Connect Group

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.
Company Growth (employees)
Swindon, GB
Size (employees)
5,968 (est)
Connect Group is headquartered in Swindon, GB

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 Financials

Connect Group's revenue was reported to be £1.6 b in FY, 2017 which is a 3% decrease from the previous period.

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

Market capitalization (31-Oct-2017)

270.1 m

Closing share price (31-Oct-2017)


Cash (31-Aug-2017)

5.5 m


284.6 m
Connect Group's current market capitalization is £270.1 m.
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Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

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Gross profit

123.5 m130.6 m177 m191.9 m185.7 m
GBPY, 2017


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6.8 x


5.6 x


267.1 k


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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, which is a 12% increase from the previous period
FY, 2015FY, 2016


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4.2 k4.7 k
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Connect Group Market Value History

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Connect Group's Web-traffic and Trends

Connect Group Online and Social Media Presence

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