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Character Group PLC
14 September 2016


Wednesday, 14 September 2016


The Character Group plc

("Company" or "Group")

Designers, developers and international distributor of toys, games and giftware


Trading update


The Directors are pleased to report that solid progress continues to be made and the Board expects to deliver results for the year ended 31 August 2016 that will meet market expectations.

The Group's portfolio continues to be derived from own-developed, in-house ranges, including those produced 'under licence' and others sourced through exclusive distribution agreements.  All our major product ranges have performed well.  We are very fortunate to continue to have strength and depth across our brands, coupled with a high number of long established customer and supplier relationships. 

A recent extension to our portfolio is the iconic Stretch Armstrong; this range, produced under a master license agreement from Hasbro, is marketed and sold on a global basis.  Sales in both the UK and international markets have started extremely well and we are currently developing a wider range of interesting products within the brand.

Another exciting new product range launched recently is Twozies (a girls' collectable item).  Early results are very promising, and the Board is confident that Twozies will become one of our Top10 brands in 2017.

A significant proportion of the Company's purchases are made in U$ dollars and, therefore, the increasing strength of the US$ against £Sterling continues to put pressure on Group profitability.  Nevertheless, the Board remains of the view that it can continue to mitigate the resulting increased costs.  This is being achieved through the expansion of our international business, which generates revenue and profit in US$'s, and by our continuing active programme of monitoring all costs and rationalising operations where possible through increased efficiencies. 


The Balance sheet continues to strengthen, working capital has been tightly managed, there is no long-term debt and the business continues to generate cash.


Against this backdrop, the Directors remain confident that the Group shall continue to deliver progressive returns which will further enhance shareholder value.  The Board looks forward to updating shareholders further when preliminary results are announced in early December.


Prior to its release, certain of the information contained in this announcement was considered by the Company to be inside information, for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014.



The Character Group plc

Jon Diver, Joint Managing Director

Kiran Shah, Joint Managing Director

Mark Dowding, Group Finance Director and Company Secretary


Office: +44 (0) 208 329 3377

Mobile: +44 (0) 7831 802219 (JD)

Mobile: +44 (0) 7956 278522 (KS) 

Mobile: +44 (0) 7967 185269 (MD)

Email: i[email protected]


FTSE sector:  leisure:

FTSE AiM All-share: symbol: CCT.L:

Market cap: £101.5 million

Panmure Gordon (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

Andrew Godber, Investment Banking

Tom Salvesen, Corporate Broking

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7886 2500

Allenby Capital Limited (Joint Broker]

Nick Athanas

Katrina Perez

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3328 5656

TooleyStreet Communications Limited (Investor and media relations)

Fiona Tooley

Tel:  +44 (0) 7785 703523

Email: [email protected] 


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