James Halstead (JHD)

Sector:

Construction and Building Materials

Index:

FTSE AIM 50

185.00p
   
  • Change Today:
    -5.50p
  • 52 Week High: 258.00
  • 52 Week Low: 176.00
  • Currency: UK Pounds
  • Shares Issued: 416.74m
  • Volume: 81,367
  • Market Cap: £770.98m
  • RiskGrade: 131

James Halstead costs rise as some production staff strike

By Josh White

Date: Thursday 01 Dec 2022

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Commercial flooring company James Halstead said in an update on Thursday that sales in most of its markets were ahead of last year's performance.
The AIM-traded firm, which was holding its annual general meeting, said that over the same period, its stock levels had reduced by more than 10%.

Chairman Anthony Wild said that additionally, it had been a mild autumn, with the energy crisis not further escalating.

"International shipping rates have started to reduce and availability of shipping has improved," Wild told shareholders.

"We anticipate that shipping rates will remain lower in the near-to-mid term.

"Moreover, the fall in the value of sterling has offered a competitive advantage in exports."

The company said the adverse effects of the energy crisis on the supply of key materials from Europe had not hit its supply chain as yet, although it remained a "key risk" for the winter.

"I must note, unfortunately, that some production lines in Radcliffe have been affected by strike action by a section of the workforce and for several weeks have, to a large extent, not produced.

"This has not affected sales to any significant extent but has lessened our ability to take up some project opportunities in overseas markets that would have required a fast response in manufacturing.

"Energy costs have significantly increased over the past year and the cost of energy to us, as a manufacturer, are very significant."

To put it in context, Anthony Wild said the energy costs at the Radcliffe site in the four months ended 31 October were more than double the comparative period last year, despite having eight weeks' less production.

"Whilst support from the government on wholesale prices to business is welcome, our energy costs have yet to hit the cap at which government's support would be payable and even then add on costs to wholesale prices are around an additional 40% charge and are outside the scope of assistance.

"These are very challenging times, especially here in the UK, and we have tasked our teams to monitor costs and minimise cash outflows as high inflation lingers."

In the short term, and against the current climate, Wild said there had been margin erosion, with the company passing on cost increases as much as possible.

"In addition, commercial flooring demand is robust.

"There are challenges across our global markets but it is still early in our financial year and historically the second half of our financial year is our strongest."

At 1009 GMT, shares in James Halstead were down 6.62% at 183.5p.

Reporting by Josh White for Sharecast.com.

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James Halstead Market Data

Currency UK Pounds
Share Price 185.00p
Change Today -5.50p
% Change -2.89 %
52 Week High 258.00
52 Week Low 176.00
Volume 81,367
Shares Issued 416.74m
Market Cap £770.98m
RiskGrade 131

James Halstead Star Ratings

Compare performance with the sector and the market.
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Key: vs Market vs Sector
Value
96.42% below the market average96.42% below the market average96.42% below the market average96.42% below the market average96.42% below the market average
100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average
Price Trend
59.89% below the market average59.89% below the market average59.89% below the market average59.89% below the market average59.89% below the market average
76.19% below the sector average76.19% below the sector average76.19% below the sector average76.19% below the sector average76.19% below the sector average
Income
9.79% above the market average9.79% above the market average9.79% above the market average9.79% above the market average9.79% above the market average
47.06% below the sector average47.06% below the sector average47.06% below the sector average47.06% below the sector average47.06% below the sector average
Growth
79.47% below the market average79.47% below the market average79.47% below the market average79.47% below the market average79.47% below the market average
100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average100% below the sector average

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James Halstead Dividends

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  Final Interim
Ex-Div 17-Nov-22 05-May-22
Paid 16-Dec-22 10-Jun-22
Amount 5.50p 2.25p

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