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Chemring now expects to make 85% of its profits in the second half

The flare maker kept its full-year guidance in place, but its statement, which essentially amounted to a first-half profit warning, spooked investors
Chemring’s second-half performance will make or break its year

Chemring Group PLC (LON:CHG) spooked investors ahead of its annual general meeting when it warned of a “more significant second-half weighting” to this year’s results.

The decoy flare maker now expects 85% of its revenue and profits to be delivered in the six months to the end of October.

Chemring said the delay was due to “operational disruption” at some of its manufacturing sites in the first half.

READ: Chemring now sees £15mln hit from Salisbury factory explosion

Back in September, an explosion at its factory near Salisbury left one worker dead and another badly injured.

Several production lines are now back up-and-running at that site, with the others to return to operation over summer.

Despite the more pronounced second-half weighting, Chemring said its guidance for the year remains unchanged.

“The order book provides excellent short-term revenue coverage for the current financial year and the multi-year nature of some contracts provides good medium-term visibility,” read a statement.

Shares fell 4.3% to 148.4p on Thursday morning.

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