RNS Number : 4778S


17 March 2021


("LPA" or the "Group")

AGM Trading Update

At the AGM of the Group to be held at 12:00 noon today, at the offices of LPA Connection Systems, Peter Pollock, Chairman, will make the following statement:

Trading Update

"In my comments accompanying the Preliminary Statement I stated that, in common with our customers and suppliers, we had been affected by Covid-19, but were fully prepared for Brexit. The full impact of these events on our customer base has now become manifest with very recent rescheduling of work out of the current financial year into later periods, the extent of which could not have been foreseen. No business has been lost and our medium and longer term prospects have been enhanced, but at the expense of the near term.

We have been victims of our own success in managing the business successfully through the UK lockdown. Other parts of our customers' supply chains have not performed so well and, as a consequence, our customers have production issues caused by lack of supply of parts needed to run their production lines. Following programme reviews by customers, further supplies of many of the parts we manufacture are now not expected to be required for several months. Approximately GBP2.7m of output will be delayed from the second half of this financial year into later periods, and strong action has been taken by management to mitigate the impact. As our customers' production recovers to normal levels, equilibrium should be restored and our sales output recover. The medium and longer term remains very encouraging; no business has been lost.

We continue to have a very strong order book and a strong balance sheet and expect to remain profitable and cash generative through the current financial year. We will keep our dividend policy under review.

Encouragingly, and as previously announced, we have won new business which extends our technical offering beyond traditional connection systems and lighting systems to control systems for passenger seating, evidence of our strategy to expand beyond our traditional technology and, in due course, markets as well. We expect to make further comments on our future strategy in the half year announcement in June. "

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the UK Market Abuse Regulation and the Directors of the Company are responsible for the release of this announcement.

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 LPA Group Plc 
 Peter Pollock                         Chairman                01799 512844 
 Paul Curtis                           CEO                     01799 512858 
 Chris Buckenham                       CFO                     01799 512859 
 Cairn Financial Advisers              (Nominated Adviser)     020 7213 0880 
 James Caithie / Liam Murray 
  Ludovico Lazzaretti 
 finnCap                               (Broker)                020 7220 0500 
 Ed Frisby / Tim Harper (Corporate 
  Tim Redfern / Charlotte Sutcliffe 

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