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M Winkworth Plc Final Results

03/04/2019 7:00am

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M Winkworth Plc

03 April 2019

M Winkworth Plc

Audited final results for the year to 31 December 2018

M Winkworth plc ("Winkworth" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its

results for the year ended 31 December 2018

Highlights for the year

   --    Revenues of GBP5.98 million (2017: GBP5.42 million) 
   --    Profit before taxation GBP1.45 million (2017: GBP1.38 million) 

-- Year-end cash balance of GBP2.94 million (2016: GBP3.58 million) after returning GBP1.15m of capital to shareholders

   --    Rental income increased to 50% of total revenues (2017: 46%) 
   --    12 new franchisees with six offices opened and six resold to new management 
   --    Capital repayment of 9p per share made in August 2018 
   --    Dividends of 7.45p declared and paid (2017: 7.25p) 

Dominic Agace, CEO of the Company, commented:

"We are pleased with our results for 2018, achieved in a sales market which remains testing. A weaker outcome in sales was compensated for by ongoing growth in our very successful rentals business, which now accounts for half of Group revenues. After opening six new offices last year and reselling another six to new management, we expect this year to see new opportunities as some competing agencies seek to plug into to the Winkworth platform to grow their market share and others look to sell their portfolios."

For further information please contact:

 
 M Winkworth Plc                           Tel: 020 7355 0206 
 Dominic Agace (Chief Executive Officer) 
 Andrew Nicol (Chief Financial Officer) 
 Milbourne (Public Relations)              Tel: 07903 802545 
 Tim Draper 
 Stockdale Securities Ltd (NOMAD and       Tel: 020 7601 6100 
  Broker) 
 Robert Finlay 
 Richard Johnson 
 

About Winkworth

Established in Mayfair in 1835, Winkworth is a leading franchisor of residential real estate agencies with a pre-eminent position in the mid to upper segments of the sales and lettings markets. The franchise model allows entrepreneurial real estate professionals to provide the highest standards of service under the banner of a well-respected brand name and to benefit from the support and promotion that Winkworth offers.

Winkworth is admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.

For further information please visit: www.winkworthplc.com

Chairman's Statement

In these changing times, Winkworth's stakeholders are entitled to a recap on their company's policy for the future.

For our shareholders, our priority is to increase the dividend steadily and maintain a strong balance sheet. This is achievable through a combination of organic growth and careful investment. For our franchisees, it is to maintain their competitive advantage, lower their costs where possible and deliver brand growth and back-up services.

The uncertainties brought about by various stamp duty changes, Brexit, pending withdrawal of tenant fees, and changes in taxation in the rental market, have all influenced the residential market. Reduced investment in the rental market due to over-regulation, coupled with lower sale prices in the Home Counties, can affect land prices dramatically and thus cause a subsequent reduction in new home building. These are matters for those in the industry to consider.

Our rentals business will this year see a minor negative impact from the well-publicised change in tenant fees, and this has been factored into our budget. Rental management and lettings remain important parts of our business and development of our portfolio management activity bodes well for future profitability. Pressure on smaller agencies from increased regulation and lower returns means that we expect to continue to grow the numbers of properties managed and let.

Our clean balance sheet, with its strong cash position of GBP2.94m at 31 December 2018, has meant that we are well positioned to continue to grow in what we believe will be an ongoing low volume market that benefits our franchised system. Even a modest upturn in sales volume, or increased market share following competitors' closures, will feed through to increased profits. Our cost base is closely contained, which means that top line improvements feed straight through to the bottom line.

We remain an attractive proposition for well-run companies within the agency and professional property businesses interested in discussing becoming part of the Winkworth franchise.

Simon Agace

Non-Executive Chairman

2 April 2019

CEO's Statement

Stretched affordability levels and increased taxation, combined with uncertainty around Brexit discussions, meant that, despite strong employment and low interest rates, property prices continued to decline in 2018. This led to a reduction in transactions as many sellers chose not to put their properties on the market. This was accentuated in London, where tax and political concerns have a greater impact on its international community and asking prices are higher. The market was driven by needs-based buyers and sellers, with the greatest activity being in the outer London house market as families took advantage of price reductions, offsetting stamp duty taxation increases, to move up the property ladder.

Winkworth's sales transactions fell by 4% overall and 6% in London, but in this low transactional market we outperformed our peers and grew market share, improving our ranking to second for properties exchanged in London and third in listings, a reflection of our efficiency at selling the properties we list.

Rentals and management revenues continued to grow strongly, and we reinforced this side of the business with the appointment of a Group head of lettings. Revenues rose by 8%, after a 6% increase in 2017, supported by our central initiatives - the Corporate Relocation Department (CRD) providing quality tenants and the Client Services Department (CSD) quality landlords. Within this increase it was notable to see property management revenues continuing to grow rapidly, rising by 12% following an increase of 15% in 2017. This enabled us to reach a 50/50 split in sales and lettings, up from 54/46 in 2017.

Total gross revenues for the franchised office network rose by 1% in 2018 to GBP46.5m (2017: GBP46.2m) with sales 6% lower at GBP23.4m (2017: GBP24.8m) and rentals up 8% to GBP23.1m (2017: GBP21.3m). London offices accounted for 81% of gross revenues (2017: 80%). The best performing area was outer London, which saw a slight 1% dip in sales income but an increase of 10% in lettings and management, compared to sales income down 6% and lettings management up 8% for the Group as a whole. We opened six new offices and new franchising applicants were up 78%, from 158 in 2017 to 282 in 2018. In addition, six offices were resold to new management, and we would expect these to have a positive impact on 2019 revenues.

Winkworth's revenues grew by 10% to GBP5.98m (2017: GBP5.42m) and profit before taxation increased by 5% to GBP1.45m (2017: GBP1.38m). The Group's cash stood at GBP2.94m (2017: GBP3.58m), after returning GBP1.15m of cash to shareholders in August 2018. Dividends of 7.45p were declared for the year (2017: 7.25p).

Our central teams continued to drive revenue to our franchisees, with CSD and CRD producing just over GBP1m in combined revenue for participating offices. CSD generated 1,538 valuations leading to 377 instructions, a 25% increase on 2017. The digital marketing campaign conducted in 2018 also paid off, with a 41% rise in visits to the website compared to 2017, 30% more new users and a 21% increase in leads sent out through the website to franchisees.

We continue to invest in our digital platform. Now that stage one of the sales platform has been rolled out and is evolving, we are looking to start the roll out of the lettings platform this year.

Outlook

As prices have declined over the last few years, we have noticed a consistent increase in applicants and so a pent-up demand that has not yet flowed through to a rise in sales. This is partly attributable to changing political dynamics creating uncertainty and holding transaction levels back. So long as political uncertainty dominates the news we anticipate that this will remain the case. However, when we eventually enter a period of relative stability we would expect the market to unlock, with sellers coming forward and buying demand feeding through to increased transactions, albeit without significant price increases due to affordability and tax changes. In lettings we anticipate strong levels of demand to continue to be driven by young professionals.

So far this year, we are generating new franchising applicants and a pipeline for new offices broadly in-line with 2018. We expect a delay in some of the new applicants coming onboard as they await the outcome of Brexit negotiations, but we do envisage that these will come though once there is greater clarity. We will continue to invest in the digital platform and the services we provide to franchisees to support their expertise and skills with a strong central platform to enable them to offer best-in-class services to their clients.

We expect to see new opportunities deriving from agencies looking to convert to and plug into the Winkworth platform in order to grow their market share, as well as agencies looking to sell their portfolios. Under current market conditions and as some successful franchisees who have been with us for many years look to pass on the baton, we also see an exciting opportunity to bring in new talented operators with successful track records looking for equity to acquire offices and take them on to the next level. Four of our top five fastest growing offices in 2018 were managed by new operators joining the network.

Dominic Agace

Chief Executive Officer

2 April 2019

M WINKWORTH PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE YEARED 31 DECEMBER 2018

 
                                                            2018       2017 
                                                Notes    GBP'000    GBP'000 
 CONTINUING OPERATIONS 
 Revenue                                                   5,979      5,423 
 
 Cost of sales                                           (1,547)    (1,292) 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
 
 GROSS PROFIT                                              4,432      4,131 
 
 Administrative expenses                                 (3,063)    (2,829) 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
 
 OPERATING PROFIT                                          1,369      1,302 
 
 Finance income                                               83         74 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
 
 PROFIT BEFORE TAXATION                                    1,452      1,376 
 
 Tax                                             1         (288)      (273) 
                                                       ---------  --------- 
 
 PROFIT AND TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR 
  THE YEAR                                                 1,164      1,103 
                                                       =========  ========= 
 
 
 Earnings per share expressed in pence per 
  share:                                         3 
 Basic                                                      9.14       8.66 
 Diluted                                                    9.14       8.66 
                                                       =========  ========= 
 

M WINKWORTH PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

31 December 2018

 
                                                2018       2017 
                                    Notes    GBP'000    GBP'000 
 ASSETS 
 NON-CURRENT ASSETS 
 Intangible assets                               674        796 
 Property, plant and equipment                   121         98 
 Investments                                      53          7 
 Trade and other receivables                     724        516 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
                                               1,572      1,417 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
 CURRENT ASSETS 
 Trade and other receivables                   1,026      1,102 
 Corporation tax receivable                        -        208 
 Cash and cash equivalents                     2,935      3,579 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
                                               3,961      4,889 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
 TOTAL ASSETS                                  5,533      6,306 
                                           =========  ========= 
 
 EQUITY 
 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 
 Called up share capital             5            64         64 
 Share premium                       6             -      1,793 
 Other reserves                                   51         51 
 Retained earnings                             4,550      3,742 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
 TOTAL EQUITY                                  4,665      5,650 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
 LIABILITIES 
 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 
 Deferred tax                                     17         11 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 CURRENT LIABILITIES 
 Trade and other payables                        722        645 
 Corporation tax payable                         129          - 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
                                                 851        645 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
 TOTAL LIABILITIES                               868        656 
                                           ---------  --------- 
 
 TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                  5,533      6,306 
                                           =========  ========= 
 

M WINKWORTH PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE YEARED 31 DECEMBER 2018

 
                           Notes      Called up     Retained      Share           Other         Total 
                                          share     earnings    premium          reserves      equity 
                                        capital 
                                        GBP'000      GBP'000    GBP'000            GBP'000    GBP'000 
Balance at 1 January 
 2017                                        64        3,556      1,793                 51      5,464 
Changes in equity 
Dividends                    2                -        (917)          -                  -      (917) 
Total comprehensive 
 income                                       -        1,103          -                  -      1,103 
                                  -------------  -----------  ---------  -----------------  --------- 
 
  Balance at 31 December 
  2017                                       64        3,742      1,793                 51      5,650 
 
 
  Changes in equity 
  Capital reduction                           -            -    (1,146)                  -    (1,146) 
Capital reduction 
 expenses                                     -         (61)          -                  -       (61) 
Transfer of excess 
 share premium                                -          647      (647)                  -          - 
Dividends                    2                -        (942)          -                  -      (942) 
Total comprehensive 
 income                                       -        1,164          -                  -      1,164 
                                  -------------  -----------  ---------  -----------------  --------- 
 
  Balance at 31 December 
  2018                                       64        4,550          -                 51      4,665 
                                  =============  ===========  =========  =================  ========= 
 

M WINKWORTH PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARED 31 DECEMBER 2018

 
                                                                   2018       2017 
                                                       Notes    GBP'000    GBP'000 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Cash generated from operations                         4         1,612      2,115 
 Tax paid                                                            56      (417) 
                                                              ---------  --------- 
 
 Net cash from operating activities                               1,668      1,698 
                                                              ---------  --------- 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Purchase of intangible fixed assets                              (119)      (224) 
 Purchase of tangible fixed assets                                 (70)       (23) 
 Purchase of fixed asset investments                               (78)          - 
 Sale of intangible fixed assets                                     21          - 
 Interest received                                                   83         74 
                                                              ---------  --------- 
 
 Net cash from investing activities                               (163)      (173) 
                                                              ---------  --------- 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Capital reduction                                              (1,146)          - 
 Costs relating to capital reduction                               (61)          - 
 Equity dividends paid                                            (942)      (917) 
                                                              ---------  --------- 
 
 Net cash from financing activities                             (2,149)      (917) 
                                                              =========  ========= 
 
 (Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents                 (644)        608 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
  of year                                                         3,579      2,971 
                                                              ---------  --------- 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of year                         2,935      3,579 
                                                              =========  ========= 
 
 

M WINKWORTH PLC

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARED 31 DECEMBER 2018

   1.    TAXATION 

Analysis of tax expense

 
                                                           2018     2017 
                                                        GBP'000  GBP'000 
Current tax: 
 Taxation                                                   280      274 
Adjustment re previous years                                  2        4 
                                                        -------  ------- 
Total current tax                                           282      278 
Deferred tax (note 20)                                        6      (5) 
                                                        -------  ------- 
Total tax expense in consolidated statement of profit 
 or loss and other comprehensive 
 Income                                                     288      273 
                                                        =======  ======= 
 

Factors affecting the tax expense

The tax assessed for the year is higher than the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK. The difference is explained below:

 
                                                           2018     2017 
                                                        GBP'000  GBP'000 
Profit before income tax                                  1,452    1,376 
                                                        -------  ------- 
 
Profit multiplied by the standard rate of corporation 
 tax in the UK of 19% (2017 - 19.25%)                       275      265 
 
Effects of: 
Expense not deductible for tax purposes                       1        7 
Adjustment in respect of prior periods                       10        4 
Depreciation in excess of capital allowances                  2      (3) 
                                                        -------  ------- 
Tax expense                                                 288      273 
                                                        =======  ======= 
 
   2.   DIVIDENDS 
 
                                  2018     2017 
                               GBP'000  GBP'000 
Ordinary shares of 0.5p each 
 Interim                           942      917 
                               =======  ======= 
 

There are no proposed dividends at the reporting date.

   3.   EARNINGS PER SHARE 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

 
                                                                   2018 
                                                   Earnings     Weighted   Per-share 
                                                                 average      amount 
                                                               number of 
                                                                  shares 
                                                    GBP'000         '000       pence 
           Basic EPS 
 Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders       1,164       12,733        9.14 
 Effect of dilutive securities                            -            -           - 
                                                  ---------  -----------  ---------- 
 
 Diluted EPS 
 Adjusted earnings                                    1,164       12,733        9.14 
                                                  =========  ===========  ========== 
 

Given that the market price of the shares has fallen lower than the strike price, for the options granted on 10 May 2017, this has made the options anti-dilutive.

 
                                                      2017 
                                      Earnings     Weighted   Per-share 
                                                    average      amount 
                                                  number of 
                                                     shares 
                                       GBP'000         '000       pence 
           Basic EPS 
 Earnings attributable to ordinary 
  shareholders                           1,103       12,733        8.66 
 Effect of dilutive securities               -            -           - 
                                     ---------  -----------  ---------- 
 
 Diluted EPS 
 Adjusted earnings                       1,103       12,733        8.66 
                                     =========  ===========  ========== 
 
   4.    RECONCILIATION OF PROFIT BEFORE TAX TO CASH GENERATED FROM OPERATIONS 
 
 
 
 Group                                                     2018     2017 
                                                        GBP'000  GBP'000 
 Profit before tax                                        1,452    1,376 
 Depreciation charges                                       270      246 
 Profit on disposal of fixed assets                         (3)        - 
 Impairment of fixed asset investments                       32        - 
 Finance income                                            (83)     (74) 
                                                      ---------  ------- 
 
                                                          1,668    1,548 
 (Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables       (133)      446 
 Increase in trade and other payables                        77      121 
                                                      ---------  ------- 
 
   Cash generated from operations                         1,612    2,115 
                                                      =========  ======= 
 
   5.   CALLED UP SHARE CAPITAL 
 
 
 
                                                    2018           2017 
Authorised:                                          GBP            GBP 
20,000,000            Ordinary shares of 0.5p        100            100 
                                               =========    =========== 
 
 
                                                    2018           2017 
Issued and fully                                     GBP            GBP 
 paid: 
12,733,238            Ordinary shares of 0.5p         64             64 
                                               =========    =========== 
 
   6.   RESERVES 

Retained earnings are earnings retained by the Company not paid out in dividends. Share premium is the premium paid on shares purchased in the Company.

Other reserves are the fair value equity components recognised over the vesting period of share based payments.

On 24 July, 2018, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales made an order approving a Reduction of Capital. Under the terms of this arrangement, the Company's share premium account of approximately GBP1.793 million was cancelled and approximately GBP1.146 million of capital was returned to shareholders. The balance of approximately GBP0.647 million, less the costs of the Return of Capital, was transferred to the Company's profit and loss account.

The share price at close of business on 23 July 2018, the day before the High Court made the order, was 130.0p for each 0.5p share.

   7.   FINANCIAL INFORMATION 

The financial information contained within this preliminary announcement for the year ended 31 December 2018 is derived from but does not comprise statutory financial statements within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and those for the year ended 31 December 2018 will be filed following the Company's annual general meeting. The auditors' reports on the statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2018 and 31 December 2017 are unqualified, do not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis, and do not contain any statements under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

   8.   ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 

Copies of the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018 together with the notice of the Annual General Meeting to be held at the offices of M Winkworth Plc on 14 May 2019, will be posted to shareholders shortly and will be available to view and download from the Company's website at www.winkworthplc.com

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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