2012 AGM Chairman's Statement and IMS

Released : 26 Jul 2012 07:00:13

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De La Rue PLC
26 July 2012

2012 AGM Chairman's Statement and

Interim Management Statement




At De La Rue plc's Annual General Meeting ("AGM") being held today, the Chairman, Nicholas Brookes, will make the following statement which comprises the Group's Interim Management Statement for the period from 1 April 2012 to today's date:


First Quarter Trading


"The Group's trading performance during the period was satisfactory. 


In Currency, while the order pipeline remains good, confirmed orders in Quarter 1 for both print and paper were lower than expected, reflecting delays in receipt of orders and the more challenging market conditions for bank note paper referred to in the most recent results announcement. We expect volumes for the year to return to the usual weighting towards the second half, unlike the previous financial year.


In Solutions trading was in line with our expectations, with Identity Systems and Cash Processing Solutions trading well while market conditions for Security Products remain challenging.


Good progress continues to be made in delivering the cost reductions in the Improvement Plan, which has a target 2013/14 operating profit in excess of £100m.


The Group's order book at the end of first quarter was at a similar level to that at the year end with a number of important opportunities in the pipeline that are yet to be confirmed for production in the current financial year.




Subject to shareholder approval at today's AGM, the previously announced final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2012 of 28.2p per ordinary share will be paid on 2 August 2012 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 6 July 2012.   




With the Improvement Plan on track, and a good order pipeline the Board's expectation for the current year remains unchanged."




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26 July 2012



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De La Rue plc


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Notes to Editors


As the world's largest integrated commercial banknote printer, De La Rue is a trusted partner of governments, central banks, issuing authorities and commercial organisations around the world.


In the past five years alone, the Group has been involved in the design or production of over 150 national currencies. De La Rue also produces a wide range of security documents including passports, driving licences, authentication labels and tax stamps. In addition, the Group manufactures sophisticated, high speed cash sorting and inspection equipment.


De La Rue also offers a range of specialist services and software solutions including government identity schemes, product authentication systems and cash management processing solutions.


De La Rue employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For further information visit De La Rue's website at www.delarue.com.




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