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Yu Group PLC

30 July 2019

30 July 2019

Yü Group PLC

("Yü Group" or the "Group")

Trading Update and Notice of Results

Yü Group PLC, the independent supplier of gas, electricity and water to the UK business sector, today provides an update on trading for the six months ended 30 June 2019.

Group revenues for the period are expected to be in excess of GBP55m (H1 2018, as reported: GBP35.8m). As at 30 June 2019, the Group had c.GBP45m of contracted revenue which is expected to be recognised over the remaining six months of FY2019. The Group expects revenue in excess of GBP100m for the full year to 31 December 2019 as a result of the existing contract book, combined with incremental bookings growth from new accounts and additional revenue, beyond that contracted, from existing customers.

Yü Group remains wholly focused on restoring the Group to profitability and continuing to accelerate its growth. The initiatives implemented around sales acquisition and customer lifecycle strategy will take time to deliver results. The Group has focussed on a sales strategy to target new contracts with an increased margin and lower credit risk than historically realised, which has resulted in a reduced level of monthly bookings than previously achieved. The Group also continues to wash through a book of existing lower margin contracts, entered into in the prior year, that continue to dampen Group margins for this year. As a result, the Board anticipates reporting an Adjusted EBITDA loss of between GBP2.5m and GBP3m for the six months to 30 June 2019. The Board remains confident that actions undertaken will translate into improved results.

As at 30 June 2019, the Group had a cash balance of GBP17.4m (GBP14.6m at 31 December 2018 and GBP16.5m at 30 April 2019).

The Board, led by the audit committee, has conducted a thorough and extensive review of the internal control environment in operation throughout the Group, together with an assessment of the status of the previously identified improvement actions. This review has been supplemented by a second health-check report from PwC, following its independent forensic review conducted in Q4 2018. The Board is pleased to confirm that these key control and process improvements have been made and are operating routinely, providing good visibility on contracted revenues and facilitating greater financial control.

The Board is focused on the Group's future growth and development, and continues to invest in the business to build the Group's infrastructure in line with the market opportunity. The Group recently announced the expansion of its Leicester sales operations to drive sales and customer retention. The Board will provide further guidance on the Group's strategy and long term outlook in September 2019 when reporting its half year results to 30 June 2019.

Notice of interim results

The Group intends to publish its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019 on Wednesday 18 September 2019.

Bobby Kalar, Chief Executive of Yü Group, commented: "Significant progress has been made over the first half of this year and I feel my team has performed well in what can only be described as testing times. Whilst realigning and resetting business controls and processes has been absolutely necessary, investing in the future and ensuring long term growth remains a key focus of mine. The planned investment we have made in Leicester further positions us to secure new business at higher margins and to capitalise on the significant market opportunity available, whilst continuing to deliver market leading customer service."

For further information, please contact:

Yü Group PLC 
 Bobby Kalar 
 Paul Rawson        +44 (0) 115 975 8258 
Shore Capital 
 Edward Mansfield 
 Anita Ghanekar 
 James Thomas       +44 (0) 20 7408 4090 
Alma PR 
 John Coles 
 Hilary Buchanan 
 Helena Bogle       +44 (0) 20 3405 0205 

Notes to Editors

Information on the Group

Yü Group PLC, trading as Yü Energy, is an independent supplier of gas, electricity and water focused on servicing the business sector throughout the UK. It has no involvement in the retail supply of energy to the domestic sector. The Group was listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in March 2016.

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