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STV Group plc Full Year Results 2016

Released 07:00 03-Mar-2017

RNS Number : 4129Y
STV Group PLC
03 March 2017
 

0700 hours, 3 March 2017

STV Group plc Full Year Results 2016                                

Commercially focused

Creatively led

Financial Highlights

2016

2015

Year on year

Revenue

£120.4m

 

£116.5m

+3%

EBITDA (see note 17)

£22.1m

  £22.8m

-3%

Operating profit*

£19.7m

  £20.3m

-3%

Pre-tax profit*

£18.5m

  £19.1m

-3%

Statutory pre tax profit

£15.7m

£9.8m

+60%

Adjusted EPS (see note 19)

 

39.7 pence

39.9 pence

-1%

Statutory EPS

32.5 pence

29.8 pence

+9%

Net debt

£26.4m

  £25.7m

+3%

Dividends per share

15.0 pence

 10.0 pence

+50%

*Pre exceptional items and IAS19 interest

 

Strategic Developments

·     Acceleration of progressive dividend policy reflecting the Board's confidence in the underlying financial strength of the Company, resilience of the core business and clarity of growth objectives

·     Confirmation of a dividend policy which aims to pay out between 60% to 80% of cash generation after pension deficit funding.  This results in a full year dividend payment of 15.0 pence per share, up 50% year on year

·     De-risking of business through agreement of long term Airtime Sales Agreement with ITV plc covering sale of national airtime and sponsorship. Additionally, settlement of 2015 triennial pension valuation delivers certainty and long term visibility of cashflow requirements

·     Innovative second TV network service to launch in spring 2017; STV2 will increase the reach of the STV Family of consumer services

 

Highlights

·     Continuing to deliver profitable digital growth with digital revenues up 20% at £7.9 million and digital margin continuing to grow above target level at 52%

·     Data and insights strategy progressing with over 2m insights building consumer engagement and creating new opportunities for advertisers and commercial partners

·     Consumer Division margin at 11 year high at 18.5%, despite a 4% decline in national revenues, as resilient core business builds reach and engagement through the STV Family of consumer services

·     STV Productions returns to revenue growth, up 53% to £12.7m

·     Launch of a new operating division, STV External Lottery Management Limited, to supply services to newly launched charitable society lottery, the Scottish Children's Lottery

 

Rob Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, said: "Today's strong results demonstrate robust and resilient performance in our core business and growth in STV Productions and our highly profitable digital activities.

 

"The Consumer division has delivered its highest margin for 11 years, despite a weak airtime market in the second half of 2016.  We are continuing to de-risk the core business placing the company in a strong position to deal with any weakness in the advertising market in the short to mid-term whilst relentlessly pursuing our growth objectives.

 

"Our digital activities are performing strongly with a margin of 52%.  These products enable us to extend our reach and impact through our family of consumer services.

 

"Finally, I would like to thank David Shearer, senior independent director, for his service to the board over the past 10 years."

                                            

 

There will be a presentation for analysts at the offices of Peel Hunt, Moor House, 120 London Wall, London EC2Y 5ET today, 3 March 2017, at 12.30 pm.  Should you wish to attend the presentation, please contact Katie Martin, STV: katie.martin@stv.tv  or telephone: 0141 300 3000.

 

 

Enquiries:

STV Group plc

George Watt, Chief Financial Officer                              Tel: 0141 300 3049

Eleanor Marshall, PR & Communications Manager             Tel: 0141 300 3670

 

Charlotte Street Partners

Harriett Moll                                                             Tel: 07717 501626

 

Operational Review

 

Introduction

2016 has been another successful year for the Group as the business has been further de-risked and the strategy to deliver sustainable growth and increase returns to shareholders progressed.  As a result, with the backdrop of uncertainty post-Brexit, the Group is well placed with a de-risked P&L and low levels of net debt.

 

During 2016, new KPI targets providing a mid-term outlook to the end of 2018 were announced.  This new set of growth targets are stretching and ambitious and build on the progress and achievements delivered to date.

 

Twenty three percent of earnings have been derived from non-broadcast activities. This level represents significant progress over the past six years when these activities represented only 11% of earnings; however, largely due to the resilience of the core business this is behind the KPI target.  The rebalancing of the business remains a key strategic priority and a new KPI target to achieve 30% of earnings from non-broadcast activities by end of 2018 was announced during 2016. 

 

The growth of the non-broadcast business has been driven by the continued development of the digital services and a return to revenue growth in STV Productions.  However, despite an increase in revenues in STV Productions, the underperformance against targets and growth projections for this business have resulted in an exceptional writedown of £2.8m of the remaining goodwill related to STV Productions.

 

A new operating division of the Group has been established during 2016, the STV External Lottery Manager (STV ELM).  This division has been created to supply services to support the operation of a newly launched charitable society lottery, the Scottish Children's Lottery.

 

STV Consumer

The Consumer division continued to perform well in 2016 and despite a weakening national airtime market, margins continued to increase year on year at 18.5% (2015: 18.4%).

 

The STV Family of consumer services has enabled the Group's unrivalled reach across the Scottish market to continue to expand, with 60% of the Scottish population using at least 3 of STV's services each month.

 

In line with previous guidance, the airtime revenue market has been challenging in the second half of 2016, impacted by wider macro-economic factors. As a result, national revenues were down 4% at £76.2m (2015: £79.3m).  This was almost fully offset by growth in the regional airtime market and sponsorship revenues.  The regional airtime market performed strongly, up 19%, at £14.9m (2015: £12.5m) and revenues from sponsorship were up 4% at £5.4m (2015: £5.2m).  

 

The digital business has successfully evolved into a core area of activity, delivering significant growth in revenues, up 20% year on year to £7.9m (2015: £6.6m), and operating margin ahead of target levels with 52% delivered (2015: 48%).

 

Targeted investment continues to be made particularly in product enhancement, the data and insights strategy and extending the reach of the STV Family through investment in City TV, which in spring 2017 will be extended to a network service and rebranded as STV2.

 

STV continues to hold the position as Scotland's most watched commercial channel and, for the seventh consecutive year, achieved a peak-time audience share in excess of the Network, tracking 0.2 share points ahead.  STV reached 3.5m viewers each month and showed 47 of the top 50 most watched programmes on commercial television.

 

The City TV services, STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh, have delivered an audience with an average reach of 759,000 viewers per month, 30% of the available audience within their transmission area.  Additionally, City TV content is driving traffic on the STV Player with an increase of 59% year on year in the volume of streams viewed.

 

This service will be extended in spring 2017 to incorporate three additional licence areas.  These will be integrated to the established STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh services, creating a new, innovative, networked service for Scotland.  The service will be available to 85% of the population on air and 100% of the Scottish population via the watch live facility on the STV Player.

 

The services continue to be met with a positive response from advertisers with 42 new to television advertising and a number of these progressing to increase spend and advertise across other platforms in the STV Family, including STV. 

 

As three additional licences are brought to air in spring of 2017, City TV will be rebranded as STV2. This new service is forecast to achieve a breakeven run rate by end of 2018.

 

The enhanced STV Player has continued to deliver strong growth during 2016.  During the year the service launched on Freeview Play and Freesat taking to fourteen the number of platforms through which access is available. Investment  in the 'watch live' functionality of the service is continuing to drive engagement and reach with the number of live streams up 68% year on year and catch-up streams up 33%. 

 

The data and insights strategy will create opportunities to develop new relationships with consumers whilst developing innovative opportunities for advertisers and commercial partners to reach their target markets.  Consumer insights increased by 31% to 2.1 million insights held.

 

STV Productions

During 2016, STV Productions returned to revenue growth as commissions were successfully secured with new customers and returning series were recommissioned.

 

The business achieved revenues of £12.7m (2015: £8.3m), up 53% year on year, with a pre-exceptionals margin of £0.1m (2015: £0.4m), equivalent to 1% (2015: 5%), behind the target of 7%. However, the underperformance against targets and the growth projections for this business have resulted in an exceptional writedown of £2.8m of the remaining goodwill.

 

Commissions and recommissions were secured across a range of genres, with entertainment, documentaries and popular factual and daytime performing well.

 

New commissions included a four-part series for Channel 5, Tour de Celeb; a one off documentary for Channel 4, Tree of the Year, delivered in conjunction with the Woodland Trust; a two-part documentary for BBC Two, Scotland and the Battle for Britain; and a Bafta-winning one-off documentary for BBC Two and BBC Scotland, Dunblane: Our Story, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Dunblane Primary School tragedy.

 

Recommissions delivered in the year included a second series of documentary, Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky 1; a further series of popular entertainment series Catchphrase for ITV; and a further series of Antiques Road Trip and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip for the BBC.

 

The strategic partnership established with GroupM Entertainment has resulted in co-productions being commissioned, including The Dressing Room for UKTV's entertainment channel, W. This six part series will debut in 2017.  GroupM Entertainment also co-produced a data-based countdown show, Ultimate Celebrity Power Couples '16, for Channel 5.

 

STV External Lottery Manager

A new trading division of the Group was established during 2016.  STV ELM has been formed to provide operational services, such as ticket sales and marketing, to charitable society lottery, the Scottish Children's Lottery.

 

STV ELM will operate on a breakeven basis, invoicing operating costs to the Scottish Children's Lottery.  The Group will recoup costs incurred from operating both the STV ELM and the STV Children's Appeal. STV ELM purchases regional airtime from the Consumer business within the Group, and any profit generated by the Group from the sale of regional airtime, after recouping all costs noted above, will be donated to the Group's main social investment activity, the STV Children's Appeal.

 

 

Outlook

STV national airtime revenue is expected to be down 7% in the first four months of the year. Regional airtime revenue is expected to be down 9% in the same period, following 15% growth in the same period of 2016.

 

Digital revenues are expected to continue their strong growth trajectory, up 11% in Q1 with VoD up 23%.

 

Financial Performance Review

Overall, the Group delivered an increase in revenues, up 3%, at £120.4m (2015: £116.5m). 

 

Consumer business revenues were down 2% at £105.9m (2015: £108.2m) as a result of the impact of the anticipated decline in national airtime revenues, particularly in H2 of 2016, which were 4% down, reflecting the broader television market.  The regional airtime market performed strongly, up 19%, at £14.9m (2015: £12.5m), following a very strong first half performance, up 24%. Excluding the impact of STV ELM, regional airtime revenues were up 14%.

 

Digital revenues grew for the seventh consecutive year, up 20%, at £7.9m (2015: £6.6m), principally driven by VoD growth on the STV Player.  Despite this strong growth, the KPI target of £10.0m was not met. There were also reduced premium rate telephony income from competitions and lower volumes of in-house commercial production function, STV Creative, during 2016.

 

STV Productions' revenues increased to £12.7m, an increase of 53% on the previous year (2015: £8.3m).

 

Group operating profit, before exceptional items, was down 3% to £19.7m (2015: £20.3m). 

Consumer business operating profit was down marginally at £19.6m (2015: £19.9m), reflecting the anticipated reduction in national airtime, although the impact of this was almost fully offset by reduced programme costs, strong revenue performance in the regional airtime market and further growth in the margin in the digital business.

 

Start up losses for City TV continued to reduce year on year at £0.8m (2015: £1.0m) and this trend is forecast to continue as this service is developed into an extended and rebranded network service, STV2, in spring 2017. STV2 is forecast to achieve a breakeven run rate by end of 2018.

 

The operating margin of the Consumer division increased slightly to 18.5% (2015: 18.4%) supported by continued growth of the digital margin, up to 52%, (2015: 48%) reflecting strong performance of the STV Player.

 

STV Productions operating profit, before exceptional items, reduced to £0.1m (2015: £0.4m), reflecting continued targeted investment in development activities. After exceptional items, STV Productions operating loss reduced from £4.7m to £2.7m.

 

As a result of the impact of the decline in national airtime revenues, EBITDA before exceptional items was down 3% at £22.1m (2015: £22.8m).

 

Profit before tax before exceptional items and IAS 19 interest decreased by 3% to £18.5m (2015: £19.1m).

 

Net finance costs reduced by £0.5m year on year to £1.2m as the IAS 19 interest non cash finance charge fell to nil (2015: £0.5m).

 

The remaining balance of goodwill of £2.8m relating to STV Productions has been written down as an exceptional item in 2016.  This follows a goodwill writedown of £5.1m on STV Productions in 2015 reflecting weaker profitability against internal targets over recent years, and increased risk of uncertainty against future targets.

 

EPS before exceptional items and IAS 19 interest decreased by 1% to 39.7 pence (2015: 39.9 pence), reflecting the reduction in profit before tax, offset by the effective tax rate reducing to 17% (2015: 20%).  On a statutory basis, EPS was 32.5 pence (2015: 29.8 pence)

 

The key net debt:EBITDA ratio target of at or below 1x on a covenant basis has been met despite net debt increasing by £0.7m to £26.4m (2015: £25.7m).  The major cash outflows were the pension deficit funding payment of £7.8m; investment of £5.4m in the establishment of STV ELM, which will be recouped in future years; working capital outflows of £1.3m reflecting the timing of deliveries by STV Productions; capital investment of £3.2m; and an increase of 26% in cash dividend payments to £4.3m.

 

The Group's measure of operating profit converted to free cashflow, defined as operating profit plus depreciation, amortisation and share based payments, less working capital movements excluding ELM investment, and capital expenditure, improved as anticipated in 2016 to 92% (2015: 86%), above the 90% target.

 

The statutory result for the year after tax, exceptional items and IAS 19 interest was a profit of £12.6m (2015: £11.4m).  The Group's effective tax rate decreased due to the utilisation of prior year losses. The tax rate for 2017 is expected to be 17% and cash tax payments will resume.

 

Dividends

The proposed total dividend for 2016 is 15.0 pence per share, an increase of 50% on 2015 (10.0 pence per share), reflecting an acceleration of the progressive dividend policy that the Board has committed to pursue.  The policy aims to pay out between 60% to 80% of cash generation after pension deficit funding payments.

 

A final dividend of 11.0 pence per share has been declared which, subject to approval at the AGM in April, will be paid on 19 May 2017 to shareholders on the register at 18 April 2017.

 

Pensions

In late 2016, a deficit funding plan was agreed with the trustees of the two defined benefits pension schemes following the 2015 triennial valuation.  This 11-year recovery plan will fund a triennial valuation pre tax deficit of £129.9m as at 30 November 2016. 

 

The deficit funding payment for 2017 is £8.6m which will be paid in monthly instalments which will have the effect of reducing the Group's peak funding requirement by approximately
£4m per annum.  Additionally, there is potential for additional contingent funding in the event of outperformance against the Group's sensitised forecast net cash flow.  These potential payments would be equivalent to 20% of any outperformance against this benchmark.

 

Through the 2015 triennial valuation process, a health study involving approximately 40% of the pensioner members across both defined benefits schemes was conducted by an independent third party insurer.  The findings from this study have been reflected in an updating of the Group's IAS 19 mortality assumptions.  These have resulted in an average increase in male pensioner longevity, the category which accounts for the largest elements of the schemes' liabilities, of approximately 3.6 years and a deficit increase of £55.9m.

 

The investment management of the schemes' assets was also transferred to fiduciary manager PSolve during 2016.  This has resulted in a significant reduction in the schemes' risk profile with the 20-year Value at Risk measure halved to approximately £60m.

 

The IAS 19 deficit increased to a pre tax level of £88.8m (2015: £7.8m).  The main reasons for the increase have been the increase in longevity and a lower discount rate reflecting reduced corporate bond yields. 

 

Board change

It is announced today that David Shearer, Senior Independent Director, will retire from the Board at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting after ten years valued service and wise counsel to the Group.

 

Regulatory

The Group continues to be fully engaged with ongoing regulatory and public policy consultations and reviews.

 

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

This announcement contains certain statements that are or may be forward-looking with respect to the financial condition, results or operations and business of STV Group plc. By their nature forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future.

 

The Group set out in its 2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements the principal risks and uncertainties that could impact its performance.  These remain largely unchanged since the Annual Report was published with the exception of the reduction in trading risk resulting from the renewed Airtime Sales Agreement, agreed with ITV plc, the terms of which will apply for an 8-year term commencing January 2017, and the launch of the STV ELM.  The 2016 Annual Report is scheduled to be circulated to shareholders on 23 March 2017.

 

The Group has rigorous internal systems to identify, monitor and manage any risks to the business.

 

The main areas of potential risk and uncertainty are as follows:-

 

Regulatory environment

Our broadcast business is operated under licences, regulated by Ofcom, which contain conditions that must be adhered to and although measures have been put in place internally to ensure that this occurs, it is possible that these terms may inadvertently be breached and sanctions imposed by Ofcom, the most serious of which could be the withdrawal of the licences.

 

Dependence on advertising

STV's results could vary from period to period as a result of a variety of factors, some of which are outside STV's control, including general economic conditions. In response to the operating and competitive environment, STV may elect to make certain decisions that could have a material adverse effect on sales, results of operations and financial conditions.

 

 

Performance of the ITV Network

A significant amount of STV's programming content is provided by the ITV Network.  Therefore, its ability to attract and retain audiences and the advertising airtime sales performance of ITV's sales house - which is responsible for the sale of STV's UK national airtime and sponsorship to advertisers - are factors that affect the performance of STV Consumer and, therefore, the Group as a whole.  The terms of the Airtime Sales Agreement with ITV were amended in December 2016 to provide improved efficiency, simplicity and transparency.

 

Pension scheme shortfalls

The STV pension schemes' investment strategy is calculated to reduce any material market movement impacts, however, it is possible that the Group may be required to increase its contributions at the next triennial valuation which could have an adverse impact on results and cash flow.

 

Possible second independence referendum

STV Group plc is both headquartered and incorporated in Scotland.  Following the result of the EU referendum, it is uncertain whether there will be a further referendum on Scottish independence and , if there is to be one, the timing and the outcome are also unknown.  The Group has in place a number of measures as mitigation against increased volatility in the advertising and financial markets.  These include the Network Affiliate Agreement with ITV in relation to volatile advertising markets and the Group's bank facilities maturing in the medium term (2019) together with half of the core net debt (£15m) being subject to interest rate hedges to July 2018 to reduce exposure to financial market movements.  In addition, the Scottish Government has agreed that our Public Service Broadcast licences will be respected through their full duration (to 2024).

 

Reputational and financial risk of lottery operation

The Scottish Children's Lottery was launched in October 2016. The Lottery engages the services of an external lottery manager, STV External Lottery Management Limited, a subsidiary of the Group, to deliver the lottery product to consumers.  The lottery was awarded licences by the UK Gambling Commission and while operated independently of STV, in accordance with the requirements of these licences, it is provided financial support by the Group.  Internal controls have been put in place to ensure that the terms of the operating licence are adhered to.  In the event that the lottery was unsuccessful then the recoverability of the SCL debtor would be at risk.

 

Financial risk

STV may be constrained by the Group's leverage and other debt arrangements. An increase in LIBOR interest rates would have an adverse impact on the financial position and business results.  STV is exposed to currency risk, credit risk, liquidity risk and cash flow interest rate risk. 

 

 

Rob Woodward

CEO, STV Group plc

 

 

 

   Appendix 1 - 2016 KPI Update

 

 

KPI

2016 Actual

2016 Target

Result

 

Group

1

Non broadcast EBIT share

23%

n/a

-

 

Consumer

2

Peak time audience ITV Network

+0.2 share points

To exceed Network

Exceeded

3

Consumer division margin

18.5%

18.0%

Exceeded

4

Consumer reach

 

 

 

 

-     STV

 3.5m

3.6m

Not met

 

-     City TV

 0.8m

1.0m

Not met

 

-     STV Player

0.6m

1.0m

Not met

 

-     stv.tv

3.6m

3.6m

Met

5

Consumer engagement

 

 

 

 

-     STV

39 mins per day

41 mins per day

Not met

 

-     City TV

1 min per day

10 mins per day

Not met

 

-     STV Player

46 mins per day

41 mins per day

Exceeded

 

-     stv.tv

3 mins per day

6 mins per day

Not met

6

Consumer insights

2.1m

2.4m

Not met

7

Long term video streams

20.6m

21.0m

Not met

8

Digital revenues

£7.9m

£10.0m

Not met

9

Digital margin

52%

50%

Exceeded

 

STV Productions

10

Production revenue

£12.7m

£23.0m

Not met

11

Production margin

1%

7%

Not met

 

      

 

 

      


 

Consolidated income statement

SYear ended 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

Note

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

Revenue

5

120.4

116.5

 

 

 

 

 

Net operating expenses

 

(103.5)

(105.0)

 

Operating profit

 

 

16.9

 

11.5

 

 

 

 

Analysed as:

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional items

 

19.7

20.3

Exceptional items

6

(2.8)

(8.8)

Operating profit

 

16.9

11.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

- borrowings

7

(1.2)

(1.2)

 

- IAS 19 pension

7

-

(0.5)

 

 

(1.2)

(1.7)

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

15.7

9.8

Tax (charge)/credit

8

(3.1)

1.6

 

Profit for the year

 

 

12.6

 

11.4

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic

9

32.5p

29.8p

Diluted

9

31.9p

29.0p

           

 

A reconciliation of the statutory results to the adjusted results is included at note 19.

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

SYear ended 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Profit for the year

12.6

11.4

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

Re-measurement losses on defined benefit pension schemes

(88.7)

(0.6)

Deferred tax credit/(charge) thereon

15.1

(0.2)

Other comprehensive expense

(73.6)

(0.8)

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (expense)/income for the year

(61.0)

10.6

 

 


                                                                                                                                     

Consolidated balance sheet

At 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

Note

£m

£m

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill

11

-

2.8

Other intangible assets

12

2.7

1.7

Property, plant and equipment

13

7.3

7.5

Investments

14

0.8

0.7

Deferred tax asset

 

21.7

9.6

Trade and other receivables

15

5.9

-

 

 

38.4

22.3

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

19.5

19.2

Trade and other receivables

 

22.8

22.1

Cash and cash equivalents

 

13.3

13.7

 

 

55.6

55.0

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

94.0

77.3

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

 

Ordinary shares

16

19.8

19.6

Share premium

16

101.9

101.8

Merger reserve

 

173.4

173.4

Other reserve

 

0.4

0.9

Accumulated losses

 

(348.5) 

(284.8)

Total equity

 

(53.0)

10.9

   

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

39.7

39.4

Provisions

 

0.3

0.5

Retirement benefit obligations

18

88.8

7.8

Derivative financial instruments

 

0.1

0.1

 

 

128.9

47.8

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

17.9

18.3

Provisions

 

0.2

0.3

 

 

18.1

18.6

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

146.7

66.4

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

94.0

77.3

 


 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

Year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

 

Share

capital and

premium

 

Merger

reserve

 

Other

reserve

 

Accumulated

losses

 

Total

equity

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2016

121.4

173.4

0.9

(284.8)

10.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

12.6

12.6

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

-

(73.6)

(73.6)

Total comprehensive expense for the year

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(61.0)

 

(61.0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

0.2

-

-

-

0.2

Acquisition of treasury shares

-

-

-

(0.2)

(0.2)

Share based compensation

-

-

0.3

-

0.3

Value of employee services

0.1

 

(0.8)

1.7

1.0

Deferred tax charge on other post employment benefits

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(0.3)

 

(0.3)

Current tax credit on other post employment benefits

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

0.4

 

0.4

Dividends

-

-

-

(4.3)

(4.3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2016

121.7

173.4

0.4

(348.5)

(53.0)

 

 

 

 

 

Share

capital and

premium

 

Merger

reserve

 

Other

reserve

 

Accumulated

losses

 

Total

equity

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2015

121.4

173.4

0.6

(291.9)

3.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

11.4

11.4

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

-

(0.8)

(0.8)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

10.6

 

10.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of treasury shares

-

-

-

(0.9)

(0.9)

Share based compensation

-

-

0.3

-

0.3

Deferred tax credit on other post employment benefits

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

0.8

 

0.8

Dividends

-

-

-

(3.4)

(3.4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2015

121.4

173.4

0.9

(284.8)

10.9


 

Statement of consolidated cash flows

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

Note

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Cash generated by operations

17

15.9

20.0

Interest paid

 

(1.2)

(1.2)

Pension deficit funding

- recovery plan payment

 

(7.8)

(7.8)

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated by operating activities

 

6.9

11.0

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of investment

 

(0.1)

(0.5)

Capitalised web development spend

 

(1.4)

(1.2)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(1.8)

(1.1)

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(3.3)

(2.8)

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of treasury shares

 

-

(0.9)

Issue of treasury shares to employees

 

0.3

-

Borrowings repaid

 

-

(10.0)

Dividends paid

 

(4.3)

(3.4)

 

 

 

 

Net cash used by financing activities

 

(4.0)

(14.3)

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(0.4)

(6.1)

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

13.7

19.8

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

17

13.3

13.7

         

 

 

 

Although not required under IFRS the directors have provided the following reconciliation of net debt for further clarity.  Net debt represents Group borrowing less cash and cash equivalents.

 

Reconciliation of movement in net debt

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

Note

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

Opening net debt

 

(25.7)

(29.4)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(0.4)

(6.1)

Movement in debt financing

 

(0.3)

9.8

 

 

 

 

Closing net debt

17

(26.4)

(25.7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the preliminary announcement

Year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

1.   General information

 

STV Group plc ("the Company") and its subsidiaries (together "the Group") is listed on the London Stock Exchange and incorporated and domiciled in the UK.  The address of the registered office is Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1PQ. The principal activities of the Group are the production and broadcasting of television programmes, internet services, the sale of advertising airtime and space in these media and lottery management services.

 

2.   Basis of preparation

 

The financial information set out in the preliminary announcement does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006 in respect of the accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015, upon which the Company's auditors have given a report which was unqualified and did not contain a statement under the Companies Act 2006, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 have yet to be signed. They will be finalised on the basis of the financial information presented by the directors in this preliminary announcement and will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies in due course.  

 

Going concern basis

The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through its bank facilities. The current economic conditions continue to create uncertainty particularly over (a) the level of demand for the Group's products; and (b) the availability of bank finance for the foreseeable future. The Group's forecasts and projections, taking account of reasonably possible changes in trading performance, show that the Group should be able to operate within the level of its current facilities. After making enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. The Group therefore continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing its consolidated financial statements.

 

3.   Accounting policies

 

Except as described below, the accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

The following new standards, amendments to standards or interpretations are mandatory for the first time for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016. They either were not relevant for the Group or had no material impact on the financial statements of the Group.

 

IAS 19 (amendment)

Employee contributions

 

4.   Financial risk management and financial instruments

 

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks:  currency risk, credit risk, liquidity risk and cash flow interest rate risk.

 

These consolidated financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements; they should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 31 December 2015.  There have been no changes in any risk management policies since the 2015 year end annual report, except for the inclusion of the external lottery management segment which commenced during the year and whose principal risk is the reputational risk to STV from any issues related to the operation of the Lottery.

 

The carrying value of non-derivative financial assets and liabilities, comprising cash and cash equivalents, trade and other receivables, trade and other payables and borrowings is considered to materially equate to their fair value.  Derivative financial instruments, which are measured at fair value, comprise interest rate swaps of £15.0m categorised as level 2.  The fair value of interest rate swaps is calculated at the present value of the estimated future cash flows using market interest rates. The valuation techniques employed are consistent with the year end annual report.   There are no financial instruments measured as level 3.

 

5.   Business segments

 

The Group's Chief Executive, the chief operating decision maker, considers the business primarily from a product perspective. Under IFRS 8, the reportable segments are therefore Consumer, Productions and ELM (external lottery management).

 

The performance of the segments is assessed based on a measure of adjusted operating profit. 

 

 

 

 

External sales

 

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

Segment revenues

 

 

 

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer

 

 

 

 

105.9

108.2

Productions

 

 

 

 

12.7

8.3

ELM

 

 

 

 

1.8

-

 

 

 

 

 

120.4

116.5

 

Revenue in 2016 includes £0.7m of revenues from sources outside the UK (2015: £0.9m).

 

 

 

 

 

 

  2016

  2015

Segment result

 

 

 

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer

 

 

 

 

19.6

19.9

Productions

 

 

 

 

0.1

0.4

ELM

 

 

 

 

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

19.7

20.3

Exceptional goodwill impairment attributable to Productions

(2.8)

(5.1)

Exceptional fixed/intangible asset write off attributable to Consumer

-

(1.0)

Other exceptional items attributable to Group:

 

 

 

 

Investment write-down

 

 

-

(1.0)

Management incentive plan

 

 

 

 

-

(1.7)

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

16.9

11.5

Financing

 

 

 

 

(1.2)

(1.7)

Profit before tax

 

 

 

 

15.7

9.8

Tax (charge)/credit

 

 

 

 

(3.1)

1.6

Profit attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

12.6

11.4

 

Operating profit in 2016 includes £0.3m arising outside the UK (2015: £0.4m).


 

 

6.   Exceptional items

 

i)    Goodwill impairment

During the year a provision for impairment of £2.8m (2015: £5.1m) has been recognised against the carrying value of goodwill to reflect the historic trading performance in Productions and has resulted in goodwill being fully written down.

 

ii)   Investment write-down

A provision of £1.0m was made against the carrying value of the Group's investment in MirriAd Limited in 2015. 

 

iii)  Fixed/intangible assets write off

£1.0m of fixed and intangible assets was written off in 2015.  The write off was in relation to City Online services and redundant STV Player platforms.

 

iv)  Management incentive plan

A provision of £1.7m for costs in relation to one off discretionary management incentive plan payments and related national insurance was made in 2015.

 

7.   Finance costs

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

            £m

            £m

 

 

 

Bank borrowings

1.2

1.2

Pension finance charge

-

0.5

 

1.2

1.7

 

8.   Tax charge/(credit)

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

 

 

            £m

            £m

 

 

 

 

 

The charge/(credit) for taxation is as follows:

 

 

 

 

Charge for the year

 

 

3.1

3.7

Tax effect of credit on exceptional items

 

 

-

(0.2)

Deferred tax asset recognised

 

 

-

(5.1)

 

 

 

 

3.1

(1.6)

           

 

The effective tax rate for the Group excluding exceptional items and the additional deferred tax asset recognised is 17.0% (2015: 20%). The tax charge is lower than the standard rate of 20% due to the utilisation of losses on which deferred tax has not been recognised.

 

Changes to the UK corporation tax rates were substantively enacted as part of Finance Bill 2015 (No.2) on 26 October 2015. These include reductions to the main rate to reduce the rate to 19% from 1 April 2017.  Finance Act 2016, which was substantively enacted on 6 September 2016, includes legislation reducing the main rate of UK corporation tax to 17% from 1 April 2020. Deferred taxes at the balance sheet date have been measured using these enacted tax rates and reflected in these financial statements.


 

 

9.   Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings

£m

2016

Weighted average number of shares (m)

 

 

Per share

Pence

 

 

 

Earnings

£m

2015

Weighted average number of shares (m)

 

 

Per

share

Pence

EPS:

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

12.6

 

38.8

 

32.5p

 

11.4

 

38.3

 

29.8p

Basic EPS

12.6

38.8

32.5p

11.4

38.3

29.8p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential dilutive shares

 

0.7

 

 

1.0

 

Diluted EPS

12.6

39.5

31.9p

11.4

39.3

29.0p

               

 

10. Dividends

 

 

2016

2015

 

            £m

            £m

Equity dividends on ordinary shares

 

 

Declared and paid during the year:

 

 

Final for 2015 of 7.0p (2014: 6.0p) per share

2.7

2.3

Interim for 2016 of 4.0p (2015: 3.0p) per share

1.6

1.1

Dividends paid

4.3

3.4

 

A final dividend of 11.0p per share (2015: 7.0p per share) has been proposed and is subject to approval by the board of directors. It is payable on 19 May 2017 to shareholders who are on the register at 18 April 2017. The ex dividend date is 13 April 2017. This final dividend, amounting to £4.4m has not been recognised as a liability in these financial statements. 

 

11. Goodwill

 

Goodwill at 31 December 2016 was £nil (2015: £2.8m).

 

During the year, a provision for impairment of £2.8m (2015: £5.1m) was made resulting in the capitalised goodwill on the Productions business being fully written down.


 

 

12. Other intangible assets

 

 

 

Web development and branding

£m

Cost

 

 

 

At 1 January 2016

 

 

1.8

Additions

 

 

1.4

At 31 December 2016

 

 

3.2

 

 

 

 

Accumulated amortisation and impairment

 

 

 

At 1 January 2016

 

 

0.1

Amortisation

 

 

0.4

At 31 December 2016

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 31 December 2016

 

 

2.7

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 31 December 2015

 

 

1.7

 

13. Property, plant and equipment

 

 

Leasehold

buildings

£m

Plant, technical

equipment

and other

£m

 

 

Total

£m

Cost

 

 

 

At 1 January 2016

0.1

28.0

28.1

Additions

-

1.8

1.8

Write offs

-

(7.3)

(7.3)

At 31 December 2016

0.1

22.5

22.6

 

 

 

 

Accumulated depreciation and impairment

 

 

 

At 1 January 2016

0.1

20.5

20.6

Charge for year

-

2.0

2.0

Write offs

-

(7.3)

(7.3)

At 31 December 2016

0.1

15.2

15.3

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 31 December 2016

-

7.3

7.3

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 31 December 2015

-

7.5

7.5

 

14. Investments

 

 

 

£m

Cost

 

 

At 1 January 2016

 

0.7

Additions

 

0.1

At 31 December 2016

 

0.8

 

15. Trade and other receivables

 

Trade and other receivables of £5.9m (2015: £nil), included within non-current assets, relates to debt due to ELM (the lottery management company) from the Scottish Children's Lottery and will be recovered from 2018 onwards.


 

 

16. Share capital

 

 

Number of shares (thousands)

Ordinary shares

£m

Share

premium

£m

 

Total

£m

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2016

39,298

19.6

101.8

121.4

Issued during the year

250

0.2

-

0.2

Value of employee services

 

 

-

0.1

0.1

At 31 December 2016

39,548

19.8

101.9

121.7

 

17. Notes to the consolidated statement of cash flows

 

 

2016

2015

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Operating profit (before exceptional items)

19.7

20.3

 

 

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

Depreciation on property, plant and equipment

2.0

2.2

Amortisation of intangible assets

0.4

0.3

EBITDA

22.1

22.8

Past service cost - pension

-

(0.7)

Share based payment

0.3

0.3

  

 

 

 

22.4

22.4

 

 

 

Increase in inventories

(0.3)

(0.9)

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables (excluding ELM)

(0.7)

1.0

  Decrease in trade and other payables (excluding ELM)

(0.1)

(2.5)

Increase in ELM trade and other receivables

(5.9)

-

  Increase in ELM trade and other payables

0.5

-

Cash generated by operations

15.9

20.0

 

The exceptional items noted above are non-cash.

 

Analysis of movements in net debt

 

At 1

January 2016

 

 

Cash flow

 

Non-cash

movements

At  31 December 2016

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

13.7

(0.4)

-

13.3

Bank borrowings

(39.4)

-

(0.3)

(39.7)

 

 

 

 

 

Net debt

(25.7)

(0.4)

(0.3)

(26.4)

 

At 31 December 2016, the Group had revolving credit and overdraft bank facilities in place totalling £60.0m (£60.0m at 31 December 2015). At 31 December 2016 £40.0m of the facility was drawn down.

 

The £60.0m revolving credit and overdraft facility has a maturity date of June 2019.  Security is provided to the debt providers by way of cross guarantees and a share pledge.


 

 

Covenant EBITDA reconciliation

 

Statutory results are adjusted below for the net debt : EBITDA ratio on a covenant basis. They are adjusted to reflect the underlying performance of the business, providing a more meaningful comparison of how the business is managed and measured on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

2016

2015

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Operating profit

19.7

20.3

Depreciation and amortisation

2.4

2.5

Post employment benefit charges

2.6

2.3

Non-cash and other adjustments

1.5

1.3

Covenant EBITDA

26.2

26.4

 

18. Retirement benefit schemes

 

The Group operates two defined benefit pension schemes. The schemes are trustee administered and the schemes' assets are held independently of the Group's finances. Pension costs are assessed in accordance with the advice of an independent professionally qualified actuary.

 

The schemes are the Scottish and Grampian Television Retirement Benefit Scheme and the Caledonian Publishing Pension Scheme.  They are closed schemes and therefore under the projected unit method the current service cost will increase as the members of the scheme approach retirement.

 

A full actuarial valuation of the schemes was carried out at 1 January 2015 and resulted in an actuarial deficit to be funded by the Group of £129.9m as at November 2016 compared to £83.0m at the previous settlement date of 31 March 2014.  A recovery plan period of 11 years was agreed with payments of £8.6m in 2017, increasing at the rate of 2% per annum over the term of the plan. These payments are tax deductible.

 

The 1 January 2015 valuation has been updated to 31 December 2016 by a qualified independent actuary.   The major assumptions used by the actuary were:

 

 

At 31 December

2016

At 31 December

2015

 

 

 

 

Rate of increase in salaries

Nil%

Nil%

Rate of increase of pensions in payment

3.30%

2.90%

Discount rate

2.80%

3.90%

Rate of price inflation (RPI)

3.30%

2.90%

 

Assumptions regarding future mortality experience are set based on advice, published statistics and experience in each scheme.

 

The average life expectancy in years of a pensioner retiring at age 65 is shown below and has moved in the period to 31 December 2016 following a detailed research project undertaken as part of the most recent triennial pension funding valuation process.  The research showed lower levels of mortality than previous studies undertaken by the Group and the actuarial assumptions have been updated accordingly.


 

 

 

At 31 December

2016

At 31 December

2015

 

 

Years

Years

Retiring at balance sheet date:

 

 

Male

19.1

15.5

Female

21.4

18.1

Retiring in 25 years:

 

 

Male

20.8

18.7

Female

22.7

21.5

 

The fair value of the assets in the schemes and the present value of the liabilities in the schemes at each balance sheet date was:

 

At 31 December 2016

At 31 December 2015

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Equities

115.9

155.0

Bonds

243.5

158.1

Fair value of schemes' assets

359.4

313.1

 

 

 

Present value of defined benefit obligations

(448.2)

(320.9)

 

 

 

Deficit in the schemes

(88.8)

(7.8)

 

A related offsetting deferred tax asset of £15.3m (2015: £1.5m) is shown under non-current assets.  Therefore the net pension scheme deficit amounts to £73.5m at 31 December 2016 (£6.3m at 31 December 2015).

 

19. Reconciliation of statutory results to adjusted results

 

Statutory results are adjusted to reflect the underlying performance of the business, providing a more meaningful comparison of how the business is managed and measured on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

2016

2015

 

Profit

 before tax

Basic

EPS

Diluted

EPS

Profit

 before tax

Basic

EPS

Diluted

EPS

 

£m

pence

pence

£m

pence

pence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-exceptional

15.7

32.5p

31.9p

9.8

29.8p

29.0p

Add back: exceptionals

2.8

7.2p

7.1p

8.8

22.4p

21.9p

Deduct: one off recognition of deferred tax asset

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(13.3p)

 

(13.0p)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-exceptional and deferred tax

18.5

39.7p

39.0p

18.6

38.9p

37.9p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add back: IAS 19

-

-

-

0.5

1.0p

1.0p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted results

18.5

39.7p

39.0p

19.1

39.9p

38.9p

 

20. Mailing

 

A copy of the annual report is being sent to all shareholders on 23 March 2017 and will be available for inspection by members of the public at the Company's registered office at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1PQ.


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