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Friday 11 March, 2016

Wetherspoon (JD) PLC

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 7733R
Wetherspoon (JD) PLC
10 March 2016
 



11 March 2016

PRESS RELEASE

 

J D WETHERSPOON PLC

INTERIM RESULTS

(For the 26 weeks ended 24 January 2016)

 

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


 

 

Before exceptional items:

 


Ÿ  Revenue £790.3m (2015: £744.4m)                          

+6.2%

Ÿ  Like-for-like sales                                                       

+2.9%

Ÿ  Operating profit £49.4m (2015: £55.4m)

-10.8%

Ÿ  Profit before tax £36.0m (2015: £37.5m)

Ÿ  Underlying earnings per share before a property gain and the benefits of a deferred tax credit 19.1p (2015: 22.9p)

-3.9%

-16.6%

Ÿ  Interim dividend 4.0p (2015: 4.0p)

Maintained



 

After exceptional items

 


Ÿ  Profit before tax £36.6m (2015: £37.5m)

-2.2%

 



 

Commenting on the results, Tim Martin, the Chairman of J D Wetherspoon plc, said:

 

"As previously highlighted, the biggest danger to the pub industry is the continuing tax disparity between supermarkets and pubs. There is a growing realisation among politicians, the media and the public that pubs are overtaxed and that a level tax playing field will create more jobs and taxes for the country.

 

"In the six weeks to 6 March 2016, like-for-like sales increased by 3.7%, with total sales increasing by 5.7%.

 

"Sales comparisons in the second half of the financial year will be slightly more favourable, although further wage increases are due in April. As a number of pub companies have indicated, the pub and restaurant market is highly competitive, but we are aiming for a reasonable outcome for the financial year, before the impact of the £3.8m property gain referred to today.

 

"A wide debate is taking place as to whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union. I have written an article on the subject, favouring withdrawal from the Union, since returning power to the national parliament will increase the level of democracy and accountability. This article is reproduced below."

 

 

 

Enquiries:

 

John Hutson                            Chief Executive Officer           01923 477777

Ben Whitley                             Finance Director                     01923 477777

Eddie Gershon                        Company spokesman             07956 392234

 

Photographs are available at: www.newscast.co.uk            

 

  

 

Notes to editors

 

1.         JD Wetherspoon owns and operates pubs throughout the UK.  The Company aims to provide customers with good-quality food and drink, served by well-trained and friendly staff, at reasonable prices.  The pubs are individually designed and the Company aims to maintain them in excellent condition.

2.         Visit our website www.jdwetherspoon.com 

3.         This announcement has been prepared solely to provide additional information to the shareholders of JD Wetherspoon, in order to meet the requirements of the UK Listing Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.  It should not be relied on by any other party, for other purposes.  Forward-looking statements have been made by the directors in good faith using information available up until the date that they approved this statement.  Forward-looking statements should be regarded with caution because of inherent uncertainties in economic trends and business risks.

4.         The next trading statement will be issued on 4 May 2016.

 


CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT AND OPERATING REVIEW

In the 26 weeks ended 24 January 2016, like-for-like sales increased by 2.9%, with total sales increasing by 6.2% to £790.3m (2015: £744.4m). 

Like-for-like bar sales increased by 2.9% (2015: 1.5%), food by 2.9% (2015: 10.1%) and fruit/slot machines decreased by 2.9% (2015: increased by 1.1%). Like-for-like room sales at our hotels increased by 7.5% (2015: 11.8%). Bar sales were 59.2% of the total, food was 37.0%, fruit machines were 2.8% and room sales were 0.8%.

 

Operating profit decreased by 10.8% to £49.4m (2015: £55.4m). The operating margin was 6.3% (2015: 7.4%). Profit before tax and exceptional items decreased by 3.9% to £36.0m (2015: £37.5m). The decline in operating margin was mainly due to a lower gross margin and higher rates of pay for pub staff. The reduction in PBT was partially offset by a property gain of £3.8m (2015: loss of £0.3m).

 

Underlying earnings per share, before exceptional items, the property gain and the benefits of a deferred tax credit decreased by 16.6% to 19.1p (2015: 22.9p).

 

As illustrated in the table in the tax section below, the company paid taxes of £333.0m in the period under review, an increase of 9.4% compared with the £304.5m paid in the same period last year - and about 50% higher than five years ago (2011: £225.6m).

 

Net interest was covered 3.1 times by profit before interest, tax and exceptional items (2015: 3.1 times). Total capital investment was £75.6m in the period (2015: £93.8m). £15.5m was spent on freehold reversions of properties where Wetherspoon was the tenant (2015: £12.8m), £17.4m was spent on existing pubs (2015: £21.4m) and £42.7m was spent on new pub openings and extensions (2015: £59.4m).

 

Exceptional items before tax were £0.6m. A charge of £0.2m relates to the pub disposal programme and the company recognised a benefit of £0.8m resulting from a reduction in the onerous lease provision.

 

Free cash flow, after capital investment of £17.4m on existing pubs and payments of tax and interest, increased to £55.7m (2015: £44.9m). Free cash flow per share was up by 28.2% at 46.8p  (2015: 36.5p). The free cash flow increase in the period was mainly due to reduced expenditure on existing pubs and the timing of payables at the period end.

 

Dividends

The board declared an interim dividend of 4.0p per share for the current interim financial period ending 24 January 2016 (2015: 4.0p per share). The interim dividend will be paid on 26 May 2016 to those shareholders on the register at 29 April 2016.


Corporation tax

We expect the overall corporation tax charge for the financial year, including current and deferred taxation, to be approximately 26.9% before exceptional items (July 2015: 26.1%).

 

As in previous years, the company's tax rate is higher than the standard UK tax rate owing mainly to depreciation which is not eligible for tax relief.

 

Financing

As at 24 January 2016, the company's net borrowings (including finance leases) were £626.1m, an increase of £25.0m, compared with those of the previous year end (26 July 2015: £601.1m). The net-debt-to-EBITDA ratio was 3.49 times at the period end. Unutilised facilities were £214.6m at the period end (26 July 2015: £240.9m).

 

Property

During the period, we opened 5 new pubs and sold 2 pubs, bringing the number of pubs open at the period end to 954. We expect to open approximately 15 pubs in this financial year. Following a review of our estate, we have placed a number of pubs on the market and anticipate that some of these may be sold in the remainder of the financial year.

 

UK taxes and regulation

Pubs and restaurants pay far higher levels of UK tax than do supermarkets. The main disparity relates to VAT (value added tax), since supermarkets pay no VAT in respect of their food sales, whereas pubs pay 20%, enabling supermarkets to subsidise their alcoholic drinks prices. Pubs also pay approximately 15p per pint in respect of business rates, while supermarkets pay only about 1.5-2p per pint.

 

In addition, the government has recently introduced both a 'late-night levy' and additional fruit/slot machine taxes, further reducing the competitive position of pubs in relation to supermarkets.

 

The tax disparity with supermarkets is unfair. Pubs create significantly more jobs and more taxes per pint or per meal than do supermarkets and it does not make social or economic sense for the UK tax régime to favour supermarkets. We acknowledge the need for companies to pay a reasonable level of taxes, but hope that legislators will make prompt progress in creating a level playing field for all businesses which sell similar products.

The taxes paid by Wetherspoon in the period under review were as follows:

 

First half

(estimate - UK only)

2016

£m

2015

£m

VAT

153.1

144.8

Alcohol duty

83.3

75.2

PAYE and NIC

46.9

40.7

Business rates

24.7

24.0

Corporation tax

10.6

7.8

Corporation tax credit

(historic capital allowances)

-

(2.0)

Machine duty

5.6

5.7

Climate change levy

3.1

3.0

Carbon tax

1.8

1.8

Landfill tax

1.3

0.8

Fuel duty

1.1

1.1

Stamp duty

1.1

1.2

Premise licence and TV licences

0.4

0.4

TOTAL TAX

333.0

304.5

Tax per pub (£000)

350

327

Tax as % of sales

42.1%

40.9%

Pre-exceptional profit after tax

30.3

27.8

Profit after tax as % of sales

3.8%

3.7%

 

Further progress

As previously highlighted, the company`s philosophy is to try continuously to upgrade as many areas of the business as possible. For example, we have recently introduced a new menu with a number of new and improved items. At the same time we continue to increase our range of "craft" beers and traditional ales and have introduced 3 beers from the excellent Hogs Back brewery nationwide. 296 Wetherspoon pubs were recommended in CAMRA`s 2016 Good Beer Guide, more than any other company.

 

In November the government`s Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a report which named Wetherspoon equal top of the largest twenty food chains for hygiene standards over the last 5 years. 93% of our pubs have obtained the maximum 5 rating under the FSA scheme. 

 

We have now been recognised as one of 'Britain's Top Employers' in a Guardian publication for 14 consecutive years. 99% of our pubs have achieved approval from Cask Marque, a brewery-run scheme which encourages high standards in ale quality.

 

We also allocated £14.4m (2014: £15.3m) in bonuses and free shares to employees, 98.2% of which was paid to those below board level and 90% of which was paid to those working in our pubs.

 

Brexit

A wide debate is taking place as to whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union. I have written an article on the subject, favouring withdrawal from the Union, since returning power to the national parliament will, in my view, increase the level of democracy and accountability. This article is reproduced below.

 

Current trading and outlook

As previously highlighted, the biggest danger to the pub industry is the continuing tax disparity between supermarkets and pubs. There is a growing realisation among politicians, the media and the public that pubs are overtaxed and that a level tax playing field will create more jobs and taxes for the country.

 

In the six weeks to 6 March 2016, like-for-like sales increased by 3.7%, with total sales increasing by 5.7%.

 

Sales comparisons in the second half of the financial year will be slightly more favourable, although further wage increases are due in April. As a number of companies have indicated, the pub and restaurant market is highly competitive, but we are aiming for a reasonable outcome for the financial year, before the impact of the property gain referred to above.

 

 

Tim Martin

Chairman

10 March 2016


WETHERSPOON NEWS - SPRING 2016

 

Time to leave the EU?

We need a real debate

 

Wetherspoons's chairman argues that laws and key decisions should be made by national parliaments and not by non-democratic EU.

 

Say what you like about the euro, but it is certainly not democratic. It involves taking some of the most important economic powers of a government, the ability to set interest rates and a budget, the central controls of any economy, and transferring them to unelected apparatchiks in Europe.

 

In fact, Wetherspoon opposed the introduction of the euro about 15 years ago, but not really for that reason. Our observation was that the predecessor of the euro, the Exchange Rate Mechanism, had fallen apart at the seams in 1992, but not before a million households in the UK found themselves in "negative equity", as interest rates rose to 15% in an effort to maintain the value of the pound against the Deutschmark. We concluded that fixing currencies in this manner did not work and that, if you wanted a single currency, you had to have a single government. There is no example in history of a sustainable currency which isn't backed by a single government - it's been tried a few times and has always fallen apart, leaving chaos in its wake.

 

I was a spokesman for the "No" campaign at the time, which opposed the UK's entry into the euro. I was baffled by the fact that most of its political proponents were a middle-aged and older male elite, who'd almost all been to one of Britain's great universities. Yet they wished to surrender power to a non-democratic institution in Europe - what was their motivation?

 

No one can be sure, but it was probably the instinct or emotion that the European elite (the French call them "les énarques"), with a strikingly similar education and background to their own, could better handle important matters of state than the great, unwashed, British public, with its interfering courts, aggressive and intruding press, and cantankerous population. In effect, like rulers over the world, the political elite found democracy troublesome and tiring and yearned for a European club where the great and the good could rule with minimal interference.

 

Advocates of the euro were not confined to politicians. The chief executives of many of our biggest companies lined up to issue blood-curdling warnings of financial catastrophe if we stayed out, and the CBI, the mouthpiece for big business, was evangelical in its support. Even the Financial Times, with enarque Richard Lambert as editor, effectively censored anti-euro views in its pro-euro fervour. As I said then, pro-euro mania was a quasi-religious project, rather than a true economic one.

 

I took part in a debate on the euro on BBC's "Any Questions" at the time and Michael Heseltine, an arch euro supporter, succinctly summed up the inherent view of the majority (but by no means all) of the educated elite. He stated that the future of world governments lay in reducing the powers of national parliaments and handing them over to what he called "supra-national" organisations like the EU and the UN - let's call the supporters of this view, almost all male, the "Supras".

  

I recently set out the basis of the alternative philosophy in a recent Wetherspoon News article, commenting on government attempts to curb the press. This view is that all major powers should be permanently retained by national parliaments with a free vote for everyone, a free press, free courts, freedom of speech and religion, and with the church playing a symbolic role only in the constitution. Membership of international organisations like the U.N. is desirable, but law-making is reserved for the national parliament.

 

Successful constitutions, run along these lines, exist in most of the western world and, for all their faults, have produced by far the highest living standards of any system and by far the highest level of  freedom of speech and other "human rights" for their citizens - let's call the believers in this system "democrats" or "Demos".

 

The main issue in most people's minds in the "in or out" EU debate is immigration. Although I personally strongly believe in the Demo case, I also strongly believe that the UK has been a big beneficiary of the migration of large numbers of Europeans to this country, as indeed we have benefited from an influx of people from other regions of the world. The USA, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, for example, have all had gradually rising populations for a long time and it's gone hand in hand with great prosperity and the other democratic freedoms referred to above.

 

The key issue about migration, similar to the issue about the euro, is that the debate needs to take place in each country and the decisions regarding migration need to be made by elected parliaments in those countries. It makes no sense in the UK for these sensitive  issues to be decided by faceless bureaucrats in Brussels, when we're just as capable of deciding ourselves - after all, Americans, Australians and Singaporeans, among many others, have managed to do so by themselves.

 

Clearly, if the UK decides to leave the EU, it would be in the economic and other interests of this country and our European neighbours to have friendly relations, strong business links, including free trade and, I believe , free movement of labour. Norway and Switzerland, for example,  2 of the richest and most successful countries in the world are not in the EU, but EU countries have an open trading relationship with them and citizens from both those countries can live and work in the UK,  needing only a passport or identity card.

 

A very small number of people have said that economic issues like the euro and philosophical issues concerning democracy should not be discussed in a magazine like Wetherspoon News. This can't be right, since good decisions require debate. Who wants important decisions made behind closed doors by know-alls? Perhaps readers will disagree with these views, or perhaps not……

 

I've told you what I think, but who cares? The important issue is what you think. Are you a Supra or a Demo? Decision time is nigh- or, as those Eurovision songsters Bucks Fizz memorably put it, it's time for making your mind up.

 

 

Tim Martin

Chairman 


INCOME STATEMENT FOR THE 26 WEEKS ENDED 24 JANUARY 2016

 

J D Wetherspoon plc, company number: 1709784









Notes

Unaudited
26 weeks
ended

Unaudited
26 weeks
ended

Unaudited
26 weeks
ended

Unaudited
26 weeks
ended

Audited
52 weeks
ended

Audited
52 weeks
ended



24 January 2016

24 January 2016

25 January 2015

25 January 2015

26 July
2015

26 July
2015



Before exceptional items

After exceptional items

Before exceptional items

After exceptional items

Before exceptional items

After exceptional items



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

4

790,250

790,250

744,367

744,367

1,513,923

1,513,923

Operating costs


(740,821)

(740,821)

(688,976)

(688,976)

(1,401,415)

(1,401,415)

Operating costs - exceptional items

7


-


-


(6,013)

Operating profit

5

49,429

49,429

55,391

55,391

112,508

106,495

Property gains/(losses)

6

3,845

3,845

(302)

(302)

(694)

(694)

Property gains/(losses) - exceptional items

7


634


-


(13,053)

Profit before interest and tax


53,274

53,908

55,089

55,089

111,814

92,748

Finance income


76

76

26

26

180

180

Finance costs


(17,342)

(17,342)

(17,663)

(17,663)

(34,196)

(34,196)

Profit before tax


36,008

36,642

37,452

37,452

77,798

58,732

Income tax expense

8

(5,701)

(5,701)

(9,629)

(9,629)

(20,343)

(20,343)

Income tax expense on exceptional items

8


(145)


-


6,435

Profit for the period


30,307

30,796

27,823

27,823

57,455

44,824









Earnings per ordinary share (p)








- Basic

9

26.2

26.6

23.5

23.5

48.6

37.9

- Diluted

9

25.5

25.9

22.6

22.6

47.0

36.7

 

 

STATEMENT OF OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE 26 WEEKS ENDED 24 JANUARY 2016

 


Notes

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Items which will be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:





Interest-rate swaps: (loss)/gain taken to other comprehensive income

16

(8,520)

(26,630)

(9,807)

Tax on items taken directly to other comprehensive income


734

5,326

1,961

Currency translation differences


1,726

(852)

(2,189)

Net (loss)/gain recognised directly in other comprehensive income


(6,060)

(22,156)

(10,035)

Profit for the period


30,796

27,823

44,824

Total comprehensive income for the period


24,736

5,667

34,789




CASH FLOW STATEMENT FOR THE 26 WEEKS ENDED 24 JANUARY 2016

 

J D Wetherspoon plc, company number: 1709784

















Notes

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Audited



cash flow

free cash

cash flow

free cash

cash flow

free cash




flow1


flow1


flow1



26 weeks

26 weeks

26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended

ended

ended

ended



24 January

24 January

25 January

25 January

26 July

26 July



2016

2016

2015

2015

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities








Cash generated from operations

10

100,641

100,641

92,256

92,256

210,181

210,181

Interest received


76

76

26

26

180

180

Interest paid


(15,808)

(15,808)

(16,444)

(16,444)

(31,931)

(31,931)

Corporation tax paid


(10,635)

(10,635)

(5,769)

(5,769)

(13,293)

(13,293)

Net cash inflow from operating activities


74,274

74,274

70,069

70,069

165,137

165,137

Cash flows from investing activities








Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(14,120)

(14,120)

(18,484)

(18,484)

(37,577)

(37,577)

Purchase of intangible assets


(3,289)

(3,289)

(2,885)

(2,885)

(7,176)

(7,176)

Proceeds of sale of property, plant and equipment


3,005


3


723


Investment in new pubs and pub extensions


(42,696)


(59,399)


(106,339)


Freehold reversions


(15,518)


(12,763)


(21,612)


Purchase of lease premiums


-


(257)


(635)


Net cash outflow from investing activities


(72,618)

(17,409)

(93,785)

(21,369)

(172,616)

(44,753)

Cash flows from financing activities








Equity dividends paid

17

(9,543)


(9,761)


(14,591)


Purchase of own shares for cancellation


(14,186)


(2,413)


(12,714)


Purchase of own shares for share-based payments

(1,165)

(1,165)

(3,444)

(3,444)

(6,831)

(6,831)

Advances under bank loans

15

21,764


37,484


47,898


Loan issue costs

15

-

- 

(379)

(379)

(3,775)

(3,775)

Finance lease principal payments

15

(1,356)


(1,401)


(2,648)


Net cash inflow/(outflow) from financing activities

(4,486)

(1,165)

20,086

(3,823)

7,339

(10,606)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

15

(2,830)


(3,630)


(140)


Opening cash and cash equivalents


32,175


32,315


32,315


Closing cash and cash equivalents


29,345


28,685


32,175


Free cash flow


55,700


44,877


109,778

Free cash flow per ordinary share

9


46.8p


36.5p


89.8p

 

1 Free cash flow is a measure not required by accounting standards; a definition is provided in our accounting policies.


BALANCE SHEET AS AT 24 JANUARY 2016

 

J D Wetherspoon plc, company number: 1709784











Notes

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Assets





Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment

11

1,187,037

1,124,542

1,153,756

Intangible assets

12

29,929

27,303

29,997

Investment property

13

8,620

8,682

8,651

Other non-current assets

14

9,807

9,848

10,028

Deferred tax assets


8,728

11,359

7,994

Total non-current assets


1,244,121

1,181,734

1,210,426






Assets held for sale


196

-

1,220






Current assets





Inventories


20,013

24,082

19,451

Receivables


31,045

29,072

26,838

Cash and cash equivalents

15

29,345

28,685

32,175

Total current assets


80,403

81,839

78,464

Total assets


1,324,720

1,263,573

1,290,110

Liabilities





Current liabilities





Borrowings

15

(695)

(2,713)

(2,051)

Derivative financial instruments

15

(3,988)

-

-

Trade and other payables


(279,796)

(249,499)

(283,227)

Current income tax liabilities


(8,088)

(6,181)

(10,053)

Provisions


(3,661)

(4,371)

(5,231)

Total current liabilities


(296,228)

(262,764)

(300,562)

Non-current liabilities





Borrowings

15

(654,793)

(623,139)

(631,232)

Derivative financial instruments

15

(44,505)

(56,796)

(39,973)

Deferred tax liabilities


(75,046)

(84,857)

(77,771)

Provisions


(2,962)

(3,055)

(4,012)

Other liabilities


(14,336)

(13,340)

(13,667)

Total non-current liabilities


(791,642)

(781,187)

(766,655)

Net assets


236,850

219,622

222,893

Shareholders' equity





Share capital

18

2,375

2,450

2,387

Share premium account


143,294

143,294

143,294

Capital redemption reserve


2,056

1,981

2,044

Hedging reserve


(39,765)

(45,437)

(31,979)

Currency translation reserve


(375)

(845)

(2,182)

Retained earnings


129,265

118,179

109,329

Total shareholders' equity


236,850

219,622

222,893

 

The financial statements, on pages 6 to 18, approved by the board of directors and authorised for issue on 10 March 2016,

are signed on its behalf by:

 

 

John Hutson                                                                                         Ben Whitley

Director                                                                                                   Director


STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

J D Wetherspoon plc, company number: 1709784

















Share

Share

Capital

Hedging

Currency

Retained

Total


capital

premium

redemption

reserve

translation

earnings




account

reserve


reserve




£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 26 July 2014

2,460

143,294

1,971

(24,133)

7

103,569

227,168









Total comprehensive income




(21,304)

(852)

27,823

5,667

Profit for the period






27,823

27,823

Interest-rate swaps: cash flow hedges




(26,630)



(26,630)

Tax on items taken directly to comprehensive income




5,326



5,326

Currency translation differences





(852)


(852)









Repurchase of shares

(10)


10



(4,264)

(4,264)

Tax on repurchase of shares






(21)

(21)

Deferred tax on share-based payments






380

380

Share-based payment charges






3,897

3,897

Purchase of shares held in trust






(3,427)

(3,427)

Tax on purchase of shares held in trust






(17)

(17)

Dividends






(9,761)

(9,761)

At 25 January 2015

2,450

143,294

1,981

(45,437)

(845)

118,179

219,622









Total comprehensive income




13,458

(1,337)

17,001

29,122

Profit for the period






17,001

17,001

Interest-rate swaps: cash flow hedges




16,823



16,823

Tax on items taken directly to comprehensive income




(3,365)



(3,365)

Currency translation differences





(1,337)


(1,337)









Repurchase of shares

(63)


63



(22,502)

(22,502)

Tax on repurchase of shares






(113)

(113)

Deferred tax on share-based payments






(29)

(29)

Share-based payment charges






5,010

5,010

Purchase of shares held in trust






(3,372)

(3,372)

Tax on purchase of shares held in trust






(15)

(15)

Dividends






(4,830)

(4,830)

At 26 July 2015

2,387

143,294

2,044

(31,979)

(2,182)

109,329

222,893









Total comprehensive income




(7,786)

1,807

30,715

24,736

Profit for the period






30,796

30,796

Interest-rate swaps: cash flow hedges




(8,520)



(8,520)

Tax on items taken directly to comprehensive income




734



734

Currency translation differences





1,807

(81)

1,726









Repurchase of shares

(12)


12



(3,847)

(3,847)

Tax on repurchase of shares






(19)

(19)

Deferred tax on share-based payments






(100)

(100)

Share-based payment charges






3,895

3,895

Purchase of shares held in trust






(1,164)

(1,164)

Tax on purchase of shares held in trust






(1)

(1)

Dividends






(9,543)

(9,543)

At 24 January 2016

2,375

143,294

2,056

(39,765)

(375)

129,265

236,850

 

 

 

 


NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

1.   General information
J D Wetherspoon plc is a public limited company, incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales. Its registered office address is: Wetherspoon House, Central Park, Reeds Crescent, Watford,

WD24 4QL.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

This condensed half-yearly financial information was approved for issue by the board on 10 March 2016.

This interim report does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of Sections 434 and 435 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 26 July 2015 were approved by the board of directors on 10 September 2015 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors, on those accounts, was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis-of-matter paragraph or any statement under Sections 498 to 502 of the Companies Act 2006.

There are no changes to the principal risks and uncertainties as set out in the financial statements for the 52 weeks ended 26 July 2015, which may affect the company's performance in the next six months. The most significant risks and uncertainties relate to the taxation on, and regulation of, the sale of alcohol, cost increases and UK disposable consumer incomes. For a detailed discussion of the risks and uncertainties facing the company, refer to the annual report for 2015, pages 41 and 42.

2.   Basis of preparation
This condensed half-yearly financial information of J D Wetherspoon plc (the 'Company'), which is abridged and unaudited, has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and with International Accounting Standards (IAS) 34, Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the European Union. This interim report should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the 52 weeks ended 26 July 2015 which were prepared in accordance with IFRSs, as adopted by the European Union.

The directors have made enquiries into the adequacy of the Company's financial resources, through a review of the Company's budget and medium-term financial plan, including capital expenditure plans and cash flow forecasts; they have satisfied themselves that the Company will continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, they continue to adopt the going-concern basis in preparing the Company's financial statements.

The financial information for the 52 weeks ended 26 July 2015 is extracted from the statutory accounts of the Company for that year.

The interim results for the 26 weeks ended 24 January 2016 and the comparatives for 25 January 2015 are unaudited, but have been reviewed by the independent auditors. A copy of the review report is included at the end of this report.

3.   Accounting policies
With the exception of tax, the accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim report are consistent with those applied in the preparation of the Company's annual report for the year ended 26 July 2015 - and the same methods of computation and presentation are used.


Income tax
Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate which would be applicable to expected total annual earnings.

Changes in standards
The following new standards, amendments to standards or interpretations are mandatory for the first time for the financial year beginning 27 July 2015 and will have a minimal impact on the financial statements:

·      Annual improvements to IFRS 2010 - 2012 cycle

·      Annual improvements to IFRS 2011 - 2013 cycle

The following amendments are mandatory for the first time for the financial year beginning 27 July 2015, but are not relevant

for the company:

·      Amendment to IAS 19, 'Employee benefits',

on defined benefit plans

 

On 13 January 2016, the International Accounting Standards Board issued IFRS 16 - 'leases' which is effective for periods starting on or after 1 January 2019, subject to EU endorsement. IFRS 16 requires lessees to recognise a lease liability reflecting future lease payments and a right-of-use asset for lease contracts, subject to exceptions for short-term leases and leases of low-value assets.


 

4.  Revenue

 

Revenue disclosed in the income statement is analysed as follows:







Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000






Sales of food, beverages, hotel rooms and machine income


790,250

744,367

1,513,923

 

 

5.  Operating profit - analysis of costs by nature

 

This is stated after charging/(crediting):







Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Concession rental payments


10,172

9,126

19,300

Minimum operating lease payments


25,811

26,359

52,658

Repairs and maintenance


26,109

26,286

53,354

Net rent receivable


(692)

(374)

(1,334)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (note 11)


32,089

29,902

61,458

Amortisation of intangible assets (note 12)


2,713

2,126

4,775

Depreciation of investment properties (note 13)


31

31

62

Amortisation of other non-current assets (note 14)


209

175

373

Share-based payments


3,895

3,897

8,907

 

 

6.  Property (gains)/losses

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000






Non-exceptional property (gains)/losses





(Gain)/loss on disposal of fixed assets


(3,845)

302

694



(3,845)

302

694






Exceptional property (gains)/losses





Onerous lease (reversals)/provision


(847)

-

1,858

Impairment of property, plant and equipment


89

-

10,705

Impairment of other assets


-

-

490

Disposal programme


124

-

-



(634)

-

13,053






Total property (gains)/losses


(4,479)

302

13,747

 

 

 

7.  Exceptional items

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Operating exceptional items





Inventory valuation


-

-

5,231

Restructuring costs


-

-

782



-

-

6,013

Exceptional property losses



 


Onerous lease (reversal)/provision


(847)

-

1,858

Impairment of property, plant and equipment


89

-

10,705

Impairment of other assets


-

-

490

Disposal programme


124

-

-



(634)

-

13,053

Other exceptional items



 


Exceptional tax items - deferred tax


-

-

(4,809)

Tax effect on operating exceptional items


145

-

(1,626)



145

-

(6,435)




 


Total exceptional items


(489)

-

12,631

 

The Company has offered a number of its sites for sale. At the half year end, one site had been sold and three were classified as held for sale.

The costs classified above as disposal programme and impairment of property, plant and equipment are the loss on disposal, write-down of assets classified as held for sale to their assessed recoverable amount and additional operating costs incurred in support of the disposal programme.

 

The onerous lease credit relates to one site where the Company has purchased the freehold and a leasehold site which the Company

is contractually committed to sell.

 

8.  Income tax expense

 

The taxation charge for the period ended 24 January 2016 is based on the pre-exceptional profit before tax of £36.0m and the estimated effective

tax rate before exceptional items for the year ending 24 July 2016 of 26.9% (2015: 26.1%). This comprises a pre-exceptional current tax rate of

24.2% (July 2015: 27.7%) and a pre-exceptional deferred tax charge of 2.7% (July 2015: credit 1.6%).

 

The UK standard weighted average tax rate for the period is 20.0% (2015: 20.7%). The current tax rate is higher than the UK standard weighted

average tax rate owing mainly to depreciation which is not eligible for tax relief. On 18 November 2015, the UK Corporation tax rate of 18% for

1 April 2020 onwards was substantively enacted.  As a result, the deferred tax liability (which predominantly unwinds in periods on or after

1 April 2020) has been remeasured from 20% to 18%.  This has resulted in a one-off credit of £3,786,000.

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Current income tax:





Current tax


8,559

8,184

19,885

Current tax on exceptional items


145

-

(1,626)

Prior year adjustment


(33)

(106)

1,659

Total current income tax


8,671

8,078

19,918






Deferred tax:





Origination and reversal of temporary differences


961

1,551

113

Adjustment in respect of prior period


-

-

(1,314)

Deferred tax on exceptional items


-

-

(4,809)

Impact of change in the UK tax rate


(3,786)

-

-

Total deferred tax


(2,825)

1,551

(6,010)






Tax charge in the income statement


5,846

9,629

13,908

 

 

9.  Earnings and free cash flow per share

 

Earnings per share, in the chairman's statement, have been calculated using the weighted average number of shares in issue
of 119,030,301 (2015: 122,876,804) which include 3,417,799 (2015: 4,282,562) shares held in trust, in respect of the
employee Share Incentive Plan and the 2005 Deferred Bonus Scheme.

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July

Weighted average number of shares


2016

2015

2015

Shares in issue (used for diluted EPS)


119,030,301

122,876,804

122,269,948

Shares held in trust


(3,417,799)

(4,282,562)

(4,063,604)

Shares in issue less shares held in trust


115,612,502

118,594,242

118,206,344

 

The weighted average number of shares held in trust for employee share schemes has been adjusted to exclude those shares
which have vested, but which remain in trust.

 

 



Profit

Basic EPS

Diluted EPS




pence per

pence per




ordinary

ordinary

26 weeks ended 24 January 2016 unaudited


£000

share

share

Earnings (profit after tax)


30,796

26.6

25.9

Exclude effect of exceptional items after tax


(489)

(0.4)

(0.4)

Adjusted earnings before exceptional items


30,307

26.2

25.5

Exclude effect of property gains/(losses)


(3,845)

(3.3)

(3.2)

Exclude one-off tax benefit (rate change)


(3,786)

(3.3)

(3.2)

Underlying earnings before exceptional items


22,676

19.6

19.1

 

 



Profit

Basic EPS

Diluted EPS




pence per

pence per




ordinary

ordinary

26 weeks ended 25 January 2015 unaudited


£'000

share

share

Earnings (profit after tax)


27,823

23.5

22.6

Exclude effect of exceptional items after tax


-

-

-

Adjusted earnings before exceptional items


27,823

23.5

22.6

Exclude effect of property gains/(losses)


302

0.3

0.3

Underlying earnings before exceptional items


28,125

23.8

22.9

 

 



Profit

Basic EPS

Diluted EPS




pence per

pence per




ordinary

ordinary

52 weeks ended 25 July 2015 audited


£000

share

share

Earnings (profit after tax)


44,824

37.9

36.7

Exclude effect of exceptional items after tax


12,631

10.7

10.3

Adjusted earnings before exceptional items


57,455

48.6

47.0

Exclude effect of property gains/(losses)


694

0.6

0.6

Underlying earning before exceptional items


58,149

49.2

47.6

 

 

Underlying earnings per share is adjusted for the impact of one off benefits resulting from changes in the corporation tax rate and property

gains and losses.


 

9.    Earnings and free cash flow per share (continued)

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July

Free cash flow per share


2016

2015

2015

Free cash flow (£000)


55,700

44,877

109,778

Free cash flow per share (p)


46.8

36.5

89.8

 

 

The calculation of free cash flow per share is based on the net cash generated by business activities and available for investment in new pub developments and extensions to current pubs, after funding interest, corporation tax, loan issue costs, all other reinvestment in pubs open at the start of the period and the purchase of own shares under the employee share-based schemes ('free cash flow'). It is calculated before taking account of proceeds from property disposals, inflows and outflows of financing from outside sources and dividend payments and is based on the weighted average number of shares in issue, including those held in trust in respect of the employee share schemes.

 

 

10.   Cash generated from operations

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Profit for the period


30,796

27,823

44,824

Adjusted for:





Tax


5,846

9,629

13,908

Net impairment charge


89

-

11,195

Net onerous lease provision


(847)

-

1,858

(Gain)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment


(3,821)

302

694

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


32,089

29,902

61,458

Amortisation of intangible assets


2,713

2,126

4,775

Depreciation on investment properties


31

31

62

Amortisation of other non-current assets


209

175

373

Aborted properties costs


202

168

787

Share-based charges


3,895

3,897

8,907

Interest receivable


(76)

(26)

(180)

Amortisation of bank loan issue costs


1,797

1,192

2,942

Interest payable


15,545

16,471

31,254



88,468

91,690

182,857

Change in inventories


(562)

(1,770)

2,861

Change in receivables


(1,585)

(5,171)

(2,937)

Change in payables


14,320

7,507

27,400

Cash flow from operating activities


100,641

92,256

210,181







 

11.   Property, plant and equipment

 

 





£000

Net book amount at 26 January 2014 (unaudited)




1,003,952

Additions




93,556

Disposals




(420)

Depreciation, impairment and other movements




(29,021)

Net book amount at 27 July 2014 (audited)




1,068,067

Additions




86,850

Disposals




(473)

Depreciation, impairment and other movements




(29,902)

Net book amount at 25 January 2015 (unaudited)




1,124,542

Additions




73,769

Disposals




(941)

Depreciation, impairment and other movements




(43,614)

Net book amount at 26 July 2015 (audited)




1,153,756

Additions




64,361

Disposals




(571)

Depreciation




(32,089)

Other movements




1,580

Net book amount at 24 January 2016 (unaudited)




1,187,037

 

During the period, three pubs, with a carrying value of £196,000, were classified as held for sale. The pubs are being disposed of
as part of the Company's pub-disposal programme. Other movements include property impairment and foreign currency translation.

 

 

12.   Intangible assets

 





£000

Net book amount at 26 January 2014 (unaudited)




21,368

Additions




7,103

Amortisation, impairment and other movements




(1,633)

Net book amount at 27 July 2014 (audited)




26,838

Additions




2,591

Amortisation, impairment and other movements




(2,126)

Net book amount at 25 January 2015 (unaudited)




27,303

Additions




5,343

Amortisation, impairment and other movements




(2,649)

Net book amount at 26 July 2015 (audited)




29,997

Additions




2,645

Amortisation, impairment and other movements




(2,713)

Net book amount at 24 January 2016 (unaudited)




29,929

 

The majority of intangible assets relates to computer software and development.

 

 

13.   Investment property

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Investment property


8,620

8,682

8,651

 

Rental income received in the period from investment properties was £191,000 (2015: £178,000). Operating costs, excluding depreciation,
incurred in relation to these properties amounted to
£28,000 (2015: £31,000).

 

In the opinion of the directors, the cost as stated above is equivalent to the fair value of properties.

 

14.   Other non-current assets

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Leasehold premiums


9,807

9,848

10,028

 

 

15.   Analysis of change in net debt

 


Audited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited


26 July

Cash

Non-cash

24 January


2015

flows

movement

2016


£000

£000

£000

£000

Borrowings





Cash in hand

32,175

(2,830)

-

29,345

Finance lease creditor - due in one year

(2,051)

1,356

-

(695)

Current net borrowings

30,124

(1,474)

-

28,650






Bank loans - due after one year

(631,232)

(21,764)

(1,797)

(654,793)

Non-current net borrowings

(631,232)

(21,764)

(1,797)

(654,793)






Net borrowings

(601,108)

(23,238)

(1,797)

(626,143)






Derivatives





Interest-rate swaps - due before one year

-

-

(3,988)

(3,988)

Current derivatives

-

-

(3,988)

(3,988)






Interest-rate swap liability - due after one year

(39,973)

-

(4,532)

(44,505)

Non-current derivatives

(39,973)

-

(4,532)

(44,505)






Total derivatives

(39,973)

-

(8,520)

(48,493)






Net debt

(641,081)

(23,238)

(10,317)

(674,636)

 

There were no changes in the hedging arrangements during the current financial period. The non-cash movement on the interest-rate swap arises from the movement in fair value of the swaps.

 


 

16.   Fair values

 

The table below highlights any differences between the book value and the fair value of financial instruments.

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited


24 January

24 January

25 January

25 January


2016

2016

2015

2015


Book value

Fair value

Book value

Fair value


£000

£000

£000

£000

Financial assets





Cash and cash equivalents

29,345

29,345

28,685

28,685

Receivables

5,287

5,287

2,555

2,555






Financial liabilities at amortised cost





Trade and other payables

(227,136)

(227,136)

(204,873)

(204,873)

Finance lease obligations

(695)

(695)

(3,390)

(3,477)

Long-term borrowings

(654,793)

(656,111)

(622,462)

(646,130)






Financial liabilities at fair value





Interest-rate swaps liabilities: cash flow hedges

(48,493)

(48,493)

(56,796)

(56,796)

 

The fair value of finance leases has been calculated by discounting the expected cash flows at the period end's prevailing interest rates.
The fair value of derivatives has been calculated by discounting all future cash flows by the market yield curve at the balance sheet date.
The fair value of borrowings has been calculated by discounting the expected future cash flows at the period end's prevailing interest rates.

 

Interest-rate swaps

 

At 24 January 2016, the Company had fixed-rate swaps designated as hedges of floating-rate borrowings. The floating-rate borrowings are
interest-bearing borrowings at rates based on LIBOR, fixed for periods of one month. The interest-rate swaps of the floating-rate borrowings
were assessed to be effective.

 



Change in

Deferred

Total



fair value

tax


Changes in valuation of swaps


£000

£000

£000

Fair value at 25 January 2015 (unaudited)


(56,796)

11,359

(45,437)

Gain taken directly to other comprehensive income


16,823

(3,365)

13,458

Fair value at 26 July 2015 (audited)


(39,973)

7,994

(31,979)






Tax rate change


-

(799)

(799)

Loss taken directly to other comprehensive income


(8,520)

1,533

(6,987)

Fair value at 24 January 2016 (unaudited)


(48,493)

8,728

(39,765)

 

 

Fair value of financial assets and liabilities

 

Effective from 27 July 2009, the Company adopted the amendment to IFRS 13 for financial instruments which are measured in the balance sheet
at fair value. This requires disclosure of fair value measurements by level, using the following fair value measurement hierarchy:

·      Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (level 1)

·      Inputs other than quoted prices included in level 1 which are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly (level 2)

·      Inputs for the asset or liability which are not based on observable market data (level 3)

The fair value of the interest-rate swaps of £48.5m is considered to be level 2. All other financial assets and liabilities are measured
in the balance sheet at amortised cost.
 


 

17.   Dividends paid and proposed

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



24 January

25 January

26 July



2016

2015

2015



£000

£000

£000

Paid in the period





2014 final dividend


-

9,761

9,761

2015 interim dividend


-

-

4,830

2015 final dividend


9,543

-

-



9,543

9,761

14,591






Dividends in respect of the period





Interim dividend


4,625

4,744

-

Final dividend


-

-

9,782



4,625

4,744

9,782






Dividend per share


4p

4p

8p

Dividend cover


3.2

2.9

3.1

 

 

Dividend cover is calculated as profit after tax and exceptional items over dividend paid.

 

 

18.   Share capital

 




Number of

Share




shares

capital




000s

£000

Opening balance at 27 July 2014 (audited)



122,968

2,460

Repurchase of shares



(92)

(10)

Balance at 25 January 2015 (unaudited)



122,876

2,450






Repurchase of shares



(3,527)

(63)

Balance at 26 July 2015 (audited)



119,349

2,387






Repurchase of shares



(624)

(12)

Closing balance at 24 January 2016 (unaudited)



118,725

2,375

 

All issued shares are fully paid.

 

During the half year, 624,000 shares were repurchased by the Company for cancellation, representing approximately 0.5% of the issued
share capital, at a cost of £3.9m, including stamp duty, representing an average cost per share of 625p. At the half year end, the Company had liability for share purchases of £3.9m which was settled post half year end. £14.2m was settled during the half year in relation to shares purchased before the year end.

 

19.   Related-party disclosure

 

There were no material changes to related-party transactions described in the last annual financial statements. There have been no related-party transactions having a material effect on the Company's financial position or performance in the first half of the current financial year.

 

20.   Capital commitments

 

The Company had £21.2m of capital commitments for which no provision had been made, in respect of property, plant and equipment,
at 24 January 2016 (2015: £1.2m).

 

The Company has some sites in the property pipeline; however, any legal commitment is contingent on planning and licensing.
Therefore, there are no commitments at the balance sheet date, in respect of these sites.

 


STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The directors confirm that this condensed interim financial information has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, as adopted by the
European Union, and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

 

·      an indication of important events which have occurred during the first 26 weeks and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements, plus a description of the changes in principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining 26 weeks of the financial year.

·      material related-party transactions in the first 26 weeks and any material changes in the related-party transactions described
in the last annual report.

 

The directors of J D Wetherspoon plc are listed in the J D Wetherspoon annual report for 26 July 2015. A list of current directors
is maintained on the J D Wetherspoon plc website:

www.jdwetherspoon.com

 

By order of the board

 

 

 

 

John Hutson                                                                                         Ben Whitley

Director                                                                                                   Director

10 March 2016                                                                                        10 March 2016 


INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO J D WETHERSPOON PLC 


Report on the interim financial statements

 

Our conclusion

We have reviewed J D Wetherspoon plc's interim financial statements (the "interim financial statements") in the Interim Report 2016 of J D Wetherspoon plc for the 26 week period ended 24 January 2016. Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

What we have reviewed

The interim financial statements comprise:

·      the balance sheet as at 24 January 2016;

·      the income statement and statement of comprehensive income for the period then ended;

·      the cash flow statement for the period then ended;

·      the statement of changes in shareholders' equity for the period then ended; and

·      the explanatory notes to the interim financial statements.

 

The interim financial statements included in the Interim Report 2016 have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 2 to the interim financial statements, the financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the full annual financial statements of the Company is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.

 

Responsibilities for the interim financial statements and the review

 

Our responsibilities and those of the directors

The Interim Report 2016, including the interim financial statements, is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim report 2016 in accordance with the Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the interim financial statements in the Interim Report 2016 based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the company for the purpose of complying with the Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose.  We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.


What a review of interim financial statements involves

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 enquiries, 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.

 

We have read the other information contained in the Interim Report 2016 and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

 

  

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Chartered Accountants

10 March 2016

London

 

Notes:

(a)   The maintenance and integrity of the J D Wetherspoon plc website is the responsibility of the directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the interim financial statements since they were initially presented on the website.

(b)   Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 


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Address

Town

Postcode

Country






Harpsfield Hall

13a Parkhouse Court

Hatfield

AL10 9RQ

UK






The Mossy Well

258 Muswell Hill Broadway

London

N10 3SH

UK






The Coinage Hall

9-11 Coinagehall Street

Helston

TR13 8ER

UK






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109 High Street

Maldon

CM9 5EP

UK






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Paul Street, Plaza

Cork


ROI

 

 


 


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