Financial Express (Holdings) Limited (“we”, “our”, “us” and derivatives) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy, together with our Terms of Use, sets out the basis on which any personal data that we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us relating to your use of any of the below websites (“sites”).


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.


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.

You confirm that all information you supply is accurate.


In order to provide personalised services to and analyse site traffic, we may use a cookie file which is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Some of the cookies we use are essential for the sites to operate and may be used to deliver you different content, depending on the type of investor you are.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or part of our sites. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our sites.


We store and use information you provide as follows:

  • to present content effectively;
  • to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which may interest you, tailored to your specific interests, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes;
  • to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts between you and us;
  • to enable you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so;
  • to notify you about changes to our service;
  • to improve our content by tracking group information that describes the habits, usage, patterns and demographics of our customers.

We may also send you emails to provide information and keep you up to date with developments on our sites. It is our policy to have instructions on how to unsubscribe so that you will not receive any future e-mails. You can change your e-mail address at any time.

In order to provide support on the usage of our tools, our support team need access to all information provided in relation to the tool.

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.

However, you agree that we may disclose to any regulatory authority to which we are subject and to any investment exchange on which we may deal or to its related clearing house (or to investigators, inspectors or agents appointed by them), or to any person empowered to require such information by or under any legal enactment, any information they may request or require relating to you, or if relevant, any of your clients.

You agree that we may pass on information obtained under Money Laundering legislation as we consider necessary to comply with reporting requirements under such legislation.


We want to ensure that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove information that is inaccurate.

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.


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.


Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.


Our sites contain links to other websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.


If you want more information or have any questions or comments relating to our privacy policy please email [email protected] in the first instance.

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Wednesday 04 May, 2011

Interim Management Statement

RNS Number : 8686F Group PLC
04 May 2011 Group PLC - Interim Management Statement 


4 May 2011


In advance of its Annual General Meeting to be held at 11.00am today, Group PLC ("" or the "Group"), the UK's leading price comparison website, issues the following Interim Management Statement relating to the period from 1 January 2011 to 3 May 2011. The financial and operational data set out below is in respect of the Group's first quarter (1 January 2011 to 31 March 2011) unless otherwise stated.


The Group is trading well ahead of the same, relatively weak, period last year. Internet revenues and visitors (both measures excluding contributions from Financial Services Net Limited ("FSN")) for the first quarter were 22% and 13% ahead of the same period last year respectively.*



Revenues in the Money vertical were 28% ahead of the same period last year. Revenues grew both in credit related and other banking products, particularly savings as banks once again competed for retail deposits. Visitor volumes were fractionally ahead, reversing the declines seen in 2010 following the deliberate actions taken to reduce traffic from portal partners who were not profitable to the Group.



Revenues in the Insurance vertical were 24% ahead of the same period last year. Revenues grew fastest in home insurance but the Group also saw strong growth in both motor insurance and travel insurance. Visitor volumes were 20% higher.


Home Services

Revenues in the Home Services vertical were 23% ahead of the same period last year, primarily due to an increase in utilities revenues. Visitor numbers were approximately 6% up.




Whilst traffic to the Travel vertical as a whole grew by 22%, helped by a new advertising campaign at the start of the year, revenues in the Travel vertical were overall in line with the same period last year.  The relaunched package holidays channel was ahead by 10% but other channels continued to be impacted by both low levels of consumer confidence and the turbulence in the Middle East which reduced consumers' willingness to transact.


Financial Performance during Q1


The Group continued to manage costs appropriately. As indicated in the Preliminary Announcement issued on 1 March 2011 the Group increased its investment in offline marketing in the first quarter to support its growth plans.  Television advertising costs were consequently 20% ahead of the same period last year and 40% ahead of H1 2010 run rate. As a result EBITDA in the first quarter was well ahead of the same period last year and approximately 25% ahead of H1 2010 run rate.


Financial position


The Group continued to remain cash generative and as at the end of March 2011 had cash balances of £40.4m.


Current trading


The Group continues to trade significantly ahead of the relatively weak comparator period and in line with expectations.  The Board remains confident in the Group's prospects for the full year.


Peter Plumb, Chief Executive Officer, said:


" has made a strong start to 2011 - building on the momentum from a great performance last year when we saved our customers £750m. We continue to lead our highly competitive market with our unparalleled breadth of product, our unique brand and our strong relationships with providers. Given the uncertain outlook for consumer spending, our offer has never been more relevant for consumers. Against that backdrop, we remain confident that our clear programme of continued investment in technology and brand will ensure makes further good progress this year."


* Internet KPIs including vertical and Group visitor numbers and vertical revenue numbers exclude FSN, which owns and operates a number of website domains and was acquired  by the Group in October last year.  The directors believe that this enables the users of the financial information to gain a better understanding of the financial performance of the business.


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For more information, please contact: Group PLC 

Paul Doughty, Chief Financial Officer, 01244 665700 


Tulchan Communications  0207 353 4200 

Susanna Voyle

Tom Murray


·      This interim management statement may include statements that are forward looking in nature. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, assumptions, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Group to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Except as required by the Listing Rules and applicable law, the Group undertakes no obligation to update, revise or change any forward looking statements to reflect events or developments occurring after the date such statements are published.


·      The information in this release is based on management information.

This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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