Online retailer The Hut Group plans £4.5bn stock market listing

Online retailer The Hut Group (THG) has revealed plans for a £4.5 billion listing on the London Stock Exchange, as it looks to tap into investor appetite for the sector following the pandemic.

The MyProtein and ESPA owner said it is looking to raise around £920 million through a share offering as it confirmed the intention to float.

The company, which was founded in 2004, has rapidly expanded as shoppers increasingly turn online for health and lifestyle brands, with around 7,000 staff now employed by the Manchester-based group.

THG owns a variety of its own cosmetic brands – many of which it has acquired in recent years – but also sells third-party brands through e-commerce sites it operates, such as Glossybox.

THG - founder & CEO Matthew Moulding
THG - founder & CEO Matthew Moulding

In 2019, the company saw revenues jump by 24.5% year-on-year to £1.1 billion, with adjusted earnings before tax and interest of £111.3 million.

It told potential investors that its growth has accelerated recently as it saw revenues increase by 35.8% to £676 million for the six months to June 30.

The listing is to be one of the first major floats in London after the coronavirus pandemic halted the recovering IPO market.

Matthew Moulding, founder, chief executive officer and chairman of THG, said: “Our intention to float THG on the London Stock Exchange reflects the achievements of the past but also our strong belief in the significant potential for THG in the future.

“THG has enjoyed strong growth since being founded in 2004, employing more than 7,000 people and establishing a track record of consistent delivery for our customers.

“The brands we own today give us leading strategic positions in prestige beauty and nutrition, powered by Ingenuity, our differentiated proprietary direct-to-consumer e-commerce solution.”