Ten Entertainment Group (LSE: TEG) remained stable at three-month highs around 167p per share in Wednesday trade following the release of solid first-half trading details.
The ten-pin bowling alley operator declared that total sales had risen 2.2% during January-June, while like-for-like sales rose 0.4% from the corresponding 2016 period. As a result adjusted post-tax profit at the Bedford business detonated 24% to £6m.
Commenting on the results, chief executive Alan Hand said: “I am especially pleased with the impressive increase in our Net Promoter Score to 66% which reflects the improvements we have made to the customer experience over a long period of time.
“During the second half, we will continue to focus on our plans for growth including further site refurbishments, a longstanding and ongoing focus on the customer experience and an extension of the trial of a potentially transformational back of lanes technology.” He added that the company aims to boost customer engagement by improving and leveraging its digital and yield management capabilities.
Fellow London-listed leisure group Hollywood Bowl has also been reporting a strong upsurge in the popularity of bowling in the UK of late. And against this backcloth City experts predict that Ten Entertainment will post excellent earnings growth.
In 2017 the firm is expected to see earnings ring in at 16.8p per share, before the bottom line swells to 19.3p next year.
And these projections make the bowling behemoth brilliant value for money, the firm dealing on a forward P/E ratio of 9.9 times, falling below the widely-considered bargain benchmark of 10 times.
I believe Ten Entertainment should come under careful consideration from investors at current prices, particularly as takings continue to rev higher — like-for-like sales in the second half are currently up 3.6%, the company advised today.
And with its refurbishment and acquisition programme still having plenty left in the tank (the firm snapped up three sites in Blackburn, Eastbourne and Rochdale in the first half), I expect earnings growth to impress long into the future.
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