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Tuesday 01 June, 2021

Gooch & Housego PLC

Interim Results

RNS Number : 3020A
Gooch & Housego PLC
01 June 2021
 

1 June 2021

GOOCH & HOUSEGO PLC

("G&H", the "Company" or the "Group")

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

 

Sustained recovery in industrial lasers contributes to profit growth and positive outlook.

 

Gooch & Housego PLC (AIM: GHH), the specialist manufacturer of optical components and systems, today announces its interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2021.

Key Financials

Period ended 31 March

H1 2021

H1 2020

Change

Revenue

£58.5m

£57.5m

1.8%

Adjusted profit before tax*

£4.9m

£2.7m

83.7%

Adjusted basic earnings per share*

15.7p

8.2p

7.5p

Net debt excluding IFRS 16

£4.7m

£18.5m

£(13.8m)

Net debt including IFRS 16

£12.1m

£28.0m

£(15.9m)

Statutory profit before tax

£0.7m

£1.7m

(60.9)%

Statutory basic earnings per share

2.1p

4.8p

(2.7p)

Interim dividend per share

4.5p

nil

4.5p

*Adjusted for amortisation of acquired intangible assets and non-recurring items.

Key points

Revenue growth of 1.8% compared with the same period last year, or 4.9% at constant currency.

Sustained recovery in industrial lasers, building on the previously reported growth in semiconductors. Demand for hi-reliability fibre couplers and A&D remained robust, with the exception of our limited number of commercial aerospace customers. Life sciences has shown strong growth, benefiting from continued growth in medical diagnostics and the return to growth of medical lasers for elective surgery.

Travel restrictions and self isolating have presented delivery hurdles during the period, but we expect these to ease as the vaccine roll out in the UK and USA progresses.

Restructuring programmes are on track to deliver the expected full year profit benefit (£1.75m) in FY2022.

Order book at the half year end was £92.8m (31 March 2020: £91.7m), an increase of 1.3%, or 7.9% at constant currency. H1 order intake 1.12 times revenue.

Adjusted profit before tax of £4.9m, up 83.7% from the prior year, as a result of improving volumes and the benefits of the Group's site consolidation programmes.

Net cash inflow from operating activities totalled £9.2m (2020: £7.5m).

Interim dividend reinstated at 4.5p per share (2020: nil) reflecting trading recovery and positive outlook.

Full year expectations unchanged despite currency headwinds. Longer term prospects remain strong.

 

 

Mark Webster, Chief Executive Officer of Gooch & Housego, commented:

"Trading in the first half of the financial year reflected generally improving end markets, in particular industrial lasers. The roll out of new technologies such as 5G and greater use of new materials in microelectronic manufacturing has fuelled demand, building on the sustained growth in semiconductors.

"Our manufacturing sites all remain fully open and are compliant with all the relevant health and safety regulations. Travel restrictions and self isolating have presented delivery hurdles during the period, but we expect these issues to ease as the vaccine roll out progresses in the UK and USA.

"The Group's restructuring programmes are progressing well and are expected to be substantially complete by the end of the financial year. They have made a contribution to the improved profit performance in the period and are on track to deliver the expected full year benefit in FY 2022.

"The challenge of the pandemic has validated our long term strategic goals of diversification and moving up the value chain. We intend to vigorously pursue these goals through internal investment in our target sectors and where appropriate, acquisitions."

 

 

Analyst meeting

A conference call for analysts will be held at 9.30am this morning, 1 June 2021; analysts who require dial-in details, please contact Buchanan at G&[email protected]

 

 

For further information please contact:

Gooch & Housego PLC

Mark Webster / Chris Jewell

01460 256 440

Buchanan

Mark Court / Sophie Wills / Charlotte Slater

020 7466 5000

Investec Bank plc (Nomad & Broker)

Chris Baird / Patrick Robb / David Anderson

020 7597 5970

 

 

 

 

Notes to editors

1  Gooch & Housego is a photonics technology business with operations in the USA, Europe and China. A world leader in its field, the company researches, designs, engineers and manufactures advanced photonic systems, components and instrumentation for applications in the Aerospace and Defence, Industrial and Telecom, Life Sciences and Scientific Research sectors. World leading design, development and manufacturing expertise is offered across a broad range of complementary technologies. It is headquartered in Ilminster, Somerset, UK.

2  This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements that are based on management's current expectations or beliefs as well as assumptions about future events. These are subject to risk factors associated with, amongst other things, the economic and business circumstances occurring from time to time in the countries and sectors in which G&H operates. It is believed that the expectations reflected in these statements are reasonable but they may be affected by a wide range of variables which could cause actual results, and G&H's plans and objectives, to differ materially from those currently anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Investors should not place undue reliance on any such statements. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast.

 

 

Operating and Financial Review

Performance Overview

In the first half of the financial year we have seen a good recovery in our industrial laser business. Demand for hi-reliability fibre couplers and our life sciences products and services has remained strong. Order intake from our defence markets has been robust, although revenues in the reporting period were affected by phasing of deliveries. The demand from our limited number of commercial aerospace customers was affected by current end-market conditions.

In the first few months of the reporting period Asian markets led the recovery in industrial lasers, but as the reporting period progressed we saw demand from our US and European markets increase as they  started to emerge from the pandemic downturn. The roll out of new technologies such as 5G, along with greater use of new materials in microelectronic manufacturing, has fuelled demand, building on the previously reported growth in semiconductors.

In the UK we have secured some important new A&D programme positions for our UK Precision Optic (PO) hub, adding to the existing strong US defence order book.

Medical diagnostics has continued to demonstrate good growth and we are now seeing improving levels of demand for our specialist medical laser products, which were adversely affected by the pandemic induced reduction in elective procedures in FY 2020.

Order intake for the six month period was 112% of revenue, compared with 100% of revenue for the second half of FY 2020, reflecting further recovery in the markets for our products and services. At 31 March 2021 our order book was at £92.8m (31 March 2020: £91.7m), an increase of 1.3%, or 7.9% at constant currency, compared with the same time last year.

We are proud of the way our staff have responded to the challenge of the pandemic. All of our sites remained fully open during the period and are operating in line with all relevant health and safety rules and regulations. Nevertheless, travel restrictions and social distancing measures have presented hurdles that we have worked hard to overcome. We anticipate that these issues will ease in the coming months as the vaccine roll out continues to progress in the UK and USA.

The reinstatement of the dividend reflects the recovery of the Group's trading position following the pandemic and the Board's confidence in a positive outlook for the business.

Revenue

Six months ended 31 March

2021

 

2020

 

£'000

%

 

£'000

%

Industrial

26,570

45%

 

26,549

46%

Aerospace & Defence

18,440

32%

 

18,666

33%

Life Sciences

13,450

23%

 

12,239

21%

Group Revenue

58,460

100%

 

57,454

100%

 

 

Products and Markets - Industrial

Gooch & Housego's principal industrial markets are industrial lasers, telecommunications, sensing and semiconductor manufacturing. Industrial lasers are used in a diverse range of precision material processing applications ranging from microelectronics and semiconductors to automotive manufacturing.

Overall, sales of products into our industrial markets in the six months to 31 March 2021 were at the same level as the equivalent period last year, but when measured on a constant currency basis grew by 3.6%. We saw strong growth in our industrial laser and semiconductor revenues. Our Asian markets led the recovery in industrial lasers and in the latter stages of the reporting period demand from our US and European customers also started to increase as these markets recovered from the effects of the pandemic. The roll out of new technologies such as 5G, along with greater use of new materials in microelectronic manufacturing, are fuelling demand.

This trend more than offset programme driven reductions in revenues in our sensing markets. Our sensing modules generally form part of large infrastructure projects and there were some end customer programme delays that impacted on our revenues in this subsector during the period.

Volumes to our telecoms market also declined marginally compared with the record demand levels seen in the first half of FY2020 due to the US/ China trade dispute disrupting supply of telecom product from one of our US facilities to China. Demand for our hi-rel fibre couplers used in undersea cable networks remained strong.

Products and Markets - Aerospace & Defence (A&D)

Product quality, reliability and performance are paramount in this sector, playing to G&H's strengths, along with our commitment to provide value. We have solid, well established positions in target designation and range finding, ring laser and fibre optic gyroscope navigational systems, infrared and RF countermeasures, periscopes and sighting systems, opto-mechanical subsystems used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and space satellite communications.

The A&D market for G&H is characterised by high-value, long-term programmes involving the main US and European defence contractors. This market represents an attractive growth area for G&H as more applications seek photonic solutions in a sector with high regulatory and compliance hurdles and challenging expectations of its equipment.

A&D revenue declined by 1.2% during the first six months of FY2021, compared with the equivalent period last year, or had growth of 2.6% when measured at constant currency. G&H's US defence order book remains strong and our Boston, MA facility transitioned two significant programmes from development to the volume production phase. We were able to secure important new A&D business for our UK Precision Optic (PO) hub. This was offset by order book timing issues in some UAV and armoured vehicle programmes and a drop in volume from our commercial aerospace business. Second half performance in UAVs and armoured vehicles is expected to show good improvement, though as previously announced we do not expect a recovery in the commercial aerospace market until FY2023.

Overall we expect a stronger second half and A&D remains an area of long term growth potential for G&H.

 

 

Products and Markets - Life Sciences

G&H's three principal Life Sciences revenue streams are derived from diagnostics applications (the design, development and manufacturing of diagnostic systems and fibre-optic modules based around our optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology), surgery / treatments (electro-optics and acousto-optics for medical lasers) and biomedical research (acousto-optics for microscopy applications).

Our Life Sciences / Biophotonics revenue grew by 9.9% in the six months to 31 March 2021, compared with the equivalent period last year. When measured at constant currency this represents growth of 11.3%. Medical diagnostic demand remained at the high levels seen in the second half of FY2020. The continued strong performance of a product designed to improve respiratory function as part of ventilator system has been a key factor.

OCT systems and components showed good growth during the period. Demand for our specialist medical laser products, which was adversely affected by the pandemic induced reduction in elective procedures during FY 2020, has started to demonstrate a marked improvement in performance. Overall these two sub-sectors were up 12% in the first half compared with same period last year, on a constant currency basis.

Strategy

G&H's strategy is built around the twin pillars of diversification and moving up the value chain. In order to ensure its strategic goals are met, management actively looks to invest in R&D, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.

R&D: In the first six months of the current financial year, G&H invested £3.9m in targeted research & development. Our main target areas are the next generation of precision lasers and laser systems, optical sensing for harsh environments, OCT medical diagnostics, laser surgery, space satellite communications, opto- mechanical systems for UAVs and armoured vehicles and direct energy systems. In the period the following products made notable progress: new key components for CO2 lasers applicable to semiconductor fabrication, high speed lasers to enable RF communication over fibre and new fibre sensing sub-systems for security and wind farms. Our US Precision Optic engineering team are well advanced in developing new motorised lens systems for short/longwave infrared applications. During H1 our Torquay R&D team completed important milestones on a space photonics programme which is expected to open the way to new revenue streams from photonics modules used in space communications.

Our income statement charge represented 6.7% of revenue, a similar level to the same period last year (2020: £3.8m), demonstrating G&H's continued commitment to investing in targeted R&D programmes. Our focused approach to R&D investment continues to deliver a good return with a record £8.9m of revenue in the half year coming from new products (£7.6 million: H1 FY2020). We will continue to invest in novel, cutting edge technologies in order to drive future growth across all of our target sectors.

Diversification: G&H's strategy is to develop, through our organic and inorganic investment, a growing presence in markets that offer the potential for significant growth as a result of their adoption of photonic technology. The Group is also working to reduce its exposure to cyclicality in any particular sector. This strategy is proving successful as we progressively increase our position in our Life Sciences and A&D markets. The continuing success of the ITL business is helping to increase the proportion of Group revenues from the Life Sciences market which now represents 23% of our business.

 

 

Moving up the Value Chain: G&H's strategy remains to move up the value chain to more complex sub-assemblies and systems through leveraging its excellence in materials and components, and by providing photonic design and engineering solutions for our customers. This is enabling G&H to transition from a components supplier to a solutions provider. A significant proportion of our business in the A&D market now comes from the sale of sub-systems rather than discrete components. The recent investments made by the Group in both the UK Precision Optics (PO) Centre of Excellence as well as its newly formed PO Engineering and Design hub in St Asaph mean that we are able to offer our customers an expanded range of services in this area. We are now being invited to tender for more complex, innovative optical assemblies by both existing and new customers. The proportion of our business derived from sub-system or system revenues declined to 30.3% in H1 FY2021 from 33.1% in FY2020, but this is expected to increase in the second half as volumes increase in respect of our sub-system deliveries to a number of A&D programmes.

Operations

As part of the Company's ongoing performance improvement programme we are making good progress streamlining our acousto-optic (AO) and precision optic (PO) manufacturing despite the operational hurdles that have been raised by the pandemic.

As previously reported, an AO hub is being created at our Fremont, California site, combining the AO capabilities of our Fremont and Ilminster facilities. Fremont is becoming the global AO design authority and lead for the Group's AO technological roadmap.

In support of this approach the outsourcing of a large proportion of our AO manufacturing to an established contract manufacturer in South East Asia is well underway. Our supplier's employees have been trained at our Ilminster facility and G&H employees are now supporting the skills transfer programme at our supplier's facility. We are well progressed in validating the supplier's production capability and confirming the stringent product quality levels required are being achieved prior to full scale production being transferred to the supplier. We expect to have the transfer of the Group's AO products, currently built in our Ilminster facility, substantially completed before the end of the financial year.

Our UK PO centre of excellence based in Ilminster is now established. We have completed the transfer of the production lines and associated equipment from our Glenrothes facility, which is now closed. In January we announced that we will also transfer production from our facility in St Asaph to our Ilminster site. An optical systems engineering and design centre is being retained in St Asaph, housing our world leading optical systems engineers in order to continue their work developing a pipeline of innovative new products. The design centre is housed in a newly established facility which includes laboratory facilities to enable our team to prototype new designs in support of our customers' programmes.

Finally production at our Baltimore, MD facility will be transferred to our Boston, MA and Torquay facilities and our site in Baltimore will close. Many of our Baltimore customers are already served by our Boston and Torquay facilities. This will result in two fibre optic hubs, one on each side of the Atlantic.

We expect these three transfer programmes to be substantially completed during the second half of FY2021.Total project costs are expected to be c. £7.5m and the one off income statement impact is being excluded from adjusted profit before tax. Savings from these projects are expected to give an annualised benefit of c. £1.75m by FY2022.

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

The principal risks and uncertainties to which the Group is exposed and our approach to managing those risks are unchanged from those identified on page 30 of our 2020 Annual Report. Whilst the risk to the business from the pandemic appear to be abating we remain alert to the impact of potential further disruption arising from new variants of the virus.

Acquisitions

G&H continues to evaluate acquisition opportunities that have the potential to accelerate delivery of the Company's strategic objectives. Having established a presence in its target markets, G&H remains focused on moving up the value chain in each of those markets. Despite the continuing obstacles the pandemic raises in the execution of acquisitions we have been active in assessing potential target companies using where possible our local staff to undertake those assessments. Building upon the success of the Company's acquisition of the ITL business the Group has been actively exploring other businesses in the Life Sciences market. We will also consider acquisitions that would support our strategic objectives in our Industrial and A&D markets.

Alternative Performance Measures

In the analysis of the Group's financial performance alternative performance measures are presented to provide readers with additional information. The interim report includes both statutory and adjusted non-GAAP financial measures, the latter of which the Directors believe better reflect the underlying performance of the business. Items excluded from the adjusted results, together with their prior period comparatives, are set out below.

Reconciliation of adjusted performance measures

 

Operating profit

Net finance costs

Taxation

Profit after tax

Earnings per share

Half Year to 31 March

2021

£000

2020

£000

2021

£000

2020

£000

2021

£000

2020

£000

2021

£000

2020

£000

2021

pence

2020

pence

Reported

1,175

1,861

(505)

(148)

(132)

(519)

538

1,194

2.1

4.8

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

1,091

1,837

-

-

(214)

(379)

877

1,458

3.5

5.8

Restructuring costs

3,134

207

-

-

(615)

(41)

2,519

166

10.1

0.7

Interest on discounted deferred consideration

-

-

-

152

-

-

-

152

-

0.6

Interest and fees awarded on Fremont lease litigation

-

(467)

-

(778)

-

316

-

(929)

-

(3.7)

Adjusted

5,400

3,438

(505)

(774)

(961)

(623)

3,934

2,041

15.7

8.2

Adjusted profit before tax was £4.9m, an increase of 83.7% on the prior year (H1 2020: £2.7 m). This improvement in profit reflects both the recovery in our end markets, as well as the reductions to the Group's cost base, in large part as a result of its site restructuring projects.

 

 

Cash Flow and Financing

In the six months ended 31 March 2021, G&H generated cash from operations of £9.7m, compared with £7.9m in the same period of 2020. Inventory has reduced by £1.5m a constant currency basis since the year end. This reduction has been achieved despite increases in trading volumes thanks to the continued focus on sales and operations planning. Trade receivables have reduced by £1.7m in the six months to 31 March 2021 due to strong collection performance.

The final earn-out payment in connection with the acquisition of the ITL business was made in the period. This amounted to £3.25m and represented that business achieving the maximum level of its earn out targets.

Capital expenditure on property, plant and equipment was £3.3m in the period (2020: £2.8m). Further investments have been made at our Ilminster facility for advanced coating and polishing capabilities. New investments were also made in hi-rel fibre coupler production equipment to allow further diversification of our supply chain for these products.

Drawings against the Group's revolving credit facility were reduced by $6.4m during the six month period. At 31 March 2021 the Group's net debt totalled £12.1m (30 September 2020 - £14.7m) including lease liabilities of £7.3m (30 September 2020 - £8.2m). Consistent with the Group's borrowing agreements, which exclude the impact of IFRS 16, Leases, our leverage ratio was 0.3 times at 31 March 2021 (31 March 2020: 0.9 times).

Board Changes

After serving as a Non-Executive Director of the business for nine years, most recently as the senior independent director, Peter Bordui stepped down from the Board at the Annual General Meeting. We would like to thank him for his very considerable contribution to the business.

We recently announced that Jim Haynes has been appointed to the Company's Board as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 12 March 2021. Jim brings to the Group extensive experience from his distinguished executive career in the photonics industry where he held a range of senior leadership roles in engineering and operations, most recently Executive Vice President, Operations, at Oclaro/Lumentum and we are sure he will make a valuable contribution to the continuing progress of the Group.

Dividends

Given the trading recovery and positive outlook for the Group, the Board has declared an interim dividend of 4.5 pence per share. This dividend will be payable to shareholders on the register as at 25 June 2021 on 30 July 2021.

 

 

Prospects and outlook

Trading in the first half of the financial year has been encouraging. We are seeing sustained recovery in our Industrial laser market while our other end markets, with the exception of commercial aerospace, continue to provide good levels of demand. The Group's operational streamlining programmes are progressing well despite the challenges of the pandemic, are expected to be substantially complete by the end of the financial year and deliver the expected full year profit benefit.

Investment in the future growth of the business has continued as exemplified by the growth in the contribution of new products during the period. Through a customer focussed approach to the development of our technology and commercial roadmaps we believe we are well positioned to support our customers' next generation products and applications. We have invested in new capital equipment at our UK precision optics hub in Ilminster enabling us to offer a broader range of products and capabilities to our customers and increasing the number of customers' tenders we can respond to.

In the first half of the year the Group's liquidity improved and total headroom from existing facilities increased. Our balance sheet is strong and that means we are in a good position to continue to invest in our target sectors.

We remain committed to further diversification and moving up the value chain. G&H will continue to invest in R&D and where appropriate make acquisitions to meet these strategic objectives.

Full year expectations are unchanged despite currency headwinds and longer term prospects for the business remain very strong.

 

 

Mark Webster  Chris Jewell

Chief Executive Officer  Chief Financial Officer

1 June 2021

 

 

Group Income Statement

Unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 31 March 2021

 

 

Half Year to 31 March 2021 (Unaudited)

Half Year to 31 March 2020 (Unaudited)

Full Year to 30 September 2020 (Audited)

 

Note

Underlying

Non-underlying

Total

Underlying

Non-underlying

Total

Total

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

4

58,460

-

58,460

57,454

-

57,454

122,095

Cost of revenue

 

(39,575)

-

(39,575)

(40,929)

-

(40,929)

(82,845)

Gross profit

 

18,885

-

18,885

16,525

-

16,525

39,250

Research and development

 

(3,933)

-

(3,933)

(3,829)

-

(3,829)

(7,924)

Sales and marketing

 

(3,962)

-

(3,962)

(3,982)

-

(3,982)

(7,440)

Administration

 

(6,169)

(4,225)

(10,394)

(5,933)

(1,577)

(7,510)

(18,634)

Other income and expenses

 

579

-

579

657

-

657

1,082

Operating profit

4

5,400

(4,225)

1,175

3,438

(1,577)

1,861

6,334

Net finance costs

 

(505)

-

(505)

(774)

626

(148)

(942)

Profit before income tax expense

 

4,895

(4,225)

670

2,664

(951)

1,713

5,392

Income tax expense

6

(961)

829

(132)

(623)

104

(519)

(1,610)

Profit for the year

 

3,934

(3,396)

538

2,041

(847)

1,194

3,782

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

7

15.7p

(13.6p)

2.1p

8.2p

(3.4p)

4.8p

15.1p

Diluted earnings per share

7

15.6p

(13.5p)

2.1p

8.1p

(3.4p)

4.7p

15.0p

 

 

 

Group Statement of Comprehensive Income

Group Statement of Comprehensive Income

Half Year to
31 Mar 2021
(Unaudited)

Half Year to
31 Mar 2020
(Unaudited)

Full Year to
30 Sep 2020
(Audited)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit for the period

538

1,194

3,782

Other comprehensive income / (expense)

 

 

 

Gains on cash flow hedges

59

-

333

Currency translation differences

(2,890)

(486)

(2,105)

Other comprehensive expense for the period

(2,831)

(486)

(1,772)

Total comprehensive (expense) /  income for the period

(2,293)

708

2,010

 

 

Group Balance Sheet

Unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 31 March 2021

Group Balance Sheet

 

31 Mar 2021
(Unaudited)

31 Mar 2020
(Unaudited)

30 Sep 2020
(Audited)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

38,354

39,835

38,741

Right of use assets

 

6,064

7,967

6,742

Intangible assets

 

51,572

57,037

54,624

Deferred tax assets

 

1,466

1,917

1,432

 

 

97,456

106,756

101,539

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

28,226

35,208

30,580

Trade and other receivables

 

23,861

26,802

26,298

Cash and cash equivalents

 

15,286

14,030

19,734

 

 

67,373

76,040

76,612

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(17,704)

(16,277)

(17,971)

Borrowings

 

(64)

(63)

(64)

Lease liabilities

 

(1,647)

(1,844)

(1,832)

Tax liabilities

 

(282)

(1,706)

(1,120)

Deferred consideration

 

-

(3,098)

(3,250)

 

 

(19,697)

(22,988)

(24,237)

 

 

 

 

 

Net current assets

 

47,676

53,052

52,375

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

(19,951)

(32,419)

(26,211)

Lease liabilities

 

(5,684)

(7,690)

(6,364)

Provision for other liabilities and charges

 

(1,705)

(1,628)

(1,692)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(6,376)

(6,238)

(6,294)

 

 

(33,716)

(47,975)

(40,561)

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

111,416

111,833

113,353

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

5,008

5,008

5,008

Share premium account

 

16,000

16,000

16,000

Merger reserve

 

7,262

7,262

7,262

Cumulative translation reserve

 

4,785

9,294

7,675

Hedging reserve

 

392

-

333

Retained earnings

 

77,969

74,269

77,075

Equity Shareholders' Funds

 

111,416

111,833

113,353

 

 

 

Statement of Changes in Equity

Unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 31 March 2021

Statement of Changes in Equity

Share capital account

Share premium account

Merger reserve

Retained earnings

Hedging reserve

Cumulative translation reserve

Total equity

 

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 October 2019

5,008

16,000

7,262

74,793

-

9,780

112,843

Profit for the period

-

-

-

1,194

-

-

1,194

Other comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(486)

(486)

Total comprehensive income / (expense) for the period

-

-

-

1,194

-

(486)

708

Dividends

-

-

-

(1,803)

-

-

(1,803)

Fair value of employee services

-

-

-

85

-

-

85

At 31 March 2020 (unaudited)

5,008

16,000

7,262

74,269

-

9,294

111,833

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 October 2020

5,008

16,000

7,262

77,075

333

7,675

113,353

Profit for the period

-

-

-

538

-

-

538

Other comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

-

59

(2,890)

(2,831)

Total comprehensive income / (expense) for the period

-

-

-

538

59

(2,890)

(2,293)

Fair value of employee services

-

-

-

356

-

-

356

At 31 March 2021 (unaudited)

5,008

16,000

7,262

77,969

392

4,785

111,416

 

 

Group Cash Flow Statement

Unaudited interim results for the 6 months ended 31 March 2021

Group Cash Flow Statement

Half Year to 31 Mar 2021 (Unaudited)

Half Year to 31 Mar 2020 (Unaudited)

Full Year to 30 Sep 2020 (Audited)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

9,720

7,885

21,561

Income tax paid

(476)

(397)

(1,119)

Net cash generated from operating activities

9,244

7,488

20,442

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

(3,250)

(4,750)

(4,750)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(3,340)

(2,794)

(5,495)

Sale of property, plant and equipment

-

-

353

Purchase of intangible assets

(524)

(665)

(1,291)

Interest received

1

26

846

Interest paid

(465)

(662)

(1,399)

Legal dispute settlement

-

-

1,580

Net cash used in investing activities

(7,578)

(8,845)

(10,156)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Drawdown of borrowings

-

779

8,346

Repayment of borrowings

(4,736)

(31)

(12,610)

Repayment of lease liabilities

(899)

(983)

(1,583)

Dividends paid to ordinary shareholders

-

(1,803)

(1,803)

Net cash used in financing activities

(5,635)

(2,038)

(7,650)

Net decrease in cash

(3,969)

(3,395)

2,636

Cash at beginning of the period

19,734

17,512

17,512

Exchange losses gains on cash

(479)

(87)

(414)

Cash at the end of the period

15,286

14,030

19,734

 

 

 

Notes to the Group Cash Flow Statement

Notes to the Group Cash Flow Statement

 

Half Year to 31 Mar 2021 (Unaudited)

Half Year to 31 Mar 2020 (Unaudited)

Full Year to 30 Sep 2020 (Audited)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit before income tax

 

670

1,713

5,392

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

- Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

1,091

1,837

2,676

- Amortisation of other intangible assets

 

567

185

984

- Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

-

-

(27)

- Depreciation

 

3,282

3,270

6,901

- Share based payment obligations

 

356

85

303

- Amounts claimed under the RDEC

 

(174)

(195)

(315)

- Finance income

 

(1)

(791)

(834)

- Finance costs

 

506

939

1,776

Total adjustments

 

5,627

5,330

11,464

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in working capital

 

 

 

 

- Inventories

 

1,528

(2,130)

2,042

- Trade and other receivables

 

1,676

8,655

6,812

- Trade and other payables

 

219

(5,683)

(4,149)

Total changes in working capital

 

3,423

842

4,705

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operating activities

 

9,720

7,885

21,561

 

Reconciliation of net cash flow to movements in net debt

 

 

Half Year to
31 Mar 2021
(Unaudited)

Half Year to
31 Mar 2020
(Unaudited)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

(Decrease) / increase in cash in the period

 

(3,969)

(3,395)

Drawdown of borrowings

 

-

(779)

Repayment of borrowings

 

5,635

1,014

Changes in net debt resulting from cash flows

 

1,666

(3,160)

8,483

Adoption of IFRS16

 

-

(9,616)

New leases

 

(503)

-

Non cash movements

 

(8)

(1,110)

Translation differences

 

1,522

186

97

Movement in net debt in the period / year

 

2,677

(13,700)

(450)

 

 

 

 

Net debt at start of period

 

(14,737)

(14,287)

Net debt at end of period

 

(12,060)

(27,987)

(14,737)

 

Analysis of net debt

 

At 1 Oct 2020

New leases

Cash flow

Exchange movement

Non-cash movement

At 31 Mar

2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash at bank and in hand

19,734

-

(3,969)

(479)

-

15,286

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due within one year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt

(64)

-

32

-

(32)

(64)

Lease liabilities

(1,832)

(15)

899

75

(774)

(1,647)

Due after one year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt

(26,211)

-

4,704

1,532

24

(19,951)

Lease liabilities

(6,364)

(488)

-

394

774

(5,684)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net debt

(14,737)

(503)

1,666

1,522

(8)

(12,060)

 

 

Notes to the Interim Report

1.  Basis of Preparation

The unaudited Interim Report has been prepared under the historical cost convention and in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), as adopted by the European Union.

The Group's liquidity has further improved since the end of the previous financial year. Cash flow projections show that the Group has sufficient funding available to withstand plausible downside scenarios, and therefore the financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.

The Interim Report was approved by the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee on 1 June 2021. The Interim Report does not constitute statutory financial statements within the meaning of the Companies Act 2006 and has not been audited.

Comparative figures in the Interim Report for the year ended 30 September 2020 have been taken from the Group's audited statutory financial statements on which the Group's auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, expressed an unqualified opinion. The comparative figures to 31 March 2020 are unaudited.

The Interim Report will be announced to all shareholders on the London Stock Exchange and published on the Group's website on 1 June 2021. Copies will be available to members of the public upon application to the Company Secretary at Dowlish Ford, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0PF.

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2020, as described in those financial statements.

2.  Estimates

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

In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgments made by management in applying the Company's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2020.

3.  Financial risk management

The Company's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks, market risk (including currency risk, cash flow interest rate risk and price risk), credit risk and liquidity risk.

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Company's annual financial statements as at 30 September 2020. There have been no changes to the risk management policies since the year end.

 

 

4.  Segmental analysis

 

Aerospace & Defence

Life Sciences / Biophotonics

Industrial

Corporate

Total

For half year to 31 March 2021

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

18,440

14,742

30,519

-

63,701

Inter and intra-division

-

(1,292)

(3,949)

-

(5,241)

External revenue

18,440

13,450

26,570

-

58,460

Divisional expenses

(18,466)

(10,694)

(23,618)

433

(52,345)

EBITDA¹

(26)

2,756

2,952

433

6,115

EBITDA %

-

20.5%

11.1%

-

10.5%

Depreciation and amortisation

(1,284)

(652)

(1,199)

(714)

(3,849)

Operating profit before amortisation of acquired intangible assets

(1,310)

2,104

1,753

(281)

2,266

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

-

-

-

(1,091)

(1,091)

Operating profit

(1,310)

2,104

1,753

(1,372)

1,175

Operating profit margin %

(7.1%)

15.6%

6.6%

-

2.0%

Add back non-recurring items

1,503

435

1,196

1,091

4,225

Operating profit excluding non-recurring items

193

2,539

2,949

(281)

5,400

Adjusted operating profit margin %

1.0%

18.9%

11.1%

-

9.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerospace & Defence

Life Sciences / Biophotonics

Industrial

Corporate

Total

For half year to 31 March 2020

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

18,666

12,794

29,264

-

60,724

Inter and intra-division

-

(555)

(2,715)

-

(3,270)

External revenue

18,666

12,239

26,549

-

57,454

Divisional expenses

(17,453)

(9,416)

(24,331)

899

(50,301)

EBITDA¹

1,213

2,823

2,218

899

7,153

EBITDA %

6.5%

23.1%

8.4%

-

12.4%

Depreciation and amortisation

(992)

(391)

(1,704)

(368)

(3,455)

Operating profit before amortisation of acquired intangible assets

221

2,432

514

531

3,698

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

-

-

-

(1,837)

(1,837)

Operating profit

221

2,432

514

(1,306)

1,861

Operating profit margin %

1.2%

19.9%

1.9%

-

3.2%

Add back non-recurring items

70

2

37

1,468

1,577

Operating profit excluding non-recurring items

291

2,434

551

162

3,438

Adjusted operating profit margin %

1.6%

19.9%

2.1%

-

6.0%

¹EBITDA = Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.

All of the amounts recorded are in respect of continuing operations.

 

 

4.  Segmental analysis continued

Analysis of revenue by destination

 

Half year to

31 Mar 2021

(Unaudited)

 

Half year to

31 Mar 2020

(Unaudited)

 

£'000

 

£'000

United Kingdom

15,008

 

16,335

North and South America

23,093

 

21,085

Continental Europe

9,159

 

12,092

Asia-Pacific

11,200

 

7,942

 

58,460

 

57,454

5.  Non-recurring items

 

 

Half Year to
31 Mar 2021
(Unaudited)

Half Year to
31 Mar 2020
(Unaudited)

Full Year to
30 Sep 2020
(Audited)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit before tax

 

670

1,713

5,392

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

1,091

1,837

2,676

Restructuring costs

 

 

3,134

207

2,609

Interest on discounted deferred consideration

 

-

152

303

Costs awarded on Fremont litigation

 

-

(467)

(410)

Interest awarded on Fremont litigation

 

-

(778)

(818)

Adjusted profit before tax

 

4,895

2,664

9,752

 

 

The restructuring costs in the period ended 31 March 2021 relate to non-recurring costs arising from our manufacturing streamlining activities, further detail of which is given in the Operating and Financial Review.

 

 

6.  Tax expense

Analysis of tax charge in the period

 


 

Half Year to

31 Mar 2021
(Unaudited)

Half Year to
31 Mar 2020
(Unaudited)

Full Year to 30 Sep 2020 (Audited)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current taxation

 

 

 

 

UK Corporation tax

 

105

154

1,089

Overseas tax

 

79

896

631

Adjustments in respect of prior year tax charge

 

-

-

(199)

Total current tax

 

184

1,050

1,521

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax

 

 

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

 

(316)

(531)

(255)

Adjustments in respect of prior years

 

-

-

199

Change to UK tax rate

 

-

-

145

Total deferred tax

 

(316)

(531)

89

 

 

 

 

 

Tax expense per income statement

 

132

519

1,610

 

 

 

 

 

The tax charge for the six months ended 31 March 2021 is based on the estimated effective rate of the tax for the Group for the full year to 30 September 2021. The estimated rate is applied to the profit before tax.

The adjusted effective tax rate is 19.6% (H1 2020: 23.4%).

 

 

 

7.  Earnings per share

The calculation of earnings per 20p Ordinary Share is based on the profit for the period using as a divisor the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue during the period. The weighted average number of shares is given below.

 

Half Year to
31 Mar 2021
(Unaudited)

Half Year to
31 Mar 2020
(Unaudited)

Full Year to 30 Sep 2020
(Audited)

 

No.

No.

No.

Number of shares used for basic earnings per share

25,040,919

25,039,260

25,039,519

Dilutive shares

195,624

97,615

174,664

Number of shares used for dilutive earnings per share

25,236,543

25,136,875

25,214,183

 

A reconciliation of the earnings used in the earnings per share calculation is set out below:

 

Half Year to
31 Mar 2021 (Unaudited)

Half Year to
31 Mar 2020
(Unaudited)

Full Year to
30 Sep 2020
(Audited)

 

£'000

p per
share

£'000

p per
share

£'000

p per
share

Basic earnings per share

538

2.1p

1,194

4.8p

3,782

15.1p

Adjustments net of income tax expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

877

3.5p

1,458

5.8p

2,279

9.1p

Restructuring costs

2,519

10.1p

166

0.7p

2,218

8.9p

Interest on discounted deferred consideration

-

-

152

0.6p

303

1.2p

Interest and costs awarded on Fremont litigation

-

-

(929)

(3.7p)

(958)

(3.8p)

Total adjustments net of income tax expense

3,396

13.6p

847

3.4p

3,842

15.4p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted basic earnings per share

3,934

15.7p

2,041

8.2p

7,624

30.5p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic diluted earnings per share

538

2.1p

1,194

4.7p

3,782

15.0p

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

3,934

15.6p

2,041

8.1p

7,624

30.2p

 

Adjusted earnings per share before amortisation of acquired intangible assets and adjustments has been shown because, in the opinion of the Directors, it more accurately reflects the trading performance of the Group.

8.  Dividend

The Directors have declared an interim dividend of 4.5p per share for the half year ended 31 March 2021 (2020: nil).

 

Half Year to
31 Mar 2021
(Unaudited)

Half Year to
31 Mar 2020
(Unaudited)

Full Year to
30 Sep 2020
(Audited)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Final 2019 dividend paid in 2020: 7.2p per share

-

1,803

1,803

 

-

1,803

1,803

 

 

9.  Borrowings

 

31 March 2021
£000

31 March 2020 £000

30 September 2020
 '000

Current:

 

 

 

Bank borrowings

64

63

64

Leases

1,647

1,844

1,832

 

1,711

1,907

1,896

Non-current:

 

 

 

Bank borrowings

19,951

32,419

26,211

Leases

5,684

7,690

6,364

 

25,635

40,109

32,575

 

 

 

 

Total borrowings

27,346

42,016

34,471

G&H's primary lending bank is NatWest Bank. The Group's facilities comprise a $50m (£36.1m) dollar revolving credit facility and a $20m (£14.4m) flexible acquisition facility. At 31 March 2021, the balance drawn on the revolving credit facility was $27.8m (£20.1m) (September 2020: $34m (£26.3m)) and on the flexible acquisition facility nil (September 2020: nil).

The facilities above are committed until 6 April 2023 and attract an interest rate of between 1.4% and 1.9% above US LIBOR dependent upon the Company's leverage ratio, payable on rollover dates.

The Group's banking facilities are secured on certain of its assets including land and buildings, property plant and equipment and inventory.

Maturity profile of bank borrowings

 

31 March

2021
£000

31 March

2020
£000

30 September 2020
£'000

Within one year

64

63

64

Between one and five years

19,951

32,419

26,211

 

20,015

32,482

26,275

Maturity profile of lease liabilities

 

31 March

2021
£000

31 March

2020
£000

30 September 2020
£'000

Within one year

1,647

1,844

1,832

Between two and five years

4,133

5,483

4,467

After five years

1,551

2,207

1,897

 

7,331

9,534

8,196

 

 

10. Provisions for other liabilities and charges

The movements in the Group provision for other liabilities and charges during the period are as follows:

 

2021
£000

At 1 October

1,692

Utilised during period

(20)

Increase in period

44

Exchange movements

(11)

At 31 March

1,705

 

The Company offers warranty periods ranging up to 10 years on some of its products. The provision for other liabilities and charges includes £1.0m provided for the anticipated cost of repair and rectification of products under warranty (Mar 2020: £0.8m). Whilst future claims could result in outflows different from the quantum of the warranty provisions held management has reflected current knowledge in assessing provision levels at the reporting date.

 

11.  Called up share capital

 

31 Mar 2021

No.

30 Sep 2020

No.

31 Mar 2021

£'000

30 Sep 2020

£'000

Allotted, issued and fully paid

Ordinary share of 20p each

 

25,040,919

 

25,040,919

 

5,008

 

5,008

 

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