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Thursday 30 March, 2017

M Winkworth Plc

Audited final results for year to 31 December 2016

RNS Number : 9544A
M Winkworth Plc
30 March 2017
 

 

M Winkworth Plc

 

Audited final results for the year to 31 December 2016

 

M Winkworth Plc ("Winkworth" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its

results for the year ended 31 December 2016

 

Highlights for the period

 

·     Revenues down 5.1% to £5.57 million (2015: £5.87 million)

·     Profit before taxation 25.7% lower at £1.42 million (2015: £1.91 million)

·     Net cashflow £(195,632) (2015: £662,217)

·     Cash balance at 31st December remained strong at £2.97 million (2015: £3.17 million)

·     Rental income increased to 44% of total revenues

·     Six new franchisees with two new offices opened and four resold to new management

·     Dividends of 7.1p declared and paid (2015: 6.5p plus a special dividend of 1.8p)

 

Dominic Agace, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented:

 

"The resilience of Winkworth's franchising model has been demonstrated in a difficult market, while the increasingly balanced exposure between sales and rentals has proved to be a considerable benefit. We are delighted by the progress that we have made outside of London, with these offices now making an important contribution. Our strong cash position provides us with opportunities to deliver growth both by supporting the expansion plans of existing franchisees and by helping the conversion of established businesses to the Winkworth brand."

  

Chairman's Statement

 

Last year was a testing one for the UK residential property market. In such a market, marked by uncertainty, a reduced number of transactions and shifting dynamics in rentals, motivating buyers and tenants to view properties becomes more than ever the prime differentiator for a successful agency.

 

To achieve a satisfactory sale or rental price, clients require maximum exposure for every property - without the power to generate and execute viewings, an agency is unable to service their needs adequately. The numerous investments that we have made since our admission to AIM in 2009 have contributed to strengthening both our business and our brand and, consequently, our ability to achieve the exposure that our clients require.

 

In terms of growing the franchise network, the board is confident that the market has to a large extent settled following the unease caused by political upheaval in the UK over the last couple of years and there are signs of reinvigorated interest in joining the Winkworth franchise. As we remain highly diligent throughout our selection process, however, always seeking winners and well-funded applicants, it does take time to sign up new franchisees. We remain of the belief that in most cases we can create greater long term value through organic growth than through acquisition.

 

We will continue to build services centrally to administer the Winkworth network, thus helping to reduce overheads at the same time as benefitting our franchisees. I welcome our new website which is aimed at offering buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords a digital solution backed by a full service experience.

 

I remain confident that Winkworth will not only grow but also increase its market share as it evolves its offering to meet the highest standards of today's marketplace.

 

Simon Agace
Non-Executive Chairman
30 March 2017

 

 

 

CEO's Statement

 

The theme of macro events influencing market sentiment continued into 2016, a year which turned out to be an irregular one for sales. The early part of the year saw a boom in activity in the run up to stamp duty changes on second home properties, but this was followed by a lull surrounding uncertainty over Brexit and its likely implications. As a result, we experienced an unusually strong first half and a weaker second one.

 

Underlying these events, the sales market was driven by strong fundamentals, with interest rates remaining at record lows, employment high, and wage inflation showing an uptick.  These fundamentals underpinned demand with the exception of the higher end of the market, where stamp duty changes announced in the November 2015 autumn statement continue to weigh on properties valued in excess of £1 million. Here, buyers are still adjusting to this increased cost, resulting in lower levels of activity. In prime markets, however, with sterling having devalued and prices fallen by some 15%, we are starting to see signs of the tax changes being absorbed and central London market activity picked up significantly in the last quarter of 2016, albeit from a low base.

 

Our rentals business continued to grow on the back of new initiatives such as the corporate relocation department and, in 2016, represented 44% of our income versus 38% in 2015. With an improved proposition for landlords, property management commissions grew by 16% to represent 15% of rental revenue compared to 12% in 2015.

 

Post Brexit, we saw a reduction in searches through our corporate relocation department. While we still received over 4,000 searches for companies looking to move staff to London over the course of the year, a 6% increase on 2015, we witnessed a change in the make-up of these companies, with an increasing bias towards the technology and creative sectors partly offsetting a reduction in financial services. The latter were not only less active but also reduced their relocation budgets, while the former were typically seeking less expensive space in areas outside of the traditional central London zones. This contributed to downward pressure on rents in central London, whereas outer London rental markets remained strong.  As rents in central London soften and greater value becomes apparent in 2017, we expect to see demand pick up in this market. 

 

In geographic terms, the best performing markets over the course of the year were in suburban areas and provincial towns, where higher stamp duty was less of an impediment. Winkworth's sales income grew by 3% in the country markets, despite a pause in activity around the Brexit vote, and represented 27% of our total sales revenues, up from 22% in 2015. Rental income growth in the country was stronger still, rising by 21%, so that the total contribution to group turnover from offices outside of London increased from 19% in 2015 to 21%. This vindicates our strategy of expansion outside of London since 2008. 

 

In 2016, gross revenues of the franchised office network fell by 6% to £46.12m (£49.01m) with sales 14% lower at £25.98m (£30.14m) and rentals up 7% to £20.05m (£18.78m). Winkworth's revenues fell by 5.1% to £5.57m (£5.86m) and profit before taxation was 26% lower at £1.42m (£1.91m). Partly as a result of the £229,000 special dividend declared in December 2015 and paid in 2016, there was a cash outflow in the year of £(195,632) (2015 inflow of £662,217). Year end cash balances remained strong at £2.97 million (£3.17 million) and the group remained debt free. Dividends of 7.1p were declared for the year (2015: 8.3p including a special dividend of 1.8p), representing a 9% increase in regular dividends.

 

In 2016, two new offices were opened in Colindale and Marlborough, while four existing offices were resold to new management, giving us a total number of offices at year end of 94. With a new office in Cheltenham and the conversion of an existing estate agency in Kingsbury, we have a further seven new offices in the pipeline and so anticipate 6-8 openings in 2017 as well as a further 1-2 resales. We anticipate seeing further opportunities to add or resell offices to talented individuals looking to take the step of owning their own business and so being able to share in the equity rewards that this can bring.

 

We continue to build central services to support our franchisees and help them to grow market share. The client services department, which refers searches across offices, met with further success, generating gross franchise office fees of £0.61 million, up from £0.36 million in 2015. The corporate relocation department continued to help franchisees let more properties to high quality tenants, generating £0.35 million in franchised offices fees against £0.25 million in 2015.

 

To add to these central facilities, we are launching a recruitment service in Q3 2017 to help franchisees lower costs while improving their ability to attract high quality employees.  We are also excited about the new website that was launched in March 2017, providing a platform that will enable clients to deal with their properties and interact with us both on and offline. Our experienced local franchisees will be in a position to maintain the high standards of personal service that they provide while offering clients new digital options for communicating, transacting or managing their properties.

 

Outlook

 

We believe that low unemployment, wage inflation and record low interest rates will continue to underpin the domestic property market. While the increased cost of transactions above £1 million and the knock-on effect lower down the chain will continue to act as a brake on transactions in 2017, we are starting to see higher stamp duty absorbed in prime central London where prices are stabilising.  We also anticipate that without the macro events of a referendum or an election and a positive outlook for UK growth there will be a gradual improvement in sentiment and so buyer interest this year. We expect the country markets to be at the forefront of this improvement, with good affordability ratios and cheap mortgages leading to price growth.

 

In the rentals market we expect that the over-supply from the buy-to-let boom will increasingly be absorbed and that demand from corporate tenants will stabilise. As interest in central London, the area most affected, recovers there may be some lowering of rents in greater London as a result.  We anticipate that rental prices in the country markets will remain broadly flat while the increased supply from Q1 2016 is absorbed.

 

We expect a broadly flat market to continue to be favourable to the franchising model and provide new opportunities to grow the business. We are in regular conversation with existing agencies to explore how we can help them grow market share in a slow market, and with entrepreneurs looking to start-up businesses with the support of a strong brand. In particular, we see an opportunity to convert lettings and management businesses in provincial markets to Winkworth. By joining us we can not only support their existing business but also offer them a sales operation, more than offsetting the loss of tenancy administration fees in 2018, which in the case of some independent specialist lettings agencies we estimate could account for up to 30% of their revenue. With an average Winkworth franchised office posting a 56/44 balance between sales and rental income, we can help talented operators to more than replace this revenue loss.

 

We remain debt-free, and the strength of our cash position provides us with opportunities in the current market to deliver growth both by supporting the expansion plans of existing franchisees and by helping the conversion of established businesses to the Winkworth brand.

 

Dominic Agace

Chief Executive Officer

30 March 2017

 

For further information please contact:

M Winkworth Plc                                                                          Tel : 020 7355 0206

Dominic Agace (Chief Executive Officer)

Andrew Nicol (Chief Financial Officer)

Milbourne (Public Relations)                                                     Tel : 07903 802545

Tim Draper

Stockdale Securities Ltd (NOMAD and Broker)                      Tel : 020 7601 6100

Robert Finlay/Ed Thomas

About Winkworth

Established in Mayfair in 1835, Winkworth is a leading franchisor of residential real estate agencies with a pre-eminent position in the mid to upper segments of the sales and lettings markets. The franchise model allows entrepreneurial real estate professionals to provide the highest standards of service under the banner of a well-respected brand name and to benefit from the support and promotion that Winkworth offers.

Winkworth is admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.
For further information please visit: www.winkworthplc.com

 

M WINKWORTH PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the Year Ended 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

CONTINUING OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

5,566,389

 

5,865,182

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

(1,477,542)

 

(1,551,281)

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROSS PROFIT

 

 

4,088,847

 

4,313,901

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

 

(2,743,291)

 

(2,496,711)

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING PROFIT

 

 

1,345,556

 

1,817,190

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

 

71,383

 

89,839

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFIT BEFORE TAXATION

 

 

1,416,939

 

1,907,029

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

1

 

(290,919)

 

(391,578)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR

 

 

1,126,020

 

1,515,451

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

Owners of the parent

 

 

 

1,126,020

 

 

1,515,451

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share expressed

in pence per share:

 

3

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

8.84

 

11.95

Diluted

 

 

8.84

 

11.91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M WINKWORTH PLC (REGISTERED NUMBER: 01189557)

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

 

776,819

 

976,001

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

115,357

 

34,650

Investments

 

 

7,200

 

7,200

Trade and other receivables

 

 

715,654

 

800,189

Deferred tax

 

 

           -       

 

             2,222

 

 

 

1,615,030

 

1,820,262

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

1,347,693

 

1,166,173

Tax receivable

 

 

69,167

 

-

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

2,972,072

 

3,167,704

 

 

 

4,388,932

 

4,333,877

TOTAL ASSETS

 

 

6,003,962

 

6,154,139

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

5

 

63,666

 

63,666

Share premium

 

 

1,792,906

 

1,792,906

Other reserves

 

 

51,295

 

51,295

Retained earnings

 

 

3,556,228

 

3,334,268

TOTAL EQUITY

 

 

5,464,095

 

5,242,135

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax

 

 

16,164

 

                    -

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

523,703

 

800,536

Tax payable

 

 

                 -

 

111,468

 

 

 

523,703

 

912,004

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

539,867

 

912,004

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

6,003,962

 

6,154,139

 

M WINKWORTH PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

for the Year Ended 31 December 2016

 

 

Notes

Share

capital

£

Share

premium

£

Share option

reserve

£

Retained earnings

£

Total

equity

Balance at 1 January 2015

 

63,381

1,718,469

47,488

2,871,971

4,701,309

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

 

-

-

-

1,515,451

1,515,451

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners in their capacity as owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

 

285

62,415

-

-

62,700

Share options exercised

 

-

12,022

(12,022)

-

-

Dividends

2

-

-

-

(1,053,154)

(1,053,154)

Share-based payment

 

            -

               -

            15,829

                 -

        15,829

Balance at 31 December 2015

 

63,666

1,792,906

51,295

3,334,268

5,242,135

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

 

-

-

-

1,126,020

1,126,020

Transactions with owners in their capacity as owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

2

           -

           -

           -

(904,060)

(904,060)

Balance at 31 December 2016

 

63,666

1,792,906

51,295

3,556,228

5,464,095

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M WINKWORTH PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

for the Year Ended 31 December 2016

 

 

 

Notes

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

4

 

1,569,185

 

1,913,669

Tax paid

 

 

(453,167)

 

(471,919)

Net cash from operating activities

 

 

1,116,018

 

1,441,750

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of intangible fixed assets

 

 

(121,758)

 

(107,477)

Purchase of tangible fixed assets

 

 

(128,017)

 

(639)

Interest received

 

 

71,383

 

89,839

Net cash from investing activities

 

 

(178,392)

 

(18,277)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Share issue

 

 

-

 

62,700

Equity dividends paid

 

 

(1,133,258)

 

(823,956)

Net cash from financing activities

 

 

(1,133,258)

 

(761,256)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(195,632)

 

662,217

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

 

3,167,704

 

2,505,487

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

 

 

2,972,072

 

3,167,704

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M WINKWORTH PLC

 

NOTES TO THE STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

for the Year Ended 31 December 2016

 

 

1.        TAXATION

 

          Analysis of tax expense

 

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

Current tax:

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

274,450

 

405,389

 

(1,918)

 

(4,740)

Total current tax

 

272,532

 

400,649

Deferred tax

 

18,387

 

(9,071)

Total tax expense in consolidated statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income

 

290,919

 

391,578

 

 

          Factors affecting the tax expense

The tax assessed for the year is higher than the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK. The difference is explained below:

 

 

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

1,416,939   

 

1,907,029

Profit on ordinary activities multiplied by the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 20% (2015 - 20.250%)

 

283,388

 

386,173

Effects of:

 

 

 

 

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes 

 

8,781

 

11,176

Adjustment in respect of prior periods taxable

 

(1,918)

 

(4,740)

Different tax rates  

 

149

 

(340)

Depreciation in excess of capital allowances 

 

519

 

(691)

Tax expense

 

290,919

 

391,578

 

 

2.        DIVIDENDS

 

 

 

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of 0.5p each

Final 2015 and interim 2016 paid - 7.1p per share (2015 - 8.3p per share)

 

 

904,060

 

 

1,053,154

 

 

3.        EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings

£

2016

Weighted average number of shares

 

 

 

Per-share amount pence

 

 

 

 

 

Basic EPS

 

 

 

 

Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders

1,126,020

12,733,238

 

8.84

Effect of dilutive securities

 

 

 

 

Options

             -

                    -

 

               -

Diluted EPS

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings

1,126,020

12,733,238

 

         8.84

 

          The share options are underwater as at 31 December 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings

£

2016

Weighted average number of shares

 

 

 

Per-share amount pence

 

 

 

 

 

Basic EPS

 

 

 

 

Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders

1,515,451

12,681,548

 

11.95

Effect of dilutive securities

 

 

 

 

Options

             -

41,298

 

               -

Diluted EPS

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings

1,515,451

12,722,846

 

11.91

 

4.

RECONCILIATION OF PROFIT BEFORE TAX TO CASH GENERATED FROM OPERATIONS

         

 

 

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

Group

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

 

1,416,939

 

1,907,029

Depreciation amortisation and impairment

 

 

368,249

 

275,466

Share based payments

 

 

-

 

15,829

Finance income

 

 

(71,383)

 

(89,839)

 

 

 

1,713,805

 

2,108,485

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

 

(96,985)

 

(276,100)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

 

 

(47,635)

 

81,284

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

 

 

1,569,185

 

1,913,669

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

Company

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

 

906,131

 

1,055,102

Dividend income

 

 

(906,139)

 

(1,055,233)

 

 

 

(8)

 

(131)

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

 

 

229,198

 

(229,198)

Cash generated from operations

 

 

229,190

 

(229,329)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.                     CALLED UP SHARE CAPITAL

 

 

 

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

Authorised:

 

 

 

 

 

20,000,000

Ordinary shares of 0.5p

 

100,000

 

100,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

£

 

2015

£

Issued and fully paid:

 

 

 

 

 

12,733,238

Ordinary shares of 0.5p

 

63,666

 

63,666

 

 

6.          FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

The financial information contained within this preliminary announcement for the year ended 31 December 2016 is derived from but does not comprise statutory financial statements within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and those for the year ended 31 December 2016 will be filed following the Company's annual general meeting. The auditors' reports on the statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2016 and 31 December 2015 are unqualified, do not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis, and do not contain any statements under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

 

 

7.          ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS

 

Copies of the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 together with the notice of the Annual General Meeting to be held at the offices of M Winkworth Plc on 28 April 2017, will be posted to shareholders shortly and will be available to view and download from the Company's website at www.winkworthplc.com

 

The annual report and accounts will be filed at Companies House in due course.

 


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