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Tuesday 07 January, 2020

Accrol Group Hldgs

Half Year Results

RNS Number : 9135Y
Accrol Group Holdings PLC
07 January 2020
 

 

7 January 2020

Accrol Group Holdings plc

("Accrol", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

HALF YEAR RESULTS

Strong revenue growth, improving profitability3 and increasingly cash generative  

 

Accrol (AIM: ACRL), the UK's leading independent tissue converter, announces its Half Year Results for the six months ended 31 October 2019 ("H1 20" or the "Period").

 

Summary of progress

 

The Board is pleased to report that the operational aspects of the complex and comprehensive turnaround plan, initiated by the new management team in February 2018, are now fully complete.

 

The financial benefits of these changes are now flowing through to the bottom line at an accelerating rate and these H1 results show the improving monthly run rate being achieved by the business.  With the turnaround complete and a strong management team in place, the Board is now focusing on further automation of the Group's operations and strategic opportunities to diversify, scale and grow the business.

 

Whilst there will always be improvements to make and sector challenges to address, the Board believes that Accrol is more fit for purpose than it has ever been. Net debt is reducing at an accelerating rate and the Company remains on track to meet market expectations for the full year ending 30 April 2020 ("FY20").

 

 

 

H1 20

 

H1 19

 

FY 19

 

FY 18

H1 20 vs

H1 19

Reported results

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

£65.1m

£57.6m1

£119.1m1

£139.7m1

+ 13%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

£12.8m

£6.9m

£17.5m

£24.5m

+ £5.9m

Gross margin

19.7%

12.0%

14.7%

17.5%

+ 770bp

Loss before tax

£3.0m

£9.0m

£14.0m

£24.1m

+ £5.9m

Net debt

£24.8m

£22.6m

£27.1m

£33.8m

+ £2.2m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying results

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Revenue2

£64.5m

£53.9m

£116.7m

£115.3m

+ 20%

Adjusted gross profit3

£13.0m

£9.9m

£21.7m

£24.5m

+ £3.1m

Adjusted gross margin

20.0%

17.2%

18.2%

17.5%

+ 280bp

Adjusted EBITDA4

£3.2m

(£1.1m)

£1.0m

(£5.8m)

+ £4.3m

 

1

Includes revenue from discontinued "Away From Home" operations

2

Excludes revenue from discontinued "Away From Home" operations

3

Defined as gross profit before exceptional items.  This is a non GAAP metric used by management and is not an IFRS disclosure

4

Defined as profit before finance costs, tax, depreciation, amortisation, share based payments, IFRS 16 changes (£1.3m) and exceptional items.  This is a non GAAP metric used by management and is not an IFRS disclosure

 

Highlights:

 

·

Strong growth in consumer revenue2 of 20%, significantly ahead of market growth at 8% (source: Kantar)

·

Gross margin up 770bp at 19.7% (H1 19: 12%)

·

Further operational cost reduction of £1.1m or 11% (H1 19 to H1 20)

·

Senior management team strengthened further to facilitate growth

·

Exceptional costs relating to the turnaround reduced considerably to £0.6m (FY19: £7.9m)*

 

* This excludes the £1.3m exceptional costs in FY19 that related to share based payments

 

Current trading and outlook:

 

·

Margins have continued to strengthen post Period end, as new agreements come into effect

·

Additional production efficiencies through increasing automation is being introduced, with benefits expected in H2 of this year

·

Strategic focus on continued automation of the Group's operations and opportunities to diversify, scale and grow the business

·

Total exceptional costs at FY20, including costs associated with the FCA investigation, expected to be c.£1.0m (FY19: £7.9m), as forecast in the Final Results announced on 3 September 2019

·

Net debt (on a like-for-like basis) expected to reduce at an accelerating rate to no more than £20m at 30 April 2020 following credit insurance approval expected in H2

·

On track to meet market expectations for FY20 and the Board is increasingly confident in the prospects for the Group

 

Dan Wright, Chairman of Accrol, said:

"Accrol has been completely transformed by the new leadership team and is now a very different organisation. I am proud to say that our talented and experienced people have proved that it is possible to make good returns from tissue conversion, which has historically been viewed as a low margin sector. Group margins are returning to pre-IPO levels, as more robust commercial management programmes and operational efficiencies offset substantially higher comparative input costs. What is particularly pleasing is seeing volume growth at over 20% during this transformational business period." 

 

"The future for the business is promising. With the turnaround behind us and an ambitious leadership team experienced in running much larger organisations in place, we are focusing on the medium to long term prospects for the Group and strategic opportunities that exist to diversify and scale up the business."

 

Gareth Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of Accrol, said:

 

"We are assembling an exceptional team of highly experienced industry professionals, focused on growth and capable of delivering substantial commercial and operational improvements. The team we have already put in place has achieved a margin increase of 770bp in H1 20 and adjusted EBITDA growth of £4.3m. Gross profit has been increased by 86% in the Period and net debt reduced to less than £25m (c.£34m at 30 April 2018).  The improved quality and service levels, which Accrol now delivers to a broadened customer base, also resulted in consumer revenue growth of c.20%.

 

"Now the turnaround phase is complete, our vision is to build a diversified Group of size and scale, which encompasses both the tissue market and personal hygiene. Personal hygiene product manufacture is less exposed to macro-economic fluctuations in input costs than tissue conversion. We estimate the personal hygiene market in the UK, excluding tissue, to be worth c.£1bn with forecast overall CAGR of 6.5% and private label CAGR of 10%.

 

"I am confident that our people will continue to deliver as the Group seeks to diversify into this new market and grow its operations substantially."  

 

 For further information, please contact:

 

 

 

Accrol Group Holdings plc

 

Dan Wright, Executive Chairman

Tel: +44 (0) 1254 278 844

Gareth Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

Zeus Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser & Broker) 

 

Dan Bate / Andrew Jones

Tel: +44 (0) 161 831 1512

Dominic King / John Goold

Tel: +44 (0) 203 829 5000



Belvedere Communications Limited

 

Cat Valentine ([email protected])

Tel: +44 (0) 7715 769 078

Keeley Clarke ([email protected])

Tel: +44 (0) 7967 816 525

Llew Angus ([email protected])

Tel:  +44 (0)7407 023 147

 

Notes to Editors

 

Accrol Group Holdings plc, based in Lancashire, is a leading tissue converter and supplier of toilet rolls, kitchen rolls and facial tissues, as well as other tissue products, to major discounters and grocery retailers throughout the UK. 

 

The business operates from four sites in Lancashire:

 

·

A manufacturing, storage and distribution facility in Blackburn;

·

A storage and administrative centre in Blackburn;

·

A facial tissue plant, also in Blackburn; and

·

A manufacturing, storage and distribution facility in Leyland.



 

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

 

I am pleased to report the Group's much improved results for the six months to 31 October 2019.  The turnaround phase is complete, and the organisation and its management are ready for the next phase in its development.

 

With strong foundations now in place, our vision is to build a diversified Group of size and scale, which is less exposed to input cost fluctuations and is focused on the broader private label personal hygiene market. Our experienced team of industry professionals, which we are progressively scaling, is highly capable of building a large and sustainable growth business within this rapidly expanding market.

 

Results

 

In the six months ended 31 October 2019, the Group reported revenues of £65.1m (H1 19: £57.6m) - an increase of 13%. Consumer revenue, which excludes discontinued AFH activities, increased by 20% to £64.5m (H1 19: £53.9m). Gross margin rose by 770bp to 19.7% (H1 19: 12.0%), as operational improvements to efficiency began to flow through. Adjusted EBITDA improved by £4.3m to £3.2m from a loss of £1.1m in H1 19.

 

Accrol is now benefiting from the improved quality of its range and service offering and our ability to facilitate sector-outperforming growth in our major retailer customers' market shares, versus well-known brands.

 

Exceptional costs associated with the execution of the complex and comprehensive turnaround reduced significantly in the Period, as predicted, amounting to £0.6m.  A further exceptional cost of £0.3m was recorded in the Period, relating to the cancellation of FX contracts as trading terms across the Group's supply base began to improve.

Net debt at 31 October 2019 was reduced to £24.8m, compared with £27.1m at 30 April 2019 with no seasonal weighting.  

 

Turnaround completed

 

The scale and complexity of the turnaround programme, which was initiated in February 2018, should not be underestimated. Our aim was simple: to build a robust, agile and market-leading business, capable of delivering growth and reasonable levels of return to shareholders in the toughest economic conditions.

 

Given the Group's current monthly run rate, which is set to improve further, we believe that we have achieved this primary goal.

 

Our markets

 

The UK tissue market is worth c.£1.6bn and it continues to increase in line with population growth - currently c.2.8%. The private label element of the industry, however, continues to take market share from the best-known tissue brands and is delivering c.8% growth year on year (source: Kantar).  With the leading discounter retailers outperforming the market further with reported tissue sales growth in excess of 12% year on year (source: Kantar).

 

Accrol remains the largest independent supplier of toilet roll and kitchen towel products in the UK, supplying three of the top four retailers and all the major discounters.

 

The Board believes that the business is in a strong position to deliver further growth, profitably, in the UK market.

 

Sector challenges

 

The sector will always be exposed to macro-economics and associated fluctuations. Our job is to ensure the business remains as fit for purpose, commercial and efficient as it can possibly be. We continue to raise the bar in our markets, constantly improving the quality of products we produce for the price paid and the levels of customer service we deliver.

 

Whilst we have grown the Group's consumer revenues by 20% in the Period, we have also improved our product mix, moving the business into higher value, higher margin products, which are in direct competition with the major brands. This strategy has outperformed our initial expectations and contributed significantly to the 770bp improvement in margins from 12% to almost 20% in a 12-month period.

 

The Group will continue to drive for profitable growth. Whilst we do not expect to achieve the same level of growth in the second half of the year, the Board does expect margins to continue improving as our new products gain further traction in H2 20.

 

People and the Board

 

The leadership team has been strengthened further in the period with Graham Cox joining the business as Commercial Director. Having previously been employed by DS Smith Packaging as US Managing Director, Graham has an exceptional track record in delivering commercial and operational improvements in large organisations. With Mark Dewhurst, also ex-DS Smith, having joined Accrol some 12 months ago, the commercial and operational team is now complete.  This set of results proves the team's capabilities and I am confident that they will continue to deliver significant ongoing improvements to the business. 

 

We believe that we have the right team in place to lead the Group successfully through the next stage of its development - expansion and diversification in private label personal hygiene sector.  This team will be progressively scaled and strengthened as the Group expands, to ensure the highest calibre of people are driving the business forward.

 

FCA investigation

 

The business continues to be supportive with the ongoing FCA investigation and shareholders will be updated on any developments in a timely manner. 

 

Dividend

 

Whilst there is no plan to return to the dividend list in the short term, it remains the Board's intention to do so in the medium term, assuming the Group continues to perform in line with the management's expectations.

 

Outlook

 

Following the conclusion of the turnaround programme, the Group is achieving an accelerating monthly run rate which puts the business on track to meet market expectations.  The Board, however, remains mindful of the challenges that can arise following major changes to the established way of working. Further new contracts are benefiting the Group and margins have continued to strengthen post the Period end, as a result of the new improved products of higher quality we are delivering to customers and our clear focus on delivering growth in quality earnings from higher margin products.

 

As part of this strategy, the management team has turned its focus in the short-term to increasing automation across the Group's production lines. The planned improvements in automation are a cost-effective and efficient way to improve the quality and presentation of our product range, whilst facilitate more rapid growth and further reducing operating costs significantly. The new line, which was scheduled for installation in Q4 20, will be installed in FY21 to enable the automation improvements to be implemented without delay or distraction.

 

The Board expects terms of credit with suppliers to improve considerably during the second half of the year, as a result of the turnaround work successfully completed by the management team and the Company's restored financial stability.  This will have a positive impact on net debt which is now expected to be not more than £20m at 30 April 2020 (FY19: £27.1m).   

 

While a step change of improvements is still in progress, the Board is confident that the Group is on track to meet market expectations for FY20. With our vision for the business firmly in mind, the directors believe the prospects and opportunities for the continued growth and development of the business are strong.

 

Gareth Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer



 

Consolidated Interim Income Statement
For six months ended 31 October 2019

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


 

 

 

Six months ended 31 October 2019

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Year

ended 30 April

2019

Continuing operations

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000






Revenue

4

65,067

57,584

119,111

Cost of sales


(52,230)

(50,677)

(101,559)

Gross profit


12,837

6,907

17,552

Administration costs


(9,481)

(10,624)

(19,228)

Distribution costs


(5,494)

(4,722)

(11,066)

Group operating loss


(2,138)

(8,439)

(12,742)

Finance costs

7

(911)

(545)

(1,276)

Loss before taxation


(3,049)

(8,984)

(14,018)

Tax credit

8

572

1,512

2,270

Loss for the period attributable to equity shareholders


(2,477)

(7,472)

(11,748)

Loss per share (p)





Basic

6

(1.3)

(4.1)

(6.2)

Diluted


(1.3)

(4.1)

(6.2)

Group Operating Loss


(2,138)

(8,439)

(12,742)

Adjusted for:





Depreciation & Amortisation


3,256

2,442

4,528

Share based payments


1,177

493

1,316

Turnaround & Operational costs

5

619

4,438

7,906

Exceptional foreign exchange costs

5

302

-

-

Adjusted EBITDA


3,216

(1,066)

1,008

 

 

Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income

For six months ended 31 October 2019

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Six months ended 31 October 2019

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Year

ended 30 April 2019


£'000

£'000

£'000





Loss for the period attributable to equity shareholders

(2,477)

(7,472)

(11,748)

Revaluation of derivative financial instruments

(918)

215

50

Tax relating to components of other comprehensive income

175

(36)

(9)

Total comprehensive expense attributable to equity shareholders

(3,220)

(7,293)

(11,707)



 

Consolidated Interim Balance Sheet

For six months ended 31 October 2019

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



Six months ended 31 October 2019

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Year

ended 30 April 2019


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

ASSETS





Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment


29,635

27,727

29,302

Intangible assets

9

24,641

26,681

25,661

Right-of-use assets


11,264

-

-

Deferred tax asset


790

-

-

Total non-current assets


66,330

54,408

54,963






Current assets





Inventories


13,033

13,268

11,162

Trade and other receivables


21,443

18,383

23,057

Current tax asset


-

191

191

Derivative financial instruments

11

-

227

50

Cash and cash equivalents


282

1,369

2,176

Total current assets


34,758

33,438

36,636

Total assets


101,088

87,846

91,599






Current liabilities





Borrowings

10

(15,712)

(9,554)

(16,709)

Trade and other payables


(19,823)

(12,812)

(15,986)

Provisions

12

(155)

(738)

(571)

Derivative financial instruments

11

(868)

(12)

-

Total current liabilities


(36,558)

(23,116)

(33,266)

Total assets less current liabilities


64,530

64,730

58,333

Non-current liabilities





Borrowings

10

(21,480)

(13,453)

(11,838)

Provisions

12

(462)

(2,326)

(2,140)

Deferred tax liabilities


-

(876)

(33)

Total non-current liabilities


(21,942)

(16,655)

(14,011)

Total liabilities


(58,500)

(39,771)

(47,277)

Net assets


42,588

48,075

44,322






Capital and reserves





Share capital


195

195

195

Share premium


68,015

68,015

68,015

Hedging reserve


(702)

179

41

Capital redemption reserve


27

27

27

Retained earnings


(24,947)

(20,341)

(23,956)

Total equity shareholders' funds

42,588

48,075

44,322



 

Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity
For six months ended 31 October 2019

 


 

Share capital

 

Share premium

 

Hedging reserve

Capital redemption reserve

Retained earnings/ (deficit)

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000








Balance at 30 April 2019 (audited)

195

68,015

41

27

(23,956)

44,322

Comprehensive income







Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(2,477)

(2,477)

Revaluation of derivative financial instruments

 

-

 

-

 

(918)

 

-

 

-

 

(918)

Tax relating to components of other comprehensive income

 

-

 

-

 

175

 

-

 

-

 

175

Total comprehensive expense

-

-

(743)

-

(2,477)

(3,220)

Transactions with owners recognised directly in equity







Share-based payment (inc. tax)

-

-

-

-

1,040

1,040

IFRS16 transition adjustment

-

-

-

-

446

446

Total transactions recognised directly in equity

-

-

-

-

1,486

1,486

Balance at 31 October 2019 (unaudited)

195

68,015

(702)

27

(24,947)

42,588



 

Consolidated Interim Cash Flow Statement
For six months ended 31 October 2019

 



 

 

Note

Unaudited

Six months ended 31 October 2019

Unaudited

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Audited

Year

ended 30 April 2019



 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities


 




Operating loss


 

(2,138)

(8,439)

(12,742)

Adjustment for:


 




Depreciation of property, plant and equipment



2,236

1,422

2,488

Impairment of property, plant and equipment



-

-

-

Amortisation of intangible assets


9

1,020

1,020

2,040

Grant income


 

(59)

(59)

(118)

Turnaround & Operational costs


 

-

-

340

(Profit)/loss on disposal of fixed assets


 

(598)

-

117

Share based payments


 

1,177

493

1,316

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital


1,638

(5,563)

(6,559)







(Increase)/decrease in inventories


 

(1,871)

789

2,554

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables


 

 

1,488

 

11,603

 

6,929

Increase/(decrease in trade and other payables



3,798

(1,651)

1,971

Decrease in provisions



(159)

(102)

(501)

Decrease in derivatives



-

-

(668)

Cash generated from operations


 

4,894

5,076

3,726

Tax received


 

197

2,006

2,006

Net cash flows from operating activities



5,091

7,082

5,732

Cash flows from investing activities






Purchase of property, plant and equipment


 

(1,397)

(1,356)

(3,581)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


 

598

-

358

Net cash flows used in investing activities



(799)

(1,356)

(3,223)

Cash flows from financing activities






Proceeds of issue of Ordinary shares


 

-

9,935

9,935

Cost of raising finance


 

-

(686)

(686)

Amounts received from factors


 

76,100

66,503

141,352

Amounts paid to factors


 

(79,631)

(78,375)

(146,339)

New finance leases


 

22

-

142

Repayment of capital element of finance leases


 

(1,949)

(452)

(1,011)

Repayment of bank loans


 

-

(1,000)

(3,000)

Transaction costs of bank facility


 

-

(284)

(284)

Interest paid


 

(728)

(429)

(873)

Net cash flows used in financing activities


(6,186)

(4,788)

(764)

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents



 

(1,894)

 

938

 

1,745

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period


2,176

431

431

Cash and cash equivalents at period end



282

1,369

2,176

 

The notes below form part of these condensed interim financial statements.

Notes to the Interim Financial Statements
For six months ended 31 October 2019

 

1.      General Information

 

Accrol Group Holdings plc (the "Company") and its subsidiaries (together "the Group") is incorporated in the United Kingdom with company number 09019496.

 

The registered address of the Company is the Delta Building, Roman Road, Blackburn, United Kingdom, BB1 2LD.

 

The Company's shares are quoted on the Alternative Investment Market.

 

The principal activity of the Company and its subsidiaries (together the 'Group') is soft paper tissue conversion.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial information was approved and authorised for issue by a duly appointed and authorised committee of the Board of Directors on 7 January 2020.

 

This condensed interim financial information has not been audited or reviewed by the Company's auditor.

 

Forward looking statements

 

Certain statements in this results announcement are forward looking. The terms "expect", "anticipate", "should be", "will be" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Although the Board of Directors believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and events could differ materially from these expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

 

2.      Basis of preparation

This condensed consolidated interim financial information for the six months ended 31 October 2019 should be read in conjunction with the group's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 30 April 2019, prepared and approved by the Directors in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU ('Adopted IFRSs'), IFRIC Interpretations and the Companies Act 2006.

 

The interim financial statements included in this report are not audited and do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of the Companies Act 2006. The Annual Report and accounts for the year ended 30 April 2019 have been filed with Companies House. The Group's auditor, BDO LLP have reported on those accounts and their report was unqualified.

 

The interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis and on the historical cost convention modified for the revaluation of certain financial instruments.

 

In assessing the Group's ability to continue as a going concern, the Board has reviewed the Group's cash flow and profit forecasts. The impact of potential risks and related sensitivities to the forecasts were considered, whilst assessing the available mitigating actions.

 

The Group's performance is dependent on a number of market and macroeconomic factors particularly the sensitivity to the price of parent reels and the sterling/USD exchange rate which are inherently difficult to predict.

 

The Board has formed a judgement that there is reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, the going concern basis has been adopted in preparing the interim financial statements.

 

3.      Accounting Policies

 

The accounting policies applied in preparing the unaudited interim financial statements are consistent with those used in preparing the statutory financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2019 as set out in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts.

 

The following new accounting standards, amendments or interpretations are effective from 1 May 2019

·      IFRS 16 Leases;

·      IFRIC Interpretation 23 Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments;

·      Amendments to IAS 28 Long-term Interests in Associates and Joint Ventures; and

·      Amendments to IAS 19 Plan Amendment, Curtailment or Settlement.

 

IFRS16 Leases

IFRS 16 has replaced IAS17 Leases and is effective on 1 January 2019.  The Group has adopted IFRS 16 using the modified retrospective basis with recognition of a transitional adjustment on the date of initial application being 1 May 2019.  As per the specific transitional arrangements in the standard, comparative information has not been restated.  All adjustments were made to the opening balance sheet as at 1 May 2019.  Therefore, results for the year ended 30 April 2019 and the half year ended 31 October 2018 continue to be reported under the previous standard, IAS 17 Leases.

 

IFRS 16 introduces a single lessee accounting model, where the Group now recognises a right-of-use asset and a corresponding lease liability and for all leases over 12 months unless the underlying asset is of low value. 

 

IFRS16 provided for certain optional practical expedients, including those in relation to the initial adoption of the standard.  The Group applied the following practical expedients:

 

·      The Group did not reassess any contracts not previously identified as a lease under IAS17 or IFRIC4 prior to the transition date of 1 May 2019;

·      A single discount rate was applied to a portfolio of leases with reasonably similar characteristics;

·      Applied the exemption not to recognise a right-of-use asset and liability for leases with less than 12 months of lease term remaining as at the date of initial application.

 

On implementation of IFRS 16 there was a material increase in right-of-use assets and lease liabilities.  Further detail can be found in note 14.

 

After transition, the Group recognises a right-of-use asset and lease liability at the lease commencement date.

 

Lease liabilities are measured at the present value of the contractual payments due to the lessor over the lease term, with the discount rate determined by reference to the rate inherent in the lease unless (as is typically the case) this is not readily determinable, in which case the Group's incremental borrowing rate on commencement of the lease is used. Variable lease payments are only included in the measurement of the lease liability if they depend on an index or rate. In such cases, the initial measurement of the lease liability assumes the variable element will remain unchanged throughout the lease term. Other variable lease payments are expensed in the period to which they relate.

 

Right of use assets are initially measured at the amount of the lease liability, reduced for any lease incentives received, and increased for:

 

·      lease payments made at or before commencement of the lease;

·      initial direct costs incurred; and

·      the amount of any provision recognised where the group is contractually required to dismantle, remove or restore the leased asset.

 

Right-of-use assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the lease term, or the useful life, if shorter.

 

4.      Revenue

 

The Group has one type of revenue and class of business.

 

The analysis of geographical area of destination of the Group's revenue is set out below:

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Six months

ended 31

 October 2019

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Year

ended 30 April 2019


£'000

£'000

£'000

United Kingdom

61,722

54,907

113,736

Europe

3,345

2,677

5,375

Total

65,067

57,584

119,111



 

5.      Turnaround & Operational costs

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Six months ended 31 October 2019

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Year

ended 30 April 2019


£'000

£'000

£'000





Management reorganisation and restructure

113

301

724

Set up & exit costs relating to Skelmersdale warehouse

112

2,104

3,174

Loss on derivative financial instruments

302

-

-

Surplus waste

-

1,431

2,308

Operational reorganisation and restructure

-

417

872

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

-

-

130

Other

394

185

698

 Total

921

4,438

7,906

 

The turnaround & operational costs are further described below.  For the current period, £155,000 is included within cost of sales and £766,000 in included within administration expenses.

 

Loss on derivative financial instruments - £302,000 (31 October 2018: £nil)

Costs associated with contracts that were no longer required in the period as the Group continued to improve trading terms across the supply base.

 

Other - £394,000 (31 October 2018: £215,000)

Principal items include £177,000 relating to the ongoing FCA investigation and £112,000 in respect of the new line improvement programme.

 

6.      Earnings per share

 

The basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

 

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the loss after tax by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year, adjusted for potentially dilutive shares.

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Six months ended 31 October 2019

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Year

ended 30 April 2019


£'000

£'000

£'000





Loss for the period attributable to shareholders

(2,477) 

(7,472) 

(11,748)










Number

Number

Number


'000

'000

'000

Issued ordinary shares at beginning of period

195,247 

183,533 

129,012





Effect of shares issued in the period

-

-

60,180

Basic weighted average number of shares at end of period

195,247 

183,533 

189,192

Effect of conversion of Accrol Group Holdings plc share options

-

-

-

Diluted weighted average number of shares at end of period

195,247

183,533

189,192





Basic earnings per share (pence)

(1.3)

(4.1)

(6.2)

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

(1.3)

(4.1)

(6.2)

 

For the periods above, no adjustment has been made to the weighted average number of shares for the purpose of the diluted earnings per share calculation as the effect would be anti-dilutive.

 

7.       Finance costs


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Six months ended 31 October 2019

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Year

ended 30 April 2019


£'000

£'000

£'000









Bank loans and overdrafts

208

209

415

Finance lease interest

357

63

167

Interest on factoring facility

154

155

291

Amortisation of finance fees

183

116

297

Provision discount unwind

9

2

48

Other interest

-

-

58

 Total finance costs

 911

545

1,276

 

8.      Taxation

 

The taxation credit recognised is based on management's best estimate of the weighted average annual tax rate expected for the full financial year.

 

The tax credit for the period has been calculated at an effective rate of 18.8% (half year ended 31 October 2018: 16.8%; year ended 30 April 2019: 16.2%). As at 31 October 2019, the Group has recognised a deferred tax asset of £3.4m in relation to current and prior year losses on the basis that, following a review of forecasts, management expect that these will be recovered against future taxable profits.

 

9.      Intangible assets

 


Goodwill

Customer relationships

Other

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost





At 30 April 2019 (audited)

14,982

20,427

126

35,535

Additions

-

-

-

-

At 31 October 2019 (unaudited)

14,982

20,427

126

35,535






Amortisation





At 30 April 2019 (audited)

-

9,788

86

9,874

Charge

-

1,020

-

1,020

At 31 October 2019 (unaudited)

-

10,808

86

10,894






Net book value





At 30 April 2019 (audited)

14,982

10,639

40

25,661

At 31 October 2019 (unaudited)

14,982

9,619

40

24,641

 

The balance for Goodwill and Customer relationships arose on the Group's Acquisition of Accrol Holdings Limited and are attributed to the sole cash-generating unit ('CGU').



 

10.    Borrowings


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


As at 31 October 2019

As at 31 October 2018

As at 30

April 2019


£'000

£'000

£'000

Current




Bank facility

1,636

1,636

1,636

Factoring facility

10,159

6,805

13,690

Finance leases

3,917

1,113

1,383

 Total current

15,712

9,554

16,709

Non-current




Bank facility

9,785

11,421

9,602

Finance leases

11,695

2,032

2,236

 Total non-current

21,480

13,453

11,838





Total current & non-current

37,192

23,007

28,547





 

Finance costs incurred to arrange the Revolving Credit Facility have been capitalised and are included in the table above.  They are amortised through interest payable.

 

Included within finance lease liabilities as at 31 October 2019 are £12,695,000 of IFRS 16 lease liabilities.

 





 

Loan maturity analysis:




 

 

Within one year

£'000

16,076

£'000

9,918

£'000

17,073

Between one and two years

13,530

3,114

11,438

Between two and five years

8,165

10,918

798

After five years

-

-

-


37,771

23,950

29,309

Unamortised finance costs

(579)

(943)

(762)

Total

37,192

23,007

28,547

 

The following amounts remain undrawn and available


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


As at 31 October 2019

As at 31

October 2018

As at 30

April 2019


£'000

£'000

£'000

Revolving credit facility

-

1,000

-

Factoring facility

4,906

5,188

1,203

 Total

4,906

6,188

1,203

 

11.    Financial instruments

 

Derivative financial instruments represent the Group's forward foreign exchange contracts. The assets/(liabilities) representing the valuations of the forward foreign exchange contracts at the period end are:

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


As at 31 October 2019

As at 31

October 2018

As at 30

April 2019

Foreign currency contracts

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current assets

-

227

50

Current liabilities

(868)

(12)

-

Asset/(liability)

(868)

215

50

 

The fair value of a derivative financial instrument is split between current and non-current depending on the remaining maturity of the derivative contract and its contractual cash flows. The foreign currency contracts are designated as hedged accounted at initial recognition. The fair value of the Group's foreign currency derivatives is calculated as the difference between the contract rates and the mark to market rates which are current at the balance sheet date. This valuation is obtained from the counterparty bank and at each period end is categorised as a Level 2 valuation. The maximum exposure to credit risk is the fair value of the derivative as a financial asset.

 

12.    Provisions

 

The onerous contract provision of £617,000 as at 31 October 2019 relates to a logistics agreement resulting from the decision to exit from the Skelmersdale facility.  At the period end, £155,000 is due in less than one year and £462,000 is due greater than one year.  As at 30 April 2019, provisions totalled £2,711,000.  During the period, £159,000 of provisions were utilised, with £1,935,000 relating to the lease of the Skelmersdale facility adjusted against right-of-use assets on transition to IFRS 16 Leases.

 

13.    Dividends

 

The Board does not propose an interim dividend for the period ending 30 April 2020 (H1 FY19: £nil).

 

14.    Adoption of IFRS 16 Leases

 

As detailed in note 3, the Group adopted IFRS 16 on 1 May 2019 using the modified retrospective approach.

 

On implementation of IFRS 16, the Group recognised right-of-use assets within non-current assets of £12.4m and corresponding lease liabilities of £13.9m.  The impact on the Group's opening equity as a result of adopting IFRS 16 was an increase of £0.4m.

 

The weighted average incremental borrowing rate applied to the Group's lease liabilities on transition at 1 May 2019 was 4%.

 

At 31 October 2019, the right-of-use assets within non-current assets were £11.3m, with corresponding lease liabilities of £12.7m.

 

The impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 on the consolidated income statement was:








6 months ended 31 October 2019




£'000





Operating lease costs removed



1,265

Depreciation



(1,172)

Operating profit



93

Finance costs



(246)

Loss before tax



(153)

 

 

On a cash-flow basis, the overall impact is £nil.  However, the presentation has changed, such that repayments of the capital and interest elements of finance lease liabilities are included within financing activities, whereas operating lease costs were presented within operating activities.



 

15.    Non-GAAP measures

 

Adjusted earnings per share

 

The adjusted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the adjusted earnings attributable to ordinary equity holder of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year. The following reflects the income and share data used in the adjusted earnings per share calculation.

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Six months ended 31 October 2019

Six months ended 31 October 2018

Year

ended 30 April 2019


£'000

£'000

£'000

Earnings attributable to shareholders

(2,477)

(7,472)

(11,748)

Adjustment for:




Amortisation

1,020

1,020

2,040

Turnaround & Operational items

921

4,438

7,906

Share based payment

1,177

-

1,316

Tax effect of adjustments above

 (592)

 (1,037)

(2,140)

Adjusted earnings attributable to shareholders

49

(3,051)

(2,626)










Number

£'000

Number

£'000

Number

£'000

Basic weighted average number of shares

195,247

183,533

189,192

Dilutive share options

-

-

-

Diluted weighted average number of shares

195,247

183,533

189,192






pence

pence

pence

Adjusted earnings per share

0.0

(1.7)

(1.4)

Diluted adjusted earnings per share

0.0

(1.7)

(1.4)

 

For the periods above, no adjustment has been made to the weighted average number of shares for the purpose of the diluted earnings per share calculation as the effect would be anti-dilutive.

 


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