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Half Year Results

Released 07:00 29-Jan-2019

RNS Number : 3325O
Colefax Group PLC
29 January 2019
 

AIM: CFX

29 January 2019

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

("Colefax" or the "Group")

 

Half Year Results

for the six months ended 31 October 2018

 

Colefax is an international designer and distributor of furnishing fabrics & wallpapers and owns a leading interior decorating business. The Group trades under five brand names, serving different segments of the soft furnishings marketplace; these are Colefax and Fowler, Cowtan & Tout, Jane Churchill, Manuel Canovas and Larsen.

 

Highlights

 

Group sales up 7.8% to £45.38m (2017: £42.08m); up by 7.7% on a constant currency basis

 

Group pre-tax profit up 41% to £3.62m (2017: £2.56m)

 

strong first half performance from Decorating Division due to timing of contracts - profits of £738,000 (2017: £213,000)

 

 

reduced hedging losses of £73,000 compared to £595,000 in prior year

 

Core Fabric Division sales up 1.0% to £36.89m (2017: £36.47m)

 

US up by 2%, UK flat, Europe down by 1%

 

Earnings per share increased by 55% to 27.9p (2017: 18.0p)

 

Net cash increased by £1.6m to £11.1m (2017: £9.5m)

 

Interim dividend up by 4% to 2.50p per share (2017: 2.40p)

 

 

David Green, Chairman, said:

 

"The Group has delivered a positive first half performance against a weakening trading environment in most of our major markets. In our core US market we continue to benefit from the strength of the US Dollar but the confidence that we saw at the start of the year has slowed recently and we are therefore more cautious about growth. In the UK trading remains challenging but could improve quickly if there is a satisfactory resolution to the current high level of Brexit uncertainty

 

"The Group has a strong balance sheet with net cash of £11.1 million and we are well-placed to take advantage of any improvements in market conditions. We will continue to invest with confidence in our portfolio of luxury brands and our worldwide distribution network."

 

 

Enquiries:

Colefax Group plc

David Green, Chief Executive

Tel: 020 7318 6021

 

Rob Barker, Finance Director

 

 

KTZ Communications

Katie Tzouliadis, Dan Mahoney

 

Tel: 020 3178 6378

Peel Hunt LLP  

 

Adrian Trimmings, George Sellar

Tel: 020 7418 8900

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

Financial Results

 

Group sales for the six months to 31 October 2018 increased by 7.8% to £45.38 million (2017: £42.08 million) and increased by 7.7% on a constant currency basis. Pre-tax profits increased by 41% to £3.62 million (2017: £2.56 million). Earnings per share increased by 55% to 27.9p (2017: 18.0p). The Group ended the first half of the year with net cash of £11.1 million (2017: £9.5 million).

 

The main reason for the increase in profits in the first six months was a strong first half performance from our Decorating Division which made profits of £738,000 compared to £213,000 last year. In addition US Dollar hedging losses reduced by £522,000 due to the absence of contracts put in place prior to the Brexit referendum. In our core US market Fabric Division sales increased by 2.1% on a constant currency basis. In the UK sales were flat and in Europe sales decreased by 0.8% on a constant currency basis reflecting challenging trading conditions in both these markets.

 

In line with our progressive dividend policy the Board has decided to increase the interim dividend by 4% to 2.50p per share (2017: 2.40p). The interim dividend will be paid on 10 April 2019 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 15 March 2019.

 

Product Division

 

·      Fabric Division - Portfolio of five brands: "Colefax and Fowler", "Cowtan and Tout", "Jane Churchill", "Manuel Canovas" and "Larsen".

 

Sales in the Fabric Division, which represent 81% of the Group's sales, increased by 1.2% to £36.89 million (2017: £36.47 million) and by 1.1% on a constant currency basis. Excluding hedging losses of £73,000 (2017: £595,000) operating profits decreased by 2% to £2.86 million (2017: £2.92 million) reflecting relatively challenging market conditions especially in the UK and Europe.

 

Sales in the US, which represent 61% of the Fabric Division's turnover, increased by 2.4% in reported terms and by 2.1% on a constant currency basis. Trading became more difficult towards the end of the period with sales up by 4.4% in the first three months and down by 0.3% in the second three months despite relatively strong general economic conditions. We believe that confidence in our sector has recently been impacted by a number of factors including rising interest rates and stock market volatility.

 

We are about to start the refurbishment of our Los Angeles showroom and expect this project to be completed by July 2019. Currently we lease and operate eight company owned showrooms in the US covering our most important territories and these now account for over 75% of total US sales.

 

Sales in the UK, which represent 17% of the Fabric Division's turnover, were flat during the period. The high end housing market remains very weak and historically this has been an important driver of our business. We believe that market conditions in the UK will remain difficult until the uncertainty and potential adverse impact of Brexit is resolved. In August we completed the refurbishment of our showroom in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and we are pleased with the positive reaction from our customers.

 

Sales in Continental Europe, which represent 19% of the Fabric Division's turnover, decreased by 1.1% on a reported basis and by 0.8% on a constant currency basis. Trading in most of our major European markets has been weak despite significant monetary stimulus by the European Central Bank over the past four years which is now coming to an end. In France, which is our largest European market, sales were flat during the period but helped by a significant contract order. In Germany sales were down by 8%. In Italy sales were down by 15% reflecting very challenging economic conditions. We do not anticipate any short term improvement in trading conditions in most of our major European markets. Europe encompasses a wide range of tastes and we will continue focus our sales efforts on the markets best suited to our brands and with the most growth potential.

 

Sales in the Rest of the World, which represent approximately 3% of the Fabric Division's turnover, decreased by 2% on a constant currency basis. Our major markets comprise the Middle East, Russia, China and Australia. In Russia we have changed our method of distribution from a distributor to an agent and are optimistic about growth prospects in this market. Overall we expect the Rest of the World to remain a relatively small proportion of Fabric Division sales

 

·      Furniture - Kingcome Sofas

 

Sales for the six months to October 2018 increased by 14% to £1.36 million (2017: £1.19 million) and the Company made an operating profit of £102,000 compared to £22,000 in 2017. The increase in sales reflected a strong order book at the start of the year. The majority of sales are made in the UK, especially London and so this was a good performance in difficult market conditions. Currently the order book is in line with last year.

 

Interior Decorating Division

 

Decorating sales, which account for just over 16% of Group turnover, increased by 61% in the period to £7.1 million (2017: £4.4 million). This was a strong performance reflecting the completion of a number of major projects during the period. As a result the Decorating Division made a first half profit of £738,000 compared to a profit of £213,000 for the same period last year.

 

Decorating Division sales can vary significantly between periods according to the timing of contract completions. For the current financial year sales will be weighted to the first half of the year and we expect sales for the full year to be below the exceptional performance last year. Customer deposits remain at a healthy level and we remain optimistic about trading from our new Pimlico Road showroom which is performing well in its second full year of operation.

 

Prospects

 

The Group has delivered a positive first half performance against a weakening trading environment in most of our major markets. In our core US market we continue to benefit from the strength of the US Dollar but the confidence that we saw at the start of the year has slowed recently and we are therefore more cautious about growth prospects. In the UK trading remains challenging but could improve quickly if there is a satisfactory resolution to the current high level of Brexit uncertainty. In Europe we expect trading to remain difficult but there are opportunities for growth and we will focus our efforts on countries with the most potential.

 

The Group has a strong balance sheet with net cash of £11.1 million and we are well-placed to take advantage of any improvements in market conditions. We will continue to invest with confidence in our portfolio of luxury brands and our worldwide distribution network.

 

 

 

 

David Green

Chairman

 

 

 

 

  COLEFAX GROUP PLC

 

INTERIM GROUP INCOME STATEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months to 31 Oct 2018

Six months to 31 Oct 2017

Year to  30 April 2018

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

      45,384

     42,083

     86,052

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit from operations

        3,623

       2,559

      4,721

Finance income

              3

              -

            1

Finance expense

           (1)

           (2)

(3)

 

        2

        (2)

            (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

        3,625

       2,557

       4,719

Tax expense

(906)

(729)

(887)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

        2,719

       1,828

       3,832

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

27.9p

18.0p

38.1p

Diluted earnings per share

27.9p

18.0p

38.1p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  COLEFAX GROUP PLC

 

INTERIM GROUP STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months to 31 Oct 2018

Six months to 31 Oct 2017

Year to  30 April 2018

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

2,719

1,828

   3,832

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income / (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit and loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

838

335

(743)

Remeasurement of defined benefit pension scheme

-

-

31

Tax relating to items that will not be reclassified to profit and loss

(139)

(411)

76

 

699

(76)

(636)

Items that will or may be reclassified to profit and loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow hedges:

 

 

 

(Losses) / Gains recognised directly in equity

(145)

108

     210

Transferred to profit and loss for the year

73

595

959

Tax relating to items that will or may be reclassified to profit and loss

14

(133)

(222)

 

(58)

570

 947

 

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive income / (expense)

641

494

311

 

 

 

 

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

3,360

2,322

4,143

 

 

 

  COLEFAX GROUP PLC

 

INTERIM GROUP STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

At 31 Oct 2018

At 31 Oct 2017

At 30 April 2018

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets:

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

8,980

9,771

8,692

Deferred tax asset

188

257

173

Pension asset

37

-

34

 

9,205

10,028

8,899

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Inventories and work in progress

14,663

14,203

14,086

Trade and other receivables

11,692

12,056

11,130

Cash and cash equivalents

11,078

9,499

9,177

 

37,433

35,758

34,393

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

13,276

15,054

13,678

Current corporation tax

708

184

306

 

13,984

15,238

13,984

 

 

 

 

Net current assets

23,449

20,520

20,409

 

 

 

 

Total assets less current liabilities

32,654

30,548

29,308

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities:

 

 

 

Deferred rent

1,977

1,905

1,878

Pension liability

-

3

-

Deferred tax liability

151

636

11

 

 

 

 

Net assets

30,526

28,004

27,419

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the Company:

 

 

 

Called up share capital

981

1,022

981

Share premium account

11,148

11,148

11,148

Capital redemption reserve

1,893

1,852

1,893

ESOP share reserve

(113)

(113)

(113)

Foreign exchange reserve

2,857

2,703

2,158

Cash flow hedge reserve

(90)

(409)

(32)

Retained earnings

13,850

11,801

11,384

 

 

 

 

Total equity

30,526

28,004

27,419

 

 

 

  COLEFAX GROUP PLC

 

INTERIM GROUP STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months to 31 Oct 2018

Six months to 31 Oct 2017

Year to 30 April 2018

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

3,625

2,557

4,719

Finance income

(3)

-

(1)

Finance expense

1

2

3

(Profit) / loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(7)

-

235

Depreciation

1,406

1,382

2,735

Cash flows from operations before changes in working capital

5,022

3,941

7,691

Increase in inventories and work in progress

(387)

(330)

(301)

(Increase) / decrease in trade and other receivables

(280)

(322)

463

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables

(765)

1,880

1,056

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

3,590

5,169

8,909

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation paid

 

 

 

UK corporation tax paid

(20)

(14)

(350)

Overseas tax paid

(503)

(358)

(679)

 

(523)

(372)

(1,029)

 

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

3,067

4,797

7,880

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Payments to acquire property, plant and equipment

(1,271)

(1,614)

(2,382)

Receipts from sales of property, plant and equipment

7

-

49

Interest received

3

-

-

Net cash outflow from investing

(1,261)

(1,614)

(2,333)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of own shares

-

-

(2,172)

Interest paid

(1)

(2)

(3)

Equity dividends paid

(253)

(254)

(488)

Net cash outflow from financing

(254)

(256)

(2,663)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

1,552

2,927

2,884

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

9,177

6,710

6,710

Exchange gains / (losses) on cash and cash equivalents

349

(138)

(417)

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

11,078

9,499

9,177

 

 

 

COLEFAX GROUP PLC

 

NOTES

 

 

1.

The Group prepares its annual financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). These interim results have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies expected to be applied in the next annual financial statements for the year ending 30 April 2019.

 

 

 

These standards and interpretations are subject to ongoing review and endorsement by the EU or possible amendment by interpretive guidance from the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee ('IFRIC') and are therefore still subject to change.

 

 

2.

During the financial period ended 31 October 2018, the Company paid a final dividend for the year ended 30 April 2018 of 2.60p per ordinary share amounting to £253,000.

 

 

 

The proposed interim dividend of 2.50p (2017: 2.40p) per share is payable on 10 April 2019 to qualifying shareholders on the register at the close of business on 15 March 2019.

 

 

3.

Basic earnings per share have been calculated on the basis of earnings of £2,719,000 (2017: £1,828,000) and on 9,747,000 (2017: 10,160,000) ordinary shares being the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

 

 

4.

Diluted earnings per share have been calculated on the basis of earnings of £2,719,000 (2017: £1,828,000) and on 9,747,000 (2017: 10,160,000) ordinary shares being the weighted average number of ordinary shares in the period adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares of nil (2016: nil).

 

 

5.

The financial information for the year ended 30 April 2018 does not constitute the full statutory accounts for that period.  The Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 30 April 2018 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.  The Independent Auditors' Report on the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 30 April 2018 was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis, and did not contain a statement under 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

 

6.

Copies of the interim report are being sent to shareholders and will be available from the Group's website on www.colefaxgroupplc.com.  Copies will also be made available on request to members of the public at the Company's registered office at 19-23 Grosvenor Hill, London W1K 3QD.

 

 


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