The shares of Greggs (LSE: GRG) rallied by 4% to 536p this morning after the bakery chain announced a significant reversal in like-for-like sales.
The food-to-go baker’s total revenues grew by 4% compared to last year, as renovated shops rejuvenated the company’s like-for-like sales. Greggs completed 66 refurbishments this quarter, as part of a turnaround strategy enacted by CEO Roger Whiteside, who took over last year.
Longer trading hours, refreshed product lines and low cost inflation all combined to boost results. But Greggs was quick to remind investors that these results were delivered in comparison to last year’s exceptionally weak trading, when heavy snow impacted high-street footfall.
While the company doesn’t expect the same kind of comparable growth next quarter, there were clear signs that Greggs’ new strategy is taking shape, and that rumours of the company’s demise last year were greatly exaggerated.
Looking ahead, the company added:
“The second half is likely to be more challenging as we come up against relatively stronger sales comparables and likely cost inflation. Overall we expect to deliver satisfactory financial results for the year and good further strategic progress.”
With a market cap of £540m, Greggs’ shares trade at 15 times expected earnings, and offer a prospective dividend yield of 3.5%.
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Mark owns shares in Greggs.