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Unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 31 August 2021

Record first half earnings performance
Sales up 29% as reading surge continues
Interim dividend increased

Bloomsbury, the leading independent publisher, today announces unaudited results for the six months ended 31 August 2021.

 

Commenting on the results, Nigel Newton, Chief Executive, said:

“Bloomsbury delivered excellent results in the first half with year-on-year revenue growth of 29% to £100.7 million and profit growth of 225% to £12.9 million. These are our highest ever first half sales and profits. These results demonstrate the strength and resilience of our strategy of publishing for both the consumer and academic markets, and our growth of digital revenues.

During the first half, we successfully mitigated print supply chain challenges. This included earlier printing, well in advance of our usual peaks in the run up to Christmas and the beginning of the academic year in the Autumn. Other measures taken included agility about where we print.

Both divisions had outstanding performances. The Consumer division continued the momentum of last year with 29% revenue growth and a £5.6 million increase in profit before tax and highlighted items to £8.4 million. Bestsellers during the period included Tom Kerridge’s Outdoor Cooking, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Since the period end Bloomsbury authors have won two of the most important prizes in the literary world, The Nobel Prize for Literature and The Women’s Prize, which were won by Abdulrazak Gurnah and Susanna Clarke respectively. We congratulate them both.

The Non-Consumer division saw 27% growth and a £3.2 million increase in profit before tax and highlighted items to £4.6 million. Bloomsbury Digital Resources grew by 44% in addition to a very strong recovery in print sales, which grew by 34%. The focus on our online academic digital resource strategy means we are well placed to continue to benefit from the accelerated shift by academic institutions to digital products to support hybrid learning.

We completed two acquisitions in the period, as previously announced. We achieved another key step in the delivery of our long-term growth strategy expanding our Non-Consumer business, with the acquisition of the Red Globe Press (“RGP”) list. Acquiring these complementary lists accelerates our digital growth and our significant presence in humanities and social sciences academic publishing. Our acquisition of Head of Zeus Limited (“HoZ”) has provided a strong addition to Bloomsbury’s thriving Consumer division and supports our long-term Consumer growth strategy.

Our strong financial position and cash generation give us significant opportunities for further acquisitions and investment in organic growth. In recognition of our strong performance and in line with our dividend policy, we are announcing a 5% increase in our interim dividend to 1.34 pence per share.

Retailers and online booksellers have significantly increased stock levels over previous years to ensure they have sufficient stock for Christmas given the supply chain problems. Our first half revenues have therefore been boosted by customers ordering earlier than in previous years.

Whilst the Board remains mindful of the external environment, including impediments in the supply chain and the possibility of higher returns of the increased stock ordered early, the strength of the first half performance means that we are confident in achieving market expectations for the year ending 28 February 2022.*”

* The Board considers current consensus market expectation for the year ending 28 February 2022 to be revenue of £193.4 million and profit before taxation and highlighted items of £19.3 million.

 

Financial Highlights

2021 2020 Growth
Revenue £100.7 million £78.3 million 29%
Profit before taxation and highlighted items1 £12.9 million £4.0 million 220%
Profit before taxation £11.1 million £3.0 million 265%
Diluted earnings per share, excluding highlighted items1 12.82 pence 4.13 pence 210%
Diluted earnings per share 10.41 pence 2.87 pence 263%
Net cash £43.7 million £44.1 million (1)%
Interim dividend 1.34 pence per share 1.28 pence per share 5%

 

Operational Highlights

Consumer Division

  • Strong Consumer revenue growth of 29% to £62.9 million (2020: £48.6 million)
  • Consumer profit before taxation and highlighted items1 increased by £5.6 million to £8.4 million (2020: £2.7 million)
  • Organic revenue growth was 24% and organic profit growth was £5.2 million, with Head of Zeus, completed in June, contributing £2.7 million revenue and £0.4 million profit before taxation and highlighted items1 to Adult Trade
  • Strong Adult Trade performance, with revenue up 27% to £23.9 million (2020: £18.8 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items1 up 23% to £1.3 million (2020: £1.1 million)
  • Excellent Children’s Trade performance, with revenue growth of 31% to £39.0 million (2020: £29.8 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items1 up £5.4 million to £7.1 million (2020: £1.7 million)
  • Strong sales of Sarah J. Maas front and backlist titles, with 130% growth; Harry Potter sales were good; growth of 10% in other Children’s titles
  • Acquisition of HoZ in June 2021, providing a strong addition to the thriving Consumer division and supporting out long term Consumer growth strategy
  • Bloomsbury won Trade Publisher of The Year at the Independent Publishing Awards 2021

Non-Consumer Division

  • Excellent Non-Consumer performance, with revenue growth of 27% to £37.7 million (2020: £29.7 million)
  • Non-Consumer profit before taxation and highlighted items1 increased by 220% to £4.6 million (2020: £1.4 million)
  • Organic revenue growth was 21% and organic profit growth was 211%, with RGP, completed in June, contributing £1.7 million revenue and £0.4 million profit before taxation and highlighted items1 to Academic & Professional
  • Strong Academic & Professional performance, with revenue growth of 32% to £26.4 million (2020: £20.1 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items1 up 121% to £3.9 million (2020: £1.8 million)
  • Bloomsbury won Academic Publisher of the year at the 2021 British Book Awards
  • Bloomsbury Digital Resources (“BDR”) revenue up 44% to £8.0 million (2020: £5.6 million) and profit of £2.8 million (2020: £1.2 million)
  • On track to achieve our five year BDR ambition for revenue of £15 million and profit of £5 million for 2021/22
  • New BDR target from 2022/23 of achieving a further 50% organic growth and 30% margin over the next five years

Note

1 Highlighted items comprise amortisation of acquired intangible assets, legal and other professional costs relating to ongoing and completed acquisitions and restructuring costs.

 

 

Chief Executive's statement

 

Overview

Bloomsbury had an outstanding first half. Revenue grew by 29% to £100.7 million (2020: £78.3 million), and profit before taxation and highlighted items increased by £8.9 million to £12.9 million (2020: £4.0 million). Profit before taxation was £11.1 million (2020: £3.0 million).

Growth in organic revenue was 23%, with the two strategic acquisitions completed during the first half, RGP and HoZ, contributing revenue of £4.4 million. Growth in organic profit before taxation and highlighted items was £8.1 million, with RGP and HoZ contributing £0.8 million.

The strength of demand for our titles, in print and e-book, and for our digital products, demonstrates the strength of our long-term growth strategy and the good choices made by our editors and our sales and marketing strength. Since the period end, Bloomsbury authors have won two of the most important prizes in the literary world – The Nobel Prize for Literature and The Women’s Prize - which were won by Abdulrazak Gurnah and Susanna Clarke respectively. We congratulate them both.

Bloomsbury Digital Resources (“BDR”) achieved 44% revenue growth year-on-year and is on track to deliver our five year target of £15 million revenue for the full year. Our strategy enables us to deliver growth from the ongoing shift to digital learning, excellent digital products and the quality of platforms and infrastructure, with a 56% increase in the number of customers year-on-year.

The highlighted items of £1.8 million (2020: £1.0 million) consist of the amortisation of acquired intangible assets of £1.0 million (2020: £0.9 million) and legal and other professional fees relating to ongoing and completed acquisitions and restructuring costs of £0.8 million (2020: £0.1 million). The effective rate of tax for the period was 23% (2020: 24%). The adjusted effective rate of tax, excluding highlighted items, was 18% (2020: 17%). Diluted earnings per share for the period, excluding highlighted items, grew by 210% to 12.82 pence (2020: 4.13 pence). Including highlighted items, profit before taxation grew by 265% to £11.1 million (2020: £3.0 million) and diluted earnings per share grew by 263% to 10.41 pence (2020: 2.87 pence).

Strategy

Bloomsbury’s long-term growth strategy is aimed at diversifying into digital channels and building quality revenues, increasing earnings and building on the success of the last six years. To achieve this, we are focused on a number of long-term strategic objectives, which include:

  • Non-Consumer
    • Grow Bloomsbury’s portfolio in Non-Consumer publishing. Non-Consumer publishing is characterised by higher, more predictable margins and greater digital and global opportunities.
    • 2021/22 H1: delivered 27% growth in Non-Consumer revenues.
    • Achieve BDR revenue of £15 million and profit of £5 million for 2021/22.
    • 2021/22 H1: delivered £8.0 million revenue, up 44%, and profit of £2.8m profit, up £1.6m.
    •  

  • Our BDR target for the next five years from 2022/23 is to achieve a further 50% organic growth and 30% margin.
  • Consumer
    • Discover, nurture, champion and retain high quality authors and illustrators in our Consumer division, while looking at new ways to leverage existing title rights. 2021/22 H1: UK and US bestsellers included Tom Kerridge’s Outdoor Cooking, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.
    • Grow our key authors through effective publishing across all formats alongside strategic sales and marketing.
    • 2021/22 H1: 130% growth in Sarah J. Maas’ title sales, with her newest title A Court of Silver Flames reaching Number One on the New York Times bestseller list.
    • As the originating publisher of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, to ensure that new children discover and read it for pleasure every year.
    • 2021/22 H1: Sales of Harry Potter titles were good, and the paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the fourth bestselling children’s book of the year to date on UK Nielsen Bookscan, 24 years after it was first published.

International Expansion

    • Expand international revenues and reduce reliance on UK market.
    • 2021/22: delivered overseas revenue growth to 65% of Group revenue (2020/21 H1: 64%). 76% of Academic BDR sales are international.

Employee Experience and Engagement

Our success is driven by our colleagues’ expertise, passion and commitment. We understand the importance of attracting, supporting and engaging colleagues wherever they work.

    • To be an attractive employer for individuals seeking a career in publishing regardless of background or identity;
    • Focus on targeted initiatives to create an environment that promotes diversity, nurtures talent, stimulates creativity and collaboration, supports well-being and is respectful of difference.
    • 2021/22 H1:
      • Developed our employee bonus scheme, ensuring the financial rewards of our success are fairly shared across all of our employees.
      • For 2021/22, the groupwide bonus scheme was revised so that 25% of the maximum bonus potential will be paid on achievement of the profit before tax target hurdle. Any outperformance of this target will be used to fund the remaining 75% of the bonus pool.
      • The groupwide bonus scheme was introduced for the first time in 2020/21, rewarding staff with a total bonus of £2.6 million, as previously reported.
      • The Remuneration Policy received very strong approval of 99.0% from Shareholders at the 2021 AGM.
      • Launched our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan. This outlines Bloomsbury’s goals and targets for DEI, focusing on recruitment, retention, training and development, education, engagement and inclusion and publishing and communication.
      • Increased focused resource with the appointment of a Diversity and Inclusion and Training Administration Manager.
      • Training pilots delivered to key staff across the business on Mental Health First Aid, Unconscious Bias and Allyship in the Workplace.
      • Further management training through a Leadership and Management Diploma for Bloomsbury UK staff.
      • Awareness communications and events delivered by our Employee Resource Groups, including Mental Health Awareness Week and DEI Newsletters.
      • Creation of the Disability Employee Resource Group.
      • Success of apprenticeship scheme: working with LDN Apprenticeships to create access and sustainable career opportunities, with our first two apprentices already securing permanent roles with us.

Sustainability

    • 2021/22 H1: Set Science Based Targets, validated by the Science Based Target Initiative, to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.
    • Committed to a 46% reduction in our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030; this reduction will help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees in line with the Paris Agreement. 
    • Our Scope 3 target states a 20% reduction in emissions by 2035.  This reduction is in line with a 2 degree pathway.  Through close collaboration with key printers, distributors and other suppliers we aim to achieve this and more. 
    • Bloomsbury was recognised by the Financial Times’ ‘Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021’ – the 300 companies that achieved the greatest reduction in their greenhouse gas intensity between 2014 and 2019, aligned with revenue growth.
    • Supporting the Woodland Trust and Reforest’Action for three years.

 

Supply Chain and Operations

During the first half, we successfully mitigated print supply chain challenges. This included earlier printing, well in advance of our usual peaks before Christmas and at the beginning of the academic year in the Autumn. Other measures taken included agility about where we print.

As widely reported, retailers and online booksellers have significantly increased stock levels over previous years to ensure they have sufficient stock for Christmas. Our first half revenues have therefore been boosted by customers ordering earlier than in previous years.

Consumer Division

The Consumer division consists of Adult and Children’s trade publishing. The Consumer division achieved excellent revenue growth of 29% to £62.9 million (2020: £48.6 million). Organic revenue growth was 24%. Profit before taxation and highlighted items increased by £5.6 million to £8.4 million (2020: £2.7 million). The excellent performance was from both the Children’s and Adult divisions, across front and backlist titles, and includes £2.7 million revenue and £0.4m profit before taxation and highlighted items from HoZ, completed in June 2021.

Adult Trade

The Adult division achieved strong growth with a 27% increase in revenue to £23.9 million (2020: £18.8 million) and a 23% increase in profit before taxation and highlighted items to £1.3 million (2020: £1.1 million). This was driven by bestsellers from our front and backlist and includes £2.7 million revenue and £0.4m profit contribution from HoZ, completed in June 2021.

Sunday Times bestsellers in the period included Tom Kerridge’s Outdoor Cooking, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, Animal by Lisa Taddeo, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper, from HoZ. New York Times bestsellers included The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

We are incredibly proud that Bloomsbury’s author Abdulrazak Gurnah has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature. His remarkable work has been published and championed by Bloomsbury and our very long-standing commitment to this author has been rewarded. The judges remarked upon “his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents."

Children’s Trade

Children’s sales increased by 31% to £39.0 million (2020: £29.8 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items increased by £5.4 million to £7.1 million (2020: £1.7 million). High demand for our strong titles continued the momentum from last year, with excellent sales of Sarah J. Maas’ new and backlist titles.

Sales of Harry Potter titles were good. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the UK’s fourth bestselling children’s book of the year to date, twenty-four years after it was first published. We are delighted that every year these classics reach a new generation of readers.

Sarah J. Maas revenues grew by 130%, reflecting her latest bestselling frontlist title, A Court of Silver Flames, published in February 2021, and strong sales of her backlist titles. Last year there was one new title in the first half. We will publish one new title in the second half: Crescent City: House of Sky and Breath, in February 2022.

Sarah J. Maas is the number one New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses and Crescent City series, with all of her 14 titles published by Bloomsbury, since her first novel, Throne of Glass, in 2012. Her first novel for adults, Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood, published in March 2020, debuted at number 1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Hulu is developing an adaptation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series for its streaming service with Ron D. Moore, who has worked on many successful shows including Outlander, also adapted from a bestselling book series.

Revenues for the rest of the Children’s division grew by 10% year-on-year. Highlights in the Children’s list included This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron and Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer.

Non-Consumer Division

The Non-Consumer division consists of Academic & Professional and Special Interest. Revenues in the division grew by 27% to £37.7 million (2020: £29.7 million). Profit before taxation and highlighted items for the Non-Consumer division grew by £3.2 million to £4.6 million (2020: £1.4 million). Organic revenue growth was 21% and organic profit growth was 211%, with RGP, acquired in June 2021, contributing £1.7 million revenue and £0.4 million profit.

Academic & Professional revenues increased by 32% to £26.4 million (2020: £20.1 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items increased by 121% to £3.9 million (2020: £1.8 million). Strong demand for our digital products delivered 44% growth in BDR revenue and print sales recovered well from last year, up 34%.

We are focused on delivering growth from accelerating our established and most successful products, including the award-winning Drama Online, leveraging content and platforms from our acquisitions, building partnerships and launching new products. We delivered a 56% increase in the number of customers year-on-year, and maintained our existing customer retention rate at over 90%.

We have further strengthened our portfolio of products with the acquisition of RGP’s three digital products, Cite Them Right, Skills for Study and Social Work Toolkit. We extended our partnerships with Taylor & Francis and Human Kinetics, in addition to new partnerships with Eerdmans and Icon Books, and we have delivered one new product and five new modules in the first half.

Special Interest revenues increased by 18% to £11.3 million (2020: £9.6 million), with bestsellers during the period including Wisden Cricketers Almanack, Reeds Nautical Almanac, the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and Osprey Games’ Imperium Legends. The profit was £0.7 million (2020: £0.3 million loss).

Acquisitions

In June 2021, we achieved another key step in the delivery of our strategic growth strategy and driving our Non-Consumer business, with the completion of the acquisition of certain assets of RGP, the academic imprint, from Springer Nature Group as previously announced. The acquired RGP titles are a good strategic fit, strengthen Bloomsbury’s existing academic publishing, and establish new areas of academic publishing in Business and Management, Study Skills and Psychology. RGP’s three digital products will be migrated to BDR’s own platform and its content will be added to Bloomsbury Collections. The consideration was £3.2 million, of which £1.8 million was satisfied in cash on completion in June 2021 and £1.2 million was satisfied in cash post completion, with an expected further £0.2 million to be satisfied post completion subject to assignment of certain contracts. The integration of RGP is going well and contributing as projected.

In June 2021, we completed the acquisition of the issued share capital of HoZ, the independent trade publisher, as previously announced. This acquisition will provide a strong addition to Bloomsbury’s thriving Consumer division and support our long term Consumer growth strategy, with new high quality authors and effective publishing across all formats, including e-book and audio. The consideration, net of pre-existing loans, was £7.0 million, of which £5.5 million was satisfied in cash at completion, with £1.1 million paid in cash post completion, and £0.4 million of deferred consideration payable in cash subject to achievement of Netflix release targets. HoZ won Publisher of the Year at the CWA Daggers Awards and The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper was a number 1 Times bestseller. Popular writers from HoZ include Dan Jones, Cixin Liu, Nadine Dorries, Victoria Hislop and Lesley Thomson.  Cixin Liu’s bestselling science trilogy, The Three-Body Problem, is being adapted for Netflix by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones. HoZ is contributing as planned, with the integration planned for 2022/23.

Bloomsbury has a strong and successful track record in strategic acquisitions, with 18 acquisitions completed since 2008. We are actively targeting further acquisition opportunities in line with our long-term growth strategy.

Cash and Financing

Bloomsbury’s cash generation was strong with cash at 31 August 2021 of £43.7 million (2020: £44.1 million), and cash conversion of 173% (2020: 258%). During the period we invested £3.0 million in the acquisition of RGP, £5.8 million in the acquisition of HoZ and £0.4 million of capital expenditure in BDR. The Group has an unsecured revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank Plc. The facility comprises a committed revolving loan facility of £10 million and an uncommitted incremental term loan facility of up to £6 million. At 31 August 2021, the Group had no draw down (2020: £nil) of this facility.

Dividend

The Group’s dividend policy is supported by strong cash cover. The Board has declared an interim dividend of 1.34 pence per share, 5% above the interim dividend for the six months ended 31 August 2020. The dividend will be paid on 3 December 2021 to Shareholders on the register on the record date of 5 November 2021.

Social initiatives

As part of Bloomsbury’s ongoing commitment to our wider communities, and in addition to our focus on promoting literature, literacy and education, we actively support numerous organisations worldwide. These include our three-year partnership with the National Literacy Trust, centred in Hastings, one of the UK’s most deprived areas.  The partnership focuses on raising the literary aspirations of primary school children and helps adults to access the support they need to improve their own literacy skills. Bloomsbury has worked with 18 schools, distributed books and reached a live audience of 2,765 children through live author events. In the US, we are a corporate partner for ‘A Year of Connection for Black Storytellers & Bridge-Building for Children’s Book Publishing Teams to Amplify Black Stories’. Renee Watson, author of Bloomsbury titles including Piecing Me Together, is an advocate and spokesperson for this programme. In addition, we donated four set texts for teaching GCSE and A Level English Literature with The Runnymede Trust’s Lit in Colour campaign.

Board Changes

As announced in June 2021, John Warren stepped down from the Board at the conclusion of Bloomsbury’s 2021 AGM on 21 July 2021. Leslie-Ann Reed succeeded John as Chair of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director.

Future Publishing

Our strong Consumer publishing list for the second half includes Lost Focus by Johan Hari, Gino’s Italian Family Adventure by Gino D’Acampo, Dan Jones’ Power and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages and Celia Imrie’s Orphans of the Storm. Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi won the Women’s Prize in September, returning to the bestseller lists. Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose title Afterlife has just been published in paperback, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in October, the world’s most prestigious literary prize. We will be publishing Sarah J. Maas’ second Crescent City title, House of Sky and Breath, in February 2022. Our Children’s frontlist for the second half includes Harry Potter – A Magical Year: The Illustrations of Jim Kay, a beautiful new gift book with a moment for every day of the year and Defy the Night, the much anticipated new series from Brigid Kemmerer, which reached number 3 on the New York Times bestseller list on release in September.

Our Bloomsbury Digital Resources (“BDR”) strategic initiatives include the launch of a new Drama Online collection from the market leading US drama publisher Theatre Communications Group. In September, we strengthened our digital content by acquiring certain assets of Artfilms, the video streaming service of Contemporary Arts Media. Artfilms offers over 2,000 films from top artists and independent filmmakers, mainly aimed at arts education and arts practitioners. The international collection includes masterclasses, documentaries, interviews: content that entertains, educates and informs. In addition, we will expand Bloomsbury Collections to include the RGP titles and migrate RGP’s three digital products to BDR’s own platform. In addition, Bloomsbury’s strategic content partnership with Spotify went live. On Spotify’s The 33 ⅓ Podcast, legendary producer Prince Paul explores some of the greatest albums ever made, using the source material of the 33 ⅓ book series.

Outlook

Print supply chain challenges are ongoing. We are continuing to mitigate these risks through a number of measures including working with suppliers to print earlier, working with customers to deliver earlier and being agile about where we print.

During the first half, these measures enabled us to make earlier print sales to customers, well in advance of our historical peaks in the run up to Christmas and at the beginning of the academic year in the Autumn. Retailers and online booksellers significantly increased stock levels over previous years to ensure they have sufficient stock for Christmas given the supply chain problems. Our first half revenues have therefore been boosted by customers ordering earlier than in previous years.

Our strategy of not delaying title launches throughout the last 18 months has benefitted our performance to date and means that we are less reliant on the 2021 Christmas season, which is expected to be competitive for Consumer titles. Tom Kerridge’s latest title, Outdoor Cooking, was launched in the first half rather than the second half, which was the case for our previous Tom Kerridge titles.

The strength of our long-term strategy, including growing digital formats, has been and continues to be demonstrated by our results. We are confident that our strategy will continue to bear fruit over the long term, despite current external factors affecting supply.

Supply chain issues have no impact on our digital sales, which continue to materially increase and are a growing proportion of both revenue and profits. Digital and non-print sales accounted for 26% of revenue in the first half. Reflecting this, we are also on target to achieve our five year ambition for BDR revenue of £15 million and profit of £5 million for 2021/22. Our new BDR target from 2022/23 is to achieve a further 50% organic growth and 30% margin over the next five years.

Whilst the Board remains mindful of the external environment, including impediments in the supply chain and the possibility of higher returns of the increased stock ordered early, the strength of the first half performance means that we are confident of achieving market expectations for the year ending 28 February 2022.*

 

* The Board considers current consensus market expectation for the year ending 28 February 2022 to be revenue of £193.4 million and profit before taxation and highlighted items of £19.3 million.


 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Income Statement
For the six months ended 31 August 2021

 Notes 6 months ended
31 August
2021
£’000
 
6 months ended
31 August
2020
£’000
Year
ended
28 February
2021
£’000
     
Revenue 3100,656 78,287 185,136
Cost of sales  (43,967) (37,051) (85,533)
Gross profit  56,68941,236 99,603
Marketing and distribution costs  (13,561) (9,842) (23,393)
Administrative expenses  (31,831) (28,013) (58,267)
Share of result of joint venture (54) (39) (110)
Operating profit before highlighted items  13,072 4,343 19,637
Highlighted items 4(1,829) (1,001) (1,804)
Operating profit  11,243 3,342 17,833
Finance income  54 71 120
Finance costs  (214) (378) (604)
Profit before taxation and highlighted items  12,912 4,036 19,153
Highlighted items 4(1,829) (1,001) (1,804)
Profit before taxation 311,083 3,035 17,349
Taxation  (2,495) (715) (3,652)
Profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company 8,588 2,320 13,697
    
Earnings per share attributable to owners of the Company      
Basic earnings per share 610.54p 2.89p 16.94p
Diluted earnings per share 610.41p 2.87p 16.71p

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income
For the six months ended 31 August 2021

6 months ended
31 August
2021
£’000
6 months
ended
31 August
2020
£’000
Year
ended
28 February
2021
£’000
Profit for the period 8,588 2,320 13,697
 
Other comprehensive income
Items that may be reclassified to the income statement:
  
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations 373 (1,176) (2,877)
  
Items that may not be reclassified to the income statement:   
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme (10) 4 89
Other comprehensive income for the period net of tax 363 (1,172) (2,788)
Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to owners of the Company  8,951  1,148 10,909

Items in the statement above are disclosed net of tax.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position
At 31 August 2021

 Notes 31 August
2021
£’000
31 August
2020
£’000
28 February
2021
£’000
Assets     
Goodwill  45,32644,865 44,688
Other intangible assets  25,71221,881 21,337
Investments  108477 162
Property, plant and equipment  1,8041,774 1,846
Right-of-use assets  10,95012,333 11,433
Deferred tax assets  4,5882,960 3,904
Trade and other receivables 99341,092 1,005
Total non-current assets               89,42285,382 84,375
     
Inventories  37,20326,375 26,774
Trade and other receivables 9100,15285,734 93,542
Cash and cash equivalents 43,66344,058 54,466
Total current assets  181,018156,167 174,782
Total assets  270,440241,549 259,157
    
Liabilities     
Retirement benefit obligations 12139 14
Deferred tax liabilities  3,4172,435 2,386
Lease liabilities  10,51112,698 11,135
Provisions           249202 232
Total non-current liabilities  14,18915,474 13,767
     
Trade and other liabilities 91,34564,347 74,341
Lease liabilities  1,8752,442 1,808
Current tax liabilities  453- 456
Provisions  497665 536
Total current liabilities  94,17067,454 77,141
Total liabilities  108,35982,928 90,908
Net assets  162,081158,621 168,249
     
Equity     
Share capital 1,0201,020 1,020
Share premium 47,31947,319 47,319
Translation reserve  7,0038,331 6,630
Other reserves 10,4538,682 9,623
Retained earnings 96,28693,269 103,657
Total equity attributable to owners of the Company  162,081158,621 168,249

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity
At 31 August 2021

 Share capital Share premium Translation
reserve
 
 
Merger reserve
Capital redemption reserve Share-based payment reserve Own shares held by the EBT Retained
earnings
Total equity
£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000
At 1 March 2021 1,020 47,319 6,630 1,803 22 7,945 (147) 103,657 168,249
Profit for the period - - - - - - - 8,588 8,588
Other comprehensive income
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations - - 373 - - - - - 373
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme - - - - - - - (10) (10)
Total comprehensive income for the period - - 373 - -- - 8,578 8,951
Transactions with owners
Dividends to equity holders of the Company - - - - - - - (14,064) (14,064)
Purchase of shares by the Employee Benefit Trust - - - - - - (1,973) - (1,973)
Share options exercised - - - - - - 2,047 (2,031) 16
Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions - - - - - - - 146 146
Share-based payment transactions - - - - - 756 - - 756
Total transactions with owners of the Company - - - - -756 74 (15,949) (15,119)
At 31 August 2021 1,020 47,319 7,003 1,803 22 8,701 (73) 96,286 162,081
 Share capital Share premium Translation
reserve
 
 
Merger reserve
Capital redemption reserve Share-based payment reserve Own shares held by the EBT Retained
earnings
Total equity
£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000
At 1 March 2020 942 39,388 9,507 1,803 22 6,724 (771) 92,058 149,673
Profit for the period - - - - - - - 2,320 2,320
Other comprehensive income
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations - - (1,176) - - - - - (1,176)
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme - - - - - - - 4 4
Total comprehensive income for the period - - (1,176) - -- - 2,324 1,148
Transactions with owners
Issue of share capital 47 7,931 - - - - - - 7,978
Bonus issue of share capital 31 - - - - - - (31) -
Purchase of shares by the Employee Benefit Trust - - - - - - (536) - (536)
Share options exercised - - - - - - 1,017 (1,017) -
Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions - - - - - - - (65) (65)
Share-based payment transactions - - - - - 423 - - 423
Total transactions with owners of the Company 78 7,931 - - -423 481 (1,113) 7,800
At 31 August 2020 1,020 47,319 8,331 1,803 22 7,147 (290) 93,269 158,621
 Share capital Share premium Translation
reserve
 
 
Merger reserve
Capital redemption reserve Share-based payment reserve Own shares held by the EBT Retained
earnings
Total equity
£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000
At 1 March 2020 94239,3889,5071,803226,724(771)92,058149,673
Profit for the period - - - - - - - 13,697 13,697
Other comprehensive income
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations - - (2,877) - - - - - (2,877)
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme - - - - - - - 89 89
Total comprehensive income for the period - - (2,877) - -- - 13,786 10,909
Transactions with owners
Issue of share capital
Bonus issue of share capital
47
31
7,931
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
(31)
7,978
-
Dividends to equity holders of the Company - - - - - - - (1,045) (1,045)
Purchase of shares by the Employee Benefit Trust - - - - - - (674) - (674)
Share options exercised - - - - - - 1,298 (1,114) 184
Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions - - - - - - - 3 3
Share-based payment transactions - - - - - 1,221 - - 1,221
Total transactions with owners of the Company 78 7,931 - - -1,221 624 (2,187) 7,667
At 28 February 2021 1,020 47,319 6,630 1,803 22 7,945 (147) 103,657 168,249

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows
For the six months ended 31 August 2021

 

6 months ended
31 August
2021

6 months
ended
31 August

Year
ended
28 February

 £’000 £’000 £’000
Cash flows from operating activities    
    
Profit for the period 8,588 2,320 13,697
Adjustments for:   
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 239 226 473
Depreciation of right-of-use assets 794 908 1,806
Amortisation of intangible assets 3,114 2,402 5,485
Impairment of investments - - 300
Finance income (54) (71) (120)
Finance costs 214 378 604
Share of loss of joint venture 54 39 110
Share-based payment charges 1,021 456 1,416
Tax expense 2,495 715 3,652
 16,465 7,373 27,423
(Increase)/decrease in inventories (7,165) 874 (357)
Decrease/(Increase) in trade and other receivables 1,667 (1,029) (11,281)
Increase in trade and other payables 10,383 2,800 13,789
Cash generated from operating activities 21,350 10,018 29,574
Income taxes paid (3,456) (1,910) (4,406)
Net cash generated from operating activities 17,894 8,108 25,168
Cash flows from investing activities   
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (143) (89) (422)
Purchases of intangible assets (1,806) (1,299) (3,804)
Purchase of business, net of cash acquired (5,736) - -
Purchase of rights to assets (2,992) (1,490) (1,547)
Purchase of share in a joint venture - - (56)
Interest received 54 71 110
Net cash used in investing activities (10,623) (2,807) (5,719)
Cash flows from financing activities   
Equity dividends paid (14,064) - (1,045)
Purchase of shares by the Employee Benefit Trust (1,973) (536) (674)
Proceeds from exercise of share options 16 - 184
Proceeds from share issue - 7,978 7,978
New loan advances - 1,450 -
Repayment of borrowing (1,112) - -
Repayment of lease liabilities (897) (583) (1,451)
Lease liabilities interest paid (200) (235) (442)
Other interest paid (14) (143) (149)
Net cash (used in)/generated from financing activities (18,244) 7,931 4,401
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents (10,973) 13,232 23,850
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 54,466 31,345 31,345
Exchange gain/(loss) on cash and cash equivalents 170 (519) (729)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 43,663 44,058 54,466

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