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Posting of Annual Report and Notice of AGM

Released 18:01 27-Sep-2018

RNS Number : 2276C
Stanley Gibbons Group PLC
27 September 2018
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF EU REGULATION 596/2014

THE STANLEY GIBBONS GROUP PLC

(the "Group" or "Company")

Posting of Annual Report and Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Company has today published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 which is available on the Company's website and is set out in full below.

The Annual Report contains a Notice of General meeting of shareholders which will be held at 399 Strand, London WC2R 0LX on Thursday 1 November 2017 at 11.30 a.m.

Enquiries:

 

The Stanley Gibbons Group plc

Harry Wilson

Andrew Cook 

 

+44 (0)207 836 8444

finnCap Ltd (Nomad and Broker)

Stuart Andrews / Christopher Raggett / Anthony Adams (corporate finance)

 

+44 (0)20 7220 0500

 

 

 

 

 

Group Annual Report and Financial Statements

for the year ended 31 March 2018

Financial Highlights

            Year ended         Year ended

31 March 2018              31 March 2017

 

Group turnover from continuing operations(£m)                                                                                          13.4                         15.3

Trading loss from continuing operations(£m)                                                                                               (5.4)                        (5.8)

Loss before taxation from continuing operations (£m)                                                                                 (8.0)                      (11.8)

Adjusted (loss)/profit before taxation from continuing operations (£m)                                                        (6.7)                        (5.6)

Basic earnings per share - continuing operations (p)                                                                                  (4.21)                      (6.21)

Adjusted earnings per share  - continuing operations(p)                                                                            (3.58)                      (3.10)

Dividend per share (p)                                                                                                                                    -                              -

Total borrowings (£m)                                                                                                                                  10.0                         16.5

Net assets per share (p)                                                                                                                                2.9                         10.1

 

Contents

Page

2             Directors and Advisers

3-4          Chairman's Statement

5-7          Chief Executive's Letter to Shareholders

8-14        Business Review 

15-16    Corporate Governance

17-19       Report on Remuneration

20-25       Directors' Report

26-31      Independent Auditor's Report

32           Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

33           Consolidated statement of financial position

34           Consolidated statement of changes in equity

35           Consolidated statement of cash flows

36-77       Notes to the Financial Statements

78-79       Directors' Biographical Details

80-84       Notice of Annual General Meeting

Financial Calendar

Annual General Meeting                               Thursday 1 November 2018

 

Directors and Advisers

Directors                                       H G Wilson                          Non-Executive Chairman

G E Shircore                       Chief Executive Officer

A Cook                                Chief Finance Officer

C P Whiley                          Non-Executive Director

L E Castro                           Non-Executive Director*

* Independent

Company Secretary                      R K Purkis

Registered Office                          18 Hill Street

St. Helier

Jersey JE2 4UA

Tel: 01534 766711

Company Registration                  Registered in Jersey

Number 13177

Nominated Adviser and                finnCap Limited

Broker                                          60 New Broad Street

London EC2M 1JJ

Auditors                                        BDO Limited

Windward House

La Route de la Liberation

St Helier

Jersey JE1 1BG

Legal Advisers                              Mourant Ozannes

22 Grenville Street
St Helier

Jersey JE4 8PX

Bird & Bird LLP

12 New Fetter Lane

EC4A 1JP

Bankers                                        Barclays Bank PLC

1 Churchill Place

London

E14 5HP

Registrars                                     Link Market Services (Jersey) Limited

Shareholder Services

The Registry

34 Beckenham Road

Beckenham

Kent BR3 4TU

Tel: 0871 664 0300; from overseas +44 20 8639 3399

Website                                        Further financial, corporate and shareholder information is available in the Company information section of the Group's website: www.stanleygibbons.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

Introduction

This report relates to the audited results for the year ended 31 March 2018.

 

The year was another difficult trading period as the results show. However, I am pleased to report that at the end of the financial year a major financial restructuring of the Group was completed which materially changes our future prospects. More details on the transaction are given later on in this report.

 

The wholesale changes initiated in 2016 to address legacy issues were continued through the year and resulted in the sale of a number of non-core subsidiary businesses and assets. As a result of these disposals, one-off restructuring costs, difficult trading conditions and the overhang of the Group's investment contracts there has been a further 32 % fall in net asset value to £12.2m (2017; £18.0m). The trading loss from continuing operations over the period was £5.4m (2017; £5.8m) a disappointing result but not unexpected given the transition which the business has gone through over the year.

 

This transition has resulted in the sale of several non-core assets, collectively generating cash of £2.9m. In addition, a further decrease in the corporate overhead of £2.0m was achieved during the year together with a reduction in average staff numbers of 42. These reductions, while severe, were considered essential to ensure the survival of the Group going forward.  

 

In November 2017 the Group's wholly owned subsidiary Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited ("SGG") was put into Administration by the Royal Court of Guernsey. Whilst regrettable, this action was necessary due to the large contingent liabilities that SGG faced arising from legacy buy-back guarantees provided by SGG on various investment products. Although the buy-back guarantees were stopped in August 2016 the increasing number of requests by investment clients to exercise their rights under the guarantees had become unsustainable. A deterioration in sales of investment products - largely as a result of the removal of the buy-back guarantees - meant that SGG had become dependent on its inter-company credit line. However, the Group was no longer in a position to provide further funding and under legal advice the decision to put SGG into Administration was taken.

 

I am pleased to say that the strategic review initiated in the summer of 2017 resulted in a transformational deal with Phoenix UK Fund Ltd ("Phoenix") in February 2018 under which Phoenix agreed to invest £19.45m into the Group. This was subsequently approved by shareholders on 16th March 2018. The key elements of the transaction are detailed further on in this report.

 

Phoenix is an experienced investor with considerable knowledge of the collectibles industry. Its intention is to help rebuild the Stanley Gibbons and Baldwins brands to their rightful positions as leaders in the philatelic and numismatic collecting worlds. Phoenix take a long-term approach and we look forward to working with them.

 

Following the Phoenix transaction Henry Turcan retired from the Board and Graham Shircore was appointed as the Phoenix representative director. I would like to thank Henry for his diligent contribution and support over the last 2 years. More recently we have been able to recruit a number of senior specialists in to the Group and have reorganised several of the retail divisions with senior internal appointments.  

 

In June 2018 Graham Shircore was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Group. As a recent appointee to the Board, Graham sets out his views of where we are and his vision for what happens next in the following section of this report. Reading this I hope you will share the enthusiasm he has for the business and what we wish to achieve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

continued

 

Outlook

 

The last 2 years have been very tough for all those involved in Stanley Gibbons but I hope that, with the restructuring undertaken and the Phoenix transaction completed, we are now through the low point. The legacy issues we have dealt with were severe and I would like to thank all our stakeholders, particularly our staff, for their hard work and support during this difficult period. While our recent history will continue to play a role, we are now finally in a position where we can look forward and rebuild. It is pleasing to see the tremendous goodwill towards Stanley Gibbons and it is incumbent on us now to repay that faith. We are fortunate to have some of the foremost specialists in their fields at Stanley Gibbons and Baldwin's and are increasingly well positioned to take advantage of these strengths.

 

Harry Wilson
Chairman

27 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive's Letter to Shareholders

 

 

Dear shareholders

 

Six months since the financial restructuring of your Group, we find ourselves at an intersection between the tumultuous recent history which brought it to the brink and a future which holds many exciting opportunities.

 

The seeds for this most challenging period in the Group's long and venerable history were sown over the course of the preceding decade and while there is little to be gained by dwelling on the root causes, they will continue to have an impact for a while to come.

 

That said, their influence is now gradually reducing and in continuing the work which began almost two years ago we are accelerating this process of change. The group structure continues to be simplified, costs continue to be reduced and we are working tirelessly to build greater trust in the brands and restore the Group to underlying profitability.

 

In the fullness of time all of our efforts will be able to be concentrated on building for the future and while that time is not quite with us, it is now in sight. As we endeavour to write a new, more successful chapter, it is vital that we begin to look forward, replacing the confusion that has gripped the business in recent times with optimism, clarity and a willingness to embrace progress.

 

We have a clear view of our future direction and this is an opportunity for me to share the main aspects of this with you.

 

Building for the Future

 

It is less than four months since I was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of your company I already have a huge affection for our fantastic brands and the global reputation they possess.

 

Having brands with this reputation, built up over lives which span three centuries, is a wonderful starting point from which to reinvigorate a business. We will focus our efforts on what the core of these businesses has historically been, emphasising their unrivalled history while looking forward and making them more appealing to a new generation of collector.

 

A key part of this will be exploiting the opportunities which modern technology provides for brands with global recognition like ours. We are, perhaps without exception, the only business in the stamp and coin collecting markets with the scale, breadth of product and market position to be able to create a truly exceptional online experience and we have more to benefit from doing so than anybody else.

 

To exploit their potential fully however, our brands also need a physical home which they can be proud of. One which strengthens how they are perceived both in the domestic market and abroad. This needs to be somewhere which is renowned as THE place to go for anyone interested in stamp and coin collecting.

 

These two approaches to engaging with existing and potential customers must be complementary and consistent with each other in all respects. The problems of the past have resulted in far too much inconsistency across the Group and a confused message about what our brands stand for.

 

We have made steady progress in laying the foundations for the future, but it is fair to say that greater urgency is required if we are to give ourselves the best chance of success and it is my responsibility to ensure that this happens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive's Letter to Shareholders

continued

 

People are Key

 

This success rests on two key groups of people, namely our customers and our colleagues. Both groups have suffered. Both are also rarely given the time, focus and attention they deserve by most businesses. We will be different.

 

In recent years, customer service levels have fallen and we've forgotten to remind and continually re-enforce through our actions, why people should want and indeed aspire to deal with Stanley Gibbons and Baldwin's.

 

It is clear from speaking to many customers, past, present and from all parts of the business, that despite this, there remains a lot of goodwill towards us and a genuine desire to see us succeed. We will work tirelessly to capitalise on this, improving the service and offering we provide for our customers. Given the nature of our business and the other inherent strengths we have, if we do well for them, the financial rewards will follow.

 

Making progress in this regard is essential but it is extremely hard to achieve without colleagues who feel valued by the business and empowered to take responsibility for dealing with the opportunities they encounter on a day to day basis. The relevant knowledge and skills we have within the business are second to none. To make the most of and indeed develop this further, we need to give everybody a clear sense of what we are collectively trying to achieve, the support they need to achieve it and the motivation to work towards it.

 

With both our customers and colleagues, we have begun the process of making improvements and are starting to see the green shoots of progress. However it is early days and there is an awful lot more work to do if we are going to fulfil our potential.

 

Our Financial Framework

 

While we are going back to our roots in terms of what the businesses are focused on, doing so in a way which sets us up for a prosperous future requires significant change.

 

The benefits of this will only be truly felt over the course of several years. Nevertheless we can be entirely clear today in the approach we will take from a financial perspective.

 

The key tenets of this are and will continue to be:

 

·     A culture of sensible frugality.

Our brands do not have the model of being the 'lowest cost producer' but we do need to provide the highest quality of service and experience at the lowest possible cost.

 

·     Our customers need to perceive a value to what they receive from us which is greater than the price we charge. In our businesses there are many different aspects to 'value' and their importance varies between customers. By minimising costs, we can make this equation as attractive as possible for as many people as possible by continually reinvesting in the business while having enough left over to generate a suitable level of profit for you, our owners.

 

·     Over time this process can generate its own momentum and become exceptionally powerful; the two levers we can pull to improve the financial prospects of the business, namely selling more and reducing costs, are thus inextricably linked.  For example, savings in one area may free up funds to employ additional staff within the shop which in turn improves customer service and stimulates further sales.

 

·     A focus on return on capital employed.

Some parts of our business require little capital but in other areas we hold significant amounts of inventory on our balance sheet. In recent times the discipline needed to do this effectively has been lacking and the impact that this can have on shareholder returns has not been well communicated internally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive's Letter to Shareholders

continued

 

 

There has also been a disproportionate focus on margin at the expense of how rapidly we sell our inventory. This is changing and we are working hard to ensure that everybody fundamentally understands the concepts involved.

 

·     Cash is king.

Related to this is the need to emphasise that cash returns are what matters. Building a clear understanding around the distinction between cash and accounting profit is vital when giving people the freedom to invest heavily on behalf of the business and negotiate sizable individual transactions.

 

At a Group level we will make capital allocation decisions within the same framework, always doing what we believe to be in the best interests of the long-term future of the business as opposed to what may be optically most appealing.

 

Our Commitment to Shareholders

 

This approach to capital allocation is reflective of a broader intention to always look towards our long-term future. Our main brands have each been in existence for over 140 years and we will endeavour to put them in a position from which they can flourish for many years to come.

 

It is also our responsibility to communicate openly, honestly and with humility with all stakeholders. We are fortunate to have a relatively large number of private shareholders alongside our institutional investors and we will do our best to ensure that everybody feels that they are kept fully informed.

 

Where We Are Now

 

As well as the inherent strengths which exist in your business, the core end markets in which we operate all have fundamental strengths which the Group will seek to capitalise on fully in the coming years.

 

The numismatic market remains robust as does the philatelic market for British Commonwealth items. The Great Britain market is experiencing a period of noticeable weakness which has likely been influenced by our own recent history. While no one can say with certainty when it will happen, more positive times will return and we will do all we can to ensure we are in the best shape possible to capitalise on this.

 

Reasonable progress has been made in recent months but we need to move faster. While the balance sheet has been strengthened, we are not yet profitable and our cash generation profile is not where it should be. There is however light at the end of the tunnel and over time I hope to be able to report on further, more significant progress and an improving financial position.

 

 

 

Graham Shircore

Chief Executive Officer

27 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Review

 

Over the last two years, the Group has undergone a programme of intense rationalisation as the Board has sought to streamline the Group to a business which is capable of trading profitably, reducing its debt burden and seeking to enhance value to Shareholders. During that time, a number of businesses and assets have been sold or closed, overhead costs have been reduced significantly and the Group's focus has been re-aligned to its heritage of serving the philatelic and numismatic collectibles market.

This culminated in the Phoenix transaction announced on the 23 February and detailed below. Accordingly, the Group has reached a fundamental turning point where the Board believes that the Company will finally be in a position to start to rebuild for the future.

Summary Trading and Operations

 

As the transaction with Phoenix did not complete until the 19th March, during the vast majority of the year under review the Group was trading with limited cash resources. This constraint had an impact on the trading performance of the Group and the decisions taken by the Directors as it continued with its restructuring plans.

A significant part of the restructuring of the Group involved the sale of the brands and businesses previously within our Interiors division. Additionally following the granting of the administration order in relation to Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary through which our Investment division activities were conducted, the Group lost control of this entity. Both of these divisions have therefore been included as discontinued activities within our results and therefore not included in the individual figures for the continuing operations of the Group. The statement of comprehensive income for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been disclosed accordingly and the comparative figures for 31 March 2017 have been restated.

Summary results:

·       Turnover from continuing operations of £13.4m was £1.9m (12.8%) lower than last year with the majority of the reduction attributable to A H Baldwin's;

·       Gross margin for the year was 40.0 % (2017: 44.1%) as we continued to prioritise cash-flow in reducing the excess stock position;

·       Trading losses from continuing operations, before accounting adjustments and exceptional costs reduced to £5.4m from £5.8m, before accounting adjustments largely as a result of cost saving being partially offset by lower margins particularly in the Philatelic division.;

·       Loss for the financial year from continuing operations £7.9m compared to £11.1m last year

·       Loss for the financial year from discontinued operations £4.3m compared to £17.7m for last year

·       a 32 % reduction in net assets to £12.2m (2017: £18.0m) due to the losses highlighted above, offset in part by the issue of shares resulting in an increase in equity of £5.9m after costs.

·       Borrowings at the balance sheet date reduced from £16.5m to £10.0m in 2018, cash increased from £2.3m to £4.6m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Review

continued

Phoenix Transaction

As previously announced this transaction with Phoenix was completed on the 19 March 2018, following shareholder approval on the 16 March 2018. Althoughthe initial counterparty to the transaction was Phoenix UK Fund Limited, on 27 March 2018 its interests in the shares, loans and related agreements were transferred to its wholly owned subsidiary Phoenix S. G. Limited. Throughout this report a reference to 'Phoenix' is to the controlling party at that time.

The following is a summary of the transaction-

·       Subscription by Phoenix for 248,000,000 new Ordinary Shares at an issue price of 2.5p, representing 58.09% of the enlarged issued share capital of the Company.

·       As a result of the above, the Group's cash resources were increased by £5.85m after the payment of costs directly relating to the share issue of £0.35m.

·       Phoenix purchased the total Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited intercompany debt of £6.5m due to the Group, at the point the administration order was granted, for £2.75m.

·      The £2.75m consideration for the intercompany debt was used to capitalise a new wholly owned subsidiary, Stanley Gibbons Finance Limited, to enable it to acquire its share of the debt from RBS.

·       Of the residual RBS debt, (which at the point of completion stood at £17.5m), £10.5m was assigned to Phoenix and £7.0m was assigned to Stanley Gibbons Finance Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.

·       The Group immediately repaid £0.5m of the Phoenix loan from the share issue proceeds, reducing the overall debt facility to £10.0m. This is repayable in March 2023.

·       Phoenix separately reached agreement with the Administrators of Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited for the acquisition of the majority of the inventory not owned by third parties. The inventory comprised of stamps and coins.

·       On 10 September 2018 Stanley Gibbons Limited acquired the above inventory for £5.2m, payable in cash only as and when sales of the inventory are made and after deduction of a commission payable to Stanley Gibbons Limited.

Phoenix already has a controlling interest in Hornby, which also includes other collectible businesses such as Airfix and is clearly committed to this sector. Phoenix has confirmed that it is supportive of the strategic plans for the Group as previously outlined and it intends to work collaboratively with the management of the Group and the Board of the Company in driving the return of the Group's business to a profitable state.

Restructuring Update

Over the last two years, the Group has undergone a programme of intense rationalisation as the Board has sought to streamline the Group to a business which is capable of trading profitably, reducing its debt burden and seeking to enhance value to Shareholders. During that time, a number of businesses and assets have been sold or closed, overhead costs have been reduced significantly and the Group's focus has been re-aligned to its heritage of serving the philatelic and numismatic collectibles market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Review

continued

 

Interiors

On 26 May 2017 the Group sold its 25% interest in Masterpiece London Limited for £1.4m.

On the 1 October the Board announced the sale of Dreweatts 1759 Limited to Gurr John's Limited ("Gurr Johns") for a consideration of £1.25m paid in cash on completion, plus a maximum additional consideration of £0.4m, payable over the next 24 months (alongside the assumption of certain other liabilities associated with the Interiors division). Certain assets and liabilities, intellectual property rights and goodwill in respect of the Group's Interiors division, were transferred to a newly incorporated entity Dreweatts 1759 Limited on 31 July 2017. The sale to Gurr Johns also included the Bloomsbury Auctions brand.

On the 8 December 2017 the Group also sold the Mallett and Made by Meta brands to Gurr John's Limited for a further £0.1m.

These disposals represented all of the significant trading assets and brands of the Interiors division and its results have therefore been reclassified and disclosed as discontinued operations. The Group has retained the benefit of the rental income from the former Mallett New York leasehold premises, which will allow the Group to derive some additional benefit from the remaining assets of the Interiors division in the coming years. This asset together with any subsequent costs and benefits in relation to Mallett litigation now make up the new Legacy Interiors division. Details of the impact on the results of these discontinued operations are given in Note 29.

Investments

On 21 November 2017 the directors of Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited applied for and were granted an administration order. Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited was the entity through which the Groups Investment division activities had been conducted. The administration order meant the Group lost control of this business and its assets and so the Investment division's results have been reclassified as discontinued operations. The assets and liabilities of Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited that the Group lost control of are given in Note 29. The contingent liability disclosed in last year's Report and Accounts at £54m related to guarantees and undertakings within investment products, previously sold by Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited and so have also been removed from the Group. The Directors believe that the administration of SG Guernsey has fundamentally limited the exposure of the Group to the buyback liabilities and removed the cashflow burden associated therewith.

Cost savings

The Group has now been comprehensively restructured and the majority of the restructuring and cost savings have now been completed. The Board believes that this has resulted in a more appropriate structure and cost base for the future. Over the last two financial years, cost saving measures have been identified and implemented that are expected to reduce annualised total operating costs, excluding professional fees associated with the restructuring, by over £12.0 million (65%), with employment costs falling by around 75%. Whilst there are still some more areas to be addressed the Board is now progressing with plans to invest in projects already outlined that will support the growth and profitability of the Group over the longer term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Review

continued

 

Litigation

The Group continues to cooperate with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), following the conclusion of the Department of Justice's ("DOJ") criminal prosecution against a former client, (arising in part out of his dealings with Mallett, Inc) and a New York based former director of Mallett plc. Both the SEC and DOJ are aware that Mallett's new owners were not involved in the events underlying the investigation, and there have been discussions with the SEC regarding resolution of these matters.

Whilst no criminal or civil charges have been filed against Mallett Inc. or any Mallett group company to date, we have made an offer to the SEC that would resolve all outstanding issues.  We understand that the SEC Staff has recommended acceptance of the settlement offer to the SEC Commission, but as of the date of this Business Review, no decision has been made by the Commission.  Any settlement with the SEC will require court approval.

Given the former director's admitted criminal conduct, the Group is pursuing civil action against certain former directors of Mallett plc in respect of losses it has incurred as a result of these matters.

Though the Board cannot predict with certainty the outcome of the situation their best estimate of the future costs associated with the above, as at 31 March 2018, is £0.6m, which excludes any potential recovery from the former directors of Mallett. This amount is the accrual at the year end.

 

 

Continuing operations

 

12 months to 31 March

12 months to 31 March

 

2018

2018

2017

2017

 

Sales

Profit

Sales

Profit

 

 

 

Restated

Restated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Philatelic

6,796

(2,101)

7,584

(716)

Publishing

2,213

(29)

2,043

122

A H Baldwin

3,213

502

4,975

955

Legacy interiors property & legal

1,136

33

584

(630)

Other & corporate overheads

-

(3,332)

136

(5,340)

Finance charges

-

(444)

-

(223)

Trading sales and losses

13,358

(5,371)

15,322

(5,832)

Amortisation of customer lists

-

(237)

-

(423)

Pension service & share option charges

-

(200)

-

(623)

Finance charges related to pensions

-

(152)

-

(138)

Exceptional operating charges

-

(6,332)

-

(4,778)

Gain on loan restructuring

-

4,250

-

-

Group total sales and (loss)/profit before tax

13,358

(8,042)

15,322

(11,794)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Review

continued

 

Overview

Group turnover for continuing operations, for the year ended 31 March 2018 was £13.4m (2017: £15.3m), 12.% lower than the prior year. The gross margin percentage for the year ended 31 March 2018 was 40.0% (2017: 44.1%).

During virtually all of the year ended 31 March 2018 the Group was trading with limited cash resources, which restricted our ability to buy new stock and also meant we were at times selling items to realise cash rather than maximise profits. The lack of new stock particularly reduced the sales of A H Baldwin's coins and our Commonwealth philatelic items, whilst the lower margin sales were more generally of Great Britain ("GB") philatelic items. The consequence was that Philatelic sales held up reasonably well but the margins were lower, whereas A H Baldwin's margins improved from 19% to 22% but the sales were lower.

As a result of the restructuring plan, corporate overheads were reduced by £2.0m, 38%. The trading loss, for continuing operations, before accounting adjustments including exceptional operating charges and finance charges related to pensions, was £5.4m for the year ended 31 March 2018 (2017: trading loss £5.8m). 

 

Philatelic

Whilst sales reduced by 6% the reduction in contribution was more significant. This was largely as a result of selling items at lower margins, particularly high value GB items that would historically have been purchased with a view to sale through the Investment division. Though this generated sales and cash, it reduced our profitability when compared to last year. Additionally the market for GB stamps has been weaker, particularly for very high value philatelic rarities. This may be related, in part, to the reduction in buying and selling of our Investment division, which in the past likely contributed to the increase in the strength of the market for high value items. As a result we conducted a full review of our inventory carrying values, including all of the high value or specialised items, which resulted in an impairment provision of £4m included within exceptional charges, shown in the table below.

 

Publishing

 

Whilst the results from this division are relatively consistent they reflect our inability over recent years to generate an appropriate return from our catalogues, albums and magazines. The monetisation of the wealth of unique and historical intellectual property we have is one of our key objectives and we are working on a number of projects which should allow us to do so.

 

Coins & Medals

 

Sales were down 35% but this was mainly due to the inability to buy new inventory coupled with our desire to not unnecessarily discount stock simply to realise cash as it may have damaged the longer term prospects of the business, coupled with the fact that the prior period included income from auctions, which are now conducted through Baldwin's of St James's.. Nevertheless this division produced a significant profit contribution whilst more than halving its inventory, thus releasing £2m of cash to Group.  Baldwin's of St James's, the joint venture that was launched in January 2017 generated £113k in the year. This business is now established and has maintained the market positions of the two brands that combined to form it.

Legacy Interiors

 

The sales from this division all relate to rental income from the leasehold property in New York which was vacated and sublet by Mallett in 2017. The costs relate to the rents and other costs in relation to the property together with the costs of the ongoing litigation detailed above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Review

continued

Corporate Overheads

 

As highlighted above, the restructuring plan has delivered significant cost reductions, some of which will only produce a full year impact in the current financial year ending 31 March 2019.

 

Other Accounting Adjustments & Finance Charges related to pensions

 

Pension service and share option charges, amortisation of customer lists and finance charges related to pensions for the year ended 31 March 2018 were £0.6m (2017: £1.2m). In the opinion of the Directors, such accounting charges do not form part of the operating performance of the Group.

 

Exceptional Operating Charges 

Exceptional operating charges/(income) , can be further analysed as follows:

 

Year ended 31 March 2018

£'000

Year ended 31 March    2017 £'000

 

Stock provisions

4,202

392

506

Professional fees for corporate activity

1,235

587

Other impairment of intangible assets

541

1,000

Loss on disposal of tangible fixed assets

392

 

-

Impairment of receivables

288

-

Loss on disposal of philatelic approvals business

171

-

Restructuring and redundancy costs

119

589

Marketplace intangible asset written off

-

2,096

Release of other payables excess provision

(616)

-

 

6,332

4,778

           

 

The stock provisions largely related to a review of our philatelic realisable values as highlighted above. The professional fees relate to the significant corporate activity carried out during the year including the Phoenix transaction but exclude the element relating to the share issue. The release represents an over provision relating to prior periods.

 

 

 

 




 

Business Review

continued

 

Inventory

 

The Group continues to own some valuable assets. Apart from the heritage brands, which are not wholly recognised within the balance sheet, as only acquired brands can be recognised, the most significant asset of the Group is its stock which is summarised below:

 

31 March 2018

£'000

31 March 2017

 

£'000

Philatelic rarities

14,056

31,039

Philatelic stock (general)

1,457

3,828

Coins and medals

2,148

4,408

Autographs, historical documents and related memorabilia

-

365

Antiques

417

700

Publications, albums and accessories

136

243

Group owned stock

18,214

40,583

Inventory owned by third parties

89

14,642

 

18,303

55,225

 

 

Cash Resources

As at the balance sheet date the Group had cash balances of £4.6m and a loan of £10.0m repayable in March 2023, provided there is no event of default in the meantime. The loan is due to Phoenix S. G. Limited, the Group's controlling shareholder.

As detailed in note 18 the Group is currently in default on its loan facilities as Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited (in administration) is in administration. Phoenix was aware of the default at the time of its investment. The loan is also in default due to the qualified audit report in these financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2018. Although during periods of default the facilities are repayable on demand, Phoenix S. G. Limited has not requested repayment.

As at 25 September 2018 the Group had cash balances of £1.6m, this reflects the payment of the creditors at the time of the transaction together with a degree of investment in inventory.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Cook

Chief Finance Officer

27 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

Corporate Governance

 

The Directors recognize the importance of and are committed to high standards of corporate governance. The corporate governance framework within which the Stanley Gibbons Group operates, including Board leadership and effectiveness, Board remuneration and internal control is based on practices which the Board believes are appropriate to the size, risks, complexity and operation of the business.

 

Changes to the AIM Rules effective on 28 September 2018 require AIM companies to apply a recognised corporate governance code. Of the two widely recognised formal codes, the Board has decided to adhere to the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code for small and mid-size quoted companies (the QCA Code) which was revised in April 2018 to meet the new requirements of AIM Rule 26. The Board will apply the principles of the QCA Code.

The Company holds board meetings regularly throughout the period at which operating and financial reports are considered. The Board is responsible for formulating, reviewing and approving the Group's strategy, budgets, major items of capital expenditure and senior personnel appointments.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee comprises only Non-Executive Directors.

The Committee met three times during the period since approval of the previous financial statements. It has written terms of reference, which were updated in June 2018, setting out its responsibilities that include:

·     monitoring the financial reporting process, the integrity of the company's financial statements and announcements relating to financial performance and reviewing significant financial judgements contained in them;

·     keeping under review the company's internal controls and risk management systems;

·     considering annually the need for a separate internal audit function and making recommendations to the Board;

·     making recommendations to the Board regarding the appointment, re-appointment or removal of the external auditor, and approving the remuneration and terms of engagement of the external auditor; and

·     reviewing and monitoring the external auditor's independence and the effectiveness of the audit process.

In addition, the Board requested that the Committee advise them on whether they believe the annual report and accounts, taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy. The Committee has concluded that this is the case and has reported this to the Board.

Non-audit services are reviewed on a case by case basis and also in terms of materiality of the fee. Note 4 to the Financial Statements details the quantum and split of auditor fees.

In the course of its work the Audit Committee meets with the external auditors and reviews the reports from them relating to the financial statements. It also reviews the likely significant issues in advance of publication both of the half and full year results and in particular any critical accounting judgements identified by both the Company and the external auditors most of which are disclosed in note 2 to the Financial Statements (Critical Accounting Estimates and Judgements).

A number of significant accounting policy changes and balance sheet adjustments were applied in arriving at the final figures in the financial statements and these have been extensively covered elsewhere in this document.

Members of the Audit Committee at the date of this report were LE Castro and HG Wilson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Governance

continued

Nomination Committee

A separate Nomination Committee is in operation. It has written terms of reference, which were updated in October 2016, setting out its responsibilities. It comprises the Non-Executive Chairman and a Non-Executive Director. The committee considers appointments to the Board and is responsible for nominating candidates to fill Board vacancies and for making recommendations on Board composition. A Company wide policy exists on diversity. The Board recognises such benefits of and will continue to appoint Executive and Non-Executive Directors to ensure diversity of background and on the basis of their skills and experience.

Members of the Nomination Committee at the date of this report were HG Wilson and LE Castro.

 

 

 

Report on Remuneration

The Remuneration Committee comprises only Non-Executive Directors. It reviews the performance of the Executive Directors and sets the scale and structure of their remuneration and the basis of their service agreements with due regard to the interests of shareholders.

The Remuneration Committee has responsibility for making recommendations to the Board on the Group's general policy on remuneration and also specific packages for individual Directors. It carries out the policy on behalf of the Board.

Members of the Remuneration Committee at the date of the report were CP Whiley and LE Castro.

Neither of the members of the committee have day to day involvement in the running of the business.

Policy on Executive Directors' Remuneration

The Committee reviews remuneration of Executive Directors and senior management each year. The main aim of the Group's executive pay policy is to provide an appropriate reward for their work which is sufficient to attract and retain the Directors needed to meet the Group's objectives and satisfy shareholder expectations.

Options

Executive Share options are granted to Directors and other employees on a phased basis. The value of those options ensures that this spreads any reward over a number of years, allied to growth in shareholder value over the long term.

Options granted under the Group Share Option Plan 2010 are exercisable between the third and tenth anniversaries of the date of grant.

Options issued in 2010 had the target of a minimum EPS of 17.3 pence for the year ended 31 December 2012. 25% of the granted options vest if this target is reached, rising on a straight line basis to 100% of options granted to vest if an EPS of 21.5 pence was achieved.

Options issued in 2011 had the target of a minimum EPS of 19.2 pence for the year ended 31 December 2013. 25% of the granted options vest if this target is reached, rising on a straight line basis to 100% of options granted to vest if an EPS of 22.7 pence was achieved.

Options issued in 2014 required that the Company's compound average Total Shareholder Return ("TSR") growth over the performance period must match or exceed 8% per annum. The options vest over a number of shares determined as follows:

Compound average annual TSR growth                                           Percentage of Option vestings

over the performance period                                                              (with straight line vesting between each point)

Less than 8%                                                                                          0%

8%                                                                                                          25%

15% or more                                                                                          100%

Options issued in 2016 were granted at market value and are not subject to a performance condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report on Remuneration

continued

An incentive plan for certain Directors of the Company was adopted on 30 September 2014 when grants of nil cost options were made over ordinary shares of 1p each under the Stanley Gibbons Group plc Value Creation Plan ('VCP'). Vesting of the awards was dependent on the level of total shareholder return over a three year period commencing on the grant of the awards. The performance condition was not achieved and the awards under the plan have therefore not vested.

An incentive plan for certain senior executives within the Interiors Division (defined as The Fine Art Auction Group Limited and its subsidiaries) was adopted by the Board on 2 February 2015 with grants subsequently made on 4 February 2015. Vesting of awards was dependent on the achievement of a performance condition over a performance period commencing on 1 April 2015 and ending on 31 March 2020 or under shorter period as may apply under the performance condition. The performance condition was not achieved on the sale of the Interiors Division and the awards under the plan have therefore not vested.

Bonuses

Directors are awarded annual bonuses calculated on the basis of defined criteria relating to Group performance compared to prior year and budget and other specific objectives which contribute to growth in earnings per share, cash generation and return on capital employed.

Other benefits

The Company Secretary is a member of the Group's defined benefit pension scheme, which is now closed. During the year contributions were paid on behalf of H Wilson and A Cook to defined contribution personal pension schemes.

Benefits also include the provision of family private healthcare insurance and death in service insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report on Remuneration

continued

Service contracts

No Director has a notice period exceeding six months.

Directors' Remuneration

For each Director remuneration for the year to 31 March 2018 can be analysed as follows:

 

2018
Salary &
Fees
£'000

2018
Performance
Related Bonus
£'000

2018

Other

Benefits

£'000

2018 Pension

Contributions

£'000

2018
Total

£'000

2017 Total

£'000

H Wilson

150

-

-

8

158

109

G Shircore

-

-

-

-

 

-

A Cook

150

-

-

8

158

128

C Whiley

-

-

-

-

-

-

L Castro

35

-

-

-

35

21

H Turcan

34

-

-

-

34

21

M Bralsford

-

-

-

-

 

23

M Hall

-

-

-

-

 

326

D Duff

-

-

-

-

 

219

J Byfield

-

-

-

-

 

97

M Magee

-

-

-

-

 

20

S Perreé

-

-

-

-

 

10

C Jones

-

-

-

-

 

23

 

369

-

-

16

385

997

 

The periods each Director served during the year are given on page 22.
Directors' Share Options

 

Date of grant

Earliest exercise

date

Expiry date

Exercise

Price

(1p shares)

Number

at

31 March                               2017                    

Number

at

Forfeited                         31 March

In period                                 2018

H Wilson

5/10/16**

5/10/19

5/10/26

11p

  2,000,000                   

-                                  2,000,000

A Cook

5/10/16**

5/10/19

5/10/26

11p

  2,000,000                   

-                                  2,000,000

M Hall

10/4/14**

10/4/17

10/4/24

316.5p

     157,977                   

  (157,977)                                       -

 

30/9/14***

 

 

 

     559,174                   

  (559,174)                                       -

D Duff

10/4/14**

10/4/17

10/4/24

316.5p

     112,164                   

  (112,164)                                       -

 

30/9/14***

 

 

 

     372,782                   

  (372,782)                                       -

 

 

 

 

 

  5,202,097

(1,202,097)                       4,000,000

 

** Options granted under Group Share Option Plan 2010.

*** Value creation plan nil cost award.

 

The closing market price of the Company's shares at 31 March 2018 was 4.5p and the range of market prices during the twelve month period was between 13.125p and 2.875p.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors' Report

for the year ended 31 March 2018

The Directors present their report and the consolidated audited financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2018.

Incorporation

The Company was incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands on 13 June 1977.
Directors' responsibilities for the financial statements

Directors are required by the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 to prepare financial statements for each financial period which give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group as at the end of the financial period and of the Group profit or loss for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the Directors are required to:

·   Select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

·   Make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

·     State whether applicable accounting standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements; and

·     Prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Group will continue in business.

The Directors are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and to enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud, error and non-compliance with law and regulations.

The maintenance and integrity of the Stanley Gibbons web site is the responsibility of the directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the accounts since they were initially presented on the web site.

Legislation in Jersey governing the preparation and dissemination of accounts may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

In so far as each of the Directors is aware:

·   There is no relevant audit information of which the Group's auditors are unaware; and

·     Each of the Directors has taken all steps that he ought to have taken to make himself aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the auditors are aware of that information.

Principal activities

The principal activities of the Group are those of trading in collectibles, auctioneering, the development and operation of collectible websites, philatelic publishing, mail order, retailing, and the manufacture of philatelic accessories.

Business review

Included within the Annual Report is a fair review of the business of the Group during the year ended 31 March 2018 and the position of the Group at the end of the year. This review is contained in the Chairman's Statement on pages 3 to 4 and the Business Review on pages 8 to 14. Key Performance Indicators and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties are referred to below.

 

 

 

Directors' Report

continued

Principal risks and uncertainties

The principal risks faced by the Group, together with the controls in place to manage those risks, are documented by the Executives, Senior Management team, Audit Committee and wider Board and are regularly reviewed throughout the period.

Investment Products

The Group was aware of the potential risk in connection with a commitment to buy-back in the future certain assets sold under collectible investment contracts in previous accounting periods. The Group therefore bears the risk in the event that the underlying assets go down in value during the contract period and continually monitors it. Based on the level of quality and rarity of the assets held under such contracts, and from historic pricing evidence over the past 50 years, the Directors are of the opinion that the risk of the assets going down materially in value in the future is slight.

On 21 November 2017 the directors of Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited applied for and were granted an administration order. This subsidiary was most exposed to investment product risk and therefore with the deemed loss of control over the subsidiary the level of this risk to the Group is now minimised.

Competition

The Group's markets are extremely competitive, with threats from other dealers, auctioneers and online marketplaces. The Group combats this risk by maintaining strong client relationships, continued monitoring of competitor activity and a focus on client service.

Key Personnel

The knowledge and expertise of the Group's specialists is critical to maintaining the Group's reputation and success. Accordingly the Group is highly dependent on attracting and retaining appropriately qualified personnel. The Group manages this risk by ensuring that remuneration is benchmarked against market rates to ensure that it is competitive and providing appropriate support and training.

Key Clients

A number of the Group's high value sales are made to a relatively small number of existing key clients. The Group manages this risk by maintaining strong client relationships, focussing on client service and ensuring that it maintains an inventory of highly attractive items.

Stock Valuation

The market in rare stamps, coins and other collectibles is not a highly liquid trading market. As a result, the realisable value of inventory is relatively subjective and may fluctuate over time. The Group's management keeps a close eye on market conditions and on a periodic basis we consult external parties in our consideration of the carrying value of our inventories.

Retirement Benefit Pension Obligations

Future costs and obligations relating to the Group's defined benefit pension schemes are significantly influenced by changes in interest rates, investment performance and actuarial assumptions, each of which is unpredictable. Actuarial valuations are carried out every three years with recovery plans agreed with the Trustees.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

The Directors manage the business on a monthly cycle of management reports and information combined with weekly sales and margins reporting. A monthly information pack is provided to the Board incorporating individual reports from each of the executive committee members and commentary on key performance indicators. Appropriate matters are summarised and appropriate decisions made at Board meetings. Key performance measures are disclosed and discussed in the Business Review on pages 8 to 14.

 

 

 

 

Directors' Report

continued

The diverse nature of the Group's activities dictates that specific financial and non financial performance indicators and reporting templates are in place unique to each department to enable the successful management of each operating division. Examples of some of the most important KPIs used in this reporting environment are:

·     Sales and gross margins compared to last year and budget

·   Overhead variations against budget

·   Personnel and resource matters (eg. performance, attendance and training)

·   New customers recruited and marketing response rates

·     Value of stock purchases and stock levels at the end of each month against budget

·     Website visitor activity statistics

Results and dividends

The consolidated statement of comprehensive income of the Group for the year ended 31 March 2018 is set out on page 32. The Directors do not recommend a final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2018 (year ended 31 March 2017: nil).

Directors

The following Directors have held office since 1 April 2017:

 

H G Wilson

G E Shircore                                                                 (appointed 19 March 2018)           

A Cook

C P Whiley                                                                   

L E Castro (Non-Executive)

H A J Turcan (Non-Executive)                                     (resigned 19 March 2018)            

L Castro is considered to be Independent

On 19 March 2017 H G Wilson and CP Whiley relinquished their executive director roles and remain as Non-Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Director respectively.

Biographical details of the current Directors are given on pages 78 and 79.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors' Report

continued

Directors' interests

The interests of the Directors in the shares of the Company, all of which are beneficial, at 31 March 2018 together with their interests at 31 March 2017 were:

Ordinary 1p           Ordinary 1p

Shares                   Shares

                                                               31 March         31 March

2018              2017

HG Wilson (1)                                                                                                                        2,000,000                2,000,000

GE Shircore (2)                                                                                                                         705,741                              -

A Cook                                                                                                                                                  -                              -

CP Whiley (3) (4)                                                                                                                     500,000                   500,000

LE Castro                                                                                                                                            -                              -

* On appointment

·   Held in the name of Park Securities Limited for Roselea Limited, both companies in which H Wilson is a director and shareholder.

·   Phoenix Asset Management Partners Limited, Mr Shircore's ultimate employer, is the investment manager to Phoenix SG Limited which holds 248,000,000 Ordinary shares representing 58.09% of the Company's issued share capital.

·   Held in the name of Zodiac Executive Pension Scheme, of which CP Whiley is a beneficiary.

·   Evolution Securities China Limited, Mr Whiley's former employer, holds 1,800,000 ordinary shares, representing 1.006% of the Company's issued share capital.

Details of the Directors' share options are given in the Remuneration Report on page 19.

Apart from service contracts and the transactions referred to in note 28 of the financial statements, none of the Directors had a material interest in any contract of significance to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries was a party during the year.

Research and development

Costs associated with research and development relate to internal web development work in the creation of an online collectibles marketplace. Research and development costs are capitalised in the year incurred and are disclosed under the heading 'Computer Software' in note 10.

Financial Risk Management

The Group principally finances its operations through the generation of cash from operating activities and has no interest rate exposure on financial liabilities except those disclosed in note 29. Liquidity risk is managed through forecasting the future cash flow requirements of the business. Further disclosure on the company's financial risk management can be found in note 14 (Provision for impairment of receivables and collateral held) and note 27 (Financial instruments).

Going concern

 

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the Business Review on pages 8 to 14 along with the financial position of the Group, its cash resources and borrowing. In addition note 27 in the financial statements include the Group's objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital, its financial risk management objectives, and its exposure to credit risk and liquidity risk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors' Report

continued

 

The Group's forecasts shows that it will remain within current loan facility limits for the foreseeable future. However as highlighted above, the Group is currently in default on its banking facilities, due to Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited (in administration) being in administration and the qualified audit report in these financial statements. During periods of default the loan is repayable on demand. The loan is from the Group's controlling shareholder Phoenix S. G. Limited and due for repayment in March 2023. Phoenix was aware of the default at the time they acquired its interest in the Group and the Directors do not believe it will seek repayment of the loan within the foreseeable although there can be no certainty of this fact. In the event that Phoenix S. G. Limited requested repayment of the loan or trading deteriorates below forecasted levels, the Group would require access to additional liquidity.

 

The Directors acknowledge that the above risks cast doubt on the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. They recognise that Phoenix S. G. Limited has stated that it intends to be a long term investor, is the controlling shareholder with an interest of just over 58% and has given no indication that it would withdraw its support.

 

The granting of the administration order on 21 November 2017 for Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited resulted in the Group's loss of control of the business of that entity and its assets and liabilities.  The contingent liability of £54,150,000 at 31 March 2017, disclosed in note 26a relating to guarantees and undertakings have been removed from the Group and have fundamentally limited the exposure of the Group to the related buyback liabilities and associated cash outflows.

 

As such, having regard to the matters above, and after making reasonable enquiries and taking account of uncertainties discussed above, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have access to adequate resources to continue operations and to meet its liabilities, as and when they fall due, for the foreseeable future. For that reason, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in the preparation of the accounts.

Intangible Assets

Except for those acquired in the Noble acquisitions, no value is attributed in the consolidated statement of financial position to the Group's brand names, the value of the Stanley Gibbons stamp referencing system, editorial intellectual property or its database of customer lists as an accurate valuation of these items would be impractical to establish and the capitalisation of internally generated assets is not allowed under IAS38. External costs incurred in the development of the software for the Digital Asset Management system and the redevelopment of the Group's websites have been capitalised and are being amortised in accordance with IAS38.

Substantial Shareholdings

As at 27 September 2017, the Company had been notified of the following interests in 3% or more of its issued share capital:

Phoenix SG Limited                                                                              58.09%

Lombard Odier Asset Management (Europe) Limited                         10.90%

Purchase of Own Shares

The Company did not purchase any of its shares for cancellation during the year. The Company has authority to purchase up to 15% of its own shares. A resolution to renew this authority will be proposed at the AGM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors' Report

continued

Employees

The Group's policy is to provide equal opportunities to all present and potential employees. The Group gives full consideration to applications for employment from disabled persons and where existing employees become disabled, it is the Group's policy, wherever practicable, to provide continuing employment under normal terms and conditions.

The Group operates an annual performance review system with employees to discuss performance against agreed objectives and career development.

The Group believes in respecting individuals and their rights in the workplace. With this in mind, specific policies are in place covering harassment and bullying, whistle-blowing, equal opportunities and data protection.

Secretary

Mr R K Purkis has been secretary for the entire year ended 31 March 2018 and to the date of approval of the financial statements.

Independent Auditors

BDO Limited have expressed their willingness to continue as auditors and a resolution to reappoint them as auditors to the Company and to authorise the Directors to fix their remuneration will be proposed at the AGM.

By order of the board                                                                                                                                                           Registered office:

18 Hill Street St Helier, Jersey JE2 4UA

R K Purkis

Secretary

27 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of
The Stanley Gibbons Group Plc

 

 

Qualified Opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements of Stanley Gibbons Group plc

 

In our opinion, except for the possible effects of the matter described in the Basis for Qualified Opinion section of our report, the accompanying consolidated financial statements:

·               give a true and fair view of the state of the Group's affairs as at 31 March 2018 and of the Group's loss and for the year then ended;

·               have been properly prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union; and

·               have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991.

 

 

We have audited the consolidated financial statements of The Stanley Gibbons Group Plc (the "Company") and its subsidiaries (the "Group"), which comprise:

·      the consolidated statement of financial position as at 31 March 2018,

·      the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, consolidated statement of changes in equity and consolidated statement of cash flows for the year then ended, and

·      notes 1 to 33 to the consolidated financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies.

The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRSs") as adopted by the European Union.

 

Basis for Qualified Opinion

In seeking to form an audit opinion on the financial statements, the audit evidence available to us was limited in respect of Property, Plant and Equipment. We were unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence over the existence, accuracy and valuation of property, plant and equipment with a carrying value of £1.2 million consisting of all of the property, plant and equipment in Mallet, Inc. within the total carrying value of property, plant and equipment of £2.5 million.

Had this information been available, we might have formed a different opinion on the financial statements.

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) ("ISAs (UK)"). Our responsibilities under those standards are further described in the Auditor's Responsibilities for the Audit of the Consolidated Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Group in accordance with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the consolidated financial statements, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our qualified opinion.

 

 

Material uncertainty related to going concern

We draw attention to note 2 to the financial statements concerning the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. The Group is currently in default of its loan finance facilities, which are due for repayment before the end of March 2023. The facility has been in default since being provided by the lender Phoenix SG Limited, who is also the Group's controlling party, and so the loan is necessarily recorded as a current liability. The directors do not believe they will seek repayment of the loan within the next twelve months however acknowledge there can be no certainty of this. These conditions, along with the other matters referred to in note 2, indicate that a material uncertainty exists which may cast significant doubt on the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. The financial statements do not include the adjustments that would result if the Group was unable to continue as a going concern.

Key Audit Matters

Key audit matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the consolidated financial statements of the current year. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the consolidated financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters. In addition to the matter described in the Basis for Qualified Opinion section, we have determined the matters described below to be the key audit matters to be communicated in our report.

   

 

 

 

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of
The Stanley Gibbons Group Plc

continued

1

Carrying value of inventory

 

KEY AUDIT MATTER

 

 

AUDIT RESPONSE

 

 

 

The Group holds material inventory at the year-end. Due to the nature of the inventory (unique and rare philatelics and other collectibles with low trading volumes and long inventory turnover times), the net realisable value of inventory items are subject to significant judgement. Experts employed by the Group determine the values on which the directors base their assessment of net realisable value. The subjectivity of these assessments could result in the net realisable values being overstated and therefore possible inventory impairments may not be provided for, resulting in the overall value of inventory being overstated, and is therefore considered to be a key audit matter.

 

Discussions were held with the directors and relevant internal Group experts throughout the audit process to ascertain how value is attributed to individual inventory items.

 

We selected several random samples across the different inventory lines, splitting these into different categories based on the value of the individual inventory items. The Group's experts provided supporting evidence for each item linked to external data to support cost and carrying value for a sample of inventory items (for example, purchase documentation or corroborative data relating to recent sales of similar items).

 

 

 

Refer to Note 1 (accounting policy) and Note 12 (Inventories) of the accompanying financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Valuation of defined benefit pension schemes' obligations

 

KEY AUDIT MATTER

 

 

AUDIT RESPONSE

 

 

 

The Group has used external, independent actuaries to value the obligations for the two defined benefit pension schemes totaling £5.329m (2017: £6.086m) within the consolidated financial statements, based on full member data as at 31 March 2018. Due to the size of the pension scheme obligations compared to the size of the Group, any minor changes in the key assumptions, being the discount factor, inflation and mortality rates, may lead to a significant impact on the valuation of the schemes' liabilities and Group's financial position,   and is therefore considered to be a key audit matter.

 

The competence and independence of the Group's external, independent actuary was verified through our own research on the qualifications and background of the individual actuary as well as the actuarial firm.

                                   

The key assumptions used in the valuations of the defined benefit pension schemes were reviewed by an independent, externally employed actuarial specialist. This included benchmarking the key assumptions used against other comparable companies and externally derived market data with critical assessment of assumptions if they appeared inconsistent with the benchmarks identified.

 

We also considered whether the disclosures are fully compliant with IAS 19 and appropriately reflect the sensitivity of the obligations to changes in the underlying assumptions.

 

 

 

Refer to Note 1 (accounting policy) and Note 25 (Retirement Benefits) of the accompanying financial statements.

 

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of
The Stanley Gibbons Group Plc

continued

 

                             

3

Carrying value of goodwill and other intangible assets

 

KEY AUDIT MATTER

 

 

AUDIT RESPONSE

 

The Group has a significant level of goodwill, as well as other intangible assets such as computer software, publishing rights, customer lists and brands and trademarks, arising from acquisitions of business combinations in prior periods.

 

The wider group, including many of the subsidiaries have experienced challenging trading conditions, resulting in poor financial performance, and lower forecast profitability.

 

There is a risk that these subsidiaries may not achieve the anticipated future financial performance to support the carrying value of these intangibles, leading to a potential impairment charge that has not been recognised by the directors.

 

The board prepare a detailed impairment assessment for all intangibles, based on a number of assumptions and forecast information.

 

Significant judgement is required in forecasting the future cash flows of each subsidiary, together with the rate at which they are discounted, and is therefore considered to be a key audit matter.

 

With specific regard to the computer software recognised as an intangible asset, there is a risk of obsolescence due to ongoing upgrades and releases, resulting in the potential for an omitted impairment charge.

 

 

We used valuation experts to assist in our understanding of the method applied by the directors in performing the impairment test for the goodwill and other intangible assets in respect of the relevant subsidiaries.

 

We performed sensitivity analyses on the key inputs and assumptions to quantify the required change before an impairment would be triggered and considered the likelihood of this occurring.

 

Where indicators of impairment were identified, we critically assessed and corroborated the key inputs to the valuations including:

·     Analysing the historical accuracy of budgets to actual results to determine whether forecast cash flows are reliable based on past experience.

·     Assessing the discount rate by obtaining the underlying data used in the calculation and benchmarking it against available market data.

·     Assessing the validity of assumed growth rates for appropriateness through discussion with management to gain a full understanding of the calculation. No data on comparable entities could be identified due to the unique nature of the Group entities.

 

We considered the adequacy of the Groups disclosures in note 10 against the requirements of IAS 36 (Impairment of Assets).

 

 

 

Refer to Note 1 (accounting policy) and Note 10 (Intangible Assets) of the accompanying financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of
The Stanley Gibbons Group Plc

 

continued

 

 

4

Administration of Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited

 

 

KEY AUDIT MATTER

 

 

AUDIT RESPONSE

 

 

The Board of Directors of Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited ('SGG'), a subsidiary of the Group, filed an application for an administration order on 16 November 2017. An administration order was granted by The Royal Court of Guernsey on 21 November 2017 on the basis that SGG was insolvent. The background to the administration order is as follows:

 

 • The SGG's potential liabilities primarily consisted of approximately £54 million in contingent liabilities relating to the buy-back guarantees (or "investment products") that were offered by SGG, and a further £11 million in liabilities included on its balance sheet.

 

• The removal of the provision of buy-back guarantees by SGG in August 2016 further affected sales and the deterioration in revenues resulted in the Company becoming largely dependent upon financial support from the Group, and further SGG was in default on its bank facilities such that it was dependent upon the ongoing support of its bank, at that time.

 

Given the above, the Group lost control of SGG once the administration order was granted on 21 November 2017. The Group has had no influence over the actions of the administrators from this date onwards and would derive no further risk or reward from the activities of SGG. Therefore, as of 21 November 2017, the Group effectively disposed of the assets and liabilities of the SGG for no consideration and this disposal has been accounted for accordingly in the Group financial statements, and is therefore considered to be a key audit matter.

 

The results of SGG for the period to 21 November 2017 have been included in the Group financial statements as a discontinued operation.

 

 

We performed a detailed review of the documentation relating to the application for an administration order and the subsequent report from The Royal Court of Guernsey. In addition, extensive discussions were held with management to determine the intended result of the administration (being a liquidation and subsequent winding up of SGG) at the date the application for an administration order was submitted.

 

We reviewed documentation in relation to material transactions subsequent to the administration date to ensure strategic decisions were independently executed by the administrators.

 

The results of SGG for the period to 21 November 2017 were subject to audit procedures using materiality for the consolidated financial statements, as set out in the Our application of materiality section below.

 

Using the same materiality, we performed audit procedures over the assets and liabilities of SGG at the administration date to ensure they had been recorded at fair value. This procedure would subsequently provide evidence over the accuracy of the gain on disposal balance included within the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income of The Stanley Gibbons Group Plc.

 

 

 

                                   

 

 

Refer to Note 2 (Discontinue operations) of the accompanying financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of
The Stanley Gibbons Group Plc

 

 

continued

 

Our application of materiality

We define materiality as the magnitude of misstatement in the consolidated financial statements that makes it probable that the economic decisions of a reasonably knowledgeable person would be changed or influenced. We use materiality both in planning the scope of the audit work and in evaluating the results of our work.

Based on professional judgement, we determined balance sheet materiality for the consolidated financial statements to be £726,000 (2017 - £1,501,000) which represents 2% of total asset value. We determined income statement materiality for the consolidated financial statements to be £524,000 (2017 - £849,000) which represents approximately 2% of total revenue (including discontinued operations). We agreed with the Audit Committee that we would report to them misstatements identified during our audit above £36,000 (2017 - £75,000) with regards to the balance sheet and £26,000 (2017 - £42,000) with regards to the income statement. We also report to the Audit Committee on disclosure matters that we identified when assessing the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements.

 

We selected total asset value as a benchmark for balance sheet materiality as the most significant balance in the consolidated financial statements is inventory. Turnover of inventory can be slow in nature and the Group's policy is to hold inventory for sale at a fair market price, even if this results in maintaining items for a prolonged period of time.

 

We selected revenue as a benchmark for income statement materiality due to the Group being a retail group (with specific focus on cash generation rather than reducing losses in recent years). The Group had both a trading division and an investment division during the year, therefore it is justifiable to calculate a separate materiality for the income statement.

 

             

 

An overview of the scope of our audit

Our audit was scoped by obtaining an understanding of the Group and its environment, including internal controls and assessing the risks of material misstatement. Audit work to respond to the risks of material misstatement was performed directly by the audit engagement team. The audit approach that enabled us to arrive at our opinion consisted of analytical reviews and substantive testing of material amounts in the consolidated financial statements.

 

Other Information

The directors are responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the information included in the annual report, other than the consolidated financial statements and our auditor's report thereon.

Our opinion on the consolidated financial statements does not cover the other information and, except to the extent otherwise explicitly stated in our report, we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.

In connection with our audit of the consolidated financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the consolidated financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If we identify such material inconsistencies or apparent material misstatements, we are required to determine whether there is a material misstatement in the financial statements or a material misstatement of the other information. As described in the Basis for Qualified Opinion section above, we were unable to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence about the existence, accuracy and carrying value of plant, property and equipment held by the Group. Accordingly, we are unable to conclude whether or not the other information is materially misstated with respect to this matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Auditor's Report to the Members of
The Stanley Gibbons Group Plc

continued

Matters on which we are required to report by exception

 

Due to the matters described in the basis for qualified opinion paragraph:

 

·     we have not received all the information and explanations we required for our audit; and

·     We were unable to determine whether proper accounting records had been kept.

 

We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters where the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion:

 

·     returns adequate for our audit have not been received from branches not visited by us; or

·     the financial statements are not in agreement with the accounting records and returns.

 

Responsibilities of directors

The directors are responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of the consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRSs, and for such internal control as the directors determine is necessary to enable the preparation of consolidated financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

In preparing the consolidated financial statements, the directors are responsible for assessing the Group's ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern, and using the going concern basis of accounting unless the directors either intend to liquidate the Group or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.

.

Auditor's Responsibilities for the Audit of the Consolidated Financial Statements

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditor's report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs (UK) will always detect a material misstatement when it exists.

Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these consolidated financial statements.

A further description of our responsibilities for the audit of the consolidated financial statements is located on the Financial Reporting Council's website at: www.frc.org.uk/auditorsresponsibilities. This description forms part of our auditor's report.

 

Use of our report

This report is made solely to the Company's members, as a body, in accordance with Article 113A of the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company's members those matters we are required to state to them in an auditor's report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company and the Company's members as a body, for our audit work, for this report, or for the opinions we have formed.

Philip Braun

For and on behalf of BDO Limited

Chartered Accountants

Jersey, Channel Islands

27 September 2018

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the year ended 31 March 2018

 

Notes

Year ended 31 March 2018

 

£'000


Year ended
 31 March 2017 Restated

£'000

Revenue
Cost of sales

1, 3

13,358

(8,011)

15,322

(8,570)

Gross Profit

 

5,347

6,752

Administrative expenses before defined benefit
pension service costs and exceptional operating costs

 

(5,517)

(3,285)

Defined benefit pension service costs

25

(171)

(188)

Exceptional operating charges

5

(6,332)

(4,778)

Total administrative expenses

 

(12,020)

(8,251)

Selling and distribution expenses

 

(5,288)

(10,072)

Operating loss

4

(11,961)

(11,571)

Finance income

 

45

43

Finance costs

27

(489)

(266)

Gain on loan restructuring

 

4,250

-

Share of net profits of joint venture

 

113

-

Loss before tax

 

(8,042)

(11,794)

1)

Taxation

8

133

676

Loss from continuing operations

 

(7,909)

(11,118)

Loss from discontinued operations

29

(4,260)

(17,682)

Loss for the financial year

 

(12,169)

(28,800)

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

Amounts which may be subsequently reclassified to profit & loss

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

24

319

Amounts which will not be subsequently reclassified to profit & loss

 

 

 

Revaluation of reference collection

11

-

70

Actuarial (losses)/gains recognised in the pension scheme

25

448

(1,064)

Tax on actuarial gains recognised in the pension scheme

 

(146)

166

Other comprehensive income/(loss) for the year net of tax

 

326

(509)

Total comprehensive loss for the year

 

(11,843)

(29,309)

Loss per share from continuing operations

 

 

 

Basic loss per Ordinary share

9

(4.21)p

(6.21)p

Diluted loss per Ordinary share

9

(4.21)p

(6.21)p

 

 

 

 

Loss per share from discontinued operations

 

 

 

Basic loss per Ordinary share

9

(2.27)p

(9.88)p

Diluted loss per Ordinary share

9

(2.27)p

(9.88)p

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss is attributable to the owners of the parent.

 

 

 

The notes on pages 36 to 77 are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

for the year ended 31 March 2018

Assets

Notes

 

31 March 2018

£'000

31 March 2017

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

10

 

5,977

7,772

Property, plant and equipment

11

 

2,535

4,332

Deferred tax asset

19

 

1,190

1,344

Investments

 

 

113

-

Available for sale financial assets

 

 

-

6

Total non-current assets

 

 

9,815

13,454

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

12

 

18,303

55,225

Trade and other receivables

13

 

3,610

 

4,044

Cash and cash equivalents (excluding bank overdrafts)

17

 

4,596

2,349

Total current assets

 

 

26,509

61,618

Total assets

 

 

36,324

75,072

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

15

 

8,404

29,260

Borrowings

18

 

10,000

16,501

Total current liabilities

 

 

18,404

45,761

Non-current liabilities
Other payables

16

 

-

4,676

Retirement benefit obligations

25

 

5,329

6,086

Deferred tax liabilities

19

 

408

554

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

5,737

11,316

Total liabilities

 

 

24,141

57,077

Net assets

 

 

12,183

17,995

Equity

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

20

 

4,269

1,789

Share premium account

22

 

78,217

74,847

Share compensation reserve

22

 

2,064

1,883

Capital redemption reserve

22

 

38

38

Revaluation reserve

22

 

346

346

Retained earnings

22

 

(72,751)

(60,908)

Equity shareholders' funds

 

 

12,183

17,995

 

The financial statements on pages 34 to 77 were approved by the board of Directors on 27 September 2018, were authorised for issue on that date and were signed on its behalf by:

H G Wilson

A Cook             Directors

The notes on pages 36 to 77 are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

Share premium account

Share compensation reserve

Revaluation reserve

Capital redemption reserve

Retained earnings

 

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 April 2017

1,789

74,847

1,883

346

38

(60,908)

17,995

Loss for the financial year

-

-

-

-

-

(12,169)

(12,169)

Amounts which may be subsequently reclassified to profit & loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

-

-

-

-

-

24

24

Amounts which will not be subsequently reclassified to profit & loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remeasurement of pension scheme net of deferred tax

-

-

-

-

-

302 

302

Total comprehensive loss

-

-

-

-

-

(11,843)

(11,843)

Share issue

2,480

3,370

-

-

-

-

5,850

Cost of share options

-

-

181

-

-

-

181

At 31 March 2018

4,269

78,217

 

2,064

346

38

(72,751)

)

12,183

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2016

471

63,682

1,448

276

38

(31,529)

34,386

Loss for the financial year

-

-

-

-

-

(28,800)

(28,800)

Amounts which may be subsequently reclassified to profit & loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation

-

-

-

-

-

319

319

Amounts which will not be subsequently reclassified to profit & loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remeasurement of pension scheme net of deferred tax

-

-

-

-

-

(898)

(898)

Revaluation of reference collection

-

-

-

70

-

-

70

Total comprehensive loss

-

-

-

70

-

(29,379)

(29,309)

Share issue

1,318

11,165

-

-

-

-

12,483

Cost of share options

-

-

435

-

-

-

435

At 31 March 2017

1,789

74,847

1,883

346

38

(60,908)

17,995

 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

for the year ended 31 March 2018

 

Notes

Year ended 31 March 2018

£'000

Year ended
31 March 2017 

    £'000

Cash outflow from operating activities

23

(2,168)

(8,248)

Interest paid

 

(489)

(626)

Taxes repaid

 

22

493

Net cash outflow from operating activities

 

(2,635)

(8,381)

Investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(35)

(301)

Purchase of intangible assets (computer software)

 

(30)

(118)

Investment in joint venture

 

(113)

-

Disposal proceeds from discontinued operations

 

2,681

-

Proceeds from sale of property plant & equipment

 

236

2,500

Interest received

 

44

170

Net cash generated from investing activities

 

2,783

2,251

Financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of ordinary share capital

 

5,850

12,383

Proceeds from disposal of loan of subsidiary in administration

 

2,750

-

Repayment of bank loans

 

(8,300)

(823)

Proceeds from new borrowing

 

10,500

-

Repayment of new borrowing

 

(500)

-

Net cash generated from financing activities

 

10,300

11,560

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

10,448

5,430

Cash and cash equivalents at start of year

 

(5,852)

(11,282)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

17

4,596

(5,852)

 

The notes on pages 36 to 77 are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

for the year ended 31 March 2018

1     Accounting policies and presentation

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as approved for use in the European Union applied in accordance with the provisions of Companies (Jersey) Law 1991 on a historical cost basis except where otherwise indicated.

The Group is listed on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange. These financial statements have also been prepared in accordance with AIM Rules.

The company has not prepared separate company accounts, as permitted under Jersey Company Law 1991 Amendment 4 Part 16 (substituted), as consolidated accounts are prepared.

The consolidated financial statements are presented in British Pounds Sterling, which is also the Company's functional currency.

Amounts are rounded to the nearest thousand, unless otherwise stated.

Standards, amendments and interpretations that are effective for periods beginning on or after 1 April 2017 for standards, amendments subject to EU endorsement:

IFRS 9, Financial Instruments, effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018, subject to EU endorsement. The standard is part of a wider project to replace IAS 39, Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement.

IFRS 15, Revenue from contracts with customers (effective for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018, subject to EU endorsement)

IFRS 16, Leases (effective for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019)

IFRS 17, Insurance Contracts (effective for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021, subject to EU endorsement)

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, except that IFRS 9 will impact the measurement of financial instruments, IFRS 15 may have an impact on revenue recognition and related disclosures and IFRS 16 will have an impact on operating leases. Beyond the information above, it is not practicable to provide a reasonable estimation of the effect of IFRS 9, IFRS 15 IFRS 16 and IFRS 17 until a detailed review has been completed.

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of these consolidated financial statements are set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all years presented, unless otherwise stated.

Basis of consolidation

Where the company has control over an investee, it is classified as a subsidiary. The company controls an investee if all three of the following elements are present: power over the investee, exposure to variable returns from the investee, and the ability of the investor to use its power to affect those variable returns. Control is reassessed whenever facts and circumstances indicated that there may be a change in any of these elements of control.

The consolidated financial statements present the results of the company and its subsidiaries ("the Group") as if they formed a single entity. Intercompany transactions and balances between group companies are therefore eliminated in full.

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

continued

1     Accounting policies and presentation continued

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the results of business combinations using the acquisition method. In the consolidated statement of financial position, the acquiree's identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities are initially recognised at their fair values at the acquisition date. The results of acquired operations are included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income from the date on which control is obtained. They are deconsolidated from the date on which control ceases.

Impairment of non-financial assets (excluding inventories and deferred tax assets)

Impairment tests on goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite useful economic lives are undertaken annually at the financial year end or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that they might be impaired. Other non-financial assets are subject to impairment tests whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying value may not be recoverable. Where the carrying value of an asset exceeds its recoverable amount (i.e the higher of value in use or fair value less costs to sell), the asset is written down accordingly.

Where it is not possible to estimate the recoverable amount of an individual asset, the impairment test is carried out on the smallest group of assets to which it belongs for which there are separately identifiable cash flows; its cash generating units ('CGUs'). Goodwill is allocated on initial recognition to each of the Group's CGUs that are expected to benefit from a business combination that gives rise to the goodwill.

Impairment charges are included in profit or loss, except to the extent they reverse gains previously recognised in other comprehensive income. An impairment loss recognised for goodwill is not reversed.

Intangible Assets

Goodwill

Goodwill is measured as the excess of the costs of a business combination over the total acquisition date fair value of the identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities acquired. Where the fair value of identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities exceed the fair value of consideration paid, the excess is credited in full to the consolidated statement of comprehensive income on the acquisition date.

Goodwill on acquisitions of subsidiaries is included in intangible assets. Goodwill is not amortised but it is tested for impairment annually, or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that it might be impaired, and is carried at cost less accumulated impairment losses. Gains and losses on the disposal of an entity include the carrying amount of goodwill relating to the entity sold.

Goodwill is allocated to cash-generating units for the purpose of impairment testing. The allocation is made to those cash-generating units or groups of cash-generating units that are expected to benefit from the business combination in which the goodwill arose. The units or groups of units are identified at the lowest level at which goodwill is monitored for internal management purposes, being the operating segments (note 3).

Internally generated goodwill is not recognised as an intangible asset.

Publishing rights

Publishing rights represent the cost paid to third parties to acquire copyright of publications. Publishing rights are

not amortised but tested annually for impairment and carried at cost less accumulated impairment losses.

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

continued

1     Accounting policies and presentation continued

Computer software

Costs associated with maintaining software programmes are recognised as an expense as incurred. In accordance with IAS 38, purchased computer software that will generate economic benefit beyond one year is capitalised as an intangible asset.

Development costs that are directly attributable to the design and testing of identifiable and unique software products controlled by the group are recognised as intangible assets when management intends to use the software for its business operations, the development costs can be reliably measured and that it is technically feasible for the Group to complete the software so that it will be available for use. The Group would also only recognise the software as an intangible asset if it can be demonstrated that the software will generate probable future economic benefits. Directly attributable costs that are capitalised as part of the software include employee costs and an appropriate portion of relevant overheads. These development costs are recorded as an intangible asset.

Capitalised software costs are amortised over its expected useful economic life. For purchased computer software assets impairment is charged to the consolidated statement of comprehensive income on a straight-line basis over four years. The purchase and development of software related to the Group's websites and Digital Asset Management system is capitalised and amortised over its expected useful economic life of between five and ten years on a straight line basis.

Customer lists

In accordance with IAS 38, customer lists acquired have been capitalised as an intangible asset and are amortised on a straight line basis over 8 years. Internally generated customer lists are not capitalised or shown as an intangible asset.

Brands

In accordance with IAS 38, brands acquired in a business combination are recognised at fair value at the acquisition date. The brands acquired are considered to have an indeterminate life because of their longevity and heritage. As such, these brands are not amortised but are the subject of an annual impairment review.

Trademarks

Trademarks acquired in a business combination are recognised at fair value at the acquisition date. They have a finite useful life and are amortised using the straight line method over their estimated useful life of 8 years. They are subsequently carried at cost less accumulated amortisation and impairment losses.

Property, plant and equipment and depreciation

Tangible fixed assets other than the reference collection

Tangible fixed assets, other than the reference collection, are stated at historical cost less depreciation. Historical cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to the acquisition of the items, their purchase price, including any incidental expenses of acquisition. Depreciation is calculated to write down the net book value of tangible fixed assets less their residual value on a straight-line basis, over the expected useful economic lives of the assets concerned. The principal annual rates used for this purpose are:

Freehold buildings                                                                                                                                               2%

Vehicles, plant and machinery                                                                                                                      20-25%

Fixtures, fittings, tools and equipment                                                                                                            10-25%

Leasehold improvements                                                                                                           Over period of lease

Freehold land is not depreciated.

 

 

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Reference collection

Fixed assets include a reference collection of certain stamps & coins held on a long term basis. The reference collection for stamps is subject to a full valuation every five years by a qualified external valuer. The carrying value of the numismatic reference library is revalued each year. Therefore not all the reference collection is valued annually.

Where a reference collection or part of a collection has been revalued the assets will be carried at the revised valuation, with the revaluation amount being recognised in other comprehensive income.

Leased assets

When substantially all of the risks and rewards incidental to ownership are not transferred to the Group (an "operating lease"), the total rentals payable under the lease are charged to the consolidated statement of comprehensive income on a straight-line basis over the lease term. The aggregate benefit of lease incentives is recognised as a reduction of the rental expense over the lease term on a straight-line basis.

Inventories

Inventories are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value after making allowance for obsolete and slow

moving items.

Due to the nature of collectibles and antiques it is not always practicable to ascertain individual costs for items purchased.

The purchase of stamp, coins and antiques into inventory can be classified in the way in which they are purchased. Some items will be bought on itemised invoices from other dealers and auctioneers. These items will be costed based on these invoices. Other items will be purchased via collections or group of assets where a price is determined for the collection. These collections will often be split into individual items and cost is apportioned between the items purchased on the basis of the opinion of the Group's dealers and experts.

Work in progress

Work in progress comprises philatelic and other collectible material which has been acquired but which has not yet been described by our philatelic experts.

Financial Instruments

Financial assets and financial liabilities are recognised on the consolidated statement of financial position when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument.

 

Financial assets

Trade and other receivables and assets held for sale are measured at initial recognition at fair value and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method less provision for impairment. A provision is established when there is objective evidence that the Group will not be able to collect all amounts due. The amount of any provision is recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Impairment provisions are recognised when there is objective evidence (such as significant financial difficulties on the part of the counterparty or default or significant delay in payment) that the Group will be unable to collect all of the amounts due under the terms receivable, the amount of such provision being the difference between the net carrying amount and the present value of the future expected cash flows associated with the impaired receivable. For trade receivables, which are reported net, such provisions are recorded in a separate allowance account with the loss being recognised as an exceptional item in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income. On confirmation that the trade receivable will not be collectable, the gross carrying value for the asset is written off against the associated provision.

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash held by the Group and short term bank deposits with an original maturity of three months or less. Bank overdrafts are shown within loans and borrowings in current liabilities on the consolidated statement of financial position.

Financial liabilities

Borrowings are initially recognised at fair value, net of transaction costs incurred. Borrowings are subsequently measured at amortised cost. Any difference between the proceeds (net of transaction costs) and the redemption amount is recognised in profit or loss over the period of the borrowings using the effective interest method. Fees paid on the establishment of loan facilities are recognised as transaction costs of the loan to the extent that it is probable that some or all of the facility will be drawn down. In this case, the fee is deferred until the draw down occurs. To the extent there is no evidence that it is probable that some or all of the facility will be drawn down, the fee is capitalised as a prepayment and amortised over the period of the facility to which it relates.

Borrowings are removed from the consolidated statement of financial position when the obligation specified in the contract is discharged, cancelled or expired. The difference between the carrying amount of the financial liability that has been extinguished or transferred to another party and the consideration paid, including any non-cash assets transferred or liabilities assumed, is recognised in profit or loss as other income or finance costs.

Borrowings are classified as current liabilities unless the Group has an unconditional right to defer settlement of the liability for at least 12 months after the reporting period.

Any investment income earned on the temporary investment of specific borrowings pending their expenditure on qualifying assets is deducted from the borrowing costs eligible for capitalisation.

Other borrowing costs are expensed in the period in which they are incurred.

Trade and other payables are initially measured at fair value and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method.

Financial liabilities issued by the Group are classified in accordance with the contractual arrangements entered into and the definitions of a financial liability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taxation

The tax expense represents the sum of the tax currently payable and any deferred tax movements.

The tax currently payable is based on the taxable profit for the year. Taxable profit differs from profit before tax as reported in the statement of comprehensive income because it excludes items of income or expense that are taxable or deductible in other years and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible. The Group's liability for current tax is calculated using tax rates that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the balance sheet date.

Deferred tax is recognised on temporary differences between the carrying amount of assets and liabilities in the consolidated statement of financial position and the amounts attributed to such assets and liabilities for tax purposes. Deferred tax liabilities are generally recognised for all taxable temporary differences and deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profits will be available against which deductible temporary differences can be utilised.

Deferred tax relating to charges made directly to equity is recognised in other comprehensive income.

Foreign currencies

Transactions entered into by Group entities in a currency other than the currency of the primary economic environment in which they operate (their "functional currency") are recorded at the rates ruling when the transactions occur. Foreign currency monetary assets and liabilities are translated at the rates ruling at the reporting date.

On consolidation, the results of overseas operations are translated at rates approximating to those ruling when the transactions took place. All assets and liabilities of overseas operations are translated at the rate ruling at the reporting date. Exchange differences arising on translating the opening net assets of foreign operations are recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income as other comprehensive income which may be reclassified to profit and loss.

Retirement benefits

The Group operates two defined benefit pension schemes. The assets of the schemes are held and managed separately from those of the Group. In accordance with IAS 19 (Amendment) for Employee Benefits, the liability in the consolidated statement of financial position represents the present value of the defined benefit obligations at that date less the fair value of plan assets. The defined benefit obligation is calculated periodically by an independent actuary.

 

Current service costs are recognised in administrative expenses in the statement of comprehensive income. Interest costs on plan liabilities and the expected return on plan assets are recognised in finance charges. Actuarial gains and losses arising from experience adjustments and changes in actuarial assumptions are recognised in other comprehensive income.

 

Pension scheme assets are measured at their market value and liabilities are measured on an actuarial basis using the projected unit method and discounted at a rate equivalent to the current rate of return on a high quality corporate bond of equivalent currency and term to the scheme liabilities. The actuarial valuations are performed by a qualified actuary on a triennial basis and are updated at each balance sheet date. The resulting defined benefit asset or liability is presented separately as a non-current asset or liability on the face of the consolidated statement of financial position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Under IAS 19 the retirement benefit obligation is presented gross of deferred tax.

The Group also maintains a number of defined contribution pension schemes. For these schemes the Group has no further obligations once the contributions have been paid. The contributions are recognised as an employee benefit expense in the statement of comprehensive income in the year when they are due.

Share capital

Financial instruments issued by the Group are classified as equity only to the extent that they do not meet the

definition of a financial liability of financial asset.

The Group's ordinary shares are classified as equity instruments.

Share options and awards

The fair value of share options and awards granted to certain employees and Directors is recognised as an employee benefits expense with a corresponding increase in equity. The total amount to be apportioned is determined by reference to the fair value of the options granted including the Group's share price, the impact of the group's trading performance, the grantee remaining an employee over a specified time period and any impact of non-vesting conditions.

The total expense is recognised over the vesting period, which is the period over which all of the specified vesting conditions are to be satisfied. At the end of each period, the Group revises its estimates of the number of options that are expected to vest based on the Group's profitability and the number of remaining employees in each grant. It recognises the impact of the revision of original estimates, if any, in profit and loss, with a corresponding adjustment to equity.

The proceeds received on exercise of the options are credited to equity.

Dividends

Dividends are recognised when they become legally payable. In the case of interim dividends to equity shareholders, this is when declared by the Directors. In the case of final dividends, this is when approved by the shareholders at the AGM.

Revenue

Revenue is measured at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable. Revenue represents amounts invoiced by the Group in respect of goods sold and services provided during the year falling within the Group's ordinary activities, excluding intra-group sales, estimated and actual sales returns, trade discounts and any applicable value added tax. Revenue from the provision of all goods and services is recognised when the amount of revenue can be reliably measured, it is probable that the future economic benefits will flow to the Group and specific criteria have been met for each of the Group's activities as described below.

 

The specific accounting policies for the Group's main types of revenue are explained below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sale of goods retail

Revenue from the provision of goods is recognised when substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership of goods have transferred to the customer. The risks and rewards of ownership of goods are deemed to have been transferred when the goods are allocated to a customer and that customer has made an irrevocable commitment to complete the purchase.

Sale of goods - Investment contracts

In respect of certain investment products previously offered by the Group, income is recognised at the point of customer commitment in line with the normal course of trade but not when there is a contractual buyback commitment on the Group as part of the transaction to buy back the products at the full sale price or higher amount. These contracts do not pass the risk or reward of ownership to the customer until the customer accepts stock at the end of the initial contract term (between 5 and 10 years). At the point where the contract matures the client has options to take a guaranteed cash sum, keep or auction the assets of the contract or reinvest in another of the Group's investment contracts. Until the point of maturity the contractual buyback amount is shown in other payables on the Group's balance sheet and the stock contained in these contracts is reported in the Group's inventory numbers. At maturity, if the customer reinvests or decided to keep the collectible assets the contract is recognised in revenue and the inventory released from the consolidated statement of financial position.

A number of the Groups previous investment contracts, Guaranteed Minimum Return Contract ("GMRC") and the Capital Protection Growth Plan ("CPGP") both were contracts that had an element of contractual buyback. The contractual buy backs within the CPGPs were at a level of the original purchase price and within the GMRCs were above the purchase price to include a finance charge. This finance charge is recognised in the profit and loss throughout the period of the contract.  The GMRC and CPGP contracts ceased to be sold in April 2011 and December 2013 respectively.

Investment contracts which transfer the risk and rewards of ownership to the customer are recognised as revenue on completion of the contract. These investment contracts do not offer a full guaranteed return or protection of the principal invested.

Investment products sold historically include Capital Growth Plans (CGP) and Flexible Trading Portfolios (FTP). The FTPs and CGPs also include a buy back option of 75% of the Stanley Gibbons catalogue value where appropriate or otherwise market value. The Directors consider that the likelihood of these investment plan holders exercising this right to accept a value lower than market value to be remote and are therefore recognised as a contingent liability (see note 26a).

Investment plans including contractual buy back options at any level ceased to be sold in July 2016 and as a result of the granting of an administration order for Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited on 21 November and the Group's deemed loss of control, the revenue and associated costs of the investment plans has been included in discontinued operations for the period up to 21 November 2017 and for the prior year ended 31 March 2017.

Sale of goods - auctions

In its role as auctioneer, the Group accepts property on consignment and matches sellers to buyers through the

auction process. Following the auction, the Group invoices the buyer for the purchase price of the property (including

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the commission owed by the buyer), collects payment from the buyer, and remits to the consignor the net sale proceeds after deducting its commissions, expenses and applicable taxes and royalties.

The Groups auction commissions include those paid by the buyer ("buyer's premium") and those paid by the seller (vendors commission") (collectively, "auction commission revenue"), both of which are calculated as a percentage of the hammer price of the property sold at auction.

On the fall of the auctioneer's hammer, the highest bidder becomes legally obligated to pay the full purchase price, which includes the hammer price of the property purchased plus the buyer's premium, and the seller is legally obligated to relinquish the property in exchange for the hammer price less any seller's commissions. Therefore both buyer's premium and vendors commission is recognised on the date of the auction sale upon the fall of the auctioneer's hammer.

The Group is not obligated to pay the consignor for property that has not been paid for by the buyer. If a buyer defaults on payment, the sale may be cancelled, and the property will be returned to the consignor.

The Group's management evaluates the collectability of amounts due from individual buyers. If management determines that it is probable that the buyer will default, a credit note is recorded in the period in which this judgement is made and any commission due to the Group from the buyer and the vendor is reversed.

Further detail of the Group's revenue streams can be found in the Business Review on pages 8 to 14.

Provisions

Provisions are recognised when the Group has a present legal or constructive obligation to transfer economic resources as a result of past events and the amount can be reliably estimated. Provisions are measured at management's best estimate of the expenditure required to settle the present obligation at the balance sheet date. Provisions are discounted if the effect of the time value of money is material.

Rental Income

The Group sublets some of its properties that it occupies under operating leases. Lease income from operating leases where the group is a lessor is recognised in the Income Statement on a straight-line basis over the lease term). The respective leased assets are included in the balance sheet in leasehold properties.

Joint ventures

The Group accounts for joint ventures using the equity method of accounting. The initial investment is recognised at cost and adjusted thereafter to recognise the Group's share of post-acquisition profits or losses and the Group's share of the movements in other comprehensive income in the entity. Dividends received or receivable from the joint ventures are recognised as a reduction in the carrying amount of the investment. When the Group's share of losses in an equity-accounted investment equal or exceeds its interest in the entity the Group does not recognise further losses, unless it incurs obligations or make payments on behalf of the entity.

 

The carrying amount of equity-accounted investment is tested for impairment in accordance with the Group's impairment policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2          Critical Accounting Estimates and Judgements

Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

In the future, actual experience may deviate from these estimates and assumptions. The estimates, assumptions and management judgements that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year are discussed below.

Going concern

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position together with the financial position of the Group, its cash resources and borrowing facilities are set out in the Business Review on pages 8 to 14. In addition note 27 in the financial statements include the Group's objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital, its financial risk management objectives, and its exposure to credit risk and liquidity risk.

 

The Group's forecasts show that it will remain within current loan facility limits for the foreseeable future. However as highlighted above, the Group is currently in default on its banking facilities, due to Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited (in administration) being in administration and the qualified audit report in these financial statements. During periods of default the loan is repayable on demand. The loan is from the Group's controlling shareholder Phoenix S. G. Limited and due for repayment in March 2023. Phoenix was aware of the default at the time they acquired its interest in the Group and the Directors do not believe it will seek repayment of the loan within the foreseeable although there can be no certainty of this fact. In the event that Phoenix S. G. Limited requested repayment of the loan or trading deteriorates below forecasted levels, the Group would require access to additional liquidity.

 

The Directors acknowledge that the above risks cast doubt on the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. They recognise that Phoenix S. G. Limited has stated that it intends to be a long term investor, is the controlling shareholder with an interest of just over 58% and has given no indication that it would withdraw its support.

 

The granting of the administration order on 21 November 2017 for Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited resulted in the Group's loss of control of the business of that entity and its assets and liabilities.  The contingent liability of £54,150,000 at 31 March 2017, disclosed in note 26a relating to guarantees and undertakings have been removed from the Group and have fundamentally limited the exposure of the Group to the related buyback liabilities and associated cash outflows.

 

As such, having regard to the matters above, and after making reasonable enquiries and taking account of uncertainties discussed above, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have access to adequate resources to continue operations and to meet its liabilities, as and when they fall due, for the foreseeable future. For that reason, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in the preparation of the accounts.

Revenue recognition

Within the investment sales are a number of different products. These include GMRCs and CPGPs. The GMRC and CPGP contracts ceased to be sold in April 2011 and December 2013 respectively.  One of the options within these products is a contractual buy back option to re-acquire at a level equal to or above the original purchase price. These transactions are considered by management not to meet the criteria for a sale until such time as the underlying items are irrevocably sold. This is because insufficient risk and reward is considered to have passed to the client. For all other sales, including investment plans with guarantee buy-back options at 75% of catalogue or market value, revenue is recognised immediately as the risks and rewards of ownership are deemed to have passed to the buyer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As a result of the granting of an administration order for Stanley Gibbons (Guernsey) Limited on 21 November and the Group's deemed loss of control the revenue and associated costs of the investment plans has been included in discontinued operations for the period up to 21 November 2017 and for the prior year ended 31 March 2017.

Retirement benefits

The costs, assets and liabilities of the defined benefit retirement schemes operating within the Group are determined using methods relying on actuarial estimates and assumptions. Details of the key assumptions are set out in note 25. The Directors take advice from independent actuaries relating to the appropriateness of the assumptions and challenge the reasonableness and appropriateness of these assumptions before adapting them in these financial statements. It is important to note, however, that comparatively small changes in the assumptions used may have a significant effect on the consolidated statement of comprehensive income and the consolidated statement of financial position.

Inventory valuation

Inventory is valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Cost comprises all costs of purchase, including auction buyers premium where applicable. Where necessary, provision is made for slow-moving and damaged stock. This provision represents the difference between the cost of the stock and its estimated market value, based upon stock turn rates, market conditions and trends in consumer demand. For rare collectibles and antiques this includes monitoring of sales of similar items and a degree of judgement being applied by our specialists as to the relevance for items held in stock.

Reference Collections

Reference collections of philatelic items are carried at cost or valuation. Where the carrying value is above cost this will be supported by an independent external valuation. If the carrying value is below cost or independent value this will be as a result of a review performed either by external or internal specialists.

Goodwill Impairment

Determining whether goodwill is impaired requires an estimation of the value in use of the cash-generating units to which goodwill has been allocated. The value in use calculation requires the Directors to estimate the future cash flows expected to arise from the cash-generating units and a suitable discount rate in order to calculate present value. The carrying amount of goodwill at 31 March 2018 was £2,310,000 (2017: £2,568,000) after an impairment loss of £258,000  (2017: £8,697,000) was recognised in the year. Details of the carrying value of goodwill and the impairment losses are set out in note 10.

Intangible Assets

IFRS 3 (revised) 'Business Combinations' requires that goodwill arising on the acquisition of subsidiaries is capitalised and included in intangible assets. IFRS 3 (revised) also requires the identification of other intangible assets at acquisition. The assumptions involved in valuing these intangible assets require the use of estimates and judgments which may differ from the actual outcome.

IAS 38 'Intangible Assets' requires that development costs, arising from the application of research findings or other technical knowledge to a plan or design of a new or substantially improved product, are capitalised, subject to certain criteria being met. Determining the technical feasibility and estimating the future cash flows generated by the products in development requires judgments which may differ from the actual outcome.

The estimates and judgments made in relation to both acquired intangible assets and capitalised development costs, cover future growth rates, expected inflation rates, re-assessing useful life of the assets and the discount rate used.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fair value measurement

A number of assets and liabilities included in the Group's financial statements require measurement at, and/or disclosure of, fair value. The fair value measurement of the Group's financial and non-financial assets and liabilities utilises market observable inputs and data as far as possible. Inputs used in determining fair value measurements are categorised into different levels based on how observable the inputs used in the valuation technique utilised are (the 'fair value hierarchy'):

- Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical items (unadjusted)

- Level 2: Observable direct or indirect inputs other than Level 1 inputs

- Level 3: Unobservable inputs (i.e. not derived from market data).

The classification of an item into the above levels is based on the lowest level of the inputs used that has a significant effect on the fair value measurement of the item. Transfers of items between levels are recognised in the period they occur. The carrying amount of financial assets or financial liabilities is a reasonable approximation of their fair value. Any differences between these valuations would not be material.

3     Segmental Analysis

IFRS 8 requires operating segments to be identified based on internal reporting. Accordingly, the determination of the Group's operating segments is based on the following organisation units for which management accounting information is reported to the Group's management and used to make strategic decisions.

·      Sale of investment contracts;

·      Philatelic trading and retail operations;

·      Publishing and philatelic accessories;

·      Coins and medals

·      Legacy Interiors property & legal

 

The Group has disposed of the majority of its assets of the Interiors division and therefore the Directors have classified this operating segment as discontinued operation.

 

As a result of the granting of an administration order on 21 November 2017 the Group lost control of the business and assets of its Investment division and therefore this operating segment has also been classified as a discontinued operation.

 

The comparatives in this note have been amended to  show only continuing operations.  The result for the year ended 31 March 2018 of the discontinued operations and comparatives for the year ending 31 March 2018 are shown in note 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Legacy Interiors includes continuing items from the discontinued Interiors operation, specifically the leasehold property in New York and the ongoing legal matters related to the Mallett entities (see note 26b - Litigation section). The activities, products and services of the reportable segments are detailed in the Business Review on pages 8 to 14.

 

Investments*

Philatelic

Publishing

Coins & Medals

Legacy Interiors

Unallocated

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Segmental income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

-

6,796

2,213

3,213

1,136

-

13,358

Operating costs

-

(8,897)

(2,242)

(2,711)

(1,103)

(3,921)

(18,874)

Exceptional costs

-

(4,017)

29

(582)

(37)

2,525

(2,082)

Net finance costs

-

-

-

-

(126)

(318)

(444)

Profit/(loss) before tax

-

(6,118)

-

(80)

(130)

(1,714)

(8,042)

Tax

 -

(3)

166 

(30) 

133

Profit/(loss) for the year from continuing operations

-

(6,121)

-

86

(130)

(1,744)

(7,909)

Segmental balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as at 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

-

16,163

-

18,111

383

1,667

36,324

Total liabilities

-

(17,365)

-

(569)

(55)

(6,152)

(24,141)

Net assets/(liabilities)

-

(1,202)

-

17,542

328

(4,485)

12,183

Other segmental items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

-

327

-

1

-

350

678

Amortisation of other intangible assets

-

307

-

-

-

237

544

Capital expenditure

-

65

 -

 -

65

 

Investments*

Philatelic

Publishing

Coins & Medals

Legacy Interiors

Unallocated

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Segmental income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 March 2017 Restated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

-

7,584

2,043

4,975

584

136

15,322

Operating costs

-

(8,300)

(1,921)

(4,020)

(1,274)

(6,600)

(22,115)

Exceptional costs

-

(1,358)

-

(506)

-

(2,914)

(4,778)

Net finance costs

-

(140)

-

(5)

(121)

43

(223)

Profit/(loss) before tax

-

(2,214)

122

444

(811)

(9,335)

(11,794)

Tax

 -

186

965 

(134) 

(341)

676

Profit/(loss) for the year from continuing operations

-

(2,028)

122

1,409

(945)

(9,676)

(11,118)

Segmental balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as at 31 March 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

-

19,305

-

18,059

315

37,393

75,072

Total liabilities

-

(22,445)

-

(336)

(309)

(33,987)

(57,077)

Net assets/(liabilities)

-

(3,140)

-

17,723

6

3,406

17,995

Other segmental items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

-

359

-

30

-

179

619

Amortisation of other intangible assets

-

259

-

28

-

397

684

Capital expenditure

-

102

29 

 -

288

419

*- results for the Investment division are included in discontinued operations (see note 29)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3     Segmental Analysis continued

Geographical information

Analysis of revenue by origin and destination

 

Year ended 31 March 2018 Sales by destination

£'000

Year ended 31 March 2018 Sales by origin

£'000

Year ended 31 March 2017 Sales by destination Restated
£'000

Year ended 31 March 2017 Sales by origin Restated
£'000

Channel Islands

364

-

664

10

United Kingdom

9,178

12,222

10,868

14,685

Hong Kong

284

-

123

-

Europe

522

-

915

-

North America

2,209

1,136

1,816

627

Singapore

147

-

87

-

Rest of Asia

88

-

172

-

Rest of the World

566

-

677

-

 

13,358

13,358

15,322

15,322

 

Destination is defined as the location of the customer. Origin is defined as the country of domicile of the Group company making the sale. All of the sales relate to external customers.

There were no customers in either 2018 or 2017 from which the Group earned more than 10% of its revenues.

Property, plant and equipment of £2,535,000 was split between the UK £2,492,000 (2017: £4,244,000) and the Channel Islands £43,000 (2016: £88,000).

Intangible assets  of £5,977,000 (2017: £7,772,000) are all held in the UK.

4     Operating loss

The following table shows the material costs by nature charged to cost of sales, administrative expenses and selling and distribution costs for the continuing operations for year ending 31 March 2018 and the comparative figures for the prior year.

 

Year ended 31 March 2018
 

£'000

Year ended 31 March 2017
Restated

£'000

Cost of inventories recognised as an expense

8,011

8,570

Employee benefit costs expensed (see note 7)

3,793

6,301

Depreciation of property plant and equipment

490

784

Amortisation of intangible assets

543

588

Advertising & marketing expenses

624

1,282

Distribution & transport costs

433

494

Operating lease charges - leased premises

1,207

1,521

IT operating expenses

535

814

Other property operating costs

817

518

Impairment of trade receivables

129

57

Other administrative expenses

1,282

257

Fees payable to the Group's auditor for the audit of the Group's annual accounts, including subsidiaries

303

460

Fees payable to the Group's auditor for other advisory services

-

1

Other professional fees

758

624

Foreign exchange losses

62

(156)

 

18,987

22,115

 

 

The comparatives in this note have been amended to  show only continuing operations.  The result for the year ended 31 March 2018 of the discontinued operations and comparatives for the year ending 31 March 2018 are shown in note 29.

 

 

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continued

5     Exceptional operating charges

The items of income and expenditure listed below are either non-recurring or unusual in size and therefore distort the view of the normal trading activities of the Group. They have therefore been separately identified to give more clarity on the underlying trend of the trading performance of the continuing operation for the year ended 31 March 2018 and the comparative figures for the prior year.

 

Year ended 31 March 2018
 

£'000

Year ended 31 March 2017
Restated    £'000

Stock provisions

4,202

392

506

Professional fees for corporate activity

1,235

587

Other impairment of intangible assets

541

1,000

Loss on disposal of tangible fixed assets

392

 

-

Impairment of receivables

288

-

Loss on disposal of philatelic approvals business

171

-

Restructuring and redundancy costs

119

589

Marketplace intangible asset written off

-

2,096

Release of other payables excess provision

(616)

-

 

6,332

4,778

 

The stock provisions largely related to a review of our philatelic realisable values as highlighted above. The professional fees relate to the significant corporate activity carried out during the year including the Phoenix transaction but exclude the element relating to the share issue. The release represents an over provision relating to prior periods.

 

The comparatives in this note have been amended to  show only continuing operations.  The result for the year ended 31 March 2018 of the discontinued operations and comparatives for the year ending 31 March 2018 are shown in note 29.

 

6     Directors' emoluments

The remuneration paid to the Directors of The Stanley Gibbons Group plc was:

Year ended 31 March 2018

Year ended 31 March 2017

Fees

-

150

Salaries

369

804

Short-term employee benefits

369

954

Post-employment benefits

16

43

Share-based payment

69

181

Key management personnel compensation

454

1,178

Number of Directors included in the defined benefit pension scheme (note 25)

                -

             -

 

The detailed numerical analysis of Directors' remuneration is included in the Report on Remuneration on page 19. The charge to profit in respect of share options and awards issued to the Directors was £69,000 (2017: £181,000).

During the year the Group made payments into the personal pension schemes of H Wilson and A Cook. Total cost of these pension contributions to the Group were £16,000 (2017: £43,000).

Details of share options forfeited by Directors during the period are disclosed in the Report on Remuneration on page 19.

Management consider that the key management personnel comprise the Directors.

 

 

 

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

continued

7     Employee information

The average number of persons (including executive Directors) employed by the Group during the period was

93 (2017: 135).

Year ended 31 March 2018

Year ended 31 March 2017

Management and Administration

35

61

Sales

38

53

Production and Editorial

17

16

Marketing

3

5

 

93

135

Staff costs relating to those persons during the year amounted to:

 

 

 

Year ended

Year ended

 

31 March 2018

31 March 2017

 

£'000

£'000

Wages and salaries

3,020

4,905

Social security costs

323

523

Pension costs - defined benefit scheme (note 25)

171

188

Pension costs - defined contribution scheme

98

250

Share option cost

181

435

 

3,793

6,301

 

The comparatives in this note have been amended to  show only continuing operations.  The result for the year ended 31 March 2018 of the discontinued operations and comparatives for the year ending 31 March 2018 are shown in note 29.

 

8 Taxation

UK corporation tax and overseas tax on profits for the year

Current tax:

Year ended 31 March 2018
 

£'000

Year ended 31 March 2017
Restated

£'000

UK corporation tax at 19% (2017: 20%)

-

-

Overseas tax

-

-

Deferred taxation (note 19)

(138)

-