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29 September 2016

29 September 2016



RPC Group Plc


Pre Close Trading Statement


RPC Group Plc ("RPC" or "Group"), the international plastic products design and engineering company, today issues a pre close trading statement for the period 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2016 ("first half" or "period"), ahead of its first half results announcement due to be published on 30 November 2016.


Trading performance


Revenues in the first half are projected to be significantly ahead of the same period last year, benefiting from the contribution of acquisitions and continued organic growth. The adjusted operating profit for the first half is also anticipated to be significantly ahead of last year due to organic growth, realisation of synergies, the part reversal of last year's polymer price headwind and a foreign exchange translation benefit.


The organisational integration of GCS has been completed and its overall trading performance is ahead of previous expectations. The acquisition of British Polythene Industries ("BPI") was completed in August and has been integrated into RPC as a sixth stand-alone division. Initial trading has been encouraging. The overall acquisition related cost synergies (steady state €80m related to Promens / GCS and £10m for BPI) are currently being reviewed to assess potential further upside.


The Group's financial position remains strong, with good cash flow development in the first half and it has significant headroom under its debt facilities.


Commenting on the first half performance, Pim Vervaat, RPC's Chief Executive, said:


"Our first half performance has been encouraging. We are delighted with our acquisition of BPI and we can see real potential for this business as part of the Group. Looking forward, further opportunities to grow and enhance RPC's overall position are actively being pursued in line with our Vision 2020 strategy."



For further information:


RPC Group Plc

01933 410064

FTI Consulting

020 3727 1340

Pim Vervaat, Chief Executive

Richard Mountain

Simon Kesterton, Group Finance Director

Nick Hasell





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