Growing pains should prove temporary

paragon 8 November 2019 QuickView
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paragon faces a challenging year, primarily due to growing pains at the Electromobility segment (Voltabox). The Automotive segments’ FY19 sales are guided to be c €130m, near the top of the previous range. Group sales growth continues, albeit slower than expected, with margins reduced by an under-recovery of overheads and rationalisation and integration costs. FY19 guidance was greatly reduced in August. The order backlog of €2.1bn supports stronger growth in FY20, alongside improved profitability due to operational leverage and restructuring benefits in Mechanics. The current rating reflects concerns over the growth strategy following recent events. Restoring investor confidence should be a key management focus.

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