Regulatory Story
Go to market news section View chart   Print
RNS
John Lewis Of Hungerford PLC   -  JLH   

Half-year Report

Released 07:00 18-Mar-2019

RNS Number : 0887T
John Lewis Of Hungerford PLC
18 March 2019
 

18 March 2019

 

John Lewis of Hungerford plc

(the "Company")

Half-year Report

John Lewis of Hungerford Plc (AIM: JLH), the specialist manufacturer and retailer of kitchens, bedrooms and freestanding furniture, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2018.

Overview

We are pleased to report that trading and sales for the half year period ending 31 December 2018 was in line with management expectations. This is due to the continued improvement in both the levels of customer enquiries and the conversion improvements following the investment in our sales training, marketing literature and showroom estate. This improvement has continued over the last 3 months with the launch of our new website in December 2018. We are now seen as a Destination Brand once again by our customer audience.

As previously announced, we changed our year end to 30 June last year and in line with that we have also changed the prior year comparisons for the Interims reported, to provide comparative figures for the half-year to 31 December 2017.

This comparable period for the half-year ending 31 December 2017 included the stronger than usual trading period in July and August 2017, being the first two months of the previous year comparison. Trading in those two months was exceptionally strong, followed by a strong Autumn 2017. As previously reported, the weakening of the sector in early Spring 2018 resulting from the inclement weather led to delayed building works until early Autumn 2018.

Against a continued weak retail environment, it is pleasing to see that the combination of our dispatched orders, forward order book against which a full deposit has been taken, together with our future orders against which a first stage deposit has been taken, are broadly in line with the previous year. We believe this is due primarily to the strength of our focused marketing activities and the ability of our team to deliver exceptionally high standards of service throughout the customer journey.

 

Financial Review

As the comparable period is December 2017, the Board have taken the decision to provide unaudited management information to allow shareholders to compare more easily, the performance over the two periods.

Turnover for the first half year was £3.7m (Dec 2017: £4.7m - with the benefit of the year-end for FY17 included). The first quarter of FY2019 showed an adverse comparison, followed by a 3% (on a like-for-like basis "LFL") improvement in the second quarter. This improvement has continued into the third quarter showing strong LFL performance and a broadly comparable forward order book. Dispatched sales and the forward order book at the end of the half year stood at £5.0m (Dec 2017: £5.8m - with the benefit of the year-end for FY2017 included). Future orders against which a first stage deposit had been taken were ahead of the prior year at £1.8m (Dec 2017: £1.0m).

The adverse sales variance for the period has led to an increased operating loss of £318k, primarily due to reduction in volume.

 

A summary of the financial results show:

 

 

 

Six months ended 31 December 2018

(Unaudited)

£'000

Six months ended 31 December 2017

(Unaudited)

£'000

Movement

£'000

 

 

 

 

Turnover

3,666

4,748

(1,082)

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales

(1,973)

(2,363)

390

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Margin

1,693

2,385

(692)

 

 

 

 

Gross Margin

46.2%

50.2%

(4.0)%

 

 

 

 

Overheads/Other

(2,011)

(2,128)

117

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/Profit from Operations

(318)

257

(575)

 

Inflationary pressures reported in the results for the 10 months ended 30 June 2018 continue and the Board have taken the decision to apply price increases to new business across both Kitchens and Bedrooms from 1 July 2019. Fixed overheads, which are primarily our skilled workforce, are an integral part of our business capability and as such, we expect to see a recovery of the overhead over the full year result. Additional margin pressures have arisen from a continued shift in our product mix towards higher value appliances and worktops, attracting lower margins, together with a higher component of Bedrooms in the half year, now representing 8% of revenue. Our City showrooms have accounted for 50% of the revenue on Kitchens which also attract a lower installation charge. The Board are committed to taking action where appropriate to ensure the Company controls costs and margins over the remainder of the year.

 

Operational Review

The first half year has seen the installation of our new paint spray facilities, which represents a significant investment in our production facility. We are keen to ensure that our production is as efficient, as it is effective, and that we have the capacity to absorb our planned growth over the next 2-3 years. Our multi-skilled workforce are becoming increasingly more flexible which we hope will allow us to adapt to our customer demands while benefiting from continued economies of scale.

Our ongoing focus on our priorities within marketing continue to pay dividends, with high levels of recommendations resulting from our improved capability to deliver an outstanding customer experience. With the new website live in December, we have enjoyed a strong uplift in enquiries with a higher degree of relevance and interest across all our product categories. Our Social channels also continue to increase in the quality and quantity of engagement. The marketing module for our CRM system has now been installed and is beginning to show results in our lead nurturing capabilities to allow our customers to enjoy a more personalised journey. Successful installations have led to many inspirational photo shoots, which continue to provide us with opportunities to showcase our product and our talented design team, through innovative, unique and truly bespoke designs.

The Board have worked hard to ensure that the three key investments above are scheduled to deliver an ROI within a fixed period and we plan to monitor this closely. 

Our Bedrooms category continues to develop and has allowed us the opportunity to diversify in cabinetry across the home. Our costing project is now almost complete and we look forward to how this may inform the management team going forward on the progression of this product category.

 

Cash Flow

Cash at bank and in hand at the end of the period was £479k (2017: £710k) this includes customer deposits and advance payments. Our bank loans at the end of the period were £535k repayable over 10 years. Our overdraft facility of £250k remained unused at the end of the period.

 

Current Trading

We believe the best measure of current trading to be the aggregate of our dispatched sales and the forward order book, being committed orders for which deposits have been taken. At the end of the period the aggregate of these stood at £5.0m (Dec 2017: £5.8m). As previously highlighted our statutory revenue recognition policy is to recognise sales only at the point orders are dispatched.

Post period end, the momentum has continued, and shows after 10 weeks into the second half, our year-to-date aggregate of dispatched sales and the forward order book are now at £6.1m (Dec 2017: £6.7m). Future orders against which a first stage deposit has been taken continue to grow ahead of the previous year at £1.9m (Mar 2018: £1.5m).

The above gives us confidence that our full year trading will be in line with the prior year.

Our business remains sensitive to the prevailing market conditions within the retail and home improvement sectors and as such, the Board continues to monitor the situation closely. At this time, we remain confident that we expect to recover much, if not all, of the first half loss for the year ended 30 June 2019.

 

Kiran Noonan                                                    Gary O'Brien

Chief Executive Officer                                     Non-Executive Chairman

15 March 2019                                                   15 March 2019

 

 

Enquiries:

 

John Lewis of Hungerford plc

Gary O'Brien - Chairman

01235 774300

 

 

Cenkos Securities plc

Katy Birkin

Azhic Basirov

0207 397 8900

 

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

 

 

INCOME STATEMENT

 

 

 

For the six months ended 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

31 December

2018

(Unaudited)

£'000

6 months ended

31 December

2017

(Unaudited)

£'000

10 months ended

30 June

2018

(Audited)

£'000

 

 

Revenue

3,666

4,748

6,715

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(1,973)

(2,363)

(3,465)

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

1,693

2,385

3,250

 

 

 

 

Selling and distribution costs

(253)

(277)

(443)

 

 

 

 

Administration expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

(1,758)

(1,851)

(3,156)

Total

(1,758)

(1,851)

(3,156)

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/Profit from operations

(318)

257

(349)

 

 

 

 

Finance expenses

(17)

(19)

(25)

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/Profit before tax

(335)

238

(374)

 

 

 

 

Taxation

-

14

181

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/Profit after taxation

(335)

252

(193)

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/Profit per share

 

 

 

Basic

(0.18)p

0.13p

(0.10)p

Fully diluted

(0.18)p

0.13p

(0.10)p

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

For the six months ended 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

31 December

2018

(Unaudited)

£'000

6 months ended

31 December

2017

(Unaudited)

£'000

10 months ended

30 June

2018

(Audited)

£'000

 

 

(Loss)/Profit  for the period

(335)

252

(193)

 

 

 

 

Total Comprehensive Income

(335)

252

(193)

 

BALANCE SHEET

AS AT 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

31 December

2018

(Unaudited)

£'000

6 months ended

31 December

2017

(Unaudited)

£'000

10 months ended

30 June

2018

(Audited)

£'000

Non-Current Assets

 

 

 

Intangible assets

179

53

56

Tangible assets

2,368

2,342

2,357

Deferred Tax Asset

69

 

69

Trade and other receivables

43

43

43

 

2,659

2,438

2,525

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

194

241

169

Trade and other receivables

661

382

530

Cash and cash equivalents

479

710

686

 

1,334

1,333

1,385

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

(2,406)

(1,746)

(1,942)

 

 

 

 

Net current liabilities

(1,072)

(413)

(557)

 

 

 

 

Total assets less current

 

 

 

liabilities

1,587

2,025

1,968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

(462)

(568)

(508)

 

 

 

 

Provisions for liabilities

 

 

 

and charges

(101)

(101)

(101)

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

1,024

1,356

1,359

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

187

187

187

Other reserves

1

1

1

Share premium account

1,188

1,188

1,188

Retained Earnings

(352)

(20)

(17)

 

 

 

 

Total Equity

1,024

1,356

1,359

 

 

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

For the six months ended 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Share

Other

Retained

 

 

Capital

Premium

Reserves

Earnings

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 August 2017 (Audited)

187

1,188

1

176

1,552

Loss for the period (4 months)

-

-

-

(196)

(196)

At 31 December 2017

187

1,188

1

(20)

1,356

Loss for the period

-

-

-

3

3

At 30 June 2018 (Audited)

187

1,188

1

(17)

1,359

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(335)

(335)

At 30 December 2018 (Unaudited)

187

1,188

1

(352)

1,024

 

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

For the six months ended 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended 31 December

2018

(Unaudited)

£'000

6 months ended 31 December

2017

(Unaudited)

£'000

10 months ended 30 June 2018

(Audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/Profit from operations

(318)

257

(349)

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, impairment  and amortisation

123

129

223

(Increase) / Decrease in inventories

(25)

27

8

(Increase) / Decrease in receivables

(131)

88

(31)

Increase / (Decrease)  in payables

469

(499)

(352)

(Profit) / Loss on disposal of property plant and equipment

-

15

31

Increase / (Decrease)  in  provisions

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

Net cash from operating activities

118

17

(470)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

(68)

(69)

(115)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

(257)

(81)

(232)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(207)

(133)

(817)

Net cash and cash equivalents at the start of the period

686

843

1,503

Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

479

710

686

 

NOTES:

1.         These interim financial statements have been prepared on the basis of accounting policies adopted by the Company and set out in the annual report and accounts for the period ended 30 June 2018. The Company does not anticipate any change in these accounting policies for the year ended 30 June 2019.  As permitted, this interim report has been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules and not in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim financial reporting".  The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company are disclosed in the Company's financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2018, available from www.john-lewis.co.uk and remain unchanged.

2.         Basic and fully diluted loss per ordinary share is calculated as follows:

 

 

 

6 months

6 months

10 Months

 

 

 

ended

ended

ended

 

 

 

31 December

31 December

30 June

 

 

 

2018

2017

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit / (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders (£'000)

(335)

252

(193)

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue

 

 

186,745,519

186,745,519

186,745,519

Shares used to calculate diluted earnings per share

186,745,519

186,745,519

186,745,519

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per ordinary share (pence)

 

 

(0.18)p

0.13p

(0.10)p

Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)

 

 

(0.18)p

0.13p

(0.10)p

 

 

 

At 31 December 2018 the basic and diluted loss per share is the same, as the vesting of share option awards would reduce the loss per share and is, therefore, anti-dilutive.

3.         Copies of the 2018 interim accounts will be available to shareholders on the Company's website www.john-lewis.co.uk shortly.

4.         Following the change of the Company's year end from 31 August to 30 June, the Company reported final results for the 10 months ended 30 June 2018 on 6 November 2018. The unaudited comparative figures for the six months ended 31 December 2017 are therefore reproduced for comparative purposes only and have not been previously reported.

 


This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.
 
END
 
 
IR BRGDXBUBBGCU
Close


London Stock Exchange plc is not responsible for and does not check content on this Website. Website users are responsible for checking content. Any news item (including any prospectus) which is addressed solely to the persons and countries specified therein should not be relied upon other than by such persons and/or outside the specified countries. Terms and conditions, including restrictions on use and distribution apply.

 


Half-year Report - RNS