17 March 2017
Chemring Group PLC today issues an update on current trading and outlook, to coincide with the Company’s Annual General Meeting.
The Group has started the year positively, continuing the momentum of the second half of last year. Order intake in the first four months of the year was in line with the Board’s expectations at £127.4m (28 February 2016: £88.9m).
Revenue during the four month period to 26 February 2017 was £145.6m (28 February 2016: £106.5m), reflecting both the significant weakening of sterling and the fulfilment of contracts in the Energetics Systems division.
The order book at 26 February 2017 was £556.9m (28 February 2016: £596.3m, 31 October 2016: £592.9m), the reduction since 31 October 2016, half being attributable to the weaker dollar against sterling and half to stable operational performance resulting in some order backlog being cleared.
Net debt at 26 February 2017 was £146.4m (28 February 2016: £141.4m, 31 October 2016: £87.6m). The increase in net debt since 31 October 2016 reflects the investment in working capital required to fund the execution of contracts in the Energetics division, which continue to perform well and, assuming an extension of the existing letter of credit is agreed, are expected to be strong contributors to 2017 performance. This investment is expected to be sustained at the half year, but partially reverse in the second half of the financial year.
The Company announced on 19 January 2017 that, in view of the Group's improved trading performance for 2016, the Board intended to pay a final dividend of 1.3p in respect of the year ended 31 October 2016. This year's notice of AGM omitted the resolution seeking shareholder approval for the payment of a final dividend of 1.3p per ordinary share. Accordingly, the Board will, in accordance with its powers under the Company’s articles of association, today declare a dividend in place of the proposed final dividend. The dividend will not require the approval of shareholders. The amount of this dividend shall be 1.3p per ordinary share. This dividend will be paid on 18 May 2017 to all shareholders who were on the Register of Members on 28 April 2017. The amount of the dividend and the timing of payment will therefore be the same as the final dividend previously proposed.
The Board’s expectations for trading for the full year remain unchanged. As expected, the seasonality of the business and customer requirements will mean that trading performance and cashflows will be weighted to the second half, but this is expected to be less pronounced than in the prior year.
Interim results for the six months ended 30 April 2017 will be announced on 22 June 2017.
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| Michael Flowers
||Chief Executive, Chemring Group PLC
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||Group Finance Director, Chemring Group PLC
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||Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Chemring Group PLC
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Notes to editors
- Chemring is a global business that specialises in the manufacture of high technology products and the provision of services to the aerospace, defence and security markets
- Employing approximately 2,700 people worldwide, and with production facilities in four countries, Chemring meets the needs of customers in more than fifty countries
- Chemring is now organised under three strategic product segments: Countermeasures, Sensors & Electronics, and Energetic Systems
- Chemring has a diverse portfolio of products that deliver high reliability solutions to protect people, platforms, missions and information against constantly changing threats
- Operating in niche markets and with strong investment in research and development, Chemring has the agility to rapidly react to urgent customer needs