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Thursday 18 November, 2021

Marks Electrical Grp

Results for the six months ended 30 September 2021

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Marks Electrical Group plc
18 November 2021
 

Marks Electrical Group plc

Results for the six months ended 30 September 2021

Significant growth, robust profitability and successful IPO

 

Marks Electrical Group plc ("Marks Electrical" or "The Group"), a fast growing online electrical retailer, today announces its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2021 ("the Period" or "H1-22" or "first half").

 

Financial highlights

· Strong first half revenue growth of 78% to £37.5m (H1-21 £21.1m), representing a two-year increase of 162% against the six months ended 30 September 2019 (H1-20 £14.3m)

· Profitability on-track, Adjusted EBITDA of £3.03m (H1-21 £2.95m), delivering a margin of 8.1%

· Continued focus on working capital management with strong operating cash conversion of 217%

· Excellent free cashflow of £5.9m, representing a Free Cash Flow margin of 16%

· Adjusted EPS 2.14p, statutory EPS 1.55p(1)

 

Operational highlights

· IPO on AIM successfully completed on 5 November 2021

· Growth in Major Domestic Appliances ("MDA") market share from 1.2% in FY21 to 1.5% in H1-22(2), well positioned to achieve higher volumes in H2-22

· Expanded warehouse facility by 29,000 sqft improving layout and efficiency whilst securing future sales capacity

· Investments in the cost base to drive improvements in marketing, brand awareness and professionalisation of the business

· Modernisation and growth of the vehicle fleet & driver base, with an increase of 58% in delivery capacity since March-21, improving reliability and offering customers more flexible delivery options, whilst maintaining our cost of delivery

· Maintained inventory throughout the period, demonstrating the strength of our relationships with our suppliers and the agility of our business model

· Maintained our commitment to sustainability, achieving carbon neutral operations in H1-22

 

Mark Smithson Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all my colleagues who have delivered a strong start first half performance in FY22. We achieved a record revenue of £37.5 million, up 78% from the prior half year. In addition, we also successfully completed our IPO and were admitted to trading on AIM on 5 November 2021, representing a major milestone in our company history.

Notwithstanding the re-opening of physical stores by a number of our competitors, we have continued to gain market share during the first half from 1.2% in FY21 to 1.5% in the first half of FY22(2).

We've worked closely with all our suppliers in order to ensure maintained inventory levels during the period, and have successfully coped with the continued surge in demand for our products. In a market with supply issues, this demonstrates the strength of our relationships with our suppliers and the agility of our business model in challenging times.

During the first six months, we increased our driver headcount and vehicle fleet, materially increasing capacity, whilst maintaining our cost of delivery. This demonstrates the strength and scalability of our vertically integrated delivery model.

In order to improve brand awareness, we invested, for the first time ever, in a nationwide TV campaign which led to a strong increase in website traffic and a good return on sales, whilst further promoting the Marks Electrical brand; this activity played a key role in delivering our 78% year-on-year sales growth.

I am personally very proud of our first half results, which have continued into H2-22 with a record month in October and strong continuation into November. This performance demonstrates our high margin & strongly cash generative earnings model, that is both flexible and scalable during what has been, for many online retailers, a very challenging period - this demonstrates the agility of our colleagues and business model to adapt quickly in changing market conditions."

 

 

 

Key financial highlights:

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2021

£000

Six Months ended

30 September

2020

£000

Year ended

31 March

2021

£000

Revenue

 

37,470

21,066

55,984

Adjusted EBITDA

 

3,031

2,946

7,699

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

8.1%

14.0%

13.7%

Adjusted EBIT

 

2,707

2,557

6,824

Adjusted EBIT margin

 

7.2%

12.1%

12.2%

Operating cashflow for conversion

 

6,578

225

2,593

Operating cash conversion

 

217%

8%

34%

Free cash flow

 

5,940

213

2,309

Free cash flow margin

 

16%

1%

4%

Net cash/(debt) (3)

 

1,276

(68)

(45)

Adjusted earnings per share(1)

 

2.14p

1.89p

5.07p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

(1)  Earnings per share is calculated on the number of shares in issue post the IPO 5 November 2021 and is not representative of the number in issue 30 September 2021. See note 4 of the financial statements for further details;

(2)  Based on the Group's analysis of GfK Market Intelligence sales tracking GB data;

(3)  Net cash/(debt) represents cash and cash equivalents less financial liabilities (excluding lease liabilities)

Analyst presentation

There will be a presentation for analysts this morning at 09:30am via an online webcast, which will be available at the following link:

https://www.lsegissuerservices.com/spark/MARKSELECTRICALGROUP/events/328424c1-2af1-4617-9c9a-409818955438 .

To participate in the verbal Q&A session following the presentation, to receive your personalised dial-in details, please register at:

https://cossprereg.btci.com/prereg/key.process?key=PWM694YDJ

Market abuse regulations

 

This announcement is released by Marks Electrical Group plc and contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the retained EU law version of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 (MAR).  It is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.  Upon the publication of this announcement, this information is considered to be in the public domain.

 

For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is being made on behalf of Marks Electrical Group plc by Josh Egan, Chief Financial Officer.

 

Enquiries:

Marks Electrical Group plc

Mark Smithson, CEO  [email protected]

Josh Egan, CFO        +44 (0) 116 2 515 515

Engine MHP (Financial PR)

Andrew Jaques    [email protected]

Charlie Barker  +44 (0) 203 128 8540

Rachel Mann

Panmure Gordan (NOMAD and Broker)

Oliver Cardigan, Ailsa Macmaster (Corporate Finance)                                                         +44 (0) 207 886 2500

Erik Anderson (Corporate Broking) 

 

Group CEO review

We made a fast start to FY22, with a first half revenue growth of 78% and a strong Adjusted EBITDA margin of 8.1%, setting us on-track for delivery of our financial targets. This performance was achieved despite the headwind of competitor stores re-opening and the resurgence of high-street activity.

We made continued progress on working capital management and delivered a record operational cash conversion of 199%, demonstrating the highly cash generative nature of our earnings model. This strong cash performance means we can reinvest in the growth of the business, whilst remaining debt free, and simultaneously provide returns for shareholders through dividends. We believe this combination of growth alongside dividend income provides an attractive proposition for total shareholder returns.

We expect to build on the strong revenue, profitability and cash flow we delivered in H1-22 by continuing to leverage from investments made in our overheads base, and benefiting from operational leverage during the busier months of the year, with the festive season ahead.

1% share of a big opportunity

In FY21 we had a 1.2% market share of a £5.3bn major domestic appliances market , in H1-22 we have successfully grown this to 1.5%(1), however we have so much more to achieve and our recent brand perception study indicated that only 6% of adults in England were aware of the Marks Electrical brand(2).

This creates significant opportunity to grow market share through enhanced customer acquisition via targeted digital and non-digital marketing campaigns, by demonstrating our premium service offering to our potential future customer base.

We started this activity in earnest during H1-22, where we reignited our approach to "Online" digital marketing through the establishment of new strategic plans across both paid media and Search Engine Optimisation ("SEO") activity. This investment and focus in H1-22 delivered immediate results and we are now ranking on page one under google searches for multiple SKUs and categories.

Secondly, in our "Offline" activities, we further invested in the development of our Marks Electrical brand by commencing our first ever nationwide TV campaign with Sky Adsmart during the month of June 2021. This activity drove a material increase in website traffic and delivered a solid return on advertising spend. We have further TV activity planned for later in the year.

The development of our market share and brand awareness also makes us more attractive to our suppliers, further improving our buying power and strengthening our deep-rooted relationships, developed over the past 35 years.

Five operating pillars

Our business has always looked deceptively simple. However, in reality everything needs to work like a finely tuned engine to make it consistently successful. We focus on the customer at the heart of everything we do and have five operating pillars to assist in the deployment of our daily activities:

1.  Technology driven operating model - We utilise technology throughout our operations to facilitate the seamless distribution of competitively priced products to customers.

2.  Simple and proven distribution network - Our one site distribution warehouse philosophy reduces complexity and maximises returns.

3.  Scalable, vertically integrated delivery model - Employing our own team of driver-installers allows us to control our distribution chain and offer superior customer service.

4.  Stocking products that meet changing market demand and trends - Benefiting from 35 years of sector experience, we focus on premium, reliable products that meet changing customer demands.

5.  Providing an excellent online shopping experience - Our market leading customer service offering is generated by our simple, intuitive website and free next day delivery, facilitated through our own team of experts.

We believe that this focus and attention to the key elements of our business model drives superior returns in a highly competitive market.

Notes

(1)  Based on the Group's analysis of GfK Market Intelligence sales tracking GB data;

(2)  All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,746 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 25 - 26 August 2021. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all England adults (aged 18+)

 

 

Next day delivery

Our operating model is unique across the Major Domestic Appliances sector in that we consistently offer free next day delivery for in-stock items throughout our wide range of products, across 99% of the English population.

Our ability to achieve this unique proposition centres around the vertical integration of our delivery model, with our own fleet, employed driver-installers, and centralised single-site distribution centre, maximising efficiency and improving financial returns.

We have continued to provide a market leading level of customer service during H1-22, maintaining an "Excellent" Trust Pilot score of 4.7 and in tandem have significantly expanded our driver and delivery fleet, increasing our delivery capacity by 58% from March 2021 and expanding our warehouse footprint by 29,000 sqft.

Our core values

I personally believe that being an employer is a huge responsibility. After 35 years of business and sector experience, I also believe it's important to stay true to the core values that you set out with and we actively encourage employees to adopt these across their daily activities:

1.  Try your hardest.

2.  Think like a customer.

3.  Get the price right.

4.  Be honest. Always.

During the first half, we added human resources colleagues to strengthen our employee proposition and also invested in pay rises for drivers. Whilst we already pay at a premium to the market, when taking into account the wider benefits packages we offer, we thought that the timing and market dynamics justified the increase.

Well positioned to continue our growth trajectory

The COVID-19 period undoubtedly benefited our business and ecommerce operators more widely, as the structural shift to online shopping accelerated. However, what has set us apart in the first half of FY22 has been our ability to reinvest in our operating model, adding warehouse, driver and delivery capacity, as well as investing in our marketing and brand proposition.

As we exited the COVID-19 lockdown period and re-opening of physical stores in April 2021, we used this opportunity to reignite our growth with targeted activities to reinvent Marks Electrical on a nationwide scale, further cementing our position as an electrical retailer of choice for a growing customer base.

We believe that with our 1.5% market share in H1-22 we are simply scratching-the-surface and that we have a huge opportunity ahead of us, by further improving our brand awareness and allowing more customers to experience the differentiated superior customer service we offer.

 

Mark Smithson

Chief Executive Officer
 

Financial review

The Group made a strong start to the financial year. We have driven significant sales growth, maintaining a good operating margin, despite additional promotional activity and additional spend on marketing and professionalisation costs, further demonstrating the strength and profitability of our operating model.

Revenue and gross margin

Revenue has increased 78% from H1-21 to £37.5m, this is an excellent result for the Group and provides assurance that our operating capacity development and investments in brand awarness and marketing are paying-off.

Revene in the first half has been largely driven by our increased focus on both Online & Offline marketing, with our increased paid media activity, improved approach to search engine optimisation and successful TV campaigns driving strong improvments in website traffic.

Gross margin was down 280bps from the prior year driven by three primary factors:

· Strong product margins in H1-21 as a result of supply constraints during the COVID-19 lockdown periods;

· The impact of a 10% site-wide discount sale in June & July, to coincide with the TV advert; and

· An American Express promotion in April which drove incremental volume but at a higher cost per customer.

Partially offsetting this decline was a maintained cost per delivery, despite capacity building and an increase of 71% in the number of items delivered.

We anticipate a similar level of gross margin in H2-22 and are targeting a normalised gross margin going forwards of between 18% and 20%.

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2021

£000

Six months ended

30 September

2020

£000

Year ended

31 March

2021

£000

Year ended

31 March

2020

£000

Revenue

37,470

21,066

55,984

31,500

Cost of Sales

(30,270)

(16,442)

(44,064)

(26,381)

Gross profit

7,200

4,624

11,920

5,119

Gross margin

19.2%

22.0%

21.3%

16.3%

 

 

 

 

Advertising and marketing costs

Advertising and marketing costs increased to 5.1% of revenue in H1-22 versus 3.6% H1-21 and 2.9% FY21 as a result of additional investments made in both Online and Offline marketing activities.

In Online, we redefined our approach to both paid media and search engine optimisation activities. The strategic direction we took, and the investments made have resulted in materially improved search result rankings and improved online presence for multiple SKUs across our range. We will continue to make further investments in digital marketing enhancements in H2-22.

In Offline, in order to improve our brand awareness, we carried out our first ever national TV campaign, whilst also carrying out both radio and print based activities. The national TV campaign was highly successful and drove a material uplift in website traffic whilst adding incremental sales. The return on the TV campaign was good, albeit that it represents a lower return on ad spend versus digital activity.

We anticipate a similar level of investment in advertising & marketing in H2-22.

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2021

£000

Six months ended

30 September

2020

£000

Year ended

31 March

2021

£000

Revenue

 

37,470

21,066

55,984

Advertising and marketing costs

 

1,900

749

1,641

Advertising and marketing as % of revenue

 

5.1%

3.6%

2.9%

 

 

Other operating expenses (excluding depreciation)

Other operating expenses increased to 6.1% of revenue in H1-22 versus 4.4% H1-21 and 4.7% FY21 as a result of additional investments made in the professionalisation of the business, in preparation for life as a public company and the planned growth journey ahead.

In H1-22 the Group has made considerable investments in its operational backbone, with several key hires, including our newly appointed CFO, Head of Financial Reporting, Head of HR and other notable hires. These hires were necessary to ensure we have the capability to implement and maintain appropriate processes and controls, and deliver continued operational excellence whilst managing increased sales growth.

During the period we have added people in all key areas; Transport, Sales, Customer Service, HR, IT, Procurement, Operations & Finance and believe these additions will significantly strengthen our employee base. In addition, we have also now introduced a salary for the Group CEO which is also in the overhead base.

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2021

£000

Six months ended

30 September

2020

£000

Year ended

31 March

2021

£000

Revenue

 

37,470

21,066

55,984

Other operating expenses

 

2,271

930

2,610

Other operating expenses as % of revenue

 

6.1%

4.4%

4.7%

With other operating expenses relatively fixed, excluding advertising spend, the Group is now well placed to take advantage of improved operating leverage moving forward.

 

Operating exceptional charges

During the year the Group incurred exceptional one-off expenditure in relation to the Initial Public Offering of the business on the Alternative Investment Market ("AIM") of the London Stock Exchange. The nature of the costs incurred primarily relate to legal and professional fees, linked to the various workstreams involved in the IPO process.

The Group was successfully admitted to trading on AIM on 5 November 2021. The Group expects to incur some remaining IPO related costs in H2-22 which it also expects to disclose as exceptional charges and will not include in Adjusted EBITDA.

 

Adjusted earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation ("EBITDA")

The Group achieved Adjusted EBITDA for the period of £3.03m representing a margin of 8.1%, down 590bps against H1-21.

This decrease in margin year on year is a direct result of events aforementioned, namely:

· 280bps reduction in gross margin due to strong product margins in H1-21 as a result of supply constraints during the COVID-19 lockdown periods, and increased promotional activity in H1-22;

· 150bps increase in advertising & marketing costs as we improve our approach to digital marketing activity and increase our focus on brand awareness; and

· 160bps investment in professionalisation of the business.

We anticipate an improvement in Adjusted EBITDA margin in H2-22 as we benefit from operating leverage over the investments made in overheads.

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2021

£000

Six months ended

30 September

2020

£000

Year ended

31 March

2021

£000

Profit after tax

 

1,626

2,088

5,696

Addback:

 

 

 

 

Tax

 

443

551

1,458

Finance costs

 

30

33

70

IPO related costs

 

727

-

-

Less:

 

 

 

 

Revaluation of investments

 

(119)

(115)

(400)

Adjusted EBIT

 

2,707

2,557

6,824

Depreciation and amortisation

 

317

389

827

Loss on disposal of fixed assets

 

7

-

48

Adjusted EBITDA

 

3,031

2,946

7,699

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

8.1%

14.0%

13.7%

 

 

 

 

Cashflow and statement of financial position

During H1-22 the Group achieved excellent cash flow from operations of £6.0m with an operating cashflow for conversion of £6.6m at 217% and free cash flow of £5.9m. This strong performance demonstrates the highly cash generative nature of our earnings model.

The Group spent £300k on a new mezzanine floor in the warehouse during H1-22, adding an additional 29,000 sq.ft of warehousing space. This enables the Group to benefit from an improved layout as well as increased future revenue capacity.

During the period, the Group has also acquired 16 new vans on finance lease with a capital value of £599k, including a cash outflow for deposits of £179k. This enables the Group to meet higher sales demand along with reducing our carbon footprint with more efficient vehicles.

The Group finished the period in a net cash position of £1.3m as at 30 September 2021. On 5 November 2021, the Group successfully listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange and in doing so raised additional primary proceeds of £5m, further increasing its net cash position.

 

 

 

Six months ended

30 September

2021

£000

Six months ended

30 September

2020

£000

Year ended

31 March

2021

£000

Profit before tax

 

2,069

2,639

7,154

Addback:

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

 

30

33

70

Loss on disposal of fixed assets

 

7

-

48

Depreciation and amortisation

 

317

389

827

Revaluation of investments

 

(119)

(115)

(400)

 

 

 

 

 

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

 

(112)

(2,179)

(7,110)

(Increase)/decrease in receivables

 

917

(2,133)

(1,197)

Increase/(decrease) in payables

 

2,936

1,724

3,513

Cash flow from operating activities

 

6,045

358

2,905

Addback:

 

 

 

 

Outflows relating to IPO costs

 

727

-

-

Less:

 

 

 

 

Outflows for lease payments

 

(194)

(133)

(312)

Operating cash flow for conversion

 

6,578

225

2,593

Operating cash conversion

 

217%

8%

34%

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

(447)

-

(190)

Tax paid

 

(171)

-

(66)

Interest paid

 

(20)

(12)

(28)

Free cash flow

 

5,940

213

2,309

 

 

Current trading and outlook

The strong result delivered in the first half provides us with solid foundations to deliver our strategic objectives in H2-22.

The business has continued to prosper during the start of the second half, with a record sales month in October and a strong continuation into November. We have further investments planned in marketing, brand awareness and capacity building all of which should keep us on-track to deliver our ambitious revenue targets.

We expect to build on the strong profitability we delivered in H1-22 by continuing to leverage from investments made in the first half and benefiting from operational leverage over the overheads base during the busier months of the year, keeping us on track to deliver our full year Adjusted EBITDA margin target of 9%.

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of comprehensive income

Six months ended 30 September 2021

 

 

Notes

Six months ended

30 September

2021

 

£000

Six months ended

30 September

2020

 

£000

Year ended

31 March

2021

 

£000

Revenue

 

37,470

21,066

55,984

Cost of Sales

 

(30,270)

(16,442)

(44,064)

Gross profit

 

7,200

4,624

11,920

Administrative expenses

 

(4,493)

(2,067)

(5,261)

Operating exceptional charges

 

(727)

-

-

Operating profit

 

1,980

2,557

6,659

Other operating income

 

-

-

165

Fair value gains through the profit and loss

 

119

115

400

Finance expenses

 

(30)

(33)

(70)

Profit before income tax

 

2,069

2,639

7,154

Tax on profit

5

(443)

(551)

(1,458)

Profit for the financial period

 

1,626

2,088

5,696

Other comprehensive income

 

-

-

662

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

1,626

2,088

6,358

 

 

Consolidated Balance sheet

At 30 September 2021

 

 

Notes

At

30 September

2021

£000

 At

 31 March

2021

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

7

5,844

5,623

Right-of-use asset

8

1,406

779

Investments

 

1,216

1,146

 

 

8,466

7,548

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

11,544

11,432

Trade and other receivables

 

1,936

2,839

Cash and cash equivalents

 

1,276

1,493

 

 

14,756

15,764

Total assets

 

23,222

23,312

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

11,127

8,303

Lease liabilities

9

512

330

Current tax liabilities

5

1,829

1,557

Financial liabilities

 

-

233

 

 

13,468

10,423

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

-

17

Financial liabilities

 

-

1,304

Lease liabilities

9

871

422

Deferred tax

 

618

618

Provisions

 

155

155

Total liabilities

 

15,112

12,939

Net assets

 

8,110

10,373

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

-

6

Revaluation reserve

 

1,235

1,235

Retained earnings

 

6,875

9,132

Total equity shareholders' funds

 

8,110

10,373

 

The interim financial statements of Marks Electrical Group plc were approved by the Board on 17 November 2021 and signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

Josh Egan

Chief Financial Officer


 

Consolidated Statement of changes in equity

Six months ended 30 September 2021

 

 

 

 

Note

Revaluation reserve

£000

 

Share capital

£000

Retained

earnings

£000

Total

Shareholders'

funds

£000

At 31 March 2020

 

 

573

 

6

3,436

4,015

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

 

-

 

-

5,696

5,696

Gain on revaluation of freehold property

 

 

817

 

-

-

817

Income tax relating to revaluation

of freehold property

 

 

(155)

 

-

-

(155)

Equity dividends paid

 

 

-

-

-

-

-

At 31 March 2021

 

 

1,235

 

6

9,132

10,373

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

 

-

 

-

1,626

1,626

Disposal of shares

 

 

-

 

(6)

-

(6)

Equity dividends paid

 

6

-

 

-

(3,883)

(3,883)

At 30 September 2021

 

 

1,235

 

-

6,875

8,110

 

All the results arise from continuing operations


 

 

Consolidated Cashflow

Six months ended 30 September 2021

 

 

Notes

At

30 September

2021

£000

 At

 31 March

2021

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

1,626

5,696

Adjustments for non-cash items:

 

 

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

99

428

Depreciation of right-of-use assets

 

218

399

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

 

7

48

Fair value gains

 

(119)

(400)

Interest expense

 

30

70

Taxation charged

 

443

1,458

Movements in working capital:

 

 

 

Decrease/(increase) in inventories

 

(112)

(7,110)

Decrease/(increase) in receivables

 

917

(1,197)

Increase/(decrease) in payables

 

2,936

3,513

Cash flow generated from operations

 

6,045

2,905

Corporation tax paid

 

(171)

(66)

Net cashflow generated from operations

 

5,874

2,839

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(321)

(216)

Deposits on right-of-use assets

 

(179)

-

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

4

26

Income from investments

 

49

-

Net cash used by investing activities

 

(447)

(190)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

(10)

(42)

Repayment of borrowings

 

(1,538)

(227)

Interest paid on lease liabilities

 

(20)

(28)

Principle repayment of lease liabilities

 

(195)

(312)

Equity Dividends paid

 

(3,883)

-

Net cash used by financing activities

 

(5,646)

(609)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(217)

2,040

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

1,493

(547)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

 

1,276

1,493

 

 

Notes to the unaudited financial statements

Six months ended 30 September 2021

 

1  General Information 

On 5 November 2021 Mark's Electrical Group plc (formerly Marks Electrical Holdings) became a publicly listed Group, listed on the Alternative investment Market ("AIM"), a market operated by the London Stock Exchange. The Group is domiciled in the UK and its registered office is 4 Boston Road, Leicester, LE4 1AU.

The principal activity of the Group throughout the period is the supply of domestic electrical appliances and consumer electronics in the United Kingdom.

2  Accounting policies

2.1  Basis of preparation

The unaudited interim financial statements of Marks Electrical Group plc for the six months ended 30 September 2021 were authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 17 November 2021 and signed on its behalf by Joshua Egan.

This interim announcement and consolidated interim financial information have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, as adopted by the United Kingdom.

The principal accounting policies used in preparing the interim results are those the Group expects to apply in its financial statements for the year ending 31 March 2022. A full description of accounting policies is contained within the historical financial information included in the AIM admission document which is available on our website.

There are no new standards, interpretations and amendments which are not yet effective in these financial statements, expected to have a material effect on the Group's future financial statements.

The financial information does not contain all the information that is required to be disclosed in a full set of IFRS financial statements.  The financial information for the period ended 30 September 2021 is unaudited and does not constitute the Group's statutory financial statements for the period.

The comparative financial information for the full year ended 31 March 2021 has been derived from the financial information for that period included in the Group's AIM admission document.  The statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2021 were prepared under UK GAAP and have been filed at Companies House.  The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified, did not include references to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying its report and did not contain a statement under section 498(2)-(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The interim financial information has been prepared on a going concern basis under the historical cost convention unless otherwise specified within these accounting policies. The financial information and the notes to the financial information are presented in thousands of pounds sterling ('£'000'), the functional and presentation currency of the Group, except where otherwise indicated.

The policies have been consistently applied to all periods presented, unless otherwise stated.

The principal accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the financial statements are set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all the periods presented, unless otherwise stated. The Group have applied the requirements of IFRS 16 Leases from 1 April 2018, in advance of its effective date of 1 January 2019, to facilitate consistent presentation across the periods shown within the financial statements. The effects of adoption have been recognised directly in opening retained earnings.

2.2  Going concern

The Group has traded positively during the COVID-19 period and has continued to invest for growth throughout the period.

The board of Directors have completed a rigorous going concern assessment and taken the following actions to test or enhance the robustness of the Companies liquidity levels for a period of at least twelve-months from the date of approval of the document. As part of their assessment, the Mark's Electrical board has considered:

· The cash flow forecasts and the revenue projections for the Group

· Reasonably possible changes in trading performance, including severe yet plausible downside scenarios.

· An assessment of historical forecasting accuracy by comparing forecast cash flows to those actually achieved by the Group

· The Group's robust policy towards liquidity and cash flow management.

· The Group's ability to successfully manage the principal risks outlined in this report.

 

 

After reviewing the forecasts and risk assessments and making other enquiries, the board has formed the judgement at the time of approving the financial statements that there is a reasonable expectation that Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least twelve months from the date of approval of these financial statements.

 

2.3  New standards, amendments and interpretations

The Group has adopted the following new standards and interpretations in these financial statements

throughout the track record period, with a transition date of 1 April 2018.

 

▪ IFRS 9 - Financial instruments (effective 1 January 2018 and early adopted);

▪ IFRS 15 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers (effective 1 January 2018);

▪ IFRS 16 - Leases (effective 1 January 2019 and early adopted); and

▪ IFRIC 23 - Uncertainty over Income Tax Positions (effective 1 January 2019 and early adopted).

IFRS 9 Financial instruments

IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' replaced IAS 39 'Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement'. It makes major changes to the previous guidance on the classification and measurement of financial assets and introduces an 'expected credit loss' model for the impairment of financial assets. Given there have been no changes in the classification or measurement of financial assets and liabilities a detailed table has not been provided.

(i)  Recognition, classification, and measurement of financial instruments 

The Group has assessed which business models apply to its financial instruments at the date of initial application and has designated the financial assets and financial liabilities into the appropriate IFRS 9 measurement categories based on the facts and circumstances at that date. As at 1 April 2017, there were no significant classification and measurement adjustments. The financial assets and liabilities for the Group are classified and measured at amortised cost.

(ii)  Impairment of financial assets

The impact of the new accounting methodology for determining the impairment provision for trade receivables resulted in no material change in the provision. Under the new policy a loss allowance for expected credit losses is recognised based upon the lifetime expected credit losses in cases where the credit risk on trade and other receivables has increased significantly since initial recognition.

In cases where the credit risk has not increased significantly the Group measures the loss allowance at an amount equal to the 12-month expected credit loss. This assessment is performed on a collective basis considering forward-looking information.

Trade receivables longer than one year overdue and specific risk trade receivables with no reasonable expectation of recovery are impaired and hence provided for in full unless reliable supporting information to determine otherwise is available. No recognition, measurement, or classification changes have been recorded on adoption of IFRS 9.

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

IFRS 15 became effective on 1 January 2018 and superseded the revenue recognition included in IAS 18 Revenue, IAS 11 Construction Contracts, and the related interpretations.

Under IFRS 15, revenue is now recognised to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to a customer in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the Group expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods and services. The underlying principle is a five-step approach to determine performance obligations, the consideration and the allocation thereof, and timing of revenue recognition. IFRS 15 also includes guidance on the presentation of assets and liabilities arising from contracts with customers, which depends on the relationship between Mark's Electricals performance and the customers' payment.

The Group is in the business of providing online retail and supply of domestic electrical appliances and consumer electronics. Income is recognised when the products have been dispatched. No recognition, measurement, or classification changes have been recorded on adoption of IFRS 15.

IFRS 16 Leases 

IFRS 16 became effective on 1 January 2019 and superseded IAS 17 Leases and the related interpretations. IFRS 16 has been early adopted throughout the financial statements. IFRS 16 sets out the principles for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of leases and has been applied using the fully retrospective approach. Under IFRS 16 the main difference for the Group is that certain leases that the Group holds as a lessee are recognised on the balance sheet, as both a right-of-use ('ROU') asset and a largely offsetting lease liability. Low value and short-term leases were excluded from these calculations under the practical expedients allowed in the standard. The ROU asset is depreciated in accordance with IAS 16 'Property, Plant and Equipment' and the liability is increased for the accumulation of interest and reduced by cash lease payments. There is no impact on cashflow. In the statement of comprehensive income, the Group recognises a depreciation charge and an interest charge instead of a straight-line operating cost. This changes the timing of cost recognition on the lease, resulting in extra cost in early years of the lease, and reduced cost towards the end of the lease. Judgements made by the Directors in the application of these accounting policies that have a significant effect on these financial statements together with estimates with a significant risk of material adjustment in the next year are discussed in note 2.11 to the financial statements.

IFRIC 23 Uncertainty over Income Tax Positions

IFRIC 23 clarifies how to recognise and measure current and deferred income tax assets and liabilities when there is uncertainty over income tax treatments. The standard is effective for financial years commencing on or after 1 January 2019 and has been early adopted throughout these financial statements. The application of IFRIC 23 did not have any financial impact as the directors do not consider there to be any uncertainty over income tax treatments for the Group 

New standards, amendments and interpretations not yet adopted

The following standards, amendments and interpretations are not yet effective and have not been early adopted by the Group:

IFRIC 22 Foreign Currency Transactions and Advance Consideration 

IFRIC 22 clarifies which exchange rate to use in transactions that involve advance consideration paid or received in a foreign currency. There is not considered to be an impact of this standard on the Group.

2.4  Revenue recognition

Revenue from contracts with customers is recognised when or as the Group satisfies a performance obligation by transferring a promised good or service to a customer. A good or service is transferred when the customer obtains control of that good or service. The transfer of electrical appliances and consumer electronics sold by the Group usually coincides with the delivery of the item to the customer and the customer taking physical possession. The Group principally satisfies its performance obligations at a point in time and recognises revenue on dispatch.

Revenue is measured at the fair value of the consideration received, excluding discounts, rebates and sales taxes or duty. Production based taxes are not included in revenue, they are paid on production and recorded within cost of sales.

Amounts received in advance for electrical appliances sales are recorded as contract liabilities and revenue is recognised as the performance obligations are met.

2.5  Net finance costs

Finance expense

Finance expense comprises of interest payable and finance leases interest which are expensed in the period in which they are incurred and reported in finance costs. Finance income

Finance income relates to deposit income

2.6  Current and deferred taxation

The tax expense for the period comprises current and deferred tax.  Tax is recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, except that a charge attributable to an item of income or expense recognised as other comprehensive income or to an item recognised directly in equity is also recognised in other comprehensive income or directly in equity respectively.

The current income tax charge is calculated on the basis of tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the reporting date in the UK where the Group operates and generate taxable income.

Deferred tax balances are recognised in respect of all timing differences that have originated but not reversed by the balance sheet date, except:

The recognition of deferred tax assets is limited to the extent that it is probable that they will be recovered against the reversal of deferred tax liabilities or other future taxable profits;

Any deferred tax balances are reversed if and when all conditions for retaining associated tax allowances have been met; and

Where timing differences relate to interests in subsidiaries, associates, branches and joint ventures and the Group can control their reversal and such reversal is not considered probable in the foreseeable future.

Deferred tax balances are not recognised in respect of permanent differences except in respect of business combinations, when deferred tax is recognised on the differences between the fair values of assets acquired and the future tax deductions available for them and the differences between the fair values of liabilities acquired and the amount that will be assessed for tax. Deferred income tax is determined using tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the reporting date.

2.7  Property plant and equipment

Property, plant and equipment is stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation and any accumulated impairment losses. Historical cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to bringing the asset to the location and condition necessary for it to be capable of operating in the manner intended by management.

Depreciation is charged so as to allocate the cost of assets less their residual value over their estimated useful lives, over the shorter of the lease term and the estimated useful life, using the straight-line method.  Depreciation is provided on the following straight line basis:

 

Plant and machinery between five and 10 years

Fixtures and fittings and equipment three to five years

Motor vehicles three years

Leasehold improvements 10 years

Freehold buildings 50 years

 

The assets' residual values, useful lives and depreciation methods are reviewed, and adjusted prospectively if appropriate, or if there is an indication of a significant change since the last reporting date.

Gains and losses on disposals are determined by comparing the proceeds with the carrying amount and are recognised in the statement of comprehensive income.

Freehold property and improvements are recorded at fair value less accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is measured between ten and fifty years, effective from the date of each valuation. Valuations are undertaken with sufficient regularity to ensure the carrying amount is not materially misstated. Revaluation movements, and associated deferred tax, are recorded through other comprehensive income to the extent they do not reverse a previous decrease recognised through profit and loss.

2.8  Leased assets

At inception of a contract, the Group assesses whether a contract is, or contains, a lease. A contract is, or contains, a lease if the contract conveys the right to control the use of an identified asset for a period of time in exchange for consideration.

To assess whether a contract conveys the right to control the use of an identified asset, the Group assesses whether: an identified physically distinct asset can be identified; and the Group has the right to obtain substantially all of the economic benefits from the asset throughout the period of use and has the ability to direct the use of the asset over the lease term being able to restrict the usage of third parties as applicable.

All leases are accounted for by recognising a right-of-use asset and a lease liability except for:

Leases of low value assets; and

Leases with a duration of 12 months or less. 

Lease liabilities are measured at the present value of the contractual payments due to the lessor over the lease term, with the discount rate determined by reference to the rate inherent in the lease unless (as is typically the case) this is not readily determinable, in which case the Group incremental borrowing rate on commencement of the lease is used.

On initial recognition, the carrying value of the lease liability also includes:

amounts expected to be payable under any residual value guarantee;

the exercise price of any purchase option granted in favour of the Group if it is reasonably certain to assess that option;

any penalties payable for terminating the lease, if the term of the lease has been estimated on the basis of the termination option being exercised.

Right of use assets are initially measured at the amount of the lease liability, reduced for any lease incentives received, and increased for:

-  lease payments made at or before commencement of the lease;

-  initial direct costs incurred; and

-  the amount of any provision recognised where the Group is contractually required to dismantle, remove or restore the leased asset.

Subsequent to initial measurement lease liabilities increase as a result of interest charged at a constant rate on the balance outstanding and are reduced for lease payments made. Right-of-use assets are amortised on a straight-line basis over the remaining term of the lease or over the remaining economic life of the asset if, rarely, this is judged to be shorter than the lease term. When the Group revises its estimate of the term of any lease (because, for example, it re-assesses the probability of a lessee extension or termination option being exercised), it adjusts the carrying amount of the lease liability to reflect the payments to make over the revised term, which are discounted at the same discount rate that applied on lease commencement. An equivalent adjustment is made to the carrying value of the right-of-use asset, with the revised carrying amount being amortised over the remaining (revised) lease term.

 

2.9  Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash at bank and in hand and short term highly liquid deposits which are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value.

2.10  Inventory

Stocks are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value, after making due allowance for obsolete and slow moving items, as well as provisioning for rebates receivable. Cost is determined using the first in first out method. The carrying amount of stock sold is recognised as an expense in the period in which the related revenue is recognised.

2.11  Financial assets

The Group classifies its financial assets at amortised cost.  Financial assets do not comprise prepayments. Management determines the classification of its financial assets at initial recognition.

Financial Assets recognised at amortised cost

The Group's financial assets held at amortised cost comprise trade and other receivables and cash and cash equivalents in the consolidated statement of financial position.

These assets are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market.  They arise principally through the provision of goods and services to customers (e.g. trade receivables), but also incorporate other types of financial assets where the objective is to hold their assets in order to collect contractual cash flows and the contractual cash flows are solely payments of the principal and interest. They are initially recognised at fair value plus transaction costs that are directly attributable to their acquisition or issue and are subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method, less provision for impairment.

Impairment provisions for trade receivables are recognised based on the simplified approach within IFRS 9 using the lifetime expected credit losses. During this process the probability of the non-payment of the trade receivables is assessed. This probability is then multiplied by the amount of the expected loss arising from default to determine the lifetime expected credit loss for the trade receivables. For trade receivables, which are reported net; such provisions are recorded in a separate provision account with the loss being recognised within administrative expenses in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income. On confirmation that the trade receivable will not be collectable, the gross carrying value of the asset is written off against the associated provision.

Impairment provisions for other receivables are recognised based on the general impairment model within IFRS 9. In doing so, the Group follows the 3-stage approach to expected credit losses.  Step 1 is to estimate the probability that the debtor will default over the next 12 months.  Step 2 considers if the credit risk has increased significantly since initial recognition of the debtor.  Finally, Step 3 considers if the debtor is credit impaired, following the criteria under IFRS 9.

Financial assets recognised at fair value through profit or loss

Financial instruments such as forwards, swaps and forward exchange contracts are classified as derivative financial assets and liabilities at fair value through profit or loss. Derivative financial assets and liabilities are initially measured at fair value at the date the derivative contract is entered into and are subsequently remeasured to fair value at each financial period end date. The resulting gain or loss is recognised in fair value gains/(losses) through profit or loss immediately. The Group does not apply hedge accounting.

A derivative with a positive fair value is recognised as a financial asset, whereas derivative with a negative fair value is recognised as a financial liability, unless a bilateral netting agreement exists between the Group and the counterparty, in which case derivative financial asst and liability positions with the counterparty are aggregated to produce a single netted asset or liability.

The fair value of the derivative contracts us based on their observable prices in the exchange marketplace requiring no significant adjustment.

 

 

 

2.12  Financial liabilities

The Group measures its financial liabilities at amortised cost. All financial liabilities are recognised in the statement of financial position when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provision of the instrument.

Financial liabilities measured at amortised cost

The Group's financial liabilities held at amortised cost comprise trade payables and other short-dated monetary liabilities, and bank and other borrowings in the consolidated statement of financial position.

Trade payables and other short-dated monetary liabilities are initially recognised at fair value and subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method.

Bank and other borrowings are initially recognised at fair value net of any transaction costs directly attributable to the issue of the instrument.  Such interest-bearing liabilities are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method, which ensures that any interest expense over the period to repayment is at a constant rate on the balance of the liability carried in the consolidated statement of financial position.

For the purposes of each financial liability, interest expense includes initial transaction costs and any premium payable on redemption, as well as any interest or coupon payable while the liability is outstanding.

Unless otherwise indicated, the carrying values of the Group's financial liabilities measured at amortised cost represents a reasonable approximation of their fair values.

2.13  Impairment of assets

Assets that are subject to depreciation or amortisation are assessed at each reporting date to determine whether there is any indication that the assets are impaired. For the purposes of assessing impairment, assets are grouped at the lowest levels for which there are separately identifiable cash flows (cash-generating units or CGUs).

Where there is any indication that an asset may be impaired, the carrying value of the asset (or CGUs to which the asset has been allocated) is tested for impairment. An impairment loss is recognised for the amount by which the asset's carrying amount exceeds its recoverable amount. The recoverable amount is the higher of an asset's (or CGU's) fair value less costs to sell and value in use. Non-financial assets that have been previously impaired are reviewed at each reporting date to assess whether there is any indication that the impairment losses recognised in prior periods may no longer exist or may have decreased. Goodwill is reviewed for impairment on an annual basis, with any impairment to goodwill not reversed at a later period.

2.14  Government grants

Other operating income represents includes Government grants for the Job Retention Scheme.

Government grants are recognised at their fair value where there is a reasonable assurance that the grant will be received, and the Group will comply with all attached conditions. Government grants relating to costs are deferred and recognised in profit or loss over the period necessary to match them with the costs that they are intended to compensate.

In the year ended 31 March 2020 and 2021, the Group utilised the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ('CJRS'), which allows for businesses to submit claims for repayment of furlough or flexible furlough employee wages as a result of COVID-19. The grant income received has been accounted for in accordance with IAS 20 'Accounting for Government Grants and Disclosure of Government Assistance' and shown in other operating income in the income statement and personnel costs have been shown gross of grant income.

3.  Significant accounting estimates and judgements

The Group makes certain estimates and assumptions regarding the future. Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. In the future, actual experience may differ from these estimates and assumptions. The estimates and assumptions that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year are discussed below.

Judgements

The following are the areas requiring the use of judgement that may significantly impact the financial statements.

Useful economic lives of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets

Property, plant and equipment are depreciated, and intangible assets are amortised over their useful lives. Useful lives are based on management's estimates, which are periodically reviewed for continued appropriateness. Changes to estimates can result in variations in the carrying values and amounts charged to the statement of comprehensive income in specific periods.
 

Estimates and assumptions 

The following are areas require significant estimates and assumptions that may significantly impact the financial statements:

Freehold property valuation

In the comparative number for financial year ended 31 March 2021, one of the key areas of estimation uncertainty was the valuation of the freehold property held by the Group. The Group uses external Chartered Surveyors to carry out the valuation to minimise the judgement required when valuing the property. The valuation was carried out on a market value basis and was in accordance with RICS Valuation - Global Standards (incorporating the IVSC International Valuation Standards) effective from 31 January 2020. The directors considers that the valuation prepared represents the fair value of freehold land and buildings at 31 March 2021, as such the valuation was incorporated into the financial statements. During the period the property was disposed of.

 

Fixed asset investments

Estimates and assumptions are used to determine the carrying value of unlisted investments at fair value through profit and loss. The fixed asset investment is a buying group ("Euronics") which the Group is part and is entitled to a share of profit from based on purchases made during any given period. The fixed asset investment is made up of an initial buy-in cost plus share of profits accrued since entering Euronics. Due to the lack of visibility of Euronics profit year to date the Group estimates the current periods profit share based on a percentage of total purchases from Euronics. The profits from Euronics are seldom distributed, however if the Group were to leave Euronics, the total accrued profits including the initial buy-in cost would become payable in full.

 

Historical tax schemes

At the period end, and year ended 31 March 2021, the Group held provision on the Balance Sheet for potential liabilities in relation to historical tax schemes that Mark Smithson, the majority shareholder of the Group, entered into through the Group. The Group took advice on the potential liabilities of the schemes and at the year ended 31 March 2021 accrued a reliable estimate to cover liabilities that may arise. Mark Smithson has indemnified the Group for any unaccrued liabilities that may arise.

 

 

 

 

3.  Earnings per share

 

(a)  Earnings

 

 

Six months

ended

30 September

2021

£000

Six months

ended

30 September

2020

£000

 

Year ended

31 March

2021

£000

Earnings

1,626

2,088

6,358

Add:

 

 

 

Costs related to IPO

727

-

-

Less:

 

 

 

Property revaluation

-

-

(662)

Revaluation of investments

(119)

(115)

(400)

Adjusted earnings*

2,234

1,973

5,296

 

*Adjusted earnings form the underlying trading result after tax of the Group.

 

(b)  Number of shares

 

 

Note

Six months

ended

30 September

2021

Six months

ended

30 September

2020*

 

Year ended

31 March

2021*

Basic weighted average number of shares

1

-

-

Adjustment for shares issued for IPO

99,999,999

100,000,000

100,000,000

Adjustment for capital raised at IPO*

4,545,454

4,545,454

4,545,454

Adjustment for all-employee share incentive plan*  10

403,596

403,596

403,596

Adjusted basic weighted average number of shares

104,949,050

104,949,050

104,949,050

 

*The adjustment for shares issued at IPO (5 November 2021) relates to the capital raised by the Group and the all-employee share incentive plan. This gives a true reflection of earnings per share for the users of the financial statements, however, does not reflect the share position on 30 September 2021 pre-float. Prior years have also been adjusted to make earnings per share more comparable. Note, the adjustment for the all-employee share incentive plan does not include the potentially dilutive effect of management incentive plans that will be put in place during H2-22.

 

(c)  Earnings per share

 

 

Six months

ended

30 September

2021

Six months

ended

30 September

2020

 

Year ended

31 March

2021

Statutory earnings

 

 

 

Basic statutory earnings per share*

1.55p

2.00p

6.08p

Adjusted earnings

 

 

 

Basic adjusted earnings per share*

2.14p

1.89p

5.07p

 

*Based on adjusted basic weighted average number of shares as disclosed in 4 (b) above.

4.  Taxation

 

Income tax expense is recognised based on management's best estimate of the average annual income tax rate expected for the full financial year applied to the pre-tax income of the interim period. The income tax expense for the six months ended 30 September 2021 is £442,630 (HY21: £551,305). The Group's adjusted consolidated effective tax rate for the six months ended 30 September 2021 is 19.0% (HY21: 19.0%).

 

 

 

 

5.  Dividends paid

 

 

Six months

ended

30 September

2021

£000

Year ended

31 March

2021

£000

Dividends declared and paid during the period:

3,883

-

 

 

Dividends paid during the period totalled £3,883,000 (FY21: £nil).

 

6.  Tangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

Freehold Property

£000

Plant and Machinery

£000

Total

£000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2020

 

 

 

4,650

641

5,291

Additions

 

 

 

-

216

216

Disposals

 

 

 

-

(81)

(81)

Revaluations

 

 

 

558

-

558

At 31 March 2021

 

 

 

5,208

776

5,984

Additions

 

 

 

5

316

321

At 30 September 2021

 

 

 

5,213

1,092

6,305

Accumulated depreciation and impairment

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2020

 

 

 

-

200

200

Charged in the year

 

 

 

259

169

428

Depreciation on disposals

 

 

 

-

(8)

(8)

Revaluations

 

 

 

(259)

-

(259)

At 31 March 2021

 

 

 

-

361

361

Charged in the period

 

 

 

37

62

99

At 30 September 2021

 

 

 

37

423

460

Net book value at 30 September 2021

 

 

 

5,176

669

5,845

Net book value at 31 March 2021

 

 

 

5,208

415

5,623

 

 

 

 

7.  Right of use assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property

£000

Motor

 Vehicles

£000

Total

£000

 

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2020

 

 

 

616

697

1,313

 

Additions

 

 

 

616

144

760

 

Disposals

 

 

 

(616)

-

(616)

 

At 31 March 2021

 

 

 

616

841

1,457

 

Additions

 

 

 

277

599

876

 

Disposals

 

 

 

-

(56)

(56)

 

At 30 September 2021

 

 

 

893

1,384

2,277

Accumulated depreciation and impairment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2020

 

 

 

582

313

895

 

Charged in the year

 

 

 

205

194

399

 

Depreciation on disposals

 

 

 

(616)

-

(616)

 

At 31 March 2021

 

 

 

171

507

678

 

Charged in the period

 

 

 

103

115

218

 

Depreciation on disposals

 

 

 

-

(25)

(25)

 

At 30 September 2021

 

 

 

274

597

871

Net book value at 30 September 2021

 

 

 

619

787

1,406

Net book value at 31 March 2021

 

 

 

445

334

779

 

 

 

8.  Lease liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

At 30

September

2021

£000

At 31

March

2021

£000

Year 1

 

548

351

Year 2

 

517

343

Year 3

 

381

85

Year 4

 

-

-

Year 5

 

-

-

Impact of discounting

 

(63)

(28)

Total liability

 

1,383

751

Presented as:

 

 

 

Current

 

512

329

Non-current

 

871

422

 

 

Finance costs recognised in the income statement in relation to lease liabilities:

 

 

 

At 30

September

2021

£000

At 31

March

2021

£000

Interest expense on leases

 

20

28

 

 

20

28

 

 

 

9.  Post balance sheet events

 

On 5 November 2021, Marks Electrical Group plc successfully listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. In doing so, 27,272,727 shares were placed on the market, 22,727,273 from existing shares and 4,545,454 new shares, from which the Group raised capital of £5,000,000.

On 1 October 2021, Marks Electrical Limited disposed of the freehold property to Mavrek Properties Limited (a company controlled by Mark Smithson - CEO) for it's carrying value of £5,176,000. The property was immediately leased back to MEL.

 

10.  Operating exceptional charges

 

The Group presents as exceptional items on the face of the Statement of Comprehensive Income those material items of income and expense which the Directors consider, because of their size or nature and expected non-recurrence, merit separate presentation to facilitate financial comparison with prior periods and to assess trends in financial performance. Exceptional items are included in Administration expenses in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income but excluded from Adjusted EBITDA as management believe they should be considered separately to gain an understanding of the underlying profitability of the business.

 

11.  Transition to IFRS

 

The Group's effective IFRS transition date for the purposes of this financial information was 1 April 2018. The effects of transition to IFRS on the balance sheets at 1 April 2018, 31 March 2019, 31 March 2020 and 31 March 2021 and the income statements for the years ended 1 April 2018, 31 March 2019, 31 March 2020 and 31 March 2021, are shown below. In preparing the consolidated historical financial information the Group has applied IFRS for the first time from 1 April 2018. The principles and requirements for first time adoption of IFRS are set out in IFRS 1. The Group did not take advantage of any exemptions under IFRS 1.

 

The transition adjustments required on applying IFRS, as numbered in the tables below, were:

 

IFRS 16 standard was effective from 1 January 2019, with early adoption applicable. The Group has applied the modified retrospective approach, the first day of the first period included in the financial statements under IFRS. Adjustments have been made to leases under IFRS 16, to recognise leases previously recognised as operating leases as right-of-use assets and to recognise finance leases previously recognised as property, plant and equipment (PPE) as right-of use assets.

 

The impact of the standard as of 1 April 2018 has resulted in an initial recognition of right-of-use assets with a net book value of £818,910 and total lease liabilities of £738,789. As part of this recognition, a reclassification of finance leases from PPE to right-of-use asset of £373,918 has been made along with the associated hire purchase creditor amounting to £286,460. £7,337 has been recognised as an adjustment to retained earnings.

 

In the year end March 2019, reclassification adjustments between PPE and the right of use asset amounting to £204,845 were made. The total impact on right of use assets was a net decrease of £536, after amortisation of £205,381 charged on these assets. Hire purchase creditors have been reclassified to lease liabilities. The total impact on the profit and loss resulted in a net decrease to administration expenses of £12,911 and increased finance expense of £14,382.

 

In the year end March 2020, reclassification adjustments between PPE and the right of use asset amounting to £284,022 were made and an additional lease was entered into resulting in an addition to the right of use asset of £117,167. The total impact on right of use assets was a net increase of £178,721 after amortisation of £222,468 charged on these assets. Hire purchase creditors have been reclassified to lease liabilities. The total impact on the profit and loss resulted in a net decrease to administration expenses of £13,978 and increased finance expense of £8,003.

 

In the year end March 2021, reclassification adjustments between PPE and the right of use asset amounting to £263,187 were made.. During the year a new lease was entered into for the freehold property which resulted in an addition of £616,143 to the right of use asset amount. The total impact on right of use assets was a net increase of £644,657 after amortisation of £234,673 charged on the assets Hire purchase creditors have been reclassified to lease liabilities. The total impact on the profit and loss resulted in a net decrease to administration expenses of £14,740 and increased finance expense of £20,916

 

The transition adjustments have no impact on the net cash flow for the years presented. However, the cash flow statement has been adjusted for the revised IFRS result for the year and the changes in balances and classification resulting from the transition to IFRS. The amounts are explained above and impact cash flow classification as follows:

On transition to IFRS, an adjustment has been made to reclassify a balance of £432,636 from the revaluation reserve to retained earnings on 1 April 2018. The balance related to revaluations of investments that are treated as fair value through the income statement under IFRS.

 

In the year end March 2020, £81,195 has been re-classified from other comprehensive income to administrative expenses as it was incorrectly classified as an increase to the revaluation reserve.

 

 

 

Statement of Financial Position

at 1 April 2018

 

FRS 102

£000

IFRS

adjustments

£000

IFRS

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

4,862

(374)

4,488

Investments

558

-

558

Right-of-use assets

-

819

819

Total non-current assets

5,420

445

5,865

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

4,391

-

4,391

Trade and other receivables

1,890

-

1,890

Cash and cash equivalents

418

-

418

Total current assets

6,699

-

6,699

Total assets

12,119

445

12,564

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

5,596

(152)

5,444

Corporation tax payable

84

-

84

Borrowings

1,465

-

1,465

Lease liabilities

-

356

356

 

7,145

204

7,349

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Other payables

135

(135)

-

Borrowings

2,210

-

2,210

Lease liabilities

-

383

383

Deferred tax

-

-

-

Provisions

413

-

413

Total non-current liabilities

2,758

248

3,006

Total liabilities

9,903

452

10,355

Net assets

2,216

(7)

2,209

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

Called up share capital

6

-

6

Revaluation reserve

433

(433)

-

Retained earnings

1,777

426

2,203

Total equity shareholders' funds

2,216

(7)

2,209

 

 

 

 

Statement of Financial Position

 

 

FRS 102

£000

IFRS

 adj b/f

£000

IFRS

adjustments

£000

IFRS

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

5,473

-

  (205)

5,268

Investments

 

665

-

-

665

Right-of-use assets

 

-

445

-

445

Total non-current assets

 

6,138

445

(205)

6,378

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

4,772

-

-

4,772

Trade and other receivables

 

1,968

-

-

1,968

Cash and cash equivalents

 

670

-

-

670

Total current assets

 

7,410

-

-

7,410

Total assets

 

13,548

445

(205)

13,788

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

5,275

-

(120)

5,155

Corporation tax payable

 

265

-

-

265

Borrowings

 

1,592

-

-

1,592

Lease liabilities

 

-

204

  128

332

 

 

7,132

204

8

7,344

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Other payables

 

530

-

(18)

512

Borrowings

 

1,743

-

-

1,743

Lease liabilities

 

-

248

(194)

54

Deferred tax

 

368

-

-

368

Provisions

 

155

-

-

155

Total non-current liabilities

 

2,796

248

(212)

2,832

Total liabilities

 

9,928

452

(204)

10,176

Net assets

 

3,620

(7)

(1)

3,612

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

6

-

-

6

Revaluation reserve

 

1,006

(433)

-

573

Retained earnings

 

2,608

426

(1)

3,033

Total equity shareholders' funds

 

3,620

(7)

(1)

3,612

At 31 March 2019

 

 

 

Statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income

at 31 March 2019

 

 

 

FRS 102

£000

 

IFRS

adjustments

£000

 

IFRS

  £000

Revenue

 

31,247

-

31,247

Cost of sales

 

(25,411)

-

(25,411)

Gross profit

 

5,836

-

5,836

Other operating income

 

26

-

26

Administrative expenses

 

(4,442)

13

(4,429)

Operating profit

 

1,420

13

1,433

Finance expense

 

(82)

(14)

(96)

Revaluation gain

 

107

-

107

Profit before income tax

 

1,445

(1)

1,444

Tax on profit

 

(262)

-

(262)

Profit for the financial period

 

1,183

(1)

1,182

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Fair value of freehold property

 

686

-

686

Income tax relating to OCI

 

(113)

-

(113)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

1,756

(1)

1,755

 

 

 

Statement of Financial Position

at 31 March 2020

 

 

 

FRS 102

£000

IFRS

 adj b/f

£000

IFRS

adjustments

£000

IFRS

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

5,375

-

(284)

5,091

Investments

 

746

-

-

746

Right-of-use assets

 

-

240

178

418

Total non-current assets

 

6,121

240

(106)

6,255

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

4,322

-

-

4,322

Trade and other receivables

 

1,642

-

-

1,642

Cash and cash equivalents

 

179

-

-

179

Total current assets

 

6,143

-

-

6,143

Total assets

 

12,264

240

(106)

12,398

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

4,665

-

(73)

4,592

Corporation tax payable

 

244

-

-

244

Borrowings

 

961

-

-

961

Lease liabilities

 

-

212

(75)

137

 

 

5,870

212

(148)

5,934

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Other payables

 

309

-

(112)

197

Borrowings

 

1,529

-

-

1,529

Lease liabilities

 

-

36

149

185

Deferred tax

 

383

-

-

383

Provisions

 

155

-

-

155

Total non-current liabilities

 

2,376

36

37

2,449

Total liabilities

 

8,246

248

(111)

8,383

Net assets

 

4,018

(8)

5

4,015

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

6

-

-

6

Revaluation reserve

 

1,087

(433)

(81)

573

Retained earnings

 

2,925

425

86

3,436

Total equity shareholders' funds

 

4,018

(8)

5

4,015

 

 

 

Statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income

at 31 March 2020

 

 

 

FRS 102

£000

 

IFRS

adjustments

£000

 

IFRS

  £000

Revenue

 

31,500

-

31,500

Cost of sales

 

(26,381)

-

(26,381)

Gross profit

 

5,119

-

5,119

Other operating income

 

159

-

159

Administrative expenses

 

(4,504)

95

(4,409)

Operating profit

 

774

95

869

Finance expense

 

(107)

(9)

(116)

Revaluation gain

 

123

-

123

Profit before income tax

 

790

86

876

Tax on profit

 

(158)

-

(158)

Profit for the financial period

 

632

86

718

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Fair value of freehold property

 

80

(80)

-

Income tax relating to OCI

 

1

(1)

-

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

713

5

718

 

 

 

Statement of Financial Position

at 31 March 2021

 

 

 

 

FRS 102

£000

IFRS

 adj b/f

£000

IFRS

adjustments

£000

IFRS

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

5,886

-

(263)

5,623

Investments

 

1,146

-

-

1,146

Right-of-use assets

 

-

134

645

779

Total non-current assets

 

7,032

134

382

7,548

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

11,432

-

-

11,432

Trade and other receivables

 

2,839

-

-

2,839

Cash and cash equivalents

 

1,493

-

-

1,493

Total current assets

 

15,764

-

-

15,764

Total assets

 

22,796

134

382

23,312

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

8,400

-

(97)

8,303

Corporation tax payable

 

1,557

-

-

1,557

Borrowings

 

233

-

-

233

Lease liabilities

 

-

65

265

330

 

 

10,190

65

168

10,423

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Other payables

 

147

-

(130)

17

Borrowings

 

1,304

-

-

1,304

Lease liabilities

 

-

72

350

422

Deferred tax

 

618

-

-

618

Provisions

 

155

-

-

155

Total non-current liabilities

 

2,224

72

220

2,516

Total liabilities

 

12,414

137

388

12,939

Net assets

 

10,382

(3)

(6)

10,373

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

6

-

-

6

Revaluation reserve

 

1,749

(514)

-

1,235

Retained earnings

 

8,627

511

(6)

9,132

Total equity shareholders' funds

 

10,382

(3)

(6)

10,373

 

 

 

 

Statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income

at 31 March 2021

 

 

FRS 102

£000

 

IFRS

adjustments

£000

 

IFRS

  £000

Revenue

 

55,984

-

55,984

Cost of sales

 

(44,064)

-

(44,064)

Gross profit

 

11,920

-

11,920

Other operating income

 

165

-

165

Administrative expenses

 

(5,276)

15

(5,261)

Operating profit

 

6,809

15

6,824

Finance expense

 

(49)

(21)

(70)

Revaluation gain

 

400

-

400

Profit before income tax

 

7,160

(6)

7,154

Tax on profit

 

(1,458)

-

(1,458)

Profit for the financial period

 

5,702

(6)

5,696

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Fair value of freehold property

 

817

-

817

Income tax relating to OCI

 

(155)

-

(155)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

6,364

(6)

6,358

 

 

 

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