Embattled law firm Slater and Gordon (ASX:SGH) provided an update on the potential impact of UK regulatory changes and reassured investors that impacts won’t be as severe as the general public fears.
In announcement released to the ASX this morning Slater and Gordon reaffirmed its FY16 guidance of A$1,150m of revenue and $A205m EBITDA and also stated that it remains in compliance with its debt obligations.
Given the lack of detail available, the company admits that impacts on performance in 2017 and beyond is hard to predict, however the earliest date of implementation for the proposed changes will be April 2017.
Managing Director, Andrew Grech said: “These proposals will not have any impacts on the Slater and Gordon Lawyers business in Australia. Nor are they expects to have a material impacts on the SGL business in the UK, given practice diversity and the profile of clients for whom SGL acts.”
Andrew Greech also points out that the proposals in the current form will not eliminate the right to claim compensation or remove the right to obtain advice with the claim process.
Furthermore he stated: "SGH is well positioned to continue to be a leading provider of services to people who require legal and other assistance as a result of RTAs in the UK in the 2017 financial year and beyond.”
Management will not provide any guidance post FY16 as it would be premature in nature. Over the past few decades Slater and Gordon has faced various regulatory changes and managed to adjust its business model. The company has successfully responded to various challenges and is expected to find a way to overcome any headwinds in the UK.
SGH opened significantly higher on Monday as investors had time to consider all implications over the weekend. Volatility is expected to remain high in the short-term.
Wise-owl will provide its subscribers with any updates in due course.
Author: Simon Herrmann
Nov 30, 2015
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