RNS Number : 2418F
Mitchells & Butlers PLC
08 January 2010


8 January 2010


Mitchells & Butlers plc

Interim Management Statement


Current Trading


Trading in the new financial year has remained strong, driven by sales growth across the main brands with same outlet like-for-like sales growth of 3.4% in the 6 weeks to 2 January 2010. Sales in the key ten day period over Christmas and New Year, which was less affected by the recent poor weather, were up by 4.9%. In the first 14 weeks of the financial year, same outlet like-for-like sales growth was 3.3%.


Like-for-like sales

FY 2009

First 8 Weeks

Current Trading

Trading to IMS


52 weeks to

26 September 2009

8 weeks to

21 November 2009

6 weeks to

2 January 2010

14 weeks to

2 January 2010

Total

1.6%

3.2%

3.4%

3.3%






Food

3.1%

5.9%

5.5%

5.7%

Drink

1.8%

2.0%

2.1%

2.0%






Residential

2.5%

4.4%

3.8%

4.2%

High street

(0.2)%

Flat

2.9%

1.6%

Note: total like-for-like sales include other non food and drink categories


In the last 6 weeks, same outlet like-for-like food and drink sales were up 5.5% and 2.1% respectively. In our Residential and High Street pubs, like-for-like sales were up 3.8% and 2.9% respectively.


Net margins for the first 14 weeks are 1.5% points better than last year as a result of pricing actions, reduced food cost inflation, continued productivity gains and lower energy costs.


Cash Flow and Financing


The business continues to generate strong operational cash inflows supported by disposals of £15m in the year to date. Drawings on the unsecured medium term facility of £369m as at 7 January 2010 are well below the current facility of £475m and also below the next required facility step down at the end of June 2010 to £425m.


Outlook


The Board is still cautious on the outlook for consumer spending especially in the second half of the year. However, Mitchells&Butlers' leading brands and proven operational ability mean that we can face the future with confidence.



There will be a conference call for analysts and investors at 9.30am; please dial +44 (0) 1452 555 566 and quote conf ID 50015206. The replay will be available until20/01/10on +44 (0) 1452 55 00 00, replay access number 50015206#.



For further information, please contact:


Corporate Affairs:


Erik Castenskiold

0121 498 6513



Media:


James Murgatroyd (Finsbury Group)

0207 251 3801



Notes for editors:


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Mitchells & Butlers owns and operates around 2,000 high quality pubs in prime locations nationwide. The Group's predominantly freehold, managed estate is biased towards large pubs in residential locations. With around 3% of the pubs in theUK, Mitchells & Butlers has over 10% of industry sales and average weekly sales per pub almost four times greater than that of the averageUKpub.

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Mitchells & Butlers' leading portfolio of brands and formats includes Ember Inns, Harvester, Sizzling Pub Co., Toby Carvery, Vintage Inns, Crown Carveries, All Bar One, O'Neill's, Nicholson's and Browns. In addition, Mitchells & Butlers operates a large number of individual city centre and residential pubs.

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Like-for-like sales growth includes the sales performance against the comparable period in the prior year of all managed pubs that were trading in the two periods being compared. For the 14 weeks to 2 January 2010 96% of the estate is included in this measure.



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