(“Dialight” or “the Group”)
In our November Interim Management Statement, Dialight noted that the Group’s financial results for 2013 would be weighted towards the seasonally-strong fourth quarter, and that the precise timing of Industrial Lighting orders remained difficult to predict.
Industrial Lighting sales grew by 50% (£23m) in the year. The late receipt of almost £3m of Lighting orders that will now be delivered in 2014 and decisions by certain US customers in December to defer Lighting orders will result in a shortfall against our previous expectations.
We have previously stated that the performance of our Obstruction business during the year had been affected by the transition in our business model in this market and that this would directly impact Group revenues and profitability compared to 2012. In addition, the combined performance of the Traffic business in both the USA and Europe was also down £3m in revenues on the prior year. We now expect underlying profit before tax from continuing operations to be not less than £14.5m.
Over the latter part of 2013, we have been in discussions with Philips to join their LED Luminaire Licensing Programme. These were concluded at the end of December and will give Dialight access to a broad range of Philips’ Intellectual Property relating to Luminaires.
The Group’s net cash at 31st December 2013 was £7m (2012: £15m)
With the Industrial Lighting market remaining buoyant and Dialight continuing to hold its market leading positions, the Board remains confident of delivering renewed profitable growth in 2014 and beyond.
The Group will publish its preliminary results for the 12 month period ended 31 December 2013 on 24 February 2014.
For further information:
Roy Burton – Group Chief Executive
Mark Fryer- Group Finance Director
Tel: +44 (0) 1638 778640
Canaccord Genuity Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 8000
+44 (0)20 7269 7191
About Dialight plc
The Group comprises the following business segments:
Lighting which addresses the increasing demands for Energy Efficient Lighting solutions for industrial/hazardous locations;
Signals that covers Traffic, Transportation and Obstruction signals; and
Components whose sales are primarily to Electronics OEMs for status indication.
The company is headquartered in the UK with operating locations in Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, UAE, the UK and the USA. More information is available at www.dialight.com.
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