"The first half of 2015 has seen the Group deliver a strong performance across key financial metrics as it continues to execute its strategic plans. The overall outlook for Grafton is positive and despite current challenges the Group is well placed to make further progress in the second half towards delivery of its medium term targets of a 7 per cent operating margin and 15 per cent return on capital employed." – Gavin Slark (27 August 2015)

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 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
Frank van Zanten
, Non-Executive Director
Roderick Ryan
, Non-Executive Director
Charles M. Fisher
, Non-Executive Director
Annette Flynn
, 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 and Belgium. The Group has over 600 locations, employing approximately 9,000 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 Half Year Results released on 27 August 2015
Financial Analysis
2015 Half Year Results:
Turnover £1,084 million (2014: £1,015 million)
Operating profit £61.2 million (2014: £50.6 million)
EPS 20.2 pence (2014: 15.4 pence)

Market Data

Share Information
Shares in issue: 234,171,395 Grafton Units (08 August 2015 excluding treasury shares)
Number of shareholders: 7,473 (6 May 2015)

Registrars

Shareholder Services
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