March 25, 2020


 ('the Group')



Henry Boot PLC announces today that it will be complying with the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) request to all listed companies to delay the publication of preliminary financial statements for at least two weeks.

The Group, together with our auditors, were working towards the release of the preliminary results on the 31 March 2020, however, given the COVID-19 situation, and the request from the FCA, we will no longer do so. We will provide a revised date for the communication of our full year financial results when we receive further guidance from the FCA and other regulatory authorities.

In our trading statement, released on 20 January 2020, we stated that the Group's performance for the year to 31 December 2019 was marginally lower than the Board's original expectations, driven by lower rental income after the successful sales of our retail focused investments. These sales meant that the Group ended 2019 with higher than anticipated net cash of £27m.

Since this statement, trading during the first two months of 2020 has been marginally ahead of the Board's expectation and this, coupled with our conservative cash management in response to the COVID-19 situation, has resulted in net cash increasing to £47m.

In response to the unprecedented uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 situation, the business has focused on three areas in order to serve all stakeholders to the best of our abilities:

Safety and welfare

Our primary concern from the outset has been the welfare of our people, their families, customers and the communities in which we operate. In February, a committee was formed to develop a Coronavirus action plan, providing guidance to all staff on safety and welfare.

Our office network is closed apart from very limited cover in the event of emergencies; however, we continue to operate with our people working remotely.

Operational planning

The latest indications are that construction activity will be required to cease, however, we are seeking clarification on this. In the meantime, we are following strict safety precautions and are preparing to close the sites, if required. The vast majority of the development work ongoing is either pre-sold or pre-let and we are limiting future activity.

Financial stability

The Group has a very strong financial base, a strong balance sheet and net cash of circa £47m at 23 March 2020 (£27m at the 31 December 2019 year-end). In addition, we retain a secured, committed facility of up to £75m. We have taken measures to actively manage cash and curtail both capital and revenue expenditure.

As we look forward now into an uncertain and challenging time, we are taking a prudent and vigilant approach to all areas of our business, minimising risk, monitoring developments carefully and responding decisively as appropriate.

Chief Executive Officer, Tim Roberts said:

"Over recent weeks we have been preparing the business to close down operations and to function remotely. Our strong balance sheet, plus the cash reserves we have built up, position us for the uncertain times ahead."


For further information, please contact:

Henry Boot PLC

Tim Roberts, Chief Executive Officer

Darren Littlewood, Group Finance Director

Tel: 0114 255 5444


Numis Securities Limited

Joint Corporate Broker

Garry Levin/George Fry

Tel: 020 7260 1000


Peel Hunt LLP

Joint Corporate Broker

Charles Batten/Harry Nicholas

Tel: 020 7418 8900


Hudson Sandler LLP

Financial PR

Nick Lyon/Wendy Baker

Tel: 020 7796 4133


About Henry Boot PLC

Henry Boot PLC (BOOT.L) was established over 130 years ago and is one of the UK's leading and long-standing property investment and development, land promotion and construction companies. Based in Sheffield, the Group is comprised of the following three segments:

Land Promotion:
Hallam Land Management Limited

Property Investment & Development: 

Henry Boot Developments Limited (HBD), Stonebridge Homes Limited


Henry Boot Construction Limited, Banner Plant Limited, Road Link (A69) Limited

The Group possess a high-quality strategic land portfolio, an enviable reputation in the property development market backed by a substantial investment property portfolio and an expanding, jointly owned, house building business. It has a construction specialism in both the public and private sectors, a plant hire business, and generates strong cash flows from its PFI contract through Road Link (A69) Limited.

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