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Derby Brewing

Food & Drink
UK - East Midlands
Date Rated:
Valuation (Pre Money):
Industry: Food & Drink
Location: UK - East Midlands
Platform: Crowdcube
£500,000 Expansion
Valuation: £5,555,556
Date Rated: 18/04/17



Tax Status: EIS

Business Summary

Derby Brewery is a craft brewery with national distribution including major supermarkets and operating several local venues. Derby Brewery's turnover exceeds £3m and its products have won many awards. This round of investment will be mainly used to further expand and develop the product.

Financial Overview

Date (y/e) Sep-16 Sep-17 Sep-18 Sep-19
Sales Sep-16£3,114,841 Sep-17£3,611,653 Sep-18£4,496,472 Sep-19£5,533,412
Gross Profit Sep-16£1,926,697 Sep-17£2,352,170 Sep-18£2,971,424 Sep-19£3,640,122
GP as % sales Sep-1662% Sep-1765% Sep-1866% Sep-1966%
Overheads Sep-16£1,678,646 Sep-17£2,094,360 Sep-18£2,411,689 Sep-19£2,774,330
Operating Profit Sep-16£196,925 Sep-17£174,709 Sep-18£425,958 Sep-19£725,872
OP as % sales Sep-166% Sep-175% Sep-189% Sep-1913%
Closing Cash Sep-16-£6,216 Sep-17£461,076 Sep-18£431,660 Sep-19£1,004,283

Note: This financial information has been sourced from the company on 18/04/2017. Financial data is NOT verified by Wheatfromchaff Ltd.
The management team has the required skills to drive the business and further personnel will be hired to support the outlined growth. Further finance capabilities would be helpful.
The team has many years of product development and commercial experience within the brewing industry.
The management team has invested over a decade to reach this point and the Directors are remunerated through a combination of salary, dividends and loan interest.
Craft brewing is an exciting segment of the UK beer production industry, set to reach £9.6bn in value by 2021. In the past six months, 13m Brits have consumed a craft beer.
Derby Brewing has a wide product range recognised for its quality and has been listed in major supermarkets. Additional products and international expansion should further increase brand awareness.
There is a growing competition in the craft brewery industry, with numerous well-backed entrants in recent years and many new small breweries opening each year.
Profit margins are supported by the increasing expansion of distribution channels, additional product offerings and a diverse set of income streams but a larger marketing budget seems needed.
There is limited headroom against any revenue shortfall but the business is already generating profits and these funds will be essentially used to accelerate growth.
The company has significant debt. However, investors could expect reasonable returns if an exit is achieved and they may benefit from dividend payments in due course if earnings allow it.


Derby Brewing has an experienced management team with deep knowledge of their own business. The business is already mature, its products have won numerous awards and the team is growing B2B sales and expanding the product offering.

The recent reduction in the pre-money valuation has increased the chance of investors securing a reasonable return over time.

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