London, 14 November 2018
For immediate release
Smiths Group Q1 trading update
Smiths Group plc ("Smiths" or "the Group") today announces that management expectations for the full year remain unchanged, based on its first quarter performance.
Revenue for the three months ended 31 October was down (1)% on an underlying1 basis. This reflected:
· Continued good growth in John Crane with an acceleration in OE orders and further strong aftermarket demand.
· In Smiths Medical, as expected, revenue was impacted by the previously announced regulatory and contract challenges which are progressively abating; the division remains on track to return to growth in the second half.
· In Smiths Detection, the phasing of orders impacted Q1 revenue, with an expected strong second half supported by a robust order book.
· Smiths Interconnect delivered strong growth, with a good performance in Space and favourable phasing.
· Flex-Tek continued to deliver good organic growth, driven by heat solutions and flexible gas tubing.
For the full year, the Group is expected to at least sustain the FY2018 underlying1 growth rate, with its performance weighted towards the second half.
The Group is adopting IFRS15 this year. As previously communicated, the associated restatement of FY2018 comparatives had no impact on profit, but reduced revenue by £(16)m and net assets by £(1)m.
It is also announced today that following a formal tender process led by the Audit Committee, the Board has approved the appointment of KPMG as external auditor for the Company for the financial year commencing 1 August 2019. The appointment will be subject to shareholder approval at the 2019 Annual General Meeting ('AGM'). PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will remain the Group's auditors for the current financial year which commenced on 1 August 2018, subject to their reappointment at today's AGM.
In a separate release, Smiths also announced today the planned separation of Smiths Medical.
Management will be holding a conference call for analysts and investors at 8.00am (UK time) today.
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1 Underlying modifies headline performance to: adjust prior year to reflect an equivalent period of ownership for divested businesses; and exclude the effects of foreign exchange, acquisitions and supplemental sales for divested businesses.
Jemma Spalton, Smiths Group
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Marion Le Bot, Smiths Group
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About Smiths Group
Smiths Group is a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange (SMIN) and operates a sponsored level one ADR programme (SMGZY). Its businesses share common characteristics (well-positioned in growing markets, technology-led, asset-light, digitising, with a high proportion of aftermarket revenues) and a common operating model (The Smiths Excellence System). For more information visit www.smiths.com.
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