Sprue Aegis plc(“Sprue” or the “Company”)
DA Termination Notice and Update re final results announcement
Sprue (AIM: SPRP), one of Europe’s leading developers and suppliers of home safety products, announces that it received written notice (“Termination for Breach Notice”) on 22 March 2018 from BRK Brands, Inc. in which it is alleged, inter alia, that:
– the Company is in breach of certain provisions (relating, inter alia, to the Company’s rights to use certain BRK trademarks) of the distribution agreement entered into between Sprue and BRK Brands Europe Limited (“BRK”) dated 10 April 2010 which was extended by both parties for a further three years from 1 April 2015 (“Distribution Agreement”) and that this alleged breach severely damages BRK; and
– the breach is not curable and as such BRK is terminating the Distribution Agreement effective as of 22 March 2018 and that BRK shall not be purchasing any stocks of unsold products.
The Company will be carrying out an assessment of the value of the stocks of unsold products which BRK has stated, in the Termination for Breach Notice, it is not going to purchase. A further announcement will be made in due course.
The Company announced on 31 March 2017 that it had received 12 months’ written notice to terminate the Distribution Agreement such that the Distribution Agreement would terminate on 31 March 2018. The Company also announced on 31 March 2017 that expiry of the 12 months’ notice period on the Distribution Agreement would end Sprue’s obligation to pay the fixed BRK annual distribution fee of £2.9m and its right to distribute BRK’s products and brands in Europe, both with effect from 31 March 2018.
The Company is taking legal advice with regard to the Termination for Breach Notice and the allegations made by BRK and a further announcement will be made in due course.
On 30 January 2018, the Company announced that it expected to announce its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2017 in late March 2018. In light of the Termination for Breach Notice, the audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2017 will not now be announced in late March 2018. A further announcement will be made in due course.
The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.
For further information, please contact:
Sprue Aegis plc 02477 717700
Graham Whitworth, Executive Chairman
Neil Smith, Group Chief Executive
Stockdale Securities 0207 601 6100
Vigo Communications 020 7830 9700
Jeremy Garcia / Fiona Henson / Antonia Pollock
Notes to Editors
About Sprue Aegis plc
Sprue’s mission is to protect, save and improve our customers’ lives by making innovative, leading edge technology simple and accessible. Sprue is one of the market leaders in the European home safety products market and launched its own connected homes product proposition at the end of 2016.
Sprue’s principal products are smoke alarms, CO alarms and accessories. The Group has an extensive portfolio of patented intellectual property in Europe, the US and other selected territories. Products are sold under Sprue’s leading brands of FireAngel, FireAngel Pro, FireAngel Spec, AngelEye and FireAngel Connect.
For further product information, please visit: www.sprue.com