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Why invest in Whitbread?

Our brand strength and sharp focus on markets where there is great opportunity for structural growth provide sustainable development potential for our business.

Brands loved by all

All of our brands fall under either Costa or Premier Inn. For more information on our brands, click below.

Our clear plan is driving sustainable,
long term growth

1. Grow and innovate in our core UK businesses

2. Focus on our strengths to grow internationally

3. Build the capability and platform to support future growth

Grow and innovate in core UK markets
  • Deliver capacity growth in Premier Inn to >100,000 rooms
  • Grow Costa to >3,000 shops in the UK
  • Double the Costa Express network
Focus on our strengths to grow internationally
  • Replicate Premier Inn UK success in Germany
  • Grow Costa in China to be the clear #2 in China
  • Accelerate Costa Express growth internationally
Build capability to support long term growth
  • Deliver £150m of efficiency savings over 5 years
  • Enhancement of digital, distribution, procurement and property capabilities
  • Be a force for good

Long term growth in earnings and dividends combined with strong return on capital

A Strong Financial Track Record

Whitbread has had another year of strong growth and continued investment with total Group sales increasing 6.1% to £3.3 billion and underlying earnings per share increasing by 5.6%, demonstrating the strength of our core brands. Total basic earnings per share increased by 3.6%.

  • £3,295m

    Total revenue

  • £591m

    Underlying Profit Before Tax

  • 15.4%

    Return on Capital Employed

  • +5.6%

    Increase in Full Year Dividend

FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18
Revenue £2.3bn £2.6bn £2.9bn £3.1bn £3.3bn
Operating Profit £431m £504m £569m £592m £622m
Profit before tax £412m £488m £546m £565m £591m
Earnings per share (diluted) 179p 214p 239p 246p 260p
Return on Capital 15.3% 15.7% 15.3% 15.2% 15.4%
Discretionary Free Cash Flow £399m £437m £457m £532m £585m
Capital expenditure £306m £565m £725m £610m £555m
Net Debt : EBITDAR 3.1x 3.2x 3.1x 3.2x 2.9x
Dividends per share 68.8p 82.2p 90.4p 95.8p 101.15p

Doing business responsibly and sustainably

We have ambitious targets for 2020, covering job creation and work experience, supply chain, sugar reduction, carbon and water reduction and recycling.

A unique model

Customer and market leadership

Whitbread skills and capabilities


Alison Brittain
Chief Executive


Matt Johnson

Investor Relations Director

Ann Hyams

Investor Relations Manager

Matt Holman

Investor Relations Manager