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Final Results

Released 07:00 25-Jul-2017

RNS Number : 9497L
Colefax Group PLC
25 July 2017
 

AIM: CFX

25 July 2017

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

("Colefax" or the "Group")

 

Preliminary Results for the year ended 30 April 2017

 

Colefax is an international designer and distributor of furnishing fabrics & wallpapers and owns a leading interior decorating business. The Group trades under five brand names, serving different segments of the soft furnishings marketplace; these are Colefax and Fowler, Cowtan & Tout, Jane Churchill, Manuel Canovas and Larsen.

 

Key Points

 

·      Results in line with market expectations

underlying trading conditions in core US market were difficult but H2 improved over H1

 

·      Sales of £80.48m (2016: £76.88m), up 4.7%

 

·      Pre-tax profit of £2.94m (2016: £5.02m) impacted mainly by hedging loss of £2.0m following decline in Sterling

 

·      Earnings per share of 18.6p (2016: 32.2p)

 

·      Net cash at year end of £6.7m (2016: £10.1m)

 

·      Proposed increased final dividend of 2.50p per share (2016: 2.40p), taking total for the year to 4.80p (2016: 4.60p)

 

·      Fabric Division (87% of Group sales) - generated sales of £70.05m, up 5.5% but down by 6.0% on constant currency basis, reflecting adverse trading conditions in US

 

·      New showrooms opened in Boston and Atlanta

 

·      Decorating Division relocated showroom to Pimlico Road, Belgravia

 

·      Board is cautiously optimistic about prospects for the year ahead

 

 

David Green, Chief Executive, said:

 

"Underlying trading was difficult in our core US market but improved in the second half, with economic confidence strengthening after the US election result.  While the weakness of Sterling is extremely positive for our business, the decision to hedge our US Dollar exposure at our budgeted rate weighed on results this year and will do so to a more limited extent in the new financial year. 

 

"We successfully completed a large capital investment programme, opening two new showrooms in Boston and Atlanta, important US territories, as well as relocating our flagship Mayfair showroom to Belgravia.  Looking ahead, we are cautiously optimistic about the Group's prospects for the year and will continue to invest with confidence in our portfolio of brands."

 

 

 

Enquiries:

Colefax Group plc

David Green, Chief Executive

Tel: 020 7318 6021

 

Rob Barker, Finance Director

 

 

KTZ Communications

Katie Tzouliadis, Emma Pearson

 

Tel: 020 3178 6378

Peel Hunt LLP  

(Nominated Advisor

And Broker)

Adrian Trimmings, George Sellar

Tel: 020 7418 8900

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation.

 

 

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

Financial Results

 

Group sales for the year to 30 April 2017 increased by 4.7% to £80.48 million (2016: £76.88 million but decreased by 5.3% on a constant currency basis. Pre-tax profits decreased to £2.94 million (2016: £5.02 million) and earnings per share decreased to 18.6p (2016: 32.2p).  The Group ended the year with net cash of £6.7 million (2016: £10.1 million).

 

The Board is proposing to increase the final dividend by 4% to 2.50p per share (2016: 2.40p) making a total for the year of 4.80p (2016: 4.60p), an increase of 4%. The final dividend, which is subject to shareholder approval, will be paid on 10 October 2017 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 8 September 2017.

 

During the year the Group returned £2.58 million (2016 £324,000) to shareholders through the purchase of 537,000 shares at an average price of £4.79 and representing 5.0% of the issued share capital of the Company.

 

The decline in our profit was mainly due to difficult trading conditions in our core US market where sales were down by 7.7% on a constant currency basis. Our decision to hedge our US Dollar exposure at our budgeted rate meant that we incurred hedging losses of £2.0 million (2016: £144,000) reflecting the collapse in Sterling following the Brexit Referendum. Excluding hedging losses the Group profit before tax would have been £4.91 million or down 2% on last year.

 

A significant proportion of the Group's sales are in overseas markets with 68% of sales invoiced in currencies other than Sterling. In addition 47% of Group net assets are denominated in currencies other than Sterling. As a result exchange rate movements have exacerbated the changes in revenues, costs, assets and liabilities in our reported results.

 

Despite difficult trading conditions, the Group made significant progress during the year with a major programme of capital investment in new showrooms. In the UK our Decorating Division successfully moved from 39 Brook Street to new premises at 89-91 Pimlico Road in Belgravia and we are pleased with the positive customer response to the new showroom. In the US we opened two new showrooms in Boston and Atlanta which are both major sales territories. Inevitably these showroom openings involved some disruption to our existing business and we can now focus fully on building sales in these markets. 

 

Product Division

 

·      Fabric Division - Portfolio of Five Brands:

Colefax and Fowler

Cowtan and Tout

Jane Churchill

Manuel Canovas

Larsen

 

Sales in the Fabric Division, which represent 87% of Group turnover were up by 5.5% to £70.05 million (2016: £66.40 million) but down by 6.0% on a constant currency basis. Operating profit reduced to £2.80 million (2016: £4.53 million) but excluding hedging losses of £2.0m was up by 6.0% highlighting the importance of the US Dollar exchange rate to Fabric Division performance.

 

The main reason for the decline in Fabric Division sales on a constant currency basis was adverse trading conditions in our core US market. Sales in the US, which represent 59% of the Fabric Division's turnover, decreased by 7.7%. The rate of decline slowed during the year with the first half down by 10% and the second half down by 6%. In the run up to the US election there was considerable political uncertainty which we believe impacted spending at the luxury end of the market and although the election result was unexpected there has been greater certainty and economic confidence since the election. We opened a new showroom in Boston in October and a new showroom in Atlanta in February. Previously we sold through agent showrooms in these territories and we now have direct control over sales in these important markets.

Sales in the UK which represent 18% of the Fabric Division's turnover were down by 1% during the year reflecting fairly challenging conditions at the top end of the market. Trading conditions are closely linked to the health of the high end housing market and there has been a significant decline in high end housing transactions over the last year which we attribute to the very high rate of stamp duty on these properties. We would like to see stamp duty rates reduced but there seems to be little prospect of this in the current political climate. It is too early to say how our UK market will be affected by Brexit. Currently, the majority of our fabrics are sourced duty free from high quality manufacturers in Europe.

Sales in Continental Europe, which represent 20% of the Fabric Division's turnover, increased by 7% in reported terms but decreased by 6% on a constant currency basis. France, Germany and Italy account for 55% of sales in Europe and all of these markets were relatively difficult. On a constant currency basis France was down by 5%, Germany by 9% and Italy by 4%. Sales in most other European countries were slightly down compared to last year but there are tentative signs of a pick-up in the overall economy. Europe encompasses a wide range of design tastes and the Group's portfolio of brands means that we will look to exploit specific growth opportunities in specific markets. 

Sales in the Rest of the World which represent just 3% of the Fabric Division's turnover, decreased by 2% during the year. The main markets are the Middle East, Australia, Russia and China and current market conditions mean that they are likely to remain a relatively small part of overall sales. 

 

·      Furniture - Kingcome Sofas

 

Sales of Kingcome furniture, which represent 3% of Product Division sales decreased by 10% to £2.35 million (2016 £2.62 million). This business activity is highly operationally geared and, as a result of the sales decrease, operating profit reduced to £23,000 compared to a profit of £263,000 last year.  Approximately 90% of sales are in the UK, predominantly London, and we believe the luxury furniture market has been adversely impacted by the slowdown in the high end housing market. Customer deposits ended the year up by 21% compared to the prior year but we expect trading conditions to remain challenging. Export sales represent an opportunity for growth especially given the decline in the value of Sterling since the Brexit referendum.

 

Interior Decorating Division

 

Decorating sales, which account for 10% of Group turnover, increased by 3% to £8.06 million (2016: £7.86 million) but profits were £108,000 compared to a profit of £221,000 for the prior year. It has been a transitional year for the Decorating Division due to the move from 39 Brook Street in Mayfair where the company was based for over 80 years. The new showroom at 89-91 Pimlico Road in Belgravia opened in February 2017 and the initial market reaction has exceeded our expectations. The new location is better suited to the needs of the business and whilst we have significantly reduced our investment in antique stock, antique sales have been encouraging. Despite the distraction of the move, customer deposits are well ahead of last year. The decline in Sterling is a growth opportunity for the company and we have seen an increase in the proportion of overseas clients.

 

Prospects

 

The last year has been challenging for the Group and underlying trading conditions were affected both by uncertainty before the US election and after the Brexit Referendum. We are pleased to have successfully completed a significant capital investment programme with two major new US showrooms and a new Decorating Division showroom in the UK and we expect to see a good return on these investments in the current year.

 

In the US, our most important market, we have seen a steady improvement in confidence since the Presidential election and sales for the first two months of the new financial year are ahead of last year and budget. Sales in the UK and Europe are also ahead of last year although we remain cautious about growth prospects in these markets.

 

The weakness of Sterling against the US Dollar is extremely positive for our business due to the fact that approximately 60% of Fabric Division sales are in the US and invoiced in US Dollars. However, we will not benefit fully this year due to ongoing hedging, put in place prior to the Brexit Referendum, which is likely to give rise to a pre-tax charge of just over £1.2 million.

 

Overall we are cautiously optimistic about the Group's prospects for the year ahead and will continue to invest with confidence in our portfolio of brands.

 

David Green

Chairman

 

25 July 2017

 

 

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

GROUP INCOME STATEMENT

For the year ended 30 April 2017

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

     80,475

 

     76,879

 

 

 

Cost of sales

       36,119

 

       33,587

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

       44,356

 

       43,292

 

 

 

Operating expenses

      41,419

 

      38,279

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit from operations

         2,937

 

         5,013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

              1

 

              3

 

 

 

Finance expense

(1)

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

           3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

         2,937

 

         5,016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

-UK

            39

 

(502)

 

 

 

-Overseas

(1,081)

 

(1,053)

 

 

 

 

(1,042)

 

(1,555)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent

         1,895

 

         3,461

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

           18.6

p

           32.2

p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

           18.6

p

           32.2

p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the year ended 30 April 2017

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

1,895

 

   3,461

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income / (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit and loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

1,628

 

642

 

Remeasurement of defined benefit pension scheme

101

 

(100)

 

Tax relating to items that will not be reclassified to profit and loss

(449)

 

(106)

 

 

1,280

 

436

 

Items that will or may be reclassified to profit and loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow hedges:

 

 

 

 

Losses recognised directly in equity

     (2,611)

 

      (805)

 

Transferred to profit and loss for the year

2,006

 

144

 

Tax relating to items that will or may be reclassified to profit and loss

109

 

132

 

 

(496)

 

(529)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive income / (expense)

784          

 

    (93)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent

       2,679

 

       3,368

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

GROUP STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

At 30 April 2017

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets:

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 9,669

        7,551

Deferred tax asset

386

35

 

10,055

7,586

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

Inventories and work in progress

      13,938

      12,518

Trade and other receivables

      11,805

      9,179

Current corporation tax

170

-

Cash and cash equivalents

       6,710

        10,085

 

     32,623

      31,782

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

Trade and other payables

13,961

11,258

Current corporation tax

            -

            163

 

      13,961

      11,421

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net current assets

       18,662

       20,361

 

 

 

Total assets less current liabilities

28,717

27,947

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities:

 

 

Deferred rent

1,992

1,459

Deferred tax

734

-

Pension liability

           55

           170

 

 

 

Net assets

       25,936

       26,318

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the Company:

 

 

Called up share capital

        1,022

        1,076

Share premium account

       11,148

       11,148

Capital redemption reserve

         1,852

         1,798

ESOP share reserve

(113)

(113)

Foreign exchange reserve

         2,779

         1,559

Cash flow hedge reserve

          (979)

            (483)

Retained earnings

10,227

       11,333

Total equity

       25,936

       26,318

 

 

 

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

GROUP STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the year ended 30 April 2017

 

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

Profit before taxation

        2,937

        5,016

Finance income

(1)

(3)

Finance expense

              1

              -

Depreciation

         2,720

         2,187

 

 

 

Cash flows from operations before changes in working capital

         5,657

         7,200

 

 

 

(Increase) / decrease in inventories and work in progress

     (1,140)

     (127)

(Increase) / decrease in trade and other receivables

(2,172)

704

Increase / (decrease) in trade and other payables

1,835

(582)

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

         4,180

         7,195

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation paid

 

 

UK corporation tax paid

(224)

(556)

Overseas tax paid

(1,141)

(781)

 

(1,365)

(1,337)

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

         2,815

         5,858

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

Payments to acquire property, plant and equipment

(4,126)

(2,278)

Receipts from sales of property, plant and equipment

            40

            24

Interest received

              1

              2

Net cash outflow from investing

(4,085)

(2,252)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

Purchase of own shares

(2,583)

(324)

Interest paid

(1)

(1)

Equity dividends paid

(478)

(483)

 

 

 

Net cash outflow from financing

(3,062)

(808)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

         (4,332)

         2,798

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

       10,085

       6,861

Exchange gains on cash and cash equivalents

957

426

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

        6,710

        10,085

 

 

 

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

GROUP STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the year ended 30 April 2017

 

Share capital

Share premium account

Capital redemption reserve

ESOP share reserve

Foreign exchange reserve

Cash flow hedge reserve

Retained earnings

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2016

1,076

 11,148

  1,798

(113)

1,559

(483)

11,333

26,318

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,895

1,895

Foreign exchange

-

-

-

-

1,628

-

-

1,628

Remeasurement of defined benefit pension scheme

-

-

-

-

-

-

101

101

 

Cash flow hedges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses

-

-

-

-

-

(2,611)

-

(2,611)

Transfers

-

-

-

-

-

2,006

-

2,006

 

Tax on other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

(408)

109

(41)

(340)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

1,220

(496)

1,955

2,679

Share buybacks

(54)

          -

        54

          -

              -

             -

(2,583)

(2,583)

Dividends paid

           -

           -

              -

           -

              -

             -

(478)

(478)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 April 2017

      1,022

    11,148

         1,852

(113)

   2,779

         (979)

  10,227

25,936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2015

1,083

 11,148

  1,791

(113)

1,062

46

8,740

23,757

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

3,461

3,461

Foreign exchange

-

-

-

-

642

-

-

642

Remeasurement of defined benefit pension scheme

-

-

-

-

-

-

(100)

(100)

 

Cash flow hedges:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses

-

-

-

-

-

(805)

-

(805)

Transfers

-

-

-

-

-

144

-

144

 

Tax on other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

(145)

132

39

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

497

(529)

3,400

3,368

Share buybacks

(7)

          -

         7

          -

              -

             -

(324)

(324)

Dividends paid

           -

           -

              -

           -

              -

             -

(483)

(483)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 April 2016

      1,076

    11,148

         1,798

(113)

    1,559

       (483)

  11,333

26,318

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

At 30 April 2017

 

 

1. Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share have been calculated on the basis of profit on ordinary activities after tax of £1,895,000 (2016: £3,461,000) and on 10,185,206 (2016: 10,750,549) ordinary shares, being the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year. Shares owned by the Colefax Group Plc Employees' Share Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trust are excluded from the basic earnings per share calculation.

 

Diluted earnings per share have been calculated on the basis of profit on ordinary activities after tax of £1,895,000 (2016: £3,461,000) and on 10,185,206 (2016: 10,750,549) ordinary shares, being the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.

 

 

 

 

2. Cash and cash equivalents

For the purposes of the consolidated statement of cash flows, cash and cash equivalents comprise the following:

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Cash at bank and in hand

6,710

10,085

Bank overdrafts

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,710

10,085

 

 

The fair value of cash and cash equivalents are considered to be their book value.

 

 

3.  The above financial information, which has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as endorsed by the European Union, does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The financial information for the year ended 30 April 2017 has been extracted from the statutory accounts which will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the company's annual general meeting. The comparative financial information is based on the statutory accounts for the financial year ended 30 April 2016 which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Independent Auditors' Report on both of those financial statements was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) and Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

 

4. Annual general meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Colefax Group plc will be held at 19-23 Grosvenor Hill, London W1K 3QD on 14 September 2017 at 11.00 a.m.


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