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NICL Nichols Plc

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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Nichols Plc LSE:NICL London Ordinary Share GB0006389398 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -2.00 -0.20% 998.00 968.00 1,000.00 998.00 966.00 990.00 12,873 16:12:26
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Btld & Can Soft Drinks,water 170.74M 18.36M 0.5034 19.83 364.06M

Nichols PLC FY23 Trading Update and Appointment of NED (1556Z)

10/01/2024 7:00am

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RNS Number : 1556Z

Nichols PLC

10 January 2024

10 January 2024

Nichols plc

(the "Company" or "Group")

FY23 Trading Update and Appointment of Non-Executive Director

FY23 Adjusted Profit Before Tax anticipated to be above market expectations

Nichols plc, the diversified soft drinks group, is pleased to provide the following Trading Update for the 12 months to 31 December 2023 ("FY23") and to announce the appointment of Matthew Nichols as a Non-Executive Director to its Board.

Trading Update

The Board is pleased to announce that the Group has delivered a strong performance in 2023 and expects to report FY23 Adjusted Profit Before Tax(1) ("Adjusted PBT") slightly above current market expectations(2) . Trading in the second half of the year has continued to progress well and in accordance with our growth strategy. In addition, we have begun to realise some of the benefits from the restructuring of our Out of Home (OoH) business earlier than initially anticipated.

Total Group Revenue during the year increased by 3.5% to GBP170.7m(3) (FY22: GBP164.9m). We continued to perform well within our Packaged business, where sales were up by 6.1%(3) , with progress particularly strong in International where export sales across the year were up by 16.8%(3) . In line with the Group's expectations, revenue from our OoH business continued to reduce as we exited from unprofitable accounts.

We are pleased that our Gross Margins have been largely maintained despite considerable inflationary pressures early in the year. This stability has allowed us to increase the level of investment in the long-term strategic development of the Group.

Cash generation has remained strong throughout the year and, at the end of December 2023, cash and cash equivalents were GBP67.0m(3) (FY22: GBP56.3m). We have benefitted from increased interest receipts during the year.


The Group continues to derive considerable benefit from its diversified business model, with an established UK position complemented by the enhanced growth opportunities within our International business. Within our Packaged business, we have continued our strategy of investment in extending our product range and in the development of our international markets during the year, both of which are expected to continue to provide growth over both the short and long term. The action taken to restructure our OoH division during 2023 is beginning to provide the anticipated benefits and the Company is confident that the business will contribute positively to overall Group performance during 2024.

The Group intends to accelerate the rate of investment in its longer-term development over the next 12 months in accordance with our established strategic plan. Whilst inflationary pressures now appear to be moderating in the UK, we remain aware of continued uncertainty affecting some of our markets but remain confident that necessary mitigating actions are in place.

The Group remains confident that it is well positioned to deliver its strategic plans and deliver sustainable shareholder returns, benefiting from the strength of its diversified business model, brands and financial position.

Andrew Milne, Chief Executive Officer of Nichols, commented on the Group's trading update:

"Nichols has delivered a strong performance in FY23 making good progress against our strategic plans and achieving a PBT outcome ahead of market expectations. This is a great testament to the strength of the Group's business model and brands, with our established UK position complemented by strong momentum internationally. Looking ahead into 2024 we remain focused on continuing to implement our strategic plans and delivering further progress against our long term ambitions."

Non-Executive Director Appointment

The Group is also pleased to announce that Matthew (Matt) Nichols will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 10 January 2024 , pursuant to the terms of the Relationship Agreement between Nichols plc and the Nichols family, which entitles the family to two Non-Executive Board positions.

Matthew joined the Company in September 2006 and has held several senior roles within the Group. He currently holds the position of Commercial Director - International within the Group's Packaged business and is a member of the Company's Senior Leadership Team.

Liz McMeikan, Non-Executive Chair of Nichols, commented :

"The Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Matt Nichols as a Non-Executive Director. Matt is a highly valued member of the Company's senior leadership team, responsible for the leading the Company's successful International business. He will bring a welcome diversity of perspective and I look forward to the value his contribution will bring to the work of the Board."

The following disclosures are required regarding Matthew Nichols' appointment pursuant to Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies (the "AIM Rules").

Matthew Nichols

Matthew John Nichols (aged 41) is currently, or has during the past five years been, a Director of the following companies:

 Current directorships or partnerships                        Previous directorships or partnerships 
                                                              *    n /a 
        *    J MKN LLP 
        *    N ichols 3N Ltd 
        *    Nichols Estates Ltd 
        *    SBN Investments Ltd 
        *    FK All Trading Ltd 
        *    Nichols International (Holdco) Company Limited 
        *    Llanbedrog Headland Company 

Matthew currently holds 844,838 ordinary shares in the Company

Save as set out above, there are no further information to be disclosed in accordance with Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules.

(1) Excluding exceptional items

(2) Current Group compiled market consensus for Adjusted Profit before Taxation of GBP25.4m

(3) Unaudited


       Nichols plc                              Telephone: 0192 522 2222 
                       Andrew Milne, Group Chief Executive 
                      David Taylor, Interim Chief Financial 
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       Singer Capital Markets (NOMAD            Telephone: 0207 496 3000 
                                    & Broker) 
                            Steve Pearce / Jen Boorer 
       Hudson Sandler (Financial PR)            Telephone: 0207 796 4133 
    Alex Brennan / Hattie Dreyfus            Email: 
                                / Harry Griffiths 
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                               Notes to Editors: 
            Nichols plc is an international diversified soft drinks 
            business with sales in over 73 countries. The Group is 
            home to the iconic Vimto brand which is popular in the 
           UK and around the world, particularly in the Middle East 
            and Africa. Other brands in its portfolio include SLUSH 
               PUPPiE, Starslush, ICEE, Levi Roots and Sunkist. 
        For more information about Nichols, visit: 
        This announcement contains inside information for the purposes 
           of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 
         as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European 
           Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in 
            accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 
                                  17 of MAR. 

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