Telepizza to exit Poland


An article by Philip Whiterow, Proactive Investors 27 July 2018

DP Poland tipped to benefit as discounter exits Polish pizza market

DP Poland PLC (LON:DPP) should get a boost from the exit from the Polish market of cut-price competitor Telepizza, according to broker Peel Hunt.

Telepizza has 107 stores and is one of DP Poland’s larger competitors, but these are being sold to Amrest, which runs Pizza Hut Poland.

Positive impact on DP Poland

Amrest is a Warsaw-listed international restaurant and café business and the broker expects it to close some Telepizza stores and convert the others to Pizza Hut or one of its other brands.

Even though Pizza Hut is growing in Poland, Telepizza was a discount operator that was competing largely on price and its exit should allow a bit more wriggle room on promotions.

DP Poland might also be able to pick up experienced Telepizza sub-franchisees displaced through the deal.

In May, Telepizza and Pizza Hut agreed a global partership and today’s announcement ‘feels more like a bit of a tidy-up around the edges of that deal, rather than a change of strategic direction for Amrest in relation to pizza in Poland,’ said the broker.

“Overall we expect the impact on DP Poland to be positive as a low-priced competitor exits the market.”

The broker has a buy recommendation and 75p target price.

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