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Tuesday 31 January, 2017

Alumasc Group Plc

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 5139V
Alumasc Group PLC
31 January 2017
 

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 31 January 2017

 

 

THE ALUMASC GROUP PLC - INTERIM RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Alumasc (ALU.L), the premium building products, systems and solutions group, announces interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2016.

 

Half year financial highlights

 

Half year to 31 December

2016

2015

% change

 

 

 

 

Revenue (£m)

50.7

43.5

+17%

 

 

 

 

Underlying profit before tax (£m)*

4.1

4.0

+2%

 

 

 

 

Underlying earnings per share (pence)*

9.1

8.9

+2%

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax (£m)

3.6

3.4

+6%

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (pence)

8.2

7.6

+8%

 

 

 

 

Dividends per share (pence)

2.85

2.70

+5.6%

 

 

 

 

Net cash at 31 December (£m)

5.2

0.5

 

 

* Underlying profits and earnings per share are stated prior to the deduction of brand amortisation charges of £0.1 million (2015/16: £0.1 million), IAS 19 pension costs of £0.4 million (2015/16: £0.7 million) and, in 2015/16, profit from discontinued operations of £0.2 million.

 

Key points

·      Alumasc's strategy is delivering continued outperformance of the UK construction market.

·      The group's fifth consecutive first half year of earnings growth.

·      Strong revenue growth reflects progress in all operating segments.

·      Lower group margins reflect increased imported materials costs and continued investment to support growth. 

·      Benefits of pricing actions and operational gearing will see margins stronger in H2. 

·      Solar Shading & Screening achieved 46% revenue growth to £11.1m with operating profit up 37% to £0.6m after £0.7m additional annualised investment in people. Levolux is experiencing strong demand in North America and will benefit from completed contracts in H2.    

·      Roofing & Walling revenue rose 13% to £20.9m. Roofing traded at record levels with margins reflecting increased imported materials costs which will be partially recovered in H2. Facades benefited from insulation refurbishment activity in Scotland. Growth in new build was not enough to offset falls in funded refurbishment activity in England and Wales. Divisional operating profit was down 8% to £1.6m. Selling price increases are expected to improve divisional margins in H2.

·      Water Management revenue was up 6% to £14.9m, driven principally by Gatic exports and sales of drainage systems under the Alumasc Water Management Solutions brand. Increases in imported materials and steel costs reduced margins in H1, with operating profit down 15% to £1.6m, although strong order books and selling price increases will benefit H2.

·      Housebuilding & Ancillary Products increased revenue by 8% to £4.4m and operating profit by 22% to £0.7m, reflecting a positive performance from Timloc's enlarged product range, including "Above the Roofline", and management actions to improve operating margins. Timloc's new purpose-built factory at Goole is on schedule for completion in the Autumn.

 

Paul Hooper, Chief Executive, commented:

 

"Group order books currently stand at £27.6 million, close to record levels. The majority of this relates to Levolux and to construction projects that are for the most part due to complete prior to the financial year end, which we expect will benefit profit and margin recognition in the second half year. Elsewhere we expect the group's positive trading momentum to continue in the remainder of the financial year. Therefore, the Board's expectations for full year performance remain unchanged.

 

Notwithstanding the ongoing economic uncertainties arising from the UK's intended exit from the European Union and the current weakness in Sterling, latest industry forecasts continue to anticipate modest growth in the UK construction market over the next few years. All of Alumasc's chosen specialist markets continue to benefit from one or more of the long term strategic growth drivers of energy management, water management, bespoke solutions and ease of construction. This, when combined with an encouraging pipeline of enquiries and quotations including for large international projects at Levolux and Gatic in particular, gives the board confidence that Alumasc should continue to make good progress beyond the current financial year."

 

 

Enquiries:

 

The Alumasc Group plc

01536 383844

Paul Hooper (Chief Executive)

Andrew Magson (Finance Director)

 

 

 

Glenmill Partners Limited

07771 758517

Simon Bloomfield

 

 

REVIEW OF INTERIM RESULTS

 

 

Performance Overview

 

Alumasc is pleased to announce the fifth consecutive first half year of earnings growth:

 

·      Group revenues advanced by 17% to £50.7 million (2015/16: £43.5 million), with all operating segments continuing to grow strongly;

·      Sales to domestic markets grew by 9% to £43.2 million. This compares with UK construction market growth of around 1% in the period, providing further evidence of the higher than industry average growth rates generated by Alumasc's specialist systems and solutions, with over two thirds of the group's business now focused on managing the scarce resources of water and energy in the built environment;

·      Export sales almost doubled to £7.5 million, led by continued penetration of the North American market for bespoke architectural, shading and screening solutions by Levolux; and increased sales of specialist access covers and civil drainage systems by Gatic in a number of countries;

·      Group operating margins reduced from 9.5% to 8.2%, mainly reflecting the increased cost of imported materials following the depreciation of Sterling over the last six months. In light of the investment already made by the group in resource and capability to support the continued expansion of the business, margins are expected to be higher in the second half year as the benefit of selling price increases and operational gearing, driven by the strong growth in revenues, is realised;

·      Underlying profit before tax (stated prior to IAS 19 pension charges, amortisation of acquired brands and discontinued operations in 2015/16) increased to £4.1 million from £4.0 million in the first half of last year, and underlying earnings per share increased to 9.1 pence (2015/16: 8.9 pence).  A full reconciliation of underlying to statutory profit before tax is shown in note 4; and

·      Statutory profit before tax and basic earnings per share improved to £3.6 million from £3.4 million and to 8.2 pence from 7.6 pence, respectively, reflecting the better underlying results and lower IAS 19 pension charges.

 

Cash generation in Alumasc remains strong, underpinned by EBITDA of £4.8 million in the period. However, there was a net cash outflow in the first six months of the financial year of £3.4 million reflecting working capital absorption to support the significant growth in revenues and the expected un-wind of cash received last year in advance of profit recognition on construction contracts.

 

At 31 December 2016 Alumasc had net cash resources on its balance sheet of £5.2 million (31 December 2015: £0.5 million). The group intends to use these funds in the planned re-location and expansion of Timloc, the group's house building products business, in Autumn 2017, and of Alumasc Water Management Solutions, expected in 2019.

 

Strategic development

 

Encouraged by the group's first half performance both in the UK and internationally, the Board is working with divisional management teams to identify further initiatives to accelerate the profitable growth of the business by continuing to increase revenues faster than UK construction market growth and focus on margin improvement.

 

The Board believes Alumasc has significant UK growth potential in all its divisions, with further opportunities to expand internationally through Levolux and Alumasc's Water Management business in particular.

 

In addition, operating and EBITDA margin improvement will be driven through a combination of:

·      continued product, system and service innovation;

·      a more focused programme of capital investment including the modernisation and upgrade of plant, equipment and tooling;

·      efficiencies derived from the planned relocation and expansion of the Timloc and Alumasc Water Management Solutions businesses in the next 2-3 years, which will benefit once higher initial property costs have been absorbed;

·      using the group's cash resources to flex working capital ratios where needed to take advantage of procurement opportunities; and

·      the benefits of operational gearing, particularly at Levolux, which is beginning to generate double digit operating margins on a run rate basis.

 

Should the right opportunities arise at the right price, Alumasc intends to supplement this organic growth potential through selective complementary acquisitions and, following the divestment of non-core businesses in recent years, more senior management time is now being devoted to this area.

 

Operational review

 

(a) Solar Shading and Screening

 

Revenue £11.1 million (2015/16: £7.6 million)

Underlying operating profit £0.6 million (2015/16: £0.5 million)

Underlying operating margin 5.7% (2015/16: 6.1%)

 

The enlarged Levolux business, which now encompasses an established North American presence and a UK Balconies and Balustrading business in addition to the original UK Solar Shading operation, increased revenues by 46% in the period, benefiting as expected from the high order book at the beginning of the period. Whilst this led to an increase in underlying operating profit of 37% in the first half, the full benefit of this growth will not be realised until the second half of the current financial year when a number of construction contracts that were in their relatively early stages at 31 December 2016 are due to complete. As a result, we expect both profits and margins to be weighted towards the second half.

 

Approximately £0.7 million of annualised people cost, including international sales managers, designers, project managers and operational resources, have been added to support growth. We have doubled our own directly employed sales resources focused on the North American market from two to four over the last twelve months.

 

Order intake, enquiry and tender levels remain strong for both domestic and export markets.

 

(b) Roofing & Walling

 

Revenue £20.9 million (2015/16: £18.4 million)

Underlying operating profit £1.6 million (2015/16: £1.7 million)

Underlying operating margin 7.8% (2015/16: 9.5%)

 

Alumasc Roofing traded at new record levels of revenue and profit during the period and momentum going into the second half year is strong. Our strategy for growth, through enhancements made to our range of flat roofing solutions and extending our UK geographical presence by continuing to attract high quality technical sales resources, continues to bear fruit. Operating margins were impacted by a rise on the cost of imported materials and sales mix in the period.

 

Alumasc Facades continued to perform well in its exterior wall insulation refurbishment business in Scotland, underpinned by ongoing funding support from the Scottish government's HEEPS scheme. Refurbishment activity in England and Wales was lower than a year ago due to funding cuts to the ECO and Green Deal schemes which took place in November 2015. The business continues to invest in growing its new build presence, including through innovative solutions such as the Alumasc Base Coat and the Alumasc Ventilated System.  However, initial successes in these areas were not sufficient to offset the fall in refurbishment activity.

 

Selling price increases already in place are expected to improve divisional margins in the second half year.

 

(c) Water Management

 

Revenue £14.9 million (2015/16: £14.0 million)

Operating profit £1.6 million (2015/16: £1.9 million)

Operating margin 10.9% (2015/16: 13.6%)

 

Divisional revenue growth of 6% was driven principally by increased export sales of Gatic systems and higher sales of building drainage systems including new products introduced under the Alumasc Water Management Solutions brand over the last year. Profitability was impacted by a combination of cost inflation from imported materials, significant increases in steel costs due to the global increase in steel prices following removal of surplus industry capacity last year and sales mix in the first half year. Again, selling price increases already implemented should mitigate some of this margin pressure in the second half of the year.

 

Order books across the division remain strong and Gatic's order books are at record levels, including a number of large international projects which are expected to benefit the second half year.

 

 

(d) Housebuilding & Ancillary Products

 

Revenue £4.4 million (2015/16: £4.1 million)

Operating profit £0.7 million (2015/16: £0.6 million)

Operating margin 15.8% (2015/16: 14.0%)

 

Timloc continues to make good progress. The sales team has been strengthened, the "Above the Roofline" product range launched last year is performing well and cost inflationary pressures have been mitigated through a combination of management actions including purchasing and supply chain initiatives and operational efficiencies. Revenue growth of 8% also enabled the business to better leverage fixed costs, improving operating margins.

 

Timloc's new purpose built leasehold manufacturing and warehousing facility is now under construction and scheduled to be operational in the Autumn. This will allow the business to further expand and provide additional manufacturing flexibility.

 

Balance sheet and pensions

 

Shareholders' funds of £16.6 million were a little higher at 31 December 2016 than they were at 30 June 2016 with retained profit over the last six months more than offsetting an increase in net of tax pension obligations calculated under IAS 19. Post tax return on investment remains strong at 23.0% (2015/16: 22.3%) and well above the group's weighted average cost of capital.

 

The group has now concluded the formal triennial valuation as at 31 March 2016 of its legacy defined benefit pension obligations on a technical provisions basis, a more prudent valuation methodology than that used for accounting purposes. On this basis of valuation, the pension deficit was calculated to be £33.0 million and is to be recovered over a period of ten years, with Alumasc making annual cash contributions of £3.2 million (previously £3.0 million), to include scheme running costs. This outcome is in line with the expectations set out in our 2016 Annual Report. 

 

Outlook

 

Group order books currently stand at £27.6 million, close to record levels. The majority of this relates to Levolux and to construction projects that are for the most part due to complete prior to the financial year end, which we expect will benefit profit and margin recognition in the second half year. Elsewhere we expect the group's positive trading momentum to continue in the remainder of the financial year. Therefore, the Board's expectations for full year performance remain unchanged.

 

Notwithstanding the ongoing economic uncertainties arising from the UK's intended exit from the European Union and the current weakness in Sterling, latest industry forecasts continue to anticipate modest growth in the UK construction market over the next few years. All of Alumasc's chosen specialist markets continue to benefit from one or more of the long term strategic growth drivers of energy management, water management, bespoke solutions and ease of construction. This, when combined with an encouraging pipeline of enquiries and quotations including for large international projects at Levolux and Gatic in particular, gives the board confidence that Alumasc should continue to make good progress beyond the current financial year.

 

Dividend

 

In view of all the above the Board has decided to increase the interim dividend by 5.6% to 2.85 pence per share (2015/16: 2.7 pence) to be paid on 7 April 2017 to shareholders on the register at 24 February 2017.

 

 

Paul Hooper, Chief Executive

31 January 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the half year to 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Half year to 31 December 2016

 

Half year to 31 December 2015

 

Year to 30 June 2016

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Audited)

Continuing operations:

Notes

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Revenue

5

 

50,743

 

43,468

 

92,233

     Cost of sales

 

 

(34,898)

 

(28,904)

 

(61,434)

     Gross profit

 

 

15,845

 

14,564

 

30,799

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Net operating expenses

 

 

(11,837)

 

(10,849)

 

(23,101)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Operating profit

5

 

4,008

 

3,715

 

7,698

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Finance expenses

7

 

(403)

 

(473)

 

(939)

     Profit before taxation

 

 

3,605

 

3,242

 

6,759

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Tax expense

8

 

(704)

 

(663)

 

(1,581)

     Profit for the period

 

 

 

2,901

 

 

2,579

 

 

5,178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after taxation for the period from discontinued operations

 

6

 

 

-

 

 

132

 

 

1,306

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

 

2,901

 

2,711

 

6,484

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be recycled to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actuarial (loss)/gain on defined benefit pensions

 

2

 

 

(1,663)

 

 

542

 

(3,412)

Tax on actuarial loss/(gain) on defined benefit pensions

 

8

 

 

50

 

 

(517)

 

 

240

 

 

 

(1,613)

 

25

 

(3,172)

Items that are or may be recycled subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges

 

 

 

(20)

 

 

170

 

(22)

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

 

 

 

41

 

 

(4)

 

 

1

Tax on cash flow hedge

8

 

4

 

(35)

 

(1)

 

 

 

25

 

131

 

(22)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss)/profit for the period, net of tax

 

 

(1,588)

 

156

 

(3,194)

Total comprehensive profit for the period, net of tax

 

 

 

1,313

 

2,867

 

3,290

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

Pence

 

Pence

 

Pence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-  Continuing operations

 

 

8.2

 

7.2

 

14.5

-  Discontinued operations

 

 

-

 

0.4

 

3.7

 

11

 

8.2

 

7.6

 

18.2

Diluted earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-  Continuing operations

 

 

8.0

 

7.0

 

14.3

-  Discontinued operations

 

 

-

 

0.4

 

3.6

 

11

 

8.0

 

7.4

 

17.9

                   

 

Reconciliations of underlying to statutory profits and earnings per share are provided in notes 4 and 11 respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

at 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

31 December

31 December

30 June

 

 

 

 

2016

(Unaudited)

2015

(Unaudited)

2016

(Audited)

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

5,202

5,310

5,250

Goodwill

 

 

 

16,488

16,488

16,488

Other intangible assets

 

2,459

2,802

2,642

Financial asset investments

 

 

17

17

17

Deferred tax assets

 

 

3,915

3,509

4,080

 

 

 

 

28,081

28,126

28,477

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

10,613

9,686

10,238

Trade and other receivables

 

20,803

14,915

19,759

Cash and cash equivalents

 

6,109

5,404

10,540

Assets classified as held for sale

 

-

3,978

-

 

 

 

 

37,525

33,983

40,537

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

65,606

62,109

69,014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 

(923)

(4,893)

(1,908)

Employee benefits payable

 

(23,031)

(19,492)

(22,668)

Provisions

 

 

 

(898)

(1,129)

(1,064)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(446)

(415)

(508)

 

 

 

 

(25,298)

(25,929)

(26,148)

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(22,326)

(16,832)

(25,351)

Provisions

 

 

 

(514)

(396)

(478)

Corporation tax payable

 

 

(534)

(574)

(188)

Derivative financial liabilities

 

(289)

(77)

(269)

Liabilities classified as held for sale

 

-

(1,018)

-

 

 

 

 

(23,663)

(18,897)

(26,286)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

(48,961)

(44,826)

(52,434)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

 

16,645

17,283

16,580

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

4,517

4,517

4,517

Share premium

 

 

445

445

445

Capital reserve - own shares

 

(640)

(968)

(931)

Hedging reserve

 

 

(237)

(63)

(221)

Foreign currency reserve

 

 

91

45

50

Profit and loss account reserve

 

 

12,469

13,307

12,720

Total equity

 

 

16,645

17,283

16,580

                         

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

for the half year to 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

Half year to

Half year to

Year to

 

 

 

31 December

31 December

30 June

 

 

 

 

2016

(Unaudited)

2015

(Unaudited)

2016

(Audited)

 

 

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

4,008

3,715

7,698

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

474

431

931

Amortisation

 

206

194

364

Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

-

(3)

(11)

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

 

(375)

157

(400)

(Increase)/decrease in receivables

 

(1,044)

3,936

(804)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

 

(3,098)

(4,944)

2,958

Movement in provisions

 

(130)

(101)

(84)

Cash contributions to retirement benefit schemes

 

(1,542)

(1,250)

(2,500)

Share based payments

 

50

123

181

Cash (absorbed)/generated by operating activities of continuing operations

 

 

 

(1,451)

2,258

8,333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit from discontinued operations

 

-

167

27

Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

 

-

70

141

Movement in working capital from discontinued operations

 

-

26

15

Cash generated by operating activities of discontinued operations

 

-

263

183

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax paid

 

 

 

(201)

(401)

(980)

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities

 

(1,652)

2,120

7,536

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment - continuing operations

 

(476)

(520)

(869)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment - discontinued operations

 

-

(97)

(148)

Payments to acquire intangible fixed assets

 

(11)

(160)

(255)

Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment

 

-

18

21

Proceeds from sale of business activity

 

-

-

4,474

Net cash (outflow)/ inflow from investing activities

 

(487)

(759)

3,223

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

 

(35)

(112)

(221)

Equity dividends paid

 

 

(1,349)

(1,248)

(2,208)

Draw down of amounts borrowed

 

-

5,000

-

Repayment of amounts borrowed

 

(1,000)

(5,000)

(3,000)

Refinancing costs

 

-

(119)

(119)

Acquisition of own shares

 

-

(452)

(759)

Proceeds on exercise of share based incentives

 

51

64

147

Net cash outflow from financing activities

 

(2,333)

(1,867)

(6,160)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(4,472)

(506)

4,599

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash and cash equivalents brought forward

10,540

5,914

5,914

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

 

41

(4)

27

Net cash and cash equivalents carried forward

       12

6,109

5,404

10,540

               

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

for the half year to 31 December 2016

 

 

 

Share

Share

Capital reserve -

 

 

 

Hedging

 

 

Foreign

currency

 

Profit

and loss account

 

 

capital

premium

own shares

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2016

4,517

445

(931)

(221)

50

12,720

16,580

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

2,901

2,901

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

-

-

-

-

41

-

41

Net loss on cash flow hedges

-

-

-

(20)

-

-

(20)

Tax on derivative financial liability

-

-

-

4

-

-

4

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension schemes, net of tax

-

-

-

-

-

(1,613)

(1,613)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(1,349)

(1,349)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

50

50

Exercise of share based incentives

-

-

291

-

-

(240)

51

At 31 December 2016

4,517

445

(640)

(237)

91

12,469

16,645

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Share

Capital reserve -

 

 

Hedging

 

 Foreign

currency

Profit

and loss account

 

 

capital

premium

own shares

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2015

4,517

445

(618)

(198)

49

11,734

15,929

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

2,711

2,711

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

-

-

-

-

(4)

-

 

(4)

Net gain on cash flow hedges

-

-

-

170

-

-

170

Tax on derivative financial liability

-

-

-

(35)

-

-

 

(35)

Actuarial gain on defined benefit pension schemes, net of tax

-

-

-

-

-

25

 

25

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(1,248)

(1,248)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

123

123

Acquisition of own shares

-

-

(452)

-

-

-

(452)

Exercise of share based incentives

-

-

102

-

-

(38)

64

At 31 December 2015

4,517

445

(968)

(63)

45

13,307

17,283

 

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

for the half year to 31 December 2016

 

1. Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements of The Alumasc Group plc and its subsidiaries have been prepared on the basis of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as adopted by the European Union, that are effective at 31 December 2016.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared using the accounting policies set out in the statutory accounts for the financial year to 30 June 2016 and in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting".

 

The consolidated financial statements of the group as at and for the year ended 30 June 2016 are available on request from the company's registered office at Burton Latimer, Kettering, Northants, NN15 5JP or at the website www.alumasc.co.uk.

 

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 30 June 2016 are not the company's statutory accounts for that financial year but have been extracted from those accounts. Those accounts have been reported on by the company's auditors and delivered to the registrar of companies. The report of the auditors was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 30 June 2016 and the six month period ended 31 December 2015 show Dyson Diecastings as a discontinued operation due to the sale of the business on 30 June 2016.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the half year ended 31 December 2016 are not statutory accounts and have been neither audited nor reviewed by the group's auditors.  They do not contain all of the information required for full financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the group as at and for the year ended 30 June 2016. 

 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on

31 January 2017.

 

On the basis of the group's financing facilities and current financial plans and sensitivity analyses, the Board is satisfied that the group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for twelve months from the date of signing this report and accordingly continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

 

2. Estimates

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

 

Except as described below, in preparing these condensed consolidated 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 as at and for the year ended 30 June 2016.

 

During the six months ended 31 December 2016, management reassessed and updated its estimates in respect of retirement benefit obligations based on market data available at 31 December 2016.  The resulting impact was a £1.7 million pre-tax actuarial loss, calculated using IAS 19 conventions, recognised in the six month period to 31 December 2016.

 

 

3. Risks and uncertainties

A summary of the group's principal risks and uncertainties was provided on pages 22 and 23 of Alumasc's Report and Accounts 2016. The Board considers these risks and uncertainties remain relevant to the current financial year.

 

Specific matters relating to the group's performance in the second half year are:

 

-       changes, beyond Alumasc's control, to the phasing and timing of completion of large construction contracts, particularly at Levolux and Gatic, could impact timing of profit recognition and cash flows;

 

-       the level of Euro and US Dollar exchange rates impacts the cost of imported materials and margin. Further depreciation of Sterling against the Euro in particular would put pressure on margins and vice-versa; and

 

-       the European Union is currently in the early stages of conducting an industry-wide review of whether additional customs duties should be applied to certain products including some of those imported by our Water Management business. It is too early to assess the likely outcome of the review and its potential impact on the business should any changes be made.

 

 

4. Underlying to statutory profit reconciliation

 

Profit before tax

Half year to 31 December 2016

Half year to 31 December 2015

Year to 30 June 2016

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying profit before tax

4,082

4,003

8,261

 

 

 

 

Less: Brand amortisation

(134)

(134)

(268)

Less: IAS 19 pension scheme administration costs

-

(278)

(510)

Less: IAS 19 net pension scheme finance costs

(343)

(349)

(724)

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax - continuing operations

3,605

3,242

6,759

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations

-

167

928

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

3,605

3,409

7,687

 

 

Operating profit

Half year to 31 December 2016

Half year to 31 December 2015

Year to 30 June 2016

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying operating profit

4,142

4,127

8,476

 

 

 

 

Less: Brand amortisation

(134)

(134)

(268)

Less: IAS 19 pension scheme administration costs

-

(278)

(510)

 

 

 

 

Operating profit - continuing operations

4,008

3,715

7,698

 

 

 

 

Discontinued operations

-

167

27

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

4,008

3,882

7,725

 

Following the 2016 triennial review and agreement of the revised deficit recovery plan, pension scheme administration costs are now paid directly by the pension schemes rather than being reimbursed by the company.

 

 

 

5. Segmental analysis - continuing operations

In accordance with IFRS 8 Operating Segments, the segmental analysis below follows the group's internal management reporting structure.

 

 

Revenue

Segmental operating

result

 

External

Inter-segment

 

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Half Year to 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading & Screening

11,144

-

11,144

631

Roofing & Walling

20,875

10

20,885

1,621

Water Management

14,312

587

14,899

1,619

Housebuilding & Ancillary Products

4,412

4

4,416

697

Sub-total

50,743

601

51,344

4,568

 

 

 

 

 

Elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(601)

(601)

(426)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

50,743

-

50,743

4,142

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

4,142

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(134)

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating profit from continuing operations

 

 

 

4,008

 

 

 

Revenue

Segmental operating

result

 

External

Inter-segment

 

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Half Year to 31 December 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading & Screening

7,620

-

7,620

462

Roofing & Walling

18,409

2

18,411

1,755

Water Management

13,342

688

14,030

1,907

Housebuilding & Ancillary Products

4,097

-

4,097

573

Sub-total

43,468

690

44,158

4,697

 

 

 

 

 

Elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(690)

(690)

(570)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

43,468

-

43,468

4,127

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

4,127

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(134)

IAS 19 pension scheme administration costs

 

 

 

(278)

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating profit from continuing operations

 

 

 

3,715

 

 

 

 

Revenue

Segmental operating

result

 

External

Inter-segment

 

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Full Year to 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading & Screening

17,359

-

17,359

954

Roofing & Walling

40,045

6

40,051

3,959

Water Management

26,269

1,299

27,568

3,489

Housebuilding & Ancillary Products

8,560

10

8,570

1,420

Sub-total

92,233

1,315

93,548

9,822

 

 

 

 

 

Elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(1,315)

(1,315)

(1,346)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

92,233

-

92,233

8,476

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

8,476

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(268)

IAS 19 pension scheme administration costs

 

 

 

(510)

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating profit from continuing operations

 

 

 

7,698

 

 

6. Discontinued operations

 

All results for the six month period to 31 December 2016 are derived from continuing building product operations. The results of Dyson Diecastings, an Engineering Products business disposed of on 30 June 2016 are presented in prior year comparatives as a discontinued operation, with details provided below:

 

 

 

Half Year to 31 December 2015

Full Year to 30 June 2016

 

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

3,465

6,556

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

167

27

Net gain on disposal of discontinued operations

 

-

901

Tax (charge)/credit

 

(35)

378

 

 

 

 

Profit after taxation

 

132

1,306

 

 

7. Finance expenses

 

Half year to

Half year to

Year to

 

 

 

31 December

31 December

30 June

 

 

 

2016

2015

2016

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs     - Bank overdrafts

12

14

43

                         - Revolving credit facility

48

110

172

 

60

124

215

                        

- IAS 19 net pension scheme finance  costs

343

349

724

 

403

473

939

               

 

 

 

 

8. Tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half year to 31 December 2016

Half year to 31 December 2015

Year to 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current tax:

 

 

 

 

UK corporation tax - continuing operations

 

546

545

1,433

 - discontinued operations

 

-

(4)

(697)

Overseas tax

-

4

5

Amounts over provided in previous years

-

-

(2)

Total current tax

 

546

545

739

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax:

 

 

 

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences:

 

 

 

-       continuing operations

198

150

247

-       discontinued operations

-

39

319

Amounts over provided in previous years

-

-

(48)

Rate change adjustment

(40)

(36)

(54)

Total deferred tax

158

153

464

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total tax expense

704

698

1,203

 

 

 

 

Tax charge on continuing operations

704

663

1,581

Tax charge/(credit) on discontinued operations

-

35

(378)

Total tax expense

704

698

1,203

                 

 

Tax recognised in other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

Deferred tax:

 

 

 

Actuarial (losses)/gains on pension schemes

(50)

517

(240)

Cash flow hedges

(4)

35

1

Tax (credited)/charged to other comprehensive income

(54)

552

(239)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total tax charge in the statement of comprehensive income

650

1,250

964

             

 

 

9. Dividends

The directors have approved an interim dividend per share of 2.85p (2015/16: 2.7p) which will be paid on 7 April 2017 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 24 February 2017.  The cash cost of the dividend is expected to be £1.0 million.  In accordance with IFRS accounting requirements, as the dividend was approved after the balance sheet date, it has not been accrued in the interim consolidated financial statements.  A final dividend per share of 3.8p in respect of the 2015/16 financial year was paid at a cash cost of £1.3 million during the six months to 31 December 2016.

 

 

10. Share Based Payments

During the period the group awarded 120,000 options (2015/16: 180,000) under the Executive Share Option Scheme ("ESOS"). These options have an exercise price of 157.5p and require certain criteria to be fulfilled before vesting. 40,000 existing options (2015/16: 80,000) were exercised during the period and 50,000 existing options lapsed (2015/16: none).

 

Total awards granted under the group's Long Term Incentive Plans ("LTIP") amounted to 256,299 (2015/16: 194,413).  LTIP awards have no exercise price but are dependent on certain vesting criteria being met.  154,661 existing LTIP awards (2015/16: nil) were exercised during the period and 103,008 existing LTIP awards lapsed (2015/16: none).

 

 

11. Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net profit for the period attributable to ordinary equity shareholders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

 

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the net profit attributable to ordinary equity shareholders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period, after allowing for the exercise of outstanding share options. The following sets out the income and share data used in the basic and diluted earnings per share calculations:

 

 

Half year to     31 December 2016

Half year to     31 December 2015

Year to

30 June

2016

 

£'000

£'000

      £'000

 

 

 

 

Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent - continuing

2,901

2,579

5,178

Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent - discontinued

-

132

1,306

Net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

2,901

2,711

6,484

 

 

 

Half year to     31 December 2016

Half year to     31 December 2015

Year to

30 June

2016

 

        000s

        000s

000s

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average number of shares

35,577

35,646

35,618

Dilutive potential ordinary shares - employee share options

535

903

520

Diluted weighted average number of shares

36,112

36,549

36,138

 

 

 

 

 

Calculation of underlying earnings per share from continuing operations:

 

 

Half year to     31 December 2016

Half year to     31 December 2015

Year to

30 June

2016

 

£'000

£'000

      £'000

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation from continuing operations

3,605

3,242

6,759

Add: brand amortisation

134

134

268

Add: IAS 19 pension scheme administration costs

-

278

510

Add: IAS 19 net pension scheme finance costs

343

349

724

 

 

 

 

Underlying profit before taxation

4,082

4,003

8,261

Tax at underlying group tax rate of 20.6%

(2015/16 first half year: 21%; full year: 20.8%)

(841)

(841)

(1,718)

Underlying profit after tax from continuing operations

3,241

3,162

6,543

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares

35,577

35,646

35,618

 

 

 

 

Underlying earnings per share from continuing operations

9.1p

8.9p

18.4p

 

 

 

12. Movement in cash net of borrowings

 

 

 

Cash and

 bank overdrafts

 

Bank

loans

 

 

Net cash

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2015

 

5,914

(5,000)

914

Cash flow movements

 

(506)

-

(506)

Non-cash movements

 

-

107

107

Effect of foreign exchange rates

 

(4)

-

(4)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2015

 

5,404

(4,893)

511

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and

 bank overdrafts

 

Bank

loans

 

 

Net cash

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2016

 

10,540

(1,908)

8,632

Cash flow movements

 

(4,472)

1,000

(3,472)

Non-cash movements

 

-

(15)

(15)

Effect of foreign exchange rates

 

41

-

41

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2016

 

6,109

(923)

5,186

 

 

13. Related party disclosure

The group has a related party relationship with its directors and with its UK pension schemes.  There has been no material change in the nature of the related party transactions described in the Report and Accounts 2016.  Related party information is disclosed in note 30 of that document.   

 

 

Responsibility Statement

 

The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge:

 

a) the condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the EU; and

 

b) the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:

·      DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

·      DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the group during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

 

On behalf of the Board

 

 

 

 

 

G P Hooper                                                           A Magson             

Chief Executive                                                     Group Finance Director


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