"We are positive about the prospects for the Group and expect the recent trends in the Group’s markets in Ireland and the Netherlands to be sustained over the remainder of the year. Strong market fundamentals should support activity in the UK housing and RMI markets although uncertainty over the outcome of the referendum on continued membership of the EU appears to be having a bearing on current activity levels." – Gavin Slark (10 May 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.
Board

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

Strategy
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.
Operations
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: 2015 Final Results released on 08 March 2016
Financial Analysis
2015 Final Results:
Turnover £2.212bn (2014: £2.082bn)
Operating profit £128.2m (2014: £110.1m)
EPS 41.62p (2014: 34.4p)

Market Data

Share Information
Shares in issue: 236,292,870 Grafton Units (13 May 2016 excluding treasury shares)
Number of shareholders: 7,344 (30 September 2015)

Registrars

Shareholder Services
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