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Final Results

Released 07:00 28-Mar-2017

RNS Number : 6751A
S & U PLC
28 March 2017
 

                                                                                                                                                               28 March 2017

S&U PLC

("S&U" or "the Group")

 

PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 JANUARY 2017

S&U, the motor finance and specialist lender, today announces its preliminary results for the year ended 31 January 2017:

                               17th successive year of record Advantage Motor Finance pre-tax profits

Key Financials:

·      Profit before taxation from continuing operations up 29% at £25.2m (2016: £19.5m)

·      Basic earnings per share from continuing operations up 28% at 170.7p (2016: 133.6p)

·      Revenues up 34% at £60.5m (2016: £45.2m)

·      Proposed final dividend up 6p to 39p (2016: 33p); total dividend in respect of the year increased to 91p (2016: 76p)

·      Strong balance sheet:

Net receivables increased by 33% to £193.5m (2016: £145.1m)

Investment in motor finance increased yearend net borrowings to £49.2m (2016: £11.9m)

Committed funding facilities increased to £95m post yearend giving significant headroom

 

Advantage Motor Finance Operational Highlights:

·      17th successive year of record pre-tax profits which rose to £25.2m (2016: £20.4m)

·      Annual collections up 33% this year with live customers up 32% on prior year

·      Annual advances up 31% this year -  buoyant but more competitive market

·      20,042 new agreements from over 750,000 motor finance applications.

 

 

Anthony Coombs, Chairman of S&U plc commented:

"S&U continues to go from strength to strength with our motor finance business delivering its 17th successive year of record pre-tax profits. This excellent track record is testimony to the dedication, expertise, drive and wisdom of our team at Advantage. The road to sustained success is not made up of a giant leap but of a thousand small steps, and this kind of approach will continue to sustain and dynamise our business over the next decade." 

 

Enquiries:

Anthony Coombs                                                         S&U plc                              0121 705 7777

 

Media and Investor Relations

Ged Brumby                                                                   Smithfield                           0207 360 4900

 

Financial Advisers, Sponsors and Brokers

Chris Hardie                                                                   Arden Partners                  0207 614 5900

 

 

A presentation for analysts will be held on 28th March 2017 at 9.15am for 9.30am at the offices of Smithfield, 10 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HJ

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S REVIEW

 

Brexit, Trump and another record set of results from S&U, plus ca change...  We live in interesting times, but for the eighth consecutive year, I am very pleased to announce record profits for S&U plc. Group profit before tax from continuing operations is £25.2m, a near 30% increase on last year (2016: £19.5m).  In a buoyant, but more competitive market, revenue has increased by 34% to £60.5m (2016: £45.2m).

 

Advantage Finance, our motor finance business, achieved a record of over 20,000 new agreements, an increase of 32% on last year; net receivables are now £193.5m, up 33% from £145.1m last year. The car finance market remains robust with latest annual application numbers at Advantage, nearly 53% more than a year ago.

 

Whilst impairment has increased slightly as the business develops, it remains only slightly above the record quality range of the last three years, and is reflected in collections of £121.8m this year, a third higher than last.

 

Our new secured bridging finance operation, Aspen Bridging, is now being piloted; funding has been arranged for both this and for the continued growth of Advantage, into which we have invested an additional £33.2m this year.  Nevertheless, Group gearing is just 35% (2016: 9%) on Group net assets which are at a record £139.5m (2016: £128.3m).

 

In sum, S&U has the ideal platform to continue its record growth and profitability focussing on its proven fields in specialist finance.

 

Financial Highlights from continuing operations

-  P.B.T. at £25.2m                       (2016: £19.5m)

-  E.P.S. = 170.7p                    (2016: 133.6p)

-  Group net assets: £139.5m     (2016: £128.3m)

-  Group gearing at 35%            (2016: 9%)

-  Increase in funding facilities post yearend gives current committed headroom of £37m

-  Pilot launch of Aspen Bridging

-  Full FCA consumer credit permission for Advantage Finance

-  Dividend of 91p per ordinary share (2016: 76p) (+20%)

 

Highlights

Advantage Finance, our motor finance business based in Grimsby, has produced a 17th successive year of record profits - an achievement I suspect is unparalleled anywhere in the UK Finance Industry. Profit before tax this year is £25.2m (2016: £20.4m) an increase of 23% and, remarkably, over four times what it was five years ago.

 

Notwithstanding best efforts of the nation's economic forecasters, the used car market in the UK, which Advantage services, remains strong.  In the last year 750,000 applications were made to Advantage for finance - an increase of no less than 53% on the year before.  This, in turn, reflects a British used car market up 7.3% to 8.2m vehicles in 2016.  As a result, Advantage wrote a record 20,000 new agreeements, at improved rates and across a stable range of customers.  Advantage's total book is now at £193.5m of net receivables, up from £145.1m last year.  This represents a record 43,000 live customers (2016: 32,600) making monthly repayments which are now nearly £9m, an increase of a third on last year.

 

Advantage's mantra of "steady, sustainable growth" implies and depends upon robust debt quality and excellent customer relationships.  Our customers require careful and consistent under-writing; hence the introduction of an updated, but still bespoke, credit scoring system this year.  This continuous refinement has under-pinned the quality of Advantage's loan book throughout its history.  The past three years have seen impairment as a proportion of revenue in a historically low range of 16% to 20% against 25% to 37% in the previous three years when Advantage still enjoyed very good profitability.  Since 2015 the record growth and an inevitable increase in competition at the higher quality end of the Advantage product range has seen both a slight upturn in impairment to just over 20% this year and some increase in brokerage costs. These are mainly offset by improved interest rates and so margins continue to be very healthy.

 

Since the sale of our Home Credit business in 2015, S&U has prudently explored opportunities for diversifying its earnings.  After exhaustive research, we are now piloting Aspen Bridging which will provide bridging finance for individuals and business owners, secured on residential and commercial property.  Although this business is in its infancy, its infrastructure and service capabilities provide a good foundation; we are therefore exploring its ability to benefit from a bridging market where aggregated loan balances are estimated to reach £8.8bn a year in the UK by 2020.

 

 

DIVIDENDS

Both S&U's prospects and current trading performance justify the Board in recommending to shareholders a final dividend this year of 39p per ordinary share (2016: 33p).  This will be paid on the 7th July 2017 to ordinary shareholders on the share register at the 16th June 2017.  As always, this payment is subject to approval by shareholders at the AGM to be held on the 18th May 2017.

 

This final proposed dividend will mean that total dividends paid this year are 91p per ordinary share - a near 20% increase on the record 76p per share paid a year ago.  Whilst rewarding shareholders for the Group's continued success it also secures a slight improvement in dividend cover, with the aim of achieving two times cover in the near future.

 

ADVANTAGE FINANCE

Highlights:

 

-       17th successive record pre-tax profit of £25.2m (2016: £20.4m) a 23% increase

-       New loan transactions at a record 20,000 up 32%

-       Net receivables at a record £193.5m (2016: £145.1m)

-       Customer numbers reached a record 43,000 (2016: 32,600)

-       Monthly collections stable and for year increased by 32% - monthly repayment cash collected now approaching £9m per month

 

Advantage Finance, our motor finance business, has produced its 17th record set of pre-tax profits at £25.2m (2016: £20.4m).  Its first full decade saw profits rise to £4.2m in 2011.  In the following six years its reputation amongst introducers and customers for efficient and fair service, its expertise and refinement in under-writing credit risk responsibly and consistently, and its ability to develop new products to match an evolving car finance market, have been the foundations of Advantages accelerated growth.

 

All have enabled Advantage to cement a leading position in a growing non prime motor finance market and to maintain healthy margins despite some increased competition over recent years.  Crucially this has been reflected in a second successive 32% increase in customer numbers in 2016/17 (matched by a 33% increase in net receivables) over the year and in excellent collections, both in absolute terms and also as a percentage of monies due. A small additional provision has been made this year for claims resulting from the recent FCA announcement on Payment Protection Insurance, which Advantage ceased selling eight years ago.

 

Advantage continues to go from strength to strength.  Its sustainable growth is based upon a relentless quest for improvement throughout the business and I again congratulate everybody working there on a fine performance.

 

 

FUNDING REVIEW

The continuing growth of Advantage Finance and the piloting of Aspen Bridging will require further investment by the Group this year.  Both the Group's conservative gearing and a funding market with an appetite for our business at attractive rates, have allowed us to increase total committed facilities after the year end to £95m and further funds will be arranged should we require them.

 

Beyond that, our expecation of a benign and stable macro-economic future for the UK, a more certain bank lending environment and our increased ability to access a broader range of finance as the size of our loan books grow, all point to sensible headroom being available for S&U's future expansion.

 

REGULATION, RISK AND GOVERNANCE

Advantage's good and long-standing relationship with the Financial Conduct Authority, both directly and through the Finance and Leasing Association, was confirmed in December by the grant of full authorisation under the Regulator's new licencing regime.  For both commercial and ethical reasons, S&U takes these responsibilities extremely seriously.  In addition to scrutiny by Deloitte, our statutory Auditors, the Group continues to work ever more closely with RSM, our Internal Auditors, whose remit is to provide assurance on our operations including our systems, customer care, risk register and regulatory compliance.  They, in turn, report to the Group's Audit Committee.

 

Although it will initially operate in the un-regulated lending field, the above arrangements have been replicated at Aspen Bridging, where Brightstone Law, Fieldfisher and RSM provide guidance and supervision.

 

Nevertheless, whatever our achievements and growth, the loadstone of S&U's success has always been its "family" ethos and the identity, and continuity, of interest its management has with its stakeholders, whether customers, employees or shareholders. This is not simply a matter of shareholding structure, but of corporate culture.  It leads to a conservative approach to financing and a longer-term vision of the pace and sustainability of the Group's growth.

 

It also means valuing relationships over the long term, which is why I report with gratitude and some sadness, the retirement from the Board of Keith Smith, our Senior Non-Executive Director, at the forthcoming AGM in May.  Keith has given us wise counsel and constructive criticism for over eighteen years and his contribution has been invaluable. 

 

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

Any markets exhibiting significant growth will inevitably attract competition, and those for used car finance and property bridging are no exception.  The fact that Advantage has been able to both prosper and to increase its market share, is testimony to the dedication, expertise, drive and wisdom of our team there, and in particular of its visionary M.D., Guy Thompson.  I pay tribute to them and indeed to all those who work for and with us.

 

The road to sustained success is not made up of a giant leap but of a thousand small steps, and this kind of approach will continue to sustain and dynamise our business over the next decade.  Both Advantage and Aspen operate in growing markets.  These in turn exist within a robust British economy, where the labour market is strong and where the current focus on increasing productivity and reducing regulation should underpin economic growth.

 

Our continued purpose is to take responsible and sustainable advantage of this; I am confident we will.

 

Anthony Coombs

 

 

Anthony Coombs

Chairman

27 March 2017

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

Year ended 31 January 2017

 

Note

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

 

 

60,521

45,182

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

4

 

 

(25,065)

(16,591)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

 

35,456

28,591

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

(8,585)

(7,340)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

26,871

21,251

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs (net)

5

 

 

(1,668)

(1,782)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

3

 

 

25,203

19,469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

 

 

(4,861)

(3,583)

 

Profit for the year from continuing operations

3

 

 

20,342

15,886

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year from discontinued operations

6

 

-

53,299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year attributable to equity holders

 

 

 

20,342

69,185

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share basic

7

 

 

  170.7p

  133.6p

 

Earnings per share diluted

7

 

 

  169.1p

  132.4p

 

From continuing and discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share basic

7

 

 

  170.7p

  581.9p

 

Earnings per share diluted

7

 

 

  169.1p

  576.5p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

-   Proposed Final Dividend

 

 

 

  39.0p

  33.0p

 

-   Interim dividends in respect of the year

 

 

 

  52.0p

  43.0p

 

-   Total dividend in respect of the year

 

 

 

  91.0p

  76.0p

 

-   Exceptional additional dividend

 

 

 

  -

  125.0p

 

-   Paid in the year

 

 

 

  80.0p

  194.0p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

2017

£000

 

2016

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year attributable to equity holders

 

 

 

20,342

69,185

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension scheme

 

 

 

(18)

(34)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Comprehensive Income for the year

 

 

 

20,324

69,151

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items above will not be reclassified subsequently to the Income Statement

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
31 January 2017

                                                                                                                                                           

 

Note

2017

£000

2016

£000

ASSETS

 

 

 

Non current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,190

1,149

Amounts receivable from customers

8

136,373

102,069

Deferred tax assets

 

441

435

 

 

 

 

 

 

138,004

103,653

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

Amounts receivable from customers

8

57,156

43,072

Trade and other receivables

 

603

580

Cash and cash equivalents

 

4

18,251

 

 

 

 

 

 

57,763

61,903

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

 

195,767

165,556

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Bank overdrafts and loans

 

(11,171)

(152)

Trade and other payables

 

(2,009)

(1,632)

Tax Liabilities

 

(3,104)

(3,046)

Accruals and deferred income

 

(1,566)

(2,020)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(17,850)

(6,850)

 

 

 

 

Non current liabilities

 

 

 

Bank loans

 

(38,000)

(30,000)

Financial liabilities

 

(450)

(450)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(38,450)

(30,450)

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

(56,300)

(37,300)

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

139,467

128,256

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

1,695

1,691

Share premium account

 

2,281

2,264

Profit and loss account

 

135,491

124,301

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

139,467

128,256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

Year ended 31 January 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

£000

 

Share premium account

£000

 

Profit and loss account

£000

 

 

Total equity

£000

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 February 2015

1,685

2,215

77,564

81,464

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for year

-

-

69,185

69,185

Other comprehensive income for year

-

-

(34)

(34)

 

 

 

 

 

           Total comprehensive income for year

-

-

69,151

69,151

Issue of new shares in year

6

49

-

55

Cost of future share based payments

-

-

681

681

Tax credit on equity items

-

-

(5)

(5)

Dividends

-

-

(23,090)

(23,090)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 January 2016

1,691

2,264

124,301

128,256

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for year

-

-

20,342

20,342

Other comprehensive income for year

-

-

(18)

(18)

 

 

 

 

 

           Total comprehensive income for year

-

-

20,324

20,324

            Issue of new shares in year

4

17

-

21

Cost of future share based payments

-

-

409

409

Tax charge on equity items

-

-

5

5

Dividends

-

-

(9,548)

(9,548)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 January 2017

1,695

2,281

135,491

139,467

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

Year ended 31 January 2017

 

 

Note

2017

£000

2016

£000

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

9

(27,431)

(16,017)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows (used in)/from investing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

53

1,685

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(361)

(869)

Net proceeds on sale of subsidiary

 

-

79,900

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in)/from investing activities

 

(308)

80,716

 

 

 

 

Cash flows (used in)/from financing activities

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

(9,548)

(23,090)

Issue of new shares

 

21

55

Receipt of new borrowings

 

18,000

4,500

Repayment of borrowings

 

-

(29,000)

Net (decrease)/increase in overdraft

 

1,019

152

 

 

 

 

Net cash from/(used in) financing activities

 

9,492

(47,383)

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(18,247)

17,316

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of year

 

18,251

935

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of year

 

4

18,251

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise

 

 

 

Cash and cash in bank

 

4

18,251

 

 

 

 

 

There are no cash and cash equivalent balances which are not available for use by the Group (2016: £nil).

 

1.       SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION

1.1 Preliminary Announcement

The figures shown for the year ended 31 January 2017 are not statutory accounts within the meaning of section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 January 2017 on which the auditors have given an unqualified audit report and did not contain an adverse statement under section 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006 will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies after the Annual General Meeting. The figures shown for the year ended 31 January 2016 are not statutory accounts. A copy of the statutory accounts has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies, contained an unqualified audit report and did not contain an adverse statement under section 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006. This announcement has been agreed with the Company's auditors for release. A copy of this preliminary announcement will be published on the website www.suplc.co.uk. The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the Company website.  Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 

1.2 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 12 noon on 18 May 2017 at the Nuthurst Grange Country House Hotel, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire B94 5NL.

 

1.3 Dividend

If approved at the Annual General Meeting a final dividend of 39p per Ordinary Share is proposed, payable on 7 July 2017 with a record date of 16 June 2017.

 

1.4 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report and Financial Statements and AGM notice will be displayed in full on our website www.suplc.co.uk in due course and also posted to those Shareholders who have still opted to receive a hardcopy. Copies of this announcement are available from the Company Secretary, S & U plc, 6 The Quadrangle, Cranmore Avenue, Solihull B90 4LE.

                               

2.       KEY ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The 2017 financial statements have been prepared in accordance with applicable accounting standards and accounting policies - these key accounting policies are a subset of the full accounting policies.

 

2.1 Basis of preparation

As a listed Company we are required to prepare our consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) adopted by the European Union and therefore the Group financial statements comply with Article 4 of the EU IAS Regulation. The financial information included in this preliminary announcement does not include all the disclosures required for IFRS or the Companies Act 2006.

Both the consolidated financial statements and the financial information included in this preliminary announcement have been prepared under the historical cost convention as modified by the revaluation of derivative financial instruments to fair value.

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out above. The financial position of the Group, its cash flows, liquidity position and borrowing facilities are set out in the preliminary announcement along with the Group's objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital.  The details of the Group's financial risk management objectives and its exposures to credit risk, market risk and liquidity risk are set out in detail within the audited financial statements. The directors believe that the Group is well placed and has sufficient financial resources to manage its business risks successfully despite the current uncertain economic outlook.

After making enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the preliminary announcement.

 

2.2 Revenue recognition

Interest income is recognised in the income statement for all loans and receivables measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method (EIR). The EIR is the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash flows of the loan back to the present value of the advance. Acceptance fees charged to customers and any direct transaction costs are included in the calculation of the EIR. Under IAS 39 credit charges on loan products continue to accrue at the EIR on all impaired capital balances  throughout the life of the agreement irrespective of the terms of the loan and whether the customer is actually being charged arrears interest. This is referred to as the gross up adjustment to revenue and is offset by a corresponding gross up adjustment to the loan loss provisioning charge to reflect the fact that this additional revenue is not collectable.

Commission received from third party insurers for brokering the sale of motor finance insurance products, for which the Group does not bear any underlying insurance risk was recognised and credited to the income statement when the brokerage service was provided, after taking into account expected refunds payable on customer early settlements and policy cancellations. The sale of all such insurance products was discontinued in 2015.

 

2.3 Amounts receivable from customers

All customer receivables are initially recognised at the amount loaned to the customer plus direct transaction costs. After initial recognition the amounts receivable from customers are subsequently measured at amortised cost.

The directors assess on an ongoing basis whether there is objective evidence that a loan asset or group of loan assets is impaired and requires a deduction for impairment. A loan asset or a group of loan assets is impaired only if there is objective evidence of impairment as a result of one or more events that occurred after the initial recognition of the loan. Objective evidence may include evidence that a borrower or group of borrowers is experiencing financial difficulty, default or delinquency in repayments. Impairment is then calculated by estimating the future cash flows for such impaired loans, discounting the flows to a present value using the original EIR and comparing this figure with the balance sheet carrying value. All such impairments are charged to the income statement. For all accounts which are not impaired, a further incurred but not reported provision (IBNR) is calculated and charged to the income statement based on management's estimates of the propensity of these accounts to default from conditions which existed at the balance sheet date.

Key assumptions in ascertaining whether a loan asset or group of loan assets is impaired include information regarding the probability of any account going into default and information regarding the likely eventual loss including recoveries. These assumptions and assumptions for estimating future cash flows are based upon observed historical data and updated as management considers appropriate to reflect current and future conditions. All assumptions are reviewed regularly to take account of differences between previously estimated cash flows on impaired debt and the eventual losses.

 

3.       SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS

Analyses by class of business of revenue and profit before taxation from continuing operations are stated below:

 

 

¬¾¾¾Revenue ¾¾¾®

 

¬ Profit before taxation®

 

 

 

 

Class of business

 

Year ended 31.1.17

£000

 

Year

 Ended

 31.1.17

£000

 

Year ended 31.1.17

£000

 

Year

 ended 31.1.16

£000

Motor finance

      60,521

 

      45,182

 

25,186

 

20,400

Central costs net of central finance income

 

-

 

-

 

17

 

(931)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60,521

 

45,182

 

25,203

 

19,469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

Analyses by class of business of assets and liabilities are stated below:

 

 

¬¾¾¾  Assets  ¾¾¾®

 

¬¾¾¾  Liabilities ¾¾®

 

 

 

Class of business

 

Year ended 31.1.17

£000

 

Year ended 31.1.16

£000

 

Year ended 31.1.17

£000

 

Year ended 31.1.16

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor finance

195,330

 

146,930

 

 

(136,257)

 

(102,252)

 

Central

437

 

18,626

 

79,957

 

64,952

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

195,767

 

165,556

 

(56,300)

 

(37,300)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

Depreciation of assets for motor finance was £217,000 (2016: £179,000) and for central was £30,000 (2016: £30,000). Depreciation for discontinued home credit operations was £nil (2016: £225,000). Fixed asset additions for motor finance were £286,000 (2016: £422,000) and for central were £75,000 (2016: £55,000). Fixed asset additions for discontinued home credit operations were £nil (2016: £392,000).

The net finance credit for central costs was £2,662,000 (2016: £1,461,000) and for motor finance was a cost of £4,330,000 (2016: £3,243,000). The tax credit for central costs was £151,000 (2016: £497,000) and for motor finance was a tax charge of £5,012,000 (2016: £4,080,000). The tax charge for discontinued home credit operations was £nil (2016: £932,000).

The significant products in motor finance are car loans secured under hire purchase agreements.

The assets and liabilities of the Parent Company are classified as central costs net of central finance income.

No geographical analysis is presented because all operations are situated in the United Kingdom. 

 

4.         COST OF SALES

 

 

2017

2016

Continuing Operations

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Loan loss provisioning charge - motor finance

 

12,194

7,611

Other cost of sales - motor finance

 

12,871

8,980

 

 

 

 

Total cost of sales

 

25,065

16,591

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.         FINANCE COSTS (NET)

 

 

 

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

 

 

 

 

 

31.5% cumulative preference dividend

 

 

142

142

Bank loan and overdraft

 

 

1,561

1,770

Other interest payable

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

Interest payable and similar charges

 

 

1,703

1,913

 

 

 

 

 

Interest receivable

 

 

(35)

(131)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,668

1,782

6.     PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (LAST YEAR ONLY)

On 31 July 2015 all of the Loansathome4u home credit business was transferred to the subsidiary company SD Taylor Limited and that company was then sold. The disposal gives the Group an opportunity for further and faster expansion in Advantage motor finance business as well as an opportunity to explore other higher growth areas of specialist finance. The disposal was completed on 4 August 2015.

The results of the discontinued operations, which have been included in the consolidated income statement, were as follows;

 

 

 

2016

£000

2016

£000

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

-

17,191

Loan loss provision for consumer credit

 

-

(3,646)

Other cost of sales

 

-

(113)

Administrative Expenses

 

-

(9,340)

Finance costs (net)

 

-

-

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

-

4,092

Attributable taxation

 

-

(852)

 

 

 

 

Profit after taxation

 

-

3,240

Profit on disposal of discontinued operations

 

-

50,139

Attributable taxation

 

-

(80)

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period from discontinued operations

 

-

53,299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As shown above a profit of £50.1m arose on the disposal being the difference between the disposal proceeds of £82.4m and the carrying value of the disposed home credit assets less transaction costs.

 

The net assets at the date of disposal of Loansathome4u were as follows;                                                         £000

Property plant and equipment

 

1,628

Amounts receivable from customers

 

29,854

Other assets

 

235

Creditors and accrued expenses

 

(1,531)

Corporation tax and deferred tax liabilities

 

(425)

 

 

 

Net assets at disposal

 

29,761

Transaction costs

 

2,507

Gain on disposal

 

50,139

 

 

 

Total consideration (satisfied in cash)

 

82,407

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the six months last year up to the date of disposal Loansathome4u contributed £7.8m to the group's operating cash flows.

          

 

7.        EARNINGS PER ORDINARY SHARE

The calculation of earnings per ordinary share from continuing operations is based on profit after tax of £20,342,000 (2016: £15,886,000). The calculation of earnings per ordinary share from continuing and discontinued operations is based on profit after tax of £20,342,000 (2015: £69,185,000).

 

The number of shares used in the basic eps calculation is the average number of shares in issue during the year of 11,918,610 (2016: 11,888,591).  There are a total of 176,618 dilutive share options in issue (2016: 208,885). The number of shares used in the diluted eps calculation is 12,095,313 (2016: 12,000,152).

 

8.         AMOUNTS RECEIVABLE FROM CUSTOMERS

 

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

 

 

 

 

Motor Finance hire purchase

 

224,283

169,420

Less: Loan loss provision car finance

 

(30,754)

(24,279)

 

 

 

 

Amounts receivable from customers

 

193,529

145,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis of Security

 

 

 

Loans secured on vehicles under hire purchase agreements

191,316

143,844

Other loans not secured

2,213

1,297

 

 

 

Amounts receivable from customers

193,529

145,141

 

 

 

Analysis of Overdue

 

 

 

Not impaired

 

 

 

Neither past due nor impaired

 

170,683

132,789

Past due up to 3 months but not impaired

 

-

-

Past due over 3 months but not impaired

 

-

-

Impaired

 

 

 

Past due up to 3 months

 

17,254

9,176

Past due up to 6 months

 

2,182

1,244

Past due over 6 months or default

 

3,410

1,932

 

 

 

 

Amounts receivable from customers

 

193,529

145,141

 

 

 

 

         

The credit risk inherent in amounts receivable from customers is reviewed as per note 2.3 and under this review the credit quality of assets which are neither past due nor impaired was considered to be good. The above analysis of when loans are due is based upon original contract terms which are not rescheduled - the carrying amount of amounts receivable from customers whose terms have been renegotiated that would otherwise be past due or impaired is therefore £nil (2016: £nil). 

 

 9. RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING PROFIT TO NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

2017

£000

2016

£000

 

 

 

Operating Profit (see footnote)

26,871

25,343

Finance costs paid

(1,703)

(1,913)

Finance income received

35

131

Tax paid

(4,804)

(4,927)

Depreciation on plant, property and equipment

253

426

Loss on disposal of plant, property and equipment

14

15

Increase in amounts receivable from customers

(48,388)

(4,132)

Decrease in inventories

-

59

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

(23)

65

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

377

(1,052)

Decrease in accruals and deferred income

(454)

(938)

Increase in cost of future share based payments

409

681

Movement in retirement benefit asset/obligations

(18)

(14)

Disposal of subsidiary assets

-

(29,761)

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(27,431)

(16,017)

 

 

 

Operating profit includes profit before tax on discontinued operations - note 6

 


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