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Sanderson Group PLC  -  SND   

2018 Interim Results

Released 07:00 23-May-2018

RNS Number : 9353O
Sanderson Group PLC
23 May 2018
 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      23 MAY 2018

 

 

SANDERSON GROUP PLC

Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2018

"Strong performance across the Group with EPS increasing by 44%; November acquisition has made a good start; Dividend up 14%; further significant progress anticipated."

 

Sanderson Group plc ('Sanderson' or 'the Group'), the software and IT services business specialising in digital retail technology and enterprise software for businesses operating in the manufacturing, wholesale distribution and logistics sectors, announces Interim Results for the six month period ended 31 March 2018.

 

Commenting on the results, Chairman, Christopher Winn, said:

"The Group trading results for the six month period ended 31 March 2018, are slightly ahead of management's expectations; revenue increased by 34% to £14.61 million (2017: £10.90 million) and operating profit* rose by 34% to £2.08 million (2017: £1.55 million).  Sanderson continues to generate cash in line with operating profit and is committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet.  To supplement organic growth, selective acquisitions are under continued consideration.  The Board remains focused on continuing to deliver both organic and acquisitive growth, achieving 'on target' results, increased earnings, good cash generation and a robust balance sheet, thereby further increasing shareholder value and growing dividend returns."

Highlights - Financial 

·     Revenue increased by 34% to £14.61 million (2017: £10.90 million); 'like-for-like' revenue (excluding Anisa) rose to £11.08 million (2017: £10.90 million).

·     Pre-contracted recurring revenue increased to £8.25 million (2017: £5.40 million), representing 56% of total revenue in the period (2017: 50%); 'like-for-like' recurring revenue grew by 11% to £5.99 million (2017: £5.40 million).

·     Operating profit* rose by 34% to £2.08 million (2017: £1.55 million); 'like-for-like' operating profit (excluding Anisa) grew by over 12% to £1.74 million reflecting a more efficient, lower cost delivery of the Group's solutions.

·     Continued cash generation in line with operating profit with net cash balance at 31 March 2018 of £1.39 million.  The cash balance, excluding the Anisa loan (term debt facility of £4.12 million) remains strong at £5.06 million (2017: £4.51 million).

·     Increased Interim Dividend declared, up 14% to 1.25 pence per share (2017: 1.10 pence).

·     Basic earnings per share* increased 44% to 2.3 pence (2017: 1.6 pence).

 

*            Operating profit and basic earnings per share are stated before amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles, share-based payment charges, acquisition-related and restructuring costs.

 

 

Highlights - Operational

·     Strong performances from both Digital Retail and Enterprise divisions with order books of £3.42 million (2017: £0.84 million) and £5.19 million (2017: £1.93 million) respectively.

·     Digital Retail revenue grew 20% to £4.25 million (2017: £3.54 million) whilst operating profit* more than doubled to £0.70 million (2017: £0.34 million); sales orders gained during period included Richer Sounds plc, Thorntons Limited, Beaverbrooks The Jewellers Limited and Scotts of Stow;

·     Enterprise division, comprising manufacturing, wholesale distribution and logistics and supply chains, significantly enhanced and strengthened by acquisition of Anisa during the period; revenue and operating profit* (including Anisa) increased to £10.36 million (2017: £7.36 million) and £1.38 million (2017: £1.21 million) respectively. Anisa's global customer base, active during the period, with orders from Culina Group and DHL Supply Chain. 

·     Total Group order book at period-end (including Anisa) of £8.61 million (2017: £2.78 million); like-for-like order book rose 16% to £3.22 million (2017: £2.78 million).

 

On current trading and outlook, Group Chief Executive, Ian Newcombe, added:

"We continue to be measured in our business approach, sensitive to the general economic environment and we monitor customer confidence and market conditions carefully. Whilst the Group has not detected any major loss of confidence amongst its customers and that the value of prospects is increasing, sales cycles can still be protracted, especially where major projects are under consideration.  Notwithstanding any potential uncertainty surrounding the ongoing Brexit negotiations, Sanderson, now strengthened by the November acquisition, has a large order book, robust recurring revenue and a healthy balance sheet. Combined with the Group's proven reputation, well-established track record and continuing sales momentum, the Board has a good level of confidence that Sanderson will make significant further progress during the current financial year ending 30 September 2018."

 

Enquiries:                                                                                      

Christopher Winn, Chairman                                                              Telephone: 0333 123 1400

Ian Newcombe, Group Chief Executive

Richard Mogg, Finance Director

                                                                                                       

Mark Taylor/James White

N+1 Singer                                                                                          Telephone: 020 7496 3000

(Nominated Adviser and Broker)

 

Paul Vann, Walbrook PR Limited                                                       Telephone: 0117 985 8989

                                                                                                         Mobile:      07786 807631

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.

 

SANDERSON GROUP PLC
Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

Sanderson Group plc ('Sanderson' or 'the Group'), the software and IT services business specialising in digital retail technology and enterprise software for businesses operating in the manufacturing, wholesale distribution and logistics sectors, announces its interim results for the six month period ended 31 March 2018.

 

November acquisition

Sanderson was expanded and enhanced by the acquisition of the Anisa Group ('Anisa') on 23 November 2017, for an enterprise value of £12 million.  The acquired business specialises in the delivery and support of world-class integrated supply chain and enterprise resource planning ('ERP') solutions on a global basis.  The acquisition has significantly increased the size and strength of the Group, considerably enhancing the range of solutions and services which Sanderson can now offer customers, particularly in managed services. 

Financial results

The Group trading results for the six month period ended 31 March 2018, are slightly ahead of management's expectations; revenue increased by 34% to £14.61 million (2017: £10.90 million) and operating profit* rose by 34% to £2.08 million (2017: £1.55 million).  On a 'like-for-like' basis, excluding the acquisition, revenue rose to £11.08 million (2017: £10.90 million) and operating profit* grew by over 12% to £1.74 million (2017: £1.55 million), very much reflecting a more efficient, lower cost of delivery of the Group's solutions.

 

Gross margin remained high at 80% (81% on a 'like-for-like' basis of comparison) (2017: 82%).  Growing pre-contracted recurring revenues reached £8.25 million (2017: £5.40 million) and represented 56% of total revenue in the period.  'Like-for-like' recurring revenue grew by 11% to £5.99 million (2017: £5.40 million) and the Group continues to focus on building its pre-contracted recurring revenues including growing subscription, cloud and managed services revenues.

 

The total order book, including Anisa and the remaining element of a large order gained in June 2017, was valued at £8.61 million at the end of March 2018.  The increased Group order book is now much better balanced and at a more manageable level across the Group's businesses.  Measured on a 'like-for-like' basis, the order book stood at £3.22 million at 31 March 2018 (2017: £2.78 million), over 16% ahead of the comparable order book at the end of March 2017.

 

Sanderson continues to generate cash in line with operating profit and is committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet. Following the acquisition in November 2017, which was financed from the Group's own cash resources, by the assumption of Anisa's utilised five year repayable term debt facility of £4.12 million and by the issue of 3,990,653 Sanderson shares, the Group's net cash balance was £1.39 million at 31 March 2018.  The cash balance excluding the loan facility remains strong at £5.06 million (2017: £4.51 million).

Dividend

The Board continues to maintain a progressive dividend policy and is pleased to declare a further increase of 14% in the level of the interim dividend to 1.25 pence per share (2017: 1.10 pence).  The dividend will be paid on 10 August 2018 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 27 July 2018.  The ex-dividend date will be 26 July 2018.

Strategy

The strategy of the Board is to sustain growth by continuing to develop and to build the Sanderson business.  The deployment and adoption of the Group's solutions allow customers to make productivity and efficiency gains, as well as to reduce operating costs.  Investment is planned across all of the Group's businesses, but particular emphasis will again be placed on enhancing mobile and ecommerce solutions in order to capitalise on the drive for digital transformation in the retail, wholesale distribution and logistics sectors. Mobile solutions continue to be developed to address all of the Group's markets.  The November acquisition expands the Group's offering with complementary products covering the logistics and supply chain sectors and brings exciting new opportunities to grow subscription, cloud and managed services revenue across the Group.

 

To supplement organic growth, selective acquisition opportunities are under continued consideration.  Management adopts a careful and measured approach to acquisitions and cautiously considers any risks which might be involved.  The Board remains focused on continuing to deliver both organic and acquisitive growth, achieving 'on target' results, increased earnings, good cash generation and a robust balance sheet, thereby further increasing shareholder value and growing dividend returns.

Management and staff

Following the acquisition in November 2017, Sanderson now employs over 320 staff with specialist expertise and a very high level of experience in the market sectors which the Group addresses.  On behalf of the Board, I would like to express the Board's appreciation and thank everyone for their hard work, support, dedication and valued contribution to the ongoing development of the Group.

 

 

 

Christopher Winn
Chairman

23 May 2018

 

 

 

*   Operating profit is stated before the amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles, share-based payment charges, acquisition-related and restructuring costs.

 

 

SANDERSON GROUP PLC
Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2018

 

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S BUSINESS REVIEW

The target market for Sanderson products and services primarily comprises SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).  The Group's well-developed business model is based on developing long-term relationships with its customers.  These relationships result in a high proportion of sales arising from pre-contracted recurring revenue, complemented by incremental sales to the Group's strong, well-established and growing customer base.  This robust revenue stream typically accounts for around 90% of Group revenue.  Sanderson proprietary software is marketed and sold under a 'right to use' licence, with all sales, marketing, delivery, support and services carried out by the Group's own expert staff. Both on-premise and cloud-based solutions are available to customers on a subscription basis.

The Sanderson proprietary solutions are designed in anticipation of technological developments, often in conjunction and collaboration with customers.  Solutions thereby deliver 'value for money', with cost effective, timely and tangible business benefits. Such benefits typically enable customers to grow sales whilst also achieving improved productivity, additional efficiencies and cost savings. Sanderson customers usually achieve rapid return on investment (often within a year of implementation) and gain competitive advantage which is particularly important in challenging market times.  The Group continues to invest in the development of its software and services, as well as in its sales and marketing.  Particular emphasis has been placed on the Group businesses specialising in UK food and drink processing, in wholesale distribution and most especially, in the market for digital retail solutions.  Digital transformation is a key business driver for retailers as they strive to deliver a seamless shopping journey for their customers.  Sanderson partners with retailers in their digital transformation programmes to deliver in-store technology, mobile and ecommerce solutions. This enables retailers to capitalise on the significant growth and widespread use of smartphones and tablets, exploiting 'mobile' as a sales channel fully integrated with existing business systems, increasing sales conversions and improving the customer experience.

Review of Digital Retail

The Group provides comprehensive IT solutions to businesses operating in the ecommerce, mobile commerce and retail sectors of the UK.  'Digital retail' continues to be a very active and rapidly developing sector of the market.

The Digital Retail division, which works with leading retailers such as JD Sports and Superdry, continues to make strong progress.  Revenue grew again by 20% in the six month period to 31 March 2018 compared with the comparable prior year period, to £4.25 million (2017: £3.54 million).  Operating profit* doubled at £0.70 million (2017: £0.34 million).  We continue to invest in product innovation and delivery capacity to address this expanding market. Following a successful pilot scheme, a phase one order has been secured with another new customer and iconic global brand.  Demand from existing customers for the Group's latest omni-channel solutions remains strong, with sales orders gained from a number of customers including Richer Sounds plc, Thorntons Limited, Beaverbrooks The Jewellers Limited and Scotts of Stow.

At 31 March 2018, the order book stood at £3.42 million (2017: £0.84 million) including the remaining element of a large order gained in June 2017 to be delivered over the next 15 months.  Excluding this large order, the order book increased by over 50% from the previous yearWith good sales prospects and a number of pilot schemes being planned for initial deployment in the current financial year, as well as strong partnerships with existing customers, the Digital Retail business is well-positioned for continued growth.

 

Review of Enterprise

The enlarged Enterprise division, which has been significantly enhanced and strengthened by the acquisition of Anisa, now comprises three market-focused businesses which operate in the manufacturing, wholesale distribution and logistics and supply chain sectors.  Divisional revenue and operating profit* increased to £10.36 million (2017: £7.36 million) and £1.38 million (2017: £1.21 million) respectively.  The Enterprise division has a good order book which, at 31 March 2018, was valued at £5.19 million (2017: £1.93 million).  With strong recurring revenue, the good order book and a growing list of sales prospects, the Enterprise division enters the second half of the financial year well positioned for further progress.  Productivity gains, improved efficiency and cost savings are key drivers in these markets.

Enterprise - Manufacturing

Businesses in the engineering, plastics, aerospace, electronics, print ('general manufacturing') and food and drink processing sectors represent the main areas of specialisation for Sanderson in manufacturing markets.  Sanderson continues to invest in product development and sales and marketing.  The manufacturing business is very much driven by activity in food and drink.  Here, traceability of ingredients through the supply chain and compliance with increasingly stringent regulatory standards, are key industry requirements and strong features of the Group's solution.  Profit achieved from this part of the business was higher than for the comparable period last year and large orders from existing customers included Newly Weds Foods Limited and Adelie Foods Group Limited.

Enterprise - Wholesale Distribution and Logistics

Sanderson supplies solutions to the wholesale distribution, cash and carry and fulfilment sectors, as well as to the specialist warehousing and logistics markets.  The businesses which focus on the wholesale distribution and fulfilment sector remained very profitable.  The Group launched an innovative suite of digital solutions in the wholesale industry at the end of the last financial year.  This suite offers the opportunity to improve and increase productivity and is designed to capitalise on digital transformation and the growing use of mobile devices in the sector.  Improved results in the second half year are anticipated.

Enterprise - Anisa Supply Chain Logistics

Anisa specialises in the delivery of world-class integrated supply chain and ERP solutions.  It employs over 90 staff in office locations across the UK and in smaller operations in Singapore and Australia, providing around 250 customers with 24-hour, 365 days a year, support on a worldwide basis.

Anisa has made a good start as part of Sanderson.  A number of exciting sales prospects are being developed, including a major UK port, where a scoping exercise is currently underway for a new supply chain system.  It is anticipated that this initial project will lead to a more substantial order in the second half.  The Anisa customer base is also active, with orders from customers including Moran Logistics Limited, a market leader in multi-temperature food logistics, Culina Group and DHL Supply Chain.

The acquisition of Anisa considerably enhances the range of solutions and services which Sanderson can now offer customers.  In particular, managed services provide an opportunity to exploit and to accelerate expected market trends towards subscription and cloud-based options for product delivery going forward.

 

Outlook

We continue to be measured in our business approach, sensitive to the general economic environment and we monitor customer confidence and market conditions carefully.  Whilst the Group has not detected any major loss of confidence amongst its customers and that the value of prospects is increasing, sales cycles can be protracted, especially where major projects are under consideration.  Notwithstanding any potential uncertainty surrounding the ongoing Brexit negotiations, Sanderson, now strengthened by the November acquisition, has a large order book, robust recurring revenue and a healthy balance sheet.  Combined with the Group's proven reputation, well-established track record and continuing sales momentum, the Board has a good level of confidence that Sanderson will make significant further progress during the current financial year ending 30 September 2018.

 

 

Ian Newcombe

Group Chief Executive

23 May 2018

 

 

 

*   Operating profit is stated before the amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles, share-based payment charges, acquisition-related and restructuring costs.
 

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

For the six months to 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

Note

Unaudited

six months to 31/03/18

£000

Unaudited

six months to 31/03/17

£000

Audited

year to

30/09/17

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

14,608

10,900

21,559

Cost of sales

 

(2,973)

(1,912)

(3,830)

Gross profit

 

11,635

8,988

17,729

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating expenses

 

(10,051)

(7,877)

(14,849)

Results from operating activities

2

1,584

1,111

2,880

 

 

 

 

 

Results from operating activities before adjustments in respect of the following:

 

2

 

2,081

 

1,552

 

3,896

Amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles

 

(225)

(246)

(491)

Acquisition-related and restructuring costs

 

(264)

(175)

(485)

Share-based payment charges

 

(8)

(20)

(40)

Results from operating activities
 

2

1,584

1,111

2,880

Net finance expense

 

(152)

(91)

(165)

Acquisition-related finance expense

 

-

(6)

(2)

Profit before taxation

 

1,432

1,014

2,713

Taxation

 

(94)

(141)

154

Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

1,338

 

873

 

2,867

 

Earnings per share

From profit attributable to the owners of the parent undertaking during the period

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

4

2.3p

1.6p

5.2p

Diluted earnings per share

4

2.3p

1.5p

5.2p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months to 31 March 2018

 

 

 

Unaudited

six months to 31/03/18

£000

Unaudited

six months to 31/03/17

£000

Audited

year to

30/09/17

£000

Profit for the period

 

1,338

873

2,867

 

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

 

 

 

 

Items that will not subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Remeasurement of net defined benefit liability

 

-

-

1,802

Deferred taxation effect of defined benefit pension plan items

 

-

-

(413)

 

 

-

-

1,389

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Change in the fair value of available for sale financial asset

 

26

(4)

(22)

Foreign exchange translation differences

 

(28)

(15)

3

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

1,336

854

4,237

           

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

At 31 March 2018

 

 

Unaudited

as at
31/03/18

£000

Unaudited

as at
31/03/17

£000

Audited

as at
30/09/17

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

43,199

30,316

30,419

Property, plant & equipment

 

979

543

467

Deferred tax asset

 

1,294

1,645

1,244

Investments

 

150

150

150

 

 

45,622

32,654

32,280

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

32

30

35

Trade and other receivables

 

9,395

5,496

5,139

Current tax

 

-

-

270

Other short-term financial assets

 

213

205

187

Cash and cash equivalents

 

5,060

4,509

6,176

 

 

14,700

10,240

11,807

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Bank loans and overdrafts

 

(916)

-

-

Loan notes

 

(1,047)

-

-

Trade and other payables

 

(6,471)

(3,361)

(3,653)

Deferred consideration

 

(1,138)

(102)

(24)

Current tax liabilities

 

(174)

(374)

-

Deferred income

 

(8,985)

(5,044)

(5,519)

 

 

(18,731)

(8,881)

(9,196)

 

 

 

 

 

Net current (liabilities)/assets

 

(4,031)

1,359

2,611

Total assets less current liabilities

 

41,591

34,013

34,891

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Bank loans and overdrafts

 

(2,751)

-

-

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(775)

(749)

(784)

Deferred consideration

 

(500)

(110)

-

Pension and other employee obligations

 

(6,086)

(8,066)

(6,176)

 

 

(10,112)

(8,925)

(6,960)

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

31,479

25,088

27,931

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Called-up share capital

 

5,964

5,500

5,507

Share premium

 

11,804

9,094

9,133

Available for sale reserve

 

101

75

57

Foreign exchange reserve

 

(99)

(71)

(53)

Retained earnings

 

13,709

10,490

13,287

Total equity

 

31,479

25,088

27,931

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months to 31 March 2018

 

 

Share capital

£000

Share premium

£000

 

Other reserves

£000

 

Retained earnings

£000

Total

equity

 £000

 

At 1 October 2017

5,507

9,133

4

13,287

27,931

Shares issued as consideration

399

2,394

-

-

2,793

Exercise of share options

58

277

-

-

335

Dividend paid

-

-

-

(924)

(924)

Share-based payment charge

-

-

-

8

8

Transactions with owners

457

2,671

-

(916)

2,212

Profit for the period

-

-

-

1,338

1,338

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation difference

-

-

(28)

-

(28)

Change in market value of short-term financial asset

-

-

26

-

26

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

(2)

1,338

1,336

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2018

5,964

11,804

2

31,479

 

 

 

For the six months to 31 March 2017

 

 

Share capital

£000

Share premium

£000

 

Other reserves

£000

 

Retained earnings

£000

Total

equity

 £000

 

At 1 October 2016

5,485

9,056

23

10,367

24,931

Exercise of share options

15

38

-

-

53

Dividend paid

-

-

-

(770)

(770)

Share-based payment charge

-

-

-

20

20

Transactions with owners

15

38

-

(750)

(697)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

873

873

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation difference

-

-

(15)

-

(15)

Change in market value of short-term financial asset

-

-

(4)

-

(4)

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

(19)

873

854

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2017

5,500

9,094

4

25,088

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (continued)

 

 

For the year ended 30 September 2017

 

 

Share capital

£000

Share premium

£000

 

Other

reserves

£000

 

Retained earnings

£000

Total

equity

 £000

 

At 1 October 2016

5,485

9,056

23

10,367

24,931

Exercise of share options

22

77

-

-

99

Dividend paid

-

-

-

(1,376)

(1,376)

Share-based payment charge

-

-

-

40

40

Transactions with owners

22

77

-

(1,336)

(1,237)

Profit for the year

-

-

-

2,867

2,867

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

Remeasurement of net defined benefit liability

-

-

-

1,802

1,802

Deferred tax on above

-

-

-

(413)

(413)

Foreign exchange translation differences

-

-

3

-

3

Change in fair value of available for sale financial asset

-

-

(22)

-

(22)

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

(19)

4,256

4,237

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 September 2017

5,507

9,133

4

13,287

27,931

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the six months to 31 March 2018

 

 

Note

Unaudited

six months to 31/03/18

£000

Unaudited

six months to 31/03/17

£000

Audited

year to

30/09/17

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

1,338

873

2,867

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

 

637

669

1,285

Share-based payment charges

 

8

20

40

Net finance expense

 

152

97

167

Release of contingent consideration

 

-

-

(165)

Income tax charge/(credit)

 

94

141

(154)

Operating cash flow from continuing operations before working capital movements

 

2,229

1,800

4,040

Movement in working capital

 

(640)

(5)

1,212

Cash generated by continuing operations

 

1,589

1,795

5,252

Income tax received/(paid)

 

258

-

(394)

Payments to defined benefit pension scheme

 

(180)

(180)

(360)

Net cash from operating activities

 

1,667

1,615

4,498

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant & equipment

 

(122)

(134)

(180)

Acquisition of subsidiary undertakings, net of cash acquired

3

(1,291)

-

-

Investment in unlisted company

 

-

(150)

(150)

Deferred consideration paid

 

(13)

(62)

(83)

Dividend received

 

9

-

15

Bank interest received

 

2

-

3

Expenditure on product development

 

(321)

(387)

(994)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(1,736)

(733)

(1,389)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Equity dividends paid

5

(924)

(770)

(1,376)

Issue of shares, net of costs

 

335

53

99

Bank loan repayments

 

(458)

-

-

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(1,047)

(717)

(1,277)

 

 

 

 

 

(Decrease)/increase  in cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,116)

165

1,832

Cash and cash equivalents at start of the period

 

6,176

4,344

4,344

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

 

5,060

4,509

6,176

 

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM RESULTS

 

1.   Basis of preparation

The Group's interim results for the six month period ended 31 March 2018 are prepared in accordance with the Group's accounting policies which are based on the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') as adopted by the EU and effective, or expected to be adopted and effective, at 30 September 2018.  As permitted, this interim report has been prepared in accordance with the AIM rules and not in accordance with IAS34 'Interim financial reporting'.

These interim results do not constitute full statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434(5) of the Companies Act 2006 and are unaudited. The unaudited interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 22 May 2018.

The consolidated financial statements are prepared under the historical cost convention as modified to include the revaluation of financial instruments. The statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2017, which were prepared under IFRS, have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. These statutory accounts carried an unqualified Auditors' Report and did not contain a statement under either Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

Adoption of new and revised standards

The directors considered the impact on the Group of other new and revised accounting standards, interpretations or amendments. The following revised and new accounting standards may have a material impact on the Group and are currently issued but not yet effective for the year ended 30 September 2018:

·     IFRS 15, "Revenue from Contracts with Customers" (effective date 1 January 2018)

·     IFRS 16, "Leases" (effective date 1 January 2019)

The Group is in the process of assessing the impact that the application of these standards will have on the Group's Financial Statements.

 

 

 

 

2.   Segmental reporting

The Group is managed as two separate divisions: Enterprise and Digital Retail.  Substantially all revenue is generated within the UK. 

 

 

Enterprise

 

Digital Retail

 

Total

 

Six months 31/03/18
£000

 

Six months 31/03/17

£000
 

Year Ended

30/09/17
£000

 

 

Six months 31/03/18

£000
 

Six months 31/03/17

£000
 

Year

Ended 30/09/17

£000
 

 

Six months 31/03/18

£000
 

Six months 31/03/17

£000
 

Year Ended 30/09/17

£000
 

Revenue

10,358

7,363

14,277

 

4,250

3,537

7,282

 

14,608

10,900

21,559

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before adjustments*

1,383

1,208

2,713

 

698

344

1,183

 

2,081

1,552

3,896

Amortisation

(92)

(113)

(225)

 

(133)

(133)

(266)

 

(225)

(246)

(491)

Share-based payment

(4)

(7)

(14)

 

(4)

(13)

(26)

 

(8)

(20)

(40)

Acquisition-related and restructuring costs

(253)

(175)

(287)

 

(11)

-

(198)

 

(264)

(175)

(485)

Operating profit

1,034

913

2,187

 

550

198

693

 

1,584

1,111

2,880

Net finance expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(152)

(97)

(167)

Profit before tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,432

1,014

2,713

                                 

 

*       Adjustments to operating profit in respect of amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles, share-based payment charges and acquisition-related and restructuring costs.

 

 

 

 

 

3.      Acquisition

In the period from acquisition to 31 March 2018 the business contributed revenue of £3,524k and an operating profit of £344k before amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles and acquisition-related costs. 

It is estimated that the acquisition had the following effect on the Group's assets and liabilities at the acquisition date, however management has not yet completed its review of intangible and net assets:

 

 

Pre-acquisition carrying amount

Fair value adjustment

Recognised value on acquisition

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

583

-

583

Cash

1,117

-

1,117

Bank loan

(4,125)

-

(4,125)

Trade and other receivables

4,793

(169)

4,624

Trade and other payables

(6,772)

(1,572)

(8,344)

Deferred taxation

73

-

73

Net identifiable assets and liabilities

(4,331)

(1,741)

(6,072)

Goodwill on acquisition

 

 

12,900

 

 

 

6,828

 

 

 

 

Cash consideration paid at completion

 

2,408

Issue of 3,990,653 new 10p Sanderson ordinary shares, fully paid on completion

 

2,793

Deferred cash consideration payable by instalments

 

1,127

Deferred contingent cash consideration

 

 

500

Net discounted consideration payable

 

 

6,828

 

 

Goodwill arising on the acquisition is not tax deductible.

 

 

 

4.    Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
six months to 31/03/18

£000

Unaudited
six months to 31/03/17

£000

Audited
year to

30/09/17

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

Result for the period from continuing operations

1,338

873

2,867

 

 

Amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles

225

246

491

 

 

Share-based payment charges

8

20

40

 

 

Acquisition-related and restructuring costs

264

175

485

 

 

R&D tax credit

-

-

(388)

 

 

Adjusted profit for the period from continuing operations

1,835

1,314

3,495

 

             

 

 

 

Number of shares:

Unaudited
six months to 31/03/18

No.

Unaudited
six months to 31/03/17

No.

Audited
year to

30/09/17

No.

 

 

 

 

In issue at the start of the year

55,070,668

54,851,985

54,851,985

Effect of shares issued in the period

3,358,016

102,058

136,646

Weighted average number of shares at period end

58,428,684

54,954,043

54,988,631

Effect of share options

663,454

2,375,114

587,918

Weighted average number of shares (diluted)

59,092,138

57,329,157

55,576,549

 

 

Earnings per share:

Unaudited
six months to 31/03/18

(pence)

Unaudited
six months to 31/03/17

(pence)

Audited
year to

30/09/17

(pence)

 

Total attributable to equity holders of the parent undertaking:

 

 

 

    Basic

2.3

1.6

5.2

    Diluted

2.3

1.5

5.2

 

Earnings per share, adjusted, from continuing operations:

 

 

 

    Basic

3.1

2.4

6.4

    Diluted

3.1

2.3

6.3

 

 

 

 

5.    Equity dividends paid

 

 

Unaudited
Six months to 31/03/18

£000

Unaudited
Six months to 31/03/17

£000

Audited
Year to

30/09/17

£000

Interim dividend

 

-

-

606

Final dividend

 

924

770

770

Total dividend paid in period

 

924

770

1,376

             

 

 

 

6.    Interim report

The Group's interim report will be sent to the Company's shareholders.  This report will also be available from the Company's registered office and on the Company's website www.sanderson.com.

 

 

 


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