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Comptoir Group PLC
09 September 2016
 

Comptoir Group plc

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

 

Half-yearly report for the period ending 30 June 2016

 

Highlights

 

·      Group revenue of £9.7m up by 24.6% (2015: £7.7m)

·      Gross profit of £3.79m up by 10.2% (2015: £3.4m)

·      Adjusted EBITDA* before highlighted items of £1.0m up by 9.2% (2015: £0.9m)

·      Net cash and cash equivalents at the period end of £8.0m (30/06/2015: £1.3m)

·      Following the IPO, the company now has a balance sheet position from which it can pursue its intended expansion and growth.

·      With the current pipeline, it is hoped that the balance of 2016 will see 8 new sites opened which will be funded from the Group's operating cash flow and the proceeds from the IPO.

 

*Adjusted EBITDA was calculated from the profit/(loss) before taxation adding back interest, depreciation, the costs arising from the flotation (IPO), share-based payments and non-recurring costs incurred in opening new sites (note 10).

 

Richard Kleiner, Non-Executive Chairman, said: "We are delighted to announce Comptoir Group Plc's maiden set of results as a quoted company in respect of the 6 month period to 30 June 2016. The Group's pipeline for new sites is well developed and we look forward to another period of strong growth in the second half of the year. I would like to thank my fellow directors and the whole of the Comptoir Group team for their efforts over the interim period and for seeing the Group through its IPO in June 2016."

 

9th September 2016

 

Enquiries:

 

Comptoir Group plc

Chaker Hanna                                                                      Tel: 0207 486 1111

 

Cenkos Securities plc (NOMAD and Broker)

Bobbie Hilliam                                                                     Tel: 020 7397 8900 

Alex Aylen

 

 

Chief executive's review

 

I am pleased to report the results for the 6-month period ended 30 June 2016.  The performance of the Group's various brands and restaurants, during the first six months of the year, was strong. As reported at the IPO, the Group ended the period owning and operating 15 restaurants based in the Greater London and Manchester area.  Revenue for the period was £9.7m, an increase of £2m or 26% (£7.7m).  Adjusted EBITDA was £1.0m, an increase of £0.1m or 9.2% (2015: £0.9m).  Following various adjustments including the company's flotation on the AIM market and other highlighted items, the income statement shows a pre-tax loss of £0.4m.

 

The Group's largest brand, Comptoir Libanais, had revenues of £6.9m (2015: £5.6m), an increase of £1.3m or 23.2%. Other sites in the Group delivered revenues of £2.5m (2015: £2.0m), an increase of £0.5m or 25%. During the 6-month period to 30 June, the Group did experience a number of additional cost pressures including the National Living Wage, which was implemented at the beginning of April 2016. The management team have worked hard during the period to mitigate these various costs pressures through efficiencies and looking at improving the Group's gross margin.

 

The basic loss per share for the period was 0.47 pence (2015: basic earnings per share 0.44 pence) and diluted loss per share was 0.47 pence (2015: diluted earnings per share 0.44 pence).

 

 

Estate Roll-out

 

It is anticipated that the Group will open 8 new sites before the end of December 2016. The pipeline for 2017 and even 2018 has already started being developed and includes a number of other sites, the contract for one of which has already been exchanged but is not due to be completed until Q2 of 2017.

 

 

Cash Flows & Balance Sheet

 

Cash and cash equivalents increased in the period by £7.4m (2015: cash used £0.4m), principally from shares issued as part of the IPO. The group's cash balance at the end of the reporting period was £8.0m (2015: £1.3m). As at 30 June 2016 the Group had bank borrowings of £2.3m (2015: £1.9m) from sites that opened prior to the AIM admission. 

 

The Group's focus remains on expanding the number of operational sites through a programme of expansion although the Group does continue to assess acquisition opportunities which may be a strategic fit and add value to the Group's overall operations. 

 

 

Current Trading and Outlook

 

As indicated above, the Group continues to control its costs and improve its operational efficiencies and margins and, with the quality of the new site openings planned for the remainder of the financial year, together with the continuing solid trading that the Group has experienced in July and August, there is a degree of confidence of achieving the board's expectations for the full 2016 financial year. 

 

However, this does assume that there are no material factors which could impact on the results including significant delays in the opening of the new sites or macro-economic factors outside the Group's control.

 

 

Subsequent Events

 

After the period end, the Group exercised its option to acquire the building occupied by the Group's central production unit. As at the date of this report the Group was still in negotiations with the current owner of the property in respect of the final acquisition cost, although a ceiling of £1.6m has previously been agreed.

 

 

 

Chaker Hanna

Chief Executive



 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the half-year ended 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

Half-year ended

30 June 2016

£

 

Half-year ended 30 June 2015

£

 

Year ended 31 December 2015

£

 

Revenue

 


9,649,207

7,744,356

17,727,212

Cost of sales

 


(5,862,402)

(4,299,697)

(9,172,904)

Gross profit

 


3,786,805

3,444,659

8,554,308

Operating expenses

  - Depreciation

  - Administrative expenses

 


 

(414,357)

(3,064,924)

 

 

(287,313)

(2,655,280)

 

(696,258)

(6,523,451)

AIM admission costs

2

(196,561)

-

-






Share-based payment charge

4

(513,810)

-

-






Other income

 


93,190

2,066

50,000

Operating (loss)/profit

 


(309,657)

504,132

1,384,599

Finance costs

 


(37,553)

(29,261)

(68,242)

(Loss)/profit before tax

 


(347,210)

474,871

1,316,357

Tax

 


(25,895)

(120,838)

(317,706)

(Loss)/profit for the period

 


(373,105)

354,033

998,651

Other comprehensive income


-

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the period


(373,105)

354,033

998,651






Basic (loss)/earnings per share (pence)

5

(0.47)

0.44

1.25











Diluted (loss)/earnings per share (pence)

5

(0.47)

0.44

1.25






 

All of the above results are derived from continuing operations

Consolidated balance sheet

At 30 June 2016

 


Notes

30 June 2016

£

30 June 2015

£

31 December 2015

£

 

Assets

 





Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment

6

6,081,515

5,026,723

6,225,681

 

Current asset





Inventories


315,393

208,131

304,199

Trade and other receivables


1,716,232

1,557,668

1,637,140

Deferred taxation asset


267,495

164,733

164,733

Cash and cash equivalents


8,002,286

1,332,160

667,247



10,301,406

 

3,262,692

 

2,773,319

 

Total assets


16,382,921

8,289,415

8,999,000

 

Liabilities





 

Current liabilities





Borrowings


(662,180)

(575,347)

(1,162,543)

Trade and other payables


(2,687,825)

(2,594,561)

(2,860,563)

Current tax liabilities


(341,899)

(238,868)

(273,341)



(3,691,904)

(3,408,776)

(4,296,447)

 

Non-current liabilities





Borrowings


(1,691,902)

(1,522,577)

(1,236,258)

Provisions for liabilities


(326,380)

(234,698)

(281,377)



(2,018,282)

 

(1,757,275)

 

(1,517,635)

 

Total liabilities


(5,710,186)

(5,166,051)

(5,814,082)

 

Net assets


 

10,672,735

 

3,123,364

 

3,184,918

 

 





Equity





Share capital

8

960,000

100

100

Share premium

8

6,465,587

-

-

Other reserves


513,810

-

-

Retained earnings


2,733,338

 

3,123,264

 

3,184,818

 

Total equity - attributable to equity shareholders of the company


10,672,735

3,123,364

3,184,918

 



 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the half-year ended 30 June 2016

 


Notes

 

Share capital

£

 

Share premium

£

 

Other reserves

£

Retained earnings

£

 

Total equity

£

 

Half year ended 30 June 2016














At 1 January 2016

 


100

-

-

3,184,818

3,184,918

Total comprehensive income


-

-

-

(373,105)

(373,105)

 

Transactions with owners







Equity dividends

7

-

-

-

(78,375)

(78,375)

Share based-payments

4

-

-

513,810

-

513,810

Issue of shares

2

959,900

6,465,587

-

-

7,425,487

Total transactions with owners


959,900

6,465,587

513,810

(78,375)

7,860,922

 

At 30 June 2016


 

960,000

 

6,465,587

 

513,810

 

2,733,338

 

10,672,735








Half-year ended 30 June 2015














At 1 January 2015

 


100

-

-

2,855,842

2,855,942

Total comprehensive income


-

-

-

354,033

354,033








Transactions with owners







Equity dividends

7

-

-

-

(86,611)

(86,611)

Total transactions with owners


-

-

-

(86,611)

(86,611)








At 30 June 2015


100

-

-

3,123,264

3,123,364

 

 







Year ended 31 December 2015














At 1 January 2015


100

-

-

2,855,842

2,855,942








Total comprehensive income


-

-

-

998,651

998,651








Transactions with owners







Equity dividends

7

-

-

-

(669,675)

(669,675)

Total transactions with owners


-

-

-

(669,675)

(669,675)








At 31 December 2015


100

-

-

3,184,818

3,184,918



 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

For the half-year ended 30 June 2016

 


Notes

 

Half-year ended 30 June 2016

£

 

Half-year ended 30 June 2015

£

 

Year ended 31 December 2015

£

 

Operating activities

 





Cash flow (used by)/from operations

9

(250,620)

434,976

1,935,265

Interest paid


(37,553)

(29,261)

(68,242)

Tax received/(paid)

 


18,409

(118,101)

(218,547)

Net cash (used by)/from operating activities


 

(269,764)

 

287,614

 

1,648,476

 

Investing activities





Purchase of property, plant & equipment


(270,190)

(1,404,380)

(3,012,283)






Net cash used in investing activities


(270,190)

(1,404,380)

(3,012,283)

 

Financing activities





Proceeds from issue of shares


7,425,487

-

(100)

Dividends paid to equity shareholders


(78,375)

(86,611)

(669,675)

Drawdown of new bank borrowings


825,000

1,000,000

1,000,000

Repayment of bank borrowings


(239,216)

(177,367)

(418,891)

Increase in other borrowings


-

-

437,016

Payment of finance lease obligations

 


(45,487)

(51,156)

(93,772)

Net cash outflow from financing activities


7,887,409

684,866

254,578

 

 





Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 


7,347,455

(431,900)

(1,109,229)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 


654,831

1,764,060

1,764,060

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


 

8,002,286

 

1,332,160

 

654,831

 

 





Cash and cash equivalents:





Cash at bank and in hand


8,002,286

1,332,160

667,247

Bank overdrafts included in creditors payable within one year


-

-

(12,416)






 



Notes to the financial information

For the half-year ended 30 June 2016

 

1.   Basis of preparation

 

The consolidated half-yearly financial information for the half-year ended 30 June 2016, has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies which the group expects to adopt in its next annual report for the year ending 31 December 2016 and is consistent with those adopted in the consolidated historical financial information presented in the company's Alternative Investment Market ("AIM") Admission Document. These accounting policies are based on the EU-adopted International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and International Financial Reporting Interpretation Committee ("IFRIC") interpretations that the group expects to be applicable at 31 December 2016. This consolidated half-yearly information for the half-year ended 30 June 2016 has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34: 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the EU, and under the historical cost convention.

 

The financial information relating to the half-year ended 30 June 2016 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory financial statements as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. It has, however, been reviewed by the company's auditors and their report is set out at the end of this document. The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2015 have been extracted from the consolidated financial statements, on which the auditors gave an unqualified audit opinion and did not include a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. Whilst those financial statements were not prepared under IFRS, but under UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice ("UK GAAP"), no accounting adjustments were required in order to align the UK GAAP financial information with IFRS. The annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015 has been filed with the Registrar of Companies.

 

The group's financial risk management objectives and policies are consistent with those disclosed in the 2015 annual report and accounts.

 

The half-yearly report was approved by the board of directors on 8 September 2016. The half-yearly report is available on the Comptoir Libanais website, www.comptoirlibanais.com, and is being sent to shareholders. Further copies are available at Comptoir Group's registered office, Suite 4 Strata House, 34a Waterloo Road, London, NW2 7UH.

 

Going concern

 

The directors are satisfied that the group has sufficient cash resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future, a period of not less than 12 months from the date of this report. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

 

2.   AIM admission costs

 

During the six-month period to 30 June 2016, the company carried out an initial public offering ("IPO") of its ordinary shares and on 21 June 2016 the ordinary shares of the company were admitted to trading on London's Alternative Investment Market ("AIM"). At the time of the IPO the company issued 16,000,000 new shares to the public at an IPO price of £0.50 each, raising £8,000,000 of new capital for the group.

 

The expenses incurred directly in the issue of the new shares have been debited to the share premium account, whilst the costs incurred relating to the admission of the company's existing shares to trading on AIM have been included within AIM admission costs and are shown separately on the face of the income statement.

 

 

3.   Operating segments

 

The Group has only one operating segment: the operation of restaurants with Lebanese and Middle Eastern offering and one geographical segment (the United Kingdom). The Group's brands meet the aggregation criteria set out in paragraph 22 of IFRS 8 "Operating Segments" and as such the Group reports the business as one reportable segment.

 

 

4.   Share options and share-based payment charge

 

On 14 June 2016 the company established an Enterprise Management Incentive ("EMI") share option scheme and on the same day granted 2,970,000 EMI share options to certain key employees. The exercise price of all of the options is £0.50, the term to expiration is 10 years and all of the options have the same vesting conditions attached to them.

 

On 21 June 2016, as a result of the company's IPO, all 2,970,000 of the EMI options in issue vested, resulting in a charge to the income statement equal to the fair value of the options on the date of grant. Since vesting and to the date of approval of this financial information none of the options had either been exercised or had lapsed.

 

The total share-based payment charge for the period was £513,810 (half-year ended 30 June 2015: £Nil and year ended 31 December 2015: £Nil).

 

 

5.   (Loss)/earnings per share

 

As at 30 June 2015 and 31 December 2015 the company had 10,000 ordinary shares in issue. In June 2016, these shares were sub-divided into 80,000,000 shares. The basic and diluted earnings per share figures, which are set out below, have been calculated assuming 80,000,000 shares were in issue at each of those prior period end dates.

 


Half-year ended

30 June 2016

£

 

Half-year ended

30 June 2015

£

Year ended

31 December 2015

£

(Loss)/profit attributable to shareholders

(373,105)

354,033

998,651





Assumed number of shares

Number

 

Number

 

Number

 

For basic earnings per share

80,000,000

80,000,000

80,000,000

Adjustment for options outstanding

1,043,588

-

-

For diluted earnings per share

81,043,588

80,000,000

80,000,000

 

 





Pence per share

Pence per share

Pence per share

(Loss)/earnings per share:




Basic (loss)/earnings per share

(0.47)

0.44

1.25





Diluted (loss)/earnings per share

(0.47)

0.44

1.25





 

On the date of the IPO the company issued a further 16,000,000 new shares. The basic and diluted earnings per share figures, based on the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period ended 30 June 2016 and the actual number of shares in issue at June 2015 and December 2015, are set out below.

 

 

 




Weighted average number of shares

Number

 

Number

 

Number

 

For basic earnings per share

11,613,187

10,000

10,000

Adjustment for options outstanding

1,043,588

-

-

For diluted earnings per share

12,656,775

10,000

10,000

 

 





Pence per share

Pence per share

Pence per share

Earnings per share:




Basic (pence)




From (loss)/profit for the period

(3.21)

3,540

9,987





Diluted (pence)




From (loss)/profit for the period

(3.21)

3,540

9,987

 

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit or loss attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of shares and 'in the money' share options in issue. Share options are classified as 'in the money' if their exercise price is lower than the average share price for the period. As required by IAS 33, this calculation assumes that the proceeds receivable from the exercise of 'in the money' options would be used to purchase shares in the open market in order to reduce the number of new shares that would need to be issued.

 

The diluted loss per share for the period ended 30 June 2016 has been kept the same as the basic loss per share as the conversion of share options decreases the basic loss per share, thus being anti-dilutive.

 

 

6.      Property, plant and equipment

 

During the period the group spent £83,007 (half-year ended 30 June 2015: £537,192 and year ended 31 December 2015: £998,736) on plant and machinery.  During the period depreciation charges of £118,628 were recognised in respect of these assets.

 

During the period the group spent £115,158 (half-year ended 30 June 2015: £751,202 and year ended 31 December 2015: £1,646,617) on leasehold improvements.  During the period depreciation charges of £239,336 were recognised in respect of these assets.

 

During the period the group spent £72,025 (half-year ended 30 June 2015: £115,986 and year ended 31 December 2015: £366,930) on fixtures, fittings and equipment.  During the period depreciation charges of £56,393 were recognised in respect of these assets.

 

 

7.      Dividends

 

Amounts recognised as distributable to equity holders in the period:

 


Half-year ended 30 June 2016

£

 

Half-year ended 30 June 2015

£

Year ended 31 December 2015

£

Dividend for the year ended 31 December 2015 of £8.66 per share

N/A

86,611 

86,611

Dividend for the year ended 31 December 2015 of £58.31 per share

N/A

583,064

Dividend for the year ending 31 December 2016 of £7.84 per share

78,375

N/A

N/A

 

Prior to the company's IPO, its Chief Executive, C Hanna, and its Creative and Founding Director, A Kitous, were remunerated by way of dividends in lieu of market rate salaries. Since the company's IPO, these directors have taken market rate salaries instead of such dividends.

 

 

8.      Share capital

 

Allotted and fully paid

 


Number of ordinary 1p shares


30 June 2016

 

30 June 2015

 

31 December 2015

 

Brought forward

10,000

10,000

10,000

Issued in the period

95,990,000

-

-

Carried forward

96,000,000

10,000

10,000

 

 


Nominal value


30 June 2016

£

 

30 June 2015

£

 

31 December 2015

£

 

Brought forward

100

100

100

Issued in the period

959,900

-

-

Carried forward

960,000

100

100

 

The company had 5,000 ordinary shares of £0.01 each and 5,000 B ordinary shares of £0.01 each in issue as at 30 June 2015 and 31 December 2015. In June 2016, the 5,000 B ordinary shares were re-designated as ordinary shares of £0.01 each and 79,990,000 new ordinary shares of £0.01 each were allotted and issued to the existing shareholders as a bonus issue of shares. On 21 June 2016 the company issued 16,000,000 new shares to the public as part of the IPO and admission of the shares to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, raising £8 million, before costs of the share issue.

 

 

9.      Cash flow from operations

 


Half-year ended 30 June 2016

£

 

Half-year ended 30 June 2015

£

 

Year ended 31 December 2015

£

 

(Loss)/profit for the period

(373,105)

354,033

998,651





Income tax expense

25,895

120,838

317,706

Finance costs

37,553

29,261

68,242

Depreciation

414,357

287,313

696,258

Share-based payment charge

513,810

-

-





Movements in working capital




Increase in inventories

(11,194)

(34,753)

(130,821)

Increase in trade and other receivables

(112,599)

(459,804)

(536,884)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables and provisions

(745,337)

138,088

522,113





 

Cash (used by)/from operations

 

(250,620)

 

434,976

 

1,935,265

 

 

10.   Adjusted EBITDA

 

Adjusted EBITDA was calculated from the profit/loss before taxation adding back interest, depreciation, the costs arising from the flotation (IPO), share-based payments and non-recurring costs incurred in opening new sites, as follows:

 

 

 


6 months ended

30 June 2016


6 months ended 30 June 2015



£

 


£

(Loss)/profit before tax

 


(347,210)


474,871

Add back:





Interest

 


37,553


29,261

Depreciation

 


414,357


287,313

EBITDA

 


104,700


791,445

Non-trading items:





AIM admission costs

 


196,561


-

Share-based payments

 


513,810


-

Non-recurring costs incurred in opening new sites

 


189,135


128,313

Adjusted EBITDA


1,004,206


919,758

 

 

11.   Subsequent events

 

After the period end, the Group exercised its option to acquire the building occupied by the Group's central production unit. As at the date of this report the Group was still in negotiations with the current owner of the property in respect of the final acquisition cost, although a ceiling of £1.6m had previously been agreed.


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