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Rotala PLC - Half-year Report

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Rotala PLC
15 September 2020
 

 

15 September 2020

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

Rotala Plc

("Rotala" or "the Company" or "the Group")

 

Unaudited Interim Results

 

Rotala plc (AIM:ROL), a provider of transport solutions across the UK, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months to 31 May 2020.

 

Highlights

 

·     Operating profit before exceptional items for first half 2020 of £0.37m (H1 2019: £2.3m), despite impact of COVID-19

·     Passenger volumes gradually increasing as Government restrictions eased

·     Operating well within extended overdraft facility put in place by the Company's bankers  HSBC

·     Bus services continue to be well supported by Government

·     No necessity for Company to utilise any of the Government loan schemes

·     Post-crisis opportunities for both organic growth and growth by acquisition

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

 

Rotala Plc

0121 322 2222

John Gunn, Chairman

 

Simon Dunn, Chief Executive

 

Kim Taylor, Group Finance Director

 

 

 

Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker:

Cenkos Securities plc

 

020 7397 8900

Stephen Keys/Callum Davidson (Corporate Finance)

Michael Johnson/Julian Morse (Corporate Broking)

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

I am pleased to present this interim report to shareholders in respect of the six months ended 31 May 2020.  Up until the COVID-19 pandemic triggered the "lockdown" phase of the Government's response in late March 2020, the Group was trading in line with budget and was well on course to achieve its best ever first half results.  All that progress was halted however when the Government introduced severe restrictions on travel for all but essential workers on 23rd March 2020.

In line with the announcement dated 9 April 2020, the Company has continued over the intervening period to align bus services with local requirements, reduce commensurately the costs of operation and conserve cash. Cash flow, both at EBITDA level and net of all debt, interest and other payments, was quickly stabilised and since the beginning of May 2020 has been positive. As highlighted in the same 9 April 2020 announcement, the bankers to the Company, HSBC Bank Plc, responded to the COVID-19 crisis by increasing the Company's overdraft facility to £6.6 million.  The Company has operated well within that facility in the intervening period and, whilst it has benefited from the grants Government is providing to the bus sector, it has not taken up any of the options offered under the various Government-supported loan schemes, and at the current time sees no requirement to do so. Besides the response of HSBC Bank Plc outlined above, the Company benefited from a moratorium of between three and six months declared by the majority of hire purchase finance providers.

In the announcement of 9 April 2020 we set out the Group's response to the restrictions placed upon it by Government action. In brief we consulted closely with the Local Authorities in whose areas we operate (as we were directed to do by Government), reconfigured timetables to meet the likely new passenger levels and reduced driver rosters to match the new levels of service provision. All other employees not rostered to work were placed into the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. At the beginning of the crisis passenger loadings fell to under 15% of expected levels on a like for like basis but since then passenger volumes have slowly recovered as the crisis has eased and the Government has lifted many of the initial restrictions.

At the time of writing passenger volumes are rising steadily as schools have returned and the holiday season has ended. On a like for like basis passenger volumes now stand at about 54% of the same period in the previous year. We expect this upward trend to continue. To match these increases bus service frequencies have been gradually returned to pre-crisis levels. We are now running at roughly the level we were at before the Coronavirus crisis hit. We are also playing our full part in the Home to School transport initiative being funded by the Department of Education. Staff have accordingly gradually been brought back from furlough. At one time just under 50% of staff were on furlough but this proportion has fallen steadily and, bearing in mind that between 5% and 10% of staff are always on holiday, almost all of our staff are now back at work.   

Throughout this period the support of Government at local and national level has been key to sustaining our operations. As we highlighted in the announcement of 9 April 2020, as soon as the "lockdown" phase of the Coronavirus pandemic began, the UK Government designated bus operation to be an essential service. Government also took steps, through specific direction provided by the Cabinet Office to all arms of the State at both national and local level and through the Department for Transport, to ensure that bus companies had sufficient cash flow to support the operations that they were being asked to run. These measures encompassed a specific COVID-19 Bus Service Support Grant (now renamed "CBSSG Restart") and the maintenance of Bus Services Operator's Grant, concessionary fares re-imbursements and payments for contracted bus services broadly at their pre-crisis levels. These support measures continue to be in place at the current time. We remain grateful to Government for recognising early that bus operation was indeed an essential public service and for putting in place the support measures that were necessary to keep services running in very adverse circumstances.

 

Government has confirmed that CBSSG Restart and all other support measures will continue in place for the time being. Government has stated that, if it decides to terminate CBSSG Restart, it will give eight weeks' notice of termination. This should give ample time for us to make any service changes which might be necessary following the withdrawal of the grant.

 

 

Results and review of trading

For the six months ended 31 May 2020 group revenues were £35.5 million (2019: £30.5 million). However, as should be apparent from my words above, there is no comparability between the two accounting periods and therefore little meaningful to be said, except to point out that the 2020 figures include the results of the Bolton acquisition made in August 2019, but that the results for the period ended 31 May 2019 obviously do not include any such contribution.  In the period to 31 May 2020 the grant and subsidy regime described above contributed £7.1 million to total revenues (which are broken down in detail in note 3 to this statement).   

Despite the adverse operating conditions, before exceptional items, the Group recorded an Operating Profit of £373,000 for the six months to 31 May 2020 overall (2019: £2,330,000). For the same period the Group incurred a charge of £4.1 million for exceptional items, largely brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. The charge is analysed in detail in Note 4 to this statement and is the main cause of the loss before tax of £4.9 million (2019: profit before tax £1.1 million). The principal components of that charge are as follows:

·              As the COVID-19 crisis took hold it rapidly became clear to the Board that the oldest vehicles in the bus fleet (retained mainly to increase the flexibility of service operation) were very unlikely ever to see service again. Accordingly the Board concluded that it would be more beneficial to group cash flow to sell these seventy one vehicles for scrap and take a one-off charge to the profit and loss account of £913,000. The group's cash flow will be improved by about £300,000 by the combined effect of the sale of the buses and the release back into the tyre pool of the tyres used by these vehicles;

·              In order to hedge its requirement for diesel fuel, the Group enters, as a matter of course, into diesel commodity forward contracts. These agreements do not meet the definition of hedging transactions under IAS 39 "Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement". Accordingly they are accounted for as a derivative and are recorded at fair value through profit and loss in any accounting period. This means that the group's entire fuel derivative exposure is marked to the market price at the end of any reporting period. Therefore the profit and loss account for the six months ended 31 May 2020 recognises the charge of £2,877,000 required to reflect the full potential loss to the Company of all its remaining fuel derivative contracts at the price prevailing at that date. Since 31 May 2020 the market prices and exchange rate underlying this provision have changed considerably and as at 31 August 2020 the provision required was £1,626,000, £1,258,000 as a current liability and £368,000 as a non-current liability. The cash flow impact of the mark to market provision on the fuel derivative exposure, if realized wholly into cash, would arise evenly over the eighteen months to 30 November 2021.

 

Financial review

The Board believes that the Company will be able to sustain its activities for the foreseeable future under current operating conditions. Therefore it is considered to be appropriate to draw up these financial statements on the going concern basis.

 

Income statement

Trading conditions for the six months ended 31 May 2020 were abnormal and not directly comparable with preceding accounting periods. The restrictions on trading prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic caused gross profits to fall by 14% compared to the same period in 2019 and the gross profit percentage to fall to 14.2% (2019: 19%). Administrative expenses rose to £4.7m (2019: £3.5 million) reflecting the addition of the large depot at Bolton in the second half of 2019. Consequently Profit from Operations before exceptional items fell to £373,000 (2019: £2,330,000) and, after interest and tax, a loss before exceptional items of £644,000 was recorded (2019: profit £1,269,000). The loss per share was 1.29 pence (2019: profit per share of 2.64 pence).

The composition of the charge for exceptional items of £4.1 million has already been analysed above. The Loss from Operations after exceptional items was £3.8 million (2019: Profit of £1.9 million) and, on the same basis, the Loss before Tax was £4.9 million (2019: Profit before Tax of £1.1 million). The loss per share for the period was therefore 7.61 pence (2019: profit per share of 1.75 pence).

 

Balance sheet

The balance sheet as at 31 May 2020 was relatively static when compared to that pertaining at 30 November 2019. Note 6 should be consulted for a detailed analysis of property, plant and equipment. In accordance with IFRS 16 - Leases (see note 2) right of use assets were recognised in the opening balance sheet using the modified retrospective approach. Some additions were made to the vehicle fleet in the period but, given that deliveries of new buses for the Bolton re-equipment were delayed by the pandemic, they were outweighed by depreciation, disposals and the decision, as above, to scrap 71 older vehicles. The liabilities side of the balance sheet encompasses for the first time the lease obligations calculated under IFRS 16, as both current and non-current liabilities.  Otherwise the only item of note is that, making use of the increased overdraft facility provided by HSBC Bank Plc as part of their response to the COVID-19 crisis, net bank debt increased from £24.6 million at 30 November 2019 to £26.5 million as at 31 May 2020. No new bank borrowings were taken out in the period under review and indeed a small repayment of mortgage borrowings was made in the period.

 

Cash flow statement

Despite the loss before tax of £4.9 million for the period, major components of that loss were formed from non-cash items. Thus the Group was able to record a positive cash flow generated from operations of £1,235,000 (2019: £1,456,000) and positive net cash flow from operating activities of £668,000 (2019: £1,070,000).

 

The sale proceeds of the disposal of the Atherton depot in May 2020 outweighed purchases of property, plant and equipment and the interim dividend was paid in December 2019, well before the COVID-19 crisis was upon us, but no final dividend was declared and paid.

 

The mortgage repayment of £1 million of the previous year was directly connected to the sale of a property and so was not repeated this year. The capital payments under HP agreements benefited somewhat from the moratorium already mentioned but otherwise the pattern of payments and receipts under financing activities was very similar to the comparative period. Cash used in financing activities therefore totalled £3.1 million (2019: £3.2 million) and the net decrease in cash and cash equivalents at this stage of the year was actually lower than in the comparative period at £2.1 million (2019: £2.6 million).   

 

New vehicles

The delayed delivery of the new buses for the Bolton depot, to replace the buses presently leased from First Group plc in accordance with the terms of the acquisition in August 2019, means that a large batch of these vehicles will arrive in close order in the second half of the year and cause the book value of passenger service vehicles and the hire purchase debt financing them to increase by about £17 million by 30 November 2020. The remainder of the vehicles on order, with a value of some £11 million, almost all destined for Bolton, will arrive throughout 2021. In cash flow terms these acquisitions will be cash neutral as the current leasing costs are equivalent to the capital repayments on the new vehicles. In addition the replacement vehicles are far more fuel efficient and have much lower maintenance costs. Furthermore, given the change in circumstances since these orders were placed last year, we do not foresee any requirement, unless for completely new business, to acquire any vehicles for the following two years. In a normal year we would expect to invest about £4m in the natural cycle of fleet replacement, so, after the initial large increase in the size of the outstanding HP debt, that increase will be temporary and reduce rapidly so that, when the next re-equipment cycle begins HP debt levels will be comparable to where they were as at 31 May 2020.

 

Dividends

Because of the onset of the lockdown under the COVID-19 crisis the directors were unable to recommend to the Annual General Meeting in May 2020 a final dividend in respect of the year ended 30 November 2019. One of the terms of the CBSSG Restart scheme is that no dividends can be paid to shareholders. However, once the CBSSG Restart grant period has ended, the Board will consider whether it is possible to reinstate dividend payments.

 

Fuel hedging update

 

The normal annual fuel requirement of the Group is approximately 14.0 million litres.  In drawing up its budget for 2020 and beyond the Board originally targeted an average fuel price of about 100p a litre. The board continued to hedge this fuel requirement until early in 2020. By that stage about 77% of the group's fuel requirement for 2020 was covered by hedging contracts and about 87% of the fuel requirement for 2021. Actual fuel usage during the COVID-19 crisis has of course been well below expected levels and full provision has been made in these financial statements against the fuel derivative exposure as at 31 May 2020 at the then market prices.

 

Outlook

 

For the foreseeable future the Group will continue to work closely with the Department for Transport and relevant Local Authorities and be in receipt of the various elements of Government support in the form of the grants and subsidies already described. In these abnormal circumstances it is not possible, while the CBSSG Restart regime remains in place, to give any guidance to the market as to expected financial performance. 

The Board does expect the steadily increasing trend in passenger volumes to continue until normal trading conditions can be re-established, although it is of course impossible to forecast exactly when that will be. The Board however does believe that the Company will be well placed after the pandemic has passed to take advantage of opportunities in the bus market. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis it was evident that the likelihood of major opportunities in our markets was increasing. Since then a number of small and medium sized competitors in our areas of operation have either collapsed or withdrawn from the market and the factors causing stress to several of our larger competitors have not diminished. Therefore the Board expects there to be increased opportunities in the future both for organic growth and for sizeable acquisitions. 

In addition the Board believes that the Group, its management and its employees have met the stress test posed by extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances and come through them with flying colours. We have seen service delivery and reliability improve throughout the crisis, management learn to be quicker on its feet, and the increased investment in systems infrastructure continue to produce discernible benefits.  We are therefore very confident that, operationally, the Group is in good shape, fitter and leaner to meet the challenges that lie beyond the end of the COVID-19 crisis.   

 

 

John Gunn

Non-Executive Chairman

 

15 September 2020

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated income statement

Note

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2019

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2019

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results

before

 exceptional items

Exceptional

items

 

Results

for the

period

Results

before

 exceptional items

Exceptional

items

 

 

 

Results

for the

period

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

35,495

-

35,495

30,523

-

30,523

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(30,460)

-

(30,460)

(24,698)

-

(24,698)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

5,035

-

5,035

5,825

-

5,825

 

 

Administrative expenses

 


(4,662)


(4,129)


(8,791)


(3,495)


(386)


(3,881)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) from operations

 

373

(4,129)

(3,756)

2,330

(386)

1,944

 

 

Finance expense

 

 


(1,168)


-


(1,168)


(801)


-


(801)

 

 

(Loss)/profit before taxation

 

4


(795)


(4,129)


(4,924)


1,529


(386)


1,143

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax credit/(expense)

 

151

963

1,114

(260)

(41)

(301)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the period attributable to the equity holders of the parent

 

(644)

(3,166))

(3,810)

1,269

(427)

842

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share for (loss)/profit attributable to the equity holders of the parent for the period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic (pence)

5

(1.29)

 

(7.61)

2.64

 

1.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted (pence)

5

(1.29)

 

(7.61)

2.64

 

1.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated income statement

Note

Audited year ended 30 November

2019

Audited year ended 30 November

2019

Audited year ended 30 November

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results

before

exceptional items

Exceptional

items

 

Results

for the

year

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

67,533

-

67,533

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(53,917)

-

(53,917)

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

13,616

-

13,616

 

Administrative expenses

 


(7,563)


(1,806)


(9,369)

 

Profit from operations

 


6,053


(1,806)


4,247

 

Finance income

 

 

53

 

-

 

53

 

Finance expense

 

 


(1,688)


-


(1,688)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

4,418

(1,806)

2,612

Tax expense

 

(840)

175

(665)

Profit for the year attributable to the equity holders of the parent

 

3,578

(1,631)

1,947

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share for profit attributable to the equity holders of the parent during the year:

 

 

 

 

Basic (pence)

5

7.35

 

4.00

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted (pence)

5

7.35

 

4.00

 

 

 

 

 

                   

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2019

Audited year ended 30 November 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the period

(3,810)

842

1,947

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

Actuarial gain on defined benefit pension scheme

-

-

527

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax on actuarial gain on defined benefit pension scheme

-

-

(100)

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the period (net of tax)

-

-

427

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (expense)/income for the period attributable to the equity holders of the parent

(3,810)

842

2,374

Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

Notes

Unaudited as at 31 May 2020

Unaudited as at 31 May 2019

Audited as at 30 November 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

6

51,427

41,518

51,698

Defined benefit pension asset

 

2,319

1,737

2,319

Goodwill and other intangible assets

 

15,060

14,620

15,246

 

 

_____

_____

_____

Total non-current assets

 

68,806

57,875

69,263

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

4,324

3,916

4,310

Trade and other receivables

 

19,403

19,396

18,275

Derivative financial instruments

 

-

152

36

Cash and cash equivalents

 

1,371

482

746

 

 

_____

_____

_____

Total current assets

 

25,098

23,946

23,367

 

 

_____

_____

_____

Total assets

 

93,904

81,821

92,630

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(7,086)

(8,167)

(7,648)

Loans and borrowings

7

(22,009)

(16,152)

(19,267)

Obligations under hire purchase agreements

8

(4,188)

(3,951)

(4,295)

Other lease obligations

9

(731)

-

-

Derivative financial instruments

 

(1,710)

(20)

(3)

 

 

______

______

_____

Total current liabilities

 

(35,724)

(28,290)

(31,213)

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

7

(5,946)

(3,982)

(6,124)

Obligations under hire purchase agreements

8

(16,262)

(11,861)

(15,934)

Other lease obligations

9

(1,889)

-

-

Provision for liabilities

 

(109)

(334)

(234)

Derivative financial instruments

 

(655)

-

-

Net deferred taxation

 

(1,401)

(2,058)

(2,515)

 

 

______

______

______

Total non-current liabilities

 

(26,262)

(18,235)

(24,807)

 

 

______

______

______

Total liabilities

 

(61,986)

(46,525)

(56,020)

 

 

_____

_____

_____

Net assets

 

31,918

35,296

36,610

 

 

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Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

 

Unaudited as at 31 May 2020

Unaudited as at 31 May 2019

Audited as at 30 November 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of parent

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

12,731

12,220

12,731

Share premium reserve

 

12,369

11,779

12,369

Merger reserve

 

2,567

2,567

2,567

Shares in treasury

 

(806)

(817)

(806)

Retained earnings

 

5,057

9,547

9,749

 

 

______

______

_____

Total equity

 

31,918

35,296

36,610

 

 

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Condensed consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

Called up share capital

Share premium account

Merger reserve

Shares in treasury

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 December 2018

12,220

11,779

2,567

(817)

9,146

34,895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

842

842

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

842

842

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

(441)

(441)

Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

(441)

(441)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 May 2019

12,220

11,779

2,567

(817)

9,547

35,296

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

1,105

1,105

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

427

427

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

1,532

1,532

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payment

-

-

-

-

2

2

Shares issued

511

590

-

11

-

1,112

Dividends paid and accrued 

-

-

-

-

(1,332)

(1,332)

Transactions with owners

511

590

-

11

(1,330)

(218)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 November 2019

12,731

12,369

2,567

(806)

9,749

36,610

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in accounting policy - IFRS 16 "Leases"

-

-

-

-

(882)

(882)

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(3,810)

(3,810)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive expense

-

-

-

-

(4,692)

(4,692)

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 May 2020

12,731

12,369

2,567

(806)

5,057

31,918

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated cash flow statement

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2020

Unaudited  6 months ended 31 May 2019

Audited year ended 30 November 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the period before tax

(4,924)

1,143

2,612

Finance expense (net)

1,168

801

1,635

Depreciation 

4,138

2,090

4,361

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment

(331)

(31)

(4)

Acquisition expenses

-

-

578

Contribution to defined benefit pension scheme

-

(129)

(190)

Amortisation of intangibles

187

257

501

Notional expense of defined benefit pension scheme

-

-

5

 

____

____

____

Cash flows from operating activities before changes in working capital and provisions

238

4,131

9,498

 

 

 

 

Increase in trade and other receivables

(1,129)

(3,501)

(2,377)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

(132)

1,792

(79)

Increase in inventories

(15)

(391)

(590)

Movement on provisions

(125)

(406)

(506)

Movement on derivative financial instruments

2,398

(169)

(71)

 

____

____

____

 

997

(2,675)

(3,623)

 

____

____

____

Cash generated from operations

1,235

1,456

5,875

 

 

 

 

Interest paid on hire purchase agreements and other lease obligations

(567)

(386)

(664)

 

____

____

____

Net cash flows from operating activities

668

1,070

5,211

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated cash flow statement

Unaudited 6 months ended 31 May 2020

Unaudited  6 months ended 31 May 2019

Audited year ended 30 November 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Acquisitions of businesses

-

-

(5,992)

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(464)

(589)

(1,325)

Sale of property, plant and equipment

729

113

96

 

_____

_____

_____

Net cash flows derived from/(used in) investing activities

265

(476)

(7,221)

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from financing activities

 

 

 

Shares issued

-

-

1,112

Dividends paid

(476)

(441)

(1,297)

Proceeds of mortgage and other bank loans

-

750

6,750

Repayment of bank and other borrowings

(176)

(1,139)

(1,283)

Bank interest paid

(517)

(507)

(1,037)

Hire purchase refinancing receipts

185

354

353

Capital settlement payments on vehicles sold

-

(115)

(117)

Capital element of obligations under hire purchase agreements

(1,607)

(2,086)

(4,199)

Other lease obligations under IFRS 16

(459)

-

-

 

_____

_____

____

Net cash (used in)/generated from financing activities

(3,050)

(3,184)

282

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(2,117)

(2,590)

(1,728)

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

(1,959)

(231)

(231)

 

_____

_____

_____

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

(4,076)

(2,821)

(1,959)

 

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Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the six months ended 31 May 2020

 

1.     Basis of preparation:

 

The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared using the accounting policies set out in the group's 2019 statutory financial statements. However for the year ending 30 November 2020 the group is required to adopt IFRS 16 - Leases (see note 2).

The financial statements of the group for the full year are prepared in accordance with IFRS's as adopted by the European Union and these interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting". The interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.   

 

2.     IFRS 16 - Leases:

Under this standard the group, as a lessee, is required to recognize on-balance sheet its right to use all leased assets, except short term leases and leases of low value items, and the corresponding lease liability, being the obligation to make lease payments. In applying IFRS 16 the group has adopted the modified retrospective approach. This approach requires that the cumulative profit and loss account effect of the adoption of the accounting standard is recognised as an adjustment to opening reserves.   Furthermore the value of the right of use assets should be recognised at the commencement date together with the corresponding lease liabilities. Comparative figures are, under this approach, not required to be adjusted and have not been so adjusted.

Therefore as at 1 December 2019 (the commencement date) the group recognised:

·      as an asset the carrying value of right of use assets at a gross value of £4,161,000 (see note 6);

·      accumulated depreciation on those assets of £2,293,000 (see note 6);

·      as a liability the present value of the minimum lease payments on right of use assets of £2,750,000;

·      an adjustment to opening reserves of £882,000 (see the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Equity).

The group had already recognized as an asset a leasehold interest at its fair value at the date of     acquisition in 2006, which has now been reclassified as a right of use asset. Accounting standards at that time did not require the recognition of a corresponding right of use liability, which is therefore now included within the above calculation for the present value of the minimum lease payments.    

The adoption of this standard has had and will have no material impact on the profit and loss account of the group in the current accounting period. 

3.     Turnover:

Revenue represents sales to external customers excluding value added tax. All of the activities of the group are conducted in the United Kingdom within the operating segment of provision of bus services. Management monitors revenue across the following business streams: contracted services, commercial services and charter services.

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 31 May 2020

Six months ended 31 May 2019

Year ended 30 November 2019

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Commercial

19,385

19,175

45,842

Contracted

8,789

10,566

20,223

Charter

209

782

1,468

Grants and subsidies

7,112

-

-

Total

35,495

30,523

67,533

 

As set out in the Chairman's Statement the group has been the beneficiary of extensive support in the current accounting period from the Department of Transport and Local Authorities. The principal component parts of the income from grants and subsidies in the period were:

·      Concessionary fares income received but not matched by the carriage of a passenger - £2,660,000;

·      Bus Services Operator's Grant not matched by actual kilometres driven - £597,000;

·      COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant - £3,623,000.

4.     Profit before taxation:

 

Profit before taxation includes the following items which the directors consider to be outside of the normal trading transactions of the group and are therefore to be regarded as exceptional in nature:

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited 6 months ended  31 May 2020

Unaudited 6 months ended  31 May 2019

Audited year ended 30 November 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation charge for vehicles scrapped

(913)

-

-

Mark to market provision on fuel derivatives

(2,877)

325

58

Amortisation of intangible assets

(187)

(257)

(501)

Professional fees and re-organisation expense related to COVID-19 

(29)

-

-

Other transaction costs

(123)

(57)

(67)

Acquisition costs

-

(397)

(578)

Costs of reorganisation and integration of acquisitions

-

-

(717)

Share based payment expense

-

-

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit within profit before taxation

(4,129)

(386)

(1,806)

 

The principal elements of the charge for exceptional items in the period consist of the following items described in detail in the Chairman's Statement:

·      Depreciation charge for vehicles scrapped: the oldest vehicles in the bus fleet (retained mainly to increase the flexibility of service operation) are unlikely ever to see service again. Accordingly the board concluded that it would be more beneficial to group cash flow to sell these seventy one vehicles for scrap and take a charge to the profit and loss account of £913,000;

·      Mark to market provision on fuel derivatives:  the profit and loss account for the six months ended 31 May 2020 recognises the charge required to reflect the full potential loss to the Company on all its remaining fuel derivative contracts at the price prevailing at that date.

5.     Earnings per share:

 

Basic earnings per share have been calculated on the basis of profit after taxation and the weighted average number of shares in issue for the period of 50,091,109 (May 2019: 48,026,580; November 2019: 48,673,701). Diluted earnings per share have been calculated on the basis of profit after taxation and the weighted average number of shares in issue (including such potential issues as are dilutive) for the period of 50,091,109 (May 2019: 48,026,580; November 2019: 48,673,701).

Basic adjusted and diluted adjusted earnings per share before exceptional items have been calculated using the same weighted average numbers of shares in issue, but on the basis of profits after tax and before any exceptional items. This is done in order to aid comparability between the accounting periods.

 

6.     Property, plant and equipment

 

 

Freehold

and leasehold land and

buildings

Right of use assets under IFRS 16

 

Plant and

machinery

Public

service

vehicles



Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost:

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 December 2018

7,103

-

5,238

50,954

63,295

Acquisition

4,692

-

500

-

5,192

Additions

186

-

895

10,435

11,516

Disposals

(11)

-

(323)

(2,721)

(3,055)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 November 2019

11,970

-

6,310

58,668

76,948

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right of use assets recognised under IFRS 16

-

4,161

-

-

4,161

Reclassifications

(913)

913

-

-

-

Additions

3

322

194

1,877

2,396

Disposals

(168)

-

(159)

(4,194)

(4,521)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 May 2020

10,892

5,396

6,345

56,351

78,984

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation:

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 December 2018

503

-

1,604

21,744

23,851

Charge for the year

75

-

486

3,800

4,361

Disposals

(11)

-

(321)

(2,630)

(2,962)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 November 2019

567

-

1,769

22,914

25,250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation on right of use assets recognised under IFRS 16

-

2,293

-

-

2,293

Reclassifications

(255)

255

-

-

-

Charge for the period

24

452

270

3,391

4,137

Disposals

(17)

-

(8)

(4,098)

(4,123)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 May 2020

319

3,000

2,031

22,207

27,557

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value:

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 May 2020

10,573

2,396

4,314

34,144

51,427

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 November 2019

11,403

-

4,541

35,754

51,698

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.     Loans and borrowings:

 

 

Secured bank loans are mortgage-type loans secured by reference to the group's freehold property.

 

At 31 May 2020

At 31 May 2019

At 30 November 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current:

 

 

 

Overdrafts

5,447

3,303

2,705

Bank loans (secured)

387

224

387

Bank loans (unsecured)

16,175

12,625

16,175

 

 

 

 

 

22,009

16,152

19,267

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non- current:

 

 

 

Bank loans (secured)

5,946

3,982

6,124

 

 

 

 

Total loans and borrowings

27,955

20,134

25,391

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.     Obligations under hire purchase agreements:

 

All finance leases are secured by the lessors' rights over the respective leased assets which consist principally of passenger service vehicles.

 

 

 

Obligations under hire purchase agreements

At 31 May 2020

At 31 May 2019

At 30 November 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Present value:

 

 

 

Not later than one year

4,188

3,951

4,295

More than one but less than two years

3,863

3,182

3,840

More than two but less than five years

7,978

6,609

8,051

Later than five years

4,421

2,070

4,043

 

20,450

15,812

20,229

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Other lease obligations:

 

Other lease obligations consist of those obligations created by the adoption in the current accounting period, for the first time, of the provisions of IFRS 16 - Leases (see note 2).

 

10.  Dividends:

 

On 13 December 2019 the company paid an interim dividend of 0.95 pence per share in respect of the year ended 30 November 2019; the directors were unable to recommend the payment of a final dividend in respect of that year because of the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. All dividends are payable in cash only.  

 

 

11.  Additional information:

 

The unaudited Consolidated Interim Report was approved by the Board of Directors on 14 September 2020. The consolidated interim financial information for the six months ended 31 May 2020 and for the six months ended 31 May 2019 is unaudited. The financial information in this interim announcement does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The statutory accounts of Rotala Plc for the year ended 30 November 2019 have been reported on by the company's auditors and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on these accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter and did not include a statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

 

 

12.  Copies of this statement are available from the registered office of the company at Rotala Group Headquarters, Cross Quays Business Park, Hallbridge Way, Tividale, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3HW or the Company's website www.rotalaplc.com.

 

 

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