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Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Carclo plc

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 1123H
Carclo plc
13 November 2018
 

 

Carclo plc

("Carclo" or the "Group")

 

Half year results for the six months ended 30 September 2018

 

Carclo plc announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2018.

 

 

 

 

Highlights

 

 

 

 Half year ended 30 September 2018

 

 Half year ended

30 September

2017

 

 

£000

£000

Revenue

 

 

 

Technical Plastics

 

                  42,756

43,748

LED Technologies

 

25,578

25,571

Aerospace

 

3,121

2,859

Total

 

71,455

72,178

 

 

 

 

Underlying* operating profit

 

 

Technical Plastics

 

2,532

3,243

LED Technologies

 

3,038

3,385

Aerospace

 

606

359

 

 

6,176

6,987

Unallocated

 

(1,687)

(1,583)

Total

 

4,489

5,404

 

 

 

 

Underlying* profit before tax

 

3,568

4,550

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

3,352

4,550

 

Underlying* earnings per share

 

 

 

 

3.7p

 

4.5p

         

* underlying is defined as before all exceptional items. See below for a reconciliation to statutory figures.

 

·       As previously highlighted, while the business made progress in a number of areas during the first half, trading results were below Board expectations, largely due to underperformance at Technical Plastics. This, together with production inefficiencies incurred on new production programmes in the LED division, resulted in the first half underlying operating profit being lower year on year.

 

·       Revenue decreased by 1% despite growth in LED production revenues mainly due to negative currency impacts. At constant currency revenue increased by 0.3%.

 

·       Underlying profit before tax decreased by 22% (14% at constant currency). We expect a greater than usual second half weighting in FY19 reflecting the phasing of new programmes in both the Technical Plastics and LED divisions.

 

·       In the Technical Plastics division, three new medical programmes were delayed by customers in the period but all entered production successfully towards the end of the first half of the year and this, together with planned new tooling programmes, supports the expected stronger second half performance.

 

·       In the LED Technologies division, Wipac has continued to be successful in winning new programmes, including nomination for two mid-volume electric vehicles, leading to a healthy level of design and development contract revenues. Production demand has been solid. All of the current year's planned new vehicle production programmes launched in the first half and this resulted in higher than anticipated manufacturing costs being incurred. Margins are expected to improve in the second half as production accelerates and initial start-up inefficiencies are eliminated.

 

·       The Aerospace division performed well against the prior year as a result of a more profitable mix and tight control over costs.

 

·       As anticipated, net debt rose to £35.9m at the half year (31 March 2018: £31.5m), reflecting the timing of capital investment and the payment profile of ongoing design, development and tooling programmes. The Group's financing remains well within banking covenants.

 

·       The Board anticipates full year trading will be in line with its expectations and the Group remains on track to grow substantially over the medium term.

 

 

Commenting on the results, Chris Malley, Chief Executive said:

 

"Operating margins in Technical Plastics are expected to improve in the second half as volumes in the new contracts ramp up and commercial and operational improvements are delivered. We have implemented a number of price increases, efficiency improvements and cost savings across the division, the benefit of which will positively impact margins in the second half of the year and beyond.

 

In LED Technologies, Wipac's success in securing new customer programmes, including in the strategically important mid volume sector, together with the new vehicle production programme launches has ensured we have a healthy production pipeline in this division for the medium term. The rate of growth has led to an increase in funding requirements and some short term operational growing pains which are being addressed through increased manufacturing capacity and strengthening of the management team.

 

Technical Plastics and LED Technologies are set to have a stronger second half performance based on the full effect of the new programmes, planned customer timings on projects and the expected improvement in margins. The Board anticipates that the Group will trade in line with its expectations for the full year, and that it remains on track to grow substantially over the medium term."

 

 

 

(*) Reconciliation of underlying earnings to statutory results

The Directors believe that adjusted measures provide a more useful comparison of business trends and performance. Adjusted results exclude exceptional items. The term adjusted is not defined under IFRS and may not be comparable with similarly-titled measures used by other companies.

 

All profit and earnings per share figures in these interim results relate to adjusted business performance (as defined above) unless otherwise stated. A reconciliation of adjusted measures to non-adjusted measures is provided below:

 

 

Statutory

Adjustments

Adjusted

Underlying operating profit (£'000)

4,273

216

4,489

Underlying profit before tax (£'000)

3,352

216

3,568

Basic earnings per share (pence)

3.5

0.2

3.7

 

 

Enquiries

 

 

Carclo plc                                                                                               020 7067 0700 (today)

Chris Malley, Chief Executive                                                                 01924 268040 (thereafter)

Sarah Matthews-DeMers, Group Finance Director                                                  

 

Weber Shandwick Financial                                                                   020 7067 0700

Nick Oborne

 

 

A presentation for analysts will be held at 9.30 a.m. on 13 November 2018 at the offices of Weber Shandwick Financial, 2 Waterhouse Square, 140 Holborn, London EC1N 2AE.

 

 

Notes to editors

 

 

About Carclo

 

Carclo plc is a public company whose shares are quoted on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

 

Carclo's strategy is to develop and expand its key manufacturing assets in markets where there remain significant further opportunities to drive shareholder value. To enhance profit margins and support its customers, the Group has been investing across its global footprint.

 

Approximately three fifths of Group revenues are generated from the supply of fine tolerance, injection moulded plastic components, mainly for medical products. The balance of Group revenue is derived mainly from the design and supply of specialised injection moulded LED based lighting systems to the premium automotive industry.

 

 

Forward looking statements

 

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially from any expected future events or results referred to in these forward looking statements.

 

 

Group Interim Results

 

Overview of results                                                              

 

As previously highlighted, while the business made progress in a number of areas during the first half, trading results were below the Board's expectations largely due to underperformance at Technical Plastics. This, together with production inefficiencies in LED Technologies, resulted in the first half underlying operating profit being lower year on year.  

 

Group revenues decreased by 1% to £71.5m (2017: £72.2m). On a constant currency basis revenues increased by 0.3%. Group underlying operating profits of £4.5m were 17% lower than for the comparative period last year (2017: £5.4m) due to the phasing of new programmes in both the Technical Plastics and LED divisions and the resultant impact on margins; on a constant currency basis underlying operating profits decreased by 14%.

 

Unallocated costs were marginally higher than the comparative period last year at £1.7m (2017: £1.6m). The IAS 19 pension finance charge at £0.4m (2017: £0.4m) was broadly in line with the comparative period last year. Underlying profit before tax decreased 22% to £3.6m (2017: £4.6m).

 

The Group generated profit before tax in the six months to 30 September 2018 of £3.4m (2017: £4.6m).

The underlying effective tax rate for the period is 24% (30 September 2017: 27.5%, 31 March 2018: 20.6%). The tax rate reflects the anticipated geographic split of taxable profits for the full year.

 

Underlying earnings per share for the six months to 30 September 2018 was 3.7p (2017: 4.5p).

 

Board and management changes

 

After serving on the Board for over 12 years, 6 of those as Chairman, Michael Derbyshire stood down at the AGM in July 2018. Mark Rollins, who joined the Board in January 2018 became Chairman. The Board would like to thank Michael for his service and his substantial contribution to the strategic direction of the Group.

 

Sarah Matthews-DeMers was appointed as Group Finance Director on 18 July 2018, joining from Rotork plc where she was Director of Strategy and Investor Relations. Joe Oatley was appointed as a Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 20 July 2018. Joe is also a Non-Executive Director at Wates Group Limited and Redhall plc and was previously Group Chief Executive of Cape plc.

 

The operational management teams in Technical Plastics and Wipac have also been strengthened to help drive improvement in our results.

 

Outlook

 

The Board expects the Group to report a stronger performance in the second half of the financial year. This reflects the full effect of the new programmes, improved operational performance and expected higher design and tooling profits at Technical Plastics, along with the benefit from the ramp up in production volumes and anticipated improvement in production efficiencies within Wipac.

 

As is normal within the Group's business, the achievement of its anticipated performance for the full year is dependent on key customers, particularly in Wipac, awarding new programmes in line with planned timescales in the second half.

 

Medium term prospects continue to be encouraging with robust demand from the medical sector and the opportunity for strong growth from the automotive sector as recently won automotive lighting programmes go into production.

 

The Board anticipates that the Group will trade in line with its expectations for the full year, and that it remains on track to grow substantially over the medium term.

 

 

Operating review

 

Technical Plastics ("CTP")

 

 

 

 Half year ended 30 September 2018

 Half year ended

30 September

2017

 

 

£000

£000

Revenue

 

                  42,756

43,748

Underlying operating profit

 

2,532

3,243

 

 

The Group's Technical Plastics business reported revenues of £42.8m (2017: £43.7m), a decrease of 2% on the comparative period last year. On a constant currency basis the division's revenues decreased by 0.2%. Divisional operating profits were £2.5m (2017: £3.2m) and the divisional operating margin was 5.9% (2017: 7.4%). This margin is expected to improve in the second half of the year due to the impact of the ramp up of new programmes and as benefits are realised from the operational improvements programme launched in January.

 

Our US business continued to experience operational challenges due to direct labour shortages. A significant investment in employee welfare was made during the period but labour turnover and scarcity has continued. Changes to shift patterns adopted in the first half along with new recruitment procedures are expected to mitigate the problem in the second half. We have appointed a new US Operations Director and Plant Manager at our main Pennsylvania operation and this new management team is focused on operational and other efficiency improvements under our previously highlighted operational improvements programme.

 

In the UK, margins have improved as new production programmes have commenced, using the additional capacity from the Mitcham facility expansion last year.  

 

In India, the mainly non-medical business has stabilised and customer production schedules support our forecasts with a better mix of higher margin products.

 

Our facility in China experienced some issues with de-stocking in the local market; however, overall margins have been maintained through efficiency and commercial efforts.

 

Our Czech business has addressed the labour shortages experienced in the prior year and is expected to benefit from a new production programme which commenced shortly before the period end. As one of our non-medical programmes is scheduled to come to an end shortly after the end of the financial year, in October we announced a rationalisation of this facility. We expect to generate annual cost savings of £0.4m, with a payback of c.2.5 years on restructuring costs of c.£1.0m, the majority of which will be incurred during the second half. This supports our strategy of increasing our focus on medical work within the division.

 

As normal with this division, we have several new and replacement tooling and automation programmes anticipated to be awarded towards the end of the financial year and these will, once awarded and commenced, contribute to current year profitability.

 

Outlook

 

Operating margins in CTP are expected to improve in the second half as volumes in the new contracts ramp up and commercial and operational improvements are delivered. We have implemented a number of price increases, efficiency improvements and cost savings across the division, the benefit of which will positively impact margins in the second half of the year and beyond.

 

 

LED Technologies

 

 

 

 Half year ended 30 September 2018

 Half year ended

30 September

2017

 

 

£000

£000

Revenue

 

25,578

25,571

Underlying operating profit

 

3,038

3,385

 

The Group's LED Technologies division is made up of the Wipac premium automotive lighting business, based in Buckingham, UK and the LED Optics and aftermarket business, based in Aylesbury, UK.

 

Overall, revenue was flat at £25.6m (2017: £25.6m).  Production revenues increased as further programmes moved into the manufacturing phase, while, as expected, project revenues decreased due to a change in the profile of the contract portfolio. Divisional operating profit reduced by 10% to £3.0m (2017: £3.4m) due to the previously highlighted initial start-up inefficiencies and increased investment in overheads necessary to deliver the increased production volumes.

 

Design, development and sub contract tooling revenues, which in aggregate made up over half of Wipac's sales, were ahead of our expectations and all projects are on target. The recently announced nomination to supply lighting for two new mid-volume electric vehicles supports the Group's strategy of expansion into this area and provides good visibility over production volumes for the medium term. The market for automotive lighting projects remains strong and we continue to be confident that Wipac is well placed to deliver significant growth into the future.

 

Automotive lighting product sales for the period were ahead of the prior year although, with an unprecedented number of new product launches, margins were below the prior year due to higher manufacturing costs incurred during the start-up phase. All of the current year's planned new vehicle programmes have now launched. Given manufacturing output is still ramping up, we anticipate several more months of improving efficiencies prior to production settling to a steady state. We have enhanced our senior operations team to bring in leaders with extensive experience of managing higher volume automotive production.

 

In the medium term, as the new mid-volume contracts come into production, we expect production revenues to become a larger proportion of Wipac's sales, thereby improving the predictability and stability of revenues and profits.

 

In order to deliver this growth, additional warehousing and office space has been secured close to our Buckingham facility. A new North American production facility is likely to be required in the short to medium term to deliver one of the new mid-volume contracts.

 

The Aylesbury based LED Optics business continued to generate stable sales against a market backdrop of increasing product commoditisation.

 

Outlook

 

In LED Technologies, Wipac's success in securing new customer programmes, including in the strategically important mid volume sector, together with the new vehicle production programme launches, has ensured we have a healthy production pipeline in this division for the medium term. The rate of growth has led to an increase in funding requirements and some short term operational growing pains which are being addressed through increased manufacturing capacity and strengthening of the management team.

 

 

Aerospace

 

 

 

 Half year ended 30 September 2018

 Half year ended

30 September

2017

 

 

£000

£000

Revenue

 

3,121

2,859

Underlying operating profit

 

606

359

 

 

The Group's Aerospace business had a solid first half performance, with revenues 9% higher at £3.1m (2017: £2.9m) and underlying operating profits 69% higher at £0.6m (2017: £0.4m). Spares demand has stabilised and a number of new programmes have moved into production since the prior period.  

 

This business continues to be both profitable and cash generative for the Group.

 

Outlook

 

The prospects for the business remain encouraging.

 

Financial position

 

The Group generated cash from operations of £1.6m (2017: £3.5m) with working capital increasing by £5.3m (2017: £4.4 million) due mainly to increased sub contract tooling activity. Capital expenditure in the six months to 30 September 2018 on a cash basis was £3.1m (2017: £5.7m), the majority of which relates to investment in production machinery in Wipac and our UK Technical Plastics business to support new business. 

 

As anticipated, net debt has risen since the last financial year-end to £35.9m (31 March 2018: £31.5m), reflecting the timing of capital investment and an increase in working capital due to the investment and payment profile of ongoing design, development and tooling programmes. In addition, net debt reflects the continuing weakness of sterling on the translation of the Group's foreign currency denominated borrowings.  

 

The Group's pension deficit, net of applicable deferred tax, decreased to £24.5m as at 30 September 2018 (31 March 2018: £24.7m). This was mainly due to a slightly higher discount rate based on increased corporate bond yields. The cash cost of the pension scheme has remained at similar levels with the annual recovery plan payment of £1.2m made subsequent to the 30 September 2018 period end. The Group's next triennial valuation as at 31 March 2018 is underway.

 

On 26 October 2018, a High Court judgement was made involving the Lloyds Banking Group's defined benefit pension schemes. The judgment concluded the schemes should be amended to equalise pension benefits for men and women in relation to guaranteed minimum pension benefits, an issue which affects many other defined benefit pension schemes. We are working with the trustees of our scheme and our actuarial advisers to understand the impact on the scheme liabilities, but estimate that an adjustment of c£3m is likely to be recognised in the second half.

 

Risks and uncertainties

 

In the Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2018 we provided a detailed review of the risks faced by the Group and how these risks are managed. We continue to face, and proactively manage, the risks and uncertainties in our business and, while recognising the economic uncertainty around Brexit, the Board does not consider that the principal risks and uncertainties have changed since the publication of the 2018 Annual Report.

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated income statement 

 

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

30 September 2017

 unaudited

 

Year ended    31 March

2018

audited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

Revenue

 

4

 

71,455

 

 

72,178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional items

 

4,489

 

5,404

 

10,811

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional items

5

(216)

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

4

4,273

 

5,404

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance revenue

6

57

 

57

 

Finance expense

6

(978)

 

(911)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

3,352

 

4,550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax (expense) / credit

7

(813)

 

(1,253)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax

2,539

 

3,297

 

8,492

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

2,539

 

3,297

 

8,492

Non-controlling interests

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

2,539

 

3,297

 

8,492

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per ordinary share

8

 

 

 

 

 

   Basic

 

3.5p

 

4.5 p

 

11.6 p

   Diluted

 

3.5p

 

4.5 p

 

11.6 p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2017

unaudited

 

Year ended

31 March

2018

audited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income -

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to the income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax arising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total items that will not be reclassified to the income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that are or may in the future be classified to the income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation differences

 

 

Deferred taxation arising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total items that are or may in future be classified to the income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income, net of income tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

3,922

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

 

 

 

 

30 September

2017

unaudited

 

 

 

31 March

2018

audited

 

 

 

Assets

 

Intangible assets

25,824

 

25,456

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

Investments

 

 

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

Cash and cash deposits

 

 

Non current assets classified as held for sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retirement benefit obligations

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

Current tax liabilities

 

 

Provisions                                                                                                             

 

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

    Ordinary share capital issued

18

 

 

    Share premium

 

 

 

    Translation reserve

 

 

 

   Retained earnings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

Total equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to equity holders of the company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-

 

 

Share

Share

Translation

Retained

 

controlling

Total

 

capital

premium

reserve

earnings

Total

interests

equity

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Current half year period - unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 April 2018

Adjustment on initial application of

IFRS 15 (net of tax)

Adjusted balance at 1 April 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation differences

Remeasurement gains on defined benefit scheme

Taxation on items above

Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payments

Performance share plan awards

Balance at 30 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior half year period - unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation differences

Remeasurement gains on defined benefit scheme

Taxation on items above

Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payments

Balance at 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior year period - audited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation differences

Remeasurement gains on defined benefit scheme

Taxation on items above

Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payments

Exercise of share options

Taxation on items recorded directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 March 2018

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2017

unaudited

 

Year ended

31 March

2018

audited

 

 

           

 

Cash generated from operations

14

 

3,545

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

 

Tax paid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from operating activities

1,022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

 

Interest received

 

 

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

 

(3,128)

 

(5,745)

 

Acquisition of intangible assets - computer software

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow from investing activities

(2,802)

 

(5,697)

 

(8,976)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Drawings on term loan facilities

 

 

Repayment of finance leases

 

 

Cash outflow in respect of performance share plan awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (outflow) / inflow from financing activities

(258)

 

502

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(4,926)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

 

 

(678)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

15

(4,040)

 

194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on the accounts

 

 

1.         Basis of preparation

 

Except as outlined below, the condensed consolidated half year report for Carclo plc ("Carclo" or "the Group") for the six months ended 30 September 2018 has been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 and in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the requirements of IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the EU.

 

The financial information is unaudited, but has been reviewed by the auditors and their report to the company is set out below.

 

The half year report does not constitute financial statements and does not include all of the information and disclosures required for full annual statements. It should be read in conjunction with the annual report and financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2018 which is available either on request from the Company's registered office, Springstone House, PO Box 88, 27 Dewsbury Road, Ossett, WF5 9WS, or can be downloaded from the corporate website - www.carclo-plc.com. 

 

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 March 2018 are not the Company's statutory accounts for that financial year.  Those accounts have been reported on by the Company's auditors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditors was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and (iii) did not contain statements under Section 498 (2) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The half year report was approved by the Board of directors on 13 November 2018 and is being sent to shareholders on 23 November 2018.  Copies are available from the Company's registered office and can also be downloaded from the corporate website.

 

The Group financial statements have been prepared and approved by the directors in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU ("Adopted IFRSs"). 

 

Going Concern

In determining the appropriate basis of preparation of the financial statements, the Directors are required to consider whether the Group can continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.

 

Net debt at 30 September 2018 was £35.9m, rising from £31.5m at 31 March 2018 and is forecast to peak in the third quarter of the financial year. The increase was driven by capital investment and timing of payment profile for ongoing design, development and tooling programmes. The quantum and timing of certain cash flows in the twelve month forecast period for ongoing design, development and tooling programmes is inherently uncertain. Accordingly, the Directors have prepared base and sensitised cash flow forecasts for a period in excess of twelve months from the date of their approval of these condensed interim financial statements. The Directors have also considered the debt facilities available to the Group which are disclosed in note 16 to the condensed interim financial statements. The Group's financing remains within banking covenants at 30 September 2018 and is forecast to remain within the available facilities and covenants for at least the twelve month forecast period.

 

Based on their assessment, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. The Group therefore continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing its condensed interim financial statements.

 

2.         Accounting policies

 

Except as described below, the accounting policies applied in these interim financial statements are the same as those applied in the Group's consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 March 2018. The changes in accounting policies are also expected to be reflected in the Group's consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ending 31 March 2019. The Group has initially adopted IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (see A) and IFRS 9 Financial Instruments (see B) from 1 April 2018. A number of other new standards are effective from 1 April 2018 but they do not have a material effect on the Group's financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Accounting estimates

 

The preparation of the half year financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. In preparing these half year financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key source of estimation uncertainty were the same as those applied to the audited consolidated financial statements as at, and for the year ended, 31 March 2018.

 

 

4.         Segment reporting

 

The Group is organised into three, separately managed, business segments - Technical Plastics, LED Technologies and Aerospace.  These are the segments for which summarised management information is presented to the Group's chief operating decision maker (comprising the main Board and Group steering committee).

 

The Technical Plastics segment supplies fine tolerance, injection moulded plastic components, which are used in medical, optical and electronics products.  This business operates internationally in a fast growing and dynamic market underpinned by rapid technological development.

 

The LED Technologies segment develops innovative solutions in LED lighting, and is a leader in the development of high power LED lighting for the premium automotive industry.

 

The Aerospace segment supplies systems to the manufacturing and aerospace industries.

 

Transfer pricing between business segments is set on an arm's length basis. Segmental revenues and results include transfers between business segments. Those transfers are eliminated on consolidation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

44,147

25,654

3,121

-

(1,467)

71,455

Less inter-segment revenue

(1,391)

(76)

-

-

1,467

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total external revenue

42,756

25,578

3,121

-

-

71,455

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

(40,224)

(22,540)

(2,515)

(1,687)

-

(66,966)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit

2,532

3,038

606

(1,687)

-

4,489

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional items

113

-

-

(329)

-

(216)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Operating profit

2,645

3,038

606

(2,016)

-

4,273

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net finance expense

 

 

 

 

 

(921)

Income tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

(813)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax

 

 

 

2,539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Segment assets

98,326

51,577

6,920

9,643

-

166,466

 Segment liabilities

(18,710)

(13,171)

(929)

(77,684)

-

(110,494)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

79,616

38,406

5,991

(68,041)

-

55,972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The segment results for the six months ended 30 September 2017 were as follows -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

44,635

25,698

2,859

-

(1,014)

72,178

Less inter-segment revenue

(887)

(127)

-

-

1,014

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total external revenue

43,748

25,571

2,859

-

-

72,178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

(40,505)

(22,186)

(2,500)

(1,583)

-

(66,774)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit

3,243

3,385

359

(1,583)

-

5,404

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional items

178

-

-

(178)

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Operating profit

3,421

3,385

359

(1,761)

-

5,404

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net finance expense

 

 

 

 

 

(854)

Income tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

(1,253)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Profit after tax

 

 

 

 

 

3,297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Segment assets

96,032

43,574

6,473

12,782

-

158,861

   Segment liabilities

(17,069)

(8,084)

(654)

(84,015)

-

(109,822)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Net assets

78,963

35,490

5,819

(71,233)

-

49,039

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The segment results for the year ended 31 March 2018 were as follows -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

Less inter-segment revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total external revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional items

(98)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Operating profit

6,575

6,422

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Net finance expense

 

 

 

 

 

   Income tax credit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Profit after tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Segment assets

-

   Segment liabilities

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Net assets

-

 

 

5.          Exceptional items

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2017

Year ended

31 March

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rationalisation and restructuring costs

 

 

Credit arising on the disposal of surplus properties

 

 

Costs associated with proposed offer

 

 

Impairment of CIT Technology

 

 

 

(216)

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

£0.215 million of rationalisation and restructuring costs relate to the Group's UK operations.

 

 

6.         Net finance expense

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2017

Year ended

31 March

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest receivable on cash and cash deposits

 

 

 

 

Net interest on the net defined benefit liability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(921)

 

(854)

 

(1,740)

             

 

 

7.         Income tax expense

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2017

Year ended

31 March

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(813)

 

(1,253)

 

325

             

 

The half year accounts include an underlying tax charge of 24.0% of profit before tax (2017 - 27.5%) based on the estimated average effective income tax rate on ordinary activities for the full year. The Group's effective tax rate on ordinary activities is at a higher level than the underlying UK tax rate of 19.0% (2017 - 19.0%) as the Group is earning a higher proportion of its profits in higher tax jurisdictions.

 

During the six months ended 30 September 2018 a £0.080 million debit was recognised in other comprehensive income in respect of deferred tax arising on remeasurement gains on the defined benefit obligations.

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities at 30 September 2018 have been calculated on the rates substantively enacted at the balance sheet date. The UK Finance Bill 2016 provides for a reduction in the UK corporation tax rate from 19% to 17% from 1 April 2020. This rate became substantively enacted on 6 September 2016. This will reduce the UK companies' future current tax charge accordingly. The deferred tax asset at 30 September 2018 has been calculated based on the rate of 17% substantively enacted at the balance sheet date.

 

 

8.         Earnings per share

 

 

The following details the profit and average number of shares used in calculating the basic and diluted earnings per share -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax from continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax, attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax, attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying earnings per share - basic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying earnings per share - diluted

 

 

 

 

9.         Dividends paid and proposed

 

No dividends were paid in the period or the comparative periods.

 

As outlined in the annual report 2018 the Directors are not proposing an interim dividend for 2018/19.

 

10.       Intangible assets

 

The movements in the carrying value of intangible assets are summarised as follows -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at the end of the period

 

 

 

Included within intangible assets is goodwill of £24.5 million (30 September 2017 - £24.1 million). The carrying value of goodwill is subject to annual impairment tests by reviewing detailed projections of the recoverable amounts from the underlying cash generating units. At 31 March 2018, the carrying value of goodwill was supported by such value in use calculations.  There has been no indication of subsequent impairment in the current financial year.

 

 

11.       Property, plant and equipment

 

The movements in the carrying value of property, plant and equipment are summarised as follows -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at the end of the period

 

 

 

 

12.      Non current assets classified as held for sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at the end of the period

 

 

 

During the period ended 30 September 2018 the remaining property at the closed Harthill site was sold.

 

 

13.       Retirement benefit obligations

At 31 March 2018 the Group had a retirement benefit liability, as calculated under the provisions of IAS 19 "Employee Benefits", of £29.8 million. Since the start of the current financial year, positive asset returns of £0.7 million have been offset by £6.3 million of benefit payments which has resulted in the scheme's assets decreasing in value by £5.6 million to £164.5 million. However, the impact of an increase in the discount rate used to evaluate the scheme's liabilities, from 2.7% at the start of the period to 2.9% has offset the interest expense arising on the liabilities which, combined with the benefit payments, has resulted in the value of the liabilities decreasing by £5.9 million to £193.9 million. As a consequence the scheme, on an IAS 19 basis, has decreased from a £29.8 million liability at 31 March 2018 to a £29.5 million liability at 30 September 2018.

14.       Cash generated from operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments for -

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pension fund contributions in excess of service costs

 

 

 

Depreciation charge

 

 

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

 

 

Exceptional impairment of intangible assets, arising on rationalisation of business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating cash flow before changes in working capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

 

 

 

               

 

 

15.       Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

16.       Net debt

 

The net movement in cash and cash equivalents can be reconciled to the change in net debt in the period as follows -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

As at 30 September 2018 the Group's term loan of £30m was fully drawn. In addition the Group has access to £15m of overdraft, repayable on demand, plus an additional £2m of overdraft facility expiring at the end of February 2019.

 

17.       Financial instruments

 

                The fair values of financial assets and liabilities are not materially different from their carrying value.

 

                There are no material items as required to be disclosed under the fair value hierarchy.

 

 

18.       Ordinary share capital

 

Ordinary shares of 5 pence each -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issued and fully paid at 31 March 2017

 

73,007,668

 

3,650

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued on exercise of share options

 

279,250

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

Issued and fully paid at 30 September 2017 and 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued on exercise of share options

 

132,275

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

Issued and fully paid at 30 September 2018

 

73,419,193

 

3,671

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

In the six months ended 30 September 2018, nil-cost options over 132,275 ordinary shares were exercised under a long term incentive plan at an average exercise price of 0.0 pence per share. The shares are fully paid.

 

 

19.       Related parties

 

Identity of related parties

The Group has a related party relationship with its subsidiaries, its directors and executive officers and the Group pension scheme.

 

Transactions with key management personnel

Full details of directors' remuneration are disclosed in the Group's annual report. In the six months ended 30 September 2018, remuneration to current and former directors amounted to £0.544 million (2017 - £1.063 million).

 

Group pension scheme

Carclo employs a third party professional firm to administer the Group pension scheme. The associated investment costs are borne by the scheme in full. From 1 April 2007, it has been agreed with the trustees of the pension scheme that, under the terms of the recovery plan, Carclo would bear the scheme's administration costs whilst ever the scheme was in deficit, as calculated at the triennial valuation. Carclo incurred an administration cost of £0.247 million which has been charged against other operating expenses (2017 - £0.265 million).

 

 

20.      Post balance sheet events

 

In October 2018, the Group made deficit recovery payments of £1.2 million in cash into the Group pension scheme in accordance with the agreed funding plan.

 

A UK High Court judgement was made on 26 October 2018 in respect of the gender equalisation of guaranteed minimum pensions ("GMPs") for occupational pension schemes. This will be treated for IAS 19 purposes as a plan amendment and will result in an increase in the pension deficit in the balance sheet and a corresponding past service cost in the income statement. This will be treated as an exceptional item so there will be no impact on underlying operating profit. It is expected that the impact of GMP equalisation will be in the region of £3.0 million based on an initial estimate as at the date of this report, but this estimate will be refined in line with emerging practice of the method to be used.

 

In October 2018 a rationalisation of the Czech facility was announced. We expect restructuring costs of c. £1.0m, the majority of which is expected to be incurred during the second half of the current financial year.

 

 

21.       Seasonality

 

There are no specific seasonal factors which impact on the demand for products and services supplied by the Group, other than for the timing of holidays and customer shutdowns. These tend to fall predominantly in the first half of Carclo's financial year and, as a result, revenues and profits are usually higher in the second half of the financial year compared to the first half.

 

 

22.       Responsibility statement

 

 

 

 

Independent review report to Carclo plc

 

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the UK.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  We read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and consider whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements. 

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.   

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the DTR of the UK FCA. 

John Pass

 

For and on behalf of

 

KPMG LLP

Chartered Accountants

1 Sovereign Square

Sovereign Street

Leeds LS1 4DA

13 November 2018

 

 


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