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Interim Management Statement

Released 07:00 02-Jul-2013

RNS Number : 3349I
Marshalls PLC
02 July 2013


Interim Management Statement: 2 July 2013


Trading Performance


Marshalls' revenue from continuing operations for the six months ended 30 June 2013 was £157 million (2012: £163 million), a decrease of 4 per cent.


Working conditions in the first quarter, which included the coldest March since 1910, were difficult.  However, in quarter two, we have seen an improvement with a positive change in customer sentiment and order intake increasing during May and June.  The programme of cost reduction and cash realisation measures, instigated in 2012, continues to deliver positive results.


Sales to the Public Sector and Commercial end market, which represent approximately 63 per cent of Marshalls' sales, were down 6 per cent, on a continuing basis.  Sales to the Domestic end market, which represent approximately 32 per cent of Group sales, were down 3 per cent compared with the prior year period.  The survey of domestic installers at the end of June 2013 revealed order books at a very encouraging 10.2 weeks (2012: 9.0 weeks) and compares with 8.5 weeks at the end of April 2013 (2012: 7.5 weeks).


Sales in the International business have increased by 12 per cent in the six months ended 30 June 2013 and are now 5 per cent of Group sales.  Continued progress is being made in developing the International business and activity levels are encouraging.


The sale of quarries and associated aggregate businesses to Breedon Aggregates England Limited completed on 30 April 2013.  For the year ended 31 December 2012 the operating profit generated from the operations at these quarries was £1.1 million, based on annual turnover of £10.0 million, of which £8.8 million came from sales outside the Group.  The turnover and operating profit half year 2012 comparatives for the operations sold were £4.4 million and £0.7 million respectively.  The cash consideration at completion of £17.5 million should enable the Group to improve comfortably on its target net debt to EBITDA ratio of two times by the end of 2013.




The Construction Products Association continues to forecast a reduction in UK market volumes in 2013 of 2.1 per cent with quarter one showing double digit volume declines but then being relatively flat for the remainder of 2013.  Growth of 1.9 per cent and 3.9 per cent is forecast for 2014 and 2015 respectively.  Consumer confidence remains stable.


Marshalls has increased its financial and operational flexibility and continues to focus on product innovation and service delivery initiatives to drive sales growth in all its markets.  There is no change in expectations for the current year and the Group is increasingly well placed to improve trading margins and deliver growth as market conditions improve.




Graham Holden

Chief Executive

Marshalls plc

01484 438900

Ian Burrell

Finance Director


Marshalls plc

01484 438900

Jon Coles

Brunswick Group

0207 404 5959

Charlotte Winsley

Brunswick Group

0207 404 5959


2 July 2013


Note to the Editor:


About Marshalls:


Established in the late 1880s, Marshalls is the UK's leading manufacturer of superior natural stone and innovative concrete hard landscaping products, supplying the construction, home improvement and landscape markets.  Marshalls provides the product ranges, design services, technical expertise, innovative ideas and inspiration to transform gardens, drives and public and commercial landscapes.


Marshalls operates its own quarries and manufacturing sites throughout the UK, including a national network of manufacturing and distribution sites.  As a major plc, Marshalls is committed to quality in everything it does, including the achievement of high environmental and ethical standards and continual improvement in health and safety performance.


Forward-Looking Statements:


Any statements in this release, to the extent that they are forward-looking, are subject to risk factors associated with, amongst other things, the economic and business circumstances occurring from time to time in the markets in which Marshalls operates.  It is believed that the expectations reflected in these statements are reasonable but they may be affected by a wide range of variables which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated.  More information about the factors that may affect Marshalls' performance is contained in the Annual Report to shareholders for the year ended 31 December 2012.



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