Collins Foods: Australia delivers the goods

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James Barker
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By James Barker
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Former Associate Analyst
Date posted:
26 June 2019, 8:37 AM
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Retail, Technology and Telecommunications

FY19 result – a strong year of growth; core business performing

Collins Foods (CKF) reported FY19 revenue growth of 16.9% which converted to 20.3% EBITDA growth, in line with Morgans estimate. Same Store Sales (SSS) growth for KFC Australia of 3.7% was above our forecast of 3% while lower net store openings saw revenue in line. The Australian business' EBITDA margin benefited from this strong top-line result (opex leverage), 35 basis points ahead of our forecast and +70 basis points on the previous corresponding period.

KFC Europe came in well below expectations at both revenue and EBITDA due to -3.7% SSS growth and opex deleverage/new store opening costs.

Strong operating cash flow conversion (110%) saw the group's net leverage ratio fall below 1.9x and report a final dividend of 10.5 cents per share (FY19 dividend of 19.5 cents per share).

Solid start to FY20 – KFC Australia still strong; Europe improving

As expected, CKF did not provide FY19 guidance. However, it did note that SSS growth was:

  • +3.4% in KFC Australia;
  • 'slightly positive' in the Netherlands; and
  • +5% in Germany.

KFC Australia continues to perform well, with promotional/value mix resonating and growth in delivery assisting average selling prices. In Germany, a refresh of the brand and value product improvement has assisted SSS, with the last three months recording positive comps. The Netherlands is expected to benefit from a new Yum Chief Marketing Officer, which will shift the focus from promotions to more value offering.

CKF also provided store roll-out guidance for FY20, comprising 9-10 KFC Australia stores (up from 5-7 previously); 5-6 KFC Europe stores; and 10 Taco Bell stores by CY19-end. The group will close 2 under-performing German stores during FY20 which will provide a modest tailwind (we estimate A$0.6m).

Changes to forecasts

Changes to our EBITDA forecasts are negligible, while our Earnings Per Share forecasts fall by -2.9% in FY20, -3.8% in FY21 and -3.1% in FY22. This reflects a higher KFC Australia margin, offset by a lower KFC Europe, slightly higher tax rate and higher shares on issue. We now forecast +8% NPAT growth in FY20, +11% in FY21 and +12% in FY22, culminating in a 3-year NPAT growth CAGR of approximately 9%.

Investment view

We are attracted to CKF's growth prospects, including continued growth in the base KFC Australia business (albeit maturing); KFC Europe ramp-up and margin improvement; the roll-out of Taco Bell Australia; and potential upside from acquisitions. 

Following a recent share price rally, CKF is trading on approximately 18.6x FY20 PE. We think this is fair in the context of approximately 9% 3-year earnings CAGR. We have increased our share price target but move our rating to a Hold (previously Add). We note that CKF is likely to be included in the next ASX200 rebalance (Sept 19). 

More information

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