Mothercare final 2015 final results

DividendMax Ltd.

Mothercare final 2015 final results

Financial highlights

  • Underlying profit before tax up 37% at £13.0m [FY2013/14: £9.5m]
  • International like-for-like sales up 5.6%, constant currency total sales up 12.4%, total International reported sales up 2.2% and underlying International profit up 1% at £45.9m [FY2013/14: £45.3m]
  • UK like-for-like sales up 2.0% with gross margin stabilised, total UK sales down (0.9)% as further underperforming stores were closed and underlying UK losses lower at £(18.0)m [FY2013/14: £(21.5)m]
  • Worldwide sales1 up 1.0% at £1,203m, International now accounts for 64% of worldwide space and 62% of worldwide sales
  • Statutory reported loss before tax of £(13.1)m [FY2013/14: £(26.3)m]
  • Successfully refinanced the business, ending the year with net cash of £31.5m compared to net debt £(46.5)m in FY2013/14

Strategic and operating highlights

Progress made against all six strategic pillars:

  1. Become a digitally led business
    • Online sales up 18%, accounting for 30% of total UK sales with over a third of online orders collected in store and 82% of online traffic now generated from mobile
    • A significant increase in product images, videos and customer reviews online and an accelerated growth in our customer database
  2. Supported by a modern retail estate
    • Closed a further 31 loss-making stores and resited one in the UK
    • Gateshead and Solihull refurbished to the new format, clothing biased stores trialled and our first year of refits now identified
  3. Offering style, quality and innovation in product and great service
    • Introduced more phased launches of product in Clothing & footwear, Home & travel and Toys
    • Introduced more brands and increased exclusivity across all of our product categories
  4. Stabilise and recapture gross margin
    • Margins stabilised after five years of decline
    • Moving back to being a full price retailer with shorter discount periods and better planned promotions
  5. Running a lean organisation while investing for the future
    • Costs well managed and stock cover reduced in the UK
    • Invested in management and colleagues as well as our systems to support the strategic pillars
  6. Expanding further internationally
    • Space up 9.0% with 1,273 stores in 60 countries as 52 stores opened
    • Entered a new territory - South Korea with an initial four stores

Alan Parker, Chairman of Mothercare plc, said:

"This year has been one of major change for Mothercare. We recruited a new CEO and CFO, entered into new financing arrangements with our banks, saw off an unwelcome takeover approach and successfully completed a rights issue. I am confident that we now have the right leadership and plans to achieve our clear potential of being a world leading global retailer."

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