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Preliminary Results

Released 07:00 25-May-2017

RNS Number : 1698G
B&M European Value Retail S.A.
25 May 2017
 

 

 

 

25 May 2017

 

B&M European Value Retail S.A.

                                    

Preliminary Results for the 52 weeks to 25 March 2017

Strong results, continuing trading momentum

B&M European Value Retail S.A. ("the Group"), the UK's leading general merchandise value retailer, today announces its preliminary results for the 52 weeks to 25 March 2017.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Business highlights

● 53 new stores opened in the UK, including 9 relocations to large, modern Homestores, and 19 new stores in Germany

● Strong pipeline of 40-50 new stores planned in the UK and a further 15 in Germany this financial year

● Revised UK store target from 850 to at least 950 stores

● New warehouse capacity in both the UK and Germany now working efficiently

● Delivery of consistent in-store retail standards, strong product offering and great value for money supporting trading momentum

 

Financial overview

● Group revenues increased by +19.4% to £2,430.7m (2016: £2,035.3m)

● UK full year like-for-like sales¹ +3.1% (2016: + 0.9%), including Q4 like-for-like sales +2.9% and an excellent start to 2018

● Group Adjusted EBITDA³ increased by 22.0% to £234.9m (2016: £192.5m)

● Group EBITDA² increased by 18.1% to £231.5m (2016: £196.1m)

● Adjusted profit before tax increased by 25.6% to £190.1m (2016: £151.4m)

● Profit before tax increased by 18.4% to £182.9m (2016: £154.5m)

● Adjusted diluted earnings per share 14.9p (2016: 12.2p)

● Diluted earnings per share 14.3p (2016: 12.4p)

 

Strong cash generation

● Operating cash flow £210.9m (2016: £170.9m)

● Year-end net debt £401.9m and net debt to Adjusted EBITDA³ 1.71x (2016: 1.84x) after payment of the £100m special dividend in July 2016

● Recommended final dividend of 3.9p per share to be paid on 4 August 2017, bringing the full year ordinary dividend increase to 20.8%

 

 

¹ Like-for-like revenues includes each store's revenue for that part of the current period that falls at least 14 months after it opened; and it is compared with its revenue for the corresponding part of the previous period. This 14 month approach has been taken as it excludes the two month halo period which new stores experience following opening.

 

² EBITDA represents profit on ordinary activities before net finance costs, taxation, depreciation and amortisation.

 

³ The Adjusted EBITDA measure used by the Group has been simplified to only exclude the effect of derivatives and any significant project costs incurred by the Group. Previously excluded items that are no longer adjusted for include pre-opening store costs, IPO fees, acquisition costs, professional fees associated with the previous financing structure, property provisions and other items which management considered to be one off in nature and the prior year comparative has been restated accordingly. For information; pre-opening store costs were £6.3m during the year (2016: £7.6m).

 

Sir Terry Leahy, Chairman, said,

"B&M has delivered further strong increases in sales, profits and cash generation whilst pushing on with rapid store expansion in line with our strategy for growth. There was a robust return of trading momentum during the second half which has continued into the early weeks of the new financial year, affirming that B&M's offer resonates well with customers during a period of economic uncertainty and profound structural change in retailing."

 

Simon Arora, Chief Executive, said,

"B&M has never been in better shape. The skill, hard work and commitment of our people have driven our powerful return to trading form; building greater stability and consistency into our operations, keeping our costs down, delivering an even more competitive, compelling offering across our ranges week-in, week-out, especially in our seasonal peak periods and importantly, helping our customers spend less at a time when general retail prices have started to rise. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank them all for their efforts."

 

 

Financial Results

 


FY 2017

£m

FY 2016

£m

Change

%

 

Total Group Revenues

 

B&M

 

Jawoll

 

 

2,430.7

 

2,252.3

 

178.4

 

2,035.3

 

1,902.6

 

132.7

 

19.4

 

18.4

 

34.4

 

Gross Margin

 

 

34.8%

 

34.5%

 

26 bps

 

EBITDA

 

 

231.5

 

196.1

 

18.1

 

Adjusted EBITDA³

 

B&M

 

Jawoll

 

Adjusted EBITDA %³

 

 

234.9

 

223.2

 

11.7

 

9.7%

 

192.5

 

180.9

 

11.6

 

9.5%

 

22.0

 

23.4

 

0.4

 

21 bps

 

Profit Before Tax

 

182.9

 

154.5

 

18.4

 

Adjusted Profit Before Tax

 

190.1

 

151.4

 

 

25.6

 

Diluted EPS

 

 

 

14.3p

 

12.4p

 

15.3

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS

 

 

14.9p

 

12.2p

 

22.1

 

Ordinary Dividends

 

 

5.8p

 

4.8p

 

20.8

 

Adjusted items are those that the Directors consider to be exceptional and non-trading items. The Directors consider the adjusted figures to be more reflective of the underlying business performance of the Group and we believe that this measure provides additional useful information for investors on the Group's performance, as well as being consistent with how business performance is monitored internally. Further details can be found in note 3. 

 

Dividends are stated as gross amounts before deduction of Luxembourg withholding tax which is currently 15%.

 

6 Constant currency comparison involves restating the prior year Euro revenues using the same exchange rate as used to translate the currency year Euro.

 

 

 

Analyst Meeting & Webcast

 

An Analyst Meeting in relation to the final results will be held on Thursday 25 May at 8:00am (UK) at:

 

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

2 King Edward Street

London

EC1A 1HQ

 

The meeting can be accessed live via a dial-in facility on:

 

UK & International:              +44 (0) 20 3427 1913 

 

US:                                        +1 646 254 3367Participant Pin Code:         1193736

 

 

A simultaneous audio webcast and presentation slides will be available via the B&M corporate website at www.bandmretail.com 

 

A trading update for the first quarter trading will be provided in mid-July 2017.

 

Enquiries

 

B&M European Value Retail S.A.

For further information please contact +44 (0) 151 728 5400

Simon Arora, Chief Executive

Paul McDonald, Chief Financial Officer

Steve Webb, Investor Relations Director

investor.relations@bandmretail.com 

 

Media

For media please contact +44 (0) 207 379 5151

Maitland

Robbie Hynes

Tom Eckersley  

bmstores-maitland@maitland.co.uk 

 

 

This announcement contains statements which are or may be deemed to be 'forward-looking statements'. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on events or circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. All forward-looking statements in this announcement reflect the Company's present view with respect to future events as at the date of this announcement. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results in future periods may and often do differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Except where required by law or the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority, the Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this announcement that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect any events or circumstances arising after the date of this announcement.

 

Notes to editors

B&M European Value Retail S.A. is a variety retailer with 537 stores in the UK operating under the "B&M" brand and 75 stores in Germany primarily operating under the "Jawoll" brand as at 25 March 2017. It has passed the 500 UK stores milestone immediately after its 2015/16 year end. It was admitted to the FTSE 250 index in June 2015.

 

The B&M group was founded in 1978 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in June 2014. For more information please visit www.bmstores.co.uk 

 

 

Chief Executive's Review

 

Overview

Almost three years have passed since the IPO of B&M and I am very pleased with the progress we have made in that time. During that period we have expanded our UK store network by 44%, grown our revenues by 91.1% and our adjusted EBITDA³ by 85.6%, successfully integrated our first international acquisition of Jawoll and grown its store estate by over 50%. We now have over 26,000 colleagues in the UK and Germany and today we are a more regular part of customers' shopping habits in the locations where we currently trade.

The structural shift toward value in retailing, in which B&M has emerged as a UK leader, still has a long way to run, irrespective of the economic climate. Even with the very good progress we have made since our IPO, there remains a significant growth opportunity in both the UK and those European markets which are still underpenetrated by general merchandise discount formats. Our market shares within individual product categories remain very small which provides scope for the business to maintain an attractive level of growth in the UK and as we extend our geographic reach in the years ahead.

Our business is better equipped to grasp this opportunity than it has ever been before. Operationally we are in very good shape having invested in our stores, supply chain management and product assortment. Our product offering has been winning new customers, not just in new locations but also in existing stores. We had a strong Spring/Summer season this year, and at Christmas we delivered strong growth on top of an already very good performance in that period in the previous year, which contributed to our best-ever quarterly like-for-like sales performance in our third quarter this year.

Our buying and store operations teams have delivered attractive, great value products in stores, which are increasingly well set out for customers with more consistent standards and quality of service. Our supply chain infrastructure has grown significantly in the last three years to support our growth and we are benefiting from greater stability from the two additional distribution centres we commissioned in 2015. The combination of these things has helped to contribute to and underpin the stronger trading momentum we have achieved through the second half of the 2017 financial year and into the early weeks of the new financial year.

For many commentators, the current economic uncertainty is generating concern about UK consumers and the impact on the retail sector. At B&M we know we are at our best when household budgets are under pressure and consumers are looking even harder at making savings. In an environment of rising prices, we think that consumers become even more receptive to discount propositions such as ours.  We are therefore confident that the business is well-positioned to deliver further growth in the year ahead, even in an uncertain political environment or challenging economy.

Strategic Development

B&M's strategy for driving sustainable growth in revenues, earnings and free cash flow has four key elements and the business has made good progress during the year with each of these priorities, strengthening its position as the UK's leading general merchandise value retailer:

1.   Delivering great value to our customers;

2.   Investing in new stores;

3.   Developing our international business; and

4.   Investing in our people and infrastructure.

Delivering great value for our customers

B&M has grown fast and built-up scale, but our customer offer remains a simple one. We sell a wide but disciplined range of products at everyday low prices which are consistently and significantly below those offered by both specialist and general retailers. We offer a range of categories from soft drinks to DIY and from pet care to stationery, but within each we focus on the best-selling products. This disciplined approach to ranging is integral to the efficiency of our business model and supports B&M's highly competitive pricing proposition.

We largely source products direct from manufacturers, including major brands from the large multi-national FMCG companies, as well as our own exclusive ranges through long-established supplier relationships in the Far East. Our low cost, uncomplicated but disruptive model means that we can pass on big savings to our customers.

Our range is constantly changing so customers can always find something new in store. We also flex a big portion of our store space from season to season and also in non-seasonal promotional events for selected product categories. For example we emphasise toys in the period up to Christmas, gardening in the Spring and Summer months and non-seasonal promotions during 'shoulder' months such as home cleaning products, pet care and furniture. Customers increasingly see B&M as a destination for these types of products and more, from Christmas decorations and gifts to garden furniture and plants. We saw a very strong performance in each of these categories particularly during 2017, as well as in DIY and homewares.

Investing in new stores

We know that customers in Bradford and Bedford or Swinton and Swindon are really very similar to one another; they generally want the same great value, week-in, week-out on the things they buy regularly for their homes and families. Making our offer more accessible to the hundreds of communities that don't already have one of our stores today remains therefore a top priority for us. That is why we opened 53 more new stores in the UK (38 net of closures and relocations) and a further 19 net new stores in Germany in the financial year, with between 55 to 65 (40 to 50 in the UK and 15 in Germany) planned for the financial year ahead.

During the year, we took advantage of opportunities to relocate nine UK stores, replacing smaller, older, lower contribution Bargain format stores, many coming to the end of leases, with larger, modern and in some cases purpose-built Homestores, which have substantially higher revenue and profit potential. Overall, this activity delivered a step up in the quality of our store estate. Importantly, these new store opportunities are at attractive rental levels and our investment returns continue to be excellent.

As referred to above, the general merchandise discount sector remains a small, underpenetrated part of the retail landscape and our business is still under-represented in large areas of the UK. At the time of our IPO in 2014, we saw the opportunity for up to 850 B&M stores in the UK as we expanded successfully, both in our heartland regions and increasingly in the south of the country. Our experience over the last three years of trading in a wider variety of catchment types, including across towns and cities in southern England where previously we had few or no stores, has convinced us that we have more scope for high-returning expansion than we had assumed. Having looked at the potential for expansion again in light of the locations where we have opened stores over the last three years, we are confident today that there is demand and availability of suitable locations for at least 950 B&M stores in the UK.

We are now targeting new store numbers in the range 40 to 50 stores per annum and looking ahead, a larger proportion of our new UK stores are likely to be purpose-built. This will mean that more of our new stores will be developed to our own specification and will be predominantly in our preferred, larger Homestore format in retail park locations. Investment returns on these purpose-built stores also remain highly attractive.

Developing our international business

We are pleased with Jawoll's progress overall, particularly in delivering a demanding 19 net new store expansion programme in the year and a significant increase in Jawoll's existing supply chain infrastructure capacity last Summer. Our colleagues in Jawoll should be congratulated on delivering full year revenues of €212.6m against €181.5m the prior year, which is a rate of growth that is much higher than they had experience of prior to becoming part of the Group.

Progress has also been pleasing in terms of the growth in the proportion of directly-sourced general merchandise which has continued to grow.

However, a weak performance in its clothing and footwear category during the second half of the financial year, linked to unusually cold winter weather, has slightly depressed an otherwise good set of Jawoll results. Headline profitability was also affected by the requirement to take the one-off cost of stock clearance through the income statement in respect of the inventory in the nine store Knüller chain acquired by Jawoll in the year prior to refurbishment and rebranding as Jawoll. We are confident that the absence of these factors in the current financial year will see margins rebound.

Investing in our people and infrastructure

We have continued to invest in the recruitment of colleagues in the UK and Germany to support our new store opening programmes. The total headcount of colleagues in the UK rose from approximately 22,300 to 24,500 and in Germany from approximately 1,200 to 1,500 as at the 2016/17 financial year end.

 

During the financial year we recruited Andy Monk as our UK Supply Chain director. Andy brings with him over 30 years of supply chain distribution and logistics experience.

 

We have invested in a new warehouse management system in the UK which we successfully piloted first in one of our 6 distribution centres and are now in the process of the next phase of rolling it out across that whole warehouse estate.

 

In Germany following the commissioning of a significant extension to the distribution centre at Jawoll's head office site in Soltau last year, I am pleased to report that the additional space is fully operational with the project having been very successfully executed by our Jawoll team.         

 

Corporate social responsibility

B&M is about doing what we can to help our customers spend less on everyday things for their homes and families, helping tight household budgets go further. While this is our key purpose, we also fully recognise that as a responsible business we have obligations to other key stakeholders, particularly our colleagues and our suppliers, as well as to the wider community and the environment.

 

We have made good progress this year on our broader corporate responsibility agenda. To highlight a few areas, we have:

● created 2,200 new local jobs in the UK and Germany together, mainly through our store expansion;

 

● maintained our commitment to our long-term supplier relationships;

 

● continued to recycle high levels of supply chain waste, with 100% of trade packaging in the UK being recycled and 94.0% in Germany.

 

Outlook

We look forward to the year ahead and beyond with confidence. The business has made an excellent start to the new financial year, even allowing for the helpful timing of Easter. We are confident that the first quarter as a whole will represent a period of continued strong momentum for B&M.

 

We have a strong, high returning business model, a clear and deliverable strategy for growth and excellent, experienced management and operational teams. B&M is at the centre of one of the most appealing sweet spots in retailing today; a winning, value-led, low cost, focused assortment offer aimed at customers who enjoy or who need a bargain. Importantly, the improving operational performance of the business, which has driven a powerful return of trading momentum over recent months can, we believe, continue to provide these very appealing qualities to more customers, more consistently than ever before.

 

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all our colleagues for their hard work this year. Their passion and loyalty is at the heart of our current success.

 

The retail industry remains competitive and there are of course uncertainties around the broader economy and consumer sentiment, but we believe B&M is well positioned for whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

 

Simon Arora

Chief Executive Officer

25 May 2017

 

 

Chief Financial Officer's Review

 

Accounting period

Revenue

Gross margin

Operating costs and adjusted EBITDA³

Financing Costs

Profit before Tax

Taxation

Profit after tax and earnings per share

Investing activities

Net debt and cash flow

The Board adopted a long-term capital allocation policy in 2016 to provide a framework to help investors understand how the Group will continue to balance the funding requirements of a growth business like B&M with the desire to return surplus capital to shareholders, The Board will continue to evaluate opportunities to invest and support the growth of the business along with the scope for any incremental return of capital to shareholders in the context of that framework.

 

Ordinary dividend

 

 

Paul McDonald

Chief Financial Officer

25 May 2017

 

 



 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

Period ended


52 weeks ended 25 March 2017

52 weeks ended 26 March 2016


Note

£'000

£'000





Revenue


2,430,660

2,035,285





Cost of sales


(1,586,324)

(1,332,263)





Gross profit

2

844,336

703,022





Administrative expenses


(639,833)

(528,530)





Operating profit

4

204,503

174,492





Share of profits in associates

10

1,005

1,166





Profit on ordinary activities before net finance costs and tax


205,508

175,658





Finance costs

5

(24,110)

(21,573)

Finance income

5

1,520

460





Profit on ordinary activities before tax


182,918

154,545





Income tax expense

8

(38,885)

(28,745)





Profit for the period

2

144,033

125,800

Attributable to non-controlling interests


1,107

1,264

Attributable to owners of the parent


142,926

124,536





Other comprehensive income for the period




Items which may be reclassified to profit and loss:




Exchange differences on retranslation of subsidiary and associate investments


7,479

5,505

Fair value movement as recorded in the hedging reserve


(1,667)

-

Items which will not be reclassified to profit and loss:




Actuarial gain on the defined benefit pension scheme


16

5

Tax effect of other comprehensive income

8

324

13

Total comprehensive income for the period


150,185

131,323

Attributable to non-controlling interests

26

2,082

1,265

Attributable to owners of the parent


148,103

130,058





Earnings per share




Basic earnings per share attributable to ordinary equity holders (pence)

9

14.3

12.5

Diluted earnings per share attributable to ordinary equity holders (pence)

9

14.3

12.4

 

The accompanying accounting policies and notes form an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.



Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

As at

Note

25 March

 2017

£'000

26 March

2016

£'000

Assets




Non-current




Goodwill

11

841,691

837,450

Intangible assets

11

103,693

101,174

Property, plant and equipment

12

165,748

138,050

Investments in associates

10

5,669

3,995

Other receivables

14

2,413

2,771

Deferred tax asset

8

824

473



1,120,038

1,083,913

Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents

15

155,551

91,148

Inventories

13

462,119

356,312

Trade and other receivables

14

35,398

28,761

Other financial assets

17

410

4,769



653,478

480,990





Total assets


1,773,516

1,564,903





Equity




Share capital

20

(100,000)

(100,000)

Share premium


(2,472,482)

(2,577,688)

Merger reserve


1,979,131

1,979,131

Retained earnings


(204,077)

(115,898)

Luxembourg legal reserve


(10,000)

(614)

Put/call option reserve


13,855

13,855

Hedging reserve


1,350

-

Foreign exchange reserve


(7,825)

(1,273)

Non-controlling interest


(13,573)

(11,883)



(813,621)

(814,350)





Non-current liabilities




Interest bearing loans and borrowings

18

(543,725)

(435,142)

Finance lease liabilities

22

(6,469)

(4,252)

Other financial liabilities

17

(17,886)

(16,041)

Other liabilities

16

(76,961)

(66,544)

Deferred tax liabilities

8

(18,845)

(20,119)

Provisions

19

(922)

(2,047)



(664,808)

(544,145)





Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

16

(267,815)

(189,743)

Finance lease liabilities

22

(994)

(1,119)

Other financial liabilities

17

(2,070)

(487)

Income tax payable


(19,339)

(10,290)

Provisions

19

(4,869)

(4,769)



(295,087)

(206,408)





Total liabilities


(959,895)

(750,553)





Total equity and liabilities


(1,773,516)

(1,564,903)

The accompanying accounting policies and notes form an integral part of these consolidated financial statements. This consolidated statement of financial position was approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 24 May 2017 and signed on their behalf by:

 

 

 

Simon Arora, Chief Executive Officer.

 



Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity

 


Share capital

Share

premium

Retained

earnings

Hedging

reserve

Legal

reserve

Merger

reserve

Foreign

exch.

reserve

Put/call option

reserve

Non-

control.

interest

Total

Share-

holders'

equity


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000












Balance at 28 March 2015

100,000

2,600,000

10,392

-

-

(1,979,131)

(4,232)

(13,855)

10,655

723,829












Allocation to legal reserve

-

-

(614)

-

614

-

-

-

-

-












Dividend payments to owners

-

(22,332)

(18,668)

-

-

-

-

-

-

(41,000)

Dividends to non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(37)

(37)

Effect of share options

-

-

235

-

-

-

-

-

-

235

Total for transactions with owners

-

(22,332)

(18,433)

-

-

-

-

-

(37)

(40,802)












Profit for the period

-

-

124,536

-

-

-

-

-

1,264

125,800

Other comprehensive income

-

-

17

-

-

-

5,505

-

1

5,523

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

124,553

-

-

-

5,505

-

1,265

131,323












Balance at 26 March 2016

100,000

2,577,668

115,898

-

614

(1,979,131)

1,273

(13,855)

11,883

814,350












Allocation to legal reserve

-

(6,776)

(2,610)

-

9,386

-

-

-

-

-












Dividend payments to owners

-

(98,410)

(52,590)

-

-

-

-

-

-

(151,000)

Release of non-controlling interest

-

-

224

-

-

-

-

-

(392)

(168)

Effect of share options

-

-

254

-

-

-

-

-

-

254

Total transactions with owners

-

(98,410)

(52,112)

-

-

-

-

-

(392)

(150,914)












Profit for the period

-

-

142,926

-

-

-

-

-

1,107

144,033

Other comprehensive income

-

-

(25)

(1,350)

-

-

6,552

-

975

6,152

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

142,901

(1,350)

-

-

6,552

-

2,082

150,185












Balance at 25 March 2017

100,000

2,472,482

204,077

(1,350)

10,000

(1,979,131)

7,825

(13,855)

13,573

813,621

 

 

 

The accompanying accounting policies and notes form an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

Period ended


52 weeks ended 25 March

 2017

52 weeks ended 26 March

2016


Note

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities




Cash generated from operations

21

210,873

170,934

Fees associated with the IPO and associated restructuring


-

(770)

Income tax paid


(31,759)

(27,558)

Net cash flows from operating activities


179,114

142,606





Cash flows from investing activities




Purchase of property, plant and equipment

12

(49,160)

(54,912)

Purchase of intangible assets

11

(2,796)

(1,801)

Acquisition of trade and assets of German entity

27

(2,374)

-

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


1,542

538

Finance income received


137

183

Dividends received from associates

10

-

1,295

Net cash flows from investing activities


(52,651)

(54,697)





Cash flows from financing activities




Repayment of bank loans

18

(140,000)

-

Receipt of High Yield Bonds

18

250,000

-

Finance costs paid


(14,983)

(19,662)

Dividends paid to non-controlling interest

26

-

(37)

Capitalised fees on refinancing


(5,208)

-

Acquisition of non-controlling interest in BestFlora

26

(175)

-

Dividends paid to owners of the parent

30

(151,000)

(41,000)

Repayment of finance lease


(694)

(1,005)

Net cash flows from financing activities


(62,060)

(61,704)





Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


64,403

26,205

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


91,148

64,943

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


155,551

91,148





Cash and cash equivalents comprise:




Cash at bank and in hand

15

155,551

91,148



155,551

91,148

 

 

The accompanying accounting policies and notes form an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 



Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

1          General information and basis of preparation

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) as adopted by the European Union.

 

The Group's trade is general retail, with trading taking place in the UK and Germany. The Group has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since June 2014.

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention as modified by the revaluation of financial assets and financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss. The measurement basis and principal accounting policies of the Group are set out below and have been applied consistently throughout the consolidated financial statements, except that in the current period a policy of applying hedge accounting for qualifying foreign exchange derivatives has been adopted, and therefore a hedging reserve has been recognised for the first time. An accounting policy for financial instruments is set out below.

 

The consolidated financial statements are presented in pounds sterling and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand (£'000), except when otherwise indicated.

 

The consolidated financial statements cover the 52 week period from 27 March 2016 to 25 March 2017. This is a different period to the parent company stand alone accounts (from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017), this exception is permitted under article 330 (2) of the Luxembourg company law of 10 August 1915 as amended as the management believe that;

 

·     the consolidated financial statements are more informative when they cover the same period as used by the main operating entity, B&M Retail Ltd; and

·     that it would be unduly onerous to rephase the year end in this subsidiary to match that of the parent company.

 

We note that the year end for B&M Retail Ltd, in any year, would not be more than six days prior to the parent company year end.

 

B&M European Value Retail S.A. (the "Company") is the head of the Group and there is no consolidation that takes place above the level of this company.

 

The principal accounting policies of the Group are set out below.

 

Basis of consolidation

 

The Group financial statements consolidate the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiary undertakings, together with the Group's share of the net assets and results of associated undertakings, for the period from 27 March 2016 to 25 March 2017. Acquisitions of subsidiaries are dealt with by the acquisition method of accounting.  The results of companies acquired are included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income from the acquisition date.

 

A Group company, Meltore Limited, was disposed of during the year. Meltore Limited was a dormant entity in the prior year and the disposal has had no significant effect on the consolidated financial statements.

 

Control is achieved when the Group is exposed, or has rights, to variable returns from its involvement with the investee and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the investee.

 

 

 

Specifically, the Group controls an investee if and only if the Group has:

 

·     power over the investee (i.e. existing rights that give it the current ability to direct the relevant activities of the investee),

·     exposure, or rights, to variable returns from its involvement with the investee, and,

·     the ability to use its power over the investee to affect its returns.

 

When the Group has less than a majority of the voting or similar rights of an investee, the Group considers all relevant facts and circumstances in assessing whether it has power over an investee, including:

 

·     the contractual arrangements with the other vote holders of the investee,

·     rights arising from other contractual arrangements, and,

·     the Group's voting rights and potential voting rights.

 

The Group re-assesses whether or not it controls an investee if facts and circumstances indicate that there are changes to one or more of the three elements of control. Consolidation of a subsidiary begins when the Group obtains control over the subsidiary and ceases when the Group loses control of the subsidiary. Assets, liabilities, income and expenses of a subsidiary acquired or disposed of during the year are included in the statement of comprehensive income from the date the Group gains control until the date the Group ceases to control the subsidiary, excluding the situations as outlined in the basis of preparation.

Going concern

 

Viability and going concern statements have been made in the 'Principal risks and uncertainties' section of this annual report. On the basis of these, the directors have determined that it is appropriate to continue to use the going concern basis for production of these consolidated financial statements.

 

Turnover

 

Revenue is recognised to the extent that it is probable that economic benefits will flow to the Group and the revenue can be reliably measured, regardless of when the payment is being made. Revenue is measured at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable.

 

Revenue is the total amount receivable by the Group for goods supplied, in the ordinary course of business, excluding VAT and trade discounts, and after deducting returns and relevant vouchers and offers.  Store retail turnover is recognised at the initial point of sale of goods to customers, when the risks and rewards of the ownership of the goods have been transferred to the buyer.

 

Other administrative expenses

 

Administrative expenses contain all running costs of the business, except those relating to inventory (which are expensed through cost of sales), tax, interest and other comprehensive income.

 

Elements which are unusual and significant may be separated as a separate line item, this would include items such as material restructuring costs.

 

Goodwill

 

Goodwill is initially measured at cost, being the excess of the fair value of consideration transferred over the fair value of the net identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the date of acquisition.

 

After initial recognition, goodwill is measured at cost less any accumulated impairment losses. For the purpose of impairment testing, goodwill acquired in a business combination is, from the acquisition date, allocated to the relevant cash-generating units (CGUs) that are expected to benefit from the combination. 

 

Goodwill is tested for impairment at each year end and at any time where there is any indication that goodwill may be impaired. Internally generated goodwill is not recognised as an asset.

 

Segment reporting

 

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision maker. The chief operating decision maker has been identified as the executive directors of the Group. The executive directors are responsible for assessing the performance of the business for the purpose of making decisions about resources to be allocated.

 

Business combinations

 

Business combinations are accounted for using the acquisition method. The cost of an acquisition is measured as the aggregate of the consideration transferred, measured at the acquisition date fair value. Acquisition-related costs are expensed depending on their nature with costs of raising finance amortised over the term of the relevant element of finance provided and the remainder expensed when incurred.

 

Brands

 

Brands acquired as part of a business combination are initially recognised at fair value and subsequently reviewed at least annually for impairment or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying amount may not be recoverable.  Where the carrying value of an asset exceeds its recoverable amount (i.e. the higher of value in use and fair value less costs to sell), the asset is written down accordingly, and charged to administration expenses.

 

Brands are considered to have an indefinite life on the basis that they form part of the cash generating units within the Group which will continue in operation indefinitely, with no foreseeable limit to the period over which they are expected to generate net cash inflows.

 

Intangible assets

 

Intangible assets acquired separately, including computer software, are measured on initial recognition at cost comprising the purchase price and any directly attributable costs of preparing the asset for use.

 

Following initial recognition, assets are carried at cost less accumulated amortisation and accumulated impairment losses. Amortisation begins when an asset is available for use and is calculated on a straight line basis to allocate the cost of the asset over its estimated useful life as follows:

 

Computer software acquired                 -                         4 years

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment is carried at cost less accumulated depreciation and accumulated impairment losses.

 

Cost comprises purchase price and directly attributable costs. Unless significant or incurred as part of a refit programme, subsequent expenditure will usually be treated as repairs or maintenance and expensed to the income statement.

 

Subsequent costs are included in the asset's carrying amount or recognised as a separate asset, as appropriate, only when it is probable that future economic benefits associated with the item will flow to the Group and the cost of the item can be measured reliably. The carrying amount of the replaced part is derecognised.

 

Freehold land is not depreciated. For all other property, plant and equipment, depreciation is calculated on a straight line basis to allocate cost, less residual value of the assets, over their estimated useful lives as follows.

 

Depreciation

 

Depreciation is provided on all other items of property, plant and equipment and the effect is to write off the carrying value of items by equal instalments over their expected useful economic lives.  It is applied at the following rates:

 

Leasehold buildings                    -           Life of lease

Freehold buildings                      -           2-4% straight line          
Plant, fixtures and equipment       -           10% - 25% straight line  

Motor vehicles                           -           20% - 25% straight line  

 

Residual values and useful lives are reviewed annually and adjusted prospectively, if appropriate.

 

An item of property, plant and equipment is derecognised upon disposal or when no future economic benefits are expected from its use or disposal. Any gain or loss arising on derecognition of the asset (calculated as the difference between the net disposal proceeds and the carrying amount of the asset) is included in the statement of comprehensive income when the asset is derecognised.

 

Investments in associates

 

Associates are those entities over which the Group has significant influence but which are neither subsidiaries nor interests in joint ventures. Investments in associates are recognised initially at cost and subsequently accounted for using the equity method. However any goodwill or fair value adjustment attributable to the Group's share of associates is included in the amount recognised as investment in associates.

 

All subsequent changes to the share of interest in the equity of the associate are recognised in the Group's carrying amount of the investment. Changes resulting from the profit or loss generated by the associate are reported in "share of profits of associates" in the consolidated income statement and therefore affect net results of the Group. These changes include subsequent depreciation, amortisation and impairment of the fair value adjustments of assets and liabilities.

 

Items that have been recognised directly in the associate's other comprehensive income are recognised in the consolidated other comprehensive income of the Group. However, when the Group's share of losses in an associate equals or exceeds its interest in the associate the Group does not recognise further losses, unless it has incurred obligations or made payments on behalf of the associate. If the associate subsequently reports profits, the investor resumes recognising its share of those profits only after its share of the profits equals the share of losses not recognised.

 

Unrealised gains on transactions between the Group and its associates are eliminated to the extent of the Group's interest in the associates. Unrealised losses are also eliminated unless the transaction provides evidence of an impairment of the asset transferred. Amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements of associates have been adjusted where necessary to ensure consistency with the accounting policies adopted by the Group.

                                               

Impairment of non-financial assets

 

The Group assesses at each reporting date whether there is an indication that an asset may be impaired. If any indication exists, or when annual impairment testing for an asset is required (for goodwill or indefinite life assets), the Group estimates the asset's recoverable amount.

 

Indications of impairment might include (for goodwill and the brand assets, for instance) a significant impairment to the like for like sales of established stores, sustained negative publicity or a drop off in visits to our website and social media accounts.

 

An asset's recoverable amount is the higher of an asset's or CGU's fair value less costs to sell and its value in use. It is determined for an individual asset, unless the asset does not generate cash inflows that are largely independent of those from other assets or groups of assets. Where the carrying amount of an asset or CGU exceeds its recoverable amount, the asset is considered impaired and is written down to its recoverable amount.

 

In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present value using a pre-tax discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the asset or CGU.

 

The Group bases its impairment calculation on detailed budgets and forecasts which are prepared separately for each of the Group's CGU's to which the individual assets are allocated. These budgets and forecast calculations cover a period of five years. For longer periods, a long-term growth rate is calculated and applied to project future cash flows after the fifth year.

 

Impairment losses of continuing operations, including impairment of inventories, are recognised in the income statement in those expense categories consistent with the function of the impaired asset.

 

For assets excluding goodwill and acquired brands with indefinite lives, an assessment is made at each reporting date as to whether there is any indication that previously recognised impairment losses may no longer exist or may have decreased. If such indication exists, the Group estimates the asset's or CGU's recoverable amount.

 

A previously recognised impairment loss is reversed only if there has been a change in the assumptions used to determine the asset's recoverable amount since the last impairment loss was recognised. The reversal is limited so that the carrying amount of the asset does not exceed its recoverable amount, nor exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined, net of depreciation, had no impairment loss been recognised for the asset in prior years. Such reversal is recognised in the income statement, except for impairment of goodwill which is not reversed.

 

Leases

 

The determination of whether an arrangement is, or contains, a lease is based on the substance of the arrangement at the inception date. The arrangement is assessed for whether fulfilment of the arrangement is dependent on the use of a specific asset or assets or the arrangement conveys a right to use the asset or assets even if that right is not explicitly specified in an arrangement.

 

The economic ownership of a leased asset is transferred to the lessee if the lessee bears substantially all the risks and rewards related to the ownership of the leased asset.  The related asset is recognised at the time of inception of the lease at the fair value of the leased asset, or, if lower, the present value of the minimum lease payments plus incidental payments, if any, to be borne by the lessee. A corresponding amount is recognised as a finance leasing liability.

 

The interest element of leasing payments represents a constant proportion of the capital balance outstanding and is charged in the income statement over the period of the lease.

 

A leased asset is depreciated over the useful life of the asset. However, if there is no reasonable certainty that the Group will obtain ownership by the end of the lease term, the asset is depreciated over the shorter of the estimated useful life of the asset and the lease term.

 

All other leases are regarded as operating leases and the payments made under them are charged to the statement of comprehensive income on a straight line basis over the lease term.  Lease incentives are spread over the term of the lease.

 

Onerous leases

 

The Group carries a property provision which is recognised on specific sites within the Group's leasehold property portfolio where an exit can be reasonably expected to occur, and a lease is considered onerous.

 

A lease is considered onerous when the economic benefits of occupying the leased properties are less than the obligations payable under the lease.

 

The amount held covers any costs expected to accrue before the end of the contract, netted against any income, as well as a portion related to any dilapidation expense which may arise.

 

Inventories

 

Inventories are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value, after making due allowance for obsolete and slow moving items.  Net realisable value is the estimated selling price in the ordinary course of business, less estimated costs of completion and the estimated costs to sell.

 

Share options

 

The Group operates share option schemes, with the first such scheme commencing in August 2014.

 

The schemes have been accounted for under the provisions of IFRS 2, and accordingly have been fair valued on their inception date using appropriate methodology (the Black Scholes and Monte Carlo models).

 

A cost is recorded through the income statement in respect of the number of options outstanding and the fair value of those options. A corresponding credit is made to the retained earnings reserve and the effect of this can be seen in the statement of changes in equity.

 

Taxation

 

Current income tax

Current income tax assets and liabilities for the current period are measured at the amount expected to be recovered from or paid to the taxation authorities. The tax rates and tax laws used to compute the amount are those that are enacted or substantively enacted, at the reporting date, in the countries where the Group operates and generates taxable income.  Tax is recognised in the income statement, except to the extent that it relates to items recognised in other comprehensive income or directly in equity. In this case, the tax is also recognised in other comprehensive income or directly in equity, respectively.

 

Deferred tax

Deferred tax is provided using the liability method on temporary differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their carrying amounts for financial reporting purposes at the reporting date.  Deferred tax liabilities are recognised for all taxable temporary differences, except:

 

•        When the deferred tax liability arises from the initial recognition of goodwill or an asset or liability in a transaction that is not a business combination and, at the time of the transaction, affects neither the accounting profit nor taxable profit or loss.

•        In respect of taxable temporary differences associated with investments in subsidiaries, associates and interests in joint ventures, when the timing of the reversal of the temporary differences can be controlled and it is probable that the temporary differences will not reverse in the foreseeable future.

 

Deferred tax assets are recognised for all deductible temporary differences, carry forward of unused tax credits and unused tax losses, to the extent that it is probable that taxable profit will be available against which the deductible temporary differences, and the carry forward of unused tax credits and unused tax losses can be utilised, except:

 

•        When the deferred tax asset relating to the deductible temporary difference arises from the initial recognition of an asset or liability in a transaction that is not a business combination and, at the time of the transaction, affects neither the accounting profit nor taxable profit or loss.

•        In respect of deductible temporary differences associated with investments in subsidiaries, associates and interests in joint ventures, deferred tax assets are recognised only to the extent that it is probable that the temporary differences will reverse in the foreseeable future and taxable profit will be available against which the temporary differences can be utilised.

 

The carrying amount of deferred tax assets is reviewed at each reporting date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient taxable profit will be available to allow all or part of the deferred tax asset to be utilised. Unrecognised deferred tax assets are re-assessed at each reporting date and are recognised to the extent that it has become probable that future taxable profits will allow the deferred tax asset to be recovered.

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured at the tax rates that are expected to apply in the year when the asset is realised or the liability is settled, based on tax rates (and tax laws) that have been enacted or substantively enacted at the reporting date.

 

Financial instruments

 

The Group has altered their policy on financial instruments since the prior year end, with the intention of applying hedge accounting to qualifying derivatives. The new policy is as follows, and this has been in place since the start of the financial year.

 

The Group uses derivative financial instruments such as forward currency contracts, fuel swaps and interest rate swaps to reduce its foreign currency risk, commodity price risk and interest rate risk.

Derivative financial instruments are recognised at fair value.  The fair value is derived using an internal model and supported by valuations by third party financial institutions.

Where a derivative financial instrument is designated as a hedge of the variability in cash flows of a recognised asset or liability, or a highly probable forecast transaction, the effective part of any gain or loss on the derivative financial instrument is recognised directly in the hedging reserve. Any ineffective portion of the hedge is recognised immediately in the income statement.  Effectiveness of the derivatives subject to hedge accounting is assessed at inception of the derivative, when the derivative matures and at each reporting period end date between.

 

When a hedging instrument expires or is sold, terminated or exercised, or the entity revokes designation of the hedge relationship but the hedged forecast transaction is still expected to occur, the cumulative gain or loss at that point remains in equity and is recognised in accordance with the above policy when the transaction occurs. If the hedged transaction is no longer expected to take place, the cumulative unrealised gain or loss recognised in equity is recognised in the income statement immediately.

 

Financial assets

 

Initial recognition and measurement

The classification of financial instruments is determined at initial recognition. The Group has the following types of financial assets: Trade and other receivables and cash which are classified within the IAS 39 definition of loans and receivables and derivative contracts which are classified within the IAS 39 definition of fair value through profit and loss. All financial assets are recognised when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument. All financial assets are initially recognised at fair value plus transaction costs other than for financial assets carried at fair value through profit or loss.

 

The Group does not have any held-to-maturity or available-for-sale financial assets.

 

Subsequent measurement

The subsequent measurement of financial assets depends on their classification as described below:

 

 

Loans and receivables

Loans and receivables are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. After initial measurement, such financial assets are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method (EIR), less impairment. Amortised cost is calculated by taking into account any discount or premium on acquisition and fees or costs that are an integral part of the EIR. The EIR amortisation and the losses arising from impairment are recognised in profit and loss.

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss include derivative financial instruments entered into by the Group that are not designated as hedging instruments in hedge relationships as defined by IAS 39. Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss are carried in the statement of financial position at fair value with changes in fair value recognised in profit and loss.

 

Derecognition

A financial asset (or, where applicable, a part of a financial asset or part of a group of similar financial assets) is derecognised when the rights to receive cash flows from the asset have expired and the entity has transferred its rights to receive cash flows from the asset or has assumed an obligation to pay the received cash flows in full and either (a) the entity has transferred substantially all the risks and rewards of the asset, or (b) the entity has neither transferred nor retained substantially all the risks and rewards of the asset, but has transferred control of the asset.

 

Impairment of financial assets

The Group assesses at each reporting date whether there is any objective evidence that a financial asset or a group of financial assets is impaired. A financial asset or a group of financial assets is deemed to be impaired if, there is objective evidence of impairment as a result of one or more events that has occurred after the initial recognition of the asset (an incurred 'loss event') and that loss event has an impact on the estimated future cash flows of the financial asset or the group of financial assets that can be reliably estimated.

 

Financial liabilities

 

Initial recognition and measurement

Financial liabilities within the scope of IAS 39 are classified as financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss or other financial liabilities. The entity determines the classification of its financial liabilities at initial recognition. All financial liabilities are recognised initially at fair value.

 

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss

Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss include financial derivatives held for trading. Financial liabilities are classified as held-for-trading if they are acquired for the purpose of selling in the near term. This category includes derivative financial instruments entered into by the Group. Gains or losses on liabilities held-for-trading are recognised in profit and loss.

 

Other financial liabilities

After initial recognition, interest bearing loans and borrowings, trade and other payables and other liabilities are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method. Gains and losses are recognised in the income statement when the liabilities are derecognised as well as through the effective interest rate method (EIR) amortisation process.

 

Amortised cost is calculated by taking into account any discount or premium on acquisition and fees or costs that are an integral part of the EIR. The EIR amortisation is included in finance costs.

 

Derecognition

A financial liability is derecognised when the obligation under the liability is discharged or cancelled or expires.

 

 

 

 

Fair value of financial instruments

The fair value of financial instruments that are traded in active markets at each reporting date is determined by reference to mark-to-market valuations obtained from the relevant bank (bid price for long positions and ask price for short positions), without any deduction for transaction costs.

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash at bank and in hand, less bank overdrafts.

 

Equity

 

Equity comprises the following:

 

§  "Share capital" represents the nominal value of equity shares;

§  "Share premium" represents the excess of the consideration made for the shares, over and above the nominal valuation of those shares;

§  "Legal reserve" representing the statutory reserve required by Luxembourg law as an apportionment of profit within each Luxembourg company (up to 10% of the standalone share capital);

§  "Hedging reserve" representing the fair value of the derivatives held by the Group at the period end that are accounted for under hedge accounting and that represent effective hedges.

§  "Merger reserve" representing the reserve created during the reorganisation of the Group in 2014;

§  "Retained earnings reserve" represents retained profits;

§  "Put/call option reserve" representing the initial valuation of the put/call option held by the Group over the non-controlling interest of J.A. Woll Handels GmbH (Jawoll);

§  "Foreign exchange reserve'' represents the cumulative differences arising in retranslation of the subsidiaries results;

§  "Non-controlling interest" representing the portion of the equity which belongs to the non-controlling interest in the Group's subsidiaries.

 

Foreign currency translation

 

These consolidated financial statements are presented in pounds sterling.

 

The following Group companies have a functional currency of pounds sterling;

 

·     B&M European Value Retail S.A.

·     B&M European Value Retail 1 S.à r.l. (Lux Holdco)

·     B&M European Value Retail Holdco 1 Ltd (UK Holdco 1)

·     B&M European Value Retail Holdco 2 Ltd (UK Holdco 2)

·     B&M European Value Retail Holdco 3 Ltd (UK Holdco 3)

·     B&M European Value Retail Holdco 4 Ltd (UK Holdco 4)

·     EV Retail Ltd

·     B&M Retail Ltd

·     Opus Homewares Ltd

 

The following Group companies have a functional currency of the Euro;

 

·     B&M European Value Retail 2 S.à r.l. (SBR Europe)

·     B&M European Value Retail Germany GmbH (Germany Holdco)

·     J.A. Woll Handels GmbH (Jawoll)

·     Jawoll Vertriebs GmbH

·     BestFlora GmbH.

 

The Group companies whose functional currency is the Euro have been consolidated into the Group via retranslation of their accounts in line with IAS 21 Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates. The assets and liabilities are translated into pounds sterling at the year end exchange rate. The revenues and expenses are translated into pounds sterling at the average monthly exchange rate during the period. Any resulting foreign exchange difference is cumulatively recorded in the foreign exchange reserve with the annual effect being charged/credited to other comprehensive income.

 

Transactions entered into by the company in a currency other than the currency of the primary economic environment in which it operates (the "functional currency") are recorded at the rates ruling when the transactions occur.  Foreign currency monetary assets and liabilities are translated at the rates ruling at the balance sheet date.  Exchange differences arising on the retranslation of unsettled monetary assets and liabilities are recognised immediately in profit or loss.

 

Pension costs

 

The Group operates a defined contribution scheme and contributions are charged to profit or loss in the period in which they are incurred.

 

Provisions

 

Provisions are recognised when a present obligation (legal or constructive) exists as a result of a past event and where it is probable that an outflow of resources embodying economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation and the amount can be reliably estimated. Provisions are discounted where the time value of money is considered to be material.

 

Critical judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

 

The key assumptions concerning the future and other key sources of estimation uncertainty at the reporting date, that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year, are described below. The Group based its assumptions and estimates on parameters available when the financial information was prepared. Existing circumstances and assumptions about future developments, however, may change due to market changes or circumstances arising beyond the control of the Group. Such changes are reflected in the assumptions when they occur.

 

Impairment of non-financial assets

Impairment exists when the carrying value of an asset or cash generating unit exceeds its recoverable amount, which is the higher of its fair value less costs to sell and its value in use.

 

The fair value less costs to sell calculation is based on available data from binding sales transactions, conducted at arm's length for similar assets or observable market prices less incremental costs for disposing of the asset. The value in use calculation is based on a discounted cash flow model. The cash flows are derived from the budget for the next five years and do not include restructuring activities that the Group is not yet committed to or significant future investments that will enhance the performance of the CGU being tested.

 

The recoverable amount is most sensitive to the discount rate used for the discounted cash flow model as well as the expected future cash inflows and the growth rate used for extrapolation purposes. The key assumptions used to determine the recoverable amount for the different CGUs, including a sensitivity analysis, are disclosed and further explained in note 11.

 

Investments in Associates

Multi-lines International Company Ltd (Multi-lines), which is 50% owned by the Group, has been considered by management to be an associate rather than a subsidiary or a joint venture. Under IFRS 10 control is determined by:

 

 

·     Power over the investee.

·     Exposure, or rights, to variable returns from its involvement with the investee.

·     The ability to use its power over the investee to affect the amount of the investor's returns.

Although 50% owned, B&M Group does not have voting rights or substantive rights. Therefore the level of power over the business is considered to be more in keeping with that of an associate than a joint-venture, and hence it has been treated as such within these consolidated financial statements.

 

Put/call options on Jawoll non-controlling interest

The purchase agreement for Jawoll included call and put options over the shares not purchased by the Group, representing 20% of Jawoll. The options are arranged such that it is considered likely that either the call or put option will be taken at the exercise date in 2019.

 

The exercise price of the options contains a variable element and as such the risk and rewards of the options are considered to remain with the non-controlling interest. The purchase of the non-controlling interest will be recognised upon exercise of one of the options (see note 17).

 

A financial liability has been recognised carried at amortised cost to represent the expected exercise price, with the corresponding debit entry to the put/call option reserve. Management have estimated the future measurement inputs in arriving at this value, using knowledge of current performance, expected growth and planned strategy. Any subsequent movements in the liability will be recognised in profit or loss.

 

Standards and Interpretations applied and not yet applied by the Group

 

The following amendments to accounting standards and interpretations, issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), have been adopted for the first time by the Group in the period with no significant impact on its consolidated results or financial position:

·     Annual Improvements to IFRSs 2012-2014 Cycle

·     Amendments to IAS 1 'Disclosure Initiative'

·     Amendments to IAS 16 and IAS 38 'Clarification of acceptable methods of depreciation and amortisation'

·     Amendments to IAS 27 'Equity method in separate financial statements'

IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' will be applicable after 1 January 2018. This standard will simplify the classification of financial assets for measurement purposes, but it is not anticipated to have a significant impact on financial statements.

 IFRS 15 'Revenue from contracts with customers' will be applicable after 1 January 2018. This standard applies to all contracts with customers except those that are financial instruments, leases or insurance contracts and will result in increased disclosure requirements, but is not expected to have a significant impact on the financial statements.   

IFRS 16 Leases is expected to be applicable after 1 January 2019. If endorsed, this standard will significantly affect the presentation of the Group financial statements with all leases apart from short term leases being recognised as on-balance sheet finance leases with a corresponding liability being the present value of lease payments. The Group is currently considering the implications of IFRS 16 on the Group's consolidated results and financial position.

 The Group does not consider that any other standards, amendments or interpretations issued by the IASB, but not yet applicable, will have a significant impact on the financial statements.

 



2                      Segmental information 

IFRS 8 ("Operating segments") requires the Group's segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about the components of the Group that are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker to assess performance and allocate resources across each reporting segment.

 

For management purposes, the Group is organised into two reportable segments, being the UK retail segment and the German retail segment.

 

The chief operating decision maker has been identified as the executive directors who monitor the operating results of the retail segments for the purpose of making decisions about resource allocation and performance assessment.

 

The average euro rate for translation purposes was €1.1915/£ during the year, with the year end rate being €1.1559/£ (2016: €1.3677/£ and €1.2670/£, respectively).

 

 

52 week period to 25 March 2017

UK

Retail

Germany Retail

Corporate

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000






Revenue

2,252,265

178,395

-

2,430,660

Gross profit

777,785

66,551

-

844,336

EBITDA (note 3)

223,722

11,677

(3,876)

231,523

Finance income

112

12

1,396

1,520

Finance costs

(5)

(292)

(23,813)

(24,110)

Income tax expense

(40,310)

(2,406)

3,831

(38,885)

Segment profit/(loss)

161,241

5,257

(22,465)

144,033






Total assets

1,640,398

126,040

7,078

1,773,516

Total liabilities

(325,372)

(27,399)

(607,124)

(959,895)






Other disclosures:





Capital expenditure (including intangible)

(44,492)

(7,464)

-

(51,956)

Depreciation and amortisation

(22,277)

(3,734)

(4)

(26,015)

Share of profit of associates

-

-

1,005

1,005

Investment in associates accounted for by the equity method

-

-

5,669

5,669

 

 

52 week period to 26 March 2016

UK

Retail

Germany Retail

Corporate

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000






Revenue

1,902,557

132,728

-

2,035,285

Gross profit

652,775

50,247

-

703,022

EBITDA (note 3)

182,035

11,588

2,461

196,084

Finance income

170

13

277

460

Finance costs

(51)

(162)

(21,360)

(21,573)

Income tax expense

(32,877)

(2,636)

6,768

(28,745)

Segment profit/(loss)

131,509

6,150

(11,859)

125,800






Total assets

1,450,936

104,636

9,331

1,564,903

Total liabilities

(247,490)

(19,577)

(483,486)

(750,553)






Other disclosures:





Capital expenditure (including intangible)

(51,760)

(4,935)

(18)

(56,713)

Depreciation and amortisation

(17,768)

(2,653)

(5)

(20,426)

Share of profit of associates

-

-

1,166

1,166

Investment in associates accounted for by the equity method

-

-

3,995

3,995

 

 

 

3          Reconciliation of non-IFRS measures from the statement of comprehensive income

 

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Profit are non-IFRS measures and therefore we provide a reconciliation from the statement of comprehensive income below.

 

In the prior year the Group reported a greater number of adjusting items. However management believe that the simplified measure now presented is a clearer measure of performance. The comparative information has been restated accordingly.

Period to

52 weeks ended 25 March

2017

52 weeks ended

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Profit on ordinary activities before interest and tax

205,508

175,658

Add back depreciation and amortisation

26,015

20,426

EBITDA

231,523

196,084

Reverse the effect of derivatives recorded within cost of sales

1,479

-

Reverse the effect of derivatives recorded within administrative expenses

1,890

(3,577)

Adjusted EBITDA

234,892

192,507

Depreciation and amortisation

(26,015)

(20,426)

Net adjusted finance costs (see note 5)

(18,726)

(20,667)

Adjusted profit before tax

190,151

151,414

Adjusted tax

(40,273)

(28,030)

Adjusted profit for the period

149,878

123,384

Attributable to non-controlling interests

1,095

1,264

Attributable to owners of the parent

148,783

122,120

 

The adjusting items are the effects of derivatives, one off refinancing fees (as set out in note 5) and the effects of the call/put option held over the non-controlling interest of our German operation (as set out in note 5). Significant project costs may also be included if incurred. Adjusted tax represents the tax charge per the statement of comprehensive income as adjusted only for the effects of the other adjusting items detailed above.

Under the previous measure, Adjusted EBITDA would have been £242.1m (2016: £202.5m) and Adjusted profit for the period would have been £155.4m (2016: £131.5m).

The segmental split in EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA reconciles as follows;

 

52 week period to 25 March 2017

UK

Retail

Germany Retail

Corporate

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000






Profit on ordinary activities before interest and tax

201,445

7,943

(3,880)

205,508

Add back depreciation and amortisation

22,277

3,734

4

26,015

EBITDA

223,722

11,677

(3,876)

231,523

Reverse the effect of derivatives

-

-

3,369

3,369

Adjusted EBITDA

223,722

11,677

(507)

234,892

 

52 week period to 26 March 2016

UK

Retail

Germany Retail

Corporate

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000






Profit on ordinary activities before interest and tax

164,267

8,935

2,456

175,658

Add back depreciation and amortisation

17,768

2,653

5

20,426

EBITDA

182,035

11,588

2,461

196,084

Reverse the effect of derivatives

-

-

(3,577)

(3,577)

Adjusted EBITDA

182,035

11,588

(1,116)

192,507

 

Adjusted EBITDA and related measures are not measures of performance or liquidity under IFRS and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of profit, or as an indicator of the Group's operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as determined in accordance with IFRS.

 

 

4          Operating profit


The following items have been charged in arriving at operating profit:

Period ended

52 weeks ended 25 March

2017

52 weeks ended

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Auditor's remuneration

330

367

Payments to auditors in respect of non-audit services:



  Taxation advisory services

-

-

  Other assurance services 

88

9

Inventories:



  Cost of inventories recognised as an expense (included in cost of sales)

1,595,471

1,349,161

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment:



  Owned assets

24,305

18,946

   Leased assets

916

780

Amortisation (included within administration costs)

794

700

Operating lease rentals

126,798

104,621

New store pre-opening costs

6,285

7,573

(Profit)/loss on sale of property, plant and equipment

(405)

52

Gain on foreign exchange

(214)

(70)

 

5          Finance costs and finance income


Finance costs include all interest related income and expenses.  The following amounts have been included in the statement of comprehensive income line for each reporting period presented:

Period ended

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Interest on debt and borrowings

(17,446)

(19,325)

Ongoing amortisation of finance fees

(1,381)

(1,384)

Finance charges payable under finance leases and hire purchase contracts

(23)

(141)

Total adjusted finance expense

(18,850)

(20,850)

One-off costs incurred on raising debt finance

(3,687)

-

Unwinding of the call/put option held over the minority interest of Jawoll

(1,573)

(723)

Total finance costs

(24,110)

(21,573)

 

 

Period ended

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Interest income on loans and bank accounts

124

183

Total adjusted finance income

124

183

Gain on financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss

117

277

Gain on revaluing call/put option held over the minority interest of Jawoll

1,279

-

Total finance income

1,520

460

 

 

 

 

                Total net adjusted finance costs are therefore;

               

Period ended

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Total adjusted finance expense

(18,850)

(20,850)

Total adjusted finance income

124

183

Total net adjusted finance costs

(18,726)

(20,667)

 

 

 

6          Employee remuneration


Expense recognised for employee benefits is analysed below:

 

Period ended

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Wages and salaries

277,054

229,229

Social security costs

12,907

10,126

Pensions - defined contribution plans

1,022

834


290,983

240,189

 

There are £73k of defined contribution pension liabilities owed by the Group at the period end (2016: £70k).

 

The Group has one employee who is a member of a defined benefit scheme (2016: one employee). The liability held on the balance sheet at the year end was £267k (2016: £258k).

 

The scheme is considered immaterial to the Group and the effect of the year end actuarial valuation can be seen within other comprehensive income.

 

The average monthly number of persons employed by the Group during the period was:

 

Period ended

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016




Sales staff

25,418

22,359

Administration

639

570


26,057

22,929

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7          Key management remuneration


Key management personnel and Directors' remuneration includes the following:

 

Period ended

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000

Directors' remuneration:



Short term employee benefits

2,177

1,175

Benefits accrued under the share option scheme

124

80


2,301

1,255

Key management expense (includes Directors' remuneration):



Short term employee benefits

4,648

2,627

Benefits accrued under the share option scheme

124

80


4,772

2,707




Amounts in respect of the highest paid director emoluments:



Short term employee benefits

1,393

576

Benefits accrued under the share option scheme

-

-


1,393

576

 

The emoluments disclosed above are of the directors and key management personnel who have served as a director within any of the Group companies. 

 

8          Taxation


The relationship between the expected tax expense based on the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 20% (2016: 20%) and the tax expense actually recognised in the statement of comprehensive income can be reconciled as follows:

 

Period ended

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Current tax expense

40,186

29,930

Deferred tax credit

(1,301)

(1,185)

Total tax expense

38,885

28,745




Result for the year before tax

182,918

154,545




Expected tax charge at the standard tax rate

36,584

30,909




Effect of : 



Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

2,615

1,812

Income not taxable

(734)

(1,076)

Foreign operation taxed at local rate

985

883

Changes in the rate of corporation tax

(1,027)

(1,963)

Adjustment in respect of prior years

382

(1,827)

Other

80

7

Actual tax expense

38,885

28,745

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred taxation

 

Statement of Financial Position

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Accelerated tax depreciation

(819)

(552)

Relating to intangible brand assets

(17,473)

(18,275)

Fair valuing of assets and liabilities (asset)

607

351

Fair valuing of assets and liabilities (liability)

(82)

(880)

Movement in provision

85

82

Relating to share options

98

40

Held over gains on fixed assets

(471)

(403)

Other temporary differences (asset)

34

-

Other temporary differences (liability)

-

(9)

Net deferred tax liability

(18,021)

(19,646)




Deferred tax asset

824

473

Deferred tax liability

(18,845)

(20,119)

 

Statement of Comprehensive Income

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Accelerated tax depreciation

(267)

69

Relating to intangible brand assets

802

1,538

Fair valuing of assets and liabilities

1,054

(499)

Movement in provision

3

(22)

Relating to share options

58

2

Held over gains on fixed assets

(68)

221

Other temporary differences

43

(111)

Net deferred tax credit

1,625

1,198




Total deferred tax in profit or loss

1,301

1,185

Total deferred tax in other comprehensive income

324

13

 

The Group offsets tax assets and liabilities if and only if it has a legally enforceable right to set off current tax assets and current tax liabilities and the deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities relate to income taxes levied by the same tax authority.

 

9          Earnings per share


Basic earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing the net profit or loss for the financial period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding at each period end.

 

Diluted earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing the net profit attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during each year plus the weighted average number of ordinary shares that would be issued on conversion of any dilutive potential ordinary shares into ordinary shares. 

 

Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share are calculated in the same way as above, except using adjusted profit attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent, as defined in note 3.

 

There are share option schemes in place which has a dilutive effect on both periods presented.

 

 

 

 

 

The following reflects the income and share data used in the earnings per share computations:

 

Period ended

25 March

 2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Profit for the period attributable to owners of the parent

142,926

124,536

Adjusted profit for the period attributable to owners of the parent

148,783

122,120





Thousands

Thousands

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for basic earnings per share

1,000,000

1,000,000

Effect of dilution:



Employee share options

148

475

Weighted average number of ordinary shares adjusted for the effect of dilution

1,000,148

1,000,475





Pence

Pence

Basic earnings per share

14.3

12.5

Diluted earnings per share

14.3

12.4

Adjusted basic earnings per share

14.9

12.2

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

14.9

12.2

 

10        Investments in associates

 

Period ended

25 March

2017

 26 March

2016


£'000

£'000

Cost and net book value



Carrying value at the start of the period

3,995

3,822

Dividends received

-

(1,295)

Share of profits in associates since the prior year valuation exercise

1,005

1,166

Effect of foreign exchange on translation

669

302

Carrying value at the end of the period

5,669

3,995

 

The Group has a 50% interest in Multi-lines International Company Ltd, a company incorporated in Hong Kong. The principal activity of the company is the purchase and sale of goods. The Group also holds 40% of the ordinary share capital of Home Focus Group Ltd, a company incorporated in Republic of Ireland and whose principal activity is retail sales.

 

Neither entity has discontinued operations or other comprehensive income, except that on consolidation both entities have a foreign exchange translation difference.

 

Period ended

25 March

2017

 26 March

2016


£'000

£'000

Multi-lines



Non-current assets

1,409

1,118

Current assets

36,109

24,621

Non-current liabilities

-

-

Current liabilities

(26,010)

(18,603)

Net assets

11,508

7,136




Revenue

128,976

109,111

Profit

2,767

2,682

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Home Focus Group



Non-current assets

617

290

Current assets

6,052

4,980

Non-current liabilities

(130)

-

Current liabilities

(4,387)

(3,322)

Net assets

2,152

1,948




Revenue

16,910

12,680

Profit

18

15

 

The figures for Multi-lines show 12 months to December 2016 (2016: 12 months to December 2015), being the period used in the valuation of the associate.

 

11         Intangible assets

 


Goodwill

Software

Brands

Other

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost or valuation






At 28 March 2015

835,258

1,372

98,053

1,263

935,946

Additions

-

1,801

-

-

1,801

Disposals

-

(76)

-

-

(76)

Effect of retranslation

2,192

26

343

100

2,661

At 26 March 2016

837,450

3,123

98,396

1,363

940,332

Additions due to purchase of Knüller

1,322

-

-

-

1,322

Additions

-

1,596

1,200

-

2,796

Disposals

-

(132)

-

-

(132)

Effect of retranslation

2,919

33

451

131

3,534

At 25 March 2017

841,691

4,620

100,047

1,494

947,852













Accumulated amortisation / impairment





At 28 March 2015

-

586

-

407

993

Charge for the year

-

416

-

284

700

Disposals

-

(54)

-

-

(54)

Effect of retranslation

-

15

-

54

69

At 26 March 2016

-

963

-

745

1,708

Charge for the year

-

574

-

220

794

Disposals

-

(132)

-

-

(132)

Effect of retranslation

-

20

-

78

98

At 25 March 2017

-

1,425

-

1,043

2,468







Net book value at 25 March 2017

841,691

3,195

100,047

451

945,384

Net book value at 26 March 2016

837,450

2,160

98,396

618

938,624

 

 

Impairment review of intangible assets held with indefinite life

 

Impairment test of intangible assets held in the UK segment

 

The Group holds a goodwill asset of £807.5m (2016: £807.5m) and brand assets of £94.9m (2016: £93.7m), that relate to the UK Retail Segment. The goodwill and £93.7m of the brand asset figure (the "B&M" brand) relates to the acquisition of the UK segment by the Group in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The brand intangible assets have been identified as having indefinite life, as management believe that these assets will hold their value for an indefinite period of time.

The goodwill and brand assets had previously been allocated to two groups of cash generating units (CGUs), being the two fascias that the Group operates within its UK retail segment (Bargain stores and Home stores), however because these groups of CGUs;

 

i) are not separately operated, managed or regularly reviewed;

ii) carry the same products and utilise the same supply chain;

iii) utilise the same support functions within the business;

iv) carry the same branding;

v) do not form separate operating segments;

 

the Group no longer considers that this approach is appropriate. Therefore the goodwill and brand assets have been allocated to one group of CGUs, being the store estate within the B&M business.

 

The Group performs impairment tests at each period end. The impairment test involves assessing the net present value (NPV) of the expected cash flows in relation to the stores within each CGU according to a number of assumptions (more detail on which follows below) to calculate the value in use (VIU) for the group of CGUs. The results of the impairment tests identified that the VIU was significantly in excess of the carrying value of assets within the group of CGUs at the period end dates. No indicators of impairment were noted.

 

The key assumptions used were

(i)   The Group's discount rate, sourced from a review of the market.

(ii)  The inflation rate for expenses, which has been based upon the consumer price index for the UK.

(iii)  The like for like sales growth, a prudent estimate made by management.

 

The values for the assumptions were:

 

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016




Discount rate

8.0%

9.2%

Inflation rate for expenses

2.3%

0.5%

Like for like sales growth

3.0%

2.0%

 

These assumptions are held for five years in the forecast and then a perpetuity is performed over the year five figures, effectively assuming no further like for like growth, or inflation after that point.

 

In order to demonstrate the sensitivity of the assumptions, it was calculated that the Group would first be required to recognised an impairment if (all other assumptions being held equal);

 

(i)   The Group's discount rate was 45.6% (2016: 24.7%).

(ii)  The inflation rate for expenses was 19.8% (2016: 36.9%).

(iii)  The like for like sales suffered a contraction of 8.5% (2016: 11.0%) per annum.

 

The prior year sensitivities above have been restated for the change in approach in grouping the CGUs. Under the previously used grouping the sensitivities would have been that the Group would first be required to recognise an impairment if (all other assumptions being held equal);

 

(i)   The Group's discount rate was 40.4% (2016: 23.8%).

(ii)  The inflation rate for expenses was 17.5% (2016: 33.1%).

(iii)  The like for like sales suffered a contraction of 7.0% (2016: 9.8%) per annum.

 

 

 

 

 

Impairment test of intangible assets held in the German segment

 

The Group holds a goodwill asset of €39.5m (2016: €38.0m) and brand assets of €6.0m (2016: €6.0m) that relate to the German Retail Segment. €38.0m of the goodwill and the entire brand asset figure relates to the acquisition of the German segment by the Group in 2014.

 

The addition this year to goodwill is in relation to the Knüller acquisition - see note 27 for more details. The Knüller stores were immediately rebranded as Jawoll stores and as such, the goodwill addition has been made to that fascia.

 

Further, the Hafu stores are in the process of being rebranded as Jawoll stores with the process materially complete by the year end. The back office systems, product offering, management reporting and supply chains of the relevant stores have all been fully integrated into the Jawoll systems. Therefore we consider that the German retail segment now contains one group of CGUs and will proceed accordingly.

 

Currently the goodwill is valued at £34.2m (2016: £30.0m) and the brands at £5.1m (2016: £4.7m) on the Group's statement of financial position, however as the functional currency of Jawoll is the Euro, all impairment calculations have been calculated in Euros and therefore it is that currency that is referred to in the following disclosure.

 

The brand intangible assets have been identified as having indefinite life, as management believe that these assets will hold their value for an indefinite period of time.

 

The Group performs impairment tests at each period end. The impairment test involves assessing the net present value (NPV) of the expected cash flows in relation to the stores within each CGU according to a number of assumptions (more detail on which is set out below) to calculate the value in use (VIU) for the group of CGUs. The results of the impairment tests identified that the VIU was significantly in excess of the carrying value of assets within the group of CGUs at the period end dates. No indicators of impairment were noted.

 

The key assumptions used were

(i)   The Group's discount rate, is as per above.

(ii)  The inflation rate for expenses, which has been based upon the consumer price index for Germany.

(iii)  The like for like sales growth, a prudent estimate made by management.

 

The values for the assumptions used were:

 

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016




Discount rate

8.0%

9.2%

Inflation rate for expenses

1.6%

0.3%

Like for like sales growth

2.5%

1.5%

 

These assumptions are held for five years in the forecast and then a perpetuity is performed over the year five figures, effectively assuming no further like for like growth, or inflation after that point.

 

In order to demonstrate the sensitivity of the assumptions, it was calculated that an impairment would first require impairment if (all other assumptions being held equal);

 

(i)   The Group's discount rate would need to be in excess of 100% (2016: 86.8%).

(ii)  The inflation rate for expenses was 22.8% (2016: 21.2%).

(iii)  The like for like sales suffered a contraction of 11.9% (2016: 12.4%) per annum.

 

The prior year sensitivities above have been restated for the change in approach in grouping the CGU's. Under the previously used grouping the sensitivities would have been that the Group would first be required to recognise an impairment if (all other assumptions being held equal);

 

(i)   The Group's discount rate was 98.3% (2016: 85.3%).

(ii)  The inflation rate for expenses was 21.4% (2016: 19.8%).

(iii)  The like for like sales suffered a contraction of 11.4% (2016: 12.3%) per annum.

 

 

12        Property, plant & equipment



Land and buildings

Motor vehicles

Plant,

fixtures and equipment

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost or valuation





28 March 2015

27,214

3,223

95,445

125,882

Additions

6,493

1,129

47,290

54,912

Disposals

(270)

(855)

(326)

(1,451)

Effect of retranslation

1,313

28

573

1,914

26 March 2016

34,750

3,525

142,982

181,257

Acquisition of Knüller

-

-

42

42

Additions

7,971

681

40,508

49,160

Remeasurement of finance leases (see note 25)

2,539

-

-

2,539

Disposals

(847)

(758)

(547)

(2,152)

Effect of retranslation

1,837

37

925

2,799

25 March 2017

46,250

3,485

183,910

233,645






Accumulated depreciation





At 28 March 2015

4,932

1,377

17,750

24,059

Charge for the period

3,435

732

15,559

19,726

Disposals

-

(565)

(316)

(881)

Effect of retranslation

156

6

141

303

At 26 March 2016

8,523

1,550

33,134

43,207

Charge for the period

3,941

694

20,586

25,221

Disposals

(26)

(457)

(531)

(1,014)

Effect of retranslation

247

9

227

483

At 25 March 2017

12,685

1,796

53,416

67,897






Net book value at 25 March 2017

33,565

1,689

130,494

165,748

Net book value at 28 March 2016

26,227

1,975

109,848

138,050

 

 

The carrying value of assets held under finance lease and hire purchase contracts at 25 March 2017 was £6.7m (2016: £4.6m) and total depreciation charged on these assets during the period was £0.9m (2016: £0.8m). The assets held under hire purchase contracts are pledged as security for the related finance lease and hire purchase liabilities.

 

Under the terms of the loan and notes facilities in place at 25 March 2017, fixed and floating charges were held over £13.8m of the net book value of land and buildings, £1.4m of the net book value of motor vehicles and £119.7m of the net book value of the plant, fixtures and equipment.

 

Under the terms of the loan facilities in place at 26 March 2016, fixed and floating charges were held over £10.4m of the net book value of land and buildings, £1.7m of the net book value of motor vehicles and £104.0m of the net book value of plant, fixtures and equipment.

 

Included within land and buildings is land with a cost of £2.3m (2016: £2.1m) which is not depreciated.

 

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000

The net book value of land and buildings comprises:



Freehold land and buildings

16,141

12,501

Short leasehold improvements

17,424

13,726


33,565

26,227

 

13        Inventories

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Goods for resale

462,119

356,312

Included in the amount above was a net charge of £3.5m related to inventory provisions (2016: £0.1m net gain). In the period to 25 March 2017 £1,595m (2016: £1,349m) was recognised as an expense for inventories.

 

14        Trade and other receivables

 


25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Non-current



Lease premiums

2,413

2,771


2,413

2,771

Current



Trade receivables

3,447

4,172

Deposits on account

6,451

2,855

Provision for impairment

(18)

(51)

Net trade receivables to non-related parties

9,880

6,976

Prepayments

23,525

20,056

Related party receivables

1,335

799

Lease premiums

567

586

Other receivables

91

344


35,398

28,761

 

Trade receivables are stated initially at their fair value and then at amortised cost as reduced by appropriate allowances for estimated irrecoverable amounts. The carrying amount is determined by the directors to be a reasonable approximation of fair value.


The following table sets out an analysis of provisions for impairment of trade and other receivables:

 

Period ended

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Provision for impairment at the start of the period

(51)

(9)

Impairment during the period

(17)

(48)

Utilised/released during the period

50

6

Balance at the period end

(18)

(51)

 

Trade receivables are non-interest bearing and are generally on terms of 30 days or less.

There were no significant balances within debtors at either March 2017 or March 2016 and as such there is no specific concentration of credit risk.

 

 

 

The following table sets out a maturity analysis of all trade and other receivables, including those which are past due but not impaired:

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Neither past due nor impaired

34,119

26,166

Past due less than one month

806

49

Past due between one and three months

372

1,225

Past due for longer than three months

101

1,321

Balance at the period end

35,398

28,761

 

15        Cash and cash equivalents

 

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

 2016


£'000

£'000




Cash at bank and in hand

155,551

91,148

 

As at 25 March 2017 the Group had available £128.7m of undrawn committed borrowing facilities (2016: £134.2m).

16        Trade and other payables


As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000

Non-current



Accruals

897

1,012

Reverse lease premium

76,064

65,532


76,961

66,544

Current



Trade payables

199,901

139,396

Other tax and social security payments

1,869

6,924

Accruals and deferred income

39,832

24,711

Reverse lease premium

10,791

8,718

Related party trade payables

6,472

2,181

Other payables

8,950

7,813


267,815

189,743

 

Trade payables are generally on 30 day terms and are not interest bearing. The carrying value of trade payables approximates to their fair value. For further details on the related party trade payables, see note 25.

 

17        Other financial assets and liabilities


Other financial assets

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Current financial assets at fair value through profit and loss:



Foreign exchange forward contracts

61

4,769

Fuel swap contracts

232

-

Current financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income:



Foreign exchange forward contracts

117

-




Total current other financial assets

410

4,769




Total other financial assets

410

4,769

 

Financial assets through profit or loss reflect the fair value of those derivatives that are not designated as hedge relationships but are nevertheless intended to reduce the level of risk for expected sales and purchases.

Other financial liabilities

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000

Non-current financial liabilities at fair value through profit and loss:



Put/call options over the non-controlling interest of Jawoll

17,886

16,041




Total non-current other financial liabilities

17,886

16,041







Current financial liabilities at fair value through profit and loss:



Foreign exchange forward contracts 

287

307

Fuel swap contracts

-

63

Interest rate swaps

-

117




Current financial liabilities at fair value through other comprehensive income:



Foreign exchange forward contracts

1,783

-




Total current other financial liabilities

2,070

487




Total other financial liabilities

19,956

16,528

 

The put/call options over the non-controlling interest in Jawoll arose as part of the acquisition of the entity. The valuation at year end reflects management's latest projections for the final amount to be exchanged at the year end foreign exchange rate. The option matures in 2019 and the carrying value has been discounted to present value.

The other financial liabilities through profit or loss reflect the fair value of those foreign exchange forward contracts, interest rate swaps and fuel swaps that are not designated as hedge relationships but are nevertheless intended to reduce the level of risk for expected sales and purchases.

Fair value hierarchy

The Group uses the following hierarchy for determining and disclosing the fair value of financial instruments by valuation technique:

·     Level 1: quoted (unadjusted) prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

·     Level 2: other techniques for which all inputs which have a significant effect on the recorded fair value are observable, either directly or indirectly.

·     Level 3: techniques which use inputs that have a significant effect on the recorded fair value that are not based on observable market data.

As at the reporting dates, the Group held the following financial instruments carried at fair value on the balance sheet:


Total

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

25 March 2017





Foreign exchange contracts

(1,892)

-

(1,892)

-

Fuel swap contract

232

-

232

-

Put/call options on Jawoll non-controlling interest

(17,886)

-

-

(17,886)






26 March 2016





Foreign exchange contracts

4,462

-

4,462

-

Interest rate swaps

(117)

-

(117)

-

Fuel swap contract

(63)

-

(63)

-

Put/call options on Jawoll non-controlling interest

(16,041)

-

-

(16,041)






The put/call option was valued with reference to the sale and purchase agreement underpinning the acquisition, and the key variable in determining the fair value of the option, being the forecast EBITDA of Jawoll as prepared by management.

The movement in the valuation of the call/put option reconciles as follows:

Period ended

52 weeks to

25 March

2017

52 weeks to

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Opening value

16,041

14,219

Unwinding of the call/put option valuation

1,573

723

Adjustment to the valuation of the call/put option

(1,279)

-

Effect of foreign exchange

1,551

1,099

Closing value

17,886

16,041

As the valuation is a multiple of German EBITDA, it is sensitive to the movement in the projection of this value, a 5% movement in EBITDA would therefore effect a 5% change in the valuation.

The valuation is also sensitive to the Group discount rate. As an indication the sensitivities (all other inputs being held equal) to a change in the year end discount rates are as follows:

As at

Change in discount rate

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000





Effect on profit before tax

+50bps

160

202


-50bps

(162)

(206)

The other instruments have been valued by the issuing bank, using a mark to market method. The bank has used various inputs to compute the valuations and these include inter alia the relevant maturity date and strike rates, the current exchange rate, fuel prices and LIBOR levels.

18        Financial liabilities - borrowings

 

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000

Non-current



High yield bond notes

246,815

-

Term facility bank loans (new facilities)

296,910

-

Term facility bank loans (old facilities)

-

435,142


543,725

435,142

 

The Group refinanced during the year, repaying the previous loan facilities, totalling £440.0m, and replacing them with a new loan facility of £300.0m and high yield bond notes released by the parent entity of £250.0m. Details of maturities and interest rates are included in the table below.

 

The new term facility bank loans and high yield bond notes are held at amortised cost and were initially capitalised in February 2017 with £3.2m and £3.3m (respectively) of fees attributed to them.

 

The old term facility bank loans were held at amortised cost and were initially capitalised in June 2014 with £7.3m of fees attributed to them. These facilities were refinanced in February 2017, at which point the remaining unamortised fees of £3.7m were expensed to the income statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The maturities of the loan facilities and finance leases (see note 22) are as follows.

 


Interest rate

Maturity

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


%


£'000

£'000

Current interest bearing loans and borrowings




Finance leases

1.2-3.9%

2016-18

994

1,119

Non-current interest bearing loans and borrowings




UK Holdco term loan A (old facility)

2.75/3.25% + LIBOR

2019

-

300,000

UK Holdco term loan B (old facility)

3/3.5% + LIBOR

2020

-

140,000

UK Holdco term loan A (new facility)

2.25% + LIBOR

2021

300,000

-

High yield bond notes

4.125%

2022

250,000

-

Finance leases

1.2%-3.9%

2018-24

6,469

4,252

The information relating to the old facilities maturity was the contractual final maturity date. These facilities were refinanced during the year with an actual maturity date of February 2017.

Term loans A and B, and the high yield bond notes have carrying values which include transaction fees allocated on inception.

19        Provisions


Property provisions
£'000

    Other

£'000

Total
£'000





At 28 March 2015

3,155

4,105

7,260

Provided in the period

1,219

2,259

3,478

Utilised during the period

(534)

(1,745)

(2,279)

Released during the period

(1,250)

(405)

(1,655)

Effect of retranslation

12

-

12

At 26 March 2016

2,602

4,214

6,816

Provided in the period

1,367

2,770

4,137

Utilised during the period

(374)

(1,857)

(2,231)

Released during the period

(1,855)

(1,092)

(2,947)

Effect of retranslation

16

-

16

At 25 March 2017

1,756

4,035

5,791





Current liabilities 2017

834

4,035

4,869

Non-current liabilities 2017

922

-

922

Current liabilities 2016

555

4,214

4,769

Non-current liabilities 2016

2,047

-

2,047

 

The property provision relates to the expected future costs on specific leasehold properties. This is inclusive of onerous leases and dilapidations on these properties. The timing in relation to utilisation is dependent upon the individual lease terms.

 

The other provisions principally relate to disputes concerning insurance liability claims. A prudent amount has been set aside for each claim as per legal advice received by the Group. These claims are individually non-significant and average £8.3k per claim (£7.5k in 2016).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20        Share capital

 

As at

25 March

 2017

26 March

2016

Allotted, called up and fully paid

£'000

£'000

B&M European Value Retail S.A.



1,000,000,000 ordinary shares of 10p each

100,000

100,000


100,000

100,000


Ordinary shares

Each ordinary share ranks pari passu with each other ordinary share and each share carries one vote. The Group parent is authorised to release up to a maximum of 2,972,222,222 ordinary shares.

 

21        Cash generated from operations



Period ended

52 weeks ended

25 March

2017

52 weeks ended

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Profit before tax

182,918

154,545

Adjustments for:



Net interest expense

22,590

21,113

Depreciation

25,221

19,726

Amortisation of intangible assets

794

700

Transaction fees through administrative expenses

-

770

(Profit) / loss on remeasurement of finance leases

(317)

-

(Profit) / loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(405)

52

Loss on share options

254

235

Change in inventories

(99,662)

(67,184)

Change in trade and other receivables

(6,666)

7,855

Change in trade and other payables

84,575

37,153

Change in provisions

(1,042)

312

Share of profit from associates

(1,005)

(1,166)

Non-cash foreign exchange effect from retranslation of subsidiary cashflows

249

400

Loss / (profit) resulting from fair value of financial derivatives

3,369

(3,577)

Cash generated from operations

210,873

170,934

 

22        Commitments

Operating leases

The vast majority of the Group's operating lease commitments relate to the property comprising its store network. At the year-end over 95% of these leases expire in the next 15 years (2016: >90%) The leases are separately negotiated and no subgroup is considered to be individually significant nor to contain individually significant terms. The Group was not subject to contingent rent agreements at the year end date. The following table sets out the total future minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases, taking account of lease premiums.

 

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Not later than one year

133,696

113,660

Later than one year and not later than five years

484,814

429,494

Later than five years

494,478

457,450


1,112,988

1,000,604

The lease and sublease payments recognised as an expense in the periods were as follows:

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Lease payments

127,369

105,062

Sublease receipts

(571)

(441)


126,798

104,621

 

Finance leases

At both year ends, all of the Group's finance leases related to buildings used in the operation of the German business. Future minimum lease payments under finance leases and hire purchase contracts together with the present value of the net minimum lease payments are as follows:

 

As at

25 March 2017

26 March 2016


Minimum payments

PV of minimum payments

Minimum payments

PV of minimum payments


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000






Not later than one year

1,227

994

1,119

1,119

Later than one year and not later than five years

4,791

4,227

3,401

3,245

Later than five years

2,295

2,242

1,105

1,007


8,313

7,463

5,625

5,371


Capital commitments

There were £3.5m of contractual capital commitments not provided within the Group financial statements as at 25 March 2017 (2016: £3.8m).

 

23        Group information and ultimate parent undertaking


The financial results of the Group include the following entities.

 

Company name

Country

Date of incorporation

Percent held within the Group

Principal activity

B&M European Value Retail 1 S.à.r.l.

(Lux Holdco)

Luxembourg

November 2012

100%

Holding company

B&M European Value Retail Holdco 1 Ltd (UK Holdco 1)

UK

December 2012

100%

Holding company

B&M European Value Retail Holdco 2 Ltd (UK Holdco 2)

UK

December 2012

100%

Holding company

B&M European Value Retail Holdco 3 Ltd (UK Holdco 3)

UK

November 2012

100%

Holding company

B&M European Value Retail Holdco 4 Ltd (UK Holdco 4)

UK

November 2012

100%

Holding company

B&M European Value Retail 2 S.à.r.l.

(SBR Europe)

Luxembourg

September 2012

100%

Holding company

 

EV Retail Limited

UK

September 1996

100%

Holding company

 

B&M Retail Limited

UK

March 1978

100%

General retailer

 

Opus Homewares Limited

UK                   

April 2003

100%

Dormant

B&M European Value Retail Germany GmbH (Germany Holdco)

Germany

November 2013

100%

Holding company

J.A. Woll Handels GmbH

(Jawoll)

Germany

November 1987

80%

General retailer

 

Jawoll Vertriebs GmbH I

Germany

September 2007

80%

General retailer

 

BestFlora GmbH

Germany

July 2002

80%

Supplier of items for retail

 

Changes during the year

Meltore Limited, previously a dormant 100% owned subsidiary of EV Retail Limited, has been disposed of and is no longer a member of the Group. Jawoll acquired the non-controlling interest in BestFlora GmbH, and now owns 100% (previously 75%) of that entity (the percent held within the group increased from 60% to 80%). Neither of these transactions has had nor will have significant accounting effects for the Group.

 

            German company restructuring (Prior year)

            The German group was restructured during the prior year such that the former Group companies Jawoll Sonderposten GmbH, Jawoll Sonderposten Vertriebs GmbH, Stern Sonderposten Vertriebs GmbH and Stern Handels GmbH were all fully integrated into the remaining German Group companies, Jawoll and Jawoll Vertriebs GmbH I.         

 

            Associates

The Group has a 50% interest in Multi-lines International Company Limited, a company incorporated in Hong Kong and a 40% interest in Home Focus Group Limited, a company incorporated in the Republic of Ireland following the acquisition of SBR Europe on 6 March 2013. The share of profit/loss from the associates is included in the statement of comprehensive income.


Ultimate parent undertaking

The directors of the Group consider the parent and the ultimate controlling related party of this Group to be B&M European Value Retail SA, registered in Luxembourg.

 

 24       Financial risk management


The Group uses various financial instruments, including bank loans, related party loans, finance company loans, cash, equity investment, derivatives and various items, such as trade receivables and trade payables that arise directly from its operations.

 

The main risks arising from the Group's financial instruments are market risk, currency risk, cash flow interest rate risk, credit risk and liquidity risk.  The directors review and agree policies for managing each of these risks and they are summarised below. 

 

The existence of these financial instruments exposes the Group to a number of financial risks, which are described in more detail below.  In order to manage the Group's exposure to those risks, in particular the Group's exposure to currency risk, the Group enters into forward foreign currency contracts. No transactions in derivatives are undertaken of a speculative nature.


Market risk

Market risk encompasses three types of risk, being currency risk, fair value interest rate risk and commodity price risk.  Commodity price risk is not considered material to the business as the Group is able to pass on pricing changes to its customers. 

 

Despite the impact of price risk not being considered material, the Group engages in a swap contract over the cost of fuel in order to minimise the impact of any volatility.

 

The sensitivity to these contracts for a reasonable change in the year end fuel price is as follows

 

As at

Change in fuel price

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000





Effect on profit before tax

+5%

159

64


-5%

(151)

(64)

 

This has been calculated by taking the spot price of fuel at the year end, applying the change indicated in the table, and projecting this over the life of the contract assuming all other variables remain equal.

 

The Group's policies for managing fair value interest rate risk are considered along with those for managing cash flow interest rate risk and are set out in the subsection entitled "interest rate risk" below.

 

Currency risk

The Group is exposed to translation and transaction foreign exchange risk arising from exchange rate fluctuation on its purchases from overseas suppliers.

 

 

In relation to translation risk, this is not considered material to the business as amounts owed in foreign currency are short term of up to 30 days and are of a relatively modest nature. Transaction exposures, including those associated with forecast transactions, are hedged when known, principally using forward currency contracts.

 

All of the Group's sales are to customers in the UK and Germany and there is no currency exposure in this respect. A proportion of the Group's purchases are priced in US Dollars and the Group generally uses forward currency contracts to minimise the risk associated with that exposure.

Foreign currency sensitivity

The following table demonstrates the sensitivity to a reasonably possible change in US Dollar period end exchange rates with all other variables held constant.

 

The impact on the Group's profit before tax and other comprehensive income is largely due to changes in the fair value of the FX options.

 

 

As at

Change in USD rate

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000





Effect on profit before tax

+2.5%

(2,309)

(1,797)


-2.5%

2,428

3,115

Effect on other comprehensive income

+2.5%

(9,403)

-


-2.5%

7,919

-

 

The following table demonstrates the sensitivity to a reasonably possible change in the Euro period end exchange rates with all other variables held constant. The effect on other comprehensive income is due to the foreign exchange reserve on retranslation of the Group's subsidiaries that have the Euro as a functional currency.

 

As at

Change in Euro rate

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000





Effect on profit before tax

+2.5%

(4)

2


-2.5%

9

(4)

Effect on other comprehensive income

+2.5%

(1,997)

(1,712)


-2.5%

2,101

1,807

 

These calculations have been performed by taking the year end translation rate used on the accounts and applying the change noted above. The balance sheet valuations are then directly calculated. The valuation of the foreign exchange derivatives are projected based upon the spot rate changing and all other variables being held equal.

 

 

 

Interest rate risk

Interest rate risk is the risk of variability of the Group cash flows due to changes in the interest rate. The Group is exposed to changes in interest rates as the Group's bank borrowings are subject to a floating rate based on LIBOR.

 

The Group's interest rate risk arises mainly from long-term borrowings. Borrowings issued at variable rates expose the Group to cash flow interest rate risk. The Group's exposure to interest rate fluctuations is not considered to be material, however the Group has in the past used interest rate swaps to minimise the impact.

 

At year end, if LIBOR interest rates had been 50 basis points higher/lower with all other variables held constant, the effect upon calculated pre-tax profit for the year would have been:

 

As at

Basis point increase / decrease

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000





Effect on profit before tax

+50

(1,891)

(499)


-50

1,891

499

 

This sensitivity has been calculated by changing the interest rate for each interest payment and accrual made by the Group over the period, by the amount specified in the table above, and then calculating the difference that would have been required.

 

It also includes the effect on the year end valuation of the interest rate swap contract, where the percentage change in LIBOR indicated above has been applied to the year end spot rate and this has then been projected over the remaining life of the contracts with the assumption that all other variables are held equal.

 

Credit risk

Credit risk is the risk that a counterparty will not meet its obligations under a financial instrument or customer contract, leading to a financial loss. The Group's principal financial assets are cash and trade receivables.  The credit risk associated with cash is limited as the main counterparty is a UK clearing bank with a high credit rating (A- long term and A-2 short term (standard & poor), (2016: A, A-1 respectively). The principal credit risk arises therefore from the Group's trade receivables.

 

Credit risk is further limited by the fact that the vast majority of sales transactions are made through the store registers, direct from the customer at the point of purchase, leading to a low trade receivables balance.


In order to manage credit risk, the directors set limits for customers based on a combination of payment history and third party credit references. Credit limits are reviewed by the credit controller on a regular basis in conjunction with debt ageing and collection history.  Provisions against bad debts are made where appropriate.

 

Liquidity risk

Any impact on available cash and therefore the liquidity of the Group could have a material effect on the business as a result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Group's borrowings are subject to quarterly banking covenants against which the Group has had significant headroom to date with no anticipated issues based upon forecasts made. Short term flexibility is achieved via the Group's rolling credit facility. The following table shows the liquidity risk maturity of financial liabilities grouping based on their remaining period at the balance sheet date. The amounts disclosed are the contractual undiscounted cash flows:

 


Within 1 year

Between 1 and 2 years

Between 2 and 5 years

More than 5 years

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

25 March 2017






Interest bearing loans

19,433

19,433

603,738

-

642,603

Forward foreign exchange contracts

2,070

-

-

-

2,070

Trade payables

206,373

-

-

-

206,373







26 March 2016






Interest bearing loans

15,044

15,044

464,069

-

494,157

Fuel swap contract

63

-

-

-

63

Interest swap contract

117

-

-

-

117

Forward foreign exchange contracts

307

-

-

-

307

Trade payables

141,577

-

-

-

141,577

Fair value

 

The fair value of the financial assets and liabilities of the group are not materially different from their carrying value. Refer to the table below. These all represent financial assets and liabilities measured at amortised cost except where stated as measured at fair value through the profit and loss.

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016

Financial assets

£'000

£'000

Fair value through profit and loss



Forward foreign exchange contracts

61

4,769

Fuel price swap

232

-

Fair value through other comprehensive income



Forward foreign exchange contracts

117

-

Loans and receivables



Cash and cash equivalents

155,551

91,148

Trade receivables

11,215

7,775

Other receivables

91

344




Financial liabilities



Fair value through profit and loss



Forward foreign exchange contracts

287

307

Fuel price swap

-

63

Interest rate swap

-

117

Put/call options over the non-controlling interest of Jawoll

17,886

16,041

Fair value through other comprehensive income



Forward foreign exchange contracts

1,783

-

Amortised cost



Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

543,725

435,142

Trade payables

206,373

141,577

Other payables

8,950

7,813

 

 

25        Related party transactions

The Group has transacted with the following related parties over the periods:

Multi-lines International Company Limited, a supplier, and Home Focus Group, a customer, have been associates of the Group since March 2013.

Ropley Properties Ltd, Triple Jersey Ltd, TJL UK Ltd, Rani Investments and Multi Lines International (Properties) Ltd, all landlords of properties occupied by the group, are directly or indirectly owned by director Simon Arora, his family, or his family trusts (together, the Arora related parties).

 

Jawoll Immobilien GmbH, Stern Grundstück Entwicklungs GmbH, DS Grundstücks GmbH and Silke Stern are all landlords of properties occupied by the Group and are related by virtue of connection to a director of J.A.Woll-Handels GmbH (together, the German related parties). Some of these are held under finance lease, as detailed below.

 

The following table sets out the total amount of trading transactions with related parties included in the statement of comprehensive income, including the P&L impact of any finance leases;

 

Period ended

25 March

2017

£'000

26 March

2016
 £'000

Sales to associates of the Group



Home Focus Group Limited

2,503

770

Total sales to related parties

2,503

770




Purchases from associates of the Group



Multi-lines International Company Ltd

121,351

98,105

Purchases from parties related to key management personnel



Multi-Lines International (Properties) Ltd

154

134

DS Grundstücks GmbH

759

581

Jawoll Immobilien GmbH

524

458

Rani Investments

192

191

Ropley Properties Ltd

2,811

2,811

Silke Stern

148

133

Stern Grundstück Entwicklungs

591

475

TJL UK Ltd

42

-

Triple Jersey Ltd

10,250

7,176

Total purchases from related parties

136,822

110,064

 

Included in the current year figures above are 6 leases of new stores and no renewals of existing stores, entered into by Group companies during the current period with the Arora related parties (2016: 6 new, or extensions to existing, leases and 1 renewal). The total expense on these leases in the period was £763k (2016: £927k). There were also 2 conditionally exchanged leases (1 of which was new in the period) with Arora related parties in the current period with long stop completion dates likely to be in the next financial year (2016: 3), and no expense is incurred under them until they are completed.

 

The following table sets out the total amount of trading balances with related parties outstanding at the period end. Note that the receivables balance held with Multi-lines International is with our German operation (a deposit on account) and the payables balance is with our UK operation.

 

As at

25 March

2017

£'000

26 March

2016

£'000

Trade receivables from associates of the group



Home Focus Group Ltd

706

251

Multi-lines International Company Ltd

629

546

Trade receivables from companies owned by key management personnel



DS Grundstücks GmbH

-

2

Total related party trade receivables

1,335

799




Trade payables to companies owned by key management personnel



Multi-lines International Company Ltd

3,385

-

Rani Investments

-

39

Ropley Properties Ltd

850

852

TJL UK Ltd

85

-

Triple Jersey Ltd

2,152

1,290

Total related party trade payables

6,472

2,181

 

Outstanding trade balances at the balance sheet dates are unsecured and interest free and settlement occurs in cash. There have been no guarantees provided or received for any related party trade receivables or payables.


The business has not recorded any impairment of trade receivables relating to amounts owed by related parties at 25 March 2017 (2016: no impairment). This assessment is undertaken each year through examining the financial position of the related party and the market in which the related party operates.

 

The future operating lease commitments on the Arora related party properties are;

 

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Not later than one year

14,544

10,995

Later than one year and not later than five years

57,704

43,648

Later than five years

76,341

61,073


148,589

115,716

 

The future operating lease commitments on the German related party properties are;

 

As at

25 March

2017

26 March

2016


£'000

£'000




Not later than one year

578

785

Later than one year and not later than five years

561

1,039

Later than five years

-

-


1,139

1,824

 

The balances remaining on the finance lease asset and liabilities at each year end is as follows:

 

As at

25 March

2017

£'000

26 March

2016

£'000

Finance lease assets from parties related to key management personnel



DS Grundstücks GmbH

2,386

994

Jawoll Immobilien GmbH

1,161

1,194

Silke Stern

632

701

Stern Grundstück Entwicklungs

2,520

1,695

Total assets held under finance lease from related parties

6,699

4,584




Finance lease liabilities with parties related to key management personnel



DS Grundstücks GmbH

2,531

1,196

Jawoll Immobilien GmbH

1,332

1,370

Silke Stern

733

815

Stern Grundstück Entwicklungs

2,707

1,899

Total finance lease liabilities held with related parties

7,303

5,280

 

All related party finance leases are on properties occupied by the German business. During the year six of these properties were extended, resulting in a profit of £317k on remeasurement.

For further details on the transactions with key management personnel, see note 7 and the remuneration report.

26        Non-controlling interest

 

Non-controlling interest balances are valued on acquisition as a proportion of the fair value of net assets to which the non-controlling interest relates. Post acquisition the non-controlling interest is valued as the original value plus/minus the comprehensive income/loss owed to the non-controlling interest and minus any dividend paid to the non-controlling interest.

 

There exists a non-controlling interest in Jawoll, an 80% subsidiary of B&M European Value Retail Germany GmbH, which was created on purchase of that company in April 2014. The percentage has not changed over the period of ownership.

 

In the 52 weeks to 25 March 2017, £2,082k has been accrued to the non-controlling interest in Jawoll (2016: £1,229k), and no dividends have been paid (2016: no dividends).

 

The summarised financial information of the subsidiary is as follows.


52 weeks ended

25 March

2017

£'000

52 weeks ended

26 March

2016

£'000




Revenue

178,395

132,728

EBITDA

11,677

11,588

Profit after tax

5,908

5,458

Net cashflow

(3,586)

(4,587)




As at

25 March

2017

£'000

26 March

2016

£'000




Non-current assets

38,062

28,574

Current assets

55,334

47,201

Non-current liabilities

(9,248)

(6,353)

Current liabilities

(19,026)

(13,464)

Net assets

65,122

55,958

 

There previously existed an additional non-controlling interest in BestFlora GmbH, which was a 75% subsidiary of Jawoll at the start of the current year. This company was incorporated into the group in April 2014. In December 2016 Jawoll purchased the remaining 25% share and therefore this additional non-controlling interest no longer exists.

 

During the year £nil was accrued to the non-controlling interest (2016: £36k) and £nil was paid out in dividends (2016: £36k).

 

Jawoll bought out the non-controlling interest for €210k, when it had a book value on the Group accounts of €476k. There was therefore a profit recognised in reserves of €266k, which has translated to £224k for these accounts. The effects of this transaction can be seen in the Statement of Changes in Equity.

 

BestFlora is considered immaterial for further disclosure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27        Business combinations


On 1 August 2016 the business acquired the trade and assets of a small chain of German stores (Knüller).

 

The details of the assets acquired are as follows:


€'000



Property, plant & equipment

50

Cash (floats)

50

Inventory

1,204

Total assets acquired

1,304



Purchase price paid

2,879



Goodwill recognised

1,575

 

The goodwill recognised represents the stores location and customer base and it was not possible to separate this out further into material separately identifiable and recognisable intangible assets. It has been considered for impairment as part of the overall impairment test carried out annually by the Group (see note 11).

 

The purchase price paid net of the cash acquired was €2,829 and this translates to £2,374k as shown on the consolidated statement of cash flows.

 

The business was incorporated directly into the German entities, with the stores reopening as rebranded Jawoll stores.

 

The Group considers that the transaction is immaterial for further disclosure.

 

28        Capital management


For the purpose of the Group's capital management, capital includes issued capital and all other equity reserves attributable to the equity holders of the parent. The primary objective of the Group's capital management is to maximise the shareholder value. 

 

In order to achieve this overall objective, the Group's capital management, amongst other things, aims to ensure that it meets financial covenants attached to the interest-bearing loans and borrowings that define capital structure requirements.  Breaches in meeting the financial covenants would permit the bank to immediately call loans and borrowings. There have been no breaches in the financial covenants of any interest-bearing loans and borrowing in the current or prior period.

 

The Group manages its capital structure and makes adjustments in light of changes in economic conditions and the requirements of the financial covenants.

 

To maintain or adjust the capital structure, the Group may adjust the dividend payment to shareholders, return capital to shareholders or issue new shares.

 

 

The Group uses the following definition of net debt:

 

External interest bearing loans and borrowings less cash and short-term deposits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The interest bearing loans figure used is the gross amount of cash borrowed at that time, as opposed to the carrying value under the amortised cost method, and includes finance leases.

 

As at

25 March

2017

£'000

26 March

2016

 £'000




Interest bearing loans and borrowings

557,463

445,371

Less: Cash and short term deposits

(155,551)

(91,148)

Net debt

401,912

354,223

 

29        Post balance sheet events


There have been no material events between the balance sheet date and the date of issue of these accounts.

 

30        Dividends

 

A special dividend of 10.0 pence per share (£100,000,000) was paid in July 2016.

An interim dividend of 1.9 pence per share (£19,000,000) was paid in December 2016.

A final dividend of 3.9 pence per share (£39,000,000), giving a full year (non-special) dividend of 5.8 pence per share (£58,000,000), is proposed.

           

            Relating to the prior year;

An interim dividend of 1.6 pence per share (£16,000,000) was paid in January 2016.

            A final dividend of 3.2 pence per share (£32,000,000), giving a full year dividend of 4.8 pence per share (£48,000,000) was agreed at the AGM and paid in August 2016.

 

31        Contingent liabilities and guarantees


As at 25 March 2017, B&M European Value Retail S.A., B&M European Value Retail 1 S.à r.l., B&M European Value Retail 2 S.à r.l., B&M European Value Retail Holdco 1 Ltd, B&M European Value Retail Holdco 2 Ltd, B&M European Value Retail Holdco 3 Ltd, B&M European Value Retail Holdco 4 Ltd, EV Retail Ltd and B&M Retail Ltd are all guarantors to both the loan and notes agreements which are formally held within B&M European Value Retail SA. The amounts outstanding as at the period end were £300.0m for the loan, with the balance held in B&M European Value Retail Holdco 4 Ltd, and £250.0m for the notes, with the balance held in B&M European Value Retail S.A.

 

As at 26 March 2016, B&M European Value Retail S.A., B&M European Value Retail 1 S.à r.l., B&M European Value Retail 2 S.à r.l., B&M European Value Retail Holdco 1 Ltd, B&M European Value Retail Holdco 2 Ltd, B&M European Value Retail Holdco 3 Ltd, B&M European Value Retail Holdco 4 Ltd, EV Retail Ltd, B&M Retail Ltd and Opus Homewares Ltd were all guarantors to the loan agreement which was formally held within B&M European Value Retail SA. The amount outstanding as at the period end was £440.0m, with the balance held in B&M European Value Retail Holdco 4 Ltd.

 

 

32        Directors


The directors that served during the period were:

 

Name                          

Sir T Leahy (Chairman)

S Arora (CEO)             

P McDonald (CFO)      

T Hübner                     

R McMillan                  

K Guion                      

H Brouwer                   

D Novak                     

All directors served for the whole period.

 

Statement of Directors' responsibilities

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Group and Company financial statements in accordance 

with applicable law and regulations.

 

Company law requires the Directors to prepare Group and Company financial statements for each financial year. Under that law 

they are required to prepare the Group financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRSs") 

as adopted by the EU and applicable law and have prepared the Company financial statements in accordance with Luxemburg legal 
and regulatory requirements regarding the preparation of annual accounts ("Lux GAAP").

 

Under company law the Directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and Company and of their profit or loss for that period. In preparing each of the Group and Company financial statements, the Directors are required to:

•  select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

•  make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

• present the financial statements and policies in a manner that provides relevant, reliable, comparable and understandable 
information;

• state whether they have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU;

• provide additional disclosures when compliance with the specific requirements in IFRSs or in accordance with Lux GAAP 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

• prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Group and the Company 
will continue in business.

 

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 enable them to ensure that 
its financial statements comply with the Company Law. They have general responsibility for taking such steps as are reasonably open 
to them to safeguard the assets of the Group and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.

 

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Having taken 
advice from the Audit & Risk Committee the Directors consider the Annual Report and the financial statements taken as a whole, 
provides the  information necessary to assess the Group's performance, business model and strategy and is fair balanced and 
understandable.

 

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the 
Company's website. The financial 
statements will be published on the Company's website.

 

Legislation in Luxembourg governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

• the consolidated financial statements of B&M European Value Retail S.A. ("Company") presented in this Annual Report and 
established in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted in the European Union give a true and 
fair view  of the assets, liabilities, financial position, cash flows and profits of the Company and the undertakings included within 
the consolidation  taken as a whole;

• the annual accounts of the Company presented in this Annual Report and established in conformity with the Luxembourg legal 
and regulatory requirements relating to the preparation of annual accounts give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, 
financial position and profits of the Company;

• the Strategic Report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and position of the Company and 
the undertakings included within the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and 
uncertainties it faces; and

• this Annual Report (including the financial statements), taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the 
information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy.

 

Approved by order of the Board

 

Simon Arora                                           

Chief Executive Officer                              

 

Paul McDonald

Chief Financial Officer

 

25 May 2017


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