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Released 07:00 14-Nov-2019

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Northamber PLC
14 November 2019
 

14 November 2019

 

Northamber PLC

("Northamber" or the "Company")

 

Preliminary Results for the year ended 30 June 2019

 

Chairman's Statement

 

I am writing in my capacity as Acting Chairman, a role I have assumed as David Phillips is currently suffering from ill health and it may be some time before he is fully recovered and able to resume his role as Chairman.  We have an experienced board and strong management team upon which to rely until such time as David returns.

 

This year has been dominated by the sale of the Company's freehold warehouse facility in Weybridge, albeit that it took place shortly after the year end and the impact is not therefore reflected in these accounts.  I will cover this in more detail later in this statement, but I shall now turn to the year under review.

 

Trading

 

At first glance, the headline results for the year appear disappointing with turnover of £50.3 million against £58.1 million for the previous year, but further analysis provides an insight into the underlying trends in the business. It is also important to recall that we took a deliberate decision to exit lower margin, commoditised product groups, which saw a material reduction in turnover between the first and second half of the year ended 30 June 2018.  So, there is a steadier picture when comparing the revenues for the second half of FY2018, with the two halves of FY2019.

 

The first half of FY2019 was impacted by the previously reported supplier contract breach. The legal case we brought against the supplier continues, and we are still incurring legal costs. Turnover in H2 at £26.1 million was £1.8 million higher than for H1 and Gross Profit increased by £0.26 million to £2.3m, with the gross margin increased from 8.4% to 8.8%.The year on year improvement in gross margin was more pronounced, rising from 7.82% to 8.6%.The process of expansion of the more rewarding strategic Audio Visual & Solutions products continues and is reflected in these figures, along with the reduction in the proportion of lower margin products.

 

I believe that these figures show the strengthening trading business we are building, with a considerable improvement and confirms our policy of expanding profitable product ranges.

 

Financial Position

 

The sale of the Weybridge warehouse property after the period end will of course have a very significant impact on the shape of the balance sheet but we closed the financial year in a strong position.

 

Based on the position at 30 June 2019, which excludes the £16.4 million cash proceeds from the property sale, the Company had a very strong balance sheet with a net current assets ratio of 2.2 compared with 2.4 in the previous year and cash on hand of £3.4 million compared with £5.1 million in the previous year.

 

The working capital ratios all increased this year which were the result mainly of changes in the structure of the product range and in the supplier/customer profiles.

 

At 30 June 2019 the Net Assets per share were 60.8p (2018: 62.2p), based on the Balance Sheet values including our two unencumbered freehold properties (but before the sale of the Weybridge property). 

 

Sale of the Property

 

It is too early to report on how best to apply the proceeds of the sale of the warehouse property; there are a number of options open to the board on how best to utilise these funds for the benefit of the company and the shareholders. We also need to decide on an appropriate course of action in relation to our overall property requirements.  We shall of course be reporting the outcome of any decision made in due course.

 

Dividend

 

Having regard to the strength of the Group's debt free tangible asset base, the Board is proposing to pay an increased final dividend of 0.3p per share, at a total cost of £82,498 which will be paid on 17 January 2020 to shareholders on the register on 13 December 2019.

 

Staff

 

As in previous years the Board would like to express their great appreciation for the dedication and effort produced by the staff during the year as we continue to drive changes in strategy.

 

Outlook

 

It is our intention to continue to implement the strategy of product and margin improvements which is showing positive results.  It remains, however, beyond our ability to control or remove those restraints and constraints which have applied for the last few years. These have not abated and are even more applicable in the current climate of uncertainty.

 

As mentioned above, the Board will be deliberating the most appropriate strategy to grow the business and maximise shareholder value, whilst also balancing the longer-term requirements for appropriate property facilities.

 

The future of the Company, with the resources available to it, looks more promising despite the wider economic and political backdrop, and I look forward to updating you on progress in due course.

 

G.P. Walters

Acting Chairman

 

 

For more information please contact:

 

Northamber plc

 

020 8296 7000

Geoff Walters

 

 

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

(Nominated Adviser & Broker)

020 7894 7000

Phil Davies / Michael Boot

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the year ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    2019

 

                    2018

 

 

 

    Total

 

                     Total

 

 

 

    £'000

 

                      £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

     50,329

 

                    58,136

Cost of sales

 

 

(45,998)

 

(53,589)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Profit

 

 

       4,331

 

                        4,547

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution costs

 

 

(2,849)

 

(2,850)

Administrative costs

 

 

(2,352)

 

(2,276)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(870)

 

(579)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment revenue

 

 

272

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax

 

 

(598)

 

(489)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax (charge)

 

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the year and total comprehensive loss

 

 

(598)

 

(489)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic  and diluted loss per ordinary share

 

 

(2.17)p

 

(1.74)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    2019

 

                          2018

 

 

 

    £'000

 

                          £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

1,792

 

7,894

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

3,320

 

3,378

Trade and other receivables

 

 

9,492

 

8,145

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

3,446

 

5,067

Assets classified as held for sale

 

 

6,019

 

-

 

 

 

22,277

 

16,590

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

24,069

 

24,484

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

(7,434)

 

(6,964)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

(7,434)

 

(6,964)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

 

16,635

 

17,520

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

273

 

281

Share premium account

 

 

5,734

 

5,734

Capital redemption reserve

 

 

1,513

 

1,505

Treasury Shares

 

 

(7)

 

-

Retained earnings

 

 

9,122

 

10,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity shareholders' funds attributable to the owners of the parent

 

 

16,635

 

17,520

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the year ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share Capital

 

Share Premium Account

Capital Redemption Reserve

Treasury shares

Retained Earnings

 

Total Equity

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 July 2018

281

 

5,734

 

1,505

 

-

10,545

 

18,065

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

(56)

 

(56)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

(56)

 

(56)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss and total comprehensive loss for the year

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

(489)

 

(489)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2018

281

 

5,734

 

1,505

 

 

10,000

 

17,520

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

(55)

 

(55)

Purchase and cancellation of shares

(8)

 

 

 

8

 

-

(225)

 

(225)

Purchase of treasury shares

-

 

-

 

-

 

(7)

-

 

(7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners

(8)

 

-

 

8

 

(7)

(280)

 

(287)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss and total comprehensive loss for the year

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

(598)

 

(598)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2019

273

 

5,734

 

1,513

 

(7)

9,122

 

16,635

                                 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the year ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    2019

 

    2018

 

 

 

 

    £'000

 

    £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Operating (loss) from continuing operations

 

(870)

 

(579)

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

153

 

188

 

(Profit) on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

-

 

-

 

Operating (loss)  before changes in working capital

 

(717)

 

(391)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease)/(increase) in inventories

 

 

58

 

798

 

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other receivables

 

 

(1,346)

 

907

 

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

 

470

 

(1,196)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash (used in)/generated from operations

 

 

(1,535)

 

118

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes paid

 

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in)/generated from operating activities

 

 

(1,535)

 

118

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest received

 

 

272

 

90

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment          

 

 

(71)

 

(57)

 

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

-

 

-

 

Net cash from investing activities

 

 

201

 

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid to equity shareholders

 

 

(55)

 

(56)

 

Purchase of cancellation of shares

 

 

(225)

 

-

 

Purchase of treasury shares

 

 

(7)

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(287)

 

(56)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

      (1,621)

 

             95

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

 

        5,067

 

        4,972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

 

 

3,446

 

5,067

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

1. Financial information

 

The results of the year ended 30 June 2019 have been prepared using the accounting policies and methods of computation consistent with those used in the Group's annual report for the year ended 30 June 2019. The results have also been presented and prepared in a form consistent with that which will be adopted in the Group's annual report for the year ended 30 June 2019 and in accordance with the recognition and measurement requirements of the International Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.

 

The financial information set out above does not constitute the group's statutory accounts for the years ended 30 June 2018 or 30 June 2019, but is derived from those accounts. The statutory accounts for the year ended 30 June 2018 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2019 will be delivered following the group's annual general meeting. The auditors have reported on these accounts, their reports were unqualified and did not contain statements under s.498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. The information contained in this statement does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2. Revenue

 

Although the sales of the group are predominantly to the UK there are sales to other countries and the following table sets out the split of the sales for the year. Revenue is attributable to individual countries based on the location of the customer.

 

Revenues comprise:

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

Revenue from contracts with

customers - UK

 

 

 

49,655

 

 

57,661

 

                 -other   

 

   

    674

 

      475

 

 

 

 

50,329

 

58,136

 

Investment revenue

 

 

     272

 

          90

 

 

 

 

50,601

 

58,226

 

 

One customer accounted for more than 10% of the group's revenue for the year, being £6.4m (2018: £7.6m).

 

3. Loss per ordinary share

 

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

 

 

 

 

    2019

 

    2018

 

 

 

    £'000

 

    £'000

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent company

 

(598)

 

(489)

 

 

 

 

    2019

 

    2018

Number of shares

 

 

Number

 

Number

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of  basic and diluted earnings per share

 

27,499,434              

 

28,158,735              

 

 

 

4. Dividends

 

A final dividend of 0.3p per share will be paid on 17 January 2020 to those members on the register at close of business on 13 December 2019.

 

5. Notice of meeting

 

The annual report accounts for the year ended 30 June 2019 will be posted to shareholders in due course and the Annual General Meeting will be held on 18 December 2019.

 

The Company's registered office is Namber House, 23 Davis Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 1HS.

 


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