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Knights Group Holdings PLC
23 November 2021
 

23 November 2021

Knights Group Holdings plc

("Knights", the "Company" or the "Group")

Trading Update for the Six Months Ended 31 October 2021

Continued strong operational progress and robust cash generation

Knights, one of the fastest growing legal and professional services businesses in the UK, today provides a trading update for the half year ended 31 October 2021. Highlights of which include:

·    Revenue of c.£59.7m representing growth of 29% (H1 21: £46.2m)

·    Underlying adjusted PBT of c.£7.6m representing growth of 26% (H1 21: £6.0m)

·    Underlying PBT margin maintained at 13% (H1 21: 13%)

·    Cash conversion remains excellent

·    Industry leading lockup1 of 99 days, underpinned by debtor days of 33 despite integration of new recruits and recent acquisitions

·    Net debt2 as at 31 October 2021 of £23.1m (FY 21: £21.1m) after £5.8m of acquisition consideration and related costs


The Group has delivered another strong financial performance in line with Board expectations, reflecting strong organic growth and contributions from acquisitions integrated over the past year.

The strong recruitment momentum experienced in H1 21 has been maintained, with the Group continuing to attract high calibre talent, the majority from Top 50 law firms, who are attracted by Knights' unique business model and collaborative culture.

The Group has successfully integrated the acquisitions of Keebles and Mundays, strengthening the Group's footprint in the Yorkshire and South East regions.

Post period end the Group further expanded its footprint with the acquisition of Archers, a leading full-service independent law firm operating in the Teesside area, with early signs indicating a strong cultural fit across the business. The acquisition provides a platform for further organic growth in the North East, a new region for Knights and one currently undergoing significant public and private investment.

The recently announced extended £60m Revolving Credit Facility provides further flexibility for the Group to selectively execute on its pipeline of acquisitions, in line with its strategy to become the leading legal and professional services business outside London.

Despite the continued growth, cash generation has remained robust with industry leading lock-up and debtor days reflecting the strong culture and discipline of day-to-day cash collection across the Group.   

David Beech, CEO of Knights, commented:

"We are delighted to report another strong period of profitable growth, during which we have maintained the excellent discipline of financial management that is central to our culture.  

"With continued momentum in recruiting, we look forward to the second half with confidence and we are well placed to continue to selectively execute acquisition opportunities to further strengthen our position in key legal services markets outside London."

Knights will provide a further update on trading with its half year results announcement on 11 January 2022.

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Notes

1 Lock up excludes the impact of acquisitions in the last quarter of the previous financial year, along with clinical negligence, highway and ground rent WIP which operate mainly on a conditional fee arrangement

2 Excluding lease liabilities

 

Enquiries 

Knights

 

David Beech, CEO

 

Via MHP Communications

Numis (Nomad and Broker)

 

Stuart Skinner, Kevin Cruickshank

020 7260 1000

MHP Communications (Media enquiries) 

 

Andrew Jaques, Katie Hunt, Rachel Mann

020 3128 8100
+44 (0)7736 464749
knights@mhpc.com

 

Notes to Editors

Knights is a fast-growing, legal and professional services business, ranked within the UK's top 50 largest law firms by revenue. Knights was one of the first law firms in the UK to move from the traditional partnership model to a corporate structure in 2012 and has since grown rapidly. Knights has specialists in all key areas of corporate and commercial law so that it can offer end-to-end support to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors. It is focussed on key UK markets outside London and currently operates from 17 offices located in Birmingham, Cheltenham, Chester, Crawley, Exeter, Leeds, Leicester, Maidstone, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, Stoke, Teesside, Weybridge, Wilmslow and York.

 

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