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Macfarlane Group PLC   -  MACF   

Final Results

Released 07:00 21-Feb-2019

RNS Number : 6741Q
Macfarlane Group PLC
21 February 2019
 

 

21 February 2019

ANNUAL RESULTS FOR THE YEAR TO 31 DECEMBER 2018 (UNAUDITED)

 

Financial Highlights

 

 

 

Earnings

per share

 

2018

2017

Increase

2018

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turnover

£217.3m

£196.0m

+11%

 

 

Profit before tax and exceptional item

£11.2m

£9.3m

+20%

5.72p

5.22p

Profit before tax

£10.9m

£9.3m

+17%

5.55p

5.22p

Proposed full year dividend

2.30p

2.10p

+10%

 

 

 

Macfarlane Group PLC achieved another year of significant growth in 2018 with sales of £217.3m, (2017: £196.0m) 11% ahead of 2017 and profit before tax and exceptional items of £11.2m (2017: £9.3m), 20% ahead of 2017.  The trading performance continued the positive trends of recent years and was in line with market expectations.

Exceptional item

Following the High Court judgement involving Lloyds Banking Group pension schemes on 26 October 2018, we have made a charge against the 2018 results as an exceptional item.  This charge of £330k represents past service cost in respect of the equalisation of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions ("GMP") benefits between 1990 and 1997.  When the commentary on the following pages refers to items before exceptional items, it excludes these charges.  We believe this information, provides a more meaningful basis for measuring our financial performance in 2018.

Trading

Packaging Distribution increased sales by 11% to £189.8m (2017: £171.8m) with 4% achieved from organic growth and 7% from acquisitions, both the new acquisitions in 2018 and the full year benefit from those completed in 2017, all of which continue to perform well.  Gross margin in Packaging Distribution rose to 29.5%, (2017: 29.4%) reflecting the effective management of input price increases in the second quarter as well as a full year contribution from the Greenwoods' business acquired in 2017.  The acquisitions of Tyler Packaging (Leicester) Limited ("Tyler") and Harrisons Packaging Limited ("Harrisons") were both concluded in the second half of 2018 and have contributed as expected since acquisition.

The growth in sales and gross margin, combined with good cost control, resulted in Packaging Distribution achieving a 19% increase in operating profit before exceptional items to £11.2m (2017: £9.4m).

Sales in our Manufacturing Operations at £27.5m (2017: £24.2m) grew by 14% on the previous year.  Gross margin reduced from 40.7% in 2017 to 38.4% in 2018, mainly due to first half operational pressures in Packaging Design and Manufacture and an adverse sales mix in our Labels business.  Despite this, the overall Manufacturing Division operating profit before exceptional items in 2018 was £0.9m, £0.2m above the 2017 result.

After charging interest of £0.8m (2017: £0.8m), Group profit before tax and exceptional items totalled £11.2m, an increase of 20% on 2017.  Basic and diluted earnings per share for 2018 before exceptional items were 5.72p (2017: 5.22p).

Dividend

The Board is proposing a final dividend of 1.65 pence per share, amounting to a full year dividend of 2.30 pence per share, a 10% increase on the prior year's dividend of 2.10 pence per share.  Subject to the approval of shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14 May 2019, this dividend will be paid on Thursday 6 June 2019 to those shareholders on the register at Friday 17 May 2019.

Net Bank Debt

The Group's net bank borrowing at 31 December 2018 decreased by £1.1m to £13.2m from £14.3m at the prior year-end.  The Group's bank facility of £30.0 million with Lloyds Banking Group is available until June 2022 and accommodates normal working capital requirements and supports acquisition funding.

Pension Scheme

The Group's pension deficit at 31 December 2018 decreased by £2.0m to £9.8m, (2017: £11.8m) despite the exceptional charge for equalising GMP benefits taken in 2018.  Although the discount rate increased, which reduced the value of the pension liabilities, this was largely offset by reductions in the value of the scheme's holding in liability-driven investments, reflecting an appropriate prudent investment strategy for a mature pension scheme.

Outlook

The Board remains confident that its strategy to position the business to serve key growth markets continues to be effective.

Commenting on the 2018 results, Stuart Paterson, Chairman, said:

"The increase in profits in 2018 represents the ninth consecutive year of profit growth for Macfarlane Group.  2019 has started well and our profitability in the year to date is ahead of the same period in 2018.

Our strategy continues to focus on the delivery of sustainable profit growth by concentrating on added value products and services in our target market sectors, combined with efficiency improvements and the identification and completion of value-enhancing acquisitions.  This strategy, which is continuously refined, has served all stakeholders well in recent years and we remain confident that it will continue to do so.  Macfarlane Group's performance in 2018 reflects the successful implementation of this strategy and despite the ongoing uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the difficulties being experienced in the retail sector, we are confident that the Group will demonstrate further progress in 2019."

 

Further enquiries:

Macfarlane Group

Tel: 0141 333 9666

 

Stuart Paterson                 Chairman

 

 

Peter Atkinson                  Chief Executive

 

 

John Love                           Finance Director

 

 

 

 

 

Spreng Thomson

Tel: 0141 548 5191

 

Callum Spreng

Mob: 07803 970103

 

Legal Entity Identifier (LEI):  213800LVRYDERSJAAZ73

 

Notes to Editors:

·      Macfarlane Group PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MACF) in the Industrials Sector

·      The company is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland and has more than 60 years' experience in the UK packaging industry

·      Macfarlane Group's businesses are:

Macfarlane Packaging is the leading UK distributor of a comprehensive range of protective packaging products

Labels designs and prints high quality self-adhesive and resealable labels, principally for FMCG companies

Packaging Design and Manufacture designs and produces protective packaging for high value, fragile products

·      Macfarlane Group employs over 900 people at 30 sites, principally in the UK, but also in Ireland and Sweden.

·      The company has 20,000+ customers in the UK, Europe and the USA providing 600,000+ lines to a wide range of industry sectors including: consumer goods; food manufacturing; logistics; internet retail; mail order; electronics; defence and aerospace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating

 

Operating

Business Review

Group performance

Segment

Revenue

2018

£000

profit

2018

£000

Revenue

2017

£000

profit

2017

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Packaging Distribution

189,835

11,172

171,771

9,436

Manufacturing Operations

27,455

853

24,220

653

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue from continuing operations

217,290

 

195,991

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional item

5.5%

12,025

5.1%

10,089

Exceptional item

 

(330)

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit - continuing operations

 

11,695

 

10,089

 

 

 

 

 

Macfarlane Packaging Distribution is the leading UK specialist distributor of protective packaging materials.  Macfarlane operates a Stock and Serve supply model from 23 Regional Distribution Centres (RDCs) and 3 satellite sites, supplying industrial and retail customers with a comprehensive range of protective packaging materials on a local, regional and national basis.

Competition in the packaging distribution market is from local and regional protective packaging specialist companies as well as national/international distribution generalists who supply a range of products, including protective packaging materials.  In a fragmented market, Macfarlane competes effectively on a local basis through its strong focus on and regular monitoring of customer service, its breadth and depth of product offer and through the recruitment and retention of high-quality staff with good local market knowledge.  On a national basis Macfarlane has focus, expertise and a breadth of product and service knowledge, all of which enables it to compete effectively against non-specialist packaging distributors.

Macfarlane Packaging benefits its customers by enabling them to ensure their products are cost-effectively protected in transit and storage through the supply of a comprehensive product range, single source Stock and Serve supply, Just In Time delivery, tailored stock management programmes, electronic trading and independent advice on both packaging materials and packing processes.

Packaging Distribution

Base

Business

Acquisition

impact

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Growth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales

176,395

13,440

189,835

171,771

11%

Cost of sales

 

 

(133,843)

(121,323)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

 

 

55,992

50,448

11%

Net operating expenses

 

 

(44,820)

(41,012)

9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional item

 

9,730

 

1,442

 

11,172

 

9,436

 

18%

Exceptional item

 

 

(270)

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

10,902

9,436

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macfarlane Packaging Distribution grew sales by 11% in 2018 comprising 4% organic growth as well as the incremental contribution from the acquisitions of Tyler and Harrisons in 2018 and the full year contribution from the 2017 acquisitions.

There were well publicised challenges in UK Retail in 2018 and as a result, our sales to this sector declined slightly due to demand weakness and customer churn.  However this was more than offset by growth in the Industrial Sector with a number of contract extensions and new business wins.

Gross margin in Packaging Distribution was 29.5%, (2017: 29.4%) with effective management of input price increases as well as a strong full year contribution from the 2017 acquisition of Greenwoods.

Cost control remained strong with an improving operating expenses to sales ratio of 23.6% (2017: 23.9%).

Operating profit before exceptional items for Packaging Distribution at £11.2m grew 18% versus 2017, representing a return on sales of 5.9% (2017: 5.5%).

Future Plans

2019 plans are focused on continuing to grow sales and improving profitability by the following actions:

Sales Growth

l Maintaining our focus on the growth potential for protective packaging in key market segments -                           the e-commerce sector and the related Third-party logistics ("3PL") operators; and,

                                National Accounts in the industrial sector and the related 3PL operators;

l Accelerating the growth in new business through effective use of our Innovation Lab;

l Demonstrating our ability to add value to customers through effective implementation of our "Significant Six" sales approach to optimise their Total Cost of Packaging;

l Developing our web-based offerings through www.macfarlanepackaging.com and Customer Connect to enable customers to further improve access to our full range of products and services;

l Growing sales of new products from recent acquisitions throughout the Group; and

l Providing customers requiring our capabilities in Europe with access to our offering.

Efficiency Improvements

l Improving our sourcing through strengthening our relationships with key strategic suppliers;

l Implementing further operational savings in logistics by expanding the use of the Paragon vehicle management system and extending our warehouse best practice programme;

l Reducing operating costs by taking opportunities to consolidate the existing property footprint;

l Integrating recent acquisitions following the completion of the earn-out periods; and

l Maintaining our focus on working capital management to generate additional funds to support growth opportunities.

Acquisition Growth

l Supplementing organic growth through completion of further suitable quality acquisitions.

Manufacturing Operations comprise our Packaging Design and Manufacture and our Labels business.

 

2018

2017

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

Sales

27,455

24,220

Cost of sales

(16,906)

(14,364)

 

 

 

Gross margin

10,549

9,856

Operating expenses (recurring)

(9,696)

(9,203)

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional item

853

653

Operating expenses (exceptional)

(60)

-

 

 

 

Operating profit

793

653

 

 

 

The principal activity of the Packaging Design and Manufacture business is the design, manufacture and assembly of custom-designed packaging solutions for customers requiring cost-effective methods of protecting high value products in storage and transit.  The primary raw materials are corrugate, timber and foam.  The business operates from two manufacturing sites in Grantham and Westbury, supplying both directly to customers and also through the RDC network of the Packaging Distribution business.

Key market sectors are defence, aerospace, medical equipment, electronics and automotive.  The markets in which we operate are highly fragmented with a range of locally based competitors.  We differentiate our market offering through technical expertise, design capability, industry accreditations and national coverage through Macfarlane Packaging Distribution.

2018 sales for Packaging Design and Manufacture were 12% above 2017 with particularly strong growth from the aerospace sector.  Despite operational pressures in the first half of the year which have now been resolved, profitability in 2018 was above that in 2017.  Our sales team has continued to develop a strong pipeline of new customer relationships, which should benefit the business in 2019.

 

Future Plans

2019 plans for Packaging Design and Manufacture include:

l Accelerating sales growth in target market sectors e.g. Defence, Aerospace and Medical;

l Prioritising sales activity on the higher added-value bespoke composite pack product range;

l Improving operational performance further; and

l Continuing to strengthen the relationship with our Packaging Distribution business to create both sales and cost synergies.

Our Labels business designs and prints self-adhesive labels for major Fast-moving Consumer Goods ("FMCG") customers in the UK and Europe and resealable labels for major customers in the UK, Europe and the USA.  The business operates from production sites in Kilmarnock and Wicklow and a sales and design office in Sweden, which focuses on the development and growth of our resealable labels business, Reseal-it.

The Labels business has a high level of dependence on a small number of major customers.  Management works closely with these key customers to ensure high levels of service and to introduce product and service development initiatives to achieve competitive differentiation.

Sales increased by 15% in the year as penetration of our resealable range improved and a number of new business wins were achieved.  Despite margin being impacted by the increasingly competitive conditions in the UK retail sector, profits in the Labels business increased by 15% vs. 2017.

2019 plans for Labels will focus on: -

·    Increasing business in higher added value products and services through rebalancing sales between our resealable and self-adhesive label ranges;

·    Generating efficiency and sales benefits from investments in additional capacity and digital printing capability;

·    Continuing improvement in operational efficiency to mitigate sales price pressure; and

·    Developing the Reseal-it product in the US and in Europe through ongoing partnerships, new business wins and increased penetration with key retailers.

 

2019 Outlook

Our sales efforts will focus on those segments of the market, such as e-commerce, which are forecast to show continued above average growth rates and those industrial markets where customers recognise the added value brought to their operations by a specialist national protective packaging distributor.

During 2019 we will continue to look to acquire further good quality protective packaging businesses, improve our geographic coverage, develop new products introduced by recent acquisitions, work more closely with strategic suppliers and improve our operational efficiency by leveraging our property and logistics footprint.

Macfarlane businesses all have strong market positions with differentiated product and service offerings.  We have a flexible business model and a clear strategic plan incorporating a range of actions, which are being effectively implemented and are reflected in our consistent, profitable growth in recent years.

Our future performance is largely dependent on the successful execution of actions to grow sales, increase efficiencies and bring high-quality acquisitions into the Group.  With a focus on attractive UK market sectors for our products and services, combined with our successful track record of growth and acquisitions, we expect 2019 to be another year of progress for Macfarlane Group.

 

 

The principal risks and uncertainties faced by Macfarlane Group and factors mitigating these risks are detailed below.  These risks are complemented by an overall governance framework including clear and delegated authorities, business performance monitoring and appropriate insurance cover for a wide range of potential risks.  There is a dependence on good quality local management, which is supported by an investment in training and development and ongoing performance evaluation.

 

Risk Description

Mitigating Factors

Raw material prices

The Group's businesses are impacted by commodity-based raw material prices and manufacturer energy costs, with profitability sensitive to supplier price changes including currency fluctuations. The principal components are corrugated paper, polythene films, timber and foam, with changes to paper and oil prices having a direct impact on the price we pay to our suppliers.

 

The Group works closely with suppliers to manage the scale and timing of price increases to end-users effectively.  Our IT systems monitor and measure effectiveness in recovering supplier price changes. Where possible, alternative supplier relationships are maintained to minimise supplier dependency.  We work with customers to redesign packs and reduce packing cost to mitigate the impact of cost increases.

 

Property

Given the multi-site nature of its business, the Group has a property portfolio comprising 3 owned sites and 35 leased sites of which 3 are sublet.  This portfolio gives rise to risks in relation to ongoing lease costs, dilapidations and fluctuations in value.

 

Where a site is non-operational the Group seeks to assign, sell or sub-lease the building to mitigate the financial impact.  If this is not possible, rental voids are provided on vacant properties taking into consideration the likely period of vacancy and incentives to re-let.

 

Working capital

The Group has a significant investment in working capital in the form of trade receivables and inventories.  There is a risk that this investment is not fully recovered.

 

Credit risk is controlled by applying rigour to the management of trade receivables by the Credit manager and the credit control team, and is subject to additional scrutiny from the Group Finance Director. 

Inventory levels and order patterns are regularly reviewed and risks arising from holding bespoke stocks are managed by obtaining order cover from customers.

 

Financial liquidity, debt covenants, interest rates

The Group needs continuous access to funding to meet its trading obligations and to support organic growth and acquisitions.  There is a risk that the Group may be unable to obtain funds or that such funds will only be available on unfavourable terms. 

The Group's borrowing facility comprises a committed facility of up to £30m. This includes requirements to comply with covenants, with a breach potentially resulting in borrowings being subject to more onerous conditions.

 

The Group seeks to maintain an appropriate level of committed bank facilities that provides sufficient headroom above peak projected borrowing requirements.  The existing facility is in place until June 2022.

 

The Group regularly monitors net debt and forecast cash flows to ensure that it will be able to meet its financial obligations as they fall due.  Compliance with debt covenants is monitored on a monthly basis and sensitivity analysis is applied to forecasts to assess the impact on covenant compliance.

 

Defined benefit pension scheme

The Group's defined benefit pension scheme is sensitive to a number of key factors; investment returns, discount rates used to calculate scheme liabilities and mortality assumptions. The IAS 19 valuation of the Group's defined benefit pension scheme as at 31 December 2018 estimated the scheme deficit to be £9.8m, a decrease of £2.0m during 2018.  Small changes in these assumptions could mean that the deficit increases.

 

The scheme was closed to new members in 2002.

Benefits for active members were amended by freezing pensionable salaries at 30 April 2009 levels.

A Pension Increase Exchange option is available to offer flexibility to new pensioners in the current level of pension benefits and the rate of future increases.

The Group makes Deficit Reduction Contributions each year.

The investment profile is constantly reviewed to ensure continued matching of investments with the liability profile of the scheme.

 

Decentralised structure

The Packaging Distribution business model reflects a decentralised approach with a high dependency on effective local decision-making.  There is a risk that the decentralised management control is less effective and local decisions do not meet corporate objectives.

 

The Group ensures that our staff have the right working environment, information and sales tools to enable them to meet corporate objectives.  A comprehensive management information system is maintained with key performance indicators monitored and actions taken when required.

 

Acquisitions

The Group's growth strategy includes acquisitions as demonstrated in recent years. There is a risk that such acquisitions may not be available on acceptable terms in the future.

It is also possible that acquisitions will not succeed due to the loss of key people or customers following acquisition or the acquired business not performing at the level expected.  This could potentially lead to impairment in the carrying value of the related intangible assets.

Execution risks around the failure to successfully integrate the acquired business after the conclusion of the earn-out period also exist.

 

The Group carefully reviews potential acquisition targets, ensuring that the focus is on high-quality businesses which complement the existing Group profile and provide opportunities for growth.  Having completed a number of acquisitions in recent years, the Group has established due diligence and integration processes and procedures.

The Group has a comprehensive management information system to enable effective monitoring of post-acquisition performance.  Earn-out mechanisms also mitigate risk in the post-acquisition period.

Goodwill and other intangible assets are tested annually for impairment as set out in the Annual Report.

 

 

Macfarlane Group has carried out an impact analysis and evaluated the potential short to medium-term implications of a no-deal Brexit including reversion to World Trade Organisation tariffs.  Where practical, we have put in place contingency measures to try to mitigate any immediate effects on the supply chain.  As a business with the majority of its trade in the UK, the principal impact on Macfarlane Group of a no-deal Brexit would be reduced levels of business caused by any significant downturn in the UK economy.

There are a number of other risks that we manage which are not considered key risks.  The Group is subject to the impact of general economic conditions, the competitive environment and risks associated with business continuity including cyber-security.  These are mitigated in ways common to all businesses and not specific to Macfarlane Group.

 

 

Viability statement

The Board has considered the Group's viability as part of the ongoing programme to manage risk.  Each year the Board reviews the Group's strategic plan for the forthcoming three-year period and challenges the Executive team on the plan's risks.  The strategic plan reflects the Group's businesses, which have a broad spread of customers across a range of different sectors with some longer term contracts in place.  The assessment period of three years is consistent with the Board's review of Group strategy, including assumptions regarding future growth rates for our business and acceptable levels of performance.

A robust financial model covering a three year period is maintained and regularly updated. The model is subject to sensitivity analysis which flexes a number of the main assumptions, including future revenue growth, gross margins, operating costs, finance costs and working capital management.  The results of flexing these assumptions, both individually and in aggregate, are used to determine whether additional bank facilities will be required during the three year period.  The results of the exercise indicated that no additional facilities would be required.

The Board has carried out a robust assessment of the principal risks facing the Group and how these risks affect the Groups' prospects and the strategic plan.  The review includes consideration of the principal risks facing the Group as described on the current and previous page including the potential impact of Brexit, which could prevent the Group from achieving its strategic plan and the potential impact these risks could have on the Group's business model, future performance, solvency and liquidity over the next three years.

The Directors' assessment has been made with reference to the resilience of the Group and the strength of its financial position, the Group's current strategy, the Board's risk appetite and the Group's principal risks including how these are managed.  Based on the assessment of these risks and the sensitivity analysis undertaken, the Board of Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group will continue to operate and meet its liabilities, as they fall due, for the next three years to December 2021.

 

Going Concern

The Directors, in their consideration of going concern, have reviewed the Group's future cash flow forecasts and profit projections, which are based on the Directors' past experience and their assessment of the current market outlook for the business.  The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and financial position are set out in the Chairman's Statement and Business Review on pages 1 to 8.

The Group's principal financial risks in the medium term relate to liquidity and credit risk.  Liquidity risk is managed by ensuring that the Group's day-to-day working capital requirements are met by having access to banking facilities with suitable terms and conditions to accommodate the requirements of the Group's operations.  Credit risk is managed by applying considerable rigour in managing the Group's trade receivables. The Directors believe that the Group is adequately placed to manage its financial risks effectively, despite any economic uncertainty.

The Group's principal banking facility is in place until June 2022.  The Directors are of the opinion that the Group's cash forecasts and revenue projections, taking account of reasonably possible changes in trading performance given current market and economic conditions, show that the Group should be able to operate within its current facilities and comply with its banking covenants.

After making enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least the next twelve months.  For this reason they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

Cautionary Statement

The Chairman's Statement and the Business Review on pages 1 to 8 have been prepared to provide additional information to members of the Company to assess the Group's strategy and the potential for the strategy to succeed.  It should not be relied on by any other party or for any other purpose.

This report and the financial statements contain certain forward-looking statements relating to operations, performance and financial status.  By their nature, such statements 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, including both economic and business risk factors that could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  These statements are made by the Directors in good faith based on the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this report.

Responsibility Statement of the Directors

The responsibility statement below has been prepared in connection with the company's full annual report for the year ending 31 December 2018.  Certain parts of the full annual report are not included within this announcement.  The Directors of Macfarlane Group PLC are

S.R. Paterson                     Chairman

P.D. Atkinson                     Chief Executive

J. Love                                 Finance Director

R. McLellan                        Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

J.W.F. Baird                         Non-Executive Director

A.M. Dunstan                    Non-Executive Director

To the best of the knowledge of the Directors (whose names and functions are set out above), the financial statements, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit for the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and

Pursuant to Disclosure and Transparency Rules, Chapter 4, the Directors' Report of the Company's annual report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Company, and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties faced by the business.

 

 

Peter Atkinson                                                                  John Love

Chief Executive                                                                 Finance Director

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Macfarlane Group PLC

Consolidated income statement

For the year ended 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

Note

Before

Exceptional

Items

Unaudited

£000

 

Exceptional

Items

Unaudited

£000

 

 

2018

Unaudited

£000

 

 

2017

Audited

          £000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

217,290

-

217,290

195,991

Cost of sales

 

(150,749)

-

(150,749)

(135,687)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

66,541

-

66,541

60,304

Distribution costs

 

(8,604)

-

(8,604)

(8,208)

Administrative expenses

 

(45,912)

(330)

(46,242)

(42,007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

3

12,025

(330)

11,695

10,089

Finance costs

4

(809)

-

(809)

(828)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

11,216

(330)

10,886

9,261

Tax

5

(2,201)

56

(2,145)

(1,837)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

7

9,015

(274)

8,741

7,424

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

7

5.72p

(0.17p)

5.55p

5.22p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the year ended 31 December 2018

 

 

Note

2018

Unaudited

£000

2017

Audited

          £000

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation differences - foreign operations

 

(6)

45

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

10

(32)

(223)

Tax recognised in other comprehensive income

 

 

 

                Tax on remeasurement of pension scheme liability

11

6

38

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive expense for the year, net of tax

 

(32)

(140)

Profit for the year

 

8,741

7,424

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

8,709

7,284

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the year ended 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

Note

Share

Capital

£000

Share

Premium

£000

Revaluation

Reserve

£000

Translation

Reserve

£000

Retained

Earnings

£000

 

Total

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017 (Audited)

 

34,084

4,641

70

254

274

39,323

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

-

-

-

-

7,424

7,424

Foreign currency translation differences

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

45

 

-

 

45

Remeasurement of pension liability

 

10

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(223)

 

(223)

Tax on remeasurement of pension liability

 

11

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

38

 

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

45

7,239

7,284

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

6

-

-

-

-

(2,854)

(2,854)

Credit for share-based payments

 

-

-

-

-

(180)

(180)

Issue of share capital

12

5,303

8,334

-

-

-

13,637

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total transactions with shareholders

5,303

8,334

-

-

(3,034)

10,603

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2017 (Audited)

 

39,387

12,975

70

299

4,479

57,210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

-

-

-

-

8,741

8,741

Foreign currency translation differences

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(6)

 

-

 

(6)

Remeasurement of pension liability

 

10

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(32)

 

(32)

Tax on remeasurement of pension liability

 

11

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

6

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

(6)

8,715

8,709

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

6

-

-

-

-

(3,387)

(3,387)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total transactions with shareholders

-

-

-

-

(3,387)

(3,387)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2018 (Unaudited)

 

39,387

12,975

70

293

9,807

62,532

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated balance sheet at 31 December 2018

 

 

Note

2018

Unaudited

£000

2017

Audited

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets

 

58,648

57,234

Property, plant and equipment

 

8,533

8,630

Other receivables

 

162

296

Deferred tax assets

11

1,851

2,407

 

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

 

69,194

68,567

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

16,940

15,465

Trade and other receivables

 

51,360

52,578

Cash and cash equivalents

9

4,611

2,013

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

72,911

70,056

 

 

 

 

Total assets

3

142,105

138,623

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

47,891

49,100

Current tax payable

 

1,029

741

Finance lease liabilities

9

101

245

Bank borrowings

9

17,769

16,346

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

66,790

66,432

 

 

 

 

Net current assets

 

6,121

3,624

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Retirement benefit obligations

10

9,765

11,823

Deferred tax liabilities

11

2,993

3,048

Trade and other payables

 

25

13

Finance lease liabilities

9

-

97

 

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

12,783

14,981

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

3

79,573

81,413

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

62,532

57,210

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

12

39,387

39,387

Share premium

12

12,975

12,975

Revaluation reserve

 

70

70

Translation reserve

 

293

299

Retained earnings

 

9,807

4,479

 

 

 

 

Total equity

3

62,532

57,210

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

For the year ended 31 December 2018

 

 

2018

Unaudited

£000

2017

Audited

£000

 

 

 

Cash inflow from operating activities

11,832

6,482

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(5,638)

(8,337)

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

73

210

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(1,452)

(1,740)

 

 

 

Cash outflow from investing activities

(7,017)

(9,867)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

Dividends paid

(3,387)

(2,854)

Proceeds from issue of share capital (net of issue expenses)

-

7,637

(Repayment)/drawdown on bank borrowing facility

1,423

(860)

Repayments of obligations under finance leases

(253)

(455)

 

 

 

Cash (outflow)/inflow from  financing activities

(2,217)

3,468

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

2,598

83

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

2,013

1,930

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

4,611

2,013

 

 

 

 

Macfarlane Group PLC

Notes to the financial information

For the year ended 31 December 2018

1.         General information

The financial information set out herein does not constitute the Company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2018 or 2017.  The financial information for 2017 is derived from the statutory accounts for 2017 which have been delivered to the registrar of companies.  The auditor has reported on the 2017 accounts; their report was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor 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. The statutory accounts for 2018 will be finalised on the basis of the financial information presented by the directors in this preliminary announcement and will be delivered to the registrar of companies in due course.

The Group has applied IFRS 15 "Revenue from Contracts with Customers" and IFRS 9 "Financial Instruments" with effect from 1 January 2018.  A number of other new standards took effect from 1 January 2018 but they did not have a material effect on the Group's financial statements.

IFRS 16 "Leases" will be applied in the 2019 financial statements using the modified retrospective approach but with no application of the practical expedients available.  IFRS 16 requires that for all material operating leases, the Group's leased assets will be recorded within land and buildings and plant and equipment as "Right of Use" assets with a corresponding lease liability based on the discounted value of future cash payments required under each lease.  Existing operating lease expenses will be replaced with a smaller operating expense, a depreciation charge and a separate financing cost.  This will have no significant impact on reported profit before tax or total equity.

2.                Basis of preparation

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and financial position are set out on pages 1 to 9.

The Group's principal financial risks in the medium term relate to liquidity and credit risk.  Liquidity risk is managed by ensuring that the Group's day-to-day working capital requirements are met by having access to committed banking facilities with suitable terms and conditions to accommodate the requirements of the Group's operations.  Credit risk is managed by applying considerable rigour in managing the Group's trade receivables. The Directors believe that the Group is adequately placed to manage its financial risks effectively despite any economic uncertainty.

The Group's has a committed borrowing facility of £30 million with Lloyds Banking Group PLC in place until June 2022.  The facility bears interest at normal commercial rates and carries standard financial covenants in relation to interest cover and levels of headroom over certain trade receivables of the Group.

The Directors are of the opinion that the Group's cash forecasts and revenue projections, which they believe are based on prudent market data and past experience taking account of reasonably possible changes in trading performance given current market and economic conditions, show that the Group should be able to operate within the current facility and comply with its banking covenants.

After making enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least the next twelve months.  For this reason they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.

Judgements, assumptions and estimation uncertainties

In preparing the 2018 financial statements from which this financial information has been extracted, management has made judgements, assumptions and estimates, which affect the application of the Group's accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses.  Actual results may differ from the amounts estimated.  Estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Revisions to estimates are recognised prospectively.

The judgements, assumptions and estimation uncertainties made in applying accounting policies that have the most significant effect on the amounts recognised in these financial statements and therefore have the most significant risk of resulting in a material adjustment are as follows:-

(i)               Retirement benefit obligations

The valuation of the pension deficit is affected by small movements in key actuarial assumptions

(ii)              Trade and other receivables

The provision held against receivables is based on applying an expected credit loss model and related estimates of recoverable amounts

3.         Segmental information

The Group's principal business segment is Packaging Distribution, comprising the distribution of packaging materials and supply of storage and warehousing services in the UK.  This comprises over 85% of Group revenue and profit.  The Group's Manufacturing Operations segment comprises the design, manufacture and assembly of timber, corrugated and foam-based packaging materials in the UK, the design, manufacture and supply of self-adhesive labels to a variety of FMCG customers in the UK & Europe and the design, manufacture and supply of resealable labels to a variety of FMCG customers in the UK, Europe and the USA.  None of the individual business segments within Manufacturing Operations represents more than 10% of Group revenue or profit.

 

 

2018

£000

2017

£000

Packaging Distribution

 

 

Revenue

190,227

171,771

Cost of sales

(134,235)

(121,323)

 

 

 

Gross profit

55,992

50,448

Net operating expenses

(44,820)

(41,012)

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional item

11,172

9,436

Exceptional item

(270)

-

 

 

 

Operating profit

10,902

9,436

 

 

 

Manufacturing Operations

 

 

Revenue

32,189

28,191

Cost of sales

(21,640)

(18,335)

 

 

 

Gross profit

10,549

9,856

Net operating expenses

(9,696)

(9,203)

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional item

853

653

Exceptional item

(60)

-

 

 

 

Operating profit

793

653

 

 

 

             Exceptional item                 Guaranteed Minimum Pension ("GMP") equalisation

On 26 October 2018, the High Court judgement involving Lloyds Banking Group defined benefits pension schemes concluded that schemes should equalise pension benefits for men and women in relation to GMP benefits.  The judgement has implications for most defined benefit schemes, including the scheme operated by Macfarlane Group.  We have worked with the scheme's actuary to understand the implications of the judgement for our scheme and the £330,000 exceptional expense recorded in the consolidated income statement for 2018 as a past service cost in respect of the equalisation of GMP benefits represents our best estimate of the effect on our reported pension scheme liabilities.  We believe this information provides a more meaningful basis for measuring our financial performance in 2018

The Directors have made the judgement that the estimated effect of GMP equalisation on the Group's pension liabilities is a past service cost in respect of pensionable service between 1990 and 1997 that should be reflected as an exceptional item and that any subsequent change in the estimate should be recognised in other comprehensive income.  This judgement is based on the fact that the pension liabilities for the Macfarlane scheme at 31 December 2017 in note 10 did not include any amount in respect of GMP equalisation.

            

 

2018

£000

2017

£000

Group segment - total revenue

 

 

 

Packaging Distribution

 

190,227

171,771

Manufacturing Operations

 

32,189

28,191

Inter-segment revenue

 

(5,126)

(3,971)

 

 

 

 

External revenue

 

217,290

195,991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

Packaging Distribution

 

10,902

9,436

Manufacturing Operations

 

793

653

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

11,695

10,089

Finance costs

 

(809)

(828)

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

10,886

9,261

Tax

 

(2,145)

(1,837)

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

8,741

7,424

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

Liabilities

Net assets

 

£000

£000

£000

Group segments

 

 

 

Packaging Distribution

125,060

71,173

53,887

Manufacturing Operations

17,045

8,400

8,645

 

 

 

 

Net assets 2018

142,105

79,573

62,532

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packaging Distribution

124,069

74,324

49,745

Manufacturing Operations

14,554

7,089

7,465

 

 

 

 

Net assets 2017

138,623

81,413

57,210

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.         Finance costs

 

2018

£000

2017

£000

 

 

 

Interest on bank borrowings

(530)

(462)

Interest on obligations under finance leases

(17)

(18)

Net interest expense on retirement benefit obligation (see note 10)

(262)

(348)

 

 

 

Total finance costs

(809)

(828)

 

 

 

 

5.            Tax

2018

£000

2017

£000

Current tax

 

 

   United Kingdom corporation tax at 19.00% (2017: 19.25%)

(1,953)

(1,551)

   Foreign tax

(98)

(62)

   Adjustments in respect of prior years

42

49

 

 

 

Total current tax

(2,009)

(1,564)

 

 

 

Deferred tax

 

 

   Current year

(136)

(273)

 

 

 

Total deferred tax (see note 11)

(136)

(273)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total tax charge

(2,145)

(1,837)

 

 

 

The standard rate of tax based on the UK average rate of corporation tax, is 19.00% (2017 - 19.25%).  Taxation for other jurisdictions is calculated at the rates prevailing in these jurisdictions.  The actual tax charge for the current and previous year varies from the standard rate of tax on the results in the consolidated income statement for the reasons set out in the following reconciliation:-

 

2018

£000

2017

£000

 

 

 

Profit before tax

10,886

9,261

 

 

 

Tax on profit at 19.00% (2017 -19.25%)

(2,068)

(1,783)

Factors affecting tax charge for the year:-

 

 

    Non-deductible expenses

(107)

(95)

    Difference on overseas tax rates

(12)

(8)

    Changes in estimates related to prior years

42

49

 

 

 

            Tax charge for the year

(2,145)

(1,837)

 

 

 

            Effective rate of tax for the year

19.7%

19.8%

 

 

 

 

6.        Dividends

2018

£000

2017

£000

            Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the year:

 

 

Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2017 of 1.50p per share                   (2016 - 1.40p per share)

 

2,363

 

1,909

Interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2018 of 0.65p per share        (2017 - 0.60p per share)

 

1,024

 

945

 

 

 

 

3,387

2,854

 

 

 

A proposed dividend of 1.65p per share will be paid on 6 June 2019 to those shareholders on the register at 17 May 2019.  This is subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 14 May 2019 and therefore has not been included as a liability in these financial statements.

7.         Earnings per share

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

 

2018

£000

2017

£000

Earnings for the purposes of earnings per share

Profit for the year before exceptional items

 

9,015

 

7,424

 

 

 

Profit for the year

8,741

7,424

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares in issue for the purposes of calculating basic and diluted earnings per share

2018

No. of

shares '000

2017

No. of

shares '000

Weighted average number of shares in issue for the

purposes of basic earnings per share

 

 

            Weighted average number of shares in issue

157,548

142,228

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share before exceptional item

5.72p

5.22p

 

 

 

Earnings per share after exceptional item

5.55p

5.22p

 

 

 

8.         Acquisitions

On 31 July 2018, the Group's subsidiary, Macfarlane Group UK Limited acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Tyler Packaging (Leicester) Limited for a consideration of approximately £2.1 million.  £1.5 million was paid in cash on acquisition. The deferred consideration of £0.6 million is payable in the third quarter of 2019, subject to certain trading targets being met in the twelve month period ending on 31 July 2019.

On 2 August 2018 Macfarlane Group UK Limited also acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Harrisons Packaging Limited for a consideration of approximately £2.8 million.  £1.8 million was paid in cash on acquisition. The deferred consideration of £1.0 million is payable in the third quarter of 2019, subject to certain trading targets being met in the twelve month period ending on 2 August 2019.

The contingent considerations are recognised as a liability in trade and other payables and are remeasured to fair value of £1.6 million at the balance sheet date based on a range of outcomes between £Nil and £1.6 million.  Trading in the post-acquisition period to 31 December 2018 supports the remeasured value of £1.6m.

On 21 September 2017, Macfarlane Group UK Limited acquired the packaging business and selected assets of Greenwoods Stock Boxes Limited and 100% of Nottingham Recycling Limited, for a consideration of approximately £17.2 million.  £7.97 million was paid in cash and £6.0 million settled by the issue of shares on acquisition. The deferred consideration of £3.25 million was paid in 2018.

In 2016, Macfarlane Group PLC acquired 100% of Nelsons for Cartons & Packaging Limited for a consideration of £7.2 million.  £4.7 million was paid in cash and £1.0 million settled by the issue of shares on acquisition.  Of the total deferred consideration of £1.5 million, £0.75 million was paid in 2017 and £0.75 million paid in 2018.

The impact of the acquisitions on the 2018 results is set out in the Strategic Report on page 3.

All the businesses are part of the Packaging Distribution segment.  Goodwill arising on these acquisitions is attributable to the anticipated future profitability of the distribution of Group product ranges and anticipated operating synergies from future combinations of activities with the Packaging Distribution network.

Fair values assigned to net assets acquired and consideration paid and payable are set out below:-

 

 

Tyler

Packaging

(Leicester)

£000

 

Harrisons

Packaging

£000

Previous

Years'

Acquisitions

£000

 

 

2018

£000

 

 

2017

£000

Net assets acquired

 

 

 

 

 

Other intangible assets

814

1,298

-

2,112

9,185

Property, plant and equipment

17

68

-

85

712

Inventories

92

191

-

283

1,109

Trade and other receivables

437

394

-

831

2,736

Cash and bank balances

916

817

-

1,733

625

Trade and other payables

(451)

(624)

-

(1,075)

(1,179)

Current tax liabilities

(78)

(83)

-

(161)

(12)

Finance lease liabilities

-

(12)

-

(12)

-

Deferred tax liabilities

(138)

(233)

-

(371)

(1,587)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets acquired

1,609

1,816

-

3,425

11,589

Goodwill arising on acquisition

524

1,022

-

1,546

5,627

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total consideration

2,133

2,838

-

4,971

17,216

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contingent consideration on acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

Current year

(600)

(1,000)

-

(1,600)

(3,250)

Prior years

-

 

4,000

4,000

996

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

-

-

-

-

(6,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total consideration

1,533

1,838

4,000

7,371

8,962

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow arising on acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

Cash consideration

(1,533)

(1,838)

(4,000)

(7,371)

(8,962)

Cash and bank balances acquired

916

817

-

1,733

625

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow

(617)

(1,021)

(4,000)

(5,638)

(8,337)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.        Notes to the cash flow statement

2018

£000

2017

£000

 

 

 

Operating profit after exceptional items

11,695

10,089

Adjustments for:

 

 

    Amortisation of intangible assets

2,244

1,580

    Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,593

1,391

    Loss/(gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(32)

5

 

 

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

15,500

13,065

 

 

 

    Increase in inventories

(1,192)

(1,370)

    Decrease/(increase) in receivables

2,183

(1,163)

    Increase in payables

122

1,570

    Adjustment for pension scheme funding

(2,352)

(3,285)

 

 

 

Cash generated by operations

14,261

8,817

    Income taxes paid

(1,882)

(1,855)

    Interest paid

(547)

(480)

 

 

 

Cash inflow from operating activities

11,832

6,482

 

 

 

 

Movement in net debt

 

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

2,598

83

Decrease/(increase) in bank borrowings

(1,423)

860

Finance leases inherited on acquisition

(12)

-

Repayment of obligations under finance leases    

253

455

 

 

 

Movement in net debt in the year

1,416

1,398

Opening net debt

(14,675)

(16,073)

 

 

 

Closing net debt

(13,259)

(14,675)

 

 

 

Net debt comprises:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents in statement of cash flows

4,611

2,013

Bank borrowings

(17,769)

(16,346)

 

 

 

Net bank debt

(13,158)

(14,333)

Obligations under finance leases                  Due within one year

(101)

(245)

                                                                            Due outwith one year

-

(97)

 

 

 

Closing net debt

(13,259)

(14,675)

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents (which are presented as a single class of asset on the face of the balance sheet) comprise cash at bank and other short-term highly liquid investments with maturity of three months or less.

 

10.       Pension scheme

Macfarlane Group PLC sponsors a defined benefit pension scheme for certain active and former UK employees - the Macfarlane Group PLC Pension & Life Assurance Scheme (1974) ("the scheme"). 

The scheme is administered by a separate Board of Trustees composed of employer nominated representatives and member nominated Trustees and is legally separate from the Group.  The assets of the scheme are held separately from those of the Group in managed funds under the supervision of the Trustees.  The Trustees are required by law to act in the interest of all classes of beneficiary in the scheme and are responsible for investment policy and the day-to-day administration of benefits.  The scheme was closed to new entrants during 2002.

The scheme provides qualifying employees with an annual pension of 1/60 of pensionable salary for each completed year's service on attainment of a normal retirement age of 65.  Pensionable salaries were frozen for the remaining active members at the levels current at 30 April 2009 with the change taking effect from 30 April 2010 and as a result no further salary inflation applies for active members who remained in the scheme.  Active members' benefits also include life assurance cover, albeit the payment of these benefits is at the discretion of the scheme's Trustees.

On withdrawing from active service a deferred member's pension is revalued from the time of withdrawal until the pension is drawn.  Revaluation in deferment is statutory and since 2010 has been revalued on the Consumer Price Index ("CPI") measure of inflation.  Revaluation of pensions in payment is a blend of fixed increases and inflationary increases depending on the relevant periods of accrual of benefit.  For pensions in payment, the inflationary increase is currently based on the Retail Price Index ("RPI") measure of inflation or based on Limited Price Indexation ("LPI") for certain defined periods of service.

During 2012, Macfarlane Group PLC agreed with the Board of Trustees to amend benefits for pensioner, deferred and active members in the defined benefit pension scheme by offering a Pension Increase Exchange ("PIE") option for deferred and active members at retirement after 1 May 2012. 

Balance sheet disclosures

The fair value of scheme investments, the present value of scheme liabilities and expected rates of return are based on the results of the actuarial valuation as at 1 May 2017, updated to the year-end.

 

2018

£000

2017

£000

2016

£000

2015

£000

2014

£000

Investment class

 

 

 

 

 

Equities

16,025

17,694

17,112

16,788

15,893

Multi-asset diversified funds

17,512

21,533

21,509

25,476

18,541

Liability-driven investment funds

28,379

28,534

26,532

14,107

22,195

Bonds

-

-

-

11,119

11,263

Secured property income fund

7,112

6,606

-

-

-

European loan fund

6,645

6,562

6,334

-

-

Other (cash and similar assets)

154

31

6,321

303

98

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value of scheme investments

75,827

80,960

77,808

67,793

67,990

Present value of scheme liabilities

(85,592)

(92,783)

(92,345)

(79,311)

(81,863)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scheme deficit

(9,765)

(11,823)

(14,537)

(11,518)

(13,873)

Related deferred tax asset

    (see note 11)

 

1,660

 

2,010

 

2,471

 

2,073

 

2,775

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net pension scheme liability

(8,105)

(9,813)

(12,066)

(9,445)

(11,098)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trustees review the investments of the scheme on a regular basis and consult with the Company regarding any proposed changes to the investment profile.  Liability-Driven Investment Funds are intended to provide a match of 100% against the impact of movements in inflation on pension liabilities and a match of 80% against the impact of movements in interest-rates on pension liabilities.  During 2018, an additional diversified growth fund was introduced to the portfolio and the funds with an existing diversified growth fund were reduced.

The ability to realise the Scheme's investments at, or close to, fair value was considered when setting the investment strategy.  82% of the Scheme's investments can be realised at fair value on a daily or weekly basis.  The remaining assets have monthly or quarterly liquidity, however, whilst the income from these helps to meet the Scheme's cash flow needs, they are not expected to require to be realised at short notice.

The present value of the scheme liabilities is derived from cash flow projections over a long period of time and is thus inherently uncertain.

The scheme's liabilities were calculated on the following bases as required under IAS 19:

Assumptions

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discount rate

2.80%

2.50%

2.70%

3.70%

3.50%

Rate of increase in salaries

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Inflation assumption (RPI)

3.30%

3.30%

3.30%

3.10%

3.00%

Inflation assumption (CPI)

2.30%

2.30%

2.30%

2.10%

2.10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life expectancy beyond normal retirement date of 65

 

 

Male

23.5 years

23.7 years

22.8 years

22.7 years

22.7 years

Female

25.7 years

25.7 years

25.3 years

25.3 years

25.1 years

In 2018, the Directors have made the judgement that the estimated effect of GMP equalisation on the Group's pension liabilities is a past service cost in respect of pensionable service between 1990 and 1997.  The average uplift for GMP service for impacted members has been reflected through the consolidated income statement as an exceptional item as set out in note 3, with any subsequent changes in the estimate to be recognised in other comprehensive income.  This treatment is based on the fact that the reported pension liabilities for the scheme as at 31 December 2017 did not include any amount in respect of GMP equalisation.

 

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

Movement in scheme deficit

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January

(11,823)

(14,537)

(11,518)

(13,873)

(15,896)

Current service costs

(120)

(105)

(95)

(152)

(126)

Past service costs for GMP equalisation

 

(330)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

Employer contributions

2,802

3,390

3,001

2,834

5,480

Net finance cost

(262)

(348)

(373)

(438)

(594)

Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

 

(32)

 

(223)

 

(5,552)

 

111

 

(2,737)

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December

(9,765)

(11,823)

(14,537)

(11,518)

(13,873)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding

UK pension legislation requires that pension schemes are funded prudently.  Following the triennial actuarial valuation of the scheme at 1 May 2017, the Company agreed a new schedule of contributions with the Pension Scheme Trustees, which assumed a recovery plan period of 7 years.  The next triennial actuarial valuation is due at 1 May 2020.

 

 

2018

2017

Movement in fair value of scheme investments

£000

£000

 

 

 

Scheme investments at start of period

80,960

77,808

Interest income

1,987

2,065

Return on scheme investments (excluding interest income)

(4,143)

3,730

Contributions from sponsoring companies

2,802

3,390

Contribution from scheme members

72

72

Benefits paid

(5,851)

(6,105)

 

 

 

Scheme investments at end of period

75,827

80,960

 

 

 

 

 

2018

2017

Movement in present value of scheme liabilities

£000

£000

 

 

 

Scheme liabilities at start of period

(92,783)

(92,345)

Current service cost

(120)

(105)

Past service costs for GMP equalisation

(330)

-

Interest cost

(2,249)

(2,413)

Contribution from scheme members

(72)

(72)

Changes in assumptions underlying the scheme liabilities

4,111

(3,953)

Benefits paid

5,851

6,105

 

 

 

Scheme liabilities at end of period

(85,592)

(92,783)

 

 

 

Sensitivity to key assumptions

The key assumptions used for IAS 19 are discount rate, inflation and mortality.  If different assumptions were used, then this could have a material effect on the results disclosed.  Assuming all other assumptions are held static then a movement in the following key assumptions would affect the level of the deficit as shown below:-

 

Assumptions

 

2018

£000

2017

£000

 

 

 

 

Discount rate movement of +0.1%

 

1,369

1,485

Inflation rate movement of +0.1%

 

(436)

(473)

Mortality movement of +0.1 year in age rating

 

257

278

Positive figures reflect a reduction in the scheme liabilities and therefore a reduction in the scheme deficit.  The sensitivity information has been prepared using the same method as adopted when adjusting the results of the latest funding valuation to the balance sheet date and is consistent with the approach adopted in previous years.

All sensitivity information assumes that the average duration of Scheme liabilities is seventeen years.

 

11.      Deferred tax

2018

£000

2017

£000

 

 

 

At 1 January

(641)

1,181

Acquisitions

(371)

(1,587)

Charged in income statement        (see note 5)

(136)

(273)

Credited/(charged) in other comprehensive income

                    Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

 

6

 

38

 

 

 

At 31 December

(1,142)

(641)

 

 

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

On retirement benefit obligations (see note 10)

1,660

2,010

Corporation tax losses

191

397

 

 

 

Disclosed as deferred tax assets

1,851

2,407

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

On accelerated capital allowances

(199)

(231)

On other intangible assets

(2,794)

(2,817)

 

 

 

Disclosed as deferred tax liabilities

(2,993)

(3,048)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December

(1,142)

(641)

 

 

 

A reduction in the UK corporation tax rate to 17% effective from 1 April 2020 was substantively enacted on 6 September 2016.  This will reduce the Company's future current tax charge.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities have been calculated based on this rate.

 

12.      Share capital

2018

£000

2017

£000

Allotted, issued and fully paid:

 

 

At 1 January

39,387

34,084

Issued during the year

-

5,303

 

 

 

At 31 December

39,387

39,387

 

 

 

Share premium

 

 

At 1 January

12,975

4,641

Issue of new shares during the year

-

8,697

Expenses of share issue

-

(363)

 

 

 

At 31 December

12,975

12,975

 

 

 

The Company has one class of ordinary shares of 25p each, which carry no right to fixed income. Each ordinary share carries one vote in any General Meeting of the Company.

On 18 September 2017, the Company announced a placing of 12,121,212 ordinary shares at a price of 66p per share for a total value of £8,000,000.  These shares were admitted to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange on 21 September 2017.  On 21 September 2017, the Company's subsidiary, Macfarlane Group UK Limited acquired the trade, goodwill and selected assets of the packaging business of Greenwoods Stock Boxes Limited and the whole of the issued share capital of Nottingham Recycling Limited.  As part of the initial consideration, the Company issued 9,090,909 ordinary shares at a value of 66p per share as non-cash consideration to the Vendors, an effective value of £6,000,000.  These shares were also admitted to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange on 21 September 2017.

13.       Related party transactions

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed.

Details of individual and collective remuneration of the Company's Directors and dividends received by the Directors for calendar year 2018 will be disclosed in the Group's 2018 Annual Report and Accounts.

The directors are satisfied that there are no other related party transactions occurring during the year which require disclosure.

 

14.       Posting to shareholders and Annual General Meeting

The Annual Report and Accounts will be sent to shareholders on Wednesday 3 April 2019 and will be available to members of the public at the Company's Registered Office from Friday 5 April 2019.

The Annual General Meeting will take place at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Cambridge Street Glasgow G2 3HN at 12 noon on Tuesday 14 May 2019.


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