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Tuesday 17 May, 2016

DCC PLC

Results for the year ended 31 March 2016

RNS Number : 4009Y
DCC PLC
17 May 2016
 

17 May 2016

 

Results for the year ended 31 March 2016

 

DCC, the international sales, marketing, distribution and business support services group, today announced its results for the year ended 31 March 2016.

 

Highlights

2016

20151

% change

DCC Energy volumes (litres)

12.770b

10.754b

+18.7%

Revenue (excl. DCC Energy)

£3.086b

£2.982b

+3.5%

Operating profit2

£300.5m

£221.7m

+35.5%

Adjusted earnings per share2

257.1p

202.2p

+27.2%

Dividend per share

97.22p

84.54p

+15.0%

Free cash flow 3

£291.1m

£314.5m

 

Return on capital employed

21.0%

18.9%

 

                       

·     35.5% growth in Group operating profit to £300.5 million, driven in particular by the performance of DCC Energy.

 

·     Adjusted earnings per share up 27.2% to 257.1 pence.

 

·     Proposed 15.0% increase in the final dividend.

 

·     Continued very strong cash flow performance and a return on capital employed of 21.0%.

 

·    Completion during the year of the Group's two largest ever acquisitions, Butagaz and Esso Retail France, with both trading well.

 

·    Further acquisition activity in each of DCC Energy, DCC Healthcare and DCC Technology.

 

·     The Group expects that the year ending 31 March 2017 will be another year of profit growth and development.

 

 

1 Income Statement items represent continuing operations (i.e. excluding DCC Food & Beverage which was disposed of)

2 Excluding net exceptionals and amortisation of intangible assets

3 After net capital expenditure and before net exceptionals, interest and tax payments

 

 

Commenting on the results, Tommy Breen, Chief Executive, said:

 

"I am very pleased to report that the year ended 31 March 2016 was a record year of performance and development for DCC. Group operating profit of £300.5 million was 35.5% ahead of the prior year. This excellent result was driven significantly by DCC Energy, where we benefitted from the Group's two largest ever acquisitions, and also by very strong performances from the Healthcare and Environmental divisions, notwithstanding a more difficult background for DCC Technology.

 

The completion and successful integration of both Butagaz and Esso Retail France were significant achievements during the year and have materially increased the scale of our Energy business. Both acquisitions are trading well.

 

Adjusted earnings per share increased by 27.2% to 257.1 pence.

 

In line with the increase in the interim dividend, the Board has proposed an increase in the final dividend of 15%, the 22nd consecutive year of dividend growth.

 

DCC's excellent cash generation continued during the year, with 97% conversion of operating profit to free cash flow, notwithstanding an increased level of development capital expenditure. Together with the very significant growth in operating profit, this resulted in the Group's return on capital employed being 21%.   

 

With a modest level of net debt at the end of the year, DCC's strong and liquid balance sheet provides significant financial capacity for further development.

 

We expect that the coming year will be another year of profit growth and development for the Group."

 

 

 

Presentation of results and dial-in / webcast facility

There will be a presentation of these results to analysts and investors/fund managers at 9.00 am today in the London Stock Exchange.  The slides for this presentation can be downloaded from DCC's website, www.dcc.ie.

 

There will also be audio conference access to, and a live webcast of, the presentation.  The access details for the presentation are:

 

Ireland:                        1800 937 656

 

UK / International:        +44 (0) 203 427 1902

 

Passcode:                   2504996

 

Webcast Link:             http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/m9gorgeh 

 

This report, a webcast of the presentation and further information on DCC is available at www.dcc.ie.

 

For reference, please contact:

Tommy Breen, Chief Executive

             Tel: +353 1 2799 400

Fergal O'Dwyer, Chief Financial Officer

Email: [email protected]

Kevin Lucey, Head of Group Finance & Investor Relations

                         Web: www.dcc.ie

 

For media enquiries: Powerscourt (Lisa Kavanagh) 

 

Tel: +44 20 7250 1446

 

 

 

Group Results

A summary of the Group's results for the year ended 31 March 2016 is as follows:

 

 

       2016

         £'m

        2015

          £'m

% change

 

 

 

 

Revenue

     10,601

     10,606

-

Operating profit1

 

 

 

DCC Energy

       205.2

       119.4

+71.9%

DCC Healthcare

         45.0

         39.7

+13.5%

DCC Technology

         35.1

         49.3

-28.8%

DCC Environmental

         15.2

        

+14.2%

Group operating profit1

       300.5

       221.7

                +35.5%

Equity accounted investments' profit after tax

            0.5

           0.4

 

Finance costs (net)

        (29.0)

        (28.9)

 

Profit before net exceptionals, amortisation of intangible assets and tax

       272.0

       193.2

+40.8%

Net exceptional charge before tax

        (24.1)

        (22.0)

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

        (31.6)

        (24.1)

 

Profit before tax from continuing operations

       216.3

       147.1

+47.0%

Profit before tax from discontinued operations

               -

          16.2

 

Taxation

        (35.3)

        (18.9)

 

Profit after tax

       181.0

       144.4

+25.4%

Non-controlling interests

          (3.0)

           -

 

Attributable profit

       178.0

       144.4

+23.3%

Adjusted earnings per share1

       257.1 pence

       202.2 pence

+27.2%

Dividend per share

         97.22 pence

         84.54 pence

+15.0%

Operating cash flow

       411.7

       377.8

 

Free cash flow2

        291.1

        314.5

 

Net (debt) / cash at 31 March

        (54.5)

         30.0

 

Total equity at 31 March

     1,350.5

        987.0

 

Return on capital employed

       21.0%

        18.9%

 

1Excluding net exceptionals and amortisation of intangible assets

2 After net capital expenditure and before net exceptionals, interest and tax payments

 

 

Group revenue

Volumes in DCC Energy increased by 18.7%, primarily driven by the first time contribution from the Esso Retail business in France. On a like-for-like basis, volumes were very modestly behind the prior year, largely due to the adverse impact of the milder winter weather conditions. DCC Energy's revenue declined by 1.4% (1.5% ahead on a constant currency basis) with average selling prices per litre reducing by 16.9%, due to the impact of lower oil prices.

 

Excluding DCC Energy, revenue from continuing operations was up 3.5% (5.6% up on a constant currency basis).  

 

Consequently, Group revenue from continuing operations was flat year on year (2.6% ahead on a constant currency basis) at £10.6 billion, primarily reflecting the impact of lower oil prices.

 

Group operating profit

Group operating profit from continuing operations increased by 35.5% to £300.5 million (40.0% on a constant currency basis), driven predominantly by acquisitions completed during the year. The average euro/sterling translation rate for the year of 0.7301 was 7.5% lower than the average of 0.7890 in the prior year.

 

Operating profit in DCC Energy, the Group's largest division, was 71.9% ahead of the prior year (79.6% ahead on a constant currency basis), largely driven by the significant acquisitions completed during the year of Butagaz, Esso Retail France and DLG, all of which traded at, or ahead of, expectations. Although DCC Energy was adversely impacted by the relatively mild winter weather conditions, a good margin and cost performance was achieved.

 

Operating profit in DCC Healthcare was 13.5% ahead of the prior year and approximately two thirds of this growth was organic. DCC Healthcare benefitted from an improved sales mix and good cost control in DCC Vital and also from a strong performance in DCC Health & Beauty Solutions, where strong organic profit growth was complemented by the first time contribution from Design Plus.

 

Operating profit in DCC Technology declined by 28.8% due to the weak performance of its UK business, despite good growth in the Irish, Continental European and Supply Chain Services businesses. As previously reported, the UK business was adversely impacted by a reduction in sales of products from one large supplier, particularly in the first half of the year, and also by weaker than anticipated demand for tablet computing, smartphone and gaming products.

 

DCC Environmental achieved very strong organic profit growth, with operating profit increasing to £15.2 million, 14.2% ahead of the prior year.

 

An analysis of the divisional performance in each half of the year, for the Group's continuing operations, is set out below:

 

 

2015/16

 

2014/15**

 

% change

 

 

H1

H2

FY

 

H1

H2

FY

 

H1

H2

FY

 

Operating profit*

£'m

£'m

£'m

 

£'m

£'m

£'m

 

 

 

 

 

DCC Energy

52.9

152.3

205.2

 

31.9

87.5

119.4

 

+65.6%

+74.1%

+71.9%

 

DCC Healthcare

18.4

26.6

45.0

 

15.9

23.8

39.7

 

+16.1%

+11.7%

+13.5%

 

DCC Technology

8.6

26.5

35.1

 

15.2

34.1

49.3

 

-43.6%

-22.2%

-28.8%

 

DCC Environmental

8.5

6.7

15.2

 

7.1

6.2

13.3

 

+20.0%

+7.6%

+14.2%

 

Group

88.4

212.1

300.5

 

70.1

151.6

221.7

 

+26.1%

+39.9%

+35.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EPS* (pence)

70.3

186.8

257.1

 

59.3

142.9

202.2

 

+18.5%

+30.7%

+27.2%

 

 

*    Excluding net exceptionals and amortisation of intangible assets

**  Excludes DCC Food & Beverage, which has now been disposed of

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs (net)

Net finance costs were in line with the prior year at £29.0 million (2015: £28.9 million). Although the Group's average net debt during the year was £185 million, compared to £339 million during the prior year, the Group's finance costs are substantially driven by the level of gross debt, which was in line with the prior year at £1.1 billion.

 

Profit before net exceptional items, amortisation of intangible assets and tax

Profit before net exceptional items, amortisation of intangible assets and tax increased by 40.8% to £272.0 million. 

 

Net exceptional charge and amortisation of intangible assets

The Group incurred a net exceptional charge after tax and non-controlling interests of £23.7 million as follows:

 

 

       £'m

Restructuring costs

16.5

IAS39 mark-to-market charge

9.4

Acquisition related costs

7.5

Other

(9.3)

 

24.1

Tax and non-controlling interest

(0.4)

Net exceptional charge

23.7

 

The Group has focused on the efficiency of its operating infrastructures and sales platforms, particularly in areas where it has been acquisitive in recent years. The Group incurred an exceptional charge of £16.5 million in relation to the related restructuring of existing and acquired businesses.

 

Most of the Group's debt has been raised in the US Private Placement market and swapped, using long term interest, currency and cross currency interest rate derivatives, to both fixed and floating rate sterling and euro. The level of ineffectiveness calculated under IAS 39 on the fair value and cash flow hedge relationships relating to fixed rate debt, together with gains or losses arising from marking to market swaps not designated as hedges, offset by foreign exchange translation gains or losses on the related fixed rate debt, is charged or credited as an exceptional item. In the year ended 31 March 2016, this amounted to an exceptional non-cash charge of £9.4 million. Cumulatively, the net exceptional charges taken in respect of the Group's outstanding US Private Placement debt and related hedging instruments is £15.0 million. These, or any subsequent similar non-cash charges will, through future net credits, reverse and net to zero over the remaining term of this debt and the related hedging instruments.  

 

Acquisition costs, which include professional fees and tax costs (such as stamp duty) incurred in evaluating and completing acquisitions, amounted to £7.5 million and reflect the significant level of development activity undertaken by the Group.

 

The balance of the exceptional items principally relates to a gain arising from the write back of contingent acquisition consideration no longer payable (£6.3 million) and a net gain on legal claims (£4.3 million), primarily due to a final cash recovery in respect of the Pihsiang legal claim.

 

There was a net tax credit of £0.7 million and a non-controlling interest charge of £0.3 million in relation to the above net exceptional charge.

 

The charge for the amortisation of acquisition related intangible assets increased to £31.6 million from £24.1 million, principally reflecting acquisitions completed in the current and prior year.

 

 Profit before tax

Profit before tax from continuing operations increased by 47.0% to £216.3 million.

 

Taxation

The effective tax rate for the Group increased to 16% from 12% in the prior year. The increase is primarily due to the larger proportion of the Group's profits now generated in Continental Europe.   

 

Non-controlling interest

The non-controlled element of the Group's consolidated profit after tax amounted to £3.0 million.  

 

Adjusted earnings per share

Adjusted earnings per share increased by 27.2% (31.3% on a constant currency basis) to 257.1 pence, reflecting very strong profit growth and the issue of 4.2 million new ordinary shares in the equity placing completed in May 2015.

 

Dividend

The Board is recommending an increase of 15% in the final dividend to 64.18 pence per share, which, when added to the interim dividend of 33.04 pence per share, gives a total dividend for the year of 97.22 pence per share. This represents a 15% increase over the total prior year dividend of 84.54 pence per share.  The dividend is covered 2.6 times by adjusted earnings per share (2.5 times in 2015).  It is proposed to pay the final dividend on 21 July 2016 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 27 May 2016. 

 

Over its 22 years as a listed company, DCC has an unbroken record of dividend growth at a compound annual rate of 14.7%.

 

Cash flow

The Group generated excellent operating and free cash flow during the year as set out below:

 

Year ended 31 March

 

2016

          £'m

 

2015

£'m

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 
300.5
 
228.2
 
 
 
 
 
Decrease in working capital
 
   37.6 
 
102.6
Depreciation and other
 
73.6
 
 47.0
 
 
 
 
 
Operating cash flow
 
411.7
 
377.8
 
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditure (net)
 
(120.6)
 
(63.3)
 
 
 
 
 
Free cash flow
 
291.1
 
314.5
 
 
 
 
 
Interest and tax paid, net of dividend from equity accounted investments
 
 
(63.4)
 
 
(60.0)
 
 
 
 
 
Free cash flow after interest and tax
 
227.7
 
254.5
 
 
 
 
 
Acquisitions
 
(394.0)
 
(123.5)
Dividends
 
(80.9)
 
(66.1)
Disposals / exceptional items (net)
 
(15.4)
 
38.6
Share issues
 
197.7
 
1.7
 
 
 
 
 
Net (outflow) / inflow
 
(64.9)
 
105.2
 
 
 
 
 
Opening net cash / (debt)
 
30.0
 
(87.3)
Translation and other
 
(19.6)
 
  12.1
Closing net (debt) / cash
 
(54.5)
 
30.0

 

Operating cash flow in 2016 was £411.7 million compared to £377.8 million in the prior year.  Working capital reduced by £37.6 million, with overall working capital days increasing modestly to a negative 3.9 days sales from negative 4.9 days sales in the prior year.  DCC Technology selectively uses supply chain financing solutions to sell, on a non-recourse basis, a portion of its receivables relating to certain larger supply chain/sales and marketing activities. The level of supply chain financing at 31 March 2016 was broadly unchanged year on year and had a positive impact on Group working capital days of 4.9 days (31 March 2015: 5.4 days).

 

A much increased level of development capital expenditure in the current year, principally in respect of the new UK distribution centre in DCC Technology, resulted in total capital expenditure for the year of £120.6 million (2015: £63.3 million). The total capital expenditure exceeded the depreciation charge in the year by £45.8 million. Despite this increased level of development capital expenditure, the Group's free cash flow amounted to £291.1 million, an excellent 97% conversion of operating profit into cash.

 

Return on capital employed

The creation of shareholder value through the delivery of consistent, long-term returns well in excess of its cost of capital is one of DCC's core strategic aims. The increase in the Group's operating profit and strong working capital management resulted in a Group return on capital employed of 21.0%.  The return on capital employed by division was as follows:

 

 

2016

2015

DCC Energy

24.4%

19.8%

DCC Healthcare

17.1%

16.6%

DCC Technology

17.8%

25.5%

DCC Environmental

11.7%

9.7%

Group

21.0%

18.9%

 

The overall Group return and that of DCC Energy was flattered somewhat by the acquisitions of Butagaz and Esso Retail France which were completed during the year. The pro-forma return for DCC Energy and the Group (i.e. including these acquisitions as if they had been in place for the full year) would have been approximately 21% and 19% respectively.

 

Committed acquisition and capital expenditure

Committed acquisition and capital expenditure in the current year amounted to £200.9 million as follows:

 

 

       Acquisitions

Capex

      Total

 

       £'m

    £'m

         £'m

DCC Energy

40.9

68.3

109.2

DCC Healthcare

20.3

8.4

28.7

DCC Technology

19.0

31.6

50.6

DCC Environmental

    -

12.4

12.4

 

 

 

 

Total

80.2

120.7

200.9

 

Acquisition activity

Committed acquisition expenditure amounted to £80.2 million and included:

 

DCC Energy

Dansk Fuels

On 23 March 2016 DCC announced it had reached agreement to acquire a commercial, aviation and retail fuels business in Denmark, formerly owned by Shell. The completion of the acquisition by DCC is conditional, inter alia, on EC competition clearance. The transaction is expected to complete in the second half of calendar 2016, after the relevant clearances have been received.

 

The acquisition will comprise Shell's commercial and aviation distribution business in Denmark and a retail petrol station network of 139 sites (comprising 95 manned and 44 unmanned sites) together with contracts to supply 66 dealers. DCC will also enter into a long term brand partnership with Shell to operate the network under the Shell brand. The transaction will require a total investment by DCC of approximately DKK300 million (£30 million). The business will be merged with DCC's existing oil distribution business in Denmark and will leverage DCC Energy's newly developed retail operating platform. The acquired business will have total incremental volumes of approximately 0.9 billion litres and is expected to generate an initial return on invested capital commensurate with DCC's Energy's existing returns.

 

DCC Healthcare

Design Plus

In September 2015, DCC Health & Beauty Solutions strengthened its market position in the contract manufacture of creams and liquids through the acquisition of Design Plus (Holdings) Ltd ("Design Plus") based in Lancashire, England.  The consideration, which was paid in cash at completion, was based on an enterprise value of £15 million. Design Plus has brought specialist expertise in sachet filling, where it is the market leader in this segment in Britain, and strong relationships with a complementary range of health and beauty brand owners and retailers in Britain, Continental Europe and the USA.

 

Espiner

In October 2015, DCC Vital acquired Espiner Medical ("Espiner"), a small medical devices company based near Bristol, England. Espiner has developed a range of tissue retrieval bags for use in laparoscopic surgical procedures. The acquisition will increase DCC Vital's own brand revenues and also provides access to a network of international distributors.

 

DCC Technology

CUC

In December 2015, DCC Technology completed the acquisition of CUC Groupe ("CUC"), a cabling and connectors distribution business headquartered near Paris. Employing 192 people and with annual revenue of approximately €60 million, CUC sells a broad range of cabling products to over 9,000 customers (resellers, systems integrators and electricians) from its operations in France and Germany. The acquisition adds specialist expertise in cabling and connector products and has significantly broadened the customer base of the Continental European business.

 

A number of acquisitions, announced in the prior year, were completed during the year. These included:

 

DCC Energy

Butagaz

DCC Energy completed the acquisition of Butagaz, a leading LPG business in France, from Shell. Butagaz is DCC's largest acquisition to date and represented a major step forward in the continuing expansion of its LPG business. The French LPG market is the second largest in Western Europe and approximately twice the size of the market in Britain. The acquisition of Butagaz has provided DCC Energy with a substantial presence in the French LPG market, an experienced management team and a high quality sales, marketing and operating infrastructure. Following receipt of competition clearance from the EC, the agreement to acquire Butagaz became unconditional in all respects on 1 September 2015, well ahead of the schedule anticipated at the time of announcing the acquisition.

 

The final consideration for the acquisition of Butagaz (inclusive of debt-like items which will fall due over time) was €437 million (£319 million).

 

Esso Retail France

In June 2015, DCC Energy completed the acquisition of the assets that comprise the Esso Express unmanned retail petrol station network and the Esso branded motorway concessions in France from Esso Société Anonyme Française. The business has annual volumes of approximately 1.9 billion litres and the total consideration, inclusive of stock in tank at the date of acquisition, was €122 million (£89 million).

 

DLG Denmark

In July 2015, following the receipt of competition clearance, DCC Energy combined its Danish oil distribution business with the fuel distribution activities of DLG, a leading Danish agricultural business. The transaction resulted in DCC Energy owning 60% of the enlarged business which distributes approximately 400 million litres of fuel and is now managed by DCC Energy's management team.

 

 

DCC Technology

Computers Unlimited

In May 2015, DCC Technology acquired Computers Unlimited for an initial enterprise value of £24 million. Computers Unlimited is a consumer technology distributor operating primarily in the UK but also with operations in France and Spain. The business is focused on the 'connected home' and professional design markets and distributes a range of products that are complementary to those distributed by DCC Technology, including design software, printers, accessories and premium audio systems.

 

Total cash spend on acquisitions for the year ended 31 March 2016

The total cash spend on acquisitions in the year was £394.0 million.

 

Capital expenditure

Net capital expenditure for the year of £120.6 million (2015: £63.3 million) compares to a depreciation charge of £74.8 million (2015: £59.7 million).

 

As previously reported, DCC Technology is continuing to integrate its UK businesses under the Exertis brand and as part of this project is significantly upgrading its ERP and logistics infrastructure. DCC Technology has commenced the construction of a new, purpose built, 450,000 sq.ft. UK national distribution centre in the north of England, close to the majority of its existing facilities. The project is progressing well and the relocation to the new facility will take place on a phased basis, beginning in the second half of the financial year ending 31 March 2017.

 

Financial strength

An integral part of the Group's strategy is the maintenance of a strong and liquid balance sheet to leave it well placed to take advantage of development opportunities as they arise. To that end, and cognisant that the Group had already committed to acquire both the Esso Retail and Butagaz businesses in France, in May 2015 the Group successfully completed a placing of new ordinary shares representing 5% of its issued share capital. The shares were placed at a premium to the previous day's closing price, raising a net £193 million. 

 

As a result of the placing and the strong operating cash flow in the year, DCC's financial position remains very strong. At 31 March 2016, the Group had net debt of £54.5 million and total equity of £1.3 billion. At the same date, DCC had cash resources, net of overdrafts and short term debt, of £1.0 billion. In addition, during March 2016, the Group successfully extended its committed revolving credit facility for a further five years and also increased the size of the facility from £150 million to £400 million. The revolving credit facility currently remains undrawn.  The Group's outstanding term debt at 31 March 2016 had an average maturity of 6.1 years. Substantially all of the Group's debt has been raised in the US Private Placement market with an average credit margin of 1.66% over floating Euribor/Libor.

 

Outlook

The Group expects that the year ending 31 March 2017 will be another year of profit growth and development.

 
Annual Report and Annual General Meeting

DCC's 2016 Annual Report will be published in June 2016.  The Company's Annual General Meeting will be held at 11.00 am on Friday 15 July 2016 in The InterContinental Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland. 

 

 

 

 

Performance Review - Divisional Analysis

 

DCC Energy

2016

2015

% change

Volumes (litres)

12.770b

10.754b

+18.7%

Revenue

£7,515.3m

£7,624.1m

-1.4%

Operating profit

£205.2m

£119.4m

+71.9%

Operating profit per litre

1.61p

1.11p

 

Return on capital employed

24.4%

19.8%

 

 

DCC Energy had an excellent year with operating profit increasing to £205.2 million, 71.9% ahead of the prior year (79.4% ahead on a constant currency basis) and generating a return on capital employed of 24.4% (approximately 21% on a pro-forma basis i.e. if the acquisitions of Butagaz and Esso Retail France were in place for the full year). The business benefitted from the significant level of development activity and strong organic operating profit growth in LPG.

 

DCC Energy sold 12.8 billion litres of product, an increase of 18.7% over the prior year driven by acquisitions. Volumes were 0.8% lower on a like for like basis as heating-related volumes were adversely impacted by the extremely mild temperatures, particularly in the quarter to December 2015 which was the warmest on record in the UK.  DCC Energy's revenue declined by 1.4% (1.5% ahead on a constant currency basis) with average selling prices per litre reducing by 16.9%, due to the impact of lower oil prices.

 

The LPG business had an excellent year, benefiting from the acquisition of Butagaz and a substantial reduction in the underlying cost of product. Butagaz, which has performed strongly since acquisition, has significantly increased the scale of DCC Energy's LPG operations and on a pro-forma basis DCC Energy now sells approximately 1.2 million tonnes of LPG with leading market positions across six countries in Western Europe.

 

Excluding Butagaz, despite the mild winter weather, the business achieved good organic volume growth, driven by both increased sales to existing commercial and industrial customers and also oil to LPG conversions, as the commercial and environmental benefits of LPG over other fuels are increasingly recognised by customers. 

 

The Oil business recorded a satisfactory performance, given the impact of milder weather on the relatively higher margin heating-related volumes. 

 

In Britain the business was adversely impacted by the mild winter and difficult market conditions in certain commercial sectors; however the business continues to progress its development in complementary areas, including lubricants and aviation fuels.  In other markets the business performed strongly, achieving good organic growth and benefiting from the acquisition of the DLG fuel distribution business in Denmark.  The Danish business will be further expanded by the agreement to acquire Shell's commercial and aviation fuels business, as announced by DCC on 23 March 2016, which is expected to complete in the second half of calendar 2016. 

 

The Retail & Fuel Card business achieved an excellent result, with a strong organic performance in existing markets complemented by significant progress in the development of the business.

 

In June 2015, DCC Energy completed the acquisition of the Esso Retail petrol station business in France, comprising 272 unmanned Esso Express sites and concessions to operate 47 Esso branded motorway sites.  The integration of the business into DCC's newly developed operating platform was completed to plan and the business has performed strongly since acquisition.  The operating infrastructure and expertise now in place provide DCC Energy with a scalable platform for further growth in the Retail sector.  DCC Energy now operates 694 retail sites across four countries and will be further enhanced by the agreement to acquire 139 retail sites in Denmark, as announced on 23 March 2016.  The Fuel Card business continued its record of strong organic growth and continued to grow its market share in Britain.

 

The year ended 31 March 2016 was a year of significant growth and development for DCC Energy.  The business now has leadership positions in 10 countries across Europe in its chosen sectors of LPG, Oil and Retail & Fuel Card.  DCC Energy is well positioned to continue to grow its business in both existing and new geographies, particularly in light of the continuing divestment programmes of the major oil and gas companies. 

 

 

 

DCC Healthcare

2016

2015

% change

Revenue

£490.7m

£488.1m

+0.5%

Operating profit

£45.0m

£39.7m

+13.5%

Operating margin

9.2%

8.1%

 

Return on capital employed

17.1%

16.6%

 

 

DCC Healthcare performed very strongly during the year and achieved operating profit growth of 13.5%, approximately two thirds of which was organic, whilst continuing to generate excellent returns on capital employed. DCC Healthcare delivered a further increase in its operating margin, benefitting from its focus on improving the sales mix across the business and leveraging the increased scale of its sales and operating platform. DCC Healthcare also completed two bolt-on acquisitions which enhanced its product and service offering.

 

DCC Vital, which is focused on the sales and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical devices to healthcare providers in Britain and Ireland, recorded strong operating profit growth. The business made good progress during the year in streamlining its activities and product portfolio as it continues to increase its focus on the sales and marketing of its own products, in particular by exiting certain lower margin activities including pharma compounding and by consolidating back office facilities and activities. DCC Vital achieved excellent growth in hospital injectable pharmaceuticals and benefitted from the launch of a number of own-licence pharma products. The business generated good growth across each of its medical devices product categories and further strengthened its own brand offering in this area through the bolt-on acquisition of Espiner in niche surgical consumables in Britain. DCC Vital also delivered continued good organic growth in the primary care sector, across its portfolio of medical equipment, consumables and related services.

 

DCC Health & Beauty Solutions, which provides outsourced solutions to international nutrition and beauty brand owners, continued its track record of strong organic profit growth. Particularly strong organic growth was achieved in nutritional products with increased sales to a number of European customers. The business also benefitted from a number of successful new beauty product development projects on behalf of international brand owners.  In addition, further efficiencies were realised from the final phase of the integration of its Swedish tablet manufacturing and packing operations into its larger tabletting facility in Britain. Design Plus, which was acquired in September 2015 and is the market leader in Britain in sachet filling for health and beauty brand owners, has performed strongly since acquisition. This acquisition has extended DCC Health & Beauty Solutions' service offering to brand owners and has provided access to new customers, opening up a range of additional growth opportunities.

 

DCC Healthcare is well placed to continue building on its track record of organic and acquisitive growth over the last five years and its strengthened operating platforms. The business is ambitious to further develop its product and service offering to healthcare providers and health and beauty brand owners and to expand its geographic footprint beyond its current markets. 

  

 

DCC Technology

2016

2015

% change

Revenue

£2.442b

£2.350b

+3.9%

Operating profit

£35.1m

£49.3m

-28.8%

Operating margin

1.4%

2.1%

 

Return on capital employed

17.8%

25.5%

 

 

DCC Technology had a very difficult year with operating profit declining by 28.8% as challenging trading conditions experienced in the UK, its largest business, more than offset good performances in the division's other activities.

 

The UK business, which accounted for 72% of the revenue of the division, was, as reported previously, materially affected by a reduction in sales of products from one large supplier, particularly in the first half of the year, and also by weaker than anticipated demand for tablet computing, smartphone and gaming products. These factors contributed to a like-for-like sales decline of 7%. Although the business achieved growth in other areas such as audio visual and components, the change in product mix, together with the effects of negative operating leverage, contributed to a reduction in operating margin in the UK. 

 

In response to the challenging trading conditions in the UK, the business has reduced its cost base and is continuing to build its market position in new and developing product categories such as smart technology, audio visual, network security and virtual reality. The capital infrastructure projects in progress will significantly enhance the IT and operational capability of the business, provide capacity for further growth and enable efficiency improvements. The projects remain on course for completion in the first half of 2017.

 

DCC Technology's business in Ireland achieved strong growth and benefitted from improved demand across a number of product segments, reflecting good business development activity and the continued recovery of the Irish economy.

 

The Continental European business achieved good growth, reflecting strong organic growth in the Nordics and Benelux, offsetting weaker demand in the French market. The business also benefitted in the final quarter from the acquisition of CUC, which has performed in line with expectations. The acquisition of CUC has added specialist expertise in cabling and connector products and also significantly broadened the customer base of the Continental European business.

 

The Supply Chain Services business performed well, with good business development over the year bringing new customers and contributing to strong revenue growth, albeit at lower margins.

 

DCC Technology is focused on further broadening the base of its activities in the coming year, from both a product and a customer perspective. The business is confident that the business development and cost efficiency initiatives undertaken will bring about a return to growth in the coming year.

 

 

 

 

DCC Environmental

2016

2015

% change

Revenue

£153.5m

£143.6m

+6.9%

Operating profit

£15.2m

£13.3m

+14.2%

Operating margin

9.9%

9.3%

 

Return on capital employed

11.7%

9.7%

 

 

DCC Environmental performed very strongly during the year, increasing its operating profit by 14.2% to £15.2 million. The growth in operating profit, all of which was organic, resulted in the return on capital employed increasing to 11.7%.  

 

The British business performed strongly during the year, with continued good business development activity, particularly in the non-hazardous business in the East Midlands. The business also performed well in the hazardous area, successfully mitigating the effects of the significant fall in oil prices and recording good growth across a range of specialist service areas.

 

The Irish business also performed strongly. An improving economic environment assisted business development efforts across a number of service lines, notwithstanding a more difficult year in the treatment of waste oil. The business also benefitted from cost reduction initiatives implemented in the prior year.

 

 

 

 

 

Forward-looking statements

This announcement contains some forward-looking statements that represent DCC's expectations for its business, based on current expectations about future events, which by their nature involve risk and uncertainty.  DCC believes that its expectations and assumptions with respect to these forward-looking statements are reasonable, however because they involve risk and uncertainty as to future circumstances, which are in many cases beyond DCC's control, actual results or performance may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements.

 

Group Income Statement

For the year ended 31 March 2016                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

Pre exceptionals

Exceptionals

(note 5)

 

Total

 

Pre exceptionals

Exceptionals

(note 5)

 

Total

 

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue 

4

10,601,085

-

10,601,085

 

10,606,080

-

10,606,080

 

Cost of sales

 

(9,545,194)

-

(9,545,194)

 

(9,781,910)

-

(9,781,910)

 

Gross profit

 

1,055,891

-

1,055,891

 

824,170

-

824,170

 

Administration expenses

 

(304,029)

-

(304,029)

 

(262,923)

-

(262,923)

 

Selling and distribution expenses

 

(463,877)

-

(463,877)

 

(350,978)

-

(350,978)

Other operating income

 

26,416

13,829

40,245

 

19,657

7,914

27,571

 

Other operating expenses

 

(13,878)

(28,469)

(42,347)

 

(8,210)

(27,718)

(35,928)

 

Operating profit before amortisation

of intangible assets

 

300,523

 

(14,640)

 

285,883

 

 

221,716

 

(19,804)

 

201,912

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

(31,622)

-

(31,622)

 

(24,057)

-

(24,057)

 

Operating profit

4

268,901

(14,640)

254,261

 

197,659

(19,804)

177,855

 

Finance costs

 

(64,970)

(9,419)

(74,389)

 

(60,216)

(2,191)

(62,407)

 

Finance income

 

35,981

-

35,981

 

31,288

-

31,288

 

Equity accounted investments' profit after tax

504

-

504

 

402

-

402

 

Profit before tax from continuing operations

240,416

(24,059)

216,357

 

169,133

(21,995)

147,138

 

Profit before tax from discontinued operations

 

14

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

5,088

 

11,079

 

16,167

 

Profit before tax

 

240,416

(24,059)

216,357

 

174,221

(10,916)

163,305

 

Income tax expense

 

(36,024)

710

(35,314)

 

(18,881)

-

(18,881)

 

Profit after tax for the financial year

 

204,392

(23,349)

181,043

 

155,340

(10,916)

144,424

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

Profit attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of the Parent

 

 

 

178,031

 

 

144,427

Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

3,012

 

 

(3)

 

 

 

 

181,043

 

 

144,424

Profit after tax for the financial year comprises:

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax from continuing operations

 

181,043

 

 

128,661

Profit after tax from discontinued operations

 

-

 

 

15,763

 

 

 

 

181,043

 

 

144,424

Earnings per ordinary share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic - continuing operations

6

 

 

      202.64p

 

 

    153.20p

Basic - discontinued operations

6

 

 

                   -

 

 

       18.77p

Basic

6

 

 

      202.64p

 

 

    171.97p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted - continuing operations

6

 

 

      201.02p

 

 

    152.10p

Diluted - discontinued operations

6

 

 

                   -

 

 

       18.63p

Diluted

6

 

 

      201.02p

 

 

    170.73p

 

Group Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 March 2016

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group profit for the financial year

 

 

 

181,043

 

144,424

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- arising in the year

 

 

 

37,971

 

(15,007)

 

- recycled to the Income Statement on disposal

 

 

 

-

 

(2,721)

 

Movements relating to cash flow hedges

 

 

 

2,230

 

(6,942)

 

Movement in deferred tax liability on cash flow hedges

 

 

 

120

 

324

 

 

 

 

40,321

 

(24,346)

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group defined benefit pension obligations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

- remeasurements

 

 

4,894

 

(19,302)

 

- movement in deferred tax asset

 

 

(570)

 

2,187

 

 

 

 

4,324

 

(17,115)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the financial year, net of tax

 

 

44,645

 

(41,461)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the financial year

 

 

 

225,688

 

102,963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of the Parent

 

 

 

220,411

 

103,555

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

5,277

 

(592)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

225,688

 

102,963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

225,688

 

103,378

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

-

 

(415)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

225,688

 

102,963

 

                           
 

Group Balance Sheet

As at 31 March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

Notes

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

739,503

 

464,689

Intangible assets

 

 

 

1,297,065

 

759,179

Equity accounted investments

 

 

 

22,139

 

4,963

Deferred income tax assets

 

 

 

21,285

 

9,380

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

 

209,518

 

233,150

 

 

 

 

2,289,510

 

1,471,361

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

 

393,948

 

320,655

Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

916,069

 

847,274

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

 

15,915

 

5,395

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

1,182,034

 

1,260,942

 

 

 

 

2,507,966

 

2,434,266

Assets classified as held for sale

 

 

 

-

 

12,196

 

 

 

 

2,507,966

 

2,446,462

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

 

4,797,476

 

3,917,823

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

 

15,455

 

14,688

Share premium

 

 

 

277,211

 

83,032

Share based payment reserve

8

 

 

14,954

 

12,756

Cash flow hedge reserve

8

 

 

(8,112)

 

(10,462)

Foreign currency translation reserve

8

 

 

70,887

 

32,683

Other reserves

8

 

 

932

 

932

Retained earnings

 

 

 

948,316

 

849,119

Equity attributable to owners of the Parent

 

 

 

1,319,643

 

982,748

Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

30,833

 

4,245

Total equity

 

 

 

1,350,476

 

986,993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

 

1,260,421

 

1,314,386

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

 

343

 

92

Deferred income tax liabilities

 

 

 

133,646

 

30,533

Post employment benefit obligations

10

 

 

347

 

10,230

Provisions for liabilities

 

 

 

213,115

 

29,016

Acquisition related liabilities

 

 

 

81,411

 

40,149

Government grants

 

 

 

904

 

1,272

 

 

 

 

1,690,187

 

1,425,678

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

 

1,437,832

 

1,312,136

Current income tax liabilities

 

 

 

45,172

 

16,095

Borrowings

 

 

 

192,804

 

149,472

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

 

8,401

 

7,902

Provisions for liabilities

 

 

 

31,373

 

8,096

Acquisition related liabilities

 

 

 

41,231

 

3,235

 

 

 

 

1,756,813

 

1,496,936

Liabilities associated with assets classified as held for sale

 

 

 

-

 

8,216

 

 

 

 

1,756,813

 

1,505,152

Total liabilities

 

 

 

3,447,000

 

2,930,830

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

 

 

4,797,476

 

3,917,823

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (debt)/cash included above (including cash attributable to assets held for sale)

 

9

 

 

 

(54,502)

 

 

29,987

 

Group Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

For the year ended 31 March 2016

Attributable to owners of the Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

Non-

 

 

Share

Share

Retained

reserves

 

controlling

Total

 

capital

premium

earnings

(note 8)

Total

interests

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2015

    14,688

83,032

   849,119

   35,909

   982,748

         4,245

   986,993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year

-

-

   178,031

             -

   178,031

         3,012

   181,043

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation

              -

                 -

               -

   35,706

     35,706

         2,265

     37,971

Group defined benefit pension obligations:

               

                  

               

 

               

 

 

- remeasurements

              -

-

       4,894

             -

       4,894

                -

       4,894

- movement in deferred tax asset

              -

-

         (570)

             -

         (570)

                -

        (570)

Movements relating to cash flow hedges

              -

-

               -

     2,230

       2,230

                -

       2,230

Movement in deferred tax liability on cash flow hedges

              -

-

               -

        120

          120

                -

          120

Total comprehensive income

              -

-

   182,355

   38,056

   220,411

         5,277

   225,688

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

         767

194,179

               -

             -

   194,946

                -

   194,946

Re-issue of treasury shares

              -

-

       2,781

             -

       2,781

                -

       2,781

Share based payment

              -

-

               -

     2,198

       2,198

                -

       2,198

Dividends

              -

-

    (80,938)

             -

    (80,938)

                -

   (80,938)

Non-controlling interest arising on acquisition

              -

-

      (5,001)

     2,498

      (2,503)

       21,311

     18,808

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2016

15,455

277,211

948,316

78,661

1,319,643

30,833

1,350,476

 

 

 

For the year ended 31 March 2015

 

 

 

Attributable to owners of the Parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

Non-

 

 

Share

Share

Retained

reserves

 

controlling

Total

 

capital

premium

earnings

(note 8)

Total

interests

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2014

14,688

83,032

786,158

57,540

941,418

4,837

946,255

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year

-

-

   144,427

             -

   144,427

              (3)

   144,424

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- arising in the year

              -

                 -

               -

  (14,418)

    (14,418)

          (589)

   (15,007)

- recycled to the Income Statement on disposal

   -

                 -

               -

    (2,721)

      (2,721)

                -

     (2,721)

Group defined benefit pension obligations:

               

                  

               

 

               

 

 

- remeasurements

              -

-

    (19,302)

             -

    (19,302)

                -

   (19,302)

- movement in deferred tax asset

              -

-

       2,187

             -

       2,187

                -

       2,187

Movements relating to cash flow hedges

              -

-

               -

    (6,942)

      (6,942)

                -

     (6,942)

Movement in deferred tax liability on cash flow hedges

              -

-

               -

        324

          324

                -

          324

Total comprehensive income

              -

-

   127,312

  (23,757)

   103,555

          (592)

   102,963

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-issue of treasury shares

              -

-

       1,699

             -

       1,699

                -

       1,699

Share based payment

              -

-

               -

     2,126

       2,126

                -

       2,126

Dividends

              -

-

    (66,050)

             -

    (66,050)

                -

   (66,050)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2015

    14,688

83,032

   849,119

   35,909

   982,748

         4,245

   986,993

                 

 

 

Group Cash Flow Statement

For the year ended 31 March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

Note

 

£'000

 

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year

 

 

 

181,043

 

144,424

Add back non-operating expenses/(income)

 

 

 

 

 

 

-  tax

 

 

 

35,314

 

18,881

-  share of equity accounted investments' profit

 

 

 

(504)

 

(489)

-  net operating exceptionals

 

 

 

14,640

 

8,725

-  net finance costs

 

 

 

38,408

 

31,313

Group operating profit before exceptionals

 

 

 

268,901

 

202,854

Share-based payments expense

 

 

 

2,198

 

2,126

Depreciation

 

 

 

74,822

 

59,710

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

 

 

31,622

 

25,345

Loss/(profit) on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

415

 

(3,256)

Amortisation of government grants

 

 

 

(419)

 

(358)

Other (primarily pension payments)

 

 

 

(3,412)

 

(11,159)

Decrease in working capital

 

 

 

37,585

 

102,556

Cash generated from operations before exceptionals

 

 

 

411,712

 

377,818

Exceptionals

 

 

 

(19,567)

 

(16,454)

Cash generated from operations

 

 

 

392,145

 

361,364

Interest paid

 

 

 

(64,432)

 

(59,678)

Income tax paid

 

 

 

(35,346)

 

(32,361)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

292,367

 

269,325

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inflows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

13,523

 

16,054

Government grants received

 

 

 

-

 

52

Dividends received from equity accounted investments

 

 

 

365

 

828

Disposal of subsidiaries and equity accounted investments

 

 

 

4,173

 

55,090

Interest received

 

 

 

36,004

 

31,222

 

 

 

 

54,065

 

103,246

Outflows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

(134,172)

 

(79,401)

Acquisition of subsidiaries

 

11

 

(390,042)

 

(107,223)

Payment of accrued acquisition related liabilities

 

 

 

(3,913)

 

(16,326)

 

 

 

 

(528,127)

 

(202,950)

Net cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

(474,062)

 

(99,704)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inflows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of shares

 

 

 

197,727

 

1,699

Increase in interest-bearing loans and borrowings

 

 

 

-

 

448,989

Net cash inflow on derivative financial instruments

 

 

 

1,953

 

-

Increase in finance lease liabilities

 

 

 

59

 

-

 

 

 

 

199,739

 

450,688

Outflows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repayment of interest-bearing loans and borrowings

 

 

 

(14,832)

 

(169,631)

Repayment of finance lease liabilities

 

 

 

(151)

 

(486)

Net cash outflow on derivative financial instruments

 

 

 

-

 

(9,832)

Dividends paid to owners of the Parent

 

7

 

(80,938)

 

(66,050)

 

 

 

 

(95,921)

 

(245,999)

Net cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

103,818

 

204,689

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

(77,877)

 

374,310

Translation adjustment

 

 

 

38,249

 

(58,206)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

 

 

1,129,665

 

813,561

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

 

 

 

1,090,037

 

1,129,665

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents consists of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and short term bank deposits

 

 

 

1,182,034

 

1,260,942

Overdrafts

 

 

 

(91,997)

 

(133,629)

Cash and short term deposits attributable to assets held for sale

 

 

 

-

 

2,352

 

 

 

 

1,090,037

 

1,129,665

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               
 

Notes to the Condensed Financial Statements

For the year ended 31 March 2016

 

 

1.         Basis of Preparation

 

The financial information, from the Group Income Statement to note 16, contained in this preliminary results statement has been derived from the Group financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2016 and is presented in sterling, rounded to the nearest thousand.  The financial information does not include all the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements. The Annual Report will be distributed to shareholders and made available on the Company's website www.dcc.ie.  It will also be filed with the Companies Registration Office. The auditors have reported on the financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2016 and their report was unqualified. The financial information for the year ended 31 March 2015 represents an abbreviated version of the Group's statutory financial statements on which an unqualified audit report was issued and which have been filed with the Companies Registration Office.

 

The financial information presented in this report has been prepared in accordance with the Listing Rules of the Financial Services Authority and the accounting policies that the Group has adopted for 2016 which are consistent with those applied in the prior year.

 

 

2.         Accounting Policies

 

There were no changes to IFRS which became effective for the Group during the financial year which resulted in material changes to the Group's consolidated financial statements.

 

 

3.         Reporting Currency

 

The Group's financial statements are presented in sterling, denoted by the symbol '£'. Results and cash flows of operations based in non-sterling countries have been translated into sterling at average rates for the year, and the related balance sheets have been translated at the rates of exchange ruling at the balance sheet date.  The principal exchange rates used for translation of results and balance sheets into sterling were as follows:

 

        Average rate

      Closing rate

 

2016

2015

2016

2015

 

Stg£1=

Stg£1=

Stg£1=

Stg£1=

 

 

 

 

 

Euro

1.3697

1.2674

1.2633

1.3749

Swedish Krona

12.7937

11.6866

11.6547

12.7734

Danish Krone

10.2297

9.4577

9.4134

10.2705

Norwegian Krone

12.4995

10.7266

11.8938

11.9669

 

 

4.         Segmental Reporting

 

DCC is a sales, marketing, distribution and business support services group headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.  Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision maker.  The chief operating decision maker has been identified as Mr. Tommy Breen, Chief Executive and his executive management team.  The Group is organised into four operating segments: DCC Energy, DCC Healthcare, DCC Technology and DCC Environmental.

 

DCC Energy markets and sells oil products and services for transport, commercial/industrial, marine, aviation and home heating use in Europe. DCC Energy markets and sells liquefied petroleum gas for similar uses in Europe. DCC Energy also owns, operates and supplies unmanned and manned retail service stations in Europe.

 

DCC Healthcare sells, markets and distributes pharmaceuticals and medical products in the British and Irish markets. DCC Healthcare also provides outsourced product development, manufacturing, packaging and other services to health and beauty brand owners in Europe.

 

DCC Technology sells, markets and distributes a broad range of consumer and business technology products and services in Europe.

 

DCC Environmental provides a broad range of waste management and recycling services to the industrial, commercial, construction and public sectors in Britain and Ireland.

 

Net finance costs and income tax are managed on a centralised basis and therefore these items are not allocated between operating segments for the purpose of presenting information to the chief operating decision maker and accordingly are not included in the detailed segmental analysis below. Intersegment revenue is not material and thus not subject to separate disclosure.

 

An analysis of the Group's performance, based on continuing operations, by operating segment and geographic location is as follows:

 

 

 

 

(a)           By operating segment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             Year ended 31 March 2016

 

       

 

                                                                

 

DCC Energy

 

DCC Healthcare

 

DCC Technology

 

DCC Environmental

 

Total

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

         £'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment revenue

7,515,308

 

    490,617

 

2,441,705

 

153,455

 

10,601,085

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit*

205,181

 

45,039

 

      35,125

 

15,178

 

    300,523

Amortisation of intangible assets

(21,381)

 

(7,138)

 

       (2,627)

 

(476)

 

     (31,622)

Net operating exceptionals (note 5)

(9,057)

 

5,859

 

     (10,454)

 

(988)

 

     (14,640)

Operating profit

174,743

 

43,760

 

      22,044

 

13,714

 

    254,261

 

 

 

 

 

                                              Year ended 31 March 2015

       

                                                                                                                                        

 

DCC Energy

 

DCC Healthcare

 

DCC Technology

 

DCC Environmental

 

Total

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

         £'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment revenue

7,624,082

 

    488,114

 

2,350,284

 

143,600

 

10,606,080

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit*

119,392

 

39,689

 

49,341

 

13,294

 

    221,716

Amortisation of intangible assets

(14,334)

 

(6,143)

 

(2,794)

 

(786)

 

     (24,057)

Net operating exceptionals (note 5)

(7,137)

 

(1,161)

 

(11,101)

 

(405)

 

     (19,804)

Operating profit

97,921

 

32,385

 

35,446

 

12,103

 

    177,855

 

 

(b)           By geography

 
 

 

The Group has a presence in 15 countries worldwide. The following represents a geographical analysis of the segment information presented above in accordance with IFRS 8, which requires disclosure of information about the country of domicile (Republic of Ireland) and countries with material revenue and non-current assets.

 

 

 

                        Revenue

 

             Non-current assets**

 

 

2016

2015

 

2016

2015

 

 

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Republic of Ireland

659,723

717,077

 

132,892

120,238

 

United Kingdom

6,985,521

8,023,403

 

1,010,908

951,649

 

France

1,487,875

210,275

 

733,287

6,866

 

Other

1,467,966

1,655,325

 

181,620

150,078

 

 

10,601,085

10,606,080

 

2,058,707

1,228,831

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and operating profit are derived almost entirely from the sale of goods and are disclosed based on the location of the entity selling the goods. There are no material dependencies or concentrations on individual customers which would warrant disclosure under IFRS 8. The Balance Sheet information presented above is disclosed based on the location of the assets.

 

 

 

 * Operating profit before amortisation of intangible assets and net operating exceptionals

** Non-current assets comprise intangible assets, property, plant and equipment and equity accounted investments

 

 

 

5.         Exceptionals

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restructuring costs

 

 

(16,517)

 

(15,027)

Impairment of goodwill

 

 

-

 

(5,637)

Acquisition and related costs

 

 

(7,478)

 

(3,396)

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(947)

 

(1,508)

Adjustments to contingent acquisition consideration

 

 

6,290

 

415

Gain arising from legal case settlements

 

 

4,291

 

894

Restructuring of Group defined benefit pension schemes

 

 

-

 

6,381

Legal and other operating exceptional items

 

 

(279)

 

(1,926)

Net operating exceptional items

 

 

(14,640)

 

(19,804)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark to market of swaps and related debt

 

 

(9,419)

 

(2,191)

Net exceptional items before taxation (continuing operations)

 

 

(24,059)

 

(21,995)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net exceptional items relating to discontinued operations

 

 

-

 

11,079

Net exceptional items before taxation

 

 

(24,059)

 

(10,916)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax attributable to net exceptional items

 

 

710

 

-

Net exceptional items after taxation

 

 

(23,349)

 

(10,916)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interest share of net exceptional items after taxation

 

 

(323)

 

-

Net exceptional items attributable to owners of the Parent

 

 

(23,672)

 

(10,916)

 

The analysis of the net operating exceptional items is as follows:

 

 

 

2016

 

        2015                          

 

 

 

£'000

 

         £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional operating income

 

 

13,829

 

7,914 

Exceptional operating expense

 

 

(28,469)

 

(27,718) 

 

 

 

(14,640)

 

   (19,804) 

 

 

The Group has focused on the efficiency of its operational infrastructures and sales platforms, particularly in areas where it has been acquisitive in recent years. The Group incurred an exceptional charge of £16.517 million in relation to the related restructuring of existing and acquired businesses.

 

Most of the Group's debt has been raised in the US Private Placement market and swapped, using long term interest, currency and cross currency interest rate derivatives, to both fixed and floating rate sterling and euro. The level of ineffectiveness calculated under IAS 39 on the fair value and cash flow hedge relationships relating to fixed rate debt, together with gains or losses arising from marking to market swaps not designated as hedges, offset by foreign exchange translation gains or losses on the related fixed rate debt, is charged or credited as an exceptional item. In the year ended 31 March 2016, this amounted to an exceptional non-cash charge of £9.419 million. Cumulatively, the net exceptional charges taken in respect of the Group's outstanding US Private Placement debt and related hedging instruments is £15.0 million. These cumulative charges, or any subsequent similar non-cash charges will, through future net credits, reverse and net to zero over the remaining term of this debt and related hedging instruments.  

 

Acquisition costs, which include the professional and tax costs (such as stamp duty) relating to the evaluation and completion of acquisition opportunities, amounted to £7.478 million and reflect the significant level of acquisition activity undertaken by the Group.

 

The balance of the exceptional items relates to a gain arising from the write back of contingent acquisition consideration due to movements in the fair value of the underlying amounts payable (£6.290 million) and a net gain on legal claims (£4.291 million), primarily due to a final cash recovery in respect of the Pihsiang legal claim.

 

There was a net tax credit of £0.710 million and a non-controlling interest charge of £0.323 million in relation to the above net exceptional charges.

 

 

 

 

6.         Earnings per Ordinary Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Continuing

    Discontinued

 

 

 

 

 

 

          operations

       operations

      Total

 

 

 

  2016  

 

2015

             2015         

      2015

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

            £'000

     £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit attributable to owners of the Parent

 

 

 

178,031

 

 

128,664

15,763

144,427

Amortisation of intangible assets after tax

 

 

 

24,201

 

 

19,171

1,166

  20,337

Exceptionals after tax (note 5)

 

 

23,672

 

21,995

(11,079)

  10,916

 

Adjusted profit after taxation and non-controlling interests

 

 

225,904

 

 

169,830

5,850

175,680

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per ordinary share

 

 

 

 

Continuing   

 Discontinued    

 

 

 

Total   

 

operations   

operations    

     Total                                       

 

 

 

2016   

 

2015   

                2015             

     2015                                       

 

 

 

pence   

 

pence   

              pence      

   pence         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per ordinary share

 

 

202.64p

 

153.20p

          18.77p                                           

171.97p

Amortisation of intangible assets after tax

 

 

 

27.55p

 

 

22.83p

            1.39p  

  24.22p

Exceptionals after tax

 

 

26.95p

 

26.19p

         (13.19p)

  13.00p

 

Adjusted basic earnings per ordinary share

 

 

257.14p

 

 

202.22p

            6.97p 

  209.19p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (thousands)

 

87,854

 

 

 

83,983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to owners of the Parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year, excluding ordinary shares purchased by the Company and held as treasury shares.  The adjusted figures for basic earnings per ordinary share (a non-GAAP financial measure) are intended to demonstrate the results of the Group after eliminating the impact of amortisation of intangible assets and net exceptionals.

 

 

Diluted earnings per ordinary share

 

 

 

 

Continuing    

Discontinued

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

operations    

operations

         Total

 

 

 

 

        2016   

 

2015       

         2015                                           

     2015  

 

 

 

pence   

 

pence       

pence   

pence   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per ordinary share

 

 

201.02p

 

     152.10p

      18.63p                                         

170.73p

Amortisation of intangible assets after tax

 

 

 

27.32p

 

 

       22.66p

        1.38p

  24.04p

Exceptionals after tax

 

 

26.73p

 

       26.00p

       (13.10p)

  12.90p

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per ordinary share

 

 

255.07p

 

 

     200.76p

        6.91p

207.67p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (thousands)

88,564

 

 

 

  84,594

                       
 

 

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. Share options and awards are the Company's only category of dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 

Employee share options and awards, which are performance-based, are treated as contingently issuable shares because their issue is contingent upon satisfaction of specified performance conditions in addition to the passage of time.  These contingently issuable shares are excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per ordinary share where the conditions governing exercisability would not have been satisfied as at the end of the reporting period if that were the end of the vesting period. 

 

The adjusted figures for diluted earnings per ordinary share are intended to demonstrate the results of the Group after eliminating the impact of amortisation of intangible assets and net exceptionals.

 

The weighted average number of ordinary shares used in calculating the diluted earnings per share for the year ended 31 March 2016 was 88.564 million (2015: 84.594 million).  A reconciliation of the weighted average number of ordinary shares used for the purposes of calculating the diluted earnings per share amounts is as follows:

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

'000

 

'000

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

87,854

 

83,983

Dilutive effect of options and awards

710

 

611

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for diluted earnings per share

88,564

 

84,594

 

 

7.         Dividends

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final - paid 55.81 pence per share on 23 July 2015

(2015: paid 50.73 pence per share on 24 July 2014)

 

 

            50,646

 

41,927

Interim - paid 33.04 pence per share on 7 December 2015    

(2015: paid 28.73 pence per share on 28 November 2014)

 

 

 30,292

 

 24,123

 

 

 

 

                         

 80,938

 

 66,050

               

 

The Directors are proposing a final dividend in respect of the year ended 31 March 2016 of 64.18 pence per ordinary share (£56.816 million). This proposed dividend is subject to approval by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting.

 

 

 

8.         Other Reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the year ended 31 March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign

 

 

 

Share based

Cash flow

currency

 

 

 

payment

hedge

translation

Other

 

 

reserve

reserve

reserve

reserves

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

                   

 

 

 

At 1 April 2015

12,756  

(10,462)

          32,683

932

35,909

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation

-  

-

          35,706

-

35,706

Movements relating to cash flow hedges

-  

2,230

                     -

-

2,230

Movement in deferred tax liability on cash flow hedges                                         -

120

                     -

-

120

Transfer to non-controlling interests

-  

-

             2,498

-

2,498

Share based payment

2,198  

-

                      -

-

2,198

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2016

14,954  

(8,112)

           70,887

932

78,661

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the year ended 31 March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign    

 

 

 

       Share based

Cash flow

currency    

 

 

 

payment

hedge

translation    

Other

 

 

reserve

reserve

reserve    

reserves

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000    

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

                   

 

 

 

At 1 April 2014

10,630

(3,844)

49,822

932

57,540

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation:

 

 

 

 

 

- arising in the year

-

-

(14,418)

-

(14,418)

- recycled to the Income Statement on disposal of

  subsidiary

 

-    

 

-

 

(2,721)

 

-

 

(2,721)

Movements relating to cash flow hedges

-

(6,942)

-

-

(6,942)

Movement in deferred tax liability on cash flow hedges                                                                                             -          

 

 

324

 

-

 

-

 

324

Share based payment

2,126

-

-

-

2,126

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2015

12,756

(10,462)

32,683

932

35,909

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

9.         Analysis of Net (Debt)/Cash

 

 

 

2016

 

             2015

 

 

 

£'000

 

            £'000

Non-current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

209,518

 

233,150

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

15,915

 

5,395

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

1,182,034

 

1,260,942

 

 

 

1,197,949

 

1,266,337

Non-current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Finance leases

 

 

(127)

 

           (213)

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

(343)

 

              (92)

Unsecured Notes

 

 

(1,260,294)

 

(1,314,173)

 

 

 

(1,260,764)

 

(1,314,478)

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Bank borrowings

 

 

(91,997)

 

   (133,629)

Finance leases

 

 

(379)

 

           (357)

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

(8,401)

 

        (7,902)

Unsecured Notes

 

 

(100,428)

 

      (15,486)

 

 

 

(201,205)

 

   (157,374)

 

Net (debt)/cash excluding cash attributable to assets held for sale

 

 

(54,502)

 

 

27,635

Cash and short term deposits attributable to assets held for sale

 

-

 

2,352

 

Net (debt)/cash including cash attributable to assets held for sale

 

 

(54,502)

 

 

29,987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.        Post Employment Benefit Obligations

 

The Group's defined benefit pension schemes' assets were measured at fair value at 31 March 2016.  The defined benefit pension schemes' liabilities at 31 March 2016 were updated to reflect material movements in underlying assumptions.

 

The net deficit on the Group's post employment benefit obligations decreased from £10.230 million at 31 March 2015 to £0.347 million at 31 March 2016. The decrease in the deficit was primarily driven by an actuarial gain on liabilities which arose from an increase in the discount rate used to value these liabilities together with contributions in excess of the current service cost.

 

 

11.        Business Combinations

 

A key strategy of the Group is to create and sustain market leadership positions through acquisitions in markets it currently operates in, together with extending the Group's footprint into new geographic markets. In line with this strategy, the principal acquisitions completed by the Group during the year, together with percentages acquired were as follows:

·     the acquisition in May 2015 of 100% of Computers Unlimited, a consumer technology distributor operating primarily in the UK but also with operations in France and Spain;

·     the acquisition of 100% of the assets that comprise Esso's unmanned and motorway retail petrol station network in France ('Esso Retail France'), completed in June 2015;

·     the combination of the Group's Danish oil distribution business with the fuel distribution activities of DLG, a leading Danish agricultural business. The transaction, which completed in July 2015, resulted in DCC Energy owning 60% of the enlarged business;

·     the acquisition in September 2015 of 100% of Design Plus (Holdings) Ltd, a market leader in sachet filling in Britain;

·     the acquisition in October 2015 of 100% of CUC Groupe, a cabling and connectors distribution business headquartered near Paris with operations in France and Germany; and

·     the consideration for the acquisition of 100% of Butagaz S.A.S. ('Butagaz'), a leading liquefied petroleum gas business in France, was paid on 2 November 2015. 

 

 

The carrying amounts of the assets and liabilities acquired (excluding net cash/debt acquired), determined in accordance with IFRS before completion of the business combinations, together with the fair value adjustments made to those carrying values were as follows:

 

 

 

Esso Retail

 

 

 

 

Butagaz

France

Others

Total

 

 

2016

2016

2016

2016

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

119,801

78,583

6,221

204,605

 

Intangible assets - other intangible assets

264,881

16,561

16,572

298,014

 

Equity accounted investments

15,292

-

-

15,292

 

Deferred income tax assets

11,383

-

222

11,605

 

Total non-current assets

411,357

95,144

23,015

529,516

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

10,034

19,932

22,373

52,339

 

Trade and other receivables

69,919

1,211

26,774

97,904

 

Total current assets

79,953

21,143

49,147

150,243

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred income tax liabilities

(90,947)

(5,702)

(4,525)

(101,174)

 

Provisions for liabilities

(150,865)

(18,611)

(418)

(169,894)

 

Government grants

-

-

(46)

(46)

 

Total non-current liabilities

(241,812)

(24,313)

(4,989)

(271,114)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(50,697)

(17,254)

(27,472)

(95,423)

 

Provisions for liabilities

(18,604)

-

-

(18,604)

 

Current income tax liability

(18,318)

-

(401)

(18,719)

 

Total current liabilities

(87,619)

(17,254)

(27,873)

(132,746)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identifiable net assets acquired

161,879

74,720

39,300

275,899

 

Non-controlling interest arising on acquisition

-

-

(21,311)

(21,311)

 

Other reserve movements arising on acquisition

-

-

2,503

2,503

 

Intangible assets - goodwill

157,527

14,457

42,486

214,470

 

Total consideration

319,406

89,177

62,978

471,561

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satisfied by:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

339,660

95,362

65,470

500,492

 

Cash and cash equivalents acquired

(91,125)

(14,602)

(4,723)

(110,450)

 

Net cash outflow

248,535

80,760

60,747

390,042

 

Acquisition related liabilities

70,871

8,417

2,231

81,519

 

Total consideration

319,406

89,177

62,978

471,561

 

 

 

 

The acquisitions of Butagaz and Esso Retail France have been deemed to be substantial transactions and separate disclosure of the fair values of the identifiable assets and liabilities has therefore been made.  None of the remaining business combinations completed during the year were considered sufficiently material to warrant separate disclosure of the fair values attributable to those combinations.  The carrying amounts of the assets and liabilities acquired, determined in accordance with IFRS, before completion of the combination together with the adjustments made to those carrying values disclosed above were as follows:

 

 

Book

Fair value

Fair

 

value

adjustments

value

Butagaz

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets (excluding goodwill)

301,336

110,021

411,357

Current assets

82,873

(2,920)

79,953

Non-current liabilities

(202,385)

(39,427)

(241,812)

Current liabilities

(81,732)

(5,887)

(87,619)

Identifiable net assets acquired

100,092

61,787

161,879

Goodwill arising on acquisition

219,314

(61,787)

157,527

Total consideration

319,406

-

319,406

 

 

Book

Fair value

Fair

 

value

adjustments

value

Esso Retail France

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets (excluding goodwill)

80,343

14,801

95,144

Current assets

21,430

(287)

21,143

Non-current liabilities

(18,611)

(5,702)

(24,313)

Current liabilities

(17,254)

-

(17,254)

Identifiable net assets acquired

65,908

8,812

74,720

Goodwill arising on acquisition

23,269

(8,812)

14,457

Total consideration

89,177

-

89,177

 

 

Book

Fair value

Fair

 

value

adjustments

value

Others

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets (excluding goodwill)

6,443

16,572

23,015

Current assets

49,293

(146)

49,147

Non-current liabilities

(788)

(4,201)

(4,989)

Current liabilities

(27,463)

(410)

(27,873)

Identifiable net assets acquired

27,485

11,815

39,300

Non-controlling interest and related reserve movement

(18,808)

-

(18,808)

Goodwill arising on acquisition

54,301

(11,815)

42,486

Total consideration

62,978

-

62,978

 

 

Book

Fair value

Fair

 

value

adjustments

value

Total

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets (excluding goodwill)

388,122

141,394

529,516

Current assets

153,596

(3,353)

150,243

Non-current liabilities

(221,784)

(49,330)

(271,114)

Current liabilities

(126,449)

(6,297)

(132,746)

Identifiable net assets acquired

193,485

82,414

275,899

Non-controlling interest and related reserve movement

(18,808)

-

(18,808)

Goodwill arising on acquisition

296,884

(82,414)

214,470

Total consideration

471,561

-

471,561

 

 

 

The initial assignment of fair values to identifiable net assets acquired has been performed on a provisional basis in respect of a number of the business combinations above given the timing of closure of these transactions.  Any amendments to these fair values within the twelve month timeframe from the date of acquisition will be disclosable in the 2017 Annual Report as stipulated by IFRS 3.

 

The principal factors contributing to the recognition of goodwill on business combinations entered into by the Group are the expected profitability of the acquired business and the realisation of cost savings and synergies with existing Group entities.

 

£26.566 million of the goodwill recognised in respect of acquisitions completed during the financial year is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

 

Acquisition related costs included in other operating expenses in the Group Income Statement amounted to £7.478 million.

 

No contingent liabilities were recognised on the acquisitions completed during the year or the prior financial years.

 

The gross contractual value of trade and other receivables as at the respective dates of acquisition amounted to £100.127 million.  The fair value of these receivables is £97.904 million (all of which is expected to be recoverable) and is inclusive of an aggregate allowance for impairment of £2.223 million.

 

The fair value of contingent consideration recognised at the date of acquisition is calculated by discounting the expected future payment to present value at the acquisition date.  In general, for contingent consideration to become payable, pre-defined profit thresholds must be exceeded.  On an undiscounted basis, the future payments for which the Group may be liable for acquisitions completed during the year range from nil to £4.325 million.

 

There were no adjustments processed during the year to the fair value of business combinations completed during the year ended 31 March 2015 where those fair values were not readily determinable as at 31 March 2015.

 

The acquisitions during the year contributed £1,473.9 million to revenues and £49.0 million to profit after tax and non-controlling interests.  Had all the business combinations effected during the year occurred at the beginning of the year, total Group revenue for the year ended 31 March 2016 would have been £11,079.0 million and total Group profit after tax would be £189.9 million.

 

 

12.        Seasonality of Operations

 

The Group's operations are significantly second-half weighted primarily due to a portion of the demand for DCC Energy's products being weather dependent and seasonal buying patterns in DCC Technology.

 

 

13.       Related Party Transactions

 

There have been no related party transactions or changes in related party transactions that could have a material impact on the financial position or performance of the Group during the 2016 financial year.

 

 

14.        Discontinued Operations

 

The Group's discontinued operations for the year ended 31 March 2015 comprise the results of the Group's former DCC Food & Beverage segment.  The conditions for the businesses disposed of to be classified as discontinued operations were fulfilled in the second half of the year ended 31 March 2015.  The following table details the results of discontinued operations included in the prior year comparatives of the Group Income Statement:

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

143,360

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before amortisation of intangible assets and exceptional items

 

 

6,483

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

 

(1,288)

Operating profit before exceptional items

 

 

5,195

Net finance costs

 

 

(194)

Share of equity accounted investments' profit after tax

 

 

87

Profit before exceptional items and tax

 

 

5,088

Exceptional items

 

 

2,865

Profit on disposal of discontinued operations

 

 

8,214

Profit before tax

 

 

16,167

Income tax expense

 

 

(404)

Profit from discontinued operations after tax

 

 

15,763

 

Assets and liabilities classified as held for sale at 31 March 2015 comprise the fair value of the assets and liabilities of Bottle Green Limited (the remaining subsidiary of the Group's former Food & Beverage division) which was sold on 28 April 2015.

 

There were no discontinued operations in the year ended 31 March 2016.

 

 

15.       Events after the Balance Sheet Date

 

There have been no material events subsequent to 31 March 2016 which would require adjustment to or disclosure in this report.

 

 

16.       Board Approval

 

This report was approved by the Board of Directors of DCC plc on 16 May 2016.


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