Low and Bonar

Bontec Geotextiles, Low and BonarLow & Bonar (“the Group”), the international performance materials group with leading positions in niche industrial markets, today provides a brief update on trading for the year ended 30 November 2014. The Group expects to report full year results on 3 February 2015.
On a constant currency basis, sales were 7.2% ahead of last year (5.5% up on a like-for-like basis excluding Texiplast, which was acquired in H2 last year); sales in H2 were 4.6% up overall, 3.2% ahead on a like-for-like basis.

  • As anticipated in October’s IMS, H2 sales within Bonar were mixed, albeit 2.1% ahead in aggregate on a like-for-like basis (+2.8% full year):
    • Flooring was strong, up 11.6% (+6.8% full year)
    • Civil Engineering was 5.1% down (-0.8% full year). We expect the market to remain subdued into the first half of next year
    • Building Products, after a strong start to the year, were 2.3% down in H2 (+4.4% full year); strong sales in the USA partially mitigated weak demand within Europe
  • Texiplast’s sales were £8.8m for the full year, £5.2m in H2
  • Technical Coated Fabrics were 6.0% ahead in H2 (+8.7% full year)
  • Sales by Yarns were 1.5% above H2 last year (+14.0% full year)
  • Full year profit before tax, amortisation and non-recurring items is expected to be similar to last year (as restated for IAS19 revised), in spite of a £2.4m headwind on translating overseas earnings into sterling. Net debt as at 30 November was £88m.

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