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Hargreaves Servs PLC (HSP)

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Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Hargreaves Servs PLC

Interim Results

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Hargreaves Services PLC
11 February 2014
 




11 February 2014

 

 

 

HARGREAVES SERVICES PLC

(the "Group" or "Hargreaves")

 

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 November 2013

 

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 2013.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS


 

Unaudited

Six Months ended 30 Nov 2013

 

Restated

Unaudited

Six Months ended 30 Nov 2012

Change

%

Continuing Revenue       

£460.5m

£359.8m

28.0%

Continuing Operating Profit

£29.1m

£21.9m

32.9%

Underlying Operating Profit

£30.9m

£24.7m

25.1%

Continuing Profit Before Tax

£29.7m

£21.0m

41.4%

Underlying Profit Before Tax

£28.5m

£23.3m

22.3%

Diluted EPS

62.8p

(28.4)p

n/a

Underlying Diluted EPS

65.0p

60.5p

7.4%

Interim Dividend

8.8p

6.9p

27.5%

                       

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·      Underlying operating profit of £30.9m, an increase of 25.1% over the prior period

·      UK Bulk Coal and UK Speciality Coal operations performing slightly ahead of expectations

·      Production division performing slightly behind expectations due to delays in commencing operations in Scotland and continuing pricing pressures in coke markets

·      Seven newly acquired Scottish surface mining and restoration sites now in operation

·      Award of contract for five year maintenance services at Castle Peak Power Station in Hong Kong by China Light and Power

·      Expecting a stronger second half in Europe but outlook for coke markets remains uncertain

·      Net debt at £95.2m in line with previous guidance

·      Interim dividend increased to 8.8p per share, a further progression on the dividend payout

 

Commenting on the interim results, Chairman Tim Ross said: "Following a transitional year for the Group, we are pleased to announce a strong set of results for the six months ended 30 November 2013. We continue to work hard in a dynamic and challenging coal market and the Board remains confident of achieving its expectations for the full year."

 

For further details:

 

Hargreaves Services

Gordon Banham, Chief Executive Officer

Iain Cockburn, Finance Director

 

0191 373 4485

Buchanan

Mark Court / Fiona Henson / 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 2013.

 

RESULTS

 

We are pleased to announce an encouraging set of results for the six months ended 30 November 2013. Revenue and profitability from underlying activities increased significantly on the prior period, reflecting a continuing strong performance from our UK coal operations together with the contribution from our newly acquired Scottish surface mining assets. The strength in these businesses has compensated for a subdued performance in Europe, where unsettled coke markets present continuing challenges.

 

BUSINESS REVIEW

 

Future for Coal in the UK

 

At the time of our preliminary results in September 2013, we commented on our view for future coal demand in the UK. Our view has not changed in the intervening period. It is inevitable and necessary that unabated coal generation is reduced and eventually eliminated in the UK, however, there remains significant uncertainty concerning the time period over which this is likely to happen. Initiatives such as investment in renewables, changes in coal and gas prices and investment in new nuclear capacity may all hasten the demise of coal. On the other hand, concerns over the cost of energy in the short term, as well as over the long term price and security of gas supplies, and delays in investment in alternative capacity, all point to a slower decline. We remain of the view that despite current Energy Policy, coal will continue to have a significant role to play in the UK's transition from fossil fuel based generation to renewable generation for many years to come.

 

 

Update on strategic progress

 

The last financial year was a challenging one for the Group. The team worked hard to deal with the challenges and finished the year by completing two acquisitions of mining assets in Scotland either side of the year end. The Group is now very much on the front foot and looking again for growth and investment opportunities, both in the UK and abroad.

 

In the UK, we remain committed to seeking opportunities to further consolidate the coal industry. We continue to look for acquisition and partnership opportunities. In addition to seeking opportunities to purchase complementary and value-adding production resources we will also be looking to create closer relationships with owners of generation assets. We believe that longer term sourcing arrangements and relationships will be key to facilitating continued investment in coal production assets.

 

In addition to complementing our own operations, we view continued investment in coal production as being of strategic importance to the UK if, as the Government hopes, carbon capture technology is developed.

 

Because coal is a reliable, abundant, strategically important global energy resource, international markets continue to present major opportunities for the Group in the medium term. However, even with pessimistic forecasts of coal decline in the UK we are confident that the UK energy sector will provide the Group with a strong and stable platform for years to come, which gives us time to explore new growth opportunities in other markets. We will plan carefully to ensure that any new initiatives are resourced by experienced and capable senior management and meet our internal criteria for return on capital.

 

As an early example of success, we are very encouraged and excited by the opportunity afforded to the Group through our five year integrated maintenance services contract at Castle Peak Power Station in Hong Kong with China Light and Power. This contract has now commenced and we are working to ensure that the contract is operated successfully, delivers value and creates a strong reference site to drive future opportunities for the Group.

 

Our 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 see if we can 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 skills, both through the deployment of services and trading.

 

We are entering an exciting phase for the Group in both the UK and international markets and the Board is pleased to see the team so energised in their efforts to consolidate our current position and continue to move the business forward.

 

 

 

Coal Price

 

Coal prices have continued to fall during the period. Although we have no material exposure to commodity prices in our Energy & Commodities ("E&C") Division, the Production Division does have a longer term exposure through the development of new mining projects, which would benefit from strengthening coal prices. In the absence of such strengthening we remain confident that we have the reserve base to design mining plans that deliver an acceptable return at current coal prices. Should coal prices improve, we would expect to see a significant increase in the profitability and potential scale of the surface mining business. We remain focussed on restoration obligations and will ensure that restoration work is kept up to date and that funding for these activities is fully provided.

 

 

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

 

The year ended 31 May 2013 was a challenging and transitional year for the Group. The completion of the fundraising in May 2013 and the associated investment in developing our surface mining business has consolidated our position as the leading coal producer and distributor in the UK market. The closure of Maltby Colliery together with the expansion of the Group's surface mining activity has reduced the capital intensity of the UK business and has increased the stability and predictability of our cash flows.

 

With the combined strength of our coal distribution business in the UK and our newly established surface mining business, the Board is confident that the UK business model is robust and well placed to deliver even as coal burn reduces in years to come. This strong foundation provides the Group with a platform and time to expand into new and related energy and energy services markets both in the UK and internationally.

 

Our management team continue to work hard in a dynamic and challenging coal market. Although there remain plenty of risks and issues to be navigated, we are very encouraged by the breadth and depth of the potential opportunities.

 

The Board remains confident of achieving its expectations for the full year. Accordingly, in line with our previously announced intention to progressively increase our dividend payout and reduce dividend cover, the interim dividend has been increased by 27.5%, from 6.9p to 8.8p per share.

 



 

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



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

 

 















Energy &




Industrial





Production


Commodities


Transport


Services


Total



Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited


Unaudited



30 November


30 November


30 November


30 November


30 November



2012


2012


2012


2012


2012

Restated


£000


£000


£000


£000


£000












Continuing Operating Profit


5,145


12,542


1,917


2,293


21,897

Intangible amortisation


59


1,285


197


784


2,325

Share of profit in jointly controlled entities


351


114


-


-


465

Share of tax in jointly controlled entities


-


-


-


-


-












Continuing Underlying Operating Profit


5,555


13,941


2,114


3,077


24,687












Net financing income/ (costs) - Continuing operations


61


(840)


(324)


(294)


(1,397)












Continuing Underlying Profit before Tax


5,616


13,101


1,790


2,783


23,290

 

 

Underlying operating profit is stated excluding 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 a £2.1m exceptional profit relating to the European restructure and the amortisation of acquired intangibles



 

REVIEW OF UNDERLYING PERFORMANCE

 

Following a challenging year to 31 May 2013, the Group has performed strongly in the first half of the current year. Group revenue in the period increased by £100.7m from £359.8m to £460.5m. Underlying operating profit in the first half increased by £6.2m from £24.7m to £30.9m. Underlying profit before tax in the first half was £28.5m, an increase of 22.3% on the comparative period, driven by the first contribution from our Scottish surface mining operations and the continued strong performance of our UK coal operations.

 

 

PRODUCTION DIVISION

 

Production Division revenues increased by £19.5m from £45.5m to £65.0m. The new surface mining operations in Scotland combined with slightly higher Tower contract mining revenues have offset a reduction in Monckton coke revenues.

 

Underlying operating profit for the first six months of the year increased from £5.6m to £8.2m, driven by the contribution from our Scottish surface mining operations and the first full six months of operations at Tower.

 

Surface mining

 

Although it has taken more time than planned to bring certain key sites such as House of Water, Glenmuckloch and Broken Cross back into production, we are pleased with overall progress in Scotland. The exceptional and continuing wet weather experienced since the start of the second half has also hindered start up operations and production levels. This is expected to be a short term issue.

 

The Scottish operation has sold almost 400,000 tonnes in the period. Following the slower than anticipated start, the Group is operational on seven sites at the date of this report and is well placed to deliver strong production to the end of the financial year. The Board remains confident of being able to reach its target run rate of 2m tonnes per annum before the end of this financial year.

 

The Tower joint venture has performed in line with management's expectations for the first half of the year.  

 

In England, our site at Well Hill in Northumberland contributed its first tonnes in the first half of the year and we continue to make progress in getting additional sites through the planning process.

 

Monckton

 

Against the backdrop of challenging steel markets, Monckton's performance during the first half of the year was broadly in line with plan as volumes were, as previously reported, largely contracted through the end of last calendar year. Looking ahead, Monckton's domestic volumes, representing approximately half of its output, are largely contracted to the end of 2015. With regards to Monckton's export volumes, the Group is experiencing some pricing pressure as contracts were renegotiated at the turn of the calendar year. Given the uncertain outlook, a number of customers are opting to minimise offtake and to seek quarterly contracts.

 

Maltby

 

Maltby remains a discontinued operation during the period as the closure programme continues in line with plan. We expect the mine shafts to have been filled and capped by the end of the financial year as part of Maltby's overall restoration programme. The process to sell the underground equipment is ongoing and, as previously reported in December, the Group provided Hatfield Colliery Partnership Limited with a short term option to acquire certain items of underground plant and equipment. There have been a number of enquiries to date and some realisations have already been achieved and further amounts are expected to be achieved by the end of the financial year. The Group remains confident of achieving full value for the assets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENERGY & COMMODITIES DIVISION

 

The Energy & Commodities Division delivered a strong performance in the first half. Revenues increased by £102.3m from £229.9m to £332.2m, driven by increased coal volumes into power stations and steel works. Increases in volumes more than off-set reductions in underlying commodity prices. Underlying operating profit increased by £2.9m from £13.9m to £16.8m and the Group anticipates a slightly more even H1/H2 weighting compared with previous years. The fall in underlying operating margin from 6.0% to 5.1% reflects the mix impact of increased volumes of sales of power station, coking and Pulverised Coal Injection ("PCI") coal.

                 

Our UK Bulk Coal operations have slightly exceeded management expectations in the first half of the year. Volumes have remained strong at our Immingham and Redcar operations and we expect this trend to continue. The new Redcar operation also provided a platform for the continued sourcing of coking coals for the Redcar steel works. The Group began sourcing PCI coal for the PCI plant at Redcar, under a long term contract which became operational during the period.  We continue to closely manage counterparty risk exposure, whilst maximising opportunities, particularly within the challenging steel markets.

 

Following the announcement of UK Coal's insolvency and restructuring last year, the Group worked hard to mitigate the loss of the associated supply contract, under which UK Coal supplied around 270,000 tonnes of coal for the Industrial and Domestic markets.

 

Our German operations continue to operate in subdued and difficult coke markets, although there are some encouraging signs that volumes and activity levels are starting to turn. Whilst the outlook for coke prices and coke demand remains uncertain, existing contract positions and potential contract awards provide us with some confidence that the German business will recover against plan in the second half.

 

As previously reported, the Group successfully completed a reorganisation of its German business on the 28 November 2013. Whilst the Group retains the same economic interest and therefore a largely similar level of contribution to the Group's results, the resultant lower equity participation and greater autonomy means that the German business will be treated as an associate going forward and will no longer be consolidated into the Group numbers.

 

 

INDUSTRIAL SERVICES DIVISION

 

Industrial Services Division revenues were £57.2m in the six months to 30 November 2013, a reduction of £8.1m compared with the six months to 30 November 2012. The reduction in revenue reflects the downsizing of our engineering services business that was announced at the end of last year.

 

The underlying operating profit of the division stood at £2.8m at the end of the first half, a reduction of £0.3m on the prior period comparative, reflecting £0.3m of business development costs that have been expensed during the period and delays in some key contract awards.

 

Whilst these delays are also expected to impact the second half slightly, the Division has demonstrated good progress on contract awards, most notably the previously reported achievement of the five year integrated maintenance services contract with China Light and Power.

 

The first biomass conversion project completed last year and we are pleased to note that the second is nearing completion. We have encountered significant delays on this project and whilst we have worked collaboratively with the customer and have delivered a quality solution, we shall not be undertaking any further projects of this kind. Although commercial discussions around the project are ongoing, we do not anticipate that any further provisions will be required.

 

 

TRANSPORT DIVISION

 

Transport revenues increased significantly during the period from £40.0m to £45.9m reflecting strong volumes in the period within our Dry Bulk business. Underlying operating profit also increased significantly from £2.1m to £3.1m reflecting increased contribution from both the Dry Bulk and Tankers business units. We expect a strong weighting to the first half of the year reflecting higher than normal volumes in our Bulk business.

 

 

OTHER CONTINUING ACTIVITIES

 

As reported on 10 December 2013, the Group noted the sale of the business and assets of Hatfield Colliery Limited (HCL) to Hatfield Colliery Partnership Limited (HCPL), an Employee Benefit Trust. Hargreaves assisted in the restructure by entering into a new contract, on substantially the same terms as the previous offtake contract, which now extends into 2015. Although Hargreaves will continue to provide whatever support it can to HCPL, our mine management contract was terminated with no such contract put in place with HCPL.

 

With regard to the landslip at Hatfield in February 2013, the Group previously reported its understanding that Network Rail intended to bring a claim against the Group. The Group continues to work with insurers and their solicitors to vigorously defend any claim that may be brought. The Board is of the opinion that no provision is necessary based on the facts available at this time.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Revenue

 

The Group enjoyed a substantial increase in revenue during the period reflecting both E&C volumes and also a full six months contribution from our newly acquired Scottish surface mines. Revenue increased by £100.7m from £359.8m in the six months to 30 November 2012 to £460.5m in the six months to 30 November 2013, despite the impact of declining commodity prices in the period. The strong E&C revenues reflected buoyant power station volumes underpinned by coking coal volume and new flows of PCI coal.

 

 

Operating Profit and Margins

 

Underlying operating profit increased by £6.2m from £24.7m to £30.9m largely following increased contributions from E&C and Production. Our E&C division has delivered a strong first half supported by strong thermal and metallurgical volumes. The Production division has benefitted from the first six months of mining from our surface mines in Scotland. Reported operating profit posted a slightly higher increase of £7.2m, from £21.9m to £29.1m, reflecting the Group's significantly reduced amortisation charge following a number of write offs last year.  Notwithstanding the significant increase in lower margin volume activity in E&C, underlying operating margin remained resilient at 6.7% (2012: 6.9%) reflecting increased margins across the other divisions; most notably Production where a full six months of Tower supported the Division's result.

 

Gain on disposal of subsidiaries

 

As previously announced, a reorganisation of our European operations was completed on 28 November 2013, resulting in a lower equity participation for the Group, whilst retaining the same economic interest. From a financial reporting perspective, this resulted in the sale by the Group of our German business, and the deconsolidation of its net assets, including net debt, from the Group balance sheet. This was then immediately followed by re-acquisition of the same entity as an associate and recognition of the fair value of the investment in the associate, in accordance with IAS 27. Sale of subsidiaries from the Group required recycling of the associated translation and non-controlling interest reserves into the income statement. These accounting entries resulted in a one-off, non-recurring profit on disposal of £2.1m in the period. This has been excluded from underlying operating profit.

 

Interest

 

In the six months to 30 November 2013, total group finance expenses of £3.3m were in line with the prior period group finance expenses of £3.2m reflecting a similar level of net debt in the Group year on year. On a continuing basis, however, finance expenses for the Group increased to £2.9m from £1.8m in the prior period reflecting the significant discontinued operations in the prior year with both Maltby and Belgium incurring a large proportion of Group interest. Continuing finance expenses are expected to reduce in the second half as net debt reduces and the European interest is removed following the reorganisation of our European operation. Finance income remained in line with the prior year at £0.5m due mainly to interest earned on balances invested in the Tower joint venture. Interest cover remained strong at 14.5 times.

 

Taxation

 

Income tax expense for the first half is £6.2m compared with £5.3m for the six months ended 30 November 2012. This charge represents an effective tax rate for the Group of 21.0%. The underlying rate before the one-off profit on disposal of the German business amounts to 23.2%.

 

The reduction from the 27.3% rate for the year ended 31 May 2013 to the underlying rate of 23.2% is driven by the fall in the UK corporation tax rate from 23% to 21% and the exceptional goodwill write-off last year that was treated as non-deductible.

 

Earnings per Share

 

Reported basic earnings per share increased from (28.4)p to 63.1p. Underlying fully diluted earnings per share increased by 7.4% from 60.5p to 65.0p. The weighted average diluted number of shares in the period increased from 27.8m to 33.2m following the equity raise in May 2013.

 

Discontinued operations

 

The loss for the period from discontinued operations, relating to costs incurred at Maltby colliery as part of the overall restoration programme, was £2.3m during the period. The prior period charge of £26.1m comprises the previously reported £7.9m loss in relation to Maltby and the £18.2m loss relating to the fraud in Belgium. It is worth noting that Maltby was treated as a continuing operation in the prior period interim statement as the decision to close was taken after 30 November 2012.

 

Dividend

 

In line with the Board's previously announced target of increasing the dividend payout progressively over three years towards a dividend cover of around four times, the Board has recommended an increase of 27.5% in the interim dividend from 6.9p to 8.8p. The dividend will be paid on 21 March 2014 to all shareholders on the register at the close of business on 21 February 2014.

 

Net Debt

 

Net debt increased by £17.3m from £77.9m at 31 May 2013 to £95.2m at 30 November 2013. The net debt figure has increased in line with working capital movements outlined below and also reflects the deconsolidation of the German debt which was £10.2m at the point of change in ownership.

 

Group net assets increased from £118.3m at 31 May 2013 to £139.9m at 30 November 2013. Gearing (measured as net debt compared to net assets) at the end of November 2013 was 68%, compared to 66% at 31 May 2013.

 

The Group's financial position remains strong with net debt at 30 November 2013 equal to 1.4 times earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA") pre exceptional profit, comfortably below our maximum covenant levels.

 

Cash Flow

 

EBITDA for the six months to 30 November 2013 was £35.2m.

 

The Group's working capital has increased during the period largely as a result of increased inventory levels. Underlying stock levels, adjusted for the removal of German inventory following the reorganisation, increased by £26m. The increase reflects seasonal investment in inventory in E&C, delays on one of the biomass conversion projects and the capital deployed on the acquisition of certain property assets of the Scottish Coal Company Limited. Stock days, adjusted for the European reorganisation, have increased to 58 days.

 

Debtor days have increased slightly in the period to 23 days and creditor days have reduced from 21 days to 17 days. Both these measures continue to reflect the efficient working capital cycles evident within the E&C division which has experienced further growth during the period.

 

As in prior years we expect working capital balances to reduce during the second half as Scottish surface mining revenue streams increase, E&C inventory positions unwind and the biomass conversion project is completed.

 

Net capital expenditure in the first half was £17.4m compared with £10.1m in the six months to 30 November 2012; £12.6m of this spend related to the capital invested in our Scottish surface mining business, largely relating to yellow plant.

 

The cash flow in relation to the disposal of subsidiaries relates to the reorganisation of our German business. The net debt figure of the German business was £10.2m at the point of disposal and was effectively removed from net debt at the period end.

 

Total loans to Tower reduced slightly to £22.1m at 30 November 2013 reflecting an element of repatriation of cash in the first half and we expect further repayments during the second half of the year.

 

Tax of £1.5m was received in the first half reflecting last year's losses on Maltby. Whilst the corporation tax liability in the balance sheet has increased during the period, tax payments in the second half of the year are expected to remain at a low level as a result of further losses that can be utilised following the closure of Maltby.

 

The final dividend of 13.6p per share for year ended 31 May 2013 was paid on 12 December 2013.

 

 

 



Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the six months ended 30 November 2013

 



Unaudited

Restated Unaudited




six months

six months

Audited



ended

ended

year ended



30 November

30 November

31 May



2013

2012

2013

 Continuing activities

Note

£000

£000

£000






Revenue


460,493

359,751

843,298

Cost of sales


(407,676)

(319,212)

(756,930)






Gross profit


52,817

40,539

86,368

Other operating income


98

142

355

Administrative expenses - Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets


-

(2,325)

(4,131)

Other administrative expenses


(23,824)

(16,459)

(38,620)






Operating profit


29,091

21,897

43,972

Gain on disposal of subsidiaries


2,087

-

-

Financial income


464

435

831

Financial expenses


(2,900)

(1,832)

(4,313)

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


912

465

2,573






Profit before tax


29,654

20,965

43,063

Income tax expense

4

(6,233)

(5,269)

(10,933)






Profit for the period/ year from continuing operations


23,421

15,696

32,130






Discontinued operations





Loss for the period/year  from discontinued operations


(2,282)

(26,119)

(81,757)






Profit/(loss) for the period/year


21,139

(10,423)

(49,627)






Other comprehensive income/(expense)





Foreign exchange translation differences


(244)

217

530

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges


5,764

1,806

(8,086)

Actuarial gains on defined benefit pension plans


-

-

655

Tax recognised on other comprehensive income/(expense)


(1,329)

(433)

1,718

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


4,191

1,590

(5,183)

Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period/ year


25,330

(8,833)

(54,810)






Profit/(loss) attributable to:





Equity holders of the company


20,864

(7,752)

(46,438)

Non-controlling interest


275

(2,671)

(3,189)






Profit/(loss) for the period/ year


21,139

(10,423)

(49,627)






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





Equity holders of the company


25,077

(6,187)

(51,640)

Non-controlling interest


253

(2,646)

(3,170)






Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period/ year


25,330

(8,833)

(54,810)






GAAP measures





Basic earnings per share (pence)

6

63.14

(28.42)

(166.68)

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

6

62.84

(28.42)

(166.68)

Basic earnings per share from continuing operations (pence)

6

70.04

55.24

112.53

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (pence)

6

69.71

54.23

110.96






Non-GAAP measures (continuing)





Basic underlying earnings per share (pence)


65.32

61.64

136.52

Diluted underlying earnings per share (pence)


65.01

60.52

134.63

 

 



 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

as at 30 November 2013

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


30 November

30 November

31 May


2013

2012

2013


£000

£000

£000





Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment

72,463

98,492

60,070

Intangible assets

18,415

27,510

19,149

Investments in associates and jointly controlled entities

8,613

600

2,719

Derivative financial instruments

1,950

219

37

Deferred tax assets

2,253

-

4,108






103,694

126,821

86,083

Current assets




Assets held for sale

11,572

-

14,997

Inventories

95,185

114,067

96,193

Derivative financial instruments

3,133

9,966

3,216

Trade and other receivables

159,857

136,564

149,558

Cash and cash equivalents

8,416

44,478

61,435






278,163

305,075

325,399





Total assets

381,857

431,896

411,482





Non-current liabilities




Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(102,491)

(116,695)

(92,686)

Retirement benefit obligations

(3,140)

(5,520)

(3,640)

Provisions

(8,279)

(9,558)

(7,620)

Derivative financial instruments

(2,096)

(3,824)

(3,150)

Deferred tax liabilities

-

(2,131)

-






(116,006)

(137,728)

(107,096)





Current liabilities




Bank overdraft

-

(26,279)

(42,476)

Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(3,264)

(14,094)

(6,446)

Trade and other payables

(100,056)

(106,785)

(117,841)

Income tax liabilities

(16,551)

(17,531)

(9,344)

Provisions

(1,699)

-

(2,285)

Derivative financial instruments

(4,402)

(3,857)

(7,664)






(125,972)

(168,546)

(186,056)





Total liabilities

(241,978)

(306,274)

(293,152)





Net assets

139,879

125,622

118,330

 



 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (continued)

as at 30 November 2013

 

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


30 November

30 November

31 May


2013

2012

2013


£000

£000

£000





Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent




Share capital

3,308

2,749

3,296

Share premium

73,939

33,046

73,208

Other reserves

211

211

211

Translation reserve

(1,455)

(1,191)

(872)

Merger reserve

1,022

1,022

1,022

Hedging reserve

(1,257)

1,898

(5,692)

Capital redemption reserve

1,530

1,530

1,530

Retained earnings

61,905

87,471

47,265


139,203

126,736

119,968





Non-controlling interest

676

(1,114)

(1,638)





Total equity

139,879

125,622

118,330


Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the six months ended 30 November 2013







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 2013

3,296

73,208

(872)

(5,692)

211

1,530

1,022

47,265

119,968

(1,638)

118,330













Total comprehensive income and expense for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

20,864

20,864

275

21,139

Profit for the period
























Other comprehensive income












Foreign exchange translation differences

-

-

(222)

-

-

-

-

-

(222)

(22)

(244)

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges

-

-

-

5,764

-

-

-

-

5,764

-

5,764

Tax recognised on other comprehensive income

-

-

-

(1,329)

-

-

-

-

(1,329)

-

(1,329)













Total other comprehensive income

-

-

(222)

4,435

-

-

-

-

4,213

(22)

4,191

Total comprehensive income and expense for the period

-

-

(222)

4,435

-

-

-

20,864

25,077

253

25,330













Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity












Issue of shares

12

731

-

-

-

-

-

-

743

-

743

Equity settled share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

503

503

-

503

Total contributions by and distributions to owners

12

731

-

-

-

-

-

503

1,246

-

1,246













Changes in ownership interests












Acquisition of non-controlling interest without a change in control

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(6,727)

(6,727)

3,922

(2,805)

Disposal of subsidiary

-

-

(361)

-

-

-

-

-

(361)

(1,861)

(2,222)

Total changes in ownership interests

-

-

(361)

-

-

-

-

(6,727)

(7,088)

2,061

(5,027)

 

Total transactions with owners

12

731

(361)

-

-

-

-

(6,224)

(5,842)

2,061

(3,781)

 

Balance at 30 November 2013

3,308

73,939

(1,455)

(1,257)

211

1,530

1,022

61,905

139,203

676

139,879


 Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

for the six months ended 30 November 2013


Unaudited

Restated Unaudited



six months

six months

Audited


ended

ended

year ended


30 November

30 November

31 May


2013

2012

2013


£000

£000

£000





Cash flows from operating activities




Profit for the period from continuing operations

23,421

15,696

32,130

Adjustments for:




Depreciation

4,972

4,069

8,345

Amortisation and impairment of goodwill and  intangible assets

714

2,325

7,985

Net finance expense

2,436

1,397

3,482

Share of profit of jointly controlled entities

(912)

(465)

(2,573)

Profit on sale of property, plant and equipment

(98)

(142)

(355)

Profit on disposal of subsidiaries

(2,087)

-

-

Equity settled share-based payment expenses

503

641

307

Income tax expense

6,233

5,269

10,933

Translation of non-controlling interest

22

25

19


35,204

28,815

60,273





Change in inventories

(26,018)

(14,141)

(23,231)

Change in trade and other receivables

(14,427)

(16,776)

(34,253)

Change in trade and other payables

(6,063)

12,574

30,951

Change in provisions and employee benefits

917

-

35


(10,387)

10,472

33,775





Interest paid

(2,145)

(894)

(2,688)

Income tax received/(paid)

1,530

(6,548)

(9,868)





Net cash from continuing operating activies

(11,002)

3,030

21,219

Net cash from discontinued operating activities

(1,396)

(20,911)

(45,801)





Net cash from operating activities

(12,398)

(17,881)

(24,582)





Cash flows from investing activities




Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

385

638

1,289

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(7,330)

(2,534)

(6,954)

Disposal of subsidiaries

10,242

-

-





Net cash from investing activities in continuing operations

3,297

(1,896)

(5,665)

Net cash from investing activities in discontinued operations

1,413

(1,554)

4,225





Net cash from investing activities

4,710

(3,450)

(1,440)





Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from issue of share capital

743

981

41,690

Payment of finance lease liabilities

(2,005)

(1,908)

(3,754)

Proceeds from invoice discounting facility

-

11,127

-

Dividends paid

-

(306)

(5,425)

Proceeds from/(repayment of) promissory notes

-

2,000

(5,025)

(Repayment of)/proceeds from revolving credit facility

(5,000)

20,000

10,000

 

Net cash from financing activities in continuing operations

(6,262)

31,894

37,486

Net cash from financing activities in discontinued operations

(3,120)

(6,845)

(5,390)





Net cash from financing activities

(9,382)

25,049

32,096





Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(17,070)

3,718

6,074

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

18,959

14,637

14,637

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

399

(156)

(1,752)





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

2,288

18,199

18,959

 

 



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 2013 and the comparative figures for the six months ended 30 November 2012 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 2013.

           

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 2013, as described in those financial statements. The comparative figures for 30 November 2012 within the statement of comprehensive income, cash flow statement and related notes have been restated to reflect the impact on previous results of the operations that were discontinued in the year ended 31 May 2013.

 

 

3.         Status of financial information           

                                                           

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 May 2013 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 pre exceptional charge for the six month period is charged at 22.7% (six months ended 30 November 2012: 25.7%; year ended 31 May 2013: 23.8%). The underlying tax rate, excluding the one-off profit on disposal of the German business is 23.2%, representing the best estimate of the annual effective rate expected for the full year.

 

5.         Dividends                                                                    

                                                                       

The dividend of 13.6 pence per ordinary share, proposed in the 2013 Annual Accounts and agreed by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 6 November 2013, was paid on 12 December 2013. This has been included in Trade and Other Payables in these interim financial statements.                                                                                                   

The directors have recommended an interim dividend of 8.8 pence per share which will be paid on 21 March 2014.



 

6.         Earnings per share     

Earnings per share for the ordinary shares are as follows:    

 


Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2012 Continuing and discontinued

Restated Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2012 Continuing

Audited year ended 31 May 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Audited year ended 31 May 2013 Continuing








Ordinary shares







Basic earnings per share

63.14p

70.04p

(28.42)p

55.24p

(166.68)p

112.53p

Diluted earnings per share

62.84p

69.71p

(28.42)p

54.23p

(166.68)p

110.96p

 

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the profit/(loss) 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 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2012 Continuing and discontinued

Restated Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2012 Continuing

Audited year ended 31 May 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Audited year ended 31 May 2013 Continuing








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

20,864

23,146

(7,752)

15,067

(46,438)

31,351








Weighted average number of shares

33,045,197

33,045,197

27,277,663

27,277,663

27,860,668

27,860,668

Earnings per ordinary share (pence)

63.14

70.04

(28.42)

55.24

(166.68)

112.53

 

The calculation of diluted earnings per share is based on the profit/(loss) 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 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2013 Continuing

Unaudited six months ended 30 November 2012 Continuing and discontinued

Restated Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2012 Continuing

Audited year ended 31 May 2013 Continuing and discontinued

Audited year ended 31 May 2013 Continuing








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

20,864

23,146

(7,752)

15,067

(46,438)

31,351








Weighted average number of shares

33,203,576

33,203,576

27,783,438

27,783,438

28,252,909

28,252,909

Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)

62.84

69.71

(28.42)

54.23

(166.68)

110.96

 

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 2013 continuing

Restated Unaudited underlying six months ended 30 November 2012 continuing

Audited year ended 31 May 2013 continuing





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

23,146

15,067

31,351





Profit on disposal of subsidiary

(2,087)

-

-

Amortisation/impairment of intangibles/goodwill

714

2,325

7,985

Tax effect of amortisation

(189)

(578)

(1,299)

Continuing underlying profit after tax

21,584

16,814

38,037

                                   

                       

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 &





Production

Commodities

Transport

Industrial

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 pre exceptional item

6,982

16,395

3,107

2,607

29,091







Profit on disposal of subsidiary

-

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









Energy &





Production

Commodities

Transport

Industrial

Total


Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited

Unaudited


30 November

30 November

30 November

30 November

30 November


2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

 Restated

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000







Revenue






Total revenue

45,545

229,876

40,009

65,239

380,669

Inter-segment revenue

(2,940)

(11,005)

(5,248)

(1,725)

(20,918)







Revenue from external customers

42,605

218,871

34,761

63,514

359,751







Segment operating profit

5,145

12,542

1,917

2,293

21,897

Share of profit in jointly controlled entities

351

114

-

-

465

Net financing income/(costs)

61

(840)

(324)

(294)

(1,397)







Profit before taxation

5,557

11,816

1,593

1,999

20,965







                                                                       

  

 

 

8.         Interim results                                                 

                                                           

These results were approved by the Board of Directors on 10 February 2014. 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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