Premier Farnell Continues to Deliver Good Performance in 3 Months ending 31 December 2018

Continued Sales Growth alongside Double-digit Growth in Operating Income

Premier Farnell, the Development Distributor, delivered growth in the second quarter of fiscal year FY19 (three months ended 31 December 2018) with global revenue of $368.3m, up +2.8% year over year (+5.2% year over year on a constant currency basis). The growth rate was affected by softness in single board computing sales. Operating income continued to grow strongly, up 19% year over year.

Performance in Asia Pacific was strong, whilst Europe and North America delivered good levels of sales growth. Continued investment in inventory helped support customers through allocation and shortages in the market. Growth continued to be supported by impressive sales growth in Passives and a continued good performance in Test and Tools.

In preparation for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019, Premier Farnell has been investing in stock and warehouse infrastructure outside of the United Kingdom, to ensure that it is ready to respond to potential outcomes, and can support customers as they work to bring their products to market through changing times.

Chris Breslin, President of Premier Farnell said: “We help our customers bring their products to market by providing a strong portfolio of supplier products and innovative technologies. During the quarter we have continued to invest in stock and added further new suppliers to our linecard including Tronics, Pulse, Kiktronik, and Taoglas.”

During the quarter, Premier Farnell’s new 360,000 sq foot distribution warehouse in Leeds, United Kingdom, reached a key milestone with external build complete. Due to be operational in early 2020, the new warehouse will become the largest distribution centre in the Premier Farnell group and a hub for future growth.

Breslin added: “As we take our place within the Avnet ecosystem, this increased distribution capacity coupled with the latest technology means our customers can continue to rely on us to deliver products when they need them.”

Premier Farnell operates as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 in Asia Pacific.



About us

Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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