TIDMUCG

RNS Number : 6754C

United Carpets Group plc

12 February 2020

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF REGULATION (EU) 596/2014 (MAR). ON PUBLICATION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THIS INSIDE INFORMATION IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

12 February 2020

UNITED CARPETS GROUP plc

("the Group" or "the Company" or "United Carpets"),

Trading Update

United Carpets Group plc (AIM: UCG) the third largest chain of specialist retail carpet and floor covering stores in the UK, announces the following trading update for the year ending 31 March 2020.

Disappointingly, there does not appear to have been any uplift in trading following the decisive result in the General Election and the retail environment has continued to be challenging. As announced, in our Interim Results in December 2019, trading in the key quarter leading up to the Christmas period was comparatively poor, reflecting weakened consumer confidence and making the outcome for the full-year vulnerable to any further market weakness.

While total sales for the Group are expected to be significantly ahead of the prior year, driven by the Group's new instalment payment channel, like for like sales, from the store network, for the 8 weeks since the announcement of the half-year results were -5.7%. The new instalment payment channel has, in the Board's opinion, significant future potential, however, start-up and higher than anticipated servicing costs has meant it will not be profitable in the current year.

Current market conditions are very competitive as all retailers compete for every sale leading to aggressive discounting and we have acted to provide increased support for our franchise network. The combination of these factors means that the Board now expects profit before tax for the full year to be below current market expectations of GBP0.5m and in the range of GBP0.15m to GBP0.20m (before non-cash costs associated with IFRS16).

Importantly, United Carpets remains a well-positioned business with a strong brand and well established, predominantly franchised, store network. The Company has significant cash balances and virtually no debt, creating a platform that together with its experienced management team means it is well placed to benefit from any upturn in market conditions.

Enquiries:

 
  United Carpets Group plc 
   Paul Eyre, Chief Executive 
   Ian Bowness, Finance Director                  01709 732 666 
 Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (NOMAD and Broker) 
  Rick Thompson 
  Michael Boot                                  020 7894 7000 
 Novella Communications Ltd 
  Tim Robertson 
  Fergus Young                                  020 3151 7008 
 

The person responsible for arranging the release of this information is Ian Bowness, Finance Director of the Company

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

END

TSTGZGMZVMFGGZM

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 12, 2020 02:00 ET (07:00 GMT)

United Carpets (LSE:UCG)
Historical Stock Chart
From Jun 2020 to Jul 2020 Click Here for more United Carpets Charts.
United Carpets (LSE:UCG)
Historical Stock Chart
From Jul 2019 to Jul 2020 Click Here for more United Carpets Charts.