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Wednesday 11 September, 2019

Epwin Group PLC

Half year results

RNS Number : 8758L
Epwin Group PLC
11 September 2019
 

 

11th September 2019

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.  Upon the publication of this announcement via the Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

Epwin Group Plc

 

Half year results for the six months to 30 June 2019

 

Continuing robust performance and strategic delivery

 

Epwin Group Plc (AIM: EPWN) ("Epwin" or the "Group"), a leading manufacturer of low maintenance building products, supplying the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement ("RMI"), new build and social housing sectors, announces its half year results for the six months to 30 June 2019.

 

Financial highlights

£m

 

 H1 2019

 

 H1 2019

pre-IFRS 16

 

H1 2018 4

 

Revenue

140.0

140.0

140.5

Underlying operating profit 1

9.4

8.3

7.5

Underlying operating profit margin

6.7%

5.9%

5.3%

Adjusted profit before tax 1

7.3

7.5

6.8

Profit before tax

Adjusted EPS 2

Basic EPS - continuing

6.7

4.20p

3.78p

6.9

4.34p

3.92p

5.8

3.78p

3.29p

Dividend per share

1.75p

1.75p

1.70p

Net debt (excluding IFRS 16)

(29.2)

(29.2)

(28.6)

Underlying operating cash conversion 3

156.4%

115.7%

158.7%

 

(1)   Stated before amortisation of acquired other intangible assets, share-based payments and other non-underlying items.

(2)   Adjusted EPS is calculated based on continuing profit after tax adding back amortisation of acquired other intangible assets, share-based payments and other non-underlying items.

(3)   Underlying operating cash conversion is pre-tax operating cash flow as a percentage of underlying operating profit.

(4)   Restated for 2018 discontinued glass sealed unit operations.

 

Financial headlines

·    Revenue of £140.0 million, in line with expectations:

Strong demand in Q1 driven by new customer wins and Brexit-related stockpiling, which unwound in Q2.

Revenues up 0.5% on a like for like basis, against strong H1 2018 comparatives.

·    Underlying operating profit increased by 10.7% to £8.3 million on a pre-IFRS 16 basis (up by 25.3% to £9.4 million on a reported basis):

Benefited from the site rationalisation programme launched in 2018.

Stable material prices have enabled recovery of some of the significant cost increases suffered during 2017 and 2018.

·    Financial position remains robust:

Operating cash conversion remains strong, with net debt of £29.2m at the half year, representing 1x adjusted EBITDA.

Bank facilities renegotiated increasing to £65.0 million revolving credit facility plus £10.0 million overdraft, on more favourable terms.

·    Interim dividend of 1.75 pence per share declared (up 3%), to be paid on 18 October 2019 to shareholders on the register on 20 September 2019.

 

Delivering on our strategy

·    Further progress with the Group's site consolidation and rationalisation programme, in particular at the Telford site:

Warehouse build and site consolidation project is progressing to plan - will ultimately consolidate seven existing units into two.

Purchase and sale of the site completed and agreement to build and lease the facility. The lease is on an arm's length basis at commercial market rates.

Taken together, these agreements are expected to generate net additional cash of approximately £8.0 million in the current year.

The site will be fully developed and operational in H1 2020 and will significantly improve the logistics and finishing operations of the Window Systems business and enable the growth and development of the new aluminium window system.

Unrelated to the Telford site, as previously reported, the Group disposed of its non-core glass-sealed unit manufacturing operation in Northampton in early January 2019.

·    Continued investment in enhancing the product portfolio to further develop the Group's long-term market position:

New aluminium window system launched in May 2019. Strong reception from both existing customer base and potential new customers with sales commencing in Q4.

Acquisition of PVS, a decking installation business, completed in February 2019 for £2.5m. PVS provides additional routes to market for the Group's decking products.

Continued strong sales growth from the Profile 22 Optima window system, up 15% year on year, with further new customer wins during H1 2019.

 

Current trading

·    Current trading is in line with expectations.

·     Short-term macroeconomic uncertainty continues to impact market conditions, particularly in the key RMI market.

·    Medium-term drivers remain positive:

Underinvestment in existing UK housing stock becoming more acute as repair and maintenance expenditure cannot be deferred indefinitely.

New build housing supported by underlying demand and government incentives.

Social housing market likely to see growth as government allows greater flexibility on financing.

 

Jon Bednall, Chief Executive Officer, said:

 

"The Group delivered a robust trading performance in the first half of 2019, in line with expectations in what continues to be challenging market conditions. 

 

We have made good strategic progress on all fronts - the acquisition of PVS provides further routes to market and supports the investment we made to develop our decking system; the new aluminium window system was launched on time and has been well received by our customer base and the wider market.

 

Operationally, our site consolidation programme has continued to plan, including important steps forward on our new warehousing and finishing facility in Telford, where the transactions will significantly reduce the Group's debt. We also successfully exited from our Northampton glass-sealed unit manufacturing operations.

 

Current trading is line with expectations, and the Board retains its positive view of the medium-term prospects for the market given the continued under investment in RMI, long-term new build demand and pent up demand in social housing markets."

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Epwin Group Plc                                                                          0203 128 8572

Jon Bednall, Chief Executive

Chris Empson, Group Finance Director

 

Zeus Capital Limited (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Nick Cowles / Jamie Peel

John Goold / Dominic King

 

 

0161 831 1512

0203 829 5000

 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (Joint Broker)

Erik Anderson / Dominic Morley

 

MHP Communications

Reg Hoare / Charlie Barker / Florence Mayo             

0207 886 2500

 

 

0203 128 8572

 

 

Forthcoming dates:

Ex-dividend date                             19 September 2019

Dividend record date                     20 September 2019

Dividend payment date                 18 October 2019

 

About Epwin

Epwin is a leading manufacturer of low maintenance building products, supplying the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement ("RMI"), new build and social housing sectors. The Company is incorporated, domiciled and operates principally in the United Kingdom.

 

www.epwin.co.uk

Group Business Review

Results

Half year revenue and underlying operating profit were in line with expectations. Strong demand in Q1 was driven by new customer wins and, we believe, forward-purchasing by customers ahead of Brexit. This was followed by weaker demand in Q2 as the delay of Brexit led to an unwind of forward-purchasing, compounded by poor weather in June. This view is supported by the UK construction data which shows a sharp loss of momentum for the UK construction sector in the second quarter attributed to heightened political and economic uncertainty.

 

 

 

6 months ended

 

Proforma

6 months ended 30 June 2019

(pre-IFRS 16)

£m

6 months ended

Key financials

30 June 2019

 

£m

30 June 2018

(restated)

£m

Revenue

140.0

140.0

140.5

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit (*)

9.4

8.3

7.5

Amortisation of acquired other intangible assets

(0.1)

(0.1)

(0.6)

Other non-underlying items

(0.1)

(0.1)

-

Share-based payments expense

(0.4)

(0.4)

(0.4)

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

8.8

7.7

6.5

Underlying operating profit margin (*)

6.7%

5.9%

5.3%

Operating profit margin

6.3%

5.5%

4.6%

 

(*) Underlying operating profit and margin is operating profit before amortisation of acquired other intangible assets, share-based payments and other non-underlying items.

On a like for like basis, adjusting for the acquisitions of PVS and Amicus and closure of the Cardiff window fabrication plant, revenues increased by 0.5%. This was mainly driven by selling price increases as the Group seeks to recover some of the substantial price increases of materials borne over the last two years.

Underlying operating profit increased by £1.9 million to £9.4 million. Of this increase, £1.1 million is as a result of the implementation of IFRS 16 with effect from 1 January 2019. Further details on the impact of IFRS 16 can be found in notes 1 and 10 to these financial statements. Excluding the impact of IFRS 16, underlying operating profit increased by £0.8 million.

Material input costs remained relatively flat compared to the same period in 2018. This, combined with more stable market conditions in the second half of 2018 and early 2019, has allowed the Group to recover some of the c.£10.0 million of annualised material cost inflation absorbed by the business through 2017 and 2018.

In addition, the acquisition of PVS contributed £0.3 million to underlying operating profit alongside operational savings from the closure of the Cardiff window fabrication in 2018 of £0.5 million. These upsides were offset by start-up costs associated with the new aluminium window system operation, lower volume in our door business, as a result of uncertainty around fire testing in relation to Glass Reinforced Plastic ("GRP") doors and also some operational inefficiency associated with the ongoing window systems site rationalisation and consolidation project.

Continued investment in enhancing the product portfolio

In February 2019, the Group acquired Premier Distribution (Gt. Yarmouth) Limited, trading as "PVS". PVS supplies and installs PVC decking and related products to the holiday park and park home markets as well as to residential customers and local authorities. The acquisition of PVS opens up further routes to market for Epwin's existing and new PVC decking products. Initial consideration was £2.5 million with the potential to increase, subject to the performance of the business over an extended earnout period. During H1 2019, PVS contributed £1.9 million of revenue and underlying operating profit of £0.3 million.

Non-underlying items of £0.1 million represent legal fees associated with the acquisition of PVS.

In May 2019, the Window Systems business launched its new aluminium window system to a positive reception from its existing customer base as well as a good level of interest from new potential customers. Whilst a smaller market than PVC window systems, aluminium window systems are a growing part of the market; particularly for domestic property improvements and in commercial applications.

Further progress with site consolidation and rationalisation programme

The development of purpose-built facilities in Telford to consolidate window systems warehousing and finishing operations is progressing to plan and is on track to be completed and operational during H1 2020. Groundworks are completed and construction of the logistics facility is well underway. The aluminium equipment has been installed and is currently being commissioned within the finishing plant, with the move of foiling operations planned for the year-end shut down.

The Group entered into arm's length agreements to acquire, sell, develop and lease the new Telford warehouse and finishing plant, which are expected to deliver circa £8.0 million of surplus cash to the Group in the current year. The lease is at commercial market rates.

 

Segmental Results

 

6 months ended

Proforma

6 months ended 30 June 2019

(pre-IFRS 16)

£m

6 months ended

 

30 June 2019

30 June 2018

(restated)

 

£m

£m

Revenue

 

 

 

Extrusion & Moulding

87.8

87.8

88.5

Fabrication & Distribution

52.2

52.2

52.0

Total

140.0

140.0

140.5

 

 

 

 

Underlying segmental operating profit

 

 

 

Extrusion & Moulding

8.6

8.1

7.7

Fabrication & Distribution

1.8

1.2

0.7

Underlying segmental operating profit before corporate costs

10.4

9.3

8.4

Corporate costs

(1.0)

(1.0)

(0.9)

Underlying operating profit (*)

9.4

8.3

7.5

Amortisation of acquired other intangible assets

(0.1)

(0.1)

(0.6)

Other non-underlying items

(0.1)

(0.1)

-

Share-based payments expense

(0.4)

(0.4)

(0.4)

Operating profit

8.8

7.7

6.5

(*) Underlying operating profit is operating profit before amortisation of acquired other intangible assets, share-based payments and other non-underlying items

Extrusion and Moulding

·    Revenue decreased marginally mainly as a consequence of the acquisition of Amicus Building Products Limited, an existing customer whose associated revenues are now classified as internal. This was largely offset by price increases as the Group seeks to recover some of the substantial material price increases borne over the last couple of years.

·    Underlying operating profit increased by £0.9 million to £8.6 million (2018: £7.7 million). Excluding the impact of IFRS 16, underlying operating profit improved by £0.4 million as a result of efficiency savings and selling price increases, offset in part by start-up costs associated with the new aluminium window system and some operational inefficiency associated with site complexity as we prepare for the consolidation of the window system warehousing and finishing activities into a new purpose-built facility in Telford during H1 2020.

Fabrication and Distribution

·    Revenue increased to £52.2 million (2018: £52.0 million) as a result of the acquisition of PVS in February 2019, the full period effect of the March 2018 acquisition of Amicus and increased volumes in our Distribution business. These increases were offset by the closure of the Cardiff window fabrication plant in June 2018 and lower fire-door volumes due to market uncertainty around fire testing of GRP products.

·    Underlying operating profit improved to £1.8 million (2018: £0.7 million). Excluding the impact of IFRS 16, underlying operating profit improved by £0.5 million as a result of the acquisition of PVS in February 2019, the benefit of the closure of the loss-making Cardiff window fabrication plant in June 2018 and increased volumes in our Distribution business. These increases were offset by lower fire-door volume and contribution.

 

Cash flow

 

 

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

£m

Proforma

6 months ended 30 June 2019

(pre-IFRS 16)

£m

6 months ended 30 June 2018

(restated)

£m

 

Pre-tax operating cash flow

14.7

9.6

11.9

 

 

 

 

Tax paid

(0.7)

(0.7)

(1.5)

Acquisitions

(2.3)

(2.3)

-

Net capital expenditure

(3.9)

(3.9)

(6.1)

Net interest paid

(0.8)

(0.8)

(0.6)

Increase in borrowings

7.2

7.2

2.5

Lease payments

(5.4)

(0.3)

(0.6)

Dividends

(4.6)

(4.6)

(6.4)

Discontinued operations

-

-

(0.7)

 

 

 

 

(Increase) / decrease in cash

4.2

4.2

(1.5)

Opening cash

6.1

6.1

7.3

Closing cash

10.3

10.3

5.8

Borrowings

(37.7)

(37.7)

(32.4)

Finance leases liabilities

(1.8)

(1.8)

(2.0)

Net debt excluding impact of IFRS 16

(29.2)

(29.2)

(28.6)

           

 

The Group generated strong pre-tax operating cash flow of £9.6 million on a pre-IFRS 16 basis (2018: £11.9 million), representing cash conversion of 115.7% (2018: 158.7%).

Acquisitions

The cash outflow of £2.3 million related to acquisitions represents £2.0 million initial cash consideration, net of cash acquired, relating to PVS and £0.3 million of deferred consideration relating to Amicus.

 

Financing

The Group has renegotiated its banking facilities to a £65.0 million revolving credit facility (up from £37.5 million) and £10.0 million overdraft. The revolving credit facility is for a term of three years with the option to extend for a further two years. The terms are materially improved from the previous facility. The Group operates well within facilities and current banking covenants.

Net debt at 30 June 2019 was £29.2 million, 1x adjusted EBITDA.

Finance costs for the period comprise £0.8 million interest on borrowings and £1.3 million of discount unwind associated with IFRS 16 lease liabilities.

IFRS 16

IFRS 16: Leases became effective for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2019. The standard introduces a single lease accounting model that requires the recognition on the balance sheet of right of use assets and lease liabilities in relation to almost all leases. While IFRS 16 has no impact on the cash flows of the business, it does have a fundamental impact on the presentation of the Group's financial statements as well as certain financial measures such as EBITDA, operating profit, interest and net debt.

These financial statements to 30 June 2019 are the first set of results to be presented under this new leasing model. As permitted under IFRS 16, comparatives for 2018 have not been restated and the impact on net assets has been recognised within retained earnings at 1 January 2019. The impact has therefore been set out, on a proforma basis, in the tables above which present the results for 30 June 2019 on both a pre-IFRS 16 and post-IFRS 16 basis, as well as in note 10 to the financial statements.

The Group's banking covenants are unaffected by the implementation of IFRS 16 as they are based on the GAAP in force in the Group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.

Dividend

The Board is pleased to announce a 3% increase in the interim dividend to 1.75 pence per ordinary share (2018: 1.70 pence), to be paid on 18 October 2019 to shareholders on the register on 20 September 2019.

Outlook

The Group made an encouraging start to 2019 and trading since the half year has continued in line with expectations. Price increases have begun to mitigate the significant material cost inflation experienced during 2017 and 2018, we have seen stable volume in our core products and the initial benefits of our footprint reshaping are coming through.

The Board anticipates adjusted profit before tax for the full year to be in line with market expectations.

The Group's financial position remains strong, with good cash generation in the half year and net debt of £29.2m, representing 1x adjusted EBITDA. Furthermore, the arm's length transactions to acquire, sell, develop and lease the new Telford warehouse and finishing plant, which are expected to deliver circa £8.0 million of surplus cash to the Group in the current year, will significantly reduce the Group's debt. This gives the Group significant funding headroom to continue to invest in the business and progress with its strategy.

In the near term, with continued uncertainty around the timing and eventual form of the UK's exit from the EU, market conditions are expected to remain challenging as a result of low consumer confidence and delays in decision making across a number of sectors.

However, despite the external environment, the Board remains confident that the actions it is taking to strengthen the Group's position by consolidating the footprint of its manufacturing operations and focusing it towards the higher margin extrusion and moulding operations, which have technological and investment barriers to entry, will deliver an improving financial performance.

The Group remains well placed in its markets, with sound prospects for the future, supported by our confidence in the medium and long-term drivers of the RMI market.

 

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

 30 June 2019

6 months ended

 30 June 2018

Year ended 31 December 2018

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited & restated*)

(audited)

 

Note

£m

£m

£m

Group revenue

2

140.0

140.5

281.1

Cost of sales

 

(96.5)

(99.3)

(196.3)

Gross profit

 

43.5

41.2

84.8

Distribution expenses

 

(16.7)

(16.8)

(34.4)

Administrative expenses

 

(18.0)

(17.9)

(35.6)

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit

 

9.4

7.5

18.7

Amortisation of acquired other intangible assets

3

(0.1)

(0.6)

(1.2)

Other non-underlying items

3

(0.1)

-

(2.0)

Share-based payments expense

3

(0.4)

(0.4)

(0.7)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

8.8

6.5

14.8

Finance costs

 

(0.8)

(0.7)

(1.5)

IFRS 16 discount unwind

 

(1.3)

-

-

Profit before tax

 

6.7

5.8

13.3

Taxation

6

(1.3)

(1.1)

(2.5)

Profit from continuing operations

 

5.4

4.7

10.8

Loss from discontinued operations net of tax

5

-

(0.3)

(5.0)

 

 

5.4

4.4

5.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pence

Pence

Pence

Basic earnings per share

7

3.78

3.08

4.06

Basic - continuing operations

7

3.78

3.29

7.56

Basic - discontinued operations

7

-

(0.21)

(3.50)

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

7

3.77

3.07

4.05

Diluted - continuing operations

7

3.77

3.28

7.54

Diluted - discontinued operations

7

-

(0.21)

(3.49)

 

 

* restated for the reclassification of distribution expenses, see note 1, and discontinued operations, see note 5.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

as at 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

    30 June 2019

30 June 2018

31 December 2018

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

Note

£m

£m

£m

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

72.2

70.2

70.2

Other intangible assets

 

3.9

4.1

3.5

Property, plant and equipment

 

36.5

38.7

37.2

Right of use assets

10

49.1

-

-

Assets held for sale

 

-

-

0.1

Deferred tax asset

 

1.6

0.5

0.7

 

 

163.3

113.5

111.7

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

30.5

29.1

29.2

Trade and other receivables

 

48.8

47.9

40.4

Cash and cash equivalents

9

10.3

5.8

6.1

 

 

89.6

82.8

75.7

Total assets

 

252.9

196.3

187.4

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

9

-

26.0

5.6

Lease liabilities

10

8.2

-

-

Trade and other payables

 

61.7

63.7

61.3

Contingent consideration

 

1.0

0.3

0.3

Tax payable

 

1.4

1.0

0.6

Provisions

 

1.8

3.0

1.5

 

 

74.1

94.0

69.3

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

9

37.7

8.4

25.3

Lease liabilities

10

52.8

-

-

Provisions

 

1.4

3.2

2.8

 

 

91.9

11.6

28.1

Total liabilities

 

166.0

105.6

97.4

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

86.9

90.7

90.0

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Ordinary share capital

 

0.1

0.1

0.1

Share premium

 

12.5

12.5

12.5

Merger reserve

 

25.5

25.5

25.5

Retained earnings

 

48.8

52.6

51.9

Total equity

 

86.9

90.7

90.0

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

 30 June 2019

6 months ended

 30 June 2018

Year ended

31 December 2018

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

£m

£m

£m

Balance at the start of the period

 

90.0

93.7

93.7

IFRS 9 adoption

 

-

(1.4)

(1.4)

IFRS 16 adoption

10

(4.3)

-

-

Balance at the start of the period (restated)

 

85.7

92.3

92.3

Profit for the period

 

5.4

4.4

5.8

Issue of shares

 

-

-

-

Share-based payments

 

0.4

0.4

0.7

Dividends

8

(4.6)

(6.4)

(8.8)

Balance at the end of the period

 

86.9

90.7

90.0

 

 

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

30 June 2019

6 months ended

30 June 2018

Year ended

31 December 2018

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited & restated*)

(audited)

 

 

 Note

£m

£m

£m

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

5.4

4.4

5.8

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

 

8.2

4.4

9.0

 

(Gain)/loss on disposal

 

(0.3)

-

0.3

 

Finance costs

 

2.1

0.7

1.5

 

Taxation

 

1.3

1.1

2.5

 

Share-based payments

 

0.4

0.4

0.7

 

Discontinued operations

 

-

0.3

5.0

 

 

 

17.1

11.3

24.8

 

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

 

(1.1)

2.1

1.6

 

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(4.0)

(1.8)

0.7

 

Increase in trade and other payables

 

3.0

0.6

2.8

 

Decrease in provisions

 

(0.3)

(0.3)

(2.2)

 

Pre-tax operating cash flow

 

14.7

11.9

27.7

 

Tax paid

 

(0.7)

(1.5)

(2.6)

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

 

14.0

10.4

25.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

5

(2.3)

-

-

 

Proceeds on disposal of subsidiary

6

0.1

-

-

 

Acquisition of other intangible assets

 

(0.5)

(0.3)

(0.5)

 

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

 

(3.5)

(5.8)

(12.0)

 

Net cash outflow from investing activities

 

(6.2)

(6.1)

(12.5)

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest paid

 

(0.8)

(0.6)

(1.3)

 

Facility arrangement fees

 

-

-

(0.4)

 

Drawdown/(repayment) of borrowings

 

7.2

2.5

(0.3)

 

Repayment of lease liabilities

 

(5.4)

(0.6)

(1.1)

 

Dividends paid

8

(4.6)

(6.4)

(8.8)

 

Net cash outflow from financing activities

 

(3.6)

(5.1)

(11.9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow from discontinued operations

6

-

(0.7)

(1.9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

4.2

(1.5)

(1.2)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

6.1

7.3

7.3

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

10.3

5.8

6.1

 

* restated, see note 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                             


 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

1.   Basis of preparation

These financial statements have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies expected to be adopted for the year ended 31 December 2019.  These are in accordance with the Group's accounting policies as set out in the Group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018, except for the adoption of new and amended standards as set out below.

 

The recognition and measurement requirements of all International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRSs'), International Accounting Standards ('IAS') and interpretations currently endorsed by the International Accounting Standards Board ('IASB') and its committees as adopted by the EU and as required to be adopted by AIM listed companies have been applied.  AIM listed companies are not required to comply with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and accordingly the Company has taken advantage of this exemption.

 

On the basis of current financial projections and facilities available, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and, accordingly, consider that it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing these Interim Financial Statements.

 

The financial information in these financial statements does not constitute statutory accounts for the six months ended 30 June 2019 and should be read in conjunction with the Group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 which were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and (iii) did not contain statements under sections 498(2) and (3) Companies Act 2006.

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months to 30 June 2019 have not been audited or reviewed by auditors pursuant to the Auditing Practices Board guidance on Review of Interim Financial Information.

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 10 September 2019.

 

New and amended standards adopted by the Group

IFRS 16: Leases became effective on 1 January 2019. Note 10 to these financial statements sets out the impact of the initial implementation of IFRS 16: Leases on the opening balance sheet as at 1 January 2019, as well as the impact on the income statement and balance sheet for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019.

 

Reclassification of distribution costs

Consistent with the adjustment made in the 31 December 2018 financial statements to the classification of distribution costs for the year ended 31 December 2017, the presentation of £2.0 million of administration expenses in the period ended 30 June 2018 have been reclassified as distribution costs following an exercise to better reflect the nature of expenditure. Operating profit and net assets remain unchanged as a result of this adjustment.

 

2.   Segmental reporting

Segmental information is presented in respect of the Group's reportable operating segments in line with IFRS 8 'Operating Segments', which requires segmental information to be disclosed on the same basis as it is viewed internally by the Chief Operating Decision Maker.

 

Reportable segments                    Operations

 

Extrusion and Moulding                Extrusion and marketing of PVC window profile systems, PVC cellular roofline and cladding, rigid rainwater and drainage products and Wood Plastic Composite ("WPC") decking products. Moulding of Glass Reinforced Plastic ("GRP") building components.

 

Fabrication and Distribution        Fabrication, installation and marketing of windows and doors, cellular roofline, cladding, decking, rainwater and drainage products.

 

 

 

6 months ended

 30 June

2019

6 months ended

 30 June 2018

Year ended

 31 December

2018

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited & restated)

(audited)

 

 

£m

£m

£m

Revenue from external customers

 

 

 

 

Extrusion & Moulding

 

87.8

88.5

177.4

Fabrication & Distribution

 

52.2

52.0

103.7

Total

 

140.0

140.5

281.1

 

Segmental operating profit

 

 

 

 

Extrusion & Moulding

 

8.6

7.7

17.5

Fabrication & Distribution

 

1.8

0.7

2.9

Segmental operating profit before corporate and other costs 

 

10.4

8.4

20.4

Corporate costs

 

(1.0)

(0.9)

 (1.7)

Underlying operating profit

 

9.4

7.5

18.7

Amortisation of acquired other intangible assets

 

(0.1)

(0.6)

(1.2)

Other non-underlying items

 

(0.1)

-

(2.0)

Share-based payments expense

 

(0.4)

(0.4)

(0.7)

Group operating profit

 

8.8

6.5

14.8

Finance costs

 

(0.8)

(0.7)

(1.5)

IFRS 16 discount unwind

 

(1.3)

-

-

Profit before tax

 

6.7

5.8

13.3

 

3.   Underlying operating profit

'Underlying operating profit' is the key profit measure used by the Board to assess the underlying financial performance of the operating divisions and the Group as a whole. 'Underlying operating profit' is operating profit stated before items of non-underlying and non-recurring income and expense which include; amortisation or impairment of acquired other intangible assets, business reorganisation costs, acquisition expenses, share based payments and one-off exceptional items.

 

Non-underlying items included within operating profit include:

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019

(unaudited)

6 months ended 30 June 2018

(unaudited)

Year ended 31 December 2018

(audited)

 

£m

£m

£m

Amortisation of acquired other intangible assets

(0.1)

(0.6)

(1.2)

Other non-underlying items

(0.1)

-

(2.0)

Share-based payments

(0.4)

(0.4)

(0.7)

Non-underlying expense

(0.6)

(1.0)

(3.9)

 

Amortisation of acquired other intangible assets

£0.1million (30 June 2018: £0.6 million) amortisation of brand and customer contract intangible assets acquired through business combinations.

 

Other non-underlying items

Other non-underlying items are significant one-off incomes or costs that are not part of the underlying trading performance of the business.

 

Other non-underlying items include:

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019

(unaudited)

6 months ended 30 June 2018

(unaudited)

Year ended 31 December 2018

(audited)

 

£m

£m

£m

Acquisition expenses

(0.1)

-

-

Profit on exit of lease

-

0.7

0.8

Site consolidation and redundancy

-

(0.7)

(2.8)

Other non-underlying items

(0.1)

-

(2.0)

 

Share-based payments expense

The share-based payment expense of £0.4 million (30 June 2018: £0.4 million) comprises IFRS 2: Share-based payments charges in respect of the: Long-Term Incentive Plan £0.3 million (30 June 2018: £0.3 million) and SAYE schemes of £0.1 million (30 June 2018: £0.1 million).

 

4.   Acquisitions

Acquisitions in the half year ended 30 June 2019

On 1 February 2019, the Group acquired Premier Distribution (Gt. Yarmouth) Limited, trading as PVS, for initial cash consideration of £2.5 million. PVS supplies and installs PVC decking and related products to the holiday park and park home markets as well as to residential customers and local authorities. PVS forms part of the Fabrication and Distribution segment. 

The following table summarises the consideration paid for PVS and the provisional fair values of the assets and liabilities acquired at the acquisition date.

 

 

Premier Distribution (Gt. Yarmouth) Limited provisional fair values on acquisition (unaudited)

 

 

£m

 

£m

Recognised amounts of identifiable assets and liabilities acquired liabilities: assumed:

 

Acquired intangibles - brand

 

0.1

Acquired intangibles - customer relationships

 

0.1

Property, plant and equipment

 

1.8

Right of use assets

 

0.1

Inventories

 

0.2

Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

0.3

Cash and cash equivalent

 

0.5

Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

 

(0.9)

Lease liabilities

 

(0.1)

Trade and other payables

 

(0.3)

Income tax payable

 

(0.2)

Provisions

 

(0.1)

Fair value of assets acquired

1.5

Goodwill

 

2.0

Total consideration

 

3.5

 

 

 

 

 

Consideration

 

 

Cash consideration

 

2.5

Contingent consideration

 

1.0

Total consideration

 

3.5

On acquisition, other intangible fixed assets of £0.2 million were recognised, representing the PVS brand and customer relationships.

The goodwill recognised of £2.0 million represents the know-how of the workforce, plus the potential for cross-selling and synergies that exist as a result of the vertical integration with, and the larger scale of, the Epwin Group.

5.   Discontinued operations

On 7 January 2019, the Group disposed of the trade and certain assets and liabilities of its glass-sealed unit manufacturing business in Northampton for cash consideration of £0.1 million. An impairment charge of £3.6 million was recognised in the year to 31 December 2018 to write down property, plant and equipment and inventories to their recoverable amount.  This disposal exits the Group from the glass-sealed unit market. 

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019

(unaudited)

6 months ended 30 June 2018

(unaudited)

Year ended 31 December 2018

(audited)

 

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

-

1.9

4.5

Operating expenses

-

(2.3)

(6.9)

Impairment charge

-

-

(3.6)

Loss before tax

-

(0.4)

(6.0)

Taxation

-

0.1

1.0

Loss after tax from discontinued operations

-

(0.3)

(5.0)

The trading results of the glass-sealed unit manufacturing business for the 6 months ended 30 June 2018 and year ended 31 December 2018 have been presented under discontinued operations and the assets and liabilities associated with the business classified as held for sale as at 31 December 2018.

The income statement for the 6 months ended 30 June 2018 has been restated to reclassify the trading results of the glass sealed unit manufacturing business as discontinued operations.

6.   Taxation

The tax charge for the six months to 30 June 2019 is based on the estimated tax rate for continuing operations for the full year.

The main rate of corporation tax was lowered from 20% to 19% from 1 April 2017, and to 17% from 1 April 2020 (both changes now enacted).  This will reduce the Company's future current tax charge accordingly.  The deferred tax assets at 30 June 2019 have been calculated based on the rate of 17% substantively enacted at the balance sheet date. 

7.   Earnings per share (EPS)

 

6 months ended

30 June 2019

(unaudited)

6 months ended

30 June 2018

(unaudited)

Year ended

31 December 2018

(audited)

 

 

pence

pence

pence

 

Basic EPS

 

 

 

Basic

3.78

3.08

4.06

 

Basic - continuing operations

3.78

3.29

7.56

 

Basic - discontinued operations

-

(0.21)

(3.50)

 

             

 

 

 

Pence

pence

pence

 

Diluted EPS

 

 

 

Diluted

3.77

3.07

4.05

 

Diluted - continuing operations

3.77

3.28

7.54

 

Diluted - discontinued operations

-

(0.21)

(3.49)

 

             

 

 

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

6 months ended 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

Year ended 31 December 2018 (audited)

 

 

No.

No.

No.

Number of shares

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares used to calculate earnings per share

 

 

 

 

-       Basic

 

142,925,173

142,921,424

142,922,704

-       Diluted

 

143,147,189

143,222,183

143,188,565

 

8.   Dividends

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019

(unaudited)

6 months ended 30 June 2018

(unaudited)

Year ended 31 December 2018

(audited)

 

£m

£m

£m

2017 final dividend of 4.46 pence per share

-

6.4

6.4

2018 interim dividend of 1.70 pence per share

-

-

2.4

2018 final dividend of 3.20 pence per share

4.6

-

-

 

4.6

6.4

8.8

The Group will pay an interim dividend of 1.75 pence per ordinary share in respect of the six months to 30 June 2019 (30 June 2018: 1.70 pence) on 18 October 2019 to shareholders on the register on 20 September 2019.

9.   Net debt

 

 

6 months ended

30 June 2019

6 months ended

30 June 2018

Year ended

31 December 2018

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

£m

£m

£m

Cash and cash equivalents

 

10.3

5.8

6.1

Bank Borrowings

 

(37.7)

(32.4)

(29.6)

Finance lease liabilities

 

(1.8)

(2.0)

(1.3)

Net debt excluding impact of IFRS 16

 

(29.2)

(28.6)

(24.8)

The Group has renewed its banking facilities. The facilities now available to the Group are a £65.0 million Revolving Credit Facility and £10.0 million overdraft, secured on the assets of the Group.  The revolving credit facility is for three years with an option to extend for a further two years.

10.  Implementation of IFRS 16: Leases

IFRS 16: Leases became effective on 1 January 2019. The Group has applied IFRS 16: Leases with effect from 1 January 2019 using the modified retrospective approach, with the cumulative effect of initially applying the standard recognised, at the date of initial application, as an adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings.

 

The Group has applied the practical expedients to; grandfather the definition of a lease on transition, applying IFRS 16: Leases to all contracts entered into before 1 January 2019 that meet the definition of a lease in accordance with the previously applied standard, IAS 17: Leases; and in relation to short-term leases and leases of low-value items, recognising the remaining lease rental payments on a straight-line basis over the remaining terms of the lease.

 

Right of use assets were initially measured at the present value of the cash flows payable from inception of the lease, using the Group's incremental borrowing rate at 1 January 2019, net of depreciation chargeable on a straight-line basis, over the term of the lease, for the period from inception to 1 January 2019.

 

Lease liabilities and lease assets were initially measured at the present value of the remaining cash flows payable as lessee or receivable as lessor as at 1 January 2019, discounted using the Group's incremental borrowing rate at that date.

 

The tables below set out the impact of IFRS 16: Leases on the consolidated balance sheet, as at implementation on 1 January 2019 and as at the 30 June 2019, and on the consolidated income statement for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019.

Impact of IFRS 16 on the Consolidated Balance Sheet

 

 

30 June 2019 pre-IFRS 16

IFRS 16 adjustments

30 June 2019 post-IFRS 16

  31 December 2018

IFRS 16 adjustments

1 January 2019

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

(audited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

72.2

-

72.2

70.2

-

70.2

Other intangible assets

3.9

-

3.9

3.5

-

3.5

Property, plant and equipment

39.5

(3.0)

36.5

37.2

(2.2)

35.0

Right of use assets

-

49.1

49.1

-

56.4

56.4

Assets held for sale

-

-

-

0.1

-

0.1

Deferred tax asset

0.7

0.9

1.6

0.7

0.9

1.6

 

116.3

47.0

163.3

111.7

55.1

166.8

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

30.5

-

30.5

29.2

-

29.2

Trade and other receivables

44.7

4.1

48.8

40.4

-

40.4

Cash and cash equivalents

10.3

-

10.3

6.1

-

6.1

 

85.5

4.1

89.6

75.7

-

75.7

Total assets

201.8

51.1

252.9

187.4

55.1

242.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

0.9

(0.9)

-

5.6

(0.7)

4.9

Lease liabilities

-

8.2

8.2

-

8.6

8.6

Trade and other payables

64.6

(2.9)

61.7

61.3

(2.9)

58.4

Contingent consideration

1.0

-

1.0

0.3

-

0.3

Tax payable

1.4

-

1.4

0.6

-

0.6

Provisions

2.3

(0.5)

1.8

1.5

(0.5)

1.0

 

70.2

3.9

74.1

69.3

4.5

73.8

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

38.6

(0.9)

37.7

25.3

(0.6)

24.7

Lease liabilities

-

52.8

52.8

-

55.9

55.9

Provisions

1.6

(0.2)

1.4

2.8

(0.4)

2.4

 

40.2

51.7

91.9

28.1

54.9

83.0

Total liabilities

110.4

55.6

166.0

97.4

59.4

156.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

91.4

(4.5)

86.9

90.0

(4.3)

85.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary share capital

0.1

-

0.1

0.1

-

0.1

Share premium

12.5

-

12.5

12.5

-

12.5

Merger reserve

25.5

-

25.5

25.5

-

25.5

Retained earnings

53.3

(4.5)

48.8

51.9

(4.3)

47.6

Total equity

91.4

(4.5)

86.9

90.0

(4.3)

85.7

 

 

 

Impact of IFRS 16 on the Consolidated Income Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

 30 June 2019

pre-IFRS 16

IFRS 16 adjustments

 

6 months ended 30 June 2019 post-IFRS 16

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

£m

£m

£m

 

 

Group revenue

 

140.0

-

140.0

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(97.0)

0.5

(96.5)

 

 

Gross profit

 

43.0

0.5

43.5

 

 

Distribution expenses

 

(17.2)

0.5

(16.7)

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(18.1)

0.1

(18.0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit

 

8.3

1.1

9.4

 

 

Amortisation of acquired other intangible assets

 

(0.1)

-

(0.1)

 

 

Other non-underlying items

 

(0.1)

-

(0.1)

 

 

Share-based payments expense

 

(0.4)

-

(0.4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

7.7

1.1

8.8

 

 

Net finance costs

 

(0.8)

(1.3)

(2.1)

 

 

Profit before tax

 

6.9

(0.2)

6.7

 

 

Taxation

 

(1.3)

-

(1.3)

 

 

Profit from continuing operations

 

5.6

(0.2)

5.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impact of IFRS 16 on segmental underlying operation profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extrusion & Moulding

Fabrication & Distribution

Corporate costs

Total

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

 

 

Underlying operating profit excluding impact of IFRS 16

8.1

1.2

(1.0)

8.3

 

 

Impact of IFRS 16

0.5

0.6

-

1.1

 

 

Reported underlying operating profit

8.6

1.8

(1.0)

9.4

 

                                     

 

 

11.  Cautionary statement

This document contains certain forward-looking statements with respect of the financial condition, results, operations and businesses of Epwin Group Plc. Whilst these statements are made in good faith based on information available at the time of approval, these statements and forecasts inherently involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause the actual result or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements and forecasts. Nothing in this document should be construed as a profit forecast.

12.  Copies of this half year report

Further copies of this half year report are available from the registered office: Epwin Group Plc, 1b Stratford Court, Cranmore Boulevard, Solihull, B90 4QT or on the Company's website www.epwin.co.uk


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