Eve Sleep plc (EVE)
Eve Sleep plc: Trading and FSP Update and Non-Executive Director Board Change
21-Jul-2022 / 07:00 GMT/BST
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Trading and FSP Update and Non-Executive Director Board Change
eve Sleep (“eve”, the “Company”), the direct to consumer sleep wellness brand operating in the UK, Ireland (together the “UK&I”) and France provides an update on trading and its review of strategic and financing options, in each case since the Company’s announcement of 6 June 2022.
Sales orders for the Group decreased by 19% year-on-year in H1, with Group revenue declining 17% year-on-year for the half, against market data suggesting an overall market drop of around 30%. Within that, the French D2C business has performed ahead of the UK, with sales orders for H1 down 2% in France year-on-year, versus a 17% decline for D2C in the UK. There are some signs of recovery in recent months with June sales orders for the Group declining just 1% year-on-year, an improving trend that has continued into July.
eve’s recent retail partnership with DFS continues to make good progress, with an increasingly wide range of mattresses and bedframes available online across both the DFS and dwell websites and in 10 DFS stores. DFS is now eve’s largest retail partner defined by revenue.
As stated in eve’s trading update of 6 June, the recent increase in industry wide promotional activity has continued to negatively impact eve’s gross margin. The management team initiated substantial actions from May to hunker down and protect the business from current market conditions. The benefits of these savings started to come through in June and are expected to be fully realized by Q4 2022, whereupon overheads will be approximately 30% lower than Q1 2022. As at the end of June, eve’s cash position stood at £1.5m, in addition the Company had drawn working capital facilities of £0.9m. Management will continue to focus on maximizing the business’ cash runway.
The Board of eve continues to explore the strategic and financing options available to the Company, including the possibility of a sale of the Company. This has involved engagement with both possible financial investors and strategic partners, across geographies, leading to the Board receiving a number of indicative expressions of interest. These have been carefully evaluated by the Board, with a small number currently being facilitated in their due diligence and with further information requests. Further announcements will be made as appropriate. There can be no certainty that the terms of any offer or investment received will be suitable for the Company and its stakeholders.
Non-Executive director change
The Board has also been notified by Tom Enraght-Moony that he wishes to step down from the Board, with immediate effect. Tom has taken on a number of international commitments which has made it difficult to fulfill his eve Sleep work. Tom has been a director of eve sleep since April 2017 and has played a significant part in its progress over that time. We thank Tom for his advice and support to all the team over that period. We wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
For further information, please contact:
eve Sleep plc
Cheryl Calverley, Chief Executive Officer
Tim Parfitt, Chief Financial Officer
via M7 Communications LTD
finnCap Ltd (NOMAD and Broker)
Matt Goode / Teddy Whiley - Corporate Finance
Alice Lane / Charlotte Sutcliffe - Equity Capital Markets
+44 (0)20 7220 0500
M7 Communications LTD
+44 (0)7903 089 543
In accordance with Rule 26.1 of the Code, a copy of this announcement will be available on the Company's website at https://investor.evesleep.co.uk/. The content of the website referred to in this announcement is not incorporated into and does not form part of this announcement.
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