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Boot(Henry) PLC  -  BOOT   

2018 Half-year Report

Released 07:00 24-Aug-2018

RNS Number : 7275Y
Boot(Henry) PLC
24 August 2018
 

24 August 2018

 

HENRY BOOT PLC

('Henry Boot', 'the Company' or 'the Group')

 

UNAUDITED INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

 

Henry Boot PLC, a company engaged in land promotion, property investment and development, and construction, announces its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2018. Ticker: BOOT.L: Main market premium listing: FTSE: construction & materials.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 



30 June

2018

30 June

2017

%

change

·     

Profit before tax

£26.2m

£22.6m

+15.9%

·     

Operating profit

£26.4m

£22.8m

+15.8%

·     

Earnings per share

15.7p

13.1p

+19.8%

·     

Interim dividend

3.20p

2.80p

+14.3%

·     

Net debt

£26.0m

£62.2m

-58.2%

·     

Net asset value per share

217p

184p

+17.9%

 

Commenting on the results, Chief Executive John Sutcliffe said:

 

"We are very pleased to report another impressive performance in the first half of 2018, achieving improved profit, earnings per share, net asset value and dividends, while significantly reducing debt, compared to a year ago.

 

"So long as market conditions remain stable as we transit through the political and economic uncertainties, we look to the future with confidence. We have a strong pipeline of land, housing and commercial development opportunities to provide our customers with the property assets they require.

 

"Trading in the second half of 2018 has started well, and given the level of forward contracted business, the Board is confident in meeting its expectations for the full year and those for 2019 which, at this early stage, remain unchanged."

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Henry Boot PLC

John Sutcliffe, Chief Executive Officer

Darren Littlewood, Group Finance Director

Tel: 0114 255 5444

www.henryboot.co.uk

 

Investec Bank plc

Carlton Nelson/David Anderson

Tel: 020 7597 5970

 

Hudson Sandler LLP

Wendy Baker

Tel: 020 7796 4133

 

An interview with John Sutcliffe, Chief Executive Officer of Henry Boot PLC commenting on the interim results is available to view at www.henryboot.co.uk or available here

 

About Henry Boot PLC

Henry Boot PLC (BOOT.L) was established over 130 years ago and is one of the UK's leading and long-standing property investment and development, land promotion and construction companies. Based in Sheffield, the Group is composed of the following three divisions:

 

Land Promotion:

Hallam Land Management Limited

 

Property Investment & Development:

Henry Boot Developments Limited, Stonebridge Homes Limited

 

Construction:

Henry Boot Construction Limited, Banner Plant Limited, Road Link (A69) Limited

 

The Group possess a high-quality strategic land portfolio, a substantial investment portfolio and an enviable reputation in the property development market. It has a construction specialism in both the public and private sectors, a growing plant hire business, and generates strong cash flows from its PFI contract through Road Link (A69) Limited.

 

www.henryboot.co.uk

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

I am very pleased to report that the Group has traded well in the first half of 2018. As forecast at the time of our 2017 final results announcement, our performance in the first half of 2018 has been ahead of the same period last year, and we continue to expect the second half of 2018 to not benefit from the residential property sales achieved in the second half of 2017.

 

We have continued to see consistent levels of demand across all the businesses in the Group, but most particularly for housing development land within Hallam Land and housing within Stonebridge Homes. As anticipated, 2018 is a quieter year than 2017 in our commercial property development business, albeit, we are gradually seeing an increase in expected development activity for 2019. This is subject to stable trading conditions and the uncertain political climate all businesses in the UK are currently operating under.

 

We continue to successfully replenish our pipelines of strategic land housing sites and commercial opportunities, while maintaining a prudent level of gearing which, in our view, is vital at this stage of the economic cycle.

 

Dividend

 

The Board continues to remain confident in the Company's ability to profitably deliver the opportunities available to the Group. Therefore, the Board has declared a 14% increase to the interim dividend to 3.2p (2017: 2.8p), which will be paid on 19 October 2018 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 21 September 2018.

 

Trading review

 

Revenue for the period remained stable at £196.2m (30 June 2017: £195.4m). Higher construction segment activity arose from the first full six months' contribution from Premier Plant in Leicester acquired in April 2017. Also, within Road Link, we are undertaking additional works for the design of two new roundabouts for Highways England, where we are taking a small management fee on these works. These were offset by lower land sale revenues in comparison to the previous first half where we acquired and disposed of a significant scheme held under option. Increased housebuilding sales were offset by lower commercial development revenues within the property investment and development segment.

 

Gross profit was 5% higher at £39.3m (30 June 2017: £37.5m) as the mix of revenues in the first half of 2018 generated slightly higher returns than in the first half of 2017.

 

Overheads increased 13% as we continue to invest in our people resource, particularly within commercial property development and our housebuilding activities. 2018 also carries a full six months' overhead of our new Leicester plant depots' acquired in April 2017. Property fair value increases of £0.6m (30 June 2017: deficit £2.0m) and investment property disposal profits of £1.1m (30 June 2017: £0.2m) helped profit from operations to increase by 16% to £26.4m (30 June 2017: £22.8m). Net financing costs were £0.8m (30 June 2017: £0.6m) reflecting both low interest rates and prudent gearing levels.

 

Profit before tax increased 16% to £26.2m (30 June 2017: £22.6m), a very creditable performance, and earnings per share increased by 20% to 15.7p (30 June 2017: 13.1p).

 

Statement of financial position

 

Total non-current assets were £184.0m (31 December 2017: £178.0m). The difference arises from the net investment in the plant hire fleet of £1.0m (30 June 2017: £2.0m), an increase in trade and other receivables of £6.2m (30 June 2017: £12.8m reduction) relating to deferred land sale debtors and continued investment in joint ventures and associates of £0.8m (30 June 2017: £0.6m) offset by a reduction in deferred tax assets of £1.6m (30 June 2017: £0.1m increase) derived from a lower IAS 19 pension scheme deficit. The carrying value of investment properties and intangible assets relating to Road Link (A69) Limited and goodwill remained broadly stable.

 

The uplift in current asset inventories to £146.2m (31 December 2017: £144.6m) resulted from overage payments relating to owned land offset by a slight reduction in house building work in progress as we continue to sell to build rather than build to sell. The increase in trade and other receivables resulted from amounts recoverable on contracts mainly relating to 'The Event Complex Aberdeen' development. Cash and cash equivalents were £1.0m lower at £9.3m (31 December 2017: £10.3m). Assets classified as held for sale reduced to £nil (31 December 2017: £2.0m) as we successfully concluded the disposal of Bartle House, our Manchester serviced office. In summary, current assets were £7.2m higher at £257.3m (31 December 2017: £250.1m).

 

Current liabilities rose marginally to £126.4m (31 December 2017: £125.2m) as trade and other payables increased to £84.4m (31 December 2017: £79.4m) from the summer uplift in construction activity offset by a reduction in current borrowings to £31.4m (31 December 2017: £34.3m). Current borrowings could further reduce in the second half as we look to market several investment properties, but this will be subject to achieving appropriate values and progressing through the legal process of disposal. Overall, net current assets were £130.9m (31 December 2017: £124.9m).

 

Non-current liabilities decreased to £26.1m (31 December 2017: £32.8m) helped by £1.0m of long-term borrowings relating to government loans becoming due within 12 months and moving to current liabilities. The expectation of an increase in long-term interest rates improved the liabilities discount rate applied to defined benefit pension scheme valuation under IAS 19 to 2.7% (31 December 2017: 2.5%) resulting in a reduced deficit of £17.0m (31 December 2017: £22.8m).

 

Retained earnings, along with the reduced pension deficit, saw net assets rise to £288.8m (31 December 2017: £270.1m) with the net asset value per share increasing by 7% to 217p (31 December 2017: 203p).

 

Cash flows

 

Operating cash inflows before movements in working capital were £24.3m (30 June 2017: £25.3m).

 

Working capital investment across all of the Group's activities increased inventories, receivables and payables, resulting in working capital outflows of £11.2m (30 June 2017: £24.0m) which, in turn, meant that operations generated funds of £13.1m (30 June 2017: £1.4m). After interest paid of £0.6m (30 June 2017: £0.5m) and tax paid of £5.6m (30 June 2017: £3.7m) net cash inflows from operating activities were £6.8m (30 June 2017: £2.8m outflow).

 

Net property receipts of £4.9m (30 June 2017: £15.4m investment), resulted in net cash inflows from investing activities of £3.8m (30 June 2017: cash outflows of £19.1m).

 

Dividends paid in the period, relating to the 2017 final dividend and dividends paid to non-controlling interests, increased by 10% to £7.9m (30 June 2017: £7.2m).

 

At 30 June 2018, net debt decreased to £26.0m resulting in very prudent gearing of 9% (30 June 2017: net debt of £62.2m, gearing 26%). As noted above, possible property receipts in the second half of 2018 could further reduce borrowings and gearing by the year end.

 

Business review

 

Land Promotion Review

 

Hallam Land Management Limited had a strong start to the year with 1,904 plots sold in the period, coupled with a site for roadside services. At the end of June 2018, we had exchanged contracts for the sale of a further 98 plots to complete later in 2018 and, since the end of June 2018, we have additionally completed sales of 365 plots on three sites.

 

At 30 June 2018, Hallam Land held interests in 173 sites equating to 14,015 acres, up from 13,273 acres at December 2017, of which 1,595 acres are owned, 2,766 under option and 9,654 under planning promotion agreements. During the six months to June 2018, we secured planning consents/resolutions to permit consent for 436 plots on three sites and at 30 June 2018, we held planning consents/resolution to permit consent for 17,061 plots on 51 sites, with a further 9,179 plots subject to planning applications. Our accounting policy is to hold these strategic land purchases as inventory, at the lower of cost or net realisable value, and therefore the assets do not benefit from judgemental valuation gains. The inventory value at 30 June 2018 was £104.5m (December 2017: £101.7m).

 

The recent republication of the National Planning Policy Framework and with it, Guidance on Viability Assessments, coupled with the good availability of planning consented land available to house builders, is putting pressure on land pricing and average returns per plot, along with the mix of sales between owned land and land held under planning promotion agreements. However, as can be seen by our increasing land bank and number of projects, we continue to source a very healthy number of new opportunities in strong market locations.

 

As we enter the second half of 2018, the majority of Hallam Land's business for the current year is either contractually exchanged or at an advanced stage of negotiation. In addition, we have also contractually exchanged sale contracts on six sites for over 1,200 plots which we expect to complete in 2019.

 

Property Investment and Development Review

 

Trading activity in Henry Boot Developments, our property investment and development subsidiary, remained relatively buoyant during the period, with projects already in the development phase progressing towards completion as planned.

 

The largest of those under construction is the £333m 'The Event Complex Aberdeen' development which continues to progress well and is on schedule to be completed in mid-2019. The development is fully funded by Aberdeen City Council and remains on budget. Other developments being undertaken in the period include two forward sold industrial units on our 200-acre Markham Vale business park, comprising 43,000 sq ft and 60,000 sq ft respectively and the 110,000 sq ft HQ office development, pre-let to Atkins and forward sold to L&G, in Epsom, Surrey. These three projects are forecast to be completed ahead of the 2018 financial year end.

 

Kampus, a joint venture development with Capital & Centric, is a £200m forward funded 540 unit build-to-rent apartment scheme in Manchester city centre for Ares Investment Management, and includes 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space. The project is now well advanced and remains on programme with the initial phase expected to be complete in 2020. In the same city, re-gearing of existing prime retail leases in Equitable House, St Ann's Square, has been completed, with retailer occupation expected to take place in the autumn. This will be followed by the commencement of conversion works to the upper floors to provide exclusive residential apartments for sale.

 

Elsewhere, we completed the development of a budget hotel converting existing office space and adding further floorspace, pre-let to Travelodge, at our mixed-use retail and office investment in Bromley, Kent. In Bristol city centre, terms have been agreed for the sale of two student residential investments, with the sale expected to complete in the second half of the current year.

 

The Company continues to experience significant growth in its development activities with over 400,000 sq ft of new pre-let or forward sold projects being secured in the first half of the year at both new and established development schemes. These are weighted towards industrial and warehouse projects, where occupier demand is strongest, at Markham Vale in Derbyshire, Butterfields Business Park in Luton, Airport Business Park in Southend and at Wakefield Hub. The development in Wakefield, which provides over 120 acres of logistics space, is located directly off Junction 30 of the M62 and is one of a number of significant new projects secured in the first half of the year. Others include Montagu 406, a 650,000 sq ft employment space redevelopment in partnership with the London Borough of Enfield and the 370-acre International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland, being undertaken in joint venture with Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils.

 

Stonebridge Homes Limited

 

Our small, but growing, jointly owned housebuilder based in Leeds had a very successful first half, doubling the number of reservations over the same period last year and concluding 53 completions (2017: 24). Furthermore, it has continued to grow its land bank after several planning successes in the period. It is anticipated that activity levels will exceed £35m this year, provided that the current levels of demand continue in line with those we have seen through the first half.

 

Construction Review

 

Henry Boot Construction Limited continues to win work in line with our expectations, despite uncertainty associated with the challenging political and economic conditions. At the half year, we are on track to secure our anticipated activity and profit for 2018, having secured 85% of this year's activity and 55% for 2019. We have noted a continuing trend of longer lead times from initial tender submission through to award and then activity on site. In part, we believe this explains reports of weaker UK construction activity.

 

We continue to see a good level of construction opportunities within our chosen workflow areas of housing, commercial development, retail, health, education, leisure, industrial, civil engineering and custodial. As always, we remain selective in the opportunities we pursue focusing, where possible, on proactively sourcing higher margin business and developing repeat business. We have also seen an increase in the size of contract opportunities we bid for, which increases the efficiency of our business model.

 

The largest construction contract we are currently progressing is the first phase of the £35m Glass Works Barnsley town centre redevelopment for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, where we are building a new library, refurbishing the Metropolitan Centre and delivering public realm works. We are also currently pricing further works on this site.

 

We have recently started the remodelling and refurbishment of Iveson Primary School, Leeds secured under the new YORbuild2 framework. This further enhances our relationship with Leeds City Council where we have recently been appointed to the Leeds Education Partnership to deliver education facilities across the city and are carrying out structural repairs to high rise blocks. Additionally, we are currently delivering schemes for the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Loughborough, Hull, Lancaster and Leicester.

 

Gladstone House, the 60-bed extra care unit for Newark and Sherwood Homes was successfully handed over earlier this year and work on the refurbishment of the Grade II listed St George's Concert Hall for Bradford City Council is progressing well and due for completion early 2019.

 

We continue to deliver schemes through the Ministry of Justice Strategic Alliance Agreement for new build and refurbishment schemes for HM Prison Service, HM Court and Tribunals Service, National Probation Service, Home Office and Forensic Science Service in the north of England, where we handed over three schemes earlier this year and expect to commence another four schemes later this year.

 

Banner Plant Limited

 

The well-documented difficult weather conditions in the early part of the year had a minor impact on our plant hire activity levels. The significantly improved weather conditions through the summer months have recovered these minor shortfalls and the business continues to trade in line with our expectations.

 

Road Link (A69) Limited

 

We have now completed year 22 of the 30-year contract with Highways England in respect of our 61% stake in Road Link (A69) Limited. The project continues to trade in line with management expectations in terms of both activity levels and cash flows.

 

Outlook

 

Economic conditions throughout the first half of 2018 remained similar to 2017. The UK real estate sector thrives on certainty and stutters on uncertainty, which typically causes investment decisions to be deferred. The current negotiations to leave the EU do not create a certain economic environment and while there is no evidence that we are seeing investment decisions deferred, we are seeing a little more caution and higher levels of due diligence before projects progress.

 

However, we continue to trade as actively as we have ever done. Customers and clients continue to take new space, particularly within the industrial and logistics markets and we have been successfully increasing the number of future opportunities in that area. The UK housing market remains resilient with UK housebuilders continuing to report strong levels of demand, supporting both our strategic land business and our small housebuilder. While these resilient market conditions exist, we maintain a strong stock of sites and schemes to supply customers the land, houses and commercial developments they need.

 

The Group continues to trade well and in line with the Board's expectations for the 2018 full year and at this early stage, our expectations for 2019 remain unchanged.

 

Group risks and uncertainties

 

The Directors set out, in the 2017 Financial Statements (and reproduced in note 16), the key risks that could have a material effect on our results. The Board does not consider that these risks, which were identified at the time, have changed materially since then. The economic conditions across all our trading segments remain good and our trading performance in the first half year gives us confidence that we can meet our expectations for the year. We continue to have a strong portfolio of strategic land and development opportunities which are delivering profitability in line with appraisal forecasts. Our commercial development opportunities have never been greater and are focused towards industrial and logistics schemes and our house building land bank has grown to over 600 units, to be delivered over the next three to four years with both reservations and sales currently remaining strong. These development opportunities, combined with the strategic land sites with planning permission on over 17,000 units, and a further 9,000 units in the planning pipeline, are held as inventory and valued accordingly. Profit is taken as developments progress and land sales complete. Subject to maintained confidence levels across the UK property market, we continue to have the opportunities secured to allow us to grow shareholder value, over both the short and long term, which remains our prime objective.

 

Jamie Boot

Chairman

24 August 2018

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)

for the half year ended 30 June 2018

 


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

196,222

195,395

408,486

Cost of sales

(156,953)

(157,941)

(321,758)

Gross profit

39,269

37,454

86,728

Administrative expenses

(12,219)

(10,789)

(22,636)

Pension expenses

(2,285)

(2,047)

(4,336)


24,765

24,618

59,756

Increase/(decrease) in fair value of investment properties

630

(1,986)

(3,597)

Profit on sale of investment properties

1,075

159

137

Loss on sale of assets held for sale

(35)

(39)

(98)

Operating profit

26,435

22,752

56,198

Finance income

49

82

189

Finance costs

(825)

(684)

(1,703)

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

548

407

708

Profit before tax

26,207

22,557

55,392

Tax

(4,340)

(4,555)

(9,817)

Profit for the period from continuing operations

21,867

18,002

45,575

Other comprehensive income/(expense) not being reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:


Revaluation of Group occupied property

-

(7)

(379)

Deferred tax on property revaluations

-

24

50

Actuarial gain/(loss) on defined benefit pension scheme

5,042

(1,814)

2,306

Deferred tax on actuarial (gain)/loss

(857)

200

(391)

Total other comprehensive income/(expense) not being reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods

4,185

(1,597)

1,586

Total comprehensive income for the period

26,052

16,405

47,161

Profit for the period attributable to:




Owners of the Parent Company

20,838

17,332

42,368

Non-controlling interests

1,029

670

3,207


21,867

18,002

45,575

Total comprehensive income attributable to:




Owners of the Parent Company

25,023

15,735

43,954

Non-controlling interests

1,029

670

3,207


26,052

16,405

47,161

Basic earnings per ordinary share for the profit attributable
to owners of the Parent Company during the period

15.7p

13.1p

32.1p

Diluted earnings per ordinary share for the profit attributable
to owners of the Parent Company during the period

15.5p

13.0p

31.8p

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (UNAUDITED)

as at 30 June 2018

 


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets




Non-current assets




Intangible assets

5,359

5,414

5,361

Property, plant and equipment

27,489

25,277

26,485

Investment properties

131,827

131,908

132,777

Investment in joint ventures and associates

6,404

5,555

5,856

Trade and other receivables

9,109

2,621

2,906

Deferred tax assets

3,849

5,473

4,613


184,037

176,248

177,998

Current assets




Inventories

146,160

153,587

144,603

Trade and other receivables

101,832

99,723

93,176

Cash and cash equivalents

9,309

2,210

10,282


257,301

255,520

248,061

Assets classified as held for sale

-

6,343

2,000


257,301

261,863

250,061

Liabilities




Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

84,433

87,114

79,429

Current tax liabilities

4,656

5,542

5,794

Borrowings

31,355

57,028

34,340

Provisions

5,975

6,662

5,602


126,419

156,346

125,165

Net current assets

130,882

105,517

124,896

Non-current liabilities




Trade and other payables

2,670

2,667

2,684

Borrowings

3,970

7,351

4,922

Retirement benefit obligations

17,021

27,570

22,825

Provisions

2,476

1,450

2,387


26,137

39,038

32,818

Net assets

288,782

242,727

270,076

Equity




Share capital

13,714

13,611

13,701

Property revaluation reserve

3,550

3,896

3,550

Retained earnings

263,288

220,048

245,260

Other reserves

6,330

4,648

6,121

Cost of shares held by ESOP trust

(831)

(690)

(1,240)

Equity attributable to owners of the Parent Company

286,051

241,513

267,392

Non-controlling interests

2,731

1,214

2,684

Total equity

288,782

242,727

270,076

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

for the half year ended 30 June 2018

 


Attributable to owners of the Parent Company








Cost of






Property



shares held


Non-



Share

revaluation

Retained

Other

by ESOP


controlling

Total


capital

reserve

earnings

reserves

trust

Total

interests

equity


 £'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2017

13,608

3,879

210,664

4,611

(1,071)

231,691

1,861

233,552

Profit for the period

-

-

17,332

-

-

17,332

670

18,002

Other comprehensive expense

-

17

(1,614)

-

-

(1,597)

-

(1,597)

Total comprehensive income

-

17

15,718

-

-

15,735

670

16,405

Equity dividends

-

-

(5,927)

-

-

(5,927)

(1,317)

(7,244)

Proceeds from shares issued

3

-

-

37

-

40

-

40

Purchase of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

(196)

(196)

-

(196)

Share-based payments

-

-

(407)

-

577

170

-

170


3

-

(6,334)

37

381

(5,913)

(1,317)

(7,230)

At 30 June 2017 (unaudited)

13,611

3,896

220,048

4,648

(690)

241,513

1,214

242,727



















At 1 January 2017

13,608

3,879

210,664

4,611

(1,071)

231,691

1,861

233,552

Profit for the year

-

-

42,368

-

-

42,368

3,207

45,575

Other comprehensive income

-

(329)

1,915

-

-

1,586

-

1,586

Total comprehensive income

-

(329)

44,283

-

-

43,954

3,207

47,161

Equity dividends

-

-

(9,628)

-

-

(9,628)

(2,384)

(12,012)

Proceeds from shares issued

93

-

-

1,510

-

1,603

-

1,603

Purchase of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

(782)

(782)

-

(782)

Share-based payments

-

-

(59)

-

613

554

-

554


93

-

(9,687)

1,510

(169)

(8,253)

(2,384)

(10,637)

At 31 December 2017 (audited)

13,701

3,550

245,260

6,121

(1,240)

267,392

2,684

270,076

Profit for the period

-

-

20,838

-

-

20,838

1,029

21,867

Other comprehensive income

-

-

4,185

-

-

4,185

-

4,185

Total comprehensive income

-

-

25,023

-

-

25,023

1,029

26,052

Equity dividends

-

-

(6,905)

-

-

(6,905)

(982)

(7,887)

Proceeds from shares issued

13

-

-

209

-

222

-

222

Share-based payments

-

-

(90)

-

409

319

-

319


13

-

(6,995)

209

409

(6,364)

(982)

(7,346)

At 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

13,714

3,550

263,288

6,330

(831)

286,051

2,731

288,782

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

for the half year ended 30 June 2018

 


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities




Cash generated from operations

13,084

1,382

46,338

Interest paid

(607)

(501)

(1,463)

Tax paid

(5,630)

(3,720)

(8,620)

Net cash flows from operating activities

6,847

(2,839)

36,255

Cash flows from investing activities




Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

-

(2,711)

(2,711)

Purchase of intangible assets

(343)

(350)

(622)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(787)

(755)

(3,906)

Purchase of investment property

(3,895)

(18,799)

(24,081)

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

122

52

137

Proceeds on disposal of investment properties

6,645

2,437

2,778

Proceeds on disposal of assets held for sale

2,000

1,011

8,141

Interest received

40

60

544

Net cash flows from investing activities

3,782

(19,055)

(19,720)

Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from shares issued

222

40

1,603

Purchase of treasury shares

-

(196)

(782)

Decrease in borrowings

(10,098)

(5,909)

(49,965)

Increase in borrowings

6,161

30,024

47,514

Dividends paid

- ordinary shares

(6,895)

(5,917)

(9,607)


- non-controlling interests

(982)

(1,317)

(2,384)


- preference shares

(10)

(10)

(21)

Net cash flows from financing activities

(11,602)

16,715

(13,642)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(973)

(5,179)

2,893

Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

10,282

7,389

7,389

Net cash and cash equivalents at end of period

9,309

2,210

10,282

Analysis of net debt:




Cash and cash equivalents

9,309

2,210

10,282

Bank overdrafts

-

-

-

Net cash and cash equivalents

9,309

2,210

10,282

Bank loans

(27,545)

(56,385)

(30,599)

Finance leases

(3,061)

(1,261)

(2,544)

Government loans

(4,719)

(6,733)

(6,119)

Net debt

(26,016)

(62,169)

(28,980)

 

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

for the half year ended 30 June 2018

 

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

The Company is a public limited company, listed on the London Stock Exchange and incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of its registered office is Banner Cross Hall, Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, United Kingdom, S11 9PD.

 

The financial information set out above does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and is neither audited nor reviewed. The Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017, which were prepared under IFRS as adopted by the European Union, have been reported on by the Group's auditors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Independent Auditors' Report was unqualified and did not contain any statement under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2. Basis of preparation and accounting policies

The half-yearly financial information has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union.

 

The Company meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through a secured loan facility, which includes an overdraft facility. The facility was renewed with effect from 17 February 2015, with a renewal date of 17 February 2018 and an option to extend the facility by one year, each year, for the following two years occurring on the anniversary of the facility. The two options to extend the facility were exercised in 2016 and 2017 respectively extending the facilities to 17 February 2020.

 

The current economic conditions create uncertainty for all businesses over a number of risk areas. As part of their regular going concern review, the Directors specifically address all the risk areas that they consider material to the assessment of going concern. The Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the half-yearly financial information.

 

The preparation of half-yearly financial information requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

In preparing these half-yearly financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

The half-yearly financial information has been prepared using the same accounting policies and methods of computation as compared with the annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017, except for as described below:

 

The Group has adopted IFRS 15 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers' and IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' from 1 January 2018. In accordance with the transition provisions in IFRS 15 the new rules have been adopted under the modified retrospective approach. The new standards did not result in a material adjustment to the financial statements. Further information on the adoption of IFRS 15 and IFRS 9 can be found in note 15. 

 

A number of other standards, amendments and interpretations became effective from 1 January 2018, which do not have a material impact on the Group's financial statements or accounting policies.

 

3. Segment information

For the purpose of the Board making strategic decisions, the Group is currently organised into three operating segments: Property Investment and Development; Land Promotion; and Construction. Group overheads are not a reportable segment; however, information about them is considered by the Board in conjunction with the reportable segments.

 

Operations are carried out entirely within the United Kingdom.

 

Inter-segment sales are charged at prevailing market prices.

 

The accounting policies of the reportable segments are the same as the Group's accounting policies as detailed above.

 

Segment profit represents the profit earned by each segment before tax and is consistent with the measure reported to the Group's Board for the purpose of resource allocation and assessment of segment performance.

 


Half year ended 30 June 2018 Unaudited


Property







investment







and

Land


Group




development

development

Construction

overheads

Eliminations

Total

Revenue

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

External sales

111,606

35,741

48,875

-

-

196,222

Inter-segment sales

163

-

1,156

336

(1,655)

-

Total revenue

111,769

35,741

50,031

336

(1,655)

196,222

Operating profit/(loss)

10,567

15,158

3,993

(3,283)

-

26,435

Finance income

548

888

425

2,911

(4,723)

49

Finance costs

(3,060)

(523)

(273)

(1,292)

4,323

(825)

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

548

-

-

-

-

548

Profit/(loss) before tax

8,603

15,523

4,145

(1,664)

(400)

26,207

Tax

(1,386)

(2,698)

(944)

688

-

(4,340)

Profit/(loss) for the period

7,217

12,825

3,201

(976)

(400)

21,867

 


Half year ended 30 June 2017 Unaudited


Property







investment







and

Land


Group




development

development

Construction

overheads

Eliminations

Total

Revenue

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

External sales

112,560

40,202

42,633

-

-

195,395

Inter-segment sales

170

-

4,878

312

(5,360)

-

Total revenue

112,730

40,202

47,511

312

(5,360)

195,395

Operating profit/(loss)

12,743

8,269

4,687

(2,947)

-

22,752

Finance income

497

726

452

3,068

(4,661)

82

Finance costs

(2,742)

(773)

(256)

(1,324)

4,411

(684)

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

407

-

-

-

-

407

Profit/(loss) before tax

10,905

8,222

4,883

(1,203)

(250)

22,557

Tax

(2,396)

(1,582)

(932)

355

-

(4,555)

Profit/(loss) for the period

8,509

6,640

3,951

(848)

(250)

18,002




Year ended 31 December 2017 Audited


Property







investment







and

Land


Group




development

development

Construction

overheads

Eliminations

Total

Revenue

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

External sales

250,418

76,192

81,876

-

-

408,486

Inter-segment sales

324

-

7,417

646

(8,387)

-

Total revenue

250,742

76,192

89,293

646

(8,387)

408,486

Operating profit/(loss)

30,419

23,169

9,613

(7,003)

-

56,198

Finance income

1,041

1,472

900

17,953

(21,177)

189

Finance costs

(5,950)

(1,567)

(549)

(2,757)

9,120

(1,703)

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

 

708

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

708

Profit/(loss) before tax

26,218

23,074

9,964

8,193

(12,057)

55,392

Tax

(5,512)

(4,409)

(1,853)

1,957

-

(9,817)

Profit/(loss) for the year

20,706

18,665

8,111

10,150

(12,057)

45,575

 


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Segment assets




Property investment and development

243,391

243,588

233,253

Land promotion

140,055

146,336

140,379

Construction

41,490

37,540

36,385

Group overheads

3,244

2,964

3,147


428,180

430,428

413,164

Unallocated assets




Deferred tax assets

3,849

5,473

4,613

Cash and cash equivalents

9,309

2,210

10,282

Total assets

441,338

438,111

428,059

Segment liabilities




Property investment and development

34,328

27,992

28,847

Land promotion

26,957

33,091

28,146

Construction

30,854

34,284

29,750

Group overheads

3,415

2,526

3,359


95,554

97,893

90,102

Unallocated liabilities




Current tax liabilities

4,656

5,542

5,794

Current borrowings

31,355

57,028

34,340

Non-current borrowings

3,970

7,351

4,922

Retirement benefit obligations

17,021

27,570

22,825

Total liabilities

152,556

195,384

157,983

Total net assets

288,782

242,727

270,076

 

4. REVENUE

The Group's revenue is derived from contracts with customers. The nature and effect of initially applying IFRS 15 on the Group's interim financial statements is disclosed in note 15.

 

In the following table, revenue is disaggregated by primary activity, being the Group's operating segments and timing of revenue recognition:


Revenue recognised on performance obligations satisfied over time

Revenue recognised on performance obligations satisfied at a point in time

Total

revenue


£'000

£'000

£'000

Property investment and development

93,306

18,300

111,606

Land promotion

-

35,741

35,741

Construction

48,875

-

48,875


142,181

54,041

196,222

 

5. Earnings per ordinary share

Earnings per ordinary share is calculated on the weighted average number of shares in issue. Diluted earnings per ordinary share is calculated on the weighted average number of shares in issue adjusted for the effects of any dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 

6. Dividends


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in period:




Preference dividend on cumulative preference shares

10

10

21

Interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2017 of 2.80p per share (2016: 2.50p)

-

-

3,690

Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2017 of 5.20p per share (2016: 4.50p)

6,895

5,917

5,917


6,905

5,927

9,628

 

An interim dividend amounting to £4,248,000 (2017: £3,690,000) will be paid on 19 October 2018 to shareholders whose names are on the register at the close of business on 21 September 2018. The proposed interim dividend has not been approved at the date of the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position and so has not been included as a liability in these Financial Statements.

 

7. Tax


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Current tax:




UK corporation tax on profits for the period

4,438

4,546

10,090

Adjustment in respect of earlier periods

(4)

10

(372)

Total current tax

4,434

4,556

9,718

Deferred tax:




Origination and reversal of temporary differences

(94)

(1)

99

Total deferred tax

(94)

(1)

99

Total tax

4,340

4,555

9,817

 

Corporation tax is calculated at 19.00% (31 December 2017: 19.25%) of the estimated assessable profit for the period being management's estimate of the weighted average corporation tax rate for the period.

 

Deferred tax balances at the period end have been measured at 17% (31 December 2017: 17%), being the rate expected to be applicable at the date the actual tax will arise.

 

8. Investment properties



Investment



Completed

property



investment

under



property

construction

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

Fair value




At 1 January 2017

100,908

22,755

123,663

Direct acquisitions of investment property

15,931

-

15,931

Subsequent expenditure on investment property

913

1,955

2,868

Disposals

(1,586)

(639)

(2,225)

Transfers to assets held for sale

-

(6,343)

(6,343)

Transfers within investment property

9,300

(9,300)

-

Decrease in fair value in period

(585)

(1,401)

(1,986)

At 30 June 2017 (unaudited)

124,881

7,027

131,908

Adjustment in respect of tenant incentives

1,758

-

1,758

Market value at 30 June 2017

126,639

7,027

133,666





Fair value




At 1 January 2017

100,908

22,755

123,663

Direct acquisitions of investment property

17,113

-

17,113

Subsequent expenditure on investment property

3,895

3,020

6,915

Capitalised letting fees

53

-

53

Amortisation of capitalised letting fees

(48)

-

(48)

Disposals

(2,010)

(642)

(2,652)

Transfers to assets held for sale

(2,000)

(6,592)

(8,592)

Transfer to inventories

(78)

-

(78)

Transfers within investment property

9,334

(9,334)

-

Decrease in fair value in period

(563)

(3,034)

(3,597)

At 31 December 2017 (audited)

126,604

6,173

132,777

Subsequent expenditure on investment property

3,380

161

3,541

Capitalised letting fees

354

-

354

Amortisation of capitalised letting fees

(49)

-

(49)

Disposals

(2,685)

(2,741)

(5,426)

Increase/(decrease) in fair value in period

913

(283)

630

At 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

128,517

3,310

131,827

Adjustment in respect of tenant incentives

1,613

-

1,613

Market value at 30 June 2018

130,130

3,310

133,440

 

At 30 June 2018, the Group had entered into contractual commitments for the acquisition and repair of investment property amounting to £nil (31 December 2017: £1,141,000).

 

9. Borrowings


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Bank loans

27,545

56,385

30,599

Finance leases

3,061

1,261

2,544

Government loans

4,719

6,733

6,119


35,325

64,379

39,262

 

Movements in borrowings are analysed as follows:


£'000

At 1 January 2018

39,262

Secured bank loans

5,000

Repayment of secured bank loans

(8,024)

Finance leases

1,649

Repayment of finance leases

(1,162)

Repayment of government loans

(1,400)

At 30 June 2018

35,325

 

10. Provisions for liabilities and charges

Since 31 December 2017 the following movements on provisions for liabilities and charges have occurred:

 

·     

The road maintenance provision represents management's best estimate of the Group's liability under a five-year rolling programme for the maintenance of the Group's PFI asset. During the period £1,103,000 has been utilised and additional provisions of £1,080,000 have been made, all of which were due to normal operating procedures.

·     

The Land development provision represents management's best estimate of the Group's liability to provide infrastructure and service obligations, which remain with the Group following the disposal of land. During the period £663,000 has been utilised and additional provisions of £1,148,000 have been made.

 

11. Defined benefit pension scheme

The main financial assumptions used in the valuation of the liabilities of the scheme under IAS 19 are:

 


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


%

%

%

Retail Prices Index (RPI)

3.00

3.00

3.00

Consumer Prices Index (CPI)

2.00

2.00

2.00

Pensionable salary increases

1.00

1.00

1.00

Rate in increase to pensions in payment liable for Limited Price Indexation (LPI)

2.00

2.00

2.00

Revaluation of deferred pensions

2.00

2.00

2.00

Liabilities discount rate

2.70

2.60

2.50

 

Amounts recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income in respect of the scheme are as follows:

 


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Service cost:




Current service cost

524

551

1,065

Ongoing scheme expenses

199

242

507

Net interest expense

277

360

712

Pension Protection Fund

80

91

156

Pension expenses recognised in profit or loss

1,080

1,244

2,440

Remeasurement on the net defined benefit liability:




Return on plan assets (excluding amounts included in net interest expense)

384

(5,295)

(9,831)

Actuarial gain arising from changes in demographic assumptions

-

-

(1,733)

Actuarial (gains)/losses arising from changes in financial assumptions

(5,426)

7,109

9,258

Actuarial (gains)/losses recognised in other comprehensive income

(5,042)

1,814

(2,306)

Total

(3,962)

3,058

134

 

The amount included in the Statement of Financial Position arising from the Group's obligations in respect of the scheme is as follows:

 


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Present value of scheme obligations

191,689

197,135

197,365

Fair value of scheme assets

(174,668)

(169,565)

(174,540)


17,021

27,570

22,825

 

12. Related party transactions

There have been no material transactions with related parties during the period.

 

There have been no material changes to the related party arrangements as reported in note 28 to the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note.

 

13. SHARE CAPITAL


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

400,000 5.25% cumulative preference shares of £1 each (31 December 2017: 400,000)

400

400

400

133,136,137 ordinary shares of 10p each (31 December 2017: 133,010,911)

13,314

13,211

13,301


13,714

13,611

13,701

 

14. Cash generated from operations


Half year

Half year

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2018

2017

2017


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit before tax

26,207

22,557

55,392

Adjustments for:




Amortisation of PFI asset

244

647

870

Goodwill impairment

101

101

204

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

2,644

2,250

4,899

Impairment of land and buildings

-

-

48

Revaluation (increase)/decrease in investment properties

(630)

1,986

3,597

Amortisation of capitalised letting fees

49

-

48

Share-based payment expense

319

170

554

Pension scheme credit

(696)

(640)

(1,265)

Loss on disposal of assets held for sale

-

39

98

Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(386)

(194)

(380)

Gain on disposal of investment properties

(1,219)

(159)

(127)

Finance income

(49)

(82)

(189)

Finance costs

825

684

1,703

Share of profit of joint ventures and associates

(548)

(407)

(708)

Operating cash flows before movements in equipment held for hire

26,861

26,952

64,744

Purchase of equipment held for hire

(3,095)

(2,010)

(3,283)

Proceeds on disposal of equipment held for hire

494

406

654

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

24,260

25,348

62,115

Increase in inventories

(1,557)

(15,669)

(6,500)

Increase in receivables

(14,856)

(28,861)

(22,975)

Increase in payables

5,237

20,564

13,698

Cash generated from operations

13,084

1,382

46,338

 

15. CHANGES TO ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

IFRS 15 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers'

 

IFRS 15 establishes a comprehensive framework for determining whether, how much and when revenue is recognised. It replaced IAS 18 'Revenue', IAS 11 'Construction Contracts' and related interpretations. The standard has been adopted using the modified retrospective approach.

 

The areas of impact of the new standard for the Group are; the separation of performance obligations and contract modifications on construction contracts, the treatment of repurchase agreements to be accounted for as financing arrangements, the advanced recognition of contingent consideration (including overage receipts on the Group's land promotion activities) and the classification of revenues received on part exchange house sales. The Directors are satisfied that these changes did not result in any material impact on initial application.

 

The accounting policy for revenue recognition at 31 December 2017 is replaced with the following with effect from 1 January 2018. There are no changes to the key estimates and judgements set out in the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts with regards to accounting for construction contracts:

 

Revenue from Contracts with Customers: Revenue is measured based on the consideration specified in a contract with a customer excluding amounts collected on behalf of third parties. The Group recognises revenue when it transfers control over a product or service to a customer. Where consideration is not specified within the contract and therefore subject to variability, the Group estimates the amount of consideration to be received from its customer. The consideration recognised is the amount which is highly probable not to result in a significant reversal in future periods. Where a modification to an existing contract occurs, the Group assesses the nature of the modification and whether it represents a separate performance obligation required to be satisfied by the Group or whether it is a modification to the existing performance obligation.

 

The Group has some contracts where the period between the transfer of the promised goods or services to the customer and payment by the customer exceeds one year. Where material, the Group adjusts its transaction price for the time value of money.

 

The Group's activities are wide-ranging, and as such, depending on the nature of the product or service delivered and the timing of when control is passed onto the customer, the Group will account for revenue over time and at a point in time. Where revenue is measured over time, the Group uses the input method to measure progress of delivery.

 

IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments'

 

IFRS 9 sets out requirements for recognising and measuring financial assets, financial liabilities and some contracts to buy or sell non-financial items. This standard replaces IAS 39 'Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement'.

 

The classification and measurement of financial liabilities and derivative instruments remains unchanged from IAS 39. Under IFRS 9, a financial asset is now classified on initial recognition as measured at: amortised cost; fair value through other comprehensive income (FVOCI) - debt investment; FVOCI - equity investment; or fair value through profit or loss (FVTPL). Applying this classification to the Group's financial assets does not result in changes to the accounting: trade receivables and cash and cash equivalents continue to be recognised at amortised cost and certain other non-current financial assets continue to be recognised at FVTPL.

 

In respect of accounting for trade and other receivables, the Group has applied IFRS 9's simplified approach to provisioning and has calculated this using lifetime expected losses. This calculation has had no material impact on the financial statements.

 

As a result of adopting IFRS 9, the accounting policy for trade receivables at 31 December 2017 is replaced with the following with effect from 1 January 2018:

 

Trade receivables: Trade and other receivables which are recognised and carried at the lower of their original invoiced value and recoverable amount - where the time value of money is material, receivables are carried at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method. IFRS 9's simplified approach to provisioning is used to calculate the Group's lifetime expected credit risk.

 

16. KEY RISKS

In common with all organisations, the Group faces risks which may affect its performance. These are general in nature and include: obtaining business on competitive terms, retaining key personnel, successful integration of new business streams and market competition.

 

The Group operates a system of internal control and risk management in order to provide assurance that it is managing risk while achieving our business objectives. No system can fully eliminate risk and therefore the understanding of operational risk is central to the management process within Henry Boot. The long-term success of the Group depends on the continual review, assessment and control of the key business risks it faces.

 

The Directors continue to review the potential impact of the UK exit from European Union. We believe that the Group has continued to work hard to mitigate any potential downside risk and we believe we are well placed to manage any further downside risks that may arise.

 

The Directors do not consider that the principal risks and uncertainties have changed since the publication of the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017 and we expect these principal risks and uncertainties to remain applicable for the remaining six months of the year. To enable shareholders to appreciate what the business considers are the main operational risks, they are briefly outlined below:

 

Health & Safety

 

·     

Inherent risk within all of our businesses but most notably within construction activity.

 

Environmental

 

·     

The Group is inextricably linked to the property sector and environmental considerations are paramount to our success. The legal, financial and reputational damage which can occur from not being compliant carries significant risk to the Group.

 

Construction

 

·     

Increased cost and lower availability of skilled labour, subcontractors and building materials leading to reduced activity.

 

Development

 

·     

Not developing marketable assets for both tenants and the investment market on time and cost-effectively.

 

·     

Construction and tenant risk which is not matched by commensurate returns on development projects.

 

Land

 

·     

The inability to source, acquire and promote land would have a detrimental effect on the Group's strategic land portfolio and income stream.

 

·     

A dramatic change in house builder funding sentiment and demand for housing can have a marked change on the demand and pricing profile for land.

 

Planning

 

·     

Changes in Government or Government policy towards planning policies could impact on the speed of the planning consent process or the value of sites.

 

Economic

 

·     

The Group operates solely in the UK and is closely allied to the real estate, housebuilding and construction sectors. A strong economy with strong tenant demand is vital to create long-term growth in rental and asset values, whilst at the same time creating a healthy market for the construction and plant hire divisions.

 

Personnel

 

·     

Attraction and retention of the highest calibre people with the appropriate experience is crucial to our long-term growth in the highly competitive labour markets in which the Group works.

 

Funding

 

·     

The lack of readily available funding to either the Group or third parties to undertake property transactions can have a significant impact on the marketplace in which the Group operates.

 

UK exit from European Union

 

·     

As negotiations unfold we could see further price inflation, reduced market confidence, restrictions to the supply of labour and increased economic uncertainty.

 

Cybersecurity

 

·     

Unauthorised access to systems, hacking, malware and distributed denial of service could all lead to data loss, business disruption, reputational damage or financial loss.

 

Pension

 

·     

The Group operates a defined benefit pension scheme which is closed to new members. Whilst the Trustees have a prudent approach to the mix of both return-seeking and fixed-interest assets, times of economic instability can have an impact on those asset values with the result that the reported pension deficit increases. Furthermore, the relationship between implied inflation and long-term gilt yields has a major impact on the pension deficit and the business has little control over those variables.

 

17. Approval

At the Board meeting on 23 August 2018 the Directors formally approved the issue of these statements.

 

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENTS OF THE DIRECTORS

 

The Directors confirm that these condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and that 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 Henry Boot PLC are listed in the Henry Boot PLC Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017. A list of current Directors is maintained on the Henry Boot PLC Group website: www.henryboot.co.uk.

 

On behalf of the Board

 

J T SUTCLIFFE

Director

23 August 2018

D L LITTLEWOOD

Director

23 August 2018

 


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