Travis Perkins set to beat profit forecast

Travis Perkins to beat profit guidance as surge in demand continues
// Travis Perkins expected to post adjusted operating profits of “at least £300m” for its continuing business in 2021
// Analysts had previously forecast profits of around £260m for the period

Travis Perkins has said it expects to post profits “materially ahead” of expectations for 2021 after shaking off cost rises and supply issues.

Shares in the builders’ merchant and home improvement retailer, which spun-off its Wickes retail chain earlier this year, jumped after it released the trading update earlier today.

Travis Perkins said “high levels of growth” seen in March continued into the second quarter 2021 as DIY and commercial repairs operations remained strong.


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It told investors that is expected to deliver adjusted operating profits of “at least £300 million” for its continuing business in 2021.

A consensus of analysts had previously forecast profits of around £260 million for the period.

Travis Perkins said merchanting sales for April and May were 6.3 per cent ahead of pre-pandemic levels from the same period in 2019.

Meanwhile, its Toolstation high street chain said total sales were up 70.2 per cent in 2021 so far, compared with the same period in 2019.

The company said that the surge in demand has resulted in “well-documented challenges on both inflation and materials supply on a number of core products ranges”.

However, it added that its supply chain and network has allowed it manage these by working closely with suppliers and customers.

Travis Perkins chief executive Nick Roberts said the “ongoing strength” of its performance in the latest quarter was driven by demand in both retail and commercial markets.

“Our merchanting businesses have recovered strongly while Toolstation’s performance continues to be ahead of expectations,” he said.

“Whilst we are experiencing inflationary pressures across a number of product ranges, due to high demand and supply constraints, we are focused on working with both our suppliers and customers to ensure consistency of supply and fair outcomes for all.”

Shares were 6.2 per cent higher at 1716.5p after the announcement.

with PA Wires

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