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Wynnstay Group PLC  -  WYN   

Final Results

Released 07:00 25-Jan-2017

RNS Number : 0127V
Wynnstay Group PLC
25 January 2017
 

25 January 2017

AIM: WYN

 

Wynnstay Group plc

("Wynnstay" or the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Final Results

For the year ended 31 October 2016

 

Key points

 

·     Satisfactory results in line with market expectations despite tough trading environment

 

·     Group revenue of £368.14m (2015: £377.38m) - impacted by deflation

 

·     Profit before tax of £7.29m (2015: £8.34m)

Underlying pre-tax profit* of £7.37m (2015: £9.05m)

 

·     Earnings per share of 30.01p (2015: 34.66p)

 

·     Net cash increased to £4.28m (2015: £2.14m), helped by strong cash generation

 

·     Net assets increased to £86.95m (2015: £82.86m)

 

·     Proposed final dividend of 8.00p - takes total for the year to 12.00p (11.10p), up 8.11%

 

·     Agricultural Division - revenue of £249.74m; operating profit of £3.01m

affected by agri-sector downturn, especially dairy

ongoing investment in facilities to support efficiencies and growth

 

·     Specialist Retail Division - revenue of £118.28m; operating profit of £4.54m

integration of Agricentre outlets (acquired October 2015) completed

geographic reach strengthened

 

·     Trading environment showing signs of recovery with improving output prices for farmers

new financial year has started in line with management expectations

 

*Underlying pre-tax profit includes Group's share of pre-tax profit from joint ventures and associate investments but excludes the exceptional item and share based payments.  A reconciliation is shown in note 14.

 

 

Ken Greetham, Chief Executive of Wynnstay, said:

 

"Our results are in line with market expectations and reflect the tough trading environment, which stemmed from an imbalance in world markets and has led to low output prices for farmers, most apparent in the dairy sector. Despite the backdrop, we continued to invest significantly across the Group to support efficiencies and future growth plans, and have further extended our trading reach in the South of England through our Wynnstay Store outlets. 

 

 

Over recent months, there has been a recovery in output prices for farmers, mainly as a result of the devaluation of Sterling, and the new financial year has started in line with management expectations.  We remain optimistic of further improvement and are focused on continuing to develop Wynnstay's market presence. The Group's breadth of products and balanced spread of activities remains key strengths."

 

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Wynnstay Group plc

Ken Greetham, Chief Executive

Paul Roberts, Finance Director

T: 01691 827 142

T: 020 3178 6378 (today)

 

 

 

KTZ Communications

Katie Tzouliadis, Emma Pearson

 

T: 020 3178 6378

Shore Capital (Nomad and Broker)

Stephane Auton, Patrick Castle

T: 020 7408 4090

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

OVERVIEW

 

Wynnstay has performed in line with market expectations delivering a result which, although lower than the previous year's, reflects, as anticipated, the adverse trading environment experienced across the wider agricultural industry. The breadth of the Group's activities, which includes arable, feeds and retail, traditionally provides an internal hedge against variable returns within the industry.  However the downturn in UK agriculture has affected most sectors, mirroring world trends. Against this challenging backdrop, the underlying pre-tax profit* of £7.37m (2015: £9.05m) on revenues of £368.14m (£377.38m) is, in my view, creditable.

 

Within the Agricultural Division there was an overall reduction in contribution mainly reflecting margin pressure associated with the mix of products sold during the year. Feed demand reduced, reflecting national trends, but sales of straight feeds and arable products increased. Seed sales were at record levels and sales of fertiliser rose as some farmer customers placed orders ahead of price increases in the autumn. Grain volumes were slightly lower than the record of the previous year. The feed and arable aspects of the business are well placed for future growth as farmers begin to experience  some recovery in output prices.

 

The Specialist Retail Division continues to develop. There are now 52 Wynnstay Stores and 25 Just for Pets outlets. The businesses acquired during the previous financial year have now been integrated and we have opened new stores during the year. Overall sales have increased, although, as expected given the challenging trading environment, like-for-like sales and profit contribution are behind the prior year's level. The retail aspect of the Group's operations is an important route to market for our own agricultural products along with those supplied by UK and international businesses, and also provides another important point of contact with our farmer customer base.

 

In line with the corporate plan, we continued to invest in the Group's infrastructure, expanding and modernising our bagged feed production facilities. Further investment is planned to support our ongoing development in the feed and arable sectors.

 

The agricultural trading environment is now demonstrating early signs of recovery, with a welcome improvement in farm output prices, mainly as a result of a weaker Sterling but also a rebalancing of some agricultural markets.

 

FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

Revenues for the year to 31 October 2016 at £368.14m (2015: £377.38m) were once again impacted by continuing deflation in many product categories for much of the period. Sales from the Agricultural Division contributed £249.74m (2015: £270.05m) to total revenue, reflecting average lower unit values for most feed, seed, grain and fertiliser products, together with the reduced demand for dairy-related items. Specialist Retail revenue contributed £118.28m (2015: £107.19m), with the increase being driven by a full year's contribution from acquisitions made towards the end of last year, particularly the Agricentre business.

 

Profit before taxation reduced by 12.59% to £7.29m (2015: £8.34m).  Underlying pre-tax profit*, which includes results from joint ventures and associates but excludes share based payments and exceptional items, was £7.37m (2015: £9.05m), a decrease of 18.56% year-on-year. The Agricultural Division contributed £3.01m (2015: £4.13m), reflecting a reduction in compound and blended feed volumes, which was only partially offset by increased straight feeds as customers sought to cut costs. Our Specialist Retailing activities also made a lower contribution of £4.54m (2015: £5.08m), mainly as a result of the costs associated with new store openings and integration, together with reduced demand for certain products. Other activities showed a reduced loss of £0.10m (2015: loss of £0.26m) which reflected the lower share based payment charge for the period.

 

Net finance costs decreased to £0.14m (2015: £0.24m), with average net debt reducing through the year.  Basic earnings per share was 30.01p per share (2015: 34.66p).

 

Cash generation remained strong during the year, with an EBITDA performance of £10.17m (2015: £11.70m before exceptional items) and the net cash position at the year end stood at £4.28m (2015: £2.14m).  Balance sheet net assets increased to £86.95m (2015: £82.86m) at the year end equating to £4.48 (2015: £4.31) per share.

 

DIVIDEND

 

The Board is pleased to propose the payment of a final dividend of 8.00p per share.  This, together with the interim dividend of 4.00p per share, paid on 31 October 2016, takes the total dividend for the year to 12.00p, an increase of 8.11% on last year (2015: 11.10p).

 

The final dividend, which is subject to shareholder approval, will be paid on 28 April 2017 to shareholders on the register on 31 March 2017. A scrip dividend alternative will continue to be available as in previous years.  The last date for election for the scrip dividend will be 18 April 2017.

 

THE BOARD

 

On 1 April 2016, we were pleased to welcome Steve Ellwood to the Board as a Non-executive Director.  Steve has substantial experience in the agricultural and agri-food sector, having worked for twenty-five years at HSBC Bank's agricultural banking operations, including as Head of Agriculture for 10 years. He remains active in the sector both through significant industry initiatives and as a Non-executive Director of several agricultural companies.

 

COLLEAGUES

 

Our colleagues across the Group have once again worked with skill, energy and commitment over the year and, on behalf of the Board, I would like to acknowledge everyone's contribution. Wynnstay's achievements to date are  built on clear strategy and successful teamwork. 

 

OUTLOOK

 

The Group has performed well over recent years and, despite the challenges faced by the industry over the last twelve months, Wynnstay remains in a strong position to progress in the UK market.

 

While uncertainties for the industry remain, particularly as the UK Government negotiates the exit from the European Union, the Board remains confident of the opportunities that exist for UK agriculture as the world market for agricultural products becomes more balanced.

 

In recent months, there has been some recovery in output prices for farmers and there are early signs of increased demand for certain products, particularly in the livestock sector. Changing global dynamics and weaker sterling have triggered an increase in input prices and the industry is therefore likely to experience the return of inflation.  Wynnstay is well placed with a robust balance sheet and strong cash flows. Our broad range of products and expanding route-to-market brings further opportunity  as we look forward. We continue to work on delivering our corporate plan and remain focused on meeting the requirements of our important customer base.

 

Jim McCarthy

Chairman

 

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE REVIEW

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Group's results are in line with market expectations and reflect the tough trading environment which has impacted UK farmers and our industry as a whole. These difficult conditions stem from an imbalance in world markets, which have led to low output prices for farmers. This has been most apparent in the livestock sector, particularly dairy and has led to a reduced demand for feed and associated products nationally.  

 

While underlying pre-tax profit* at £7.37m is below last year's strong performance (2015: £9.05m), as we expected, we view this outcome as satisfactory given the market backdrop. Revenues at £368.14m (2015: £377.38m) mainly reflect the impact of deflation, with the reduction in demand for feed offset by higher volumes of other products. 

 

During the course of the year, we completed the integration of the businesses we acquired in the previous year, which extended the Group's trading into the South of England. We also launched a new retail store next to Sedgemoor Livestock Market, one of the largest agricultural markets in the country, and opened three new Just for Pets outlets.

 

We are investing significantly across the Group and completed a major investment in new packaging facilities for bagged animal feed. This investment enables us to satisfy the growing requirement for bagged feed as we increase the number of Wynnstay stores. Further investment is now targeted across our arable and feed operations to support growth and efficiencies within the business.

 

The UK's decision to leave the EU brings a degree of uncertainty to the agricultural industry, however the macroeconomics of food demand are encouraging. Wynnstay is well positioned within the sector for ongoing development both organically and via acquisition.     

 

REVIEW OF ACTIVITIES

 

Agricultural Division

 

The Agricultural Division provides a wide range of products for agricultural enterprises and offers a marketing facility for combinable crops. Traditionally, the breadth of our operations has provided a natural internal hedge against sector variations. However the downturn in farm output prices experienced over the last two years has been widely felt across most sectors. The downturn was especially evident in the dairy sector, with milk prices falling below the cost of production for most farmers. The resultant fall in demand for feed and associated products has been felt nationally and our feed activities were similarly affected. By contrast, despite low grain prices reducing crop farmers' income, our arable activities contributed an improved performance year-on-year.

 

The Agricultural Division's operating profit contribution for the year was £3.01m, (2015: £4.13m). Revenues reduced to £249.74m (2015: £270.05m), which reflected ongoing deflation (although this reversed in the autumn).  We saw increased activity in traded materials and higher fertiliser volumes, with this increase offsetting the decrease in feed and grain volumes.  

 

The strong link between the Agricultural Division and the Specialist Retail Division, with its network of Wynnstay Stores, creates an efficient and coordinated route to market for a broad range of products. Our ability to act as a "one-stop shop" to customers is an important aspect of our business and we aim to be the supplier of choice across our trading regions.  

 

Feed Products

 

Demand for livestock feed was down year-on-year, mirroring national trends.  As previously indicated, the reduced demand was particularly evident in the dairy sector, especially for blended feed, some of which was replaced by straight feeds. This reduction reflected a decision on the part of farmers to search for production efficiency and, for some, not to feed for marginal milk volume. The resultant reduction in UK milk yields was the catalyst for an upward movement in milk prices in the late summer. Feed demand over the winter period has improved and there are encouraging signs that demand will continue to strengthen.

 

Our strategy of working with specialists across all activities continues.  We believe that the ability to provide detailed product advice to farmers will become increasingly important as farming enterprises look for efficiencies. Our dairy specialists are part of this initiative and work alongside both farm sales colleagues and Wynnstay Stores staff. We are also evolving our customer relationship management systems to support our wider initiatives with farmers.

 

Glasson

 

Our long established Glasson business has built a strong reputation for its commercial activities, which include the trading of raw materials, processing of specialist feed products and the supply of fertiliser both wholesale and direct-to-farm.

 

Glasson's contribution this year was lower than the prior year with margin pressure across all products and a reduction in fertiliser volumes which was also evident in the FertLink joint venture.

 

Arable Products

 

Our arable activities have continued to perform well despite the subdued market environment. Demand for all products was higher year-on-year, which was reflected in volumes.  However, as we expected, there was also some pressure on margins. Sales of cereal and herbage seed have been buoyant and broken previous records. Demand for fertiliser was subdued at the beginning of the year although we were well placed to satisfy the spring market. An active buying spell in the autumn helped increase volumes for the year as a whole ahead of the previous year.

 

Grain volumes, which are marketed by our in-house business GrainLink, were strong in the first half, but the smaller 2016 harvest resulted in reduced activity in the second half on a like-for-like basis.

 

During the year, we started to combine the management of the Woodheads seed and grain business with the Wynnstay seed and GrainLink operations, and expect to complete this process over the coming months.

 

Specialist Retail Division

 

Wynnstay Stores, now at 52 country stores, forms the main part of the Specialist Retail Division, with Youngs Animal Feeds and our dedicated pet products chain, Just for Pets, complementing this activity.

 

The main features of the year were the integration of Agricentre and the opening of new pet stores, including a new concept store, 'Bessie and Boo'.  Total revenues rose by 10% to £118.28m (2015: £107.19m) although contribution reduced by 10.6% to £4.54m (2015: £5.08m).  This reflected margin pressure and opening costs within the new stores.

 

Wynnstay Stores

 

The Group's network of Wynnstay Stores has increased significantly over recent years and our outlets provide a wide range of products for farmers and country dwellers. We have now completed the integration of the Agricentre business, acquired in October 2015, and all the outlets have been rebranded "Wynnstay Agricentre". We expect the acquired stores to make a positive contribution to the Group's results during 2017. In August, we opened a new store next to the Sedgemoor Livestock Market, near Bridgwater. Sedgemoor is a strategically important trading area and complements the newly acquired Wynnstay Agricentre stores.

 

Total sales for the year increased by 12%, benefiting from the newly acquired business. However, like-for-like sales reduced, primarily reflecting lower fertiliser sales and a reduced volume of hardware and ancillary products in the dairy sector.

 

With 52 outlets, Wynnstay Stores provide an important platform for the continued development of our agricultural business as well as a key route to market for UK and international suppliers.

 

Just for Pets

 

Our chain, Just for Pets, now comprises 25 stores, having added three new stores during the financial year. We opened a new store in Nottingham in November 2015, followed by a new boutique store, 'Bessie and Boo', near Evesham in May, and, in July, we opened a Just for Pets outlet at Maypole near Birmingham. The contribution from the business is behind the previous year's level, reflecting the opening costs and maturity curve associated with new outlets as well as a small reduction in like-for-like sales.

 

Youngs Animal Feeds

 

Youngs Animal Feeds manufactures and distributes a range of equine products to specialist outlets across the centre of the UK.  The business performed in line with expectations and we believe that there are further opportunities available to it as we continue to expand the Specialist Retail Division as a whole. 

 

Joint Ventures and Associates

 

The Group has four joint venture businesses (Bibby Agriculture, Wyro Developments, FertLink and Total Angling) as well as two associate businesses (Wynnstay Fuels and Celtic Pride). These businesses extend the Group's activities and strengthen marketing channels for a number of products.

 

Staff

 

The dedicated commitment of our colleagues across the Group is key to the success of Wynnstay and I would like to take this opportunity to record my personal appreciation for the contribution of all staff during the year.

 

OUTLOOK

 

The broad spread and balanced nature of Wynnstay's activities remains a key strength and the business remains focused on deepening its relationship with customers through the provision of additional specialist products and services.  This will be particularly important as the agricultural industry adapts to the changes resulting from the decision for the UK to leave the EU. Whilst it is too early to get a clear direction from the Government on future agricultural policy, the food and farming sectors are strategically important and make a significant contribution to the UK economy. The Group's breadth of products and its geographical coverage, combined with balance sheet strength, means that Wynnstay is well placed to continue to develop as a major supplier to a broad customer base.

 

In the short term there has been a recovery in output prices for farmers, mainly as a result of the recent devaluation of Sterling, and the new financial year has started in line with management expectations. I look forward to providing an update at Wynnstay's AGM on 21 March 2017, which will be held at a new venue, The Albrighton Hall Hotel and Spa in Shrewsbury.

 

Ken Greetham

Chief Executive

 

 

 

WYNNSTAY GROUP PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the year ended 31 October 2016

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

Note

£000

£000

 

£000

£000

Revenue

2

 

368,143

 

 

377,382

Cost of sales

 

 

(310,750)

 

 

(321,874)

GROSS PROFIT

 

 

57,393

 

 

55,508

Manufacturing  distribution and selling costs

 

 

(45,522)

 

 

(42,265)

Administrative expenses

 

 

(4,889)

 

 

(4,666)

Other income

 

 

454

 

 

476

GROUP OPERATING PROFIT BEFORE INTANGIBLE AMORTISATION, SHARE  BASED PAYMENT COSTS AND EXCEPTIONAL ITEM

 

 

7,436

 

 

 

 

9,053

Intangible amortisation and share based payments

 

 

(78)

 

 

(344)

Exceptional item

4

 

-

 

 

(319)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP OPERATING PROFIT

5

 

7,358

 

 

8,390

Interest income

3

69

 

 

50

 

Interest expense

3

(209)

(140)

 

(290)

(240)

Share of profits in associate and joint ventures accounted for using the equity method

 

93

 

 

 

245

 

Share of tax incurred by associate and joint ventures

 

6

 

(26)

 

67

 

 

(58)

 

187

PROFIT BEFORE TAXATION

 

 

7,285

 

 

8,337

 

Taxation

7

 

(1,456)

 

 

(1,667)

PROFIT FOR THE YEAR

 

 

5,829

 

 

6,670

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per 25p share

9

 

30.01p

 

 

34.66p

Diluted earnings per 25p share

9

 

29.81p

 

 

34.27p

               

 

 

All of the above are derived from continuing operations. 

 

There was no other comprehensive income during the current and prior year.

 

 

WYNNSTAY GROUP PLC

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

As at 31 October 2016

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

Note

£000

 

£000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

18,147

 

18,155

Investment property

 

2,372

 

2,372

Property, plant and equipment

 

20,535

 

19,424

Investments accounted for using equity method

 

3,457

 

3,680

Intangibles

 

109

 

124

 

 

44,620

 

43,755

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

31,344

 

31,694

Trade and other receivables

 

50,316

 

48,607

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

- loan to joint venture

 

2,786

 

2,802

Cash and cash equivalents

10

10,111

 

9,750

 

 

94,557

 

92,853

TOTAL ASSETS

 

139,177

 

136,608

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities - borrowings

11

(2,626)

 

(3,643)

Trade and other payables

 

(44,750)

 

(44,739)

Current tax liabilities

 

(905)

 

(861)

 

 

(48,281)

 

(49,243)

NET CURRENT ASSETS

 

46,276

 

43,610

 

 

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities - borrowings

11

(3,202)

 

(3,972)

Trade and other payables

 

(388)

 

(246)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(358)

 

(292)

 

 

(3,948)

 

(4,510)

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

(52,229)

 

(53,753)

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

86,948

 

82,855

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Share capital

12

4,874

 

4,848

Share premium

 

28,848

 

28,439

Other reserves

 

2,933

 

2,890

Retained earnings

 

50,293

 

46,678

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

 

86,948

 

82,855

 

 

WYNNSTAY GROUP PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

As at 31 October 2016

 

 

Share

capital

Share premium account

Other reserves

 

Retained

earnings

 

 

Total

Group

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

At 1 November 2014

 

4,777

27,633

2,796

 

42,025

 

77,231

Profit for the year

-

-

-

 

6,670

 

6,670

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

 

6,670

 

6,670

Transactions with owners of the Company recognised directly in equity :

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued during the year

 

71

806

-

-

 

877

Own shares acquired by

ESOP trust

-

-

(380)

-

(380)

Own share disposed of by ESOP trust

-

-

140

-

140

 

Dividends

-

-

-

 

(2,017)

 

(2,017)

 

Equity settled share- based payment transactions

-

-

334

 

-

334

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Company

 

 

71

806

94

 

 

(2,017)

(1,046)

At 31 October 2015

 

4,848

 

28,439

 

2,890

 

46,678

 

82,855

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

 

5,829

 

5,829

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

 

5,829

 

5,829

Transactions with owners of the Company recognised directly in equity:

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued during the year

26

409

-

-

435

Own shares acquired by ESOP trust

-

-

(20)

-

(20)

Dividends

-

-

-

(2,214)

(2,214)

Equity settled share based payment transactions 

 

-

-

63

 

-

63

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Company

 

26

409

43

 

(2,214)

(1,736)

 

At 31 October 2016

 

4,874

 

28,848

 

2,933

 

50,293

 

86,948

 

There was no other comprehensive income during the current and prior year.

 

 

 

 

WYNNSTAY GROUP PLC

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

Note

£000

 

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

13

8,897

 

8,609

Interest received

 

69

 

50

Interest paid

 

(209)

 

(290)

Tax paid

 

(1,346)

 

(1,519)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

7,411

 

6,850

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Acquisition in the year

 

-

 

(3,287)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

224

 

313

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(2,748)

 

(1,836)

Proceeds on sale of investments

 

290

 

150

Purchase of intangibles

 

(3)

 

-

Own shares acquired by ESOP trust 

 

(20)

 

(380)

Own shares disposed of by ESOP trust

 

-

 

140

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flows used by investing activities

 

(2,257)

 

(4,900)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Net proceeds from the issue of ordinary share capital

 

435

 

877

Net proceeds from drawdown of new loans

 

-

 

3,500

Finance lease principal repayments

 

(849)

 

(985)

Repayment of borrowings

 

(2,162)

 

(1,967)

Dividends paid to shareholders

 

(2,214)

 

(2,017)

Net cash flows generated from financing activities

 

(4,790)

 

(592)

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

364

 

1,358

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

 

9,747

 

 

8,389

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

10

10,111

 

9,747

 

 

 

1.        The Company is taking advantage of the exemption in s408 of the Companies Act 2006, not to present its individual income statement and related notes of these approved financial statements. 

 

2.         SEGMENTAL REPORTING

 

IFRS 8 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal financial information about the components of the Group that are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker ("CODM") to allocate resources to the segments and to assess their performance.

The chief operating decision maker has been identified as the Board of Directors ("the Board"). The Board reviews the Group's internal reporting in order to assess performance and allocate resources. The Board has determined that the operating segments, based on these reports are Agriculture, Specialist Retail and Other.

 

The Board considers the business from a product/service perspective. In the Board's opinion, all of the Group's operations are carried out in the same geographical segment, namely the United Kingdom.

 

Agriculture - manufacturing and supply of animal feeds, fertiliser, seeds and associated agricultural products.

 

Specialist Retail - supply of a wide range of specialist products to farmers, smallholders and pet owners.

 

Other - miscellaneous operations not classified as agriculture or specialist retail.

 

The Board assesses the performance of the operating segments based on a measure of operating profit. Finance income and costs are not included in the segment result that is assessed by the Board. Other information provided to the Board is measured in a manner consistent with that in the financial statements.

 

Inter-segmental transactions are entered into under the normal commercial terms and conditions that would be available to unrelated third parties. 

 

             No segment has any reliance on any individual customer.

The segment results for the year ended 31 October 2016 are as follows:

 

 

Agriculture

Specialist

Retail

 

Other

 

Total

Year ended 31 October 2016

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue from external customers

249,736

118,281

126

368,143

 

 

 

 

 

Segment result

2,934

4,493

(69)

7,358

Share of results of associate and joint ventures before tax

 

72

 

 

51

 

(30)

 

93

 

3,006

4,544

(99)

7,451

Interest income

 

 

 

69

Interest expense

 

 

 

(209)

Profit before tax

 

 

 

7,311

Income taxes (includes tax of associate and joint ventures)

 

 

 

 

(1,482)

Profit for the year attributable to equity shareholders

 

 

 

 

5,829

 

Segment net assets

 

32,173

 

43,388

 

7,104

 

82,665

Corporate net cash (note 11)

 

 

 

4,283

Total net assets

 

 

 

86,948

 

 

Agriculture

Specialist

Retail

 

Other

 

Total

Year ended 31 October 2015

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue from external customers

270,047

107,193

142

377,382

Segment result

3,953

5,006

(250)

8,709

Share of results of associate and joint ventures before tax

 

181

 

76

 

(12)

 

245

 

4,134

5,082

(262)

8,954

Exceptional item

 

 

 

(319)

Interest income

 

 

 

50

Interest expense

 

 

 

(290)

Profit before tax

 

 

 

8,395

Income taxes (includes tax of associate and joint ventures)

 

 

 

 

(1,725)

Profit for the year attributable to equity shareholders

 

 

 

6,670

Segment net assets

30,843

42,727

7,150

80,720

Corporate net cash (note 11)

 

 

 

2,135

Total net assets

 

 

 

82,855

 

 

3.         FINANCE COSTS

 

2016

 

2015

 

£000

 

£000

Interest expense:

 

 

 

Interest payable on borrowings

(95)

 

(176)

Interest payable on finance leases

(114)

 

(114)

 

 

 

 

Interest and similar charges payable

(209)

 

(290)

 

 

 

 

Interest income

69

 

50

Interest receivable

69

 

50

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

(140)

 

(240)

 

 

4.         EXCEPTIONAL ITEM

 

2016

 

2015

 

£000

 

£000

Exceptional costs

-

 

319

         

 

Exceptional costs relate to the previous years expenses associated with the acquisition and re-organisation of the business and certain trading assets of Agricentre Farm Supplies.

 

5.         GROUP OPERATING PROFIT

The following items have been included in arriving at operating profit:

 

2016

2015

 

£000

Staff costs

28,292

25,428

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment:

 

 

- owned assets

2,141

1,968

- under finance leases

627

697

 

 

 

Amortisation of intangibles

15

10

Profit on disposal of fixed assets

(128)

(260)

Other operating lease rentals payable

3,489

3,243

Repairs and maintenance expenditure on plant, property and equipment

1,781

1,693

Trade receivables impairment

8

116

Services provided by the Group's auditor:

 

During the year the Group obtained the following services from the Group's auditor

 

2016

2015

 

£000

£000

Audit services - statutory audit

94

97

Tax services

8

8

XBRL tagging

2

2

Included in the Group Audit fee are fees of £5,000 (2015: £5,000) paid to the Group's auditor in respect of the parent company. The fees relating to the parent company this year are borne by one of the Group's subsidiaries.

 

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Share of post-tax profit in associate

31

39

 

Share of post-tax profits/(losses) in joint ventures

36

148

 

Total share of post-tax profits/(losses) of associate and joint ventures

67

187

7.         TAXATION

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

 

Analysis of tax charge in year

£000

£000

 

 

Current tax

 

 

 

 

- Continuing operations

1,703

1,736

 

 

- Adjustments in respect of prior years

(181)

(34)

 

 

 

Total current tax

 

1,522

 

1,702

 

 

Deferred tax

 

 

 

 

- Accelerated capital allowances

(66)

(35)

 

 

Total deferred tax

(66)

(35)

 

 

 

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

 

1,456

 

1,667

 

 

8.         DIVIDENDS

 

 

2016

2015

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Final dividend paid for prior year

1,436

1,300

 

Interim dividend paid for current year

778

717

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,214

2,017

 

 

 

 

Subsequent to the year end it has been recommended that a final dividend of 8.00p net per ordinary share (2015: 7.40p) be paid on 28 April 2017. Together with the interim dividend already paid on 31 October 2016 of 4.00p net per ordinary share (2015: 3.70p), this would result in a total dividend for the financial year of 12.00p net per ordinary share (2015: 11.10p).

 

 

 

9.         EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share before exceptional item

 

Diluted earnings per share

Diluted earnings per share before exceptional

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

2016

2015

 

2016

 

2015

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings attributable to shareholders (£'000)

 

5,829

 

 

6,670

 

 

5,829

 

6,989

 

 

5,829

 

6,670

 

 

5,829

 

 

6,989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue during the year (number '000)

 

 

 

19,425

 

 

 

 

19,243

 

 

 

 

19,425

 

 

 

19,243

 

 

 

 

19,557

 

 

 

19,463

 

 

 

 

19,557

 

 

 

 

19,463

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per ordinary 25p share (pence)

 

30.01

 

 

34.66

 

 

30.01

 

36.32

 

 

29.81

 

34.27

 

 

29.81

 

 

35.91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per 25p ordinary share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year excluding those held in the Employee Share Ownership Trust which are treated as cancelled.

 

Basic earnings before exceptional item per 25p ordinary share is calculated by dividing the earnings with the full exceptional item added back, without any tax adjustment, attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.

 

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares (share options and warrants) taking into account their exercise price in comparison with the actual average share price during the year.

 

For diluted earnings before exceptional item per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares (share options) taking into account their exercise price in comparison with the actual average share price during the year. 

 

               

10.     CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AND BANK OVERDRAFTS

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

£000

 

£000

Cash and cash equivalents per balance sheet

10,111

 

9,750

Bank overdrafts

-

 

(3)

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents per cash flow statement

10,111

 

9,747

 

 

 

 

11.    FINANCIAL LIABILITIES - BORROWINGS

 

Current

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bank loans and overdrafts due within one year or on demand:

 

 

 

 

 

Secured overdrafts

 

-

 

3

 

Secured loans

 

905

 

2,162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

905

 

2,165

 

Loan capital (unsecured)

 

664

 

667

 

Other loanstock (unsecured)

 

16

 

16

 

Net obligations under finance leases

 

1,041

 

795

 

 

 

2,626

 

3,643

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

£000

 

£000

Bank loans:

 

 

 

 

Secured

 

1,986

 

2,888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,986

 

2,888

Net obligations under finance leases

 

1,216

 

1,084

 

 

3,202

 

3,972

           

 

 

Bank loans and overdrafts include overdrafts totalling £nil (2015: £222,233) relating to subsidiary companies, which are secured by debentures over the assets of those companies.

 

Finance lease obligations are secured on the assets to which they relate.

 

 

 

 

 

2016

2015

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings are repayable as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On demand or within one year

2,626

3,643

 

In the second year

1,605

1,473

 

In the third to fifth years inclusive

1,597

2,499

 

Over five years

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,828

7,615

 

 

 

 

 

Finance leases included above are repayable as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On demand or within one year

1,041

795

In the second year

729

572

In the third to fifth years inclusive

487

512

Over five years

-

-

 

 

 

 

2,257

1,879

 

 

 

The net borrowings are:

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings as above

5,828

7,615

Cash and cash equivalents

(10,111)

(9,750)

 

 

 

Net cash

(4,283)

(2,135)

             

 

 

 

12.       SHARE CAPITAL

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

No. of shares

 

 

 

No. of shares

 

 

 

 

'000

 

£000

 

'000

 

£000

 

Authorised

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of 25p each

40,000

 

10,000

 

40,000

 

10,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allotted, called up and fully paid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of 25p each

19,495

 

4,874

 

19,391

 

4,848

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the year 77,429 shares (2015: 81,733) were issued with an aggregate nominal value of £19,357 (2015: £20,433) and were fully paid up for equivalent cash of £367,244 (2015: £430,808) to shareholders exercising their right to receive dividends under the Company's scrip dividend scheme.

 

A total of 26,800 (2015: 200,812) shares with an aggregate nominal value of £6,700 (2015: £50,203) were issued for a cash value of £67,804 (2015: £446,868) to relevant holders exercising options in the Company.  No other shares were issued for cash in this financial year (2015: Nil).

 

 

13.             CASH GENERATED FROM OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

£000

 

£000

Profits for the year

 

5,829

 

6,670

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Tax

 

1,456

 

1,667

Depreciation of tangible fixed assets

 

2,768

 

2,665

Amortisation of other intangible fixed assets

 

15

 

10

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

(128)

 

(260)

Interest income

 

(69)

 

(50)

Interest expense

 

209

 

290

Share of results of joint ventures and associate

 

(67)

 

(187)

Share based payments

 

63

 

334

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in working capital (excluding effects of acquisitions and disposals of subsidiaries):

 

 

 

 

Decrease in short term loan to joint ventures

 

16

 

-

Decrease in inventories

 

350

 

287

(Increase)/ Decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(1,709)

 

143

Increase/ (Decrease) in payables

 

164

 

(2,960)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

 

8,897

 

8,609

 

 

 

 

14.              RECONCILIATION OF UNDERLYING PRE-TAX PROFIT

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

£

 

£

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

7,285

 

8,337

Share-based payments

 

63

 

334

Share of tax incurred by associate and Joint ventures

 

26

 

58

Exceptional item

 

-

 

319

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying pre-tax profit

 

7,374

 

9,048

 

 

   

 

15.             RESPONSIBILTY STATEMENT

 

The Directors below confirm to the best of their knowledge:

 

·      the financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and

 

·      the management report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the issuer and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.

 

J J McCarthy

P M Kirkham

B P Roberts

K R Greetham

D A T Evans

H J Richards

 S J Ellwood

 

16.              CONTENT OF THIS REPORT

The financial information set out above does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 October 2016 or 31 October 2015, but is derived from those accounts.

Statutory accounts for 2015 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The auditor, KPMG Audit Plc, has reported on the 2015 accounts; the report (i) was unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The statutory accounts for 2016 will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Annual General Meeting. The auditor, KPMG LLP, has reported on these accounts; their report is unqualified, does not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and; does not include a statement under either section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The Annual Report and full Financial Statements will be posted to shareholders during the week commencing 7 February 2017. Further copies will be available to the public, free of charge, from the Company's Registered Office at Eagle House, Llansantffraid, Powys, SY22 6AQ or on the Company's website at www.wynnstay.co.uk. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

17.       ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at The Lakeside Suite, Albrighton Hall Hotel and Spa, Ellesmere Road, Albrighton, Shrewsbury, SY4 3AG on 21 March 2017 at 11.45am.

 


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