YCO Preliminary results for 2009

YCO Group plc, a leading provider of specialist services to superyachts, today announces its audited preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2009.

Financial Highlights:
• Revenue of £24.7m (2008: £28.5m)
• Gross profit increased by 33% to £7.0m (2008: £5.3m)
• Profit before tax of £31,000 (2008: loss of £684,000)
• Better mix of revenue, reflecting stronger performance of YCO Brokerage, YCO Management, YCO Crew Recruitment and Yacht Help Group

Operational Highlights
• Completion of group restructuring with new Chief Executive overseeing the successful implementation of a cost reduction programme and the consolidation of Yacht Help Group
• Strong performance at YCO Brokerage, ahead of management’s expectations
• Increased number of contracted superyachts by 34% to 51 (2008: 38)
• Strengthened teams at YCO Brokerage and YCO Management, reflecting confidence in improving market conditions
• Yacht Fuel Services has maintained its leading position in the market and benefited from increased operating margins

Charlie Birkett, Chief Executive, commented:
“2009 has been an important year of transition for the Group. Despite the backdrop of a very challenging environment for luxury tourism, YCO has completed a successful turnaround programme that has resulted in the Group reporting a maiden profit.

As a result of this turnaround, the Group has a great opportunity, with a strengthened management and service offering, to increase our share of the superyacht services market going forward. This combined with the continued, gradual recovery of the market leads us to approach the future with optimism.”

YCO Group
Charlie Birkett
+377 93 50 12 12
[email protected]
www.ycoyacht.com

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