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Preliminary results

Released 07:00 28-Mar-2018

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Norish PLC
28 March 2018
 

 

Norish plc

Preliminary results 2017

 

Results

 

Norish plc (AIM: NSH), is pleased to announce its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

Financial Highlights

·     Total revenue increased by 31.5% to £42.3m (2016: £32.1m)

·     Revenue from the Cold Store division increased by 13.3% to £14.3m (2016: £12.6m)

·     Revenue from the Sourcing division increased by 41% to £27.4m (2016: £19.5m)

·     Operating profit for the Group increased by 96% to £1.71m (2016: £0.87m)

·     Profit before tax increased by 138% to £1.5m (2016 : £0.6m)

·     Diluted adjusted Eps increased by 140% to 3.6p (2016 : 1.5p)

·     Dividend increased by 10% to 1.65 €cent (2016: 1.50 €cent)

·     Net debt was £5.4m at year end (2016: £5.2m)

 

 

Operational Highlights

 

·     Cold stores comprise, by far the greatest proportion of our capital employed. This division recorded sales growth of 13.3%, when compared with 2016. Divisional contribution increased from £2.1m to £3.3m

 

·     The North West Cold store division recorded sales growth of 15.9% and contribution growth of 85% in 2017, compared to the prior year. The South East Cold store division recorded sales growth of 10.8% and contribution growth of 28.5% on the same basis. This growth, at both divisions, is the result of a combination of increased volumes, improved profile of work and improved pricing.

 

·     The contribution of Town View Foods which is a Protein Sourcing business, was ahead of the last year, with sales growth of 29% and contribution ahead by 12%.

 

·     Our start-up businesses, including dairy and Foro International Connections Limited generated a combined loss of £0.3m in 2017. We expect both businesses to be profitable in 2018.

 

Operations

 

Cold Store Division

 

The North West cold store division which comprises the freehold sites at Wrexham and Birmingham performed strongly in 2017, reflecting a combination of increased intakes, greater blast freezing volumes, improved pricing with an increasing focus on costs, particularly towards the back end of the year.

 

The South East division, which comprises the sites at Bury St. Edmunds (freehold), Braintree (leasehold), Gillingham (long term leasehold at a peppercorn rent) and East Kent (leasehold) performed ahead of the same period last year. Within the mix Bury saw strong growth in profitability, albeit from a low base, which helped overall divisional performance. Sales in the South East increased by 10.8%, reflecting higher intakes and greater blast freezing volumes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sourcing Division

 

Our Sourcing division which was previously known as the Commodity division consists of Town View Foods Limited and Foro International Connections Limited. Sales for the division accounted for £27.4m and £19.5m last year. The division contributed £0.53m for the period unchanged from the same period last year.

 

Town View Foods Limited accounted for sales of £23.8m, against £18.5m last year. It contributed £0.62m for the period, up from £0.56m for the same period last year. Town View Foods sources protein products mainly beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Sales from pork and chicken increased by £3.7m during the period, while sales from beef and lamb increased by £1.6m.

 

Foro International Connections Limited trades in the sale of juice to the ready to drinks market along with other retail goods. Sales increased to £3.5m from £1m. It recorded a loss of £0.1m against a breakeven in 2016.

 

Dairy

 

The dairy division continues to make progress. We have completed our capital investment phase in the business - we now have a high quality leased asset which should deliver attractive returns on capital out over the next decade and beyond. Our asset utilization and operational efficiency will continue to improve as we build our dairy herd at Cantwellscourt Farm, through 2018. Our 2018 Spring calving experience has been very good with all key KPI's delivered on.

 

 

 

During the period we invested £1.8m (2016: £1.7m), £1.3m in the dairy farm in Kilkenny and £0.5m in routine capital expenditure in the cold store division.

 

 

 

We anticipate another strong year of profit growth in 2018, underpinned by the initiation of a continuous improvement programme across the business.

 

In our Cold Store Divisions , both our North West and South East Divisions have delivered profit growth in the first two months of 2018. We are actively engaged in programmes to both control and, where appropriate  reduce costs.

 

Despite the current volatility in its underlying markets, our protein sourcing division had a good start to the year. We are confident that its low risk operating model can continue to deliver in line with expectation.

 

Our dairy farming division is expected to increase asset utilisation and operational efficiency in 2018 as we build our herd at Cantwellscourt Farm. Our Spring calving experience in 2018 has been very good with all key KPIs delivered on. We believe our dairy business has significant scope to grow from its existing asset base but also via adjacent opportunities along the value chain in the years ahead. 

 

We expect the group's cash conversion metrics to continue to improve through 2018, driven by an improved operating performance, lower tax rate and reduced capital expenditures. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Review

 

Total equity at 31 December 2017 stood at £16m (2016: £15.3m). Net debt at 31 December 2017 was £5.4m compared to £5.2m at 31 December 2016.

 

Dividend

 

The board recommends the payment of a final dividend of 1.65€cent per share. This will be paid on 19 October 2018 to those shareholders on the register on the 28 September 2018. It will bring the total dividend in respect of the financial year to 1.65 €cent per share, against 1.50€cent per share last year, an increase of 10%.

 

Brexit

 

The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on the 29 March 2019. It is difficult to pin point any direct impacts from the ongoing Brexit discussions other than to say they are hardly positive for business generally. However, our balance sheet is in good shape and leaves us well positioned to benefit from any disruption and consequent opportunity which may arise.

 

 

On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the management team and staff for their commitment and

contribution in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted O'Neill

Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Review

 

The number of pallets handled in increased by 8%, and we handled 15% additional pallets for blast freezing in 2017.  The average occupancy increased from 85% to 92%.

 

The significant feature of the year was the improvement of the profitability and returns at our cold stores.

 

 

Total Group revenue increased by 31.5% to £42.2m (2016: £32.1m). Cold store revenues increased by 13.3% to £14.3m (2015: £12.6m).  Revenues were up mainly as a result of an increase in blast freezing volumes. Revenues in the sourcing division increased by 41% to £27.4m (2016: £19.5m). Townview Foods mainly accounted for the increased sales.

 

 

Gross profit increased to £2.6m (2016: £1.3m).

 

 

During the year we provided £0.1m (2016 : nil) in respect of the additional payments required in respect of the acquisition of Townview Foods.

 

 

Operating profit increased to £1.7m (2016: £0.9m).

 

Finance expense (net)

 

Finance expense decreased to £0.21m (2016: £0.27m).

 

 

As part of the Group's strategy to exit the ambient sector we recorded a loss of Nil (2016: £0.1m).

 

In 2016, the Group exited the FMCG market and recorded a loss of £0.1m during 2017 (2016: £0.1m).

 

 

The basic adjusted earnings per share increased to 3.6p (2016: 1.5p).

 

 

During the year we invested £1.9m (2016: £1.7m): £1.3 in capital outlay in the dairy farm in Kilkenny and £0.6m in routine capital expenditure in the cold store division.

 

 

 

 

Net debt increased to £5.4m (2016: £5.2m). Operating activities generated £2.5m (2016: used £0.3m) and financing activities absorbed £1.1m (2016: absorbed £0.9m). Investment in assets was made of £1.9m (2016: £1.7m).

 

 

The board recommends the payment of a final dividend of 1.65 €cent per share. This will be paid on 19 October 2018 to those shareholders on the register on the 28 September 2018. It will bring the total dividend in respect of the financial year to 1.65 €cent per share, against 1.50 €cent per share last year, an increase of 10%.

 

Treasury policy and management

The treasury function, which is managed centrally, handles all Group funding, debt, cash, working capital and foreign exchange exposures.  Group treasury policy concentrates on the minimisation of risk in all of the above areas and is overseen and approved by the Board.  Speculative positions are not  taken.

 

Financial risk management

 

The Group's financial instruments comprise borrowings, cash, derivatives, and various items, such as trade receivables, trade payables etc., that arise directly from its operations.  The main purpose of the financial instruments not arising directly from operations is to raise finance for the Group's operations.

 

The Group may enter into derivative transactions such as interest rate swaps, caps or forward foreign currency transactions in order to minimise its risks.  The purpose of such transactions is to manage the interest rate and currency risks arising from the Group's operations and its sources of finance. 

 

The main risks arising from the Group's financial instruments are interest rate risk and, liquidity risk.  The Group's policies for managing each of these risks are summarised below.

 

Interest rate risk

 

The Group finances its operations through a mixture of retained profits, bank and other borrowings at both fixed and floating rates of interest, and working capital.  The Group determines the level of borrowings at fixed rates of interest having regard to current market rates and future trends.  At the year-end, £2.9m term loans of which, £0.4m are at floating base rate plus a bank margin of 1.2% and £0.7m are at floating base rate plus a bank margin of 1.75% and £0.41m are floating at bank base rate plus a bank margin of 2.75% and £1.12m are floating at bank base rate plus a margin of 3% and £0.27m are at a floating rate of 3.75%.

 

In February 2018 the Group renegotiated its terms loans and have refinanced £2.2m of the above term loans at floating base rate plus a margin of 1.85%.

 

Liquidity risk

 

The Group's policy is that, in order to ensure continuity of funding, a significant portion of its borrowings should mature in more than one year.  At the year-end, 66% of the Group's borrowings were due to mature in more than one year. The Group achieves short-term flexibility by means of invoice finance and overdraft.

 

 

Aidan Hughes

Finance Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

for the financial year ended 31 December 2017




2017

2016




£'000

£'000






Continuing operations





Revenue



42,183

32,098

Cost of sales



(39,550)

(30,757)






Gross profit



2,633

1,341






Other income



66

238

Deferred Consideration



(100)

-

Administrative expenses



(889)

(707)

Operating profit from continuing operations



1,710

872






Finance income - fair value gain on swaps



10

20

Finance income - interest receivable



1

10

Finance expenses - interest paid



(201)

(240)

Finance expenses - notional interest



(13)

(29)






Profit on continuing activities before taxation



1,507

633






Income taxes - Corporation tax



(413)

(210)

Income taxes - Deferred tax



(28)

18






Profit for the financial year from continuing operations



1,066

441






Loss from discontinued operations



(73)

(161)






Profit for the financial year



993

280






Other comprehensive income



            -

-

Total comprehensive income for the year



993

280






Profit for the financial year attributable to owners of the parent



993

291

Loss for the financial year attributable to non-controlling interest



-

(11)






Total comprehensive income for the financial year attributable to owners of the parent



993

291

Total comprehensive expense for the financial year attributable to non-controlling interest



-

(11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

for the financial year ended 31 December 2017




2017

2016






Earnings per share expressed in pence per share:





From continuing operations

- basic



3.6p

1.5p

- diluted



3.6p

1.5p











From discontinued operations

- basic



(0.2)p

(0.6)p

- diluted



(0.2)p

(0.6)p

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of financial position

at 31 December 2017




2017

2016




£'000

£'000

Non current assets





Goodwill



2,338

2,338

Intangible assets



141

65

Property, plant and equipment



17,759

16,635

Biological assets



624

540




20,862

19,578

Current assets





Trade and other receivables



7,537

6,264

Inventories



709

483

Cash and cash equivalents



1,558

2,044

Assets of disposal group classified as held for sale



279

698




10,083

9,489






TOTAL ASSETS



30,945

29,067






Equity attributable to equity holders of the patent and non-controlling  interest





Share capital



5,616

5,616

Share premium account



7,281

7,281

Other reserves



103

23

Treasury shares



(563)

(563)

Retained earnings



3,516

2,926

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent



15,953

15,283

Non controlling Interest



-

(22)

TOTAL EQUITY



15,953

15,261






Non-current liabilities





Borrowings



2,390

3,006

Financial liabilities  at fair value through profit or loss



-

44

Deferred tax



953

925




3,343

3,975

Current liabilities





Trade and other payables



6,680

5,082

Financial liabilities  at fair value through profit or loss



29

255

Current tax liabilities



367

205

Borrowings



4,555

4,282

Liabilities of disposal group classified as held for sale



18

7




11,649

9,831






TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES



30,945

29,067






 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

For the financial year ended 31 December 2017

 

 




l




Non-



Share

Share

Other

Treasury

Retained


Controlling

Total


capital

premium

Reserves

shares

earnings

Total

interest

Equity


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000










At 1 January 2016

5,344

6,990

23

-

2,981

15,338

(11)

15,327










Net profit/(loss) for the financial year

-

-

-


291

291

 

(11)

 

280

Total comprehensive income  for the financial year

-

-

-

-

291

291

(11)

280

Issue of share capital

272

291

-

-

-

563

-

563

Equity dividends paid (recognised directly in equity)

-

-

-

-

(346)

(346)

-

(346)

Treasury shares acquired

-

-

-

(563)

-

(563)

-

(563)

Transactions with owners

272

291

-

(563)

(55)

(55)

(11)

(66)

At 31 December 2016

5,616

7,281

23

(563)

2,926

15,283

(22)

15,261










Net profit/(loss) for the financial year

-

-

-


993

993

-

993

Total comprehensive income  for the financial year

-

-

-


993

993

-

993

Issue of share capital

-

-

-


-

-

-

-

Equity dividends paid (recognised directly in equity)

-

-

-


(381)

(381)

-

(381)

Foreign Exchange gain

-

-

80

-

-

80

-

80

Minority Interest acquired

-

-

-

-

(22)

(22)

22

-

Transactions with owners

-

-

80

-

590

670

22

692

At 31 December 2017

5,616

7,281

103

 

(563)

3,516

15,953

-

15,953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

 for the financial year ended 31 December 2017


2017

2016



£'000

£'000

Profit on continuing activities before taxation


1,507

633

Gain on biological assets


(66)

(238)

Amortisation of intangible assets


6

-

Foreign exchange gain


63

-

Loss on discontinued activities


(73)

(161)

Deferred Consideration


100

-

Finance expenses


214

269

Finance income


(11)

(30)

Depreciation - property, plant and equipment-net


709

625



2,449

1,098

Changes in working capital and provisions:




Increase  in inventories


(226)

(97)

Increase in trade and other receivables


(854)

(1,130)

Increase/(decrease) in current liabilities held for sale


11

(200)

Increase in payables


1,598

885

Cash generated from operations


2,978

556









Interest paid


(201)

(240)

Interest received


1

10

Taxation paid


(251)

(49)

Net cash generated from operating activities


2,527

277





Investing activities




Investment in Intangible assets


(82)

(65)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(1,816)

(1,375)

Purchase of biological assets


(19)

(302)

Net cash used in investing activities


(1,917)

(1,742)

 

Financing activities




Dividends paid to shareholders


(381)

(346)

Deferred consideration payments


(372)

(220)

Invoice finance receipts


487

440

Overdraft receipt


(94)

304

Finance lease capital repayments


(189)

(147)

Term loan advance


266

-

Finance lease advance


24

218

Term loan repayments


(837)

(1,123)

Net cash outflow from financing activities


(1,096)

(874)





Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(486)

(2,339)





Cash and cash equivalents and bank overdrafts,

Beginning of period


2,044

4,383





Cash and cash equivalents end of period


1,558

2,044

 


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