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Final Results

Released 07:00 22-Mar-2019

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Robinson PLC
22 March 2019
 

 

22 March 2019

Robinson plc                                                          

 

FINAL RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2018

 

Robinson plc ("Robinson" or the "Group" stock code: RBN), the custom manufacturer of rigid plastic and paperboard packaging based in Chesterfield, announces its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2018.

 

Highlights:

·     Revenue increased by 10% to £32.8m (2017: £29.8m)

·     Gross margin reduced from 19% to 18%. Operating costs reduced by 2%

·     Operating profit before exceptional items and amortisation of intangible assets increased to £1.5m (2017: £1.3m)

·     Net borrowings increased to £8.8m (2017: £6.5m)

·     Capital expenditure was £4.4m (2017: £3.2m)

·     The Board recommends a final dividend for the year of 3.0p per share (2017: 3.0p) - the total dividend per share declared in respect of 2018 is 5.5p (2017: 5.5p)

 

Commenting on the results, Chairman, Alan Raleigh said:

"I am pleased to report improved revenues and profits for 2018. This was achieved through greater focus on improved service to our customers, controlling material costs and managing overheads.

We also agreed to a change in leadership to drive this even harder in 2019 and to engage more effectively in shaping the plastics sustainability agenda through our contribution to the circular economy.

Consequently, we feel the business is in a much stronger position to face the challenges in front of us and we expect to achieve double-digit sales growth again in 2019. We also expect a marked step-up in profitability, ahead of market expectations, arising from our "Strategy into Action" program which will drive faster, better execution of our plans. Central Europe will continue to play an important role in driving profitable growth.

Underpinning this progress is a strong commitment to the highest standards of corporate governance, including strengthening the Board through the appointment of Sara Halton as a new independent non-executive Director."

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Robinson plc

 www.robinsonpackaging.com

Guy Robinson, Finance Director

Tel: 01246 389283

 

 

finnCap Limited

 

Ed Frisby / Giles Rolls, corporate finance

Tim Redfern / Tim Harper, ECM

Tel: 020 7220 0500

 

Note for Editors:

 

Headquartered in Chesterfield, with manufacturing facilities in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Stanton Hill (Nottinghamshire), Warsaw and Lodz (Poland), Robinson currently employs around 310 people. It was formerly a family business, with its origins dating back 179 years. Today the Group's main activity is the manufacture and sale of injection and blow moulded plastic packaging. Robinson operates primarily within the food, household, drink, confectionery, cosmetic and toiletry sectors, providing niche or custom manufacture to major players in the fast moving consumer goods market, such as McBride, Proctor & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson, and Unilever. The Group also has a substantial property portfolio with development potential.

 

Robinson plc, Chesterfield, S40 2AB, UK. Registered number 39811 (England)         AIM code "RBN"

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

 

This is my first Chairman's report since I was appointed Chairman after the AGM in May 2018. I heard a loud and clear message that shareholders want improved performance and clear plans to address margin erosion, sustainability and future cash generation.

 

With this in mind, the Board has spent considerable time reviewing the strategy and operating plans of the business, with a particular emphasis on customer relationship management, input material costs, operating costs and sustainability. We have also reviewed our key capabilities, including innovation, technology and people.

 

As a result of this review, we have concluded that our core strategy of partnering with winning customers in attractive markets and geographies remains correct. However, the execution of our strategy needs to be sharpened and our key capabilities can be improved to provide further competitive advantage.

 

It was agreed that changes were necessary to ensure the Group's future development and success. At the end of November, the Chief Executive resigned, and Martin McGee was appointed as an interim CEO to lead a "Strategy into Action" agenda that will deliver improved shareholder value.

 

This plan, which is already underway, will take time to fully implement but we expect progress during 2019.

 

Governance

During the year a great deal of emphasis has been placed on corporate governance. The Board has adopted the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code. The roles, relationships and responsibilities of the Board and its committees have been reviewed and updated to ensure we have a team working openly and effectively to deliver the agreed strategy and operational improvements.

 

Additionally, as a result of the Board changes following the AGM and implementation of the new governance code, a new independent non-executive director was required. After an extensive search process, I am delighted that Sara Halton agreed to join the Board from 1 January 2019.

 

Sustainability

In a world where consumers are correctly challenging the impact of plastic waste on the environment, we must play our part to ensure the lowest possible impact from the design, manufacture and use of the plastic products we produce.

 

To achieve this, we participate in an emerging plastics circular economy. We are committed to using the lowest quantity of total plastic and highest-level of post-consumer recycled plastics in our bespoke products without compromising either aesthetics or functional properties. We will ensure that in future all our products are recyclable and can be responsibly collected, cleaned and then supplied again in a form we can reuse.

 

We may be a small part of this at the moment, but we are growing and take our responsibilities seriously. We have an important role to play in the development of a fully functioning plastics circular economy. In partnership with our suppliers, industry partners and customers we commit to taking practical, measurable steps which we will report transparently as we progress on this journey.

 

Revenues, gross margins and operating costs

It is pleasing to report that revenues increased by 10% to £32.8m in 2018. Underlying volumes were 7% higher.

 

We have passed on some, but not all, input price increases to customers in a very challenging retail environment. This has led to a reduction in gross margin from 19% to 18% in the year.

 

In 2018 operating costs reduced by 2% and, whilst we expect to make further investments in personnel to strengthen the business, we recognise that the shape of the profit and loss account needs to be addressed as a key part of delivering adequate returns for our shareholders. Growing revenues whilst maintaining efficient levels of operating costs is part of the planned solution.

 

Profits

With tighter control of operating costs compensating for the slight gross margin erosion, operating profit has improved in 2018 by 15% to £1.5m whilst EBITDA rose 19% to £3.4m. Basic earnings per share have risen from 1.9p to 4.2p.

 

Capital investment, financing, dividend and pension

There was an increase in net borrowings of £2.3m in the year as we invested £4.4m (2017: £3.2m) in new plant and equipment and maintained the dividend at £0.9m (2017: £0.9m). Of this capital investment, £3.1m in 2018 related to new business growth and we will continue to invest during 2019 to upgrade current capabilities and accelerate new business growth. Net borrowings ended the year at £8.8m (2017: £6.5m), safely within our £13m of facilities and shareholders' funds reduced slightly from £23.1m to £22.9m.

 

The Board proposes an unchanged final dividend of 3.0p per share to be paid on 3 June 2019 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 17 May 2019. The ordinary shares become ex-dividend on 16 May 2019. This brings the total dividend declared in respect of 2018 to 5.5p per share (2017: 5.5p). The IAS19 valuation at the yearend of our pension fund reported a surplus of £6.5m (2017: £8.5m). This surplus is deemed to be irrecoverable and not included in the Company's assets.

 

Property

The current market for both retail and, locally, residential developments remains challenging, but we continue to explore all opportunities to find suitable schemes for our surplus sites at Walton Works and Boythorpe Works in Chesterfield. We remain confident that buyers will be found but do not expect significant income from the sale of these sites in 2019.

 

Outlook

Our pipeline of future business is now much stronger and more advanced than in previous years. This, together with even stronger customer partnerships, gives us confidence that we will see double-digit sales growth again in 2019. We also expect a marked step-up in profitability, ahead of market expectations, arising from our "Strategy into Action" program which will drive faster, better execution of our plans. Central Europe will continue to play an important role in driving profitable growth.

 

 

 

Alan Raleigh

Chairman

21 March 2019

 

 

 

Group income statement

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

32,802

 

29,813

Cost of sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

(26,918)

 

(24,035)

Gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,884

 

5,778

Operating costs

 

 

 

 

(4,370)

 

(4,457)

Operating profit before exceptional items and amortisation of intangible assets

 

 

 

1,514

 

1,321

Exceptional items

 

 

 

 

 

 

110

 

65

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

(783)

 

(783)

Operating profit after exceptional items

 

 

 

841

 

603

Finance income - interest receivable

 

 

 

 

 

             - 

 

1

Finance costs - bank interest payable

 

 

 

 

(156)

 

(104)

Finance income in respect of pension fund

 

 

 

             - 

 

130

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

685

 

630

Taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

(317)

Profit attributable to the owners of the Company

 

 

 

695

 

313

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

 

 

         4.2p

 

          1.9p

Diluted earnings per share

 

 

 

         4.2p

 

          1.9p

 

 

Statement of comprehensive income

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

Profit for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

695

 

313

Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remeasurement of net defined benefit liability

 

 

 

 

 

 

193

 

61

Deferred tax relating to items not reclassified

 

 

 

 

 

 

              -

 

(11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

193

 

50

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

 

 

 

 

(138)

 

818

Other comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

55

 

868

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to the owners of the Company

 

 

 

750

 

1,181

 

 

 

Statement of financial position

 AS AT 31 DECEMBER

 

 

 

Group

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

1,115

 

1,115

 

Other intangible assets

 

4,306

 

5,089

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

19,039

 

17,011

 

Investments in subsidiaries

 

                  -

 

                  -

 

Deferred tax asset

 

868

 

95

 

 

 

25,328

 

23,310

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

2,972

 

2,838

 

Trade and other receivables

 

10,699

 

9,905

 

Deferred tax asset

 

                  -

 

                  -

 

Cash

 

1,358

 

283

 

 

 

15,029

 

13,026

 

Total assets

 

40,357

 

36,336

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(5,897)

 

(5,568)

 

Corporation tax payable

 

(99)

 

(250)

 

Bank overdrafts

 

(6,178)

 

(6,441)

 

Bank and other loans

 

                  -

 

(221)

 

Obligations under finance lease contracts

 

(276)

 

(44)

 

 

 

(12,450)

 

(12,524)

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Bank and other loans

 

(2,700)

 

                  -

 

Obligations under finance lease contracts

 

(1,049)

 

(87)

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(1,056)

 

(488)

 

Amounts due to group undertakings

 

                  -

 

                  -

 

Provisions

 

(174)

 

(181)

 

 

 

(4,979)

 

(756)

 

Total liabilities

 

(17,429)

 

(13,280)

 

Net assets

 

22,928

 

23,056

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

83

 

83

 

Share premium

 

732

 

732

 

Capital redemption reserve

 

216

 

216

 

Translation reserve

 

826

 

964

 

Revaluation reserve

 

4,126

 

4,321

 

Retained earnings

 

16,945

 

16,740

 

Equity attributable to shareholders

 

22,928

 

23,056

 

 

 

Statement of changes in equity

 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Capital redemption reserve

Translation reserve

Revaluation reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

82

610

216

146

4,402

17,181

22,637

Profit for the year

 

 

 

 

 

313

313

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

 

 

 

818

 

50

868

Transfer from revaluation reserve as a result of property transactions

 

 

 

 

(81)

81

          -

Credit in respect of share based payments

 

 

 

 

16

16

Total comprehensive income for the year

        -

           -

               -

818

(81)

460

1,197

Shares issued

1

122

 

 

 

 

123

Dividends paid

 

 

 

 

 

(901)

(901)

Transactions with owners

1

122

                   -

                   -

                    -

(901)

(778)

At 31 December 2017

83

732

216

964

4,321

16,740

23,056

Profit for the year

 

 

 

 

 

695

695

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

 

 

 

(138)

 

193

55

Transfer from revaluation reserve as a result of property transactions

 

 

 

 

(195)

195

          -

Credit in respect of share based payments

 

 

 

 

12

12

Total comprehensive income for the year

        -

           -

               -

(138)

(195)

1,095

762

Shares issued

 

 

 

 

 

 

          -

Dividends paid

 

 

 

 

 

(890)

(890)

Transactions with owners

        -

           -

               -

               -

                -

(890)

(890)

At 31 December 2018

83

732

216

826

4,126

16,945

22,928

 

 

Statement of cash flows

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER

 

 

 

Group

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year

 

695

 

313

 

 Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

 Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

1,795

 

1,492

 

 Impairment of property, plant and equipment

 

189

 

          -

 

 Loss/(profit) on disposal of other plant and equipment

 

209

 

(85)

 

 Impairment/amortisation of goodwill and customer relationships

 

783

 

783

 

 Decrease in provisions

 

(7)

 

(4)

 

 Other finance income in respect of Pension Fund

 

           -

 

(130)

 

 Finance costs

 

156

 

104

 

 Finance income

 

           -

 

(1)

 

 Taxation (credited) / charged

 

(10)

 

317

 

 Other non-cash items:

 

 

 

 

 

   Pension current service cost and expenses

 

193

 

191

 

   Charge for share options

 

12

 

16

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

 

4,015

 

2,996

 

Increase in inventories

 

(151)

 

(263)

 

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(853)

 

(875)

 

 Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

329

 

411

 

Cash generated by/(used in) operations

 

3,340

 

2,269

 

 Corporation tax paid

 

(294)

 

(405)

 

 Interest paid

 

(150)

 

(104)

 

Net cash generated by/(used in) operating activities

 

2,896

 

1,760

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 Interest received

 

          -

 

1

 

 Acquisition of plant and equipment

 

(4,355)

 

(2,614)

 

 Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

15

 

151

 

Net cash (used in)/generated from investing activities

 

(4,340)

 

(2,462)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 Loans repaid

 

(221)

 

(531)

 

 Loans drawndown

 

2,700

 

          -

 

 Shares issued

 

          -

 

123

 

 Finance leases drawndown

 

1,300

 

          -

 

 Finance lease payments

 

(106)

 

(28)

 

 Dividends paid

 

(890)

 

(901)

 

Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities

 

2,783

 

(1,337)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

1,339

 

(2,039)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January

 

(6,158)

 

(4,206)

 

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

 

(1)

 

87

 

Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December

 

(4,820)

 

(6,158)

 

 

 

Notes to the financial statements

 

1.   Basis of preparation

Robinson prepares its financial statements on a historical cost basis, unless accounting standards require an alternate measurement basis. Where there are assets and liabilities calculated on a different basis, this fact is disclosed either in the relevant accounting policy or in the notes to the financial statements. The financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006 as applicable to companies using International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). The Group's financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis. The financial information contained in this announcement does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. However, the financial statements contained in this announcement are extracted from audited statutory accounts for the financial year ended 31 December 2018 which will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies. Those accounts have an unqualified audit opinion.

 

2.   Accounting Standards

Robinson prepares its financial statements in accordance with applicable IFRS, issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") as adopted by the EU, and interpretations issued by the IFRS Interpretations Committee, and Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. The Group's financial statements are also consistent with IFRS as issued by the IASB as they apply to accounting periods ended 31 December 2018.

 

3.   Going Concern

The Directors have considered the factors relevant to support a statement of going concern. In assessing whether the going concern assumption is appropriate, the Board and audit committee considered the Group cash flow forecasts under various scenarios, identifying risks and mitigants and ensuring the Group has sufficient funding to meet its current commitments as and when they fall due for a period of at least 12 months from the date of signing these financial statements. The Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group will continue in operational existence for this 12 month period and have therefore used the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

 

4.   Publication of statutory financial statements

The Company's financial statements, including the Notice of Annual General Meeting, are due to be made available on the Company's website (www.robinsonpackaging.com) and posted to shareholders on 17 April 2019. Copies will also be available at the Company's registered office, Field House, Wheatbridge, Chesterfield, S40 2AB. The Annual General Meeting is due to be held at 11.30am at Chesterfield Football Club on 9 May 2019.

 

 

The information communicated in this announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.


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