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Trading Statement

Source: RNS
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Diploma PLC
28 August 2019



                                           12 CHARTERHOUSE SQUARE, LONDON EC1M 6AX

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28 August 2019










Diploma PLC, the international group supplying specialised technical products and services, today issues a trading update for the year ending 30 September 2019.



Trading has remained in line with our expectations with good underlying growth in Life Sciences and Controls and softer activity in the Industrial OEM Seals markets, as indicated at the Half Year. Reported revenues are expected to grow by ca. 13%, comprising underlying revenue growth of ca. 5% and with ca. 6% being contributed from acquisitions, net of disposals. Revenues are also likely to benefit from a ca. 2% currency tailwind.


Operating margin is expected to be modestly ahead of last year, benefitting from tight control of costs and operating leverage from growth in revenues.


Life Sciences

Underlying revenues are expected to be up ca. 7% with continued good growth across most Healthcare business areas and a strong contribution in the second half from the Environmental businesses.



Underlying revenues are expected to be ca. 1% ahead of last year with good progress within the Aftermarket businesses offsetting the slowdown in trading activity in the Industrial OEM Seals businesses, particularly in the US, against very strong comparatives.  VSP has also made an encouraging contribution since joining the Group in July this year.



Underlying revenues are expected to be up ca. 7% with further strong growth from deeper penetration of Fasteners into the Aerospace market; we are starting to see slightly weaker activity in the largely UK based Interconnect and Fluid Controls businesses reflecting the impact from a delayed Brexit, but we are encouraged by positive developments in our Continental European businesses.


Financial position

The Group's balance sheet remains strong and the business model is highly cash generative. Working capital at the year end will have improved to ca. 16% of revenues largely reflecting a reduction of inventories held at the Half Year to meet strategic priorities. At 30 September 2019 the Group is expected to be in a modest net debt position, following a stronger period for acquisition spend.



The Group has spent ca. £65m on acquisitions in this financial year. We are pleased with the transition of VSP into the Group and are excited by its future growth potential. The Group remains disciplined in its approach to acquisitions and is in active discussions regarding further bolt-on opportunities.


Johnny Thomson, Group Chief Executive Officer commented:


"Diploma continues to have a good year. We are on track to deliver strong underlying growth with positive contributions from acquisitions and modest margin progression. We are delighted to welcome VSP into the Group - a great business and an excellent strategic fit. Despite more uncertain global markets, our growth opportunities are exciting, our business model remains resilient and successful, and my colleagues and I continue to build on these foundations for the future."


The Group's results for the year ending 30 September 2019 will be announced on 18 November 2019.







1.   This trading update is based upon unaudited management accounts and has been prepared solely to provide additional information on trading to the shareholders of Diploma PLC.  It should not be relied on by any other party for other purposes.  Certain statements made in this update are forward-looking statements.  Such statements have been made by the Directors in good faith using information available up until the date that they approved this Statement.  Forward-looking statements should be regarded with caution because of the inherent uncertainties in economic trends and business risks.


2.   Diploma PLC uses alternative performance measures as key financial indicators to assess the underlying performance of the Group.  All references in this Statement to "underlying" revenues refer to reported results on a constant currency basis and before any contribution from acquired or disposed businesses.


3.   A copy of this Statement, together with further information about Diploma PLC, may be viewed on its website at






Diploma PLC -

Johnny Thomson, Group Chief Executive Officer

+44 (0)20 7549 5700

Nigel Lingwood, Group Finance Director

Tulchan Communications -

+44 (0)20 7353 4200

Martin Robinson

David Allchurch














Diploma PLC is an international group supplying specialised technical products and services to the Life Sciences, Seals and Controls industries.


Diploma's businesses are focussed on supplying essential products and services which are funded by the customers' operating rather than their capital budgets, providing recurring income and stable revenue growth.


Our businesses then design their individual business models to closely meet the requirements of their customers, offering a blend of high quality customer service, deep technical support and value adding activities.  By supplying essential solutions, not just products, we build strong long term relationships with our customers and suppliers, which support attractive and sustainable margins.


Finally we encourage an entrepreneurial culture in our businesses through our decentralised management structure.  We want our managers to feel that they have the freedom to run their own businesses, while being able to draw on the support and resources of a larger group.  These essential values ensure that decisions are made close to the customer and that the businesses are agile and responsive to changes in the market and the competitive environment. The Group employs ca. 2,000 employees and its principal operating businesses are located in the UK, Northern Europe, North America and Australia.


Over the last ten years, the Group has grown adjusted earnings per share at an average of ca. 13% p.a. through a combination of underlying growth and acquisitions.  Diploma is a member of the FTSE 250 with a market capitalisation of ca. £1.8bn.


Further information on Diploma PLC can be found at


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