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GAW.GB Games Workshop Group plc

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Games Workshop Group PLC Half-yearly Report (0164Z)

09/01/2024 7:00am

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Games Workshop Group PLC

09 January 2024

GAMES WORKSHOP GROUP PLC

9 January 2024

HALF-YEARLY REPORT

Games Workshop Group PLC ('Games Workshop' or the 'Group') announces its half-yearly results for the 26 week period to 26 November 2023.

Highlights:

 
                                              26 weeks to        26 weeks to 
                                         26 November 2023   27 November 2022 
--------------------------------------  -----------------  ----------------- 
 Core revenue                                   GBP235.6m          GBP212.3m 
 Licensing revenue                               GBP12.1m           GBP14.3m 
 Revenue                                        GBP247.7m          GBP226.6m 
 Revenue at constant currency                   GBP254.9m          GBP226.6m 
 Core operating profit                           GBP83.4m           GBP70.7m 
  Core operating profit at constant              GBP87.8m           GBP70.7m 
  currency 
 Licensing operating profit                      GBP11.1m           GBP12.9m 
  Licensing operating profit at                  GBP11.5m           GBP12.9m 
  constant currency 
 Operating profit                                GBP94.5m           GBP83.6m 
 Profit before taxation                          GBP95.2m           GBP83.6m 
 Net increase in cash - pre-dividends            GBP85.3m           GBP68.1m 
  paid 
 
 Earnings per share                                216.9p             202.4p 
 Dividends per share declared and 
  paid in the period                                 195p               165p 
 

Kevin Rountree, CEO of Games Workshop, said:

"Games Workshop and the Warhammer hobby are in great shape. We continue to perform well during challenging economic times, delivering record group revenue, profit and dividends in the period. Morale is good at Games Workshop and our hobbyists are having fun too."

 
 For further information, please 
  contact: 
 Games Workshop Group PLC            investorrelations@gwplc.com 
 Kevin Rountree, CEO 
 Rachel Tongue, CFO 
 
 Investor relations website          investor.games-workshop.com 
 General website                               www.warhammer.com 
 

See the glossary on page 20 for details on the alternative performance measures (APMs) used by the Group. Where appropriate, a reconciliation between an APM and its closest statutory equivalent is provided.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) no. 596/2014 (including as it forms part of the laws of England and Wales by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) ('MAR'). Upon the publication of this announcement, such information will no longer constitute inside information. Ross Matthews, the Company's General Counsel and Company Secretary, is the person responsible for making the notification for the purposes of Article 17 of MAR.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

26 weeks to 26 November 2023 and 27 November 2022:

Revenue and operating profit at actual rates

 
                            Core                   Licensing           Total 
--------------------  ----------------  ---------------------  ---------------- 
                         2023     2022        2023       2022     2023     2022 
                         GBPm     GBPm        GBPm       GBPm     GBPm     GBPm 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Trade                  136.1    120.9           -          -    136.1    120.9 
 Retail                  54.7     48.7           -          -     54.7     48.7 
 Online                  44.8     42.7           -          -     44.8     42.7 
 Licensing                  -        -        12.1       14.3     12.1     14.3 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Revenue                235.6    212.3        12.1       14.3    247.7    226.6 
 Cost of sales         (72.1)   (76.0)           -          -   (72.1)   (76.0) 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Gross profit           163.5    136.3        12.1       14.3    175.6    150.6 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Operating expenses    (80.1)   (65.6)       (1.0)      (1.4)     81.1   (67.0) 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Operating profit        83.4     70.7        11.1       12.9     94.5     83.6 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 

Revenue and operating profit at constant currency

 
                            Core                   Licensing           Total 
--------------------  ----------------  ---------------------  ---------------- 
                         2023     2022        2023       2022     2023     2022 
                         GBPm     GBPm        GBPm       GBPm     GBPm     GBPm 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Trade                  140.3    120.9           -          -    140.3    120.9 
 Retail                  56.5     48.7           -          -     56.5     48.7 
 Online                  45.6     42.7           -          -     45.6     42.7 
 Licensing                  -        -        12.5       14.3     12.5     14.3 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Revenue                242.4    212.3        12.5       14.3    254.9    226.6 
 Cost of sales         (73.0)   (76.0)           -          -   (73.0)   (76.0) 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Gross profit           169.4    136.3        12.5       14.3    181.9    150.6 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Operating expenses    (81.6)   (65.6)       (1.0)      (1.4)   (82.6)   (67.0) 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 Operating profit        87.8     70.7        11.5       12.9     99.3     83.6 
--------------------  -------  -------  ----------  ---------  -------  ------- 
 

Foreign exchange rates

Our currency exposures are the euro and US dollar:

 
                                                  euro                       US dollar 
                                      2023          2022           2023            2022 
 Rate used for the balance 
  sheet at the period end             1.15          1.16           1.26            1.21 
 Average rate used for earnings       1.16          1.17           1.25            1.18 
 
 

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT

Games Workshop and the Warhammer hobby are in great shape.

Strategy

We have remained focused on delivering our strategic goal - to make the best fantasy miniatures in the world, to engage and inspire our customers, and to sell our products globally at a profit. We intend to do this forever. Our decisions are focused on long-term success, not short-term gains.

This relentless focus from all in our vertically integrated business, continues to deliver record results. We continue to work tirelessly as a team to ensure we deliver our operational plans, surprising and delighting our fans.

It's worth noting that we have increased our cash buffer in the period to GBP75 million in line with the current three month cash cost of running Games Workshop - on a rainy day we'd prefer to be able to look after ourselves. Our job is to run the business under all scenarios.

Licensing - we own what we believe is some of the best under exploited intellectual property ('IP') globally. In the period reported, we have continued to patiently seek partners that can help us fulfil this potential. We will continue to grant licences to carefully chosen partners that respect the need for us to have complete ownership of our unique IP, to ensure no harm is done to the core business: a key risk we highlight every year. We will ensure we do everything we can to make the day to day IP approval process seamless. This process now rests within our Warhammer Studio; with the experts who understand our ambitions and have the IP knowledge.

Update

A solid six month period, successfully delivering the plans we set ourselves at the start of the year; with core revenue growth in all channels and in all major countries. We have improved our core gross margin and managed our operating expenses well, only allowing essential investments. These record results are driven by the launch of a significant number of new products across all of our IPs and the ongoing performance of products we launched in previous periods. We have delivered sales growth at constant currency rates, every month in line with our ambitious plan. Our June 2023 sales performance set a new benchmark for sales in one month driven by sales of our new Warhammer 40,000 core set.

We have made significant progress on our other strategic priorities including, as promised, a reduction in our carbon footprint; we are ahead of the milestones presented in the 2023 annual report. It's worth noting that we don't need to incentivise our great staff at Games Workshop with bonuses to do this - they believe it's the right thing to do. It's on all job specs as part of the day job, including my own.

Our staff and their team efforts are critical to our ongoing success. We thank them all for their ongoing support and their focus on delivering their department's goals. We also thank some of them for their resilience - our ongoing IT integration projects can at times test anyone's patience. Removing 20 year old legacy systems, launching a new online store and maintaining service levels as we deliver the highest volumes ever at our East Midlands Gateway ('EMG') warehouse, was never going to be easy. I am very proud of the team's efforts to date. We thank our impacted customers (less than 5%) for their significant patience too.

We've not had many people retire from Games Workshop. During the period, John Blanche stepped down from his job as art director in our design studio. He is a creative genius, and we thank him for sharing his enormous talents and enthusiasm with us for nearly 40 years. We all wish him well. He leaves us with a well invested and talented Warhammer Studio.

Also, after 27 years with the Group and nine years on the board, Rachel Tongue has informed the board that she does not propose to offer herself for re-election as chief financial officer at the next AGM in September 2024. Rachel will continue in her role, working as an integral part of my team to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities to her successor. Rachel is amazing and she will be missed enormously.

We thank Rachel for championing our business model and our culture, her incredible hard work and dedication and her endless commitment to ensuring we continue to improve every year. She has played a huge part in helping to deliver our ongoing success, we all wish her well for the future.

Rachel will step down from the board at the 2024 AGM and will leave the Group in January 2025. We will be commencing a search for her successor immediately.

Performance

Sales for the month of December are in line with our expectations.

At actual exchange rates:

-- Core revenue growth - revenue growth (+11.0%) continues across Retail (+12.3%) and Trade (+12.6%) and Online (+4.9%).

-- Core gross margin has increased from 64.2% to 69.4%, mainly due to a reduction of inventory provision charges and a reduction in carriage costs.

 
                                     % 
 Gross margin at November 2022    64.2 
 Inventory provision              +2.2 
 Logistics                        +2.1 
 Materials                        +0.5 
 Design                           +0.3 
 Production and other             -0.1 
 Gross margin before animation    69.2 
 Animation                        +0.2 
-------------------------------  ----- 
 Gross margin at November 
  2023                            69.4 
-------------------------------  ----- 
 
   --       Core operating expenses - up GBP14.5 million to GBP80.1 million. 
 
                                     GBPm 
 Core operating expenses at 
  November 2022                      65.6 
 Staff costs                         +4.3 
 Group Profit Share Scheme           +3.0 
 Major project expenditure           +3.8 
 IT and software support expenses    +0.8 
 Other                               +2.6 
----------------------------------  ----- 
 Core operating expenses at 
  November 2023                      80.1 
----------------------------------  ----- 
 

-- Core operating profit - up GBP12.7 million to GBP83.4 million and profit to sales ratio is up 2.1% to 35.4%.

-- Major projects - to date GBP4.3 million of operating expenses (2022/23: GBP4.5 million; GBP4.0 million of capital investment and GBP0.5 million of operating expenses) spent on projects in the first half, including investment in the new webstore.

-- Returns to shareholders - we have declared GBP64.2 million in dividends during the period (2022/23: GBP54.2 million).

-- Foreign exchange differences - we don't actively manage foreign exchange rates and we will continue to report the impact on our results.

Cash generation - we have continued to:

   --       Maintain an appropriate balance sheet to ensure we can withstand any short-term setbacks. 
   --       Provide for the safe ongoing operation of our global business in an ethical way. 
   --       Fund our own growth - reinvest to grow sustainably and deliver our strategy. 

-- Pay regular dividends to our shareholders - we return any 'truly surplus' cash as dividends as and when we have excess cash.

-- Cash generated from operations - GBP116.9 million (2022/23: GBP104.7 million). Included within this are working capital movements relating to an increase in inventory purchases of GBP4.4 million (higher volumes) and an increase in trade and other receivables of GBP7.4 million (correlated to higher trade sales and digital income). There was also an increase in advance payments by trade and online customers of GBP6.7 million. The advance payments relate to made to order products and a recent change in the preorder window for new release products. These orders will have been taken and paid for but not yet despatched and so not yet recognised as revenue.

 
                                      GBPm 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at May 2023                         90.2 
 Cash generated from operations     +116.9 
 Share issue and interest income      +3.6 
 Lease payments                       -6.3 
 Product development                  -7.0 
 Purchase of capital assets           -6.6 
 Tax paid                            -15.3 
 Dividends paid                      -64.2 
---------------------------------  ------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at November 2023                   111.3 
---------------------------------  ------- 
 

We are not planning any share buybacks or acquisitions.

Review of the period

Revenue

Core revenue

Reported core revenue grew by 11.0% to GBP235.6 million for the period. On a constant currency basis, sales were up by 14.2% to GBP242.4 million; split by channel this comprised: Trade GBP140.3 million (2022/23: GBP120.9 million), Retail GBP56.5 million (2022/23: GBP48.7 million) and Online GBP45.6 million (2022/23: GBP42.7 million).

Trade

Trade grew by 12.6% at actual rates, 16.0% at constant currency rates. The bulk of our sales to independent retailers are made via our telesales teams talking directly to our trade accounts. Our telesales teams strive to deliver excellent service from their locations in Memphis, Nottingham, Barcelona, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur. In the period, our net number of trade outlets globally increased by c.500 accounts to c.7,000 (not including 2,000+ major chain outlets stocking some key recruitment products).

Organic sales growth, particularly geographical spread in our smaller export countries, is an area of focus in the period ahead. The Warhammer hobby continues to spread globally.

It's worth noting that a large number of independent retailers also sell our products online, meaning our customers have more choice than ever about where to buy Warhammer. It's also worth reminding you that our success with our independents is not completely in our control. The viability of these stores is completely dependent on the store owner and their choices on what to sell. Most are reliant on a mix of product lines to maintain that viability e.g. collectible cards and board games.

Retail

Retail grew by 12.3% at actual rates, 16.0% at constant currency rates. Our stores have performed well during the period, with 81% of our stores delivering like for like growth in the reported period. The UK is recording record sales levels, including both Warhammer World at our Nottingham HQ and our UK high footfall store on Tottenham Court Road in London. North America retail is also at record sales levels: our new structure, which includes four new territory managers, has been implemented well. Retail thrives when we all help our store managers deliver a consistent performance, these results highlight how well the teams are working together. Globally we opened, including relocations, 14 stores (our plan is c.30 new stores for the full year). After closing five stores, our net total number of stores at the end of the period is 535.

Online

Online grew by 4.9% at actual rates, 6.8% at constant currency rates. In October we launched our new online store, there were some teething issues but no showstoppers, once again a great team effort from the staff involved. We have spent GBP10.8 million on this new online solution; we don't expect any significant additional investment in the years ahead.

We remain focused on joined-up customer experiences across all core sales channels.

Licensing revenue

Licensing revenue from royalty income decreased in the period by GBP2.2 million to GBP12.1 million (at constant currency, a decrease of GBP1.8 million to GBP12.5 million). This was partly due to a reduction of GBP1.1 million in guarantee income on multi-year contracts signed in the period. Guarantee income in the period was GBP6.2 million (2022/23: GBP7.3 million). This income was recognised in full at the inception of the contracts following assessment of the performance obligations of the contracts. Reported income is split as follows: 47% PC and console games, 33% mobile and 20% other.

Total revenue

Total revenue has increased by 9.3% to GBP247.7 million at actual rates, at constant currency total revenue increased by 12.4%.

Design

We design, make, and sell miniatures and related products under a number of brands and sub-brands. We have originated and are in control of a number of strong, globally recognised brands with their own identities, associations and logos.

Our key consumer facing brand is 'Warhammer' - this unites all aspects of the Warhammer hobby - collecting, building, painting, playing, reading, watching, gaming etc. in the worlds of Warhammer.

We have two main universes/settings - our dark, gritty fantasy sci-fi universe, which encompasses 'Warhammer 40,000', 'Warhammer The Horus Heresy' and 'Necromunda', and our unique fantasy setting that includes 'Warhammer Age of Sigmar', 'Blood Bowl' (albeit a tongue in cheek parody) and, the soon to be released, 'Warhammer The Old World'.

IP and design studio payroll costs increased by GBP1.0 million to GBP8.5 million in the period; as a percentage of core revenue they have increased by 0.1% to 3.6%. The total number of jobs in our Warhammer Studio is 310.

Manufacturing

We continue to manufacture all of our core products at our three factories in Nottingham. Work on improving efficiencies has negated the need for the purchase of any additional manufacturing equipment during the period and allowed numerous manufacturing output records to be broken. As part of our longer term capacity planning, we are exploring options for Factory 4 on the site next to Factory 2.

Our total manufacturing headcount has increased slightly during the period with the total number of jobs in our factories now standing at 361. An increase in temporary staff cost and the annual pay rise has increased manufacturing payroll costs by GBP0.7 million to GBP6.0 million; 2.5% of core revenue in both periods.

Warehousing

UK

Project work on our new warehouse management solution at our EMG location has been completed with the site now processing all UK and European customer orders (across all sales channels) as well as international freight to our global hubs. As highlighted earlier there are still some systems integration problems to resolve as part of replacing our core, 20 years old, legacy systems that the new warehouse management system interfaces to. This project internally is called SIP (Systems Improvement Programme). We don't expect to be fully optimised until this programme of work is delivered nor do we expect this to impact sales significantly; it may cause service levels to fall short at times for some customers. We will do everything we can to minimise this impact.

The original Eurohub warehouse at our HQ in Nottingham has now been reconfigured to serve as our dedicated component warehouse supplying our three factories. It's working well, to agreed KPIs and milestones.

North America

Additional robotics have been purchased (increasing from 45 to 70 robots) to further increase pick capacity. IT systems here are less complex than those at EMG (although both warehouses are using the same technology and robotics solutions), and they are meeting agreed KPIs and milestones.

Australia

In October we signed an eight year lease for a new facility in Australia, not far from our current site, which after over 20 years was no longer big enough. The new site is planned to be operational in April 2025.

Europe

We continue to review options for improving service levels to Continental Europe.

Total warehousing costs have increased by GBP0.9 million to GBP12.9 million at actual rates; as a percentage of core revenue they have decreased from 5.7% to 5.5%.

Service centres

IT - The team is starting to make some progress. The launch of our new web store was a key morale boosting milestone for them, and me too. The goal remains the same: our IT systems and infrastructure adapt and scale with the business as we grow. We will continue to invest in the team in the period ahead. In early 2024 I hope to sign off, with full board support, the SIP project highlighting the IT investment plan for the next two/three years. More on that in the 2024 annual report.

Customer service - We aim to resolve all queries within 24 hours, however, due to the exceptional volume of queries associated with the launches of our new webstore and warehouse management system, we have not achieved the high levels we set ourselves. The current average is three days.

Total support services operating expenses, excluding marketing costs, have increased by GBP2.5 million to GBP15.9 million at actual rates; as a percentage of core revenue they have increased from 6.3% to 6.7% in line with our operational plan.

Customer focused

Our stores

The staff in our retail stores work cheerfully and relentlessly to offer great customer service and recruit ever more customers into the Warhammer hobby. Our stores continue to be the best place to start your hobby journey with us.

My Warhammer

Registrations for this single login continue to grow at pace and we have 576,000 active users at the period end (2022/23: 346,000) up 66% on prior year. Active users are defined as someone who has engaged with us online in the last six months. My Warhammer is a central part of our customer journey, enabling us to tailor our marketing communications to what our customers are most interested in.

Warhammer Community

Our news and blog site continues to go from strength to strength. We have seen good growth in the number of hobbyists enjoying our articles and news stories. Warhammer Community is the hub for our marketing activities and plays a vital role in delivering hobby news and information every day of the year.

Email

Our email campaigns continue to be one of our most effective methods of communication. Subscriber numbers, (defined as the number of people who opened one of our emails in the last six months) were 570,000 (2022/23: 476,000) at the period end. We continue to look for more ways to surprise and delight our loyal fans and bring new customers into the Warhammer hobby.

Warhammer+

Launched in August 2021, it continues to delight and entertain a growing subscriber base. Our subscriber numbers are

169,000 at the period end (2022/23: 115,000).

External events/social media

Warhammer events and gaming conventions engaged with customers and recruited new ones across North America and Europe. We look forward to more events that inspire our customers, recruit new ones, and give Warhammer fans across the world the opportunity to meet up with each other. Social media has an important role in making customers aware of the breadth of the Warhammer hobby, as well as the products we sell.

Total marketing operating expenses have increased by GBP1.7 million to GBP4.2 million; as a percentage of core sales they have increased from 1.2% to 1.8% in line with our operational plan.

Capital investment

In manufacturing, we have invested GBP3.8 million in tooling and GBP0.6 million in facilities and equipment. We have invested GBP0.6 million on shop fits in new and existing stores and GBP0.4 million on the Lenton site as well as GBP0.8 million in warehouse facilities, racking, IT systems and computer equipment.

Licensing business

Our strategy is to exploit the value of our IP beyond our core tabletop business, leveraging multiple categories and markets globally. We intend to ensure Warhammer's place as one of the top fantasy IPs globally. The main areas of focus are:

Media

As we announced on 18 December 2023, we have signed a contract with Amazon Content Services LLC for the prospective development by Amazon of Warhammer 40,000 universe into films and television series. We remain confident we will bring the worlds of Warhammer to the screen like you have never seen before.

Games Workshop and Amazon will work together for a period of 12 months to agree creative guidelines for the films and television series to be developed by Amazon. The agreement will only proceed once the creative guidelines are mutually agreed between Games Workshop and Amazon.

Video games

During the period, our licensing partners launched two new video games; Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin , a real time strategy PC/console game and Warhammer 40,000: Warpforge , a collectible card PC/mobile game. We also saw revenue from established games Darktide, Tacticus and Total War: Warhammer 3 that continued to perform well, often years after launch, through a mixture of added content and continued marketing. Licensing income during the period is down; it is, as usual, driven by the success of game launches and the levels of guarantees booked in the period.

Risks and uncertainties

The board has overall responsibility for ensuring risk is appropriately managed across the Group. Our operational risks, including emerging risks, are identified, and monitored through discussions at regular risks meetings of the senior management team. These meetings are coordinated by the internal audit function and assess the impact of each operational risk as well as identifying new emerging risks and mitigating actions required.

The key strategic risks to the Group are regularly reviewed by the board. The principal strategic risks identified in 2023/24 are discussed below. These risks are not intended to be an extensive analysis of all risks that may arise but more importantly are the ones which we believe could cause business interruption.

-- IT strategy and delivery - with a number of significant business projects in play, all of which are dependent on IT support, there is a requirement for a robust IT strategy which enables us to deliver key strategic projects as well as supporting day to day activities. We are keeping the structure of our global IT team under review to ensure the IT support needs of the business can be delivered. We expect to need to spend more money investing in our systems as we continue our upgrades to our legacy platforms.

-- Media - whilst this remains an area for future growth, it is imperative that exploitation of our IP through media channels does no harm to our core business. Our IP steering team meets every month to discuss ongoing and future exploitation, to ensure that all use of our IP, through all channels, is approved, correct and consistent. It is fully supported by our in-house legal team who will act when needed. The operational board meets quarterly to review progress and current status of all licensing projects.

Going concern

After making appropriate enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources, in light of the level of cash generation, to continue in operational existence for at least twelve months from the date of approval of the condensed consolidated interim financial information. For this reason, they have adopted the going concern basis in preparing this condensed consolidated interim financial information.

Statement of directors' responsibilities

The directors confirm that this condensed consolidated interim financial information has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the United Kingdom, and that the interim management report herein includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 R and DTR 4.2.8 R, namely: an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements, and a description of (i) the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial period; (ii) related party transactions in the first six months and (iii) any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report.

There have been no changes to the board since the annual report for the 52 week period to 28 May 2023.

A list of all current directors is maintained on the investor relations website at investor.games-workshop.com.

Key priorities

We have made some good progress with our key priorities. Each of these is designed to ensure we deliver our exciting operational plan and continue to engage and inspire our loyal customers.

Staff training and development

We care passionately about our global team. We have ambitious long-term plans, but we also run the business with only the resources we need. We will continue to recruit essential new jobs or where we need to back-fill positions. Like last year, many of these recruits will be in order to scale - in our factories and warehouse facilities as well as in our support functions, mainly IT.

We will continue to support lifelong learning and training to develop the skills needed to enable all our staff to be successful including offering apprenticeship opportunities for on the job training. We are also more active in developing orderly succession plans of both the board and senior management.

Customer focused

We continue to be customer focused - engaging better with our existing customers and reaching new audiences with the Warhammer hobby.

In Asia, our Warhammer cafe store in Tokyo recently celebrated its first year anniversary - it was great fun, we are delighted with the store and the progress we are making here. We continue to build our hobby base in Japan and also China, and it's good to see sales levels are now back to record levels.

Globally we are seeing encouraging performance from our distribution and trade partners in growing emerging markets: sales to Mexico, Thailand and closer to home in Switzerland, are at record levels. It would be great to see some Warhammer stores in these locations too...

Social responsibility

We have a clear plan and agreed priorities. We have recently refreshed our equal opportunities training and our global unconscious bias training. We continue in our commitment to diversity and inclusion at Games Workshop. We have recently asked staff to allow us to collect their ethnicity information, with which over time we will be able to track trends.

Sustainability - climate change

We have made significant progress towards our scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions reduction target. We have switched our Memphis warehouse electricity supply to a certified renewable source and are working to secure renewables for our North American and European retail stores in the rest of this year. We remain focused on minimising energy usage and material resources, and with processing any unavoidable waste sustainably. We are on track to achieve our stated 55% reduction in scope 1 and 2 CO(2) emissions significantly ahead of our 2032 target, a detailed update on progress will be given in the 2024 annual report.

Outlook

We continue to perform well during challenging economic times, delivering record group revenue, profit and dividends in the period. Morale is good at Games Workshop and our hobbyists are having fun too.

By order of the board

Kevin Rountree

CEO

Rachel Tongue

CFO

9 January 2024

 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

 
 
                                                                 26 weeks 
                                    Notes     26 weeks to              to       52 weeks 
                                              26 November     27 November             to 
                                                     2023            2022    28 May 2023 
                                                     GBPm            GBPm           GBPm 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Core revenue                                       235.6           212.3          445.4 
 Licensing revenue                                   12.1            14.3           25.4 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Revenue                             2              247.7           226.6          470.8 
 Cost of sales                                     (72.1)          (76.0)        (149.2) 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Core gross profit                                  163.5           136.3          296.2 
 Licensing gross profit                              12.1            14.3           25.4 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Gross profit                                       175.6           150.6          321.6 
 Operating expenses                  2             (81.1)          (67.0)        (151.4) 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Core operating profit                               83.4            70.7          148.2 
 Licensing operating profit                          11.1            12.9           22.0 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Operating profit                    2               94.5            83.6          170.2 
 Finance income                                       1.2             0.4            1.3 
 Finance costs                                      (0.5)           (0.4)          (0.9) 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Profit before taxation              3               95.2            83.6          170.6 
 Income tax expense                  4             (23.8)          (17.1)         (35.9) 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Profit attributable to owners 
  of the parent                                      71.4            66.5          134.7 
-------------------------------  --------  --------------  --------------  ------------- 
 
 Basic earnings per ordinary 
  share                              5             216.9p          202.4p         409.7p 
 Diluted earnings per ordinary 
  share                              5             216.3p          202.3p         409.4p 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME AND EXPENSE

 
                                                     26 weeks 
                                                           to    26 weeks to       52 weeks 
                                                  26 November    27 November             to 
                                                         2023           2022    28 May 2023 
                                                         GBPm           GBPm           GBPm 
---------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Profit attributable to owners of 
  the parent                                             71.4           66.5          134.7 
 Other comprehensive income/(expense) 
 Items that may be subsequently reclassified 
  to profit or loss 
 Exchange differences on translation 
  of foreign operations                                 (0.1)            0.6          (1.5) 
---------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Other comprehensive (expense)/income 
  for the period                                        (0.1)            0.6          (1.5) 
---------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Total comprehensive income attributable 
  to owners of the parent                                71.3           67.1          133.2 
---------------------------------------------  --------------  -------------  ------------- 
 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

 
 
                                               26 November     27 November 
                                       Notes          2023            2022   28 May 2023 
                                                      GBPm            GBPm          GBPm 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 Non-current assets 
 Goodwill                                              1.4             1.4           1.4 
 Other intangible assets                8             22.9            26.8          21.2 
 Property, plant and equipment          9             54.8            55.0          55.7 
 Right-of-use assets                   10             47.5            48.4          48.9 
 Deferred tax assets                                  12.5            18.5          12.0 
 Other non-current receivables         11             16.0            16.4          13.6 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
                                                     155.1           166.5         152.8 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 Current assets 
 Inventories                                          36.3            31.8          33.0 
 Trade and other receivables           12             41.4            52.7          36.3 
 Current tax assets                                    5.3             4.3          14.5 
 Cash and cash equivalents                           111.3            85.2          90.2 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
                                                     194.3           174.0         174.0 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 Total assets                                        349.4           340.5         326.8 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 Current liabilities 
 Lease liabilities                                  (10.0)           (9.7)         (9.9) 
 Trade and other payables              13           (50.6)          (37.0)        (37.0) 
 Current tax liabilities                             (0.1)           (0.1)         (0.4) 
 Provisions for other liabilities 
  and charges                                        (0.8)           (0.9)         (0.9) 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
                                                    (61.5)          (47.7)        (48.2) 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 Net current assets                                  132.8           126.3         125.8 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Lease liabilities                                  (38.6)          (39.8)        (40.0) 
 Deferred tax liabilities                            (1.4)           (0.4)         (0.5) 
 Other non-current liabilities                       (0.7)           (0.5)         (1.4) 
 Provisions for other liabilities 
  and charges                                        (1.7)           (1.7)         (1.6) 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
                                                    (42.4)          (42.4)        (43.5) 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 Net assets                                          245.5           250.4         235.1 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 
 Capital and reserves 
 Called up share capital                               1.6             1.6           1.6 
 Share premium account                                21.3            18.6          18.9 
 Other reserves                                        1.3             3.5           1.4 
 Retained earnings                                   221.3           226.7         213.2 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 Total equity                                        245.5           250.4         235.1 
----------------------------------  --------  ------------  --------------  ------------ 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN TOTAL EQUITY

 
                                             Called 
                                                 up      Share 
                                              share    premium       Other    Retained     Total 
                                            capital    account    reserves    earnings    equity 
                                               GBPm       GBPm        GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 At 28 May 2023 and 29 May 2023                 1.6       18.9         1.4       213.2     235.1 
 
 Profit for the 26 weeks to 26 
  November 2023                                   -          -           -        71.4      71.4 
 Exchange differences on translation 
  of foreign operations                           -          -       (0.1)           -     (0.1) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive income 
  for the period                                  -          -       (0.1)        71.4      71.3 
 
 Transactions with owners: 
 Share-based payments                             -          -           -         0.7       0.7 
 Shares issued under employee 
  sharesave scheme                                -        2.4           -           -       2.4 
 Deferred tax credit relating 
  to share options                                -          -           -         0.2       0.2 
 Dividends paid to Company shareholders           -          -           -      (64.2)    (64.2) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 Total transactions with owners                   -        2.4           -      (63.3)    (60.9) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 At 26 November 2023                            1.6       21.3         1.3       221.3     245.5 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 
                                             Called 
                                                 up      Share 
                                              share    premium       Other    Retained     Total 
                                            capital    account    reserves    earnings    equity 
                                               GBPm       GBPm        GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 At 29 May 2022 and 30 May 2022                 1.6       16.3         2.9       213.9     234.7 
 
 Profit for the 26 weeks to 27 
  November 2022                                   -          -           -        66.5      66.5 
 Exchange differences on translation 
  of foreign operations                           -          -         0.6           -       0.6 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive income for 
  the period                                      -          -         0.6        66.5      67.1 
 
 Transactions with owners: 
 Share-based payments                             -          -           -         0.5       0.5 
 Shares issued under employee 
  sharesave scheme                                -        2.3           -           -       2.3 
 Deferred tax charge relating 
  to share options                                -          -           -       (0.2)     (0.2) 
 Current tax credit relating 
  to exercised share options                      -          -           -         0.2       0.2 
 Dividends paid to Company shareholders           -          -           -      (54.2)    (54.2) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 Total transactions with owners                   -        2.3           -      (53.7)    (51.3) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 At 27 November 2022                            1.6       18.6         3.5       226.7     250.4 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 
                                             Called 
                                                 up      Share 
                                              share    premium       Other    Retained     Total 
                                            capital    account    reserves    earnings    equity 
                                               GBPm       GBPm        GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 At 29 May 2022 and 30 May 2022                 1.6       16.3         2.9       213.9     234.7 
 
 Profit for the 52 weeks to 28 
  May 2023                                        -          -           -       134.7     134.7 
 Exchange differences on translation 
  of foreign operations                           -          -       (1.5)           -     (1.5) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive income for 
  the period                                      -          -       (1.5)       134.7     133.2 
 Transactions with owners: 
 Share-based payments                             -          -           -         1.0       1.0 
 Shares issued under employee 
  sharesave scheme                                -        2.6           -           -       2.6 
 Deferred tax charge relating 
  to share options                                -          -           -       (0.2)     (0.2) 
 Current tax credit relating 
  to exercised share options                      -          -           -         0.3       0.3 
 Dividends paid to Company shareholders           -          -           -     (136.5)   (136.5) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 Total transactions with owners                   -        2.6           -     (135.4)   (132.8) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 At 28 May 2023                                 1.6       18.9         1.4       213.2     235.1 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

 
 
                                                         26 weeks        26 weeks 
                                             Notes             to              to       52 weeks 
                                                      26 November     27 November             to 
                                                             2023            2022    28 May 2023 
                                                             GBPm            GBPm           GBPm 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Cash generated from operations               7             116.9           104.7          231.7 
 UK corporation tax paid                                   (14.6)          (14.6)         (31.3) 
 Overseas tax paid                                          (0.7)           (3.7)          (7.7) 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Net cash generated from operating 
  activities                                                101.6            86.4          192.7 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Purchases of property, plant 
  and equipment                                             (6.4)           (7.4)         (14.8) 
 Purchases of other intangible 
  assets                                                    (0.2)           (0.4)          (0.4) 
 Expenditure on product development                         (7.0)           (7.0)         (13.1) 
 Interest received                                            1.2             0.4            1.2 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Net cash used in investing activities                     (12.4)          (14.4)         (27.1) 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from issue of ordinary 
  share capital                                               2.4             2.3            2.6 
 Repayment of principal under 
  leases                                                    (5.8)           (5.8)         (11.8) 
 Lease interest paid                                        (0.5)           (0.4)          (0.9) 
 Dividends paid to Company shareholders                    (64.2)          (54.2)        (136.5) 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Net cash used in financing activities                     (68.1)          (58.1)        (146.6) 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Net increase in cash and cash 
  equivalents                                                21.1            13.9           19.0 
 Opening cash and cash equivalents                           90.2            71.4           71.4 
 Effects of foreign exchange rates 
  on cash and cash equivalents                                  -           (0.1)          (0.2) 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 Closing cash and cash equivalents                          111.3            85.2           90.2 
----------------------------------------  --------  -------------  --------------  ------------- 
 

The following notes form an integral part of this condensed consolidated interim financial information.

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

   1.      Basis of preparation 

The Company is a limited liability company, incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of its registered office is Willow Road, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2WS.

The Company has its listing on the London Stock Exchange.

This condensed consolidated interim financial information does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the 52 week period ended 28 May 2023 were approved by the board of directors on 24 July 2023 and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditor on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under either section 498 (2) or section 498 (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

This condensed consolidated interim financial information has not been audited or reviewed pursuant to the Auditing Practices Board guidance on 'Review of Interim Financial Information' and does not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements.

This condensed consolidated interim financial information for the 26 week period ended 26 November 2023 has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the United Kingdom. The condensed consolidated interim financial information should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the 52 week period ended 28 May 2023 which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the United Kingdom.

After making appropriate enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, they have adopted the going concern basis in preparing this condensed consolidated interim financial information.

This condensed consolidated interim financial information was approved for issue on 9 January 2024.

This condensed consolidated interim financial information is available to shareholders and members of the public on the Company's website at investor.games-workshop.com.

The preparation of interim financial information requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, revenues, and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

In preparing this condensed consolidated interim financial information, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the 52 week period ended 28 May 2023.

Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to expected total annual earnings.

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the 52 week period ended 28 May 2023, as described in those financial statements.

The Group considers that there are no new accounting standards, amendments or interpretations issued by the IASB, but not yet applicable, which have had, or are expected to have a significant effect on the financial statements.

   2.          Segment information 

As Games Workshop is a vertically integrated business, management assesses the performance of sales channels and manufacturing and distribution channels separately. Share-based payment charges and Group Profit Share Scheme charges to employees have all been included in core operating expenses.

At 26 November 2023. Games Workshop has two segments, core and licensing:

- Core: the core segment includes all revenue and expenditure relating to the design, manufacture and sales of our fantasy miniatures and related products. It also includes the revenue and expenditure related to Warhammer+.

- Licensing: the licensing segment includes all revenue and expenditure relating to licences granted to external partners.

We provide further information on revenue and expenses within the core segment below. The core segment has been divided into channels as follows:

- Trade: this sales channel sells globally to independent retailers, agents and distributors. It also includes the Group's magazine newsstand business and the distributor sales from the Group's publishing business (Black Library).

- Retail: this includes sales through the Group's retail stores, the Group's visitor centre in Nottingham and global events.

- Online: this includes sales through the Group's global web stores, our online subscription service (Warhammer+) and digital sales through external affiliates.

- Design, manufacturing, logistics and operations, which includes costs for:

- the Warhammer Studio (which creates all of the IP and the associated miniatures, artwork, games and publications);

- the production facilities;

- the warehouses and logistics costs;

- charges for inventory provisions. This includes adjustments for the profit in stock arising from inter-segment sales; and

- support services (marketing, IT, accounting, payroll, personnel, procurement, legal, health and safety, customer services and credit control) provided to activities across the Group; and

- Group: this includes the Company's overheads.

The chief operating decision-maker, identified as the executive directors, assesses the performance of each segment based on segmental operating profit. This has been reconciled to the Group's total profit before taxation below.

The segment information reported to the executive directors for the periods included in this financial information is as follows:

26 weeks to 26 November 2023 and 27 November 2022:

 
 
                                          Core                Licensing         Total 
----------------------------------  ----------------  ------------------  ---------------- 
                                       2023     2022      2023      2022     2023     2022 
                                       GBPm     GBPm      GBPm      GBPm     GBPm     GBPm 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 Trade                                136.1    120.9         -         -    136.1    120.9 
 Retail                                54.7     48.7         -         -     54.7     48.7 
 Online                                44.8     42.7         -         -     44.8     42.7 
 Licensing                                -        -      12.1      14.3     12.1     14.3 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 Revenue                              235.6    212.3      12.1      14.3    247.7    226.6 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 Cost of sales                       (72.1)   (76.0)         -         -   (72.1)   (76.0) 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 Gross profit                         163.5    136.3      12.1      14.3    175.6    150.6 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 
 Trade                                (6.5)    (5.6)         -         -    (6.5)    (5.6) 
 Retail                              (32.8)   (30.1)         -         -   (32.8)   (30.1) 
 Online                               (6.8)    (5.0)         -         -    (6.8)    (5.0) 
 Design, manufacturing, logistics 
  and operations                     (24.0)   (18.0)         -         -   (24.0)   (18.0) 
 Licensing                                -        -     (1.0)     (1.4)    (1.0)    (1.4) 
 Group                                (1.8)    (1.9)         -         -    (1.8)    (1.9) 
 Share-based payment charge           (0.7)    (0.5)         -         -    (0.7)    (0.5) 
 Group Profit Share Scheme            (7.5)    (4.5)         -         -    (7.5)    (4.5) 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 Operating expenses                  (80.1)   (65.6)     (1.0)     (1.4)   (81.1)   (67.0) 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 Operating profit                      83.4     70.7      11.1      12.9     94.5     83.6 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 Finance income                         1.2      0.4         -         -      1.2      0.4 
 Finance costs                        (0.5)    (0.4)         -         -    (0.5)    (0.4) 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 Profit before tax                     84.1     70.7      11.1      12.9     95.2     83.6 
----------------------------------  -------  -------  --------  --------  -------  ------- 
 

52 weeks to 28 May 2023:

 
                                        Core   Licensing     Total 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
                                        GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 Trade                                 248.0           -     248.0 
 Retail                                106.4           -     106.4 
 Online                                 91.0           -      91.0 
 Licensing                                 -        25.4      25.4 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 Revenue                               445.4        25.4     470.8 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 Cost of sales                       (149.2)           -   (149.2) 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 Gross profit                          296.2        25.4     321.6 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Trade                                (11.8)           -    (11.8) 
 Retail                               (61.7)           -    (61.7) 
 Online                               (15.6)           -    (15.6) 
 Design, manufacturing, logistics 
  and operations                      (41.4)           -    (41.4) 
 Licensing                                 -       (3.4)     (3.4) 
 Group                                 (4.9)           -     (4.9) 
 Share-based payment charge            (1.0)           -     (1.0) 
 Group Profit Share Scheme            (11.6)           -    (11.6) 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 Operating expenses                  (148.0)       (3.4)   (151.4) 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 Operating profit                      148.2        22.0     170.2 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 Finance income                          1.3           -       1.3 
 Finance costs                         (0.9)           -     (0.9) 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 Profit before tax                     148.6        22.0     170.6 
----------------------------------  --------  ----------  -------- 
 

For information, we analyse core external revenue further below:

 
                                    26 weeks       26 weeks   52 weeks 
                                          to             to         to 
                                 26 November    27 November     28 May 
                                        2023           2022       2023 
                                        GBPm           GBPm       GBPm 
-----------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 Trade 
 UK and Continental Europe              58.0           50.9      105.0 
 North America                          59.3           55.6      112.8 
 Australia and New Zealand               8.1            7.5       14.3 
 Asia                                    7.3            4.5       10.4 
 Rest of world                           2.2            1.5        3.4 
 Black Library                           1.2            0.9        2.1 
 Total Trade                           136.1          120.9      248.0 
-----------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 
   Retail 
 UK                                     16.3           14.4       32.1 
 Continental Europe                     11.0            9.7       21.1 
 North America                          21.6           18.9       41.0 
 Australia and New Zealand               4.2            4.7        9.4 
 Asia                                    1.6            1.0        2.8 
 Total Retail                           54.7           48.7      106.4 
-----------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 
   Online 
 UK                                      8.7            7.0       16.2 
 Continental Europe                      7.1            7.2       15.6 
 North America                          16.3           17.1       35.7 
 Australia and New Zealand               2.1            2.3        4.1 
 Asia                                    0.3            0.2        0.6 
 Rest of world                           0.4            0.5        1.0 
 Digital                                 9.9            8.4       17.8 
 Total Online                           44.8           42.7       91.0 
-----------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 
 Total core external revenue           235.6          212.3      445.4 
-----------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 
   3.      Profit before taxation 
 
                                               26 weeks 
                                                     to     26 weeks to        52 weeks 
                                            26 November     27 November              to 
                                                   2023            2022     28 May 2023 
                                                   GBPm            GBPm            GBPm 
---------------------------------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Profit before taxation is stated 
  after charging: 
  Depreciation: 
 - Owned property, plant and equipment              7.0             6.8            13.7 
 - Right-of-use assets 
  Amortisation:                                     5.9             5.9            11.9 
 - Owned computer software                          0.8             0.8             1.8 
 - Development costs                                4.7             5.4            12.1 
 Impairment of computer software                      -               -             0.7 
 Impairment of development costs                      -               -             2.9 
 Employee and agency staff costs 
  (excluding capitalised salary costs)             62.8            54.3           115.8 
 Cost of inventories included in 
  cost of sales                                    29.5            30.8            56.0 
 Inventory provision creation                       2.3             4.2             8.0 
 Unrealised and realised exchange 
  losses/(gains)                                    0.3           (0.1)             0.2 
 Loss on disposal of intangible 
  assets                                              -               -             0.2 
 Redundancy costs and compensation 
  for loss of office                                0.3             0.4             1.1 
---------------------------------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
   4.      Tax 

The taxation charge for the six months to 26 November 2023 is based on an estimate of the full year effective rate of 25.0% (2022/23: 20.5%). As the UK and overseas tax rates are now more closely aligned, the impact of any higher overseas rates is minimal. The increase from the prior year reflects the rate increase to 25% on UK taxable profits from 1 April 2023 onwards.

   5.      Earnings per share 

Basic earnings per share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to owners of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue throughout the relevant period.

 
                                               26 weeks       26 weeks 
                                                     to             to         52 weeks 
                                            26 November    27 November               to 
                                                   2023           2022      28 May 2023 
     -----------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------------- 
 Profit attributable to owners of 
  the parent (GBPm)                                71.4               66.5        134.7 
----------------------------------------  -------------  -----------------  ----------- 
 Weighted average number of ordinary 
  shares in issue (thousands)                    32,919             32,849       32,881 
----------------------------------------  -------------  -----------------  ----------- 
 Basic earnings per share (pence 
  per share)                                      216.9              202.4        409.7 
----------------------------------------  -------------  -----------------  ----------- 
 
 

Diluted earnings per share

The calculation of diluted earnings per share has been based on the profit attributable to owners of the parent and the weighted average number of shares in issue throughout the relevant period, adjusted for the dilution effect of share options outstanding at the period end.

 
                                                    26 weeks       26 weeks 
                                                          to             to       52 weeks 
                                                 26 November    27 November             to 
                                                        2023           2022    28 May 2023 
     ----------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Profit attributable to owners of 
  the parent (GBPm)                                     71.4           66.5          134.7 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Weighted average number of ordinary 
  shares in issue (thousands)                         32,919         32,849         32,881 
 Adjustment for share options (thousands)                 93             15             17 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Weighted average number of ordinary 
  shares for diluted earnings per 
  share (thousands)                                   33,012         32,864         32,898 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 Diluted earnings per share (pence 
  per share)                                           216.3          202.3          409.4 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
 
   6.      Dividends 

Dividends of GBP47.7 million (145 pence per share) and GBP16.5 million (50 pence per share) were declared and paid in the six months to 26 November 2023.

Dividends of GBP14.8 million (45 pence per share), GBP9.8 million (30 pence per share) and GBP29.6 million (90 pence per share) were declared and paid in the six months to 27 November 2022.

   7.      Reconciliation of profit to cash generated from operations 
 
                                                                26 weeks 
                                                                      to                52 weeks 
                                              26 weeks to    27 November                      to 
                                         26 November 2023           2022             28 May 2023 
                                                     GBPm           GBPm                    GBPm 
     ----------------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ---------------------- 
 Profit before taxation                              95.2           83.6                   170.6 
 Finance income                                     (1.2)          (0.4)                   (1.3) 
 Finance costs                                        0.5            0.4                     0.9 
---------------------------  ----------------------------  -------------  ---------------------- 
 Operating profit                                    94.5       83.6                       170.2 
 Adjustments for: 
 Depreciation of property, plant 
  and equipment                                       7.0            6.8                    13.7 
 Depreciation of right-of-use assets                  5.9            5.9                    11.9 
 Impairment of intangible assets                        -              -                     3.6 
 Loss on disposal of property, plant 
  and equipment                                         -            0.2                     0.1 
 Loss on disposal of right-of-use 
  assets                                                -              -                     0.1 
 Loss on disposal of intangible 
  assets                                                -              -                     0.2 
 Amortisation of capitalised development 
  costs                                               4.7            5.4                    12.1 
 Amortisation of other intangibles                    0.9            0.8                     1.8 
 Share-based payments                                 0.7            0.5                     1.0 
 Exchange movements                                   1.1              -                   (1.6) 
 Changes in working capital: 
 -(Increase)/decrease in inventories                (4.4)            7.8                     6.0 
 -(Increase)/decrease in trade and 
  other receivables                                 (7.4)         (10.2)                     8.1 
 -Increase in trade and other payables               13.9            3.5                     4.2 
 -Increase in provisions                                -            0.4                     0.3 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  -------------  ---------------------- 
 Cash generated from operations                     116.9          104.7                   231.7 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  -------------  ---------------------- 
 
 
   8.      Other intangible assets 
 
                                    26 November   27 November   28 May 2023 
                                           2023          2022          GBPm 
                                           GBPm          GBPm 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Net book value at beginning of 
  period                                   21.2          25.6          25.6 
 Additions                                  7.2           7.4          13.5 
 Disposals                                    -             -         (0.2) 
 Amortisation charge                      (5.5)         (6.2)        (13.9) 
 Impairment                                   -             -         (3.6) 
 Reclassification                             -             -         (0.2) 
 Net book value at end of period           22.9          26.8          21.2 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
   9.      Property, plant and equipment 
 
                                    26 November   27 November   28 May 2023 
                                           2023          2022          GBPm 
                                           GBPm          GBPm 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Net book value at beginning of 
  period                                   55.7          55.0          55.0 
 Additions                                  6.2           6.8          14.2 
 Disposals                                    -         (0.2)         (0.1) 
 Depreciation charge                      (7.0)         (6.8)        (13.7) 
 Exchange differences                     (0.1)           0.2           0.1 
 Reclassification                             -             -           0.2 
 Net book value at end of period           54.8          55.0          55.7 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
   10.    Right-of-use assets 
 
 
                                      26 November     27 November     28 May 2023 
                                             2023            2022            GBPm 
                                             GBPm            GBPm 
---------------------------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Net book value at beginning of 
  period                                     48.9            48.1            48.1 
 Additions                                    4.9             5.7            12.7 
 Disposals                                      -           (0.1)           (0.1) 
 Depreciation charge                        (5.9)           (5.9)          (11.9) 
 Exchange differences                       (0.4)             0.6             0.1 
 Net book value at end of period             47.5            48.4            48.9 
---------------------------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 
   11.    Other non-current receivables 
 
                                        26 November   27 November   28 May 2023 
                                               2023          2022          GBPm 
                                               GBPm          GBPm 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Licensing receivables                         14.3          14.9          12.6 
 Other receivables                              1.7           1.5           1.0 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Total other non-current receivables           16.0          16.4          13.6 
-------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

Licensing receivables represents amounts in respect of guarantee instalments due in over one year.

   12.    Trade and other receivables 
 
                                      26 November   27 November   28 May 2023 
                                             2023          2022          GBPm 
                                             GBPm          GBPm 
-----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Trade receivables                           14.3          11.8          10.6 
 Prepayments and accrued income              12.1          14.7           9.3 
 Licensing receivables                       10.5          10.3          11.3 
 Other receivables                            4.5          15.9           5.1 
 Total trade and other receivables           41.4          52.7          36.3 
-----------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

Included within licensing receivables is accrued income in respect of unreported royalties of GBP1.9 million (2022/23: GBP2.2 million). In the previous period other receivables included a VAT receivable of GBP11.6 million in respect of outstanding European VAT receipts following Brexit. This has now been received in full.

   13.    Trade and other payables 
 
                                    26 November   27 November   28 May 2023 
                                           2023          2022          GBPm 
                                           GBPm          GBPm 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Trade payables                             8.0           6.4           9.5 
 Other taxes and social security            3.0           3.3           3.5 
 Other payables                            17.0          12.0           9.3 
 Accruals and deferred income              22.6          15.3          14.7 
 Total trade and other payables            50.6          37.0          37.0 
---------------------------------  ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

Included within accruals and deferred income is GBP8.6 million of deferred income (2022/23: GBP1.9 million) due to an increase in advance payments by trade and online customers. The advance payments relate to made to order products and a recent change in the preorder window for new release products.

   14.    Seasonality 

The Group's monthly sales profile demonstrates an element of seasonality around the Christmas period with increased sales in the month of December.

   15.    Commitments 

Capital expenditure contracted for at the balance sheet date but not yet incurred is GBP4.8 million (2022/23: GBP3.7 million), of which GBP3.3 million (2022/23: GBP2.7 million) relates to tangible fixed assets and GBP1.5 million (2022/23: GBP1.0 million) relates to intangible fixed assets.

The Group has an additional commitment of GBP2.6 million relating to the Australian warehouse lease where the Group has entered into an agreement which creates an obligation but does not yet have control of the underlying asset.

   16.    Related party transactions 

There were no related party transactions during the period.

GLOSSARY

Alternative Performance Measures (APMs)

 
                                Closest 
                                 equivalent               Reconciliation to closest IFRS measure 
 APM definitions                 IFRS measure              where applicable 
-----------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------------------------- 
                                Revenue                   Core 
  Core                                                     revenue 
  revenue                                                  is 
  Direct                                                   reconciled 
  sales                                                    to 
  made                                                     revenue 
  of                                                       in 
  our                                                      note 
  core                                                     2 
  products                                                 to 
  to                                                       the 
  external                                                 financial 
  customers,                                               statements. 
  through 
  the 
  Group's 
  network 
  of 
  retail 
  stores, 
  independent 
  retailers 
  and 
  online 
  through 
  the 
  global 
  web 
  stores 
                                Gross                     Core 
  Core                           profit                    gross 
  gross                                                    profit 
  profit                                                   is 
  Core                                                     reconciled 
  gross                                                    to 
  profit                                                   gross 
  is                                                       profit 
  core                                                     in 
  revenue                                                  note 
  less                                                     2 
  all                                                      to 
  related                                                  the 
  cost                                                     financial 
  of                                                       statements. 
  sales 
                                Operating                 Core 
  Core                           expenses                  operating 
  operating                                                expenses 
  expenses                                                 are 
  Operating                                                reconciled 
  expenses                                                 to 
  relating                                                 operating 
  to                                                       expenses 
  the                                                      in 
  core                                                     note 
  business                                                 2 
  of                                                       to 
  selling                                                  the 
  directly                                                 financial 
  to                                                       statements. 
  external 
  customers 
                                Operating                 Core 
  Core                           profit                    operating 
  operating                                                profit 
  profit                                                   is 
  Core                                                     reconciled 
  operating                                                to 
  profit                                                   operating 
  is                                                       profit 
  core                                                     in 
  revenue                                                  note 
  less                                                     2 
  all                                                      to 
  related                                                  the 
  cost                                                     financial 
  of                                                       statements. 
  sales 
  and 
  operating 
  expenses 
-----------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------------------------- 
                                Revenue                   Licensing 
  Licensing                                                revenue 
  revenue                                                  is 
  Income                                                   reconciled 
  relating                                                 to 
  to                                                       revenue 
  royalties                                                in 
  earned                                                   note 
  from                                                     2 
  third                                                    to 
  party                                                    the 
  licensees                                                financial 
                                                           statements. 
                                Gross                     Licensing 
  Licensing                      profit                    gross 
  gross                                                    profit 
  profit                                                   is 
  Licensing                                                reconciled 
  gross                                                    to 
  profit                                                   gross 
  is                                                       profit 
  licensing                                                in 
  revenue                                                  note 
  less                                                     2 
  any                                                      to 
  related                                                  the 
  cost                                                     financial 
  of                                                       statements. 
  sales 
-----------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------------------------- 
                                Operating                 Licensing 
  Licensing                      expenses                  operating 
  operating                                                expenses 
  expenses                                                 are 
  Operating                                                reconciled 
  expenses                                                 to 
  relating                                                 operating 
  to                                                       expenses 
  the                                                      in 
  licensing                                                note 
  segments                                                 2 
                                                           to 
                                                           the 
                                                           financial 
                                                           statements. 
                                Operating                 Licensing 
  Licensing                      profit                    operating 
  operating                                                profit 
  profit                                                   is 
  Licensing                                                reconciled 
  operating                                                to 
  profit                                                   operating 
  is                                                       profit 
  licensing                                                in 
  revenue                                                  note 
  less                                                     2 
  all                                                      to 
  related                                                  the 
  cost                                                     financial 
  of                                                       statements. 
  sales 
  and 
  operating 
  expenses 
-----------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------------------------- 
 Revenue at constant            Revenue                   These are calculated by converting underlying 
  currency                                                 revenue, core operating profit and licensing 
                                                           operating profit amounts at local currency 
                                                           values for the current period at the 
                                                           prior period average exchange rate. 
 Core operating profit          Operating 
  at constant currency           profit 
 Licensing operating            Operating 
  profit at constant currency    profit 
  Amounts for current 
  and prior periods, stated 
  at a constant exchange 
  rate. 
                                           2023                 2022 
                                 Actual   Impact    Constant   Actual 
                                           of FX    currency 
                                   GBPm     GBPm        GBPm     GBPm 
                                -------  -------  ----------  ------- 
   Revenue                        247.7      7.2       254.9    226.6 
   Core operating profit           83.4      4.4        87.8     70.7 
   Licensing operating profit      11.1      0.4        11.5     12.9 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 Cash generated - pre           Net increase/(decrease)   Net increase in cash-pre dividends paid 
  dividends paid                 in cash                   can be calculated by taking the net 
  Movement in cash in            and cash                  increase/(decrease) in cash and cash 
  the period before any          equivalents               equivalents (2023/24: GBP21.1m, 2022/23: 
  payments of dividends                                    GBP13.9m) and adding back the dividends 
  are taken into account                                   which have been paid in the period (2023/24: 
                                                           GBP64.2m, 2022/23: GBP54.2m). 
-----------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------------------------- 
 

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