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Interim results

Released 07:00 30-Apr-2018

RNS Number : 4657M
UP Global Sourcing Holdings PLC
30 April 2018
 

30 April 2018

UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc

"Ultimate Products" or the "Group"

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 JANUARY 2018

Ultimate Products, the owner, manager, designer and developer of an extensive range of value-focused consumer goods brands, announces its interim results for the six months ended 31 January 2018.  

Financial and operational highlights

·     Revenue decreased 28.9% to £48.4 million (H1 2017: £68.1 million), reflecting: a much tougher trading environment for general merchandise in the UK (against an unusually strong H1 2017 for the Group); and the one-off impact of revenue deferral due to a change in supply arrangements for a major European customer

·     Underlying EBITDA1 down 49.5% to £4.5 million (H1 2017: £8.8 million), driven by lower revenues

·     Gross margin remained stable at 22.4% (H1 2017: 22.3%), mainly due to changes in customer mix and the business continuing to adapt to weaker exchange rates

·     Move to the Group's new distribution centre at Heron Mill in Oldham successfully completed in the period

·     Continued progress in Germany, where the Group has opened its new showroom and has already opened a number of major retail accounts with orders taken to date ahead of management's expectations

·     Net debt at 31 January 2018 of £6.7 million, down 34.9% (31 January 2017: £10.2 million)

·     Interim dividend of 0.83 pence per share, payable on 27 July 2018 to shareholders on the register on 6 July 2018

·     Current trading for FY 2018 in line with management expectations

 

Commenting on the results, Simon Showman, Chief Executive of Ultimate Products, said:

"This has been a tough six months for both Ultimate Products and the wider general merchandise sector in the UK, as discretionary spend has continued to come under pressure due to low consumer confidence. Our financial performance during the period reflects this market headwind.

While the UK looks set to remain challenging, we are pleased with the early progress that is being made in Germany and are delighted to have opened our new 10,000 sq ft showroom there earlier this month, which will provide a great showcase for our products to our European customer base.

More broadly, we are working hard to ensure that the company is positioned as strongly as possible to navigate its way through the current soft trading environment. We are more focused than ever on the execution of our strategy, and on improving operational efficiencies whilst not compromising in any way on the quality of our products and service. The Group is well invested, retains a strong balance sheet, and maintains comfortable levels of funding headroom within its bank facilities. As a result, we remain confident in our ability to deliver growth in the longer term."

For more information, please contact:

Ultimate Products +44 (0) 161 627 1400

Simon Showman, CEO

Andrew Gossage, Managing Director

Graham Screawn, Finance Director 

Shore Capital +44 (0) 20 7408 4090

Mark Percy

Edward Mansfield

 

Cenkos +44 (0) 20 7397 8900

Harry Hargreaves

Nicholas Wells

 

Powerscourt +44 (0) 207 250 1446

Rob Greening

Sam Austrums 

 

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. 

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 sq ft showroom that showcases each of its brands. In addition, the Group has an office and showroom in Guangzhou, China and a newly established showroom in Cologne, Germany. In total, Ultimate Products now employs over 200 staff.

 For further information, please visit www.upgs.com

Note:

1.        Calculated after adding back exceptional items and share based payment charges as referred to in Note 10 below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERIM STATEMENT

 

STRATEGY

The strategy of UP Global Sourcing Holdings plc ("Ultimate Products" or the "Group") is to develop its portfolio of brands focused on mass-market, value-led, consumer goods for the home focused on selling to:

 

(1) UK and European discounters;

(2) UK supermarkets;

(3) online platforms; and

(4) international retailers.

 

While the market for general merchandise in the UK is currently challenging, the Board is confident that remaining focused on the above strategy will deliver growth in the longer term.

 

TRADING

Revenue for the six months ended 31 January 2018 ("H1") was £48.4 million, a decrease of £19.7 million or 28.9% on the same period last year (H1 2017: £68.1 million). As noted previously, H1 2017 was an exceptionally strong period for the Group due to highly positive retailer sentiment (62% of FY 2017 revenue was delivered in H1 2017 as opposed to 53% and 54% in FY 2016 and FY 2015, respectively).

 

The decline reflects the much tougher trading environment for general merchandise in the UK, with wage inflation running behind general inflation. Discretionary spend has been under pressure and consumer confidence has therefore been lower than it has been for some time. As a consequence non-food sales have declined as consumers have prioritised food purchases. This decline in non-food has been particularly apparent in physical stores, which is our main market, as a result of the growing competition from online.

 

For retailers, this has also coincided with imported cost price inflation caused by Sterling's weakness since the Brexit referendum, in turn leading to retail price inflation which has also dampened volumes.

 

The lower volumes available to non-food suppliers, along with retailers' desire to minimise increases in retail prices, has created an even more competitive trading environment than normal.

 

In addition to the challenging UK conditions, as previously noted, the period also saw a shift in supply arrangements for a major European customer from Free on Board ("FOB") to landed. As landed revenues are recorded as sales later than for FOB, this has led to revenue being deferred which has directly impacted H1 2018.

 

Despite the challenges set out above, gross margin has remained stable at 22.4% (H1 2017: 22.3%) which is mainly due to changes in customer mix and as the business continues to adapt to weaker exchange rates.

 

As a result of lower revenues, Underlying EBITDA1 was £4.5 million, a fall of £4.3 million or 49.5% on last year (H1 2017: £8.8 million).

 

Note:

1.        Calculated after adding back exceptional items and share based payment charges as referred to in Note 10.

 

 

 

BALANCE SHEET

Shareholders' equity was £6.8 million at 31 January 2018, up from £6.2 million at 31 January 2017. This movement was the net result of an increase in retained earnings of £1.4 million net of a movement in the hedging reserve of £0.9 million as Sterling strengthened during H1 2018. The main movements in retained earnings from 31 January 2017 to 31 January 2018 were:

 

(1) total Profit After Tax from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018 of £3.4 million;

(2) a one-off corporation tax credit of £2.1 million received in FY 2017 relating to the Initial Public Offering in March 2017; net of

(3) dividends paid from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018 of £4.2 million.

 

Net working capital at 31 January 2018 was £12.3 million, down from £15.9 million at 31 January 2017 - a reduction of £3.6 million or 22.5%. This was entirely driven by the fall in revenue in the period.

 

Net cash from operations for the period was £2.6 million, a reduction of £0.4 million or 11.0% (H1 2017: £3.0 million) as a result of lower EBITDA, partially offset by lower working capital.

 

Net debt at 31 January 2018 was £6.7 million, down from £10.2 million at 31 January 2017, a reduction of £3.5 million or 34.9%. The main drivers of this movement were:

 

(1) net working capital reduction (see above) of £3.6 million;

(2) a one-off corporation tax credit (see above) of which £1.6 million had benefited cash at 31 January 2018;

(3) total Profit After Tax from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018 of £3.4 million; net of

(4) dividends paid from 1 February 2017 to 31 January 2018 of £4.2 million; and

(5) investment in the new distribution centre at Heron Mill (see below) of £0.5 million.

 

The net debt/underlying EBITDA ratio at 31 January 2018 was 0.9x (31 January 2017: 0.9x) based on underlying EBITDA for the 12 months to 31 January 2018. The Group had headroom within its bank facilities of £8.0 million as at 31 January 2018 (31 January 2017: £9.7 million).

 

DISTRIBUTION CENTRE

The move to the Group's new 240,000 sq ft distribution centre at Heron Mill in Oldham was successfully completed in the period. The new facility is more efficient than previous arrangements, and the move has already enabled the Group to keep overall payroll costs in H1 2018 below the prior year despite the effects of the National Living Wage and general wage inflation.

 

Heron Mill includes a purpose-built single pick area to support Ultimate Products' growing online business, which continues to perform well.

 

GERMANY

In line with the international focus of its strategy, Ultimate Products opened its new 10,000 sq ft German showroom this month, showcasing our branded product ranges to Europe's largest retail market. The Group has already opened a number of major retail accounts there and orders taken to date are ahead of management's expectations. Given the promising early progress in Germany and the positive consumer data that is emerging from the region, the Board sees significant potential for long-term growth in this market.

 

DIVIDEND

The Board has declared an interim dividend of 0.83 p per share, payable on 27 July 2018 to shareholders on the register on 6 July 2018.

 

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

Current trading for FY 2018 is in line with management expectations.

 

The market conditions for general merchandise remain challenging and Ultimate Products, like many others, is faced with a more uncertain environment for consumers, retailers and suppliers. Despite these challenges, the Group is well invested, retains a strong balance sheet and maintains comfortable levels of funding headroom within its bank facilities. We remain more focused than ever on our strategy which the Board continues to believe will deliver growth in the longer term.

 

 

Jim McCarthy                                                                                    Simon Showman

Chairman                                                                                            Chief Executive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Income Statement 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan

2017

(Restated)

£'000

 

Audited

Year

ended

31 Jul

 2017

£'000

Revenue

7

48,408

68,086

109,953

Cost of sales

 

(37,543)

(52,881)

(85,386)

Gross profit

 

 

10,865

15,205

24,567

Administration expenses before exceptional items and share based payment charges

 

(6,647)

(6,536)

(13,444)

Profit from operations before exceptional items and share based payment charges

 

4,218

8,669

11,123

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional administration expenses

9

-

(1,693)

(3,152)

Share based payment charges

9

(96)

-

(80)

Administration expenses

 

 

(6,743)

(8,229)

(16,676)

Profit from operations


Finance income

Finance costs

10

 

4,122


-
(180)

6,976


21
(293)

7,891


-

(464)

Profit before taxation

 

11

3,942

6,704

7,427

Income tax

12

(818)

(1,398)

(1,852)

Profit for the period

 

3,124

5,306

5,575

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pence

Pence

Pence

Earnings per share - basic

13

3.80

7.00

7.20

Earnings per share - diluted

13

3.80

7.00

7.10

 

Ex-div date:  5 July 2018

Record date: 6 July 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year

ended

31 Jul

 2017

£'000

Profit for the period

3,124

5,306

5,575

 

Other comprehensive (expense)/income

 

 

 

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to income statement:

Fair value movements on cash flow hedging instruments

Hedging instruments recycled through the income statement at the end of hedging relationships

 

Foreign currency retranslation

 

        

(505)

121

 

 

(7)


 

(133)

-

 

 

8

 

     

(193)

  (441)

 

 

1

Other comprehensive (expense) for the period

 

(391)

(125)

(633)

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

 

2,733

 

5,181

 

4,942

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

Consolidated Condensed Statement of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

 

Note

Unaudited
As at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

As at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

As at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Assets

Property, plant and equipment


15

 

1,715

Deferred tax

 

144

164

162

Total non-current assets
 

 

1,877

Inventories

 

11,064

Trade and other receivables

16

11,745

Current tax

 

481

Cash and cash equivalents

 

122

119

91

Total current assets

 

 

23,492

32,530

23,381

Total assets

 

25,526

34,076

25,258

 

Liabilities

Trade and other payables

Current tax

Borrowings



17

 

18

 

 

(11,745)

(242)

(4,132)

 

 

(16,295)

(1,248)

(6,194)

 

 

(12,516)

-

(1,518)

Total current liabilities

 

 

(16,119)

(23,737)

(14,034)

Net current assets

 

 

9,347

Borrowings

18

(2,657)

(4,163)

(4,431)

Total non-current liabilities


 

(2,657)

(4,163)

(4,431)

Total liabilities

 

 

(18,776)

(27,900)

(18,465)

Net assets

 

6,750

6,176

6,793

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

Share capital

Share premium

Hedging reserve

Retained earnings

 

 


205
2

(577)

7,120


184
2

308

5,682

 

205

2

(193)

6,779

Equity attributable to owners of the company

 

6,750

6,176

6,793

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

Share Capital

£'000

 

Share Premium

£'000

 

Hedging reserve

£'000

 

Retained earnings

£'000

 

Total

Equity

£'000

As at 1 August 2017
 

205

2

(193)

6,779

6,793

Profit for the period

-

-

-

3,124

3,124

Foreign currency translation

-

-

-

(7)

(7)

Cash flow hedging movement

-

-

(384)

-

(384)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

(384)

3,117

2,733

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends payable

-

-

-

(2,872)

(2,872)

Share based payments

-

-

-

96

96

As at 31 January 2018

205

2

(577)

7,120

6,750

 

 

 

Share Capital

£'000

Share Premium

£'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 period

       -

       -

(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

Hedging reserve

£'000

Retained earnings

£'000

Total

Equity

£'000

As at 1 August 2016
 

184

2

441

567

1,194

Profit for the year

       -

           -

        -

5,575

5,575

Foreign currency translation

       -

           -

        -

1

1

Cash flow hedging movement

       -

           -

(634)

        -

(634)

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

(634)

5,576

4,942

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends payable

       -

          -

         -

    (1,530)

    (1,530)

Issue of shares - exercise of share options

21

-

-

-

21

Share based payments

-

-

-

80

80

Current tax on share schemes

-

-

-

2,086

2,086

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 July 2017

205

2

(193)

6,779

6,793

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Condensed Cash Flow Statement

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan

2017

£'000

Audited

Year

ended

31 Jul

2017

£'000

Net cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period


Adjustments for:

 

3,124

5,306

5,575

Finance income

 

-

(21)

-

Finance costs

 

180

293

464

Loss on disposal of non-current assets

 

-

2

(5)

Income tax expense

Depreciation and impairment

Share based payments

Income taxes paid

 

Working capital adjustments
(Increase) in inventories

Decrease/ (increase) in trade and other receivables

(Decrease)/ increase in trade and other payables

 

818

237

96

(95)

 

 

(732)

200

(1,179)

1,398
  143
-

(582)



(1,290)
(4,497)
  2,224

1,852

394

80

(678)

 

 

(519)

4,049

(1,790)

Net cash from operations

 

2,649

2,976

9,422

 

Cash flows used in investing activities

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

Proceeds of disposal  of property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

(412)

-

 

 

(557)

-

 

 

(1,162)

28

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(412)

(557)

(1,134)

 

Cash flows (used in)/ from financing activities

Issue of share capital

Proceeds from borrowings

Repayment of borrowings

Debt issue costs paid

Dividends paid

Interest paid

 

 


-

811

-

-

(2,872)

(139)

 


-

2,137

(1,821)

-

(2,449)

(309)

 

 

21

-

(4,085)

(38)

(3,780)

(451)

 

Net cash used in finance activities

 

(2,200)

(2,442)

(8,333)

 

Net increase/ (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents brought forward

Exchange (losses)/ gains on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

37
   91
(6)

 

(23)
   136
6

 

(45)
136
-

Cash and cash equivalents carried forward

 

122

119

91

 

 

 

 

 

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. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 July 2017 were approved by the Board of directors on 6 November 2017 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 July 2017 are an extract of the Company's statutory accounts for that year. 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.

 

This consolidated condensed interim financial information is unaudited but has been reviewed by the Company's Auditor.

 

 

2.    Basis of preparation

 

This consolidated condensed interim financial information for the six months ended 31 January 2018 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 audited financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

 

As referred to in note 8 of the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017, the Directors have taken the decision to reclassify to cost of sales, certain costs that had previously been reported as part of both distribution costs and administrative expenses. The impact on the six months ended 31 January 2017 is the reclassification of £1,038,000 from distribution costs and the reclassification of £500,000 from administrative expenses. The result has been an increase in cost of sales of £1,538,000, with no impact upon previously reported equity.

 

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 annual financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017.

  

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 on pages 19-23 of the Group's Annual Report for the year ended 31 July 2017, which is available on the group's website, www.upgs.com.

 

The result of the referendum in favour of the UK leaving the European Union resulted in a weakening of sterling, creating imported cost price inflation and, in turn, retail price inflation, leading to a dampening of consumer demand. We are closely following developments in this area and will adapt our strategy as the impact of the UK exit from the European Union becomes clearer.

 

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 Annual Report for the year ended 31 July 2017, as they do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures contained within the Annual Report. 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 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 Jul

 2017

£'000

United Kingdom

Germany

Rest of Europe

USA

Rest of the world

38,810

1,036

7,432

377

753

50,073

712

15,451

422

1,428

79,534

1,356

25,929

806

2,328

Total

48,408

68,086

109,953

 

 

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 2018 will be lower than those for the six months ended 31 January 2018.

 

 

9.    Exceptional items and share based payment charges

 

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Shareholder bonuses

Initial public offering costs

Share based payment expense

-

-

96

1,693

-

-

2,003

1,149

80

Total

96

1,693

3,232

 

Shareholder bonus costs consisted of bonus payments based on certain Group EBITDA performance targets. These costs ceased to accrue after the year ended 31 July 2017.

Initial public offering costs related entirely to the Group's IPO in March 2017 and therefore are not considered to relate to the Group's underlying performance. The costs incurred comprised principally legal and advisory fees and listing costs.

The share based payment expense relates to the non-cash charge arising on a share option management incentive plan adopted immediately prior to the IPO. The options have been valued using the Monte Carlo option pricing model and are granted with a three-year vesting period and can be exercised up to seven years following the vesting date.

The above items have been shown separately in the Income Statement to better reflect the performance of the underlying business.

 

10.  Operating profit

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 Jul 2017

£'000

The profit is stated after charging/(crediting) expenses as follows:

Exceptional items and share based payment charges - note 9

Depreciation of owned property, plant and equipment

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

96

237

-

 

 

1,693

143

2

 

 

3,232

394

(5)

 

EBITDA represents profit from operations before depreciation and amortisation. Underlying EBITDA represents EBITDA, as defined above, adjusted for the exceptional items and share based payment charges set out in note 9 above. The Directors use EBITDA and underlying EBITDA as key performance indicators of the Group's business.

 

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 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Profit from operations

Depreciation

Loss on disposal of property plant and equipment

4,122

237

-

6,976

143

2

7,891

394

(5)

EBITDA

Exceptional items and share based payment charges - note 9

4,359

96

7,121

1,693

8,280

3,232

Underlying EBITDA

4,455

8,814

11,512

 

Underlying EBITDA margin

 

9.2%

 

12.9%

 

10.5%

 

 

 

 

 

  11.  Profit before taxation

 

The Directors also monitor the Group's performance with respect to profit before taxation and underlying profit before taxation. Underlying profit before taxation represents profit before taxation adjusted for the exceptional items and share based payment charges set out in note 9 above.

 

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 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Profit before taxation

Exceptional items and share based payment charges - note 9

3,942

96

6,704

1,693

7,427

3,232

Underlying profit before taxation

4,038

8,397

10,659

 

 

12.  Taxation

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Total tax expense

Tax on exceptional items & share based payment charges

818

-

1,398

333

1,852

401

Tax expense on underlying profit before taxation

818

1,731

2,253

 

The interim period tax charge is accrued based on the estimated average annual effective income tax rate of 20.8% (six months ended 31 January 2017: 20.9%; year ended 31 July 2017: 24.9%). 

 

The tax charge for the year ended 31 July 2017 was higher due to a higher level of expenses not deductible for tax purposes included within the exceptional items and share based payment charges arising in the second half of the year ended 31 July 2017

 

The effective income tax rates on the underlying profit before taxation was 20.3% (six months ended 31 January 2017: 20.6%; year ended 31 July 2017: 21.1%).       

    

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

  

 

13.  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, and uses the number of shares as if they had always been subdivided from £1 shares to 0.25 p shares.

 

Diluted earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing the profit attributable to owners of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the financial year, adjusted for the effects of potentially dilutive options. The dilutive effect is calculated on the full exercise of all potentially dilutive ordinary share options granted by the Group, including performance-based options which the Group considers to have been earned.

 

The calculations of earnings per share are based on the following:

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year

ended

31 Jul

2017

£'000

Profit for the period

3,124

5,306

5,575

 

 

 

 

 

Number

Number

Number

Weighted average number of shares - basic
Share options

82,169,600

-

73,706,800

-

77,254,220

946,812

Weighted average number of shares - diluted

82,169,600

73,706,800

78,201,032

 

 

 

 

 

pence

pence

pence

Profit per share - basic

Profit per share - diluted

3.8

3.8

7.0

7.0

7.2

7.1

 

No dilution arises in the 6 months ended 31 January 2018 as the hurdle for the MIP Option Scheme (explained further in note 25 of the financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017) was not achieved based upon the interim measurement of the criteria as at 31 January 2018.

  

The underlying earnings per share referred to below is based on the underlying profit for the period, which reflects the profit for the period after adding back the exceptional items and share based payment charges set out in note 9 above and the tax effects as set out in note 12 above.

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year

ended

31 Jul

2017

£'000

Underlying profit before taxation - note 11

4,038

8,397

10,659

Taxation on underlying profit before taxation - note 12

(818)

(1,731)

(2,253)

Underlying profit for the period

3,220

6,666

8,406

 

 

 

 

 

Number

Number

Number

Weighted average number of shares - basic

82,169,600

73,706,800

77,254,220

 

 

 

 

 

pence

pence

pence

Underlying profit per share - basic

3.9

9.0

10.9

 

 

14.  Dividends

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Final dividend paid

Interim declared and paid

2,872

-

199

-

199

1,331

 

2,872

199

1,530

 

 

 

 

Per share - adjusted

pence

pence

pence

Final dividend paid

Interim declared and paid

3.495

-

0.27

-

0.27

1.62

 

3.495

0.27

1.89

 

The adjusted number of shares reflects the subdivision of ordinary share capital from 205,424 £1 shares into 82,169,600 0.25 p shares on 28 February 2017.

 

The final dividend declared in respect of the year ended 31 July 2017 was paid in the 6 months ended 31 January 2018.

 

An interim dividend of 0.83 p per share was approved by the Board on 27 April 2018 and will be paid on 27 July 2018 to shareholders on record as at 6 July 2018.

  

 

15.  Property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Opening net book value
Additions

Disposals
Depreciation

1,715

412

-

(237)

970

557

(2)

(143)

970

1,162

(23)

(394)

Closing net book value

1,890

1,382

1,715

 

Additions to property, plant and equipment during the 6 months to 31 January 2017 and the year ended 31 July 2017 substantially included expenditure relating to the refurbishment of Heron Mill, the Group's new warehousing facility.  Such expenditure in the 6 months to 31 January 2018 has reduced and the refurbishment is now substantially complete.

 

 

16.  Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Trade receivables

Other receivables and prepayments

10,348

1,209

18,994

1,582

10,474

1,271

 

11,557

20,576

11,745

 

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.

 

 

17.  Trade and other payables

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Trade payables

Accruals

Social security and other taxes

5,640

5,057

1,048

8,273

7,533

489

5,803

6,207

506

 

11,745

16,295

12,516

 

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.

 

 

18.  Borrowings

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Current

 

 

 

Bank overdraft and invoice discounting

Import loans

1,321

2,841

4,067

2,155

1,016

534

 

Less: Unamortised debt issue cost

4,162

(30)

6,222

(28)

1,550

(32)

 

4,132

6,194

1,518

 

 

 

 

Non-current

 

 

 

Revolving credit facility

2,698

4,227

4,499

 

2,698

4,227

4,499

Less: Unamortised debt issue cost

(41)

(64)

(68)

 

2,657

4,163

4,431

 

 

 

 

Total borrowings

6,789

10,357

5,949

 

 

 

 

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

4,162

2,698

(71)

6,222

4,227

(92)

1,550

4,499

 (100)

 

6,789

10,357

5,949

 

The Group is funded by external bank facilities provided by HSBC. The facilities run to July 2020 providing the ongoing funding of the Group and comprise a revolving credit facility of £6.2 m, an import loan facility of £6.5 m and an invoice discounting facility of £17 m.

 

  

19.  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 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Trade and other receivables

10,376

19,349

10,491

Trade and other payables

10,696

15,806

12,010

Borrowings

6,789

10,357

5,949

Cash and cash equivalents

122

119

91

 

 

b)    Financial assets

The Group held the following financial assets at amortised cost:

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

Trade receivables

122

10,348

119

18,994

91

10,474

 

10,470

19,113

10,565

 

 

c)    Financial liabilities

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

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Trade payables

Loans

Other payables

5,640

6,789

5,057

8,273

10,357

7,533

5,803

5,949

6,207

 

17,486

26,163

17,959

  

 

d)   Financial assets /(liabilities)

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

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Forward currency contracts

Interest rate caps

Interest rate swaps

(589)

17

12

309

40

6

(200)

13

4

 

(560)

355

(183)

 

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

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Trade receivables

Forward currency contracts

Interest rate caps

Interest rate swaps

Prepayments and other receivables not classified as financial instruments

10,348

-

17

12

 

1,180

18,994

309

40

6

 

1,227

10,474

-

13

4

 

1,254

Trade and other receivables (note 16)

11,557

20,576

11,745

 

 

 

 

Unaudited
as at
31 Jan 2017

£'000

Unaudited

as at

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

as at

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Trade and other payables held at amortised cost

Forward currency contracts

Social security and other taxes

10,108

589

1,048

15,806

-

489

11,810

200

506

Trade and other payables (note 17)

11,745

16,295

12,516

 

Derivative financial instruments - Forward 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 2018, the outstanding contracts all mature within 12 months of the period end (31 January 2017: 7 months; 31 July 2017: 12 months). At 31 January 2018, the Group was committed to buy US$15,750,000, to sell €8,950,000 and to sell CA$90,000, paying and receiving respectively a fixed sterling amount (31 January 2017: to buy US$4,000,000, to sell €1,700,000 and to sell CA$225,000; 31 July 2017: to buy US$11,650,000, to sell US$3,500,000 to sell €7,050,000 and to sell CA$nil). The forward currency contracts are measured at fair value using the relevant exchange rates for GBP:USD, GBP:EUR and GBP:CAD. The fair value of the contracts at 31 January 2018 is a liability of £589,000 (31 January 2017: £309,000 asset; 31 July 2017: £200,000 liability).

  

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 2018 is an asset of £2,000, (31 January 2017: £nil, 31 July 2017: £nil).

 

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 2018 is an asset of £10,000 (31 January 2017: £6,000 asset, 31 July 2017: £4,000 asset).

 

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.

 

The Group has entered into an agreement to cap LIBOR interest rates at 1% until 31 December 2019 on a principal amount of £4,000,000. The fair value of the interest rate cap at 31 January 2018 was an asset of £8,000 (31 January 2017: £20,000 asset, 31 July 2017: £6,000 asset).

 

In addition, at 31 January 2018, the Group has entered into further agreements to cap LIBOR interest rates at 2% on a principal amount of £4,702,000, reducing to £2,842,000 by 31 December 2019. The fair value of the interest rate caps at 31 January 2018 was an asset of £9,000, (31 January 2017: £20,000 asset, 31 July 2017: £7,000 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.

 

 

20.  Events occurring after the reporting period

 

Interim dividend

As disclosed in note 14, an interim dividend of 0.83 p per share will be paid on 27 July 2018.

 

 

21.  Related party transactions

 

 

Unaudited
6 months ended
31 Jan 2018

£'000

Unaudited

6 months ended

31 Jan 2017

£'000

Audited

Year ended

31 Jul 2017

£'000

Transactions with related companies and businesses

 

 

 

Rent paid to Ultimate Apartments pension scheme

Rent paid to Heron Mill Limited

Rent paid to Ultimate Apartments Limited

Rent paid to Berbar Properties Limited

-

120

-

90

90

121

-

-

163

241

3

17

 

210

211

424

 

 

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 pages 32 to 35 of the Group's Annual Report for the year ended 31 July 2017, which is available on the group's website, www.upgs.com.

 

For and on behalf of the board of directors

 

  

Andrew Gossage

Managing Director

27 April 2018

Graham Screawn

Chief Financial Officer

27 April 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 


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