Macfarlane Group PLC will today hold its Annual General Meeting at which Aleen Gulvanessian, Chair, will provide a Trading Update covering 2024 to date.

  • As anticipated, the start of 2024 has been challenging with first quarter sales and profits below the same period in 2023.
  • Despite the slow start to the year, our expectations for the full year are unchanged.
  • Sales in the first quarter were 9.5% lower than the same period in 2023 with continued weak customer demand and price deflation with the profit impact being partially offset by strong gross margins and the benefit of acquisitions.
  • Macfarlane completed the acquisition in March 2024 of Allpack Packaging Supplies Limited, a protective packaging distributor based in Bury St Edmunds.
  • The Group expects an improved trading performance in the second half of 2024 through the conversion of a strong new business pipeline combined with some sales recovery from existing customers, good management of gross margins, control of costs and further benefits from M&A activity.
  • Net bank funds at 31 March 2024 were £4.7m, an improvement on the position at 31 December 2023 (£0.5m). The Group continues to operate well within its bank facilities of £35m and related covenants, which are committed until December 2025.

Aleen Gulvanessian will further comment:

“On presenting our 2023 results we indicated that the challenging market conditions experienced in the latter part of 2023 would continue into 2024 and this has been the case. We expect some improvement in trading conditions in the second half of 2024 and we have a clear plan of management actions to enable the Group to continue its progress.”


Further enquiries: Macfarlane Group Tel: 0141 333 9666
Aleen Gulvanessian         Chair
Peter Atkinson                  Chief Executive
Ivor Gray                           Finance Director
Spreng Thomson Tel: 0141 548 5191
Callum Spreng Mob: 07803 970103


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