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Monday 17 December, 2018

Safestyle UK PLC

Trading Update

RNS Number : 5996K
Safestyle UK PLC
17 December 2018
 

17 December 2018

 

Safestyle UK plc

 

("Safestyle" or the "Group")

 

Trading Update

 

Safestyle UK plc, the leading retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors to the UK homeowner market, today issues an update on current trading.

 

Since the Commercial Agreement announced on 22 October 2018, the Group has experienced a significant increase in its contracted workforce across its canvass, sales, surveying and installations operations.  This has resulted in an improved sales order intake that is in line with the same six week period last year.

 

Linked to this growth in workforce that was previously not forecast, the Group has invested more than budgeted in lead generation, commissions and associated overheads.  Whilst management anticipates that turnover for the last month of the year will be ahead of that previously forecast, the majority of the benefit of this recruitment and the return on this increased investment will only occur in 2019.

 

As a result of the timing difference between incurring these higher costs and the installations taking place, the Board now expects that for the year ending 31 December 2018, the Group will deliver an underlying loss before tax that is between £(8.2m) and £(8.6m). 

 

However, as a result of the aforementioned recruitment activity and associated investment in growth and notwithstanding the fact that management's three phase turnaround plan is in its early stages against a backdrop of weaker consumer confidence, the Board is confident that the recovery and performance in 2019 will be ahead of current market expectations.

 

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.  Upon the publication of this announcement via the Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

Enquires:

Safestyle UK plc

Mike Gallacher, Chief Executive Officer

Rob Neale, Chief Financial Officer

via FTI Consulting

Zeus Capital (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Nick How / Dominic King

 

Tel: 0203 829 5000

Liberum Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Neil Patel / Jamie Richards

 

Tel: 0203 100 2100

FTI Consulting (Financial PR)

Alex Beagley / James Styles / Laura Saraby

 

Tel: 0203 727 1000

 


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