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Bodycote PLC  -  BOY   

Results for the six months to 30 June 2018

Released 07:00 26-Jul-2018

RNS Number : 7868V
Bodycote PLC
26 July 2018
 

 

 

Bodycote plc

Results for the six months to 30 June 2018

 

 

Financial highlights

 

Half year to 30 June 2018

 

Half year to 30 June 2017

 

Growth

Growth constant  currency

 

Revenue

£368.0m

£345.7m

6.4%

8.7%

Headline operating profit1

£70.1m

£61.7m

14%

15%

Return on sales2

19.0%

17.8%



Headline profit before taxation1

£69.1m

£60.5m

14%

16%

Free cash flow3  

£39.4m

£42.1m



Basic headline earnings per share4

27.3p

23.6p

16%

 

%


Interim dividend per share

5.7p

5.3p

8%


 

Statutory results

Operating profit

£68.2m

£59.4m

Profit before taxation

£67.2m

£58.2m

Basic earnings per share

26.6p

22.9p

 

Highlights

·    Revenue growth of 8.7%; headline operating profit growth of 15%5

·    Further improvement in return on sales to 19.0%

·    Free cash flow of £39.4m

·    Specialist Technologies' growth of 11%5

·    Emerging Markets' revenue growth of 22%5

·    Interim dividend of 5.7p, up 8%

Commenting, Stephen Harris, Group Chief Executive said:

"Bodycote has enjoyed a strong first half of 2018. Robust growth has continued with double-digit revenue progression in Specialist Technologies, contract wins on automotive and aerospace programmes, and excellent growth across the Emerging Markets. We continue to invest in the ongoing growth of the business through capital expenditure and increased resources.

1 Headline operating profit and headline profit before taxation exclude amortisation of acquired intangibles of £1.9m (H1 2017: £2.3m) and acquisition costs of £nil (H1 2017: £nil).

2 Return on sales is defined as headline operating profit as a percentage of revenue.

3 Free cash flow is defined as cash generated by operations of £82.6m (H1 2017: £87.3m) less net capital expenditure of £31.0m (H1 2017: £29.7m), net interest paid of £0.9m (H1 2017: £1.2m), and taxation of £11.3m (H1 2017: £14.3m).

4 A detailed EPS reconciliation is provided in note 6 to this announcement.

5 At constant currency.

 

"While our business by its nature, has limited forward visibility, at current exchange rates, the Board expects that the full year result will be marginally ahead of current consensus6."

6 The Company compiled consensus forecast for headline operating profit (EBITA) is £135.3m.

END

 

A live webcast of the analysts' meeting will be available from 10.30am at www.bodycote.com and a copy of the presentation will be available on the Company's website in the investor section from 0700am.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Bodycote plc

Stephen Harris, Group Chief Executive

Dominique Yates, Chief Financial Officer

Fiona Lawrence, Investor Relations

Tel No +44 (0)1625 505 300

 

FTI Consulting

Richard Mountain

Susanne Yule

Tel No +44 (0)203 727 1340

 

OVERVIEW

Bodycote reported revenue growth of 6.4% to £368.0m (H1 2017: £345.7m), which includes a negative impact from foreign exchange translation. At constant currency, revenue grew 8.7%. 

The following review reflects constant currency growth rates unless stated otherwise.

Technologies7

The Classical Heat Treatment business contributed 77% of our total revenue and around 60% of headline operating profit in the first six months of the year. Overall Classical Heat Treatment revenue growth was 8%, supported by growth across all of our key market sectors.

Specialist Technologies contributed 23% of revenue and around 40% of headline operating profit in the first six months of the year.  Specialist Technologies delivered 11% revenue growth, in line with our growth aspirations for this group of early stage technologies. Low pressure carburising (LPC) and Speciality Stainless Steel Processes (S3P), which are largely focused on automotive and general industrial markets, delivered strong growth as we rolled out additional capacity to meet customer demand and invested in expertise to continue marketing these highly differentiated processes.  HIP8  Product Fabrication (HIP PF) and Surface Technology, which have both been impacted by the significant decline in oil & gas revenues in recent years, returned to growth as subsea revenue showed early signs of recovery. HIP Services growth was held back by the previously indicated decline in the large frame industrial gas turbine market.

Market sectors7

Aerospace and defence revenues grew 3.6% to £82m.  Growth remains very strong in the UK, where we are delivering new capacity to meet the increased demand.  The capacity shortfalls in our customer's supply chain in Continental Europe and the USA have continued throughout this period, constraining our growth.

Energy revenues grew 20.0% to £31m, benefiting from the continuing recovery in onshore North American oil & gas. Subsea revenues, which have historically been driven by our HIP PF and Surface Technology processes, are now showing some early signs of recovery. Large frame industrial gas turbine revenues are down as previously indicated.

Our automotive business continues to perform ahead of the market, delivering 9.4% revenue growth to £110m, with more than 85% of revenues coming from the car & light truck market.  This performance, in a sector which is flat, builds on the double-digit revenue growth performance that we saw in 2017 and reflects the success that Bodycote has had in winning new contracts on some key platforms for the auto manufacturers. We have also benefited in our Emerging Markets business, aided by new facilities, as auto manufacturers increasingly build capacity in these rapid growth territories. We continue to invest in LPC and S3P to service our auto customers. These technologies are establishing themselves as enablers for some of the developments in auto technology, with the resultant benefit to revenue growth.

7 A review of the Company's Operating Segments is contained in the Business Review section on page 5.

8 HIP is Hot Isostatic Pressing.

 

General industrial revenues were 9.0% higher, growing to £145m, with particularly good growth coming from our Specialist Technologies which contributed 2.5% of the growth. We have seen good growth across all key markets and believe the recovery in the resources sector is having a secondary benefit to the general industrial market.

Investment in growth

Our facilities in Emerging Markets grew revenues at 22% with China and Mexico both delivering growth in excess of 30%. Although Emerging Market revenue only accounts for 8% of our revenue today, we have four new facilities in the early phase of revenue ramp up. We are well positioned to benefit from auto manufacturers' continued transition into these markets.

In the first half of the year we have invested £16m (more than 50% of overall capex) to support the growth of the business adding new capacity into existing facilities and developing new facilities. Typically it takes three to five years for revenues to fully mature in a new facility. Since 2015 we have either opened or have under development 12 facilities. These include three Specialist Technologies facilities, three Emerging Market facilities and one Specialist Technologies facility in an Emerging Market. Of the ten facilities that are already operational, we benefitted from a contribution of almost 2% to the overall revenue growth in the first half of this year, with further significant future revenue growth potential. 

Profit and earnings improvement

Return on sales has continued to improve to 19.0% (H1 2017 17.8%).  We have once again recovered the impact of cost inflation through price increases and continued to focus on cost discipline and improving operational efficiencies. At the same time, we are investing to ensure that we can continue to support future growth effectively. The Group's headline operating profit grew 14% to £70.1m (13% growth in statutory operating profit to £68.2m).

The Group's good profit improvement, coupled with a headline tax rate of 24.5% (H1 2017: 25.5%) increased basic headline earnings per share to 27.3p (H1 2017 23.6p).  Basic earnings per share increased to 26.6p from 22.9p.

Dividend

The Board has declared an interim dividend of 5.7p (H1 2017 5.3p) which represents an increase of 8% over the prior year. The interim dividend will be paid on 2 November 2018 to all shareholders on the register at the close of business on 5 October 2018.

Outlook

Bodycote has enjoyed a strong first half of 2018. Robust growth has continued with double-digit revenue progression in Specialist Technologies, contract wins on automotive and aerospace programmes, and excellent growth across the Emerging Markets. We continue to invest in the ongoing growth of the business through capital expenditure and increased resources.

While our business by its nature, has limited forward visibility, at current exchange rates, the Board expects that the full year result will be marginally ahead of current consensus. 9

9 The Company compiled consensus forecast for headline operating profit (EBITA) is £135.3m.

 

BUSINESS REVIEW

 

The following review reflects constant currency growth rates unless stated otherwise.

 

The ADE Divisions

We have 63 ADE facilities around the world including classical heat treatment, hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and Surface Technology facilities. 

Revenue for the first half of the year was £142.7m, an increase of 8.8% (4.8% at actual rates). Headline operating profit was £33.3m an increase of 13% (8% at actual rates), benefiting from positive operational leverage as revenues grew.  Accordingly, return on sales improved to 23.3% (H1 2017: 22.6%). Statutory operating profit grew to £32.9m (H1 2017: £29.9m).

Net capital expenditure in the period was £11.0m (H1 2017: £10.8m), representing 1.0 times depreciation. We have invested in new HIP capacity in Europe with Belgium receiving a new HIP later this year and we have also placed an order to increase our HIP capacity in North America. In addition we commenced investment in a new UK facility to support our growing UK civil aviation business.

The AGI Divisions

Our extensive network of more than 120 AGI facilities enables the business to offer the widest range of technical capability and security of supply, while continuing to increase the proportion of technically differentiated services that it offers. Bodycote has a long and successful history of servicing this division's wide-ranging customer base.

Revenue was £225.3m, 8.6% ahead of the prior year (7.5% at actual rates). Our new facilities, including LPC and S3P facilities and those in Emerging Markets, are developing in line with expectations. Emerging Market growth was above 20%, with growth in Mexico and China over 30%. The addition of LPC capacity in Mexico for specific automotive programmes has helped drive this significant growth.

Headline operating profit was £43.2m (H1 2017: £36.9m) 17% ahead of the prior period (17% at actual rates).  Return on sales expansion has been a focus for our AGI business over many years now, and, at 19.2% we delivered return on sales improvement once again (H1 2017: 17.6%). Statutory operating profit grew to £41.7m (H1 2017: £35.4m).

Net capital expenditure was £18.9m (H1 2017: £16.2m) representing 1.0 times depreciation.  We are continuing to invest in the rapid growth Emerging Markets, as well as supporting new capacity for auto programmes that we have won.

 

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

 


Half year to 30 June


2018


2017


£m


£m





Revenue

368.0


345.7





Headline operating profit

70.1


61.7

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(1.9)


(2.3)





Operating profit

68.2


59.4

Net finance charge

(1.0)


(1.2)





Profit before taxation

67.2


58.2

Taxation

(16.4)


(14.6)





Profit for the period

50.8


43.6





 

Group revenue was £368.0m, an increase of 6.4% at actual exchange rates and 8.7% at constant currency.  Headline operating profit for the six months increased by 14% to £70.1m (H1 2017: £61.7m), and return on sales increased to 19.0% (H1 2017: 17.8%).  Headline operating profit at constant currency increased by 15% to £71.2m. Once again, increases in input costs were more than recovered via price increases and the Group maintained a strong focus on cost control and operational efficiency.  Statutory operating profit grew to £68.2m (H1 2017: £59.4m).

 

Finance charge

 

The net finance charge was £1.0m compared to £1.2m in H1 2017.

 

As at 30 June 2018, the Group's £230m Revolving Credit Facility was drawn by £20m. It has a remaining life of 3 years and 10 months. 

 

Taxation

 

The tax charge in the first half of 2018 was £16.4m, compared to a charge of £14.6m for the same period of 2017. The effective tax rate was 24.5% (H1 2017: 25.1%), representing an improvement on previous guidance of 26.5% as the Group benefits from the utilisation of some historic losses.

 

The headline tax rate, being stated after accounting for amortisation of goodwill and acquired intangibles, is 24.5% in the first six months of 2018 (H1 2017: 25.5%).

 

The final impact of the changes from the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the US in December 2017 are subject to a number of detailed provisions in the legislation and any implementation guidance issued by the Treasury Department and the IRS. The exact workings of these provisions remains unclear. Bodycote will continue to monitor any developments and give due consideration to the impact of any guidance, along with ongoing market interpretation and assessment on the accounting implications of this Act.

Nonetheless, we have revised guidance as we do not anticipate that the Group's headline tax rate for the full year will exceed 24.5%. 

Earnings per share

 

Basic headline earnings per share from operations for the half year were 27.3p (H1 2017: 23.6p). Basic earnings per share from operations for the half year were 26.6p (H1 2017: 22.9p). Diluted earnings per share were 26.6p (H1 2017: 22.9p).

 

Cash flow



Half year to 30 June



2018


2017



£m


£m

Headline operating profit


70.1


61.7

Add back non-cash items:





Depreciation and amortisation


29.9


29.4

Impairment of fixed assets


0.4


0.4

Share-based payments


2.1


2.7

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment


-


(0.1)






Headline EBITDA1


102.5


94.1






Net capital expenditure


(31.0)


(29.7)

Net working capital movement


(17.8)


(4.5)






Headline operating cash flow


53.7


59.9






Cash cost of restructuring


(2.1)


(2.3)






Operating cash flow


51.6


57.6






Interest


(0.9)


(1.2)

Taxation


(11.3)


(14.3)






Free cash flow2


39.4


42.1

 

1 Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, impairment, profit or loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment and share-based payments.

2 Free cash flow is defined as cash from operating activities of £82.6m (H1 2017: £87.3m) less net capital expenditure of £31.0m (H1 2017: £29.7m). interest paid of £0.9m (H1 2017: £1.2m), and taxation of £11.3m (H1 2017: £14.3m).

 

Free cash flow for the period was £39.4m compared to £42.1m in the first six months of 2017. The decrease is mainly a result of a larger net working capital outflow which amounted to £17.8m. This reflects two key items. Firstly, there is a £11m seasonal outflow on trade receivables reflecting the fact that higher revenues in June result in higher outstanding receivables than in December. Secondly, bonuses are paid during the first half of the year, and the working capital outflow associated with these payments was £7m. In 2017, this was actually an inflow as the 2016 bonuses paid in the first half of 2017 were lower than those accrued for the first half of 2017.

 

The utilisation of restructuring provisions resulted in a cash outflow of £2.1m (H1 2017: £2.3m).

 

Income taxes paid during the first six months at £11.3m were £3.0m less than the same period last year due to lower tax payments in the US in the first half of the year. 

 

The Group's headline operating cash flow decreased to £53.7m (H1 2017: £59.9m), as higher EBITDA was offset by the difference in working capital movements, explained above.  In June, £70.5m was paid out to shareholders for the 2017 special and final ordinary dividends (H1 2017: £20.5m) leaving the Group with closing net cash of £5.6m (30 June 2017: £17.7m).

 

Capital Expenditure

 

Net capital expenditure (capital expenditure less proceeds from asset disposals) for the period was £31.0m (H1 2017: £29.1m). The multiple of net capital expenditure to depreciation was 1.0 times (H1 2017: 1.0 times). Slightly more than half of the capital expenditure was on growth investment projects, including investment in incremental capacity for Specialist Technologies (notably HIP Services, S3P and LPC), expenditure on several new facilities and investments in capacity and technology expansion in a number of existing locations.

 

The Group continues to invest in maintaining its assets to a high quality.

 

Net debt

 

Group net cash at 30 June 2018 was £5.6m (31 December 2017 net cash: £39.6m and 30 June 2017 net cash: £17.7m), after payment of ordinary and special dividends to the value of £70.5m during the first half.  As at 30 June 2018 £20m was drawn under the committed facilities, compared to nil at 31 December 2017 and 30 June 2017. The Group continues to be able to borrow at competitive rates and therefore currently deems this to be the most effective means of funding. 

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

 

The directors have reconsidered the principal risks and uncertainties of the Group. The directors do not consider that the principal risks and uncertainties of the Group have significantly changed since the publication of the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017. The risks and associated risk management processes, including financial risks, can be found on pages 25-29, 115 and 116 of the 2017 Annual Report, which is available at www.bodycote.com. The risks referred to and which could have a material impact on the Group's performance for the remainder of the current financial year relate to:

 

·    Markets;

·    Loss of key customers;

·    Competitor action;

·    Safety and health;

·    Environment;

·    Service quality;

·    Major disruption at a facility;

·    Capital projects;

·    Information Technology;

·    Regulatory and legislative compliance;

·    Liquidity;

·    Interest rate fluctuation; and

·    Currency exchange rate fluctuation.

 

Going Concern

 

As stated in note 1 to the condensed financial statements, the directors have formed a judgement, at the time of approving the condensed financial statements, that there is a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason the directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed financial statements.

 

Responsibility statement

 

We confirm to the best of our knowledge:

 

(a)  the condensed consolidated set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting;

 

(b)  the Interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and

 

(c)   the Interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related parties' transactions and changes therein).

 

By order of the Board,

 

 

S.C. Harris

D. Yates

Group Chief Executive

Chief Financial Officer

26 July 2018

26 July 2018

 

 

Cautionary statement

This Interim management report has been prepared solely to provide additional information to shareholders to assess the Group's strategies and the potential for those strategies to succeed. The Interim management report should not be relied on by any other party or for any other purpose.

 

The Interim management report contains certain forward-looking statements. These statements are made by the directors in good faith based on the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this report and such statements should be treated with caution due to the inherent uncertainties, including both economic and business risk factors, underlying any such forward-looking information.

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated income statement

 

Year ended 31 Dec

2017



Half year to 30 June 2018

Half year to 30 June 2017

Note

£m



£m

£m








690.2


Revenue

368.0

345.7

3

(570.8)


Cost of sales and overheads

(299.8)

(286.3)


119.4


Operating profit

68.2

59.4

3

0.1


Investment revenue

0.1

-


(2.5)


Finance costs

(1.1)

(1.2)








117.0


Profit before taxation

67.2

58.2


6.4


Tax impact in relation to change in US tax rate

-

-


(26.1)


Taxation

(16.4)

(14.6)


(19.7)


Taxation charge

(16.4)

(14.6)

5

97.3


Profit for the period

50.8

43.6




Attributable to:




97.1


Equity holders of the parent

50.6

43.5


0.2


Non-controlling interests

0.2

0.1


97.3



50.8

43.6




Earnings per share



6

Pence



Pence

Pence








51.0


Basic

26.6

22.9


51.0


Diluted

26.6

22.9


 

All activities have arisen from continuing operations.

 

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

Year ended

31 Dec

2017



Half year to

30 June

2018

Half year to

30 June

2017

£m



£m

£m






97.3


Profit for the period

50.8

43.6



Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:



6.7


Actuarial (losses)/gains on defined benefit pension schemes

(2.0)

0.3

(1.0)


Tax on items not reclassified

0.4

-

5.7


Total items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

(1.6)

0.3



Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:



(11.7)


Exchange gains/(losses) on translation of overseas operations

1.7

(2.3)

(11.7)


Total items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

1.7

(2.3)

(6.0)


Other comprehensive income/(expense) for the period

0.1

(2.0)

91.3


Total comprehensive income for the period

50.9

41.6



Attributable to:



91.2


Equity holders of the parent

50.8

41.5

0.1


Non-controlling interests

0.1

0.1

91.3



50.9

41.6

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet

 

As at

31 Dec

2017




As at

30 June 2018

As at

30 June 2017

Note

£m




£m

£m




Non-current assets





157.6


Goodwill


158.5

158.8


43.4


Other intangible assets


41.9

45.2


520.5


Property, plant and equipment


521.4

504.6


24.5


Deferred tax assets


25.6

32.7


1.0


Trade and other receivables


0.8

1.2









747.0




748.2

742.5




Current assets





16.4


Inventories


18.3

16.4


-


Derivative financial instruments


0.1

-


12.8


Current tax assets


13.7

21.0


140.4


Trade and other receivables


151.6

135.8


41.0


Cash and bank balances


28.6

20.0


2.1


Assets held for sale


2.2

2.6









212.7




214.5

195.8


959.7


Total assets


962.7

938.3











Current liabilities





138.4


Trade and other payables


131.0

132.9


29.2


Current tax liabilities


35.6

39.1


1.4


Borrowings


23.0

2.3


-


Derivative financial instruments


0.1

0.1


8.7


Provisions


6.9

10.0

4








177.7




196.6

184.4









35.0


Net current assets


17.9

11.4











Non-current liabilities





15.2


Retirement benefit obligations


17.3

21.9


57.2


Deferred tax liabilities


57.4

66.9


8.7


Provisions


8.9

8.4

4

3.4


Other payables


2.2

4.4









84.5




85.8

101.6









262.2


Total liabilities


282.4

286.0


697.5


Net assets


680.3

652.3




Equity





33.1


Share capital


33.1

33.1


177.1


Share premium account


177.1

177.1


(7.2)


Own shares


(5.7)

(7.3)


141.0


Other reserves


139.7

135.9


45.9


Translation reserves


55.2


307.1


Retained earnings


287.8

257.8


697.0


Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent


679.7

651.8


0.5


Non-controlling interests


0.6

0.5


697.5


Total equity


680.3

652.3


 

Unaudited condensed consolidated cash flow statement

 

Year ended

31 Dec

2017





Half year to 30 June 2018


Half year to 30 June 2017

 Note

£m





£m


£m











159.9


Net cash from operating activities



71.3


73.0

8



Investing activities







(73.3)


Purchases of property, plant and equipment



(31.0)


(28.2)


3.7


Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets



1.1


1.7


(5.2)


Purchases of intangible fixed assets



(1.1)


(3.2)


(14.2)


Acquisition of businesses



(1.3)


(5.2)


(89.0)


Net cash used in investing activities



(32.3)


(34.9)




Financing activities







0.1


Interest received



0.1


-


(2.1)


Interest paid



(0.9)


(1.2)


(30.6)


Dividends paid



(70.5)


(20.5)


(5.0)


Repayments of bank loans



(20.0)


(5.0)


(0.1)


Payments of obligations under finance leases



-


-


-


Own shares purchased



(1.3)


-


-


New bank loans raised



40.0


-


(37.7)


Net cash used in financing activities



(52.6)


(26.7)


(33.2)


Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents



(13.6)


11.4

 

 

6.2


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



39.6


6.2


0.2


Effect of foreign exchange rate changes



(0.4)


0.1


39.6


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period



25.6


17.7

8

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

 


Share capital

Share premium account

Own shares

Other reserves

Translation reserves

Retained earnings

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

Non-controlling interests

Total equity


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Half year to 30 June 2018










1 January 2018

33.1

177.1

(7.2)

141.0

45.9

307.1

697.0

0.5

697.5

Net profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

50.6

50.6

0.2

50.8

Exchange differences on translation of overseas operations

-

-

-

-

1.8

-

1.8

(0.1)

1.7

Actuarial gains on defined benefit pension schemes net of deferred tax

-

-

-

-

-

(1.6)

(1.6)

-

(1.6)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

1.8

49.0

50.8

0.1

50.9

Acquired in the period/settlement of share options

-

-

1.5

(3.4)

-

1.9

-

-

-

Share-based payments

-

-

-

2.1

-

-

2.1

-

2.1

Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

0.3

0.3

-

0.3

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(70.5)

(70.5)

-

(70.5)

30 June 2018

33.1

177.1

(5.7)

139.7

47.7

287.8

679.7

0.6

680.3

Half year to 30 June 2017










1 January 2017

33.1

177.1

(8.0)

133.9

57.5

234.3

627.9

0.4

628.3

Net profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

43.5

43.5

0.1

43.6

 

Exchange differences on translation of overseas operations

-

-

-

-

(2.3)

-

(2.3)

-

(2.3)

Actuarial losses on defined benefit pension schemes net of deferred tax

-

-

-

-

-

0.3

0.3

-

0.3

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

(2.3)

43.8

41.5

0.1

41.6

Acquired in the period/settlement of share options

-

-

0.7

(0.7)

-

-

-

-

-

Share-based payments

-

-

-

2.7

-

-

2.7

-

2.7

Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

0.2

0.2

-

0.2

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(20.5)

(20.5)

-

(20.5)

30 June 2017

33.1

177.1

(7.3)

135.9

55.2

257.8

651.8

0.5

652.3

Year ended 31 December 2017










1 January 2017

33.1

177.1

(8.0)

133.9

57.5

234.3

627.9

0.4

628.3

Net profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

97.1

97.1

0.2

97.3

Exchange differences on translation of overseas operations

-

-

-

-

(11.6)

-

(11.6)

(0.1)

(11.7)

Actuarial losses on defined benefit pension schemes net of deferred tax

-

-

-

-

-

5.7

5.7

-

5.7

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

(11.6)

102.8

91.2

0.1

91.3

Acquired in the year/settlement of share options

-

-

0.8

(0.7)

-

-

0.1

-

0.1

Share-based payments

-

-

-

7.8

-

-

7.8

-

7.8

Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

0.6

0.6

-

0.6

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(30.6)

(30.6)

-

(30.6)

31 December 2017

33.1

177.1

(7.2)

141.0

45.9

307.1

697 .0

0.5

697.5

 

Included in other reserves is the capital redemption reserve arising on redemption of the Group's B shares of £129.8m (2017: £129.8m) and the share-based payment reserve of £9.0m (2017: £5.3m).

 

 

Notes to the condensed consolidated financial information

 

1.  Accounting policies

 

Basis of preparation

 

This condensed set of financial statements for the half year ended 30 June 2018 has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting.

 

The Interim management report has been prepared using accounting policies consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union and in accordance with those disclosed in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017, which was filed with the Registrar of Companies on 19 June 2018.

 

Going concern

 

In determining the basis of preparation for the Interim management report, the directors have considered the Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position which are set out in the Financial overview. This includes an overview of the Group's financial position, cash flows, liquidity position and borrowing facilities.

 

The Group meets its working capital requirements through a combination of committed and uncommitted facilities and overdrafts. The overdrafts and uncommitted facilities are repayable on demand but the committed facilities are due for renewal as set out below. There is sufficient headroom in the committed facility covenants to assume that these facilities can be operated as contracted for the foreseeable future.

 

On 3 April 2017, the Group extended the £230m Revolving Credit Facility for five years to April 2022. The committed facilities as at 30 June 2018 were as follows:

 

·    £230m Revolving Credit Facility maturing 3 April 2022

 

The Group's forecasts and projections, which cover a period of at least 12 months from the date of approval of this Interim management report, taking account of reasonable potential changes in trading performance, show that the Group should be able to operate within the level of its current committed facilities.

 

The directors have reviewed forecasts and projections for the Group's markets and services, assessing the committed facility and financial covenant headroom, central liquidity and the Group's ability to access further funding. The directors also reviewed downside sensitivity analysis over the forecast period, thereby taking into account the uncertainties arising from the current economic environment. Following this review, the directors have formed a judgement, at the time of approving the condensed financial statements, that there is a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason the directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed financial statements.

 

Changes in accounting policies

As at 1 January 2018, the Group adopted IFRS 9 'Financial instruments' and IFRS 15 'Revenue from contracts with customers'. Apart from these standards, the same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in the condensed set of financial statements as applied in the Group's latest annual audited financial statements.

 

No new or revised standards adopted in the current period have had a material impact on the Group's financial statements.

 

2.  Alternative performance measures (APMs)

 

Bodycote uses various APMs, in addition to those reported under IFRS, as management believe these measures enable users of the financial statements to assess the underlying trading performance of the business. The APMs used include headline operating profit, headline profit before taxation, EBITDA, headline EBITDA, headline earnings per share (EPS), headline operating cash flow, free cash flow and net cash. These measures reflect the underlying performance of the business as they exclude the impact of amortisation of acquired intangible assets and exceptional items. The Group also uses revenue growth percentages adjusted for the impact of foreign exchange movements, where appropriate, to better represent the underlying performance of the business. The measures described above are also used in the targeting process for executive and management annual bonuses (headline operating profit, operating cash-flow) and share schemes (headline operating profit, headline operating cash flow, headline EPS).

 

The constant exchange rate comparison uses the current year reported segmental information, stated in the relevant functional currency, and translates the results into its presentational currency using the prior year's monthly exchange rates.

 

APMs are defined and reconciled to the IFRS statutory measure as follows:

 

Headline operating profit

Year ended 31 Dec

2017

£m


Half year to 30 June 2018

£m


Half year to 30 June 2017

£m






119.4

Statutory operating profit

68.2


59.4

             

Add back:

             


             

4.5

Amortisation of acquired intangibles


    2.3

123.9

Headline operating profit

70.1


61.7

 

Headline profit before taxation

Year ended 31 Dec

2017

£m


Half year to 30 June 2018

£m


Half year to 30 June 2017

£m






117.0

Profit before taxation

67.2


58.2

             

Add back:




Amortisation of acquired intangibles


2.3

Headline profit before taxation


60.5

 

 

EBITDA and Headline EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxation, Depreciation, and Amortisation)

Year ended 31 Dec

2017

£m


Half year to 30 June 2018

£m


Half year to 30 June 2017

£m






119.4

Operating profit

68.2


59.4

64.3

Depreciation and amortisation

31.8


31.7

0.4

Impairment of fixed assets

0.4


0.4

(0.7)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

-


(0.1)

Share-based payments


2.7

EBITDA and Headline EBITDA


94.1

 

Headline earnings per share

A detailed reconciliation is provided in note 6 to this announcement

 

Headline operating cash flow

Year ended 31 Dec

2017

£m


Half year to 30 June 2018

£m


Half year to 30 June 2017

£m






182.8

Cash generated by operations

82.6


87.3


Less:




(74.8)

Net capital expenditure 

(31.0)


(29.7)


Add:




Restructuring cash flows


2.3

Headline operating cash flow


59.9

 

Free cash flow 

Year ended 31 Dec

2017

£m


Half year to 30 June 2018

£m


Half year to 30 June 2017

£m






182.8

Cash generated by operations

82.6


87.3


Less:




(74.8)

Net capital expenditure 

(31.0)


(29.7)

(2.1)

Financing costs

(0.9)


(1.2)

Taxation


(14.3)

Free cash flow


42.1

 

Net Cash

Year ended 31 Dec

2017

£m


Half year to 30 June 2018

£m


Half year to 30 June 2017

£m






41.0

Cash and bank balances

28.6


20.0

(1.4)

Bank overdrafts (included in borrowings)

(3.0)


(2.3)

Bank loans (included in borrowings)


-

39.6

Net cash

5.6


17.7

 

 

Revenue and headline operating profit at constant exchange rates

Reconciled to revenue and headline operating profit in the table below.

 


Half year to 30 June 2018


ADE

£m

AGI

£m

Central

costs and eliminations

£m

Consol-

idated

£m






Revenue

142.7

225.3

-

368.0

Constant exchange rates adjustment

5.4

2.3

-

7.7

Revenue at constant exchange rates

148.1

227.6

-

375.7






Headline operating profit

33.3

43.2

(6.4)

70.1

Constant exchange rates adjustment

1.3

(0.1)

(0.1)

1.1

Headline operating profit at constant exchange rates

34.6

43.1

(6.5)

71.2

 

 

3.  Business and geographical segments

 

The Group has 187 locations across the world serving a range of market sectors with various thermal processing services. The range and type of services offered is common to all market sectors.

 

In accordance with IFRS 8 Operating Segments, the segmentation of Group activity reflects the way the Group is managed by the chief operating decision maker, being the Group Chief Executive, who on a monthly basis reviews the operating performance of six operating segments, split between the Aerospace, Defence & Energy (ADE) and Automotive & General Industrial (AGI) business areas, as follows:

 

·    ADE - Western Europe;

·    ADE - North America;

·    ADE - Emerging markets;

·    AGI - Western Europe;

·    AGI - North America; and

·    AGI - Emerging markets.

 

The split of operating segments by geography reflects the divisional reporting structure of the Group.

 

In accordance with the aggregation criteria of IFRS 8, the operating segments are aggregated into the Group's two key business areas, ADE and AGI, the split being driven by customer behaviour and requirements. Customers in the ADE segment tend to operate and purchase more globally and have long supply chains, whilst customers in the AGI segment tend to purchase more locally and have shorter supply chains.

 

Bodycote plants do not exclusively supply services to customers of a given market sector. The allocation of plants between ADE and AGI is therefore derived by reference to the preponderance of markets served.

 

 

 


Half year to 30 June 2018

Group

ADE

£m

AGI

£m

Central

costs and eliminations

£m

Consol-

idated

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

142.7

225.3

-

368.0

Result





Headline operating profit prior to share-based payments and unallocated central costs

33.8

45.0

-

78.8

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(0.5)

(1.8)

(0.4)

(2.7)

Unallocated central costs

-

-

(6.0)

(6.0)

Headline operating profit/(loss)

33.3

43.2

(6.4)

70.1

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(0.4)

(1.5)

-

(1.9)

Segment result

32.9

41.7

(6.4)

68.2

Investment revenue




0.1

Finance costs




(1.1)

Profit before taxation




67.2

Taxation




(16.4)

Profit for the period




50.8

 

Inter-segment sales are not material.

 

The Group does not rely on any individual major customers.

 


Half year to 30 June 2018

Aerospace, Defence & Energy

Western Europe

£m

North America

£m

Emerging markets

£m

Total

ADE

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

69.3

72.9

0.5

142.7

Result





Headline operating profit prior to share-based payments

16.9

17.1

(0.2)

33.8

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(0.1)

(0.4)

-

(0.5)

Headline operating profit

16.8

16.7

(0.2)

33.3

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

0.2

(0.6)

-

(0.4)

Segment result

17.0

16.1

(0.2)

32.9

 

 


Half year to 30 June 2018

Automotive & General Industrial

Western Europe

 £m

North America

£m

Emerging markets

 £m

Total

AGI

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

142.3

52.4

30.6

225.3

Result





Headline operating profit prior to share-based payments

31.5

5.5

8.0

45.0

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(1.3)

(0.3)

(0.2)

(1.8)

Headline operating profit

30.2

5.2

7.8

43.2

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(0.3)

(1.2)

-

(1.5)

Segment result

29.9

4.0

7.8

41.7

 

 

3.   Business and geographical segments (continued)

 


Half year to 30 June 2017

Group

ADE

£m

AGI

£m

Central

costs and

eliminations

 £m

Consol-

idated

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

136.1

209.6

-

345.7

Result





Headline operating profit prior to share-based payments and unallocated central costs

31.6

38.6

-

70.2

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(0.9)

(1.7)

(0.7)

(3.3)

Unallocated central costs

-

-

(5.2)

(5.2)

Headline operating profit/(loss)

30.7

36.9

(5.9)

61.7

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(0.8)

(1.5)

-

(2.3)

Segment result

29.9

35.4

(5.9)

59.4

Finance costs




(1.2)

Profit before taxation




58.2

Taxation




(14.6)

Profit for the period




43.6

 


Half year to 30 June 2017

Aerospace, Defence & Energy

Western Europe

£m

North America

£m

Emerging markets

£m

Total

ADE

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

61.8

73.6

0.7

136.1

Result





Headline operating profit prior to share-based payments

13.4

18.0

0.2

31.6

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(0.4)

(0.5)

-

(0.9)

Headline operating profit

13.0

17.5

0.2

30.7

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(0.2)

(0.6)

-

(0.8)

Segment result

12.8

16.9

0.2

29.9

 

 


Half year to 30 June 2017

Automotive & General Industrial

Western Europe

 £m

North America

£m

Emerging markets

 £m

Total

AGI

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

129.6

54.7

25.3

209.6

Result





Headline operating profit prior to share-based payments

25.1

6.4

7.1

38.6

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(1.2)

(0.3)

(0.2)

(1.7)

Headline operating profit

23.9

6.1

6.9

36.9

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(0.2)

(1.3)

-

(1.5)

Segment result

23.7

4.8

6.9

35.4

 

 

3.   Business and geographical segments (continued)

 


Year ended 31 December 2017

Group

ADE

£m

AGI

£m

Central costs and eliminations £m

Consol-idated

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

273.1

417.1

-

690.2

Result





Headline operating profit prior to share-based payments and unallocated central costs

65.6

77.3

-

142.9

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(1.4)

(3.1)

(4.6)

(9.1)

Unallocated central costs

-

-

(9.9)

(9.9)

Headline operating profit/(loss)

64.2

74.2

(14.5)

123.9

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(1.5)

(3.0)

-

(4.5)

Segment result

62.7

71.2

(14.5)

119.4

Investment revenue




0.1

Finance costs




(2.5)

Profit before taxation




117.0

Taxation




(19.7)

Profit for the year




97.3

 

 


Year ended 31 December 2017

Aerospace, Defence & Energy

Western Europe

£m

North America

£m

Emerging markets

£m

Total

ADE

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

126.0

145.7

1.4

273.1

Result





Headline operating profit/ prior to share-based payments

30.7

34.7

0.2

65.6

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(0.5)

(0.9)

-

(1.4)

Headline operating profit

30.2

33.8

0.2

64.2

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(0.3)

(1.2)

-

(1.5)

Segment result

29.9

32.6

0.2

62.7

 

 


Year ended 31 December 2017

Automotive & General Industrial

Western Europe

£m

North America

£m

Emerging markets

£m

Total

AGI

£m

Revenue





Total revenue

258.9

105.5

52.7

417.1

Result





Headline operating profit prior to share-based payments

51.2

11.6

14.5

77.3

Share-based payments (including social charges)

(2.4)

(0.4)

(0.3)

(3.1)

Headline operating profit

48.8

11.2

14.2

74.2

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets

(0.4)

(2.6)

-

(3.0)

Segment result

48.4

8.6

14.2

71.2

 

4.   Provisions


Restructuring

£m

Restructuring environmental

£m

Environmental

£m

Total

£m






1 January 2018

4.0

4.9

8.5

17.4

Increase in provision

1.2

-

0.2

1.4

Release of provision

(0.7)

-

-

(0.7)

Utilisation of provision

(1.7)

(0.4)

(0.3)

(2.4)

Exchange difference

-

-

0.1

0.1

30 June 2018

2.8

4.5

8.5

15.8

Included in current liabilities




6.9

Included in non-current liabilities




8.9





15.8

 

The restructuring provision relates to the costs associated with the closure of a number of Heat Treatment sites.

 

The Group provides for the costs of environmental remediation that have been identified, either as part of acquisition due diligence, or in other circumstances where remediation by the Group is required. This provision is reviewed annually and is separated into restructuring environmental and environmental to identify separately environmental provisions relating to restructuring programmes from those arising in the ordinary course of business.

 

The majority of cash outflows in respect of these liabilities are expected to occur within five years.

 

Whilst the Group's use of chlorinated solvents and other hazardous chemicals continues to reduce, the Group remains exposed to contingent liabilities in respect of environmental remediation liabilities. In particular, the Group could be subjected to regulatory or legislative requirements to remediate sites in the future. However, it is not possible at this time to determine whether and to what extent any liabilities exist, other than for those recognised above. Therefore no provision is recognised in relation to these items.

 

 

5.   Taxation

 

Year ended 31 Dec

 2017

£m


Half year to

30 June

2018

£m

Half year to

30 June

2017

 £m





28.1

Current tax - charge for the period

17.7

15.3

(6.3)

Current tax - adjustments in respect of prior periods

(1.0)

-

(2.1)

Deferred tax

(0.3)

(0.7)

19.7


16.4

14.6

 

The rate of tax for the interim period is 24.5% (H1 2017: 25.1%) of the profit before tax.

 

6.   Earnings per share

 

The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the following data:

 

Year ended

31 Dec

2017

£m


Half year to

30 June

2018

 £m

Half year to

30 June

2017

£m


Earnings



97.1

Earnings for the purpose of basic earnings per share being net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

50.6

43.5






Number of shares



Number


Number

Number

190,250,855

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of basic earnings per share

190,453,505

190,274,928


Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares:



-

Share options

-

-

190,250,855

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of diluted earnings per share

190,453,505

190,274,928


 

 




Earnings per share



Pence


Pence

Pence

51.0

Basic

26.6

22.9

51.0

Diluted

26.6

22.9


 

 




Headline earnings



£m


£m

£m

97.1

Net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

50.6

43.5


Add back:



2.9

Amortisation of acquired intangible fixed assets (net of tax)

1.4

1.5


Less:



(6.4)

Impact of US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act treated as an exceptional item

-

-

93.6

Headline earnings

52.0

45.0






Headline earnings per share



Pence


Pence

Pence

49.2

Basic

27.3

23.6

49.2

Diluted

27.3

23.6

 

 

7.   Dividends

 

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the period:

 

Year ended 31 Dec

 2017

£m


Half year to

30 June

2018

£m

Half year to

30 June

2017

 £m





20.5

Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2016 of 10.8p per share

-

20.5

10.1

Interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2017 of 5.3p per share

-

-

-

Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2017 of 12.1p per share

23.0

-

-

Special dividend for the year ended 31 December 2017 of 25.0p per share

47.5

-

30.6


70.5

20.5


Proposed interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2018 of 5.7p (2017: 5.3p) per share

10.8

10.1

 

The proposed interim dividend was approved by the Board on 24 July 2018 and has not been included as a liability in these condensed financial statements.

 

 

8.   Notes to the cash flow statement

 

Year ended

31 Dec

2017


Half year to 30 June 2018

Half year to 30 June 2017

£m


£m

£m





97.3

Profit for the period

50.8

43.6


Adjustments for:



(0.1)

Investment revenue

(0.1)

-

2.5

Finance costs

1.1

1.2

19.7

Taxation

16.4

14.6

58.1

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

29.0

28.8

6.2

Amortisation of intangible assets

2.8

2.9

(0.7)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

(0.1)

7.8

Share-based payments

2.1

2.7

0.4

Impairment of fixed assets

0.4

0.4





191.2

EBITDA*

102.5

94.1





0.5

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

(2.1)

0.5

(17.0)

Increase in receivables

(10.9)

(9.8)

10.2

(Decrease)/increase in payables

(5.2)

4.0

(2.1)

Decrease in provisions

(1.7)

(1.5)





182.8

Cash generated by operations

82.6

87.3

(22.9)

Income taxes paid

(11.3)

(14.3)

159.9

Net cash from operating activities

71.3

73.0

 

* Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, impairment, profit or loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment and share-based payments.

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise:

41.0

Cash and bank balances

28.6

20.0

(1.4)

Bank overdrafts (included in borrowings)

(3.0)

(2.3)

39.6


25.6

17.7

 

9.   Related party transactions

 

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

 

 

10. General information

 

The comparative information for the year ended 31 December 2017 contained within these condensed financial statements does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Those accounts have been reported on by the Group's auditor and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was not qualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis, and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Copies of this report and the last Annual Report are available from the Group Company Secretary, Bodycote plc, Springwood Court, Springwood Close, Tytherington Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 2XF, and can each be downloaded or viewed via the Group's website at www.bodycote.com. Copies of this report have also been submitted to the UK Listing Authority and will shortly be available at the UK Listing Authority's Document Viewing Facility at 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS (Telephone: +44 (0)207 066 1000).

 

Independent review report to Bodycote plc

 

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2018 which comprises the condensed consolidated income statement, the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated balance sheet, the condensed consolidated cash flow statement, the condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity and related notes 1 to 10. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

 

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the European Union.

 

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

 

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

 

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2018 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

 

 

Deloitte LLP

Statutory Auditor

London, United Kingdom

26 July 2018


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