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Tuesday 29 November, 2016

Vp PLC

Interim Results

RNS Number : 3587Q
Vp PLC
29 November 2016
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 November 2016

 

 

Vp plc

 

("Vp", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Interim Results

 

Vp plc, the equipment rental specialist, today announces its Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2016 (the "period").

 

Highlights

 

·      

Profit before tax and amortisation increased 9% to £18.7 million (H1 2016: £17.2 million)

·      

Revenues 16% ahead at £121.7 million, (H1 2016: £105.1 million)

·       

Strong return on average capital employed at 15.6% (H1 2016: 16.1%)

·       

Capital investment in rental fleet up 28% to £29.9 million (H1 2016: £23.4 million)

·       

EPS, pre-amortisation, increased 8% to 37.9 pence per share (H1 2016: 35.1 pence per share)

·       

12% increase in interim dividend to 6.00 pence per share (H1 2016: 5.35 pence per share)

 

Jeremy Pilkington, Chairman of Vp plc, commented:

 

"Strong organic growth plus the successful integration of two acquisitions has delivered this excellent set of results.  Increased capital investment into market opportunities gives us confidence that we will be able to deliver results ahead of market expectations for the year as a whole."

 

 

 

- Ends -

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Vp plc

 

Jeremy Pilkington, Chairman

Tel: +44 (0) 1423 533 400

[email protected]

 

Neil Stothard, Chief Executive

Tel: +44 (0) 1423 533 400

[email protected]

 

Allison Bainbridge, Group Finance Director

Tel: +44 (0) 1423 533 400

[email protected]

www.vpplc.com

 

Media enquiries:

Buchanan Communications

 

Henry Harrison-Topham / Jane Glover

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000

[email protected]

www.buchanan.uk.com

 

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

I am very pleased to report a further set of excellent results for the six month period to 30 September 2016.

 

Profit before amortisation and tax rose 9% to £18.7 million (H1 2016: £17.2 million) on revenues 16% higher at £121.7 million (H1 2016: £105.1 million).  This performance reflects strong underlying organic growth in most of our businesses, plus contributions from the acquisitions of Higher Access and TR Group in March and April 2016 respectively.  Earnings per share, pre-amortisation, increased 8% to 37.9 pence per share (H1 2016: 35.1 pence per share).  Return on capital employed at 15.6% is strong and remains ahead of our long term target of 15% emphasising the quality of the revenue and profit growth that the Group is generating.

 

Capital investment in fleet in the period rose significantly to £29.9 million (H1 2016: £23.4 million).  Borrowings at the period end stood at £107.5 million (March 2016: £86.1 million) after funding organic investment and acquisitions totalling £42.5 million.  Operational cash flow remained very strong at £26.6 million.

 

In light of these very positive results, we are pleased to declare an interim dividend of 6.00 pence per share (H1 2016: 5.35 pence per share), an increase of 12%, payable on 4 January 2017 to shareholders on the register as at 9 December 2016.

 

Review of operations

 

UK division

 

Our UK division has enjoyed a strong first half, reporting operating profits before amortisation of £19.5 million, up 13% (H1 2016: £17.2 million) on revenues 12% ahead at £108.1 million (H1 2016: £96.7 million).  Residential construction activity has proved to be robust and we see potential further upside from general construction enhanced in the medium term by the initiatives announced in last week's Autumn Statement.  Infrastructure markets have delivered growth and the AMP6 water infrastructure investment programme, in particular, is now starting to show signs of increased activity.  The Higher Access business acquired in March 2016 has integrated well.

 

We have remained alert for signs of any negative impact on our UK businesses from the Brexit decision and whilst there was some initial market volatility and a weakening of Sterling, we have not seen any adverse effect on our UK trading activities to date.

 

International division

 

The International division reported a reduction in operating profits before amortisation to £0.6 million (H1 2016: £1.0 million) on revenues of £13.7 million (H1 2016: £8.5 million) impacted by a weak oil and gas sector.  Despite a recent recovery in oil prices, the oil and gas exploration and development market remains very subdued with the inevitable impact on revenues and profitability in our Airpac Bukom business.  However, LNG activity in Australia has held up well and there are tentative signs that the wider oil and gas market may commence a slow recovery over the next 18 months.

 

The International division results include a maiden contribution from TR Group, which was acquired at the end of April 2016 and which has quickly settled into the wider Vp Group.  We were pleased to announce the acquisition on 25 November 2016 of the whole issued share capital of TechRentals NZ for a cash consideration of NZ$2.6 million (New Zealand Dollars), a business which complements TR Group's existing activities in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

 

Outlook

 

In conclusion we remain very positive about the opportunities for the Group in the second half of the year and beyond, and believe that we will be able to report results ahead of market expectations for the financial year as a whole.

 

Jeremy Pilkington

Chairman

29 November 2016

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

For the period ended 30 September 2016

 

 

 

Note

Six months to

30 Sep 2016

 

Six months to

30 Sep 2015

 

Full year to

31 Mar 2016

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

 

 

 

 

£000

 

 

£000

 

 

£000

 

 

Revenue

 

3

 

121,733

 

 

105,118

 

 

208,746

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

(87,031)

 

 

(73,589)

 

 

(149,758)

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

34,702

 

 

31,529

 

 

58,988

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

 

(15,528)

 

 

(14,210)

 

 

(29,395)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

3

 

19,174

 

17,319

 

29,593

 

Net financial expenses

 

 

(1,452)

 

 

(991)

 

 

(2,093)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before amortisation and taxation

 

 

18,682

 

 

17,189

 

 

29,798

 

 

Amortisation of intangibles

 

 

(960)

 

 

(861)

 

 

(2,298)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

17,722

 

 

16,328

 

 

27,500

 

 

Income tax expense

 

4

 

(3,677)

 

 

 

(3,351)

 

 

(5,112)

 

 

Net profit for the period

 

 

14,045

 

 

12,977

 

 

22,388

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

7

35.92p

 

33.37p

 

57.49p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

7

34.70p

 

31.23p

 

54.51p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend per share

8

6.00p

 

5.35p

 

18.85p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the period ended 30 September 2016

 

 

Six months to

 

Six months to

 

Full year to

 

30 Sep 2016

 

30 Sep 2015

 

31 Mar 2016

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

Profit for the period

14,045

 

12,977

 

22,388

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

Actuarial gains on defined benefit pension scheme

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

122

Tax on items taken direct to equity

 

-

 

-

 

(23)

Impact of tax rate change

 

-

 

-

 

(39)

Foreign exchange translation difference

 

922

 

(153)

 

693

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges

 

(249)

 

 

552

 

 

581

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

673

 

399

 

1,334

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

14,718

 

 

13,376

 

 

23,722

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the period ended 30 September 2016

 

Six months to

 

Six months to

 

Full year to

 

30 Sep 2016

 

30 Sep 2015

 

31 Mar 2016

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

14,718

 

 

13,376

 

 

23,722

 

Tax movements to equity

 

352

 

 

1,058

 

 

1,123

 

Impact of tax rate change

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(31)

 

Share option charge in the period

 

1,081

 

 

1,012

 

 

1,904

 

Net movement relating to shares held by Vp Employee Trust

 

 

(3,162)

 

 

 

(8,360)

 

 

 

(10,567)

 

Dividends to shareholders

 

 

(5,274)

 

 

(4,490)

 

 

(6,568)

Change in equity during the period

7,715

 

2,596

 

9,583

 

Equity at the start of the period

 

 

121,350

 

 

111,767

 

 

111,767

 

Equity at the end of the period

 

129,065

 

 

114,363

 

 

121,350

 

There were no movements in issued share capital, the capital redemption reserve or share premium in the reported periods.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

At 30 September 2016

 

 

 

Note

30 Sep 2016

 

 

31 Mar 2016

 

30 Sep 2015

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

 

(unaudited)

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

5

 

188,352

 

 

167,201

 

 

155,906

Goodwill

 

40,381

 

39,307

 

35,846

Intangible assets

6

9,949

 

7,056

 

6,687

Employee benefits

 

1,534

 

1,534

 

1,231

Total non-current assets

 

240,216

 

215,098

 

199,670

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

5,355

 

 

5,363

 

 

4,981

Trade and other receivables

 

51,438

 

44,817

 

44,039

Cash and cash equivalents

 

3,247

 

4,517

 

2,215

Total current assets

 

60,040

 

54,697

 

51,235

 

Total assets

 

 

300,256

 

 

269,795

 

 

250,905

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 

 

(1,401)

 

 

(873)

 

 

-

Income tax payable

 

(2,455)

 

(931)

 

(1,567)

Trade and other payables

 

(52,000)

 

(51,567)

 

(46,623)

Total current liabilities

 

(55,856)

 

(53,371)

 

(48,190)

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 

 

(109,339)

 

 

(89,778)

 

 

(84,000)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(5,996)

 

(5,296)

 

(4,352)

Total non-current liabilities

 

(115,335)

 

(95,074)

 

(88,352)

 

Total liabilities

 

 

(171,191)

 

 

(148,445)

 

 

(136,542)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

129,065

 

121,350

 

114,363

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issued share capital

 

 

2,008

 

 

2,008

 

 

2,008

Capital redemption reserve

 

301

 

301

 

301

Share premium

 

16,192

 

16,192

 

16,192

Hedging reserve

 

(769)

 

(520)

 

(549)

Retained earnings

 

111,306

 

103,342

 

96,384

Total equity attributable to equity

holders of parent

 

129,038

 

121,323

 

114,336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interest

 

27

 

27

 

27

Total equity

 

129,065

 

121,350

 

114,363

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the period ended 30 September 2016

 

 

Note

Six months to

 

Six months to

 

Full year to

 

 

30 Sep 2016

 

30 Sep 2015

 

31 Mar 2016

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

17,722

 

 

 

16,328

 

 

 

27,500

Adjustment for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pension fund contributions in excess of service cost

 

 

-

 

 

(188)

 

 

(369)

Share based payment charges

 

1,081

 

1,012

 

1,904

Depreciation

5

16,172

 

13,274

 

27,375

Amortisation of intangibles

 

960

 

861

 

2,298

Net financial expense

 

1,452

 

991

 

2,093

Profit on sale of property, plant and equipment

 

(3,280)

 

(3,156)

 

(6,246)

Operating cash flow before changes in working capital and provisions

 

34,107

 

29,122

 

54,555

Decrease in inventories

 

8

 

1,514

 

1,132

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

(4,955)

 

(2,937)

 

(2,101)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

288

 

(5,296)

 

(5,729)

Cash generated from operations

 

29,448

 

22,403

 

47,857

Interest paid

 

(1,294)

 

(1,003)

 

(2,097)

Interest element of finance lease rental payments

 

(156)

 

-

 

(4)

Interest received

 

14

 

4

 

4

Income tax paid

 

(1,461)

 

(2,711)

 

(4,840)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

26,551

 

18,693

 

40,920

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

8,108

 

9,234

 

17,179

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(33,637)

 

(29,814)

 

(50,237)

Acquisition of businesses and subsidiaries (net of cash and overdrafts)

 

(8,876)

 

-

 

(7,068)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

 

(34,405)

 

(20,580)

 

(40,126)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of own shares by Employee Trust

 

(3,162)

 

(8,360)

 

(10,566)

Repayment of loans

 

(110)

 

-

 

-

New loans

 

16,000

 

12,000

 

16,000

Payment of hire purchase and finance lease liabilities

 

(198)

 

-

 

(497)

Dividends paid

8

(5,274)

 

(4,490)

 

(6,568)

Net cash flows from / (used) in financing activities

 

7,256

 

(850)

 

(1,631)

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(598)

 

 

(2,737)

 

 

(837)

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

 

(756)

 

(284)

 

118

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

4,517

 

5,236

 

5,236

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

9

3,163

 

2,215

 

4,517

 

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1.            Basis of Preparation

 

Vp plc (the "Company") is a company incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom.  The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements of the Company for the half year ended 30 September 2016 comprise the financial information of the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group").

 

This interim announcement has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK Financial Services Authority and the requirements of IAS34 ("Interim Financial Reporting") as adopted by the EU.  The accounting policies applied are consistent for all periods presented and are in line with those applied in the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2016, which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the EU.  There are no new IFRSs or IFRICs that are effective for the first time in the current year which are expected to have a significant impact on the Group.

 

The interim announcement was approved by the Board of Directors on 28 November 2016.

 

The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements do not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 March 2016 are extracted from the Company's statutory accounts for that financial year.  Those accounts have been reported on by the Company's auditors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditors was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The preparation of financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense.  Actual results may differ from these estimates.  In preparing these condensed interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2016.

 

The Group continues to be in a healthy financial position with total banking facilities of £120 million, including an overdraft facility.  Since the year end net debt has increased by £21.4 million to £107.5 million.  The Board has evaluated the banking facilities and the associated covenants on the basis of current forecasts, taking into account the current economic climate and an appropriate level of sensitivity analysis.  Having reassessed the principal risks the Directors consider it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the interim financial information.

 

2.            Risks and Uncertainties

 

The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group and the ways in which they are mitigated are described on page 22 and 23 of the 31 March 2016 Annual Report and Accounts.  The principal risks and uncertainty are market risk, competition, investment / product management, people, safety, financial risks and contractual risk. These risks and uncertainties remain the same for this interim financial report.

 

3.            Summarised Segmental Analysis

                Income statement

 

Revenue

 

Operating Profit

 

Sept 2016

 

Sept 2015

 

Sept 2016

Sept 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

108,071

 

96,658

 

19,485

17,177

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International

13,662

 

8,460

 

649

1,003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

121,733

 

105,118

 

20,134

18,180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation

 

 

 

 

(960)

(861)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit

 

 

 

 

19,174

17,319

 

 

Net Assets

 

Assets

Liabilities

 

           Net Assets

 

 

Sep 16

Sep 15

 

Sep 16

Sep 15

 

Sep 16

Sep 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

251,324

216,398

 

51,988

45,352

 

199,336

171,046

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International

42,675

28,394

 

10,734

4,622

 

31,941

23,772

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group/

unallocated

6,257

6,113

 

108,469

86,568

 

(102,212)

(80,455)

 

300,256

250,905

 

171,191

136,542

 

129,065

114,363

                   

The net liability in Group primarily reflects the balance on the revolving credit facility which is controlled centrally by the Group.

 

 

4.            Income Tax

The effective tax rate is 20.7% in the period to 30 September 2016 (30 September 2015: 20.5%).  The effective rate for the period reflects the current standard tax rate of 20% (H1 2016: 20%), as adjusted for estimated permanent differences for tax purposes offset by gains covered by exemptions.

 

5.            Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Sept 2016

Sept 2015

Mar 2016

 

£000

£000

£000

Opening carrying amount

167,201

147,817

147,817

Additions

31,608

27,297

52,036

Acquisitions

8,512

-

5,089

Depreciation

(16,172)

(13,274)

(27,375)

Disposals

(4,828)

(6,078)

(10,933)

Effect of movements in exchange rates

2,031

144

567

Closing carrying amount

188,352

155,906

167,201

 

The value of capital commitments at 30 September 2016 was £8,746,000 (31 March 2016 £6,525,000).

 

6.            Acquisitions

 

On 21 April 2016 the Group acquired TR Pty Limited, a group based in Australia, for cash consideration of A$17.4m (Australian Dollars), £9.3m. The fair value of net assets at the date of acquisition, including provisional estimates of intangibles for the trade name and customers relationships, was £8.3m. The revenue in the period from acquisition to 30 September 2016 was £8.2m and the operating profit was £0.8m.

 

7.            Earnings Per Share

 

Earnings per share have been calculated on 39,098,567 shares (H1 2016: 38,887,444 shares) being the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.  Diluted earnings per share have been calculated on 40,473,236 shares (H1 2016: 41,554,659 shares) adjusted to reflect conversion of all potentially dilutive ordinary shares.  Basic earnings per share before the amortisation of intangibles was 37.89 pence (H1 2016: 35.14 pence) and was based on an after tax add back of £768,000 (H1 2016: £689,000) in respect of the amortisation of intangibles.  Diluted earnings per share before amortisation of intangibles was 36.60 pence (H1 2016: 32.89 pence).

8.            Dividends

 

The Directors have declared an interim dividend of 6.00 pence (H1 2016: 5.35 pence) per share payable on 4 January 2017 to shareholders on the register at 9 December 2016.  The dividend declared will absorb an estimated £2,358,000 (H1 2016: £2,087,000) of shareholders funds. The dividend proposed at the year-end was subsequently approved at the AGM in July 2016 and £5,274,000 was paid in the period (H1 2016: £4,490,000 was paid).  The cost of dividends in the Statement of Changes in Equity is after adjustments for the interim and final dividends waived by the Vp Employee Trust in relation to the shares it holds for the Group's share option schemes.

 

9.            Analysis of Net Debt

 

As at

 

 

 

Cash

 

As at

 

1 Apr 16

 

Acquisition

 

Flow

 

30 Sep 16

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

 

Cash and cash equivalents

4,517

 

419

 

(1,773)

 

 

3,163

Revolving credit facilities

(88,000)

 

(4,313)

 

(15,890)

 

(108,203)

 

Finance leases and hire purchases

(2,651)

 

-

 

198

 

(2,453)

 

 

(86,134)

 

(3,894)

 

(17,465)

 

(107,493)

 

On 11 April 2016 the Group took out an additional revolving credit facility of £20 million which expires in May 2020 by making use of an uncommitted step up facility. The Group's committed revolving credit bank facilities therefore comprise a £45 million five year facility which expires in May 2020, a £20 million four year facility also expiring in May 2020, a £30 million four and a half year facility expiring in October 2017 and a £20 million facility taken out in June 2014 which also expires in October 2017, together with an uncommitted step up facility of £5 million and overdraft facilities totalling £5 million.

 

10.          Related Party Transactions

 

Transactions between Group Companies, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and therefore do not require disclosure. The Group has not entered into any other related party transactions in the period which require disclosure in this interim statement.

 

 

11.          Post Balance Sheet Event

 

On 25 November 2016 the Group acquired TechRentals NZ Limited, a company in New Zealand, for a cash consideration of NZ$2.6 million.

 

12.          Forward Looking Statements

 

The Chairman's Statement includes statements that are forward looking in nature.  Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, assumptions, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Group to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements.  Except as required by the Listing Rules and applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update, review or change any forward looking statements to reflect events or developments occurring after the date of this report.

 

Responsibility statement of the directors in respect of the half-yearly financial report

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

·           the condensed consolidated set of interim financial statements has been prepared in                                       accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU;

 

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

 

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

 

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

By order of the Board

29 November 2016

 

The Board

The Directors who served during the six months to 30 September 2016 were:

 

Jeremy Pilkington (Chairman)

Neil Stothard (Chief Executive)

Allison Bainbridge (Group Finance Director)

Steve Rogers (Non-Executive Director)

Phil White (Non-Executive Director)

 

Independent review report to Vp plc

 

Report on the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

Our conclusion

 

We have reviewed Vp plc's Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements (the "interim financial statements") in the Interim Results of Vp plc for the 6 month period ended 30 September 2016.  Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

What we have reviewed

 

The interim financial statements comprise:

 

·     the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as at 30 September 2016;

·     the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement for the period then ended;

·     the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows for the period then ended;

·     the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity for the period then ended; and

·     the notes to the interim financial statements.

 

The interim financial statements included in the Interim Results have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 1 to the interim financial statements, the financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the full annual financial statements of the Group is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.

 

Responsibilities for the interim financial statements and the review

 

Our responsibilities and those of the directors

 

The Interim Results, including the interim financial statements, are the responsibility of, and have been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the interim results in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the interim financial statements in the Interim Results based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the company for the purpose of complying with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose.  We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

 

What a review of interim financial statements involves

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

 

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and, consequently, does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

We have read the other information contained in the Interim Results and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

 

Chartered Accountants

 

Leeds

 

29 November 2016

 

 

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