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Early warning signs for UK Golf Courses & Clubs

7.53am 29th April 2008 - Management Topics

At a time when even the most ambivalent are starting accept that a recession will hit the UK economy in 2008 a new study by industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing has looked at how the UK slowdown is already impacting on golf courses & clubs.

The analysis, to be published on 1st May, has drawn on the very latest figures for each of the UK’s Top 860 companies in the golf courses & clubs market. Plimsoll Publishing’s headline findings offer stark reading:
• 18% of companies are already showing signs of recessionary behaviour, reporting declining sales. This is immediate evidence that the market is slowing down.
• Over two thirds of companies have seen their margins fall. Of most concern, a half of these are currently running at a loss. The pressure on sales has forced an immediate squeeze on profitability. These companies are struggling against rising costs and declining sales.
• Over a quarter have seen an increase in their need for short term finance, a sign that costs are running ahead of cash flow. This is doubly dangerous at a time when Banks and financiers are looking hard at their loan books and therefore places these companies in an even more vulnerable position.
• As a result, as many as 1 in 5 Golf Courses & Clubs companies could disappear completely if this trend continues or deepens.

Explaining these results, David Pattison, senior analyst at Plimsoll, reports, “We are reading every day how the credit market and the world of finance is been hit, but nonetheless I was still surprised to see just how much the Golf Courses & Clubs Market is feeling the pressure. I hope this report is recognised as an early warning sign and managers read this and use the findings to steer a course though these tricky times.”

The analysis, is not entirely without some good news, some evidence that certain areas, particularly the small companies, with their concentration on local and domestic markets are less exposed to less exposure to the slow down in the market.

This exclusive report names the 860 companies that are best placed to gain in a recession and those likely to fail because of their current strategy is unsustainable. Copies are available for £350 by calling 01642 626422 or by email at
Readers of Golf Business can request a £50 discount when ordering.

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