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Thursday 11 September, 2008

Swallowfield PLC

Final Results

RNS Number : 1898D
Swallowfield PLC
11 September 2008
 



Swallowfield Plc

Creating and Delivering Solutions for our Customers' Success


Preliminary Results for the year ended 30 June 2008


Financial Highlights

  • Recommended final dividend of 4.1p per share, making 5.5p for the full year (2007: 1.3p);

  • Net Debt £2.42m, down 50% (2007: £4.88m);

  • Pre-tax profit (pre exceptional items), up 42% to £1.32m (2007: £0.93m);

  • Headline earnings per share 21.6p (2007: 3.9p) ; and

  • Adjusted earnings per share 9.2p, up 70% on 2007 result of 5.4p.


Operational Highlights

  • Revenue growth in second half up 12% compared to same period last year;

  • New filling and packing operation in Czech Republic operational and new business won;

  • Chinese cosmetics strategic alliance finalised;

  • Search for a new non-executive director at an advanced stage;

  • Cosmetics division exceeds 12% target rate of return; and

  • Strategy refined and communicated.


Outlook

  • Expect continued progress in 2009 - organic growth strategy beginning to take effect;

  • Inflationary pressures and economic backdrop will require careful management;

  • Further development of Chinese strategic alliance and Czech operation;

  • Continue to widen international focus including opening of a sales office in France;

  • Sale of small warehouse following inventory consolidation; and

  • Capital expenditure investment directed towards improvements in efficiency, inventory consolidation and additional technology. 

1. Adjusted earnings per share are calculated after allowing for exceptional items and one-off credits from changes in the basis of taxation (Note 4(b)).


Shena Winning, Non-executive Chairman, commented:

'Swallowfield has a committed and enthusiastic management team and, under Ian Mackinnon's leadership, Swallowfield has transformed itself from a contract manufacturer to a service provider working very closely with customers to deliver market-leading and innovative products. With the reductions in net debt and improvements in the Company's competitive position, the Board has been able to achieve its target dividend policy ahead of schedule and increase the proportion ounderlying profits paid to shareholders.'


For further information:

Swallowfield Plc.



Ian Mackinnon,

Chief Executive Officer

01823 662 241

Peter Houston,

Group Finance Director

01823 662 241




Mike Coe,

Blue Oar Securities plc

0117 933 0020

Alan Bulmer,

Performance Communications

0117 907 6514

Chris Lawrence,

JBP Public Relations

0117 907 3400


Ian Mackinnon and Peter Houston will be in London on 11 September and Bristol/Exeter on 12 September for investor meetings.


Notes to Editors:

Swallowfield plc is a market leader in the development, formulation and supply of cosmetics, toiletries and related household products to the own label and branded sectors.  We pride ourselves on being a customer orientated, innovative, flexible and responsive company and combine high quality, competitive products with strong customer service - developing close partnerships with our customers and an in depth knowledge of their requirements.

  


Chairman's Statement

I am pleased to report that Swallowfield has continued the positive progress of the previous two years, delivering pre-tax profits ahead of market expectations for the year to June 2008 and a further significant strengthening of its Balance Sheet.


Operating profit before exceptional items has increased on last year by 17% to £1.54m. Profit before tax including exceptional items was £2.34m. 


Total revenue for the year was slightly ahead of last year at £44.8m and gross margins remained in line. This reflects continued improvements in efficiencies and focus on added-value opportunities to offset raw material inflation. This, in combination with tight management of overhead and interest costs, secured the improved profits.


Basic earnings per share were 21.6p against 3.9p last year and underlying earnings per share after adjustment for exceptional items and one-off credits from changes to the basis of taxation, were 9.2p, an increase of 70% on last year's 5.4p.


Significantly, net debt, at the year end, was down to £2.42m - less than half the level of the opening position of £4.88m.


The Board is recommending a final dividend of 4.1p per share. Together with the interim dividend of 1.4p per share, the total dividend for the year will be 5.5p per share representing a dividend cover of 1.5 times fully-taxed underlying profits, and a substantial increase on the 1.3p per share declared last year. If approved at the Annual General Meeting, the final dividend will be paid on 28 November 2008 to shareholders on the register at 14 November 2008. The shares will go ex-dividend on 12 November 2008.


Business Review

During the year the Company continued to strengthen its reputation and position as a service company, providing customers with options ranging from market analysis, formulation, design and packaging development through to product manufacture, sourcing and logistics. This, in conjunction with the increased geographic diversity of operational facilities and sales offices, makes the distinction between the traditional Toiletries and Cosmetics activity less clear and will lead to a reassessment of the Company's segmental analysis in future. 


Cosmetics

The Cosmetics division, which continues to be monitored against our stated 12% hurdle rate of return, delivered a 13% return on average net assets after exceptional items for the year. 


Czech Republic

The new operating facility in the Czech Republic, established to fill and finish cosmetic and toiletry products, was completed on time and production was underway a month ahead of schedule. The transfer of production lines from the UK will be complete by October. This facility which now employs approximately 90 permanent members of staff, has been enthusiastically welcomed by new and existing customers.  It is well placed to serve the forecast growth in demand for cosmetic and toiletry products from Eastern European consumers.


Properties

The sale and leaseback of our Lowmoor warehouse was completed in December 2007 during a very challenging period in the commercial property sector. The building has been enlarged and the extension was completed in August 2008. This will enable further property rationalisation in the Cosmetics division with the sale of a small warehouse planned within the next six months. We will continue to explore ways to enhance shareholder value from our remaining property portfolio including our main facility in WellingtonSomerset. Any such opportunities, if available, are likely to be medium to long term. 


China

Final contracts were signed for the strategic alliance in China enabling Swallowfield to strengthen its presence in that country. The new agreement gives our customers even greater assurance with regard to the quality and standards of products being sourced and produced in China and creates potential new sales opportunities in Europe


Pension

The triennial revaluation of the defined benefit pension scheme is currently in progress. The updated valuation will incorporate the effect of the most recent life expectancy assumptions and, at present, we do not anticipate any significant impact on the scheme's ongoing funding. 


We will continue to manage the scheme to ensure that its value to the Company as an employee incentive continues to deliver positive value for our shareholders.


Dividends

The Company resumed its payment of an interim dividend in the year. With the reduction in net debt and improvements in its competitive position the Board, in line with the statement in the last Annual Report, will improve the target dividend cover to 1.5 times normal post tax earnings, delivering an increase in average dividend payments.


Board Changes

The Board continues to review its structure and composition and in recognition of the need to maintain the strength of independent contribution is undertaking a search for a new non-executive director. The search is at an advanced stage and we confidently expect to announce an appointment in the near future.


Richard Organ has indicated that after a period of handover he wishes to resign from the Board in 2009.


LTIP

In order to further align the interests of executive directors with those of the shareholders, the Remuneration Committee is developing a Long Term Incentive Plan which will be presented to shareholders at the AGM.


Strategy and Outlook

Over the last 2½ years under Ian Mackinnon's leadership Swallowfield has transformed itself from a contract manufacturer to a service provider working very closely with customers to deliver market-leading and innovative products. This is now beginning to deliver tangible results and we expect this to begin to be translated into organic sales growth in the coming year. We plan to continue to develop our new operations in China and the Czech Republic and open a sales office in France.


Current levels of net debt have allowed us to invest carefully in new plant and equipment and this investment will continue during 2009 to improve efficiencies, add new technologies and consolidate our holding of inventories.


The global economic outlook continues to deteriorate with slowing growth rates and increasing inflation rates across the majority of our market places. Raw material costs are increasing rapidly but we are resisting the impact of this by focussing our efforts on finding cheaper sources and through product engineering. These activities are crucial to success both in the pursuit of ongoing profitability and in support of our customers' own commercial efforts.


Management continue to pursue the four key elements of strategy; 

  • sales growth driven by continuous improvement in Quality, Cost, Service and Innovation; 

  • broadening our geographic footprint; 

  • widening our product range; and 

  • considering acquisitions that may be supportive of the other strategic elements.  

I am confident that these in combination with the ongoing development of our strategy will support future growth.


On behalf of all shareholders I thank Ian and the whole Swallowfield team who have worked so determinedly to deliver the service to customers that has driven a strong recovery, enabling a robust foundation for the future. 


S J Winning

Chairman

11 September 2008


  

GROUP INCOME STATEMENT

For the year ended 30 June 2008




2008


2007

Continuing Operations

Notes


£'000


£'000







Revenue

1


44,820


44,715

Cost of sales



(38,501)


(38,411)







Gross profit



6,319


6,304

Commercial and administrative costs



(4,782)


(4,986)







Operating profit before exceptional items



1,537


1,318

Exceptional items

2


1,024


(244)







Operating profit



2,561


1,074

Finance income



55


24

Finance costs



(272)


(411)







Profit before taxation

2


2,344


687

Taxation

3


93


(248)







Profit for the year 



2,437


439







Attributable to equity shareholders



2,437


439







Earnings per share







- basic and diluted

4


21.6p


3.9p










GROUP STATEMENT OF RECOGNISED INCOME AND EXPENSE

For the year ended 30 June 2008



2008


2007



£'000


£'000

Profit for the year


2,437


439

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

46


-

Total recognised income and expense for the year


2,483


439


  

GROUP BALANCE SHEET

As at 30 June 2008




2008


2007




£'000


£'000

ASSETS






Non-current assets






Property, plant and equipment



11,130


11,032

Intangible assets



95


77




11,225


11,109

Current assets






Inventories



6,548


6,062

Trade and other receivables



9,569


7,711

Cash and cash equivalents



49


185

Derivative financial instruments



-


6




16,166


13,964

Assets held for sale



167


854

Total current assets



16,333


14,818







Total assets



27,558


25,927







LIABILITIES






Current liabilities






Trade and other payables



(10,008)


(7,508)

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


(884)


(1,153)

Current tax payable


(121)


-

Total current liabilities



(11,013)


(8,661)







Non-current liabilities





Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


(1,583)


(3,920)

Post retirement benefit obligations



(2,584)


(2,717)

Deferred tax liabilities



(46)


(476)

Total non-current liabilities



(4,213)


(7,113)







Total liabilities



(15,226)


(15,774)







Net assets



12,332


10,153







EQUITY






Share capital



563


563

Share premium



3,796


3,796

Exchange reserve



46


-

Profit and loss account



7,927


5,794

Total equity



12,332


10,153


  

GROUP CASH FLOW STATEMENT

For the year ended 30 June 2008




2008


2007




£'000


£'000

Cash flows from operating activities






Profit before taxation



2,344


687

Depreciation



1,167


1,205

Amortisation



39


36

(Profit)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(1,263)


25

Impairment of property, plant and equipment



7


42

Finance income



(55)


(24)

Finance costs



272


411

(Increase)/decrease in inventories



(486)


1,285

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables


(1,858)


1,807

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables


2,515


(2,055)

(Decrease)/increase in retirement benefit obligations


(133)


55

Cash generated from operations



2,549


3,474







Finance expense paid



(282)


(428)

Taxation paid



(169)


-

Net cash flow from operating activities



2,098


3,046







Cash flow from investing activities






Finance income received



55


24

Purchase of property, plant and equipment



(1,441)


(834)

Purchase of intangible assets



(57)


(47)

Sale of land and buildings



2,119


-

Sale of plant and equipment



-


51

Net cash flow from investing activities



676


(806)







Cash flow from financing activities






Capital element of finance lease liabilities



(148)


(291)

Repayment of loans



(2,432)


(147)

Dividends paid



(304)


-

Net cash flow from financing activities



(2,884)


(438)







Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


(110)


1,802







Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


(308)


(2,110)







Cash and cash equivalents at end of year



(418)


(308)







Cash and cash equivalents consist of:






Cash



49


185

Overdraft



(467)


(493)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year



(418)


(308)


  

NOTES:


1.   Revenue and Segmental Analysis


2008


2007


Revenue

Profit

before

 tax

Net assets

Revenue

Profit

before

 tax

Net assets

Class of business

£'000


£'000


£'000


£'000


£'000


£'000













Toiletries

34,860


2,368


10,910


33,497


2,362


11,103

Cosmetics 

9,960


829


4,027


11,218


299


5,169


44,820


3,197


14,937


44,715


2,661


16,272













Corporate costs



(1,660)






(1,343)



Operating profit before exceptional items




1,537







1,318



Exceptional items



1,024






(244)



Operating profit



2,561






1,074



Net finance costs



(217)






(387)



Profit before taxation


2,344






687















Unallocated net liabilities





(2,605)






(6,119)

Group net assets





12,332






10,153















Cash generated from operations





Cash generated from operations






£'000






£'000



Toiletries



2,561






2,740



Cosmetics



1,972






1,526















Geographic revenue by destination:










UK

35,352






37,471






Other Europe

8,507






7,021






Rest of World

961






223






44,820






44,715






Unallocated net liabilities comprise bank loans, overdrafts, finance leases and taxation.

  

2.   Profit before taxation



2008


2007




£'000


£'000

(a) This is stated after charging:






Depreciation of property, plant and equipment:






    Leased assets



165


200

    Purchased assets



1,002


1,005

Amortisation of intangible assets



39


36

Impairment of property, plant and equipment



7


42

Research and development



687


627

Foreign exchange (gains)/losses



(160)


50

Operating leases:






    Hire of plant and machinery



105


88

    Rent of buildings



143


51

Auditors' remuneration:






    Audit services



37


41

    Non-audit services



40


31







(b) Exceptional items






Sale and leaseback of Lowmoor



(1,312)


-

Other exceptional items



56


-

Reorganisation



232


244




(1,024)


244


Exceptional items relate to the profit on the sale and leaseback of the Lowmoor warehouse, reorganisation costs related to opening the Tabor operation in the Czech Republic, and the transfer of some cosmetics production from Bideford to Tabor (2007: Costs associated with the end of a cosmetics contract).


(c) Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ('EBITDA')






Operating profit



2,561


1,074

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment



1,167


1,205

Amortisation of intangible assets



39


36

Impairment of property, plant and equipment



7


42

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment (excluding exceptional items)




2



25

EBITDA



3,776


2,382

Exceptional items



(1,024)


244

EBITDA before exceptional items



2,752


2,626


3.   Taxation



2008


2007




£'000


£'000

(a) Analysis of tax (credit)/charge in the year




UK corporation tax:






    on profit for the year



290


-

    adjustment in respect of previous years



(93)


64

Total current tax charge



197


64







Deferred tax:






Credit relating to change in the basis of taxation



(289)


-

Origination and reversal of timing differences:






    on profit for the year



26


184

    unrelieved tax losses in overseas subsidiary



(74)


-

Total deferred tax



(337)


184







Tax (credit)/charge on profit



(140)


248


The actual taxation credit is disclosed as a credit within the income statement of £93,000 and a credit of £47,000 within the exceptional income from the sale and leaseback of Lowmoor.

  

(b) Factors affecting total tax (credit)/charge for the year

The tax assessed on the profit before taxation for the year is lower than the standard rate of UK corporation tax of 29.5% (2007: 30%).  The differences are reconciled below:




2008


2007




£'000


£'000

Profit before taxation



2,344


687

Tax at the applicable rate of 29.5% (2007: 30%)



692


206

Effect of:






Expenses not deductible for tax purposes



49


34

Capital allowances for the year in excess of depreciation



3


(14)

Income on chargeable gain giving rise to no tax liability



(445) 


-

Effect of R&D tax credits



(22)


(16)

Other temporary differences



(53)


8

Deferred tax credit relating to:

change in the basis of taxation




(289)



-

change in tax rate



-


(34)

Adjustment in respect of previous years



(93)


64

Differences between UK and overseas tax rates



18


-

Actual tax (credit)/charge



(140)


248


The credit arising from the change in basis of taxation occurs due to the recent decision by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to phase out Industrial Buildings Allowances.


4.   Earnings per Share

(a) Basic and diluted



2008


2007

Profit for the year (£'000)



2,437


439

Basic weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year




11,256,416



11,256,416

Dilutive potential ordinary shares - executive share options



5,352



-




11,261,768


11,256,416

Basic earnings per share



21.6p


3.9p

Diluted earnings per share



21.6p


3.9p







(b) Adjusted earnings per share






Basic and diluted






Profit for the year (£'000)



2,437


439

(Less)/add back: Exceptional items



(1,024)


244

Notional tax charge on exceptional items



(83)


(73)

Tax credit on change in basis of taxation



(289)


-

Adjusted profit before exceptional items



1,041


610

Basic weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year




11,256,416



11,256,416

Dilutive potential ordinary shares - executive share options



5,352



-




11,261,768


11,256,416

Adjusted earnings per share



9.2p


5.4p

Adjusted diluted earnings per share



9.2p


5.4p


  5  Notes to Statement of Cash Flows

(a)  Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents to movement in net debt:


2008


2007


£'000


£'000

(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(110)


1,802

Net cash outflow from decrease in borrowings

2,580


438

Change in net debt resulting from cash flows

2,470


2,240

Net debt at 1 July

(4,882)


(7,132)


(2,412)


(4,892)

Fair value of swaps hedging fixed rate borrowing

(6)


10

Net debt at 30 June

(2,418)


(4,882)


(b) Analysis of net debt






1 July 2007

£'000


Cashflow

£'000

Fair value adjustment

£'000

30 June 2008

£'000

Cash at bank and in hand

185

(136)

-

49

Bank overdraft

(493)

26

-

(467)


(308)

(110)

-

(418)

Finance leases

(148)

148

-

-

Borrowings due within one year

(512)

95

-

(417)

Borrowings due after one year

(3,920)

2,337

-

(1,583)


(4,888)

2,470

-

(2,418)

Fair value of swaps hedging fixed rate borrowing

6

-

(6)

-

Total

(4,882)

2,470

(6)

(2,418)


6.   Statutory Accounts

The financial information does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 240 of the Companies Act 1985, but has been extracted from the statutory accounts for the year ended 30 June 2008, on which an unqualified audit report has been issued and which will be delivered to the Registrar following their adoption at the Annual General Meeting.  


The statutory accounts for the financial year ended 30 June 2007 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies with an unqualified audit report thereon.  


Copies of the 2008 Annual Report and Accounts will be posted to shareholders with the notice of the Annual General Meeting.  Further copies may be obtained by contacting the Company Secretary at Swallowfield plc, Swallowfield House, Station RoadWellingtonSomersetTA21 8NL.  An electronic copy will be available, at the same time, on the Company's web site (www.swallowfield.com).


7.   Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 6 November 2008 at the Company's Registered Office, at 12.00 noon.


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