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July 11, 2022

Joules drafts in KPMG debt advisory

British lifestyle group Joules has confirmed its appointment of KPMG debt advisory to assist with boosting profitability and cash generation.

By Beth Wright

In a statement this morning (11 July), Joules says as set out in its May trading update, the group continues to focus on improving profitability, cash generation and liquidity headroom. As such it has appointed KPMG debt advisory to assist in the process.

“As at 29 May, the group had net debt of GBP21.4m, giving GBP11.3m headroom within its banking facilities, in line with the board’s expectations. Whilst the group continues to manage its cash resources carefully over its seasonal borrowing peak, it expects to have sufficient liquidity to manage its working capital requirements over this time,” Joules says.

It adds the company is making good progress against previously announced key initiatives aimed at simplifying the business and optimising the cost base to improve long-term profitability.

“This includes implementing significant changes to its wholesale operations to focus on fewer, profitable wholesale accounts and improving and simplifying the group’s end-to-end product process to reduce costs and shorten lead times.”

Joules’ comments come after a report published by The Sunday Times yesterday claimed the group is seeking a cash lifeline amid the cost-of-living crisis.

In its May update, Joules said it is making “good progress” against its strategic plans to simplify the business and optimise its cost base, including lowering its leverage on a China supply base and reducing its wholesale model.

In the 4 May filing, the group also announced the departure of its CEO Nick Jones.

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