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Monday 24 August, 2020

Boot(Henry) PLC

2020 Half-year Report

RNS Number : 8849W
Boot(Henry) PLC
24 August 2020
 

24 August 2020

 

HENRY BOOT PLC

('Henry Boot', 'the Company' or 'the Group')

 

UNAUDITED INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

 

Henry Boot PLC, a company engaged in land promotion, property investment and development, and construction, announces its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2020. Ticker: BOOT.L: Main market premium listing: FTSE: Real Estate Investment and Services.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

· Revenue of £108.7m (30 June 2019: £189.0m) as all operations were impacted by CV-19 and H1 2019 benefited from the final stage of the TECA project, Aberdeen.

· Profit before tax of £7.2m (30 June 2019: £24.1m) - slightly ahead of our revised expectations and supported by our land promotion business

· Earnings per share lower at 4.1p (30 June 2019: 14.2p)

· Strong net cash position increased to £42.3m (30 June 2019: net debt £50.3m)

· Declared interim dividend of 2.2p (30 June 2019: 3.7p), which reflects our current financial position and confidence in our long-term markets

· Net asset value per share robust at 232p (30 June 2019: 233p)

· Land promotion business sold 2,000 plots across 9 sites and increased land portfolio to 15,456 acres

· Developments completed on £42m (GDV) of industrial all pre-sold or let. Further committed development of £296m - 95% pre-sold or let. Strong £1.4bn pipeline with 74% in industrial and logistics, remainder in urban development

· Stonebridge Homes completed on 24 sales in H1, a further 61 forward sales have been secured and on track to hit FY targets

· Construction steadily recovering and operating at nearly 90%, and Plant Hire at 82%, of planned activity

Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Officer Tim Roberts said:

 

"The first half of the year has proved to be very challenging for all of us, but with an agile recovery plan and a robust balance sheet Henry Boot remains in a strong position. Right from the beginning of this pandemic we have focused on our stakeholders' wellbeing and protecting the liquidity of the Group so we can come through this in the best possible way.

 

While CV-19 has affected our interim results and led us to make difficult decisions to reshape and protect the business, we have seen clear improvements in our operations. As this momentum builds, we have been quick to secure selective long-term opportunities and make progress in our key markets - residential, industrial and urban development. We are prepared for uncertain times ahead but where we see good opportunities to invest, without taking undue risk, we will continue to take them.

 

I would like to thank all of the Group's employees for their dedicated hard work during this unprecedented period, whose efforts have helped keep the business viable and produced a robust set of results, which are creditable given the circumstances we are in." 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Henry Boot PLC

Tim Roberts, Chief Executive Officer

Darren Littlewood, Group Finance Director

Daniel Boot, Group Communications Coordinator

Tel: 0114 255 5444

www.henryboot.co.uk

 

Numis Securities Limited

Joint Corporate Broker

Garry Levin/George Fry

Tel: 020 7260 1000

 

Peel Hunt LLP

Joint Corporate Broker

Charles Batten/Harry Nicholas

Tel: 020 7418 8900

 

Hudson Sandler LLP

Financial PR

Nick Lyon/Wendy Baker

Tel: 020 7796 4133

 

About Henry Boot PLC

 

Henry Boot PLC (BOOT.L) was established over 130 years ago and is one of the UK's leading and longest standing land promotion, property investment and development, and construction groups of companies. Based in Sheffield, the Group comprises the following three segments:

 

Land Promotion:

Hallam Land Management Limited

 

Property Investment & Development:

Henry Boot Developments Limited (HBD) , Stonebridge Homes Limited

 

Construction:

Henry Boot Construction Limited , Banner Plant Limited , Road Link (A69) Limited

 

The Group possesses a high-quality strategic land portfolio, an enviable reputation in the property development market backed by a substantial investment property portfolio and an expanding, jointly owned, housebuilding business. It has a construction specialism in both the public and private sectors, a plant hire business, and generates strong cash flows from its PFI contract, Road Link (A69) Limited.

 

www.henryboot.co.uk

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

I am pleased to announce that all the Group's operations remain active and have continued to stabilise following what has been a challenging first half to 2020. COVID-19 (CV-19) has affected our financial performance; nevertheless, we are slightly ahead of our revised expectations for the year and continue to focus on protecting the safety of all our stakeholders and preserving the Group's strong financial position.

The Group started the year positively and was building upon the progress made in 2019 until the UK lockdown forced a temporary pause on all our sites and depots, which in turn, reduced activity across the business. The temporary pause allowed us to adopt necessary protocols that each of our operations required. This ensured employees, supply chains and customers remained safe when interacting with our operations. We have continued to secure long-term opportunities in the markets in which we operate, which have remained resilient against the backdrop of CV-19. In this respect we have increased our strategic land holdings by 558 acres and successfully tendered for a £40m build to rent apartment scheme in Sheffield City Centre. In H2 2020 we have also acquired a site in Manchester for a total price based on phased payments of £10m. We have optionality on either refurbishing the building or promoting a 170,000 sq ft redevelopment. While we consider these options, we will be collecting income from the building.

Following the Board resetting the Group's financial expectations for 2020, we are slightly ahead of current internal forecasts despite the CV-19 impact. We have achieved a profit of £7.2m (June 2019: £24.1m) in the first half of the year, primarily supported by our land promotion business which completed on nine sites in H1. We continue to closely manage our financial position, maintaining a robust balance sheet, with our NAV per share resilient at 232p and as of 30 June 2020 our net cash position stood at £42.3m.

We currently have a minority of employees still on furlough but as activity levels increase, this number is reducing and, by the end of August, we aim to withdraw from the scheme. Although activity levels within our operations are increasing, we are not confident that levels will equal those seen pre-CV-19, for some time. On that basis we have made the difficult decision to undertake restructuring plans, which will result in redundancies in the construction division.

After a successful trial period, we reopened two offices in June and now have a phased reopening plan for most of our regional network. We will continue with this phased approach for offices, to ensure we are returning people in the safe manner that our sites and depots undertook. As we shape our Group for the future and remain agile during this pandemic we are taking an interest in technological developments, which can further advance our services to clients and adopting new working practices that have proved to be effective for our employees. Finally, despite the challenges faced in the current climate, we remain focused on acting as a responsible business. We have maintained contact with all the communities we operate in and have donated to the National Emergencies Trust, who's appeal is supporting people in need of aid during this pandemic.

Dividend

While we recognise the importance of protecting our financial position in these uncertain economic times, we are also keen to take the interest of our shareholders into consideration. Having rebased the full year dividend for 2019 at 5.0p we will be paying a 2.2p (2019: 3.7p) interim dividend. This reflects the Group's current financial performance being slightly ahead of our revised expectations and our confidence in the longer-term outlook for the business. This will be paid on 16 October 2020 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 18 September 2020.

Business Review

Land Promotion

Despite the pandemic, Hallam Land Management made a solid start to 2020, with 2,000 plots sold across nine sites. At the end of June 2020, we had unconditionally exchanged contracts for the sale of a further 525 plots, which are due to complete either later in the year or early in 2021.

At the half year, Hallam Land held interests in 190 sites equating to 15,456 acres (December 2019: 14,898 acres ), of which 1,683 acres are owned, 2,583 under option and 11,190 are under planning promotion agreements. As in previous periods of uncertainty, we have made good progress, facilitated by the Group's robust balance sheet and we continue to source a selective number of new opportunities in strong market locations.

Significant steps forward have been achieved over the period in relation to our major Didcot project (2,182 plots) where Oxfordshire County Council has now secured the required Homes and Infrastructure Funding (HIF) deal with Homes England. Detailed planning consent has also been granted at Eastern Green in Coventry and £15.6m of funding has been secured for a grade separated junction onto the A45, which is the principal access for this 2,200 plot, and 900,000 sq ft commercial site. Works are expected to commence during 2021.

At 30 June 2020, we held planning consents/resolution to permit consent for 12,939 plots on 31 sites, with a further 10,511 plots subject to planning applications on 23 sites. Our accounting policy is to hold these strategic land purchases as inventory, at the lower of cost or net realisable value, and therefore the assets do not benefit from judgemental valuation gains. The inventory value at 30 June 2020 was £108.2m (December 2019: £101.7m).

Our housebuilder customers are at differing stages in returning to the land market. Nonetheless, we are receiving bids for land at prices not noticeably impacted by CV-19, although we do not expect these deals to contribute to this year's numbers. However, pressure on land pricing and average returns per plot has continued, with the forthcoming changes to building regulations likely to have a growing impact in the medium term. 

As we enter H2 Hallam Land is in a strong position, with all its budgeted business for the current year contractually exchanged. Additionally, we are in advanced negotiations on further disposals of plots, which we expect to complete next year.

Property Investment and Development

Henry Boot Developments (HBD) has resumed work on all sites after a pause during lockdown and continues to make progress on all developments. HBD's performance has been affected during H1 by the slowdown in the commercial market and a fall in the valuation of the investment portfolio. Notwithstanding this, we have successfully completed three industrial and logistic sites, comprising 377,878 sq ft, with a combined GDV of £42m. The completed industrial space includes units at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, Sunderland (IAMP) for Faltec (124,441 sq ft) and CESAM building (131,622 sq ft), as well as at Airport Business Park, Southend (ABPS), where we were delighted to hand over a design and build unit for IPECO (121,815 sq ft). Capital values fell by 3.0% in our investment portfolio compared to an industry average of 6.9%.

We are now committed to eight schemes with a GDV of £296m over 568,826 sq ft, of which 95% is either pre-sold, pre-let or under offer. Our largest development project, Kampus in Manchester, continues to take shape. The scheme, which comprises 533 build to rent apartments, together with 44,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, should now complete in mid-2021 after a delay due to the pause in works caused by CV-19. Also, following the implementation of infrastructure works at Wyvern Park, Skipton, we are aiming to complete on the sale of the majority of the land before the end of the year.

In industrial and logistic development, we were pleased to see works commence on site at Butterfields Business Park, Luton (BBP). On this site we are developing a 73,528 sq ft unit pre-let to Eden Farm, which we also intend to hold in our investment portfolio, and at Markham Vale, where we are developing two units totalling 297,018 sq ft, which we have pre-sold to Aver. We also expect practical completion on a new 18,750 sq ft Aldi store in Huyton during H2, which again we intend to hold as an investment.

Committed Schemes






Scheme

GDV

(£m)

Share of

GDV

(£m)

Commercial

(sq ft)

Residential

(units)

Status







Industrial






Enfield, Montagu 406

16

8

55,530

-

A speculative 50/50 joint venture development, with Enfield Borough council

Pool MKM Building Supplies

4

4

15,000

-

Pre-let

Luton, Eden Farm

10

10

73,528

-

Pre-let

Markham Vale, Aver

23

23

297,018

-

Sold under forward funding contract

Wakefield, Kitwave

7

4

65,000

-

Conditional contract to forward fund


60

49

506,076

-


Residential






Manchester, Kampus

216

11

44,000

533

Sold under forward funding contract

Wyvern Park, Skipton

14

14

-

184

Sold under conditional contract


230

25

44,000

717








Retail

Huyton, Aldi

6

3

18,750

_

Pre-let







Total for year

296

77

568,826

717


 

We have committed to building on a speculative basis a 55,000 sq ft scheme in the London Borough of Enfield in a JV with the local Council, as we expect encouraging demand in this growing market. Progress is also being made on site in connection with various demolition and infrastructure contracts at Taunton, ABPS, BBP, IAMP and New Horizon, Nottingham, all of which are key industrial and logistics development opportunities within our existing development pipeline. We believe there will be high customer demand for new space at strategic logistics sites for the medium term and by investing in these sites now, we shall be ready to respond quickly to customer requirements in the future.

Post H1, we announced that a further £105m was added to our development pipeline, which now has a potential GDV of c.£1.4bn following the acquisition of the St John's College building in Manchester. We will gain vacant possession of the building in late 2022, following which we will look to either refurbish the existing building or redevelop the site which could deliver up to 170,000 sq ft. While we consider our options we will receive income. This is a site we have monitored for some time, and due to the CV-19 uncertainty, negotiated a total price of c.£10m in phased payments. Also, significant progress has been made on a number of the industrial and logistics sites which currently make up approximately 74% of the development pipeline. We have secured planning consent for a speculative scheme at Preston East, with planning applications for a further speculative scheme at BBP as well as a similar scheme at ABPS due for submission in late 2020. These schemes have a total of 219,000 sq ft. Planning was also secured at Cloverhill, Aberdeen for over 500 residential units and applications will be submitted at Cornwall House, Birmingham (100 residential units) and Island Site, Manchester (c.100,000 sq ft office) in the second half of 2020. 

Following our successful rationalisation of the investment portfolio in 2019, where we completed on the sale of c.£64m of predominately retail assets, we have started the process of rebuilding our portfolio. Additional assets at Huyton, Aldi, and Luton, Eden Farm are set to be added to the portfolio in H2 once completed, with potential to add c.£15m. We hope to be able to identify further ways of growing our investment portfolio over the next 18 months. Unsurprisingly, CV-19 has negatively affected our half-year valuations as well as rent collection. However, we have had, and continue to have, positive conversations with our customers to find a mutually acceptable way through the crisis. We forecast that by the end of the current quarter, we will have received 80% of rent due on the March and June quarter days, which ranks above the property industry average. In addition, our values have fallen by £2.1m (3.0%), which again has outperformed the wider property market.

Our jointly owned housebuilder, Stonebridge Homes, continues to see encouraging activity levels within the housing market after the disruption caused by CV-19. Budgeted sales for 2020 stand at 112 which, as expected, is lower than 2019 due to delays in planning on our land bank. We achieved 24 completions in the first half of the year and a further 61 forward sales have been secured, which will contribute towards the full year target. 11 sales and 20 reservations have been secured during lockdown, achieved by adapting our sales process through the use of virtual technology. This process allows us to keep marketing our homes in the event the Government reintroduces some form of lockdown.

The housing market is showing resilience since activity resumed, and if this continues, we are firmly on track to achieve our full year target. The long-term focus remains on growing output to 500 units per annum and expanding our operations to create a multi-regional premium housebuilder. In this respect, during H1 we are pleased to have secured our first site in the North East region.

Construction

Henry Boot Construction started the year with a healthy order book. We were on track to deliver targeted activity in 2020 prior to pausing on sites to ensure we were meeting the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedures. After the initial pause, we commenced a phased reopening plan and are now active on all sites. Subsequently, productivity has continued to increase across all our sites and now stands at nearly 90% of pre-CV-19 planned activity levels. In particular, Glass Works phase II, our £88m flagship town centre regeneration project for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, is progressing in line with our expectations for completion in early 2021. However, the recently acquired affordable housing business, Starfish Commercial Limited, has been materially impacted by the pandemic and is not performing in line with our expectations.

We have seen a reasonable level of construction opportunities in the first half of the year and we are pleased to have recently signed the contract to deliver a £40m built to rent apartment scheme in the centre of Sheffield. We expect to start on site in spring 2021. Nevertheless, due to the impact of CV-19 we are anticipating a reduction in private sector opportunities later in the year, which may lead to a risk of tightening margins and we do not expect activity to achieve pre-pandemic levels in the short term. This, together with the need to ensure the business is fit for the future has resulted, unfortunately, in restructuring plans being implemented within the construction division.

Education remains an important market where we are building schools under both the Department for Education framework and the Leeds local education framework. We are also delivering schemes in the higher education sector for the Universities of Sheffield and Leicester. We continue to deliver health schemes through the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust framework and have also recently converted university buildings for NHS use in the fight against CV-19. Works are also progressing on the £12m scheme for Opera North in Leeds city centre that is due for completion next year.

We are delivering schemes through the Ministry of Justice Strategic Alliance Agreement for new build and refurbishment schemes for HM Prison Service, HM Court and Tribunals Service, National Probation Service, Home Office and Forensic Science Service in the north of England. Notably, we completed two court buildings earlier in the year, and are currently working on two other schemes and have recently been awarded two further contracts that will start on site later this summer.

Despite CV-19 materially impacting Henry Boot Construction, we are well placed to weather this uncertainty through our substantial public sector client base and our presence on several public sector national and regional frameworks, where we expect spend on construction projects will be maintained in the short term to pump prime the general economy. As always, we adopt a risk-based approach and remain selective in the opportunities we pursue focusing, where possible, on proactively sourcing higher margin business and developing repeat business.

Banner Plant has had a challenging period during this first half, but after a steady increase in work, sales are now at 82% of those achieved in June 2019. Before CV-19, trading started positively and was ahead of 2019 performance. While we will continue to face difficulties, the diversity of our plant hire products leaves us well placed to benefit from a recovery. Road Link (A69) performance has been marginally affected by reduced traffic volumes during the lockdown and we remain alert to the challenges we may face as the year progresses.

Financial review

Income statement

Revenue for the period reduced to £108.7m (30 June 2019: £189.0m). The prior year benefited from property development activity relating to the £333m TECA contract which completed in that year but more broadly all our operations were impacted by the unprecedented CV-19 pandemic and the resultant reduction in activity.

Gross profit was 42.7% lower at £23.1m (30 June 2019: £40.4m) as strong land promotion sales in Q1 were offset by the difficult trading environment in Q2 which impacted all our activities.

Administrative expenses decreased by £0.3m (30 June 2019: increased £1.6m), as we restricted discretionary spend, furloughed a minority of employees, provided for reduced bonuses and decreased main Board salary and fees by 20% from 1 April. These actions were offset by goodwill impairment of £1.8m relating to Starfish Commercial Limited, a company focused on the provision of affordable housing, acquired in December 2019.

Fair value of investment properties decreased by £2.1m (30 June 2019: increase £0.4m) and profit on sale of investment properties of nil (30 June 2019: losses £0.1m) resulted in profit from operations of £5.3m (30 June 2019: £24.7m).

Net financing costs were £0.2m (30 June 2019: £0.7m) reflecting both low interest rates and the overall cash positive position of the Group.

The Group's share of profit of joint ventures and associates of £2.1m (30 June 2019: £0.2m) reflects the increasing amount of property development activities undertaken in partnership and, in particular, the increase in value of investment property and the disposal of land for residential development by our joint ventures and associates.

The resultant profit before tax was £7.2m (30 June 2019: £24.1m) which, in the circumstances, was a creditable result with earnings per share of 4.1p (30 June 2019: 14.2p).

Statement of financial position

Total non-current assets were £134.8m (31 December 2019: £133.3m). Significant movements arose as follows:

- Intangible assets reduced by £1.9m, largely arising from the impairment of goodwill relating to the acquisition of Starfish Commercial Limited in December 2019 driven by a significant reduction in affordable housing construction opportunities arising from the impact of CV-19;

-  a reduction of investment in property, plant and equipment and movements in right of use assets, which together largely relate to our plant hire fleet, of £1.7m (30 June 2019: increase £2.5m) resulting from our decision to restrict capital expenditure in the current year;

- a £0.2m increase (30 June 2019: decrease £41.9m) in the value of investment properties, being a revaluation deficit of £2.1m (30 June 2019: gain £0.4m) offset by investment in investment properties under construction of £2.3m (30 June 2019: £2.2m);

- an increase in trade and other receivables of £2.0m to £19.2m (31 December 2019: £17.2m) relating to deferred land sale debtors due beyond 12 months from disposals in the current period offset by those from prior years becoming due within 12 months and therefore moving to current assets; and

- an increase in deferred tax assets of £3.0m (30 June 2019: £0.3m) arising from the increase in retirement benefit obligations relating to the Group's defined benefit pension scheme.

Current assets were £4.1m lower at £317.8m (31 December 2019: £321.9m) resulting from:

- an uplift in inventories to £173.8m (31 December 2019: £169.7m) mainly resulting from the acquisition of c.100 acres of owned strategic land;

- a decrease in contract assets to £10.9m (31 December 2019: £19.1m) as we concluded existing property developments and paused on commencing new work;

- lower trade and other receivables of £74.2m (31 December 2019: £90.8m) as we collected a number of short-term deferred land sale debtors; and

- cash and cash equivalents which were £16.6m higher at £58.9m (31 December 2019: £42.3m).

Total liabilities rose to £143.3m (31 December 2019: £136.8m) with the most significant changes arising from:

- trade and other payables, including contract liabilities, decreased following current reductions in productivity due to CV-19 to £82.7m (31 December 2019: £86.8m);

- borrowings, including lease liabilities, increased to £16.5m (31 December 2019: £15.3m). Reductions in lease liabilities following restricted capital expenditure were offset by increased borrowings by Stonebridge homes to fund ongoing work in progress and land bank investment; and

- the reduction of the liabilities discount rate applied to the defined benefit pension scheme valuation under IAS 19 to 1.5% (31 December 2019: 2.0%) resulting in an increased deficit of £36.2m (31 December 2019: £23.0m).

Retained earnings, offset by the increased pension deficit, saw net assets decrease to £309.3m (31 December 2019: £318.5m) with the net asset value per share decreasing by 2.9% to 232p (31 December 2019: 239p).

Cash flows

Operating cash inflows before movements in working capital were £9.8m (30 June 2019: £24.5m).

Working capital investment continued with increased inventories while the impact of CV-19 saw a decrease in payables, contract assets and receivables following reduced productivity, resulting in working capital inflows of £12.2m (30 June 2019: £38.2m) which, in turn, meant that operations generated funds of £22.0m (30 June 2019: utilised £13.7m). After interest paid of £0.4m (30 June 2019: £0.6m) and tax paid of £4.4m (30 June 2019: £3.9m) net cash inflows from operating activities were £17.2m (30 June 2019: £18.2m outflow).

Including net property investment of £0.1m (30 June 2019: £1.3m), net cash outflows from investing activities were £0.6m (30 June 2019: £1.7m).

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests reduced by 29% to £1.2m (30 June 2019: £1.7m) while the final dividend for 2019 was not paid until July 2020 following disruption caused by CV-19 and therefore not included in this cash flow.

At 30 June 2020, net cash increased to £42.3m (30 June 2019: net debt of £50.3m). It is likely that anticipated investment in inventories and investment properties during the second half of 2020 will reduce our net cash position by the year end, although we still expect the Group to have little or no debt approaching the end of the year.

Outlook

We are encouraged that our H1 performance shows a slight improvement on our revised forecasts. As a result, the Group will reinstate financial guidance for FY20.

Our strategic focus will evolve as clarity emerges on the impact of CV-19. However, with growing momentum in our operations, we now look ahead to securing further opportunities within the Group's three key long-term markets: residential, industrial and logistics, and urban development.

While cash management will be a priority, we now feel that the Group can continue to look to reinvest in the development pipeline and seek to grow the business. These remain unprecedented times, and we will remain committed to the welfare of our people as we serve all our stakeholders. We do not underestimate the trading challenges we will face in the short term, but Henry Boot remains in a strong position to deliver for the long term.

Lastly, the Board would like to take this opportunity to thank all our employees for their determination through these difficult circumstances. I am immensely proud of their response to CV-19, which has kept the Group in a strong position for the future. 

Jamie Boot

Chairman

24 August 2020

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)

for the half year ended 30 June 2020

 


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

108,714

188,984

379,693

Cost of sales

(85,580)

(148,603)

(298,711)

Gross profit

23,134

40,381

80,982

Administrative expenses

(15,678)

(15,952)

(34,156)


7,456

24,429

46,826

(Decrease)/increase in fair value of investment properties

(2,131)

350

2,370

Profit/(loss) on sale of investment properties

8

(76)

(238)

Loss on sale of assets held for sale

-

-

(56)

Operating profit

5,333

24,703

48,902

Finance income

351

297

494

Finance costs

(559)

(1,005)

(1,740)

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

2,057

152

1,448

Profit before tax

7,182

24,147

49,104

Tax

(1,341)

(4,393)

(9,649)

Profit for the period from continuing operations

5,841

19,754

39,455

Other comprehensive expense not being reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:


Revaluation of Group occupied property

(525)

(4)

(404)

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension scheme

(15,243)

(2,259)

(7,937)

Deferred tax on actuarial loss

3,189

384

1,350

Total other comprehensive expense not being reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods

(12,579)

(1,879)

(6,991)

Total comprehensive income for the period

(6,738)

17,875

32,464

Profit for the period attributable to:




Owners of the Parent Company

5,470

18,879

37,596

Non-controlling interests

371

875

1,859


5,841

19,754

39,455

Total comprehensive income attributable to:




Owners of the Parent Company

(7,109)

17,000

30,605

Non-controlling interests

371

875

1,859


(6,738)

17,875

32,464

Basic earnings per ordinary share for the profit attributable
to owners of the Parent Company during the period

4.1p

14.2p

28.3p

Diluted earnings per ordinary share for the profit attributable
to owners of the Parent Company during the period

4.1p

14.1p

28.1p


 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)

as at 30 June 2020

 


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets




Non-current assets




Intangible assets

4,957

4,861

6,823

Property, plant and equipment

21,626

22,035

22,015

Right of use assets

4,804

6,638

6,085

Investment properties

70,205

79,103

70,002

Investment in joint ventures and associates

6,491

6,764

6,634

Trade and other receivables

19,200

8,597

17,238

Deferred tax assets

7,497

3,739

4,538


134,780

131,737

133,335

Current assets




Inventories

173,834

170,248

169,749

Contract assets

10,915

50,652

19,085

Trade and other receivables

74,230

71,397

90,777

Cash and cash equivalents

58,866

8,039

42,303


317,845

300,336

321,914

Assets classified as held for sale

-

43,539

-


317,845

343,875

321,914

Liabilities




Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

67,442

71,821

70,763

Contract liabilities

9,058

3,082

9,876

Current tax liabilities

1,425

4,308

4,680

Borrowings

3,035

52,171

9,981

Lease liabilities

1,519

2,170

2,052

Provisions

5,018

5,115

5,315


87,497

138,667

102,667

Net current assets

230,348

205,208

219,247

Non-current liabilities




Trade and other payables

6,166

2,172

6,148

Borrowings

10,083

428

717

Lease liabilities

1,896

3,528

2,585

Retirement benefit obligations

36,171

18,261

22,965

Provisions

1,463

1,792

1,681


55,779

26,181

34,096

Net assets

309,349

310,764

318,486

Equity




Share capital

13,718

13,716

13,717

Property revaluation reserve

2,468

3,393

2,993

Retained earnings

285,075

285,879

293,593

Other reserves

6,396

6,371

6,390

Cost of shares held by ESOP trust

(561)

(914)

(1,248)

Equity attributable to owners of the Parent Company

307,096

308,445

315,445

Non-controlling interests

2,253

2,319

3,041

Total equity

309,349

310,764

318,486

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

for the half year ended 30 June 2020

 


Attributable to owners of the Parent Company








Cost of






Property



shares held


Non-



Share

revaluation

Retained

Other

by ESOP


controlling

Total


capital

reserve

earnings

reserves

trust

Total

interests

equity


 '000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2019

13,715

3,397

276,999

6,347

(1,260)

299,198

3,114

302,312

Change in accounting policy

-

-

(194)

-

-

(194)

-

(194)

Restated at 1 January 2019

13,715

3,397

276,805

6,347

(1,260)

299,004

3,114

302,118

Profit for the period

-

-

18,879

-

-

18,879

875

19,754

Other comprehensive expense

-

(4)

(1,875)

-

-

(1,879)

-

(1,879)

Total comprehensive income

-

(4)

17,004

-

-

17,000

875

17,875

Equity dividends

-

-

(7,702)

-

-

(7,702)

(1,670)

(9,372)

Proceeds from shares issued

1

-

-

24

-

25

-

25

Purchase of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

(264)

(264)

-

(264)

Share-based payments

-

-

(228)

-

610

382

-

382


1

-

(7,930)

24

346

(7,559)

(1,670)

(9,229)

At 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

13,716

3,393

285,879

6,371

(914)

308,445

2,319

310,764



















At 1 January 2019

13,715

3,397

276,999

6,347

(1,260)

299,198

3,114

302,312

Change in accounting policy

-

-

(154)

-

-

(154)

-

(154)

Restated at 1 January 2019

13,715

3,397

276,845

6,347

(1,260)

299,044

3,114

302,158

Profit for the year

-

-

37,596

-

-

37,596

1,859

39,455

Other comprehensive income

-

(404)

(6,587)

-

-

(6,991)

-

(6,991)

Total comprehensive income

-

(404)

31,009

-

-

30,605

1,859

32,464

Equity dividends

-

-

(12,621)

-

-

(12,621)

(2,445)

(15,066)

Proceeds from shares issued

2

-

-

43

-

45

-

45

Purchase of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

(598)

(598)

-

(598)

Acquisition of subsidiary

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,343)

(1,343)

Purchase of minority interest

-

-

(1,856)

-

-

(1,856)

1,856

-

Share-based payments

-

-

216

-

610

826

-

826


2

-

(14,261)

43

12

(14,204)

(1,932)

(16,136)

At 31 December 2019 (audited)

13,717

2,993

293,593

6,390

(1,248)

315,445

3,041

318,486

Profit for the period

-

-

5,470

-

-

5,470

371

5,841

Other comprehensive expenses

-

(525)

(12,054)

-

-

(12,579)

-

(12,579)

Total comprehensive income

-

(525)

(6,584)

-

-

(7,109)

371

(6,738)

Equity dividends

-

-

(1,734)

-

-

(1,734)

(1,159)

(2,893)

Proceeds from shares issued

1

-

-

6

-

7

-

7

Share-based payments

-

-

(200)

-

687

487

-

487


1

-

(1,934)

6

687

(1,240)

(1,159)

(2,399)

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

13,718

2,468

285,075

6,396

(561)

307,096

2,253

309,349

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

for the half year ended 30 June 2020

 


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities




Cash generated from operations

21,961

(13,748)

21,525

Interest paid

(385)

(626)

(1,341)

Tax paid

(4,366)

(3,859)

(8,459)

Net cash flows from operating activities

17,210

(18,233)

11,725

Cash flows from investing activities




Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

-

-

(152)

Purchase of intangible assets

(380)

(149)

(491)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(521)

(380)

(1,471)

Purchase of investment property

(2,351)

(2,353)

(14,060)

Proceeds on disposal if investment in associate

-

-

1,500

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

70

69

365

Proceeds on disposal of investment properties

10

939

22,542

Proceeds on disposal of assets held for sale

-

-

44,550

Distributions received from joint ventures and associates

2,200

74

-

Interest received

351

146

494

Net cash flows from investing activities

(621)

(1,654)

53,277

Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from shares issued

6

26

46

Purchase of treasury shares

-

(264)

(598)

Decrease in borrowings

(64)

(8,250)

(59,368)

Increase in borrowings

2,484

36,142

43,777

Principal element of lease payments

(1,282)

(1,212)

(2,346)

Dividends paid

- ordinary shares

-

(7,691)

(12,600)


- non-controlling interests

(1,159)

(1,670)

(2,445)


- preference shares

(11)

(11)

(21)

Net cash flows from financing activities

(26)

17,070

(33,555)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

16,563

(2,817)

31,447

Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

42,303

10,856

10,856

Net cash and cash equivalents at end of period

58,866

8,039

42,303

Analysis of net cash/(debt):




Cash and cash equivalents

58,866

8,039

42,303

Bank overdrafts

-

-

-

Net cash and cash equivalents

58,866

8,039

42,303

Bank loans

(10,177)

(49,244)

(7,757)

Lease liabilities

(3,415)

(5,698)

(4,637)

Government loans

(2,941)

(3,355)

(2,941)

Net cash/(debt)

42,333

(50,258)

26,968

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

for the half year ended 30 June 2020

 

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

The Company is a public limited company, listed on the London Stock Exchange and incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of its registered office is Banner Cross Hall, Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, United Kingdom, S11 9PD.

 

The financial information set out above does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and is neither audited nor reviewed. The Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, which were prepared under IFRS as adopted by the European Union, have been reported on by the Group's previous auditors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Independent Auditors' Report was unqualified and did not contain any statement under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2. Basis of preparation and accounting policies

The half-yearly financial information has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union.

 

The Company meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through a secured loan facility, which includes an overdraft facility. In January 2020, the Group concluded negotiations with three banking partners to put in place a £75m facility to replace the £72m facility we had in place at 31 December 2019, along with an accordion facility of

£30m, which can be called upon at the Group's request. The renewed facilities commenced on 24 January 2020, with a renewal date of 24 January 2023 and an option to extend the facilities by one year, each year, for the next two years occurring on the anniversary of the facility. The renewed facilities, on improved terms, maintain covenants on the same basis as the previous facilities.

 

The Directors have considered the Group's principal risk areas, including the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, that they consider material to the assessment of going concern.

 

Having conducted significant stress testing at the year-end they have further considered the outcome of our half year position and their latest forecasts, while taking into account the current challenging trading conditions, the markets in which the Group's businesses operate and associated credit risks together with the available committed banking facilities and the potential mitigations that can be taken, should revenues worsen, to protect operating profits and cash flows.

 

This assumes that no activity is undertaken during 2020 unless it is already contracted, followed by a short to medium-term recovery of the economy and that we still have the ability to curtail expenditure as described in the 2019 Annual report.

 

As reported in the 2019 Annual Report, one of the loan covenants references the loan to value ratio of the investment property portfolio and the full facility would not be available to the Group unless reinvestment in the portfolio was undertaken. The facilities also contain a covenant relating to the ratio of EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Tax) on a 12-month rolling basis to senior facility finance costs. Our most severe downside modelling, which reflects a near 55% reduction in revenue levels from our pre COVID-19 budget for 2020, demonstrates headroom over this covenant in all covenant measurement periods, for the 12 months from this report.

 

Their review supports the view that the Company and the Group will have adequate resources, liquidity and available bank facilities to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the half-yearly financial information.

 

The preparation of half-yearly financial information requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

Goodwill is subjected to an impairment test at the reporting date or when there has been an indication that the goodwill should be impaired, any loss is recognised immediately through the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income and is not subsequently reversed. During the period Starfish Commercial Limited has been impacted by the pandemic, which in turn has led to a reduction in opportunities in this market and not performing to a level of our initial expectations. As a consequence of this an impairment review was performed resulting in an impairment of goodwill amounting to £1.8m.

 

In preparing these half-yearly financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

The half-yearly financial information has been prepared using the same accounting policies and methods of computation as compared with the annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

A number of other standards, amendments and interpretations became effective from 1 January 2020, which do not have a material impact on the Group's financial statements or accounting policies.

 

3. Segment information

For the purpose of the Board making strategic decisions, the Group is currently organised into three operating segments: Property Investment and Development; Land Promotion; and Construction. Group overheads are not a reportable segment; however, information about them is considered by the Board in conjunction with the reportable segments.

 

Operations are carried out entirely within the United Kingdom.

 

Inter-segment sales are charged at prevailing market prices.

 

The accounting policies of the reportable segments are the same as the Group's accounting policies as detailed above.

 

Segment profit represents the profit earned by each segment before tax and is consistent with the measure reported to the Group's Board for the purpose of resource allocation and assessment of segment performance.

 


Half year ended 30 June 2020 Unaudited


Property







investment







and

Land


Group




development

promotion

Construction

overheads

Eliminations

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue







External sales

33,516

19,784

55,414

-

-

108,714

Inter-segment sales

148

-

248

308

(704)

-

Total revenue

33,664

19,784

55,662

308

(704)

108,714

Operating profit/(loss)

(2,086)

11,089

(770)

(2,900)

-

5,333

Finance income

715

851

435

1,795

(3,445)

351

Finance costs

(1,514)

(572)

(356)

(1,129)

3,012

(559)

Share of profit/(loss) of joint ventures and associates

2,061

(4)

-

-

-

2,057

Profit/(loss) before tax

(824)

11,364

(691)

(2,234)

(433)

7,182

Tax

357

(2,172)

(256)

730

-

(1,341)

Profit/(loss) for the period

(467)

9,192

(947)

(1,504)

(433)

5,841

 


Half year ended 30 June 2019 Unaudited


Property







investment







and

Land


Group




development

promotion

Construction

overheads

Eliminations

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue







External sales

96,186

38,654

54,144

-

-

188,984

Inter-segment sales

152

-

6,710

310

(7,172)

-

Total revenue

96,338

38,654

60,854

310

(7,172)

188,984

Operating profit/(loss)

8,650

14,552

5,231

(3,730)

-

24,703

Finance income

669

1,346

435

3,012

(5,165)

297

Finance costs

(3,090)

(641)

(251)

(1,450)

4,427

(1,005)

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

152

-

-

-

-

152

Profit/(loss) before tax

6,381

15,257

5,415

(2,168)

(738)

24,147

Tax

(1,026)

(2,899)

(913)

445

-

(4,393)

Profit/(loss) for the period

5,355

12,358

4,502

(1,723)

(738)

19,754




Year ended 31 December 2019 Audited


Property







investment







and

Land


Group




development

promotion

Construction

overheads

Eliminations

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue







External sales

192,225

73,213

114,255

-

-

379,693

Inter-segment sales

297

-

10,886

612

(11,795)


Total revenue

192,522

73,213

125,141

612

(11,795)

379,693

Operating profit/(loss)

16,354

31,038

9,045

(7,535)


48,902

Finance income

1,326

2,074

965

22,700

(26,571)

494

Finance costs

(5,701)

(1,304)

(631)

(2,884)

8,780

(1,740)

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

 

1,449

 

(1)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,448

Profit/(loss) before tax

13,428

31,807

9,379

12,281

(17,791)

49,104

Tax

(1,205)

(5,947)

(2,145)

(352)

-

(9,649)

Profit/(loss) for the year

12,223

25,860

7,234

11,929

(17,791)

39,455

 


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Segment assets




Property investment and development

187,260

275,510

198,024

Land promotion

158,731

147,315

164,300

Construction

37,007

38,152

42,667

Group overheads

3,265

2,857

3,417


386,263

463,834

408,408

Unallocated assets




Deferred tax assets

7,496

3,739

4,538

Cash and cash equivalents

58,866

8,039

42,303

Total assets

452,625

475,612

455,249

Segment liabilities




Property investment and development

25,551

29,712

32,321

Land promotion

15,307

14,800

19,663

Construction

43,914

36,435

39,583

Group overheads

4,375

3,035

2,216


89,147

83,982

93,783

Unallocated liabilities




Current tax liabilities

1,425

4,308

4,680

Current lease liabilities

1,519

2,170

2,052

Current borrowings

3,035

52,171

9,981

Non-current lease liabilities

1,896

3,528

2,585

Non-current borrowings

10,083

428

717

Retirement benefit obligations

36,171

18,261

22,965

Total liabilities

143,276

164,848

136,763

Total net assets

309,349

310,764

318,486

 

4. REVENUE

The Group's revenue is derived from contracts with customers. In the following table, revenue is disaggregated by primary activity, being the Group's operating segments and timing of revenue recognition:

 



Timing of revenue

recognition


Timing of revenue

recognition

Activity in the United Kingdom

30 June

2020

Unaudited

£'000

At a point in time

Over

time

30 June

2019

Unaudited

£'000

At a point in time

Over

time

Construction contracts:







- Construction segment

40,933

-

40,933

38,410

-

38,410

- Property investment and development segment

10,854

-

10,854

68,859

-

68,859

Sale of land and properties:







- Property investment and development segment

13,935

13,935

-

6,162

6,162

-

- House builder unit sales

9,284

9,284

-

16,542

16,542

-

- Land promotion

19,701

19,701

-

38,574

38,574

-

PFI concession

5,691

5,691

-

7,537

7,537

-

Revenue from contracts with customers

100,398

48,611

51,787

176,084

68,815

107,269

Plant and equipment hire

6,613



8,197



Investment property rental income

1,620



4,234



83



469




108,714



188,984



 

5. Earnings per ordinary share

Earnings per ordinary share is calculated on the weighted average number of shares in issue. Diluted earnings per ordinary share is calculated on the weighted average number of shares in issue adjusted for the effects of any dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 

6. Dividends


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in period:



Preference dividend on cumulative preference shares

11

21

Interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2019 of 3.70p per share (2018: 3.20p)

-

-

4,909

Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2019 of 1.30p per share (2018: 5.80p)

7,691

7,691


7,702

12,621

 

An interim dividend amounting to £2,919,000 (2019: £4,646,000) will be paid on 16 October 2020 to shareholders whose names are on the register at the close of business on 18 September 2020. The proposed interim dividend has not been approved at the date of the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position and so has not been included as a liability in these Financial Statements.

 

7. Tax


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Current tax:




UK corporation tax on profits for the period

1,046

4,028

9,057

Adjustment in respect of earlier periods

65

233

184

Total current tax

1,111

4,261

9,241

Deferred tax:




Origination and reversal of temporary differences

230

132

408

Total deferred tax

230

132

408

Total tax

1,341

4,393

9,649

 

Corporation tax is calculated at 19% (31 December 2019: 19%) of the estimated assessable profit for the period being management's estimate of the weighted average corporation tax rate for the period.

 

Deferred tax balances at the period end have been measured at 19% (31 December 2019: 17%), being the rate expected to be applicable at the date the actual tax will arise.

 

8. Investment properties



Investment



Completed

property



investment

under



property

construction

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

Fair value




At 1 January 2019

117,560

3,415

120,975

Direct acquisitions of investment property

79

-

79

Subsequent expenditure on investment property

66

2,136

2,202

Capitalised letting fees

67

5

72

Amortisation of capitalised letting fees

(22)

-

(22)

Disposals

(10)

(1,005)

(1,015)

Transfers to assets held for sale

(43,538)

-

(43,538)

Increase in fair value in period

350

-

350

At 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

74,552

4,551

79,103

Adjustment in respect of tenant incentives

930

-

930

Market value at 30 June 2019

75,482

4,551

80,033





Fair value




At 1 January 2019

117,560

3,415

120,975

Subsequent expenditure on investment property

2,284

10,895

13,179

Capitalised letting fees

115

5

120

Amortisation of capitalised letting fees

(18)

-

(18)

Disposals

(20,217)

(2,563)

(22,780)

Transfer to assets held for sale

(43,844)

-

(43,844)

Transfer from investment property under construction

4,500

(4,500)

-

Increase in fair value in period

1,384

986

2,370

At 31 December 2019 (audited)

61,764

8,238

70,002

Subsequent expenditure on investment property

52

2,269

2,321

Capitalised letting fees

-

30

30

Amortisation of capitalised letting fees

(15)

-

(15)

Disposals

(2)

-

(2)

(Decrease)/increase in fair value in period

(2,596)

465

(2,131)

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

59,203

11,002

70,205

Adjustment in respect of tenant incentives

441

-

441

Market value at 30 June 2020

59,644

11,002

70,646

 

At 30 June 2020, the Group had entered into contractual commitments for the acquisition and repair of investment property amounting to £4,080,000 (31 December 2019: £898,000).

 

9. Borrowings


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Bank loans

10,177

49,244

7,757

Lease liabilities

3,415

5,698

4,637

Government loans

2,941

3,355

2,941


16,533

58,297

15,335

 

Movements in borrowings are analysed as follows:


£'000

At 1 January 2020

15,335

Secured bank loans

2,496

Repayment of secured bank loans

(64)

Repayment of lease liabilities

(1,234)

At 30 June 2020

16,533

 

10. Provisions for liabilities and charges

Since 31 December 2019 the following movements on provisions for liabilities and charges have occurred:

 

·

The road maintenance provision represents management's best estimate of the Group's liability under a five-year rolling programme for the maintenance of the Group's PFI asset. During the period £248,000 has been utilised and additional provisions of £577,000 have been made, all of which were due to normal operating procedures.

·

The Land promotion provision represents management's best estimate of the Group's liability to provide infrastructure and service obligations, which remain with the Group following the disposal of land. During the period £882,000 has been utilised and additional provisions of £37,000 have been made.

 

 

11. Defined benefit pension scheme

The main financial assumptions used in the valuation of the liabilities of the scheme under IAS 19 are:

 


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


%

%

%

Retail Prices Index (RPI)

2.80

3.00

2.80

Consumer Prices Index (CPI)

2.00

2.00

2.00

Pensionable salary increases

1.00

1.00

1.00

Rate in increase to pensions in payment liable for Limited Price Indexation (LPI)

2.00

2.00

2.00

Revaluation of deferred pensions

2.00

2.00

2.00

Liabilities discount rate

1.50

2.20

2.00

 

Amounts recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income in respect of the scheme are as follows:

 


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Service cost:




Current service cost

438

437

798

Ongoing scheme expenses

286

338

666

Net interest expense

217

226

439

Pension Protection Fund

123

82

227

Pension expenses recognised in profit or loss

1,064

1,083

2,130

Remeasurement on the net defined benefit liability:




Return on plan assets (excluding amounts included in net interest expense)

(4,715)

(15,093)

(15,106)

Actuarial losses/(gain) arising from changes in demographic assumptions

2,287

-

(724)

Actuarial gain arising from experience adjustments

-

(1,606)

(1,606)

Actuarial losses arising from changes in financial assumptions

17,671

18,958

25,373

Actuarial losses recognised in other comprehensive income

15,243

2,259

7,937

Total

16,307

3,342

10,067

 

 

The amount included in the Statement of Financial Position arising from the Group's obligations in respect of the scheme is as follows:

 


Half year

Half year

Year


Ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Present value of scheme obligations

226,972

203,056

208,318

Fair value of scheme assets

(190,801)

(184,795)

(185,353)


36,171

18,261

22,965

 

12. Related party transactions

There have been no material transactions with related parties during the period.

 

There have been no material changes to the related party arrangements as reported in note 30 to the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

 

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note.

 

13. SHARE CAPITAL


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

400,000 5.25% cumulative preference shares of £1 each (31 December 2019: 400,000)

400

400

400

133,177,602 ordinary shares of 10p each (31 December 2019: 133,172,602)

13,318

13,316

13,317


13,718

13,716

13,717

 

14. Cash generated from operations


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2020

2019

2019


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit before tax

7,182

24,147

49,104

Adjustments for:




Amortisation of PFI asset

321

263

555

Goodwill impairment

1,925

102

205

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

2,514

2,682

5,911

Impairment loss on land and buildings

84

-

-

Revaluation decrease/(increase) in investment properties

2,131

(350)

(2,370)

Amortisation of capitalised letting fees

15

22

18

Share-based payment expense

487

382

826

Pension scheme credit

(2,037)

(708)

(1,684)

Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(360)

(463)

(1,106)

(Gain)/loss on disposal of investment properties

(8)

75

238

Loss on disposal of assets held for sale

-

-

56

Finance income

(351)

(296)

(494)

Finance costs

559

1,005

1,740

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

(2,057)

(152)

(1,448)

Operating cash flows before movements in equipment held for hire

10,405

26,709

51,551

Purchase of equipment held for hire

(1,131)

(2,976)

(3,700)

Proceeds on disposal of equipment held for hire

490

759

1,363

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

9,764

24,492

49,214

Increase in inventories

(4,085)

(15,268)

(14,769)

Decrease/(increase) in contract assets

8,170

(7,880)

(33,649)

Decrease/(increase) in receivables

14,585

(7,704)

23,687

Decrease in payables

(5,655)

(7,676)

(10,040)

(Decrease)/increase in contract liabilities

(818)

288

7,082

Cash generated from operations

21,961

(13,748)

21,525

 

15. GROUP RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

The Directors consider that the principal risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance over the remaining six months of the 2020 financial year remain consistent with those set out in the Strategic Report on pages 44 to 50 of the Group's Annual Report and Financial Statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

 

Safety

Environmental and climate change

Economic

People and culture

Funding

Cyber

Pension

Construction contracts

Property assets

Property development

Land sourcing

Land demand

Political

Pandemic

 

The CV-19 pandemic was previously identified as a principal risk affecting each of our strategic priorities including a health and safety risk to stakeholders and reduced ability to undertake activities. The Group continues to ensure staff can work remotely where possible and that safe working environments are established for all offices, sites and depots. Forecasts and cash flows are monitored closely to ensure we can mitigate any further adverse effects and to position the Group well for when the economy starts to recover.

 

The Directors continue to recognise the risks associated with leaving the EU, which is identified as an integral part of our principal risks rather than as a standalone risk. As negotiations move forward we could see price inflation, restrictions to the supply of labour and materials and increased economic uncertainty. The Group puts in place contingency plans for any significant items which could be affected by this and retains a healthy net cash position with a sufficiently robust balance sheet to deal with any of these effects should they arise.

 

The Group operates a system of internal control and risk management in order to provide assurance that it is managing risk while achieving our business objectives. No system can fully eliminate risk and therefore the understanding of operational risk is central to the management process within Henry Boot. The long-term success of the Group depends on the continual review, assessment and control of the key business risks it faces.

16. Approval

The issue of these statements was formally approved by a duly appointed committee of the Board on 21 August 2020.

 

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENTS OF THE DIRECTORS

 

The Directors confirm that these condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

 

·

an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

 

·

material related-party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related-party transactions described in the last annual report.

 

The Directors of Henry Boot PLC are listed in the Henry Boot PLC Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2019. A list of current Directors is maintained on the Henry Boot PLC Group website: www.henryboot.co.uk .

 

On behalf of the Board

 

T A ROBERTS

Director

24 August 2020

D L LITTLEWOOD

Director

24 August 2020

 

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