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McBride PLC Half-year Report

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McBride PLC

23 February 2021

McBride plc ("McBride", the "Company" or the "Group")

Strong first half improvement in challenging times with adjusted PBT up 74%;

New Compass organisation in place

23 February 2021

McBride, the leading European manufacturer and supplier of Private Label and Contract Manufactured products for the domestic household and professional cleaning/hygiene markets, announces its unaudited results for the six months ended 31 December 2020.

Headlines

Strategy and management

-- Programme Compass divisional reorganisation complete; new organisation in place from 1(st) January 2021

o Five Divisions: Liquids, Unit Dosing, Powders, Asia Pacific and Aerosols

   --   Divisional structure supported by a leaner Group structure 
   --   Refreshed Executive team including permanent Group CFO and Divisional Managing Directors 

-- Capital Markets Day will provide further details of the Compass strategy at 1.30pm UK time today and will be subsequently available on the website

Business

-- Robust response to Covid-19 challenges, company-wide commitment to ensuring no production or business disruption from pandemic

   --   Overall customer service levels recovered to 90-95% range 
   --   Household Contract Manufacturing delivered strong growth 

-- Strong profit performance driven by increased demand for cleaning, dishwash and aerosol products outweighing weakness in laundry products, and a slight softening of certain raw material and packaging pricing

   --   Further delivery against key business improvement objectives 

Financial

   --   Group revenues of GBP362.9m (2019: GBP350.4m), 3.6% higher (1.7% at constant currency) 
   --   Adjusted operating profit(2) of GBP19.0m (2019: GBP11.6m) 
   --   Operating profit from continuing operations of GBP15.6m (2019: GBP8.5m) 
   --   Adjusted profit before tax of GBP16.9m (2019: GBP9.7m), 74.2% higher 
   --   Profit before tax from continuing operations of GBP13.5m (2019: GBP6.6m) 
   --   Adjusted diluted EPS(3) from continuing operations 91.9% higher at 7.1p (2019: 3.7p) 
   --   Diluted EPS from continuing operations 5.4p (2019: 2.0p) 
   --   Share Buy-Back: 2.1 million shares purchased and cancelled at total cost of GBP1.5m 

-- Dividend policy reviewed as part of Group strategy reset; no interim dividend proposed (2019: nil)

   --   Net debt(5) at GBP117.6m (30 June 2020: GBP101.5m) 

-- Debt/adjusted EBITDA(7) 2.2x accounting basis (30 June 2020: 2.1x); 1.1x banking covenant basis (30 June 2020: 1.4x)

Chris Smith, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"I am proud of the way our Company has responded to the challenges faced by the business from both Covid-19 and Brexit in the period and with these robust financial results for the six months. Our teams have shown significant commitment to complete the Compass strategy preparation and business reorganisation programme on schedule. The Group has been operating under its new divisional structure since the beginning of 2021 and I can already start to see beneficial effects of the new management teams leading their businesses. I look forward to sharing more on our "Compass" programme at our Capital Markets Day presentation later today.

The Company's consumer end markets continue to be both buffeted and enhanced in different ways by the Covid-19 environment making demand levels more variable than usual. As anticipated, we have seen input costs start to tick up but overall the Board's expectations for the full year remain in line with our December trading update."

 
 McBride plc 
 Chris Smith, Chief Executive Officer    0161 203 7401 
 Mark Strickland, Chief Finance 
  Officer                                0161 203 7401 
 
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The Interim results presentation meeting will be held by webcast at 09.30am today. The results presentation will be available on the McBride plc investor relations website from 09.00am today, together with a link to access the webcast.

A Capital Markets Day virtual session will be held at 1.30pm today to outline in more detail our Compass strategy. The presentation will be available on the McBride plc investor relations website from 24 February 2021.

 
                                             Half      Half 
                                          year to   year to             Constant 
                                                             Reported   currency 
                                           31 Dec    31 Dec         %          % 
GBPm unless otherwise stated                 2020      2019    change  change(1) 
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Continuing operations(8) 
Household revenue                           344.1     334.4      2.9%       1.1% 
Group revenue                               362.9     350.4      3.6%       1.7% 
Adjusted operating profit(2)                 19.0      11.6     63.8%      58.3% 
Operating profit                             15.6       8.5     83.5% 
Adjusted profit before taxation              16.9       9.7     74.2%      67.3% 
Profit before taxation                       13.5       6.6    104.5% 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share(3)       7.1p      3.7p     91.9% 
Diluted earnings per share                   5.4p      2.0p    170.0% 
Total operations(8) 
Revenue                                     362.9     350.4      3.6%       1.7% 
Adjusted operating profit(2)                 19.0      11.6     63.8%      58.3% 
Operating profit                             15.4       8.2     87.8% 
Adjusted profit before taxation              16.9       9.7     74.2%      67.3% 
Profit before taxation                       13.3       6.3    111.1% 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share(3)       7.1p      3.7p     91.9% 
Diluted earnings per share                   5.3p      1.9p    178.9% 
Net debt(4), (5)                            117.6     101.5 
Return on capital employed(4), (6)          19.3%     15.6% 
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(1) Comparatives translated at 31 December 2020 exchange rates.

(2) Adjustments were made for the amortisation of intangible assets and exceptional items.

(3) Adjustments were made for the amortisation of intangible assets, exceptional items, unwind of discount on provisions and any related tax.

(4) Comparatives for net debt and ROCE are at 30 June 2020, all other comparatives refer to the six months ended 31 December 2019 unless otherwise stated.

(5) Net debt comprises cash and cash equivalents, overdraft, bank and other loans and lease liabilities.

(6) Rolling twelve months adjusted operating profit as a percentage of average period-end net assets excluding net debt

(7) Net debt divided by rolling twelve months adjusted operating profit. Adjustments were made for the amortisation of intangible assets, exceptional items and depreciation.

(8) During the 2018 financial year, the Group successfully completed the sale of the European Personal Care (PC) Liquids business. The financial results of this business have been treated as discontinued operations. The remaining activities within the Group are referred to as continuing operations .

The information in this announcement has not been audited or otherwise independently verified and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, the fairness, accuracy, completeness or correctness of the information or opinions contained herein. None of the Company or any of its affiliates, advisors or representatives shall have any liability whatsoever (in negligence or otherwise) for any loss whatsoever arising from any use of this announcement, or its contents, or otherwise arising in connection with this announcement.

This announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell, or any solicitation of any offer to purchase any shares in the Company, nor shall it or any part of it or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or commitment or investment decisions relating thereto, nor does it constitute a recommendation regarding the shares of the Company.

Certain statements, statistics and projections in this announcement are or may be forward looking. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or assumptions that may or may not occur and actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that any particular expectation will be met and reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statement. Accordingly, forward-looking statements contained in this announcement regarding past trends or activities should not be taken as representation that such trends or activities will continue in the future. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on the knowledge and information available only at the date of this announcement's preparation.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or keep current the information contained in this announcement, including any forward-looking statements, or to correct any inaccuracies which may become apparent and any opinions expressed in it are subject to change without notice.

References in this announcement to other reports or materials, such as a website address, have been provided to direct the reader to other sources of information on McBride plc which may be of interest. Neither the content of McBride's website nor any website accessible by hyperlinks from McBride's website nor any additional materials contained or accessible thereon, are incorporated in, or form part of, this announcement.

Introduction

McBride has traded well in the first half of the current financial year. We have responded effectively to ongoing Covid-19 challenges, with no significant disruptions to our business. Our strong profit delivery has been driven by higher revenues and improved gross margins. Household Contract Manufacturing has delivered revenue growth of 23.8%, driven by a laundry capsules contract gain with a brander and strong growth in auto-dishwash, washing up liquid and cleaners, the key product categories that have been growing since the Covid-19 pandemic first impacted our key markets. Our gross margins improved, due to a stronger product mix and a slight softening of certain input costs earlier in the period, although it should be noted that prices of certain feedstocks have risen since November 2020. Additionally, we have continued to make progress on key business improvement initiatives, while also completing our Compass programme. Our new Compass strategy, which will be presented today at our Capital Markets Day, has been finalised and approved by the Board, with our divisional reorganisation completed and implemented from 1 January 2021.

Compass strategy

From 1 January 2021, the European Household business has been restructured into three new business divisions of Liquids, Unit Dosing and Powders, which now operate alongside the existing Asia Pacific and Aerosols divisions. A smaller central structure will support the divisions with a number of activities retained as Group-wide functions to maximise synergy benefits.

This structure will give the focus and accountability to deliver the Group's vision of profitably growing annual revenues to EUR1 billion in the next five years. Through the comprehensive strategic review, all divisions and central functions have developed individual strategies, aligned to their differing dynamics, in order to achieve this collective goal.

Covid-19

During the period, the challenges surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic have been ever-present in the business. Our main priority has always been the safety, welfare and wellbeing of our colleagues and their families in such difficult times. The Group has actively been supporting our teams with a range of initiatives under the banner 'McBride Cares', including helplines and online self-help support. We have also recognised our employees' great work through the provision of gifts and local engagement initiatives.

The pandemic has posed many questions of our teams including erratic demand fluctuations, transportation and material shortages and, of course, difficulties with the management of day-to-day activities for our people. Our factories have remained operational throughout the period with all colleagues admirably coping with the disruption of higher absenteeism at work and balancing the challenges of supporting different situations at home, whilst still having to attend the workplace. Most of our office-based colleagues have remained working from home through this period and the teams have continued their excellent work throughout.

The Group's senior teams remain vigilant in addressing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic through constant local monitoring and engagement with our teams, thereby ensuring timely and relevant responses to the ever-changing landscape across our activities.

Brexit

The Group experienced minimal disruption following the end of the transition period with the EU on 31 December 2020, largely as a result of the steps taken to address those areas identified from the Government's guidance of the new rules that apply. Whilst most product ranges produced in the UK are manufactured for UK customers, importation of product ranges from the EU have a well-established and prepared supply route which has operated effectively since the end of December. We experienced some limited disruption during December 2020 as a result of the closure of the French border resulting from Covid-19 concerns. We are currently experiencing additional costs and increased freight rates from a combination of Covid-19 restrictions and changes to administrative procedures related to Brexit.

Business improvement initiatives

We have continued to make good progress on a number of key initiatives:

- Product Sustainability: We have made good progress against our plastics reduction, responsible sourcing and product compaction targets that will help us to improve sustainability for every new product launched.

- Factory footprint (Barrow): production at our Barrow, UK powders facility ceased as planned in October 2020, as part of the consolidation of laundry powder volumes from three plants to two. The closure of the Barrow facility represents the sixth facility closure in the last five years, demonstrating our relentless pursuit to rightsizing our manufacturing cost structure for the needs of the business.

- Factory footprint (Asia Pacific): due to certain delays caused by Covid-19 restrictions in Malaysia, we now expect to be fully operational in our new Malaysian factory in April 2021, with an exit from the old facility by the end of April 2021.

   -     Logistics footprint: good progress is being made on changes to our warehouse network and the implementation of our transport management system. We have closed our warehouse in Guesnain, France this month and the move to a more strategic 3rd party location for our German inventories is scheduled for the end of March 2021. Our new transport management system is on track for its phased introduction from the end of April 2021. 

- Integrated Business Planning: good progress has been made to roll out this sales and operations planning process to support our new Compass divisional operating model.

- Customer segmentation: the consideration of how best to segment our customers, leveraging insights from a market study performed by leading external consultants, was a key component in the development of the separate divisional strategies.

- Underperforming sectors: our Aerosols business fully transitioned to a stand-alone operation in FY20. It has continued to make great progress as a separate division, delivering in H1 FY21 sales growth of 15.3% at constant currency and operating profit improvement of GBP0.5m.

Group operating results

Continuing operations

Half-year Group revenues at GBP362.9 million were 1.7% higher than prior year at constant currency, reflecting continued strong demand for cleaning products due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Group's first-half Household revenues at constant currency were 1.1% higher compared to the prior year. This performance was driven by significant year-on-year growth in our North (+16.6%) and South (+9.7%) regions and Asia (+12.6%), offsetting lower revenues from the UK (-10.0%). Further detail on these performances is provided below.

Our Aerosols business reported revenues 15.3% higher at constant currency in the first half compared to the prior year. This growth was driven by sales of aerosol-based sanitising products that were developed in the second half of FY20 to help fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Following the 'panic buying' during the first wave of the pandemic in spring 2020, our inventory levels became heavily reduced, putting pressure on our customer service levels in the months that followed. This was especially true in sites producing the products most in demand, such as liquid cleaners and auto dishwash, most of which were running close to full capacity and hence recovery times have been extended. It has been a key priority through the period to ensure our customers return to receiving the highest service standards. As we exited the period, our overall service levels were back to the 90-95% range, with inventory levels also recovered.

Half-year adjusted operating profit of GBP19.0 million was higher than the last half year (2019: GBP11.6m) with adjusted operating profit margin increasing by 1.9 percentage points to 5.2% (2019: 3.3%). The slight softening of certain raw material and packaging pricing observed in the second half of the last financial year continued into the first half of FY21, contributing to improved gross margin delivery. While prices of many key feedstocks were below average for the first four months of the period, they increased significantly through November and December, with most ending the period above pre-lockdown levels. Half-year operating profit was GBP15.6 million (2019: GBP8.5m). This includes amortisation of GBP1.2 million and exceptional charges of GBP2.2 million, largely related to consultancy and redundancy costs associated with Programme Compass, our review of strategy, organisation and operations.

Adjusted profits before taxation increased by GBP7.2 million to GBP16.9 million (2019: GBP9.7 million). Diluted adjusted earnings per share was 7.1 pence (2019: 3.7p).

Household

Reported revenues in our Household business increased by 2.9% to GBP344.1 million (2019: GBP334.4m), up 1.1% at constant currency, and adjusted operating profit was GBP20.8 million (2019: GBP14.9m), with adjusted operating profit margins increasing from 4.5% to 6.0%.

 
              Half      Half 
           year to   year to 
            31 Dec    31 Dec 
              2020      2019  Reported     Constant 
Revenue       GBPm      GBPm    change  currency(1) 
--------  --------  --------  --------  ----------- 
UK            74.1      82.3   (10.0)%      (10.0)% 
France        59.6      59.4      0.3%       (2.3)% 
North         63.2      52.7     19.9%        16.6% 
South         50.9      45.2     12.6%         9.7% 
East          82.9      82.7      0.2%       (2.0)% 
Asia          13.4      12.1     10.7%        12.6% 
--------  --------  --------  --------  ----------- 
             344.1     334.4      2.9%         1.1% 
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(1) Comparatives translated at 31 December 2020 exchange rates.

The Group's first-half Household revenues at constant currency were 1.1% higher versus prior year. Changes in consumer demand due to Covid-19 experienced in the last four months of FY20 have continued into the first six months of FY21, with consumers' focus on hygiene increasing demand for bleach and surface cleaning products (run rates up 12.0%), whilst dish-washing tablets and liquids (run rates up 12.7%) benefited from more food and drink being consumed at home. This was offset in part by a decline in demand for laundry products (run rates down 5.0%).

In the UK, revenues of GBP74.1m were 10.0% lower versus prior year. This decline was entirely due to contracts lost in the prior year, mainly in laundry categories. Sales grew 2.5% versus prior year excluding contract losses. Cleaners, which represent 35% of total sales, grew 15.7% versus prior year due to Covid-19 related demand and contract wins. These gains could not offset laundry products, which are equally important to the overall business mix, which were negatively impacted by contract losses as well as the general market decline for this category caused by Covid-19.

In France, revenues of GBP59.6m declined 2.3% at constant currency versus the prior year, driven by net contract losses and a decline in demand for laundry liquids. Excluding contract losses, the business grew 4.6% driven by additional Covid-19 demand for cleaners as well as new gains in laundry capsules.

In the North region, revenues of GBP63.2m represented a 16.6% increase on prior year at constant currency. Volumes grew with Contract customers, in part due to run rate sales for dishwash and cleaners linked to Covid-19 demand. Growth was also achieved in laundry capsules due to new Contract Manufacturing sales to a brander.

Our South region reported revenues of GBP50.9m, an increase of 9.7% at constant currency, with growth in both Italy and Iberia. Gains came primarily from Contract customers in the dishwash and cleaner categories driven by Covid-19 related demand, although Private Label also benefited. South was the only region with additional sales coming in laundry liquids and fabric conditioner, which again were related to Contract customers.

The East region, covering Germany, Poland and other East European countries, reported revenues of GBP82.9m, a decrease of 2.0% at constant currency. Q1 was down 8.5% while Q2 improved 4.8% versus prior year. The current year's performance was strongly impacted by the end of a laundry capsules contract and lower demand for laundry powders. Excluding losses, sales growth of 7.2% was achieved through Covid-19 driven demand and contract wins in the dishwash and cleaner categories.

Asia reported sales of GBP13.4 million, a 12.6% increase on prior year at constant currency. This growth was driven by sales of dishwasher tablets, liquid hand wash and hand sanitiser, as Covid-19 demand trends experienced in the prior four months of FY20 continued in H1 of FY21. In addition to strong growth in our core markets of Australia and Malaysia, we grew new business in Thailand and Singapore. The new Malaysian factory, which due to Covid-19 related challenges is now expected to be fully operational slightly later than planned in April 2021, will provide increased manufacturing capacity and capabilities to enable our strategy of accelerating sales growth in the Asia Pacific region.

The slight softening of certain raw material and packaging pricing observed in the second half of the last financial year continued into the first half of FY21. Prices of many key feedstocks have increased significantly through November and December, with most ending 2020 above pre-lockdown levels. Further price fluctuations on other direct inputs were experienced due to supply and demand imbalances. The Ocean freight market has seen significant increases through our first half year as availability has become a growing issue globally, and is something that we are continuing to closely monitor. Coconut oil (CNO) and palm kernel oil (PKO) ended the half year at their highest levels since late 2017, and continued their upward trajectory into the early part of the second half year. The large on-cost for recycled plastics versus virgin plastics also remains. In light of these recent dynamics, we expect to see gross margins weaken slightly in the second half of the year.

Distribution costs overall have been relatively stable compared to last year. Whilst there has been some easing of earlier price pressures, following a reduction in oil price levels that benefit the transport sector, we have seen offsetting cost increases caused by ongoing challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and also cost inflation from administrative changes and certain packaging requirements as a consequence of the Brexit process and its impact on UK and EU supply lines. During the period, the logistics management team have continued work on the organisational planning and preparation related to execution of the new distribution strategy and this activity is now moving fully into an implementation phase which commenced in January 2021.

Administrative overheads before exceptional items and amortisation increased by GBP2.1 million at constant currency, primarily a result of a year on year change in incentive accrual levels.

Aerosols

Reported revenues were GBP18.8 million, a 15.3% increase on prior year at constant currency. All of the growth was driven by sales of aerosol-based sanitising products that were developed in the second half of FY20 to help fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Sales of the core range of products declined slightly as reduced sales of personal care products were only partially offset by growth in household and insecticides. Personal care product sales were down due to lower demand for certain products during the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly haircare, and due to exited contracts for shaving products. Adjusted operating profit was GBP0.9 million, an increase of GBP0.5 million on prior year, driven by higher sales and improved margins of both the new aerosol-based sanitising products and our core range of personal care, household and insecticide products.

Exceptional items

Total exceptional items of GBP2.2 million were recorded during the period in relation to continuing operations (2019: GBP2.1m). The charges primarily comprised the following:

-- an exceptional charge of GBP1.7 million relating to Programme Compass that comprises GBP0.8 million of redundancy costs, GBP0.7 million in consulting support and GBP0.2 million in other project expenses;

-- an exceptional charge of GBP0.4 million in respect of one-off legacy costs in relation to the former UK Aerosols site in Hull; and

-- an exceptional charge of GBP0.1 million relating to the closure costs for the Barrow production facility, which ceased operations in October 2020.

Discontinued operations

During the current and previous half year there was no revenue or adjusted operating profit/loss related to discontinued operations. During the 2018 financial year, the Group successfully completed the sale of the European Personal Care (PC) Liquids business. In the current period, the Group incurred an exceptional charge of GBP0.2 million in respect of the impairment of a leased asset relating to the closed St Helens site, In the prior period, McBride paid GBP0.3 million in relation to specific redundancy liabilities related to the sale of PC Liquids that remained with McBride and these costs have been treated as discontinued operations. The remaining activities within the Group are referred to as continuing operations.

Finance costs

Finance costs of GBP2.1 million (2019: GBP1.9m) were higher than prior year, mainly due to foreign exchange benefits on currency revaluations in the prior year.

Taxation

Reported profit before taxation from continuing operations was GBP13.5 million (2019: GBP6.6m). Adjusted profit before taxation from continuing operations increased by GBP7.2 million to GBP16.9 million (2019: GBP9.7m). The adjusted tax charge for the period of GBP3.9 million (2019: GBP3.0m) represents an effective tax rate of 23% (2019: 30%). The effective tax rate is lower than the prior year due to the release of a provision in the first half of the financial year, following the settlement of a tax enquiry. The Group forecasts an adjusted effective tax rate for the full year of 28%.

Earnings per share

On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations increased versus prior year to 7.1 pence (2019: 3.7p). Total adjusted diluted EPS increased to 7.1 pence (2019: 3.7p) with basic diluted EPS at 5.3 pence (2019: 1.9p).

Payments to shareholders

On 2 November 2020, the Company announced that it would commence a share buy-back programme of up to GBP12 million in McBride plc ordinary shares, running from 2 November 2020 through to the date of the Company's next Annual General Meeting, expected in October 2021. The maximum number of shares that may be repurchased by the Company under the programme is 18.3 million. The purpose of the share buy-back programme is to reduce the share capital of the Company (any shares repurchased for this purpose will be cancelled). The Board believed that it was in the interests of all shareholders to commence this programme based on the Board's assessment that McBride's current share price did not reflect the value of the underlying business, which has resilient revenues, a strong balance sheet and highly visible cash flows.

At 31 December 2020, the Group had purchased and cancelled 2,136,319 ordinary shares. The buy-back and cancellation was approved by shareholders at the 2020 AGM. The shares were acquired at an average price of 68.4 pence per share, with prices ranging from 62.1 pence per share to 80.0 pence per share. The total cost of GBP1.5 million was deducted from equity. A transfer of GBP0.2m was made from share capital to the capital redemption reserve.

As part of the Group's strategy reset, it is targeting an accounting basis Debt / EBITDA ratio of less than 2x. Our new distribution approach, which will be more fully communicated as part of our Capital Market presentation, will link distribution to this debt cover measure. Since the current ratio is over 2x, the Board believe that it is prudent not to pay an interim dividend at this stage. Going forward the Board intend moving to a single annual total dividend to be communicated at the time of the Annual Results.

Cash flow and balance sheet

Cash generated from operations before exceptional items was GBP14.2 million (2019: GBP17.8m) in the six months to 31 December 2020. Trading working capital(a) as a percentage of sales was 11.9% at 31 December 2020 (30 June 2020: 10.6%, 31 December 2019: 12.4%). As signposted at the finals stage last year, working capital levels at June 2020 benefited from a one-off upside relating to the consequences of exceptionally high demand in March 2020 from which the rebuilding of inventory over the four months to June saw higher creditor levels than usual at the year-end date. The December 2020 working capital ratio has returned to more normal levels.

During the first half year, capital expenditure increased to GBP13.4 million in cash terms. We continue to prioritise capital expenditure to underpin our strategy of focused investment in growth categories. In the prior year, cash consideration of GBP3.0 million was received in relation to sale of land and buildings at the former Aerosols site at Hull, UK.

The Group bought back shares for a total cash outflow of GBP1.5 million in the first half of the year as part of its share buy-back programme.

The Group's net assets increased to GBP70.0 million (30 June 2020: GBP66.9m). Gearing(b) increased to 64% (30 June 2020: 57%) and return on capital employed was 19.3% (30 June 2020: 15.6%).

(a) Trade working capital defined as inventories, trade receivables and trade payables as a percentage of sales

(b) Gearing defined as the ratio of net debt/average period-end capital

Bank facilities and net debt

Net debt at the end of the period increased by GBP16.1 million to GBP117.6 million (30 June 2020: GBP101.5m) due mostly to the large cash outflow in relation to trade payables as described earlier and additional lease liabilities of GBP5.7m, mostly in relation to our new Asian factory.

The Group has an unsecured EUR175 million revolving credit facility (RCF) that is committed until June 2022. The Group is now engaging with a number of existing and potential new lenders to refinance the existing facility. This will be completed before 30 June 2021. At 31 December 2020, the amount undrawn on the facility was EUR93.8 million (30 June 2020: EUR61.3m).

The Group's RCF funding arrangements are subject to banking covenants, representations and warranties that are customary for unsecured borrowing facilities, including two financial covenants: debt cover (the ratio of net debt to EBITDA) may not exceed 3:1 and interest cover (the ratio of EBITDA to net interest) may not be less than 4:1. For the purpose of these calculations, net debt excludes IFRS 16 leases and amounts drawn under the invoice discounting facilities. As at 31 December 2020, the debt cover ratio under the RCF funding arrangements was 1.1x (30 June 2020: 1.4x) and the interest cover was 13.3x (30 June 2020: 12.2x). The Group remains well within these covenants.

Additionally, the Group has a number of facilities whereby it can borrow against certain of its trade receivables. In the UK, the Group has a GBP25 million facility that is committed until October 2021. In France and Belgium, the Group has an aggregate EUR30 million facility, which has a rolling notice period of six months for the French part and three months for the Belgian part. In the final quarter of 2020, the Group initiated a new facility in Germany for EUR26 million that is committed until December 2023. The Group can borrow from the provider of the relevant facility up to the lower of the facility limit and the value of the respective receivables. The Group also has access to uncommitted working capital facilities amounting to GBP41.5 million at 31 December 2020 (30 June 2020: GBP32.8m).

Pensions

The Group provides a number of post-employment benefit arrangements. In the UK, the Group operates a closed defined benefit scheme and a defined contribution pension scheme. Elsewhere in Europe, the Group has a number of smaller unfunded post-employment benefit arrangements that are structured to accord with local conditions and practices in the countries concerned. At 31 December 2020, the Group recognised a deficit on its UK scheme of GBP29.5 million (30 June 2020: GBP28.4m). The net increase in deficit is GBP1.1m over the period as a lower discount rate meant that pension liabilities increased more than the increase in asset returns and deficit contributions paid by the Group.

The Group has other unfunded post-employment benefit obligations outside the UK that amounted to GBP3.1 million (30 June 2020: GBP3.1m).

Product sustainability

Product sustainability is the first major commitment under our new Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ambition, more detail of which will be shared in our Capital Markets Day presentation later today.

In September 2020 we published our 2025 product sustainability ambitions, with these focused on three key pillars:

   --   Plastics reduction 
   --   Responsible sourcing 
   --   Product compaction 

We are making good progress against the targets that we set as we endeavour to ensure that every new product we develop will deliver a more sustainable footprint than the product it replaces.

Principal risks and uncertainties

The Group is subject to risk factors both internal and external to its business, and has a well-established set of risk management procedures. The following risks and uncertainties are those that the Directors believe could have the most significant impact on the Group's business:

   --   Consumer and customer trends; 
   --   Market competitiveness; 
   --   Input costs; 
   --   Legislation; 
   --   Financial risks; 
   --   Breach of IT security; 
   --   Covid-19; and 
   --   Brexit impacts. 

Current trading and outlook

The Group has delivered a strong performance in the first half, and the business continues to show its resilience and adaptability to the many and varied challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The early part of the second half has seen the Company's consumer end markets continue to be both buffeted and enhanced in different ways by the Covid-19 environment making demand levels more variable than usual. As anticipated, we have seen input costs start to tick up but overall the Board's expectations for the full year remain in line with our December trading update.

Chris Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Strickland

Chief Finance Officer

23 February 2021

Condensed interim consolidated income statement

 
                                                        Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                        Half year  Half year 
                                                               to         to  Year ended 
                                                           31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                             2020       2019        2020 
Continuing operations                             Note       GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Revenue                                              4      362.9      350.4       706.2 
Cost of sales                                             (233.2)    (232.4)     (463.0) 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Gross profit                                                129.7      118.0       243.2 
Distribution costs                                         (29.7)     (28.7)      (57.3) 
Administrative expenses                                    (84.3)     (80.8)     (168.3) 
Impairment of goodwill                                          -          -       (0.5) 
Impairment of fixed assets                                  (0.1)          -       (1.7) 
Operating profit                                             15.6        8.5        15.4 
Finance costs                                               (2.1)      (1.9)       (4.2) 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Profit before taxation                                       13.5        6.6        11.2 
Taxation                                                    (3.6)      (2.9)       (4.5) 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Profit for the period from continuing 
 operations                                                   9.9        3.7         6.7 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
  Discontinued operations 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Loss for the period from discontinued 
 operations                                                 (0.2)      (0.3)       (0.2) 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Profit for the period                                         9.7        3.4         6.5 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
  Earnings/(loss) per ordinary share from 
  continuing and discontinued operations 
  attributable to the owners of the parent 
  during the period 
Basic earnings/(loss) per share                      6 
From continuing operations                                   5.4p       2.0p        3.7p 
From discontinued operations                               (0.1)p     (0.1)p      (0.1)p 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
From profit for the period                                   5.3p       1.9p        3.6p 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
  Diluted earnings/(loss) per share                  6 
From continuing operations                                   5.4p       2.0p        3.7p 
From discontinued operations                               (0.1)p     (0.1)p      (0.1)p 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
From profit for the period                                   5.3p       1.9p        3.6p 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
Operating profit from continuing operations                  15.6        8.5        15.4 
Adjusted for: 
Amortisation of intangible assets                    8        1.2        1.0         2.1 
Exceptional items                                    7        2.2        2.1        10.8 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Adjusted operating profit from continuing 
 operations                                                  19.0       11.6        28.3 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
Profit before taxation from continuing 
 operations                                                  13.5        6.6        11.2 
Adjusted for: 
Amortisation of intangible assets                    8        1.2        1.0         2.1 
Exceptional items                                    7        2.2        2.1        10.8 
Unwind of discount on provisions                                -          -         0.1 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Adjusted profit before taxation from continuing 
 operations                                                  16.9        9.7        24.2 
------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 

Condensed interim consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 
                                                               Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                               Half year  Half year 
                                                                      to         to  Year ended 
                                                                  31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                                    2020       2019        2020 
                                                                    GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Profit for the period                                                9.7        3.4         6.5 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Other comprehensive income/(expense) 
Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss: 
    Currency translation differences on foreign subsidiaries       (1.6)      (3.4)           - 
    Gain on net investment hedges                                    1.0        2.7         0.8 
    (Loss)/gain on cash flow hedges                                (0.1)      (0.5)         0.4 
    Cash flow hedges transferred to profit or loss                 (0.5)      (0.1)         0.2 
    Taxation relating to items above                                 0.1        0.2       (0.1) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
                                                                   (1.1)      (1.1)         1.3 
Items that will not be reclassified to profit 
 or loss: 
    Net actuarial loss on post-employment benefits                 (2.9)      (2.5)       (3.7) 
    Taxation relating to item above                                  0.6        0.4         1.8 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
                                                                   (2.3)      (2.1)       (1.9) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Total other comprehensive expense                                  (3.4)      (3.2)       (0.6) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Total comprehensive income                                           6.3        0.2         5.9 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
Total comprehensive income/(expense) attributable 
 to equity shareholders arises from: 
Continuing operations                                                6.5        0.5         6.1 
Discontinued operations                                            (0.2)      (0.3)       (0.2) 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
                                                                     6.3        0.2         5.9 
-------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 

Condensed interim consolidated balance sheet

 
                                                    Unaudited  Unaudited  Audited 
                                                        As at      As at    As at 
                                                       31 Dec     31 Dec  30 June 
                                                         2020       2019     2020 
                                              Note       GBPm       GBPm     GBPm 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Non-current assets 
Goodwill                                         8       19.8       20.3     19.9 
Other intangible assets                          8        8.1        8.8      8.5 
Property, plant and equipment                    8      135.9      128.1    134.7 
Right-of-use assets                              8       10.7        6.7      7.3 
Derivative financial instruments                 9          -        0.1        - 
Deferred tax assets                                      14.5       11.9     13.8 
Other non-current assets                                    -        0.5        - 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                        189.0      176.4    184.2 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Current assets 
Inventories                                              95.8       90.2     97.5 
Trade and other receivables                             134.5      132.5    138.3 
Current tax asset                                         4.7        8.3      6.2 
Derivative financial instruments                 9        0.6        0.2      1.4 
Cash and cash equivalents                       10       21.5       13.5     44.2 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                        257.1      244.7    287.6 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Total assets                                            446.1      421.1    471.8 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 
Current liabilities 
Trade and other payables                                179.8      165.1    198.1 
Borrowings                                       9       54.4       31.5     33.2 
Lease liabilities                                         3.7        3.0      3.5 
Derivative financial instruments                 9        0.2        0.7      0.4 
Current tax liabilities                                  11.1       16.6     12.4 
Provisions                                                3.2        1.1      6.3 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                        252.4      218.0    253.9 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Non-current liabilities 
Borrowings                                       9       73.0       95.5    103.8 
Lease liabilities                                         8.0        5.2      5.2 
Derivative financial instruments                 9        0.2        0.3      0.3 
Pensions and other post-employment benefits     11       32.6       31.8     31.5 
Provisions                                                3.5        3.7      3.6 
Deferred tax liabilities                                  6.4        5.7      6.6 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                                        123.7      142.2    151.0 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Total liabilities                                       376.1      360.2    404.9 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Net assets                                               70.0       60.9     66.9 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 
Equity 
Issued share capital                                     18.1       18.3     18.3 
Share premium account                                    68.6       70.6     70.6 
Other reserves                                           75.4       72.1     74.6 
Accumulated loss                                       (92.1)    (100.1)   (96.6) 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Total equity                                             70.0       60.9     66.9 
--------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 

Condensed interim consolidated cash flow statement

 
                                                             Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                             Half year  Half year 
                                                                    to         to  Year ended 
                                                                31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                                  2020       2019        2020 
                                                       Note       GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Operating activities 
Profit before tax 
     Continuing operations                                        13.5        6.6        11.2 
     Discontinued operations                                     (0.2)      (0.3)       (0.3) 
Finance costs                                                      2.1        1.9         4.2 
Exceptional items                                         7        2.4        2.4         8.9 
Share-based payments charge                                        0.3        0.2         0.4 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment             8        8.4        8.6        17.1 
Depreciation of right-of-use assets                       8        1.9        1.7         3.7 
Amortisation of intangible assets                         8        1.2        1.0         2.1 
Profit on disposal of property, plant and 
 equipment                                                       (0.1)      (0.6)       (0.7) 
Impairment of goodwill                                               -          -         0.5 
Impairment of fixed assets                                         0.1          -         1.7 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Operating cash flow before changes in working 
 capital before exceptional items                                 29.6       21.5        48.8 
Decrease in receivables                                            2.2        9.0         8.6 
Decrease/(increase) in inventories                                 0.4        0.9       (1.3) 
(Decrease)/increase in payables                                 (16.0)     (11.6)        12.8 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Operating cash flow after changes in working 
 capital before exceptional items                                 16.2       19.8        68.9 
Additional cash funding of pension schemes                       (2.0)      (2.0)       (4.0) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Cash generated from operations before exceptional 
 items                                                            14.2       17.8        64.9 
Cash outflow in respect of exceptional items                     (5.0)      (3.0)       (5.2) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Cash generated from operations                                     9.2       14.8        59.7 
Interest paid                                                    (1.6)      (1.5)       (3.3) 
Taxation paid                                                    (3.7)      (1.4)       (4.7) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Net cash generated from operating activities                       3.9       11.9        51.7 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
Investing activities 
Proceeds from sale of Hull site                                      -        3.0         3.0 
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and 
 equipment                                                         0.2        0.2         0.3 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment                       (12.6)      (9.1)      (17.6) 
Purchase of intangible assets                                    (0.8)      (1.0)       (1.6) 
Settlement of derivatives used in net investment 
 hedges                                                            0.8        2.6         0.6 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Net cash used in investing activities                           (12.4)      (4.3)      (15.3) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
Financing activities 
Redemption of B Shares                                   12      (1.7)      (3.3)       (3.4) 
Net drawdown/(repayment) of overdrafts                   10        0.5      (9.0)      (10.2) 
Net (repayment)/drawdown of bank loans                   10      (8.4)        6.4         9.9 
Repayment of IFRS 16 lease obligations                   10      (2.5)      (1.9)       (4.3) 
Purchase of own shares                                   14      (1.5)      (0.1)       (0.1) 
Net cash used in financing activities                           (13.6)      (7.9)       (8.1) 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
(Decrease)/increase in net cash and cash equivalents            (22.1)      (0.3)        28.3 
Net cash and cash equivalents at the start 
 of the period                                                    44.2       14.4        14.4 
Currency translation differences                                 (0.6)      (0.6)         1.5 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of 
 the period                                                       21.5       13.5        44.2 
-----------------------------------------------------  ----  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 

Condensed interim consolidated statement of changes in equity

 
                                                        Other reserves 
                                              ---------------------------------- 
                             Issued    Share  Cash flow     Currency     Capital 
                              share  premium      hedge  translation  redemption  Accumulated   Total 
                            capital  account    reserve      reserve     reserve       losses  equity 
                               GBPm     GBPm       GBPm         GBPm        GBPm         GBPm    GBPm 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
At 1 July 2020                 18.3     70.6        0.5        (0.1)        74.2       (96.6)    66.9 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
Profit for the period             -        -          -            -           -          9.7     9.7 
Other comprehensive 
 income/(expense) 
Items that may be 
 reclassified to profit 
 or loss: 
Currency translation 
 differences on 
foreign subsidiaries              -        -          -        (1.6)           -            -   (1.6) 
Gain on net investment 
 hedges                           -        -          -          1.0           -            -     1.0 
Loss on cash flow 
 hedges in the period             -        -      (0.1)            -           -            -   (0.1) 
Cash flow hedges 
 transferred to profit 
 or loss                          -        -      (0.5)            -           -            -   (0.5) 
Taxation relating 
 to items above                   -        -        0.1            -           -            -     0.1 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
                                  -        -      (0.5)        (0.6)           -            -   (1.1) 
Items that will not 
 be reclassified to 
 profit or loss: 
Net actuarial loss 
 on post -- employment 
 benefits                         -        -          -            -           -        (2.9)   (2.9) 
Taxation relating 
 to item above                    -        -          -            -           -          0.6     0.6 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
                                  -        -          -            -           -        (2.3)   (2.3) 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
Total other comprehensive 
 expense                          -        -      (0.5)        (0.6)           -        (2.3)   (3.4) 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
Total comprehensive 
 (expense)/income                 -        -      (0.5)        (0.6)           -          7.4     6.3 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
Transactions with 
 owners of the parent 
Issue of B Shares                 -    (2.0)          -            -           -            -   (2.0) 
Redemption of B Shares            -        -          -            -         1.7        (1.7)       - 
Share-based payments              -        -          -            -           -          0.3     0.3 
Shares bought back 
 on-market and cancelled      (0.2)        -          -            -         0.2            -       - 
Purchase of own shares            -        -          -            -           -        (1.5)   (1.5) 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
At 31 December 2020            18.1     68.6          -        (0.7)        76.1       (92.1)    70.0 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
 
 
                                               Other reserves 
                                       -------------------------------- 
                                          Cash 
                      Issued    Share     flow     Currency     Capital 
                       share  premium    hedge  translation  redemption  Accumulated   Total 
                     capital  account  reserve      reserve     reserve       losses  equity 
                        GBPm     GBPm     GBPm         GBPm        GBPm         GBPm    GBPm 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
  At 30 June 2019       18.3     73.9        -        (0.9)        70.8       (97.9)    64.2 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
  IFRS 16 
   transition              -        -        -            -           -          0.6     0.6 
  IFRIC 23 
   transition              -        -        -            -           -        (0.9)   (0.9) 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
  At 1 July 2019        18.3     73.9        -        (0.9)        70.8       (98.2)    63.9 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
  Profit for the 
   period                  -        -        -            -           -          3.4     3.4 
  Other 
  comprehensive 
  income/(expense) 
  Items that may be 
  reclassified to 
  profit 
  or loss: 
  Currency 
  translation 
  differences on 
  foreign 
   subsidiaries            -        -        -        (3.4)           -            -   (3.4) 
  Gain on net 
   investment 
   hedges                  -        -        -          2.7           -            -     2.7 
  Loss on cash flow 
   hedges in the 
   period                  -        -    (0.5)            -           -            -   (0.5) 
  Cash flow hedges 
   transferred to 
   profit 
   or loss                 -        -    (0.1)            -           -            -   (0.1) 
  Taxation relating 
   to items above          -        -      0.2            -           -            -     0.2 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
                           -        -    (0.4)        (0.7)           -            -   (1.1) 
  Items that will 
  not 
  be reclassified 
  to 
  profit or loss: 
  Net actuarial 
   loss 
   on post -- 
   employment 
   benefits                -        -        -            -           -        (2.5)   (2.5) 
  Taxation relating 
   to item above           -        -        -            -           -          0.4     0.4 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
                           -        -        -            -           -        (2.1)   (2.1) 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
  Total other 
   comprehensive 
   expense                 -        -    (0.4)        (0.7)           -        (2.1)   (3.2) 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
  Total 
   comprehensive 
   (expense)/income        -        -    (0.4)        (0.7)           -          1.3     0.2 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
  Transactions with 
  owners of the 
  parent 
  Issue of B Shares        -    (3.3)        -            -           -            -   (3.3) 
  Redemption of B 
   Shares                  -        -        -            -         3.3        (3.3)       - 
  Share-based 
   payments                -        -        -            -           -          0.2     0.2 
  Purchase of own 
   shares                  -        -        -            -           -        (0.1)   (0.1) 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
  At 31 December 
   2019                 18.3     70.6    (0.4)        (1.6)        74.1      (100.1)    60.9 
  -----------------  -------  -------  -------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
 
                                                        Other reserves 
                                              ---------------------------------- 
                             Issued    Share  Cash flow     Currency     Capital 
                              share  premium      hedge  translation  redemption  Accumulated   Total 
                            capital  account    reserve      reserve     reserve       losses  equity 
                               GBPm     GBPm       GBPm         GBPm        GBPm         GBPm    GBPm 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
At 30 June 2019                18.3     73.9          -        (0.9)        70.8       (97.9)    64.2 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
IFRS 16 transition                -        -          -            -           -          0.7     0.7 
IFRIC 23 transition               -        -          -            -           -        (0.9)   (0.9) 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
At 1 July 2019                 18.3     73.9          -        (0.9)        70.8       (98.1)    64.0 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
Profit for the year               -        -          -            -           -          6.5     6.5 
Other comprehensive 
 income/(expense) 
Items that may be 
 reclassified to profit 
 or loss: 
Gain on net investment 
 hedges                           -        -          -          0.8           -            -     0.8 
Gain on cash flow 
 hedges in the year               -        -        0.4            -           -            -     0.4 
Cash flow hedges 
 transferred to profit 
 or loss                          -        -        0.2            -           -            -     0.2 
Taxation relating 
 to items above                   -        -      (0.1)            -           -            -   (0.1) 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
                                  -        -        0.5          0.8           -            -     1.3 
Items that will not 
 be reclassified to 
 profit or loss: 
Net actuarial loss 
 on post-employment 
 benefits                         -        -          -            -           -        (3.7)   (3.7) 
Taxation relating 
 to item above                    -        -          -            -           -          1.8     1.8 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
                                  -        -          -            -           -        (1.9)   (1.9) 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
Total other comprehensive 
 income/(expense)                 -        -        0.5          0.8           -        (1.9)   (0.6) 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
Total comprehensive 
 income                           -        -        0.5          0.8           -          4.6     5.9 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
Transactions with 
 owners of the parent 
Issue of B Shares                 -    (3.3)          -            -           -            -   (3.3) 
Redemption of B Shares            -        -          -            -         3.4        (3.4)       - 
Share-based payments              -        -          -            -           -          0.4     0.4 
Purchase of own shares            -        -          -            -           -        (0.1)   (0.1) 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
At 30 June 2020                18.3     70.6        0.5        (0.1)        74.2       (96.6)    66.9 
--------------------------  -------  -------  ---------  -----------  ----------  -----------  ------ 
 

Notes to the condensed interim financial statements

1. Basis of preparation

McBride plc ('the Company') is a public company limited by shares incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom and registered in England and Wales. The Company's ordinary shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The registered office of the Company is Middleton Way, Middleton, Manchester M24 4DP. For the purposes of DTR 6.4.2R, the Home State of McBride plc is the United Kingdom.

The Company and its subsidiaries (together, 'the Group') is Europe's leading provider of Private Label and Contract Manufactured products for the domestic household and professional cleaning/hygiene markets. The Company develops and manufactures products for the majority of retailers and major brand owners throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.

This half-year report has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority; IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union; on the basis of the accounting policies and the recognition and measurement requirements of IFRS applied in the financial statements at 30 June 2020; and those standards that have been endorsed by the European Union. The financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2021 will be prepared under international accounting standards in conformity with the Companies Act 2006. This will have no impact on recognition, measurement or disclosure. This report should be read in conjunction with the financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020.

The results for each half year are unaudited and do not represent the Group's statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The interim financial information has been reviewed, not audited. The Group's statutory accounts were approved by the Directors on 8 October 2020 and have been reported on by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

Going concern basis

The Group meets its funding requirements through internal cash generation and bank credit facilities, most of which are committed until June 2022.

At 31 December 2020, committed undrawn facilities and net cash position amounted to GBP101.2 million and the Group has a reasonable level of debt compared to earnings. In adopting the going concern basis for preparing the consolidated financial statements, the Directors have considered the issues impacting the Group during the period and have reviewed the Group's projected compliance with its banking covenants. Based on the Group's cash flow forecasts and operating budgets, and considerations of the potential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and other principal risks and uncertainties, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the adoption of the going concern basis remains appropriate.

The condensed interim consolidated financial statements were approved by the Board on 23 February 2021.

2. Accounting policies

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020.

Use of adjusted measures

The Group believes that adjusted operating profit, adjusted profit before taxation and adjusted earnings per share provide additional useful information to shareholders on the underlying performance achieved by the Group. These measures are used for internal performance analysis and short and long-term incentive arrangements for employees. Adjusting items include amortisation of intangible assets, exceptional items, any non-cash financing costs from the unwinding of the discount on provisions and tax related to those items.

Taxation

Taxation in the interim period is accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to the expected annual profit or loss, adjusted for the tax effect of certain items recognised in full in the interim period.

3. Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

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

In preparing these condensed interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020.

4. Segment information

Financial information is presented to the Board by product category for the purposes of allocating resources within the Group and assessing the performance of the Group's businesses. It is considered that Household products have different market characteristics to Aerosols in terms of volumes, market share and production requirements. Accordingly, the Group's operating segments are determined by product category, being Household and Aerosols.

Corporate costs, which include the costs associated with the Board and the Executive Leadership Team, governance and listed company costs and certain central functions (mostly associated with financial disciplines such as treasury), are reported separately to Household and Aerosols.

The Board uses adjusted operating profit to measure the profitability of the Group's businesses. Adjusted operating profit is, therefore, the measure of segment profit presented in the Group's segment disclosures. Adjusted operating profit represents operating profit before specific items that are considered to hinder comparison of the trading performance of the Group's businesses either period-on-period or with other businesses. During the periods under review, the items excluded from operating profit in arriving at adjusted operating profit were the amortisation of intangible assets and exceptional items.

Analysis by reportable segment

 
                               Household - Regions                  Operating segments 
                -------------------------------------------------  -------------------- 
                                                                        Total               Total                Total 
31 December        UK  France  North(1)  South(2)  East(3)   Asia   Household  Aerosols  segments  Corporate(4)  Group 
 2020            GBPm    GBPm      GBPm      GBPm     GBPm   GBPm        GBPm      GBPm      GBPm          GBPm   GBPm 
Continuing 
operations 
Segment 
 revenue         74.1    59.6      63.2      50.9     82.9   13.4       344.1      18.8     362.9             -  362.9 
--------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  -----  ----------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Adjusted 
 operating 
 profit/(loss)                                                           20.8       0.9      21.7         (2.7)   19.0 
Amortisation 
 of 
 intangible 
 assets                                                                                                          (1.2) 
Exceptional 
 items 
 (see note 7)                                                                                                    (2.2) 
--------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  -----  ----------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Operating 
 profit                                                                                                           15.6 
Finance costs                                                                                                    (2.1) 
--------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  -----  ----------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Profit before 
 taxation                                                                                                         13.5 
--------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  -----  ----------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Inventories                                                              88.4       7.4      95.8             -   95.8 
Capital 
 expenditure                                                             12.5       0.3      12.8             -   12.8 
Amortisation 
 and 
 depreciation                                                            11.2       0.3      11.5             -   11.5 
--------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  -----  ----------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
 
 
                                                                         Operating 
                                 Household - Regions                      segments 
                   -----------------------------------------------  ------------------- 
                                                                        Total               Total                Total 
31 December          UK  France  North(1)  South(2)  East(3)  Asia  Household  Aerosols  segments  Corporate(4)  Group 
2019               GBPm    GBPm      GBPm      GBPm     GBPm  GBPm       GBPm      GBPm      GBPm          GBPm   GBPm 
-----------------  ----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Continuing 
operations 
Segment revenue    82.3    59.4      52.7      45.2     82.7  12.1      334.4      16.0     350.4             -  350.4 
-----------------  ----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Adjusted 
operating 
profit/(loss)                                                            14.9       0.4      15.3         (3.7)   11.6 
Amortisation of 
 intangible 
 assets                                                                                                          (1.0) 
Exceptional items 
 (see note 7)                                                                                                    (2.1) 
-----------------  ----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Operating profit                                                                                                   8.5 
Finance costs                                                                                                    (1.9) 
-----------------  ----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Profit before 
 taxation                                                                                                          6.6 
-----------------  ----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
Inventories                                                              85.2       5.0      90.2             -   90.2 
Capital 
 expenditure                                                              9.5       0.2       9.7             -    9.7 
Amortisation and 
 depreciation                                                            11.2       0.1      11.3             -   11.3 
-----------------  ----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ----- 
 
 
 
                                                                        Operating 
                               Household - Regions                       segments 
                 ------------------------------------------------  ------------------- 
                                                                       Total               Total                 Total 
                    UK  France  North(1)  South(2)  East(3)  Asia  Household  Aerosols  segments  Corporate(4)   Group 
30 June 2020      GBPm    GBPm      GBPm      GBPm     GBPm  GBPm       GBPm      GBPm      GBPm          GBPm    GBPm 
---------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ------ 
Continuing 
operations 
Segment revenue  159.8   118.5     110.7      88.4    167.5  26.1      671.0      35.2     706.2             -   706.2 
---------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ------ 
Adjusted 
operating 
profit/(loss)                                                           33.1       2.2      35.3         (7.0)    28.3 
Amortisation of 
 intangible 
 assets                                                                                                          (2.1) 
Exceptional 
 items 
 (see note 7)                                                                                                   (10.8) 
---------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ------ 
Operating 
 profit                                                                                                           15.4 
Finance costs                                                                                                    (4.2) 
---------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ------ 
Profit before 
 taxation                                                                                                         11.2 
---------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ------ 
Inventories                                                             90.2       7.3      97.5             -    97.5 
Capital 
 expenditure                                                            19.2       1.2      20.4             -    20.4 
Amortisation 
 and 
 depreciation                                                           22.6       0.3      22.9             -    22.9 
---------------  -----  ------  --------  --------  -------  ----  ---------  --------  --------  ------------  ------ 
 

1. Belgium, Holland and Scandinavia.

2. Italy and Spain.

3. Germany, Poland, Luxembourg and other Eastern Europe.

4. Corporate represents costs related to the Board, the Executive Leadership Team and key supporting functions.

5. Taxation

The adjusted tax charge for the period of GBP3.9 million (30 June 2020: GBP6.8m) reflects an effective tax rate of 23% (30 June 2020: 28%) on adjusted profit before taxation of GBP16.9 million (30 June 2020: GBP24.2m).

The effective tax rate is lower than the prior year due to the release of a provision in the first half of the financial year, following the settlement of a tax enquiry. The Group forecasts an adjusted effective tax rate for the full year of 28%.

6. Earnings per ordinary share

Basic earnings per ordinary share is calculated by dividing the profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company by the weighted average number of the Company's ordinary shares in issue during the financial period. The weighted average number of the Company's ordinary shares in issue excludes 42,041 shares (2019: 42,041 shares), being the weighted average number of own shares held during the year in relation to employee share schemes.

 
                                                   Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                   Half year  Half year 
                                                          to         to  Year ended 
                                                      31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                        Reference       2020       2019        2020 
-------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Weighted average number of ordinary 
 shares in issue (million)                      a      182.4      182.8       182.8 
Effect of dilutive share incentive 
 plans (million)                                         0.1        0.1           - 
-------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Weighted average number of ordinary 
 shares for calculating 
diluted earnings per share (million)            b      182.5      182.9       182.8 
-------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue assuming the conversion of all potentially dilutive ordinary shares. During the period, the Company had both equity-settled Long-Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) awards, Restricted Share Unit awards and Deferred Annual Bonus Plan awards (together, the 'share incentive plans') that are potentially dilutive ordinary shares.

Adjusted earnings per share measures are calculated based on profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company before adjusting items as follows:

 
                                                   Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                   Half year  Half year 
                                                          to         to  Year ended 
                                                      31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                        2020       2019        2020 
From continuing operations              Reference       GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
-------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Earnings for calculating basic and 
 diluted earnings per share                     c        9.9        3.7         6.7 
Adjusted for: 
Amortisation of intangible assets                        1.2        1.0         2.1 
Exceptional items (see note 7)                           2.2        2.1        10.8 
Unwind of discount on provisions                           -          -         0.1 
Taxation relating to the above items                   (0.3)      (0.1)       (2.3) 
Earnings for calculating adjusted 
 earnings per share                             d       13.0        6.7        17.4 
-------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
 
                                                  Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                  Half year  Half year 
                                                         to         to  Year ended 
                                                     31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                       2020       2019        2020 
                                       Reference      pence      pence       pence 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Basic earnings per share                     c/a        5.4        2.0         3.7 
Diluted earnings per share                   c/b        5.4        2.0         3.7 
Adjusted basic earnings per share            d/a        7.1        3.7         9.5 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share          d/b        7.1        3.7         9.5 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
 
                                                   Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                   Half year  Half year 
                                                          to         to  Year ended 
                                                      31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                        2020       2019        2020 
From discontinued operations            Reference       GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
-------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Losses for calculating basic and 
 diluted earnings per share                     c      (0.2)      (0.3)       (0.2) 
Adjusted for: 
Exceptional items (see note 7)                           0.2        0.3         0.3 
Taxation relating to the above items                       -          -       (0.1) 
-------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Earnings for calculating adjusted 
 earnings per share                             d          -          -           - 
-------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
 
                                              Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                              Half year  Half year 
                                                     to         to  Year ended 
                                                 31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                   2020       2019        2020 
                                   Reference      pence      pence       pence 
--------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Basic loss per share                     c/a      (0.1)      (0.1)       (0.1) 
Diluted loss per share                   c/b      (0.1)      (0.1)       (0.1) 
Adjusted basic loss per share            d/a          -          -           - 
Adjusted diluted loss per share          d/b          -          -           - 
--------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
 
                                                          Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                          Half year  Half year 
                                                                 to         to  Year ended 
                                                             31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                               2020       2019        2020 
Total attributable to ordinary shareholders    Reference       GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Earnings for calculating basic and 
 diluted earnings per share                            c        9.7        3.4         6.5 
Adjusted for: 
Amortisation of intangible assets                               1.2        1.0         2.1 
Exceptional items (see note 7)                                  2.4        2.4        11.1 
Unwind of discount on provisions                                  -          -         0.1 
Taxation relating to the above items                          (0.3)      (0.1)       (2.4) 
Earnings for calculating adjusted 
 earnings per share                                    d       13.0        6.7        17.4 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
 
                                                  Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                  Half year  Half year 
                                                         to         to  Year ended 
                                                     31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                       2020       2019        2020 
                                       Reference      pence      pence       pence 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Basic earnings per share                     c/a        5.3        1.9         3.6 
Diluted earnings per share                   c/b        5.3        1.9         3.6 
Adjusted basic earnings per share            d/a        7.1        3.7         9.5 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share          d/b        7.1        3.7         9.5 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 

7. Exceptional items

 
                                                  Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                  Half year  Half year 
                                                         to         to  Year ended 
                                                     31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                       2020       2019        2020 
                                                       GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Continuing operations 
Reorganisation and restructuring costs: 
UK Aerosols closure                                     0.4        0.1         0.1 
Factory footprint review                                0.1        2.0         9.4 
Review of strategy, organisation and operations         1.7          -         1.3 
Total continuing operations                             2.2        2.1        10.8 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
Discontinued operations 
Sale of PC Liquids business                             0.2        0.3         0.3 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Total discontinued operations                           0.2        0.3         0.3 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Total                                                   2.4        2.4        11.1 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 

Exceptional items are presented separately as, due to their nature or the infrequency of the events giving rise to them, this allows users of the financial statements to understand better the elements of financial performance for the year, to facilitate comparison with prior periods, and to assess the trends of financial performance.

During the period ended 31 December 2020, the Group recognised total exceptional items of GBP2.4 million (2019: GBP2.4m), of which GBP2.2 million was from continuing operations as follows:

-- exceptional charge of GBP0.4 million in respect of one-off legacy costs in relation to the former UK Aerosols site in Hull;

-- exceptional charge of GBP0.1 million relating to the closure costs for the Barrow production facility, which ceased operations in October 2020; and

-- exceptional charge of GBP1.7 million relating to Programme Compass that comprises GBP0.8 million of redundancy costs, GBP0.7 million in consulting support and GBP0.2 million in other project expenses.

The charges in relation to discontinued operations were as follows:

-- exceptional charge of GBP0.2 million in respect of the impairment of a leased asset relating to the closed St Helens site.

During the prior period ended 31 December 2019, the Group recognised GBP2.4 million of exceptional charges, of which GBP2.1 million was from continuing operations as follows:

   --   exceptional charge of GBP0.1 million from the UK Aerosols reorganisation of 2019; and 

-- exceptional charge of GBP2.0 million in respect of the Group's factory footprint review, comprising GBP1.2 million of professional fees and GBP0.8 million for restructuring activities to reduce the operational cost base in the UK.

The charges in relation to discontinued operations were as follows:

-- as part of the sale agreement with Royal Sanders, the Group incurred an additional GBP0.3 million of redundancy costs relating to the sale of the Group's PC Liquids activities in 2019.

8. Intangible assets, property, plant and equipment and right-of-use assets

 
                                                   Goodwill 
                                                  and other  Property, 
                                                 intangible  plant and  Right-of-use 
                                                     assets  equipment        assets 
                                                       GBPm       GBPm          GBPm 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ------------ 
Net book value at 1 July 2020 (audited)                28.4      134.7           7.3 
Exchange movements                                    (0.1)      (2.2)         (0.2) 
Additions                                               0.8       12.0           5.9 
Impairment                                                -      (0.1)         (0.2) 
Disposal of assets                                        -      (0.1)         (0.2) 
Depreciation charge                                       -      (8.4)         (1.9) 
Amortisation charge                                   (1.2)          -             - 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ------------ 
Net book value at 31 December 2020 (unaudited)         27.9      135.9          10.7 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ------------ 
 

Goodwill and other intangible assets comprise goodwill of GBP19.8 million (30 June 2020: GBP19.9m), computer software of GBP5.7 million (30 June 2020: GBP5.6m), brands of GBP0.5 million (30 June 2020: GBP0.7m) and customer relationships of GBP1.9 million (30 June 2020: GBP2.2m).

Capital commitments as at 31 December 2020 amounted to GBP6.0 million (30 June 2020: GBP6.0m). At 31 December 2020 the Group was committed to future minimum lease payments of GBP3.9 million (30 June 2020: GBPnil) in respect of leases which have not yet commenced and for which no lease liability has been recognised.

9. Financial risk management

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (including currency risk, fair value interest rate risk, cash flow interest rate risk and price risk), credit risk and liquidity risk.

The condensed interim financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements and they should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 30 June 2020. There have been no material changes in the risk management policies since the year end.

The table below analyses financial instruments carried at fair value, by valuation method. The different levels have been defined as follows:

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

-- Level 2 - inputs other than Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (prices) or indirectly (derived from prices); and

   --   Level 3 - inputs that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs). 
 
                                   Unaudited  Unaudited  Audited 
                                       As at      As at    As at 
                                      31 Dec     31 Dec  30 June 
                                        2020       2019     2020 
                                        GBPm       GBPm     GBPm 
---------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Assets 
Level 2: 
Derivative financial instruments 
  Forward currency contracts             0.6        0.2      1.4 
  Interest rate swaps                      -        0.1        - 
---------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Total financial assets                   0.6        0.3      1.4 
---------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Liabilities 
Level 2: 
Derivative financial instruments 
  Forward currency contracts           (0.2)      (0.7)    (0.4) 
  Interest rate swaps                  (0.2)      (0.3)    (0.3) 
---------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Total financial liabilities            (0.4)      (1.0)    (0.7) 
---------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 

Derivative financial instruments

Derivative financial instruments comprise the foreign currency derivatives, non-deliverable commodity derivatives and interest rate derivatives that are held by the Group in designated hedging relationships. Foreign currency forward contracts are measured by reference to prevailing forward exchange rates. Foreign currency options are measured using a variant of the Monte Carlo valuation model. Interest rate swaps and caps are measured by discounting the related cash flows using yield curves derived from prevailing market interest rates.

Valuation levels and techniques

There were no transfers between levels during the period and no changes in valuation techniques.

Financial assets and liabilities measured at amortised cost

The fair value of borrowings are as follows:

 
                   Unaudited  Unaudited  Audited 
                       As at      As at    As at 
                      31 Dec     31 Dec  30 June 
                        2020       2019     2020 
                        GBPm       GBPm     GBPm 
-----------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Current                 58.1       34.5     36.7 
Non-current             81.0      100.7    109.0 
-----------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Total borrowings       139.1      135.2    145.7 
-----------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 

The fair value of the following financial assets and liabilities approximate to their carrying amount:

   --   trade and other receivables; 
   --   other current financial assets; 
   --   cash and cash equivalents; and 
   --   trade and other payables. 

10. Net debt

 
                            Audited                                        Unaudited 
                              As at       IFRS 16                              As at 
                            30 June      non-cash                Exchange     31 Dec 
                               2020  movements(1)  Cash flow  differences       2020 
                               GBPm          GBPm       GBPm         GBPm       GBPm 
--------------------------  -------  ------------  ---------  -----------  --------- 
Cash and cash equivalents      44.2             -     (22.1)        (0.6)       21.5 
Overdrafts                    (4.1)             -      (0.5)          0.4      (4.2) 
Bank and other loans        (132.9)             -        8.4          1.3    (123.2) 
IFRS 16 lease liabilities     (8.7)         (5.6)        2.5          0.1     (11.7) 
--------------------------  -------  ------------  ---------  -----------  --------- 
Total net debt              (101.5)         (5.6)     (11.7)          1.2    (117.6) 
--------------------------  -------  ------------  ---------  -----------  --------- 
 

1. IFRS 16 non-cash movements includes additions (GBP5.7m), interest charged (GBP0.1m) and write offs (-GBP0.2m).

11. Pensions and post-employment benefits

The Group provides a number of post-employment benefit arrangements. In the UK, the Group operates a closed defined benefit pension scheme and a defined contribution pension scheme. Elsewhere in Europe, the Group has a number of smaller unfunded post-employment benefit arrangements that are structured to accord with local conditions and practices in the countries concerned.

At 31 December 2020, the Group recognised a deficit on its UK defined benefit pension plan of GBP29.5 million (30 June 2020: GBP28.4m). The Group's post-employment benefit obligations outside the UK amounted to GBP3.1 million (30 June 2020: GBP3.1m).

Defined benefit schemes had the following effect on the Group's results and financial position:

 
                                                  Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                                                  Half year  Half year 
                                                         to         to  Year ended 
                                                     31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                                                       2020       2019        2020 
                                                       GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Profit or loss 
Service cost and administration expenses              (0.5)      (0.4)       (0.7) 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Charge to operating profit                            (0.5)      (0.4)       (0.7) 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Net interest cost on defined benefit obligation       (0.2)      (0.3)       (0.6) 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Charge to profit before taxation                      (0.7)      (0.7)       (1.3) 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Other comprehensive expense 
Net actuarial loss                                    (2.9)      (2.5)       (3.7) 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Other comprehensive expense                           (2.9)      (2.5)       (3.7) 
------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 
 
                               Unaudited  Unaudited  Audited 
                                   As at      As at    As at 
                                  31 Dec     31 Dec  30 June 
                                    2020       2019     2020 
                                    GBPm       GBPm     GBPm 
-----------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Balance sheet 
Defined benefit obligations: 
    UK - funded                  (167.9)    (155.8)  (163.9) 
    Other - unfunded               (3.1)      (2.9)    (3.1) 
-----------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
                                 (171.0)    (158.7)  (167.0) 
Fair value of scheme assets        138.4      126.9    135.5 
-----------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
Deficit on the schemes            (32.6)     (31.8)   (31.5) 
-----------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------- 
 

For accounting purposes, the UK scheme's benefit obligation as at 31 December 2020 has been calculated based on data gathered for the triennial actuarial valuation as at March 2018 and by applying assumptions made by the Group on the advice of an independent actuary in accordance with IAS 19, 'Employee Benefits'.

12. Payments to shareholders

Payments to ordinary shareholders are made by way of the issue of B Shares in place of income distributions. Ordinary shareholders are able to redeem any number of the B Shares issued to them for cash. Any B Shares that they retain attract a dividend of 75% of LIBOR on the 0.1 pence nominal value of each share, paid on a twice -- yearly basis.

Payments to ordinary shareholders made or proposed in respect of each period were as follows:

 
           Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
           Half year   Half year 
                  to          to  Year ended 
              31 Dec      31 Dec     30 June 
             2020(1)        2019        2020 
--------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Interim            -           -           - 
Final            n/a         n/a        1.1p 
--------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 

1. Interim payment to shareholders that is not recognised within these condensed interim consolidated financial statements.

Movements in the B Shares were as follows:

 
                                               Nominal 
                                       Number    value 
                                          000     GBPm 
--------------------------------  -----------  ------- 
At 30 June 2019 (audited)             815,631      0.8 
Issued                              3,290,368      3.3 
Redeemed                          (3,295,335)    (3.3) 
--------------------------------  -----------  ------- 
At 31 December 2019 (unaudited)       810,664      0.8 
--------------------------------  -----------  ------- 
Issued                                      -        - 
Redeemed                             (97,534)    (0.1) 
--------------------------------  -----------  ------- 
At 30 June 2020 (audited)             713,130      0.7 
--------------------------------  -----------  ------- 
Issued                              2,010,780      2.0 
Redeemed                          (1,669,075)    (1.7) 
--------------------------------  -----------  ------- 
At 31 December 2020 (unaudited)     1,054,835      1.0 
--------------------------------  -----------  ------- 
 

13. Acquisitions and disposals

Sale of Hull site

In the prior period, on 2 December 2019, the Group completed the sale of the UK Aerosols site at Hull (held on the balance sheet at GBP2.1 million). Cash consideration of GBP3.0 million was received in respect of this sale. After accounting for costs to sell of GBP0.1 million, an exceptional gain of GBP0.8 million was recognised in the prior period.

14. Share capital

 
                                              Allotted and fully 
                                                     paid 
                                             -------------------- 
                                                    Number   GBPm 
-------------------------------------------  -------------  ----- 
Ordinary shares of 10 pence each 
-------------------------------------------  -------------  ----- 
At 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020                182,840,301   18.3 
-------------------------------------------  -------------  ----- 
Shares bought back on-market and cancelled     (2,136,319)  (0.2) 
-------------------------------------------  -------------  ----- 
At 31 December 2020                            180,703,982   18.1 
-------------------------------------------  -------------  ----- 
 

Ordinary shares carry full voting rights and ordinary shareholders are entitled to attend Company meetings and to receive payments to shareholders.

McBride plc announced on 2 November 2020 that it would commence a share buy-back programme of up to GBP12 million in McBride plc ordinary shares, running from 2 November 2020 through to the date of the Company's next Annual General Meeting, expected in October 2021. The maximum number of shares that may be repurchased by the Company under the programme is 18.3 million. The purpose of the share buy-back programme is to reduce the share capital of the Company (any shares repurchased for this purpose will be cancelled). The Board believed that it was in the interests of all shareholders to commence this programme based on the Board's assessment that McBride's current share price did not reflect the value of the underlying business, which has resilient revenues, a strong balance sheet and highly visible cash flows.

As at 31 December 2020, the Group purchased and cancelled 2,136,319 ordinary shares. The buy-back and cancellation was approved by shareholders at the 2020 AGM. The shares were acquired at an average price of 68.4 pence per share, with prices ranging from 62.1 pence per share to 80.0 pence per share. The total cost of GBP1.5 million was deducted from equity. A transfer of GBP0.2m was made from share capital to the capital redemption reserve.

15. Related party transactions

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties of the Company, have been eliminated on consolidation and, therefore, are not required to be disclosed in these condensed interim financial statements.

Key management compensation and transactions with the Group's pension and post-employment schemes for the financial year ended 30 June 2020 are detailed in note 29 (page 155) of McBride plc's Annual Report and Accounts 2020. A copy of McBride plc's Annual Report and Accounts 2020 is available on McBride's website at www.mcbride.co.uk .

16. Key performance indicators (KPIs)

Management uses a number of KPIs to measure the Group's performance and progress against its strategic objectives. The most important of these are noted and defined below:

   --   adjusted operating profit - operating profit before adjusting items; 
   --   adjusted operating margin - adjusted operating profit as a percentage of revenue; 
   --   labour cost/revenue - labour cost as a percentage of revenue; 

-- customer service level - volume of products delivered in the correct volumes and within agreed timescales as a percentage of total volumes ordered by customers;

-- return on capital employed - adjusted operating profit as a percentage of average period-end net assets excluding net debt; and

   --   debt/adjusted EBITDA - net debt divided by EBITDA before adjusting items. 

Additional information

Financial calendar for the year ending 30 June 2021

 
Payments to shareholders 
--------------------------  ------------  ---------------- 
Interim                     Announcement  23 February 2021 
Final                       Announcement  7 September 2021 
Results 
Interim                     Announcement  23 February 2021 
Preliminary statement 
 for full year              Announcement  7 September 2021 
Annual Report and Accounts 
 2021                       Circulated    September 2021 
Annual General Meeting      To be held    19 October 2021 
--------------------------  ------------  ---------------- 
 

Exchange rates

The exchange rates used for conversion to Sterling were as follows:

 
                    Unaudited  Unaudited     Audited 
                    Half year  Half year 
                           to         to  Year ended 
                       31 Dec     31 Dec     30 June 
                         2020       2019        2020 
------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Average rate: 
Euro                     1.11       1.14        1.14 
US Dollar                1.31       1.26        1.26 
Polish Zloty             4.95       4.88        4.96 
Czech Koruna            29.39      29.12       29.60 
Danish Krone             8.23       8.48        8.51 
Hungarian Forint       394.80     374.60      384.57 
Malaysian Ringgit        5.42       5.24        5.30 
Australian Dollar        1.81       1.84        1.88 
------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
Closing rate: 
Euro                     1.11       1.18        1.10 
US Dollar                1.36       1.32        1.23 
Polish Zloty             5.07       5.00        4.89 
Czech Koruna            29.19      29.86       29.31 
Danish Krone             8.28       8.78        8.17 
Hungarian Forint       404.76     388.49      390.80 
Malaysian Ringgit        5.49       5.40        5.26 
Australian Dollar        1.77       1.88        1.79 
------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 

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