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Volution Group plc  -  FAN   

Final Results for the year ended 31 July 2017

Released 07:00 10-Oct-2017

RNS Number : 1265T
Volution Group plc
10 October 2017
 

 

Embargoed until 07:00 on:

Tuesday 10 October 2017

 

VOLUTION GROUP PLC

PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 JULY 2017

 Strong revenue growth of 20% and adjusted EPS up 8%.

Recent acquisitions integrating well, supplementing continued organic growth.

 

Volution Group plc ("Volution" or "the Group" or "the Company", LSE: FAN), a leading supplier of ventilation products to the residential and commercial construction markets, today announces its audited financial results for the 12 months ended 31 July 2017.

Financial Results

2017

2016

Movement





Revenue (£m)

185.1

154.5

19.8%

Adjusted operating profit (£m)

35.6

32.5

9.6%

Adjusted profit before tax (£m)

34.6

31.3

10.3%

Reported profit before tax (£m)

17.9

18.4

(2.5)%

Adjusted basic and diluted EPS (pence)

13.6

12.6

7.9%

Reported basic and diluted EPS  (pence)

7.0

7.8

(10.3)%

Adjusted operating cash flow (£m)

35.9

31.1

15.5%

Total dividend per share (pence)

4.15

3.80

9.2%

Net debt (£m)

37.0

36.1

0.9

The Group uses some alternative performance measures to track and assess the underlying performance of the business.  These measures include adjusted operating profit, adjusted profit before tax, adjusted basic and diluted EPS and adjusted operating cash flow.  For a definition of all the adjusted and non-GAAP measures, please see the glossary of terms in note 18. A reconciliation to reported measures is set out in note 2.

Financial highlights

·      Strong revenue growth of 19.8% (14.5% at constant currency):

·        Organic revenue growth of 7.3% (2.1% at constant currency); and

·        Inorganic revenue growth of 12.5% (12.4% at constant currency).

·      Adjusted operating profit increased by 9.6% to £35.6 million (4.2% at constant currency).

·      As anticipated, adjusted operating profit margin declined by 1.7 percentage points, partly as a consequence of new acquisitions.

·      Reported profit before tax declined by 2.5% to £17.9 million (2016: £18.4 million), resulting predominantly from the increased amortisation of acquired intangible assets and a movement in the fair value of derivative financial instruments.

·      Adjusted operating cash flow was very strong at £35.9 million (2016: £31.1 million).

·      Net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio of 0.9x after two acquisitions completed in the year.

·      Adjusted basic and diluted EPS growth of 7.9% to 13.6 pence (2016:12.6 pence).

·      Reported basic and diluted EPS declined by 10.3% to 7.0 pence (2016: 7.8 pence).

·      Full year dividend of 4.15 pence per share, up 9.2%.

Strategic highlights

·      Two acquisitions completed during the year, strengthening our position in existing geographies, with all integration activity for recent acquisitions progressing well.

·        Acquisition of Breathing Buildings Limited completed in December 2016. Breathing Buildings has been pioneering natural and hybrid ventilation systems since 2006, with which it has become very successful within the new build education sector. The acquisition has widened our capability with a leader in natural and hybrid ventilation for commercial buildings, strengthened our product range and broadened our channel to market; and

·        Acquisition of VoltAir System AB completed in May 2017. VoltAir System has a strong presence in the residential and commercial new build ventilation markets in Sweden in the growing market for energy efficient air handling units. The business is highly complementary to our strong position in the Nordic residential refurbishment ventilation products market.

·      OEM (Torin-Sifan) launched its new high-efficiency Revolution 360 range of EC fans into volume production during the year which offers benefits in both high-efficiency and low noise to the European heating, ventilation & air conditioning industry.

Commenting on the Group's performance, Ronnie George, Chief Executive Officer, said:

"I am delighted to announce these strong results today which continue our ambition of delivering consistent revenue and profit growth. We continued our successful acquisition strategy completing two acquisitions in the year, both of which extended our market reach in existing geographies and we also delivered good organic growth. These strong results translated in to excellent operational cash generation with our conversion rate exceeding the already high rate in the prior year."

Outlook

The new financial year has started well with organic growth ahead of that achieved in the same period in the prior year. Our significant investment in new product development as well as specific initiatives in both public and private RMI are translating into benefits as anticipated. As a result, the Board is confident of delivering good progress in this financial year.

 

-Ends-

 

For further information: 

Enquiries:




Volution Group plc


Ronnie George, Chief Executive Officer

+44 (0) 1293 441501

Ian Dew, Chief Financial Officer      

+44 (0) 1293 441536



Tulchan Communications

+44 (0) 207 353 4200

James Macey White


Matt Low


A presentation will be held for analysts at 9.30 am today, Tuesday 10 October, at the offices of Tulchan Communications, 85 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AE.

A copy of this announcement and the presentation given to analysts will be available on our website www.volutiongroupplc.com from 7.00 am on Tuesday 10 October.

Volution Group plc Legal Entity Identifier: 213800EPT84EQCDHO768.

Note to Editors:

Volution Group plc (LSE: FAN) is a leading supplier of ventilation products to the residential and commercial construction markets in the UK, the Nordics and Central Europe.

The Volution Group operates through two divisions: the Ventilation Group and the OEM (Torin-Sifan) division. The Ventilation Group consists of 13 key brands - Vent-Axia, Manrose, Diffusion, National Ventilation, Airtech, Breathing Buildings, Fresh, PAX, VoltAir System, Welair, inVENTer, Brüggemann and Ventilair, focused primarily on the UK, the Nordic and Central European ventilation markets. The Ventilation Group principally supplies ventilation products for residential and commercial ventilation applications. The OEM (Torin-Sifan) division supplies motors, fans and blowers to OEMs of heating and ventilation products for both residential and commercial construction applications in Europe.

For more information, please go to: www.volutiongroupplc.com 

Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements

This document may contain forward-looking statements which are made in good faith and are based on current expectations or beliefs, as well as assumptions about future events. You can sometimes, but not always, identify these statements by the use of a date in the future or such words as "will", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "project", "intend", "plan", "should", "may", "assume" and other similar words. By their nature, forward-looking statements are inherently predictive and speculative and involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S REVIEW

Overview

I am pleased to report another year of strong results as we continue to build on the success of the past. We completed two acquisitions in the year, in line with our strategy of making selective value-adding acquisitions and also successfully integrated the acquisitions made in the prior year. The acquisition of Breathing Buildings, a natural and hybrid ventilation system provider to the education sector in the UK was completed in December 2016 and more recently VoltAir System, a Swedish producer of heat recovery ventilation solutions for primarily the commercial new build market was completed in May 2017.

The integration of the National Ventilation and Airtech brands was completed in the year with a significant increase in their operating margins through the pre-planned product "swap-out" initiatives, product upgrades and the closure of the small manufacturing assembly operation in Lasham, Hampshire. The closure of the Lasham facility (part of our factory relocation project) was made possible through a product range development initiative, which resulted in the integration of the product supply inside the existing UK manufacturing footprint. I am also pleased to advise that all ten factory operatives at the facility were able to find alternative, local employment post closure.

The Group delivered organic revenue growth of 2.1% on a constant currency basis, in spite of the weakness in the Residential Public Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) market and the small decline in the UK commercial sector; all of our other market sectors across the Group delivered organic growth in the financial year. Input cost inflation has been rising, largely as a result of the weakness of Sterling versus the US Dollar; in mitigation we achieved more traction on our selling price initiatives towards the end of the financial year.

Torin-Sifan, after a decline in revenue in the first half of our financial year, delivered a full year organic revenue growth of 2.8% on a constant currency basis, assisted by the sales of the new, more energy efficient and quieter, Electronically Commutated (EC) 3 phase motorised impeller range.

Ventilation Group segment

Revenue:                                    £163.1 million, 88.1% of Group revenue (£155.9 million at constant currency)

(2016: £134.1 million, 86.8% of Group revenue)

 

Adjusted operating profit:      £34.6 million, 97.1% of Group adjusted operating profit

(2016: £31.6 million, 97.3% of Group adjusted operating profit)



Constant currency

Market sectors

2017

£000

2017

£000

2016

£000

Growth

%

Ventilation Group





UK Residential RMI

38,444

38,444

35,427

8.5%

UK Residential New Build

23,421

23,421

19,818

18.2%

UK Commercial

32,724

32,724

21,677

51.0%

UK Export

10,206

9,415

7,803

20.7%

Nordics

30,829

27,757

25,521

8.8%

Central Europe

27,460

24,139

23,820

1.3%

Total Ventilation Group

163,084

155,900

134,066

16.3%

The Ventilation Group's performance resulted in a 21.6% increase in revenue on prior year (16.3% at constant currency). Organic growth was 7.3% (2.0% at constant currency) including the organic decline in revenue from the UK Residential Public RMI market, offset by the continuing strong organic growth in the UK Residential New Build market and in the Nordics.

United Kingdom

Sales in our UK Residential New Build sector were £23.4 million (2016: £19.8 million), growth of 18.2%, assisted in the year by the additional revenues from National Ventilation, acquired in May 2016. Organic growth achieved was 8.3% with continuing growth in the order book. The Kinetic Advance initially launched in 2016, is now gaining good revenue traction and is now being widely specified in a number of residential new projects for our financial year 2018. This product won 'Energy Efficient Product of the Year' at the widely acclaimed Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Building Performance Awards in February 2017 together with 'Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year' at the prestigious Heating and Ventilation News Awards in April 2017.

The UK Residential Public RMI market remained challenging with total revenue of £15.8 million up 10.1% on the prior year assisted by the acquisition of Airtech in May 2016. In this market, although our overall share has increased as a result of this acquisition, we experienced an organic decline of 9.2% in the year. The Revive, one of the most efficient, quiet and discrete bathroom and kitchen fans available to the public market sector established itself during the year as did the upgraded Airtech product range. The Revive also won an award in the Air Movement category at the Heating and Ventilation News Awards in April 2017. Further new product launches are planned for later in 2017 and we have now combined the public housing resources of the acquired Airtech business with that of the Vent-Axia team, to provide a more diverse and compelling offer to the public market sector.

The UK private refurbishment sector performed better in the year with revenue of £22.7 million, an increase of 7.4% on prior year mainly due to the acquisition of National Ventilation. The second half of the financial year delivered an organic growth of 1.6% having declined in the first half of the year, resulting in a flat performance overall. Despite the market being subdued, we gained some significant new accounts towards the end of our financial year and have had greater success with price increase delivery in recent months. These successes together with upselling our silent range of products across all our UK brands gives us a more optimistic outlook for revenue growth in this market sector for our financial year 2018.

UK Commercial revenue grew by 51.0% in the year to £32.7 million (2016: £21.7 million) mainly as a result of the acquisition of Breathing Buildings in December 2016 and the full year effect of Diffusion, acquired in the prior year. Organic revenue declined by 0.3% in the year. Since the acquisition of Diffusion in December 2015, sales have performed very strongly, requiring us to increase the manufacturing capacity of the business to support the increasing demand. The acquisition of Diffusion and Breathing Buildings has improved our access to the attractive new build commercial projects market and provides us with a more balanced exposure in the UK to both the new and refurbishment opportunities in the commercial sector.

UK Export sales were £10.2 million (2016: £7.8 million), strong growth of 30.8% (20.7% at constant currency), benefiting from the additional export sales from Diffusion with an organic growth of 21.0% (10.8% growth at constant currency).  Sales of our market leading residential heat recovery products and our fan coil range have performed particularly well in Eire with exports from the UK also benefitting from weaker Sterling.

Nordics

Sales in the Nordics sector were £30.8 million (2016: £25.5 million), an increase of 20.8% (8.8% at constant currency) with organic revenue growth of 16.5% (5.1% growth at constant currency). Sales of the Calima fan, the first app-controlled extractor fan on the market, have developed well in the year extending our leadership position in the Nordic RMI market for high end, near silent, energy efficient solutions. Welair, acquired in December 2015, has provided us with the capability to manufacture heat recovery ventilation systems for the new construction market in the Nordics and our focus on this market has been enhanced with the acquisition of VoltAir System in May 2017.

VoltAir System has a capability to supply highly configurable, specialised solutions for heat recovery ventilation in new construction projects. A modular system that can be completed on site enables us to supply ventilation products for applications where our competitors are restricted due to the size and configuration of their units. VoltAir System had a strong order intake following its acquisition and this strong forward order book provides us with confidence for the year ahead.

Central Europe

Sales in Central Europe were £27.5 million, growth of 15.3% (1.3% at constant currency). Sales in Germany grew 17.6% on the prior year (3.3% at constant currency) with stronger performance towards the end of the financial year. We have continued to invest in new product development, marketing and in the sales team in Central Europe in order to support the targeted higher organic growth in the future. In Belgium where we are a leading supplier of heat recovery ventilation systems for the new build market, the Kinetic Advance has started to gain traction in sales and further enhancements to the range are to be added in the financial year 2018.

OEM (Torin-Sifan) segment

Revenue:                                               £22.0 million, 11.9% of Group revenue (£21.0 million at constant currency)

(2016: £20.4 million, 13.2% of Group revenue)

 

Adjusted operating profit:                £3.8 million, 10.6% of Group adjusted operating profit

(2016: £3.3 million, 10.0% of Group adjusted operating profit)



Constant currency

Market sectors

2017

£000

2017

£000

2016

£000

Growth

%

Total OEM

21,976

20,974

20,398

2.8%

Our OEM (Torin-Sifan) segment's revenue in the year was £22.0 million (2016: £20.4 million), an increase of 7.7% (2.8% at constant currency), with a stronger performance from sales in the second half of the year. The UK had a generally mild winter and our sales volume of traditional spares for gas boilers declined slightly, mitigated by a price increase in other products. Our new EC3 motorised impeller range was launched in the second half of the year and sales to both UK and export customers are progressing well. The market for sales of EC direct current motorised impellers is expected to grow, underpinned by new construction growth and regulatory drivers, both in the UK and in Continental Europe.

Three strategic pillars

Our strategy continues to focus on three key pillars:

·      organic growth in our core markets;

·      growth through a disciplined and value-adding acquisition strategy; and

·      further develop Torin-Sifan's range, build customer preference and loyalty.

Our core markets were again extended in the 2017 financial year as we acquired Breathing Buildings in the UK and VoltAir System in the Nordics. Both businesses focus on the new construction markets and improve our product portfolio which now has a more diversified mix of RMI and new construction.

The acquisitions made in the 2016 financial year have all been progressing well and although not classed as delivering organic growth until one year after acquisition, did grow revenue in their first year. The expected synergies from the acquisition of NVA Services (National Ventilation and Airtech brands) were largely delivered in the year.  Further synergies are expected resulting from more recent changes including the closure of the Lasham production facility and launch of new upgraded products manufactured at our other UK production facilities.

These new markets, as well as the original core markets for Volution, continue to benefit from the favourable regulatory backdrop that focuses on reducing carbon emissions from buildings (in particular new buildings) and improving air quality, as well as the need to improve energy efficiency.

The ventilation market remains highly fragmented and we will continue to pursue acquisition opportunities leveraging the Group's capabilities in operations, procurement, distribution and finance, all of which will benefit from continued investment.

We will continue to provide strong central leadership in research and development to facilitate the Group's growth. Investment in our own sourcing team in China is delivering good value to the procurement efforts around the enlarged Group. 

The investment we made during the year in the new production facility for Torin-Sifan has helped support the organic growth during the year. Sales of the new EC3 motorised impeller range are gaining traction and production of the range at this new facility is going well with dedicated space reserved for further production lines to underpin the expected growth of the range.

Board

As announced separately today, with the need to progressively refresh the Board, Adrian Barden will be retiring as an independent Non-Executive Director at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on 13 December 2017 (2017 AGM). He will not be seeking re-election from shareholders. Adrian was initially appointed to the former holding company of the Group, Windmill Topco Limited on 3 February 2012 and provided important continuity on the Board whilst the business moved from private-equity ownership to a listed company. He will have served just under six years on the current and pre-IPO Board at the time of the 2017 AGM.

The Board would like to extend their thanks to Adrian for his contributions during his tenure. To ensure an orderly succession plan, the Nomination Committee has recently initiated a search for a new Non-Executive Director and an announcement will be made in due course.

People

As our Group becomes more complex and more diverse through acquisition and organic growth, it is essential that we have a talent pool to support our development plans. In April 2017 we completed our second internal Management Development Programme (MDP) which consisted of fifteen high potential managers from across the Group. Such has been the success of this programme that we have decided not to wait a further year before commencing the next programme and will be starting our third MDP in November 2017. The programme itself is always oversubscribed and this time will consist of eighteen delegates.

During the year we completed two new acquisitions in existing Volution geographies. The integration of new acquisitions has become easier as our experience of this process grows. I am extremely proud of the dedication and commitment of our talented group of employees who show a great deal of sensitivity when new acquisitions join the Group and as a result of these actions and behaviour we have been able to successfully build a more geographically and market diverse Group since listing in 2014. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our employees for their part in this success.

Outlook

The new financial year has started well with organic growth ahead of that achieved in the same period in the prior year. Our significant investment in new product development as well as specific initiatives in both public and private RMI are translating into benefits as anticipated. As a result, the Board is confident of delivering good progress in this financial year. 

 

 

Ronnie George

Chief Executive Officer

10 October 2017

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Trading performance summary


Reported


Adjusted 1



Year ended

31 July 2017

Year ended

31 July 2016

Movement

Year ended

31 July 2017

Year ended

31 July 2016

Movement

Revenue (£m)

185.1

154.5

19.8%

185.1

154.5

19.8%

EBITDA (£m)

37.8

33.9

11.5%

39.2

35.4

10.8%

Operating profit (£m)

20.4

18.4

11.0%

35.6

32.5

9.6%

Finance costs (£m)

2.5

1.2

111.3%

1.1

1.2

(10.6)%

Profit before tax (£m)

17.9

18.4

(2.5)%

34.6

31.3

10.3%

Basic and diluted EPS (p)

7.0

7.8

(10.3)%

13.6

12.6

7.9%

Total dividend per share (p)

4.15

3.80

9.2%

4.15

3.80

9.2%

Operating cash flow (£m)

34.5

29.7

15.6%

35.9

31.1

15.5%

Net debt (£m)

37.0

36.1

0.9

37.0

36.1

0.9

1The Group uses some alternative performance measures to track and assess the underlying performance of the business.  These measures include adjusted operating profit, adjusted profit before tax, adjusted basic and diluted EPS and adjusted operating cash flow.  For a definition of all the adjusted and non-GAAP measures, please see the glossary of terms in note 18. A reconciliation to reported measures is set out in note 2.

Revenue

The Group continued its strong revenue growth during 2017. Revenue for the year ended 31 July 2017 was £185.1 million (2016: £154.5 million), a 19.8% increase (14.5% at constant currency). Growth was achieved both organically, 7.3% (2.1% at constant currency), and inorganically, 12.5% (12.4% at constant currency). The inorganic growth was a result of the two acquisitions made in the year and the full year effect of the four acquisitions made in the prior year.

The Ventilation Group revenues grew by 21.6% (16.3% at constant currency), of which, organic growth represented 7.3% (2.0% at constant currency). OEM (Torin-Sifan) grew, entirely organically, by 7.7% (2.8% at constant currency).

Due to the significant weakening of Sterling in June 2016 and its low value throughout the financial year, the movements in foreign currency exchange rates for the year as a whole have had a favourable translation effect on the reported revenue of our overseas businesses. If we had translated the full year revenue of our business at our 2016 exchange rates, the reported Group revenues would have been £176.9 million.

Profitability

Our underlying result, as measured by adjusted operating profit, was £35.6 million (2016: £32.5 million), 19.3% of revenues (2016: 21.0%), delivering a £3.1 million improvement compared to the prior year. The Group benefited from the acquisition of Breathing Buildings in December 2016 and VoltAir System in May 2017 and the full year effect of the prior year acquisitions.

On sales growth of 19.8%, adjusted profit before tax improved by £3.3 million to £34.6 million, growth of 10.3%. Our Group adjusted profit before tax margin declined by 1.6 percentage points to 18.7% as a consequence of the acquisition of businesses that operated with profit margins lower than our Group average, exchange rate linked inflation in the UK and a decline in the profitable UK RMI (public) sector revenue.

The Group's reported profit before tax in the year was £17.9 million compared to £18.4 million in 2016. The reported profit before tax for the period has declined by £0.5 million in spite of a £3.3 million increase in underlying profitability largely because:

·      in the reported results there was a finance cost of £1.4 million in the year relating to the revaluation of financial instruments carried at fair value (2016: a gain of £1.1 million) which uncrystallised movement we do not include in our adjusted results; and

·      the amortisation of acquired intangible assets increased by £1.1 million in the year, as a consequence of recent acquisitions, to £13.8 million (2016: £12.7 million).

Reconciliation of statutory measures to adjusted performance measures

The Board and key management personnel use some alternative performance measures to track and assess the underlying performance of the business. These measures include adjusted operating profit, adjusted profit before tax, adjusted basic and diluted EPS and adjusted operating cash flow. These measures are deemed more appropriate as they remove income and expenditure which is not directly related to the ongoing trading of the business. A reconciliation of these measures of performance to the corresponding reported figure is shown below and is detailed in note 2 to the consolidated financial statements.


Year ended 31 July 2016


Reported

Adjustments

Adjusted results

Reported

Adjustments

Adjusted results


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

185,060

-

185,060

154,464

-

154,464

Gross profit

91,037

-

91,037

75,366

-

75,366

Admin & Distribution costs excluding the costs listed below

(55,410)

-

(55,410)

(42,861)

-

(42,861)

Amortisation of  intangible assets acquired through business combinations

(13,826)

13,826

-

(12,658)

12,658

-

Exceptional items

(1,380)

1,380

-

(1,209)

1,209

-

Non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional

-

-

-

(236)

236

-

Operating profit

20,421

15,206

35,627

18,402

14,103

32,505

Net (gain)/loss on financial instruments at fair value

(1,449)

1,449

-

1,139

(1,139)

-

Other net finance costs

(1,074)

-

(1,074)

(1,177)

-

(1,177)

Profit before tax

17,898

16,655

34,553

18,364

12,964

31,328

Income tax

(4,021)

(3,509)

(7,530)

(2,757)

(3,496)

(6,253)

Profit after tax

13,877

13,146

27,023

15,607

9,468

25,075

The following are the items excluded from adjusted measures:

·      Amortisation of acquired intangibles

On acquisition of a business, where appropriate, we value identifiable intangible fixed assets acquired such as trademarks and customer base and recognise these assets in our consolidated statement of financial position; we then amortise these acquired intangible assets over their useful lives. In the year the amortisation charge of these intangible assets increased to £13.8 million (2016: £12.7 million) as a consequence of recent acquisitions. We exclude this accounting adjustment in the calculation of our adjusted earnings because it is a cost associated with acquisitions, not the underlying trading of the businesses.

·      Exceptional items

Exceptional items, by virtue of their size, incidence or nature, are disclosed separately in order to allow a better understanding of the underlying trading performance of the Group. During the year, exceptional items were £1.4 million (2016: £1.2 million) and relate to the cost of acquisitions £0.8 million (2016: £1.2 million) and our UK factory rationalisation project £0.6 million (2016: £nil). Details of these exceptional items can be found in note 5 to the consolidated financial statements.

·      Non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional

These are items of expense incurred by the Group which are non-recurring but do not meet the IFRS definition of exceptional items; they have been adjusted to give a fairer representation of the underlying performance of the business. There were no such costs this year (2016: £0.2 million).

·      Fair value adjustments

At each reporting period end date, we measure the fair value of financial derivatives and recognise any gains or losses immediately in finance cost. During the year, we recognised a loss of £1.4 million (2016: gain of £1.1 million). We exclude these gains or losses from our measures of adjusted earnings because they are accounting adjustments which will reverse in future periods and do not reflect the underlying trading of the business.

Acquisitions

Two acquisitions were completed during the year:

·      Breathing Buildings, based in the UK, acquired in December 2016 for a consideration of £11.6 million net of cash acquired; and

·      VoltAir System, based in Sweden, acquired in May 2017 for a cash consideration of SEK 72.9 million (approximately £6.5 million) net of cash acquired. In addition there is an element of consideration which is contingent upon the level of EBITDA for the 12 months ended 31 December 2017, with a fair value of SEK 16,930,000 (approximately £1.5 million).

Finance revenue and costs

Net finance costs of £2.5 million (2016: £nil) increased in the year as a consequence of the loss of £1.4 million in the fair value of financial derivatives in the year (2016: gain of £1.1 million) as discussed above. Our net finance cost before these revaluations has decreased slightly in the year to £1.1 million (2016: £1.2 million).

Taxation

The UK Finance (No. 2) Act 2015, which was enacted on 18 November 2015, introduced a reduction in the UK headline rate of corporation tax to 19% and 18% from 1 April 2017 and 1 April 2020 respectively. A further reduction in the headline rate to 17% from 1 April 2020 was included in the UK Finance Act 2016, enacted on 15 September 2016.

The effective tax rate for the year was 22.5% (2016: 15.0%), the prior year benefited from a one-off deferred tax credit of £1.6 million, mainly arising from the changes to the UK corporation tax rates mentioned above.

Our underlying effective tax rate, on adjusted profit before tax, was 21.8% (2016: 20.0%). The increase of 1.8 percentage points, over the prior year, was partly as a result of a higher proportion of our profits, in the year, being earned in jurisdictions with higher tax rates (an expense of £0.2 million) and partly because the prior year's adjusted tax charge benefited from a £0.4 million one-off deferred tax credit, part of the £1.6 million credit outlined above.

The Group's medium-term adjusted effective tax rate is expected to remain around 21% of the Group's adjusted profit before tax.

Operating cash flow

The Group continued to be strongly cash generative in the year with adjusted operating cash inflow of £35.9 million (2016: £31.1 million). This represents a cash conversion, after capital expenditure and movement in working capital, of 99% (2016: 95%). The Group continues to manage its working capital efficiently with operating working capital representing 10.5% of revenue (2016: 11.7%). In addition, the Group continues to invest for the future with net capital expenditure of £3.9 million (2016: £4.3 million) including investment in new product development and improved IT systems. See the glossary of terms in note 18 for a definition of adjusted operating cash flow and cash conversion.


2017

2016

Reconciliation of adjusted operating cash flow

£m

£m

Net cash flow generated from operating activities

32.9

29.1

Net capital expenditure

(3.9)

(4.3)

UK and overseas tax paid

5.6

5.2

Cash flows relating to exceptional items

1.2

0.8

Exceptional items: fair value of inventories

0.1

0.3

Adjusted operating cash flow

35.9

31.1

Employee Benefit Trust

In the period the Group loaned £0.5 million to the Volution Employee Benefit Trust for the exclusive purpose of purchasing shares in Volution Group plc in order to partly fulfil the Company's obligations under its Long Term Incentive Plan and Deferred Share Bonus Plan. The Employee Benefit Trust acquired 250,000 shares at an average price of £1.95 per share in the period for an aggregate consideration of £0.5 million. The Employee Benefit Trust has been consolidated into our results and the shares purchased have been treated as treasury shares deducted from shareholders' funds.

Net debt

Year-end net debt was £37.0 million (2016: £36.1 million), comprised of bank borrowings of £51.5 million (2016: £51.8 million), offset by cash and cash equivalents of £14.5 million (2016: £15.7 million). The net debt of £37.0 million represents leverage of 0.9x adjusted EBITDA.

Movements in net debt position for the year ended 31 July 2017


£m

Opening net debt 1 August 2016

(36.1)

Movements from normal business operations:


- Adjusted operating cash flow

35.9

- Interest paid net of interest received

(0.8)

- Income tax paid

(5.6)

- Exceptional items

(1.3)

- Dividend paid

(7.9)

- Purchase of own shares

(0.5)

- FX on foreign currency loans/cash

(2.4)

- Other

(0.2)

Movements from acquisitions:


- Acquisition consideration net of cash acquired

(18.1)

Closing net debt 31 July 2017

(37.0)

Bank facilities, refinancing and liquidity

The Group's bank facilities at the year end consisted of a £90 million revolving credit facility, maturing April 2019.

As at 31 July 2017, we had £37.0 million of undrawn, committed bank facilities and £14.5 million of cash and cash equivalents on the consolidated statement of financial position.

Foreign exchange

The Group is exposed to the impact of changes in the foreign currency exchange rates on transactions denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of our operating businesses. We have significant Euro income in the UK which is mostly balanced by Euro expenditure in the UK. We have little US Dollar income but significant expenditure. We have limited our transactional foreign exchange risk by purchasing the majority of our forecast US Dollar requirements for the 2017 financial year in advance, and similarly we have purchased the majority of our forecast US Dollar requirements in advance of the 2018 financial year.

We are also exposed to translational currency risk as the Group consolidates foreign currency-denominated assets, liabilities, income and expenditure into Group reporting denominated in Sterling. We hedge the translation risk of the net assets in the Nordics with £23.2 million of borrowings denominated in SEK (2016: £15.9 million). We have partially hedged our risk of translation of the net assets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany by having Euro-denominated bank borrowings in the amount of £23.3 million as at 31 July 2017 (2016: £22.0 million). The Sterling value of our foreign currency-denominated loans and cash increased by £2.4 million in the year as a consequence of exchange rate movements. We do not hedge the translational exchange rate risk to the results of overseas subsidiaries.

During the year, movements in foreign currency exchange rates have had a favourable effect on the reported revenue and profitability of our business. If we had translated the full year performance of our business at our 2016 exchange rates, our reported Group revenues would have been £8.2 million or 4.4% lower and adjusted operating profit would have been £1.8 million or 4.9% lower.

At the end of the financial year the weakening of Sterling increased the value of foreign currency-denominated working capital by £0.3 million compared to the foreign exchange rates applying at the beginning of the year.

Earnings per share

The basic and diluted earnings per share for the year was 7.0 pence (2016: 7.8 pence). Our adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share was 13.6 pence (2016: 12.6 pence), an increase of 7.9%.

Dividends

In May 2017 the Group paid an interim dividend of 1.35 pence per share.

The Board has proposed a final dividend of 2.80 pence per share. Subject to approval at our Annual General Meeting of shareholders on 13 December 2017, the recommended final dividend will be paid on 18 December 2017 to shareholders who are on the register on 24 November 2017.

 

 

Ian Dew

Chief Financial Officer

10 October 2017

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 July 2017

 

 

Notes

2017

£000

2016

£000

Revenue

3

185,060

154,464

Cost of sales

 

(94,023)

(79,098)

Gross profit

 

91,037

75,366

Administrative and distribution expenses

 

(69,236)

(55,755)

Operating profit before exceptional items

 

21,801

19,611

Exceptional items

5

(1,380)

(1,209)

Operating profit

 

20,421

18,402

Finance revenue

6

17

1,164

Finance costs

6

(2,540)

(1,202)

Profit before tax

 

17,898

18,364

Income tax

7

(4,021)

(2,757)

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

 

 

 

Items that may subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign operations

 

922

3,394

Loss on hedge of net investment in foreign operations

 

(493)

(1,469)

Other comprehensive income for the year

 

429

1,925

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

14,306

17,532

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share

8

7.0p

7.8p

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

At 31 July 2017

 

 

Notes

2017

£000

2016

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

19,590

19,130

Intangible assets - goodwill

9

81,584

68,228

Intangible assets - others

10

101,006

105,361

Deferred tax assets

14

810

450

 

 

202,990

193,169

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

22,737

20,156

Trade and other receivables

 

37,231

32,935

Other current financial assets

 

16

914

Cash and short-term deposits

 

14,499

15,744

 

 

74,483

69,749

Total assets

 

277,473

262,918

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(40,629)

(35,090)

Other current financial liabilities

 

(2,124)

-

Income tax

 

(3,768)

(2,472)

Provisions

 

(1,841)

(1,268)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

-

(2,395)

 

 

(48,362)

(41,225)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

13

(51,088)

(51,235)

Provisions

 

(134)

(671)

Deferred tax liabilities

14

(17,756)

(16,242)

 

 

(68,978)

(68,148)

Total liabilities

 

(117,340)

(109,373)

Net assets

 

160,133

153,545

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

Share capital

 

2,000

2,000

Share premium

 

11,527

11,527

Treasury shares

 

(2,027)

(1,533)

Capital reserve

 

93,855

93,855

Share-based payment reserve

 

1,289

649

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

1,891

1,462

Retained earnings

 

51,598

45,585

Total equity

 

160,133

153,545

The consolidated financial statements of Volution Group plc (registered number: 09041571) were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 10 October 2017.

On behalf of the Board

 

Ronnie George                                    Ian Dew

Chief Executive Officer                    Chief Financial Officer

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 July 2017

 

 

Share

capital

£000

Share

premium

£000

Treasury

shares

£000

Capital

reserve

£000

Share-based

payment

reserve

£000

Foreign

currency

translation

reserve

£000

Retained

earnings

£000

Total

£000

At 1 August 2015

2,000

11,527

-

92,325

181

(463)

36,876

142,446

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

15,607

15,607

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

1,925

-

1,925

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

1,925

15,607

17,532

Fair value adjustment

-

-

-

1,530

-

-

(4)

1,526

Purchase of own shares

-

-

(1,533)

-

-

-

-

(1,533)

Share-based payment including tax

-

-

-

-

468

-

-

468

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(6,894)

(6,894)

At 31 July 2016

2,000

11,527

(1,533)

93,855

649

1,462

45,585

153,545

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

13,877

13,877

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

429

-

429

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

429

13,877

14,306

Purchase of own shares

-

-

(494)

-

-

-

-

(494)

Share-based payment including tax

-

-

-

-

640

-

-

640

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(7,864)

(7,864)

At 31 July 2017

2,000

11,527

(2,027)

93,855

1,289

1,891

51,598

160,133

Treasury shares

The treasury shares reserve represents the cost of shares in Volution Group plc purchased in the market and held by the Volution Employee Benefit Trust to satisfy obligations under the Group's share incentive schemes.

Capital reserve

The capital reserve is the difference in share capital and reserves arising from the use of the pooling of interest method for preparation of the financial statements in 2014. This is a non-distributable reserve.

Share-based payment reserve

The share-based payment reserve is used to recognise the value of equity-settled share-based payments provided to key management personnel, as part of their remuneration.

Foreign currency translation reserve

Exchange differences arising on translation of the Group's foreign subsidiaries into GBP are included in the foreign currency translation reserve. The Group hedges some of its exposure to its net investment in foreign operations; foreign exchange gains and losses relating to the effective portion of the net investment hedge are accounted for by entries made directly to the foreign currency translation reserve. No hedge ineffectiveness has been recognised in the statement of comprehensive income for any of the periods presented.

Retained earnings

The parent company of the Group, Volution Group plc, had distributable retained earnings at 31 July 2017 of £72,781,000 (2016: £64,368,000).

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended 31 July 2017

 

 

Notes

2017

£000

2016

£000

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit for the year after tax

 

13,877

15,607

Adjustments to reconcile profit for the year to net cash flow
from operating activities:

 

 

 

Income tax

 

4,021

2,757

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

 

(70)

9

Exceptional items

5

1,380

1,209

Cash flows relating to exceptional items

 

(1,166)

(795)

Finance revenue

6

(17)

(1,164)

Finance costs

6

2,540

1,202

Share-based payment expense

 

531

431

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

2,836

2,559

Amortisation of intangible assets

10

14,581

12,987

Working capital adjustments:

 

 

 

(Increase)/decrease in trade receivables and other assets

 

(1,053)

572

Increase in inventories

 

(1,147)

(775)

Exceptional items: fair value of inventories

 

(81)

(332)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

2,391

(41)

Movement in provisions

 

(106)

186

UK income tax paid

 

(3,466)

(3,900)

Overseas income tax paid

 

(2,119)

(1,349)

Net cash flow generated from operating activities

 

32,932

29,163

Investing activities

 

 

 

Payments to acquire intangible assets

10

(1,699)

(1,626)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(2,438)

(2,879)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

306

162

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

12

(18,118)

(24,983)

Interest received

 

17

24

Net cash flow used in investing activities

 

(21,932)

(29,302)

Financing activities

 

 

 

Repayment of interest-bearing loans and borrowings

 

(20,778)

(15,291)

Proceeds from new borrowings

 

17,491

28,222

Interest paid

 

(860)

(971)

Dividends paid

 

(7,864)

(6,894)

Purchase of own shares

 

(494)

(1,533)

Net cash flow (used in)/generated from financing activities

 

(12,505)

3,533

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,505)

3,394

Cash and cash equivalents at the start of the year

 

15,744

11,565

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

 

260

785

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

 

14,499

15,744



 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

For the year ended 31 July 2017

The preliminary results were authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 10 October 2017. The financial information set out herein does not constitute the Group's statutory consolidated financial statements for the years ended 31 July 2017 or 2016, but is derived from those accounts. Statutory consolidated financial statements for 2017 will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Company's Annual General Meeting. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

1. Basis of preparation

The consolidated financial statements of the Group have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) adopted by the European Union and the Companies Act 2006. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except as disclosed in the accounting policies under the relevant notes.

The preparation of the consolidated financial information in conformity with IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates and requires management to exercise judgement in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. Accounting policies, including critical accounting judgements and estimates used in the preparation of the financial statements, that relate to a particular note are described in the specific note to which they relate.

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

The financial information includes all subsidiaries. The results of subsidiaries are included from the date on which effective control is acquired up to the date control ceases to exist.

Subsidiaries are controlled by the parent (in each relevant period) regardless of the amount of shares owned. Control exists when the parent has the power, either directly or indirectly, to govern the financial and operating policies of an enterprise so as to obtain benefits from its activities.

The financial statements of subsidiaries are prepared for the same reporting periods using consistent accounting policies. All intercompany transactions and balances, including unrealised profits arising from intra-group transactions, have been eliminated on consolidation.

We have simplified the presentation in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income this year compared with the prior year by amalgamating administrative and distribution costs.

Going concern

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

Group cash flow forecasts have been produced for the period to 31 July 2020 and demonstrate that the Group will be able to meet its liabilities as and when they fall due for the foreseeable future. The Group is also forecast to remain in compliance with its banking agreement covenants at each quarter end during the forecast period.

The Directors confirm that, after making appropriate enquiries, they have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

In the application of the Group's accounting policies, management is required to make judgements, estimates and assumptions about the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

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 the assets and liabilities within the next financial year are described below.

The Group based its assumptions and estimates on parameters available when these financial statements were 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.

Judgements

The following are the critical judgements (apart from those involving estimations) that management has made in the process of applying the entity's accounting policies and that have the most significant effect on the amounts recognised in financial statements:

Exceptional items

The Group identifies an item of expense or income as exceptional when, in management's judgement, the underlying event giving rise to the exceptional item is deemed to be non-recurring in its nature, size or incidence such that Group results would be distorted without specific reference to the event in question. To enable the full impact of an exceptional item to be understood, the tax impact is disclosed and it is presented separately in the statement of cash flows.

Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty (continued)

Estimates and assumptions

Impairment of goodwill

The Group's impairment test for goodwill is based on a value in use calculation using a discounted cash flow model. The test aims to ensure that goodwill is not carried at a value greater than the recoverable amount, which is considered to be the higher of fair value less costs of disposal and value in use.

The cash flows are derived from the business plan for the following three years. The recoverable amount is very 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 identification of the Group's cash generating units (CGUs) used for impairment testing involves a degree of judgement. Management has reviewed the Group's assets and cash inflows and identified the lowest aggregation of assets that generate largely independent cash inflows.

Impairment of tangible and intangible assets excluding goodwill

At each reporting date, the Group reviews the carrying amounts of its tangible and intangible assets with finite lives to determine whether there is any indication that those assets have suffered an impairment loss. If any such indication exists, the recoverable amount of the asset is estimated in order to determine the extent of the impairment loss, if any. Where it is not possible to estimate the recoverable amount of an individual asset, the Group estimates the recoverable amount of the cash generating unit to which the asset belongs. Where a reasonable and consistent basis of allocation can be identified, corporate assets are also allocated to individual cash generating units, or otherwise they are allocated to the smallest group of cash generating units for which a reasonable and consistent allocation basis can be identified.

The recoverable amount is the higher of fair value less costs to sell and value in use. 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 for which the estimates of future cash flows have not been adjusted.

If the recoverable amount of an asset (or cash generating unit) is estimated to be less than its carrying amount, the carrying amount of the asset (or cash generating unit) is reduced to its recoverable amount. Impairment losses are immediately recognised in the statement of comprehensive income.

Impairment of other intangible assets

The Group's accounting policy for impairment of other intangible assets is set out above. The Group records all assets and liabilities acquired in business combinations at fair value. Intangible assets are reviewed for impairment annually if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable.

Provisions for inventory obsolescence

Provisions for inventory obsolescence are made with reference to the inventory balances and usage. Management also consider sales history and to the latest sales forecasts to determine whether the amounts are recoverable.

Rebates payable

The Group has a number of customer rebate agreements that are recognised as a reduction from sales (collectively referred to as rebates). Rebates are based on an agreed percentage of revenue, which increases with the level of revenue achieved. These agreements typically are not coterminous with the Group's year end and some of the amounts payable are subject to confirmation after the reporting date.

At the reporting date, the Directors make estimates of the amount of rebate that will become payable by the Group under these agreements, based upon their best estimates of volumes and product mix that will be sold over each individual rebate agreement period. Where the respective customer has been engaged with the Group for a number of years, historical settlement trends are also used to assist in ensuring an appropriate estimate is recorded at the reporting date and that appropriate internal approvals and reviews take place before rebates are recorded.

The total rebate payable provision at 31 July 2017 included within trade and other payables is £5,061,000 (2016: £5,414,000). The sales rebate provision is recognised within trade payables, rather than trade receivables, as a significant proportion of the agreements across the Group do not provide for credit notes to be raised against receivable balances. Rather, cash payment of the rebate amount due is expected. Furthermore, the majority of rebate agreements do not contain a clause which provides a legally enforceable right to offset invoiced amounts.

The total rebate provision of £5,061,000 included within trade and other payables is based on the Directors' best estimate of customer sales over the rebate agreement period. The provision as at 31 July 2017 is based on the Directors' sales estimate based on prior-year trading and results. Given that the rebate provision represents an estimate within the financial statements, there is a risk that the Directors' estimate of the potential liability may be incorrect.

2. Adjusted earnings

The Board and key management personnel use some alternative performance measures to track and assess the underlying performance of the business. These measures include adjusted operating profit and adjusted profit before tax. These measures are deemed more appropriate as they remove income and expenditure which is not directly related to the ongoing trading of the business. Such alternative performance measures are not defined terms under IFRS and may not be comparable with similar measures disclosed by other companies. Likewise, these measures are not a substitute for IFRS measures of profit. A reconciliation of these measures of performance to the corresponding reported figure is shown below.

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Profit after tax

13,877

15,607

Add back:

 

 

Exceptional items

1,380

1,209

Other non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional

-

236

Net loss/(gain) on financial instruments at fair value

1,449

(1,139)

Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets acquired through business combinations

13,826

12,658

Tax effect of the above

(3,509)

(3,496)

Adjusted profit after tax

27,023

25,075

Add back:

 

 

Adjusted tax charge

7,530

6,253

Adjusted profit before tax

34,553

31,328

Add back:

 

 

Interest payable on bank loans and amortisation of financing costs

1,091

1,202

Finance revenue

(17)

(25)

Adjusted operating profit

35,627

32,505

Add back:

 

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

2,836

2,559

Amortisation of development costs, software and patents

755

329

Adjusted EBITDA

39,218

35,393

For definitions of terms referred to above see note 18, Glossary of terms.

3. Revenue

Revenue recognised in the statement of comprehensive income is analysed below:

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Sale of goods

182,502

150,986

Rendering of services

2,558

3,478

Total revenue

185,060

154,464

 

Market sectors

2017

£000

2016

£000

Ventilation Group



UK Residential RMI

38,444

35,427

UK Residential New Build

23,421

19,818

UK Commercial

32,724

21,677

UK Export

10,206

7,803

Nordics

30,829

25,521

Central Europe

27,460

23,820

Total Ventilation Group

163,084

134,066

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM (Torin-Sifan))



OEM (Torin-Sifan)

21,976

20,398

Total revenue

185,060

154,464

4. Segmental analysis

In identifying its operating segments, management follow the Group's market sectors.  These are Ventilation UK, Ventilation Nordics, Ventilation Central Europe and OEM (Torin-Sifan). Operating segments that provide ventilation services have been aggregated as they have similar economic characteristics, assessed by reference to the gross margins of the segments. In addition the segments are similar in relation to the nature of products, services and production processes, type of customer, method for distribution and regulatory environment. The Group is considered to have two reportable segments: Ventilation Group and OEM (Torin-Sifan).

The measure of revenue reported to the chief operating decision maker to assess performance is total revenue for each operating segment. The measure of profit reported to the chief operating decision maker to assess performance is adjusted operating profit (see note 18 for definition) from external customers for each operating segment. Gross profit and the analysis below segment profit is additional voluntary information and not "segment information" prepared in accordance with IFRS 8.

Finance revenue and costs are not allocated to individual operating segments as the underlying instruments are managed on a group basis.

Total assets and liabilities are not disclosed as this information is not provided by operating segment to the chief operating decision maker on a regular basis.

Transfer prices between operating segments are on an arm's length basis on terms similar to transactions with third parties.

Year ended 31 July 2017

Ventilation

Group

£000

OEM

£000

Unallocated

£000

Total

£000

Eliminations

£000

Consolidated

£000

Revenue







External customers

163,084

21,976

-

185,060

-

185,060

Inter-segment

17,070

1,179

-

18,249

(18,249)

-

Total revenue

180,154

23,155

-

203,309

(18,249)

185,060

Gross profit

84,265

6,772

-

91,037

-

91,037

Results







Adjusted segment EBITDA

37,167

4,347

(2,296)

39,218

-

39,218

Depreciation and amortisation of development costs, software and patents

(2,558)

(578)

(455)

(3,591)

-

(3,591)

Adjusted operating profit/(loss)

34,609

3,769

(2,751)

35,627

-

35,627

Amortisation of intangible assets acquired through business combinations

(12,468)

(1,358)

-

(13,826)

-

(13,826)

Other non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional

-

-

-

-

-

-

Exceptional items

(1,380)

-

-

(1,380)

-

(1,380)

Operating profit/(loss)

20,761

2,411

(2,751)

20,421

-

20,421

Unallocated expenses







Net finance cost

(297)

-

(2,226)

(2,523)

-

(2,523)

Profit/(loss) before tax

20,464

2,411

(4,977)

17,898

-

17,898

 

Year ended 31 July 2016

Ventilation

Group

£000

OEM

£000

Unallocated

£000

Total

£000

Eliminations

£000

Consolidated

£000

Revenue







External customers

134,066

20,398

-

154,464

-

154,464

Inter-segment

15,999

982

-

16,981

(16,981)

-

Total revenue

150,065

21,380

-

171,445

(16,981)

154,464

Gross profit

69,170

6,196

-

75,366

-

75,366

Results







Adjusted segment EBITDA

33,859

3,780

(2,246)

35,393

-

35,393

Depreciation and amortisation of development costs, software and patents

(2,217)

(524)

(147)

(2,888)

-

(2,888)

Adjusted operating profit/(loss)

31,642

3,256

(2,393)

32,505

-

32,505

Amortisation of intangible assets acquired through business combinations

(11,300)

(1,358)

-

(12,658)

-

(12,658)

Other non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional

(236)

-

-

(236)

-

(236)

Exceptional items

(373)

-

(836)

(1,209)

-

(1,209)

Operating profit/(loss)

19,733

1,898

(3,229)

18,402

-

18,402

Unallocated expenses







Net finance cost

-

-

(38)

(38)

-

(38)

Profit/(loss) before tax

19,733

1,898

(3,267)

18,364

-

18,364

Geographic information

Revenue from external customers by customer destination

2017

£000

2016

£000

United Kingdom

105,426

87,536

Europe (excluding United Kingdom and Sweden)

54,580

44,716

Sweden

21,470

19,500

Rest of the world

3,584

2,712

Total revenue

185,060

154,464

 

Non-current assets excluding deferred tax

2017

£000

2016

£000

United Kingdom

151,732

150,239

Europe (excluding United Kingdom and Nordics)

28,226

27,970

Nordics

22,222

13,360

Total

202,180

191,569

Information about major customers

Annual revenue from no individual customer accounts for more than 10% of Group revenue in either the current or prior year.

5. Exceptional items

The Group discloses exceptional items by virtue of their nature, size or incidence to allow a better understanding of the underlying trading performance of the Group. Exceptional items are summarised below:

Exceptional items

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Acquisition related costs, including inventory fair value adjustments

 

831

1,209

Factory relocation costs

 

549

-

 

 

1,380

1,209

Total tax relating to exceptional items for the year

 

(172)

(80)

 

 

1,208

1,129

Acquisition related costs, including inventory fair value adjustments

Inventory fair value adjustments relate to the requirement to uplift the finished goods of the acquired entities on acquisition by the addition of value not ordinarily considered when accounting for inventory. When these goods are subsequently sold the additional expense to the statement of comprehensive income is classified as exceptional.  The cost of £81,000 in the period relates to Breathing Buildings Limited. Inventory fair value adjustments in the prior year were £332,000.

Professional fees incurred in respect of the acquisition of Breathing Buildings Limited, which completed on 16 December 2016, totalled £207,000 and fees incurred in respect of the acquisition of VoltAir System AB, which completed on 29 May 2017, totalled £117,000. Professional fees incurred in respect of prior year and potential acquisitions totalled £58,000.

The acquisition costs in the prior year relate to the acquisitions of Energy Technique Limited (£603,000), Ventilair Group International (£85,000), Weland Luftbehandling AB (£22,000) and NVA Services Limited (£167,000).

Acquisition related restructuring costs relating to two of the senior management team within Energy Technique plc who have decided to leave the business. Within the terms of their employment, at acquisition, there was a clause which provided that, on a change of ownership, they could leave the business on enhanced terms. Both have now tendered their resignation and therefore triggered the clause at a cost of £264,000.  The remaining balance relates to PAYE payable to HMRC in respect of fees invoiced to Energy Technique plc by its former chairman prior to acquisition.

It was deemed that the items allowable for or chargeable to tax were approximately £883,000 (2016: £332,000) with a potential tax benefit of £172,000 (2016: £80,000).

Factory relocation

The cost of the factory relocation relates to a project to rationalise manufacturing capacity which commenced in FY 2017.  The affected UK manufacturing locations are Reading, Slough and Lasham.

A relocation project team has been established and has recruited the expertise of a professional project manager with experience in managing industrial relocations. A breakdown of the cost is as follows:


2017

£000



Legal and professional fees

179

Project manager

112

Redundancy related costs

131

Stock write-off

89

Fixed asset write-off

24

Site clearance and closure

14

Total

549

The project to relocate the factories to the new facility will last until mid-2018 when we expect to finalise the production move. It is our intention that all costs associated with the project will similarly be treated as exceptional, given their size in aggregate and unusual (one-off) nature of the project. We anticipate that the revenue expenditure associated with project will cost, in aggregate, around £1.75 million.

6. Finance revenue and costs

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Finance revenue

 

 

Net gain on financial instruments at fair value

-

1,139

Interest receivable

17

25

Total finance revenue

17

1,164

Finance costs

 

 

Interest payable on bank loans

(766)

(915)

Amortisation of finance costs

(231)

(232)

Other interest

(94)

(55)

Total interest expense

(1,091)

(1,202)

Net loss on financial instruments at fair value

(1,449)

-

Total finance costs

(2,540)

(1,202)

Net finance costs

(2,523)

(38)

The net loss or gain on financial instruments at each year-end date relates to the measurement of fair value of the financial derivatives and the Group recognises any finance losses or gains immediately within net finance costs.

7. Income tax

 (a) Income tax charges against profit for the year

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Current income tax

 

 

Current UK income tax expense

4,623

4,588

Current foreign income tax expense

2,209

1,592

Tax (credit)/charge relating to the prior year

(171)

73

Total current tax

6,661

6,253

Deferred tax

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

(2,820)

(1,876)

Effect of changes in the tax rate

(351)

(1,105)

Tax charge/(credit) relating to the prior year

531

(515)

Total deferred tax

(2,640)

(3,496)

Net tax charge reported in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income

4,021

2,757

(b) Income tax recognised in equity for the year

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Increase in deferred tax asset on share-based payments

(109)

(37)

Net tax credit reported in equity

(109)

(37)

(c) Reconciliation of total tax

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Profit before tax

17,898

18,364

Profit before tax multiplied by the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19.67% (2016: 20.00%)

3,521

3,673

Adjustment in respect of previous years

394

(442)

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

303

556

Effect of changes in the tax rate (see explanation below)

(351)

(1,105)

Non-taxable income

(43)

(39)

Higher overseas tax rate

318

114

Other

(121)

-

Net tax charge reported in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income

4,021

2,757

The Finance Act 2016 was enacted at 15 September 2016 which reduced the headline rate from 18% to 17% to apply from 1 April 2020 and the impact of this rate change has been included in these financial statements, leading to a credit of £351,000 to the tax charge. The Finance Act (No. 2) 2015 was enacted on 18 November 2015 and introduced reductions in the headline rate of corporation tax to 19% and 18% to apply from 1 April 2017 and 1 April 2020 respectively. The implications of the rate changes were incorporated within the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2016, which lead to a credit of £1,105,000 to the tax charge.

The higher overseas tax rates relates to the Group's profits from subsidiaries which are subject to tax jurisdictions with a higher rate of tax compared to the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK.

8. Earnings per share (EPS)

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit for the year attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year.

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 the year plus the weighted average number of ordinary shares that would be issued on conversion of any dilutive potential ordinary shares into ordinary shares. There are no dilutive potential ordinary shares for the years ended 31 July 2017 and 2016.

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

Year ended 31 July

2017

£000

2016

£000

Profit attributable to ordinary equity holders

13,877

15,607

 

 

Number

 

Number

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share

199,050,930

199,627,253

Earnings per share



Basic and diluted

7.0p

7.8p

 

Year ended 31 July

2017

£000

2016

£000

Adjusted profit attributable to ordinary equity holders

27,023

25,075

 

 

Number

 

Number

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for adjusted basic earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share

199,050,930

199,627,253

Adjusted earnings per share



Basic and diluted

13.6p

12.6p

The weighted average number of ordinary shares has declined as a result of the treasury shares purchased by the Volution Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) during the year. These shares are excluded when calculating the adjusted and reported EPS.

See note 18, Glossary of terms, for explanation of the adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share calculation.

9. Intangible assets - goodwill

Goodwill

£000

Cost and net book value

 

At 1 August 2015

51,725

Fair value deferred tax adjustment relating to prior year acquisitions

1,526

On acquisition of Ventilair Group International BVBA and its subsidiaries

5,426

On acquisition of Energy Technique Limited and its subsidiaries

3,859

On acquisition of Weland Luftbehandling AB

12

On acquisition of NVA Services Limited and its subsidiaries

3,415

Net foreign currency exchange differences

2,265

At 31 July 2016

68,228

On acquisition of Breathing Buildings Limited

6,688

On acquisition of VoltAir System AB

5,527

Net foreign currency exchange differences

1,141

At 31 July 2017

81,584

10. Intangible assets - other

2017

Development

costs

£000

Software

costs

£000

Customer

 base

£000

Trademarks

£000

Patents

£000

Other

£000

Total

£000

Cost








At 1 August 2016

2,232

5,587

110,973

40,481

573

300

160,146

Additions

350

1,328

-

-

21

-

1,699

On acquisitions

-

55

3,682

1,246

1,646

576

7,205

Disposals

-

(19)

-

-

-

-

(19)

Net foreign currency exchange differences

44

34

1,462

441

51

20

2,052

At 31 July 2017

2,626

6,985

116,117

42,168

2,291

896

171,083

Amortisation








At 1 August 2016

165

1,880

45,580

6,930

52

178

54,785

Charge for the year

206

530

11,521

1,792

200

332

14,581

Net foreign currency exchange differences

8

14

596

84

6

3

711

At 31 July 2017

379

2,424

57,697

8,806

258

513

70,077

Net book value








At 31 July 2017

2,247

4,561

58,420

33,362

2,033

383

101,006

Included in software costs are assets under construction of £148,000 (2016: £86,000), which are not amortised. Included in development costs are assets under construction of £217,000 (2016: £1,514,000), which are not amortised.

2016

Development

costs

£000

Software

costs

£000

Customer

 base

£000

Trademarks

£000

Patents

£000

Other

£000

Total

£000

Cost








At 1 August 2015

1,645

4,325

97,844

37,260

479

-

141,553

Additions

522

1,104

-

-

-

-

1,626

On acquisitions

-

114

9,561

2,145

-

300

12,120

Net foreign currency exchange differences

65

44

3,568

1,076

94

-

4,847

At 31 July 2016

2,232

5,587

110,973

40,481

573

300

160,146

Amortisation








At 1 August 2015

65

1,669

33,734

5,118

16

-

40,602

Charge for the year

95

207

10,812

1,668

27

178

12,987

Net foreign currency exchange differences

5

4

1,034

144

9

-

1,196

At 31 July 2016

165

1,880

45,580

6,930

52

178

54,785

Net book value








At 31 July 2016

2,067

3,707

65,393

33,551

521

122

105,361

The remaining amortisation periods for acquired intangible assets at 31 July 2017 are as follows:

 

Customer base

Trademark

Patent

Volution Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries

5 years

20 years

-

Fresh AB and its subsidiaries

2 years

15 years

-

PAX AB and PAX Norge AS

4 years

16 years

-

inVENTer GmbH

6 years

17 years

17 years

Brüggemann Energiekonzepte GmbH

3 years

-

-

Ventilair Group International BVBA and its subsidiaries

6 years

8 years

-

Energy Technique Limited and its subsidiaries

7 years

19 years

-

Weland Luftbehandling AB

3 years

-

-

NVA Services Limited and its subsidiaries

9 years

14 years

-

Breathing Buildings Limited

9 years

14 years

4 years

VoltAir System AB

15 years

15 years

5 years

11. Impairment assessment of goodwill

Goodwill acquired through business combinations has been allocated, for impairment testing purposes, to a group of cash generating units (CGUs). These grouped CGUs are: UK Ventilation, Central Europe, Nordics and OEM. This is different to the grouped CGU's that were presented in the prior year; the changes have been made as we have taken the opportunity to review what is presented and bring the level of CGU's reported in line with the level at which management regularly reviews the Group's performance. This is also the level at which management is monitoring the value of goodwill for internal management purposes, which differs from the prior year due to the recent growth of the Group.

31 July 2017

UK

Ventilation

£000

OEM

(Torin-Sifan)

£000

Nordics

£000

Central Europe

£000

Carrying value of goodwill

55,899

5,101

8,805

11,779

CGU value in use headroom1

182,262

24,519

71,818

17,011

Applying the same CGUs to the 31 July 2016 goodwill gives the following headroom:

31 July 2016

UK

Ventilation

£000

OEM

(Torin-Sifan)

£000

Nordics

£000

Central Europe

£000

Carrying value of goodwill

49,211

5,101

2,887

11,029

CGU value in use headroom1

147,187

31,995

52,182

14,700

The table below was disclosed in the 31 July 2016 financial statements using the previously identified CGUs:

31 July 2016

UK

Ventilation

£000

OEM

(Torin-Sifan)

£000

Nordics

£000

Germany

£000

Benelux

£000

Diffusion

£000

Carrying value of goodwill

45,352

5,101

2,887

4,463

6,566

3,859

CGU value in use headroom1

140,141

31,995

52,182

12,144

2,556

7,046

Note

1.    Headroom is calculated by comparing the Value in use (VIU) of a group of CGUs to the carrying amount of its asset, which includes the net book value of fixed assets (tangible and intangible), goodwill and operating working capital (current assets and liabilities).

Impairment review

Under IAS 36 Impairment of Assets, the Group is required to complete a full impairment review of goodwill, which has been performed using a value in use calculation. A discounted cash flow (DCF) model was used, taking a period of five years, which has been established using pre-tax discount rates of 11.0% to 12.9% over that period. In all CGUs it was concluded that the carrying amount was in excess of the value in use and all CGUs had positive headroom.

Key assumptions in the value in use calculation

The calculation of value in use for all CGUs is most sensitive to the following assumptions:

·      Price inflation - small annual percentage increases specific to each CGU are assumed in all markets based on historical data.

·      Growth in the forecast period - specific growth rates have been used for each of the CGUs for the five-year forecast period based on historical growth rates and market expectations.

·      Discount rates - rates reflect the current market assessment of the risks specific to each operation. The pre-tax discount rate ranged from 11.0% to 12.9%.

·      No growth rate has been used to extrapolate cash flows beyond the forecast period other than the 2% rate of inflation.

The value in use headroom, for each cash generating unit where these sensitivities would be applicable, has been set out above. We have modelled various sensitivities in relation to the above key assumptions and in all cases an adverse movement of more than 10% would be required to cause the carrying value of the cash generating units to materially exceed their recoverable value.

12. Business combinations

Acquisitions in the year ended 31 July 2017

Breathing Buildings Limited

On 16 December 2016, Volution Ventilation Group Limited acquired the entire issued share capital of Breathing Buildings Limited. The transaction was funded from the Group's existing revolving credit facility. The Group acquired Breathing Buildings Limited as it extended Volution's capability with a leader in natural and hybrid ventilation for commercial buildings, in particular focusing on new construction for education.

Total consideration for the transaction was cash consideration of £11,881,000.

Transaction costs associated with the acquisition in the period ended 31 January 2017 were £207,000 and have been expensed.

The provisional fair value of the net assets acquired is set out below:

 

Book value

£000

Fair value

 adjustments

£000

Fair value

£000

Intangible assets

54

4,318

4,372

Deferred tax asset

444

(240)

204

Property, plant and equipment

147

12

159

Inventory

734

61

795

Trade and other receivables

2,208

(12)

2,196

Trade and other payables

(1,917)

(86)

(2,003)

Deferred tax liabilities

-

(780)

(780)

Cash and cash equivalents

250

-

250

Total identifiable net assets

1,920

3,273

5,193

Goodwill on acquisition

 

 

6,688

 

 

 

11,881

Discharged by:

 

 

 

Consideration satisfied in cash

 

 

11,881

Goodwill of £6,688,000 reflects certain intangible assets that cannot be individually separated and reliably measured due to their nature. These items include the value of expected synergies arising from the acquisition and the experience and skill of the acquired workforce. The fair value of the acquired tradename and customer base was identified and included in intangible assets.

The gross amount of trade and other receivables is £2,208,000.The amounts for trade and other receivables not expected to be collected are £12,000.

Breathing Buildings Limited generated revenue of £4,918,000 and generated a profit after tax of £337,000 in the period from acquisition to 31 July 2017 that is included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income for this reporting period.

If the combination had taken place at 1 August 2016, the Group's revenue would have been £188,514,000 and the profit before tax from continuing operations would have been £17,239,000.

VoltAir System AB

On 29 May 2017, Volution Group plc, through one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Volution Holdings Sweden AB, acquired the entire issued share capital of VoltAir System AB. The transaction was funded from the Group's existing revolving credit facility. The acquisition is in line with the Group's strategy of acquiring selective value-adding and strategically important businesses and will give Volution an enlarged presence in the new build sector in both the residential and commercial ventilation markets in Sweden and the Nordics in the growing and regulatory driven market for Air Handling Units.

Total consideration for the transaction was cash consideration of SEK 79,711,000 (£7,091,000) and contingent consideration with a fair value of SEK 16,930,000 (£1,506,000), giving total consideration of SEK 96,641,000 (£8,597,000). The contingent consideration is based on the level of EBITDA achieved during the year to 31 December 2017. There is a minimum level of EBITDA which must be achieved otherwise no contingent consideration is payable, the maximum amount of contingent consideration payable is SEK 28,000,000. The contingent consideration has been recognised in-line with management's best estimate of the level of EBITDA expected to be achieved during the earn-out period, Whilst the level of EBITDA to be achieved is as yet unobservable, management's estimate has been based on the 2017 budget. The contingent consideration has not been discounted as the impact is considered to be immaterial. The contingent consideration is expected to be finalised and paid during FY 2018.

Transaction costs associated with the acquisition in the year ended 31 July 2017 were SEK 1,292,000 (£117,000) and have been expensed.

The provisional fair value of the net assets acquired is set out below:

 

Book value

£000

Fair value

 adjustments

£000

Fair value

£000

Intangible assets

-

2,833

2,833

Deferred tax liability

-

(708)

(708)

Property, plant and equipment

465

84

549

Inventory

367

(64)

303

Trade and other receivables

758

(12)

746

Trade and other payables

(1,112)

(145)

(1,257)

Cash and cash equivalents

604

-

604

Total identifiable net assets

1,082

1,988

3,070

Goodwill on acquisition

 

 

5,527

 

 

 

8,597

Discharged by:

 

 

 

Consideration satisfied in cash

 

 

7,091

Contingent consideration

 

 

1,506

The fair value of the acquired customer base, trademark, patents and committed order book were identified and included in intangible assets.  Other fair value adjustments made to the book value of assets and liabilities acquired were immaterial.

Goodwill of £5,527,000 reflects certain intangible assets that cannot be individually separated and reliably measured due to their nature. These items include the value of expected synergies and the experience and skill of the workforce arising from the acquisition.

The gross amount of trade and other receivables is £758,000. The amounts for trade and other receivables not expected to be collected are £12,000.

VoltAir System AB generated revenue of £515,000 and generated a profit after tax of £6,000 in the period from acquisition to 31 July 2017 that is included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income for this reporting period.

If the combination had taken place at 1 August 2016, the Group's revenue would have been £190,285,000 and the profit before tax from continuing operations would have been £18,780,000.

Cash outflows arising from business combinations

2017

£000

2016

£000

Breathing Buildings Limited

 

 

Cash consideration

11,881

-

Less: cash acquired with the business

(250)

-

VoltAir System AB

 

 

Cash consideration

7,091

-

Less: cash acquired with the business

(604)

-

Ventilair Group International BVBA


 

Cash consideration

-

9,960

Less: cash acquired with the business

-

(270)

Weland Luftbehandling AB


 

Cash consideration

-

597

Less: cash acquired with the business

-

(9)

Energy Technique Limited

 

 

Cash consideration

-

9,396

Less: cash acquired with the business

-

(1,210)

NVA Services Limited

 

 

Cash consideration

-

6,697

Less: cash acquired with the business

-

(178)

 

18,118

24,983

13. Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

 

2017

2016

 

Current

£000

Non-current

£000

Current

£000

Non-current

£000

Unsecured - at amortised cost

 

 

 

 

Revolving credit facility

-

51,490

-

51,869

Cost of arranging bank loan

-

(402)

-

(634)

 

-

51,088

-

51,235

Interest-bearing borrowings at 31 July 2017 and 2016 comprise a revolving credit facility from Danske Bank A/S, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland with HSBC acting as agent and are governed by a facilities agreement. The outstanding loans are set out in the table below. No security is provided under the new facility.

Revolving credit facility - at 31 July 2017

Currency

Amount

outstanding

£000

Termination

date

Repayment

frequency

Rate %

GBP

5,000

30 April 2019

One payment

Libor + 1.00%

Euro

23,320

30 April 2019

One payment

Euribor + 1.00%

Swedish Krona

23,170

30 April 2019

One payment

Stibor + 1.00%

Total

51,490



 

Revolving credit facility - at 31 July 2016

Currency

Amount

outstanding

£000

Termination

date

Repayment

frequency

Rate %

GBP

14,000

30 April 2019

One payment

Libor + 1.25%

Euro

21,973

30 April 2019

One payment

Euribor + 1.25%

Swedish Krona

15,896

30 April 2019

One payment

Stibor + 1.25%

Total

51,869



 

The interest rate on borrowings includes a margin that is dependent on the consolidated leverage level of the Group in respect of the most recently completed reporting period. For the year ended 31 July 2016, Group leverage was between 1.0:1 and 1.5:1 and therefore the margin was 1.25%. The consolidated leverage level fell below 1.0:1 for the year ended 31 July 2016 and therefore the margin for the first period of the year ended 31 July 2017 was 1.00%. At the half year the consolidated leverage remained below 1.0:1 and therefore the margin for the second period of the year ended 31 July 2017 was 1.00%; this rate will continue into the first period of the year ended 31 July 2018.

At 31 July 2017 the Group had £37,010,000 (2016: £38,131,000) of its multi-currency revolving credit facility unutilised.

14. Deferred tax

At 31 July 2017, the Group had not recognised a deferred tax asset in respect of gross tax losses of £5,195,000 (2016: £5,195,000) relating to management expenses, capital losses of £1,789,000 (2016: £3,975,000) arising in UK subsidiaries and gross tax losses of £385,000 (2016: £264,000) arising in overseas entities as there is insufficient evidence that the losses will be utilised. These losses are available to be carried indefinitely.

At 31 July 2017, the Group had no deferred tax liability (2016: £nil) to recognise for taxes that would be payable on the remittance of certain of the Group's overseas subsidiaries' unremitted earnings. Deferred tax liabilities have not been recognised as the Group has determined that there are no undistributed profits in overseas subsidiaries where an additional tax charge would arise on distribution.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities arise from the following:

2017

1 August

2016

£000

Credited/

(charged)

to income

£000

Credited

to equity

£000

Translation

difference

£000

On

acquisition

£000

31 July

2017

£000

Temporary differences







Depreciation in advance of capital allowances

(365)

(376)

-

(4)

-

(745)

Fair value movements of derivative financial instruments

(108)

254

-

-

-

146

Customer base, trademark and patent

(18,158)

3,083

-

(223)

(1,375)

(16,673)

Losses

872

(779)

-

-

205

298

Untaxed reserves

(398)

62

-

(23)

(88)

(447)

Other temporary differences

(30)

396

109

-

-

475


(18,187)

2,640

109

(250)

(1,258)

(16,946)

Deferred tax asset

450

155

-

-

205

810

Deferred tax liability

(18,637)

2,485

109

(250)

(1,463)

(17,756)


(18,187)

2,640

109

(250)

(1,258)

(16,946)

 

2016

1 August

2015

£000

Credited/

(charged)

to income

£000

Credited

to equity

£000

Translation

difference

£000

On

acquisition

£000

31 July

2016

£000

Temporary differences







Depreciation in advance of capital allowances

(676)

444

-

(39)

(94)

(365)

Fair value movements of derivative financial instruments

45

(153)

-

-

-

(108)

Customer base, trademark and patent

(18,276)

3,524

-

(601)

(2,805)

(18,158)

Losses

536

(133)

-

118

351

872

Untaxed reserves

(468)

25

-

45

-

(398)

Historical fair value adjustments

-

-

1,526

-

(1,526)

-

Other temporary differences

(40)

(211)

37

6

178

(30)


(18,879)

3,496

1,563

(471)

(3,896)

(18,187)

Deferred tax asset

394

61

-

(11)

6

450

Deferred tax liability

(19,273)

3,435

1,563

(460)

(3,902)

(18,637)


(18,879)

3,496

1,563

(471)

(3,896)

(18,187)

15. Dividends paid and proposed

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Cash dividends on ordinary shares declared and paid

 

 

Interim dividend for 2017: 1.35 pence per share (2016: 1.20 pence)

2,688

2,394

Proposed dividends on ordinary shares

 

 

Final dividend for 2017: 2.80 pence per share (2016: 2.60 pence)

5,567

5,176

 

The interim dividend payment of £2,688,000 is included in the consolidated statement of cash flows.

The proposed final dividend on ordinary shares is subject to approval at the Annual General Meeting and is not recognised as a liability at 31 July 2017.

16. Related party transactions

Transactions between Volution Group plc and its subsidiaries, and transactions between subsidiaries, are eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note. A breakdown of transactions between the Group and its related parties is disclosed below.

No related party loan note balances exist at 31 July 2017 or 31 July 2016.

There were no material transactions or balances between the Company and its key management personnel or members of their close family. At the end of the period, key management personnel did not owe the Company any amounts.

The Companies Act 2006 and the Directors' Remuneration Report Regulations 2013 require certain disclosures of Directors' remuneration. The details of the Directors' total remuneration are provided in the Directors' Remuneration Report.

Compensation of key management personnel

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Short-term employee benefits

2,714

2,292

Share-based payment charge

512

389

 

3,226

2,681

 

Key management personnel is defined as the CEO, the CFO and the ten (2016: nine) individuals who report directly to the CEO.

17. Events after the reporting period

There have been no material events between 31 July 2017 and the date of authorisation of the consolidated financial statements that would require adjustments of the consolidated financial statements or disclosure.

18. Glossary of terms

Adjusted basic and diluted EPS - is calculated by dividing the adjusted profit for the year attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

Diluted earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing the adjusted net profit attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period plus the weighted average number of ordinary shares that would be issued on conversion of any dilutive potential ordinary shares into ordinary shares. There are no dilutive potential ordinary shares for the years ended 31 July 2017 and 31 July 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA - EBITDA removing exceptional items and other non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional.

Adjusted finance costs - finance costs removing net gains or losses on financial instruments at fair value.

Adjusted operating cash flow - adjusted EBITDA plus or minus movements in operating working capital, less net investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets.

Adjusted operating profit - operating profit removing exceptional items, other non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional, amortisation of intangible assets associated with the customer base, trademarks and patents.

Adjusted profit after tax - profit after tax removing exceptional items, other non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional, net gains or losses on financial instruments at fair value, amortisation of intangible assets associated with the customer base, trademarks and patents and the tax effect on these items.

Adjusted profit before tax - profit before tax removing exceptional items, other non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional, net gains or losses on financial instruments at fair value and amortisation of intangible assets associated with the customer base, trademarks and patents.

Adjusted tax charge - the reported tax charge less the tax effect on the adjusted items.

Cash conversion - is calculated by dividing adjusted operating cash flow by adjusted EBITDA less depreciation.

Constant currency - to determine values expressed as being at constant currency we have converted the income statement of our foreign operating companies for the year ended 31 July 2017 at the average exchange rate for the period ended 31 July 2016. In addition we have converted the UK operating companies' sale and purchase transactions in the year ended 31 July 2017, which were denominated in foreign currencies, at the average exchange rates for the year ended 31 July 2016.

EBITDA - profit before tax, net finance costs, depreciation and amortisation.

Like for like - like for like is the performance of the Group as though the position of the Group was the same as it was in the comparative period.

Net debt - bank borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.

Operating cash flow - EBITDA plus or minus movements in operating working capital, less share-based payment expense, less net investments in property, plant and equipment and intangible assets.

Other non-recurring items not meeting the definition of exceptional - these are items of expense incurred by the Group which are non-recurring but do not meet the IFRS definition of exceptional items; they have been adjusted for to give a fairer representation of the underlying performance of the business.

 


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