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Monday 09 January, 2017

Animalcare Group PLC

Trading update & Notice of Interim Results

RNS Number : 5900T
Animalcare Group PLC
09 January 2017
 

 

Animalcare Group plc

(the 'Group' or the 'Company')

 

Trading update & Notice of Interim Results

 

Animalcare Group plc (AIM: ANCR), a leading supplier of veterinary medicines,  provides a trading update for the first six months of the current financial year ahead of publishing its interim results on 15th February 2017. Following a very strong first half-year for the Group, the Board is pleased to announce that it expects that trading for the year ending 30th June 2017 will be ahead of current market expectations.

 

Trading Update

 

Trading during the period has been ahead of the Board's expectations in both sales and profit terms, which saw revenue growth of 12.0% versus the same period last year to £7.97m (2015: £7.11m).

 

The Licensed Veterinary Medicines group continued to grow strongly in the first half with revenues increasing 17.2% to £5.37m (2015: £4.58m), driven by growth in the UK of 14.6% and outside the UK of 37.7%. Sales from new products launched in the period contributed around £0.20m, or 4%, of the overall 17.2% growth. Gross margins have improved versus the prior year through a combination of favourable sales mix and cost of goods initiatives.

 

Sales from the Animal Welfare Products group improved by 13.4% to £1.51m (2016: £1.34m) driven by continued strong growth of our infusion accessories range.

 

The Companion Animal Identification group revenues decreased by 9.2% to £1.09m (2016: £1.20m). Following the implementation of compulsory microchipping of dogs in the United Kingdom in April 2016, we expected and have observed a reduction in microchip volumes, which we expect to last into the medium-term. Database services however have continued to grow.

 

 The Group's cash position remains strong with period end cash balances at approximately £7.0m (30th June 2016: £7.1m, 31st December 2015: £6.1m). As expected, we have made a significant net investment in working capital to support growth.

 

Summary and Outlook

 

Four products were launched in the first half; three as part of a range of ear cleaners and treatments, all on distribution, and one new product from our in-house development pipeline, Acecare (a companion animal sedative).

 

It is expected that there will be two further product launches in H2, both on distribution from EU partners and both for use with companion animals.

 

As we highlighted in our FY16 results in October, despite the uncertainty of Brexit, the Board took the decision to accelerate investment in new products on the strength of continued positive trading momentum and the Group's strong financial position. We are pleased to report good progress in our product development pipeline, in particular with regard to the identification of novel formulations which, as previously stated, are strategic focus for the Group. We expect expenditure on our pipeline to increase for the current financial year to around £2.0m (FY16: £1.6m).

 

Following a very strong first half-year for the Group, the Board is pleased to announce that for the year ending 30th June 2017 it expects trading will be ahead of current market expectations and revenues to be in line with the first half.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Animalcare Group plc

Tel: 01904 487 687

Iain Menneer, Chief Executive Officer


Chris Brewster, Chief Financial Officer




Panmure Gordon (Nominated Adviser & Broker)


Freddy Crossley

Tel: 020 7886 2500

Peter Steel

Tel: 0113 357 1150



Walbrook PR Ltd

Tel: 020 7933 8780 or [email protected]

Paul McManus

Mob: 07980 541 893

Lianne Cawthorne

Mob: 07584 391 303

 

 

 

About Animalcare

Animalcare is a leading veterinary sales and marketing company based in York with 68 employees including a sales team of 24 selling to veterinary practices around the United Kingdom.

 

Animalcare has developed a range of generic veterinary medicines and animal identification products primarily to companion animal veterinary markets.  

 

Animalcare operates in three product areas:

 

·     Licensed Veterinary Medicines 

·     Animal Welfare Products

·     Companion Animal Identification

 

For more information see: www.animalcaregroup.co.uk

 


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