Connect Group PLC is a leading specialist distributor listed on the London Stock Exchange. Operating in large and diverse markets its four divisions connect suppliers to consumers in an efficient, knowledgeable and service-oriented way. Operating divisions include: News & Media, Books, Education & Care and most recently, Parcel Freight.
As of December 2014 the Group had a turnover of £1.8bn, serving over 70,000 customers and employing 6,700 staff. 

Connect News & Media: 
With a 55 per cent share of the market, Smiths News is the UK’s largest and most highly regarded distributor of newspapers and magazines. Thanks to the quality of people, processes and technology, it is a leader in ultra-time-sensitive logistics in large and resilient markets. 

Connect Books: 
Connect Books dispatches more than 20 million books a year from its UK warehouse. They are sent around the world to bookstores, libraries, educational establishments and direct to consumers. As a multi-channel business, Connect Books has a diverse portfolio that reflects the changing nature of the market. 

Connect Education & Care: 
Serving over 30,000 customers throughout the country and with a product range exceeding 40,000 items, Connect Education & Care is trusted by schools, care homes and colleges because it has the capacity and expertise to deliver what they need, when they need it. 

Connect Parcel Freight: 
With 34 depots and over 900 vehicles Connect Parcel Freight is one of the UK’s leading business to business distribution specialists. Its national network is trusted by over 4,000 customers, making daily deliveries that are essential to their supply chains. Tuffnells' 'Big Green Parcel Machine' is a well known livery on UK roads, making over 10 million deliveries every year.
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HQSwindon, GB
Size (employees)5,968 (est)
Connect Group is headquartered in Swindon, GB
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Connect Group Office Locations

Connect Group has an office in Swindon
Swindon, GB (HQ)
Rowan House Cherry Orchard North Kembrey Park
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Connect Group Financials and Metrics

Connect Group Revenue

Connect Group's revenue was reported to be £1.59 b in FY, 2017

Revenue (FY, 2017)

1.6 b

Gross profit (FY, 2017)

185.7 m

Gross profit margin (FY, 2017), %


Net income (FY, 2017)

27 m

EBITDA (FY, 2017)

74.1 m

EBIT (FY, 2017)

41.7 m

Cash (31-Aug-2017)

5.5 m


284.6 m
GBPFY, 2006FY, 2007FY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


1.1 b1.2 b1.2 b1.3 b1.8 b1.7 b1.8 b1.8 b1.8 b1.9 b1.6 b1.6 b

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

966 m1.1 b1.1 b1.2 b1.7 b1.5 b1.4 b

Gross profit

129 m125.2 m123.5 m130.6 m177 m191.9 m185.7 m
GBPFY, 2005FY, 2006FY, 2007FY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


1 11 m400 k3.4 m4.3 m4 m4.2 m5.1 m10.1 m20.4 m10.9 m9.1 m5.5 m

Accounts Receivable

44 m45.2 m50 m100.9 m85.3 m88.8 m97.8 m106.9 m107.2 m147.3 m113.7 m76.8 m


12 m11.9 m12.2 m31.1 m38.1 m34.7 m44.6 m44.2 m45.3 m42 m42.3 m13.8 m

Current Assets

1 93 m66.4 m76.1 m150.2 m142.2 m149.4 m170 m181.4 m193.8 m200.2 m190.7 m182.1 m
GBPFY, 2006FY, 2007FY, 2008FY, 2009FY, 2010FY, 2011FY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017

Net Income

26 m28.7 m26.5 m17.7 m21.2 m21.9 m27.5 m28.7 m34.8 m21.4 m27.4 m27 m

Cash From Operating Activities

105 m9 m28.7 m31.9 m24.7 m25.2 m28.5 m37.9 m47.4 m46.5 m58.2 m51.2 m

Dividends Paid

25 m10.9 m11.7 m12 m12.6 m13.8 m14.9 m16 m17.7 m21.4 m22.7 m23.6 m

Cash From Financing Activities

(63 m)(17 m)(22.2 m)(13.7 m)(16.4 m)(4.1 m)17.4 m(19.9 m)(26.6 m)58.8 m(47.3 m)(93.8 m)
GBPY, 2017


3.8 x


6.8 x


5.6 x


267.1 k


0.8 x


0.1 x

Financial Leverage

13.5 x
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Connect Group Operating Metrics

Connect Group's Customers was reported to be 4.7 k in FY, 2016.
FY, 2015FY, 2016


4.20 k4.70 k


40 k40 k
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Connect Group Revenue Breakdown

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Connect Group revenue breakdown by business segment: 75.7% from Connect News & Media: News Distribution, 9.1% from Connect News & Media: Media, 10.3% from Connect Parcel Freight and 4.8% from Other

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Connect Group Online and Social Media Presence

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