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Portmeirion Group PLC

12 January 2022

12 January 2022

Portmeirion Group PLC (the 'Group')

FY21 Trading Update

Portmeirion Group PLC, the designer, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of high quality homewares under the Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, Pimpernel, Wax Lyrical and Nambé brands, updates on full year trading for 2021.

We are pleased to report an excellent Christmas seasonal trading period, with very high demand for our consumer homeware brands around the world and strong sell-through across our key channels. We therefore now expect sales to be at least GBP104 million or 10% above current consensus market expectation forecasts for FY21. This is 18% above 2020 sales of GBP87.9 million and 12% ahead of pre-Covid sales of GBP92.8 million in 2019.

This represents the highest ever level of sales for the Group driven by strong progress on our strategy in developing new sales channels, particularly online.

As a result we expect our profit before tax for FY21 will be at least GBP7.0 million, an increase of 9% over current consensus market expectations and a multiple increase compared to GBP1.4 million in 2020.

Mike Raybould, Chief Executive commented:

"I am delighted with the progress we have made as a business. Our sales result - approximately 12% above pre-Covid highs - is a real testament to the changes we are driving through our business and the experience and efforts of our teams across the world who continue to navigate the many challenges that Covid still presents. The ongoing execution of our strategy allows us to reach more customers through investing in and developing online channels, launching new product and building-out new markets.

Although our key seasonal sales period came later than usual due to global supply chain disruption affecting availability of stock, it finished very strongly, particularly in the US market. We are becoming an increasingly digital business and the new capabilities we have built to drop ship online orders continue to drive our business forward and should provide further opportunities for strong growth and improve margins in the future.

Each of our core markets of the UK, US and South Korea have grown well in 2021. The measures we took to reduce overstocks and protect our brand in South Korea in 2019/20 have enabled a much more robust year, with strong consumer demand and expectations of further sustainable growth in coming years.

We are mindful of ongoing Covid risks and their potential impact on sales markets, global supply chains and the associated cost inflation, particularly in container shipping. We expect further growth in 2022 and with the current uncertainty will wait to update the market with detail on the outlook for the current financial year at the time of the preliminary results in March. Looking forward we continue to navigate these uncertainties and remain confident in our ability to improve margins over the longer term and grow the business strongly in the future."

We expect to announce the Group's preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2021 on 17 March 2022.

Notes: This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the retained UK version of the EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 ("UK MAR").


 Portmeirion Group PLC: 
 Mike Raybould              +44 (0) 1782        mraybould@portmeiriongroup.com 
 Chief Executive 
  David Sproston              +44 (0) 1782        dsproston@portmeiriongroup.com 
 Group Finance Director 
 Hudson Sandler: 
 Dan de Belder              +44 (0) 207 796     ddebelder@hudsonsandler.com 
 Nick Moore                                     nmoore@hudsonsandler.com 
 Panmure Gordon 
  (Nominated Adviser and      +44 (0) 207 886 
  Broker):                    2500 
 Freddy Crossley            Corporate Finance 
 Rupert Dearden             Corporate Broking 
 Singer Capital Markets      +44 (0) 207 496 
  (Joint Broker):            3000 
 Peter Steel               Investment Banking 
 Rachel Hayes 

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