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Mears Group PLC 2019 Annual Financial Report and Notice of AGM

05/06/2020 1:30pm

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Mears Group PLC

05 June 2020

 
 
 

5 June 2020

Mears Group PLC

("Mears" or "the Group" or "the Company")

Annual Financial Report 2019 and Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

The Annual Financial Report for the year ended 31 December 2019 (the "2019 Annual Report") and Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020 (the "2020 Notice of Meeting") has today been posted or otherwise made available to shareholders. In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.1, a copy of these documents have been uploaded to the National Storage Mechanism and will be available for viewing shortly at https://www.fca.org.uk/markets/primary-markets/regulatory-disclosures/national-storage-mechanism .

The 2019 Annual Report and 2020 Notice of Meeting are also available on the Company's website at https://www.mearsgroup.co.uk .

In accordance with DTR 6.3.5 this announcement contains, in the attached appendix, information on the principal risk factors, a responsibility statement and details of related party transactions which have been extracted in full unedited text from the 2019 Annual Report. This information is included herein solely for the purpose of complying with DTR 6.3.5 and the requirement it imposes on the Company as to how it makes public its annual financial report. These extracts should be read in conjunction with the full 2019 Annual Report and is not a substitute for reading the full 2019 Annual Report. A condensed set of financial statements were appended to Mears' final results announcement on 27 May 2020 together with a management report. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 have been approved by the Board and will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Company's Annual General Meeting.

For further information, contact:

Mears Group PLC

 
 David Miles, Chief Executive       Tel: +44(0)7778 220 185 
  Officer 
 Andrew Smith, Finance Director     Tel: +44(0)7712 866 461 
 Alan Long, Executive Director      Tel: +44(0)7979 966 453 
 www.mearsgroup.co.uk 
 
 

About Mears

Mears currently employs around 7,500 people and provides services in every region of the UK. In partnership with our Housing clients, we maintain, repair and upgrade the homes of hundreds of thousands of people in communities from remote rural villages to large inner-city estates. Mears has extended its activities to provide broader housing solutions to solve the challenge posed by the lack of affordable housing and to provide accommodation and support for the most vulnerable.

We focus on long-term outcomes for people rather than short-term solutions and invest in innovations that have a positive impact on people's quality of life and on their communities' social, economic and environmental wellbeing. Our innovative approaches and market leading positions are intended to create value for our customers and the people they serve while also driving sustainable financial returns for our providers of capital, especially our shareholders.

Appendix

Unedited extract from Annual Financial Report for the year 2019

Principal risks and uncertainties

Risks are identified as 'principal' based on the likelihood of occurrence and the potential impact on the Group. The Group's principal risks are identified below, together with how we mitigate those risks.

COVID-19

The uncertainty as to the future impact on the Group of the recent COVID-19 outbreak is a critical short-term risk. As detailed in the Directors' Report and within the Viability Statement, the Board has completed an assessment as to the impact to the Group in the event of a significant deterioration in revenues and productivity. This most severe downside scenario is currently considered unlikely, however it is difficult to predict the overall outcome and impact of COVID-19 at this stage. The Board believes that in this most severe downside scenario, there is a risk that the Group's funding requirement could exceed its existing committed debt facilities. Only the specific downside scenario detailed within the Viability Statement would indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the Group's ability to continue as a going concern.

The Consolidated Financial Statements do not include the adjustments that would result if the Group was unable to continue as a going concern.

Principal Risks

Each principal risk is considered in the context of how it relates to the achievement of the Group's strategic objectives. The risk discussion includes assessment of gross risk and net risk. Gross risk reflects the exposure and risk landscape before considering the mitigations in place, with net risk being the residual risk after mitigations. The gross risk movement from the prior year for each principal risk has been assessed and is presented below.

Mitigations in place supporting the management of the risk to a net risk position are also described for each principal risk.

 
 Reputation 
------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Definition                                   Mitigation 
 We recognise the significant 
  commercial value attributable               *    In-house IT system developed to provide operational 
  to the Mears brand. Our                          management with a real-time dashboard of service 
  success in securing larger                       delivery indicators. 
  and more complex contracts, 
  such as the new Asylum contract, 
  increases the risk of reputational          *    Internal auditing of KPI reporting including 'mystery 
  damage in the event of failure.                  shoppers'. 
 
  Poor service delivery would 
  damage our Reputation. Both                 *    Strict process in place for vetting and approval of 
  our Housing and Care markets                     subcontractors. 
  are close-knit communities 
  where examples of poor performance 
  are quickly communicated                    *    We drive a culture of putting our customers first; 
  widely.                                          this is continually reinforced through internal 
                                                   communications. 
  In the environment of caring 
  for vulnerable people, there 
  is a risk of isolated incidents 
  of abuse and neglect, which                Well-communicated policy for dealing with 
  rightly receive significant                press enquiries and incident management. 
  press coverage with the                     *    Care risk plans for dealing with vulnerable 
  inevitable reputational                          customers. 
  damage. 
 
                                              *    Compliance management of bribery and corruption 
                                                   legislation and whistleblowing policy. 
 
 
                                              *    We induct and train all new starters. This induction 
                                                   ensures that all employees understand our values and 
                                                   it reinforces the Group's culture. 
 
 
                                              *    We ensure that staff are properly trained for their 
                                                   roles. We ensure that we deliver relevant training 
                                                   and implement best practice. 
------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 People 
------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Definition                                   Mitigation 
 The Group employs around              We induct and train all new starters. This 
  8,000 people who are critical         induction ensures that all new employees understand 
  to the success of our contract        our strategy, vision and values. All Care 
  performance. Attracting               staff have access to NVQ training. 
  and maintaining good relations         *    We regularly review and benchmark our remuneration 
  with employees and investment               packages to ensure that they remain competitive. In 
  in their training and development           Care, we are investing in an innovative recruitment 
  are essential to the efficiency             process to ensure an increase in the volume and 
  and sustainability of the                   quality of carers. Local Care branches are targeted 
  Group's operations. Delivery                on a monthly basis in the areas of recruitment and 
  of strategic objectives                     retention. 
  increases our ability to 
  attract, motivate and retain 
  talent. In addition, the               *    At the senior end of the business, we have increased 
  Care division is facing                     our focus on succession planning and increased our 
  a challenging environment                   investment in senior management development. Our 
  where the ability to recruit                senior leadership programme has identified a 
  and retain carers is restricting            cross-section of the Group's brightest talent that we 
  performance.                                would envisage will play central roles in our future 
                                              business. 
 
 
                                         *    Expansion of apprenticeships. 
 
 
 
                                        An annual appraisal process is completed for 
                                        all employees to ensure that all people receive 
                                        feedback in respect of their performance and 
                                        to identify future training and development 
                                        requirements. We hold a national accreditation 
                                        as an Investor in People. We are continually 
                                        looking to improve our position as an employer 
                                        of choice by improving the level of engagement 
                                        with our employees through formal communications, 
                                        awards to recognise success, local events 
                                        and family fun days. 
                                         *    We are continually monitoring our future skills 
                                              requirements. 
 
 
                                         *    We regularly undertake employee surveys to gauge 
                                              employee satisfaction and engagement, and any 
                                              barriers to high level performance. 
------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Health and safety 
------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Definition                                   Mitigation 
 Prevention of injury or               Significant investment in the centralised 
  loss of life for both employees       health, safety and environment (HSE) function 
  and customers is of utmost            to maintain consistency and quality. 
  importance. In addition,               *    We have comprehensive safe systems of work which are 
  it is vital to maintain                     well communicated through a robust and coordinated 
  the confidence our customers                internal training regime. 
  and clients have in our 
  business. 
                                         *    We have robust processes for inducting new staff to 
                                              ensure the importance of health and safety is 
                                              emphasised together with detailed method statements 
                                              for working safely. 
 
 
                                         *    Creation of a Compliance Committee to monitor and 
                                              oversee health and safety strategy and performance, 
                                              regulatory compliance and risk management. 
 
 
 
                                        Closer review of buildings safety compliance 
                                        (post Grenfell) in higher risk areas, e.g. 
                                        Housing Management. 
                                         *    Regular HSE training and updates are held, 
                                              predominantly delivered by the in-house training 
                                              function. 
 
 
                                         *    Independent review of health and safety cases by 
                                              insurers where recommendations of change are 
                                              implemented. 
 
 
                                         *    Internal health and safety auditing takes place using 
                                              third party validation. 
 
 
                                         *    A Group health and safety strategy and plan are 
                                              produced annually. 
------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 IT and data 
------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 Definition                                   Mitigation 
 A major incident or catastrophic           The Business Continuity Plan is constantly 
  event could impact on the                  reviewed and frequently tested to ensure it 
  Group's ability to trade.                  is fit for purpose. 
  In addition, it is essential                *    Business continuity and IT disaster recovery 
  that the security of customer,                   management resource is convened at short notice to 
  employee and Company confidential                manage the response and any associated risk to the 
  data is maintained. A major                      Group. 
  breach of information security 
  could have a major negative 
  financial and reputational                  *    General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) steering 
  impact on the business.                          group. 
  The risk landscape of IT 
  and data is constantly increasing 
  with deliberate acts of                    Information security penetration is externally 
  cyber-crime becoming more                  tested to recommend improvements which are 
  sophisticated and frequent                 then implemented. 
  across all markets.                         *    Data Security Committee in place to monitor and 
                                                   review both physical data security and IT data 
                                                   security. 
 
 
                                              *    GDPR implementation plan and steering group. 
------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 

Statement of Directors' responsibilities

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report, the Remuneration Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law requires the Directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the Directors are required to prepare Group financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and have elected to prepare the Company financial statements in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice including FRS 101 'Reduced Disclosure Framework'. Under company law the Directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs and profit or loss of the Group and the Company for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the Directors are required to:

   --      select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently; 
   --      make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; 

-- state whether applicable accounting standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements; and

-- prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Company will continue in business.

The Directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Group's and Company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Group and Company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements and Remuneration Report comply with the Companies Act 2006 and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

The Directors confirm that:

-- so far as each Director is aware there is no relevant audit information of which the Company's auditor is unaware; and

-- the Directors have taken all the steps that they ought to have taken as Directors in order to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the auditor is aware of that information.

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Company's website. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

To the best of our knowledge:

-- the financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and

-- the Annual Report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report in accordance with applicable law and regulations. The Board considers the Annual Report and Accounts, taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable and that it provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Company's performance, business model and strategy.

Related Party Transactions and Remuneration of key management personnel

Identity of related parties

The Group has a related party relationship with its pension schemes, its subsidiaries and its Directors.

Pension schemes

Details of contributions to pension schemes are set out in note 32 to the financial statements.

Subsidiaries

The Group has a central treasury arrangement in which all subsidiaries participate. The Directors do not consider it meaningful to set out details of transfers made in respect of this treasury arrangement between companies, nor do they consider it meaningful to set out details of interest or dividend payments made within the Group.

Transactions with key management personnel

The Group has identified key management personnel as the Directors of Mears Group PLC.

Key management personnel held the following percentage of voting shares in Mears Group PLC:

 
              2019   2018 
                 %      % 
-----------  -----  ----- 
 Directors     0.3    0.4 
-----------  -----  ----- 
 

Key management personnel's compensation is as follows:

 
                                                             2019      2018 
                                                          GBP'000   GBP'000 
-------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 Salaries including social security costs                   1,634     1,778 
 Contributions to defined contribution pension schemes        130       121 
 Share-based payments                                           -       100 
-------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
                                                            1,764     1,999 
-------------------------------------------------------  --------  -------- 
 

Further details of Directors' remuneration are disclosed within the Remuneration Report.

Dividends totaling GBP0.04m (2018: GBP0.04m) were paid to Directors during the year.

Transactions with other related parties

During the year the Group made additional loans to YourMK LLP, an entity in which the Group is a 50% member, totaling GBP0.1m (2018: GBP0.1m). At 31 December 2019, the Group was owed GBP0.5m (2018: GBP0.5m) by YourMK LLP.

During the year the Group provided maintenance services to Pyramid Plus South LLP, an entity in which the Group is a 30% member, totaling GBP6.5m (2018: GBP0.5m). At 31 December 2019, GBP0.8m (2018: GBP0.5m) was due to the Group in respect of these transactions.

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

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