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Tue 18th Jul 2023 - Pret first-half sales up 20.2% to £429.9m as it reports return to profitability for first time since 2018
Pret first-half sales up 20.2% to £429.9m as it reports return to profitability for first time since 2018: Pret A Manger has reported half-year revenue in 2023 increased to £429.9m, growing by 20.2% compared with the same period in 2022 (£357.8m). The first half of 2023 saw Pret report a record sales week in May and June, driven by the success of its expanded subscription offer, Club Pret, launched in April this year. It comes as Pret reported the group returned to profitability in 2022, reporting an annual operating profit of £50.6m, its first shift to profitability since 2018 (£19.6m). Revenue increased to £790.1m for the year ending 31 December 2022 compared with £461.5m in 2021. Pret said the latest results reflect the success of its transformation strategy, “with the ambition of bringing Pret to more people – both in the UK and around the world”. Pret said it is tracking ahead of its mid-term growth target announced in September 2021 to double the size of its business within five years. It has entered seven new international markets since 2021, surpassing its target of five new entries by end-2023, with international sales now accounting for 18.9% of revenue. International expansion has been a key driver of growth. Pret now operates in 15 markets on three continents and expects to have more than 700 shops worldwide by the end of 2023. More than 20% of its shop estate is operated by franchise partners, including more than a third (34%) of its international shops. International revenue from franchise shops has increased to 5.5% of international revenue, up from 1.5% in 2021. The company stated: “Despite a challenging economic backdrop, Pret remains well-positioned to continue to grow through the opening of company-operated and franchised shops, working with like-minded, capable partners, while increasing sales at existing shops, supported by new revenue channels.” In the UK, Pret has continued to open shops in new locations, such as Bishop’s Stortford and Worthing. More than half (55%) of new Pret shops that opened since January 2022 have been outside of London. This shift is reflected in Pret’s growing weekend trade. Sales on weekends have increased by 271% since 2021, with more than 70% of Pret shops now open on the weekends, up 85% on 2021. Pret said business growth has also been supported by the ongoing popularity of its subscription offer, Club Pret. First launched in 2020 as a coffee subscription, offering subscribers up to five-barista prepared drinks a day for a monthly fee, it has now expanded into food with a 10% discount on everything sold in-shop. The subscription generated 57.9 million redemptions globally in 2022, up from 34.7 million redemptions in 2021, and sales per Club Pret transaction are close to 30% higher than those without a subscription. The company said Club Pret is one aspect at the heart of its transformation, which has seen a significant shift in the way the business serves customers, “providing delicious, freshly made food and organic coffee through new digital channels”. Digital transactions accounted for 42% of transactions during the first half of 2023, up from 40% as of December 2022 and 35% in 2021, while the Pret app has been downloaded more than 650,000 times in the UK and has been rolled out in three markets. Pret said it has continued to invest in its people to support them through the cost-of-living crisis. In April 2023, Pret staff were given their third pay rise in 12 months, meaning average base pay for shop staff increased by 19% in the year to April, above the UK rate of inflation. On top of its existing benefits package, it also launched a new discounts portal, providing staff with access to food and other essential items from major supermarkets and other businesses at a lower cost. It has also introduced measures to mitigate the impact of cost inflation on customers, “providing more value-driven options such as the Made Simple range, offering sandwich favourites at a lower price point, as well as its subscription offer, Club Pret”. In 2022, subscribers saved £50 a month on average, Pret said. Chief executive Pano Christou said: “It’s been three years of transformation at Pret, in which we’ve evolved into a truly global, multi-channel brand, and emerged as a stronger business than we were in 2019. We’re focused on continuing to grow, while constantly innovating to bring Pret’s freshly made food and organic coffee to new places, from Bishop’s Stortford to Bradford and from Italy to India. We’re now bringing Pret to even more people thanks to our excellent franchise partners in the UK and around the world. This type of sustainable growth has also given us the confidence to keep investing where it really matters – in our people, with well-deserved pay rises, in our most loyal customers, by expanding our Club Pret subscription, and in helping our local communities via the Pret Foundation. Above all, it’s our hard-working team members who deserve the biggest thanks, without whom none of this growth would be possible.” Pret features in the Propel Turnover & Profits Blue Book, the latest edition of which was sent to Premium subscribers on Friday (14 July). Its turnover of £790.1m is the 15th highest in the database. The Blue Book ranks companies by turnover, profit and profit conversion, listing directors’ earnings for the past five years. Companies can now have an unlimited number of people receive access to Propel Premium for a year for £995 plus VAT – whether they are an operator or a supplier. The single subscription rate is £495 plus VAT for operators and £595 plus VAT for suppliers. Email to upgrade your subscription.

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