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Wednesday 23 March, 2016

M Winkworth Plc

Final Results for the year to 31 December 2015

RNS Number : 9553S
M Winkworth Plc
23 March 2016
 

M Winkworth Plc ("Winkworth" or the "Company")

 

Audited final results for the year to 31 December 2015

 

 

FINANCIAL HEADLINES

·      Winkworth revenues up by 6.7% to £5.87 million (2014: £5.50 million) on franchisee turnover of £49.0 million

·      Profit before taxation down 1% to £1.91 million (2014: £1.93 million)

·      Basic earnings per ordinary share 11.95p (2014: 11.83p)

·      Cash generated from operations of £1.91 million (2014: £1.24 million)

·      Year-end cash position of £3.2 million (2014: £2.5 million)

·      Ordinary dividends payable up 10.2% to 6.5p per ordinary share (2014: 5.9p)

·      Special dividend declared of 1.8p per ordinary share

 

Business Highlights

 

§ Franchised offices sales down 2.4% to £49.0 million (2014: £50.2 million)

§ 2 new offices opened and 8 franchises resold to new management

§ London franchised offices sales accounted for 81% (2014: 81%) of the group total

§ 38% of sales derived from lettings and management (2014: 35%)

 

Dominic Agace, CEO of the Company, commented:

"Despite headwinds for much of 2015 we reported broadly flat profitability for the year, increased the total dividend payout by 41% and continued to invest in new, centralised initiatives to drive growth in the medium term. After a strong finish to the year, we are now enjoying a positive start to 2016 across all our offices and an increase in franchisee applications."  

   Chairman's Statement

 

In 2015, Winkworth focused on developing its offering, improving the overall quality of its franchises and optimising shareholder returns. Our increased investment in services, particularly the customer care service and the introduction of corporate relocations, has been very successful and enabled Winkworth to meet its gross turnover target for the year. Whilst having had an impact on profits in 2015, the full benefits of this investment will be felt late in 2016 and into 2017.

The increasing number of services introduced by the Company reinforces the strengths of the brand while increasing its appeal and profitability. As part of our three-year plan, centralised services will be fully integrated into an upgraded Winkworth online offering by 2017 and, as these gain further momentum, we expect to see them contribute to long-term growth in both net profits and new franchise interest.

The Company's management has maintained a good balance of business between sales and rentals, interest in which varies according to market conditions. Embracing both disciplines with a highly professional approach underpins the offering of our franchisees and strengthens their positioning in the market place. It is my belief that there will be rising interest in new franchises in the years ahead and sustained growth in the number of Winkworth franchisees.

It is hard to predict the effects on the market place of the various changes in taxation announced since the general election and, as a result, the outlook for the housing market is currently difficult to gauge. In addition, the result of the EU referendum and its potential implications are clouding visibility for 2016. I am confident, however, that Winkworth's business model will be resilient to whatever the outcome may be for both sales and rentals. 

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to our prudent approach to cash management. Having ended the year with cash deposits in excess of £3 million and a revolving loan book of over four years with some of our franchisees, we were in a position to announce a very significant increase in total dividends payable for 2015. Besides having a robust business model, the Company is in a strong position to face the interesting times ahead and I remain confident of its future.

 

 

 

 

 

CEO's Statement  

Despite the positive underlying dynamics for the residential property market in 2015, the market was dominated by election uncertainty which weighed on consumer confidence and so, in turn, on transaction levels. In addition, measures increasing the cost of stamp duty for many London homeowners and the strengthening of sterling had a negative impact. Despite these headwinds, we continued to invest in new, centralised initiatives to drive growth in the medium term, reported a broadly flat performance for the year and substantially increased our dividend.

In 2015, Winkworth's total franchisee turnover fell by 2.4% to £49.0 million (£50.2 million), with revenues generated from property sales down by 8% to 30.1 million (£32.6 million) and rental income increasing by 7% to 18.8 million (£17.5 million).

Winkworth's turnover rose to £5.87 million, an increase of 6.7% on the 2014 level of £5.50 million. At £1.91 million, profits before tax were 1% below 2014's result of £1.93 million. Cash flow remained strong at £1.91 million (£1.24 million), allowing a 40.7% increase in total dividends to 8.3p per share compared with 5.9p in 2014.

We continued to invest in the rentals side of our business and, in particular, our recently formed Corporate Relocation Department, which generated 4,000 searches for rental property for our landlords in 2015. This success helped to drive revenue growth, with rentals rising by 7% and increasing as a proportion of Winkworth's total sales from 35% in 2014 to 38% in 2015, a further step towards our goal of rentals accounting for 50% of our business.

We also saw significant progress in our Client Services Department, which after a longer lead time than anticipated delivered 300 instructions and referred 1,000 applicants between offices in 2015. This department is expected to break even in 2016 and make a contribution to profits in 2017.

Our investment in centralised services adds value. We believe that this will enable us to grow market share as our clients benefit from marketing a property through Winkworth's joined-up network, rather than through a single agency or an online agent.

Significant progress was made in improving the mix of the Winkworth network. Two new offices were opened in Sway and West Bridgford while eight franchises were resold to the next generation of Winkworth franchisees, which we expect to result in increased revenue in 2016. New franchisee applications picked up sharply in Q4 2015, with 40 applicants compared to 19 in the same period of 2014. We expect to see the number of new openings pick up with three confirmed for 2016 and a further three in advanced discussions.

Outlook

We are yet to see any negative impact on the residential property market from the proposed referendum in 2016 and have enjoyed a positive start to the year across all our offices. We have also noted an increase in franchisee applicants registering across the group. The year, therefore, has started well, with unemployment remaining low and interest rate rises having been pushed back, resulting in ongoing cheap mortgages. In January 2016, the average 2-year fixed rate 75% LTV mortgage cost 2.16% compared to 2.85% in January 2015, a reduction of 0.69%.

We have also noticed an improvement in the prime central London markets with the middle to lower end (below £4m) seeing an increase in applicants and so the potential for a resumption of growth this year. Above this level, stamp duty changes are still to be fully absorbed and we anticipate that further price reductions may occur in 2016, weighing on transactions at this level.

In the rentals market we have noted that some larger landlords may be looking to sell off parts of their portfolios following the proposed reduction in the ability to offset interest on mortgage costs against tax. With a continuing shortage of supply of properties, however, we expect that the prospects of capital growth and steadily rising rents will ensure that this sector continues to attract interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

M Winkworth Plc

Tel: 020 7355 0220

Dominic Agace (Chief Executive Officer)


Chris Neoh (Chief Financial Officer)


Milbourne (Public Relations)

Tel: 020 3540 6458

Tim Draper


Liberum Capital Limited (NOMAD and Broker)

Tel: 020 3100 2000

Tom Fyson / Christopher Britton

 

 

 

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 COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2015

 



2015


2014


Notes

£


£






CONTINUING OPERATIONS





Revenue                                  


5,865,182


5,495,517






Cost of sales


(1,551,281)


(950,511)






GROSS PROFIT


4,313,901


4,545,006






Administrative expenses


(2,496,711)


(2,704,886)






OPERATING PROFIT


1,817,190


1,840,120






Finance costs


-


(270)






Finance income                           


89,839


86,313




 

PROFIT BEFORE TAXATION        


1,907,029


1,926,163






Taxation                                                                                               

1

(391,578)


(426,147)






PROFIT FOR THE YEAR


1,515,451


1,500,016




 

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE YEAR


1,515,451


1,500,016




 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:





Owners of the parent


1,515,451


1,500,016

 

Earnings per share expressed





in pence per share:                                                                                 

3




Basic


11.95


11.83

Diluted


11.91


11.80

M WINKWORTH PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

31 DECEMBER 2015



2015


2014

                                                                                          

Notes

£


£

ASSETS





NON-CURRENT ASSETS





Intangible assets                          


976,001


1,092,790

Property, plant and equipment            


34,650


85,211

Investments                              


7,200


7,200

Trade and other receivables               


800,189


810,704

Deferred tax



-









1,995,905






CURRENT ASSETS





Trade and other receivables               


1,166,173


879,558

Cash and cash equivalents



2,505,487









3,385,045






 

TOTAL ASSETS


6,154,139


5,380,950






EQUITY





SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





Share capital                              

5

63,666


63,381

Share premium


1,792,906


1,718,469

Share option reserve


51,295


47,488

Retained earnings



2,871,971






TOTAL EQUITY



4,701,309






LIABILITIES





NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES





Deferred tax                               



6,849






CURRENT LIABILITIES





Trade and other payables                  


800,536


490,054

Tax payable



182,738









672,792






TOTAL LIABILITIES



679,641






TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES


6,154,139


5,380,950







M WINKWORTH PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2015

 

 


 

 

Notes

Share

capital

£

Share

premium

£

Share option

reserve

£

Retained

earnings

£

Shareholders'

equity

£








                   

Balance at 1 January 2014

 

 

 

63,381

 

1,718,469

 

15,829

 

2,119,853

 

3,917,532








Dividends paid                    

2

-

-

-

(747,898)

(747,898)

Total comprehensive income

Share-based payment


-

-

-

-

-

31,659

1,500,016

-

1,500,016

31,659








Balance at 31 December 2014


63,381

1,718,469

47,488

2,871,971

4,701,309








Issue of share capital                    


285

74,437

-

-

74,722

Dividends paid

2

-

-

-

(1,053,154)

(1,053,154)

Total comprehensive income


-

-

-

1,515,451

1,515,451

Share-based payment


-

-

3,807

-

3,807








Balance at 31 December 2015


63,666

1,792,906

51,295

3,334,268

5,242,135









 









 







 










 










 










 










 

M WINKWORTH PLC

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2015




2015


2014


Notes


£


£

Cash flows from operating activities






Cash generated from operations

4


1,913,669


1,236,895

Interest paid



-


(270)

Tax paid



(471,919)








Net cash from operating activities



1,441,750














Cash flows from investing activities






Purchase of intangible fixed assets



(107,477)


(244,732)

Purchase of property, plant & equipment



(639)


(42,977)

Sale of freehold property



-


51,177

Interest received



89,839








Net cash from investing activities



(18,277)














Cash flows from financing activities






Share issue



62,700


-

Equity dividends paid



(823,956)








Net cash from financing activities



(761,256)














(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents



662,217


(143,585)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year



2,505,487


2,649,072













Cash and cash equivalents at end of year



3,167,704


2,505,487


M WINKWORTH PLC

 

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2015

 

1.          TAXATION

 

             Analysis of tax expense

                                                                                                                                                                       2015                     2014

                                                                                                                                                                          £                           £

             Current tax:

             Taxation                                                                                                                                          405,389                432,028

             Adjustment re previous years                                                                                                       (4,740)                  (6,667)




             Total current tax                                                                                                                            400,649                425,361

 

             Deferred tax                                                                                                                                      (9,071)                      786




             Total tax expense in consolidated statement of comprehensive income                             391,578                426,147




 

             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:

 

 


2015


2014


£


£

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

1,907,029


1,926,163





Profit on ordinary activities




multiplied by the rate of corporation tax




in the UK of 20.250% (2014 - 21.490%)

386,173


413,932





Effects of:




Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

11,176


13,241

Adjustment in respect of prior periods

(4,740)


(6,664)

Different tax rates 

(340)


1,191

Depreciation in excess of capital allowances

(691)


4,447





Total current tax

391,578


426,147

 

M WINKWORTH PLC

 

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - continued

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2015

 

 

2.          DIVIDENDS


   2015


2014


   £


£

Ordinary shares of 0.5p each




Interim paid 2015 - 8.3p per share (2014 - 5.9p per share)

1,053,154


747,898

 

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.

 

                                                                                                                                                                        2015

                                                                                                                                                                   Weighted

                                                                                                                                                                     average

                                                                                                                                                                     number               Per-share

                                                                                                                                      Earnings                    of                      amount

                                                                                                                                             £                       shares                   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 / number of shares                                                     1,515,451            12,722,846                    11.91







 

 

                                                                                                                                                                        2014

                                                                                                                                                                   Weighted

                                                                                                                                                                     average

                                                                                                                                                                     number               Per-share

                                                                                                                                      Earnings                    of                      amount

                                                                                                                                             £                       shares                   pence

              Basic EPS


Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders

1,500,016

12,676,238

11.83

              Effect of dilutive securities                                                                                       

              Options                                                                                                                         -                   39,157                            -







              Diluted EPS

              Adjusted earnings / number of shares                                                     1,500,016            12,715,395                    11.80







             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M WINKWORTH PLC

 

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - continued

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2015

 

4.

RECONCILIATION OF PROFIT BEFORE TAXATION TO CASH GENERATED FROM OPERATIONS

                                                                                                                                                                          


2015


2014


£


£

Profit before taxation

1,907,029


1,926,163

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

275,466


244,286

(Profit) on disposal of fixed assets

-


(1,094)

Share-based payment

15,829


31,659

Finance costs

-


270

Finance income

(89,839)


(86,313)


2,108,485


2,114,971

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

(276,100)


(658,818)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

81,824


(219,258)





Cash generated from operations

1,913,669


1,236,895

 

5.                           SHARE CAPITAL

                             

Authorised:



2015


2014




      £


      £

20,000,000

Ordinary shares of 0.5p

100,000


100,000













Allotted and fully paid:


2015


2014




£


£

12,733,238 (2014 - 12,676,238)

Ordinary shares of 0.5p

63,666


63,381

 

6.         FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

             The financial information contained within this preliminary announcement for the year ended 31 December 2015 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 2014 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and those for the year ended 31 December 2015 will be filed following the Company's annual general meeting. The auditors' report on the statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2015 and 31 December 2014 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 2015 together with the notice of the Annual General Meeting to be held at the offices of M Winkworth Plc on 25 April 2016, 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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