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  • Shares in Breville Group (BRG) are down despite the company reporting record sales and sturdy profit growth over FY21
  • Sales grew to just under $1.2 billion for the financial year with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation up 36 per cent to $163.3 million
  • Net profit margins remain relatively slim, with Breville recording $91 million in net profit after tax (NPAT) for the financial year, a 42.3 per cent increase
  • Breville will slash its final dividend by roughly 35 per cent though, declaring a 13.5-cent-per-share payout for the end of the financial year
  • Breville shares closed red by 8.97 per cent at $30.36 each

Shares in home appliance giant Breville Group (BRV) have taken a beating despite the company reporting record sales and sturdy profit growth over FY21.

A COVID-19-driven spike in appliance purchases drove record sales of just under $1.2 billion for Breville over the 2021 financial year — up 24.7 per cent from FY20’s $952.2 million.

Further, the company improved its gross margin slightly – from 33.7 per cent in FY20 to 34.8 per cent in FY21 — and grew earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) by 36 per cent to $163.3 million.

Nevertheless, while Breville improved its net profit after tax (NPAT) result, net margins remain relatively skinny; the company posted net profits of $91 million, equating to around 7.6 per cent of total revenue.

With a stronger focus on reinvesting its earnings to drive growth, Breville slashed its final dividend by roughly 35 per cent, declaring a 13.5-cent-per-share payout for the end of the financial year. This takes the company’s total dividends for FY21 to 26.5 cents per share.

For reference, the ASX 200-lister returned 41 cents per share to shareholders over the 2020 financial year.

Still, Breville CEO Jim Clayton said the 2021 financial year was “fairly remarkable” for the company as COVID-19-driven demand offset currency concerns.

“Increased consumer demand, driven by the need/requirement to work from home, coupled with our continued geographic expansion, outweighed logistical challenges and a weakening US dollar,” Mr Clayton said.

“All regions and all categories delivered good growth despite experiencing very different and often erratic retail and supply chain environments.”

Flat cash position

Despite Breville’s revenue and profit growth, the company’s cash position was relatively flat on the year before, with $160.2 million in working capital at the end of June 2021 compared to $161.9 million in working capital at the end of June 2020.

Breville management said lower than targeted inventory cover and suppressed receivables at the end of the year saw working capital around $80 million below what it would typically expect given its sales growth.

Similarly, Breville ended the financial year with $129.9 million cash on hand compared to the $128.5 million the year before.

What’s next?

Breville said it expects the 2022 financial year to be a “transitional” year as the world tentatively begins to open back up in some areas while simultaneously fighting off the Delta strain of COVID-19 in others.

The company said it still faces currency issues as the US dollar weakens against all currencies, as well as supply costs increases and logistics delays.

Nevertheless, the company said its long-term strategy remains unchanged and it continues to up the prices of its products where appropriate.

Breville did not provide an earnings or profit guidance for the 2022 financial year.

Board transitions

Alongside its financial year results, Breville also announced its Chairman, Steven Fisher, will be leaving the company’s board in November.

Mr Fisher has been a director at Breville for 17 years, with eight of those served as Chairman.

He said today he will not seek re-election as a director at the company’s next annual general meeting.

Following today’s full year results release, Breville shares closed in the red by 8.97 per cent this afternoon at $30.36 each. The company has a $4.23 billion market cap.

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