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Tuesday 16 March, 2021

Harworth Group PLC

Replacement Results For Year Ended 31 Dec 2020

RNS Number : 4640S
Harworth Group PLC
16 March 2021
 

16 March 2021

HARWORTH GROUP PLC

UNAUDITED PRELIMINARY RESULTS CORRECTION

 

Following the release this morning of the Harworth Group plc unaudited preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2020 ( RNS Number: 3275S) we have identified that, as a result of a formatting error during the RNS upload process, a small number of pages within the notes to the financial information were omitted from the announcement.  The omitted notes are presented below, followed by the full unaudited preliminary results announcement with the omitted notes included.

 

The following items were omitted from the notes to the financial information within the original announcement:

 

3.  Segment information (continued)

Segmental Income Statement     31 December 2019 (audited)

 

Capital Growth

 

 

 

 

Sale of development properties

Other property activities

Income

Generation

Central overheads

  Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

61,023

964

23,468

-

85,455

Cost of sales

(49,486)

(960)

(7,066)

-

(57,512)

Gross Profit (1)

11,537

4

16,402

-

27,943

Administrative expenses

-

(2,650)

(2,248)

(8,028)

(12,926)

Other gains (2)

-

24

9,289

-

9,313

Other operating expenses

-

-

-

(69)

(69)

Operating profit/(loss)

11,537

(2,622)

23,443

(8,097)

24,261

Net finance costs  

-

317

-

(2,724)

(2,407)

Share of profit of joint ventures  

-

7,026

1,423

-

8,449

Profit/(loss) beforetax

11,537

4,721

24,866

(10,821)

30,303

 

(1) Gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit is analysed as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit excluding sales of development properties

-

4

16,402

-

16,406

Gross profit on sale of development properties

10,882

-

-

-

10,882

Net realisable value provision on development properties

(3,574)

-

-

-

(3,574)

Reversal of previous net realisable value provision on development properties

3,061

-

-

-

3,061

Release of net realisable value provision on disposal of development properties

1,168

-

-

-

1,168

 

11,537

4

16,402

-

27,943

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2) Other gains 

Other gains are analysed as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

(Decrease)/increase in fair value of investment properties

-

(311)

6,152

-

5,841

Decrease in the fair value of assets classified as held for sale

-

-

(229)

-

(229)

Profit on sale of investment properties

-

-

545

-

545

Profit on sale of assets classified as held for sale

-

335

2,821

-

3,156

 

-

24

9,289

-

9,313

 

 

 

Segmental Balance Sheet    31 December 2019 (audited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital

Growth

£000

Income

Generation

£000

Central overheads

£000

Total
£000

Non-currentassets

 

 

 

 

 

Property,plantandequipment

 

-

-

1,050

1,050

Rights of use assets

 

-

-

122

122

Other receivables

 

12,754

-

-

12,754

Investment properties

 

84,737

209,103

-

293,840

Investmentsinjointventures

 

23,149

9,923

-

33,072

 

 

120,640

219,026

1,172

340,838

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

205,217

683

-

205,900

Trade andotherreceivables

 

39,668

4,825

1,962

46,455

Assetsclassifiedasheldforsale

 

600

10,652

-

11,252

Cash

 

-

-

11,833

11,833

 

 

245,485

16,160

13,795

275,440

Total assets

 

366,125

235,186

14,967

616,278

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities and derivative financial instruments are not allocated to the reporting segments as they are managed and measured on a group basis.

 

4.  Finance costs and finance income

 

Unaudited

year ended
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

year ended
31 December
2019
£000

Finance costs

 

 

Bank interest

(2,654)

(2,026)

Amortisation of RCF and other fees

(622)

(455)

Other interest

(197)

(294)

Total finance costs

(3,473)

(2,775)

Finance income

377

368

Net finance costs

(3,096)

(2,407)

During the year no interest has been capitalised in investment or development properties (2019: £nil).

 

 

5.  Tax

 

Analysis of tax credit/(charge) in the year

Unaudited

year ended
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

year ended
31 December
2019
£000

Current tax

 

 

Current year

(449)

(2,346)

Adjustment in respect of prior periods

838

549

Total current tax credit/(charge)

389

(1,797)

Deferred tax

 

 

Current year

(7,139)

(4,331)

Adjustment in respect of prior periods

136

849

Difference between current tax rate and rate of deferred tax

(914)

456

Total deferred tax charge

(7,917)

(3,026)

Tax charge

(7,528)

(4,823)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income items

 

 

Deferred tax - current year

115

149

Total

115

149

 

 

Had this information been included as intended, the preliminary results announcement would have been as set out in the following pages.

 

 

16 March 2021: 7am

HARWORTH GROUP PLC

UNAUDITED PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2020

 

STRONG 2020 PERFORMANCE AND WELL-POSITIONED TO PLAY A KEY ROLE SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT AGENDA ON HOUSING, LEVELLING UP AND THE GREEN ECONOMY

 

Harworth Group plc ("Harworth" or the "Group"), a leading regenerator of land and property for sustainable development and investment, announces its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2020.

 

Key Non-Statutory Measures (1)

2020

2019

Key Statutory Measures

2020

2019

Total return (%)

3.0

7.8

Operating profit (£'m)

27.8

24.3

EPRA NDV(2) per share (p)

160.0

155.6

Net asset value (£'m)

488.7

463.8

Value gains (£'m)

22.3

44.0

Basic earnings per share (p)

8.0

7.9

Profit excluding value gains (£'m)

3.5

3.5

Total dividend per share (p) (3)

1.8

0.3

Net loan to portfolio value (%)

11.5

12.1

Net debt (£'m)

71.2

70.9

 

Harworth's Chief Executive, Lynda Shillaw, said:

 

"Our results for 2020 give us great confidence in the strength and resilience of our underlying business and our ability to grow and prosper, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19.

 

"I was delighted to join Harworth as Chief Executive in November and I am excited to be leading the business through its next phase of growth. During 2020 we again benefitted from the expertise of our specialist and highly experienced teams, a long track-record of building and developing a high quality strategic landbank, and an unrivalled focus on creating places where people want to live and work.

 

"Demand for our serviced land has remained strong and we continue to see this in the first few months of 2021 as we also make progress across the portfolio and explore potential acquisitions. Together with our strong balance sheet and opportunities in our core residential and logistics sectors, we are very well-placed to trade successfully through the pandemic and play a key role in delivering the infrastructure the country needs for regional economic recovery and long-term growth."

 

CONTINUED GROWTH DURING 2020 SUPPORTING HIGHER DIVIDEND

 

• EPRA NDV per share growth of 2.8% to 160.0p (2019: 7.2% to 155.6p) reflecting continued progress, profitable sales across our sites and the robust fundamentals of the logistics and family-housing residential markets

• Operating profit increased by 14.4% to £27.8m (2019: £24.3m) and profit excluding value gains of £3.5m (2019: £3.5m)

• Recommended final dividend per share of 1.466p: reflecting underlying growth of 10% and supplemented to reflect the cancellation of the 2019 final dividend at the start of the pandemic(3), demonstrating the Board's confidence in the business 

 

 

MASTER DEVELOPER EXPERTISE DEMONSTRATED IN PORTFOLIO RESILIENCE AND VALUATION UPLIFT

 

• Revenue from Capital Growth of £49.6m following completion of all major planned serviced land sales totalling 92.7 acres all at pricing ahead of, or in line with, 2019 book values

• Development progress during 2020 helped to drive increased value at major development sites

• Strong pipeline having secured planning consents for a further 1.1m sq. ft of industrial space and 300 residential plots

• As at 31 December 2020, planning applications for more than 1.3m sq. ft of employment space and over 2,500 residential plots had been submitted and were awaiting determination

• Post year end, submitted outline planning application for a further 2.9m sq. ft of employment space

• Substantial long-term pipeline of strategic land which stood at 30,668 plots and 27.3m sq. ft as at 31 December 2020

 

GROWTH OF INCOME PORTFOLIO THROUGH ACQUISITIONS AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

 

• Revenue from Income Generation of £20.4m (2019: £23.5m) predominantly made up of rental income

• Annualised rental and royalty income increased by 32.0% to £19.8m (2019: £15.0m) following acquisitions, lettings and lease re-gears

• Four Income Generation acquisitions made for a combined consideration of £40.0m, reflecting a blended Net Initial Yield of 8.4%.

• Demand for good quality industrial space remains strong with a low year-end portfolio vacancy rate of 4.5% (2019: 6.2%)

• Robust Business Space rent collection through active asset management with an average collection of 96% of rent due for the year

 

UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO CONTINUE DELIVERING SHAREHOLDER VALUE

 

• Appointment of Lynda Shillaw as Chief Executive Officer in November 2020 to position the business for further growth over the next decade

• Strategic focus remains on the 'beds and sheds' sectors in the North and the Midlands

• Well capitalised with Net Loan to Portfolio Value of 11.5% at the bottom of target range and substantial available liquidity of £62.7m as at 31 December 2020 providing firepower to execute on significant acquisition pipeline

• COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted more than ever the need and demand for well-designed, attractive and sustainable places for people to live and work in

• ESG is at the heart of our business, fundamental to how we operate and reflected in our Purpose to invest to transform land and property into sustainable places where people want to live and work

 

Footnotes: 

(1)  Harworth discloses both statutory and alternative performance measures (APMs).  A full description and reconciliation to the APMs is set out in Note 2 to the financial information

(2)  European Public Real Estate Association Net Disposal Value

(3)  If the 2019 full year dividend had not been cancelled and included within the 2020 final dividend, the 2020 dividend would have been 1.102p per share, an increase of 10% on the original declared 2019 dividend

 

-ENDS-

 

Enquiries: 

Harworth Group plc

FTI Consulting

Lynda Shillaw, Chief Executive

Dido Laurimore

Kitty Patmore, Chief Financial Officer

Richard Gotla

 

 

Eve Kirmatzis

 

 

Tel: +44 (0)114 349 3131

[email protected]

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3727 1000

[email protected]

 

Results Presentation

Harworth will be holding a live webcast presentation for analysts and investors starting at 09.45am today. This can be accessed via the following link:

 

  https://webcasting.brrmedia.co.uk/broadcast/603d23d11e24d464e23e4ac5 

 

ABOUT HARWORTH GROUP PLC

Listed on the premium segment of the main market, Harworth Group plc (LSE: HWG) is a leading sustainable regenerator of land and property for development and investment which owns, develops and manages a portfolio of approximately 16,000 acres of land on around 100 sites located throughout the North of England and Midlands. The Group specialises in the regeneration of large, complex sites, in particular former industrial sites, into new residential developments and employment areas (www.harworthgroup.com).

 

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements which, by their nature, involve risk, uncertainties and assumptions because they relate to future events and circumstances.  Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from any outcomes or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Group are made in good faith based on current expectations and beliefs and on the information available at the time the statements are made.  No representation or warranty is given in relation to these forward-looking statements, including as to their completeness or accuracy or the basis on which they were prepared, and undue reliance should not be placed on them.  The Group does not undertake to revise or update any forward-looking statement contained in this announcement to reflect any changes in its expectations with regard thereto or any new information or changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, save as required by law and regulations.  Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast.

 

 

STATEMENT OF THE CHAIR

 

Introduction

 

In a year in which we all seem to have had everything possible thrown at us I am very proud of what the Harworth team has achieved. Despite the disruption to the way in which we, and all those with whom we deal, normally work, the business largely delivered what it had set out to at the beginning of the year in terms of progress on developments, site sales, and the acquisition of additional income generating properties. The extent of the £45.5m value gains realised in the second half has been particularly encouraging, reflecting in part the strong progress we have made across our sites, both in terms of planning and partial realisations at or above book value, and also our team's effective asset management of income-generating properties to improve valuation yields. This performance allows us to show a 5.4% increase in net asset value and 3.1% increase in EPRA NDV across 2020 as a whole, a very creditable result in an extraordinary year.

 

COVID-19

 

Thanks to the work our team had undertaken on our IT infrastructure over the 12 months preceding the first wave of the pandemic we were able, effectively overnight, to move entirely to home working across our offices, and this has continued to the present day. Our first priority has been, and remains, the safety of our people and those with whom we interact. Whilst maintaining appropriate precautions and observing government guidelines our contractors have been able to deliver the substantial works we had planned on our sites, making it possible to realise the first sale on our important development at South East Coalville in Leicestershire, and further phases at our Waverley flagship site in Rotherham, at Micklefields (Flass Lane) in Castleford, and at Thoresby. I would also like to express my thanks to all our other stakeholders, in particular the planning authorities with whom we interact and the contractors, consultants and professional services firms that support our development activity, for the way in which they have maintained what for us are essential services during these very difficult times.

 

Business Value

 

The reduction at the half year in the valuation of our portfolio of major residential developments was inevitable given market uncertainty at the time, particularly as to future development timescales to sales realisation. We were, therefore, very pleased to see valuations move forward strongly in the second half, reflecting the good progress that we had achieved on major developments such as the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley, asset management initiatives we had taken which resulted in improved valuation yields on parts of our income generating portfolio such as at Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, and the reversal in part of first half reductions on residential sites as we continue to sell sites at or ahead of book value on developments such as South East Coalville.

 

Along with much of the market, our share price fell in 2020 with the onset of the pandemic and, as I write, it remains at a 21% discount to EPRA NDV. We are clear that the way to narrow this discount is to trade strongly by delivering a well thought through strategy, and to communicate very clearly our progress and potential to both current and potential investors. These are the key measures of success against which the Board will assess the achievement of our management.

 

Dividends

 

Whilst we understand that with a yield of only 0.87% it is not dividends that drive investor appetite for Harworth, we recognise that the payment of dividends is an important litmus test of a company's progress and potential.  As I said in my last statement written in June 2020, we had to be prudent in the face of the uncertainty created by the first wave of the pandemic and plan accordingly, key to which was ensuring the financial security of the business. For this reason, we decided with regret not to pay the 2019 final dividend but to review the potential to catch this up later in the year when we understood better the implications of the pandemic for our business. Having achieved strong sales during the second half of 2020 and with £50m undrawn debt facilities at the beginning of 2021 we have the confidence to declare a 1.466p 2020 final dividend. This includes both the passed over 2019 final dividend of 0.698p and a 2020 final dividend of 0.768p, and represents a 10% underlying progression of dividends in respect of the 2020 year.

 

Our Strategy

 

Last year I explained the relevance of our Purpose: "Harworth invests to transform land and property into sustainable places where people want to live and work". The previous year I took as my theme that Harworth is all about its people: I wrote that our ability to create value derives from their ability to identify opportunities; create master plans; negotiate acquisitions, disposals, and leases; develop relationships with local stakeholders; build partnerships with funders, developers, house-builders, and commercial clients; devise innovative remediation solutions for complex heavy industrial legacies; identify the right point in the market to offer sites for sale; and manage complex projects requiring the organisation of and interaction with multiple professional advisers and contractors. The 74 people who make up Harworth are specialist professionals in the various aspects of delivering our Purpose - that is what Harworth is, hence our strategy will always be directly aligned with that Purpose. It may vary in terms of its geographic and sectoral reach and which parts of the value chain Harworth itself undertakes but the fundamentals of our strategy will not change as these are derived from our Purpose.

 

It is entirely appropriate, and to be expected, that as an incoming Chief Executive, Lynda Shillaw will, once she has settled into the role and completed her first year-end, undertake a comprehensive review of the business and propose to the Board her medium-term objectives and the path to their delivery. However, for the reasons set out above and because our shareholders have invested in Harworth because of what we are and do, I anticipate this to be evolution not revolution.

 

Our Purpose aligns clearly with the direction society is taking to place much greater emphasis on sustainability and the environment, whilst our primary sectors of edge of settlement residential and commercial logistics are coming into even stronger focus post-COVID-19 as families place greater value on their home space and the trend to online retail accelerates. Our Northern operations are also well placed to benefit from the Government's levelling-up agenda and from its continued focus on boosting the rate of UK housebuilding.

 

Our Board

 

2020 was a year of significant change. First and foremost we said goodbye at the end of October to Owen Michaelson who retired after 10 years as Harworth's Chief Executive. During that time he had taken the business from being the estates division of UK Coal, focussed on extracting cash to support the core mining business, to a premium-listed company with its own clear identity and purpose and to a position where its coal legacy is fast becoming a minor part of its activities. Owen takes with him our grateful thanks and our best wishes for the future.

 

In his place we are delighted to have Lynda Shillaw join us as Chief Executive. Lynda comes to us after a long career in real estate, much of it in the North of England, bringing with her a deep understanding of our markets and strong existing relationships with many of our stakeholders. Previously she was Group Property Director and a Board Member at the listed Town Centre Securities plc where she led the management of its land and property and its development pipeline.  Before that she was Divisional CEO, Property at the Manchester Airports Group, where she was responsible for its investment portfolio and development land bank, including its "Airport City" joint venture. 

 

The end of October also marked the retirement after 9 years of Lisa Clement, our Senior Independent Director, who also chaired our Remuneration Committee. At the same time, we were sad to say goodbye to Andrew Cunningham who had joined the Board in 2016 and chaired our Audit Committee. We have much to thank both of them for and will miss their wise counsel. As a consequence, Angela Bromfield assumed the role of Senior Independent Director and became chair of the Remuneration Committee, and Patrick O'Donnell Bourke joined the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director to take the role of chair of the Audit Committee.

 

Patrick has significant senior international experience in investing in, and managing, infrastructure, as well as having worked extensively in the electricity and renewable energy sectors.  His most recent executive role was that of Group Finance Director for John Laing Group plc from 2011 until his retirement in 2019. 

 

In anticipation of Lisa Clement's retirement we announced at the half-year the appointment to the Board of Lisa Scenna as an Independent Non-Executive Director who has joined our Remuneration and Audit committees. Lisa has over 20 years' experience working at executive director level in large multinational corporations both private and publicly listed with a strong background in strategic and financial business change.  Her most recent executive role was with Morgan Sindall Group as Managing Director of MS Investments.

 

As Chair I am delighted by the depth of relevant experience and the diversity of thought, background, and gender that we have around the Board table. I am confident that we have a team capable of adding significant value over the coming years and l much look forward to being able to hold physical Board meetings again!

 

Thank you

 

First and foremost a huge thank you to our people for what the business achieved last year despite the extraordinary environment created by COVID-19. So many went above and beyond despite all the personal concerns that the pandemic has brought with it. They would not have achieved what they did without strong clear leadership by our executive team who displayed sound judgement through a very uncertain period. We would also not have done what we did without the support of those stakeholders who are pivotal to the success of our projects, and without the belief of our customers in the quality and relevance to their businesses of the sites we create - to them also, thank you.

 

Alastair Lyons

Chair

16 March 2021 

 

  

Footnotes: 

(1)  Harworth discloses both statutory and alternative performance measures (APMs).  A full description and reconciliation to the APMs is set out in Note 2 to the financial information

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S STATEMENT

 

A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE 

 

I joined Harworth as Group Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of November 2020, arriving in the business as the country went into a second COVID-19 lockdown. The global pandemic has dominated 2020 for most businesses, and Harworth has been no exception: that said, our performance in 2020 was very robust and we successfully navigated the resulting changes to working practices, maintaining focus on delivery throughout the year.

 

From the initial lockdown in March when we closed our offices in response to Government guidance, we have focussed on the health and wellbeing of our people, our partners, our customers, the communities in which we operate and the long-term financial strength of the Group. Harworth did not furlough any staff in 2020 and apart from the initial shutdown of construction sites at the beginning of the March lockdown we, along with our supply chain and customers, have continued to operate our sites safely and deliver key sales. As was evident from our 2020 Annual Employee Engagement Survey, morale has remained high and engagement levels amongst our people remain in the top decile. Their passion for the business, what we deliver, how we do it and living our values are, I believe, key differentiators of our business.

 

Since I first met members of the Harworth team, I have been consistently impressed by the quality of our people and the way that we go about our business. The Group has assembled a talented group of individuals who have a strong sense of social justice and are committed to our Purpose and to doing things in the right way, for the communities in which we work and which we help shape.  The culture of the business is apparent in everything we do and our unique assets and financial strength underpin the long-term nature of the business. I believe that Harworth is one of a kind: a Master Developer with a unique combination of skills which have evolved as it successfully regenerated its legacy coal mining assets for employment and housing, and now increasingly focused on ambitious new strategic land and major development projects which make up more than 50% of our portfolio today.  The scale of the opportunity at sites such as Waverley, Ironbridge and Coalville cannot fail to impress and our products of well-designed, sustainable new places where people want to live and work are more relevant than ever following the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

It is also very clear that ESG is at the core of what Harworth does as a business. It is so much more than a series of statements, a tick-sheet or targets that are not fully relevant to our business: it is absolutely fundamental to how we operate, from major site remediation to master planning, place making, mineral extraction and energy generation. It is a source of enormous pride for our people. The range of what we do is significant and enhancement of the natural environment and creating great places for existing and new communities are fundamental elements of what we deliver. However, it also goes beyond this with the ongoing curation, oversight of and involvement in the developments on our sites, and the way that we work in partnership with local authorities, communities, universities, employers and housebuilders to continue to deliver exceptional outcomes. ESG is at the core of our Purpose.

 

Harworth is headquartered in Rotherham and our teams live and work in the regions in which we operate: this is very important. We have a deep understanding of those regions and the people who live and work there. We are focussed on regenerating and improving local economies and outcomes for our communities by working in partnership with key local stakeholders.

 

We are likely to feel the impact of COVID-19 for years to come as significant social divides have been laid bare, be they economic or digital. Wellness, mental health and access to open space have moved rapidly up society's agenda and the importance of 'community' throughout the pandemic is something we have not seen for many years. What Harworth does matters and we intend to play a leading role in the Government's levelling up agenda and in driving the green economy in the UK.  Harworth is well-positioned to be a key partner to central and local government in rebalancing the economy, as well as continuing to create long-term value for our investors. Our core sectors of residential land and industrial property are both subject to long-term structural under-supply, providing resilience to the business through the cycle. Our ability to work with government to regenerate and transform major sites that have either been vacant for decades or are what they are because of structural changes in the economy, such as power stations and steelworks, has been proven, for example, at sites such as Waverley. Put simply, Harworth has the track-record, the capabilities, and the strategic sites to deliver more projects like Waverley across our core regions. 

 

STRONG RESULTS DEMONSTRATE OUR RESILIENCE IN CHALLENGING TIMES

 

Despite the challenges posed by the global pandemic, Harworth delivered strong results in 2020 which is testimony both to the quality of our underlying business and the resilience and dedication of our teams. We continued to work through two national lockdowns during the year and were able to complete all our major targeted sales for the year, as well as undertake a number of important acquisitions that will drive our future growth.

 

Over the year, net asset value grew to £488.7m from £463.8m with EPRA NDV increasing to £515.9m (2019: £500.5m) representing EPRA NDV per share growth of 2.8% (2019: 7.2%) to 160.0p (2019: 155.6p). This growth reflects the quality of our serviced land, the strength of the underlying markets in our core regions, the diversity of our portfolio, and the hard work of our teams in progressing sites and working closely with our customers. We were able to drive value gains from our underlying portfolio by continuing to prepare land for redevelopment, bringing forward and securing planning consents on major schemes, delivering sales for future residential and industrial end-uses and from active asset management of our diversified portfolio.

 

During 2020, the Group was able to complete all its major serviced land sales, driving value gains for the year.  In total we sold 92.7 acres of serviced land comprising 873 residential plots, 48,640 sq. ft of commercial space, and land for an energy from waste facility for a combined consideration of £59.7m, at prices ahead of, or in line with, their 2019 book values. The continuing level of strong demand confirms the popularity and quality of our products and the relevance of our core Purpose of remediating and transforming land into attractive, sustainable places where people want to live and work. The COVID-19 pandemic has, if anything, accentuated the importance of the places that we create.

 

2020 also highlighted the importance and resilience of our investment portfolio in supporting the business with regular income which covers business overheads and finance interest payments, as well as providing the Group with additional value-add opportunities. Our team's active approach to managing our income portfolio has ensured that, despite the uncertain economic backdrop, we continued to collect rent successfully from our tenants across the whole period with 96% of rent collected in 2020. The vacancy rate in our Business Space portfolio stood at 4.5% at 31 December 2020 (2019: 6.2%) and we continue to see strong tenant interest for good quality industrial and logistics space. Combined across our Income Generation and Capital Growth teams, our earnings per share increased to 8.0p per share (2019: 7.9p).

 

 

ADDING TO OUR LAND AND INCOME PORTFOLIO FOR FUTURE GROWTH

 

Capital Growth

 

During the year we successfully added to our long-term pipeline of strategic land through land purchases of over 132 acres for a combined consideration of £10.5m. We also entered into three Planning Promotion Agreements (PPAs), including a potential new residential site in the West Midlands that could eventually deliver around 1,300 plots. As at 31 December 2020, our long-term pipeline stood at 30,668 residential plots and 27.3m sq. ft of employment space (31 December 2019: 29,596 plots and 24.4m sq. ft). Replenishing and growing our long-term pipeline of strategic land in our core areas are key to the future growth of our portfolio and remain a strategic priority for the Harworth management team. 

 

 

Disposal of non-core assets

 

In line with our strategy of focusing our capital and management attention on adding value to sites that we believe can deliver significant capital growth or income, we continued to refine our portfolio during the year with the sale of sites totalling 2,335 acres. Much of this was agricultural land or mature income sites which we believe have limited development potential.

 

Growing our income-producing portfolio

 

During the year we also delivered on our strategy of growing our income portfolio, so that income therefrom will continue to cover all Group overheads as the business expands. Further details are provided below: during the year, we made four income-producing acquisitions for a total consideration of £40.0m, reflecting a blended Net Initial Yield of 8.4%.

 

PREPARING LAND TO CREATE NEW COMMUNITIES AS MASTER DEVELOPER

 

As a Master Developer a core capability is our ability to assemble packages of strategic land and bring them forward successfully through the planning system. Obtaining planning permissions in the UK is often not straightforward, but one of our core skillsets is managing complex planning applications, often with multiple owners, and working closely with Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to achieve consent. Our experience with the LPAs in our core regions and our reputation for delivering high-quality, well-designed projects that benefit the local community and environment are key to our success in this area.

 

The Government's Planning for the Future White Paper was put out to consultation in August, proposing reforms of the UK planning system. The Government remains committed to the delivery of its target of 300,000 new homes each year. We have responded to Government as part of the consultation process, confirming that we are cautiously supportive of the proposed White Paper and are keen to work with Government to refine the plans following the conclusion of the consultation process.

 

The current planning system has adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 and while we have seen some delays, many LPAs quickly moved their planning committees to virtual meetings to determine applications. However there has also been some slippage in some Local Plans which we continue to factor into our plans.

 

During the year, we were successful in securing planning consent on a number of sites, including a 300-plot residential site at Woodville which is the subject of a PPA and permission for a further 1.1m sq. ft of industrial space at our Gateway 36 development in Barnsley where we have previously obtained consent for 0.2m sq. ft. Additionally, we have a number of applications currently in the planning system; as at 31 December 2020, applications for more than 1.3m sq. ft of employment space and over 2,500 residential plots were awaiting determination. Of these, the most significant are our application for 1.1m sq. ft of commercial space at our Wingates development where we expect the outcome of the recent Examination in Public shortly and our application at Ironbridge for 1,000 homes, together with a range of leisure and supporting uses.

 

DELIVERING ENGINEERED LAND FOR NEW HOMES AND INDUSTRIAL SPACES

 

Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, we were able to continue safely the infrastructure and development works on all our development sites. The safety of our employees and those who work alongside us remained our top priority throughout the year, and it is a huge testimony to their hard work and dedication that we were able to achieve this. Underlying demand for Harworth's quality products from purchasers of residential and commercial land remained strong, despite the disruption caused by the pandemic. Highlights of the total property sales of £75.8m completed during the year included:

· 19.5 acres of industrial land at Skelton Grange near Leeds to Wheelabrator Technologies for a total consideration of £13.0m

· Plot C1, a 2.2 acre plot at Logistics North to A&F Forecourts Ltd

· 16.0 acres of residential land to Redrow at South East Coalville which represented Harworth's first transaction with Redrow

· 16.0 acres at Thoresby Vale in Nottinghamshire to David Wilson Homes

· 12.5 acres representing the second phase of South East Coalville to Bellway. This transaction was the first between Harworth and Bellway and the seventeenth housebuilder to which Harworth has sold engineered land since its formation; and

· Two parcels of land in Yorkshire at Waverley and Micklefields (Flass Lane) to Avant Homes, with the latter marking the completion of the last residential sales on that site

MAXIMISING OUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

 

Our investment portfolio provides a recurring income stream needed to cover our overhead and finance interest costs, as well as making a significant contribution to our profits and value gains. During the year, our portfolio generated revenue of £20.4m (2019: £23.5m). Income is generated from our Business Space portfolio and from our position as landlord on our Natural Resources schemes, which include renewable energy generation. Our strategy is to use our in-house asset management skills and experience to maximise capital values and rental income, to grow our portfolio through the purchase of high-yielding investments where we can add further value through active asset management, and to undertake selective direct development of industrial space on our existing sites. In time, it is our intention to grow our investment portfolio to a scale that would allow us to sell assets once we believe that their value potential has been maximised.

 

Existing investments

 

The tenant base of our investment portfolio is predominantly industrial and well diversified between different economic sectors. This has provided a high degree of resilience during the pandemic. Furthermore, our Income Generation team was very proactive throughout the year, working with our tenants during each of the lockdowns, in line with the Government code of practice, supporting them to trade through the period of economic disruption. Where necessary this included moving a small number to monthly payment plans. As a result, we collected 96% of the total rent owed for the year as a whole.

 

Our team were also extremely successful in agreeing new and renewed lettings during the year. The year-end average vacancy rate across our portfolio remained low at 4.5% (2019: 6.2%), with a weighted average unexpired lease term (WAULT) of 12.5 years (2019: 13.5 years).

 

Four new acquisitions

 

During the year, we continued our strategy of adding high-yielding assets with asset management potential to our investment portfolio, investing a total consideration of £40.0m in four income-producing acquisitions:

· Thorns Road Industrial Estate near Dudley for £10.1m plus costs, reflecting a Net Initial Yield of 10.2% and a Reversionary Yield of 12.8%. The site's fully-let industrial units totalling 360,000 sq. ft generate rent of £1.1m per annum and a further 4.2 acres of vacant land provide further asset management potential.

· Two Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) facilities in 2020: one in Gloucester for £1.2m plus costs reflecting a Net Initial Yield of 8.3% and one in Newport for £0.5m plus costs reflecting a Net Initial Yield of 8.5%.

· Our largest income-producing acquisition during the year was the off-market purchase for £26.0m plus costs of Saturn Park, Knowsley. The passing annual rent of £2.1m has a WAULT of 5.3 years, reflecting a Net Initial Yield of 7.7% and a Reversionary Yield of circa 9.0%.

 

Direct development activities 

 

We progressed three direct development opportunities on our commercial development sites. This was in line with our stated strategy to undertake a limited number of such developments providing they satisfy three key tests: customer demand, funding and covenants, and projected returns that meet our corporate risk appetite.

 

In the second half of the year, we completed the 23,000 sq. ft research facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, which has been let to the UK Atomic Energy Authority on a 20-year lease.

 

Given the strong demand for industrial space in the region and the low vacancy rates in our portfolio, we made the decision to start construction on a new 50,800 sq. ft unit on the last remaining vacant plot at Logistics North. Works started towards the end of 2020 and are expected to be completed later this year. We also built two retail units at Riverdale Park and Waverley, which have both been leased to Costa Coffee.

 

Our People

 

Since joining the Group last November, it is very clear to me that one of Harworth's greatest strengths is our people. They give us not just the skills required to transform land and property and create new communities for people to live and work, but through their hard work and dedication they also provide the drive and determination to deliver these projects on time and on budget, whatever the circumstances. This was particularly evident during 2020 in the face of the global pandemic; with the health and safety of our staff of paramount importance, we were able to remain fully operational throughout the lockdowns.  During the year, we recruited several new members to the team to provide extra resources and skills and experience where needed.

 

Outlook

 

Looking ahead, while it seems that there is still some way to go to get back to a normal business environment in 2021, our results for 2020 give us great confidence in the strength and resilience of our underlying business and our ability to grow and prosper, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19. It is particularly reassuring that demand for our residential and industrial products in our core regions has remained strong throughout. We are undertaking a comprehensive review of the business to ensure that we both optimise the returns from our existing portfolio and continue to be well positioned to deliver growth and sustainable shareholder returns going forward. This work will be undertaken over the spring and summer 2021. It will build on our existing strengths, scale and the key attributes that position us to succeed: specialist and highly experienced teams; a long track record of acquiring, assembling and developing our unique strategic landbank; an unrivalled focus on creating places where people want to live and work and the ongoing curation of the places that we and our partners create; the scale and optionality of our strategic pipeline and our ability to unlock the latent value in the land portfolio; and our robust financial position and balance sheet strength.

 

I am delighted to have joined Harworth and I am excited to lead the business through its next phase of growth. I believe that Harworth can play a key role in helping local and central government deliver on their core agendas on housing, 'levelling up', and the green economy, and that our Purpose, the culture of our business and the way that we create and curate places are more relevant now than ever. Demand for our serviced land has remained strong and we continue to see this in the first few months of 2021 as we also make progress across the portfolio and explore potential acquisitions. Together with our strong balance sheet and opportunities in our core residential and logistics sectors, we are very well-placed to trade successfully through the pandemic and play a key role in delivering the infrastructure the country needs for regional economic recovery and long-term growth.

 

Lynda Shillaw
Chief Executive Officer

16 March 2021

 

 

 Footnotes: 

 

 

(1)  Harworth discloses both statutory and alternative performance measures (APMs).  A full description and reconciliation to the APMs is set out in Note 2 to the financial information

 

 

Financial Review

 

Financial Highlights

 

Whilst impacted by COVID-19, the solid operational performance throughout 2020 allowed us nonetheless to achieve 2.8% growth in EPRA NDV per share across the year.

 

During the period, revenue from our Capital Growth division, comprising sales of serviced land, totalled £49.6m. This was lower than 2019 (£62.0m), predominantly the result of revising scheduled activities on site as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded. We prioritised expenditure on sites to achieve year-end sales and we were pleased that all major sales were secured and completed on sites as planned. Achieving these sales continues to demonstrate strong underlying demand for our sites and our ability to sustainably manage our cashflows.

 

Revenue from Income Generation, predominantly from rental income, was £20.4m (2019: £23.5m), reflecting strong rent collection throughout the year and bolstered by new acquisitions and a promote fee at Logistics North which partly offset the impact of the ongoing winding down of income from coal fines.

 

In total, this resulted in Group revenue of £70.0m (2019: £85.5m) and an operating profit of £27.8m (2019: £24.3m). The Group's profit excluding value gains (PEVG) was £3.5m (2019: £3.5m).

 

The independent valuations of our portfolio are an important part of the financial results for the Group. Value growth is driven by management actions on our sites, progressing the development and establishment of communities. The market environment also has an impact and, in this respect, 2020 had two distinct halves.

 

The first six months were characterised by uncertainties in the residential market due to COVID-19, which resulted in valuation reductions for our major residential development sites, largely reflecting changes in underlying profit assumptions. Conversely, as the structural changes already impacting the logistics sector were accelerated due to growing e-commerce demand, and rent collection remained high, the Business Space portfolio and the industrial land we own saw valuation increases in the first half.

 

In the second half of 2020, the progress that we made on our sites and the sales that we completed, all in line with or above 2019 book values, created value and demonstrated the resilience of our residential markets. This resulted in the reversal of some of those half-year valuation declines. On our industrial sites, letting activities, strong rent collection and the ongoing development of schemes resulted in valuation increases as the industrial market went from strength to strength. As a result, the Income Generation portfolio continued to grow in value and the Capital Growth portfolio also increased in value in the second half of the year.

 

While at the half year the independent valuations were subject to a material uncertainty clause, the greater market clarity in the second half of the year meant that the independent valuations as at 31 December 2020 are no longer subject to this clause.

 

Over the year as a whole net asset value grew to £488.7m (2019: £463.8m). With EPRA adjustments for development property valuations included, EPRA NDV at 31 December 2020 was £515.9m (2019: £500.5m) representing a per share increase of 2.8% to 160.0p (2019: 155.6p). This resulted in a total return (EPRA NDV growth plus dividends per share paid in the year) of 3.0% (2019: 7.8%).

 

With housebuilders returning to all major development sites in the early summer, an interim dividend of 0.334p (H1 2019: 0.304p) per share was paid in October. The Board remained committed throughout 2020 to considering, at the time of the final 2020 dividend, an increased payment for 2020 to reflect the cancellation of the 2019 full-year dividend following the onset of COVID-19. Given the full-year 2020 performance, the Board has approved the recommendation of a 2020 final dividend of 1.466p. This comprises the cancelled 0.698p per share final 2019 dividend and a 0.768p per share final 2020 dividend. The 2020 final dividend and 2020 interim dividend total 1.102p per share, an increase of 10% on the total 2019 dividend before cancellation.

 

The Group's revolving credit facility was increased by £30.0m in May 2020 to £130.0m and the Group has continued to exercise a prudent and disciplined approach to financing. Harworth remains well capitalised and as at 31 December 2020 had substantial available liquidity of £62.7m (31 December 2019 £35.8m). The closing net loan to portfolio value (LTV) was 11.5% (31 December 2019: 12.1%), at the lower end of our net LTV target range. This provides the potential to support our future growth and means that we have significant headroom at 31 December 2020 to withstand a further substantial fall in residential values before we reach our tightest LTV covenant, whilst our projected interest cover ratios could withstand a downside scenario of a material loss of rental income before reaching the relevant covenant.

 

Presentation of financial information

 

We find that as our property portfolio includes development properties and joint venture arrangements, Alternative Performance Measures ("APMs") can provide additional valuable insight into our business alongside the statutory results. In particular, revaluation gains on development properties are not recognised in the statutory Income Statement and Balance Sheet. The APMs set out to show measures which include movements in development property revaluations, assets held for sale, overages and joint ventures, and also the profitability of the business excluding value gains. We believe that these APMs assist in providing stakeholders with additional useful disclosure on the underlying trends, performance and position of the Group. 

 

Our key APMs are:

· Total return - the movement in EPRA NDV plus dividends per share paid in the year expressed as a percentage of opening EPRA NDV per share

· EPRA NDV per share - EPRA NDVaims to represent shareholder value under an orderly sale of business, where deferred tax, financial instruments and certain other adjustments are calculated to the full extent of their liability net of any resulting tax.  This has replaced the previously used EPRA NNNAV measure. EPRA NDV per share is EPRA NDV divided by the number of shares in issue less shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust  

· Value gains - these are the realised profits from the sales of properties and unrealised profits from property value movements including joint ventures and the mark to market movement on development properties, assets held for sale and overages

· Profit excluding value gains (PEVG) - property net rental, royalty and fee income, net of running costs of the business which represents the underlying profitability of the business not reliant on property value gains or profits from the sales of development properties

· Net loan to portfolio value (LTV) - Group debt net of cash held expressed as a percentage of portfolio value

 

A full description of all non-statutory measures and reconciliations between all statutory and non-statutory measures are set out in Note 2 to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Harworth discloses some APMs which are EPRA measures as these are a set of standard disclosures for the property industry and thus aid comparability for our real estate investors and analysts. Following the release of new best practice recommendations by EPRA, we have replaced the reporting of EPRA NNNAV with EPRA NDV within these results. We believe that this measure continues to be the most appropriate measure to explain our business. The new EPRA APMs and previous APMs are reported in Note 2 for comparison purposes.

 

Our financial reporting is aligned to our business units of Income Generation and Capital Growth with items which are not directly allocated to specific business activities, held centrally and presented separately.

 

 

Income Statement(1)

 

2020

2019

 

Capital
Growth
£m

Income Generation

£m

Central Over-

heads
£m

Total

£m

Capital
Growth
£m

Income Generation

£m

Central Over-heads
£m

Total

£m

Revenue

49.6

20.4

-

70.0

62.0

23.5

-

85.5

Cost of sales

(56.2)

(3.2)

-

(59.4)

(50.5)

(7.1)

-

(57.5)

Gross (loss)/profit

(6.6)

17.2

-

10.6

11.5

16.4

-

27.9

Administrative expenses

(3.1)

(1.9)

(9.6)

(14.5)

(2.7)

(2.2)

(8.0)

(12.9)

Other gains

12.6

19.1

-

31.7

-

9.3

-

9.3

Other operating expense

-

-

(0.1)

(0.1)

-

-

(0.1)

(0.1)

Operating (loss)/profit

2.9

34.4

(9.7)

27.8

8.9

23.4

(8.1)

24.3

Share of profit of joint ventures

8.0

0.7

-

8.7

7.0

1.4

-

8.4

Interest

0.4

-

(3.5)

(3.1)

0.3

-

(2.7)

(2.4)

(Loss)/profit before tax

11.3

35.1

(13.2)

33.4

16.3

24.9

(10.8)

30.3

Tax charge

-

-

(7.5)

(7.5)

-

-

(4.8)

(4.8)

(Loss)/profit after tax

11.3

35.1

(20.7)

25.9

16.3

24.9

(15.6)

25.5

Notes: (1) There are minor differences on some totals due to roundings

 

 

Revenue in 2020 was £70.0m (2019: £85.5m), split between revenue from Income Generation of £20.4m (2019: £23.5m) and revenue from Capital Growth of £49.6m (2019: £62.0m).

 

Capital Growth revenue, which results primarily from the sale of development properties, was £49.6m which was lower than 2019 (£62.0m) as a result of rescheduled activities on sites.

 

Income Generation (Business Space, Natural Resources and Operations) revenue mainly comprised property rental and royalty income. Revenue in 2020 is lower as a result of the ongoing trend of reduced sales of coal fines (2020: £0.0m, 2019: £4.0m), mitigated in part by increased rental income from property acquisitions and asset management. The core of our recurring income is from rental and royalty income from Business Space and Natural Resources assets which increased on an annualised basis from £15.0m to £19.7m in the period.

 

Cost of sales comprised the inventory cost of development property sales and the direct costs of the Income Generation business. Cost of sales increased to £59.4m (2019: £57.5m) of which £43.9m related to the inventory cost of development property sales (2019: £50.1m) and £10.4m related to an increase in the net realisable value provision on development properties (2019: £0.7m decrease).  Administration expenses increased with the expansion of the regional teams and additional COVID-19 costs.

 

Other gains of £31.7m comprised the profit on sale of investment properties assets held for sale and overages of £6.6m (2019: £3.7m), which included the sale of part of the site at Skelton Grange, and a £25.1m (2019: £5.6m) net increase in the fair value of investment properties and assets held for sale.

 

Joint venture profits of £8.7m (2019: £8.4m) included an increase in the value of the Gateway 45 Leeds and ADV LLP prior to the acquisition of the remaining interest. Value (losses)/gains on a non-statutory basis are set out below.

 


Non-statutory value (losses)/gains(1)

 

Value (losses)/gains are made up of profit on sale, revaluation gains/(losses) on investment properties (including joint ventures), and revaluation gains/(losses) on development properties, assets held for sale and overages:

 

£m

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

2020

2019

 

Categorisation

Profit on sale

Revaluation gains/(losses)

Total

Profit on sale

Revaluation gains

Total

Total Valuation

Total Valuation

Capital Growth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Developments

 

Development

 

0.1

 

(10.4)

 

(10.3)

 

5.1

 

27.9

 

33.0

 

248.1

 

277.3

Strategic Land

Investment

6.1

6.5

12.6

0.0

(0.3)

(0.3)

96.2

75.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income Generation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Space

Investment

(0.2)

14.8

14.6

0.1

4.8

4.9

227.6

172.8

Natural Resources

Investment

0.0

5.1

5.1

3.3

3.9

7.2

38.3

46.8

Agricultural Land

Investment

0.7

(0.4)

0.3

0.0

(0.8)

(0.8)

8.0

12.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

6.7

15.6

22.3

8.5

35.5

44.0

618.2

585.3

Notes: (1) A full description and reconciliation of APMs in the above table is included in note 2 to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

An independent valuation of the land and property portfolio was completed by BNP Paribas and Savills as at 31 December 2020. This resulted in revaluation gains over the whole of 2020 of £15.6m (2019: £35.5m). The principal revaluation gains and losses across the divisions reflected the following:

 

· Major Developments - progress on our major development sites, the strength of the industrial market and sales of residential land supported valuations although only partly reversed the half-year residential land reduction as uncertainty remained in some parts of the residential markets;

· Strategic Land - increased due to profit on sale and valuation uplift at Skelton and demand for well-located industrial land across the portfolio including on acquisitions made during the year;

· Business Space - good letting progress achieved across our portfolio including the lease re-gear at Moxon Way and an increase in valuation at Nufarm reflecting a high quality covenant on a long term lease;

· Natural Resources - valuation uplifts as a result of asset management initiatives; and

· Agricultural Land - small reductions across a handful of assets.

 

The above valuation includes an industrial strategic land site in the Midlands which, after the acquisition of the remaining joint venture ownership, is now fully owned and has been consolidated from the acquisition date.

 

The net realisable value provision as at 31 December 2020 was £17.3m (2019: £6.9m) and held across nine development properties, with the increase in the year reflecting the results of the independent valuations undertaken. This provision reduces the value of these development properties from their deemed cost (the fair value at which they were transferred from investment property to development property) to their net realisable value at 31 December 2020. The transfer from investment to development property takes place once planning is secured and development with a view to sale has commenced.

 

 

 

In 2020, the Group achieved revaluation gains of £15.6m (2019 £35.5m) comprising;

 

 

 

2020

£m

2019

£m

Increase in fair value of investment properties

 

25.4

5.8

Decrease in value of assets held for sale

 

(0.3)

(0.2)

Net realisable value provision on development properties

 

(11.8)

(0.5)

Contribution to statutory operating profit

 

13.3

5.1

Share of profits from joint ventures

 

8.7

8.4

Unrealised (losses)/gains on development properties, overages and assets held for sale

 

(6.4)

22.0

Total revaluation gains

 

15.6

35.5

 

Cash and sales

 

The Group undertook property sales(1) of £75.8m in 2020 (2019: £79.9m) achieving profits on sale of £6.7m (2019: £8.5m).  The sales were split between residential serviced plots, totalling £44.4m (2019: £58.1m), commercial land, totalling £15.4m (2019: £4.4m) and other, mainly mature, income-generating sites and agricultural land including those in the North East, totalling £16.0m (2019: £17.4m). 

 

Cash proceeds, including receipt of deferred consideration from prior years, were £83.8m (2019: £58.0m) as shown in the table below:

 

 

2020

£m

2019

£m

Total property sales(1)

 

75.8

79.9

Less deferred consideration on sales in the year

 

(21.6)

(38.5)

Add deferred consideration from sales in prior years

 

29.6

16.6

Total cash proceeds

 

83.8

58.0

Notes: (1) A full description and reconciliation of APMs is included in Note 2 to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Tax

 

The income statement charge for taxation in the year was £7.5m (2019: £4.8m) which comprised a deferred tax charge of £7.9m (2019: £3m) and a current tax credit of £0.4m (2019: £1.8m charge).

 

The current tax credit resulted from the current tax charge of £0.4m, arising on profits from the sale of development properties, investment property and assets held for sale offset by the impairment of some development properties, and a £0.8m credit arising from the prior year reflecting the finalisation of land remediation relief and capital allowances.

 

The movement in deferred tax from 31 December 2019 mainly arose due to the increase in the valuation of investment properties as well as the reversed change in future corporation tax rate from 17% to 19% substantively enacted on 17 March 2020 and effective from 1 April 2020.

 

 At 31 December 2020, the Group had deferred tax liabilities of £23.1m (2019: £15.6m) which largely related to unrealised gains on investment properties and recognised deferred tax assets of £7.3m (2019: £7.8m). The net deferred tax liability was £15.8m (2019: £7.8m).

 

 

Basic earnings per share and dividends

 

Basic earnings per share for the year were 8.0p (2019: 7.9p) reflecting the revaluation gains in investment property, particularly across Strategic Land and Income Generation at 31 December 2020.

 

Reflecting the improving backdrop, an interim dividend of 0.334p (H1 2019: 0.304p) per share was paid in October. Given the full year 2020 performance, the Board has approved the recommendation of a 2020 final dividend of 1.466p. This is made up of the cancelled 0.698p per share final 2019 dividend and a 0.768p per share final 2020 dividend. The 2020 final dividend and 2020 interim dividend total 1.102p per share, an increase of 10% on the total 2019 dividend before cancellation of the final dividend.

 

Property categorisation

 

Until sites receive planning permission and the future use has been determined, our view is that the land is held for a currently undetermined future use and should therefore be held as investment property. Where there is a subsequent change in use, typically in properties and land that have received planning permission and where development with a view to sale has commenced, these are re-categorised as development properties. 

 

As at 31 December 2020, the balance sheet value of all development sites was £177.7m (2019: £202.1m) and the valuation (based on valuations by BNP Paribas and Savills) was £207.5m, reflecting a £29.8m cumulative uplift in value since they were classified as development properties.  In order to highlight the market value of development properties, and overages, and to be consistent with our investment properties, we use EPRA NDV, which includes the market value of development properties, assets held for sale and overages less notional deferred tax, as our primary net assets metric. 

 

Net asset value

 

 

31 December

2020

£m

31 December

2019

£m

Properties(1)

 

584.5

541.0

Cash

 

12.7

11.8

Trade and other receivables

 

56.4

59.2

Other assets

 

5.4

4.3

Total assets

 

659.0

616.3

Gross borrowings

 

83.9

82.7

Deferred tax liability

 

15.8

7.8

Derivative financial instruments

 

0.8

0.6

Other liabilities

 

69.8

61.4

Statutory net assets

 

488.7

463.8

Value of development properties on a mark to market basis, assets held for sale and overages less notional deferred tax(2)

 

27.2

36.7

 

 

EPRA NDV(2)

 

515.9

500.5

Number of shares in issue (less Employee Benefit Trust shares)

322,410,320

321,777,367

EPRA NDV per share(2)

 

160.0p

155.6p

(1)  Properties include investment properties, development properties, assets held for sale, occupied properties and investment in joint ventures

(2)  A full description and reconciliation of the APMs in the above table is included in Note 2 to the condensed consolidated financial statements

 

 

EPRA NDV is £515.9m (2019: £500.5m) which includes the total mark to market value of the development properties, assets held for sale and overages. The total portfolio value as at 31 December 2020 was £618.2m(1), an increase of £32.9m from 31 December 2019 (£585.3m).

 

The share of profits from joint ventures net of distributions resulted in investments in joint ventures decreasing to £25.3m (2019: £31.8m, adjusted on a like-for-like basis for joint ventures included in the Group as at 31 December 2020).  During the second half of 2020, Harworth acquired the remaining 50% interest in Ansty Development Vehicle LLP, with the full assets, liabilities and post-acquisition performance incorporated within the Group results from the acquisition date.

 

Trade and other receivables include deferred consideration on sales as set out above. At 31 December 2020, deferred consideration of £33.5m was outstanding (2019: £41.1m) of which £nil (2019: £12.9m) is due after more than one year.

 

The movement in EPRA NDV over the period is set out below and shows the role of value gains in the growth achieved during the year. Further detail on value gains is provided under Non-statutory value (losses)/gains above.

 

 

 

31 December

2020

£m

31 December

2019

£m

Opening EPRA NDV

 

500.5

466.5

Profit before value gains (PEVG)

 

3.5

3.5

Value gains

 

22.3

44.0

Interest and finance costs

 

(3.1)

(2.4)

Tax

 

(6.5)

(7.3)

Dividends

 

(1.1)

(3.0)

Other movements in value

 

0.3

(0.8)

Closing EPRA NDV(2)

 

515.9

500.5

 

The table below sets out our top ten sites by value, which represent 43% of our total portfolio, showing the total acres for each site and split according to their categorisation, including currently consented residential plots and commercial space:

 

 

 

 

 

Residential plots

Commercial space sq.ft.

Site

Categorisation

Region

Acres

Consented

 

Sold/Built

Consented

Sold, built or purchased

Waverley

Development

Yorkshire & Central

419

3,890

1,714/1,124

 

-

 

-

South East Coalville

Development

Midlands

316

2,016

370/0

 

-

 

-

Nufarm

Investment

Yorkshire & Central

112

-

-

 

0.3m

 

0.3m

Knowsley

Investment

North West

35

-

-

 

0.4m

 

0.4m

Waverley AMP

Investment

Yorkshire & Central

113

-

-

 

2.1m

 

1.5m

Pheasant Hill Park

Development

Yorkshire & Central

307

1,200

522/240

 

0.1m

 

0.0m

Four Oaks Business Park

Investment

North West

19

-

-

 

0.4m

 

0.4m

Melton Commercial Park

Investment

Midlands

141

-

-

 

0.3m

 

0.3m

Ironbridge

Investment

Midlands

359

-

-

 

-

 

-

Ansty

Investment

Midlands

145

-

-

 

-

 

-

TOTAL

 

 

1,966

7,106

2,606/1,364

3.6m

2.9m

 

Financing strategy

 

Harworth's financing strategy is to be prudently geared, with the Income Generation portfolio providing a recurring income source to service debt facilities. We believe this gives the Group a number of advantages:

 

 

· allows working capital swings to be managed appropriately given that expenditure on sites often occurs in advance of sales and thus net debt can increase materially during the year;

 

· gives the Group the ability to complete acquisitions quickly, which is often a differentiating factor in a competitive situation; and

 

· ensures that the Group does not combine financial gearing with its existing operational gearing, being exposure to planning, remediation/engineering, letting and sales risks.

 

Harworth's financing strategy continues to target a net LTV of 10% to 15% and entails the Group seeking as a principle to maintain its cash flows in balance by funding infrastructure spend and acquisitions through disposal proceeds. To take advantage of market opportunities, the Group may consider additional project specific debt facilities in 2021 which could result in a short-term increase in net LTV.

 

Debt facilities

 

The Group benefits from a £130m Revolving Credit Facility ("RCF") with RBS and Santander, expiring in February 2023. The facility was increased by £30m to £130m in May 2020 until July 2022. The Group also uses, as part of its funding, infrastructure financing provided by public bodies to promote the development of major sites. 

 

The Group had borrowings and loans of £83.9m at 31 December 2020 (2019: £82.7m), being drawings on the RCF (net of capitalised loan fees) of £79.7m (2019: £75.8m) and infrastructure loans (net of capitalised loan fees) of £4.2m (2019: £6.9m).  The Group's cash at 31 December 2020 was £12.7m (2019: £11.8m).  The resulting net debt was £71.2m (2019: £70.9m).  The movements in net debt over the year are shown below.

 

 

 

31 December

2020

£m

31 December

2019

£m

Opening net debt

 

70.9

64.4

Cash inflow from operations

 

(25.8)

(29.6)

Property expenditure and acquisitions

 

56.1

49.6

Disposal of investment property, assets held for sale and overages

 

(27.7)

(18.1)

Investments in and distributions from joint ventures

 

(8.6)

(1.2)

Interest and loan arrangement fees

 

3.4

2.4

Dividends

 

1.1

3.0

Tax paid

 

2.1

0.0

Other cash and non-cash movements

 

(0.4)

0.4

Closing net debt

 

71.2

70.9

 

With the increase in RCF limit, the margin payable on the RCF was increased by 0.15%. The weighted average cost of debt, using 31 December 2020 balances and rates, was 2.94% with a 0.9% non-utilisation fee on undrawn RCF balances (2019: 3.1% with a 0.8% non-utilisation fee on undrawn RCF balances).

 

The Group's hedging strategy is to have roughly half its debt at a fixed rate and half exposed to floating rates.  The Group currently has a £45m fixed rate interest swap at an all-in cost of 1.2% (including fees) on top of the existing margin paid under the RCF.  The interest rate swap is hedge accounted with any unrealised movements going through reserves to the extent that the hedge is effective.

 

As at 31 December 2020, the Group's net LTV was 11.5% (2019: 12.1%).  If gearing is just assessed against the value of the core income portfolio, this equates to a net loan to core income portfolio value of 28.7% (2019: 35.3%). As at 31 December 2020, the portfolio could withstand a substantial fall in asset values before reaching the tightest LTV covenant and the Group's projected interest cover ratios could withstand a downside scenario of a material loss of rental income before reaching the relevant covenant.

 

Outlook

 

The expertise of our team in creating value and great places combined with the diversification of our portfolio across the residential and industrial sectors has stood us well and Harworth has continued to deliver positive returns for shareholders throughout an exceptional year. The fundamentals of our business remain in good shape and with the financial resources available to us as at 31 December 2020 we are well placed to continue to bring forward our sites, grow our business and take advantage of opportunities in the residential and logistics markets.

 

Kitty Patmore

Chief Financial Officer

16 March 2021

 

 

 

Footnotes: 

 

 

(1)  Harworth discloses both statutory and alternative performance measures (APMs).  A full description and reconciliation to the APMs is set out in Note 2 to the financial information

 

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

 

The Board has ultimate responsibility for determining the risk appetite of the Group, for monitoring the risk profile of the business and ensuring that measures and controls are in place to manage risk effectively.

 

The Board recognises that not all risks can be eliminated, or sufficiently mitigated at an acceptable cost, and that there are some risks which, given the nature of Harworth's business and the track record and experience of the team, it is prepared to accept. The Board also recognises that the Group's insurance programme plays an important part in reducing the impact of certain inherent risks which are neither acceptable nor capable of removal.

 

The Group Risk Register (GRR) remains the principal tool used by the Board and Management Board to monitor the risk profile of the business and the measures in place at an operational level for mitigating and managing risk.  It forms part of a wider framework of measures pursuant to which risks are monitored and managed throughout the year.  These measures include:

 

· an annual review of the Board's risk appetite;

· formal reviews of the GRR undertaken by both the Management Board and Board bi-annually;

· consultation by all members of the Management Board with their teams about existing and new operational risks, and the effectiveness of risk management measures;

· a programme of review of internal controls and processes overseen by the Audit Committee;

· quarterly health and safety meetings chaired by the Chief Executive and attended by representatives of all divisions;

· a site risk register maintained by our Estates, Environment and Safety team by which we continuously monitor the risk status of each of our sites. Sites are inspected throughout the year and material changes in risk status are reported to both the Management Board and Board on a monthly basis; and

· an annual review of whistleblowing reports by the Audit Committee.

 

The GRR maps the risk profile of the business.  It is a dynamic document and remains subject to continuous review and evolution.  The GRR currently identifies risks grouped into nine categories: Markets; Delivery; Politics; Finance; People; Environment; Social; Governance; and Legal and Regulatory.  Risks are scored on a "heat map", from "very low" to "very high", according to residual risk status (after accounting for mitigation measures already in place) and materiality.  Categories and risks remain subject to regular review.  The Board's objective is to maintain, as far as possible, an alignment between its risk appetite and the risk profile of the business.

 

Our 2020 interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020 presented the risk profile of the business both on a "business as usual" basis and with a "COVID-19" overlay.  Given its prolonged impact, our GRR now reflects risk on a COVID-19 basis only.  As would be expected, the materially higher risk environment attributable to COVID-19 is reflected in a higher than normal risk profile across most of our principal risk categories, as shown below.

 

 

Movement in risk since 2020 interim results[1]

Current risk profile

Anticipated movement in risk (next 6 months)

Markets

1.  Commercial property market

Down

Medium

No change

2.  Residential property market

Down

Medium

Up

3.  Energy market

No change

Low

Up

4.  Adaptation of strategy

Down

Medium

Down

Delivery

5.  Acquisitions

No change

High

No change

6.  Planning

No change

High

No change

7.  Project delivery

No change

High

No change

8.  Other operational shortfalls

No change

Medium

No change

9.  Mining legacy

No change

Medium

No change

Politics

10. Planning policy changes

No change

Medium

No change

11. Other policy changes

Down

Medium

No change

Finance

12. Availability of capital

Down

High

No change

13. Income

Down

High

No change

14. Cashflow

Down

Medium

No change

15. Valuations

Down

Medium

No change

16. Insurance

Up

High

No change

People

17. Resourcing

Up

High

No change

18. Succession planning

No change

Medium

No change

19. Employee engagement

Down

Medium

No change

20. Communication and connectivity

Down

Medium

No change

21. Diversity

No change

Medium

No change

22. Culture

Down

Medium

No change

Environmental

23. Environmental incident

No change

Medium

No change

24. Harworth's environmental impact

No change

Low

No change

25. Climate change

No change

Low

No change

Social

26. Purpose

No change

Medium

No change

27. Sustainability

Up

High

No change

28. Communities and stakeholders

No change

Medium

No change

Governance

29. Investors

No change

High

No change

30. Internal controls and processes

Down

Medium

No change

31. Joint ventures

Down

Medium

No change

32. Cyber and information security

No change

Medium

No change

33. Business continuity

No change

Medium

No change

Legal and regulatory

34. Health and safety incident

No change

Medium

No change

35. Other regulatory breach

No change

Low

No change

36. Legislative and regulatory changes

No change

Low

No change

 

Markets

Despite the severe downturn and turbulence in the macro-economic climate, largely attributable to COVID-19, industrial property market evidence shows resilience and even strength, both house prices and housing sales volumes have remained strong nationally including on our sites, the political support for our core markets remains strong, and the agreement reached between the UK and the EU prior to the end of the Brexit transition period affords some stability in that regard.  This is reflected in our principal Markets risks returning to a "medium" risk status.  However, demand in the housing market is being affected in the short-term by the Government's stamp duty holiday.Whilst that holiday has now been extended to the end of June and will then taper off until the end of September, the housing market is likely to soften as those deadlines approach.  There are also concerns about the outlook for employment over the medium-term, notwithstanding recent budget initiatives, and this might adversely affect the market for residential development land.  Given this, we expect the residential property market risk to increase in the second half of 2021. 

 

Delivery

The UK also remains a highly competitive landscape for strategic land and investment property acquisitions, with no COVID-19 distress reflected in pricing in either market yet.  Despite a strong pipeline, this is reflected in a "high" acquisitions risk status.  Some local authorities have slowed progress on their local plans pending progress and clarity on central Government planning reforms, which could affect our short-term pipeline of planning applications.   That said, at the time of publishing this announcement, it appears that local and mayoral elections will go ahead which may assist with local political stability in some respects.  Overall, we have retained a "high" risk status for our planning risk.  Our project delivery risk also retains a "high" risk status, reflecting concerns about supply chain pressures attributable to multiple factors, including COVID-19, the recognised skills shortage within the construction industry, and the increased cost of insurance.  Our other Delivery category risks remain unchanged, all carrying a "medium" risk status.

 

Politics

Whilst the macro-political backdrop and local political climate are reflected in our Markets and Delivery risk categories, our Politics category risks are informed by changes in central Government policy.  Overall, this category remains largely unchanged.

 

Finance

There have been reductions in our capital, income and cashflow risks, reflecting strong financial performance and metrics in 2020 including our net debt position and the corresponding headroom in our RCF, rent collections, sales and deferred consideration receipts, and investment property acquisitions, offset to some extent by higher insurance costs and higher headcount costs.  That said, our capital and income risks continue to carry "high" risk scores.  This reflects persistent economic uncertainty and that expanding our capital sources and increasing the breadth and resilience of our income portfolio, in both cases to support the growth of the business, remain strategic priorities.  Our valuations risk, which monitors the risk of deficiencies in the valuation process, has reduced now that material uncertainty clauses have been dropped and we have transaction evidence from the second half of 2020.  The insurance risk has been increased to a "high" risk status, reflecting a very challenging 2021 renewal, resulting in markedly higher pricing, material increases in excesses on certain sites and some deterioration in the scope of certain aspects of cover.

 

People

Our resourcing risk has increased to a "high" risk status, reflecting resource stretch due to COVID-19 in the short-term and the growth trajectory of the business.  Short-term measures have been and continue to be implemented to mitigate the COVID-19 impact whilst longer-term measures will take time to bear fruit.  Our other People risks have either remained unchanged or reduced, reflecting the extensive work undertaken to promote internal communication, employee engagement and wellbeing, all of which have been impactful and well received, demonstrated by the positive results from our most recent employee survey.

 

Social

Our sustainability risk has increased to a "high" risk status reflecting the current and anticipated impact of the climate change agenda on the business (as opposed to the currently low impact of climate change itself which is measured in our Environment risk category) including on project delivery and costs, investor expectations, planning obligations, market demand and, ultimately, valuations.  The status of our other Social risks remains unchanged. 

 

Our Environment, Governance and Legal and Regulatory risks remain largely unchanged and no material movements are expected over the next 6 months.  They are all "medium" or "low" risks, save for our investors risk which retains a "high" risk status given the current share price discount to EPRA NDV which has narrowed but persists.

 

The 2020 Annual Report and Financial Statements will include a detailed analysis of the Group's principal risks and uncertainties, reflecting the latest review of the GRR by the Management Board and Board.  This analysis will: (A) show the status of each risk, after mitigation; (B) identify movements in risk during 2020 and those forecast in 2021; (C) give examples of the mitigation measures undertaken in 2020 and those planned for 2021; and (D) indicate how each risk category could impact our strategic priorities.

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Income Statement

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

 

Note

Unaudited

year ended

31 December
2020
£000

Audited

year ended

31 December
2019
£000

Revenue

3

70,001

85,455

Cost of sales

3

(59,385)

(57,512)

Gross profit

3

10,616

27,943

Administrative expenses

3

(14,522)

(12,926)

Other gains

3

31,734

9,313

Other operating expense

3

(63)

(69)

Operating profit

3

27,765

24,261

Finance costs

4

(3,473)

(2,775)

Finance income

4

  377

368

Share of profit of joint ventures

9

8,655

8,449

Profit before tax

 

33,324

30,303

Tax charge

5

(7,528)

(4,823)

Profit for the financial year

 

25,796

25,480

 

 

Earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to the owners of the Group during the year

 

 

 

 

Note

pence

pence

Basic

7

8.0

7.9

Diluted

7

8.0

7.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income
for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

 

 

Unaudited

year ended

31 December

2020

£000

Audited

year ended

31 December

2019

£000

Profit for the financial year

 

25,796

25,480

Other comprehensive (expense)/income - items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

Net actuarial loss in Blenkinsopp Pension scheme

 

(339)

(430)

Revaluation of Group occupied property

 

48

-

Deferred tax on other comprehensive expense items

 

115

149

Other comprehensive expense - items that may be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

Fair value of financial instruments

 

(267)

(449)

Total other comprehensive expense

 

(443)

(730)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

25,353

24,750

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet

as at 31 December 2020

 

Note

Unaudited

as at 31 December
2020
£000

Audited

as at 31 December
2019
£000

ASSETS

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,007

1,050

Right of use assets

 

170

122

Trade receivables

 

-

12,754

Investment properties

8

373,079

293,840

Investment in joint ventures

9

25,316

33,072

 

 

399,572

340,838

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

11

182,666

205,900

Trade and other receivables

 

56,441

46,455

Assets classified as held for sale

12

7,594

11,252

Cash

 

12,710

11,833

 

 

259,411

275,440

Total assets

 

658,983

616,278

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Borrowings

13

-

(2,842)

Trade and other payables

 

(66,486)

(56,608)

Lease liability

 

(77)

(58)

Current tax liabilities

 

(209)

(2,725)

 

 

(66,772)

(62,233)

Net current assets

 

192,639

213,207

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Borrowings

13

(83,882)

(79,902)

Trade and other payables

 

(1,954)

(1,200)

Lease liability

 

(102)

(70)

Derivative financial instruments

 

(826)

(558)

Deferred income tax liabilities

 

(15,767)

(7,765)

Retirement benefit obligations

 

(968)

(771)

 

 

(103,499)

(90,266)

Total liabilities

 

(170,271)

(152,499)

Net assets

 

488,712

463,779

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

Called up share capital

14

32,253

32,191

Share premium account

 

24,567

24,359

Fair value reserve

 

132,833

116,121

Capital redemption reserve

 

257

257

Merger reserve

 

45,667

45,667

Investment in own shares

 

(73)

(67)

Retained earnings

 

227,412

219,771

Current year profit

 

25,796

25,480

Total shareholders' equity

 

488,712

463,779

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

Called up share

capital

£000

Share
premium
£000

Merger
reserve
£000

Fair value
reserve 
£000

Capital redemption
reserve
£000

Investment

in own shares
£000

Retained
earnings
£000

Total
equity
£000

Balance at 1 January 2019

(audited)

32,150

24,351

45,667

118,563

257

(194)

221,142

441,936

Profit for the financial year

-

-

-

-

-

-

25,480

25,480

Fair value gains

-

-

-

10,090

-

-

(10,090)

-

Transfer of unrealised gains on disposal of properties

-

-

-

(12,532)

-

-

12,532

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (expense)/income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actuarial loss in Blenkinsopp pension Scheme

-

-

-

-

-

-

(430)

(430)

Fair value of financial instruments

-

-

-

-

-

-

(449)

(449)

Deferred tax on other comprehensive (expense)/income items

-

-

-

-

-

-

149

149

Total comprehensive (expense)/income for year ended 31 December 2019

-

-

-

(2,442)

-

-

27,192

24,750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transaction with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

127

(71)

56

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(3,012)

(3,012)

Share issue

41

8

-

-

-

-

-

49

Balance at 31 December 2019  (audited)

32,191

24,359

45,667

116,121

257

(67)

245,251

463,779

Profitforthe financial year

-

-

-

-

-

-

25,796

25,796

Fairvaluegains

-

-

-

35,658

-

-

(35,658)

-

Transferofunrealised gains on disposal of properties

-

-

-

(18,994)

-

-

18,994

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Othercomprehensive(expense)/income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ActuariallossinBlenkinsopppensionscheme

-

-

-

-

-

-

(339)

(339)

Revaluation of Group occupied property

-

-

-

48

-

-

-

48

Fairvalueoffinancialinstruments

-

-

-

-

-

-

(267)

(267)

Deferred tax on other comprehensive (expense)/income items

-

-

-

-

-

-

115

115

Total comprehensive income for year ended 31 December 2020

-

-

-

16,712

-

-

8,641

25,353

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transaction with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

(6)

393

387

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,077)

(1,077)

Share issue

62

208

-

-

-

-

-

270

Balance at 31 December 2020 (unaudited)

32,253

24,567

45,667

132,833

257

(73)

253,208

488,712

 

Unaudited Statement of Cash Flows

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

Note

Unaudited

year ended 31 December 2020

£000

Audited

year ended 31 December 2019

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Profit before tax for the year

 

33,324

30,303

Net finance costs

 

3,096

2,407

Other gains

 

(31,734)

(9,313)

Share of profit of joint ventures

9

(8,655)

(8,449)

Share based transactions(1)

 

618

(19)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment and right of use assets

 

285

139

Pension contributions in excess of charge

 

(140)

(120)

Operating cash (outflow)/inflow before movements in working capital

 

(3,206)

14,948

Decrease in inventories

 

19,385

2,161

Decrease in receivables

 

2,768

7,490

Increase in payables

 

6,830

4,953

Cash generated from operations

 

25,777

29,552

Interest paid

 

(2,924)

(2,337)

Corporation tax paid

 

(2,127)

(1)

Cash generated from operating activities

 

20,726

27,214

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Interest received

 

377

368

Investment in joint ventures

9

(289)

(2,592)

Distributions from joint ventures

9

8,930

3,799

Acquisition of group of assets

10

(4,092)

-

Net proceeds from disposal of investment properties, assets held for sale and overages

 

27,651

18,108

Expenditure on investment properties and assets held for sale

 

(51,987)

(49,574)

Expenditure on property, plant and equipment

 

(115)

(352)

Cash used in investing activities

 

(19,525)

(30,243)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Net proceeds from issue of ordinary shares

 

237

49

Repayment of bank loans

13

(78,000)

(15,000)

Proceeds from bank loans

13

82,000

32,000

Repayment of other loans

 

(2,932)

(7,669)

Loan arrangement fees

 

(479)

(62)

Payment in respect of leases

 

(73)

(39)

Dividends paid

 

(1,077)

(3,012)

Cash (used)/generated from financing activities

 

(324)

6,267

Increase in cash

 

877

3,238

 

 

 

 

At 1 January

Cash

 

11,833

8,595

Increase in cash

 

877

3,238

At 31 December

Cash

 

12,710

11,833

(1) Share based transactions reflect the non-cash expenses relating to share based payments included within the income statement.

 


Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

1.  Accounting policies

The principal accounting policies adopted in the preparation of this unaudited consolidated financial information are set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all of the years presented, unless otherwise stated.

 

General information

Harworth Group plc, company number 02649340, (the "Company") is a company, limited by shares, incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is Advantage House, Poplar Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 5TR.

 

The Company is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

 

Basis of preparation

The preliminary results for the Company and its subsidiaries (the "Group") for the year ended 31 December 2020 are unaudited. The financial information set out in this announcement does not constitute the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 or 31 December 2019 as defined by Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2019 is derived from the statutory accounts for that year which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The previous auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, reported on those accounts and their report was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020 will be finalised on the basis of the financial information presented by the Directors in these preliminary results and will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Annual General Meeting of Harworth Group plc.

 

Going Concern

 

These financial statements are prepared on the basis that the Group is a going concern. In forming its opinion as to going concern, the Board prepares forecasts based upon its assumptions with particular consideration to the key risks and uncertainties as summarised in the 'Principle Risks and Uncertainties' section, as well as taking into account available borrowing facilities. The going concern period assessed is until June 2022 which has been selected as it can be projected with a good degree of expected accuracy and covers a complete period of reporting under the Revolving Credit Facility. The Group traded well throughout 2020 and COVID-19. Capital was prioritised on sites with sales during the year, sales of strategic and non-core land have continued and new lettings have been secured on properties. Discretionary overhead expenditure was reduced where possible. This aligns with our existing strategy to manage cashflows to fund our development spend and acquisition activity. In April 2020, RBS and Santander agreed to increase the limit of the Revolving Credit Facility to £130m and provided greater flexibility in covenants for part of the going concern period. Based on these considerations, together with available market information and the Directors' knowledge and experience of the Group's property portfolio and markets, the Directors considered it appropriate to adopt a going concern basis of accounting in the preparation of this financial information.

 

Other than as set out below the same accounting policies and methods of computation have been followed as in the latest published audited accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019, which are available on the Group's website at harworthgroup.com.

Changes in accounting policy and disclosures

(a) New standards, amendments and interpretations

A number of new standards and amendments to standards and interpretations will be effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020 and have not been applied in preparing this preliminary financial information. None of these have a significant effect on the financial statements of the Group.

 

 

(b) New standards, amendments and interpretations not yet adopted

  A number of new standards and amendments to standards and interpretations are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021 and have not been applied in preparing this preliminary financial information. None of these are expected to have a significant effect on the financial statements of the Group.

 

Estimates and judgements

The significant judgements made by management in applying the Group`s accounting policies and the key sources of estimation were the same as those that applied to the latest published audited accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019. There have been no significant changes for the year ended 31 December 2020.

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

2. Alternative Performance Measures ("APMs")

 

Introduction

The Group has applied the December 2019 European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") guidance on APMs and the November 2017 Financial Reporting Council ("FRC") corporate thematic review of APMs in these results.  An APM is a financial measure of historical or future financial performance, position or cash flows of the Group which is not a measure defined or specified in IFRS.

 

Overview of our use of APMs

The Directors believe that APMs assist in providing additional useful information on the underlying trends, performance and position of the Group.  APMs assist our stakeholder users of the accounts, particularly equity and debt investors, through the comparability of information.  APMs are used by the Directors and management, both internally and externally, for performance analysis, strategic planning, reporting and incentive-setting purposes.

 

APMs are not defined by IFRS and therefore may not be directly comparable with other companies' APMs, including peers in the real estate industry.  APMs should be considered in addition to, and are not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, IFRS measurements.

 

The derivations of our APMs and their purpose

The primary differences between IFRS statutory amounts and the APMs that we use are as follows:

 

1.  Capturing all sources of value creation - Under IFRS, the revaluation movement in development properties and assets held for sale which are held in inventory, is not included in the balance sheet. Also, overages are not recognised in the balance sheet until they are highly probable. These movements, which are verified by BNP Paribas and Savills (independent external property valuers), are included within our APMs;

2.  Recategorising income statement amounts - Under IFRS, the grouping of amounts, particularly within gross profit and other gains, does not clearly allow Harworth to demonstrate the value creation through its business model.  In particular, the statutory grouping does not distinguish value gains (being realised profits from the sales of properties and unrealised profits from property value movements) from the ongoing profitability of the business which is less susceptible to movements in the property cycle. Finally, the Group includes profits from joint ventures within our APMs as our joint ventures conduct similar operations to Harworth, albeit in different ownership structures; and

3.  Comparability with industry peers - Harworth discloses some APMs which are European Public Real Estate Association ("EPRA") measures as these are a set of standard disclosures for the property industry and thus aid comparability for our stakeholder users.

 

New EPRA APMs

In October 2019, EPRA published new best practice recommendations (BPR) for financial disclosures by public real estate companies. The BPR introduced three new measures of net asset value; EPRA net tangible assets (NTA), EPRA net reinvestment value (NRV) and EPRA net disposal value (NDV). The Group has adopted these new guidelines from 1 January 2020 and considers EPRA NDV to be the most relevant of these new measures and therefore this now acts as our primary measure of net asset value replacing EPRA NNNAV. Total return, another of our key APMs, is now calculated based upon EPRA NDV rather than EPRA NNNAV.

 

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

2. Alternative Performance Measures (continued)

 

Our key APMs

The key APMs that the Group focuses on are as follows:

 

· Total return - The movement in EPRA NDV plus dividends per share paid in the year expressed as a percentage of opening EPRA NDV per share

· EPRA NDV per share -EPRA NDV divided by the number of shares in issue less shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust

· Value gains - These are the realised profits from the sales of properties and unrealised profits from property value movements including joint ventures and the mark to market movement on development properties, assets held for sale and overages

· Profit excluding value gains - Property net rental, royalty and fee income, net of running costs of the business which represents the underlying profitability of the business not reliant on property value gains or profits from the sales of development and investment properties

· Net loan to portfolio value - Group debt net of cash held expressed as a percentage of portfolio value

 

 

Changes to APMs

The APMs have been changed for the inclusion of the new EPRA net asset value measures described above and the EPRA NDV per share growth metric has been replaced with EPRA NDV per share. Other than these changes, the Group's APMs have been defined, calculated and used on a consistent basis. The previously reported EPRA measures of net assets are also included below for comparative purposes. 

 

31 December 2020

 

 

EPRA NDV

£000

 

EPRA NTA

£000

 

EPRA NRV

£000


EPRA NNNAV

£000

EPRA NAV

£000

Net assets attributable to shareholders

488,712

488,712

488,712

488,712

488,712

Cumulative unrealised gains on development properties

29,848

29,848

29,848

29,848

29,848

Cumulative unrealised gains on assets held for sale

775

775

775

775

775

Cumulative unrealised gains on overages

3,000

3,000

3,000

3,000

3,000

Deferred tax liabilities (IFRS)

-

15,767

15,767

-

15,767

Notional deferred tax on unrealised gains

(6,388)

-

-

(6,388)

-

Deferred tax liabilities @50%

-

(11,078)

-

-

-

Mark to market valuation of financial instruments

-

826

826

-

826

Purchaser costs

-

-

42,973

-

-

Net assets used in per share calculation

515,947

527,850

581,901

515,947

538,928

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

 

2. Alternative Performance Measures (continued)

 

 

31 December 2019

 

 

EPRA NDV

£000

 

EPRA NTA

£000

 

EPRA NRV

£000


EPRA NNNAV

£000

EPRA NAV

£000

Net assets attributable to shareholders

463,779

463,779

463,779

463,779

463,779

Cumulative unrealised gains on development properties

40,135

40,135

40,135

40,135

40,135

Cumulative unrealised gains on assets held for sale

584

584

584

584

584

Cumulative unrealised gains on overages

3,566

3,566

3,566

3,566

3,566

Deferred tax liabilities (IFRS)

-

7,765

7,765

-

7,765

Notional deferred tax on unrealised gains

(7,529)

-

-

(7,529)

-

Deferred tax liabilities @50%

-

(7,647)

-

-

-

Mark to market valuation of financial instruments

-

558

558

-

558

Purchaser costs

-

-

40,691

-

-

Net assets used in per share calculation

500,535

508,740

557,078

500,535

516,387

 

  

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

Reconciliation of APMs

Set out below is a reconciliation of the APMs used in these results to the statutory measures.

 

1)  Reconciliation to statutory measures

 

 

 

 

a. Revaluations gains

 

 

 

 

Note

 Unaudited 

 year ended

 31 December

 2020

 000

 Audited

 year ended

 31 December

 2019

 000

Increase in fair value of investment properties

3

25,405

5,841

Decrease in fair value of assets classified as held for sale

3

(295)

(229)

Share of profit of joint ventures

3

8,655

8,449

Net realisable value provision of development properties

 

3

(16,208)

(3,574)

Reversal of previous net realisable value provision of development properties

3

4,408

3,061

Amounts derived from statutory reporting

 

21,965

13,548

Unrealised (losses)/gains on development properties

 

(5,992)

21,385

Unrealised gains on assets held for sale

 

191

584

Unrealised (losses)/gains on overages

 

(566)

25

Revaluation gains

 

15,598

35,542

 

 

 

 

b. Profit on sale

 

 

 

Profit on sale of investment properties

3

5,030

545

Profit on sale of assets classified as held for sale

3

554

3,156

Profit on sale of development properties

3

2,999

10,882

Release of net realisable value provision on disposal of development properties

3

1,359

1,168

Profit on sales of overages

3

1,040

-

Amounts derived from statutory reporting

 

10,982

15,751

Unrealised gains on development properties released on sale in the year

 

(4,295)

(7,247)

Profit on sale

 

6,687

8,504

 

 

 

 

c. Value gains

 

 

 

Revaluation gains

 

15,598

35,542

Profit on sale

 

6,687

8,504

Value gains

 

22,285

44,046

 

 

 

 

d. Profit excluding value gains (PEVG)

Operating profit

 

27,765

24,261

Add pension charge

 

63

69

Less other gains

3

(31,734)

(9,313)

Add/(less) gross profit/(loss) from development properties

3

7,442

(11,537)

PEVG

 

3,536

3,480

     

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

e. Total property sales

Note

Unaudited 

 year ended

 31 December

 2020

 000

Audited

 year ended

 31 December

 2019

 000

Revenue

 

70,001

85,455

Less revenue from other property activities

3

(2,676)

(964)

Less revenue from income generation activities

3

(20,396)

(23,468)

Add proceeds from sales of investment properties, assets held for sale and overages

 

28,858

18,836

Total property sales

 

75,787

79,859

 

 

 

 

f. Operating profit contributing to growth in EPRA NDV

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

27,765

24,261

Share of profit of joint ventures

9

8,655

8,449

Unrealised (losses)/gains on development properties

 

(5,992)

21,385

Unrealised gains on assets classified as assets held for sale

 

191

584

Unrealised (losses)/gains on overages

 

(566)

25

Less previously unrealised gains on development properties released on sale

 

(4,295)

(7,247)

Operating profit contributing to growth in EPRA NDV

 

25,758

47,457

 

g. Portfolio value

 

g. Portfolio value

 

 

 

Land and buildings (included within Property, plant and equipment)

 

835

787

Investment properties

 

373,079

293,840

Investments in joint ventures

 

25,316

33,072

Assets classified as held for sale

 

7,594

11,252

Development properties

11

177,712

202,092

Amounts derived from statutory reporting

 

584,536

541,043

Cumulative unrealised gains on development properties as at year end

 

29,848

40,135

Cumulative unrealised gains on assets held for sale as at year end

 

775

584

Cumulative unrealised gains on overages as at year end

 

3,000

3,566

Portfolio value

 

618,159

585,328

 

 

 

 

h. Net debt

 

 

 

Gross borrowings

13

(83,882)

(82,744)

Cash

 

12,710

11,833

Net debt

 

(71,172)

(70,911)

 

i. Net loan to portfolio value %

 

 

 

Net debt

 

(71,172)

(70,911)

Portfolio value

 

618,159

585,328

Net loan to portfolio value (%)

 

11.5%

12.1%

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

Unaudited 

 year ended

 31 December

 2020

 000

 Audited

 year ended

 31 December

 2019

 000

j. Net loan to core income portfolio value (%)

Note

 

 

Net debt

 

(71,172)

(70,911)

Income portfolio value (business space and natural resources)

8

248,004

200,984

Net loan to core income portfolio value (%)

 

28.7%

35.3%

 

k. Gross loan to portfolio value

 

 

 

Gross borrowings

 

(83,882)

(82,744)

Portfolio value

 

618,159

585,328

Gross loan to portfolio value (%)

 

13.6%

14.1%

 

l. Gross loan to core income portfolio value (%)

 

 

 

Gross borrowings

 

(83,882)

(82,744)

Income portfolio value (business space and natural resources)

8

248,004

200,984

Gross loan to core income portfolio value (%)

 

33.8%

41.2%

 

m. Number of shares used for per share calculations

 

 

 

Number of shares in issue at 31 December

14

322,530,807

321,909,382

Employee Benefit Trust Shares (own shares) at 31 December

 

(120,487)

(132,015)

Number of shares used for per share calculations

 

322,410,320

321,777,367

 

n. Net Asset Value (NAV) per share

 

 

 

NAV £'000

 

488,712

463,779

Number of shares used for per share calculations

 

322,410,320

321,777,367

NAV per share (p)

 

151.6

144.1

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

 

2)  Reconciliation to EPRA measures

 

 

 

 

a. EPRA NDV

 

 

 

 

Note

 Unaudited 

 year ended

 31 December

 2020

 000

 Audited

 year ended

31 December

 2019

 000

Net assets

 

488,712

463,779

Cumulative unrealised gains on development properties

 

29,848

40,135

Cumulative unrealised gains on assets held for sale

 

775

584

Cumulative unrealised gains on overages

 

3,000

3,566

Notional deferred tax on unrealised gains

 

(6,388)

(7,529)

EPRA NDV

 

515,947

500,535

 

 

 

 

 

b. EPRA NDV per share (p)

 

 

 

EPRA NDV £'000

 

515,947

500,535

Number of shares used at 31 December for per share calculations

14

322,410,320

321,777,367

EPRA NDV per share (p)

 

160.0

155.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c. EPRA NDV growth and total return

 

 

 

Opening EPRA NDV/share (p)

 

155.6

145.2

Closing EPRA NDV/share (p)

 

160.0

155.6

Movement in the year

 

4.4

10.4

EPRA NDV growth

 

2.8%

7.2%

Dividends paid per share (p)

 

0.3

0.9

Total return per share

 

4.7

11.3

Total return as a percentage of opening EPRA NDV

 

3.0%

7.8%

 

 

 

 

 

d. Net loan to EPRA NDV

 

 

 

Net debt

 

(71,172)

(70,911)

EPRA NDV

 

515,947

500,535

Net loan to EPRA NDV

 

13.8%

14.2%

       

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

3.  Segment information

Segmental Income Statement       31 December 2020

(Unaudited)

Capital Growth

 

 

 

 

Sale of development properties

Other property activities

Income

Generation

Central overheads

  Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

46,929

2,676

20,396

-

70,001

Cost of sales

(54,371)

(1,834)

(3,180)

-

(59,385)

Gross profit (1)

(7,442)

842

17,216

-

10,616

Administrative expenses

-

(3,080)

(1,872)

(9,570)

(14,522)

Othergains (2)

-

12,598

19,136

-

31,734

Otheroperatingexpense

-

-

-

(63)

(63)

Operating profit/(loss)

(7,442)

10,360

34,480

(9,633)

27,765

Net finance income/(costs) 

-

367

1

(3,464)

(3,096)

Shareofprofitofjointventures

-

7,953

702

-

8,655

Profit/(loss) beforetax

(7,442)

18,680

35,183

(13,097)

33,324

 

(1) Gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit is analysed as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit excluding sales of development properties

-

842

17,216

-

18,058

Gross profit on sale of development properties

2,999

-

-

-

2,999

Net realisable value provision on development properties

(16,208)

-

-

-

(16,208)

Reversal of previous net realisable value provision on development properties

4,408

-

-

4,408

Release of net realisable value provision on disposal of development properties

1,359

-

-

-

1,359

 

(7,442)

842

17,216

-

10,616

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)Other gains

Other gains are analysed as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in fair value of investment properties

-

6,459

18,946

-

25,405

Decrease in the fair value of assets classified as held for sale

-

-

(295)

-

(295)

Profit/(loss) on sale of investment properties

-

5,099

(69)

-

5,030

Profit on sale of assets classified as held for sale

-

72

482

-

554

Profit on sale of overages

-

968

72

-

1,040

 

-

12,598

19,136

-

31,734

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

Segmental Balance Sheet     31 December 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Capital

Growth

£000

Income

Generation

£000

Central overheads

£000

Total
£000

Non-currentassets

 

 

 

 

 

Property,plantandequipment

 

-

-

1,007

1,007

Right of use assets

 

-

-

170

170

Trade receivables

 

314

-

-

314

Investment properties

 

118,940

254,139

-

373,079

Investmentsinjointventures

 

13,434

11,882

-

25,316

 

 

132,688

266,021

1,177

399,886

Currentassets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

182,017

649

-

182,666

Tradeandotherreceivables

 

39,422

12,574

4,131

56,127

Assetsclassifiedasheldforsale

 

1,384

6,210

-

7,594

Cash and cash equivalents

 

-

-

12,710

12,710

 

 

222,823

19,433

16,841

259,097

Totalassets

 

355,511

285,454

18,018

658,983

 

Financial liabilities and derivative financial instruments are not allocated to the reporting segments as they are managed and measured on a Group basis.

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

Segmental Income Statement    31 December 2019 (audited)

 

Capital Growth

 

 

 

 

Sale of development properties

Other property activities

Income

Generation

Central overheads

  Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

61,023

964

23,468

-

85,455

Cost of sales

(49,486)

(960)

(7,066)

-

(57,512)

Gross Profit (1)

11,537

4

16,402

-

27,943

Administrative expenses

-

(2,650)

(2,248)

(8,028)

(12,926)

Other gains (2)

-

24

9,289

-

9,313

Otheroperatingexpenses

-

-

-

(69)

(69)

Operating profit/(loss)

11,537

(2,622)

23,443

(8,097)

24,261

Net finance costs 

-

317

-

(2,724)

(2,407)

Share of profit of joint ventures 

-

7,026

1,423

-

8,449

Profit/(loss)beforetax

11,537

4,721

24,866

(10,821)

30,303

 

(1)Gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit is analysed as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit excluding sales of development properties

-

4

16,402

-

16,406

Gross profit on sale of development properties

10,882

-

-

-

10,882

Net realisable value provision on development properties

(3,574)

-

-

-

(3,574)

Reversal of previous net realisable value provision on development properties

3,061

-

-

-

3,061

Release of net realisable value provision on disposal of development properties

1,168

-

-

-

1,168

 

11,537

4

16,402

-

27,943

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)Other gains 

Other gains are analysed as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

(Decrease)/increase in fair value of investment properties

-

(311)

6,152

-

5,841

Decrease in the fair value of assets classified as held for sale

-

-

(229)

-

(229)

Profit on sale of investment properties

-

-

545

-

545

Profit on sale of assets classified as held for sale

-

335

2,821

-

3,156

 

-

24

9,289

-

9,313

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

Segmental Balance Sheet    31 December 2019 (audited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital

Growth

£000

Income

Generation

£000

Central overheads

£000

Total
£000

Non-currentassets

 

 

 

 

 

Property,plantandequipment

 

-

-

1,050

1,050

Rights of use assets

 

-

-

122

122

Other receivables

 

12,754

-

-

12,754

Investment properties

 

84,737

209,103

-

293,840

Investmentsinjointventures

 

23,149

9,923

-

33,072

 

 

120,640

219,026

1,172

340,838

Currentassets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

205,217

683

-

205,900

Tradeandotherreceivables

 

39,668

4,825

1,962

46,455

Assetsclassifiedasheldforsale

 

600

10,652

-

11,252

Cash

 

-

-

11,833

11,833

 

 

245,485

16,160

13,795

275,440

Totalassets

 

366,125

235,186

14,967

616,278

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities and derivative financial instruments are not allocated to the reporting segments as they are managed and measured on a group basis.

 

4.  Finance costs and finance income

 

Unaudited

year ended
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

year ended
31 December
2019
£000

Finance costs

 

 

Bank interest

(2,654)

(2,026)

Amortisation of RCF and other fees

(622)

(455)

Other interest

(197)

(294)

Total finance costs

(3,473)

(2,775)

Finance income

377

368

Net finance costs

(3,096)

(2,407)

During the year no interest has been capitalised in investment or development properties (2019: £nil).

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

5.  Tax

 

Analysis of tax credit/(charge) in the year

Unaudited

year ended
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

year ended
31 December
2019
£000

Current tax

 

 

Current year

(449)

(2,346)

Adjustment in respect of prior periods

838

549

Total current tax credit/(charge)

389

(1,797)

Deferred tax

 

 

Current year

(7,139)

(4,331)

Adjustment in respect of prior periods

136

849

Difference between current tax rate and rate of deferred tax

(914)

456

Total deferred tax charge

(7,917)

(3,026)

Tax charge

(7,528)

(4,823)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income items

 

 

Deferred tax - current year

115

149

Total

115

149

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

5.  Tax (continued)

The tax for the year is higher (2019: lower) than the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (2019: 19%). The differences are explained below:

 

 

Unaudited

year ended
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

year ended
31 December
2019
£000

Profit before tax

33,324

30,303

 

 

 

Profit before tax multiplied by rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (2019: 19%)

(6,332)

(5,758)

 

 

 

Effects of:

 

 

Adjustments in respect of prior periods- deferred taxation

136

849

Adjustments in respect of prior periods- current taxation

838

549

Non-taxable income

-

6

Expenses not deducted for tax purposes

(109)

(526)

Revaluation losses

(2,848)

(4,287)

Share of profit of joint ventures

1,644

1,605

Land remediation relief

-

341

Difference between current tax rate and rate of deferred tax

(914)

456

Losses not previously recognised

-

1,921

Share options

57

21

Total tax charge

(7,528)

(4,823)

 

The revaluation losses in the tax reconciliation of £2.9m (2019: £4.3m) relate to movements in inherent chargeable gains and losses of investment property.

 

In 2019, the tax losses not previously recognised of £1.9m, were recognised during the year, as a result of increased certainty regarding their availability to the Group.

 

The submission of the prior year tax computations and returns to reflect the land remediation relief and capital allowances claims following a review, as well as revised utilisation of losses, resulted in an adjustment in respect of prior years of a £0.8m current tax credit (2019: £0.5m) and a deferred tax credit of £0.1m (2019: £0.8m) compared to the original tax provision prepared for inclusion within the prior year financial statements.

 

At 31 December 2020, the Group had a current tax liability of £0.2m (2019: £2.7m).

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

5.  Tax (continued)

 

Deferred tax

 

The following is the analysis of deferred tax assets/(liabilities) presented in the consolidated balance sheet:

 

 

Unaudited

year ended
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

year ended
31 December
2019
£000

Deferred tax liabilities

(23,159)

(15,637)

Deferred tax assets

7,392

7,872

 

(15,767)

(7,765)

 

The movement on the deferred tax account is as follows:

 

 

 

Investment

properties

£000

 

 

Tax losses

£000

Other temporary differences £000

 

 

Total

£000

At 1 January 2019

(11,791)

5,957

870

(4,964)

Recognised in the consolidated income statement

(3,846)

231

589

(3,026)

Recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income

-

-

149

149

Recognised in the consolidated statement of equity

-

-

76

76

At 31 December 2019 and 1 January 2020

(15,637)

6,188

1,684

(7,765)

Recognised in the consolidated income statement

(7,522)

(414)

19

(7,917)

Recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income

-

-

115

115

Recognised in the consolidated statement of equity

-

-

(200)

(200)

At 31 December 2020

(23,159)

5,774

1,618

(15,767)

 

There is deferred tax on UK corporation tax losses carried forward of £5.8m (2019: £6.2m); these may be carried forward indefinitely as there is no time limit in respect of using these deferred tax assets.

 

Deferred tax is calculated in full on temporary differences under the liability method using a tax rate of 19% (2019: 17%).

 

Finance Act 2016 had previously enacted provisions to reduce the main rate of UK corporation tax to 17% from 1 April 2020 and accordingly the deferred tax at 31 December 2019 had been calculated at this rate. However, in the March 2020 Budget it was announced that the reduction will not occur and the Corporation Tax Rate will be held at 19%. The Provisional Collection of Taxes Act was used to substantively enact the revised 19% tax rate on 17 March 2020 and accordingly the deferred tax balances have been re-calculated to 19% at the year end.

  

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

5.  Tax (continued)

 

The March 2021 Budget announced a further increase to the main rate of corporation tax to 25% from April 2023. This rate was announced post year-end and therefore was not substantively enacted at the balance sheet date, as a result deferred tax balances as at 31 December 2020 continue to be measured at 19%. If all of the deferred tax was to reverse at the amended 25% rate the impact on the closing deferred tax position would be to increase the deferred tax liability by £5.0m.

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset when there is a legally enforced right to offset current tax assets against current tax liabilities and when the deferred taxes relate to the same fiscal authority.

 

Deferred tax assets of £5.6m at 31 December 2020 have not been recognised owing to the uncertainty as to their recoverability. Deferred tax assets of £3.7m were not recognised at 31 December 2019.
 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

6.  Dividends

 

Unaudited

year ended
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

year ended
31 December
2019
£000

Interim dividend of 0.334p per share for the six months ended 30 June 2020

1,077

-

Full year dividend of 0.633p per share for the year ended 31 December 2018

-

2,035

Interim dividend of 0.304p per share for the six months ended 30 June 2019

-

977

 

1,077

3,012

 

The Board remained committed throughout 2020 to considering, at the time of the final 2020 dividend, an increased payment for 2020 to reflect the cancellation of the 2019 full-year dividend following the onset of COVID-19. Given the full-year 2020 performance, the Board has approved the recommendation of a 2020 final dividend of 1.466p. This comprises the cancelled 0.698p per share final 2019 dividend and a 0.768p per share final 2020 dividend. The 2020 final dividend excluding the cancelled final 2019 dividend and 2020 interim dividend together total of 1.102p per share, an underlying increase of 10%.

 

 

7.  Earnings per share

Earnings per share has been calculated by dividing the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of shares in issue and ranking for dividend during the year.  

 

 

Unaudited

year ended
31 December
2020

Audited

year ended
31 December
2019

Profit from continuing operations attributable to owners of the parent (£000)

25,796

25,480

Weighted average number of shares used for basic earnings per share calculation

322,104,415

321,502,838

Basic earnings per share(pence)

8.0

7.9

Weighted average number of shares used for diluted earnings per share calculation

323,840,504

322,943,178

Diluted earnings per share (pence) 

8.0

7.9

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

8. Investment properties

Investment property at 31 December 2020 and 31 December 2019 has been measured at fair value. The Group holds five categories of investment property being agricultural land, natural resources, business space, major developments and strategic land in the UK, which sit within the operating segments of Income Generation and Capital Growth.   

   

 

Income Generation

  Capital Growth

 

 

Agricultural

Land
£000

Natural

Resources
£000

Business

Space
£000

Major

Developments
£000

Strategic

Land
£000

Total

£000

At 1 January 2019 (audited)

 

11,742

45,479

142,169

9,889

45,130

254,409

Direct acquisitions

 

-

454

20,507

5,337

11,973

38,271

Subsequent expenditure

 

56

946

811

498

8,651

10,962

Disposals

 

-

(463)

(120)

-

(40)

(623)

(Decrease)/increase in fair value

 

(584)

3,306

3,430

(835)

524

5,841

Transfers between divisions

 

(514)

1,183

(6,000)

-

5,331

-

Re-categorisation as development properties

 

-

-

-

-

(1,052)

(1,052)

Net transfer (to)/from assets classified as held for sale

 

(2,581)

(10,718)

-

-

(669)

(13,968)

At 31 December 2019 (audited)

 

8,119

40,187

160,797

14,889

69,848

293,840

Direct acquisitions

 

-

1,825

38,168

27

18,300

58,320

Subsequent expenditure

 

46

157

864

2,446

5,796

9,309

Disposals

 

(9)

(1,012)

-

-

(6,552)

(7,573)

(Decrease)/increase in fair value

 

(339)

5,218

14,067

4,514

1,945

25,405

Transfers between divisions

 

400

(9,500)

4,150

2,850

2,100

-

Re-categorisation from development properties

 

-

-

1,025

2,824

-

3,849

Net transfer (to)/from assets classified as held for sale

 

(2,082)

(3,777)

(4,165)

-

(47)

(10,071)

At31December2020 (unaudited)

 

6,135

33,098

214,906

27,550

91,390

373,079

 

During the year £3.8m (2019: £nil) of development property was re-categorised as investment property to reflect a change in use.  During the year no investment property was re-categorised to development properties (2019: £1.1m). 

 

Investment property is transferred between divisions to reflect a change in the activity arising from the asset.

 

Valuation process 

The properties were valued in accordance with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Valuation - Professional Standards (the 'Red Book') by BNP Paribas Real Estate and Savills at 31 December 2020 and 31 December 2019. Both are independent firms acting in the capacity of external valuers with relevant experience of valuations of this nature.

 

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

8. Investment properties (continued)

 

The valuations are on the basis of Market Value as defined by the Red Book, which RICS considers meets the criteria for assessing Fair Value under International Financial Reporting Standards. The valuations are based on what is determined to be the highest and best use. When considering the highest and best use a valuer will consider, on a property by property basis, its actual and potential uses which are physically, legally and financially viable. Where the highest and best use differs from the existing use, the valuer will consider the cost and the likelihood of achieving and implementing this change in arriving at its valuation.

 

At each financial year end, management: 

· verifies all major inputs to the independent valuation report;

· assesses property valuation movements when compared to the prior year valuation report; and

· holds discussions with the independent valuer.

The Directors determine the applicable hierarchy that each investment property falls into by assessing the level of unobservable inputs used in the valuation technique. As a result of the specific nature of each investment property, valuation inputs are not based on directly observable market data and therefore all investment properties were determined to fall into Level 3.

 

The Group's policy is to recognise transfers into and out of fair value hierarchy levels as at the date of the event or change in circumstance that caused the transfer. There were no transfers between hierarchy levels in the year ended 31 December 2020 (2019: none).

 

Valuation techniques underlying management's estimation of fair value are as follows:

 

Agricultural land

Most of the agricultural land is valued using the market comparison basis, with an adjustment made for the length of the remaining term on any tenancy and the estimated cost to bring the land to its highest and best use. Where the asset is subject to a secure letting, this is valued on a yield basis, based upon sales of similar types of investment.

 

Natural resources

Natural resource sites in the portfolio are valued based on a discounted cash flow for the operating life of the asset with regard to the residual land value.

 

Business space

The business parks and individual business space properties are valued on the basis of market comparison with direct reference to observable market evidence including current rent and estimated rental value (ERV), yields and capital values and adjusted where required for the estimated cost to bring the property to its highest and best use. The evidence is adjusted to reflect the quality of the property assets, the quality of the covenant profile of the tenants and the reliability/ volatility of cash flows. The Group's portfolio has a spread of yields. New income acquisitions are generally acquired at high yields where value can be added. Properties that are built by Harworth new typically have lower yields. As assets are enhanced and improved, these are also valued at lower yields.

 

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

8. Investment properties (continued)

 

Major developments

Major development sites are generally valued using residual development appraisals, a form of discounted cash flow which estimates the current site value from future cash flows measured by current land and/or completed built development values, observable or estimated development costs, and observable or estimated development returns. Where possible development sites are valued by direct comparison to observable market evidence with appropriate adjustment for the quality and location of the property asset, although this is generally only a reliable method of measurement for the smaller development sites.

 

Strategic land

Strategic land is valued on the basis of discounted cash flows, with future cash flows measured by current land values adjusted to reflect the quality of the development opportunity, the potential development costs estimated by reference to observable development costs on comparable sites, and the likelihood of securing planning consent. The valuations are then benchmarked against observable land values reflecting the current existing use of the land, which is generally agricultural and, where available, observable strategic land values. The discounted cash flows across the different property categories utilise value per acre, which takes account of the future expectations of sales over time discounted back to a current value, and cost report totals, which take account of the cost, as at today's value, to complete remediation and provide the necessary site infrastructure to bring the site forward.

 

9.  Investment in joint ventures

 

Unaudited

as at
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

as at
31 December
2019
£000

At 1 January

33,072

25,830

Investment in joint ventures

289

2,592

Distributions from joint ventures

(8,930)

(3,799)

De-recognition on acquisition(1)

(7,770)

-

Share of profits of joint ventures

8,655

8,449

At 31 December

25,316

33,072

(1)  On 12 November 2020, the Group acquired the remaining interest of Ansty Development Vehicle LLP for £7.8m. The net assets and performance have been fully consolidated from the date of acquisition as set out in note 10.

 

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

10.  Group of assets acquisition

Summary of acquisition

On 12 November 2020, Harworth Group acquired the remaining 50% interest in Ansty Development Vehicle LLP ("ADV LLP") for total consideration of £7.8m. The Group had previously acquired a 50% interest in ADV LLP on 28 October 2019, when the Group entered into a joint venture agreement with Hallam Land Management Limited to establish ADV LLP.  As at 31 December 2019 and 30 June 2020, the Group's interest in ADV LLP was recognised as an investment in joint venture asset following the equity method of accounting under IAS 28.

 

The acquisition was not treated as an acquisition of a business as ADV LLP held only assets and liabilities and there were no activities or operational processes acquired as part of the acquisition of ADV LLP.  Accordingly, no goodwill or deferred taxation arises.  The identifiable assets and liabilities acquired were recorded at acquisition cost which were equal to their fair values on the acquisition date.

 

 

 

£000

Investment properties

 

15,861

Current assets

 

407

Current liabilities

 

(604)

Net Assets acquired

 

15,664

 

The fair value of investment property was determined in line with the Group's policy and processes for the valuation of investment property.

 

As an acquisition of assets achieved in stages, the total consideration includes the derecognition of the Group's previous interest in ADV LLP.

 

 

 

£000

Carrying value of previously held interest in ADV LLP at acquisition date

 

7,770

Initial cash consideration and fees

 

4,092

Deferred Consideration

 

3,802

Total consideration of acquisition achieved in stages

 

15,664

Fees of £46,000 were incurred as part of the acquisition. Due to minimal activity within Ansty Development Vehicle LLP during the period from acquisition on 12 November 2020 to 31 December 2020, the impact on the Group's consolidated results was negligible.

 

There were no group of asset acquisitions in the year ending 31 December 2019.

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

10.  Group of assets acquisition (continued)

 

Acquisition related cash outflows

 

 

 

Unaudited

Year ended
31 December
2020
£000

Cash consideration paid

 

4,046

Cash outflow - acquisition related costs

 

46

Cash outflow of acquisitions

 

4,092

 

11.  Inventories

 

Unaudited

as at
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

as at
31 December
2019
£000

Development properties

177,712

202,092

Planning promotion agreements

2,961

2,051

Option agreements

1,344

1,074

Finished goods

649

683

 

182,666

205,900

 

The movement in the development properties was as follows:

 

 

Unaudited

as at
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

as at
31 December
2019
£000

At 1 January

202,092

204,157

Acquisitions

-

3,158

Subsequent expenditure

27,860

23,235

Disposals

(37,950)

(30,165)

Movement in net realisable value provision

(10,441)

655

Re-categorisation (to)/from investment properties

(3,849)

1,052

At 31 December

177,712

202,092

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

11.  Inventories (continued)

 

The movement in the net realisable value provision on development properties was as follows:

 

 

Unaudited

as at
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

as at
31 December
2019
£000

At 1 January

 

 

 

 

6,899

7,554

Net realisable value provision for the year

16,208

3,574

Released on disposals

(1,359)

(1,168)

Reversal of previous net realisable value provision

(4,408)

(3,061)

At 31 December  

17,340

6,899

 

 

12.  Assets classified as held for sale

Assets classified as held for sale relate to investment properties expected to be sold within twelve months.

 

 

Unaudited

as at
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

as at
31 December
2019
£000

At 1 January

 

11,252

10,956

Net transfer from investment properties

 

10,071

13,968

Subsequent expenditure

 

24

341

Decrease in fair value

 

(295)

(229)

Disposals

 

(13,458)

(13,784)

At 31 December

 

7,594

11,252

 

 

13.  Borrowings and loans

 

Unaudited

as at
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

as at
31 December
2019
£000

Current:

 

 

 Secured - infrastructure loans

-

(2,842)

 

-

(2,842)

Non-current:

 

 

 Secured - bank loans

(79,740)

(75,785)

 Secured - infrastructure loans

(4,142)

(4,117)

 

(83,882)

(79,902)

Total borrowings

(83,882)

(82,744)

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

13.  Borrowings and loans (continued)

 

Loans are stated after deduction of unamortised fees of £0.4m (2019: £0.3m). 

 

Unaudited

as at
31 December
2020
£000

Audited

as at
31 December
2019
£000

Infrastructure loans

 

 

 

SheffieldCityRegionJESSICAFund

AdvancedManufacturingPark,Waverley

-

(2,842)

HomesandCommunitiesAgency

SimpsonPark

(4,142)

(4,117)

Total infrastructure loans

 

(4,142)

(6,959)

Bank loan

(79,740)

(75,785)

Total borrowings

(83,882)

(82,744)

 

 

The bank borrowings are part of a £130m (FY 2019: £100m) revolving credit facility ("RCF") provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander. The RCF is repayable on 13 February 2023 (five year term) on a non-amortising basis and is subject to financial and other covenants. In May 2020, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander agreed to increase the limit of the RCF by £30m to £130m. The RCF limit decreases to £100m in June 2022. The bank borrowings are secured by fixed equitable charges over development and investment properties. Proceeds from and repayments of bank loans are reflected gross in the cashflow and reflect timing of utilisation of the RCF facility.

 

The infrastructure loans are provided by public bodies in order to promote the development of major sites. The loans are drawn as work on the respective sites is progressed and are repayable on agreed dates or when disposals are made from the sites. 

 

14.  Called up share capital

 

Issued and fully paid

 

 

Unaudited

yearended

31December

2020

£000

Audited

yearended

31December

2019

£000

At1 January

32,191

32,150

Sharesissued

62

At 31 December

32,253

The shares have a nominal value of 10 pence each.

 

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

14.  Called up share capital (continued)

 

Issued and fully paid - number of shares

 

 

Unaudited

year ended

31 December

2020

Audited

year ended

31 December

2019

At 1 January

321,909,382

321,496,760

Shares issued

621,425

412,622

At 31 December

322,530,807

321,909,382

Own shares held

(120,487)

(132,015)

At 31 December

322,410,320

321,777,367


The own shares represent the number and cost of shares purchased in the market and held by the Harworth Group plc Employee Benefit Trust to satisfy Long Term Incentive Plan awards for Executive Directors and Senior Executives and Share Investment Plan awards to employees. Also included in own shares are shares issued and held for employees under Save As You Earn (SAYE) and Share Incentive Plans (SIP).

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

15.  Related party transactions

 

The Group carried out the following transactions with related parties. The following entities are related parties as a consequence of shareholdings, joint venture arrangements and partners of such and/or common Directorships. All related party transactions are clearly justified and beneficial to the Group, are undertaken on an arm's-length basis on fully commercial terms and in the normal course of business.

 

 

Unaudited

year ended

31 December

2020

£000

Audited

year ended

31 December

2019

£000

PEEL GROUP

 

 

Revenue

 

 

Profit on sale from overages

987

-

Cost of sales/administrative expenses

 

 

Recharges in respect of fees for Steven Underwood, a non-executive director

-

(45)

 

 

 

MULTIPLY LOGISTICS NORTH HOLDINGS LIMITED

 

 

& MULTIPLY LOGISTICS NORTH LP

 

 

Revenue

 

 

Sale of land

-

2,175

Recharges of costs

-

2

Asset management fee

107

121

Water charges

100

92

Purchases

 

 

Diversion of surface water drain

97

-

Receivables

 

 

Trade receivables

153

10

Other receivables

285

-

Partner loan made during the year

-

407

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

15.  Related party transactions (continued)

 

 

Unaudited

year ended

31 December

2020

£000

Audited

year ended

31 December

2019

£000

BANKS GROUP

 

 

Revenue

 

 

Annual option sums

5

15

Provision of certificate regarding title

 

1

-

Acquisition of land

 

 

Acquisition of land at Cinderhill

-

2,412

Payables

 

 

Trade payables

(5)

-

Deferred payment in respect of the acquisition of land at Moss Nook

(1,000)

(1,200)

 

 

 

POLYPIPE

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

Rent

5

-

 

 

 

WAVERLEY SQUARE LIMITED

 

 

Shareholder loan made during the year

169

25

 

 

 

THE AIRE VALLEY LAND LLP

 

 

Partner loan made during the year

-

250

Partner loan repayment

(7,951)

(3,000)

Profit share received during the year

(979)

-

Receivable

2

-

 

 

 

BATES REGENERATION LIMITED

 

 

Shareholder loan repayment

-

(799)

 

 

 

ANSTY DEVELOPMENT VEHICLE LLP

 

 

Partner loan made during the year

-

1,496

 

 

 

CRIMEA LAND MANSFIELD LLP

 

 

Partner loan made during the year

-

495

Receivable

2

-

Notes to the financial information

for the year ended 31 December 2020

 

15.  Related party transactions (continued)

 

 

 

Unaudited

year ended

31 December

2020

£000

Audited

year ended

31 December

2019

£000

NORTHERN GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT VEHICLE LLP

 

 

Partner loan made during the year

-

22

Receivable

528

-

 

 

 

HALLAM LAND MANAGEMENT LIMITED

 

 

Purchases

 

 

Purchase of share of interest of Ansty Development Vehicle LLP

7,848

-

Payables

 

 

Deferred payment in respect of the acquisition of Ansty Development Vehicle LLP

(3,803)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1]Note, in some cases there has been a movement in risk but it was not material enough to change the risk categorisation.

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