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Property Franchise Group PLC (The) Interim Results

08/09/2020 7:00am

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Property Franchise Group PLC (The)

08 September 2020

8 September 2020

This announcement contains inside information.

THE PROPERTY FRANCHISE GROUP PLC

(the "Company" or the "Group")

Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2020

Resilience shown through lockdown, followed by strong rebound in activity post easing

The Property Franchise Group, one of the UK's largest property franchises, is pleased to announce its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2020, and an update on current trading.

Highlights

-- Robust revenue of GBP5.4m (H1 2019: GBP5.4m), despite the closure and challenges caused by Covid-19

   --      Management Service Fees ("royalties") of GBP4.2m (H1 2019: GBP4.6m) 
   --      Operating margin held at 37% (H1 2019: 37%), demonstrating careful cost management 
   --      Adjusted EBITDA* of GBP2.5m (H1 2019: GBP2.4m) 
   --      Profit before tax remained stable at GBP2.0m (H1 2019: GBP2.0m) 

-- Very strong balance sheet with a net cash position of GBP6.1m at 30 June 2020 (30 June 2019: GBP2.8m). Net cash generated from operations of GBP2.2m (H1 2019: GBP2.2m)

   --      Interim dividend reinstated at 2.1p per share 
   --      Tenanted managed properties increased to 58,000 (H1 2019: 56,000) 

-- Group remains heavily weighted towards lettings, accounting for 73% of Management Service Fees (H1 2019: 70%)

Current trading

   --      The traditional brands saw an extremely strong increase in activity in July: 

o Sales agreed pipeline increased 25% over June 2020

o Total lets increased by 28% over June 2020

-- EweMove also recorded very high levels of activity across the board in July, beating previous records:

o Sales listings increased 36% month-on month to reach 728 in July 2020, setting a new record

o Sales agreed increased 28% month-on-month to reach 519, another new record for the brand

o Website visits were double normal rates in July 2020 and actions taken, once on-site, more than doubled

-- Management's confidence underpins its decision to build momentum behind strategic growth initiatives, re-initiate forecasts and set out a number of mid-term strategic objectives

*After adding back the share-based payments charge

Gareth Samples, Chief Executive Officer of The Property Franchise Group, said:

"Whilst the first half of this year was unlike any other, I am delighted with the resilience our business has shown and the first-rate performance of our franchisees who responded decisively and navigated well through the unprecedented environment.

"Despite nearly two months of the first half spent operating under severe restrictions, and impacted by the tenant fee ban which came into force on 1 June 2019, we have demonstrated the true strength of our busines model. We have continued to generate high levels of revenue, held profit before tax stable at GBP2.0m, increased our cash balances and subsequently reinstated an interim dividend.

"The substantial increase in activity we recorded in June has continued, with record performances continuing to be set across both the lettings and sales markets in July. Whilst the future remains uncertain, what this period of volatility has shown is that we are both a robust business in the face of adversity as well as a market leader able to reap the rewards in better times. We are focussed on maximising the opportunities that the market currently presents with a clear focus to deliver on the execution of our key strategic growth initiatives."

The Company will be hosting a live private investor presentation on Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 14.00 BST. All existing and potential private investors interested in attending are asked to register for free using the following link: https://bit.ly/TPFG_R

For further information, please contact:

 
 The Property Franchise Group PLC 
  Gareth Samples, Chief Executive Officer 
  David Raggett, Chief Financial Officer               01202 292829 
 Cenkos Securities plc 
  Max Hartley, Callum Davidson (Nominated Adviser) 
  Julian Morse (Sales)                                 0207 397 8900 
 Alma PR 
  Susie Hudson 
  Justine James 
  Harriet Jackson                                      0203 405 0205 
 

About The Property Franchise Group PLC:

The Property Franchise Group PLC (AIM: TPFG) is one of the largest property franchises in the UK.

The Company was founded in 1986 and has grown substantially. Per annum, the Group's franchised network currently lets circa 32,000 properties, sells circa 11,000 properties, and manages circa 58,000 properties. The network generated revenues of GBP93m in FY 2019 and employed roughly 2,250 people at the end of 2019.

The Property Franchise Group's brands include its traditional portfolio: Martin & Co, CJ Hole, Ellis & Co,

Parkers and Whitegates, and its   digitally enabled hybrid brand: EweMove. 

Headquartered in Bournemouth, UK, the Company was listed on AIM on the London Stock Exchange in 2013. More

information is available at   www.propertyfranchise.co.uk 

Chief Executive Officer's Statement

I am very pleased to be reporting on my first half year as CEO, having commenced the role in April. I joined the business at a time of significant change and challenge, however, this has allowed me to get to know the team and understand the business very well over a short period of time. I have been delighted with the strong fundamentals which I have seen within the business, as well as the talent and dedication of our people.

The strength of the business is clearly demonstrated in the resilient results announced today. Revenue levels have remained robust, with GBP5.4 million being significantly ahead of management's initial expectation at the commencement of lockdown. We have also held our operating margin at 37%, a great achievement and an example of the Group's focus on careful management of costs. We are particularly pleased to have generated GBP2.0m in profit before tax again this period, in line with H1 2019, despite all of the external challenges faced and taking into account the impact of the tenant fee ban, which was not yet in force in the same period of the prior year.

We remain strongly cash generative and our cash balance increased to GBP6.1m as at 30 June 2020, with net cash generated from operations of GBP2.2m. The strength of our balance sheet provides the stability needed to now build further momentum behind our growth strategy, as well as to re-instate our progressive dividend policy.

The market for residential property sales has changed significantly throughout the year. Confidence increased in the early months of the year, driven by the election result, followed by a sharp decline in activity as a result of the Covid-19 housing market restrictions imposed in late March. Since the easing of restrictions in May there has been a resurgence of activity driven largely by pent up demand and the stamp duty holiday. Throughout these ups and downs our franchisees have worked tirelessly to adapt to changing requirements and to capitalise on arising opportunities, demonstrating the adaptability and ingenuity of entrepreneurs, backed by the support of the Group.

Traditional brands demonstrate resilience and agility

Our traditional brands have performed resiliently during the period, generating MSF of GBP3.3m (H1 2019: GBP3.5m). This reflects our strategic weighting towards lettings and particularly the recurring nature of the lettings management service fees (MSF) revenue stream. Traditional brands' lettings MSF declined only 4% to GBP2.7m (H1 2019: GBP2.8m) over the period.

Property management activity remained strong throughout the first half, with the use of virtual viewings throughout the lockdown period allowing continued, albeit reduced, transactional lettings activity. From the end of May onwards our traditional brands have recorded a significantly increased demand for rentals with the time from instruction to let decreased in comparison to historic averages. To date there has been no material increase in rent arrears.

Sales activity was inevitably dormant whilst under restrictions, but thanks to a good performance before and after this period, the traditional brands generated GBP0.6m of sales MSF over the half (H1 2019: GBP0.7m).

Our ongoing focus on quality digital marketing has continued, with pay-per-click advertising delivering a good level of new business leads when being used, and cost per lead falling over the lockdown period.

Excellent performance from EweMove

EweMove has again demonstrated over this period the benefits of its unique, hybrid, highly customer centric and flexible cost based model. It delivered MSF of GBP0.9m in the half (H1 2019: GBP1.1m) and, with a similar reduction in costs, continued profitability which was ahead of H1 2019. The hybrid estate agency model continues to be an appealing option for estate agents and buyers alike who want to do things differently. We believe in the longer term that one impact of Covid-19 will be to increase interest in this type of model.

During the period of restrictions on physical sales activity, the brand benefitted from its franchise model with each individual business owner able to manage costs very effectively. The entirety of the EweMove footprint, which has now reached 230 people across 110 territories, was sustained over this challenging period, and since restrictions have eased our franchisees have been able to move rapidly to take advantage of the rising market.

We achieved record performances in June, beaten again in July with sales listings and sales agreed in July up 36% and 28% on June 2020 respectively. Having performed strongly and proven beyond doubt its resilience and adaptability, we are confident there is a significant opportunity to recruit new franchisees into EweMove, growing the brand's reach and taking market share. This will become a core part of the Group's growth strategy going forward.

Our Covid-19 response

Throughout this period, and as previously communicated, our top priority has been the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and customers. We have provided consistent, high levels of support and guidance to our franchisees, building strong relationships and re-affirming our position as one team within one Group. Thorough PPE and risk assessments were undertaken when required and all viewings continue to be carried out in line with Government guidelines.

Prudent cost management has been a key focus with the Group moving quickly to implement a number of cost saving measures in March. These included the furlough of a small amount of head office staff and voluntary salary reductions for central office staff, including Board directors. New growth initiatives were deferred.

Pleasingly, the majority of these measures have now been reversed or eased, with almost all staff having returned from furlough and franchisees having resumed marketing spend to normal levels. New growth projects have recommenced.

All franchisees now have the capability in place to offer virtual viewings, and those that have adopted the technology into their core business model are seeing good results produced.

Through both the guidance provided to franchisees and its financial management, the Group has worked to not only mitigate the negative impact but also to ensure it is well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

Strategic growth opportunities

Our business has clearly demonstrated over the period the strength of its existing model and operations; however, we are excited to have now resumed building momentum behind our strategic growth initiatives as we believe a great opportunity exists to further grow the Group.

Financial Services growth

We are committed to the strategic growth of our Financial Services division and see a healthy pipeline of potential acquisition opportunities. It is our intention to grow the number of financial services advisers serving our network to over 100 across all brands by the end of 2021.

Developing residential sales activities in the traditional brands

Through the provision of additional support and training, we believe there is a good opportunity to increase the level of sales activity executed by our traditional brands. Sales and Financial Services activity goes hand in hand and through driving their growth in parallel there is scope to generate considerable additional revenue for the Group.

EweMove recruitment

Following several periods of growth and recent outstanding performance, the Group plans to invest in a recruitment campaign for the brand. EweMove is established as a leading hybrid operator, which continues to be highly relevant and which we believe will become even more so in a post-lockdown environment. The medium-term ambition is to double the number of territories in the footprint.

Acquisitions

The acquisition by our franchisees of local competitors' lettings books can increase the stability and profitability of their businesses. We continue to offer support to any franchisee looking to execute on an acquisition and believe there may be increasing numbers of potential opportunities in the current market environment.

We also continue to look for any larger acquisitions of franchise brands in our space, where it is clear this would bring significant additional value to the Group.

Digital marketing

Best-in-class digital marketing is essential to running a successful estate and/or lettings agency business and we continue to invest in our capabilities.

Outlook

Whilst uncertainty and potential challenges remain on the horizon and we continue to be alert to shifts in the external environment including changes in Government support, we have proven that the Group is truly resilient and can adapt with agility.

With a strong balance sheet in place and a significant rebound in activity seen post-period end I am excited to now begin looking towards the future and the pursuit of growth, pursuing those strategic initiatives already in place and reviewing potential new opportunities. Current trading has shown good momentum and the Board currently expects results for the full year to be in line with its pre-Covid expectations for the full year.

It is very clear to me that the Group has a substantial growth opportunity ahead of it and I look forward to updating shareholders further on our progress towards the aim of expansion in due course.

Gareth Samples

Chief Executive Officer

Financial Review

Revenue

Revenue for the six months ended 30 June 2020 was GBP5.4m (H1 2019: GBP5.4m) after adjustments for IFRS15. This was significantly more turnover than the Board expected when the lockdown begun and demonstrates both the stability created by managing a large number of properties for landlords, the ability to generate income in a crisis and, to some extent, the speed with which transactional activity in the lettings market has been restored since mid-May. The increased activity in the sales market has yet to feed through significantly to revenues due to the time taken to complete the purchase of a residential property. The Group expects to see this uplift in MSF from September 2020 onwards.

As a result, Management Service Fees ("MSF") from lettings represented 73% of total MSF in the period (2019: 70%).

Traditional Brands' MSF

Overall, the traditional brands generated MSF of GBP3.3m (H1 2019: GBP3.5m) reflecting the reduced transactional activity from the beginning of the lockdown in March 2020 until the easing of restrictions in May 2020. Lettings MSF declined 4% to GBP2.7m (H1 2019: GBP2.8m) whilst sales MSF declined 16% to GBP0.6m (H1 2019: GBP0.7m).

Lettings MSF for the prior period included MSF on tenants' fees of GBP0.3m due to the ban being implemented from 1 June 2019. This has been recovered in the current period through growth in the managed lettings portfolio generating GBP0.1m of additional MSF and growth in landlords' fees of GBP0.2m.

EweMove's MSF

EweMove franchisees pay a monthly licence fee and a completion fee per transaction. The total of the licence fees and completion fees for the six months ended 30 June 2020 was GBP0.9m (H1 2019: GBP1.1m). A 10% decline, once the rounding is factored out, on the same period of 2019 due to the impact of Covid-19. This was compensated for by a similar reduction in cost of sales.

Franchise Sales

Franchise sales income was GBP0.3m (H1 2019: GBP0.1m) with the growth coming from fees earned through the continued rationalisation of the traditional brands network. New recruits in the first half of this year for EweMove were 4 compared to 8 for the comparative period as the Group took the decision to suspend recruitment during the lockdown. EweMove reinstated its recruitment drive during June 2020.

Other

Other income was GBP0.6m (H1 2019: GBP0.7m), down 16% on the six months ended 30 June 2019 mainly due to a reduction in the user charges paid by Martin & Co franchisees for Jupix, their operating software, where first line support is provided by the franchisor.

Financial Services

On 7 January 2020 the Company purchased an 72.25% share in Auxilium Partnership Limited ("Auxilium") from Mark Graves. Auxilium is a life assurance buying club providing brokers with more attractive commission rates for the transactions they generate. The Company has an option to buy out Mark's remaining shares in April 2022.

In its first 6 months of trading under the Company's ownership it generated GBP0.26m of turnover and a profit before tax of GBP0.03m. The Board sees Auxilium as an important element in its strategy to earn an enhanced return from financial services and, having suspended its financial services initiatives at the onset of the lockdown, has begun again to actively pursue that strategy.

Administrative expenses

Administrative expenses were almost identical to the same period for 2019 at GBP2.9m.

All employees agreed to a 20% reduction in basic salary and to bonuses/commissions being withdrawn from 1 April 2020. Salaries were returned to 100% of basic salary on 1 July 2020 for non-furloughed employees and it is the Group's expectation that bonuses will be paid in H2 due to the current trading performance. A few members of staff remained furloughed at 30 June 2020 but, due to the speed of recovery and the need to prepare for offices opening again, flexible furloughing was implemented in May and furloughed employees started to return to work.

The Group scaled back and ended arrangements with third party contractors towards the end of March 2020. The savings were minimal because shortly after the termination periods ended the activity started to return.

The reductions resulting from negotiations with key suppliers have been passed straight on to franchisees in order to support their own businesses during these challenging times.

The Group also saw the change of CEO during this period which resulted in additional costs of GBP0.2m over the same period for 2019.

EBITDA

The Group's EBITDA was GBP2.5m (H1 2019: GBP2.4 m). There were no exceptional items in either period but there was a share-based payment charge in the first half of 2020 of GBP68,023 compared to the comparative period where none existed which, once allowed for to calculate the adjusted EBITDA, results in adjusted EBITDA of GBP2.5m (H1 2019 GBP2.4m).

Operating profit

Operating profit was GBP2.0m (H1 2019: GBP2.0m) and operating margin was 37% (H1 2019: 37%).

Earnings per share

Earnings per share for the six months ended 30 June 2020 was 6.4p (H1 2019: 6.3p). The income attributable to owners was GBP1.6m (H1 2019: GBP1.6m).

Profit before income tax

Profit before tax was GBP2.0m (H1 2019: GBP2.0m).

Dividends

The Board has pursued a progressive dividend policy since the IPO. Its only deviation from this policy being the suspension of the final dividend for 2019 when the Board decided that it was prudent to retain the funds earmarked due to the onset of the lockdown and the significant uncertainty that existed about future performance.

To some extent, the uncertainty has reduced as the impact starts to be quantified by official statistics and the short-term performance looks very encouraging. Given this fact, together with the strength of the Group's cash generation even throughout the crisis period, the Board has decided to cautiously re-commence the progressive dividend policy once more. Accordingly, an interim dividend of 2.1p per share (H1 2019: 2.6p) will be paid on 23 September 2020 to shareholders on the register on 11 September 2020, being the record date, details of which have previously been announced. The ex-dividend date will be 10 September 2020.

Cash flow

At an operational level, the Group remains highly cash generative and its cash flow has annuity like characteristics. The net cash inflow from operating activities in the first six months of 2020 was to GBP2.2m (H1 2019: GBP2.2m).

The Group purchased a majority stake of Auxilium Partnership Limited on 7 January 2020 for GBP83,250 net of cash acquired and saw the full repayment of its temporary loan to Mark Graves of GBP0.2m.

The payments of assisted acquisitions support amounted to GBP0.1m (H1 2019: GBP0.1m) and are explained by incentives targeted at encouraging franchisees to acquire portfolios of tenanted managed properties.

In the first six months of 2019 the Group made bank loan repayments of GBP0.45m before paying off the remaining loans in H2 2019 to leave the Group with no bank debt.

As explained above, the Company did not pay a dividend in the first 6 months of 2020 whereas in the comparative period it paid a final dividend of GBP1.5m or 6.0p per share.

Overall cash balances increased by GBP2.2m to GBP6.1m (H1 2019: GBP3.9m).

Liquidity

The Group had a net cash balance of GBP6.1m at the end of the period (H1 2019: net cash GBP2.8m).

As previously disclosed, the Group considers it prudent to put in place additional bank facilities and, given the changing external environment, is now evaluating the potential for a new revolving cashflow facility which will initially provide GBP5m of new funds.

Financial position

The Company has consistently reported on its strong cash generating capabilities since IPO. This is no more evident than in these set of results where the Board was confident that the Group would not need to resort to external finance and that, with prudent management, could weather the impacts of Covid-19.

Whilst the residential property market has improved significantly since the lockdown began in March 2020, the Group has yet to see these improvements fully flow through to its cash flow and yet it generated the same cash from operations in the first half of 2020 as it did in the comparative period. This proven resilience and enhanced net cash position affords the Group headroom as the Board begins again to pursue its progressive dividend policy and generate an attractive yield for investors. At the same time, the strong balance sheet enables considerable latitude to weather the continuing uncertainty and to fulfil the Group's strategic plan.

David Raggett

Chief Financial Officer

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2020

 
                                                          Unaudited     Unaudited       Audited 
                                                           6 Months      6 Months     12 Months 
                                                              Ended         Ended         Ended 
                                                           30.06.20      30.06.19      31.12.19 
                                                Notes           GBP           GBP           GBP 
 CONTINUING OPERATIONS 
 Revenue                                            3     5,388,067     5,403,446    11,350,327 
 Cost of sales                                            (441,071)     (524,140)   (1,066,849) 
                                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 GROSS PROFIT                                             4,946,996     4,879,306    10,283,478 
 Administrative expenses                                (2,870,693)   (2,846,388)   (5,820,277) 
 Share-based payments charge                               (68,023)             -     (441,709) 
                                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 OPERATING PROFIT                                         2,008,280     2,032,918     4,021,492 
 Finance income                                               5,629         4,235        11,012 
 Finance costs                                                (482)      (24,432)      (38,310) 
                                                       ------------  ------------ 
 
 PROFIT BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE                         2,013,427     2,012,721     3,994,194 
 
 Income tax expense                                 4     (358,597)     (379,607)     (761,788) 
                                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 
 PROFIT AND TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE 
  INCOME FOR THE PERIOD                                   1,654,830     1,633,114     3,232,406 
                                                       ============  ============  ============ 
 
 
 PROFIT AND TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE 
  INCOME FOR THE PERIOD ATTRIBUTABLE 
  TO: 
 Owners of the parent                                     1,647,591     1,633,114     3,232,406 
 Non-controlling minority interest                            7,239             -             - 
                                                       ------------  ------------  ------------ 
                                                          1,654,830     1,633,114     3,232,406 
                                                       ============  ============  ============ 
 
  Statutory: 
  Earnings per share attributable 
  to owners of the parent                           5          6.4p          6.3p         12.5p 
                                                       ============  ============  ============ 
 
 Diluted earnings per share 
  attributable to owners of 
  the parent                                        5          6.3p          6.3p         12.1p 
                                                       ============  ============  ============ 
 
 
  Adjusted: 
  Earnings per share attributable 
  to owners of the parent                           5          7.6p          7.3p         16.2p 
                                                       ============  ============  ============ 
 
 Diluted earnings per share 
  attributable to owners                            5          7.5p          7.3p         15.6p 
                                                       ============  ============  ============ 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 30 JUNE 2020

 
                                               Unaudited    Unaudited      Audited 
                                                   As at        As at        As at 
                                                30.06.20     30.06.19     31.12.19 
                                      Notes          GBP          GBP          GBP 
 ASSETS 
 NON-CURRENT ASSETS 
 Intangible assets                        7   14,662,878   15,033,021   14,786,402 
 Property, plant and equipment                    76,120       88,549       77,555 
 Right of use asset                               44,150            -       74,580 
 Prepaid assisted acquisitions 
  support                                        681,535      483,325      657,948 
                                              15,464,683   15,604,895   15,596,485 
                                             -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 CURRENT ASSETS 
 Trade and other receivables              8    1,120,385    1,189,127    1,483,009 
 Cash and cash equivalents                     6,125,378    3,917,335    4,011,463 
                                             -----------  ----------- 
                                               7,245,763    5,106,462    5,494,472 
                                             -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 TOTAL ASSETS                                 22,710,446   20,711,357   21,090,957 
                                             ===========  ===========  =========== 
 
 ISSUED CAPITAL AND RESERVES 
 ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF 
  PARENT 
 Share capital                            9      258,228      258,228      258,228 
 Share premium                                 4,039,800    4,039,800    4,039,800 
 Other reserves                          10    3,574,915    2,983,861    3,506,892 
 Retained earnings                            11,097,266    8,526,709    9,449,675 
                                             -----------  -----------  ----------- 
                                              18,970,209   15,808,598   17,254,595 
 NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST                          7,239            -            - 
 TOTAL EQUITY                                 18,977,448   15,808,598   17,254,595 
                                             -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
 LIABILITIES 
 NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 
 Borrowings                              11            -      500,000            - 
 Lease liabilities                                18,395            -       25,089 
 Deferred tax                                  1,082,994    1,327,888    1,140,227 
                                               1,101,389    1,827,888    1,165,316 
                                             -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 CURRENT LIABILITIES 
 Borrowings                              11            -      650,000            - 
 Trade and other payables                12    1,944,360    1,534,323    2,000,175 
 Lease liabilities                                27,254            -       52,660 
 Tax payable                                     659,995      890,548      618,211 
                                               2,631,609    3,074,871    2,671,046 
                                             -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 TOTAL LIABILITIES                             3,732,998    4,902,759    3,836,362 
                                             -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                 22,710,446   20,711,357   21,090,957 
                                             ===========  ===========  =========== 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2020

 
                  Called up      Retained       Share   Other reserves         Total   Non-controlling         Total 
              share capital      earnings     premium        (note 10)                        interest        equity 
                   (note 9) 
                        GBP           GBP         GBP              GBP           GBP               GBP           GBP 
 Balance at 1 
  January 2019 
  (audited)         258,228     8,442,960   4,039,800        2,983,861    15,724,849                 -    15,724,849 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Profit and total 
  comprehensive 
  income                  -     1,633,114           -                -     1,633,114                 -     1,633,114 
                   --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Dividends paid 
  (note 6)                -   (1,549,365)           -                -   (1,549,365)                 -   (1,549,365) 
----------------- 
 Total 
  transactions 
  with owners             -   (1,549,365)           -                -   (1,549,365)                 -   (1,549,365) 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Balance at 30 
  June 2019 
  (unaudited)       258,228     8,526,709   4,039,800        2,983,861    15,808,598                 -    15,808,598 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Effect of 
  adoption of 
  IFRS 
  16 (net of tax)         -       (4,933)           -                -       (4,933)                 -       (4,933) 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Balance at 1 
  July 2019 as 
  restated          258,228     8,521,776   4,039,800        2,983,861    15,803,665                 -    15,803,665 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Profit and total 
  comprehensive 
  income                  -     1,599,291           -                -     1,599,291                 -     1,599,291 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------                    ------------ 
 Dividends paid 
  (note 6)                -     (671,392)           -                -     (671,392)                 -     (671,392) 
 Deferred tax on 
  share-based 
  payments                -             -           -           81,322        81,322                 -        81,322 
 Share-based 
  payments charge         -             -           -          441,709       441,709                 -       441,709 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Total 
  transactions 
  with owners             -     (671,392)           -          523,031     (148,361)                 -     (148,361) 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Balance at 31 
  December 2019 
  (audited)         258,228     9,449,675   4,039,800        3,506,892    17,254,595                 -    17,254,595 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Profit and total 
  comprehensive 
  income                  -     1,647,591           -                -     1,647,591             7,239     1,654,830 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Share-based 
  payments charge         -             -           -           68,023        68,023                 -        68,023 
                   --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Total 
  transactions 
  with owners             -             -           -           68,023        68,023                 -        68,023 
-----------------  --------  ------------  ----------  ---------------  ------------  ----------------  ------------ 
 Balance at 30 
  June 2020 
  (unaudited)       258,228    11,097,266   4,039,800        3,574,915    18,970,209             7,239    18,977,448 
=================  ========  ============  ==========  ===============  ============  ================  ============ 
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2020

 
                                                Unaudited     Unaudited       Audited 
                                                 6 Months      6 Months     12 Months 
                                                    Ended         Ended         Ended 
                                                 30.06.20      30.06.19      31.12.19 
                                                      GBP           GBP           GBP 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 Profit before income tax                       2,013,427     2,012,721     3,994,194 
 Depreciation and amortisation charges            453,990       384,193       874,727 
 Share-based payments charge                       68,023             -       441,709 
 Finance costs                                        482        24,432        38,310 
 Finance income                                   (5,629)       (4,235)      (11,012) 
                                               ----------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Operating cash flow before changes 
  in working capital                            2,530,293     2,417,111     5,337,928 
 
 Decrease / (Increase) in trade and 
  other receivables                               169,735      (92,853)     (186,734) 
 (Decrease) / Increase in trade and 
  other payables                                (214,594)        59,642       554,049 
                                               ----------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Cash generated from operations                 2,485,434     2,383,900     5,705,243 
 
 Interest paid                                          -      (26,568)      (41,380) 
 Tax paid                                       (325,554)     (195,943)     (973,361) 
 
 Net cash generated from operations             2,159,880     2,161,389     4,690,502 
                                               ----------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Purchase of subsidiary net of cash              (83,250)             -             - 
  acquired 
 Purchase of intangible assets                          -             -      (73,467) 
 Purchase of tangible assets                     (13,570)       (2,053)       (7,960) 
 Payment of assisted acquisitions support       (122,192)     (104,859)     (386,332) 
 Loan repayment received / (payment 
  made)                                           200,000             -     (200,000) 
 Interest received                                  5,629         4,235        11,012 
 
 Net cash used in investing activities           (13,383)     (102,677)     (656,747) 
                                               ----------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Repayment of borrowings                                -     (450,000)   (1,600,000) 
 Equity dividends paid (note 6)                         -   (1,549,365)   (2,220,757) 
 Principal paid on lease liabilities             (32,100)             -      (56,533) 
 Interest paid on lease liabilities                 (482)                     (2,990) 
                                               ----------  ------------  ------------ 
 Net cash used in financing activities           (32,582)   (1,999,365)   (3,880,280) 
                                               ----------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Increase in cash and cash equivalents          2,113,915        59,347       153,475 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning 
 of the period                                  4,011,463     3,857,988     3,857,988 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of 
  the period                                    6,125,378     3,917,335     4,011,463 
                                               ==========  ============  ============ 
 
 

THE PROPERTY FRANCHISE GROUP PLC

NOTES TO THE INTERIM RESULTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 JUNE 2020

   1.          GENERAL INFORMATION 

The principal activity of The Property Franchise Group plc and its subsidiaries continues to be that of a UK residential property franchise business. In January 2020 the Group acquired a majority shareholding in a financial services business. The Group operates in the UK. The company is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its head office and registered office is 2 St Stephen's Court, St Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK.

   2.         BASIS OF PREPARATION 

The consolidated interim financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2020 was approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 8 September 2020. The results for 30 June 2020 and 30 June 2019 are unaudited. The disclosed figures are not statutory accounts in terms of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 on which the auditors gave an audit report which was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006, have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.

This interim report has been prepared on a basis consistent with the accounting policies expected to be applied for the year ending 31 December 2020, and uses the same accounting policies and methods of computation applied for the year ended 31 December 2019.

Going concern

Due to the uncertainty created by Covid-19, the decision was taken in March 2020 to create a working capital model focused on the potential impacts of Covid-19 and the actions that the Board could take to mitigate those impacts. This used as its basis the budget for 2020, the management accounts for the first two months of trading in 2020 and the actual results for 2019. The initial time period reviewed was from 1 March 2020 to 31 March 2021. Better than expected trading since May 2020, has meant performance has exceeded the outcomes modelled with the first half year's overall trading performance in 2020 strongly aligned to the same period for 2019. Whilst the Covid-19 model is still being used to inform decisions, the Board is now seeing a set of different outcomes with a more positive cash generation.

When assessing the foreseeable future the directors have looked at a period of 12 months from the date of approval of the interim financial information. The directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue to trade for the foreseeable future and, therefore, consider it appropriate to prepare the Group's interim financial information on a going concern basis.

Significant accounting policies

The Group's interim financial information includes those of the parent company and its subsidiaries, drawn up to 30 June 2020. Subsidiaries are all entities over which the Group has control. The Group controls an entity when the Group is exposed to, or has rights to, variable returns from its involvement with the entity and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the entity. Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date on which control is transferred to the Group. They are deconsolidated from the date that control ceases.

The Group applies the acquisition method to account for business combinations. The consideration transferred for the acquisition of a subsidiary is the fair values of the assets transferred, the liabilities incurred to the former owners of the acquiree and the equity interests issued by the Group. Identifiable assets acquired and liabilities and contingent liabilities assumed in a business combination are measured initially at their fair values at the acquisition date. Acquisition-related costs are expensed as incurred.

IFRS 16 Leases applied to the financial year beginning 1 January 2019 but was not been applied in the interim report for 2019 because the impact of IFRS 16 was immaterial to the Group's interim financial information. IFRS 16 was applied in the interim report 2020 and also in the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

Inter-company transactions, balances and unrealised gains on transactions between Group companies are eliminated. Unrealised losses are also eliminated. When necessary amounts reported by subsidiaries have been adjusted to conform with the Group's accounting policies.

   3.     REVENUE 
 
                             Unaudited    Unaudited      Audited 
                              6 Months     6 Months    12 Months 
                                 Ended        Ended        Ended 
 
                              30.06.20     30.06.19     31.12.19 
                                   GBP          GBP          GBP 
 Management service fee      4,224,659    4,586,135    9,661,737 
 Franchise sales               279,108       79,842      194,702 
 Other                         884,300      737,469    1,493,888 
                           -----------  -----------  ----------- 
 
                             5,388,067    5,403,446   11,350,327 
                           ===========  ===========  =========== 
 
 

All revenue is earned in the UK and no customer represents greater than 10 per cent of total revenue in the periods reported.

   4.     TAXATION 

The underlying tax charge is based on the expected effective tax rate for the full year to December 2020. The majority of the tax arises from applying this effective tax rate to the profit on ordinary activities.

   5.     EARNINGS PER SHARE 

Earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit for the financial period by the weighted average number of shares during the period.

 
 
                                           Unaudited    Unaudited              Audited 
                                            6 Months     6 Months            12 Months 
                                               Ended        Ended                Ended 
                                            30.06.20     30.06.19             31.12.19 
 
 Profit for the period attributable 
  to owners of parent                      1,647,591    1,633,114            3,232,406 
 Amortisation on acquired intangibles        249,220      249,220              498,411 
 Share-based payments charge                  68,023            -              441,709 
 
 Adjusted profit for the period            1,964,834    1,882,334            4,172,526 
                                         -----------  -----------      --------------- 
 
 
 Weighted average number of 
  shares                                  25,822,750   25,822,750           25,822,750 
                                         -----------  -----------      --------------- 
 
 Dilutive effect of share options 
  on ordinary shares                         546,515            -              870,179 
 
 
 Basic earnings per share                       6.4p         6.3p                12.5p 
 Diluted earnings per share                     6.3p         6.3p                12.1p 
 
 Adjusted basic earnings per 
  share                                         7.6p         7.3p                16.2p 
 Adjusted diluted earnings per 
  share                                         7.5p         7.3p                15.6p 
 
 
   6.     DIVIDS 
 
                                 Unaudited    Unaudited     Audited 
                                     As at        As at       As at 
                                  30.06.20     30.06.19    31.12.19 
                                       GBP          GBP         GBP 
 Dividends (ordinary share 
  of GBP0.01 each)                        -    1,549.365   2,220,757 
 Dividend per share paid                  -         6.0p        8.6p 
 

An interim dividend for 2020 of 2.1p per share has been declared and will be paid on 23 September 2020. The total amount payable is GBP542,278.

   7.     INTANGIBLE ASSETS 
 
                          Master           Brands        Technology        Customer         Goodwill             Total 
                       Franchise                                              Lists 
                       Agreement 
                             GBP              GBP               GBP             GBP              GBP               GBP 
 Cost 
 
 Balance at 1 
  January 
  2019 (Audited) and 
  at 30 June 2019 
  (Unaudited)          7,803,436        1,972,239           274,210         214,940        7,226,160        17,490,985 
 Additions                     -                -            63,467          10,000                -            73,467 
                      ----------       ----------       -----------       ---------       ----------       ----------- 
 Balance at 31 
  December 
  2019 (Audited)       7,803,436        1,972,239           337,677         224,940        7,226,160        17,564,452 
 Additions                     -                -                 -               -          186,426           186,426 
                      ----------       ----------       -----------       ---------       ----------       ----------- 
 Balance at 30 June 
  2020 
  (Unaudited)          7,803,436        1,972,239           337,677         224,940        7,412,586        17,750,878 
                      ==========       ==========       ===========       =========       ==========       =========== 
 
 Amortisation 
 
 Balance at 1 
  January 
  2019 (Audited)       1,738,702          155,694           128,155         143,679                -         2,166,230 
 Charge for period       206,587           33,363            39,518          12,266                -           291,734 
 
 Balance at 30 June 
  2019 (Unaudited)     1,945,289          189,057           167,673         155,945                -         2,457,964 
 Charge for period       206,587           33,363            70,124          10,012                -           320,086 
 Balance at 31 
  December 
  2019 (Audited)       2,151,876          222,420           237,797         165,957                -         2,778,050 
 Charge for period       206,587           33,363            45,989          24,011                -           309,950 
 
 Balance at 30 June 
  2020 (Unaudited)     2,358,463          255,783           283,786         189,968                -         3,088,000 
                      ==========       ==========       ===========       =========       ==========       =========== 
 
 
 Net book value 
 
 30 June 2019 (Unaudited)      5,858,147   1,783,182   106,537   58,995   7,226,160   15,033,021 
                            ============  ==========  ========  =======  ==========  =========== 
 31 December 2019 
  (Audited)                    5,651,560   1,749,819    99,880   58,983   7,226,160   14,786,402 
                            ============  ==========  ========  =======  ==========  =========== 
 
 30 June 2020 (Unaudited)      5,444,973   1,716,456    53,891   34,972   7,412,586   14,662,878 
                            ============  ==========  ========  =======  ==========  =========== 
 

Acquisition of Auxilium Partnership Limited

On 7 January 2020 The Property Franchise Group plc took an 85% share in Aux Group Limited, a newly incorporated holding company, which on the same date bought an 85% share in Auxilium Partnership Limited, a financial services business. The Property Franchise Group plc paid a cash consideration of GBP202,000 and the net assets acquired were GBP15,574, which resulted in goodwill of GBP186,426 being recognised in these financial statements. Aside from goodwill, there were not considered to be any other material intangible assets to be recognised.

   8.    TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES 
 
                               Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
                                   As at       As at       As at 
                                30.06.20    30.06.19    31.12.19 
                                     GBP         GBP         GBP 
 
 Trade receivables                35,103     237,304      79,787 
 Loans to franchisees             58,538      80,227      78,411 
 Other receivables                19,780      10,113     202,607 
 Prepayments and accrued 
 income                        1,006,964     861,483   1,122,204 
 
                               1,120,385   1,189,127   1,483,009 
                              ==========  ==========  ========== 
 
 
   9.   CALLED UP SHARE CAPITAL 
 
                                     Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
                                         As at       As at       As at 
                                      30.06.20    30.06.19    31.12.19 
                                           GBP         GBP         GBP 
 Group 
 25,822,750 allotted issued 
  and fully paid Ordinary Shares 
  of 1p each                           258,228     258,228     258,228 
                                    ==========  ==========  ========== 
 

10. OTHER RESERVES

 
                                        Merger      Share   Other Reserve 
                                       Reserve      Based                                       Total 
                                                  Payment 
                                                  Reserve 
                                                                                                  GBP 
                                           GBP      GBP           GBP 
 1 January 2019 (Audited)            2,796,984    186,877               -                   2,983,861 
 30 June 2019                        2,796,984    186,877               -                   2,983,861 
 31 December 2019 
  (Audited)                          2,796,984    628,586          81,322                   3,506,892 
 30 June 2020                        2,796,984    696,609          81,322                   3,574,915 
 

Merger reserve

The merger reserve relates to the acquisition of Martin & Co (UK) Limited by The Property Franchise Group plc. This did not meet the definition of a business combination and therefore, falls outside of the scope of IFRS 3. This transaction was accounted for in accordance with the principles of merger accounting as set out in Financial Reporting Standard 6 - Acquisitions and Mergers.

Share-based payment reserve

The share-based payments reserve comprises charges made to the income statement in respect of share-based payments and related deferred tax impacts under the Group's equity compensation scheme.

11. BORROWINGS

 
                              Unaudited     Unaudited      Audited 
                                  As at         As at        As at 
                               30.06.20      30.06.19     31.12.19 
                                    GBP           GBP          GBP 
 Repayable within 1 year: 
 Bank loan (term loan)                -       650,000            - 
 
 Repayable in more than 
  1 year: 
 Bank loan (term loan)                -       500,000            - 
 
 Bank loans due after 
  more than 1 year are 
  repayable as follows: 
 
 Between 1 and 2 years                -       400,000            - 
 Between 2 and 5 years                -       100,000            - 
 

As at 30 June 2020 and 31 December 2019 the Group had no outstanding borrowings. All loans were repaid in full in October 2019.

12. TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES

 
                             Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
                                 As at       As at       As at 
                              30.06.20    30.06.19    31.12.19 
                                   GBP         GBP         GBP 
 Trade payables                327,504     152,596     741,576 
 Other taxes and social 
  security                     875,703     540,404     575,600 
 Other payables                249,231     119,545     118,546 
 Accruals and deferred 
  income                       491,922     721,778     564,453 
                             1,944,360   1,534,323   2,000,175 
                            ==========  ==========  ========== 
 

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