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Royal Mail results: Investors await update on cost savings


Royal Mail results: Investors await update on cost savings

Royal Mail results: Firm in ‘tricky position’ as investors await update on cost savings amid job cuts

Royal Mail share price has tumbled by a third this year

Royal Mail faces a major test when it reveals if the boom in business that came with the pandemic is here to stay. 

The 506-year-old firm benefited as shops shut in lockdown and people travelled less. That triggered a huge rise in parcel deliveries – but there are fears it could now be flagging after Covid restrictions ended. 

In January, Royal Mail said it expected profits at its UK arm of £430million for the 12 months to March 31, down from a previous target of £500million. 

So all eyes are on its full-year results on Thursday. Total profits – including at its international business – are expected to rise from £664million to £722million, according to Refinitiv data. 

The share price has tumbled by a third this year, indicating that there is some scepticism about its prospects. 

Covid-related staff absences will have pushed up its costs. But analysts are likely to look past one-offs. 

Royal Mail grabbed headlines this week when it said it was planning 50 new routes for delivery drones after a series of trials, though this raises questions about how much it is spending on new technologies. 

A huge investment ‘well over £400million’ has raised eyebrows. 

Analysts will also be keen for an update on the aim to slash 700 managers’ jobs to save £40million a year. 

Laura Hoy, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said it was in a ‘tricky position’. She said: ‘Now that tailwinds have dissipated, much of the transition involves cutting cost, and its biggest cost is its massive network of employees.’ 

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