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Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Filtronic PLC

Trading Update

RNS Number : 1797K
Filtronic PLC
12 December 2018
 

12 December 2018

Filtronic plc

("Filtronic" or the "Company")

TRADING UPDATE

Filtronic plc (AIM: FTC), the designer and manufacturer of antennas, filters and mmWave products for the wireless telecoms and critical communications markets, provides the following trading update.

Sales in the first half of the financial year were £10.4m (H1 FY2018: £12.8m). Whilst sales were lower than the prior year we have traded ahead of our internal sales projections in the half. However, despite good early take up, we regret to report that demand for the recently introduced Massive MIMO ("mMIMO") antennas is now expected to be substantially lower than we had forecast in the second half of FY2019 and as a result, the Company expects to be loss-making for the current financial year.

Our predominant OEM customer, with whom we had closely collaborated in the development of this product range, has now significantly lowered its forecast demand below that which it had previously provided, having itself been advised that its lead client is now looking to deploy different frequencies to those it had originally indicated. As a consequence of this lower demand and the uncertainty it brings, the Board has decided to impair fully the net book value of the capitalised development costs of £0.5m relating to the development of mMIMO in its half year results. The Company has made considerable efforts to diversify its customer base in recent years and despite this obvious set back to our mMIMO antennas business, we are pleased to advise that we were recently approved as a supplier of a niche antenna product to a Tier 1 Mobile Network Operator in South Africa. However, given the importance of mMIMO to our future plans in the antenna business, the Board has commenced a review of its options for this component of the Group.

Notwithstanding the antenna business setback, we are pleased with the continuing progress made in developing our critical communications market opportunities and advise that this part of the business is trading in line with expectations. The production ramp of our long-term contracts to the defence and aerospace market is now complete with a steady rate of throughput in line with the customer's requirements. Our success in these ramps has enabled us to secure further contract wins with this lead customer and to penetrate other major players within the defence and aerospace sector. The public safety market continues to see robust market demand as government and quasi-government agencies continue to expand their secure private networks.

Net cash at 30 November 2018 was £2.3m (H1 FY2018: £3.1m). The Board is of the opinion that it has sufficient cash reserves to allow it to operate at this lower level of revenue whilst it explores and executes an alternative strategy for the antenna business.

Enquiries:

Filtronic plc

Tel. 0113 220 0000 or [email protected]

Rob Smith (CEO)


Michael Tyerman (Finance Director)


Maura Moynihan (Company Secretary)


finnCap Ltd

Tel. 020 7220 0500

Jonny Franklin-Adams/Hannah Boros (Corporate Finance)

Alice Lane/Sunila de Silva (ECM)


Walbrook PR Limited

Tel. 020 7933 8780 or [email protected]

Paul Cornelius

Mob. 07866 394 707

Sam Allen

Mob. 07884 664 686

Notes:

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.


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