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Eurocell Reports Strong Like-For-Like Sales Increase

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Eurocell, a market leading, vertically integrated UK manufacturer, recycler and distributor of innovative window, door and roofline PVC products, provides this update for the 11 months to 30 November 2019.

Trading and Operational Performance
We have continued to take market share and deliver a good sales performance in the second half of the year, albeit against strong 2018 comparatives. Revenue for the 11 months to 30 November 2019 is up 7% on a like-for-like basis (like-for-like sales exclude acquisitions and branches opened in 2018/19)

• Profiles division – like-for-like growth of 5% includes good contributions from both existing and new accounts from across our fabricator base.

• Building Plastics – like-for-like growth of 8% reflects the positive impact of better stock availability and our new management team driving improvements in operating standards.

Gross margin is ahead of last year, reflecting higher usage of recycled material and selling price increases implemented progressively across the business in the first half to recover cost inflation.

We continue to incur some operating inefficiencies. However, as previously announced, Mark Hemming joined the business as Chief Operating Officer in August. Mark has made an excellent start and is now leading our drive to improve operating efficiency, focused initially in the following areas:

• The capex programme launched at the beginning of the year to improve manufacturing
efficiency and increase co-extrusion and foam capacity by 30% and 15% respectively is now complete. All the new lines are fully operational and working well.

• As described at the half year, we have suffered some delays with our project to expand
recycling capacity at Ecoplas. However, the programme is now well advanced and
performance is improving.

• We have continued to incur additional warehousing and distribution costs, particularly through the peak period, including the impact of a change in transport provider in September when the previous contract expired. We are reviewing options to expand our warehousing capacity.

As previously reported, we have invested in a stock build programme to mitigate the possible impact of raw material supply interruption due to Brexit, and to increase stock holding at our branches. We have added approximately £5 million to finished goods for key product lines under the plan, which provides a good level of protection and much improved availability.

Taken together, these factors underpin our current expectations for full year earnings.

Notice of Results
We will announce our preliminary results for the year ending 31 December 2019 on 13 March 2020.

Source : Eurocell

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11 December 2019

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