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Final Results

Released 07:00 07-Mar-2018

RNS Number : 8983G
Restaurant Group PLC
07 March 2018
 

The Restaurant Group plc

 

Final results for the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2017

 

 

Strategic highlights

 

·      Proposition enhancements in Frankie & Benny's are driving improving volume momentum

·      Good progress across other Leisure brands

·      Pubs business continues to outperform the market and pipeline of new opportunities further strengthened

·      Concessions business expanding into new infrastructure hubs, and with relevant new brands

·      Cost reduction programme of £10m delivered ahead of plan, enabling reinvestment in Leisure business

·      Enhanced senior leadership team in place

 

Financial highlights

 

·      Like-for-like sales down 3.0%

·      Total sales down 1.8% on a 52 week comparable basis; down 4.4% on a statutory basis

·     Adjusted1 profit before tax of £56.7m (2016: £77.1m).  Statutory profit before tax of £43.6m (20162: loss of £49.3m)

·      Exceptional pre-tax charge of £13.2m (20162: £126.5m)

·      Adjusted1 EBITDA of £95.1m (2016: £121.0m)

·      Adjusted1 EPS of 22.3p (2016: 30.0p).  Statutory EPS of 16.4p (20162: 24.0p loss per share)

·      Continued strong free cash flow of £84.9m (2016: £78.9m)

·      Operating cash flow of £107.6m (2016: £122.1m)

·      Net bank debt of £21.6m at year-end (2016: £28.3m)

·      Total full year dividend maintained at 17.4p per share, reflecting the Board's confidence in delivery of the plan

 

The highlights reflect the statutory 52 week year in 2017 versus the statutory 53 week year in 2016 unless stated otherwise

 

1 Adjusted reflects pre-exceptional costs and is further defined in the glossary at the end of this report

2 As restated, refer to note 1 for details

 

Andy McCue, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

 

"As expected, 2017 was a transitional year for the Group, with significant investments made in price and proposition within our Leisure business, which is driving improving volume momentum.  We start 2018 with a significantly more competitive offering in our Leisure business, a strengthened pipeline of growth opportunities in both our Pubs and Concessions businesses, and a leaner, faster and more focused organisation.  I'd like to thank our colleagues for embracing the change agenda and for their contribution to stabilising the business."

 

 

Enquiries:

 

The Restaurant Group plc

Andy McCue, Chief Executive Officer

Kirk Davis, Chief Financial Officer

 

020 3117 5001

Instinctif Partners

Matthew Smallwood

Guy Scarborough

020 7457 2020

 

 

Investor and analyst conference call facility

 

In conjunction with today's management presentation meeting, a live conference call facility will be available starting at 8:45am. If you would like to participate, please call Harshita Nandni at Instinctif Partners for dial-in details on 0207 427 1445 or email harshita.nandni@instinctif.com.

 

The presentation slides will be available to download from 8:30am from the Company's website https://www.trgplc.com/investors/reports-and-presentations

 

 

Notes:

 

1.  The Restaurant Group plc currently operates 498 restaurants and pub restaurants throughout the UK.  Its principal trading brands are Frankie & Benny's, Chiquito, Coast to Coast and Brunning & Price.  It also operates a multi-brand Concessions business which trades principally in UK airports.

 

2.  Statements made in this announcement that look forward in time or that express management's beliefs, expectations or estimates regarding future occurrences are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States federal securities laws.  These forward-looking statements reflect the Group's current expectations concerning future events and actual results may differ materially from current expectations or historical results.

 

3.   The Group's Adjusted performance metrics ('APMS') such as like-for-like sales, Adjusted measures and free cash flow are defined within the glossary at the end of this report.

 

 

Chairman's statement

 

2017 has been a transitional year for the Group, with a test and learn approach allowing us to develop the proposition of our brands.  Despite the challenging market context, we have continued to make good progress against the four key elements of our strategy:

 

·      Re-establishing the competitiveness of our Leisure brands;

·      Serving our customers better and more efficiently;

·      Growing our Pubs and Concessions businesses; and

·      Building a leaner, faster and more focused organisation.

 

Total revenues were down 4.4% to £679.3m, with like-for-like sales for the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2017 down 3.0%, representing an improvement on the decline in 2016.  Adjusted1 profit before tax was down 26.4% to £56.7m and Adjusted1 EPS was down 25.7% to 22.3p per share. Statutory profit before tax was £43.6m and the statutory earnings per share were 16.4p.

 

Our investments in price, food quality and marketing drove progressively improved volume momentum in our Leisure businesses.  Pubs and Concessions both performed well, with the pipeline of new opportunities in both continuing to grow.

 

We took a low-key approach to marketing our key brands while the changes to the proposition were at an early stage.  The latter part of the year has seen us test different media and we are gaining confidence in our ability to segment and target the customers of each of our brands.  Investment in digital and social media is beginning to show cut through, with more targeted marketing.

 

The Group has faced well documented external cost pressures throughout 2017, from the increases in the national living wage and national minimum wage, the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, the revaluation of business rates, higher energy taxes and increased purchasing costs due to the combined effects of a devalued pound and commodity inflation.  As we seek to mitigate these cost pressures, our initiatives to improve the effectiveness of our labour scheduling and to exploit new technologies are on track and continue to drive efficiencies.

 

We have proactively managed Board succession throughout the year and added new and relevant skills.  Barry Nightingale stepped down as Chief Finance Officer in April 2017 and Kirk Davis replaced him in February 2018.  Kirk has extensive finance experience within listed leisure and retail businesses and joins from Greene King plc where he has spent the past three years as Chief Financial Officer.  Sally Cowdry stepped down from the Board as a Non-Executive Director in August 2017 and Paul May joined as a Non-Executive Director in July 2017.  Paul has been the Chief Executive Officer of Patisserie Holdings plc since 2006.  He has extensive experience of managing public and private companies in the retail and hospitality sectors.  We are looking to recruit a further Non-Executive Director during 2018, with digital credentials.

 

We have also added to the strength and depth of the senior leadership team, with the appointment of Murray McGowan as Managing Director of our Leisure Businesses, joining us from Costa Express and Michael Healy as Chief Marketing Officer, joining us from Paddy Power Betfair plc.

 

The Board continues to ensure that we have a rigorous and disciplined approach to the allocation of capital, and that the Group's brand and location strategy is robust.  As a consequence, we have taken action to close underperforming sites which we do not believe are capable of generating adequate returns.

 

The business continues to generate strong free cash flow, with £84.9m in 2017.  Given our continued confidence in our plan, the Board is proposing the payment of a final dividend of 10.6 pence per share to be paid on 5 July 2018 to all shareholders on the register on 8 June 2018 (ex-dividend date 7 June 2018).  The total dividend for the year is, therefore, maintained at 17.4 pence per share.  The Board will continue to assess the dividend based on progress against our plan. 

 

The Group employs over 15,000 people and they are the lifeblood of our business.  The Board would like to record our thanks and appreciation for their hard work and commitment.

 

We have made solid progress on our strategic initiatives in 2017, resulting in improved volume momentum in our Leisure business, growth in our Pubs and Concessions business, a lower cost base across the business and a more focused growth plan.  We continue to benefit from strong cash generation and a healthy balance sheet.  While the market has softened, the Board is confident that we have a robust plan and the team and resources in place to deliver.

 

 

Debbie Hewitt MBE

Chairman

7 March 2018

 

 

Business review

 

Introduction

 

We continue to make good progress on the four key elements of our strategy that we set out at the beginning of 2017, to:

 

-      Re-establish the competitiveness of our Leisure brands;

-      Serve our customers better and more efficiently;

-      Grow our Pubs and Concessions businesses; and

-      Build a leaner, faster and more focused organisation.

 

We've made significant proposition improvements in our Leisure business focusing on giving our customers better value and improved food quality along with retrained service standards, all of which are driving improving volume momentum.

 

We start 2018 with a significantly more competitive and improved offering across our Leisure business, an established expansion programme across our Pubs and Concessions businesses, an enhanced  leadership team and a more efficient and focused business.

 

1.  Re-establish competitiveness of our Leisure brands

 

Frankie & Benny's (259 units)

Our focus has been on enhancing our offer by restoring our value credentials, deepening the distinctiveness of our offer to our core family audience and launching a refocused and refreshed brand nationwide to attract back lapsed customers.

 

Following the discovery in 2016 that the brand had lost significant value credentials, we made significant investments in price in 2017.  In January we re-introduced a £9.95 two-course fixed price menu, our cheapest fixed price menu for six years.  We trialled and subsequently launched our new, significantly better value core menu in two waves in March and May.  Drawing on customer insight, we launched an optimised version of this menu in October with main course entry prices 26% lower than the menu we started the year with, and like-for-like dish prices reduced by 7% on average, positioning our offering as highly competitively priced relative to our peers.  We have also struck new and extended partnerships with value-focused affiliates and intensified our promotional activity to ensure we remain competitive and to encourage re-trial of the brand.

 

We have deepened the distinctiveness of our offer by investing in the quality of ingredients, upgrading our menus to align with our core family audience and introducing new dishes which have proved popular such as our new hot dog range and a steakhouse salad which is now our best-selling salad.  In the summer we launched our new kids' menu, which is differentiated in the sector and was recently rated the best in customer satisfaction across our peer set.  Our new breakfast menu has a broader range of healthy options and a tailored kids offering.

 

Towards the end of the year, we commenced roll-out of a refreshed, more contemporary brand look and feel which will be represented across all brand touchpoints.  This month we complete the rollout of an upgraded website and app, improving their ease of use for core functions such as bookings.  We have also improved our digital search listings and we continue to refine and improve our return from media spend with encouraging activation rates from digital media investment through our new 'Parents win at Frankie & Benny's' campaign.  We are currently building a new CRM platform which will enable better segmentation of customers and more targeted communication.

 

Our customers are recognising the proposition improvements we've made, with the latest external market data showing a continuing improvement in value for money ratings, net promoter score and the largest positive movement in revisit intention scores across our peers.

 

The proposition changes are driving improving volume momentum.  Our performance suggests that we are taking volume share, with market data showing declining restaurant like-for-like sales over the last six months, in spite of significant price increases by our competitors.

 

Whilst we are pleased with our progress, we are not complacent.  In the current year we will be launching an extended range of healthy dishes across our menus, upgrading our vegetarian and vegan options and introducing a redesigned desserts range.  Alongside these initiatives, we will continue to improve the quality of our ingredients.

 

We are trialling a pilot 'capital refresh' across 10 of our sites which we will learn from and optimise before making a decision on whether to roll-out more widely. 

 

Chiquito (85 units)

Our focus on Chiquito has been to broaden the brand appeal, making it more accessible and frequented more often by our customers. 

 

We trialled two versions of a fundamentally changed menu in the year which showed an improving covers trend versus the old menu.  On the back of this we launched our new menu nationwide in January 2018.  This new menu builds on the trials and allows greater customisation of dishes with, for example, 'build your own' tortillas with options to vary the spiciness of the dishes.  We have also invested in the quality of the ingredients whilst at the same time making the menu more competitively priced with main course entry prices reduced by 10%, and like-for-like dish prices reduced on average by 6%.  The menu is simpler and easier to navigate, benefitting from a 30% reduction in the number of main dishes.  This simplicity has also reduced the number of back-of-house processes involved in preparation and improved the consistency and speed of service.  We are also making the brand more accessible through new affiliate partnerships with the likes of Tastecard and Gourmet Society.

 

In the current year we will accelerate our pace of change in this brand.  We plan to trial a series of new and exciting product innovations, which if successful will be rolled out more broadly.

 

Coast to Coast (19 units)

Coast to Coast's like-for-like trading performance remains challenging, albeit the trading trajectory continues to improve driven, in part, by our competitive discounts.  The focus remains on further developing our new proposition, Firejacks, which offers high quality flame-grilled steaks and burgers at highly competitive prices.  The first Firejacks was a conversion of the Coast to Coast in Northampton and opened in August 2017.  We are encouraged by its ongoing trading performance and plan to convert at least three more Coast to Coast sites to Firejacks in the coming months.

  

2.  Serve our customers better and more efficiently

 

During the course of the year we completed the upgrade of our technology in restaurants in our Leisure and Concessions businesses.  We've introduced hand-held terminals enabling faster ordering and payment processing for our customers.  The terminals also provide our restaurant staff with automated prompts of, for example, side dishes, which has increased attachment rates of these items.  The new labour management software solution has led to improved sales forecasting accuracy and more effective deployment of our teams, ensuring our labour is increased for peak times to provide the right level of customer service, and minimised during quieter periods.  We have also improved the flexibility of our workforce to help better align with our trading patterns.  These initiatives combined have contributed to the labour cost per cover in our Leisure business declining by 7% in the second half of 2017 compared to the second half of 2016.

 

Our new simplified service standards have been introduced across our Leisure front-of-house teams to serve our customers better and more consistently.  We've moved from an overly complex 'rules-based' service approach to a simplified approach of putting the customer experience at the forefront of everything we do, for example, through a more natural and warmer welcome upon arrival and greater encouragement for our restaurant teams to show their passion for our food and brands.

 

We continue to invest in new technology to remove customer pain points and improve the overall customer experience.  Our 'pay with app' and 'click and collect' trials have been positively received by our customers and we will roll these out across our Leisure business in the first half of this year.  We are in the process of developing a mobile order and pay application, allowing guests to be in control of their service and even order in advance of arriving at the restaurant.  We have also increased the frequency and accuracy of bookings via an integrated system of online, telephone and in-restaurant reservations, and entered a partnership for the first time with OpenTable.  We have trialled and are soon to be launching a new approach to obtaining guest feedback, moving away from an online post-meal survey which generated unrepresentative samples to an 'at-table' system where we can collect real-time feedback in volume, enabling us to respond to issues much more quickly. 

 

We have increased our penetration of delivery with Deliveroo, growing the number of sites that offer this service from 37 at the start of 2017 to 130 in February 2018.  We are trialling delivery services with UberEats and Just Eat which we expect will further increase our delivery reach and penetration.  In addition, we see opportunities to extend brand reach by offering multiple delivery brands from an individual restaurant and will trial a new delivery-only brand in the coming weeks.  

 

3.  Grow our Pubs and Concessions businesses

 

Our Pubs business is well positioned in the market with a compelling, differentiated food-led offer that consistently outperforms the pub restaurant sector.  Strong operational execution, along with locally sourced produce, has attracted a loyal and increasing customer base who rate the offering highly, relative to competitors. 

 

The Pubs business delivers consistently good and growing returns, with recent openings consistently delivering EBITDA returns in excess of 20% (on an assumed leasehold cost base).  Our estate is largely freehold asset backed with a book value in excess of £80m and requires, relative to fast-changing casual dining formats, relatively modest levels of ongoing maintenance capital spend.

 

We see opportunities to increase like-for-like sales through optimising our menu pricing architecture and developing better offerings for previously considered non-core occasions such as breakfast and afternoon tea.  We will continue to look for ways we can maximise the use of technology, building on the success we've had in driving bookings.  We are finding new ways to maximise available space in our sites by creating private dining areas and will, later this year, make our first foray into accommodation.

 

Our pipeline of new pub opportunities has strengthened over the past year as we have dedicated more resources to site finding, widened our geographic reach, and embraced new formats such as town pubs.  We expect to open between five and 10 new pubs in 2018 and more again in 2019.

 

Our Concessions business operates in an attractive market segment supported by historically strong levels of passenger growth and with airport operators who are increasingly willing to invest in terminal capacity and breadth of food and beverage offer. 

 

Our trading continues to be strong and we seek further ways of increasing returns from our existing estate through greater use of technology to increase through-put of passengers and menu optimisation to align with customer trends towards quality branded experiences.

 

Our unique and market leading capabilities of consistently delivering high operational standards at high volume and peak-load intensity, along with our format development and partnering skills, have enabled us to successfully retain and win new sites.  We expect to open around 10 units this year, including our first unit in Edinburgh airport, and including sites with new franchise partners we have recently signed up, such as Brewdog and Spuntino.

 

4.  Build a leaner, faster, more focused organisation

 

We have delivered ahead of our original timescale and reduced the cost base of the business by £10m in 2017, all of which has supported our reinvestment in price, product and marketing.  We've achieved this through restructuring both our head office and field operations teams, centralising our purchasing and consolidating our supply base to leverage the Group's scale and by closer management of overheads.

 

We have enhanced our leadership team, which now reflects a balance of hospitality and other consumer sector experience, and brings significantly improved analytical and customer insight capabilities, enabling us to react more swiftly in a fast changing market.

 

We remain focused on cost efficiencies and see further opportunities to leverage scale economies and consolidate suppliers.  Our planned transition to a new logistics provider in 2019 will allow us to unlock further supply chain opportunities, such as cost savings via collection of restaurant waste and recycling.

 

Current trading and outlook

 

Current trading is broadly in line with our expectations.

 

The trading performance of the business in the first half of 2018 will reflect the significant price investments made in the middle of last year.  We expect to benefit from our strategic initiatives gaining further traction as the year progresses.

 

 

Financial review

 

Results

 

2017 financial year is a 52 week year compared to a 53 week year in 2016 financial year.  The comparatives set out in this section reflect the business's performance versus the statutory 53 week period in 2016 unless otherwise stated.

 

Like-for-like sales declined by 3.0% for the year, with total revenue down 1.8% on a comparable 52 versus 52 week basis.  On a statutory basis, revenue decreased by 4.4% to £679.3m (2016: £710.7m).  The like-for-like sales decline reflects the investments we made in price and proposition across our Leisure brands, particularly in the second half of the year, which were partially offset by a strong like-for-like sales performance from our Pubs and Concessions businesses.

 

With declining like-for-like sales, investments made in more competitive pricing, marketing and product quality and significant inflationary cost pressures that were only partially offset by the cost saving initiatives, the Group's Adjusted1 operating profit (EBIT) fell by 26.0% to £58.6m (2016: £79.2m) with the Adjusted1 operating margin falling from 11.1% to 8.6%.  On a statutory basis, the Group's operating profit (EBIT) was £45.4m (20162: loss of £47.3m).

 

Net interest costs remain broadly in line with 2016, reflecting the modest levels of net debt within the business.  This resulted in adjusted1 profit before tax for the year of £56.7m (2016: £77.1m), with Adjusted1 profit after tax of £44.7m (2016: £60.1m).  The Adjusted1 effective tax rate for the Group reduced to 21.3% (2016: 22.1%), in line with the reduction to the main rate of corporation tax.  On a statutory basis, the effective tax rate of 24.4% (20162: tax credit 2.7%) reflects the lower exceptional charges in the year.  Adjusted1 earnings per share were 22.3p (2016: 30.0p).  On a statutory basis, profit before tax was £43.6m (20162: loss before tax of £49.3m) and EPS was 16.4p (20162: loss per share 24.0p).

 

The adjusted measures are summarised below:

 

 

52 weeks ended 31 December 2017

53 weeks ended 1 January 2017

 

 

£m

£m

% change

Revenue

679.3

710.7

(4.4%)

 

 

 

 

Adjusted1 EBITDA

95.1

121.0

(21.4%)

 

 

 

 

Adjusted1 operating profit

58.6

79.2

(26.0%)

Adjusted1 operating margin

8.6%

11.1%

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted1 profit before tax

56.7

77.1

(26.4%)

Tax

(12.1)

(17.0)

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted1 profit after tax

44.7

60.1

(25.7%)

 

 

 

 

Adjusted1 EPS (pence)

22.3

30.0

(25.7%)

 

1Adjusted measures are stated before exceptional items and are as defined within the glossary.

2As restated, refer to note 1 for details

 

 

 

Cash flow and net debt

 

Operating cash flows remained very strong with free cash flow of £84.9m in the year (2016: £78.9m).  This improvement in free cash flow reflects the lower operating profit offset by a reduction in maintenance capital expenditure, an improvement in working capital and lower tax payments in the year, the latter as a result of the statutory loss for the year ended 2016.  The Group's net debt at the year-end was £21.6m, a decrease of £6.7m on the prior year net debt of £28.3m.

 

Summary cash flow for the year is set out below:

 

 

2017

2016

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Adjusted1 operating profit

58.6

79.2

Working capital and non-cash adjustments

12.5

1.1

Depreciation

36.5

41.8

Operating cash flow

107.6

122.1

Net interest paid

(0.7)

(0.8)

Tax paid

(7.1)

(16.2)

Maintenance capital expenditure

(14.9)

(26.2)

Free cash flow

84.9

78.9

Development capital expenditure

(18.4)

(28.8)

Movement in capital creditors

(5.9)

(10.3)

Dividends

(34.9)

(34.9)

Utilisation of onerous lease provisions

(12.7)

(3.3)

Exceptional restructuring costs

(6.8)

(3.8)

Other items

0.5

2.3

Net cash flow

6.7

0.1

Net bank debt brought forward

(28.3)

(28.4)

Net bank debt carried forward

(21.6)

(28.3)

 

The Group continues to maintain considerable headroom on the covenants relating to our £140m revolving credit facility, which is in place until June 2020.

 

 

Banking covenant

2017

2016

Banking covenant ratios:

 

 

 

EBITDA / Interest cover

>4x

66x

60x

Net debt / EBITDA

<3x

0.2x

0.2x

Other ratios:

 

 

 

Fixed charge cover

n/a

2.1x

2.4x

Balance sheet gearing

n/a

11%

14%

 

 

Capital expenditure

 

During the year the Group invested £33.3m (2016: £55.0m) in capital expenditure.  Our investment in maintenance capital expenditure reduced to £14.9m (2016: £26.2m) given the one-off spend in 2016 of £7.0m relating to the Frankie & Benny's bar reduction programme and the re-phasing of major refurbishment projects into 2018.  Our investment in new site expenditure reduced to £18.4m (2016: £28.8m) reflecting the lower number of new site openings in 2017 versus 2016.

 

During the year we closed 13 sites, including five concessions which had reached the end of their contractual life and eight leisure sites which no longer generated acceptable cash returns.  The table below summarises openings and closures during the year.

 

 

Year-end 2016

Opened

Closed

Transfers

Year-end 2017

   

 

 

 

 

 

Frankie & Benny's

258

7

(6)

-

259

Chiquito

79

6

-

-

85

Coast to Coast/Filling Station

28

-

(2)

-

26

Garfunkel's

8

-

-

-

8

Joe's Kitchen

4

-

-

-

4

Pub restaurants

57

3

-

-

60

Concessions

59

1

(5)

-

55

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

493

17

(13)

-

497

 

The Group benefits from a strong freehold and long leasehold property asset base which has been externally valued by Savills at the year-end at £148.2m compared to the carrying value of £110.9m.

We expect to open between 16 to 20 units in 2018 which will be predominantly within our Pubs and Concessions businesses with associated capital expenditure of between £24m to £30m.  Refurbishment and maintenance capital expenditure will range from £20m to £25m.

 

Restructuring and exceptional charge

 

An exceptional pre-tax charge of £13.2m has been recorded in the year (20162: £126.5m), which includes the following:

 

·    Onerous lease provisions resulted in a charge of £4.2m in the year (20162: £51.5m, including the prior year restatement of £9.8m). This comprises:

-     A £7.3m credit in respect of unutilised provisions following the successful exit of 21 sites ahead of expectations; and

-      A further charge totalling £11.5m was provided for in the year.  This comprised a release of £4.5m in respect of certain sites where performance was better than expected, £5.7m in respect of newly identified onerous leases and a charge of £10.3m in respect of sites previously provided for.

·   A net impairment charge of £4.2m (2016: £68.1m) was made against the carrying value of specific restaurant assets due to recent changes in certain markets.  This comprises an impairment charge of £5.3m partially offset by reversals of previously recognised impairment losses of £1.1m; and

·     A £4.8m charge (2016: £6.9m) relating to costs incurred in the restructuring projects that were initiated in 2017 to implement the new business strategy and cost saving initiatives.  

 

Cash expenditure associated with the above exceptional charges was £19.5m in the year (2016: £7.1m) relating to the costs associated with the implementation of the new business strategy £6.8m and the cash cost of the onerous leases of £12.7m.  The tax credit relating to these exceptional charges was £1.4m (2016: £18.4m).

 

Prior year restatement

 

During the year, we identified two historical elements of the mechanical calculations of the onerous lease provisions that were either not in line with recent industry practice or using incorrect data.  This resulted in a net movement in the provision of £9.8m and there was no cash impact (refer to note 1 for more details). 

 

These were initially accounted for as exceptional items within the 2017 half year results.  Following the publication of the Group's Interim Report the Financial Reporting Council ('FRC') wrote to the Company to determine whether the amendment should be accounted for within the prior year as the correction of a prior year error.  As a result of this request, the Company has reviewed the accounting treatment again and taken the decision to restate the 2016 year-end financial statements and record these two amendments as corrections of prior year errors. 

 

This has increased the prior year exceptional onerous lease charge within the income statement and the provision for onerous leases by £9.8m.  This has also increased the tax credit on exceptional costs from £16.4m to £18.4m, resulting in a net impact on statutory profit after tax of £7.8m.

 

Review of distributable reserves and rectification of prior dividends

 

In December 2017, we became aware of a technical matter relating to the levels of distributable reserves and the payment of interim and final dividends to our shareholders during the period from 2006 to 2017 ('the Relevant Dividends').  Throughout this period, the Group had adequate reserves in subsidiary companies to enable payment of the Relevant Dividends, and each year payment of the final dividends was approved by the Company's shareholders at its annual general meeting. However, a review of historical intra-group transactions revealed that internal dividends paid up through the Group structure in the period from 2006 to 2017 did not, due to a technicality, create distributable reserves in the manner that had been intended.  As a consequence, the Relevant Dividends were not paid out of distributable reserves and were therefore not paid in accordance with the Companies Act 2006.

 

We are undertaking a series of administrative steps in order to rectify this issue and put the Company and its subsidiaries, insofar as possible, in the position that was originally intended with respect to the creation of distributable reserves.  The majority of these steps were implemented prior to 31 December 2017.  In addition, we will in due course put a resolution to shareholders which, if passed, would put all potentially affected parties, insofar as possible, in the position they would be had the Relevant Dividends been paid in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.  Full details will be included in the circular and notice of general meeting to be sent to shareholders.  It is anticipated that the general meeting to consider the resolution will be held on the same day as the 2018 AGM.

 

 

Tax

 

The Adjusted1 tax charge for the year was £12.1m (2016: £17.0m), summarised as follows:

 

 

2017

2016

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Corporation tax

10.8

16.9

Deferred tax

1.3

0.1

Total

12.1

17.0

Effective adjusted tax rate

21.3%

22.1%

 

The effective Adjusted1 tax rate for the year was 21.3% compared to 22.1% in the prior year.  This decrease in rate reflects the ongoing reduction in the main rate of corporation tax.  The Group's effective tax rate will continue to track above the headline UK tax rate primarily due to our capital expenditure programme and the significant levels of disallowable capital expenditure therein.  The statutory effective tax rate for the year was 24.4%, which increased from the 20162 rate of 2.7% credit due to the reduction in exceptional charges in the year.

 

The Restaurant Group plc

Consolidated income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 weeks ended 31 December

2017

 

53 weeks ended 1 January

2017

 

 

Trading

Exceptional

 

 

Trading

Exceptional

 

 

 

business

(note 5)

Total

 

business

(note 5)

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restated (note 1)

Restated (note 1)

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

679,282

-

679,282

 

710,712

-

710,712

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

4

(589,490)

(8,386)

(597,876)

 

(598,136)

(119,546)

(717,682)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit/(loss)

 

89,792

(8,386)

81,406

 

112,576

(119,546)

(6,970)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administration costs

 

(31,188)

(4,772)

(35,960)

 

(33,420)

(6,944)

(40,364)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss)

 

58,604

(13,158)

45,446

 

79,156

(126,490)

(47,334)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest payable

6

(1,911)

-

(1,911)

 

(2,073)

-

(2,073)

Interest receivable

6

51

-

51

 

66

-

66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) on ordinary activities before tax

 

56,744

(13,158)

43,586

 

77,149

(126,490)

(49,341)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax on profit/(loss) from ordinary activities

7

(12,076)

1,423

(10,653)

 

(17,043)

18,368

1,325

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year

 

44,668

(11,735)

32,933

 

60,106

(108,122)

(48,016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share (pence)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

8

22.29

 

16.44

 

30.02

 

(23.98)

Diluted

8

22.18

 

16.36

 

29.84

 

(23.98)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The table below is provided to give additional information to shareholders on a key performance indicator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation

 

95,118

(8,973)

86,145

 

120,965

(58,440)

62,525

Depreciation and impairment

 

(36,514)

(4,185)

(40,699)

 

(41,809)

(68,050)

(109,859)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss)

 

58,604

(13,158)

45,446

 

79,156

(126,490)

(47,334)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

The Restaurant Group plc

 

 

 

Consolidated balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2017

At 1 January 2017

 

 

 

Restated (note 1)

 

Note

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

26,433

26,433

Property, plant and equipment

10

335,029

345,952

 

 

361,462

372,385

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Stock

 

5,930

5,632

Other receivables

 

14,949

18,782

Prepayments

 

17,473

15,824

Cash and cash equivalents

 

9,611

9,568

Corporation tax receivable

 

-

688

 

 

47,963

50,494

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

409,425

422,879

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Overdraft

 

-

-

Corporation tax liabilities

 

(2,129)

-

Trade and other payables

 

(124,238)

(121,850)

Other payables - finance lease obligations

 

(164)

(393)

Provisions

11

(10,408)

(15,415)

 

 

(136,939)

(137,658)

 

 

 

 

Net current liabilities

 

(88,976)

(87,164)

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Long-term borrowings

 

(31,223)

(37,882)

Other payables - finance lease obligations

 

(2,548)

(2,950)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(5,127)

(4,434)

Provisions

11

(31,688)

(38,369)

 

 

(70,586)

(83,635)

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 (207,525)

(221,293)

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

201,900

201,586

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

 

56,551

56,550

Share premium

 

25,554

25,542

Other reserves

 

(7,753)

(9,987)

Retained earnings

 

127,548

129,481

Total equity

 

201,900

201,586

 

 

The Restaurant Group plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

 

 

Share

Share

Other

Retained

Total

 

 

capital

premium

reserves

earnings

 

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance at 28 December 2015

 

56,518

25,255

(11,080)

212,867

283,560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the year (Restated)

 

-

-

-

(48,016)

(48,016)

Issue of new shares

 

32

287

-

-

319

Dividends

 

-

-

-

(34,862)

(34,862)

Share-based payments - credited to equity

 

-

-

1,323

-

1,323

Other reserve movements

 

-

-

(230)

-

(230)

Current tax on share-based payments taken directly to equity

 

-

-

-

73

73

Deferred tax on share-based payments taken directly to equity

 

-

-

-

(581)

(581)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2017 Restated (note 1)

 

56,550

25,542

(9,987)

129,481

201,586

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 2 January 2017

 

56, 550

25,542

(9,987)

129,481

201,586

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

-

-

-

32,933

32,933

Issue of new shares

 

1

12

-

-

13

Dividends

 

-

-

-

(34,866)

(34,866)

Share-based payments - credited to equity

 

-

-

2,158

-

2,158

Deferred tax on share-based payments taken directly to equity

 

-

-

76

-

76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2017

 

56,551

25,554

(7,753)

127,548

201,900

 

There is no comprehensive income other than the profit/loss for the year in the year ended 31 December 2017 or the year ended 1 January 2017.

 

Other reserves represents the Group's share-based payment transactions and the shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust.

 

 

 

 

The Restaurant Group plc

 

 

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

 

 

 

 

 

52 weeks ended 31 December 2017

53 weeks ended 01 January 2017

 

 

 

Restated (note 1)

 

Note

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

12

107,637

122,148

Interest received

 

55

41

Interest paid

 

(751)

(865)

Tax paid

 

(7,068)

(16,223)

Cash outflows from exceptional property provisions

5

(12,738)

(3,315)

Cash outflows from exceptional restructuring costs

5

(6,792)

(3,759)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

80,343

98,027

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(39,275)

(65,280)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

828

2,219

Net cash flows used in investing activities

 

(38,447)

(63,061)

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Net proceeds from issue of ordinary share capital

 

13

319

Net (repayments)/withdrawals of loan draw-downs

 

(7,000)

7,000

Dividends paid to shareholders

9

(34,866)

(34,862)

Net cash flows used in financing activities

 

(41,853)

(27,543)

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

43

7,423

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

 

9,568

2,145

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

 

9,611

9,568

 

 

The Restaurant Group plc

Notes to the accounts

For the year ended 31 December 2017

 

1 Restatement of comparatives


During the year, management identified two historical elements of the mechanical calculations of the onerous lease provisions that were either not in line with recent industry practice or using incorrect data.  This resulted in a net movement in the provision of £9.8m, which can be split across these two areas as follows:

·      £19.1m charge to the Income Statement as a result of changing the discount rate applied to the provisions from the Group's WACC of 10.6% to a risk free rate; and

·      £9.3m credit to the Income Statement as a result of correcting certain lease end dates used in the calculation of the provision to the break clause date.

 

These were initially accounted for as exceptional items within the 2017 half year results.  Following the publication of the Group's Interim Report the Financial Reporting Council ('FRC') wrote to the Company to ask for reconsideration of whether this should be accounted for within the prior year as the correction of a prior year error.  As a result of this request, the Company has reviewed the accounting treatment again and taken the decision to restate the 2016 year-end financial statements and record these two elements as corrections of prior year errors. 

 

This has increased the prior year exceptional onerous lease charge within the income statement and the provision for onerous leases by £9.8m.  This has also increased the tax credit on exceptional costs from £16.4m to £18.4m, resulting in a net impact on statutory loss after tax of £7.8m.

 

The amount of correction for each financial line item affected and for basic and diluted earnings per share is as follows:

 

 

 

As originally disclosed

Restatement

As restated

Consolidated income statement

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Exceptional cost of sales

 

(109,732)

(9,814)

(119,546)

Cost of sales

 

(707,868)

(9,814)

(717,682)

Exceptional tax credit

 

16,405

1,963

18,368

Tax on loss from ordinary activities

 

(638)

1,963

1,325

Loss for the year

 

(40,165)

(7,851)

(48,016)

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated balance sheet

 

 

 

 

Corporation tax (liabilities)/receivable

 

(1,275)

1,963

688

Provisions - current

 

(16,391)

976

(15,415)

Provisions - non-current

 

(27,579)

(10,790)

(38,369)

Retained earnings

 

137,332

(7,851)

129,481

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share

 

 

 

 

Weighted average ordinary shares for the purposes of basic earnings per share

200,230,299

-

200,230,299

Total loss for the year (£'000)

 

(40,165)

(7,851)

(48,016)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per share for the year (pence)

 

(20.06)

(3.92)

(23.98)

Diluted loss per share (pence)

 

(20.06)

(3.92)

(23.98)

 

The retained earnings balance as at 28 December 2015 has not been restated, as the impact is considered immaterial.

 

The FRC also asked the Company to review the classification of the net cash flows relating to exceptional items within the cash flow statement of £7.1m in the year ended 1 January 2017. The Company reconsidered the underlying cash flows and concluded that these would be more appropriately classified as operating cash flows.  As a result, the prior year cash flow has been restated to reflect this change in presentation.

 

2 Segmental analysis


The Group trades in one business segment (that of operating restaurants) and one geographical segment (being the United Kingdom).  The Group's brands meet the aggregation criteria set out in paragraph 22 of IFRS 8 "Operating Segments" and as such the Group reports the business as one reportable segment.

 

3 Revenue


All revenue has been generated from principal trade activities within the United Kingdom.

 

4 Profit/(loss) for the year

2017

2016

 

 

Restated (note 1)

 

£'000

£'000

Cost of sales consists of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing business excluding pre-opening costs

587,347

594,756

Pre-opening costs

2,143

3,380

Trading cost of sales

589,490

598,136

 

 

 

Exceptional charge

8,386

119,546

 

 

 

Total cost of sales for the year

597,876

717,682

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

Profit/(loss) for the year has been arrived at after charging / (crediting):

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Depreciation (see note 10)

36,514

41,809

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

4,185

68,050

Purchases of food, beverages and consumables

147,079

144,467

Staff costs

236,981

239,297

 

 

 

Minimum lease payments

73,905

74,616

Contingent rents

10,093

10,906

Total operating lease rentals of land and buildings

83,998

85,522

Rental income

(2,007)

(2,260)

Net rental costs

81,991

83,262

 

 

5 Exceptional items

2017

2016

 

 

Restated (note 1)

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Release of onerous lease provision in respect of closed sites now disposed

 (7,299)

-

Onerous lease provision in respect of distressed and other sites

11,500

 51,496

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

4,185

68,050

Restructuring and strategic review costs

4,772

6,944

Exceptional cost before tax

13,158

126,490

 

 

 

Credit in respect of tax rate change

67

(261)

Tax effect of exceptional Items

(1,490)

(18,107)

 

(1,423)

(18,368)

 

 

 

Net exceptional cost for the year

11,735

108,122

 

An exceptional pre-tax charge of £13.2m has been recorded in the year (2016: £126.5m), which includes the following:

 

·     Onerous lease provisions resulted in a charge of £4.2m in the year (2016: £51.5m, including the prior year restatement of £9.8m). This comprises:

-       A £7.3m credit in respect of unutilised provisions following the successful exit of 21 sites ahead of expectations; and

-       A further charge totalling £11.5m was provided for in the year. This comprised a release of £4.5m in respect of certain sites where performance was better than expected, £5.7m in respect of newly identified onerous leases and a charge of £10.3m in respect of sites previously provided for.

·   A net impairment charge of £4.2m (2016: £68.1m) was made against the carrying value of specific restaurant assets due to recent changes in certain markets.  This comprises an impairment charge of £5.3m partially offset by reversals of previously recognised impairment losses of £1.1m; and

·     A £4.8m charge (2016: £6.9m) relating to costs incurred in the restructuring projects that were initiated in 2017 to implement the new business strategy and cost saving initiatives.

 

Cash expenditure associated with the above exceptional charges was £19.5m in the year (2016: £7.1m) relating to the costs associated with the implementation of the new business strategy £6.8m and the cash cost of the onerous leases of £12.7m.  The tax credit relating to these exceptional charges was £1.4m (2016: £18.4m).

 

 

6 Net interest charges

2017

2016

 

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Bank interest payable

746

834

 

Other interest payable

409

465

 

Facility fees

365

387

 

Interest on obligations under finance leases

391

387

 

Total interest payable

1,911

2,073

 

 

 

 

 

Bank interest receivable

-

(5)

 

Other interest receivable

(2)

(8)

 

Loan note interest receivable

(49)

(53)

 

Total interest receivable

(51)

(66)

 

Net interest charges

1,860

2,007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Tax

Trading 2017

Exceptional 2017

Total 2017

Total 2016

 

 

 

 

Restated (note 1)

a) The tax charge comprises:

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Current tax

 

 

 

 

UK corporation tax at 19.25% (2016: 20.00%)

12,266

(1,698)

10,568

7,034

Adjustments in respect of previous years

(1,463)

780

(683)

(116)

 

10,803

(918)

9,885

6,918

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax

 

 

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

94

-

94

27

Adjustments in respect of previous years

1,190

-

1,190

121

Charge/(credit) in respect of rate change on deferred tax liability

(11)

67

56

(261)

Credit in respect of property, plant and equipment write downs and disposals

-

(572)

(572)

(8,130)

 

1,273

(505)

768

(8,243)

 

 

 

 

 

Total tax charge for the year

12,076

(1,423)

10,653

(1,325)

 

b) Factors affecting the tax charge for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tax charged for the year varies from the standard UK corporation tax rate of 19.25% (2016: 20.00%) due to the following factors:

 

 

Trading 2017

Exceptional 2017

Total 2017

2016

 

 

 

 

Restated (note 1)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) on ordinary activities before tax

56,744

(13,158)

43,586

(49,341)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) on ordinary activities before tax multiplied by the standard UK corporation tax rate of 19.25% (2016: 20.0%)

10,923

(2,533)

8,390

(9,868)

 

 

 

 

 

Effects of:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation/impairment on non-qualifying assets

1,454

234

1,688

6,633

Expenses/(income) not deductible for tax purposes

446

29

475

3,237

Charge/(credit) in respect of rate change on deferred tax liability

(11)

67

56

(261)

Release of tax provisions

(478)

-

(478)

-

Business combinations

(182)

-

(182)

-

Share options

197

-

197

-

Adjustment in respect of previous years

(273)

780

507

(1,066)

Total tax charge for the year

12,076

(1,423)

10,653

(1,325)

 

The Finance (No.2) Act 2015 introduced a reduction in the main rate of corporation tax from 20% to 19% from April 2017 and from 19% to 18% from April 2020.  These reductions were substantively enacted on 26 October 2015. This resulted in a blended rate of 19.25% being used to calculate the tax liability for the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2017 (20% for the 53 weeks to 1 January 2017).

 

The Finance Act 2016 introduced a further reduction in the main rate of corporation tax to 17% from April 2020.  This was substantively enacted on 6 September 2016.  The deferred tax provision at the balance sheet date has been calculated at this rate, resulting in a £0.1m tax charge.

 

 

8 Earnings per share (EPS)

2017

2016

 

 

 

Restated (note 1)

 

 

 

           

 

a) Basic earnings per share:

 

 

 

Weighted average ordinary shares for the purposes of basic earnings per share

200,376,258

200,230,299

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year after tax (£'000)

32,933

(48,016)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share for the year (pence)

16.44

(23.98)

 

 

 

 

 

Total profit/(loss) for the year (£'000)

32,933

(48,016)

 

Effect of exceptional items on earnings for the year (£'000)

11,735

108,122

 

Earnings excluding exceptional items (£'000)

44,668

60,106

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share (pence)

22.29

30.02

 

 

 

 

 

b) Diluted earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average ordinary shares for the purposes of basic earnings per share

200,376,258

200,230,299

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares:

 

 

 

Dilutive shares to be issued in respect of options granted under the share option schemes

280,084

404,829

 

Shares held by employee benefit trust

688,276

814,855

 

 

 

 

 

 

201,344,618

201,449,983

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

16.36

(23.98)

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (pence)

22.18

29.84

 

                             

 

Diluted earnings per share information is based on adjusting the weighted average number of shares for the purposes of basic earnings per  share in respect of notional share awards made to employees in regards of share option schemes and the shares held by the employee benefit trust. The calculation of diluted earnings per share does not assume conversion, exercise or other issue of potential ordinary shares that would have an antidilutive effect on earnings per share.

 

 

9 Dividend

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders during the year:

 

 

Final dividend for the 53 weeks ended 1 January 2017 of 10.60p (2015: 10.6p) per share

21,240

21,237

Interim dividend for the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2017 of 6.80p (2016: 6.80p) per share

13,626

13,625

Total dividends paid in the year

34,866

34,862

Proposed final dividend for the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2017 of 10.6p (2016 actual proposed and paid: 10.60p) per share

21,240

21,240

 

 

 

The proposed final dividend is subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 23 May 2018 and is not recognised as a liability in these financial statements.  The proposed final dividend reflects the number of shares in issue on 31 December 2017, adjusted for the 0.7m shares owned by the employee benefit trust for which dividends have been waived. 

 

 

10 Property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixtures,

 

 

 

Land and buildings

equipment and vehicles

Total

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Cost

 

 

 

 

At 28 December 2015

489,885

181,836

671,721

 

Additions

38,445

16,558

55,003

 

Disposals

(6,536)

(6,801)

(13,337)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

521,794

191,593

713,387

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated depreciation and impairment

 

 

 

 

At 28 December 2015

154,526

113,555

268,081

 

Charged during the year

22,533

19,276

41,809

 

Impairment

54,807

13,243

68,050

 

Disposals

(3,991)

(6,514)

(10,505)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

227,875

139,560

367,435

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost

 

 

 

 

At 2 January 2017

521,794

191,593

713,387

 

Additions

16,192

17,146

33,337

 

Disposals

(17,459)

(8,440)

(25,899)

 

Transfers to provisions

500 

-

500

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2017

521,027

200,298

721,325

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated depreciation and impairment

 

 

 

 

At 2 January 2017

227,875

139,560

367,435

 

Charged during the year

20,609

15,905

36,514

 

Impairment

3,322

863

4,185

 

Disposals

(14,177)

(7,661)

(21,838)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2017

237,629

148,667

386,296

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value as at 2 January 2017

293,919

52,033

345,952

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value as at 31 December 2017

283,398

51,631

335,029

 

           

 

The impairment charge comprises a charge of £5.3m partially offset by reversals of previously recognised impairment losses of £1.1m. Included within the book value of property, plant and equipment are assets under construction of £0.7m (2016: £2.3m) which are not depreciated.

 

 

 

2017

2016

Net book value of land and buildings:

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Freehold

108,418

109,525

Long leasehold

3,640

3,915

Short leasehold

171,340

180,479

 

 

 

 

283,398

293,919

 

 

 

Assets held under finance leases- Land and Buildings

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Costs at the beginning of the year

1,961

1,961

Disposals during the year

(366)

-

Costs at the end of the year

1,595

1,961

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

At the beginning of the year

1,681

1,249

Provided during the year

25

25

Impairment

-

407

Disposals during the year

(272)

-

 

 

 

At the end of the year

1,434

1,681

 

 

 

Net book value at the end of the year

161

 

 

External valuation of freehold properties


All freehold properties of the Group held were valued by Savills (UK) Limited, an independent and qualified professional valuer, in January 2018. The valuation has been performed in accordance with the RICS Red Book using market comparable data to determine fair value. This valued the Group's freehold assets and long leasehold at £148.2m versus a book value of £110.9m.

 

11 Provisions

2017

2016

 

 

Restated (note 1)

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Provision for onerous leases

41,805

51,054

Other provisions

291

2,730

 

 

 

Balance at the end of the year

42,096

53,784

 

 

 

Analysed as:

 

 

Amount due for settlement within one year

10,408

15,415

Amount due for settlement after one year

31,688

38,369

 

 

 

 

42,096

53,784

 

 

 

Onerous lease provisions

Other provisions

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Balance at 2 January 2017 (Restated - note 1)

51,054

2,730

53,784

Release of onerous lease provision in respect of closed sites now disposed

(7,299)

-

(7,299)

Onerous lease provision in respect of distressed and other sites

11,785

-

11,785

Provision in respect of restructuring & strategic review costs

-

4,772

4,772

Amounts utilised

(14,138)

(7,211)

(21,349)

Unwinding of discount

403

-

403

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2017

41,805

291

42,096

 

 

The onerous lease provisions are for onerous contracts in respect of lease agreements. The provision comprises the onerous element of expenditure over the life of those contracts which are considered onerous, expiring in 1 to 30 years, and exit costs including the costs of strip out and dilapidations and the costs expected to be incurred over the void period until the property is sublet.

 

·     Onerous lease provisions resulted in a charge of £4.5m in the year (2016: £57.6m, including the prior year restatement of £9.8m referred to in note 1). This comprises:

-       A £7.3m credit in respect of unutilised provisions following the successful exit of 21 sites ahead of expectations; and

-     A further charge totalling £11.8m was provided for in the year. This comprised a release of £4.5m in respect of certain sites where performance was better than expected, £5.7m in respect of newly identified onerous leases and a charge of £10.6m in respect of sites previously provided for.

 

Other provisions are for committed costs arising from the strategic review project. These costs represent the continuation of the restructuring and consulting projects that were initiated in 2016.

 

 

12 Reconciliation of profit before tax to cash generated from operations

2017

2016

 

 

Restated (note 1)

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before tax

43,586

(49,341)

Net interest charges

1,860

2,007

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

4,185

68,050

Onerous lease and other property provisions

8,973

56,674

Share-based payments

2,158

1,323

Depreciation

36,514

41,809

(Increase)/decrease in stocks

(298)

757

Decrease/(increase) in receivables

2,185

(5,973)

Increase in creditors

8,474

6,842

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

122,148

 

 

13 Reconciliation of changes in cash to the movement in net debt

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

Net debt:

 

 

At the beginning of the year

(28,314)

(28,382)

Movements in the year:

 

 

Net repayments/(withdrawals) of borrowings

7,000

(7,000)

Non-cash movements in the year

(341)

(355)

Net cash inflow/(outflow)

43

7,423

 

 

 

At the end of the year

(28,314)

 

 

Represented by:

At 28

Cash flow

Non-cash

At 1 and 2

Cash flow

Non-cash

At 31

 

December

movements

movements

January

movements

movements

December

 

2015

in the year

in the year

2017

in the year

in the year

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

2,983

6,585

-

9,568

43

-

9,611

Overdraft

(838)

838

-

-

-

-

-

Bank loans falling due after one year

(30,527)

(7,000)

(355)

(37,882)

7,000

(341)

(31,223)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(28,382)

423

(355)

(28,314)

7,043

(341)

(21,612)

 

Cash and cash equivalents are comprised of cash at bank and cash floats held on site.  The non-cash movements in bank loans are in relation to the amortisation of prepaid facility costs. Bank loans falling due after more than one year are the only liabilities arising from financing activities and the cash flows and non-cash changes are shown above.

 

 

14 Basis of preparation

 

The Group's preliminary announcement and statutory accounts in respect of 2017 have been prepared on the going concern basis. The financial information set out above does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2017 or 1 January 2017 but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2016 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2017 will be delivered following the Company's Annual General Meeting. The 2017 statutory accounts are prepared on the basis of the accounting policies stated in the 2016 statutory accounts. The auditor has reported on those accounts; their reports were unqualified and unmodified and did not contain statements under s498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

 

Glossary

 

The directors believe the Adjusted Performance Metrics used within this report, and defined below, provide additional useful information for shareholders to evaluate and compare the performance of the business from period to period.  These are also the KPIs used by the directors to assess performance of the business.  The adjusted metrics are reconciled to the statutory results for the year on the face of the income statement and the relevant supporting notes.

 

 

Trading business

Represents the performance of the business before exceptional costs and is considered as the key metrics for shareholders to evaluate and compare the performance of the business from period to period.

Like-for-like ('LFL') sales

This measure provides an indicator of the underlying performance of our existing restaurants. There is no accounting standard or consistent definition of 'like-for-like sales' across the industry. Group like-for-like sales are calculated by comparing the performance of all mature sites in the current period versus the comparable period in the prior year.  Sites that are closed, disposed or disrupted during a financial year are excluded from the LFL calculation.

Adjusted EBITDA

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and exceptional items.  Calculated by taking the Trading business operating profit and adding back depreciation.

EBITDA

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation.

Net debt

Net debt is calculated as the net of the long-term borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.

Free cash flow

EBITDA less working capital and non-cash movements (excluding exceptional items), tax payments, interest payments and maintenance capital expenditure.

Adjusted operating profit

Earnings before interest, tax and exceptional items.

Adjusted EPS

Calculated by taking the profit after tax of the business pre-exceptional items divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.

Adjusted diluted EPS

Calculated by taking the profit after tax of the business pre-exceptional items divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year, including the effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares.

Adjusted profit before tax

Calculated by taking the profit before tax of the business pre-exceptional items.

 

 


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