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Distil Plc LSE:DIS London Ordinary Share GB0030164023 ORD 0.1P
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Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Beverages 3.6 0.2 0.1 19.3 7

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

15/10/2020 7:00am

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Distil PLC

15 October 2020

Distil plc

("Distil" or the " Group ")

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

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

Operational review:

   --      RedLeg Banana Rum launched into the UK market 

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

   --      Increase in Marketing headcount and investment 
   --      Increase in Product Development headcount, resources and investment 

Financial Review - versus same period last year:

   --      Revenue increased by 128% to GBP1,878k (2019: GBP824k) 
   --      Gross profit increased by 107% to GBP1,032k (2019: GBP499k) 
   --      Volume (litres) increased by 87% 
   --      Investment in brand marketing and promotion increased by 158% to GBP565k (2019: GBP219k) 
   --      Other administration costs increased by 10% to GBP307k (2019: GBP279k) 
   --      Operating profit of GBP154k (2019:  GBP1k) 
   --      Cash reserves at period end of GBP570k (2019: GBP836k) 

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Chairman's Statement

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

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

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

Results versus same period last year

Combined sales revenues increased 128% to GBP1,878k, with exports advancing 165% and UK sales increasing 121% .

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

The Company achieved an Operating profit of GBP154k (2019 : GBP1k).

Cash reserves are down year - on - year by GBP266k as trade and other receivable s increased by GBP778K reflecting the increase in sales toward the period end. Net assets increased by GBP480k to GBP3,653K.

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


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

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

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

O utlook

As previously mentioned, the Group has taken positive steps to respond to our relevant challenges and we expect to exit 2020 in a stronger position. However, due to uncertainties regarding m ovement restrictions and sector closures relating to the Covid-19 pandemic we consider it prudent not to provide market guidance for the full financial year to March 202 1.

 Distil plc - Half Year Results 
 Consolidated comprehensive interim 
  income statement 
                                            -----------  -----------  ------------ 
                                             Six months   Six months 
                                              ended 30     ended 30       Year 
                                              September    September     ended 31 
                                                2020         2019       March 2020 
                                             Un-audited   Un-audited     Audited 
                                              GBP'000      GBP'000       GBP'000 
 Revenue                                          1,878          824         2,441 
 Cost of sales                                    (847)        (325)         (995) 
                                            -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Gross profit                                     1,031          499         1,446 
 Administrative expenses: 
 Advertising and promotional costs                (565)        (219)         (665) 
 Other administrative expenses                    (307)        (279)         (597) 
 Share based payment expense                        (5)            -             - 
 Total administrative expenses                    (877)        (498)       (1,262) 
 Operating profit                                   154            1           184 
 Finance income                                       -            -             - 
 Finance expense                                      -          (2)           (2) 
 Profit/(loss) before tax from continuing 
  operations                                        154          (1)           182 
 Income tax                                          64            -            76 
                                            -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Profit/(loss) for the period                       218          (1)           258 
                                            -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Profit/(loss) per share: 
 From continuing operations 
 Basic (pence per share)                           0.04       (0.00)          0.05 
 Diluted (pence per share)                         0.04       (0.00)          0.05 
 Consolidated interim statement of financial     As at 30     As at 30     As at 31 
  position                                      September     September   March 2020 
                                                   2020         2019 
                                                Un-audited   Un-audited     Audited 
                                                 GBP'000      GBP'000       GBP'000 
 Non-current assets 
 Right-of-use asset                                      -           37             - 
 Property, plant and equipment                         151          143           153 
 Intangible fixed assets                             1,586        1,566         1,577 
 Deferred tax asset                                    140            -            76 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Total non-current assets                            1,877        1,746         1,806 
 Current assets 
 Inventories                                           405          383           349 
 Trade and other receivables                         1,157          379           543 
 Cash and cash equivalents                             570          836           858 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Total current assets                                2,132        1,598         1,750 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Total assets                                        4,009        3,344         3,556 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                            (356)        (133)         (126) 
 Lease liability                                         -         (38)             - 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Total current liabilities                           (356)        (171)         (126) 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Total liabilities                                   (356)        (171)         (126) 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Net Assets                                          3,653        3,173         3,430 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Equity attributable to equity holders 
  of the parent 
 Share capital                                       1,292        1,292         1,292 
 Share premium                                       2,908        2,908         2,908 
 Share based payment reserve                            88           83            83 
 Accumulated deficit                                 (635)      (1,110)         (853) 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Total equity                                        3,653        3,173         3,430 
                                               -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 Consolidated interim cash flow statement 
                                                -----------  -----------  ------------- 
                                                 Six months   Six months   Year ended 
                                                  ended 30     ended 30     31 March 
                                                  September   September       2020 
                                                    2020         2019 
                                                 Un-audited   Un-audited    Audited 
 Cashflows from operating activities              GBP'000      GBP'000      GBP'000 
 Profit/(loss) before tax                               154          (1)          182 
 Adjustments for non-cash/non-operating 
 Finance expense                                          -            2            2 
 Amortisation                                             -           25           49 
 Depreciation                                             7            6           13 
 Share based payment expense                              5            -            - 
                                                        166           32          246 
 Movements in working capital 
 Increase in inventories                               (56)         (71)         (37) 
 Increase in trade receivables                        (614)        (172)        (336) 
 Increase in trade payables                             230           35           28 
                                                -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Cash used in operations                              (440)        (208)        (345) 
 Net cash used in operating activities                (274)        (176)         (99) 
 Cashflows from investing activities 
 Purchase of property plant & equipment                 (5)         (20)         (37) 
 Expenditure relating to the acquisition 
  and registration of licenses and trademarks           (9)         (10)         (21) 
                                                -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Net cash used in investing activities                 (14)         (30)         (58) 
 Cashflows from financing activities 
 Interest on lease liabilities                            -            -          (2) 
 Repayment of lease liabilities                           -         (26)         (51) 
                                                -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 Net cash used in financing activities                    -         (26)         (53) 
 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents            (288)        (232)        (210) 
 Cash & cash equivalents at the beginning 
  of the period                                         858        1,068        1,068 
 Cash & cash equivalents at the end of the 
  period                                                570          836          858 
                                                -----------  -----------  ----------- 

Notes to the interims accounts:

   1.     Basis of preparation 

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

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

   2.     Availability 

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

   3.     Approval of interim report 

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

For further information please contact:

 Distil plc 
 Don Goulding Executive Chairman   Tel: +44 203 283 4007 
  Shan Claydon, Finance Director 
 SPARK Advisory Partners Limited 
 Neil Baldwin                      Tel +44 203 368 3550 
  Mark Brady 
 Turner Pope Investments (TPI) 
  Limited (Broker) 
 Andy Thacker / Zoe Alexander      Tel +44 20 3657 0050 

*Nielsen September 2020

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