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Wednesday 30 March, 2016

Norish Plc

Preliminary 2015 Results

RNS Number : 4521T
Norish PLC
30 March 2016
 

 

Norish plc

 

Preliminary Statement of Annual Results 2015

 

Results

 

 

Norish plc results for the year ended 31st December 2015 as follows:

 

Financial Highlights

 

·    Total Revenue up 16.5% to £27.5m (2014: £23.6m).

·    Revenue from Commodity trading up 33% to £15.7m (2014:  £11.8m).

·    Revenue from our continuing temperature controlled business increased to £11.8m (2014: £11.7m).

·    Profit after Tax from continuing operations £509,000 (2014: £598,000)

·    Net assets up 47% to £15.3m (2014: £10.4m).

·    Net debt down by 54% to £3.2m (2014: £7.0m).

·    Earnings per share decreased to 2.8p from 4p partially due to the increased number of shares in issue.

·    Dividend per share unchanged at 1.5 €cent (2014: 1.5 €cent).

 

Operational Highlights

 

·    Group raised £5.1m million (gross) through a placing in December 2015 to pursue investment opportunities in both its existing business and new developments particularly relating to the dairy and food sectors. The fund raise has fundamentally changed the balance sheet and growth opportunity for the group.

·    Sale of Leeds site completed in March 2016 for a consideration of £0.4m

·    In line with the company's objectives, the operating performance of the Temperature Controlled Division continues to improve in 2016. We are investing some of the funds raised in December 2015, in quite a number of short payback projects, within the cold store division. This process will continue throughout 2016.

·    The performance of the Commodity Division has been very encouraging in the first ten weeks of 2016.

·    Management are actively engaged in discussions with a number of businesses, who are seeking investment in areas of interest to us. However, we will remain disciplined with respect to required returns, scalability and quantum of capital required for each project We expect to complete the signing of a lease for a dairy farming opportunity in Kilkenny (Ireland) in the coming weeks. Stock have already been purchased and we plan to be milking cows in Spring 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

 

Operations

 

North West Division

 

The North West cold store division which comprises of the freehold sites at Wrexham and Birmingham, performed below 2014 levels. This was mainly due to issues at one of our main customers plants which reduced the amount of product into our Birmingham site. These issues have now been rectified.

 

This division focuses mainly on exports to China. China is the UK's biggest export market for fifth quarter pig meat. Exports of pig meat have grown more than fourfold since Britain started to export to China, in 2011. There are only three cold stores in Britain licenced for the export of pig meat to China and the Group owns two of them (Wrexham and Birmingham). Exports of fifth quarter pigmeat add substantially to the value of the pig carcass. The rapid growth in the Chinese fifth quarter segment of the market is recasting the operating canvass of our North West division. The emergence of new customers, the requirement for investment in both blast freezing capacity and electricity generation and shortly perhaps cold storage capacity itself makes it a really interesting phase in this divisions' development.

 

South East Division

 

The South East Cold Stores, which comprises of the sites at Bury St. Edmunds (freehold), Braintree (leasehold), Gillingham (long term leasehold at a peppercorn rent) and East Kent (leasehold) performed on par with 2014.

 

The South East division operates to a very different dynamic, to that of the North West, driven by activity of the London marketplace. We are actively pursuing initiatives to improve both revenue mix and margin mix in this division. These initiatives should become apparent in 2017.

 

Commodity Trading

 

Our commodity trading division which consists of Townview Foods Limited and Foro International Connections Limited contributed £0.3m for the period, unchanged from last year.

 

Town View Foods trades in protein products mainly beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Sales from lamb and chicken increased by £1.8m during the year while sales from beef and pork decreased by £1.1m.

 

Foro International Connections accounted for the increased sales of £3.4m in 2015. Foro traded mainly in fish, soft drinks and infant formulae in 2015.

 

Discontinued

 

During the year the group agreed the sale of the Leeds site for £0.4m net. The sale completed in March 2016. This site was not part of the future plans for the business. Losses in respect of this property are included in discontinued activities of £0.2m, which include an impairment of £0.1m. This property is classed as an asset held for sale.

 

 

Chairman's Statement (Continued)

 

 

 

Financial Review

 

The Group has strengthened its balance sheet, following the equity fund raising of £4.9m (net), in December 2015. Total Equity at 31 December 2015 stood at £15.3m( 2014 : £10.4m). The funds will be used to execute a number of investment opportunities. Net debt at 31 December 2015 was £3.2m compared to £7m at 31 December 2014

 

Dividend

 

The board recommends the payment of a final dividend of 1.50 €cent per share. This will be paid on the 21 October 2016 to those shareholders on the register on the 30 September 2016. It will bring the total dividend in respect of the financial year to 1.50 €cent per share, unchanged from last year.

 

Personnel

 

The board would like to express its thanks to Norman Hatcliff, who retired as Managing Director on 31 December 2015, having spent 15 years with the company. Norman made a very significant contribution to the development of the company and we wish both himself and Carol every happiness and success in their future lives.

 

The board are very pleased to welcome Kieran Mahon to the newly created post of Group Managing Director. Kieran's experience in finance, agriculture and logistics will be of real value to the company in the years ahead.

 

On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the management team and staff for their commitment and

contribution in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Ted O'Neill

Chairman

30 March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Review

 

The number of pallets handled in dropped by 13%, but handled 12% additional pallets for blast freezing in 2015. This will allow the Group to positively position for future growth. Norish plc is one of only two companies in Britain who can presently provide blast freezing services for pig meat for China.

 

The significant feature of the year is the fund raising which has greatly strengthened the balance sheet.

 

Sales

 

Total Group revenue increased by 16.5% to £27.5m (2014: £23.6m). Temperature controlled revenues increased by 1% to £11.8m (2014: £11.7m).  Revenues were up mainly as a result of an increase in blast freezing volumes. Revenues in the commodity division increased by 33% to £15.7m (2014: £11.8m). Foro International mainly accounted for the increased sales.

 

Gross profit

 

Gross profit decreased by 19% to £1.3m (2014: £1.6m). The results were impacted by a one off cost in the commodity trading division of £0.1m and unforeseen production issues at one of our largest customers plants which reduced both activities and revenues at our Birmingham Site.

 

Operating profit

 

Operating profit decreased to £0.8m (2014: £1.1m), reflecting the decrease in gross profit.

 

 

Finance expense (net)

 

Finance expense decreased to £0.28m (2014: £0.37m). The decrease is mainly attributable to the non cash movement in the valuation of the swap instruments of £0.07m. A swap is used by the Group to protect itself against interest rate rises. As a swap is classed as a financial instrument it is required to be valued and accounted for at each reporting date.

 

 

Loss from discontinued operations

 

As part of the Group's strategy to exit the ambient sector we recorded a loss of £0.2m (2014: £0.3m). The loss for 2015 includes an impairment of £0.1m in respect of the property at Leeds. In 2014 the loss includes an impairment of £0.2m for the property at Leeds.

 

Earnings per share

 

The basic earnings per share fell to 2.8p (2014: 4p). Additional shares of 11,427,317 were issued in December 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Review (Continued)

 

 

Capital

 

During the year we invested £0.5m (2014: £3.6m) in routine capital expenditure in the temperature controlled division.

 

 

Cash Position

 

Net debt reduced by 54% to £3.2m (2014: £7m). Operating activities generated £Nil (2014: £1.2m) and financing activities generated £4.6m (2014: £1.2m). A net investment in assets was made of £0.5m (2014: £2m).

 

 

Dividend

 

The board recommends the payment of a final dividend of 1.50 €cent per share. This will be paid on the 21 October 2016 to those shareholders on the register on the 30 September 2016. It will bring the total dividend in respect of the financial year to 1.50 €cent per share unchanged from last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aidan Hughes

Finance Director

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

for the financial year ended 31 December 2015

 



2015

2014

 



£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

Revenue



27,515

23,645

Cost of sales



(26,232)

(22,046)

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit



1,283

1,599

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses



(447)

(467)

Operating profit from continuing operations



836

1,132

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income - fair value non-cash gain/(loss) swaps



26

(44)

Finance expenses - interest paid



(272)

(275)

Finance expenses - notional interest



(33)

(51)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit on continuing activities before taxation



557

762

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes - Corporation tax



(60)

(71)

Income taxes - Deferred tax



12

(93)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year continuing operations



509

598






Loss from discontinued operations



(220)

(300)






Profit for the financial year



289

298






Other comprehensive income



            -

-

Total comprehensive income for the year



289

298

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

291

307

Loss for the year attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

(2)

(9)

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

291

307

Total comprehensive expense for the year attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

(2)

(9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

for the financial year ended 31 December 2015




2015

2014






Earnings per share expressed in pence per share:





From continuing operations

- basic



2.8p

4.0p

- diluted



2.8p

4.0p











From discontinued operations

- basic



(1.2)p

(2.0)p

- diluted



(1.2)p

(2.0)p






 

 

 

 


 

Consolidated Statement of financial position

at 31 December 2015

 



2015

2014

 



£'000

£'000

Non current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill



2,338

2,338

Property, plant and equipment



15,885

15,998

 



18,223

18,336

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables



5,314

3,812

Inventories



386

52

Cash and cash equivalents



4,383

385

Assets of disposal group classified as held for sale



518

700

 



10,601

4,949

 





TOTAL ASSETS



28,824

23,285

 





Equity attributable to equity holders of the patent and non-controlling  interest





Share capital



5,344

3,280

Share premium account



6,990

4,198

Capital conversion reserve fund



23

23

Retained earnings



2,981

2,878

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent



15,338

10,379

Non controlling Interest



(11)

(9)

TOTAL EQUITY



15,327

10,370

 





Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Borrowings



4,123

5,085

Financial liabilities  at fair value through profit or loss



199

425

Deferred tax



942

954

 



5,264

6,464

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables



4,348

3,319

Financial liabilities  at fair value through profit or loss



311

262

Current tax liabilities



44

79

Borrowings



3,473

2,316

Liabilities of disposal group classified as held for sale



57

475

 



8,233

6,451

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES



28,824

23,285

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

For the financial year ended 31 December 2015

 

 




Capital



Non-



Share

Share

Conversion

Retained


Controlling

Total


capital

premium

Reserve

earnings

Total

interest

Equity


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000









At 1 January 2014

2,056

3,463

23

2,740

8,282

-

8,282









Net profit/(loss) for the financial year

-

-

-

307

307

 

(9)

 

298

Total comprehensive income  for the financial year

-

-

-

307

307

(9)

298

Issue of share capital

1,224

856

-

-

2,080

-

2,080

Transactions with owners

1.224

856

-

307

2,387

(9)

2,378

Share issue costs

-

(121)

-

-

(121)

-

(121)

Equity dividends paid (recognised directly in equity)

-

-

-

(169)

(169)

-

(169)

At 31 December 2014

3,280

4,198

23

2,878

10,379

(9)

10,370









Net profit/(loss) for the financial year

-

-

-

291

291

(2)

289

Total comprehensive income  for the financial year

-

-

-

291

291

(2)

289

Issue of share capital

2,064

3,078

-

-

5,142

-

5,142

Transactions with owners

2,064

3,078

-

291

5,433

(2)

5,431

Share issue costs

-

(286)

-

-

(286)

-

(286)

Equity dividends paid (recognised directly in equity)

-

-

-

(188)

(188)

-

(188)

At 31 December 2015

5,344

6,990

23

2,981

15,338

(11)

15,327

 

 

 

 



 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

 for the financial year ended 31 December 2015

 

2015

2014

 

 

£'000

£'000

Profit on continuing activities before taxation

 

557

762

Loss on discontinued activities

 

(220)

(300)

Finance expenses

 

305

370

Finance income

 

(26)

-

Depreciation - property, plant and equipment-net

 

615

798

 

 

1,231

1,630

Changes in working capital and provisions:

 

 

 

Increase  in inventories

 

(334)

(47)

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

(1,320)

(269)

(Decrease)/increase in current liabilities held for sale

 

(418)

383

Increase in payables

 

1,029

5

Decrease in provisions

 

-

(185)

Cash generated from operations

 

188

1,517

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid - bank loans and overdrafts

 

(272)

(275)

Taxation paid

 

(95)

(21)

Net cash (used in)/generated from operating activities

 

(179)

1,221

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

-

1,550

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(502)

(3,645)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(502)

(2,095)

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Dividends paid to shareholders

 

(188)

(169)

Deferred consideration payments

 

(185)

(174)

Share issue proceeds

 

5,142

2,080

Share issue costs

 

(286)

(121)

Invoice finance receipts/(payments)

 

1,141

(420)

Overdraft payments

 

-

(128)

Finance lease capital repayments

 

(124)

(112)

Finance lease advance

 

-

695

Term loan advance

 

-

1,500

Term loan repayments

 

(821)

(1,941)

Net cash from financing activities

 

4,679

1,210

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

3,998

336

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents and bank overdrafts,

Beginning of period

 

385

49

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents end of period

 

4,383

385

 

 

 

 

 


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