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H&T Group PLC - Annual Financial Report

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H&T Group PLC
10 March 2020
 

H&T Group ("H&T" or the "Group") today announces its final results for the year ended

31 December 2019.

John Nichols, chief executive of H&T Group, said: 

"Following two successful acquisitions, a strong core operating performance and a beneficial gold price we have produced an exceptional year's trading performance.

 

"We have made good progress in delivering our strategic goals in the past year, particularly in significantly growing our asset base by acquiring trading sites and pledge books.  I am delighted with progress integrating these trading sites and assets, with financial performance meeting our expectations.  We continue to develop our digital strategy complementing our enlarged store estate. 

 

"Further growth in pawnbroking has primarily been driven by increased customer transactions and the opportunity to serve more customers following the acquisitions made during the year. The ongoing refinement and rationalisation of our personal loan product offering has improved lending return.

 

"We are improving retail through an expanded range of new jewellery and the development both of click-and-collect and online sales. We are pleased with the growth of our foreign exchange proposition, cheque cashing and newly introduced money-wire transfer operations.

 

"The Group's growing momentum demonstrates the success of our strategy and the demand for our pawnbroking and related products remains strong. We look forward with confidence whilst remaining mindful of the external factors and current macro uncertainties. "

 

2019

 

2018 (Restated* for IFRS16)

 

Change %

Financial highlights (£m unless stated)

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

101.4

 

88.2

 

15.0%

EBITDA

30.0

 

22.9

 

31.0%

Operating profit

22.5

 

16.2

 

38.9%

Profit before tax

20.1

 

13.8

 

45.7%

Diluted EPS (p)

43.8p

 

29.6p

 

48.0%

Dividend per share

11.7p

 

11.0p

 

6.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key performance indicators

 

 

 

 

 

Gross pledge book

£72.2m

 

£52.0m

 

38.8%

Redemption of annual lending **

82.40%

 

82.80%

 

(0.4%)

Retail gross profits

£13.6m

 

£13.2m

 

3.0%

Personal loan book

£16.6m

 

£20.5m

 

(19.0%)

Personal loan revenue less impairment

£10.8m

 

£7.0m

 

54.3%

Number of stores

252

 

182

 

38.5%


*Certain comparative information in the financial statements has been restated as a result of the initial application of IFRS 16 as discussed in note 12.

** This is the actual percentage of lending in each year which was redeemed or renewed, the 2019 figure is an estimate based on recent trend and early performance.

Operational highlights:

 

·    Pledge book increased 38.8% to £72.2m from £52.0m

·    Pawnbroking net revenue increased by 26.2% from £30.9m to £39.0m, including core store growth of 15.4% 

·    70 new stores and 159 pledge books integrated into the H&T estate following Money Shop and A&B acquisitions

·    Retail delivered sales growth of 8.4% with gross profits increasing by 3.0% from £13.2m to £13.6m

·    Strong growth from foreign currency offering, with gross profit increasing by 44.4% from £3.6m to £5.2m, including core store growth of 19.5%

·    Personal loan net revenue increased by 54.3% from £7.0m to £10.8m, due to reduced impairment charges 

·    Traffic to the est1897.co.uk retail website has increased by 26% with £4.0m of online generated sales driven by higher volumes of basket and click-and-collect store fulfilled sales

·    Strong returns from precious-metal scrappage reflecting the high gold price

 

 

Enquiries:

 

H&T Group plc 

Tel: 020 8225 2797
John Nichols, Chief Executive
Richard Withers, Chief Financial Officer                 

Numis Securities (Broker and Nominated Adviser)          

Tel: 020 7260 1000

Luke Bordewich, Nominated Adviser

Henry Slater

 

Haggie Partners (Public Relations)                                                                                                         

Tel: 020 7562 4444

Damian Beeley

Caroline Klein

 

Chairman's statement


The Group has delivered a strong financial performance while expanding its core pawnbroking estate of stores via the strategic acquisitions of assets from The Money Shop and A&B during the year. The integration of the 70 new stores, 159 pledge books and 248 new colleagues was enabled by committed, enthusiastic and capable staff utilising well-established processes developed in H&T.  The acquisitions expand our presence in the UK market and enable us to leverage investments made in recent years in our people, systems and digital initiatives.  As planned, we have already made good progress in increasing the pawnbroking business for these stores. We thank our core investors for supporting a £6.0m equity placing that facilitated this expansion.

The Group saw more than 400,000 pawnbroking customer visits last year and delivered solid revenue growth in our core pawnbroking secured lending business. We improved overall store profitability and made progress in streamlining our customer journey experiences while developing our online channel in retail, although there is more work to do. Our unsecured personal lending was scaled back during the year as we focused on higher quality lending.

The opportunity to build further our digital and online capability backed up by our store network will be an important part of our future strategy.

These activities have repositioned the business within the wider alternative credit market and have allowed the Group to access a broader customer base.  The Board continues to focus on the changing risks, both regulatory and financial, that wider product and channel diversification brings.

The growth in our retail and FX businesses, together with the re-introduction of overseas money wire transfer via Western Union provides a degree of resilience to changes in the pawnbroking and lending marketplace.

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE                               

The Group delivered profit after tax of £16.7m (2018: £11.0m) and diluted earnings per share of 43.8 pence (2018: 29.6 pence). Subject to shareholder approval, a final dividend of 7.0 pence per ordinary share (2018: 6.6 pence) will be paid on 29 May 2020 to those shareholders on the register at the close of business on 1 May 2020. This will bring the full year dividend to 11.7 pence per ordinary share (2018: 11.0 pence).

The Group's financial position is strong with growth in the pawnbroking loan book to £72.2m (2018: £52.0m). The growth represents steady organic expansion supported by acquisition and was funded by strong operating cashflow, with net debt increasing by just £0.4m to £14.0m at 31 December 2019 (2018: £13.6m). 

At year end, the Group had available headroom of £9.0m on its £35.0m borrowing facilities (2018: £10.0m). 

OUR TEAM

One of the Group's greatest strengths is its people, reflected in the loyalty of our high number of long-serving colleagues. Their skills and expertise are at the core of our strong customer relationships and we continue to invest in training, development and progression of our valuable staff.  We have enhanced our technical in-store and e-learning training and will continue our leadership development programme.  The Group is proud of its culture that fosters passion and enthusiasm to deliver exceptional customer service and outcomes.    

STRATEGY

The Group has an enlarged and growing customer base, a talented team to serve them and a diversified business model. A strong asset base and good cash generation leaves the Group able to exploit further growth opportunities.  

The demand for small-sum, short-term cash loans remains strong.  The Group continues to focus on strategies to grow its pawnbroking business and its personal lending service, and to develop its retail offering through digital and online strategies to complement its store estate.  We will continue to focus on operational effectiveness to improve customer experiences.

Our network of stores supports this development, notably our click-and-collect service from the est1897 and H&T websites. This creates an important distinction between H&T and a purely online business.

In developing our Personal Loan product, we have always maintained a clear objective to provide our customers with a route to lower interest rate credit products as their relationship with H&T develops. We believe that this progression is beneficial to the customer, builds loyalty and meets the high standards required in this regulated marketplace. We are now working with the FCA on our policies and procedures for providing affordable products in the High-Cost-Short-Term unsecured credit market (HCSTC). During this review we have voluntarily withdrawn from the HCSTC market. As part of this review we will be examining strategically whether in operating in HCSTC we are both able to provide our customers with the affordable products within the regulatory framework that they deserve and provide a sustainable appropriate return to our shareholders commensurate with the risks undertaken.

REGULATION

We have always focused on meeting the needs of our customers by ensuring that we carefully assess creditworthiness and affordability and provide loans that achieve the best outcomes for our customers.  As set out in our market release of 18 November 2019, we are in the early stages of working with the FCA to review our policies and procedures to enhance our affordability assessments, using technology to streamline and improve the quality of the decision-making. We understand that several other companies in the industry are progressing such reviews. We will also be carrying out a past business review under the supervision of a Skilled Person during 2020.

PROSPECTS

During 2019, the Board regularly monitored the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and now that the UK has left the EU we continue to evaluate the further potential impacts on our staff, customers and suppliers, of various possible outcomes, including no deal scenarios by the end of 2020. We do have some EEA Nationals within our workforce, but we have seen limited effect on them to date and believe the potential impact of even unfavourable Brexit scenarios is likely to be limited. No product supply issues are foreseen.

In recent weeks the risks relating to the spread of COVID-19 and concern for the potential virus impact in the UK have increased. H&T is continuously reviewing its contingency plans for the various potential and highly uncertain developments that may impact on our staff both at our operations centres and our stores, our customers, and the suppliers and logistics partners on whom we rely.

While the macroeconomic impact of these risks is uncertain, we believe our range of products is well positioned in any eventuality to support our clients' needs.  The business has traded positively throughout the recent period of heightened uncertainty as the gold price has strengthened in response.

During 2019 the business has taken an unprecedented step forward with the acquisitions of stores and assets from the Money Shop and A&B. Although sizeable for H&T and significant within the industry, these have been carefully structured, efficiently financed and well-managed to date.  They have greatly increased the store presence of H&T across the UK.

We are pleased with progress of integration of our new colleagues into our strong existing culture, our systems and our business mix and, in particular, with our progress so far in developing pawnbroking from the new customer base.

The enlarged footprint from which H&T now operates supported by our digital offering represents a very strong platform for the development of future profitable returns.

On behalf of the Board and our shareholders, I would like to welcome our new colleagues to H&T and thank them and everyone at H&T for their hard work and dedication over the past year.

 

 

Peter D McNamara

Chairman

 

 

Chief executive's review

 

INTRODUCTION

The Group has continued to reap rewards from its investments into people development and system improvements and via the acquisitions of people, assets and new stores from The Money Shop and A&B.

Core trading and performance from our 70 new stores was strong.

Our goal was to get the best possible result from our core operations, expand our geographic footprint and develop our digital capabilities while expanding the online channel. We have delivered against all those objectives in the past year.

The Group achieved profit before tax of £20.1m (2018: £13.8m) due primarily to improved gross profits in the key segments of pawnbroking, personal loans and other services. 

THE MARKET

During 2019 despite political and economic uncertainties elsewhere we experienced relative stability in terms of external factors impacting our business, with an increasing gold price assisting returns. The core strength of our business allowed us to integrate new stores and welcome 248 new colleagues, while we continued to refine our propositions and expand our customer base. 

STRATEGY

The Group's strategy is to serve a customer base whose access to mainstream credit is limited and for whom small-sum loans can help to address short-term financial challenges. The Group will continue to deliver this strategy by developing a range of lending products, both secured and unsecured. In expanding our credit products, we aim to genuinely help our customers.

Our Vision: "H&T will be the premier provider of alternative credit in the UK through a range of services that help our customers protect and rebuild their credit rating and return to the mainstream."

The development of a diversified suite of services including retail, personal lending, FX and money wire transfer, improves returns and reduces the Group's exposure to gold price volatility.

We continue to innovate and explore how to interact most effectively with our customers through the development of introducer channels, our online capability and our brand. This development is supported by our stores that provide our online customers with the opportunity to speak to a trained member of staff face to face or to collect an item that they have reserved online.

REVIEW OF OPERATIONS

Pawnbroking

Pawnbroking is a small subset of the consumer credit market in the UK and a simple form of asset-backed lending where an item of value, known as a pledge (typically jewellery and watches), is given in exchange for a cash loan. Customers who repay the capital sum borrowed plus interest receive their pledged item back. If a customer fails to repay the loan we sell (auction, retail or scrap) the pledged item.  The value of the item is set by auction, whether it is the reserve, or the actual sale price should it sell.  From that price we deduct the interest accrued to date plus an admin fee; the remainder is then given back to the customer should there be a surplus resulting from this process.  Title to the item then passes to the company. 

Pawnbroking is our core business, we are the largest UK pawnbroker in terms of number of outlets, customers and amounts lent. It is the key focus area for the business and where we invest most resource in terms of training and development. Yields are attractive, and the debt is always secured on the item pledged.

Gross profits from pawnbroking after impairment increased 26.2% to £39.0m (2018: £30.9m) and the pledge book increased 38.8% to £72.2m (31 December 2018: £52.0m) because of increased customer numbers and growth in all categories of carat gold, diamond and watches.  The pledge book in the core estate (excluding 2019 acquired stores) grew by £13m, 25% driven by increased lending to newly acquired customers and organic growth in transactions.  We have increased the pledge book in acquired stores from £5m to £7m in just a few months.

The risk-adjusted margin (revenue as a percentage of the average net pledge book) was 64.6% (2018: 63.1%). Redemption of annual lending has remained consistently high at an estimated 82.4% for lending in 2019 (2018 actual: 82.8%).

The Group has benefitted from the expertise provided by the Expert Eye service that allows high quality images of assets in store to be assessed remotely by our team of experts. This in turn improves the quality of decisions made and extends the range of assets on which we can lend.

The Group developed software during the year to assist the management of customer enquiries in respect of pawnbroking as well as the acquisition of new partners to introduce customers to the business. This investment will allow further pawnbroking customer expansion during 2020.

Pawnbroking summary:

 

 

 

 

2019

2018

 Change %

£'m

£'m

Year-end net pledge book1

72.2

52.0

38.8%

Average net pledge book

60.4

49.0

23.3%

Revenue less impairment

39.0

30.9

26.2%

Risk-adjusted margin2

64.6%

63.1%

 

Notes to table

 

 

 

1 - Includes accrued interest and impairment

 

 

2 - Revenue as a percentage of the average net pledge book

 

 

Retail

The Group offers a value-for-money proposition in new and second-hand jewellery. We believe there is further growth potential in this segment by leveraging our retail store estate and our e-commerce operations as well as by cross-selling to customers of other services.

Retail sales increased 8.4% to £41.5m (2018: £38.3m), gross profits increased 3.0% to £13.6m (2018: £13.2m) and margin reduced to 32.9 % (2018: 34.4%). Margin reduction was due to a higher proportion of new items sold in 2019 as opposed to pre-owned, higher costs of goods sold in respect of watch servicing and repair costs, and discounting on aged jewellery during 2019.

The Group has reduced retail inventories during the year with average monthly balances of £2.2m, 7% lower during 2019 than 2018. The stock decrease was driven by a desire to reduce aged items.  This was achieved by implementing targeted promotional activity and discounts during the year.

It is pleasing that the development of both our www.handt.co.uk and www.est1897.co.uk websites has led to a 48% increase in online generated revenues over the year with revenue growing to £4.0m (2018: £2.7m).  The development of our on-line to store customer journey has resulted in 85% of the on-line generated items sold being fulfilled in-store.  These are generally higher value watches and jewellery, while opportunity exists to further develop our direct basket sales. 

Further improvements are planned for our est1897 website, which holds more than 3,000 high-end pre-owned watches and jewellery items, and to our Customer Relationship Management system.  The intention is to include a larger range of items on our site and to drive a higher proportion of basket fulfilled sales as opposed to in-store fulfilment. CRM enhancements are intended to improve the online to in-store experience and conversion rates.

Personal loans

The net personal loans book has reduced by 19.0% to £16.6m (31 December 2018: £20.5m). Revenue less impairment has increased by 54.3% to £10.8m (2018: £7.0m) by the Group taking proactive action in areas identified as not economically viable and the expansion in our longer term, lower interest rate loan product, delivered through our store estate. 

In October we voluntarily and temporarily ceased offering high-cost-short-term-credit unsecured (HCSTC) loans, while we work with the FCA and appoint a skilled person to review our policies and procedures for affordability assessment and review our past business practices. As part of this review, we are examining strategically whether in operating in HCSTC we are both able to provide our customers with the affordable products that they deserve and at the same time also provide a sustainable, appropriate return to our shareholders commensurate with the risks undertaken.

The increase in the risk-adjusted margin (RAM) to 56.3% (2018: 38.9%) is the result of improved credit risk assessments during the year and the contraction in the book.  The reduced book meant a lower proportion of new customers compared with 2018 and consequently lower impairment charged. Our absence from HCSTC lending will have a financial impact in the future. 

Impairment as a percentage of revenue has improved to 49.8% (2018: 68.9%), reflecting the increased mix of lower yield, higher quality loans.

In line with the strategy of providing larger loans over longer terms at a lower interest rate, our 49.9% APR product launched in May 2017 now represents £2.8m of the net loan book at year end (31 December 2018: £1.2m). This product is designed to provide a "near prime" option for our best customers. Due to these initiatives, 90% (2018: 59%) of the personal loan book is non-HCSTC.

New customer lending of £30.0m (2018: £38.0m) was made through our stores during 2019. 

Personal loans summary:

 

 

 

 

2019

2018

Change

£'m

£'m

%

Year-end net loan book

                  16.6

                20.5

-19.0%

Average monthly net loan book

                  19.2

                 18.0

6.7%

Revenue

                  21.5

                 22.5

-4.4%

Impairment

(10.7)

(15.5)

-31.0%

Revenue less impairment

                  10.8

                   7.0

54.3%

Interest yield1

111.5%

125.0%

 

Impairment % of revenue

49.8%

68.9%

 

Impairment % of average monthly net loan book

55.7%

86.1%

 

Risk-adjusted margin2

56.3%

38.9%

 

1 - Revenue as a percentage of average loan book

 

 

 

2 - Revenue less impairment as a percentage of average loan book

 

 

 

Pawnbroking scrap

The average gold price during 2019 was £1,094 per troy ounce (2018: £950), a 15.2% increase. The gold price directly impacts the revenue received on the sales of scrapped gold.

Gross profits increased by 78.6% to £2.5m (2018: £1.4m), primarily due to an increase in gold price between the date the title of the pledged item passed to H&T and the date scrapped.

Gold purchasing

Gross profits increased by £1.9m to £5.7m (2018: £3.8m). The increased margin contributed £1.1m to the GP increase with a 17% increase in the volume of gold sold attributing the remaining £0.8m of the uplift.  

Other services

Other services principally comprise FX, buyback, cheque cashing and money-transfer. Gross profits from these services increased to £9.0m (2018: £6.1m).

The key growth components of FX, cheque cashing and buyback improved in the year with gross profits from FX increasing to £5.2m (2018: £3.6m), cheque cashing increasing to £1.5m (2018: £0.9m) and buyback increasing to £1.7m (2018: £1.6m). 

FX is a simple transactional product which attracts a new customer base to the business. During the year we have offered a wider currency choice in-store and introduced further digital rate boards. Our website FX click and collect offering remains in its infancy, with upside potential.

Buyback was introduced to enable the Group to service a customer base without appropriate assets for a pawnbroking loan, the principal assets purchased being mobile phones and tablets. Following the year end, we decided to exit this line of business. To manage the disposition risks in a fast-moving technology-based marketplace required continuous investment in different valuation and control technologies and our skilled staff can be better deployed elsewhere within our other suite of products.

I would also like to add my great thanks to those of the chairman, in welcoming our new colleagues to the group and recognising all our people whose skills, commitment and enthusiasm continue to drive our success, and who give us confidence in the future.

 

 

John G Nichols

Chief Executive

 

 

Chief financial officer's review


FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the year ended 31 December 2019, gross profit increased 15.0% from £88.2m to £101.4m driven by growth in the main income streams and above-expected returns from precious metal scrappage, reflecting the high gold price. 

Total direct and administrative expenses increased by 9.6% to £78.9m from £72.0m. This principally reflects an increase in staff costs to support the growth of the business and costs associated with new stores offset by a £5.1m reduction in impairment charges. Pawnbroking impairment is down £0.2m, on a larger book and personal lending impairment reduced by £4.8m on a smaller, improved quality book.

The £12.0m, 26.0% increase in costs (excluding impairment) to £58.1m from £46.1m is principally a result of investment in staff to support business volumes and costs associated with new stores acquired during the year. Newly acquired store costs comprise £5.3m of the increase.  The Board considers the continued investment in people and systems to be vital in repositioning the business to take advantage of the market conditions.

Debt finance costs remained at £0.8m, as internal cash resources were used in the main to fund capital and acquisition investment made during the year. 

Profit before tax increased by £6.3m to £20.1m, up 45.7% from £13.8m in 2018.

ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSALS

During the year the Group invested to increase the core estate via two significant acquisitions. First, via the £11.0m asset purchases from Instant Cash Loans Ltd and TM Sutton Ltd (t/a The Money Shop) which contributed to a net increase of 64 fully-fitted stores, together with cash of £1.0m and pledge value of £6.0m. Of the consideration paid, £1.6m remains in escrow pending certain performance conditions.  Subsequently from Speedloan Finance Ltd (t/a Albermarle & Bond or A&B) we acquired, for £8.7m, its entire pawnbroking estate from its 107 closed stores.  These books were predominantly incorporated into our core (including newly acquired Money Shop) stores.  Additionally, we selectively took over leases from six closed A&B stores filling customer supply gaps in our core estate. 

CASH FLOW

The growth in profit for the year resulted in an increase in operating cash flows (before movements in working capital) of 32.6% to £30.5m (2018: £23m). 

The Group accelerated the growth in its pawnbroking secured lending book, through acquisition and organic growth, and reduced the rate of growth in personal loans during 2019 resulting in a net increase in receivables of £5.5m in the year (2018: £9.9m).  After working capital movements, the Group's cash inflow from operating activities of £25.8m outstripped last year's inflow of £7.2m.

 

 

BALANCE SHEET

As at 31 December 2019, the Group had net assets of £122.6m (2018: £103.8m) with year-end net debt of £14.0m (2018: £13.6m) delivering a reduction in gearing to 11.4% (2018: 13.1%).

During the year the Group renewed its facility with Lloyds Bank plc. This allows for maximum borrowings of £35.0m, subject to covenants, at a margin of between 1.75% and 2.75% above LIBOR. At year end £26.0m was drawn on the facility (2018: £25.0m) and the Group was well within the covenants with a net debt to EBITDA ratio of 0.47x (2018: 0.59) and an EBITDA to interest ratio of 30.4 (2018: 28.9) (see note 3 for the definition of EBITDA). The facility has a termination date of 12 June 2022.

The combination of low gearing and a secure credit facility provides the Group with the ability to make selective investments in the future while maintaining appropriate headroom.

IFRS 16

IFRS 16 is a new standard on lease accounting which the Group adopted with effect from 1 January 2019. The standard requires the recognition of significant leases on the balance sheet, increasing both the asset and liability and changes the nature of costs on the income statement, with a positive impact on EBITDA. The overall impact on profit for 2019 is favourable by £0.1m. Further information is provided in note 12.

IMPAIRMENT REVIEW

The Group performs an annual review of the expected earnings of each acquired store and considers whether the associated goodwill and other property, plant and equipment are impaired. There was no impairment charge during 2019 (2018: £nil).

SHARE PRICE AND EPS

At 31 December 2019, the share price was 338p (2018: 264p) and market capitalisation was £134.3m (2018: £99.4m). Basic earnings per share were 43.9p (2018: 29.7p), diluted earnings per share were 43.8p (2018: 29.6p).

 

 

Richard Withers

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Group statement of comprehensive income

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Continuing operations:

Note

 

2019

£'000

2018

(Restated*)
£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

 

160,213

143,025

Cost of sales

 

 

(58,852)

(54,781)

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

2

 

101,361

88,244

 

 

 

 

 

Other direct expenses

 

 

(60,842)

(58,736)

Administrative expenses

 

 

(18,031)

(13,272)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

22,488

16,236

 

 

 

 

 

Investment revenues

 

 

-

3

Financing costs

 

 

(2,405)

(2,468)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

20,083

13,771

 

 

 

 

 

Tax charge on profit

4

 

(3,393)

(2,818)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year and total comprehensive income

 

 

16,690

10,953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share from continuing operations

 

 

2019

Pence

2018

Pence

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

5

 

43.88

29.68

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

5

 

43.80

29.58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All profit for the year is attributable to equity shareholders.

 

*Certain comparative information has been restated because of the initial application of IFRS 16 as discussed in note 12

 

 

 

Group statement of changes in equity

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital £'000

Share premium

account £'000

Employee Benefit

 Trust shares

 reserve

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2018

 

 

1,872

26,641

(35)

71,223

99,701

Adjustment from the adoption of IFRS 16

 

 

-

-

-

(3,297)

(3,297)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted balance at 1 January 2018

 

 

1,872

26,641

(35)

67,926

96,404

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year*

 

 

-

-

-

10,953

10,953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

 

 

-

-

-

10,953

10,953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

11

511

-

-

522

Share option movement

 

 

-

-

-

(72)

(72)

Dividends paid

 

 

-

-

-

(3,986)

(3,986)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2018

 

 

1,883

27,152

(35)

74,821

103,821

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

 

 

1,883

27,152

(35)

74,821

103,821

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

 

-

-

-

16,690

16,690

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

 

 

-

-

-

16,690

16,690

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

 

 

104

6,026

-

-

6,130

Share option movement

 

 

-

-

-

328

328

Dividends

 

 

-

-

-

(4,363)

(4,363)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2019

 

 

1,987

33,178

(35)

87,476

122,606

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

* Certain comparative information has been restated as a result of the initial application of IFRS 16 as discussed in note 12.

 

 

Group balance sheet

As at 31 December 2019

 

 

Note

31 December

2019

£'000

31 December

2018

(Restated*)
£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

19,580

17,643

Other intangible assets

 

 

3,889

343

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

7,739

6,032

Right-of-use assets

 

 

21,147

20,159

Deferred tax assets

 

 

2,180

1,683

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

54,535

45,860

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

29,157

29,262

Trade and other receivables

 

 

90,606

73,379

Other current assets

 

 

714

877

Cash and bank balances

 

 

12,003

11,414

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

132,480

114,932

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

187,015

160,792

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

(10,578)

(6,015)

Lease liability

 

 

(253)

(249)

Current tax liabilities

 

 

(2,066)

(842)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12,897)

(7,106)

 

 

 

 

 

Net current assets

 

 

119,583

107,826

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

(25,715)

(24,888)

Lease liability

 

 

(24,307)

(23,724)

Long term provisions

 

 

(1,490)

(1,253)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(51,512)

(49,865)

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

(64,409)

(56,971)

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

 

122,606

103,821

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

8

1,987

1,883

Share premium account

 

 

33,179

27,152

Employee Benefit Trust shares reserve

 

 

(35)

(35)

Retained earnings

 

 

87,475

74,821

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity attributable to equity holders

 

 

122,606

103,821

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Certain comparative information has been restated as a result of the initial application of IFRS 9 as discussed in note 12.

The financial statements of H&T Group plc, registered number 05188117, were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 9 March 2020.  They were signed on its behalf by:

J G Nichols

Chief Executive

 

Group cash flow statement

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Note

 

2019

£'000

2018 (Restated*)
£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated from operating activities

6

 

25,829

7,182

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Interest received

 

 

-

3

Purchases of intangible assets

 

 

(9)

-

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(3,316)

(2,102)

Acquisition of trade and assets of businesses

 

 

(18,740)

(575)

Acquisition of Right-of-use assets

 

 

(5,592)

(1,275)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(27,657)

(3,949)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

 

(4,363)

(3,986)

Increase in borrowings

 

 

1,000

3,000

Debt restructuring costs

 

 

(350)

(31)

Proceeds on issue of shares

 

 

6,130

522

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated / (used in) from financing activities

 

 

2,417

(495)

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

589

2,738

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year

 

 

11,414

8,676

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year

 

 

12,003

11,414

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Certain comparative information has been restated as a result of the initial application of IFRS 16 as discussed in note 12.

 

 

Notes to the preliminary announcement
For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

1.         Finance information and significant accounting policies

 

The financial information has been abridged from the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

The financial information set out above does not constitute the company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2019 or 2018 but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2018 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2019 will be filed with the Registrar in due course.  The auditors have reported on those accounts: their reports were unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain statements under s498 (2) or (3) Companies Act 2006 or equivalent preceding legislation.

Whilst the financial information included in this preliminary announcement has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (as adopted for use in the EU) ('IFRS'), this announcement does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with IFRS.  The Group will be publishing full financial statements that comply with IFRS in April 2020.

Impact of initial application of IFRS 16 Leases

 

In the current year, the Group has applied IFRS 16 (as issued by the IASB in January 2016) that is effective for annual periods that begin on or after 1 January 2019.

IFRS 16 introduces new or amended requirements with respect to lease accounting. It introduces significant changes to lessee accounting by removing the distinction between operating and finance lease and requiring the recognition of a right-of-use asset and a lease liability at commencement for all leases, except for short-term leases and leases of low value assets. In contrast to lessee accounting, the requirements for lessor accounting have remained largely unchanged. The impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 on the Group's consolidated financial statements is described below.

The date of initial application of IFRS 16 for the Group is 1 January 2019.

The Company has applied IFRS 16 using the full retrospective approach, with restatement of the comparative information.

(a)   Impact of the new definition of a lease

The Company has made use of the practical expedient available on transition to IFRS 16 not to reassess whether a contract is or contains a lease. Accordingly, the definition of a lease in accordance with IAS 17 and IFRIC 4 will continue to be applied to those contracts entered or modified before 1 January 2019.

The change in definition of a lease mainly relates to the concept of control. IFRS 16 determines whether a contract contains a lease on the basis of whether the customer has the right to control the use of an identified asset for a period of time in exchange for consideration. This is in contrast to the focus on 'risks and rewards' in IAS 17 and IFRIC 4.

The Group applies the definition of a lease and related guidance set out in IFRS 16 to all contracts entered into or changed on or after 1 January 2019. In preparation for the first-time application of IFRS 16, the Group has carried out an implementation project. The project has shown that the new definition in IFRS 16 will not significantly change the scope of contracts that meet the definition of a lease for the Group.

 
(b) Impact on Lessee Accounting

(i) Former operating leases

IFRS 16 changes how the Group accounts for leases previously classified as operating leases under IAS 17, which were off balance sheet.

Applying IFRS 16, for all leases (except as noted below), the Group:

(a)       Recognises right-of-use assets and lease liabilities in the consolidated statement of financial position, initially measured at the present value of the future lease payments;

(b)       Recognises depreciation of right-of-use assets and interest on lease liabilities in profit or loss;

(c)        Separates the total amount of cash paid into a principal portion (presented within financing activities) and interest (presented within financing activities) in the consolidated statement of cash flows.

Lease incentives (e.g. rent-free period) are recognised as part of the measurement of the right-of-use assets and lease liabilities whereas under IAS 17 they resulted in the recognition of a lease incentive, amortised as a reduction of rental expenses generally on a straight-line basis.

Under IFRS 16, right-of-use assets are tested for impairment in accordance with IAS 36.

(c) Financial impact of the initial application of IFRS 16

Please see note 12 for the adjustments for each financial statement line item affected by the application of IFRS 16 for the current and prior years.

Revenue recognition

 

Revenue is measured at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable and represents amounts receivable for goods and services and interest income provided in the normal course of business, net of discounts, VAT and other sales-related taxes.

Revenue is recognised to the extent that it is probable that the economic benefits will flow to the Group and the revenue can be reliably measured. The following specific recognition criteria must also be met before The Group recognises revenue from the following major sources:

• Pawnbroking, or Pawn Service Charge (PSC);

• Retail;

• Pawnbroking scrap and gold purchasing;

• Personal loans interest income; and

• Other services.

Pawnbroking, or Pawn Service Charge (PSC)

PSC comprises interest on pledge book loans, plus auction profit and loss, less any auction commissions payable and less surplus payable to the customer. Revenue is recognised over time in relation to the interest accrued by reference to the principal outstanding and the effective interest rate applicable as governed by IFRS 9.

Retail

Retail comprises revenue from retail jewellery sales, with inventory sourced from unredeemed pawn loans, newly purchased inventory and inventory refurbished from the Group's gold purchasing operation. For sales of goods to retail customers, revenue is recognised when control of the goods has transferred, being at the point the customer purchases the goods at the store. Payment of the transaction price is due immediately at the point the customer purchases the goods.

Under the Group's standard contract terms, customers have a right of return within 30 days. At the point of sale, a refund liability and a corresponding adjustment to revenue is recognised for those products expected to be returned. At the same time, the Group has a right to recover the product when customers exercise their right of return so consequently recognises a right to returned goods asset and a corresponding adjustment to cost of sales.

The Group uses its accumulated historical experience to estimate the number of returns. It is considered highly probable that a significant reversal in the cumulative revenue recognised will not occur given the consistent and immaterial level of returns over previous years.

Pawnbroking scrap and gold purchasing

Scrap revenue comprises proceeds from gold scrap sales. Revenue is recognised when control of the goods has transferred, being at the point the smelter purchases the relevant metals.

Personal loans interest income

This comprises income from the Group's unsecured lending activities. Personal loan revenues are shown stated before impairment when in stages 1 and 2 of the expected credit loss model and net of impairment when in stage 3.  The impairment charge is included within other direct expenses in the Group statement of comprehensive income. Revenue is recognised over time in relation to the interest accrued, as dictated by IFRS 9.

Other services

Other services comprise revenues from third party cheque cashing, foreign exchange income, buyback, Western union and other income. Commission receivable on cheque cashing, foreign exchange income and other income is recognised at the time of the transaction as this is when control of the goods has transferred. Buyback revenue is recognised at the point of sale of the item back to the customer, when control of the goods has transferred.

The Group recognises interest income arising on secured and unsecured lending within trading revenue rather than investment revenue on the basis that this represents most accurately the business activities of the Group.

Gross profit

Gross profit is stated after charging inventory, pledge and other services provisions and direct costs of inventory items sold or scrapped in the year.

Other direct expenses

Other direct expenses comprise all expenses associated with the operation of the various shops and collection centre of the Group, including premises expenses, such as rent, rates, utilities and insurance, all staff costs and staff related costs for the relevant employees.

Inventories provisioning

Where necessary provision is made for obsolete, slow moving and damaged inventory or inventory shrinkage. The provision for obsolete, slow moving and damaged inventory represents the difference between the cost of the inventory and its market value. The inventory shrinkage provision is based on an estimate of the inventory missing at the reporting date using historical shrinkage experience.

Impairment of goodwill and other intangibles

Determining whether goodwill is impaired requires an estimation of the value in use of the cash-generating units (stores) to which goodwill has been allocated. The value in use calculation requires the Group to estimate the future cash flows expected to arise from the cash-generating unit (CGU) and a suitable discount rate in order to calculate present value. The review is conducted annually, in the final quarter of the year. The impairment review is conducted at the level of each CGU, which for acquisitions represents the specific store or stores acquired.

There was no impairment loss recorded in the current year (2018: £nil). The principal assumptions applied by management in arriving at the value in use of each cash generating unit (CGU) are as follows:

The Group prepares cash flow forecasts over a five-year period for each CGU. Forecast EBITDA (used as a proxy for cashflows) has been derived by applying the Board approved base budget assumption to each individual stores' results for the twelve months to September 2019. For impairment review purposes, we have used conservative growth assumptions after 2019, even in this scenario there is still significant headroom on each CGU. A perpetuity formula has been applied to the cashflows i.e. we have made the assumption that periodic cashflows will be received indefinitely. The Group has discounted the cash flows at a pre-tax, risk adjusted rate of 9% (2018: 11%).

While the impairment review has been conducted based on the best available estimates at the impairment review date, the Group notes that actual events may vary from management expectation but are comfortable that no impairment exists at the balance sheet date based on reasonably possible sensitivities.

 

2.         Operating segments

 

Business segments     

 

For reporting purposes, the Group is currently organised into six segments - pawnbroking, gold purchasing, retail, pawnbroking scrap, personal loans and other services.

The principal activities by segment are as follows:

Pawnbroking: 

 

Pawnbroking is a loan secured against a collateral (the pledge). In the case of the Group, over 99% of the collateral against which amounts are lent comprises precious metals (predominantly gold), diamonds and watches. The pawnbroking contract is a six-month credit agreement bearing a monthly interest rate of between 1.99% and 10.00%. The contract is governed by the terms of the Consumer Credit Act 2008 (previously the Consumer Credit Act 2002). If the customer does not redeem the goods by repaying the secured loan before the end of the contract, the Group is required to dispose of the goods either through public auctions if the value of the pledge is over £75 (disposal proceeds being reported in this segment) or, if the value of the pledge is £75 or under, through public auctions or the retail or pawnbroking scrap activities of the Group.

Purchasing: 

 

Jewellery is bought direct from customers through all of the Group's stores. The transaction is simple with the store agreeing a price with the customer and purchasing the goods for cash on the spot. Gold purchasing revenues comprise proceeds from scrap sales on goods sourced from the Group's purchasing operations.

Retail: 

The Group's retail proposition is primarily gold and jewellery and the majority of the retail sales are forfeited items from the pawnbroking pledge book or refurbished items from the Group's gold purchasing operations. The retail offering is complemented with a small amount of new or second-hand jewellery purchased from third parties by the Group.

Pawnbroking scrap:

Pawnbroking scrap comprises all other proceeds from gold scrap sales of the Group's inventory assets other than those reported within gold purchasing. The items are either damaged beyond repair, are slow moving or surplus to the Group's requirements, and are smelted and sold at the current gold spot price less a small commission.

Personal loans:

Personal loans comprises income from the Group's unsecured lending activities. Personal loan revenues are stated at amortised cost after taking into consideration an assessment on a forward-looking basis of expected credit losses. 

 

Other services:

This segment comprises:

·    Third party cheque encashment which is the provision of cash in exchange for a cheque payable to our customer for a commission fee based on the face value of the cheque.

·    Buyback which is a service where items are purchased from customers, typically high-end electronics, and may be bought back up to 31 days later for a fee.

·    The foreign exchange currency service where the Group earns a margin when selling or buying foreign currencies.

·    Western Union commission earned on the Group's money transfer service.

 

Cheque cashing is subject to bad debt risk which is reflected in the commissions and fees applied.

Further details on each activity are included in the Chief Executive's review.


Segment information for these businesses is presented below:

 

2019

Revenue

 

Pawnbroking

£'000

Gold

purchasing

£'000

Retail

£'000

Pawnbroking scrap

£'000

Personal

loans

£'000

Other

services

£'000

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

49,102

24,229

41,516

14,944

21,459

8,963

160,213

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

49,102

24,229

41,516

14,944

21,459

8,963

160,213

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

49,102

5,736

13,639

2,462

21,459

8,963

101,361

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impairment

(10,142)

-

-

-

(10,656)

-

(20,798)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment result

38,960

5,736

13,639

2,462

10,803

8,963

80,563

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other direct expenses excluding impairment

 

 

 

(40,044)

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

(18,031)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

22,488

Interest receivable

 

 

 

-

Finance costs

 

 

 

(2,405)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

20,083

Tax charge on profit

 

 

 

(3,393)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year and total comprehensive income

 

 

 

16,690

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 (restated)

Revenue

 

Pawnbroking

£'000

Gold

purchasing

£'000

Retail

£'000

Pawnbroking scrap

£'000

Personal

loans

£'000

Other

services

£'000

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

41,278

20,745

38,338

14,059

22,472

6,133

143,025

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

41,278

20,745

38,338

14,059

22,472

6,133

143,025

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

41,278

3,757

13,203

1,401

22,472

6,133

88,244

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impairment

(10,366)

-

-

-

(15,515)

-

(25,881)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment result

30,912

3,757

13,203

1,401

6,957

6,133

62,363

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other direct expenses excluding impairment

 

 

 

(32,855)

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

(13,272)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

16,236

Investment revenues

 

 

 

3

Finance costs

 

 

 

(2,468)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

13,771

Tax charge on profit

 

 

 

(2,818)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year and total comprehensive income

 

 

 

10,953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit is stated after charging the direct costs of inventory items sold or scrapped in the period. Other operating expenses of the stores are included in other direct expenses. The Group is unable to meaningfully allocate the other direct expenses of operating the stores between segments as the activities are conducted from the same stores, utilising the same assets and staff. The Group is also unable to meaningfully allocate Group administrative expenses, or financing costs or income between the segments. Accordingly, the Group is unable to meaningfully disclose an allocation of items included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income below gross profit, which represents the reported segment results.

The Group does not apply any inter-segment charges when items are transferred between the pawnbroking activity and the retail or pawnbroking scrap activities.

 

 

 

2019

 

 

Pawn-broking

£'000

Gold

purchasing

£'000

Retail

£'000

Pawn-broking

scrap

£'000

Personal loans

£'000

Other services

£'000

Unallocated assets/

(liabilities)

£'000

For the

year ended

£'000

Other information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital additions (*)

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,716

15,716

Depreciation and amortisation (*)

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,467

7,467

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment assets

72,199

1,414

27,391

1,067

16,628

-

 

118,699

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unallocated corporate assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

45,133

45,133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated total assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

187,015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment liabilities

-

-

(657)

-

-

(209)

 

(866)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unallocated corporate liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

(63,543)

(63,543)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated total liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(64,409)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 (restated)

 

 

 

Pawn-broking

£'000

Gold

purchasing

£'000

Retail

£'000

Pawn-broking

scrap

£'000

Personal loans

£'000

 

Other services

£'000

Unallocated assets/

(liabilities)

£'000

Total

£'000

Other information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital additions (*)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,554

3,554

Depreciation and amortisation (*)

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,671

6,671

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment assets

51,991

720

28,876

543

20,491

-

 

102,621

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unallocated corporate assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

47,946

47,946

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated total assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

160,792

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment liabilities

-

-

(647)

-

-

(33)

 

(680)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unallocated corporate liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

(56,291)

(56,291)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated total liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(56,971)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(*)             The Group cannot meaningfully allocate this information by segment due to the fact that all the segments operate from the same stores and the assets in use are common to all segments.

 

 

 

Geographical segments

The Group's revenue from external customers by geographical location are detailed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

£'000

2018

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

158,582

141,273

Other

 

 

 

 

1,631

1,755

 

 

 

 

 

 

160,213

143,028

 

 

 

 

 

The Group's non-current assets are located entirely in the United Kingdom. Accordingly, no further geographical segments analysis is presented.

 

 

3.            Financing costs

 

 

 

 

2019
£'000

2018
£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Interest on bank loans

 

 

693

656

Other interest

 

 

1

1

Interest expense on the lease liability

 

 

1,524

1,702

Amortisation of debt issue costs

 

 

187

109

 

 

 

 

 

Total interest expense

 

 

2,405

2,468

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.            Tax charge on profit

(a)          Tax on profit on ordinary activities

Current tax

 

 

2019
£'000

2018 (Restated)
£'000

United Kingdom corporation tax charge at 19% (2018: 19%)

based on the profit for the year

3,634

2,678

Adjustments in respect of prior years

 

 

195

(94)

 

 

 

 

 

Total current tax

 

 

3,829

2,584

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax

 

 

 

 

Timing differences, origination and reversal

 

 

262

201

Adjustments in respect of prior years

 

 

(698)

33

 

 

 

 

 

Total deferred tax

 

 

(436)

234

 

 

 

 

 

Tax charge on profit

 

 

3,393

2,818

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b)          Factors affecting the tax charge for the year

 

The tax assessed for the year is higher than that resulting from applying a standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (2018: 19%). The differences are explained below:

 

 

 

2019
£'000

2018 (Restated)
£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

20,083

13,771

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax charge on profit at standard rate

 

 

3,816

2,616

 

 

 

 

 

Effects of:

 

 

 

 

          Disallowed expenses and non-taxable income

 

 

150

11

          Non-qualifying depreciation

 

 

(80)

115

          Movement in short-term timing differences

 

 

11

136

          Adjustments to tax charge in respect of prior years

 

 

(504)

(60)

 

 

 

 

 

Tax charge on profit

 

 

3,393

2,818

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the amount charged to the income statement and in accordance with IAS 12, the excess of current and deferred tax over and above the relative related cumulative remuneration expense under IFRS 2 has been recognised directly in equity. The amount released from equity in the current period was £61,000 (2018: taken to £72,000).

 

 

 

5.         Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit for the year attributable to equity shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. With respect to the Group these represent share options and conditional shares granted to employees where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the year.

Reconciliations of the earnings per ordinary share and weighted average number of shares used in the calculations are set out below:

 

Year ended 31 December 2019

Year ended 31 December 2018 (Restated)

 

 

 

Earnings

£'000

Weighted average number of shares

 

Per-share amount pence

 

 

Earnings

£'000

Weighted average number of shares

 

Per-share amount pence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share: basic

16,690

38,039,328

43.88

10,953

36,895,316

29.68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect of dilutive securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options and conditional shares

-

68,197

(0.08)

-

126,277

(0.10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share: diluted

16,690

38,107,525

43.80

10,953

37,021,593

29.58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.            Notes to the Cash Flow Statement

 

 

2019
£'000

2018 (Restated)
£'000

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

16,690

10,953

 

 

 

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Investment revenues

 

-

(3)

Finance costs

 

2,405

2,468

Increase/(Decrease) in provisions

 

237

(60)

Income tax expense

 

3,393

2,818

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

2,272

2,333

Depreciation of Right-of-use assets

 

4,604

4,189

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

591

150

Share based payment expense

 

266

-

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

70

133

 

 

 

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

 

30,528

22,981

 

 

 

 

Decrease in inventories

 

105

4,884

Decrease/(Increase) in other current assets

 

163

(212)

Increase in receivables

 

(5,500)

(9,947)

Increase/(Decrease) in payables

 

5,347

(5,405)

 

 

 

 

Cash generated/(used in) from operations

 

30,643

12,301

 

 

 

 

Income taxes paid

 

(2,604)

(2,776)

Interest paid on Loan Facility

 

(686)

(642)

Interest paid on Lease Liability

 

(1,524)

(1,701)

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated from operating activities

 

25,829

7,182

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

7.         Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA")

EBITDA

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation. It is calculated by adding back depreciation and amortisation to the operating profit as follows:

 

 

 

2019
£'000

2018 (Restated)
£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

22,488

16,236

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

 

2,862

2,482

Depreciation of the Right-of-use assets

 

4,604

4,189

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

 

29,954

22,907

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Board consider EBITDA to be a key performance measure as the Group borrowing facility includes a number of loan covenants based on it.

 

8.    Share capital

 

 

2019
£'000

2018
£'000

Issued, authorised and fully paid

 

 

 

39,736,476 (2018: 37,658,511) ordinary shares of £0.05 each

 

1,987

1,883

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Group has one class of ordinary shares which carry no right to fixed income.

The Group issued share capital amounting to £104,000 (2018: £11,000) during the year.  £94,000 related to the issue of share capital via a new equity placement and £10,000 in relation to share options exercised in the year.   Associated share premium of £6,026,000 (2018: £511,000) was created.

 

9.    Acquisitions

The following acquisitions were made during the year:

 

 

Acq 1

 

Acq 2

 

Total

2019

Total

2018

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

1,937

-

   1,937

-

Intangible assets

 

2,056

1,835

3,891

163

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,185

-

1,185

25

Inventory

 

-

-

-

44

Trade receivables

 

4,821

6,906

11,727

343

Cash

 

1,012

-

1,012

280

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets acquired

 

11,011

8,741

19,752

855

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total consideration:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

11,011

8,741

19,752

855

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow arising on acquisition

 

 

 

 

 

Cash consideration

 

11,011

8,741

19,752

855

Less: cash balances acquired

 

(1,012)

-

(1,012)

(280)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets acquired

 

9,999

8,741

18,740

575

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition 1

On 1 July 2019, the Company acquired trade and assets from TM Sutton Ltd (t/a The Money Shop) for total consideration of £11.0m.  The fair value of financial assets includes trade receivables measured in accordance with IFRS 9 and intangible assets which have been valued by the Group based on discounted cash flow. Of the consideration paid, £1.6m remains in escrow pending certain performance conditions.

Acquisition 2

On 7 October 2019, the Company acquired trade and assets from Speedloan Finance Ltd (t/a Albermarle & Bond or A&B) for total consideration of £8.7m. The fair value of financial assets includes trade receivables measured in accordance with IFRS 9 and intangible assets which have been valued by the Group based on discounted cash flow. Other than the consideration paid, there are no material cash flows relating to the acquisition.

  

10.  Contingent Liabilities

As set out in our market release of 18 November 2019, we will be working with a skilled person appointed in conjunction with the FCA on a past-book review of our lending since April 2014 within the High Cost Short Term unsecured lending (HCSTC) market.  A skilled person is in the course of being appointed.  At this stage, under the criteria in IAS 37 Provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets it is possible that a liability may exist, but H&T is unable to estimate the quantum of any such possible liability.

11.  Events after the balance sheet date

The Directors have proposed a final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2019 of 7.0p (2018: 6.6p).

 

 

 

12.       Explanation of transition to IFRS 16


On transition to IFRS 16, the Group previously classified leases as operating leases based on its assessment of whether the lease transferred significantly all of the risks and rewards. Under IFRS 16, the Group recognises right-of-use assets and lease liabilities - these leases are on the Balance Sheet.

 

The Group has applied the recognition exemption to short-term leases of machinery and leases of IT equipment.

 

The tables below show the amount of adjustment for each financial statement line item affected by the application of IFRS 16 for the current and prior year.

 

 

Impact on profit or loss, other comprehensive income and total comprehensive income as at 31 December 2018

 

 

£'000

Decrease in administrative expenses

(6,126)

Increase in Depreciation of right-of-use assets

4,189

Increase in Interest on Lease liability

1,701

Increase in tax charged on profit

112

Increase in profit for the year

124

 

 

Impact on assets, liabilities and equity as at 1 January

2018

 

Decrease in trade and other receivables

(1,389)

Increase in trade and other payables

1,370

Increase in Lease liabilities

(27,026)

Increase in Right-of-use assets

23,073

Increase in deferred tax assets

675

Total effect on net assets

(3,297)

Retained earnings

(3,297)

 

 

 

 

Impact on assets, liabilities and equity as at 31 December 2019

 

 

 

Decrease in trade and other receivables

(1,342)

Increase in trade and other payables

1,143

Increase in Lease liabilities

(24,560)

Increase in Right-of-use assets

21,147

Increase in deferred tax assets

540

Decrease in tax liabilities

(68)

Total effect on net assets

(3,140)

Retained earnings

(3,140)

The application of IFRS 16 has had no impact on the cash flows of the Group


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