Preliminary Results for the 53 weeks ended 30 December 2006

06 March 2007

  • Revenue from continuing operations £733.0m (2005: £621.8m).
    • Howden Joinery up 9.5% (5.9% on same depot basis) to £676.3m (2005: £617.8m).
  • Howden Joinery operating profit before exceptional items up £9.2m to £132.6m.
    • Gross margin up 110 basis points.
  • Cost of Supply, our sourcing and manufacturing business, before exceptional items down £9.2m to £39.6m.
  • Group operating profit before exceptional items up £11.6m to £65.7m.
  • Profit before tax and exceptional items from continuing operations rose £14.7m to £57.2m.
  • Profit before tax after exceptional items from continuing operations £25.0m (2005: £29.8m).
  • Basic earnings per share before exceptional items from continuing operations 6.1p (2005: 4.7p).
  • Basic earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations (28.7)p (2005: (21.3)p).
  • Net cash inflow of £51.4m meant the Group had net borrowings of £4.1m at 30 December 2006.
  • Disposal of MFI Retail business completed – transitional arrangements performing satisfactorily.
    • Loss on disposal and associated provisions of £187.4m.
  • 40 new Howden Joinery depots opened in 2006.

Galiform's Chief Executive, Matthew Ingle said:

"2006 was a year of major transformation for the Group. With the disposal of MFI Retail, we are now focused on the successful Howdens business which continues to enjoy a strong position in a rapidly changing market. Going forward, we have great opportunities to grow Howdens, capitalising on its unique strengths."

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