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Based on Nordea card data for the month of January, Finnish restaurant market nominal growth was up 31% compared to January 2019 with +15% real growth. Owing to restrictions in January 2021, y/y nominal market growth, based on Nordea card data, was +74% in January. In Q4 2022, average monthly growth was +13% compared to Q4 2019 on nominal terms while real growth was +1%. We have modelled NoHo Partners Q4 sales to be up 13% compared to Q4 2019 and up 22.5% y/y. We are 2% below Refinitiv consensus on sales and 7% (EUR 0.5m) below on EBIT for Q4. NoHo will report its Q4 on 16 February and we believe the focus will be on comments concerning outlook for Q1 and even more on 2023. We forecast 2023E sales to be up 10% y/y (1% below consensus), while we have expected 2023E EBIT to be EUR 29.3m, 2% below consensus. We view January card data to be supportive when thinking 2023 outlook. NoHo has target to reach EUR 400m sales with 10% EBIT margin in 2024, of which top line target requires M&A, we believe. For 2024E, we model EUR 366m sales (in line with consensus) and EUR 37m EBIT (10.1% EBIT margin), 4% above consensus at EUR 35.7m (9.7% EBIT margin). We have a fair value range of EUR 10-12.5 per NoHo share.

Source: Finwire News.