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Wickes deliver record first half sales

Wickes have reported record sales for their first half of 2022 will sales of £822.3m, with grow of 1.3%

Financial Highlights

Revenue growth of 1.3% to £822.3m (H1 2021 £812.0m) against strong prior year comparative

Further market share gains in Core, and a strong recovery in delivered DIFM sales

Like for Like (‘LFL’)2 sales up 0.8%, and 23.4% on a three-year basis

● Adjusted profit before tax £45.6m (H1 2021 £46.5m)

● Reported profit before tax of £33.5m reflecting primarily IT separation costs (H1 2021 £35.7m)

● Net cash position of £166.5m (H1 2021 £204.2m), improved from the year end position of £123.4m reflecting the normal working capital cycle in the business

● Net debt £558.5m (H1 2021 £564.8m)

● Interim dividend declared of 3.6p (H1 2021 2.1p), reflecting our intention to maintain the same full year cash dividend as FY 2021 Operational Highlights

● Acceleration in membership growth of our TradePro loyalty scheme, with around 10,000 new customers signing up each month and a current base of over 700k

● Overall Core LFL -5.5% against buoyant prior year sales; profit contribution declined although market share was up reflecting the strength of our leading value proposition

● Recovery in DIFM delivered sales, up 29.7% LFL, with strongly improved profitability as we work through the order book which at £136m remains significantly ahead of the prior year

● Acceleration of store refit programme with 11 planned for the full year; returns and sales uplifts against heritage stores remain over 25%

● First new store set to open in Q4 in Bolton, as we look to open 20 new stores over five years

● Launched 30 minute click & collect and increased home delivery capacity by 10%

● Submitting Science-Based Targets for carbon emissions reduction by the end of September

Current Trading & Outlook:

“As guided in our 26 July trading update, we have seen a recent softening of the DIY market from the very high levels of demand experienced during the pandemic. While the macroeconomic environment remains uncertain, we are confident that we have the right model to continue outperforming the market. We reaffirm our guidance for full year adjusted PBT in the range of £72 – 82m”.

David Wood, Chief Executive, commented:

“This was a half in which we achieved record sales, as customers continued to be attracted to our market leading value, choice and availability and I would like to thank all my colleagues for their hard work and support in delivering these results. While market volumes have declined, we have made further market share gains and delivered a particularly strong performance in Trade, with an acceleration in the rate of sign-ups to our TradePro membership scheme.

“In DIY, we continue to cater for an increased number of younger customers who first turned to home improvement during the pandemic, while in DIFM, delivered showroom sales have remained robust as we launched new kitchen and bathroom ranges and worked through the elevated order book.

“As previously stated, we have seen some softening in the DIY market from the very high levels of demand experienced during the pandemic. However, we continue to outperform the wider home improvement market and our confidence in our long term strategy is unchanged, reflected in our continued investment to drive further growth.

“Looking ahead, we remain confident that our uniquely balanced business model, coupled with our market-leading value, leaves us well-positioned within a large and growing home improvement market.”



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