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SSP Group Results for the Six Months Ended 31 March 2014

June 8, 2014

LONDON, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

A strong performance across the Group, with profit up 28%

SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, announces its financial results for the six months ended 31 March 2014.

Financial and operational highlights

- Strong operating profit growth of +28.2% on a constant currency basis to GBP19.7m (up 16.6% at actual FX rates) - Sales up 4.6% on a constant currency basis to GBP865.8m (up 2.2% at actual FX rates), with like-for-like sales growth of 3.2% - EBITDA up 12.6% on a constant currency basis to GBP54.0m (up 8.0% at actual FX rates) - Increase in net margins, reflecting improved performance across all areas of the business - Revenue and EBITDA progression in all regions on a constant currency basis, with particularly strong performances in North America and Asia Pacific - Strong performance from recent investment in outlets in major airports, for example in the US at JFK, Phoenix and San Diego airports - Contract developments during the period included: - A five year deal worth GBP50m to operate six units at Beijing airport - A 10 year deal worth EUR300m to operate 11 units at Helsinki airport and nine units at Finland's three regional airports of Turku, Oulu and Rovaniemi - A 10 year deal worth EUR80m to operate eight new units at Bordeaux airport - A seven year deal worth EUR42m to operate nine units at Athens airport - Continued development of the Group's extensive brand portfolio, for example the launch of two new bespoke concepts: Central Diner, a 1930's-inspired New York diner at JFK airport; and Flying Hippo, an American-style family diner at Newcastle Airport.

Commenting on the results, Kate Swann, CEO of SSP, said: "This has been a period of strong growth for SSP, with profit up 28% year-on-year and like-for-like sales up 3.2%. We have delivered increases in revenue and EBITDA across all of the regions in which we operate, with North America and Asia Pacific continuing to perform particularly well. It is pleasing to note that the outlets in which we have invested recently, most notably in the US, are trading strongly. The new contracts won during the period demonstrate both our broad geographic spread and our ability to provide innovative solutions to our clients' specific requirements all over the world. The second half of the year has started well and we remain confident in the company's prospects for the rest of 2014 and beyond."

Financial results(unaudited) H1 H1 2014 2013 Actual Constant GBPm GBPm FX Rates Currency Sales 865.8 847.1 2.2% 4.6% Like for Like Sales Growth 3.2% 3.9% EBITDA(1) 54.0 50.0 8.0% 12.6% EBITDA Margin %(1) 6.2% 5.9% Operating Profit (1) 19.7 16.9 16.6% 28.2% Operating Profit Margin%(1) 2.3% 2.0% Capex (33.4) (33.7)

(1) Pre-exceptional items and amortisation of acquisition related intangible assets


About SSP:

SSP is a leading operator of food and beverage concessions in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafÉs, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has nearly 30,000 employees, serving approximately a million customers every day. It has business at circa 130 airports and circa 270 rail stations, and operates approximately 2,000 units in 29 countries around the world.

SSP operates an extensive portfolio of approximately 300 international, national, local and speciality brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, CaffÈ Ritazza, Burger King, M&S Simply Food, Millie's Cookies, O'Learys, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Asian brands Ajisen Ramen and Saboten, as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux Jazz CafÉ in Geneva and the award winning Center Bar at Zurich.

Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location type, size and design.

CONTACTS: Katharine Tipper Head of External Communications SSP, The Food Travel Experts +44(0)203-714-5247 Giles Sanderson / Rob Greening / Lisa Kavanagh Powerscourt +44(0)207-250-1446

SSP Group

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