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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Latham (james) Plc LSE:LTHM London Ordinary Share GB00B04NP100 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.0% 835.00 800.00 870.00 845.00 835.00 845.00 250 08:00:05
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Support Services 235.1 15.4 63.1 13.2 166

Latham(James) PLC Trading Statement and COVID-19 update

30/03/2020 10:08am

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Latham(James) PLC

30 March 2020

James Latham plc

("James Latham" or "the Company")

Trading Statement and COVID-19 update

The Board of James Latham provides the following trading statement ahead of the Company's results for the year ended 31 March 2020.

Revenue and profit before tax for the year ended 31 March 2020 are expected to be in line with market expectations. The Company had been performing well with improving margins throughout the second half of the year, until the recent restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus.

The Company is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 virus and will continue to refine its contingency plans as more information becomes available. The health of our staff is of primary importance and our technology is being used to good effect to get those that can work at home to work at home.

Customer demand during March has been strong. Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on the 23 March, many of our customers providing non essential services are deciding to close. We are supporting essential businesses who are working with the NHS to provide temporary hospitals and increased capacity at existing hospitals. Our customers are adapting their skills to help with the current crisis. Predicting future demand is very difficult at this stage, given the unprecedented challenge that we are facing. We have decided to have a phased closure of some of our depots whilst retaining the ability to service our important customers who are providing essential services. At all times we will strive to work within the guidelines issued by the Government on maintaining safe distances. This is clearly a difficult time for our staff, and we will be doing all we can to support them and to secure their jobs in the longer term.

We are in very close contact with our suppliers, and at this stage our supply side has remained largely unaffected, but this situation is changing quite quickly.

The Company's balance sheet remains strong with approximately GBP14m cash which the Board believes gives James Latham the strength to deal with the current market uncertainties.

The Board plans to report its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2020 at the end of June 2020, consistent with the timetable of previous years. However, given recent unprecedented events, we are mindful of the need to ensure we allow sufficient time for the auditors to complete their work and to consider any potential impact on reported results. As a consequence it is possible that there will be a need to delay the release of the preliminary results.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No 596/2014.

For further information please visit www.lathams.co.uk or contact:

 
 James Latham plc                                Tel: 01442 849 100 
 Nick Latham, Chairman 
 David Dunmow, Finance Director 
 
 
 SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP 
 Matthew Johnson / Charlie Bouverat (Corporate   Tel: 0203 470 0470 
  Finance) 
 Abigail Wayne (Corporate Broking) 
 

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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