"The referendum decision in the UK to leave the European Union has created uncertainty about the near term outlook and prospects for the economy and this is likely to weigh on demand in the new housing and RMI markets over the remainder of the year. Selco is a proven resilient model and continues to be the focus for development capital in the UK. Growth in the Irish and the Netherlands merchanting markets is expected to continue broadly in line with recent trends. The Group’s financial strength and geographic diversity leave it well positioned to take advantage of any opportunities that may emerge across the markets in which it operates." – Gavin Slark (12 July 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: 236,295,887 Grafton Units (16 August 2016 excluding treasury shares)
Number of shareholders: 7,344 (30 September 2015)

Registrars

Shareholder Services
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