Hotel Chocolat Group

HOTC: 247.00 1.00 (▲0.41%)

Delayed:2016-11-25 18:15:01
Bid Price 237.00 High Price 250.00
Ask Price 250.00 Low Price 241.50
Open Price 250.00 Spread 5.34%
Prev Close 243.50 Volume 41,715.00

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Hotel Chocolat Group Share Price Information

Name Hotel Chocolat Group Epic HOTC
Sector Food Producers ISIN GB00BYZC3B04
Activites Hotel Chocolat Group plc manufactures premium chocolate and cocoa-related products, and sells these direct to customers. The Group sells its products online and through a network of 84 stores in the UK and abroad, with 94% of FY15 sales occurring in the UK. The Directors believe that Hotel Chocolat is the UK’s favourite premium chocolate brand, providing a differentiated, cocoa-rich taste at an accessible price. The business was founded in 1993 by Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris and has traded under the Hotel Chocolat brand since 2003. Hotel Chocolat has a strong and distinct brand that is at the core of its offering and is built on values of originality, authenticity and ethics. Security Type Equity

Key numbers

Latest Share Price (p) 243.50 Net Gearing (%) 43.08
Market Cap (£m) 276.45 Gross Gearing (%) 56.93
Shares in issue (m) 112.84 Debt Ratio 30.13
P/E Ratio 0.00 Debt-to-Equity Ratio 0.33
Divs per share (p) 0.00 Assets / Equity Ratio 2.32
Dividend Yield (%) 0.00 Price to book value 13.73
Dividend Cover 0.00 SROCE (%) 19.40
Earning per share (p) 0.00 EPS Growth (%)
52-week high / low (p) 305.75 / 166.00 DPS Growth (%)

Hotel Chocolat Group Broker Views

Date Broker Rec. Price Old target price New target price Notes
13 Jul Beaufort Securities Sell 247.00 Reiterates
12 Jul Liberum Capital Buy 247.00 230.00 230.00 Retains
05 Jul Liberum Capital Buy 247.00 235.00 230.00 Retains
27 Jun Liberum Capital Buy 247.00 235.00 Initiates/Starts

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Hotel Chocolat Group Company News

Hotel Chocolat schedules AGM

Hotel Chocolat will hold its annual general meeting at Mint House, Newark Close, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5HL, on 1 December at 9 a.m.

At 2:30pm: (LON:HOTC) Hotel Chocolat Group Ltd share price was +2.5p at 258p

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Investors revealed a sweet spot for Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) as better than expected full year results triggered a 3.3% rise to 235p. Pre-tax profit soared 181% to £8.2m in the year to 26 June.

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Hotel Chocolat profits soar

Hotel Chocolat Group’s after-tax profit (pre-exceptionals) rose by 229% to £6.7m in the year to 26 June.

Revenue was up 12% at £91.1m (2015: £81.1m).

Proforma revenue rose to £92.6m (2015: £82.6m).

EBITDA (pre-exceptional) increased by 57% to £12.3m (2015: £7.8m) and pre-tax profit (pre-exceptional) was up 181% at £8.2m.

Operational highlights:

– Completed £8.3m of capex projects in support of growth strategy

– Opened 7 new stores taking the Group total to 83 stores

– Investment in chocolate factory in Huntington completed on time; capacity increased by over 20%

– New website on track to launch in H1 2017

– Fifth Shop+Cafe format opened in Worcester and trading well

Co-founder and chief executive Angus Thirlwell said: “I am very pleased with our performance since we were admitted to trading on AIM in May this year.

“Our results are strong, the Hotel Chocolat brand has continued to strengthen and we have made good progress with our three strategic priorities of investing further in our British chocolate manufacturing operations, growing our store estate and developing our digital offering.

“Our plans for the peak winter season are well set and I am confident that our Christmas ranges will be our best ever, as customers continue to appreciate our ‘more cocoa, less sugar’ approach throughout all our categories.

“I look forward to further progress in the year ahead.”

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FLASH: Hotel Chocolat pre-tax profits jump

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Hotel Chocolat revenues up 12%

Hotel Chocolat Group’s revenues for the 52 weeks ended 26 June rose to £92.6 million – up 12% compared to the prior yearand slightly ahead of market expectations.

The group’s digital retail channel continued to perform well with revenues increasing by 20%.

Since the company’s admission to trading on AIM in May, the new store opening programme has continued to progress well, with one new store opened in Sheffield on 9 May, with a further four new stores expected to open later this year. Of note during the period since IPO, the group’s new Father’s Day campaign ‘Better than Socks’ performed particularly well.

Capital projects, notably the increase in manufacturing capacity at the Group’s facility near Cambridge, are on schedule and within budget. The Board maintains focus on its operating margins and tight cost control across all aspects of the business.

The group says trading since FY16 continues to be in line with management’s expectations.

The Board expects to announce the Group’s maiden preliminary results for FY16 in mid October 2016.

Co-Founder and chief executive Angus Thirlwell said: “Hotel Chocolat has had a good start as a listed company, with pleasing growth slightly above expectations. We remain confident in our strategy. Our plans to invest further in our British chocolate manufacturing operations, in new stores, and in our digital offering are all progressing well.”

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