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EVE SLEEP PLC

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Eve Sleep plc: Trading Statement

01/21/2021 | 02:01am EST
Eve Sleep plc (EVE) 
Eve Sleep plc: Trading Statement 
21-Jan-2021 / 07:00 GMT/BST 
Dissemination of a Regulatory Announcement that contains inside information according to REGULATION (EU) No 596/2014 
(MAR), transmitted by EQS Group. 
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. 
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This announcement contains inside information 
 
Trading update 
 
18% sales growth in H2, exceeded twice raised expectations for 2020 
 
eve Sleep ("eve", the "Company), the direct to consumer sleep wellness brand operating in the UK, Ireland (together "UK 
&I") and France announces a trading update for the full year ended 31 December 2020.  All figures remain subject to 
audit. 
 
Strategic and operational highlights 
 
  ? Winner of the best two mattresses in the UK according to Which? and 3 of the top 5 
  ? Extended the sleep wellness ranges with new bedframes, sleep gifts and bedding 
  ? Entry into sleep gifts market with launch of 'well slept' range online and in partnership with Boots UK seeing 
    strong success 
  ? Launched retail partnership in France with Olivier Desforges 
  ? Re-platformed the UK&I websites to Shopify, with the French website also completed post year end, to secure a more 
    stable, scalable and lower maintenance website 
  ? Upgraded supply chains to localise manufacturing for both markets ahead of Brexit 
  ? Restructure of warehousing and distribution to allow shipments to customers to be consolidated into one delivery, 
    deriving lower costs and better customer experience 
  ? Invested in new Channel 4 TV campaign 'Switch off with eve sleep' running every Sunday night from early November 
 
Financial highlights 
 
  ? Revenue increased 6% to GBP25.2m (2019: GBP23.8m), driven by 18% growth in H2 
  ? Record trading over black Friday period and the first week of the Boxing day sales 
  ? EBITDA losses cut by 81% to GBP2.0m (2019: EBITDA loss of GBP10.7m) 
  ? Closing net cash at 31 December 2020 of GBP8.3m (2019: GBP8m), bolstered by GBP0.3m of tax payments deferred until after 
    the year end 
 
Strong 2020 performance 
 
eve has exited 2020 in far better shape than it entered the year and now has a more resilient and efficient technology, 
logistics and operational platform ready for future growth. Losses have been reduced throughout the year, ahead of 
initial expectations, through a focus on profitable sales channels and product mix improvements, including taking the 
decision to exit Amazon UK from September. The Company has also maintained its tight control of overheads and a 
continued focus on improving marketing efficiency and effectiveness, on a marketing budget, which was 51% lower 
year-on-year. The focus and driver of the results this year has been the UK business, with the French business being at 
an earlier stage in its development. 
 
The business has undoubtedly benefitted from the accelerated shift to e-commerce and the current strength of the 
homewares category as a result of the pandemic. A focus on strengthening and widening the product set, with new sleep 
wellness products including a weighted blanket and the introduction of a sleep gifts range has also given broader brand 
presence. In addition the business has improved its mattress range resulting in Which? now recognizing eve's original 
hybrid and premium hybrid as the two best mattresses in the UK - supporting further growth.  Together, these factors 
have driven an 18% year-on-year increase in revenues in the second half of the year, benefitting from the additional UK 
'switch off with eve Sleep' TV campaign from November. The strength of trading was evident across the product set, with 
particular growth in premium products, particularly the Premium Hybrid mattress and the Spindle bedframe. These are two 
of the highest priced products in the mattress and bed frame ranges, showing the increasing strength of the eve brand. 
 
As stated in eve's interim results of 15 September 2020, the industry has experienced some upward pressure on raw 
material and component pricing, as well as supply constraints due to global chemical shortages. With these inflationary 
pressures continuing through the fourth quarter eve took the decision in November to put through modest price increases 
in order to sustain margins. Thanks to the increasing strength of the eve brand, with reducing price elasticity in the 
more premium products, these price increases have not adversely impacted the rate of sale. Whilst the inflationary 
impact has been negated for now, supply shortages remained an issue for the industry through the fourth quarter. 
 
2021 trading and outlook 
Trading in the first few weeks of the year has started well and is following the same positive trends seen in recent 
months. The availability of raw materials and component supply remains an industry issue and a potential limiting 
factor on near term growth. At this time the Company has not experienced any material cost/duty increases as a direct 
result of Brexit, though there has been some slowing of the pace of deliveries to Ireland and Northern Ireland 
resulting from courier related issues. eve will continue to closely monitor the situation but does not expect any 
material full year impact at this time. 
2021 will be the year eve transitions from the rebuild strategy, which commenced in the second half of 2018, to focus 
on growth opportunities in the UK and beyond in order to build a stronger, broader and larger, profitable business. 
Expansion will be managed in a controlled and disciplined manner, with the initial focus for investment on the 
Company's existing French market. Having already completed the restructuring of the French business and its cost 
structures, the Company is now ready to invest in both its B2C and retail sales channels, adopting many of the same 
strategies that have been deployed successfully to scale the UK business, including its first new TV campaign in three 
years. The investment required to scale the French business will come from the Company's existing cash resources. 
 
The Company plans to publish its full year audited results on 18 March 2021. 
 
Cheryl Calverley, CEO of eve Sleep commented: 
 
"Our business reset is largely complete and our growth has accelerated more quickly than we initially anticipated as a 
result of the shift to online and the current strength of the homewares market. We have exceeded our financial 
expectations for 2020, which were raised twice during the year, extended our product ranges, opened new sales channels, 
increased brand awareness, presence and recognition, with the winning of the Which? awards, and improved the strength 
and resilience of our technology, logistics and operations platforms. This is entirely down to the tireless dedication, 
creativity and commitment of our team, who moved seamlessly to home working from March, without the need to furlough 
staff or make redundancies. I take my hat off to each and every one of them. 
 
In 2021 we will invest in growth initiatives across our business, particularly in France, where we see good 
opportunities to scale, whilst continuing to build on the current UK momentum. We are confident in the near-term 
outlook and although there is a high level of uncertainty as to the macro-economic backdrop and spending habits of 
consumers in the second half of the year, we have entered the new financial period with a much improved proposition, a 
stronger Balance Sheet and a more resilient business." 
 
 
For enquiries, please contact: 
eve Sleep plc 
 
Cheryl Calverley, Chief Executive Officer 
                                            via M7 Communications LTD 
Tim Parfitt, Chief Financial Officer 
finnCap Ltd - Nominated Adviser and Broker 
                                            Tel: +44 (0)20 7220 0500 
Matt Goode / Ed Whiley - Corporate Finance 
 
Alice Lane - Equity Capital Markets 
M7 Communications LTD - PR/IR               Tel: +44(0)7903 089 543 
Mark Reed ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
ISIN:          GB00BYWMFT51 
Category Code: TST 
TIDM:          EVE 
LEI Code:      2138007BAC29AUXWQE6 
Sequence No.:  91922 
EQS News ID:   1162115 
 
End of Announcement  EQS News Service 
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Sales 2020 25,0 M 34,8 M 34,8 M
Net income 2020 -2,30 M -3,20 M -3,20 M
Net cash 2020 8,30 M 11,6 M 11,6 M
P/E ratio 2020 -7,00x
Yield 2020 -
Capitalization 15,3 M 21,3 M 21,3 M
EV / Sales 2020 0,28x
EV / Sales 2021 0,40x
Nbr of Employees 73
Free-Float 82,1%
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Cheryl Calverley Chief Executive Officer & Director
Tim James Parfitt Chief Financial Officer
Paul Richard Martin Pindar Non-Executive Chairman
Felix Lobkowicz Chief Operating Officer
Thomas David Enraght-Moony Independent Non-Executive Director
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