FY 19/20 Technical guidance*

Employees, new stores and space growth:

At 31 Jan 2019
Store Numbers
At 31 Jan 2019

Sales area**
(000s m2)
At 31 Jan 2019

Net new stores
FY 19/20
Space % change
FY 19/20
B&Q UK & Ireland 16,221 296 2,210 2 -
Screwfix UK & Ireland 8,330 627 40 55 +10%
UK & Ireland 24,551 923 2,250 57 -
Castorama 10,921 101 1,250 2 (1)%
Brico Dépôt 7,390 123 850 (1) (1)%
France 18,311 224 2,100 1 (1)%
Iberia 1,824 31 195 - -
Poland 10,988 76 652 6 +8%
Romania 2,538 38 273 (3) (8)%
Russia 3,157 20 208 (1) (5)%
Screwfix Germany 182 19 1 (19) n.a.
Other International 18,689 184 1,329 (17) +2%
Total 61,551 1,331 5,679 41 -

* Guidance given before the impact of the new lease accounting rules per IFRS 16
** Screwfix sales area relates to the front of counter area of an outlet

Income statement:

Sales outlook: 

  • UK – heightened levels of uncertainty; annualisation of discontinuation of installations (c.1-2% impact to B&Q H1 19/20 LFL)
  • France – weaker housing data; encouraged by Castorama’s start to the year
  • Poland – loss of one further Sunday of trading per month (3 non-trading Sundays; previously 2)

Gross margin after clearance expected to be flat1

  • ​Includes c.£25-30m incremental clearance costs (H1 19/20 weighted) associated with the implementation of new unified ranges including kitchens in B&Q

Central costs expected to be c.£50m

Total transformation costs over 5 years to FY 20/21 expected to be less than £800m

  • Transformation P&L costs expected to be c.£60-80m in FY 19/20
  • Transformation exceptional costs expected to be c.£40m in FY 19/20

Adjusted effective tax rate expected to be around 26-27%, subject to the blend of profit within the companies' various jurisdictions, as well as the timing of exits from Russia and Iberia

Cash flow:

  • Total capex including transformation of up to c.£375m  

  • Stores considered for closure: cash costs expected to be covered by disposal proceeds

1 Gross margin movement excluding Russia and Iberia

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