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Zotefoams PLC

25 May 2022

Zotefoams plc

("Zotefoams" or "Group")

Trading Update

25 May 2022 - Zotefoams, a world leader in cellular materials technology, today provides a trading update for the four months ended 30 April 2022 ahead of its Annual General Meeting to be held today at 10am at 675 Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AL.

At this meeting Steve Good, Chair of Zotefoams plc, will make the following statement:

In line with the outlook statement in our 2021 preliminary results announcement, we have experienced good demand in the first four months of 2022, resulting in Group revenue for the period being approximately 13% ahead of the comparative period.

Highlights in the period are:

 
 --   Polyolefin Foams sales increased by 20%. Volumes have increased 
       by 5%, with the majority of the sales uplift being driven 
       by increased prices 
 --   High-Performance Products (HPP) sales increased by 6%: 
       -- Footwear sales at similar levels to prior period, as expected 
       at this point in the demand cycle 
       -- Aviation sales improving strongly from a low base 
       -- T-FIT(R) insulation products sales increased by 18% 
 --   MuCell Extrusion's focus is on the technical and commercial 
       development of ReZorce(R) mono-material packaging solutions, 
       with good progress in the period 
 

The macroeconomic environment remains difficult, with input cost inflation both significant and unpredictable and supply chains prone to disruption. We have been reacting to input-price movements by increasing our selling prices as well as focusing on internal efficiencies and controllable costs, while proactively implementing actions to mitigate supply chain risks. There has been no material disruption to the Footwear supply chain or to our major facilities in the UK, USA and Poland, although there was a 5-week enforced shutdown of our China T-FIT facility due to COVID-19.

Outlook

We have delivered good sales growth in the first four months of the year and anticipate this sales momentum to continue, supported by the price increases and a strong order book with excellent visibility to the end of June. However, we do not anticipate the challenging macroeconomic environment to ease and remain mindful of some specific risks around COVID-19.

While it is still early in the year, we anticipate Group revenue to be ahead of market expectations for the full year, with demand in line and higher prices recovering cost inflation. Current foreign exchange rates, net of hedging, may also provide some additional benefit. Consequently, we are comfortable with expectations for growth in profit and remain confident about the long-term prospects of the business.

Commenting on the update David Stirling, Group CEO of Zotefoams, said:

"Zotefoams products are well positioned to deliver benefits to society by saving energy, protecting people and goods and helping our customers make their products using less raw material. We have invested significantly in recycling initiatives with ReZorce barrier packaging and in our core foams business, and we are well placed for future growth. The current macroeconomic climate is extremely challenging and I am proud of our team for balancing customer expectations with the cost inflation and supply chain pressures we face as a business.

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Enquiries:

 
 Zotefoams plc                +44 (0) 208 664 1600 
 David Stirling, Group CEO 
 Gary McGrath, Group CFO 
 
 IFC Advisory                 +44 (0) 203 934 6630 
 Graham Herring 
  Tim Metcalfe 
  Zach Cohen 
 

About Zotefoams plc

Zotefoams plc (LSE - ZTF) is a world leader in cellular materials technology delivering optimal material solutions for the benefit of society. Utilising a variety of unique manufacturing processes, including environmentally friendly nitrogen expansion for lightweight AZOTE(R) polyolefin and ZOTEK(R) high-performance foams, Zotefoams sells to diverse markets worldwide. Zotefoams uses its own cellular materials to manufacture T-FIT(R) advanced insulation for demanding industrial markets. Zotefoams also owns and licenses patented microcellular foam technology to reduce plastic use in extrusion applications and for ReZorce(R) mono-material recyclable barrier packaging.

Zotefoams is headquartered in Croydon, UK, with additional manufacturing sites in Kentucky, USA and Brzeg, Poland (foam manufacture), Oklahoma, USA (foam products manufacture and conversion), Massachusetts, USA (MuCell Extrusion) and Jiangsu Province, China (T-FIT).

www.zotefoams.com

AZOTE(R) , ZOTEK(R) , ReZorce(R) and T-FIT(R) are registered trademarks of Zotefoams plc.

www.zotefoams.com

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