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Half-year Results

Released 07:00 23-May-2018

RNS Number : 7801O
Hollywood Bowl Group plc
23 May 2018
 

23 May 2018

Hollywood Bowl Group plc

 

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 31 March 2018

 

STRONG REVENUE AND PROFIT GROWTH DELIVERED THROUGH SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF STRATEGY

 

Hollywood Bowl Group plc ("Hollywood Bowl" or the "Group"), the UK's market leading ten-pin bowling operator, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six month period ended 31 March 2018 ("H1 FY2018").

 

Financial highlights

 

 

6 months ended

31 March 2017

% Movement

Total revenues

£63.6m

£58.2m(1)

+9.3%

Like-for-like ("LFL") revenue growth (2)

4.0%

1.2%

+2.8%pts

Group Adj. EBITDA (3)

£20.7m

£18.2m

+13.4%

Group Adj. EBITDA margin

32.5%

31.3%

+1.2%pts

Operating Profit

£15.0m

£13.0m

+16.1%

Profit before tax

£14.6m

£12.4m

+17.4%

Earnings per share

7.85p

6.64p

+18.1%

Net debt

£7.2m

£13.5m

-46.7%

Interim ordinary dividend per share

2.03p

1.80p

+12.8%

 

 

 

 

Operational Highlights

 

·     Further progress with new centre pipeline

Two new centres opened in H1 FY2018, which are performing in line with management's expectations, increasing the total estate to 59

Strong pipeline bolstered with the signing of developments in exciting new leisure schemes in Swindon and Southend

·     Centre rebrand and refurbishment programme on track, and delivering significant returns  

One Hollywood Bowl refurbishment and two Bowlplex rebrands and refurbishments completed in H1 FY2018

Three more rebrands planned for the second half of the year

At least one further refurbishment planned before the financial year end

·     Successful execution of organic growth strategy continues to result in strong operating performance

Game volumes increased 3.6 per cent. to 6.9m

Spend per game increased 5.5 per cent. to £9.20

Games per stop increased to 431 (FY2017: 356)

 

Stephen Burns, Chief Executive Officer of Hollywood Bowl commented:

 

"Hollywood Bowl has produced another strong financial performance this period due to our continued progress in delivering against our strategic goals; the acquisition and opening of new centres that complement our already very high quality portfolio, creating modern, family friendly entertainment environments, and our refurbishment programme which has continued to drive organic like-for-like growth through the constant evolution of our customer experience."

"This customer focus, combined with our disciplined capital and cost management, gives us confidence in delivering another year of progress, and reporting results in line with Board expectations."

1         During FY2017, Management conducted a review of the Group's key contracts and revenue recognition policies; as a result of this process, and IFRS 15 adoption on  1 October 2018, Management identified that certain transactions have been recognised as revenue and cost of sales in previous periods, when it is more appropriate to recognise the amounts net.  Accordingly these revenues and costs of sales have been netted off in the statement of comprehensive income for the year ended 30 September 2017 ("FY2017") and the six month period to 31 March 2017 ("H1 FY2017").

2         LFL revenue is defined as total revenue excluding any new centre openings from the current financial year until they are LFL (H1 FY2018: £3.1m) and is used as a key measure of constant centre growth.

3         Group adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) reflects the underlying trade of the overall business and excludes any one-off benefits (VAT rebates for prior years and dilapidations release), and costs (expenses related to a review of a strategic acquisition which was not pursued and IPO related expenses). It is management's view that these are non-recurring costs.  The reconciliation to operating profit is set out in the Finance Review section of this announcement.

 

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Hollywood Bowl Group

Steve Burns, Chief Executive Officer

Laurence Keen, Chief Financial Officer

Mat Hart, Commercial Director  

via Tulchan Communications

 

 

 

 

Tulchan Communications

James Macey White

Elizabeth Snow

Roger Tejwani

 

+44 (0) 207 353 4200

 

 

Notes to Editors:

Hollywood Bowl Group is the UK's largest ten-pin bowling operator, with a portfolio of 59 centres operating across the UK under the Hollywood Bowl, AMF and Bowlplex brands. The Group specialises in operating large, high quality bowling centres, predominantly located in out of town multi-use leisure parks (typically co-located with cinema and casual dining sites) and large retail parks. The centres are designed to offer a complete family entertainment experience with each centre offering at least 12 bowling lanes, on-site dining, licensed bars, and state-of-the-art family games arcades.

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE REVIEW

 

Hollywood Bowl produced another strong financial performance in the first six months of the year.  Revenues increased 9.3 per cent. to £63.6m driven by a combination of LFL sales growth from the core estate, contributions from the new centre openings and the positive impact of our refurbishment and rebrand programme. 

 

We have made solid progress with our refurbishment and rebrand programme and continue to see very encouraging returns from completed sites. We successfully invested £0.7m rebranding two of the four remaining Bowlplex centres into Hollywood Bowl centres, with plans in place to rebrand the final two Bowlplex centres and one AMF centre in the second half of the year.  Our ongoing refurbishment cycle is also progressing well with a £0.3m investment in the Hollywood Bowl in Bradford completed in the first half, and at least one further refurbishment scheduled for the second half of the year.

 

Group adjusted EBITDA grew by £2.5m to £20.7m, up 13.4 per cent. (H1 FY2017: £18.2m).  Average centre EBITDA growth was ahead of revenue growth, increasing by 6.4 per cent. on a LFL basis demonstrating the operational leverage inherent within our business model.  In the first half of the year the business generated strong free cash flows, before the payment of the FY2017 final ordinary dividend and special dividend, of £11.0m.  The continued positive trading performance has further strengthened the balance sheet with net debt reduced to £7.2m (H1 FY2017: £13.5m).

 

In light of this strong performance, and the Board's confidence in the Group's future cash flows, the Board has declared an interim dividend of 2.03 pence per share, up 12.8 per cent. (H1 FY 2017 1.80p).

 

 

Growth strategy

 

Our growth strategy remains unchanged and we are pleased with the progress we have made during the period. Our new centre opening programme is on track and we continue to grow like-for-like revenue through the continual improvement of the existing estate and our refurbishment and rebrand programme which continues to deliver very pleasing returns.

 

 

Development of our property portfolio

 

We successfully rebranded two Bowlplex centres (Birmingham Broadway and Dunfermline) in the first half of the year, and are currently on track to rebrand the final two Bowlplex centres (Bristol and Branksome) in the second half of the year. The newly rebranded and refurbished Bowlplex centres continue to deliver excellent returns on investment, with the nine centres already completed showing an aggregated return of 60.2 per cent. 

 

The refurbishment plan for the Hollywood and AMF estate is also on track, with Bradford completed during the period and, with at least one further Hollywood Bowl refurbishment and one AMF rebrand planned before the end of the financial year, we are confident of completing the guided seven to ten refurbishments/rebrands by the end of FY2018.  The average return on investment from the most recent 11 refurbishments / rebrands is 55.4 per cent.

 

During H1 FY2018 we opened two new prime location centres. Both centres are located on leisure parks, co-located with a high performing cinema and casual dining offerings. The first was Hollywood Bowl Dagenham, a centre previously operated by Namco Funscape which was acquired as part of a redevelopment plan led by the landlord. This centre reopened in October 2017, has been well received by the local market and is trading in line with our expectations. The second centre was Hollywood Bowl Yeovil which was also acquired from the landlord and, following a total investment of £0.9m (£0.6m net of landlord contribution), opened its doors in March 2018. This centre has had a very solid first few weeks of trading, and we are confident it will perform in line with management expectations.

 

Our new openings pipeline has been further strengthened with centres signed for development in exciting new leisure schemes in Swindon and Southend, securing the pipeline for the next three years.  We remain confident in our ability to continue to deliver on our plan of an average of two new openings a year.

 

 

Like-for-like growth

 

LFL sales grew 4.0 per cent. during the first half of the financial year, with all revenue streams showing sales growth on the comparative period last year.

 

Total spend per game grew by 5.5 per cent. in the period, up from £8.72 in H1 FY2017 to £9.20 in H1 FY2018. The impact of the dynamic pricing initiative, rolled out in August 2017, gave us the ability to continue to grow yield whilst retaining our competitive headline price. The Group remains the lowest priced of all the branded bowling operators, offering customers a great value for money leisure experience. Amusement spend per game also showed solid growth during the period, up 2.2 per cent. on the prior period, driven by the continued roll out of our play for prizes offering, new payment initiatives and the rolling refresh of the arcade product.

 

Following the refinements made to the Hollywood Diner menu, the roll out to all centres is progressing well, with 47 of the estate now benefiting from the new offering. The remainder of the estate will receive the new menu and required kitchen enhancements by the end of the current financial year.

 

 

Initiatives and Innovation

 

Following a successful trial of 'Pins on Strings' in three of our centres, we installed the new look pinsetter into the new opening in Yeovil and plan to install this into three other centres by the end of the current financial year.  Early results have been encouraging, with saving in payroll, utilities and parts combining to deliver a 30.1 per cent. EBITDA return on investment. The outputs of the enlarged trial will enable further testing with regard to the longevity and reliability of the machines, and will allow us to gather more customer feedback, helping inform the longer-term strategy.

 

We have continued to grow our games per stop (GPS) in the rest of our estate, from 356 in September 2017 to 431 (414 excluding Pins on Strings centres) as at March 2018, with some centres in excess of 800.  This is testament to the focus, training and investment that we put into our back of house processes.

 

Trials on payment options on both the lanes, and in the amusement areas have yielded positive results. All centres will benefit from the 'I serve' technology, enabling faster ordering and payment at the lanes with the roll out expected to be complete by the end of FY2018. This new technology will assist our sales focused operators in driving spend per game whilst delivering a higher level of service to our customers.

 

 

Focus on People

 

Our people are key to our success, and it is important that we maintain the culture and environment for our team to develop rewarding careers. I would like to acknowledge the fantastic efforts our team have put into delivering these results.  I was delighted that at our Centre Manager conference in October 2017, we were able to recognise the outstanding performances of so many of our leaders. We are committed to the investment in our people who are true creators of positive energy, aiming to deliver a fantastic experience to every customer on every visit.

 

 

Outlook

 

Following the good first half of FY2018, I am confident this momentum will carry into the second half of the year.  We will continue to invest in all areas across the business which, coupled with our sustainable organic growth strategy, means the Board is confident in the outlook of the business. We are on track to meet Board expectations for the full year, and I am encouraged by the progress we are making.

 

 

Stephen Burns

Chief Executive Officer

23 May 2018

 

 

 

 

FINANCE REVIEW

 

 

 

31 March

 2018

£'000

31 March

2017

£'000

% Movement

Total number of centres

59

55

+4

Number of games played

6.9m

6.7m

+3.6%

Revenue(1)

£63.6m

£58.2m

+9.3%

Gross profit margin

86.3%

86.4%

-0.1%pt

Group adjusted EBITDA(2)

£20.7m

£18.2m

+13.4%

Group operating profit

£15.0m

£13.0m

+16.1%

Net debt

£7.2m

£13.5m

-46.7%

Group adjusted operating cash flow(3)

£14.9m

£14.1m

+5.4%

Group expansionary capital expenditure

£2.8m

£2.8m

-

 

During FY2017, Management conducted a review of the Group's key contracts and revenue recognition policies; as a result of this process, and IFRS 15, adoption on 1 October 2018, Management identified that certain transactions have been recognised as revenue and cost of sales in previous periods, when it is more appropriate to recognise the amounts net.  Accordingly these revenues and costs of sales have been netted off in the statement of comprehensive income for the year ended 30 September 2017 ("FY2017") and the six month period to 31 March 2017 ("H1 FY2017").

2  Group adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) reflects the underlying trade of the overall business and excludes any exceptional costs as noted in this section. It is our view that these are non-recurring costs.

3  Group adjusted operating cash flow is calculated as Group adjusted EBITDA less working capital, taxation and maintenance capital expenditure.

 

 

Following a record year in FY2017, we are pleased to have delivered a strong first half set of results, with revenue growth of 9.3 per cent. and Group adjusted EBITDA growth of 13.4 per cent.

 

This growth has contributed to a £2.0m increase in operating profit to £15.0m, representing an increase of 16.1 per cent. on the same period last year and an improvement of 1.3 percentage points to our operating profit margin at 23.6 per cent driven by like-for -like sale growth and only marginal increases in costs.

 

 

Growth drivers

 

We are extremely proud to have delivered a strong sales performance over the six months to 31 March 2018 and continue to be encouraged by the performance of our refurbished, rebranded and new centres, as well as the growth seen in the core estate.

 

The continued strength of the Group is reflected in its revenue and profit performance for the first half compared to the same period in the prior year.  The total 9.3 per cent. revenue growth has been driven through like-for-like revenues growing at  4.0 per cent. as well as 5.3 per cent. growth from new openings. Group revenue for the first half was £63.6m, up from £58.2m in the previous period1.

 

Game volumes grew to 6.9m (3.6 per cent. up on the prior period).  Total spend per game grew by 5.5 per cent. as customers continued to spend more across all areas of the business during their visits, and we continued to see benefit from our dynamic pricing initiative, which was rolled out in August 2017.

 

During the first half, we have continued with our investment strategy with transformational refurbishments in three centres, including two Bowlplex rebrands and refurbishments in Dunfermline and Birmingham.  These continue to realise market leading returns on capital employed above our 33 per cent. hurdle rate.  We will complete the final two Bowlplex rebrands during the second half of this financial year, as well as undertake at least one further Hollywood Bowl refurbishment and one AMF rebrand.

 

Like-for-like revenue is defined as total revenue excluding any new centre openings (H1 FY2018: £3.1m) and is used as a key measure of constant centre growth.

 

 

Gross margin

 

Gross profit margin was flat on a like-for-like basis, whilst the impact of the new centre sales mix resulted in overall group gross profit margin declining by 0.1 per cent. to 86.3 per cent. compared to the prior period.  Gross profit has increased by 9.1% to £54.9m for the period to 31 March 2018.

 

 

Administrative expenses

                                      

Administrative expenses were £39.9m, up 6.7 per cent. on the corresponding period in the prior year.

 

The majority of this increase is split between new centres at £1.8m, depreciation of £0.4m, while constant centre costs increased by only £0.4m. The largest cost within administration expenses is property costs, of which rent accounts for £7.0m. Total property costs increased by £0.9m due to an increase in the number of centres we operate which accounted for £0.8m, as well as a small increase of £0.1m (0.7 per cent.) in constant centres. Total centre employee costs were £11.7m for the six month period to 31 March 2018, an increase of £1.1m on an overall group basis on the same period in the prior year. On a constant centre basis, the increase was just over £0.3m (2.8 per cent.), driven by the increase in national minimum and living wage, as well as other cost associated with wage inflation.

 

Corporate costs decreased slightly from £5.2m to £5.1m. This was largely due to reduced costs in relation to professional fees on rent reviews and lease re-gears, as well as lower central marketing costs versus the prior period.  As a percentage of total sales, total corporate costs represented 8.0 per cent. in H1 FY2018, against 9.0 per cent. in H1 FY2017.

 

 

Group adjusted EBITDA

 

Group adjusted EBITDA increased by 13.4 per cent. during the period mainly due to the LFL revenue growth in the core estate through refurbishments and continued spend on maintenance capital, as well as the performance of the five new centres opened since March 2017.

 

Constant centre EBITDA continued to grow, and increased by 6.4 per cent. compared to the prior period. Depreciation increased to £5.3m in the first half, largely as a result of the new centres. As a percentage of total sales, depreciation represented 8.3 per cent. in H1 FY2018, against 8.4 per cent. in H1 FY2017.

 

 

31 March

 2018

£'000

31 March

2017

£'000

Operating profit

15,044

12,957

Depreciation

5,304

4,866

Amortisation

258

265

Loss on property, plant and equipment and software

53

15

EBITDA

20,659

18,103

Exceptional items

-

111

Adjusted EBITDA

20,659

18,214

 

Management use EBITDA adjusted for exceptional items (Group adjusted EBITDA) as a key performance measure of the business.

 

 

Finance costs

 

Finance costs decreased from £0.6m to £0.5m as a result of margin reductions in line with the bank quarterly covenant tests. The Group currently has gross debt of £29.2m with the next debt repayment of £0.7m due in June 2018. The Group also has an undrawn revolving credit facility of £5.0m and capital expenditure facility of £5.0m.

 

 

Taxation

 

The Group has incurred a tax charge of £2.8m for the first half compared to £2.4m in the comparable period in the prior year.

 

 

Earnings

 

Profit before tax for the year was £14.6m which was higher than the comparable period in the prior year by £2.2m as a result of the factors discussed above.

 

The Group delivered an increased profit after tax of £11.8m (H1 FY2017: £9.9m) and basic and adjusted earnings per share was 7.85 pence (H1 FY2017: 6.64 pence).

 

 

Dividend

 

The Directors have declared an interim dividend of 2.03 pence per share.  The ex-dividend date is 14 June 2018, with a record date of 15 June 2018 and payment date of 10 July 2018.

 

The Group operates a highly cash generative business model which, combined with lower net capital expenditure on new sites and post all refurbishment spend, still leaves the Group in a strong financial position which will allow the Board to continue to execute on its capital allocation priorities.

 

 

Cash flows and Net Debt

 

Group adjusted operating cash flow was £14.9m, with growth of £0.8m delivered through an increase in Group adjusted EBITDA of £2.5m offset by a small movement in working capital and higher corporation tax paid in the first half due to higher profits in the year to 30 September 2017 against the prior year.

 

 

 

31 March

 2018

£'000

31 March

2017

£'000

Group Adjusted EBITDA

20,659

18,214

Movement in working capital

(238)

 955

Maintenance capital expenditure1

(3,104)

 (4,104)

Taxation

(2,463)

 (976)

Adjusted Operating cash flow (OCF)2

14,854

 14,089

Adjusted OCF Conversion

71.9%

77.4%

Expansionary capital expenditure

(2,820)

 (2,802)

Exceptional items

-

 (3,223)

Net Interest paid

(228)

 (459)

Cash flows from financing activities

(750)

-

Dividends paid

(10,920)

(285)

Net Cash flow

136

 7,320

1   In this table, maintenance capital expenditure includes amusements capital and amusement disposal proceeds. 

2   Adjusted operating cash flow is calculated as Group adjusted EBITDA less working capital and maintenance capital expenditure. This represents a good measure for the cash generated by the business after taking into account all necessary maintenance capital expenditure to ensure the routine running of the business. This excludes one-off exceptional items and net interest paid.

 

Strong cash generation in the past twelve months has resulted in a decrease in net debt to £7.2m. 

 

 

Capital expenditure

 

Total capital expenditure was down 14.2 per cent. in the corresponding period in the prior year, to £5.9m. This decrease was driven, in the main, by the lower spend on new centres.  The two new centres this year were both previously trading centres which were obtained at nil cost, with all spend going into the refurbishment and rebrands (£0.9m).  Both units also attracted landlord contributions: Yeovil a £0.3m capital contribution; whilst Dagenham was in the form of a 12 month rent free for an equivalent amount.  We continued on our refurbishment and rebrand programme, and expenditure increased by £1.0m in this half, compared with H1 FY2017, to £1.9m, due to timing. 

 

 

Brexit

 

Although we do not consider Brexit to be a principal risk for the business, we continue to follow developments and consider possible implications for Hollywood Bowl.  As a UK focused business, we have low exposure to currency movements, our supply chain is mostly UK based and the proportion of our people who are non-British EU is low.

 

 

Going Concern

 

As stated in note 2 to the Interim Financial Statements, the Directors are satisfied that the Group has sufficient resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future, a period of at least 12 months from the date of this report.  Therefore, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

 

 

Laurence Keen

Chief Financial Officer

23 May 2018

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Note

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Restated

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 September

2017

Audited

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

63,638

58,230*

113,968

 

Cost of sales

 

(8,717)

(7,892)*

(15,349)

 

 

 

________

________

________

 

Gross profit

 

54,921

50,338

98,619

 

Administrative expenses

 

(39,877)

(37,462)

(76,498)

 

Other income

 

-

81

80

 

 

 

________

________

________

 

Operating profit

 

15,044

12,957

22,201

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit

 

15,044

13,068

22,204

 

Exceptional items

4

-

(111)

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

10

3

12

 

Finance expenses

 

(492)

(583)

(1,158)

 

Movement in derivative financial instrument

 

Movement in derivative
financial instruments

 

-

31

55

 

 

 

________

________

________

 

Profit before tax

 

14,562

12,408

21,110

 

Tax expense

6

(2,792)

(2,441)

(2,848)

 

 

 

________

________

________

 

Profit for the year attributable to equity shareholders

 

11,770

9,967

18,262

 

Other comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

 

 

 

________

________

________

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to equity shareholders

 

11,770

9,967

18,262

 

 

 

________

________

_______

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share (based on weighted average number of shares)

  5

Pence

Pence

Pence

 

Basic

 

7.85

6.64

12.17

 

Diluted

 

7.83

6.64

12.17

 

Adjusted earnings per share (based on weighted average number of shares)

  5

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

7.85

6.73

12.17

 

Diluted

 

7.83

6.73

12.16

 

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue for period (number)

 

150,252,883

150,016,654

150,104,367

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Additional information on the restatement is available in note 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

£'000

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 September

2017

Audited

£'000

 

Reconciliation of operating profit to Group Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

15,044

12,957

22,201

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

      7

5,304

4,866

 

9,990

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

 8

258

265

540

 

Exceptional items

 

 

      4

-

111

3

 

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment and software

7, 8

53

15

640

 

 

 

_______

_______

_______

 

Group Adjusted EBITDA

 

20,659

18,214

33,374

 

 

 

 

 

 

_______

_______

_______

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP metric used by management and is not an IFRS disclosure.

 

                         

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Note

31 March

2018

Unaudited

£'000

31 March

2017

Unaudited

£'000

30 September

2017

Audited

£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

7

41,903

38,599

39,709

Intangible assets

8

78,770

79,048

78,867

 

 

_______

_______

_______

 

 

120,673

117,647

118,576

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

22,030

16,544

21,894

Trade and other receivables

 

6,579

6,162

7,144

Inventories

 

1,352

1,212

1,189

 

 

_______

_______

_______

 

 

29,961

23,918

30,227

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Total assets

 

150,634

141,565

148,803

 

 

_______

_______

_______

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

16,390

13,510

16,857

Loans and borrowings

10

1,380

630

1,380

Corporation tax payable

 

2,975

2,440

2,461

 

 

_______

_______

_______

 

 

20,745

16,580

20,698

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Other payables

 

7,837

6,129

6,145

Loans & borrowings

10

27,453

28,833

28,143

Deferred tax liabilities

 

560

2,289

746

Accruals and provisions

 

3,283

3,665

3,308

Derivative financial instruments

11

-

24

-

 

 

_______

_______

_______

 

 

39,133

40,940

38,342

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Total liabilities

 

59,878

57,520

59,040

 

 

_______

_______

_______

NET ASSETS

 

90,756

84,045

89,763

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Equity attributable to shareholders

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

1,500

1,500

1,500

Merger reserve

    

(49,897)

(49,897)

(49,897)

Retained earnings

 

 

139,153

132,442

138,160

 

 

_______

_______

_______

TOTAL EQUITY

 

                 90,756

              84,045

89,763

 

 

_______

_______

_______

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

Share
capital

£'000

Share

premium

      £'000

 

Merger reserve

£'000

Capital redemption reserve

£'000

Retained
earnings

£'000

 

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity at 30 September 2016 (audited)

71,512

51,832

(49,897)

99

817

74,363

Share capital re-organisation

(70,012)

(51,832)

-

(99)

121,943

-

Dividends paid (Note 9)

-

-

-

-

(285)

(285)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

9,967

9,967

 

________

________

________

________

________

________

Equity at 31 March 2017 (unaudited)

1,500      

-

(49,897)

-

132,442

84,045

Dividends paid (Note 9)

-

-

-

-

(2,700)

(2,700)

Share based payments (Note 12)

-

-

-

-

123

123

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

8,295

8,295

 

_______

________

________

________

________

________

Equity as at 30 September 2017 (audited)

1,500      

-

(49,897)

-

138,160

89,763

Dividends paid (Note 9)

-

-

-

-

(10,920)

(10,920)

Share based payments (Note 12)

-

-

-

-

143

143

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

11,770

11,770

 

________

________

________

________

________

________

Equity as at 31 March 2018 (unaudited)

1,500

-

(49,897)

-

139,153

90,756

 

_______

______

______

_______

_______

_______

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

£'000

Year

ended

30September

2017

Audited

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

14,562

12,408

21,110

Adjusted by:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and impairment

 

5,304

4,866

9,990

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

258

265

540

Net interest expense

 

481

580

1,145

Loss on disposal of property, plant

and equipment

53

15

640

Movement on derivative financial instrument

 

-

(31)

(55)

Share-based payments (Note 12)

 

143

-

123

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Operating profit before working capital changes

 

20,801

18,103

33,493

Increase in inventories

 

(163)

(194)

(171)

Decrease in trade and other receivables

 

565

3,472

2,490

Decrease in payables and provisions

 

(783)

(5,435)

(3,035)

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Cash inflow generated from operations

 

20,420

15,946

32,777

Interest received

 

10

3

12

Income tax paid - corporation tax

 

(2,463)

(976)

(2,905)

Interest paid

 

(238)

(462)

(975)

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Net cash inflow from operating activities

 

17,729

14,511

28,909

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(6,098)

(6,960)

(13,551)

Purchase of intangible assets

 

(161)

(85)

(196)

Sale of assets

 

336

139

493

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(5,923)

(6,906)

(13,254)

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Repayment of bank loan

 

(750)

-

-

Dividends paid

 

(10,920)

(285)

(2,985)

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Net cash flows used in financing activities

 

(11,670)

(285)

(2,985)

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Net change in cash and cash equivalents for the period

 

136

7,320

12,670

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

21,894

9,224

9,224

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

22,030

16,544

21,894

 

 

_______

_______

_______

           

 

 

Notes to the condensed consolidated interim financial statements

 

1. General information

 

The Directors of Hollywood Bowl Group plc (together with its subsidiaries, the "Group" or "HWB Group") present their interim report and the unaudited financial statements for the six months ended 31 March 2018 ('Interim Financial Statements').

 

HWB Group is incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales, under company registration number 10229630. The registered office of the company is Focus 31, West Wing, Cleveland Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7BW, United Kingdom.

 

The interim Financial Statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 23 May 2018.

 

The financial information for the six months ended 31 March 2018 has been reviewed by KPMG, the Company's external auditor. Their report is included within these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

 

The Group's last annual audited financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2017 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union, and these Interim Financial statements should be read in conjunction with them.

 

The comparative figures for the year ended 30 September 2017 are an abridged version of the Group's last annual financial statements and, together with other financial information contained in these interim results, do not constitute statutory financial statements of the Group as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of the statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2017 has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The external auditor has reported on those accounts: their report was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under s498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2. Basis of preparation

 

The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting' as endorsed by the European Union and the Disclosures and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority. They do not include all of the information required for a complete set of IFRS financial statements. However, selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the last financial statements.

 

The Interim Financial Statements are presented in Pounds Sterling, rounded to the nearest thousand pounds, except where otherwise indicated; and under the historical cost convention as modified through the recognition of financial liabilities at fair value through profit and loss.

 

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the Interim Financial Statements are consistent with those applied in the presentation of the Group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2017. A number of new European Union endorsed standards and amendments to existing standards are effective for periods beginning on or after 1 October 2017. However, none of these have a material, if any, impact on the annual or condensed interim consolidated financial statements of the Group in the year ending 30 September 2018. 

 

The Group's principal activities are that of the operation of ten-pin bowling centres as well as the development of new centres and other associated activities. It is managed as one entity and management have consequently determined that there is only one operating segment. All revenue arises in and all non-current assets are located in the United Kingdom. The Group's operations are not considered to be seasonal or cyclical in nature.

 

Going concern

The Directors have, at the time of approving these interim financial statements, a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.

 

Accounting estimates and judgements

In preparing these interim financial statements, management has made judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

The significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those applied to the consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 30 September 2017.

 

Restatement of the profit and loss account

Management conducted a review of its key contracts and revenue recognition policies; as a result of this process, and IFRS 15 adoption on 1 October 2018, identified that certain transactions have been recognised as revenue and cost of sales in previous periods, when it is more appropriate to recognise the amounts net.

 

Accordingly, these revenues and cost of sales have been netted off in the profit and loss account for the period ended 31 March 2017 and year ended 30 September 2017. Further, considering its significant impact on prior period financial statements, they have been restated as below:

 

It should be noted there is no impact on gross profit, operating profit, profit after tax, net assets or net cash flow.

 

 

 

 

Restated

31 March 2017

£000

Original

31 March 2017

£000

Revenue

 

 

 58,230

59,289

Cost of sales

 

 

(7,892)

(8,951)

 

 

 

_______

_______

Gross profit

 

 

50,338

50,338

 

 

 

_______

_______

 

Standards issued not yet effective

At the date of authorisation of this financial information, certain new standards, amendments and interpretations to existing standards applicable to the Group have been published but are not yet effective, and have not been adopted early by the Group. The impact of these standards is not expected to be material. The adoption of IFRS15 will not require any further adjustments.

 

 

3. Segmental reporting

 

Management consider that the Group consists of a single segment, and operates within the UK. No single customer provides more than 10 per cent. of the Group's revenue.

 

Within this one operating segment there are multiple revenue streams which consist of the following:

 

 

 

31 March 2018

Restated

31 March 2017

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

Bowling

32,254

28,812

Food and drink

18,033

16,644

Amusements

13,149

12,453

Other

202

321

 

              

               

 

63,638

58,230

 

_______

_______

 

 

4. Exceptional items

 

Exceptional items are disclosed separately in the financial statements where the Directors consider it necessary to do so to provide further understanding of the financial performance of the Group. They are material items or expenses that have been separately disclosed due to the significance of their nature or amount:

 

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 September

2017

Audited

£'000

 

 

 

 

VAT rebate1

-

80

80

IPO related expenses2

-

(102)

(102)

Non-recurring expenditure on strategic projects3

-

(89)

(100)

Bank charges4

-

-

(116)

Dilapidations provision5

-

-

235

 

_______

_______

_______

 

-

(111)

(3)

 

_______

_______

_______

 

1 The Group was able to make a one-off retrospective reclaim in respect of overpaid VAT relating to customers who were 'no-shows' and children's shoe hire. This VAT rebate relates to a rebate for FY2012 to FY2016. This has been classified as other income in the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income. The amount recognised in FY2017 relates to a historic claim for no shows from FY2015 to FY2016.

 

2 Costs associated with the IPO of Hollywood Bowl Group plc on the London Stock Exchange on 21 September 2016. Costs include legal and accounting transaction fees along with corporate banking costs.

 

3 Costs (comprising legal and professional fees) relating to review of a strategic acquisition which was not pursued.

 

4 Card payment processing fees relating to prior periods that were not previously invoiced.

 

5 The release of a dilapidations provision for a site that will be exited in FY2018 with no associated costs expected.

 

 

 

5. Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit to equity holders of Hollywood Bowl Group plc by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the year, excluding invested shares held pursuant to a Long Term Incentive Plan (note 13).

 

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. During the period ended 31 March 2018, the Group had potentially dilutive shares in the form of unvested shares pursuant to a Long Term Incentive Plan (note 13).

 

 

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

 

Year ended

30 September

2017

Audited

 

Basic and diluted

 

 

 

Profit for the year after tax (£'000)

11,770

9,967

18,262

Basic weighted average number of shares in issue for the period (number)

150,000,000

150,000,000

150,000,000

Adjusted for share awards

252,883

16,654

104,367

 

_______

_______ 

_______

Diluted weighted average number of shares

150,252,883

150,016,654

150,104,367

 

_______

_______

_______

Basic earnings per share (pence)

7.85

6.64

12.17

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

7.83

6.64

12.17

 

_______

_______

_______

 

Adjusted underlying earnings per share

Adjusted earnings per share are calculated by dividing adjusted underlying earnings after tax by the weighted average number of shares issued during the year.

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

 

Year ended

30 September

2017

Audited

 

Adjusted underlying earnings after tax (before exceptional costs and shareholder interest)  (£'000)

11,770

10,090

18,256

Basic adjusted earnings per share (pence)

7.85

6.73

12.17

Diluted adjusted earnings per share (pence)

7.83

6.73

12.16

 

_______

_______

_______

 

Adjusted underlying earnings after tax is calculated as follows:

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 September

2017

Audited

£'000

Profit for the year before tax

14,562

12,408

21,110

Exceptional items (Note 4)

-

111

3

 

________

________

________

Adjusted underlying profit before taxation

14,562

12,519

21,113

Less taxation

(2,792)

(2,429)

(2,857)

 

________

________

________

Adjusted underlying earnings after tax

11,770

10,090

18,256

 

________

_______

_______

 

 

6. Taxation

 

 

 

 

 

The tax expense is as follows:

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 September

2017

Audited

£'000

- UK Corporation tax

2,978

2,714

4,667

- Adjustments in respect of previous periods

-

(332)

(335)

 

________

________

________

Total current tax

2,978

2,382

4,332

Deferred tax:

 

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

(187)

59

(820)

Adjustments in respect of prior years

1

-

(686)

Effects of changes in tax rates

-

-

22

 

________

________

________

 

(186)

59

(1,484)

 

________

________

________

Total tax expense

2,792

2,441

2,848

 

________

_______

_______

 

 

 

 

 

Factors affecting current tax charge:

The income tax expense was recognised based on management's best estimate of the weighted average annual income tax rate expected for the full financial year of 20%, applied to the profit before tax for the half year ended 31 March 2018. The effective tax rate has increased from 13% for the year ended 30 September 2017 to 20% for the six months ended 31 March 2018. This is due to the adjustment in respect of prior periods for current and deferred tax in the year end 30 September 2017.

 

The net deferred tax liability recognised at 31 March 2018 was £560,000 (31 March 2017: £2,289,000; 30 September 2017: £746,000). This comprised deferred tax assets relating to temporary differences and depreciation in excess of capital allowances of £1,071,000 (31 March 2017: £9,000; 30 September 2017: £956,000) and deferred tax liabilities in relation to accelerated capital allowances, ineligible items on acquisition, capital gains and acquired intangible assets totalling £1,631,000 (31 March 2017: £2,298,000; 30 September 2017: £1,702,000).  

 

 

 Long leasehold property

£'000

Short leasehold property £'000

Plant, machinery and fixtures and fittings

£'000

Total

£'000

Cost:

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 October 2016

 

1,224

10,349

39,767

51,340

Additions

 

27

5,921

7,603

13,551

Disposals

 

-

(950)

(4,425)

(5,375)

 

 

________

________

________

________

At 30 September 2017 (audited)

 

1,251

15,320

42,945

59,516

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additions

 

-

1,749

6,138

7,887

Disposals

 

-

(9)

(2,648)

(2,657)

 

 

________

________

________

________

At 31 March 2018 (unaudited)

 

1,251

17,060

46,435

64,746

 

 

________

________

________

________

Accumulated depreciation:

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 October 2016

 

110

3,311

10,655

14,076

Depreciation charge

 

49

1,969

7,972

9,990

Disposals

 

-

(697)

(3,562)

(4,259)

 

 

________

________

________

________

At 30 September 2017 (audited)

 

159

4,583

15,065

19,807

Depreciation charge

 

24

955

4,325

5,304

Disposals

 

-

(6)

(2,262)

(2,268)

 

 

________

________

________

________

At 31 March 2018 (unaudited)

 

183

5,532

17,128

22,843

 

 

________

________

________

________

Net book value

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2018 (unaudited)

 

1,068

11,528

29,307

41,903

At 30 September 2017 (audited)

 

1,092

10,737

27,880

39,709

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Property, plant and equipment

Outstanding capital commitments totalled £400,000 (31 March 2017: £1,023,000; 30 September 2017: £963,000).

 

 

8. Intangible assets

 

Goodwill

 £'000

Brand

£'000

Trademark £'000

Software

£'000

Total

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 October 2016

75,034

3,360

802

1,040

80,236

Additions

-

-

-

196

196

Disposals

-

-

-

(65)

(65)

 

________

________

________

________

________

At 30 September 2017 (audited)

75,034

3,360

802

1,171

80,367

Additions

-

-

-

161

161

Disposals

-

-

-

(2)

(2)

 

________

________

________

________

________

At 31 March 2018 (unaudited)

75,034

3,360

802

1,330

80,526

 

________

________

________

________

________

Accumulated amortisation and impairment losses

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 October 2016

-

348

116

544

1,008

Amortisation charge

-

168

51

321

540

Disposals

-

-

-

(48)

(48)

 

________

________

________

________

________

At 30 September 2017 (audited)

-

516

167

817

1,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation charge

-

84

25

149

258

Disposals

-

-

-

(2)

(2)

 

   ________

________

________

________

________

At 31 March 2018 (unaudited)

-

600

192

964

1,756

 

   ________

________

________

________

________

Net book value

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2018 (unaudited)

75,034

2,760

610

366

78,770

At 30 September 2017 (audited)

75,034

2,844

635

354

78,867

 

 

 9. Dividends

 

The following dividends were declared and paid by the Group

 

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2018

Unaudited

 

Six months

ended 31

March 2017

Unaudited

 

Year ended

30 September

2017

Audited

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Final dividend year ended 30 September 2016 - 0.19p per ordinary share

-

285

285

Interim dividend year ended 30 September 2017 - 1.8p per ordinary share

-

-

2,700

Final dividend year ended 30 September 2017 - 3.95p per ordinary share

5,925

-

-

Special dividend year ended 30 September 2017 - 3.33p per ordinary share

4,995

-

-

 

________

_______

_______

 

10,920

285

2,985

 

________

_______

_______

 

 

 

10. Loans and borrowings

 

31 March

2018

Unaudited

£'000

31 March

2017

Unaudited

£'000

30 September

2017

Audited

£'000

Current

 

 

 

Bank loan

1,380

630

1,380

 

________

________

________

Borrowings (less than 1 year)

1,380

630

1,380

 

________

________

________

Non-current

 

 

 

Bank loan

27,453

28,833

28,143

 

________

________

________

Borrowings (greater than 1 year)

27,453

28,833

28,143

 

________

________

________

Total borrowings

28,833

29,463

29,523

 

________

________

________

 

The bank loans are secured by a fixed and floating charge over all assets.

 

On 21 September 2016, the Group entered into a £30m facility with Lloyds Bank plc. This facility is due for repayment in instalments over a five year period up to the expiry date of 20 September 2021. The first repayment of £0.75m was made as at 31 December 2017, and subsequently will be repaid in 6-monthly instalments up to 31 December 2020. The remaining balance of £24.75m will be repayable at the expiry date of 20 September 2021. In addition, the Group has an undrawn £5m revolving credit facility and undrawn £5m capex facility. All loans carry interest at LIBOR plus a margin, which varies in accordance with the ratio of net debt divided by EBITDA and cash flow cover. The margin at 31 March 2018 is 1.75 per cent. (31 March 2017 and 30 September 2017: 2.25 per cent.).

 

 

11. Financial Instruments 

 

31 March

2018

Unaudited

£'000

31 March

2017

Unaudited

£'000

30 September

2017

Audited

£'000

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

Interest rate swap

-

24

-

 

_______

_______

_______

 

The interest rate swap was classified as level 2 in the fair value hierarchy. The fair value of interest rate swap contracts are calculated by management based on external valuations received from the Group's bankers and are based on anticipated future interest rate yields.

 

The Group entered into the following interest rate contract with the following terms:

 

Trade date

        Type

Fixed rate

Notional amount

Start date

End date

03/12/2014

Swap

   1.082%

8,000,000

03/12/2014

30/09/2017

 

Fair value hierarchy

IFRS 7 requires fair value measurements to be recognised using a fair value hierarchy that reflects the significance of the inputs used in the value measurements.

 

Level 1: inputs are quoted prices in active markets.

Level 2: a valuation that uses observable inputs for the asset or liability other than quoted prices in active markets.

Level 3: a valuation using unobservable inputs i.e. a valuation technique.

 

There were no transfers between levels throughout the periods under review.

 

 

12.  Long term employee incentive costs

 

The Group had the following share based payment arrangements in operation during the period:

a) The Hollywood Bowl Group plc Long Term Incentive Plan 2017

b) The Hollywood Bowl Group plc Long Term Incentive Plan 2018

c) The Hollywood Bowl Group plc Save-As-You-Earn Scheme 2018

 

The Group recognised a total charge of £143,000 in the 6 months ended 31 March 2018 (31 March 2017: £18,000, 30 September 2017: £123,000) in respect of the Group's share based payment arrangements and related employer's national insurance of £20,000 (31 March 2017: £2,000, 30 September 2017: £17,000).

 

Long Term Incentive Plan

HWB Group plc operates a Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) for certain key management.  In accordance with IFRS 2 Share Based Payments, the value of the awards is measured at fair value at the date of the grant.  The fair value is written off on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, based on management's estimate of the number of shares that will eventually vest.  In accordance with the LTIP scheme outlined in the Group's Remuneration Policy (Annual Report FY17), the vesting of these awards is conditional upon the achievement of an EPS target set at the time of grant and measured at the end of a 3 year period ending 30 September 2019 and 30 September 2020.

 

During the six months ended 31 March 2017, 428,113 share awards were granted under the LTIP.  For this grant, the Group recognised a charge of £107,059 (31 March 2017: £18,090, 30 September 2017 £122,503) and related employer national insurance of £14,774 (31 March 2017: £2,496, 30 September 2017: £16,905).

 

During the six months ended 31 March 2018, 349,087 share awards were granted under the LTIP.  For this grant, the Group recognised a charge of £30,125 (31 March 2017 and 30 September 2017: £nil) and related employer national insurance of £4,157 (31 March 2017 and 30 September 2017: £nil).

 

Save-As-You-Earn Plan

On 1 February 2018 HWB Group plc launched a Save-As-You-Earn plan (SAYE), available to all employees of the Group, for a term of 3 years.

In accordance with IFRS 2 Share Based Payments, the value of the awards are measured at fair value at the date of the grant. The fair value is expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, based on management's estimate of the number of shares that will eventually vest.

For the six months ended 31 March 2018, the Group has recognised £5,694 of share-based payment expense in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income (31 March 2017 and 30 September 2017: £nil).

 

 

13.  Principal Risks and Uncertainties

 

There are a number of potential risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance over the remaining six months of the financial year.  The directors do not consider that the principal risks and uncertainties have changed since the publication of the Annual Report for the year ended 30 September 2017.  These risks are summarised below, and how the Group seeks to mitigate these risks is set out on pages 36 to 38 of the Annual Report and Accounts 2017, which can be found at www.hollywoodbowlgroup.com

In summary, these include:

·      The economic condition in the UK

·      Dependency on the performance of IT systems

·      Delivery of products from 3rd party suppliers which are key to the customer experience

·      Retention of key team

·      Data security and protection

·      Adherence with regulatory requirements

 

 

14.  Related Party Transactions

 

31 March 2018

There were no related party transactions during the period.

 

31 March 2017

During the period Epiris Managers LLP charged a management fee of £25,000 to the Group.

 

 

Responsibility Statement

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

·      The  condensed  set  of  financial  statements  has  been  prepared  in  accordance  with  IAS  34  'Interim

Financial Reporting' as adopted by the EU.

·      The  interim  management  report  includes  a  fair  review  of  the  information  required  by :

(a) DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

(b) DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

 

 

This responsibility statement was approved by the Board on 23 May 2018 and is signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

Stephen Burns                                                                                    Laurence Keen

CEO                                                                                                       CFO

23 May 2018                                                                                         23 May 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF HOLLYWOOD BOWL GROUP PLC 

 
Conclusion 

We have been engaged by the company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 March 2018 which comprises the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated statement of financial position, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated statement of cash flows and the related explanatory notes. 

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 March 2018 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ("the DTR") of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority ("the UK FCA").   

 
Scope of review 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the UK.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  We read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and consider whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements. 

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.   

 
Directors' responsibilities 

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the DTR of the UK FCA. 

As disclosed in note 1, annual financial statements of the group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU.  The directors are responsible for preparing the condensed set of financial statements included in the half-yearly financial report in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the EU

 

Our responsibility 

Our responsibility is to express to the company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review. 

 

The purpose of our review work and to whom we owe our responsibilities

This report is made solely to the company in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the company in meeting the requirements of the DTR of the UK FCA.  Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to it in this report and for no other purpose.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have reached. 

  

Peter Selvey

for and on behalf of KPMG LLP 

Chartered Accountants 

58 Clarendon Road

Watford WD17 1DE

 

23 May 2018

 


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