Trading Update

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Light Science Tech. Holdings PLC
02 December 2022



Light Science Technologies Holdings plc

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


Trading Update


Light Science Technologies Holdings plc (AIM: LST), the controlled environment agriculture ("CEA") technology and contract electronics manufacturing ("CEM") group,   provides an update on current trading.


A s of today's date, the sales pipeline   of quoted work  is over £60 million, of which there are  forward orders and contracts worth £18 million*. Key in contributing to the strong sales pipeline is the pressing need for food security and  to grow more produce locally, sustainably and energy efficiently.


Group revenue grew by  approximately 1 0.5%,for the year ended 30 November 2022.However, the positive pipeline has been negated by an elongationof the sales cycle, predominantly driven by input inflation experienced by growers which cannot currently be passed on to customers, leading to growers delaying capital expenditure. Additionally, gross margins at the Group's CEM division have been diluted through the second half of the year, driven by significant price volatility in the global electronics component market.  


The Group was anticipating certain revenue streams materialising  before 30 November 2022, which would have delivered financials in line with market forecasts for the period. However, for the reasons mentioned above, these have been delayed. Whilst there is no guarantee, these revenue streams are now expected to materialise in year ending 30 November 2023.


As a result, for the year ending 30 November 2022, Group revenue is now expected to be approximately 13 per cent. below market expectations and Group loss before tax is expected to be approximately £850k higher than market expectations.


The benefit of the conversion of the pipeline will, in the Board's view, fall into the year ending 30 November 2023, accompanied by a return to normalised gross margins at the Group's CEM division.


Notwithstanding the challenges faced, the Board will be building on the 10.5% revenue growth  and is confident the overall prospects for the Company remain strong.


*  Subject, inter alia, to certain milestones and conditions as more fully described in the Company's announcement on 15 October 2021 and mentioned in the Company's AIM Admission Document, as updated in the Company's announcement on 16 September 2022



For further information, please contact:


Light Science Technologies Holdings plc

Simon Deacon, Chief Executive Officer

Jim Snooks, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Hempsall, Chief Operating Officer

via Walbrook PR


Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated & Financial Adviser)


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 3494

Ritchie Balmer / James Harris / Rob Patrick

Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Ltd (Broker)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3657 0050

James Pope / Andy Thacker


Walbrook PR Ltd (Media & Investor Relations)


Tel: +44 (0)20 7933 8780 or

Nick Rome / Paul McManus

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About Light Science Technologies Holdings plc ( )

Light Science Technologies Holdings plc is the holding company of the Group's controlled environment agriculture ("CEA") division, Light Science Technologies Ltd ("Light Science Technologies"), and its contract electronics manufacturing ("CEM") division, UK Circuits and Electronics Solutions Limited ("UK Circuits").


Controlled Environment Agriculture

Light Science Technologies was founded in 2019 and is the Company's grow lights and sensor technology business, providing bespoke recipes and technologies tailored to customers' needs - with key targets including indoor, vertical, glasshouses, polytunnels and medicinal farming markets. The all-in-one CEA solution will include analysing customers' crop growing requirements to provide bespoke, low-energy and sustainable equipment.


Market drivers include food and water shortages in many parts of the world; growing global population; UK and other government policy encouraging sustainable and efficient growth methods; increased scrutiny of the effect of food production on climate change and the continuing transition away from processed foods. 



sensorGROW was launched in June 2022 and its technology will enable farmers to monitor the following key air zone growing factors in real-time: carbon dioxide levels, humidity, light, oxygen - and in the future: air speed, plant disease, soil, temperature and water pH levels. By monitoring these key growing factors, farmers can save money through better management of resources: water, nutrients, fertilisers and energy - while increasing yields and producing healthier crops.



nurturGROW is a sustainable grow lighting product range, offering an innovative, high-performance and cost-effective solution for indoor farming, covering greenhouses, vertical farming, polytunnels and medicinal plants.


Created with four core component parts, the nurturGROW range is made of high quality, durable materials to give growers the ideal balance between strength and optimal performance, minimising the amount of materials needed to drastically cut down on waste and reduce carbon footprint.


Contract Electronics Manufacturing

UK Circuits is the Company's CEM focussed division, profit making with strong revenues. The Group designs, procures, and manufactures high-quality CEM products, specialising in Printed Circuit Boards, which are used in a range of sectors including audio, automotive, electronics, gas detection, lighting, pest control, telecommunications and, more recently, the CEA market.



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