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Dixons Carphone plc 2018/19 Preliminary Results

Released 07:15 20-Jun-2019

RNS Number : 8658C
Dixons Carphone PLC
20 June 2019
 

Preliminary results for the 12 months to 27th April 2019

                                                                                                            

FY19 financial results in line with our plan

•       Gained market share in Electricals in all territories

•       Group FY like-for-like revenue(3) up 1%; UK & Ireland electricals like-for-like revenue(3) up 1%; International like-for-like revenue(3) up 4%; UK & Ireland mobile like-for-like revenue(3) down 4%

•       Statutory revenue down 1% to £10,433 million

•       Group headline PBT(1) of £298 million (2017/18: £382 million):

•       Statutory loss before tax of £259 million (2017/18: profit of £289 million), including non-headline charges of £557 million (2017/18: £93 million), primarily non-cash impairments relating to the changing UK mobile market, as outlined in December interim results, mainly goodwill(4)

•       Free cash flow(5) of £153 million (2017/18: £172 million). Operating cash flow of £286 million (2017/18: £312 million)

•       Net debt(6) of £265 million (2017/18: £249 million)

•       Final dividend of 4.50p proposed (2017/18: 7.75p), full year dividend at 6.75p (2017/18: 11.25p)

 

Alex Baldock, Group Chief Executive, said:

 

"The past year has seen us keep our promises to investors, delivering around £300 million of headline profit, resilient free cash flow, and continued growth in sales and market share in UK & Ireland electricals and International. And we've taken the first big strides in our transformation.

 

But we know we have it in us to be a much more valuable business. That will take time. In December, we set out a clear strategy to help everyone enjoy amazing technology, and early progress is promising.

 

In UK & Ireland electricals, we expect growing sales and headline profits this year and beyond. We've made significant gains in Credit and Online - both big profitable growth opportunities for us. Early steps towards an easier customer experience have seen satisfaction scores start to rise. And we've laid important foundations for Services to make our customer relationships stickier and more valuable.

 

The same focus on Credit, Online and Services will ensure our strong International business continues its trajectory of growing sales and market share, while further improving profitability.

 

In UK mobile, the market is changing in the way we described in December, but doing so faster. So, we're moving faster to respond: we've renegotiated all our legacy network contracts, we're developing our new customer offer, and are accelerating the integration of Mobile and Electricals into one business. This means taking more pain in the coming year, when Mobile will make a significant loss. But accelerating our transformation provides certainty that this year is the trough, as during next year the legacy contractual constraints on our Mobile business lift, and the integration cost benefits build. We expect Mobile will at least break even within two years, and beyond that, equipped with a stronger and unconstrained offer, we will of course aim to do better. In any case, cash generation from Mobile will be strong.

 

Overall, with investment in our transformation underpinning UK & Ireland electricals and International growth in sales and headline profits, and accelerating the changes in Mobile, we're confident to bring forward our long-term ambitions. We still commit to over £1 billion of Group free cash flow over the five year plan, but also to accelerate our £200 million cost reduction promise by two years, and our promise of at least 3.5% Group EBIT margins by a year.

 

I want to thank my tens of thousands of colleagues at Dixons Carphone for their unrelenting hard work. This business matters, not just to us, but to the millions of people whose lives we can improve through the power of amazing technology. So it's with a sense of responsibility that we commit to transforming Dixons Carphone into a world class business for colleagues, customers and shareholders. We believe we will." 

 

5 year transformation plan: earlier forecast delivery of Group cost savings and margin

•       Group headline EBIT margin improvement to at least 3.5% by FY23, a year earlier than originally planned

•       Underpinned by £200 million of identified gross cost savings, delivered two years earlier by FY22, with more thereafter

•       Combination of transformation benefits and Mobile improvement to drive headline PBT to over £300 million by FY22

•       Nordics to benefit from adoption of Group strategy in Services, Credit and Online, taking margins to at least 3.5%

•       On track for over £1 billion of cumulative free cash flow over the plan, including working capital improvements of over £500 million, mostly from Mobile debtor 

 

FY20 Group financial guidance(7),(9),(10)

•       Sales and profit to grow in Electricals in both UK & Ireland and International

•       UK mobile: significantly loss making this year; improving materially in following two years by accelerating transformation

•       Headline PBT expected to be around £210 million, with growth thereafter as transformation benefits feed through

•       Capex of circa £275 million, in line with overall transformation capex guidance; peak year of transformation investment

•       Exceptional cash costs expected of circa £80 million

•       Net debt broadly flat year on year given strong cash flow from working capital improvements

•       Full year dividend expected to be flat year on year reflecting confidence in both cash flow and future profit growth

Headline results

 

 

 

 

Headline revenue(1)

 

Headline profit / (loss)(1)

 

 

2018/19

2017/18

Reported

Local currency(2)

Like-for-

like (3)

 2018/19

 2017/18

 

Notes

£m

£m

% change

% change

% change

£m

£m

UK & Ireland electricals

(4)

4,475

4,412

1%

1%

1%

180

231

UK & Ireland mobile

(4)

1,998

2,233

(11)%

(11)%

(4)%

9

43

UK & Ireland

 

6,473

6,645

(3)%

(3)%

-

189

274

Nordics

 

3,501

3,470

1%

4%

3%

112

106

Greece

 

459

410

12%

13%

13%

21

20

International

 

3,960

3,880

2%

5%

4%

133

126

Group

 

10,433

10,525

(1)%

-

1%

322

400

Net finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

(24)

(18)

Profit before tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

298

382

Tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

(62)

(79)

Profit after tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

236

303

Total non-headline items

 

 

 

 

 

 

(556)

(137)

Statutory (loss) / profit after tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

(320)

166

Headline basic EPS(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.4p

26.2p

 

 

Revenue summary

 

 

Peak 2018/19(8)

 

Post Peak 2018/19(8)

 

H2 2018/19

 

Notes

Reported

% change

Local

currency(2)

% change

Like-for-

like (3)

% change

 

Reported

% change

Local

currency(2)

% change

Like-for-

like (3)

% change

 

Reported

% change

Local

currency(2)

% change

Like-for-

like (3)

% change

UK & Ireland electricals

(4)

2%

2%

2%

 

(1)%

(1)%

-

 

1%

1%

1%

UK & Ireland mobile

(4)

(12)%

(12)%

(7)%

 

(16)%

(16)%

(8)%

 

(16)%

(16)%

(8)%

UK & Ireland

 

(2)%

(2)%

-

 

(7)%

(7)%

(3)%

 

(5)%

(5)%

(2)%

Nordics

 

2%

3%

3%

 

1%

4%

2%

 

1%

4%

3%

Greece

 

18%

18%

19%

 

8%

9%

10%

 

13%

14%

14%

International

 

4%

5%

5%

 

1%

5%

3%

 

2%

5%

4%

Group

 

-

-

1%

 

(3)%

(2)%

(1 )%

 

(2)%

(1)%

-

 

This release contains inside information

 

Investor and analyst webcast

There will be a conference call with presentation for investors and analysts at 9:00 am today. The presentation slides will be available via webcast (listen only) on our corporate website, www.dixonscarphone.com

 

 

For further information

Assad Malic

Group Corporate Affairs Director

+44 (0) 7414 191 044

Amy Shields

Head of External Communications

+44 (0) 7588 201 442

Tim Danaher, Nick Beswick

Brunswick Group

+44 (0) 207 4040 5959

 

 

 

 

About Dixons Carphone:

Dixons Carphone plc is a leading multinational consumer electrical and mobile retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in nine countries. We Help Everyone Enjoy Amazing Technology, however they choose to shop with us.

We are the market leader in the UK & Ireland, throughout the Nordics and in Greece. With a full range of services and support, we make it easy for our customers to discover, choose and enjoy the right technology for them, throughout the life of the product. Our core multichannel operations are supported by an impressive distribution network and sourcing office in Hong Kong and a state-of-the-art repair facility in Newark, UK.

Our brands include Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse in the UK & Ireland and iD Mobile in the UK; Elkjøp, Elgiganten and Gigantti in the Nordics; and Kotsovolos in Greece. Our Dixons Travel brand has a presence across several UK airports as well as in Dublin and Oslo, and our services are provided through Team Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics.

 

 

Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future events or results referred to in these forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, regulations or accounting standards, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. Information contained on the Dixons Carphone plc website or the Twitter feed does not form part of this announcement and should not be relied on as such.

 

Notes.

(1)    Headline results exclude amortisation of acquisition intangibles, significant reorganisation costs, significant impairments, businesses to be exited, property rationalisation costs, acquisition-related costs, net interest on defined benefit pension schemes and discontinued operations. Such excluded items are described as 'non-headline'. For further details see note 3 of the Financial Information.

(2)    ‌Change in local currency revenue reflects total revenue on a constant currency and period basis as defined in the glossary on page 34.

(3)    ‌Like-for-like revenue is defined in the glossary on page 34

(4)    During the period, the reportable segments of the Group have been changed and comparatives restated accordingly. The restatement is detailed in note 2 to the Financial Information. As part of the strategic review, the Group has separated the previous UK & Ireland operating segment into the separate electricals and mobile operating segments. Given the challenges in the mobile market, and the corresponding change in the UK & Ireland mobile performance in the period, the Group has changed the information presented to the Board to provide greater clarity over the relative performance of the two UK & Ireland businesses and to support decisions related to the allocation of the Group's resources. This change has included the provision of separate financial information in respect of the UK & Ireland mobile and electricals segments. As a result of the change, the goodwill previously allocated to the UK & Ireland was separated into UK & Ireland electricals and UK & Ireland mobile and an impairment review was then performed over the new segments. This identified a material non-cash impairment charge of £225 million recorded over the goodwill of the UK & Ireland mobile segment, together with impairment of related assets of £122 million and additional onerous lease charges of £36 million recorded against individual stores.

(5)    Free cash flow is defined in the glossary on page 36

(6)    Net debt is defined in the glossary on page 36

(7)    Dixons Carphone has in place substantial contingency plans to mitigate the operational disruption expected in the event of a 'hard Brexit'. However, all financial guidance is provided on the basis that there is no significant change in macroeconomic outlook

(8)    Peak and Post Peak are defined in the glossary on page 38

(9)    Group financial guidance is excluding any impact arising as a result of the adoption of IFRS 16

(10)  Group financial guidance excludes any revaluation of mobile network debtor which may arise, up or down

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Big Strides in our Transformation

 

"We Help Everyone Enjoy Amazing Technology"

The strategy to deliver our vision as outlined in December focuses on our core, and on four things that matter most: two big profitable growth opportunities in Online and Credit, giving customers an easy experience and revitalising our Mobile business. We are delivering this through three enablers: Capable and Committed Colleagues; working in One Business with Stronger Infrastructure.

 

Earlier forecast delivery of cost savings and margin over 5 year transformation plan

 

We are making good early progress on our strategy. We've made significant improvements in Online and Credit and early steps towards an easier customer experience have seen satisfaction scores rise. We've done good work within Services, we're investing in our colleagues and we're on our way towards being genuinely One Business, and towards Stronger Infrastructure - all important for lower costs as well as for sustainable growth. In Mobile we are accelerating our transformation.

 

We are delivering this transformation in the right way for our customers. The protection of data is at the heart of our business and is an area where we've fallen short in the past but where we continue to increase investment. We must also remain focused on treating our customers fairly, as the FCA fine in March 2019 for historic mobile phone insurance mis-selling reminds us.

 

UK & Ireland electricals: making strong progress across our transformation

Online

 

This is a big, profitable opportunity for the Group and we are making good early progress, with online growth in UK & Ireland electricals up 9%, accounting for 28% of sales. We are outperforming the market and now taking market share both online and in stores.

 

We are making it easy for customers to find and buy what they want by increasing the online range by 5,000 products this year, an increase of over 60% year on year, and we are on track for 40,000, as promised, over the plan. We have made improvements in the online customer experience, are focusing on smartphone first and will launch a transactional app in FY20. We are also strengthening online margins through making it easier for customers to adopt credit and services online.

 

We're making more of online and stores working together at scale. Stores have to be exciting for customers to discover the right tech for them. This includes face-to-face advice, demos so customers can experience the tech for themselves and giving more space in stores to growth categories such as gaming, large screen TVs and home tech. We are putting slower-moving lines online and through the roll-out of our Store Mode tablets to all stores (5,500 tablets), we can now sell the whole online range in stores. Later this year we will also be able to complete transactions on the tablet as well.

 

We are making our biggest investment in stores in five years with the introduction of Experience Zones and the roll-out of Gaming Battlegrounds.

 

Credit

 

Credit is another big profitable growth opportunity across the Group; we have strong foundations and we've made some good early progress in FY19. Credit adoption is now over 9% (+150bps year on year) and our number of credit customers is over 900,000, (+50% year on year). Credit sales are now £420 million, up over 20% year on year and we are on track for customer take up of credit to increase to 16% of UK & Ireland electricals revenue over the course of the plan.

 

With credit, customers can afford more and better technology and customer satisfaction is higher. Credit gives customers another reason to shop with us, they are stickier and more valuable with lifetime profit on credit customers three times that of other customers. Adoption of other services by credit customers is 45% higher.

 

We are going about credit in the right way as a responsible retailer; we now have 21,000 fully compliant credit trained colleagues. We have better capabilities and expertise in-house and better partnerships; in December we agreed a new relationship with BNP Paribas to give us breadth of offer and better economics, still without taking on credit or fraud risk. We are putting credit at the heart of what we do and our customer journeys and making better use of data, for example by building awareness through CRM.

 

 

Easy Customer Experience

 

We want to build a reputation as an easy and reliable place to shop and we are making good early progress such as in our supply chain on right first time delivery: up 2.5 percentage points versus last year and in our contact centres: where first time customer issue resolution is up 22%.

 

Services are important for all of our businesses and within this we have been working to make Protection a bigger, more sustainable part of our business. We know customers value product protection and we will be launching revamped products and selling processes this year, market-leading, customer-friendly products based on customer needs. With our scale, we can offer protection others can't.

 

Last year, profit contribution to UK & Ireland electricals stepped down as we focused on revamping our Protection offer and making it even better value. Early results from the revamp have been encouraging.

Core enablers

 

Capable and Committed Colleagues are our greatest advantage: in FY20, we are increasing the frontline training budget by four times and, following a successful trial of a new assisted selling model, 'Freedom within a Framework', we will be rolling this out across the estate, empowering employees to really focus on customer needs. We announced the launch of a colleague share ownership scheme in December which saw every permanent colleague with 12 months' service granted at least £1,000 worth of shares each over the next three years. By making every colleague a future shareholder we are energising our colleagues behind the vision and strategy in a way that will benefit customers and shareholders.

 

One Business: We have plans, including IT, Supply Chain and central costs, to deliver our £200 million of cost savings which we expect to achieve by FY22, two years ahead of plan.

 

Stronger Infrastructure: A big part of better infrastructure is better IT. We are underway with our plans to upgrade our infrastructure to enable our transformation which will allow us to meet our delivery promises and give us faster product set-up, lower cost to operate and standardised processes.

 

International: further potential to enhance growth and margins

 

Our International business will account for over half our profits in FY20 with strong continued top and bottom line gains and further progress in EBIT margins. It continues to grow its market leading positions, supported by a strong management team. Our International business will benefit from the new Group strategy with growth opportunities in B2B, Online, Credit, an easy customer experience and focused on two growth categories, smart home and kitchen. In June 2019, Erik Sønsterud took over the role of CEO International. Over the past two years as CFO International, Erik has overseen strong performance and led the development of our strategy for Nordics.

 

We believe that we can further enhance the margin in our International business, by making the most of Group synergies, and are now targeting Nordic EBIT margin of at least 3.5% over the plan (from 3.2% today), making them a still more valuable part of the Group.

 

UK mobile: accelerating transformation

 

In December, we identified the challenges we faced in a changing market. Since then these market trends are moving at pace so we are accelerating our transformation to respond.

 

As we have outlined before, the overall UK mobile market has seen a decline in total handset volumes as well as a change in mix as customers move away from 24 month postpay towards SIMO and more flexible credit-based contracts.

 

Given our lower share and margin in SIMO and current absence in the more flexible credit-based offers, these mix changes have impacted our share and profitability (which led to a non-cash impairment of UK mobile assets in FY19). This has been compounded by our legacy network contracts, where we could face large penalties for missing volume commitments, and a cost base that is inflexible and too high.

 

Last year, we successfully renegotiated all our legacy network contracts, resulting in lower volume commitments with better economics. We now have a better choice of connectivity to offer our customers, including a wider choice of networks, more SIMO products and better security of supply through our own MVNO, iD Mobile, where last year our subscriber base grew to over one million customers.

 

We are revamping our offer, reflecting how customers want to buy. We are developing our own credit bundles as well as intending to sell network credit bundles. We expect to have our offer in the market in FY20 and making a meaningful contribution in FY21, ahead of our initial plans. We will be ready with our new offers for when postpay volume commitments lift during FY21.

 

We are accelerating our transformation towards One Business to deliver a lower and more flexible cost base. We are underway getting after cost benefits as we move to a single IT platform and earlier decommissioning of legacy systems. We expect to achieve our overall £200 million cost reduction two years early circa £100 million of it will benefit Mobile, which gives us good confidence in Mobile reaching at least break even in FY22.

Headline performance review

The performance review below refers, unless otherwise stated, to headline information for continuing businesses. The basis for the preparation of this information, including restatements due to businesses to be exited, discontinued operations and segmental classification, is described above. Statutory results are described on page 9.

 

Group

Group headline revenue decreased by 1% in Sterling terms to £10,433 million (2017/18: £10,525 million) and was flat on a local currency basis. Like-for-like revenue growth was 1%, reflecting strong performance in Greece (like-for-like growth of 13%) and the Nordic region (like-for-like growth of 3%). UK & Ireland electricals delivered 1% like-for-like growth whilst UK & Ireland mobile declined by 4%.

Headline EBIT decreased £78 million to £322 million, as higher headline EBIT in our International businesses was more than offset by lower headline EBIT in UK & Ireland electricals and UK & Ireland mobile.

 

UK & Ireland electricals

Headline revenue increased by 1% to £4,475 million (2017/18: £4,412 million), with full year like-for-like revenue growth of 1%. Overall market share increased and growth was predominantly driven by large screen TVs, gaming, small white goods and smart home and fitness products. Softer categories included imaging and audio. Our online business continued to grow strongly with revenue growth of 9% and, increasingly, customers took advantage of the ability to order online and collect in store.

 

Headline EBIT decreased by £51 million to £180 million (2017/18: £231 million). Gross margins were down 100bps, with the majority of this in the first half, negatively impacted by changes in channel mix which drove higher demand for delivery and installation, and lower services adoption rates as we reconfigured our service proposition. Year-on-year EBIT was impacted by prior year systems reconciliation releases (£16 million), prior year benefit from changes in the cost profile of customer support agreements (£4 million) and negative impact from the current year implementation of IFRS15 on revenue from customer support agreements (£5 million). In total these items accounted for £25 million of the year-on-year decline, of which £15 million occurred in the second half of the year. There were also benefits from the previously announced reorganisation, offset by higher depreciation from IT systems brought online during the year.

 

UK & Ireland mobile

Total headline revenue of £1,998 million was recognised in the year (2017/18: £2,233 million) which included £7 million of out of period revenue (2017/18: £3 million). Like-for-like revenue for the full year were down 4%. The like-for-like decrease reflected the decline in the 24 month postpay market during the period. Online continued to grow as share of business and our MVNO, iD Mobile, saw good growth, to reach a million customers. Overall revenue was impacted by store closures, network commissions income and lower Connected World Services activity.

 

Headline EBIT decreased by £34 million to £9 million (2017/18: £43 million) reflecting the decrease in sales. Overall gross margins were up 50bps year-on-year. Headline EBIT included negative revaluations of £32 million (2017/18: £30 million) due to changes in customer behaviour and legislative impacts on previously recognised transactions. In year network commissions income was impacted by the recent implementation of customer bill capping and provisions for future regulatory changes (£31 million). Current year EBIT included an £18 million depreciation benefit from asset impairments recognised in the first half, cost savings from store closures and benefits flowing from the previously announced reorganisation, whilst prior year EBIT included £9 million benefit from systems reconciliation releases which have not been repeated in the current year. 

 

Nordics

The year saw a strong performance in the Nordics with 4% local currency revenue growth. Reported revenue was up 1% to £3,501 million (2017/18: £3,470 million), the difference from local currency due to the strengthening in the Pound.

Like-for-like revenue grew by 3%, and market share increased, with good growth in most categories particularly in telecoms, gaming and white goods, supported by strong online growth of 24%. Softer categories included computing and consumer electronics.

Gross margin improved c.10bps, coupled with improved distribution cost efficiencies following the previously announced investments in the Jönköping distribution centre, as well as efficiencies resulting from the consolidation of brands in Norway, with the rebranding of Lefdal.

As a result, Nordics headline EBIT improved by £6 million to £112 million (2017/18: £106 million).

 

 

Greece

Greece continued to grow strongly, with like-for-like revenue increasing 13%, local currency revenue increasing 13% and reported revenue increasing 12% to £459 million (2017/18: £410 million), with market share increasing across all categories. Gross margins remained stable, and reported EBIT increased to £21 million (2017/18: £20 million), reflecting continued investment in core operations to support future growth.

Net finance costs

Headline net finance costs were £24 million (2017/18: £18 million). The increase in net financing costs reflected higher usage of the revolving credit facility as the supplier funding working capital facility was used less. Finance income included within the net finance cost reduced by £3 million to £11 million due to the financing element of network income declining with total network income.

Tax

The headline effective tax rate for the full year was 21% (2017/18: 21%). The rate was higher than the UK statutory rate of 19% mainly due to higher statutory rates in the Nordics and certain non-deductible items mainly in the UK.

Cash and movement on net debt

Free Cash Flow

 

2018/19

£million

2017/18

£million

Headline EBIT

322

400

Depreciation and amortisation

146

160

Working capital

24

(80)‌‌

Capital expenditure

(166)

(173)‌‌

Taxation

(45)

(63)‌‌

Interest

(30)

(25)‌‌

Other items

9

-

Free cash flow before exceptional items - continuing operations

260

219

Exceptional costs

(107)

(47)‌‌

Free Cash Flow

153

172

 

Free Cash Flow was an inflow of £153 million (2017/18: £172 million), a decrease of 11% for the reasons described below.

The Group experienced a working capital inflow of £24 million (2017/18: £80 million outflow), largely as a result of the unwind of the capitalised network debtor. This was partly offset by an increase in the UK & Ireland electricals inventory of £37 million including a buffer in case of 'hard Brexit', lower than planned sales at year end because of the unusually warm Easter weekend, favourable payment timings last year not repeated and adverse debtor timing this year end. Overall £30 million of this working capital movement will reverse in FY20.

Capital expenditure in the period was £166 million (2017/18: £173 million). The year-on-year decrease reflected a small pause whilst new strategy plans were completed. Investment will build in FY20 as the transformation accelerates.

Taxation paid in the year reduced from £63 million to £45 million due to overpayments in prior periods recovered in the year and the impact of reduced profitability.

The increase in interest paid was primarily as a result of higher usage on the revolving credit facility as explained above.

Exceptional costs primarily comprised of the cash costs associated with the transformation activities, the property rationalisation programme and the regulatory fine noted below within non-headline items.

A reconciliation of cash inflow from operations to free cash flow is presented in note 8c to the Financial Information.

 

Funding

 

2018/19

£million

2017/18

£million

Free Cash Flow

153

172

Dividends

(116)

(130)‌‌

Acquisitions and disposals including discontinued operations

(1)

24‌‌

Special pension contributions

(46)

(46)‌‌

Other items

(6)

2

Movement in net debt

(16)

22‌‌

Opening net debt

(249)

(271)‌‌

Closing net debt

(265)

(249)‌‌

 

At 27 April 2019 the Group had net debt of £265 million, an increase of £16 million from £249 million in the prior year. Free Cash Flow was an inflow of £153 million (2017/18: £172 million) for the reasons described above.

Dividend cash outflows decreased from £130 million in the prior year to £116 million in current year reflecting a year-on-year decrease in FY 2018/19 interim dividend paid.

Net cash outlows of £1 million from acquisitions and disposals in the current year primarily related to deferred consideration paid for the historical acquisition of the Epoq kitchen business, consideration received for the sale of honeybee of £8 million, offset by £5 million of additional payments for honeybee related costs, £3 million payment for warranties in relation to previously disposed operations in Portugal. Prior year cash outflows related to cash received following the sale of the Group's Sprint joint venture and Spanish operations, net of the operating and investing cash flows associated with the now discontinued honeybee operations.The pension contributions reflected the agreed deficit reduction plan following the 2016 triennial valuation. Other items primarily related to foreign exchange movements on net debt.

The average net debt during the year was £439 million (2017/18: £405 million) up year-on-year because of the lower usage of the supplier funding working capital facility. The year end net debt balance was £265 million with the difference between this and the average net debt representing the seasonal funding requirements of the Group.

 

 

 

Statutory performance review

Income statement - continuing operations 

 

2018/19

£million

 2017/18

£million

Revenue

10,433

10,531

EBIT

(223)

321

Net finance costs

(36)

(32)

(Loss) / profit before tax

(259)

289

Tax

(52)

(53)

(Loss) / profit after tax - continuing operations

(311)

236

(Loss) after tax - discontinued operations

(9)

(70)

(Loss) / profit after tax for the period

(320)

166

Basic (Loss) / Earnings per share

(27.6)p

14.4p

Diluted (Loss) / Earnings per share

(27.6)p

14.3p

 

Revenue decreased 1% to £10,433 million due to the reasons discussed earlier in this report.

Profit before interest and tax decreased from £321 million to a loss of £223 million in the current period, largely due to the reasons discussed above and the non-headline costs incurred as described later in this report.

Net finance costs were £4 million higher than the prior year at £36 million for those reasons described earlier in this report offset by a reduction in the net interest on defined benefit obligations as a result of the lower opening discount rates year-on-year.

The tax charge was flat year-on-year. There was a tax provision in the year of £46 million as outlined below, offset by additional tax credits due to the non-headline charges recorded.

Basic and diluted EPS both decreased year-on-year reflecting the loss after tax in the current year.

Non-headline items

Statutory loss before tax of £259 million (2017/18: £289 million profit)‌ includes non-headline charges of £557 million (2017/18: £93 million)‌‌. These charges are analysed below. Further details can be found in note 3 to the Financial Information.

 

2018/19

£million

2017/18

£million

Acquisition and disposal related items

(23)‌‌

(29)‌‌‌‌

Strategic change programmes

(67)‌‌

(52)‌‌‌‌

Data Incident costs

(20)‌‌

-

Regulatory costs

(52)

-

Impairment losses and onerous leases

(383)

-‌‌

Share plan taxable benefits

-

2

Total non-headline items before interest and tax

(545)‌‌

(79)

Net pension interest

(12)‌‌

(14)‌‌‌‌

Total non-headline items before tax

(557)‌‌

(93)‌‌

Tax regulatory matters

(46)

-

Tax on other non-headline items

56

26

Profit / (loss)‌‌ after tax - discontinued operations

(9)‌‌

(70)‌‌

Total non-headline items

(556)‌‌

(137)‌‌‌‌

 

Acquisition and disposal related costs in the current year related to amortisation of acquisition intangibles and the release of contingent consideration for a previous acquisition. Prior year costs related to amortisation of acquisition intangibles, results of businesses to be exited and income received from previously disposed businesses.

Strategic change programmes relate to significant reorganisation, additional property rationalisation costs provided and costs to exit non-core businesses. Prior year costs included functional transformation costs and property rationalisation costs.

Data incident costs related to costs associated with the data incident announced on 13 June 2018, regulatory matters included an increase in pension liabilities as a result of Guaranteed Minimum Pension equalisation of £15 million, on-going employee related matters, £30 million FCA fine imposed following the conclusion of an investigation into historical Geek Squad mobile phone insurance selling process and other ongoing regulatory matters.

As part of the strategic review, the Group separated the previous operating segment in the UK & Ireland into the separate electricals and mobile operating segments. Given the challenges in the mobile market, and the corresponding change in the UK & Ireland mobile performance in the period, the Group changed the information presented to the Board to provide greater clarity over the relative performance of the two UK & Ireland businesses and to support decisions related to the allocation of the Group's resources. This change included the provision of separate financial information in respect of the UK & Ireland mobile and electricals segments. As a result of the change, the goodwill previously allocated to the UK & Ireland was separated into UK & Ireland electricals and UK & Ireland mobile and an impairment review was then performed over the new segments. This change, together with a deterioration in the forecast performance of the UK & Ireland mobile business identified a material non-cash impairment charge of £225 million to be recorded over the goodwill of the UK & Ireland mobile segment, together with impairment of related assets of £122 million and additional onerous lease charges of £36 million to be recorded against individual stores.

Net pension interest was £12 million (2017/18: £14 million) reflecting the charge incurred in relation to the Dixons Retail UK pension scheme. Further details on the pension scheme can be found in the Pensions section later in this performance review.

The tax credit of £10 million represented a tax credit on the above non-headline items of £56 million, offset by an additional tax provision of £46 million in relation to pre-merger legacy corporate transactions.

 

Discontinued operations

On 4 May 2018, the Group agreed to sell the honeybee operations through an asset sale, which was completed on 31 May 2018. These operations were classified as a disposal group held for sale in the year ended 28 April 2018. During year ended 27 April 2019, additional costs of £7 million have been recorded following the sale in relation to onerous contracts and compensation to previous employees. Other items in the current year relate to settlement of warranty provisions, provision for employee related matters in previously disposed businesses and tax credits relating to capital allowances.

 

Balance Sheet

 

 

2018/19

£million

2017/18

£million

Goodwill

2,840

3,088

Other fixed assets

740

872

Working capital

(159)

(96)

Net debt (note 8b)

(265)

(249)

Tax, pension & other

(516)

(419)

 

2,640

3,196

 

Goodwill and other fixed assets have decreased primarily due to the non-cash impairments described above.

Working capital has decreased in the year by £63 million as a result of the unwind of the capitalised network debtor and an increase in provisions in the period as a result of the non-headline charges described above mostly offset by a decrease in trade payables from a change in mix of supplier terms, timing of payments and an increase in inventory held at the year end.

Net debt has increased as described above.

Other net liabilities (tax, pension & other) have increased as a result of the increase in the IAS19 accounting pension deficit described below, and an increase in income tax payable as a result of a provision in relation to pre-merger legacy corporate transactions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow statement

 

2018/19

£million

2017/18

£million

EBIT - continuing operations

(223)

321

EBIT - discontinued operations

(14)

(83)

Depreciation and amortisation

174

204

Working capital

72

(92)

Impairments

347

-

Other operating items

(70)

(38)

Cash flows from operating activities

286

312

 

 

 

Acquisitions

(1)

(10)

Capital expenditure

(166)

(187)

Other investing cash flows

17

65

Cash flows from investing activities

(150)

(132)

 

 

 

Dividends paid

(116)

(130)

Other financing cash flows

(93)

(62)

Cash flows from financing activities

(209)

(192)

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents and bank overdrafts

(73)

(12)

 

The statutory EBIT decrease, dividend cash flows, capital expenditure and working capital inflows in the year are for those reasons previously outlined in this report.

Other operating items related to pension contributions and taxation cash outflows, offset by the reversal of non-cash share based payment charges included in EBIT.

Acquisition outflow of £1 million (2017/18: £10 million outflow) related to deferred consideration payments in the Nordics for the 'Epoq' kitchen business. Prior year acquisition cash outflows comprised £7 million of deferred consideration payments for the acquisitions of Simplifydigital of £5 million and the 'Epoq' kitchen business in the Nordics of £2 million together with £3 million of capital injected into the US joint venture with Sprint prior to disposal.

Other investing cash flows related to proceeds on disposal being consideration for a property sold in the previous period and the consideration received for the honeybee assets. Prior year inflow related to proceeds received following the disposal of the Group's Spanish operations and the disposal of the Sprint joint venture and additional consideration received in relation to prior period disposals.

Other financing cash outflows of £93 million related to interest and finance lease payments in the year and repayment of external borrowing. The increase in out flows from the prior year related to repayments of borrowings under the revolving credit facility and higher interest cost.

Comprehensive income / changes in equity

Total equity of the Group has decreased from £3,196 million to £2,640 million primarily reflecting the total statutory loss of £320 million, the loss on retranslation of overseas operations of £30 million and actuarial loss (net of taxation) relating to the defined benefit pension scheme of £107 million and the payment of dividends of £116 million.

 

 

Other matters

Pensions

The IAS 19 accounting deficit of the defined benefit section of the UK pension scheme of Dixons Retail amounted to £579 million at 27 April 2019 compared to £470 million at 28 April 2018. Contributions during the period under the terms of the deficit reduction plan amounted to £46 million (2017/18: £46 million), with future contributions under the current agreement with the Trustees of the fund, of £46 million per annum to be paid until 2028/29, with a further payment of £25 million in 2029/30. The deficit has increased during the year as a result of changes in market based financial assumptions, primarily the discount and inflation rates.

 

Dividends

The Board declared an interim dividend of 2.25p per share which was paid on 25 January 2019.

We are proposing a final dividend of 4.50p per share. The final dividend is subject to shareholder approval at the Company's forthcoming Annual General Meeting. The ex-dividend date is 5 September 2019, with a record date of 6 September 2019 and an intended final dividend payment date of 27 September 2019 

Consolidated income statement

 

 

Year ended 27 April 2019

 

Year ended 28 April 2018

 

Note

Headline*

£million

Non-

headline*

£million

Total
£million

Headline*

£million

Non-

headline*

£million

Total
£million

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

10,433

-

10,433

10,525

6

10,531

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit / (loss) before interest and tax

2,3

 322

(545)‌‌

(223)‌‌

400

(79)

321

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

11

-

11

14

-

14

Finance costs

 

 (35)‌‌

(12)‌‌

 (47)‌‌

(32)

(14)

(46)

Net finance costs

4

 (24)‌‌

 (12)‌‌

 (36)‌‌

(18)

(14)

(32)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit / (loss) before tax

 

298

(557)‌‌

(259)‌‌

382

(93)

289

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax (expense) / credit

5

 (62)‌‌

10

(52)‌‌

(79)

26

(53)

Profit / (loss) after tax - continuing operations

 

236

(547)‌

(311)‌‌

303

(67)

236

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss after tax - discontinued operations

9

-

(9)‌‌

(9)‌‌

-

(70)

(70)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit / (loss) after tax for the period

 

236

(556)‌‌

(320)‌‌

303

(137)

166

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings / (loss) per share (pence)

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic - continuing operations

 

20.4p

 

(26.8)‌‌p

26.2p

 

20.4p

Diluted - continuing operations

 

20.2p

 

(26.8)‌‌p

26.1p

 

20.3p

Basic - total

 

 

 

(27.6)‌‌‌‌p

 

 

14.4p

Diluted - total

 

 

 

(27.6)‌‌‌‌p

 

 

14.3p

 

*Headline results reflect adjustments to total performance measures. The directors consider headline performance to reflect the ongoing trading performance of the Group and are consistent with how the business performance is measured internally. Such excluded items are described as 'non-headline' as discussed in note 3. Discontinued operations are disclosed in note 9.

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

Year ended

 27 April

 2019
£million

Year ended 28 April

2018
£million

(Loss) / profit after tax for the period

(320)

166

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified to the income statement in subsequent years:

 

 

Cash flow hedges

 

 

   Fair value movements recognised in other comprehensive income

10

(5)

Reclassified and reported in income statement

(19)‌‌

(11)

Amount recognised in inventories

1

29

Financial assets designated as FVTOCI

 

 

   Gains / (losses) arising during the period

1

(2)

Exchange (loss) / gain arising on translation of foreign operations

(30)‌‌

8

Tax on items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

  2

-

 

(35)‌‌

19

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to the income statement in subsequent years:

 

 

Actuarial (losses) / gains on defined benefit pension schemes       - UK

(128)‌‌

87

                                                                                                                 - Overseas

(1)

(1)

Deferred tax on actuarial (losses) / gains on defined benefit pension schemes

22

(15)

 

(107)‌‌

71

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (expense) / income for the period (taken to equity)

(142)

90

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (expense) / income for the period

(462)

256

 

 

Consolidated balance sheet

 

Note

27 April
 2019
£million

28 April
2018
£million

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

2,840

3,088

Intangible assets

 

464

478

Property, plant & equipment

 

276

394

Investments

 

18

17

Interests in joint ventures and associates

 

-

1

Trade and other receivables

 

387

507

Deferred tax assets

 

282

240

 

 

 4,267

 4,725

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventory

 

1,156

1,145

Trade and other receivables

 

1,039

1,154

Derivative assets

 

18

27

Assets held for sale

9

-

17

Cash and cash equivalents

 

125

228

 

 

 2,338

2,571

Total assets

 

6,605

7,296

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(2,350)‌‌

(2,505)

Derivative liabilities

 

(6)

(7)

Contingent consideration

 

(1)‌‌

(1)

Income tax payable

 

(76)‌‌

(72)

Loans and other borrowings

 

(19)‌‌

(63)

Finance lease obligations

 

(3)‌‌

(3)

Liabilities held for sale

9

-

(2)

Provisions

 

(86)‌‌

(67)

 

 

 (2,541)‌‌

(2,720)

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(252)‌‌

(318)

Contingent consideration

 

 (4)‌‌

(12)

Loans and other borrowings

 

(288)‌‌

(329)

Finance lease obligations

 

(80)‌‌

(82)

Retirement benefit obligations

 

(579)‌‌

(472)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(156)‌‌

(135)

Provisions

 

(65)‌‌

(32)

 

 

 (1,424)‌‌

(1,380)

Total liabilities

 

 (3,965)‌‌

(4,100)

Net assets

 

 2,640

3,196

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

Share capital

 

1

1

Share premium reserve

 

2,263

2,263

Accumulated profits

 

1,117

1,643

Translation reserve

 

9

39

Demerger reserve

 

(750)

(750)

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent company

 

2,640

3,196

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

Note

Share
capital
£million

Share
premium reserve
£million

Accumulated profits
£million

Translation reserve
£million

Demerger
reserve
£million

Total equity
£million

At 29 April 2017

 

1

2,260

1,513

31‌‌

(750)‌‌

3,055

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

-

-

166

-

-

166

Other comprehensive income and expense recognised directly in equity

 

-

-

82‌

8

-

90

Total comprehensive income and expense
for the period

 

-

-

248

8

-

256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares issues

 

-

3

(2)‌‌

-

-

1

Equity dividends

7

-

-

(130)‌‌

-

-

(130)‌‌

Net movement in relation to share schemes

 

-

-

14

-

-

14

At 28 April 2018

 

1

2,263

1,643

39

(750)

3,196

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment on initial application of IFRS 15
 (net of tax)

 

-

-

4

-

-

4

Adjustment on initial application of IFRS 9
 (net of tax)

 

-

-

(1)‌‌

-

-

(1)‌‌

Adjusted balance at 28 April 2018

 

1

2,263

1,646

39

(750)‌‌

3,199

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

 

-

-

(320)‌‌

-

-

(320)‌‌

Other comprehensive income and expense recognised directly in equity

 

-

-

(112)‌‌

(30)‌‌

-

(142)‌‌

Total comprehensive income and expense
for the period

 

-

-

(432)‌‌

(30)‌‌

-

(462)‌‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares issued

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

Equity dividends

7

-

-

(116)‌‌

-

-

(116)‌‌

Net movement in relation to share schemes

 

-

-

19

-

-

19

At 27 April 2019

 

1

2,263

1,117

9

(750)‌‌

2,640

 

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

 

Note

Year ended

 27 April

 2019

£million

Year ended 28 April

 2018

£million

Operating activities

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

8

377

420

Special contributions to defined benefit pension scheme

 

(46)‌‌

(46)

Income tax paid

 

(45)‌‌

(62)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

286

312

Investing activities

 

 

 

Net cash outflow arising from acquisitions

 

(1)

(7)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant & equipment

 

9

2

Proceeds on sale of business

 

8

63

Acquisition of property, plant & equipment and other intangibles

 

(166)

(187)

Investment in joint ventures

 

-

(3)

Net cash flows from investing activities

 

(150)

(132)

Financing activities

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

(23)

(19)

Repayment of obligations under finance leases

 

(8)

(10)

Issue of ordinary shares

 

-

1

Equity dividends paid

 

(116)

(130)

Decrease in borrowings

 

(61)

(32)

Facility arrangement fees paid

 

(1)

(2)

Net cash flows from financing activities

 

(209)

(192)

 

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents and bank overdrafts

 

(73)

(12)

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents and bank overdrafts at beginning of the period

 

185

199

Currency translation differences

 

(6)

(2)

Cash and cash equivalents and bank overdrafts at end of the period

8

106

185

 

 

 

 

Notes to the Financial Information (continued)

1     Basis of preparation

The financial information, which comprises the consolidated income statement, consolidated statement of comprehensive income, consolidated balance sheet, consolidated statement of changes in equity, consolidated cash flow statement and extracts from the notes to the accounts for the year ended 27 April 2019 and 28 April 2018, has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the full financial statements and on a going concern basis.

In their consideration of going concern, the directors have reviewed the Group's future cash forecasts and profit projections, which are based on market data and past experience. The directors are of the opinion that the Group's forecasts and projections, which take into account reasonably possible changes in trading performance, show that the Group is able to operate within its current facilities and comply with its banking covenants for the foreseeable future. In arriving at their conclusion that the Group has adequate financial resources, the directors were mindful of the level of borrowings and facilities available and that the Group has a robust policy towards liquidity and cash flow management.

Accordingly the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future and consequently the directors continue to apply the going concern basis in the preparation of the financial statements.

The financial information set out in this announcement does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Sections 434 to 436 of the Companies Act 2006 and is an abridged version of the Group's financial statements for the year ended 27 April 2019 which were approved by the directors on 19 June 2019.  Statutory accounts for the year ended 28 April 2018 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies, the auditor has reported on those accounts, their report was unqualified and did not contain statements under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 27 April 2019 will be delivered in due course. The auditor has reported on those accounts, their report was unqualified and did not contain statements under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU, IFRS issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to those companies reporting under IFRS. The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiary undertakings for the year ended 27 April 2019.

The Group's income statement and segmental analysis identify separately headline performance and non-headline items. Headline performance measures reflect adjustments to total performance measures. The directors consider 'headline' performance measures to be an informative additional measure of the ongoing trading performance of the Group and believe that these measures provide additional useful information for shareholders on the Group's performance and are consistent with how business performance is measured internally.

Headline results are stated before the results of discontinued operations or exited / to be exited businesses, amortisation of acquisition intangibles, acquisition related costs, any exceptional items considered so material that they distort underlying performance (such as reorganisation costs, impairment charges and property rationalisation costs), income from previously disposed operations and net pension interest costs. Businesses exited or to be exited are those which the Group has exited or committed to or commenced to exit through disposal or closure but do not meet the definition of discontinued operations as stipulated by IFRS and are material to the results and/or operations of the Group.

2 Segmental analysis

The Group's operating segments reflect the segments routinely reviewed by the Board and which are used to manage performance and allocate resources. This information is predominantly based on geographical areas which are either managed separately or have similar trading characteristics such that they can be aggregated together into one segment.

Changes to operating segments

During the period, the operating and reporting segments of the Group have changed, and reflect the updated segments reported to the Board, who are considered the Chief Operating Decision Maker under IFRS 8 "Operating Segments". The previously disclosed UK & Ireland segment has been separated into UK & Ireland electricals and UK & Ireland mobile. Given the challenges in the mobile market, and the corresponding change in the UK & Ireland mobile performance in the period, the Group has changed the information presented to the Board to provide greater clarity over the relative performance of the two elements of the UK & Ireland businesses and to support decisions related to the allocation of the Group's resources. This change has included the provision of separate financial information in respect of the UK & Ireland mobile and electricals segments. The UK & Ireland electricals operating segment consists of the CurrysPCWorld and Dixons Travel businesses, and the UK & Ireland mobile segment relates to the Carphone Warehouse, iD mobile and Simplify Digital businesses and the Connected World Services B2B operations.

In addition, as disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 28 April 2018, following the classification of the results of the honeybee segment as discontinued operations, these are no longer presented as a separate operating segment.

The restatement of comparative information for these segments has been set out below.

Discontinued operations are excluded from this segmental analysis. Results are reviewed by the Board on a headline basis by segment.

The Groups operating and reportable segments have therefore been identified as follows:

UK & Ireland electricals comprises operations of CurrysPCWorld and the Dixons Travel business.

UK & Ireland mobile comprises the Carphone Warehouse, iD Mobile and Simplify Digital businesses and the Connected World Services B2B operations.

Nordics operates in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.

Greece, consisting of our ongoing operations in Greece and, for non-headline items, our previously disposed operations in Southern Europe.

Non-headline results are allocated to each reportable segment. Where these relate to businesses to be exited or income or expense from previously disposed operations, they are allocated where practicable to the region in which the operation was originally held.

UK & Ireland electricals, UK & Ireland mobile, Nordics and Greece are involved in the sale of consumer electronics and mobile technology products and services, primarily through stores or online channels.

Transactions between segments are on an arm's length basis

 

 

.

 

2 Segmental analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 27 April 2019

 

UK &

 Ireland electricals £million

UK &

 Ireland

mobile  £million

Nordics £million

 Greece
£million

Eliminations
£million

Total
 £million

Headline external revenue

4,475

1,998

3,501

459

-

10,433

Inter-segmental revenue

79

90

-

-

(169)‌‌

-

Total headline revenue

4,554

2,088

3,501

459

(169)‌‌

10,433

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

180

9

112

21

-

322

 

 

Reconciliation of headline profit to total profit before tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headline
profit /
 (loss)
£million

Acquisition / disposal related items £million

Strategic change programmes £million

Data incident costs
 £million

Regulatory
costs
£million

Impairment losses and onerous leases
 £million

Pension scheme interest
£million

Total
profit / (loss) £million

UK & Ireland electricals

 

 

180

(14)‌‌

(44)‌‌

(12)‌‌

(16)‌‌

-‌‌

-

94

UK & Ireland mobile

 

 

9

3

(23)‌‌

(8)‌‌

(36)‌‌

(383)‌‌

-

(438)‌‌

Nordics

 

 

112

(12)‌‌

-

-

-

-

-

100

Greece

 

 

21

-

-

-

-

 -

-

21

EBIT

 

 

322

(23)‌‌

(67)‌‌‌‌

(20)‌‌‌‌

(52)‌‌‌‌

(383)‌‌‌‌

-

(223)‌‌

Finance income

 

 

11

-

-

-

-

-

-

11

Finance costs

 

 

(35)‌‌

-

-

-

-

-

(12)‌‌

(47)‌‌

Profit / (loss) before tax

 

 

298

(23)‌‌

(67)‌‌‌‌

(20)‌‌

(52)‌‌‌‌

(383)‌‌‌‌

(12)‌‌

(259)‌‌

 

 

2 Segmental analysis (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 28 April 2018

 

UK &

 Ireland electricals £million

UK &

 Ireland mobile £million

Nordics £million

Greece
£million

Eliminations
£million

Total
 £million

Headline external revenue

4,412

2,233

3,470

410

-

10,525

Inter-segmental revenue

86

66

-

-

(152)‌‌‌‌

-

Total headline revenue

4,498

2,299

3,470

410

(152)‌‌‌‌

10,525

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headline EBIT

231

43

106

20

-

400

 

 

Reconciliation of headline profit to total profit before tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headline profit / (loss) (restated)* £million

Acquisition / disposal related items £million

Strategic change programmes £million

Share plan taxable benefit compensation
£million

Pension scheme interest
£million

Total
profit / (loss) £million

UK & Ireland electricals

 

 

231

(13)‌

(32)‌‌

2

-

188

UK & Ireland mobile

 

 

43

(13)‌

(6)‌‌

-

-

24

Nordics

 

 

106

(12)‌‌

(14)‌‌

-

-

80

Greece

 

 

20

9

-

-

-

29

EBIT

 

 

400

(29)‌‌

(52)‌‌

2

-

321

Finance income

 

 

14

-

-

-

-

14

Finance costs

 

 

(32)‌‌

-

-

-

(14)‌‌

(46)‌‌

Profit / (loss) before tax

 

 

382

(29)‌‌

(52)‌‌

2

(14)‌‌

289

                           

 

 

 

Restatement of segmental information

 

As discussed above, during the period the Group's reportable segments have been changed, and comparatives have been restated accordingly. The below tables provide reconciliations for the headline revenue and headline EBIT for the year ended 28 April 2018. The relevant adjustment is the reconciliation of the UK & Ireland results between the UK & Ireland electricals and UK & Ireland mobile segments and the reallocation of central costs between the Groups reportable segments.

 

Year ended 28 April 2018

 

 

 

Total headline revenue as previously reported
£million

Reallocate

UK & Ireland

 electricals revenue

 £million

Reallocate UK & Ireland mobile revenue
£million

Total
 £million

UK & Ireland electricals

 

 

-

4,412

-

4,412

UK & Ireland mobile

 

 

-

-

2,233

2,233

UK & Ireland (as previously reported)

 

 

6,645

(4,412)‌‌

(2,233)‌‌

-

Nordics

 

 

3,470

-

-

3,470

Greece

 

 

410

-

-

410

Total headline revenue

 

 

10,525

-

-

10,525

 

 

 

2 Segmental analysis (continued)

 

 

 

Total headline EBIT as previously reported
£million

Reallocate UK & Ireland electricals £million

Reallocate UK & Ireland mobile
£million

Reallocate central costs
£million

Total
 £million

UK & Ireland electricals

 

-

233

-

(2)‌‌

231

UK & Ireland mobile

 

-

-

48

(5)‌‌

43

UK & Ireland (as previously reported)

 

281

(233)‌‌

(48)‌‌

-

-

Nordics

 

101

-

-

5

106

Greece

 

18

-

-

             2

20

Total headline EBIT

 

400

-

-

-

400

 

The Group's disaggregated revenue recognised under 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers' in accordance with IFRS 15 relates to the following operating segments and revenue streams:

 

 

Year ended 27 April 2019

 

UK & Ireland electricals £million

UK & Ireland mobile
£million

Nordics
£million

Greece £million

Total £million

Sale of goods

4,085

474

3,161

437

8,157

Commission revenue

9

1,401

263

1

1,674

Support services revenue

275

-

25

14

314

Other services revenue

99

123

52

7

281

Other revenue

7

-

-

-

7

Total headline revenue

4,475

1,998

3,501

459

10,433

 

 

 

Year ended 28 April 2018

 

UK & Ireland electricals £million

UK & Ireland mobile
£million

Nordics
£million

Greece £million

Total £million

Sale of goods

4,005

532

3,135

391

8,063

Commission revenue

8

1,578

258

1

1,845

Support services revenue

285

-

24

12

321

Other services revenue

112

123

53

6

294

Other revenue

2

-

-

-

2

Total headline revenue

4,412

2,233

 3,470

410

10,525

 

Revenue from support services relates predominantly to customer support agreements, while other services revenue comprises delivery and installation, product repairs and product support.

 

 

 

 

3 Non-headline items

 

Note

Year ended

27 April
2019

£million

Year ended

28 April
2018

£million

Included in revenue:

 

 

 

Businesses to be exited

(i)

-

6

 

 

-

6

 

 

 

 

Included in profit / (loss) before interest and tax:

 

 

 

Acquisition / disposal related items

(i)

(23)‌‌

(29)‌‌

Strategic change programmes

(ii)

(67)‌‌

(52)‌‌

Data incident costs

(iii)

(20)‌‌

-

Regulatory costs

(iv)

(52)‌‌

-

Impairment losses and onerous leases

(v)

(383)‌‌

-

Share plan taxable benefit compensation

(vi)

-

2

 

 

(545)‌‌

(79)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

 

Included in net finance costs:

 

 

 

Net non-cash finance costs on defined benefit pension schemes

(vii)

(12)

(14)

 

 

 

 

Total impact on profit / (loss) before tax

 

(557)

(93)

 

 

 

 

Tax on regulatory matters

(viii)

(46)‌‌

-

Tax on non-headline items

(ix)

56

26

Total impact on profit / (loss) after tax - continuing operations

 

(547)‌‌

(67)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations

9

(9)‌‌

 (70)‌‌‌‌

Total impact on profit / (loss) after tax

 

(556)‌‌

(137)‌‌‌‌

 

(i)    Acquisition / disposal related items

Amortisation of acquisition intangibles:

A charge of £28 million (28 April 2018: £32 million) relates to acquisition intangibles arising on the CPW Europe acquisition, the Dixons Retail merger and Simplify Digital acquisition.

Acquisition related:

Acquisition related income of £5 million primarily relates to the release of deferred consideration for a previous acquisition no longer payable given the strategic change of the business (28 April 2018: £2 million release).

Unieuro income:

In November 2013, the Group disposed of its Unieuro operations, but retained an investment of 14.96% in the operations. The investment was initially recognised at £nil based on the fair value of the retained interest. In March 2017, Unieuro undertook an IPO for 31.8% of its shareholdings, which reduced the Group's investment to 10.2% of the Unieuro operations.

In October 2017, IEH announced a corporate restructuring, whereby the Group obtained direct control of the investment of 7.18% of Unieuro, together with a receivable for previous dividends and the share sales. The amount realised as a result of the dividend and share sale of £10 million has been recycled to the income statement in the year ended 28 April 2018.

(i)   Businesses to be exited:

Comprises the trading result of businesses to be exited where they do not meet the criteria under IFRS 5 "Non-Current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations", for separate disclosure as discontinued operations. In the prior period, this comprises the results of the iD mobile operations in the Republic of Ireland. There has been no profit or loss in relation to businesses to be exited in the current period (2017/18: £9 million).

 (ii)  Strategic change programmes:

During the current period, costs of £49 million have been incurred in relation to the strategic change programme, to set a clear long-term direction for the business which sharpens our focus on the core and that better joins up our offer to customers and our business behind the scenes. The costs incurred relate to the following:

-    £11 million in relation to costs of implementing the strategy;

-    £21 million cost in relation to restructuring and redundancy costs for central operations organisational design;

3 Non-headline items (continued)

 

£9 million in relation to the closure of non-core operations, relating to certain of our concession arrangements across the CurrysPCWorld, Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Travel brands and our energy switching business; and

-    £8 million in relation to further rationalisation of our property estate, including the closure of Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK as announced on 4 May 2018.

Property rationalisation:

Additional costs of £18 million have been provided in relation to additional provisions for the remaining stores under the Currys PC World 3-in-1 and Carphone Warehouse programme announce in 2015/16, due to the challenges in the UK retail property market. In the prior year ended 28 April 2018, an additional charge of £29 million was recorded.

Merger and transformation costs:

There has been no profit or loss in relation to previous merger and transformation programmes in the current period. Transformation costs of £23 million in the prior year ended 28 April 2018 related to business restructuring in the Nordics of £14 million, together with UK business restructuring and functional transformation costs of £9 million primarily related to redundancy and consultancy fees.

(iii)  Data incident costs:

During the period, costs associated with the data incident announced on 13 June 2018 of £20 million have been recorded. £14 million of these costs, related to investigation and remediation activities, were incurred during the year, with the remaining costs expected to be incurred within the next twelve months.

(iv)  Regulatory costs:

A charge of £52 million has been recorded in relation to pension related costs, employee related costs and other regulatory matters in the current period. This includes:

-    An additional pension related cost of £15 million. On 26 October 2018, the High Court issued a judgement in a claim to address the issues of unequal Guaranteed Minimum Pensions (GMPs) in the Lloyds Banking Group's defined benefit pension schemes (the "Lloyds case"). This will potentially impact the DSG Retirement and Employee Security Scheme operating in the UK. The Group is working through the details of the ruling and assessing its impact on the liability valuation of the scheme. We currently estimate that this will increase the liability by £15 million, and therefore have recorded this as a past service cost in the current period. There are a number of uncertainties surrounding the change, including the method of calculation of the equalisation and any potential appeals against the ruling, therefore we consider that the amount is subject to further change, however currently represents our best estimate.

-    Costs of £1 million have also been provided for in relation to redress for ongoing employee related matters for historical periods.

-    £30 million FCA fine imposed following the conclusion of an investigation into historical Geek Squad mobile phone insurance selling processes.

(v)   Impairment losses and onerous leases:

As part of the strategic review performed by the Group, and as discussed in note 2, the Group has separated the operating segments in the UK & Ireland into the separate electricals and mobile operating segments. As a result of the change, the goodwill previously allocated the UK & Ireland group of cash generating units ("CGUs") has been separated into the UK & Ireland electricals and UK & Ireland mobile CGUs. This allocation has been performed on a relative value basis on the value of the two operating segments. In separating the goodwill, an impairment review has been performed over both operating segments based on our future projections and cash flows, reflecting the conclusions of the Group's strategic review which has been undertaken since the year end. This change, together with a deterioration in the forecast performance of the UK & Ireland mobile business, identified a material non-cash impairment charge to be recorded over the goodwill of the UK & Ireland mobile segment, together with impairment of related assets and additional onerous lease charges to be recorded against individual stores. The breakdown of the impairment recorded in relation to the UK & Ireland mobile operating segment asset base was as follows:

-    £225 million representing the goodwill associated with the UK & Ireland mobile operating segment

-    £10 million of acquisition intangibles recognised during the previous acquisitions

-    £75 million of intangible assets, primarily relating to capitalised software development costs

-    £25 million of central property, plant and equipment

-    £12 million of store assets

In addition, £36 million of onerous lease provisions for stores within the UK & Ireland mobile operating segment have been recognised.

(vi)  Share plan taxable benefit compensation:

A provision of £11 million was recognised in 2016/17 in relation to taxable benefits arising to participants of the Share Plan, as discussed in the Remuneration Committee Chairman's statement on page 61 of the 2016/17 Annual Report. In 2017/18, the excess portion of the provision was released following the payment of compensation of the scheme.

 

3 Non-headline items (continued)

 

(vii) Net non-cash financing costs on defined benefit pension schemes:

The net interest charge on defined benefit pension schemes represents the non-cash remeasurement calculated by applying the corporate bond yield rates applicable on the last day of the previous financial year to the net defined benefit obligation. As a non-cash remeasurement cost which is unrepresentative of the actual investment gains or losses made or the liabilities paid and payable the accounting effect of this is excluded from headline earnings.

(viii)       Tax regulatory matters:

As previously disclosed, the Group has been co-operating with HMRC in relation to the tax treatment arising due to pre-merger legacy corporate transactions. The Group maintains the tax treatment was appropriate, however, the likelihood of litigation, and therefore risk associated with this matter, has increased and therefore a provision has been recognised.

(ix) Taxation:

The effective tax rate on non-headline earnings and costs is 2%. Once the impact of the provision of £46 million is removed, the effective tax rate is 10%. The rate of relief is lower than the UK statutory rate of 19% predominantly due to non-deductible goodwill impairment and regulatory costs. For the year ended 28 April 2018, the effective tax rate on non-headline items was 28% due to a one-off credit in relation to the recognition of previously unrecognised deferred tax assets in Greece of £10 million.

 

4 Net finance costs

 

Year ended

27 April
2019

£million

Year

 ended

28 April
2018

£million

Unwind of discounts on trade receivables

11

14

Finance income

11

14

 

 

 

Interest on bank overdrafts, loans and borrowings

(17)‌‌

(13)‌‌‌‌

Finance lease interest payable

(6)‌‌

(6)‌‌‌‌

Net interest on defined benefit pension obligations(i)

(12)‌‌

(14)‌‌‌‌

Unwind of discounts on liabilities

(4)‌‌

(6)‌‌‌‌

Amortisation of facility fees

(2)‌‌

(1)‌‌‌‌

Other interest expense

(6)‌‌

(6)‌‌‌‌

Finance costs

 (47)‌‌

 (46)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

Total net finance costs

(36)‌‌

(32)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

Headline total net finance costs

 (24)‌‌

 (18)‌‌‌‌

 

(i) Headline finance costs exclude net interest on defined benefit pension obligations (see note 3).

 

5 Tax

The effective tax rate on headline earnings of 21% (2017/18: 21%). Items attracting no tax relief or liability relate mainly to non-deductible depreciation in the UK business. The effective tax rate on non-headline earnings and costs is 2% (2017/18: 28%), further information is outlined in note 3. A further reduction in the UK corporation tax rate to 17% from 1 April 2020 has been substantively enacted by the balance sheet date and has been used in the recognition of deferred tax balances.

 

 

6 Earnings per share

 

 

Year ended

27 April
2019

£million

Year

 ended

28 April
2018

£million

Headline earnings

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

236

303

 

 

 

 

Total (loss) / earnings

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

(311)‌‌

 236

Discontinued operations

 

        (9)‌‌

       (70)

Total

 

 (320)‌‌

166

 

 

 

 

 

 

Million

Million

Weighted average number of shares

 

 

 

Average shares in issue

 

1,160

1,157

Less average holding by Group ESOT

 

          (1)‌‌

(1)

For basic earnings per share

 

1,159

1,156

Dilutive effect of share options and other incentive schemes

 

9

4

For diluted earnings per share

 

 1,168

1,160

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pence

Pence

Basic earnings per share

 

 

 

Total (continuing and discontinued operations)

 

(27.6)‌‌

14.4

Adjustment in respect of discontinued operations

 

0.8

6.0

Continuing operations

 

(26.8)‌‌

20.4

Adjustments for non-headline - continuing operations (net of taxation)

 

47.2

5.8

Headline basic earnings per share

 

 20.4

26.2

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

 

 

Total (continuing and discontinued operations)

 

(27.6)‌‌

14.3

Adjustment in respect of discontinued operations

 

0.8

6.0

Continuing operations

 

(26.8)‌‌

20.3

Adjustments for hon-headline - continuing operations (net of taxation)

 

47.0

5.8

Headline diluted earnings per share

 

 20.2

26.1

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share are based on the profit for the period attributable to equity shareholders. Headline earnings per share is presented in order to show the underlying performance of the Group. Adjustments used to determine headline earnings are described further in note 3.
 

7 Equity dividends

 

27 April 2019

£million

28 April
2018

£million

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity shareholders in the period

 - on ordinary shares of 0.1p each

 

 

Final dividend for the year ended 29 April 2017 of 7.75p per ordinary share

-

89

Interim dividend for the year ended 28 April 2018 of 3.50p per ordinary share

-

41

Final dividend for the year ended 28 April 2018 of 7.75p per ordinary share

90

-

Interim dividend for the year ended 27 April 2019 of 2.25p per ordinary share

 26

-

 

116

130

 

The following distribution is proposed but had not been effected at 27 April 2019 and is subject to shareholders' approval at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting:

 

£million

Final dividend for the year ended 27 April 2019 of 4.50p per ordinary share

52

The payment of this dividend will not have any tax consequences for the Group.

8 Notes to the cash flow statement

a) Reconciliation of operating profit to net cash inflow from operating activities

 

Year ended

27 April 2019

£million

Year

 ended

28 April
2018

£million

(Loss) / profit before interest and tax - continuing operations

(223)‌‌‌‌

321

Loss before interest and tax - discontinued operations

(14)‌‌‌‌

(83)‌‌‌‌

Depreciation and amortisation

174

204

Investment income

-

-

Share-based payment charge

21

14

Share of results of joint ventures

-

3

Profit / (loss) on disposal of subsidiary

-

(2)‌‌‌‌

Profit / (loss) on disposal of fixed assets

-

(1)‌‌‌‌

Impairments and other non-cash items (see note 3 (v))

347

56

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

305

512

 

 

 

Movements in working capital:

 

 

Increase in inventory

(26)‌‌‌‌

(72)‌‌‌‌

Decrease / (increase) in receivables

226

(32)‌‌‌‌

(Decrease) / increase in payables

(182)‌‌‌‌

17

Increase / (decrease) in provisions

54

(5)‌‌‌‌‌

 

72

(92)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

377

420

The presentation of the above reconciliation and statement of cash flows include both continuing and discontinued operations. Comparative amounts have been presented accordingly.
 

8 Notes to the cash flow statement (continued)

 

b) Analysis of net debt

 

 

 

29 April
2018
£million

Cash flow
£million

Other
 non-cash
movements
£million

Currency
translation
 £million

27 April 2019
£million

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

228

(97)‌‌‌‌

-

(6)‌‌‌‌

125

Bank Overdrafts

 

 

(43)‌‌‌‌

      24

-

-

(19)‌‌‌‌

Cash and cash equivalents and bank overdrafts

 

 

185

      (73)‌‌‌‌

-

(6)‌‌‌‌

106

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings due within one year

 

 

(20)‌‌‌‌

      20

-

-

-

Borrowings due after more than one year

 

 

(329)‌‌‌‌

        41

-

-

(288)‌‌‌‌

Obligations under finance leases

 

 

(85)‌‌‌‌

          8

(6)

-

(83)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

(434)‌‌‌‌

69

(6)

-

(371)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net debt

 

 

(249)‌‌‌‌

(4)‌‌‌‌

(6)

(6)‌‌‌‌

(265)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

 

30 April
2017
£million

Cash flow
£million

Other
 non-cash
movements
£million

Currency
translation
 £million

28 April 2018
£million

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

209

21

-

(2)‌‌‌‌

228

Bank Overdrafts

 

 

(10)‌‌‌‌

(33)‌‌‌‌

-

-

(43)‌‌‌‌

Cash and cash equivalents and bank overdrafts

 

 

199

(12)‌‌‌‌

-

(2)‌‌‌‌

185

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings due within one year

 

 

-

(20)‌‌‌‌

-

-

(20)‌‌‌‌

Borrowings due after more than one year

 

 

(381)‌‌‌‌

52

-

-

(329)‌‌‌‌

Obligations under finance leases

 

 

(89)‌‌‌‌

10

(6)‌‌‌‌

-

(85)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

(470)‌‌‌‌

42

(6)‌‌‌‌

-

(434)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (debt) / funds

 

 

(271)‌‌‌‌

30

(6)‌‌‌‌

(2)‌‌‌‌

(249)‌‌‌‌

 

c) Reconciliation of cash inflow from operations to free cash flow

 

Year ended

27 April 2019

£million

Year

 ended

28 April
2018

£million

Cash inflow from operations

377

420

Operating cash flows from discontinued operations*

8

11

Taxation

(45)‌‌‌‌

(63)‌‌‌‌

Interest, facility arrangement fees, dividends from investments and repayment of finance leases

(30)‌‌‌‌

(24)‌‌‌‌

Capital expenditure

(166)‌‌‌‌

(173)‌‌‌‌

Proceeds from disposal of fixed assets

9

2

Other movements

 -

(1)‌‌‌‌

Free cash flow

153

172

* Operating cash flows from discontinued operations are removed in the above reconciliation as free cash flow is presented on a continuing basis.
 

9 Discontinued operations and assets held for sale

 

There have been no additional operations classified as discontinued during the year ended 27 April 2019. The following were classified as discontinued in the year ended 28 April 2018 and have continued to incur costs in the current financial year:

 

honeybee

On 4 May 2018, the Group agreed to sell the honeybee operations through an asset sale, which was completed on 31 May 2018. These operations were classified as a disposal group held for sale and presented separately in the balance sheet. An impairment of £55 million was recognised on classification to assets held for sale, representing the difference between the expected proceeds and

the book value of the related assets. The impairment, together with the trading loss recognised during the year of £21 million were classified as a discontinued operation in the year ended 28 April 2018.

For the year ended 27 April 2019, no profit or loss on disposal was recognised from the completion of the sale of the operations. Additional costs of £7 million have been recorded in relation to onerous contracts following the sale and compensation to previous employees.

A deferred tax credit of £4 million in relation to a prior year adjustment relating to accelerated capital allowances has been recognised.

 

Spain

On 29 September 2017, the Group completed the disposal of The Phone House Spain S.L.U., Connected World Services Europe S.L. and Smarthouse Spain S.A. which together represented the trading operations in Spain. A gain of £1 million arose on the disposal, being the difference between the proceeds of disposal and the carrying amount of the subsidiaries' net assets and attributable goodwill. The trading results of the operations up to the date of disposal were classified as discontinued.

 

For the year ended 27 April 2019, the £1 million tax credit is in relation to the reversal of previously held provisions for tax risks where statute of limitations have now lapsed.

 

Sprint

On 7 June 2017 agreement was reached to dispose of the Group's 50% interest in the Sprint Connect LLC joint venture to Sprint Corporation. Proceeds of $22 million (£17 million) were received and £nil gain or loss was recognised in relation to the disposal. The share of results of the operation to the date of disposal in the year ended 28 April 2018 were classified as discontinued (£3 million loss).

 

Other

As previously reported the sale of operations in Germany was completed on 5 May 2015, the Netherlands on 30 June 2015, Portugal on 31 August 2015 and Virgin Mobile France on 4 December 2014. Additional costs of £2 million have been recorded in settlement of warranties in Portugal and a £5 million provision has been recognised in the current year in relation to employee matters in previously disposed businesses.
 

9 Discontinued operations and assets held for sale

 

a) (Loss) / profit after tax - discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 27 April 2019

 

 

honeybee £million

Spain £million

 Sprint Joint Venture £million

Other
£million

Total
 £million

Revenue

 

-

-

-

-

-

Expenses

 

(7)‌‌

-

-

(7)‌‌

(14)‌‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) before tax

 

(7)‌‌

-

-

(7)‌‌

(14)‌‌

Income tax

 

4

1

-

-

5

 

 

(3)‌‌

1

-

(7)‌‌

(9)‌‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 28 April 2018

 

 

honeybee £million

Spain £million

 Sprint Joint Venture £million

Other
£million

Total
 £million

Revenue

 

3

144

-

-

147

Expenses

 

(24)‌‌‌‌

(144)‌‌‌‌

(6)‌‌‌‌

-‌

(174)‌‌

Impairment of assets

 

(55)‌‌

-

-

-

(55)‌‌

Share of results of joint venture

 

-

-

(‌‌3)‌‌

-

(3)‌‌‌‌

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) before tax

 

(76)‌‌‌‌

-

(9)‌‌‌‌

-

(85)‌‌‌‌

Income tax

 

13

-

-

-

13

Profit on disposal

 

-

1

-

1

2

 

 

(63)‌‌‌‌

1

(9)‌‌

1

(70)‌‌‌‌

 

b) Cash flows from discontinued operations

The net cash flows incurred by the discontinued operation during the year are as follows. These cash flows are included within the Consolidated cash flow statement:

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 27 April 2019

 

 

honeybee £million

Spain £million

 Sprint Joint Venture £million

Other
£million

Total
 £million

Operating activities

 

(5)‌‌

-

-

(3)‌‌

(8)‌‌

Investing activites

 

8

-

-

-

8

 

 

3

-

-

(3)‌‌

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 28 April 2018

 

 

honeybee £million

Spain £million

 Sprint Joint Venture £million

Other
£million

Total
 £million

Operating activities

 

(7)‌‌‌‌

(3)‌‌

(2)‌‌

1

(11)‌‌

Investing activites

 

(12)‌‌‌‌

44

14

-

46

 

 

(19)‌‌‌‌

41

12

1

35

 

 

 

9 Discontinued operations and assets held for sale (continued)

 

c) Assets and liabilities held for sale

 

The assets and liabilities held for sale relate to the honeybee operations. The major classes of assets and liabilities comprising the operations classified as held for sale are as follows:

 

27 April 2019

£million

28 April 2018 £million

Intangible assets

-

8

Trade receivables

9

Total assets classified as held for sale

-

17

 

-

 

Deferred income

(2)

Total liabilities classified as held for sale

-

(2)

 

-

 

Net assets of disposal group

-

15

 

10 Related party transactions

 

Transactions between the Group's subsidiary undertakings, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and accordingly are not disclosed.

The Group had the following transactions and balances with its associates and joint venture:

 

27 April 2019

£million

28 April
2018

£million

Revenue from sale of goods and services

13

11

Amounts owed to the Group

2

2

 

All transactions entered into with related parties were completed on an arm's length basis.

Risks to Achieving the Group’s Objectives

The Board continually reviews and monitors the risks and uncertainties which could have a material effect on its results. The updated risks and uncertainties are listed below (including new product safety and Long term & diversification of funding risks). Risks 1 to 10, and the factors which mitigate them, are set out in more detail in the 2017-18 Annual Report and Accounts on pages 15 to 18 and remain relevant in the current period.

A potential Greek exit from the Euro has been removed from the Group Risk register given the developments in the Greek economy over the past few years and the successful performance of the Kotsovolos business.

The risk of failure to operate an effective fraud control environment has been removed from the Group Risk register.

Dependence on networks in driving profitability, cash flow and market share has been incorporated into risk 3 and hence removed as a stand-alone risk. The board believe that the nature or relationships with network providers is one of the core elements of the Dixons Carphone business model. The mitigating actions with regards to dependency on network contracts remain unchanged and will be monitored as part of the review of risk 3.

1.     Dependence on key suppliers in driving profitability, cash flow and market share;

2.     The decision of the UK to leave the European Union could lead to a period of economic uncertainty and a loss of consumer confidence, foreign exchange volatility and long-term changes in tax and other regulations which may impact the Group's operations and financial performance;

3.     Failure to maintain a sustainable business model in the face of a changing consumer environment could result in a loss of competitive advantage impacting financial performance;

4.     Failure to comply with Financial Services regulation could result in reputational damage, customer compensation, financial penalties and a resultant deterioration in financial performance;

5.     Failure in appropriately safeguarding sensitive information and failure to comply with legislation could result in reputational damage, financial penalties and a resultant deterioration in financial performance;

6.     Failure to appropriately safeguard against cyber risks and associated attacks could result in reputational damage, customer compensation, financial penalties and a resultant deterioration in financial performance;

7.     Failure to action appropriate Health and Safety measures resulting in injury could give rise to reputational damage and financial penalties;

8.     Business continuity plans are not effective and major incident response is inadequate resulting in reputational damage and a loss of competitive advantage;

9.     Failure to adequately invest in and integrate the Group's IT systems and infrastructure could result in restricted growth and reputational damage impacting financial performance;

10.  Crystallisation of potential tax exposures resulting from legacy corporate transactions, employee and sales taxes arising from periodic tax audits and investigations across various jurisdictions in which the Group operates may impact cash flows for the Group;

11.  Product safety where poor quality or unsafe products provided to customers which pose risk to customer health, and result in fines, prosecution and significant reputational damage has been added to the Group Risk profile. Whilst the Board is assured that the business operates effective controls to mitigate this risk through the businesses Technical and Quality processes and procedures, it wishes to ensure that the risk receives a level of Board oversight; and

12.  Long term diversification of funding has been added to the Group Risk profile. Given the current funding arrangements (see note 8 of the financial information included in this report), the new management team wish to explore the potential for broader, more diverse sources of funding.

The directors have prepared the preliminary financial information on a going concern basis. In considering the going concern basis, the directors have considered the above mentioned principal risks and uncertainties, especially in the context of a highly competitive consumer and retail environment as well as the wider macro-economic environment and how these factors might influence the Group's objectives and strategy.

The directors have reviewed the Group's future cash forecasts and profit projections, which are based on market data and past experience, including seasonal borrowing requirements and available facilities on a monthly basis. The directors are of the opinion that the Group's forecasts and projections, which take into account reasonably possible changes in trading performance, show that the Group is able to operate within its current facilities and comply with its banking covenants for the foreseeable future. In arriving at their conclusion that the Group has adequate financial resources, the directors were mindful of the level of borrowings and facilities and that the Group has a robust policy towards liquidity and cash flow management.

Accordingly the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future and consequently the directors continue to apply the going concern basis in the preparation of the financial statements.

Glossary and definitions

Alternative performance measures (APMs)

In the reporting of financial information, the Group uses certain measures that are not required under IFRS. We consider that these additional measures (commonly referred to as 'alternate performance measures') provide additional information on the performance of the business and trends to shareholders. These measures are consistent with those used internally, and are considered critical to understanding the financial performance and financial health of the Group. APMs are also used to enhance the comparability of information between reporting periods, by adjusting for non-recurring or items considered to be distortive on trading performance which may affect IFRS measures, to aid the user in understanding the Group's performance. These alternative performance measures may not be directly comparable with other similarly titled measures or 'adjusted' revenue or profit measures used by other companies, and are not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, IFRS measures.

Headline and non-headline measures

The Group's income statement and segmental analysis identify separately headline performance and non-headline items. Headline performance measures reflect adjustments to total performance measures. The directors consider 'headline' performance measures to be an informative additional measure of the ongoing trading performance of the Group. Headline results are stated before non-headline items.

Non-headlines items consist of the results of discontinued operations or exited / to be exited businesses, amortisation of acquisition intangibles, acquisition related costs, any exceptional items considered sufficiently material that they distort underlying performance (such as reorganisation costs, impairment charges, property rationalisation costs and other non-recurring charges), income from previously disposed operations and net pension interest costs.

Items excluded from headline results can evolve from one financial year to the next depending on the nature of exceptional items or one-off type activities. Where appropriate, for example where a business is classified as exited / to be exited, comparative information is restated accordingly.

Local currency

Some comparative performance measures are translated at constant exchange rates, called 'Local currency' measures. This restates the prior period results at a common exchange rate to the current year in order to provide appropriate year on year movement measures without the impact of foreign exchange movements.

In response to the Guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures issues by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), we have provided additional information on the APMs used by the Group below.

Alternative performance
measure

Closest equivalent GAAP measure

Reconciliation to IFRS measure

Definition and purpose

Revenue measures

 

 

 

Headline / non-headline Revenue

Revenue

See note 3 for details of non-headline revenue

Headline revenue represent the ongoing revenue of the Group, and are adjusted to remove non-headline revenue items. In the current and restated comparative periods, this relates to the iD mobile operations in the Republic of Ireland, which is classified as a 'business to be exited' and therefore presented in non-headline results.

Like for Like (LFL) % change

No direct equivalent

Not applicable

Like-for-like revenue is calculated based on headline store and internet revenue using constant exchange rates. New stores are included where they have been open for a full financial year both at the beginning and end of the financial period. Revenue from franchise stores are excluded and closed stores are excluded for any period of closure during either period. Customer support agreement, insurance and wholesale revenue along with revenue from Connected World Services and other non-retail businesses are excluded from like-for-like calculations. We consider that LFL revenue represents a useful measure of the trading performance of our underlying and ongoing store and online portfolio.

Local currency % change

Revenue compared to prior period consolidated at a constant exchange rate.

Not applicable

Reflects total revenue on a constant currency and period basis. Provides a measure of performance excluding the impact of foreign exchange rate movements.

Profit measures

 

 

 

Headline / Non-headline profit/(loss) before tax, EBIT and profit/(loss) after tax

Profit/(loss) before interest and tax, profit/(loss) after interest and tax.

See note 2 for reconciliation of headline profit measures to statutory profit measures

As discussed above, the Group uses headline profit measures in order to provide a useful measure of the ongoing performance of the Group. These are adjusted from total measures to remove 'non-headline' items, the nature of which are disclosed above.

EBIT

Profit/(loss) before interest and tax

No reconciling items

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) is directly comparable to profit/(loss) before tax. The terminology used is consistent with that used historically and in external communications.

Other earnings measures

 

 

 

Headline / non-headline net finance costs

Net finance costs

See notes 3 and 4

Headline net finance costs are adjusted from total finance costs to remove non-headline finance cost items. Non-headline finance costs includes the finance charge of businesses to be exited, net pension interest costs, finance income from previously disposed operations not classified as discontinued, and other exceptional items considered so one-off and material that they distort underlying finance costs of the Group. Under IAS 19 'Employee Benefits', the net interest charge on defined benefit pension schemes is calculated based on corporate bond yield rates at a specific date, which, as can vary over time, creates volatility in the income statement and is unrepresentative of the actual investment gains or losses made on the liabilities. Therefore this item has been removed from our headline earnings measure in order to remove this non-cash volatility.

Headline / non-headline income tax expense / (credit)

Income tax expense / (credit)

See note 3

Headline income tax expense / (credit) represents the income tax on headline earnings. Non-headline income tax expense / (credit) represents the tax on items classified as 'non-headline', either in the current year, or the current year effect of prior year tax adjustments on items previously classified as non-headline. We consider the headline income tax measures represent a useful measure of the ongoing tax charge / credit of the Group.

Headline / Total effective tax rate

No direct equivalent

See note 3

The effective tax rate measures provide a useful indication of the tax rate of the Group. Headline effective tax is the rate of tax recognised on headline earnings, and total effective tax is the rate of tax recognised on total earnings.

Earnings per share measures

Headline basic EPS - continuing operations, headline diluted EPS - continuing operations, headline basic EPS - total, headline diluted EPS - total

Statutory EPS figures

See note 6

EPS measures are presented to reflect the impact of non-headline items in order to show a headline EPS figure, which reflects the headline earnings per share of the Group. We consider the headline EPS provides a useful measure of the ongoing earnings of the underlying Group.

Cash flow measures

 

 

 

Free Cash Flow

Cash generated from operations

See note 8

Free Cash Flow comprises cash generated from / (utilised by) continuing operations before special pension contributions, less net finance expense, less income tax paid and less net capital expenditure. The directors consider that 'Free Cash Flow' provides additional useful information to shareholders in respect of cash generation and is consistent with how business performance is measured internally.

Net debt

Cash and cash equivalents less loans and other borrowings and finance lease obligations.

See note 8

Comprises cash and cash equivalents and short term deposits, less borrowings and finance lease creditors. We consider that this provides a useful measure of the indebtedness of the Group.

Other measures

 

 

 

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)

No direct equivalent

Not applicable

Calculated on a pre-tax and lease adjusted basis. The return is based on headline EBIT, adjusted to add back the interest component associated with capitalising operating lease costs. Capital employed is based on net assets including capitalised leases, but excluding goodwill, cash, tax and the defined benefit pension obligations. The calculation is performed on a moving annual total in order to best match the return on assets in a year with the assets in use during the year to generate the return. We consider this a useful measure to understand how the Group has used the capital employed during the period.

 

Other definitions

The following definitions apply throughout this Annual Report and Accounts unless the context otherwise requires:

Acquisition intangibles

Acquired intangible assets such as customer bases, brands and other intangible assets acquired through a business combination capitalised separately from goodwill. Where businesses have grown organically rather than through acquisition, there is no amortisation of acquired intangibles and therefore the non-cash amortisation charge is removed from our headline earnings measures in order to increase comparability between segments

ADRs

American Depositary Receipts

ARPU

Average revenue per user

B2B

Business to business

Best Buy

Best Buy Co., Inc. (incorporated in the United States)‌‌ and its subsidiaries and interests in joint ventures and associates

Best Buy Europe

Best Buy Europe Distributions Limited and its subsidiaries and interests in joint ventures and associates (incorporated in England & Wales)‌‌

Board

The Board of directors of the Company

Businesses to be exited

Businesses exited or to be exited are those which the Group has exited or committed to or commenced to exit through disposal or closure but do not meet the definition of discontinued operations as stipulated by IFRS and are material to the results or operations of the Group. Comparative results in the statement of comprehensive income and the notes are restated accordingly for the impact of businesses exited or to be exited.

Carphone, Carphone Warehouse or Carphone Group

The Company or Group prior to the Merger on 6 August 2014

CGU

Cash Generating Unit

Company or the Company

Dixons Carphone plc (incorporated in England & Wales under the Act, with registered number 07105905)‌‌, whose registered office is at 1 Portal Way, London W3 6RS

CPW

The continuing business of the Carphone Group

CPW Europe

Best Buy Europe's core continuing operations

CPW Europe Acquisition

The Company's acquisition of Best Buy's interest in CPW Europe, which completed on 26 June 2013

CRM

Customer Relationship Management

CWS

The Connected World Services division of the Company

Dixons or Dixons Retail

Dixons Retail plc and its subsidiary companies

Dixons Carphone or Group

The Company, its subsidiaries, interests in joint ventures and other investments

Dixons Retail Merger or Merger

The all share merger of Dixons Retail plc and Carphone Warehouse plc which occurred on 6 August 2014

EBT

Employee benefit trust

ESOT

Employee share ownership trust

HMRC

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

honeybee

honeybee was our proprietary IT software, developed in-house initially to serve our mobile phone customers. It is a unique omni-channel, multi-industry software that simplified the delivery and management of complex digital customer journeys

IFRS

International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union

Market position

Ranking against competitors in the electrical and mobile retail market, measured by market share. Market share is measured for each of the Group's markets by comparing data for revenue or volume of units sold relative to similar metrics for competitors in the same market

MNO

Mobile network operator

MVNO

Mobile virtual network operator

New CPW

Dixons Carphone Holdings Limited, previously called New CPW Limited (incorporated in England & Wales)‌‌

NPS

Net promoter score, a rating used by the Group to measure customers' likelihood to recommend its operations

Old Carphone Warehouse

TalkTalk Telecom Holdings Limited (formerly 'The Carphone Warehouse Group PLC')‌‌ (incorporated in England & Wales)‌‌

 

Peak / post peak

Peak refers to the 10 week trading period ending on 5 January 2019 as reported in the Group's Christmas Trading statement on 22 January 2019. Post peak refers to the trading period from 6th January 2019 to the Group's year-end on 27 April 2019

RCF

Revolving credit facility

SIMO

Sales of SIM-only contracts, without attached handset

Sharesave or SAYE

Save as you earn share scheme

Sprint JV

The 50% investment previously held by the Group in Sprint Connect LLC, a distribution joint venture held with Sprint LLC in the USA

Special pension contributions

Represent contributions made under the schedule of contributions agreed with the scheme trustees following the 2016 triennial review

SWAS

Stores-within-a-store

TalkTalk or TalkTalk Group

TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC and its subsidiaries and other investments

TSR

Total shareholder return

UK GAAP

United Kingdom Accounting Standards and applicable law

Virgin Mobile France

Omer Telecom Limited (incorporated in England & Wales)‌‌ and its subsidiaries, operating an MVNO in France as a joint venture between the Company, Bluebottle UK Limited and Financom S.A.S.

WAEP

Weighted average exercise price

 

 

Responsibility Statement

 

The 2018/19 Annual Report and Accounts which will be issued in July 2019, contains a responsibility statement in compliance with DTR 4.1.12 of the Listing Rules which sets out that as at the date of approval of the Annual Report and Accounts on 19 June 2019, the directors confirm to the best of their knowledge:

•   the Group and unconsolidated Company financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the Group and Company, respectively; and

•   the performance review contained in the Annual Report and Accounts includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Group together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.

At the date of this statement, the directors are those listed in the Group's 2017/18 Annual Report and Accounts with the exception of the following appointments and resignations:

Appointments

Resignations

Jonny Mason (appointed 13 August 2018)

Eileen Burbidge (appointed 1 January 2019)

Jock Lennox (resigned 31 December 2018)

Humphrey Singer (resigned 21 June 2018)

 

The financial statements were approved by the directors on 19 June 2019 and signed on their behalf by:

 

 

Alex Baldock

Group Chief Executive

Jonny Mason

Group Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Number of stores (unaudited)

 

 

27 April
 2019

28 April
 2018

 

Own

 stores

Franchise stores

Total

Own

 stores

Franchise stores

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK electricals

314

0

314

322

-

322

UK Dixons Travel

29

0

29

28

-

28

Ireland electricals

18

0

18

18

-

18

UK mobile

560

0

560

662

-

662

Ireland mobile

70

0

70

73

-

73

UK & Ireland

991

0

991

1,103

-

1,103

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norway

80

67

147

83

64

147

Sweden

110

62

172

111

55

166

Denmark

38

0

38

37

-

37

Finland

22

19

41

20

18

38

Other Nordics

0

13

13

-

13

13

Nordics

250

161

411

251

150

401

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greece

70

25

95

69

26

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

1,311

186

1,497

1,423

176

1,599

 

 

Selling space '000 sq ft (unaudited)

 

 

27 April
 2019

28 April
 2018

 

Own

 stores

Franchise stores

Total

Own

 stores

Franchise stores

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK electricals

5,613

0

5,613

5,659

-

5,659

UK Dixons Travel

42

0

42

36

-

36

Ireland electricals

204

0

204

206

-

206

UK mobile

493

0

493

567

-

567

Ireland mobile

44

0

44

43

-

43

UK & Ireland

6,396

0

6,396

6,511

-

6,511

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norway

1,100

630

1,730

1,145

607

1,752

Sweden

1,260

345

1,605

1,294

337

1,631

Denmark

691

0

691

653

-

653

Finland

537

163

700

536

153

689

Other Nordics

0

90

90

-

87

87

Nordics

3,588

1,228

4,816

3,628

1,184

4,812

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greece

886

101

987

881

108

989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

10,870

1,329

12,199

11,020

1,292

12,312

 


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