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For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is Trustnet Limited of 2nd Floor, Golden House, 30 Great Pulteney Street, London, W1F 9NN. Our nominated representative for the purpose of this Act is Kirsty Witter.

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU?

We collect information about you when you register with us or use any of our websites / services. Part of the registration process may include entering personal details & details of your investments.

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your operating system, browser version, domain name and IP address and details of the website that you came from, in order to improve this site.

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We store and use information you provide as follows:

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We will not disclose your name, email address or postal address or any data that could identify you to any third party without first receiving your permission.

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You have the right under data protection legislation to access information held about you. If you wish to receive a copy of any personal information we hold, please write to us at 3rd Floor, Hollywood House, Church Street East, Woking, GU21 6HJ. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

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The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). It may be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, amongst other things, the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing and processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary, including the use of encryption, to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our sites; any transmission is at your own risk. You will not hold us responsible for any breach of security unless we have been negligent or in wilful default.

CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY

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Wednesday 06 May, 2009

National Express

Interim Management Statement

RNS Number : 7448R
National Express Group PLC
06 May 2009
 



 


National Express Group PLC

AGM and Interim Management Statement


National Express Group PLC ('National Express' or 'the Group') is today holding its Annual General Meeting in London.  The following update on trading is provided for the first quarter, ended 31 March 2009.


Trading update


In 2008, National Express delivered strong revenue and profit growth. When we announced these results in February, we cautioned that 2009 would present many global economic challenges, from which the transport sector would not be immune. We noted that, while the majority of our businesses benefit from being less sensitive to economic changewe would nonetheless face difficult conditions, not least in our UK rail business, where the terms of our East Coast franchise were agreed in a very different economic climate in 2007.


In the first three months of 2009, market conditions were indeed challenging.  Total reported Group revenue increased by 7.9% benefiting from currency movements impacting the revenues of overseas operations.  


UK Bus and Coach performance was resilient in the first quarter with underlying* revenue growth of 4.1%.  Whave secured West Midlands-wide Partnership Agreement, enabling greater joint working with Centro and the West Midlands Integrated Passenger Authority, which is expected to lead to new and improved transport links across the region. Coach saw lower growth in the first quarter; however, we have recently seen increased passenger numbers, particularly at Easter, with holidaying in the UK clearly becoming more popular.


There was a continued slowdown in revenue growth in UK Rail in the first quarter.  Underlying revenue growth in the period on East Coast was 0.3%, while East Anglia grew 3.8and c2c 4.6%.  Performance in the East Coast franchise reflected changing consumer behaviour, with the franchise not benefiting from revenue support from the UK Department for Transport ('DfT') until late 2011. By contrast, the East Anglia franchise already benefits from revenue support and, in April, entered into a new contract with the DfT to expand capacity during the peak commuter travelling period, which is expected to be worth £180 million over the remaining franchise period.


We have achieved our target to deliver over £15 million of annual cost savings from the UK rationalisation programme announced in December 2008, of which a significant part is in the rail business, with further savings now identified for delivery later in 2009.  


In Spaintotal revenue in local currency terms was unchanged, as the benefit of small acquisitions in 2008 offset a 3.2% underlying revenue reduction in existing business, due to the impact of the economic slowdown.  However, the adverse impact is being significantly offset through a major cost reduction programme, while Easter has seen some signs of improved travel activity.


The North America school bus business continues to trade positively, with underlying revenue up 9.4 percent and an improving operating cost performance.  Despite an increased level of outsourcing enquiries, this has been a relatively slower period for new contract tendering.  The Business Transformation project continues to progress to plan.


Financial position


In our annual results, we outlined a number of 'self help' initiatives that the Group is undertaking to strengthen its balance sheet against a challenging economic backdrop.  These initiatives included:


  • a rebasing of the Company's final dividend;

  • improvements in cash managementwith a reduction in working capital;

  • ongoing cost reduction in the UK and elsewhere; and

  • a significant reduction in capital investment. 


Since the announcement of these initiatives, good progress has been made towards the goal of realising incremental cash benefits in excess of £100 million in 2009 and the Group remains on track to achieve this target.  In addition, annual benefits from cost rationalisation totalling over £40 million are expected to be delivered across the Group.


As outlined above, the performance of the Group, particularly in UK Rail, is being affected by the challenging economic environment.  As previously announced, the Group is engaged in regular discussions with the DfT which include the impact of the recession on the East Coast franchise.  


In addition, the Group's key debt covenant reverts at 30 June 2009 to a tighter, more typical level**.  The Board continues to review a range of options to accelerate the reduction of the Group's borrowings, to strengthen its financial position and to provide additional headroom around its debt covenants.  We will update shareholders once that review reaches a conclusion.



* Underlying revenue compares the current year with the prior year period on a consistent basis, including adjusting for the impact of currency, acquisitions and disposals, together with the estimated impact of advance travel and Easter.

** As noted in the 2008 results, June 2009 will see the Group's banking covenants returning to their normal level with maximum debt gearing ratio of 3.5 times EBITDA (following a relaxation for the first three half year period end tests after the Continental Auto acquisition in November 2007).



Enquiries:


National Express Group PLC   


Jez Maiden, Group Finance Director     

020 7506 4324

Nicole Lander, Director of Communications

0121 460 8401    



Maitland   


Neil Bennett/Suzanne Bartch/Brian Hudspith

020 7379 5151



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