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Footasylum PLC (FOOT)


Monday 03 September, 2018

Footasylum PLC

Trading Statement

RNS Number : 4930Z
Footasylum PLC
03 September 2018

3 September 2018

This announcement contains inside information


Footasylum plc

("Footasylum" or the "Company")

Trading Update


Footasylum, a UK-based fashion retailer focusing on the branded footwear and apparel markets, announces an update on trading performance for the six months ended 25 August 2018 (the "Period"), and on guidance for the year ending 23 February 2019. 



Footasylum expects to report revenue of £98.6 million for the Period, an increase of 18.5% compared to the corresponding period in the prior year (HY18: £83.2 million). Store revenue was up 12.4% to £66.3 million (HY18: £59.0 million), online revenue grew 28.5% to £30.2 million (HY18: £23.5 million), accounting for 30.6% of the total revenue (HY18: 28.2%), and wholesale revenue trebled to £2.1 million (HY18: £0.7 million).


Footasylum had 66 stores in the UK at the Period end, of which 64 were the core Footasylum fascia.


Revenue by channel for the six months to 25 August 2018



Revenue Growth





Total Revenue





-      Store





-      Online





-      Wholesale






Footasylum expects to report a small adjusted EBITDA loss for the Period reflecting a lower gross margin and higher costs from investment in the Company's operations. The Company will also report over £2 million of exceptional income (excluded from adjusted EBITDA) from the early termination of the lease on one of the Company's Birmingham stores.



Whilst trading since the beginning of the current financial year has been impacted by weak consumer sentiment on the high street, the Company's store performance for May and June was positive, as reflected when the Company gave guidance for FY19 in June. However, store performance during July and August was more challenging which, in the context of there being no sign of a recovery in the short-term on the high street, has led the Board to reassess its overall expectations for the balance of FY19. While online and wholesale revenue continues to perform strongly year-on-year, store sales have been disappointing, which has been exacerbated by some unforeseen delays in the Company's new store openings and upsizes.


Despite an ongoing programme of investment to drive sales, Footasylum's revenue growth for FY19 is now expected to be below current market expectations. As a result of this, and a lower overall gross margin from a higher amount of clearance activity in stores, the Board now expects adjusted EBITDA for the full year to be significantly lower than previous guidance, at less than half of the FY18 adjusted EBITDA of £12.5 million.


Footasylum continues to invest in improving the Company's consumer offering ahead of peak trading, and the Board has been encouraged by the progress made to date, including the successful delivery of several technology projects in the Period. The strategy to deliver additional store upsizes alongside new store openings is also progressing, with six new store openings and further upsizes expected to be completed by December.


The Board believes that upsizing certain stores will materially improve Footasylum's existing strong brand relationships while enhancing the consumer experience in store. Reflecting this investment, capital expenditure and associated depreciation is expected to increase in the medium-term, with capital expenditure peaking at around £16 million in FY19. Overall the Company's year end cash position is expected to remain in line with market expectations as a result of the exceptional income and working capital management.


In the longer-term, the Board remains confident in the strategy set out at Footasylum's FY18 results, and is encouraged by the progress made to date in strengthening its partnerships with core suppliers and improving its technology and consumer systems.


Barry Bown, Executive Chairman of Footasylum, commented:


"These are undoubtedly challenging times in the retail industry and, in common with many other businesses, Footasylum's trading has continued to be impacted by weak consumer sentiment. On top of that, increased clearance in stores has led to a reduction in gross margin, and we have also had some unforeseen delays in our new store openings and upsizes. However, we have continued our programme of investment, both in upsizing our stores and in our digital capabilities, and are working hard on a number of initiatives to maximise the Company's performance during the upcoming peak trading period.


Despite the challenging outlook, we are encouraged by the continuing progress that we are making in improving our online performance, rolling out our store opening programme, and further enhancing our supplier relationships, and therefore remain confident in the Company's long-term prospects."




Barry Bown, Executive Chairman

Danielle Davies, Chief Financial Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 1706 714 265

GCA Altium Limited (Financial Adviser & Nominated Adviser)

Phil Adams

Sam Fuller

Tim Richardson

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7484 4040


Liberum Capital Limited (Broker)

John Fishley

Jill Li

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3100 2222


Powerscourt (Financial Public Relations)

Rob Greening

Lisa Kavanagh

Isabelle Saber

Tel: +44 (0) 207 250 1446



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This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014. The person responsible for making this announcement on behalf of Footasylum is Nancy Kelsall, Company Secretary.

Certain statements in this financial report are forward-looking. Where the financial report includes forward-looking statements, these are made by the Directors in good faith based on the information available to them at the time of their approval of this report. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including both economic and business risk factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from any expected future events or results referred to in these forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, regulation or accounting standards, the Company undertakes no obligations to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Footasylum

Footasylum is a UK-based fashion retailer focusing on the branded footwear and apparel markets. The Company retails "on-trend" product ranges which are predominantly aimed at 16 to 24-year-old fashion-conscious consumers and are sourced from an extensive stable of third-party and own brands. These include well-known sports and casual footwear and apparel brands, as well as up-and-coming brands and own label products.

Examples of third-party brands include: adidas; Nike; The North Face; Gym King; Converse; New Balance; EA7; Vans; Nicce London; Under Armour; Tommy Hilfiger; and Calvin Klein. Examples of Footasylum's own brands include: Kings Will Dream and Alessandro Zavetti.

The Company operates a multi-channel model which combines a 66-strong store estate - in a variety of high street, mall and retail park locations in cities and towns throughout Great Britain - with a fast-growing online platform and a recently launched wholesale arm for distributing its own brand ranges via a network of partners.

Footasylum was founded in 2005 and the Company's ordinary shares were admitted to trading on AIM in November 2017.  

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