Numis left its forecast unchanged for UK trading this year, although it is cutting group pre-tax profits by 5 per cent to £95 million due to the weaker guidance for the international division following its £4.1 million loss last year. Domino's reported "persistently weak" system sales in all its international markets, with trading visibility also limited. New management teams in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland are attempting to improve the performance, but in the meantime the company is tightening its focus on costs and capital deployment. Numis said the continued poor performance of a business accounting for 10% of trade will leave some investors to ask if Domino's should be deploying capital into loss-making markets. However, the broker still remains supportive of Domino's and its highly cash generative business model. Trading on 15 times 2019 earnings, Numis said the shares were attractively valued and expected them to re-rate back towards 340p over time. Canaccord Genuity has a price target of 310p, while UBS thinks the shares are worth 245p. UBS analyst Heidi Richardson said the lack of an update on discussions with UK franchisees was also disappointing given the limited visibility on future store openings. Seven new UK stores were added in the year to date, compared with the 58 added in the previous financial year. Domino's admitted in full-year results that there were likely to be fewer new stores this year given the ongoing discussions with franchisees on commercial terms. It said:
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