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Why invest in Biffa

1. Leading enabler of the UK circular economy

We are the UK's leading sustainable waste company and have been at the forefront of the waste management industry for more than 100 years. Today Biffa is an established enabler of the UK circular economy, with operations that span the entire breadth of the waste management process including, surplus redistribution, recycling, treatment, energy generation, collection and disposal.

In February 2021, Biffa acquired Company Shop Group, the UK’s leading and largest redistributor of surplus food and household products, strengthening Biffa’s leadership position by broadening its offering to customers and operating right at the top of the waste hierarchy.

2. Sustainability at our core

We have an ambitious approach to sustainability. Our sustainability strategy ‘Resourceful, Responsible’, which aligns to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, includes big ambitions for unlocking £1.25bn of green economy infrastructure investment and further significant reduction in our carbon emissions.

The great progress we have made in delivering our business strategy, such as our entry into the redistribution and waste reduction space, expanding our plastic recycling operations, building a low carbon collections business through acquisitions, and investing in energy from waste infrastructure will ensure we deliver this plan and enable us to reduce our carbon emissions by a further 50% by 2030. Our aim is to reach net zero emissions by no later than 2050, in line with Government targets.

3. A business model that unites purpose with profit

Our performance to date, especially through the pandemic, demonstrates the resilience of our model as a provider of essential services.

The delivery of our strategic investment programme, including the earnings enhancing acquisition of Company Shop Group, enhances our unique position at the heart of the circular economy. We have exciting growth opportunities ahead, and will continue to invest to build a resilient, more sustainable business, well positioned for a strong post-pandemic future.

4. Strategy for growth

We have continued to deliver on our plan to consolidate the fragmented I&C collections market. Acquisitions are key to our role as the leading collector of business waste in the UK, enjoying sector-leading margins and returns on capital. We have invested £223m in I&C acquisitions since IPO in 2016. In May 2021, we announced an agreement to acquire the Collections business and certain Recycling assets from Viridor Waste Management Limited for a cash consideration of c.£126m.

This acquisition will expand Biffa’s I&C collections business and recycling capabilities while solidifying our leading position in UK sustainable waste management. We are also continuing to invest heavily in our customer experience, helping us to both attract new customers and give them the best experience once with us. 

5. Attractive market dynamics

Our markets are underpinned by long-term growth drivers such as a national move to increase recycling, reduce waste going to landfill and prevent the export of waste. Biffa is well placed to benefit from the Resource and Waste Strategy (RWS) for England and similar strategies put in place by the UK Devolved Administrations, as well as the UK Environment Bill in the next few years.

6. Strong national brand and service delivery

We have a deep and unrivalled understanding of the UK waste market, which comes with over a century of experience. Our strong heritage, brand and reputation, along with our scale, route densities and lower operating costs gives us a competitive edge and makes it challenging for new and existing players to compete with us.