FY 2020/21 Technical guidance

Income statement:

  • Sales outlook
    • Q3 trends to date remain encouraging, but continued uncertainty and concerns over COVID and wider economic environment limit visibility
  • Costs
    • COVID-related costs – incremental costs(1) expected to be c.£40m
    • Central costs – expected to be c.£58-60m (FY 19/20: £62m)
    • UK business rates – payment relief for parts of the UK, effective for 20/21 tax year. c.£130m of Kingfisher’s annual business rates bill is eligible for this relief
    • Furlough – no claims under furlough programmes in the UK and France from 1 July; not claiming UK government Job Retention Bonus. Intending to repay UK furlough benefit (c.£23m) in second half of the year, unless any material changes in the trading environment occur
  • Net finance costs
    • Expected to be in line with prior year (FY 19/20: £173m, before exceptional items) due to incremental financing costs for PGE, CCFF and RCFs, offset by impact of reduced lease liability
  • Tax rate
    • Group adjusted effective tax rate expected to be c.24%(2) (FY 19/20: 26%)

Cash flow:

  • Prêt garanti par l’État – subject to circumstances and certain conditions being met, the Group is considering a repayment of the c.£540m French Term facility in H2
  • Working capital – anticipate rebuild of inventory and reversal of creditor positions in H2
  • Capital expenditure – gross capex of up to c.£300m (FY 19/20: £342m); c.£50m of further expenditure deferred into FY 21/22
  • Tax – HMRC accelerated UK corporation tax payments (incremental one-off cash impact this year of c.£45-50m)

Previously announced 11 store closures in France:

  • 3 stores closed in France (1 Castorama, 2 Brico Dépôt) in H2 19/20
  • 4 Castorama stores closed in H1 20/21; 2 further Castorama stores to close in H2 20/21. Cash costs of exit in FY 20/21 fully provided for in previous periods
  • 2 Castorama stores now to be converted to Brico Dépôt stores

(1) Includes incremental costs of PPE & social distancing, donations, new store layouts, additional store security, and bonuses to frontline store staff

(2) Subject to the blend of profit within the companies’ various jurisdictions, as well as the timing of the planned sale of Russia

Information correct as at 22 September 2020.

Forward-looking statements

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