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Tuesday 17 February, 2015

Hargreaves Servs PLC

Interim Results

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Hargreaves Services PLC
17 February 2015
 



 For immediate release

17 February 2015

 

 

 

HARGREAVES SERVICES PLC

(the "Group" or "Hargreaves")

 

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 November 2014

 

Hargreaves Services plc (AIM:HSP), the UK's leading supplier of solid fuel and bulk material logistics, announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 November 2014.

 

KEY FINANCIALS


Unaudited

Six Months ended 30 Nov 2014

 

Unaudited

Six Months ended 30 Nov 2013

Change

%

Continuing Revenue

£351.2m

£460.5m

(23.7)%

Continuing Operating Profit

£21.5m

£29.1m

(26.1)%

Underlying Operating Profit

£21.9m

£30.9m

(29.1)%

Continuing Profit Before Tax

£15.2m

£29.7m

(48.8)%

Underlying Profit Before Tax

£20.3m

£28.5m

(28.8)%

Diluted EPS

38.4p

62.8p

(38.9)%

Underlying Diluted EPS

46.9p

65.0p

(27.8)%

Interim Dividend

10.0p

8.8p

13.6%

Net Debt

£40.4m

£95.2m

(57.6)%

Net Asset Value

£152.2m

£139.9m

8.8%

                                   

           

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·      The Group has delivered a resilient performance in difficult markets:

Continuing operating profit of £21.5m

Strong cash generation leading to a £28.4m reduction in Net Debt in the six month period

·      Aside from the financial impact of the termination of our coal marketing agreement at Hatfield, current financial performance in all our operations remains broadly in line with expectations with contracts and hedges providing protection against low coal prices and low UK coal demand through to the end of April 2015

·      Group simplification and the debt reduction initiative are progressing well, including disposal of Imperial Tankers operation and the closure of Monckton coke operation

·      The Group is expecting to see reductions in short term coal production and import volume targets and is therefore seeking to further reduce fixed costs

·      Interim dividend increased to 10.0p per share from 8.8p per share reflecting the Board's confidence in continuing overall profit and cash generation even through this difficult period

·      Group well placed with a strengthened balance sheet to weather the current difficult trading conditions

 

 

Commenting on the interim results, Chairman Tim Ross said:"The market conditions we are currently experiencing are unprecedented and very challenging. The Group simplification programme and focus on reducing debt ensures that the Group is well placed to weather the current difficult trading conditions for such time as they persist. Although there are challenging times to face in the coming financial year the Group is expected to continue to be profitable and to generate meaningful surplus cash. Reflecting the Group's inherent strength and solid financial position, the Board has the confidence to increase the interim dividend in line with prior guidance.  Although we are unable to control factors such as coal price and coal demand, the management team is proactively taking all the sensible steps and measures to manage current market conditions whilst leaving the Group well placed to benefit when the market improves."

 

 

 

For further details:

 

Hargreaves Services

Gordon Banham, Chief Executive Officer

Iain Cockburn, Finance Director

 

0191 373 4485

Buchanan

Mark Court  / Sophie Cowles

 

0207 466 5000

N+1 Singer

Sandy Fraser / Nick Owen

 

020 7496 3000

Jefferies Hoare Govett

Sara Hale / Harry Nicholas

020 7029 8000

 

 



 

 

INTERIM STATEMENT

 

Hargreaves Services plc announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 November 2014.

 

 

BUSINESS REVIEW

 

Results

 

Hargreaves has faced a number of significant challenges arising from the well documented weakness in the coal price and turmoil in our coal and coke markets and this has meant that the first six months of the year were a very difficult period for the Group. These challenging market conditions, particularly in the coke markets, are unprecedented and have prompted the Board to look carefully at its strategic options and to take proactive steps to streamline and simplify the Group's operations. These measures included the disposal of Imperial Tankers, our bulk tanker business, and the managed closure of our coke production operation at Monckton. Further details of our strategic actions are provided below.

 

The underlying operating profit for the first six months was £21.9m, a reduction of £9.0m compared with the comparative period mainly reflecting the impact of lower volumes on our Energy & Commodities ("E&C") Division. Underlying profit before tax was £20.3m compared with £28.5m for the comparative period.  The simplification programme resulted in a one-off net charge of £4.7m to reported profit before taxation. This charge reduced to £1.7m after tax.

 

Update on Recent Market Developments

 

Since we last updated the market in early December, coal prices have seen further significant falls prompted by depressed global demand and the falling oil price. Current price levels represent a drop of approximately £5 per tonne since our trading update on 12 December 2014 and £14 per tonne since we acquired our Scottish surface mining assets in April and May 2013. The thermal coal price fell to a nine year low of approximately £39 per tonne in January 2015 and at the moment it is unclear where prices will settle. At current price levels, thermal coal produced in our surface mining operations is loss making and therefore our strategy will be to focus on mining projects at those sites that produce significant yields of higher value speciality coals. By targeting these higher value sites, the Group will be able to continue to supply its key speciality markets whilst protecting the viability and long-term potential of our Scottish operations.

 

The recent collapse in the oil price has also depressed gas prices which is leading to a significant and unexpected reduction in coal burn by UK power stations. As a result we are seeing signs that these stations may significantly reduce their near term coal purchases in order to rebalance stocks. In the absence of a significant increase in forecast coal burn, we would expect a number of our customers to slow contract offtake and reduce coal purchases when current contracts expire. It is even possible in current market conditions that a number of stations will purchase no additional coal during the remainder of this calendar year and instead consume existing stocks. Whilst this reduction in coal burn and coal purchases may only be temporary, it is likely to have impacts on both our port and production operations from May to the end of this calendar year.

 

In addition to thermal markets, we are also now starting to see margin pressure in the speciality markets. UK Coal has recently reduced prices to stimulate demand, which has been soft after a second successive mild winter. This has been coupled with increased supply from UK Coal's deep mines. This is only likely to be a short-term market feature and excess stocks should work through the system in due course with UK Coal's two deep mines due to close in the near future.

 

 

Future for Coal in the UK

 

Although trading opportunities over the next few months are likely to be very challenging, our view on the medium and longer term future for coal in the UK remains unchanged. New power generation capacity to replace the existing coal capacity remains behind schedule and the recent turmoil in the electricity markets will do little to remedy that situation. This is exacerbated by increasing uncertainty around regulation and government policy. We therefore remain of the view that coal will continue to have a significant role to play for many years to come in the UK's transition from unabated fossil fuel based generation to carbon capture, nuclear and renewable generation.

 

Although coal demand will fall in the coming years as stations close, it remains our view that indigenous production will fall at a faster rate. This decline will be accelerated by the recent low coal prices. As noted above, UK Coal's last two deep mines are due to close in the near term. At Hatfield, the only other operational deep mine in the UK, we have worked hard with HM Government and the Hatfield team to secure a Government loan to allow it to work out the last panel of coal. In line with our strategy, the impending decline in indigenous production means the Group should be well placed to find a market for any indigenous coal that we produce in the coming years.

 

 

Strategy

 

We continue to review and test our strategy in light of the changes that are taking place in the market.

 

In the Production Division, we remain committed to our surface mining operations and see long term value even though current coal prices are exceptionally challenging. We continue to see strong long-term synergies between our Production and E&C Divisions in both the thermal coal and speciality coal distribution businesses. The Production Division provides a significant proportion of such coals to be marketed through our E&C Division and we therefore remain committed to maintaining a production capability in Scotland, even if it means producing thermal coal at a loss to allow continued production of higher value speciality coals. Consequently, we are reducing our Scottish mining production target for the year ending 31 May 2016 from 2m tonnes to around 1m tonnes.

 

In the face of low coal prices we will reduce production and focus on sites with the lowest costs and highest yield of speciality coals. The Group will also continue to focus its efforts on the potential to deliver restoration services and to generate value from our property and renewable portfolios.

 

In the E&C Division, as noted above, we are concerned about weak short term demand from thermal customers resulting in low thermal coal volumes and consequent pressure on margins. As a result, we are reducing our target bulk volumes from approximately 4m tonnes in the current financial year to 2.5m tonnes next year. At this level, we expect profitability from Bulk Coal Operations to be approximately 50% of historic levels reflecting tighter market conditions and the impact of fixed costs on lower throughput. Although we will be well placed to supply thermal coal when stocks and demand levels normalise, we expect these overall bulk volumes to be substantially supported by the sale and supply of metallurgical coals, this financial year and next year, in order to make the most efficient use of our port capacity. The Group continues to closely monitor counterparty risk exposure, particularly within the challenging steel markets.

 

We will continue to seek opportunities to gradually grow our Industrial Services operations into the steel sector and into international markets to further reduce our dependence on the UK power generation sector. Our continued success in deploying services at the three largest UK steel plants has also encouraged us to step up business development efforts in this sector to identify opportunities to increase penetration of the steel sector internationally. Our experience in the UK has shown that the steel sector is particularly well aligned to the Group's core skills of Materials Handling and 'Operate and Maintain'. We continue to see the Transport business as a steady and dependable operation and we see no need to radically change its strategy. Both the Transport and Industrial Services operations are largely unaffected by the low coal price turmoil in the commodity markets.

 

The Group enjoys the benefit of a strong balance sheet. Net assets at the end of November 2014 were £152.2m or approximately £4.63 per share. A large proportion of that value resides in tangible fixed assets and liquid working capital and the Group remains committed to protecting that value from erosion. We will therefore continue to focus on maximising cash generation, continuing to follow a prudent growth strategy whilst seeking to further reduce fixed costs. We believe there is significant intangible value in our Scottish mining assets should coal prices recover and we will also be working hard to create value from the Scottish property and renewable assets. The granting of planning consent in respect of 43.5MW of wind projects in South Lanarkshire marks the first step in this process.

 

 

Further Restructuring and Cost Reduction

 

Although our strategy remains largely unchanged, the falling coal price and reduced coal burn is likely to have a significant and material impact on the business in the year ending 31 May 2016. The Board has responded to this challenge by expanding its simplification initiatives to seek further opportunities to restructure and reduce the fixed cost base of the Group. A key part of this exercise is the decision to merge the management structures and business operations of the E&C and Production Divisions into a single new operation. Since the Scottish mining assets replaced the speciality coal supply contract with UK Coal, the operations of these two divisions have become more connected. The Production Division provides a significant proportion of the speciality coal sold by the E&C Division. E&C provides all coal marketing services to the Production Division. A full integration of these divisions will create opportunities to drive synergies and identify overhead reductions. The two divisions will be combined to form a new Coal Production & Distribution Division. The Group is targeting to reduce its fixed overheads by at least £3m before the end of the current financial year.

 

 

Share Buybacks and Dividends

 

As announced on 27 October 2014, and approved at the AGM on 5 November 2014, the strong cash generation being achieved by the Group provided the Board with the confidence to implement a rolling share buyback programme. The impact of the programme on this reported period amounted to the repurchase of 230,000 shares at a total cost of £1.5m. The Board can report that as at the date of this announcement the total number of shares repurchased and held in treasury by the Group has increased to 1,053,072, acquired at a total cost of £6.3m. Hargreaves will continue to utilise share buybacks, as appropriate, as a route to return surplus capital to shareholders.

 

The Board remains confident of cash generation within the Group, albeit at a slightly reduced level reflecting short term pressure on profits, and remains committed to increasing the dividend to a pay-out level of 40%. The Board's intention is to recommend total dividend payments for the 2015 financial year which it judges to be sustainable in terms of cash cover, even if the short term pressure on profits highlighted above results in the target payout ratio being exceeded during the year ending 31 May 2016.

 

The Board has recommended an interim dividend of 10.0p representing an increase of 13.6%. The dividend will be paid on 27 March 2015 to all shareholders on the register at the close of business on 27 February 2015.

 

 

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

 

Aside from the financial impact of the termination of our coal marketing agreement at Hatfield, current trading in all our operations is broadly in line with management expectations with coal contracts and hedges providing reasonable visibility of Bulk Coal volumes through to the end of April 2015. However, as outlined above, following the significant recent weakness in energy commodity prices and a second consecutive mild winter, visibility of thermal coal demand beyond that point is very poor. In speciality coals, volumes have held up reasonably well although we are seeing some margin pressure particularly in the domestic heating sector as other suppliers have reduced prices. Our long term outlook for these markets remains positive and is identified as an area of opportunity in which to grow our market share.

 

If coal prices remain depressed and power station demand turns out to be as low as currently indicated, trading from May 2015 to the end of the calendar year could be the most challenging period the Group has experienced and we would expect this to impact our outlook for the year ending 31 May 2016. In particular, the impact of coal prices on our surface mining operations in Scotland and at Tower, combined with the reduction in demand for thermal coal, are expected to result in a significant reduction in management's expectations for the year ending 31 May 2016 despite the further steps that we are taking.

 

However, the Group is well placed to weather this period of extreme volatility and is expecting to continue to generate cash throughout, albeit at reduced rates of profitability. Our balance sheet is strong and our assets are flexible and agile ensuring that the Group will be able to respond quickly when market conditions improve. As the only likely remaining major national producer of indigenous coal we remain optimistic about the prospects offered by the UK once market conditions normalise and prices recover.

 

We will continue to review and challenge our chosen strategy and over the coming months our efforts will be focussed on fixed cost reduction and cash generation, which continues to track in line with expectations.  

 

 

 



 

Underlying Business Performance

 

The table below shows the reconciliation between Underlying profit measures and reported profit measures.

 





Energy &




Industrial





Production


Commodities


Transport


Services


Total



Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited



30 November


30 November


30 November


30 November


30 November



2014


2014


2014


2014


2014



£000


£000


£000


£000


£000












Continuing Operating Profit (before simplification costs)


7,526


9,550


1,586


2,832


21,494

Intangible amortisation


71


-


-


-


71

Share of profit in associates and jointly controlled entities


293


(278)


-


-


15

Share of tax in associates and jointly controlled entities


81


222


-


-


303












Continuing Underlying Operating Profit


7,971


9,494


1,586


2,832


21,883












Net financing costs - Continuing operations


(430)


(595)


(279)


(261)


(1,565)












Continuing Underlying Profit before Tax


7,541


8,899


1,307


2,571


20,318

 

 















Energy &




Industrial





Production


Commodities


Transport


Services


Total



Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited



30 November


30 November


30 November


30 November


30 November



2013


2013


2013


2013


2013



£000


£000


£000


£000


£000












Continuing Operating Profit


6,982


16,395


3,107


2,607


29,091

Intangible amortisation


71


423


-


220


714

Share of profit in jointly controlled entities


910


2


-


-


912

Share of tax in jointly controlled entities


222


1


-


-


223












Continuing Underlying Operating Profit


8,185


16,821


3,107


2,827


30,940












Net financing costs - Continuing operations


(45)


(1,693)


(448)


(250)


(2,436)












Continuing Underlying Profit before Tax


8,140


15,128


2,659


2,577


28,504

 

 

Underlying operating profit is stated excluding costs of £3.7m relating to the simplification programme, the amortisation of acquired intangibles and including share of profit in jointly controlled entities and associates.

 

Underlying profit before tax and underlying diluted EPS are stated excluding costs of £3.7m relating to the simplification programme, £1.0m unrealised losses on derivative financial instruments, tax on share of profits of associates and jointly controlled entitiesand the amortisation of acquired intangibles.



 

REVIEW OF UNDERLYING PERFORMANCE

 

The underlying performance of the Group was broadly in line with our previously revised expectations for the first half of the year. Group revenue in the period reduced by £109.3m from £460.5m to £351.2m, reflecting both challenging market conditions, particularly within our E&C business, and the implementation of the simplification programme. Underlying operating profit in the first half reduced by £9.0m, from £30.9m to £21.9m. Underlying profit before tax in the first half was £20.3m, a reduction of £8.2m on the comparative period, due largely to reduced volumes and pricing pressure in our E&C division. The reported profit before tax of the Group reduced by £14.5m to £15.2m.

 

Update on Group Simplification Programme

Following the Board's review of strategy we have identified opportunities to simplify the Group's structure, increase operational focus, maximise the quality of earnings and liberate fixed and working capital. The key focus of the review was to ensure the Group remains optimally placed to deliver shareholder value.

The review was prompted by emerging changes in the markets in which the Group operates. The review identified opportunities to maximise the quality of future earnings by exiting profit streams that were considered to be the lowest risk-weighted returns and weakest prospects for sustainable long-term growth, whilst strengthening the Group's longer-term position in its core markets of trading, distribution and production.

The Board is pleased to report that the execution of this first phase of the simplification programme is on track and is targeted to be substantially complete by 31 May 2015. By that point, the Group expects to have achieved net cash generation across the Group of over £30m from the simplification programme which is expected to increase to over £40m by 31 May 2016.

 

To date the process has resulted in:

 

·      The successful sale of Imperial Tankers Limited ("Imperial Tankers"), a non-core business, on 29 August 2014, to Suttons Transport Group, generating sale proceeds of £26.9m and a profit on disposal of £16.8m.

·      The orderly closure of our non-core tyre crumbing business and the Mir Trade joint venture. The Group's exit from these businesses, which had a book cost of £2.8m, had a small positive net cash impact.

·      The closure of Monckton coke works ("Monckton") on 12 December 2014. The Monckton closure will result in a £16.6m charge to the income statement but will liberate the significant working capital that was tied up in the business; the Group expects net cash inflows of approximately £17m to be generated.

 

The commentary below reflects the continuing, underlying performance of the four divisions, excluding the impact of the simplification programme.

 

 

PRODUCTION DIVISION

 

Production Division revenues increased by £21.4m from £65.0m to £86.4m reflecting six months at full run rate in our Scottish surface mining operations combined with slightly higher Tower contract mining revenues. This offset a reduction in coke revenues at Monckton following its closure in December.

 

Underlying operating profit for the first six months of the year reduced slightly from £8.2m to £8.0m with the increased contribution from our mining operations offsetting the reduced contribution from Monckton.

 

Surface Mining

 

The combined surface mining operations in Scotland, England and Wales contributed £8.0m of operating profit.

 

Our sites in Scotland have performed well during the period with strong production rates being achieved across all seven sites. Although the commencement of a major new site was delayed due to low coal prices, the Scottish operation sold over 0.7m tonnes during the period, generating revenues of £46.8m, and is expected to achieve approximately 1.3m tonnes during this financial year.

 

When we acquired the Scottish assets in mid 2013, the coal price was approximately £55 per tonne. Since that point, the coal price has steadily fallen; at the time of our announcement on 12 December 2014, the coal price had fallen to around £46 per tonne. The coal price has continued to weaken and has fallen approximately a further £5 per tonne since that announcement in December. This clearly has had a further significant impact on our Scottish operations, including a reduction in production targets for next year, and we estimate that this latest fall in coal price will have a further adverse impact on next year's result in Scotland of approximately £8m before taking into account any cost savings achieved.

 

Whilst the coal price has continued to fall during the period, the impact on our Scottish operation has been minimised through the financial hedges and fixed price contracts put in place following the acquisition of the Scottish assets. At the time we acquired the assets we were able to lock in fixed price contracts and hedges to protect the surface mining business for a period of two years, although this cover will fall away at the end of April 2015.

 

Notwithstanding this sharp fall in coal price, we remain committed to Scottish surface mining but will have to significantly reduce next year's planned 2m tonne production target to mitigate losses. We are currently targeting around 1m tonnes of production in the year ending 31 May 2016 focussing on the contribution from higher priced speciality coals which will help mitigate the anticipated losses on the thermal coal produced. This commitment reflects the Group's desire to protect the viability of the Scottish operations and the potential longer term value of the reserve base. In our view, Scotland remains a key source of coal volumes for sale into the industrial and domestic markets that the Group has worked very hard to secure. We are adapting the cost structure of our Scottish operations to deal with the volatile and challenging market conditions. Our English operation at Well Hill in Northumberland continues to perform well and we continue to make progress in getting additional, carefully selected sites through the planning process.

 

In light of the low coal price we will be stepping up our efforts to drive value from our portfolio of renewables and property opportunities. We were pleased to receive planning permission for 43.5MW of wind capacity in South Lanarkshire. Although we still have a number of administrative hurdles to overcome we will be working hard to ensure these projects can be commercialised at optimal valuations. The Group also has a number of other interesting wind projects in the pipeline. Efforts are continuing to optimise cash and profits from our property portfolio and we remain very pleased with the progress in seeking planning approval for a major housing development on a former surface mine site at Blindwells, east of Edinburgh.

 

We continue to work very hard with government at local, Holyrood and Westminster levels to find a solution for the significant legacy of opencast restoration with which local communities have been left by the failure of previous operators. An early solution would provide an opportunity for Hargreaves and other operators to protect jobs and future production capacity and create significant environmental benefits to those communities that are affected.

 

The Tower joint venture performed in line with management's expectations during the first half of the year. Coal sales during the period were 335,000 tonnes and muck-shift volumes have increased year on year reflecting a higher ratio phase of the site. Volumes are expected to increase further in the second half of the year. As we move into next year, we expect an improvement in ratio as we move to a new part of the site, however current coal price levels continue to impact adversely on the Tower mining operation. The fall of £5 per tonne in coal prices since our December announcement is expected to reduce the contribution from the Tower joint venture by a further £1m in the next financial year.

 

 

ENERGY & COMMODITIES DIVISION

 

Ongoing uncertainty and volatility within coal markets have resulted in a significant reduction in UK Bulk volumes and in the average profit per tonne achieved during the period.  In addition, the Group is seeing margin pressure in the speciality markets as competitors reduce prices in the face of weak demand in the domestic heating markets.

 

Revenues reduced by £103.2m from £332.2m to £229.0m largely reflecting reduced UK Bulk and Speciality volumes and pricing, combined with the deconsolidation of European revenues following the restructure in November 2013. UK revenues reduced from £276.8m to £229.0m during the period. This significant reduction in Divisional revenue resulted in a significant reduction in underlying operating profit from £16.8m to £9.5m.

                 

Although E&C trading is largely unaffected by coal prices, coal burn in UK power stations has been very low in the first part of the year. The recent further decline in coal burn further reduces medium-term revenue visibility for the Division. Contract cover until April 2015 does however provide the Group with reasonable visibility on full year bulk volumes in line with management's expectations. Low volumes have already been placing pressure on margins at both Redcar and Immingham prompting moves to reduce the fixed cost base of these operations.

 

Volumes within our UK speciality business have remained more robust during the first half with softness in domestic heating markets offset by strong volumes into the industrial markets. However, the ongoing warm weather through December and early January, and the current competitive dynamics of the market are likely to reduce pricing levels if volumes are to be maintained at the planned level. Since the start of this calendar year we have seen other producers reducing prices to stimulate demand and we expect some short-term competitive turbulence in the industrial and domestic markets as UK Coal liquidates its remaining production and stocks.  

 

 

Hatfield

 

As the support we have provided to Hatfield comes to an end, we have exited our coal marketing arrangement for thermal coal off take and expect the adverse impact in the second half to be approximately £1.5m. We will still retain rights to market the speciality coal that is produced but expect our Industrial Services contract at Hatfield to finish in April 2015 when the final panel has been laid out and is ready for production.

 

 

Europe

 

As expected, the steel sector in the UK and Europe has continued to face significant challenges and this continues to impact coke demand. Revenues from our German associate operation fell from £55.4m to £31.1m with an underlying operating profit of only £0.7m before the one-off settlement of a long standing legal claim which resulted in the operation breaking even during the period. The Group decided to accept a reduced settlement with regard to the outstanding legal claim, despite a favourable court ruling, in light of the weakened financial position of the counterparty. The German business is nevertheless expected to perform broadly in line with management's expectations for the full year.

 

 

INDUSTRIAL SERVICES DIVISION

 

Industrial Services Division revenues were £56.8m in the six months to 30 November 2014, in line with activity during the six months to 30 November 2013. Benefitting from some one-off contributions during the period, profits were in line with plan at £2.8m. Whilst the underlying business is expected to meet full year expectations, the aforementioned financial problems at Hatfield are also anticipated to adversely impact our Industrial Services contribution in the second half of the year by approximately £0.3m. However, it is pleasing to report that we are seeing significant interest in our service offering around mining and the team is developing a number of international opportunities that could replace the business lost at Hatfield.

 

The Division has demonstrated steady progress on contract awards in the UK and is focused on careful development of our international growth opportunities. The Group is pleased to report the acquisition of a small steel services operation with a long term contract at a steel plant in South Africa. This is the Group's first step into the region and builds on our increased credentials and experience in the steel sector.

 

The Group is continuing its discussions with EON aimed at agreeing final contract values and payment for the biomass conversion project at Liverpool Bulk Terminal. Work is now largely complete and we do not anticipate any further provisions being required in connection with this project.

 

TRANSPORT DIVISION

 

Imperial Tankers was sold during the period, as announced on 1 September 2014. Consequently, Transport revenues have reduced by £8.9m from £45.9m to £37.0m. Underlying operating profit has also reduced by £1.5m from £3.1m to £1.6m.

 

Excluding the £7.3m of revenue and £0.5m of operating profit from Imperial Tankers that was included in the current period, Bulk Transport revenues have remained broadly in line with the prior period at £29.6m and underlying operating profit has reduced slightly on the prior period to £1.1m reflecting a competitive market. As usual, we expect a strong seasonal weighting to the first half of the year in our Bulk business.

 



 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Revenue

 

The Group has experienced a substantial reduction in revenue during the period reflecting challenging market conditions within its E&C business. Whilst the simplification programme has had some impact on revenuesin the period, following the orderly closure of certain businesses within the Group, a more marked effect will be felt by the end of the year. Reported revenue decreased by £109.3m from £460.5m in the six months to 30 November 2013 to £351.2m in the six months to 30 November 2014. If the impact of the European business restructure is excluded, Group revenues reduced by 13.3% from £405.1m to £351.2m as Bulk and Speciality volumes and margins suffered against a backdrop of ongoing uncertainty in the markets in which we operate.

 

Operating Profit and Margins

 

Underlying operating profit reduced by £9.0m from £30.9m to £21.9m almost entirely driven by a reduced contribution from our E&C business. As anticipated, the volumes and margins within our E&C business came under significant pressure against a backdrop of unseasonably warm weather, low gas prices and a consequent overall reduced coal burn. Our Production Division held its operating profit at around the £8m level with the reduced contribution from Monckton being replaced by a full six months production from our Scottish mining operations. Reported Group continuing operating profit fell from £29.1m to £21.5m whilst Continuing profit before tax fell more sharply from £29.7m to £15.2m reflecting £3.7m of simplification costs and £1.0m of fair value losses on ineffective interest rate swaps.

 

Sale of Imperial Tankers

Imperial Tankers, the Group's wholly owned subsidiary, was sold to Suttons Transport Group on 29 August 2014 for a cash consideration of £26.9m. This disposal was the first step in implementing the Group simplification programme. The book value of Imperial Tankers in the Group accounts was approximately £10.1m resulting in a profit on disposal of £16.8m. The business unit was sold inclusive of cash balances and asset finance debt, resulting in a reduction in overall net debt of £27.5m.

Simplification Programme

 

Amounts relating to the Group Simplification Programme have been aggregated and are shown as a net charge to the income statement during the period. The net charge relating to simplification at the half year amounts to £4.7m, including a provision of £1.0m in respect of the surplus portion of the Group's interest rate swaps. The full year simplification charge is estimated to be approximately £7m; these costs do not form part of the Group's ongoing activities and are therefore excluded from the Group's underlying result.

 

Whilst the net charge during the period includes the impact of the closure of non-core businesses and some one-off transaction costs, the main elements relate to the gain on the disposal of Imperial Tankers of £16.8m (see above) and the charge incurred on the closure of Monckton of £15.2m. The further costs to come on the Monckton closure remain consistent with the guidance detailed in the 12 December 2014 announcement and mainly relate to redundancy costs.

 

Interest

 

In the six months to 30 November 2014, continuing net finance expenses for the Group reduced by £0.8m from £2.4m to £1.6m. This positive movement reflects a reduction in average Group net debt levels during the period largely as a result of the simplification programme.

 

Underlying net debt levels continue to track in line with management's expectations. Taking into account the potential impact of the buyback programme, approved on 5 November 2014, the Group would expect net financial expense in the year ending 31 May 2016 to be approximately £1.5m reflecting the level of facilities and commitments that the Group would require.

 

 

Taxation

 

Income tax expense for the first half was £1.3m compared with £6.2m for the six months ended 30 November 2013. Whilst this charge represents a reported effective tax rate for the Group of 8.6%, the underlying effective rate before the impact of the simplification programme, amounts to 22.7%.

 

The reduction from the 23.5% rate for the year ended 31 May 2014 to the underlying rate of 22.7% is largely driven by the fall in the UK corporation tax rate from 23% at April 2013 to 20% at April 2015.

 

 

Earnings per Share

 

Reported basic earnings per share decreased by 38.7% from 63.1p to 38.7p reflecting reduced profitability and the one-off charge for simplification costs during the period.Underlying diluted earnings per share decreased by 27.8% from 65.0p to 46.9p. The weighted average diluted number of shares in the period increased from 33.2m to 33.4m, due to the issuance of share options. The share buyback programme approved on 5 November 2014, had resulted in the purchase of 230,000 shares at 30 November 2014.

 

Discontinued operations

 

The loss of £1.1m for the period from discontinued operations largely related to costs incurred at Maltby Colliery as part of the overall restoration programme. As previously reported, the mine shafts have been filled and capped and the Group has now received formal certification that this has been completed. The process to sell the underground equipment continues; there have been a number of enquiries and a further £1.7m of realisations have been achieved during the period leaving a net residual book value to recover of £5m. The Group remains confident of achieving in excess of book value for the assets but notes that low commodity prices have further depressed the mining equipment markets.

 

Net Debt

 

Net debt decreased by £28.4m from £68.8m at 31 May 2014 to £40.4m at 30 November 2014 and has fallen by £54.8m over the 12 month period since 30 November 2013. The net debt figure has decreased largely as a result of the Group's strong operating cash flows and the impact of the ongoing simplification programme.

 

Group net assets increased from £150.1m at 31 May 2014 to £152.2m at 30 November 2014. Gearing (measured as net debt compared to net assets) at the end of November 2014 was 26.5%, compared to 45.8% at 31 May 2014.

 

The Group's financial position remains strong with net debt at 30 November 2014 equal to 0.66 times the last 12 months' earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA"), comfortably below our maximum covenant levels.

 

Cash Flow

 

Net cash flow from operating activities, before working capital movements, generated an inflow of £20.4m. As expected, working capital has increased slightly during the first half of the year, largely reflecting a build in readily marketable coal stocks in anticipation of second half trading. This was offset by £5m improvement in receivables and payables. As previously reported, the Group expects overall working capital to move positively over the full year. Efforts are currently underway to secure contracts for coal offtake for all of May's planned coal production, post expiry of the current contracts. As we have moved into the second half of the year our inventory has built further in our Scottish operations reflecting both the increased run rate being achieved across the sites and the level of contracted sales in the second half of the year. Whilst the Group has also seen a small stock build at Monckton, this is expected to unwind in the second half of the year, following closure of the operation.

 

Net capital expenditure in the first half was £4.5m compared with £6.9m in the six months to 30 November 2013. The bulk of the capital expenditure related to investment in mine stripping assets, following strong production run rates in Scotland, and is expected to unwind into operating cash flow in the next financial year.

 

The Group generated a cash inflow of £24.8m through the disposal of subsidiaries following the sale of Imperial Tankers in August 2014.

 

Consequently, the Group generated cash during the period of £33.6m through its operating and investing activities. Following this significant cash generation, the Group has repaid £36.0m of its banking facilities during the period, made dividend payments of £5.5m relating to the year ended 31 May 2014 and funded finance lease payments amounting to £2.7m.

 



Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the six months ended 30 November 2014

 



Underlying*

Simplification

Unaudited

Unaudited




unaudited

and non-

six months

six months

Audited



six months

underlying

ended

ended

year ended



ended 30 November

items six months ended 30 November

30 November

30 November

31 May



2014

2014

2014

2013

2014

 Continuing activities

Note

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000








Revenue


351,237

-

351,237

460,493

869,244

Cost of sales


(311,938)

-

(311,938)

(407,676)

(771,626)








Gross profit


39,299

-

39,299

52,817

97,618

Other operating income


429

-

429

98

970

Administrative expenses - Impairment of non-current assets


-

-

-

-

(2,829)

Other administrative expenses


(18,163)

(71)

(18,234)

(23,824)

(44,819)








Operating profit (before simplification)


21,565

(71)

21,494

29,091

50,940








Simplification costs


-

(3,728)

(3,728)

-

-








Operating profit (after simplification)


21,565

(3,799)

17,766

29,091

50,940

Gain on disposal of subsidiaries


-

-

-

2,087

2,087

Financial income


520

-

520

464

1,121

Financial expenses


(2,085)

-

(2,085)

(2,900)

(5,568)

Unrealised fair value losses on derivative financial instruments


-

(975)

(975)

-

-

Share of profit of associates and jointly controlled entities (net of tax)


318

(303)

15

912

3,499








Profit before tax


20,318

(5,077)

15,241

29,654

52,079

Income tax expense

4

(4,605)

3,300

(1,305)

(6,233)

(11,525)








Profit for the period/ year from continuing operations


15,713

(1,777)

13,936

23,421

40,554








Discontinued operations







Loss for the period/year  from discontinued operations


-

(1,081)

(1,081)

(2,282)

(3,734)








Profit for the period/year


15,713

(2,858)

12,855

21,139

36,820








Other comprehensive (expense)/income







Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss







Actuarial gains and losses on defined benefit pension plans




-

-

(2,738)

Tax recognised on items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss




-

-

460

Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss







Foreign exchange translation differences




(353)

(244)

(754)

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges




(4,115)

5,764

10,576

Ineffective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges




615

-

-

Tax recognised on items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss




701

(1,329)

(2,118)

Other comprehensive (expense)/ income for the period/year, net of tax




(3,152)

4,191

5,426








Total comprehensive income for the period/ year




9,703

25,330

42,246








Profit attributable to:







Equity holders of the company




12,799

20,864

36,995

Non-controlling interest




56

275

(175)






Profit for the period/ year




12,855

21,139

36,820








Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period/year attributable to:







Equity holders of the company




9,647

25,077

42,443

Non-controlling interest




56

253

(197)








Total comprehensive income for the period/ year




9,703

25,330

42,246








GAAP measures







Basic earnings per share (pence)

6



38.68

63.14

111.88

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

6



38.37

62.84

110.99

Basic earnings per share from continuing operations (pence)

6



41.95

70.04

123.18

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (pence)

6



41.61

69.71

122.19








Non-GAAP measures (continuing)







Basic underlying earnings per share (pence)




47.32

65.32

125.77

Diluted underlying earnings per share (pence)




46.93

65.01

124.76

 

*Underlying profit excludes simplification costs, amortisation of intangibles, movement on derivative financial instruments and the tax effect on share of profits in associates and jointly controlled entities



 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

as at 30 November 2014

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


30 November

30 November

31 May


2014

2013

2014


£000

£000

£000





Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment

64,410

72,463

80,293

Intangible assets

8,413

18,415

17,801

Investments in associates and jointly controlled entities

5,106

8,613

6,843

Derivative financial instruments

6,359

1,950

2,965

Deferred tax assets

1,632

2,253

-






85,920

103,694

107,902

Current assets




Assets held for sale

5,975

11,572

8,171

Inventories

109,977

95,185

100,437

Derivative financial instruments

3,548

3,133

4,178

Trade and other receivables

124,206

159,857

133,518

Cash and cash equivalents

21,149

8,416

30,768






264,855

278,163

277,072





Total assets

350,775

381,857

384,974





Non-current liabilities




Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(54,069)

(102,491)

(92,328)

Retirement benefit obligations

(4,320)

(3,140)

(5,580)

Provisions

(10,651)

(8,279)

(8,641)

Derivative financial instruments

(4,993)

(2,096)

(1,343)

Deferred tax liabilities

-

-

(2,172)






(74,033)

(116,006)

(110,064)





Current liabilities




Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(7,465)

(3,264)

(7,215)

Trade and other payables

(95,716)

(100,056)

(99,612)

Income tax liabilities

(14,900)

(16,551)

(14,823)

Provision

(254)

(1,699)

(550)

Derivative financial instruments

(6,177)

(4,402)

(2,586)






(124,512)

(125,972)

(124,786)





Total liabilities

(198,545)

(241,978)

(234,850)





Net assets

152,230

139,879

150,124

 



 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (continued)

as at 30 November 2014

 

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


30 November

30 November

31 May


2014

2013

2014


£000

£000

£000





Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent




Share capital

3,314

3,308

3,309

Share premium

73,956

73,939

73,952

Other reserves

211

211

211

Translation reserve

(2,318)

(1,455)

(1,965)

Merger reserve

1,022

1,022

1,022

Hedging reserve

(33)

(1,257)

2,766

Capital redemption reserve

1,530

1,530

1,530

Retained earnings

74,266

61,905

69,073


151,948

139,203

149,898





Non-controlling interest

282

676

226





Total equity

152,230

139,879

150,124


Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the six months ended 30 November 2014







Capital



Total

Non-



Share

Share

Translation

Hedging

Other

redemption

Merger

Retained

parent

controlling

Total


capital

premium

reserve

reserve

reserves

reserve

reserve

earnings

equity

interest

equity


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000













Balance at 1 June 2014

3,309

73,952

(1,965)

2,766

211

1,530

1,022

69,073

149,898

226

150,124













Total comprehensive income and expense for the period












Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

12,799

12,799

56

12,855













Other comprehensive income












Foreign exchange translation differences

-

-

(353)

-

-

-

-

-

(353)

-

(353)

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges

-

-

-

(4,115)

-

-

-

-

(4,115)

-

(4,115)

Ineffective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges

-

-

-

615

-

-

-

-

615

-

615

Tax recognised on other comprehensive income

-

-

-

701

-

-

-

-

701

-

701













Total other comprehensive income

-

-

(353)

(2,799)

-

-

-

-

(3,152)

-

(3,152)













Total comprehensive income and expense for the period

-

-

(353)

(2,799)

-

-

-

12,799

9,647

56

9,703













Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity












Issue of shares

5

4

-

-

-

-

-

-

9

-

9

Equity settled share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(610)

(610)

-

(610)

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(5,534)

(5,534)

-

(5,534)

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,462)

(1,462)

-

(1,462)













Total contributions by and distributions to owners

5

4

-

-

-

-

-

(7,606)

(7,597)

-

(7,597)

 

Balance at 30 November 2014

3,314

73,956

(2,318)

(33)

211

1,530

1,022

74,266

151,948

282

152,230


 Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

for the six months ended 30 November 2014


Unaudited

Unaudited



six months

six months

Audited


ended

ended

year ended


30 November

30 November

31 May


2014

2013

2014


£000

£000

£000





Cash flows from operating activities




Profit for the period from continuing operations

13,936

23,421

40,554

Adjustments for:




Depreciation

5,030

4,705

9,407

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

6,044

-

2,829

Depreciation of mining assets

3,820

267

2,873

Amortisation and impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

5,503

714

1,319

Net finance expense

1,565

2,436

4,447

Share of profit of jointly controlled entities (net of tax)

(15)

(912)

(3,499)

Profit on sale of property, plant and equipment

(437)

(98)

(970)

Profit on disposal of subsidiaries

(16,755)

(2,087)

(2,087)

Equity settled share-based payment (income)/expense

(610)

503

1,050

Income tax expense

1,305

6,233

11,525

Loss on derivative financial instruments

975

-

(199)

Translation of non-controlling interest

-

22

(22)


20,361

35,204

67,227





Change in inventories

(9,650)

(26,018)

(28,434)

Change in trade and other receivables

2,911

(14,427)

13,435

Change in trade and other payables

313

(6,063)

(6,461)

Change in provisions and employee benefits

2,025

917

1,115


15,960

(10,387)

46,882





Interest paid

(1,273)

(2,145)

(3,871)

Income tax (paid)/received

(2,162)

1,530

(793)





Net cash from continuing operating activies

12,525

(11,002)

42,218

Net cash from discontinued operating activities

(2,607)

(1,396)

(9,149)





Net cash from operating activities

9,918

(12,398)

33,069





Cash flows from investing activities




Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

1,248

385

2,089

Dividends received

1,681

-

4,273

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(5,714)

(7,330)

(23,618)

Disposal of subsidiaries

24,807

10,242

10,242





Net cash from investing activities in continuing operations

22,022

3,297

(7,014)

Net cash from investing activities in discontinued operations

1,679

1,413

2,910





Net cash from investing activities

23,701

4,710

(4,104)





Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from issue of share capital

9

743

755

Purchase of own shares

(1,462)

-


Payment of finance lease liabilities

(2,740)

(2,005)

(4,960)

Proceeds from promissory notes

3,319

-

-

Dividends paid

(5,533)

-

(7,406)

Repayment of revolving credit facility

(36,000)

(5,000)

(4,000)

 

 

Net cash from financing activities in continuing operations

(42,407)

(6,262)

(15,611)

Net cash from financing activities in discontinued operations

(788)

(3,120)

(1,923)





Net cash from financing activities

(43,195)

(9,382)

(17,534)





Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(9,576)

(17,070)

11,431

Cash and cash equivalents at the start of the period/year

30,768

18,959

18,959

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

(43)

399

378





Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period/year

21,149

2,288

30,768

 

 



Notes to the Interim Report

 

1.         Basis of preparation

 

The interim financial information set out in this statement for the six months ended 30 November 2014 and the comparative figures for the six months ended 30 November 2013 are unaudited. This financial information does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. It does not comply with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', as is permissible under the rules of the AIM market ("AIM").           

 

This interim statement, which is neither audited nor reviewed, has been prepared in accordance with the measurement and recognition criteria of Adopted IFRS's. This statement does not include all the information required for the full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the financial statements of the Group    as at and for the year ended 31 May 2014.

           

2.         Accounting policies                

 

The accounting policies applied in preparing these interim financial statements are the same as those applied in the preparation of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 May 2014, as described in those financial statements.  

 

3.         Status of financial information           

                                                           

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 May 2014 are not the company's statutory financial statements for that financial year. Those accounts have been reported on by the company's auditor and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditor was (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 a statement under  section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

4.         Taxation                                                                                                                                             

Income tax for the six month period is charged at 20.8% (six months ended 30 November 2013: 22.7%; year ended 31 May 2014: 22.7%). The underlying tax rate is 22.7%, representing the best estimate of the annual effective rate expected for the full year.           

 

5.         Dividends                                                                    

                                                                       

The dividend of 16.7 pence per ordinary share, proposed in the 2014 Annual Accounts and agreed by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 5 November 2014, was paid on 21 November 2014.                                                                                                      

The directors have recommended an interim dividend of 10.0 pence per share which will be paid on 27 March 2015.



 

6.         Earnings per share     

Earnings per share for the ordinary shares are as follows:    

 


Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2014 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2014 Continuing

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing

Audited year ended 31 May 2014 Continuing and discontinued

Audited year ended 31 May 2014 Continuing








Ordinary shares







Basic earnings per share

38.68

41.95

63.14p

70.04p

111.88p

123.18p

Diluted earnings per share

38.37

41.61

62.84p

69.71p

110.99p

122.19p

 

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the profit for the period/year attributable to equity holders and on the weighted average number of shares in issue and ranking for dividend in the period.                                                               


Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2014 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2014 Continuing

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing

Audited year ended 31 May 2014 Continuing and discontinued

Audited year ended 31 May 2014 Continuing








Profit for the period/year attributable to equity holders (£000)

12,799

13,880

20,864

23,146

36,995

40,729








Weighted average number of shares

33,089,812

33,089,812

33,045,197

33,045,197

33,065,926

33,065,926

Earnings per ordinary share (pence)

38.68

41.95

63.14

70.04

111.88

123.18p

 

The calculation of diluted earnings per share is based on the profit for the period/year and on the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue in the period/year adjusted for the dilutive effect of the share options outstanding.

 

                                                                       

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2014 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2014 Continuing

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing

Audited year ended 31 May 2014 Continuing and discontinued

Audited year ended 31 May 2014 Continuing








Profit for the period/year attributable to equity holders (£000)

12,799

13,880

20,864

23,146

36,995

40,729








Weighted average number of shares

33,359,468

33,359,468

33,203,576

33,203,576

33,332,203

33,332,203

Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)

38.37

41.61

62.84

69.71

110.99p

122.19p

 

Underlying basic and diluted earnings per share are calculated on the same weighted average number of shares in the tables above, and on underlying profit after tax, as reconciled below:

 

 

 

 

 


Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2014

Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2013

Audited year ended 31 May 2014





Profit for the period/year attributable to equity holders (£000)

13,880

23,146

40,729





Profit on disposal of subsidiary

-

(2,087)

(2,087)

Amortisation/impairment of intangibles/goodwill

71

714

1,319

Simplification costs (including derivative movement)

4,703

-

-

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

-

-

2,404

Tax effect of above items

(2,997)

(189)

(780)

Continuing underlying profit after tax

15,657

21,584

41,585

                                   

 

 



                       

7.         Segmental information

 

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 the Board of Directors, since they are responsible for strategic decisions.                    

 



Energy &


Industrial



Production

Commodities

Transport

Services

Total


Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited


30 November

30 November

30 November

30 November

30 November


2014

2014

2014

2014

2014


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000







Revenue






Total revenue

86,392

229,021

36,959

56,765

409,137

Inter-segment revenue

(47,682)

(964)

(4,909)

(4,345)

(57,900)







Revenue from external customers

38,710

228,057

32,050

52,420

351,237







Segment operating profit

7,526

9,550

1,586

2,832

21,494







Share of profit in associates and jointly controlled entities

293

(278)

-

-

15

Net financing costs

(430)

(595)

(279)

(261)

(1,565)







Profit before taxation (pre simplification)

7,389

8,677

1,307

2,571

19,944







Simplification costs





(3,728)

Unrealised fair value losses on derivative financial instruments





(975)







Profit before taxation





15,241









Energy &


Industrial



Production

Commodities

Transport

Services

Total


Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited


30 November

30 November

30 November

30 November

30 November


2013

2013

2013

2013

2013


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000







Revenue






Total revenue

64,951

332,235

45,922

57,185

500,293

Inter-segment revenue

(23,519)

(6,241)

(6,713)

(3,327)

(39,800)







Revenue from external customers

41,432

325,994

39,209

53,858

460,493







Segment operating profit

6,982

16,395

3,107

2,607

29,091







Profit on disposal of subsidiaries

-

2,087

-

-

2,087

Share of profit in jointly controlled entities

910

2

-

-

912

Net financing costs

(45)

(1,693)

(448)

(250)

(2,436)







Profit before taxation

7,847

16,791

2,659

2,357

29,654







                                                                       

8.         Interim results                                                 

                                                           

These results were approved by the Board of Directors on 16 February 2015. Copies of this interim statement will be sent to all shareholders and will be available to the public from the Group's registered office.

 

 


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