Source - LSE Regulatory
RNS Number : 8522K
Conygar Investment Company PLC(The)
10 May 2022
 

 

 

10 May 2022

 

 

The Conygar Investment Company PLC

 

Interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2022

 

 

Summary

 

·    Net asset value ("NAV") increased by £12.44 million to £126.58 million (212.25p per share), including a £10.52 million uplift from the placing of 7,139,000 of the Company's own shares.

 

·    NAV per share decreased by 5.16p per share to 212.25p as a result of 8.58p per share dilution from issuing shares at a discount, partly offset by a 3.42p per share increase from the £1.93 million profit realised in the period.

 

·    Total cash deposits of £30.66 million (51.41p per share).

 

·    No debt and no borrowings.

 

·    Development progressed for the first phase of the mixed-use project at The Island Quarter, Nottingham, planned for opening in the summer of 2022.

 

·    Disposal of the industrial units at Selly Oak, Birmingham, completed in December 2021, realising a net profit of £3.42 million.

 

·    Disposal of the retail park at Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire, for £18.28 million realising a £0.53 million surplus over the 30 September 2021 valuation.

 

·    A further planning application was submitted in October 2021 for the proposed mixed-use waterfront development in Holyhead, Anglesey, supplementing the outline consent granted in 2014.

 

·    A non-binding exclusivity agreement was entered into with Wholesale Fruit Centre (Bristol) Limited in connection with the potential acquisition of a 14.7-acre development at the Bristol Fruitmarket site in the St Philip's Marsh area of Bristol.

 

 

Group net assets summary

 


31 Mar 2022

£'m

 

31 Mar 2021

£'m

 

30 Sept 2021

£'m







Properties

99.34


62.24


108.44

Cash

30.66


23.93


13.66

Other

0.57


0.49


(0.66)

Provisions

(3.99)


-


(7.30)







Total

126.58


86.66


114.14

 






NAV per share

212.25p


163.97p


217.41p

 

 

 

 

Robert Ware, Chief Executive commented:

 

"The soon to be opening up and ongoing development programme at The Island Quarter site in Nottingham in conjunction with the resurgence of interest in a nuclear capability in Anglesey leaves the Group well placed to benefit from the post-pandemic economic bounce and strong demand for high quality, sustainable, UK real estate, particularly in the residential rental market.

 

Although the further advancement of our development portfolio will require a substantial investment by third-parties we are confident that there is significant interest which will become clearer over the year."

 

Enquiries:

 

The Conygar Investment Company PLC

 

Robert Ware: 0207 258 8670

David Baldwin: 0207 258 8670

 

Liberum Capital Limited (nominated adviser and broker)

 

Richard Lindley: 0203 100 2222

Jamie Richards: 0203 100 2222

Edward Phillips: 0203 100 2222

 

Temple Bar Advisory (public relations)

 

Alex Child-Villiers: 07795 425580

Will Barker: 07827 960151

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 as amended by The Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. Upon the publication of this announcement via the Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

This announcement is being made on behalf of the Company by David Baldwin, Finance Director.

 

 

Chairman's and Chief Executive's statement

 

Results summary

 

The Group achieved a profit of £1.93 million in the period (year ended 30 September 2021: profit of £26.53 million). This arose from completion of the forward sale of our industrial units at Selly Oak, Birmingham, and the sale of our retail park at Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire, which gave rise to a combined net profit, before administrative and other operational costs, of £3.84 million. These sales, in addition to the placing of 7.14 million shares in December 2021, generated gross cash proceeds in the period of over £36 million.

 

Whilst this is a pleasing result, that has enabled the continued progression of our exciting mixed-use development at The Island Quarter site in Nottingham, it should be noted that the share placing at a discounted price of 150p, after adjusting for realised profits, has resulted in a net reduction of the Group's net asset value per share in the period of 5.16p (2.37%) to 212.25p per share as at 31 March 2022 (30 September 2021: 217.41p).

 

The Island Quarter, Nottingham

 

Just over 5 years since we first acquired The Island Quarter site, we are delighted to see the first phase of this substantial regeneration project nearing practical completion with the food, beverage and events venue at Canal Turn to be fitted out over the coming weeks in advance of a planned opening in the summer.  

 

Canal Turn comprises an outside performance area, restaurants, bars, extensive events space for private hire and a rooftop terrace which will provide an exciting, new and unique destination for the city to be managed and operated by a local Nottingham team. The venue's two restaurants, "Binks Yard" and "Cleaver & Wake", will be led by the 2018 MasterChef: The Professionals winner and chef patron Laurence Henry. Binks Yard will provide an all-day dining, drinking and entertainment venue whilst the Cleaver & Wake restaurant will offer a modern dining experience using the best nationally sourced produce.

 

We anticipate that the detailed application for the plot adjacent to Canal Turn, which incorporates proposals for two hotels, to be managed by Intercontinental Hotels Group, co-working space, 247 build to rent apartments plus an extensive food and beverage offering, will be granted by the summer.

Furthermore, ground preparation works have been carried out for the now fully consented 700-bed student accommodation scheme to enable commencement of this development in the summer of 2022 and completion in good time for the September 2024 student intake.

We continue to progress the designs for subsequent phases and are in advanced discussions with potential lenders to finance both the student accommodation development as well as later phases of the project and expect to make announcements in that regard over the coming months.

For this Interim Report we have not sourced a third-party valuation for The Island Quarter site. The Conygar Board have, however, considered its fair value by reference to any changes in the assumptions set out in the reported 30 September 2021 valuation provided by Knight Frank LLP, progression of the project and the recoverability of costs incurred since that date. During the period, no planning permissions have been granted or buildings completed and whilst we recognise the impact that price inflation is currently having upon property construction costs, we are seeing these increases being offset by a corresponding uplift in market rents, particularly within the residential build to rent and student accommodation sectors.

Other projects

At Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire, we were able to benefit from the pandemic bounce in retail warehousing values by accepting an offer to purchase our retail park for net proceeds of £18.28 million. The sale, which completed in February 2022, generated a profit in the period, after final development and sale costs, of £0.42 million. Further capital profits of £3.51 million were recognised, by way of revaluation surpluses, in prior periods which, in addition to £1.22 million of post development rental surpluses, has resulted in a total profit from the park of £5.15 million.

The granting, by Birmingham City Council, of their consent to a student home scheme at our site at Selly Oak enabled completion of the sale to a specialist provider of student accommodation for gross proceeds of £7.04 million. The sale realised a profit in the current period, after costs, of £3.42 million in addition to £0.66 million of prior period rental surpluses realised since our acquisition of these industrial units in April 2018. 

 

At Holyhead Waterfront, Anglesey, the detailed application and marine licence applications, submitted in October 2021, for a proposed development to include a 250-berth marina, 259 townhouses and apartments, marine commercial and additional A1/A3 retail units, were validated in January 2022. We expect a determination by the Local Authority in the autumn of this year.

 

Whilst it is difficult to predict the impact that the ongoing war in Ukraine will have on the real estate sector, its occurrence, in conjunction with the global shift towards low carbon energy, has strongly influenced the Government's desire for more UK sourced power. The release, in April 2022, of their Energy Security Strategy sets out proposals for the provision of greater energy independence and security, by way of supercharging the deployment of cleaner and more affordable energy. This includes the provision of a £120 million Future Nuclear Enabling Fund to progress a series of projects as soon as possible this decade, including the Wylfa site in Anglesey, where talks were already ongoing between the UK and Welsh Governments and US energy and engineering firms Westinghouse and Bechtel. 

 

If the UK and Welsh Governments eventually decide to support nuclear and / or other energy forms on Anglesey, our site on the Holyhead Waterfront and over 200 acres of currently brownfield but developable land at Rhosgoch and Parc Cybi are well positioned to support the significant residential and logistical provisions which will be required.

 

In December 2021, we announced that the Company had entered into a non-binding exclusivity agreement with Wholesale Fruit Centre (Bristol) Limited regarding the potential acquisition of a 14.7-acre development at the Bristol Fruitmarket Site in the St Philip's Marsh area of Bristol, one mile to the east of Bristol Temple Meads. The initial agreement lasted for up to 5 months, which has now been extended to 24 May 2022. During the exclusivity period we will establish whether or not to proceed with the proposed acquisition. If the acquisition were to go ahead, it would be subject to us obtaining an agreeable planning permission for the site and as such the completion is unlikely to occur in the near term.

 

ESG Programme and electronic financial reporting

The impact that the real estate sector has on carbon emissions has been extensively reported and is increasingly affecting occupier and investor decisions. In order to guide our approach to sustainability for the development portfolio, the Board have established an ESG programme which forms a key part of each project and its constituent components - from project brief, through to design/specification, construction, operation and renovation. At all stages, the development, operations and asset management teams are required to assess their performance, innovate, evolve and perfect all practices against the ESG framework. Further details of the programme will be set out in the Group's 2022 Annual Report.

As part of these arrangements, to avoid where possible the distribution in paper format of the Company's Interim and Annual Report's each year, the shareholders passed a resolution at the Company's AGM in December 2021 to authorise the Company to serve notices or supply other documentation by electronic means. For those individual shareholders that specifically requested to continue to receive such documents in paper format the arrangements will continue as before. For all others these reports will be made available, as soon as practically possible after the Group's results are announced each period, via the Company's website.

Share placing

At the Company's Annual General Meeting, held on 20 December 2021, resolutions were passed to enable the Company to complete the placing of 7,138,998 Ordinary shares of 5p each at a placing price of 150p per share, to enable the further progression of The Island Quarter project. This includes the continued development and fitting out of the first phase of the scheme at Canal Turn, bringing a new electricity substation to the site and, later this year, to part fund the equity component of the student accommodation development.

 

The premium received from each placing share over their 5p nominal value, net of fees paid in connection with the placing, resulted in a £10.16 million credit to the Company's share premium account. At a General Meeting of the Company on 28 March 2022 a further resolution was passed to enable the cancellation of the share premium account, subject to approval of the Court, such that the amount cancelled can be credited to a distributable reserve. On 22 April 2022, an application was submitted to the Court to request the cancellation which is expected to be considered in late May 2022.

 

Outlook

 

The soon to be opening up and ongoing development programme at The Island Quarter site in Nottingham in conjunction with the resurgence of interest in a nuclear capability in Anglesey leaves the Group well placed to benefit from the post-pandemic economic bounce and strong demand for high quality, sustainable, UK real estate, particularly in the residential rental market.

 

Although the further advancement of our development portfolio will require a substantial investment by third-parties we are confident that there is significant interest which will become clearer over the year.

 

 

 

 

 

N J Hamway                                                   R T E Ware

Chairman                                                        Chief Executive

 

 

Financial review

 

Net asset value

 

During the six months ended 31 March 2022, the net asset value increased by £12.44 million to £126.58 million (31 March 2021: £86.66 million; 30 September 2021: £114.14 million). The primary movements in the period were net proceeds of £10.52 million from the placing of 7,139,000 ordinary shares, a £3.42 million profit on completion of the forward sale agreement for Selly Oak and a further £0.42 million profit from the sale of Cross Hands retail park. This has been offset by £1.04 million of administrative costs, £0.20 million of development costs written off and £0.68 million of net operating costs.

 

Conversely, the net asset value per share has decreased in the period by 5.16p per share to 212.25p as at 31 March 2022. The placing of shares at a discount to NAV, to provide additional capital to further progress The Island Quarter project in Nottingham, resulted in a dilution of 8.58p per share. This was partly offset by the £1.93 million profit realised in the period which increased the net asset value per share by 3.42p.

 

Cash flow and financing

 

At 31 March 2022, the Group had cash deposits of £30.66 million and no debt (31 March 2021: cash of £23.93 million and no debt; 30 September 2021: cash of £13.66 million and no debt).

 

The primary cash inflows in the current period were gross proceeds of £18.54 million from the sale of Cross Hands, £7.04 million from the sale of Selly Oak and £10.52 million from the share placing. These were partly offset by £18.02 million incurred on development projects and investment properties, including £14.33 million to progress the development at The Island Quarter and £2.81 million to pay the Nottingham introductory fee provided for at 30 September 2021, resulting in a net cash inflow during the period of £17.00 million.

 

Net income from property activities                                                                  Six months ended        Year ended


31 Mar

2022

31 Mar

2021

30 Sept

2021


£'m

£'m

£'m





Rental income

(0.51)

0.82

1.59

Direct property costs

(0.18)

(0.16)

(0.29)


(0.69)

0.66

1.30





Sale of properties

25.58

1.05

1.05

Cost of properties sold

(21.74)

(0.62)

(0.62)


3.84

0.43

0.43





Total net income arising from property activities

3.15

1.09

1.73





 

Administrative expenses

 

The administrative expenses for the period ended 31 March 2022 were £1.04 million (period ended 31 March 2021: £0.97 million; year ended 30 September 2021: £2.06 million). The major items were salary costs of £0.71 million (period ended 31 March 2021: £0.69 million; year ended 30 September 2021: £1.41 million) and various costs arising as a result of the Group being listed on AIM.

 

Taxation

 

No current tax is payable on the profit for the six months ended 31 March 2022 (period ended 31 March 2021: £nil; year ended 30 September 2021: £nil) as the group has tax losses available to offset against any resulting taxable profit.

 

As set out in note 6 of the Interim Report, the Directors have assessed the potential deferred tax liability of the Group as at 31 March 2022 in respect of chargeable gains that would be payable if the investment properties were sold at their reported values at each period end. Based on the unrealised chargeable gain of £18.48 million arising in the year ended 30 September 2021, and remaining at 31 March 2022, a deferred tax liability of £4.62 million has been recognised.

 

The Directors have also recognised a deferred tax asset of £2.93 million at 31 March 2022 and 30 September 2021 for tax losses, held by various group undertakings, where the Directors believe it is probable that these assets will be recovered.

 

As at 31 March 2022, the Group has further unused tax losses of £19.10 million (31 March 2021: £42.00 million; 30 September 2021: £20.10 million) for which no deferred tax asset has been recognised in the consolidated balance sheet.

 

Summary of investment properties

 


31 Mar 2022

£'m

 

31 Mar 2021

£'m

 

30 Sept 2021

£'m







Nottingham - (1)

82.41


26.88


70.50

Cross Hands - (2)

-


15.85


17.75







Total

82.41


42.73


88.25

 

(1)   The Group's investment in Nottingham was valued by the Directors at 31 March 2022 and by Knight Frank LLP, in their capacity as external valuers at 30 September 2021. In accordance with IAS 40, as this project was not sufficiently advanced, such that a fair value could be readily determined at 31 March 2021, the investment in Nottingham was reported at cost on that date.

(2)   Cross Hands was sold in February 2022. External valuations for the other reported periods were provided by Knight Frank LLP.

 

Summary of development and trading properties

 


31 Mar 2022

£'m

 

31 Mar 2021

£'m

 

30 Sept 2021

£'m







Haverfordwest

8.93


7.93


8.62

Holyhead Waterfront

5.00


5.00


5.00

Selly Oak - (2)

-


3.57


3.57

Rhosgoch

2.50


2.50


2.50

Parc Cybi

0.50


0.50


0.50







Total

16.93


19.50


20.19

 






(1)   Development and trading properties are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value.

(2)   The sale of Selly Oak completed in December 2021.

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 31 March 2022

 



                                       Six months ended

Year ended



31 Mar
2022

31 Mar
2021

30 Sept
2021


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000






Rental income

3

(506)

824

1,592

Proceeds on sale of development and





trading properties


7,040

1,050

1,050






Revenue


6,534

1,874

2,642






Direct costs of rental income


(178)

(155)

(288)

Costs on sale of development and
trading properties



(3,620)


(620)


(620)

Development costs written off

12

(202)

(367)

(675)

 





Direct costs


(4,000)

(1,142)

(1,583)






Gross profit


2,534

732

1,059






Profit on sale of investment property


423

-

-

(Deficit) / surplus on revaluation of investment property

9

-

(1,151)

459

Surplus on revaluation of investment properties
under construction



-


-


28,718

Administrative expenses


(1,036)

(973)

(2,058)






Operating profit/ (loss)


1,921

(1,392)

28,178

Finance costs

5

-

(1)

(2)

Finance income

5

5

25

34

 





Profit / (loss) before taxation


1,926

(1,368)

28,210

Taxation

6

-

-

(1,685)






Profit / (loss) and total comprehensive

income / (loss) for the period



1,926


(1,368)


26,525






Basic and diluted profit / (loss) per share

8

3.42p

(2.55)p

49.99p






 

All amounts are attributable to equity shareholders of the Company.

 

All of the activities of the Group are classed as continuing.

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 March 2022

 

 


Share capital

Share
premium account

Capital redemption reserve


Treasury

shares


Retained earnings


Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000








Changes in equity for the
six months ended 31 March 2021







 







At 1 October 2020

2,680

-

3,873

-

82,280

88,833

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(1,368)

(1,368)








Total comprehensive charge for the period

-

-

-

-

(1,368)

(1,368)

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

(807)

-

(807)

 







At 31 March 2021

2,680

-

3,873

(807)

80,912

86,658








Changes in equity for the
year ended 30 September 2021














At 1 October 2020

2,680

-

3,873

-

82,280

88,833

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

26,525

26,525








Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

26,525

26,525

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

(1,217)

-

(1,217)

Cancellation of treasury shares

(55)

-

55

1,217

(1,217)

-








At 30 September 2021

2,625

-

3,928

-

107,588

114,141

 







Changes in equity for the
six months ended 31 March 2022

 







At 1 October 2021

2,625

-

3,928

-

107,588

114,141

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

1,926

1,926








Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

1,926

1,926

Gross proceeds from placing of own shares

357

10,352

-

-

-

10,709

Fees paid on placing of own shares

-

(193)

-

-

-

(193)








At 31 March 2022

2,982

10,159

3,928

-

109,514

126,583

 

 

Consolidated balance sheet

As at 31 March 2022


 

 

 


 

31 Mar
2022

31 Mar
2021

30 Sept
2021

 


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Non-current assets





 

Investment properties

9

-

15,850

17,750

 

Investment properties under construction

10

82,411

26,882

70,500

 

Fixtures, fittings and equipment

11

182

-

-

 

Right of use asset


7

100

53

 

Deferred tax asset

6

2,935

-

2,935

 






 



85,535

42,832

91,238

 

 

Current assets





 

Development and trading properties   

12

16,926

19,503

20,192

 

Trade and other receivables

13

1,258

1,453

2,661

 

Tax asset


28

31

28

 

Cash and cash equivalents


30,661

23,933

13,657

 






 



48,873

44,920

36,538

 

 





 

Total assets


134,408

87,752

127,776

 






 

Current liabilities





 

Trade and other payables

14

904

995

3,367

 

Provision for liabilities and charges

15

-

-

5,614

 

Lease liability for right of use asset


-

99

34

 






 



904

1,094

9,015

 

 





 

Non-current liabilities





 

Deferred tax liability

6

4,620

-

4,620

 

Provision for liabilities and charges

15

2,301

-

-

 

 





 

 


6,921

-

4,620

 

 





 

Total liabilities


7,825

1,094

13,635

 






 

Net assets    


126,583

86,658

114,141

 

 





 

Equity





 

Called up share capital

16

2,982

2,680

2,625

 

Share premium account

16

10,159

-

-

 

Capital redemption reserve


3,928

3,873

3,928

 

Treasury shares


-

(807)

-

 

Retained earnings


109,514

80,912

107,588

 

 





 

Total equity


126,583

86,658

114,141

 

 





 

Net assets per share

17

212.25p

 

 

163.97p

217.41p

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

For the six months ended 31 March 2022

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Six months ended

Year ended

 


 

31 Mar
2022

31 Mar
2021

30 Sept
2021

 



£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Cash flows from operating activities





 

Operating profit / (loss)


1,921

(1,392)

28,178

 

Development costs written off


202

367

675

 

Deficit / (surplus) on revaluation of investment properties


-

1,151

(29,177)

 

Profit on sale of investment property


(423)

-

-

 

Profit on sale of development and trading properties


(3,420)

                 (430)

(430)

 

Depreciation of right of use assets


46

46

93

 

Cash flows from operations before changes in working capital       



(1,674)


(258)


(661)

 






 

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables    


1,403

202

(1,006)

 

Additions to development and trading properties


(712)

(686)

(1,438)

 

Net proceeds from sale of development and trading properties


6,990

1,033

1,025

 

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables


(577)

(296)

287

 






 

Cash flows generated from / (used in) operations


5,430

(5)

(1,793)

 

Tax received


-

-

3

 






 

Cash flows generated from / (used in) operating activities


5,430

(5)

(1,790)

 






 

Cash flows from investing activities





 

Additions to investment properties


(14,501)

(7,737)

(15,496)

 

Proceeds from the sale of investment property


18,465

-

-

 

Payment of introductory fee (note 15)


(2,807)

-

-

 

Additions to fixtures, fittings and equipment


(104)

-

-

 

Finance income


5

25

34

 






 

Cash flows generated from / (used in) investing activities


1,058

(7,712)

(15,462)

 

 





 

Cash flows from financing activities





 

Net proceeds from placing of own shares


10,516

-

-

 

Purchase of own shares


-

(476)

(1,217)

 

 





 

Cash flows generated from / (used in) financing activities


10,516

(476)

(1,217)

 






 

Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


17,004

(8,193)

(18,469)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period


13,657

32,126

32,126

 






 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


30,661

23,933

13,657

 

 

 

Notes to the interim results

 

1.   General information

 

The Conygar Investment Company PLC ("the Company") is incorporated in the United Kingdom and domiciled in England and Wales, is registered at Companies House under registration number 04907617, listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and limited by shares.

 

The financial information set out in this report covers the six months to 31 March 2022, with comparative amounts shown for the six months to 31 March 2021 and the year to 30 September 2021, and includes the results and net assets of the Company and its subsidiaries, together referred to as the Group.

 

Further information about the Group and Company can be found on its website www.conygar.com.

 

 

2.   Basis of preparation

 

The accounting policies used in preparing the condensed financial information are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2021 other than the mandatory adoption of new standards, revisions and interpretations that are applicable to accounting periods commencing on or after 1 October 2021, as detailed in the annual financial statements. 

 

The condensed financial information for the six-month period ended 31 March 2022 and the six-month period ended 31 March 2021 has been reviewed but not audited and does not constitute full financial statements within the meaning of section 435 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The financial information for the year ended 30 September 2021 does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for that period but it is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2021 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. Saffery Champness LLP reported on those accounts, their report was unqualified and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The board of directors approved the above results on 10 May 2022.

 

Copies of the interim report may be obtained from the Company Secretary, The Conygar Investment Company PLC, First Floor, Suite 3, 1 Duchess Street, London, W1W 6AN.

 

3.   Rental income




                               Six months ended


Year ended



31 Mar
2022

31 Mar
2021

30 Sept
2021


 

£'000

£'000

£'000





Income from operating leases

898

804

1,552

Reversal of rent spreading adjustment

(1,424)

-

-

Option fee income

20

20

40


(506)

824

1,592

 

The Group's revenue for the period ended 31 March 2022 includes the reversal of a £1.4 million accrued rent debtor following the sales of Cross Hands and Selly Oak in the current period. This debtor arose from the even spreading of rental income, derived from operating leases, over each tenant's respective minimum lease term after allowing for rent free periods.

 

4.    Segmental information

 

       IFRS 8 "Operating Segments" requires the identification of the Group's operating segments which are defined as being discrete components of the Group's operations whose results are regularly reviewed by the Board. The Group divides its business into the following segments:

 

·    Investment properties held for capital appreciation, rental income or both;

·    Development and trading properties, which include sites and developments under construction held for sale in the ordinary course of business; and,

·    Food, beverage and events operations, which are planned to commence in July 2022.

 

Balance sheet



    As at 31 Mar 2022

 

 




   As at 31 Mar 2021

 


 


Investment
properties

Development
properties

Food, beverage and events

Other

Group
total

 

Investment
properties

Development
properties

Other

Group
total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Investment properties

82,411

-

-

-

82,411


42,732

-

-

42,732

Development and
trading properties

-

16,926


-

-

16,926



-


19,503


-


19,503

Fixtures, fittings and equipment

-

-


182

-

182


-

-

-

-


82,411

16,926

182

-

99,519


42,732

19,503

-

62,235












Other assets

3,777

42

-

31,070

34,889


1,205

256

24,056

25,517

Total assets

86,188

16,968

182

31,070

134,408


43,937

19,759

24,056

87,752

Liabilities

(7,513)

(54)

-

(258)

(7,825)


(516)

(48)

(530)

(1,094)

Net assets

78,675

16,914

182

30,812

126,583


43,421

19,711

23,526

86,658

 

 

Statement of comprehensive income

 






Six months ended
31 March 2022

 


Six months ended
31 March 2021

 


Investment
properties

Development
properties

Other

Group
total

 

Investment
properties

Development
properties

Other

Group
total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

(524)

7,058

-

6,534


640

1,234

-

1,874

Direct costs

(78)

(3,922)

-

(4,000)


(99)

(1,043)

-

(1,142)

Gross (loss) / profit

(602)

3,136

-

2,534


541

191

-

732

Revaluation of investment properties

-

-

-

-


(1,151)

-

-

(1,151)

Profit on sale of investment property

423

-

-

423


-

-

-

-

Administrative expenses

-

-

(1,036)

(1,036)


-

-

(973)

(973)

Operating (loss) / profit

(179)

3,136

(1,036)

1,921


(610)

191

(973)

(1,392)

Finance costs

-

-

-

-


-

-

(1)

(1)

Finance income

-

-

5

5


-

-

25

25

(Loss) / profit before taxation

(179)

3,136

(1,031)

1,926


(610)

191

(949)

(1,368)

Taxation

-

-

-

-


-

-

-

-

(Loss) / profit after taxation

(179)

3,136

(1,031)

1,926


(610)

191

(949)

(1,368)

 

 

5.  Finance income and cost




                               Six months ended


Year ended



31 Mar
2022

31 Mar
2021

30 Sept
2021


 

£'000

£'000

£'000





Bank interest receivable

5

25

34





Interest cost under IFRS 16

-

1

2

 

6.  Taxation




                               Six months ended


Year ended



31 Mar
2022

31 Mar
2021

30 Sept
2021


 

£'000

£'000

£'000





Current tax

-

-

-

Deferred tax charge

-

-

1,685

Total tax charge

-

-

1,685

 

Deferred tax asset



                               Six months ended


Year ended

 



31 Mar
2022

31 Mar
2021

30 Sept
2021

 


 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 





 

At start of the period

2,935

-

-

 

Credit for the period

-

-

2,935

 

At end of the period

2,935

-

2,935

 

 

 


 

 

The Group has recognised a deferred tax asset for tax losses, held by various group undertakings, where the Directors believe it is probable that this asset will be recovered.

 

As at 31 March 2022, the Group has further unused losses of £19.1 million (31 March 2021: £42.0 million; 30 September 2021: £20.1 million) for which no deferred tax asset has been recognised in the consolidated balance sheet.

 

Deferred tax liability - in respect of chargeable gains on investment properties



                               Six months ended


Year ended



31 Mar
2022

31 Mar
2021

30 Sept
2021


 

£'000

£'000

£'000





At start of the period

4,620

-

-

Charge for the period

-

-

4,620

At end of the period

4,620

-

4,620

 


 

 

The Directors have assessed the potential deferred tax liability of the Group as at 31 March 2022 in respect of chargeable gains that would be payable if the investment properties were sold at their reported values at each period end. Based on the unrealised chargeable gain of £18,478,000 arising in the year ended 30 September 2021, and remaining at 31 March 2022, a deferred tax liability of £4,620,000 has been recognised.  

 

The deferred tax asset and liability have been calculated at a corporation tax rate of 25% being the rate that has been enacted by the balance sheet date and which is expected to apply when the liability is settled and the asset realised.

 

7.  Dividends

 

No dividends were paid in the six-month periods ended 31 March 2022 and 31 March 2021 or the year ended 30 September 2021.

 

8.  Profit / (loss) per share

 

Profit / (loss) per share is calculated as the profit / (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company for the period ended 31 March 2022 of £1,926,000 (period ended 31 March 2021: loss of £1,368,000; year ended 30 September 2021: profit of £26,525,000) divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue throughout the period of 56,382,891 (31 March 2021: 53,569,832; 30 September 2021: 53,064,275). There are no diluting amounts in either the current or prior periods.

 

9.  Investment properties


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 




At the start of the period

17,750

16,500

16,500

Additions

109

501

791

Disposals

(17,859)

-

-

Revaluation (deficit) / surplus

-

(1,151)

459

At the end of the period

-

15,850

17,750

 

The investment property at Cross Hands was sold on 10 February 2022 for net proceeds of £18.3 million. As at 31 March 2021 and 30 September 2021, Cross Hands was valued by Knight Frank LLP in their capacity as external valuers. The valuations were prepared on a fixed fee basis, independent of the property value and undertaken in accordance with the RICS Valuation - Global Standards on the basis of fair value, supported by reference to market evidence of transaction prices for similar properties. They assume a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm's length transaction and reflect usual deductions in respect of purchaser's costs and SDLT as applicable at each valuation date. The independent valuer made various assumptions including future rental income, anticipated void costs and the appropriate discount rate or yield.

 

The fair values were determined using an income capitalisation technique whereby contracted rent and market rental values are capitalised with a market capitalisation rate. This technique is consistent with the principles in IFRS 13 and uses significant unobservable inputs, such that the fair value has been classified in all periods as Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy as defined in IFRS 13.

 

The historical cost of the Group's investment properties as at 31 March 2022 was £nil (31 March 2021: £13,952,000; 30 September 2021: £14,242,000).

 

The Group's revenue for the period ended 31 March 2022 includes £898,000 derived from properties leased out under operating leases (period ended 31 March 2021: £804,000; year ended 30 September 2021: £1,552,000). The Group's revenue for the period ended 31 March 2022 also includes the reversal of a £1.4 million accrued rent debtor as set out in note 3.

 

      

10.  Investment properties under construction


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 




At the start of the period

70,500

19,761

19,761

Additions

12,417

7,121

16,407

Revaluation surplus

-

-

28,718

Movement in introductory fee provision (note 15)

(506)

-

5,614

At the end of the period

82,411

26,882

70,500

 

Investment properties under construction comprise freehold land and buildings at The Island Quarter, Nottingham which are held for current or future development as investment properties and reported in the balance sheet at fair value as at 31 March 2022 and 30 September 2021 and cost as at 31 March 2021.

 

As set out in the Chairman's and Chief Executive's statement, the reported fair value of The Island Quarter site as at 31 March 2022 has been provided by the Conygar Board by reference to any changes in the assumptions set out in the reported 30 September 2021 valuation provided by Knight Frank LLP, progression of the project and the recoverability of costs incurred since that date. During the period, no planning permissions have been granted or buildings completed and whilst we recognise the impact that price inflation is currently having upon property construction costs, we are seeing these increases offset by a corresponding uplift in market rents, particularly within the residential build to rent and student accommodation sectors. However, there have been significant cash outlays in the period to bring electricity to the site and progress the construction of Canal Turn. As such the fair value at 31 March 2022 has been increased by £11.91 million to £82.41 million to reflect the development costs incurred in the six-months since 30 September 2021.

In preparing their valuation at 30 September 2021, Knight Frank utilised market and site specific data, their own extensive knowledge of the real estate sector, professional judgement and other market observations as well as information provided by the Company's Executive Directors. The resulting models and assumptions therein were also reviewed for overall reasonableness by the Conygar Board. Inevitably, with complex modelling like this, variations in assumptions can lead to widely differing values. The Board considered the valuation in the context of their experience and believed the value of approximately £2 million per acre was justifiable at that date.

 

The Knight Frank LLP valuation was prepared on a fixed fee basis, independent of the property value and undertaken in accordance with RICS Valuation - Global Standards on the basis of fair value, supported by reference to market evidence of transaction prices for similar properties. It assumed a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm's length transaction and reflected usual deductions in respect of purchaser's costs and SDLT as applicable at the valuation date. The independent valuer made various assumptions including future rental income, anticipated void costs and the appropriate discount rate or yield.

 

The fair value of Nottingham has been determined using an income capitalisation technique whereby contracted rent and market rental values are capitalised with a market capitalisation rate. This technique is consistent with the principles in IFRS 13 and uses significant unobservable inputs, such that the fair value was classified as Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy as defined in IFRS 13. For Nottingham, the key unobservable inputs are the net initial yields, construction costs, rental income rates and expiry void periods. The principal sensitivity of measurement to variations in the significant unobservable outputs is that decreases in net initial yields, construction costs and void periods and higher rental income rates will increase the fair value whereas increases in net initial yields, construction costs and void periods and lower rental income rates would decrease the fair value.

 

The historical cost of the Group's investment properties under construction as at 31 March 2022 was £51,392,000 (31 March 2021: £26,882,000; 30 September 2021: £36,168,000).

 

11.  Fixtures, fittings and equipment


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 




At the start of the period

-

-

-

Additions

182

-

-

At the end of the period

182

-

-

 

During the six-month period to 31 March 2022 the Group acquired some of the furniture and equipment that will be required to operate the restaurant, beverage and events businesses, planned for opening in the summer of 2022, at The Island Quarter site.

 

The cost of these assets will be depreciated over their useful economic lives from the date they become available for use.

 

12.  Development and trading properties


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 




At the start of the period

20,192

19,952

19,952

Additions

506

513

1,510

Disposals

(3,570)

(595)

(595)

Development costs written off

(202)

(367)

(675)

At the end of the period

16,926

19,503

20,192

 

Development and trading properties are reported in the balance sheet at the lower of cost and net realisable value. The net realisable value of properties held for development requires an assessment of the underlying assets using property appraisal techniques and other valuation methods. Such estimates are inherently subjective as they are made on assumptions which may not prove to be accurate and which can only be determined in a sales transaction.

 

The Group completed the sale of its property at Selly Oak in December 2021. 

 

13.  Trade and other receivables


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 




Trade receivables

162

87

127

Other receivables

887

293

1,229

Prepayments and accrued income

209

1,073

1,305


1,258

1,453

2,661

 

Trade and other receivables are measured on initial recognition at fair value, and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method, less any impairment. Impairment is calculated using an expected credit loss model.

 

14.  Trade and other payables


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 




Social security and payroll taxes

54

56

55

Trade payables

692

685

2,300

Accruals and deferred income

158

254

1,012


904

995

3,367

 

Trade and other payables are recognised initially at fair value, and are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method.

 

15.  Provision for liabilities and charges


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 




At the start of the period

5,614

-

-

Paid in the period

(2,807)

-

-

Movement in provision in the period

(506)

-

5,614

At the end of the period

2,301

-

5,614

 

As at 30 September 2021, the Group was party to a services agreement and introduction fee agreement in connection with its investment property at Nottingham. The fee payable, under the terms of each agreement, in connection with introductory and other services, was to be calculated on the earlier of the date of sale of the property or 22 December 2021 with settlement to follow, subject to agreement between each party, 31 business days after the fee calculation has been finalised. In January 2022, the introductory fee, calculated at £2.807 million, was paid and the longstop date for the services agreement calculation extended until 22 December 2023. The provisions at 31 March 2022 and 30 September 2021 have been calculated by reference to the value of the property at each balance sheet date after allowing for a priority return and applicable costs.

 

16. Share capital

 

Number of shares:

 

Six months ended

Year ended


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 




At the start of the period

52,499,590

53,591,590

53,591,590

Placing of own shares

7,138,998

-

-

Cancellation of treasury shares

-

-

(1,092,000)

At the end of the period

59,638,588

53,591,590

52,499,590

 

Nominal value of Ordinary shares of 5p each:

 

Six months ended

Year ended


31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 




At the start of the period

2,625

2,680

2,680

Placing of own shares

357

-

-

Cancellation of treasury shares

-

-

(55)

At the end of the period

2,982

2,680

2,625

 

At the Company's Annual General Meeting held on 20 December 2021, resolutions were passed to enable the Company to complete the placing of 7,138,998 Ordinary shares of 5p each at a placing price of 150p per share. The premium received from each placing share over their 5p nominal value, net of fees paid in connection with the placing, resulted in £10.16 million credit to the Company's share premium account.

 

At a General Meeting of the Company on 28 March 2022 a further resolution was passed to enable the cancellation of the share premium account, subject to approval of the Court, such that the amount cancelled can be credited to a distributable reserve. On 22 April 2022, an application was submitted to the Court to request the cancellation which is expected to be considered in late May 2022.   

 

17.  Net assets per share

 

Net assets per share is calculated as the net assets of the Group divided by the number of shares in issue. There are no diluting or adjusting amounts for the reported periods.



 

 



31 Mar 2022

31 Mar

 2021

30 Sept 2021

 


 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 





 

Net assets

126,583

86,658

114,141

 





 


No.

No.

No.

 

Shares in issue

59,638,588

53,591,590

52,499,590

 





 

Net assets per share

212.25p

163.97p

217.41p

 





 


18.  Key management compensation

 

Key management personnel have the authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the Group and are considered to be the Directors of the Company. Amounts paid in respect of key management compensation were as follows:

 



                                   Six months ended

Year ended



31 Mar

 2022

31 Mar 2021

30 Sept 2021


 

£'000

£'000

£'000





Short term employee benefits

518

430

929

 

 

Independent Review Report to The Conygar Investment Company PLC

 

Introduction

 

We have been engaged by The Conygar Investment Company PLC ("the Company") to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six-month period ended 31 March 2022 which comprises the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the consolidated balance sheet, the consolidated cash flow statement and the related notes. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting the requirements of the AIM Rules. Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in this report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have reached.

 

Directors' Responsibilities

 

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the AIM Rules.

 

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

 

Our Responsibility

 

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

 

Scope of Review

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK) 2410, "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity". 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 condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six-month period ended 31 March 2022 is not prepared, in all material aspects, in accordance with UK-adopted International Accounting Standard 34 and the AIM Rules.

 

 

Saffery Champness LLP

Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

London
10 May 2022

 

 

Notes:

(a)           The maintenance and integrity of The Conygar Investment Company PLC website is the responsibility of the Directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the interim report since it was initially presented on the website.

(b)           Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the presentation and dissemination of financial information may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 

The Directors of Conygar accept responsibility for the information contained in this announcement. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the Directors of Conygar (who have taken all reasonable care to ensure that such is the case) the information contained in this announcement is in accordance with the facts and does not omit anything likely to affect the import of such information.

 

For those individual shareholders that specifically requested to continue to receive any document issued by the Company in paper format the arrangements will continue as before whereby the Interim Report for the period ended 31 March 2022 will be posted to those shareholders shortly. For all other shareholders, the Interim Report will be made available, as soon as practically possible, via the Company's website.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

RNS may use your IP address to confirm compliance with the terms and conditions, to analyse how you engage with the information contained in this communication, and to share such analysis on an anonymised basis with others as part of our commercial services. For further information about how RNS and the London Stock Exchange use the personal data you provide us, please see our Privacy Policy.
 
END
 
 
IR BRGDUUGGDGDC
Find out how to deal online from £1.50 in a SIPP, ISA or Dealing account. AJ Bell logo

Related Charts

Conygar Investment Company PLC (The) (CIC)

0p (0.00%)
delayed 15:57PM