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2 July 2018
ECO Animal Health Group plc (‘’ECO”)
Results for the year ended 31 March 2018
ECO ANIMAL HEALTH REPORTS ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE
Peter Lawrence, Executive Chairman of ECO Animal Health Group plc, commented:
“The year has started well with a strong and growing order book. As the global animal health industry continues to consolidate, we are actively seeking to acquire or develop drugs that fit comfortably in our portfolio and serve our specialised markets. ECO’s sound balance sheet and consistent cash generation place the company in a strong position to take advantage of any opportunity that may arise. I look forward with confidence to reporting another set of impressive results in 2019”.
ECO Animal Health Group plc
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N+1 Singer (Nominated Adviser)
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Peel Hunt LLP (Joint Broker)
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ECO Animal Health Group plc is a leader in the development, registration and marketing of pharmaceutical products for animals. Our products for these global growth markets promote well-being. Our financial goals are achieved through the careful and responsible application of science to generate value for our shareholders.
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2018
I am pleased to report that ECO Animal Health Group has delivered another set of record results for the year to 31 March 2018.
ECO manufactures and distributes essential medications to the expanding global animal protein production industry. The Group’s patented flagship medication, Aivlosin®, is used for the treatment of economically important diseases of pigs and poultry, amongst the two largest growing segments of this vital industry. The overall and desired beneficial effect to reduce the level of antibiotics used in the production of food of animal origin plays directly to the demands of consumers and the regulatory authorities and to Aivlosin®’s strengths, which is used in low, yet effective doses for short periods under the strict control of veterinarians.
During the year under review ECO continued to secure further important marketing authorisations. The opportunity to supply Aivlosin® in several new markets, for the treatment of chickens that lay eggs, together with the recently obtained marketing authorisations in North America for the treatment of swine respiratory disease (SRD), provide us with a strong platform for continuing growth.
We recently announced a new joint venture, based in Ireland, with our American partners, Pharmgate LLC. This arrangement will allow us to licence and sell Pharmgate’s North American approved swine vaccines in many important territories and also to develop new products. This represents the commencement of further broadening of our product range to include vaccines, which is a new and very large market opportunity for ECO.
Our Key Performance Indicator is EBITDA, the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and impairment, foreign exchange and share based payments, which increased by almost 15 per cent to £19.6m (2017:17.1m). An explanation of how EBITDA is calculated, why management feel it is the most appropriate measure of performance for the business and the rationale for each adjustment can be found in note 5 to the accounts. Sales for the year rose 9.4 per cent to £67.2 m (2017: £61.4m) and continue to reflect our policy of concentrating on the sale of higher margin, non-generic medications. Profit before tax advanced to a record £13.9 m (2017: £13.5m). The tax and minority charge rose by £1.7m in the year. This reflects principally two factors, further strong profit growth achieved by our subsidiary in China and the growing profit contribution from our US operation. Earnings per share were 14.2 pence per share (2017:16.3 pence), reflecting the minority charges and tax. Cash generated from operations advanced again to £15.8m (2017: £13.1m). The cash is used to support our planned expansion by investing in technology, research and development and to purchase stock. I highlighted last year, that there had been a significant margin enhancement due to the consequences of the Brexit vote. It was therefore encouraging to note that gross profit advanced to £32.2m (2017: £30.3m) as margins were broadly unchanged despite the strengthening of sterling, compared to last year, against the US Dollar and a basket of other currencies. The board is pleased to declare an interim dividend of 6 pence per share to be paid on 17 October 2018 to shareholders on the register on 28 September 2018. The total dividend for the year of 9.2 pence per share is almost 30 percent above the level of last year (2017:7.1 pence). Our progressive dividend policy demonstrates the board’s continuing confidence in the future profitable growth of the business.
ECO, as a fast-growing public company, is determined that its shareholders and followers have access to a wide range of information about the company and its governance. This disclosure is recommended by the respected Quoted Company Alliance and is included in this document. The information can also be reviewed on our website (www.ecoanimalhealthGroupplc.com) under the Investor Relations tab and AIM Rule 26 tab in particular.
Marketing and Development
ECO currently holds several hundred marketing authorisations worldwide and sells its products in almost seventy countries. This investment, which totals over ninety million pounds, provides a significant barrier to potential competition and underpins the continuing commercial success of the company.
ECO received a marketing authorisation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2016 for the use of Aivlosin® 625 mg/g water soluble granules in chickens laying eggs for human consumption. This treatment has a zero-drug withdrawal period, which means that the eggs can still be collected from treated and recovering laying birds and sent straight to market. The regulatory files associated with this approval, an important step in the development of Aivlosin®, have been submitted in a number of key global egg producing countries. During the period under review approvals were obtained in Egypt, Malaysia, the Philippines, Turkey, Ukraine and Argentina (with the latter two countries also approving the water-soluble granule formulation for pigs).
These licenses, together with the important North American approvals for the use of Aivlosin® 625 mg/g water soluble granules for SRD associated with a number of important bacterial respiratory pathogens of swine, have the potential to generate significant earnings.
We have continued to make significant investments in our product development project pipeline. This includes the roll out of existing approvals into new geographies and new disease indications for pigs, poultry, all of which should offer continuing growth opportunities for sales of our patented medication. We have also begun investing in staff and product development in sectors of production animal health, most notably vaccines (biologicals) in which we have previously not been present.
Worldwide revenue grew by 9.4 per cent to £67.2m (2017: £61.4 m) driven by strong performances in almost all major geographic areas. Sales of Aivlosin®, our patented flagship product for the treatment of economically important diseases of pigs and poultry, increased by almost 14 per cent compared with the same period last year. Aivlosin® is prescribed under strict veterinary control at low, yet efficacious, dose rates for short duration treatments of specified diseases. It meets all current guidelines for the responsible use of antimicrobials, which when used appropriately, help to promote animal welfare and food safety while importantly, reducing the amount of antibiotics used in farming.
Sales in the USA rose 35 per cent in sterling, compared with the same period last year, reflecting strong growth of the Aivlosin® water soluble granule formulation for use in swine suffering from enteric (gut) diseases. In July, the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this formulation for a new label indication. This was for the control of SRD associated with Bordetella bronchiseptica, Haemophilus parasuis, Pasteurella multocida, and Streptococcus suis, which are important bacterial respiratory pathogens. In Canada, sales were 20 per cent ahead of the prior year with the SRD application being approved by the Veterinary Drugs Directorate of Health Canada in December 2017.
Revenue growth in South East Asia was particularly strong advancing 23 per cent. The new licenses for laying birds with a zero-withdrawal period is a significant advantage to egg producers, who as a result are not required to destroy eggs laid while birds are being treated. This product benefit underpins our development of closer relationships with major poultry producers, particularly those in the key egg producing markets of South East Asia. Marketing authorisations for this use are still outstanding for India, Japan and China which, in time, will become valuable contributors to profits.
Japan posted solid Aivlosin® sales growth, reflecting our development of closer ties with key customers in this more mature market.
Sales of Aivlosin® in China by our subsidiary, Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products, grew by just over 10 per cent during a period of softer pork prices and in advance of strategic initiatives to target poultry producers. Net profit in China increased by more than 61 per cent over the same period last year, once again reflecting the effectiveness of our overall strategy.
The excellent performance of Aivlosin® across the majority of geographies was tempered by continuing weakness in some Latin American markets, particularly in Brazil, where sales were down over 25 per cent. This disappointing performance was mainly due to slow regulatory responses and a generally weak economic environment. There are currently some signs of recovery in Brazil which should lead to improving sales in the coming months. Sales in Mexico, on the other hand, were extremely strong reflecting our increased focus on key accounts by our local management.
Margins on the sales of Ecomectin®, our range of differentiated antiparasitic formulations for ruminants, pigs and horses, continued to hold up well. Strong sales growth in Mexico was a feature of this performance. Sales of other products in ECO’s portfolio made significant progress, rising nearly 17 per cent, with China and Mexico outstanding.
On behalf of all investors I again would like to thank our 200 staff members, based in thirteen offices worldwide, for the contribution they are making to the growth and success of ECO. Their professionalism, conscientiousness and hard work enable ECO to face the future with confidence.
The year has started well with a strong and growing order book. As the global animal health industry continues to consolidate, we are actively seeking to acquire drugs that fit comfortably in our portfolio and serve our specialised markets. ECO’s sound balance sheet and consistent cash generation place the company in a strong position to take advantage of any opportunity that may arise. I look forward with confidence to reporting another set of impressive results in 2019.
Peter A Lawrence
29 June 2018
Group sales in the year to 31 March 2018 rose by over 9% to £67.2m. Sales of our flagship, patented, therapeutic (disease treating) drug, Aivlosin®, also rose by over 13.6% in sterling compared to the previous year.
EBITDA (Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and impairment, share based payments and foreign exchange movements) is our main key performance indicator (as explained more fully in note 5 to the accounts), and the EBITDA increased almost 15% to almost £19.6m, another new record for the company.
Group cash at the year-end was £21.3m.
Key Performance Indicators
The key performance indicators (‘KPIs’) for the Group are those that communicate the financial performance and strength of the Group as a whole to shareholders.
A summary of the KPI’s is as follows:
|Gross Profit £mil||32.2||30.3||21|
|Gross Margin %||47.9||49.4||44.6|
|EBITDA £m (see note 5 to the accounts)||19.6||17.1||11.1|
|Cash balances, net of borrowing £m||21.3||20.6||15.7|
|Health and safety - major accidents reported to the board in the year||Nil||Nil||Nil|
Under IFRS rules, financial assets at the period end are translated from foreign currencies using the period end exchange rates. It is our practice not to convert the majority of the currency balances into sterling, but to use them to pay overseas suppliers in local currency and invest in the business.
Risks and Uncertainties
All businesses face a number of strategic and operational risks and uncertainties and the Board considers that the following could influence the Group’s performance:
The Group exports its products to almost 70 countries and is exposed to movements in currency. We do not convert sales receipts in major currencies so that they can be used to purchase raw materials and services in those currencies. This acts as an extensive hedge against currency fluctuations.
There is increasing pressure on veterinarians to prescribe medications appropriately and in accordance with the product label. Aivlosin® meets all current guidelines for the judicious and prudent use of antimicrobials for food producing animals and is never used in human health. The Group spends considerable effort and resource liaising with regulatory authorities and leading consultants to ensure that it remains compliant with all prescribing guidelines.
The Group is dependent on a small number of suppliers for some of its raw materials and maintains business interruption insurance in respect of each of these. In the longer term the Group continues to build strategic manufacturing partnerships internationally and has increased safety stock levels in order to protect its complex global supply chain.
Dependence on key customers
The Group is dependent on a number of customers and distributors in each of the territories into which it sells. The loss of one or more of its key customers could result in lower than expected sales and have a significant impact on the scale of its operations. The Group seeks to minimise reliance on key territories and individual customers and distributors by expanding its sales base to new regions of the world and by developing new applications and products.
Although outbreaks of diseases for which our products are indicated are generally beneficial to our sales, some disease outbreaks temporarily impact on production, disrupt the free movement of animals and affect trade. In the face of continued global demand for animal protein, however, any reduction in supply leads to increased prices and therefore benefits those who have taken effective measures to prevent or control the disease. In the medium term, most disease outbreaks are generally well controlled by appropriate intervention strategies.
Timing of approval of marketing authorisations
Aivlosin® has been licenced for use in pigs and/or in poultry by Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, China and by many other regulatory bodies globally but the exact timing of new approvals of marketing authorisations is difficult to predict. Regulatory authorities may submit additional questions or require supplementary trial work to be performed prior to granting of a license and this can lead to some delay. Therefore, considerable resource is devoted to our licensing work in order to address any issues that may arise in as timely a manner as is possible.
Dependence on key personnel
The Group is dependent on a relatively small number of key personnel for a company of its size and the loss of one or two of these personnel would be likely to have a detrimental impact on the business. Management intend to review the situation in the current year and will make appointments to mitigate this risk where appropriate and where suitable candidates can be found.
ECO Animal Health Group plc is a leader in the development, registration and marketing of pharmaceutical products for animals. The company has developed into a significant UK based business with subsidiaries, joint operation and distributors in almost 70 countries. ECO has been granted over 600 drug registrations around the world for its pharmaceutical products, which are principally, but not exclusively, for the treatment of various conditions in pigs and poultry. The company uses advanced science in order to offer a wide and effective range of specialist treatments, underpinned by strong customer service.
The company will continue to pursue organic growth by developing its markets and expanding its customer base. It will also continue to research and develop additional applications for its established and proven ranges of active pharmaceutical ingredients including new species. ECO will also consider acquisition opportunities as they arise, provided they meet its market, financial and strategic objectives.
Post balance sheet event
The Company paid a dividend of £2,106,000 on 12th April 2018 to its shareholders.
Trading update and outlook
The current year has started well with continued growth and particularly good demand from customers in North America, Mexico and Japan. It is particularly pleasing to note the first signs of a recovery in Brazil. It is expected that sales in this market will be further enhanced by the appointment of a new distributor after the year end.
29 June 2018
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE REPORT
The purpose of the Board is to ensure that the business is managed for the long-term benefit of all shareholders, whilst at the same time having regard for employees, customers, suppliers and our impact on the environment and the communities in which we operate.
We apply corporate governance standards that are appropriate and relevant to our culture, status, profile, size and circumstances. As required by AIM Rules, from 28 September 2018, the Company will comply with the new QCA Corporate Governance Code.
The Board’s primary role is to enhance shareholders’ long-term interests by:
Board composition and board changes in the year
The full Board is responsible and accountable to the shareholders for the management and success of the Group and to provide effective controls to assess and manage risks in the Company.
As at 31 March 2018, the Board comprised a non-executive chairman, four executive directors and two independent non-executive directors. A short biography of each director in office at the end of the year is set out below. During the year, David Danson, a non-executive director retired from the Board after 9 years of service and Dr Andrew Jones, an independent non-executive director, was appointed to the Board.
Peter Lawrence MSc, BSc, DIC, ACGI
|Peter Lawrence founded the company in 1972. He took it public in 1986 under a BES and was the second company introduced to AIM in 1995. He joined the board of Amberley Group plc, a fully listed company, in 1994 and since has been a director and chairman of four fully listed VCTs and Anpario plc (formerly Kiotech International) which he took to AIM. He was also a director of Higher Nature Ltd, which was VCT backed and also Alga-technologies which is also private equity backed. He was awarded AIM Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 and brings a wealth of experience not only in business and employee motivation but also Corporate Governance and City experience. As Chairman, he has led the company and seen its capitalisation grow from £9m to over £400m through sales, acquisitions, fund raisings and mergers. Peter became Non- Executive Chairman in January 2018.|
Marc Loomes BVSc, MRCVS
Appointed 1December 2005
Marc joined ECO Animal Health in 2004, becoming MD is 2005 and CEO
Marc, a qualified veterinarian and Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, has extensive international senior management experience of the animal health and crop protection industries obtained with blue chip multi-national companies in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.
He brings the ability to balance strategic vision and operational delivery to the business.
Brett Clemo BA (Hons)
Appointed 1 December 2009
Brett joined ECO Animal Health in 2006 as Director of Global
Operations, he was appointed to the Board in 2009 and became Head of
China and Japan in 2010.
He has over 30 years’ experience in the life science sector in ICI, AstraZeneca and Syngenta and has held a number of senior international roles across Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and General Management. He is a results orientated team leader who brings a wealth of experience in business processes and strategy.
Kevin Stockdale BSc ACA
Appointed 3 August 2007
Kevin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 and was Finance
Director of Interpet Ltd responsible for the audited accounts of
Lawrence PLC while Interpet was a subsidiary company in the Group.
Interpet was sold in 2004 and Kevin remained with it as Finance
Director. He rejoined the Group in September 2007 as Finance
Kevin has been a qualified Chartered Accountant for over 25 years, initially in practice but has spent more than 20 of those years in the companion animal and animal health industries. The initial training and the subsequent experience have left him in a position to report accurately on the Group’s current and projected performance and identify potential accounting, commercial and regulatory issues relating to the matters under discussion.
Executive Director and Company Secretary
Appointed 19 May 2004
Julia joined the Group in 1993 as Financial Controller of Petworld
Superstores Ltd and became Group Financial Controller of the Company
in 1999 and Company Secretary of the Group in 2004. She joined the
board in August 2007.
Julia has a wealth of management accounting experience and internal auditing. She is also on the Board of Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Ltd in China and ECO Animal Health Japan Inc and is the Group’s Internal Auditor.
Anthony Rawlinson ACA BA (Hons)
Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 1 January 2015
|Tony is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ corporate finance experience advising smaller quoted companies. After spending 14 years at Henry Ansbacher & Co and Strand Partners, he founded Dowgate Capital Advisers in 2001 and led its growth and development. He was also Chairman of its AIM quoted parent company, Dowgate Capital, which was sold to a competitor in a recommended transaction in 2009. In 2010 he co-founded Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, a Nominated Adviser to a number of AIM companies and a corporate advisory firm.|
Andrew Jones PhD, BSc (Hons)
Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 1 December 2017
Andrew has over 32 years of experience in international life
science-based businesses including Syngenta AG., Arysta Lifesciences
Inc. and Phoqus Pharmaceuticals Plc. During this time, he worked in
product development, international sales and marketing, merger and
acquisition and general management.
He currently runs his own consulting company, Trioza Limited, which provides strategic advice to the animal health, crop protection and seeds sectors.
Andrew has a BSc degree and PhD in agricultural biology.
Andrew brings substantial strategic marketing and business development experience and skills to the business.
The composition of the Board is monitored by the Nominations Committee. The Board is satisfied that it has an effective and appropriate balance of skills and experience. The Board is also satisfied that it has a suitable balance between independence and knowledge of the Group to enable it to discharge its duties and responsibilities effectively. All Directors are encouraged to use their independent judgement and constructively challenge other directors where appropriate.
Tony Rawlinson and Dr Andrew Jones, both Non-Executive Directors, are considered to be independent of the management and are free to exercise independence of judgement.
The Board has established procedures to identify and monitor potential or actual conflicts of interest.
The Board has also established procedures to ensure AIM Rules are complied with and that there is close liaison with the Company’s Nominated Adviser, N+1 Singer.
All Directors are subject to reappointment by shareholders at the first Annual General Meeting following their appointment and thereafter by rotation.
Internal controls and risk management
The Board is responsible for the Group’s system of internal controls and for the reviewing its effectiveness. The system is designed to manage, rather than eliminate, the risk of failure to achieve the Group’s strategic objectives and can only provide reasonable but not absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss.
The Board monitors financial controls through the setting and approval of an annual budget and the regular review of monthly management accounts. Management accounts contain a number of indicators that are designed to reduce the possibility of misstatement in the financial statements.
The Group has in place defined authorisation levels for expenditure, the placing of orders and signing authorities. The daily cash movements of the Group are reconciled and monitored by the finance department. The Group’s cashflow is also monitored by management.
The Board maintains a continuous process for identifying, evaluating and managing significant risks across the Group together with a comprehensive review of risks which cover both financial and non-financial issues.
Where the management of operational risk requires outside advice, this is sought from several expert consultants.
Role of the Non-Executive Chairman and Chief Executive
There is a clear division of responsibility between the Non-Executive Chairman and the Chief Executive. The Chairman is responsible for running the business of the board and for ensuring appropriate strategic focus and direction. The Chief Executive is responsible for proposing the strategic focus to the Board, implementing it once it has been approved and overseeing the management of the Group.
Role of the Independent Directors
The role of the Independent Non-Executive Directors includes questioning and challenging the Executive Directors and assisting where possible in developing strategic proposals, reviewing and commenting on the integrity of the Company’s financial reporting systems and the information they provide; recommending appropriate standards of corporate governance; reviewing internal control systems; ensuring that risk management systems are robust and reviewing corporate performance and ensuring that performance is reported to shareholders.
Board and Committee meetings
The Board has a formal schedule of matters reserved for its decisions. There are a minimum of 4 full board meetings spread across each year which tie in as far as possible with the Group’s financial reporting and trading calendars. Additional meetings are held as required. The table below sets out directors’ attendance at board meetings and board committee meetings during the year ended 31 March 2018.
The Board and its committees receive appropriate and timely information prior to each meeting. A formal agenda is produced for each meeting and board committee papers are distributed several days before meetings take place. Any director can challenge proposals with decisions being taken after discussion. Any director can ask for a concern to be noted in the minutes of the meeting which are circulated to all directors. Specific actions arising from meetings are agreed by the Board or relevant committee and then followed up by management.
Directors have access to advice or services needed to enable them to carry out their roles and duties.
|PLC board meetings||Committee meetings|
The Board delegates specific responsibilities to three board committees, as shown below.
The Board is supported by the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees, each of which has access to information, resources and advice that it deems necessary, at the company’s cost, to enable the committee to discharge its duties. These duties are set out in the Terms of Reference of each committee which are available at www.ecoanimalhealthgroupplc.com .
The Audit Committee is comprised of Tony Rawlinson and Dr Andrew Jones, both Independent Non-Executive Directors. The responsibilities of the Audit Committee and their report for the year are set out below on pages 15 to 16.
The Remuneration Committee is comprised of Dr Andrew Jones, Tony Rawlinson, Peter Lawrence and Marc Loomes. The Nominations Committee decided that it is helpful to have the CEO present to provide advice on remuneration practices in the industry. He does not attend discussions that relate to his own remuneration. The responsibilities of the Remuneration Committee and their report for the year are set out below on pages 16 to 17. Details of the Group’s remuneration policy and how that policy was implemented during the year are set out on page 16 to 17.
The Nominations Committee comprises Peter Lawrence, Marc Loomes, Brett Clemo, Dr Andrew Jones and Tony Rawlinson. The responsibilities of the Nominations Committee and their report for the year are set out below on pages 17 to 18.
Communication with shareholders
The Board is committed to communicating openly with shareholders to ensure that its strategy and performance are clearly understood. The Board communicates with shareholders through the Annual Report and the Interim Statement, trading and other announcement made on RNS and at the Annual General Meeting where the board encourages investors to participate. The Company also maintains a website www.ecoanimalhealthgroupplc.com which contains information on the Group’s business and corporate information. Following the announcement of the Company’s half year and full year results the Chairman and Chief Executive, together with other directors, make presentations to institutional shareholders, private client brokers and investment analysts. Periodic meetings are held with existing and prospective institutional and other investors. The Company’s brokers also produce research notes on the Company from time to time.
Corporate Governance Code
The Company is traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and as such complies with the AIM Rules for Companies. We apply corporate governance standards that are appropriate and relevant to our culture, status, profile, size and circumstances. As required by AIM Rules, from 28 September 2018, the Company will apply the new QCA Corporate Governance Code.
High standards of Corporate Governance are a key priority of the Board.
Modern Slavery Act 2015 Statement
ECO Animal Health Group Plc (ECO) is opposed to slavery and human trafficking in any part of our business or our supply chain. We are therefore committed to ensuring that we have suitable procedures and actions in place to identify and prevent these practices. This statement is also shown on the Group’s website.
ECO develops, licences and markets pharmaceutical products for global animal health markets. ECO is a public company trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and is headquartered in the UK employing approximately 200 people across 13 global offices. It is a semi-virtual company making extensive use of contract research organisations and third party manufacturers to conduct our research and produce our products. We sell in almost 70 countries via subsidiaries, joint ventures, or 3rd party distributors.
Our Supply Chains
All of ECO’s supply chains operate within the heavily regulated pharmaceutical sector and must comply with the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) requirements to ensure that our products are consistently produced, controlled and shipped according to quality standards. National regulators undertake regular inspections and ECO conducts its own investigations of its suppliers and third party manufactures to ensure continued GMP compliance.
As part of our compliance with the Group’s Anti-slavery and human trafficking policy, the following steps have been taken:
Audit Committee Report
The Audit Committee comprises Tony Rawlinson (Chairman) and Dr Andrew Jones who succeeded David Danson when he retired from the board on 1 December 2017.
The Audit Committee meets at least twice a year, linked to the timing of the publication of the Group’s interim and final results. The Audit Committee also meets on an ad hoc basis when necessary.
Terms of reference of the Audit Committee
The Audit Committee operates within specific terms of reference which include:
The Audit Committee can call for information from the management committee and consults with the external auditors directly when they are required to do so.
Report of the Committee
The Audit Committee has met with the external auditors during the course of the year to monitor progress and discuss any issues arising.
Since Kreston Reeves have been in place as the Company’s auditors for many years, the Committee decided to initiate a review and seek tenders from alternative audit firms. In addition to the incumbent audit firm, two other firms made proposals and presented to the Audit Committee and members of the Board in May 2018. The Committee was keen to ensure that any new firm appointed was able to demonstrate that it had the global reach and experience appropriate for a business of the nature and size of the Group and would be more beneficial to the company. The process is ongoing and the Committee will make a decision on this matter later in the Summer.
The Committee has also initiated a review of the Company’s financial controls and procedures which is ongoing and will report further on this in next year’s Corporate Governance Report.
The Board decided to upgrade the Company’s accounting systems and install a new SAGE ERP X3 accounting system. This has involved a significant amount of extra work and expense, but it is pleasing to report that the bulk of the implementation work has been completed and the new system is operating effectively. The new system is cloud based and integrates our business processes including purchasing, manufacturing controls and real time inventory with sales and financial management. The new system will speed up the financial reporting processes and reports for the Board’s review.
The Company decided to join the QCA during the year and are taking full advantage of the publications and forums provided for the benefit of the Company.
Priorities for the year ahead
Priorities for the coming year will be to complete the review of auditors and the financial controls and procedures review. The Board has decided that the auditors will undertake a review of the interim accounts prior to Board approval.
Remuneration Committee Report
The Remuneration Committee is comprised of Andrew Jones (Chairman), Tony Rawlinson, Peter Lawrence and Marc Loomes.
Role of the Remuneration Committee
The Remuneration Committee reviews and determines on behalf of the Board and shareholders of the Company the pay, benefits and other terms of service of the executive directors of the Company and the broad pay strategy with respect to senior Company employees.
The objective of the Company’s remuneration policy is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of executives of an appropriate calibre, to ensure that the senior executives of the Company are provided with appropriate incentives to encourage enhanced performance and are, in a fair and responsible manner, rewarded for their individual contributions to the success of the Company.
The Remuneration Committee is satisfied that the pay that can be earned is appropriate for a company of comparable size and complexity, at each level of performance. The delivery of the Company’s short term corporate goals is incentivised by offering a cash-settled bonus linked to the achievement of pre-defined levels of EBITDA, which is the key metric the Board considers in monitoring corporate performance. Long term value generation is underpinned by an incentive plan normally based on share options. All of the Executive Directors have significant exposure to the Company’s share price through shares and options over the Company’s shares.
Remuneration in practice
The remuneration that the Company offers to its Executive Directors continues to be based on four principal components:
1. Basic Salaries and Other Compensation – Basic salaries are determined by the Remuneration Committee bearing in mind the salaries paid in comparable businesses of similar size and complexity and other AIM-traded companies. Other Compensation includes the provision of company cars (or a salary alternative), private medical and critical illness insurance.
2. Short-term incentives – Bonuses are payable to staff (including the Executive Directors) according to the achievement by the Group of certain predetermined profit targets. The amount of bonus payable on achievement of the target is set at the level felt appropriate to provide the necessary incentive, with appropriate adjustments to the bonus payable in the event of over- or under-achievement against those targets. In addition, bonuses are adjusted for personal performance and the amount of bonus paid can also reflect any substantial periods of absence or unavailability of the employee.
3. Long-term incentives – The Company operates a share option scheme covering all permanent employees under which share options are normally granted once in each year, or in some circumstances can be granted on promotion. Options vest on the third anniversary of the date of grant, approved options can then be exercised until the tenth anniversary of grant and unapproved options until the seventh anniversary of grant. The exercise price of the options is set at the market value of the Company’s shares at the time of grant, so that the individual only benefits if there has been share price growth. The share option scheme is overseen by the Remuneration Committee which determines the terms under which eligible individuals may be invited to participate, including the level of awards. The scheme utilises HMRC approved options to the extent possible and tax unapproved options thereafter. The number of share options issued over the last 10 years has exceeded the guideline ceiling of 10% of issued share capital in a rolling 10 year period recommended by the Investment Association. In order to work towards meeting the recommendation, the Remuneration Committee therefore decided not to issue share options to Board Directors in the 2017-18 financial year, but instead awarded an additional cash bonus in lieu of options. In future, the Company plans to use a cash based “phantom” share option scheme for Board Directors until the number of share options issued falls within the 10% guideline. The phantom scheme will aim to replicate the terms and rules of the existing share option share scheme, but any gains will be realised through payment of a cash bonus rather than through sale of shares.
4. Pensions – There is a compulsory government contribution scheme for all executive directors and employees. In addition, Kevin Stockdale has a defined contribution arrangement in place. Benefits in kind are not pensionable.
Directors’ Service Contracts
All Executive Directors are employed under service contracts. The services of all Executive Directors may be terminated by the Company or individual giving 12 months’ notice. The Non-Executive Directors are retained under Letters of Appointment.
Directors’ Share Options
Details of share options held by directors are set out in the Director’s report.
Nominations Committee Report
The Nominations Committee comprises Peter Lawrence, Marc Loomes, Brett Clemo, Dr Andrew Jones and Tony Rawlinson.
The Nomination Committee reviews the Board’s structure, size and composition and manages appointments to the Board. The committee this year, continued to focus on succession planning for the Board, by reviewing the Directors’ skills and experience and identifying areas to consider for future appointments. This Committee’s approach recognises its crucial role in ensuring the Company has an effective and well-balanced Board.
Role of the Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee operates within specific terms of reference which include:
The Nominations Committee can call for information from the management committee and consults with the external specialists directly if they are required to do so.
The Committee met once in the year after formation of the Committee in December, to discuss the Board’s current skills and experience and to discuss succession planning.
As the Group has grown, the Board has recognised the increasing burden and reliance placed on the finance team. To alleviate this, the Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Pickard ACA on 4 June 2018. Jonathan’s role is Group Financial Controller. In addition, Andrew Buglass was appointed a Director of ECO Animal Health Limited with effect from the 31st May 2018. Andrew is the Group’s Global Sales Director.
Priorities for the year ahead
The Committee will continue to discuss succession planning of the Board and to continue to review the diversity and mix of skills to identify any skills gaps.
Our opinion remains that we are satisfied with the performance of the Board, its sub-committees and that of individual Directors and the Chairman.
In accordance with the Articles of Association and best practice, all Directors will be submitted for re-election on a rotation basis.
By order of the Board
Director and Company Secretary
29 June 2018
The directors present their report and financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2018.
The following directors have held office since 1 April 2017:
|Peter Lawrence||Non- Executive Chairman|
|Marc Loomes||Chief Executive|
|Kevin Stockdale||Finance Director|
|Brett Clemo||Executive Director|
|Julia Trouse||Executive Director|
Non-Executive Director (Retired 1 December
|Anthony Rawlinson||Non-Executive Director|
Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 December 2017)
The principal activities of the Group in the year under review were those of manufacturers and suppliers of animal health products. These activities were conducted on a global scale, through a network including both regional offices, (notably in Shanghai and Princeton) and overseas subsidiaries.
Results and dividends
The consolidated income statement for the year is set out on page 31.
The profit for the year after tax was £11,647,000 (2017: £11,999,000). The directors have declared a dividend of 6p per share making a total for the year of 9.2p (2017: 7.10p).
The likely future development of the business is covered in the Chairman’s Statement and in the Strategic Report.
At 24 April 2018, the Company had been notified of the following holdings of 3 per cent or more of its issued share capital.
|Ordinary shares||Per cent|
|Old Mutual Global Investors||8,928,322||13.51|
|Axa Investment Managers||7,225,667||10.93|
|P A Lawrence and family||6,948,477||10.51|
|Schroder Investment Management Limited||5,950,300||9.00|
|M & G Investment Management||5,710,750||8.64|
|Aberdeen Standard Investments||3,375,250||5.11|
|Liontrust Asset Management||2,585,124||3.91|
Group research and development activities
The Group is continually researching into and developing new products and markets. Details of expenditure incurred and written off during the year are shown in the notes to the financial statements. Following the approval of our second marketing authorisation for Aivlosin® in the USA, the Group remains committed to obtaining further authorisations of its Aivlosin® products in other key territories and for additional disease applications.
Under the Group’s executive share option scheme the following directors have the right to acquire Ordinary shares of 5p each as follows:
|(pence per share)|
|M D Loomes||435.0||400,000||400,000|
The directors who served in the year received the following; emoluments, pension contributions, share-based payments and benefits in kind.
|M D Loomes||594||10||196||800||394||10|
The salaries and other compensation for Executive Directors in the latest financial year includes the payment of an additional cash bonus in lieu of an option grant, as explained in the Remuneration Committee Report.
The Company maintains directors' and officers' liability insurance for the benefit of its directors which remained in place at 31 March 2018 and throughout the preceding year.
The Group’s accounting policies for financial instruments and strategy for management of those financial instruments are given in notes 2 and 32 to the financial statements respectively.
Internal financial control
The board of directors is responsible for the Group’s system of internal financial control. Internal control systems are designed to meet the particular needs of the companies concerned and the risks to which they are exposed. This provides reasonable, but not absolute, assurance against material misstatement or loss. Strict financial and other controls are exercised by the Group over its subsidiary companies by day to day supervision of the businesses by the Directors.
N+1 Singer were the Company's nominated advisor and stockbrokers at the year end. Peel Hunt is the joint broker. The closing share price on 31 March 2018 was 531.0p per share (2017: 500.0p). During the year the average share price was 587.34p (2017: 456.85p).
The auditors Kreston Reeves LLP will be proposed for reappointment in accordance with the provisions of section 489 of the Companies Act 2006.
Statement of directors' responsibilities
The directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.
Company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the directors have prepared the Group and Parent Company financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union. Under company law the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and the Company and of the profit or loss of the Group for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to:
The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and the Group and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and the Group and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.
The directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the Company's website. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.
Statement of disclosure to auditors
So far as each of the directors are aware;
(a) there is no relevant audit information of which the Company's auditors are unaware, and
(b) they have taken all the steps that they ought to have taken as directors in order to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the Company's auditors are aware of that information.
This document contains certain forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect the knowledge and information available to the Company and Group during preparation and up to the publication of this document. By their very nature, these statements depend upon circumstances and relate to events that may occur in the future and thereby involving a degree of uncertainty. Therefore, nothing in this document should be construed as a profit forecast by the Company or Group.
On behalf of the board
|29 June 2018|
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT
TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF ECO ANIMAL HEALTH GROUP PLC
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2018
We have audited the financial statements of ECO Animal Health Group plc (the ‘parent company’) and its subsidiaries (the ‘Group’) for the year ended 31 March 2018 which comprise the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, consolidated and company statements of financial position, consolidated and company statements of changes in equity, consolidated and company statements of cashflow and notes to the financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies. The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006.
In our opinion the financial statements:
Basis for opinion
We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) (ISAs (UK)) and applicable law. Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditor’s responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements section of our report. We are independent of the Group in accordance with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements in the UK, including the FRC’s Ethical Standard, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
Conclusions relating to going concern
We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters in relation to which the ISAs (UK) require us to report to you where:
An overview of the scope of our audit
As part of designing our audit, we determined materiality and assessed the risks of material misstatement in the financial statements. In particular, we looked at where the directors made subjective judgements, for example in respect of significant accounting estimates that involved making assumptions and considering future events that are inherently uncertain. As in all of our audits we also addressed the risk of management override of internal controls, including evaluating whether there was evidence of bias by the directors that represented a risk of material misstatement due to fraud.
We performed a full scope audit on the main components of the business representing 81% of the Group’s revenue and 98% of the Group’s net assets.
Our audit approach is consistent with the previous year.
Key audit matters
Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the financial statements of the current period and include the most significant assessed risks of material misstatement (whether or not due to fraud) we identified, including those which had the greatest effect on: the overall audit strategy, the allocation of resources in the audit; and directing the efforts of the engagement team. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters. This is not a complete list of all risks identified by our audit.
KEY AUDIT MATTER
HOW OUR AUDIT ADDRESSED THE KEY AUDIT MATTER
The Group has two main sources of revenue;
(a) Direct sales of animal pharmaceutical products into UK, European and global markets. The Group’s flagship patented product continuing to be Aivlosin® which accounted for 76% of total Group Sales. The Group recognised these sales on despatch of the goods, at which point the risks and rewards of ownership is substantially transferred to the buyer.
(b) Sundry income is primarily from the profit on sale of assets and rents receivable. These are recognised on an accruals basis.
We have focused on these income streams due to their value and the potential for misstatement of revenue whether caused by fraud or error.
We discussed the revenue recognition policies with management and independently with sales staff clarifying any discrepancies.
For direct product sales a sample of order numbers were traced through to sale invoice and ledger confirming the treatment of VAT and exchange rate differences for each. In addition, a comprehensive analytical review was undertaken comparing reported sales in the year to both prior period and budgeted monthly sales development. An analysis by significant geographical sales markets was also performed with explanations for performance ensured as consistent with other audit evidence obtained.
KEY AUDIT MATTER
HOW OUR AUDIT ADDRESSED THE KEY AUDIT MATTER
Ownership and valuation of intangibles
Goodwill arose on the acquisition of subsidiaries and is included within the consolidated statement of financial position at cost less impairment.
There is historical capitalised goodwill on the balance sheet totalling £17.9m in relation to this.
The Group also retain distribution rights as well as drug registrations, patents and capitalised license costs.
For internally generated and externally acquired assets the Group recognises these at cost less accumulated depreciation and impairment losses. For assets acquired as part of a business combination these are recognised at fair value. Drug registrations, patents and licences are amortised over a useful economic life of between 10 and 20 years, with distribution rights being amortised over 20 years.
We have focused on this area due to the value of intangible assets including goodwill, and the fact that there was judgment involved in estimating the value of assets and associated impairments.
Ownership and valuation of intangibles
A breakdown of the goodwill by company was obtained and agreed to the nominal ledger and expectations. A comparison of the goodwill amount and the historical profitability / net assets figure of each company was undertaken and an initial assessment of any required impairment was noted. The directors provided a paper on the impairment of goodwill taking into account forecasts for a period of 5 years looking at the profitability along with any potential impairment. Sensitivity analysis was undertaken on the forecasts to stress test different levels of revenue drop. Prior budgets and forecasts were compared to actual results and any inaccuracies in turnover or profits were also used to stress test the forecasts provided. The assumptions applied to generate the 5 year forecasts were reviewed and audited to help determine the accuracy of these forecasts.
Schedules for other intangible assets were obtained and agreed to nominal ledger and expectation, useful economic lives assigned were reviewed to confirm as reasonable with amortisation charges recalculated. Assets were also assessed for indicators of impairment and forecasts were obtained and reviewed to vouch assumption that assets will continue to generate income for the Group.
KEY AUDIT MATTER
HOW OUR AUDIT ADDRESSED THE KEY AUDIT MATTER
The share based payments report was obtained and the qualifications and experience of the valuer assessed.
Sensitivity analysis was undertaken on the report’s assumptions to stress test different levels of leaver rates to review for potentially material variances.
The charge to the income statement was agreed to the audited report and it was confirmed all necessary disclosures were included in the accounts.
Valuation of share options
The Group operates an executive share option
Scheme, with approved and unapproved share
Options granted to directors and employees who
Devote at least 25 hours per week to the
Performance of duties or employment.
The exercise price of the options is equal to the
market price of the shares at the date of grant, with the options vesting after three years. For instances of an option holder ceasing employment during this time for any reason the option can be exercised 6 months after date of cessation with approval of the Board.
We have focused on this area due to the increased complexity of accounting and exposure to higher risk accounting estimates in calculating such a scheme.
Valuation and existence of inventory
The Group held inventories of £17.7m at year end, this being in relation to raw materials and consumables £13.0m and finished pharmaceutical products £4.6m.
Such inventories are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value; cost being determined using the first-in-first-out method. The cost of finished goods comprises raw materials as well as direct labour and other costs. The net realisable value is taken to be selling price for the product in the ordinary course of business.
We have focused on this area due to the value of Inventories held, and the fact that there was judgment involved in estimating the value of obsolete items.
Stocktakes were attended at selected sites with material levels of inventory. A sample of stock was also selected for substantive valuation testing, confirming that inventory was held at the lower of cost and net realisable value.
Third parties who have completed stock takes were assessed to confirm their competence and reliability of their results. Variance testing was performed where stock sheets at year end were agreed to stock listing obtained. A sample of the final March 2018 and first April 2018 sales were reviewed to determine correct cut-off was applied.
Inventory in transit was also reviewed to confirm it was accurately recorded as such at the year end.
How we tailored the audit scope
We tailored the scope of our audit to ensure that we performed enough work to be able to give an opinion on the financial statements as a whole, taking into account the structure of the Group and the parent company, the accounting processes and controls, and the industry in which they operate.
Our scoping considerations for the Group audit were based both on financial information and risk. In addition to Eco Animal Health Group PLC the below subsidiaries were subject to a statutory or limited assurance audits:
Eco Animal Health Limited (statutory audit)
Zhejiang Eco BIOK Animal Health Products, Limited (statutory audit)
Pharmgate Animal Health LLC (statutory audit)
ECO Animal Health do Brasil Comercio de Productos Veterinarios (limited assurance)
ECO Animal Health (USA) Corporation (limited assurance)
Remaining subsidiaries deemed immaterial to the Group and were not subject to audit procedures.
Our application of materiality
|Overall Group Materiality||£692,000 (2017: £610,000)|
|How we determined it||5% of Group profit before tax|
|Rationale for benchmark||
Given the Group is AIM listed the number of users and the level
We reported all audit differences found in excess of performance materiality of £484,400 to the directors and the management board.
For each Group company within the scope of our Group audit, we allocated a materiality that is less than our overall Group materiality. The range of materiality allocated across each Group company was between £430,000 and £20,200. The scope of our audit was influenced by our application of materiality as we set certain quantitative thresholds for performance materiality and use these thresholds as a consideration tool to help to determine the scope of our audit and the nature, timing and extent of our audit procedures on the individual financial statement line items and disclosures and in evaluating the effect of misstatements, both individually and in aggregate on the financial statements as a whole.
We determined component materiality for the parent company to be 1% of net assets and for each of the trading Group companies between 1-2% of turnover based upon the companies’ principal activities and risk profile. Performance materiality was set in the range of 70-80% of component materiality.
The directors are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the information included in the annual report, other than the financial statements and our auditor’s report thereon. Our opinion on the financial statements does not cover the other information and, except to the extent otherwise explicitly stated in our report, we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.
In connection with our audit of the financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If we identify such material inconsistencies or apparent material misstatements, we are required to determine whether there is a material misstatement in the financial statements or a material misstatement of the other information. If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to report that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard.
Opinions on other matters prescribed by the Companies Act 2006
In our opinion, based on the work undertaken in the course of the audit:
Matters on which we are required to report by exception
In the light of our knowledge and understanding of the Group and parent company and its environment obtained in the course of the audit, we have not identified material misstatements in the strategic report and the directors’ report.
We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters in relation to which the Companies Act 2006 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion:
Responsibilities of directors
As explained more fully in the directors’ responsibilities statement (set out on page 22), the directors are responsible for the preparation of the financial statements and for being satisfied that they give a true and fair view, and for such internal control as the directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
In preparing the financial statements, the directors are responsible for assessing the Group’s and parent company’s ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless the directors either intend to liquidate the Group or parent company or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.
Auditor’s responsibilities for the audit of the financial statements
Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor’s report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs (UK) will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements.
As part of an audit in accordance with ISAs (UK), we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional scepticism throughout the audit. We also:
We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.
Use of our Report
This report is made solely to the company’s members, as a body, in accordance with Chapter 3 of Part 16 of the Companies Act 2006. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the company’s members those matters we are required to state to them in an auditor’s report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company and the company’s members as a body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.
Stephen Tanner BSc (Econ) FCA (Senior Statutory Auditor)
For and on behalf of Kreston Reeves LLP
Statutory Auditors and Chartered Accountants
29 June 2018
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
|Cost of sales||(34,986)||(31,103)|
|Profit from operating activities||5||14,112||12,645|
|Net finance (cost)/income||(247)||784|
|Share of profit of associate||14||7||23|
|Profit before income tax||13,872||13,452|
|Income tax (charge)||8||(2,225)||(1,453)|
|Profit for the year||11,647||11,999|
|Profit attributable to:|
|Owners of the parent company||9,315||10,565|
|Profit for the year||11,647||11,999|
|Earnings per share (pence)||7||14.19||16.35|
|Diluted earnings per share (pence)||7||14.06||16.17|
|Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, Amortisation, Share Based Payments and Foreign Exchange Differences||5||19,571||17,064|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
|Profit for the year||11,647||11,999|
|Other comprehensive (losses)/income (net of related tax effects):|
|Items that will or may be reclassified to profit/(loss) in future periods:|
|Foreign currency translation differences||(372)||1,030|
|Items that will not be reclassified:|
|Defined benefit plan actuarial (losses)||21||(15)||(483)|
|Deferred tax on revaluations||-||10|
|Other comprehensive (losses)/income for the year||(387)||557|
|Total comprehensive income for the year||11,260||12,556|
|Owners of the parent company||9,028||10,829|
All items listed in other comprehensive income have gone through reserves and are shown in the consolidated statement of changes in equity.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
|Balance as at 31 March 2016|
|Profit for the year||-||-||-||-||-||10,565||10,565||1,434||11,999|
|Other comprehensive income:|
|Foreign currency differences||-||-||-||-||-||737||737||293||1,030|
|Actuarial (losses) on pension scheme assets||-||-||-||-||-||(483)||(483)||-||(483)|
|Deferred taxation change in rate||-||-||-||10||-||-||10||-||10|
|Total comprehensive income for the year|
|Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity|
|Contributions by and distributions to owners|
|Movement in Treasury Reserve arising from disposal of jointly owned shares||-||-||1,144||-||-||-||1,144||-||1,144|
|Issue of shares in the year||66||2,517||-||-||-||-||2,583||-||2,583|
|Sale of treasury shares||-||47||-||-||-||60||107||-||107|
|Transfers on expiry of options||-||-||-||-||(257)||257||-||-||-|
|Dividends relating to 2016||-||-||-||-||-||(3,667)||(3,667)||(587)||(4,254)|
|Transactions with owners||66||2,564||1,144||-||421||(3,350)||845||(587)||258|
|Balance as at 31 March 2017|
|Profit for the year|
|Other comprehensive income:||-||-||-||-||-||9,315||9,315||2,332||11,647|
|Foreign currency differences||-||-||-||-||-||(272)||(272)||(100)||(372)|
|Actuarial (losses) on pension scheme assets||-||-||-||-||-||(15)||(15)||-||(15)|
|Total comprehensive income for the year|
|Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity|
|Contributions by and distributions to owners|
|Issue of shares in the year||20||693||-||-||-||-||713||-||713|
|Transfers on expiry of options||-||-||-||-||(404)||404||-||-||-|
|Dividends relating to 2017||-||-||-||-||-||(4,660)||(4,660)||(1,389)||(6,049)|
|Transactions with owners||20||693||-||-||374||(4,256)||(3,169)||(1,389)||(4,558)|
|Balance as at 31 March 2018|
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
|Balance as at 31 March 2016|
|Profit for the year||-||-||-||-||-||5,144||5,144|
|Other comprehensive income:|
|Actuarial (losses) on pension scheme assets||-||-||-||-||-||(483)||(483)|
|Deferred taxation change in rate||-||-||-||10||-||-||10|
|Total comprehensive income for the year|
|Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity|
|Contributions by and distributions to owners|
|Issue of shares in the year||66||2,517||-||-||-||-||2,583|
|Movement in Treasury Reserve arising from disposal of jointly owned shares||-||-||1,144||-||-||-||1,144|
|Sale of treasury shares||-||47||-||-||-||60||107|
|Transfers on expiry of options||-||-||-||-||(257)||257||-|
|Dividends relating to 2016||-||-||-||-||-||(3,667)||(3,667)|
|Transactions with owners||66||2,564||1,144||-||421||(3,350)||845|
|Balance as at 31 March 2017|
|Profit for the year||-||-||-||-||-||76||76|
|Other comprehensive income:|
|Actuarial (losses) on pension scheme assets||-||-||-||-||-||(15)||(15)|
|Total comprehensive income for the year|
|Transactions with owners recorded directly in equity|
|Contributions by and distributions to owners|
|Issue of shares in the year||20||693||-||-||-||-||713|
|Transfers on expiry of options||-||-||-||-||(404)||404||-|
|Dividends relating to 2016||-||-||-||-||-||(4,660)||(4,660)|
|Transactions with owners||20||693||-||-||374||(4,256)||(3,169)|
|Balance as at 31 March 2018|
STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION (CO. NUMBER: 01818170)
|Property, plant and equipment||12||1,866||1,865||716||731|
|Amounts due from subsidiary company||16||-||-||46,326||-|
|Trade and other receivables||16||17,193||16,158||213||46,132|
|Income tax recoverable||113||395||-||-|
|Other taxes and social security||1,160||897||518||694|
|Cash and cash equivalents||18||21,261||20,602||4,959||8,684|
|Total current assets||57,390||57,727||5,690||55,510|
|Trade and other payables||19||(10,715)||(13,733)||(234)||(526)|
|Other taxes and social security||(108)||(447)||(98)||(103)|
|Net current assets||46,373||43,270||5,316||54,842|
|Total assets less current liabilities||106,168||99,300||72,635||75,840|
|Non current liabilities|
|Dilapidations on property leases||-||(100)||-||(100)|
|TOTAL ASSETS LESS TOTAL LIABILITIES||104,875||98,173||72,545||75,653|
|Issued share capital||23||3,291||3,271||3,291||3,271|
|Share premium account||58,847||58,154||58,847||58,154|
Approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 29 June 2018
STATEMENT OF CASHFLOWS
|Cashflows from operating activities|
|Profit before income tax||13,872||13,452||89||5,148|
|Net finance cost/(income)||6||247||(784)||(911)||(927)|
|Depreciation||12 & 13||297||264||17||15|
|Revaluation of investment property||(15)||-||(15)||-|
|Loss/(Profit) on disposal of non-current assets||-||37||-||(8)|
|Amortisation of intangible assets||11||3,428||3,088||-||-|
|Impairment of intangible assets||-||297||-||-|
|Share of associate's results||14||(7)||(23)||-||-|
|Impairment of investments||14||-||-||5||-|
|Share based payments||22||778||678||778||678|
|Operating cash flows before movements in working capital||18,561||16,933||(76)||4,830|
|Change in inventories||2,012||(4,082)||-||925|
|Change in receivables||(1,298)||(3,195)||(231)||(5,394)|
|Change in payables||(3,432)||3,445||(373)||123|
|Cash generated from/(absorbed by) operations||15,843||13,101||(680)||484|
|Net cash from/(absorbed by) operating activities||14,066||11,815||(694)||480|
|Cash flows from investing activities|
|Acquisition of property, plant and equipment||12||(324)||(265)||(2)||(8)|
|Disposal of property, plant and equipment||1||-||-||8|
|Purchase of intangibles (net of contributions from outside parties)||11||(7,176)||(7,931)||-||-|
|Net cash (used in)/from investing activities||(7,361)||(8,093)||912||927|
|Cash flows from financing activities|
|Proceeds from issue of share capital and sale of jointly owned and treasury shares||713||3,834||713||3,834|
|Net cash (used in)/from financing activities||(5,333)||(418)||(3,943)||168|
|Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents||1,372||3,304||(3,725)||1,575|
|Foreign exchange movements||(713)||1,633||-||-|
|Balance at 1 April 2017||20,602||15,665||8,684||7,109|
|Balance at 31 March 2018||18||21,261||20,602||4,959||8,684|
A net debt reconciliation has not been included as the Group held no debt in 2018 or 2017.
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2018
1. General information
ECO Animal Health Group plc (“the company”) and its subsidiaries (together “the Group”) manufacture and supply animal health products globally.
The Company is traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and is incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is 78 Coombe Road, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4QS.
2. Summary of significant accounting policies
2.1 Basis of preparation
The Group has presented its annual report and accounts in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as adopted by the European Union, IFRIC interpretations and the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.
The preparation of financial statements, in conformity with IFRS as adopted by the European Union, requires the use of estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. Although these estimates are based on management’s best knowledge of the amount, event or actions, actual results ultimately may differ from those estimates.
The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.
The principal accounting policies of the Group are set out below and have been applied consistently in dealing with items which are considered material in relation to the Group’s financial statements.
2.2 Adoption of new and revised standards
The following amendments to existing standards and interpretations were effective for periods beginning after 1 January 2017, but the adoption of these amendments to existing standards and interpretations did not have a material impact on the financial statements of the Group:
The following new standards, amendments and interpretations to existing standards have been published that are mandatory for accounting periods beginning after 1 January 2018 (unless otherwise stated) and have not been applied in preparing these consolidated financial statements.
2.2 Adoption of new and revised standards (continued)
The directors do not expect that the adoption of the Standards and Interpretations listed above will have a material impact on the financial statements of the Group in future periods with the exception of IFRS16 – Leases. It is anticipated that this will increase the assets and liability totals included in the financial statements by a maximum of approximately £3.6m. Net assets will not be materially affected and neither will the reported profit.
Beyond the information above, it is not practicable to provide a reasonable estimate of the effect of these standards until a detailed review has been completed.
2.3 Basis of consolidation
The consolidated financial statements comprise the accounts of the Company and its subsidiaries drawn up to 31 March 2018.
An entity is classed as a subsidiary of the Company when as a result of contractual arrangements, the Company has the power to govern its financial and operating policies so as to obtain benefits from its activities.
The purchase method of accounting is used to account for the acquisition of subsidiaries by the Group. The cost of an acquisition is measured, as the fair value of the assets given, equity instruments issued and liabilities incurred or assumed at the date of exchange. Identifiable assets acquired and contingent liabilities assumed in a business combination are measured initially at their fair values at the acquisition date, irrespective of the extent of any minority interest. The excess of the cost of acquisition over the fair value of the Group’s share of the identifiable net assets acquired is recorded as goodwill. If the cost of acquisition is less than the fair value, the difference is recognised directly in the income statement.
Accounting policies have been changed where material to ensure consistency with the policies adopted by the Group. Although the subsidiaries in Brazil and China and the Joint operation in the USA and Canada all have December year ends, the Group uses management accounts to the end of March to prepare the Group accounts.
Subsidiaries are wholly consolidated from the date on which control is transferred to the Group. They are deconsolidated from the date that control ceases.
Intercompany transactions, balances and unrealised gains on transactions between Group companies are eliminated on consolidation.
2.4 Segment reporting
Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting to the chief operating decision-maker. The chief operating decision-maker who is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments has been identified as the Board.
2.5 Foreign currency translation
(a) Functional and presentational currency
Items included in the financial statements of each of the Group’s entities are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates (“functional currency”). The consolidated financial statements are presented in Pounds Sterling, which is the Company’s functional and the Group’s presentational currency.
(b) Transactions and balances
Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated into Pounds Sterling at the rates of exchange ruling at the date of the financial statements.
2.5 Foreign currency translation (continued)
Foreign currency transactions are translated into the functional currency using the exchange rates prevailing at the date of the transactions. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions and from the translation at period end exchange rates of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recognised in the income statement.
Foreign exchange gains and losses that relate to borrowing and cash and cash equivalents are presented in the income statement within finance income or finance costs.
(c) Group companies
The results and financial position of all Group entities that have a functional currency different from the presentation currency are translated into the presentation currency as follows;
When a foreign operation is partially disposed or sold, exchange differences that were recognised in equity are recognised in the income statement as part of the gain or loss on sale. Goodwill and fair value adjustments arising on the acquisition of a foreign entity are treated as assets and liabilities of the foreign entity and translated at the closing exchange rate.
2.6 Financial instruments
a) Non-derivative financial assets
The Group initially recognises loans and receivables and deposits on the date that they are originated. All other financial assets (including assets designated at fair value through profit or loss) are recognised initially on the trade date at which the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument.
The Group derecognises a financial asset when the contractual rights to the cashflows from the asset expire, or it transfers the rights to receive the contractual cashflows from the financial asset in a transaction in which substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership of the financial asset are transferred. Any interest in transferred financial assets that is created or retained by the Group is recognised as a separate asset or liability.
Financial assets and liabilities are offset and the net amount presented in the statement of financial position when, and only when, the Group has a legal right to offset the amounts and intends to settle on a net basis or to realise the asset and settle the liability simultaneously.
The Group has the following non-derivative financial assets:
b) Loans and receivables
Loans and receivables are financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. Such assets are recognised initially at fair value plus any directly attributable transaction costs. Subsequent to initial recognition loans and receivables are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method, less any impairment losses.
Loans and receivables comprise trade and other receivables and cash and cash equivalents.
Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash balances and call deposits with original maturities of three months or less. Bank overdrafts that are repayable on demand and form an integral part of the Group’s cash management are included as a component of cash and cash equivalents for the purpose of the statement of cashflows.
c) Non-derivative financial liabilities
All financial liabilities (including liabilities designated at fair value through profit or loss) are recognised initially on the date at which the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument.
The Group derecognises a financial liability when its contractual obligations are discharged or cancelled or expire.
The Group has the following non-derivative financial liabilities: bank overdrafts and trade and other payables.
Such financial liabilities are recognised initially at fair value plus any directly attributable transaction costs. Subsequent to initial recognition these financial liabilities are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.
Goodwill arising on the acquisition of an entity represents the excess of the costs of acquisition over the Group’s interest in the net fair value of the identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities of the entity recognised at the date of acquisition.
Goodwill is initially recognised as an asset at cost and is subsequently measured at cost less any accumulated impairment losses. Goodwill is not subject to amortisation but is tested for impairment.
Negative goodwill arising on an acquisition is recognised directly in the income statement. On disposal of a subsidiary or a jointly controlled entity, the attributable amount of goodwill is included in the determination of the profit or loss recognised in the income statement on disposal. Goodwill arising before the date of transition to IFRS, on 1 April 2004, has been retained at the previous UK GAAP amounts, subject to being tested for impairment at that date. Goodwill written off to reserves
under UK GAAP prior to 1998 has not been reinstated and is not included in determining any subsequent profit or loss on disposal.
2.8 Other intangible assets
Drug registrations, patents and licences
The Group recognises internally generated or externally acquired intangible assets at cost and subsequently recognises them at cost less accumulated amortisation and impairment losses. Intangible assets acquired as part of a business combination are recognised at fair value.
Expenditure on drug registrations and licences is recognised as an internally generated or externally acquired intangible asset only if all the following conditions are met:
2.8 Other intangible assets (continued)
All drug registrations and licences have previously been amortised on a straight-line basis over their useful economic life of 10 years. However, following the granting of Aivlosin’s first marketing authorisation in the USA in July 2012, which greatly increased the economic potential of the product, management revised their estimate of the useful life of the Aivlosin drug registrations only from 10 to 20 years and in accordance with IAS8 have amortised the remaining book value of the Aivlosin registrations over the remainder of the useful life of these registrations from that date.
Distribution rights are recognised at cost and amortised on a straight line basis over their estimated useful economic life of 20 years. They are reviewed for impairment when any indication of potential impairment exists.
2.9 Property, plant and equipment and depreciation
Plant and equipment are stated at cost less depreciation. Depreciation is provided at rates calculated to write off the cost less estimated residual value of each asset over its expected useful life, as follows;
Plant and machinery 20% on cost
Fixtures, fittings and equipment 20% on cost
Motor Vehicles 25% on cost
Freehold land and buildings are stated at valuation less depreciation. The property is professionally valued by a qualified surveyor at least once every three years. Surpluses and deficits arising from the periodic valuations are taken to the income statement. Depreciation is provided at a rate calculated to write off the valuation less estimated residual value over the remaining useful life of the building at a rate of 2 per cent per annum. Land is not depreciated.
2.10 Impairment of non-financial assets
The carrying amounts of the Group’s assets are reviewed at each year end, to determine whether there is any indication of impairment. If any such indication exists, the asset’s recoverable amount is estimated in order to determine the impairment loss if any. The recoverable amount is the higher of its fair value and its value in use. For intangible assets with an indefinite useful life, an impairment test is performed at each year end.
In assessing value in use, the expected future cashflows from the asset are discounted to their present value using a pre-tax discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value
of money and the risks specific to the asset. An impairment loss is recognised in the income
statement whenever the carrying amount of an asset or its cash-generating unit exceeds its recoverable amount.
A previously recognised impairment loss is reversed if the recoverable amount increases as a result of a change in the estimates used to determine the recoverable amount, but not to an amount higher
than the carrying amount that would have been determined (net of depreciation) had no impairment loss been recognised in prior years.
2.11 Investment property
The investment property is property held either to earn rental income or for capital appreciation or for both, but not for sale in the ordinary course of business, use in the production or supply of goods or services or for administrative purposes. Investment property is measured at fair value.
2.11 Investment property (continued)
The property is professionally valued by a qualified surveyor at least once every three years. Surpluses and deficits arising from the periodic valuations are taken to the income statement.
Non-current asset investments are stated at fair value. They are recognised or derecognised on the date when the contract for acquisition or disposal requires the delivery of that investment.
Investments in subsidiaries are stated at cost less impairment in the Parent Company’s statement of financial position.
An impairment is recognised in profit or loss when there is objective evidence that the asset is impaired and is measured on the difference between the investment’s carrying amount and the
present value of estimated future cashflows discounted at the effective interest rate adjusted for a
risk premium. Impairment losses are reversed in subsequent periods when an increase in the
investment’s recoverable amount can be related objectively to an event occurring after the impairment was recognised, subject to the restriction that the carrying amount of the investment at the date the impairment is reversed shall not exceed what the amortised costs would have been had the impairment not been recognised.
Investments classified as available-for-sale are stated at fair value. Where securities are held for trading purposes, gains and losses arising from changes in fair value are included in net profit or loss for the period. For available-for-sale investments, gains and losses arising from changes in fair value are recognised directly in equity, until the security is disposed of or is determined to be impaired, at which time the cumulative gain or loss previously recognised in equity, determined using the weighted average cost method, is included in the net profit or loss for the period.
2.13 Interest in joint operations
A joint operation is a contractual arrangement whereby the Group and other parties undertake an economic activity that is subject to joint control; that is, when the strategic financial and operating policy decisions relating to the activities require the unanimous consent of the parties sharing control.
The Group accounts for its interest in joint operations using proportional consolidation, as it has rights to substantially all of the economic benefits of the assets and obligations for the liabilities shown in these financial statements relating to those operations. The Group’s share of the assets, liabilities, income, expenses and cashflows of jointly controlled entities are combined with the equivalent items in the results on a line by line basis.
2.14 Investments in Associates
An associate is an entity in which an investor has significant influence but not control or joint control. Significant influence is defined as “the power to participate in the financial and operating policy decisions but not to control them”.
The Group reports its interests in associates using the equity method of accounting. Under this method, an equity investment is initially recorded at cost (subject to initial fair value adjustment if acquired as part of the acquisition of a subsidiary) and is subsequently adjusted to reflect the Group’s share of the net profit or loss of the associate. If the Group’s share of losses of an associate equals or exceeds its “interest in the associate”, the Group discontinues recognising its share of further losses. If the associate subsequently reports profits, the investor resumes recognising its share of those profits only after its share of the profits equals the share of losses not recognised.
The Group leases certain property, plant and equipment.
Assets obtained under finance leases, where the Group has substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership are capitalised as property, plant and equipment and depreciated over the shorter of the lease term and their useful lives. Obligations under such agreements are included in borrowings net of the financial charge allocated to future periods. The financial element of the rental payment is charged to the income statement so as to produce constant periodic rates of charge on the net obligations outstanding in each period.
Leases in which a significant portion of the risks and rewards of ownership are retained by the lessor are classified as operating leases. Payments made under operating leases are charged to the income statement on a straight-line basis over the period of the lease. From the accounting period beginning 1 April 2019 the distinction between operating leases and finance leases will be abolished. All leases will have to be treated as finance leases. This will increase the Group’s assets and liabilities by a maximum figure of £3.6 million.
Inventories are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Cost is determined using the first-in, first-out method. The cost of finished goods comprises raw materials, direct labour and other direct costs. Net realisable value is the estimated selling price in the ordinary course of business, less any costs which would be incurred in completing the goods and rendering them ready for sale.
2.17 Trade receivables
Trade receivables are initially measured at fair value and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method. Appropriate allowance for estimated, irrecoverable amounts are recognised in profit or loss when there is objective evidence that the asset is impaired. The allowance recognised is measured as the difference between the asset’s carrying amount and the present value of estimated future cashflows discounted at the effective interest rate computed at initial recognition.
2.18 Cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents include cash in hand, deposits held on call with banks, other short-term highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less and bank overdrafts. Bank overdrafts are shown within borrowings in current liabilities in the statement of financial position.
2.19 Financial liabilities and equity
Financial liabilities and equity instruments are classified according to the substance of the contractual arrangements entered into. An equity instrument is any contract that evidences a residual interest in the assets of the Group after deducting all of its liabilities.
2.20 Bank borrowings and loans
Interest-bearing bank loans and overdrafts are recorded as the proceeds received, net of direct issue costs (which equate to fair value). Finance charges including premiums payable on settlement or redemption and direct issue costs are accounted for on an accruals basis in profit or loss using the effective interest rate method and are added to the carrying amount of the instrument to the extent that they are not settled in the period in which they arise.
2.21 Trade payables
Trade payables are initially measured at fair value and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method.
Provisions are recognised when the Group has a present obligation as a result of a past event and it is probable that the Group will be required to settle the obligation. Provisions are measured at the directors’ best estimate of the expenditure required to settle the obligation outstanding at the year end and are discounted to present value where the effect is material.
2.23 Revenue recognition
Revenue comprises the fair value of the consideration received or receivable for the sale of goods in the ordinary course of the Group’s activities. Revenue is shown net of value added tax, returns, rebates and discounts and after eliminating sales within the Group.
The Group recognises revenue on despatch of the goods (which the directors believe transfers substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership to the buyer). No goods are despatched on a sale or return basis. Distributors trade on their own account and not as agents.
The Group also receives interest, rental income, royalty income and management charges in respect of accounting services supplied to certain ex-subsidiaries. The amounts are small and are recognised on an accruals basis.
Defined Contribution Scheme
The pension costs charged against operating profits represent the amount of the contributions payable to the schemes in respect of the accounting period.
Defined Benefit Scheme
The regular cost of providing retirement pensions and related benefits is charged to the income statement over the employees’ service lives on the basis of a constant percentage of earnings. The present value of the defined benefit obligation less the fair value of the plan assets is disclosed as an asset or liability in the statement of financial position in accordance with IAS19. The disclosure of a net defined benefit asset is limited to the present value of any economic benefit available in the form of refunds from the plan or reductions in future contributions to the plan.
Actuarial gains or losses are taken directly to equity in the statement of comprehensive income.
2.25 Share-based payments
The Group issues equity-settled share-based payments to certain employees in exchange for services from those employees. Equity-settled share-based payments are measured at fair value (excluding the effect of non-market based vesting conditions) at the date of grant. The fair value determined at the grant of such equity-settled share-based payments is expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, based on the Group’s estimate of shares that will eventually vest and adjusted for the effect of non-market based vesting conditions (with a corresponding movement in equity).
Fair value is measured by use of the Black-Scholes model. The expected life used in the model has been adjusted, based on management’s best estimate, for the effects of non-transferability, exercise restrictions and behaviour considerations.
Further details of the inputs to the Black-Scholes model can be found in note 22 to the accounts.
Tax expense for the period comprises current and deferred tax.
Current tax, including UK corporation tax and foreign tax is provided at amounts expected to be paid (or recovered) using the tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantially enacted by the
year end. Tax expenses are recognised in the income statement or statement of comprehensive income according to the treatment of the transactions which give rise to them.
Deferred income tax is recognised, using the liability method, on temporary differences arising between the tax basis of assets and liabilities and their carrying amount in the financial statements.
Deferred income tax is determined using tax rates (and laws) that have been enacted, or substantially enacted, by the date of the statement of financial position and are expected to apply when the related deferred tax asset is realised or deferred tax liability is settled.
Deferred tax assets are recognised only to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profits will be available against which the temporary differences can be utilised.
Ordinary shares are classified as equity. Incremental costs directly attributable to the issue of new shares or options are shown in equity as a deduction, net of tax, from the proceeds.
Amounts arising on the restructuring of equity and reserves to protect creditor interests are credited to the capital redemption reserve.
The cost of its own shares bought into treasury by the company is debited to retained earnings as required by the Companies Act 2006. A subsequent sale of these shares would result in this entry being wholly or partly reversed with any profit on the sale being credited to Share Premium.
2.28 Non-controlling (minority) interest
For each business combination, the Group elects to measure any non-controlling interest in the acquiree either at fair value or at their proportionate share of the acquiree’s identifiable net assets which are generally at fair value. Changes in the Group’s interest in a subsidiary that do not result in a loss of control are accounted for as transactions with owners in their capacity as owner. Adjustments to non-controlling interests are based on a proportionate amount of the net assets of the subsidiary. No adjustments are made to goodwill and no gain or loss is recognised in the statement of profit or loss.
2.29 Dividend distribution
Final dividend distributions to the Company’s shareholders are recognised as liabilities in the financial statements in the period in which they are approved by the Company’s shareholders. Interim dividends are recognised when they are paid.
2.30 Critical accounting estimates and judgements
The Group makes estimates and assumptions concerning the future. The resulting accounting estimates will, by definition, seldom equal the related actual results. The estimates and assumptions that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year are:
(a) Estimated impairment value of intangible assets
The Group tests annually whether intangible assets with indefinite life have suffered any impairment. Other intangible assets are reviewed for impairment when an indication of potential impairment exists. Impairment provisions are recorded as applicable based on directors’ estimates of recoverable values. Details of the impairment reviews performed can be found in note 11 of the financial statements.
(b) Income taxes
The Group is subject to income taxes predominantly in the United Kingdom but also in other jurisdictions.
Significant estimates are required in determining the provision for income taxes. There are some transactions and calculations for which the ultimate tax determination is uncertain. The Group recognises assets and liabilities based on estimates of the final agreed position.
Where the final tax outcome of these matters is different from the amounts that were initially recorded, such differences will impact the income tax and deferred tax provisions in the period in which such determination is made.
(c) Pension scheme
The Group maintains one defined benefit pension scheme which has been accounted for according to the provisions of IAS19. Although the assumptions were determined by a qualified actuary, any change in those assumptions may materially impact the financial position and results of the Group. Details of the assumptions used can be found in note 21 of the financial statements.
(d) Share-based payments
The charge to the Income Statement in respect of share-based payments has been externally calculated using management’s best estimates of the amount of options expected to vest and various other inputs to the Black-Scholes model, as disclosed in note 22. Any variation in those assumptions may have a material impact on the Group’s future results and financial position.
3. Segment information
Management has determined the operating segments based on the reports reviewed by the Board that are used to make strategic decisions. The Board considers the business from a geographical perspective. Geographically, management considers the performance in the UK and Europe, the Far East, Latin America, North America and the Middle East and Africa.
Management considers Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (“EBITDA”), adjusted for share-based payments.
|Corporate/U.K.||Europe||Far East||Latin America||North America||Middle East and Africa||Total|
|Year ended 31 March 2018|
|Total segmental revenue||1,147||8,246||47,421||10,924||26,203||1,536||95,477|
|Revenue from external customers||1,147||8,246||38,223||6,836||11,213||1,536||67,201|
|Sale of goods||1,147||8,246||38,223||6,836||11,213||1,329||66,994|
|Year ended 31 March 2017|
|Total segmental revenue||1,265||7,986||43,041||10,554||21,521||1,621||85,988|
|Revenue from external customers||1,265||7,986||34,059||7,445||9,046||1,621||61,422|
|Sale of goods||1,265||7,986||34,059||7,445||9,046||1,399||61,200|
Goodwill and other intangible assets are initially allocated to the geographical segments on the basis of the proportion of sales achieved by each segment.
A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to profit before tax is provided as follows:
|Adjusted EBITDA for reportable segments||18,601||17,009|
|Revaluation of freehold property||15||-|
|(Losses) on disposal of fixed assets||-||(37)|
|Impairment of intangible assets||-||(297)|
|Share-based payment charges||(778)||(678)|
|Share of associate's results||7||23|
|Profit before tax on continuing activities||13,872||13,452|
4. Other income
5. Result from operating activities
|Result from operating activities is stated after charging/(crediting)|
|Cost of inventories recognised as an expense||34,887||30,990|
|Employee benefits expenses||8,567||8,103|
|Amortisation of intangible assets||3,428||3,088|
|Impairment of intangible assets||-||297|
|Depreciation (notes 12 &13)||298||264|
|Revaluation of investment property (note 13)||(15)||-|
|Loss/(profit) on disposal of assets||-||37|
|Loss on foreign exchange transactions||970||55|
|Research and development||81||36|
|Operating lease rentals||495||638|
|Fees payable to the Company's auditor for the audit of the parent Company and Group annual accounts||17||17|
|For the audit of the Company's subsidiaries||42||41|
|Fees payable for audit of the Company's subsidiaries pursuant to legislation||14||9|
|Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and impairment, share-based payments and foreign exchange differences (EBITDA)|
|Profit from operating activities||14,112||12,645|
|Revaluation of investment property||(15)||-|
|Loss/(Profit) on disposal of fixed assets||-||37|
|Impairment of intangible assets||-||297|
|Foreign exchange differences||970||55|
Management believe that EBITDA is the most appropriate measure of the Group’s performance as it is the initial source for all re-investment and for all returns to shareholders. Investors, bankers and analysts all focus on this important measure of cashflow because it enables them to make judgements about the Group’s ability to generate sufficient cash to meet all the re-investment needs of the business while still providing adequate returns to shareholders. Therefore, EBITDA has a direct relationship with the value of the Group and is seen by our investors as a Key Performance Indicator for management.
The following items are adjusted for in the calculation of EBITDA as defined by the Group.
|Item||Rationale for Adjustment|
|Depreciation and Amortisation||
These items are a result of past investments and therefore, although
they are correctly recorded as a cost of the business they do not
reflect current or future cash outflows.
Additionally, Depreciation and Amortisation calculations are subject to judgement regarding useful lives and residual values of particular assets and the adjustment removes the element of judgement.
|Revaluation of Investment Property||These are subject to judgement and do not reflect cashflows.|
|Gains and losses on Disposal of Fixed Assets and Impairment of Intangibles||These items are viewed as adjustments to depreciation and amortisation and therefore the rationale for depreciation and amortisation applies.|
|Share Based Payments||This item is subject to judgement and will never be reflected in the Group’s cashflows.|
|Foreign Exchange differences||Since the key driver of this figure is the revaluation of monetary assets denominated in foreign currency at the period end, which often reverse later, taking this figure out of the EBITDA figure removes volatility from the performance measure. Foreign exchange movements are largely outside of the Group’s control so this gives a better measure of the Group’s progress than statutory profit measures which include them.|
6. Finance income
|Interest received on short term bank deposits||138||103|
|Foreign exchange differences on bank balances||-||681|
|Foreign exchange differences on bank balances||(371)|
7. Earnings per share
The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on the post-tax profit for the year divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.
|Earnings||Weighted average number of shares||Per share amount||Earnings||Weighted average number of shares||Per share amount|
|Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders on continuing operations after tax||9,315||65,646||14.19||10,565||64,638||16.35|
|Dilutive effect of share options||-||605||(0.13)||-||718||(0.18)|
|Fully diluted earnings per share||9,315||66,251||14.06||10,565||65,356||16.17|
Diluted earnings per share takes into account the dilutive effect of share options. For the purposes of calculating earnings per share, shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust as part of the Joint Share Ownership Plan are excluded from the calculation of the weighted average number of shares. The weighted average number of shares held by the Trust during the year was nil (2017: 138,246).
|Current tax year||£000's||£000's|
|Foreign corporation tax on profits for the year||1,852||1,183|
|Withholding tax on intercompany dividend||78||61|
|Research and development tax credits claimed in the year||(40)||(255)|
|Research and development tax credits - adjustment for prior year||69||-|
|Origination and reversal of temporary differences||266||469|
|Due to change in effective rate||-||(5)|
|Income tax charge||2,225||1,453|
|Factors affecting the tax charge for the year|
|Profit on ordinary activities before taxation||13,872||13,452|
|Profit on ordinary activities before taxation multiplied by the applicable rate of UK corporation tax of 19% (2017: 20%)||2,636||2,690|
|Non deductible expenses||305||557|
|Non chargable credits||(397)||(742)|
|Withholding tax on inter-company dividends||78||61|
|Enhanced allowance on research and development expenditure||(736)||(1,078)|
|Different tax rate for foreign subsidiaries||451||214|
|Reduced effective deferred tax rate||-||(5)|
|Unused tax losses carried forward||90||2|
|Patent box claim||(202)||(275)|
|Income tax charge||2,225||1,453|
|Applicable tax rate per UK legislation||19.00||20.00|
|Non deductible expenses||2.20||4.14|
|Non chargable credits||(2.86)||(5.51)|
|Withholding tax on inter-company dividends||0.56||0.45|
|Enhanced allowance on research and development expenditure||(5.31)||(8.02)|
|Different tax rate for foreign subsidiaries||3.25||1.59|
|Reduced effective deferred tax rate||-||(0.04)|
|Unused tax losses caried forward||0.65||0.02|
|Patent box claim||(1.45)||(2.05)|
|Effective tax rate||16.04||10.80|
Future tax changes
Changes to the UK corporation tax rates were substantively enacted as part of the Finance Bill 2017 (on 6 September 2016). These include reductions to the main rate to reduce the rate to 17% from 1 April 2020. Deferred taxes at the balance sheet date have been measured using a hybrid tax rate of 18%. This is reflected in the financial statements.
9. Profit for the financial year
|Parent Company's profit for the financial year||76||5,144|
The Company has elected to take the exemption under Section 408 of the Companies Act 2006 not to present the Parent Company income statement.
|Dividend for the year ended 31 March 2017 of 5.7p per ordinary share||4,660||-|
|Dividend for the period ended 31 March 2016 of 5.7p per ordinary share||-||3,675|
|Dividend waived by Employee Benefit Trust||-||(8)|
The Board is declaring a dividend of 9.2 pence per share in respect of the year ended 31 March 2018.
11. Intangible fixed assets
|Group||Goodwill||Distribution rights||Drug registrations, patents and license costs||Total|
|At 1 April 2016||17,930||1,442||59,712||79,084|
|Additions - internally generated||-||-||8,238||8,238|
|Contributions from outside parties||-||-||(307)||(307)|
|At 1 April 2017||17,930||1,442||67,643||87,015|
|Additions - internally generated||-||-||7,176||7,176|
|At 31 March 2017||17,930||1,442||74,819||94,191|
|At 1 April 2016||-||687||29,060||29,747|
|Charge for the year||-||72||3,016||3,088|
|Impairment for the year||-||-||297||297|
|At 1 April 2017||-||759||32,373||33,132|
|Charge for the year||-||72||3,356||3,428|
|At 31 March 2018||-||831||35,729||36,560|
|Net Book Value|
|At 31 March 2018||17,930||611||39,090||57,631|
|At 31 March 2017||17,930||683||35,270||53,883|
|At 31 March 2016||17,930||755||30,652||49,337|
The amortisation and impairment charges are included within administrative expenses on the income statement.
Distribution rights are amortised over their estimated useful life of 20 years and reviewed for impairment when any indication of potential impairment exists. The remaining amortisation period at the date of the financial statements ranged from 5 to 16 years.
The carrying value of goodwill is attributable to the following cash generating units:
|Entity||Date of acquisition||
|ECO Animal Health Limited||1 October 2004||17,359|
|Zhejiang Eco Biok Animal Health Products Limited||1 April 2007||94|
|ECO Animal Health Japan Inc||24 December 2009||477|
Goodwill acquired in a business combination is allocated at acquisition to the cash generating units (CGU’s) that are expected to benefit from the business combination.
The recoverable amounts of the CGU’s are determined from value in use calculations. The key assumptions for the value in use calculations are those regarding discount rates, growth rates and the estimated remaining useful life of the asset which is maintained at 30 years through ongoing investment in the cash generating unit.
The Group prepares cashflow forecasts derived from the most recent financial budgets and projections that are approved by management for the year ahead and then extrapolates them assuming a 3% annual growth rate which is well below the current performance of the existing business. The directors believe that the long-term growth rate assumed does not exceed the average long-term growth rate for the relevant markets.
Management estimates discount rates using the pre-tax rates that reflect current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the CGU’s. In the current year management estimated the applicable rate to be 11%. Management considers that there is adequate headroom when comparing the net present value of the cashflows to the carrying value of goodwill to conclude that no impairment is necessary this year. On current assumptions the excess of recoverable amount over carrying value is over £106 million (2017: £78 million).
Management believes that the most significant assumption in the calculation of value in use is the estimated growth rate. However, even if the growth rate were to be zero, the recoverable amount would still be over £74 million more than the carrying value and no impairment would be necessary.
The net book value of Drug registrations and licenses can be broken down as follows:
Aivlosin is a highly effective antibiotic that treats a range of specific enteric (gut) and respiratory diseases in pigs and poultry, ensuring a rapid return to health. In addition to the welfare benefits, healthy animals gain weight faster, digest food more efficiently and get to market earlier which all bring economic benefit to the farmer. Substantial ongoing product development covering more formulations, species and diseases is expected to substantially further increase its revenue generating potential. The remaining amortisation period is from 5 to 20 years.
Ecomectin is an endectocide that controls worms, ticks, lice and mange in grazing stock and pigs. The remaining amortisation period is 0 to 10 years.
Drug registrations and licences are amortised over their estimated useful lives of 10 to 20 years, which is the directors’ estimate of the time it would take to develop a new product allowing for the Group’s patent protection and the exclusivity period which comes with certain registrations. The directors have conducted an impairment review in the current year by preparing cashflow projections for the year ahead and extrapolating the results for the remaining life of the registrations assuming zero growth and an 11% discount rate to establish value in use. On the current assumptions, (which assume a remaining life of only 5 years) the excess of the value in use over carrying value is over £23 million (2017: £12 million).
Fair value calculated as 10 times the current cash generated by the registrations gives an even higher value of £159m and this higher figure determines the recoverable amount, so management has again concluded that no impairment is necessary.
12. Property, plant and equipment
|Group||Land and Buildings (freehold)||Plant and machinery||Fixtures, fittings and equipment||Motor Vehicles||Total|
|Cost or valuation|
|At 1 April 2016||730||1,658||710||53||3,151|
|Foreign exchange movements||-||116||-||6||122|
|At 1 April 2017||730||1,541||865||75||3,211|
|Foreign exchange movements||-||(31)||-||(9)||(40)|
|At 31 March 2018||730||1,602||1,083||61||3,476|
|At 1 April 2016||-||772||507||39||1,318|
|Charge for the year||13||166||78||7||264|
|Foreign exchange movements||-||51||2||-||53|
|At 1 April 2017||13||737||587||9||1,346|
|Charge for the year||13||154||119||12||298|
|Foreign exchange movements||-||(13)||-||(2)||(15)|
|At 31 March 2018||26||864||706||14||1,610|
|Net Book Value|
|At 31 March 2018||704||738||377||47||1,866|
|At 31 March 2017||717||804||278||66||1,865|
|At 31 March 2016||730||886||203||14||1,833|
The freehold property at 78 Coombe Road, New Malden was valued on 11 May 2017 by Mr R Sworn of Kelion Sworn Chartered Surveyors and Valuers, London, W1. The fair value in use of the freehold property was determined at £730,000 by means of applying a 7.5% discount rate to the annual rental value of the property as determined by local market conditions. The property will continue to be valued on a regular basis.
The value of non-depreciable land included within Land and Buildings is £180,000.
The freehold property of 78 Coombe Road, New Malden is subject to a legal charge held by the company’s bankers dated 20 March 1987.
The value of the freehold property would have been recorded at £270,000 (2017: £280,000) on a historical cost basis giving rise to the current revaluation surplus of £360,000 net of deferred tax provision. This balance is not distributable to shareholders.
Depreciation has been included in the administrative expenses line on the income statement, except for £99,000 (2017: £114,000) of depreciation of production equipment in the Chinese subsidiary ECO Biok, which is included within cost of sales.
13. Investment property
|Group and Company|
|At March 2016 and March 2017||189||189|
|Revaluation in the year||11||11|
|At 31 March 2018||200||200|
|At March 2016 and March 2017||4||4|
|Revaluation in the year||(4)||(4)|
|At 31 March 2018||-||-|
|Net Book Value|
|At 31 March 2018||200||200|
|At 31 March 2017||185||185|
|At 31 March 2016||185||185|
The property in Western Road, Mitcham was valued at £200,000 as at 31 March 2018 by Mr R. Sworn of Kelion Sworn Chartered Surveyors, London W1. This property was previously the Head Office of Lawrence plc (now ECO Animal Health Group plc) and is occupied by a charity.
The value of the investment property would have been recorded at £136,000 on a historical cost basis. The current revaluation surplus is £36,000 net of deferred tax provision. This balance is not distributable to shareholders.
14. Fixed asset investment
|Investment in Associate||Unlisted investments||Total|
|At March 2016||55||9||64|
|Share of associate's result for the year||23||-||23|
|Foreign exchange differences||10||-||10|
|At March 2017||88||9||97|
|Share of associate's result for the year||7||-||7|
|Foreign exchange differences||(6)||-||(6)|
|At March 2018||89||9||98|
|Unlisted investments (subsidiaries)||Total|
|At March 2016, 2017||21,273||21,273|
|Written off in the year||(1,196)||(1,196)|
|At March 2016 and 2017||1,191||1,191|
|Eliminated in the year||(1,191)||(1,191)|
|At March 2018||-||-|
|Net Book Value|
|At March 2018||20,077||20,077|
|At March 2016 and 2017||20,082||20,082|
The Company holds more than 20% of the share capital of the following companies:
|Company||Registered office address||Country of registration or incorporation||Class||Shares held %|
|Subsidiary undertakings held by Company|
|Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Limited||Zhongguan Industrial Area, Deqing, Zhejiang Province||P. R. China||Ordinary||3|
|Shanghai ECO Biok Veterinary Drug Sale Company Ltd. (via Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Products Ltd.)||Room 1502-3, Imago Plaza, No 99 Wuning Road, Ptro District, Shanghai 200063||P. R. China||Ordinary||3|
|Petlove Limited||78 Coombe Road, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4QS||Great Britain||Ordinary||91|
|ECO Animal Health Limited||78 Coombe Road, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4QS||Great Britain||Ordinary||100|
|Subsidiary undertakings held by Group|
|ECO Animal Health Southern Africa (Pty) Limited||
228 Athol Road
|Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Limited||Zhongguan Industrial Area, Deqing, Zhejiang Province||P .R. China||Ordinary||48|
|Shanghai ECO Biok Veterinary Drug Sale Company Ltd. (via Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Products Ltd.)||Room 1502-3, Imago Plaza, No 99 Wuning Road, Ptro District, Shanghai 200063||P. R. China||Ordinary||48|
|ECO Animal Health do Brasil Comercio de Produtos Veterinarios Ltda.||Av. Dr. Cardoso de Melo, 1470, CI 311, Villa Olimpia, CEP 04548-005 Sao Paulo||Brazil||Ordinary||100|
|ECO Animal Health Japan Inc||1-2-1, Hamamatsu-cho, Minato-ku, Tokyo||Japan||Ordinary||100|
|ECO Animal Health USA Corp.||344 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540||U.S.A.||Ordinary||100|
|Interpet LLC||3775 Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043||U.S.A.||Ordinary||100|
|ECO Animal Health de Mexico, S. de R. L. de C. V.||Av Techologico Sur 134-4, Unidad Habitacional Moderna, Queretaro, 76030||Mexico||Ordinary||100|
|ECO Animal Health de Argentina S.A.||Calle 4 E 43/44 N: 581 P: 6 D:B La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina||Ordinary||100|
|ECO Animal Health Malaysia Sdn. Bhd||10th Floor, Menara Hap Seng, No 1 & 3, Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||Ordinary||100|
|ECO Animal Health India Private Ltd||No.33/5, Second Floor, Mount Kailash Building, Meanee Avenue Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore, Karnataka 560042||India||Ordinary||100|
|ECO Animal Health Europe Ltd||6 Northbrook Road, Dublin 6, Eire||Republic of Ireland||Ordinary||100|
The principal activity of these undertakings for the last relevant financial year was as follows:
|ECO Animal Health Limited||Distribution of animal drugs|
|ECO Animal Health Southern Africa (Pty) Limited||Non-trading|
|Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Limited||Manufacture of animal drugs|
|Shanghai ECO Biok Veterinary Drug Sale Company Ltd.||Distribution of animal drugs|
|ECO Animal Health do Brasil Comercio de Produtos Veterinarios Ltda||Distribution of animal drugs|
|ECO Animal Health Japan Inc.||Distribution of animal drugs|
|ECO Animal Health USA Corp.||Distribution of animal drugs|
|ECO Animal Health de Mexico, S. de R. L. de C. V.||Distribution of animal drugs|
|ECO Animal Health de Argentina S.A.||Non-trading|
|ECO Animal Health Malaysia Sdn. Bhd||Non-trading|
|ECO Animal Health India Private Ltd||Non-trading|
|ECO Animal Health Europe Ltd||Non-trading|
The aggregate amount of capital and reserves and the results of these undertakings for the last relevant financial year were:
|for the year||for the year|
|ECO Animal Health Limited||26,556||7,950||18,871||10,809|
|ECO Animal Health Southern Africa (Pty) Limited||258||23||234||18|
|Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Ltd||10,576||4,758||8,857||2,926|
|ECO Animal Health do Brasil Comercio de Produtos Veterinarios Ltda.||525||(442)||1,102||(261)|
|ECO Animal Health Japan Inc.||1,081||36||1,106||90|
|ECO Animal Health de Mexico, S. de R. L. de C. V.||64||(39)||(317)||(8)|
|ECO Animal Health USA Corp.||142||122||27||42|
|ECO Animal Health India (Private Ltd)||-||(1)||1||-|
|ECO Animal Health Europe Ltd||-||-||-||-|
|ECO Animal Health Malaysia Sdn Bhd||(14)||(3)||(11)||(4)|
The equity and results of Shanghai ECO Biok Veterinary Drug Sale Company Ltd are included within those disclosed for Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Limited.
All of the subsidiaries listed above were included in the consolidation for the year.
Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Limited and ECO Animal Health do Brasil Comercio de Produtos Veterinarios Ltda both have 31 December year ends. The Group receives management accounts for the three months to 31 March for these subsidiaries for use in preparing the consolidated financial statements.
ECO Argentina S.A. which holds neither assets nor liabilities and which has not traded since formation have been excluded from consolidation. Interpet LLC has also been excluded from consolidation as it holds no assets or liabilities and has ceased trading.
The following trading subsidiaries have no requirement for audit under local legislation;
ECO Animal Health do Brasil Comercio de Produtos Veterinarios Ltda.
ECO Animal Health Japan Inc.
ECO Animal Health USA Corp.
ECO Animal Health de Mexico, S. de R. L. de C. V.
The Group also holds (by means of its ownership of ECO Animal Health USA Corp.), a 50% interest in Pharmgate Animal Health LLC, which is resident in the U.S.A. Pharmgate Animal Health LLC distributes the Group’s products in the U.S.A.
The Group also holds a 50% interest in Pharmgate Animal Health Canada Inc, which distributes its products into Canada.
Both Pharmgate Animal Health LLC and Pharmgate Animal Health Canada Inc. have accounting years which end on 31 December.
The Group’s holdings in each of the joint operations’ share capital is given in the table below:
|Pharmgate Animal Health Canada Inc||Holding||Shares||Holding|
|Class A shares||100||100||100|
|Class B Shares||-||100||-|
|Pharmgate Animal Health USA LLC||Holding||Shares||Holding|
|Class A shares||100||100||100|
|Class B Shares||-||100||-|
In each case class A shares carry the rights to dividends payable out of profits attributable to the Group. These are made up of profits made by products supplied by the ECO Group plus 50% of any profit relating to new products developed jointly by the partners to the joint operation.
The following amounts included in the Group’s financial statements are related to its interest in these joint operations.
|Pharmgate Animal Health|
|Pharmgate LLC||Canada Inc|
The Group also holds (by means of its ownership of ECO Animal Health Japan Inc.) a 47.62% interest in EcoPharma.com which is resident in Japan. This company distributes Animal Health products and other general merchandise within Japan.
ECO Animal Health Japan Inc’s holding in EcoPharma.com is 10,000,000 shares out of a total of 21,000,000 shares.
The following amounts included in the Group’s financial statements are related to its interests in this associated company.
|Investments (share of net assets)|
|At 1 April 2017||88||55|
|Share of results for the year||7||23|
|Foreign exchange movement||(6)||10|
|At 31 March 2018||89||88|
|Raw materials and consumables||12,975||14,503||-||-|
|Finished goods and goods for resale||4,380||4,493||-||-|
|Work in progress||308||679||-||-|
The cost of inventories recognised as an expense and included in cost of sales in the period amounted to £34,887,000 (2017: £30,894,000).
16. Trade and other receivables
|Amounts owed by group undertakings||-||-||46,236||-|
|Amounts owed by group undertakings||-||-||-||46,043|
|Amounts owed by joint operations||361||390||-||-|
|Prepayments and accrued income||567||570||27||67|
As at 31 March 2018, trade receivables of £4,020,000 (2017: £1,936,000) due to the Group and £nil (2017: £nil) due to the Company were past due but not impaired. These relate to long standing distributors with whom we have agreed settlement terms and with whom there is no history of default. The ageing analysis of these trade receivables is as follows:
As at 31 March 2018, trade receivables of £470,000 (2017: £501,000) were impaired and provided for. The impaired receivables mainly relate to historic debt for which recovery is still being sought. The Group mitigates its exposure to credit risk by extensive use of commercial credit reference agencies, close management of its customers’ trading against terms offered and use of retention of title clauses wherever possible. The ageing analysis of the impaired balances is as follows:
|Up to 3 months past due||19||31||-||-|
|3 to 6 months past due||19||131||-||-|
|Over 6 months past due||346||330||-||-|
Movement on the Group provision for impairment of trade receivables is as follows:
|Balance at 1 April||501||453|
|Provided in the year (net of recoveries)||(5)||48|
|Written off in the year||(26)||-|
|Balance at 31 March||470||501|
The carrying amounts of trade and other receivables are denominated in the following currencies:
|U S Dollars||7,314||7,184||-||-|
The carrying amounts of trade and other receivables are not significantly different to their fair values.
17. Deferred tax
Deferred tax assets and liabilities are attributable to the following:
|Drug registration expenditure||(3,031)||(2,785)||(3,031)||(2,785)|
|Plant and equipment||(60)||(43)||(60)||(43)|
|Tax losses carried forward||1,888||1,888||1,888||1,888|
|Amount (payable) after more than one year||(1,293)||(1,027)||(1,293)||(1,027)|
The movement on the deferred tax account can be summarised as follows:
|Drug registration expenditure||Freehold property||Investment property||Plant and machinery||Total|
|At 1 April 2017||(897)||(79)||(8)||(43)||(1,027)|
|(Charge) for the year through income statement||(246)||-||(3)||(17)||(266)|
|At 31 March 2018||(1,143)||(79)||(11)||(60)||(1,293)|
The tax losses carried forward are not expected to expire under current legislation.
Any future dividend received from the Chinese subsidiary Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Limited will be subject to a 5% withholding tax. The deferred tax liability in respect of this has not been recognised.
|At 1 April||(79)||(8)||(87)||(89)||(8)||(97)|
|Charge for the year through income statement||-||(3)||(3)||-||-||-|
|Movement in the year through revaluation reserve||-||-||-||10||-||10|
|At 31 March||(79)||(11)||(90)||(79)||(8)||(87)|
A charge of £3,000 (2017: no charge) was recognised in the Company’s income statement for the year. No movement (2017: credit of £10,000) was recognised in the Company’s Revaluation Reserve.
18. Cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash and short-term deposits held by the Group. The carrying amount of these assets are not significantly different to their fair value.
|Cash and cash equivalents||21,261||20,602||4,959||8,684|
|Net funds per cash flow||21,261||20,602||4,959||8,684|
19. Trade and other payables
|Accruals and deferred income||481||811||23||8|
The Group has the facility to overdraw in specific currencies but no net facility. The interest rate for all currency overdrafts is 2.75 per cent over the relevant currency base rate and the borrowings are secured by two debentures held over all assets of the company dated 28 January 1995 and 28 November 2006.
21. Pension and other post-retirement benefit commitments
Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
The Group operates defined contribution pension schemes for the benefit of certain directors and senior employees. The assets of the schemes are held separately from the Group and independently administered by insurance companies. The pension cost charge represents contributions payable to the funds in the year and amounted to £274,000 (2017: £269,000).
Defined Benefit Pension Scheme
The Group operates a defined benefit scheme in the UK for ex-employees only. A full actuarial valuation was carried out at 6 April 2015 and updated 31 March 2018 by a qualified independent actuary. The major assumptions used by the actuary were:
|31 March||1 April|
|Rate of increase in pension payment||2.05%||2.25%|
|Inflation assumption with a maximum of 5% p.a.||3.05%||3.25%|
No pre-retirement mortality is assumed (2017: pre-retirement mortality was based on the mortality table known as AMCOO for males and AFCOO for females and 70% of the mortality indicated by this table was taken).
Post retirement mortality is based on 100% of the SAPS “S2” normal tables, based on the members’ year of birth, improving in line with CMI 2017 projections with a 1.25% long term trend rate. The previous year’s figures were based on the mortality table known as S2NMA for males and S2NFA for females with reference to member’s years of birth. Allowance was made for the improvement in mortality experienced recently and expected in the future by using 100% of the CMI’s 2017 improvement table, subject to a minimum improvement rate of 1.25% for males and 1% for females.
Defined Contribution Pension Scheme
Under these mortality assumptions, the expected future lifetime for a member retiring at age 65 at the year end would be 22.1 years for males (2017: 22.6 years) and 24.1 years for females (2017: 24.3 years). For members retiring in 20 years time, the expectation of life would be 23.4 years for males (2017: 23.9 years) and 25.6 years for females (2017: 25.5 years).
The weighted average term of the liabilities is 10 years (2017: 23 years).
The scheme is exposed to a number of risks including:
1. Interest rate risk: Movements in the discount rate used could affect the present value of the defined benefit pension obligations.
2. Longevity risk: Changes in the estimated mortality rates of former employees could affect the present value of the defined benefit pension obligations.
3. Investment risk: Variations in the actual return from the scheme’s investments could affect the scheme’s ability to meet its future pension obligations.
|Assets at start of year||2,314||2,715|
|Defined benefit obligation at start of year||(2,435)||(2,431)|
|Net (liability)/asset at 1 April||(121)||284|
|Expected return on assets||65||95|
|(Loss) on asset return||(6)||(165)|
|(Loss) on changes in assumptions||(9)||(18)|
|Statement of other comprehensive income||(15)||(483)|
|Employer contributions gross||39||76|
|Expenses paid by trustees||-||(8)|
|Net (liability) at 31 March 2017||(100)||(121)|
|Actual assets at end of year||2,503||2,314|
|Actual defined benefit obligation at end of year||(2,603)||(2,435)|
The pension fund assets are all held within a policy managed by an insurance company.
Reconciliation of changes in the asset value during the year
|Fair value of assets at 1 April||2,314||2,715|
|Expected return on assets||65||95|
|(Loss) on asset return||(7)||(165)|
|Employer contributions (gross)||39||76|
|Expenses paid by trustees||-||(8)|
|Increase/(Decrease) in secured pensioners' value due to scheme experience||93||(247)|
|Fair value of assets at 31 March 2018||2,503||2,314|
|Reconciliation of changes in the liability value during the year|
|Defined benefit obligation at 1 April||2,435||2,431|
|Experience loss on liabilities||-||300|
|Loss on changes in assumptions||8||18|
|Increase/(Decrease) in secured pensioners' value due to scheme experience||93||(247)|
|Defined benefit obligation at 31 March 2018||2,603||2,435|
The expected contribution to be paid by the employer during the next accounting year is £59,000.
|Year ended 31 March||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014|
|Fair value of plan assets||2,314||2,715||2,985||2,680|
|Present value of defined benefit obligation||2,435||2,431||2,782||2,478|
|(Deficit)/Surplus in plan||(121)||284||203||202|
|Experience (losses)/gains on plan liabilities||(300)||13||2||4|
Defined benefit obligation – sensitivity analysis
The following amounts are the effect (on the defined benefit obligation) of reasonably possible changes to the key actuarial assumptions, as required by IAS 19.
|Actuarial assumption||Reasonably Possible Change||(Decrease)/Increase in Defined Benefit Obligation|
|Discount rate||(+/- 1%)||(27)||32||(25)||30|
|Members' life expectancy||(+/- 1year)||7||(7)||7||(7)|
The company has given a floating charge dated 1 December 2006 over all of its assets to the trustees of the pension fund to secure all present and future obligations and liabilities to the pension fund.
22. Share-based payments
The measurement requirements of IFRS2 have been implemented in respect of share options that were granted after 7 November 2002. The expense recognised for share-based payments made during the year is shown in the following table:
|Total expense arising from equity settled share-based transactions||778||678|
The share-based payment plans are described below:
Movements in issued share options and jointly owned shares during the year
The following table illustrates the number and weighted average exercise prices (WAEP) of and movements in, share options and jointly owned shares during the period:
|Outstanding at 1 April||5,593||2.96||-||-||5,694||2.41||552||2.05|
|Granted during the period||365||6.20||-||-||1,272||4.35||-||-|
|Expired/cancelled during the period||-||-||-||-||(41)||2.37||-||-|
|Exercised during the period||(402)||1.77||-||-||(1,332)||1.94||(552)||2.05|
|Outstanding at 31 March||5,556||3.26||-||-||5,593||2.96||-||-|
|Exercisable at 31 March||910||1.97||-||-||474||1.84||-||-|
The average share price during the year was 587.34p (2017: 456.85p).
The maximum aggregate number of shares over which options may currently be granted cannot exceed 10 per cent of the nominal share capital of the Company on the grant date. The options outstanding at 31 March 2018 had a weighted average share price of £3.26 (2017: £2.96) and a weighted average contractual life of 4.8 years (2017: 5.6 years).
ECO Animal Health Group plc Executive Share Option Scheme
In accordance with the Executive Share Option Scheme, approved and unapproved share options are granted to directors and employees who devote at least 25 hours per week to the performance of duties or employment with the Company.
Details of options granted to directors can be found in the Directors Report and notes 29 (Directors Emoluments) and 31 (Related Party Transactions).
The exercise price of the options is equal to the market price of the shares at the date of grant. The options vest three years from the date of grant and if the option holder ceases to be a director or employee of the Company due to injury, disability, redundancy or retirement on reaching pensionable age or any other age at which they are bound to retire at in accordance with the terms of their contract of employment, the option may be exercised within a period of six months after the option holders so ceasing, although the Board may, at its discretion, extend this period by up to 36 months after the date of cessation.
If the option holder ceases employment for any other reason, the option may not be exercised unless the Board permits. The approved and unapproved options will be forfeited where they remain unexercised at the end of their respective contractual lives of ten and seven years.
An analysis of the expiry dates of the outstanding options is given below:
|Date of grant||Unapproved||Approved||
|06 August 2009||12,000||135.00||06 August 2019|
|11 October 2011||11,000||186.50||11 October 2021|
|11 October 2011||75,000||186.50||11 October 2018|
|09 July 2012||100,000||222.50||09 July 2018|
|09 October 2013||27,340||196.00||09 October 2023|
|09 October 2013||55,660||196.00||09 October 2020|
|21 August 2014||40,000||161.50||07 August 2024|
|21 August 2014||45,100||161.50||07 August 2021|
|13 February 2015||97,950||200.50||13 February 2025|
|13 February 2015||446,050||200.50||13 February 2022|
|16 April 2015||4,000||239.00||16 April 2025|
|16 April 2015||41,000||239.00||16 April 2022|
|26 August 2015||135,650||265.00||26 August 2025|
|26 August 2015||1,680,350||265.00||26 August 2022|
|18 December 2015||700,000||312.50||18 December 2022|
|18 January 2016||10,200||315.00||18 January 2026|
|18 January 2016||362,800||315.00||18 January 2023|
|17 February 2016||24,600||312.50||17 February 2026|
|17 February 2016||400||312.50||17 February 2023|
|01 March 2016||9,600||312.50||01 March 2026|
|01 March 2016||40,400||312.50||01 March 2023|
|12 September 2016||26,950||432.50||12 September 2026|
|12 September 2016||445,050||432.50||12 September 2023|
|15 September 2016||12,750||435.00||15 September 2026|
|15 September 2016||777,250||435.00||15 September 2023|
|11 October 2016||6,000||492.50||11 October 2026|
|11 October 2016||4,000||492.50||11 October 2023|
|21 September 2017||56,015||620.00||21 September 2027|
|21 September 2017||308,985||620.00||21 September 2024|
ECO Animal Health Group plc Joint Share Ownership Plan
The shares are awarded at the market price on the day of the award and are held jointly by the employee concerned and the ECO Animal Health Group plc Employee Benefit Trust. After a three year vesting period, the shares may be sold at the option of the employee. The proceeds of sale are split between the trust and the employee so that the Trust receives the original market value of the shares plus a 5.9% per annum carry charge, with the employee receiving any excess over this amount.
Because these are actual issued shares in the company rather than options there is no expiry date associated with jointly owned shares. However, they will normally be forfeit if the employee ceases to be an employee of the company for any reason other than death, injury, redundancy, retirement on or after normal retirement age or disposal by the Group of the employing business entity.
The market price of the shares at 31 March 2018 was 531.0p with a range in the year of 500.0p to 680.0p.
No shares are currently held under the terms of the Joint Share Ownership plan.
Inputs to the Valuation Model (for options and jointly owned shares)
The fair value of share options granted prior to 31 March 2007 were estimated at the time of grant using trinomial pricing model, taking into account all the terms and conditions upon which the options were granted. For options issued after 1 April 2007, the directors took the decision that a Black-Scholes model would be more appropriate.
The following table lists the inputs to the Black-Scholes model which applies to both options and jointly owned shares.
|Vesting period (years)||3||3||3||3|
|Option expiry (years)||7-10 yrs||7-10 yrs||7-10 yrs||7-10 yrs||7-10 yrs|
|Dividends expected on the shares||1.10%||1.50%||1.50%||2.0-2.3%||1.4-1.9%|
|Risk free rate (average)||1.00%||1.00%||1.00%||1.00%||0.5-1.2%|
|Volatility of share price||20%||20%||20%||15%||20%|
|Weighted average fair value (pence)||98.6||61.4||43.0||19.2||29.1|
The risk-free rate has been based on the yield from UK Government treasury coupons. The volatility of the share price was estimated based on standard deviation calculations on the historic share price.
The fair value of the part interest in the jointly owned shares was calculated using a Black-Scholes model with the same assumptions as those used for the options issued during the same year.
23. Share capital
|68,100,000 Ordinary shares of 5p each||3,405||3,405|
|10,790 Deferred ordinary shares of 10p each||1||1|
|32,334 Convertible preference shares of £1 each||32||32|
|Allotted, called up and fully paid|
|65,824,816 (2017: 65,422,706) Ordinary shares of 5p each||3,291||3,271|
During the year 402,110 shares were issued at a premium of £693,000 as a result of the exercise of options by employees. (2017: 1,332,260 shares at a premium of £2,516,000).
24. Non-controlling (minority) interests
|Balance at 1 April||4,342||3,202|
|Share of subsidiary's profit for the year||2,332||1,434|
|Share of foreign exchange (loss)/gain on net investment||(100)||293|
|Share of dividend paid by subsidiary||(1,389)||(587)|
|Balance at 31 March||5,185||4,342|
25. Treasury share reserve
|Balance at 1 April||-||1144|
|Repaid on disposal of jointly owned shares||-||1134|
|Balance written off to income statement||-||10|
|Balance at 31 March||-||-|
26. Other reserves
|Group and Company||
|At 31 March 2016||106||1,922||2,028|
|Transfer to retained earnings on expiry of options||-||(257)||(257)|
|At 1 April 2017||106||2,343||2,449|
|Transfer to retained earnings on expiry of options||-||(404)||(404)|
|At 31 March 2018||106||2,717||2,823|
The only material other reserve remaining at the year end is the reserve for share-based payments which records the total amount which has been charged to the Group’s results in respect of unexpired share-based payment arrangements.
Included in the Group’s retained earnings are the following exchange movements which have been taken directly to reserves on consolidation of the subsidiaries and joint operation listed below:
|At 1 April||Movement||At 31 March|
|2017||in the year||2018|
|In respect of:|
|Zhejiang ECO Biok Animal Health Products Limited||949||(104)||845|
|ECO Animal Health do Brasil Comercio de Produtos Veterinarios Ltda||(196)||(134)||(330)|
|ECO Animal Health Japan Inc.||59||(81)||(22)|
|ECO Animal Health USA Corp.||(19)||(7)||(26)|
|ECO Animal Health de Mexico, S. de R. L. de C. V.||(44)||58||14|
|ECO Animal Health Southern Africa (pty) Ltd.||-||-||-|
|Pharmgate Canada LLC||-||-||-|
|Foreign currency differences attributable to owner credited directly to reserves.||755||(271)||484|
Eco Animal Health Group Plc
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