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Macfarlane Group PLC (MACF)

Macfarlane Group PLC

Final Results
RNS Number : 8958F
Macfarlane Group PLC
26 February 2015
 



 

26 February 2015

 

ANNUAL RESULTS FOR THE YEAR TO 31 DECEMBER 2014

 

 

Financial Highlights

2014

2013

Year on Year Change

Group turnover

£153.8m

£143.9m

+7%

Pre-tax profit *

£5.6m

£5.1m

+11%

Pre-tax profit

£5.6m

£4.7m

+19%

Proposed full year dividend

1.65 pence

1.60 pence

+3%

Earnings per share *

3.78 pence

3.32 pence

+14%

                                * Before exceptional items

 

Macfarlane Group PLC increased sales to £153.8m in 2014, a 7% increase on the prior year (2013: £143.9m). The Group grew profit before tax and exceptional items in 2014 by 11% to £5.6m (2013: £5.1m), fuelled by a combination of organic sales growth and targeted acquisitions.  This result represented a significant achievement for the Group in competitive market conditions.

Trading

The Group's core Packaging Distribution business increased sales by 9% to £126.9m (2013: £116.3m). This was achieved through organic growth of 4%, with particular success in the expanding internet retail sector and increased penetration of National Accounts, and as a result of the successful acquisitions of Lane Packaging and Network Packaging in May and September respectively.  This translated into a 16% increase in operating profit before exceptional items for the division to £5.8m (2013: £5.0m).

In the Group's Manufacturing division, the Packaging Design and Manufacture business reported another year of good performance.  However, the widely reported challenging conditions being experienced in the UK retail sector impacted on the Group's Labels business.  As a consequence, sales in the Manufacturing Division reduced marginally to £26.9m (2013: £27.6m), and lower gross margins in the Labels business resulted in an operating profit before exceptional items of £0.9m (2013: £1.3m).

Dividend

The Board remains committed to providing shareholders with an appropriate return on their investment and is proposing a final dividend of 1.15 pence per share, making a full year dividend of 1.65 pence per share, a 3% increase on the prior year's dividend of 1.60 pence per share.  Subject to the approval of shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 5 May 2015, this dividend will be paid on 4 June 2015 to those shareholders on the register at 8 May 2015.

Net Debt and Pension Scheme

As a consequence of the acquisitions undertaken during the year, the Group's bank debt at 31 December 2014 increased to £10.1m from £5.9m at the prior year-end.  As previously reported, the Group now has a new, longer term, finance facility in place.

The Board continues to take steps to reduce Macfarlane Group's pension deficit including a one-off contribution of £2.5m in the year.  This, combined with careful stewardship of the investment portfolio by the Trustees, in conjunction with the Company, helped to offset the impact of lower bond yields and at the year-end the deficit was £13.9m (2013: £15.9m).

Outlook

The Board is confident that, with the UK economy displaying further signs of improvement and continued implementation of its strategy, Macfarlane Group will continue to succeed through its own actions coupled with improved market conditions in 2015.

Commenting on the 2014 results, Graeme Bissett, Chairman, said:

"This 11% increase in pre-tax profits before exceptional items represents the fifth consecutive year of profit growth for Macfarlane Group. The focus of our Packaging Distribution business on the opportunities in internet retail, third party logistics and National Accounts is producing good results for the Group.  The acquisitions of Lane Packaging and Network Packaging have performed strongly and have been earnings-enhancing in 2014 and I look forward to seeing their full-year contributions feed through in 2015.  The Board remains committed to seeking out further profitable expansion opportunities through carefully selected acquisitions.  The positive sales trends seen in the final quarter of 2014 have continued into 2015 and the Group is well positioned for further growth in 2015."

 

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:

Macfarlane Packaging 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 25 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.



Business Review

 

Group performance

 

 

 

 

Segment

 

 

 

Revenue

2014

£000

Profit

before

exceptional

items

2014

£000

 

 

 

Revenue

2013

£000

Profit

before

exceptional

items

2013

£000






Packaging Distribution

126,907

5,758

116,280

4,960

Manufacturing Operations

26,860

888

27,591

1,291


 

 

 

 

Revenue from continuing operations

153,767


143,871



 


 


Operating profit


6,646


6,251

Net finance costs


(1,040)


(1,199)



 


 

Profit before tax - continuing operations


5,606


5,052



 


 

 

The markets in which we operate remained challenging in 2014 and are highly competitive.  Despite this, Macfarlane Group's sales in 2014 were 7% above the level achieved in 2013.  The good organic growth in sales was supported by two acquisitions during the year and as a result, profit before tax and exceptional items at £5.6 million, was 11% ahead of the level achieved in 2013.  There were no exceptional items in 2014.

The Packaging Distribution business achieved a sales increase versus 2013 of 9% comprising 4% organic growth and 5% from acquisitions.  There was a strong final quarter's sales performance, reflecting a 6% increase versus 2013, through the benefit of new business wins earlier in the year and increasing penetration of National Accounts.  The growth in new business particularly focused on the supply of protective packaging to internet retailers both directly and through our partnerships with major Third Party Logistics ("3PL") customers.  The increased competitive environment resulted in a slightly lower gross margin of 28.8% compared to 29.1% in 2013.  Despite the increases in overheads arising from the two acquisitions, cost control remained strong with the overhead to sales ratio reducing to 24.3% compared with 24.8% in 2013.  Operating profit before tax and exceptional items in the Packaging Distribution business at £5.8 million showed growth of 16% versus 2013.

2014 was a year of contrast for our Manufacturing Operations.  The focus for both our Labels and Packaging Design and Manufacture businesses in 2014 was to concentrate on their higher added-value activities and this resulted in changes to both the customer and product mix.  Sales in our Manufacturing Operations decreased by 3% versus 2013 mainly due to certain key customers in the self-adhesive label sector losing market share. Gross margins improved overall but reduced in our Labels business due to the increasingly competitive UK retail market and the cost base increased due to the relocation of our Labels facility in Ireland during 2013.  The weaker performance from our Labels business was the major cause of our Manufacturing Operations recording operating profit before tax and exceptional items of £0.9 million compared with £1.3 million in 2013.

Whilst there is a modest improvement in the economic environment, our future performance will again be largely dependent on our own efforts to grow sales and increase efficiencies.  We operate a flexible business model and our ability to focus on the most attractive UK market sectors for our products and services gives us confidence that 2015 will be another year of progress for Macfarlane Group.

 

Macfarlane Packaging Distribution is the leading UK specialist distributor of protective packaging materials, and in what is a highly fragmented market, Macfarlane is the market leader.  The business operates from 18 Regional Distribution Centres (RDCs) supplying customers with a comprehensive range of protective packaging materials and services on a local, regional and national basis.

Competition in the distribution market is from local and regional protective packaging specialist companies and national distribution generalists who supply a range of products, including protective packaging materials.  Macfarlane competes effectively on a local basis through its strong focus on and regular monitoring of customer service, its breadth and depth of product offer and through the recruitment and retention of staff with good local market knowledge.  On a national basis Macfarlane has focus, expertise and a breadth of product and service knowledge all of which enables it to compete effectively against non-specialist packaging distributors.

Macfarlane Packaging 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.


Existing

Acquisitions

2014

2013



£000

£000

£000

£000








Sales

120,631

6,276

126,907

116,280

Sales growth 9%

Cost of sales

(86,029)

(4,353)

(90,382)

(82,415)



 

 

 

 


Gross margin

34,602

1,923

36,525

33,865

Margin growth 8%

Overheads

(29,360)

(1,407)

(30,767)

(28,905)

Overhead growth 6%


 

 

 

 


Operating profit before exceptional items

 

5,242

 

516

 

5,758

 

4,960

 

Profit growth 16%


 

 

 

 


Packaging Distribution sales grew by 9% over 2013 levels supported by our acquisition of Lane Packaging in May 2014 and Network Packaging in September 2014.  Growth was particularly strong with internet retailers and National Accounts, where Macfarlane has a strongly differentiated offer for customers.  Gross margin percentage reduced to 28.8% (2013 - 29.1%) due to the impact of price lead competition.  Good overhead control throughout the business reduced the overhead as a percentage of sales to 24.3% (2013 - 24.8%) resulting in an increase in operating profit to £5.8 million from £5.0 million in 2013.

The 18 RDCs in our network are managed and measured as profit centres.  In 2014 we had 13 of our 18 RDCs performing above the target return on sales level of 5%.  The remaining 5 RDCs continue to demonstrate improvements that indicate their ability to achieve the target return on sales.

Future Plans

We expect general demand levels to increase modestly in 2015.  Therefore our plans continue to be focused on those markets showing growth, building market share and improving operational effectiveness through the following actions:

l Accelerating our penetration of the growing internet retail sector both directly and through our partnerships with key 3PL organisations;

l Expanding our focus in industry sectors which benefit from Macfarlane's national coverage through our specialist National Account sales team;

l Continuing the development of our web-based presence through macfarlanepackaging.com to improve online visibility and access to our full range of products and services;

l Commencing the programme to integrate our recently acquired companies following the completion of the earnout periods;

l Supplementing organic growth through identification of further suitable acquisition opportunities;

l Improving the awareness of our membership of NovuPak, for UK based customers requiring our capabilities on a wider European basis;

l Continuing to reduce operating costs by evaluating alternatives to our current property footprint, implementing further operational savings in logistics through expanded use of the Paragon vehicle management system and the implementation of a warehouse best practice programme; and

l Maintaining the focus on working capital management to reduce borrowing levels.

Manufacturing Operations

Macfarlane's Manufacturing Operations comprise Labels, which includes self-adhesive and resealable labels and our Packaging Design and Manufacture business.


2014

2013


£000

£000




Sales

26,860

27,591

Cost of sales

(15,922)

(16,568)


 

 

Gross margin

10,938

11,023

Overheads

(10,050)

(9,732)


 

 

Operating profit before exceptional items

888

1,291


 

 

In 2014 Macfarlane's Manufacturing Operations recorded an operating profit before exceptional items of £0.9 million (2013 - £1.3 million).  The key features of the Manufacturing Operations' performance in 2014 were:

l Sales reduced by 3% versus 2013 mainly due to key self-adhesive label customers losing UK market share;

l Gross margins increased to 40.7% (2013 - 40.0%) through the focus on higher added value products and services; and

l Net overheads increased as a percentage of sales from 35.3% in 2013 to 37.4% in 2014.

Labels

Our Labels business designs and prints 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 Wicklow and a sales and design office in Sweden, which focuses on the development and growth of our resealable labels business - Reseal-it. 

The Labels business has a high level of dependency on a small number of major customers.  Management works closely with these key customers to ensure high levels of service and to introduce product and service development initiatives to achieve competitive differentiation.

2014 was a difficult year with sales reducing by 3% and profits were below the level achieved in 2013.

Sales of self-adhesive labels were negatively impacted by key customers losing UK market share and gross margin in this product sector remained under pressure due to the highly competitive conditions in the UK retail market.

We continued to make good progress in the development of the resealable range of labels and systems and Reseal-it in 2014 represented 39% of revenue (2013 - 36%).  Competition in the resealable label sector is increasing but total sales for Reseal-it grew by 2% versus 2013.  Despite some slowing of momentum in the USA this was more than offset with good growth in Reseal-it system sales in Europe and improved penetration in the UK market through major retailers.

The business sustained higher costs associated with the re-location of our manufacturing activities in Ireland to a larger site in Wicklow.

Future Plans

The priorities for Labels in 2015 are: -

·     Maintenance of the strategic focus on higher added value products and services;

·     Changes to our commercial offering in the self-adhesive label market to counterbalance customer order patterns and volatility;

·     Continued improvement in operational efficiencies to counterbalance competitive price pressure, maximising the returns from 2014 capital expenditure; and

·     Further development of the Reseal-it product in the US market through the Printpack partnership, in Europe through new business wins and in the UK through improved penetration with key retailers.

Packaging Design and Manufacture

The principal activity of the Packaging Design and Manufacture business is the design, manufacture and assembly of custom-designed packaging solutions for customers requiring cost-effective methods of protecting high value products in storage and transit.  The primary raw materials are corrugate, timber and foam.  The business operates from two manufacturing sites in Grantham and Westbury, supplying both direct to customers and also through the RDC network of the Packaging Distribution business.

The key market sectors supplied are defence, aerospace, medical equipment, electronics and automotive.  The markets in which we operate are highly fragmented with a range of locally based competitors.  We differentiate ourselves through our technical expertise, design capability, industry accreditations and national coverage through the partnership with Macfarlane Packaging Distribution.

Business Performance

2014 external sales were 3% below those in 2013 caused by the relocation of a major customer outwith the UK.  Management continued to change the mix of products and services towards those with higher added-value and the benefit was an improvement in gross margin, which together with good cost control contributed to an overall level of profitability in 2014 slightly ahead of that achieved in 2013.  There was encouraging progress during 2014 in the development of new customer relationships, which should benefit the business in 2015.

Future Plans

The priorities for 2015 are:

l Accelerate sales growth, particularly in certain key sectors e.g. Defence, Aerospace and Medical;

l Identify and execute suitable acquisition opportunities;

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

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

l Make selective investments to improve productivity at both our manufacturing sites.

Cash Flow and Net Debt

The Group agreed a new debt facility with Lloyds Banking Group PLC in 2014, comprising a three-year committed borrowing facility of up to £20.0 million for the period to February 2017.  The facility bears interest at normal commercial rates and carries standard financial covenants in relation to interest cover and levels of headroom over trade receivables.  This new longer-term borrowing facility was put in place to accommodate increased working capital requirements from our organic growth, finance for acquisitions and a one-off contribution to reduce the pension scheme deficit.

Placing of new shares

Following the acquisition of Network Packaging, the Company undertook a share placing to provide additional funds for its acquisition programme.  The placing was well supported by new and existing institutional investors and following approval in General Meeting in October 2014, the Company issued 8,000,000 ordinary shares at a price of 37.50p each, raising £2.8 million net of expenses.

Pension Scheme Deficit

During the year the Group's pension scheme deficit reduced from £15.9 million to £13.9 million.  The Board continues to take steps to cut Macfarlane Group's pension deficit including a one-off contribution of £2.5 million in the year.  This, combined with careful stewardship of the investment portfolio by the Trustees, in conjunction with the Company, helped to offset the impact of lower bond yields

 

2015 Outlook

We expect general market demand in 2015 to increase modestly as the UK economy continues its recovery.  There are specific market sectors such as internet retail which are forecast to show good growth and Macfarlane Group will focus on ensuring we continue to be well positioned to benefit from the growth expected in these sectors.

During 2015 we will look at further opportunities to accelerate sales growth through the acquisition of quality protective packaging businesses that can leverage our current infrastructure or improve our geographic penetration.

Macfarlane Group's businesses all have good market positions with strong differentiated product and service offerings.  Our business model is flexible and we have a clear strategic plan, which is being effectively implemented as reflected in our track record of consistent, profitable growth.

We expect 2015 to be another successful year for Macfarlane Group.



Business Review

The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Group and factors mitigating these risks are detailed below.

Risk

Mitigating Factors

Raw material prices

The Group's businesses are impacted by commodity-based raw material prices and manufacturer energy costs, with profitability sensitive to supplier price changes. The principal components are corrugated paper, polythene films, timber and foam, with changes to paper and oil prices having a direct impact on the price we pay to our suppliers.

 

The Group works closely with its supplier base to manage the scale and timing of price increases to end-users effectively.  Our IT systems monitor and measure our effectiveness in recovering supplier price changes. Where possible, alternative supplier relationships are maintained to minimise supplier dependency.  We work with customers to redesign packs and reduce packing cost to mitigate the impact of cost increases.

 

Funding defined benefit pension scheme

The Group's defined benefit pension scheme is sensitive to a number of key factors; investment returns, discount rates used to calculate scheme liabilities (based on corporate bond yields) and mortality assumptions. The IAS19 valuation of the Group's defined benefit pension scheme as at 31 December 2014 estimated the scheme deficit to be £13.9 million.  Small changes in these assumptions could mean that the deficit increases.

 

Steps undertaken to reduce the deficit include: -

The scheme was closed to new members in 2002.

Benefits for active members were amended by freezing pensionable salaries at 30 April 2009 salary levels.

The revaluation of deferred members' benefits has reflected Consumer Prices Index as the inflation measure since 2010.

During 2012 a Pension Increase Exchange exercise was completed to offer flexibility to pensioners in the current level of pension benefits and the rate of future increases.

Further actions to reduce volatility will be evaluated in 2015.

 

Property

Given the multi-site nature of its business, the Group has a property portfolio comprising 4 owned sites and 27 leased sites of which 4 are sublet, with 1 vacant owned site at the balance sheet date.  This portfolio gives rise to risks for ongoing lease costs, dilapidations and fluctuations in value.

 

Where a site is non-operational the Group seeks to assign, sell or sub-lease the building to mitigate the financial impact.  If this is not possible, rental voids are provided on vacant properties taking into consideration the likely period of vacancy and incentives to re-let.

 

Financial liquidity, debt covenants and interest rates

The Group needs continuous access to funding to meet its trading obligations and to support organic growth and acquisitions.  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.  The Group's borrowing facilities comprise a committed facility of £20 million, including requirements to comply with specified covenants, with a breach potentially resulting in Group borrowings being subject to more onerous conditions.

 

 

The Group seeks to maintain an appropriate level of committed bank facilities that provides sufficient headroom above peak projected borrowing requirements.  The Group continually monitors net debt and forecast cash flows to ensure that it will be able to meet its financial obligations as they fall due.  Compliance with debt covenants is monitored on a monthly basis and sensitivity analysis is applied to forecasts to assess the impact on covenants. 

 

 

Decentralised structure

The Packaging Distribution business model reflects a decentralised approach with a high dependency on effective local decision-making.  There is a risk that management control is less effective and local decisions do not meet overall corporate objectives.

 

 

 

A comprehensive management information system is maintained with key performance indicators monitored consistently and regularly with actions taken when required. 

Working capital

The Group has a significant investment in working capital in the form of trade receivables and inventories.  There is a risk that this investment is not fully recovered.

 

Credit risk is controlled by applying rigour to the management of trade receivables by our credit control team, managed by a credit control manager and subject to additional scrutiny from the Group Finance Director. 

Inventory levels and order patterns are regularly reviewed and risks arising from holding bespoke stocks are managed by obtaining order cover from customers.

 

There are a number of other risks that we manage which are not considered to be key risks.  In addition the Group is subject to the impact of general economic conditions, the competitive environment and risks associated with business continuity.  These are all mitigated in ways that are common to all businesses and not specific to Macfarlane Group.

These risks are complemented by an overall governance framework including clear and delegated authorities, business performance monitoring and appropriate insurance cover for a wide range of potential risks.  There is a dependence on good quality local management, which is supported by an investment in training and development and ongoing performance evaluation.



 

The Directors, in their consideration of going concern, have reviewed the Group's cash flow forecasts and revenue projections, which they believe are based on past experience and what they consider to be prudent market data.  The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and financial position are set out in the Chairman's Statement and Business Review on pages 1 to 8.

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's day-to-day working capital requirements are met by having access to banking facilities with suitable terms and conditions to accommodate the requirements of the Group's operations.  Credit risk is managed by applying considerable rigour in managing the Group's trade receivables. The Directors believe that the Group is adequately placed to manage its financial risks effectively despite the current uncertain economic outlook.

The Group's principal banking facilities of up to £20.0 million are in place until February 2017 and the Directors are of the opinion that the Group's cash forecasts and revenue projections, 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 the financial statements.

Cautionary Statement

The Chairman's Statement and the Business Review on pages 1 to 8 have been prepared to provide additional information to members of the Company 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 report and the financial statements contain certain forward-looking statements relating to operations, performance and financial status.  By their nature, such statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that will occur in the future.  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 report.

Responsibility Statement of the Directors

The responsibility statement below has been prepared in connection with the company's full annual report for the year ending 31 December 2014.  Certain parts of the full annual report are not included within this announcement.  The Directors of Macfarlane Group PLC are

G. Bissett                      Chairman

P.D. Atkinson               Chief Executive

J. Love                         Finance Director

M. Arrowsmith             Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

S. Paterson                   Non-Executive Director

R. McLellan                  Non-Executive Director

To the best of the knowledge of the Directors (whose names and functions are set out above), the financial statements, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit for the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and

Pursuant to Disclosure and Transparency Rules, Chapter 4, the Directors' Report of the Company's annual report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Company, and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties faced by the business.

 

 

 

Peter Atkinson                                                  John Love

Chief Executive                                                 Finance Director

26 February 2015                                              26 February 2015



Macfarlane Group PLC

Consolidated income statement

For the year ended 31 December 2014

 



 

 

 

2014

£000

2013

before

exceptional

items

£000

 

 

Exceptional

items

£000

 

 

 

2013

£000


Note



(see Note 3)


Continuing operations

3





Revenue


153,767

143,871

-

143,871

Cost of sales


(106,304)

(98,983)

-

(98,983)



 

 

 

 

Gross profit


47,463

44,888

-

44,888

Distribution costs


(7,432)

(7,458)

-

(7,458)

Administrative expenses


(33,385)

(31,179)

(336)

(31,515)



 

 

 

 

Operating profit

3

6,646

6,251

(336)

5,915

Finance costs

4

(1,040)

(1,199)

-

(1,199)



 

 

 

 

Profit before tax


5,606

5,052

(336)

4,716

Tax

5

(1,164)

(1,265)

5

(1,260)



 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

7

4,442

3,787

(331)

3,456



 

 

 

 







Earnings per share






Basic

7

3.78p

3.32p

(0.29p)

3.03p



 

 

 

 







Diluted

7

3.78p

3.31p

(0.29p)

3.02p



 

 

 

 



Macfarlane Group PLC

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the year ended 31 December 2014

 


Note

2014

£000

2013

£000





Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations


(102)

40

Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

10

(2,737)

1,177

Tax recognised in other comprehensive income




     Tax on remeasurement of pension scheme liability

11

548

(271)

     Long-term corporation tax rate change

11

-

(476)



 

 

Other comprehensive income for the year


(2,291)

470

Profit for the year


4,442

3,456



 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year


2,151

3,926



 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the year ended 31 December 2014


 

 

Note

Share

Capital

£000

Share

Premium

£000

Revaluation

Reserve

£000

Own

Shares

£000

Translation

Reserve

£000

Retained

Earnings

£000

 

Total

£000


 








At 1 January 2013

 

28,755

-

70

(810)

183

(4,180)

24,018

Profit for the year

 

-

-

-

-

-

3,456

3,456

Dividends

6

-

-

-

-

-

(1,774)

(1,774)

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

40

 

 

-

 

 

40

Transfer of own shares to pension scheme

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

499

 

-

 

(245)

 

254

Remeasurement of pension liability

 

10

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,177

 

1,177

Tax on remeasurement of pension liability

 

11

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(271)

 

(271)

Long-term corporation tax rate change

 

11

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(476)

 

(476)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2013

 

28,755

-

70

(311)

223

(2,313)

26,424


 








Profit for the year

 

-

-

-

-

-

4,442

4,442

Dividends

6

-

-

-

-

-

(1,888)

(1,888)

Issue of share capital

12

2,398

1,018

-

-

-

-

3,416

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(102)

 

 

-

 

 

(102)

Exercise of share options

 

13

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

311

 

-

 

(168)

 

143

Remeasurement of pension liability

 

10

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(2,737)

 

(2,737)

Tax on remeasurement of pension liability

 

11

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

548

 

548


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2014

 

31,153

1,018

70

-

121

(2,116)

30,246


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Macfarlane Group PLC

Consolidated balance sheet at 31 December 2014

 


Note

2014

£000

2013

£000

Non-current assets




Goodwill and other intangible assets


34,125

25,415

Property, plant and equipment


7,445

7,281

Other receivables


659

1,651

Deferred tax assets

11

3,245

3,628



 

 

Total non-current assets


45,474

37,975



 

 

Current assets




Inventories


9,663

7,931

Trade and other receivables


39,998

35,481

Cash and cash equivalents

9

1,250

477



 

 

Total current assets


50,911

43,889



 

 

Total assets

3

96,385

81,864



 

 

Current liabilities




Trade and other payables


37,566

32,346

Current tax liabilities


279

435

Provisions


52

82

Finance lease liabilities

9

155

33

Bank borrowings

9

11,349

6,359



 

 

Total current liabilities


49,401

39,255



 

 

Net current assets


1,510

4,634



 

 

Non-current liabilities




Retirement benefit obligations

10

13,873

15,896

Deferred tax liabilities

11

1,019

253

Trade and other payables


1,368

36

Finance lease liabilities

9

478

-



 

 

Total non-current liabilities


16,738

16,185



 

 

Total liabilities

3

66,139

55,440



 

 

Net assets


30,246

26,424



 

 

Equity




Share capital

12

31,153

28,755

Share premium

12

1,018

-

Revaluation reserve


70

70

Own shares


-

(311)

Translation reserve


121

223

Retained earnings


(2,116)

(2,313)



 

 

Total equity

3

30,246

26,424



 

 

 



Macfarlane Group PLC

Consolidated cash flow statement


Note

2014

£000

2013

£000





Net cash inflow from operating activities

9

2,843

3,427



 

 





Investing activities




Acquisition of subsidiary undertaking

8

(5,051)

-

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment


152

30

Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(624)

(774)



 

 

Net cash used in investing activities


(5,523)

(744)



 

 





Financing activities




Dividends paid

6

(1,888)

(1,774)

Proceeds from issue of share capital (net of issue expenses)

12

2,791

-

Proceeds from sale of own shares to satisfy share options

13

143

-

Repayment of bank loan


(6,000)

-

Additional payment to pension scheme


(2,500)

-

Drawdown on bank borrowing facility


11,349

-

Repayments of obligations under finance leases

9

(83)

(126)



 

 

Net cash generated by/(used in) financing activities


3,812

(1,900)



 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

9

1,132

783





Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


118

(665)



 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

9

1,250

118



 

 

 

Macfarlane Group PLC

Notes to the financial information

For the year ended 31 December 2014

1.       General information

          The financial information set out in this preliminary announcement does not constitute the Group's statutory financial statements as defined in Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006 and has been extracted from the full statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2014 and 31 December 2013 respectively.

The financial statements for 2014 were approved by the Board of Directors on 26 February 2015.  The auditor's report on the statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2014 was unqualified pursuant to Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006 and did not contain a statement under sub-section 498 (2) or (3) of that Act.  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.

2.       Basis of preparation

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and financial position are set out on pages 1 to 8.

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's day-to-day working capital requirements are met by having access to committed banking facilities with suitable terms and conditions to accommodate the requirements of the Group's operations.  Credit risk, which is heightened as a result of the difficulties customers may face in the current climate, is managed by applying considerable rigour in managing the Group's trade receivables. The Directors believe that the Group is adequately placed to manage its financial risks effectively despite the current uncertain economic outlook.

The Group's debt facility with Lloyds Banking Group PLC comprises a three-year committed borrowing facility expiring in February 2017 of up to £20.0 million and secured over part of Macfarlane Group's trade receivables.  The 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 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 the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2014.

2.       Basis of preparation (continued)

Judgements, assumptions and estimation uncertainties

In preparing the 2014 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 change 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



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.  This constitutes over 80% of Group turnover and profit and as such, the Group has combined 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 into one segment headed Manufacturing Operations.  No individual business segment within Manufacturing Operations represents more than 10% of Group revenue or income.

 

 

 

Packaging Distribution

2014

£000

Revenue

126,907

Cost of sales

(90,382)


 

Gross profit

36,525

Net operating expenses

(30,767)


 

Operating profit

5,758


 

Manufacturing Operations


Revenue

26,860

Cost of sales

(15,922)


 

Gross profit

10,938

Net operating expenses

(10,050)


 

Operating profit

888


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit

before

Exceptional

items

£000

 

 

Exceptional

items

£000

 

 

 

2013

£000

Packaging Distribution




Revenue

116,280

-

116,280

Cost of sales

(82,415)

-

(82,415)


 

 

 

Gross profit

33,865

-

33,865

Net operating expenses

(28,905)

(42)

(28,947)


 

 

 

Operating profit

4,960

(42)

4,918


 

 

 

Manufacturing Operations




Revenue

27,591

-

27,591

Cost of sales

(16,568)

-

(16,568)


 

 

 

Gross profit

11,023

-

11,023

Net operating expenses

(9,732)

(294)

(10,026)


 

 

 

Operating profit

1,291

(294)

997


 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional items 2013

Packaging

Distribution

£000

Manufacturing

Operations

£000

 

2013

£000





Costs to exit surplus properties

(42)

(294)

(336)


 

 

 

During 2013 the Group incurred costs of £0.3 million to terminate the leases for surplus properties and wrote-down an owned property to its realisable value.

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

 

 

 

          Group segment


2014

£000

2013

£000





Group segment - total revenue




Packaging Distribution


126,907

116,280

Manufacturing Operations


32,358

32,180

Inter-segment revenue


(5,498)

(4,589)



 

 

External revenue - continuing operations


153,767

143,871



 

 





Operating profit - continuing operations




Packaging Distribution


5,758

4,918

Manufacturing Operations


888

997



 

 

Operating profit - continuing operations

6,646

5,915

Finance costs


(1,040)

(1,199)



 

 

Profit before tax


5,606

4,716

Tax


(1,164)

(1,260)



 

 

Profit for the year


4,442

3,456



 

 



 



Assets

Liabilities

Net assets


£000

£000

£000

Group segments




Packaging Distribution

80,365

58,189

22,176

Manufacturing Operations

16,020

7,950

8,070


 

 

 

Net assets 2014

96,385

66,139

30,246


 

 

 






Assets

Liabilities

Net assets


£000

£000

£000

Group segments




Packaging Distribution

68,493

48,544

19,949

Manufacturing Operations

13,371

6,896

6,475


 

 

 

Net assets 2013

81,864

55,440

26,424


 

 

 

 

4.       Finance costs

 

2014

£000

2013

£000




Interest on bank borrowings

(438)

(418)

Interest on obligations under finance leases

(8)

(6)

Net interest expense on retirement benefit obligation (see note 10)

(594)

(775)


 

 

Total finance costs

(1,040)

(1,199)


 

 

 

5.      Tax

2014

£000

2013

£000

Current tax



  United Kingdom corporation tax at 21.50% (2013: 23.25%)

(230)

(795)

  Foreign tax

(95)

(62)


 

 

Total current tax

(325)

(857)

Total deferred tax (see note 11)

(839)

(403)


 

 

Total

(1,164)

(1,260)


 

 

The standard rate of tax based on the UK average rate of corporation tax, is 21.50% (2013 - 23.25%).  Taxation for other jurisdictions is calculated at the rates prevailing in these jurisdictions.  The actual tax charge for the current and previous year varies from 21.50% (2013 - 23.25%) of the results as set out in the income statement for the reasons set out in the following reconciliation:


2014

£000

2013

£000




Profit before taxation

5,606

4,716


 

 

Tax on profit at 21.50% (2013 - 23.25%)

(1,205)

(1,096)

Factors affecting tax charge for the year:-



   Non-deductible expenses

(1)

(70)

   Difference on overseas tax rates

(1)

(47)

   Changes in estimates related to prior years

43

16

   Exceptional items

-

(63)


 

 

         Tax charge for the year

(1,164)

(1,260)


 

 

 

6.      Dividends

2014

£000

2013

£000

         Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the year:



Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2013 of 1.10p per share

   (2012 - 1.05p per share)

 

1,265

 

1,202

Interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2014 of 0.50p per share

   (2013 - 0.50p per share)

 

623

 

572


 

 


1,888

1,774


 

 

Dividends were not payable on the Own shares held in the employee share trust.

In addition to the amounts shown above, a proposed dividend of 1.15p per share will be paid on 4 June 2014 to those shareholders on the register at 8 May 2015.  This is subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting in 2015 and has not been included as a liability in these financial statements.

 

7.      Earnings per share

         The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the following data:


2014

£000

2013

£000




Earnings from continuing operations for the purposes of earnings per share being profit for the year from continuing operations

 

4,442

 

3,456


 

 




Number of shares in issue for the purposes of calculating basic and diluted earnings per share

2014

No. of

shares '000

2013

No. of

shares '000




Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue for the year

117,550

115,019

Weighted average number of shares in Employee Share Ownership Trusts

(184)

(846)


 

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue for the

purposes of basic earnings per share

 

117,366

 

114,173

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares due to share options

-

96


 

 

         Weighted average number of shares in issue for the

purposes of diluted earnings per share

 

117,366

 

114,269


 

 




Basic Earnings per share

3.78p

3.03p


 

 

Diluted Earnings per share

3.78p

3.02p


 

 

 
8.       Acquisition of subsidiary companies

During 2014 the Group acquired two trading subsidiary companies.

On 2 May 2014, the Group's subsidiary, Macfarlane Group UK Limited, 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 was paid in cash on acquisition, with the deferred consideration payable in the second quarter of 2015, subject to certain trading targets being met in the year to 30 April 2015.

On 5 September 2014, the Group acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Network Packaging Limited for a consideration of approximately £7.5 million.  £4.3 million of the consideration was paid in cash on acquisition and £0.6 million was settled by the issue of shares.  The deferred consideration of £2.6 million, is payable in two instalments in the final quarter of 2015 and the final quarter of 2016, subject to certain trading targets being met in the two twelve month periods ending on 5 September 2015 and 5 September 2016 respectively.

Both businesses are packaging distributors and are accounted for in the Packaging Distribution segment.  Goodwill arising on these acquisitions 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.

Fair values assigned to net assets acquired and consideration paid and payable are set out below:-


Lane Packaging

£000

Network Packaging

£000

 

Total

£000

Net assets acquired




Other intangible assets

663

3,617

4,280

Property, plant and equipment

76

119

195

Inventories

72

466

538

Trade and other receivables

453

1,766

2,219

Cash and bank balances

-

432

432

Bank loans and overdrafts

(532)

-

(532)

Trade and other payables

(681)

(1,634)

(2,315)

Current tax liabilities

(16)

(296)

(312)

Finance lease liabilities

(56)

(85)

(141)

Deferred tax liabilities

(133)

(725)

(858)


 

 

 

Net (liabilities)/assets acquired

(154)

3,660

3,506

Goodwill arising on acquisition

1,001

3,857

4,858


 

 

 

Total consideration

847

7,517

8,364


 

 

 

Satisfied by:




Cash

684

4,267

4,951

Deferred consideration

163

2,625

2,788

Shares

-

625

625


 

 

 

Total consideration

847

7,517

8,364


 

 

 

Net cash outflow arising on acquisition




Cash consideration

(684)

(4,267)

(4,951)

Cash and bank balances acquired

-

432

432

Bank loans and overdrafts assumed

(532)

-

(532)


 

 

 

Net cash outflow

(1,216)

(3,835)

(5,051)


 

 

 

 

 

9.      Notes to the cash flow statement

2014

£000

2013

£000




Operating profit before exceptional items

6,646

6,251

Adjustments for:



   Amortisation of intangible assets

428

295

   Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,020

1,036

   Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(8)

(12)


 

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

8,086

7,570




   (Increase)/decrease in inventories

(1,194)

189

   Increase in receivables

(4,119)

(809)

   Increase in payables

4,193

765

   Decrease in provisions

(30)

(693)

   Adjustment for pension scheme funding (exc. additional contribution)

(2,854)

(2,493)


 

 

Cash generated by operations

4,082

4,529

   Income taxes paid

(793)

(678)

   Interest paid

(446)

(424)


 

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

2,843

3,427


 

 

 

Movement in net debt



Increase in cash and cash equivalents in the year

1,132

783

Increase in bank borrowings in the year

(11,349)

-

Decrease in bank loans

6,000

-

New finance lease facilities

(683)

-

Repayment of obligations under finance leases      

83

126


 

 

Movement in net debt in the year

(4,817)

909

Opening net debt

(5,915)

(6,824)


 

 

Closing net debt

(10,732)

(5,915)


 

 

Net debt comprises:



Cash and cash equivalents

1,250

477

Bank borrowings treated as overdrafts and loans

-

(359)


 

 

Cash and cash equivalents in statement of cash flows

1,250

118

Bank borrowings (2013 - Bank loans)

(11,349)

(6,000)


 

 

Net bank debt

(10,099)

(5,882)

Obligations under finance leases                Due within one year

(155)

(33)

                                                               Due outwith one year

(478)

-


 

 

Closing net debt

(10,732)

(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.

2013 bank borrowings totalling £6.4 million were refinanced in February 2014.

 

10.     Pension scheme

Macfarlane Group PLC sponsors a defined benefit pension scheme for certain active and former UK employees - the Macfarlane Group PLC Pension & Life Assurance Scheme (1974) ("the scheme").  The two major trading subsidiaries, Macfarlane Group UK Limited and Macfarlane Labels Limited are the other two sponsoring employers of the scheme.

The scheme is administered by a separate Board of Trustees composed of employer nominated representatives and member nominated Trustees and is legally separate from the Group.  The assets of the scheme are held separately from those of the Group in managed funds under the supervision of the Trustees.  The Trustees are required by law to act in the interest of all classes of beneficiary in the scheme and are responsible for investment policy and the day-to-day administration of benefits.  The scheme was closed to new entrants during 2002.

The scheme provides qualifying employees with an annual pension of 1/60 of pensionable salary for each completed year's service on attainment of a normal retirement age of 65.  Pensionable salaries were frozen for the remaining active members at the levels current at 30 April 2009 with the change taking effect from 30 April 2010.  As a result no further salary inflation applies for active members who elected to remain in the scheme.  Active members' benefits also include life assurance cover, albeit the payment of these benefits is at the discretion of the Trustees of the scheme.

On withdrawing from active service a deferred member's pension is revalued from the time of withdrawal until the pension is drawn.  Revaluation in deferment is statutory and since 2010 has been revalued on the Consumer Price Index ("CPI") measure of inflation.  Revaluation of pensions in payment is a blend of fixed increases and inflationary increases depending on the relevant periods of accrual of benefit.  For pensions in payment, the inflationary increase is currently based on the Retail Prices Index ("RPI") measure of inflation.

During 2012, Macfarlane Group PLC made the decision to amend benefits for pensioner, deferred and active members in the defined benefit pension scheme by offering a Pension Increase Exchange ("PIE") option for deferred and active members after 1 May 2012.

The Group will consider a number of further actions to reduce the deficit in 2015.

Balance sheet disclosures

The assets in the scheme, the net liability position for the scheme and the expected rates of return have been based on the results of the actuarial valuation as at 1 May 2014, updated to the year-end.

 

 

 

Fair value

2014

£000

Fair value

2013

£000

Fair value

2012

£000

Fair value

2011

£000

Fair value

2010

£000

Asset class






Equities

15,893

15,079

14,474

12,782

26,577

Multi-asset diversified funds

18,541

16,414

13,026

12,206

-

Liability-driven investment funds

22,195

-

-

-

-

Bonds

11,263

22,534

23,544

21,806

18,436

Other (cash)

98

211

305

174

280


 

 

 

 

 

Fair value of assets

67,990

54,238

51,349

46,968

45,293

Present value of scheme liabilities

 

(81,863)

 

(70,134)

 

(70,247)

 

(67,452)

 

(61,018)


 

 

 

 

 

Deficit in the scheme

(13,873)

(15,896)

(18,898)

(20,484)

(15,725)

Related deferred tax asset

   (see note 11)

 

2,775

 

3,179

 

4,346

 

5,121

 

4,246


 

 

 

 

 

Net pension scheme liability

(11,098)

(12,717)

(14,552)

(15,363)

(11,479)


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trustees review the investments of the scheme on a regular basis and consult with the Company regarding any proposed changes to the investment profile.  At the start of February 2014, the investment in fixed interest government gilts was transferred into a liability-driven investment fund, which concentrates solely on interest rate and inflation protection strategies, to provide a more effective hedge against the impact of both interest rates and inflation on the liabilities in the scheme.

As a result, despite the reductions in bond yields in 2014 causing an increase in liabilities, improved investment returns have helped offset this.

The scheme's liabilities were calculated on the following bases as required under IAS 19:

Assumptions

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010







Discount rate

3.50%

4.50%

4.40%

4.80%

5.50%

Rate of increase in salaries

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Inflation assumption (RPI)

3.00%

3.40%

3.00%

3.00%

3.50%

Inflation assumption (CPI)

2.10%

2.50%

2.30%

2.20%


Spouse's pension assumption Pensioner members

Deferred and active members

 

70%

80%

 

70%

80%

 

70%

80%

 

90%

90%

 

90%

90%

Life expectancy beyond normal retirement date of 65






Male

22.7 years

22.6 years

22.4 years

22.3 years

21.5 years

Female

25.1 years

25.1 years

24.6 years

24.6 years

24.0 years

 


2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Movement in scheme deficit

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000







At 1 January

(15,896)

(18,898)

(20,484)

(15,725)

(20,366)

Current service cost

(126)

(148)

(146)

(150)

(119)

Employer contributions

5,480

2,748

2,583

2,169

2,705

Pension Increase Exchange gain

-

-

1,855

-

-

Net finance cost

(594)

(775)

(930)

(333)

(735)

Curtailments and settlements

-

-

-

(13)

1,250

Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

 

(2,737)

 

1,177

 

(1,776)

 

(6,432)

 

1,540


 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December

(13,873)

(15,896)

(18,898)

(20,484)

(15,725)


 

 

 

 

 

Funding

UK pension legislation requires that pension schemes are funded prudently.  Following the completion of the triennial actuarial valuation at 1 May 2014, Macfarlane Group PLC is now paying deficit reduction contributions in accordance with an agreement with the scheme trustees to reduce the deficit over 10 years.

The next triennial actuarial valuation of the scheme is due at 1 May 2017.

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

2014

£000

2013

£000

2012

£000





Discount rate movement of +0.1%

1,285

1,192

1,194

Inflation rate movement of +0.1%

(393)

(281)

(281)

Mortality movement of +0.1 year in age rating

(295)

(231)

(232)

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.

 

11.    Deferred tax

2014

£000

2013

£000




At 1 January

3,375

4,525

Inherited on acquisitions

(858)

-

Charged in income statement

(839)

(403)

Credited/(harged) in other comprehensive income

               Remeasurement of pension scheme liability

 

548

 

(271)

               Long-term corporation tax rate change

-

(476)


 

 

At 31 December

2,226

3,375


 

 




On retirement benefit obligations (see note 10)

2,775

3,179

Corporation tax losses

470

449


 

 

Disclosed as deferred tax asset

3,245

3,628

On other intangible assets

Disclosed as a deferred tax liability

 

(1,019)

 

(253)


 

 

At 31 December

2,226

3,375


 

 

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement on 5 December 2012 announced that the UK corporation tax rate would reduce to 20% by 2015.  This was substantively enacted on 2 July 2013 and has been reflected in these financial statements.

 

12.    Share capital

2014

£000

2013

£000




Allotted, issued and fully paid:



At 1 January

28,755

28,755

Issued during the year

2,398

-


 

 

At 31 December

31,153

28,755


 

 

Share premium



At 1 January

-

 

Issue of new shares during the year

1,227

 

Expenses of share issue

(209)

 


 


At 31 December

1,018

 


 

 

On 5 September 2014, the Company acquired the whole issued share capital of Network Packaging Limited.  As part of initial consideration, the Company issued 1,592,360 ordinary shares of 25p each at a value of 39.25p per share, which were admitted to the official List of the London Stock Exchange on 12 September 2014.

On 8 September 2014, the Company announced a placing of 8,000,000 ordinary shares of 25p each at a price of 37.50p per share.  The placing was approved at a General Meeting of the Company on 1 October 2014 and the shares were admitted to the official List of the London Stock Exchange on 2 October 2014.

Total proceeds raised for both of these issues were £2,791,000, net of issue expenses of £209,000.

13.     Related party transactions

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 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 year which require disclosure.

14.     Posting to shareholders and Annual General Meeting

The Annual Report and Accounts will be sent to shareholders on Friday 27 March 2015 and will be available to members of the public at the Company's Registered Office, 21 Newton Place, Glasgow G3 7PY from 4 April 2015.

The Annual General Meeting will take place at the Thistle Hotel, Cambridge Street Glasgow at 12 noon on Tuesday 5 May 2015.


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