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Tuesday 04 February, 2014

Plastics Capital PLC

Trading update

RNS Number : 1793Z
Plastics Capital PLC
04 February 2014
 



                                               

 

 

 

Plastics Capital plc

 

(The "Company" or the "Group")

 

Trading Update

 

Plastics Capital plc (AIM: PLA), the niche plastics products group, is pleased to provide a Q3 trading update and to confirm that the Company continues to trade broadly in line with market expectations.

 

Trading has continued as expected and in a similar pattern to the first half of the year.  We are pleased to report strong sales of mandrels and improving sales of creasing matrix and films.  Demand for bearings has been relatively weak, predominantly as a result of some new product development slippage from our customers. Margins and cash generated from operations remain strong and are similar to last year.

 

As previously announced, completion of the acquisition of Shengli Printing Science and Technology Co, Ltd ("Shengli") has been delayed for approximately two months. However, good progress has recently been made in satisfying the various conditions of the local Commission of Commerce. With supplementary information having recently been provided, we are currently on track to complete the acquisition on or before 28 February 2014.

 

Significant developments in recent weeks include:

·     Certain breakthrough innovations in mandrel processing which are expected to facilitate further significant development of the business in coming years through penetration of new market segments with new product variants;

·     Successful test marketing of the development of a "super-durable" creasing matrix in certain key countries;

·     Our new Regional Director based in China, Tony Qu, took up his position at the beginning of January and is now driving completion of the Shengli acquisition and the development of bearings and mandrels sales into the local Chinese market; and

·     Conversion of a new project for Samsung Electronics involving a scanner pulley bearing. Samsung are already a key account and this project is expected to generate a further £100,000 of annual sales to this account once the project goes into full production.

 

 

Commenting, Faisal Rahmatallah, Executive Chairman, said:

 

"We have made some exciting breakthrough innovations in recent months, which will help drive our growth in the medium term.  In the short term demand is mixed with some areas, such as mandrels, where growth is strong and others, such as bearings, where growth is being affected by delays in customers' product introduction schedules.  Overall, performance should be broadly in line with expectations over the final quarter and, looking into the next financial year, I anticipate a year of significant progress."

 

 

 

 

Plastics Capital plc                                                                                                           Tel: 020 7978 0574

Faisal Rahmatallah, Executive Chairman

Nick Ball, Finance Director

 

Cenkos Securities plc                                                                                                       Tel: 020 7397 8900

Stephen Keys

Camilla Hume

 

Allenby Capital                                                                                                                 Tel: 020 3328 5656

Katrina Perez

 

Walbrook PR Ltd                                                                                                              Tel: 020 7933 8780

Paul Cornelius                                                 Mob: 07866 384 707 or [email protected]

Helen Cresswell                                           Mob: 07841 917 679 or [email protected]

 

 

Notes to Editor

Plastics Capital is a plastics products manufacturer focused on proprietary products for niche markets.  The Group has four factories in the UK, one in Thailand and sales offices in the USA, Japan, China and India.  Approximately 65 per cent of sales are exported to over 80 countries worldwide.  Production is concentrated in the UK where significant engineering know-how and automation underpins the Group's competitiveness.  The Group has approximately 300 employees.

 

Further information can be found on www.plasticscapital.com

 

 


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