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Thursday 16 February, 2012

Alumasc Group Plc

Interim Results Announcement

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Alumasc Group PLC
16 February 2012
 



IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday 16 February 2012

 

 

 

THE ALUMASC GROUP PLC - INTERIM RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Margin pressures overshadow revenue growth in period

 

Alumasc (ALU.L), the premium building and engineering products group, announces results for the six months ended 31 December 2011.

 

Financial Highlights (Continuing Operations)

 

·    Group revenues of £54.1m (H1 2010/11: £49.6m)

·    Underlying PBT of £1.0m (H1 2010/11: £2.2m)

·    Underlying EPS of 2.0p (H1 2010/11: 4.2p)

·    Reported PBT of £0.7m (H1 2010/11: £1.9m)

·    Basic EPS of 1.4p (H1 2010/11: 3.6p)

·    Increase in net debt at 31/12/11 to £13.4m (31/12/10: £11.9m), due to £1.4m of capital expenditure, seasonal working capital requirements and the payment of the 2010/11 final dividend.

·    Interim dividend reduced to 1.0p per share (H1 2010/11: 3.25p)

 

 

Commercial Highlights

 

·    Building Products revenue up 4% to £35.2m; operating profit down to £1.7m (2010/11: £2.1m).  Positive performances from the rainwater, drainage and construction products businesses benefited from demand for refurbishment and infrastructure work.  Lower levels of commercial construction activity affected Levolux, which nonetheless grew orders, sales and profit.  Delays in the commencement of work under the Community Energy Savings Programme ("CESP") led to quieter than expected roofing & walling activity.  Investment in divisional sales and business development resources continued, to support medium term growth potential.

 

·    Alumasc Precision experienced higher than expected demand.  Half year revenues were up 19% to £19.5m, more than double the level of two years ago.  This caused unexpected capacity restraints and significant cost over-runs, resulting in an underlying operating profit of £0.2m (2010/11: £1.3m).  Management is addressing these issues and further growth is expected in the Spring.

 

·    Pre-tax operating cash flow of £3m was in line with prior year comparators.  Management continues to focus on maintaining strong control over cash and working capital whilst continuing to invest, mainly to address capacity issues at Alumasc Precision ahead of further anticipated growth.

 


Paul Hooper, Chief Executive, commented:

 

"Management is taking all the actions necessary to restore profitability after a disappointing first half, albeit in a challenging environment, and we anticipate an improved performance for the remainder of the current year.  At the same time, we are continuing to invest in developing growth opportunities across the business."

 

Presentation:

 

Today, a presentation will be made to institutions, broker's analysts and private client brokers by Paul Hooper (Chief Executive) and Andrew Magson (Finance Director), with John McCall (Chairman) in attendance. The meeting will commence at 9.30am and end at approximately 10.30am. It will be held at the offices of Peel Hunt, 120 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5ET.

 

Enquiries:

 

The Alumasc Group plc

 

01536 383844

    Paul Hooper (Chief Executive)

[email protected]

    Andrew Magson (Finance Director)




Bankside Consultants Limited

020 7367 8888

    Simon Bloomfield or James Irvine-Fortescue


 

REVIEW OF INTERIM RESULTS

 

 

Overview

 

The group's first half revenue performance was strong. Group revenues of £54.1 million were some 9% ahead of the first half of the last financial year, despite the challenging macro-economic environment.

 

Building Products' divisional revenues were up by 4%, a good performance in view of the further contraction in UK construction activity in the intervening period, and benefited from increased international sales, new product introductions and greater penetration of refurbishment markets.

 

Engineering Products' divisional revenues grew by 19%, with Alumasc Precision's sales increasing to more than double the level reported in the equivalent period two years ago. This exceptional rate of growth was driven initially by the recovery from the 2008/09 recession, and more recently by the continued rise in international demand for diesel engines used in off-highway vehicles. Demand has been particularly strong from OEM's who manufacture vehicles serving the mining and construction sectors of developing economies.

 

Compared with a year ago, the group has experienced pressure on profit margins in each of its two divisions. Alumasc Precision has incurred excessive cost to support the recent surge in demand, exacerbated in more recent months by some short term capacity constraints and bottlenecks in production. To the extent that these costs exceeded expectation they were not recovered in full from customers. In the Building Products division, management focus on margin improvement succeeded in mitigating significant selling price pressure in a weak UK construction market and input cost inflation, with the result that divisional gross margins finished broadly unchanged, when compared with a year ago.

 

The combination of lower than expected gross margins in the Engineering Products division and the costs of the planned strategic investment in sales, marketing and business development resources in the Building Products division over the last twelve months, in support of the many initiatives set out in our earlier reports, led to a reduction in underlying group operating profit margins from 5.8% to 2.7%.

 

These factors led to the group's first half underlying operating profit being reduced from £2.9 million in 2010 to £1.5 million in 2011. Group underlying profit before tax reduced from £2.2 million to £1.0 million, with the impact of lower group operating profit partly mitigated by lower net finance expenses due to the reduced pension deficit reported at the beginning of the financial year. After restructuring costs and brand amortisation charges, which were similar in total to those incurred in the first half of the previous financial year, reported profit before tax reduced from £1.9 million to £0.7 million. Underlying earnings per share were 2.0 pence (2010: 4.2 pence) and reported earnings per share were 1.4 pence (2010: 3.5 pence).

 

 

 

Building Products Division

 

Divisional revenues increased from £33.8 million to £35.2 million, but underlying operating profit reduced from £2.1 million to £1.7 million mainly due to the planned investment in additional sales and business development resources who are tasked with growing both UK and international sales. Divisional gross margins began to improve in the period, as a result of various focused profit improvement initiatives in this area, including new product introductions, penetration of new market niches and achievement of operational efficiencies.

 

The group's businesses that facilitate improved energy efficiency in buildings experienced a relatively quiet first half year. However Levolux began to improve order intake, sales and profit, despite further contraction in the UK new build commercial construction sector. The Roofing & Walling businesses experienced a quieter first half than expected, mainly due to delays in the commencement of work under the Community Energy Savings Programme ("CESP"), which impacted demand for exterior wall insulation systems. 

 

The group's businesses that are mainly involved in managing water use in the built environment fared better, as was the case last year, with stronger domestic sales of Construction Products into the infrastructure sector, and improved activity levels in Hong Kong, where we have a strong local presence. Alumasc Rainwater had another impressive performance driven by strong demand from the refurbishment sector, buoyed by improved customer service levels, new products and successful marketing campaigns.

 

Engineering Products Division

 

Divisional revenues increased from £16.4 million to £19.5 million for the reasons described above. Higher than expected demand at Alumasc Precision Components caused unexpected capacity constraints and difficulty in keeping pace with customer expectations. This resulted in higher than expected costs, leading to a reduction in divisional operating profit from £1.3 million in the first half of 2010 to £0.2 million in the first half of this financial year.

 

The extent of the cost over-runs only began to emerge following a routine internal audit in December, and were not fully quantified until after a detailed inventory count at the half year end. This led to a significant non-cash write down in the value of inventory as at 31 December.

 

A new divisional finance director was appointed at the half year end and, as previously announced in January, Warren Roberts, Divisional Managing Director, resigned to pursue a career opportunity outside the group.  He is expected to remain with the business until June and is working closely with Paul Hooper, Group Chief Executive, to improve the performance of Alumasc Precision Components. A successor is being sought.

 

Customer demand since Christmas has been a little softer, prior to further growth expected in the Spring. Advantage is being taken of this opportunity to address customer arrears, reduce excess overtime and freight costs, resolve the inventory control issues identified, and progress the capital investment programme to increase capacity in key areas.

 

Dyson Diecastings, Alumasc Precision Components' sister business, had an excellent half year and grew both revenues and profits to record levels.

 

Cash flow, balance sheet and pensions

 

The group's net outflow of cash was £2.7 million in the first half of the year. This was largely due to normal seasonal working capital fluctuations and the payment of the prior year's final dividend in late October. The cash performance was broadly in line with management's expectations at the beginning of the year, and similar to the net cash outflow of £2.6 million in the prior first half year. Group net debt increased from £10.7 million at 30 June 2011 to £13.4 million at 31 December 2011. Net debt at 31 December 2010 was £11.9 million.

 

Cash conversion of operating profit remained strong, and the rolling twelve month average working capital as a percentage of sales improved from 15.1% a year ago to 13.9%. The impact on cash flow of the reduction in group operating profit when compared with the first half of the prior year was largely offset by reduced working capital. The resulting pre-tax operating cash flow of £3.0 million, prior to the benefit of reduced pension funding costs, was broadly similar to the prior year comparator.

 

The level of capital spend increased compared to the prior year, in support of the growth at Alumasc Precision. Capital expenditure of £1.4 million in the period exceeded charges for depreciation and amortisation of £1.3 million for the first time in a number of years.

 

The combination of record low long term gilt yields, higher long term inflation forecasts and a weak equity investment performance over the last six months resulted in the group's pension deficit valued under IAS19 accounting conventions increasing from £2.9 million at 30 June 2011 to £12.9 million at 31 December 2011. These valuations, carried out on a "spot" basis as at the period end date, can give rise to highly volatile results, but have no impact on the cash funding of the pension deficit by the company. The funding of the pension deficit will next be reviewed in the group's 2013/14 financial year, following the full triennial actuarial valuation in April 2013.

 

Mainly as a result of the increased pension deficit, group net assets reduced from £30.1 million at 31 December 2010 and £32.0 million at 31 June 2011 to £21.6 million at 31 December 2011. Together with the higher level of net debt, this led to an increase in financial gearing to 62% (31 December 2010: 40%).

The group continues to operate well within banking facility limits and covenants, with net debt/EBITDA of 2 times (compared with a covenant less than 3 times) and bank interest covered by EBITDA over 8 times (compared with a covenant of at least 4 times).

 

The group's key risks remain as set out on pages 27 and 28 of the 2011 Annual Report, supplemented by note 3 to the accounts contained in this Interim Report.

 

Business development

 

Whilst the first half of the year has been difficult, the Board continues to see many opportunities for further growth which will benefit the business beyond the current financial year. The Board considers it is important that investment in the business continues to be made to ensure this potential is realised:

 

·      Levolux has secured orders for the design phases of two multi-million pound projects in London, which will begin to benefit during the next financial year

 

·      Levolux's export sales development initiatives are gradually gaining traction, including a recently won order near New York for circa. $300,000, and a number of initial orders in France

 

·      Gatic is experiencing a high level of enquiries for international work, and a business development manager has recently been appointed to grow Slotdrain opportunities in the United States. Following success at McCarran airport, Las Vegas, Gatic has recently won a c$200k order for Atlanta airport

 

·      We are expecting a substantial increase in demand for exterior wall insulation systems, initially from the CESP programme, described above, with further demand expected from its successor schemes, Eco and the Green Deal. These initiatives are all designed to reduce carbon emissions from the relatively high proportion of older, poorly insulated homes in the UK's housing stock

 

·      Alumasc Waterproofing has introduced new products into its Euroroof range and is increasing penetration of refurbishment markets to leverage existing strengths in the new build sector

 

·      Demand continues to grow for green roofs, which remains an early life cycle sustainable building products niche where the group has strong market positions. Blackdown has recently won a significant order to supply a large green roof for the Scottish Arena in Glasgow and is securing further work in partnership with a number of well known roofing suppliers and distributors

 

·      Alumasc Rainwater has recently launched a PC "app" enabling design of rainwater and drainage systems, which will shortly be available for use on smart phones and tablet devices

 

·      A number of high performance Harmer drainage products are being developed

 

·      Alumasc Precision is currently evaluating some significant business development opportunities with major international customers.

 

 

Outlook and dividend

 

The Board believes that the recent disappointing performance of Alumasc Precision Components will respond to management action, but this will not happen overnight. Moreover, harsh weather conditions have contributed to a muted start to the second half year. For these reasons, the Board now expects that the full year result will be materially below previous expectations.

 

Nonetheless, the Board does expect results to improve as the second half year progresses, underpinned by normal seasonal bias; an uplift in sales in the Facades business driven by CESP; a stronger order book in the roofing business reflecting increased penetration of refurbishment markets; and an improving margin performance by Alumasc Precision. The group's order books remain strong and continue to exceed £43 million in total. 

 

In view of all the above, the Board decided it would be prudent to reduce the interim dividend to 1.0 pence per share (2011: 3.25 pence). The Board will consider the full year dividend in the Summer in light of results for the year and the outlook at that time. The interim dividend will be paid on 10 April to shareholders on the register at 9 March 2012.

 

Looking beyond the current financial year, the Board believes, for the reasons set out in the business development section above, that the medium term prospects for the group are unchanged and remain encouraging.

 

Paul Hooper
Chief Executive
16 February 2012

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

for the half year to 31 December 2011

 



Half year to 31 December 2011

Half year to 31 December 2010

Year to

30 June 2011



Before

non-recurring items and brand amortisation

 

 

Non-recurring items and brand amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

Total

Before

non-recurring items and brand amortisation

 

Non-recurring

 items and brand amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

Total



(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Continuing operations

Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000










Revenue

4

54,062

-

54,062

49,621

-

49,621

106,805

Cost of sales


(41,108)

-

(41,108)

(35,993)

-

(35,993)

(77,172)

Cost of sales - impairment charge reversal

5

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,220

Gross profit


12,954

-

12,954

13,628

-

13,628

30,853










Net operating expenses









   Net operating expenses before  

   non-recurring items and brand

   amortisation


 

 

(11,487)

 

 

-

 

 

(11,487)

 

 

(10,759)

 

 

-

 

 

(10,759)

 

 

(23,954)

   Restructuring costs

5

-

(113)

(113)

-

(104)

(104)

(241)

   Brand amortisation

5

-

(162)

(162)

-

(160)

(160)

(320)

   Profit on disposal of property

5

-

-

-

-

-

-

759

Net operating expenses


(11,487)

(275)

(11,762)

(10,759)

(264)

(11,023)

(23,756)










Operating profit

4

1,467

(275)

1,192

2,869

(264)

2,605

7,097










Finance income

6

2,202

-

2,202

1,958

-

1,958

3,879

Finance expenses

6

(2,702)

-

(2,702)

(2,667)

-

(2,667)

(5,593)

Profit before taxation


967

(275)

692

2,160

(264)

1,896

5,383










Tax expense

7

(271)

83

(188)

(657)

36

(621)

(1,551)

Profit for the period from continuing operations


696

(192)

504

1,503

(228)

1,275

3,832










Discontinued operations









Loss after taxation for the period from discontinued operations


-

-

-

(39)

-

(39)

(187)










Profit for the period


696

(192)

504

1,464

(228)

1,236

3,645

 

Other comprehensive income









Gains/(losses) recognised directly in equity:









    Actuarial (loss)/gain on defined benefit        pension schemes

2



 

(11,207)



 

4,812

5,590

    Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges




 

(48)



 

143

544

    Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations




 

9



 

(6)

 

(16)

    Tax on items taken directly to or transferred from equity

7



 

2,733



 

(1,432)

 

(1,712)

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax




 

(8,513)



 

3,517

4,406










Total comprehensive income for the period, net of tax




(8,009)



4,753

8,051










Earnings per share




Pence



Pence

Pence










Basic earnings per share









-  Continuing operations




1.4



3.6

10.7

-  Discontinued operations




-



(0.1)

(0.5)


10



1.4



3.5

10.2

Diluted earnings per share









-  Continuing operations




1.4



3.5

10.6

-  Discontinued operations




-



(0.1)

(0.5)


10



1.4



3.4

10.1


 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

at 31 December 2011

 





31 December

31 December

30 June





2011

(Unaudited)

2010

(Unaudited)

2011

(Audited)





£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets







Non-current assets






Property, plant and equipment


14,433

14,900

14,605

Goodwill




16,888

16,888

16,888

Other intangible assets


3,284

3,705

3,556

Financial asset investments



17

17

17

Deferred tax assets



3,225

1,447

742





37,847

36,957

35,808

Current assets






Inventories



13,635

13,670

12,443

Biological assets


269

468

370

Trade and other receivables


21,332

20,231

23,848

Cash and cash equivalents


1,308

4,887

5,038

Derivative financial assets


84

1

98





36,628

39,257

41,797






Total assets



74,475

76,214

77,605







Liabilities






Non-current liabilities





Interest bearing loans and borrowings


(14,751)

(14,955)

(14,724)

Employee benefits payable


(12,900)

(5,359)

(2,853)

Provisions




(493)

(361)

(450)

Deferred tax liabilities


(1,810)

(1,638)

(2,012)





(29,954)

(22,313)

(20,039)

Current liabilities






Bank overdraft


-

(1,850)

(1,045)

Trade and other payables


(22,631)

(21,098)

(24,107)

Provisions




(28)

(159)

(143)

Income tax payable



(132)

(311)

(56)

Derivative financial liabilities


(169)

(397)

(250)





(22,960)

(23,815)

(25,601)

Total liabilities



(52,914)

(46,128)

(45,640)








Net assets



21,561

30,086

31,965








Equity







Called up share capital


4,517

4,517

4,517

Share premium



445

445

445

Capital reserve - own shares


(618)

(369)

(618)

Hedging reserve



8

(290)

44

Foreign currency reserve



38

39

29

Profit and loss account reserve



17,171

25,744

27,548

Total equity



21,561

30,086

31,965


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

for the half year to 31 December 2011

 




Half year to

Half year to

Year to




31 December

31 December

30 June





2011

(Unaudited)

2010

(Unaudited)

2011

(Audited)

Operating activities






Operating profit


1,192

2,605

7,097

Adjustments for:






Depreciation



1,166

1,011

2,074

Amortisation


383

392

677

Impairment reversal


-

-

(1,220)

Loss/(gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment


-

(19)

(774)

Increase in inventories


(1,192)

(2,216)

(1,629)

Decrease/(increase) in biological assets


101

(96)

2

Decrease / (increase) in receivables


2,516

762

(3,807)

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables


(1,172)

396

4,080

Movement in provisions


(72)

(33)

41

Movement in retirement benefit obligations


(1,318)

(1,849)

(3,928)

Share based payments


11

22

16

Cash generated from continuing operations


1,615

975

2,629

Cash generated from discontinued operations




-

58

(66)








Tax paid




(64)

(96)

(418)

Net cash inflow from operating activities


1,551

937

2,145







Investing activities






Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(1,312)

(584)

(931)

Payments to acquire intangible fixed assets


(111)

(148)

(305)

Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment


-

19

1,244

Acquisition of subsidiary undertakings


-

(99)

(50)

Acquisition of non-controlling interest


-

-

(49)

Proceeds from sale of business activity


-

-

1,173

Interest received


-

12

18

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from investing activities


(1,423)

(800)

1,100







Financing activities






Interest paid



(416)

(300)

(647)

Equity dividends paid



(2,406)

(2,416)

(3,580)

Draw down of amounts borrowed


-

-

15,000

Repayment of amounts borrowed


-

-

(15,000)

Loan and overdraft facility fees


-

-

(303)

Purchase of financial instrument


-

-

(94)

Purchase of own shares


-

-

(249)

Net cash outflow from financing activities


(2,822)

(2,716)

(4,873)








Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(2,694)

(2,579)

(1,628)








Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


3,993

5,622

5,622

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(2,694)

(2,579)

(1,628)

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes


9

(6)

(1)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

1,308

3,037

3,993








Cash and cash equivalents comprise:





Cash and short term deposits


1,308

4,887

5,038

Bank overdrafts




-

(1,850)

(1,045)


 

1,308

3,037

3,933


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

for the half year to 31 December 2011

 

 

Share

Share

Capital reserve -

 

 

Hedging

 

Foreign

currency

Profit

and loss account

 

Non-controlling

Total

 

 

capital

premium

own shares

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

interest

equity

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2011

4,517

445

(618)

44

29

27,548

31,965

-

31,965

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

504

504

-

504

 

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

-

-

-

-

9

-

9

-

9

 

Net loss on cash flow hedges

-

-

-

(48)

-

-

(48)

-

(48)

 

Tax on derivative financial liability

-

-

-

12

-

-

12

-

12

 

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension schemes, net of tax

-

-

-

-

-

(8,486)

 

(8,486)

-

 

(8,486)

 

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(2,406)

(2,406)

-

(2,406)

 

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

11

11

-

11

 

At 31 December 2011

4,517

445

(618)

8

38

17,171

21,561

-

21,561

 

 

 









 

 

Share

Share

Capital reserve -

 

 

Hedging

 

 Foreign

currency

Profit

and loss account


Non-controlling

Total

 

 

capital

premium

own shares

reserve

reserve

reserve

Total

interest

equity

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 July 2010

4,517

445

(369)

(389)

45

23,494

27,743

33

27,776

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,236

1,236

-

1,236

 

Exchange differences on retranslation of foreign operations

-

-

-

-

(6)

-

 

(6)

-

(6)

 

Net gain on cash flow hedges

-

-

-

143

-

-

143

-

143

 

Tax on derivative financial liability

-

-

-

(44)

-

-

(44)

-

(44)

 

Actuarial gain on defined benefit pension schemes, net of tax

-

-

-

-

-

3,424

 

3,424

-

3,424

 

Acquisition of minority interest

-

-

-

-

-

(16)

(16)

(33)

(49)

 

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(2,416)

(2,416)

-

(2,416)

 

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

22

22

-

22

 

At 31 December 2010

4,517

445

(369)

(290)

39

25,744

30,086

-

30,086

 


NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

for the half year to 31 December 2011

 

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 2011.

 

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 2011 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 2011 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 2011 are not the company's statutory accounts for that financial year but have been extracted from these 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 condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the half year ended 31 December 2011 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 2011.  

 

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

16 February 2012.

 

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 the foreseeable future and accordingly continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the 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 2011.

 

During the six months ended 31 December 2011, management reassessed and updated its estimates in respect of retirement benefit obligations based on market data available at 31 December 2011.  The resulting impact was an £11.2m pre-tax actuarial loss, calculated using IAS19 conventions, that has been recognised in the six month period to 31 December 2011.

 

3. Risks & Uncertainties

A summary of the group's principal risks and uncertainties was provided on pages 27 and 28 of Alumasc's Report and Accounts 2011. The Board considers these risks and uncertainties remain relevant to the current financial year, supplemented as follows;

 

·      Alumasc Precision's performance can be affected by volatility in customer demand, particularly if demand rises unexpectedly at short notice causing capacity constraints, and full mitigation is not possible through selling price increases.

 

·      In view of current economic uncertainties, customer investment decisions and construction projects can be subject to delay.  These factors are largely beyond the group's control, and increase the risks associated with the group's short term revenue and profit forecasts.

 



 

4. Segmental analysis

 

 

External

 

 

Inter-segment

 

Revenue

Total

Segmental Operating

Result

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Half Year to 31 December 2011 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading

8,569

-

8,569

273

Roofing & Walling

9,207

-

9,207

(189)

Energy Management

17,776

-

17,776

84

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Products

6,839

-

6,839

697

Rainwater, Drainage & Other

10,568

44

10,612

950

Water Management & Other

17,407

44

17,451

1,647

 

 

 

 

 

Building Products

35,183

44

35,227

1,731

 

 

 

 

 

Alumasc Precision

18,879

631

19,510

219

Engineering Products

18,879

631

19,510

219

 

 

 

 

 

Intercompany revenue elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(675)

(675)

(483)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

54,062

-

54,062

1,467

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

1,467

Restructuring costs

 

 

 

(113)

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(162)

Total operating profit

 

 

 

1,192

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External

 

 

Inter-segment

 

Revenue

Total

Segmental Operating

Result

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Half Year to 31 December 2010 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading

7,784

-

7,784

198

Roofing & Walling

9,791

-

9,791

148

Energy Management

17,575

-

17,575

346

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Products

6,132

-

6,132

864

Rainwater, Drainage & Other

10,056

43

10,099

928

Water Management & Other

16,188

43

16,231

1,792

 

 

 

 

 

Building Products

33,763

43

33,806

2,138

 

 

 

 

 

Alumasc Precision

15,858

584

16,442

1,312

Engineering Products

15,858

584

16,442

1,312

 

 

 

 

 

Intercompany revenue elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(627)

(627)

(581)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

49,621

-

49,621

2,869

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

2,869

Restructuring costs

 

 

 

(104)

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(160)

Total operating profit from continuing operations

 

 

 

2,605

 

 

 

External

 

 

Inter-segment

 

Revenue

Total

Segmental Operating

Result

Full Year to 30 June 2011 (Audited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Shading

17,011

-

17,011

757

Roofing & Walling

19,869

-

19,869

(355)

Energy Management

36,880

-

36,880

402

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Products

12,965

-

12,965

1,547

Rainwater, Drainage & Other

21,309

65

21,374

1,965

Water Management & Other

34,274

65

34,339

3,512

 

 

 

 

 

Building Products

71,154

65

71,219

3,914

 

 

 

 

 

Alumasc Precision

35,651

1,093

36,744

2,978

Engineering Products

35,651

1,093

36,744

2,978

 

 

 

 

 

Intercompany revenue elimination/Unallocated costs

-

(1,158)

(1,158)

(1,213)

 

 

 

 

 

Total

106,805

-

106,805

5,679

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Segmental operating result

 

 

 

5,679

Impairment charge reversal

 

 

 

1,220

Restructuring costs

 

 

 

(241)

Brand amortisation

 

 

 

(320)

Profit on disposal of property

 

 

 

759

Total operating profit from continuing operations

 

 

 

7,097

 

 

5. Non-recurring items and amortisation


Half year to

Half year to

Year to




31 December

31 December

30 June




2011

2010

2011




(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)




£'000

£'000

£'000







Impairment charge reversal

-

-

1,220

Restructuring costs

(113)

(104)

(241)

Brand amortisation

(162)

(160)

(320)

Profit on disposal of property

-

-

759

Re-financing costs

-

-

(307)


(275)

(264)

1,111

 

Restructuring costs relate to restructuring and redundancy costs in all periods.

 



6. Net finance costs


Half year to

Half year to

Year to




31 December

31 December

30 June




2011

2010

2011




(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)




£'000

£'000

£'000







Finance revenue - Bank interest

(6)

(12)

(18)

                         - Expected return on pension scheme plan assets

(2,196)

(1,946)

(3,861)


(2,202)

(1,958)

(3,879)

 

Finance costs     - Bank loans and overdrafts

73

81

183

                         - Revolving credit facility

275

246

497

                         - Re-financing costs

-

-

307


348

327

987

                         - Pension scheme liability interest

2,354

2,340

4,606


2,702

2,667

5,593

 

 

7. Tax expense










Half year to

Half year to

Year to





31 December

31 December

30 June





2011

(Unaudited)

2010

(Unaudited)

2011

(Audited)





£'000

£'000

£'000








Current tax:





UK corporation tax - continuing operations


140

422

441

                              -  discontinued operations


-

(18)

(82)

Amounts under provided in previous years

-

37

150

Total current tax


140

441

509








Deferred tax:






Origination and reversal of timing differences

58

162

1,078

Tax overprovided in previous years

-

-

(43)

Rate change adjustment

(10)

-

(75)

Total deferred tax

48

162

960















Total tax expense

188

603

1,469








Tax recognised in other comprehensive income:




Deferred tax:




Actuarial (losses)/gains on pension schemes

(2,721)

1,388

1,601

Cash flow hedge

(12)

44

111

Tax (credited)/charged to other comprehensive income

(2,733)

1,432

1,712








Total tax (credit)/charge in the statement of comprehensive income

(2,545)

2,035

3,181

 

 

8. Dividends

The directors have approved an interim dividend per share of 1.0p (2010: 3.25p) which will be paid on 10 April 2012 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 9 March 2012.  The cash cost of the dividend is expected to be £0.4 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 6.75p in respect of the 2010/11 financial year was paid at a cash cost of £2.4 million during the period.

 

9. Share Based Payments

During the period, the group awarded 130,000 (2010: 140,000) options under the Executive Share Option Plan ("ESOP").  These options have an exercise price of £1.35 and require certain criteria to be fulfilled before vesting.  33,000 (2010: 28,000) existing ESOP options lapsed during the period.

 

Total awards granted under the group's Long Term Incentive Plans ("LTIP") amounted to 322,761 (2010: 342,391).  These awards have no exercise price but are dependent on certain vesting criteria being met.  During the period 335,203 (2010: 105,217) existing LTIP awards lapsed.

 

10. 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 2011

Half year to 31 December 2010

Year to

30 June

2011


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


£'000

£'000

      £'000





Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent - continuing

504

1,275

3,832

Loss attributable to equity holders of the parent - discontinued

-

(39)

(187)

Net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

504

1,236

3,645

 

 





Half year to 31 December 2011

Half year to 31 December 2010

Year to

30 June

2011


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


        000s

        000s

000s





Basic weighted average number of shares

35,648

35,798

35,780

Dilutive potential ordinary shares

272

306

465

Diluted weighted average number of shares

35,920

36,104

36,245





Calculation of underlying earnings per share from continuing operations:



Half year to

31 December

2011

Half year to

31 December

2010

Year to

30 June

2011


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)


£'000

£'000

      £'000





Reported profit before taxation from continuing operations

692

1,896

5,383

Add: brand amortisation

162

160

320

Deduct: profit on disposal of property

-

-

(759)

Add: restructuring costs

113

104

241

Add: re-financing costs

-

-

307

Deduct: impairment charge reversal

-

-

(1,220)





Underlying profit before taxation

967

2,160

4,272

Tax at underlying group rate of 28.0%

(2010: 30.4%; 2010/11: 30.3%)

(271)

(657)

(1,294)

Underlying earnings

696

1,503

2,978





Underlying earnings per share

2.0p

4.2p

8.3p

 

11. Related party disclosure

The group has a related party relationship with its directors and with the UK pension schemes.  There has been no material change in the nature of the related party transactions described in the Report and Accounts 2011.  Related party information is disclosed in note 31 of that document.   

 

 

Responsibility Statement

 

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

 

a) the condensed set of financial statements has 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 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 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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