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Games Workshop Group PLC

08 December 2021

For immediate release 8 December 2021

Games Workshop Group PLC

("Games Workshop")

TRADING UPDATE

Games Workshop is pleased to confirm that trading since the last update in September 2021 is in line with expectations. The Board's estimate of the results for the six months to 28 November 2021, at actual exchange rates, is sales of not less than GBP190 million (2020: GBP186.8 million) and profit before tax of not less than GBP86 million (2020: GBP91.6 million).

At constant currency, the Board's estimate of sales for the six months to 28 November 2021 are not less than GBP197 million (2020: GBP186.8 million). This has been driven by growth in our trade and retail channels, following the reopening of the majority of our retail stores.

As always, we remain focused on our core business metrics and are working tirelessly to improve the ones that are in our control. Our operating profit-pre royalties receivable is estimated to be down c.GBP15 million. However, excluding foreign exchange movements, increased carriage costs and the costs of paying more to our great staff, our core business operating profit is broadly in line with last year's exceptional performance.

As in the prior year, we are paying GBP2,500 in cash to each employee under the Group Profit Share Scheme in December (GBP6.9 million; 2020: GBP6.2 million) to reward their exceptional contribution to our performance. Dividends declared in the period are 100p per share (2020: 80p).

Licensing income has increased to c.GBP19 million (2020: GBP8.7 million) driven by significant computer game licensing deals with Nexon and other major licensees. The related guarantee income is recognised on signing the contract in line with our usual accounting policy.

Further details will be announced in the half yearly report which will be released on 11 January 2022.

For further information, please contact:

 
 Games Workshop Group PLC                          investorrelations@gwplc.com 
 
   Kevin Rountree, CEO 
 Rachel Tongue, CFO 
 
 Investor relations website                       http://investor.games-workshop.com 
 General website                                              www.games-workshop.com 
 
 
 
 
 

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