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17 December 2013

Smiths Group plc is today holding a capital markets day in Dubai hosted by its John Crane business.

The presentation outlines the division’s strategy, business model, markets and describes the growth opportunities and value drivers. As the market leader in mechanical seals and with around 65% of revenues from the energy sector, John Crane is well placed to grow and support top quartile margins while increasing investment in growth opportunities. The presentation will set out operating ranges for mid-single digit organic revenue growth (4-6%) over the medium-term and an expansion in headline operating margins within a range of 22-25%, reflecting the increased growth investment. The growth rate is expected to improve over time as the initiatives gain traction, assuming no discontinuities in the market growth drivers.

John Crane will also provide details of its contribution to the Group’s ‘Fuel for Growth’ programme announced in the full year results in September. This further phase of Group-wide restructuring opportunities will generate an estimated £50m of annualised savings at the end of four years for reinvestment in growth initiatives and is expected to cost £100m. John Crane is expected to generate £14m of the total £50m savings at a cost of £28m; these savings will be reinvested for growth. Details of the rest of the programme will be provided at the interim results in March.

There will be no update on current trading beyond the Interim Management Statement issued on 19 November 2013.

The day will also include a tour of Smiths Detection equipment at Dubai International Airport.

The presentation materials will be available on from 07.00 am (UK time) today. Webcasts and transcripts of the presentations will be posted on the website as soon as they are available after the event has concluded.

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