Avon Rubber PLC Half Year Trading Update
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Avon Rubber PLC
09 April 2021
9 April 2021
Avon Rubber p.l.c.
Half Year Trading Update
Avon Rubber p.l.c. ("Avon Rubber" or "the Group") today provides
the following trading update for its current financial year ending
30 September 2021.
Further to the AGM update on 29 January 2021, trading in the
second quarter continued to be strong with ongoing positive
momentum and continued strong order intake across our portfolio of
life critical personal protection systems for the world's
militaries and first responders. The Group expects to report
revenue of $122 million for the first half (H1 2020: $87 million),
including a first-time contribution from Team Wendy of $20m during
the first five months of ownership.
As a result and taking into account the current order book of
$155m and expected order intake in the second half, the Board
remains confident of achieving its expectations for the current
Within our Military business, revenues increased by 16%
year-on-year driven by strong growth in respiratory protection.
Orders received in the first half were up 30% , including $38
million of initial orders under the NATO Support & Procurement
Agency contract, $17 million under the U.S. Department of Defense
M69 aircrew mask system contract and the recently announced $19
million order under the existing U.S. Army Integrated Head
Protection System ("IHPS") contract.
We expect the U.S. Army to commence the tender process for a
multi-year, multi-source full rate production contract for the next
generation IHPS during the second half of our current financial
year. We believe our product continues to represent the optimal
solution for the customer and that the tender process will provide
medium term visibility for the IHPS programme.
We are in the process of finalising revised designs for the U.S.
Defense Logistics Agency Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts
("DLA ESAPI") contract with the customer and remain on schedule to
complete first article testing during the second half of the year
with first deliveries expected to commence in the first half of our
2022 financial year.
Within our First Responder business, we have continued to see
strong demand across our entire respiratory and ballistic
protection range with revenues increasing by 19% year-on-year in
the first half and orders received up 29% . We have also continued
to see a strong pipeline of opportunities to further broaden our
customer base across both our respiratory and ballistic product
Team Wendy has continued to perform well and in line with
expectations in the first five months of ownership with continuing
strong order intake.
The Group's financial position remains strong, with net debt
before lease liabilities of $13 million at 31 March 2021,
representing leverage of less than 0.2x consensus EBITDA for the
current financial year.
The weighting of revenues to the second half of the year,
together with increased inventory holdings to manage longer
material lead times, has reduced cash conversion in the first half;
however the Board expects full year cash conversion to be in line
with its 90% plus guidance.
Notice of Results
The Group will release its results for the six months ended 31
March 2021 on 25 May 2021.
For further enquiries, please contact:
Avon Rubber p.l.c.
Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer 01225 896 848
Nick Keveth, Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Mahoney, Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Jaques 0203 128 8570
Charlie Barker email@example.com
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Note to editors:
Avon Rubber is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: AVON)
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Avon Rubber is an innovative technology group, which designs and
produces life critical personal protection systems to maximise the
performance and capabilities of its customers, with leading
positions in the respiratory and ballistic protection markets for
the world's militaries and first responders.
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