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AO World plc

28 February 2023

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   28   February 2023 


Trading update and Increased Profit Guidance

AO World plc ("the Company" or "AO"), a leading online electrical retailer, today issues the following trading update, increasing our profit guidance for the year to March 2023.

Consistent with the themes set out in the trading statement issued on 10 January, we continue to see traction from the initiatives taken by the business to reduce costs and improve margins.

Margin improvement initiatives coupled with a continued resilient underlying customer base has driven higher retail gross margins than previously expected and we anticipate that this will continue for the remaining five weeks of the financial year. The steps we have taken to simplify the business and become more efficient have outperformed expectations and been delivered quicker than expected. Mobile RPI price increases have also been slightly higher than our prudent forecast.

Accordingly, the Board now expects Adjusted EBITDA (1) to be in a range of GBP37.5m to GBP45m for the full year, an increase to the previous guidance (2) that we gave in January 2023.

AO expects to publish a full year post close trading statement on 14 April 2023.

 AO World plc 
 John Roberts, Founder and Chief                                    IR@AO.com 
 Mark Higgins, Group CFO 
   Powerscourt                                       Tel: +44 (0)20 7250 1446 
 Rob Greening 
  Nick Hayns 

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as profit/(loss) before tax, depreciation, amortisation, net finance costs, profit/loss on disposal of fixed assets, and other adjusting items (including restructuring costs).

(2) In our trading update announcement on 10 January 2023 we guided to a range of GBP30m to GBP40m.

 About AO 
  AO World plc, headquartered in Bolton and a constituent of 
  the FTSE Small Cap index, is a leading online electricals 
  retailer in the UK. Our strategy is to create value by offering 
  our customers brilliant customer service and making AO the 
  destination for everything they need, in the simplest and 
  easiest way, when buying electricals, including major and 
  small domestic appliances and a growing range of mobile phones, 
  AV, consumer electricals and laptops. 
  We deliver for our customers via our in-house logistics business 
  and carefully selected third parties. We also provide ancillary 
  services such as the installation of new products and recycling 
  of old products as well as offering product protection plans 
  and customer finance. AO Business serves the B2B market in 
  the UK, providing electricals and installation services at 
  scale. Our Recycling capability, a WEEE processing facility, 
  allows AO to ensure its customers' electronic waste is dealt 
  with responsibly. 
   Cautionary statement 
   This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements 
   (including beliefs or opinions) with respect to the operations, 
   performance and financial condition of the Group. These statements 
   are made in good faith and are based on current expectations 
   or beliefs, as well as assumptions about future events. By 
   their nature, future events and circumstances can cause results 
   and developments to differ materially from those anticipated. 
   Except as is required by the Listing Rules, Disclosure Guidance 
   and Transparency Rules and applicable laws, no undertaking 
   is given to update the forward-looking statements contained 
   in this document, whether as a result of new information, 
   future events or otherwise. Nothing in this document should 
   be construed as a profit forecast or an invitation to deal 
   in the securities of the Company. This announcement has been 
   prepared for the Group as a whole and therefore gives greater 
   emphasis to those matters which are significant to AO World 
   plc and its subsidiary undertakings when viewed as a whole. 

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