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Alumasc Group Plc (ALU)

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Tuesday 05 February, 2013

Alumasc Group Plc

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 0988X
Alumasc Group PLC
05 February 2013
 



IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 5 February 2013

 

THE ALUMASC GROUP PLC - INTERIM RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Alumasc (ALU.L), the premium building and engineering products group, announces interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2012. A presentation for analysts and private client brokers will be held at 9.30 today at the offices of Peel Hunt (120 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5ET).

 

Financial summary


6 months to

31/12/12

6 months to

31/12/11

Year to

30/6/12

Group revenues (£m)

59.5

54.1

110.6

Underlying profit before tax (£m)

2.3

1.0

1.6

Reported profit before tax* (£m)

1.3

0.7

0.4

Underlying earnings per share (pence)

4.8

2.0

3.0

Basic earnings per share (pence)

2.7

1.4

1.2

Dividend per share (pence)

2.0

1.0

2.0

 

* After non-recurring costs of £1.0m (H1: 2011/12: £0.3m; 2011/12: £1.2m)

Key points

 

·     140% increase in underlying profit before tax reflects a strong performance by the Building Products businesses and progress in the recovery plan at Alumasc Precision.

·     Building Products operating profit increased 135% to £4.0m on revenue up 27% to £44.7m, outperforming the UK construction market, benefiting from the first phase of the £11m contract for the Kitimat smelter in Canada; buoyant demand for Community Energy Savings Programme ("CESP") projects in the UK and improved results across the rest of the division.

·     The green roof market remains challenging.  In response, Blackdown Greenroofs was restructured resulting in a £0.6m non-recurring, non-cash impairment charge. 

·     Alumasc Precision Components reduced operating losses compared with H2 last financial year, and achieved break-even results on a run rate basis in the Autumn.  This was despite revenues falling by 22% to £15.2m, following de-stocking by European OEM customers. Dyson Diecasting continues to trade strongly.

·     Net debtfell by £4.8m to £8.4m at the end of the period (30 June 2012: £13.2m), reflecting increased profits and £3m of advance payments on contracts.  Part of the net debt reduction is expected to reverse in the second half as some advance payments unwind and capital spend increases.

·     Interim dividend increased to 2.0p (2011: 1.0p) in line with the Board's stated intention to restore meaningful dividend payments once cover is achieved from underlying earnings.

 

 

Paul Hooper, Chief Executive, commented:

 

"Despite the short-term fall in customer demand at Alumasc Precision, the Board believes that, in view of the result for the first half and strong momentum in the Building Products division, the group remains on track to deliver previous expectations for underlying results for the full year."

 

Enquiries:

 

The Alumasc Group plc

01536 383844

Paul Hooper (Chief Executive)

Andrew Magson (Finance Director)




Bankside Consultants Limited

020 7367 8888

Simon Bloomfield

 

REVIEW OF INTERIM RESULTS

 

Overview

 

I am pleased to report that Alumasc has delivered a much improved first half performance. Group underlying profit before tax was more than double the prior year's interim result, reflecting a strong performance by our Building Products businesses and progress in the recovery plan at Alumasc Precision.

 

Group revenues increased by 10% to £59.5 million, due to further growth in the Building Products division despite the continued contraction in UK construction output.  This is a testament to the strength of our brands, which have been leveraged by our management teams through new product introductions, increasing focus on the more active London, South East and refurbishment markets in the UK, and growing export sales. Engineering Products revenues were lower due to the exceptional demand experienced in the prior first half year and some de-stocking by OEM customers in recent months.

 

Group underlying operating profits more than doubled to £3.1 million, when compared with the prior first half year, with the improvement attributable to the Building Products division. The principal contributors to this growth were the first phase of the £11 million contract to supply roofing and walling products to the Kitimat smelter refurbishment in Canada and buoyant demand for insulated renders as part of the Community Energy Savings Programme ("CESP") in the UK.

 

Underlying profit before tax also more than doubled to £2.3 million, despite a £0.2 million higher non-cash financing charge relating to the increased level of the group pension deficit at the beginning of the financial year. Group underlying operating margins improved significantly to 5.3% (2011: 2.7%).

 

Reported profit before tax increased to £1.3 million (2011: £0.7 million), after deducting a non-recurring impairment charge of £0.6 million relating to the Blackdown green roofing business (described further below), restructuring costs of £0.2 million and amortisation of acquired intangible assets of £0.2 million.

 

Underlying earnings per share were 4.8 pence (2011: 2.0 pence) and basic earnings per share 2.7 pence (2011: 1.4 pence), in both cases benefiting from Alumasc's higher profit and lower UK tax rates.

 

The group's first half cash flow performance was excellent, with net debt reducing significantly by £4.8 million from £13.2 million at the last year end to £8.4 million at 31 December.

 

In view of all the above, the Board is able to begin to re-build the group dividend, and proposes to increase the interim dividend to 2.0 pence per share (2011: 1.0 pence per share). The interim dividend will be paid on 9 April to shareholders on the register on 8 March 2013.

 

Building Products Division

 

The Group's Building Products division had a strong first half year, buoyed not only by the Kitimat contract and the CESP projects referred to above, but also work on the large solar shading project at Chiswick Park in London, initial sales of Gatic products to the London Gateway  project, and an excellent performance from Timloc.

 

First half divisional revenues grew by 27% to £44.7 million, underlying operating profit more than doubled to £4.0 million and underlying operating margins improved from 4.9% to 9.1%.   

 

Within the Building Products division, all business segments grew underlying operating profit compared to the prior first half year:

 

·     Levolux, the UK's leading solar shading business, continued to grow export sales, with the USA, Middle East and France being the principal markets of focus. UK activity was boosted by the £3.3 million contract at Chiswick Park which was approximately two thirds complete by the half year end. The further £4.7 million non-commercial project in London, announced last year, is now expected mainly to benefit Alumasc's next financial year.  

·     Roofing & Walling's performance was dominated by the Kitimat contract and the work on exterior wall insulation projects. Whilst the CESP work is now largely complete, the latter part of the second half year could benefit from projects under the successor "ECO" (Energy Company Obligation) scheme.  

·     In our Construction Products segment, momentum began to build at Gatic ahead of the half year end as work commenced to supply product to the London Gateway project. The majority of this work is expected to be complete in the second half of this financial year. Gatic has a strong order book, both in the UK and internationally.  

·     The Rainwater, Drainage, Plastics and Casings segment reported another solid result in a tough UK market place. Particularly notable was an improved Drainage business performance following a very successful expansion of the roof drainage offer and the refocusing of the sales team at the beginning of the year.  Timloc's performance was exceptional, benefiting from both an extended product range and manufacturing efficiencies.

 

The green roof market, however, has continued to be particularly challenging and this market is still relatively immature in the UK. Whilst we continue to believe in the longer term potential of the Blackdown Greenroofs business, the current UK market place is crowded, with no firm regulations governing either environmental performance or quality standards. Against this background, green roofs have been susceptible to de-specification and value engineering, with revenues and margins significantly eroded as a consequence. In response, we have restructured Blackdown, which should result in a stronger and more competitive business. Although Blackdown is a small business and its underlying operating result was not material to the Roofing & Walling segment as a whole, this triggered a non-recurring impairment charge against the carrying value of goodwill of £0.6 million.

 

The group was pleased to announce the acquisition of Rainclear Systems Limited on 30 November for an expected total consideration of £0.8 million, of which initial consideration of £0.4 million was paid at completion. Rainclear will broaden our route to market for rainwater systems, enabling the group to exploit Rainclear's web-based marketing skills and positioning with independent merchants, whilst also extending our product range to include steel rainwater products.

 

Engineering Products Division

 

Divisional revenues reduced by 22% to £15.2 million, due to the non-repeat of the exceptional demand experienced prior to the end of 2011 when engine emission regulations became more stringent, and some de-stocking by OEM customers in the second quarter of this financial year. Following operating losses incurred mainly in the first part of the financial year at Alumasc Precision Components ("APC"), whilst the recovery plan for that business was still in its early phases, the division as a whole made an underlying operating loss of £0.3 million in the first half year. This was nonetheless a significant improvement on the £1.0 million underlying operating loss made in the second half of the prior financial year.

 

The business improvement programme at APC began to build momentum as the new management team bedded in, and delivered a break-even result on a run-rate basis in the Autumn, some months ahead of previous expectations. There remain significant opportunities to further improve performance.

 

However, in common with many other industrial suppliers, forecasts from APC's customers for demand in the remainder of this financial year, particularly to European end user markets, reduced by some 20-30 per cent in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We believe this reflected a correction to customer over-stocking earlier in the year. APC's cost base has been adjusted, with the dual objective of lowering the break-even point whilst retaining key skills and flexibility to benefit from an anticipated market recovery later in the 2013 calendar year.

 

Dyson Diecasting, APC's sister business, continues to trade strongly and, with a more diversified customer base supplying a wider range of end use markets, has not been impacted significantly by customer de-stocking.

 

Cash flow, balance sheet and pensions

 

The Group's cash performance exceeded internal expectations throughout the first half year, with net debt of £8.4 million at 31 December some £4.8 million lower than at 30 June 2012.

 

This excellent performance reflected the increased level of profit and a strong working capital performance, including £3.0 million of advance payments on customer contracts.  The rolling twelve month average trade working capital as a percentage of sales ratio reduced from 13.9% at the last year end to 12.2% at 31 December. The level of payments in advance is expected to reduce by the financial year end and capital expenditure is planned to be higher in the second half year. Therefore it is likely that some of the reduction in net debt already achieved so far this financial year will reverse in the second half.  The group operated comfortably within loan covenant limits in the period.

The group pension deficit, calculated under IAS19 conventions, reduced from £14.5 million at 30 June to £13.7 million at 31 December 2012, mainly due to a positive investment performance and company contributions in the intervening period. Retained profits over the six month period, combined with the reduced pension deficit, led to an improvement in shareholders' funds from £18.9 million at 30 June to £19.4 million at 31 December 2012.

 

Outlook

 

The Group's order book remains strong overall at £46 million, with continued good order intake for building products offsetting the softness at APC.

 

Despite the short-term fall in customer demand at Alumasc Precision, the Board believes that, in view of the result for the first half and strong momentum in the Building Products division, the group remains on track to deliver previous expectations for underlying results for the full financial year.

 

 

Paul Hooper

Chief Executive

5 February 2013

 

 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the half year to 31 December 2012

 



Half year to 31 December 2012

Half year to 31 December 2011

Year to

30 June 2012



Before

non-recurring items and brand amortisation

 

 

Non-recurring items and brand amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

Total

Before

non-recurring items and brand amortisation

 

Non-recurring

 items and brand amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

Total



(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000










Revenue

4

59,519

-

59,519

54,062

-

54,062

110,619

Cost of sales


(44,767)

-

(44,767)

(41,108)

-

(41,108)

(84,501)

Gross profit


14,752

-

14,752

12,954

-

12,954

26,118










Net operating expenses









   Net operating expenses before 

   non-recurring items and brand

   amortisation


 

 

(11,596)

 

 

-

 

 

(11,596)

 

 

(11,487)

 

 

-

 

 

(11,487)

 

 

(23,540)

   Impairment

5

-

(625)

(625)

-

-

-

-

   Restructuring and acquisition costs

5

-

(241)

(241)

-

(113)

(113)

(866)

   Brand amortisation

5

-

(128)

(128)

-

(162)

(162)

(299)

Net operating expenses


(11,596)

(994)

(12,590)

(11,487)

(275)

(11,762)

(24,705)










Operating profit

4

3,156

(994)

2,162

1,467

(275)

1,192

1,413










Finance income

6

1,703

-

1,703

2,202

-

2,202

4,402

Finance expenses

6

(2,535)

-

(2,535)

(2,702)

-

(2,702)

(5,425)

Profit before taxation


2,324

(994)

1,330

967

(275)

692

390










Tax (expense)/income

7

(604)

224

(380)

(271)

83

(188)

23



 

 







Profit for the period


1,720

(770)

950

696

(192)

504

413

 

Other comprehensive income









Gains/(losses) recognised directly in equity:









    Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension schemes

 

2



 

(6)



 

(11,207)

(13,818)

    Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges




 

-



 

(48)

(7)

    Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations




 

(13)



 

9

 

7

    Tax on items taken directly to or transferred from equity

 

7



 

(142)



 

2,733

 

3,191

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax




 

(161)



 

(8,513)

(10,627)










Total comprehensive income for the period, net of tax




789



(8,009)

(10,214)










Earnings per share




Pence



Pence

Pence










Basic earnings per share

10



2.7



1.4

1.2










Diluted earnings per share




2.7



1.4

1.2


 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

at 31 December 2012

 





31 December

31 December

30 June





2012

(Unaudited)

2011

(Unaudited)

2012

(Audited)





£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets







Non-current assets






Property, plant and equipment


13,462

14,433

13,826

Goodwill




16,488

16,888

16,888

Other intangible assets


3,252

3,284

2,976

Financial asset investments



17

17

17

Deferred tax assets



3,156

3,225

3,489





36,375

37,847

37,196

Current assets






Inventories



14,015

13,635

14,136

Biological assets


125

269

91

Trade and other receivables


19,774

21,332

26,451

Cash and cash equivalents


11,434

1,308

6,550

Income tax receivable


-

-

161

Derivative financial assets


71

84

82





45,419

36,628

47,471






Total assets



81,794

74,475

84,667







Liabilities






Non-current liabilities





Interest bearing loans and borrowings


(19,807)

(14,751)

(19,779)

Employee benefits payable


(13,723)

(12,900)

(14,539)

Provisions




(595)

(493)

(469)

Deferred tax liabilities


(1,652)

(1,810)

(1,694)





(35,777)

(29,954)

(36,481)

Current liabilities






Trade and other payables


(25,941)

(22,631)

(28,739)

Provisions




(246)

(28)

(516)

Income tax payable



(454)

(132)

-

Derivative financial liabilities


(3)

(169)

(3)





(26,644)

(22,960)

(29,258)

Total liabilities



(62,421)

(52,914)

(65,739)








Net assets



19,373

21,561

18,928








Equity







Called up share capital


4,517

4,517

4,517

Share premium



445

445

445

Capital reserve - own shares


(618)

(618)

(618)

Hedging reserve



(19)

8

(22)

Foreign currency reserve



23

38

36

Profit and loss account reserve



15,025

17,171

14,570

Total equity



19,373

21,561

18,928


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

for the half year to 31 December 2012

 




Half year to

Half year to

Year to




31 December

31 December

30 June





2012

(Unaudited)

2011

(Unaudited)

2012

(Audited)





£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating activities






Operating profit


2,162

1,192

1,413

Adjustments for:






Depreciation



1,116

1,166

2,444

Amortisation


247

383

652

Impairment


625

-

-

Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment


(58)

-

(19)

Decrease / (increase) in inventories


352

(1,192)

(1,693)

(Increase) / decrease in biological assets


(34)

101

279

Decrease / (increase) in receivables


6,940

2,516

(2,599)

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables


(3,454)

(1,172)

4,789

Movement in provisions


(244)

(72)

392

Movement in retirement benefit obligations


(1,224)

(1,318)

(2,449)

Share based payments


12

11

(60)

Cash generated from operations


6,440

1,615

3,149








Tax received / (paid)




182

(64)

(68)

Net cash inflow from operating activities


6,622

1,551

3,081







Investing activities






Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(623)

(1,312)

(1,877)

Payments to acquire intangible fixed assets


(23)

(111)

(72)

Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment


64

-

48

Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash


(400)

-

-

Interest received


8

-

12

Net cash outflow from investing activities


(974)

(1,423)

(1,889)







Financing activities






Interest paid



(395)

(416)

(866)

Equity dividends paid



(356)

(2,406)

(2,763)

Draw down of amounts borrowed


-

-

5,000

Purchase of financial instrument


-

-

(7)

Net cash (outflow) / inflow from financing activities


(751)

(2,822)

1,364








Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

4,897

(2,694)

2,556








Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


6,550

3,993

3,993

Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

4,897

(2,694)

2,556

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes


(13)

9

1

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

11,434

1,308

6,550








Cash and cash equivalents comprise:





Cash and short term deposits


11,434

1,308

6,550

Bank overdrafts




-

-

-


 

11,434

1,308

6,550


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

for the half year to 31 December 2012

 

 

Share

Share

Capital reserve -

 

 

 

Hedging

 

 

Foreign

currency

 

Profit

and loss account

 

 

capital

premium

own shares

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2012

4,517

445

(618)

(22)

36

14,570

18,928

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

950

950

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

-

-

-

-

(13)

-

 

(13)

Net loss on cash flow hedges

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Tax on derivative financial liability

-

-

-

3

-

-

3

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension schemes, net of tax

-

-

-

-

-

(151)

 

(151)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(356)

(356)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

12

12

At 31 December 2012

4,517

445

(618)

(19)

23

15,025

19,373

 

 







 

Share

Share

Capital reserve -

 

 

Hedging

 

 Foreign

currency

Profit

and loss account


 

capital

premium

own shares

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2011

4,517

445

(618)

44

29

27,548

31,965

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

504

504

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

-

-

-

-

9

-

 

9

Net loss on cash flow hedges

-

-

-

(48)

-

-

(48)

Tax on derivative financial liability

-

-

-

12

-

-

12

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension schemes, net of tax

-

-

-

-

-

(8,486)

 

(8,486)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(2,406)

(2,406)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

11

11

At 31 December 2011

4,517

445

(618)

8

38

17,171

21,561


NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

for the half year to 31 December 2012

 

1. Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements of The Alumasc Group plc and its subsidiaries have been prepared on the basis of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as adopted by the European Union, that are effective at 31 December 2012.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared using the accounting policies set out in the statutory accounts for the financial year to 30 June 2012 and in accordance with IAS34 "Interim Financial Reporting".

 

The consolidated financial statements of the group as at and for the year ended 30 June 2012 are available on request from the company's registered office at Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northants, NN15 5JP or at the website www.alumasc.co.uk.

 

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 30 June 2012 are not the company's statutory accounts for that financial year but have been extracted from these accounts. Those accounts have been reported on by the company's auditors and delivered to the registrar of companies. The report of the auditors was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the half year ended 31 December 2012 are not statutory accounts and have been neither audited nor reviewed by the group's auditors.  They do not contain all of the information required for full financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the group as at and for the year ended 30 June 2012. 

 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on

5 February 2013.

 

On the basis of the group's financing facilities and current financial plans and sensitivity analyses, the Board is satisfied that the group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and accordingly continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

 

2. Estimates

The preparation of condensed consolidated interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amount of assets and liabilities, income and expense.  Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

Except as described below, in preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 30 June 2012.

 

During the six months ended 31 December 2012, management reassessed and updated its estimates in respect of retirement benefit obligations based on market data available at 31 December 2012.  The resulting impact was a £6k pre-tax actuarial loss, calculated using IAS19 conventions, that has been recognised in the six month period to 31 December 2012.

 

3. Risks & Uncertainties

A summary of the group's principal risks and uncertainties was provided on pages 27 and 28 of Alumasc's Report and Accounts 2012. The Board considers these risks and uncertainties remain relevant to the current financial year.

 



 

4. Segmental analysis

 

 

External

 

 

Inter-segment

 

Revenue

Total

Segmental Operating

Result

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Half Year to 31 December 2012 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading

9,582

-

9,582

484

Roofing & Walling

17,564

-

17,564

1,595

Energy Management

27,146

-

27,146

2,079

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Products

7,538

-

7,538

950

Rainwater, Drainage, Plastics & Casings

10,060

37

10,097

1,032

Water Management & Other

17,598

37

17,635

1,982

 

 

 

 

 

Building Products

44,744

37

44,781

4,061

 

 

 

 

 

Alumasc Precision

14,775

384

15,159

(294)

Engineering Products

14,775

384

15,159

(294)

 

 

 

 

 

Elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(421)

(421)

(611)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

59,519

-

59,519

3,156

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

3,156

Impairment

 

 

 

(625)

Restructuring and acquisition costs

 

 

 

(241)

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(128)

Total operating profit

 

 

 

2,162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External

 

 

Inter-segment

 

Revenue

Total

Segmental Operating

Result

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Half Year to 31 December 2011 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading

8,569

-

8,569

273

Roofing & Walling

9,207

-

9,207

(189)

Energy Management

17,776

-

17,776

84

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Products

6,839

-

6,839

697

Rainwater, Drainage, Plastics & Casings

10,568

44

10,612

950

Water Management & Other

17,407

44

17,451

1,647

 

 

 

 

 

Building Products

35,183

44

35,227

1,731

 

 

 

 

 

Alumasc Precision

18,879

631

19,510

219

Engineering Products

18,879

631

19,510

219

 

 

 

 

 

Elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(675)

(675)

(483)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

54,062

-

54,062

1,467

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

1,467

Restructuring costs

 

 

 

(113)

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(162)

Total operating profit

 

 

 

1,192

 

 

 

External

 

 

Inter-segment

 

Revenue

Total

Segmental Operating

Result

Full Year to 30 June 2012 (Audited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading

16,751

-

16,751

247

Roofing & Walling

22,369

-

22,369

437

Energy Management

39,120

-

39,120

684

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Products

15,135

-

15,135

1,894

Rainwater, Drainage, Plastics & Casings

20,598

64

20,662

1,806

Water Management & Other

35,733

64

35,797

3,700

 

 

 

 

 

Building Products

74,853

64

74,917

4,384

 

 

 

 

 

Alumasc Precision

35,766

1,038

36,804

(770)

Engineering Products

35,766

1,038

36,804

(770)

 

 

 

 

 

Elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(1,102)

(1,102)

(1,036)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

110,619

-

110,619

2,578

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

2,578

Restructuring costs

 

 

 

(866)

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(299)

Total operating profit

 

 

 

1,413

 

 

5. Non-recurring items and amortisation


Half year to

Half year to

Year to




31 December

31 December

30 June




2012

2011

2012




(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)




£'000

£'000

£'000







Impairment

(625)

-

-

Restructuring and acquisition costs

(241)

(113)

(866)

Brand amortisation

(128)

(162)

(299)


(994)

(275)

(1,165)

 

The impairment charge of £625,000 relates to the carrying value of goodwill in Blackdown Greenroofs, which has been reduced from £1,251,000 to £626,000.

 

Restructuring costs relate to restructuring and redundancy costs in all periods.  Acquisition costs relate to the costs of acquiring Rainclear Systems Limited during the 6 month period to 31 December 2012.

 

6. Net finance costs


Half year to

Half year to

Year to




31 December

31 December

30 June




2012

2011

2012




(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)




£'000

£'000

£'000







Finance revenue - Bank interest

(7)

(6)

(12)

                         - Expected return on pension scheme plan assets

(1,696)

(2,196)

(4,390)


(1,703)

(2,202)

(4,402)

 

Finance costs     - Bank loans and overdrafts

66

73

101

                         - Revolving credit facility

371

275

617


437

348

718

                         - Pension scheme liability interest

2,098

2,354

4,707


2,535

2,702

5,425

 

 

7. Tax expense










Half year to

Half year to

Year to





31 December

31 December

30 June





2012

(Unaudited)

2011

(Unaudited)

2012

(Audited)





£'000

£'000

£'000








Current tax:





UK corporation tax


336

140

(177)

Overseas Tax

9

-

37

Amounts over provided in previous years

-

-

(9)

Total current tax


345

140

(149)








Deferred tax:






Origination and reversal of temporary differences

79

58

291

Tax over provided in previous years

-

-

(4)

Rate change adjustment

(44)

(10)

(161)

Total deferred tax

35

48

126















Total tax expense/(credit)

380

188

(23)








Tax recognised in other comprehensive income:




Deferred tax:




Actuarial losses on pension schemes

145

(2,721)

(3,250)

Cash flow hedge

(3)

(12)

59

Tax charged/(credited) to other comprehensive income

142

(2,733)

(3,191)








Total tax charge/(credit) in the statement of comprehensive income

522

(2,545)

(3,214)

 

 

8. Dividends

The directors have approved an interim dividend per share of 2.0p (2011: 1.0p) which will be paid on 9 April 2013 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 8 March 2013.  The cash cost of the dividend is expected to be £0.7 million.  In accordance with IFRS accounting requirements, as the dividend was approved after the balance sheet date, it has not been accrued in the interim consolidated financial statements.  A final dividend per share of 1.0p in respect of the 2011/12 financial year was paid at a cash cost of £0.4 million during the period.

 

9. Share Based Payments

During the period, the group awarded 100,000 (2011: 130,000) options under the Executive Share Option Scheme ("ESOS").  These options have an exercise price of 79.5p and require certain criteria to be fulfilled before vesting.  184,000 (2011: 33,000) existing ESOS options lapsed during the period.

 

No awards were granted under the group's Long Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") during the period (2011: 322,761).  LTIP awards have no exercise price but are dependent on certain vesting criteria being met.  During the period 290,272 (2011: 335,203) existing LTIP awards lapsed.

 

10. Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net profit for the period attributable to ordinary equity shareholders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

 

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net profit attributable to ordinary equity shareholders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period, after allowing for the exercise of outstanding share options. The following sets out the income and share data used in the basic and diluted earnings per share calculations:

 


Half year to

31 December

2012

Half year to

31 December

2011

Year to

30 June

2012


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


£'000

£'000

      £'000





Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

950

504

413

 

 





Half year to

31 December

2012

Half year to

31 December

2011

Year to

30 June

2012


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


        000s

        000s

000s





Basic weighted average number of shares

35,648

35,648

35,648

Dilutive potential ordinary shares

-

272

-

Diluted weighted average number of shares

35,648

35,920

35,648





Calculation of underlying earnings per share:



Half year to

31 December

2012

Half year to

31 December

2011

Year to

30 June

2012


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


£'000

£'000

      £'000





Reported profit before taxation

1,330

692

390

Add: impairment

625

-

-

Add: restructuring and acquisition costs

241

113

866

Add: brand amortisation

128

162

299





Underlying profit before taxation

2,324

967

1,555

Tax at underlying group rate of 26.0%

(2011: 28.0%; 2011/12: 31.6%)

(604)

(271)

(491)

Underlying earnings

1,720

696

1,064





Underlying earnings per share

4.8p

2.0p

3.0p

 

 

11. Business combinations

On 30 November 2012, the group acquired 100% of the ordinary share capital of Rainclear Systems Limited ("Rainclear") for an expected total enterprise value of £770,000, comprising initial purchase consideration of £450,000 plus deferred consideration fair valued at £320,000.  Deferred consideration is payable in two tranches, subject to Rainclear achieving a profit before tax of £250,000 in the year to December 2013, and £270,000 in the year to April 2014.  Excluding cash acquired with the business and completion accounts adjustments, the net initial consideration paid and satisfied in cash was £400,000.  The impact of Rainclear revenues to the period end are not material to the group.

 

12. Related party disclosure

The group has a related party relationship with its directors and with its UK pension schemes.  There has been no material change in the nature of the related party transactions described in the Report and Accounts 2012.  Related party information is disclosed in note 31 of that document.   

 

 

Responsibility Statement

 

The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge:

 

a) the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the EU; and

 

b) the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:

·      DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

·      DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the group during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

 

On behalf of the Board

 

 

 

G P Hooper                                                           A Magson             

Chief Executive                                                     Group Finance Director


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