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Half-year Report

Released 07:00 28-Apr-2017

RNS Number : 6189D
UP Global Sourcing Holdings PLC
28 April 2017
 

28 April 2017

UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc

"Ultimate Products" or the "Group"

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 JANUARY 2017

A strong performance in a transformational period

Ultimate Products, the owner, manager, designer and developer of a range of value-focused consumer goods brands, announces its interim results for the six months ended 31 January 2017. 

Financial Highlights

·     Total revenue increased 62.2% to £68.1m (H1 2016: £42.0m);

·     Underlying1 EBITDA increased 75.1% to £8.8 million (H1 2016: £5.0m);

·     Underlying1 profit before tax increased 77.9% to £8.4m (H1 2016: £4.7m);

·     Net debt amounted to £10.2m, with a net debt / underlying EBITDA ratio of 0.9x; and

·     Interim dividend of 1.62p per share declared (H1 2016: nil).

 

Operational Highlights

·     Successful IPO in March on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange;

·   Board substantially strengthened, including the appointment as Chairman of James McCarthy, the former CEO of Poundland Group plc;

·    Refurbishment of Heron Mill in Oldham near completion: now the main warehouse facility carrying the majority of the Group's inventory.

 

 

Note:

1.        Calculated after adding back the Shareholder Bonuses, a bonus scheme for certain senior executives which ceases at the end of FY 2017.

 

Commenting on the interim results, Simon Showman, Chief Executive said:

 

"This has been the most eventful and transformational period in Ultimate Products' 20 year history. Following on from the Group's successful IPO last month, we are delighted to be announcing strong revenue and profit growth for the first six months of the financial year. Our strategy of developing a portfolio of brands that are focused on mass market, value-led, consumer goods for the home has continued to deliver profitable growth.

 

We are pleased with the progress that we have made across our core customer base of UK and European discounters, and see significant potential for further growth both with UK supermarkets and online platforms, as well as through our own international expansion. This, combined with the proven viability of our strategy and the strength of our product range, means that we feel well placed to deliver further growth in the remainder of this year and continue to be confident in the long-term prospects of Ultimate Products."

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Ultimate Products               

+44 (0) 161 627 1400
Simon Showman, CEO

Andrew Gossage, Managing Director
Graham Screawn, Finance Director

                               

Powerscourt                     

+44 (0) 207 250 1446

Rob Greening

Nick Brown

 

Notes to Editors

Ultimate Products is an owner, manager, designer and developer of a series of well-known brands focused on the home, selling to over 300 retailers across 38 countries. It has six product categories: Audio; Heating and Cooling; Housewares; Laundry; Luggage; and Small Domestic Appliances. Its brands include Beldray (laundry, floor care, heating and cooling), intempo (audio), Salter (kitchenware), Constellation (luggage), and Progress (cookware and bakeware).

 

The Group's products are sold to a broad cross-section of both large national and international multi-channel retailers as well as smaller national retail chains, incorporating discount retailers, supermarkets, general retailers and online retailers. Major customers include Action, Aldi, Amazon, Argos, Asda, B&M, Matalan, Morrisons, Original Factory Shop, Robert Dyas, Sainsbury's, Tesco and The Range.

 

Founded in 1997, Ultimate Products is headquartered in Oldham, Greater Manchester, where it has design, sales, marketing, buying, quality assurance, support functions and warehouse facilities across two sites. Manor Mill, the Group's head office, includes a spectacular 20,000 sqft showroom that showcases each of its brands. In addition, the Group has an office and showroom in Guangzhou, China. In total, Ultimate Products now employs over 200 staff.

 

For further information, please visit www.upgs.com

 

 

Interim Statement

Ultimate Products' overarching strategy is to develop its portfolio of brands focused on mass market, value-led, consumer goods for the home. The Group has been able to achieve growth through:

 

(1) increased listings and the store expansion of UK and European discounters;

(2) increased penetration of UK supermarkets;

(3) growth in sales via online platforms; and

(4) international expansion.

 

The on-going focus on this strategy has delivered a strong performance in the first half of the financial year against a challenging retail backdrop, with revenue up 62.2%, underlying EBITDA1 up 75.1%, and underlying profit before tax1 up 77.9% against the prior year.

 

Trading

Revenue for the period was £68.1 million, an increase of £26.1 million or 62.2% on the same period last year (6 months to 31 January 2016 ("H1 2016"): £42.0 million). This was driven by three main factors:

 

(1) growth in sales to discounters both in the UK and in Europe (+£19.1 million);

(2) increased sales from the main UK supermarkets (+£5.0 million); and

(3) the emergence of online platforms as a new revenue channel for the business (+£1.3 million).

 

Gross margin came under pressure as imported price inflation from a weakened sterling took effect in the wake of the Brexit referendum. This led to a reduction in gross margin of 1.4% to 24.6% (H1 2016: 26.0%).

 

Despite this, underlying EBITDA margin1 increased to 12.9% (H1 2016: 12.0%). This reflects:

 

(1) the economies of scale from higher revenue;

(2) the change in sales mix, with an increased proportion of Free on Board sales (which is less overhead intensive), offset to a partial extent by increased sales via online platforms (which is more overhead intensive); and

(3) a more efficient operating model as the focus on the Group's brand portfolio has led to more repeat sales and extended product life cycles. This is evidenced by a fall in fixed overheads as a percentage of revenue to 9.1% for the period (H1 2016: 11.5%).

 

As a result of increased revenue and higher operating margins, EBITDA for the period increased 69.5% to £7.1 million (H1 2016: £4.2 million). Underlying EBITDA was £8.8 million, an increase of £3.8 million or 75.1% on prior year (H1 2016: £5.0 million).

 

Profit before tax ("PBT") for the period was £6.7 million, an increase of £2.8 million or 72.5% on last year (H1 2016: £3.9 million). Underlying PBT increased 77.9% to £8.4 million (H1 2016: £4.7 million).

 

Balance Sheet

Shareholders' equity was £6.2 million at 31 January 2017, up from £6.1 million at 31 January 2016. This movement was the net result of an increase in retained earnings of £4.7 million - less repayment of £4.9 million of management loan notes included within equity as the capital reserve - plus an increase in the hedging reserve of £0.3 million.

 

Net working capital at 31 January 2017 was £15.9 million, up from £11.3 million at 31 January 2016 - an increase of £4.6 million or 41%. This was entirely driven by the increase in revenue in the period.

 

Net cash from operations for the period was £3.0 million, an increase of £0.1 million or 3.4% (H1 2016: £2.9 million) as a result of the higher EBITDA, partially offset by the increase in additional net working capital.

 

Net debt at 31 January 2017 was £10.2 million up from £3.1 million at 31 January 2016, an increase of £7.1 million. The main drivers of this were:

 

(1) higher net working capital (see above);

(2) repayment of £4.9 million of management loan notes (classified as equity);

(3) repayment of accrued interest on management loan notes of £2.0 million, offset by;

(4) an increase in retained profits.

 

The net debt / underlying EBITDA ratio at 31 January 2017 was 0.9x (31 January 2016: 0.4x) based on underlying EBITDA for the 12 months to 31 January 2017. The Group had headroom within its bank facilities of £9.7 million as at 31 January 2017.

 

Warehouse Refurbishment

In April 2016, the Group entered into a seven year lease for a warehouse at Heron Mill in Oldham, and since then has embarked on a refurbishment programme of the facility. This is now largely complete, and Heron Mill is now the main warehouse facility carrying the majority of the Group's inventory.

 

The full transition from Manor Mill, the Group's previous main warehouse facility, will take until July 2017 to complete but is progressing to plan. Once completed, Manor Mill will continue to be used as the Group Headquarters, customer showroom and warehouse facility for certain categories of stock.

 

The rent for Heron Mill is £285,000 per annum (subject to an initial 12 month rent-free period), which equates to £1.19 per square foot per year. Total refurbishment expenditure to 31 January 2017 was £0.7 million, with a further £0.4 million expected before the end of FY17.

 

Initial Public Offering

On 6 March 2017, UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc was admitted to the premium segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange plc.

 

Board Appointments

The Group's Board has been substantially strengthened through the appointments of James McCarthy as Chairman, Alan Rigby as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, and Robbie Bell as Non-Executive Director.

 

James McCarthy has over 40 years' experience in the fast-moving retail industry, having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Poundland Group plc. He stepped down in July 2016 after a decade long tenure during which the company's sales grew from £300 million to £1.3 billion per annum, while the number of stores increased from 150 to over 900. Prior to joining Poundland, James was Managing Director of Convenience at J Sainsbury plc and was a member of the company's operating, retail and investment boards.

 

Alan Rigby has spent the majority of his working career at HSBC plc, joining in 1975 and gaining broad experience through a range of management positions including credit and risk, retail, commercial, large corporate and global banking markets.

 

Robbie Bell has been the Chief Financial Officer of Screwfix Direct Limited, a subsidiary of Kingfisher Plc,   since 2009. He was previously the UK Finance Director of Travelodge between 2006 and 2008, having started his career at Whitbread plc before moving to Tesco plc.

 

Dividend

The Board has declared an interim dividend of 1.62 pence per share, payable on 28 July 2017 to shareholders on the register on 7 July 2017.

 

Current Trading and Outlook

Performance since the period end and development of the order book for the balance of the financial year has been in line with the Group's expectations. The Board therefore believes that Ultimate Products remains well positioned to deliver on expectations for FY17.

 

The proven viability of Ultimate Products' strategy, as well as its strong portfolio of mass market brands and innovative, value for money product ranges, means that the Group feels well placed to deliver further growth in the remainder of this year and continues to be confident in its long-term prospects.

 

 

James McCarthy                                              Simon Showman             
Chairman                                                            Chief Executive

 

1Underlying EBITDA, underlying EBITDA margin and underlying profit before tax exclude shareholder bonuses as referred to in notes 9 and 10 below.

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Income Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 January 2017

£'000

 

 

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 January

2016

£'000

 

 

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

Revenue

7

68,086

41,987

79,028

Cost of sale

 

(51,343)

(31,075)

(58,364)

Gross profit

 

 

16,743

10,912

20,664

Distribution costs

 

(1,038)

(617)

(1,194)

Administration expense

 

(8,741)

(6,232)

(12,784)

Other income

 

12

7

14

Profit from operations


Finance income

Finance costs

9

 

6,976


21
(293)

4,070


-

(184)

6,700


-

(441)

Profit before taxation

 

10

6,704

3,886

6,259

Income tax

11

(1,398)

(820)

(1,361)

Profit for the period

 

5,306

3,066

4,898

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pence

Pence

Pence

Earnings per share - basic

Earnings per share - adjusted

12

12

2,812

7.0                  

1,662

4.2

2,652

 6.6

 

Ex-div date:  6th July 2017

Record date: 7th July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2017

£'000

 

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2016

£'000

 

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

 

Profit for the period

 

5,306

3,066

4,898

 

 

Other comprehensive (expense)/income

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

        

 

(133)

 

8


 

 

-

 

9

 

     

 

  441

 

19

 

Other comprehensive (expense)/income for the period

 

 

(125)

9

460

 

Total comprehensive income for period attributable to the equity holders of the company

 

 

5,181

 

3,075

 

5,358

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Statement of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

Unaudited
As at
31 January 2017

£'000

 

Unaudited

As at

31 January 2016

£'000

 

Audited

As at

31 July 2016

£'000

Assets

Property, plant and equipment


14


1,382


680


970

Deferred tax

 

164

234

209

Total non-current assets
 

 

1,546

914

1,179

Inventories

 

11,835

8,719

10,545

Trade and other receivables

15

20,576

12,714

16,231

Cash and cash equivalents

 

119

788

136

Total current assets

 

 

32,530

22,221

26,912

Total assets

 

34,076

       23,135

  28,091

 

Liabilities

Trade and other payables

Current tax

Borrowings



16

 

17

 

 

(16,295)

(1,248)

(6,194)


 

(12,316)

(893)

(2,856)


 

(16,403)

(478)

(7,132)

Total current liabilities

 

 

(23,737)

(16,065)

(24,013)

Net current assets

 

 

         8,793

6,156

2,899

Borrowings

17

(4,163)

(1,000)

(2,884)

Total non-current liabilities


 

(4,163)

(1,000)
 

(2,884)

 

Total liabilities

 

 

(27,900)

(17,065)

(26,897)

Net assets

 

6,176

6,070

1,194

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

Share capital

Share premium

Capital reserve

Hedging reserve

Retained earnings

 


184
2

-

308

5,682

 

184

2

4,909

-

975

 

184

2

-

441

567

Equity attributable to owners of the company

 

6,176

6,070

1,194

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

Share Capital

£'000

Share Premium

£'000

Capital reserve

£'000

Hedging reserve

£'000

Retained earnings

£'000

Total

Equity

£'000

As at 1 August 2016
 

184

2

-

441

567

1,194

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

5,306

5,306

Foreign currency translation

       -

           -

-

        -

8

8

Cash flow hedging movement

       -

           -

-

(133)

        -

(133)

Total comprehensive income for the year

     

 -

         

-

 

-

 

    (133)

 

   5,314

 

 5,181

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends payable

       -

          -

-

         -

(199)

(199)

As at 31 January 2017

184

2

-

308

5,682

6,176 

 

 

 

 

Share Capital

£'000

Share Premium

£'000

Capital reserve

£'000

Hedging reserve

£'000

Retained earnings

£'000

Total

Equity

£'000

As at 1 August 2015
 

185

12,322

4,909

-

(14,422)

2,994

Profit for the period

       -

           -

-

        -

  3,066

 3,066

Foreign currency translation

       -

           -

-

        -

9

9

Total comprehensive income for the year

     

 -

         

-

 

-

   

-

 

3,075

 

3,075

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital reduction

(1)

(12,320)  

-

         -

 12,322

1  

Repayment of loan notes

       -

          -

-

         -

    -

-   

As at 31 January 2016

184

2

4,909

-

975

6,070

 

 

 

Share Capital

£'000

Share Premium

£'000

Capital reserve

£'000

Hedging reserve

£'000

Retained earnings

£'000

Total

Equity

£'000

 

As at 1 August 2015
 

185

12,322

4,909

-

(14,422)

2,994

 

Profit for the year

       -

           -

-

        -

4,898

4,898

 

Foreign currency translation

       -

           -

-

        -

19

19

 

Cash flow hedging movement

       -

           -

-

441

-

441

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

  

    -

 

          -

 

-

 

441

 

4,917

 

5,358

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends payable

       -

          -

-

         -

   (2,250)

(2,250)

 

Capital reduction

(1)

(12,320)

-

         -

 12,322

1  

 

Repayment of loan notes

       -

          -

(4,909)

         -

    -

(4,909)

 

As at 31 July 2016

184

2

-

441

567

1,194

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Cash Flow Statement

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 January 2017

£'000

 

 

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 January

2016

£'000

 

 

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

Net cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period


Adjustments for:

 

5,306

3,066

4,898

Finance income

 

(21)

-

-

Finance costs

 

293

184

441

Loss on disposal of non-current assets

 

2

-

-

Income tax expense

Depreciation and impairment

Income taxes paid

 

Working capital adjustments
(Increase) in inventories

(Increase) in trade and other receivables

Decrease in trade and other payables

 

1,398
  143
(582)



(1,290)
(4,497)
  2,224

820
   131
  (397)



  (989)
(1,678)
1,741

1,361
   280
(1,309)



(2,815)
(4,740)
5,545

Net cash from operations

 

2,976

2,878

3,661

 

Cash flows used in investing activities

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

(557)

 

 

(212)

 

 

(652)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(557)

(212)

(652)

 

Cash flows (used in)/from financing activities

Purchase of own shares

Proceeds from borrowings

Repayment of borrowings

Repayment of loan notes
Debt issue costs paid

Dividends paid

Interest paid

 

 


-

2,137

(1,821)

-

-

(2,449)

(309)

 


(12)

1,225

(1,857)

(1,150)

-

-

(146)

 


(18)

8,891

(3,294)

(6,059)

(142)

-

(2,316)

Net cash (used in) finance activities

 

(2,442)

(1,940)

(2,938)

 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents brought forward

Exchange gains on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

(23)
   136
6

 

 

726
58
4

 

 

71
58
7

Cash and cash equivalents carried forward

 

119

788

136

                       

 

 

Notes to the Interim Results

 

1.    General information

 

UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc ('the Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') is a supplier of branded, value for money household products to global markets.

 

The Company is a public limited company, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange and incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc, Manor Mill, Victoria Street, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 0DD.

 

This consolidated condensed interim financial information does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. On 6 March 2017, the Company was admitted to the premium segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.  The Prospectus for the Initial Public Offering contains the audited Historical Financial Information of the Company on pages 84 to 124 (the "Historical Financial Information") presented under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 July 2016 are an extract of the Company's Historical Financial Information for that year. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 July 2016, prepared under Financial Reporting Standard 102, were approved by the board of directors on 31 October 2016 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditor on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. Note 31 of the Historical Financial Information refers to the transition to IFRS from 1 August 2013 and sets out the main items contributing to the change in financial information compared with that reported under UK GAAP as at the transition date.

 

 

2.    Basis of preparation

 

This consolidated condensed interim financial information for the six months ended 31 January 2017 has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (previously the Financial Services Authority) and with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union. The consolidated condensed interim financial information should be read in conjunction with the Historical Financial Information for the year ended 31 July 2016, which has been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

 

Going concern basis

The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through its bank 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's forecasts and projections, taking account of reasonable sensitivities, show that the Group should be able to operate within available facilities. The Group therefore continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing its consolidated condensed interim financial statements.

 

 

3.    Accounting policies

 

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the Historical Financial Information for the year ended 31 July 2016.

 

 

4.    Operating segments

 

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision-maker. The chief operating decision-maker is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of operating segments.

 

The directors consider that there are no identifiable business segments that are subject to risks and returns different to the core business. The information reported to the directors, for the purposes of resource allocation and assessment of performance is based wholly on the overall activities of the Group. The Group has therefore determined that it has only one reportable segment under IFRS 8.

 

The results and assets for this segment can be determined by reference to the statement of comprehensive income and statement of financial position.

 

 

5.    Principal risks and uncertainties

 

The directors consider that the principal risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance in the remaining 6 months of the financial year remain substantially the same as those stated within the Group's Historical Financial Information on pages 96-97 and pages 111-113 of the Prospectus for the Initial Public Offering, which is available on our website, www.upgs.com.

 

We do note that the result of the referendum in favour of the UK leaving the European Union and the triggering of Article 50 may have an impact on the Group.  We are closely following developments in this area, but we believe that it is still too early to quantify or determine with certainty the impact on the Group of the UK leaving the European Union.   We will continue to monitor developments and adapt our strategy as the impact of the UK exit from the European Union becomes clear. The Group has an exposure to US Dollars for the purchase of goods and this is partially hedged by virtue of invoicing a proportion of its turnover in US Dollars.  In addition, the Group invoices a proportion of its turnover in Euros and Canadian Dollars and where necessary, the group uses forward currency contracts to further mitigate its foreign currency exposure.

 

 

6.    Financial instruments

 

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (including foreign exchange risk, cash flow and fair value interest rate risk and price risk), credit risk and liquidity risk.        

 

The condensed interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Group's Historical Financial Information as they do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures contained within the Historical Financial Information. There have been no changes in the risk management policies since the year end.

 

 

7.    Revenue

 

Geographical split by location:

 

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2017

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2016

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

United Kingdom

Europe

USA

Rest of the world

50,073

16,163

422

1,428

32,492

7,437

279

1,779

58,504

17,259

628

2,637

Total

68,086

41,987

79,028

 

 

8.    Seasonality of operations

 

Overall the Group's product range is not significantly seasonal, however, retail demand is higher in the Christmas trading period. As a result, it is anticipated that the operating profits for the second half of the year ending 31 July 2017 will be lower than those for the six months ended 31 January 2017.

 

 

9.    Operating profit

 

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2017

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2016

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

The profit is stated after charging expenses as follows:

Depreciation of owned property, plant and equipment

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

Shareholder bonuses

 

143

2

1,693

 

131

-

833

 

280

-

1,246

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA represents profit from operations before depreciation and amortisation. Underlying EBITDA represents EBITDA, as defined above, adjusted for shareholder bonuses which will cease to accrue on conclusion of the current year ending 31 July 2017. The directors use EBITDA and underlying EBITDA as key performance indicators of the Group's business. Shareholder bonuses consist of bonus payments based on achievement of certain Group EBITDA performance targets.

 

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of EBITDA and Underlying EBITDA to profits from operations for the periods indicated.

 

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2017

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2016

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

Profit from operations

Depreciation

Loss on disposal of property plant and equipment

6,976

143

2

4,070

131

-

6,700

280

-

EBITDA

Shareholder bonuses

7,121

1,693

4,201

833

6,980

1,246

Underlying EBITDA

8,814

5,034

8,226

 

Underlying EBITDA margin

 

12.9%

 

12.0%

 

10.4%

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Profit before taxation

 

As referred to above in note 9, shareholder bonuses will cease to accrue on conclusion of the current year ending 31 July 2017. The directors also monitor the Group's performance with respect to profit before taxation and underlying profit before taxation.

 

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of profit before taxation and underlying profit before taxation for the periods indicated.

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2017

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2016

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

Profit before taxation

Shareholder bonuses

6,704

1,693

3,886

833

6,259

1,246

Underlying profit before taxation

8,397

4,719

7,505

 

 

11.  Taxation

 

The interim period tax charge is accrued based on the estimated average annual effective income tax rate of 20.9% (six months ended 31 January 2016: 21.1%; year ended 31 July 2016: 21.7%).            

 

The Chancellor announced in his Budget on 16 March 2016 that the main rate of corporation tax will be reduced to 19% from 1 April 2017 and 17% from 1 April 2020 and the future current tax charges will reduce accordingly.

 

 

12.  Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net income for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

 

 

The calculations of earnings per share and adjusted earnings per share are based on the following with the adjusted weighted average number of shares and profit per share reflecting the subdivision described in note 19:

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2017

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2016

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

Profit for the period

5,306

3,066

4,898

 

 

 

 

 

Number

Number

Number

Weighted average number of shares - basic
Weighted average number of shares - adjusted

184,267

73,706,800

185,044

74,017,670

184,658

73,863,084

 

 

 

 

 

pence

pence

pence

Profit per share - basic and diluted

Profit per share - adjusted

2,812

7.0

1,662

4.2

2,652

6.6

 

 

13.  Dividends

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2017

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2016

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

Interim declared

Final dividend paid

-

199

-

-

2,250

-

 

199

-

2,250

 

 

 

 

Per share - (unadjusted)

pence

pence

pence

Interim dividend declared

Final dividend paid

-

108.0

-

-

1,221.1

-

 

108.0

-

1,221.1

 

 

 

 

Per share (adjusted to reflect the subdivision described in note 19)

pence

pence

pence

Interim dividend declared

Final dividend paid

-

0.27

-

-

3.05

-

 

0.27

-

3.05

 

The interim dividend declared in the year ended 31 July 2016 was paid in the 6 months ended 31 January 2017.

 

An interim dividend of 1.62p per share was approved by the board on 27th April 2017 and will be paid on 28th July 2017 to shareholders on record as at 7th July 2017.

 

 

14.  Property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Opening net book value
Additions

Disposals
Depreciation

970

557

(2)

(143)

598

212

-

(130)

598

652

-

(280)

Closing net book value

1,382

680

970

 

Additions to property, plant and equipment in the 6 months to 31 January 2017 substantially relate to the refurbishment of Heron Mill, the Group's new warehousing facility.

 

 

15.  Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Trade receivables

Other receivables and prepayments

18,994

1,582

11,828

886

14,686

1,545

 

20,576

12,714

16,231

 

The directors believe that the carrying value of trade and other receivables represent their fair value. Trade and other receivables are denominated in Sterling, US Dollars, Euros and Canadian Dollars. In determining the recoverability of trade receivables, the Group considers any change in the credit quality of the receivable from the date credit was granted up to the reporting date.

 

 

16.  Trade and other payables

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Trade payables

Accruals and deferred income

Employee tax and social security

Other payables

8,273

7,533

489

-

3,909

7,790

611

6

7,420

5,670

1,063

2,250

 

16,295

12,316

16,403

 

Trade payables principally consist of amounts outstanding for trade payables and ongoing costs. They are non-interest bearing and are normally settled on 30 to 60 days terms.

 

The directors consider that the carrying value of trade and other payables approximates their fair value. Trade and other payables are denominated in both Sterling and US Dollars. UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc has financial risk management policies in place to ensure that all payables are paid within the credit timeframe and no interest has been charged by any suppliers as a result of late payment of invoices during the period.

 

 

17.  Borrowings

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Current

 

 

 

Bank overdraft and invoice discounting

Import loans

Bank term loan

4,067

2,155

-

-

2,154

750

3,198

3,976

-

 

Less: Unamortised debt issue cost

6,222

(28)

2,904

(48)

7,174

(42)

 

6,194

2,856

7,132

 

 

 

 

Non-current

 

 

 

Bank term loan

-

1,000

-

Revolving credit facility

4,227

-

2,959

 

4,227

1,000

2,959

Less: Unamortised debt issue cost

(64)

-

(75)

 

4,163

1,000

2,884

 

 

 

 

Total borrowings

10,357

3,856

10,016

 

 

 

 

The earliest that lenders of the above borrowings require repayment is as follows:

 

 

 

In less than one year

Between two and five years

Less: Unamortised debt issue cost

6,222

4,227

(92)

2,904

1,000

(48)

7,174

2,959

 (117)

 

10,357

3,856

10,016

 

The Group is funded by external bank facilities provided by HSBC. On 22 July 2016, the Group refinanced and entered into a new banking facility with HSBC. The new facilities run to July 2020 providing the on-going funding of the Group and comprise a revolving credit facility of £6.2m, an import loan facility of £4.75m and an invoice discounting facility, the limit of which was increased by £2m on 27 January 2017 to £17m.

 

 

18.  Financial instruments

 

a)    Principal financial Instruments

The principal financial instruments used by the Group, from which financial instrument risk arises are as follows:

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Trade and other receivables

19,349

11,887

15,159

Trade and other payables

15,806

11,705

15,340

Borrowings

10,357

3,856

10,016

Cash and cash equivalents

119

788

136

 

b)    Financial assets

The Group held the following financial assets at amortised cost:

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

Trade receivables

119

18,994

788

11,828

136

14,686

 

19,113

12,616

14,822

 

c)    Financial liabilities

The Group held the following financial liabilities, classified as other financial liabilities at amortised cost:

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Trade payables

Loans

Other payables

8,273

10,357

7,533

3,909

3,856

7,796

7,420

10,016

7,870

 

26,163

15,561

25,306

 

 

d)   Financial assets /(liabilities)

The Group held the following financial liabilities, classified as fair value through profit and loss:

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Forward currency contracts

Interest rate caps

Interest rate swaps

309

40

6

57

2

-

417

19

(13)

 

355

59

423

 

The following is a reconciliation of the financial instruments to the statement of financial position:

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Trade receivables

Forward currency contracts

Interest rate caps

Interest rate swaps

Prepayments and other receivables not classified as financial instruments

18,994

309

40

6

 

1,227

11,828

57

2

-

 

827

14,686

454

19

-

 

1,072

Trade and other receivables (note 15)

20,576

12,714

16,231

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 January 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 January 2016

£'000

Audited

as at

31 July 2016

£'000

Trade and other payables held at amortised cost

Forward currency contracts

Interest rate swaps

Employee tax and social security

15,806

-

-

489

11,705

-

-

611

15,290

37

13

1,063

Trade and other payables (note 16)

16,295

12,316

16,403

 

 

Derivative financial instruments - Forward currency contracts

The Group mitigates the exchange rate risk for certain foreign currency trade debtors and creditors by entering into forward currency contracts. At 31 January 2017, the outstanding contracts all mature within 7 months of the period end (31 January 2016: 7 months; 31 July 2016: 10 months). At 31 January 2017, the Group was committed to buy US$4,000,000, to sell €1,700,000 and to sell CA$225,000, paying and receiving respectively a fixed sterling amount (31 January 2016: to buy $6,100,000, to sell €2,250,000 and to sell CA$80,000; 31 July 2016: to buy US$10,000,000, to sell €850,000 and to sell CA$85,000). The forward currency contracts are measured at fair value using the relevant exchange rates for GBP:USD, GBP:EUR and GBP:CA$. The fair value of the contracts at 31 January 2017 is an asset of £309,000 (31 January 2016: £57,000 asset; 31 July 2016: £417,000 asset).

 

Forward currency contracts are valued using level 2 inputs. The valuations are calculated using the period end exchange rates for the relevant currencies which are observable quoted values at the period end dates. Valuations are determined using the hypothetical derivative method which values the contracts based on the changes in the future cash flows based on the change in value of the underlying derivative.

 

Derivative financial instruments - Interest rate swaps

The Group has entered into an interest rate swap to hedge the exposure to interest rate movements on the Group's revolving credit facility. The swap is based on a principal amount of £2,000,000 until 31 July 2018 and exchanges the exposure to a LIBOR interest rate to a fixed rate of 0.39%. The fair value of the swap at 31 January 2017 is £nil, (31 January 2016: £nil, 31 July 2016: £7,000 liability).

 

In addition, the Group has entered into an interest rate swap to hedge the Group's exposure to interest rate movements on the Group's invoice discounting facility. The swap is based on a principal amount of £1,000,000 until 31 December 2019 and exchanges the exposure to Base Rate interest charges to a fixed rate of 0.31%. The fair value of the swap at 31 January 2017 is an asset of £6,000 (31 January 2016: £nil, 31 July 2016: £6,000 liability).

 

Interest rate swaps are valued using level 2 inputs. The valuations are based on the notional value of the swaps, the current available market borrowing rate and the swapped interest rate. The valuation is based on the current valuation of the present saving or cost of the future cash flow differences based on the difference between the swapped interest rate and the expected interest rate as per the lending agreement.

 

Derivative financial instruments - Interest rate caps

Along with the interest rate swaps referred to above, the Group has entered into interest rate cap agreements to protect the exposure to interest rate movements on the Group's banking facilities. The interest rate caps are measured at fair value, being the market value of the cap at the balance sheet date. At 31 January 2017, the Group had entered into an agreement to cap LIBOR interest rates at 1% until 31 December 2019 on a principal amount of £2,000,000. The fair value of the interest rate cap at 31 January 2017 was an asset of £10,000 (31 January 2016: £nil, 31 July 2016: £6,000 asset).

 

In addition, at 31 January 2017, the Group has entered into further agreements to cap LIBOR interest rates at 1% until 31 December 2019 on a principal amount of £2,000,000 and to cap LIBOR interest rates at 2% on a principal amount of £5,065,000, reducing to £4,045,000 by 31 December 2019. The fair value of the interest rate caps at 31 January 2017 was an asset of £30,000, (31 January 2016: £2,000 asset, 31 July 2016: £13,000 asset).

 

Interest rate caps are valued using level 2 inputs. The valuations are based on the notional value of the caps, the current available market borrowing rate and the capped interest rate. The valuation is based on the current valuation of the present saving or cost of the future cash flow differences based on the difference between the capped interest rate and the expected interest rate as per the lending agreement.

 

 

19.  Events occurring after the reporting period

 

Initial Public Offering

On 6 March 2017, UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc was admitted to the premium segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange plc. Of the 82,169,600 Ordinary shares in issue immediately prior to the above, 41,084,800 shares were issued to the new shareholders.

 

In advance of and in connection with the admission noted above, on 28 February 2017:-

 

a)   21,157 options in the UP Global Sourcing Holdings EMI Share Option Plan were exercised and the Company allotted 21,157 B Ordinary shares of £1 each;

b)    The Company converted its 184,267 A Ordinary shares of £1 each and its 21,157 B Ordinary shares of £1 each to 205,424 £1 Ordinary shares; and

c)    The Company sub-divided its 205,424 £1 Ordinary shares into 82,169,600 shares with a nominal value of 0.25p.

 

On conclusion of the above the Company's share capital now comprises 82,169,600 Ordinary shares of 0.25p each.

 

Interim dividend

As disclosed in note 13, an interim dividend of 1.62p per share will be paid on 28th July 2017.

 

 

20.  Related party transactions

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2017

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2016

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 July 2016

£'000

Transactions with related companies and businesses

 

 

 

Rent paid to Ultimate Apartments pension scheme

Rent paid to Heron Mill Limited

90

121

70

-

160

75

 

211

70

235

 

 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities                                                                                 

 

The directors' confirm that these consolidated condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the European Union. The interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:                                   

                       

•    an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining  six months of the financial year; and      

 

•    material related party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report.

                                                           

The directors of UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc are listed on page 54 of the Prospectus for the Initial Public Offering, which is available on our website, www.upgs.com.

 

For and on behalf of the board of directors

 

Andrew Gossage

Managing Director

27th April 2017

Graham Screawn

Finance Director

27th April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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