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Half-year Report

Released 07:00 14-Dec-2018

RNS Number : 4600K
Fletcher King PLC
14 December 2018
 

FLETCHER KING PLC

 

Interim Results for the 6 months ended 31 October 2018

 

 

Financial Highlights

 

                  Turnover   :           £1,465,000               (2017: £1,489,000)

                 

                  PBT           :           £132,000                  (2017: £148,000)

 

                  Basic EPS :           1.13p per share       (2017: 1.26p per share)

 

                  Dividend   :           1.00p per share       (2017: 1.00p per share)

 

 

Operational Highlights

·    Performance was marginally lower than the comparative period last year and continues to reflect the subdued property market associated with Brexit and resulting political uncertainties.

·    Steady and predictable revenue from asset management and fund management clients provides ongoing support for the business along with a regular supply of valuation instructions from lending banks.

·    A reasonable volume of sales instructions were completed in the period but revenues from ratings appeals remained lower than normal due to the slow processing of appeals by the Valuation Office Agency.

Commenting on the results David Fletcher, Chairman of Fletcher King said:

"We had a reasonable first half which closely mirrored the same period last year. Brexit uncertainty will continue to impact the market and we expect sentiment to remain cautious. This will be likely to impact our transactional fee income and our ability to maintain profits."

 

 

ENQUIRIES:

 

Fletcher King Plc

David Fletcher

Tel: 020 7493 8400

 

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (Nomad)

James Caithie / Tony Rawlinson

Tel: 020 7213 0880

 

The interim results are available on the Company's website: www.fletcherking.co.uk



CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

Results

 

Turnover for the period was £1,465,000 (2017: £1,489,000) with a profit before tax of £132,000 (2017: £148,000). Your Directors have declared an interim dividend of 1.0p per share (2017: 1.0p per share) to be paid on 15 February 2019 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 18 January 2019.

 

The Commercial Property Market

 

Brexit and resulting political uncertainties continue to overshadow the property market and little has changed from the comments I made at the same time last year. The retail property sector, with very few exceptions, continues to be under pressure with rents falling in most areas along with capital values. So long as online sales continue to grow, and there is little sign of them stopping, it is difficult to predict when the decline in the retail property sector might end.

 

Conversely, the online sales growth referred to above continues to fuel demand for industrial space and rents in this sector have been growing. There is also strong demand for good well located industrial investments. Yields are at a historically low level but are now unlikely to harden further.

 

The office market for larger space (20,000 sq. ft. upwards) in Central London and the major UK cities remains reasonably strong and in the City of London demand continues to outstrip supply, leading to significant pre-lets on new developments and growing rents. However the sub 5,000 sq. ft. market is suffering and serviced office providers such as WeWorks are severely disrupting the traditional letting market.

 

The investment market for well let offices is strong in all the major centres and foreign buyers have continued to be very active in Central London.

 

Business Overview

 

Our first half results closely mirror the comparative period last year.

 

Asset Management continued steadily and we completed a reasonable volume of investment sales.

 

Bank valuations were steady but the Valuation Office Agency continues to be slow to process outstanding rating appeals and income from this source suffered accordingly.

 

 

Outlook

 

Brexit and resulting political uncertainties will, we believe, continue to impact the property market and our ability to maintain turnover and profits.

 

Asset Management is likely to be the least affected by these uncertainties and should continue to produce a steady income flow.

 

We also have some good sales instructions in the Investment department. However until there is greater clarity over Brexit, many clients are delaying new investment decisions.

 

The properties in our SHIPS 15 and SHIPS 16 syndicates (in which the Company co-invests and acts as adviser) have both achieved further lettings during the period but are not yet fully occupied and it is very difficult to predict when they might be. They will be sold in due course but it is unlikely to be in this financial year.

 

We have a steady flow of valuation instructions but rating appeal income is likely to be affected by the delays of the Valuation Office Agency. 

 

 

DAVID FLETCHER

CHAIRMAN

13 December 2018

 



Fletcher King Plc

 

Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income

 for the 6 months ended 31 October 2018

 


6 months ended


6 months ended


Year ended


31 October


31 October


30 April


2018

(Unaudited)


2017

(Unaudited)


2018 (Audited)


£000


£000


£000







Revenue

1,465


1,489


3,080

Employee benefits expense

(786)


(750)


(1,609)

Depreciation expense

(2)


(17)


(18)

Other operating expenses

(546)


(575)


(1,181)







Operating profit

131


147


272







Finance income

1


1


2

 

Profit before taxation

132


148


274







Taxation

 

(28)

 


(32)

 


(65)

 







Profit for the period

 

104

 


116

 


209

 







 

Total comprehensive income for the period

104


116


209







 

Earnings per share (note 4)






- Basic

1.13p


1.26p


2.27p

- Diluted

1.13p


1.25p


2.25p

 

Dividends per share






Interim dividend proposed

1.00p


1.00p


-

Dividends paid

0.75p


1.00p


1.75p



Fletcher King Plc

 

Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

as at 31 October 2018

 



31 October


31 October


30 April



2018

(Unaudited)


2017

(Unaudited)


2018

(Audited)



£000


£000


£000








Assets







Non-current assets







Property, plant and equipment


10


13


12

Financial assets


1,603


1,588


1,588

Deferred tax assets


16


16


16

















1,629


1,617


1,616















Current Assets







Trade and other receivables


823


937


917

Cash and cash equivalents


2,277


2,187


2,628

















3,100


3,124


3,545















Total assets


4,729


4,741


5,161






















Liabilities







Current liabilities







Trade and other payables


246


280


485

Current taxation liabilities


71


35


43

Other creditors


236


286


492















Total liabilities


553


601


1,020






















Shareholders' equity







Share capital


921


921


921

Share premium


140


140


140

Reserves


3,115


3,079


3,080















Total shareholders' equity


4,176


4,140


4,141















Total equity and liabilities


4,729


4,741


5,161










Fletcher King Plc

 

Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

for the 6 months ended 31 October 2018

 







Profit






Share


Share


and



TOTAL



capital


premium


loss



EQUITY



£000


£000


£000



£000











Balance at 1 May 2018


921


140


3,080



4,141





















Total comprehensive income for the period


            -


            -


104



104

Equity dividends paid


            -


            -


(69)



(69)











Balance at 31 October 2018 (Unaudited)


921


140


3,115



4,176





















Balance at 1 May 2017


921


140


3,239



4,300





















Total comprehensive income for the period


            -


            -


116



116

Equity dividends paid

 


            -

 


            -

 


(276)

 



(276)

 











Balance at 31 October 2017  (Unaudited)


921

 


140

 


3,079

 



4,140

 





















Balance at 1 May 2017


921


140


3,239



4,300











Total comprehensive income for the period


            -


            -


209



209

Equity dividends paid

 


            -

 


            -

 


(368)

 



(368)

 











Balance at 30 April 2018 (Audited)


921


140


3,080



4,141



Fletcher King Plc

 

Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

for the 6 months ended 31 October 2018

 



6 months ended


6 months ended


Year ended



31 October


31 October


30 April



2018 (Unaudited)


2017 (Unaudited)


2018

(Audited)



£000


£000


£000








Cash flows from operating activities







Profit before taxation from continuing operations

132


148


274

Adjustments for:







Depreciation expense


2


17


18

Finance income


(1)


(1)


(2)








Cash flows from operating activities







before movement in working capital


133


164


290







Decrease in trade and other receivables

94


558


578

Decrease in payables

(495)


(885)


(474)








Cash (absorbed)/generated from operations


(268)


(163)


394

Taxation paid


-


(94)


(119)








Net cash flows (used in)/generated from operating activities


(268)


(257)


275








Cash flows from investing activities







Purchase of financial assets


(15)


-


   -

Purchase of fixed assets


-


(14)


(14)

Finance income


1


1


2








Net cash flows used in investing activities

 


(14)

 


(13)

 


(12)

 








Cash flows from financing activities







Dividends paid to shareholders

 


(69)

 


(276)

 


(368)

 








Net cash flows from financing activities

 


(69)

 


(276)

 


(368)

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(351)


(546)


(105)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

2,628


2,733


2,733

 

Cash and cash equivalents







at end of period

 


2,277

 


2,187

 


2,628

 



 

Fletcher King Plc

 

Explanatory Notes

 

1.     General information

 

The Company is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales. The address of its registered office is 61 Conduit Street, London W1S 2GB.

 

These interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 13 December 2018.

 

2.     Basis of preparation

 

The interim financial information in this report has been prepared using accounting policies consistent with IFRS as adopted by the European Union.  IFRS is subject to amendment and interpretation by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee and there is an ongoing process of review and endorsement by the European Commission. The financial information has been prepared on the basis of IFRS that the Directors expect to apply for the year ended 30 April 2019.

 

These interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Group's accounting policies as set out in the Group's latest annual financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2018 and IFRS 9 "Financial Instruments" and IFRS 15 "Revenue from Contracts with Customers". These standards have been applied for the first time in preparing the interim financial information. The Directors consider that the application of these standards has not had a material impact on the recognition and measurement of items in the interim financial information.

 

3.     Non Statutory Accounts

 

The financial information for the period ended 31 October 2018 set out in this interim report does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for that period. Whilst the financial figures included in this interim report have been computed in accordance with IFRS, this interim report does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as that term is defined in IAS34. The statutory accounts for the year ended 30 April 2018 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified, did not contain a statement under either Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006 and did not include references to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis.

 

The financial information for the 6 months ended 31 October 2018 and 31 October 2017 is unaudited.

 

4.     Earnings per share


6 months to 31 October 2018

Number

6 months to 31 October 2017

Number

Year ended 30 April 2018

Number

 

Weighted average number of shares for basic earnings per share

 

9,209,779

 

9,209,779

 

9,209,779

Share options

-

58,907

58,907

Weighted average number of shares for diluted earnings per share

9,209,779

9,268,686

9,268,686

 

 

 

 

£000

 

 

 

£000

 

 

£000

 

Earnings for basic and diluted earnings per share:

 

 

104

 

116

 

209

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

 

 

1.13p

 

 

1.26p

 

 

2.27p

Diluted earnings per share

 

1.13p

1.25p

2.25p

 


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