FY 19/20 Technical guidance*

Employees, new stores and space growth:

  Employees
(FTE)
At 31 Jul 2019
Store Numbers
At 31 Jul 2019
Sales area(1)(000s m2) at 31 Jul 2019 Net new stores
FY 19/20
Space % change
FY 19/20
B&Q UK & Ireland 16,382 296 2,205 - (1)%
Screwfix UK & Ireland 8,394 643 41 55 +10%
UK & Ireland 24,776 939 2,246 55 -
Castorama 11,583 101 1,250 - (1)%
Brico Dépôt 7,783 123 850 (2) -
France 19,366 224 2,100 (2) (1)%
Iberia(2) 2,000 31 195 - -
Poland 11,475 78 679 4 +6%
Romania 2,321 35 253 (3) (7)%
Russia 2,931 19 198 (2) (10)%
Screwfix Germany 20 - - (19) n.a.
Other International 18,747 163 1,325 (20) -
Total 62,889 1,326 5,671 33 -
(1)    Screwfix sales area relates to the front of counter area of an outlet
(2)    Brico Dépôt Spain & Portugal

Income statement:

  • Sales outlook:
    • UK – heightened levels of uncertainty; annualising discontinuation of installations at B&Q at the end of Q3 19/20
    • France – Castorama continues to underperform; Brico Dépôt annualising reduction in promotional activity (“arrivages”) at end of Q3 19/20
    • Poland – loss of one further Sunday of trading per month (3 non-trading Sundays from January 2019; previously 2)
  • Continue to expect full year gross margin % after clearance to be flat(3)
    • c. £30-35m incremental clearance costs (previously £25-30m), including B&Q kitchens in H2 19/20
  • Central costs expected to be up to c. £55m (previously c. £50m)
  • Total transformation costs over five years to FY 20/21 expected to be less than £800m
    • Transformation P&L costs expected to be c. £50-60m in FY 19/20 (previously c. £60-80m)
    • Transformation exceptional costs in FY 19/20 expected to be up to c. £40m
  • Group adjusted effective tax rate* expected to be around 26-27%(4)

Cash flow:

  • Continue to expect total capex (including transformation) of up to c. £375m
  • 15 store closures over next 18 months, including 11 in France; cash costs expected to be covered by store disposal proceeds
(3) Gross margin % movement excluding Russia and Iberia
(4) Subject to the blend of profit within the companies' various jurisdictions, as well as the timing of exits from Russia and Iberia

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