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Ramsdens Holdings PLC
15 June 2021
 

 

15 June 2021

Ramsdens Holdings PLC

("Ramsdens", the "Group", the "Company")

Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2021

Resilient performance and well positioned to resume our growth strategy

Ramsdens, the diversified financial services provider and retailer, today announces its Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2021 (the "Period").

The first UK national lockdown was introduced on 23 March 2020, and so the comparable period for the six months to 31 March 2020 was not substantially impacted by these restrictions.

 

6 months ended 31 March 2021 (unaudited) HY21

6 months ended 31 March 2020

(unaudited) HY20

18 months ended

30 September 2020 (audited)

Gross Revenue

£20.8m

£27.0m

£76.9m

Gross Profit

£10.5m

£16.7m

£47.1m

Profit/(Loss) before tax

(£0.1m)

£2.3m

£9.2m

Net Cash

£15.0m

£11.1m

£15.9m

 

Highlights:

·    Resilient performance against challenging trading conditions caused by Covid-19 restrictions, with pre-tax losses limited to £0.1m (HY20: £2.3m profit)

·    Gross revenue decreased 23% to £20.8m (HY20: £27.0m)

·    Jewellery retail revenue increased 14% to £8.1m (HY20: £7.1m) despite the regional lockdown periods. Online revenue doubled year on year and now represents 17% of total jewellery sold

·    Pawnbroking gross profit decreased 26% to £3.5m (HY20: £4.7m) as a result of the loan book falling as customers repaid their loans during lockdown and subdued demand for new loans

·    Foreign Currency Exchange severely impacted by the Covid-19 travel restrictions resulting in income down 78% to £1.0m (HY20: £4.7m)

·    Gross profit from purchases of precious metals decreased 28% to £2.3m (HY20: £3.2m), reflecting reduced high street footfall during the regional lockdown periods

·    Administration expenses decreased 26% to £10.4m (HY20: £14.2m) with overheads well controlled.  The Company received £0.9m under the CJRS furlough scheme which is presented as a reduction to salary costs. 

·    Net Assets increased £0.5m to £35.5m (31 March 2020: £35.0m)

·    At the Period end, net cash was £15.0m and the Company's revolving credit facility of £10m was undrawn 

Given the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on profitability in the Period, as well as the Group's continuing use of Government support schemes, the Board believes it is prudent and in the long-term interests of shareholders to preserve the Group's available cash resources.  Consequently, the Board is not recommending an interim dividend for the Period. As restrictions ease, the Board expects the business to return to profitability and allow it to recommence the payment of dividends, in accordance with its dividend policy.

 

Peter Kenyon, Chief Executive, commented: 

"We are pleased to have delivered a resilient performance during the Period despite the difficult trading conditions experienced. This is a testament to the strength of Ramsdens' diversified business model, our loyal customer base, and the commitment of our employees, whom I would like to thank for their continued dedication to serving our local communities throughout the pandemic.

We are encouraged by the current easing of restrictions across the UK including the re-opening of non-essential retail and the lifting of some international travel restrictions.

Whilst the UK Government 'green list' for tourism is currently very limited, meaning we are unable to provide guidance for this summer's FX trading, we believe there is significant underlying consumer demand for international travel which the Group is well positioned to capitalise on.

Despite restrictions, during the Period we continued to focus on delivering against our long-term growth strategy. We currently have six new Ramsdens stores in the pipeline including debut sites in London and the South East and will continue to appraise new site opportunities in line with our expansion plans."    

 

ENDS

 

Enquiries:

Ramsdens Holdings PLC                                        Tel: +44 (0) 1642 579957

Peter Kenyon, CEO

Martin Clyburn, CFO

 

Liberum Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser)     Tel: +44 (0) 20 3100 2000

Richard Crawley

Lauren Kettle

 

Hudson Sandler (Financial PR)                              Tel: +44 (0) 20 7796 4133

Alex Brennan

Lucy Wollam

 

About Ramsdens

Ramsdens is a growing, diversified, financial services provider and retailer, operating in the four core business segments of foreign currency exchange, pawnbroking loans, precious metals buying and selling and retailing of second-hand and new jewellery.  Ramsdens does not offer unsecured high cost short term credit.

 

Headquartered in Middlesbrough, the Group operates from 154 stores within the UK (including 3 franchised stores) and has a growing online presence.

 

Ramsdens is FCA authorised for its pawnbroking and credit broking activities.

 

www.ramsdensplc.com

www.ramsdensforcash.co.uk

www.ramsdensjewellery.co.uk                                                            

 


CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REPORT

This interim report covers the six months ended 31 March 2021 (the "Period"). The Period was undoubtedly challenging, with the Group operating for four months of the Period under lockdown restrictions in one or all parts of the UK. This contrasts sharply to the comparable prior period, with the majority of the six month period to 31 March 2020 being unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Our strategic priorities during this unusual Period have been to:

 

1.   operate a secure and safe environment for our staff, customers and the local communities we serve;

2.   accelerate the Group's online strategic objectives;

3.   maintain a healthy financial position; and

4.   prepare to capitalise on changes across the sector arising from the disruption caused by Covid-19.

 

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Despite all of the challenges, the Group broadly broke even with a reported Loss Before Tax of £0.1m (HY20: profit of £2.3m). Gross profit for the Period decreased 37% to £10.5m (HY20: £16.7m) as a result of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. 


Administration expenses were reduced by 26% to £10.4m (HY20: £14.2m) with overheads well controlled and the UK Government CJRS furlough grants of £0.9m presented as a reduction to salary costs.   

 

The Group's balance sheet remained strong with net assets of £35.5m (HY20: £35.0m), broadly consistent with the position reported at 30 September 2020 (£35.6m).  The Group's main assets are cash (including foreign currency), pawnbroking loans secured on gold jewellery and watches, and retail jewellery stock.  Net cash as at 31 March 2021 was £15.0m. The Group also has the benefit of a £10.0m revolving credit facility, which is currently undrawn. The facility was extended for a further year during the Period and expires in March 2024.

 

Capital expenditure in the Period of £0.9m (HY20: £0.5m) includes the cost of relocating stores, store refurbishments and the purchase of two store freehold properties for £0.15m.

 

Given the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, no profitability in the Period and the Group continuing to receive UK Government support in the form of furlough to protect jobs, the Board believes it is prudent and in the long-term interests of shareholders to preserve its available cash resources.  Consequently, the Board is not recommending an interim dividend. As Covid-related restrictions ease, the Board expects the business to return to profitability and allow it to recommence the payment of dividends, in accordance with its dividend policy.

 

 

SEGMENTAL REVIEW

Foreign Currency Exchange

The foreign currency exchange (FX) segment primarily comprises the sale and purchase of foreign currency notes to holiday-makers. Ramsdens also offers prepaid travel cards and international bank-to-bank payments.

 

 

HY21

HY20

YOY

Total Currency exchanged

£20m

£181m

(89%)

Income

£1.0m

£4.7m

(78%)

Online click & collect orders

£1.6m

£18.5m

(91%)

% of online FX

8%

10%

(2%)

Percentage of GP

10%

28%

(18%)

 

The restrictions on international travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated quarantine regulations put in place by governments across the globe have severely impacted the demand for international holidays and, as a result, the demand for foreign currency exchange.

The Group has successfully managed commission margins in order to minimise the impact on profitability of the reduction in total currency exchanged.   

As we look forward, the income from this service is anticipated to grow with the easing of restrictions and the return of international travel. We strongly believe that customers' desire to travel abroad remains high.  While we have seen more people use card payments in the UK, we are confident that the need for foreign currency cash will remain high given the popular holiday destinations and known spending patterns while abroad.

 

Pawnbroking

Pawnbroking is a small subset of the consumer credit market in the UK and a simple form of asset backed lending dating back to the foundations of banking. In a pawnbroking transaction an item of value, known as a pledge (in Ramsdens' case this is jewellery and watches) is held by the pawnbroker as security against a six-month loan. Customers pay interest on this loan, repay the capital sum borrowed and recover their pledged item. If a customer defaults on the loan, the pawnbroker sells the pledged item to repay the amount owed and returns any surplus funds to the customer.  Pawnbroking is regulated by the FCA in the UK and Ramsdens is FCA authorised.

 

000's

HY21

HY20

YOY

Gross profit

£3,480

£4,706

(26%)

Total loan book

£5,749

£7,747

(26%)

Past due

£893

£1,115

(20%)

In date loan book

£4,856

£6,632

(27%)

Percentage of GP

33%

28%

5%

  

The various national lockdowns have impacted the borrowing patterns of our customer base, in reducing their borrowing needs alongside an increase in customers repaying their loans. If, as we expect, the borrowing pattern is similar to that following lockdown in 2020, we will see normal lending volumes return in the summer and the loan book will rebuild over time.  The typical pawnbroking customer is cautious; they know that the item pledged is their store of wealth and that this enables them to borrow when needed.

 

The average loan value as at 31 March 2021 was £265 (30 September 2020: £248).  The loan book is considered to be of high quality with a low loan to value ratio of approximately two thirds of the gold price at the Period end.  Where loans are not repaid, the current high gold price enables an improved recovery of interest where goods that are not appropriate for retailing are scrapped.

 

The online pawnbroking facility has continued to be popular amongst customers to make loan repayments.  This facility allows the customer to save interest by repaying when they have the funds and prior to any store visit.  Only a limited number of customers have chosen to borrow via the website because the goods still need to be posted to Ramsdens.    

 

Jewellery Retail

The Group retails new and second-hand jewellery to customers both in store and online. The Board continues to believe there is further growth potential for Ramsdens in this segment which can be achieved by leveraging the Group's store estate and e-commerce operations and by cross-selling to existing customers and acquiring new customers.  

Retailing of new jewellery products complements the Group's second-hand offering to give our customers greater choice in breadth of products and price, and enables the Group to attract some customers who prefer not to buy second-hand.  New jewellery items now account for 39% (HY20: 31%) of jewellery retail revenue.

 

 

000's

HY21

HY20

YOY

Revenue

£8,074

£7,054

14%

Gross Profit

£3,168

£3,113

2%

Margin %

39%

44%

(5%)

Jewellery retail stock

£10,810

£8,919

21%

Online sales*

£1,560

£779

100%

% of sales online*

17%

9%

8%

Percentage of GP

30%

19%

11%

 

* based on total jewellery sold which includes ex-pledge items

 

Store sales have been limited through the Period due to varying restrictions during the lockdown periods. However, we have seen an increase in demand for higher value items, in particular premium watches where sales were up 13%.  The ongoing development of the premium watch sales offering continues to generate higher cash margin per product sold but at a lower percentage margin.  The Board continues to believe that watch sales represent incremental revenue and profit for the Group.   

 

The investment in our online retail jewellery website, www.ramsdensjewellery.co.uk continues to deliver improved results.  The total jewellery sold through our ecommerce activities doubled to £1.6m (HY20: £0.8m) for the Period.  We are continuing to make further investments in improving the customer experience, retargeting campaigns, pay per click campaigns, affiliate schemes and search engine optimisation.  The ecommerce department is managed as a separate business unit and is profitable.

 

We believe there is an ongoing opportunity for improving and growing our jewellery retail business.  Our investment in strengthening the retail team, each with a product category focus, is supporting ongoing growth.  Additionally, the Group has focused on enhancing the appeal of its jewellery stock offering through better displays, range expansion and regular replenishment of the new jewellery range, increased investment in pre-owned premium watches, and undertaking targeted promotional activity to reinforce the Ramsdens brand's value-for-money reputation.

 

Purchases of Precious Metals

Through the precious metals buying and selling service, Ramsdens buys unwanted jewellery, gold and other precious metals from customers for cash. Typically, a customer brings unwanted jewellery into a Ramsdens store and a price is agreed with the customer depending upon the retail potential, weight or carat of the jewellery. The Group has second-hand dealer licences and other permissions and adheres to the approved "gold standard" for buying precious metals.

Once jewellery has been bought from the customer, the Group's dedicated jewellery department assesses whether or not to retail the item through the store network or online. Income derived from jewellery, which is purchased and then retailed, is reflected in jewellery retail income and profits. The residual items are smelted and sold to a bullion dealer for their intrinsic value and the proceeds are reflected in the accounts as precious metals buying income. 

 

000's

HY21

HY20

YOY

Revenue

£5,623

£7,499

(25%)

Gross Profit

£2,330

£3,214

(28%)

Percentage of GP

22%

19%

3%

 

In comparing the two six month periods, the average sterling gold price increased by 14% in HY21. 

 

The weight of gold purchased has decreased primarily due to the reduced high street footfall as a consequence of the lockdowns plus a reduced need for additional cash and a lower volume of foreign currency customers to whom we have traditionally cross-sold this service.  We anticipate the weight purchased will increase as trading conditions normalise.  In the near term, we believe the gold price will remain high, assisting margins.

 

 

Other services

In addition to the four core business segments, the Group also provides additional services in cheque cashing, Western Union money transfer and credit broking and it receives franchise fees.

 

000's

HY21

HY20

YOY

Revenue

£540

£1,029

(48%)

Gross Profit

£540

£937

(42%)

Percentage of GP

5%

6%

(1%)

 

Whilst this has been a steady source of income, cheque cashing was and continues to be a service in decline and represents a large proportion of the reduction in gross profit in this segment.

 

 

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

The retail estate continues to be actively managed.  In the main, landlords have been realistic to the current high street situation. Where appropriate, lease renewals have generally resulted in rent reductions, greater flexibility or sometimes both.  Two stores were closed and merged with nearby stores where we could not agree reasonable lease terms with our landlords.  Four stores were relocated to take advantage of better locations with higher footfall and two stores were refurbished to provide a better customer experience.  During the next twelve months, we anticipate relocating a further six stores and refurbishing six stores.

Our new store opening strategy has recommenced. We have a strong pipeline of target locations and have advanced six locations into various stages of the planning and legal process.  This expansion includes - for the first time - locations in London and the South East and we have recruited Deborah Papas, an experienced pawnbroker and jeweller, to head up this geographic expansion opportunity which we believe presents a greater opportunity to acquire independent pawnbrokers. The first store in Kent is scheduled to open in July.

We have promoted Claire Gebski to head up our staff engagement and staff development.  This important role will ensure that we continue to focus on our people and develop our culture of seeking continuous improvement.  Amongst other things, our staff forum team have been challenged to see how we can further improve our environmental footprint and have recently launched a "Think Green" initiative. 

 

Ernst & Young have been engaged as our auditors for nine years and the Board is grateful for their support and challenge over this period. Following a review, the Board has made the decision to appoint Grant Thornton for the 2021 audit. 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every staff member for their dedication, commitment, willingness to strive for continuous improvement and their focus on delivering fantastic service to our customers.

 

 

OUTLOOK

Hopefully, we are nearing the time when the UK Government will further ease social distancing measures in the UK and also lift varying restrictions enabling freer but safe international travel.     

 

The Group has a strong financial footing, the benefit of diversified income streams, a growing online presence and a well-invested store network.  These attributes, as well as our belief that there is strong underlying consumer demand for our services, gives the Board confidence that Ramsdens is well placed to not only navigate the near term challenges, but also to emerge in a strong position to return to growth and deliver our strategy to create value for all of the Group's stakeholders.

 

 

 

Peter Kenyon

Chief Executive Officer

 


Interim Condensed Financial Statements

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

18 months

 

 

Ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

31 March 2021

 

          31 March 2020

 

 30 September 2020

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

20,835

 

                26,984

 

       76,938

Cost of sales

 

(10,290)

 

(10,309)

 

  (29,789)

Gross profit

2

10,545

 

                  16,675

 

47,149

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Income

 

-

 

-

 

725

Administrative expenses

 

(10,446)

 

(14,151)

 

(37,858)

Operating profit

 

99

 

2,524

 

10,016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Costs

3

(232)

 

(240)

 

(795)

(Loss) / profit before tax

 

(133)

 

2,284

 

9,221

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

29

 

(592)

 

(2,103)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (loss) / income for the period

 

(104)

 

1,692

 

7,118

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share in pence

4

(0.3)

 

5.5

 

23.1

Diluted earnings per share in pence

4

(0.3)

 

5.3

 

 22.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

18 months

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

31 March

 2021

 

31 March

2020

 

30 September 2020

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening total equity

 

35,555

 

33,962

 

30,377

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

(104)

 

1,692

 

7,118

Transactions with shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital issued

 

6

 

-

 

-

Dividends paid

 

-

 

(832)

 

(2,313)

Share based payments

 

103

 

164

 

398

Deferred tax on share based payments

 

(42)

 

(25)

 

(25)

Total transactions with shareholders

 

67

 

(693)

 

(1,940)

Closing total equity

 

35,518

 

34,961

 

35,555

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of financial position

At 31 March 2021

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

18 months

 

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

 

31 March

2021

 

31 March

2020

 

30 September 2020

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

5,207

 

5,354

 

4,845

Intangible assets

 

 

807

 

1,089

 

870

Investments

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Right-of-use assets

 

 

8,286

 

9,009

 

8,536

Deferred tax assets

 

 

76

 

273

 

182

 

 

 

14,376

 

15,725

 

14,433

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

13,644

 

13,055

 

13,360

Trade and other receivables

 

 

7,729

 

10,147

 

8,743

Cash and short term deposits

 

 

14,996

 

11,051

 

15,873

 

 

 

36,369

 

34,253

 

37,976

Total assets

 

 

50,745

 

49,978

 

52,409

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

6,169

 

4,551

 

6,422

Lease liability

 

 

1,745

 

1,818

 

2,005

Income tax payable

 

 

70

 

809

 

1,157

 

 

 

7,984

 

7,178

 

9,584

Net current assets

 

 

28,385

 

27,075

 

28,392

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease liability

 

 

7,049

 

7,647

 

7,094

Accruals and deferred income

 

 

133

 

-

 

153

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

61

 

192

 

23

 

 

 

7,243

 

7,839

 

7,270

Total liabilities

 

 

15,227

 

15,017

 

16,854

Net assets

 

 

35,518

 

34,961

 

35,555

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issued capital

 

5

314

 

308

 

308

Share premium

 

 

4,892

 

4,892

 

4,892

Retained earnings

 

 

30,312

 

29,761

 

30,355

Total equity

 

 

35,518

 

34,961

 

35,555

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

 

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

18 months

 

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

 

31 March 2021

 

31 March

2020

 

30 September 2020

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) / profit before tax

 

 

(133)

 

2,284

 

9,221

Adjustments to reconcile profit before tax to net cash flows:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and impairment of property, plant & equipment

 

 

506

 

686

 

2,238

Depreciation of right-of-use assets

 

 

1,080

 

1,213

 

3,523

Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets

 

 

76

 

188

 

616

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

10

 

44

 

185

Share based payments

 

 

103

 

164

 

398

Finance costs

 

 

232

 

240

 

795

Working capital adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement in trade and other receivables and prepayments

1,124

 

833

 

1,781

Movement in inventories

 

 

(284)

 

(1,206)

 

(702)

Movement in trade and other payables

 

 

(273)

 

(1,904)

 

170

 

 

 

2,441

 

2,542

 

18,225

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

 

(232)

 

(240)

 

(795)

Income tax paid

 

 

(1,066)

 

(929)

 

(1,678)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

 

1,143

 

1,373

 

15,752

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment

 

10

 

-

 

4

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(888)

 

(527)

 

(1,787)

Purchase of intangible assets

 

 

(13)

 

(13)

 

(258)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

 

 

(891)

 

(540)

 

(2,041)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

 

-

 

(832)

 

(2,313)

Share capital issued

 

 

6

 

-

 

-

Payment of lease liabilities

 

 

(1,135)

 

(1,268)

 

(3,645)

Bank loans drawn down

 

 

-

 

-

 

2,600

Repayment of bank borrowings

 

 

-

 

(3,884)

 

(7,900)

Net cash flows used in financing activities

 

 

(1,129)

 

(5,984)

 

(11,258)

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(877)

 

(5,151)

 

2,453

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

 

15,873

 

16,202

 

13,420

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

 

14,996

 

11,051

 

15,873

 

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

1.    Basis of preparation

The interim condensed financial statements of the group for the six months ended 31 March 2021, which are neither audited or reviewed, have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') accounting policies adopted by the group and set out in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 30 September 2020. As permitted, this interim report has been prepared in accordance with the AIM rules and not in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim financial reporting". While the financial figures included in this preliminary interim earnings announcement have been computed in accordance with IFRS's applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as that term is defined in IFRS's.

 

The financial information contained in the interim report also does not constitute statutory accounts for the purpose of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the period ended 30 September 2020 is based on the statutory accounts for period ended 30 September 2020 which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and are available on the group's website www.ramsdensplc.com. The auditors, Ernst & Young LLP, reported on those accounts: their report was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The financial information for the 6 months ended 31 March 2020 in respect of the consolidated income statement of comprehensive income is based on the movement between the figures stated in the unaudited interim financial information for the 12 month period ended 31 March 2020 and the unaudited Interim accounts covering the 6 month period ended 30 September 2019. The Consolidated statement of financial position at 31 March 2020 is per the unaudited financial information as at that date.    

 

The Board have conducted an extensive review of forecast earnings and cash over the next twelve months, considering various scenarios and sensitivities given the Covid-19 situation and uncertainty around the future economic environment. At 31 March 2021 the Group had cash resources of c£15m and an undrawn RCF facility of £10m expiring in March 2024.

The Group's activities include services deemed essential services by the government and therefore the Group's stores are likely to be able to open in the event of a further lockdown. The Group's essential services include pawnbroking, foreign currency, money transfer and cheque cashing. The Group has a strong asset base and the ability to generate cash quickly through the sale of jewellery stock for its intrinsic value or by restricting new pawnbroking lending. The Group has shown resilient trading through the last year of Covid-19 restrictions, assisted by government support.

The Board have a reasonable expectation that the Company and Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the interim condensed financial statements.

 

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

2. Segmental Reporting

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

18 months

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

31 March 2021

 

            31 March       2020

 

30 September

2020

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Pawnbroking

5,571

 

6,697

 

18,911

Purchases of precious metals

5,623

 

7,499

 

23,024

Retail Jewellery sales

8,074

 

7,054

 

17,109

Foreign currency margin

1,027

 

4,705

 

14,859

Income from other financial services

540

 

1,029

 

3,035

Total Revenue

20,835

 

26,984

 

76,938

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

 

 

 

Pawnbroking

3,480

 

4,706

 

12,248

Purchases of precious metals

2,330

 

3,214

 

9,856

Retail Jewellery sales

3,168

 

3,113

 

7,701

Foreign currency margin

1,027

 

4,705

 

14,859

Income from other financial services

540

 

937

 

2,485

Total Gross profit

10,545

 

16,675

 

47,149

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income

-

 

-

 

725

Administrative expenses

(10,446)

 

(14,151)

 

(37,858)

Finance costs                                                                                                 

(232)

 

(240)

 

(795)

(Loss) / Profit before tax

(133)

 

2,284

 

9,221

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from other financial services comprises of cheque cashing fees, Electronics & buybacks, agency commissions on miscellaneous financial products.

The Group is unable to meaningfully allocate administrative expenses, or financing costs between the segments due to the fact that these include staff costs who undertake all services in branches. Accordingly, the Group is unable to disclose an allocation of items included in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income below Gross profit, which represents the reported segmental results.

 

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

2. Segmental Reporting

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

18 months

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

31 March 2021

 

31 March 2020

 

30 September

2020

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

Other information

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Capital additions (*)

1,742

 

1,610

 

2,045

Depreciation and amortisation (*)

1,672

 

2,134

 

2,854

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Pawnbroking

8,557

 

11,844

 

9,685

Purchases of precious metals

768

 

1,765

 

1,664

Retail Jewellery sales

11,005

 

9,089

 

9,707

Foreign currency margin

3,345

 

9,019

 

5,692

Income from other financial services

175

 

90

 

145

Unallocated (*)

26,895

 

18,171

 

25,516

 

50,745

 

49,978

 

52,409

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Pawnbroking

434

 

347

 

375

Purchases of precious metals

3

 

19

 

3

Retail Jewellery sales

3,061

 

1,365

 

2,130

Foreign currency margin

70

 

32

 

471

Income from other financial services

469

 

31

 

438

Unallocated (*)

11,190

 

13,223

 

13,437

 

15,227

 

15,017

 

16,854

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(*) The Group is unable to meaningfully allocate this information by segment due to the fact that all segments operate from the same stores and the assets and liabilities are common to all segments.

Fixed assets are therefore included in unallocated assets and lease liabilities are included in unallocated liabilities.

 

 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

18 months

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

31 March 2021

 

 31 March 2020

 

   30 September 2020

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest on debts and borrowings

42

 

31

 

181

 

Interest on right-of-use assets

190

 

209

 

614

 

Total finance costs

232

 

240

 

795

 

 

4. Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

 

6 months

 

18 months

 

 

ended

 

ended

 

ended

 

 

31 March 2021

 

31 March 2020

 

  30 September 2020

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period (£'000)

(104)

 

1,692

 

7,118

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue

31,393,207

 

30,837,653

 

30,837,653

 

Earnings per share (pence)

(0.3)

 

5.5

 

23.1

 

Fully diluted earnings per share (pence)

(0.3)

 

5.3

 

22.5

 

 

 

5. Issued capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares issued and fully paid

 

No.

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 March 2020

 

30,837,653

 

308

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 September 2020

 

30,837,653

 

308

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital issued

 

555,554

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2021

 

31,393,207

 

314

 

 

 

 

 

During the period 555,554 ordinary 1p shares were issued at par pursuant to the Group's Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP). A further 250,000 share options have fully vested under the LTIP but have yet to be exercised.



Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

6. Dividends

 

No dividends have been approved since the 2nd December 2019 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

On 2 December 2019, the directors approved a 2.7 pence interim dividend which equates to a dividend payment of £832,000 the dividend was paid on 20 February 2020. The final dividend for the year ended March 2019 of 4.8p per share was paid on 20 September 2019 totalling £1,480,000.  

 

 

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