trading update for the 16 weeks to 2 January 2021 covering the group businesses and the significant trading developments in Primark since the AGM trading update on 4 December and the update of temporary Primark store closures on 31 December. Group revenue Group revenue from continuing operations for the 16 weeks ended 2 January 2021 was 13% lower than the same period last year, at constant currency. At actual exchange rates, revenue from continuing operations was 12% lower than the comparable period in the last financial year. The following table sets out revenue on a segmental basis for the period with changes at constant currency to the prior year. Year to Last Year date GBPm GBPm Grocery 1,222 1,142 +7% Sugar 545 512 +6% Agriculture 507 463 +10% Ingredients 497 484 +3% Total Food 2,771 2,601 +7% Retail 2,031 2,904 -30% Group 4,802 5,505 -13% Following a strong performance in our last financial year, trading across Grocery, Sugar, Agriculture and Ingredients has been ahead of both expectation and last year in this period. The Retail performance was materially impacted by the increased restrictions on the movement of people and trading activity announced and put in place again by UK and European governments, principally during November and late December, to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our estimate for the loss of sales in the periods of closure during these 16 weeks is GBP540m. While stores were open, trading was strong given the circumstances, with sales at -14% on a like-for-like basis compared to last year. We opened five new stores in this period with a very positive customer reaction. Retail Primark sales were 30% lower than last year at constant currency and 28% lower at actual exchange rates. This period has been characterised by the impact on our trading activities of the varying restrictions on the movement of people put in place by UK and European governments to limit the spread of COVID-19. These measures have ranged from restricted trading hours to complete closure of stores. Our estimate for the loss of sales in the periods of closure during these 16 weeks is GBP540m. While stores were open, trading was strong with sales at -14% on a like-for-like basis compared to last year. Performance has varied by store, reflecting the prevailing circumstances of our customers at the time including home working, less commuting and much less tourism. Sales at our stores in retail parks were higher than a year ago, shopping centre and regional high street stores were lower than last year and large destination city centre stores, which are heavily reliant on tourism and commuters, continued to see a significant decline in footfall. While stores were open, and excluding our 16 major city destination stores, trading was stronger at -10% on a like-for-like basis for the whole estate and, excluding Boston, the trading performance of our US stores continued to be strong and delivered sales in line with last year on a like-for-like basis. Sales were strong in those stores open during the festive season, reflecting the excitement and broad appeal of the Primark offering. In a number of stores we operated extended opening hours in the lead up to Christmas to manage high customer demand and spread shopping hours over a longer period of time. All Christmas and gifting lines were sold out and the performance for "stay at home" product categories was strong, especially in nightwear and loungewear. The level of markdown was substantially lower than the same period last year. We will warehouse some GBP200m of autumn/winter stock for later this year. All orders placed with our suppliers will be honoured. We are implementing operational plans developed to manage the consequences of the closures. As a result overhead costs have been partially mitigated with some 25% of operating costs of the closed stores being saved during the period. As of today, 305 stores are closed which represent 76% of our retail selling space. Store overview Closed Stores ----------------- --------------------- # of sq ft # of stores sq ft stores 000 000 UK 190 7,552 190 7,552 Spain 50 2,050 10 368 Germany 32 1,841 32 1,841 Republic of Ireland 36 1,076 36 1,076 France 19 996 - - Netherlands 20 971 20 971 US 11 548 - - Belgium 8 403 - - Portugal 10 383 10 383 Austria 5 242 5 242 Italy 6 307 - - Slovenia 1 46 1 46 Poland 1 40 1 40 ------------- -------- ------- ------------ ------- Total 389 16,455 305 12,519 ------------- -------- ------- ------------ ------- The uncertainty about store closure periods in the short term has increased. Making the assumption that all of the stores currently closed remain closed until the financial half year, at 27 February 2021, the loss of sales caused by temporary store closures would reach some GBP1.05bn. This is up from our previous estimate, based on announced closure dates, of GBP650m communicated on 31 December. We expect to partially mitigate the loss of contribution by ensuring the continuation of the measures in place to deliver savings of some 25% of the operating costs of those stores that are closed. On this basis, we expect the adjusted operating profit for Primark in the first half to be broadly break-even, which would compare to an adjusted operating profit of GBP441m for the same period in the last financial year. We expect the group's net cash before lease liabilities to be some GBP500m at the half year. Under the scenario that the entire estate is closed imminently, and remains closed until the end of March, we would expect to see over the three month period a further loss of Primark sales of some GBP0.8bn, and a consequent reduction in profit contribution of some GBP0.3bn. Retail selling space increased by 0.2m sq ft since the financial year end and, at 2 January 2021, 389 stores were trading from 16.5m sq ft which compared to 15.8m sq ft a year ago. Five new stores were opened in the period: Barcelona Sant Cugat and Espacio Leon in Spain, Sawgrass Mills Florida and American Dream New Jersey in the US and Roma Maximo in Italy. In addition, we relocated to larger premises in Southend UK. The very positive customer reaction to these store openings, both in the US and in Europe, was striking given the circumstances. Although COVID-19 has delayed some store openings, we still expect to add a net 0.7m sq ft of additional selling space in this financial year. We expect to open 15 new stores: five in Spain, three in the US, two in Italy, one in each of the UK, France and the Netherlands, a further store in Poland, and our first store in Czechia, Prague. Based on our successful resizing of several US stores, we will downsize our Boston Downtown Crossing store to 38,000 sq ft. This will improve both store profitability and customer experience. Looking ahead, we continue to build the pipeline of new stores with recently signed leases. New stores include Jamaica Avenue in Queens New York, six in Italy, three in France, Katowice in Poland and Brno in Czechia. Sugar AB Sugar revenue was 6% ahead of last year at constant currency and in line at actual exchange rates. This was driven primarily by higher average sugar prices for British Sugar, combined with record bioethanol prices in recent months, and higher sugar prices in Illovo. Operating profits are significantly ahead year-to-date. Our expectation for the full year is unchanged, with operating profits well ahead. We expect that UK sugar production for the 2020/21 campaign will be some 0.9m tonnes, well down on last year's 1.19m tonnes, due to the severe impact of virus yellows disease on sugar beet. On 8 January the UK Government made the decision to permit the emergency use of neonicotinoids as a seed treatment for sugar beet for next year's UK crop. Grocery Grocery sales were higher than last year. Revenue increased 7% at constant currency and 8% at actual exchange rates. Growth was particularly strong in Twinings Ovaltine and our UK Grocery businesses, which had the benefit of higher sales to international customers ahead of the deadline for the end of the Brexit transition period and continued higher volumes in retail grocery as people spent more time at home during lockdown. Ovaltine delivered a strong performance in this period in developing markets and ACH experienced growth driven by higher domestic consumption. Agriculture AB Agri revenue was 10% ahead of last year at both constant currency and actual exchange rates. Ingredients Sales in Ingredients were 3% ahead of last year at constant currency and 1% ahead at actual exchange rates. We have continued to experience strong demand for retail yeast and retail bakery ingredient products in AB Mauri. Outlook We suspended earnings guidance for the group on 16 March 2020 due to significantly increased uncertainty concerning the impact of COVID-19 on business performance. The impact of store closures on Primark's performance is significant. We now expect full year sales and adjusted operating profit for Primark to be somewhat lower than last year. We will continue to expand retail selling space. The lower profitability of Primark, and the consequent change in the weight of profit by tax jurisdiction for the group will result in an increase in the group's effective tax rate for the year from the 25% previously advised. The performance of Sugar, Grocery, Ingredients and Agriculture has been very strong to date and for the full year our expectation remains for adjusted operating profit in aggregate from these businesses to be well ahead of last year. Assuming that all the Primark stores that are currently closed remain closed until the half year, we expect the group's net cash before lease liabilities to be some GBP500m at the half year. Brexit Our businesses were well prepared for the end of the Brexit transition period. As a result of the free trade agreement with the EU, together with the UK's negotiation of trade continuity agreements with other countries, we expect to see little impact from changes in tariffs. At this early stage, we have seen no material disruption to our supply chains. ESG The group intends to hold the first of a series of investor events setting out its approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. The first of these events will be held on Monday 1 March. Further details will follow in due course. Note Definitions of the alternative performance measures referred to in this announcement can be found in note 30 of our Annual Report and Accounts 2020. For further enquiries please contact: Associated British Foods John Bason, Finance Director Tel: 020 7399 6500 Catherine Hicks, Corporate Affairs Director Citigate Dewe Rogerson Chris Barrie, Jos Bieneman Tel: 020 7638 9571 This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com. RNS may use your IP address to confirm compliance with the terms and conditions, to analyse how you engage with the information contained in this communication, and to share such analysis on an anonymised basis with others as part of our commercial services. For further information about how RNS and the London Stock Exchange use the personal data you provide us, please see our Privacy Policy. END
skinny
12/1/2021
16:43
Undoubtedly lost sales. Expected ABF to trade closer to £20 but the market appears to be looking post pandemic atm.
essentialinvestor
12/1/2021
10:26
Will go to asos and boohoo
spoole5
11/1/2021
16:19
Maybe delayed.
skinny
11/1/2021
16:17
Could be 6 months of lost primark sales
spoole5
11/1/2021
15:49
Saw that Phil. Nabbed a few under 2190. Was hoping for circa 2050, but may not become available.
essentialinvestor
11/1/2021
12:15
Questor: Primark’s lack of a website is no handicap and the rest of ABF is in fine fettle. Buy Questor share tip: Associated British Foods is a collection of high-quality businesses and the shares could have much further to go https://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/shares/questor-primarks-lack-website-no-handicap-rest-abf-fine-fettle/
philanderer
08/1/2021
11:58
BARCLAYS CUTS AB FOODS PRICE TARGET TO 2,600 (2,700) PENCE - 'OVERWEIGHT'
philanderer
05/1/2021
14:08
Afternoon EI, Shore Cap likes ABF :-) Shore Capital: buy into any ABF weakness Covid-19 restrictions continue to disrupt Associated British Foods (ABF)’s Primark stores but Shore Capital says investors should take advantage of any weakness in the share price. Analyst Clive Black reiterated his ‘buy’ recommendation on the group, which bucked the wider market rise to fall 1.68%, or 38p, to £22.26 yesterday. Black said he was not engaging ‘in a moving feast of forecast adjustments’ and will instead wait for a formal update on the figures as, despite the disruption to Primark, the grocery operation is expected to be ‘a net beneficiary from Covid-19-related market conditions’. 4 of 6 key stats Dividend Yield 1.52% Market Capitalisation £18,026.42m No. Of shares out 791.67m Trading volume (90 days avg. 1.163634m Cash Per Share 97.72p Shore Capital: buy into any ABF weakness Covid-19 restrictions continue to disrupt Associated British Foods (ABF)’s Primark stores but Shore Capital says investors should take advantage of any weakness in the share price. Analyst Clive Black reiterated his ‘buy’ recommendation on the group, which bucked the wider market rise to fall 1.68%, or 38p, to £22.26 yesterday. Black said he was not engaging ‘in a moving feast of forecast adjustments’ and will instead wait for a formal update on the figures as, despite the disruption to Primark, the grocery operation is expected to be ‘a net beneficiary from Covid-19-related market conditions’. ‘Through no fault of its own, the New Year news remains a bit mellow for Primark, but we would take advantage of any markdown in the ABF share price as equity markets reopen, should that occur, to participate in a fundamentally high-quality stock, one where Primark in particular is set to be a winner,’ he said. HTTPS://citywire.co.uk/funds-insider/news/the-expert-view-entain-bunzl-and-associated-british-foods/a1445526?section=funds-insider&_ga=2.269209588.400108881.1609855462-1481963480.1609855462#i=4
philanderer
05/1/2021
12:39
Hi Phil, £19.50-20.50 is the type of area I'm lookimg for to add. May not happen.
essentialinvestor
05/1/2021
11:27
Trading update next thursday.
philanderer
04/1/2021
22:10
Another RNS tomorrow perhaps.
essentialinvestor
04/1/2021
22:07
Yes to be expected and tbh the only option. But we have other continuing profitable businesses and hopefully by the summer the whole business will be firing on all cylinders. Suet
suetballs
04/1/2021
21:40
Two months of zero primark sales minimum then
spoole5
03/1/2021
15:20
Listening to Johnson today it looks as if more areas will enter Tier 4. Interesting to see the share price reaction tomorrow.
essentialinvestor
31/12/2020
16:57
That UK Tier 4 restrictions were widening geographically and non essential shops have to close in Tier 4, was in the public domain. Primark is a physical only retailer as about everyone is aware. With more of their stores forced to close the subsequent revenue hit increases. The Weston family own approx 51% of ABF, from memory. General market consensus on when lockdowns will end looks too optimistic. I would not worry holding ABF fwiw; providing non essential shops can reopen within a few months (some of their stores do remain open as per the statement).
essentialinvestor
31/12/2020
15:04
Primark owner to face £650 million sales loss after more stores close HTTPS://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/primark-owner-face-650-million-135803503.html
philanderer
31/12/2020
14:52
How on earth a logical and normal investor would react ! ? First, the CEO selling loads of shares is announced; then 10 minutes later, after market closes, a big gift from the company to close the year by adding salt to injury and putting every investor under stress as a New Year gift !: A profit warning. This is a total disgrace and the FCA must investigate these crooks asap.
fuji99
28/12/2020
20:16
Looking forward to an interesting week ahead given the great news of an EU agreement on Christmas Eve. Pity it was after the close on Thursday. That and the potential news on the Oxford vaccine will hopefully see us over the worst of this within a couple of months. Next stop 2500p. IMHO
tlobs2
24/12/2020
05:40
You might be right but watch this youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut6CpuRXlnA
ukneonboy
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