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Avon Rubber

Encouraging FY17 prospects across the group

Flash note | Aerospace & Defence | 09 Sep 2016

Avon Rubber has confirmed that despite difficult market conditions, trading in the year to September is expected to be in line with market expectations. Encouragingly, prospects for Protection & Defence remain strong and in Dairy milk prices appear to have started to recover during the final quarter. The statement should allay any concerns that major orders only originate in the Middle East, with the announcement of a $9m order for a US police department. Encouragingly negotiations are continuing with respect to the significant Middle East export potentials. The outlook for accelerating growth in 2017 appears to be increasingly underpinned.

Avon Rubber

More M50s

Flash note | Aerospace & Defence | 17 Jul 2018

Avon Rubber has announced another M50 order in the final year of the 10-year sole-source contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD). This order underpins FY18 and FY19 expectations and we make no changes to our forecasts. However, Avon is in advanced negotiations with the US DoD on future programmes, which fit comfortably with its growth strategy.

Avon Rubber

Momentum builds behind new strategy

Outlook | Aerospace & Defence | 02 May 2018

Avon Rubber’s H118 report demonstrates the strength of the group’s new strategy in action. Success is evident in the enhanced product portfolio and order progression is building visibility and supporting medium-term growth. Given the group’s exposure to the US, the FX headwind was visible in H118. Management maintained its guidance for FY18 underpinned by end market opportunities and new product deliveries.

Avon Rubber

Strategy continues to take shape

Flash note | Aerospace & Defence | 03 Apr 2018

This morning, Avon Rubber announced completion of the disposal of Avon Engineered Fabrications (AEF) for $9.25m. The company announced in its FY17 annual report that it was considering the strategic options for the business. We estimate that this deal should add c GBP 6m to cash at current exchange rates. Overall, the company’s threefold growth strategy remains in place and we are encouraged to see the actions management is taking.

Avon Rubber

Equipped for growth

Update | Aerospace & Defence | 15 Mar 2018

Avon Rubber’s Capital Markets Day highlighted the strength and depth of its product portfolio. Investment in both divisions has ensured that the company is able to address strong growth trends in its end-markets with attractive solutions. Avon Protection has received US regulatory approval for its Powered Air Purifying Respirator range, which should see further orders. Meanwhile, milkrite I InterPuls is offering solutions for productivity improvements to a dairy market increasingly open to technology.

Avon Rubber

Winning ways

Update | Aerospace & Defence | 15 Feb 2018

Following the nomination of preferred bidder status in November, Avon has announced that an agreement has been reached with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the General Service Respirator contract. The contract builds order visibility on both sides of the Atlantic while demonstrating the new strategy in action.

Avon Rubber

Strong start to the year

Update | Aerospace & Defence | 01 Feb 2018

Avon started FY18 with a new growth strategy and it is bearing fruit. Order growth is strong as the company is leveraging market dynamics across both divisions. We adjust our forecasts for the more favourable US tax reform, increasing underlying EPS by 7% and 1% in FY18 and FY19 respectively. Management is confident of achieving FY18 expectations.

Avon Rubber

Positive order progression

Flash note | Aerospace & Defence | 29 Jan 2018

Avon Rubber announced this morning an order for 47,000 M50 mask systems for the US Department of Defense (DoD) worth $12.6m. Following an M50 order from the US DoD in December last year, this order displays the momentum in the business while building order book visibility. Management’s new strategy is delivering.

Avon Rubber

A new chapter with a bright future

Update | Aerospace & Defence | 15 Nov 2017

Avon Rubber has delivered a confident FY17 performance and has set out a clear threefold strategy to drive medium-term growth. The core business is buoyed by strong order activity in Protection while dairy market trends look set to stay positive into 2018. Cash performance has also been solid, which underpins selective future acquisitions.

Avon Rubber

Hitting the numbers

Update | Aerospace & Defence | 15 Sep 2017

Avon Rubber’s pre-close has confirmed that the group will meet market expectations and that performance in H217 has continued apace. With positive mix effects in Protection & Defence and continued strengthening in Dairy, we believe that the eventual revenue and margin mix may alter slightly but that our profit levels will be achieved. With CEO Paul McDonald signalling continued confidence into 2018 and with further medium-term product developments to come through in both divisions, we continue to view Avon as delivering in the short and medium term.

Avon Rubber

New CEO marches on

Update | Aerospace & Defence | 24 May 2017

Avon Rubber's strong first half results allayed any concerns that the change in management team might have distracted this growth company from the task in hand. In fact, H117 numbers proved quite the opposite. Top-line growth has marched on apace and the CEO has shown ruthless focus in ensuring that R&D is concentrated on financially viable projects to stimulate further growth. A major new contract win announced yesterday should assuage any concerns about the M50 programme.

Avon Rubber

The management jigsaw is complete

Flash note | Aerospace & Defence | 10 May 2017

Avon Rubber announced this morning that it has appointed Nick Keveth as group finance director from 1 June 2017. Avon Rubber appointed Paul Rayner acting as Interim Group Finance Director at the end of 2016, so we have been expecting an announcement and see it as a positive step forward for the company. The new CEO Paul McDonald has been in his post since February so the appointment of a permanent Finance Director completes the new management team.