Annual Report 2015
In compliance with Listing Rule 9.6.1, Mitchells & Butlers plc has today submitted copies of the following documents to the National Storage Mechanism:
- Company Annual Report and Accounts 2015
- Notice of the 2016 Annual General Meeting
These documents will shortly be available for inspection at http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM
The above documents can also be accessed on the Company's website at: www.mbplc.com
The Company's Annual General Meeting will be held at Mitchells & Butlers plc, Retail Support Centre, 27 Fleet Street, Birmingham, B3 1JP on Thursday 28 January 2016 at 2.00pm.
A condensed set of Mitchells & Butlers plc financial statements, information on important events that have occurred during the year and their impact on the financial statements and responsibility statements were included in the Company's Full Year Results announcement on 24 November 2015. That information, together with the information on Risks and Uncertainties given below, constitutes the requirements of DTR 6.3.5 which is to be communicated via an RIS in unedited full text. This announcement is not a substitute for reading the full Annual Report and financial statements. To view the Full Year Results announcement, visit the Company website: www.mbplc.com/investors/
Risks and uncertainties
This section highlights the principal risks and uncertainties that affect the Company, together with the key mitigating activities in place to manage those risks. This does not represent a comprehensive list of all of the risks that the Company faces, but focuses on those that are currently considered to be most relevant at the current time.
The processes that are used to identify and manage risks are described in the internal control and risk management statement on pages 47 and 48 of the 2015 Annual Report.
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Risk descriptionMarket risks: Consumer taste and brand management
Risk descriptionSocial and demographic changes are driving the long-term growth in eating-out while at the same time leading to a steady decline in the sales of on-trade drinks without food. These changes, together with other developments in consumer taste, may reduce the appeal of Mitchells & Butlers' brands to its guests, especially if the Company fails to anticipate and identify these changes and respond to them adequately and promptly.
Mitigating activitiesIn FY 2013, the Company conducted a major piece of consumer research, interviewing 8,000 consumers about 14,000 leisure occasions. This research examined macro economic trends, consumer dynamics, competitor and internal brand positioning and the Company's strengths and weaknesses. The business continues to implement the outputs from this project to refine further its brand positioning and ensure the portfolio's continued relevance for guests. This is discussed in detail in the Business Review on pages 24 and 25 of the Annual Report.
The Company uses an online guest satisfaction survey to collect guest feedback. This feedback together with the results of research studies is monitored and evaluated by a dedicated guest insight team to ensure that the relevance to guests of the Company's brands is maintained.
Net promoter score, as defined on page 116 of the Annual Report, is the key measure of success in this area, and this has improved from 63% in FY 2014 to 65% in FY 2015.
Risk descriptionPricing and market changes
Risk descriptionExternal influences, such as changes in the general economic climate or competitor activity, could have a detrimental effect on consumers' spending patterns and therefore the Company's revenue, profitability and consequently the value of its assets.
Mitigating activitiesMitchells & Butlers is focused on the long-term potential of the eating-out market. The Company owns sites across the UK with a wide spectrum of offers targeted at different consumer groups and leisure occasions. This range allows the Company to respond to changes in consumer expenditure either by flexing our offerings or by substituting a different brand at a particular location. This activity is supported by dedicated Sales and Margin Managers and Asset Planning teams which analyse and evaluate a range of information including that in respect of competitors.
Risk descriptionOperational risks: Cost of goods price increases (including energy price increases)
Risk descriptionIncreases in the price of goods for resale and utilities costs as a result of increases in global demand and uncertainty of supply in producing nations can have a significant impact on the cost base, consequently impacting margins.
Mitigating activitiesMitchells & Butlers leverages its scale to drive competitive cost advantage and collaborates with suppliers to increase efficiencies in the supply chain. The fragmented nature of the food supply industry on the world commodity markets gives the Company the opportunity to source products from a number of alternative suppliers in order to drive down cost. The Company continually evolves the composition of menus and retail prices in order to optimise value to the guest as well as profits for the Company.
The energy procurement strategy seeks to reduce the risk of cost increases and uncertainty over energy prices by a rolling programme of short and medium-term purchases against forecast requirements. A dedicated energy management team is responsible for optimising energy usage across the organisation by promoting energy efficient working practices via training and educational programmes and by the installation of energy efficient equipment.
Risk descriptionPeople planning and development
Risk descriptionMitchells & Butlers has a strong guest focus, and as such it is important that it is able to attract, retain, develop and motivate the best people with the right capabilities throughout the organisation. There is a risk that without the right people our customer service levels would be affected.
Mitigating activitiesThe Company makes significant investment in training to ensure that its people have the right skills to perform their jobs successfully. Furthermore, an employee survey is conducted annually to establish employee satisfaction and engagement and this is compared with other companies, as well as previous surveys. Where appropriate, changes in working practices are made in response to the findings of these surveys.
Remuneration packages are benchmarked to ensure that they remain competitive and a talent review process is used to provide structured succession planning.
Staff turnover is the key measure of success in this area and the Company has maintained the low rate of 76%.
Risk descriptionBusiness continuity and crisis management
Risk descriptionMitchells & Butlers relies on its food and drink supply chain and the key IT systems underlying the business to serve its guests efficiently and effectively. Supply chain interruption, IT system failure or crises such as terrorist activity or the threat of disease pandemic might restrict sales or reduce operational effectiveness.
Mitigating activitiesMitchells & Butlers relies on its food and drink supply chain and the key IT systems underlying the business to serve its guests efficiently and effectively. Supply chain interruption, IT system failure or crises such as terrorist activity or the threat of disease pandemic might restrict sales or reduce operational effectiveness. The Company has in place crisis and continuity plans that are tested and refreshed regularly.
In September 2014, the Company's third-party back-up facility, for retail support centre employees, was successfully tested to ensure critical business systems are able to function in the event of a disaster. In addition, during FY 2015, departmental Business Continuity Plans have been developed and reviewed by the Risk Committee.
Risk descriptionDisaster Recovery and IT Resilience
Risk descriptionThere is a risk that inadequate disaster recovery plans and processes are in place to mitigate against a system outage, or failure to ensure appropriate back-up facilities covering key business systems and the recovery of critical data.
Mitigating activitiesIn FY 2015 a detailed review of Disaster Recovery and IT Resilience was performed in order to highlight and address any challenges that had been presented in exploring the viability of a Disaster Recovery test for our business critical applications. Mitigating solutions have been critically assessed during the year.
Risk descriptionNational Living Wage
Risk descriptionThere is a risk that increased costs associated with the introduction of the National Living Wage may adversely impact upon overall operational costs.
Mitigating activitiesThe National Living Wage will be introduced in April 2016 at £7.20 per hour, rising to at least £9.00 per hour in April 2020. A detailed review of the risks associated with successfully implementing the National Living Wage has therefore been completed. This review has been undertaken at a strategic level and seeks to ensure that appropriate mitigating actions are in place, some of which are in relation to how the Group carefully manages productivity and efficiency across the estate. Implementation of the National Living Wage will continue to remain an area of focus as we enter FY 2016.
Risk descriptionFinance risks : Borrowing covenants
Risk descriptionThere are risks that borrowing covenants are breached because of circumstances such as:
i. A change in the economic climate leading to reduced cash inflows; or
ii. A material change in the valuation of the property portfolio.
Mitigating activitiesThe Company maintains headroom against these risks. The finance team conducts daily cash forecasting with periodic reviews at the Treasury Committee, the roles of which include ensuring that the Board Treasury Policy is adhered to, monitoring its operation and agreeing appropriate strategies for recommendation to the Board. In addition, regular forecasting and testing of covenant compliance is performed and frequent communication is maintained with the Securitisation Trustee.
Risk descriptionPension fund deficit
Risk descriptionThe material value of the pension fund deficit remains a risk.
Mitigating activitiesThe Company has made significant additional contributions to reduce the funding deficit. In May 2014, the Company reached agreement on the triennial valuation of the Group pension schemes as at 31 March 2013, at an increased funding shortfall of £572m (March 2010 valuation £400m). The value of total liability at the end of FY 2015, following the revised contributions, is £350m (FY 2014 £425m).
Risk descriptionRegulatory risks : Failure to operate safely and legally
Risk descriptionA major health and safety failure could lead to illness, injury or loss of life or significant damage to the Company's or a brand's reputation.
Mitigating activitiesMitchells & Butlers maintains a robust programme of health and safety checks both within its restaurants and pubs and throughout the supply chain. The dedicated Safety Assurance team uses a number of technical partners including food technologists, microbiologists and allergen specialists to ensure that our food procedures are safe. Regular independent audits of trading sites are performed to ensure that procedures are followed and that appropriate standards are maintained. Food suppliers are required to meet the British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Food Safety and are subject to regular safety and quality audits. Comprehensive health and safety training programmes are in place.
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