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Character Group PLC
20 January 2023
 

 

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THE CHARACTER GROUP PLC

("Character", the "Company" or the "Group")

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

 

Trading Update

 

 

London: Friday, 20 January 2023: The Character Group (AIM: CCT) will be holding its Annual General Meeting today at 11.00am. Ahead of this, the Group provides the following update:

 

As we highlighted in our Annual results announcement on 22 December 2022, trading conditions across all the Group's markets have remained challenging, with revenue for the four months to 31 December 2022 down approximately 42% against the comparative period in 2021, with USA sales showing a marked drop.  

 

The Group has a strong product portfolio of both in-house developed and distributed products and our customers have shown great enthusiasm for our offering at previews.  With innovative and exciting new brand concepts, additions and extensions being unveiled at the London Toy Fair next week (24 - 26 January), we are very encouraged and expect similar reactions from the market to our enlarged portfolio over the coming months.

 

Despite the tough and challenging start to the current financial year, the Board remains optimistic that the anticipated rebound will come through strongly in the second half.  Accordingly, the Company shall be profitable for the financial year as a whole, however, sales and profit before tax (before highlighted items) are expected to be marginally below current market expectations. 

 

We will update shareholders further on the market and our progress at the time of the interim results, which are scheduled to be released in May 2023.

 

 

 

The Character Group plc

FTSE sector:  leisure goods:

FTSE AIM All-share: symbol: CCT

Market cap: £80m

Email:  info@charactergroup.plc.uk

Group website: www.thecharacter.com

Product ranges can also be viewed at www.character-online.co.uk

CHARACTER GROUP PLC CCT Stock | London Stock Exchange

 

 

Enquiries to:

The Character Group plc

Jon Diver, Joint Managing Director

Kiran Shah, Joint Managing Director & Group Finance Director

Office:  +44 (0) 208 329 3377

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

Mobile: +44 (0) 7956 278522 (KS)

 

Panmure Gordon (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

Atholl Tweedie, Investment Banking

Rupert Dearden, Corporate Broking

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7886 2500


Allenby Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Athanas, Corporate Finance

Amrit Nahal, Sales & Corporate Broking

Tel:  +44 (0) 20 3328 5656



 

TooleyStreet Communications Limited (Investor and media relations)

Fiona Tooley

Tel:  +44 (0) 7785 703523

Email: fiona@tooleystreet.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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