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Unaudited Preliminary Results for the year ended 29 February 2020
Strong Non-Consumer profit growth and delivery of diversified strategy
Strengthened balance sheet and improved liquidity

Bloomsbury, the leading independent publisher, today announces unaudited results for the year ended 29 February 2020, in line with expectations.

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

“I am pleased to report a year of further progress at Bloomsbury resulting in 9% growth in profit before tax and highlighted items. Our Non-Consumer division delivered an excellent result with profit before tax and highlighted items up by 85% to £6.7 million, including outstanding revenue growth of 32% from Bloomsbury Digital Resources, which moved into profit this year, and the Adult Consumer division achieved 77% growth in profit before tax and highlighted items. These performances demonstrate the underlying strength and resilience of our diversified, international strategy.  

Over the past five years, the successful execution of this strategy has delivered Company revenue growth of 32% and profit before tax and highlighted items growth of 21%, with digital revenue as a proportion of total revenue increasing from 10% to 15%.

Since the year end, the coronavirus pandemic has led to significant disruption across all our key markets. The impact may be substantial. Orders for print books, which comprised 79% of the Company’s revenue for the year ended 29 February 2020, are being affected in all our markets. Our UK, US and Australia warehouses remain open and continue supply to customers. Our strategy of expanding and leveraging our digital rights and products means that we are well placed to benefit from increased demand for our digital resources, audio and e-books.  

There is no immediate certainty around the severity and duration of the impact on our business and therefore the Board is unable to provide guidance for the year ending 28 February 2021 at this time.

In response to the pandemic, the Board has taken swift measures to strengthen Bloomsbury’s balance sheet and increase liquidity to ensure we have sufficient working capital to weather the impact of coronavirus and avoid damaging our business in the long-term.

I would like to thank our staff, authors, illustrators and suppliers for their resilience and determination over a challenging period. Their ability to adapt to the rapidly changing conditions, together with the strength of our strategy supported by our solid financial position, gives me confidence that Bloomsbury will emerge stronger from this crisis.”

Financial Highlights

  • Profit before taxation and highlighted items* grew by 9% to £15.7 million, up from £14.4 million in 2018/19
  • Revenues increased to £162.8 million (2018/19: £162.7 million) despite the impact of coronavirus on our Chinese sales in January and February
  • Profit before taxation grew by 10% to £13.2 million (2018/19: £12.0 million)
  • Diluted earnings per share, excluding highlighted items*, grew by 12% to 16.77p (2018/19: 14.97p)
  • Diluted earnings per share grew by 13% to 13.84p (2018/19: 12.25p)
  • Net cash of £31.3 million at 29 February 2020, up 14% (2018: £27.6 million)
  • Cash conversion of 96% (2018/19: 128%), excluding the acquisition of the rights of Oberon Books Ltd (“Oberon”)
  • Subject to shareholder approval, proposed bonus issue, in lieu of, and with a value equivalent to, proposed final dividend of 6.89p per share

Operational Highlights

  • Non-Consumer Division
    • Excellent Academic & Professional performance, with profit before taxation and highlighted items* up by 58% to £4.8 million (2018/19: £3.0 million) and revenue up 4%
    • Non-Consumer profit before taxation and highlighted items* up by 85% to £6.7 million and revenues grew by 4% to £66.0 million (2018/19: £63.4 million)
    • Non-Consumer profit before taxation grew by 159% to £5.0 million (2018/19: £1.9 million)
    • Bloomsbury Digital Resources (“BDR”) revenues up 32% to £8.3 million and moves into profit
    • Digital format sales now comprise 22% of Non-Consumer revenues, a CAGR of 18% over four years
    • Acquisition of Oberon’s rights in December 2019 completed for £1.2 million, strengthening our digital resources with its high quality drama IP
    • BDR partnerships with Human Kinetics launched and Taylor & Francis in development as well as the new National Theatre collection included in Drama Online
  • Consumer Division
    • Profit before taxation and highlighted items* of £8.9 million (2018/19: £10.7 million)
    • Consumer revenue of £96.8 million (2018/19: £99.3 million)
    • Strong Adult Trade performance, with revenue up 12% to £37.4 million (2018/19: £33.5 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items* of £1.6 million (2018/19: £0.9 million)
    • Children’s Trade delivered profit before taxation and highlighted items* of £7.3 million (2018/19: £9.8 million) and revenue of £59.4 million (2018/19: £65.8 million)
    • Resilient sales of Harry Potter titles, in line with last year
    • Children’s revenue affected by the timing of and fewer frontlist titles from Sarah J Maas
    • Excellent audio performance from our new Audio division, with an expert team delivering 190% revenue growth by focusing on production of key titles and delivering bestsellers
    • Appointment of Paul Baggaley as Editor-In-Chief of Bloomsbury Adult, one of the most highly regarded figures in the industry who joined us from Macmillan in March 2020

Notes

* Highlighted items comprise amortisation of acquired intangible assets and legal, other professional costs and restructuring costs relating to ongoing and completed acquisitions and one-off costs relating to the coronavirus.

The information in this announcement has not been audited or otherwise independently verified and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, the fairness, accuracy, completeness or correctness of the information or opinions contained herein. None of the Company or any of its affiliates, advisors or representatives shall have any liability whatsoever (in negligence or otherwise) for any loss whatsoever arising from any use of this announcement, or its contents, or otherwise arising in connection with this announcement.

This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any shares in the Company, nor shall it or any part of it or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or commitment or investment decisions relating thereto, nor does it constitute a recommendation regarding the shares of the Company.

Certain statements, statistics and projections in this announcement are or may be forward looking. By their nature, forward‑looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or assumptions that may or may not occur and actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that any particular expectation will be met and reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statement. Accordingly, forward-looking statements contained in this announcement regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on the knowledge and information available only at the date of this announcement’s preparation.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or keep current the information contained in this announcement, including any forward‑looking statements, or to correct any inaccuracies which may become apparent and any opinions expressed in it are subject to change without notice.

References in this announcement to other reports or materials, such as a website address, have been provided to direct the reader to other sources of information on Bloomsbury Publishing Plc which may be of interest. Neither the content of Bloomsbury’s website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks from Bloomsbury’s website nor any additional materials contained or accessible thereon, are incorporated in, or form part of, this announcement.

Chief Executive's statement

Overview

The year ended 29 February 2020 saw a robust performance by Bloomsbury, particularly given the impact of coronavirus in China in the last two months of the financial year. Group profit before tax and highlighted items increased by 9% to £15.7 million (2018/19: £14.4 million). Group profit before tax increased by 10% to £13.2 million (2018/19: £12.0 million).

Our BDR digital growth strategy continues to perform very well, delivering 32% revenue growth year -on-year and generating profit. This strong growth demonstrated the demand for and quality of our digital content, platforms and infrastructure. There was healthy revenue growth both from increased sales of existing products, as well as new partnerships and new products.

In December 2019 we acquired the drama publisher Oberon for £1.2 million, further strengthening our presence as the leading publisher in drama and the performing arts. Also in December 2019, we entered the domestic Chinese market with Bloomsbury China, a new joint venture with China Youth Publishing Group and Roaring Lion Media. Continuing our international growth is a key part of our strategy, and this partnership enables the business to further accelerate that goal.

Performance was in line with the Board’s expectations and so there was no management bonus for the year (2018/19: £2.3 million). The highlighted items of £2.5 million consist of the amortisation of acquired intangible assets of £1.7 million (2018/19: £1.7 million), one-off restructuring costs and legal and other professional fees relating to the acquisitions of £0.6 million (2018/19: £0.6 million) and one-off costs relating to the coronavirus of £0.2 million. The effective rate of tax for the year was 21% (2018/19: 23%). The adjusted effective rate of tax, excluding highlighted items, was 19% (2018/19: 21%). Diluted earnings per share, excluding highlighted items, grew 12% to 16.77 pence (2018/19: 14.97 pence).  Including highlighted items, profit before tax was £13.2 million (2018/19: £12.0 million) and diluted earnings per share grew 13% to 13.84 pence (2018/19: 12.25 pence).

Cash and financing

Bloomsbury’s cash generation continued to be robust with cash at the year end of £31.3 million, up £3.8 million. During the year we invested £1.8 million of capital expenditure in BDR and the £1.2 million cash consideration for the acquisition of Oberon was paid on completion in December 2019.

The Group has an unsecured revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank Plc. The facility comprises a committed revolving loan facility of £8 million in the first half and an additional £4 million in the second half, totalling £12 million, to match Bloomsbury’s cashflow cycle, and an uncommitted incremental term loan facility of up to £6 million. The facilities are subject to two covenants, being a maximum net debt to EBITDA ratio of 2.5x and a minimum interest cover covenant of 4x. Subsequent to the year end, the maturity of the facility was extended to May 2022 and the covenants were amended to exclude IFRS 16.

Stratery

Delivering the Bigger Bloomsbury Initiatives

We delivered good results on the eight initiatives announced in May 2019, with highlights including:

  • Growing the profits of the Academic & Professional division: Delivered £1.8 million (58%) growth in profit before taxation and highlighted items.
  • Maximising the success of Bloomsbury Digital Resources: Moved into profit for the first time and delivered 32% growth in BDR revenue.
  • Growing the profits of the Adult division: Delivered £1.6 million profit before taxation and highlighted items, up £0.7 million.
  • Reducing our finished goods stock further: Further 1% reduction in inventories on a like-for-like basis.
  • Growing the revenues of acquisitions: 49% growth in IB Tauris revenues, acquired in May 2018, contributing to the Non-Consumer growth.
  • Increasing the focus on Bloomsbury’s nine biggest assets, starting with Harry Potter, Sarah J. Mass and Tom Kerridge: Delivered 23 bestsellers globally.
  • Accelerating the growth of Bloomsbury’s sales in the USA, Australia and India: International sales 63% of revenue.
  • Increasing employee engagement through strategic initiatives: Good progress in engagement and delivery of key initiatives.

Following the success of the Bigger Bloomsbury initiatives, we are now renewing our focus on Bloomsbury’s long-term growth strategy which is aimed at diversifying into digital channels and building quality revenues, increasing earnings and building on the strategic success of the last five 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.  These are characterised by higher, more predictable margins and greater digital and global opportunities: 2019/20: delivered 85% growth in profit before tax and highlighted items and revenue growth of 4%.
  • Achieve BDR revenue of £15 million and profit of £5 million for 2021/22: 2019/20:   delivered £8.3 million revenue, up 32%.

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. 2019/2020: Sunday Times bestsellers included Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, The Anarchy by William Dalrymple, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Three Women by Lisa Taddeo and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.
  • Grow our key authors through effective publishing across all formats alongside strategic sales and marketing. 2019/2020: Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas was Number One on the New York Times bestseller list, and we established our Specialist Audio division.
  • As the originating publisher of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, to ensure that new children discover and read it for pleasure every year. 2019/20: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  was the 10th bestselling Children’s title on Nielsen BookScan in the UK, 22 years after first publication

International Expansion

  • Expand international revenues and reduce reliance on UK market: 2019/20:  delivered overseas revenues of 63% of Group revenue; achieved BDR international sales growth of 31% this year.

Employee Experience and Engagement

Our colleagues are amongst our most important assets, and our success is driven by their expertise, passion and commitment. We understand the importance of attracting, supporting and engaging colleagues wherever they work.

  • To be an attractive employer for all individuals seeking a career in publishing regardless of background or identity, so adding cultural value to our business operations and performance.
  • Focus on targeted initiatives to create an environment that nurtures talent, stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference and supports well-being.
  • 2019/2020 Progress: continuing focus on employee engagement and development initiatives, including Employee Voice Meetings, Management Development Programme, mentoring scheme, formation of Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I”) Networks which complement and inform the activities of our D&I Focus Group, and introduction of Core Hours to support flexible working.

Sustainability

  • Maximise our use of sustainable resources whilst seeking to reduce carbon emissions. 2019/2020 Progress: Increased use of print-on demand technology to over 20,000 titles, implementation of Sustainability Working Group to promote positive environmental actions and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from fuel and electricity use.

Underpinning our strategy, our strengthened balance sheet will help to ensure we have sufficient working capital to weather the impact of coronavirus and to ensure we are able to fulfil our long-term growth plans. We have already implemented cost savings while balancing the need to retain our staff and acquire future titles, as Bloomsbury’s proven business model is to commission titles one to two years ahead of publication

Acquisitions

As previously announced, in December 2019, we acquired the rights of drama publisher Oberon Books Limited for £1.2 million, all of which was satisfied in cash on completion. This acquisition further strengthens our presence as the leading publisher in drama and the performing arts.

Also in December 2019, we entered the domestic Chinese market with Bloomsbury China, a new joint venture with China Youth Publishing Group and Roaring Lion Media. The investment is de minimis.

Post year end in March 2020, as previously announced, we acquired certain assets of Zed Books Limited, the London-based academic and non-fiction publisher. The consideration was £1.75 million, of which £0.875 million was satisfied in cash on completion and the remainder to be paid within 12 months. Zed will operate within Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional division.

Dividend

Bloomsbury had intended to declare a final dividend for year of 6.89 pence per share. This would have resulted in a total dividend for the year of 8.17 pence per share, up 3% on the previous year. As previously announced, Bloomsbury has decided in light of coronavirus to conserve cash and therefore will not be paying a cash dividend. It is now proposed, subject to shareholder proposal, that the dividend is instead settled through the issuance of new ordinary shares by way of bonus issue to shareholders, with a value equivalent to the proposed final dividend.

Subject to Shareholder approval at our AGM on 21 July 2020, the bonus issue will be made on 28 August 2020 to Shareholders on the register on the record date of 31 July 2020.

Bloomsbury is proud of its strong track record of 24 years of consecutive dividend growth. Our intention would be to reintroduce cash dividend payments as soon as market conditions allow us to do so.

Non-Consumer Division

The Non-Consumer division consists of Academic & Professional and Special Interest. Revenues in the division increased by 4% to £66.0 million (2018/19: £63.4 million). Within this, Academic & Professional revenues grew by 4% to £43.1 million (2018/19: £41.5 million). Profit before taxation and highlighted items for the Non-Consumer division increased by 85% to £6.7 million (2018/19: £3.6 million). Profit before taxation grew by 159% to £5.0 million (2018/19: £1.9 million). The profit growth reflects improved Academic & Professional and Special Interest profitability and the £0.7 million increase in BDR profit.

In the second half, the Special Interest division took over publishing part of our Content Services division, to generate further synergies following the successful restructure of the Special Interest division. Digital projects, including IZA World of Labor, moved to the Academic & Professional division. Comparatives have been restated to reflect this. 

The strategic growth initiative BDR has made Bloomsbury into a leading B2B publisher in the academic and professional information market and significantly accelerated the growth of its digital revenues. Key achievements during the year, which demonstrate the opportunities to further leverage content and market other services on our digital platforms and through the sales infrastructure we have developed, were: 

  • Launch of five new digital resources during the year as planned
  • Growth of Bloomsbury Collections to over 9,000 front and backlist Bloomsbury Academic titles; over 20% higher than last year. These include titles from IB Tauris, the British Film Institute and our newly expanded frontlist collections;
  • Launch of the new content partnership with Human Kinetics, the world’s leading sports science publisher;
  • Development of our content partnership with Taylor & Francis;
  • Launch of our content partnership with the National Theatre in September 2019, further endorsing and significantly expanding the video offering of our award-winning Drama Online platform; and
  • Continuing our customer retention rate above 90%.

Within Special Interest, profit before taxation and highlighted items has increased by 227% to £1.9 million (2018/19: £0.6 million) and revenue was 4% higher at £22.9 million (2018/19: £21.9 million).

These results demonstrate the impact of the restructuring under the new Head of Special Interest Publishing, with a clear focus on publishing for key communities and reduced overheads.

Consumer Division

The Consumer division consists of Adult and Children’s trade publishing. The Consumer division generated revenue of £96.8 million (2018/19: £99.3 million). Profit before taxation and highlighted items was £8.9 million (2018/19: £10.7 million). Profit before taxation was £8.8 million (2018/19: £10.7 million). The strong performance from the Adult division and resilient Harry Potter sales were tempered by the impact of timing and fewer frontlist titles from Sarah J Maas.

Adult Trade

The Adult division achieved very strong growth with a 12% increase in revenue to £37.4 million (2018/19: £33.5 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items increasing by 77% to £1.6 million (2018/19: £0.9 million), from success in front and backlist titles, and the continued impact of strategic changes in the division.

Bestsellers in the year included Dishoom: From Bombay with Love Love by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar and Naved Nasir, Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight & Get Fit, the global bestseller, The Anarchy by William Dalrymple, the number one Sunday Times bestseller Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, the Sunday Times bestsellers The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, and the New York Times bestsellers Elderhood by Louise Aronson and No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder.

Children's Trade

Children’s sales were £59.4 million (2018/19: £65.8 million). Sales of the Harry Potter titles were in line with last year, with the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay published in October. The standard edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the tenth bestselling children’s book of the year on UK Nielsen Bookscan, twenty two years after it was first published – every year these classics reach a new generation of readers.

Sarah J. Maas’ new bestselling title, Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood, was published at the end of the financial year, compared to two new frontlist hardback titles in the previous year, and total sales for this author were 32% lower than last year. Other highlights on the Children’s list included the second in Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, the latest title in the Fantastically Great Women series by Kate Pankhurst, and backlist titles We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, Holes by Louis Sachar and The Explorer by Katharine Rundell, alongside her new novel The Good Thieves.

Audio

Bloomsbury’s new Audio division has delivered 190% revenue growth by focusing on production of key titles, distributed through an exclusive deal with Audible. This expert team has enabled us to produce 131 titles to date, launching with the Audible bestseller, The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray, as well as The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and Three Women by Lisa Taddeo.

Charitable initiatives

As part of Bloomsbury’s ongoing commitment to the wider communities in which we operate, we are proud to support a wide range of charitable initiatives. Highlights include:

  • National Literacy Trust: Our three-year partnership with the National Literacy Trust with a particular focus on Hastings, one of the UK’s most deprived local authority areas;
  • Publishing Children’s books in partnership with three leading UK charities: the RSPB, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Woodland Trust;
  • World Book Day: We are extremely proud to support World Book Day, the most important, inclusive reading initiative in the UK;
  • Pathways Project: Aiming to increase the representation of underrepresented groups in children’s illustration; Bloomsbury led workshops and mentoring;
  • Book Aid International and The Soho Center US: Book donations to these charities;
  • EmpathyLab: Working closely with this charity and many of our authors we ensure that children and the books they read support the teaching of empathy;
  • In addition, for every copy of Dishoom: From Bombay with Love sold, we donate towards the price of a meal for a hungry child to both of Dishoom’s chosen charities, Magic Breakfast and The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

IFRS 16

During the year IFRS 16, Leases (“IFRS 16”), was introduced. Adoption of this standard has reduced the amount of rent and lease charges, increased depreciation charges and finance costs and increased the value of assets and liabilities. The net reduction to profit before taxation for the year ended 29 February 2020 was £0.2 million. The impact on EBITDA was an increase of £2.1 million and the impact on operating profit was an increase of £0.3 million.

Throughout this announcement we have used profit before tax and amortisation as this provides the fairest profit comparison between the results to 29 February 2020, which include IFRS 16, and the previous year’s results, which have not been restated.

Board changes

I would like to thank Jonathan for his exceptional contribution to Bloomsbury, building the major Academic & Professional publisher that Bloomsbury sought to add to its trade portfolio. The Academic & Professional division is now an impressive, award-winning business in its own right.

There is no immediate certainty around the severity and duration of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our business and therefore the Board is unable to provide guidance for the year ending 28 February 2021 at this time.

The coronavirus crisis and imposition of government lockdowns and restrictions and retail closures continue to impact all our key markets of the UK, US, Australia and India as well as many other important markets. Orders for print books, which comprised 79% of the Company’s revenue for the year ended 29 February 2020, are being affected in all our markets. Our UK, US and Australia warehouses remain open and continue supply to customers. We have positive sales prospects through Amazon, even as they prioritise essential crisis services, with strong growth in demand for e-books.  

April 2020 year-to-date revenue is 3% below last year, with print revenues at 87% of last year’s sales and academic digital revenues up over 52% year-on-year.

Our strategy of expanding and leveraging our digital rights and products means that we are well placed to benefit from increased demand for our digital resources, audio and e-books as we are with direct supply from Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, Waterstones.com and most internet retailers selling print books. Strong digital growth continues from academic institutional customers as libraries pivot swiftly to digital resources and reduce print purchases to support remote learning for students. However, academic institutions face major uncertainties over student recruitment, particularly international students, and when students will be allowed to return. This could bring financial uncertainty for many of our digital resource customers.

The Board has modelled a severe but plausible downside scenario, including the impact of coronavirus. This assumes:

  • Print revenues are reduced by 60%-65% for the three months of expected global restrictions to July 2020 and gradual recovery through to March 2021;
  • Downside assumptions about extended debtor days to the end of 2021;
  • In this scenario, we extend the cost reduction measures already implemented, as set out above.

Under this pessimistic downside scenario, we expect our business model to be able to manage these downside assumptions and stay within the headroom of our current banking facilities.

Should a prolonged downside scenario not materialise the equity placing proceeds will be used for future growth opportunities. Bloomsbury has a successful track record of acquisitive growth via 26 strategic acquisitions and we continue to see opportunities in the Academic markets

Unaudited Consolidated Income Statement
For the Year ended 29 February 2020

  

Year ended
29 February
2020

Year ended
28 February
2019

 Notes £’000 £’000
Revenue 2 162,772 162,679
Cost of sales  (74,978) (74,922)
Gross profit  87,794 87,757
Marketing and distribution costs  (21,373) (22,053)
Administrative expenses  (52,949) (53,735)
Operating profit before highlighted items  15,947 14,294
Highlighted items 3 (2,475) (2,325)
Operating profit  13,472 11,969
Finance income  270 130
Finance costs  (513) (50)
Profit before taxation and highlighted items  15,704 14,374
Highlighted items 3 (2,475) (2,325)
Profit before taxation  13,229 12,049
Taxation 4 (2,728) (2,802)
Profit for the year attributable to owners of the Company  10,501 9,247
    
   
Earnings per share attributable to owners of the Company    
Basic earnings per share 6 14.03p 12.37p
Diluted earnings per share 6 13.84p 12.25p

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income
For the Year ended 29 February 2020

 

Year ended
29 February
2020

Year ended
28 February
2019

£’000 £’000
Profit for the year 10,501 9,247
Other comprehensive income  
Items that may be reclassified to the income statement:  
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations 856 964
Items that may not be reclassified to the income statement:  
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme (115) (5)
Other comprehensive income for the year net of tax 741 959
Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to the owners of the Company 11,242 10,206


 

Items in the statement above are disclosed net of tax.

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
As at 29 February 2020

  

29 February
2020

28 February
2019

 Notes £’000 £’000
Assets    
Goodwill  45,03044,895
Other intangible assets
Investments
 21,630
516
21,890
300
Property, plant and equipment  1,9142,110
Right-of-use assets  13,343
Deferred tax assets  2,7562,376
Trade and other receivables 7 1,2371,360
Total non-current assets  86,42672,931
    
Inventories  27,16426,076
Trade and other receivables 7 84,80580,506
Cash and cash equivalents  31,34527,580
Total current assets  143,314134,162
Total assets  229,740207,093
    
Liabilities    
Retirement benefit obligations  185121
Deferred tax liabilities  2,3472,360
Lease liabilities  12,945
Provisions  182147
Total non-current liabilities  15,6592,628
    
Trade and other liabilities  61,84460,644
Lease liabilities  1,585
Current tax liabilities  328
Provisions  65183
Total current liabilities  64,40860,727
Total liabilities  80,06763,355
Net assets  149,673143,738
    
Equity     
Share capital  942942
Share premium  39,38839,388
Translation reserve  9,5078,651
Other reserves  7,7787,118
Retained earnings  92,05887,639
Total equity attributable to owners of the Company  149,673143,738

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity
As at 29 February 2020

 Share capital £’000 Share premium £’000 Translation reserve
 £’000
 Merger reserve £’000 Capital redemption reserve
£’000
Share-based payment reserve £’000 Own shares held by EBT £’000 Retained
 earnings £’000
Total equity £’000
At 28 February 2018 (restated*) 942 39,388 7,687 1,803 22 5,673 (1,043) 84,034 138,506
Profit for the year 9,247 9,247
Other comprehensive income          
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations 964 964
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme (5) (5)
Total comprehensive income for the year 964 9,242 10,206
Transactions with owners          
Dividends to equity holders of the Company
Unclaimed dividends
Share options exercised

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

241
(5,655)
 
12
(27)
(5,655)
 
12
214
Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions 33 33
Share-based payment transactions 422 422
Total transactions with owners of the Company 422 241 (5,637) (4,974)
At 28 February 2019 942 39,388 8,651 1,803 22 6,095 (802) 87,639 143,738
Profit for the year 10,501 10,501
Other comprehensive income          
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations 856 856
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme (115) (115)
Total comprehensive income for the year 856 10,386 11,242
Transactions with owners          
Dividends to equity holders of the Company
Share options exercised

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
31
(6,009)
 
(4)
(6,009)
 
27
Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions 46 46
Share-based payment transactions 629 629
Total transactions with owners of the Company 629 31 (5,967)(5,307)
At 28 February 2020 942 39,388 9,507 1,803 22 6,724 (771) 92,058 149,673
* The Group has applied IFRS 15 ‘Revenue from Contracts with Customers’ and IFRS 9 ‘Financial Instruments’ at 1 March 2018.  The cumulative impact of adoption has been recognised as a decrease to opening retained earnings as at 28 February 2018.

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
For the Year ended 29 February 2020

 Year ended
29 February
 2020
£’000
Year ended
28 February
 2019
£’000
Cash flows from operating activities   
Profit for the year 10,501 9,247
Adjustments for:   
 Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 502470
 Depreciation of right-of-use assets 1,775
 Amortisation of intangible assets 4,301 4,139
 Finance income (270)(130)
 Finance costs 51350
 Share of loss of Joint Venture 7
 Share-based payment charges 761 498
 Tax expense 2,7282,802
 20,818 17,076
(Increase)/decrease in inventories (620) 2,315
(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables (4,385) 5,834
Increase/(decrease) in trade and other liabilities 2,489 (7,702)
Cash generated from operating activities 18,302 17,523
Income taxes paid (1,706) (2,529)
Net cash generated from operating activities 16,596 14,994
Cash flows from investing activities   
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (294) (456)
Purchase of intangible assets
Purchase of business, net of cash acquired
(3,137)
(310)
(2,898)
(4,004)
Purchase of rights to assets (1,213)
Purchase of joint ventures(223)-
Interest received
254116
Net cash used in investing activities (4,923) (7,242)
Cash flows from financing activities   
Equity dividends paid
Proceeds from exercise of share options
Repayment of overdraft
(6,009)
27
(5,655)
214
(201)
Repayment of lease liabilities (1,531)
Lease liability interest paid (492)
Interest paid (3)(34)
Net cash used in financing activities (8,008) (5,676)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 3,665 2,076
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 27,580 25,428
Exchange gain on cash and cash equivalents 100 76
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year 31,345 27,580

Notes

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