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Monday 04 April, 2022

Likewise Group PLC

Trading Update & Notice of Results

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Likewise Group PLC
04 April 2022
 

4 April 2022

Likewise Group plc

 

("Likewise" or the "Group")

Trading Update & Notice of Results

Likewise Group plc (AIM:LIKE), the fast growing UK floor coverings distributor, is pleased to advise that trading in the first three months is ahead of internal budgets. Whilst remaining wholly autonomous, Valley Wholesale Carpets Limited ("Valley") acquired on 14 January 2022 is also trading ahead of initial expectations.

The Board would like to thank the Management, Sales Representatives and all Staff in Likewise, A&A, Factory Flooring, H&V and Valley for their excellent contribution to the business performance.

Whilst the first three months can only ever provide limited indication of the year as a whole, early trends are positive and the Board remains confident in meeting market expectations for 2022.

The horrific events in Ukraine are tragic for the people and devastation caused. The inevitable consequences are impacting the cost of our products. These include manufacturers' energy costs in production, increases to the costs of various raw materials and transportation. The Group's trade brands will issue a new Price List on 1 May to reflect cost price increases. It is very difficult to predict the wider economic repercussions of the current macro environment and resulting effect on consumers' disposable income.

Notwithstanding this short-term uncertainty, the Group continues to develop its logistics infrastructure. Birmingham is now operational which doubles the carpet capacity for the Likewise branded businesses. Construction is underway for a new Distribution Centre in Glasgow and the business in Newcastle has now moved into an enlarged facility adjacent to its previous location. 

The search continues to relocate A&A into significantly larger premises in the North West. The Group is also establishing a new Logistics Centre in Newbury to service the South of England.

Likewise has obtained planning permission to extend the Freehold Distribution Centre in Sudbury and are currently working on constructing the extension in the most cost effective method whilst keeping with the original design concept. This development will allow Likewise Rugs & Matting to increase product offering and service to its diverse customer base.

Construction is also due to commence to extend the Freehold Distribution Centre in Derby by 20%, and a new Carpet Cutting Machine is on order to increase the cutting capacity in Valley. When this machine is operational, it will allow Valley and Likewise to operate from the currently unused Distribution Centre in Newport, South Wales. This will take both businesses into new geographical territories of South Wales and South West England.

The Group continues to increase market presence through the recruitment of experienced Sales Representatives and has numerous point of sales initiatives including display stands, lecterns, wall stands and sample books. All of these initiatives further establish the Likewise trade brand.

In the immediate term, Likewise believes it has the supplier and customer relationships, combined with excellent management and staff, to continue to outperform the marketplace. This is consistent with the development of Likewise, particularly over the last two years.

Whilst there are short term global and economic issues, the Group is confident that establishing the enlarged infrastructure outlined above will allow Likewise to achieve its medium term objectives and beyond.

The acquisition of Delta announced last Friday confirms Likewise's intention to make strategic additions, particularly where they can increase or create capacity. This will augment the organic opportunities to enlarge the current businesses of Valley, A&A, Factory Flooring,  H&V plus the Likewise branded businesses through continued investment in Sales Teams and increased market presence through Sampling and Display.

Notice of Results

Likewise will release its Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2021 ("FY21") on 24 May 2022.

As previously announced total revenue in FY21 increased by 29% to c.£61 million (FY20: c.£47 million) and management expect that FY21 adjusted profit before tax will be c.£1.6 million.

The Group also intends to commence a progressive dividend policy and declare its maiden dividend alongside the announcement of its FY21 Final Results to be approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting.

Tony Brewer, Chief Executive of Likewise said:

"Notwithstanding challenges in the immediate term, Likewise is now well established and has plans to further enlarge its geographic reach. With the investment in Distribution Centres, Sales Resource and Market Presence, we are confident of exceeding our medium and long term aspirations as previously communicated.

We would like to thank all of our staff, suppliers, customers and shareholders for their support and look forward to a positive future".


For further information, please contact:

Likewise Group plc

Tony Brewer, Chief Executive

Roy Povey, Chief Financial Officer  

Tel: 0121 817 2900

Zeus   (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Jordan Warburton / David Foreman / James Edis (Investment Banking)

Dominic King (Corporate Broking) 

 

Tel: 0203 829 5000

Ravenscroft Consultancy & Listing Services Limited  (Joint Broker)

Semelia Hamon (Corporate Finance)

Tel: 01481 732746

Novella Communications  (Financial PR)

Fergus Young / Tim Robertson

Tel: 0203 151 7008

 

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