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Final Results

Released 07:00 24-Jan-2019

RNS Number : 9396N
LPA Group PLC
24 January 2019
 

LPA GROUP PLC

LPA Group plc ("LPA" or the "Group"), the high reliability LED lighting and electro-mechanical system manufacturer  and  distributor,  announces  record  results  for  the year  ended  30 September 2018 and record orders in the first quarter.

 

Preliminary results key points:

 

KEY POINTS

·    

Sales up £5.50m (24.5%) at £27.98m (2017: £22.48m)

·    

Operating profit before exceptional items up 18.4% at £2.24m (2017: £1.90m)

·    

Exceptional and non-underlying items (cost) £175,000 (2017: (gain) £73,000)

·    

Profit before tax up 5.7% at £2.02m (2017: £1.91m)

·    

Basic earnings per share amounted to 14.34p (2017: 14.40p)

·    

Final dividend increased 9% to 1.80p (2017: 1.65p), total for the year 2.90p (2017: 2.70p)

·    

Gearing reduced to 15.5% (2017: 25.7%)

·    

Order entry amounted to £20.2m (2017: £26.1m)

·    

Order book amounted to £13.8m (2017: £21.6m)

·    

Continued investments in automation and productivity throughout the year

 

Peter Pollock - Chairman commented:

 

" The 2018 financial year proved exceptional, delivering a third successive year of record sales and profits, exceeding expectations.

 

As expected, order entry fell back relative to the very high levels achieved in 2017, reflecting the fluctuating demands of our markets, but were nevertheless very high in historical terms and the fifth highest on record.

 

As previously reported, some major rail projects, including CrossRail, have been delayed and as a consequence the current year has started quietly, reflecting the lower current demand, which is expected to pick up substantially as the year progresses.

 

Happily, orders entered in the first quarter have been a new record at over £9m, exceeding order entry for the first half of last year and under pinning progress in the medium term.  Contract orders include Central and Waterloo & City lines lighting refurbishment with LUL, £4.7m including a further support contract; £670k lighting for Doha Metro extension through Kinki Sharyo and £1.4m bespoke electro-mechanical underframe structures for a major UK rail OEM.

 

After a slow start the year as a whole should be satisfactory."

 

23 January 2019

ENQUIRIES:

 

LPA Group plc

 

Peter Pollock, Chairman

Tel:  01799 512844

Chris Buckenham, Chief Financial Officer

Tel:  01799 512859

Paul Curtis, Chief Operating Officer

Tel:  01799 512858

Cairn Financial Advisers (Nominated Adviser)

Tel: 020 7213 0880

James Caithie / Tony Rawlinson

 

WH Ireland (Broker)

Tel: 0117 945 3472

Mike Coe / Chris Savidge

 

Instinctif Partners (PR Adviser)

Tel: 020 7457 2020

Rosie Driscoll / Christine Galloway / Mark Garraway

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

Overview

In his statement at the half year my predecessor Michael Rusch, now our Group President, commented that the level of sales and profits last year would be exceptional and maybe under pressure in the current year, but the funnel of opportunities, which leads to our pipeline of orders, was very encouraging.  As usual, he has proved to be pretty accurate, although, he could not have foreseen the unexpected delays to Crossrail and other major projects which affected the final quarter of last year and will affect the first half of the current year. These orders have not been lost, merely delayed, and should contribute later this year and next year, although the extent of the delays has not yet been defined. 

 

However, the funnel of opportunities has been very productive yielding over £9m of orders in the first quarter, a record, giving increased confidence for the future.

 

Sales for the year increased 24.5% to £28.0m (2017: £22.5m) and operating profit before exceptional and non-underlying items was up 18.4% at £2.2m (2017: up 26.6% at £1.9m). Profit before tax, after exceptional costs of £0.18m (2017: gain of £0.07m), increased 5.7% to £2.0m (2017: £1.9m). Basic earnings per share for the year were 14.3p (2017: 14.4p), held back by a less benign tax rate. Gearing reduced to 15.5% (2017: 25.7%).

 

Order entry fell back to £20.2m from the exceptional level of £26.1m achieved in 2017 and this, together with the exceptional levels of output, was reflected in the order book at the end of the year which amounted to £13.8m (2017: £21.6m).  This trend reversed in the first quarter of the current year when record order entry of £9m was achieved.

Dividends

Given this excellent performance and our confidence in the future, subject to shareholder approval at the forthcoming annual general meeting to be held at the offices of Instinctif Partners, 65 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ at 12 noon on Thursday 21st March 2019 - your Board proposes to increase the final dividend by 9.1% to 1.80p (2017: 1.65p), making a total for the year of 2.90p (2017: 2.70p). The dividend, if approved, will be paid on 29th March 2019 to shareholders registered at the close of business on 8th March 2019.

 

Corporate Governance

The Group has adopted the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code. This places responsibility for oversight, adoption and communication of the Group's Corporate Governance Model with the Chair.

 

The Board considers that the Group's Annual Report is a Document of Record and therefore eminently suited to be the repository of the Group's statements on compliance with the Code. These will be reviewed at least annually and updated as necessary and are set out in the Annual Report.

 

Further the Board considers it helpful to have a statement on the group's North Star or Guiding Light. This forms part of our Corporate Governance and is set out in the Annual Report.

 

Board and Management

Stephen Brett, our Finance Director and Company Secretary of seventeen years and Per Staehr, one of our Non-Executive Directors having served ten years on the Board, retired from the board at the annual general meeting on 21st March 2018. I should like to thank them both for their exemplary service to the Group.

 

Len Porter assumed the role of Senior Non-Executive director and Chair of the Audit and Remuneration Committees with effect from 21st March 2018.

 

Chris Buckenham succeeded Stephen in the role of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary with effect from 22nd March 2018.

 

Michael Rusch, our Chairman with more than fifty years' service to the Group, relinquished the Chair on 30th September 2018 and assumed the position of Group President and Non-Executive Director. I should like to pay tribute to him for his excellent service to the Group.

 

I succeeded Michael as Chairman on 1st October 2018, relinquishing my role of Group Chief Executive.

Paul Curtis, Managing Director of LPA Channel Electric Limited was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Group with effect from 1st October 2018. It is expected that Paul will be promoted to Chief Executive Officer at the conclusion of the AGM in March 2020, when my role will become Non-Executive.

 

Michael Raynor was appointed General Manager of LPA Channel Electric with effect from 1st October 2018 and joins the Group Executive alongside Greg Howell, Managing Director of LPA Connection Systems and John Hesketh, Managing Director of LPA Lighting Systems.

 

 We expect to appoint a further Non-executive director in due course.

 

Employees

Our people remain our most important asset. During the year we experienced huge swings in demand from those which temporarily exceeded capacity to those which required a downward adjustment in capacity. At the same time, we have been making substantial capital investments and training to upskill our workforce, to improve productivity and secure future employment opportunities. As a consequence, we have had to largely eliminate our core of temporary employees and make certain permanent roles redundant, releasing some valued colleagues to the employment market. We wish our employees, past and present, all the best for the future.

 

Outlook

Although the current year is challenging as previously reported, our order book has recovered strongly, our pipeline is encouraging and our funnel full of opportunities at home and abroad. We have reviewed our Brexit strategy and find that we have a strong long-term order book, a strong balance sheet, a skilled workforce and great experience in importing and exporting, which we believe will sustain us in a good position. Though we foresee challenges, we look forward to the future with confidence.

 

 

 

Peter Pollock

Chairman
23 January 2019

 

 

Chief Operating Officer's Review

Trading Results

Following the excellent results of 2017, the year to 30th September 2018 has been another record year.  This is despite the many challenges that we face in the market and the unprecedented political conditions the UK faces at this time.  We have previously advised of delays in rail projects such as CrossRail, which impacted the end of 2018, and although these are starting to come back online, there will continue to be an element of disruption from these felt in the first half of 2019.  That said, all areas of the Group have contributed well to the year, structural changes have bedded in quickly with minimal disruption, and the Group is focused on the task in hand.

 

2018 Summary

·     Order entry £20.2m (2017: £26.1m)

·     Sales up 24.5% at £28.0m (2017: £22.5m)

·     Profit, before exceptional and non-underlying items, up 18.4% to £2.2m (2017: £1.9m)

 

The exceptional order entry from 2017 culminated in record output on several projects resulting in excellent sales for the year.  Projects do however attract slightly lower added value and margins compared to routine orders and, as such, have the effect of slightly reducing the added value percentage realised throughout the year to 48.6% (2017: 52.1%).  

 

Markets

Rail, Aviation and niche industrial markets remain strong for LPA and will continue to be the focus for the coming year.  These markets require excellent products and support and, therefore align with the LPA mantra of long-life reliability, which is a recurring feature across all our products. 

 

The UK is experiencing record investment in both mainline and metro rail, with high volumes of vehicles to be delivered in the coming years, providing many opportunities to pursue.  Worldwide rail is also enjoying strong investment, and, markets that have served the Group well in the past all have projects to target in the coming months and years.  Weak Sterling continues to help the export cause and its impact on import costs is being managed.

 

Aviation continues to grow worldwide providing opportunities in both the aircraft and aircraft ground support markets.  Projects, such as A350 and C Series, are in the early days of production build and the Group is well positioned to benefit as build rates increase.  A programme of refreshing our aircraft ground support products, to improve performance and economies of manufacture, is also nearly complete and will launch in 2019 with a view of increasing this business throughout the 50+ countries we export to.

 

Our Industrial markets feature areas which benefit from or require a high level of reliability such as high bay and tunnel lighting, station infrastructure and marine applications, to name a few.  These areas, as with any, are subject to market fluctuation but in general remain strong and are targeted for increased efforts over the coming years.

 

With the investments made throughout the Group there is now an excellent capability in all aspects of electronic and electro-mechanical engineering, a capability the UK is valuing more and more.   Efforts are now being made to see how these capabilities can be further leveraged to increase business in both current and new markets.

 

Design and development

As previously mentioned, the aircraft ground support range of connectors, manufactured by LPA Connection Systems, is concluding a complete re-fresh, which will see common design elements providing economies of scale, whilst also giving the customer a world leading product and service.  This design effort will continue, with both the rail and industrial ranges of connectors, targeted for investment and improvement, ensuring that we are able to continue to serve our markets for the coming years.

 

LPA Lighting Systems also continued product developments and, during the year, launched its new range of smart lighting, which will feature strongly in future rail bids and, keeps us at the forefront of technology in this field.  LED remains the product of choice in most of our customers lighting projects.  LPA has a growing reputation for excellence in LED lighting.

 

LPA Channel, our engineered components business, is now the standard for many of the applications providing passenger device charging on trains and features on many of the new builds to be delivered over the coming years.   Other initiatives in product development should also come on stream during the second part of 2019 helping to secure the longer term.

 

Operations

Production improvement initiatives and investments have yielded excellent results as follows:

 

·    

Efficiencies on production lines;

·    

The installation of robotic welding giving increased efficiency whilst improving repeatability and quality;

·    

Adoption of robotics into production gaining efficiencies in manual repeatable tasks;

·    

The implementation of a new 5 axis machining centre improving both efficiency and capability; and

·    

3D printing to assist rapid prototyping and the easy creation of jigs and fixtures for manufacturing.

 

These investments, which have been well received by our customer base, have resulted in new opportunities and therefore this is an area we are targeting for growth over the coming period.  The Group is committed to investment in its capability and efficiency and this will continue for the coming year as we strive for better service, performance and quality in all areas of the business.

 

2019 will see the implementation of four new lean lift stores systems at the Connection Systems site, which will free up much needed space and, eliminate the need for renting of additional space to meet increased spikes in production requirements, as seen in 2018.  In addition to this, the Lighting Systems business has built a further extension on its site to improve storage, which will again eliminate the need for external storage capacity as required during 2018.

 

Following the spike in 2018 and with the consequence of delays in certain projects, it has been necessary to restructure some areas of the business.  This involved releasing a few of our permanent team but was mostly accomplished with the release of our temporary workers.  We continue to believe that our staff are our greatest asset and maintain our commitment to training and development in all areas of the business.

 

Outlook

 

In the 2017 report we stated that 2018 would start strongly and then settle.  Unfortunately, the settled run rate has been impacted in the first half of 2019 by project delays, including Crossrail.  However the delayed projects should benefit the second half and lead to a positive year with a recovery overall.  The market is strong and still providing many opportunities for the current and later years, a case in point being the 1st quarter of the 2019 year providing record order entry levels at over £9m.  Transportation, whether Aviation or Rail, are markets that continue to see worldwide investment and, with both Siemens and CAF committed to new build train facilities in the UK, with potentially others to follow, coupled with projects like Deep Tube for London and HS2, LPA is well placed to benefit from the opportunities that we expect to arise in the coming years.

 

 

 

 

Paul Curtis

Chief Operating Officer

23 January 2019

 

Financial Review

Trading Performance

Revenue in the current year rose by £5.50m (24.5%) to £27.98m (2017: £22.48m) with increased rail project activity being the main factor. Gross margins fell 2.8% to 25.4% (2017: 28.2%), reflecting the higher volume of lower margin rail projects and some additional costs borne to alleviate capacity constraints, including temporary labour.  Gross profit of £7.12m (2017: £6.34m) resulted. Other operating expenses reduced by 2.4% of sales to 17.4% (2017: 19.8%), increasing in total by £0.43m at £4.87m (2017: £4.44m) - key changes being increased sales and distribution costs of £0.35m,  6.9% of sales (2017: 7.0%), increased administration and overheads of £0.08m, 10.5% of sales (2017: 12.8%), including increased bonus awards of £116,000 (2017: £98,000), increased pension administration and governance inclusive of triennial defined benefit and contribution scheme reviews, at £171,000 (2017: £102,000) and share option related credit of £17,000 (2017: £6,000).

 

An operating profit before exceptional and non-underlying items of £2.24m (2017: £1.90m) was achieved, up £0.34m (18.4%).

 

In the first half of the year sales of £13.93m (2017: £10.80m), up 28.9%, produced an operating profit before exceptional and non-underlying items of £1.12m (2017: £0.77m), up 45.4%, on the corresponding period last year. The second half was comparable with sales of £14.05m (2017: £11.68m) delivering an operating profit before exceptional and non-underlying items of £1.12m (2017: £1.12m). Sales in the second half were up by £0.12m on the first half (0.9%), profits constant across each of the last three half years.

 

Exceptional and Non-Underlying Items

Net exceptional costs in the period totalled £175,000 (2017: net gain £73,000), a net cost increase of £248,000 over 2017.

 

The period included £175,000 of non-underlying costs (2017: £268,000), key items comprising: (i) reorganisation costs of £96,000 - associated with cost base reductions at the Group's Electro-Mechanical site (2017: £45,000, costs associated with the relocation of the groups lighting facility); (ii) extra centre costs arising from Board succession planning including duplicated finance function costs of £74,000 (2017: £102,000); (iii) professional and recruitment fees associated with the Board succession and establishment of the Group's Employee Benefit Trust £3,000 (2017: £60,000); (iv) corporate finance costs £2,000 (2017: £61,000).

 

In 2017 the sale of the Group's former lighting factory realised an exceptional gain of £341,000.

 

Finance Costs and Income

Within finance costs the interest on borrowings increased by 6.7% to £80,000 (2017: £75,000). The weighted average interest rate increased from 2.4% to 2.7%, both through increased hire purchase funding, despite an overall average rate reduction of 0.57% on 2017, and two UK base rate rises of 0.25% in the year, increasing the term loan average rate by 0.35% overall.  Finance income, which comprises the net interest income on the pension asset, was £35,000 (2017: £21,000).

 

Profit before Tax, Taxation and Earnings Per Share

Profit before tax was £2.02m (2017: £1.91m) resulting in a tax charge of £0.25m (2017: £0.15m). The effective tax rate in the year was 12.5% (2017: 7.6%), materially below the UK corporation tax rate of 19.0% (2017: 19.5%), with the reduction largely the consequence of tax loss utilisation 1.2% (2017: 2.6%), qualifying R&D expenditure 2.8% (2017: 3.0%).  In 2017 no tax was anticipated on the exceptional property gain attributing to a further reduction of 3.4%; the effective tax rate on profit before tax, exceptional and non-underlying items was 11.3% (2017: 7.7%). The profit for the year was £1.77m (2017: £1.77m) representing basic earnings per share of 14.34p (2017: 14.40p).

 

 

Balance Sheet

Shareholders' funds rose by £1.99m (18.5%) in the year to £12.71m (2017: £10.72m) giving a net asset value per ordinary share of 104.4p (2017: 86.6p). The tangible net asset value per share (calculated excluding intangibles and pension asset, net of deferred tax, from the calculation) was 78.3p (2017: 68.5p). Net debt reduced £0.78m to £1.97m (2017: £2.75m) with gearing (net debt as a % of total equity) falling to 15.5% (2017: 25.7%).

 

Shareholders' funds include Investment in Own Shares at £0.02m par value and £0.19m share premium (2017: nil), representing ordinary shares held in the Company by the LPA Group Plc Employee Benefit Trust.

 

Intangible assets, which comprise goodwill and capitalised development costs, were £1.20m (2017: £1.19m). Goodwill relates to the Group's investment in Excil Electronics and was unchanged at £1.15m. Capitalised development costs, associated with the development of LED lighting products, were £0.05m (2017: £0.04m).

 

Property, plant and equipment at 30 September was £7.22m (2017: £6.85m), of which property made up £4.34m (2017: £4.32m) and plant and equipment £2.87m (2017: £2.54m). Additions in the year were £1.02m (2017: £1.97m), 2017 including the remaining cost of the new lighting facility at £0.93m.  Disposals at net book value amounted to £nil (2017: £0.20m). The depreciation charge increased 20.2% at £0.65m (2017: £0.54m).

 

The IAS19 actuarial surplus recognised at 30 September 2018 on the Group's closed defined benefit pension arrangement was £2.41m (2017: £1.31m). Changes over the course of the year comprised an income statement credit of £0.04m (2017: £0.02m), employer contributions received of £0.10m (2017: £0.10m) plus an actuarial gain of £0.96m (2017: £0.35m) recognised in the statement of comprehensive income. The actuarial gain resulted from changes to demographic assumptions in line with market indices (primarily caused through a slight reduction in overall life expectancy) and changes in financial assumptions of £0.41m (primarily reflecting the higher discount rate applicable at September 2017, 2.8% as opposed to 2.6%) plus an experience gain on liabilities of £0.25m plus a return on plan assets of £0.06m.

 

Net trading assets (defined as inventories plus trade and other receivables, less trade and other payables and current tax) were 1.4% lower at £4.29m (2017: £4.35m).

 

Cash Flow

Net cash from operating activities was £2.45m (2017: £1.49m) made up of a trading cash inflow of £2.72m (2017: £2.23m) less an increase in working capital of £0.14m (2017: £0.53m), tax payments of £0.03m (2017: £0.11m) and pension contributions of £0.10m (2017: £0.10m). 

 

Capital expenditure outflows reduced to £0.5m (2017: £1.6m), including £0.09m spent on the new lighting facility (2017: £0.93m). The year contained asset disposal proceeds of £0.01m (2017: £0.53m relating to the sale of the Group's old lighting facility). Capitalised development expenditure was £0.03m (2017: £0.03m).

 

Loan repayments of £0.20m were made (2017: £0.70m which included repayment of a development loan to assist bridge the sale and purchase of the new lighting premises).  Finance lease repayments were £0.11m (2017: £0.08m). Interest payments on borrowings amounted to £0.02m (2017: £0.02m). Dividend payments increased 7.6% in the year to £0.34m (2017: £0.32m).

 

During the year, £0.25m was loaned to the Group's Employee Benefit Trust to facilitate the acquisition of LPA Group plc shares (2017: nil).  The transactions associated with the Employee Benefit Trust are consolidated within these accounts.  No monies were received from the exercise of share options, with no option exercises during the year (2017: £0.17m was received).

 

Overall there was a net increase in the cash position of £1.05m (2017: decrease of £0.11m).

 

Net Debt

An analysis of the change in net debt is shown below:

 

 

Bank Loans

Finance Lease Obligations

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Net Debt

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 October 2017

2,311

345

97

2,753

New Finance Lease Obligations

-

521

-

521

Interest & Arrangement Fee

55

-

-

55

Repayment of Borrowings

(196)

(109)

304

-

Cash Generated

-

-

(1,358)

(1,358)

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 September 2018

2,170

757

(956)

1,971

 

The Group's main bank finance is a £2.475m bank loan drawn down in 2016 and repayable over 5 years. As at September 2018 the amount outstanding was £2.17m (2017: £2.31m); the loan is to be repaid through 14 quarterly instalments, £0.05m from October 2018, with the residual balance repayable in April 2021; interest is payable at base rate plus 1.95%.

 

In the year £0.52m of plant and equipment additions were financed through new finance leases.

 

Interest on the £1.50m overdraft facility is payable at base rate plus 1.95% and headroom within the facility at 30 September was £1.50m (2017: £1.24m).

 

Treasury

The Group's treasury policy has not changed in the year: further details on the Group's borrowings, financial instruments, and its approach to financial risk management is set out in the Annual Report.

 

 

 

 

Chris Buckenham

Chief Financial Officer

23 January 2019

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement

For the year ended 30 September 2018

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

Note

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

27,979

22,482

 

 

 

 

Cost of Sales

 

(20,862)

(16,145)

 

 

 

 

Gross Profit

 

7,117

6,337

 

 

 

 

Distribution Costs

 

(1,931)

(1,580)

 

 

 

 

Administrative Expenses - before exceptional and non-underlying items

 

(2,942)

(2,862)

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit before Exceptional and Non-Underlying Items

 

2,244

1,895

 

 

 

 

Exceptional and non-underlying items

 

(175)

73

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit

 

2,069

1,968

 

 

 

 

Finance Costs

 

(80)

(75)

Finance Income

 

35

21

 

 

 

 

Profit Before Tax

 

2,024

1,914

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

(253)

(146)

 

 

 

 

Profit for the Year

 

1,771

1,768

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

- Equity Holders of the Parent

 

1,771

1,768

 

 

 

 

Earnings per Share

1

 

 

Basic

 

14.34p

14.40p

Diluted

 

13.45p

13.42p

 

 

All activities are continuing.

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 30 September 2018

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Profit for the Year

 

1,771

1,768

 

 

 

 

Other Comprehensive Income / (Expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

Actuarial gain / (loss) on pension scheme

 

962

349

Deferred tax on actuarial gains and losses

 

(178)

(77)

 

 

 

 

Other Comprehensive Income Net of Tax

 

784

272

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Comprehensive Income for the Year

 

2,555

2,040

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

- Equity Holders of the Parent

 

2,555

2,040

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheet

At 30 September 2018

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Non-Current Assets

 

 

 

Intangible Assets

 

1,200

1,185

Property, Plant and Equipment

 

7,216

6,851

Retirement Benefits

 

2,409

1,311

 

 

10,825

9,347

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

3,881

4,417

Trade and Other Receivables

 

5,540

5,054

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

956

119

 

 

10,377

9,590

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

 

21,202

18,937

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

Bank Overdraft

 

-

(216)

Bank Loans and Other Borrowings

 

(322)

(227)

Current Tax Payable

 

(266)

(64)

Trade and Other Payables

 

(4,868)

(4,969)

 

 

(5,456)

(5,476)

 

 

 

 

Non-Current Liabilities

 

 

 

Bank Loans and Other Borrowings

 

(2,605)

(2,429)

Deferred Tax Liabilities

 

(430)

(221)

Other Payables

 

-

(90)

 

 

(3,035)

(2,740)

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

 

(8,491)

(8,216)

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

 

12,711

10,721

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Share Capital

 

1,238

1,238

Investment in Own Shares

 

(214)

-

Share Premium Account

 

628

628

Un-Issued Shares Reserve

 

122

134

Merger Reserve

 

230

230

Retained Earnings

 

10,707

8,491

Equity Attributable to Shareholders of The Parent

 

12,711

10,721

 

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

For the year ended 30 September 2018

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Profit Before Tax

 

2,024

1,914

Finance Costs

 

80

75

Finance Income

 

(35)

(21)

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit

 

2,069

1,968

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

652

543

Amortisation of Intangible Assets

 

12

36

Gain on Sale of Property, Plant and Equipment

 

(10)

(321)

Loan Arrangement Fees

 

-

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,723

2,230

Movements in Working Capital and Provisions:

 

 

 

Change in Inventories

 

536

(1,387)

Change in Trade and Other Receivables

 

(486)

(376)

Change in Trade and Other Payables

 

(190)

1,237

 

 

 

 

Cash Generated from Operations

 

2,583

1,704

Income Taxes Paid

 

(35)

(112)

Retirement Benefits (Pension Contributions)

 

(100)

(100)

 

 

 

 

Net Cash from Operating Activities

 

2,448

1,492

 

 

 

 

Purchase of Property, Plant and Equipment

 

(496)

(1,643)

Proceeds from Sale of Property, Plant and Equipment

 

10

525

Capitalised Development Expenditure

 

(27)

(27)

Purchase of own shares

 

(214)

-

 

 

 

 

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

 

(727)

(1,145)

 

 

 

 

Drawdown of Bank Loans

 

-

500

Repayment of Bank Loans

 

(196)

(702)

Repayment of Obligations Under Finance Leases

 

(109)

(81)

Interest Paid

 

(24)

(23)

Proceeds from Issue of Share Capital

 

-

166

Dividends Paid

 

(339)

(315)

 

 

 

 

Net Cash (Used In) Financing Activities

 

(668)

(455)

 

 

 

 

Net (Decrease) / Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

1,053

(108)

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Start of the Year

 

(97)

11

Cash And Cash Equivalents At End Of The Year

 

956

(97)

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents in Current Assets

 

956

119

Bank Overdraft in Current Liabilities

 

-

(216)

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of the Year

 

956

(97)

 

 

Notes

1 - EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

The calculation of earnings per share is based upon the profit for the year of £1.771m (2017:  £1.768m) and the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year, less investment in own shares, of 12.350m (2017: 12.276m). The weighted average number of ordinary shares diluted for the effect of outstanding share options, was 13.163m (2017: 13.179m).

 

2018

2017

 

Earnings

Weighted

Average

Number of Shares

Earnings

Per

Share

Earnings

Weighted

Average

Number of Shares

Earnings

Per

Share

 

£000

Million

Pence

£000

Million

Pence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Earnings Per Share

1,771

12.350

14.34

1,768

12.276

14.40

Effect of Share Options

-

0.813

(0.89)

-

0.903

(0.98)

Diluted Earnings Per Share

1,771

13.163

13.45

1,768

13.179

13.42

 

 

2 - INFORMATION

 

The preceding information does not constitute the Company's statutory accounts for the years ended 30 September 2018 or 30 September 2017 but is derived from those accounts. The 2018 accounts are expected to be posted to shareholders on 18th February 2019 and will be available from the Company Secretary, LPA Group Plc, Light & Power House, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, CB11 3AQ and on LPA's website (www.lpa- group.com), shortly thereafter. Statutory accounts for 2017 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies, and those for 2018 will be delivered following the annual general meeting. The auditors have reported on these accounts and their reports were unqualified and did not contain statements under the Companies Act.

 

The Chairman's Statement, the Chief Operating Officer's Review, and the Financial Review included in this preliminary announcement form part of the Strategic Report included in the 2018 accounts. The Strategic Report and other content of this preliminary announcement have been prepared solely for the shareholders of the Company as a body. To the extent permitted by law the Company, its directors, officers and employees disclaim liability to any other persons in respect of the information contained in this preliminary announcement. Sections may include statements containing risks and uncertainties facing the Group, and other forward-looking statements, which by their nature involve uncertainty since future events and circumstances can cause results and developments to differ materially from those anticipated. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

 

3 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

The annual general meeting of the Company is to be held at 12 noon on Thursday 21st March 2019 at the offices of Instinctif Partners, 65 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ.


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