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Macfarlane Group PLC (MACF)

Macfarlane Group PLC

Half Yearly Report
RNS Number : 1750Q
Macfarlane Group PLC
28 August 2014
 



 

 

28 August 2014

 

MACFARLANE GROUP'S INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2014

 

Ÿ Sales 3% ahead of last year at £70.1m (2013: £68.1m)

Ÿ Profit before tax and exceptional items of £1.2m (2013: £1.6m)

Ÿ Profit after exceptional items and tax of £1.0m (2013: £1.0m)

Ÿ Acquisition of Lane Packaging performing to plan and further acquisitions are planned

Ÿ Board is confident that full year expectations will be met

Ÿ Pension deficit reduced by £2.7m since December 2013 reflecting additional contributions of £2.5m

Ÿ Net debt of £11.6m (30 June 2013: £7.2m) reflecting additional pension scheme contribution and acquisition of Lane Packaging

Ÿ Interim dividend of 0.50p per share proposed for payment October 2014 (2013: 0.50p per share)

   


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Graeme Bissett, Chairman of Macfarlane Group PLC, today said: -

"Performance in the six months to 30 June 2014

Our results for the six months to 30 June 2014 are in line with our statement at the AGM in May.  Group sales were 3% ahead of the comparable period in 2013, but Group profit before exceptional items at £1.2m was behind the level achieved in 2013 due mainly to margin pressure and our increased weighting in the internet retail sector where the trading pattern of customers is more highly focused towards the second half of the year.  The Board is confident that full year expectations will be met.

In our core Packaging Distribution business, sales were 4% ahead of 2013.  Margins in that division were lower, reflecting a competitive market and despite overheads being held at 2013 levels, operating profit before exceptional items was slightly down on 2013 at £1.5m (2013: £1.6m).  Our Manufacturing Operations' operating profit before exceptional items was £0.2m (2013: £0.6m).  This reflected lower sales in Packaging Design and Manufacture due to the absence of higher-margin project work, which benefited the first half of 2013 and margin erosion in our Labels business caused by the highly competitive conditions in the UK retail sector.

In May 2014, we acquired Lane Packaging, a packaging distributor based in Reading. It is pleasing to report that the business is performing well.

Net debt at 30 June 2014 was £11.6m, an increase of £4.4m compared to the same point last year.  A new longer-term borrowing facility was put in place in February 2014 to accommodate working capital requirements, finance for acquisitions and a contribution to reduce the pension scheme deficit.  In the first half of 2014, an additional £2.5m was paid to the pension scheme and the initial cost of acquiring Lane Packaging, including inherited debt, was £1.2m.  The pension scheme deficit reduced from £15.9m at 31 December 2013 to £13.2m at 30 June 2014, mainly as a result of the additional £2.5m contribution.  The first half has also seen the expected seasonal uplift in working capital. 

The Board expects Group trading to be strongly cash generative in the second half of 2014.

Dividend

The Board is recommending that an interim dividend of 0.50p per share be paid on 16 October 2014 to shareholders on the register as at Friday 10 October 2014.

Outlook

Signs of growth in the economy are now more evident and our results in July and August to date are encouraging.  Combined with our strength in the more seasonal internet retail sector, these factors should support the planned uplift in performance in the second half of 2014.  Accordingly, the Board is confident that our full year expectations will be met.

Future growth for Macfarlane Group will be mostly dependent on our continuing efforts to win new business in target sectors and through value-enhancing acquisitions.  Discussions are moving ahead well on prospective acquisitions. The Board will take steps to ensure that the funding of this programme continues to achieve a proper balance between debt and equity.  Acquisitions are an important aspect of our strategy and we look forward to updating shareholders when appropriate."

 

 

 

Further enquiries:

Macfarlane Group

Tel: 0141 333 9666


Graeme Bissett             Chairman



Peter Atkinson              Chief Executive



John Love                     Finance Director



Spreng & Co

Tel: 0141 548 5191


Callum Spreng

Mob: 07803 970103

 

 

 

Notes to Editors:

·      Macfarlane Group PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MACF) in the Industrials Sector.

·      The company has more than 60 years' experience in the UK packaging industry.

·      Macfarlane Group has three businesses:

Packaging Distribution is the leading UK distributor of a comprehensive range of protective packaging products.

Labelsdesigns and prints high quality self-adhesive and re-sealable labels, principally for FMCG companies.

Packaging Design and Manufacture specialises in designing and producing protective packaging for high value, fragile products.

·      Macfarlane Group is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, and employs over 700 people at 24 sites, principally in the UK and Ireland.

·      The company has 20,000+ customers in the UK, Europe and the USA providing 600,000+ lines to a wide range of industry sectors including: consumer goods; food manufacturing; logistics; internet retail; mail order; electronics; defence and aerospace.

 

 
Interim Results - Management Report

Macfarlane Group's trading activities comprise two divisions, Packaging Distribution and Manufacturing Operations.

Packaging Distribution

Macfarlane's Packaging Distribution business is the leading UK distributor of a comprehensive range of protective packaging materials.  In a highly fragmented market, Macfarlane is the market leader.  We operate through 17 Regional Distribution Centres ("RDCs") supplying customers with a range of protective packaging materials and services on a local, regional and national basis.  Macfarlane benefits its customers by enabling them to ensure their products are cost-effectively protected in transit and storage through the supply of a comprehensive product range, single source supply, Just In Time delivery, tailored stock management programmes, electronic trading and independent advice on both packaging materials and packing processes.


 

Results before exceptional items


2014

£000


2013

£000








Sales


56,978


54,896








Gross margin

28.6%

16,298

29.8%

16,374


Overheads

25.9%

14,784

26.9%

14,797


Profit before exceptional items

  2.7%

1,514

  2.9%

1,577

The main features of our first half performance in 2014 were:

l Sales showed growth of 3.8% on 2013, with volumes comprising 2.9%, reflecting the recent upturn in the UK economy, the benefit of new business wins and the Lane acquisition;

l Sales to internet retailers accounted for 16% of our businessin H1 2014. We continue to make good progress in this key growth sector and the trends in the sector will benefit our sales performance in H2 2014;

l Our business in the Third-party Logistics ("3PL") sector is now 9% of the business as we continue to strengthen our partnerships with key 3PL operators;

l We commenced our acquisition programme with the purchase of Lane Packaging;

l Gross margin at 28.6% reduced versus 2013 due to an increasingly competitive pricing environment and a change in the customer mix;

l Overheads (before exceptional items) were held at 2013 levels reflecting the strong cost control ethos throughout the business; and

l Progress is being made on improving our focus on key segments of our local customer base and benefits are now being seen from the recently introduced Customer Service Centre at Milton Keynes.

We expect sales to strengthen in H2 2014 reflecting the proportion of internet retailers in our customer base.  The key areas we shall focus on to support this are:

l We will build on the new business momentum created in H1 2014 to ensure the key business wins are effectively implemented to achieve annualised sales growth as we exit 2014;

l Our focus will be maintained on the growth potential for protective packaging in the internet retail sector both directly and through our partnerships with key 3PL operators;

l Supplier pricing remains volatile and we will work closely both with our suppliers and customers to recover gross margins in the remainder of the year;

l Cost reduction opportunities will continue to be pursued particularly in respect of the property portfolio;

l We will maintain the focus on improving our positioning and service to key segments of the UK protective packaging market which clearly benefit from the Macfarlane offering;

l The recently acquired Lane Packaging will be integrated into the Macfarlane business; and

l Work is progressing well with a number of further acquisition opportunities

 

Manufacturing Operations

Macfarlane's manufacturing businesses comprise Labels and Packaging Design & Manufacture.


 

Results before exceptional items


2014

£000


2013

£000








Sales


15,767


15,121








Gross margin

32.7%

5,149

35.5%

5,366


Overheads

31.3%

4,928

31.4%

4,740


Profit before exceptional items

  1.4%

221

  4.1%

626

Our Labels business designs and produces self-adhesive labels for major FMCG customers in the UK and Europe and resealable labels for major customers in the UK, Europe and the USA.  The business operates from production sites in Kilmarnock and County Wicklow in Ireland and a sales and design office in Sweden, which focuses on the development and growth of our resealable labels business - Reseal-it.  More new product sectors are adopting the re-sealable label format, improving the penetration of our Reseal-it product in the UK, Europe and the USA.  This is a key strategic focus for the Labels management team.

In H1 2014 Labels' sales revenue was 5% above 2013 levels with good sales growth in our range of resealable labels systems, partly offset by weaker self-adhesive label sales.  Gross margin was lower than H1 2013 due to the ongoing impact of retailer pressure on our customers, reducing both prices and production runs affecting our operational efficiency.  Profit in the first half of 2014 was below that achieved in the same period in 2013.

We operate the Packaging Design & Manufacture business from two UK sites - Grantham and Westbury, where we design, manufacture and assemble custom-designed packaging solutions for customers requiring cost-effective methods of protecting high value products in storage and transit.  We differentiate ourselves through our technical expertise, design capability, industry accreditations and national capability through the partnership with Macfarlane Packaging Distribution.

 

Packaging Design & Manufacture sales reduced by 6% from last year's levels due the non-recurrence of project-based work undertaken in H1 2013 and a significant customer re-locating their facility offshore.  Gross margin remained strong as we concentrated on the higher added value bespoke composite pack product range.  As a result, Packaging Design & Manufacture profit in H1 2014 was slightly below that achieved in the same period in 2013.

The priorities for the Manufacturing Operations in the second half of 2014 are to:

l Accelerate the Reseal-it growth momentum through improved geographic penetration, extending the Reseal-it product range and introducing Reseal-it to new product sectors;

l Increase our new business in the UK self-adhesive labels market, particularly in the branded sectors in order to create a more balanced customer portfolio;

l Improve operational efficiency at our Kilmarnock site through the introduction of a new printing press;

l Maintain focus on operational and customer service improvements at Grantham and Westbury;

l Accelerate Packaging Design & Manufacture sales growth, particularly in key sectors e.g. Defence, Aerospace and Medical;

l Prioritise our sales activity on the higher added value bespoke composite pack product range; and

l Continue to strengthen the relationship between our Packaging Design & Manufacture operations and our Packaging Distribution business to create both sales and cost synergies.

 

Summary and Future Prospects

The Macfarlane businesses all have strong market positions with differentiated product and service offerings.  We have a flexible business model and a clear strategic plan, incorporating a range of actions, which is being effectively implemented.  Our track record of continued profitable growth reflects the successful execution of this plan.

Our specific focus is on attractive market sectors for protective packaging, such as internet retail and National Accounts customers, both of which are forecast to show above average growth and where, through our experience and expertise, Macfarlane Group is well positioned.

As evidenced by encouraging trading through July and August we expect general market demand in the remainder of 2014 to grow.  The Board is confident that full year expectations will be met and for 2014 to be another successful year for Macfarlane Group.

 
Risks and Uncertainties

The principal risks and uncertainties, which could impact on the performance of the Group, were outlined in our Annual Report and Accounts for 2013 (available on our website at www.macfarlanegroup.com) together with the mitigating actions. These remain substantially the same for the remaining six months of the financial year and are summarised below:

l The Group's businesses are impacted by commodity-based raw material prices and manufacturer energy costs, with profitability sensitive to supplier price changes.  The Group works closely with its supply partners to manage effectively the scale and timing of these price movements and any resultant impact on profit;

l The Group's defined benefit pension scheme is sensitive to a number of key factors; investment returns, discount rates used to calculate the scheme's liabilities (based on corporate bond yields) and mortality assumptions.  Small changes in these assumptions could cause significant movements in the pension deficit.  The Group has sought to manage the volatility of the pension scheme deficit caused by these factors by undertaking a number of exercises as well as making substantial contributions to reduce the deficit.  Additional exercises will be considered in the future;

l Given the multi-site nature of its business the Group has an extensive property portfolio, which can give rise to risks in relation to ongoing lease costs, dilapidations and fluctuations in value.  The Group adopts a proactive approach to managing property costs and exposures;

l The Group needs continuous access to funding to meet its trading obligations and to support organic growth and acquisitions and there is a risk that the Group may be unable to obtain the necessary funds or that such funds will only be available on unfavourable terms. In February 2014, the Group agreed a new three-year banking facility with Lloyds Banking Group for up to £20.0 million committed until 2017, to finance our trading requirements but also to support controlled expansion, providing a medium-term funding platform for the growth of our business;

l In Packaging Distribution, the business model reflects a decentralised approach with a high dependency on effective local decision-making.  There is a risk that local decisions may not always meet overall corporate objectives. This is closely monitored in the Group with regular reviews of performance and prospects for all locations; and

l The Group has a significant investment in working capital in the form of trade receivables and inventories and there is a risk that this investment is not fully recovered.  Rigour is applied to the management of trade receivables and inventories throughout the Group to mitigate these risks.

l The Scottish Independence Referendum takes place in September 2014. The Board has considered the potential implications and will monitor these for the Group's business once the outcome is clear.

The Group operates a formal framework for the identification and evaluation of the major business risks faced by each business and determines an appropriate course of action to manage these risks.

 

Cautionary Statement

This announcement has been prepared solely to provide additional information to shareholders to assess the Group's strategy and the potential for the strategy to succeed.  It should not be relied on by any other party or for any other purpose.

This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements relating to operations, performance and financial status.  Such statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that will occur in the future and should be treated with caution as there are a number of factors, including both economic and business risk factors that could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  These statements are made by the directors in good faith based on the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this announcement. 

 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

 

The Directors of Macfarlane Group PLC are

G. Bissett                      Chairman

P.D. Atkinson               Chief Executive

J. Love                         Finance Director

M.R. Arrowsmith          Non-Executive Director/Senior Independent Director

S.R. Paterson                Non-Executive Director

R. McLellan                  Non-Executive Director

 

The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge

(i)         the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU;

(ii)        the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:

a.   DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

b.   DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

 

Approved by the Board of Directors on 28 August 2014 and signed on its behalf by

 

 

 

………………….                                 ………………………

Peter D. Atkinson                              John Love

Chief Executive                                  Finance Director



 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO MACFARLANE GROUP PLC

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2014, which comprises the condensed consolidated income statement, the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated balance sheet, the condensed consolidated cash flow statement and the related explanatory 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 Disclosure and Transparency Rules ("the DTR") of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority ("the UK FCA").  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 DTR of the UK FCA.

As disclosed in note 1 the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU.  The condensed set of financial statements included in the half yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the EU.

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 and Ireland) 2410, "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the UK.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of the 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 Ireland) 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 months ended 30 June 2014 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the EU and the DTR of the UK FCA.

 

 

 

Craig Anderson

for and on behalf of KPMG LLP

Chartered Accountants

191 West George Street

Glasgow G2 2LJ

28 August 2014



MACFARLANE GROUP PLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2014

 












 

 

Six

months to

30 June

2014

£000


 

 

Six

months to

30 June

2013

£000

 

 

 

 

Exceptional

item

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

before

exceptional

items

£000


 

 

 

Year to 31

December

2013

£000


Note




(see note 4)




Continuing operations

3








Revenue

 

70,146


68,093

-

68,093


143,871

Cost of sales

 

(48,699)


(46,353)

-

(46,353)


(98,983)


 

 


 

 

 


 

Gross profit

 

21,447


21,740

-

21,740


44,888

Distribution costs

 

(3,607)


(3,743)

-

(3,743)


(7,458)

Administrative expenses

 

(16,105)


(15,987)

(193)

(15,794)


(31,515)


 

 


 

 

 


 

Operating profit

3

1,735


2,010

(193)

2,203


5,915

Net finance costs

5

(516)


(599)

-

(599)


(1,199)


 

 


 

 

 


 

Profit before tax

 

1,219


1,411

(193)

1,604


4,716

Tax

6

(257)


(409)

5

(414)


(1,260)


 

 


 

 

 


 

Profit for the period

 

962


1,002

(188)

1,190


3,456


 

 


 

 

 


 


 








Earnings per share

8








  Basic and diluted

 

0.84p


0.88p

(0.16p)

1.04p


3.03p


 

 


 

 

 


 










 



MACFARLANE GROUP PLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

to 30 June

2014

Six months

to 30 June

2013

Year to 31

December

2013

 

Note

£000

£000

£000






Foreign currency translation differences


(60)

89

40

Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

11

(870)

1,045

1,177

Tax recognised in other comprehensive income





  Tax on remeasurement of pension scheme liability

12

174

(239)

(271)

  Long-term corporation tax rate change

12

-

-

(476)



 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the period


(756)

895

470

Profit for the period


962

1,002

3,456



 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period


206

1,897

3,926



 

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2014


 

Note

Share

Capital

Revaluation

Reserve

Own

Shares

Translation

Reserve

Retained

Earnings

 

Total



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000









At 1 January 2014


28,755

70

(311)

223

(2,313)

26,424

Profit for the period


-

-

-

-

962

962

Dividends

7

-

-

-

-

(1,265)

(1,265)

Foreign currency translation differences


 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(60)

 

-

 

(60)

Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

 

 

11

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(870)

 

 

(870)

Tax recognised in other comprehensive income

 

12

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

174

 

174

Exercise of share options


 

-

 

-

 

311

 

-

 

(168)

 

143



 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2014


28,755

70

-

163

(3,480)

25,508



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MACFARLANE GROUP PLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2013


 

Note

Share

Capital

Revaluation

Reserve

Own

Shares

Translation

Reserve

Retained

Earnings

 

Total



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000









At 1 January 2013


28,755

70

(810)

183

(4,180)

24,018

Profit for the period


-

-

-

-

1,002

1,002

Dividends

7

-

-

-

-

(1,202)

(1,202)

Foreign currency translation differences


 

-

 

-

 

-

 

89

 

-

 

89

Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

 

 

11

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

1,045

 

 

1,045

Tax recognised in other comprehensive income

 

12

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(239)

 

(239)

Transfer of own shares to pension scheme


 

-

 

-

 

499

 

-

 

(245)

 

254



 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2013


28,755

70

(311)

272

(3,819)

24,967



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2013


 

Note

Share

Capital

Revaluation

Reserve

Own

Shares

Translation

Reserve

Retained

Earnings

 

Total



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000









At 1 January 2013


28,755

70

(810)

183

(4,180)

24,018

Profit for the period


-

-

-

-

3,456

3,456

Dividends

7

-

-

-

-

(1,774)

(1,774)

Foreign currency translation differences


 

-

 

-

 

-

 

40

 

-

 

40

Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

 

 

11

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

1,177

 

 

1,177

Tax recognised in other comprehensive income

 

12

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(747)

 

(747)

Transfer of own shares to pension scheme


 

-

 

-

 

499

 

-

 

(245)

 

254



 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2013


28,755

70

(311)

223

(2,313)

26,424



 

 

 

 

 

 



MACFARLANE GROUP PLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET AT 30 JUNE 2014 (UNAUDITED)

 



30 June

2014

30 June

2013

31 December

2013


Note

£000

£000

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets


26,932

25,567

25,415

Property, plant and equipment


7,099

7,148

7,281

Other receivables


726

1,716

1,651

Deferred tax asset

12

3,552

4,312

3,628



 

 

 

Total non-current assets


38,309

38,743

37,975



 

 

 

Current assets





Inventories


9,227

9,168

7,931

Trade and other receivables


35,765

33,141

35,481

Cash and cash equivalents

10

258

315

477



 

 

 

Total current assets


45,250

42,624

43,889



 

 

 



 

 

 

Total assets

3

83,559

81,367

81,864



 

 

 

Current liabilities





Trade and other payables


32,441

31,548

32,346

Current tax liabilities


103

92

435

Provisions


52

82

82

Obligations under finance leases

10

16

96

33

Bank overdrafts and loans

10

11,824

7,389

6,359



 

 

 

Total current liabilities


44,436

39,207

39,255



 

 

 

Net current assets


814

3,417

4,634



 

 

 

Non-current liabilities





Retirement benefit obligations

11

13,185

16,787

15,896

Deferred tax liabilities

12

356

326

253

Other creditors


36

80

36

Obligations under finance leases

10

38

-

-



 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities


13,615

17,193

16,185



 

 

 








 

 

 

Total liabilities


58,051

56,400

55,440



 

 

 



 

 

 

Net assets

3

25,508

24,967

26,424



 

 

 

Equity





Share capital


28,755

28,755

28,755

Revaluation reserve


70

70

70

Own shares


-

(311)

(311)

Translation reserve


163

272

223

Retained earnings


(3,480)

(3,819)

(2,313)



 

 

 

Total equity


25,508

24,967

26,424



 

 

 



MACFARLANE GROUP PLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2014

 

 

 

 

Six months

to 30 June

Six months

to 30 June

Year to 31

December

 

 

Note

2014

£000

2013

£000

2013

£000






Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities

10

(617)

1,274

3,427



 

 

 






Investing activities





Interest received


-

2

-

Acquisition of subsidiary undertakings

9

(1,216)

-

-

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment


58

34

30

Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(252)

(454)

(774)



 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities


(1,410)

(418)

(744)



 

 

 






Financing activities





Dividends paid

7

(1,265)

(1,202)

(1,774)

Proceeds on sale of own shares to satisfy share options


143

-

-

Repayment of bank loan


(6,000)

-

-

Additional payment to pension scheme


(2,500)

-

-

Drawdown on bank facility


9,000

-

-

Repayments of obligations under finance leases


(35)

(63)

(126)



 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(657)

(1,265)

(1,900)



 

 

 






Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(2,684)

(409)

783






Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


118

(665)

(665)



 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

10

(2,566)

(1,074)

118



 

 

 



MACFARLANE GROUP PLC

SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2014

NOTES TO THE GROUP CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

1.       Basis of preparation

This condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.

The annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the EU.  As required by the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared applying the accounting policies and presentation that were applied in the preparation of the company's published consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Judgements, assumptions and estimation uncertainties

In preparing these condensed financial statements, management has made judgements, estimates and assumptions, which affect the application of the Group's accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses.  Actual results may differ from the amounts estimated.  Estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Revisions to estimates are recognised prospectively.

Information about judgements, assumptions and estimation uncertainties made in applying accounting policies that have the most significant effect on the amounts recognised in these financial statements and therefore have the most significant risk of resulting in a material adjustment are as follows:-

(i)         Trade and Other Receivables

the provision for doubtful receivables is based on judgmental estimates over the recoverable amounts

(ii)        Retirement Benefit Obligations

the valuation of the pension deficit is affected by key actuarial assumptions

(iii)       Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

the impairment test of the valuation of goodwill is affected by key assumptions such as the discount rate and revenue growth rate

Business activities, risks and financing

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and financial position are set out in the Interim Management Report on pages 1 to 6.

The Group's principal financial risks in the medium term relate to liquidity and credit risk.  Liquidity risk is managed by ensuring that the Group has access to banking facilities with suitable terms and conditions to accommodate the requirements of the Group's operations.  Credit risk is managed by applying rigour in controlling the Group's trade receivables. The Directors believe that the Group is adequately placed to manage its financial risks effectively.

The Group debt facility with Lloyds Banking Group PLC comprises a three-year committed borrowing facility of up to £20 million, in place until February 2017.  The asset-backed lending facility bears interest at normal commercial rates and carries standard financial covenants in relation to interest cover and levels of headroom over trade receivables.  The Directors are of the opinion that the Group's cash flow forecasts and revenue projections, which they believe are based on prudent market data and past experience taking account of reasonably possible changes in trading performance given current market and economic conditions, show that the Group should be able to operate within its current facilities and comply with its banking covenants.

After making enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.  For this reason they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing this condensed set of financial statements.

Approval and review of condensed financial statements

These condensed financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 28 August 2014.

This condensed set of financial statements is unaudited but has been formally reviewed by the auditor and their Independent Review Report to the Company is set out on page 7.

2.       General information

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 December 2013 are not the Company's statutory accounts for that financial year.  Those accounts 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.

3.       Segmental information

The Group's principal business segment is Packaging Distribution, comprising the distribution of packaging materials and supply of storage and warehousing services in the UK.  The remaining operations for the manufacture and supply of self-adhesive and resealable labels to a variety of FMCG customers in the UK & Europe and the design, manufacture and assembly of timber, corrugated and foam-based packaging materials in the UK comprise one segment headed Manufacturing Operations.  No individual business segments within Manufacturing Operations represents more than 10% of Group turnover or profit in each calendar year.

 

 

 

Trading results - continuing operations

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000



Packaging Distribution


Revenue

56,978

Cost of sales

(40,680)


 

Gross profit

16,298

Net operating expenses

(14,784)


 

Operating profit

1,514


 



Manufacturing Operations


Revenue

15,767

Cost of sales

(10,618)


 

Gross profit

5,149

Net operating expenses

(4,928)


 

Operating profit

221


 

 

3.         Segmental information (continued)

 

 

 

Trading results - continuing operations

 

 

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

 

 

 

Exceptional

Items

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013 before

exceptional

items

£000



(see note 4)


Packaging Distribution


 


Revenue

54,896

-

54,896

Cost of sales

(38,522)

-

(38,522)


 

 

 

Gross profit

16,374

-

16,374

Net operating expenses

(14,839)

(42)

(14,797)


 

 

 

Operating profit

1,535

(42)

1,577


 

 

 





Manufacturing Operations




Revenue

15,121

-

15,121

Cost of sales

(9,755)

-

(9,755)


 

 

 

Gross profit

5,366

-

5,366

Net operating expenses

(4,891)

(151)

(4,740)


 

 

 

Operating profit

475

(151)

626


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading results - continuing operations

 

 

Year ended

31 December

2013

£000

 

 

 

Exceptional

Items

£000

Year ended

31 December

2013 before

exceptional

items

£000



(see note 4)


Packaging Distribution


 


Revenue

116,280

-

116,280

Cost of sales

(82,415)

-

(82,415)


 

 

 

Gross profit

33,865

-

33,865

Net operating expenses

(28,947)

(42)

(28,905)


 

 

 

Operating profit

4,918

(42)

4,960


 

 

 





Manufacturing Operations




Revenue

32,180

-

32,180

Cost of sales

(21,157)

-

(21,157)


 

 

 

Gross profit

11,023

-

11,023

Net operating expenses

(10,026)

(294)

(9,732)


 

 

 

Operating profit

997

(294)

1,291


 

 

 

 

3.         Segmental information (continued)

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000



 

 

Group segment - total revenue




Packaging Distribution

56,978

54,896

116,280

Manufacturing Operations

15,767

15,121

32,180

Inter-segment revenue

(2,599)

(1,924)

(4,589)


 

 

 

External revenue - continuing operations

70,146

68,093

143,871


 

 

 

Operating profit - continuing operations




Packaging Distribution

1,514

1,535

4,918

Manufacturing Operations

221

475

997


 

 

 

Operating profit

1,735

2,010

5,915

Net finance costs          (see note 5)

(516)

(599)

(1,199)


 

 

 

Profit before tax

1,219

1,411

4,716

Tax                              (see note 6)

(257)

(409)

(1,260)


 

 

 

Profit for the period

962

1,002

3,456


 

 

 

The Packaging Distribution business has historically benefited from additional demand in the final months of the year, resulting in revenue and profitability at higher levels in the second half of the year.

 


30 June

2014

£000

30 June

2013

£000

31 December

2013

£000





Total assets




Packaging Distribution

69,314

68,280

68,493

Manufacturing Operations

14,245

13,087

13,371


 

 

 

Total assets

83,559

81,367

81,864


 

 

 

Net assets

 

 

 

Packaging Distribution

18,784

17,887

19,949

Manufacturing Operations

6,724

7,080

6,475


 

 

 

Net assets

25,508

24,967

26,424


 

 

 





 

4.       Exceptional items

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to

31 December

2013

£000





Property costs for vacated premises

-

(193)

(336)

Tax thereon

-

5

5


 

 

 

Exceptional items after tax

-

(188)

(331)


 

 

 

During 2013 the Group incurred exceptional costs of £0.3 million to terminate the leases for surplus properties to minimise future costs and took a write-down against its owned property to reflect the latest assessment of realisable value.  This represents a continuation of our proactive approach to reducing ongoing property costs and exposures.

Exceptional items are those transactions that are material to the income statement and their separate disclosure is necessary for an appropriate understanding of the Group's financial performance.

 

5.       Finance income and finance costs

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000





Interest on bank loans and overdrafts

(201)

(206)

(418)

Interest on obligations under finance leases

(1)

(3)

(6)

Net interest expense on retirement benefit obligation (See note 11)

(314)

(390)

(775)


 

 

 

Total finance costs

(516)

(599)

(1,199)


 

 

 






 

 

 

Net finance costs

(516)

(599)

(1,199)


 

 

 

 

6.       Tax

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000

Current tax




  UK corporation tax

-

(105)

(806)

  Overseas tax

(79)

(16)

(62)

  Prior year adjustments

42

12

11


 

 

 

Total current tax

(37)

(109)

(857)

Total deferred tax                                           (See note 12)

(220)

(300)

(403)


 

 

 

Total

(257)

(409)

(1,260)


 

 

 

Tax for the first six months has been charged at 23.5% (2013 - 25.8%) representing the best estimate of the effective tax charge for the full year.

 

7.       Dividends

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000





Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the period




Final Dividend       (1.10p per share)       (2013    1.05p per share)

1,265

1,202

1,202

Interim Dividend                                    (2013    0.50p per share)

-

-

572


 

 

 

Distributions in the period

1,265

1,202

1,774


 

 

 

Dividends were not paid on the Own shares held in the Employee Share Ownership Trust.

The dividend of 0.50p per share, payable on 16 October 2014 was declared on 28 August 2014 and has therefore not been included as a liability in these condensed financial statements.

 

8.       Earnings per share

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000

Earnings

 

 

 

Earnings from continuing operations for the purposes of basic earnings per share being net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

962

 

 

1,002

 

 

3,456


 

 

 


 


 


30 June

2014

30 June

2013

31 December 2013

Number of shares '000




Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

115,019

115,019

115,019

Weighted average number of Own shares in Employee Share Ownership Trust

 

(368)

 

(1,141)

 

(846)


 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue for the

purposes of basic earnings per share

 

114,651

 

113,878

 

114,173

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares due to share options

-

41

96


 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue for the

Purposes of diluted earnings per share

 

114,651

 

113,919

 

114,269


 

 

 





Earnings per share

0.84p

0.88p

3.03p


 

 

 

9.       Acquisition of subsidiary

On 2 May 2014, the Group acquired 100% of the issued share capital of PSD Industrial Holdings Limited, the immediate parent company of Lane Packaging Limited, for a consideration of approximately £0.9 million. £0.7 million of the consideration was paid in cash on acquisition, with the remainder comprising deferred consideration which will become payable in the second quarter of 2015, subject to certain trading targets being met in the year to 30 April 2015.  The business is a Packaging Distributor and is accounted for in the Packaging Distribution segment.

The fair values assigned to the assets acquired, which are equivalent to book values, and the consideration paid and provisional estimate of the deferred consideration payable are set out below:-


30 June

2014

£000

Net assets acquired


Other intangible assets

663

Property, plant and equipment

76

Inventories

72

Trade and other receivables

453

Bank loans and overdrafts

(532)

Trade and other payables

(681)

Current tax liabilities

(16)

Finance lease liabilities

(56)

Deferred tax liabilities

(133)


 

Net assets acquired

(154)

Goodwill arising on acquisition

1,001


 

Total consideration

847


 

Satisfied by:


Cash

684

Deferred consideration

163


 

Total consideration

847


 

Net cash outflow arising on acquisition


Cash consideration

(684)

Bank loans and overdrafts acquired

(532)


 

Net cash outflow

(1,216)


 

The goodwill arising on the acquisition of Lane Packaging Limited is attributable to the anticipated future profitability of the distribution of the Group's product ranges in new geographical markets in the UK and anticipated operating synergies from the future combination of activities with the existing Packaging Distribution network.

Lane Packaging Limited contributed £0.5 million to revenue and £19,000 to the Group's profit before tax for the period between the date of acquisition and 30 June 2014.

 

 

10.     Notes to the cash flow statement

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000





Operating profit before exceptional items

1,735

2,203

6,251

Adjustments for:




     Amortisation of intangible assets

147

143

295

     Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

487

514

1,036

     Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(35)

(24)

(12)


 

 

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

2,334

2,836

7,570





     (Increase)/decrease in inventories

(1,224)

(1,048)

189

     Decrease/(increase) in receivables

1,069

1,941

(809)

     (Decrease)/increase in payables

(784)

60

765

     Decrease in provisions

(30)

(500)

(693)

     Adjustment for pension scheme funding - recurring funding

(1,395)

(1,529)

(2,493)


 

 

 

Cash (absorbed by)/generated by operations

(30)

1,760

4,529





     Income taxes paid

(385)

(275)

(678)

     Interest paid

(202)

(211)

(424)


 

 

 

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities

(617)

1,274

3,427


 

 

 

Movement in net debt

 

 

 

(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents in period

(5,740)

(409)

783

Cash flows from lease financing

35

63

126


 

 

 

Movement in net debt in the period

(5,705)

(346)

909

Opening net debt

(5,915)

(6,824)

(6,824)


 

 

 

Closing net debt

(11,620)

(7,170)

(5,915)


 

 

 

Net debt comprises:-




Cash and cash equivalents

258

315

477

Bank overdraft

(2,824)

(1,389)

(359)


 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents in statement of cash flows

(2,566)

(1,074)

118

Bank loans

(9,000)

(6,000)

(6,000)


 

 

 

Net bank debt

(11,566)

(7,074)

(5,882)

Obligations under finance leases




       Due within one year

(16)

(96)

(33)

       Due outwith one year

(38)

-

-


 

 

 

Closing net debt

(11,620)

(7,170)

(5,915)


 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents (which are presented as a single class of asset on the face of the balance sheet) comprise cash at bank and other short-term highly liquid investments with maturity of three months or less.

The drawdown under our new bank facility comprised £11.8 million at 30 June 2014.  £9.0m of funding drawn down is considered to represent loan finance due to the intended purpose for which it was drawn, with the remaining £2.8m financing short-term movements in working capital.  For the purposes of the cash flow statement, £9.0m has been presented as bank loans and £2.8m presented as overdraft funding and included in cash and cash equivalents.

The loans in 2013 totalling £6.0m were refinanced in February 2014 as set out in note 1.

 

11.     Retirement benefit obligations

The figures below have been prepared by AON Hewitt and are based on the results of the triennial actuarial valuation as at 1 May 2011, updated to 30 June 2014, 30 June 2013 and 31 December 2013.  The assets in the scheme and the net liability position of the scheme as calculated under IAS 19 are as follows:

 

Investment class

30 June

2014

£000

30 June

2013

£000

31 December

2013

£000

Equities




UK equities and equity funds

5,486

7,554

5,790

Overseas equity funds

9,654

8,170

9,289

Multi-asset diversified funds

17,974

13,436

16,414

Bonds




Liability Driven Investment funds

15,516

-

-

Government gilt funds (fixed interest)

-

8,173

8,128

Government gilt funds (index-linked)

-

4,937

4,918

Corporate bond fund

10,082

9,180

9,488

Other




Cash

220

632

211


 

 

 

Fair value of assets

58,932

52,082

54,238

Present value of scheme liabilities

(72,117)

(68,869)

(70,134)


 

 

 

Pension scheme deficit

(13,185)

(16,787)

(15,896)

Deferred tax asset (see note 12)

2,637

3,861

3,179


 

 

 

Pension scheme deficit net of related deferred tax asset

(10,548)

(12,926)

(12,717)


 

 

 

These amounts were calculated using the following principal assumptions as required under IAS 19:

Assumptions

30 June 2014

30 June 2013

31 December 2013

Discount rate

4.30%

4.60%

4.50%

Rate of increase in salaries

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Rate of increase in pensions in payment

3% or 5%

for fixed increases

or 3.30% for LPI

3% or 5%

for fixed increases

or 2.90% for LPI

3% or 5%

for fixed increases

or 3.30% for LPI

Inflation assumption (RPI)

3.30%

3.40%

3.40%

Inflation assumption (CPI)

2.40%

2.50%

2.50%

Life expectancy beyond normal retirement age of 65



Male

22.7 years

22.6 years

22.6 years

Female

25.1 years

24.9 years

25.1 years

 


Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000

Movement in scheme deficit in the period




At start of period

(15,896)

(18,898)

(18,898)

Current service costs

(67)

(73)

(148)

Contributions from sponsoring companies

3,962

1,529

2,748

Net finance cost

(314)

(390)

(775)

Remeasurement of net pension scheme liability in the period

(870)

1,045

1,177


 

 

 

At end of period

(13,185)

(16,787)

(15,896)


 

 

 

Sensitivity to key assumptions

The key assumptions used for IAS 19 are discount rate, inflation and mortality.  If different assumptions were used, then this could have a material effect on the results disclosed.  Assuming all other assumptions are held static then a movement in the following key assumptions would affect the level of the deficit as shown below:-

 

Assumptions

Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000





Discount rate movement of +0.1%

1,226

1,192

1,192

Inflation rate movement of +0.1%

(288)

(281)

(281)

Mortality movement of +0.1 year in age rating

238

231

231

The sensitivity information has been prepared using the same method as adopted when adjusting the results of the latest funding valuation to the balance sheet date and is consistent with the approach adopted in previous years.


Six months

to 30 June

2014

£000

Six months

to 30 June

2013

£000

Year to 31

December

2013

£000

Movement in fair value of scheme assets

 

 

 

Scheme assets at start of period

54,238

51,349

51,349

Interest income

1,245

1,122

2,241

Return on scheme assets (exc. amounts shown in interest income)

1,221

7

1,469

Contributions from sponsoring companies

3,962

1,529

2,748

Contributions from scheme members

38

36

70

Benefits paid

(1,772)

(1,961)

(3,639)


 

 

 

Scheme assets at end of period

58,932

52,082

54,238


 

 

 

Movement in present value of defined benefit obligations

 

 

 

Obligations at start of period

(70,134)

(70,247)

(70,247)

Current service costs

(67)

(73)

(148)

Interest cost

(1,559)

(1,512)

(3,016)

Contributions from scheme members

(38)

(36)

(70)

Changes in assumptions underlying the defined benefit obligations

(2,091)

1,038

(292)

Benefits paid

1,772

1,961

3,639


 

 

 

Obligations at end of period

(72,117)

(68,869)

(70,134)


 

 

 

Investments

The trustees, in co-operation with the Group, have changed the profile of the pension scheme's investments in recent years to provide a more effective match against the pension scheme liabilities.  As a result, despite the reductions in bond yields in the first half of 2014 causing an increase in liabilities, improved investment returns have helped offset this.

Funding

UK pension legislation requires that pension schemes be funded prudently.  Macfarlane Group PLC is currently paying deficit reduction contributions in accordance with an agreement with the scheme trustees to reduce the deficit over 13 years.

The triennial actuarial valuation of the scheme due at 1 May 2014 is currently in progress.

 

12.     Deferred tax

30 June

2014

£000

30 June

2013

3000

31 December

2013

£000

Deferred tax asset on pension scheme deficit

 

 

 

At start of period

3,179

4,346

4,346

Credit/(charge) on actuarial movement in the period applied through statement of comprehensive income

 

174

 

(239)

 

(271)

Charge on actuarial deficit in the period due to long-term corporation tax rate change applied through statement of comprehensive income

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(476)

Charge through income statement based on payments made to reduce deficit in the period

 

(716)

 

(246)

 

(420)


 

 

 

Deferred tax asset on pension scheme deficit (see note 11)

2,637

3,861

3,179

Deferred tax assets on other timing differences

915

451

449


 

 

 

Deferred tax asset at end of period

3,552

4,312

3,628


 

 

 

Deferred tax asset on other timing differences




At start of period

449

560

560

Credit/(charge) through income statement

466

(109)

(111)


 

 

 

Deferred tax asset at end of period

915

451

449


 

 

 

Deferred tax liability on other intangible assets




At start of period

(253)

(381)

(381)

Inherited on acquisition (see note 9)

(133)

-

-

Credit through income statement




         Credit on movement in other intangible assets in the period

30

55

128


 

 

 

Deferred tax liability at end of period

(356)

(326)

(253)


 

 

 

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement on 5 December 2012 announced that the UK corporation tax rate would reduce to 20% by 2015.  The most recent rate reductions to 21% from April 2014 and 20% from April 2015 were substantively enacted on 2 July 2013 and have been reflected in the financial statements at 30 June 2014 and 31 December 2013 respectively.

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed.

Details of individual and collective remuneration of the Company's Directors and dividends received by the Directors for calendar year 2014 will be disclosed in the Group's Annual Report for the year ending 31 December 2014.

Peter Atkinson, the Group's Chief Executive, exercised options over 551,372 ordinary shares of 25p each on 8 May 2014.  The consideration paid for the shares was £143,357.  He then sold 442,500 ordinary shares for a consideration of £194,700.  As a result of these transactions, his beneficial holding in Macfarlane Group PLC increased from 745,300 ordinary shares to 854,172 ordinary shares, representing 0.74% of the issued share capital of 115,019,000 ordinary shares.

The directors are satisfied that there are no other related party transactions occurring during the six month period which require disclosure.

14.       Interim Report

The interim report will be posted to shareholders on 12 September 2014.  Copies will be available from the registered office, 21 Newton Place, Glasgow G3 7PY and available on the Company's website, www.macfarlanegroup.com, from that date.


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