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STV Group plc Half Year Results 2018

Released 07:00 04-Sep-2018

RNS Number : 6377Z
STV Group PLC
04 September 2018
 

         

                                                                                            Press Release

                                                                                            0700 hours, 4 September 2018

 

STV Group plc Interim Results for six months to 30 June 2018

STV strategic growth plan gathers momentum

Strong operating performance

·     Total revenue up 6% reflecting good growth across all divisions - Broadcast, Digital and Production

·     Operating profit pre-exceptionals up 9%

·     Total advertising revenue up 6% across national, regional and digital

·     Broadcast revenue up 4%

·     Digital revenue up 24%, including VOD revenue up 61%

·     STV Productions' revenues up 42%, reflecting increased programme deliveries

·    £2m cost savings target to fund new investments on track; STV2 closed on 30 June as planned and licences sold

·   Interim dividend of 6 pence per share confirmed and full year dividend payment of 20 pence per share proposed, up 18% year on year

 

Excellent viewing performance on screen and online

·     Strongest STV share of viewing since 2009 at 18.7%, 13% up YOY and 10% higher than ITV

·     Online viewing on STV Player up 73%, with live simulcast up 68%

 

Good progress with implementation of STV strategic growth plan

·     New divisional structure in place and key leadership appointments confirmed: Bobby Hain as MD of Broadcast (in post); Richard Williams as MD of Digital (starts October) and a new MD of Production will be confirmed later this month and start in November

·  New four-year strategic partnership agreed with Virgin Media, delivering an enhanced viewing experience across STV and STV Player and providing significant incremental value to both parties

·   STV News change programme on track with launch of new 6pm STV Central programme on 10 September

·   STV Growth Fund making excellent progress with £1.5m investment already allocated, generating significant advertising revenue and helping to maximise STV's share of the Scottish ad-sales market

·     First content partnership deals for STV Player launched with Hopster and Little Dot Studios

·    New Formats Unit created within STV Productions to pilot high potential programming ideas on STV 

·   Linked to the new strategy we have incurred cash exceptional costs of £3.0m which have been entirely funded by a reduction in the share buyback programme, as well as non-cash reorganisation costs of £5.6m. Both of these costs are before tax credits and in line with the guidance given in May

·     In addition, an increase in the provision against the Scottish Children's Lottery debtor of £4.2m has been made to reflect lower than expected ticket sales, making a total provision of £5.0m.

Financial Highlights

2018

2017

Year on year

Revenue

£57.7m

£54.6m

+6%

EBITDA*

£11.4m

£10.5m

+9%

Operating profit*

£10.0m

£9.2m

+9%

Pre-tax profit**

£9.4m

£8.7m

+8%

Statutory pre tax profit/(loss)

 (£4.3m)

£7.5m

n/a

Adjusted EPS**

20.0p

18.8p

+6%

Statutory EPS

(10.9p)

16.2p

n/a

Net debt

£37.8m

£34.0m

+11%

Dividends per share

6.0p

5.0p

+20%

*Pre exceptional items

**Pre exceptional items and IAS19 - see note 21

 

Simon Pitts, Chief Executive Officer, said: "The results announced today show encouraging underlying growth across all of our key business areas so far in 2018, which we expect to continue for the remainder of the year.

 

"Total advertising revenue is up 6%, on the back of STV's strongest viewing performance since 2009 and a 73% increase in online viewing via STV Player, fuelled by the World Cup, drama box sets and the soaps. 

 

"We are also making excellent progress with the implementation of our strategic growth plan announced in May, with a new organisational structure in place and new appointments made to lead the team.

 

"We have signed a valuable, long-term partnership with Virgin Media and we are delighted to be expanding the range of programming available on STV Player through new, innovative content partnerships.

 

"Our STV Growth Fund has got off to a terrific start with over fifty Scottish businesses already signed up as partners, and we are also looking forward to STV Productions exciting new Scottish drama, The Victim, hitting screens this winter on BBC1."

 

Margaret Ford, Chairman, said: "The Board is very pleased with the early progress made in implementing the recently launched strategic plan. Together with strong trading in the first half of the year, we feel confident in recommending an increase in the interim dividend to 6 pence per share." 

 

There will be a presentation for analysts at the offices of Peel Hunt, Moor House, 120 London Wall, London EC2Y 5ET today, 4 September 2018, at 12.30 pm.  Should you wish to attend the presentation, please contact Angela Wilson, angela.wilson@stv.tv or telephone: 0141 300 3000.

 

Enquiries:

STV Group plc:                George Watt, Chief Financial Officer        Tel: 07710 763713

Charlotte Street Partners:   Harriett Moll                                       Tel: 07717 501626

 

 

Financial performance review

Principally as a result of a stronger advertising revenue market in the first half of 2018, the Group achieved positive growth with total revenues up 6% at £57.7m (2017: £54.6m). 

 

Following the new organisational and reporting structure, the broadcast division national revenue was up 2%, which included a very strong end to Q2 due to the FIFA World Cup, with revenues up 23% in June.

 

The regional advertising market has maintained an improved rate of growth throughout the first half of 2018 with revenues up 15% at £6.1m (2017: £5.3m) and sponsorship up 7% at £3.0m (2017: 2.8m).

 

Within the broadcast division and as confirmed as part of the strategic plan, STV2 was closed at the end of June 2018 and the licences sold to That's TV.  Up to that point, performance of the channel was broadly flat year on year, as forecast, with losses of £0.5m.

 

Performance in the digital division was strong, driven by STV Player which delivered a 53% increase in VOD impressions resulting in revenues up 61% year on year.

 

STV Productions delivered revenue of £3.7m, up 42% (2017: £2.6m) as a result of an increased schedule of deliveries in early 2018.

 

Finally, the STV External Lottery Manager (ELM), formed to provide operational services to charitable society lottery, the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), delivered revenue of £2.8m

(2017: £3.3m), reflecting lower costs being incurred by the Scottish Children's Lottery as it progresses towards cashflow breakeven.

 

Strong flow through of the increase in revenue to profit was achieved with operating profit before exceptional items up 9% at £10.0m (2017: £9.2m). 

 

Profit before tax and exceptional and IAS19 was up 8% at £9.4m (2017: £8.7m) and EBITDA was up 9% at £11.4m (2017: £10.5m).

 

There was a statutory loss of £4.2m for the period (2017: profit £6.3m) following a net exceptional charge of £11.2m (2017: £nil) and an IAS19 pensions non-cash charge of £0.9m (2017: £1.2m).

 

Margins improved overall at 17.3% (2017: 16.8%). Despite an increase in broadcast revenues, driven by a stronger advertising revenue market, the impact of increased transmissions costs associated with the roll out of D-SAT and HD reduced the margin to 19.6% (2017: 20.5%).

 

The profitability of digital activities continued to increase with a margin of 45% achieved (2017: 36.8%), driven by almost 80% of the growth in revenue flowing through to profit.

 

STV Productions delivered an operating loss of £1.2m, a slight reduction on the prior year (2017: (£1.4m).

 

As expected, the effective tax rate increased to 18% (2017: 16%).  As a result, adjusted EPS increased at a slightly lower rate than the previous year, up 6% at 20.0 pence per share.

 

Exceptional charges of £12.8m (2017: Nil) gross of a tax credit of £1.6m comprise restructuring related charges of £8.6m including a non-cash writedown of stock and assets of £5.6m due mainly to the closure of STV2 and a £4.2m increase in the provision related to the ELM debtor balance with the SCL which will now take significantly longer to recoup. The one-off cash costs of £3.0m being incurred in the restructure will be funded from scaling back the share buyback programme.

 

The balance sheet remains robust enabling a continued increase in returns to shareholders through dividend payments and the share buyback activity that has been undertaken in the first half of 2018.

 

The net debt:EBITDA ratio at the half year was 1.46x, within the target range of 1.0x to 1.5x, despite an increase in net debt to £37.8m (2017: £34.0m).  Operating cashflow conversion at 111% was comfortably above the target level of 90% even with a delay until August of payments due under the Network Affiliate Agreement. 

 

The main non-operating cash outflows were dividend payments and share purchases through the buyback programme of £6.6m, pension deficit funding payments of £4.4m, £1.1m of funding for the SCL from the STV ELM which will be recouped from 2019, and re-organisation costs of £0.6m.

 

The IAS19 pre-tax pensions deficit decreased by £11.3m to £59.3m (2017: £70.6m) mainly due to a small increase in the discount rate. The triennial valuation (as at 31 December 2017) is progressing with an outcome expected in early 2019.

 

Shareholder returns

The Board remains committed to the delivery of increased and sustainable shareholder returns with a distribution to shareholders of 60% to 80% of cash generation after pension deficit funding payments.

 

With the investment identified in the strategic growth plan being self-financing through redirection of costs, the underlying financial strength of the business and stability of the balance sheet has enabled us to confirm a further year on year increase in the interim dividend payment to 6.0 pence per share (2017: 5.0 pence per share). 

 

The full year dividend for 2018 of 20.0 pence per share is proposed, an increase of 18% year on year (2017: 17.0 pence per share). 

 

The capital return programme will continue in the second half as the Board utilise the remaining £3.0m on share buybacks and employee benefit trust purchases.

 

Outlook

Momentum in advertising markets continued during H1 2018 with total advertising revenue up 6% and this is expected to be maintained in Q3 with total advertising revenue up 6% to end of September.

 

STV national airtime revenue is expected to be up 1% to the end of September, with Q3 expected to be flat reflecting the broader market.

 

The regional airtime market continues to perform strongly and is expected to be up 20% to 25% to end of Q3.

 

Strong growth in digital revenues achieved in H1 is forecast to continue in Q3, with revenues expected to be up 20% to 25% to end of September.

 

STV Productions' revenues are expected to be up over 50% for the full year. This growth is driven primarily by delivery of a new four-part drama, The Victim, for BBC1.

 

Operational review

 

Broadcast

Underpinned by an increase in viewing share on STV - at 18.7% in the six months to end June - the strongest performance in the equivalent period since 2009; the broadcast division has delivered a strong performance.  Total viewing hours on STV are up 8% year on year in H1 2018, ahead of the Network, and television viewing in Scotland continues to be around 10% higher than the UK average, demonstrating the resilience of television and the appeal of STV.

 

During Q2, following the outcome of the strategic review, extensive organisational restructuring was implemented across the broadcast division designed to create a schedule that delivers new and stronger connections with audiences and wider opportunities for advertisers.  This involved closing STV2 on 30 June 2018 with the savings of £1.0m per annum being re-invested in the creation of new content for STV's core schedule and STV Player. 

 

Additionally, a comprehensive change programme to deliver a cost-effective news service relevant to changing consumer needs has been undertaken.  The targeted cost savings are on track to be delivered and the implementation of the future news model, placing parity on news content across all consumer platforms, is progressing to schedule.

 

To support STV's pre-eminent position as Scotland's biggest advertising platform, the launch of the STV Growth Fund was announced in May.  Designed to maximise STV's share of the advertising market whilst driving the Scottish economy through encouraging investment in advertising to deliver business growth, the STV Growth Fund has already invested approximately £1.5m, partnering with over 50 Scottish businesses already and delivering significant revenue to STV.

 

Digital

Digital activities have continued to deliver increased revenues and high margin growth, driven by the strong performance of the STV Player, which continues to be the fastest growing UK public service broadcaster VOD service.

 

During H1 2018, long-form video streams were up 29% and online viewing was up 73% overall resulting in an increase in VOD revenues of 61%.  The FIFA World Cup was a key driver of this strong performance, however, an enhanced content offer with the addition of box sets also bolstered performance during the period.

 

At the half year, STV Player had 2.8m registered users representing 62% of the 16+ Scottish population.

 

The vision to deliver continued growth of STV Player is to create an 'STV for everyone', achieved by improved platform reliability, wider distribution, increased functionality and personalisation and an enhanced content proposition. In support of this, STV announced a valuable new long-term partnership with Virgin Media on 3 September which will see STV Player launch to Virgin's c.400k Scottish homes for the first time in January 2019, opening up significant new VOD advertising revenue which STV will control and sell direct. This innovative deal will also see STV become the first UK public service broadcaster to broadcast exclusively in HD on the Virgin platform, providing an HD variant for each of the three STV regions within Virgin coverage for the first time: STV Central West and East, and STV North Dundee. The agreement also includes an enhanced advertising and marketing commitment from Virgin Media across STV's services, as well as increased prominence for STV's brand and programmes on the Virgin platform.

 

Additionally, two new content partnerships have been launched on STV Player. The first partnership with pre-school kids app Hopster saw hundreds of episodes of high quality children's content launch on STV Player on 1 August, significantly bolstering STV's free-to-air children's category.  The next phase of this partnership will involve bundling the Hopster subscription app with a new ad-free subscription version of STV Player which will be launched in the near future. The second partnership is with youth-focused digital broadcaster, Little Dot Studios, which sees a range of new content, initially from Little Dot's Real Stories documentaries channel and their Wizz children's channel accessible via  STV Player. The aim of partnerships of this nature is, over time, to drive incremental viewing and revenue to STV Player.

 

STV Productions

New commissions and re-commissions have been secured across all genres during H1 and an increased schedule of deliveries has resulted in a 42% increase in revenue against the prior year at £3.7m.

 

New commissions announced included a second drama commission for BBC1, Elizabeth is Missing, which is expected to be delivered in 2019.  A new entertainment series for Channel 4, Sex Tape, will be delivered in 2018.  New commissions delivered in the first half of 2018 were a one-off documentary for BBC Four, Lucy Worseley's Fireworks for a Tudor Queen; a one-off documentary for BBC2, Britain's Polar Bear Cub; a three-part documentary, Britain's Biggest Warship, based on unprecedented access to the Royal Navy's new £3bn aircraft carrier was delivered to BBC2; and an impactful one-off documentary for BBC Scotland, Killed Abroad.

 

Re-commissions for four further series of Antiques Road Trip and a eighth series (20 episodes) of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, both for BBC; and fourth series of Stopping Scotland's Scammers, for STV and sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, have been confirmed.

 

STV External Lottery Manager

Established in late 2016, the STV ELM was formed to provide operational services, such as ticket sales and marketing, to charitable society lottery, Scottish Children's Lottery. In addition, the STV ELM was designed to provide wider benefits to the Group including rich consumer data, transactional service capabilities and the introduction of new skills to the Group in these areas and in data analysis.

 

The Scottish Children's Lottery has continued to grow during H1 although the rate of growth has been slower than projected. This has caused cost management to be a high priority in the first half of 2018 and as a result of this focus, the cash breakeven point has been reduced significantly.  Currently weekly ticket sales of 120,000 to 125,000 are being achieved and we remain on track to achieve the cashflow breakeven point in the second half of this financial year.

 

The lower rate of growth of ticket sales will result in a significantly slower projected repayment of the debtor balance. As a result, the provision has been increased by £4.2m to £5.0m. 

 

Regulatory

The Group continues to be fully engaged with ongoing regulatory and public policy consultations and reviews.

 

Principal Risks and Uncertainties

Like most businesses, STV Group plc is exposed to a number of risks which could have an impact on our operating results, financial condition and prospects and there are rigorous internal systems to identify, monitor and manage any risks to the business.

 

STV's risk register sets out the key risks that have been identified throughout the business, allocating an owner to each. The impact and likelihood of each risk is considered and risks are scored both on a gross and, after the current mitigating controls have been taken into account, a net basis. The effectiveness of the current mitigating controls is graded as strong, adequate or weak and any additional controls required are also noted. The register is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis both at an operational level and on a biannual basis by the Board, with the Audit Committee conducting an in-depth annual review. The Directors confirm they have carried out a robust assessment of the principal risks facing the Company.  In early 2018, one additional risk was added to the register which relates to the Lobbying (Scotland) Act, which came into force in March 2018. Cyber risk has also been subject to increased focus by the Audit Committee given the generally heightened risks in this area.  An initial review of cyber risk was undertaken in 2017 and a further wider review will be undertaken in the second half of 2018. There were no significant changes to the other principal risks. All of the risks identified have been fully evaluated and taken into account in preparing the budgets and forecasts which support going concern, viability statement and impairment assessments. The risks have also been reviewed and agreed with the internal auditors.

 

Regulatory environment

STV's television business is operated under licences which are regulated by Ofcom and the key Channel 3 licences have a term that runs to the end of 2024. These Channel 3 licences contain conditions around contribution to public service broadcasting, programme production and compliance with Ofcom's codes. As licensees, it is STV's responsibility to ensure that the terms of these licences are adhered to and measures have been put in place internally to ensure that this occurs. In the event of any serious or repeated breaches, Ofcom has powers to impose sanctions on licensees including, in the most extreme circumstances, financial penalties or revocation of licences.

 

Dependence on advertising

STV's sales, expenses and operating results could vary from period to period as a result of a variety of factors, some of which are outside STV's control. These factors include general economic conditions; conditions specific to general advertising markets including the commercial television market; trends in sales, capital expenditure and other costs, and the introduction of new services and products by us or our competitors. In response to an ever-changing operating and competitive environment, STV may elect from time to time to make certain pricing, service or marketing decisions that could have a material adverse effect on sales, results of operations and financial conditions.

 

Performance of the ITV Network

The majority of STV's programming content is provided by the ITV Network. Therefore, its ability to attract and retain audiences and the advertising airtime sales performance of ITV's sales house - which is responsible for the sale of STV's UK national airtime and sponsorship to advertisers - are factors that affect performance. This relationship is managed closely, with regular updates on programme and schedule developments being provided to STV's Broadcast division MD and through STV's Commercial Director who manages the sales relationship with ITV. The terms of the Airtime Sales Agreement with ITV were amended and simplified in December 2016 to provide improved efficiency, transparency and stability.

 

Pension scheme shortfalls

The STV pension schemes' investment strategy is calculated to reduce any market movement impacts. However, it is possible that the Group may be required to increase its contributions to cover an increase in the cost of funding future pension benefits or to cover funding shortfalls which could have an adverse impact on results and cashflow. This position is kept under regular review by the Board. In 2016 the trustees selected River and Mercantile as investment manager for the schemes' assets and this is intended to increase returns and meet the schemes' long term funding objectives.

 

Reputational and financial risk of lottery operation

The Scottish Children's Lottery was launched in October 2016. The Lottery engages the services of an External Lottery Manager, STV ELM Limited, which is a subsidiary of STV Group plc, to deliver the lottery product to consumers. The Lottery was awarded licences by the UK Gambling Commission and while operated independently of STV, in accordance with the requirements of these licences, it is provided with financial support by STV, which amounted to a debtor of £10.1m gross, £5.1m net, at 30 June 2018.

 

Although responsibility for operating the Lottery and ensuring that the terms of the licence are adhered to lies with STV ELM Limited, there is a reputational risk to STV, as the holding company, from any issues related to the operation of the Lottery. Internal controls have been put in place to ensure that the terms of the operating licence are adhered to as the Gambling Commission has powers to impose sanctions on licensees in the event of any serious or repeated breaches, including financial penalties or revocation of licence. In the event that the Lottery was unsuccessful then the recoverability of the Scottish Children's Lottery debtor would be at risk.

 

Financial

The overall financial position of STV may be constrained by the Group's leverage and other debt arrangements. An increase in LIBOR interest rates could have an adverse impact on the financial position and business results. STV is exposed to a variety of financial risks that arise from and apply to its activities: currency risk, credit risk, liquidity risk and cashflow interest rate risk. The Group's borrowings are denominated in Sterling which is also the Group's intra-UK net currency flow. The Group's overall risk management programme focuses on the unpredictability of financial markets and seeks to minimise potential adverse effects on financial performance. STV uses derivative financial instruments to hedge certain risk exposures. Risk management is carried out under policies approved by the Board with financial risks being identified, evaluated and hedged in close co-operation with the operating divisions. The Board provides written principles for overall risk management, as well as written policies covering specific areas, such as foreign exchange risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, use of financial instruments and investing excess liquidity.

 

 

a) Currency risk

STV operates almost wholly within the UK and is exposed to minimal currency risk. The Group's borrowings are denominated in Sterling which is also the Group's intra-UK net currency flow. Currency risk arises primarily with respect to the Euro and US dollar and from future commercial transactions and trade assets and liabilities in foreign currencies.

 

b) Credit risk

STV has no significant concentration of credit risk apart from the debtor of £10.1m from the SCL as noted above. It has policies in place to ensure that sales are made to customers with an appropriate credit history. Derivative transaction counterparties are limited to high credit quality financial institutions.

 

c) Liquidity risk

Prudent liquidity management implies maintaining sufficient cash and marketable securities, the availability of funding through an adequate amount of committed credit facilities and the ability to close out market positions. Due to the nature of the underlying business, the aim is to maintain flexibility in funding by keeping committed credit lines available.

 

d) Cashflow interest rate risk

STV has no significant interest bearing assets and its income and operating cash flows are substantially independent of changes in market interest rates. Interest rate hedges are maintained to reduce the impact of changes in market interest rates on the Group's borrowings.

 

Brexit

While there is no immediate or specific risk to STV, the general macroeconomic risk of the UK's departure from the European Union ("Brexit") could affect the UK's economic performance which in turn would affect advertising and would have an adverse impact upon the Group's revenue due to STV's dependence on advertising as set out above.

 

This announcement contains certain statements that are or may be forward-looking with respect to the financial condition, results or operations and business of STV Group plc. By their nature forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Pitts

Chief Executive Officer, STV Group plc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed interim income statement

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

Six months

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

£m

£m

 

Note

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

 

 

 

Revenue

7

57.7

54.6

 

 

 

 

Net operating expenses

 

(60.5)

(45.4)

 

Operating (loss)/profit

 

 

(2.8)

 

9.2

 

 

 

 

Analysed as:

 

 

 

Operating profit before exceptional items

 

10.0

9.2

Exceptional items

8

(12.8)

-

Operating (loss)/profit

 

(2.8)

9.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

- borrowings

9

(0.6)

(0.5)

 

- IAS 19 pension

9

(0.9)

(1.2)

 

 

(1.5)

(1.7)

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit before tax

 

(4.3)

7.5

Tax credit/(charge)

10

0.1

(1.2)

 

(Loss)/profit for the period

 

 

(4.2)

 

6.3

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic

11

(10.9p)

16.2p

Diluted

11

(10.9p)

15.9p

 

A reconciliation of the statutory results to the adjusted results is included at note 21.

 

 

Condensed interim statement of comprehensive income

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

Six months

Six months

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the period

(4.2)

6.3

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

Re-measurement gains on defined benefit pension schemes 

7.9

2.9

Deferred tax charge

(1.4)

(0.5)

Other comprehensive income for the period

6.5

2.4

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

2.3

8.7

 

 

The above condensed interim income statements should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.
 

Condensed interim balance sheet

As at 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

31 December

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

 

£m

        £m

 

 

Note

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

13

8.3

8.6

Intangible assets

 

14

1.9

2.6

Investments

 

 

1.2

1.4

Deferred tax asset

 

 

17.2

18.4

Trade and other receivables

 

15

5.1

8.2

 

 

 

33.7

39.2

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

20.8

20.6

Trade and other receivables

 

 

23.5

26.7

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

2.7

6.1

 

 

 

47.0

53.4

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

80.7

92.6

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

 

Ordinary shares

 

17

19.6

19.7

Share premium

 

17

101.9

101.9

Capital redemption reserve

 

 

0.2

0.1

Merger reserve

 

 

173.4

173.4

Other reserve

 

 

0.9

0.7

Accumulated losses

 

 

(338.1)

(334.1)

Total equity

 

 

(42.1)

(38.3)

   

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

16

40.5

41.6

Retirement benefit obligations

 

19

59.3

70.6

Provisions

 

 

0.1

0.1

 

 

 

99.9

112.3

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

20.6

17.5

Current tax liabilities

 

 

0.6

0.9

Provisions

 

 

1.7

0.2

 

 

 

22.9

18.6

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

122.8

130.9

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

 

80.7

92.6

 

 

The above condensed interim balance sheet should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

 

 

Condensed interim statement of changes in equity

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

 

 

Ordinary

 shares

 

Share

premium

Capital redemption reserve

 

Merger

reserve

 

Other

reserve

 

Accumulated

losses

 

Total

equity

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2018

19.7

101.9

0.1

173.4

0.7

(334.1)

(38.3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(4.2)

(4.2)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

6.5

6.5

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

2.3

 

2.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

-

(1.3)

(1.3)

Shares bought back on-market and cancelled

 

(0.1)

 

-

 

0.1

 

-

 

-

 

(0.2)

 

(0.2)

Share based compensation

-

-

-

-

0.2

-

0.2

Value of employee services

-

-

-

-

-

(0.2)

(0.2)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(4.6)

(4.6)

Balance at 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

 

19.6

 

101.9

 

0.2

 

173.4

 

0.9

 

(338.1)

 

(42.1)

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2017

19.8

101.9

-

173.4

0.4

(348.5)

(53.0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

6.3

6.3

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

2.4

2.4

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

8.7

 

8.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

-

 (1.4)

(1.4)

Share based compensation

-

-

-

-

0.2

-

0.2

Issue of treasury shares to employees

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

0.1

 

0.1

Value of employee services

-

-

-

-

-

(0.2)

(0.2)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(4.3)

(4.3)

Balance at 30 June 2017 (unaudited)

 

19.8

 

101.9

 

-

 

173.4

 

0.6

 

(345.6)

 

(49.9)

                 

 

 

The above condensed interim statement of changes in equity should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

 

 

Condensed interim statement of cash flows

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 Six months

 Six months

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

 

Note

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Cash generated by operations

18

10.0

4.0

Interest paid

 

(0.5)

(0.3)

Refinancing fees paid

 

(0.2)

-

Taxes paid

 

(0.3)

-

Pension deficit funding

- recovery plan payment

 

(4.4)

(3.6)

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated in operating activities

 

4.6

0.1

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Capitalised web development spend

 

(0.1)

(0.3)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(0.6)

(1.7)

Sale of investments

 

0.2

-

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(0.5)

(2.0)

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Net purchase of treasury shares

 

(1.3)

(1.3)

Share buyback

 

(0.6)

-

Net borrowings repaid

 

(1.0)

(3.0)

Dividend paid

12

(4.6)

(4.3)

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(7.5)

(8.6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(3.4)

(10.5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

6.1

13.3

 

 

 

 

Net cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

2.7

2.8

           

 

 

Although not required under IFRS the directors have provided the following reconciliation of net debt for further clarity.  The net debt represents Group borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.

 

Reconciliation of movement in net debt

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Six months

 Six months

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

Opening net debt

 

(35.5)

(26.4)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents in the period

 

(3.4)

(10.5)

Net movement in debt financing

 

1.1

2.9

 

 

 

 

Closing net debt

 

(37.8)

(34.0)

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the condensed set of financial statements

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

1.   General information

 

STV Group plc ("the Company") and its subsidiaries (together "the Group") is listed on the London Stock Exchange and incorporated and domiciled in the UK.  The address of the registered office is Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1PQ.  The principal activities of the Group are the production and broadcasting of television programmes, internet services and the sale of advertising airtime and space in these media and lottery management services.

 

These condensed interim financial statements were approved for issue on 4 September 2018 and have been reviewed not audited. They do not comprise statutory accounts within
the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year
ended 31 December 2017 were approved by the board of directors on 13 March 2018 and
delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was
unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any
statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2.   Basis of preparation

 

These condensed interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2018 have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (previously the Financial Services Authority) and with IAS34, 'Interim financial reporting', as adopted by the European Union. The condensed interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

 

Going concern basis

The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through its bank facilities. The current economic conditions continue to create uncertainty particularly over (a) the level of demand for the Group's products; and (b) the availability of bank finance for the foreseeable future. The group's forecasts and projections, taking account of reasonably possible changes in trading performance, show that the Group should be able to operate within the level of its current facilities. After making enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least twelve months from the date of approval of the financial statements. The directors therefore consider it appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing its condensed interim financial statements.

 

3.   Accounting policies

 

Except as described below, the accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to expected total annual profit or loss.

 

Apart from the adoption of IFRSs 9 and 15, which are described below, other changes to accounting standards in the current year had no material impact.

 

The determination of the provision relating to the ELM debtor (note 8) would have been the same under IAS 39 as it is under IFRS 9 'Financial instruments'.

 

IFRS 15 'Revenue from contracts with customers' has resulted in a change in policy but has no material impact on the results.  The policy change means that revenue is now recognised on secondary sales at the licence commencement date rather than when the sale has occurred.

 

4.   Estimates

 

The preparation of interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

In preparing these condensed interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017, with the exception of changes in estimates that are required in determining the provision for income taxes.

 

5.   Financial risk management and financial instruments

 

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks:  currency risk, credit risk, liquidity risk and cash flow interest rate risk.

 

The condensed interim financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements; they should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 31 December 2017. 

 

There have been no changes in any risk management policies since the year end.

 

6.   Seasonality of operations

 

In line with the UK advertising market as a whole, the autumn season provides the Group with the highest level of revenues. The Productions business also delivers the majority of its programmes to broadcasters in the second half of the year.

 

 

7.   Business segments

 

The Group's Chief Executive, the chief operating decision maker, considers the business primarily from a product perspective.  Under IFRS 8, the reportable segments are Broadcast, Digital, Productions and ELM (external lottery management). 

 

The performance of the segments is assessed based on a measure of adjusted operating profit. 

 

 

External sales

 

 

Segment revenues

 

Six months 2018

Restated

Six

 months 2017

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Broadcast

46.5

44.9

Digital

4.7

3.8

Productions

3.7

2.6

ELM

2.8

3.3

 

57.7

54.6

 

 

 

Segment result

 

Six months 2018

Restated

Six months

2017

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Broadcast

9.1

9.3

Digital

2.1

1.3

Productions

(1.2)

(1.4)

ELM

-

-

Operating profit (pre-exceptionals)

10.0

9.2

 

 

 

Exceptional provision attributable to ELM

(4.2)

-

Exceptional reorganisation cost attributable to Group

(7.8)

-

Exceptional loss on sale of STV2 attributable to Group

(0.8)

-

Operating (loss)/profit

(2.8)

9.2

 

 

 

Financing

(1.5)

(1.7)

(Loss)/profit before tax

(4.3)

7.5

 

 

 

Tax credit/(charge)

0.1

(1.2)

Loss/(profit) attributable to owners of the parent

(4.2)

6.3

 

Since the last annual financial statements, there has been a change in the basis of segmentation. The previous Consumer segment has been further broken down into Broadcast and Digital and as such the 2017 figures have been restated.

 

See note 22 for a summary of the results under the previous divisional reporting basis.

 

There has been no significant change in total assets from the amount disclosed in the last annual financial statements.

 

 

8.   Exceptional items

 

Reorganisation cost

A provision of £7.8m has been recognised during the period in relation to restructuring within the business.  The restructure was mainly as a result of the closure of STV2. The £7.8m includes a non-cash writedown of stock and assets of £4.9m.

 

Loss on sale of STV2

The disposal of the STV2 companies to That's Media Limited on 30 June resulted in a loss on sale of £0.8m.  The loss on sale includes a non-cash writedown of stock and assets of £0.7m.

 

ELM debtor

An additional £4.2m provision has been recorded during the period in relation to the ELM debtor.  

In line with IFRS 9, management have reflected the most recent trends in ticket sales and updated future forecasts which result in a significantly slower repayment profile and increased credit risk for the debtor than previously anticipated.  As a result, the provision has been increased by £4.2m to £5.0m.

 

9.   Finance costs

 

Six months

Six months

 

2018

2017

 

£m

        £m

 

 

 

Bank borrowings

0.6

0.5

IAS 19 Pension finance charge

0.9

1.2

Finance costs

1.5

1.7

 

10. Tax

 

 

 

 

Six months

Six months

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

 

        £m

        £m

 

 

 

 

 

The (credit)/charge for taxation is as follows:

 

 

 

 

Charge for the year

 

 

1.5

1.2

Tax effect on exceptional items

 

 

(1.6)

-

 

 

 

 

(0.1)

1.2

           

 

Tax on the results for the six month period is charged at 18% (30 June 2017: 16%) representing the best estimate of the average annual effective tax rate expected for the full year, applied to the pre-tax profit of the six month period.  The tax charge is lower than the standard rate of 19% due to use of brought forward losses not recognised for deferred tax and the impact of the anticipated reduction in the statutory rate of corporation tax on the realisation of deferred tax assets in the current period.

 

 

 

 

11. Earnings per share

 


 

 

 

 

(Results)/earnings

£m

Six months

2018

Weighted average number of shares (m)

 

 

 

Per share

Pence

 

 

 

 

Earnings

£m

Six months

2017

Weighted average number of shares (m)

 

 

 

Per

share

Pence

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPS:

(Results)/earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders

 

 

(4.2)

 

 

 

38.6

 

 

(10.9p)

 

 

6.3

 

 

38.9

 

 

16.2p

Basic EPS

(4.2)

38.6

(10.9p)

6.3

38.9

16.2p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential dilutive shares*

 

-

 

 

0.6

 

 

Diluted EPS

 

(4.2)

 

38.6

 

(10.9p)

 

6.3

 

39.5

 

15.9p

               

 

EPS (pre-exceptional items

and pre-IAS 19):

Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders (pre-exceptional items)

 

 

 

7.0

 

 

 

38.6

 

 

 

18.1p

 

 

 

6.3

 

 

 

38.9

 

 

 

16.2p

Add back: IAS 19 (net of tax at effective rate)

 

0.7

 

 

 

1.2

 

 

2.6p

EPS

7.7

38.6

20.0p

7.5

38.9

18.8p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential dilutive shares

 

0.7

 

 

0.6

 

 

EPS

 

7.7

 

39.3

 

19.6p

 

7.5

 

39.5

 

18.4p

               

 

* As the Group has reported a basic loss per ordinary share for the six months ended 30 June 2018, any potential ordinary shares are anti-dilutive and so excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per share.  These options could potentially dilute earnings per share in the future periods.

 

12. Dividends

 

A dividend of £4.6m (2017: £4.3m) which relates to the year ended 31 December 2017 was paid in May 2018. 

 

An interim dividend of 6.0p per share (2017: 5.0p per share) has been proposed and is subject to approval by the board of directors. It is payable on 31 October 2018 to shareholders who are on the register at 21 September 2018. This interim dividend, amounting to £2.4m (2017: £2.0m), has not been recognised as a liability in this interim financial information.  It will be recognised in shareholders' equity in the year to 31 December 2018. 

 

13. Property, plant and equipment

 

During the six months to 30 June 2018, the Group has incurred expenditure of £0.6m on property, plant and equipment (£2.9m in the year to 31 December 2017; £1.7m in the six months to 30 June 2017).  The net disposals amount to £0.1m (£nil in the year to 31 December 2017; £nil in the six months to 30 June 2017).

 

 

 

14. Other intangible assets

 

During the six months to 30 June 2018, the Group has incurred expenditure of £0.1m on web development (£0.5m in the year to 31 December 2017; £0.3m in the six months to 30 June 2017).  The net disposals amount to £0.4m (£nil in the year to 31 December 2017; £nil in the six months to 30 June 2017).

 

15. Trade and other receivables

 

Trade and other receivables of £5.1m (31 December 2017: £8.2m), included within non-current assets, relates to debt due to ELM (the lottery management company) from the Scottish Children's Lottery and will be recovered from 2019 onwards.  The £5.1m debtor is net of an expected credit loss impairment of £5.0m.  In line with IFRS 9, management have reflected the most recent trends in ticket sales and updated future forecasts which result in a significantly slower repayment profile and increased credit risk for the debtor than previously anticipated. As a result, the provision has been increased by £4.2m to £5.0m.

 

16. Borrowings and loans

 

At 30 June 2018, the Group had revolving credit and overdraft bank facilities in place totalling £60.0m (£60.0m at 31 December 2017; £60.0m at 30 June 2017). At 30 June 2018, £41.0m of the facility was drawn down (2017: £37.0m).

 

The £60.0m revolving credit and overdraft facility has a maturity date of June 2022.  Security is provided to the debt providers by way of cross guarantees and a share pledge.

 

17. Share capital and share premium

 

 

Number of shares (thousands)

Ordinary shares

£m

Share

premium

£m

 

Total

£m

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2018

39,367

19.7

101.9

121.6

Shares bought back on-market and cancelled

 

(175)

 

 

(0.1)

 

-

 

(0.1)

 

At 30 June 2018

 

39,192

 

19.6

 

101.9

 

121.5

 

 

 

 

18. Notes to the condensed interim statement of cash flows

 

 

Six

months

Six

months

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Operating profit

(2.8)

9.2

Add back : exceptionals

12.8

-

Operating profit (excluding exceptionals)

10.0

9.2

 

 

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

Depreciation on property, plant and equipment

0.8

0.8

Amortisation of intangible assets

0.4

0.4

Share based compensation

0.2

0.1

EBITDA pre-exceptional

11.4

10.5

 

 

 

Increase in inventories

(5.2)

(0.7)

Decrease in trade and other receivables (excluding ELM)

2.7

2.2

Decrease in trade and other payables (excluding ELM)

(0.9)

(5.2)

(Decrease)/increase in ELM trade and other receivables

2.9

(2.2)

Decrease in ELM trade and other payables

(0.3)

(0.6)

Underlying cash generated by operations

10.6

4.0

 

 

 

Exceptional reorganisation costs

(0.9)

-

Exceptional net cash received on sale of STV2

0.3

-

Cash generated by operations

10.0

4.0

 

Analysis of movements in net debt

 

At 1

January 2018

 

 

Cash flow

 

Non-cash

movements

At  30 June 2018

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

6.1

(3.4)

-

2.7

Bank borrowings

(41.6)

1.2

(0.1)

(40.5)

 

 

 

 

 

Net debt

(35.5)

(2.2)

(0.1)

(37.8)

 

Covenant EBITDA reconciliation

 

Statutory results are adjusted below for the net debt : EBITDA ratio on a covenant basis. They are adjusted to reflect the underlying performance of the business, providing a more meaningful comparison of how the business is managed and measured on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

Six

months

Six

months

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Operating profit

10.0

9.2

Depreciation and amortisation

1.2

1.2

Post-employment benefit charges

1.3

1.2

Non-cash and other adjustments

0.9

1.0

Covenant EBITDA

13.4

12.6

 

19. Retirement benefit schemes

 

The fair value of the assets in the schemes and the present value of the liabilities in the schemes at each balance sheet date was:

 

 

 

At 30 June

At 31 December

 

 

2018

2017

 

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

Fair value of plan assets

 

358.1

369.4

Present value of defined benefit obligations

 obligations

 

(417.4)

(440.0)

Liability in the balance sheet

 

(59.3)

(70.6)

 

A related offsetting deferred tax credit of £10.1m is shown under non-current assets.  Therefore the net pension scheme deficit amounts to £49.2m at 30 June 2018 (£58.6m at 31 December 2017).

 

20. Transactions with related parties

 

There has been no change from the 2017 Annual Report and no transactions with any related parties in the period to 30 June 2018.

 

21. Reconciliation of statutory results to adjusted results

 

Statutory results are adjusted to reflect the underlying performance of the business, providing a more meaningful comparison of how the business is managed and measured on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

2018

2017

 

Profit

 before tax

Basic

EPS

Diluted

EPS

Profit

 before tax

Basic

EPS

Diluted

EPS

 

£m

pence

pence

£m

pence

pence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post exceptional

(4.3)

(10.9p)

(10.7p)

7.5

16.2p

15.9p

Add back: exceptionals

12.8

29.0p

28.5p

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-exceptional

8.5

18.1p

17.8p

7.5

16.2p

15.9p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add back: IAS 19

0.9

1.9p

1.8p

1.2

2.6p

2.5p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted results

9.4

20.0p

19.6p

8.7

18.8p

18.4p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refer comment in note 11 with respect to Diluted EPS.

 

22. Previous divisional reporting basis summary

 

 

 

Turnover

 

Operating profit

 

 

2018

2017

 

2018

2017

 

 

£m

£m

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer

 

51.2

48.7

 

10.7

10.1

Productions

 

3.7

2.6

 

(0.7)

(0.9)

ELM

 

2.8

3.3

 

-

-

 

 

57.7

54.6

 

10.0

9.2

 

 

Independent review report to STV Group plc

 

Report on the condensed interim financial statements

 

Our conclusion

We have reviewed STV Group plc's condensed interim financial statements (the "interim financial statements") in the interim results of STV Group plc for the 6 month period ended 30 June 2018. Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

What we have reviewed

The interim financial statements comprise:

 

·      the condensed interim balance sheet as at 30 June 2018;

·      the condensed interim income statement and condensed interim statement of comprehensive income for the period then ended;

·      the condensed interim statement of cash flows for the period then ended;

·      the condensed interim statement of changes in equity for the period then ended; and

·      the explanatory notes to the interim financial statements.

 

The interim financial statements included in the interim results have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 2 to the interim financial statements, the financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the full annual financial statements of the Group is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.

 

Responsibilities for the interim financial statements and the review

 

Our responsibilities and those of the directors

The interim results, including the interim financial statements, is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim results in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the interim financial statements in the interim results based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the company for the purpose of complying with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose.  We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

 

What a review of interim financial statements involves

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

 

 

 

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and, consequently, does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

We have read the other information contained in the interim results and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

 

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Chartered Accountants

Glasgow

4 September 2018


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