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Angling Direct goes fully online while shop restrictions apply

What Angling Direct does:
Angling Direct is AIM-listed and the largest specialist fishing tackle and..

What Angling Direct does:

Angling Direct is AIM-listed and the largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK through its network of stores and websites.

Angling Direct specialises in carp fishing, which makes up 65% of the business.

Coronavirus impact

Angling Direct closed its retail stores in March until further notice but its online offering stayed operational.

The largest specialist fishing tackle and equipment retailer in the UK has shuttered its shops in compliance with the governments overnight directive.

It noted the measures of support that have been put in place by the government and expects to be a beneficiary of all that are applicable to the company.

Online sales in April were up 24% year-on-year, while sales in May picked up by even more.

Cash at the end of April was around £6.0mln, with the company also having access to a £2.5mln undrawn credit facility until September 2020.

Fishing was allowed to resume in May.

Results for the year to the end of January will show revenues of £53.1mln while the underlying loss (LBITDA) on a pre-IFRS 16 accounting standards basis will be £500,000 or less.

Inflexion points:

  • The company is doing well despite the UK retail crisis thanks to its niche offering
  • Online marketing has been one of the key areas of investment to improve the customer experience
  • Once more normal conditions return, the group should be in a strong position to build market share

Blue Sky:

Angling Direct is tapping into the £400mln UK fishing Read More – Source
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