Britvic PLC 2021 Interim results

18 May 2021

“Emerging stronger, confident in future growth prospects”
For the 6 months ended 31 March 2021

Group Financial Headlines:

  • Revenue decreased 6.3%* to £617.1m (reported -11.7%)
  • Adjusted EBIT decreased 15.4%* to £60.1m (reported -20.6%), statutory EBIT declined 16.7%
  • Adjusted EBIT margin decreased 110bps* to 9.7% (reported -110bps)
  • Profit after tax decreased 14.7% to £33.2m
  • Adjusted earnings per share decreased 20.0%* to 15.2p, basic EPS declined 15.6% to 12.4p
  • Disciplined cash management with adjusted net debt £94.3m lower year-on-year and adjusted net debt / EBITDA leverage ratio peaking at 2.8x
  • Reinstating our interim dividend with a dividend of 6.5p


  • Strong growth in At-Home channels, resulting in continued share gains in GB and Brazil
    • Britvic GB At-Home channel RSV +6.2% vs soft drinks market +1.6%; led by family favourites Robinsons, Pepsi MAX, 7UP and Grocery online outpacing strong market growth
    • Into the 4th consecutive year of revenue growth in Brazil
  • Pandemic restrictions heavily impacted performance in hospitality sector and on-the-go consumption
  • Significant progress against our strategic objectives including:
    • Relaunch of Rockstar in H2 to accelerate growth in the energy category
    • Acquisition of Plenish, a premium plant-based beverages brand in a fast-growing category
    • Simplification of Ireland business with closure of Counterpoint wholesale
    • Healthier People, Healthier Planet progress including supporting UK government Kickstart employment initiative and implementation of 100% rPET underway in GB

Current Trading & Outlook:

  • Encouraging trading in the first weeks of H2 as lockdown measures begin to ease in the UK
  • Investment to ramp up in H2 to capitalise on near-term market opportunities and drive long-term growth
  • Going forward we anticipate positive mix impact as At-Home growth moderates, socialising increases and on-the-go consumption regains momentum
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6 months ended
31 March 2021
6 months ended
31 March 2020
% change
actual exchange
rate (AER)
Underlying % change
exchange rate *
Adjusted EBIT60.175.7(20.6)%(15.4)%
Adjusted EBIT margin9.7%10.8%(110)bps(110)bps
Adjusting EBIT Items**7.812.939.5%
Statutory EBIT52.362.8(16.7)%
Statutory EBIT margin8.5%9.0%(50)bps
Profit after tax33.238.9(14.7)%
Basic EPS12.4p14.7p(15.6)%
Adjusted EPS15.2p19.0p(20.0)%
Interim dividend per share6.5p
Adjusted net debt/EBITDA 2.8x 2.5x (0.3)x

* Adjusted for constant currency and excludes the private label juice business that was disposed of in 2020. **Adjusting items are defined on page 31 and include strategic restructuring costs of £3.2m and acquisition related amortisation of £3.9m. Total adjusting items includes £0.2m in finance costs.

Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer commented:

“In challenging circumstances, we have delivered a robust first half performance, demonstrating the resilience and agility of our business. We have continued to win in the channels open to us and have gained share in our key growth markets of GB and Brazil. Our cash management has been particularly strong, and I am pleased to reinstate our interim dividend.

We have also made good progress on our strategic opportunities, such as simplifying our Irish business, entering the  mainstream energy category in GB and Ireland by relaunching Rockstar with PepsiCo, and acquiring Plenish, a leading natural premium brand in the fast growing plant based drinks category.

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In the second half we plan to rebuild investment behind our brands to ensure we emerge strongly and are best positioned for the recovery as it evolves. As lockdown restrictions have started to ease in some of our markets, early trading has been encouraging. Although some uncertainty does remain, I am confident that our strategy and focus on People, Planet and Performance will ensure we deliver growth for all our stakeholders, both in the short and long term.”

For further information please contact:

Joanne Wilson (Chief Financial Officer)+44 (0) 7881 751550
Steve Nightingale (Director of Investor Relations)+44 (0) 7808 097784
Kathryn Partridge (Director of Corporate Affairs)+44 (0) 7803 854229
Stephen Malthouse (Headland)+44 (0) 7734 956201

There will be a webcast of the presentation given today at 09:30am by Simon Litherland (Chief Executive Officer) and Joanne Wilson (Chief Financial Officer). The webcast will be available at with a transcript available in due course.

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