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BloomsburyPublishing - Unaudited Interim Results

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
27 October 2020
 

BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC

("Bloomsbury" or "the Company")

Unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 31 August 2020

Record first half earnings performance

Interim dividend declared

 

Bloomsbury, the leading independent publisher, today announces unaudited results for the six months ended 31 August 2020.

 

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

"Bloomsbury experienced excellent trading in the first half with year-on-year profit growth of 60% to £4.0 million. This has delivered our highest first half earnings since 2008 and exceeded the Board's expectations.

Online book sales and e-book revenues were significantly higher.

The Consumer division had an excellent performance with 17% revenue growth and a £2.1 million increase in profit before tax and highlighted items to £2.7 million. Stand-out bestsellers during the period included Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race, Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood, White Rage, Humankind and Such A Fun Age.

In the Non-Consumer division, our strategy of developing online academic resources, conceived five years ago, meant we were well placed to benefit from the accelerated shift by academic institutions to digital products to support remote learning. We saw 47% growth in sales of Bloomsbury Digital Resources as a result.

Bloomsbury is in a strong financial position, with net cash of £44.1 million at 31 August 2020, as a result of excellent trading in the first half and the swift measures taken by the Board to control costs and strengthen Bloomsbury's balance sheet. The strength of our financial position meant that we continued to operate effectively, invest in new content, and build a strong pipeline of authors and titles. Bloomsbury is well positioned for the future, with sufficient working capital and significant headroom for acquisitions opportunities.

In light of our strong financial position and the importance of our dividend policy, we are resuming an interim dividend of 1.28 pence per share, in line with last year.

I would like to thank our staff, authors, illustrators, distributors and suppliers for their resilience, initiative and determination. They continue to be motivated, adaptable and effective, which is demonstrated by the strength of our first half performance. This, together with the strength of our publishing strategy supported by our solid financial position, gives me confidence in Bloomsbury's future performance."

 

Financial Highlights

·    Revenues increased by 10% to £78.3 million (2019: £71.3 million)

·    Profit before taxation and highlighted items1 grew by 60% to £4.0 million (2019: £2.5 million)

·    Profit before taxation grew by £1.7 million to £3.0 million (2019: £1.3 million)

·   Diluted earnings per share, excluding highlighted items1, grew by 55% to 4.13 pence (2019: 2.66 pence)2

·    Diluted earnings per share grew by 131% to 2.87 pence (2019: 1.24 pence)2

·    Net cash of £44.1 million at 31 August 2020, up £24.0 million from last year (2019: £20.1 million)

·    Interim dividend of 1.28 pence per share (2019: 1.28 pence per share)

 

Operational Highlights 

Consumer Division

·    Consumer revenue growth of 17% to £48.6 million (2019: £41.5 million)

·    Consumer profit before taxation and highlighted items1 increase of £2.1 million to £2.7 million (2019: £0.6 million)

·    Excellent Adult Trade performance, with revenue up 16% to £18.8 million (2019: £16.2 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items1 of £1.1 million (2019: £0.1 million loss)

·    Excellent Children's Trade performance, with revenue up 18% to £29.8 million (2019: £25.3 million) and profit before taxation and highlighted items1 of £1.7 million (2019: £0.8 million)

·    Strong sales of Sarah J. Maas front and backlist titles; Harry Potter sales were robust; encouraging growth in other Children's titles

 

Non-Consumer Division 

·    Non-Consumer revenues of £29.7 million (2019: £29.9 million)

·    Resilient Academic & Professional performance, with Non-Consumer revenue within 1% of 2019 and profit before taxation and highlighted items1 of £1.4 million (2019: £1.8 million)

·    Bloomsbury Digital Resources ("BDR") revenues up 47% to £5.6 million

·    Strong growth in BDR products and Academic e-books, offset by an expected reduction in print sales

 

Note

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

2 Restatement of earnings per share due to bonus issue of shares in the period.

 

For further information, please contact:

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

 

Nigel Newton, Chief Executive

[email protected]

Penny Scott-Bayfield, Group Finance Director

[email protected]

Hudson Sandler

+44 (0) 20 7796 4133

Dan de Belder / Hattie Dreyfus

[email protected]

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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Chief Executive's statement

Overview

Bloomsbury has had an excellent first half of the year. Revenue grew by 10% to £78.3 million (2019: £71.3 million), and profit before taxation and highlighted items increased by 60% to £4.0 million (2019: £2.5 million). Profit before taxation was £3.0 million (2019: £1.3 million).

The strength of demand for our titles, in print and e-book, and the surge in sales of our digital products demonstrates the strength of our long-term growth strategy.

Bloomsbury Digital Resources ("BDR") is performing very well, with 47% revenue growth year-on-year. This has positioned us well to deliver growth from the accelerated shift to digital learning, with a threefold increase in the number of new customers in the first half. The combination of excellent digital products and the strength and range of our partnerships enable us to continue to deliver growth from the high quality platforms and infrastructure we have built.

The highlighted items of £1.0 million (2019: £1.2 million) consist of the amortisation of acquired intangible assets of £0.9 million (2019: £0.9 million) and legal and other professional fees relating to acquisitions of £0.1 million (2019: £0.3 million). The effective rate of tax for the period was 23.6% (2019: 25.6%). The effective rate of tax, excluding highlighted items, was 17.3% (2019: 17.7%). Diluted earnings per share for the period, excluding highlighted items, was 4.13 pence (2019: 2.66 pence).  Including highlighted items, profit before taxation was £3.0 million (2019: £1.3 million) and diluted earnings per share was 2.87 pence (2019: 1.24 pence).

Balance sheet and liquidity

The Board believes our strong balance sheet ensures we have sufficient working capital to fulfil our long-term goals and deliver on our growth strategy.

At 31 August 2020, Bloomsbury held net cash of £44.1 million (2019: £20.1 million). During the first half, our cash generation was stronger than expected, due to the combination of better than anticipated trading, reduced costs, continued focus on working capital with a £3.7 million (14%) reduction in inventory and good cash collection. We also received a £1.3 million loan from the US Government under the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP"). This resulted in a net cash inflow, excluding the equity placing, dividends, PPP loan and acquisitions, of £4.8 million (2019: net outflow of £2.1 million). In addition, the net equity placing was £8.0 million (2019: nil) and the final dividend was settled by way of a bonus issue (2019: final dividend of £5.1 million).

Dividend

The Group's dividend policy is supported by strong cash cover. The Board has declared an interim dividend of 1.28 pence per share, in line with the interim dividend for the six months ended 31 August 2019. The dividend will be paid on 4 December 2020 to Shareholders on the register on the record date of 6 November 2020.

Acquisitions

With trading having been stronger than expected, the Board expects to be able to use the proceeds of the equity placing for future growth opportunities. We are actively considering acquisition opportunities in line with our long-term growth strategy of growing our Non-Consumer portfolio.

During the period we successfully completed the integration of Oberon Books Limited, acquired in December 2019, and the assets of Zed Books Limited, acquired in March 2020. Bloomsbury has a successful track record in strategic acquisitions, with 16 acquisitions completed since 2008.

Long-term growth strategy

Bloomsbury's long-term growth strategy is aimed at diversifying into digital channels and building quality revenues, increasing earnings and building on the success of the last five years. This has meant that we have been well placed to benefit from recent changes, including the accelerated shift to digital products to support remote learning and consumer demand for titles across multiple platforms.

Our long-term objectives include:

Non-Consumer

Growing Bloomsbury's portfolio in Non-Consumer publishing. These are characterised by higher, more predictable margins and greater digital and global opportunities: 2020/21 H1 Progress: delivered 47% growth in Non-Consumer digital revenues

Achieve BDR revenue of £15 million and profit of £5 million for 2021/22: 2020/21 H1 Progress: delivered £5.6 million revenue, up 47%, and £1.2m profit, up £1.1m

Consumer

Discover, nurture, champion and retain high quality authors and illustrators in our Consumer division, while looking at new ways to leverage our backlist. 2020/21 H1 Progress: UK and US bestsellers included Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, White Rage by Carol Anderson, Humankind by Rutger Bregman and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Grow our key authors through effective publishing across all formats alongside strategic sales and marketing. 2020/21 H1 Progress: Sales of Sarah J. Maas' titles increased by 131%

As the originating publisher of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, to ensure that new children discover and read it for pleasure every year. 2020/21 H1 Progress: Sales of Harry Potter titles were robust and the paperback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was the fifth bestselling children's book of the year to date on UK Nielsen Bookscan, twenty-three years after it was first published

International Expansion

Expand international revenues and reduce reliance on UK market: 2020/21 H1 Progress: delivered overseas revenue of 67% of Group revenue; 70% of Academic BDR revenue is international

Employee Experience and Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion

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

To be an attractive employer for all individuals seeking a career in publishing regardless of background or identity;

Focus on targeted initiatives to create an environment that nurtures talent, stimulates creativity and collaboration, is respectful of difference and supports well-being; and

Bloomsbury is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We condemn systemic racism in society in all its forms. We are dedicated to finding ways to improve our industry's practices and our own company.

2020/21 H1 Progress:

We have expanded our Diversity and Inclusion networks globally, to ensure engagement with our staff on these vital topics;

Working in partnership with the Black Writers' Guild to increase diversity in staff and authors;

With our staff, we are working on recruitment, staff engagement, training and our networks;

With our publishing, we seek to publish diverse voices. We continue to look for books that will ensure our lists represent the societies we live in. We intend to monitor our publishing so we can ensure that our list balance is representative of those societies; and partner with organisations that can help us achieve these aims; and

Increased our focus on employee engagement, with more frequent communication across Bloomsbury, including Town Hall meetings, and continued employee voice meetings. Having transitioned to remote working we have designed our long-term strategy for flexible working.

Sustainability

Continue to switch to renewable energy across all sites, with the goal of Net Zero emissions in line with the Paris Agreement

2020/21 H1 Progress: We appointed a Head of Sustainability, working with the Executive Committee Sponsor, to oversee green initiatives across Bloomsbury worldwide. Our focus in H2 is to establish our targets to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.  Scope 1 and 2 emissions are already being measured and we have appointed Trucost to further measure Scope 3 emissions.  Furthermore, we have introduced our long-term flexible working policy to reduce emissions from staff travel; and

Supporting the Woodland Trust and Reforest'Action for three years.

Consumer Division

The Consumer division consists of Adult and Children's trade publishing. The division delivered excellent revenue growth of 17% to £48.6 million (2019: £41.5 million). Profit before taxation and highlighted items increased by £2.1 million to £2.7 million (2019: £0.6 million). These very strong results reflect robust demand across both print and digital for front and backlist titles, and the growth and effectiveness of online sales channels. Frontlist highlights included Sarah J. Maas' bestselling Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood and the Sunday Times bestseller, Humankind by Rutger Bregman. Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race was the number one paperback Sunday Times bestseller for seven weeks and White Rage by Carol Anderson reached number eight on the New York Times bestseller list.

Our excellent publishing has been recognised with a number of awards, with Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid and Apeirogon by Colum McCann being longlisted for the Booker Prize. Kate Summerscale's The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize. The Raven Books crime and thriller imprint was shortlisted for the second year in a row for best Crime and Mystery Publisher by the Crime Writers Association ('CWA'), and Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan and The Anarchists' Club by Alex Reeve shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger awards. In addition, we have been shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Reader Awards with The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, Humankind by Rutger Bregman, Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron, and Kiley Reid, the author of Such a Fun Age.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone won the Best Book of the last 30 years at the British Book Awards in July. In addition, Bloomsbury won the IPG Award for Education Publisher of the Year for the second year in a row in September 2020.

Our excellent bestseller list performance in the last six months has continued to build the positive profile and momentum of our consumer publishing, positioning us well with a strong pipeline of authors and titles in the future.

Adult Trade

The Adult team delivered growth with a 16% increase in revenue to £18.8 million and a £1.2 million increase in profit before taxation and highlighted items to £1.1 million (2019: loss of £0.1 million).

Sunday Times bestsellers in the period included Humankind by Rutger Bregman and Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age. Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race was the number one paperback Sunday Times bestseller for seven weeks and White Rage by Carol Anderson reached number eight on the New York Times bestseller list. Cookery success on the front and backlist included A Table for Friends, by Skye McAlpine, Dishoom, and Tom Kerridge's Lose Weight for Good.

Children's Trade

Children's sales increased by 18% to £29.8 million (2019: £25.3 million). There was strong demand for our classic titles, led by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, as well as Sarah J. Maas' latest bestseller, Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood.

Sales of Harry Potter titles were robust. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was the UK's fifth bestselling children's book of the year to date, twenty-three years after it was first published. We are delighted that every year these classics reach a new generation of readers. UK print sales of Harry Potter books increased by 8% between mid-July and the end of September, according to Nielsen Bookscan.

Sarah J. Maas revenues grew by 131%, reflecting her new bestselling hardback title, Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood and strong sales of her backlist titles. Last year there were no new titles in the first half. We will publish two new titles this financial year: Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood, published in March 2020, and one in the second half: A Court of Silver Flames, publishing in February 2021.

Revenues for the rest of the Children's division grew by 6% year-on-year. Highlights in the Children's list included The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley, The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff and the fourth in the bestselling series, Kid Normal and the Final Five by Greg James and Chris Smith, illustrated by Erica Salcedo.

Non-Consumer Division

The Non-Consumer division consists of Academic & Professional and Special Interest. Revenues in the division were within 1% of last year at £29.7 million (2019: £29.9 million). Profit before taxation and highlighted items for the Non-Consumer division was £1.4 million (2019: £1.8 million).

Academic & Professional revenues increased by 1% to £20.1 million (2019: £19.6 million) and profit was £1.8 million (2019: £1.8 million). The accelerated demand for digital products and swift adoption of digital learning by academic institutions helped drive the excellent performance of BDR and accelerated demand for e-books, which offset reduced print sales.

We are focused on delivering growth from accelerating our established and most successful products, including the award-winning Drama Online, building partnerships and launching new products. We delivered a 297% increase in the number of new customers year-on-year, and maintained our existing customer retention rate at over 90%. With Taylor & Francis we have delivered two modules and with Human Kinetics, we delivered the new product and a further module will be launched in the second half. New partnerships include the Yale University Press, the Liverpool University Press and the Stratford Festival. In total, we delivered two new products and two new modules in the first half and are on track to launch a further four new modules in the second half as planned.

Special Interest generated revenues of £9.6 million (2019: £10.0 million), with resilient demand for wildlife titles, Wisden and Osprey games during the period. The result was a £0.3 million loss (2019: breakeven).

 

Social initiatives

As part of Bloomsbury's ongoing commitment to the wider community, we have undertaken further charitable initiatives. We published The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children, edited by Katherine Rundell, with contributions from more than 110 children's writers and illustrators. Free to read online, this collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures is also published as a hardback gift edition, with a donation from the sale of each book going to NHS Charities Together. During Waterstones' Book of the Month promotion, we donated 10% of their sales of Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race between BTEG and Inquest. These new initiatives are in addition to 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. We gave many copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone through the National Literacy Trust in Hastings. 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.

Recent trading and outlook

Our results for the first half were excellent and demonstrate the strength of our long-term strategy and resilient demand for our titles, in both print and digital formats.

Bloomsbury is in a strong financial position, with net cash of £44.1 million, thanks to the support of our shareholders, robust cash generation and stronger than anticipated trading in the first half. We are actively considering acquisition opportunities, in line with our long-term growth strategy.

We have continued to trade well during the first six weeks of the second half. In previous years, our revenue and earnings have been weighted towards the second half, with sales of trade titles rising for Christmas and sales of academic titles being strongest at the beginning of the academic year in the Autumn.

Our strong Consumer book list for the second half includes Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Emily Gravett, Fantastic Beasts and the Wonder of Nature in association with the Natural History Museum exhibition, Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Silver Flames, the fourth in the Court of Thorns and Roses series and GCHQ: Behind the Enigma - The Authorised History of GCHQ by John Ferris. Front and backlist Sunday Times bestsellers in the second half to date include Piranesi by Susanna Clarke - also a Washington Post bestseller - and the paperback editions of Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray and The Anarchy by William Dalrymple. Highlights in Children's include the third in Brigid Kemmerer's Cursebreaker series, A Vow so Bold and Deadly.

We are confident about the future of publishing. The short-term is difficult to predict because of the pandemic.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Income Statement

For the six months ended 31 August 2020

               

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

6 months ended

31 August

2020

£'000

 

6 months ended

31 August

2019

£'000

Year

ended

29 February

2020

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

78,287

71,341

162,772

Cost of sales

 

(37,051)

(34,512)

(74,978)

Gross profit

 

41,236

36,829

87,794

Marketing and distribution costs

 

(9,842)

(9,779)

(21,373)

Administrative expenses

 

(28,013)

(25,580)

(52,949)

Share of result of joint venture

 

(39)

-

-

Operating profit before highlighted items

 

4,343

2,684

15,947

Highlighted items

4

(1,001)

(1,214)

(2,475)

Operating profit

 

3,342

1,470

13,472

Finance income

 

71

75

270

Finance costs

 

(378)

(244)

(513)

Profit before taxation and highlighted items

 

4,036

2,515

15,704

Highlighted items

4

(1,001)

(1,214)

(2,475)

Profit before taxation

3

3,035

1,301

13,229

Taxation

 

(715)

(333)

(2,728)

Profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company

 

2,320

968

10,501

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share attributable to owners of the Company  

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share 1

6

2.89p

1.25p

13.58p

Diluted earnings per share1

6

2.87p

1.24p

13.40p

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of this condensed consolidated interim financial report.

 

1 Restatement of earnings per share due to the bonus issue of shares (note 8).

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 31 August 2020

 

 

6 months ended

31 August

2020

£'000

6 months

ended

31 August

2019

£'000

Year

ended

29 February

2020

£'000

Profit for the period

2,320

968

10,501

 

Other comprehensive income

Items that may be reclassified to the income statement:

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

(1,176)

3,550

856

 

 

 

 

Items that may not be reclassified to the income statement:

 

 

 

Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme

4

(112)

(115)

Other comprehensive income for the period net of tax

(1,172)

3,438

741

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to owners of the Company

 

1,148

 

4,406

11,242

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items in the statement above are disclosed net of tax.                                                          

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

At 31 August 2020

                                                                                                                                                               

 

Notes

31 August

2020

£'000

31 August

2019

£'000

29 February

2020

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

44,865

45,254

45,030

Other intangible assets

 

21,881

21,048

21,630

Investments

 

477

300

516

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,774

2,020

1,914

Right-of-use assets

 

12,333

13,052

13,343

Deferred tax assets

 

2,960

2,579

2,756

Trade and other receivables

7

1,092

1,338

1,237

Total non-current assets               

 

85,382

85,591

86,426

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

26,375

31,204

27,164

Trade and other receivables

7

85,734

85,959

84,805

Cash and cash equivalents

 

44,058

20,090

31,345

Total current assets

 

156,167

137,253

143,314

Total assets

 

241,549

222,844

229,740

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Retirement benefit obligations

 

139

217

185

Deferred tax liabilities

 

2,435

2,328

2,347

Borrowings

 

12,698

12,679

12,945

Provisions           

 

202

148

182

Total non-current liabilities

 

15,474

15,372

15,659

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

64,347

62,589

61,844

Borrowings

 

2,442

1,650

1,585

Current tax liabilities

 

-

-

328

Provisions

 

665

43

651

Total current liabilities

 

67,454

64,282

64,408

Total liabilities

 

82,928

79,654

80,067

Net assets

 

158,621

143,190

149,673

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

1,020

942

942

Share premium

 

47,319

39,388

39,388

Translation reserve

 

8,331

12,201

9,507

Other reserves

 

8,682

7,201

7,778

Retained earnings

 

93,269

83,458

92,058

Total equity attributable to owners of the Company

 

158,621

143,190

149,673

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

At 31 August 2020

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Translation

reserve

 

 

Merger reserve

Capital redemption reserve

Share-based payment reserve

Own shares held by the EBT

Retained

earnings

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 March 2020

942

39,388

9,507

1,803

22

6,724

(771)

92,058

149,673

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2,320

2,320

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

-

-

(1,176)

-

-

-

-

-

(1,176)

Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

4

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

(1,176)

-

-

-

-

2,324

1,148

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

47

7,931

-

-

-

-

-

-

7,978

Bonus issue of share capital

31

-

-

-

-

-

-

(31)

-

Purchase of shares by the Employee Benefit Trust

-

-

-

-

-

-

(536)

-

(536)

Share options exercised

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,017

(1,017)

-

Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(65)

(65)

Share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

423

-

-

423

Total transactions with owners of the Company

78

7,931

-

-

-

423

481

(1,113)

7,800

At 31 August 2020

1,020

47,319

8,331

1,803

22

7,147

(290)

93,269

158,621

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Translation

reserve

 

 

Merger reserve

Capital redemption reserve

Share-based payment reserve

Own shares held by the EBT

Retained

earnings

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 March 2019

942

39,388

8,651

1,803

22

6,095

(802)

87,639

143,738

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

968

968

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

-

-

3,550

-

-

-

-

-

3,550

Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(112)

(112)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

3,550

-

-

-

-

856

4,406

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends to equity holders of the Company

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(5,051)

(5,051)

Share options exercised

-

-

-

-

-

-

2

-

2

Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

14

14

Share-based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

81

-

-

81

Total transactions with owners of the Company

-

-

-

-

-

81

2

(5,037)

(4,954)

At 31 August 2019

942

39,388

12,201

1,803

22

6,176

(800)

83,458

143,190

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Translation

reserve

 

 

Merger reserve

Capital redemption reserve

Share-based payment reserve

Own shares held by the EBT

Retained

earnings

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 March 2019

942

39,388

8,651

1,803

22

6,095

(802)

87,639

143,738

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

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 period

-

-

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 29 February 2020

942

39,388

9,507

1,803

22

6,724

(771)

92,058

149,673

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 31 August 2020

 

 

6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended

 

31 August

31 August

29 February

 

2020

2019

2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

2,320

968

10,501

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation

226

247

502

Depreciation of right-of-use assets

908

860

1,775

Amortisation of intangible assets

2,402

2,149

4,301

Finance income

(71)

(75)

(270)

Finance costs

378

244

513

Share of loss of joint venture

39

-

7

Share-based payment charges

456

100

761

Tax expense

715

333

2,728

 

7,373

4,826

20,818

Decrease/(increase) in inventories

874

(3,571)

(620)

Increase in trade and other receivables

(1,029)

(2,638)

(4,385)

Increase in trade and other payables

2,800

1,310

2,489

Cash generated from/(used in) operating activities

10,018

(73)

18,302

Income taxes paid

(1,910)

(622)

(1,706)

Net cash generated from/(used in) operating activities

8,108

(695)

16,596

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(89)

(131)

(294)

Purchases of intangible assets

(1,299)

(1,226)

(3,137)

Purchase of business, net of cash acquired

-

(310)

(310)

Purchase of rights to assets

(1,490)

-

(1,213)

Purchase of share of joint venture

-

-

(223)

Interest received

71

75

254

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,807)

(1,592)

(4,923)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Equity dividends paid

-

(5,051)

(6,009)

Purchase of shares by the Employee Benefit Trust

(536)

-

-

Proceeds from exercise of share options

-

2

27

Proceeds from share issue

7,978

-

-

New loan advances

1,450

-

-

Repayment of lease liabilities

(583)

(560)

(1,531)

Lease liabilities interest paid

(235)

(242)

(492)

Other interest paid

(143)

(2)

(3)

Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities

7,931

(5,853)

(8,008)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

13,232

(8,140)

3,665

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

31,345

27,580

27,580

Exchange (loss)/gain on cash and cash equivalents

(519)

650

100

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

44,058

20,090

31,345

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1.   Reporting entity

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (the "Company") is a Company domiciled in the United Kingdom.  The condensed consolidated interim financial statements of the Company as at and for the six months ended 31 August 2020 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group").  The Group is primarily involved in the publication of books and other related services.

 

2.    Significant accounting policies

 

a)     Basis of preparation

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard ("IAS") 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union ("EU"). They are unaudited and do not constitute statutory accounts. Selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in financial position and performance of the Group since the last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 29 February 2020. 

Except as described below, the condensed set of financial statements have been prepared on a consistent basis with the financial statements for the year ended 29 February 2020 and should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report 2020. The annual consolidated financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee ("IFRIC") pronouncements as adopted by the EU. The 2020 Annual Report refers to other new standards effective from 1 March 2020. None of these standards have had a material impact in these financial statements.

The comparative financial information for the year ended 29 February 2020 does not constitute statutory accounts for that financial year. This information was extracted from the statutory accounts for the year ended 29 February 2020, a copy of which has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was unqualified and did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis of matter and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 27 October 2020.

b)     Going concern

The Directors are confident that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence and will have sufficient funds to meet its liabilities as they fall due for at least 12 months from the date of approval of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements and therefore have prepared the condensed consolidated interim financial statements on a going concern basis. The factors taken into account in developing this expectation include the level of cash within the business, the Group's bank facilities, continuing sources of revenue and principal risks including the impact of coronavirus. 

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

• Print sales drop by 25% due to continued uncertainty in the retail sector and economic pressure;

• Digital sales 5% lower due to economic pressure; and

• Downside assumptions about extended debtor days to February 2022.

Under this severe but plausible downside scenario, the Group has sufficient liquidity to be able to manage these downside assumptions.  This process supports the view that for the period to 28 February 2022, the Group is expected to be able to operate within the level of its current financing and meet its covenant requirements. 

The Group's bank facilities consist of a £8 million to £12 million committed revolving loan facility (amount dependent on time during the year to match Bloomsbury's cash flow cycle) which expires in May 2022 and an uncommitted incremental term loan facility of up to £6 million. At 31 August 2020, the Group had not drawn the facility.

c)      Uses of estimates and judgments

The preparation of condensed consolidated interim financial statements requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates. Critical judgments and areas where the use of estimates is significant are set out in the 2020 Annual Report. 

 

3.    Segmental analysis

 

The Group is comprised of two worldwide publishing divisions: Consumer and Non-Consumer, reflecting the core customers for our different operations. The Consumer division is further split out into two operating segments: Children's Trade and Adult Trade. Non-Consumer is split between two operating segments: Academic & Professional and Special Interest. 

Each reportable segment represents a cash-generating unit for the purpose of impairment testing.  We have allocated goodwill between reportable segments.

These divisions are the basis on which the Group primarily reports its segment information. Segments derive their revenue from book publishing, sale of publishing and distribution rights, management and other publishing services. The analysis by segment is shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Trade

Adult Trade

Consumer

 

Academic & Professional

Special Interest

Non-Consumer

Unallocated

Total

 

Six months ended 31 August 2020

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

External revenue

29,767

18,836

48,603

20,083

9,601

29,684

-

78,287

 

Cost of sales

(16,002)

(9,205)

(25,207)

(7,014)

(4,830)

(11,844)

-

(37,051)

 

Gross profit

13,765

9,631

23,396

13,069

4,771

17,840

-

41,236

 

Marketing and distribution costs

(3,824)

(2,647)

(6,471)

(1,945)

(1,426)

(3,371)

-

(9,842)

 

Contribution before administrative expenses

9,941

6,984

16,925

11,124

3,345

14,469

-

31,394

 

Administrative expenses excluding highlighted items

(8,212)

(5,887)

(14,099)

(9,273)

(3,640)

(12,913)

-

(27,012)

 

Share of joint venture

-

-

-

-

-

-

(39)

(39)

 

Operating profit/(loss) before highlighted items

1,729

1,097

2,826

1,851

(295)

1,556

(39)

4,343

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

-

(9)

(9)

(767)

(107)

(874)

-

(883)

 

Other highlighted items

-

-

-

-

-

-

(118)

(118)

 

Operating profit /(loss)

1,729

1,088

2,817

1,084

(402)

682

(157)

3,342

 

Finance income

-

-

-

26

-

26

45

71

 

Finance costs

(51)

(43)

(94)

(98)

(42)

(140)

(144)

(378)

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation and highlighted items

1,678

1,054

2,732

1,779

(337)

1,442

(138)

4,036

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

-

(9)

(9)

(767)

(107)

(874)

-

(883)

 

Other highlighted items

-

-

-

-

-

-

(118)

(118)

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation

1,678

1,045

2,723

1,012

(444)

568

(256)

3,035

 

Taxation

-

-

-

-

-

-

(715)

(715)

 

Profit/(loss) for the period

1,678

1,045

2,723

1,012

(444)

568

(971)

2,320

 

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Trade

Adult Trade

Consumer

 

Academic & Professional1

Special Interest1

Non-Consumer

Unallocated

Total

 

Six months ended 31 August 2019

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

External revenue

25,280

16,187

41,467

19,866

10,008

29,874

-

71,341

 

Cost of sales

(13,981)

(8,913)

(22,894)

(6,521)

(5,097)

(11,618)

-

(34,512)

 

Gross profit

11,299

7,274

18,573

13,345

4,911

18,256

-

36,829

 

Marketing and distribution costs

(3,665)

(2,600)

(6,265)

(2,179)

(1,335)

(3,514)

-

(9,779)

 

Contribution before administrative expenses

7,634

4,674

12,308

11,166

3,576

14,742

-

27,050

 

Administrative expenses excluding highlighted items

(6,753)

(4,768)

(11,521)

(9,297)

(3,548)

(12,845)

-

(24,366)

 

Operating profit/(loss) before highlighted items

881

(94)

787

1,869

28

1,897

-

2,684

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

-

(9)

(9)

(748)

(107)

(855)

-

(864)

 

Other highlighted items

-

-

-

-

-

-

(350)

(350)

 

Operating profit /(loss)

881

(103)

778

1,121

(79)

1,042

(350)

1,470

 

Finance income

-

-

-

33

-

33

42

75

 

Finance costs

(89)

(49)

(138)

(71)

(33)

(104)

(2)

(244)

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation and highlighted items

792

(143)

649

1,831

(5)

1,826

40

2,515

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

-

(9)

(9)

(748)

(107)

(855)

-

(864)

 

Other highlighted items

-

-

-

-

-

-

(350)

(350)

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation

792

(152)

640

1,083

(112)

971

(310)

1,301

 

Taxation

-

-

-

-

-

-

(333)

(333)

 

Profit/(loss) for the period

792

(152)

640

1,083

(112)

971

(643)

968

 

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Trade

Adult Trade

Consumer

Academic & Professional1

Special Interest1

Non-Consumer

Unallocated

Total

 

Year ended 29 February 2020

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

External revenue

59,354

37,416

96,770

43,123

22,879

66,002

-

162,772

 

Cost of sales

(30,840)

(19,627)

(50,467)

(13,606)

(10,905)

(24,511)

-

(74,978)

 

Gross profit

28,514

17,789

46,303

29,517

11,974

41,491

-

87,794

 

Marketing and distribution costs

(8,269)

(5,619)

(13,888)

(4,636)

(2,849)

(7,485)

-

(21,373)

 

Contribution before administrative expenses

20,245

12,170

32,415

24,881

9,125

34,006

-

66,421

 

Administrative expenses excluding highlighted items

(12,845)

(10,503)

(23,348)

(19,975)

(7,151)

(27,126)

-

(50,474)

 

Operating profit/(loss) before highlighted items

7,400

1,667

9,067

4,906

1,974

6,880

-

15,947

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

Other highlighted items

-

-

(18)

-

(18)

-

(1,504)

-

(214)

-

(1,718)

-

-

(739)

(1,736)

(739)

 

Operating profit /(loss)

7,400

1,649

9,049

3,402

1,760

5,162

(739)

13,472

 

Finance income

-

-

-

116

-

116

154

270

 

Finance costs

(110)

(94)

(204)

(201)

(88)

(289)

(20)

(513)

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation and highlighted items

7,290

1,573

8,863

4,821

1,886

6,707

134

15,704

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

-

(18)

(18)

(1,504)

(214)

(1,718)

-

(1,736)

 

Other highlighted items

-

-

-

-

-

-

(739)

(739)

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation

7,290

1,555

8,845

3,317

1,672

4,989

(605)

13,229

 

Taxation

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,728)

(2,728)

 

Profit/(loss) for the year

7,290

1,555

8,845

3,317

1,672

4,989

(3,333)

10,501

 

                     

 

1 The Content Services division has been moved into the Special Interest Division; digital projects moved to the Academic & Professional division.

 

 

 

Children's Trade

Adult Trade

Consumer

 

Academic & Professional

Special Interest

Non-Consumer

Unallocated

Total

Six months ended 31 August 2020

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating profit / (loss) before highlighted items

1,729

1,097

2,826

1,851

(295)

1,556

(39)

4,343

Depreciation

303

228

531

411

192

603

-

1,134

Amortisation of internally generated intangibles

228

166

394

988

137

1,125

-

1,519

EBITDA before highlighted items

2,260

1,491

3,751

3,250

34

3,284

(39)

6,996

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Trade

Adult Trade

Consumer

 

Academic & Professional1

Special Interest1

Non-Consumer

Unallocated

Total

Six months ended 31 August 2019

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating profit / (loss) before highlighted items

881

(94)

787

1,869

28

1,897

-

2,684

Depreciation

387

253

640

319

148

467

-

1,107

Amortisation of internally generated intangibles

186

95

281

909

95

1,004

-

1,285

EBITDA before highlighted items

1,454

254

1,708

3,097

271

3,368

-

5,076

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Trade

Adult Trade

Consumer

 

Academic & Professional1

Special Interest1

Non-Consumer

Unallocated

Total

Year ended 29 February 2020

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating profit / (loss) before highlighted items

7,400

1,667

9,067

4,906

1,974

6,880

-

15,947

Depreciation

821

515

1,336

626

315

941

-

2,277

Amortisation of internally generated intangibles

360

210

570

1,817

178

1,995

-

2,565

EBITDA before highlighted items

8,581

2,392

10,973

7,349

2,467

9,816

-

20,789

 

1 The Content Services division has been moved into the Special Interest Division; digital projects moved to the Academic & Professional division.

     External revenue by product type

 

Six months

ended

31 August

 2020

£'000

Six months

ended

31 August

 2019

£'000

Year

ended

29 February

 2020

£'000

Print

57,687

56,609

129,115

Digital

17,625

11,264

24,135

Rights and services

2,975

3,468

9,522

Total

78,287

71,341

162,772

 

Rights and services revenue includes revenue from copyright and trademark licences, management contracts, advertising and publishing services.

 

 

Total assets

31 August

2020

£'000

31 August

20191

£'000

29 February 2020

£'000

Children's Trade

9,312

13,086

11,016

Adult Trade

7,469

7,782

6,747

Academic & Professional

59,109

59,210

59,128

Special Interest

13,800

14,479

13,492

Unallocated

151,859

128,287

139,357

Total assets

222,844

229,740

 

Unallocated primarily represents centrally held assets including system development, property, plant and equipment, receivables and cash.

 

1 The Content Services division has been moved into the Special Interest Division; digital projects moved to the Academic & Professional division.

 

 

4.            Highlighted items

 

Six months ended

31 August

2020

£'000

Six months ended

31 August

2019

£'000

Year

ended

29 February

2020

£'000

 

 

 

 

Legal and other professional fees

87

350

461

Coronavirus onerous costs

-

-

180

Restructuring costs

31

-

98

Other highlighted items

118

350

739

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

883

864

1,736

Total highlighted items

1,001

1,214

2,475

 

Highlighted items charged to operating profit comprise significant non-cash charges and the cost of major one-off initiatives, which are highlighted in the income statement because, in the opinion of the Directors, separate disclosure is helpful in understanding the underlying performance of the business and future profitability of the business.

For the six months ended 31 August 2020 legal and other professional fees of £87,000 were incurred as a result of the Zed Books acquisition (six months ended 31 August 2019: £350,000 and year ended 29 February 2020: £461,000 has been incurred as a result of the Group's acquisition of rights, primarily that of Oberon Books Limited and the joint venture; Beijing CYP & Gakken Education Development Co., Ltd).

For the six months ended 31 August 2020, restructuring costs of £31,000 were incurred as a result of the acquisition of Oberon Books Limited and Zed Books (year ended 29 February 2020 restructuring costs of £98,000 relate to the acquisition of Oberon Books Limited and I.B. Tauris & Co. Limited).

For the year ended 29 February 2020, Coronavirus onerous costs of £180,000 are irrecoverable costs crystallised in the year associated with book fairs and conferences that were cancelled due to the coronavirus.

 

5.         Dividends

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year

ended

 

31 August

31 August

29 February

 

2020

2019

2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Amounts paid in the period

 

 

 

Prior period final dividend

-

5,051

5,051

Interim dividend

-

-

958

Total dividend payments in the period

-

5,051

6,009

Amounts arising in respect of the period

 

 

 

Interim dividend for the period

1,045

958

958

Final dividend for the year

-

-

-

Total dividend for the period

1,045

958

958

 

The proposed interim dividend of 1.28 pence per ordinary share will be paid to the equity Shareholders on 4 December 2020 to Shareholders registered at close of business on 6 November 2020.

 

For the year ended 29 February 2020, Bloomsbury made a bonus issue to Shareholders in lieu of, and with a value equivalent to, its proposed final cash dividend of 6.89 pence per ordinary share.

 

 

6.         Earnings per share

 

The basic earnings per share for the six months ended 31 August 2020 is calculated using a weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue of 80,190,832 (31 August 2019: 77,343,137 and 29 February 2020: 77,345,922) after deducting shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust. 

 

The diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares to take account of all dilutive potential Ordinary Shares, which are in respect of unexercised share options and the performance share plan.

 

 

6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended

 

31 August

31 August

29 February

 

2020

2019

2020

 

Number

 

Number

restated*

Number

restated*

Weighted average shares in issue

80,190,832

77,343,137

77,345,922

Dilution

725,819

640,005

1,026,939

Diluted weighted average shares in issue

80,916,651

77,983,142

78,372,861

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit after tax attributable to owners of the Company

2,320

968

10,501

Basic earnings per share

2.89p

1.25p

13.58p

Diluted earnings per share

2.87p

1.24p

13.40p

 

 

 

 

Adjusted profit attributable to owners of the Company

3,339

2,071

12,720

Adjusted basic earnings per share

4.16p

2.68p

16.45p

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

4.13p

2.66p

16.23p

 

Adjusted profit is derived as follows:

Profit before tax

3,035

1,301

13,229

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

883

864

1,736

Other highlighted items

118

350

739

Adjusted profit before tax

4,036

2,515

15,704

 

Tax expense

715

333

2,728

Deferred tax movements on goodwill and acquired intangible assets

(21)

110

202

Tax expense on other highlighted items

3

1

54

Adjusted tax

697

444

2,984

 

Adjusted profit

3,339

2,071

12,720

 

The Group includes the benefit of tax amortisation of intangible assets in the calculation of adjusted tax as this more accurately aligns the adjusted tax charge with the expected cash tax payments.

 

*Restatement of earnings per share due to the bonus issue of shares (note 8).

 

 

7.         Trade and other receivables

 

 

31 August

31 August

29 February

 

2020

2019

2020

 Non-current

£'000

£'000

£'000

Prepayments and accrued income

1,092

1,338

1,237

Non-current trade and other receivables

1,092

1,338

1,237

 

 

 

 

Current

 

 

 

Gross trade receivables

56,292

54,803

54,252

Less: loss allowance

(3,371)

(1,682)

(1,832)

Net trade receivables

52,921

53,121

52,420

Income tax recoverable

1,108

1,582

481

Other receivables

2,740

1,607

1,510

Prepayments and accrued income

4,067

4,289

5,551

Royalty advances

24,898

25,360

24,843

Current trade and other receivables

85,734

85,959

84,805

Total trade and other receivables

86,826

87,297

86,042

 

Trade receivables principally comprise amounts receivable from the sale of books due from distributors. Most trade debtors are secured by credit insurance and in certain territories by third party distributors.

 

A provision is held against gross advances payable in respect of published titles advances which may not be fully earned down by anticipated future sales. As at 31 August 2020 £6,239,000 (31 August 2019 £6,389,000 and 29 February 2020 £5,604,000) of royalty advances relate to titles expected to publish after more than 12 months.

 

 

8.         Restatement of earnings per share due to the bonus issue of shares in the period

 

On 28 August 2020 a bonus issue in lieu of final dividend of 2,513,674 Ordinary Shares of 1.25 pence each, were provided to Shareholders on the register on the record date of 31 July 2020.  This bonus issue was made to Shareholders in lieu of, and with a value equivalent to, the final dividend Bloomsbury would have declared in the absence of coronavirus.

 

 

Six months ended

31 August

2019

(restated)

Six months ended

31 August

2019

 

Year

ended

29 February

2020

(restated)

Year

ended

29 February

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

1.25p

1.29p

13.58p

14.03p

Diluted earnings per share

1.24p

1.28p

13.40p

13.84p

Adjusted basic earnings per share

2.68p

2.77p

16.45p

17.00p

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

2.66p

2.74p

16.23p

16.77p

Weighted average number of shares used in basic earnings per share calculation

77,343,137

74,828,480

77,345,922

74,830,714

Weighted average number of shares used in diluted earnings per share calculation

77,983,142

 

 

75,468,485

78,372,861

75,857,653

 

9.         Related parties

 

The Group has no related party transactions in the current or prior periods other than key management remuneration.

Responsibility Statement of the Directors in Respect of the Interim Financial Statements

 

Directors

 

Sir Richard Lambert

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Nigel Newton

Chief Executive

John Warren

Independent Non-Executive Director

Senior Independent Director

Chair of the Audit Committee

Leslie-Ann Reed

Independent Non-Executive Director

Steven Hall

Independent Non-Executive Director

Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Penny Scott-Bayfield

Group Finance Director

 

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

 

·    The condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.

 

·    The interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:

 

(a)    DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

 

(b)    DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

       

       

By order of the Board

 

 

 

 

Nigel Newton                                    Penny Scott-Bayfield     

 

27 October 2020

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

Bloomsbury has a systematic and embedded risk management process for identifying and addressing the short to long-term risks and uncertainties for its operations worldwide.  The strategy implemented by the Board aims to mitigate the main risks and exploit opportunities to create sustainable returns for shareholders.  A summary of the principal risks and uncertainties to the business are as follows:

·    Market: including market volatility due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, increased dependence on internet retailing, sales of used books and rental of text books;

·    Importance of digital publishing: BDR revenues and profit;

·    Acquisitions: Risk of delivering lower than expected return on investment;

·    Title acquisition: Commercial viability of titles acquired;

·    Information and technology systems: Cybersecurity and the risk of malware attack, and the risk of inadequate internal access controls or security measures;

·    Financial valuations: Judgemental valuation of assets and provisions;

·    Intellectual property: Erosion of copyright and infringement of IP by third parties;

·    Reliance on key counterparties: Failure of key counterparties or breakdown in key counterparty relationships;

·    Talent management: Failure to retain key talent and create the conditions in which employees can thrive;

·    Legal and compliance: Breach of key contracts by the Company and failure to comply with applicable regulations; and

·    Reputation: Investor confidence.

Further information about the principal risks and mitigation of those risks included in the 2020 Annual Report and Accounts.

 INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC 

Conclusion 

We have been engaged by the company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 August 2020 which comprises the condensed consolidated interim income statement, the condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated interim statement of financial position, the condenses consolidated interim statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated interim statement of cash flows and the related explanatory notes. 

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 August 2020 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ("the DTR") of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority ("the UK FCA").   

Scope of review 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the UK.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  We read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and consider whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements. 

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.  

Directors' responsibilities 

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the DTR of the UK FCA. 

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU.  The directors are responsible for preparing the condensed set of financial statements included in the half-yearly financial report in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the EU

Our responsibility 

Our responsibility is to express to the company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review. 

The purpose of our review work and to whom we owe our responsibilities

This report is made solely to the company in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the company in meeting the requirements of the DTR of the UK FCA.  Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to it in this report and for no other purpose.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have reached. 

 

 

Sarah Styant

for and on behalf of KPMG LLP 

Chartered Accountants 

15 Canada Square

London

E14 5GL

 

27 October 2020 

 

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