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Annual Financial Results

Released 07:00 18-Jul-2017

RNS Number : 3101L
Walker Crips Group plc
18 July 2017
 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain

 

18 July 2017

 

News Release

 

Walker Crips Group plc

 

Strong second half of year helps lift annual revenues by nearly 12% and assets under management and administration increase by 26.8%

 

Walker Crips Group plc ("Walker Crips", the "Company" or the "Group"), the financial services group with activities covering stockbroking, investment and wealth management services, announces audited results for the year ended 31 March 2017.

 

Highlights

§ Group revenues increased by 12% to £29.2 million (2016: £26.1 million)

 

§ Underlying operating profit, before tax and exceptional items, increased to £1,142,000 (2016: £651,000)

 

§ Reported profit before tax decreased to £804,000 (2016: £944,000)

 

§ Discretionary and advisory assets under management increased by 39.1% to a high of £3.2 billion (2016: £2.3 billion)

 

§ Non-broking income as a percentage of total income remains steady at 61.7% (2016: 61.8%)

 

§ Proposed final dividend increased by 1.6% to 1.29 pence per share (2016: 1.27 pence per share), bringing total dividends for the year to 1.87 pence per share (2016: 1.85 pence per share)

 

§ Achieved £5bn AUMA target a year ahead of strategic objective

 

§ Record turnover for second year in succession

 

 

 

 

 

David Gelber, Chairman, Walker Crips, says:

"The delivery of personal investment advice and investment management remains at the core of our approach as we looked to refine our client-focused strategy regularly during the year. Our aim is to increase shareholder value by growing revenue, improving efficiency and continuing to increase our dividend payments.

 

"We continue to advance the delivery of our strategy for growth in a fast-moving sector in which the pace of change in regulation and technology are a constant.

 

"In recent years we have achieved substantial growth, continuing to refine our strategy and business model to make further strides towards attaining our long-term strategic goals. We are now even more committed to increasing our service proposition through greater use of technology that is relevant to clients, intermediaries and our own advisers."

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Walker Crips Group plc

Geri Jacks/Bridgette Campbell, Media Relations

Tel: +44 (0)20 3100 8000

 

Four Broadgate

Roland Cross/Anthony Cornwell

 

 

Tel:   +44 (0)20 3697 4200

 

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7894 7667

Marc Milmo


 

 

Further information on Walker Crips Group is available on the Company's website at www.wcgplc.co.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Chairman's Statement

This year has shown strong performances for the business, in which we have reached record highs and have concentrated on delivering initiatives to move forward with confidence into 2017/2018.

 

Overview of 2016/2017

The financial year ended 31 March 2017 can be split into two halves. In the first six months of the financial year, the uncertainty surrounding the run-up to the Brexit referendum and the subsequent challenging markets slowed revenue growth. This, coupled with a combination of non-recurring employment costs and growth-related development costs, saw our profitability fall well below our expectation. We saw a stronger performance, in the last six months, when improved market conditions favourably impacted by the result of the US presidential elections, helped increase both revenues and profit.

Importantly our assets under management and administration, a key metric of performance, continue to grow. Whilst we have recently experienced the benefits of more upbeat market conditions, the full ramifications of the negotiations on Brexit, together with the uncertainty arising from the outcome of the UK general election, have yet to emerge. Therefore, we will be monitoring developments closely in the interests of both shareholders and clients.

 

Dividend

In recognition of this year's progress, and notwithstanding the need to continue monitoring an increasing cost base, the Board is recommending a 1.6% increase in the final dividend to 1.29 pence per share (2016: 1.27 pence per share). This increase in the dividend reflects the Board's confidence in the Group's long-term prospects and prudent use of available reserves.

Combined with the interim dividend of 0.58 pence per share (2016: 0.58 pence per share), the total dividend for the year is 1.87 pence per share (2016: 1.85 pence per share), a 1.1% increase. The final dividend will be paid on 15 September 2017 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 1 September 2017.

 

Strategy

The delivery of high quality personal investment advice and strong investment management capability remains at the core of our approach. As highlighted at the time of the interim results, we have sought to refine our client-focused strategy during the year to ensure premium service and integrity in all that we do for our clients. We aim to increase shareholder value by growing revenue, improving efficiency and continuing to increase our dividend payments.

We continue to advance the delivery of our strategy for growth in a fast-moving sector in which the pace of change in regulation and technology are a constant. Whilst preserving our healthy cash balance as a buffer for unforeseen events in these potentially turbulent times, we remain committed to providing a complete range of services through our core business of investment management and advice, not only to high net worth and mass affluent clients but also to clients with smaller portfolios. We also remain committed to our financial planning and wealth management division as we increasingly look to position ourselves favourably with intermediary professionals and their clients.

After four years of rapid expansion, including the corporate acquisition of Barker Poland Asset Management LLP in 2015, we are currently concentrating on successfully delivering the many continuing initiatives to deliver growth and satisfy increasing regulatory obligations. The Board is acutely aware of the demands our recent expansion has placed on our personnel, particularly the financial, compliance and operational teams in Romford, where we maintain investment and increase resources to mitigate the risks associated with growth.

 

Culture, Governance and the Board

By setting the right example at the top, the Board has prioritised the communication of good conduct and the appropriate culture across all who represent the Company. We expect all personnel to exemplify good culture and behaviour to achieve good outcomes for clients and market contacts.  Those aspects which need to be cascaded down throughout the organisation are identified by implementing a formal process of measuring and reporting against suitable metrics. The executive directors and senior management, through daily contact with employees and associates alike, endeavour to demonstrate strong leadership and to be inspiring role models while providing coupled with effective supervision.

 

Directors, Account Executives and Staff

After another year of attracting new revenue generators to the group, and absorbing their additional investment business through transfers of clients and their assets, we would like to thank all our fellow Directors, Investment Managers and Advisers, and members of our operations team for their hard work and diligence in assisting in this process. 

The Board and in particular the Executive Directors have undergone a year of structural change in the governance and oversight of the business. We reported last year the newly created role of Group Compliance Director into which Guy Jackson has made an effective contribution since joining in May 2016. After managing the York office profitably for over ten years, David Hetherton has taken retirement from his role as Executive Director, Wealth Management and we wish him well. Last year, Robert Elliott advised the Board of his intention to retire as Non-executive Director and also as Chairman of the Audit Committee and he will not be seeking to be re-elected to the Board at the forthcoming AGM. We will still benefit from his experience as a business leader and Chartered Accountant within our divisions. Clive Bouch, whom many colleagues will remember as a former partner with Deloitte LLP, has a long-standing relationship with the Company and we are delighted that he has joined the Board to serve as Chairman of the Audit Committee. His guidance, based on his recent relevant Board experience in several sectors of financial services, will be an invaluable asset to the Group.

 

Looking Ahead

In recent years we have achieved substantial growth, continuing to refine our strategy and business model to make further strides towards attaining our long-term strategic goals. We are now even more committed to increasing our service proposition through greater use of technology that is relevant to clients, intermediaries and our own advisers. Our willingness to innovate beyond our traditional business using our stable capital base is well established.

 

 

D. M. Gelber                                                                                            

Chairman                                                                                                  

17 July 2017



 

CEO's Statement

The year to 31 March 2017 saw a rise in annual revenue of 12% to a record £29.2 million and underlying operating profit before tax and exceptional items of £1.14 million, an improvement of 75.4% over last year, reflecting the continuing strength of our strategy for growth.

 

Overview

After a difficult first half, it is pleasing to report that the Group saw a rise in annual Revenue of 12% to a record £29.2 million for the current full year. Profit before tax fell 14.8% to £0.8 million from £0.94 million. However, when adjusted for exceptional administrative expenses and the prior year gain of £0.94 million on the sale of Euroclear shares, there was an underlying improvement of 49% to £1.16 million from £0.78 million.

Notwithstanding the improvement, the Board and executive management remain focused on improving the gross margin, managing the administrative cost-base and maintaining revenue growth.

The market's strength since September has demonstrated its resilience to the potential repercussions of the Brexit vote and also the surprise at the Trump victory in the USA. This strength, alongside inflows of new assets (being mainly client lists acquired during the year) has enabled our Assets under Management and Administration (AUMA) to grow by 26.8% to a record high of £5.2 billion, with a corresponding positive effect on our portfolio managed revenues in our final quarter.

The proportion of less volatile non-broking income as a percentage of total income has remained steady at 61.7% (2016: 61.8%) and cash reserves of £7.69m (2016: £7.20m) have also been maintained.

Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 March 2017, the Group's financial position remains strong with a 6.6% increase in the level of net assets to £21.8m (2016: £20.5m), including an increase in net cash held at the year end date of £7.69m (2016: £7.2m) despite higher dividend payments of £716,000 (2016: £657,000) and acquisition cash consideration payments of £1,098,000 (2016: £823,000).

 

Reconciliation  of  Profit   before  tax

 to Adjusted  profit  before  tax

 


2017

£000

2016

£000

Profit before tax

804

944

Exceptional items

360

778

Gain on Euroclear
sale

-

(942)

Adjusted profit
before tax

1,164

780

Reconciliation of Operating profit/ (loss) to Operating profit before tax and exceptional items


 

2017

£000

2016

£000

Operating profit (loss)

782

(127)

Exceptional items

360

778

Adjusted operating profit

1,142

651

 

 

 

 

Operations

Although we have seen an increase in administrative expenses and development expenses, a material proportion of which relates to  exceptional items and development expenses associated with enhanced systems and controls for meeting higher client service levels and regulatory standards, costs were strictly monitored and headcount has been largely restricted to incoming revenue earners, their support teams and administrative sections directly affected by our growth.

During the last eighteen months our Executive Directors and Investment Managers have been heavily engaged in a major upgrading of our systems, monitoring and record-keeping in order to develop our own rising regulatory standards and those seen across our sector. This has led to a significant re-definition of the way in which we communicate with our substantial client base alongside a much greater use of technology. We are moving forward to complete the hard yards of this exercise imminently. The outcome is intended to reinforce our current offering to clients by continuing to build and maintain a closer and deeper understanding of each client's circumstances and requirements, thereby ensuring the suitability of the individual service being provided. We are hugely appreciative of our clients' continuing understanding throughout this time-consuming but important process, which should see a much improved premium service delivered to our clients. We firmly believe it will underpin our prosperity with a stronger foundation to ensure a company-wide emphasis on good client outcomes in a manner aligned with our culture. The costs associated with these developments and improvements were recorded mainly in the prior year and in the first half of the current financial year.

Preparations are well underway to meet the challenges posed by the UK's adoption of the European Parliament's MiFID II Directive. We continue to fully support and reinforce Financial Conduct Authority ('FCA') guidance on its drive to ensure that advice given to clients by our account executives is suitable, well-explained and properly recorded.

Encouragingly, following its acquisition in March 2015, Barker Poland Asset Management LLP (BPAM) has delivered its second full contribution to our results above our expectations which has helped our stated aim of materially increasing the proportion of our revenues earned as fees, rather than through transaction-driven commissions. This is a key performance indicator reflecting the changing shape of the business from traditional stockbroking to an increasingly integrated investment and wealth management model.

 

Investment Management

The Group's assets under management have grown to record levels. We recognise the growing importance of scale, which gives clients and market participants a degree of reassurance of the security of their assets and the strength and stability of the organisation. With total Assets Under Management and Administration (AUMA) at the year end standing at a high of £5.2 billion (31 March 2016: £4.1 billion), our target of £5bn AUMA by 2018 has already been achieved with £10bn being a realistic milestone for the future.

Discretionary and Advisory Assets Under Management (AUM) at the year end were £3.2bn (31 March 2016: £2.3bn). This pleasing increase resulted partly from the inflow of AUM from the clients of new Advisers and Investment Managers, alongside transactional revenue and positive investment markets. Commission income from broking and investment activity showed a strong recovery in the second half of the year, after a poor first half that had been negatively affected by Brexit. Net investment management fees signalled growth on the back of new AUM and portfolio values increased by 5.1% to £8.2m (2016: £7.8m).

Gross revenues from the Investment Management division increased by 14.4% during the period to £27.0m (2016: £23.6m), which contributed to this segment's significantly improved reported result compared to the previous year. Management believe that the scope for additional expansion continues to be a realistic prospect. The new and meaningful increase in the annual ISA allowance from £15,240 to £20,000 provides an incentive to clients to continue investing into our ISA wrapper enabling income and capital gain to remain tax free. The number of new ISA subscriptions this year was higher by 9.7%, alongside a similarly impressive increase for Junior ISAs of 16.8%. Assets under management within our ISAs soared by 26% to £764 million from last year's £600 million.

The Structured Investments division has produced an excellent year of results for investors with many 'kick-out' style products maturing early with healthy gains against a backdrop of strong equity market performance. Despite a financial year dominated by political uncertainty, re-investment rates amongst investors have remained strong. Our competitive range of structured investment products continues to garner strong support amongst the financial adviser community, enabling us to broaden our client base and assets under management.

In addition, our Alternative Investments management team delivered substantial growth in revenues and funds under management through the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa Investment Programme and Short Term Lending (property financing) mandates. The equity arbitrage desk continues to perform well, delivering even greater profitability compared to last year.

 

Wealth Management

Our Wealth Management division, run from York, continues to be driven by a focused management team and a highly qualified team of Advisers, who provide a committed, quality service to a growing client base.

Complementing this division, our Ebor Pensions business administers Self Invested Personal Pensions (SIPP) and Small Self- Administered Schemes (SSAS), along with a small number of Funded Unapproved Retirement Benefit Schemes (FURBS).

AUMA of the combined divisions within our Wealth Management arm increased to £514 million (2016: £501 million). Turnover from Wealth Management fell slightly reflecting the shift towards taking lower recurring fees as opposed to higher initial revenue and this has contributed to the lower reported result for this segment compared to the previous year. However, a degree of cost cutting and growth in on-going activity has led to an anticipated improvement in profitability at the start of the current calendar year. There has been a pleasing continuation of this in the opening weeks of the new financial year.

 

Outlook

In keeping with our plans for expansion, we are finalising the move of our London head office to new more modern, high quality premises within central London before the end of 2017.

Trading activity in the opening weeks of the new financial year has continued the positive momentum seen in the last quarter of the year ended 31 March 2017 and your Board correspondingly looks to the immediate future with greater optimism, albeit tempered by potential political challenges and geopolitical headwinds.

Despite the present threat to political stability caused by the recent outcome of the UK general election and the significant demands we face from our continuing regulatory initiatives over the next 18 months, it is our emphasis on integrity, service and good customer outcomes which will drive our public profile and competitive positioning to deliver underlying growth in the next phase of the Group's development.

 

R. A. FitzGerald FCA

Chief Executive Officer

17 July 2017

Consolidated income statement

year ended 31 March 2017

 


 

 

Notes

 

2017

  £'000

 

2016

£'000

Revenue

3

29,215

26,070

Commission payable


(10,009)

(8,433)

Share of after tax profits of joint ventures


12

10

Administrative expenses - other


(18,076)

(16,996)

Administrative expenses - exceptional items

5

(360)

(778)

Total administrative expenses


(18,436)

(17,774)

Operating profit/(loss)


782

(127)

Analysed as:




Operating profit before tax and exceptional item


1,142

651

Administrative expenses - exceptional items

5

(360)

(778)

Operating profit/(loss)


782

(127)

Gain on disposal of available-for-sale investments

6

-

942

Investment revenues


24

131

Finance costs


(2)

(2)

Profit before tax


804

944

Taxation


(196)

(149)

Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the Company


608

795

Earnings per share




Basic

7

1.56

2.11

Diluted

7

1.56

2.11

 

 



 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

year ended 31 March 2017

 


 

 

  2017

  £'000

2016

£'000

Addition/(reversal) of revaluation of available-for-sale investments


-

(959)

Reversal of deferred tax charge on revaluation of available-for-sale investments


-

192

Net loss recognised directly in equity


-

(767)

Profit for the year


608

795

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to equity holders of the Company


608

28





 



 

Consolidated statement of financial position

year ended 31 March 2017


 

 

Group

 

Restated

Group

 

Restated

Group

2017

2016

        2015



£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets





Goodwill


4,388

4,388

4,388

 

Other  intangible assets


8,294

7,992

6,631

 

Property, plant and equipment


836

841

1,110

 

Interest in joint ventures


40

28

28

 

Available-for-sale investments


68

57

2,417

 



13,626

13,306

14,574

 

Current assets





 

Trade and other receivables


52,179

38,799

28,332

 

Financial assets held for trading


1,086

1,237

2,701

 

Cash and cash equivalents


7,729

7,257

6,635

 



60,994

47,293

37,668

 

Total assets


74,620

60,599

52,242

 

Current liabilities





 

Trade and other payables


(51,402)

(36,572)*

(27,685)*

 

Current tax liabilities


(288)

(117)*

(215)*

 

Deferred tax liabilities


(308)

(512)*

(736)*

 

Bank overdrafts


(35)

(77)

(134)

 

Shares to be issued - deferred consideration


(366)

(912)

(298)

 



(52,399)

(38,190)*

(29,068)*

 

Net current assets


8,595

9,103*

8,600*

 

Long-term liabilities





 

Deferred cash consideration


(372)

(1,556)

(1,930)

 

Shares to be issued


-

(218)

(453)

 

Dilapidation provision


-

(132)

-

 



(372)

(1,906)

(2,383)

 

Net assets


21,849

20,503*

20,791*

 

Equity





 

Share capital


2,826

2,595

2,545

 

Share premium account


3,502

2,279

1,988

 

Own shares


(312)

(312)

(312)

 

Retained earnings


11,165

11,273*

      11,135*

 

Revaluation reserve


-

-

767

 

Other reserves


4,668

4,668

4,668

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company


21,849

20,503*

20,791*

 

 

 





 

*        Amounts have been restated and are explained further in Note 9.

 

 

 

 



 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

year ended 31 March 2017

 


 

2017

£'000

 

2016

£'000

Operating activities



Cash generated/(used) by operations

2,883

Tax paid

(229)

(120)

Net cash generated/(used) by operating  activities

2,654

(1,239)

Investing activities



Purchase of property, plant and  equipment

(499)

Net sale of investments held for trading

151

Net sale proceeds/cost of available-for-sale  investments

-

Consideration paid on acquisition of client  lists

(1,098)

Deferred consideration paid on acquisition of  subsidiary

-

Dividends received

4

Interest received

20

Net cash (used)/ generated by investing  activities

(1,422)

2,577

Financing activities



Dividends paid

(716)

(657)

Interest paid

(2)

(2)

Net cash used by financing activities

(718)

(659)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

514

679

Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

7,180

6,501

Net cash and cash equivalents at end of year

7,694

7,180

Cash and cash equivalents

7,729

7,257

Bank overdrafts

(35)

(77)


7,694

7,180

 

 

 

 



 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

year ended 31 March 2017

 


Called up share capital

£'000

Share premium

£'000

Own shares held
£'000

Capital redemption
£'000

Other
£'000

Revaluation
£'000

Retained earnings
£'000

Total equity
£'000

Restated* equity as at
31 March 2015

2,545

1,988

(312)

111

4,557

767

11,135

20,791

Reversal of revaluation of

available-for-sale investments

-

-

-

-

-

(959)

-

(959)

Reversal of deferred tax charge
on revaluation of available-for-sale investments

-

-

-

-

-

192

-

192

Comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

795

795

Total comprehensive income
for the year

-

-

-

-

-

(767)

795

28

Contributions by and
distributions to owners









Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(657)

(657)

Issues of shares on acquisition of intangibles and as
deferred consideration

50

291

-

-

-

-

-

341

Total contributions by and distributions to owners

50

291

-

-

-

-

(657)

(316)

Restated* equity as at
31 March 2016

2,595

2,279

(312)

111

4,557

-

11,273

20,503

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

608

608

Contributions by and
distributions to owners









Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(716)

(716)

Issue of shares on acquisition
of intangibles** and as deferred consideration

231

1,223

-

-

-

-

-

1,454

Total contributions by and distributions to owners

231

1,223

-

-

-

-

(716)

738

Equity as at 31 March 2017

2,826

3,502

(312)

111

4,557

-

11,165

21,849

 

* Equity as at 31 March 2015, restated Note 9.

** The acquisition of intangibles includes the deferred taxation at 20% arising on consolidation.



 

Extract from Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

Pursuant to Rule 4 of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, each of the Directors, whose names and functions are listed on page 24 of the Annual Report and Accounts confirm that, to the best of their knowledge:

·     The Group Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation and give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit and loss of the Group.

·     The Annual Financial Report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the financial position of the Group and the Company, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.

On behalf of the Board

D Gelber

Chairman

17 July 2017

 

Notes to the Accounts

year ended 31 March 2017

 

1.      Basis of preparation of financial statements

The financial information set out in these financial statements does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 March 2017 and 2016.

 

The statutory accounts for 31 March 2017 to which these non-statutory accounts relate have not been delivered to the registrar of companies.

 

The auditor's report has been signed and was unqualified.

 

This preliminary announcement is based on the Group financial statements which are prepared in accordance with IFRS.

2.     Going concern

The Group continues to maintain a robust financial position. Having conducted detailed cash flow and working capital projections and appropriate stress-testing on liquidity, profitability and regulatory capital, taking account of possible adverse changes in trading performance, the Board is satisfied the Group is well placed to manage its business risks adequately; and that it will be able to operate within the level of its current financing arrangements and regulatory capital limits imposed by our regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Accordingly, the Board continues to adopt the going concern basis for the preparation of the financial statements.



 

 

3.      Revenue

An analysis of the Group's revenue is as follows:


2017
Broking
income

£'000

2017
Non-broking
income

£'000

2017
Total

£'000

2016
Broking
income

£'000

2016
Non-broking
income

£'000

2016
Total

£'000

Stockbroking commission

11,194

-

11,194

10,007

-

10,007

Fees and other revenue*

-

15,795

15,795

-

13,632

13,632

Investment Management

11,194

15,795

26,989

10,007

13,632

23,639

Wealth Management

-

2,226

2,226

-

2,431

2,431

Revenue

11,194

18,021

29,215

10,007

16,063

26,070

Net investment revenue

-

22

22

-

129

129

Total income

11,194

18,043

29,237

10,007

16,192

26,199

% of total income

38.3

61.7

100.0

38.2

61.8

100.0

* Includes Investment Management, Structured Investments, Alternative Investments.

 

 

4.     Segmental analysis

 

For segmental reporting purposes, the Group currently has two operating segments, Investment Management, being portfolio based transaction execution and investment advice and Wealth Management, being financial planning and pension advice. Unallocated corporate expenses, assets and liabilities are not considered to be allocable accurately, or fairly, under any known basis of allocation and are therefore disclosed separately.

The investment management division activities focus predominantly on investment management of various types of portfolios and asset classes.

The wealth management division provides advisory and administrative services to clients in relation to their financial planning, life insurance, inheritance tax and pension arrangements. These divisions, both of which conduct business in the United Kingdom only, are the basis on which the Group reports its primary segment information.

 

 



 

2017

Investment

Management

£'000

Wealth

Management

£'000

Consolidated

year ended

31 March 2017

£'000

Revenue




External sales

26,989

2,226

29,215

Result




Segment result

2,420

72

2,492

Unallocated corporate expenses



(1,710)

Operating profit



782

Gain on disposal of available-for-sale investments



_

Investment revenues



24

Finance costs



(2)

Profit before tax



804

Tax



(196)

Profit after tax



608

 

2017

Investment

Management

£'000

Wealth

Management

£'000

Consolidated

year ended

31 March 2017

£'000

Other information




Capital additions

497

2

499

Depreciation

486

18

504

Statement of financial position




Assets




Segment assets

67,362

2,213

69,575

Unallocated corporate assets



5,045

Consolidated total assets



74,620

Liabilities




Segment liabilities

51,623

738

52,361

Unallocated corporate liabilities



410

Consolidated total liabilities



52,771

 



 

2016

Investment

Management

£'000

Wealth

Management

£'000

Consolidated

year ended

31 March 2016

£'000

Revenue




External sales

23,639

2,431

26,070

Result




Segment result

987

165

1,152

Unallocated corporate expenses



(1,279)

Operating loss



(127)

Gains on disposal of available-for-sale investments



942

Investment revenues



131

Finance costs



(2)

Profit before tax



944

Tax



(149)

Profit after tax



795

 

2016

 

Restated

Investment

Management

£'000

Wealth

Management

£'000

Restated

Consolidated

year ended

31 March 2016

£'000

Other information




Capital additions

231

16

247

Depreciation

497

19

516

Statement of financial position




Assets




Segment assets

52,131

1,963

54,094

Unallocated corporate assets



6,505

Consolidated total assets



60,599

Liabilities




Segment liabilities

39,137*

543

39,680*

Unallocated corporate liabilities



416

Consolidated total liabilities



40,096*

*Amounts have been restated and are explained further in Note 9

5.      Administrative expenses - exceptional items

As a result of its materiality the Directors decided to disclose certain amounts separately in order to present results which are not distorted by significant exceptional events.

 


2017

£'000

2016

£'000

Costs incurred on suitability project

(58)

778

Exceptional employment-related costs

418

-


360

       778

 

During the period to 31 March 2016, and as disclosed in the prior year, the Group incurred substantial legal and professional adviser costs of an exceptional nature to improve its regulatory control framework in relation to suitability of advice given to clients.

 

In the year to 31 March 2017, £58,000 of the estimated costs provided in the prior year were not required and therefore have been reversed. In the year to 31 March 2017, the Group also incurred significant legal fees and other costs in connection with employment matters of an exceptional nature.

 

6.     Gain on disposal of available-for-sale investments
Net gains comprise:


2017

£'000

2016

£'000

Gain on disposal of available for sale investments

_

       942

 

There were no gains or losses on the disposal of investments in the current period.

 

During the period to 31 March 2016, the Group disposed of its holding of 1,809 shares in Euroclear plc realising a gain of £942,000. Due to their level of materiality and one-off nature, the Board has decided to disclose this item separately

 

7.      Earnings per share

The calculation of basic earnings per share for continuing operations is based on the post-tax profit for the financial year of £608,000 (2016: £795,000) and on 38,974,002 (2016: 37,678,525) Ordinary Shares of 62/3 pence, being the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue during the year.

 

8.     Contingent liability

During the year, two Group companies, Walker Crips Group plc (WCG) and Walker Crips Stockbrokers Limited (WCSB), received draft proceedings in respect of a potential claim, from a former listed corporate client of Keith Bayley Rogers & Co (KBR), a former subsidiary of the Group.

 

The corporate client alleges that its former Executive Chairman and his associates misappropriated assets of £5.6 million from it between 2010 -2014 and used these assets to purchase and sell shares in the client through the brokerage of WCG, WCSB and KBR. The client asserts that WCG and WCSB acted dishonestly to assist the Chairman to perpetrate the alleged fraud and was party to an unlawful means conspiracy to cause it loss. It is also claimed that WCG, WCSB are vicariously liable for any wrongdoing on the part of KBR. The potential quantum of the claim is in excess of £1 million. The claims are strenuously denied by the Directors and the Directors consider the claim to be without any merit, as supported by a legal opinion obtained by WCG and WCSB, which advises that the claims are "weak". A detailed response denying liability for the claims was submitted to the client's representatives in December 2016. The Directors have heard nothing further from the former KBR client since then.

 

9.     Prior year adjustment

An adjustment has been made to retained earnings brought forward at 1 April 2015 to reflect unused holiday entitlement costs of £148,000 at 31 March 2015 together with the tax impact of £29,000 and reducing retained earnings by £119,000 as at 31 March 2015 and 2016. Movements in the liability since are considered immaterial and there is therefore no impact to profit before tax for subsequent years.

 

 


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