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Safestyle UK PLC

08 June 2022

8 June 2022

Safestyle UK plc

("Safestyle" or the "Group")

AGM Statement and Notices of a Capital Markets Day and Interim Results

Alan Lovell, Chairman of Safestyle UK plc, the leading UK focused retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors for the homeowner market, will make the following statement at today's Annual General Meeting ("AGM"):

Trading update

Our trading has remained in line with expectations, supported by our largest TV campaign since 2017, with an updated brand identity and communications platform. We believe that this campaign has helped mitigate the impact of declining consumer confidence and general economic uncertainty.

Despite a cyber attack which affected us severely during Q1, order intake has remained robust, growing by 16.3% to the end of April. Our order book at the end of April, at 26% higher than last year, will continue to support strong revenue levels through the summer.

Revenue for the first four months of the year was 6.7% ahead of last year, with March and April delivering over 10% growth reflecting the recovery from operational disruption caused by the cyber attack in January.

As previously communicated, the cyber attack will impact H1 financial performance primarily through disruption to customer service and a delay to a planned material price increase. The price increase has now been implemented and the business will continue to respond quickly to any future increase in costs. Concurrently, we are putting a commensurate focus on our internal productivity and overheads.

Strategic priorities

The business has continued to progress its strategic agenda as outlined in our preliminary results announcement and Annual Report.

-- New TV campaign: our new TV campaign aired between February and April, leveraging our consumer insight work and utilising David Seaman, OBE, as our new brand ambassador. The communication platform of 'Great Saves with Safestyle' has performed well, driving increased sales and improved brand awareness.

-- Safestyle Academy: faced with widespread skill shortages we initiated a significant investment in training new installers. The programme has been heavily oversubscribed since launch and is now full.

-- Levelling up depots and sales branch performance: our new depot training programme will launch in the coming weeks, supporting our new Standard Operating Procedures which will unlock the benefits of best practice across our network.

-- Sustainability: having delivered our 2024 CO(2) targets by the end of 2021, representing a 19.1% reduction since 2020, we are now driving incremental improvements and have reset our targets for a further 6% reduction for 2025. We intend to complete a Scope 3 audit of our 10 largest suppliers by the end of the year.

Outlook

The Board acknowledges the current wider economic uncertainty, but remains of the view that our strong marketing plans and value proposition offers resilience against a possible decline in demand. We will continue to anticipate and act early on costs and pricing while also focusing on controlling our overheads and driving productivity.

Guidance for the full year remains unchanged with the financial impact of the cyber attack confined to H1. Despite the challenging context, our H2 financial performance is forecast to follow the improving trajectory achieved in FY 2021.

Capital Markets Day and Notice of Interim Results

Having successfully navigated a number of years of turbulence, the Board has communicated its intent to outline the Group's strategic roadmap for the medium term. To ensure we can communicate this to as wide a group as possible, this will take the form of a Capital Markets Day presentation on 7 September 2022. Further details will be published nearer the event.

The Group will report its interim results for the six months ending 3 July 2022 on Thursday 22 September 2022.

Enquiries:

 
 Safestyle UK plc                              via FTI Consulting 
  Mike Gallacher, Chief Executive Officer 
  Rob Neale, Chief Financial Officer 
 Zeus (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)       Tel: 0203 829 5000 
  Dan Bate / Daniel Harris (Investment 
  Banking) 
  Dominic King (Corporate Broking) 
 Liberum Capital Limited (Joint Broker)        Tel: 0203 100 2100 
  Neil Patel / Jamie Richards 
 FTI Consulting (Financial PR)                 Tel: 0203 727 1000 
  Alex Beagley / Sam Macpherson / Amy Goldup 
 

About Safestyle UK plc

The Group is the leading retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors to the UK homeowner market. For more information please visit www.safestyleukplc.co.uk or www.safestyle-windows.co.uk .

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