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Final Results

Released 07:00 12-Mar-2020

RNS Number : 8399F
Marshalls PLC
12 March 2020
 

 

LEI: 213800S21IFC367J5V62

 

 

Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Marshalls plc, the specialist Landscape Products group, announces its full year results for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Financial Highlights

Year ended

31 December

2019

Year ended

31 December

2018

 

Increase

%

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

£541.8m

£491.0m

10

EBITDA - reported

EBITDA - pre-IFRS 16

£103.9m

£90.1m

£80.8m

£80.8m

29

12

Operating profit - reported

Operating profit - pre-IFRS 16

£73.7m

£72.6m

£64.8m

£64.8m

14

12

Profit before tax - reported

Profit before tax - pre-IFRS 16

£69.9m

£70.1m

£62.9m

£62.9m

11

11

 

 

 

 

Basic EPS - reported

29.36p

26.29p

12

Basic EPS -  pre-IFRS 16

29.48p

26.29p

12

 

 

 

 

Total dividends - ordinary and supplementary

18.35p

16.00p

15

Final ordinary dividend - recommended

9.65p

8.00p

21

Discretionary supplementary dividend -  recommended

4.00p

4.00p

-

 

 

 

 

ROCE - reported

ROCE - pre-IFRS 16

 

21.4%

23.7%

21.9%

21.9%

 

Up 180 basis points

Net debt - reported

Net debt - pre-IFRS 16

£60.0m

£18.7m

£37.4m

£37.4m

 

 

Notes:

1.   The financial impact of IFRS 16 is summarised below and in Note 1.

2.   Alternative performance measures are used consistently throughout this Preliminary Announcement.  These relate to EBITA, EBITDA, ROCE and net debt. For further details of their purpose, definition and reconciliation to the equivalent statutory measures, see Note 2.

 

Highlights:

·     Revenue growth of 10% to £541.8 million (2018: £491.0 million)

·     Continued improvement in operating margins which increased to 13.4% (2018: 13.2%)

·     Profit before tax up 11% to £69.9 million on a reported basis (2018: £62.9 million)

·     ROCE improved to 23.7% (2018: 21.9%) on a pre-IFRS 16 basis and on a reported basis was 21.4%

·     Reported EPS up 12% to 29.36 pence (2018: 26.29 pence)

·     Edenhall performed well in the period and its operational integration is complete

·     Strong cash generation has continued with operating cash flow at 96% of EBITDA

·     Net debt of £18.7 million (2018: £37.4 million) on a pre-IFRS 16 basis

·     Reported net debt of £60.0 million, after the inclusion of £41.3 million of IFRS 16 lease liabilities

·     Recommended final ordinary dividend increased by 21% to 9.65 pence (2018: 8.00 pence) per share

·     Recommended supplementary dividend of 4.00 pence per share made possible by strong cash management

 

The new 5 year Strategy, launched in June 2019, maintains the objective of delivering sustainable growth. The main elements are:

·   Continued focus on organic growth and investment - capital expenditure of £20 million planned for 2020 to drive growth

·   Increasing momentum in the delivery of the digital strategy through continued investment and continuous improvement

·   Increase in research and development and new product development to drive sales growth

·   Renewed focus on increasing the profitability of the Emerging UK Businesses

·   Continuing to target selective bolt-on acquisition opportunities in New Build Housing, Water Management and Minerals

·   Continued focus on customer service, brand, operational and manufacturing excellence and procurement efficiency

·   Maintaining a strong balance sheet, a flexible capital structure and a clear capital allocation policy

·   Maintaining a 2 times earnings cover dividend policy, enhanced by supplementary dividends

 

Commenting on these results, Martyn Coffey, Chief Executive, said:

 

"The Group has delivered further growth in 2019 despite a period of market slowdown and economic and political uncertainty. The CPA's recent Winter Forecast predicted an increase in UK market volumes of 0.6 per cent in 2019 followed by a decrease of 0.3 per cent in 2020. The underlying indicators in our key New Build Housing, Road, Rail and Water Management markets remain supportive.

 

The Board believes that the Group's new 5 year Strategy will continue to deliver sustainable growth, whilst maintaining a strong balance sheet and a flexible capital structure. The strategy is underpinned by positive market fundamentals, focused investment plans and an established brand."

 

Presentation for analysts and investors

 

There will be a presentation for analysts and investors today at 9.00 am with a telephone dial in facility available Tel: number +44 (0)330 336 9125 - Access Code: 2683077. Marshalls' Analyst Presentation will be available for analysts and investors who are unable to attend the presentation. The presentation can be viewed on Marshalls' website at www.marshalls.co.uk.

 

Enquiries:

Martyn Coffey

Chief Executive

Marshalls plc

01422 314777

Jack Clarke

 

Group Finance Director

Marshalls plc

01422 314777

Andrew Jaques

 

MHP Communications

020 3128 8540

Charlie Barker

 

 

 

 

 

Group results

 

Group revenue for the year ended 31 December 2019 was up 10 per cent at £541.8 million (2018: £491.0 million). Excluding the impact of Edenhall, revenue was up 3 per cent.

 

Sales in the Public Sector and Commercial end market, which represented approximately 69 per cent of Group sales, were up 15 per cent compared with the prior year period. The Edenhall business, acquired on 11 December 2018, traded strongly during 2019, and its operational integration into the Marshalls Group is now complete.

 

Sales in the Domestic end market, which represented approximately 26 per cent of Group sales, were flat compared with 2018. These results are ahead of the overall Domestic market in 2019. Whilst the Domestic end market was softer in the second half and suffered from the poor weather, continued execution of the 2020 Strategy more than compensated by improving operating margins. The survey of domestic installers at the end of February 2020 revealed order books of 9.7 weeks (2019: 10.0 weeks) which compared with 10.9 weeks at the end of October 2019.

 

International revenue grew by 13 per cent during 2019 and represents approximately 5 per cent of Group sales. The Group continues to develop opportunities by improving its global supply chains and infrastructure to ensure that international operations are sustainable and aligned with market opportunities.

 

Reported operating profit increased to £73.7 million (2018: £64.8 million). The reported operating margin was 13.6 per cent (2018: 13.2 per cent). Pre-IFRS 16 operating margins increased to 13.4 per cent.  Excluding the impact of Edenhall, the operating margin increased to 13.7 per cent. This is a direct result of our successful execution of the 2020 Strategy.

 

Profit before tax, on a reported post-IFRS 16 basis, was £69.9 million. On a pre-IFRS 16 basis, profit before tax was £70.1 million (2018: £62.9 million), an increase of 11 per cent. Reported EBITDA was £103.9 million. On a pre-IFRS 16 basis, EBITDA grew by 12 per cent to £90.1 million and the Group's earnings per share, at 29.48 pence, were up 12 per cent on a pre-IFRS 16 basis. Reported earnings per share were 29.36 pence.

 

ROCE was 21.4 per cent (2018: 21.9 per cent), on a reported basis, at 31 December 2019. The consistently high ROCE reflects the Group's tight control and management of inventory and monetary working capital. ROCE was 23.7 per cent on a pre-IFRS 16 basis (2018: 21.9 per cent).

 

Net financial expenses were £3.8 million (2018: £1.9 million), including £1.3 million of additional IFRS 16 lease interest. On a reported basis interest was covered 19.2 times and, on a pre-IFRS 16 basis, interest was covered 29.2 times (2018: 34.1 times).    Interest charges on bank loans totalled £1.9 million (2018: £1.4 million) and, including scheme administration costs, there was an IAS 19 notional interest charge of £0.6 million (2018: £0.5 million) in relation to the Group's Pension Scheme. The IAS 19 notional interest includes interest on obligations under the defined benefit section of the Marshalls plc Pension Scheme, net of the expected return on Scheme assets.

 

The effective tax rate was 17.1 per cent (2018: 18.0 per cent). The Group has paid £9.0 million (2018: £9.9 million) of corporation tax during the year. Deferred tax of £0.5 million in relation to the actuarial gain arising on the defined benefit pension scheme in the year has been taken to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 

For the sixth year running, Marshalls has been awarded the Fair Tax Mark, which recognises social responsibility and transparency in a company's tax affairs. The Group's tax approach has long been closely aligned with the Fair Tax Mark's objectives and this is supported by the Group's tax strategy and fully transparent tax disclosures. Taking into account not only corporation tax but also PAYE and NI paid on our employee wages, aggregate levy, VAT, fuel duty and business rates Marshalls has funded total taxation to the UK economy of £93.6 million in 2019.

 

Capital discipline remains a key priority and the Group's strong cash generation has continued. On a pre-IFRS 16 basis, net debt at 31 December 2019 was significantly reduced to £18.7 million (2018: £37.4 million). Operating cash flow was 96 per cent of EBITDA on a pre-IFRS 16 basis.

 

Reported net debt was £60.0 million at 31 December 2019 (2018: £37.4 million), following the inclusion of £41.3 million of IFRS 16 lease liabilities. The Group increased both capital expenditure and dividends, yet tight control of working capital has led to a reduction in net debt.

 

Impact of IFRS 16

 

In adopting IFRS 16 from 1 January 2019, the Group has applied the modified retrospective transition approach and not restated comparative amounts for the year ended 31 December 2018. Right-of-use assets of £45.0 million and lease liabilities of £46.5 million were recognised as at 1 January 2019.  A transition adjustment of £1.8 million has been taken to retained earnings.

 

The impact on the Income Statement of transitioning to IFRS 16 has been marginal, with reported profit before tax of £0.2 million lower than the pre-IFRS 16 figure of £70.1 million. The application of IFRS 16 resulted in a decrease in other operating expenses of £14.0 million and an increase in depreciation of £12.9 million for the year ended 31 December 2019. The interest expense increased by £1.3 million due to additional IFRS 16 lease interest. Consequently, on a reported basis, there has been an increase in operating profit of £1.1 million and a reduction in profit before tax of £0.2 million. Reported EBITDA of £103.9 million compares with £90.1 million on a pre-IFRS 16 basis. Bank covenants remain on frozen GAAP.

 

Investment priorities

 

Our new 5 year Strategy lays the foundations for our goals and objectives and the Group's long term strategy continues to be to deliver sustainable growth with a continued emphasis on organic growth, investment and a focus on ESG initiatives. At the heart of the strategy are 8 priority areas for investment and business focus. We believe that these areas provide significant growth potential for the Group over the next 5 years. The priorities for investment within the new 5 year Strategy are:

 

·      Brand preference for product specification

·      Digital transformation

·      New product development

·      Logistics excellence

·      Sustainable materials supply

·      Customer centricity

·      Operational excellence

·      Growth in emerging businesses

 

Operating performance

 

In the Public Sector and Commercial end market, Marshalls' strategy offers sustainable integrated solutions to customers, architects and contractors. The objective is to create a brand preference in order to secure product specification. Our Design Space office in Central London has been updated and refreshed during the year to offer specifiers, designers and clients an enhanced experience and to showcase our full range of brand-leading capabilities and technical and design solutions. During the year we have also opened a new Marshalls Design Space in the heart of Birmingham supporting the major redevelopment in the city. We are continually developing our product ranges and systems to ensure that we remain at the forefront of innovation and technology within our industry.

 

In the Domestic end market, the Group's strategy continues to be to drive sales through the Marshalls Register of approved domestic installers. This ensures a consistently high standard of quality, customer service and marketing support. The Marshalls Register is unique and comprises approximately 1,900 installer teams.

 

Capital expenditure was £22.9 million in the year ended 31 December 2019 and further capital expenditure of £20 million is planned for 2020. We continue to generate a good pipeline of capital investment projects that will drive future organic growth. Edenhall's new £6 million state-of-the-art factory in South Wales was completed and fully commissioned in 2019. It has the capacity to deliver 100 million brick equivalents per annum.  CPM's new precast factory was completed in 2018 and has increased the manufacturing capability for bespoke water management solutions.

 

Further investment continues to be made to develop our wide-ranging digital strategy, encompassing digital trading, digital marketing and digital business. Digital investment has been £9 million over the last 3 years.

 

In the core Landscape Products business, the growth in revenue from new products continued strongly, increasing by 9 per cent during 2019. Research and development expenditure amounted to £5.5 million (2018: £4.9 million). The objective is to deliver innovative market leading new products that are aligned with customer needs across all business areas. The development pipeline continues to be strong and the Group is committed to providing high performance product solutions.

 

We aim to maintain the highest standards of health and safety which remains a cornerstone of The Marshalls Way. The Group has continued to invest in health and safety awareness training for all managers and supervisory staff and we continue to promote a culture in which all managers visibly demonstrate health and safety leadership. We remain committed to  continual improvement in health and safety performance.

 

Environmental, social and governance ("ESG") objectives

 

The Board is committed to the promotion of strong ethical, environmental and corporate social responsibility principles. This is a fundamental element of The Marshalls Way. We recognise the need to have sustainable products and services and to consider the long-term impact of every decision the Group makes. We are focused in playing our part in addressing the risk of climate change and the protection of the environment and we are engaging with our stakeholders to ensure they also put sustainability first. Our ESG agenda is supported by a detailed framework and comprehensive policies.

 

We support capital projects which improve operational efficiency and better utilisation of resources and raw materials. The investment in our new stone processing sawmills is a good example of this and our procurement process is focused on sourcing ethical and sustainable materials. We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our products, reducing packaging and the recycling of water at our sites.

 

Capital allocation

 

The Group's capital allocation strategy is to maintain a strong balance sheet and flexible capital structure that recognises cyclical risk, while focusing on security, efficiency and liquidity.

 

The capital allocation strategy prioritises organic capital investment, supported by an increase in new product development and research and development expenditure. The strategy also targets selective bolt-on acquisition opportunities. In addition, the objective is to maintain a dividend cover of 2 times earnings over the medium term and to give consideration to supplementary dividends.

 

Balance sheet and net debt

 

Net assets at 31 December 2019 were £295.8 million (2018: £266.7 million). The Group has a strong balance sheet with a good range of medium-term bank facilities available to fund investment initiatives to generate growth.

 

Reported net debt was £60.0 million at 31 December 2019 (2018: £37.4 million), following the inclusion of £41.3 million of IFRS 16 lease liabilities. The Group increased both capital expenditure and dividends, yet tight control of working capital has led to a reduction in net debt. The ratio of net debt to EBITDA was 0.6 times at 31 December 2019 on a reported basis, and 0.2 times on a pre-IFRS 16 basis. Both are comfortably within our target range, of between 0 to 1 times, and well below covenant levels. The Group continues to prioritise the close control of inventory and the effective management of working capital. Debtor days remain industry leading due to continued close control of credit management procedures.

 

The balance sheet value of the Group's defined benefit pension scheme was a surplus of £15.7 million (2018: £13.5 million). The amount has been determined by the Scheme actuary. The fair value of the scheme assets at 31 December 2019 was £368.8 million (2018: £343.7 million) and the present value of the scheme liabilities is £353.1 million (2018: £330.2 million).

 

These changes have resulted in an actuarial gain, net of deferred taxation, of £2.4 million (2018: £8.3 million actuarial gain) and this has been recorded in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income. Following the completion of the 2018 triennial actuarial valuation during the year, the Company has agreed with the Trustee that no cash contributions are now payable under the funding and recovery plan.

 

Dividends

 

The Group continues to follow a progressive dividend policy aimed at achieving up to 2 times earnings cover over the business cycle. For the current year, the Board is recommending a final dividend of 9.65 pence per share (2018: 8.00 pence per share) which, together with the interim dividend of 4.70 pence per share (2018: 4.00 pence per share), makes a combined dividend of 14.35 pence per share (2018: 12.00 pence per share), an increase of 20 per cent for the year.

 

The Board is also recommending a supplementary dividend of 4.00 pence per share for 2019 (2018: 4.00 pence per share). The aim continues to be to maintain a degree of flexibility within our dividend strategy by utilising discretionary supplementary dividends commensurate with free cash flow and after considering future group capital requirements. The payment of this supplementary dividend provides increased returns for shareholders whilst at the same time recognising an appropriate degree of caution and stewardship.

 

Subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting, the final ordinary and supplementary dividends will be paid on 30 June 2020 to shareholders on the register on 5 June 2020. If approved by shareholders, the total dividend for the year will be 18.35 pence per share (2018: 16:00 pence per share).

 

Outlook

 

The Group has delivered further growth in 2019 despite a period of market slowdown and economic and political uncertainty. The CPA's recent Winter Forecast predicted an increase in UK market volumes of 0.6 per cent in 2019, followed by a decrease of 0.3 per cent in 2020. The underlying indicators in our key New Build Housing, Road, Rail and Water Management markets remain supportive.

 

The Board is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation of COVID-19. To date we have seen no discernible impact on the business. The Company regularly carries out onerous stress testing of its balance sheet and liquidity using a set process. Consistent with Group strategy we look to maintain a conservative approach to debt with a policy of running leverage at less than one times debt to EBITDA.  This proactive management of risk and conservative borrowing ensure good liquidity to manage any emerging risks.

 

The Board believes that the Group's new 5 year Strategy will continue to deliver sustainable growth, whilst maintaining a strong balance sheet and a flexible capital structure. The strategy is underpinned by positive market fundamentals, focused investment plans and an established brand.

 

Martyn Coffey

Chief Executive

 

 

Marshalls plc

Preliminary Announcement of Results

Consolidated Income Statement

 

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

2019

2018

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

Revenue

3

541,832

490,988

Net operating costs

4

(468,151)

(426,154)

Operating profit

3

73,681

64,834

Financial expenses

5

(3,835)

(1,904)

Financial income

5

7

5

Profit before tax

2

69,853

62,935

Income tax expense

6

(11,942)

(11,307)

Profit for the financial year

 

57,911

51,628

Profit for the year

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

Equity shareholders of the Parent

 

58,240

51,958

Non-controlling interests

 

(329)

(330)

 

 

57,911

51,628

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic

7

29.36

26.29p

Diluted

7

29.14

26.08p

Dividend

 

 

 

Pence per share

8

16.70p

14.80p

Dividends declared

8

31,113

29,250

All results relate to continuing operations.

 

Marshalls plc

Preliminary Announcement of Results

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

£'000

£'000

Profit for the financial year

 

57,911

51,628

Other comprehensive income / (expense)

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to the Income Statement:

 

 

 

Remeasurements of the net defined benefit asset

 

2,847

9,985

Deferred tax arising

 

(484)

(1,698)

Total items that will not be reclassified to the Income Statement

 

2,363

8,287

Items that are or may in the future be reclassified to the Income Statement:

 

 

 

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges

 

231

528

Fair value of cash flow hedges transferred to the Income Statement

 

113

(668)

Deferred tax arising

 

(58)

27

Exchange difference on retranslation of foreign currency net investment

 

992

(208)

Exchange movements associated with borrowings designated as a hedge against net investment

 

 

(869)

199

Foreign currency translation differences - non-controlling interests

 

(42)

(35)

Total items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to the Income Statement

 

367

(157)

Other comprehensive income for the year, net of income tax

 

2,730

8,130

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

60,641

59,758

Attributable to:

 

 

 

Equity shareholders of the Parent

 

61,012

60,123

Non-controlling interests

 

(371)

(365)

 

 

60,641

59,758

 

Marshalls plc

Preliminary Announcement of Results

Consolidated Balance Sheet

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

2019

2018*

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

195,554

192,061

Right-of-use assets

9

40,014

-

Intangible assets

 

95,799

95,802

Employee benefits

11

15,721

13,516

Deferred taxation assets

 

2,947

1,406

 

 

350,035

302,785

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

89,238

84,361

Trade and other receivables

 

69,418

80,430

Cash and cash equivalents

 

53,258

45,709

Derivative financial instruments

 

620

276

 

 

212,534

210,776

Total assets

 

562,569

513,561

Liabilities

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

121,379

128,533

Corporation tax

 

11,234

9,683

Short-term lease liabilities

10

9,736

-

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

 

20,000

2,974

 

 

162,349

141,190

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Long-term lease liabilities

10

32,224

-

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

 

51,274

80,168

Provisions

 

2,649

7,935

Deferred taxation liabilities

 

18,307

17,553

 

 

104,454

105,656

Total liabilities

 

266,803

246,846

Net assets

 

295,766

266,715

Equity

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to equity shareholders of the Parent

 

 

 

Called-up share capital

 

50,013

49,998

Share premium account

 

24,482

24,326

Own shares

 

(1,391)

(888)

Capital redemption reserve

 

75,394

75,394

Consolidation reserve

 

(213,067)

(213,067)

Hedging reserve

 

559

273

Retained earnings

 

359,053

329,585

Equity attributable to equity shareholders of the Parent

 

295,043

265,621

Non-controlling interests

 

723

1,094

Total equity

 

295,766

266,715

*The comparatives have been restated as a result of a reassessment of the fair value of assets and liabilities (Note 12).

 

Marshalls plc

Preliminary Announcement of Results

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

2019

2018

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year

 

57,911

51,628

Income tax expense

6

11,942

11,307

Profit before tax

 

69,853

62,935

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

27,771

14,199

Amortisation

 

2,423

1,759

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment

 

(306)

(738)

Equity settled share-based payments

 

3,024

1,434

Financial income and expenses (net)

 

3,828

1,899

Operating cash flow before changes in working capital

 

106,593

81,488

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables

 

10,645

(6,927)

Increase in inventories

 

(5,262)

(4,314)

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables

 

(10,151)

6,009

Operational restructuring costs paid

 

(1,109)

(1,244)

Acquisition costs paid

 

(375)

(594)

Cash generated from operations

 

100,341

74,418

Financial expenses paid

 

(3,193)

(1,308)

Income tax paid

 

(9,023)

(9,855)

Net cash flow from operating activities

 

88,125

63,255

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

523

1,637

Financial income received

 

7

5

Acquisition of subsidiary undertaking

 

-

(11,726)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

 

(20,488)

(27,296)

Acquisition of intangible assets

 

(2,420)

(1,995)

Net cash flow from investing activities

 

(22,378)

(39,375)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of share capital

 

225

1,784

Payments to acquire own shares

 

(1,470)

(1,210)

Payment in respect of share-based payment awards

 

-

(3,683)

Repayment of borrowings following acquisition of subsidiaries

 

-

(4,742)

(Decrease) / increase in borrowings

 

(10,927)

39,101

Cash payment for the principle portion of the lease liabilities

 

(12,723)

(101)

Equity dividends paid

 

(33,203)

(29,250)

Net cash flow from financing activities

 

(58,098)

1,899

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

7,649

25,779

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

 

45,709

19,845

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations

 

(100)

85

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

 

53,258

45,709

 

Marshalls plc

Preliminary Announcement of Results

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Attributable to equity holders of the Company

 

 

 

 

Share

 

Capital

 

 

 

 

Non-

 

 

Share

premium

Own

redemption

Consolidation

Hedging

Retained

 

controlling

Total

 

capital

account

shares

reserve

reserve

reserve

earnings

Total

interests

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

49,998

24,326

(888)

75,394

(213,067)

273

329,585

265,621

1,094

266,715

Effect of initial application of IFRS 16 (Note 1)

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,842)

(1,842)

-

(1,842)

At 1 January 2019 - as restated

49,998

24,326

(888)

75,394

(213,067)

273

327,743

263,779

1,094

264,873

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year attributable to equity shareholders of the Parent

-

-

-

-

-

-

58,240

58,240

(329)

57,911

Other comprehensive income / (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

-

123

123

(42)

81

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges

-

-

-

-

-

231

-

231

-

231

Net change in fair value of cash flow hedges transferred to the Income Statement

-

-

-

-

-

113

-

113

-

113

Deferred tax arising

-

-

-

-

-

(58)

-

(58)

-

(58)

Defined benefit plan actuarial gain

-

-

-

-

-

-

2,847

2,847

-

2,847

Deferred tax arising

-

-

-

-

-

-

(484)

(484)

-

(484)

Total other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

286

2,486

2,772

(42)

2,730

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

286

60,726

61,012

(371)

60,641

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions by and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

3,024

3,024

-

3,024

Deferred tax on
share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,219

1,219

-

1,219

Corporation tax on
share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

457

457

-

457

Dividends to equity shareholders

-

-

-

-

-

-

(33,203)

(33,203)

-

(33,203)

Shares issued

15

156

54

-

-

-

-

225

-

225

Purchase of own shares

-

-

(1,470)

-

-

-

-

(1,470)

-

(1,470)

Disposal of own shares

-

-

913

-

-

-

(913)

-

-

-

Total contributions by and distributions to owners

15

156

(503)

-

-

-

(29,416)

(29,748)

-

(29,748)

Total transactions with owners of the Company

15

156

(503)

-

-

286

31,310

31,264

(371)

30,893

At 31 December 2019

50,013

24,482

(1,391)

75,394

(213,067)

559

359,053

295,043

723

295,766

 

Marshalls plc

Preliminary Announcement of Results

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (continued)

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

Attributable to equity holders of the Company

 

 

 

 

Share

 

Capital

 

 

 

 

Non-

 

 

Share

premium

Own

redemption

Consolidation

Hedging

Retained

 

controlling

Total

 

capital

account

shares

reserve

reserve

reserve

earnings

Total

interests

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Prior year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2018

49,845

22,695

(2,359)

75,394

(213,067)

386

303,274

236,168

1,459

237,627

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year attributable to equity shareholders of the Parent

-

-

-

-

-

-

51,958

51,958

(330)

51,628

Other comprehensive income / (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency
translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

-

(9)

(9)

(35)

(44)

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges

-

-

-

-

-

528

-

528

-

528

Net change in fair value of cash flow hedges transferred to the Income Statement

-

-

-

-

-

(668)

-

(668)

-

(668)

Deferred tax arising

-

-

-

-

-

27

-

27

-

27

Defined benefit plan actuarial gain

-

-

-

-

-

-

9,985

9,985

-

9,985

Deferred tax arising

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,698)

(1,698)

-

(1,698)

Total other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

(113)

8,278

8,165

(35)

8,130

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

(113)

60,236

60,123

(365)

59,758

Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions by and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,249)

(2,249)

-

(2,249)

Deferred tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

(171)

(171)

-

(171)

Corporation tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

426

426

-

426

Dividends to equity shareholders

-

-

-

-

-

-

(29,250)

(29,250)

-

(29,250)

Shares issued

153

1,631

-

-

-

-

-

1,784

-

1,784

Purchase of own shares

-

-

(1,210)

-

-

-

-

(1,210)

-

(1,210)

Disposal of own shares

-

-

2,681

-

-

-

(2,681)

-

-

-

Total contributions by and distributions to owners

153

1,631

1,471

-

-

-

(33,925)

(30,670)

-

(30,670)

Total transactions with owners of the Company

153

1,631

1,471

-

-

(113)

26,311

29,453

(365)

29,088

At 31 December 2018

49,998

24,326

(888)

75,394

(213,067)

273

329,585

265,621

1,094

266,715

 

Marshalls plc

Preliminary Announcement of Results

Notes to the Financial Statements

for the year ended 31 December 2019

 

1 Basis of Preparation

 

Whilst the Financial Information included in this Preliminary Announcement has been prepared on the basis of the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") in issue, as adopted by the European Union and effective at 31 December 2019, this announcement does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with IFRS. The Group expects to publish full Consolidated Financial Statements in April 2020.

 

The Financial Information set out in this Preliminary Announcement does not constitute the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements for the years ended 31 December 2019 or 2018, but is derived from those Financial Statements. Statutory Financial Statements for 2018 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2019 will be delivered following the Company's Annual General Meeting. The auditor, Deloitte LLP, has reported on those Financial Statements. The audit reports were unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis without qualifying the reports and did not contain statements under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006 in respect of the Financial Statements for 2019 or 2018.

 

The Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted for use in the EU and therefore the Group Financial Statements comply with Article 4 of the EU IAS Regulations. The Group has applied all accounting standards and interpretations issued by the IASB and International Financial Reporting Committee relevant to its operations and which are effective in respect of these Financial Statements.

 

Adoption of new standards in 2019

The Group has applied IFRS 16 "Leases" with effect from 1 January 2019. The impact of adoption is set out below.

Other than in respect of IFRS 16, the accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout the Group for the purpose of the Consolidated Financial Statements. The accounting policies are set out on the Company's website.

IFRS 16 "Leases"

IFRS 16 distinguishes leases and service contracts on the basis of whether an identified asset is controlled by a customer. Distinctions of operating leases (off balance sheet) and finance leases (on balance sheet) are removed for lessee accounting, and are replaced by a model where a right-of-use asset and a corresponding liability have to be recognised for all leases by lessees (i.e. all on balance sheet) except for short-term leases and leases of low value assets.

The right-of-use asset is initially measured at cost and subsequently measured at cost (subject to certain exceptions) less accumulated depreciation and impairment losses, adjusted for any remeasurement of the lease liability. The lease liability is initially measured at the present value of the lease payments that are not paid at that date. Subsequently, the lease liability is adjusted for interest and lease payments, as well as for the impact of lease modifications, amongst others. The classification of cash flows is affected because operating lease payments under IAS 17 are presented as operating cash flows, whereas, under the IFRS 16 model, the lease payments are split into a principal and an interest portion which are presented as financing and operating cash flows respectively. Depreciation of the right-of-use asset is recognised in the Income Statement on a straight line basis, with interest recognised on the lease liability.

In adopting IFRS 16 from 1 January 2019, the Group has applied the modified retrospective transition approach and not restated comparative amounts for the year ended 31 December 2018. Right-of-use assets of £45,022,000 and lease liabilities of £46,520,000 were recognised as at 1 January 2019. For certain leases the Group has elected to measure the right-of-use asset as if IFRS 16 had been applied since the start of the lease, but using the incremental borrowing rate at 1 January 2019, with the difference between the right-of-use asset and the lease liability taken to retained earnings. In other cases, the Group has elected to measure right-of-use assets at the amount of the lease liability on adoption (adjusted for any lease prepayments or accrued lease expenses, onerous lease provisions and leased assets which have subsequently been sub-leased). The Group has elected to adopt the following practical expedients on transition:

·        where an onerous lease provision is in existence, to utilise this provision to reduce the right-of-use asset value rather than undertaking an impairments review;

·        to use hindsight in determining the lease term;

·        to exclude initial direct costs from the measurement of the right-of-use asset; and

·        to apply the portfolio approach where a group of leases has similar characteristics.

The Group's leases principally comprise commercial vehicles and trailers, fork-lift trucks, motor vehicles, certain property assets and fixed plant.

Short-term leases, with a duration of less than 12 months, have been accounted for in accordance with the recognition exemption in IFRS 16 and hence related payments are expensed as incurred. The Group also made use of the option to apply the recognition exemption for low value assets (with a value of less than the equivalent of $5,000), which means that related payments have been expensed as incurred. Expenses for short-term and low value assets amounted to £555,000 in the year ended 31 December 2019.

Financial impact of IFRS 16

(a)   Impact on transition

On transition to IFRS 16, the Group recognised additional right-of-use assets and additional lease liabilities, recognising the difference in retained earnings. The impact on transition is summarised below:

 

 

1 January

2019

 

£'000

Right-of-use assets

45,022

Lease liabilities

(46,520)

Retained earnings

1,842

Deferred tax

415

Reclassification of prepayments and accruals

(3)

Reclassification of finance lease assets

(1,697)

Reclassification of finance lease liabilities

941

 

-

 

Included in the transition values for right-of-use assets and lease liabilities are £1,697,000 and £941,000 respectively in relation to previously recognised finance leases under IAS 17. The net assets value in respect of these items was £756,000.

Of the total right-of-use assets of £46,719,000 recognised at 1 January 2019, £20,910,000 related to leases of property and £25,809,000 to leases of plant and machinery.

The table below presents a reconciliation from operating lease commitments disclosed at 31 December 2018 to lease liabilities recognised at 1 January 2019.

 

£'000

Operating lease commitments disclosed under IAS 17 at 31 December 2018

66,508

Exclusion of service / maintenance elements of a contract from the lease liability

(8,934)

Effect of discounting

(11,995)

Finance lease liabilities recognised under IAS 17 at 31 December 2018

941

Lease liabilities recognised at 1 January 2019

46,520

 

The lease liabilities were discounted at the incremental borrowing rate at 1 January 2019. The weighted average discount rate applied was 2.9 per cent. The incremental borrowing rate is calculated at the rate of interest which the Group would have been able to borrow for a similar term with a similar security of funds necessary to obtain a similar asset in a similar market.

(b)   Impact for the period

In terms of the Income Statement impact, the application of IFRS 16 resulted in a decrease in other operating expenses and an increase in depreciation and interest expense compared to IAS 17. During the year ended 31 December 2019, in relation to leases under IFRS 16, the Group recognised the following amounts in the Consolidated Income Statement.

 

£'000

Depreciation

12,868

Interest expense

1,342

Other lease payments including short-term and low value lease expenses

555

 

14,765

 

The reconciliation of the Income Statement is as follows:

 

Pre-IFRS 16
December

2019

 

Impact of

IFRS 16

As reported

December

2019

 

December

2018

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

541,832

-

541,832

490,988

Net operating costs

(469,252)

1,101

(468,151)

(426,154)

Operating profit

72,580

1,101

73,681

64,834

Finance charges (net)

(2,486)

(1,342)

(3,828)

(1,899)

Profit before tax

70,094

(241)

69,853

62,935

Income tax

(11,942)

-

(11,942)

(11,307)

Profit after tax

58,152

(241)

57,911

51,628

 

(c)   Impact on the Cash Flow Statement

Under IFRS 16 the cash payments for leasing are presented within financing activities and amount to £12,723,000 in the Consolidated Cash Flow Statement. Under IAS 17 operating lease payments were presented as operating cash outflows. The impact on the Consolidated Cash Flow Statement for the year ended 31 December 2019 has been to increase net cash flow from operating activities to £88,125,000. On a pre-IFRS 16 basis net cash flows from operating activities would have been £75,712,000 (2018: £63,255,000).

(d)   Impact on the Balance Sheet

 

Pre-IFRS 16

December

2019

 

Impact of

IFRS 16

 

As reported

December

2019

 

 

December

2018

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Property, plant and equipment

196,989

 

(1,435)

 

195,554

 

192,061

Right-of-use assets

-

 

40,014

 

40,014

 

-

Deferred taxation assets

2,550

 

397

 

2,947

 

1,406

Net impact on total assets

199,539

 

38,976

 

238,515

 

193,467

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

71,912

 

(638)

 

71,274

 

83,142

Lease liabilities

-

 

41,960

 

41,960

 

-

Deferred taxation liabilities

18,307

 

-

 

18,307

 

17,553

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net impact on total liabilities

90,219

 

41,322

 

131,541

 

100,695

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retained earnings

361,137

 

(2,084)

 

359,053

 

329,585

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

297,850

 

(2,084)

 

295,766

 

266,715

 

(e)   Impact on financial metrics

 

Pre-IFRS 16
December

2019

 

Impact of

IFRS 16

As reported

December

2019

 

December

2018

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax (£'000)

70,094

(241)

69,853

62,935

EBITDA (£'000)

90,115

13,760

103,875

80,792

EPS (pence)

29.48

(0.12)

29.36

26.29

Net debt (£'000)

18,654

41,322

59,976

37,433

ROCE (%)

23.7

(2.3)

21.4

21.9

Net debt : EBITDA

0.2

0.4

0.6

0.5

Gearing (%)

6.3

14.0

20.3

14.0

 

The following other standards, interpretations and amendments to existing standards became effective on 1 January 2019 and have not had a material impact on the Group.

-       IFRC 23: "Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments", effect from 1 January 2019;

-       Amendments to IFRS 9: "Prepayment Features with Negative Compensation", effective from 1 January 2019;

-       Amendments to IAS 28: "Long-term Interests in Associates and Joint Ventures", effective from 1 January 2019;

-       Amendments to IAS 19: "Plan Amendment, Curtailment or Settlement", effective from 1 January 2019; and

-       "Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2015-2017 Cycle", effective from 1 January 2019.

The following other standards, interpretations and amendments to existing standards have been issued but were not mandatory for accounting periods beginning 1 January 2019 and are not expected to have a material impact on the Group.

-       Amendments to IFRS 3: "Definition of a Business, effective from 1 January 2020" (not yet endorsed by the EU);

-       Amendments to References to the Conceptual Framework in IFRS Standards, effective from 1 January 2020 (not yet endorsed by the EU);

-       Amendments to IAS 1 and IAS 8: "Definition of Material", effective from 1 January 2020 (not yet endorsed by the EU);

-       "IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts", effective from 1 January 2021;

-       Amendments to IFRS 10 and IAS 28: "Sale or contribution of assets between an investor and its associate or joint venture, effective date deferred indefinitely";

-       Annual improvements 2018 - 2020 cycle (not yet endorsed by the EU); and

-       "Interest Rate Benchmark Reform (amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, and IFRS 7)", effective from 1 January 2020.

Other than in respect of IFRS 16 "Leases", the Directors do not expect that the adoption of the standards listed above will have a material impact on the Financial Statements of the Group in future periods.

Details of the Group's funding position are set out in Note 13 and are subject to normal covenant arrangements. The Group's on-demand overdraft facility is reviewed on an annual basis and the current arrangements were renewed and signed on 6 August 2019. In the opinion of the Directors there are sufficient unutilised facilities held which mature after 12 months. The Group's performance is dependent on economic and market conditions, the outlook for which is difficult to predict. Based on current expectations, the Group's cash forecasts continue to meet half year and year-end bank covenants and there is adequate headroom which is not dependent on facility renewals. The Directors believe that the Group is well placed to manage its business risks successfully. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Consolidated Financial Statements.

The Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared on the historical cost basis except that the following assets and liabilities are stated at their fair value: derivative financial instruments and liabilities for cash settled share-based payments.

The accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout the Group for the purposes of these Consolidated Financial Statements and are also set out on the Company's website (www.marshalls.co.uk/investor/financial-performance).

The Consolidated Financial Statements are presented in Sterling, rounded to the nearest thousand. Sterling is the currency of the primary economic environment in which the Group operates.

The preparation of Financial Statements in conformity with adopted IFRSs requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised, if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

2 Alternative performance measures

 

The Group uses alternative performance measures ("APMs") which are not defined or specified under IFRS. The Group believes that these APMs, which are not considered to be a substitute for IFRS measures, provide additional helpful information. APMs are consistent with how business performance is planned, reported and assessed internally by management and the Board and provide more meaningful comparative information.

Like-for-like revenue growth

Management uses like-for-like revenue growth as it provides a consistent measure of the percentage increase / decrease in revenue year-on-year, excluding the effect of acquisitions.

 

2019

2018

Increase

 

£'000

£'000

%

Reported revenue

541,832

490,988

10%

Edenhall post-acquisition revenue

(35,489)

(675)

 

Like-for-like revenue

506,343

490,313

3%

 

EBITA and EBITDA

EBITA represents earnings before interest, tax and the amortisation of intangibles. This is a component of the ROCE calculation. EBITDA is calculated by adding back depreciation to EBITA.

 

As reported

Pre-IFRS 16

Pre-IFRS 16

 

 

2019

2019

2018

Increase

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

%

EBITDA

103,875

90,115

80,792

29%

Depreciation

(27,771)

(15,112)*

(14,199)

 

EBITA

76,104

75,003

66,593

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

(2,423)

(2,423)

(1,759)

 

Operating profit

73,681

72,580

64,834

14%

* Pre-IFRS 16 depreciation of £15,112,000 comprises depreciation of £14,903,000 in respect of tangible fixed assets (Note 4) and £209,000 relating to assets previously classified as finance leases but now reclassified as right-of-use assets.

 

ROCE

Reported ROCE is defined as EBITA divided by shareholders' funds plus cash / net debt.

 

As reported

Pre-IFRS 16

Pre-IFRS 16

 

2019

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

EBITA

76,104

75,003

66,593

Shareholders' funds

295,766

297,850

266,715

Net debt

59,976

18,654

37,433

 

355,742

316,504

304,148

Reported ROCE

21.4%

23.7%

21.9%

 

ROCE on a like-for-like basis (excluding the impact of acquisitions) includes adjustments to report the calculation on a basis that eliminates the impact of the acquisition of Edenhall in 2018. This ensures comparability with the prior year period.

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Reported EBITA

76,104

66,593

Post-acquisition EBIT

-

(21)

Amortisation of intangible assets in year of acquisition

-

17

Acquisition costs

-

375

Adjusted EBITA

76,104

66,964

Shareholders' funds

295,766

266,715

Net debt

59,976

37,433

 

355,742

304,148

Impact on net debt arising from the acquisitions in the year

-

(16,468)

As adjusted

355,742

287,680

ROCE on a like-for-like basis (excluding the impact of acquisitions)

21.4%

23.3%

 

Net Debt

Net debt comprises cash at bank and in hand, bank loans and leasing liabilities. An analysis of net debt is provided at Note 13.

 

IFRS 16 transition

The financial impact of the transition to IFRS 16 is set out in Note 1. Disclosures required under IFRS are referred to as either on a post-IFRS 16 basis or on a reported basis. Disclosures referred to on a pre-IFRS 16 basis are restated to those that applied before the adoption of IFRS 16 and are used throughout this Annual Report to show a like-for-like comparison with prior year periods.

 

The ratio of operating cash flows to EBITDA

The ratio of operating cash flows to EBITDA is calculated on a pre-IFRS 16 basis as set out below:

 

 

Pre-IFRS 16

Pre-IFRS 16

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Net cash flows from operating activities

75,712

63,255

Net financial expenses paid

1,851

1,308

Taxation paid

9,023

9,855

Operating cash flow

86,586

74,418

EBITDA

90,115

80,792

Ratio of operating cash flow to EBITDA

96.1%

92.1%

 

 

3 Segmental analysis

Segment revenues and results

 

2019

 

2018

 

Landscape

 

 

 

Landscape

 

 

 

Products

Other

Total

 

Products

Other

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Total revenue

413,484

132,453

545,937

 

398,128

96,943

495,071

Inter-segment revenue

(362)

(3,743)

(4,105)

 

(228)

(3,855)

(4,083)

External revenue

413,122

128,710

541,832

 

397,900

93,088

490,988

Segment operating profit

71,663

6,719

78,382

 

68,418

2,095

70,513

Unallocated administration costs

 

 

(4,701)

 

 

 

(5,679)

Operating profit

 

 

73,681

 

 

 

64,834

Finance charges (net)

 

 

(3,828)

 

 

 

(1,899)

Profit before tax

 

 

69,853

 

 

 

62,935

Taxation

 

 

(11,942)

 

 

 

(11,307)

Profit after tax

 

 

57,911

 

 

 

51,628

 

The Group has 2 customers which each contributed more than 10 per cent of total revenue in the current and prior year.

The Landscape Products reportable segment operates a national manufacturing plan that is structured around a series of production units throughout the UK, in conjunction with a single logistics and distribution operation. A national planning process supports sales to both of the key end markets, namely the UK Domestic and Public Sector and Commercial end markets and the operating assets produce and deliver a range of broadly similar products that are sold into each of these end markets. Within the Landscape Products operating segment the focus is on one integrated production, logistics and distribution network supporting both end markets.

Included in "Other" are the Group's Landscape Protection, Mineral Products, Premier Mortars and International operations, which do not currently meet the IFRS 8 reporting requirements. Following the acquisition, the Edenhall business has been included within "Other".

The accounting policies of the Landscape Products operating segment are the same as the Group's accounting policies. Segment profit represents the profit earned without allocation of certain central administration costs that are not capable of allocation. Centrally administered overhead costs that relate directly to the reportable segment are included within the segment's results.

Segment assets

 

2019

2018*

 

£'000

£'000

Fixed assets, right-of-use assets and inventory:

 

 

Landscape Products

232,539

201,489

Other

92,267

74,933

Total segment fixed assets, right-of-use assets and inventory

324,806

276,422

Unallocated assets

237,763

237,139

Consolidated total assets

562,569

513,561

* The comparatives have been restated as a result of a reassessment of the fair value of assets and liabilities acquired (Note 12).

 

For the purpose of monitoring segment performance and allocating resources between segments, the Group's CODM monitors the tangible fixed assets, right-of-use assets and inventory. Assets used jointly by reportable segments are not allocated to individual reportable segments.

Other segment information

 

Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

Fixed asset and right-of-use asset additions

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

Landscape Products

21,603

13,251

 

24,550

21,060

Other

8,591

2,707

 

5,027

6,256

 

30,194

15,958

 

29,577

27,316

 

Geographical destination of revenue

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

United Kingdom

514,905

467,032

Rest of the world

26,927

23,956

 

541,832

490,988

The Group's revenue is subject to seasonal fluctuations resulting from demand from customers. In particular, demand is higher in the summer months. The Group manages the seasonal impact through the use of a seasonal working capital facility.

 

4 Net operating costs

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Raw materials and consumables

198,124

172,175

Changes in inventories of finished goods and work in progress

847

6,267

Personnel costs

128,221

116,588

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

14,903

14,199

Depreciation of right-to-use assets

12,868

-

Amortisation of intangible assets

2,423

1,759

Own work capitalised

(4,216)

(3,340)

Other operating costs

116,135

120,187

Operational restructuring costs

1,396

1,244

Acquisition costs

-

375

Operating costs

470,701

429,454

Other operating income

(2,244)

(2,562)

Net gain on asset and property disposals

(306)

(738)*

Net operating costs

468,151

426,154

* This reflects the proceeds of the sale of a domain name and is net of associated digital strategy costs.

 

In the prior year operating costs were expensed in accordance with the requirements of IAS 17. For the period ended 31 December 2019, leasing expenses for short-term leases as well as leases of low value assets remain within leasing costs, because the Group has applied the recognition exemption for those contracts provided by IFRS 16. Right-of-use assets are depreciated over the lease term.

5 Financial expenses and income

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

(a) Financial expenses

 

 

Net interest expense on defined benefit pension scheme

542

496

Interest expense on bank loans, overdrafts and loan notes

1,951

1,403

Interest expense on lease liabilities

1,342

5

 

3,835

1,904

(b) Financial income

 

 

Interest receivable and similar income

7

5

Net interest expense on the defined benefit pension scheme is disclosed net of Company recharges.

 

6 Income tax expense

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Current tax expense

 

 

Current year

13,214

11,269

Adjustments for prior years

(1,577)

(934)

 

11,637

10,335

Deferred taxation expense

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences:

 

 

Current year

556

921

Adjustments for prior years

(251)

51

Total tax expense

11,942

11,307

 

 

2019

2019

2018

2018

 

%

£'000

%

£'000

Reconciliation of effective tax rate

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

100

69,853

100.0

62,935

Tax using domestic corporation tax rate

19.0

13,272

19.0

11,957

Impact of capital allowances in excess of depreciation

(0.7)

(523)

(0.6)

(402)

Short-term timing differences

0.6

386

0.9

595

Adjustment to tax charge in prior year

(2.3)

(1,577)

(1.5)

(934)

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

0.1

79

(1.4)

(881)

Corporation tax charge for the year

16.7

11,637

16.4

10,335

Impact of capital allowances in excess of depreciation

0.9

648

(0.2)

(130)

Short-term timing differences

-

-

1.8

1,139

Pension scheme movements

(0.2)

(109)

(0.2)

(101)

Other items

0.4

261

0.5

300

Adjustment to tax charge in prior year

(0.4)

(251)

0.1

51

Impact of the change in the rate of corporation tax on deferred taxation

(0.3)

(244)

(0.4)

(287)

Total tax charge for the year

17.1

11,942

18.0

11,307

The net amount of deferred taxation debited to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income in the year was £542,000 (2018: £1,671,000).

The majority of the Group's profits are earned in the UK with the standard rate of corporation tax being 19 per cent for the year to 31 December 2019.

Capital allowances are tax reliefs provided in law for the expenditure the Group makes on fixed assets. The rates are determined by Parliament annually, and spread the tax relief due over a number of years. This contrasts with the accounting treatment for such spending, where the expenditure on fixed assets is treated as an investment with the cost then being spread over the anticipated useful life of the asset, and / or impaired if the value of such assets is considered to have reduced materially.

The different accounting treatment of fixed assets for tax and accounting purposes is one reason why the taxable income of the Group is not the same as its accounting profit. During the year ended 31 December 2019 the capital allowances due to the Group exceeded the depreciation charge for the year.

Short-term timing differences arise on items such as depreciation in stock and share-based payments because the treatment of such items is different for tax and accounting purposes. These differences usually reverse in the years following those in which they arise, as is reflected in the deferred tax charge in the Financial Statements.

Adjustments to tax charges arising in earlier years arise because the tax charge to be included in a set of accounts has to be estimated before those Financial Statements are finalised. Such charges therefore include some estimates that are checked and refined before the Group's corporation tax returns for the year are submitted to HM Revenue & Customs, which may reflect a different liability as a result.

Some expenses incurred may be entirely appropriate charges for inclusion in the Financial Statements but are not allowed as a deduction against taxable income when calculating the Group's tax liability for the same accounting period. Examples of such disallowable expenditure include business entertainment costs and some legal expenses.

The prior year adjustment in corporation tax includes the reversal of some tax provisions made on acquisition of subsidiaries in 2017 and 2018 which are no longer required.

As can be seen from the tax reconciliation, the process of adjustment that can give rise to current year adjustments to tax charges arising in previous periods can also give rise to revisions in prior year deferred tax estimates. This is why the current year adjustments to the current year charge for capital allowances and short-term timing differences are not exactly replicated in the deferred taxation charge for the year.

The Group's overseas operations comprise a manufacturing operation in Belgium and sales and administration offices in the USA, China and Dubai. The sales of these units, in total, were less than 5 per cent of the Group's turnover in the year ended 31 December 2019. In total, the trading profits were not material and no tax was due.

7 Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share of 29.36 pence (2018: 26.29 pence) per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to Ordinary Shareholders for the financial year, after adjusting for non-controlling interests, of £58,240,000 (2018: £51,958,000) by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period of 198,346,723 (2018: 197,669,293).

Profit attributable to Ordinary Shareholders

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Profit for the financial year

57,911

51,628

Loss attributable to non-controlling interests

329

330

Profit attributable to Ordinary Shareholders

58,240

51,958

 

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares

 

2019

2018

 

Number

Number

Number of issued Ordinary Shares

200,052,157

199,419,571

Effect of shares transferred into Employee Benefit Trust

(1,705,434)

(1,750,278)

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares at the end of the year

198,346,723

197,669,293

 

Diluted earnings per share of 29.14 pence (2018: 26.08 pence) per share is calculated by dividing the profit for the financial year, after adjusting for non-controlling interests, of £58,240,000 (2018: £51,958,000) by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period of 198,346,723 (2018: 197,669,293) plus potentially dilutive shares of 1,496,678 (2018: 1,548,929), which totals 199,843,401 (2018: 199,218,222).

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares (diluted)

 

2019

2018

 

Number

Number

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares

198,346,723

197,669,293

Potentially dilutive shares

1,496,678

1,548,929

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares (diluted)

199,843,401

199,218,222

 

8 Dividends

After the balance sheet date a final dividend of 9.65 pence (2018: 8.00 pence) per qualifying Ordinary Share was proposed by the Directors. In addition a supplementary dividend of 4.00 pence (2018: 4.00 pence) per qualifying Ordinary Share was proposed by the Directors. These dividends have not been provided for and there are no income tax consequences. The total dividends proposed in respect of the year are as follows:

 

Pence per

2019

2018

 

qualifying share

£'000

£'000

2019 supplementary

4.00

7,934

 

2019 final

9.65

19,142

 

2019 interim

4.70

9,323

 

 

18.35

36,399

 

2018 supplementary

4.00

 

7,930

2018 final

8.00

 

15,860

2018 interim

4.00

 

7,906

 

16.00

 

31,696

 

The following dividends were approved by the shareholders and recognised in the year:

 

Pence per

2019

2018

 

qualifying share

£'000

£'000

2019 interim

4.70

9,323

 

2018 supplementary

4.00

7,930

 

2018 final

8.00

15,860

 

 

16.70

33,113

 

2018 interim

4.00

 

7,906

2017 supplementary

4.00

 

7,905

2017 final

6.80

 

13,439

 

14.80

 

29,250

 

The Board recommends a 2019 final dividend of 9.65 pence per qualifying Ordinary Share (amounting to £19,142,000), alongside a supplementary dividend of 4.00 pence per qualifying Ordinary Share (amounting to £7,934,000), to be paid on 30 June 2020 to shareholders registered at the close of business on 5 June 2020.

 

9  Right-of-use assets

 

Land and buildings

Plant and equipment

 

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

New leases recognised

20,508

24,514

45,022

Reclassification of finance lease assets

402

1,295

1,697

At 1 January 2019

20,910

25,809

46,719

Additions

74

6,089

6,163

At 31 December 2019

20,984

31,898

52,882

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and impairment losses

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

-

-

-

Depreciation change for the year

2,057

10,811

12,868

At 31 December 2019

2,057

10,811

12,868

Net book value

 

 

 

1 January 2019

20,910

25,809

46,719

31 December 2019

18,927

21,087

40,014

 

Depreciation charge

The depreciation charge is recognised in the following line items in the Consolidated Income Statement:

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Net operating costs

12,868

-

 

Lease commitments

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Lease commitments that has been contracted for but have not yet commenced

1,764

-

 

10.  Lease liabilities

 

31 December

2019

1 January

2019

 

£'000

£'000

Analysed as:

 

 

Amounts due for settlement within 12 months (shown under current liabilities)

9,736

11,523

Amounts due for settlement after 12 months

32,224

34,997

 

41,960

46,520

 

 

 

2019

 

 

Minimum

 

 

 

 

lease

 

 

 

 

payments

Interest

Principal

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Less than 1 year

 

10,835

1,099

9,736

1 to 2 years

 

8,322

1,476

6,846

2 to 5 years

 

12,469

2,080

10,389

In more than 5 years

 

21,225

6,236

14,989

 

 

52,851

10,891

41,960

 

As at 31 December 2019, the total minimum lease payments (above) comprised property of £30,323,000 and plant, machinery and vehicles of £22,528,000

Certain leased properties have been sublet by the Group. Sublease payments of £214,068 (2018: £207,779) are expected to be received during the following financial year. An amount of £229,034 (2018: £211,164) was recognised as income in the Consolidated Income Statement within net operating costs in respect of subleases.

The Group does not face a significant liquidity risk with regard to its lease liabilities. The interest expense on lease liabilities amounted to £1,342,000 for the year ended 31 December 2019. Lease liabilities are calculated at the present value of the lease payments that are not paid at the commencement date.

 

For the year ended 31 December 2019, the average effective borrowing rate was 2.9 per cent. Interest rates are fixed at the contract date. All leases are on a fixed repayment basis and no arrangements have been entered into for contingent rental payments.

 

11 Employee benefits

The Company sponsors a funded defined benefit pension scheme in the UK (the "Scheme"). The Scheme is administered within a trust which is legally separate from the Company. The Trustee Board is appointed by both the Company and the Scheme's membership and acts in the interest of the Scheme and all relevant stakeholders, including the members and the Company. The Trustee is also responsible for the investment of the Scheme's assets.

The defined benefit section of the Scheme provides pension and lump sums to members on retirement and to dependants on death. The defined benefit section closed to future accrual of benefits on 30 June 2006 with the active members becoming entitled to a deferred pension. Members no longer pay contributions to the defined benefit section. Company contributions to the defined benefit section after this date are used to fund any deficit in the Scheme and the expenses associated with administering the Scheme, as determined by regular actuarial valuations.

The Trustee is required to use prudent assumptions to value the liabilities and costs of the Scheme whereas the accounting assumptions must be best estimates.

The defined benefit section of the Scheme poses a number of risks to the Company, for example longevity risk, investment risk, interest rate risk, inflation risk and salary risk. The Trustee is aware of these risks and uses various techniques to control them. The Trustee has a number of internal control policies, including a risk register, which are in place to manage and monitor the various risks it faces. The Trustee's investment strategy incorporates the use of liability-driven investments ("LDIs") to minimise sensitivity of the actuarial funding position to movements in interest rates and inflation rates.

The defined benefit section of the Scheme is subject to regular actuarial valuations, which are usually carried out every 3 years. The next actuarial valuation is expected to be carried out with an effective date of 5 April 2021. These actuarial valuations are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Pensions Act 2004 and so include deliberate margins for prudence. This contrasts with these accounting disclosures which are determined using best estimate assumptions.

A formal actuarial valuation was carried out as at 5 April 2018. The results of that valuation have been projected to 31 December 2019 by a qualified independent actuary. The figures in the following disclosure were measured using the projected unit method.

 

The amounts recognised in the Consolidated Balance Sheet were as follows:

 

2019

2018

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Present value of Scheme liabilities

(353,136)

(330,222)

(350,554)

Fair value of Scheme assets

368,857

343,738

354,681

Net amount recognised at the year end (before any adjustments for deferred tax)

15,721

13,516

4,127

 

The current and past service costs, settlements and curtailments, together with the net interest expense for the year, are included in the employee benefits expense in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income. Remeasurements of the net defined benefit surplus are included in other comprehensive income.

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Net interest expense recognised in the Consolidated Income Statement

642

596

Remeasurements of the net liability:

 

 

   Return on scheme assets (excluding amount included in interest expense)

(33,362)

7,872

   Loss / (gain) arising from changes in financial assumptions

38,367

(16,326)

   Gain arising from changes in demographic assumptions

(13,017)

(1,531)

   Experience loss

5,165

-

Credit recorded in other comprehensive income

(2,847)

(9,985)

Total defined benefit credit

(2,205)

(9,389)

 

The principal actuarial assumptions used were:

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Liability discount rate

2.10%

2.75%

Inflation assumption - RPI

2.95%

3.15%

Inflation assumption - CPI

2.05%

2.15%

Rate of increase in salaries

n/a

n/a

Revaluation of deferred pensions

2.10%

2.15%

Increases for pensions in payment:

 

 

CPI pension increases (maximum 5% p.a.)

2.10%

2.15%

CPI pension increases (maximum 5% p.a., minimum 3% p.a.)

3.20%

3.20%

CPI pension increases (maximum 3% p.a.)

1.90%

1.95%

Proportion of employees opting for early retirement

0%

0%

Proportion of employees commuting pension for cash

80%

50%

Mortality assumption - before retirement

Same as post retirement

Same as post

retirement

Mortality assumption - after retirement (males)

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S2PXA tables

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110%

105%

Projection basis

Year of birth

Year of birth

 

CMI_2018

1.0%

CMI_2017 1.0%

Mortality assumption - after retirement (females)

S2PXA tables

S2PXA tables

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110%

105%

Projection basis

Year of birth

Year of birth

 

CMI_2018

1.0%

CMI_2017 1.0%

Future expected lifetime of current pensioner at age 65:

 

 

Male aged 65 at year end

85.6

86.1

Female aged 65 at year end

87.5

88.0

Future expected lifetime of future pensioner at age 65:

 

 

Male aged 45 at year end

86.6

87.1

Female aged 45 at year end

88.7

89.2

 

12 Acquisition of subsidiary

On 11 December 2018, Marshalls Mono Limited acquired 100 per cent of the issued share capital of Edenhall Holdings Limited, a concrete brick manufacturer. Edenhall Holdings Limited operates within the UK and is registered in England and Wales.

 

2018

Edenhall

fair values

 

acquired

 

as restated

 

£'000

Land and buildings

3,962

Plant, machinery and vehicles

8,139

Identifiable intangible assets

3,897

Inventories

2,105

Trade and other receivables

5,726

Cash and cash equivalents

33

Trade and other payables

(18,772)

Provisions

(1,647)

Borrowings

(3,959)

Finance leases

(783)

Corporation tax

(692)

Deferred tax

(1,120)

Total identifiable net liabilities

(3,111)

Goodwill

18,190

Total consideration

 

Satisfied by:

 

Cash consideration

10,759

Deferred consideration

1,900

Contingent consideration

2,420

Total cost of investment

15,079

Monies paid into escrow

1,000

 

16,079

Analysis of amounts paid in connection with the acquisition

 

Total cash payments

11,759

Net cash acquired

(33)

Total cash outflow in connection with the acquisition

11,726

 

Acquisition of Edenhall Holdings Limited

Initial cash consideration paid to the vendors was £10,759,000 and, in addition, a further £1,000,000 was paid into an escrow account in relation to certain ongoing legal and regulatory matters identified during the course of due diligence carried out prior to concluding the acquisition. The Group has a right to be reimbursed from amounts held in escrow to the extent that any liability crystallises in respect of these ongoing legal and regulatory matters, up to the full value of the £1,000,000 held in escrow and consequently a reimbursement asset of £1,000,000 was recognised within other debtors. To the extent that any such liabilities are resolved at a lower value than the escrow balances, the excess balance remaining in escrow is payable to the vendors as additional consideration.

The Group has agreed to pay the vendors deferred consideration of £1,900,000 which is payable on 11 December 2021. This is not dependent on performance. Additional consideration is also payable dependent on the achievement of performance targets in the periods post acquisition. These performance periods are up to 3 years in duration and will be settled in cash on their payment date on achieving the relevant targets. The range of the additional consideration payment is estimated to be between £nil and £2,420,000. The Group has included £2,420,000 as contingent consideration related to the additional consideration, which represents its fair value at the acquisition date. Contingent consideration has been calculated based on the Group's expectation of what it will pay in relation to the post-acquisition performance of the acquired entities.

As part of the ongoing review of the fair value of assets and liabilities acquired, adjustments were made to certain accruals and provisions during the period, These had the effect of decreasing the fair value of the net assets acquired under the acquisition by £6,157,000, which has given rise to an increase in goodwill of a similar amount. Goodwill, land and buildings, plant and machinery, trade and other payables and provisions have been restated accordingly in respect of the reported 31 December 2018 balance sheet.

Due to their contractual dates, the fair value of the receivables (shown above) is approximate to the gross contractual amounts receivable. The amount of gross contractual receivables not expected to be recovered is immaterial.

The goodwill arising from the acquisition represents the opportunity to grow by utilising the capabilities and technical expertise of the acquired workforce and by developing synergistic opportunities.

The goodwill arising from the acquisition is not expected to be deductible for income tax purposes.

Transaction costs incurred on acquisition were £375,000 and these were fully expensed in the period to 31 December 2018 (Note 4).

13 Analysis of net debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 January

 

 

 

Other

31 December

 

2019

IFRS 16

Cash flow

New leases

changes

2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash at bank and in hand

45,709

-

7,649

-

(100)

53,258

Debt due within 1 year

(22,493)

-

10,927

-

(8,434)

(20,000)

Debt due after 1 year

(59,708)

-

-

-

8,434

(51,274)

Finance leases

(941)

941

-

-

-

-

Lease liabilities

-

(46,520)

12,723

(8,163)

-

(41,960)

 

(37,433)

(45,579)

31,299

(8,163)

(100)

(59,976)

 

Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement in net debt

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Net increase in cash equivalents

7,649

25,779

Leases recognised on adoption of IFRS 16

(45,579)

-

Cash outflow / (inflow) from decrease / (increase) in bank borrowings

10,927

(34,164)

Cash outflow from lease repayments

12,723

101

Repayment of borrowings following acquisition of subsidiaries

-

(4,742)

New leases entered into

(8,163)

-

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations

(100)

(110)

Movement in net debt in the year

(22,543)

(13,136)

Net debt at 1 January

(37,433)

(24,297)

Net debt at 31 December

(59,976)

(37,433)

 

Borrowing facilities

The total bank borrowing facilities at 31 December 2019 amounted to £155.0 million (2018: £140.0 million), of which £83.7 million (2018: £60.5 million) remained unutilised. There are additional seasonal bank working capital facilities of £10.0 million available between 1 February and 31 August each year. The undrawn facilities available at 31 December 2019, in respect of which all conditions precedent had been met, were as follows:

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Committed:

 

 

Expiring in more than 5 years

-

25,000

Expiring in more than 2 years but not more than 5 years

68,726

20,292

Expiring in 1 year or less

-

180

Uncommitted:

 

 

Expiring in 1 year or less

15,000

15,000

 

83,726

60,472

 

On 6 August 2019, the Group renewed its short-term working capital facilities of £25.0 million and took out an additional committed facility of £35.0 million with a 2023 maturity date. The committed facilities are all revolving credit facilities with interest charged at variable rates based on LIBOR. The Group's bank facilities continue to be aligned with the current strategy to ensure that headroom against available facilities remains at appropriate levels.

The maturity profile of borrowing facilities is structured to provide balanced, committed and phased medium-term debt. The current facilities are set out as follows:

 

 

Cumulative

 

Facility

facility

 

£'000

£'000

Committed facilities

 

 

Q1: 2024

25,000

25,000

Q3: 2023

55,000

80,000

Q3: 2022

20,000

100,000

Q3: 2021

20,000

           120,000

Q3: 2020

20,000

140,000

On-demand facilities

 

 

Available all year

15,000

155,000

Seasonal (February to August inclusive)

10,000

165,000

 

14 Principal risks and uncertainties

The principal risks and uncertainties that could impact the Group for the remainder of the current financial year are set out in the 2019 Annual Report. These cover the strategic, financial and operational risks and have not changed during the period.

 

Strategic risks include those relating to general economic conditions, Government policy, the actions of customers, suppliers and competitors and also weather conditions. Cyber risk within the wider market is also an increasing risk for the Group and an area of major focus. The Group also continues to be subject to various financial risks in relation to access to funding and to the pension scheme, principally the volatility of the discount (AA corporate bond) rate, any downturn in the performance of equities and increases in the longevity of members. The other main financial risks arising from the Group's financial instruments are liquidity risk, interest rate risk, credit risk and foreign currency risk.

 

External operational risks include the weather, political and economic uncertainty in relation to the ongoing Brexit transaction process, the effect of legislation or other regulatory actions, the actions of competitors, raw material prices and threats from cyber security, new technologies and business models. Internal operational risks include investment in new products, new business strategies, acquisitions and the integration of Edenhall.

 

The Group continues to monitor all these risks and pursue policies that take account of, and mitigate, the risks where possible.

 

15 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held at The Holiday Inn, Clifton Village, Brighouse, HD6 4HW at 11.00am on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

 

The Board

The Directors serving during the year ended 31 December 2019 were as follows:

Vanda Murray OBE Chair

Janet Ashdown Non-Executive Director

Angela Bromfield (appointed 1 October 2019)

Jack Clarke Finance Director

Martyn Coffey Chief Executive

Tim Pile Non-Executive Director

Graham Prothero Non-Executive Director

 

By order of the Board

Cathy Baxandall

Company Secretary

12 March 2020

 

Cautionary Statement

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

 

Directors' Liability

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

 


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