Improving productivity and investing in its delivery networks
DX has issued a statement on current trading. As it reported on 17 September 2020, trading in the first months of the new financial year has been ahead of the same period in 2019, and this has continued, without any sign as yet of an adverse impact from the second national coronavirus lockdown in England.
Net new business across both divisions to date is encouraging and the new business pipeline remains very healthy. While it is still relatively early in the financial year, with volumes better than expected and margins improving in DX Freight, the Company now anticipate that DX is on track to perform materially better than current market expectations.
DX is improving productivity. It is investing in its delivery networks to support growth, and recently opened three new depots in Burnley, Westbury and Oxford. Two service centre openings and a further depot opening, as well as two major depot upgrades, are planned for the remainder of this financial year, which will further enhance networks and improve efficiency.
Investment in operational parcel handling equipment and IT systems continues as part of the £10.0 million investment programme that commenced last year.
The Group remains in a strong financial position, with high levels of liquidity and significant headroom within its invoice discounting facility. It expects to provide a further update on trading in February, ahead of the publication of interim results in March 2021.