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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

For more information on our brands, click here.

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
  • Network growth to 85,000 rooms secured
  • Innovation supporting further capacity growth to over 100,000 rooms
Focus on our strengths to grow internationally
  • Replicate Premier Inn UK success in Germany
Build capability to support long term growth
  • Deliver ongoing efficiency savings
  • Deliver modern & stable IT platforms
  • 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%.

  • £2,049m

    Total revenue

  • £438m

    Underlying Profit Before Tax

  • £814m
    Operating Cash Generation

  • 12.2%

    Return on Capital Employed for continuing operations

FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 (including only 10 months contribution from Costa)
Revenue £2.3bn £2.6bn £2.9bn £3.1bn £3.3bn £2.0bn
Operating Profit £431m £504m £569m £592m £622m £599m
Profit before tax £412m £488m £546m £565m £591m £438m
Earnings per share (diluted) 179p 214p 239p 246p 260p 248p
Return on Capital 15.3% 15.7% 15.3% 15.2% 15.4% 15.60%
Discretionary Free Cash Flow £399m £437m £457m £532m £585m £498m
Capital expenditure £306m £565m £725m £610m £555m £557m
Lease-adjusted net debt to funds from operations 3.0x 3.1x 3.4x 3.4x 3.3x (0.4)x
Dividends per share 68.8p 82.2p 90.4p 95.8p 101.15p 99.65p

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

Whitbread skills and capabilities


Alison Brittain
Chief Executive


Paul Tymms

Director of Investor Relations (Interim)

Amit Mistry

Manager - Strategy & IR

Anastasia Pittas

Strategy & Investor Relations Analyst

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