HY 2022/23 Technical guidance

Income statement

  • Space
    • Net space growth to impact total sales by c.+1.5%, largely from Screwfix and Poland
  • Gross margin %
    • In line with pre-pandemic level (FY 19/20: 37.0%)
  • New businesses
    • ‘Other’ retail losses of c.£30m (FY 21/22: £10m) (previous guidance c.£20m, with increase driven by accelerated investment in Screwfix France). ‘Other’ consists of the consolidated results of NeedHelp, Screwfix International, and franchise agreements, recorded within the ‘Other International’ division
    • Retail loss of c.£5m in relation to investment in B&Q’s e-commerce marketplace, recorded within the results of B&Q in the ‘UK & Ireland’ division
  • Central costs
    • Broadly flat YoY (FY 21/22: £60m)
  • Net finance costs
    • Decrease by c.£20m mainly as a result of lower lease liability interest rate (FY 21/22: £137m) (previous guidance decrease by c.£15m)
  • Adjusted pre-tax profit
    • Full year adjusted pre-tax profit(1) in the range of c.£730m to £770m (previous guidance c.£770m)
  • Tax rate
    • Group adjusted effective tax rate* of c.22%(2) (FY 21/22: 22%)

Balance sheet and cash flow

  • Inventory – anticipate reduction of stock levels in H2 22/23 related to sell-through of a large part of ‘buffer’ stock previously held to protect product availability
  • Capital expenditure – targeting gross capex of c.3.5% of total sales (FY 21/22: £397m; c.3.0% of total sales)
  • Tax – in February 2022, a payment of €40m (c.£34m) was made to the French tax authorities with regards to a historic tax liability. The amount was fully provided for in prior periods
  • Share buybacks – c.£325m outflow for share buybacks (c.£145m for the first £300m programme completed in April, and a further c.£180m related to the second £300m programme)
  • Dividends – c.£246m outflow for dividends (£172m related to the FY 21/22 final dividend of 8.60p, and c.£74m related to the FY 22/23 interim dividend of 3.80p). For the total dividend in respect of FY 22/23, our dividend policy target cover range remains 2.25 to 2.75 times, based on adjusted basic earnings per share

(1) Guidance assumes current exchange rates

(2) Subject to the blend of profit within the Group’s various jurisdictions

Forward-looking statements

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