FY 2023/24 Technical guidance

Income statement

  • Space
    • Sales impact of c.+1.5% from net space growth, largely from Screwfix and Castorama Poland
  • New businesses
    • ‘Other’ retail losses of c.£30m (FY 22/23: £30m) (previous guidance: c.£40m; lower guidance driven by rephasing of investments in Screwfix France). ‘Other’ consists of the consolidated results of Screwfix International, NeedHelp, and franchise agreements, recorded within the ‘Other International’ division
  • Central costs
    • Anticipate c.£65m (FY 22/23: £49m; FY 21/22: £60m) (previous guidance: c.£60m)
  • Net finance costs
    • Decrease by c.£10m due to higher interest income (FY 22/23: £112m) (previous guidance: decrease by c.£5m)
  • Adjusted PBT
    • Full year adjusted PBT of c.£590m(1) (previous guidance: comfortable with consensus of sell-side analyst estimates for FY 23/24 adjusted PBT of £634m, as of 24 April 2023)
  • Tax rate
    • Group adjusted effective tax rate* of c.26% (FY 22/23: 22%) (previous guidance: c.25%; higher guidance driven by changes in our expectations for the blend of profit this year within the Group’s various jurisdictions)

Cash flow

  • Capital expenditure
    • Targeting gross capex of c.£425m (FY 22/23: £449m; c.3.4% of total sales) (previous guidance: broadly flat YoY)
  • Free cash flow
    • >£500m for the year, supported by the unwind of working capital outflows from the prior year
  • Share buybacks
    • c.£109m outflow related to previous share buyback programme; expect new £300m share buyback programme (announced today) to commence in early October
  • Dividends
    • c.£235m outflow for dividends related to the FY 22/23 final dividend and FY 23/24 interim dividend. Our dividend policy target cover range remains 2.25 to 2.75 times, based on adjusted basic earnings per share. We may move outside of this target range, temporarily, from time to time

(1) Guidance assumes current exchange rates.

Forward-looking statements

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The above technical guidance has been prepared in relation to the financial results for the six months ended 31 July 2023. The financial information referenced is not audited and does not contain sufficient detail to allow a full understanding of the results of the Group. Nothing in the above statements should be construed as either an offer or invitation to sell or any offering of securities or any invitation or inducement to any person to underwrite, subscribe for or otherwise acquire securities in any company within the Group or an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity under section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) (or, otherwise under any other law, regulation or exchange rules in any other applicable jurisdiction).

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