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Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Lakehouse plc

Unaudited Interim Results

RNS Number : 5204S
Lakehouse plc
26 June 2018
 

26 June 2018

Lakehouse plc, the compliance and energy support services group
Unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2018 (H1 FY18)

Construction and Property Services divisions exit provides platform for Group to focus on continuing growth businesses: Compliance and Energy Services

 

Bob Holt, Chairman of Lakehouse plc commented:

"I am pleased to report a good set of results for the period from our continuing businesses: Compliance and Energy Services.

As highlighted previously, it was our strategic intention to exit from Construction and Property Services and I am delighted to announce today that we have signed heads of agreement to sell those activities. The businesses, which comprise the original Lakehouse core activities plus the acquired business Fosters, are being acquired by a team of sector specialists and I believe that without the constraints of a Plc environment, they will be successful.

I am delighted therefore to confirm that the Group now has two operating divisions in Compliance and Energy Services. Both businesses are sector specialists, broadly non-cyclical apart from seasonal demands, but most importantly, predictable, profitable and cash generative. 

We were particularly pleased to secure the Welsh Government Arbed 3 programme of energy management for £55m. The scheme mirrors our contract for the Scottish Government and again provides continuous revenue and profit for a five year period."

Ø Revenue from continuing operations grew by 3% to £91.1m (H1 FY17: £88.0m)

Ø Underlying EBITA1 from continuing operations grew by 65% to £2.7m (H1 FY17: £1.6m)

Ø Underlying EBITA1 margins were 2.9% (H1 FY17: 1.8%)

Ø Underlying pre-tax profit2 of £1.9m (H1 FY17: £0.8m)

Ø Group loss before tax from continuing operations £0.5m (H1 FY17: £3.9m), after amortisation of acquisition intangibles of £2.2m (H1 FY17: £5.3m) and finance expenses of £0.7m (H1 FY17: £0.8m).

Ø Losses from discontinued operations of £11.8m (H1 FY17: profit of £0.2m) resulting from the impairment exercise undertaken as part of the preparation of these activities for sale and reflect management conservatism in assessing fair value.

Ø Loss per share from continuing operations of 0.2p (H1 FY17: 2.1p).

Ø Balance sheet remains robust, with net debt of £14.2m (31 March 2017: £24.7m) at the end of our peak seasonal working capital period.

 

Key performance indicators (from the continuing operations of Compliance and Energy Services):

Ø High bidding success rate led to contract wins in the period valued at £100m contributing to an order book of £396m, representing growth of 7% on the comparative period (31 March 2017: £369m).

Ø Our number of frameworks stood at 258 (31 March 2017: 251), with a value of £1.1bn (31 March 2017: £1.0bn), representing a 7% rise on the comparative period.

Outlook:

Ø We are making excellent progress and the underlying performance of Compliance and Energy Services were strong.

Ø The recent acquisition of Just Energy provides a low key and low risk entry point into the private sector gas market.

Ø In terms of the outlook, we expect trading from continuing operations for the full year will remain in line with management expectations.

 

Enquiries

Lakehouse

Financial Public Relations

Bob Holt, Chairman, 07778 798816

Camarco

Michael McMahon, Chief Operating Officer

Ginny Pulbrook

Jeremy Simpson, Chief Financial Officer

Tom Huddart

Telephone: 020 3961 5236

Telephone: 020 3757 4992

 

 

Stockdale Securities

 

Andy Crossley

 

Antonio Bossi

 

Telephone:  020 7601 6100

 

 

Notes to editors

Lakehouse is a leading compliance and energy support services group that performs critical functions in homes, public and commercial buildings, with a focus on clients in the UK public sector and regulated markets. Services are delivered through two divisions: Compliance and Energy Services.

The Group was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in London. It currently employs some 2,000 staff from 23 offices across the UK.

 

Definitions

1. EBITA is earnings before interest, tax and amortisation of acquisition intangibles. Underlying EBITA is defined as operating profit before deduction of exceptional and other items, as outlined in Note 3 and on the face of the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income. Underlying EBITA is the same as "Operating profit before exceptional and other items" on the face of the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, but used as terminology in light of being a key performance measurement for management in the Group.

2. As set out in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, other underlying numbers are stated before exceptional and other items (discussed further in Note 3). Underlying profit after tax and underlying earnings per share are, where relevant, stated net of an imputed tax charge.

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

I am pleased to report a good set of results for the period from our continuing businesses of Compliance and Energy Services.

As highlighted previously, it was our strategic intention to exit from Construction and Property Services and I am delighted to announce today that we have signed heads of agreement to exit from those activities. The businesses, which comprise the original Lakehouse core activities plus the acquired business Fosters, are being acquired by a team of sector specialists and I believe that without the constraints of a Plc environment, they will be successful.

I am delighted therefore to confirm that the Group now has two operating divisions in Compliance and Energy Services. Both businesses are sector specialists, broadly non cyclical, apart from seasonal demands, but most importantly, predictable, profitable and cash generative. 

I look forward to updating all stakeholders of the completion of this transaction and our future corporate development

Revenues from continuing operations grew 3% to £91.1m (H1 FY17: £88.0m). Underlying EBITA grew significantly by 65% to £2.7m (H1 FY17: £1.6m) and operating profits of £0.2m represented a reversal on the £3.1m loss in H1 FY17.  Net debt was £14.2m (2017:£24.7m) at the end of the period, where our cash conversion is seasonally low.

We were particularly pleased to secure the Welsh Government Arbed 3 programme of energy management for £55m. The scheme mirrors our contract for the Scottish Government and provides continuous revenue and profit for a five year period.

Elsewhere our Compliance businesses have performed well in what is seasonally the part of the year where weather tends to dictate the amount of work required, especially within our gas activities.

In light of the process in place to divest those parts of the Group which have given undue uncertainty in the last two years, the Board felt it prudent not to pay an interim dividend at this time.

We were particularly sad to see Andrew Harrison leave the Board recently. Andrew had joined the Board initially to represent the founder Steve Rawlings and following Steve's sad death, Andrew represented the wider Rawlings family's interests. 

I arrived in the Group to implement change when the Group was in a difficult position following a number of profit warnings. The management team have embraced significant change in what has been a difficult period with a number of headwinds. Michael McMahon and his team have performed excellently in demanding circumstances and I believe that the Group is now well placed to deliver growth and profitability with a positive attitude.

 

 

 

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

Compliance (61% of continuing Group revenue / H1 FY17: 58%)

Compliance: six months ended 31 March

2018

2017

Change

Revenue (£m)

56.1

51.8

8%

Underlying EBITA (£m)

2.4

2.9

-17%

Underlying EBITA margin

4.2%

5.5%

-130pts

The Compliance division provides planned and responsive maintenance, installation and repair services predominantly to local authority and housing association clients, in the areas of domestic and commercial gas, fire and electrical, water and air hygiene and lifts. These services cover clients' social housing and public building assets, as well as industrial and commercial properties.  Gas services comprise some three quarters of the division and we believe we continue to represent the largest player in this fragmented and typically localised market.

We are typically paid for service and repair work on a fixed price basis evenly through the year. The gas and lifts businesses (which make up more than 80% of the division's annual revenues) have more call-outs during colder months, resulting in higher labour and materials costs, meaning that we are far more profitable and cash generative in the warmer months when call-out rates are lower and those same engineers can be deployed in works that attract further income.  As a result, a significant proportion of the division's annual profit continues to arise during the second half of the financial year.

The division showed strong year on year revenue growth of 8% to £56.1m (H1 FY17: £51.8m), driven by new contract wins and increasing regulatory demands in the sector.  Underlying EBITA fell 17% to £2.4m (H1 FY17: £2.9m).  We adopt a conservative approach to contract mobilisation, expensing costs immediately and as a result, we saw an impact on profitability in the first half as a major national contract went live and we had to build an associated management infrastructure.  This was compounded slightly by the unseasonal weather in late February / early March, which resulted in a higher level of responsive callouts and lower planned servicing work than normal for the time of year.  We expect a more normal level of profitability to be restored in the second half.

The division continued its excellent track record on new wins during the period, including a £9m three year gas service and repair contract with LB Havering, a 10 year £8.4m lift maintenance programme with RB Greenwich, a five year £4.3m gas service and repair contract with Guildford BC, a 10 year £5m domestic heating programme with Hanover HA, a four year £2.1m gas programme with Leeds Federation and fire remediation framework wins with Paragon HA, the Reallies Partnership and the South East Consortium.

The outlook for our Compliance businesses remains strong, underpinned by the increased number of frameworks to which the division has been appointed and a trading environment pushing towards greater levels of regulation, which provides a stimulus in demand for our compliance services expertise.

 

 

Energy Services (39% of continuing Group revenue / H1 FY17: 42%)

Energy Services: six months ended 31 March

2018

2017

Change

Revenue (£m)

36.6

36.9

(1)%

Underlying EBITA (£m)

1.6

1.3

27%

Underlying EBITA margin

4.4%

3.4%

100pts

Energy Services provides a range of energy efficiency services for social housing and private homes through two businesses:

·      Everwarm provides insulation and heating, renewable technologies and electrical vehicle charging points.  Everwarm also uses these services to deliver carbon emissions savings for energy companies, enabling them to meet their legislative targets. The insulation operations are driven by seasonal influences, as we are unable to render or use fixing glue necessary for insulation at temperatures below three degrees.  As a result, we typically experience a far larger number of productive working days in summer, compared to winter months, with the result that the business sees higher revenues and margins in H2 each year. 

·      Providor is a leading national installer of smart meters (operating as a meter asset manager and meter operator), working for several "big six" and challenger utilities, who are required to install smart meters in every home in England, Wales and Scotland. There are more than 26 million homes for the energy suppliers to access, with the goal of every home being offered a smart meter by 2020.  The national smart metering programme has been beset by delays, not least the advent of next generation "SMETS 2" meters, for which the mandated implementation deadline has slipped further from July to October 2018 since we announced our 2017 results on 23 January 2018.

Revenue was £36.6m in the period, 1% down on the comparative period, reflecting a seasonally-influenced reduced level of external wall insulation installations ("EWIs"), offset by an increase in meter installation work.  EBITA improved 27% to £1.6m (H1 FY17: £1.3m), due to a reduction of losses in our smart metering operations, offset in part by the volume impact from the aforementioned volume reductions in insulation (which we expect to pick up in the second half). 

As we have previously highlighted, there have been continued delays to the national smart meter roll-out and indeed, there are further derogations permitting the installation of older SMETS1 meters between October 2018 and January 2019.  This has adversely impacted anticipated installation volumes, compounding the challenges we outlined in our September 2017 annual report. This is having a general ongoing impact on engineer efficiency, and we took the prudent decision to review pricing or withdraw from certain contracts.  As such, we continue to manage our smart metering contracts responsibly and provide strong and secure employment for our engineers.  Whilst uncertainty remains in the smart metering market, costs will continue to rise and it is incumbent on all stakeholders in the national smart meter roll out programme to agree an achievable timetable with consistent volumes, if costs are not to rise further.  Clearly this will influence further progression in our metering business moving forward.

Carbon prices remained largely stable during the period. The Scottish Government's flagship Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland ("HEEPS") continued to perform well in the first half, which brings a diversified installation portfolio, focusing on central heating, boiler improvements and other energy efficiency installation measures. 

We were delighted to announce in May 2018 the successful award of the Arbed 3 programme by the Welsh Government, a £55m three year area-based scheme which will target improvements to over 6,000 homes in areas throughout Wales, where households are more likely to be living in severe fuel poverty.  The contract, with runs for a minimum three year period, with the opportunity of two one year extensions, was Everwarm's key strategic target.  This takes us into a new Country, whilst capitalising on our existing expertise, and will be delivered by a joint venture with the Energy Saving Trust.

Other notable successes during the period included Renfrewshire (£10.1m over four phases of varied energy efficiency work) and Glasgow City EWI (£2.3m), both won under the new Scotland Excel framework. In addition, we saw an extension to ongoing EWI work for Fife (£6m) and new Clackmannanshire commercial work (£0.4m), a further non-domestic win following successful delivery of comparable North Ayrshire work during the period.

The above figures exclude the contribution of Orchard Energy, which was sold in September 2017 and therefore classified under discontinued activities in the comparative data.

Acquisition

Following the period end, Lakehouse completed the acquisition of Just Energy Solutions Ltd ("JES"), further details of which are outlined in note 13.  JES is a private sector heating and renewables specialist, providing services for large energy companies, retailers and private householders. JES complements the current activities of the Group's three gas compliance businesses, which together provide national coverage with public sector clients and also bridges to our smart metering operations in Providor, which operates in the private sector.  JES offers us a further route into the private sector for compliance and energy services and a means of delivering procurement opportunities to take JES outside its core home counties market.  JES is also the country's leading provider of solar buyback services (as recently covered in the Financial Times on 5 April), which offers additional opportunity for growth. 

The acquisition represents a further step in Lakehouse's growth strategy as the Group continues to expand its geographic breadth and range of service offerings.

New wins and order book

The Board is encouraged that high bidding success rates continue to be achieved by the Group.  Contract wins in the period totalled £100m (some 10% higher than in-period revenues), contributing to a period-end order book of £396m.  This represented a 7% improvement on the comparative period (31 March 2017: £369m) and excludes the £55m Arbed 3 win announced shortly after the period end.  The order book remains strong across our continuing business lines as we continue to focus on securing contracts with long term visibility and robust value. 

Our number of frameworks stood at 258 (31 March 2017: 251), with a value of £1.1bn (31 March 2017: £1.0bn), representing a 7% rise on the comparative period.
 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

The Operational Review provides a detailed overview of our trading performance during the period. This Financial Review therefore covers other aspects of the Income Statement, Cash Flows and the Balance Sheet.

Trading overview

Revenues from continuing operations grew by 3% to £91.1m (H1 FY17: £88.0m), driven by the mobilisation of the new contracts secured by Compliance in 2017.  Underlying EBITA from continuing operations grew 65% to £2.7m (H1 FY17: £1.6m), through a combination of performance improvements and the benefits of the cost reduction exercise conducted undertaken over the past 18 months.  Operating profits of £0.2m represented a reversal on the £3.1m loss in H1 FY17.

Central costs halved to £1.3m (H1 FY17: £2.5m), reflecting reductions to central departments, as we moved to empower businesses locally.

Underlying pre-tax profit was £1.9m (H1 FY17: £0.8m). Losses before tax from continuing operations were £0.5m (H1 FY17: £3.9m) and losses after tax from continuing operations were £0.3m (H1 FY17: £3.3m), resulting in losses per share from continuing operations of 0.2p (H1 FY17: 2.1p). 

Discontinued activities and impairment

Losses from discontinued operations amounted to £11.8m (H1 FY17: profit of £0.2m), which included an asset impairment review, further details of which are contained in note 5.  The period reflected a significant improvement in the performance of Property Services, which saw a pleasing return to operational stability, if not profitability.  Construction was impacted by a number of project delays, so whilst the business remained profitable at an underlying trading level, it performed below expectations in the period.  Both businesses have strong orderbooks that we believe will stand them well for the future under new ownership.  The comparative period included the results of Property Services, Construction and Orchard Energy, which was sold in September 2017.

Exceptional items

Net exceptional items in the period amounted to a small cost of £0.2m (H1 FY17: income of £0.6m), reflecting some small legacy clean-ups.  Further details are provided in note 3.

Amortisation of acquisition intangibles

When Lakehouse acquires businesses, the estimated value of their intangible assets (such as customer contracts and non-compete undertakings from vendors) is recognised on the Group's Balance Sheet. These acquisition intangibles are then amortised over their expected useful lives, estimated at between four and six years. We exclude this amortisation charge from our calculation of adjusted EBITA as the Board believes the underlying operating performance of our business is better understood before such costs.

Amortisation of acquisition intangibles was £2.2m during the period (H1 FY17: £5.3m) with the decrease of £3.1m reflecting the fact that we have taken amortisation charges in prior periods, meaning we are amortising a reduced base of intangible assets.

 

 

Finance expense

Finance expense is the interest charged on our debt facilities and the unwinding of the discount applied to deferred consideration on acquisitions. The expense in the first half was £0.7m (H1 FY17: £0.8m).

This expense includes a non-operating sum of £0.1m (H1 FY17: £0.1m) relating to the unwinding of discounts on deferred consideration due in respect of acquisitions.

Tax

The effective tax rate for the period was 21%, compared with a statutory rate of corporation tax of 19%.  We expect a full year effective tax rate of 21%.

Earnings per share

Losses from continuing operations for the period were £0.3m (H1 FY17: loss of £3.3m). Based on the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period of 157.5m, this resulted in basic losses per share from continuing operations of 0.2p (H1 FY17: loss per share of 2.1p).  Total losses per share (including discontinued operations) were 7.7p (H1 FY17: 2.0p).

Cash conversion

Underlying operating cash conversion from continuing operations represented an inflow of £0.7m (H1 FY17 restated: £3.5m). This in part reflected the higher than expected outturn for the year to 30 September 2017, where we identified our normalised year-end debt position would have been some £10m higher (including activities since discontinued).  The Board calculates underlying operating cash conversion as cash generated from continuing operations, plus exceptional cash expenses, divided by underlying EBITA from continuing operations, to provide a consistent comparison of underlying cash generation (further details are outlined in notes 3 and 11).

Operating cash outflow in the period was £10.9m (H1 FY17: £1.1m).   We saw a poor performance in the Construction business, which underpinned an outflow from discontinued operations in the period of £9.8m (H1 FY17: £3.8m); we are confident this can be addressed by a potential purchaser in managing the business for cash for a short period. 

On a steady state basis, we expect to continue to target an average annual underlying operating cash conversion of 80% over the long term.

Net debt and banking facilities

At 31 March 2018, the Group had net debt of £14.2m (31 March 2017: £24.7m), comprising cash and other items of £3.8m (31 March 2017: £0.3m), together with an £18m drawing (31 March 2017: £25m) under our revolving credit facility, out of a total facility of £25m.  Net debt reflects £1.2m in acquisition expenditure in the period, all relating to deferred consideration payments.

A sum of £0.6m remained on the balance sheet in relation to deferred consideration at 31 March 2018 (31 March 2017: £2.5m), which would be payable within one year if the relevant conditions are met.

 

 

Statement of financial position

The principal items in our Balance Sheet are goodwill, intangible assets, debt and working capital.

 

 

31-Mar

31-Mar

30-Sep

 

 

2018

2017

2017

 

 

£m

£m

£m

Goodwill and intangibles

 

49.3

64.3

51.4

Tangible and other

 

1.5

6.7

5.6

Fixed assets

 

50.8

71.0

57.0

Current assets

 

69.8

79.3

70.4

Net cash and equivalents

 

3.6

0.1

25.9

Current liabilities

 

-66.1

-71.2

-71.8

Net current assets

 

7.3

8.2

24.5

Non-current liabilities

 

-2.2

-6.5

-4.1

Debt

 

-17.8

-24.8

-27.2

Net assets

 

38.1

47.9

50.2

 

 

 

 

 

Net current assets (excluding cash)

 

3.7

8.1

-1.4

 

Net current assets excluding cash were £3.7m (31 March 2017: £8.1m).  We continued to control tightly our use of working capital during the first half but as discussed above, the Construction business consumed cash due to a number of ongoing account settlements, together with the aforementioned strong end to the year ending 30 September 2017, which had a £10m impact.

As at 31 March 2018, we held provisions of £2.3m (31 March 2017 £4.7m; 30 September 2017: £4.0m). Some £0.2m was utilised in in the period in relation to resolving the ongoing matters to which the provisions pertain, in line with management expectations and a further £1.5m reclassified to liabilities held for sale.   Further details are set out in Note 10.

Risks

 

The Board considers strategic, financial and operational risks and identifies actions to mitigate those risks. Key risks and their mitigation were disclosed on pages 26 to 29 of the Annual Report for the year ended 30 September 2017.

We continue to manage a number of potential risks and uncertainties - many of which are common to other similar businesses including claims and disputes - which could have a material impact on short and longer term performance.

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2017

 

 

Audited year ended 30 September 2017

 

Notes

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

91,058

 

88,030

 

181,496

Cost of sales

 

(79,038)

 

(78,239)

 

(154,530)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

12,020

 

9,791

 

26,966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating expenses

 

(9,152)

 

(8,276)

 

(20,358)

Share of results of joint venture

 

(213)

 

90

 

786

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional and other items

 

 

 

2,655

 

1,605

 

7,394

Exceptional costs

3

(616)

 

(326)

 

(2,127)

Exceptional income - other

3

373

 

921

 

1,624

Exceptional income - profit on disposal of subsidiary

3

-

 

-

 

5,402

Amortisation of acquisition intangibles

3

(2,186)

 

(5,254)

 

(10,495)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit / (loss)

2

226

 

(3,054)

 

1,798

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance expense

 

(727)

 

(818)

 

(1,985)

Investment income

 

-

 

34

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax

Profit/(loss) before tax

2

3

(501)

 

(3,838)

 

(171)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

4

173

 

571

 

934

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) / profit for the period attributable to the equity holders of the Group from continuing operations

 

(328)

 

(3,267)

 

763

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) / profit for the period from discontinued operations

 

(11,826)

 

184

 

(753)

(Loss) / profit for the period attributable to the equity holders of the Group

 

(12,154)

 

(3,083)

 

10

 

 

(Loss) / earnings per share from continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

7

(0.2)p

 

(2.1)p

 

0.5p

Diluted

7

(0.2)p

 

(2.1)p

 

0.5p

 

 

Total (loss) / earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations and attributable to the equity holders of the Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

7

(7.7)p

 

(2.0)p

 

0.0p

Diluted

7

(7.7)p

 

(2.0)p

 

0.0p

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

At 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

As at 31

March 2018

 

 

As at 31

March 2017

 

As at 30 September 2017

 

Notes

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

42,169

 

47,626

 

42,169

Other intangible assets

 

7,093

 

16,692

 

9,233

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,271

 

2,622

 

1,905

Interest in joint venture

 

226

 

1,027

 

1,196

Trade and other receivables

 

-

 

2,148

 

456

Deferred tax asset

 

-

 

897

 

2,085

 

 

50,759

 

71,012

 

57,044

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

4,296

 

7,443

 

4,490

Amounts due from customers under construction contracts

 

-

 

3,308

 

6,269

Trade and other receivables

 

41,471

 

68,523

 

59,129

Corporation tax receivable

 

-

 

20

 

551

Assets held for sale

5

24,138

 

-

 

-

Cash and cash equivalents

9

3,730

 

302

 

26,129

 

 

73,635

 

79,596

 

96,568

Total assets

 

124,394

 

150,608

 

153,612

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts due to customers under construction contracts

 

-

 

630

 

1,786

Trade and other payables

 

41,434

 

68,197

 

69,178

Finance lease obligations

9

131

 

230

 

182

Provisions

10

218

 

2,358

 

893

Liabilities held for sale

5

24,183

 

-

 

-

Income tax payable

 

256

 

-

 

-

 

 

66,222

 

71,415

 

72,039

Net current assets

 

7,413

 

8,181

 

24,529

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

-

 

4,201

 

973

Loans and borrowings

8,9

17,750

 

24,523

 

27,077

Finance lease obligations

9

89

 

224

 

144

Deferred tax liability

 

172

 

-

 

-

Provisions

10

2,073

 

2,308

 

3,137

 

 

20,084

 

31,256

 

31,331

Total liabilities

 

86,306

 

102,671

 

103,370

Net assets

 

38,088

 

47,937

 

50,242

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

15,753

 

15,753

 

15,753

Share premium account

 

25,314

 

25,314

 

25,314

Share-based payment reserve

 

776

 

776

 

776

Own shares

 

(290)

 

(290)

 

(290)

Merger reserve

 

20,067

 

20,067

 

20,067

Retained earnings

 

(23,532)

 

(13,683)

 

(11,378)

Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

 

38,088

 

47,937

 

50,242

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to the equity holders of the Group

 

 

 

 

            

 

 

Share

 capital

 

Share premium account

Share-based

payment

 reserve

 

 

Own shares

 

 

Merger reserve

 

 

Retained earnings

 

 

Total

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 October 2016

15,753

25,314

776

(290)

20,067

(10,600)

51,020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(3,083)

(3,083)

At 31 March 2017

15,753

25,314

776

(290)

20,067

(13,683)

47,937

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

3,093

3,093

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(788)

(788)

At 30 September 2017

15,753

25,314

776

(290)

20,067

(11,378)

50,242

                       

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(12,154)

(12,154)

At 31 March 2018

15,753

25,314

776

(290)

20,067

(23,532)

38,088

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2017

 

 

Audited year ended 30 September 2017

 

Notes

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash (used in) / generated from operations

11

(10,892)

 

(1,139)

 

13,373

Interest paid

 

(443)

 

(505)

 

(1,385)

Interest received

 

1

 

31

 

3

Taxation

 

132

 

1,286

 

655

Net cash (used in) / generated from operating activities

 

(11,202)

 

(327)

 

12,646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payment of deferred consideration on prior year acquisitions

 

(1,246)

 

(2,588)

 

(2,588)

Sale of shares in subsidiary, net of cash disposed of

 

-

 

-

 

12,044

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(235)

 

(494)

 

(909)

Purchase of intangible assets

 

(150)

 

(202)

 

(462)

Sale of property and equipment

 

42

 

102

 

153

Net cash (used in) / generated from investing activities

 

(1,589)

 

(3,182)

 

8,238

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend paid to shareholders

 

-

 

-

 

(788)

(Repayments) of / proceeds from bank borrowings

 

(9,500)

 

4,000

 

6,500

Repayments to finance lease creditors

 

(106)

 

68

 

(60)

Finance issue costs

 

(2)

 

(186)

 

(336)

Net cash (used in) / generated from financing activities

 

(9,608)

 

3,882

 

5,316

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(22,399)

 

373

 

26,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

 

26,129

 

(71)

 

(71)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

 

3,730

 

302

 

26,129

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

1.   Basis of preparation

 

The results presented in this report are unaudited and have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement of International Financial Reporting Standards (`IFRS') as adopted by the EU that are expected to be applicable to the financial statements for the year ending 31 September 2018 and on the basis of the accounting policies to be used in those financial statements. The figures for the year ended 31 September 2017 are extracted from the statutory accounts of the group for that period.  The condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements, being the statutory financial statements for Lakehouse plc, as at 30 September 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union.

The condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 31 March 2018 do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  Statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2017 have been approved by the Board of Directors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  These accounts, which contained an unqualified audit report under Section 495, did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis of matter and did not contain a statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

Significant accounting policies

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements are consistent with those that are expected to be applicable to the financial statements for the year ending 31 September 2018.

Seasonality

The Group has seasonal influences in specific areas.  The Compliance division experiences higher activity levels in gas and lift services in colder weather, leading to higher working capital requirements and lower profitability in winter, with the opposite in the summer.  Within Energy Services it is not possible to render walls or use fixing glue at temperatures below three degrees centigrade, nor perform cladding work in high winds.  As such, weather has an influence on this business, meaning that the Group has to plan to increase capacity during warmer and more settled periods to compensate for time lost during colder ones.  This typically works to the benefit of the second half of the financial year, at the expense of the first half.

2.   Operating segments

 

The Board of Directors has determined an operating management structure aligned around the two core activities of the Group, with the following operating segments applicable:

·              Compliance

·              Energy Services 

All revenue and profit is derived from operations in the United Kingdom only. 

The following is an analysis of the Group's revenue and Underlying EBITA by reportable segment:

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2017

 

 

Audited year ended 30 September 2017

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance

56,075

 

51,767

 

104,319

Energy Services

36,571

 

36,910

 

78,960

Total segment revenue

92,646

 

88,677

 

183,279

Inter-segment elimination

(1,588)

 

(647)

 

(1,783)

Revenue from external customers

91,058

 

88,030

 

181,496

 

Inter-segment trading comprises services provided by the Compliance segment for the Property Services segment (reported within discontinued operations) and are charged at prevailing market prices.

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

2.   Operating segments (continued)

 

Reconciliation of Underlying EBITA to loss before taxation

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2017

 

 

Audited year ended 30 September 2017

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Underlying EBITA by segment

 

 

 

 

 

Compliance

2,365

 

2,853

 

7,986

Energy Services

1,599

 

1,256

 

4,015

Central costs 1

(1,309)

 

(2,504)

 

(4,607)

Total underlying EBITA

2,655

 

1,605

 

7,394

Exceptional costs

(616)

 

(326)

 

(2,127)

Exceptional income

373

 

921

 

1,624

Amortisation of acquisition intangibles

(2,186)

 

(5,254)

 

(10,495)

Profit on disposal of Orchard

-

 

-

 

5,402

Operating profit / (loss)

226

 

(3,054)

 

1,798

Finance costs

(727)

 

(818)

 

(1,985)

Investment income

-

 

34

 

16

Loss before taxation

(501)

 

(3,838)

 

(171)

1 Central costs are those costs that are not allocated directly in support of a segment and comprise certain group service functions.

3.   Exceptional and other items, including amortisation of acquisition intangibles

 

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2017

 

 

Audited year ended 30 September 2017

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition costs

-

 

14

 

14

Restructuring, EGM and other costs

344

 

312

 

2,113

Total exceptional costs

344

 

326

 

2,127

Release of deferred consideration

(101)

 

(921)

 

(1,624)

Profit on sale of Orchard (Holdings) UK Limited

-

 

 

(5,402)

Total exceptional items

243

 

(595)

 

(4,899)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation of acquisition intangible assets

2,186

 

 

10,495

 

2,429

 

4,659

 

5,596

Unwinding discount of deferred consideration

55

 

140

 

238

Total exceptional and 'other items'

2,484

 

4,799

 

5,834

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

3.   Exceptional and other items, including amortisation of acquisition intangibles (continued)

Exceptional and other items in the period reduced the Group's profit before tax by £2.5m and related to the following items:

Exceptional items

Restructuring EGM and other costs of £0.3m (2017: £0.3m) reflects small number of legacy clean-up and restructuring costs during the period amounting to £0.6m, net of £0.3m of associated accruals being released against those sums.

Release of deferred consideration of £0.1m (2017: £0.9m) reflects the settlement of certain deferred consideration sums at a level lower than expectations.

Amortisation of acquisition intangibles

Amortisation of acquisition intangibles was £2.2m for the period (2017: £5.3m); with the £3.1m reduction reflecting the fact that we have taken amortisation charges in prior periods, meaning we are amortising a reduced base of intangible assets.

Unwinding discount of deferred consideration

Unwinding discount of deferred consideration of £0.1m (2017: £0.1m) reflects the present value of deferred sums, discounted at a post-tax rates of between 2.2% and 8.5%, due on outstanding payments for acquisitions.

Accounting treatment

The costs discussed above are considered non-trading because they are not part of the underlying trading of the Group and (aside from amortisation of acquisition intangibles and unwinding discount of deferred consideration) are not expected to recur year to year.

4.   Taxation

 

The income tax charge for the six months ended 31 March 2018 is calculated based upon the effective tax rates expected to apply to the Group for the full year of 21% (2017: 14%). 

5.   Discontinued operations

Losses from discontinued operations amounted to £11.8m (H1 FY17: profit of £0.2m) on associated revenues of £41.3m (H1 FY17: £61.8m).  The associated cash outflow for the period was £9.8m, discussed also in note 11.  At 31 March 2018, assets held for sale were £24.1m and liabilities held for sale were £24.2m.

Discontinued activities represent the Group's Construction and Property Services divisions (the "Activities"), with the comparative period also including Orchard Energy, which was sold in September 2017.  In determining the classification of the Activities as discontinued at 31 March 2018, the Board had regard to the conditions that needed to be met under IFRS5 "Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations".  As the result of a sale process, the Board is engaged in active discussions with a potential purchaser, having signed heads of terms as at the date of this report. The Board is committed to the exit from the Activities and expects this to be completed within 12 months.

In classifying the Activities as discontinued, we are required to consider their balance sheets for potential impairment.  The key items of net asset value relate to unbilled sums and deferred tax, with the balance of working capital sums being financially neutral.   "Unbilleds" are a key feature of the construction industry and their settlement often involves protracted negotiations; their valuation therefore involves management judgement as to the likely outcome.  Such an approach however reflects the ability of the Group to influence directly those discussions and in determining the lower of carrying amount and fair value less cost to sell in accordance with IFRS5, we took account of the loss of direct control over those negotiations, once ownership of the Activities passes to a third party.  Although any buyer will be legally required to use best endeavors to collect such sums, the impairment calculation made a conservative estimate of their likely outcome and will be reviewed accordingly in the event of a sale taking place prior to year end.  By the same measure, utilisation of the deferred tax asset is dependent on future profitability of the Activities, so was similarly impaired; the balance will also reviewed at year end. 

6.   Dividends

 

The proposed final dividend for the year ended 30 September 2017 of 0.5 pence per share amounting to £0.8m and representing a total dividend of 0.5 pence for the full year (2016: 1.5 pence per share), was paid on 6 April 2018 to the shareholders on the register at the close of business on 2 March 2018. 

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

7.   (Losses) / earnings per share

The calculation of the basic and diluted (losses)/earnings per share is based on the following data:

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2017

 

 

Audited year ended 30 September 2017

 

Number

 

Number

 

Number

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of basic loss / earnings per share

157,527,103

 

157,527,103

 

157,527,103

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares:

 

 

 

 

 

Share options

6,803,308

 

6,221,895

 

6,354,933

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of diluted loss / earnings per share

164,330,411

 

163,748,998

 

163,882,036

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) / earnings for the purpose of basic and diluted earnings per share being net loss attributable to the owners of the Company from continuing operations (£'000)

(328)

 

(3,267)

 

763

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic (loss) / earnings per share

(0.2)p

 

(2.1)p

 

0.5p

Diluted (loss) / earnings per share

(0.2)p

 

(2.1)p

 

0.5p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (loss) / earnings for the purpose of underlying earnings per share being underlying net profit attributable to the owners of the Company (£'000)

(12,154)

 

(3,083)

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic (loss) / earnings per share

(7.7)p

 

(2.0)p

 

0.0p

Diluted (loss) / earnings per share

(7.7)p

 

(2.0)p

 

0.0p

               

 

The number of shares in issue at 31 March 2018 was 157,527,103.

The weighted average number of Ordinary shares in issue during the year excludes those accounted for in the own shares reserve.

8.   Loans and borrowings

 

 

31

March

2018

 

31

March

2017

 

 30 September

2017

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Bank loans and credit facilities at amortised cost:

 

 

 

 

 

Current

-

 

-

 

-

Non-current

17,750

 

24,523

 

27,077

 

17,750

 

24,523

 

27,077

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maturity analysis of bank loans and credit facilities falling due:

 

 

 

 

 

In one year or less, or on demand

-

 

-

 

-

Between one and two years

17,750

 

24,523

 

27,077

Between two and five years

-

 

-

 

-

After more than five years

-

 

-

 

-

 

17,750

 

24,523

 

27,077

 

Following the sale of Orchard Energy in September 2017, we requested that RBS reduce our RCF from £35m to £25m, with an effective date of 2 October 2017. We also agreed an extension with RBS of the facility from December 2018 to February 2019.

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

9.   Net debt

 

31

March

2018

 

31

March

2017

 

 30 September

2017

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents / (overdraft)

3,730

 

302

 

26,129

Bank loans and credit facilities

(17,750)

 

(24,523)

 

(27,077)

Finance lease obligations

(220)

 

(454)

 

(326)

 

(14,240)

 

(24,675)

 

(1,274)

10. Provisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal and other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

At 1 April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,666

Disposal of Orchard (Holdings) UK Limited

 

 

 

 

 

 

(130)

Additional provision

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,209

Utilised in the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,715)

At 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,030

Reclassified to liabilities held for sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,497)

At 30 September 2017 (restated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,533

Utilised in the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

(242)

At 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current provisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

218

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current provisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,073

Legal and other

Legal and other costs relate to property dilapidation obligations, potential contract settlement costs and other potential legal and regulatory settlement costs. These are expected to result in an outflow of economic benefit over the next one to three years.  Some £0.2m was utilised in in the period in relation to resolving the ongoing matters to which the provisions pertain.

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

11. Cash (used in) / generated from operations

 

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 31 March 2017

 

Audited year ended 30 September 2017

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Operating profit / (loss)

 

226

 

(3,054)

 

1,798

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

477

 

672

 

1,261

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

2,369

 

5,457

 

10,931

Impairment of tangible fixed assets

 

-

 

-

 

394

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

(38)

 

(76)

 

(107)

Profit on disposal of subsidiary

 

-

 

-

 

(5,402)

Changes in working capital:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

(828)

 

(2,256)

 

697

Amounts owed by customers under construction contracts

 

(2,660)

 

(147)

 

(3,108)

Amounts owed to customers under construction contracts

 

(531)

 

(60)

 

1,096

Trade and other receivables

 

(2,515)

 

(4,234)

 

6,533

Trade and other payables

 

(5,911)

 

2,826

 

458

Provisions

 

(416)

 

(500)

 

(1,136)

Adjustment of (loss) / profit from discontinued operations

 

(1,065)

 

233

 

(42)

Cash (used by) / generated from operations

 

(10,892)

 

(1,139)

 

13,373

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating cash conversion calculation*
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash (used by) / generated from operations

 

(10,892)

 

(1,139)

 

13,373

Exceptional and other cash costs paid in the period

 

1,768

 

832

 

1,882

Cash impact of net change in working capital from discontinued operations*

 

9,785

 

3,838

 

(2,182)

Underlying cash generated from continuing operations*

 

661

 

3,531

 

13,073

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit from continuing operations, before exceptional items and amortisation of acquisition intangibles*

 

2,655

 

1,605

 

7,394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating cash conversion from continuing operations %*

 

25%

 

220%

 

177%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional and other costs in the period relate to the cash impact of exceptional and other items disclosed in Note 3.

12. Related party transactions

There have been no material changes to the related party balances disclosed in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts 2017 and there have been no related party transactions that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Group in the six months to 31 March 2018.

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

13. Post balance sheet events

 

Just Energy Solutions Limited

On 15 May 2018 the Group acquired the entire share capital of Just Energy Solutions Limited.  The initial consideration was £nil, with an estimated deferred consideration of £0.5m, payable based on future earnings of the business and across the first and second anniversaries of completion.

 

Due to the proximity of the acquisition date to the interim reporting deadline it has not been practical to perform a provisional fair value assessment of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed.

 

The last unaudited company accounts to 30 April 2017, under FRS 102, showed the following results;

 

 

£'000

Revenue

5,716

Loss before tax

(140)

Taxation

75

Loss for the period

(65)

 

 

Net assets

288

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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