Paragon Entertainment Limited – Trading Update

Paragon Entertainment Limited – Trading Update

Paragon Entertainment Limited (AIM: PEL), the attractions design, production and fit-out business, provides an update on the financial performance of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2018 and revised guidance on the expected financial performance of the Company for the six months ending 30 June 2019.

During the Audit of the FY 2018 financial statements it has become apparent that following the adoption of IFRS 15, some revenue (and therefore the profits associated with that revenue) that was previously expected to be recognisable in FY 2018 will now be recognised in FY 2019. This mainly relates to a shift in the programme and therefore revenue/profit recognition regarding the Company’s Kidzania Abu Dhabi project.

Therefore the Company provides the following update to the guidance previously notified in the Trading Update dated 6 March 2019:

Previous guidance

Revised guidance

Revenue

£8.8m to £9.2m

£9.0m

EBITDA loss

£2.3m to £2.5m

£2.7m

Loss before tax

£2.5m to £2.7m

£3.0m

As a result of the shift in revenue and profit recognition referred to above, the Board now expects revenue for H1 2019 to be between £6.5-7m with similar revenue expected in H2 2019. EBITDA for H1 2019 is expected to be £0.3m.

The Board continues to look at opportunities to reduce the cost base of the Company with a view to reducing long term overheads and to increase future profitability.

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