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Epwin Group PLC

20 January 2022

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20 January 2022

Epwin Group Plc

("Epwin" or the "Group")

Year-end trading update and notice of results

Strong performance in FY 2021, confident outlook

Epwin Group Plc (AIM: EPWN) ("Epwin", "the Company" or the "Group"), the leading manufacturer of low maintenance building products, supplying the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement ("RMI"), new build and social housing sectors, announces its year-end trading update in respect of the year ended 31 December 2021 ("FY 2021").

Trading update

The Group is pleased to report that trading remained strong through to the end of the year, with revenues for FY 2021 expected to be approximately GBP330m, up by 37% compared to 2020 and 17% compared to 2019. This has been driven by a combination of the ongoing strength of demand in the RMI market, price increases and recent bolt-on acquisitions.

The Group has continued to successfully navigate its way through the sector-wide operational, inflationary and supply chain pressures caused by the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and heightened demand levels. Accordingly, the Group now expects to report adjusted profit before tax for FY 2021 modestly ahead of current expectations(1) , subject to audit.

Cash generation remained strong in the second half of the year, with covenant net debt (pre-IFRS 16) as at 31 December 2021 significantly reduced to approximately GBP9m (2020: GBP18.5m; 2019: GBP16.4m), better than the Board's expectations. This was achieved despite the Group completing several bolt-on acquisitions during the year, totalling GBP5.3m, including one acquisition in the second half of the year. Year-end leverage was less than 0.5 x adjusted EBITDA.

Current trading

Trading in the first two weeks of 2022 has remained strong and has been in line with the Board's expectations. The Board continues to monitor the development of the Covid-19 pandemic whilst managing the impact of absences across the workforce during the early part of 2022.

Notice of results

The Group will announce its full year results for the year ended 31 December 2021 on Wednesday 6 April 2022.

Jon Bednall, Chief Executive Officer, said:

"I am pleased to report that our trading performance in the second half and for the year as a whole was strong, despite the well-reported supply chain and inflationary pressures. This is testament to the hard work of our people in a year which has seen many challenges for businesses and individuals.

We are optimistic for the Group's trading prospects in 2022 and remain confident in the strength of the medium and long-term drivers of our markets."

Contact information

 
 
   Epwin Group Plc 
   Jon Bednall, Chief Executive 
   Chris Empson, Group Finance Director           0203 128 8540 
 Shore Capital (Nominated Adviser and Joint 
  Broker) 
  Corporate Advisory                              0207 408 4090 
  Daniel Bush / Iain Sexton 
 
  Corporate Broking 
  Fiona Conroy 
 
  Zeus Capital Limited (Joint Broker) 
  John Gould / Dominic King                       0203 829 5000 
 MHP Communications                               0203 128 8540 
  Reg Hoare / Charlie Barker / Florence Mayo     Epwin@mhpc.com 
  / Pauline Guenot 
 

(1) Based on Company compiled consensus, the Board believes the average analyst forecast for 2021 adjusted profit before tax to be GBP12.8m.

About Epwin

Epwin is the leading manufacturer of low maintenance building products with significant market shares, supplying the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement ("RMI"), new build and social housing sectors.

The Company is incorporated, domiciled and operates principally in the United Kingdom.

Information for investors can be accessed

www.epwin.co.uk /investors

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