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Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Focusrite PLC

Trading Update

RNS Number : 2083T
Focusrite PLC
19 March 2019
 

Strictly embargoed until 07.00, 19 March 2019

 

Focusrite plc

("the Company")

Trading Update

 

Focusrite Plc (AIM: TUNE), the global music and audio products company, supplying proprietary hardware and software products used by recording professionals and musicians around the world, is pleased to report that in the first half of the current financial year ending 31 August 2019, revenue has increased to approximately £40 million (H1 FY18: £38.8 million) and profits are also ahead when compared with the first half of the last financial year, which was a record period for the Group.

 

Sales have been particularly strong in Europe and the Focusrite portfolio of products has performed well globally.  The Company has continued to invest in product development, innovation and sales and marketing in all divisions, ahead of two major product launches planned for summer and autumn 2019.

 

Conversion to cash has also remained positive and, as at 28 February 2019, net cash was £26.2 million, up from £22.8 million as at 31 August 2018 and £19.7 million as at 28 February 2018.

 

Tim Carroll, Chief Executive commented:

 

"We are pleased with the outcome for the half year with profit and cash having grown and revenue, in line with our expectations, slightly ahead of the record half year in 2018.  We remain very watchful of macroeconomic and political factors that affect our business, most notably import tariffs in the US and Brexit uncertainty, but have in place strategies to deal with any significant changes to the status quo.  The strength of our new product pipeline gives us confidence going forward and we already have several important launches planned during this year and the next." 

 

The Company expects to issue its interim results for the period ended 28 February 2019 on 30 April 2019.

 

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This announcement contains insider information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulatory (EU) No596/2014.

 

Enquiries:

 

Focusrite plc

+44 1494 836301

Tim Carroll (CEO)   

 

Jeremy Wilson (CFO)

 

 

 

Panmure Gordon

+44 20 7886 2500

Freddy Crossley

 

Erik Anderson

 

 

 

Belvedere Communications

 +44 20 3687 2756

John West

 

Kim van Beeck

 

  

Notes to Editors

 

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio products group that develops and markets proprietary hardware and software products. Used by recording professionals and musicians alike, its solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. The Focusrite Group trades under four established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation and Ampify.

 

With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry. Focusrite and Focusrite Pro offer audio interfaces and other products for recording musicians, producers and professional audio facilities. Novation and Ampify products are used in the creation of electronic music, from synthesisers and grooveboxes to industry-shaping controllers and inspirational music-making apps.

 

The Focusrite Group has a global customer base with a distribution network covering approximately 160 territories. Focusrite is headquartered in High Wycombe, UK, with marketing offices in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Focusrite Plc is traded on the AIM market, London Stock Exchange.

 


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