First Interim Management Statement for 2010

  13 week period ended 26 March 201013 week period ended 27 March 2009Increase %
Revenue (£million) 53.9 52.9 1.9
Operating profit (excluding profit
on sale of fixed assets) (£million)*
20.4 20.4 -

*Operating profit includes £1.5 million (Q1 2009: £1.5 million) in respect of recoveries from the pre-arranged funeral plan trusts.

Trading since 26 March 2010 continues to be in line with management's expectations and there were no significant transactions in the period to 9 May 2010.

Mike McCollum, Chief Executive of Dignity plc commented:

'This is a good performance by the Group. The first quarter of 2010 is more consistent with the average of the last five years than was the case last year when there was an unusually high number of deaths in the first quarter. Our expectations for the full year's financial performance continue to be positive and remain unchanged.'

In accordance with the terms of the securitisation carried out in April 2003, Dignity (2002) Limited (the holding company of those companies subject to the securitisation) has today issued reports to the Rating Agencies (Fitch and Standard & Poor's), the Security Trustee and the holders of notes issued in connection with the securitisation confirming compliance with the covenants established under the securitisation.

Copies of these reports are available at www.dignityfuneralsplc.co.uk/


Dignity plc
Mike McCollum, Chief Executive
Steve Whittern, Finance Director
Tel: 0121 354 1557

Buchanan Communications
Richard Oldworth
Suzanne Brocks
Christian Goodbody
Tel: 0207 466 5000

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