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And they had already risen 3% in two days, even before yesterday’s 11% jump. The reason for yesterday’s bumper jump? A surprise and unscheduled profits warning, inspired by sausage rolls.
Not the usual negative profits warning, when a company says it won’t make as much profit as expected. This was the rarer positive type; the company expects even better profits in 2019.
Why? A very strong start to the year. Total sales in its latest seven weeks were 14.1% higher than the same period last year. On a like-for-like same shop basis they were 9.6% better. Strong numbers, boosted by its new vegan-friendly sausage rolls.
The launch extended a strong end to 2018. Extensive sausage roll publicity boosted customer numbers and transactions. Growth may have slowed a little but look set to boost both first-half and full year profits.
All eyes on full year results on 7 March. Might we get even more positive information that pushes the shares even higher? In the meantime, our trade opportunities show paper gains of 15.0%, the shares trading 1786p as I write.
At Greggs’ current price of 1786p (as high as 1815p this morning), yesterday’s news has taken them a whole lot further, easily beating our expectations. They they might even have further to run.
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Mike van Dulken, Head of Research, 20 Feb 2019
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