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Moss Bros Group (MOSB)

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Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Moss Bros Group

Annual Financial Report

RNS Number : 6152C
Moss Bros Group PLC
19 April 2017

Moss Bros Group Plc (the "Company" or the "Group")

Annual Financial Report - DTR 6.3.5 Disclosure

19 April 2017


Following the release on 28 March 2017 of the Company's preliminary results announcement for the 52 week period ended 28 January 2017 (the "Preliminary Announcement"), the Company announces that its annual report and accounts for the 52 week period ended 28 January 2017, notice of Annual General Meeting for 2017 and form of proxy for use at the Annual General Meeting of the Company are being issued to shareholders today.

The Annual General Meeting of the Company is to be held on 19 May 2017 at 12 noon at the Company's registered office, 8 St John's Hill, Clapham, London, SW11 1SA.  Copies of the Annual Report and Accounts, the Notice of Annual General Meeting and form of proxy are available on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website

Copies of the Annual Report and Accounts, the Notice of AGM and the Proxy Form will shortly be available for inspection at the UK National Storage Mechanism at 


Tony Bennett

Company Secretary




The information below, which is extracted from the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts, is included solely for the purpose of complying with DTR 6.3.5 and the requirements it imposes on issuers as to how to make public annual financial reports. It should be read in conjunction with the Company's Preliminary Announcement issued on 28 March 2017. Together these constitute the material required by DTR 6.3.5 to be communicated to the media in unedited full text through a Regulatory Information Service. This material is not a substitute for reading the full 2017 Annual Report and Accounts. Page numbers and cross-references in the extracted information below refer to page numbers and cross-references in the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.  

The information contained in this announcement and in the Preliminary Announcement does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts as defined in the Companies Act 2006 but is derived from those accounts. The statutory accounts for the 52 week period ended 28 January 2017 have been approved by the Board and will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Company's Annual General Meeting which will be held on 19 May 2017. On 28 March 2017, the Group announced its draft financial statements for the 52 week period ending 28 January 2017. The auditors have subsequently reported on those accounts, which were unchanged, their reports were unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain statements under s498(2) or (3) Companies Act 2006 or equivalent preceding legislation.



The following statement is extracted from page 30 of the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts and is repeated here for the purposes of complying with Disclosure and Transparency Rule 6.3.5. This statement relates solely to the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts and is not connected to the extracted information set out in this announcement or the Preliminary Announcement.

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report, the Directors' Remuneration Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law requires the Directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the Directors are required to prepare the Group financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation and have chosen to prepare the parent company financial statements under IFRSs as adopted by the EU. Under Company law the Directors must not approve the accounts unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company and of the profit or loss of the Company for that period.

In preparing these financial statements, International Accounting Standard 1 requires that Directors:

·     properly select and apply accounting policies;

·     present information including accounting policies, in a manner that provides relevant, reliable, comparable and understandable information;

·     provide additional disclosures when compliance with the specific requirements in IFRSs are insufficient to enable users to understand the impact of particular transactions, other events and conditions on the entity's financial position and financial performance; and

·     make an assessment of the Company's ability to continue as a going concern.


The Directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and to enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Company's website. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.



The Board monitors principal risks and uncertainties and implement measures to mitigate their risk on the business. An assessment of these is shown below.








The Hire business demands the highest level of customer service.

This is delivered through a highly developed and efficient infrastructure which enables consistent 'delivery to promise'.

Any disruption to this infrastructure would affect our ability to maintain customer service levels.

We have a dedicated customer service team which actively seek to resolve any customer service issues arising.

We are continually refreshing and replenishing our stock of hire garments to ensure we are able to cater for all occasions whenever they fall due.

We have previously strengthened our market position through the introduction of a new transactional Hire website and back-end system improvements are in development.


The risk is ongoing; however we have expanded our customer service team and have carried out a full review of all systems and processes.


Retail and Tailor Me



Factors outside our control, such as an economic downturn affecting the UK or any wider economic downturn as a result of the vote to leave the EU, may have a material adverse effect on results .

As a retail business based and operating predominantly in the UK, we are particularly exposed to any economic downturn in the UK which could affect consumer confidence and therefore spending.

We continually focus on maintaining our product quality, customer service and supplier relationships, whilst retaining our competitive position, including value and pricing.


Foreign currency exposure, principally the US Dollar, is hedged for between 6 to 9 months in advance.



The risk has remained consistent.

The macro risks associated with the EU referendum are difficult to quantify until we have further clarity on timelines and approach from both UK government and EU negotiators.







Customer satisfaction is as important online as offline.

Ease of navigation/ability to transact quickly on the website is key to generating sales online.

Maintaining a competitive edge through customers being able to interact with the product online, offering product choice and availability, and allowing multiple payment and delivery options are important in growing our online presence.

Ensuring a secure online marketplace is also vital for customers to be able to transact safely.

We are continually developing our website offering in order to become fully multi-channel.

Our Retail website has continued to see increases in conversion rates and average order values.

We have developed a fully responsive website during the year which provides a more appropriate browsing experience for the increasing proportion of visitors to the site using mobile or tablet technology.

We have security policies, rules and technical measures in place to protect customer data.

With the continuous increase in trade through e-commerce and the market trend on moving to a fully multi-channel operation, the risk has increased during the year.










Brand image

Maintaining our store presentation is important for attracting customers and growing our brand.

The historical underinvestment in the store estate in previous years has meant that some of our stores lack the level of presentation that we require to grow the business and the brand.

We are undergoing a store redevelopment programme to both modernise the look and feel of the stores and to meet more routine maintenance that has been deferred for many years.

The development and launch  of a new sub brand line up, under the master brand 'Moss Bros',  in Autumn 2014 has strengthened the brand identity.


The risk has been reduced during the year with the progression of the store redevelopment programme. 


Supply chain cost price increases and currency fluctuation could have a materially adverse affect on results.

A fluctuation in currency rates could materially affect the Group's cost base and margins.

A re-emergence of general price inflation could affect profitability.

There are significant external cost pressures from the increases in the National Living Wage, the National Minimum Wage, the Apprenticeship Levy, the revaluation of business rates, higher energy taxes and increased purchasing costs due to the combined effects of a devalued pound.

Management mitigates cost price risk by continual review of supplier arrangements.

In addition, the Group operates a treasury policy which hedges a significant proportion of the foreign exchange risk from such direct sourcing arrangements. Management closely monitor the effectiveness of these arrangements.

If general price inflation returns this may allow an increase retail selling prices albeit subject to market conditions

Ongoing review of store profitability, combined with shorter lease durations.

Remuneration policies are under review to ensure we remain competitive in the marketplace.


The risk is ongoing, however, and is continually monitored and addressed.




The risk has increased but we continually monitor and evaluate planned and proposed expenditure to ensure that it remains commercially sensible.

Supply chain

A disruption to supplier continuity may adversely affect our operation.

Suppliers going out of business could have a significant impact on our ability to meet demand in store and online.

We are continually reviewing and refreshing our supplier list. The diversification of product buying across a range of suppliers limits the Group's over reliance upon any individual supplier.



The risk is ongoing, however, and is continually monitored and addressed.

Supplier dependency - Failure of major suppler

In an uncertain economic environment, supplier failure and subsequent failure to supply product or services will impact business performance.

Monitor supplier financial performance through constant dialogue to reveal evidence of supplier in difficulty.

Review ability to source product/services from alternative supplier at pace.

Review and document contingency plans should supplier fail.

Risk likely to increase with greater uncertainty in macroeconomic environment.

Distribution centre (DC)


Operating our distribution centre from one location leaves the Group exposed to business catastrophes occurring at that location.

Any business catastrophe affecting our distribution centre could severely affect the Group's ability to supply to stores and customers.

We continually review and monitor our disaster recovery plan to ensure that all business risks are adequately covered.

Our financial risk of operating from one location is mitigated through our comprehensive insurance cover.



With new and increased operating pressures on the DC through multi-channel, the reliance and consequent exposure to risk of the DC failing has increased during the year.


Cyber crime

A cyber crime attack could disable the Group's key IT systems and compromise data security.

Customer bank or payment card details are not processed or stored in the Group's IT systems.

Comprehensive security measures are in place with regular tests carried out.

Development in cyber crime and preventative strategies are constantly reviewed.


Frequency and severity of cyber crime attacks against companies have increased significantly







The Group's reliance on key management and other personnel could put pressure on the business if they were to leave.

Attracting and retaining high calibre people is a key priority and a central focus in striving for excellent customer service across the Group's business channels.

Effective recruitment policies and people development means the Group can take full advantage of the recovery in its performance. Long-term incentive share awards were granted to senior employees during the year to more closely align their interests to those of the Group and a SAYE scheme is in operation.

The risk is ongoing however is continually monitored and addressed.



The Group had no material related party transactions which might reasonably be expected to influence decisions made by users of these Financial Statements. Directors' remuneration is disclosed in the Annual Report on Remuneration on pages 41 to 52. Other related parties are key management (employees below Director level who have authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the Company) and major Shareholders. The key management personnel compensation is as follows:






Short-term employee benefits

Termination payments

Contributions to defined contribution plans

Proceeds from share-based payments












Total remuneration is included in administrative expenses and relates to 11 employees in the period ended 28 January 2017 (2015/16: 10).



The Group entered into the following transactions with related parties who are not members of the Group:

Berkeley Burke Trustee Company Limited is considered a related party of the Group because Brian Brick, Chief Executive Officer of Moss Bros Group plc is a beneficiary of the pension fund. On 8 December 2011, Moss Bros Group plc agreed a long-term lease with Berkeley Burke Trustee Company Limited, a pension fund and the superior landlord, for a store in Hounslow, on an arm's length basis.

AAK Limited is considered a related party of the Group because Maurice Helfgott, Senior Independent Non- Executive Director of Moss Bros Group plc, has a close relative holding a key management position with significant influence and who is a significant shareholder at AAK Limited. All transactions with AAK Limited have been on an arm's length basis. At 28 January 2017, total purchase from AAK Limited was £4.3m, including VAT, (30 January 2016: £4.1m, including VAT), of which £177,000 was outstanding at year end.

Moss Bros agreed a sublet of a store lease to White Stuff Ltd. Debbie Hewitt, Chairman of Moss Bros Group plc, is also Chairman and director of White Stuff. The transaction was on arm's length commercial terms and Debbie Hewitt took no part in determining the commercial terms offered by Moss Bros or in the decision to accept them taken by White Stuff. The sublet is from June 2014 until December 2021 at a rent of £50,000 per year. A capital contribution of £50,000 was paid to White Stuff on completion of the agreement. At 28 January 2017 the balance due from White Stuff was £212 in respect of service charges payable in arrears.

For further information please contact:

Moss Bros Group Plc

Tony Bennett, Finance Director and Company Secretary                            0207 447 7200

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