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United Carpets Group plc

30 July 2020

30 July 2020

UNITED CARPETS GROUP PLC

(the "Group" or the "Company" or "United Carpets")

Second Unaudited Interim Results for the year ended 31 March 2020

United Carpets Group plc (LSE: UCG), the third largest chain of specialist retail carpet and floor covering stores in the UK, today announces its interim results for the year ended 31 March 2020.

As announced on 25 June 2020, the Group has changed its accounting reference date to 30 September, extending the current accounting period from 31 March 2020 to 30 September 2020. These unaudited, second interim results are for the year ended 31 March 2020 and all comparisons are against the audited results for the year ended 31 March 2019. Audited results for the 18-month period ending 30 September 2020 will be published by no later than 31 March 2021.

Key points

   --      Revenue for the year increased by 19.2% to GBP28.58m (2019: GBP23.98m) 

-- Like for like sales* decreased by 4.3%. This represented a 1.6% decrease excluding those weeks affected by lockdown

-- Loss before tax and IFRS 16 adjustments** of GBP445,000 (2019: profit before tax of GBP595,000) was after charging GBP597,000 of provisions related to the Covid-19 pandemic

   --      Losses per share before IFRS 16 adjustments were 0.45p (2019: earnings per share of 0.51p) 

-- Loss before tax after IFRS 16 adjustments was GBP745,000 (2019 restated: profit before tax of GBP276,000)

-- Losses per share after IFRS 16 adjustments were 0.75p (2019 restated: earnings per share of 0.20p)

   --      Net funds*** were GBP1.45m (2019: GBP2.10m) 
   --      Like for like sales* for the 9 weeks since re-opening have been positive and encouraging 

* Like for like sales are defined in the financial review

** IFRS 16 adjustments are explained in note 1

*** Net funds comprise cash and cash equivalents less borrowings - hire purchase liabilities

Paul Eyre, Chief Executive, said :

"Excluding the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic, trading for the year was in line with the update the Company provided in February 2020. Whilst total sales were up 19%, this was as a result of the Group's new instalment payment channel. Like for like sales from the store network, however, decreased by 4.3%, which was a 1.6% decrease excluding those weeks affected by lockdown. This reflected a lacklustre retail environment and, combined with higher start up and servicing costs associated with the instalment payment channel, meant profitability was reduced for the year. Like all businesses, our focus since the year end has been to manage the Group during the current Covid-19 crisis. We reported the opening of the store network from 23 May and it is pleasing to confirm a positive like for like sales performance across our store network for the 9 weeks since then. We recognise that it is still early days, but believe it to be encouraging."

Enquiries:

 
 United Carpets Group plc 
  Paul Eyre, Chief Executive 
  Ian Bowness, Finance Director                 01709 732 666 
 Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (NOMAD and Broker) 
  Rick Thompson 
  Will Goode                                    020 7894 7000 
 Novella Communications Limited 
  Tim Robertson 
  Fergus Young                                  020 3151 7008 
 

Chairman's Statement

Overview

The trading performance for the year ended 31 March 2020 reflected a weak retail market. Political uncertainty during the year translated into low consumer demand and despite the decisive general election result in December, the retail environment continued to be challenging over the important run up to Christmas. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board has prudently reviewed provisions at 31 March 2020, resulting in a charge in the period of GBP597,000 (see note 3). As a consequence, the Group reported pre-tax losses of GBP445,000 and losses per share of 0.45p before IFRS16 adjustments.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a fundamental, global impact. As with all companies, the Group's primary focus has been the wellbeing, safety and health of all employees, customers and suppliers. Following Government guidelines, all stores were closed on 23 March 2020; a small head office staff was retained with the remainder benefitting from the Government's furlough scheme. Management focus switched to cash conservation through a combination of cost saving initiatives, which are expected to be retained for the foreseeable future, alongside making use of the Government tax deferrals and additional funding which has ensured the business has remained in a stable position.

On 23 May 2020 the store network re-opened with new retail protocols in place to maintain social distancing, alongside increased sanitising measures to protect customers and staff. Like for like trading has been positive in the 9 weeks across the store network. This represents an encouraging start for the business, and something to build upon for the remainder of the year.

Financial review

As previously reported (and explained more fully in note 1), from 1 April 2019 the Group has adopted IFRS 16 'Leases' using the full retrospective approach. The adjustments included in this Interim Report are in line with the estimates provided in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2019, reducing profit before tax in the year ended 31 March 2020 by GBP300,000 (2019: GBP319,000).

 
                         Year        Year 
                        ended       ended 
                     31 March    31 March 
                         2020        2019 
                       GBP000      GBP000 
 
 (Loss)/profit 
  before 
  tax 
  and 
  IFRS 
  16 
  adjustments           (445)         595 
 IFRS 
  16 
  adjustments           (300)       (319) 
 
 
 (Loss)/profit 
  before 
  tax 
  after 
  IFRS 
  16 
  adjustments           (745)         276 
                   ----------  ---------- 
 

Revenue, which as in previous years includes marketing and rental costs incurred by the Group and recharged to franchisees, was GBP28.58m (2019: GBP23.98m). The increase in revenues came from the ongoing development of the recently introduced instalment payment channel, with the additional sales from a small increase in the average number of corporate stores, compared to the prior year, offset by a reduction in warehouse throughput.

Like for like sales across the whole of the network (based on stores that have traded throughout both the period under review and the corresponding period in the prior year and thus excluding stores that opened or stores that closed during either period) decreased by 4.3%, which was a 1.6% decrease excluding those weeks affected by lockdown.

Gross margin was 61.8% compared to 61.6% in the same period in 2019. The inherently higher margin of the instalment payment channel and a small improvement in warehouse gross margin, more than offset a slight reduction in corporate store margins and the "mix" impact from an increased proportion of total revenue being derived from corporate stores and new business channels (with a corresponding reduction in the proportion of total revenue from franchise related income).

Combined distribution costs and administrative expenses increased by GBP2.53m from GBP12.97m in the prior year to GBP15.5m. Excluding the additional provisions related to Covid-19, distribution costs and administrative expenses increased by GBP1.93m from GBP12.97m in the prior year to GBP14.9m but reduced from 54.1% of revenue to 52.1% reflecting:

   -       substantial operating costs associated with the new instalment payment channel 

- increased costs from non like for like corporate stores opened during the period and in the prior year

- increased property, plant and equipment depreciation (non-cash charge against profit) as a result of controlled expansion and modest ongoing refurbishment of the existing store estate

   -       an increase in the charge for the potential cost associated with vacating a small number of underperforming stores 

The instalment payment channel suffers an inherently greater risk of default than traditional retailing and an impairment charge of GBP1.71m (2019: GBP0.41m) was made during the year against these receivables as this business channel was rapidly expanded. The level of charge incurred is broadly in line with the expected levels of default in our original planning model. A further impairment charge of GBP0.25m (2018: GBP0.17m) was made during the year against receivables, reflecting the impact of the prevailing market environment on the franchise network as the Group continues to support its franchisees.

Before the IFRS 16 adjustments, operating loss was GBP444,000 (2019: operating profit GBP588,000) and loss before tax was GBP445,000 (2019: profit before tax GBP595,000). As a result, basic losses per share before the IFRS 16 adjustments were 0.45p (2019: basic earnings per share 0.51p).

After the IFRS 16 adjustments, operating profit was GBP210,000 (2019 restated: GBP1,231,000) and loss before tax was GBP745,000 (2019 restated: profit before tax GBP276,000). As a result, basic losses per share were 0.75p (2019 restated: earnings per share 0.20p).

The statement of financial position included net funds of GBP1.45m as at 31 March 2020 (2019: GBP2.10m).

Dividend

An interim dividend in respect of 2019/20 of 0.135p per ordinary share was paid on 17 January 2020. While the economic environment remains uncertain no further dividend in respect of the period to 30 September 2020 is currently anticipated.

Operational review

At 31 March 2020, there were 56 stores in the Group estate, of which 46 were franchised and 10 were corporate stores. During the period under review, the Group opened 2 new corporate stores, transferred a corporate store to an experienced franchisee whose lease on a nearby store expired in early 2020 and the landlord indicated that they did not wish to renew. A further 2 franchised stores and 2 corporate stores were also closed.

The focus for the Company is to support the existing store network and maintain trading levels in this extraordinary period post the outbreak of Covid-19. To date, results have been encouraging, however, it is hard to predict how consumers will act over the coming months and the Group will necessarily have to remain flexible to be able to respond to situations as they arise. This is new territory for all retailers, but if restrictions remain limited, a return to normal, longer-term trading levels can hopefully be achieved.

During the lockdown period, the Group reviewed all costs associated with marketing the store network and anticipates that significant cost savings can be achieved through improved marketing and distribution efficiencies and refining the instalment payment channel. The Group will continue to deploy a similar spend on regional advertising campaigns, but with greater emphasis on social media targeting and less reliance on the traditional radio, television and print media, to promote the United Carpets brand and awareness of key sales promotions as they occur during the year.

Franchising and Retail

Floor coverings are the Group's primary driver of sales (predominantly carpet, laminate and vinyl floorings) through both franchised stores and the Group's own corporate stores. In the period under review, like for like sales for flooring decreased by 3.8%. This represented a 1.0% decrease excluding those weeks affected by

lockdown,   reflecting the slower overall market and particularly the weaker pre-Christmas period. 

Bed sales are a well-established part of the United Carpets retail proposition with over 85% of stores offering beds alongside flooring ranges. However, like for like sales were more affected by the weaker consumer demand and decreased by 10.1% ( which was a decrease of 8.2% excluding those weeks affected by lockdown).

The management team remain confident that the brands and product ranges for both flooring and beds are well positioned and appeal to the United Carpet's customer base, with the slowdown in sales during 2019 being a function of the macro environment. Sales volumes since re-opening in May this year demonstrate the customer appeal of our products.

Interest free credit, provided by third party finance companies, continues to be an important part of the business. During the period, take up of this product which is marketed online and in store remained fairly constant at c. 10% of sales although this proportion has reduced in the period post lockdown. There is further potential to expand this offer amongst our customer base. Providing interest free credit tends to lead to substantially higher average transaction values and, carefully managed, is therefore a useful way of increasing sales revenue.

Instalment payment channel

Sales from the instalment payment channel were GBP4.83 million. There is substantial demand for this product, however, start up and service costs were higher than anticipated so that this channel was loss making for the year. During the lockdown period, the offer has been restructured to only target our core geographic markets where we can benefit from our scale and existing presence to service and know our clients. In addition, a more efficient and effective approach to cash collection has been adopted which is expected to yield significant benefits over the short to medium term. Once we establish the right balance between growing this channel and managing the customer base it should become a valuable new profit centre for the Group.

Warehousing

Our in-house cutting operation supports the whole network providing a quick, efficient cutting and delivery service enabling our franchisees to offer attractive retail price points with good margins. During the lockdown period, the warehousing operation was reviewed. This identified opportunities to improve the warehouse layout, resulting in staffing efficiencies, whilst maintaining service levels, and these changes are expected to result in significant ongoing annual savings for the Group.

Property

The Property division leases properties from third parties and sublets those properties to the store network.

People

On behalf of the Board, I would like to say a particularly big thank you to our franchisees, supplier partners, colleagues and everyone involved with the Group for their continued support for United Carpets and for each other during the disruption caused by Covid-19 over the past few months. Hopefully, we are though the worst and we can now focus on getting the business back to normal.

Outlook

2019 was a challenging year and 2020 has brought a new set of difficulties albeit for all businesses. During the lockdown period, we first stabilised the Group ensuring the safety of employees and then ensured the financial security of the business, utilising the support offered by Government. Subsequently, we have used the time whilst the stores were closed to review the ongoing costs of the business and, as a result, have identified significant annual costs savings which are expected to translate into a substantial improvement in operating margin going forward. Aided by the Government's support measures, net funds for the Group are healthy and are expected to be underpinned by the imminent finalisation of additional funding under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. As a consequence, the Board believes the business will have sufficient liquidity to meet its requirements for the foreseeable future. Similarly, the franchise network has benefitted significantly from the various Government schemes and is well placed to respond to the challenges ahead.

The Board has also reviewed its reporting timetable and concluded that it would be advantageous to change the Group's accounting reference date, extending the current accounting period from 31 March to 30 September. The majority of the impact from Covid-19 should be confined within that extended accounting period whilst, going forwards, the new accounting reference date will place the key trading months in the first quarter of each new financial year, enabling greater flexibility in the management of the business for the remainder of the financial year.

We expect 2020 to be an unpredictable period due to Covid-19. Nevertheless, we believe strongly in the Group's core retail proposition providing great products and great value to our customers and with this as a base the Board is confident the Company is well placed to return the business to a commercially strong position.

Peter Cowgill

Chairman

30 July 2020

C onsolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 March 2020

 
                                                  Pro forma      Impact 
                                                     IAS 17          of 
                                                       Year     IFRS 16 
                                                      ended        Year        Year       Year 
                                                   31 March       ended       ended      ended 
                                                       2020    31 March    31 March   31 March 
                                                  Unaudited        2020        2020       2019 
                                                              Unaudited   Unaudited    Audited 
                                           Note     GBP'000                           Restated 
                                                                GBP'000     GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
Revenue                                       2      28,581           -      28,581     23,983 
Cost of sales                                      (10,915)           -    (10,915)    (9,203) 
 
 
Gross profit                                         17,666           -      17,666     14,780 
 
Distribution costs                                    (528)           -       (528)      (453) 
Administrative expenses                            (15,623)         654    (14,969)   (12,517) 
Impairment of receivables                           (1,959)           -     (1,959)      (579) 
Other operating income                                    -           -           -          - 
 
 
Operating profit                              3       (444)         654         210      1,231 
 
Financial income                                          6           -           6         12 
Financial expenses                                      (7)       (954)       (961)      (967) 
 
 
(Loss)/profit before tax                              (445)       (300)       (745)        276 
 
Income tax credit/(expense)                   4          81          57         138      (116) 
 
 
(Loss)/profit for the year*                   2       (364)       (243)       (607)        160 
 
 
           (Losses)/earnings per share        6 
           - Basic (pence per share)                (0.45)p     (0.30)p     (0.75)p      0.20p 
           - Diluted (pence per share)              (0.45)p     (0.30)p     (0.75)p      0.20p 
 
 

*All activities relate to continuing operations and are attributable to the owners of the parent.

There were no other recognized gains and losses for the current year other than shown above and therefore no separate Statement of Other Comprehensive Income has been presented.

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

At 31 March 2020

 
                                                         At         At 
                                                   31 March   31 March 
                                                       2020       2019 
                                                  Unaudited    Audited 
                                                              Restated 
                                           Note     GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
Non-current assets 
Intangible assets                                        88        109 
Right-of-use assets                           1      18,919     18,830 
Property, plant and equipment                 5       3,169      2,846 
Investment property                                      90         93 
Deferred tax assets                           1         344        350 
 
 
                                                     22,610     22,228 
 
 
Current assets 
Inventories                                           1,808      2,146 
Trade and other receivables                           4,362      3,663 
Current tax receivable                                  184         13 
Cash and cash equivalents                             1,875      2,259 
 
 
                                                      8,229      8,081 
 
 
Total assets                                         30,839     30,309 
 
 
Capital and reserves 
Issued capital                                          814        814 
Retained earnings                                     2,171      3,120 
 
 
Total equity attributable to owners of 
 the parent                                   1       2,985      3,934 
 
 
Non-current liabilities 
Lease liabilities                             1      17,628     17,470 
Borrowings - hire purchase liabilities                  263         96 
Trade and other payables                      1         241        320 
 
 
                                                     18,132     17,886 
 
 
Current liabilities 
Lease liabilities                             1       3,735      3,334 
Borrowings - hire purchase liabilities                  166         62 
Trade and other payables                      1       5,076      4,942 
Provisions                                              745        151 
 
 
                                                      9,722      8,489 
 
 
Total liabilities                                    27,854     26,375 
 
 
Total equity and liabilities                         30,839     30,309 
 
 

C onsolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 March 2020

 
                                                                                                                                                              Total equity 
                                                                                                                                                              attributable 
                                                                                                                                Retained                         to owners 
                                                                                               Issued                           earnings                     of the parent 
                                                                                              capital                           Restated                          Restated 
                                                               Note                           GBP'000                            GBP'000                           GBP'000 
 
                         At 31 
                          March 
                          2018                                                                    814                              3,302                             4,116 
 
                         Profit for 
                          the year                                                                  -                                160                               160 
                         Equity 
                          dividends                               7                                 -                              (342)                             (342) 
 
 
                         At 31 
                          March 
                          2019                                                                    814                              3,120                             3,934 
 
                         Loss for 
                          the year                                                                  -                              (607)                             (607) 
                         Equity 
                          dividends                               7                                 -                              (342)                             (342) 
 
 
                         At 31 
                          March 
                          2020                                                                    814                              2,171                             2,985 
 
 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended 31 March 2020

 
                                                                    Year       Year 
                                                                   ended      ended 
                                                                31 March   31 March 
                                                                    2020       2019 
                                                               Unaudited    Audited 
                                                                           Restated 
                                                        Note     GBP'000    GBP'000 
 
Cash flows from operating activities 
Cash generated from operations                             8        3148      3,131 
Income tax paid                                                     (27)      (275) 
 
 
Net cash flows from operating activities                           3,121      2,856 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities 
Acquisition of intangible assets                                    (18)       (15) 
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment                       (402)      (516) 
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment                    -         39 
Interest received                                                      6         12 
 
 
Net cash flows from investing activities                           (414)      (480) 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities 
Payment of lease liabilities                                     (2,678)    (2,350) 
Payment of hire purchase liabilities                                (64)       (60) 
Interest paid                                                        (7)        (5) 
Equity dividends paid                                      7       (342)      (342) 
 
 
Net cash flows from financing activities                         (3,091)    (2,757) 
 
 
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents in the 
 year                                                              (384)      (381) 
Cash and cash equivalents at the start of the 
 year                                                              2,259      2,640 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the 
 year                                                              1,875      2,259 
 
 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

   1.   Basis of preparation 

United Carpets Group plc (the "Company") is a public limited company incorporated in England and Wales. The Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements of the Company for the year ended 31 March 2020 comprise the Company and its subsidiary undertakings (together referred to as the "Group").

As announced on 25 June 2020, the Group has changed its accounting reference date to 30 September, extending the current accounting period from 31 March 2020 to 30 September 2020. These unaudited, second interim results are for the year ended 31 March 2020 and all comparisons are against the audited results for the year ended 31 March 2019.

The Group financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee pronouncements as adopted by the European Union, approved by the Board on 23 August 2019 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under sections 498(2) and 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006. These Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. These Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and the accompanying notes for the year ended 31 March 2020 are unaudited.

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 and those that are expected to be adopted in the audited financial statements for the 18-month period ending 30 September 2020.

IFRS 16 'Leases'

IFRS 16 'Leases' has been applied in preparing these Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements . IFRS 16 'Leases' replaces IAS 17 'Leases' and for lessees eliminates the classifications of operating leases and finance leases. Subject to exceptions, a right-of-use asset is capitalised in the statement of financial position, measured at the present value of the unavoidable future lease payments to be made over the lease term. The exceptions relate to short-term leases of 12 months or less and leases of low-value assets (such as personal computers and small office furniture) where an accounting policy choice exists whereby either a right-of-use asset is recognised or lease payments are expensed to profit or loss as incurred. A liability corresponding to the capitalised lease is recognised, adjusted for lease prepayments, lease incentives received, initial direct costs incurred and an estimate of any future restoration, removal or dismantling costs. Straight-line operating lease expense recognition is replaced with a depreciation charge for the leased asset (included in operating costs) and an interest expense on the recognised lease liability (included in finance costs).

Under IFRS 16, the Group has recognised right-of-use assets of GBP18,919,000, capitalised lease liabilities of GBP21,363,000 and released a lease incentive accrual of GBP434,000 which in total, after an associated tax credit of GBP354,000, has reduced net assets by GBP1,656,000. The Group has recognised financial expenses on the lease liabilities of GBP954,000, reversed lease costs of GBP2,848,000 and recognised depreciation on the right-of-use assets of GBP2,194,000. The net impact on the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for the year ended 31 March 2020 being a reduction in profit before tax of GBP300,000. The following tables summarise the impacts of adopting IFRS 16 on the Group's Consolidated Statement of Financial Position at 31 March 2020 and its Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for the year ended 31 March 2020.

Impact on the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position at 31 March 2020

 
                                                             Amounts without 
                                                                 adoption of 
                                 As reported   Adjustments           IFRS 16 
                                   Unaudited     Unaudited         Unaudited 
                                      GBP000        GBP000            GBP000 
 Non-current assets 
 Right-of-use assets                  18,919      (18,919)                 - 
 Deferred tax assets                     344         (344)                 - 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Lease liabilities                    17,628      (17,628)                 - 
 Trade and other payables                241           420               661 
 Deferred tax liabilities                  -            10                10 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Lease liabilities                     3,735       (3,735)                 - 
 Trade and other payables              5,076            14             5,090 
 
 Total equity attributable to 
  owners of the parent 
 Retained earnings                     2,985         1,656             4,641 
                                ------------  ------------  ---------------- 
 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements (continued)

   1.   Basis of preparation (continued) 

Impact on the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for the year ended 31 March 2020

 
                                                        Amounts without 
                                                            adoption of 
                            As reported   Adjustments           IFRS 16 
                              Unaudited     Unaudited         Unaudited 
                                 GBP000        GBP000            GBP000 
 
 Administrative expenses       (14,969)         (654)          (15,623) 
 Financial expenses               (961)           954               (7) 
                           ------------  ------------  ---------------- 
 

Reconciliation of total equity attributable to owners of the parent

 
                                                      At           At 
                                                31 March     31 March 
                                                    2019         2020 
                                                 Audited    Unaudited 
                                                Restated 
                                                  GBP000       GBP000 
 
 Total equity attributable to owners of the 
  parent as previously reported                    5,347        4,641 
 IFRS 16 adjustments                             (1,413)      (1,656) 
 
 
 Equity as reported                                3,934        2,985 
 
 

Reconciliation of profit for the year

 
                                               Year 
                                              ended 
                                           31 March 
                                               2019 
                                            Audited 
                                           Restated 
                                             GBP000 
 
 Profit for the year as previously 
  reported                                      418 
 IFRS 16 adjustments                          (258) 
 
 
 Profit for the year as reported                160 
 
 
   2.   Segment reporting 

Segment information is presented in the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements in respect of the Group's business segments, which are the primary basis of segment reporting. The business segment reporting format reflects the Group's management and internal reporting structure.

Franchising and Retail is the income that the Group receives from its franchise activities together with the results of its corporate stores. The Instalment Payment Channel offers customers fixed, weekly payments with no hidden costs or extra charges. Warehousing reflects the results of the Group's in-house cutting operation which services the franchised and corporate stores and some third parties. The Property division leases properties from third parties and sublets those properties to the store network.

Inter-segment pricing is determined on an arm's length basis. Segment results include items directly attributable to a segment as well as those that can be allocated on a reasonable basis.

   2.   Segment reporting (continued) 
 
                     Franchising        Instalment 
                      and Retail      Payment Channel     Warehousing                   Property                       Consolidated 
 
                                                                                                                     Year ended  Year ended 
                                                                                                                       31 March    31 March 
                      2020     2019     2020      2019     2020     2019     2020                         2019             2020        2019 
                                                                                                                      Unaudited     Audited 
                                                                                                                                   Restated 
                   GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000   GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000  GBP'000                      GBP'000          GBP'000     GBP'000 
 
Gross sales         15,105   14,479    4,934         -   10,790    9,676    3,474                        3,236           34,303      27,391 
Inter-segment 
 sales                   -        -     (99)         -  (4,478)  (2,521)  (1,145)                        (887)          (5,722)     (3,408) 
 
 
Segment revenue     15,105   14,479    4,835         -    6,312    7,155    2,329                        2,349           28,581      23,983 
 
 
Segment results       (15)      561    (522)         -      148      144      577                          421              188       1,126 
 
 
Unallocated 
 income                                                                                                                      22         105 
 
 
Operating 
 profit                                                                                                                     210       1,231 
Financial 
 income                                                                                                                       6          12 
Financial 
 expenses                                                                                                                 (961)       (967) 
Income tax 
 credit/(expense)                                                                                                           138       (116) 
 
 
(Loss)/profit 
 for the year                                                                                                             (607)         160 
 
 

3. Operating profit

Operating profit is arrived at after charging the following additional provisions related to the Covid-19 pandemic:

 
                                                           Year        Year 
                                                          ended       ended 
                                                       31 March    31 March 
                                                           2020        2019 
                                                      Unaudited     Audited 
                                                        GBP'000     GBP'000 
 
 Additional operating costs provision                       118           - 
 Provision for the impairment of intangible assets 
  and property, plant and equipment                         318           - 
 Additional inventory provision                             161           - 
 
 
                                                            597           - 
 
 

In view of the far-reaching effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board has assessed the impact of additional operating costs

associated with the pandemic and reviewed the potential impact on assets and inventories.

   4.   Income tax (credit)/expense 
    (a)    Analysis of charge for the year 
 
                                                                            Year 
                                                           Year            ended 
                                                          ended         31 March 
                                                       31 March             2019 
                                                           2020          Audited 
                                                      Unaudited         Restated 
                                                        GBP'000          GBP'000 
 Current tax: 
 Current year                                             (101)               87 
 Adjustment in respect of prior years                      (43)               44 
                                                        _______          _______ 
 
                                                          (144)              131 
                                                        _______          _______ 
 Deferred tax: 
 Current year                                              (27)             (22) 
 Adjustment in respect of prior years                        33                7 
                                                        _______          _______ 
 
                                                              6             (15) 
                                                        _______          _______ 
 
 Total income tax (credit)/ expense recognised 
  in the current year                                     (138)              116 
                                                        _______          _______ 
 
   (b)     Reconciliation of total tax charge for the year 

The tax charge for the year differs from the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (2019: 19%). The differences are explained below:

 
                                                                            Year 
                                                           Year            ended 
                                                          ended         31 March 
                                                       31 March             2019 
                                                           2020          Audited 
                                                      Unaudited         Restated 
                                                        GBP'000          GBP'000 
 
 (Loss)/profit before tax                                 (745)              276 
                                                        _______          _______ 
 
 (Loss)/profit before tax multiplied by the 
  rate of corporation tax in the UK of 19% (2019: 
  19%)                                                    (141)               52 
 
 Effect of: 
   Expenses not deductible for tax purposes                   8                8 
 Adjustments in respect of prior years                      (9)               51 
 Other                                                        4                5 
                                                        _______          _______ 
 
 Total tax                                                (138)              116 
                                                        _______          _______ 
 
   5.   Property, plant and equipment 
 
                                                                              Fixtures, 
                                                         Short                 fittings 
                           Freehold                  leasehold               and office                           Motor 
 Group                     property                   property                equipment                        vehicles                 Total 
                            GBP'000                    GBP'000                  GBP'000                         GBP'000               GBP'000 
 
 Cost 
 At 31 March 
  2019                          888                        922                    1,706                             285                 3,801 
 
 Additions                        -                         85                      652                               -                   737 
 Disposals                        -                       (19)                     (31)                               -                  (50) 
                           ________                   ________                 ________                        ________              ________ 
 At 31 March 
  2020                          888                        988                    2,327                             285                 4,488 
                           ________                   ________                 ________                        ________              ________ 
 
 Depreciation 
 At 31 March 
  2019                           66                        252                      541                              96                   955 
 
 Charge for 
  the year                       23                         99                      192                              52                   366 
 Eliminated on 
  disposal                        -                        (1)                      (1)                               -                   (2) 
                           ________                   ________                 ________                        ________              ________ 
 At 31 March 
  2020                           89                        350                      732                             148                 1,319 
                           ________                   ________                 ________                        ________              ________ 
 
 Net book 
 value 
 At 31 March 
  2020                          799                        638                    1,595                             137                 3,169 
                      (___________)              (___________)            (___________)                   (___________)         (___________) 
 At 31 March 
  2019                          822                        670                    1,165                             189                 2,846 
                      (___________)              (___________)            (___________)                   (___________)         (___________) 
 
   6.   (Losses)/earnings per share 

Basic earnings per share

The calculation of basic earnings per share for the year ended 31 March 2020 was based on the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of GBP607,000 (2019 restated: profit of GBP160,000) and a weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding of 81,400,000 for each year.

Diluted earnings per share

The calculation of diluted earnings per share for the year ended 31 March 2020 was based on the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of GBP607,000 (2019 restated: profit of GBP160,000) and a weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding and potential ordinary shares of 81,400,000 for each year.

   7.   Equity dividends paid 
 
                                                             Year        Year 
                                                            ended       ended 
                                                         31 March    31 March 
                                                             2020        2019 
                                                        Unaudited     Audited 
                                                          GBP'000     GBP'000 
 
 Final dividend in respect of 2017/18 of 0.285p per 
  ordinary share, paid on 11 October 2018                       -         232 
 Interim dividend in respect of 2018/19 of 0.135p 
  per ordinary share, paid on 18 January 2019                   -         110 
 Final dividend in respect of 2018/19 of 0.285p per 
  ordinary share, paid on 10 October 2019                     232           - 
 Interim dividend in respect of 2019/20 of 0.135p 
  per ordinary share, paid on 17 January 2020                 110           - 
 
 
                                                              342         342 
 
 
   8.   Cash generated from operations 

Reconciliation of the result for the year to cash generated from operations:

 
                                                           Year        Year 
                                                          ended       ended 
                                                       31 March    31 March 
                                                           2020        2019 
                                                      Unaudited     Audited 
                                                                   Restated 
                                                        GBP'000     GBP'000 
 
 (Loss)/profit before tax                                 (745)         276 
 Depreciation and other non-cash items: 
    Amortisation of intangible assets                        39          33 
    Depreciation of right-of-use assets                   2,194       1,877 
    Depreciation of property, plant and equipment           366         292 
 Depreciation of investment property                          3           2 
 Loss/(profit) on disposal of property, plant and 
  equipment                                                  48        (31) 
 Changes in working capital: 
    Decrease/(Increase) in inventories                      338       (256) 
    Increase in trade and other receivables               (699)     (1,421) 
    Increase in trade and other payables                     55       1,404 
    Increase in provisions                                  594           - 
 Financial income                                           (6)        (12) 
 Financial expenses                                         961         967 
 
 
 Cash generated from operations                           3,148       3,131 
 
 

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