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Record Performance And Transformational Year For Grafton Group

Gavin Slark - Grafton CEO

Grafton Group plc ("Grafton"), the international building materials distributor and DIY retailer is pleased to announce its final results for the year ended 31 December 2021.

These results are presented for continuing operations following the sale of the Group’s Traditional Merchanting business in Great Britain on 31 December 2021 and the results for 2020 have been restated accordingly.

Continuing Operations1

2021

20202 (restated)

Change

Revenue

£2,110m

£1,679m

+25.6%

Adjusted3 operating profit

£288.0m

£170.6m

+68.8%

Adjusted operating profit before property profit4

£271.2m

£170.7m

+58.9%

Adjusted operating profit margin before property profit

12.9%

10.2%

+270bps

Adjusted profit before tax

£268.6m

£146.4m

+83.5%

Adjusted earnings per share

93.0p

50.3p

+84.9%

Dividend

30.5p

14.5p

+110.3%

Adjusted return on capital employed (ROCE)

19.4%

11.9%

+750bps

Net cash (before IFRS 16 leases) 5

£588.0m

£181.9m

+£406.1m

Net cash/(debt) – (including IFRS 16 leases) 6

£139.0m

(£355.0m)

+£494.0m

    

Statutory Results – Continuing Operations

2021

2020 (restated)

Change

Operating profit

£269.2m

£157.8m

+70.6%

Profit before tax

£249.8m

£133.6m

+87.0%

Basic earnings per share

86.4p

45.9p

+88.3%

See full results publication for explanation of terms 1-6. 

Operational Highlights       

  • Excellent results were slightly ahead of expectations
  • Very strong performance across all businesses, with record contributions from Woodie’s and Selco
  • Strong gains by Chadwicks and Isero brands
  • Record contribution from businesses in Ireland
  • Sale of Traditional Merchanting Business in Great Britain for £520 million provides further investment capacity for growth
  • Acquisition of IKH in Finland for €200 million provides new growth platform in the Nordics
  • Good contribution from StairBox acquisition which performed ahead of plan
  • Ongoing investment in digital
  • Continued progress of sustainability agenda

Financial Highlights

  • Record adjusted operating profit of £271.2 million (before property profit)
  • Record Group adjusted operating profit margin of 12.9% (before property profit)
  • Structural transformation in operating margin in UK Distribution business to 12.5%
  • Adjusted return on capital employed of 19.4%
  • Cash generated from operations of £303.2m million
  • Net cash at year end of £588.0 million (before IFRS 16 lease liabilities)

Gavin Slark, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: "2021 saw record profits, a step change to higher returning businesses following the divestment of our Traditional Merchanting business, exposure to a new growth platform in the Nordics and increased focus on digital and sustainability opportunities. 

Our people have been a key differentiator in delivering safe and superior customer outcomes throughout the pandemic and in mitigating supply chain challenges at a time of resilient demand in the broader repair, maintenance and improvement and DIY segments in our markets.

Trading year to date has been encouraging and the outlook for 2022 is positive, supported by strong housing and RMI markets, the inherent strength of our businesses, our strong balance sheet and future investment opportunities."

Source : Grafton Group

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24 February 2022

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