"Despite the more uncertain and competitive market conditions in the UK, Grafton continued to make good progress in its key markets enabling the Group to record revenue, profit and earnings per share growth as well as strong cash generation. Both Ireland and the Netherlands continue to show strong growth with ongoing development opportunities. Grafton will continue to invest in areas of its business which combine good long term growth prospects and the opportunity to improve the Group’s operating margin and return on capital employed." – Gavin Slark (31 August 2016).

The Group

Group Structure Grafton Group plc is an independent company operating in the Merchanting, DIY Retailing and Mortar Manufacturing markets in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Group History
Grafton is in business since 1902 with the establishment of Chadwicks to supply builders merchants and building contractors with Irish and imported cement.

Michael Chadwick, Non-Executive Chairman
Gavin Slark, Chief Executive Officer
David Arnold, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Roney, Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chairman and Chairman Designate
Frank van Zanten, Non-Executive Director
Roderick Ryan, Non-Executive Director
Charles M. Fisher, Non-Executive Director
Paul Hampden Smith, Non-Executive Director
Charles Rinn, Secretary and Group Financial Controller

Grafton's strategy is to be an international trade supplier of construction products and related activities, built on service, supported by a strong financial base and operated within a framework of high business ethics and integrity and recognised by investors as a progressive, cash-generative business.
Grafton has a strong portfolio of businesses and brands with leading market positions in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The Group trades from 668 branches, employing approximately 11,000 people.
Key Brands
The Group's key brands include the 3rd largest builders merchants, the 4th largest plumbers merchants and the leading mortar manufacturer in the UK. In Ireland Grafton is the market leader in builders merchanting and DIY retailing.
Contact Us
Grafton Group plc
Heron House
Corrig Road
Sandyford Industrial Estate
Dublin 18
T: +353 1 216 0600
F: +353 1 295 4470
Email: email@graftonplc.com
Web: www.graftonplc.com

Financial Performance

Results Centre
Latest results: 2016 Half Year Results released on 31 August 2016
Financial Analysis
2016 Half Year Results:
Turnover £1,228m (2015: £1,084m)
Operating profit £66.1m (2015: £61.2m)
EPS 21.5p (2015: 20.2p)

Market Data

Share Information
Shares in issue: 236,295,887 Grafton Units (16 August 2016 excluding treasury shares)
Number of shareholders: 7,344 (30 June 2016)


Shareholder Services
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