Caprice Holdings returns to profit as turnover soars

By James McAllister

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Richard Caring's Caprice Holdings returns to profit as turnover soars at Scott’s and Sexy Fish

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Caprice Holdings is back in the black after reporting a strong rise turnover in its latest financial results.

The London-based group, which is led by Richard Caring and which owns the Scott’s and Sexy Fish brands, saw turnover rise 71% to £74m in the year to 1 January 2023, up from £43m the year before.

The rise in turnover was driven by a full year of trading for all restaurants and the member’s club.

Additionally, the group opened two new sites over the period: Scott’s Richmond in September, and Bacchanalia in Mayfair in November.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was £13.3m, up from £0.6m in 2021. Profit after tax was £840,000, up from a loss of £4m.

The gross profit margin was 77%, compared to 78.7% in 2021.

The results come after the Caring-backed Bill’s Restaurants and The Ivy Collection both reported substantial increases in turnover.

Turnover at Bill’s Restaurants rose to £104m in the year to 1 January 2023, up from £74.3m the year before despite the group operating on a reduced estate of 51 sites – down from 62 sites previously.

Adjusted EBITDA was £5.5m (2021: £7.6m), with the group reporting an operating loss of £12.3m for the period.

Bill’s said that shifts in consumer behaviour, record inflation, and knock-on effects to the supply chain had impacted results, but added that the business is ‘in a better long-term position having freed itself of a number of poorly performing sites’ and has ‘consolidated its central overheads to manage a more profitable reduced estate’.

Last month the group reported that trading was ‘ahead of expectations’ in its half year 2023 results, with Caring declaring that Bill’s is ‘back on track’​.

Elsewhere, Troia (UK) Restaurants, the parent company of The Ivy Collection, recently reported ‘strong growth’ across both sales and profits​, driven by the expansion of The Ivy Asia brand.

Turnover grew by more than £100m in the year ended 1 January 2023, rising to £302m from £200m the year before.

Profit before tax increased from £20.4m to £29m, while adjusted EBITDA rose from £37.9m to £54.8m.

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