Interim results for Xaar show positive progress


Xaar plc, the inkjet printing technology group headquartered in Cambridge, has announced its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2006. They show that the company achieved increased sales in each principal territory and in the key graphic arts and packaging industry segments.

Key points

  • Sales into the important Chinese market held back by knock-on effect of investigation by Chinese customs authorities into certain Xaar customers over alleged non-payment of import duties.
    - Xaar assisting customers to implement new supply arrangements for PRC shipments.

    The financial results were:

  • Turnover was up 13% to 22.3m (2005: 19.8m);
  • Profit before tax was 4.8m (2005: 4.9m*);
  • Net margin was 21% (2005: 24%*);
  • Earnings per share were 5.5p (2005: 5.6p*);
  • Net cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2006 increased to 16.3m (31 December 2005: 14.4m).

    * stated before non-trading foreign exchange loss on inter-company loan of 1.3m

  • Although an interim dividend is not being paid, as last year, a final dividend for the year is expected to be declared, subject to second half performance, (2005: 1.5p).
  • New UK manufacturing facility in Huntingdon on track for initial production in Q1, 2007.

    On outlook, Chairman, Arie Rosenfeld stated: 'The timing of the recovery in China remains uncertain and this will inevitably impact our second half results. We believe that the underlying demand for Xaar-based products in China remains strong and in the medium and longer term we remain positive about the group's prospects in Asian markets and elsewhere.

    'Our medium and longer term growth will be driven by new products and new market applications which are now progressing towards volume production. These new products and markets will bring an increased spread of risk and an improving balance to revenues and profitability.'



    Xaar plc:
    Ian Dinwoodie, Chief Executive
    Nigel Berry, Group Finance Director & Deputy Chief Executive

    today: 020-7367-8888
    thereafter: 01223-423663

    Bankside Consultants: Steve Liebmann
    020-7367-8883 / 07802-888159

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