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Tuesday 26 April, 2016

boohoo.com plc

Preliminary Results

RNS Number : 2734W
boohoo.com plc
26 April 2016
 

For Immediate Release                                                                         26 April 2016

 

 

 

 

boohoo.com plc - results for the year ended 29 February 2016

 

"The Global Fashion Leader for a Social Generation"

 

£000

Year ended 29 February 2016

Year ended 28 February 2015

Change

 

Revenue

195,394

139,851

+40%

Gross profit

112,911

85,045

+33%

  Gross margin

57.8%

60.8%

-300bps

Operating profit

15,046

10,578

+42%

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

18,711

14,126

+32%

Profit before tax

15,674

11,068

+42%

Cash at year end

58,281

54,146

+£4.1m

Basic earnings per share

1.11p

0.75p

+48%





 

(1): Adjusted EBITDA is pre-exceptional costs (2016: £nil; 2015: £1.3m) and share-based payment costs (2016: £0.6m; 2015: £0.3m)

 

Financial Highlights

·     Revenue up 40% (42% CER(1))

UK up 38%, rest of Europe up 25% (35% CER), rest of world up 56% (63% CER)

33% of revenue generated outside the UK

·     Gross margin 57.8% (retail gross margin 58.8%)

·     Adjusted EBITDA £18.7 million, up 32%

·     Strong balance sheet with cash of £58.3 million and no debt

 

Operational Highlights

·     Over 4.0 million active customers(2), up 34% on prior year

·     UK, USA and Australian apps launched and responsive websites introduced for European sites, improving mobile and tablet offering  (now 66% of sessions)

·     International growth accelerated through focus on key markets

·     Warehouse extension completed and in use, following £7.7m investment

·     Expansion of product range driving growth and brand appeal

 

 (1): CER designates Constant Exchange Rate translation of foreign currency revenue

 (2): Active customers defined as having shopped in the last year

 

Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane, joint CEOs, commented:

"We are pleased to report a year of strong revenue growth across all geographic regions. Active customer numbers, order frequency and conversion have all increased on last year as we continue to invest in building customer lifetime value. By refining the mix of promotional and marketing expenditure in each of our key markets, we have achieved growth ahead of our plans.

The expansion of our product range has been very well received by our customers and contributed to the strong growth, with the new petite range performing very well along with plus-size which was introduced last year and continues to grow rapidly.

We have enhanced the mobile experience through new apps in UK, USA and Australia as well as introducing more flexible delivery and return options and later next day delivery cut off times.

The warehouse extension has enabled us to operate smoothly through the peak period this year and will provide sufficient capacity for future growth. We have also secured additional office premises adjacent to our head office in central Manchester which will be developed during 2016.

The worldwide market for internet fashion sales continues to expand as shopping preferences lean towards the convenience and price advantage afforded by internet retailers. We have built a brand and infrastructure to capitalise upon this opportunity and we will continue to grow our market share globally by focussing on key markets.

We have had an encouraging start to the 2017 financial year and we currently anticipate sales growth of c.25% for the financial year, in line with current market expectations.  We will continue to look at opportunities to invest in incremental growth, which may impact margins on a short term basis, although we will look to maintain EBITDA margins at similar levels to the financial year just ended (in line with current market expectations)."

 

Investor and Analyst Meeting

 

A meeting for analysts will be held today at the office of Buchanan, 107 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6DN commencing at 9.00am. boohoo.com plc's results 2016 are available at www.boohooplc.com.

 

Enquiries

boohoo.com plc

Mahmud Kamani, Joint Chief Executive

Carol Kane, Joint Chief Executive

Neil Catto, Chief Financial Officer

 

c/o Buchanan Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5000

 

 

 

 

Buchanan - Financial PR adviser

Richard Oldworth

Helen Chan

Madeleine Seacombe 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5000

[email protected]

 

 

Zeus Capital - Nominated adviser and joint broker

Nick Cowles

Andrew Jones

John Goold

 

 

Tel: +44 (0)161 831 1512

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3829 2001

Jefferies Hoare Govett - joint broker

Nick Adams

Max Jones

 

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7029 8000

 

 

About boohoo.com

"24/7 Global Fashion"

 

Keeping one step ahead of the trends or making a subtle style change is easy with boohoo.com and with up to 100 pieces hitting the site every day and a new collection each week, boohoo.com never stops - it's 24/7 fashion at its best.

From the UK's best kept fashion secret to one of the fastest growing own-brand, international etailers, boohoo.com has quickly evolved into a global fashion leader of its generation.  Combining cutting-edge, aspirational design with an affordable price tag, boohoo.com has been pushing boundaries since 2006 to bring its customers all the latest looks for less.

 

www.boohoo.com

www.boohoo.com/newz/page/home

fr.boohoo.com

www.boohoo.com/europe/page/home

www.boohoo.com/sweden/page/home

de.boohoo.com

www.boohoo.com/usa/page/home

www.boohoo.com/denmark/page/home

it.boohoo.com

www.boohoo.com/canada/page/home

www.boohoo.com/norway/page/home

nl.boohoo.com

www.boohoo.com/aus/page/home


es.boohoo.com

 



 

Appendix - prior period revenues

 

Revenue by period for the year to 29 February 2016

 

£'000s

3m to 31 May

3m to 31 August

6m to 31 August


FY16

FY15

yoy %

yoy % CER

FY16

FY15

yoy %

yoy %

CER

FY16

FY15

yoy %

 

yoy %

CER

 

Total

41,322

30,659

35%

37%

49,462

36,538

35%

40%

90,784

67,197

35%

39%

 










 

Sales by region









 

 UK

26,273

20,686

27%

27%

32,855

24,919

32%

32%

59,128

45,605

30%

30%

 

 ROE

4,943

3,891

27%

45%

5,460

4,828

13%

26%

10,403

8,719

19%

34%

 

 ROW

10,106

6,082

66%

70%

11,147

6,791

64%

81%

21,253

12,873

65%

75%

 

 

£'000s

4m to 31 December

2m to 29 February

12m to 29 February


FY16

FY15

yoy %

yoy % CER

FY16

FY15

yoy %

yoy %

CER

FY16

FY15

yoy %

 

yoy %

CER

 

Total

73,692

50,793

45%

49%

30,918

21,861

41%

40%

195,394

139,851

40%

42%

 










 

Sales by region









 

 UK

49,701

34,179

45%

45%

21,267

14,558

46%

46%

130,096

94,342

38%

38%

 

 ROE

8,588

6,464

33%

44%

3,639

2,903

25%

20%

22,630

18,086

25%

35%

 

 ROW

15,403

10,150

52%

63%

6,012

4,400

37%

33%

42,668

27,423

56%

63%

 

 

 

 

 

Nomenclature: ROE - rest of Europe; ROW - rest of world; yoy - year-on-year; CER - constant exchange rate



 

boohoo.com plc - final results for the year ended 29 February 2016

 

"The Global Fashion Leader for a Social Generation"

 

Performance during the year

Revenue for the year increased to £195.4 million, up 40% (42% CER) on the previous year.

Growth in the UK, our largest market, was 38%, with revenue reaching £130.1 million.

Revenue growth in the rest of Europe was 25% (35% CER), impacted by the weak euro. Rest of the world revenue growth of 56% (63% CER) was very encouraging, driven by strong performances in the Australian and US markets. The proportion of international revenues has grown from 32.5% to 33.4% of total revenue, despite the adverse exchange rates.

In the second half of the year we trialled selling to third party internet retailers, which has proven to be successful. We intend to expand the number of third party partners in order to build our brand internationally and broaden our customer reach.

We have refined the mix of marketing expenditure and price and delivery promotions to optimise profitability and sales growth. This has resulted in a decrease in marketing spend as a percentage of sales, offsetting a reduction in gross margin. Gross margin was 57.8% (2015: 60.8%) in spite of adverse exchange rate movements and the impact of lower margin third party sales, the latter reducing margin by 100bps compared to the previous year. Marketing expenditure was 10.2% of revenue compared to 13.2% in the previous year. Adjusted EBITDA was £18.7 million (2015: £14.1 million), an increase of 32% on the prior year and profit before tax was £15.7 million (2015: £11.1million), an increase of 42%. 

Fashion

Our customers are offered the very latest fashion trends through our "new in" updates on our websites, with up to 100 new styles launched every day. The combination of high fashion, great value prices and effective marketing encourages customers to shop for every occasion on a regular basis from a choice of around 20,000 styles. Our test-and-repeat model reduces stock holding risk, whilst rapid response enables us to reorder strong selling lines to quickly satisfy demand.

Our core womenswear ranges of dresses, tops, jackets and footwear have continued to perform strongly. A key factor in the high growth we have experienced in the year has been the expanded range of clothing, with Plus-size, Petite, swimwear and denim growing very strongly. We also introduced a broader lingerie range, which has performed very well.

In the spring, we launched boohoo brands, which has made shopping for a chosen look or occasion much easier and more enjoyable, collating similar styles and co-ordinates in categories, such as boohoo Nights and boohoo Blue. Not only is searching time reduced, but complementary items are also easier to find. The "inspire me" and Stylefix pages ensure our customer sees the latest trends and receives the latest fashion tips as well as an engaging lifestyle and social interest media stream. Menswear continues to grow and from early 2016 has been presented on its own website, separate to women's, in order to enhance its identity and appeal to men.

Marketing

Our "#WeAreUs" 2015 marketing campaign featured an innovative approach providing us a platform to demonstrate our inclusivity and connect with customers on different levels. We used product stories and customer sentiment to create seasonal campaigns based around "WeAre" such as Stylists, Free, Hot, Dreamers, Ready, Now and Family.  These created touch points around which to create content and open up conversations with our customers.  Our young, social customer base spend significant amounts of time developing connections with their interest groups and this campaign gave us the opportunity to engage with them by tapping into those interests. Our aim was to promote loyalty through building a greater emotional connection with our customers, expressing our brand personality and the core values of fun, inclusivity and individuality.

 

Marketing activity focussed on our key markets and included TV advertising, press and out-of-home, media events, college ambassador programmes and influencer partnerships. In our key markets we have also engaged local bloggers and personalities with significant social reach to promote the brand. Our most recent celebrity signing was hit singer/song writer Charli XCX, who has entered into an exclusive design collaboration for a series of ranges over the next 12 months. Charli XCX has a following of 2.8 million Facebook fans and is hugely popular amongst our targeted demographic. Other initiatives included a UK student ambassador programme launched at key universities, whilst in France we sponsored Secret Story, the reality TV series.

 

Next year will see us refocusing on the "#WeAreUs" message by creating communities to put the customer's voice at the centre of each campaign using social media feeds within our content hub Stylefix. We will focus on improving our customer contact strategy, which will encompass a holistic targeting approach aimed at engaging, rewarding and creating ambassadors for our brand. The introduction of our app has enabled us to employ push messaging to keep customers informed of the latest promotions, offers and trends and the roll-out of the app to other markets will extend the reach of this media.

 

Customer interaction

In the 12 months to 29 February 2016, over 4.0 million customers shopped with us, an increase of 34% on the same period a year ago, whilst order frequency has also increased. Website traffic growth was strong, up 13% on the previous 12 months to 206 million sessions.  Conversion rate to sale improved from 3.6% to 4.0% of sessions. On social media we have 0.5 million followers on Twitter and a reach of 9.6 million, 1.4 million followers on Instagram, 2.3 million Facebook likes and a reach of 4.3 million and 1.0 million views recorded on YouTube. We also feature on other social media sites including Vine, Snapchat and Pinterest.

Our customer services team is multi-lingual and responds to customer queries from a variety of media and aims for excellence in response time and problem resolution. We constantly measure our performance internally and monitor external customer review websites such as Trustpilot to ensure we maintain best-in-class standards.

boohoo.com customers are able to choose from a range of delivery options, which we are constantly refining as new opportunities become available. We operate a midnight cut off for next day delivery, Sunday delivery and collect+ in the UK. In 2015 we reduced the shipping time to Australia by one day and have plans to introduce more collection and return options via third party stores and distribution networks. Customers in the UK are able to use a website portal to choose their preferred return option from April 2016.

Technology

In the first half of the financial year, we converted the remaining European websites, including France and Germany, to fully responsive sites (meaning the website layout responds to the size of the device being used by the customer). Now all our websites are responsive, improving viewing and ease of use.

Android and iPhone Apps have been introduced in the UK, USA and Australia and will be rolled out to other territories later in 2016. Mobile and tablet use continues to rise and now accounts for 66% of sessions.

Warehouse

The new warehouse extension entered service in August 2015, following a further £7.7 million capital expenditure investment, with 270,000 additional square feet made available from three mezzanine floors. Work has started to expand capacity by another 275,000 square feet from three more mezzanine floor layers to cater for planned future growth. Total warehouse capacity now stands at 525,000 square feet, equivalent in size to over six football pitches.

We have converted a large number of warehouse operatives' contracts from agency to permanent and revised our pay structure to attract and retain capable and experienced teams to meet the demands of our expanding business. The new pay structure is closely aligned with the National Living Wage such that this will not drive any material increase in costs next year. Agency staff are engaged to support the operation in peak periods, optimising the efficient use of labour resources.

People

In the previous financial year, our senior management team was strengthened with a number of new positions, to provide the expertise we needed for the growth of the business. In 2015 we added two more senior positions: International Director, which we see as a key appointment in the execution of our international growth strategy; and Customer Services Director, which will help us fulfil our objective of maintaining the best and most efficient customer service. Sara Murray, who has considerable experience in the technology sector, joins as a non-executive director in April 2016.  The rate of growth in revenue has required an increase in personnel in the volume-related functions in customer service and warehousing. The total workforce now stands at 1,015, up from 784 at 28 February 2015.

Financial review

The group has achieved a strong performance with revenues and profits increasing in all territories.

 

Sales revenue by geographical market


2016

2015

Change


£000

£000

%

UK

130,096

94,342

+38%

Rest of Europe

22,630

18,086

+25%

Rest of world

42,668

27,423

+56%


195,394

139,851

+40%

 

 

 

 

Sales revenue at constant exchange rate


2016

2015

Change


£000

£000

%

UK

130,096

94,342

+38%

Rest of Europe

22,630

16,721

+35%

Rest of world

42,668

26,097

+63%


195,394

137,160

+42%

Growth in sterling terms has been impacted by currency headwinds across our international business, especially in Europe and Australia.

 

KPIs (retail)


2016

2015

Change

 

Active customers(1)

4.0 million

3.0 million

+34%

Number of orders

8.3 million

5.8 million

+44%

Conversion rate to sale (2)

4.0%

3.6%

+40bps

Average order value(3)

£33.59

£35.28

-4.8%

Number of items per basket

2.62

2.56

+2.3%

 

(1)      Defined as having shopped in the last year

(2)      Defined as the percentage of orders taken to internet sessions

(3)      Calculated as gross sales including sales tax divided by the number of orders

 

Active customer numbers have increased by 33.8% compared to the previous twelve month period as we continue to grow our customer base and retain existing customers. Conversion rates have increased to 4.0%. Average order value has seen a small decline of 4.8% to £33.59 as we have sought to keep our prices highly competitive and target product and delivery offerings at price points most appealing to our young customers. This has been partially offset by the number of items per basket increasing by 2.3% to 2.62.

Consolidated income statement

 


2016

2015

Change

£000

£000


Revenue

195,394

139,851

+40%

(82,483)

(54,806)

+50%

Gross profit

112,911

85,045

+33%

Gross margin

57.8%

60.8%

-300bps





Distribution costs

(45,501)

(30,653)


Administrative expenses

(53,756)

(43,814)


Other income

1,392

-


Operating profit

15,046

10,578

+42%





628

490


Profit before tax

15,674

11,068

+42%





Adjusted EBITDA

18,711

14,126

+32%





Calculation of adjusted EBITDA




Operating profit

15,046

10,578


Depreciation and amortisation

3,058

2,002


Share-based payments

607

292


-

1,254


Adjusted EBITDA

18,711

14,126


Gross margin reduced from 60.8% to 57.8%, driven by the growth in third party sales, the shift from marketing expenditure to promotions to drive sales growth and the effect of adverse exchange rates. The growth in third party sales had the effect of reducing the blended gross margin percentage by 100 bps.

Distribution costs have increased in line with revenue growth whilst administrative expenses, which include marketing expenses, have risen due to the combination of revenue growth and the building of our infrastructure to support the future business expansion.

The exceptional items of £1.3m in the previous year, included in administrative expenses, related to IPO expenses.

EBITDA (adjusted) increased by 32% from £14.1m to £18.7m.



 

Taxation

 

The effective rate of tax for the year was 20.6% (2015: 24.1%), which is marginally higher than the blended UK statutory rate of tax for the year of 20.1% (2015: 21.1%) principally due to depreciation in excess of capital allowances.

 

Earnings per share

 

Basic underlying earnings per share (calculated before exceptional items) increased by 29% from 0.86p to 1.11p. Basic earnings per share increased by 48% from 0.75p to 1.11p.

 

Statement of financial position



2016

2015



£000

£000

Intangible assets


4,542

4,561

Property, plant and equipment


21,426

10,854

Financial assets


28

-

Deferred tax


231

46

Non-current assets


26,227

15,461





Working capital


(4,248)

(2,882)

Net financial assets


(4,866)

821

Cash and cash equivalents


58,281

54,146

Current tax liability


(1,967)

(1,173)





Net assets


73,427

66,373

 

Net assets have increased by £7.1 million, driven by profitability during the year. Working capital has reduced primarily due to an increase in payables and accruals relating to our increased trading activity.



 

Liquidity and financial resources

Free cash flow was £12.1m compared to £5.8m in the previous financial year. Working capital requirements decreased: inventories increased due to the requirement to hold more products to serve our growing customer base; receivables, payables and accruals increased in line with trading activity. Capital expenditure was increased to £13.6m as we have continued to invest in our warehouse and IT systems to support projected growth in trade. The closing cash balance was £58.3m.

 

Consolidated cash flow statement




 



2016

2015



£000

£000





Profit for the year


12,438

8,405





Depreciation charges and amortisation


3,058

2,002

Share-based payments charge


607

292

Tax expense


3,236

2,663

Finance income


(628)

(490)

Increase in inventories


(7,481)

(1,393)

Increase in trade and other receivables


(2,452)

(523)

Increase in trade and other payables


16,968

3,053

Capital expenditure


(13,611)

(8,166)

Free cash flow


12,135

5,843





Net proceeds raised from IPO


-

47,515

Purchase of own shares by Employee Benefit Trust


(331)

(401)

Finance income


619

368

Tax paid


(2,627)

(2,650)

Non-cash changes and exchange differences


(5,661)

802

Repayment of borrowings


-

(2,742)

Net cash flow


4,135

48,735





Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


54,146

 5,411

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year


58,281

54,146





 

AIM listing

At the time of the company's admission to AIM the company set out that "It is the directors' intention that the company will apply for a listing on the Premium Segment of the Official List of the London Stock Exchange as soon as reasonably practicable following publication of the accounts for the period ending 28 February 2016." The board has considered this statement in the light of subsequent events and considers that AIM remains the more appropriate market for the company at this point in its development. The board has therefore agreed that boohoo.com will remain on the AIM market for the present and that the matter will be kept under periodic review.



 

Outlook

The worldwide market for internet fashion sales continues to expand as shopping preferences lean towards the convenience and price advantage afforded by internet retailers. We have built a brand and infrastructure to capitalise upon this opportunity and we will continue to grow our market share globally by focussing on key markets. 

Our strategy will be to use a combination of marketing to drive new customer acquisition and promotions to secure sales, all the while supported by the most convenient delivery and return options and high level of customer service. We will continue to broaden the range of products and to refine the on-line shopping experience with the latest technologies to ensure we provide the most user-friendly website possible.

We have had an encouraging start to the 2017 financial year and we currently anticipate sales growth of c.25% for the financial year, in line with current market expectations.  We will continue to look at opportunities to invest in incremental growth, which may impact margins on a short term basis, although we will look to maintain EBITDA margins at similar levels to the financial year just ended (in line with current market expectations).

 

 

Mahmud Kamani                             Carol Kane                          Neil Catto

Joint Chief Executive                     Joint Chief Executive     Chief Financial Officer



 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the year ended 29 February 2016


Note


2016

2015




£000

£000

Revenue

2


195,394

139,851

Cost of sales



(82,483)

(54,806)

Gross profit



112,911

85,045






Distribution costs



(45,501)

(30,653)

Administrative expenses



(53,756)

(43,814)

Other income

3


1,392

-

Operating profit



15,046

10,578






Finance income

4


628

490

Profit before tax



15,674

11,068






Taxation

8


(3,236)

(2,663)






Profit for the year



12,438

8,405






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

Net fair value (loss)/gain on cash flow hedges 1



(5,661)

802

Total comprehensive income for the year



6,777

9,207






Earnings per share

6




Basic



1.11p

0.75p

Diluted



1.10p

0.74p

 

 

Administrative expenses includes the following exceptional items: £nil (2015: IPO expenses £1,254,000).

 

 

1.        Net fair value gains on cash flow hedges will be reclassified to profit or loss during the two years to 28 February 2018.


Consolidated statement of financial position

at 29 February 2016


Note


2016

2015




£000

£000

Assets





Non-current assets





Intangible assets

9


4,542

4,561

Property, plant and equipment

10


21,426

10,854

Financial assets



28

-

Deferred tax

11


231

46




26,227

15,461

Current assets





Inventories

12


18,669

11,188

Trade and other receivables

13


7,096

3,845

Financial assets



35

852

Cash and cash equivalents



58,281

54,146

Total current assets



84,081

70,031






Total assets



110,308

85,492






Liabilities





Current liabilities





Trade and other payables

14


(30,013)

(17,915)

Financial liabilities



(4,291)

(31)

Current tax liability



(1,967)

(1,173)

Total current liabilities



(36,271)

(19,119)






Non-current liabilities





Financial liabilities



(610)

-






Total liabilities



(36,881)

(19,119)






Net assets



73,427

66,373






Equity





Share capital



11,233

11,231

Share premium



551,666

551,612

Capital redemption reserve



100

100

Hedging reserve



(4,839)

822

EBT reserve



(761)

(430)

Translation reserve



1

-

Reconstruction reserve



(515,282)

(515,282)

Retained earnings



31,309

18,320

Total equity      



73,427

66,373

 



 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 


Share capital

Share premium

Capital redemption reserve

Hedging reserve

EBT reserve

Transla-tion reserve

Recon-struction reserve

Retained earnings

Total

equity


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Balance as at 1 March 2014

-

-

100

20

-

-

17

9,623

9,760

Issue of shares

11,231

551,612

-

-

-

-

(515,299)

-

47,544

Purchase of shares by EBT

-

-

-

-

(430)

-

-

-

(430)

Share-based payments credit

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

292

292

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

8,405

8,405

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

802

-

-

-

-

802

Balance at 28 February 2015

11,231

551,612

100

822

(430)

-

(515,282)

18,320

66,373











Purchase of shares by EBT

-

-

-

-

(331)

-

-

-

(331)

Share-based payments

2

54

-

-

-

-

-

551

607

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

12,438

12,438

Translation of foreign operations

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

1

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

-

(5,661)

-

-

-

-

(5,661)

Balance at 29 February 2016

11,233

551,666

100

(4,839)

(761)

1

(515,282)

31,309

73,427


Consolidated cash flow statement

for the year ended 29 February 2016

 


Note


2016

2015




£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities





Profit for the year



12,438

8,405

Adjustments for:





Share-based payments charge



607

292

Depreciation charges and amortisation



3,058

2,002

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment



(2)

-

Transfer from hedging reserves



(5,661)

802

Finance income



(628)

(490)

Tax expense



3,236

2,663



13,048

13,674






Increase in inventories

12


(7,481)

(1,393)

Increase in trade and other receivables



(2,452)

(523)

Increase in trade and other payables



16,968

3,053

Cash generated from operations



20,083

14,811






Tax paid



(2,627)

(2,650)

Net cash generated from operating activities



17,456

12,161






Cash flows from investing activities





Acquisition of intangible assets

9


(1,488)

(2,442)

Acquisition of tangible property, plant and equipment

10


(12,123)

(5,724)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment



2

-

Finance income



619

368

Net cash used in investing activities



(12,990)

(7,798)






Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from the issue of ordinary shares



-

300,000

Payment of convertible loan notes to shareholders of ABK Limited


-

(239,899)

Share issue costs written off to share premium



-

(12,586)

Purchase of own shares by EBT



(331)

(401)

Repayment of borrowings



-

(2,742)

Net cash (used in) /generated from financing activities



(331)

44,372






Increase in cash and cash equivalents



4,135

48,735






Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year



54,146

5,411

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year



58,281

54,146

 


Notes to the financial information

(forming part of the financial information)

1              Preparation of the audited consolidated financial information

Basis of preparation

This condensed consolidated financial information for the year ended 29 February 2016 has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ("Adopted IFRSs"), IFRS IC Interpretations and the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991.

 

The financial information contained in this preliminary announcement for the years ended 29 February 2016 and 28 February 2015 does not comprise the group's statutory financial statements within the meaning of Companies (Jersey) Law 1991. Statutory accounts for the year ended 29 February 2016 will be filed with the Jersey Companies Registry in due course. The auditors' report on the statutory accounts for each of the years ended 29 February 2016 and 28 February 2015 is unqualified, does not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and does not contain any statement under any matters that are required to be reported by exception under Companies (Jersey) Law 1991.

 

Basis of consolidation

boohoo.com plc acquired the group on 14 March 2014 simultaneous with its flotation and admission to the AIM. The group financial statements consolidate those of its subsidiaries and the Employee Benefit Trust. All intercompany transactions between group companies are eliminated.

The directors have considered the accounting policy that should be applied in respect of the consolidation of the group formed upon acquisition of the group on 14 March 2014, the date of flotation and admission to AIM. They have concluded that the transaction described above represented a combination of entities under common control and in accordance with IAS 8 "Accounting policies, changes in accounting estimates and errors" have considered FRS 6, "Acquisitions and mergers", under UK GAAP, which the directors believe reflects the economic substance of the transaction. Under this standard, assets and liabilities are recorded at book value, not fair value, intangible assets and contingent liabilities are recognised only to the extent that they were recognised by the legal acquirer, no goodwill is recognised, any expenses of the combination are written off immediately to the income statement and comparative amounts, if applicable, are restated as if the combination had taken place at the beginning of the earliest accounting period presented. Therefore, although the group reconstruction did not take place until 14 March 2014, these consolidated financial statements are presented as if the group structure had always been in place, using merger accounting principles.

Going concern

The directors have reviewed the group's forecast and projections, including assumptions concerning capital expenditure and expenditure commitments and their impact on cash flows, and have a reasonable expectation that the group has adequate financial resources to continue its operations for the foreseeable future. For this reason they have continued to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

In preparing the preliminary announcement, the directors have also made reasonable and prudent judgements and estimates and prepared the preliminary announcement on the going concern basis. The preliminary announcement and management report contained herein give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit and loss of the group.

Changes to accounting standards

There have been no changes to accounting standards during the year which have had or are expected to have any significant impact on the group.

 

2              Segmental analysis

IFRS 8, "Operating Segments", requires operating segments to be determined based on the group's internal reporting to the chief operating decision maker. The chief operating decision maker has been determined to be the executive board and has determined that the primary segmental reporting format of the group is geographical by customer location, based on the group's management and internal reporting structure.

The executive board assesses the performance of each segment based on revenue and gross profit after distribution expenses, which excludes administrative expenses.

 



Year ended 29 February 2016



UK

Rest of Europe

Rest of

world

Total



£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue


130,096

22,630

42,668

195,394







Cost of sales


(56,149)

(9,955)

(16,379)

(82,483)

Gross profit


73,947

12,675

26,289

112,911







Distribution costs


(27,838)

(5,711)

(11,952)

(45,501)

Segment result


46,109

6,964

14,337

67,410







Administrative expenses





(53,756)

Other income





1,392

Operating profit





15,046







Finance income





628

Profit before tax





15,674



 

Year ended 28 February 2015

 



UK

Rest of

Europe

Rest of

world

Total

 



£000

£000

£000

£000

 

Revenue


94,342

18,086

27,423

139,851

 







 

Cost of sales


(37,911)

(7,275)

(9,620)

(54,806)

 

Gross profit


56,431

10,811

17,803

85,045

 







 

Distribution costs


(19,078)

(3,953)

(7,622)

(30,653)

 

Segment result


37,353

6,858

10,181

54,392

 







 

Administrative expenses


-

-

-

(43,814)

 

Other income


-

-

-

-

 

Operating profit





10,578

 







 

Finance income


-

-

-

490

 

Profit before tax





11,068

 



 

3             Other income



2016

2015



£000

£000

Income from warehouse management services


1,033

-

Gift to group from director for benefit of employees


359

-



1,392

-

 

 

 

4             Finance income



2016

2015



£000

£000

Bank interest received


628

490

 

 

 

5              Profit before tax

Profit before tax is stated after charging:

2016


£000

£000

Operating lease rentals for buildings

712

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,551

Amortisation of intangible assets

1,507

Exceptional items - IPO and capital reorganisation fees

-

1,254

 

 

6              Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing profit after tax by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year. Own shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust are eliminated from the weighted average number of shares.

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit after tax by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year, adjusted for potentially dilutive share options.



2016

2015

Weighted average shares in issue for basic earnings per share


1,118,429,548

1,119,632,278

Dilutive share options


11,761,758

14,209,534

Weighted average shares in issue for diluted earnings per share


1,130,191,306

1,133,841,812





Earnings (£000)


12,438

8,405

Basic earnings per share


1.11p

0.75p

Diluted earnings per share


1.10p

0.74p

 

 



 

 

7              Staff numbers and costs

The average monthly number of persons employed by the group (including directors) during the year, analysed by category, was as follows:


Number of employees


2016

2015

Administration

489

418

Distribution

419

270


908

688

 

The aggregate payroll costs of these persons were as follows:


2016


£000

£000

Wages and salaries

23,461

Social security costs

2,224

Pension costs

325

Share-based payment charges

607

292


26,617

17,848

 

 

8              Taxation


2016


£000

£000

Analysis of charge in year




Current tax on income for the year

3,423

Adjustments in respect of prior year taxes

(2)

Deferred taxation

(185)

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

3,236

2,663


      

      

The total tax charge differs from the amount computed by applying the blended UK rate of 20.1% for the year (2015: 21.1%) to profit before tax as a result of the following:



Profit on ordinary activities before tax

15,674

11,068

Profit before tax multiplied by the blended standard rate of corporation tax of the UK of 20.1% (2015: 21.1%)

3,148

2,332

Effects of:


Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

14

Adjustments in respect of prior year taxes

(2)

Overseas tax differentials

4

Depreciation in excess of capital allowances

72

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

3,236

2,663

 

A change to reduce the main rate of corporation tax to 17% from 1 April 2020 was announced in the Chancellor's budget on 16 March 2016. Changes to reduce the UK corporation tax rate to 19% from 1 April 2017 and to 18% from 1 April 2020 had already been substantively enacted on 26 October 2015. As the change to 17% had not been substantively enacted at the balance sheet date, its effects are not included in these financial statements. The overall effect of that change, if it had applied to the deferred tax balance at the balance sheet date, would be to reduce the deferred tax asset by an additional £35,000 and increase the tax expense by £35,000. 

9              Intangible assets


Patents and licences

Computer software

Total


£000

£000

£000

Cost




Balance at 1 March 2014

301

3,454

3,755

Additions

8

2,434

2,442

Disposals/retirements

-

(93)

(93)

Balance at 28 February 2015

309

5,795

6,104





Additions

-

1,488

1,488

Disposals/retirements

-

(208)

(208)

Balance at 29 February 2016

309

7,075

7,384





Accumulated amortisation




Balance at 1 March 2013

88

615

703

Amortisation for year

30

903

933

Disposals/retirements

-

(93)

(93)

Balance at 28 February 2015

118

1,425

1,543





Amortisation for year

31

1,476

1,507

Disposals/retirements

-

(208)

(208)

Balance at 29 February 2016

149

2,693

2,842





Net book value




At 28 February 2014

213

2,839

3,052

At 28 February 2015

191

4,370

4,561

At 29 February 2016

160

4,382

4,542



 

10           Property, plant and equipment


Short leasehold

Fixtures and fittings

Computer equipment

Motor vehicles

Land & buildings

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Cost







Balance at 1 March 2014

639

1,996

1,070

82

4,008

7,795

Additions

8

1,416

613

18

3,669

5,724

Disposals/retirements

(4)

(89)

(372)

(9)

-

(474)

Balance at 28 February 2015

643

3,323

1,311

91

7,677

13,045








Additions

123

6,201

285

22

5,492

12,123

Disposals/retirements

-

(26)

(31)

-

-

(57)

Balance at 29 February 2016

766

9,498

1,565

113

13,169

25,111








Accumulated depreciation







Balance at 1 March 2013

236

644

567

24

125

1,596

Depreciation charge for the year

131

467

376

15

80

1,069

Disposals/retirements

(4)

(89)

(372)

(9)

-

(474)

Balance at 28 February 2015

363

1,022

571

30

205

2,191








Depreciation charge for the year

116

819

454

21

141

1,551

Disposals/retirements

-

(26)

(31)

-

-

(57)

Balance at 29 February 2016

479

1,815

994

51

346

3,685








Net book value







At 28 February 2014

403

1,352

503

58

3,883

6,199

At 28 February 2015

280

2,301

740

61

7,472

10,854

At 29 February 2016

287

7,683

571

62

12,823

21,426

 

 

11           Deferred tax

 

Depreciation in excess of capital allowances

Share-based payments

Total


£000

£000

£000

At 1 March 2014

33

-

33

Recognised in statement of comprehensive income

(45)

58

13

At 28 February 2015

(12)

58

46

Recognised in statement of comprehensive income

74

111

185

At 29 February 2016

62

169

231

 

Recognition of the deferred tax assets is based upon the expected generation of future taxable profits. The deferred tax is expected to be recovered in more than one year's time.

 

 

 

12           Inventories


2016


£000

£000

Finished goods

18,669

 

The value of inventories included within cost of sales for the year was £82,187,000 (2015: £54,682,000). An impairment provision of £296,000 (2015: £124,000) was charged to the statement of comprehensive income.

 

13           Trade and other receivables


2016


£000

£000

Amounts due from related party undertakings

613

Trade and other receivables

4,937

Prepayments and accrued income

1,546

1,064


7,096

3,845

 

Trade and other receivables represent amounts due from wholesale customers and advance payments to suppliers. Receivables past due are £142,000 (2015: £nil). The provision for impairment of receivables is £318,000 (2015: £116,000).

 

14           Trade and other payables

 


2016


£000

£000

Trade payables

11,255

Amounts owed to related party undertakings

17

Other payables

175

Accruals and deferred income

15,272

Taxes and social security payable

3,294

1,453


30,013

17,915

 

 

15           Capital commitments

 

Capital expenditure contracted for at the end of the reporting year but not yet incurred is as follows:

              

2016  


£000  

  £000

Property, plant and equipment

-  

 

16           Operating leases

               

The group has lease agreements in respect of properties, plant and equipment, for which the payments extend over a number of years. The total of future minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases due in each period are:        

2016


£000

£000

Within one year

734

Within two to five years

2,363

In more than five years

1,445


4,542

  4,923

 


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