Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Parity LSE:PTY London Ordinary Share GB00B1235860 ORD 2P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -0.40p -3.60% 10.70p 10.50p 10.90p 11.10p 10.70p 11.10p 156,125 15:15:53
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Software & Computer Services 91.8 1.0 0.9 12.3 10.90

Parity Group PLC Trading Statement

17/07/2017 7:00am

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Parity Group PLC

17 July 2017

17 July 2017

Parity Group plc

("Parity "or the "Group")

Trading Update

Parity (AIM:PTY), the technology focussed consultancy and staffing business, today announces the following update on trading for the six months ended 30 June 2017.

Further to our AGM statement on 25(th) May 2017, when we stated that the Group had had a satisfactory start to the year, we are pleased to report that there is clear evidence that we are maintaining momentum. The Board expects Group operating profit for the half year to show double digit growth versus H1 2016, and to be consistent with the market's full year expectations.

The first half has also seen a further reduction in net debt, reflecting a positive swing in the Group's working capital. Net debt as at 30 June 2017 was GBP2.3m (31 December 2016: GBP4.4m)

Our strategic focus remains on supporting the rebalancing of the business towards the more profitable Consultancy Services. Pleasingly this division has generated significant growth in its revenues compared with the equivalent period last year and is running ahead of expectations.

The lower margin Professionals division has seen slightly lower revenues in the first half compared with H1 2016 as a result of lower public sector contractor volumes resulting from supply side uncertainty and then the transition required to deal with the IR35 taxation reforms. However, the division appears to have weathered the process more favourably than some other staffing businesses and client demand has been restored post-implementation.

Alan Rommel, CEO, commented:

"We are pleased to see the continued momentum in the Group's performance as we deliver on our strategy of growing our higher margin Consultancy Services division, which enjoys longer term visibility and high levels of client engagement.

"Our strong cash and working capital management has further reduced net borrowing and leaves us well placed to continue to self-fund investment to grow our sales capacity."

Parity will provide a further update within its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2017 which are expected to be announced by mid-September.


   Parity Group PLC                    
   Alan Rommel, CEO                                  0208 543 5353 

Roger Antony, GFD, GFD

   WH Ireland Limited                
   Mike Coe / Ed Allsopp                           +44 (0) 117 945 3470 

MHP Communications

   Katie Hunt / Kelsey Traynor                  +44 (0)203 128 8100 

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