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Carr's Group Plc - Update on Trading

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CARR'S GROUP PLC

("Carr's" or the "Group")

Trading Update

Carr's (CARR.L), the Agriculture and Engineering Group, today announces the following trading update ahead of announcing its Interim Results for the 26-week period ended 29 February 2020.

Agriculture

Since the last trading update on 7 January 2020, conditions in both UK and US agricultural markets have remained challenging which, combined with the continued mild weather, has meant that volumes and margins for feed and supplements are significantly behind management's expectations. Cost control measures implemented in the first half have only partially mitigated this adverse impact. 

Engineering

As previously reported, Engineering started the year slowly, but the strength of the new order pipeline, particularly in Global Robotics, had been expected to more than offset this over the remaining three quarters. Since January 2020, delays in receiving expected orders destined primarily for Japan and China now mean that this will not be the case.

Group

As a result of the continuing challenging agricultural environment, both in the UK and overseas, together with a delay to engineering contracts in Asia, the Board anticipates the Group's performance for the current financial year to be significantly below its expectations.

The Board is mindful of the significant uncertainty which remains in agricultural markets.  It is, therefore, in the process of implementing further cost reduction measures which should better position both divisions beyond the current financial year.

The Company will provide a further update on trading with its Interim Results on 15 April 2020.