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|Type||Public limited company|
|Traded as||LSE: PHTM|
|Headquarters||Bookham, Surrey, England|
|Area served||World wide|
|Key people||Serge Crasnianski, (CEO)|
Photo-Me International plc (LSE: PHTM) based in Bookham, Surrey operates photobooths. It became a plc in 1963 and has built operations in several countries including Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Germany and France in addition to the UK. Although most well known for its photobooths, Photo-Me operates, sells and services a wide range of instant service equipment.
With 44,100 vending locations in 15 countries, Photo-Me is the world's leading operator of photobooths, with 21,500 sited. The Group operates a diverse range of vending equipment, including digital printing kiosks, children's rides and amusement machines.
Photo-Me sells a complete range of photo-processing equipment covering all market segments, including photobook makers, digital printing kiosks, minilabs and wholesale labs. The Group has over 1,000 technicians worldwide, servicing equipment for itself and third parties.
The Company's shares have been fully listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1962. In 2007 Vernon Sankey and Serge Crasnianski were both forced to resign over plans to sell off the vending division by a shareholder revolt.
Serge Crasnianski was reappointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in May 2009 . He was subsequently appointed Deputy Chairman and Joint Chief Executive and in May 2010 assumed the role of Chief Executive.
Following his reappointment, a major restructuring was carried out at KIS and the Group after losses of £6.3 million in 2008 and recorded a pre-tax profit of £1.6 million in the year ending April 30, 2009. In the year to April 30, 2010, the Group’s loss-making wholesale photo-processing labs business was sold and pre-tax profits were reported at £14.0 million. Of note was the £31.6 million improvement in the overall cash position such that the net cash on the Balance Sheet was £8.1 million compared to net debt of £23.5 million the previous year.
The company has traditionally been an innovative one and the table below shows the key dates for the introduction of its products. The latest product – the Photobook Maker – is the first self-service kiosk able to produce stylish photobooks in minutes. The Pocketbook Maker is a version of this and produces albums in the popular 6”x4” format.
- 1981 - Kis invents 1 hour photo development minilabs;
- 1994 - Photovision – First digital photobooth;
- 2000 - DKS digital minilabs;
- 2004 - Digital printing kiosks;
- 2006 - Photobook Pro album making machine;
- 2009 - Photobook Maker;
- 2010 - All-in-one kiosk and Pocketbook Maker
- Photo-Me shares fall after profit warning - Business News, Business - The Independent[dead link]
- http://www.h-l.co.uk/shares/security_news/articles/2588317?rq=article&sedol=0848125[dead link]
- http://www.h-l.co.uk/shares/security_news/articles/2653207?rq=article&sedol=0848125[dead link]
- Photo-Me International PLC, UK - Financial Reports
- http://www.photo-me.co.uk/ Photo-Me UK