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Elektron Technology Plc LSE:EKT London Ordinary Share GB00B0C5RG72 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 53.50 53.00 54.00 0.00 00:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Electronic & Electrical Equipment 33.7 4.6 2.1 25.5 100

Checkit PLC Trading Update

13/02/2020 7:00am

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Checkit PLC

13 February 2020

Checkit plc

(the "Group")

Trading Update

Checkit plc is pleased to provide a trading update for its financial year ending 31 January 2020 ("FY20"). The Group's performance for the full year was in line with management expectations.

A summary of its unaudited sales and cash is as follows:

 
  GBP'm            FY2019       FY2019     FY2020   FY2020 normalised*      %           % 
                    actual    normalised*   actual                        change      change 
                                                                          actual    normalised* 
 Sales 
 Checkit Europe      1.0         1.0         1.3           1.3             30%         30% 
 Checkit UK           -          10.8        8.5           11.6             -           7% 
                  --------  -------------  -------  ------------------  --------  ------------- 
 Checkit total       1.0         11.8        9.8           12.8           870%          8% 
 EET                 2.6         2.6         2.0           2.0            -23%         -23% 
                  --------  -------------  -------  ------------------  --------  ------------- 
 Total sales         3.6         14.4       11.8           14.8           228%          3% 
----------------  --------  -------------  -------  ------------------  --------  ------------- 
 
 Cash               10.1             -      14.3            -             42.5%         - 
----------------  --------  -------------  -------  ------------------  --------  ------------- 
 

*Normalised sales illustrate sales that would have been included in the Group's financial results had Checkit UK Limited ("CUK"), which was acquired on 14 May 2019, been owned by the Group throughout both periods.

Checkit sales were above market expectations, particularly in the area of Checkit UK's installation work, which historically has operated at low margins. Checkit Europe and Checkit UK are in the process of being merged. Consequently, the board does not intend to report separately for future accounting periods.

The board continues to be excited by the medium-term prospects of the Checkit businesses. Several opportunities to improve profitability have been identified and are being implemented in the merged businesses.

Elektron Eye Technology ("EET") experienced a slowdown in sales in the second half of FY20. As previously announced, the board continues to seek a buyer for this non-core business. In view of the limited interest received to date, the board has reduced its expectations regarding potential disposal proceeds.

The cash balance at 31 January 2020 was higher than expected due to repayment of amounts owed (GBP2.6m) by the Elektron Technology 2012 Employment Benefit Trust following its participation in the recent tender offer. This was partially offset by a working capital adjustment resulting in a return of cash (GBP0.8m) to the acquirers of the Bulgin business.

The board is currently reviewing its amortisation policy in respect of acquired intangibles and capitalised development costs (in consultation with its auditors) with a view to shortening amortisation periods. This work will be completed by the time of the preliminary announcement scheduled for 14 May 2020.

Keith Daley, Executive Chair said: "This was a good performance during a period of major corporate change as a result of the disposal of the Bulgin business. We are pleased with the performance of Checkit UK, our recent acquisition, and the integration plan we have put in place is on track. The opportunities for the combined group remain attractive and we are optimistic about future growth."

 
                                                        +44 (0) 1223 371 
 Checkit plc                                                         000 
 www.checkit.net 
 Keith Daley (Executive Chairman) 
 Andrew Weatherstone (Chief Financial Officer 
  and Company Secretary) 
 N+1 Singer (Nominated Adviser and Broker)           +44 (0)207 496 3000 
 Shaun Dobson / George Tzimas (Corporate Finance) 
 Rachel Hayes (Corporate Broking) 
 Yellowstone Advisory (Investor Relations) 
 Alex Schlich 
 

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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