Friday, December 8, 2023

Electrical retailer sees strong first half as revenue rises

Marks Electrical Group, the online electrical retailer, has seen a strong first half trading period.

According to unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2023, revenue jumped 24.8%, growing to £53.9m.

Adjusted EBITDA of £2.3m, meanwhile, was down from £2.7m in the same period of last year, with the company’s decision to introduce its own installation service, combined with inflationary pressures in distribution costs, impacting H1 margins.

This pressure is expected to ease over H2 as Marks Electrical Group benefit from improved operating leverage during the seasonal peak trading period.

Moreover, the business posted a statutory profit after tax of £873,000, down from £1.7m last year.

The Leicester-based firm noted a positive start to its second half, with continued double-digit revenue growth in October and a strong start to November leaving Marks Electrical Group well positioned for both the peak Christmas trading period and to achieve full year targets.

Mark Smithson, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’ve made a strong start to the year with the Group’s sales up 24.8%, whilst also delivering multiple operational improvements to further enhance the customer experience.

“This relentless focus on operational excellence and customer service has enabled us to continue to gain share in a very competitive market, growing our share in the first half from 2.4% to 2.9% of the overall MDA market and from 4.5% to 5.4% in the online segment.

“Our strategic decision to add in-house installation services to our offering has strengthened the Group’s premium service proposition, alongside the creation of our own ME Academy training facility.

“These additions, whilst margin dilutive in the short term, will enable the Group to deliver long-term value creation and position us as the UK’s leading premium electrical retailer.

“Despite the first half margin pressure, which occurred within distribution costs, we continued to remain disciplined on marketing costs, maintained our focus on overhead cost control and are continuing to gain market share profitably, a key differentiator of our growth strategy.

“Our market-leading customer service and next day delivery, combined with in-house installation expertise through our vertically integrated operating model, provides a compelling and unique offering, that sets us apart from the competition.

“As momentum builds going into the peak trading period, with continued double-digit revenue growth in October and a strong start to November, our focus on operational excellence and customer service, combined with our strong net cash position, provides us with a robust platform to improve profitability in the second half and achieve our full year targets.”

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