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Monday 10 February, 2020

Xpediator PLC

Trading Statement

RNS Number : 4105C
Xpediator PLC
10 February 2020

10 February 2020


("Xpediator" or the "Company" or the "Group")

Trading Update FY 2019


Xpediator (AIM: XPD), a leading provider of freight management services across the UK and Central and Eastern Europe is pleased to confirm that trading for the year ended 31 December 2019 is expected to be in line with market expectations.

Financial Highlights*

·    Group turnover increased 19% to £212 million (2018: £179.2 million) driven by a healthy mix of organic and acquisition led growth:

£18 million / 10.4% organic sales growth

£15 million / 8.6% generated from acquisitions

·    Good organic growth across the Group:

Freight Forwarding, sales up 16%

Transport Solutions, sales down 3%

Logistics & Warehousing, sales up 32%

·    Adjusted pre-tax profit expected to be slightly above £5.0 million, in line with management guidance provided in the Company's 2019 interim results 

·    Net cash increased to £6.9 million (2018: £3.4 million) excluding finance leases, reflecting strong cash generation and the Group's asset light structure

Operational Drivers

·    The Baltic region was again a key growth area within the Freight Forwarding division with Lithuania and Estonia performing particularly strongly compared to prior year

·    The Pall-EX franchise which provides national 24-hour pallet services across Romania continues to grow and is now handling 60,700 pallets per month (2018: 50,0000)

·    Benfleet Far East activity also continued to grow in-line with management expectations

·    Previously reported issues at Benfleet and Import Services now resolved and both are well positioned to deliver growth in 2020

·    The project in Regional Express is now operational with offices established in both China and Germany and volumes expected to increase substantially during 2020

·    Focussed on successfully completing the final stages of integration of previously acquired businesses in the first half of 2020

·    Continued healthy pipeline of potential acquisitions, albeit the focus remains on improved integration of recent acquisitions, cross-selling services and delivering organic opportunities

·    Committed to long-term value enhancing investment in IT to support the improved efficiency and scalability of the Group

* Unaudited

Xpediator's audited final results for FY 2019 will be announced in April 2020.

Stephen Blyth, CEO of Xpediator said, "2019 saw the Group increase sales by £33 million, an excellent achievement and one we intend to build upon in 2020. We have expanded the services we are able to offer, have attracted more customers and see further opportunities to increase the number of services we provide including assessing how various new technologies might further improve operations whilst continuing to monitor the cost base of the Group. Despite the challenges incurred during 2019, the core businesses have performed strongly, and the Board remains confident in the outlook for the Group."

Xpediator plc

Tel: +44 (0)330 043 2395

Stephen Blyth, Chief Executive Officer

Email: [email protected]



Cenkos Securities plc (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7397 8900

Max Hartley, Max Gould (Corporate Finance)


Nick Searle (Sales)



Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (Joint Broker)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7894 7000

David Foreman, Michael Boot (Corporate Finance)


Caspar Shand Kydd (Sales)




Novella Communications (Financial Public Relations)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3151 7008

Tim Robertson


Fergus Young



About Xpediator:

Xpediator is a well-established international provider of freight management services. Established in 1988 by Stephen Blyth, the Group's international network of offices provides road, sea and air freight services, together with logistics and warehousing in the UK and Romania. The business offers integrated freight management within the supply chain logistics and fulfilment sector, through its three main areas: freight forwarding, logistics & warehousing and transport services. With headquarters in Braintree, Essex and country offices in nine CEE countries across 38 sites, the Group currently employs over 1,000 people and was successfully listed on London's AIM market in August 2017.

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