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Speedy Hire PLC

18 May 2023

Speedy Hire Plc

("Speedy", "the Company" or "the Group")

18 May 2023

Completion of the investigation into non-itemised assets

Speedy provides the following further update on the matter relating to its non-itemised assets first notified to the market in its trading update on 8 February 2023 and further referenced in its year end trading update on 5 April 2023.

As previously announced, following a comprehensive count of all hire equipment in preparation for the audit for the financial year ended 31 March 2023, the Company identified a deficiency in the value of non-itemised assets (equipment without a unique serial identifier such as scaffolding tower, fencing and non-mechanical plant) of c.GBP20.4m.

Findings and actions taken

Following completion of the investigation the Board has concluded that:

-- the issue resulted from problems with the Company's controls and accounting procedures for non-itemised assets over a number of years, and in particular the reconciliation of such counts to the Group's fixed asset register; and

-- the issue was not the result of underlying systemic fraud perpetrated on the Company by its staff or third parties.

In addition to corrective action and new controls implemented by management, the Board has agreed a remedial plan to further strengthen the financial control environment for managing non-itemised assets and provide assurance for the relevant accounting values. This includes additional counts of the assets and new procedures for reconciling those against its fixed asset register.

As previously announced, as part of the new controls, the asset count at the end of March 2023 did not identify the need to increase the existing provision.


   Speedy Hire Plc                                                            Tel: 01942 720 000 

David Shearer, Chairman

Paul Rayner, Interim Chief Financial Officer

   MHP Communications                                                  Tel: 0203 128 8540 

Oliver Hughes

Charlie Barker



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