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CEPS PLC
30 September 2016
 

30 September 2016

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014 (MAR).

 

CEPS PLC

(the "Group" or the "Company")

HALF-YEARLY REPORT

The Board is pleased to announce its unaudited half-yearly report for the six month period ended 30 June 2016.

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

The period we are reporting on is the six months prior to the Referendum on membership of the European Union.  Apart from an increase in the costs of some products bought in Dollars and Euros, there has been no discernible impact, at this stage, from the resulting vote to leave the European Union.  In fact, in common with many UK orientated businesses, we would not expect that an eventual exit from the European Union will have a material impact on our subsidiaries.

Considerable effort is ongoing across all companies in the Group to improve efficiency of production and selling capability.  Sadly, this has led to a number of people having to leave the Group as we seek to improve capability in all aspects of all companies.  

Unsurprisingly, we have also been looking at further core acquisitions and a number of "bolt-on" transactions to be integrated into existing subsidiaries.  Whilst we have nothing to report at the moment, we would be disappointed if we were unable to deliver a further acquisition in the next six months.

Review of the period

The most significant event of this period was Hickton Consultants Limited ("Hickton") joining the CEPS Group of companies at the end of January.  Hickton supplies "clerk of works" services to the construction industry.  The usual CEPS structure was employed using a new company funded by CEPS, external investors and Tony Mobbs, the Managing Director, to acquire the business from the retiring shareholders.  CEPS acquired 55% of the equity and funded this investment with a one year loan. 

 

As ever, with a small but growing group of companies, not all businesses perform exactly as we expect.  However, taking the Group as a whole we are pleased with the overall direction of travel.

 

Financial review

The first six months of the year include a maiden contribution from Hickton from February 2016 and full consolidation of CEM Press, which explains the sales increase of 29% from £9.2m to £11.9m.  The overall change is actually made up of a reduction in sales at Davies Odell and increases for Sunline, Friedman's and Aford Awards.  

Gross profit has risen by 82% to £2.28m and Group costs have risen because of the arrangement fee associated with the loan taken on to buy Hickton.  This increase in net debt from £1.7m last year to £2.7m at 30 June 2016 is also reflected in the increased finance charge.  Operating profit has increased marginally to £421,000.  However, this is struck after the costs of the Hickton acquisition of £126,000 have also been deducted.  These costs are capitalised in the subsidiary holding company, but have to be written off at the CEPS Group level. 

Of course, the impact of the fundraising from last year, when the share capital was increased, has also had a major impact on the earnings per share which were 0.09p per share at 30 June 2016 compared to 1.76p at 30 June 2015.

Gearing is 53%, an increase from 31% at the comparable period last year reflecting the loan taken on to acquire Hickton.

    

Operational review

 

1.       Aford Awards

Aford Awards has performed in line with expectations and is continuing to repay the Vendor Loan Notes.  The company has reconfigured its production facility and showroom, thereby improving its production and selling capability.  It operates in a sector which is made up of a large number of very small businesses and an area where we feel there will be a number of consolidation opportunities.

 

2.       CEM Press

CEM Press has had a subdued first half as it is implementing a "change process" to improve quality and efficiency in its operations as its market has become more competitive over the past three years.  The benefits of this investment in people and systems are taking time to be evidenced in the company's results.  However, we believe it is moving in the right direction and are hopeful that all of the hard work will produce better results for the balance of this year and that they will be a solid contributor next year.

 

3.       Davies Odell

Davies Odell has continued to struggle in a very competitive marketplace and is now facing currency headwinds as a result of the recent decline in Sterling against the Dollar and Euro.  The company has reconfigured its production units and is developing products to compete more effectively in the UK market.

 

4.       Friedman's

Friedman's has achieved another good result and is continuing to produce significant cash and dividends.  This is a very successful company and the management is committed to further expansion and development over the next few years.

 

5.       Hickton Consultants

          Hickton, a supplier of "clerk of works" services to the construction industry was acquired by CEPS and the management team with other investors at the end of January 2016.  CEPS acquired 55% of the company established to effect the acquisition.  We are very pleased with the progress that has been made in this brief period of ownership.  This is another sector which is populated by a large number of small enterprises and, over time, we would expect Hickton to be a catalyst for consolidation.  

 

6.       Sunline

Whilst the results for this period are behind budget, we are very encouraged by the rapid progress of the "pick, pack and dispatch" business and the newly set-up marketing services business.  We expect both of these divisions to reduce their losses in the second six months of the year and to move into profit next year.  As these develop and become more significant they will provide a strong base of recurring profits on which to develop Sunline in the future.

 

The original business continues to seek efficiencies to ensure that it is the lowest cost producer in a very competitive marketplace.  The collapse of Polestar, a very large printing company, has produced a welcome addition to business albeit placing additional pressure on the business at very busy times.  

 

Dividend

Given the acquisition and development opportunities in the Group, it is not considered appropriate to pay a dividend.

 

Prospects

The Group is continuing to make progress with considerable investment and effort being expended in each subsidiary to set them up for improved performance in the future.  We are optimistic about the prospective outcome for the full year and believe we can continue to progress into 2017.  

 

 

David Horner

Chairman

30 September 2016

CEPS PLC

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

Six months ended 30 June 2016

 

Note

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

6 months to

6 months to

12 months to

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

2016

2015

2015

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

11,914

9,202

18,229

Cost of sales

 

(9,635)

(7,950)

    (15,035)

Gross profit

 

2,279

1,252

3,194

 

 

 

 

 

Net operating expenses

 

(1,858)

(833)

(2,708)

Operating profit

 

421

419

486

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis of operating profit

 

 

 

 

Trading

 

565

533

856

Group costs

3

(144)

(114)

(370)

 

 

421

419

486

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

-

-

8

Finance costs

3

(185)

(140)

(121)

Loss on step acquisition

 

-

-

(138)

Share of investment accounted for using the equity method

 

3

-

16

21

Profit before tax

 

236

295

256

Taxation

3

(111)

(75)

    (199)

Profit for the period from continuing operations

 

125

220

57

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(68)

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension plans

 

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

-

-

-

Other comprehensive loss for the period, net of tax

 

-

-

(68)

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period

 

125

220

(11)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Owners of the parent

 

9

96

(275)

Non-controlling interest

 

116

124

332

 

 

125

220

57

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Owners of the parent

 

9

96

(343)

Non-controlling interest

 

116

124

332

 

 

125

220

(11)

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share attributable to owners of the parent during the year

 

 

 

 

 basic and diluted

4

0.09p

1.76p

(3.65)p

 

 

 

 

CEPS PLC

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2016

 

Note

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

as at

as at

as at

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

2016

2015

2015

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

2,046

1,871

2,122

Intangible assets

 

6,016

3,281

4,652

Investment using the equity method

 

-

584

-

Deferred tax asset

 

440

487

440

 

 

8,502

6,223

7,214

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

  2,211

1,975

2,030

Trade and other receivables

 

4,302

2,986

3,155

Cash and cash equivalents

(excluding bank overdrafts)

 

1,115

848

    854

 

 

7,628

5,809

6,039

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

3

16,130

12,032

13,253

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

4

957

957

957

Share premium

 

3,943

3,943

3,943

Retained earnings

 

(703)

(185)

(712)

 

 

4,197

4,715

4,188

Non-controlling interest in equity

 

944

777

873

Total equity

 

5,141

5,492

5,061

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

5

2,942

1,220

2,275

Deferred tax liability

 

81

36

77

Provisions for liabilities and charges

 

55

55

55

 

 

3,078

1,311

2,407

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

5

3,811

2,092

2,319

Trade and other payables

 

3,922

3,007

3,359

Current tax liabilities

 

178

130

107

 

 

7,911

5,229

5,785

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

10,989

6,540

8,192

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

16,130

12,032

13,253

 

 

 

 

CEPS PLC

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

Six months ended 30 June 2016

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

6 months to

6 months to

12 months to

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2016

2015

2015

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Cash (used in)/generated from operations

(103)

273

889

Income tax paid

(40)

-

(59)

Interest received

-

-

8

Interest paid

(99)

(140)

(18)

Net cash (used in)/ generated from operations

(242)

133

820

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Acquisition of subsidiary net of cash acquired

(1,413)

-

(267)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(153)

(58)

(205)

Proceeds from sale of assets

-

-

12

Purchase of intangibles

-

(12)

(35)

Disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

-

295

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,566)

(70)

(200)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Repayment of borrowings

-

(850)

(1,306)

Increase in borrowings

2,078

-

-

Dividend paid to non-controlling interest

(90)

(41)

(180)

Share issue net of costs

-

1,245

1,245

Repayment of capital element of finance leases

-

(136)

(173)

Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities

1,988

218

(414)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

180

281

206

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

111

(95)

(95)

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

291

186

111

Cash (used in)/generated from operations

 

 

 

Profit before income tax

236

295

256

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

229

202

503

Profit of associate

-

(16)

(21)

Loss on disposal on step acquisition

-

-

138

Net finance costs

185

140

113

Retirement benefit obligations

-

(30)

-

Operating profit before changes in working capital and provisions

650

591

989

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

(181)

(61)

165

Increase in trade and other receivables

(1,147)

(417)

(112)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

575

160

(93)

Decrease in provisions

-

-

(60)

Cash (used in)/ generated from operations

(103)

273

889

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

Cash at bank and in hand

1,115

848

854

Bank overdrafts repayable on demand

(824)

(662)

 (743)

 

291

186

111

 

 

CEPS PLC

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

Six months ended 30 June 2016

 

Share capital

Share premium

Retained earnings

Attributable to owners of the parent

Non-controlling interest

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2015 (audited)

541

3,114

(281)

3,374

694

4,068

Profit for the period

-

-

96

96

124

220

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

96

96

124

220

Proceeds from shares issued net of expenses

416

829

-

1,245

-

1,245

Total contributions by owners of the parent recognised in equity

416

829

-

1,245

-

1,245

Dividend paid to non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

(41)

(41)

Total transactions recognised directly in equity

-

-

-

-

(41)

(41)

At 30 June 2015 (unaudited)

957

3,943

(185)

4,715

777

5,492

Other comprehensive income:

re-measurement of post employee benefit obligations

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(68)

 

 

(68)

 

 

-

 

 

(68)

(Loss)/profit for the period

-

-

(371)

(371)

208

(163)

Total comprehensive (loss)/ income for the period

 

-

 

-

 

(439)

 

(439)

 

208

 

(231)

Dividend paid to non-controlling interest

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(139)

 

(139)

Total transactions recognised directly in equity

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(139)

 

(139)

Change in ownership interest in an associate

-

-

(88)

(88)

-

(88)

Acquisition of a subsidiary

-

-

-

-

27

27

Total changes in ownership interest that do not result in a loss of control

-

-

(88)

(88)

27

(61)

Total transactions with owners recognised directly in equity

-

-

(88)

(88)

27

(61)

At 31 December 2015 (audited)

957

3,943

(712)

4,188

873

5,061

Profit for the period

-

-

9

9

116

125

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

 

-

 

9

 

9

 

116

 

125

Dividend paid to non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

(90)

(90)

Total transactions recognised directly in equity

-

-

-

-

(90)

(90)

Acquisition of a subsidiary

-

-

-

-

45

45

Total changes in ownership interest that do not result in a loss of control

-

-

-

-

45

45

Total transactions with owners recognised directly in equity

-

-

-

-

45

45

At 30 June 2016 (unaudited)

957

3,943

(703)

4,197

944

5,141

Notes to the financial information

1.    General information

The Company is a limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is 12b George Street, Bath, BA1 2EH and the registered number of the company is 507461.

The Company is listed on AIM.

This condensed consolidated half-yearly financial information was approved for issue on 30 September 2016.

This condensed consolidated half-yearly financial information does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015 were approved by the Board of directors on 29 April 2016 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.
This condensed consolidated half-yearly financial information has not been reviewed or audited.

There is no seasonality or cyclicality in relation to the condensed consolidated half-yearly financial information.

Basis of preparation

This condensed consolidated half-yearly financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2016 has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union.  The condensed consolidated half-yearly financial information should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

Accounting policies

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, as described in those annual financial statements.  Where new standards, or amendments to existing standards, have become effective during the year there has been no material impact on the results of the Group.

2.    Business Combinations

Hickton Consultants Limited

On 1 February 2016 CEPS announced that it had purchased 55% of the issued share capital of Hickton Holdings Limited, a company incorporated in 2014.

The acquisition has been accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting. After the alignment of accounting policies and other adjustments to the valuation of assets and liabilities to reflect their fair value at acquisition, the fair value of net assets acquired was £698,000.

The goodwill of £1,365,000 arising from the acquisition is attributable to the people acquired. 

The following table shows the fair value of assets and liabilities included in the consolidated Financial Statements at the date of acquisition.

 

Fair Value
£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

404

Property, plant and equipment

23

Trade and other receivables

680

Trade and other payables

(405)

Deferred tax liabilities

(4)

Net assets acquired

698

Consideration

2,063

Goodwill

1,365

 

3.    Segmental analysis

All activities are classed as continuing.

The chief operating decision maker of the Group is its Board.  Each operating segment regularly reports its performance to the Board which, based on those reports, allocates resources to and assesses the performance of those operating segments.

Operating segments and their principal activities are as follows:

-     Aford Awards, a sports trophy and engraving company;

-     CEM Press, a manufacturer of fabric and wallpaper pattern books, swatches and shade cards.

-     Davies Odell, a manufacturer and distributor of protection equipment, matting and footwear components;

-     Friedman's, a convertor and distributor of specialist Lycra;

-     Hickton Consultants, an independent provider of specialist clerk of works services

-     Sunline, a supplier of services to the direct mail market.

 

The United Kingdom is the main country of operation from which the Group derives its revenue and operating profit and is the principal location of the assets of the Group.  The Group information provided below, therefore, also represents the geographical segmental analysis. Of the £11,914,000 revenue, £10,671,000 is derived from UK customers.

The Board assesses the performance of each operating segment by a measure of adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation and Group costs.  Other information provided to the Board is measured in a manner consistent with that in the financial statements.

i)     Results by segment

Unaudited 6 months to 30 June 2016

 

Aford  Awards

CEM

Press

Davies Odell

 

Friedman's

Hickton Consultants

 

Sunline

 

Group

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

886

1,452

2,267

2,386

1,320

3,603

11,914

Segmental result before acquisition costs

221

(1)

40

393

209

58

920

Acquisition costs

-

-

-

-

(126)

-

(126)

Segmental result (EBITDA)

221

(1)

40

393

83

58

794

Depreciation and amortisation charge

(4)

(42)

(39)

(21)

(3)

(120)

(229)

Group costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

(144)

Net finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

(185)

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

236

Taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

(111)

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

125

Unaudited 6 months to 30 June 2015

 

Aford  Awards

CEM

Press

Davies Odell

 

Friedman's

Hickton Consultants

 

Sunline

 

Group

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

844

-

2,734

2,231

-

3,393

9,202

Segmental result (EBITDA)

210

-

59

307

-

159

735

Depreciation and amortisation charge

(14)

-

(27)

(27)

-

(134)

(202)

Group costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

(114)

Net finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

(140)

Share of profit of associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

295

Taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

(75)

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

220

Audited Year to 31 December 2015
 

 

Aford  Awards

CEM

Press

Davies Odell

 

Friedman's

Hickton Consultants

 

Sunline

 

Group

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

1,468

654

4,971

4,221

-

6,915

18,229

Segmental result (EBITDA)

273

(49)

(73)

925

-

204

1,280

Depreciation and amortisation charge

(9)

(22)

(63)

(56)

-

(274)

(424)

Group costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

(370)

Net finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

(113)

Loss on step acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

 

(138)

Share of investment accounted using the equity method

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

256

Taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

(199)

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

57

ii)     Assets and liabilities by segment

Unaudited as at 30 June

 

Segment assets

Segment liabilities

Segment net assets

 

2016

2015

2016

2015

2016

2015

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

CEPS Group

243

1,139

(823)

(119)

(580)

1,020

Aford Awards

1,520

1,538

(478)

(648)

1,042

890

CEM Press

2,540

-

(2,010)

-

530

-

Davies Odell

2,555

2,639

(1,628)

(1,527)

927

1,112

Friedman's

3,684

       3,146

(1,199)

(907)

2,485

2,239

Hickton Consultants

2,166

-

(1,462)

-

704

-

Sunline

3,422

3,570

(3,389)

(3,339)

33

231

Total - Group

16,130

12,032

(10,989)

(6,540)

5,141

5,492

Audited as at 31 December 2015

 

Segment assets

Segment liabilities

 Segment net assets

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

CEPS Group

275

(178)

97

Aford Awards

1,393

(489)

904

CEM Press

2,645

(2,031)

614

Davies Odell

2,147

(1,256)

891

Friedman's

3,408

(1,031)

2,377

Hickton Consultants

-

-

-

Sunline

3,385

(3,207)

178

Total - Group

13,253

(8,192)

5,061

 

4.    Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated on the profit after taxation for the period attributable to owners of the Company of £9,000 (2015: £96,000) and on 9,573,822 (2015: 5,452,943) ordinary shares, being the weighted number in issue during the period. 

 

No adjustment is required for dilution in either period as there are no items that would have a dilutive impact on earnings per share. 

 

5.    Net debt and gearing

Gearing ratios at 30 June 2016, 30 June 2015 and 31 December 2015 are as follows:

 

 

Unaudited

 30 June 2016

Company Unaudited

 30 June 2016

Unaudited

 30 June 2015

Audited

31 December 2015

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Total borrowings

3,813

690

2,576

2,614

Less: cash and cash equivalents

(1,115)

(111)

(848)

(854)

Net debt

2,698

579

1,728

1,760

Total equity

5,141

3,224

5,492

5,061

Gearing ratio

53%

18%

31%

35%

 

In order to provide a more meaningful gearing ratio, total borrowings have been revised to be the sum of bank borrowings and third party debt, excluding loan notes used to finance the Group's acquisitions.  The prior year comparatives have also been revised.

 

6.    Share capital

 

2016

2015

 

£'000

£'000

Issued and fully paid:

 

 

 

 

 

9,573,822 (2015: 9,573,822) shares of 10p per share

957

957

 

7.    Related-party transactions

The Group has no material transactions with related parties which might reasonably be expected to influence decisions made by users of these financial statements.

During the period the Company entered into the following transactions with its subsidiaries:

 

 

Aford Awards (Holdings) Limited

£'000

 

 

CEM Teal Limited

£' 000

 

 

Davies Odell Limited

£'000

 

 

Signature Fabrics Limited

£'000

 

 

Hickton Holdings Limited

£'000

Sunline Direct Mail (Holdings) Limited

£' 000

Receipt of equity share dividend

 

 

 

 

 

 

- 2016

-

-

-

     110

 

-

- 2015

-

-

-

49

-

-

- For the year to 31 December 2015 (audited)

-

-

-

220

-

-

Receipt of preference share dividend

 

 

 

 

 

 

- 2016

-

-

-

-

-

13

- 2015

-

-

-

-

-

-

- For the year to 31 December 2015 (audited)

-

-

-

-

-

-

Receipt/(write-back) of loan note interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

- 2016

28

21

-

-

20

21

- 2015

28

-

-

-

-

21

- For the year to 31 December 2015 (audited)

56

10

-

-

-

(298)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receipt of management charge income

 

 

 

 

 

 

- 2016

10

-

8

15

5

8

- 2015

10

-

8

15

-

8

- For the year to 31 December 2015 (audited)

20

-

15

30

-

15

Amount owed to the Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

-     30 June 2016

700

592

137

9

615

1,416

-     30 June 2015

700

-               

4

9

-

1,220

-     31 December 2015 (audited)

700

567

74

-

-

892

 

8.    AIM Compliance Committee

 

In accordance with AIM Rule 31 the Company is required to have in place sufficient procedures, resources and controls to enable its compliance with the AIM Rules; seek advice from its nominated adviser ("Nomad") regarding its compliance with the AIM Rules whenever appropriate and take that advice into account; provide the Company's Nomad with any information it requests in order for the Nomad to carry out its responsibilities under the AIM Rules for Companies and the AIM Rules for Nominated Advisers; ensure that each of the Company's directors accepts full responsibility, collectively and individually, for compliance with the AIM Rules; and ensure that each director discloses without delay all information which the Company needs in order to comply with AIM Rule 17 (Disclosure of Miscellaneous Information) insofar as that information is known to the director or could with reasonable diligence be ascertained by the director.

 

In order to ensure that these obligations are being discharged, the Board has established a committee of the Board (the "AIM Committee"), chaired by Vivien Langford, an executive director of the Company.

 

Having reviewed relevant Board papers, and met with the Company's Executive Board and the Nomad to ensure that such is the case, the AIM Committee is satisfied that the Company's obligations under AIM Rule 31 have been satisfied during the period under review.

 

Statement of directors' responsibility

 

The directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, these condensed consolidated half‑yearly financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the European Union.  The interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R and DTR 4.2.8R, namely:

 

·      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

 

·      material related-party transactions in the first six months of the financial year and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual Report.

 

A list of current directors is maintained on the CEPS PLC Group website: www.cepsplc.com

 

By order of the Board

 

 

 

David Horner

Chairman

30 September 2016


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