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Interim Results

Released 07:00 27-Nov-2017

RNS Number : 5283X
Ramsdens Holdings PLC
27 November 2017
 

27th November 2017

Ramsdens Holdings PLC

("Ramsdens", the "Group", the "Company")

Interim Results for the 6 months ended 30 September 2017

 Continued strong growth driven by Foreign Currency Exchange, Pawnbroking and Jewellery retail

Ramsdens, the diversified financial services provider and retailer, today announces its Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2017 (the "period" or "first half").

Financial highlights:

 

6 months ended 30 September 2017

6 Months ended 30 September 2016

Increase

 
 

Group Revenue

£21.8m

£18.4

18%

 

EBITDA

£6.0m

£4.2m

43%

 

Profit Before Tax

£5.2m

£3.2m

63%

 

Basic EPS*

13.4p

10.1p

33%

 

Interim Dividend

2.2p

Nil

-

 

 

·     Net assets up £8.3m to £27.2m (H1 FY17: £18.9m)

·     Net cash up £3.7m to £13.4m (H1 FY17: £9.7m)

Operational highlights:

·     Growth has continued in Foreign Currency Exchange,

Gross currency exchanged up 22% to £324m (H1 FY17: £265m)

Currency customers up 15% to 511k (H1 FY17: 445k)

·     Pawnbroking loan book up 18% to £6.0m (H1 FY17: £5.1m)

·     The weight of gold purchased was broadly in-line year on year with the higher than anticipated sterling gold price continuing to benefit the Group

·     Investment in jewellery stock and improved window displays has resulted in retail revenue growth of 40% to £3.5m (H1 FY17: £2.5m)

·     Investment in online retail is starting to produce results with online gross jewellery sales up 331%, albeit from a small base

*Basic EPS reflects the shareholding structure as at the time.  Adjusting the EPS for the post IPO shareholding, the EPS for the FY17 half year was 8.1p. 

 

 

Peter Kenyon, Chief Executive, commented:

"Ramsdens has had a strong first half of the financial year with foreign currency exchange, pawnbroking and retail jewellery all showing good growth.  The sterling gold price has been ahead of expectations and continues to benefit the purchase of precious metals and pawnbroking scrap proceeds.  

 

We have made a good start to the second half of the year and have good momentum as we head into the seasonally important Christmas period for jewellery retail.

Ramsdens has a clear growth strategy which is underpinned by our trusted brand, first-class team and well-invested core branch estate and the Board remains confident of delivering further progress."

Enquiries:

Ramsdens Holdings PLC                                        Tel: +44 (0) 1642 579957

Peter Kenyon, CEO

Martin Clyburn, CFO

 

Liberum Capital Limited, Nominated Adviser       Tel: +44 (0) 20 3100 2000

Richard Crawley

Joshua Hughes

 

Hudson Sandler (Financial PR)                              Tel: +44 (0) 20 7796 4133

Alex Brennan

Fern Duncan

 

About Ramsdens

Ramsdens is a growing, diversified, financial services provider and retailer, operating in the four core business segments of foreign currency exchange, pawnbroking loans, precious metals buying and selling and retailing of second hand and new jewellery.

 

Headquartered in Middlesbrough, the Group operates from 127 stores within the UK (including 4 franchised stores) and has a small but growing online presence.

 

In the last financial year, the Group served over 730,000 customers across its different services. Ramsdens is fully FCA authorised for its pawnbroking and credit broking activities.

 

www.ramsdensplc.com                                                           

www.ramsdensforcash.co.uk                                                              

 

 

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REPORT

I am pleased to report a period of significant further progress for Ramsdens during the first half of the financial year resulting in an 18% increase in revenue to £21.8m (H1 FY17: £18.4m) and a 63% increase in profit before tax to £5.2m (H1 FY17: £3.2m). 

Ongoing investment in the core branch estate as well as in the Ramsdens brand have driven strong growth across our foreign currency exchange, pawnbroking and jewellery retail business segments. This was supported by significant growth in active registered customers to 570k, up from 502k (up 13%) in the comparable prior year period.

The investment in our online offering has resulted in exceptional growth of 331% in online gross jewellery retail sales and growth of 134% in online foreign currency exchange, the latter of which was primarily driven by Click & Collect.

Underpinned by this strong momentum as well as the Group's strong, trusted brand and loyal and growing customer base, the Board remains confident about Ramsdens' prospects and future.    

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Gross profit increased by 22% to £16.1m, up from £13.2m in the first half of the prior year.    Administration expenses increased by 12% to £10.9m (H1 FY17: £9.7m) primarily as a result of increased staff costs to support the Group's ongoing growth as well as PLC costs which were not incurred in the comparable period in the prior year.

 

The balance sheet remains extremely strong with net assets of £27.2m, which is an £8.3m increase from 30 September 2016 and a £3.8m increase from the full year end on 31 March 2017.  The main assets are cash including currency, pawnbroking loans secured on gold jewellery and watches, and retail jewellery stock.

 

Net cash was £13.4m at the period end, up £3.7m on the prior year (H1 FY17: £9.7m).  The Group has the benefit of a revolving credit facility which is used in the summer to fund higher stocks of foreign currency.

 

A maiden final dividend of 1.3p per share (£401k) was paid during the period.  The Directors are pleased to announce they have approved a maiden interim dividend of 2.2p per share which will be paid on 20  February 2018 to those shareholders on the register on 19 January 2018.

 

Segmental Review

Foreign Currency Exchange

The foreign currency exchange segment primarily comprises the sale and purchase of foreign currency notes to holiday makers. Ramsdens also offers prepaid travel cards and, as of September 2016, international bank to bank payments.

Ramsdens served more than 511,000 customers for foreign currency exchange during H1 FY18, up 15% year on year (H1 FY17: 445,000). This growth is very encouraging as our customer surveys continue to confirm that customer recommendation remains the biggest source of customer acquisition and growth. 

Gross currency exchanged grew by 22% to £324m (H1 FY17: £265m) reflecting our growing customer base. This increase combined with the Group's focus on increasing the average transaction value and margin management initiatives have supported gross profit (commission net of delivery costs and exchange rate movements) increasing by 35% to £7.5m (H1 FY17: £5.5m).

Improvements to the currency website proposition (www.ramsdenscurrency.co.uk) has led to an increase in sales of 134% to £14.5m across Click & Collect and home delivery (H1 FY17: £6.2m).

Pawnbroking

Pawnbroking is a small subset of the consumer credit market in the UK and a simple form of asset backed lending where an item of value, known as a pledge, (in Ramsdens' case jewellery and watches), is given to the pawnbroker in exchange for a cash loan. Customers who repay the capital sum borrowed plus interest receive their pledged item back. If a customer fails to repay the loan, the pawnbroker sells the pledged item to repay the amount borrowed plus interest and fees. Pawnbroking is regulated by the FCA in the UK and Ramsdens is fully FCA authorised.

The volume of pawnbroking customers with a loan in H1 FY18 was in line with FY17. However, the investment in retail has enabled the Group to offer to customers higher loan amounts relative to the value of the pledged jewellery which  has led to an increased loan book.  Also of note is that the past due portion of the loan book remains well controlled at 10% of the total loan book. 

 

£000s (6 months to 30 September)

H1 FY18

H1 FY17

% change

FY 17

Within contractual term

5,418

4,523

20%

5,402

Past due

625

612

 

572

Total

6,043

5,135

18%

5,974

 

Interest income, which includes the ultimate realisation of jewellery sold or scrapped from forfeited pledges, was 18% higher at £3.5m (H1 FY17: £2.9m) and represented a half year yield of 58% on the average pledge book during the period. 

Interest income has increased as a result of a higher loan book, improved retail activity and a higher gold price for scrap proceeds on forfeited pledges.

 

Jewellery Retail

Ramsdens offers new and second-hand jewellery and the Board believes there is significant growth potential for Ramsdens in this segment by leveraging its retail store estate and e-commerce operations by cross-selling to customers of its other services.

During the period, revenue from this segment increased by 40% to £3.5m (H1 FY17: £2.5m) and contributed £1.9m to Group gross profit (H1 FY17: £1.5m).  The jewellery gross profit margin decreased from 58% to 54%, primarily as a result of a concerted effort to increase sales volumes and improve customer awareness of the value for money proposition that Ramsdens offers.

E-commerce sales increased from a low base by 331% year on year, in line with our plans, and contributed approximately 3% of jewellery retail revenue during the period.

Purchases of precious metals

Through the precious metals buying and selling service, Ramsdens buys unwanted jewellery, gold and other precious metals from customers for cash. Typically, a customer brings unwanted jewellery into a Ramsdens store and a price is agreed with the customer depending upon the retail potential, weight or carat of the jewellery. Ramsdens has second-hand dealer licences and other permissions and adheres to the Police approved "gold standard" for buying precious metals.

Once jewellery has been bought from the customer, the Group's dedicated jewellery department decides whether to scrap or to retail the item through the store network or online. Income derived from jewellery which is purchased and then retailed is reflected in jewellery retail income and profits. The residual items are sold to a bullion dealer for their intrinsic value and the proceeds are reflected in the accounts as precious metals buying income.

The sterling gold price remained ahead of expectations.  The weight of gold purchased during the period was broadly in line with last year.  The Group has continued its strategy to increase jewellery retail stock levels to assist jewellery retail sales.  Group gross profit was broadly in line at £2.5m (H1 FY17: £2.5m). 
 

Other Financial Services

In addition to the four core business segments, the Group also provides additional services in cheque cashing, Western Union money transfer, sale and buy back of electronics, franchise fees and credit broking.

Revenue from these services in the period was up 7% to £1.4m (H1 FY17: £1.3m) resulting in £0.8m (H1 FY17: £0.7m) of gross profit.

 

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

During the period, we continued to make excellent progress in improving the performance of our core estate and developing our online proposition.

 

The expansion of the estate has been slower than anticipated but the Group remains on track with its near and medium-term expansion strategy. During the period, two stores were relocated and the Group currently has signed leases on two new greenfield stores.  In addition, heads of terms have been agreed on a further five stores (two new, three relocations) and an acquisition of a single store jewellers has been agreed for completion in January 2018.

 

We continue to actively manage our estate and, during the period, one store was closed and merged with a nearby store. As at the end of the period, we operated 123 stores (H1 FY17: 124 stores). There is a pipeline of new stores under consideration and the Group remains confident of growing its store estate.

 

During the period, we had an unauthorised access to our IT system which did not impact any day to day operations or result in any confirmed data loss.  We reviewed our IT infrastructure and further invested in our IT hardware, software and team to improve security and support our long-term growth.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Ramsdens staff for their outstanding efforts throughout the period. 

 

OUTLOOK

The Group's strong growth rates in the first half of the year reflect the increasing awareness of Ramsdens as a highly competitive and a trusted provider of foreign currency exchange and jewellery retail.

 

Underpinned by the Group's strong and trusted brand, well-invested retail estate and growing customer base, the Board remains confident of Ramsdens' continued progress.

 

The Group has a pipeline of store opportunities and is committed to our stated growth strategy.

 

The Group has made a good start to the early part of the second half of the year and we have good momentum to take us into the seasonally important Christmas period for jewellery retail.

 

 

 

Peter Kenyon

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Interim Condensed Financial Statements

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

12 months

 

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

 

30 September 2017

 

30 September 2016

 

31 March 2017

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

21,758

 

18,441

 

34,516

 

Cost of sales

 

(5,642)

 

(5,258)

 

(10,228)

 

Gross profit

2

16,116

 

13,183

 

24,288

 

Administrative expenses

 

(10,879)

 

(9,703)

 

(19,735)

 

Operating profit before exceptional expenses

 

5,237

 

3,480

 

4,553

 

Exceptional expenses

 

 -

 

 

(1,110)

 

Operating profit

 

5,237

 

3,480

 

3,443

 

Finance Costs

4

(105)

 

(346)

 

(614)

 

Gain/(Loss) on fair value of derivative financial liability

 

43

 

40

 

107

 

Profit before tax

 

5,175

 

3,174

 

2,936

 

Income tax expense

 

(1,034)

 

(675)

 

(926)

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

4,141

 

2,499

 

2,010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share in pence

 

13.4

 

10.1

 

7.8

 

Diluted earnings per share in pence

 

13.2

 

10.1

 

7.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

12 months

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

30 September 2017

 

30 September 2016

 

31 March 2017

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening total equity

 

23,395

 

16,428

 

16,428

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

4,141

 

2,499

 

2,010

Issue of share capital

 

-

 

-

 

5,000

Costs associated with issue of share capital

 

-

 

-

 

(50)

Dividends paid

 

(401)

 

-

 

-

Share based payments

 

81

 

-

 

7

Deferred tax on share based payments

 

28

 

 -

 

Closing total equity

 

         27,244

 

         18,927

 

       23,395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of financial position

At 30 September 2017

 

 

 

As at

 

As at

 

As at

 

 

 

 

30 September

 

30 September

 

31 March

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

3,935

 

4,650

 

4,210

 

Intangible assets

 

 

446

 

688

 

529

 

Investments

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

4,381

 

5,338

 

4,739

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

6,390

 

4,068

 

5,338

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

10,465

 

8,552

 

9,362

 

Cash and short term deposits

 

 

16,519

 

17,649

 

11,864

 

 

 

 

33,374

 

30,269

 

26,564

 

Total assets

 

 

37,755

 

35,607

 

31,303

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

4,930

 

6,605

 

3,843

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 

3

3,101

 

3,903

 

2,318

 

Accruals and deferred income

 

 

890

 

738

 

773

 

Income tax payable

 

 

1,124

 

538

 

305

 

 

 

 

10,045

 

11,784

 

7,239

 

Net current assets

 

 

23,329

 

18,485

 

19,325

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 

3

5

 

4,019

 

9

 

Accruals and deferred income

 

 

326

 

454

 

404

 

Derivative financial liabilities

 

 

76

 

186

 

119

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

59

 

237

 

137

 

 

 

 

466

 

4,896

 

669

 

Total liabilities

 

 

10,511

 

16,680

 

7,908

 

Net assets

 

 

27,244

 

18,927

 

23,395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issued capital

 

7

308

 

247

 

308

 

Share premium

 

 

4,892

 

-

 

4,892

 

Retained earnings

 

 

22,044

 

18,680

 

18,195

 

Total equity

 

 

27,244

 

18,927

 

23,395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

12 months

 

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

 

30 September 2017

 

30 September 2016

 

31 March 2017

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

 

5,175

 

3,174

 

2,936

Adjustments to reconcile profit before tax to net cash flows:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and impairment of property, plant & equipment

 

 

525

 

513

 

1,047

Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets

 

 

103

 

157

 

320

Change in derivative financial instruments

 

 

(43)

 

(40)

 

(107)

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

19

 

63

 

83

Exceptional expenses

 

 

-

 

-

 

1,110

Share based payments

 

 

81

 

-

 

7

Finance costs

 

 

105

 

346

 

614

Exceptional expenses - bonus

 

 

-

 

-

 

(172)

Working capital adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement in trade and other receivables and prepayments

(1,103)

 

117

 

(693)

Movement in inventories

 

 

(1,052)

 

(737)

 

(2,002)

Movement in trade and other payables

 

 

1,119

 

2,947

 

170

 

 

 

4,929

 

6,540

 

3,313

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

 

(98)

 

(341)

 

(614)

Income tax paid

 

 

(265)

 

(120)

 

(704)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

 

4,566

 

6,079

 

1,995

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(269)

 

(337)

 

(451)

Purchase of intangible assets

 

 

(20)

 

(37)

 

(41)

Net cash flows from investing activities

 

 

(289)

 

(374)

 

(492)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

 

(401)

 

-

 

-

Payment of finance lease liabilities

 

 

(4)

 

(3)

 

(8)

Bank loans drawn down

 

 

783

 

1,000

 

2,310

Repayment of bank borrowings

 

 

-

 

-

 

(2,900)

Repayment of Loan Notes

 

 

-

 

-

 

(4,000)

Exceptional expenses - IPO

 

 

-

 

-

 

(938)

Proceeds of issue of ordinary shares

 

 

-

 

-

 

4,950

Net cash flows from/(used in) financing activities

 

 

378

 

997

 

(586)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

4,655

 

6,702

 

917

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

 

11,864

 

10,947

 

10,947

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

 

16,519

 

17,649

 

11,864

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

1.    Basis of preparation

The interim condensed financial statements of the group for the six months ended 30 September 2017, which are unaudited, have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') accounting policies adopted by the group and set out in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017. The Group does not anticipate any change in these accounting policies for the year ended 31 March 2018. As permitted, this interim report has been prepared in accordance with the AIM rules and not in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim financial reporting". While the financial figures included in this preliminary interim earnings announcement have been computed in accordance with IFRS's applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as that term is defined in IFRS's.

 

The financial information contained in the interim report also does not constitute statutory accounts for the purpose of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the year ended 31 March 2017 is based on the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and are available on the group's website www.ramsdensplc.com. The auditors reported on those accounts: their report was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

After conducting a further review of the group's forecasts and cash over the next twelve months and after making appropriate enquiries as considered necessary, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the company and group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the half yearly condensed financial statements.

 

 

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

2. Segmental Reporting

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

12 months

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

30 September 2017

 

30 September 2016

 

31 March 2017

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Pawnbroking

3,474

 

2,944

 

6,128

Purchases of precious metals

5,890

 

6,142

 

10,839

Retail Jewellery sales

3,547

 

2,539

 

5,909

Foreign currency margin

7,461

 

5,520

 

8,971

Income from other financial services

1,386

 

1,296

 

2,669

Total Revenue

21,758

 

18,441

 

34,516

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

Pawnbroking

3,474

 

2,944

 

6,128

Purchases of precious metals

2,478

 

2,534

 

4,336

Retail Jewellery sales

1,907

 

1,470

 

3,321

Foreign currency margin

7,461

 

5,520

 

8,971

Income from other financial services

796

 

715

 

1,532

Total Gross profit

16,116

 

13,183

 

24,288

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

(10,879)

 

(9,703)

 

(19,735)

Exceptional expenses

-

 

-

 

(1,110)

Finance costs

(105)

 

(346)

 

(614)

Gain on fair value of derivative financial liability

43

 

40

 

107

Profit before tax

5,175

 

3,174

 

2,936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from other financial services comprises of cheque cashing fees, Electronics & buybacks, agency commissions on miscellaneous financial products.

The Group is unable to meaningfully allocate administrative expenses, or financing costs between the segments due to the fact that these include staff costs who undertake all services in branches. Accordingly, the Group is unable to disclose an allocation of items included in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income below Gross profit, which represents the reported segmental results.

 

 

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

2. Segmental Reporting

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

12 months

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

30 September 2017

 

30 September 2016

 

31 March 2017

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

Other information

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Capital additions (*)

289

 

374

 

492

Depreciation and amortisation (*)

628

 

670

 

1,367

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Pawnbroking

8,793

 

7,386

 

8,242

Purchases of precious metals

1,160

 

480

 

773

Retail Jewellery sales

5,067

 

3,464

 

4,354

Foreign currency margin

7,303

 

7,142

 

6,096

Income from other financial services

533

 

350

 

480

Unallocated (*)

14,899

 

16,785

 

11,358

 

37,755

 

35,607

 

31,303

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Pawnbroking

208

 

133

 

167

Purchases of precious metals

 

 

 

 

 

Retail Jewellery sales

759

 

768

 

657

Foreign currency margin

2,478

 

4,571

 

1,771

Income from other financial services

324

 

162

 

190

Unallocated (*)

6,742

 

11,046

 

5,123

 

10,511

 

16,680

 

7,908

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(*) The Group is unable to meaningfully allocate this information by segment due to the fact that all segments operate from the same stores and the assets and liabilities are common to all segments.

 

 

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

3. Borrowing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

12 months

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

30 September 2017

 

30 September 2016

 

31 March 2017

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short term bank loans

3,093

 

3,900

 

2,310

 

Hire purchase agreements

8

 

3

 

8

 

Amount due for settlement within one year

3,101

 

3,903

 

2,318

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loan notes

-

 

4,000

 

-

 

Hire purchase agreements

5

 

19

 

9

 

Amount due for settlement after more than one year

5

 

4,019

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

12 months

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

30 September 2017

 

30 September 2016

 

31 March 2017

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest on debts and borrowings

105

 

346

 

613

 

Finance charges payable under hire purchase contracts

-

 

-

 

1

 

Total finance costs

105

 

346

 

614

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Tax on profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The taxation charge for the six months ended 30 September 2017 has been calculated by reference to the expected effective corporation tax and deferred tax rates for the full financial year to end on 31 March 2018. The underlying effective full year tax charge is estimated to be 20%.

 

6. Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

12 months

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

30 September 2017

 

30 September 2016

 

31 March 2017

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period (£'000)

4,141

 

2,499

 

2,010

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue

30,837,653

 

24,723,300

 

25,750,444

 

Earnings per share (pence)

13.4

 

10.1

 

7.8

 

Fully diluted earnings per share (pence)

13.2

 

10.1

 

7.6

 

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

7. Issued capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares issued and fully paid

 

No.

 

£'000

Ordinary A shares of £1 each

 

186,250

 

186

Ordinary B shares of £1 each

 

60,983

 

61

At 30 September 2016

 

247,233

 

247

 

 

 

 

 

Reorganisation of share capital and reclassification to ordinary 1p shares

 

24,723,300

 

247

Bonus issue of ordinary 1p shares

 

300,400

 

3

Issue of new ordinary 1p shares

 

5,813,953

 

58

At 31 March 2017

 

30,837,653

 

308

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 September 2017

 

30,837,653

 

308

 

 

 

 

 

The Company reorganised the issued ordinary share capital during the year ended 31 March 2017 to unify the 'A' shares & 'B' shares into one class of 1p ordinary shares. As part of this re-organisation a bonus issue of 300,400 ordinary shares was issued capitalising £3,000 of reserves.


The Company issued 5,813,953 ordinary 1p shares during the same year at 86p per share. Associated fees of £50,000 were charged to share premium account

 

8. Dividends

 

The directors approved a 2.2 pence interim dividend (30 September 2016: nil) which equates to a dividend payment of £678,000 (30 September 2016: £nil). The dividend will be paid on 20 February 2018 to shareholders on the share register at the close of business on 19 January 2018 and has not been provided for in the September 2017 interim results. The shares will be marked ex-dividend on 18 January 2018.

 

On 19 July 2017, the shareholders approved the payment of a 1.3 pence final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2017 which equates to a dividend payment of £401,000 (31 March 2016: £nil). The dividend was paid on 20 September 2017.

 

 

 

 


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