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Interim Results

Released 07:00 27-Nov-2018

RNS Number : 5490I
Quiz PLC
27 November 2018
 

            

 

 

 

 

QUIZ plc

("QUIZ" or the "Group")

 

Interim Results

for the six months ended 30 September 2018

 

Continued brand growth despite challenging market conditions

 

QUIZ, the omni-channel fast fashion brand, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2018 ("H1 2019").

                                                                    

Financial highlights:

 

 

Six months to 30 September 2018 (unaudited)

Six months to 30 September 2017 (unaudited)

 

Change

Group Revenue

£66.7m

£56.1m

+19%

EBITDA

£5.6m

£5.0m

+11%

Underlying1 EBITDA

£5.9m

£6.1m

-2%

Profit Before Tax

£3.8m

£3.7m

+4%

Underlying1 Profit Before Tax

£4.2m

£4.7m

-11%

Net cash at period end

£12.5m

£11.9m

+£0.6m

Basic EPS

2.46p

2.35p

+5%

Underlying Basic EPS2

2.70p

3.19p

-15%

 

·          Group revenue increased 19% period on period driven by continued growth across all channels despite challenging external market conditions:

             ·      Online revenue increased 44% to £20.0m (H1 2018: £13.8m)

             ·      International sales3 increased 16% to £11.6m (H1 2018: £10.0m)

             ·      Revenue from UK stores and concessions increased 9% to £35.1m (H1 2018: £32.3m)

·           EBITDA increased 11% period on period to £5.6m (H1 2018: £5.0m)

·           Strong operating cash flows of £6.8m (H1 2018: £5.8m)

 

Operational highlights:

·            Online sales now represent 30% of Group sales (H1 2018: 25%)

·           QUIZ website sales up 70% and QUIZ website traffic increasing by 58% year on year reflecting effective marketing and improved conversion rates

·           Active4 online customer base increased 89% period on period to 495,000 with continued positive trends in social media engagement

·           Two further stores and thirteen concessions opened during the period

·           Extended collections including QUIZCurve and Occasion continuing to achieve good growth

·           QUIZMAN successfully launched in the period

·           Second QUIZ X TOWIE collection launched supported by the brand's first ever national TV advertising campaign

 

Tarak Ramzan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"QUIZ has continued to deliver good revenue growth in the first half of the financial year despite challenging external market conditions. This performance was driven by further expansion across each of the brand's distribution channels with particularly strong sales generated online through QUIZ's websites.

 

"The QUIZ brand continues to grow, and we have seen good sales momentum in our core collections as well as across extended ranges including QUIZCurve, Occasion and our newest range, QUIZMAN. Towards the end of the period we launched our second collaboration with TOWIE supported by the Group's first ever national TV advertising campaign.

 

"QUIZ has a clear customer focus, a proven "test and repeat" model and a dedicated management team. With these strengths, and despite a challenging market environment, the Board believes the Group is well positioned to deliver long-term profitable growth."

 

1.   Underlying EBITDA and Profit Before Tax: excludes the £0.4m bad debt provision arising from the House of Fraser Administration in the current year and in prior year the £1.0m cost of admission to AIM and the Group reorganisation undertaken prior to admission. A reconciliation to reported (IFRS) results is included in the financial review below.

2.   Underlying EPS: underlying PBT less tax at statutory rate divided by the number of shares on a pro forma basis, i.e. assuming that the number of shares in issue immediately post-IPO were in issue through the entire comparative period.

3.   International sales comprise the results from QUIZ standalone stores and concessions in the Republic of Ireland, standalone stores in Spain and franchises in 20 countries.

4.   An active customer is a customer registered on our database who has transacted in the last 12 months.

5.   Financial information in the front of this report has been rounded to the nearest decimal place. Totals in the tables may not equal the arithmetic sum of presented numbers. Percentages are calculated on non-rounded numbers and may not conform to the percentage derived from the rounded components.

 

 

 

A meeting for sell-side analysts will be held at the offices of Hudson Sandler, 25 Charterhouse Square London EC1M 6AE  27 November 2018, commencing at 9.30am. QUIZ plc's interim results 2018 are available at quizgroup.co.uk

 

 

Enquiries:

 

QUIZ plc

Via Hudson Sandler

Tarak Ramzan, Chief Executive Officer

Gerry Sweeney, Chief Financial Officer

Sheraz Ramzan, Chief Commercial Officer

 

 

 

Panmure Gordon (Nominated Adviser and Sole Broker)

Ben Thorne / Alina Vaskina (Corporate Finance)

Erik Anderson (Corporate Broking)

 

+44 (0) 207 886 2500

Hudson Sandler LLP (Public Relations)

+44 (0) 207 796 4133

Alex Brennan / Sophie Lister / Nelly Akpaka

quiz@hudsonsandler.com

QUIZ is an omni-channel fast fashion brand, specialising in occasion wear and dressy casual wear.

 

QUIZ delivers a distinct proposition that empowers fashion forward customers to stand out from the crowd.

 

QUIZ's buying and design teams constantly develop its own product lines, ensuring the latest glamorous looks at value prices. This fast, flexible supply chain, together with the winning formula of style, quality, value and speed-to-market has enabled QUIZ to grow rapidly into an international brand with more than 300 standalone stores, concessions, franchise stores, wholesale partners and international online partners.

 

QUIZ operates through an omni-channel, fast fashion business model, which encompasses online sales, standalone stores, concessions, international franchises and wholesale arrangements.

 

To download images please visit: http://www.quizgroup.co.uk/media-download-centre/

 

For further information:

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http://www.quizgroup.co.uk/

 

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REPORT

QUIZ has continued to deliver revenue growth in the first half of the financial year to 31 March 2019 despite challenging external market conditions. This performance was driven by further expansion across each of the brand's distribution channels with particularly strong sales generated from our own websites.

 

As reported in the Group's trading update on 5th October 2018, online sales through third party websites were below our expectations for the period and were at a similar level as the prior year. We are working with our third-party online partners to address this trend.  During the period the Group has invested to support the long-term growth plans of the business in areas such as additional headcount in key functions and the expansion of the distribution centre.  Given the lower than previously anticipated sales, the increase in gross profit was not sufficient to compensate for the higher operating costs incurred.  As a result, the underlying profit before tax is lower than the prior year. 

 

The QUIZ brand continues to strengthen with continued sales momentum in our core collections as well as positive reactions to our extended collections including QUIZCurve, Occasion and our newest range, QUIZMAN.  We continue to have a clear customer focus, a proven "test and repeat" model and a dedicated management team.

 

RESULTS OVERVIEW

Throughout this report, "underlying" results exclude the one-off impact in the period of a £0.4m bad debt provision resulting from House of Fraser's entry into administration.  In the comparable prior year period, underlying results exclude costs of £1.0m relating to the IPO transaction and the Group's restructuring undertaken prior to the IPO.  A reconciliation between underlying and reported results is provided at the end of the Financial Review.

 

Group revenue increased 19% to £66.7m in H1 2019 (H1 2018: £56.1m). Operating profit increased 4% to £3.8m (H1 2018: £3.7m) and EBITDA increased 11% to £5.6m (H1 2018: £5.0m). Underlying operating profit decreased 11% to £4.2m (H1 2018: £4.7m) and underlying EBITDA declined by 2% to £5.9m (H1 2018: £6.1m). The underlying EBITDA margin for the period was 8.9% (H1 2018: 10.8%).

 

Reported profit before tax increased 4% to £3.8m (H1 2018: £3.7m). Underlying profit before tax decreased 11% to £4.2m (H1 2018: £4.7m).

 

Earnings per share rose 5% to 2.46pence (H1 2018: 2.35pence). Underlying earnings per share were 2.70pence (H1 2018: 3.19pence).

 

Net cash at the period end was £12.5m (H1 2018: £11.9m) which reflects the strong cash generation in the period. Capital expenditure in H1 2019 amounted to £2.7m (H1 2018: £2.6m).

 

 

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

The Group's growth strategy is to develop sales and expand the QUIZ brand across its omni-channel distribution model. The Group has a particular focus on capturing the significant online opportunities available to QUIZ as well as on expanding internationally. This strategy is underpinned by investment in ROI-driven marketing, infrastructure and systems, and our team.

 

The growth in each revenue channel in H1 2019 was as follows:

 

 

Six months to 30 September 2018

Six months to 30 September 2017

Year-on-year growth

Share of revenue H1 2019

Share of revenue H1 2018

UK stores and concessions

£35.1m

£32.3m

+ 9%

53%

57%

Online

£20.0m

£13.8m

+ 44%

30%

25%

International

£11.6m

£10.0m

+ 16%

17%

18%

Total

£66.7m

£56.1m

+ 19%

-

-

 

UK stores and concessions

QUIZ's stores and concessions in the UK continued to perform well and they remain an important pillar of the Group's growth strategy by driving sales and profits, building customer awareness and showcasing the brand.

 

UK standalone stores and concessions sales increased by 9% to £35.1m (H1 2018: £32.3m) reflecting a particularly strong performance during the Summer months and increased overall footfall in our stores across the period.  However, as reported in the Group's trading update on October 5th  September was a challenging month for our business as well as, the Board believes, the fashion market generally.

 

The challenges affecting the performance of some of our UK concession partners have been widely publicised.  However, for QUIZ, the concession model remains very flexible and attractive with limited capital expenditure required. Our most recent concessions which have been opened for more than a year have, on average, achieved the Group's targeted payback period of 12 months or less. 

 

UK stores and concessions square footage at 30 September 2018 was 200,000 sq. ft. (30 September 2017: 185,000 sq. ft.). At the end of the period, QUIZ had 70 stores and 160 concessions in the UK (30 September 2017: 67 stores and 145 concessions).

 

We continue to strengthen our store estate and concession portfolio and opened two new standalone stores in Bluewater and Oxford as well thirteen new concessions with existing partners during the period. For new stores five-year leases continue to minimise the Group's exposure to upward rent reviews.  The Group's new stores which have been opened for a two-year period have, on average, achieved our targeted payback period of 24 months or less. We continue to actively manage our store portfolio and, further to the expiry of their leases, stores in Cumbernauld and Burton on Trent were closed. 

 

Since the period end, QUIZ has opened a further store in Liverpool and nine new concessions with existing UK partners. In addition, we relocated our store in the Metro Centre in Newcastle and will relocate our Glasgow Fort store prior to Christmas to larger and refurbished units.

 

The majority of the concessions opened during and after the period are in Outfit stores and are typically smaller than our average concession and are not staffed by QUIZ employees.

 

 

Online

Online revenue, which reflects sales made through QUIZ's own websites as well as through a number of third-party websites in the UK and international markets, increased by 44% to £20.0m (H1 2018: £13.8m) and represented 30% of Group sales (H1 2018: 25%). Of the £20.0m of online sales generated in H1 2019, £1.5m was generated from international markets (H1 2018: £1.1m).

 

Sales through QUIZ's own website increased by 70% supported by further investment in marketing which is effectively increasing customer awareness of the brand. We continued to see positive trends in KPIs across QUIZ's website with traffic increasing by 58% and conversion rates up by 8 percent relative to the comparable prior year period. Active online customers increased by 89% to 495,000 (30 September 2017: 262,000) and we saw good progress in other key metrics including shopping frequencies and basket size.

 

We continue to invest in our own websites and the new Android and iOS apps, launched during the previous year, are performing well.  These apps are improving integration between our product, social media and advertising campaigns and providing users with improved brand experience on their mobiles. In addition, we have implemented a new CRM system which will allow us to collate better information on customers both online and instore which will enable a more personalised experience for our customers. We continue to expand the payment options available for online with Buy Now Pay Later and an Annual Delivery Pass due to be launched before the end of the financial year.

 

Third party online sales remain an important part of our online business and are beneficial in broadening awareness and the appeal of the QUIZ brand.  We continue to receive positive feedback with regards to our product and our performance on these websites relative to others and we are working with our third-party partners to stabilise and grow sales.

 

As reported in our October 5th trading update, sales generated through third-party websites during the period were at a similar level to the prior year, which was behind our initial expectations. In FY 2018, we benefited from exceptional growth from these channels as we began trading with Next and Zalando. Since the period end, third party online sales have remained in-line with the prior year.

 

International

International sales include revenue from QUIZ standalone stores and concessions in the Republic of Ireland, standalone stores in Spain and franchises.

 

Awareness of the QUIZ brand in target international markets continued to strengthen resulting in a 16% increase in revenue to £11.6m (H1 2018: £10.0m). This growth in revenues is evenly split between increased revenues from our franchise partners and increased revenue from our stores and concessions in the Republic of Ireland and Spain.

                

We opened two new concessions in the Republic of Ireland during the period and one after the period-end.  As a result, QUIZ now has seven stores and 23 concessions in the Republic of Ireland.

 

We are pleased with the sales made to a US department store chain which started earlier in the year. We remain optimistic about QUIZ's long-term potential in the US and look forward to developing further growth opportunities.

 

 

ROI focused marketing

Targeted and effective marketing spend is key to maintaining revenue growth across the Group and we continue to increase our returns-driven marketing investment to support QUIZ's expansion.  These activities include celebrity collaborations, search engine optimisation, pay per click, social media campaigns, digital and above the line advertising and PR. 

 

In May 2018, QUIZ partnered with popular television programme The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) to create its first male and female capsule collections in collaboration. Further to the success of this activity we undertook a further campaign with TOWIE which started in September. These activities have been supported by a programme of in-store, media and influencer events plus offline marketing such as advertising on the London Underground and our first national television advertising campaign.

 

In addition, the Group has increased investment in international marketing, primarily to support the launch the brand in the US with digital marketing activity and influencer outreach campaigns.

 

As a result, marketing investment increased 74% to £1.7m (H1 2018: £1.0m). However, it remains a low proportion of total revenue at 2.6% (H1 2018: 1.8%) and we continue to see scope to increase marketing investment both in absolute terms and as a proportion of revenue in order to support the brand's long-term growth. This investment has supported improvements in the brand's social media engagement with 62% and 31% increases in our Instagram and Facebook audiences respectively.

 

Investment in infrastructure

To ensure that our infrastructure can continue to support our targeted growth we have expanded the available space at our Distribution Centre.  During the six months to 30 September 2018, the available space has been increased by 40,000 sq ft to 232,000 sq. ft. This was achieved by utilising previously unused floor space. In addition, a new mezzanine structure was also built which, once floored, will provide an additional 40,000 sq. ft. of space.

 

OUTLOOK AND CURRENT TRADING

The QUIZ brand is distinctive, has broad appeal and is increasingly recognised by a growing customer base for selling quality occasion wear and dressy casual wear at fantastic value. The continued expansion of QUIZ through our own websites as well as the growth we have delivered through our standalone stores is encouraging and confirms the appeal of the brand as well as the benefits of the Group's omni-channel model.

 

Since the end of H1 2019 we have continued to grow Group sales. In the eight weeks to 24 November 2018, sales (excluding international franchise sales which are wholesale in nature and therefore, can fluctuate from month to month) are up 10% year on year. This growth has been underpinned by particularly strong sales growth through the brand's own websites of 62%.

 

Whilst the Group's full year results will, as always, be in part dependent on trading during the key Christmas period, we believe the Group is well positioned to deliver long-term profitable growth.

 

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Gross margin

Gross margin generated was in line with expectations at 62.0% (H1 2018: 63.5%) with the reduction partially reflecting the change in mix in the business.  We continue to manage gross margins through a combination of efficient sourcing as well as maximising sales of full price product through careful stock management.

 

Foreign currency hedging

The Group currently undertakes foreign exchange transactions.

 

The primary inflow of foreign exchange relates to the Euro denominated revenues generated in Ireland and Spain. The primary outflow of foreign exchange relates to the purchase of stock, primarily in Chinese Renminbi.

 

The Group manages the risk associated with foreign currency fluctuations through the use of forward contracts for the sale or the purchase of the respective currency for a period between six and 12 months in advance. We have currently hedged our expected currency inflows and outflows for the remainder of the financial year.

 

Operating costs

Operating costs increased by 17% in H1 2019 from £32.0m to £37.5m. Excluding the provisions in respect of balances owed from House of Fraser in the current year and IPO costs incurred in the prior year operating costs rose 20% and represented 55.7% of revenue (H1 2018: 55.1%).

 

Underlying administrative costs increased by 22% to £25.4m (H1 2018: £20.8m) reflecting higher personnel and marketing costs in H1 2019.

 

The Group has invested in additional personnel in a number of key areas such as marketing, online sales and other central functions which has contributed to a rise in costs relative to the previous year.

 

The Group continues to increase the level of marketing activity undertaken with the benefits reflected in 70% uplift in level of online sales through the QUIZ websites.  Marketing spend in H1 2019 amounted to £1.7m (H1 2018: £1.0m).

 

Distribution costs increased 16% to £11.8m (H1 2018: £10.2m).  This increase reflects (i) the cost of carriage to stores, concessions and franchises as well as online customers and (ii) commission paid to third parties who sell product on behalf of QUIZ.

 

Depreciation and amortisation increased by 32% from £1.3m to £1.8m.  This reflects the spend undertaken at our distribution centre, continued spend on IT projects and the continued rollout of new stores.

 

Finance costs

There are limited finance costs incurred by the Group. Interest costs are largely limited to the costs relating to the remaining term loans which were drawn down prior to the IPO to fund capital projects.

 

Taxation

The reported tax rate in the current year is 19.8% (H1 2018: 20.6%) which reflects the estimated charge for the year.

 

Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share for H1 2019 were 2.46pence per share (H1 2018: 2.35 pence). 

 

The underlying basic earnings per share for H1 2019, which is calculated using the underlying profit before tax less tax at the effective statutory rate, were 2.70pence (H1 2018: 3.19 pence)

 

To provide a meaningful comparison of earnings per share across each period the weighted average number of shares in issue has been restated on a pro forma basis, for the first half of 2018, to reflect the post-IPO capital structure. The pro forma assumes that the number of shares in issue post-IPO were in issue throughout the current and previous period. 

 

Dividends

As set out in the Admission Document, the Board intends to pursue a progressive dividend policy whilst understanding the need to retain sufficient earnings for the future growth of the Group. Therefore, any dividend will normally be paid in two tranches of one third in respect of the first half of the Company's financial year and two thirds in respect of the second half of the Company's financial year.

 

The Board propose to pay a dividend of 0.4 pence per share in respect of the period. This dividend will be paid on or around 14 March 2019 to shareholders on the register at 15 February 2019.   The quantum of the final dividend will be set by the Board depending upon the full year outturn.

 

 

Cash flow and cash position

Net cash at the period end amounted to £12.5m (H1 2018: £11.9m), an improvement of £3.0m since 31 March 2018.

 

Net cash flow from operating activities was £6.8m (H1 2018: £5.8m). This reflects the improved working capital inflows of £2.1m (H1 2018: £0.6m).

 

We have continued to invest in the business in H1 2019 with capital expenditure totalling £2.7m (H1 2018: £2.6m). Included in this spend was expenditure on new stores and store refurbishments of £1.1m, £0.4m to expand capacity at the distribution centre and £0.3m for the development of more office space at Head Office.

 

Other capital spend in the period included continued IT investment with the development of our new CRM system and other spend to develop our online sales.

 

There were £0.2m of borrowings repaid in H1 2019 (H1 2018: £1.0m).  The current year payments reflect the repayment of term loans previously drawn down to fund capital expenditure.

 

The strong cash position at H1 2019 will support our plans for growth going forward.

 

Reconciliation of Underlying and Reported (IFRS) results

In establishing the underlying operating profit, the cost adjusted in the current year relates to the bad debt provision arising from House of Fraser entering into Administration.  The adjustment in the previous year related to the £1.0m cost of the Company's admission to AIM and the costs related to the pre-IPO restructuring of the Group.

 

A reconciliation between Underlying and Reported results is provided below:

 

 

Six months to 30 September 2018 (unaudited)

Six months to 30 September 2017 (unaudited)

 

Underlying

House of Fraser Provision

Reported

Underlying

IPO costs

Reported

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

66,720

-

66,720

56,147

-

56,147

Gross profit

41,333

-

41,333

35,658

-

35,658

Other operating costs

(37,154)

(368)

(37,522)

(30,940)

(1,037)

(31,977)

Operating profit

4,179

(368)

3,811

4,718

(1,037)

3,681

Finance costs (net)

6

-

6

(4)

-

(4)

Profit before tax

4,185

(368)

3,817

4,714

(1,037)

3,677

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

4,179

(368)

3,811

4,718

(1,037)

3,681

Dep'n and amortisation

1,763

-

1,763

1,338

 

1,338

EBITDA

5,942

(368)

5,574

6,056

(1,037)

5,019

               

 

 

 

 

 

QUIZ plc

Unaudited consolidated income statement

For the six months ended 30 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2018

£000

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2017

£000

 

 

Audited year ended 31 March 2018

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

66,720

 

56,147

 

116,430

Cost of sales

 

(25,387)

 

(20,489)

 

(43,101)

Gross profit

 

41,333

 

35,658

 

73,329

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring administrative costs

 

(25,375)

 

(20,772)

 

(42,366)

Non-recurring administrative costs

4

(368)

 

(1,037)

 

(1,037)

Total administrative costs

5

(25,743)

 

(21,809)

 

(43,403)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution costs

 

(11,781)

 

(10,175)

 

(21,369)

Other operating income

 

2

 

7

 

15

Total operating costs

 

(37,522)

 

(31,977)

 

(64,757)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

3,811

 

3,681

 

8,572

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

24

 

21

 

30

Finance costs

 

(18)

 

(25)

 

(53)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before income tax

 

3,817

 

3,677

 

8,549

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax charge

6

(755)

 

(756)

 

(1,724)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

3,062

 

2,921

 

6,825

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

8

2.46p

 

2.35p

 

5.49p

Diluted earnings per share

8

2.46p

 

2.35p

 

5.49p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the above income is attributable to the shareholders of the Company.

 

QUIZ PLC

Unaudited consolidated statement of financial position

As at 30 September 2018

 

Notes

Unaudited as at 30 September 2018

£000

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2017

£000

 

 

Audited as at 31 March 2018

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

15,492

 

13,096

 

14,793

Intangible assets

 

7,512

 

6,785

 

7,289

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

9

23,004

 

19,881

 

22,082

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

13,667

 

11,421

 

14,717

Trade and other receivables

10

12,583

 

10,331

 

9,774

Cash and cash equivalents

 

12,475

 

11,907

 

9,883

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

38,725

 

33,659

 

34,374

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

11

(15,784)

 

(12,046)

 

(12,090)

Loans and borrowings

 

(95)

 

(398)

 

(641)

Derivative financial liabilities

 

(8)

 

(7)

 

(5)

Corporation tax payable

11

(1,013)

 

(2,154)

 

(1,127)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

(16,900)

 

(14,605)

 

(13,863)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

-

 

(91)

 

(41)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(531)

 

(621)

 

(412)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

(531)

 

(712)

 

(453)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

44,298

 

38,223

 

42,140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

13

373

 

373

 

373

Share premium

 

10,315

 

10,315

 

10,315

Merger reserve

 

915

 

915

 

915

Translation reserve

 

183

 

170

 

145

Retained earnings

 

32,512

 

26,450

 

30,392

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

44,298

 

38,223

 

42,140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUIZ PLC

Unaudited consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 30 September 2018

 

Notes

Unaudited as at 30 September 2018

£000

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2017

£000

 

 

Audited as at 31 March 2018

£000

Share capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at beginning of period

 

373

 

1,454

 

1,454

Impact of Group reconstruction

 

-

 

(1,095)

 

(1,095)

New shares issued

 

-

 

20

 

20

Shares cancelled on conversion of shares

 

-

 

(6)

 

(6)

Balance at end of period

 

373

 

373

 

373

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share premium

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at beginning of period

 

10,315

 

-

 

-

New shares issued (net of expenses)

 

-

 

10,315

 

10,315

Balance at end of period

 

10,315

 

10,315

 

10,315

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at beginning of period

 

915

 

-

 

-

Impact of Group reconstruction

 

-

 

915

 

915

Balance at end of period

 

915

 

915

 

915

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translation reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at beginning of period

 

145

 

98

 

98

Foreign exchange gain on non UK assets

 

38

 

72

 

47

Balance at end of period

 

183

 

170

 

145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit and loss account

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at beginning of period

 

30,392

 

23,373

 

23,373

Credit arising on conversion of shares

 

-

 

6

 

6

Total comprehensive income

 

3,062

 

2,921

 

6,825

Share based payments charge

 

52

 

150

 

188

Dividends

 

(994)

 

-

 

-

Balance at end of period

 

32,512

 

26,450

 

30,392

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity at beginning of period

 

42,140

 

24,925

 

24,925

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity at end of period

 

44,298

 

38,223

 

42,140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUIZ PLC

Unaudited consolidated statement of changes of cash flows

For the six months ended 30 September 2018

 

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2018

£000

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2017

£000

 

 

Audited year ended 31 March 2018

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated by operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

3,811

 

3,681

 

8,572

Depreciation of tangible assets

 

1,656

 

1,296

 

2,761

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

107

 

42

 

130

Share based payment charges

 

52

 

150

 

188

Exchange movement

 

33

 

62

 

37

Decrease/(increase) in stocks

 

1,050

 

(2,109)

 

(5,405)

(Increase)/decrease in debtors

 

(2,809)

 

402

 

959

Increase in creditors

 

3,697

 

2,279

 

2,358

Increase/(decrease) in provisions

 

120

 

47

 

(162)

Net cash from operating activities

 

7,717

 

5,850

 

9,438

Interest paid

 

(18)

 

(25)

 

(63)

Income taxes paid

 

(870)

 

-

 

(2,023)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated in operating activities

 

6,829

 

5,825

 

7,352

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments to acquire intangible assets

 

(330)

 

(310)

 

(903)

Payments to acquire property, plant and equipment

 

(2,355)

 

(2,274)

 

(5,435)

Payments to facilitate Group reconstruction

 

-

 

(180)

 

(180)

Interest received

 

24

 

21

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(2,661)

 

(2,743)

 

(6,488)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repayment of borrowings

 

(198)

 

(1,036)

 

(1,231)

Net proceeds from share issue

 

-

 

10,335

 

10,335

Dividends paid

 

(994)

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used)/ generated by financing activities

 

(1,192)

 

9,299

 

9,104

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

2,976

 

12,381

 

9,968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

9,495

 

(484)

 

(484)

Effect of foreign exchange rates

 

4

 

10

 

11

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

14

12,475

 

11,907

 

9,495

 

Basis of Preparation

1.1     Reporting Entity

The Company was incorporated and registered in Jersey on 22 March 2017 as QUIZ Limited, a private limited company, and on 17 July 2017 was re-registered as a public limited company. Kast Services Limited became a subsidiary of the Company with effect from its incorporation on 23 March 2017 and Kast Retail Ltd, Tarak International Limited and Shoar (Holdings) Limited became subsidiaries of the Company following the completion of share exchange agreements on 5 April 2017. The Company is the parent holding company of the Subsidiaries (together the "Group").

The interim financial statements have been prepared by the directors of the Company (the "Directors") on a going concern basis and under the historical cost convention and is presented in pounds' sterling (£) being the functional currency of the Subsidiaries.

The registered office of the Subsidiaries is 61 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BQ.  The principal activity of the Subsidiaries is the retail of fashion clothing, footwear and accessories.

1.2       Basis of Preparation

These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with "IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the EU and the requirements of the Disclosures and Transparency Rules. They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements and do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 435 of the Companies Act 2006.

1.3       Pro-forma Comparatives

The interim financial statements consolidate Kast Services Limited which became a subsidiary on 23 March 2017 and those companies that became subsidiaries on 5 April 2017; Kast Retail Limited (and its subsidiary, Kast Franchise Spain SL), Tarak International Limited, Shoar (Holdings) Limited (and its subsidiary, Tarak Retail Limited).  All intercompany transactions and balances between Group companies are eliminated. 

Prior to becoming subsidiaries of the Company, each company in the Group operated under the QUIZ brand and was closely controlled by a common management team and shareholders.  Management decisions were taken in consideration of the development of all the companies operating in concert throughout all the preceding periods.

The Directors considered the accounting policy that should be applied in respect of the consolidation of the Group formed in anticipation of Admission to AIM. They concluded the transactions described above represented a combination of entities under common control and in accordance with IAS 8 'Accounting policies, changes in accounting estimates and errors' considered FRS 102 Section 19, which the directors believe reflects the economic substance of the transaction. Under this standard, assets and liabilities are recorded at book value, not fair value, intangible assets and contingent liabilities are recognised only to the extent that they were recognised by the legal acquirer, no goodwill is recognised and comparative amounts, if applicable, are restated as if the combination had taken place at the beginning of the earliest accounting period presented. Therefore, although the group reconstruction did not take place until 5 April 2017, these interim financial statements are presented as if the group structure had always been in place, using merger accounting policies.

Consolidated statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 have been delivered to the Jersey Companies Registry. The auditor's report on those accounts was unqualified and did not include reference to any matters on which the auditors were required to report by exception under Companies (Jersey) Law 1991.

1.4       Significant Accounting Policies

The interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting policies that are consistent with those applied in the preparation of the 31 March 2018 annual accounts, which are available on www.quizgroup.co.uk. The following new or revised standards or interpretations apply to accounting periods beginning after 31 March 2018:

 

New or Revised Standards or Interpretation

Effective for Accounting Periods Commencing on or After

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

1 January 2018

Clarifications to IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers 

1 January 2018

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

1 January 2018

Amendments to IFRS 2: Classification and Measurement of Share-based Payment Transactions  

1 January 2018

IFRS 16 Leases 

1 January 2019

Management are currently assessing the impact IFRS 16 Leases will have on the recognition of assets and related liabilities and the associated lease costs.  Management do not consider that the other new or revised standards or interpretations would have a material effect on the interim statements for the period ended 30 September 2018.

1.5       Going concern

The directors have prepared trading and cash flow forecasts for a period of one year from the date of approval of these interim financial statements. The directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate cash headroom. Accordingly, they continue to adopt a going concern basis in preparing the financial statements of the Group.

 

2.         Principal risks and uncertainties

The board considers the principal risks and uncertainties which could impact the group over the remaining six months of the financial year to 31 March 2019 to be unchanged from those set out on in the annual accounts on pages 30 to 32, which are available on www.quizgroup.co.uk.

In summary these relate to the loss of a key trading partner, brand and reputational risk, a changing economic environment, product sourcing, fashion and customer demands risk; the risk of disruption to IT systems or distribution networks; people, financial and regulatory risk.

3.         Revenue

An analysis of revenue by geographical destination is as follows:

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2018

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

Audited year ended 31 March 2018

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom

 

53,421

 

44,984

 

92,894

Overseas

 

13,299

 

11,163

 

23,536

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

66,720

 

56,147

 

116,430

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.       Non-recurring administrative costs

Non-recurring administrative costs in the period ended 30 September 2018 related to £368k bad debt provision further to House of Fraser entering into Administration (H1 2018 - £1.0m related to Placing and Admission to AIM by the Company and the Group reorganisation undertaken in preparation of this process).

 

 

5.         Operating profit

Operating profit is stated after charging:

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2018

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

Audited year ended 31 March 2018

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of inventories recognised as an expense

 

25,387

 

20,489

 

43,101

Distribution costs

 

11,781

 

10,175

 

21,369

Employment costs

 

11,826

 

9,449

 

19,779

Marketing cost

 

1,749

 

1,003

 

2,468

Depreciation

 

1,656

 

1,296

 

2,761

Amortisation

 

107

 

42

 

130

Operating lease payments

 

3,471

 

2,923

 

5,831

Non-recurring administrative costs

 

368

 

1,037

 

1,037

Share based payment charges

 

52

 

150

 

188

Other expenses

 

6,514

 

5,909

 

11,209

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

62,911

 

52,473

 

107,873

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment costs reflect the costs incurred on those directly employed by the Group and agency costs.

6.       Income Tax Expense

The Group's full year forecast effective tax rate in respect of continuing operations for the six months ended 30 September 2018 is 19.8% (six months ended 30 September 2017 - 20.6% and year ended 31 March 2018: 20.2%).

7.       Dividends

A dividend of 0.8 pence per share was paid in the period (six months ended 30 September 2017 - £Nil, year ended 31 March 2018 - £Nil).  The total payment amounted to £994,000.

8.       Earnings per share

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2018

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

Unaudited year ended 31 March 2018

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares:

 

No.

 

No.

 

No.

Weighted number of ordinary shares outstanding

 

124,230,905

 

124,230,905

 

124,230,905

Effect of dilutive options

 

119,367

 

200,179

 

93,127

Weighted number of ordinary shares outstanding- diluted

 

124,350,272

 

124,431,084

 

124,324,032

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings:

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

Profit for H1 2018 - basic and diluted

 

3,062

 

2,921

 

6,825

Profit for H1 2018 - adjusted

 

3,357

 

3,958

 

7,862

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

Pence

 

Pence

 

Pence

Basic earnings per share

 

2.46

 

2.35

 

5.49

Adjusted earnings per share

 

2.70

 

3.19

 

6.33

Diluted earnings per share

 

2.46

 

2.35

 

5.49

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

 

2.70

 

3.18

 

6.32

The adjusted profit after tax for the current year is shown before the provision made for doubtful debts of £295k (net of tax) further to House of Fraser entering into Administration.  The adjusted profit after tax and earnings per share for the previous year is shown before non-recurring costs (net of tax) of £1.0m. The directors believe that the adjusted profit after tax and the adjusted earnings per share measures provide additional useful information for shareholders on the underlying performance of the business. These measures are consistent with how underlying business performance is measured internally. The adjusted profit after tax measure is not a recognised profit measure under IFRS and may not be directly comparable with adjusted profit measures used by other companies. 

9.       Property, Plant and Equipment and Intangibles

During H1 2019 the Group made additions of £2.7m (H1 2018 £2.6m) and disposals of £Nil (H1 2018 £Nil).

 

10.       Trade and other receivables

 

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2018

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2017

 

 

Audited as at 31 March 2018

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade receivables - gross

 

6,247

 

6,512

 

6,701

Allowance for doubtful debts

 

(368)

 

(340)

 

(340)

Trade receivables - net

 

5,879

 

6,172

 

6,361

Other receivables

 

1,519

 

615

 

584

Prepayments and accrued income

 

5,182

 

3,518

 

2,829

Amounts owed by related parties

 

3

 

26

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,583

 

10,331

 

9,774

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.       Trade and other payables

 

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2018

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2017

 

 

Audited as at 31 March 2018

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade payables

 

9,449

 

5,324

 

7,479

Other taxes and social security costs

 

1,913

 

1,213

 

394

Accruals

 

3,407

 

4,996

 

3,094

Deferred income

 

508

 

214

 

578

Other creditors

 

457

 

254

 

500

Amounts due to related parties

 

50

 

45

 

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,784

 

12,046

 

12,090

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.     Financial Instruments

The following table shows the carrying amounts and fair values of financial assets and liabilities.  All financial liabilities are measured at amortised cost.

 

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2018

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2017

 

 

Audited as at 31 March 2018

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

Category of Financial Instruments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying value of financial assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

12,475

 

11,907

 

9,883

Trade and other receivables

 

7,401

 

6,813

 

6,945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total financial assets

 

19,876

 

18,720

 

16,828

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying value of financial liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payable

 

(9,956)

 

(5,623)

 

(8,024)

Bank and other borrowings

 

(95)

 

(489)

 

(682)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total financial liabilities

 

(10,051)

 

(6,112)

 

(8,706)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cash and cash equivalents are held with bank and financial institution counterparties, which are rated P-1 and A-1, based on Moody's ratings.

 

13.       Share Capital

On 28 July 2017 the Company was admitted to trading on AIM.  On this date the Company issued 6,583,851 ordinary shares of 0.3 pence each with a nominal value of £19,752 at 161 pence per share giving rise to share premium of £10,580,248.

Prior to this date the Company had issued 117,647,054 with a nominal value of £352,941 in relation to the incorporation of the Company and the purchase of its subsidiaries; Kast Retail Limited, Tarak International Limited and Shoar (Holdings) Limited.

As a result of these transactions the issued share capital at 30 September 2017, 31 March 2018 and 30 September 2018 comprised 124,230,905 ordinary shares of 0.3 pence each with a nominal value of £372,693 which gave rise to share premium of £10.3m (net of expenses).

 

14.       Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2018

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2017

 

 

Audited as at 31 March 2018

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

Cash

 

12,475

 

11,907

 

9,883

Bank overdraft

 

-

 

-

 

(388)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at end of the period

 

12,475

 

11,907

 

9,495

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.       Related party transactions

The Group considers its Executive and Non-Executive Directors as key management and therefore has a related party relationship with them.

Two directors, Tarak Ramzan and his son Sheraz Ramzan, and their relatives control 48.7% of the voting shares of the Company.

The Group transacts with the companies which Tarak and Sheraz Ramzan have an interest.  The amounts of the transactions and balances due to and from the related parties during the year and at the year-end are:

 

Sales to

Purchased from

 

 

 

 

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2018

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2017

 

Audited year ended 31 March 2018

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2018

Unaudited six months ended 30 September 2017

 

Audited year ended 31 March 2018

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Tarak Manufacturing Limited

-

-

-

88

79

199

Big Blue Concepts Limited

-

-

-

84

72

168

 

 

 

 

Balance owed to

Balance due from

 

Unaudited as at 30 September 2018

Unaudited as at 30 September 2017

 

Audited as at 31 March 2018

Unaudited as at 30 September 2018

Unaudited as at 30 September 2017

 

Audited as at 31 March 2018

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Tarak Manufacturing Limited

50

45

45

3

26

-

Big Blue Concepts Limited

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 


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