Excellent Progress Towards Medium Term Financial Targets

Grafton is pleased to report another set of good results and the delivery of strong growth in revenue, profitability and earnings per share. Broadly based organic growth in the merchanting, retailing and manufacturing businesses and the Leyland SDM acquisition contributed to the improved outcome. These record results demonstrate the benefit of the Group’s market positions and exposure to multiple geographies with operating profit growth of 14 per cent in the UK, 25 per cent in Ireland and 27 per cent in the Netherlands.


· Revenue up 9% to £2.95 billion – 8% growth in constant currency

· Significant progress towards realising medium term financial objectives – operating profit margin up 60bps to 6.6% and ROCE up 140bps to 15.0%

· Strong organic growth in Ireland and Netherlands Merchanting

· 12% increase in profit in UK Merchanting with significant contribution from Leyland SDM acquisition

· Excellent performances in Woodie’s Retailing in Ireland and Mortar Manufacturing in UK

· Strong cash flow of £209.2 million generated from operations

· 16% increase in dividend – sixth consecutive year of double-digit growth

Gavin Slark, Chief Executive Officer commented:

“2018 was another year of strong delivery against our medium-term targets achieved through a combination of organic and acquisition led initiatives. Grafton continues to benefit from exposure to the fast growing Irish and Dutch markets and from strong underlying demand fundamentals in the UK market. The Group’s excellent cash generation from operations, good liquidity and strong balance sheet should continue to support the development of the business.”