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Finsbury Food Group PLC
22 February 2021
 

Date:

22 February 2021

On behalf of:

Finsbury Food Group Plc ('Finsbury', 'the Company' or 'the Group')

Embargoed until:       0700hrs+

 

Finsbury Food Group Plc

Interim Results

 

Finsbury Food Group Plc (AIM: FIF), a leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer of cake, bread and morning goods for the retail and foodservice channels, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 26 December 2020.

 

Summary

 

The half year figures reflect a period impacted by Covid-19 and compare with a 6-month period of strong growth which pre-dates the pandemic.

·      Group revenue down 4.1% to £152.9m.

·      Group EBITDA*1 down 9.8% to £13.1m.

·      Profit before tax down 16.1% to £7.4m.

·      Basic EPS (pence per share) 4.1p (H1 2019: 4.9p).

·      Net bank debt of £21.5m (excluding IFRS 16 debt), decreased by £11.1m (H1 2019: £32.6m) at 0.9 times annualised EBITDA of the Group (H1 2019: 1.3 times).

 

Strategic highlights

·      Resilient trading performance against a continued challenging Covid-19 backdrop and against a period of strong growth in the prior year.

·      Strong progressive improvement since the initial lockdown with retail up +1.7% and foodservice down -27.4% for the six months to 26 December 2020 against -8.8% and -61.0% down respectively for the quarter following the initial lockdown.

·      Recovery of foodservice adversely impacted by tightening of government restrictions towards the end of the half

·      Gross margin increased to 33.1% driven by improvement in factory operational efficiency accompanied by significant reduction in waste, in line with our Operating Brilliance Programme.

·      Continued strong cash generation reflecting prudent capital investment and rigorous financial management.

·      A new frozen dough ball facility commissioned in Manchester.

·      Further innovation in line with consumer trends with

Award-winning Free From and vegan cakes; and

Launch of vegan doughnuts and a range of artisan gluten-free breads

·      Continued double-digit growth in artisan sourdough breads.

·      Product excellence illustrated by the winning of several Quality Food and Drink 'Q' Awards.

·      Continued investment in development, engagement and health and well-being of employees.

·      The avoidance of a no deal Brexit and the associated trade tariffs removes a significant strategic risk for the Group, whilst recognising that there are some additional border supply chain consequences to address.

 

The Group uses certain Alternative Performance Measures (APMs) which are non-IFRS measures to monitor performance of its operations and of the Group as a whole. The reconciliation to IFRS measures is shown in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income.

 

*1 EBITDA is before significant non-recurring, other items (Note 1) and after including the impact of IFRS 16 which was first adopted in the prior year.

 

 

 

Commenting on the results, John Duffy, Chief Executive of Finsbury Food Group Plc, said:

 

"The first half was a period in which Finsbury again demonstrated its resilience and ability to manage and adapt to the effects of the pandemic. Through careful management of resources, anticipating and responding quickly and effectively to changes in consumer demand, and maximising the benefits of operational initiatives both new and historical, we were able to deliver a robust performance.

 

Retail performed very well and was up versus a strong corresponding six-month period in 2019, and while the trajectory of an overall recovery continues to be tempered by the adverse impact of tighter government restrictions on foodservice, we are confident the division will bounce back when trading conditions normalise, particularly when the public sector reopens.

 

As we move into the second half, we maintain our focus on delivering organic growth, capitalising on the emerging trends in areas such as artisan and Free From and continuing to leverage our leading position in more established areas such as cake bites and buns & rolls.

 

The current operating environment continues to be characterised by near-term uncertainty and a challenging economic backdrop that is likely to remain for some time, but a combination of progress in the roll-out of the vaccine and the avoidance of a 'no deal' Brexit provides comfort around the Group's medium-term prospects. Longer-term, our growth ambitions remain unchanged, and with the progress that is being made behind the scenes to make Finsbury a more efficient and joined-up business, focused on driving synergies and scale benefits across the Group and its supply chain, we are confident we are building the right platform to achieve them.

 

I would like to again thank our teams around the UK, whose dedication and hard work since the onset of the pandemic has been exemplary."

 

Contact:

 

Finsbury Food Group                      

John Duffy (Chief Executive)

Steve Boyd (Finance Director)

 

www.finsburyfoods.co.uk                  

029 20 357 500

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Oliver Cardigan (Corporate Finance)

Atholl Tweedie

Joanna Langley

Erik Anderson (Corporate Broking)

 


020 7886 2500

Alma PR                                          

Sam Modlin

David Ison

Molly Gretton

finsbury@almapr.co.uk                       

020 3405 0205

 

 

Notes to editors:

·      Finsbury Food Group Plc (AIM: FIF) is a leading UK manufacturer of cake and bread bakery goods, supplying a broad range of blue chip customers within both the grocery retail and 'out of home eating' foodservice sectors including major multiples and leading foodservice providers.

·      The Company is one of the largest speciality bakery groups in the UK and, with its Overseas division, has sales in the financial year ending 27 June 2020 exceeding £306m.

·      The Company's bakery product range is comprehensive and includes:

·      Large premium and celebration cakes.

·      Small snacking cake formats such as cake slices and bites.

·      Artisan, healthy lifestyle and organic breads through to rolls, muffins (sweet and savoury) and morning pastries, all of which are available both fresh and frozen dependent on customer channel requirements.

·      Gluten Free bread, morning goods and cake ranges.

·      The Company is one of the largest ambient cake manufacturers in the UK, a market valued at over £963 million (source: IRI 52 w/e 2nd January 2021). The retail bread and morning goods market has a value of £5 billion (source: Kantar Worldpanel 52 w/e 27th December 2020). The retail Free From cake market is valued at £52 million (source: Kantar Worldpanel 52 w/e 27th December 2020). The retail Free From bread & morning goods market is valued at £146 million (source: Kantar Worldpanel 52 w/e 27th December 2020). The UK Out of Home Foodservice Bakery sector is worth approximately £740 million per annum (source: UK foodservice data derived from MCA data for 52 weeks to 31st March 2020). The Company comprises a core UK Bakery division and an Overseas division:

·      The UK Bakery division has manufacturing sites in Cardiff, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Salisbury, Sheffield, Manchester, and Pontypool.

·      The Overseas division comprises the Company's 50% owned company, Lightbody Stretz Ltd, which supplies and distributes the Group's UK-manufactured products and third party products, primarily to Europe, and the Company's manufacturing facilities in Rybarzowice and Zywiec in Poland.

 

OPERATING REVIEW

Revenue and Operating Profit

Group revenue decreased in H1 2020 by 4.1% year on year to £152.9 million. Profit before interest, tax and significant non-recurring and other items decreased by £1.2 million to £7.7 million, against a continued challenging backdrop and against a strong comparative period of growth in 2019. Gross margin has improved by 1.9% to 33.1% with significant improvement in operational performance. 

UK Bakery


H1 2020 £m

H1 2019 £m

Movement

Revenue

134.6

141.2

-4.7%

Operating profit

6.4

7.7

-16.6%

Operating margin

4.8%

5.4%


 

UK Bakery comprises the supply of cake, bread and morning goods in the Grocery and Foodservice channels. Revenue in the period decreased by 4.7% to £134.6 million largely driven by the weaker trading in UK foodservice, which continues to be impacted by Government restrictions. Partially offsetting the reduction in the foodservice channel is a strong retail channel performance. The operating profit of £6.4 million decreased by 16.6% year on year.

The UK Bakery operating profit margin decreased from 5.4% to 4.8%. The reduction in the operating profit margin can be attributed to the relatively fixed nature of overhead partially offset by improved gross margin leaving UK Bakery in a healthy position once restrictions are released. 

Overseas


H1 2020 £m

H1 2019 £m

Movement

Revenue

18.3

18.2

+0.6%

Operating profit

1.3

1.2

+4.5%

Operating margin

6.9%

6.6%


 

The Overseas business comprises Lightbody Europe in France and Ultraeuropa based in Poland. Lightbody Europe specialises in the import and sale of premium UK manufactured food products and is an important channel into Europe for Group UK manufactured licensed celebration cake and bite style products. Ultraeuropa manufactures and supplies gluten free products to Europe.

The operating margin increased by 0.3% due largely to the operational improvements in Poland and favourable foreign exchange movements.

GROUP FINANCIAL REVIEW

Interest Payable

Interest payable (H1 2019: payable and credits) on the Group's bank debt in H1 2020 and on the related interest rate swaps was £347,000 (H1 2019: £491,000), a decrease of £144,000. The decrease in charges is a consequence of the lower average debt balance over the period.

Taxation

The Group's effective tax rate in H1 2020 was 19.5%, which compares to 20.0% in H1 2019. The effective rates represent a blend of the UK, French and Polish corporation tax rates.

Earnings per share

The Group considers both adjusted and adjusted diluted earnings per share to be the most appropriate EPS measure. The adjusted earnings per share were down 12.0% to 4.4p, (H1 2019: 5.0p) and adjusted diluted earnings per share were down 12.5% to 4.2p, (H1 2019: 4.8p), the reduction being driven by lower profits after tax. Further earnings per share information is given in Note 5. 

Dividend

The payment of a dividend was suspended during the year to 27 June 2020 to ensure that the business remained on a sound footing to deliver on its longer-term, growth ambitions, which included a number of cash and costs-conserving actions.

The Board of Directors will be reviewing the dividend for the year ending 26 June 2021 over the coming months.

 

 

Cash flow and net debt

Net bank debt at 26 December 2020 was £21.5 million which compares to £32.6 million at H1 2019 a decrease of £11.1 million.  Six month cash inflow from operating profit before changes in working capital was £13.1 million. Against this cash inflow is an increase in working capital of £0.1 million, capital expenditure of £2.4 million, IFRS 16 right of use lease payments of £1.3 million and Interest and tax payments of £0.5 million and £2.0 million respectively resulting in a six month free cash flow of £6.6 million. There was no dividend payment in the period.

Net debt (excluding IFRS 16 leases) of £21.5 million at half year, equating to 0.9 times annualised EBITDA; which results in comfortable gearing alongside a strong balance sheet.   The Group has a £55.0 million revolving credit facility and an accordion of £35.0 million available to it. The facility and the potential for it to be increased further provides increased capacity for the Group to explore future growth opportunities and support its long-term investment strategy.

Pensions

The Group has one defined benefit pension scheme within its Memory Lane Cakes business in Cardiff. All remaining Group companies have defined contribution schemes. The Memory Lane Cakes pension scheme has been closed to future accruals and new members since 31 May 2010. The net pension deficit (before related deferred tax) was £15,174,000 at 27 June 2020, the next accounting valuation update will be carried out at 26 June 2021. Cash contributions (including the PPF levy) were £332,000 in the six months to 26 December 2020 (H1 2019: £186,000, an increase due to the implementation of a new contributions schedule from 1 July 2020.

OUTLOOK 

The macroeconomic environment looks set to remain uncertain for the year ahead driven by the Government's fast-changing responses to Covid-19 and a likely recessionary environment thereafter. The strategic investments made historically across the Group to improve channel and product diversification as well as more recent steps to minimise cash outflows, maximise productivity and improve operational efficiency, ensure Finsbury enters the second half in a position of relative strength.

The Group's focus in the second half will be broadly consistent with the first. We will continue to drive organic growth, leveraging our leading blend of higher-growth emerging consumer niches such as artisan and Free From, while continuing to take advantage of our scale in more mature product areas such as cake bites and buns & rolls and in both retail and the foodservice channels. The foodservice channel inclusive of the education sector has been negatively impacted by the new national lockdown, however, should bounce back strongly as restrictions are eased in line with vaccination programme achievements. We will continue to consider options to grow by acquisition where there is a clear strategic fit.

We will also continue to work to unlock the benefits of prior years of investment, while implementing new ways to drive further productivity and efficiency gains.

While remaining cognisant of industry-wide headwinds, we believe Finsbury is on a strong footing and are confident it is well positioned for long-term, sustainable growth.

The Board anticipates another resilient performance in the second half

Principal risks and uncertainties

A number of risks and uncertainties have been identified that could potentially have a material impact on the financial position of the Group. These are set out in the Risk Report Section of the Annual Report for the year to 27 June 2020 and the Board considers these remain applicable.

Forward looking statements

Throughout this report certain statements have been made which are forward looking. These statements have been made based on latest knowledge and expectations of the future. The Board considers the statements to be reasonable. Inevitably there are risks associated with these forward-looking statements which are usually outside the control of the Group. Actual results or performance may therefore differ from the outcome implied by these forward-looking statements.

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)

 


Unaudited 26 weeks ended

26 December 2020

£000

Unaudited 26 weeks ended

28 December 2019

£000

 


 

 

 

Adjusted Operating Performance

Significant non-recurring and other accounting items

(Note 1)

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

Adjusted Operating Performance

Significant non-recurring and other accounting items

(Note 1)

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

Revenue

152,945

-

152,945

159,448

-

159,448

Cost of sales

(102,345)

-

(102,345)

(109,712)

-

(109,712)

Gross profit

50,600

-

50,600

49,736

-

49,736

 

Administrative expenses

 

(42,930)

 

259

 

(42,671)

 

(40,848)

 

696

 

(40,152)

Results from operating activities

 

7,670

 

259

 

7,929

 

8,888

 

696

 

9,584

Finance expense (Note 4)

(452)

(71)

(523)

(649)

(108)

(757)

Profit before taxation

7,218

188

7,406

8,239

588

8,827

Taxation

(1,410)

(36)

(1,446)

(1,664)

(100)

(1,764)

Profit after tax and total comprehensive income

 

5,808

 

152

 

5,960

 

6,575

 

488

 

7,063








Profit attributable to:







Equity holders of the parent

5,244

(58)

5,186

6,074

188

6,262

Non-controlling interest

564

210

774

501

300

801

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

 

 

5,808

 

 

152

 

 

5,960

 

 

6,575

 

 

488

 

 

7,063








Earnings per share (pence)







Basic

4.4


4.1

5.0


4.9

Diluted basic

4.2


3.9

4.8


4.7

 



 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (unaudited)

 


 

Unaudited


 

Unaudited


 

Audited


26 December


28 December


27

June


2020


2019


2020


£000


£000


£000

Non-current assets







Intangibles

87,673


97,004


88,626

Property, plant and equipment

61,178


63,772


61,736

Other financial assets

-


28


-

Deferred tax assets

4,577


3,495


4,623

 


153,428


164,299


154,985








Current assets






Inventories

17,061


17,524


14,618

Trade and other receivables                  

50,477


55,008


40,003

Cash and cash equivalents

9,563


12,093


10,173

Other financial assets - fair value of foreign exchange contracts


-


859


-



77,101


85,484


64,794








Total assets


230,529


249,783


219,779














Current liabilities






Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(2,665)


(303)


(3,191)

Trade and other payables

(61,723)


(62,521)


(48,861)

Provisions

(451)


(359)


(471)

Deferred consideration

(977)


(970)


(481)

Other financial liabilities - interest rate swaps/ fair value of foreign exchange contracts

 

(256)


 

-


 

(501)

Current tax liabilities

(815)


(1,381)


(1,375)



(66,887)


(65,534)


(54,880)








Non-current liabilities






Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(40,375)


(56,160)


(45,113)

Provisions and other liabilities

(507)


(714)


(550)

Deferred consideration

(918)


(912)


(1,357)

Deferred tax liabilities

(2,040)


(1,846)


(2,117)

Pension fund liability


(15,174)


(11,312)


(15,174)



(59,014)


(70,944)


(64,311)

 







Total liabilities


(125,901)


(136,478)


(119,191)















Net assets


104,628


113,305


100,588








Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

Share capital

1,304


1,304


1,304

Share premium account

64,956


64,956


64,956

Capital redemption reserve

578


578


578

Employee share reserve

(4,376)


(3,616)


(3,378)

Retained earnings


39,904


47,094


34,918

Total shareholders' equity


102,366


110,316


98,378

Non-controlling interest


2,262


2,989


2,210

Total equity


104,628


113,305


100,588

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (unaudited)

 

 


 

Share

capital

£000

 

Share

premium

£000

Capital

redemption

reserve

£000

Employee

share

reserve

£000

 

Retained

earnings

£000

Non-controlling

interest

£000

 

Total

equity

£000

Balance as at 29 June 2019

1,304

64,956

578

(3,616)

44,207

2,188

109,617









Profit for the 26 weeks ended 28 December 2019

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

6,262

 

801

 

7,063

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

6,262

 

801

 

7,063









Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity:








Own shares issued/(acquired)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Foreign exchange differences

-

-

-

-

(400)

-

(400)

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

(2,975)

-

(2,975)

Balance as at 28 December 2019

1,304

64,956

578

(3,616)

47,094

2,989

113,305

(Loss)/Profit for the 26 weeks ended 27 June 2020

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(7,021)

 

65

 

(6,956)









Other comprehensive income/(expense):








Remeasurement on defined benefit pension

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(3,806)

 

-

 

(3,806)

Deferred tax movement on pension scheme remeasurement

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

723

 

-

 

723

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

(3,083)

-

(3,083)









Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(10,104)

 

65

 

(10,039)









Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity:








Shares purchased through the EBT

-

-

-

1,207

(1,207)

-

-

Shares issued from the EBT

-

-

-

(969)

-

-

(969)

Impact of share-based payments

-

-

-

-

(1,066)

-

(1,066)

Deferred tax on share options

-

-

-

-

(182)

-

(182)

Foreign exchange differences

-

-

-

-

383

-

383

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(844)

(844)

Balance as at 27 June 2020

1,304

64,956

578

(3,378)

34,918

2,210

100,588









Profit for the 26 weeks ended 26 December 2020

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

5,186

 

774

 

5,960

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

5,186

 

774

 

5,960









Transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity:








Own shares issued/(acquired)

-

-

-

(998)

-

-

(998)

Foreign exchange differences

-

-

-

-

(200)

-

(199)

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(722)

(722)

Balance as at 26 December 2020

1,304

64,956

578

(4,376)

39,904

2,262

104,628









 

 



 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement (unaudited)

 




Unaudited

26 weeks

ended


Unaudited

26 weeks

Ended

Audited

52 weeks

ended




26

December

2020


28 December

2019

27

June

2020


Note


£000


£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities







Profit after taxation for the period



5,960


7,063

107

Adjustments for:







Taxation



1,446


1,764

2,761

Net finance costs

4


523


757

1,867

Amortisation of intangibles



796


354

1,734

Depreciation



3,790


4,384

7,656

Depreciation right of use assets



861


914

1,919

Impairment of goodwill



-


-

7,500

Impairment of fixed assets



-


-

1,237

Significant non-recurring expenses



-


257

1,594

Movement in fair value foreign exchange contracts



(259)


(953)

73

Contributions by employer to pension scheme



-


-

(200)

Operating profit before changes in working capital



13,117


14,540

26,248








Changes in working capital







Increase in inventories



(2,463)


(2,840)

210

Increase in trade and other receivables



(10,474)


(5,617)

9,949

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables



12,832


7,299

(9,192)

Cash generated from operations



13,012


13,382

27,215








Costs associated with closure of operations and acquisitions



 

(62)


 

(1,257)

 

(1,887)

Lease payments



(1,445)


(2,532)

(3,362)

Interest paid



(459)


(468)

(1,088)

Corporation taxes paid



(2,035)


(482)

(1,822)

Net cash generated from operating activities



9,011


8,643

19,056








Cash flows from investing activities







Purchase of property, plant & equipment



(2,375)


(1,954)

(4,703)

Purchase of subsidiary companies



-


(1,000)

(1,000)

Net cash used in investing activities



(2,375)


(2,954)

(5,703)








Cash flows from financing activities







(Repayment)/drawdown of revolving credit



(5,474)


(3,036)

(10,960)

Purchase of shares by employee trust



(998)


-

(969)

Non-controlling interest dividend paid



(722)


-

(844)

Dividend paid



-


(2,975)

(2,975)

Net cash in/(out) from financing activities



(7,194)


(6,011)

(15,748)








Net (decrease)/ increase in cash and cash equivalents



(558)


(322)

(2,395)

Opening cash and cash equivalents



10,173


12,358

12,358

Effect of exchange rate fluctuation



(52)


57

210

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period



9,563


12,093

10,173

 



 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

This interim report, which is unaudited, does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434(3) of the Companies Act 2006. The comparative figures for the financial year ended 27 June 2020 have been extracted from the statutory accounts for that year. Those accounts, which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU ("adopted IFRSs"), have been reported on by the company's auditor and delivered to the registrar of companies. The report of the auditor was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

GOING CONCERN AND IMPACT OF COVID-19

The Group has delivered a resilient trading performance against a continued challenging backdrop. The impact of the pandemic has varied considerably between businesses with some continuing to be impacted by the Government restrictions. Forecasts have been built on a bottom-up basis and stress tested to prepare a forecast to be used as a basis for reviewing going concern. The Board, having reviewed the Group's short and medium-term plans and available financial facilities, has reasonable expectations that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. The Group has stayed comfortably within its banking facilities during the period, meeting covenant requirements. The Group has a £55m revolving credit facility plus scope for the facility to be increased by up to a further £35m, which are committed until February 2023. In addition, the Group has a strong trade debtor book and strong asset backing. Accordingly, the Board continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Financial Statements.

 

1)            SIGNIFICANT NON-RECURRING ITEMS AND OTHER ACCOUNTING ITEMS

 

The Group presents certain items as non-recurring and significant. These relate to items which, in management's judgement, need to be disclosed by virtue of their size or incidence in order to obtain a more meaningful understanding of the financial information.

 

The amounts shown within significant non-recurring and other accounting items on the face of the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income are shown in the table below:

 


Unaudited

26 weeks ended

26 December 2020

£000

Unaudited

26 weeks ended

28 December 2019

£000

Commissioning costs

-

(257)

Movement in fair value of foreign exchange contracts

259

953

Shown under Administrative expenses

259

696

Unwinding of discount on deferred consideration

(57)

(57)

Movement in fair value of swaps

(14)

(51)

Shown under Finance expense

(71)

(108)

 

Commissioning costs in the prior year relate to the exceptional waste and labour costs of bringing the new bakery on line in Poland. 

 

2)            SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

Operating segments are identified on the basis of the internal reporting and decision making. The Group's Chief Operating Decision Maker is deemed to be the Board as it is primarily responsible for the allocation of resources to segments and the assessment of performance by segment. The Board assesses profit performance principally through adjusted profit measures consistent with those disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts.

 

The UK Bakery segment manufactures and sells bakery products to UK grocery and food service sectors. It comprises six subsidiaries all of which manufacture and supply food products through the channels described above. These subsidiaries have been aggregated into one reportable segment as they share similar economic characteristics. The economic indicators considered are the nature of the products and production process, the type and class of customer, the method of distribution and the regulatory environment.

 

The Overseas segment procures and sells bakery products to European grocery and food service sectors. The Ultraeuropa business manufactures Free From bakery products in Poland and sells into the European markets.



 

 

 

 


UK Bakery

Overseas

Total Group

Revenue

H1 2019 £000

H1 2019 £000

H1 2019 £000

H1 2019 £000

H1 2019 £000

H1 2019 £000

Total

134,621

141,234

18,324

18,215

152,945

159,449

 

Reportable Segments

 

26 weeks to

26 December 2020

£000

Total

26 weeks to

28 December 2019

£000

Total

Revenue UK Bakery

134,621

141,234

Revenue Overseas

18,324

18,215

Total revenue

152,945

159,449




Adjusted operating profit UK Bakery

6,404

7,677

Adjusted operating profit Overseas

1,266

1,211

Total adjusted operating profit

7,670

8,888

Significant non-recurring and other items (Note 1)

259

696

Finance expense (Note 4)

(523)

(757)

Profit before taxation

7,406

8,827

 

The Group has three customers (2019: two) which individually account for more than 10 per cent of the Group's total revenue. These customers account for 23 per cent, and two at 12 per cent. In the prior year two of the customers accounted for 19 per cent and 12 per cent respectively of the revenue in the six months to 28 December 2019. In addition to the Europe sales disclosed in Reportable Segments, the Group also made sales to European markets through UK based organisations.

 

 

3)            SHARE BASED PAYMENTS

 

The Group operates both approved and unapproved share option schemes. Following the adoption of IFRS2 'Share-based payments' charges have been made to the Income Statement to reflect the calculated fair value of employee share options. The cost is calculated at the date of grant and is charged equally over the vesting period. The fair value is based on the best available estimate of the number of options expected to vest. The corresponding adjustment is made to reserves.

 

During the 26 weeks to 26 December 2020 2,192,275 options were granted (H1 2019: 4,863,708 options). Administration costs include a charge of £118,000 (H1 2019: £136,000) in relation to the fair value of the newly awarded share options during that period.

 

 

4)            FINANCE INCOME AND EXPENSES

 


 

 

 

 

Unaudited

26 weeks ended 26 December

2020


Unaudited

26 weeks ended 28 December

2019


Audited

52 weeks ended

27 June

2020


Note

£000


£000


£000

Interest on interest rate swap agreements


-


25


44

Bank interest receivable


-


10


17

Finance income


-


35


61








Net interest on net pension position


-


-


(256)

Net bank interest payable


(289)


(526)


(999)

Charge on interest rate swaps


(58)


-


-

Lease Interest IFRS 16


(105)


(158)


(273)

Unwinding of discount on deferred consideration

1

(57)


(57)


(14)

Change in fair value of interest rate swaps

1

(14)


(51)


(386)

Finance expense


(523)


(792)


(1,794)








Net finance expense


(523)


(757)


(1,928)

 

The Group has two interest rate swap arrangements, £20.0 million for five years from 3 July 2017 at 0.455% maturing 3 July 2022 and £5.0 million for three years from 28 March 2019 at 1.002% maturing 28 March 2022 to hedge its risks associated with interest rate fluctuations.

These arrangements do not meet the conditions necessary for hedge accounting to be applied and, therefore, changes in their fair value are recognised immediately in the income statement resulting in a charge of £14,000 (H1 2019: charge £51,000).

5)            EARNINGS PER ORDINARY SHARE (EPS)

 

Basic earnings per share for the period is calculated on the basis of profit for the period after tax, divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue of 126,605,000 (28 December 2019: 127,121,000). 

 

Basic diluted earnings per share for the period is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of shares in issue to assume conversion of all potential dilutive ordinary shares, which for 26 December 2020 is 132,393,000 (28 December 2019: 132,382,000). 

 

An adjusted earnings per share has also been calculated as, in the opinion of the Board, this will allow shareholders to gain a clearer understanding of the trading performance of the Group.

 

The adjusted earnings per share exclude amounts shown under significant and non-recurring items in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income and exclude amortisation of intangibles.

 



26 weeks to

26 Dec 2020

26 weeks to

28 Dec 2019

Profit




Profit/(loss) attributable to equity holders of the Company (basic)

 

£000

 

5,186

 

6,262

Significant non-recurring and other items

£000

58

(188)

Amortisation of intangibles

£000

287

294

Numerator for adjusted earnings per share calculation (adjusted basic)

 

£000

 

5,531

 

 

6,368

 

Shares


Basic

Diluted

Basic

Diluted

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period

 

'000

 

126,605

 

126,605

 

127,121

 

127,121

Dilutive effect of share options

'000

-

5,788

-

5,261



126,605

132,393

127,121

132,382

Earnings per share






Basic / basic and diluted

Pence

4.1

3.9

4.9

4.7

Adjusted basic/ adjusted basic and diluted

Pence

4.4

4.2

5.0

4.8

 

 

 



 

6)     ANALYSIS OF NET DEBT

 


 

Unaudited

26 weeks

 ended

26 December

2020

 

Unaudited

26 weeks

 ended

28 December

2019

 

Audited

52 weeks

ended

27 June

2020


£000

£000

£000

Net cash at bank

9,563

12,093

10,173

Loans after more than one year

(30,711)

(44,108)

(36,184)

Hire purchase obligations due within one year

(170)

(163)

(247)

Hire purchase obligations due after one year

(158)

(416)

(225)

Bank debt

(31,039)

(44,687)

(36,656)

Unamortised transaction costs

141

219

175

Bank debt net of unamortised transaction costs within one year

(170)

(163)

(247)

Bank debt net of unamortised transaction costs more than one year

(30,728)

(44,305)

(36,234)

Bank debt net of unamortised transaction costs excluding IFRS 16 lease liabilities

 

(30,898)

 

(44,468)

 

(36,481)

Bank debt (before IFRS 16 debt) net of cash at bank

(21,476)

(32,594)

(26,483)

Lease liabilities IFRS 16 within one year

(2,495)

(140)

(2,944)

Lease liabilities IFRS 16 after more than one year

(9,647)

(11,855)

(8,879)

Lease liabilities IFRS 16

(12,142)

(11,995)

(11,823)

Total Debt including IFRS 16 lease liabilities

(33,477)

(44,370)

(38,131)

 

 

7)     SHARE CAPITAL

No shares were issued during the period or the comparative prior year period.

 

At 26 December 2020 5,046,554 shares (H1 2019: 3,261,925) were held by the Finsbury Food Group Plc Employee Benefit Trust.



 

 

 

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