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Caledonia Inv PLC (CLDN)

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Wednesday 25 November, 2009

Caledonia Inv PLC

Half-year results

RNS Number : 0269D
Caledonia Investments PLC
25 November 2009
 




Caledonia Investments plc


Half-year results for the six months ended 30 September 2009



Key points


  • 24.8increase in diluted NAV per share over the period


  • 2.9% increase in interim dividend to 10.6p


  • 242% total shareholder return over ten years


  • 68% total shareholder return over five years


  • 46% increase in diluted NAV per share over five years


  • £63m invested and £26m realised



Tim Ingram, Chief Executive, commented:


"The strong rebound in equity prices has substantially aided our NAV performance. We have a robust portfolio that overall has weathered the recession well. Our £100m term bank facilities remain undrawn and are therefore available for follow-on investment and new opportunities although, in present conditions, we do not plan to become significantly geared."



25 November 2009




Enquiries:

Caledonia Investments plc

College Hill

Tim Ingram, Chief Executive 

Tony Friend 

Jonathan Cartwright, Finance Director

Roddy Watt (mobile: +44 7766 998915)

+44 20 7802 8080

+44 20 7457 2020







Copies of this statement are available at the company's registered office, Cayzer House, 30 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6NNUnited Kingdom, or from its website at www.caledonia.com.

  Management report


Results and performance

The first half of our financial year has seen massive increases in stock market prices all round the world, but not necessarily supported by the fundamental trading position of the companies themselves. Our benchmark index - the FTSE All-Share - increased by no less than 32.8% during this six month period to 30 September 2009. Not surprisingly therefore our own diluted net asset value ('NAV') per share also increased substantially by 24.8% to 1945p at 30 September. Our short-term underperformance compared with the FTSE All-Share index, while disappointing, is nonetheless a consequence of our deliberate strategy of maintaining a robust and defensive portfolio of long-term stakes in sound businesses. This ensured that our NAV per share suffered a proportionately lower decline in value when the market was falling, but had a lesser rebound when the market rose.


The discount of our share price to diluted NAV per share narrowed to 14.3% at 30 September 2009, compared with 17.3% at the previous year end.


Our declared performance benchmark periods are five and ten years. Over the five years to 30 September 2009, our share price total return of 67.7% represented a 29.3% outperformance compared with the FTSE All-Share Total Return of 38.4%. Over the ten year period (which more fully encompasses the economic cycle), our share price total return of 242.3% represented an outperformance of 213.8% compared with the FTSE All-Share Total Return of 28.5%.


Portfolio approach

In these fragile economic conditions we have continued to be cautious in our approach. As the investment activity section below shows, nearly all of our investment has been in existing investee companies where we know the businesses and the managements well, usually through having one of our own full-time executives on their boards as a non-executive director. This form of direct and extensive shareholder involvement with our listed investee companies sets us apart from other UK-based financial institutional investors, and is, we believe, one of the key ingredients to our successful long-term performance. During the six months, considerable time and energy has been spent with the managements of investee companies to help support the right strategies in these turbulent economic times.

 

Investment activity

We sought to take advantage of the lower prices prevailing earlier this year, and in the six months we invested just over £63m. This £63m represents a significant increase on the £41m of investments made in the first six months of the previous financial year when markets were weakening.


The principal investments are shown in the table below:



Resulting    






equity    


Country of


Cost 

Name

holding %    

Category

domicile

Business

£m  

London & Stamford

6.3    

Equity

Guernsey

Property investment

12.6 

Alok Industries

14.9    

Equity

India

Textiles manufacturer

9.5 

Oval

23.7    

Loans

UK

Insurance broking

7.5 

Cobepa

10.0    

Equity

Belgium

Investment company

7.0 

Avanti

22.6    

Equity

UK

Communications

6.1 

Begbies Traynor

15.7    

Equity

UK

Recovery/insolvency services

3.9 

Other investments





16.6 






63.2 


  During the six months we realised a total of £26m, compared with £44m in the six month period to 30 September 2008. The largest component arose from the realisation of our FTSE put options, partly held through a subsidiary company. The main realisations are shown in the table below:





Realised 



Proceeds  

gain 

Name

Nature of realisation

£m  

£m 

FTSE options

Close-out of options

10.8 

2.9 

Polar Capital fund

Redemption

6.8 

1.8 

Other realisations


8.6 

3.8 



26.2 

8.5 


At the end of September our cash position was £7m. In addition, we had committed undrawn term facilities totalling £100m.

 

Dividends

In keeping with our long-standing progressive dividend policy, the directors have declared an increased interim dividend of 10.6p per share. This represents an increase of 2.9% over last year's interim dividend and will be paid on 7 January 2010.


Recent developments in TGE Marine

On 2 October 2009, we announced that, together with Gas Fin Investments SA, a further 11.7% of shares in TGE Marine AG, the Germany-based designer and constructor of liquefied gas handling systems for ships and offshore units, had been purchased, bringing our combined shareholdings to 76.2%. We also announced that it would be our intention to de-list TGE Marine and that, together with Gas Fin, we would make a tender offer for the remaining shares in TGE Marine. The tender offer closed on 17 November 2009, as a result of which our combined shareholdings increased to 97.2%. The investment cost of our share in the transaction, including our part of the 11.7% holding acquired at the beginning of October, was approximately £6.7m.

 

Board changes

In September, we welcomed Charles Gregson to the board as an additional independent non-executive director.


More recently, we announced that Stephen King will be joining the board as Finance Director on 9 December, to succeed Jonathan Cartwright.


Outlook

Despite the substantial bounce-back in equity prices around the world, the economic outlook remains very fragile. Major banks remain weakened and consumer debt - particularly in the US and UK - is very high. Western governments have pumped vast amounts of liquidity into the markets and kept interest rates at extraordinarily low levels. Equities, which generally are providing (for now at least) a higher yield than cash, have inevitably been the recipient of much of this artificially created liquidity. Accordingly, as mentioned before, in many cases equity prices are not at present looking particularly attractive when analysed against the fundamental financial outlook for the companies themselves. We are therefore continuing to be cautious and, at least in the shorter term, are now planning to utilise only a small part of our £100m bank facilities. Thus, in present conditions, we are aiming not to be geared significantly, whilst retaining sufficient fund availability for follow-on investment and new opportunities.


Tim Ingram

Chief Executive

  Our portfolio



Equity  

 

 

 

 

Net 


holding  

 Country of

Business


Total 

assets 

Name

%  

 domicile

sector

Nature of business

£m 

% 

Close Brothers[1,2]

13.6  

 UK

Financial

Merchant banking

156.3 

13.8 

British Empire Securities[1,2]

17.7  

 UK

Funds

Investment trust

123.1 

10.9 

Cobepa[2]

10.0  

 Belgium

Funds

Investment company

68.3 

6.0 

Oval[2]

23.7  

 UK

Financial

Insurance broking

49.4 

4.4 

Avanti Communications[1,2]

22.6  

 UK

Consumer

Satellite communications

47.2 

4.2 

Bristow Group[1,2]

6.6  

 US

Oil and gas

Helicopter services

45.1 

4.0 

London & Stamford Property[1]

6.3  

 Guernsey

Property

Property investment

40.3 

3.5 

Melrose Resources[1,2]

10.3  

 UK

Oil and gas

Oil and gas E&P 

40.1 

3.5 

Rathbone Brothers[1,2]

10.4  

 UK

Financial

Fund management

38.9 

3.4 

Eddington Capital funds[3]

 

 Cayman

Funds

Funds of hedge funds

36.2 

3.2 

AG Barr[1]

9.4  

 UK

Consumer

Soft drinks

29.5 

2.6 

Quintain Estates[1]

10.6  

 UK

Property

Property development

29.2 

2.6 

Satellite Information Services[2]

22.5  

 UK

Consumer

Betting information distribution

28.7 

2.5 

Alok Industries[1,2]

14.9  

 India

Consumer

Textiles manufacturer

27.9 

2.5 

Celerant Consulting[2]

47.3  

 UK

Industrial

Management consulting

23.0 

2.0 

Polar Capital funds[3]

 

 Ireland/Cayman

Funds

Hedge and long-only funds

18.2 

1.6 

Novae Group[1,2]

7.2  

 UK

Financial

Insurance services

17.8 

1.6 

Dewan Housing Finance[1,2]

11.0  

 India

Financial

Housing finance

17.0 

1.5 

Nova Springboard[3]

 

 Guernsey

Funds

Investment fund

16.0 

1.4 

Begbies Traynor[1,2]

15.7  

 UK

Industrial

Recovery/insolvency services

15.1 

1.3 

TGE Marine[1,2]

35.4  

 Germany

Industrial

Gas engineering

13.8 

1.2 

Serica Energy[1,2]

14.4  

 UK

Oil and gas

Oil and gas E&P

13.6 

1.2 

Varun Shipping[1,2]

11.2  

 India

Industrial

Shipping services

13.4 

1.2 

Pragma


 France

Funds

Investment funds

13.2 

1.2 

Eredene Capital[1,2]

21.6  

 UK

Property

Indian infrastructure investment

12.1 

1.1 

Ermitage[2]

60.0  

 Jersey

Financial

Funds of hedge funds manager

11.9 

1.1 

Other investments[4]





190.7 

16.8 

Investment portfolio

 

 

 

 

1,136.0 

100.3 

Cash and other net liabilities

 

 

 

 

(3.7)

(0.3)

Net assets

 

 

 

 

1,132.3 

100.0 


1.

Equity securities quoted on UK or overseas stock exchanges.

2.

Board representation.

3.

Investment in funds only. Caledonia is also a shareholder in, and has board representation on, the management company.

4.

Comprised investments of less than 1% of net assets each.




Net assets by business sector


Net assets by geography


Net assets by currency

Financial

28%


United Kingdom

67%


Pounds sterling

79%

Funds

27%


Continental Europe

16%


Euro

8%

Property

13%


North America

6%


US dollar

6%

Oil and gas

8%


Asia

11%


Indian rupee

6%

Industrial

9%





Other currencies

1%

Consumer

15%
















  

Risks and uncertainties


Caledonia has a risk management framework that provides a structured process for identifying, assessing and managing risks associated with the company's business objectives and strategy.


The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the company are set out in the business review section of Caledonia's annual report 2009. In summary, those risks and uncertainties were market risk, currency risk, interest rate risk, other price risk, liquidity risk, credit risk, fair values of financial assets and capital management policies and procedures.


The principal risks and uncertainties identified in the annual report 2009 remain unchanged and each of them has the potential to affect the company's results during the remainder of the year ending 31 March 2010.


Caledonia aims to manage risk by:

o

diversifying the portfolio by sector and geography

o

ensuring access to relevant information from investee companies, usually through board representation

o

managing cash and cash equivalents to ensure that liquidity is available to meet investment and operating needs

o

reducing counterparty risk by limiting maximum aggregate exposures.



Going concern


After making enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the company and the group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the half-year condensed financial statements.



Directors' responsibility statement


We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

o

the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union

o

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


1.

DTR 4.2.7 of the 'Disclosure Rules 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 financial year


2.

DTR 4.2.8 of the 'Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules', being related parties transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the enterprise during that period and any changes in the related parties transactions described in the last annual report that could have a material effect on the financial position or performance of the enterprise in the first six months of the current financial year.


Signed on behalf of the Board


Tim Ingram

Jonathan Cartwright

Chief Executive

Finance Director

  Condensed statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 September 2009



Company


Group


6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 


6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 


30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 


30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 


2009 

2008 

2009 


2009 

2008 

2009 


£m 

£m 

£m 


£m 

£m 

£m 

Gains and losses on investments held at fair value

244.1 

(132.1)

(350.4)


260.8 

(136.4)

(350.8)

    through profit or loss








Gains and losses on derivatives used to hedge the

(7.0)

(1.3)


(18.5)

15.6 

26.1 

    fair value of investments








Provisions

10.0 

10.0 


10.0 

10.0 

Investment and other income

10.9 

14.5 

34.6 


12.4 

15.8 

38.9 

Investment income impairment

(2.5)


(2.5)

Gross portfolio return

248.0 

(107.6)

(309.6)


254.7 

(95.0)

(278.3)

Management expenses

(6.1)

(5.6)

(9.6)


(6.1)

(5.6)

(9.6)

Other expenses

(0.2)

(0.1)

(0.5)


(0.2)

(0.1)

(0.5)

Net portfolio return

241.7 

(113.3)

(319.7)


248.4 

(100.7)

(288.4)

Revenue from sales of goods and services


56.6 

57.6 

131.0 

Operating expenses


(55.2)

(52.4)

(135.5)

Loss on disposal of operations


(0.3)

Gain on investment property


0.3 

Share of results of joint ventures


(2.8)

0.3 

0.8 

Profit/(loss) before finance costs

241.7 

(113.3)

(319.7)


247.0 

(95.2)

(292.1)

Treasury interest receivable

0.3 

0.9 

1.6 


0.1 

1.0 

1.7 

Exchange movements

(0.2)

0.1 

(0.8)


(1.0)

(0.1)

1.2 

Finance costs

(0.2)

(0.5)


(1.3)

(2.2)

(4.7)

Profit/(loss) before tax

241.6 

(112.3)

(319.4)


244.8 

(96.5)

(293.9)

Taxation

(0.7)

(7.1)

(6.1)


(1.4)

(11.0)

(6.9)

Profit/(loss) for the period

240.9 

(119.4)

(325.5)


243.4 

(107.5)

(300.8)

Other comprehensive income








Exchange differences on translation of


(1.6)

1.7 

6.9 

    foreign operations








Transfer to income statement on disposal of


(0.4)

    foreign operations








Actuarial losses on defined benefit pension schemes

(1.0)

(3.5)

(3.5)


(1.3)

(6.0)

(8.6)

Tax on other comprehensive income

0.3 

(0.8)

(0.7)


0.8 

0.6 

0.6 

Total comprehensive income

240.2 

(123.7)

(329.7)


241.3 

(111.2)

(302.3)









Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to








Equity holders of the parent

240.9 

(119.4)

(325.5)


243.3 

(107.6)

(300.6)

Minority interest


0.1 

0.1 

(0.2)


240.9 

(119.4)

(325.5)


243.4 

(107.5)

(300.8)

Total comprehensive income attributable to








Equity holders of the parent

240.2 

(123.7)

(329.7)


241.4 

(111.4)

(302.6)

Minority interest


(0.1)

0.2 

0.3 


240.2 

(123.7)

(329.7)


241.3 

(111.2)

(302.3)









Basic earnings per share

417.5p 

-207.2p 

-564.1p 


421.6p 

-186.7p 

-521.0p

Diluted earnings per share

415.5p 

-207.2p 

-564.1p 


419.6p 

-186.7p 

-521.0p


  Condensed statement of financial position

at 30 September 2009



Company


Group


30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 


30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 


2009 

2008 

2009 


2009 

2008 

2009 


£m 

£m 

£m 


£m 

£m 

£m 

Non-current assets








Investments held at fair value through profit or loss

1,134.7 

1,114.4 

848.9 


1,077.5 

995.1 

773.2 

Investments in subsidiaries held at cost

0.8 

0.8 

0.8 


Available for sale investments


0.7 

0.6 

0.8 

Intangible assets


27.7 

39.9 

28.8 

Property, plant and equipment


88.0 

89.4 

90.4 

Investment property


11.9 

5.4 

0.5 

Interests in joint ventures


5.1 

7.9 

8.1 

Deferred tax assets

0.7 

1.0 

2.0 


6.1 

6.7 

7.9 

Non-current assets

1,136.2 

1,116.2 

851.7 


1,217.0 

1,145.0 

909.7 

Current assets








Inventories


16.0 

18.1 

17.3 

Derivatives

0.5 

6.6 


0.5 

31.2 

29.2 

Trade and other receivables

7.7 

2.5 

4.0 


31.8 

28.4 

38.5 

Current tax assets


1.0 

0.3 

0.4 

Money market funds held at fair value through 


1.0 

    profit or loss








Cash and cash equivalents

7.3 

17.1 

55.5 


24.4 

31.8 

74.2 

Current assets

15.5 

19.6 

66.1 


73.7 

109.8 

160.6 

Total assets

1,151.7 

1,135.8 

917.8 


1,290.7 

1,254.8 

1,070.3 

Current liabilities








Bank overdrafts


(0.2)

(0.3)

(0.3)

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


(0.1)

(16.6)

(1.6)

Trade and other payables

(4.3)

(7.9)

(2.4)


(24.7)

(28.2)

(32.8)

Employee benefits


(1.7)

(2.7)

(3.5)

Current tax liabilities

(2.9)

(5.2)

(4.0)


(0.5)

(10.6)

(3.8)

Provisions

(8.9)

(3.5)

(3.5)


(4.2)

(4.1)

(4.2)

Current liabilities

(16.1)

(16.6)

(9.9)


(31.4)

(62.5)

(46.2)

Non-current liabilities








Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


(86.4)

(52.8)

(79.5)

Employee benefits

(2.5)

(1.5)

(1.5)


(11.7)

(9.2)

(11.1)

Deferred tax liabilities

(0.8)

(1.1)

(0.2)


(2.1)

(2.5)

(1.5)

Non-current liabilities

(3.3)

(2.6)

(1.7)


(100.2)

(64.5)

(92.1)

Total liabilities

(19.4)

(19.2)

(11.6)


(131.6)

(127.0)

(138.3)

Net assets

1,132.3 

1,116.6 

906.2 


1,159.1 

1,127.8 

932.0 

Equity








Share capital

3.3 

3.3 

3.3 


3.3 

3.3 

3.3 

Share premium

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 


1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

Capital redemption reserve

1.2 

1.2 

1.2 


1.2 

1.2 

1.2 

Capital reserve

879.8 

863.5 

643.5 


Retained earnings

272.3 

272.7 

281.5 


1,170.1 

1,141.2 

940.4 

Foreign exchange translation reserve


6.3 

3.3 

7.7 

Own shares

(25.6)

(25.4)

(24.6)


(25.6)

(25.4)

(24.6)

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

1,132.3 

1,116.6 

906.2 


1,156.6 

1,124.9 

929.3 

Minority interest


2.5 

2.9 

2.7 

Total equity

1,132.3 

1,116.6 

906.2 


1,159.1 

1,127.8 

932.0 









Undiluted net asset value per share

1964p 

1939p 

1574p 





Diluted net asset value per share

1945p 

1919p 

1559p 






  Condensed statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 September 2009





Capital 



Currency 







redemp- 



transla





Share 

Share 

tion 

Capital 

Retained 

tion 

Own 

Minority 

Total 


capital 

premium 

reserve 

reserve 

earnings 

reserve 

shares 

interest 

equity 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Company










Balance at 1 April 2008

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

998.1 

274.3 

- 

(26.3)

- 

1,251.9 

Total comprehensive income

- 

- 

- 

(354.6)

24.9 

- 

- 

- 

(329.7)

Share-based payments

- 

- 

- 

- 

1.3 

- 

- 

- 

1.3 

Exercise of share options

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

2.2 

- 

2.2 

Own shares repurchased

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

(3.5)

- 

(3.5)

Share buy-back arrangements

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

3.0 

- 

3.0 

Dividends to shareholders

- 

- 

- 

- 

(19.0)

- 

- 

- 

(19.0)

Balance at 31 March 2009

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

643.5 

281.5 

- 

(24.6)

- 

906.2 

Total comprehensive income

- 

- 

- 

236.3 

3.9 

- 

- 

- 

240.2 

Share-based payments

- 

- 

- 

- 

0.5 

- 

- 

- 

0.5 

Exercise of share options

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

0.8 

- 

0.8 

Own shares repurchased

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

(1.8)

- 

(1.8)

Dividends to shareholders

- 

- 

- 

- 

(13.6)

- 

- 

- 

(13.6)

Balance at 30 September 2009

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

879.8 

272.3 

 - 

(25.6)

- 

1,132.3 











Balance at 1 April 2008

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

998.1 

274.3 

- 

(26.3)

- 

1,251.9 

Total comprehensive income

- 

- 

- 

(134.6)

10.9 

- 

- 

- 

(123.7)

Share-based payments

- 

- 

- 

- 

0.5 

- 

- 

- 

0.5 

Exercise of share options

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

2.2 

- 

2.2 

Own shares repurchased

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

(2.3)

- 

(2.3)

Share buy-back arrangements

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

1.0 

- 

1.0 

Dividends to shareholders

- 

- 

- 

- 

(13.0)

- 

- 

- 

(13.0)

Balance at 30 September 2008

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

863.5 

272.7 

- 

(25.4)

- 

1,116.6 











Group










Balance at 1 April 2008

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

- 

1,266.7 

1.7 

(26.3)

3.4 

1,251.3 

Total comprehensive income

- 

- 

- 

- 

(308.6)

6.0 

- 

0.3 

(302.3)

Share-based payments

- 

- 

- 

- 

1.3 

- 

- 

- 

1.3 

Exercise of share options

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

2.2 

- 

2.2 

Own shares repurchased

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

(3.5)

- 

(3.5)

Share buy-back arrangements

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

3.0 

- 

3.0 

Dividends to shareholders

- 

- 

- 

- 

(19.0)

- 

- 

(1.0)

(20.0)

Balance at 31 March 2009

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

- 

940.4 

7.7 

(24.6)

2.7 

932.0 

Total comprehensive income

- 

- 

- 

- 

242.8 

(1.4)

- 

(0.1)

241.3 

Share-based payments

- 

- 

- 

- 

0.5 

- 

- 

- 

0.5 

Exercise of share options

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

0.8 

- 

0.8 

Own shares repurchased

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

(1.8)

- 

(1.8)

Dividends to shareholders

- 

- 

- 

- 

(13.6)

- 

- 

(0.1)

(13.7)

Balance at 30 September 2009

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

- 

1,170.1 

6.3 

(25.6)

2.5 

1,159.1 











Balance at 1 April 2008

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

- 

1,266.7 

1.7 

(26.3)

3.4 

1,251.3 

Total comprehensive income

- 

- 

- 

- 

(113.0)

1.6 

- 

0.2 

(111.2)

Share-based payments

- 

- 

- 

- 

0.5 

- 

- 

- 

0.5 

Exercise of share options

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

2.2 

- 

2.2 

Own shares repurchased

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

(2.3)

- 

(2.3)

Share buy-back arrangements

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

- 

1.0 

- 

1.0 

Dividends to shareholders

- 

- 

- 

- 

(13.0)

- 

- 

(0.7)

(13.7)

Balance at 30 September 2008

3.3 

1.3 

1.2 

- 

1,141.2 

3.3 

(25.4)

2.9 

1,127.8 


  Condensed statement of cash flows

for the six months ended 30 September 2009



Company


Group


6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 


6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 


30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 


30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 


2009 

2008 

2009 


2009 

2008 

2009 


£m 

£m 

£m 


£m 

£m 

£m 

Operating activities








Dividends received

10.0 

11.8 

27.3 


10.0 

11.9 

25.3 

Interest received

2.0 

2.3 

9.2 


2.6 

1.8 

8.6 

Cash received from customers


67.4 

62.6 

134.1 

Cash paid to suppliers

(4.6)

(7.8)

(16.3)


(64.6)

(63.4)

(130.3)

Taxes received/(paid)

0.7 

(4.3)

(6.7)


(2.1)

(8.9)

(13.7)

Group relief received

0.2 

0.7 


Net cash flow from operating activities

8.1 

2.2 

14.2 


13.3 

4.0 

24.0 

Investing activities








Purchases of investments

(61.1)

(39.5)

(63.6)


(58.6)

(38.6)

(55.0)

Proceeds from disposal of investments

26.6 

44.0 

110.3 


15.9 

39.1 

62.7 

Purchases of money market funds


(1.0)

Proceeds from disposal of money market funds


1.0 

-  

Net receipts/(payments) from derivatives

(1.0)

(7.9)


9.3 

4.5 

17.7 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(1.1)

(3.6)

(6.2)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment


0.1 

2.4 

Proceeds from disposal of joint ventures


0.2 

0.1 

0.4 

Purchases of investment property


(12.1)

Proceeds from disposal of investment property


6.3 

Purchases of subsidiaries net of cash acquired


(3.1)

(2.9)

(4.3)

Proceeds from disposal of subsidiaries net of cash disposed


0.7 

(0.2)

Loans advanced

(6.0)


(4.3)

Net cash flow from/(used in) investing activities

(41.5)

4.5 

38.8 


(52.1)

(1.3)

22.8 

Financing activities








Interest paid

(0.2)

(0.7)


(1.2)

(2.2)

(4.5)

Distributions paid to holders of equity shares

(13.6)

(13.0)

(19.0)


(13.6)

(13.0)

(19.0)

Dividends paid to minority interests


(0.1)

(0.7)

(1.0)

Proceeds from new borrowings

50.0 


7.4 

1.8 

60.0 

Repayment of borrowings

(50.0)


(1.5)

(0.3)

(52.9)

Purchase of treasury stock

(50.4)


(50.4)

Proceeds from disposal of treasury stock

50.4 


50.4 

Exercise of share options

0.8 

2.2 

2.2 


0.8 

2.2 

2.2 

Re-purchase of own shares

(1.8)

(2.3)

(3.5)


(1.8)

(2.3)

(3.5)

Net cash flow used in financing activities

(14.8)

(13.1)

(21.0)


(10.0)

(14.5)

(18.7)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(48.2)

(6.4)

32.0 


(48.8)

(11.8)

28.1 

Cash and cash equivalents at period start

55.5 

23.5 

23.5 


73.9 

42.7 

42.7 

Exchange gains on cash and cash equivalents


(0.9)

0.6 

3.1 

Cash and cash equivalents at period end

7.3 

17.1 

55.5 


24.2 

31.5 

73.9 


  Notes to the condensed set of financial statements


1. General information

Caledonia Investments plc is an investment trust company domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of its registered office is Cayzer House, 30 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6NN. The ordinary shares of the company are listed on the London Stock Exchange and the New Zealand Exchange.


This condensed set of financial statements was approved for issue on 25 November 2009 and is unaudited.


The information for the period ended 30 September 2009 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' report on those accounts was not qualified and did not contain a statement under section 237(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 1985.


2. Basis of accounting

This condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2009, which were prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.


3. Accounting policies

Except as described below, the same accounting policies, presentations and methods of computation are followed in this condensed set of financial statements as were applied in the company's latest audited annual financial statements.

o

IAS 1 (revised 2007) 'Presentation of Financial Statements' requires the presentation of a statement of comprehensive income.

o

IFRS 8 'Operating Segments' requires financial information to be presented on the same basis as used for internal performance measurement.


4. Dividends

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the period were as follows:



6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 


30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 


2009 

2008 

2009 


£m 

£m 

£m 

Final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2009 of 23.5p per share (2008 - 22.6p)

13.5 

13.0 

13.0 

Interim dividend for the year ended 31 March 2009 of 10.3p per share

6.0 


13.5 

13.0 

19.0 


The directors have declared an interim dividend for the year ending 31 March 2010 of 10.6p per share, totalling £6.1m, which has not been included as a liability in this condensed set of financial statements. This dividend will be payable on 7 January 2010 to holders of shares on the register on 4 December 2009. The ex-dividend date will be 2 December 2009.


5. Capital commitments

On 30 September 2009, the company had undrawn fund and other commitments totalling £56.9m (30 September 2008 - £85.3m and 31 March 2009 - £96.0m).


6. Borrowings

At 30 September 2009, the company had £100m in undrawn committed revolving facilities expiring in 2013.

 7. Share capital

During the six months ended 30 September 2009, 157,587 shares were released by the Employee Share Trust on the exercise of options and calling of deferred bonus awards for a consideration of £0.8m. 111,239 shares were repurchased by the Employee Share Trust at a cost of £1.8m.


At 30 September 2009, the company had entered into a share buy-back arrangement for up to £2.0m, equating to 119,976 shares. Provision for a similar arrangement at the last year end for £2.0m equating to 155,159 shares was reversed.


On 29 May 2009, executive share options were granted over 286,501 shares, with an average fair value of 392p per share.


8. Related parties

Caledonia Group Services Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, provides management services to the company. During the period, £5.0m was charged to the company (30 September 2008 - £5.0m and 31 March 2009 - £10.2m).


9. Impairment of assets

During the six months ended 30 September 2009, the group recognised impairments of £0.5m (30 September 2008 - £nil and 31 March 2009 - £16.5m).


10. Operating segments

The chief operating decision-maker has been identified as the Executive Committee, which reviews the company's internal reporting in order to assess performance and allocate resources. Management has determined the operating segments based on these reports.


The performance of operating segments is assessed on a measure of company gross portfolio return, principally comprising gains and losses on investments and investment income. Reportable profit or loss is after 'Other items', which comprise management and other expenses and treasury income. Reportable assets equate to the company's net asset value. 


Reportable results and assets view subsidiaries and joint ventures as investments held at fair value and include liabilities of the company. To reconcile to group profit or loss and total assets 'Eliminations' comprise the difference between the aggregate fair value and total assets of subsidiaries and joint ventures and the company's liabilities.



Profit or loss before tax

Assets


6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 

6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 


30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 


2009 

2008 

2009 

2009 

2008 

2009 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Financial

87.0 

(27.3)

(70.2)

323.5 

274.9 

232.9 

Funds

44.2 

(31.5)

(52.0)

325.4 

319.4 

284.5 

Property

41.2 

(44.0)

(82.3)

110.5 

108.6 

55.5 

Consumer

53.7 

(22.4)

(39.3)

165.6 

112.1 

95.5 

Oil and gas

26.0 

(20.4)

(45.2)

98.8 

98.2 

74.1 

Industrial

15.2 

26.3 

(45.4)

111.7 

175.8 

89.6 

FTSE options

(19.3)

11.7 

24.8 

0.5 

26.2 

24.2 

Gross portfolio

248.0 

(107.6)

(309.6)

1,136.0 

1,115.2 

856.3 

Other items

(6.4)

(4.7)

(9.8)

(3.7)

1.4 

49.9 

Reportable total

241.6 

(112.3)

(319.4)

1,132.3 

1,116.6 

906.2 

Eliminations

3.2 

15.8 

25.5 

158.4 

138.2 

164.1 

Group total

244.8 

(96.5)

(293.9)

1,290.7 

1,254.8 

1,070.3 


  Independent review report to Caledonia Investments plc


Introduction

We have been engaged by the company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-year financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2009, which comprises the condensed comprehensive income statement, the condensed statement of financial position, the condensed statement of changes in equity, the condensed statement of cash flows and related notes 1 to 10. We have read the other information contained in the half-year financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.


This report is made solely to the company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to them in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.


Directors' responsibilities

The half-year financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-year financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority.


As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the company are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-year financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union.


Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-year financial report based on our review.


Scope of review 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.


Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-year financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2009 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority.


Deloitte LLP

Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors

LondonUnited Kingdom

25 November 2009



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