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Final Results

Released 07:00 17-Sep-2018

RNS Number : 8951A
MJ Gleeson PLC
17 September 2018
 

MJ GLEESON PLC

 

Audited results for the year ended 30 June 2018

 

MJ Gleeson plc, the low-cost housebuilder and strategic land specialist, is pleased to announce another strong performance with profit before tax up 12%, operating cash flow before dividends up 10% and a proposed final dividend of 23 pence per share, resulting in a total dividend for the year of 32 pence per share, an increase of 33%.

 

 

2018

2017

Change

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

196.7

160.4

+23%

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

36.9

33.0

+12%

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

37.0

33.0

+12%

 

 

 

 

EPS

55.6

48.5

+15%

 

 

 

 

Operating cash flow before dividends

21.6

19.7

+10%

 

 

 

 

ROCE

26.6%

25.4%

+120bps

 

 

 

 

Dividend per share

32.0p

24.0p

+33%

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

41.3

34.1

+21%

 

 

 

 

     

 

Another strong performance and a confident outlook

 

Gleeson Homes:

·      Volumes up 21% to 1,225 units sold (2017: 1,013 units)

·      Operating profit on unit sales up 20% to £26.2m (2017: £21.8m)

·      Operating profit on land sales £nil (2017: £1.0m from two land sales)

·      Average Selling Price £125,200 (2017: £122,700) due to higher selling prices and mix

·      Land pipeline, including conditionally purchased sites, of 12,852 plots (2017: 11,588 plots)

·      Substantial investment in new office locations and central support services

·      On track to double sales to 2,000 units p.a. by 2022

 

Gleeson Strategic Land:

·      Operating profit of £12.6m (2017: £12.0m) driven by increase in transactions

·      Ten land sales completed during the year with the potential to deliver 1,970 residential plots

·      Nine sites with planning consent or resolution to grant with the potential to deliver 2,089 plots

·      Portfolio: 61 sites with the potential to deliver 22,838 plots

 

Final dividend proposed of 23.0 pence per share (2017: 17.5 pence per share), resulting in an increase in the total dividend for the year of 33.3% to 32.0 pence per share (2017: 24.0 pence per share).

 

 

Dermot Gleeson, Chairman of MJ Gleeson plc, said:

 

"Our twin track strategy - the development of low-cost homes for open market sale in the North of England and the Midlands and strategic land sales in the South - delivered another excellent year of increased volumes, profit and cash.

Gleeson Strategic Land had a record year and continues to benefit from high levels of demand for consented land in prime locations from both large and medium-sized housebuilders. The division has a strong portfolio of sites and anticipates that it will continue to maintain its very successful track record in promoting potentially high value developments through the planning system.

Gleeson Homes is on track to deliver its next milestone target of doubling annual completions of low-cost homes between 2017 and 2022 to 2,000 units. Led by a strong and highly experienced management team, who have created a very attractive land pipeline, the division's scope for expansion continues to be underpinned by strong demand from our customers who aspire to home ownership but who are ill-served by the majority of housebuilders.

Against this background, the Board is confident that the Group's unique business model will continue to deliver significant growth in both revenue and profits in the current year and beyond."

 

 

 

 

 

This announcement contains inside information. The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the company is Stefan Allanson, Chief Financial Officer.

 

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Chief Executive Officer

 

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Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

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Chairman's Statement

I am pleased to report another year of strong growth in profits and cash.

Following further investment in new office locations and the strengthening of our central support services, we are comfortably on track to achieve our target of doubling Gleeson Homes volumes to 2,000 units p.a. in the five years from 2017 to 2022.

Gleeson Homes grew sales by 20.9% to 1,225 units (2017: 1,013  units). Operating profit on unit sales increased by 20.2% and the operating profit for the division was £26.2m (2017: £22.8m including £1.0m from land sales). The continued availability of low-cost land in the North of England allowed the division to increase its land pipeline by 1,264 plots. The proportion of the pipeline that is owned increased from 46% to over 50%.

Gleeson Strategic Land increased operating profit by 5.0% to £12.6m (2017: £12.0m) by continuing to secure attractive residential planning consents and by taking advantage of the strong demand from both medium-sized and large housebuilders for development sites in prime locations.

Group profit before tax increased by 12.1% to £37.0m (2017: £33.0m). Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent company was £30.2m (2017: £26.2m).

Earnings per share grew by 14.6% to 55.6p (2017: 48.5p).

Return on capital employed increased by 120 basis points to 26.6% (2017: 25.4%).

Market context

Demand for low-cost homes among Gleeson Homes' traditional customers, hard-working families on low incomes, who dream of owning their own homes, remains strong.

Mortgages for such families remain very affordable. The current wide range of mortgage products continues to be supportive of the young first time buyers who make up the vast majority of Gleeson Homes' purchasers.

The Government's recent adjustments to The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) should make it easier for Gleeson Homes to secure planning permissions. We are supporters of the Government's Help to Buy scheme. However, we believe that there is a strong case for amending the scheme so that it provides assistance primarily for those who need it most, young people on low incomes.

Gleeson Strategic Land continues to attract multiple bidders for its sales of land in the South of England where demand for greenfield sites remains strong from both medium-sized and large housebuilders. 

Land

For Gleeson Homes the land market remains favourable. The division is one of the few developers building  affordable homes on brownfield sites in challenging communities where such sites continue to be available at relatively low cost. Gleeson Homes' land pipeline grew by 1,264 plots and 8 sites to a record high of 149 sites (2017: 141), comprising 12,852 plots owned or conditionally purchased (2017: 11,588). The division will continue to commence building on sites as soon as a fully implementable and satisfactory planning permission is obtained.

Gleeson Strategic Land continues to source highly attractive sites with development potential in the South of England. During the year it obtained planning consent on 7 sites and entered into agreements to promote 4 new sites, potentially providing development opportunities on an additional 3,570 plots. Demand from a wide range of housebuilders for prime sites with planning consent in the South of England remains strong. 

 

Employees

The average number of employees during the year increased to 480 (2017: 370). The actual number of employees at the year end was 509 (2017: 405).

The Group's strong performance during the year would not have been possible without the expertise and commitment of our employees. On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate and thank them very sincerely and very warmly. 

Dividends

Reflecting the Group's strong financial performance and our confidence in the prospects for the current year and beyond, the Board is recommending a final dividend for the year of 23.0 pence per share (2017: 17.5 pence per share). Combined with the interim dividend, this will give a total dividend for the year of 32.0 pence per share (2017: 24.0 pence per share), an increase compared to the previous year of 33.3%.

Subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting ("AGM"), the final dividend will be paid on 14 December 2018 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 16 November 2018. The ex-dividend date is 15 November 2018. The Board aims to maintain ordinary dividend cover between one and three quarter and two and three quarter times for the foreseeable future.

Summary

We are on track to achieve our target of doubling Gleeson Homes' sales to 2,000 units p.a. over the five years from 2017 to 2022. We continue to maintain a vigorous approach to cost control, land continues to be available at sensible prices and demand for our low-cost homes remains strong. Meanwhile, Gleeson Strategic Land continues to experience high levels of demand for consented greenfield sites. Against this background, the Board is confident that our unique business model will continue to deliver significant growth in both revenue and profits in the current year and beyond.

 

 

Dermot Gleeson

Chairman

14 September 2018

 

 

STRATEGIC REPORT

Chief Executive's Statement

Our unique and resilient business model, combined with our land pipeline and experienced management team, gives me great confidence in continued profitable growth for many years to come.

Operational performance

Gleeson Homes grew sales volumes by 20.9% to 1,225 units and operating profit by 14.9% to £26.2m. The land pipeline increased by 10.9% to the equivalent of 10.5 years sales at current build rates and active outlets increased by 10.2% to 65 sites. Gleeson Homes always applies for planning permission at the earliest possible date and starts building as soon as implementable permission is received.

Gleeson Strategic Land completed the sale of 10 sites leading to operating profit growing by 5.0% to £12.6m.

A strong cash result for the year saw the Group's cash balance increase by £7.2m to £41.3m and our disciplined approach to investment led to a 120 basis points increase in return on capital employed to 26.6%.

Gleeson Homes

Demand for low-cost homes in the North of England remains strong, build costs remain under control and land continues to be available at sensible prices.

Two thirds of our customers use the Government's Help to Buy scheme and the highest priced home that used the scheme, at £187,995, is significantly below the current Help to Buy limit of £600,000. The average priced house purchased with Help to Buy was £125,610.

Typical Gleeson Homes buyers are blue collar workers aged between 18 and 33. This year we sold 85 homes to people aged 21 or under. The real Living Wage, of which we are great supporters, has helped the working class young to qualify for a mortgage and their ability to earn paid overtime enables them to save a deposit.

Our chosen segment of the market is large, mostly untapped and generally unaffected by the vagaries of politics or the general economy. This is because the outgoings relating to the purchase of one of our homes are often significantly less than renting a council or housing association house. If a young couple want to reduce their outgoings they should buy a Gleeson home.

We have completed the first year of our 5 year plan to double unit sales to 2,000 units p.a. and we are on track to meet this target. To achieve this, we are:

•      Growing the pipeline of owned and conditionally purchased sites by acquiring land at attractive hurdle rates in existing and new areas; we now have 149 sites in the pipeline.

•      Investing in new office locations; we now have 8 area offices in the North and Midlands and 2 pilot offices in Northumberland (opened during the year) and Cumbria.

•      Developing our management team across all levels including Build Managers and Site Managers. We recently promoted two directors to Managing Director and Chief Operations Officer.

•      Developing our employee and key subcontractor processes for finding and retaining key people.

•      Continuing our unrelenting focus on cost reduction to offset material and employment cost pressures.

•      Continuing to listen to our customers to ensure we provide what they need to buy a Gleeson home.

We will continue expanding in an orderly manner and will continue to put the right people in the right places to deliver that expansion.

 

Large & resilient market

Gleeson Homes operates in the fastest growing and most resilient part of the housing market, selling new homes to people on low incomes in the North of England and the Midlands.

Our typical buyers are first time buyers presently renting or living with family. More than 4 million homes are currently rented in Gleeson's target geographic market. The vast majority of tenants want to escape the poverty trap of renting and begin wealth creation through home ownership. Gleeson is the only listed housebuilder dedicated to this market and we continue to see high demand when we open new sites.

Unlike other housebuilders, Gleeson Homes is unique, selling 6 out of every 7 homes to first time buyers and therefore without the same exposure to secondary market risks.

Our buyers want to satisfy their dream of home ownership, often buying a home for life. They have a strong work ethic, will always be in work and will buy a Gleeson home if it is well built, located in their desired area and the cost of ownership is less than, or similar to, renting.

Ownership costs for a typical Gleeson home are significantly less than the cost of renting and mortgage availability continues to increase. Mortgage payments for our average buyer take up less than 20% of take-home pay.

Our young buyers are not typically burdened with student debt and can earn overtime so saving for a deposit can be achieved whilst their Gleeson home is being built.

Help to Buy, operated by Homes England, has supported a recovery in the housing market and may soon be amended by the Government. We think it appropriate that changes to Help to Buy should be targeted towards the people who need it most, specifically people on low incomes. We welcome any changes that reduce the ceiling, restrict it to first time buyers, restrict it to people on low incomes, or all three.

There is a great deal of land available in areas in which other housebuilders don't want to build but where potential Gleeson buyers want to live. We are skilled at building high quality homes for sale at affordable prices. Gleeson Homes is uniquely focused on this large segment of the market, with other housebuilders offering a higher priced product that does not meet the needs of lower income customers.

Gleeson Homes' unique differences

Our house prices are affordable and we sell to people who need a home rather than to those that already own a home. We buy land that other housebuilders do not want, at low cost, and build good quality homes that low income families can afford in areas that they want to live in.

We don't sell to registered social landlords or private landlords because renting traps people in housing poverty. We don't build flats, we build traditional 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses with a front garden, back garden and a driveway. We don't sell to landlords because we believe a development of homeowners creates a stronger community and we don't do part-exchange sales and therefore are not exposed to the resale market.

The Gleeson Homes operating model is highly developed to meet the specific needs of a large and under-served market. We challenge many norms of the traditional house building industry and are not afraid to be different as illustrated by a selection of metrics below:

 

 

 

Gleeson Homes

Other listed housebuilders

(Lowest - Highest)

Average selling price

(Private sales)

£125,200

£234,000 - £880,000

First time buyers

(% of private sales)

87%

35 - 50%

Renting or living with family

(% of total sales)

88%

40%

(estimated average)

Buy-to-let sales

(% of total sales)

0%

3% - 9%

Part-exchange sales

(% of private sales)

0%

8% - 38%

Flats v houses

(Flats as % of  total sales)

0%

6% - 24%

Sales rate

(Sales per site p.a.)

20 p.a.

30 - 40 p.a.

Average land cost

(Per plot)

£9,000

£28,000 - £71,000

Annual growth

(3 year average p.a. growth in volumes)

18%

0% - 14%

 

We deliver amongst the highest gross margins and highest volume growth rates of any listed housebuilder.

Our unique model will continue to create thriving communities and to drive our business forward to our 2,000 units p.a. target and beyond.

Strategic Land

Operating profit grew 5.0% to £12.6m from 10 transactions completed in the year.

Gleeson Strategic Land is in a strong position with a healthy pipeline of 61 sites which could deliver 22,838 residential plots.

Although most major housebuilders have strong land banks there is always a healthy demand for good quality land from either the large national or mid-range housebuilders looking for replacement sites.

We do not take the risk of purchasing land outright, preferring instead to take out options or similar agreements. This low-risk and low-cost approach has enabled us to invest intelligently in the promotion of sites through the planning process and build up a strong portfolio.

The number and blend of sites already allocated for housing, sites with planning applications submitted and sites with planning consent gives us confidence that the year-on-year flow of transactions will generate financial consistency.

Current trading & outlook

Demand for low-cost homes in the North is strong. Our traditional buyers are hard-working families on low incomes who just want to get on with their lives and own their own home.

Our homes continue to remain highly affordable despite the recent increase in bank rates and mortgage finance remains readily available.

We have plenty of land on which to build homes, people to build them and a strong management team that can grow the business in a disciplined and profitable way.

The Gleeson Strategic Land portfolio is in a strong position with continuing strong demand from other housebuilders.

The uplift in dividend signals our confidence in continued cash generative growth. We are well on track to meet our target of doubling Gleeson Homes sales volumes to 2,000 units p.a. by 2022.

We are confident the current financial year will be another excellent year for the Group.

 

 

Jolyon Harrison

Chief Executive Officer

14 September 2018

 

 

Gleeson Homes - Business Performance

Gleeson Homes' results for the year were as follows:

 

2018

2017

% Change

Units sold

1,225

1,013

20.9%

Operating profit*

£26.2m

£22.8m

14.9%

Land pipeline (units)

12,852

11,588

10.9%

*2018 includes £nil profit on land sales (2017: £1.0m of which £0.4m related to the sale of a legacy property)

1,225 homes were sold during the year, an increase of 20.9% on the prior year's total of 1,013. During the year Gleeson Homes opened 17 new sites and had on average 61 selling outlets open compared to 50 during the prior year. The outlets are located across the North of England1. The number of outlets at the end of the year increased to 65 compared to 59 at the prior year end and is expected to increase to over 70 during the course of the current financial year.

The average selling price ("ASP") for the homes sold in the year was £125,200 (2017: £122,700). The increase was influenced by a combination of factors: house price inflation, the mix of site locations and the mix of 2, 3 and 4 bed homes sold. Our aim is to keep ASP increases modest to ensure that our homes remain affordable to our customers.

Gross profit margin on units sold decreased marginally to 32.7% (2017: 33.0%) due to development mix.

The increase in the volume of homes sold and higher ASP has resulted in gross profit on units sold increasing by 22.2% to £50.1m (2017: £41.0m). Gross profit on land sales was £nil (2017: £1.0m) resulting in total gross profit of £50.1m (2017: £42.1m).

Operating profit on unit sales increased 20.2% to £26.2m (2017: £21.8m). Operating profit on land sales was £nil (2017: £1.0m). Gleeson Homes reported total operating profit of £26.2m (2017: £22.8m). Operating margin on units sold decreased from 17.5% to 17.1% as a result of development mix and investment in overheads to support the business' growth plans.

Gleeson Homes

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Unit volumes

561

751

904

1,013

1,225

Operating profit on unit sales

£9.1m

£14.7m

£19.5m

£21.8m

£26.2m

 

Gleeson Homes has a large range of bespoke packages to assist customers to become homeowners, including "Save and Build", "First Rung", "Advance to Buy", "Parents Invest" and "Aspire to Own". The Government's Help to Buy Scheme remains popular amongst many of our customers, with 66% of the homes sold in the year utilising this scheme (2017: 66%).

Mortgage availability and affordability continued to be strong during the year as the bank base rate remained at historically low levels. As a result, the ongoing cost of buying a Gleeson home continued to be more affordable than renting and will remain so even in the event of modest increases in borrowing costs.

We are supportive of the revised National Planning Policy Framework published in July 2018 and the definition of Affordable Homes which is consistent with our business model. This will make it easier for planning authorities to provide consent for Gleeson developments.

 

Gleeson Homes was able to continue to acquire land in the North of England at relatively low cost. This was another busy year of land acquisition which saw the land pipeline grow by 8 sites to a total of 149 at year end; 35 new sites were added to the pipeline, while 27 sites were completed or we did not proceed to purchase. The pipeline grew by 1,264 to stand at 12,852 plots at 30 June 2018. Of these plots 6,475 are owned (2017: 5,320) and 6,377 plots are conditionally purchased (2017: 6,268). In addition to owned and conditionally purchased plots, there are a further 354 (2017: 465) plots which are being actively considered for acquisition but will only proceed to purchase if they meet our strict returns criteria.

1 Outlets located in Cleveland, County Durham, Derbyshire, East Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear and West Yorkshire.  

  

 

Gleeson Strategic Land - Business Performance

 

2018

2017

Change

Land sales (no. of sites)

10

8

2 sites

Land portfolio (plots)

22,838

21,505

6.2%

Operating profit

£12.6m

£12.0m

5.0%

 

Revenue from Gleeson Strategic Land grew by 44.8% to £43.3m (2017: £29.9m) as the number of successful land transactions increased to 10 (2017: 8). The sites sold, which totalled 335 acres, have the potential to deliver 1,970 plots (2017: 841 plots) for new housing development plus a 60 bed care home.

Operating profit reflects the value added by Gleeson Strategic Land on land transactions through securing attractive residential planning consents and managing the onward sale to developers. Operating profit increased by 5.0% to £12.6m (2017: £12.0m). This was driven by the increase in the number of transactions during the year.

Gleeson Strategic Land

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Operating profit

£4.8m

£8.1m

£10.2m

£12.0m

£12.6m

Number of sites sold

7

5

7

8

10

 

We continue to see strong demand from a wide range of developers looking to acquire well-located land including both large national and mid-sized housebuilders. The land market, particularly for sites in prime locations in the South of England, remains strong despite the uncertainties caused by Brexit.

At the year end, we had a portfolio totalling 61 sites (2017: 65 sites) with the potential to deliver 22,838 plots (2017: 21,505 plots) plus 67 acres of commercial land (2017: 67 acres). The portfolio comprises 1,552 plots (2017: 1,454 plots) that were wholly or part owned by the Group, 8,754 plots (2017: 10,020 plots) that were held under option, and 12,532 plots (2017: 10,031 plots) that were the subject of promotion agreements.

The portfolio is at varying stages through the planning system and, at 30 June 2018, we had 9 sites (2,089 plots) which were consented or had a resolution to grant; 8 sites which had a planning application submitted and awaiting decision, and 11 sites with applications being worked up prior to submission. The balance of the portfolio consists of sites which are being promoted through the development plan process.

During the year, we secured planning consents for 7 sites, acquired interest in 4 new sites and we split 2 existing sites prior to sale. These activities contributed a further 3,570 plots to the portfolio.

Our Strategic Land team is based in Fleet, Hampshire and the portfolio continues to have a geographic bias towards the South of England1. Sites in the portfolio are expected to realise value for stakeholders over the short, medium and long term.

The division continues to be strongly cash generative. We replenish the portfolio with high quality new sites and continue to advance existing sites in the portfolio through the planning process. Opportunities for new land readily come forward and we use our knowledge and expertise to select and promote those sites where we see the potential for sustainable future development and where we can deliver maximum value for stakeholders.

1 Sites are located predominantly in Buckinghamshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.

 

 

 

Financial Review

The Group delivered another year of strong growth with operating profit up 11.8%, operating cash flow before dividends up 9.6% and return on capital employed rising to 26.6%.

Highlights

·      Revenue increased by 22.6% to £196.7m

·      Profit before tax increased by 12.1% to £37.0m

·      Earnings per share increased by 14.6% to 55.6 pence

·      Operating cash flow before dividends increased by 9.6% to £21.6m

·      Cash balances increased by 21.1% to £41.3m

·      Return on capital employed (ROCE) increased by 120 basis points to 26.6%

·      Total dividend for the year increased by 33.3% to 32.0 pence per share

 

Consolidated Income Statement

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Group profit before tax

£12.2m

£17.3m

£28.2m

£33.0m

£37.0m

 

Group revenue increased by 22.6% in the year to £196.7m (2017: £160.4m). The revenue of Gleeson Homes increased by 17.5% to £153.4m (2017: £130.5m) due to an increase in the number of homes sold to 1,225 (2017: 1,013) and an increase in average selling price ("ASP") to £125,200 (2017: £122,700). ASP increased due to higher selling prices, the mix of site locations and the mix of 2, 3 and 4 bed homes sold.

Revenue for Gleeson Strategic Land increased by £13.4m to £43.3m due to the increased sales activity and the mix of transaction types during the year.

Gross profit for the Group increased by 15.2% to £65.3m (2017: £56.7m). The gross profit of Gleeson Homes increased by 19.0% to £50.1m (2017: £42.1m includes profit on land sales of £1.0m) due to the increase in both volume and selling prices. The gross profit of Gleeson Strategic Land increased by 3.4% to £15.2m (2017: £14.7m) primarily due to the increase in sites sold during the year.

Administrative expenses increased by £4.6m (19.1%) as a result of significant further investment for growth in Gleeson Homes and wages and salary increases. This included investment in a new pilot office that opened during the year in Northumberland, the pilot office in Scunthorpe which became a fully staffed area office and full year costs for the regional office near Nottingham, which opened during the previous year.

In addition, the number of active sales outlets increased to a total of 65 from 59 at the end of the prior year.

Operating profit from continuing operations was £36.9m (2017: £33.0m), an increase of 11.8% over the previous year. Growth in operating profit was driven by strong trading results in both Gleeson Homes and Gleeson Strategic Land.

Operating profit by division

Divisional operating profit*

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Gleeson Homes

£9.4m

£17.4m

£19.5m

£22.8m

£26.2m

Gleeson Strategic Land

£4.8m

£8.1m

£10.2m

£12.0m

£12.6m

* Gleeson Homes operating profit includes profit on land sales of £nil in 2018; £1.0m in 2017; £nil in 2016; £2.7m in 2015; and £0.3m in 2014

Operating profit for Gleeson Homes increased by 14.9% to £26.2m (2017: £22.8m). Excluding land sales, operating profit for Gleeson Homes increased by 20.2%.

Operating profit for Gleeson Strategic Land increased by 5.0% to £12.6m as a result of the increase in transactions during the year to 10 (2017: 8).

Discontinued operations incurred a loss of £0.3m during the year (2017: £0.3m). This related to the costs of Gleeson Construction Services Limited, whose only activity is limited to resolving claims from the legacy businesses that were sold in 2005 and 2006. The level of claims has now reduced to an insignificant level.

Return on capital employed

Return on capital employed increased by 120 basis points to 26.6% (2017: 25.4%) reflecting stronger earnings and disciplined investment in capital employed, which increased from £132.3m to £143.1m.

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Return on capital employed

13.7%

21.1%

23.2%

25.4%

26.6%

 

Financing

Finance income of £0.4m (2017: £0.3m) consists primarily of the unwinding of discounts on deferred receivables on land sales and shared equity receivables. Interest earned on unwinding of discounts was higher than the prior year as a result of carrying more deferred receivables during the year.

Finance expenses of £0.3m (2017: £0.2m) consist of interest payable on bank loans and overdrafts, bank charges and interest and unwinding of discounts relating to deferred payables on land purchases. 

Tax

A tax charge for continuing operations of £6.5m (2017: £6.5m) has been recorded reflecting a reduced effective rate of tax of 17.8% (2017: 20.0%) driven largely by the tax benefit on vesting of share awards during the year.

Deferred tax assets relating to unused tax losses have been recognised to the extent that it is probable that taxable profits will be available against which the asset can be utilised. The Group now has £21.2m (2017: £26.7m) of gross tax losses, of which £12.3m (2017: £17.8m) are recognised in calculating the deferred tax asset. 

The deferred tax asset recorded within the consolidated statement of financial position totals £3.7m (2017: £5.0m).

Profit for the year

The profit for the year attributable to equity holders was £30.2m (2017: £26.2m).

Earnings per share

Reported basic earnings per share increased by 14.6% to 55.6 pence (2017: 48.5 pence).

Final dividend

Reflecting the financial strength of the Company as well as our confidence in the short-term outlook, the Board has proposed a final dividend of 23.0 pence per share (2017: 17.5 pence per share).

Combined with the interim dividend, the dividend for the full year totals 32.0 pence representing an increase of 33.3% on the prior year (2017: 24.0 pence per share).

The Board aims to maintain ordinary dividend cover between 1.75 times and 2.75 times in line with the policy set at the half year.

Total dividend

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Interim and final dividend

6.0p

10.0p

14.5p

24.0p

32.0p

 

Statement of Financial Position

During the year to 30 June 2018, shareholders' funds increased by 9.7% to £188.1m (2017: £171.4m). Net assets per share increased to 345 pence, an increase of 8.8% year on year (2017: 317 pence).

In the year, non-current assets increased by 43.4% to £30.4m (2017: £21.2m). The main reason for the change is the increase in deferred receivables of £10.9m offset by a £0.7m reduction of share equity receivables and a decrease in deferred tax asset of £1.3m.

Current assets increased by 9.2% to £212.4m (2017: £194.5m), with inventories increasing by £17.9m to £160.5m, trade and other receivables decreasing by £7.3m to £10.6m and cash balances increasing by £7.2m to £41.3m.

Total liabilities increased by 23.2% to £54.7m (2017: £44.4m). This was mainly due to trade and other payables of £51.6m (2017: £41.6m) being £10.0m higher due to an increase in deferred land payables in Gleeson Strategic Land.

Cash flow

The Group generated £21.6m (2017: £19.7m) of cash in the year before the payment of dividends of £14.4m (2017: £8.9m), resulting in a net cash balance at 30 June 2018 of £41.3m (2017: £34.1m).

Operating cash flows before working capital movements, generated £38.6m (2017: £34.1m). Investment in working capital of £11.4m (2017: £10.0m) resulted in cash generated from operating activities of £27.2m (2017: £24.1m).

Tax and interest payments amounted to £5.3m (2017: £4.6m).

Cash outflows from investing activities totalled £0.3m (2017: £0.2m inflow). Net cash outflows from financing activities totalled £14.4m (2017: £8.9m), including £14.4m (2017: £8.9m) on dividend payments.

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Cash balance

£13.7m

£15.8m

£23.2m

£34.1m

£41.3m

 

Treasury risk management

The Group's cash balances are centrally pooled and invested, ensuring the best available returns are achieved whilst retaining sufficient liquidity for the Group's operations. The Group deposits funds only with financial institutions which have a minimum credit rating of A. As the Group operates wholly within the UK, there is no requirement for currency risk management.

Bank facilities

During the year, the Group extended its £20m bank borrowing facility with Lloyds Bank plc for a further three years to 18 March 2021. The facility includes an uncommitted accordion option that could increase the facility limit to £40.0m. The facility provides the Group with additional flexibility and was undrawn throughout the year and at the balance sheet date.

Pension

The Group contributes to a defined contribution pension scheme. A charge of £0.7m (2017: £0.6m) was recorded in the consolidated income statement for pension contributions. The Group has no exposure to defined benefit pension plans.

 

 

Stefan Allanson

Chief Financial Officer

14 September 2018

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

for the year ended 30 June 2018

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

 £000

 

 £000

Continuing operations

 

 

 

Revenue

196,741

 

 160,384

Cost of sales

(131,474)

 

(103,674)

Gross profit

65,267

 

 56,710

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

(28,670)

 

(24,051)

Other operating income

257

 

304

Operating profit

36,854

 

 32,963

 

 

 

 

Finance income

418

 

 251

Finance expenses

(253)

 

(202)

Profit before tax

37,019

 

 33,012

 

 

 

 

Tax

(6,526)

 

(6,488)

Profit for the year from continuing operations

30,493

 

 26,524

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

Loss for the year from discontinued operations (net of tax)

(257)

 

(310)

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

30,236

 

 26,214

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share attributable to equity holders of parent company

 

 

 

     Basic

55.55 p

 

 48.49 p

     Diluted

 54.69 p

 

 47.75 p

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share from continuing operations

 

 

 

     Basic

56.02  p

 

 49.06 p

     Diluted

55.15  p

 

 48.31 p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the year ended 30 June 2018

 

 

2018

2017

 

 £000

 £000

 

 

 

Profit for the year

30,236

          26,214

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (expense)/income

 

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

Change in value of available for sale financial assets

31

              (104)

Movement in deferred tax on share-based payments taken directly to equity

(237)

665

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (expense)/income for the year, net of tax

(206)

              561

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to equity holders of parent company

30,030

          26,775

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

At 30 June 2018

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 £000

 £000

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

Plant and equipment

1,737

 1,484

Investment properties

258

 303

Trade and other receivables

24,626

 14,427

Deferred tax assets

3,731

5,001

 

30,352

 21,215

Current assets

 

 

Inventories

160,517

 142,550

Trade and other receivables

10,602

 17,925

Cash and cash equivalents

41,314

 34,052

 

212,433

 194,527

 

 

 

Total assets

242,785

 215,742

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

Trade and other payables

(9,176)

(703)

Provisions

(110)

(110)

 

(9,286)

(813)

Current liabilities

 

 

Trade and other payables

(42,441)

(40,924)

Provisions

(49)

(101)

UK corporation tax

(2,910)

(2,533)

 

(45,400)

(43,558)

 

 

 

Total liabilities

(54,686)

(44,371)

 

 

 

Net assets

188,099

 171,371

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

Share capital

1,092

 1,082

Available for sale reserve

(657)

(688)

Retained earnings

187,664

 170,977

Total equity

188,099

 171,371

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

for the year ended 30 June 2018

 

 

Share capital

Share premium account

Available for sale reserve

Retained earnings

Total equity

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2016

1,082

23

(584)

152,384

152,905

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

        -

              -

-

  26,214

26,214

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

(104)

665

561

Total comprehensive income for the year

        -

             -

(104)

26,879

26,775

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment to share premium

-

(23)

-

           -  

 (23)

Purchase of own shares

              -

         -

-

(22)

(22)

Share-based payments

              -

         -

-

660

660

Dividends

              -

         -

-

(8,924)

(8,924)

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

-

(23)

 

-

(8,286)

(8,309)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2017

1,082

-

(688)

170,977

171,371

             

                                                                                                                                                                                               

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

        -

              -

-

  30,236

30,236

Other comprehensive income

-

-

31

(237)

(206)

Total comprehensive income for the year

        -

             -

31

29,999

30,030

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share issue

10

-

-

           -  

10

Sale of own shares

              -  

         -

-

95

95

Share-based payments

              -  

         -

-

1,026

1,026

Dividends

              -  

         -

-

(14,433)

(14,433)

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

10

-

 

-

(13,312)

(13,302)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2018

1,092

-

(657)

187,664

188,099

 

  

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

for the year ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 £000

 £000

Operating activities

 

 

Profit before tax from continuing operations

37,019

33,012

Loss before tax from discontinued operations

(217)

 (228)

 

36,802

 32,784

 

 

 

Depreciation of plant and equipment

971

 818

Share-based payments

1,026

           660

Profit on sale of available for sale financial assets

(167)

 (216)

Loss on disposal of plant and equipment

152

           147

Loss on sale of investment properties

-

 9

Finance income

(418)

(251)

Finance expenses

253

 202

 

 

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

38,619

      34,153

 

 

 

Increase in inventories

(17,967)

 (28,312)

(Increase)/decrease in receivables

(3,247)

 3,650

Increase in payables

9,855

14,633

 

 

 

Cash generated in operating activities

27,260

      24,124

 

 

 

Tax paid

(5,156)

 (4,426)

Interest paid

(172)

 (135)

 

 

 

Net cash flows from operating activities

21,932

      19,563

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

Proceeds from disposal of available for sale financial assets

960

        1,154

Proceeds from disposal of investment properties

45

          194

Proceeds from disposal of plant and equipment

-

     5

Interest received

29

18

Purchase of plant and equipment

(1,376)

 (1,180)

 

 

 

Net cash flow (deficit)/surplus from investing activities

(342)

         191

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

Proceeds from issue of shares

10

-

Sale/(purchase) of own shares

95

 (22)

Dividends paid

(14,433)

 (8,924)

 

 

 

Net cash flow deficit from financing activities

(14,328)

 (8,946)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

7,262

10,808

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

34,052

      23,244

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

41,314

      34,052

 

 

 

1. Accounting policies

 

Statement of compliance

The Group financial statements have been prepared and approved by the Directors in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and IFRS Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) interpretations as adopted by the European Union ("IFRSs"). 

 

Notes on the preliminary statement

The financial information set out above does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for the years ended 30 June 2018 or 2017, but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2017 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies, and those for 2018 will be delivered in due course. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their reports were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Cautionary statement

This Report contains certain forward looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results, operations and business of MJ Gleeson plc. These statements and forecasts involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that will occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements and forecasts.  Nothing in this Report should be construed as a profit forecast.

 

Directors' liability

Neither the Company nor the Directors accept any liability to any person in relation to this Report except to the extent that such liability could arise under English law. Accordingly, any liability to a person who has demonstrated reliance on any untrue or misleading statement or omission shall be determined in accordance with section 90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

 

Basis of preparation

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of these accounts are consistent with those described in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017. Of the new standards, amendments and interpretations that are in issue and mandatory for the financial year ended 30 June 2018, there is no financial impact on these preliminary results.

 

 

2. Segmental analysis

 

The Group is organised into the following two operating divisions under the control of the Executive Board, which is identified as the Chief Operating Decision Maker as defined under IFRS 8 "Operating Segments":

 

• Gleeson Homes

• Gleeson Strategic Land

 

All of the Group's operations are carried out entirely within the United Kingdom. Segment information about the Group's operations is presented below:

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

 

 £000

 £000

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Continuing activities:

 

 

 

 

Gleeson Homes

153,397

 130,492

 

 

Gleeson Strategic Land

43,344

 29,892

 

 

 

196,741

 160,384

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued activities

 - 

 - 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

196,741

 160,384

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit on activities

 

 

 

 

Gleeson Homes

26,165

 22,760

 

 

Gleeson Strategic Land

12,633

 12,040

 

 

 

38,798

 34,800

 

 

Administrative expenses

(1,944)

(1,837)

 

 

Finance income

418

          251

 

 

Finance expenses

(253)

 (202)

 

 

Profit before tax

37,019

 33,012

 

 

Tax

(6,526)

     (6,488)

 

 

Profit for the year from continuing operations

30,493

 26,524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the year from discontinued operations (net of tax)

(257)

 (310)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent company

30,236

 26,214

 

 

 

The revenue in the Gleeson Homes segment relates to the sale of residential properties and land. All revenue for the Gleeson Strategic Land segment is in relation to the sale of land.

 

Revenue of £20,530,000 was derived from a single external customer. This revenue was attributable to the Gleeson Strategic Land segment.  
 

3. Discontinued operations

 

The activity of Gleeson Construction Services Limited now only relates to remedial works and the division is classified as discontinued.

 

 

2018

2017

 

£000

£000

Revenue

         -

         -

Cost of sales

-

-

Gross loss

          -

          -

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 (217)

 (228)

 

Operating loss

 (217)

 (228)

 

 

 

Loss before tax

 (217)

 (228)

 

 

 

Tax

         (40)

         (82)

Loss for the year from discontinued operations

 (257)

 (310)

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share - impact of discontinued operations

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

p

p

 

Basic

(0.47)

(0.57)

 

 

 

 

 

The cash flow statement includes the following relating to the operating loss on discontinued operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

£000

£000

 

Operating activities

(321)

(441)

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

4. Finance income and expenses

 

 

2018

2017

 

£000

£000

Finance income

 

 

Interest on bank deposits

18

 14 

Unwinding of discount

396

236 

Other interest

4

 1 

 

418

 251 

 

 

 

Finance expenses

 

 

Bank charges

(165)

 (135)

Unwinding of discount

(83)

(5)

(67)

-

Other external interest

 

(253)

 (202)

 

 

 

Net finance income

165

 49 

 

 

 

5. Tax

 

 

Continuing operations

Discontinued operations

Total

 

2018

2017

2018

2017

2018

2017

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Current tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current year charge

5,569

6,184

-

-

5,569

6,184

Adjustment in respect of prior years

(36)

155

 -

 -

(36)

155

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,533

6,339

 -

 -

5,533

6,339

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current year expense

1,003

88

45

48

1,048

136

Adjustment in respect of prior years

(33)

-

-

-

(33)

-

Impact of rate change

23

61

(5)

34

18

95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax expense for the year

993

  149

40

82

1,033

231

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total tax charge

6,526

6,488

40

82

6,566

6,570

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reductions in the UK corporation tax rate from 20% to 19%, effective from 1 April 2017, were substantively enacted on 26 October 2015. Corporation tax has been calculated at 17.8% of assessable profit for the year (2017: 20.0%).

 

The charge for the year can be reconciled to the profit per the consolidated income statement as follows:

 

 

2018

2017

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

Profit before tax on continuing operations

37,019

33,012

Loss before tax from discontinued operations

(217)

(228)

Profit before tax

36,802

32,784

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation multiplied by the standard rate of UK corporation tax 19% (2017: 19.75%)

6,992

6,475

Tax effect of:

 

 

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

10

37

Relief for share based payments

(385)

(95)

Land remediation relief

-

 (75)

Impact of rate differences

18

73

Adjustments in respect of prior years - current tax

(36)

155

Adjustments in respect of prior years - deferred tax

(33)

-

Total tax charge for the year

6,566

6,570

 

 

 

6. Dividends

 

 

2018

2017

 

£000

£000

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the year:

 

 

 

 

 

Interim dividend for the year ended 30 June 2018 of 9.0p (2017: 6.5p) per share

4,902 

3,516 

Final dividend for the year ended 30 June 2017 of 17.5p (2016: 10.0p) per share

  9,531 

  5,408 

 

 14,433 

 8,924 

 

 

The proposed final dividend for the year ended 30 June 2018 of 23.0p per share (2017: 17.5p) brings the total dividend for the year to 32.0p (2017: 24.0p).

 

The proposed final dividend is subject to approval by shareholders at the AGM and has not been included as a liability in these financial statements. The total estimated final dividend to be paid is £12,619,000.
 

7. Earnings per share

 

Continuing and discontinued operations

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

 

 

2018

2017

Earnings

£000

£000

Earnings for the purposes of basic earnings per share, being net profit

 

 

attributable to equity holders of the parent company

 

 

Profit from continuing operations

30,493

26,524

Loss from discontinued operations

(257)

 (310)

Profit for the purposes of basic and diluted earnings per share

30,236

26,214

 

 

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

No. 000

No. 000

Number of shares

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of

basic earnings per share

54,428

54,066

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares:

 

 

                           - share options

862

834

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of

diluted earnings per share

55,290

54,900

 

 

 

 

2018

2017

Continuing operations

 

 

Basic earnings per share

56.02p

49.06p

Diluted earnings per share

55.15p

48.31p

 

 

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 (0.47)p

 (0.57)p

Diluted earnings per share

(0.46)p

(0.56)p

 

 

 

Continuing and discontinued operations

 

 

Basic earnings per share

55.55p

48.49p

Diluted earnings per share

54.69p

47.75p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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