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Trading Update 11 March 2020

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11th March 2020 • Posted in Announcements

Dart Group PLC ("the Group")

Trading Update 

Dart Group PLC, the Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics group, today issues the following update on trading.

Year ending 31 March 2020 (FY20)

Due to the continued success of our growing Leisure Travel business, the Board expects Group profit before foreign exchange revaluation & taxation (excluding any impact of hedge ineffectiveness) for the financial year ending 31 March 2020 to be significantly ahead of current market expectations. However, future reductions of FY21 flying capacity will result in a proportion of the Company’s existing hedging contracts becoming ineffective, thereby impacting those profits. 

Year ending 31 March 2021 (FY21)

Until very recently, Customer demand for our very popular Package Holidays and Flight-Only Leisure Travel products has remained consistently strong, with the important January and February booking performance resulting in our Summer 2020 bookings tracking well ahead of our 16% summer seat capacity increase. 

Understandably, however, momentum has weakened over recent weeks with the increased reporting of Covid-19 cases in Europe. Nevertheless, our current cumulative Summer 2020 bookings remain above those at this time last year.

The continuing success of our Package Holidays, including our newly launched ‘’Vibe‘’ brand, together with our strong and prudent balance sheet gives us long term confidence for the future. However, given the limited visibility on the impact of Covid–19, the Board is currently unable to determine how this will effect Group profit before foreign exchange revaluation and taxation for the financial year ending 31 March 2021. 

We continue to monitor the situation carefully and are taking proportionate actions to underpin the stability of the business, which includes reducing capacity on some routes where warranted, but always keeping at front of mind the need to ensure our Customers experience the Holidays they deserve. 

We are also pleased to report that our Distribution and Logistics business, Fowler Welch, is trading in line with expectations and continues to develop its revenue pipeline with existing and new business opportunities. 

As circumstances evolve, the Board will provide a further update both in relation to the FY20 profit outturn and a fuller outlook for the Summer 2020 trading period.

For further information, please contact:

Dart Group PLC

Philip Meeson, Executive Chairman

Gary Brown, Group Chief Financial Officer

Tel: 0113 239 7817


Cenkos Securities plc

Nominated Adviser

Katy Birkin/Russel Cook

Tel: 020 7397 8900


Canaccord Genuity - Joint Broker

Adam James

Tel: 020 7523 8000


Arden Partners - Joint Broker

Paul Shackleton/Daniel Gee-Summons

Tel: 020 7614 5900


Buchanan - Financial PR

Richard Oldworth

Tel: 020 7466 5000


Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

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