Regulatory announcements

Annual Financial Report

21 June 2012

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc ("Company") confirms that the following documents are being sent to shareholders and, pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.1, submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at http://www.hemscott.com/nsm.do:

In accordance with Disclosure and Transparency Rule 6.3.5, a responsibility statement, a description of the principal risks and uncertainties and details of related party transactions are set out below in full unedited text extracted from the Annual Report and Accounts for the period ended 29 February 2012. The text below should be read in conjunction with the Company's final results for the period ended 29 February 2012 which were announced in unedited full text on 22 May 2012.

 

Enquiries:

Michael Daykin
Company Secretary
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Telephone 020 7631 5627

 

DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES STATEMENT

(From pages 48 to 49 of the Directors' Report of the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 29 February 2012)

Statement of Directors' responsibilities

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Directors' Report, the Directors' Remuneration Report, the separate Corporate Governance statement and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Company law requires the Directors to prepare Group and Company financial statements for each financial period. The Directors are required under the listing Rules of the Financial Services Authority to prepare Group financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union ("EU") and have elected under company law to prepare the Company financial statements in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the EU.

The financial statements are required by law and IFRS adopted by the EU to present fairly the financial position of the Group and the Company and the financial performance of the Group. The Companies Act 2006 provides in relation to such financial statements that references in the relevant part of that act to financial statements giving a true and fair view are references to their achieving a fair presentation.

Under company law the Directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and the Company and of the profit or loss of the Group for that period.

In preparing the Group and Company financial statements, the Directors are required to:

a. select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

b. make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

c. state whether they have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs adopted by the EU;

d. prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Group and the Company will continue in business;

The Directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Group's and the Company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Group and the Company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements and the Directors' Remuneration Report comply with the Companies Act 2006 and, as regards the Group financial statements, Article 4 of the IAS Regulation. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Group and the Company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

Directors' statement pursuant to the Disclosure and transparency rules

Each of the Directors, whose names and functions are listed in the Directors' Report confirms that, to the best of their knowledge:

a. the financial statements, prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the EU give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and

b. the Directors' Report contained in the annual Report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the company's website, www.bloomsbury-ir.co.uk.

Legislation in the united Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

(From pages 33 to 34 of the Risk Factors of the Company's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 29 February 2012)

The table below provides a description of risk factors that management considers relevant to the Group's business. Other factors besides those listed could also affect the Group.

Key Area Risk Description Mitigation
Market Volatility of general trade book sales Sales of general trade books for both children and adults focus on bestsellers and can be both seasonal and volatile Develop Academic & Professional publishing where revenues are less volatile Develop other revenue streams including Rights and Services
Decline in high-street bookshops Numbers of bookshops (both independent and chains) have declined Grow relationships with other retailers including internet and supermarkets Develop other revenue streams eg rights and services
Increase in sales through supermarkets and other non-traditional outlets Many non-traditional retailers focus on bestsellers rather than range of titles Reduce dependence on bestsellers by developing other revenue streams eg Academic & Professional
Increased importance of internet retailing As bricks and mortar bookshops reduce in number and range, e-tailing increases in importance Increase focus on developing other revenue streams eg rights and services Grow ebook sales
Reduction in number of customers Number of UK and US bookshops is reducing Ensure sales in the huge international market are maximised to reduce dependence on domestic sales in UK and us
Move to digital Shift from print Ebooks are increasing as a percentage of Group turnover Position Group publishing to ensure titles can be sold in digital format(s)Broaden range of revenue streams eg subscription, Rights and services
Ebook sales plateau Steep rise in ebook sales in US and UK may plateau Ensure Group is positioned to take advantage of ebook emergence in international markets Use social media and other digital marketing to encourage direct sales to consumers
Title acquisition Retention of authors Authors (especially in general trade) are usually commissioned on a book by book basis Broaden publishing portfolio to reduce dependence of business on bestselling authors
High advances sought by agents Agents seek high advances for some authors Publish more non-general trade books eg Academic & Professional
World rights not acquired Agents prefer to split territorial rights for English language publishing between US and UK Focus acquisition on titles where world English rights are availableConcentrate on academic publishing where world rights are the norm
IP and copyright Piracy Piracy of titles in print or digital form Adopt robust anti-piracy policiesEnsure good digital rights management protection of ebooks and digital formatsParticipate in key industry anti-piracy initiatives
Erosion of copyright Erosion of copyright through government or other action Continue policy of support for copyright and intellectual property rights as a fundamental facet of publishing

RELATED PART TRANSACTIONS

(From the Notes to the Consolidated and Company Financial Statements for the year ended 29 February 2012)

(Extract from Note 26)

26. Related party transactions

The Group has no related party transactions other than key management remuneration as disclosed in note 6. The Group entered into a promissory note and guarantee for the acquisition of Fairchild Book; see note 27.

(Extract from Note 6)

The Group considers key management personnel as defined under IAS 24 'Related party Disclosures' to be the Directors of the company and those Directors of the major geographic regions and departments who are actively involved in strategic decision making.

Full details concerning Directors' remuneration are set out in the Directors' Remuneration Report on pages 57 to 70.

Total emoluments for Directors and other key management personnel were:

Year ended
29 February
2012
£'000
14 months ended
28 February
2011
£'000
short-term employee benefits 4,165 3,568
post-employment benefits 154 245
share-based payments 177 552
4,496 4,365

(Extract from Note 27)

27. Post balance sheet events

On 2 April 2012 the Group acquired the trade and assets of Fairchild Books, a business unit of Advance Magazine Publishers inc, for a cash consideration of $6,500,000 (£4,063,000) payable in three equal annual instalments commencing at completion. Fairchild Books, based in New York, is a market-leading publisher of textbooks and educational resources for students of fashion, merchandising, retailing and interior design and will become part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc's Academic & Professional division. As part of the acquisition, Bloomsbury publishing inc. entered into a promissory note and guarantee to pay to Advance Magazine Publishers inc. $4,333,334 in two annual instalments to satisfy the outstanding consideration on this acquisition. Bloomsbury publishing plc guaranteed the payment of this amount on behalf of its subsidiary.

(Extract from Note 43)

43. Related parties

Trading transactions

During the period the company entered into the following transactions and had the following balances with its subsidiaries:

29 February
2012
£'000
28 February
2011
£'000
Sale of goods to subsidiaries 4,449 750
Management recharges 1,074 1,659
Commission payable from subsidiaries 249 204
Finance income from subsidiaries 289 293
Amounts owed by subsidiaries at period end 17,683 16,892
Amounts owed to subsidiaries at period end 17,304 5,050

Commission payable was based on the Group's usual list prices. all amounts outstanding are unsecured and will be settled in cash. no provisions have been made for doubtful debts in respect of the amounts owed by subsidiaries.

Key management remuneration is disclosed in note 6

 

 

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