FY 2020/21 Technical guidance

The following guidance applies in the event of no adverse change in COVID-related confinement measures (for example, new lockdown restrictions resulting in further store closures). Please also refer below for further details regarding forward-looking statements.

Income statement:

  • LFL sales outlook
    • H1 21/22 – expect mid-to-high teens LFL sales growth (previous guidance ‘low double-digit’)
    • H2 21/22 – continue to plan for LFL scenarios of -15% to -5% (2-year LFLs for H2 of -1% to +11%). Range reflects uncertainty over the macroeconomic and consumer environment in H2
  • Space
    • Anticipate net space growth (excluding Russia) to impact total sales by c.+1.5%, largely from the UK and Poland. Total sales impact from the disposal of Russia will be c.-1.5%
  • Costs
    • Central costs – expected to be broadly flat year on year (FY 20/21: £54m)
    • COVID-related costs – expected to be c.£15m (previous guidance c.£10m; FY 20/21: £45m)
  • Net finance costs
    • Expected to decrease by c.£10m as a result of lower lease liability balance and lower non-lease interest (FY 20/21: £160m)
  • Adjusted pre-tax profit
    • Anticipate H1 adjusted pre-tax profit to be in the range of c.£580-600m
    • Aiming to grow full year adjusted pre-tax profit (excluding £85m of non-recurring net cost savings in FY 20/21) ahead of sales(1) (previous guidance ‘in line with sales’)
  • Tax rate
    • Group adjusted effective tax rate expected to be c.23%(2) (FY 20/21: 23%)

Cash flow:

  • Capital expenditure – continue to target gross capex of up to 3.5% of total sales, including c.£70m of capex deferred from FY 20/21 (FY 20/21: £281m; FY 19/20: £342m)
  • Tax – as anticipated, in Q1 21/22 we paid c.£64m (including interest) to HMRC in relation to the EC state aid challenge (previous guidance c.£57m excluding interest). The full amount is being contested and is recorded as a receivable
  • Dividends – target dividend cover range of 2.25 to 2.75 times, based on adjusted basic earnings per share

(1) Group total sales growth and adjusted pre-tax profit growth in constant currency

(2) Subject to the blend of profit within the Group’s various jurisdictions.

Information correct as at 20 May 2021.

Forward-looking statements
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