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Friday 21 February, 2014

Airea PLC

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 5902A
Airea PLC
21 February 2014
 



 

AIREA plc

 

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 31 December 2013

 

Review of Operations

Introduction

The six months to December 2013 have been a challenging period for Airea plc as we continue to reshape the business towards our goal of sustainable profitable growth against a backdrop of ongoing hostile market conditions.  We stated in the annual report that we could not see any reliable signs of an upturn in market conditions and this continued to be the case throughout the period.  Whilst we discerned some marginal improvement in demand for our residential carpet range in the final quarter of the calendar year, this was patchy and volatile.  Demand in the contract flooring market remained weak as the non-residential construction sector continued to be subdued.  Our revenue reflected this general market picture and was further impacted by timing issues on larger contracts and stocking deals. 

Against this back-ground of weak demand, the business has demonstrated financial resilience.  Margin improvement, resulting from the work done on product engineering and price management, and a lower cost base kept the business in profit and we have maintained the financial headroom to allow us to operate debt free. 

We continue to make good progress in strengthening the product portfolio and a number of important product launches were successfully completed in the first half from which we can expect to see sales in future periods.  New wool mix collections extolling the virtues of wool over synthetic materials, emphasising the superior lasting appearance, resilience, cleaning properties and allergy benefits have been welcomed by retailers.  Our carpet tile collection has been strengthened in the medium price sector and we have re-launched our best selling product with enhanced design options at a very competitive price point. 

Group results

Revenue for the period was £11.6m (2012: £13.5m).  The operating profit was £222,000 (2012: £359,000).  After charging pension related finance costs of £200,000 (2012: £89,000) and incorporating the appropriate tax charge the net profit for the period was £16,000 (2012: £176,000).  Basic earnings per share were 0.03p (2012: 0.38p).

The change in operating profit resulted from a combination of reduced sales volumes improved margins and a lower cost base.  The increase in pension related finance costs arises from the new approach to calculating and presenting the net interest expense on the net defined liability introduced by a revision to the appropriate accounting standard.  The notional interest is now calculated as a single net figure, based on the discount rate that is used to measure the defined benefit obligation.  As a consequence the long term expected return on the plan assets actually held is no longer used. In common with many other entities, this results in a lower reported net profit.   It does not reflect any real deterioration in the underlying pension funding level.

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital were £599,000 (2012: £929,000).  Working capital increased by £373,000 (2012: reduction £1,355,000) due to timing of payments to suppliers.  Contributions to the defined benefit pension scheme were £200,000 (2011: £217,000) in line with the agreement reached with the scheme trustees following the last triennial valuation as at 1st July 2011.  Capital expenditure of £113,000 (2012: £134,000) was focussed on essential replacements and productivity improvements.  

Current trading and future prospects

Despite the generally more optimistic tone concerning the wider economy we have not seen this work through into the particular sectors in which we operate.  The residential carpet market has yet to see any sustained improvement from an increase in activity in the housing market, and demand remains volatile.  On the contract flooring side, the dearth of development activity over the last six years in commercial construction and now the cut backs in public sector investment has led to challenging market conditions with intensified competition for the available business.  However, the products we have launched in the first half of our financial year, combined with the work we have been doing in reshaping the salesforce, puts us in a stronger competitive position and we continue to demonstrate our financial resilience.  Given the current trading position, and the ongoing need to carefully husband our financial resources, the board has decided not to make a dividend payment at the interim stage.

 

Enquiries:

Neil Rylance                                                                                                                  01924 266561

Chief Executive Officer

 

Roger Salt                                                                                                                     01924 266561

Group Finance Director

 

Richard Lindley                                                                                                              0113 388 4789

N+1 Singer

 


Consolidated Income Statement









6 months ended 31st December 2013











Unaudited 

Unaudited 

Audited







6 months ended

6 months ended

year ended







31st December

31st December

30th June







2013

2012

2013







£000

£000

£000














Revenue


11,555

13,521

25,049





Operating costs


(11,333)

(13,162)

(24,340)





Operating profit after exceptional items


222

359

709





Finance income


2





Finance costs


(200) 

(89)

(178)





Profit before taxation


24

270

533





Taxation


(8)

(94)

(90)





Profit for the period


16

176

443














Earnings per share (basic and diluted)


0.03p

0.38p

0.96p














All amounts relate to continuing operations


















Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income







6 months ended 31st December 2013











Unaudited 

Unaudited 

Audited







6 months ended

6 months ended

year ended







31st December

31st December

30th June







2013

2012

2013







£000

£000

£000





Profit attributable to shareholders of the group


16

176

443





Actuarial losses recognised in the pension scheme


2,350





Related deferred taxation


(797)





Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period


16

176

1,996























Consolidated Balance Sheet









as at 31st December 2013


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited







31st December

31st December

30th June







2013

2012

2013







£000

£000

£000





Non-current assets









Property, plant and equipment


6,165

6,872

6,428





Deferred tax asset


1,476

2,495

1,476







7,641

9,367

7,904





Current assets









Inventories


8,723

7,501

8,874





Trade and other receivables


3,205

3,467

4,331





Cash and cash equivalents


2,406

3,090

2,747







14,334

14,058

15,952





Total assets


21,975

23,425

23,856





Current liabilities









Trade and other payables


(3,797)

(4,368)

(5,440)





Non-current liabilities









Pension deficit


(5,668)

(8,129)

(5,668)





Deferred tax


(41)

(41)

(41)







(5,709)

(8,170)

(5,709)





Total liabilities


(9,506)

(12,538)

(11,149)







12,469

10,887

12,707





Equity









Called up share capital


11,561

11,561

11,561





Share premium account


504

504

504





Capital redemption reserve


2,395

2,395

2,395





Share option reserve


-

16

-





Retained earnings


(1,991)

(3,589)

(1,753)







12,469

10,887

12,707














Consolidated Cash Flow Statement









6 months ended 31st December 2013


Unaudited 

Unaudited 

Audited







6 months ended

6 months ended

year ended







31st December

31st December

30th June







2013

2012

2013







£000

£000

£000





Operating activities









Profit attributable to shareholders of the group


16

176

443





        Tax charged


8

94

90





        Finance costs


198

89

176





        Depreciation


377

570

1,137





Operating cash flows before movements in working capital


599

929

1,846





(Increase)/decrease in working capital


(373)

1,355

416





Contributions to defined benefit pension scheme


(200)

(217)

(415)





Cash generated from operations


26

2,067

1,847





Investing activities









Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(113)

(134)

(257)





Financing activities









Equity dividends paid


(254)

(185) 

(185)





Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


(341)

1,748

1,405





Cash and cash equivalents at start of period


2,747

1,342

1,342





Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


2,406

3,090

2,747























Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity







6 months ended 31st December 2013











Share capital

Share premium account

Capital redemption reserve

Share option reserve

Retained Earnings

Total equity




£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000











At 1st July 2012


11,561

504

2,395

16

(3,580)

10,896


Profit attributable to shareholders of the group


176

176


Dividend paid


-

(185) 

(185)


At 1st January 2013


11,561

504

2,395

16

(3,589)

10,887


Profit attributable to shareholders of the group


-

-

-

-

267

267


Other comprehensive income for the period


1,553

1,553


Reserve transfer relating to share based payment


-

-

-

(16)

16

-


At 1st July 2013


11,561

504

2,395

-

(1,753)

12,707


Profit attributable to shareholders of the group


16

16


Dividend paid


(254)

(254)


At 31st December 2013


11,561

504

2,395

-

(1,991)

12,469











Note


















BASIS OF PREPARATION AND ACCOUNTING POLICIES








The financial information for the six month periods ended 31st December 2013 and 31st December 2012 has not been audited and does not constitute full financial statements within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

The financial information relating to the year ended 30th June 2013 does not constitute full financial statements within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. This information is based on the group's statutory accounts for that period. The statutory accounts were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ("IFRS") and received an unqualified audit report and did not contain statements under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. These financial statements have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.

These interim financial statements have been prepared using the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ("IFRS").  The accounting policies used are the same as those used in preparing the financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2013.  These policies are set out in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 30th June 2013. The interim and annual reports are available on the company's website at www.aireaplc.co.uk.








 

 


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