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Celtic PLC
07 February 2020
 

 

Celtic plc

(the "Company")

 

INTERIM REPORT FOR THE SIX MONTHS TO 31 DECEMBER 2019

                 

Operational Highlights

 

·      Currently top of the SPFL Premiership

 

·      Winners of the Scottish League Cup for the fourth season in a row

 

·      21 home fixtures (2018: 17)

 

·      Secured qualification for the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League for the third year in a row

 

·      Conclusion of the most successful decade in the history of the club with 18 trophies won

 

Financial Highlights

 

·      Revenue increased by 6.6% to £53.3m (2018: £50.0m)

·      Profit from trading was £7.1m (2018: £6.2m)

 

·      Profit from transfer of player registrations (shown as profit on disposal of intangible assets) £23.0m (2018: £17.6m)

 

·      Profit before taxation of £24.4m (2018: £18.8m)

 

·      Acquisition of player registrations of £15.0m (2018: £1.9m)

 

·      Period end net cash at bank of £32.9m (2018: £38.6m)

 

·      Period end net cash, net of debt and debt like items, of £45.1m (2018: )1

 

 

1. Net cash, net of debt like items, is represented by cash net of bank borrowings of £32.9m (2018: £38.6m) further adjusted for other debt like items, namely the net player trading balance, other loans and remuneration balances payable to certain personnel at the balance sheet date.

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

I am pleased to report another strong set of interim results, for the six months ended 31 December 2019. These show revenues of £53.3m (2018: £50.0m) and a profit before taxation of £24.4m (2018: £18.8m) that included a profit from trading of £7.1m (2018: £6.2m). Period end net cash at bank was £32.9m (2018: £38.6m). The introductory page to these interim results summarises the main highlights.

 

Following the permanent appointment of Neil Lennon in May 2019 and the securing of an unprecedented "Treble-Treble", the Club entered the new season with optimism. Whilst we were disappointed not to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Neil and the team quickly put this set back behind them and took on the challenge of a testing Europa League group. They performed with real distinction by winning the group with a match to spare, a first-time achievement, and defeating an Italian Club on its home soil which was also a first for Celtic in the current format of competitive European football.  The Club went on to secure its tenth consecutive domestic trophy by defeating Rangers FC in the Betfred Cup Final in December 2019.  As 2019 drew to a close the Club reflected on the most successful decade in its history, having won 18 trophies from a possible 30.

 

Whilst the financial results were absent of the enhanced income associated with Champions League Football for a second year, the overall financial performance improved.  In addition to significant gains from player sales, the underlying trading remained buoyant through revenues from commercial arrangements, match day sales, hospitality and merchandising.  The profit on disposal of intangible assets recognised in the period amounted to £23.0m (2018: £17.6m). A key contributor was the sale of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal FC.  Our period end net cash at bank of £32.9m (2018: £38.6m).

 

Crucially, we continue to commit substantial funds to our football department.  Salaries have increased over the same period last year and in the summer and winter transfer windows 2019/2020 we invested in ten new player registrations.  During the period under review, we secured the permanent registrations of Christopher Jullien, Hatem Abd Elhamed, Boli Bolingoli, Greg Taylor, Jeremie Frimpong, Luca Connell, Lee O'Connor and Jonathan Afolabi as well as acquiring the temporary registrations of Fraser Forster, Moritz Bauer and Mohamed Elyounoussi.  In addition, we extended the contracts of James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Nir Bitton, Michael Johnston and Scott Bain. In the January transfer window we subsequently acquired the permanent registrations of Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro.  And we continued to supplement our first team by developing our own emerging talent, with Karamoko Dembele beginning to secure more first team appearances in recent months and Michael Johnston becoming a regular first team player.

 

At the time of writing, we sit at the top of the Scottish Premier League having secured 67 points which equates to 10 more than the same stage last season after 25 matches played.  By almost all key footballing measures, performance has improved relative to the same period last year.

 

The Board is keenly aware of the inherent volatility that exists in football and continues to adopt the self-sustaining financial operating model that has delivered stability and the all-important objective of football success. We will continue to pursue this strategy, whilst balancing the key short term objectives of retaining the SPFL Premiership title, the Scottish Cup and advancing in Europe.

 

As in previous years, our trading seasonality dictates that the financial performance in the second half of the financial year ended June 2020 will most likely be lower than the first half, owing to playing less home matches and the expectation of receiving less distributions from UEFA competition.

 

Finally, on behalf of the Board I would like to reiterate to our supporters, shareholders and partners that their commitment is greatly appreciated and their contribution has been once again outstanding in helping to deliver continued success.

 

 

 

 

Ian P Bankier                                                                                                                                                                        

7 February 2020

Chairman

 

 

For further information contact:

 

Celtic plc

Ian Bankier

Peter Lawwell

 

Tel: 0141 551 4235

Canaccord Genuity Limited, Nominated Adviser and Broker

Simon Bridges

Richard Andrews

Tel: 020 7523 8350

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO CELTIC PLC

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the financial information in the interim report for the six months ended 31 December 2019 which comprises the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the consolidated balance sheet, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the consolidated cash flow statement and the related notes.

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

Directors' responsibilities

The interim report, including the financial information contained therein, is the responsibility of and has been approved by the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the interim report in accordance with the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM which require that the interim report be presented and prepared in a form consistent with that which will be adopted in the Company's annual financial statements having regard to the accounting standards applicable to such annual financial statements.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the financial information in the interim report based on our review.

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting the requirements of the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM and for no other purpose.  No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent.  Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

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 Financial Reporting Council 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 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 financial information in the interim report for the six months ended 31 December 2019 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM.

Use of our report

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting the requirements of the rules of the London Stock Exchange for companies trading securities on AIM and for no other purpose.  No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent.  Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

 

 

BDO LLP

Chartered Accountants

Glasgow

United Kingdom

Date 7 February 2020

 

BDO LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC305127).

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE 6 MONTHS TO 31 DECEMBER 2019

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

2019

Unaudited


 

 

 

2018

Unaudited

 



Note

£000


£000

 







 

 

Revenue


2

53,335


50,015

 

Operating expenses (before intangible asset transactions)



(46,274)


(43,823)

 

 

Profit from trading before intangible asset transactions



 

7,061


 

6,192

 

 

Amortisation of intangible assets



(5,874)


(4,787)

 

 

Profit on disposal of intangible assets



23,021


17,563

 







 

 

Operating profit



 

24,208


 

18,968

 




-



 







 

Finance income


3

743


531

 

Finance expense


3

(532)


(700)

 

 

Profit before tax



 

24,419


 

18,799

 

Income tax expense


4

(5,091)


(3,576)

 




-



 

 

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

 


 

 

 

 

19,328


 

15,223

 

 

Basic earnings per Ordinary Share


 

5

 

20.51p


 

16.22p

 

 

Diluted earnings per Share


 

5

 

14.36p


 

11.36p

 







 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2019

 

 


 

2019

Unaudited


 

2018

Unaudited



Notes

£000


£000


NON-CURRENT ASSETS






Property plant and equipment


59,550


58,905


Intangible assets

6

23,180


16,632


Trade and other receivables

7

13,175


7,795




95,905


83,332


CURRENT ASSETS








-




Inventories


1,772


1,991


Trade and other receivables

7

25,388


23,636


Cash and cash equivalents

9

37,604


44,676




64,764


70,303


TOTAL  ASSETS


160,669


153,635








EQUITY






Issued share capital

8

27,167


27,147


Share premium


14,848


14,783


Other reserve


21,222


21,222


Accumulated profits


37,926


25,083


TOTAL EQUITY


101,163


88,235


 

LIABILITIES

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

Interest bearing loans

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

3,476


 

 

 

 

4,800


Debt element of Convertible Cumulative Preference Shares


4,174


4,193


Trade and other payables


4,221


6,788


Deferred tax

4

1,754


93


Provisions


                37


1,300


Deferred income


42


71




13,704


17,245


CURRENT LIABILITIES






Trade and other payables


26,294


28,343


Current borrowings

1,364


1,380


Provisions


3,531


2,100


Deferred income


14,613


16,332




45,802


48,155


TOTAL LIABILITIES


59,506


65,400


TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES


160,669


153,635


 

Approved by the Board on 7 February 2020

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 


 

        Share

        capital

 

Share premium

 

Other reserve

 

Accumulated

profits

 

Total

 


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

EQUITY SHAREHOLDERS' FUNDS AS AT 1 JULY 2018 (Audited)

27,132

14,720

21,222

9,860

72,934

 

Share capital issued

 

1

 

63

 

-

 

-

 

64

 

Reduction in debt element of

convertible cumulative

preference shares

14

-

-

-

14

 

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

15,223

15,223







EQUITY SHAREHOLDERS' FUNDS AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2018 (Unaudited)

 

27,147

 

14,783

 

21,222

 

25,083

 

88,235






EQUITY SHAREHOLDERS' FUNDS AS AT 1 JULY 2019 (Audited)

27,157

14,785

21,222

18,598

81,762

 

Share capital issued

 

1

 

63

 

-

 

-

 

64

Reduction in debt element of convertible cumulative preference shares

9

-

-

-

9







Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

19,328

19,328







EQUITY SHAREHOLDERS' FUNDS AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2019 (Unaudited)

27,167

14,848

21,222

37,926

101,163



















CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2019

 



2018

Unaudited 



£000

Cash flows from operating activities




Profit for the period after tax


19,328


15,223

Taxation charge


5,091


3,576

Depreciation


1,300


967

Amortisation


5,874


4,787

Profit on disposal of intangible assets


(23,021)


(17,563)

Net finance (income) / costs


(211)


169



8,361


7,159






Decrease in inventories


871


416

(Increase) in receivables


(400)


(898)

(Decrease) in payables and deferred income


(8,097)


(8,857)

Cash generated from operations

735


(2,180)

Tax paid

-


(1,200)

Net interest received


19


33

Net cash flow from operating activities


754


(3,347)

Cash flows from investing activities





Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(792)


(1,389)

Purchase of intangible assets


(13,824)


(6,032)

Proceeds from sale of intangible assets


18,512


13,714

Net cash generated from investing activities


3,896


6,293

Cash flows from financing activities





Repayment of debt


(640)


(370)

Dividend on Convertible Cumulative Preference Shares


(462)


(463)

Net cash used in financing activities


(1,102)


(833)

Net increase in cash equivalents


3,547


2,113

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 July


34,057


42,563

Cash and cash equivalents at 31 December

9

37,604


44,676

 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

1.      BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

The financial information in this interim report comprises the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, Consolidated Balance Sheet, Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, Consolidated Cash Flow Statement and accompanying notes.  The financial information in this interim report has been prepared under the recognition and measurement requirements of IFRSs as adopted for use in the European Union but does not include all of the disclosures that would be required under those accounting standards.  The accounting policies adopted in the financial information are consistent with those expected to be adopted in the Company's financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020 and are unchanged from those used in the Company's annual report for the year ended 30 June 2019, except for the adoption of IFRS 16, which is described below.

 

The financial information in this interim report for the six months to 31 December 2019 and to 31 December 2018 has not been audited, but it has been reviewed by the Company's auditor, whose report is set out on page 4.

 

Adoption of standards effective for periods beginning 1 July 2019

 

The following standards have been adopted as of 1 July 2019:

 

IFRS 16 Leases

The Company has adopted IFRS 16 from 1 July 2019, using the modified retrospective transitional approach whereby comparative numbers are not restated. The reclassifications and the adjustments arising from the new leasing rules are therefore recognised in the opening balance sheet on 1 July 2019.

 

On adoption of IFRS 16, the Company recognised lease liabilities in relation to leases which had previously been classified as 'operating leases' under the principles of IAS 17 'Leases'. These liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted using the Company's incremental borrowing rate as at 1 July 2019. The weighted average incremental borrowing rate applied to the lease liabilities at 1 July 2019 was 3.82%.

 

The Company has taken advantage of the following practical expedients upon transition:

·      A single discount rate to be applied to a portfolio of leases with reasonably similar characteristics, being 3.82%;

·      Reliance on its assessment of whether a lease is onerous by applying IAS 37 immediately before the date of initial application, which results in an onerous lease provision of £429k which is offset against the right of use asset;

·      Not recognise leases whose term ends within 12 months of the date of initial application; and

·      Exclude initial direct costs from the right of use assets at the date of initial application.

 

In terms of the above the overall impact to the financial statements on initial application are:

 

·      Right of use assets (committed lease payments): £ 1,859k

·      Onerous lease provision offset on the right of use assets: £429k

·      Lease liability: £1,859k

 

The net impact on retained earnings on 1 July 2019 was £nil.

 

The Company's leasing activities

The Company leases various retail stores and cars. Rental contracts have varying lengths of fixed periods but may have extension options as described in (ii) below. Lease terms are negotiated on an individual basis and contain a wide range of different terms and conditions. The lease agreements do not impose any covenants, but leased assets may not be used as security for borrowing purposes.

 

Accounting approach

From 1 July 2019, leases are recognised as a right-of-use asset and a corresponding liability at the date at which the leased asset is available for use by the Company. Each lease payment is allocated between the liability and finance cost. The finance cost is charged to profit or loss over the lease period so as to produce a constant periodic rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability for each period. The right-of-use asset is depreciated over the shorter of the asset's useful life and the lease term on a straight-line basis.

 

The lease payments are discounted using the Company's incremental borrowing rate as note above.

Right-of-use assets are measured at cost comprising the following:

 

·      the committed lease payments due from date of recognition to the end of the lease term;

·      any other committed payments in relation to the leases including service charges and dilapidation commitments;

·      an applied discount factor on the above commitments equal to the Company's cost of borrowing as noted above;

 

Included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the period to 31 December 2019 is a depreciation charge of £0.29m included within operating costs and notional interest of £0.02m included within finance expense.

 

As at 31 December 2019, the right of use asset included in 'Property, plant and equipment' has a net book value of £1.15m and the lease liability included within trade and other payable has a value of £1.50m, with £0.72m less than one year and £0.78m greater than one year.

 

Other considerations

(i) Variable lease payments

Estimation uncertainty arising from variable lease payments

 

One property lease contains variable payment terms that are linked to sales generated from the store. The initial measurement of the lease payment terms are based on the minimum guaranteed payments which are in-substance fixed payments. The variability in lease terms based on sales levels over a certain amount will be recognised in the profit or loss when such conditions are triggered. As such, any decrease in sales would not affect the lease liability. However, a 5% increase in sales in the store would increase total lease payments by £11k.

 

(ii) Extension and termination options

Extension and termination options are included in a number of property and equipment leases across the Company. These terms are used to maximise operational flexibility in terms of managing contracts. The majority of extension and termination options held are exercisable only by the Company and not by the respective lessor.

 

In determining the lease term, management considers all facts and circumstances that create an economic incentive to exercise an extension option, or not exercise a termination option. Extension options (or periods after termination options) are only included in the lease term if the lease is reasonably certain to be extended (or not terminated). In all leases recognised as at 31 December 2019, the lease end date has been taken as the first available termination date per the lease agreements.

 

(iii) Leases not recognised under IFRS16

Short-term leases and leases of low-value assets are recognised on a straight-line basis as an expense in profit or loss. Short-term leases are leases with a lease term of 12 months or less. There is therefore no change in the treatment of these within the consolidated statement of comprehensive income.

 

Going concern

 

The Company has sufficient financial resources available to it, together with established contracts with a number of customers and suppliers.  As a consequence, the Directors believe that the Company is well placed to continue managing its business risks successfully and they have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.  Thus, they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial information in this interim report.

 

 2.      REVENUE

 

        



6 months
to 31
Dec 2019


6 months
to 31
Dec 2018



Unaudited
£000


Unaudited
£000

Football and stadium operations


26,987


23,873

Multimedia and other commercial activities


15,108


15,529

Merchandising


11,240


10,613



53,335


50,015






Number of home games


21


17

 

        

 

 3.     FINANCE INCOME AND EXPENSE

 

 

 

 



6 months to

31 December

2018


 

 



Unaudited

£000


Finance income:





Interest receivable on bank deposits




Notional interest income on deferred consideration












 

 

 

 

 

 



6 months to

31 December

2018


 

 



Unaudited

£000


 

Finance expense:




Interest payable on bank and other loans




Notional interest expense on deferred consideration




Dividend on Convertible Cumulative Preference Shares








 

 

4.     TAXATION                                                                                            

        

        

 

 

5.    EARNINGS PER SHARE

        

         Basic earnings per share has been calculated by dividing the profit for the period of £19.3m (2018: £15.2m) by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue 94,262,133 (2018: 93,865,887).  Diluted earnings per share as at 31 December 2019 has been calculated by dividing the profit for the period by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares, Convertible Cumulative Preference Shares and Convertible Preferred Ordinary Shares in issue, assuming conversion at the balance sheet date if dilutive.

 

INTANGIBLE ASSETS





Cost


At 1 July


Additions


Disposals


At period end


 

Amortisation



At 1 July


Charge for the period


Disposals


At period end


 

Net Book Value at period end


 

 

7.      TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES

     


31 December 2019

Unaudited


31 December 2018

Unaudited

£000

£000





          Trade receivables

28,554


23,430

          Prepayments and accrued income

7,510


7,292

          Other receivables

2,499


709


38,563


31,431





Amounts falling due after more than one year included above are:









2019


2018

 

 

£000

 

 

£000



          Trade receivables

13,175


7,795





 
8.      SHARE CAPITAL

 


Authorised


Allotted, called up and fully paid


31 December


31 December


2019


2018


2019

2019

2018

2018

 

Unaudited


Unaudited

Unaudited

 

No 000


No 000


No 000

£000

No 000

£000

Equity









Ordinary Shares of 1p each

223,605


223,271


94,290

943

93,916

939

Deferred Shares of 1p each

672,715


656,090


672,715

6,727

656,090

6,561

Convertible Preferred Ordinary Shares of £1 each

 

14,758


 

14,883


 

12,770

 

12,770

 

12,896

 

12,896

Non-equity









Convertible Cumulative Preference Shares of 60p each

 

18,298


 

18,371


 

15,798

 

9,480

 

15,871

 

9,523

 

Less reallocated to debt:

Initial debt

 

 

-


 

 

-


 

 

-

 

 

(2,753)

 

 

-

 

 

(2,772)











929,376


912,615


795,573

27,167

778,773

27,147

 

     

 

9.      ANALYSIS OF NET CASH AT BANK

   The reconciliation of the movement in cash and cash equivalents per the cash flow statement to net cash is as follows:                                                                                                                           

 

 

 



31 December

2018




Unaudited


Unaudited




£000


£000






Bank Loans due after more than one year




Bank Loans due within one year








Cash and cash equivalents:




Cash at bank and on hand








Net  cash at bank at period end




 

 

Period-end net cash, net of debt and debt like items, of £45.1m (2018: £37.7m), is represented by cash net of bank borrowings of £32.9m (2018: £38.6m) further adjusted for other debt like items, namely the net player trading balance, other loans and remuneration balances payable to certain personnel at the balance sheet date

 

10.   POST BALANCE SHEET EVENTS

Since the balance sheet date, we have secured the permanent registrations of Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro. We have also permanently transferred the registrations of Scott Sinclair to Preston North End, Lewis Morgan to Inter Miami (subject to international clearance) and temporarily transferred the registrations of Jack Hendry to Melbourne City, Lee O'Connor to Partick Thistle, Jonathan Afolabi to Dunfermline Athletic and Eboue Kouassi to KRC Genk.

 

In addition we have temporarily transferred the registrations of development squad players Grant Savoury and Ross Doohan to Edinburgh City and Ayr United respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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