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Organised restaurants’ revenue likely to halve in India: Report


Customers at a fast food restaurant in New Delhi. File/Associated Press

With the coronavirus pandemic severely impacting Indian food and beverage sector, revenue of organised dine-in restaurants is likely to plunge by 40-50 per cent in the financial year 2020-21, said a Crisil report.

Crisil is an Indian analytical company providing ratings, research, and risk and policy advisory services and is a subsidiary of American company S&P Global.

Organised restaurants account for 35 per cent of India’s restaurant industry, and was estimated at Rs4.2 lakh crore in the fiscal year 2019.

“India’s organised dine-in restaurants are on course for a 40-50 per cent cut in revenue this fiscal because of the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which have led to outlet closures, job cuts, and trickle-down effect on the food supply chain,” it said.

Dine-ins are 75 per cent income of the organised restaurants, with online delivery and takeaways making up for the rest. Dine-ins and public entertainment venues in Mumbai, National Capital Region (NCR) and Bengaluru have been shut since March 13-14, 2020, before the government announced the first lockdown on March 25.

Online delivery is available in select cities such as Mumbai, NCR-Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, and Bhubaneshwar, and that too at low service levels.

Rahul Prithiani, Director, Crisil Research, said: “The organised sector has seen a 90 per cent reduction in sales since the lockdown. Dine-in is not operational and online orders have declined 50-70 per cent. And when the lockdown is lifted, the rebound is expected to be only gradual. This holds especially for Mumbai and NCR-Delhi, which make up nearly half of the organised restaurant industry in India, but are ‘red zones’ that account for over 30 per cent of the Covid-19 cases in India.”

As per the report, slow recovery should begin from June and given low demand and social distancing norms, restaurants will operate at 25-30 per cent of their monthly service levels in the first 45 days after lifting of the lockdown.

Besides, with restrictions on gatherings and public movement likely to be extended again in Mumbai and NCR-Delhi, curbs on dine-ins therewill continue, or they may be allowed to operate only at low service levels.

“This will jeopardise the financial health of many restaurant operators. Additionally, because of high operating leverage, a 40-50 per cent decline in revenue could lead to negative operating margins this fiscal,” said the report.

To manage liquidity constraints and cash flows, many restaurants are already seeking concessions or deferment of rentals. Players with high debt levels will face pressure to shut unprofitable outlets to save costs and raise money, while large players with low debt will be able to raise money; business revival remains a big question for them too, said the report.

Anjali Nathwani, Associate Director, Crisil Research, said: “Once the restrictions are lifted, restaurants will have to rework their business models and overcome operational challenges. With consumers turning more health-conscious, hygiene protocols at restaurants and supply chain will need to improve materially, which will increase cost.”

The decline in restaurant revenues will, in turn, impact horticulture farmers, dairy producers, food processors, suppliers and logistics and delivery partners, according to the Crisil report.

Unorganised food producers, many of which have high exposure to the restaurants sector, will be hit the hardest due to a sharp decline inbulk demand this fiscal, it said, adding that the estimates are based on assumption that lockdown restrictions will continue till the end of May.

“Any further extension will aggravate the industry’s woes, extending the recovery period further,” the report added.

Indian tourism travel and hospitality impacts 10-12 per cent of India’s employment which covers almost 5 crore plus direct and indirect jobs.

The Indian tourism, travel and hospitality sector impacts almost 10 per cent of GDP through its direct and indirect impact. It has already seen over one quarter of accumulated losses which began from February onwards.

There is no cash inflow expected for many quarters over FY20-21 as the key segments of the Indian tourism economy will be down. The international inbound tourists, inbound and VFR - (visiting friends and relatives) and the outbound travel will remain mostly non- performing due to international flight restrictions and tragic impact in most key markets tourism markets of India, the association said.

Meanwhile, Marriott International said about 20 of its hotels in India are ready to offer home delivery of food as part of an agreement with Swiggy amid COVID-19 disruptions.

Indo-Asian News Service

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