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Howdens: Strong Sales And Profits In Second Half

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Howden Joinery Group plc, the UK's largest kitchen supplier, today announces a trading update for the period 13 June 2021 to 30 October 2021 (Period 7 to Period 11).

Trading

As previously announced, Howdens strong results for the first half benefited significantly from:

  • pent-up demand from the lockdown effects of 2020 and people working from home wishing to spend more on their properties;

  • our ability to pass-on higher input costs through our selling prices; and

  • market leading product availability compared with shortages experienced elsewhere in the market. 

These exceptional factors have continued into the second half, resulting in strong sales and profits.  

Howdens UK depots' total revenue for Periods 7 to 11 increased by 20.8% and by 19.2% on a same depot basis1, on Periods 7 to 11 in 2020. With continued strong demand and a high level of stock availability, we again smoothed our "P11" peak trading across Periods 10 and 11 to help supply chain management and depots to service demand. Sales growth was driven principally by increases in volume in addition to price rises.  

Compared with 2019, Howdens UK depots' total revenue for Periods 7 to 11 increased by 35.7% and by 30.5% on a same depot basis1. 

For the year to date (Periods 1 to 11), total UK revenue was 37.7% higher than 2020, and 28.3% above 2019. 

On a local currency basis, Howdens International depots' total revenue for Periods 7 to 11 increased by 16.6% and by 12.3% on a same depot basis1, on the comparable Periods in 2020. Compared with 2019, Howdens International depots' revenue for Periods 7 to 11 increased by 56.9% and by 36.6% on a same depot basis1. 

Total local currency International revenue for the year to date (Periods 1 to 11) was 39.2% up on the comparator period in 2020 and 51.0% higher than 2019. 

1Same depot basis for any year excludes depots opened in that year and the prior year.

Summary of 2021 revenue growth (%)

Local currency growth (%)

vs 2020

vs 2020

same depot1

vs 2019

vs 2019

same depot1

UK

 

 

 

 

  P7-P11

20.8

19.2

35.7

30.5

  YTD (P1-P11)

37.7

 

28.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

International 

 

 

 

 

  P7-P11

16.6

12.3

56.9

36.6

  YTD (P1-P11)

39.2

 

51.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full year profit and Outlook

As a result of the recent exceptionally strong trading performance, the Company now expects FY2021 profit before tax to be around the top end of current analyst forecasts*. 

The Board remains confident in our business model for the future but anticipates returning to a more normalised trading pattern and performance in 2022, which will make the comparators from 2021 challenging. We remain watchful of the uncertainties ahead, including the economic outlook and the potential impacts from ongoing disruption to global supply chains and cost inflation upon our business. 

*The range of recent analyst expectations for profit before tax for 2021 is believed to be £298m to £360m.

Next scheduled announcement

The Group expects to release its 2021 Preliminary Results, including an update on market conditions, on 24 February 2022.

Source : Howden Joinery Group 

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01 November 2021

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