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Kerry Group PLC Interim Management Report 30 June 2019

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Kerry Group PLC

08 August 2019

News release

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Kerry Group - Interim Management Report

for the half year ended 30 June 2019

Kerry Group, the global taste & nutrition and consumer foods group reports business performance for the half year ended 30 June 2019.

 
 HIGHLIGHTS 
 
            *    Group revenue of EUR3.6 billion reflecting 3.3% 
                 volume growth 
 
 
            *    Taste & Nutrition +3.8% volume growth 
 
 
            *    Consumer Foods +0.6% volume growth 
 
 
            *    Reported revenue +10.7% 
 
 
            *    Group trading margin +20bps to 10.7% 
 
 
            *    Taste & Nutrition +20bps to 13.3% 
 
 
            *    Consumer Foods margins maintained at 7.0% 
 
 
            *    Adjusted EPS of 164.1 cent - up 8.4% on a constant 
                 currency basis 
 
 
            *    Basic EPS of 135.5 cent (H1 2018: 128.3 cent) 
 
 
            *    Interim dividend per share increased 11.9% to 23.5 
                 cent 
 
 
            *    Free cash flow of EUR195m (H1 2018: EUR201m) 
 
 
            *    Full year guidance updated 
 

Edmond Scanlon - Chief Executive Officer

"We are pleased with business performance in the period, as the Group continued to deliver volume growth ahead of the market while expanding trading margins in line with expectations. While heightened consumer pricing and uncertainty impacted market volume growth rates in some developed markets, our unique and industry-leading business model and integrated taste and nutrition positioning continued to deliver significant value for our customers in meeting rapidly evolving consumer needs. We are excited by the ongoing enhancement of our product mix and the development of our innovation pipeline. Good progress has been made on the integration of recent acquisitions, which are performing very well. We are updating our guidance and expect to achieve growth in adjusted earnings per share of 7% to 9% in constant currency."

 
 Contact Information 
 
 
       Media 
        Catherine Keogh             VP Corporate Affairs &           +353 66 7182304          corpaffairs@kerry.com 
                                    Communications 
        Investor Relations 
        Marguerite Larkin                                            +353 66 7182292          investorrelations@kerry. 
        William Lynch               Chief Financial                  +353 66 7182292          ie 
                                    Officer                                                   investorrelations@kerry. 
        Website                     Head of Investor                                          ie 
        www.kerrygroup.com          Relations 
 

INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT

For the half year ended 30 June 2019

Group Performance

Group reported revenue increased by 10.7%, reflecting volume growth of 3.3%, neutral pricing, contribution from acquisitions of 4.7%, and a favourable translation currency impact of 2.7%.

Group trading margin increased by 20bps, reflecting good growth driven by operating leverage, portfolio enhancement, efficiencies, impact of foreign currency and acquisitions, partially offset by Brexit risk management costs, investments for growth and increased net investment on the KerryExcel programme.

Constant currency adjusted earnings per share increased by 8.4% to 164.1 cent (H1 2018 currency adjusted: 151.4 cent). Basic earnings per share increased by 5.6% to 135.5 cent (H1 2018: 128.3 cent).

The interim dividend of 23.5 cent per share represents an increase of 11.9% over the 2018 interim dividend. The Group achieved free cash flow of EUR195m in the period (H1 2018: EUR201m).

The Marketplace

The food & beverage industry and end-to-end supply chain continue to evolve at pace, as consumers are demanding more and are challenging traditional business models.

Market volumes in some developed economies experienced softening in the period due to the impact of higher prices at a consumer level. Developing markets continued to change rapidly, with localisation, regulatory changes and home delivery driving increased new product development.

Major global consumer trends such as plant-based diets, authenticity, healthfulness, convenience, clean label, sustainability and premiumisation, tailored to local consumer preferences continue to generate increased innovation opportunities.

The application of Kerry's leading taste and nutrition technology portfolio through our unique business model continues to drive significant value for our customers as they seek to meet rapidly changing consumer demands and increase speed to market.

Business Reviews

Taste & Nutrition

 
                                       H1 2019                         Growth 
 --------------------------------  ------------------------------  ------------------------- 
     Revenue                           EUR2,915m                       3.8%(1) 
     Trading margin                    13.3%                           +20bps 
 --------------------------------  ------------------------------  ------------------------- 
                                                                     (1) volume growth 
 
 
 
   --        Volume growth driven by Meat, Snacks and Beverage End Use Markets (EUMs) 
   --        Pricing flat - reflecting broadly neutral raw material costs in the period 

-- Trading margin +20bps - key drivers were enhanced product mix, operating leverage and efficiencies, partially offset by investments for growth and Brexit risk management costs

Kerry's nutrition and wellbeing technology portfolio had a strong performance in the period, as demand for great-tasting products with improved nutritional attributes continued to accelerate across the globe. Our unique taste and nutrition positioning, food science expertise and deep understanding of the intersection of taste and nutrition attributes were the drivers of increased innovation across a wide range of applications. This led to good sales growth in customised solutions incorporating in particular Kerry's fermented ingredients, broad protein portfolio, probiotics, fibre systems, botanicals and natural extracts.

Developing market growth continued to be strong at 9.1%, with APMEA developing markets being the main driver. Foodservice performed well, with growth of 5.3% despite some softness in the North American market at the beginning of the year. The Group also completed the acquisitions of Southeastern Mills (SEM) and Ariake U.S.A., Inc in the period.

Americas Region

   --        2.7% volume growth 
   --        Solid performance in North America, driven by Meat, Snacks and Dairy EUMs 
   --        LATAM performed well 

Reported revenue in the region increased by 19.1% to EUR1,556m primarily reflecting volume growth, foreign currency translation and significant contribution from acquisitions of 9.9%.

North America delivered good volume growth, while market volumes growth rates softened as heightened consumer pricing impacted overall consumption in the period. LATAM performed well with good growth in Mexico and solid performances in Brazil and Central America.

Kerry's Meat EUM delivered strong growth, as our industry-leading portfolio continued to support customers as they innovate to meet evolving consumer demands for new regional flavours, cleaner labels, natural shelf-life preservation and plant-based alternatives. This performance was complemented by the acquisition of Southeastern Mills (SEM) in the period which performed very well.

The Snacks EUM delivered good growth through healthier snacking and new world taste experiences, particularly in LATAM. The Dairy EUM benefitted from the ongoing evolution of the ice cream & desserts category towards premiumisation, lower-calorie and plant-based offerings.

While the Beverage EUM was impacted by a softer start to the year in Foodservice, it benefitted from a number of innovations utilising Ganeden(R) probiotics and Wellmune(R) immunity enhancing technologies. The Meals EUM was impacted by softness, particularly in the ambient and chilled categories.

The global Pharma EUM had a good performance, led by strong growth in excipients in North America.

The recently acquired Fleischmann's (FVC) business performed well and the Group also completed the acquisition of Ariake U.S.A., Inc in the period. These acquisitions further enhance Kerry's leading authentic taste and clean label technology portfolio, which the Group plans to leverage in meeting increased demands across a broader range of applications.

Europe Region

   --        2.2% volume growth 
   --        Good performance in Beverage, Meat and Snacks EUMs 
   --        Foodservice delivered strong growth 

Reported revenue in the region increased by 2.5% to EUR718m primarily reflecting volume growth.

Kerry's development and applications expertise helped customers improve and broaden their product offerings to meet a diverse range of local consumer preferences right across the region.

The Beverage EUM achieved strong broad-based growth, particularly in Foodservice, as customers enhanced their beverage offerings across their menus, with a number of 'better for you' and seasonal product launches incorporating Kerry's botanicals, natural extracts and sugar reduction technologies.

The Meat EUM performed very well, with multi-texture coating systems delivering new sensorial taste experiences, and in addition a number of successful cleaner label launches. Good business development was also achieved in plant-based meat alternatives, as Kerry's offering was enhanced by the recent JV with Ojah.

The Snacks EUM performed well, with a number of new launches with new authentic world flavours.

The Dairy EUM was impacted by softer demand in the ice cream category during the period. International dairy markets were relatively stable in the period, reflecting less volatility in global supply / demand dynamics. The Confectionary EUM achieved good growth through a number of local novel taste LTOs across the region.

APMEA Region

   --        9.6% volume growth 
   --        Strong growth in Meat, Beverage and Snacks EUMs 
   --        Progressing strategic expansion and business development across the region 

Reported revenue in the region increased by 13.3% to EUR608m primarily reflecting volume growth and the contribution from business acquisitions.

The Group continued to selectively deploy the Kerry business model on a country-by-country basis in the period. This approach was key in supporting our customers as they meet evolving local consumer demands that continue to drive growth right across the region.

Kerry's Meat EUM delivered excellent growth with a range of innovations across both Foodservice and Retail customers to meet key consumer preferences for local authentic taste, value, food safety and home delivery.

The Beverage EUM delivered strong growth underpinned by a number of successful launches into nutritional beverages and a range of foodservice applications. The branded DaVinci range enjoyed strong growth into independent distributors.

The Snacks EUM delivered strong growth, with innovation centred around the localisation of Western taste profiles incorporating both sweet and savoury technologies.

We continued to make good progress in expanding our capacity and processing capabilities in the region. Our strategic expansion in China progressed well, as we upgraded the recently acquired SIAS facility to serve our customers in the Greater Beijing region, while we continued the expansion programme at our Nantong facility aligned to the strategic deployment of our technologies in the region. The Group also opened a new facility in Tumkur, India, which will serve the rapidly expanding South West Asia market and invested in expanding our capabilities in the Middle East region further to the acquisition of AATCO at the end of 2018.

Consumer Foods

 
                                       H1 2019                       Growth 
 --------------------------------  ----------------------------  -------------------------- 
     Revenue                           EUR689m                       0.6%(1) 
     Trading margin                    7.0%                          0bps 
 --------------------------------  ----------------------------  -------------------------- 
                                                                  (1) volume growth 
 
 
 
   --        Solid performance led by brands with private label challenged 
   --        Pricing (0.3%) reflective of input costs which were not fully recovered 
   --        Trading margin maintained after incurring Brexit risk management costs 

The market landscape continued to be challenged in the period. Lower consumer confidence was reflected through a more cautious consumer, while structural changes across the retail environment continue to drive change along the end-to-end supply chain.

Reported revenue increased by 0.6% to EUR689m, reflecting volume growth, pricing, and a translation currency tailwind.

'Everyday Fresh' performed in line with expectations. Richmond delivered solid performance led by growth in chicken sausages, while the Denny brand in Ireland experienced strong growth. The traditional spreads category continued to be challenged, however Kerry outperformed with our spreadable butter offering addressing consumer preferences.

'Convenience Meal Solutions' continued to be impacted by reduced promotional activity, but was offset by a number of new business wins through ethnic ready meals in the period. Frozen ready meals delivered a solid performance across the range. At the end of the period, the Group announced that it will cease operations at its production facility in Burton from the start of September, while we will continue our efforts to find alternative solutions for the site.

'Food to Go' performed well, as strong growth in Cheestrings was supported by a number of innovations. Fridge Raiders also extended its snacking range with the launch of a number of new products during the period to reach a broader consumer market. The realignment programme is progressing to plan.

Financial Review

 
                                                     H1 2019   H1 2018 
 Analysis of Results                      % Change     EUR'm     EUR'm 
--------------------------------------   ---------  --------  -------- 
 
 Revenue                                   10.7%     3,568.9   3,225.3 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 
 Trading profit                            12.6%       382.9     340.0 
 Trading margin                                        10.7%     10.5% 
 Computer software amortisation                       (12.9)    (14.9) 
 Finance costs (net)                                  (38.9)    (33.8) 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 Adjusted earnings before taxation                     331.1     291.3 
 Income taxes (excluding non-trading 
  items)                                              (41.1)    (36.5) 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 Adjusted earnings after taxation                      290.0     254.8 
 Brand related intangible asset 
  amortisation                                        (16.4)    (12.7) 
 Non-trading items (net of related 
  tax)                                                (34.2)    (15.4) 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 Profit after taxation                                 239.4     226.7 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 
                                                         EPS       EPS 
                                                        Cent      Cent 
 Basic EPS                                  5.6%       135.5     128.3 
 Brand related intangible asset 
  amortisation                                           9.3       7.2 
 Non-trading items (net of related 
  tax)                                                  19.3       8.7 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 Adjusted* EPS                             13.8%       164.1     144.2 
 Impact of retranslating prior period 
  adjusted EPS at current period 
  average exchange rates                                   -       7.2 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 Constant Currency Adjusted* EPS            8.4%       164.1     151.4 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 
 

* Before brand related intangible asset amortisation and non-trading items (net of related tax)

Analysis of Results

Revenue

On a reported basis Group revenue increased by 10.7% to EUR3.6 billion (H1 2018: EUR3.2 billion), including volume growth of 3.3%, neutral pricing, a positive translation currency impact of 2.7% and contribution from business acquisitions of 4.7%.

H1 2018: Group reported revenue +1.4%, volume +3.6%, pricing +0.6%, transaction currency (0.1%), translation currency (6.6%), acquisitions +3.9%.

In Taste & Nutrition, reported revenue increased by 13.0% to EUR2.9 billion (H1 2018: EUR2.6 billion), including volume growth of 3.8%, neutral pricing, a positive translation currency impact of 3.3% and contribution from business acquisitions of 5.9%.

H1 2018: Taste & Nutrition reported revenue +1.4%, volume +4.1%, pricing +0.6%, translation currency (7.9%), acquisitions +4.6%.

In Consumer Foods, reported revenue increased by 0.6% to EUR689m (H1 2018: EUR685m), including volume growth of 0.6%, pricing of (0.3%) and a positive translation currency impact of 0.3%.

H1 2018: Consumer Foods reported revenue +1.2%, volume +1.3%, pricing +0.9%, transaction currency (0.4%), translation currency (1.6%), acquisitions +1.0%.

Trading Profit & Margin

Group trading profit increased by 12.6% to EUR382.9m (H1 2018: EUR340.0m).

Group trading profit margin increased by 20 basis points to 10.7%, reflecting good growth driven by operating leverage, portfolio enhancement, efficiencies, foreign currency translation and acquisitions, partially offset by Brexit risk management costs, investments for growth and increased net investment on the KerryExcel programme.

Trading profit margin in Taste & Nutrition increased by 20 basis points to 13.3%, reflecting good growth driven by operating leverage, portfolio enhancement, efficiencies, and foreign currency translation, partially offset by acquisitions, Brexit risk management costs and investments for growth. Trading profit margin in Consumer Foods was maintained at 7.0%, reflecting portfolio enhancement and efficiencies, offset by pricing and Brexit risk management costs.

Finance Costs (net)

Finance costs (net) for the period increased by EUR5.1m to EUR38.9m (H1 2018: EUR33.8m) primarily due to acquisition activity and the impact of IFRS 16 'Leases', partially offset by cash generation, positive interest rates and a reduction in pension interest.

Impact of IFRS 16 'Leases'

In January 2019 the Group adopted the new accounting standard (IFRS 16 'Leases'), which had the impact of reducing net operating expenses by EUR1.4m on a like-for-like basis, and the effect of increasing finance costs by EUR2.3m on transition.

Taxation

The tax charge for the period, before non-trading items was EUR41.1m (H1 2018: EUR36.5m) which represents an effective tax rate of 13.0% which is in line with year-end (H1 2018: 13.1%).

Acquisitions

During the period, the Group completed three acquisitions at a total cost of EUR327.2m including Ariake U.S.A., Inc. and Southeastern Mills' North American coatings and seasonings business (SEM).

Non-Trading Items

The Group recorded EUR34.2m of costs net of tax (H1 2018: EUR15.4m) including costs associated with the integration of 2018 and 2019 acquisitions and the Consumer Foods Realignment Programme.

Adjusted EPS

Adjusted EPS in constant currency increased by 8.4% in the period (H1 2018: +9.0%). Adjusted EPS in reporting currency increased by 13.8% to 164.1 cent (H1 2018: 144.2 cent).

Basic EPS

Basic EPS increased by 5.6% to 135.5 cent in the period (H1 2018: 128.3 cent).

Free Cash Flow

The Group achieved free cash flow of EUR194.8m (H1 2018: EUR200.6m). This decrease is primarily due to increased investments in working capital and capital expenditure.

 
 Free Cash Flow                                      H1 2019   H1 2018 
                                                       EUR'm     EUR'm 
-------------------------------------------------   --------  -------- 
 Trading profit                                        382.9     340.0 
 Depreciation (net)                                     94.0      66.8 
 Movement in average working capital                  (77.3)    (29.6) 
 Pension contributions paid less pension expense      (11.2)    (21.7) 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 Cash flow from operations                             388.4     355.5 
 Finance costs paid (net)                             (30.4)    (22.8) 
 Income taxes paid                                    (28.7)    (18.2) 
 Capital expenditure                                 (134.5)   (113.9) 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 Free cash flow                                        194.8     200.6 
                                                    --------  -------- 
 
 

Balance Sheet

A summary balance sheet as at 30 June 2019 is provided below:

 
                                  H1 2019    H1 2018    FY 2018 
                                    EUR'm      EUR'm      EUR'm 
-----------------------------   ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Property, plant & equipment      1,928.8    1,607.9    1,767.0 
 Intangible assets                4,380.0    3,728.6    4,095.6 
 Other non-current assets           171.1      198.1      189.7 
 Current assets                   2,453.5    2,141.3    2,271.4 
                                ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Total assets                     8,933.4    7,675.9    8,323.7 
                                ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Current liabilities              2,018.9    1,696.5    1,650.8 
 Non-current liabilities          2,728.0    2,205.8    2,638.5 
                                ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Total liabilities                4,746.9    3,902.3    4,289.3 
                                ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Net assets                       4,186.5    3,773.6    4,034.4 
                                ---------  ---------  --------- 
 Shareholders' equity             4,186.5    3,773.6    4,034.4 
                                ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
 

Property, Plant & Equipment

Property, plant & equipment increased by EUR161.8m to EUR1,928.8m (Dec 2018: EUR1,767.0m, H1 2018: EUR1,607.9m) due to additions made in the period and the impact of the change in the lease accounting policy, offset by the depreciation charge.

Intangible Assets

Intangible assets increased by EUR284.4m to EUR4,380.0m (Dec 2018: EUR4,095.6m, H1 2018: EUR3,728.6m) due to acquisitions made in the period offset by the amortisation charge.

Current Assets

Current assets increased by EUR182.1m to EUR2,453.5m (Dec 2018: EUR2,271.4m, H1 2018: EUR2,141.3m), mainly due to increases in inventory and trade and other receivables.

Retirement Benefits

At the balance sheet date, the net deficit for all defined benefit schemes (after deferred tax) was EUR64.4m (Dec 2018: EUR44.0m, H1 2018: EUR35.4m). The increase in the net deficit from year end was driven primarily by adverse movements in discount rates.

Net Debt

At 30 June 2019, net debt was EUR1,918.2m. This increase of EUR294.7m relative to the December 2018 net debt of EUR1,623.5m reflects cash flow generated offset by investment in acquisitions and the dividends paid in the period.

In June 2019, the Group agreed a new five year EUR1.1bn revolving credit facility which extends the maturity profile of the Group's available credit facilities.

Return on Average Capital Employed (ROACE)

The Group achieved ROACE of 11.9% (H1 2018: 12.4%) reflective of acquisitions and investments.

Key Financial Covenants

A portion of Group financing facilities are subject to financial covenants as set out in their facility agreements. The Group's balance sheet is in a healthy position. With a net debt to EBITDA* ratio of 1.9 times, the organisation has sufficient headroom to support future growth plans. Group Treasury monitors compliance with all financial covenants and at 30 June the key covenants were as follows:

 
                                                              H1 2019   H1 2018   FY 2018 
                            Covenant                            Times     Times     Times 
                         ----------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Net debt: EBITDA*        Maximum 3.5                             1.9       1.5       1.7 
 EBITDA: Net interest*    Minimum 4.0 (30 June 2018: 4.75)       14.4      14.8      14.7 
-----------------------  ----------------------------------  --------  --------  -------- 
 

*Calculated in accordance with lenders' facility agreements which take account of adjustments as outlined in the financial definitions accompanying the Interim Financial Statements.

Related Party Transactions

There were no changes in related party transactions from the 2018 Annual Report that could have a material effect on the financial position or performance of the Group in the first half of the year.

Exchange Rates

Group results are impacted by fluctuations in exchange rates year-on-year versus the euro. The average rates below are the principal rates used for the translation of results. The closing rates below are used to translate assets and liabilities at period end.

 
                                          Average Rates                   Closing Rates 
                                 H1 2019         H1 2018         H1 2019         H1 2018 
========================  ==============  ==============  ==============  ============== 
 Australian Dollar                  1.60            1.57            1.63            1.58 
------------------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Brazilian Real                     4.38            4.12            4.37            4.39 
------------------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 British Pound Sterling             0.87            0.88            0.89            0.89 
------------------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Mexican Peso                      21.68           23.05           21.76           23.13 
------------------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Malaysian Ringgit                  4.65            4.78            4.72            4.69 
------------------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 Russian Ruble                     73.73           71.22           71.38           73.41 
------------------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 South African Rand                16.16           14.73           16.09           15.90 
------------------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 US Dollar                          1.13            1.21            1.14            1.17 
------------------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  -------------- 
 

Principal Risks & Uncertainties

Details of the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group can be found in the 2018 Annual Report on pages 76 to 85. These risks include but are not limited to; portfolio management, Brexit, geopolitical risks, business acquisition and divestiture, quality, food safety & regulatory, talent management, information security and cybercrime, margin management, Kerryconnect, intellectual property management, taxation and treasury. In the second half of the year we will continue to closely monitor the potential implications of the UK's anticipated exit from the EU on 31 October 2019. The Group actively manages all risks through its control and risk management process.

Going Concern

The Group Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements have been prepared on the going concern basis of accounting. The Directors report that they have satisfied themselves that the Group is a going concern, having adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. In forming this view, the Directors have reviewed the Group's budget for a period not less than 12 months, the medium term plans as set out in the rolling five year plan, and have taken into account the cash flow implications of the plans, including proposed capital expenditure, and compared these with the Group's committed borrowing facilities and projected gearing ratios.

Dividend

The Board has declared an interim dividend of 23.5 cent per share (an increase of 11.9% on the 2018 interim dividend of 21.0 cent) payable on 15 November 2019 to shareholders registered on the record date 18 October 2019.

Future Prospects

Kerry continues to adapt to the rapidly changing marketplace, investing in and further developing the Kerry business model to consistently outperform our markets and respond to evolving local consumer trends and customer requirements through industry leading innovation.

Taste & Nutrition has a strong innovation pipeline with good growth prospects, particularly in developing markets where business footprint expansion and roll out of our consumer led in--country approach continues. Consumer Foods continues to realign the core and invest in adjacencies, whilst navigating the current UK uncertain environment.

The Group will continue to invest in business development and pursue M&A opportunities aligned to strategic growth priorities.

In 2019 the Group expects to deliver adjusted earnings per share growth of 7% to 9% on a constant currency basis.

Responsibility Statement

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Half Yearly Financial Report in accordance with the Transparency (Directive 2004/109/EC) Regulations 2007 of Ireland (S.I. No. 277 of 2007) ("the Regulations"), the Transparency Rules of the Central Bank of Ireland and with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union.

The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

-- the Group Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2019 have been prepared in accordance with the international accounting standard applicable to interim financial reporting adopted pursuant to the procedure provided for under Article 6 of the Regulation (EC) No. 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 July 2002;

-- the Interim Management Report includes a fair review of the important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year, and their impact on the Group Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2019, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months;

-- the Interim Management Report includes a fair review of the related party transactions that have occurred during the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the Group during that period, and any changes in the related parties' transactions described in the last Annual Report that could have a material effect on the financial position or performance of the Group in the first six months of the current financial year.

On behalf of the board

 
 Edmond Scanlon                 Marguerite Larkin 
  Chief Executive Officer        Chief Financial Officer 
 

7 August 2019

Disclaimer: Forward Looking Statements

This Announcement contains forward looking statements which reflect management expectations based on currently available data. However actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements. These forward looking statements speak only as of the date they were made and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

RESULTS FOR THE HALF YEARED 30 JUNE 2019

 
 Kerry Group plc 
 
 Condensed Consolidated 
  Income Statement 
 for the half year ended 
  30 June 2019 
                                            Before 
                                       Non-Trading      Non-Trading        Half year        Half year             Year 
                                             Items            Items            ended            ended            ended 
                                      30 June 2019     30 June 2019     30 June 2019     30 June 2018     31 Dec. 2018 
                                         Unaudited        Unaudited        Unaudited        Unaudited          Audited 
                             Notes           EUR'm            EUR'm            EUR'm            EUR'm            EUR'm 
 Continuing operations 
 Revenue                         2         3,568.9                -          3,568.9          3,225.3          6,607.6 
                                         _________        _________        _________        _________        _________ 
 
 Trading profit                  2           382.9                -            382.9            340.0            805.6 
 
 Intangible asset 
  amortisation                              (29.3)                -           (29.3)           (27.6)           (53.8) 
 Non-trading items               3               -           (42.3)           (42.3)           (19.9)           (66.9) 
                                         _________        _________        _________        _________        _________ 
 
 Operating profit                            353.6           (42.3)            311.3            292.5            684.9 
 Finance income                  4             0.2                -              0.2              0.2              0.5 
 Finance costs                   4          (39.1)                -           (39.1)           (34.0)           (67.5) 
                                         _________        _________        _________        _________        _________ 
 
 Profit before taxation                      314.7           (42.3)            272.4            258.7            617.9 
 Income taxes                               (41.1)              8.1           (33.0)           (32.0)           (77.4) 
                                         _________        _________        _________        _________        _________ 
 Profit after taxation 
  attributable to owners 
  of the parent                              273.6           (34.2)            239.4            226.7            540.5 
                                         _________        _________        _________        _________        _________ 
 
 Earnings per A ordinary                                                        Cent             Cent             Cent 
  share 
 - basic                         5                                             135.5            128.3            305.9 
 - diluted                       5                                             135.4            128.2            305.7 
                                                                           _________        _________        _________ 
 
 
 Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income 
 for the half year ended 30 June 2019 
                                                                         Half year       Half year            Year 
                                                                             ended           ended           ended 
                                                                      30 June 2019    30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                                                                         Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                                                             EUR'm           EUR'm           EUR'm 
 
 Profit after taxation attributable to owners of the parent                  239.4           226.7           540.5 
 
   Other comprehensive income: 
 Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to profit 
 or loss: 
 Fair value movements on cash flow hedges                                      7.6           (3.6)             2.2 
 Cash flow hedges - reclassified to profit or loss from equity                 0.1           (1.4)           (2.5) 
 Net change in cost of hedging                                                 1.5               -           (2.0) 
 Deferred tax effect of fair value movements on cash flow hedges             (1.2)             0.5           (0.2) 
 Exchange difference on translation of foreign operations                     23.6           (2.6)           (0.9) 
 Fair value movement on revaluation of financial assets held at 
  fair value through other comprehensive 
  income                                                                         -               -           (1.9) 
 
 Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or 
 loss: 
 Re-measurement on retirement benefits obligation                           (34.7)            60.6            34.5 
 Deferred tax effect of re-measurement on retirement benefits 
  obligation                                                                   5.1           (9.8)           (6.3) 
                                                                         _________       _________       _________ 
 Net income recognised directly in other comprehensive income                  2.0            43.7            22.9 
                                                                         _________       _________       _________ 
 Total comprehensive income                                                  241.4           270.4           563.4 
                                                                         _________       _________       _________ 
 
 
 
 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet 
 as at 30 June 2019 
                                                                            30 June 2019   30 June 2018   31 Dec. 2018 
                                                                               Unaudited      Unaudited        Audited 
                                                                    Notes          EUR'm          EUR'm          EUR'm 
 Non-current assets 
 Property, plant and equipment                                                   1,928.8        1,607.9        1,767.0 
 Intangible assets                                                               4,380.0        3,728.6        4,095.6 
 Financial asset investments                                                        39.5           40.3           35.3 
 Investment in associates and joint ventures                                        15.9           19.6           15.6 
 Other non-current financial instruments                                            79.3           92.5          101.7 
 Deferred tax assets                                                                36.4           45.7           37.1 
                                                                              __________    ___________    ___________ 
                                                                                 6,479.9        5,534.6        6,052.3 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 Current assets 
 Inventories                                                                     1,029.8          848.4          877.8 
 Trade and other receivables                                                     1,093.2          989.8          967.8 
 Cash at bank and in hand                                              11          267.4          290.3          413.8 
 Other current financial instruments                                                61.1           10.3           10.0 
 Assets classified as held for sale                                                  2.0            2.5            2.0 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
                                                                                 2,453.5        2,141.3        2,271.4 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 Total assets                                                                    8,933.4        7,675.9        8,323.7 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                                               9        1,663.4        1,497.7        1,482.1 
 Borrowings and overdrafts                                             11          201.1           30.7           13.8 
 Other current financial instruments                                                 5.2            8.1           11.0 
 Tax liabilities                                                                   123.9          122.4          122.4 
 Provisions                                                                         24.9           35.7           20.3 
 Deferred income                                                                     0.4            1.9            1.2 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
                                                                                 2,018.9        1,696.5        1,650.8 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Borrowings                                                            11        2,107.9        1,743.7        2,119.7 
 Other non-current financial instruments                                             0.2           11.4            5.6 
 Retirement benefits obligation                                         7           77.0           44.6           53.2 
 Other non-current liabilities                                         10          167.3           96.2           82.6 
 Deferred tax liabilities                                                          324.8          250.8          324.1 
 Provisions                                                                         29.8           37.7           32.1 
 Deferred income                                                                    21.0           21.4           21.2 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
                                                                                 2,728.0        2,205.8        2,638.5 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 Total liabilities                                                               4,746.9        3,902.3        4,289.3 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 Net assets                                                                      4,186.5        3,773.6        4,034.4 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 Issued capital and reserves attributable to owners of the parent 
 Share capital                                                         12           22.0           22.0           22.0 
 Share premium                                                                     398.7          398.7          398.7 
 Other reserves                                                                  (167.7)        (214.6)        (207.3) 
 Retained earnings                                                               3,933.5        3,567.5        3,821.0 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 Shareholders' equity                                                            4,186.5        3,773.6        4,034.4 
                                                                              __________     __________    ___________ 
 
 
 
 Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes 
  in Equity 
 for the half year ended 30 June 2019 
 
                                                   Share      Share       Other    Retained 
                                                 Capital    Premium    Reserves    Earnings      Total 
                                         Note      EUR'm      EUR'm       EUR'm       EUR'm      EUR'm 
 
 
 At 1 January 2018                                  22.0      398.7     (214.4)     3,366.9    3,573.2 
 
   Profit after tax attributable 
   to owners of the parent                             -          -           -       226.7      226.7 
 Other comprehensive (expense)/income                  -          -       (7.6)        51.3       43.7 
                                                ________   ________    ________    ________     ________ 
 Total comprehensive (expense)/income                  -          -       (7.6)       278.0      270.4 
 Dividends paid                             6          -          -           -      (77.4)     (77.4) 
 Share-based payment expense                           -          -         7.4           -        7.4 
                                                ________   ________    ________    ________   ________ 
 At 30 June 2018 - unaudited                        22.0      398.7     (214.6)     3,567.5    3,773.6 
 
   Profit after tax attributable 
   to owners of the parent                             -          -           -       313.8      313.8 
 Other comprehensive income/(expense)                  -          -         2.5      (23.3)     (20.8) 
                                                ________   ________    ________    ________   ________ 
 Total comprehensive income                            -          -         2.5       290.5      293.0 
 Dividends paid                             6          -          -           -      (37.0)     (37.0) 
 Share-based payment expense                           -          -         4.8           -        4.8 
                                                ________   ________    ________    ________   ________ 
 At 31 December 2018 - audited                      22.0      398.7     (207.3)     3,821.0    4,034.4 
 Adjustment on initial application 
  of IFRS 16 'Leases'                                  -          -           -       (9.4)      (9.4) 
                                                ________   ________    ________    ________   ________ 
 Adjusted balances at 1 January 
  2019                                              22.0      398.7     (207.3)     3,811.6    4,025.0 
 
   Profit after tax attributable 
   to owners of the parent                             -          -           -       239.4      239.4 
 Other comprehensive income/(expense)                  -          -        32.8      (30.8)        2.0 
                                                 _______   ________    ________    ________   ________ 
 Total comprehensive income                            -          -        32.8       208.6      241.4 
 Dividends paid                             6          -          -           -      (86.7)     (86.7) 
 Share-based payment expense                           -          -         6.8           -        6.8 
                                                 _______    _______    ________    ________   ________ 
 At 30 June 2019 - unaudited                        22.0      398.7     (167.7)     3,933.5    4,186.5 
                                                 _______    _______    ________    ________   ________ 
 
 
 
 Other Reserves comprise the following: 
                                                                                Share- 
                                                 Capital             Other       Based                                  Cost 
                                                                                                                          of 
                                              Redemption     Undenominated     Payment   Translation     Hedging     Hedging 
                                    FVOCI        Reserve           Capital     Reserve       Reserve     Reserve     Reserve       Total 
                                    EUR'm          EUR'm             EUR'm       EUR'm         EUR'm       EUR'm       EUR'm       EUR'm 
 
 At 1 January 2018                    3.5            1.7               0.3        51.1       (255.8)      (15.2)           -     (214.4) 
 
 Total comprehensive expense            -              -                 -           -         (2.6)       (5.0)           -       (7.6) 
 Share-based payment expense            -              -                 -         7.4             -           -           -         7.4 
                                  _______        _______           _______     _______       _______     _______     _______      ______ 
 At 30 June 2018 - unaudited          3.5            1.7               0.3        58.5       (258.4)      (20.2)           -     (214.6) 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  (expense)/income                  (1.9)              -                 -           -           1.7         4.7       (2.0)         2.5 
 Share-based payment expense            -              -                 -         4.8             -           -           -         4.8 
                                  _______        _______           _______     _______       _______     _______     _______      ______ 
 At 31 December 2018 - 
  audited                             1.6            1.7               0.3        63.3       (256.7)      (15.5)       (2.0)     (207.3) 
 
 Total comprehensive income             -              -                 -           -          23.6         7.7         1.5        32.8 
 Share-based payment expense            -              -                 -         6.8             -           -           -         6.8 
                                  _______        _______           _______     _______       _______     _______     _______      ______ 
 
 At 30 June 2019 - unaudited          1.6            1.7               0.3        70.1       (233.1)       (7.8)       (0.5)     (167.7) 
                                  _______        _______           _______     _______       _______     _______     _______      ______ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash 
  Flows 
 for the half year ended 30 June 2019 
                                                             Half year       Half year              Year 
                                                                 ended           ended             ended 
                                                          30 June 2019    30 June 2018      31 Dec. 2018 
                                                             Unaudited       Unaudited           Audited 
                                               Notes             EUR'm           EUR'm             EUR'm 
 Operating activities 
 Trading profit                                                  382.9           340.0             805.6 
 Adjustments for: 
 Depreciation (net)                                               94.0            66.8             134.1 
 Change in working capital                                     (133.5)          (66.9)            (78.8) 
 Pension contributions paid less pension 
  expense                                                       (11.2)          (21.7)            (40.0) 
 Payments on non-trading items                                  (29.3)          (17.3)            (59.8) 
 Exchange translation adjustment                                 (0.5)           (0.1)               0.5 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Cash generated from operations                                  302.4           300.8             761.6 
 Income taxes paid                                              (28.7)          (18.2)            (46.1) 
 Finance income received                                           0.2             0.1               0.5 
 Finance costs paid                                             (30.6)          (22.9)            (65.0) 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Net cash from operating activities                              243.3           259.8             651.0 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Investing activities 
 Purchase of assets (net)                                      (123.8)         (122.4)           (296.1) 
 Proceeds from the sale of assets                                  6.4             8.3              10.6 
 Capital grants received                                             -             0.2                 - 
 Purchase of businesses (net of cash 
  acquired)                                       13           (324.0)          (86.0)           (476.8) 
 Payments relating to previous acquisitions                      (5.3)           (8.7)            (11.9) 
 Purchase of share in associates and joint 
  ventures                                                           -          (15.6)            (14.5) 
 Income received from joint ventures                               0.2               -                 - 
 Disposal of businesses                                              -               -                 - 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Net cash used in investing activities                         (446.5)         (224.2)           (788.7) 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Financing activities 
 Payment of lease liabilities                                   (17.1)               -                 - 
 Dividends paid                                    6            (86.7)          (77.4)           (114.4) 
 Issue of share capital                           12                 -               -                 - 
 Net movement on borrowings (net of swaps)                       151.6           (5.9)             350.2 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Net cash movement due to financing 
  activities                                                      47.8          (83.3)             235.8 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 
 Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash 
  equivalents                                                  (155.4)          (47.7)              98.1 
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
  of period                                                      403.9           305.6             305.6 
 Exchange translation adjustment on cash 
  and cash equivalents                                             2.3             1.7               0.2 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       11             250.8           259.6             403.9 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 
 Reconciliation of Net Cash Flow to Movement 
  in Net Debt 
 Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash 
  equivalents                                                  (155.4)          (47.7)              98.1 
 Cash flow from debt financing                                 (145.0)             5.9           (350.2) 
                                                            __________      __________       ___________ 
 Changes in net debt resulting from cash 
  flows                                                        (300.4)          (41.8)           (252.1) 
 Fair value movement on interest rate swaps 
  (net of adjustment to borrowings)                                7.9           (4.0)             (2.6) 
 Exchange translation adjustment on net 
  debt                                                           (2.2)          (15.8)            (27.1) 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Movement in net debt in the period                            (294.7)          (61.6)           (281.8) 
 Net debt at beginning of period                             (1,623.5)       (1,341.7)         (1,341.7) 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 Net debt at end of period                        11         (1,918.2)       (1,403.3)         (1,623.5) 
                                                             _________      __________        __________ 
 
 
 
 Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim 
  Financial Statements 
 for the half year ended 30 June 2019 
 
 

1. Accounting policies

These Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2019 have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and using accounting policies consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union. The accounting policies applied by the Group in these Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements are the same as those detailed in the 2018 Annual Report except for changes in accounting policies in respect of IFRS 16 'Leases' for H1 2019 outlined below:

Leasing

At the commencement date of the lease, the Group recognises a right-of-use asset and a lease liability on the balance sheet. The right-of-use asset is measured at cost, which consists of the initial measurement of the lease liability, any initial direct costs incurred by the Group in setting up/entering into the lease, an estimate of any costs to dismantle and remove the asset at the end of the lease and any payments made in advance of the lease commencement date (net of any incentive received).

The Group depreciates right-of-use assets on a straight-line basis from the lease commencement date to the earlier of the end of the useful life or the end of the lease term. The carrying amounts of right-of-use assets are reviewed at each balance sheet date to determine whether there is any indication of impairment. An impairment loss is recognised when the carrying value of an asset exceeds its recoverable amount.

The Group measures the lease liability at the present value of the lease payments unpaid at that date, discounted using the applicable incremental borrowing rate. Lease payments included in the measurement of the lease liability comprises of fixed or variable payments (based on an index or rate), amounts expected to be payable under a residual value guarantee and payments arising from options reasonably certain to be exercised.

Subsequent to the initial measurement, the liability will be reduced for payments made and increased for the interest applied and it is remeasured to reflect any reassessment or contract modifications. When the lease liability is remeasured, the corresponding adjustment is reflected in the right-of-use asset or in the Consolidated Income Statement if the right-of-use asset is already reduced to zero.

The Group has elected to record short-term leases of less than 12 months and leases of low-value assets as defined in IFRS 16 as an operating expense in the Consolidated Income Statement on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

Critical accounting estimates and judgements - Leasing

The significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key source of estimation uncertainty were the same as those described in the 2018 Annual Report, except for the new judgements and estimation uncertainty related to lessee accounting under IFRS 16, which are described below.

In determining the incremental borrowing rate for lease contracts/liabilities the Group, where possible, has utilised external benchmarked information and takes into consideration credit rating, applicable margin for lease by currency, interest rate for the lease term and applies a currency premium where applicable.

The Group has applied judgement to determine the lease term of contracts that include renewal options. If the Group is reasonably certain to exercise such options this impacts the lease term, which significantly affects the amount of lease liabilities and right-of-use assets recognised.

The Group reassesses these estimates and judgements if a significant event or a significant change in circumstances occurs.

Leases policy applicable before 1 January 2019

Annual rentals payable under operating leases are charged to the Consolidated Income Statement on a straight-line basis over the period of the lease.

 
 
 
 
     The following Standards and Interpretations are effective for the Group from 1 January 2019        Effective Date 
      but do not have a material effect on the results or financial position of the Group: 
 
 -   IFRS 16    Leases                                                                                  1 January 2019 
                IFRS 16, published in January 2016, replaces the existing standard IAS 17 'Leases'. 
                IFRS 16 
                eliminates the classification of leases as either operating leases or finance leases 
                for lessees. 
                It introduces a single lessee accounting model, which requires a lessee to recognise 
                assets 
                and liabilities for all leases with a term of more than 12 months with certain 
                exceptions 
                and to recognise depreciation of lease assets separately from interest on lease 
                liabilities 
                in the income statement. 
 
                The Group has adopted IFRS 16 using the modified retrospective approach, under which 
                the cumulative 
                effect of initial application of EUR12.1m and a deferred tax asset of EUR2.7m was 
                recognised 
                in retained earnings at 1 January 2019. Accordingly, the comparative information 
                presented 
                for 2018 has not been restated - i.e. it is presented, as previously reported, under 
                IAS 17 
                and related interpretations. Right-of-use assets for property leases were measured 
                on transition 
                as if the new rules had always been applied. All other right-of-use assets were 
                measured at 
                the amount of the lease liability on adoption. 
 
                As at 31 December 2018, the Group had non-cancellable operating lease commitments of 
                EUR83.1m 
                and finance lease commitments of EURnil. Of these commitments, approximately EUR1.0m 
                relate 
                to short-term leases and EUR0.1m are low-value leases which will be recognised on a 
                straight-line 
                basis as an expense in the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement. The Group has 
                recognised 
                right-of-use assets of EUR95.2m and lease liabilities of EUR107.3m on 1 January 
                2019, the 
                transition date. A reconciliation explaining the difference between the IAS 17 
                operating lease 
                commitments at year end and the lease liability at the date of transition to IFRS 16 
                'Leases' 
                has been included in note 8. The weighted average incremental borrowing rate applied 
                to lease 
                liabilities at the date of initial application was 6.7%. The Group has also elected 
                not to 
                separate non-lease components from lease components, and instead account for each 
                lease component 
                and any associated non-lease components as a single lease component further 
                increasing the 
                lease liability at 1 January 2019. 
 
 -   IFRIC 23   Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments                                                  1 January 2019 
 
 
     The following Standard is not yet effective for the Group and is not expected to have a 
     material 
     effect on the results or financial position of the Group:                                          Effective Date 
 
 -   IFRS 17                       Insurance Contracts                                                  1 January 2021 
 

2. Analysis by business segment

The Group has determined it has two reportable segments: Taste & Nutrition and Consumer Foods. The Taste & Nutrition segment manufactures and distributes an innovative portfolio of taste and nutrition solutions and functional ingredients & actives for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The Consumer Foods segment manufactures and supplies added value branded and consumer branded chilled food products to the Irish, UK and selected international markets.

 
                                                                    Half year       Half year            Year 
                                                                        ended           ended           ended 
                                                                 30 June 2019    30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                                                                    Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                                                        EUR'm           EUR'm           EUR'm 
 
 External revenue 
 - Taste & Nutrition                                                  2,882.2         2,543.6         5,272.4 
 - Consumer Foods                                                       686.7           681.7         1,335.2 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
                                                                      3,568.9         3,225.3         6,607.6 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
 Inter-segment revenue 
 - Taste & Nutrition                                                     32.6            35.4            78.2 
 - Consumer Foods                                                         2.7             3.7             3.8 
 - Group Eliminations and Unallocated                                  (35.3)          (39.1)          (82.0) 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
                                                                            -               -               - 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
 
 Total revenue 
 - Taste & Nutrition                                                  2,914.8         2,579.0         5,350.6 
 - Consumer Foods                                                       689.4           685.4         1,339.0 
 - Group Eliminations and Unallocated                                  (35.3)          (39.1)          (82.0) 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
                                                                      3,568.9         3,225.3         6,607.6 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
 Trading profit 
 - Taste & Nutrition                                                    388.1           338.9           805.3 
 - Consumer Foods                                                        48.0            47.8           100.1 
 - Group Eliminations and Unallocated                                  (53.2)          (46.7)          (99.8) 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
                                                                        382.9           340.0           805.6 
 
 Intangible asset amortisation                                         (29.3)          (27.6)          (53.8) 
 Non-trading items                                                     (42.3)          (19.9)          (66.9) 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
 Operating profit                                                       311.3           292.5           684.9 
 
 Finance income                                                           0.2             0.2             0.5 
 Finance costs                                                         (39.1)          (34.0)          (67.5) 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
 Profit before taxation                                                 272.4           258.7           617.9 
 
   Income taxes                                                        (33.0)          (32.0)          (77.4) 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
 Profit after taxation attributable to owners of the parent             239.4           226.7           540.5 
                                                                   __________      __________     ___________ 
 
 

Information about geographical areas

 
                                                  Half year       Half year            Year 
                                                      ended           ended           ended 
                                               30 June 2019    30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                                                  Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                                      EUR'm           EUR'm           EUR'm 
 Revenue by location of external customers 
 Europe                                             1,404.4         1,381.6         2,757.0 
 Americas                                           1,556.3         1,306.9         2,745.3 
 APMEA*                                               608.2           536.8         1,105.3 
                                                 __________      __________     ___________ 
                                                    3,568.9         3,225.3         6,607.6 
                                                 __________     ___________     ___________ 
 

*Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa

The accounting policies of the reportable segments are the same as those detailed in the Statement of accounting policies in the 2018 Annual Report. Under IFRS 15 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers' revenue is primarily recognised at a point in time. Revenue recorded over time during the period was not material to the Group.

3. Non-trading items

 
                                                   Half year       Half year            Year 
                                                       ended           ended           ended 
                                                30 June 2019    30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                                                   Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                       Notes           EUR'm           EUR'm           EUR'm 
 
 Acquisition integration and 
  restructuring costs                    (i)          (18.5)          (13.7)          (44.2) 
 Consumer Foods Realignment             (ii) 
  Programme                                           (25.1)               -               - 
 Consumer Foods Brexit Currency 
  Mitigation Programme                 (iii)               -           (5.1)          (17.3) 
 Profit/(loss) on disposal of 
  businesses and assets                 (iv)             1.3           (1.1)           (5.4) 
                                                  __________      __________     ___________ 
                                                      (42.3)          (19.9)          (66.9) 
 Tax on above                       (i)-(iv)             8.1             4.5            11.8 
                                                  __________      __________     ___________ 
                                                      (34.2)          (15.4)          (55.1) 
                                                  __________      __________     ___________ 
 
 

(i) Acquisition integration and restructuring costs

During the period, acquisition integration and restructuring costs of EUR18.5m (30 June 2018: EUR13.7m; 31 December 2018: EUR44.2m) primarily related to costs of integrating acquisitions into the Group's operations and transaction expenses incurred in completing recent acquisitions. These costs reflect the closure of factories, relocation of resources and the restructuring of operations in order to integrate the businesses into the existing Kerry operating model. In the period ended 30 June 2019, a tax credit of EUR4.2m (30 June 2018: a tax credit of EUR3.4m; 31 December 2018: a tax credit of EUR10.1m) arose due to tax deductions available on acquisition integration and restructuring costs.

(ii) Consumer Foods Realignment Programme

The Consumer Foods business commenced a programme in 2019 to simplify its structure and streamline its footprint to grow and outperform in our core markets and invest and expand into adjacencies. The charge relating to this in 2019 is EUR25.1m, which reflects redundancies, relocation of resources and the streamlining of operations. The associated tax credit is EUR3.6m (30 June 2018: a tax credit of EURnil; 31 December 2018: a tax credit of EURnil).

(iii) Consumer Foods Brexit Currency Mitigation Programme

In 2018, certain sourcing and production activities were relocated and other activities restructured as a consequence of Brexit in order to reduce the Group's sterling transaction exposure. The charge relating to this in 2019 is EURnil (30 June 2018: a charge of EUR5.1m; 31 December 2018: a charge of EUR17.3m) and the associated tax credit is EURnil (30 June 2018: a tax credit of EUR0.9m; 31 December 2018: a tax credit of EUR2.2m).

(iv) Profit/(loss) on disposal of businesses and assets

The Group disposed of property, plant and equipment primarily in the UK, USA and India for a consideration of EUR6.4m resulting in a profit of EUR1.3m during the period. During 2018, the Group disposed of property, plant and equipment primarily in Italy, Malaysia and the USA for a consideration of EUR10.6m resulting in a loss of EUR1.0m. In 2018, the Group disposed of investments in associates for a combined consideration of EUR1.1m resulting in a loss of EUR4.4m.

A net tax credit of EUR0.3m (30 June 2018: a net tax credit of EUR0.2m; 31 December 2018: a net tax charge of EUR0.5m) arose on the disposal of businesses and assets.

There were no impairments of assets held for sale recorded in the period.

4. Finance income and costs

 
 
 
                                                  Half year       Half year            Year 
                                                      ended           ended           ended 
                                               30 June 2019    30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                                                  Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                                      EUR'm           EUR'm           EUR'm 
 
 Finance income: 
 Interest income on deposits                            0.2             0.2             0.5 
                                                 __________      __________     ___________ 
 
 Finance costs: 
 Interest payable                                    (39.7)          (32.8)          (66.3) 
 Interest rate derivative                               1.0               -             0.2 
                                                 __________      __________     ___________ 
                                                     (38.7)          (32.8)          (66.1) 
 
 Net interest cost on retirement benefits 
  obligation                                          (0.4)           (1.2)           (1.4) 
                                                 __________      __________     ___________ 
 Finance costs                                       (39.1)          (34.0)          (67.5) 
                                                 __________      __________     ___________ 
 
 

5. Earnings per A ordinary share

 
                                                                       Half year         Half year              Year 
                                                                           ended             ended             ended 
                                                                    30 June 2019      30 June 2018      31 Dec. 2018 
                                                                       Unaudited         Unaudited           Audited 
 
                                                                    EPS               EPS               EPS 
                                                                   cent    EUR'm     cent    EUR'm     cent    EUR'm 
 Basic earnings per share 
 Profit after taxation attributable to owners of the parent       135.5    239.4    128.3    226.7    305.9    540.5 
                                                                 ______   ______   ______   ______   ______   ______ 
 Diluted earnings per share 
 Profit after taxation attributable to owners of the parent       135.4    239.4    128.2    226.7    305.7    540.5 
                                                                 ______   ______   ______   ______   ______   ______ 
 
 
 
                                                     30 June 2019       30 June 2018   31 Dec. 2018 
                                                        Unaudited          Unaudited        Audited 
 Number of Shares                                             m's                m's            m's 
 
 Basic weighted average number of shares                    176.7              176.7          176.7 
 Impact of share options outstanding                          0.1                0.1            0.1 
                                                          _______            _______        _______ 
 Diluted weighted average number of shares                  176.8              176.8          176.8 
                                                          _______            _______        _______ 
 
 
 

6. Dividends

 
                                                                     Half year         Half year              Year 
                                                                         ended             ended             ended 
                                                                  30 June 2019      30 June 2018      31 Dec. 2018 
                                                                     Unaudited         Unaudited           Audited 
                                                                         EUR'm             EUR'm             EUR'm 
 Amounts recognised as distributions to equity shareholders in 
 the period 
 Final 2018 dividend of 49.20 cent per A ordinary share paid 
  10 May 2019 
  (Final 2017 dividend of 43.90 cent per A ordinary share paid 
  18 May 2018)                                                            86.7              77.4              77.4 
 
 Interim 2018 dividend of 21.00 cent per A ordinary share paid 
  16 November 2018                                                           -                 -              37.0 
                                                                      ________          ________         _________ 
                                                                          86.7              77.4             114.4 
                                                                      ________          ________         _________ 
 
 
 

Since the end of the period, the Board has proposed an interim dividend of 23.50 cent per A ordinary share which amounts to EUR41.5m. The payment date for the interim dividend will be 15 November 2019 to shareholders registered on the record date as at 18 October 2019. These Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements do not reflect this dividend.

7. Retirement benefits obligation

The net deficit recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet for the Group's defined benefit post-retirement schemes was as follows:

 
                                                            Half year       Half year            Year 
                                                                ended           ended           ended 
                                                         30 June 2019    30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                                                            Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                                                EUR'm           EUR'm           EUR'm 
 
 Net recognised deficit in plans before deferred tax           (77.0)          (44.6)          (53.2) 
 Net related deferred tax asset                                  12.6             9.2             9.2 
                                                             ________        ________       _________ 
 
 Net recognised deficit in plans after deferred tax            (64.4)          (35.4)          (44.0) 
                                                             ________        ________       _________ 
 
 

At 30 June 2019, the net deficit before deferred tax for defined benefit post-retirement schemes was EUR77.0m (30 June 2018: EUR44.6m; 31 December 2018: EUR53.2m). This was calculated by rolling forward the defined benefit post-retirement schemes' liabilities at 31 December 2018 to reflect material movements in underlying assumptions over the period while the defined benefit post-retirement schemes' assets at 30 June 2019 are measured at market value. The increase in the net deficit before deferred tax of EUR23.8m was driven primarily by adverse movements in discount rates.

8. Leasing

i) Right-of-use assets

i.i) Property, plant and equipment analysis

 
                                                                                                     Half year 
                                                                                                         ended 
                                                                                                  30 June 2019 
                                                                                                     Unaudited 
                                                                                                         EUR'm 
 
 Property, plant and equipment                                                                         1,829.9 
 Right-of-use assets*                                                                                     98.9 
                                                                                                      ________ 
 
                                                                                                       1,928.8 
                                                                                                      ________ 
 *The Group have applied the modified retrospective transition approach and have not restated 
  comparative amounts for the periods prior to first adoption. 
 

i.ii) Right-of-use assets analysis

 
                                                                  Land and   Plant, Machinery       Motor 
                                                                 Buildings      and Equipment    Vehicles      Total 
                                                                     EUR'm              EUR'm       EUR'm      EUR'm 
 Cost 
 At 31 December 2018                                                     -                  -           -          - 
 Adjustment on initial application of IFRS 16 'Leases' at 1 
  January 2019                                                        71.3               11.8        12.1       95.2 
 Businesses acquired                                                   0.3                  -           -        0.3 
 Additions                                                            16.5                1.6         1.7       19.8 
                                                                  ________           ________    ________   ________ 
 At 30 June 2019 - unaudited                                          88.1               13.4        13.8      115.3 
                                                                  ________           ________    ________   ________ 
 
 Accumulated depreciation 
 At 31 December 2018                                                     -                  -           -          - 
 Charge during the financial period                                   10.5                2.7         3.2       16.4 
                                                                  ________           ________    ________   ________ 
 At 30 June 2019 - unaudited                                          10.5                2.7         3.2       16.4 
                                                                  ________           ________    ________   ________ 
 
 Carrying value 
 At 1 January 2019 - unaudited                                        71.3               11.8        12.1       95.2 
                                                                  ________           ________    ________   ________ 
 At 30 June 2019 - unaudited                                          77.6               10.7        10.6       98.9 
                                                                  ________           ________    ________   ________ 
 

The right-of-use assets above consist of:

- land and buildings for warehouse space, offices and manufacturing locations. The lease terms vary and range from 1 to 94 years with an average of 8 years for buildings and an average of 55 years for land;

- machinery, equipment, tools, furniture and other equipment when combined are insignificant to the total leased assets portfolio and have an average lease term of 4 to 5 years; and

- motor vehicles for management and sales functions and trucks for distribution in specific businesses. The lease terms for motor vehicles range from 1 to 8 years with an average of 4 years.

At 1 January 2019, on transition to IFRS 16, the Group recognised right-of-use assets of EUR95.2m and lease liabilities of EUR107.3m. The Group recorded the difference of EUR12.1m and the related deferred tax asset of EUR2.7m in retained earnings.

ii) Lease disclosures

 
 
   ii.i) Amounts recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement:                               Half year 
                                                                                                              ended 
                                                                                                       30 June 2019 
                                                                                                          Unaudited 
                                                                                                              EUR'm 
 
 Depreciation charged during the financial period                                                              16.4 
 Expenses relating to short-term leases                                                                         1.2 
 Expenses relating to leases of low-value assets, excluding short-term leases of low-value 
  assets                                                                                                        0.1 
 Interest on lease liabilities*: 
 
   *    on transition to IFRS 16                                                                                2.3 
 
   *    2019 additions                                                                                          0.7 
                                                                                                           ________ 
 *included in interest payable 
 
   ii.ii) Amounts recognised in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows: 
                                                                                                          Half year 
                                                                                                              ended 
                                                                                                       30 June 2019 
                                                                                                          Unaudited 
                                                                                                              EUR'm 
 
 Total cash outflow for leases during the period*                                                              21.4 
                                                                                                           ________ 
 *includes interest expense, principle repayments of lease liabilities and short-term and low-value 
  lease expenses 
 
   ii.iii) At the balance sheet date the Group had commitments under non-cancellable leases which 
   fall due as follows:                                                                                   Half year 
                                                                                                              ended 
                                                                                                       30 June 2019 
                                                                                                          Unaudited 
                                                                                                              EUR'm 
 
 Within 1 year                                                                                                 30.4 
 Within 2 to 5 years                                                                                           56.3 
 After 5 years                                                                                                 23.5 
                                                                                                           ________ 
                                                                                                              110.2 
                                                                                                           ________ 
 
 
   iii) Reconciliation of IAS 17 lease commitments and IFRS 16 lease liability                                EUR'm 
 
 Future minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases as at 31 December 2018                   83.1 
 
 
   *    additional leases identified for acquisitions as part 
        of the measurement period                                                                               6.2 
 
   *    future lease payments on renewal options that are 
        reasonably certain                                                                                     26.7 
 
   *    non-lease components                                                                                   14.3 
 
   *    future lease payments on short-term leases                                                            (1.0) 
 
   *    future lease payments on low-value leases                                                             (0.1) 
                                                                                                           ________ 
 Total future lease payments                                                                                  129.2 
 Effect of discounting                                                                                       (21.9) 
                                                                                                           ________ 
 Lease liability at 1 January 2019 - unaudited                                                                107.3 
                                                                                                           ________ 
 
 

9. Trade and other payables

 
                                                       Half year       Half year            Year 
                                                           ended           ended           ended 
                                                    30 June 2019    30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                                                       Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                                           EUR'm           EUR'm           EUR'm 
 
 Trade payables                                          1,255.2         1,030.2         1,285.9 
 Other payables and accruals                               370.8           456.8           186.1 
 Lease liabilities                                          30.4               -               - 
 Deferred payments on acquisition of businesses              7.0            10.7            10.1 
                                                        ________        ________       _________ 
 
                                                         1,663.4         1,497.7         1,482.1 
                                                        ________        ________       _________ 
 
 

10. Other non-current liabilities

 
                                    Half year       Half year            Year 
                                        ended           ended           ended 
                                 30 June 2019    30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                                    Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                        EUR'm           EUR'm           EUR'm 
 
 Other payables and accruals             87.5            96.2            82.6 
 Lease liabilities                       79.8               -               - 
                                     ________        ________       _________ 
 
                                        167.3            96.2            82.6 
                                     ________        ________       _________ 
 
 

All of the above balances are due within 2 to 5 years except for lease liabilities; analysis of lease liabilities is included in note 8.

11. Financial instruments

i) The following table outlines the financial assets and liabilities in relation to net debt held by the Group at the balance sheet date:

 
 
 
                                                 Liabilities 
                         Financial Assets/     at Fair Value            Derivatives              Assets/ 
                          (Liabilities) at           through          Designated as     (Liabilities) at 
                            Amortised Cost    Profit or Loss    Hedging Instruments                FVOCI         Total 
                                     EUR'm             EUR'm                  EUR'm                EUR'm         EUR'm 
 
 Assets: 
 Interest rate swaps                     -                 -                  123.4                    -         123.4 
 Cash at bank and in 
  hand                               267.4                 -                      -                    -         267.4 
                                __________        __________             __________           __________    __________ 
                                     267.4                 -                  123.4                    -         390.8 
                                __________        __________             __________           __________    __________ 
 
 Liabilities: 
 Interest rate swaps                     -                 -                      -                    -             - 
 
 Bank overdrafts                    (16.6)                 -                      -                    -        (16.6) 
 Bank loans                        (499.9)                 -                      -                    -       (499.9) 
 Senior notes                    (1,763.0)            (29.5)                      -                    -     (1,792.5) 
                                __________        __________             __________           __________    __________ 
 Borrowings and 
  overdrafts                     (2,279.5)            (29.5)                      -                    -     (2,309.0) 
                                __________        __________             __________           __________    __________ 
                                 (2,279.5)            (29.5)                      -                    -     (2,309.0) 
                                __________        __________             __________           __________    __________ 
 At 30 June 2019 - 
  unaudited                      (2,012.1)            (29.5)                  123.4                    -     (1,918.2) 
                                __________        __________             __________           __________    __________ 
 
 
   Assets: 
 Interest rate swaps                     -                 -                   92.2                    -          92.2 
 Cash at bank and in 
  hand                               290.3                 -                      -                    -         290.3 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________    __________ 
                                     290.3                 -                   92.2                    -         382.5 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________    __________ 
 
 Liabilities: 
 Interest rate swaps                     -                 -                 (11.4)                    -        (11.4) 
 
 Bank overdrafts                    (30.7)                 -                      -                    -        (30.7) 
 Banks loans                             -                 -                      -                    -             - 
 Senior notes                    (1,737.9)             (5.8)                      -                    -     (1,743.7) 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________   ___________ 
 Borrowings and 
  overdrafts                     (1,768.6)             (5.8)                      -                    -     (1,774.4) 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________   ___________ 
                                 (1,768.6)             (5.8)                 (11.4)                    -     (1,785.8) 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________   ___________ 
 At 30 June 2018 - 
  unaudited                      (1,478.3)             (5.8)                   80.8                    -     (1,403.3) 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________   ___________ 
 
 Assets: 
 Interest rate swaps                     -                 -                  101.7                    -         101.7 
 Cash at bank and in 
  hand                               413.8                 -                      -                    -         413.8 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________   ___________ 
                                     413.8                 -                  101.7                    -         515.5 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________   ___________ 
 
 Liabilities: 
 Interest rate swaps                     -                 -                  (5.5)                    -         (5.5) 
 
 Bank overdrafts                     (9.9)                 -                      -                    -         (9.9) 
 Bank loans                        (355.4)                 -                      -                    -       (355.4) 
 Senior notes                    (1,755.0)            (13.2)                      -                    -     (1,768.2) 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________    __________ 
 Borrowings and 
  overdrafts                     (2,120.3)            (13.2)                      -                    -     (2,133.5) 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________    __________ 
                                 (2,120.3)            (13.2)                  (5.5)                    -     (2,139.0) 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________    __________ 
 At 31 December 2018 - 
  audited                        (1,706.5)            (13.2)                   96.2                    -     (1,623.5) 
                               ___________       ___________            ___________          ___________    __________ 
 
 
 

All Group borrowings are guaranteed by Kerry Group plc. No assets of the Group have been pledged to secure the borrowings.

Part of the Group's debt portfolio includes US$750m of senior notes issued in 2013 and US$408m of senior notes issued in 2010. At the time of issuance US$250m of the 2013 senior notes and US$500m of the 2010 US$600m senior notes were swapped, using cross currency swaps, to euro. US$192m of the 2010 senior notes were repaid in January 2017 and the related swaps matured at that date. In addition, the Group holds EUR750m of senior notes issued in 2015, of which EUR175m were swapped, using cross currency swaps, to US dollar.

The adjustment to senior notes classified under liabilities at fair value through profit or loss of EUR29.5m (30 June 2018: EUR5.8m; 31 December 2018: EUR13.2m) represents the part adjustment to the carrying value of debt from applying fair value hedge accounting for interest rate risk. This amount is primarily offset by the fair value adjustment on the corresponding hedge items being the underlying cross currency interest rate swaps.

ii) The Group's exposure to interest rates on financial assets and liabilities are detailed in the table below including the impact of cross currency swaps (CCS) on the currency profile of net debt:

 
                 Total Pre CCS      Impact of CCS    Total after CCS 
               Half year ended    Half year ended    Half year ended   Half year ended      Year ended 
                  30 June 2019       30 June 2019       30 June 2019      30 June 2018    31 Dec. 2018 
                     Unaudited          Unaudited          Unaudited         Unaudited         Audited 
                         EUR'm              EUR'm              EUR'm             EUR'm           EUR'm 
 
 Euro                (1,105.0)            (404.0)          (1,509.0)         (1,018.3)       (1,336.3) 
 Sterling                 47.0                  -               47.0              86.0            50.9 
 US Dollar             (902.3)              404.0            (498.3)           (524.3)         (402.4) 
 Other                    42.1                  -               42.1              53.3            64.3 
                     _________          _________          _________         _________       _________ 
                     (1,918.2)                  -          (1,918.2)         (1,403.3)       (1,623.5) 
                     _________          _________          _________         _________       _________ 
 

iii) The following table details the maturity profile of the Group's net debt:

 
 
                                    On demand &        Up to 
                                   up to 1 year      2 years     2 - 5 years     > 5 years        Total 
                                          EUR'm        EUR'm           EUR'm         EUR'm        EUR'm 
 
 Cash at bank and in hand                 267.4            -               -             -        267.4 
 Interest rate swaps                       44.2            -            44.9          34.3        123.4 
 Bank overdrafts                         (16.6)            -               -             -       (16.6) 
 Bank loans                                   -        (1.4)         (498.5)             -      (499.9) 
 Senior notes                           (184.5)            -         (775.1)       (832.9)    (1,792.5) 
                                      _________    _________       _________     _________    _________ 
 At 30 June 2019 - unaudited              110.5        (1.4)       (1,228.7)       (798.6)    (1,918.2) 
                                      _________    _________       _________     _________    _________ 
 
 Cash at bank and in hand                 290.3            -               -             -        290.3 
 Interest rate swaps                          -         40.0            14.2          26.6         80.8 
 Bank overdrafts                         (30.7)            -               -             -       (30.7) 
 Bank loans                                   -            -               -             -            - 
 Senior notes                                 -      (181.3)         (743.9)       (818.5)    (1,743.7) 
                                     __________   __________      __________    __________   __________ 
 At 30 June 2018 - unaudited              259.6      (141.3)         (729.7)       (791.9)    (1,403.3) 
                                     __________   __________      __________    __________   __________ 
 
 Cash at bank and in hand                 413.8            -               -             -        413.8 
 Interest rate swaps                          -         42.8            28.0          25.4         96.2 
 Bank overdrafts                          (9.9)            -               -             -        (9.9) 
 Bank loans                               (3.9)        (1.5)         (350.0)             -      (355.4) 
 Senior notes                                 -      (183.5)         (760.8)       (823.9)    (1,768.2) 
                                     __________   __________      __________    __________   __________ 
 At 31 December 2018 - audited            400.0      (142.2)       (1,082.8)       (798.5)    (1,623.5) 
                                     __________   __________      __________    __________   __________ 
 
 

During the period, the Group agreed a new 5 year EUR1.1bn revolving credit facility maturing in June 2024 replacing the existing facility which is due to mature in April 2022. The facility includes two 1-year extension options which may only be exercised on the 1(st) and 2(nd) anniversary. If both were exercised this would extend maturity to June 2026. The new facility incorporates a margin adjustment linked to achievement of certain sustainability metrics.

At 30 June 2019, the Group had undrawn committed bank facilities of EUR600m, comprising primarily of a revolving credit facility maturing in 2024.

iv) Fair value of financial instruments

a) Fair value of financial instruments carried at fair value

Financial instruments recognised at fair value are analysed between those based on:

   -      quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1); 

- those involving inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are observable for the assets or liabilities, either directly (as prices) or indirectly (derived from prices) (Level 2); and

- those involving inputs for the assets or liabilities that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs) (Level 3).

 
 
                                                                     Fair   30 June 2019   30 June 2018   31 Dec. 2018 
                                                                    Value      Unaudited      Unaudited        Audited 
                                                                Hierarchy          EUR'm          EUR'm          EUR'm 
 Financial assets 
 Interest rate swaps:           Non-current                       Level 2           79.2           92.2          101.7 
                                Current                           Level 2           44.2              -              - 
 Forward foreign exchange 
  contracts:                    Non-current                       Level 2            0.1            0.3              - 
  Current                                                         Level 2           16.9           10.3           10.0 
                                Fair value through profit or 
 Financial asset investments:    loss                             Level 1           34.2           33.1           30.0 
  Fair value through other 
   comprehensive income                                           Level 3            5.3            7.2            5.3 
 
   Financial liabilities 
 Interest rate swaps:           Non-current                       Level 2              -         (11.4)          (5.5) 
 Forward foreign exchange 
  contracts:                    Non-current                       Level 2          (0.2)              -          (0.1) 
  Current                                                         Level 2          (5.2)          (8.1)         (11.0) 
                                                                               _________     __________     __________ 
 
 

There have been no transfers between levels during the current or prior financial period.

b) Fair value of financial instruments carried at amortised cost

Except as defined in the following table, it is considered that the carrying amounts of financial assets and financial liabilities recognised at amortised cost in the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements approximate their fair values.

 
                                   Carrying                      Carrying                      Carrying 
                                     Amount     Fair Value         Amount     Fair Value         Amount     Fair Value 
                        Fair   30 June 2019   30 June 2019   30 June 2018   30 June 2018   31 Dec. 2018   31 Dec. 2018 
                       Value      Unaudited      Unaudited      Unaudited      Unaudited        Audited        Audited 
                   Hierarchy          EUR'm          EUR'm          EUR'm          EUR'm          EUR'm          EUR'm 
 Financial 
 liabilities 
 Senior notes - 
  Public             Level 2      (1,404.0)      (1,465.6)      (1,387.3)      (1,382.9)      (1,398.6)      (1,377.0) 
 Senior notes - 
  Private            Level 2        (359.0)        (376.9)        (350.6)        (355.3)        (356.4)        (358.8) 
                                  _________      _________     __________     __________     __________     __________ 
                                  (1,763.0)      (1,842.5)      (1,737.9)      (1,738.2)      (1,755.0)      (1,735.8) 
                                  _________      _________     __________     __________     __________     __________ 
 

c) Valuation principles

The fair value of financial assets and liabilities are determined as follows:

- assets and liabilities with standard terms and conditions and traded on active liquid markets are determined with reference to quoted market prices. This includes equity investments;

- other financial assets and liabilities (excluding derivatives) are determined in accordance with generally accepted pricing models based on discounted cash flow analysis using prices from observable current market transactions and dealer quotes for similar instruments. This includes interest rate swaps and forward foreign exchange contracts which are determined by discounting the estimated future cash flows;

- the fair values of financial instruments that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs) requires entity specific valuation techniques; and

- derivative financial instruments are calculated using quoted prices. Where such prices are not available, a discounted cash flow analysis is performed using the applicable yield curve for the duration of the instruments. Forward foreign exchange contracts are measured using quoted forward exchange rates and yield curves derived from quoted interest rates adjusted for counterparty credit risk, which is calculated based on credit default swaps of the respective counterparties. Interest rate swaps are measured at the present value of future cash flows estimated and discounted based on the applicable yield curves derived from quoted interest rates adjusted for counterparty credit risk which is calculated based on credit default swaps of the respective counterparties.

Net debt reconciliation

 
                                                         Overdrafts      Borrowings   Borrowings 
                             Cash at bank     Interest          due             due        after 
                              and in hand   Rate Swaps     within 1   within 1 year     within 1    Net debt 
                                                               year                         year 
                                    EUR'm        EUR'm        EUR'm           EUR'm        EUR'm       EUR'm 
 
 At 31 December 2017 
  - audited                         312.5         87.5        (6.9)           (6.4)    (1,728.4)   (1,341.7) 
 
 Cash flows                        (23.1)            -       (24.6)             6.5        (0.6)      (41.8) 
 Foreign exchange 
  adjustments                         0.9          0.4          0.8           (0.1)       (17.8)      (15.8) 
 Other non-cash movements               -        (7.1)            -               -          3.1       (4.0) 
                                _________    _________    _________       _________    _________   _________ 
                                    290.3         80.8       (30.7)               -    (1,743.7)   (1,403.3) 
 At 30 June 2018 
  - unaudited                   _________    _________    _________       _________    _________   _________ 
 
 Cash flows                         125.0            -         20.8           (4.0)      (352.1)     (210.3) 
 Foreign exchange 
  adjustments                       (1.5)          0.2            -             0.1       (10.1)      (11.3) 
 Other non-cash movements               -         15.2            -               -       (13.8)         1.4 
                                _________    _________    _________       _________    _________   _________ 
 At 31 December 2018 
  - audited                         413.8         96.2        (9.9)           (3.9)    (2,119.7)   (1,623.5) 
                                _________    _________    _________       _________    _________   _________ 
 Cash flows                       (148.8)            -        (6.6)             3.9      (148.9)     (300.4) 
 Foreign exchange 
  adjustments                         2.4            -        (0.1)               -        (4.5)       (2.2) 
 Other non-cash movements               -         27.2            -         (184.5)        165.2         7.9 
                                 ________     ________     ________        ________     ________    ________ 
 At 30 June 2019 
  - unaudited                       267.4        123.4       (16.6)         (184.5)    (2,107.9)   (1,918.2) 
                                 ________     ________     ________        ________     ________    ________ 
 

Net debt is a non-IFRS financial measure however it is included as management determined it is a useful indicator of the Group's ability to meet financial commitments and invest in new strategic opportunities.

12. Share capital

 
                                                  Half year      Half year           Year 
                                                       ended          ended          ended 
                                                30 June 2019   30 June 2018   31 Dec. 2018 
                                                   Unaudited      Unaudited        Audited 
                                                       EUR'm          EUR'm          EUR'm 
 
   Authorised 
   280,000,000 A ordinary shares of 12.50 
    cent each                                           35.0           35.0           35.0 
                                                   _________      _________      _________ 
 
   Allotted, called-up and fully paid (A 
   ordinary 
   shares of 12.50 cent each) 
   At beginning of the financial period                 22.0           22.0           22.0 
   Shares issued during the financial period               -              -              - 
                                                   _________      _________      _________ 
 
   At end of the financial period                       22.0           22.0           22.0 
                                                   _________      _________      _________ 
 

Kerry Group plc has one class of ordinary share which carries no right to fixed income.

Shares issued during the period

During the period a total of 178,730 A ordinary shares each with a nominal value of 12.50 cent, were issued at nominal value per share under the Long Term Incentive Plan and Short Term Incentive Plans.

The total number of shares in issue at 30 June 2019 was 176,477,146 (30 June 2018: 176,287,141; 31 December 2018: 176,298,416).

13. Business combinations

During the period, the Group completed a total of three acquisitions, all of which are 100% owned by the Group.

 
 Acquisition                      Acquired   Principal activity 
 
 Southeastern Mills               January    Southeastern Mills, located in the USA, is a leading food 
                                              manufacturer specialising in coating and seasoning systems. 
 
 Ariake U.S.A., Inc.              March      Ariake is an integrated natural seasonings manufacturer, based 
                                              in the USA. 
 
 Muskvale Flavours & Fragrances   March      Muskvale Flavours & Fragrances, based in Australia, creates 
                                              and sells flavours and fragrances. 
 

The total consideration for these acquisitions was EUR327.2m, net of cash acquired of EUR3.2m resulting in a cash outflow of EUR324.0m. There was no deferred element recognised. Transaction expenses related to these acquisitions were charged against non-trading items in the Group's Condensed Consolidated Income Statement during the period and represented less than one percent of the total consideration.

The provisional fair value of net assets acquired before combination were EUR229.6m and the Group recognised goodwill on these acquisitions of EUR97.6m. Given that the valuation of the fair value of assets and liabilities recently acquired is still in progress, these values are determined provisionally. The goodwill is attributable to the expected profitability, revenue growth, future market development and assembled workforce of the acquired businesses and the synergies expected to arise within the Group after the acquisitions. EUR97.6m of goodwill recognised is expected to be deductible for income tax purposes.

The acquisition method of accounting has been used to consolidate the businesses acquired in the Group's Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements. Due to the fact that these acquisitions were recently completed, the revenue and results included in the Group's reported figures are not material. For the acquisitions completed in 2018, to date, there have been no material revisions of the provisional fair value adjustments since the initial values were established.

The Group performs quantitative and qualitative assessments of each acquisition in order to determine whether it is material for the purposes of separate disclosure under IFRS 3 'Business Combinations'. None of the acquisitions completed during the period were considered sufficiently material to warrant separate disclosure.

14. Events after the balance sheet date

Since the period end, the Group has proposed an interim dividend of 23.50 cent per A ordinary share (see note 6).

There have been no other significant events, outside of the ordinary course of business, affecting the Group since 30 June 2019.

15. General information

These unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2019 are not full financial statements and were not reviewed by the auditors. The Board of Directors approved these Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements on 7 August 2019. The figures disclosed relating to 31 December 2018 have been derived from the consolidated financial statements which were audited, received an unqualified audit report and have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. This report should be read in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Report which was prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) and those parts of the Companies Act 2014 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. The Group financial statements have also been prepared in accordance with IFRS adopted by the European Union ('EU') which comprise standards and interpretations approved by the International Accounting Standards Board ('IASB'). The Group financial statements comply with Article 4 of the EU IAS Regulation. IFRS adopted by the EU differs in certain respects from IFRS issued by the IASB. References to IFRS refer to IFRS adopted by the EU.

These unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements have been prepared on the going concern basis of accounting. The Directors report that they have satisfied themselves that the Group is a going concern, having adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. In forming this view, the Directors have reviewed the Group's budget for a period not less than 12 months, the medium term plans as set out in the rolling five year plan, and have taken into account the cash flow implications of the plans, including proposed capital expenditure, and compared these with the Group's committed borrowing facilities and projected gearing ratios.

In relation to seasonality, trading profit is lower in the first half of the year due to the nature of the food business and stronger trading in December. While revenue is relatively evenly spread, margin has traditionally been higher in the second half of the year due to product mix and the timing of promotional activity. There is also a material change to the levels of working capital between December and June mainly due to the seasonal nature of the dairy and crop-based businesses.

As permitted by the Transparency (Directive 2004/109/EC) Regulations 2007 this Interim Report is available on www.kerrygroup.com. However, if a physical copy is required, please contact the Corporate Affairs department.

FINANCIAL DEFINITIONS

1. Revenue

Volume growth

This represents the sales growth year-on-year, excluding pass-through pricing on raw material costs, currency impacts, acquisitions (net of disposals) and rationalisation volumes.

Volume growth is an important metric as it is seen as the key driver of top-line business improvement. This is used as the key revenue metric, as Kerry operates a pass-through pricing model with its customers to cater for raw material price fluctuations. Pricing therefore impacts like-for-like revenue growth positively or negatively depending on whether raw material prices move up or down. A full reconciliation to reported revenue growth is detailed in the revenue reconciliation below.

Revenue Reconciliation

 
                                                                                                            Reported 
                         Volume                     Transaction     Acquisitions/            Translation     revenue 
 H1 2019                 growth     Price              currency         Disposals               currency      growth 
                                                                 ---------------- 
 Taste & Nutrition         3.8%         -                     -              5.9%                   3.3%       13.0% 
 Consumer Foods            0.6%    (0.3%)                     -                 -                   0.3%        0.6% 
                      ---------  --------  --------------------  ----------------  ---------------------  ---------- 
 Group                     3.3%         -                     -              4.7%                   2.7%       10.7% 
 
 H1 2018 
-------------------   ---------  --------  --------------------  ----------------  ---------------------  ---------- 
 Taste & Nutrition         4.1%      0.6%                  0.0%              4.6%                 (7.9%)        1.4% 
 Consumer Foods            1.3%      0.9%                (0.4%)              1.0%                 (1.6%)        1.2% 
                      ---------  --------  --------------------  ----------------  ---------------------  ---------- 
 Group                     3.6%      0.6%                (0.1%)              3.9%                 (6.6%)        1.4% 
--------------------  ---------  --------  --------------------  ----------------  ---------------------  ---------- 
 

2. EBITDA

EBITDA represents profit before finance income and costs, income taxes, depreciation (including impairment), intangible asset amortisation and non-trading items.

 
 
 
                                                                 H1 2019         H1 2018 
                                                                   EUR'm           EUR'm 
------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  -------------- 
 Profit after taxation attributable to owners of the parent        239.4           226.7 
 Finance income                                                    (0.2)           (0.2) 
 Finance costs                                                      39.1            34.0 
 Income taxes                                                       33.0            32.0 
 Non-trading items                                                  42.3            19.9 
 Intangible asset amortisation                                      29.3            27.6 
 Depreciation (including impairment)                                94.0            66.8 
 EBITDA                                                            476.9           406.8 
------------------------------------------------------------  ----------  -------------- 
 

3. Trading Profit

Trading profit refers to the operating profit generated by the businesses before intangible asset amortisation and gains or losses generated from non-trading items. Trading profit represents operating profit before specific items that are not reflective of underlying trading performance and therefore hinder comparison of the trading performance of the Group's businesses, either year-on-year or with other businesses.

 
                                                                       H1 2019      H1 2018 
                                                                         EUR'm        EUR'm 
----------------------------------------------------  ------------------------  ----------- 
 Operating profit                                                        311.3        292.5 
 Intangible asset amortisation                                            29.3         27.6 
 Non-trading items                                                        42.3         19.9 
----------------------------------------------------  ------------------------  ----------- 
 Trading profit                                                          382.9        340.0 
----------------------------------------------------  ------------------------  ----------- 
 
 
 

4. Trading Margin

Trading margin represents trading profit, expressed as a percentage of revenue.

 
                   H1 2019   H1 2018 
                     EUR'm     EUR'm 
----------------  --------  -------- 
 Trading profit      382.9     340.0 
 Revenue           3,568.9   3,225.3 
 Trading margin      10.7%     10.5% 
----------------  --------  -------- 
 
 

5. Operating profit

Operating profit is profit before income taxes, finance income and finance costs.

 
                      H1 2019   H1 2018 
                        EUR'm     EUR'm 
-------------------  --------  -------- 
 Profit before tax      272.4     258.7 
 Finance income         (0.2)     (0.2) 
 Finance costs           39.1      34.0 
 Operating profit       311.3     292.5 
-------------------  --------  -------- 
 
 

6. Adjusted Earnings Per Share and Growth in Adjusted Earnings Per Share on a Constant Currency Basis

The growth in adjusted earnings per share on a constant currency basis is provided as it is considered more reflective of the Group's underlying trading performance. Adjusted earnings is profit after taxation attributable to owners of the parent before brand related intangible asset amortisation and non-trading items (net of related tax). These items are excluded in order to assist in the understanding of underlying earnings. A full reconciliation of adjusted earnings per share to basic earnings per share is provided below. Constant currency eliminates the translational effect that arises from changes in foreign currency year-on-year. The growth in adjusted earnings per share on a constant currency basis is calculated by comparing current year adjusted earnings per share, to the prior year adjusted earnings per share retranslated at current year average exchange rates.

 
                                                                                               H1 2019   H1 2018 
                                                                                                   EPS       EPS 
                                                                                                  cent      cent 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Basic earnings per share                                                                        135.5     128.3 
 Brand related intangible asset amortisation                                                       9.3       7.2 
 Non-trading items (net of related tax)                                                           19.3       8.7 
 Adjusted earnings per share                                                                     164.1     144.2 
 Impact of retranslating prior period adjusted earnings per share at current period average 
  exchange rates                                                                                     -       7.2 
 Adjusted earnings per share on a constant currency basis                                        164.1     151.4 
 Growth in adjusted earnings per share on a constant currency basis                               8.4%      9.0% 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

7. Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is trading profit plus depreciation, movement in average working capital, capital expenditure, payment of lease liabilities, pension costs less pension expense, finance costs paid (net) and income taxes paid.

Free cash flow is seen as an important indicator of the strength and quality of the business and of the availability to the Group of funds for reinvestment or for return to shareholders. Movement in average working capital is used when calculating free cash flow as management believes this provides a more accurate measure of the increase or decrease in working capital needed to support the business over the course of the period rather than at two distinct points in time and more accurately reflects fluctuations caused by seasonality and other timing factors. Average working capital is the sum of each month's working capital over 12 months. Below is a reconciliation of free cash flow to the nearest IFRS measure, which is 'Net cash from operating activities'.

 
                                                                                              H1 2019   H1 2018 
                                                                                                EUR'm     EUR'm 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Net cash from operating activities                                                             243.3     259.8 
 Difference between movement in monthly average working capital and movement in the period 
  end working capital                                                                            56.2      37.3 
 Expenditure on acquisition integration and restructuring costs                                  29.3      17.3 
 Purchase of assets (net)                                                                     (123.8)   (122.4) 
 Payment of lease liabilities                                                                  (17.1)         - 
 Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment                                          6.4       8.3 
 Capital grants received                                                                            -       0.2 
 Exchange translation adjustment                                                                  0.5       0.1 
 Free cash flow                                                                                 194.8     200.6 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

8. Cash Conversion

Cash conversion is defined as free cash flow, expressed as a percentage of adjusted earnings after tax.

 
                                                               H1 2019   H1 2018 
                                                                 EUR'm     EUR'm 
------------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Free cash flow                                                  194.8     200.6 
 
 Profit after taxation attributable to owners of the parent      239.4     226.7 
 Brand related intangible asset amortisation                      16.4      12.7 
 Non-trading items (net of related tax)                           34.2      15.4 
 Adjusted earnings after tax                                     290.0     254.8 
------------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Cash Conversion                                                   67%       79% 
------------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 
 

9. Financial Ratios

The Net debt: EBITDA and EBITDA: Net interest ratios disclosed are calculated in accordance with lenders' facility agreements using an adjusted EBITDA, adjusted finance costs (net of finance income) and an adjusted net debt value to adjust for the impact of non-trading items, acquisitions net of disposals and deferred payments in relation to acquisitions. As outlined on page 174 of the 2018 Annual Report these ratios are calculated in accordance with lenders' facility agreements and these agreements specifically require these adjustments in the calculation.

 
                                                       H1 2019   H1 2018 
                           Covenant                      Times     Times 
----------------------  ----------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Net debt: EBITDA        Maximum 3.5                       1.9       1.5 
                         Minimum 4.0 (30 June 2018: 
 EBITDA: Net interest     4.75)                           14.4      14.8 
----------------------  ----------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

10. Net Debt

Net debt comprises of borrowings and overdrafts, derivative financial instruments and cash at bank and in hand. See full reconciliation of net debt in note 11 of these Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.

11. Average Capital Employed

Average capital employed is calculated by taking an average of the shareholders' funds and net debt over the last three reported balance sheets plus an additional EUR527.8m relating to goodwill written off to reserves pre conversion to IFRS.

 
                                                H1 2019      2018   H1 2018      2017   H1 2017 
                                                  EUR'm     EUR'm     EUR'm     EUR'm     EUR'm 
---------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 Shareholders' funds                            4,186.5   4,034.4   3,773.6   3,573.2   3,250.4 
 Goodwill amortised (pre conversion to IFRS)      527.8     527.8     527.8     527.8     527.8 
 Adjusted equity                                4,714.3   4,562.2   4,301.4   4,101.0   3,778.2 
 Net debt                                       1,918.2   1,623.5   1,403.3   1,341.7   1,221.7 
 Total                                          6,632.5   6,185.7   5,704.7   5,442.7   4,999.9 
 Average capital employed                       6,174.3   5,777.7   5,382.4 
---------------------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  -------- 
 

12. Return on Average Capital Employed (ROACE)

This measure is defined as profit after tax attributable to owners of the parent before non-trading items (net of related tax), brand related intangible asset amortisation and finance income and costs expressed as a percentage of average capital employed.

 
                                                            12 months to   12 months to 
                                                                 H1 2019        H1 2018   FY 2018 
                                                                   EUR'm          EUR'm     EUR'm 
-------------------------------------------------------    -------------  -------------  -------- 
 Profit after tax attributable to owners of the parent             553.2          590.1     540.5 
 
 Non-trading items (net of tax)                                     73.9         (12.6)      55.1 
 Brand related intangible asset amortisation                        32.5           25.6      28.8 
 Net finance costs                                                  72.1           65.0      67.0 
 Adjusted profit                                                   731.7          668.1     691.4 
 Average capital employed                                        6,174.3        5,382.4   5,777.7 
 Return on average capital employed                                11.9%          12.4%     12.0% 
---------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  -------- 
 

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