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Unaudited Final Results

Released 16:22 30-Sep-2019

Unaudited Final Results

LONDON FINANCE & INVESTMENT GROUP PLC

Final Results

30th September 2019

LONDON FINANCE & INVESTMENT GROUP PLC

(“Lonfin”, “the Company” or “the Group”)

Unaudited Preliminary Results for the year ended 30th June 2019

Dividend Declaration

London Finance & Investment Group PLC. (LSE: LFI, JSE: LNF), the investment company whose assets primarily consist of Strategic Investments and a General Portfolio, today announces its unaudited Preliminary Results for the year ended 30th June 2019 and the Board’s Dividend Declaration.

Strategy, Business Model and Investment Policy

Lonfin is an investment company whose objective is to generate growth in shareholder value in real terms over the medium to long term whilst maintaining a progressive dividend policy.

The Group’s investment policy is to invest in a range of ‘Strategic’, ‘General Portfolio’ and from time to time ‘Other Investments’. General Portfolio Investments comprise liquid stock market investments, both in equity instruments and bonds, and, at the Board’s discretion, ‘Other Investments’ are typically property and other physical assets. Strategic Investments are significant investments in smaller UK quoted companies. These are balanced by the General Portfolio, which consists of a broad range of investments in major USA, UK and other European companies which provides a diversified exposure to international equity markets. 

The Group’s net assets per share for 2019 have decreased from the previous year to 59p and net assets per share have increased 17.7% over the last five years. Shareholders’ dividends for 2019 remains the same at 1.15p and increased by 15% over the last five years.

Results

Core Holdings

Northbridge Industrial Services plc (“Northbridge”)

Northbridge hires and sells specialist industrial equipment to a non-cyclical customer base. With offices or agents in the UK, USA, Dubai, Germany, Belgium, France, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brazil and Korea, Northbridge has a global customer base. This includes utility companies, the oil and gas sector, shipping, construction and the public sector. The product range includes loadbanks, transformers and oil tools. Further information about Northbridge is available on their website: www.northbridgegroup.co.uk

Northbridge, which is admitted to trading on AIM, announced its results for the year ended 31st December 2018 on 11th April 2019 and recorded a loss after tax of £2,409,000 for the year (2017- loss after tax £4,626,000). No dividend was recommended by Northbridge and no dividends were received by Western from Northbridge during the year.

Western now holds 3,300,000 Northbridge shares which represents 12.6% of Northbridge’s enlarged issued share capital. The value of this investment at 30th June 2019 was £4,900,500 (2018 - £4,290,000) which represents approximately 42% (2018 - 25%) of Western’s net assets.

David Marshall was a non-executive director of Northbridge up until 4th June 2019.

Brand Architekts Group plc (“BAG” formerly Swallowfield plc)

BAG is now a brands business following the sale of its contract manufacturing operations and the change of name to Brand Architekts Group plc. Further information about BAG is available on their website:  https://www.brandarchitekts.com/.

BAG, which is admitted to trading on AIM, announced its results for the 52 weeks ended 29th June 2019 on 30th September 2019 and recorded a profit after tax of £3,640,000 compared to a profit after tax of £3,633,000 for the comparable period last year. Dividends of £82,550 were received from BAG during the year (2018 – £78,500). A final dividend of 4.35p per share has been declared and, if approved, Western will receive a further £56,550 of income in December 2019.

At the reporting date, being 30th June 2019, Western held 1,300,000 BAG shares which represented 7.7% of BAG’s issued share capital. The market value of our holding in BAG on 30th June 2019 had decreased to £2,502,000 from the value of our holding at 30th June 2018 of £4,095,000. The value of this investment represents approximately 21.4% (2018 – 23.6%) of Western’s net assets.

Edward Beale is a non-executive director of BAG.

Bilby Plc (“Bilby”)

Bilby is an established, and award winning, provider of gas installation, maintenance and general building services to local authority and housing associations across London and South East England.  They have a strategy of growing organically and by acquisition. Further information about Bilby is available on their website: www.bilbyplc.com

Bilby, which is admitted to trading on AIM, announced its results for the year ended 31st March 2019 on 19th September 2019 showing a loss after tax of £8,596,000 compared to a profit after tax of £3,450,000 for the previous year ended 31st March 2018. Dividends of £67,500 were received from Bilby during the year (2018 - £54,000). Due to the results in the year, Bilby’s Board did not recommend a final dividend

Western holds 2,700,000 Bilby shares which represents approximately 6.7% of Bilby’s issued share capital. The market value of this investment on 30th June 2019 was £877,000 (2018- £2,835,000) which represents approximately 7.5% (2018 – 16%) of Western’s net assets.

Tudor Rose International Limited (“Tudor Rose International”)

Tudor Rose International works closely with a number of leading UK branded fast-moving consumer goods companies, offering a complete sale, marketing and logistical service. Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Tudor Rose International sells into 78 countries worldwide including USA, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Malaysia, Australia and China.

Western holds 441,090 A ordinary shares in Tudor Rose International which represents 49.5% of the company’s issued share capital. Western also holds £1,750,000 of redeemable preference shares in Tudor Rose International at a par value of 1p per share.

Tudor Rose International, which is a private company, has a 31st December year end and, in the year to 30th June 2019, generated a trading loss of £478,723. Turnover in the period was £11,430,000 (2018 - £19,032,000). Western’s share of the loss for the twelve months to 30th June 2019 was 206,486 (2018 – profit £41,000) and the book value of the investment at 30th June 2019 was 2,177,159 (2018 - £1,633,000).

In recent years changes in ownership and strategy of major brands that Tudor Rose International represented have led to significant losses in business, which have not been fully replaced. This business has a significant deficit on net assets excluding goodwill and a mixed trading record since 2010. Uncertainties surrounding Brexit have impeded its efforts to profitably grow turnover, and may well impede future growth.  As no return on this investment can be forecast an impairment provision of £2,177,159 has been made against its full carrying value.

Western has two nominees on the board of Tudor Rose International: Edward Beale and David Marshall.

Finsbury Food Group plc (“Finsbury”)

Finsbury is one of the largest producers and suppliers of premium cakes, bread and morning goods in the UK and currently supplies most of the UK's major supermarket chains. Further information about Finsbury, which is admitted to trading on AIM, is available on its website: www.finsburyfoods.co.uk

At 30th June 2019, Lonfin held 6,000,000 Finsbury shares, representing 4.6% of Finsbury’s issued share capital. The market value of the holding was £4,020,000 as at 30th June 2019 (cost - £1,724,000) and represents approximately 22% (2018 – 33%) of Lonfin’s net assets.

On 16th September 2019, Finsbury announced audited profits on continuing operations after tax of £10,293,000 for the 52 weeks ended 29th June 2019 (2018 –£3,164,000).

Dividends of £201,600 were received from Finsbury during the year (2018 - £198,000). Finsbury has recommended to its shareholders a final dividend of 2.34p per share for 2019 which, with the interim dividend of 1.16p, makes total dividends of 3.5p for the year (2018 – 2.2p). The final dividend, if approved, will be paid in December 2019 and will provide the Company with further income of £140,400.

Edward Beale was a non-executive director of Finsbury up until 23rd November 2016.

General Portfolio

The investments comprising the General Portfolio at 30th June 2019 are listed below.

Composition of General Portfolio
At 30th June 2019

£000 %
LVMH Moet Hennessey 670 5.9
Diageo 575 5.1
Investor AB 525 4.6
Pernod Ricard 501 4.4
Unilever 493 4.3
Nestle 492 4.3
Schindler 490 4.3
Heineken Holding 474 4.2
L’Oréal 473 4.2
Royal Dutch Shell 465 4.1
Givaudan 462 4.1
Brown-Forman 446 3.9
Danone 400 3.5
Exxon Mobil Corp 397 3.5
Procter & Gamble Co 388 3.4
Antofagasta 372 3.3
HSBC Holdings 361 3.2
United Technologies Corp 348 3.1
Phillip Morris International Inc 314 2.8
Reckitt Benckiser Group 305 2.7
3M Co 300 2.6
Henkel 298 2.6
Becton Dickinson & Co 277 2.4
British American Tobacco 269 2.4
Anheuser Busch Inbev 260 2.3
BASF 240 2.1
Compagnie Financiere Richemont 220 1.9
AP Moeller-Maersk A/S 209 1.8
Deutsche Post 194 1.6
Imperial Brands 165 1.4
11,383 100.0
Analysis by currency £000 %
Euro 3,510 30.8
Sterling 3,005 26.5
US Dollar 2,470 21.7
Swiss Franc 1,664 14.6
Swedish Kronas 525 4.6
Danish Kronas 209 1.8
11,383 100.0

The portfolio is diverse with material interests in Food and Beverages, Natural Resources, Chemicals and Tobacco.  We believe that the portfolio of quality companies we hold has the potential to outperform the market in the medium to long term.

At 30th June 2019, the number of holdings in the General Portfolio was 30 (2018 – 30). We have decreased the amount invested in the General Portfolio over the year by £49,000 (2018 - increased by £1,000).

The opening value of our General Portfolio investments at 30th June 2018 was £10,676,000 which compared with a cost of such investments at the same date of £6,257,000. After investment purchases during the year of £611,000 and investment sales (including selling expenses) during the same period of £667,000, the value of the General Portfolio investments as at 30th June 2019 had increased by 7% to £11,383,000. 

Operations, Directors and Employees

All of our operations and those of Western, with the exception of investment selection, are outsourced to our subsidiary, City Group PLC (“City Group”). City Group also provides office accommodation, company secretarial and head office finance services to a number of other companies. City Group is responsible for the initial identification and appraisal of potential new strategic investments for the Company and the day to day monitoring of existing strategic investments.

Dividend

The Board recommends a final dividend of 0.60p per share, making a total of 1.15p per ordinary share for the year (2018 – 1.15p).  Subject to shareholders’ approval at the Company’s AGM to be held on Wednesday, 13th November 2019, the dividend will be paid on Wednesday, 4th December 2019 to those shareholders on the register at the close of business on Friday, 8th November 2019. 

Shareholders on the South African register will receive their dividend in South African rand converted from sterling at the closing rate of exchange on Wednesday, 25th September 2019 being GBP1= ZAR 18.5292.

JSE Disclosure Requirements

In respect of the normal gross cash dividend, and in terms of the South African Tax Act, the following dividend tax ruling only applies to those shareholders who are registered on the South African register on Friday, 8th November 2019.

Dividend dates:

Last date to trade (SA) Tuesday, 5th November 2019
Shares trade ex-dividend (SA) Wednesday, 6th November 2019
Shares trade ex-dividend (UK) Thursday, 7th November 2019
Record date (UK and SA) Friday, 8th November 2019
Pay date Wednesday, 4th December 2019

The JSE Listings Requirements requires disclosure of additional information in relation to any dividend payments.

Shareholders registered on the South African register are advised that a dividend withholding tax will be withheld from the gross final dividend amount of 11.11752 SA cents per share at a rate of 20% unless a shareholder qualifies for an exemption; shareholders registered on the South African register who do not qualify for an exemption will therefore receive a net dividend of 8.89402 SA cents per share.  The dividend withholding tax and the information contained in this paragraph is only of direct application to shareholders registered on the South African register, who should direct any questions about the application of the dividend withholding tax to Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Limited, Tel: +27 11 370 5000.

Share certificates may not be de-materialised or re-materialised between Wednesday, 6th November 2019 and Friday, 8th November 2019, both days inclusive.  Shares may not be transferred between the registers in London and South Africa during this period either.

Outlook

The continued political and economic uncertainty in Europe, where Brexit has yet to be delivered, and globally, with the negative impact from tariff issues, will clearly impact on world economies and we can expect further volatility and turbulence in the markets ahead. Whilst the last 12 months have been challenging for the Company’s investments, particularly its Strategic Investments, and we can expect further challenges ahead, the Board is confident that the Company has a solid base of investments which can lead to further capital growth in the medium to long term.

Future Developments

The Group’s development and its financial performance are dependent on the success of its Investment Strategy and the continued support of its Shareholders. Against a background of challenging and uncertain times in the markets, the Board continues to seek out investments which will generate growth in shareholder value. The Board also continues to monitor and enhance the quality of investments in the General Portfolio. A resolution was put to Shareholders at last year’s AGM to amend the Company’s Investment Policy so that up to 40 investments may be held in the Company’s General Portfolio at any time. The resolution was approved. Aside from this change, the Board continues to pursue its current Investment Policy and has no plans to make any further changes to the policy in the near future. As at 30th June 2019, the Company held 30 investments in the General Portfolio.

30th September 2019

The Company’s 2019 Annual Report and Accounts will be finalised shortly and sent to shareholders.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.

The directors of the Company accept responsibility for the contents of this announcement.

For further information, please contact:

London Finance & Investment Group PLC: 020 7796 9060
David Marshall/Edward Beale)

Johannesburg Sponsor: 
Sasfin Capital (a member of the Sasfin Group)


Consolidated Statement of Total Comprehensive Income
For the year ended 30th June                                                                                                              

Operating Income 2019 2018
£000 £000
Dividends receivable 687 674
Rental and other income 130 107
Profits on sales of investments 15 26
Management service fees 260 274
1,092 1,081
Administrative expenses
Investment operations (398) (411)
Management services (334) (364)
Total administrative expenses (732) (775)
Operating profit 360 306
Unrealised changes in the carrying value of General Portfolio investments
748

(117)
Exceptional costs (67) -
Interest payable (34) (14)
Profit before taxation 1,007 175
Tax (expense)/income (95) 20
Profit after taxation 912 195
Non-controlling interest 5 (8)
Profit attributable to shareholders 917 187
Other comprehensive income/(expense)
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss
Unrealised changes in the carrying value of Strategic investments
(3,054)

(23)
Profit on sale of investments - -
Other taxation -
     Deferred tax 379 42
     Corporation tax - 50
Total Other Comprehensive (Loss)/Income attributable to shareholders
(2,675)

69
Total Comprehensive (Loss)/Income attributable to owners of the parent
(1,758)

256
Reconciliation of headline earnings
Basic and diluted earnings per share 2.9p 0.6p
Adjustment for the unrealised changes in the carrying value of investments, net of tax
(2.3)p

0.2p
Headline earnings per share 0.6p 0.8p


Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
At 30th June

2019 2018
£000 £000
Non-current Assets
Property, Plant and Equipment 39 13
Investments 7,596 10,650
7,635 10,663
Current Assets
Listed investments 11,383 10,676
Trade and other receivables 194 251
Cash and cash equivalents 240 304
11,817 11,231
Current Liabilities
Trade and other payables  (279) (346)
Borrowings (400) (325)
(679) (671)
Net Current Assets 11,138 10,560
Deferred Taxation (395) (722)
Total Assets less Total Liabilities 18,378 20,501
Capital and Reserves
Ordinary share capital 1,560 1,560
Share premium account 2,320 2,320
Unrealised profits and losses on investments 6,085 8,056
Share of retained realised profits and losses of subsidiaries 4,574 4,207
Company’s retained realised profits and losses 3,739 4,253
Capital and reserves attributable to owners 18,278 20,396
Non-controlling interests 100 105
Total Capital and Reserves 18,378 20,501


Company Statement of Financial Position
At 30th June

2019 2018
£000 £000
Non-current Assets
Investments in Group companies 528 902
Current Assets
Listed investments 11,383 10,676
Trade and other receivables 23 36
Cash and cash equivalents 101 99
11,507 10,811
Current Liabilities
Trade and other payables (131) (126)
Borrowings (400) (325)
(531) (451)
Net Current Assets 10,976 10,360
Deferred Taxation (395) (343)
Total Assets less Total Liabilities 11,109 10,919
Capital and Reserves
Ordinary share capital 1,560 1,560
Share premium account 2,320 2,320
Unrealised profits and losses on investments 3,490 2,786
7,370 6,666
Realised Profit and Loss
Balance at 1st July 4,253 4,544
Net (Loss)/Profit for the period (154) 52
Dividends paid (360) (343)
Balance at 30th June 3,739 4,253
Equity shareholders’ funds 11,109 10,919

Under Section 408 of the Companies Act 2006, the Parent Company is exempt from the requirement to present its own income statement.


Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
For the year ended 30th June

2019 2018
£000 £000
Cash flows from operating activities
Profit before tax 1,007 175
Adjustments for non-cash -
Finance expense 34 14
Depreciation charges 13 9
Unrealised changes in the fair value of investments (756) 117
Realised gain on disposal of investments (7) (26)
Decrease/(Increase)in trade and other receivables 58 (32)
(Decrease)/Increase in trade and other payables (83) 96
Taxes paid (44) (230)
Net cash inflow from operating activities 222 123
Cash flows from investment activity
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (39) (8)
Acquisition of current investments (611) (699)
Disposal of current investment 667 698
Net cash inflow/(outflow) from investment activity 17 (9)
Cash flows from financing
Interest paid (18) (14)
Equity dividends paid (360) (343)
Net drawdown of loan facilities 75 325
Net cash outflow from financing (303) (32)
(Decrease)/Increase in cash and cash equivalents (64) 82
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year 304 222
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year 240 304

Company Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended 30th June

2019 2018
£000 £000
Cash flows from operating activities
Profit/(Loss) before tax 644 (197)
Adjustments for non-cash and non-operating activities -
Finance expense 35 14
Unrealised changes in the fair value of investments (756) 117
Realised gain on disposal of investments (7) (26)
Decrease/(Increase) in trade and other receivables 13 (10)
(Decrease)/Increase in trade and other payables (11) 8
Overseas Taxes paid (43) (44)
Net cash outflow from operating activities (125) (138)
Cash flows from investment activity
Acquisition of investments (611) (699)
Disposal of investments 667 698
Net cash inflow/(outflow) from investment activity 56 (1)
Cash flows from financing
Interest paid (18) (14)
Equity dividends paid (360) (343)
Decrease in loan to subsidiary 374 169
Net drawdown of loan facilities 75 325
Net cash inflow from financing 71 137
Increase/(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2 (2)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year 99 101
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year 101 99


Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

Ordinary Share Capital Share Premium Account Unrealised profits and losses on Investments Share of Retained realised profits and losses of Subsidiaries Company’s retained realised profits and   losses Total Non-Controlling Interests Total Equity
£000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000 £000
Year ended 30th June 2018
Balances at 1st July 2017
1,560

2,320

8,265

3,794

4,544

20,483

97

20,580
Profit for the Year - - (228) 363 52 187 8 195
Other Comprehensive Income - - 19 50 - 69 - 69
Total comprehensive income
-

-

(209)

413

52

256

8

264
Dividends paid and total transactions with shareholders - - - - (343) (343) - (343)
Balances at 30th June 2018
1,560

2,320

8,056

4,207

4,253

20,396

105

20,501

   

Year ended 30th June 2019
Balances at 1st July 2018
1,560

2,320

8,056

4,207

4,253

20,396

105

20,501
Profit/(loss) for the Year - - 704 367 (154) 917 (5) 912
Other Comprehensive Income - - (2,675) - - (2,675) - (2,675)
Total comprehensive income
-

-

(1,971)

367

(154)

(1,768)

(5)

(1,773)
Dividends paid and total transactions with shareholders - - - - (360) (360) - (360)
Balances at 30th June 2019
1,560

2,320

6,085

4,574

3,739

18,268

100

18,378


Company Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

Ordinary Share Capital Share Premium Account Unrealised profits and losses on Investments Realised profits and losses Equity Total
£000 £000 £000 £000 £000
Year ended 30th June 2018
Balances at 1st July 2017 1,560 2,320 3,015 4,544 11,439
Profit/(loss)for the Year and total comprehensive income - - (229) 52 (177)
Dividends paid and total transactions with shareholders - - - (343) (343)

 

 

 

 

 
Balances at 30th June 2018 1,560 2,320 2,786 4,253 10,919

   

Year ended 30th June 2019
Balances at 1st July 2018 1,560 2,320 2,786 4,253 10,919
Profit/(loss) for the Year and total comprehensive income - - 704 (154) 550
Dividends paid and total transactions with shareholders - - - (360) (360)

 

 

 

 

 
Balances at 30th June 2019 1,560 2,320 3,490 3,739 11,109

Notes:

1. Basic earnings per share and Headline earnings per share

Basic earnings per share are based on the profit attributable to the shareholders after tax and non-controlling interests of £917,000 (2018 - £187,000) and on 31,207,479 shares (2018 – 31,207,479) being the weighted average of the number of shares in issue during the year.

Headline earnings are required to be disclosed by the JSE.

Headline earnings per share are based on the profit attributable to the shareholders after tax and non-controlling interests, before unrealised changes in the fair value of investments net of tax, of £212,000 (2018 - £240,000) and on 31,207,479 (2018 – 31,207,479) shares being the weighted average of the number of shares in issue during the year.

The adjustments for the unrealised changes in the carrying value of investments, net of tax, are £704,000 (2018 - £53,000).

2. Net assets per share

The net assets per share are calculated taking investments at fair value and on 31,207,479 shares (2018 – 31,207,479) being the weighted average of the number of shares in issue during the year.

3. Financial information

The financial information in this preliminary announcement does not constitute the Company’s statutory accounts for the year ended 30th June 2019.

The accounts have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.  The accounts are prepared on the historical cost bases, except for certain assets and liabilities which are measured at fair value, in accordance with IFRS. The audited accounts for the Group for the year ended 30th June 2018 were reported on with an unqualified audit report and did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph or any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006 and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.

4. Copies of this Announcement

Copies of this announcement are held at the Company’s registered office, 1 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6RY (tel. 020 7796 9060) and are available for a period of 14 days from the date of this announcement.


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