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Friday 27 April, 2018

Laird PLC

Q1 Trading Update

RNS Number : 3170M
Laird PLC
27 April 2018
 

 

27 April 2018

Laird PLC

 

Q1 Trading Update

 

Positive trading momentum continues

 

Laird PLC today announces a trading update for the first quarter from 1 January to 31 March 2018.

 

Revenue in sterling for the first quarter of 2018 was flat on prior year at £215.9m (Q1 2017: £215.3m).  Revenue in US Dollars for the first quarter was $300.4m, up 13% from $266.9m in the same quarter in 2017. On an organic constant currency1 basis, first quarter revenue was up 8%, with growth across all three divisions.  

 

The overall profitability of the Group continues to be positive through the first quarter, in line with our expectations and the revenue growth.

 

Revenue by division for the first quarter can be seen in the table below:

 

 

Q1 2017

£m

Q1 2018

£m

Change

Change in organic

constant currency1

Performance Materials

100.5

93.5

-7%

+1%

Connected Vehicle Solutions

76.8

82.7

+8%

+14%

Wireless & Thermal Systems

38.0

39.7

+4%

+17%

 

Divisional Performance

Performance Materials

The organic constant currency growth1 was driven by strong performance in EMI Materials, Magnetic & Ceramic Products and Thermal Materials, offset by an expected decline in Precision Metals.

 

Connected Vehicle Solutions

The strong organic constant currency growth1 continues to be driven by growth in multi-functional antenna and smart device integration products.

 

Wireless and Thermal Systems

The improved organic constant currency growth1 was driven by particularly strong performance in Connectivity and Thermal product groups.

 

Transaction Update

Further to the announcement on 1 March 2018, that the Board had reached agreement on the recommended cash acquisition of Laird by a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of funds managed by Advent International Corporation, the Board of Laird confirms that good progress is being made towards completion. On 17 April the shareholders of Laird approved the resolutions required in connection with the offer, including in respect of the Scheme of Arrangement to effect the offer.

 

The Scheme remains subject to the sanction by the Court at the Court Hearing and the satisfaction (or, where applicable, the waiver) of the other Conditions to the Scheme (as set out in the Scheme Document). Subject to the Scheme receiving the sanction of the Court, the filing of the Court Order with the Registrar of Companies and the satisfaction or, where applicable, the waiver of the other Conditions, the Scheme is expected to become effective in the third quarter of 2018."

 

1Organic constant currency growth is calculated by eliminating the revenue from acquisitions made for a period of twelve months from the acquisition date, and applying prior year exchange rates to convert current year revenues to GBP. The Directors believe that this measure provides investors with information regarding the underlying revenue performance of the Group as it eliminates the effect of acquisitions and the translation effect of currency exchange movements from period to period. 

 

 

Enquiries:

Laird PLC

MHP Communications

Tony Quinlan, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Dangerfield, Chief Financial Officer

Richard Harris, Head of Investor Relations

 

Reg Hoare

Tim Rowntree

Ollie Hoare

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7468 4040

Tel: +44 (0)20 3128 8100

 

 

About Laird PLC:  

Laird is a global technology company providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in mission-critical wireless applications and antennae systems. 

 

 

 


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