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Wednesday 07 April, 2021

Spectris PLC

Annual Financial Report

RNS Number : 6576U
Spectris PLC
07 April 2021
 

Spectris plc: Annual Report and Accounts 2020

 

Following the release of the Company's final results for the year ended 31 December 2020, the Company's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020 (the "Annual Report") and Notice of Annual General Meeting to be held on 14 May 2021 have been published on the Company's website at www.spectris.com and have been posted to shareholders who have elected to receive hard copy communications.

 

Pursuant to UK Listing Rule 9.6.1, the following documents have also been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism

 

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The Annual Report;

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The Notice of Annual General Meeting;

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Form of Proxy; and

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The Notice of Availability for documents on the Company's website.

The final results for the year ended 31 December 2020, released by the Company on 25 February 2021, include the information required pursuant to Rules 4.1 and 6.3.5 of the UK Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, excepting publication of the responsibility statement of the Directors in respect of the 2020 Accounts, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company, which are detailed below:

Directors Responsibility Statement

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

 

the Financial Statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole;

the Strategic Report on pages 1 to 59 and the Directors' Report on pages 60 to 101 include a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Group and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face; and

the Annual Report and Accounts taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable, and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Group's performance, business model and strategy.

 

Andrew Heath - Chief Executive

Derek Harding - Chief Financial Officer

 

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

 

Strategic transformation

Definition:

Failure to successfully deliver the Group strategy, including business transformation and key mergers, acquisitions and divestments activity.

Link to Strategy:

Customer focus; Operating leverage; Portfolio management; Spectris Business System ('SBS'); Perform and grow

Risk Appetite:

Balanced

Assessment:

High

Change in Risk Level:

No change

Impact

Our day-to-day activities are inherently aligned to the successful achievement of the Group's strategic objectives. Nevertheless, we recognise the importance of specifically managing some of the more transformative elements of strategic execution as a Principal Risk. These elements include mergers, divestments and acquisitions, growth initiatives including capital investment, R&D, technology and digitising our offering.

Mitigation

• Remuneration policy aligned to incentivise delivery of the strategy

• Deployment of the SBS

• Continued review of acquisition/merger integration processes and capability

• Regular reviews to track strategy execution

• Platform Audit and Risk Committees

• Restructuring and cost saving activities as required

 

Cyber threat

Definition:

Failure to appropriately protect critical information/physical assets from cyber threats, including external hacking, cyber fraud, and inadvertent/ intentional electronic leakage of critical data.

Link to Strategy:

Customer focus; Operating leverage; Ethics, HSE and sustainability

Risk Appetite:

Cautious

Assessment:

High

Change in Risk Level:

No change

Impact

Our businesses face both internal and external information security risks, the nature and complexity of which are constantly changing, becoming more sophisticated and unpredictable. With the introduction of data privacy regulatory requirements, and a continuing trend of high-profile information security breaches occurring across a wide range of businesses, the Group takes a necessarily proactive and cautious approach to safeguarding its information assets.

Mitigation

• Information security and data privacy policies and controls

• Cyber risk assurance undertaken by Internal Audit

• Online and face-to-face awareness and "cyber fitness" training

• Regular Board and Audit and Risk Committee sessions on cyber threat

• Continued strengthening of IT systems

 

Compliance

Definition:

Failure to comply with laws and regulations, leading to reputational damage, substantial fines and potential market exclusion.

Link to Strategy:

Ethics, HSE and sustainability; Customer focus

Risk Appetite:

Highly cautious

Assessment:

High

Change in Risk Level:

No change

Impact

We operate in many jurisdictions and, consequently, are subject to wide-ranging laws and regulations, including export controls, data privacy, fair competition and anti-bribery and corruption. Any compliance failure by the Group or its representatives could result in civil or criminal liabilities, leading to significant fines and penalties or the disqualification of the Group from participation in government-related contracts or entire markets.

Mitigation

• Strong cultural alignment to the Spectris value of 'Be true'

• Formal compliance programme including policies, procedures and training

• Contract review and approval processes

• Roll-out of new Code of Business Ethics

• Investment in experienced compliance professionals

 

Political

Definition:

Material adverse changes in the geopolitical environment putting at risk our ability to execute our strategy. Includes trade protectionism, punitive tax/regulatory regimes, and general heightened tension between trading parties or blocs.

Link to Strategy:

Customer focus; Operating leverage; Perform and grow

Risk Appetite:

Balanced

Assessment:

Moderate

Change in Risk Level:

No change

Impact:

We operate in a range of end markets around the world and may be affected by political or regulatory developments in any of these countries. Material adverse changes in the political environment in the countries in which we operate have the potential to put at risk our ability to execute our strategy. We continually monitor the geopolitical landscape and develop response plans accordingly.

Mitigation:

• Event monitoring and horizon scanning

• Working groups and sub-committees to limit the impact of materialising risks

• Operate in a broad spread of geographical markets and end users

• Response planning

• Maintain a strong balance sheet

 

Market/financial shock

Definition:

Material adverse changes in market conditions, such as economic recession, sudden negative investor sentiment and currency fluctuation.

Link to Strategy:

Customer focus; Operating leverage

Risk Appetite:

Balanced

Assessment:

High

Change in Risk Level:

Increase

Impact

As a public company, and one that conducts business in a large number of markets, we recognise the global or local impact that a recession or period of instability could have on the Group. As with political risk, we are limited in our ability to reduce the likelihood of such events, but with careful monitoring and response planning we can ensure that the potential impact is restricted.

Mitigation

• Market monitoring and horizon scanning

• Maintain a strong balance sheet

• Operate in a broad spread of geographical markets and end users

• Response planning

• Temporary / permanent restructuring and cost saving activities

 

Talent and capabilities

Definition:

Failure to attract, retain, and deploy the necessary talent to deliver Group strategy.

Link to Strategy:

Leadership and talent; SBS

Risk Appetite:

Balanced

Assessment:

Moderate

Change in Risk Level:

No change

Impact

The Group needs to attract, develop, motivate and retain the right people to achieve our operational and strategic targets. Effective talent management is essential to successfully delivering our current business requirements and strategic goals, and to realising the full potential of our businesses. Therefore, failure to leverage talent and capabilities could significantly impact the successful execution of our strategy.

Mitigation

• Structured recruitment and succession processes for senior Group talent

• Phase 1 of Global HR information systems complete and phase 2 underway

• Annual organisation capability review process

• Appropriate incentives

 

Business disruption

Definition:

Failure to appropriately prepare for and respond to a crisis or major disruption to key operations either across the Group, in a key region/location, or via a critical supplier.

Link to Strategy:

Customer focus; Operating leverage; Perform and grow

Risk Appetite:

Cautious

Assessment:

Low

Change in Risk Level:

No change

Impact

The nature of our geographically diverse and segmented businesses provides a degree of natural hedging from Group-wide disruption arising from a major event, be it a physical disaster at a major site, or a global external event, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we acknowledge the importance of proactively ensuring a consistent and effective business continuity management process across the Group.

Mitigation

• Business continuity plans

• IT disaster recovery plans

• Testing plans

• Risk identification and monitoring

• Crisis management processes, forum and reporting

• Effective internal and external communications

 

Name of contact and telephone number for queries:

 

Eliza Unwin

Senior Assistant Company Secretary

 

07 April 2021

 

01784 470 470

LEI Number: 213800Z4CO2CZO3M3T10

For and on behalf of Spectris plc

 

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