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Wednesday 11 April, 2018

Norcros PLC

Trading Update

RNS Number : 4911K
Norcros PLC
11 April 2018



11 April 2018



("Norcros", the "Group" or the "Company")


Trading Update


Norcros, the market leading supplier of innovative branded showers, shower enclosures and trays, taps, bathroom accessories, tiles and adhesives will announce its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2018 on 13 June 2018. In advance of this, the Group is providing the following trading update.





Group underlying operating profit1 for the year is expected to be in line with the Board's expectations.


Group revenue for the year is expected to be in the region of £300m (2017: £271.2m), 10.7% higher than the prior year on a reported basis, 8.7% higher on a constant currency basis, and 4.4% higher on a constant currency like for like basis2.












Constant Currency LFL2



         H1                        H2                    FY







South Africa















UK revenue for the year was 10.0% higher than the prior year reflecting in part the first time contribution from Merlyn which was acquired on 23 November 2017. Merlyn has been seamlessly integrated into the Group and performed in line with the Board's expectations. On a like for like basis2, UK revenue was 3.6% higher than the prior year. Second half UK LFL revenue declined by 0.8% compared to the 8.5% growth seen in the first half. This was largely due to lower retail revenues at Johnson Tiles and a tough comparative period last year. Johnson Tiles apart, H2 UK LFL revenue was 8.4% higher (H1 +11.4%).


Our South African business again delivered strong revenue growth despite a challenging market environment, 6.0% higher than the prior year on a constant currency basis and 12.0% higher on a reported basis, continuing the sustained progress of recent years. 


Reorganisation - Johnson Tiles UK


In 2017 we implemented a restructuring at Johnson Tiles UK designed to improve its operating performance and increase manufacturing flexibility. Notwithstanding the benefits of this restructuring the business remains loss making as market conditions experienced in the second half proved more challenging than expected. As a result, the Board has implemented a further restructuring programme which will involve the loss of up to 50 jobs. This will result in a charge of around £2.1m, to be treated as an exceptional item and recognised in the financial year ended 31 March 2018 with the subsequent cash outflow occurring in the first half of 2018/19. Annualised savings are expected to be at least £2m.



Financial position


Closing year end net debt is expected to be around £48m (2017: £23.2m), in line with the Board's expectations. Pro forma Net Debt to EBITDA is expected to be circa 1.3x, in line with the guidance at the time of the Merlyn acquisition.



Nick Kelsall, Group Chief Executive, said:


"The Group expects to deliver its ninth consecutive year of revenue and underlying operating profit growth despite increased market headwinds. This trading performance continues to demonstrate the resilience of the Group's business portfolio and operating model.


The Group continues to focus on complementary growth opportunities, both organic and via acquisition. It is pleasing to note the strong performance of Merlyn, our largest and most recent acquisition. We are confident that Merlyn will prove to be a valuable addition to the Group and we are exploring a number of new business opportunities working with our other Group businesses.


We are pleased with our overall performance during the year. Despite a backdrop of challenging market conditions, the Board believes that the resilience of our diversified business portfolio and the strength of our market positions leaves the Group well placed to make further progress."


Underlying operating profit excludes IAS 19R administrative expenses, acquisition related costs and exceptional operating items

2 LFL / like for like excludes Merlyn revenues (acquired 23 November 2017)





  Norcros plc

Tel: 01625 547 700

  Nick Kelsall, Group Chief Executive          


  Shaun Smith, Group Finance Director




  Hudson Sandler

Tel: 0207 796 4133

  Nick Lyon







Notes to Editors

·     Norcros is a leading supplier of high quality and innovative showers, shower enclosures and trays, taps, bathroom accessories, ceramic wall and floor tiles and adhesive products with operations primarily in the UK and South Africa.


·     Based in the UK, Norcros operates under seven brands:

·     Triton Showers - Market leader in the manufacture and marketing of showers in the UK

·     Vado - A leading manufacturer and supplier of taps, mixer showers, bathroom accessories and valves

·     Croydex - A market-leading, innovative designer, manufacturer and distributor of high quality bathroom furnishings and accessories

·     Abode - A leading niche designer and distributor of high quality kitchen taps, bathroom taps and kitchen sinks

·     Merlyn - the UK and Ireland's No. 1 supplier of shower enclosures and trays to the residential, commercial and hospitality sectors

·     Johnson Tiles - A leading manufacturer and supplier of ceramic tiles in the UK

·     Norcros Adhesives - Manufacturer of tile & stone adhesives, grouts and related products


·     Based in South Africa, Norcros operates under three brands:

·     Tile Africa - Chain of retail stores focused on ceramic and porcelain tiles, and associated products such as sanitary ware, showers and adhesives

·     Johnson Tiles South Africa - Manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tiles

·     TAL - The leading manufacturer of ceramic and building adhesives


·     Norcros is headquartered in Wilmslow, Cheshire and employs around 2,000 people. The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For further information please visit the Company website:




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