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S & U PLC
27 September 2016
 

                                                                                                                                                                             27 September 2016

S&U PLC

("S&U" or the "Group")

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 JULY 2016

 

S&U, the motor finance and specialist lender, today announces its interim results for the six months ending 31 July 2016.

 

 

Financial Highlights

·      Revenue up 39% to £28.3m   (H1 15: £20.4m)

·      Profit before taxation up 35% to £11.9m (H1 15: £8.8m)

·      Basic earnings per share up 36% to 79.2p  (H1 15: 58.3p)

·      First interim dividend increased by 20% to 24.0p per ordinary share (2015: 20.0p)

 

Operational Highlights

·      Record first half motor finance advances at Advantage Finance - up 54% on H1 15.

·      Motor finance collections and debt quality continue at near historical highs.

·      Post period end increased total funding facilities to £85m which together with 29% group gearing (2015: 45%) give significant headroom for organic expansion and new initiatives.

·      100,000th motor finance deal milestone achieved by Advantage.

·      Pilot launch announced of a property bridging finance operation.

 

 

Anthony Coombs, Chairman of S&U, commented:

"A further half-year's successful trading and a robust financial position, provide a solid springboard for sustained growth in the year ahead."

 

 

Enquiries:

S&U plc -                                             Anthony Coombs                                                              07767 687150

                                                                                                                                                            0121 705 7777      

Financial Advisers, Sponsors and Brokers

Arden Partners plc -                             Chris Hardie                                                                      0207 614 5917

Media and Investor Relations

Smithfield -                                           Ged Brumby                                                                         0207 903 0674 

 

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

The past six months have seen the continued development and growth in the record profitability of S&U plc; and in particular of Advantage Finance, our Grimsby based motor finance operation.  The Group's strong treasury position has enabled it to invest a further £23.3m in Advantage, where capital receivables from customers have reached £200m for the first time.  Despite this investment, Group gearing remains at a historically low 29%, thus leaving significant headroom both to finance record levels of Advantage transaction growth, and the planned piloting of a new venture in the specialist property finance sector, foreshadowed in my statement at the year end. 

All this has been achieved over a period of febrile political economy, with a change of government and some market volatility following the historic Brexit vote.  Much of the market turmoil was apparently the result of predictions made by certain doomsayers during the course of the Brexit debate.

Fortunately the real world appears to have had other ideas.  Recent figures on the manufacturing and service sectors, economic growth generally and consumer confidence provide grounds for optimism.  In particular, a buoyant new car market reflects a robust labour market and has resulted in excellent levels of demand for used vehicles.  Advantage has seen this evidenced by a record level of applications which are 58% up on last year.  Indeed, August saw Advantage achieve the remarkable milestone of 100,000 finance deals throughout its history.

The Group's half year results demonstrate our ability to consistently meet this demand.  Half-year group profit before tax is £11.9m, a 35% increase on last year.  Earnings per share are up a similar percentage at 79.2p (H1 15: 58.3p); Group revenue has grown by 39% to £28.3m and net assets have reached £131.2m.

Dividend

In pursuit of our goal of rewarding shareholders for the Group's results whilst aiming in the longer term for a twice covered dividend, your Board has decided to increase the first interim dividend to 24p per ordinary share (2015: 20p).  This will be paid on the 11 November 2016 to ordinary shareholders on the register on the 21 October 2016.  As usual, the payment dates for our second dividend will be on 10 March 2017 and that for our final dividend will be 7 July 2017.

Operational Review

Motor Finance

Advantage Finance has continued its remarkable history of steady and sustainable growth.  For the 17th successive year, profits increased in the first half to £11.9m (H1 15: £9.7m) an increase of 22% on last year.  Moreover, the health of the market and Advantage's increasing success within it are demonstrated by record new motor advances in the first half as new customers exceed 10,000 for the first time, an increase of 54% on 2015.  This trend has continued early into the second half year and live customer numbers today exceed 40,000, over a third higher than last year.

These trends will feed through to profit growth as collections quality continues at high levels. Whilst our rolling 12 months impairment to revenue percentage has increased from 16.9% at 31 July 2015 to 17.7% at 31 July 2016, this slightly higher percentage is still consistent with the excellent quality we have experienced post 2008 and is within our expected outcomes. In order to consolidate Advantage's success, we continue to refine and improve our under-writing, our speed of service, the depth and breadth of our broker network and our excellent collection service.  All will contribute to the continued prosperity of the business in the years to come.

Funding

Our confidence in both the present and the future for Advantage has meant a further £23.3m investment in Advantage. Group borrowing at the half year is £38m, our gearing is still just 29% (2015:45%),and after the period end the Group has agreed a £15m increase in our committed funding facilities, which are now £85m. This gives the Group substantial headroom to fund both future organic growth and new initiatives.

Current Trading and Outlook

Current trading and debt quality remain excellent and, aligned to our robust treasury position, provide a firm springboard for future growth.  This will in the main be spearheaded by Advantage Finance; nevertheless preparations are being made for the measured launch of a pilot secured bridging finance business.  Whilst we see significant potential in this specialist sector, we will of course pilot bridging finance with our usual caution and exacting standards.

Whatever the outcome, we confidently anticipate S&U's future development as one of Britain's most successful niche motor and specialist finance providers.

 

Anthony Coombs

Chairman

26 September 2016

 

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT

This interim management report has been prepared for the Group as a whole and therefore gives greater emphasis to those matters which are significant to S&U plc and its subsidiaries when viewed as a whole.

ACTIVITIES

The principal activity of the S&U plc Group (the "Group") continues to be that of specialist finance and in particular secured motor finance throughout England, Wales and Scotland. The principal activity of S&U plc Company (the "Company") is as holding company of the Group.

BUSINESS REVIEW, RESULTS AND DIVIDENDS

A review of developments during the six months together with key performance indicators and future prospects is detailed in the Chairman's Statement.

In September 2016 the Group agreed a new £40m revolving credit facility which is due to mature in March 2021 - this replaces existing £25m revolving credit facilities which were due to mature in March 2018. There are no other significant post balance sheet events to report.

The Group's profit on ordinary activities after taxation from continuing operations was £9,453,000 (2015: £6,926,000) and from both continuing and discontinued operations was £9,453,000 (2015: £60,617,000 including the profit on disposal of the home credit business). Dividends of £6,693,000 (2015: £5,827,000) were paid during the period.

The Directors recommend a first interim dividend of 24.0p per share (2015: 20.0p plus exceptional additional dividend of 125.0p from the proceeds of the home credit disposal). The dividend will be paid on 11 November 2016 to shareholders on the register on 21 October 2016. 

 

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Related party transactions are disclosed in note 11 of these financial statements.

 

DIRECTORS' REMUNERATION

During the six months the Remuneration Committee reviewed the current year remuneration package of Guy Thompson. Taking into account retention and motivation considerations, wider director remuneration trends and Guy's contribution to the excellent performance of Advantage Finance in the first half of this year it was decided to increase Guy Thompson's base salary from £320,000 to £360,000 with effect from 1 July 2016. It was also decided to increase Guy's maximum bonus potential for 2016/17 to £150,000 (the maximum potential was previously £100,000). A further longer term bonus of up to £50,000 has been awarded and will be paid in two years' time subject to the achievement of stretching performance conditions in both 2016/17 and the following year. These changes are within the existing Remuneration Policy which was approved by shareholders with a binding vote on 20 May 2014.

 

SHARE OPTION SCHEMES

During the six months, under the S&U Plc 2010 Long-Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP"), no options were awarded or lapsed. 18,667 options were exercised during the six months. 187,668 share options are still held under this plan as at 31 July 2016 (31 July 2015: 241,835 options and 31 January 2016: 206,335 options).

During the six months no options lapsed and no options were awarded under the S&U Plc 2008 Discretionary Share Option Plan ("DSOP"). 1,500 share options were exercised during the six months resulting in 1,050 share options still held under this plan as at 31 July 2016 (31 July 2015: 7,000 options and 31 January 2016: 2,550 options).

In the six months to 31 July 2016 the charge for these future share-based payments was £204,000 (2015: £343,000).

 

CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES

There have been no changes in accounting policies in either the current or previous financial periods shown.

 

CHANGES IN CONTINGENCIES

There have been no significant changes in contingent assets or liabilities since 31 January 2016.

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF GOING CONCERN

After making enquiries and considering the principal risks and uncertainties set out below, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing these financial statements.

 

PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

The Group is involved in the provision of consumer credit, and it is considered that the key material risk to which the Group is exposed is the credit risk inherent in amounts receivable from customers. This risk is principally controlled through our credit control policies supported by ongoing reviews for impairment. The value of amounts receivable from customers may also be subject to the risk of a severe downturn in the UK economy which might affect customers' ability to repay. The Group is primarily exposed to the non-prime motor finance sector and within that to the values of used vehicles which are used as security. These economic and concentration risks are principally controlled through our credit control policies including loan to value limits for the security and through ongoing monitoring and evaluation. The Board has also considered the potential impacts of the UK electorate's recent vote to leave the European Union and the future Brexit process;  at this stage it is unclear what precise longer term impact these may or may not have on the Group. Advantage, our motor finance business, has traded very well since the vote to leave was announced and historically has prospered through periods of both economic upturn and downturn.

 

Funding risk relates to the availability of sufficient borrowing facilities for the Group to meet its liabilities as they fall due, and this risk has reduced in line with the reduction in group gearing due to the receipt of the home credit disposal proceeds in August 2015. This funding risk is managed by ensuring that the Group has a variety of funding sources, and by managing the maturity of borrowing facilities such that sufficient funding is available for the medium term. Compliance with banking covenants is monitored closely so that facilities remain available at all times. The Group's activities expose it to the financial risks of changes in interest rates and where appropriate the Group uses interest rate derivative contracts to hedge these exposures in bank borrowings - no such interest rate derivative contracts are currently held.

 

In terms of legal risk, the Group is subject to legislation including consumer credit legislation which contains very detailed and highly technical requirements. The Group has procedures in place and employs dedicated compliance resource and specialist legal advisers to ensure compliance with this legislation. As required as part of the standard FCA full permission regime, Advantage Finance Limited applied for renewed authorisation in January 2016 and expects to see this confirmed later this year.  Regulatory Risk, including this FCA Authorisation Process, is addressed by the constant review and monitoring of Advantage's internal controls and processes.  This constant review and monitoring are buttressed by special advice from Trade and other organisations and by the independent work of our internal and statutory auditors.

 

The Group is also exposed to conduct risk in that it could fail to deliver fair outcomes to its customers which in turn could impact the reputation and financial performance of the Group. The Group principally manages this risk through staff training and motivation (Advantage is an Investor in People) and through detailed monthly monitoring of customer outcomes for compliance and treating customers fairly.

 

Other operational risks are endemic to any finance business.  Rigorous procedures, detailed recovery plans and, above all, sound experience and commercial common sense provide Advantage and the Group with appropriate protection.

 

 

Anthony Coombs

Chairman

26 September 2016

 

 

 

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

a)     the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, gives a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of S&U plc as required by DTR 4.2.4R;

b)    the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and

c)     the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related party transactions and changes therein).

By order of the Board

 

Chris Redford

Company Secretary

26 September 2016

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO S & U PLC

 

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 July 2016 which comprises the consolidated income statement, the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the consolidated balance sheet, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the consolidated cash flow statement and related notes 1 to 12. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company 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.  Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

 

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.  The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting," as adopted by the European Union.

 

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

 

Scope of review

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 inquiries, 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.

 

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 July 2016 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Deloitte LLP

Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditor

Birmingham, UK

26 September 2016

 

 

 

S&U PLC GROUP

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

Six months ended 31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

 

Unaudited Six months ended 31.7.16

£'000

 

 

 

Unaudited Six months ended 31.7.15

£'000

 

 

 

Audited

Financial

year ended 31.1.16

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

28,283

 

20,381

 

45,182

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

3

(11,588)

 

(7,053)

 

(16,591)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

16,695

 

13,328

 

28,591

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(4,116)

 

(3,454)

 

(7,340)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

12,579

 

9,874

 

21,251

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance costs (net)

 

(726)

 

(1,107)

 

(1,782)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

2

11,853

 

8,767

 

19,469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

4

(2,400)

 

(1,841)

 

(3,583)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period from continuing operations

 

9,453

 

6,926

 

15,886

 

Profit for the period from discontinued operations  

 

5

 

-

 

 

53,691

 

 

53,299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

9,453

 

60,617

 

69,185

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

From continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

6

79.2p

 

58.3p

 

133.6p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

6

78.5p

 

57.6p

 

132.4p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From continuing and discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

6

79.2p

 

510.3p

 

581.9p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

6

78.5p

 

504.1p

 

576.5p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

Unaudited

Six months ended 31.7.16

£000

Unaudited

Six months ended

31.7.15

£000

Audited

Financial

year ended 31.1.16

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

9,453

60,617

69,185

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension scheme

 

-

-

(34)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Comprehensive Income for the period

 

9,453

60,617

69,151

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items above will not be reclassified subsequently to the Income Statement.

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

 As at 31 July 2016                                      

 

 

 

Note

Unaudited 31.7.16

£'000

 

Unaudited 31.7.15

£'000

 

Audited

31.1.16

£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

           1,150

 

           1,090

 

           1,149

Amounts receivable from customers

8

122,697

 

85,488

 

102,069

Retirement benefit asset

 

-

 

20

 

 -

Deferred Tax

 

435

 

308

 

   435

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

124,282

 

86,906

 

103,653

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts receivable from customers

8

51,218

 

36,955

 

43,072

Trade and other receivables

 

692

 

82,740

 

580

Cash and cash equivalents

 

1

 

2

 

18,251

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51,911

 

119,697

 

61,903

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

176,193

 

206,603

 

165,556

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

(1,955)

 

(2,559)

 

(152)

Trade and other payables

 

(2,166)

 

(1,595)

 

(1,632)

Tax liabilities

 

(2,997)

 

(3,093)

 

(3,046)

Accruals and deferred income

 

(1,385)

 

(3,309)

 

(2,020)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(8,503)

 

(10,556)

 

(6,850)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

(36,000)

 

(59,000)

 

(30,000)

Financial liabilities

 

(450)

 

(450)

 

(450)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(36,450)

 

(59,450)

 

(30,450)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

(44,953)

 

(70,006)

 

(37,300)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

131,240

 

136,597

 

128,256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

1,694

 

1,685

 

1,691

Share premium account

 

2,281

 

2,215

 

2,264

Profit and loss account

 

127,265

 

132,697

 

124,301

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

 

131,240

 

136,597

 

128,256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

These interim condensed financial statements were approved on behalf of the Board of Directors on 26 September 2016.

Signed on behalf of the Board of Directors 

 

Anthony Coombs                                                           Chris Redford                                     Directors

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 Six months ended 31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

Share premium account

 

Profit and loss account

 

 

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 February 2015

1,685

2,215

77,564

81,464

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for six month period

-

-

60,617

60,617

Other comprehensive income for period

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

           Total comprehensive income for period

-

-

60,617

60,617

Issue of new shares

-

-

-

-

Cost of future share based payments

-

-

343

343

Tax charge on equity items

-

-

-

-

Dividends

-

-

(5,827)

(5,827)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2015

1,685

2,215

132,697

136,597

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for six month period

-

-

8,568

8,568

Other comprehensive income for period

-

-

(34)

(34)

 

 

 

 

 

           Total comprehensive income for period

-

-

8,534

8,534

Issue of new shares

6

49

-

55

Cost of future share based payments

-

-

338

338

Tax charge on equity items

-

-

(5)

(5)

Dividends

-

-

(17,263)

(17,263)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 January 2016

1,691

2,264

124,301

128,256

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for six month period

-

-

9,453

9,453

Other comprehensive income for period

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

           Total comprehensive income for period

-

-

9,453

9,453

Issue of new shares

3

17

-

20

Cost of future share based payments

-

-

204

204

Tax charge on equity items

-

-

-

-

Dividends

-

-

(6,693)

(6,693)

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2016

1,694

2,281

127,265

131,240

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

 

Six months ended 31 July 2016

 

 

 

 

Note

Unaudited Six months ended 31.7.16

£'000

 

Unaudited Six months ended 31.7.15

£'000

 

Audited

Financial

31.1.16

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

9

(19,257)

 

(3,173)

 

(16,017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows (used in)/from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

31

 

1,657

 

1,685

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(154)

 

(649)

 

(869)

Proceeds on sale of subsidiary

 

-

 

-

 

79,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in)/from investing activities

 

(123)

 

1,008

 

80,716

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

(6,693)

 

(5,827)

 

(23,090)

Issue of new shares

 

20

 

-

 

55

Receipt of new borrowings

 

6,000

 

4,500

 

4,500

Repayment of borrowings

 

-

 

-

 

(29,000)

Increase in overdraft

 

1,803

 

2,559

 

152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from/(used in) financing activities

 

1,130

 

1,232

 

(47,383)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(18,250)

 

(933)

 

17,316

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

18,251

 

935

 

935

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

1

 

2

 

18,251

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash in bank

 

1

 

2

 

18,251

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM STATEMENTS

 Six months ended 31 July 2016

 

1.         ACCOUNTING POLICIES

1.1 General Information

S&U plc is a company incorporated in the United Kingdom under the Companies Act 2006. The address of the registered office is given in note 12 which is also the Group's principal business address. All operations are situated in the United Kingdom.

 

1.2 Basis of preparation and accounting policies

These financial statements have been prepared using accounting policies consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union.

The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in the financial statements as applied in the Group's latest annual audited financial statements. The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and all its subsidiaries for the six months ended 31 July 2016.

 

After making enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing these financial statements.

 

New and amended standards and interpretations need to be adopted in the first interim financial statements issued after their effective date (or date of early adoption).  There were no standards and interpretations which were effective for the first time during the six months ended 31 July 2016 and which would materially affect these interim financial statements.

 

 

2.        ANALYSES OF REVENUE AND PROFIT BEFORE TAXATION

All revenue is generated in the United Kingdom. Analyses by class of business of revenue and profit before taxation are stated below:

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

Class of business

 

Six months ended 31.7.16

£'000

 

Six months ended 31.7.15

£'000

 

Financial

year ended 31.1.16

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

 

 

Motor finance

 

28,283

 

20,381

 

45,182

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

28,283

 

20,381

 

45,182

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation 

 

 

 

Class of business

 

Six months ended 31.7.16

£'000

 

Six months ended 31.7.15

£'000

 

Financial

year ended 31.1.16

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

 

 

Motor finance

 

11,852

 

9,685

 

20,400

Central costs net of central finance income

 

1

 

(918)

 

(931)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

11,853

 

8,767

 

19,469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.         COST OF SALES

 

Six months ended 31.7.16

Six months ended 31.7.15

Financial

year ended 31.1.16

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

Loan loss provisioning charge - motor finance

4,959

3,205

7,611

Other cost of sales

6,629

3,848

8,980

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

11,588

7,053

16,591

 

 

 

 

 

4.         TAXATION

             The tax charge for the period has been calculated by applying the estimated effective tax rate for the year of 20.25% (31 July 2015: 21.00% and 31 January 2016: 18.40%) to the profit before taxation for the six months.

 

5.         PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

Last year on 7 July 2015 the Group entered into a sale agreement to dispose of its Loansathome4u home credit business including the subsidiary company SD Taylor Ltd. The disposal was completed on 4 August 2015.

The results of the discontinued operations, which have been included in last year's consolidated income statement, were as follows;

 

Unaudited Six months ended 31.7.16

£'000

 

Unaudited Six months ended 31.7.15

£'000

 

Audited

Financial

year ended 31.1.16

£'000

Revenue

-

 

17,191

 

17,191

Loan loss provision for consumer credit

-

 

(3,646)

 

(3,646)

Other cost of sales

-

 

(113)

 

(113)

Administrative expenses

-

 

(9,340)

 

(9,340)

Finance costs (net)

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

-

 

4,092

 

4,092

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable Taxation

-

 

(852)

 

(852)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after Taxation

-

 

3,240

 

3,240

Profit on disposal of discontinued operations

-

 

50,531

 

50,139

Attributable Taxation

-

 

(80)

 

(80)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period from discontinued operations

-

 

53,691

 

53,299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As shown above a profit of just over £50m arose on the disposal being the difference between the disposal proceeds of £82.5m and the carrying value of the disposed home credit assets less anticipated transaction costs. During the six months last year to 31.7.15 before its disposal Loansathome4u contributed £7.8m to the group's operating cash flows.          

It is expected that, subject to agreement with HMRC, no tax charge will arise as a result of the sale of the home credit business by S&U plc due to the application of statutory relief provided by the substantial shareholdings exemption.          

 

6.         EARNINGS PER ORDINARY SHARE

The calculation of earnings per ordinary share from continuing operations is based on profit for the period from continuing operations of £9,453,000 (period ended 31 July 2015: £6,926,000 and year ended 31 January 2016: £15,886,000).

The calculation of earnings per ordinary share from continuing and discontinued operations is based on profit for the period of £9,453,000 (period ended 31 July 2015: £60,617,000 and year ended 31 January 2015: £69,185,000).

The number of shares used in the basic calculation is the average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period of 11,939,415 (period ended 31 July 2015: 11,879,110 and year ended 31 January 2016:  11,888,591).

For diluted earnings per share the average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares relating to our share option scheme awards.

 

7.         DIVIDENDS

A second interim dividend of 23.0p per ordinary share and a final dividend of 33.0p per ordinary share for the financial year ended 31 January 2016 were paid during the six month period to 31 July 2016 (total of 56.0p per ordinary share). This compares to a second interim dividend of 19.0p per ordinary share and a final dividend of 30.0p per ordinary share for the financial year ended 31 January 2015 which were paid during the 6 months period to 31 July 2015 (total of 49.0p per ordinary share). During the twelve months to 31 January 2016 total dividends of 194.0p per ordinary share were paid. These distributions are shown in the consolidated statement of changes in equity in this interim financial information.

The directors have also declared a first interim dividend of 24.0p per share (2015: 20.0p per share). Last year in November 2015 an exceptional additional ordinary dividend of 125.0p per share from the proceeds of disposal of the home credit business was also paid. The first interim dividend, which amounts to approximately £2,870,000 (2015: £2,380,000), will be paid on 11 November 2016 to shareholders on the register at 21 October 2016.  The shares will be quoted ex dividend on 20 October 2016. The interim financial information does not include this proposed dividend as it was declared after the balance sheet date.

 

8.         ANALYSIS OF AMOUNTS RECEIVABLE FROM CUSTOMERS

All operations are situated in the United Kingdom. 

 

 

Amounts Receivable 

 

 

 

Motor Finance

 

Six months ended 31.7.16

£'000

 

Six months ended 31.7.15

£'000

 

Financial

year ended 31.1.16

£'000

Amounts receivable from customers (capital)

 

200,501

 

144,451

 

169,420

Less: Loan loss provision for motor finance

 

(26,586)

 

(22,008)

 

(24,279)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts receivable from customers (net)

 

173,915

 

122,443

 

145,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysed as:- due within one year

51,218

 

36,955

 

43,072

                    - due in more than one year

 

122,697

 

85,488

 

102,069

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts receivable from customers (net)

 

173,915

 

122,443

 

145,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.         RECONCILIATION OF PROFIT BEFORE TAX TO CASH FLOW USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Six

months

ended

31.7.16

£'000

Six months ended 31.7.15

£'000

 

Financial

year ended

 31.1.16

£'000

 

Operating Profit

Finance costs paid

 

 

12,579

(760)

 

64,497

(1,107)

 

 

25,343

(1,913)

Finance income received

 

34

-

 

131

Tax paid

 

(2,449)

(3,006)

 

(4,927)

      Depreciation on plant, property and equipment

 

119

298

 

426

Loss on disposal on plant, property and equipment

 

3

10

 

15

Decrease/(increase) in amounts receivable from customers

 

(28,774)

18,566

 

(4,132)

Decrease in inventories

 

-

59

 

59

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(112)

(82,095)

 

65

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

534

(1,089)

 

(1,052)

(Decrease)/increase in accruals and deferred income

 

(635)

351

 

(938)

Increase in cost of future share based payments

 

204

343

 

681

Decrease in retirement benefit obligations

 

-

-

 

(14)

Disposal of subsidiary assets

 

-

-

 

(29,761)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow used in operating activities

 

(19,257)

(3,173)

 

(16,017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

Operating profit in the six months ended 31 July 2015 and for the year ended 31 January 2016 includes profit before tax on discontinued operations - note 5.
 

10.       BORROWINGS          

Movements in our loans and overdrafts for the respective periods are shown in the consolidated cash flow statement. As expected, cash used in operating activities was higher in the six months to 31 July 2016 than in the same period last year reflecting the discontinuing of home credit and a 54% increase in motor finance advances in the first 6 months of this year.

 

11.       RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this report. During the six months the Group made charitable donations amounting to £25,000 (6 months to July 2015: £21,000; year to January 2016: £45,000) via the Keith Coombs Trust which is a related party because Messrs GDC Coombs, AMV Coombs, D Markou and CH Redford are trustees.  The amount owed to the Keith Coombs Trust at the half year end was £nil (July 2015: £nil; January 2016 £nil). During the six months the Group obtained supplies amounting to £9,841 (6 months to July 2015: £nil; year to January 2016: £nil) from Grevayne Properties Limited, a company which is a related party because Messrs GDC and AMV Coombs are directors and shareholders.  The amount owed to Grevayne Properties Limited at the half year end was £nil (July 2015: £nil; January 2016 £nil). All related party transactions were settled in full.
 

12.       INTERIM REPORT

The information for the year ended 31 January 2016 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  A copy of the statutory accounts for that year has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The auditor's report on those accounts was not qualified, did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying the report and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of this Interim Report will be made available to all our shareholders and to the public on our website at www.suplc.co.uk and at the Company's registered office at 6 The Quadrangle, Cranmore Avenue, Solihull B90 4LE.


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