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Thursday 28 May, 2020

Strix Group PLC

AGM Statement and New Banking Facilities

RNS Number : 1355O
Strix Group PLC
28 May 2020
 

28 May 2020

Strix Group Plc

("Strix", the "Company" or the "Group")

  AGM Statement and New Banking Facilities

Strix Group Plc (AIM: KETL), the global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of kettle safety controls and other complementary water temperature management components provides an update ahead of its Annual General Meeting ("AGM") at 9 a.m. today. As noted in the Company's Notice of AGM announcement, the meeting is being convened with the minimum quorum in attendance. S hareholders must not attend the meeting in person.

At the meeting, Mark Bartlett, Chief Executive Officer of Strix, will make the following statement:

"I'm pleased to report that Strix has continued to make a solid start to 2020, given the global macroeconomic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued uncertainty. We have successfully implemented a range of efficiency measures and strategic initiatives to limit the impact on the full year forecast and continue to monitor consumer demand carefully as lockdown restrictions are eased.

"I am also pleased to announce today a refinancing of the Group's debt facilities with RBS International Limited and Bank of China   providing a £60 million revolving credit facility with improved financial flexibility that provides significant additional headroom to the Group for the medium term. We have a robust balance sheet that places us in a strong position to manage through this period and continue to invest in the business.

"The Company has continued to make significant strides in its product development roadmap as planned. We remain on target to release 14 new products this year, the majority of which will be launched during the second half of the year in line with our original schedule. We will provide shareholders with further detail in our mid-year trading update on 23rd July.

 

"We have also continued to make positive progress with the new factory in China and the second-floor construction is now complete.  We remain on budget and on schedule to complete all construction work by the end of January 2021 and to be fully operational by August 2021 as planned.

"Management continues to monitor COVID-19 closely, implementing appropriate measures to ensure all production sites and offices can continue to operate fully and with minimal disruption.  Despite the impact on the global economy, we remain confident in the future prospects of the Company and following the implementation of efficiency measures and strategic initiatives will emerge as a stronger business well-positioned for a market recovery."

 

 

 

For further enquiries, please contact:

Strix Group Plc

Mark Bartlett, CEO

Raudres Wong, CFO

 

Zeus Capital Limited (Nominated Advisor and Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 1624 829829

 

+44 (0) 20 3829 5000

 

Nick Cowles / Jamie Peel / Jordan Warburton (Corporate Finance)

 

 

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7710 7600

 

Francis North / Matthew Blawat

 

 

 

 

 

IFC Advisory Limited (Financial PR and IR)

+44 (0) 20 3934 6630

 

Graham Herring / Tim Metcalfe / Florence Chandler

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT STRIX GROUP PLC

Isle of Man based Strix, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of kettle safety controls and other components and devices involving water heating and temperature control, steam management and water filtration.

 

Strix's core product range comprises a variety of safety controls for small domestic appliances, primarily kettles. Kettle safety controls require precision engineering and intricate knowledge of material properties in order to repeatedly function correctly. Strix has built up market leading capability and know-how in this field since being founded in 1982.

 

Strix is admitted to trading on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: KETL). 

 


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