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16 May 2014

Trading Update and Notice of Results

Benchmark, the sustainable food chain business, is pleased to announce that trading performance in the six months to 31 March 2014 was in line with the Board’s expectations.

The Group made good progress on its strategy during the period across its three divisions particularly in Vaccines and Technical Publishing, with the bolt-on strategic acquisitions of Zoetis’ aquaculture assets and Old Pond Publishing.

Notice of Results
Benchmark will announce its interim results for the six months to 31 March 2014 on Tuesday, 24 June 2014.

Benchmark Chief Executive Officer, Malcolm Pye, said:

“I am pleased to report that the business is making progress on the strategic objectives we outlined at IPO, both organically and in terms of acquisitions. Zoetis aquaculture and Old Pond Publishing fit our strategy of targeting assets which have strong synergies and clear growth opportunities. Benchmark has a solid platform on which to build and we look forward to providing more detailed information on our progress and plans at the Group’s Interim Results in June.”