O'KEY Group S.A. (OKEY)
18 September 2023
O`KEY GROUP REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR H1 2023
O`KEY Group S.A. (AIX, LSE, MOEX: OKEY, the “Group”), one of Russia’s leading food retailers, has announced its financial results for the first six months of 2023 based on condensed consolidated interim financial statements.
All materials published by the Group are available on its website okeygroup.lu.
All results are according to IFRS 16, unless stated otherwise.
H1 2023 financial highlights
For more details, please refer to the full press release at https://www.okeygroup.lu/press-center/press-releases/2023/1859/.
Group profit and losses highlights in H1 2023
Total Group revenue increased by 1.7% YoY to RUB 99,478 mln driven by both retail revenue and rental income. The Group’s retail revenue went up 1.7% YoY to RUB 98,463 mln driven by DA! discounters and online revenue growth in H1 2023. The Group’s rental income increased by 2.6% YoY to RUB 1,015 mln in H1 2023.
Group net retail revenue and LFL revenue in H1 2023
For more details, please refer to the Group’s Q2 2023 Trading Update.
Group gross profit
In H1 2023, Group gross profit improved by 1.6% YoY to RUB 22,652 mln, while gross margin stood flat YoY at 22.8%. The Group sustained its gross margin thanks to efficient procurement and logistics optimisation along with effective assortment and shrinkage management.
Group selling, general and administrative expenses
Group total SG&A expenses increased by 9.9% YoY to RUB 21,762 mln in H1 2023. SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue rose by 1.6 pps YoY to 21.9% in H1 2023, mainly due to the growth of personnel costs, depreciation and amortisation (D&A), and communication and utilities expenses.
In H1 2023, personnel costs increased by 11.0% YoY to RUB 9,427 mln and, as a percentage of revenue, by 0.8 pps YoY to 9.5%. The growth was mainly associated with new discounter openings, as well as wages indexation.
In H1 2023, D&A rose by 11.8% YoY to RUB 5,717 mln, and by 0.5 pps YoY to 5.7% of revenue, driven primarily by discounter chain growth.
Communication and utilities expenses grew by 23.7% YoY to RUB 2,702 mln, and by 0.5 pps YoY as a percentage of revenue in H1 2023, mainly due to tariff inflation and discounter chain growth.
As a result, Group EBITDA declined by 5.4% YoY to RUB 7,102 mln, while EBITDA margin decreased by 0.6 pps YoY to 7.1% in H1 2023. The Group sees the pressure on EBITDA margin from new discounter openings as temporary and expects the margin to normalise by the year-end, as recently opened discounters ramp up.
Net finance costs increased by 21.0% YoY to RUB 3,249 mln, mainly due to a higher weighted average interest rate. A substantial part of interest costs was attributable to non-current lease liabilities (accounted for in accordance with IFRS 16).
In H1 2023, net foreign exchange loss amounted to RUB 881 mln compared to a RUB 1,533 mln gain in H1 2022. The loss resulted from Russian rouble devaluation in H1 2023, and was largely attributable to intragroup US dollar-denominated loans, as well as lease contracts denominated in foreign currencies. Losses from import operations had a relatively small impact on the Group’s results. Net foreign exchange loss has a non-cash nature.
Consequently, the Group reported a RUB 2,977 mln net loss in H1 2023 compared to the profit of RUB 576 mln in H1 2022.
Group cash flow
Net cash used in operating activities amounted to RUB 521 mln in H1 2023, compared to RUB 948 mln cash from operating activities in H1 2022. That resulted from an increase in investments in the Group's working capital in H1 2023 on the back of a decrease in accounts payable.
Net cash used in investing activities amounted to RUB 2,249 mln in H1 2023, showing a decrease in comparison with RUB 3,482 mln of cash used in H1 2022. In H1 2023, the Group invested approximately RUB 950 mln (excluding VAT) in hypermarket business development and store renovation, and over RUB 1,680 mln (excluding VAT) in the development of its discounter business.
Net cash used in financing activities amounted to RUB 3,079 mln in H1 2023, compared with the RUB 1,405 mln of net cash received from financing activities in H1 2022. The dynamics resulted from the Group's regular credit portfolio refinancing in H1 2023.
As of 30 June 2023, the Group had RUB 18,800 mln of available credit lines in Russian roubles with fixed and floating interest rates, in respect of which all conditions have been met. If necessary, proceeds from these facilities may be used to finance operating and investing activities.
Group net debt position
 Short-term debt does not include interest accrued on loans and borrowings.
The Group’s financial position remained stable during the reporting period.
As of 30 June 2023, the total interest-bearing liabilities (net of cash) to LTM EBITDA ratio grew to 4.08x from 3.68x as of 30 June 2022, mainly due to an increase in long-term debt and lease liabilities, as well as a decrease in cash balance. As of 30 June 2023 and during the twelve-month period then ended, the Group complied with all of its loan covenants.
Group interim IFRS report
The Group’s interim report, including the full set of interim IFRS financial statements, can be found at https://www.okeygroup.lu/investors/result-center/ifrs-statements/.
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ABOUT O`KEY GROUP
O`KEY Group S.A. (AIX, LSE, MOEX: OKEY) is one of the leading grocery retailers in Russia, operating hypermarkets under the O`KEY brand and discounters under the DA! brand.
As of 30 June 2023, we operated 282 stores across Russia (77 hypermarkets and 205 discounters) with a total selling space of 648,597 sq m. O`KEY opened its first hypermarket in St Petersburg in 2002 and has since demonstrated continuous growth. It was the first Russian food retailer to launch e-commerce operations offering a full range of hypermarket products for home delivery. The Group has e-commerce pick-up points in 31 O’KEY hypermarkets: nine in Moscow, seventeen in St Petersburg, one in Sochi, and four in Krasnodar. In 2015, we launched the first discount chain in Russia under the DA! brand. The Group operates five distribution centres in Russia – three in Moscow and two in St Petersburg – and employs 21,900 people.
In 2022, the Group’s revenue amounted to RUB 202.2 bn, and EBITDA reached RUB 17.0 bn.
The O`KEY Group shareholder structure is as follows: NISEMAX Co Ltd – 49.11%. GSU Ltd – 34.14%, free-float and other holders – 16.75%.
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