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Distil PLC - Interim Results for the 6m ended 30 September 2020

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Distil PLC
15 October 2020
 

Distil plc

 

("Distil" or the "Group")

 

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

 

 

Distil (AIM: DIS), owner of premium drinks brands including RedLeg Spiced Rum, Blackwoods Gin and Blavod Black Vodka, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2020.

 

Operational review:

 

·      RedLeg Banana Rum launched into the UK market

·    Ready-to-drink ("RTD") RedLeg Pineapple Rum with Franklin & Sons Ginger Ale launched and listed in major UK retailers

·      Increase in Marketing headcount and investment

·      Increase in Product Development headcount, resources and investment

 

Financial Review - versus same period last year:

 

·      Revenue increased by 128% to £1,878k (2019: £824k)

·      Gross profit increased by 107% to £1,032k (2019: £499k)

·      Volume (litres) increased by 87%

·      Investment in brand marketing and promotion increased by 158% to £565k (2019: £219k)

·      Other administration costs increased by 10% to £307k (2019: £279k)

·      Operating profit of £154k (2019:  £1k)

·      Cash reserves at period end of £570k (2019: £836k)

 

Don Goulding, Executive Chairman, commenting on these results said:

"Our team responded well to both demand volatility and supply chain challenges during the first six months of this pandemic. We focused on providing customer support, and increased marketing investment together with greater flexibility. This has allowed us to adapt rapidly to market changes, customer needs, and ensure continuity of product supply throughout. Increased headcount and investment in new product development enabled the launch of new lines with more to follow.

 

Lockdowns and imposed restrictions, particularly on the hospitality sector and international travel, means we have seen a significant short term shift in product mix and source of business away from the On Trade and Travel Retail toward Grocery and online retail channels as consumers stayed home.

 

While the nature and speed of market recovery is uncertain we will remain responsive, flexible and efficient to ensure we exit this year in a stronger position.

 

Our priorities remain the welfare of our staff, our business, supporting our customers and our community."

 

 

 

 

Executive Chairman's Statement

Spirits have performed well as consumers served their favourite cocktails at home during lockdown. Rum and gin categories continue to perform well, with UK market audit data* for the 26 weeks to September suggesting flavoured rum grew 35% in value. 

 

On Trade has suffered from full closure during the spring and a slow reopening with subsequent curfews, while Travel retail has been hit hard with sales moving to Grocery and online retail. Our duty free market data suggests this sector has declined by c60% to 80% year-on-year in the key European and Eastern European markets.

 

A key development is our decision to make a threefold increase in new product development investment, including employing additional talent to assist build our capability. We have already seen the benefits of this move with the introduction of RedLeg Banana Rum, announced in September, revamped packaging for the entire RedLeg range, and a new ready-to-drink product, with more innovation planned to be brought to market in coming months in preparation for the market return.

 

 

Results versus same period last year

 

Combined sales revenues increased 128% to £1,878k, with exports advancing 165% and UK sales increasing 121%. 

 

Brand mix was affected by Covid-19 related restrictions and many consumers staying home. Blackwoods Gin sales improved by 74%, RedLeg Rum increased 139%, Blavod Vodka however, with its sales mainly through Duty Free and Travel Retail, fell by 70%.

 

The Company achieved an Operating profit of £154k (2019 : £1k).

 

Cash reserves are down year-on-year by £266k as trade and other receivables increased by £778K reflecting the increase in sales toward the period end. Net assets increased by £480k to £3,653K.

 

Production costs per unit increased mainly due to reduced line efficiencies through social distancing and other Covid-19 related measures. This has resulted in our margins moving from 61% to 55% in the short term.

 

Operations

 

The team has been agile in its efforts to minimise disruption to operations and supply chain, including building a robust inventory of raw materials and finished goods in order to manage supply risk in the event of further restrictions.

 

To assist with our new product development ambitions, we have agreed an ongoing partnership with a Master Distiller, in order to accelerate liquid development.

 

In addition, we have worked with suppliers to transition to sustainable packaging across the portfolio in line with our CSR commitments, and have certified all products in the range to be vegan and gluten-free.

 

Outlook

 

As previously mentioned, the Group has taken positive steps to respond to our relevant challenges and we expect to exit 2020 in a stronger position. However, due to uncertainties regarding movement restrictions and sector closures relating to the Covid-19 pandemic we consider it prudent not to provide market guidance for the full financial year to March 2021.

 

 

 

Distil plc - Half Year Results

 

 

 

Consolidated comprehensive interim income statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September 2020

Six months ended 30 September 2019

Year

ended 31 March 2020

 

Un-audited

Un-audited

Audited

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Revenue

1,878

824

2,441

Cost of sales

(847)

(325)

(995)

Gross profit

1,031

499

1,446

Administrative expenses:

 

 

 

Advertising and promotional costs

(565)

(219)

(665)

Other administrative expenses

(307)

(279)

(597)

Share based payment expense

(5)

-

-

Total administrative expenses

(877)

(498)

(1,262)

Operating profit

154

1

184

Finance income

-

-

-

Finance expense

-

(2)

(2)

Profit/(loss) before tax from continuing operations

154

(1)

182

Income tax

64

-

76

Profit/(loss) for the period

218

(1)

258

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) per share:

 

 

 

From continuing operations

 

 

 

Basic (pence per share)

0.04

(0.00)

0.05

Diluted (pence per share)

0.04

(0.00)

0.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated interim statement of financial position

 

As at 30 September 2020

As at 30 September 2019

As at 31 March 2020

 

 

Un-audited

Un-audited

Audited

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Right-of-use asset

-

37

-

 

Property, plant and equipment

151

143

153

 

Intangible fixed assets

1,586

1,566

1,577

 

Deferred tax asset

140

-

76

 

Total non-current assets

1,877

1,746

1,806

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

405

383

349

 

Trade and other receivables

1,157

379

543

 

Cash and cash equivalents

570

836

858

 

Total current assets

2,132

1,598

1,750

 

Total assets

4,009

3,344

3,556

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(356)

(133)

(126)

 

Lease liability

-

(38)

-

 

Total current liabilities

(356)

(171)

(126)

 

Total liabilities

(356)

(171)

(126)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

3,653

3,173

3,430

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

Share capital

1,292

1,292

1,292

 

Share premium

2,908

2,908

2,908

 

Share based payment reserve

88

83

83

 

Accumulated deficit

(635)

(1,110)

(853)

 

Total equity

3,653

3,173

3,430

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 
 

Consolidated interim cash flow statement

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September 2020

Six months ended 30 September 2019

Year ended 31 March 2020

 

 

Un-audited

Un-audited

Audited

 

Cashflows from operating activities

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Profit/(loss) before tax

154

(1)

182

 

Adjustments for non-cash/non-operating items:

 

 

 

 

Finance expense

-

2

2

 

Amortisation

-

25

49

 

Depreciation

7

6

13

 

Share based payment expense

5

-

-

 

 

166

32

246

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movements in working capital

 

 

 

 

Increase in inventories

(56)

(71)

(37)

 

Increase in trade receivables

(614)

(172)

(336)

 

Increase in trade payables

230

35

28

 

Cash used in operations

(440)

(208)

(345)

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(274)

(176)

(99)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cashflows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property plant & equipment

(5)

(20)

(37)

 

Expenditure relating to the acquisition and registration of licenses and trademarks

(9)

(10)

(21)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(14)

(30)

(58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cashflows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Interest on lease liabilities

-

-

(2)

 

Repayment of lease liabilities

-

(26)

(51)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

-

(26)

(53)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(288)

(232)

(210)

 

Cash & cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

858

1,068

1,068

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash & cash equivalents at the end of the period

570

836

858

 

 

 

 

 

 

             
 

 

Notes to the interims accounts:

 

1.     Basis of preparation

 

This interim consolidated financial information for the six months ended 30 September 2020 has been prepared in accordance with AIM Rule 18, 'Half yearly reports and accounts'. This interim consolidated financial information is not the Group's statutory financial statements within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 (and information as required by section 435 of the Companies Act 2006) and should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020, which have been prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and have been delivered to the Register of Companies. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified, did not include references to any matters to which drew attention by way of emphasis of matter without qualifying their report and did not contain any statements under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The interim consolidated financial information for the six months ended 30 September 2020 is unaudited. In the opinion of the Directors, the interim consolidated financial information presents fairly the financial position, and results from operations and cash flows for the period. Comparative numbers for the six months ended 30 September 2019 are also unaudited.

 

 

2.     Availability

 

Copies of the interim report will be available from Distil's registered office at 201 Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, EC4Y 0DT and also on www.distil.uk.com.

 

3.     Approval of interim report

 

This interim report was approved by the Board on 14 October 2020.

 

For further information please contact:

 

 

Distil plc

 

Don Goulding Executive Chairman

Shan Claydon, Finance Director

Tel: +44 203 283 4007

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (NOMAD)

 

Neil Baldwin

Mark Brady

Tel +44 203 368 3550

Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Limited (Broker)

 

Andy Thacker / Zoe Alexander

Tel +44 20 3657 0050

 

*Nielsen September 2020

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