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Monday 10 August, 2020

Mincon Group Plc

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 5606V
Mincon Group Plc
10 August 2020
 

Mincon Group plc

("Mincon" or the "Group")

 

2020 Half Year Financial Results

 

Mincon Group plc (Euronext:MIO AIM:MCON), the Irish engineering Group specialising in the design, manufacture, sale and servicing of rock drilling tools and associated products, announces its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

 

H1 2020 Key Financial Highlights (comparison to H1 2019*):

· Revenue                                                  up 8%  to €64.7 million

· Mincon manufactured product             up 10%  to €55.6 million

· Non-Mincon manufactured product     down 4%  to €9.1 million

· Gross profit                                            up 13%  to €23.5 million

· Operating profit                                     up 21%  to €8.3 million

*Excluding H1 2019 write off's and exceptional items

 

Joe Purcell, Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the results, said:  

 

"The first half of 2020 was a return to increasing revenue, profitability and cash generation for the Mincon Group. This was achieved despite the challenging operating environment due to the Covid-19 crisis.

 

In January we completed the substantial acquisition of Lehti Group to bring the manufacturing margin for our Geotech products inhouse. This, coupled with increasing our capacity to support large Geotech contracts in the construction industry, has helped to increase our gross margin in a growing and important sector for the Group. Indeed, this growth has helped to offset weakness in other markets due to Covid-19.

 

The strategic shift in 2019 to the regional management structure has meant that we can have a more fluid and immediate response to global supply and service issues as they arise. Our strong local representation has also meant that where we can safely get onsite, we will endeavour to do so in order to provide the essential support required, managed within the prevailing local conditions and regulations. This has been essential in supporting day to day business as well as dealing with the large Geotech and full-service mining contracts that are continuing to come our way.

 

To protect our personnel around the globe, we have increased our focus on operational health & safety which includes a Group embargo on International travel. This has pushed the Group to a growing efficiency in remote working both internally with our factories and customer service centres, and our customer base.

 

All our factories have remained operational with the exception of our factory in South Africa where the mining sector there was in lockdown during March/April 2020, however our South Africa factory reopened during May 2020. The Group's factories are the cash generating engines of our business and it is vital that they continue to operate in the coming challenges that Covid-19 will present.

 

Product development has also been affected by the crisis, most notably with our customer in Australia for the hydraulic Greenhammer. Site access to the Greenhammer test site is still restricted, and with the re-imposition of lockdowns in Victoria and New South Wales we are waiting to hear when we can get back onsite. Once we get this confirmation, we will mobilise our team to get the 10" system up and running and move to commercialisation of this exciting product for Mincon and the hard rock surface mining market. Other product development has also been delayed due to restricted testing opportunities, but the engineering work continues, and we have a number of projects that will be ready for field testing once restrictions ease.

 

Concluding comments

When we consider the shape of our business today it becomes clear that the ambition and strategy to use our engineering knowhow, to grow our product offering and support in the Geotech sector, effectively reducing our overall exposure to the mining sector, is starting to work. This does not mean that we will be reducing our efforts to increase market share in the mining sector, the opposite is the case, and we will continue to work hard and chase the opportunities that we know are out there. Regarding the effects to the Group of the Covid-19 crisis, the continued investment in our manufacturing capacity and service levels within the regions that we operate has helped to alleviate these. During the challenges ahead, the health and safety of our most important asset, our people, will be at the forefront of my concerns, and with that in my mind I would like to acknowledge and give thanks for the commitment that everyone in the Group has shown throughout this crisis.

 

I would also like to thank the board and our shareholders for their support over the last few years and in particular more recently, and hope to see a return to a more normal way of life in the not too distant future".

 

Joseph Purcell

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Market Industries and Product Mix

The Groups industry mix has changed during the period as the Group continues to win Geotech contracts in the construction industry.

 

Industry mix (by revenue)

  H1 2020  H1 2019

Mining  52%  61%

Construction  27%  15%

Geothermal / Waterwell      19%                   22%

Other  2%                    2%

 

Construction contracts won during 2019 continued into 2020 in North America, as did the supply of other projects in Europe. The winning of additional contracts in North and South America during H1 2020, together with the acquisitions in the period, has accelerated the Group's growth in the construction market where revenue has almost doubled (+98% growth, with 74% being organic growth) versus the same period in the prior year.

 

The Group's supply and service to the mining industry contracted in the period by 9% due to the impact of temporary mine closures in the efforts to suppress the spread of Covid-19. This was mostly experienced in Southern Africa, Central and South America. The Group also experienced a weakness in the APAC mining industry due to the lockdowns in these areas where mining activity was affected by several lockdown related factors, namely:

 

· Mines operating on reduced staffing due to social distancing requirements

· Inability to get on some mines to continue product testing and provide support

· Severely restricted global freight capacity

 

The Geothermal and Waterwell industry that is mainly concentrated in Europe and North America experienced a decline and this was felt mostly in Central Europe where some business ceased completely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The overall effect on supply to this industry for the Group saw revenue contract by 6% in the period.

 

The sale of Mincon manufactured product grew by 10% in H1 2020 and that has contributed to the Group's overall revenue growth to €64.7 million, an increase of 8% on the same period in 2019, with organic growth of 4.5%. The acquisitions in 2020 are within the construction sector and accounted for 3.5% of overall revenue growth.

 

Earnings

The Group's gross profit for the period increased by 13% to €23.5 million (H1 2019: €20.8 million excluding impairments). The increase in margin was due to Mincon DTH and Mincon Geotech products together accounting for a larger amount of the sales mix in the current period. These two product ranges now earn comparative margins since the Group acquired the remaining manufacturing of the Geotech products through the strategic acquisition of the Lehti Group in January 2020.

 

Operating profits for the period increased by 21% to €8.3 million (H1 2019: €6.8 million excluding reorganisation costs and impairments). The increase in profits are attributable to better gross margins and the improved operating leverage arising from the reorganisation of the business undertaken in 2019. The Group also incurred less travel costs due to the international travel ban imposed across the Group in light of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Finance costs increased through the finance borrowings and right of use asset finance costs within the companies acquired in 2020 together with additional Group borrowings in January 2020. The South African Rand, Australian Dollar and British Sterling have seen a negative impact in the period and have contributed to an overall FX loss for the Group, this has pushed the earnings per share to 2.93 cent for the period.

 

Balance Sheet & Cash

Net Working capital increased in the period by 5%, mostly due to acquisitions. The business generated €10.9 million from operations in the period and this was invested in acquisitions and capital equipment, most notably on heat treatment facilities in Australia as the Group continues to add more agility to business operations and regional independence. Total cash generation in the period remained flat with a negative FX effect being the net difference.

 

Covid-19

During the first half of 2020 the Group had experienced regional disruption to order intake due to measures brought in by local governments to control the spread of Covid-19. In particular the Group has witnessed mining customers in Southern African countries, Australia and parts of Central and South American countries operations being interrupted as a result. The Mincon Group has done everything in its control to supply its customers across all regions and industries during this Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to do so while maintaining the safety of all Mincon employees.

 

Towards the end of Q2 2020 the Group has observed Covid-19 government measures being slowly unwound in most countries where the Group has a presence, though it is expected that parts of these restrictions will remain in place for some time to come and that will continue to have a bearing on supply to the Group's customers. The regions that the Group serves may be affected further depending on how governments and business confront the Covid-19 challenge that is now ahead of us all.

 

The Group has put in place additional lines of credit during Q2 2020 with its banking partners as the impact and duration of the Covid-19 pandemic remains uncertain. The industries that the Group supplies to are robust and some local governments have brought in measures to ensure resilience in their economies during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Group balance sheet remains very strong and the Group has not experienced any Covid-19 material asset effects.

 

Dividend

The final dividend for 2019 in the amount of €0.0105 (1.05 cent) was approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on 23 July 2020. This amounts to a dividend payment of €2.2 million which will be paid on 4 September 2020 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 14 August 2020. In light of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the board of directors have adopted a prudent approach and have decided to postpone a decision on an interim dividend to later in the year.

 

 

A PDF version of this statement is also available at the following link:

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/5606V_1-2020-8-7.pdf

 

END

 

 

10 AUGUST 2020

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Mincon Group plc

 

Joe Purcell  CEO

Mark McNamara   CFO

  Tel: + 353 (61) 361 099

 

 

Davy Corporate Finance

(Nominated Adviser and Euronext Growth Adviser)

   Tel: +353 (1) 679 6363

Anthony Farrell

 

Daragh O'Reilly

 

 

 

 

Mincon Group plc

2020 Half Year Financial Results

 

 

Condensed consolidated income statement

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

2019

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

Unaudited

2020

€'000

 

Excluding exceptional items

€'000

Exceptional items

(Note 9)

€'000

Including exceptional items

€'000

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

  6

64,654

 

59,922

-

59,922

Cost of sales

  8

(41,197)

 

(41,098)

-

(41,098)

Gross profit

 

23,457

 

18,824

-

18,824

Operating costs

  8

(15,194)

 

(14,595)

(2,842)

(17,437)

Operating profit

 

8,263

 

4,229

(2,842)

1,387

Finance income

 

18

 

72

-

72

Finance cost

 

(412)

 

(303)

-

(303)

Foreign exchange gain/(loss)

 

(227)

 

41

-

41

Contingent consideration

 

13

 

(50)

-

(50)

Profit before tax

 

7,655

 

3,989

(2,842)

1,147

Settlement gain

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

7,261

 

7,261

Income tax expense

 

(1,297)

 

(1,223)

-

(1,223)

Profit for the period

 

6,358

 

2,766

4,419

7,185

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

- owners of the Parent

 

6,198

 

 

 

7,144

- non-controlling interests

 

160

 

 

 

41

Earnings per Ordinary Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share,

13

2.93

 

 

 

3.39

Diluted earnings per share,

13

2.86

 

 

 

3.35

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

 For the 6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

2020

H1

Unaudited

2019

H1

 

 

€'000

€'000

 

Profit for the period

  6,358

7,185

 

Other comprehensive income/(loss):

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation - foreign operations

(3,734)

878

 

Other comprehensive profit / (loss) for the period

(3,734)

878

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

2,624

8,063

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

 

- owners of the Parent

2,464

8,022

 

- non-controlling interests

160

41

 

 

 

 

     

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

As at 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Unaudited

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

 

 

Notes

€'000

€'000

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Current Assets

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets and goodwill

 

15

36,281

31,937

Property, plant and equipment

 

16

47,849

41,172

Deferred tax asset

 

11

637

616

Total Non-Current Assets

 

 

84,767

73,725

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

Inventory and capital equipment

 

17

53,504

48,590

Trade and other receivables

 

18

22,922

20,346

Prepayments and other current assets

 

 

2,870

6,098

Current tax asset

 

11

40

589

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

16,035

16,368

Total Current Assets

 

 

95,370

91,991

Total Assets

 

 

180,138

165,716

Equity

 

 

 

 

Ordinary share capital

 

12

2,117

2,110

Share premium

 

 

67,647

67,647

Undenominated capital

 

 

39

39

Merger reserve

 

 

(17,393)

(17,393)

Restricted equity reserve

 

 

420

419

Share based payment reserve

 

14

1,945

1,629

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

 

(7,602)

(3,868)

Retained earnings

 

 

80,644

74,446

Equity attributable to owners of Mincon Group plc

 

 

127,817

125,029

Non-controlling interests

 

 

1,275

1,115

Total Equity

 

 

129,092

126,144

Non-Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

19

16,813

10,879

Deferred tax liability

 

11

458

1,794

Deferred contingent consideration

 

20

5,357

4,962

Other liabilities

 

 

2,025

153

Total Non-Current Liabilities

 

 

24,653

17,788

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

19

  6,459

4,043

Trade and other payables

 

 

11,197

10,853

Accrued and other liabilities

 

 

6,843

5,827

Current tax liability

 

11

1,894

1,061

Total Current Liabilities

 

 

26,393

21,784

Total Liabilities

 

 

51,046

39,572

Total Equity and Liabilities

 

 

180,138

165,716

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

Unaudited

H1

2020

€'000

Unaudited

H1

2019

€'000

Operating activities:

 

 

Profit for the period

6,358

7,185

Adjustments to reconcile profit to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation

3,149

2,551

Fair value movement on deferred contingent consideration

(13)

50

Finance cost

412

303

Finance income

(18)

(72)

Gain on the sale of operations, net of tax

-

(7,261)

Income tax expense

1,297

1,223

Other non-cash movements

(244)

(438)

 

10,941

3,541

 

 

 

Changes in trade and other receivables

422

(2,079)

Changes in prepayments and other assets

3,160

(948)

Changes in inventory

(3,440)

1,071

Changes in trade and other payables

189

1,587

Cash provided by operations

11,272

3,172

 

 

 

Interest received

18

72

Interest paid

(412)

(303)

Income taxes paid

(1,153)

(2,027)

Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities

9,725

914

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(4,469)

(3,746)

Investment in intangible assets

(459)

(589)

Proceeds from the issuance of share capital

7

5

Payment of deferred contingent consideration

(1,023)

(500)

Acquisitions, net of cash required

(7,225)

(800)

Proceeds from sale of discontinued operations

-

8,075

Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities

(13,169)

2,445

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

Dividends paid

-

(2,210)

Repayment of loans and finance leases

(1,984)

(891)

Drawdown of loans

5,441

5,472

Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities

3,457

2,371

 

 

 

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash

(346)

(10)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(333)

5,720

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

16,368

8,042

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

16,035

13,762

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity for the 6 months ended 30 June 20

 

 

Share

capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Restricted equity reserve

Un-denominated

capital

Share based payment reserve

Foreign

currency translation reserve

Retained earnings

Total

Non-controlling interests

Unaudited Total

equity

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balances at 1 July 2019

2,110

67,647

(17,393)

459

39

1,706

(5,143)

71,477

120,902

1,102

122,004

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

7,395

7,395

13

7,408

Other comprehensive income/(loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,275

-

1,275

-

1,275

Total comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,275

7,395

8,670

13

8,683

Non-taxable income

-

-

-

(40)

-

-

-

-

(40)

-

(40)

Transactions with Shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

(77)

-

-

(77)

-

(77)

Dividend payment

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(4,426)

(4,426)

-

(4,426)

Balances at 31 December 2019

2,110

67,647

(17,393)

419

39

1,629

(3,868)

74,446

125,029

1,115

126,144

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

6,198

6,198

160

6,358

Other comprehensive income/(loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation

-

-

-

-

-

-

(3,734)

-

(3,734)

-

(3,734)

Total comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3,734)

6,198

2,464

160

2,624

Non-taxable income

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

1

-

1

Transactions with Shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity-settled share-based payment

7

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

7

-

7

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

316

-

-

316

-

316

Dividend payment

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Balances at 30 June 2020

2,117

67,647

(17,393)

420

39

1,945

(7,602)

80,644

127,817

1,275

129,092

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

Notes to the consolidated interim financial statements

1  Description of business

Mincon Group plc ("the Company") is a company incorporated in the Republic of Ireland. The unaudited consolidated interim financial statements of the Company for the six months ended 30 June 2020 (the "Interim Financial Statements") include the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group").  The Interim Financial Statements were authorised for issue by the Directors on 7 August 2020.

 

2. Basis of preparation

The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the EU.  The Interim Financial Statements do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 as set out in the 2019 Annual Report (the "2019 Accounts"). The Interim Financial Statements do, however, include selected explanatory notes to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the last annual financial statements.

 

The Interim Financial Statements do not constitute statutory financial statements.  The statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, extracts from which are included in these Interim Financial Statements, were prepared under IFRS as adopted by the EU and will be filed with the Registrar of Companies together with the Company's 2019 annual return. They are available from the Company website www.mincon.com and, when filed, from the registrar of companies. The auditor's report on those statutory financial statements was unqualified.

 

The Interim Financial Statements are presented in Euro, rounded to the nearest thousand, which is the functional currency of the parent company and also the presentation currency for the Group's financial reporting.

 

The financial information contained in the Interim Financial Statements has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies applied in the 2019 Accounts. 

 

3. Use of estimates and judgements

The preparation of interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income, and expenses. The judgements, estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates.  In preparing the Interim Financial Statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the 2019 Financial Statements.

 

4. Changes in significant accounting policies

There have been no changes in significant accounting policies applied in these interim financial statements, they are the same as those applied in the last annual audited financial statements. 

 

5.  Financial Reporting impact due to the Covid-19 Pandemic:

a. Government Grants

The Group received government grants in certain countries where the Group operates. These grants differ in structure from country to country but primarily relate to personnel costs.

b. Expected Credit losses

The Group has not witnessed any trends in its analysis of its customers that would indicate an adjustment to its trade receivables as at the 30 June 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

c. Inventory

The Group has not experienced any material impact on its valuation of inventory as of 30 June 2020, that can be directly attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic.

d. Risk Assessment

The Mincon Group's operations are spread globally. This brings various exposures, such as trading and financial, and strategic risks. The primary trading risks would encompass operational, legal, regulatory and compliance. Strategic risks would cover long term risks effecting the business such as evolving industry trends, technological advancements, and global economic developments. Financial risks extend to but are not limited to pricing risks, currency risks, interest rate volatility and taxation risks. The risk of managing Covid-19 is encompassed with the abovementioned risks and therefore the Group considers its management of these risks as a whole.

 

 

6. Revenue 

 

 

H1

2020

H1

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Product revenue:

 

 

Sale of Mincon product

55,565

50,464

Sale of third-party product

9,089

9,458

Total revenue

64,654

59,922

 

 

7. Operating Segments

 

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision maker (CODM). Our CODM has been identified as the Board of Directors.

 

Having assessed the aggregation criteria contained in IFRS 8 operating segments and considering how the Group manages its business and allocates resources, the Group has determined that it has one reportable segment. In particular the Group is managed as a single business unit that sells drilling equipment, primarily manufactured by Mincon manufacturing sites.

 

Entity-wide disclosures

The business is managed on a worldwide basis but operates manufacturing facilities and sales offices in Ireland, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, UK, Australia, the United States and Canada and sales offices in other locations including Australia, South Africa, Finland, Spain, Namibia, France, Sweden, Canada, Chile and Peru. In presenting information on geography, revenue is based on the geographical location of customers and non-current assets based on the location of these assets.

 

 

 

7. Operating Segments (continued)

 

Revenue by region (by location of customers):

 

 

 

 

 

 

H1

2020

H1

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Region:

 

 

Ireland

647

  392

Americas

 21,509

  17,202

Asia Pacific

10,572

12,773

Europe, Middle East, Africa

31,926

29,555

Total revenue from continuing operations

64,654

59,922

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets by region (location of assets):

 

 

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Region:

 

  

Ireland

46,886

42,830

Americas

 12,635

 12,839

Asia Pacific

11,813

9,493

Europe, Middle East, Africa

12,796

7,947

Total non-current assets(1)

84,130

73,109

(1) Non-current assets exclude deferred tax assets.

 

 

 

8.  Cost of Sales and operating expenses

 

Included within cost of sales, selling and distribution expenses and general and administrative expenses were the following major components: 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

 

H1

2020

H1

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Raw materials

17,517

16,888

Third party product purchases

7,122

7,743

Employee costs

8,438

8,370

Depreciation

2,024

1,567

Impairment of finished goods inventory 

257

1,992

Other

5,839

4,538

Total cost of sales

41,197

41,098

 

The level of finished goods inventory impairment within cost of sales amounted to €257,000 (30 June 2019: €2 million).

 

General and selling expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H1

2020

H1

2019

 

 

€'000

€'000

Employee costs

 8,880

 8,564

Depreciation

1,125

984

Acquisition and related costs 

  343

  136

Impairment of trade receivables

-

582

Reorganisational costs (note 9)

-

2,842

Other

4,846

4,329

Total other operating costs

15,194

17,437

 

The Group provides for all receivables where there is objective evidence, including historical loss experience, that amounts are irrecoverable. The Group considers all receivables fully recoverable.

 

Employee information

 

 

 

H1

2020

H1

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Wages and salaries

 14,591

 13,925

Social security costs

 1,648

 1,592

Pension costs of defined contribution plans

 763

 985

Redundancy payments (note 9)

-

1,241

Share based payments (note 14)

 316

 432

Total employee costs

 17,318

 18,175

 

The Group capitalised payroll costs of €250,000 in H1 2020 in relation to research and development.

 

The average number of employees was as follows:

 

 

 

 

H1

2020

 H1

2019

 

Number

Number

126

130

General and administration

61

58

Manufacturing, service and development

340

329

Average number of persons employed

527

517

 

9.  Exceptional Items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H1 2020

H1 2019

 

€'000

€'000

Operating costs

 

 

Reorganisational costs

-

(2,842)

Total operating costs

-

(2,842)

 

 

 

Profit from discontinued operations

-

7,261

 

 

 

Total exceptional items

-

4,419

 

During 2019 the Group undertook a reorganisation of its activities across all regions and incurred costs of €2.8 million in doing so. The reorganisation included relocation of activities; closing of regional offices; and, redundancies where necessary. Redundancy costs amounted to €1.2 million for H1 2019.

 

 

10. Acquisitions and disposals

 

Acquisitions

 

In January 2020, Mincon acquired 100% shareholding in Lehti Group, a Finland based construction product manufacturer and distributor, for a consideration of €7.7 million This was made up of a cash consideration of €7 million and deferred consideration of €0.7 million.

 

In May 2020, Mincon acquired 100% shareholding in Rocdrill, a French-based construction product distributor and drilling specialist, for a consideration of €1 million. This was made up of a cash consideration of €225,000 and deferred consideration of €775,000. €225,000 of the deferred consideration at the end of H1 2020 will be paid during H2 2020.

 

 

A. Consideration transferred for acquisitions

 

 

Lehti Group

Rocdrill

Total

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

Cash

7,000

225

7,225

Deferred contingent consideration

  706

  775

1,481

Total consideration transferred

  7,706

 1,000

8,706

 

 

B. Goodwill

 

Goodwill arising from the acquisition of Lehti Group and Rocdrill has been recognised as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lehti Group

  Rocdrill

 

Total

 

 

€'000

€'000

 

€'000

Consideration transferred

 

7,706

1,000

 

8,706

Fair value of identifiable net assets

 

(3,742)

(357)

 

(4,099)

Goodwill

 

3,964

643

 

4,607

 

11. Income Tax

 

The Group's consolidated effective tax rate in respect of operations for the six months ended 30 June 2020 was 17% (30 June 2019: 15%). The effective rate of tax is forecast at 17% for 2020. The tax charge for the six months ended 30 June 2020 of €1.3 million (30 June 2019: €1.2 million) includes deferred tax relating to movements in provisions, net operating losses forward and the temporary differences for property, plant and equipment recognised in the income statement.

 

The net current tax liability at period-end was as follows:

 

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Current tax prepayments

40

589

Current tax payable

(1,894)

(1,061)

Net current tax

(1,854)

(472)

 

The net deferred tax liability at period-end was as follows:

 

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Deferred tax asset

637

616

Deferred tax liability

(458)

(1,794)

Net deferred tax

179

(1,178)

 

 

12.  Share capital

 

 

 

Allotted, called- up and fully paid up shares

Number

€000

01 January 2020

210,973,102

2,110

Allotted in June 2020

701,922

7

30 June 2020

211,675,024

2,117

 

 

 

Share issuances

On 26 November 2013, Mincon Group plc was admitted to trading on the Enterprise Securities Market (ESM) of the Euronext Dublin and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

 

In April 2020, 701,922 Restricted Share Awards (RSAs) met the vesting conditions set down by the board of directors and were allotted to the recipients of the awards.

 

13. Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share (EPS) is computed by dividing the profit for the period available to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per share is computed by dividing the profit for the period by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares outstanding and, when dilutive, adjusted for the effect of all potentially dilutive shares. The following table sets forth the computation for basic and diluted net profit per share for the years ended 30 June:

 

 

H1 2020

H1 2019

Numerator (amounts in €'000):

 

 

Profit attributable to owners of the Parent

6,198

7,144

Denominator (Number):

Basic shares outstanding

Restricted share awards

Restricted share options

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

 

 

211,675,024

210,973,102

844,000

2,037,176

3,981,000

-

216,500,024

213,010,278

Earnings per Ordinary Share

 

 

Basic earnings per share, €

Diluted earnings per share, €

2.93c

2.86c

3.39c

3.35c

 

 

14. Share based payment

 

The vesting conditions of the scheme state that the minimum growth in EPS shall be CPI plus 5% per annum, compounded annually, over the relevant three accounting years up to the share award of 100% of the participants basic salary. Where awards have been granted to a participant in excess of 100% of their basic salary, the performance condition for the element that is in excess of 100% of basic salary is that the minimum growth in EPS shall be CPI plus 10% per annum, compounded annually, over the three accounting years.

 

 

 

Reconciliation of outstanding share awards

Number of Awards in thousands

Outstanding on 1 January 2020

1,546

Forfeited during the period

-

Exercised during the period

(702)

Granted during the period

-

Outstanding at 30 June 2020

844

 

 

Reconciliation of outstanding share options

Number of Options in thousands

Outstanding on 1 January 2020

-

Forfeited during the period

-

Exercised during the period

-

Granted during the period

3,981

Outstanding at 30 June 2020

3,981

  

 

15. Intangible Assets

 

Product development

 

Goodwill

Total

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

Balance at 1 January 2020

4,782

27,155

31,937

Investments / Internally developed

459

-

459

Acquisitions

-

4,607

4,607

Disposals

-

-

-

Impairment of goodwill

-

-

-

Foreign currency translation differences

-

(722)

(722)

Balance at 30 June 2020

5,241

31,040

36,281

 

 

16. Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Capital expenditure in the first half-year amounted to €4.5 million (30 June 2019 €3.7 million). The acquisition of Lehti Group has brought €2.7 million into Property, Plant and Equipment, and Rocdrill have brought €143,000 into Property, Plant and Equipment from the date of acquisition. The depreciation charge for property, plant and equipment is recognised in the following line items in the income statement:

 

H1

2020

H1

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Cost of sales

 2,024

 1,567

Operating Costs

1,125

984

Total depreciation charge for property, plant and equipment

3,149

 2,551

 

 

17. Inventory

 

 

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Finished goods and work-in-progress

41,055

38,212

Capital equipment

463

962

Raw materials

11,986

9,416

Total inventory

53,504

48,590

 

The Group recorded an impairment of €257,000 against inventory to take account of net realisable value during the period ended 30 June 2020 (30 June 2019: €2 million).

 

 

18. Trade and other receivables

 

 

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

 

 

€'000

€'000

 

Gross receivable

24,396

21,424

 

Provision for impairment

(1,474)

(1,078)

 

Net trade and other receivables

22,922

20,346

 

 

 

 

Provision for impairment

 

€'000

Balance at 1 January 2020

(1,078)

Additions

(396)

Balance at 30 June 2020

(1,474)

     

 

18. Trade and other receivables (continued)

 

 

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

 

€'000

€'000

Less than 60 days

 21,263

 17,112

61 to 90 days

637

1,659

Greater than 90 days

1,022

1,575

Net trade and other receivables

22,922

20,346

 

At 30 June 2020, €1.7 million (7%) of trade receivables balance were past due but not impaired (31 December 2019, €3.2 million (16%).

 

 

19. Loans, borrowings and lease liabilities

 

 

 

30 June

2020

31 December

2019

 

Maturity

€'000

€'000

Loans and borrowings

2019-2026

12,068

4,879

Lease liabilities

2019-2025

5,173

5,903

ROU lease liability

2020-2028

6,031

4,140

Total Loans, borrowings and lease liabilities

 

23,272

14,922

Current

 

6,459

4,043

Non-current

 

16,813

10,879

 

 

The Group has a number of bank loans and lease liabilities in Ireland, the United Kingdom, USA, Sweden, Peru, Australia, Namibia and Chile with a mixture of variable and fixed interest rates. The Group has been in compliance with all debt agreements during the periods presented. The loan agreements in Ireland carry restrictive financial covenants. 

 

20. Financial Risk Management

 

The Group is exposed to various financial risks arising in the normal course of business. Our financial risk exposures are predominantly related to changes in foreign currency exchange rates as well as the creditworthiness of our financial asset counterparties.

 

The half-year financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the 2019 Annual Report. There have been no changes in our risk management policies since year-end and no material changes in our interest rate risk.

 

a) Liquidity and Capital

 

The Group defines liquid resources as the total of its cash, cash equivalents and short term deposits. Capital is defined as the Group's shareholders' equity and borrowings.

 

The Group's objectives when managing its liquid resources are:

• To maintain adequate liquid resources to fund its ongoing operations and safeguard its ability to continue as a going concern, so that it can continue to create value for investors;

• To have available the necessary financial resources to allow it to invest in areas that may create value for shareholders; and

• To maintain sufficient financial resources to mitigate against risks and unforeseen events.

 

Liquid and capital resources are monitored on the basis of the total amount of such resources available and the Group's anticipated requirements for the foreseeable future. The Group's liquid resources and shareholders' equity at 30 June 2020 and 31 December 2019 were as follows:

 

30 June 2020 

31 December 2019

 

€'000

€'000

Cash and cash equivalents

16,035

16,368

Loans and borrowings

23,272

14,922

Shareholders' equity

127,817

125,029

 

b) Foreign currency risk

 

The Group is a multinational business operating in a number of countries and the euro is the presentation currency. The Group, however, does have revenues, costs, assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than euro. Transactions in foreign currencies are recorded at the exchange rate prevailing at the date of the transaction. The resulting monetary assets and liabilities are translated into the appropriate functional currency at exchange rates prevailing at the reporting date and the resulting gains and losses are recognised in the income statement. The Group manages some of its transaction exposure by matching cash inflows and outflows of the same currencies. The Group does not engage in hedging transactions and therefore any movements in the primary transactional currencies will impact profitability. The Group continues to monitor appropriateness of this policy.

 

The Group's global operations create a translation exposure on the Group's net assets since the financial statements of entities with non-euro functional currencies are translated to euro when preparing the consolidated financial statements. The Group does not use derivative instruments to hedge these net investments.

 

The principal foreign currency risks to which the Group is exposed relate to movements in the exchange rate of the euro against US dollar, South African rand, Australian dollar, Swedish krona and Canadian dollar.

 

The Group has material subsidiaries with a functional currency other than the euro, such as US dollar, Australian dollar, South African rand, Canadian dollar, British pound and Swedish krona.

 

In 2020, 67% (2018: 56%) of Mincon's revenue €64 million (30 June 2019: €60 million) was generated in AUD, SEK and USD. The majority of the Group's manufacturing base has a Euro, US dollar or Swedish krona cost base. While Group management makes every effort to reduce the impact of this currency volatility, it is impossible to eliminate or significantly reduce given the fact that the highest grades of our key raw materials are either not available or not denominated in these markets and currencies. Additionally, the ability to increase prices for our products in these jurisdictions is limited by the current market factors.
 

20. Financial Risk Management (continued)

 

b) Foreign currency risk (continued)

 

Currency also has a significant transactional impact on the Group as outstanding balances in foreign currencies are retranslated at closing rates at each period end. The changes in the South African Rand, Australian Dollar, Swedish Krona and British Pound have either weakened or strengthened, resulting in a foreign exchange loss being recognised in other comprehensive income and a significant movement in foreign currency translation reserve.

 

Average and closing exchange rates for the Group's primary currency exposures were as disclosed in the table below for the period presented.

 

 

30 June

2020

H1 2020

31 December

2019

H1 2019

Euro exchange rates

Closing

Average

Closing

Average

US Dollar

   1.12

  1.12

1.12

1.13

Australian Dollar

  1.63

  1.65

1.59

1.61

Great British Pound

   0.91

  0.90

 0.85

0.89

South African Rand

 19.49

 18.31

15.72

16.16

Swedish Krona

 10.47

 10.48

10.51

10.59

 

There has been no material change in the Group's currency exposure since 31 December 2019. Such exposure comprises the monetary assets and monetary liabilities that are not denominated in the functional currency of the operating unit involved.

 

c) Fair values

 

Financial instruments carried at fair value

The deferred contingent consideration payable represents management's best estimate of the fair value of the amounts that will be payable, discounted as appropriate using a market interest rate. The fair value was estimated by assigning probabilities, based on management's current expectations, to the potential pay-out scenarios.  The fair value of deferred contingent consideration is not dependent on the future performance of the acquired businesses against predetermined targets and on management's current expectations thereof. 

 

Movements in the year in respect of Level 3 financial instruments carried at fair value

The movements in respect of the financial assets and liabilities carried at fair value in the period ended to 30 June 2020 are as follows:

 

Deferred

contingent

consideration

 

€'000

Balance at 1 January 2020

4,962

Arising on acquisition

1,481

Cash payment

(1,023)

Fair value movement

-

Foreign currency translation differences

(63)

Balance at 30 June 2020

5,357

 

 

21. Commitments

 

The following capital commitments for the purchase of property, plant and equipment had been authorised by the directors at 30 June 2020:

 

Total

 

€'000

Contracted for

958

Not contracted for

610

Total

1,568

 

 

22. Litigation

 

The Group is not involved in legal proceedings that could have a material adverse effect on its results or financial position.

 

 

23. Related Parties

 

The Group has relationships with its subsidiaries, directors and senior key management personnel. All transactions with subsidiaries eliminate on consolidation and are not disclosed.

 

As at 30 June 2020, the share capital of Mincon Group plc was 56.54% owned by Kingbell Company (31 December 2019 56.72%), this company is ultimately controlled by Patrick Purcell and members of the Purcell family. Patrick Purcell is also a director of the Company. The Group has not yet paid the final dividend for 2019, however it has been approved by shareholders at the 2020 AGM, when paid Kingbell Company will receive €1.3 million.

 

There were no other related party transactions in the half year ended 30 June 2020 that affected the financial position or the performance of the Company during that period and there were no changes in the related party transactions described in the 2019 Annual Report that could have a material effect on the financial position or performance of the Company in the same period.

 

 

24. Events after the reporting date

 

Dividend

The final dividend for 2019 in the amount of €0.0105 (1.05 cent) was approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on 23 July 2020. This amounts to a dividend payment of €2.2 million which will be paid on 4 September 2020 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 14 August 2020.

 

 

25. Approval of financial statements

 

The Board of Directors approved the interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2020 on 07 August 2020. 

 


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