JD Sports closes doors during COVID-19 outbreak

JD sports has closed all its stores in the UK amid the COVID-19 crisis.

In a statement the company said that essentially all of their stores are closed in the UK, United States and Europe.

JD Sports stated: “In a typical week, at this time of the year, we would expect the stores which are closed to contribute substantially all of the Group’s physical store sales.

“Whilst our trading websites continue to accept and fulfil orders and, while we have seen a resilient performance to date in most territories, this represents a comparatively small mitigation in terms of overall profit contribution.

“As would be expected, we are pursuing a number of measures to preserve capital across all aspects of our business and thereby limit the level of cash burn. In this regard, the Board welcomes the various public sector initiatives which have been announced to date in the territories where it operates.”

Because of this situation the board has decided that it would not be appropriate to provide financial guidance for the current financial year ending 30 January 2021.

The statement continued: “ Further, the Board notes the request from the Financial Conduct Authority over the weekend for all listed companies to observe a moratorium on the publication of Preliminary Financial Statements (‘Results) for at least two weeks. Given the potential for this request to be extended beyond this initial period, which would then cover the Group’s previously published reporting date of 15 April 2020, we believe it is prudent to announce a delay now to the publication of the Group’s Results for the period to 1 February 2020. We will announce a revised date for the publication of the Results in due course but, at this stage, we would anticipate that this revised date will be in the second half of May. This revised date would also allow the Group to provide greater clarity of the impact of COVID-19 on the Group’s performance for the current year to 30 January 2021.

The Board is satisfied that the combination of a strong balance sheet, net cash resources and the substantial working capital facilities available to the Group in its various territories are more than adequate to meet the cash deficiencies which may reasonably be anticipated during the closure periods in our various territories.”

Peter Cowgill, Executive Chairman, said: “Along with everyone else, the Group is experiencing major disruption to our business operations as we seek to protect our colleagues and customers from the effects of COVID-19. Their safety remains our number one priority and we continue to take all appropriate action in line with government advice in our various territories.

“JD continues to offer a market leading, multichannel proposition in Sports Fashion Retail and we are confident that we will emerge from the current challenges in a strong position to resume our previous positive momentum.”

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