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Safestyle UK PLC Interim Results 2019

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Safestyle UK PLC

19 September 2019

19 September 2019

Safestyle UK plc

("Safestyle" or the "Group")

Interim Results 2019

Safestyle UK plc (AIM: SFE), the leading UK-focussed retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors for the homeowner market, today announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019.

Financial and operational highlights

 
                                         Unaudited   Unaudited 
                                          6 months    6 months 
                                             ended       ended 
                                         30-Jun-19   30-Jun-18 
                                              GBPm        GBPm   % change 
                                                    ----------  --------- 
 Revenue                                     64.41       60.54       6.4% 
                                        ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Gross profit                                16.64       14.57      14.2% 
                                        ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Gross margin %                              25.8%       24.1%     177bps 
                                        ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Underlying (loss) before taxation(1)       (0.83)      (3.41)      75.7% 
                                        ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Non-underlying items(2)                    (1.65)      (2.24)      26.3% 
                                        ----------  ----------  --------- 
 (Loss) before taxation                     (2.48)      (5.65)      56.1% 
                                        ----------  ----------  --------- 
 EPS - Basic                                (2.8p)      (5.7p)      50.9% 
                                        ----------  ----------  --------- 
 Net (debt) / cash(3)                       (0.64)        4.58 
                                        ----------  ----------  --------- 
 

(1) Underlying (loss) before taxation is defined as reported (loss) before taxation before non-underlying items and is included as an alternative performance measure in order to aid users in understanding the ongoing performance of the Group.

(2) Non-underlying items consist of non-recurring costs, share-based payments and the Commercial Agreement amortisation.

(3) Net (debt) / cash is cash and cash equivalents less loan facility.

A reconciliation between the terms used in the above table and those in the financial statements can be found in the Financial Review.

-- Turnaround on track - The implementation of phase two of the three phase turnaround is making good progress; the focus for phase two is returning the Group to profitability.

-- Profitability achieved from Q2 - The business returned to profitability in Q2 2019 with levels forecast to increase in H2.

-- Gross profit increased by GBP2.1m (14.2%) to GBP16.6m and gross margin % of 25.8% improved by 177 basis points (bps) versus H1 2018 (24.1%) and 417bps versus H2 2018 (21.7%).

   --      Underlying (loss) before taxation(1) - loss reduced by GBP2.6m (75.7%) to GBP(0.8)m. 
   --      Reported (loss) before taxation - loss reduced by GBP3.2m (56.1%) to GBP(2.5)m. 

-- Revenue growth - Revenue up 6.4% to GBP64.4m (H1 2018: GBP60.5m) and up 15.3% versus H2 2018.

-- Volume recovery - Frames installed of 98,966 broadly in line with H1 2018 of 99,491 and representing a 16.9% improvement on H2 2018.

-- Gaining market share - Market share as measured by FENSA now recovering; at 8.6% in H1 2019 (H2 2018: 7.0%)* with continued share recovery expected for H2.

-- Balanced growth - Growth achieved across all three lead generation channels with a focus on cost effectiveness and compliance.

   --      Value improvement - Average price per frame up 8.6% versus H1 2018 to GBP669. 

-- Cost control - Improvements in operational efficiencies and cost reductions in a number of areas underpinned the recovery in profitability.

* The market share figures for last year included in the 2018 Results Presentation and those referred to in the July 2019 trading statement have been updated and restated following a revision to the dataset from FENSA. The market share growth referred to in the July 2019 trading statement of 19.5% versus H2 2018 has increased to 22.9%.

Outlook

Since the Group's AGM Statement on 16 May 2019, management has continued to make good progress on phase two of its turnaround plan with the results for the first half of the year as expected. There has been improvement in many of the Group's core KPIs and a return to a small profit has been achieved in Q2.

Despite a challenging market where consumer demand appears soft across the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) market, the Board expects a further increase in profitability during Q3 and into Q4 of this year. The Board remains highly focussed on ensuring that the trajectory of performance is carried through into 2020 with the aim to achieve acceleration in growth in revenue and profitability next year as part of phase three of the Group's turnaround plan.

To ensure the Group maintains its current momentum through the end of the year into Q1 2020, the Board is anticipating an increase in the levels of investment required in lead generation versus those previously projected and when compared to those of previous years. The Board also expects revenue to be marginally below previous expectations, although still expects double-digit growth in H2 versus the prior year alongside continued gains in market share. Consequently, the Board now expects a small underlying loss before taxation of c.GBP0.5m for the full year.

Looking further ahead, the Board remains confident that these actions will give the Group the best possible base from which to accelerate its revenue, margin and profit growth in 2020 as part of phase three of the turnaround plan. The Board therefore remains comfortable with market expectations for 2020.

Commenting on the results, Mike Gallacher, CEO said:

"We are making strong progress on delivery of the second phase of our three phase turnaround plan. We have increased our revenues, improved our margins and reduced costs and as a result the Group returned to profitability in Q2. We expect this to continue into Q3 and the momentum to be sustained through to the end of the year.

The Board and I are hugely encouraged by the progress we are making as we look to turnaround the performance of our business and build on our position as the UK market leader in the RMI industry. We believe we have an enviable position in this market with a strong, recognisable brand and a great value proposition. We also have highly skilled and dedicated people across the entire organisation.

There remains a lot of hard work to do, but it is rewarding that we are beginning to see the results of the work completed so far. We remain wholly focussed on modernising the business, improving customer service, strengthening our processes and leveraging technology whilst striving to make the business the industry benchmark in all areas of compliance. We believe delivery of these objectives, along with a relentless focus on maximising opportunities for growth, will position Safestyle for success in the years to come."

Enquiries:

 
 Safestyle UK plc                                  via FTI Consulting 
   Mike Gallacher, Chief Executive Officer 
   Rob Neale, Chief Financial Officer 
  Zeus Capital (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)   Tel: 0203 
   Andrew Jones / Dan Bate / Dominic King            829 5000 
  Liberum Capital Limited (Joint Broker)            Tel: 0203 
   Neil Patel / Jamie Richards                       100 2100 
  FTI Consulting (Financial PR)                     Tel: 0203 
   Alex Beagley / James Styles                       727 1000 
 

About Safestyle UK plc

The Group is the leading retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors to the UK homeowner market. For more information please visit www.safestyleukplc.co.uk or www.safestyle-windows.co.uk.

Chairman's Statement

Summary of performance

Following 2018's unprecedented period of disruption and change, 2019 represents the year in which we aim to establish the foundations to recover the financial performance of the Group. I am pleased to report that we have made good progress in the year so far and the return to profitability in Q2 represents an important milestone in phase two of our turnaround plan.

For the first half of the year, revenues have improved by 6.4% to GBP64.4m (GBP60.5m) with the underlying (loss) before taxation(1) improving to GBP(0.8)m versus a loss of GBP(3.4)m in H1 2018. Reported (loss) before taxation was GBP(2.5)m compared to a loss of GBP(5.7)m over the same period last year. Basic EPS for the period has improved from (5.7)p to (2.8)p.

There were fewer non-underlying items(2) incurred in the period of GBP1.6m (H1 2018: GBP2.2m). The current year items are predominantly a result of restructuring actions and right-of-use asset impairment of property taken as part of the turnaround plan totalling GBP1.1m along with a share-based payment charge of GBP0.3m.

The Group is now focussed on its rapid return to profitability. A detailed three phase turnaround plan was developed in the second half of 2018 which has clearly-defined projects and milestones that are designed to stabilise the Group, rebuild sales and margins, and manage costs effectively. The first phase of the turnaround, involving the stabilisation of the Group, was successfully completed in 2018. The second phase, which is to return the Group to profitability and to improve operational efficiencies, is well underway and I am pleased to report further good progress on this front during the period. The third phase, aimed at accelerating growth, will begin in 2020.

References

[1] see the Financial Review for definition of underlying (loss) before taxation

[2] see the Financial Review for definition and detail of non-underlying items

Looking ahead / outlook

2019 represents a hugely important year for our turnaround and it is encouraging to see the progress that we are making, including returning the Group to profitability in Q2, despite the well-documented backdrop of weaker consumer confidence.

As we look towards the remaining months of 2019 and beyond, the Group continues to implement its plans to modernise operations and develop a more efficient and professional business whilst retaining as much as possible of what made it successful in the past.

The Board remains confident in the Group's prospects, based on the successful implementation of the remaining stages of the three phase turnaround plan.

Finally, it is important to stress that the progress we have made would not have been possible without all our skilled colleagues who work tirelessly across the entire organisation. I would once again like to acknowledge their talent and dedication and thank them all for their continued commitment to Safestyle.

A C Lovell

Chairman

19 September 2019

CEO's Statement

Summary

The first half of 2019 has seen a significant recovery in the financial performance of the business driven by a balanced combination of volume growth, margin improvement and significant cost reductions. As a result, the business returned to profit in the second quarter and we expect this performance to continue in H2.

The focus for phase two of our turnaround plan has been on cash and profit, hence I am pleased that we have also been able to deliver good revenue growth, with the business gaining market share in H1. Major changes in our lead generation practices as a result of both GDPR and improvements in our regulatory compliance limited the scale of this growth and signal our intention to build solid foundations for sustainable growth over the long term.

Our cost base has been reduced by an annualised rate of over GBP2m through the simplification of management layers, general cost saving initiatives and the creation of leaner organisation structures across the business. Having taken these actions, we have now re-established our cost base at close to 2017 levels. The remaining additional costs relate to essential additional resource in HR, Health and Safety and Compliance.

Margins have been driven up by selective pricing moves that have consolidated our position as the value player of the three major national operators in the category. Improvements visible in H1 have continued in Q3 and, together with changes to our commissions structure, will drive improvements in our financial shape in Q4 and into 2020.

The basic operations of the business were significantly impacted during 2018 and, combined with the pressing need to establish robust and repeatable business processes, much effort has been focussed on embedding long-term operational improvements. These actions, together with a focus on enhancing the customer experience, represent a continuing transformation within the business. The changes are critical in providing the foundations for sustainable future growth.

Business Overview

While the market has been subdued through H1 with limited volume growth, Safestyle gained market share (as measured by FENSA) versus H2 2018, moving from 7.0% to 8.6% for H1 2019. Revenue grew by 6.4% versus H1 2018 and 15.3% versus H2 2018. We expect the current level of revenue growth to sustain through H2 2019.

Average Frame rates increased by 8.6% versus H1 2018 with Average Order Value remaining stable, largely due to the mix effect of higher demand for composite doors. Frames installed were in line with H1 2018, increasing by 16.9% versus H2 2018 and we again expect this to be sustained in H2 2019.

The financial shape of the business has progressed rapidly with a GBP2.6m (75.7%) improvement in underlying (loss) before taxation(1) year on year and a GBP4.5m (84.4%) improvement in the same measure between H2 2018 and H1 2019. The business has moved into profitability in H1 and is now showing sustained monthly improvements as margin enhancement, cost control and volume growth combine to drive profitability.

Our cash position has been closely managed through the turnaround programme, following the facility agreement with Aurelius in H2 2018. The business is now cash generative.

1 Underlying (loss) before taxation is defined as reported (loss) before taxation before non-underlying items and is included as an alternative performance measure in order to aid users in understanding the ongoing performance of the Group.

Turnaround Plan

The Executive Team developed a three phase turnaround plan in June 2018. The plan had clearly defined projects and milestones designed to stabilise the business in 2018, before returning it to profitability in 2019 and then accelerating growth in 2020.

The first phase of the turnaround plan was completed at the end of 2018 and successfully stabilised the business; taking legal action to address the NIAMAC legal case, putting in place financing to support the turnaround whilst establishing a new Board and strengthening the Executive team. We reached an early out of court settlement with NIAMAC, albeit after significant costs were incurred due to the scale and complexity of the legal action. Concurrently, new funding was quickly put in place and a series of highly experienced appointments were made to rebuild the Board and to bolster the Executive Team.

The second phase of the turnaround plan has been progressing well, with the central aim of restoring profitability to the business in a way that is balanced between cost effective revenue growth alongside the need for compliance. The key elements of phase two of our plan have been;

Embedding Regulatory Compliance and Health and Safety: Safestyle operates in an increasingly regulated industry and this requires a robust approach to our ways of working. The need to upgrade our systems and processes was clear from the fines received during 2017 and 2018 relating to historic Advertising, Communications, Health & Safety and Trading Standards issues. The Board and Executive Team are determined to establish best practice in this new operating context through working collaboratively with the relevant regulators.

Good progress was made in H1 2019, governed by a new Compliance Team and supported, in particular, by close engagement with West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS). Actions have encompassed the development and delivery of new training for staff, the introduction of new feedback processes, new controls and processes and regular case reviews.

The introduction of GDPR has continued to drive significant change in our sales and lead generation operations. The resulting new policies and practices have increased cost and reduced growth during H1. However, as an Executive Team, we are determined to embed robust compliance across the business, in order to eliminate regulatory issues and build a solid foundation for long term growth.

Improving Margins: During 2018, margins were negatively impacted by a number of factors. These include commission costs which rose due to the competitive landscape, increased digital lead generation costs and higher overheads due to investment in compliance, customer service and IT systems. During H1, progress was made on most of these elements, however digital lead costs did not reduce as expected, with continuing competitive pressure sustaining the increasing cost trend of recent years.

The business continued to take selective price increases in H1 while the increases implemented in H2 2018 continue to flow through to the benefit of gross profit in H1 2019. We are focussed on maintaining our competitive position as the lowest cost national player in the category.

Operational effectiveness and cost: Significant additional costs were added to the business from late 2017. During H1 2019, we firmly addressed our cost base which will deliver annualised savings in excess of GBP2m versus 2018 exit rates. This has included the removal of additional layers of management and a number of specific senior management positions. The business has also responded well to improved financial controls with savings being generated widely across the business including fuel costs, property maintenance, material suppliers, fleet costs and sourcing.

During the period, we established project teams and gained momentum on a number of critical KPIs that had deteriorated since 2017. These include 'Right First Time' installation, the number of remakes and mis-measures and cancellation rates. These projects will continue into H2 and will be supported by embedded processes and metrics as we move into 2020.

Our Digital Transformation programme, delivered in 2018 despite the challenging context, remains the largest single change since the business was listed. The pace of change has continued with the introduction of new technology into our Telephone Canvass and Sales call centres. Work to embed and leverage this technology continues with benefits now being delivered.

One of our largest opportunities continues to be the levelling up of branch and sales rep performance enabled by targeted training. The prevalence of detailed performance data is transforming our ability to drive this and offers benefits that will flow through over coming years.

Rebuilding our staff & self-employed workforce: The business experienced a rapid loss of self-employed agents across canvass, sales and installations during H1 2018. These numbers have now substantially recovered with a 32% increase in canvassers, a 20% increase in sales reps and an 11% increase in installation teams versus the end of H1 2018. The business has worked to balance our self-employed workforce to support our ability to both fit current written sales and serve the regions cost effectively.

In addition to addressing headcount numbers, H1 2019 saw significant training activity aimed at improving the skills and capabilities of our self-employed agents. A new sales rep induction programme was launched and all installation teams received customer service training. These initiatives have been supported with improved communication, monitoring tools and regular customer feedback for installation teams. Further developments, such as a new App for door canvassers, are also planned for H2 2019.

Delivering Growth: Supported by increased headcount, revenue grew by 6.4% versus H1 2018 and by 15.3% versus H2 2018. Good growth on Media-generated business was supported by a limited TV campaign in H1. The business has also achieved growth through internal telephone canvassing, despite significant changes to our working practices.

The growth from our door canvass lead generation activities of 22.3% versus H1 2018 has been limited by a range of changes to our practices aimed at focusing our teams on compliance and established best practice. The business remains committed to growing our strong and highly professional door canvass force as a sustainable source of competitive advantage, unlocking latent consumer demand.

Outlook

The focus for H2 2019 remains phase two of our turnaround plan, recovering the business to sustainable levels of profitability to then achieve an acceleration of our growth in 2020. The business has made significant progress in H1 whilst also managing huge internal changes driven by new compliance requirements and the implementation of new technology. Combined, the work being done now will establish strong foundations for our future growth, building on the powerful and simple business model that has been successful in the past.

Our current performance trajectory is showing the results of the turnaround plan and points to further progress in our financial results in 2020.

Mike Gallacher

Chief Executive Officer

19 September 2019

Financial Review

 
                             6 months ended June 2019                  6 months ended June 2018 
                       Underlying   Non-underlying      Total    Underlying   Non-underlying      Total    Change in 
                                             items                                     items              underlying % 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Financials                GBP000           GBP000     GBP000        GBP000           GBP000     GBP000 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Revenue                   64,413                      64,413        60,539                      60,539           6.4% 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Cost of sales           (47,771)                    (47,771)      (45,970)                    (45,970)         (3.9%) 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Gross Profit              16,642                      16,642        14,569                      14,569          14.2% 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Other Operating 
  Expenses               (16,745)          (1,649)   (18,394)      (17,986)          (2,241)   (20,227)           6.9% 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Operating (Loss)           (103)          (1,649)    (1,752)       (3,417)          (2,241)    (5,658)          97.0% 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Finance Income                 1                           1            12                          12 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Finance Costs              (728)                       (728)           (5)                         (5) 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 (Loss) Before 
  Taxation                  (830)          (1,649)    (2,479)       (3,410)          (2,241)    (5,651)          75.7% 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Taxation                                                 170                                       933 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 (Loss) for the 
  Year                                                (2,309)                                   (4,718) 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Basic EPS (pence 
  per share)                                           (2.8p)                                    (5.7p) 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Diluted EPS (pence 
  per share)                                           (2.8p)                                    (5.7p) 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Cash and Cash 
  equivalents                                           5,374                                     4,582 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Loan facility                                        (6,016)                                         - 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 Net (debt) / 
  cash(1)                                               (642)                                     4,582 
                     ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 
                                                  Change 
 KPIs                        H1 2019   H1 2018         % 
 Average Order Value 
  (GBP inc VAT)                3,304     3,388    (2.5%) 
                            --------  --------  -------- 
 Average Frame Price 
  (GBP inc VAT)                  669       616      8.6% 
                            --------  --------  -------- 
 Frames installed - units     98,966    99,491    (0.5%) 
                            --------  --------  -------- 
 Orders installed             24,029    21,724     10.6% 
                            --------  --------  -------- 
 Frames per order               4.12      4.58   (10.1%) 
                            --------  --------  -------- 
 

Financial and KPI headlines

-- Frames installed of 98,966 consistent with H1 2018 of 99,491 and represents a 16.9% improvement on H2 2018.

   --     Orders installed increased by 10.6% to 24,029 installations. 

-- Average frame price improved by 8.6% to GBP669 as a result of price actions in H2 2018 and a larger mix of higher average-priced composite guard doors which increased to over 10% of all frames in H1 2019 (H1 2018: 8%).

-- Revenue increased by 6.4% to GBP64.4m, which is largely driven by the increased average frame price, partially offset by marginally lower volumes and higher consumer finance subsidy costs.

-- Gross profit increased by GBP2.1m (14.2%) to GBP16.6m due to the increase in revenue described above along with reduced costs across commissions, access solutions and installation-related materials. An increase in lead generation costs (specifically in digital media) partially offset these cost reductions.

-- Underlying other operating expenses(2) reduced by 6.9% to GBP16.7m. Reduced investment in TV advertising, all of which was reinvested into digital channel lead generation, represents the largest component of this change versus H1 2018. The adoption of IFRS 16 Leases reduces underlying other operating expenses(2) by GBP0.3m with a corresponding increased interest charge of GBP0.3m as described below.

-- Reported other operating expenses reduced by 9.1% to GBP18.4m with the decrease, in addition to the reasons above, also largely attributable to the reduction in non-recurring costs. For H1 2019, these consist of restructuring costs and right-of-use asset impairment linked to actions taken as part of the cost reduction initiatives of phase two of the turnaround plan.

-- Finance costs have increased as a result of the costs of the borrowing facilities secured in October 2018 and there is also GBP0.3m of interest on lease liabilities following the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases.

-- Underlying (loss) before taxation(3) was a loss of GBP(0.8)m (H1 2018: loss of GBP(3.4)m) which represents an improvement of GBP2.6m (75.7%).

-- Non-underlying items were GBP1.6m for the period (H1 2018: GBP2.2m), full details of which are provided on the following pages of this Financial Review.

-- Reported (loss) before taxation was a loss of GBP(2.5)m (H1 2018: loss of GBP(5.7)m) with the impact attributable to the recovery in profitability due to the improved trading and margin performance, coupled with the decrease in non-recurring costs versus H1 2018.

-- Net (debt) / cash(1) was GBP(0.6)m versus net cash of GBP4.6m the end of H1 2018 and GBP0.3m at 31 December 2018.

-- At 30 June 2019, assets and liabilities have been grossed up by GBP7.5m and GBP7.7m respectively following the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases. The impact on Underlying (loss) before taxation(3) and Reported (loss) before taxation is GBP0.0m.

References

1 Net (debt) / cash is cash and cash equivalents less loan facility

(2) Underlying other operating expenses are defined in the 'Underlying performance measures' section below and the reconciliation between this measure and the GAAP measure is shown in the 'Financials' table at the front of this Financial Review

(3) Underlying (loss) before taxation is defined in the 'Underlying performance measures' section below and the reconciliation between this measure and the GAAP measure is shown in the 'Financials' table at the front of this Financial Review

Underlying performance measures

Adjusted measures of underlying other operating expenses and underlying (loss) before taxation have been presented as the primary measures of financial performance. Adoption of these measures means that non-underlying items are excluded to enable a meaningful evaluation of the performance of the Group compared to prior periods.

Non-underlying items consist of non-recurring costs, share-based payments and Commercial Agreement amortisation. A full breakdown of these items is shown below. Non-recurring costs are excluded because they are not expected to repeat in future years. These costs are therefore not included in the Group's primary performance measures as they would distort how the performance and progress of the Group is assessed and evaluated.

Share-based payments are subject to volatility and fluctuation and are excluded from the primary performance measures as such changes year to year would again potentially distort the evaluation of the Group's performance period to period.

Finally, Commercial Agreement amortisation is excluded from the primary performance measures because the Board believes that exclusion of this enables a better evaluation of the Group's underlying performance year to year.

These alternative measures are entirely consistent with how the Board monitors the financial performance of the Group.

Impact of reporting under IFRS 16 Leases

In these interim results, the Group has reported under IFRS 16 Leases for the first time. This has resulted in a material grossing up of the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position with the recognition of right-of-use assets and corresponding lease liabilities for all qualifying leased vehicles, equipment and property.

The underlying (loss) before taxation has not been significantly impacted by this change as the right-of-use asset depreciation and interest charged on the lease liability is offset by rental charges no longer recognised.

There have also been no changes in the reported overall net cash flows for the period although operating cash inflows and financing cash outflows have both increased as described in the "Net (debt) / cash and cashflow section" further on in this Financial Review.

The financial impact of IFRS 16 has been to increase underlying operating profit by GBP0.3m and increase finance costs by the same amount resulting in a net impact of GBP0.0m. On the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, the right-of-use asset recognised at 30 June 2019 is GBP7.5m and the corresponding lease liability recognised is GBP7.7m. An additional GBP2.0m of depreciation has been charged in the period and an incremental interest charge of GBP0.3m has also been expensed, largely offset by GBP2.3m of rental charges no longer recognised.

See note 4 for further analysis of the impact of this change on the financial statements.

Revenue

Revenue for the period was GBP64.4m compared to GBP60.5m last year, representing an increase of 6.4%. The key performance drivers were as follows:

-- The average frame price increased by 8.6% to GBP669 (H1 2018: GBP616), which is a result of price increases that were predominantly made in H2 2018 alongside the impact of an increased mix of higher value composite doors which exceeded 10% of all frames installed in H1 2019.

-- This favourable average price impact was partially offset by an increase in uptake of our consumer finance products and a higher proportion of our industry leading 3 year 0% option, the impact of which is deducted from revenue.

-- The increased mix of composite doors was also the main factor behind changes in the Group's other operational KPIs. The volume of orders installed increased from 21,724 to 24,029, representing an increase of 10.6%. However, the number of frames installed was consistent with the prior year and therefore the number of frames per order declined by 10.1% to 4.12 frames per order (H1 2018: 4.58). This trend of fewer frames per order largely reflects more consumers opting for a higher-value composite door as part of their order with average order value including VAT declining slightly by 2.5% to GBP3,304 (H1 2018: GBP3,388).

-- Finally, versus H2 2018, by way of demonstrating progress, revenue and the KPIs for average order value, frames and orders installed and average frames per order have all increased.

Gross profit

Gross profit increased by 14.2% in the period to GBP16.6m (H1 2018: GBP14.6m). Gross margin percentage increased to 25.8% (H1 2018: 24.1%).

Volume was consistent versus H1 2018 and the key drivers of the improved gross profit and margin represent the impact of actions taken as part of the turnaround plan which are partially offset by increased lead generation costs as described below:

-- The increased average frame price and mix of composite doors are the largest contributors to the gross profit and gross margin improvement.

-- In addition, as part of the turnaround plan, the Group has improved many of its cost ratios across commissions, access solutions and other direct cost areas that increased during 2018 and further progress in these areas is expected in H2.

-- All lead channels have achieved growth versus H1 2018. However, the costs of growing the number of leads and therefore orders have increased versus H1 2018. There has been continued increases in 'Pay Per Click' and other digital lead channel costs with competition to generate enquiries remaining high. These increases in lead generation costs within gross margin are partially offset by reduced spend in TV advertising investment which has contributed to a reduction in underlying operating expenses.

Underlying other operating expenses

Underlying other operating expenses decreased by 6.9% versus H1 2018. There were reductions in the amount invested in TV advertising versus H1 2018, which partially offset the increased investment in digital media lead generation channels referred to above.

Excluding the TV advertising reductions, all other operating expenses are GBP0.3m lower than the first half of last year with variances in specific areas as follows:

-- The adoption of IFRS 16 Leases reduces underlying other operating expenses by GBP0.3m with a corresponding increased interest charge of GBP0.3m as described above.

-- Salary and related costs decreased versus H1 2018 as the Group has simplified its organisational structure as part of the turnaround plan. The reductions will be larger in the second half of 2019 as the actions were phased across the first half of the year.

-- Recruitment costs have also reduced versus H1 2018 with the prior period incurring recruitment fees as part of the search for new senior management and executive directors.

   --      Depreciation increased due to factory and IT capital investment in the last 2 years. 

-- IT licensing and infrastructure costs have also increased versus H1 2018 which is a result of the Digital Transformation project and the rollout of technology across the branch network.

Underlying (loss) before taxation

Underlying (loss) before taxation was a loss of GBP(0.8)m in the period (H1 2018: a loss of GBP(3.4)m). This is before the non-underlying items described below.

Non-underlying items

A total of GBP1.6m has been separately treated as non-underlying items for the period (H1 2018: GBP2.2m). The current period includes restructuring costs of GBP0.6m and impairment of right-of-use assets of GBP0.5m following closure of an installation branch and a sales office in the period. In addition, there was a GBP0.3m shared based payment charge (H1 2018: credit of GBP0.6m) and GBP0.2m of Commercial Agreement (Intangible Asset) amortisation in the period.

The prior period included costs of GBP1.1m related to the NIAMAC litigation and a fine from the HSE of GBP0.9m following prosecution for a working at height accident in March 2017.

The table below shows the full breakdown of all items:

 
                                       H1 2019   H1 2018 
                                        GBP000    GBP000 
                                      --------  -------- 
 Litigation costs                            -     1,093 
                                      --------  -------- 
 Restructuring and operational 
  costs                                    571       417 
                                      --------  -------- 
 Fines                                       -       859 
                                      --------  -------- 
 Onerous leases                              -       468 
                                      --------  -------- 
 Impairment of right-of-use assets         524         - 
                                      --------  -------- 
 
 Total non-recurring costs (note 
  5)                                     1,095     2,837 
                                      --------  -------- 
 
 Commercial Agreement amortisation         226         - 
                                      --------  -------- 
 Equity-settled share based payment 
  charges / (credit)                       328     (596) 
                                      --------  -------- 
 
 Total non-underlying items              1,649     2,241 
                                      --------  -------- 
 

Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share for the period were a loss of (2.8)p compared to a loss of (5.7)p in H1 2018. The basis for these calculations is detailed in note 6.

Net (debt) / cash(1) and cashflow

As reported at the year-end, the Group secured a GBP7.5m committed finance facility in October 2018 as part of phase one of its turnaround plan, which will remain in place until October 2020. GBP4.5m of the facility, being that of a term loan, was drawn on completion of the deal and at the half year-end, GBP2m of the available GBP3m revolving credit facility was also drawn.

At the end of the period, cash and cash equivalents were GBP5.4m (H1 2018: GBP4.2m). After deducting the loan facility of GBP6.0m, which is stated net of arrangement fees, net (debt)/cash(1) of the Group was GBP(0.6)m at the end of the year which is an increase in net debt since the year-end of GBP0.9m.

Net cash inflow / (outflow) from operating activities, including the cashflow impact of non-underlying items and the amended treatment of leases now classified as right-of-use assets following the adoption of IFRS 16, was an inflow of GBP1.6m (H1 2018: outflow of GBP(5.0)m). This positive cash inflow for the period included receipt of GBP2.5m of corporation tax which was recognised at the year-end following the Group's losses in 2018.

However, incorporating the cash outflow for payment of right-of-use assets, which is now disclosed outside of operating activity movements, the inflow from operating activities for the period becomes an outflow of GBP(0.5)m which is then directly comparable with the prior period outflow from operating activities of GBP(5.0)m.

Capital expenditure in the first half of GBP0.3m was significantly lower than the prior period of GBP1.4m. Investment has continued, albeit at a lower quantum and selectively, largely focussed on the development of our Electronic Lead and Electronic Contract platforms that were rolled out during 2018.

As described above, a GBP2.0m drawdown of the revolving credit facility was also made before the end of the period.

No dividends were paid in either period and the combined movements above resulted in a net cash inflow in the period of GBP1.2m (H1 2018: outflow of GBP(6.4)m).

References

1 Net (debt) / cash is cash and cash equivalents less loan facility

Dividends

The Board is not declaring an interim dividend for this year (2018: GBPnil per share).

R Neale

Chief Financial Officer

19 September 2019

Consolidated Income Statement

 
                                               Unaudited      Unaudited       Audited 
                                     Note       6 months       6 months     12 months 
                                                   ended          ended         ended 
                                            30 June 2019   30 June 2018   31 December 
                                                                                 2018 
                                                  GBP000         GBP000        GBP000 
 
  Revenue                                         64,413         60,539       116,426 
  Cost of sales                                 (47,771)       (45,970)      (90,549) 
 
  Gross profit                                    16,642         14,569        25,877 
  Other operating expenses                      (18,394)       (20,227)      (42,004) 
 
  Operating (loss)                               (1,752)        (5,658)      (16,127) 
  Finance income                                       1             12             7 
  Finance costs                                    (728)            (5)         (142) 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------ 
  Net Finance Costs                                (727)              7         (135) 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------ 
  (Loss) before taxation                         (2,479)        (5,651)      (16,262) 
                                           -------------  -------------  ------------ 
 
  Underlying (loss) before 
   taxation before non-recurring 
   costs, Commercial Agreement 
   amortisation and share 
   based payments                                  (830)        (3,410)       (8,744) 
 
  Non-recurring costs                5           (1,095)        (2,837)       (7,817) 
  Commercial Agreement 
   amortisation                                    (226)              -          (75) 
  Share based payments               8             (328)            596           374 
 
  (Loss) before taxation                         (2,479)        (5,651)      (16,262) 
 
 
 
 
  Taxation                           7               170            933         2,964 
 
  (Loss) for the period                          (2,309)        (4,718)      (13,298) 
                                           =============  =============  ============ 
 
  (Loss) earnings per 
   share 
  Basic (pence per share)            6            (2.8p)         (5.7p)       (16.1p) 
  Diluted (pence per 
   share)                            6            (2.8p)         (5.7p)       (16.1p) 
 

There is no other comprehensive income for the period.

All operations were continuing throughout all periods.

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 
                                              Unaudited      Unaudited       Audited 
                                    Note       6 months       6 months     12 months 
                                                  ended          ended         ended 
                                           30 June 2019   30 June 2018   31 December 
                                                                                2018 
                                                 GBP000         GBP000        GBP000 
 Assets 
 Intangible assets - Trademarks                     504            504           504 
 Intangible assets - Goodwill                    20,758         20,758        20,758 
 Intangible assets - Software                     1,783          1,038         1,346 
 Intangible assets - Other                        1,962              -         2,188 
 Property, plant and equipment                   12,980         15,151        14,213 
 Right-of-use assets                4             7,488              -             - 
 Deferred taxation asset                            693             28           693 
 
 Non-current assets                              46,168         37,479        39,702 
 
 Inventories                                      2,727          2,848         2,416 
 Trade and other receivables                      6,880          5,118         4,478 
 Current taxation asset                               -            933         2,287 
 Cash and cash equivalents                        5,374          4,582         4,163 
 
 Current assets                                  14,981         13,481        13,344 
 
 Total assets                                    61,149         50,960        53,046 
                                          =============  =============  ============ 
 
 Equity 
 Called up share capital                            828            828           828 
 Share premium account                           81,845         81,845        81,845 
 Profit and loss account                         11,366         19,398        13,347 
 Common control transaction 
  reserve                                      (66,527)       (66,527)      (66,527) 
 
                                                 27,512         35,544        29,493 
 Liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                        15,564         13,342        15,286 
 Lease liabilities                  4             3,432              -             - 
 Deferred taxation liability                         53             90            53 
 Provision for liabilities 
  and charges                                       857            576         1,123 
 
 Current liabilities                             19,906         14,008        16,462 
 
 Provision for liabilities 
  and charges                                     3,468          1,408         3,188 
 Lease liabilites                   4             4,247              -             - 
 Borrowing facility                               6,016              -         3,903 
 
 Non-current liabilities                         13,731          1,408         7,091 
 
 Total liabilities                               33,637         15,416        23,553 
 
 Total equity and liabilities                    61,149         50,960        53,046 
                                          =============  =============  ============ 
 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 
                                     Share      Share      Profit         Common     Total 
                                   capital    premium    and loss        control    equity 
                                                          account    transaction 
                                                                         reserve 
                                    GBP000     GBP000      GBP000         GBP000    GBP000 
 
 
 Balance at 30 June 2018               828     81,845      19,398       (66,527)    35,544 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  (loss) for the period                  -          -     (8,580)              -   (8,580) 
 
 Transactions with owners 
  recorded directly in 
  equity: 
 Equity settled share 
  based payment transactions             -          -         222              -       222 
 Deferred taxation asset 
  taken to reserves                      -          -          44              -        44 
 Equity settled Commercial 
  Agreement                              -          -       2,263              -     2,263 
                                 ---------  ---------  ----------  -------------  -------- 
 Balance at 31 December 
  2018                                 828     81,845      13,347       (66,527)    29,493 
                                 ---------  ---------  ----------  -------------  -------- 
 
 Total comprehensive 
  (loss) for the period                  -          -     (2,309)              -   (2,309) 
 
 Transactions with owners 
  recorded directly in 
  equity: 
 Equity settled share 
  based payment transactions             -          -         328              -       328 
 Balance at 30 June 2019               828     81,845      11,366       (66,527)    27,512 
                                 =========  =========  ==========  =============  ======== 
 
 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                                                Unaudited          Unaudited               Audited 
                                                           6 months ended     6 months ended             12 months 
                                                                                                             ended 
                                                 Note        30 June 2019       30 June 2018      31 December 2018 
                                                                   GBP000             GBP000                GBP000 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 (Loss) for the period                                            (2,309)            (4,718)              (13,298) 
 Adjustments for: 
 Depreciation of plant, property and equipment                        850                829                 1,715 
 Depreciation and impairment of right-of-use 
  assets                                          4                 2,490                  -                     - 
 Amortisation of intangible fixed assets                              433                125                   400 
 Finance income                                                       (1)                (7)                   (7) 
 Finance expense                                                      440                  -                   142 
 IFRS 16 Finance expense                          4                   287                  -                     - 
 Loss on sale of plant, property and equipment                          -                 43                    42 
 Equity settled share based payments charge / 
  (credit)                                                            328              (596)                 (374) 
 Taxation (credit)                                                  (170)              (933)               (2,964) 
                                                       ------------------   ----------------   ------------------- 
                                                                    2,348            (5,257)              (14,344) 
 (Increase) / decrease in inventories                               (311)              (816)                 (384) 
 (Increase) / decrease in trade and other 
  receivables                                                     (2,402)              (559)                    81 
 Increase in trade and other payables                                 278              2,478                 4,422 
 Increase / (decrease) in provisions                                   14               (45)                 2,282 
 IFRS 16 reclassification of prepaid lease 
  costs                                           4                 (428)                  -                     - 
                                                       ------------------   ----------------   ------------------- 
                                                                  (2,849)              1,058                 6,401 
 Other interest paid                                                (327)                  -                 (142) 
                                                       ------------------                      ------------------- 
                                                                    (327)                  -                 (142) 
 Taxation received / (paid)                                         2,457              (776)                 (757) 
 Net cash inflow / (outflow) from operating 
  activities                                                        1,629            (4,975)               (8,842) 
                                                       ------------------   ----------------   ------------------- 
 
 Cash flows from investing activities 
 Acquisition of property, plant and equipment                        (28)              (804)               (1,028) 
 Acquisition of subsidiary                                              -                  -                  (30) 
 Interest received                                                      1                  7                     7 
 Proceeds from sale of property, plant and 
  equipment                                                             -                 28                    33 
 Acquisition of intangible fixed assets                             (231)              (649)                 (855) 
 Net cash outflow from investing activities                         (258)            (1,418)               (1,873) 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from loans and borrowings                                 2,000                  -                 3,903 
 Payment of right-of-use leases                   4               (2,160)                  -                     - 
 Net cash (outflow) / inflow from financing 
  activities                                                        (160)                                    3,903 
 
 Net inflow / (outflow) in cash and cash 
  equivalents                                                       1,211            (6,393)               (6,812) 
 Cash and cash equivalents at start of period                       4,163             10,975                10,975 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                         5,374              4,582                 4,163 
                                                       ==================   ================   =================== 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes to the interim financial information

   1              General information 

The condensed interim financial information set out herein is in respect of Safestyle UK plc and its subsidiaries (the Group) for the period ended 30 June 2019.

Safestyle UK plc is a public listed company incorporated in Jersey. The registered office address of Safestyle UK plc is 47 Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 0BD.

The unaudited interim financial report for the half year ended 30 June 2019 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in s435 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 were prepared in accordance with IFRS and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditor on those financial statements was unmodified. In this report, the comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2018 have been audited. The comparative figures for the half year ended 30 June 2018 are unaudited.

The company is not required to present parent company information.

   2              Basis of preparation 

The condensed consolidated interim financial information for the period ended 30 June 2019 has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting' as adopted by the European Union.

Selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in financial position and performance of the Group since the last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2018.

The condensed consolidated interim financial information should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2018 which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union.

The accounting policies adopted in the condensed interim financial information are consistent with those set out in the financial statements for the period ended 31 December 2018, except for changes as a result of the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases on 1 January 2019.

   3              Going concern 

The financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis which the directors believe to be appropriate for the following reasons.

The Group made a statutory loss of GBP2.3m in the 6 months to 30 June 2019 (FY18: GBP13.3m loss). The Group entered into a two year financing arrangement on 26 October 2018 for GBP7.5m. As at 30 June 2019, the GBP4.5m term loan was fully drawn on the facility and GBP2.0m of the revolving credit facility has also been drawn. The Group had net debt of (GBP0.6m) as at 30 Jun 2019 (Dec 2018: GBP0.3m net cash). This increase in net debt since the year-end was expected.

The Directors have prepared forecasts covering the period to December 2020. The 2019 forecast includes a number of assumptions in relation to sales volume growth and margin improvements which captures up to date performance metrics. The Directors have considered reasonably possible downside scenarios which it believes can be offset by mitigating actions within the control of management including reductions in areas of discretionary spend.

Based on the above, whilst recognising the challenges in the turnaround plan, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group and company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and therefore continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the interim financial statements.

   4              Significant accounting policies 

Accounting estimates and judgements

In preparing this condensed consolidated interim financial report, significant judgements and estimates made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2018, except for the new significant judgements related to lessee accounting under IFRS 16, which are described in the note below.

Impairment

The carrying amounts of the Group's assets, other than inventories and deferred taxation assets are reviewed at each balance sheet date to determine whether there is any indication of impairment. If any such indicators exist, the asset's recoverable amount is estimated.

For goodwill, assets that have an indefinite useful life and intangible assets that are not yet available for use, the recoverable amount is estimated at each balance sheet date.

An impairment loss is recognised whenever the carrying amount of an asset or its cash-generating unit exceeds its recoverable amount. Impairment losses are recognised in the income statement.

Impairment losses recognised (not relating to other intangible assets specifically) are allocated first to reduce the carrying amount of any goodwill allocated to the cash-generating unit and then, to reduce the carrying amount of the other assets in the unit on a pro rata basis. A cash-generating unit is the group of assets identified on acquisition that generate cash inflows that are largely independent of the cash inflows from other assets or groups of assets.

The recoverable amount of assets or the cash-generating unit is the greater of their fair value less costs to sell and value in use. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present value using a pre-taxation discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the asset. For an asset that does not generate largely independent cash inflows, the recoverable amount is determined for the cash-generating unit to which the asset belongs.

An impairment loss in respect of goodwill is not reversed. In respect of other assets, an impairment loss is reversed if there has been a change in the estimates used to determine the recoverable amount.

An impairment loss is reversed only to the extent that the asset's carrying amount does not exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined, net of depreciation or amortisation, if no impairment loss had been recognised.

The Directors have completed their estimation of the recoverable amount and have concluded that there is no impairment of the Group's assets at 30 June 2019.

Changes in significant accounting policies

IFRS 16 Leases

Previously, the Group determined at contract inception whether an arrangement was or contained a lease under IFRIC 4 Determining Whether an Arrangement contains a Lease. The Group now assesses whether a contract is or contains a lease based on the new definition of a lease. Under IFRS 16, a contract is, or contains a lease, if the contract conveys a right to control the use of an identified asset for a period of time in exchange for consideration.

On transition to IFRS 16, the Group elected to apply the practical expedient to continue to apply the outcome of the assessments made under IAS 17 of which transactions are leases. It applied IFRS 16 only to contracts that were previously identified as leases. Contracts that were not identified as leases under IAS 17 and IFRIC 4 were not reassessed. The definition of a lease under IFRS 16 has been applied only to contracts entered into or changed on or after 1 January 2019.

Previously, the Group classified property leases as operating leases under IAS 17. At transition, for leases classified as operating leases under IAS 17, lease liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payment, discounted at the Group's incremental borrowing rate as at 1 January 2019. Right-of-use assets are measured at an amount equal to the lease liability and adjusted for any prepayment in place.

The Group used the following practical expedients when applying IFRS 16 to leases previously classified as operating leases under IAS 17.

- Applied the exemption not to recognise right-of-use assets and liabilities for leases with less than 12 months of lease term.

- Used hindsight when determining the lease term if the contract contains options to extend or terminate the lease.

- Safestyle has decided to rely on its view of whether leases are onerous applying IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets immediately before the date of initial application as an alternative to perform an impairment review.

The Group leases motor vehicles and plant and equipment. These leases were classified as operating leases under IAS 17. For these leases, the carrying amount of the right-of-use asset and the lease liability at 1 January 2019 were determined at the carrying amount of the lease liability under IAS 17 immediately before that date.

Impact on financial statements

On transition to IFRS 16, the Group recognised additional right-of-use assets and additional lease liabilities. The impact on transition is summarised below.

 
                                                                                                 1 Jan 2019 
  Right-of-use assets presented in property, 
   plant and equipment                                                                               GBP000 
        Property, plant and equipment                                                                 6,110 
        Motor 
         vehicles                                                                                     3,360 
        Plant & Equipment                                                                               293 
  Right-of-use 
   assets                                                                                             9,763 
 
  Lease liabilities 
        Property, plant and equipment                                                                 5,771 
        Motor 
         vehicles                                                                                     3,271 
        Plant & Equipment                                                                               293 
  Lease liabilities                                                                                   9,335 
 
  Reconciliation between assets and liabilities 
   at transition: 
  Lease liabilities                                                                                   9,335 
  Prepayments relating to IFRS 16 Leases 
   at 31 December 2018                                                                                  428 
  Right-of-use 
   assets                                                                                             9,763 
 
  When measuring lease liabilities for leases that were 
   classified as operating leases, the Group 
  discounted lease payments using its incremental borrowing 
   rate at 1 January 2019. 
  The rate applied is 7%. 
                                                                                               GBP000 
  Operating lease commitment at 31 December 2018 
   as disclosed in the Group's consolidated financial 
   statements                                                                                        12,470 
 
 Discounted using the incremental borrowing rate 
  at 1 January 2019                                                                             9,558 
 Finance lease liabilities recognised as at 31 
  December 2018                                                                                   - 
   - Recognition exemption for leases with less 
    than 12 months lease term at transition                                                   (12) 
   - Recognition exemption for onerous leases 
    identified at 1 January 2019                                                             (211) 
  Lease liabilities recognised 
   at 1 January 2019                                                                         9,335 
 
 

Impact for the period

As a result of initially applying IFRS 16, in relation to the leases that were previously classified as operating leases, the Group recognised GBP9,763k right-of-use assets and GBP9,335k of liabilities as at 1 January 2019.

Also, in relation to those leases under IFRS 16, the Group has recognised depreciation and interest costs, instead of operating lease expense. During the six months ended 30 June 2019, the Group recognised GBP1,965k of depreciation charges and GBP288k of interest costs from these leases. The P&L impact of adopting IFRS 16 versus IAS 17 is a cost reduction of GBP9k.

 
                                    Motor 
                   Properties    Vehicles   Equipment     Total 
                  -----------  ----------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Assets                GBP000      GBP000      GBP000    GBP000 
 1 January 2019         6,110       3,360         293     9,763 
 Additions                  0         215           0       215 
 Depreciation           (592)     (1,294)        (80)   (1,966) 
 Impairment             (524)           0           0     (524) 
 30 June 2019           4,994       2,281         213     7,488 
 
 
 
 Liabilities           GBP000      GBP000      GBP000    GBP000 
 1 January 2019         5,771       3,271         293     9,335 
 Payment                (759)     (1,316)        (85)   (2,160) 
 Interest                 189          90           8       287 
 Additions                  0         217           0       217 
 30 June 2019           5,201       2,262         216     7,679 
 
 
 Liabilities classification    GBP000   GBP000   GBP000   GBP000 
 Current (<1 year)              1,323    1,958      151    3,432 
 Long term (>1 year)            3,879      303       65    4,247 
                                5,202    2,261      216    7,679 
 
   5              Non-recurring costs 
 
                                       Unaudited      Unaudited           Audited 
                                        6 months       6 months   12 months ended 
                                           ended          ended 
                                    30 June 2019   30 June 2018       31 December 
                                                                             2018 
 Non-recurring costs consist 
  of the following:                       GBP000         GBP000            GBP000 
 
 Litigation costs                              -          1,093             1,912 
 Restructuring and operational 
  costs                                      571            417             1,167 
 Product guarantee provision                   -              -               801 
 Fines                                         -            859             1,079 
 Onerous leases                                -            468               294 
 Impairment of right-of-use                  524              -                 - 
  assets 
 Dilapidations provision                       -              -               618 
 Non-recurring pay awards                      -              -               635 
 Commercial Agreement service 
  fee                                          -              -             1,000 
 Commercial Agreement costs                    -              -               311 
 
                                           1,095          2,837             7,817 
                                   -------------  -------------  ---------------- 
 

Restructuring costs are expenses incurred, including redundancy payments, as a result of changes being made to reduce the cost structure of the business.

Impairment of right-of-use assets relates to the closure of properties identified as right-of-use assets during the period. These would previously have been treated as an onerous lease charge pre the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases.

For further detail on the 2018 non-recurring charges, please refer to the 2018 Annual Report.

   6       Earnings per share 
 
                                  Unaudited      Unaudited           Audited 
                                   6 months       6 months   12 months ended 
                                      ended          ended 
                               30 June 2019   30 June 2018       31 December 
                                                                        2018 
 (Loss) per share (pence)             (2.8)          (5.7)            (16.1) 
 Diluted (loss) per share 
  (pence)                             (2.8)          (5.7)            (16.1) 
 
 

a) Basic earnings per share

 
 The calculation of basic earnings per share has been based on the 
  following profit attributable to ordinary shareholders and weighted-average 
  number of shares outstanding. 
                                          Unaudited       Unaudited            Audited 
                                           6 months        6 months    12 months ended 
                                              ended           ended 
                                       30 June 2019    30 June 2018        31 December 
                                                                                  2018 
                                             GBP000          GBP000             GBP000 
 
 (Loss) attributable to 
  ordinary shareholders                     (2,309)         (4,718)           (13,298) 
                                    ===============  ==============  ================= 
 
 Weighted-average number 
  of ordinary shares (basic) 
 
                                       No of shares    No of shares       No of shares 
                                               '000            '000               '000 
 
 In issue during the period                  82,809          82,809             82,809 
                                    ===============  ==============  ================= 
 

b) Diluted earnings per share

 
 Due to the net loss for the period, diluted loss per share is 
  the same as basic. 
 
  The calculation of diluted earnings per share has been based on 
  the following profit attributable to ordinary shareholders and 
  weighted-average number of ordinary shares outstanding after adjustment 
  for the effects of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. 
 
                                         Unaudited       Unaudited         Audited 
                                          6 months        6 months       12 months 
                                             ended           ended           ended 
                                      30 June 2019    30 June 2018     31 December 
                                                                              2018 
                                            GBP000          GBP000          GBP000 
 
 (Loss) attributable to 
  ordinary shareholders                    (2,309)         (4,718)        (13,298) 
                                    ==============  ==============  ============== 
 
 
                                      No of shares    No of shares    No of shares 
                                              '000            '000            '000 
 
 Weighted-average number 
  of ordinary shares (basic)                82,809          82,809          82,809 
 Effect of conversion 
  of share options and 
  share consideration                        7,155             552           2,270 
 
 Weighted-average number 
  of ordinary shares (basic) 
  at period end                             89,964          83,361          85,079 
                                    ==============  ==============  ============== 
 
 The average market value of the Group's shares for the purpose 
  of calculating the dilutive effect of share options was based 
  on quoted market prices for the period during which the options 
  were outstanding. 
 
   7              Taxation 

The condensed interim financial information includes a tax credit based on management's best estimate of the full year effective tax rate based on expected full year statutory losses to 31 December 2019. The effective tax rate applied in the period was 6.9% (period ended 30 June 2018: 16.5%) which compares to the standard corporation tax rate of 19.0%. The main reason for the effective tax rate being lower than the standard rate is due to some of the non-recurring costs in the year being not deductible.

A reduction in the UK corporation tax rate from 21% to 20% (effective from 1 April 2015) was substantively enacted on 2 July 2013. Further reductions to 19% (effective from 1 April 2017) and to 18% (effective 1 April 2020) were substantively enacted on 26 October 2015, and an additional reduction to 17% (effective 1 April 2020) was substantively enacted on 6 September 2017. This will reduce the Group's future current tax charge accordingly. The deferred tax asset and liability at 30 June 2019 has been calculated based on these rates.

   8              Share based payments 

At 30 June 2019 the Group had the following share based payment arrangements:

LTIPS

The Group operates an equity-settled Long Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") remuneration scheme for Directors and certain management ("LTIP 2017", "LTIP 2018" & "LTIP 2019").

On 27th June 2019, 327,273 options were granted in addition to 820,375 options granted on 25th June 2019 ("LTIP 2019"). All schemes require a combination of specific performance based criteria and remaining an employee for a minimum period. The numbers of share options in existence during the year were as follows:

 
                              Unaudited               Unaudited                Audited 
                           6 months ended          6 months ended          12 months ended 
                            30 June 2019            30 June 2018          31 December 2018 
                           Number    Weighted      Number    Weighted      Number    Weighted 
                         of share     average    of share     average    of share     average 
                          options    exercise     options    exercise     options    exercise 
                                        price                   price                   price 
--------------------   ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Outstanding at 
  start of period       3,223,600     GBP0.17     907,359     GBP1.51     907,359     GBP1.51 
 Granted during 
  the year              1,147,648           -   1,333,333           -   2,788,163           - 
 Issued in the year             -           -           -           -           -           - 
 Cancelled in the 
  year                          -           -           -           -           -           - 
 Lapsed in the year     (580,390)     GBP0.93   (471,922)     GBP0.37   (471,922)     GBP0.37 
 Outstanding at 
  end of period         3,790,858           -   1,768,770     GBP0.30   3,223,600     GBP0.17 
 Exercisable at 
  end of period                 -           -           -           -           -           - 
---------------------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 

Options are valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. The following information is relevant in the determination of the fair value of the options granted during the period.

 
   LTIP 
                      LTIP 2019    LTIP 2019    LTIP 2018    LTIP 2018    LTIP 2018    LTIP 2017 
     Grant date      25/06/2019   27/06/2019   19/10/2018   15/08/2018   18/06/2018   10/04/2017 
     Vesting date    25/06/2022   27/06/2022   18/06/2021   18/06/2021   18/06/2021   10/04/2020 
     Lapsing date    25/06/2029   27/06/2029   19/10/2028   15/08/2028   18/06/2028   10/04/2027 
 
     Risk free 
      interest 
      rate                0.52%        0.56%        0.85%        0.75%        0.78%        0.15% 
     Expected 
      volatility         61.22%       60.79%       60.90%       51.90%       47.10%       33.60% 
     Expected 
      option life 
      (in years)           3.00         3.00         2.67         2.84         3.00         3.00 
     Weighted           GBP0.65      GBP0.65      GBP0.57      GBP0.33      GBP0.56      GBP3.04 
     average 
     share price 
     after adj 
     for PV of 
     dividends 
     Weighted           GBP0.00      GBP0.00      GBP0.00      GBP0.00      GBP0.00      GBP0.00 
     average 
     exercise 
     price 
     Weighted 
      average fair 
      value of 
      options 
      granted            65.00p       65.00p       56.60p       33.00p       55.90p      256.00p 
     Dividend 
      yield               0.00%        0.00%        0.00%        0.00%        0.00%        5.71% 
     Remaining 
      contractual 
      life                 9.99        10.00         9.31         9.13         8.97         7.78 
 

Prior to 2019, at the grant date there was limited share price history for the company on which to calculate volatility. Volatility was therefore estimated using both Safestyle and companies classified in the 'Home Improvement Retailers' subsector on the London Stock Exchange.

For 2019 options, there is a sufficiently long share price dataset over which to measure volatility for the LTIP Awards.

SAYE

On 7 June 2019 the company launched a new share save (SAYE) scheme ("SAYE 2019") in addition to the existing schemes ("SAYE 2017" and "SAYE 2018") for employees. All schemes allow employees to acquire a certain number of shares at a discount of 20% of the share price prior to the invitation to join the scheme, using amounts saved under a 'Save As You Earn' savings contract.

The numbers of share options in existence during the year were as follows:

 
 
                                      Unaudited                    Unaudited                     Audited 
                                   6 months ended               6 months ended               12 months ended 
                                    30 June 2019                 30 June 2018               31 December 2018 
                                        Number   Weighted         Number   Weighted               Number   Weighted 
                                      of share    average       of share    average             of share    average 
                                       options   exercise        options   exercise              options   exercise 
                                                    price                     price                           price 
---------------------      -------------------  ---------  -------------  ---------  -------------------  --------- 
 Outstanding at 
  start of period                      803,292    GBP0.57        204,125    GBP2.10              204,125    GBP2.10 
 Granted during 
  the year                             449,800          -        794,139    GBP0.66              794,139    GBP0.49 
 Issued in the year                          -          -              -          -                    -          - 
 Lapsed during the 
  period                             (225,550)    GBP0.59      (194,972)    GBP1.94            (194,972)    GBP1.92 
 Outstanding at 
  end of period                      1,027,542    GBP0.63        803,292    GBP0.73              803,292    GBP0.57 
 Exercisable at 
  end of period                              -          -              -          -                    -          - 
---------------------      -------------------  ---------  -------------  ---------  -------------------  --------- 
 
 

Options are valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. The following information is relevant in the determination of the fair value of the options granted during the year.

 
  SAYE 
                                             SAYE 2019    SAYE 2018    SAYE 2017 
   Grant date                               07/09/2019   08/05/2018   25/04/2017 
   Vesting date                             01/07/2022   01/06/2021   01/06/2020 
   Lapsing date                             01/01/2023   01/12/2021   01/12/2020 
 
   Risk free interest 
    rate                                         0.49%        0.92%        0.21% 
   Expected volatility                          59.24%       48.50%       34.17% 
   Expected option 
    life (in years)                               3.32         3.35         3.35 
   Weighted average share price after          GBP0.90      GBP0.59      GBP3.14 
    adjusting for PV of dividends 
   Weighted average                            GBP0.72      GBP0.49      GBP2.51 
    exercise price 
   Weighted average fair value 
    of options granted                          90.00p       24.70p       68.60p 
   Dividend yield                                0.00%        0.00%        5.53% 
   Remaining contractual 
    life                                          3.51         2.42         1.42 
 
 
   Prior to 2019, at the grant date there was a limited share prices 
   history for the company on which to calculate volatility. Volatility 
   was therefore estimated using both Safestyle and companies classified 
   in the "Home Improvement Retailers" subsector on the London Stock 
   Exchange. 
 
   For 2019 options, there is a sufficient long share price dataset 
   over which to measure volatility for the SAYE Options. 
 
   Alan Lovell Options 
 
   On 20 December 2018, as described in the 2018 Annual Report, the 
   Group issued 250,000 options to its Chairman, Alan Lovell. The 
   number of share options in existence during the year were as follows: 
 
                        Unaudited               Unaudited                Audited 
                      6 months ended          6 months ended          12 months ended 
                       30 June 2019            30 June 2018          31 December 2018 
                      Number    Weighted      Number    Weighted      Number    Weighted 
                    of share     average    of share     average    of share     average 
                     options    exercise     options    exercise     options    exercise 
                                   price                   price                   price 
  -------------   ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
   Outstanding 
   at 
   start of 
   period            250,000           -           -           -           -           - 
   Granted 
   during 
   the year                -           -           -           -     250,000           - 
   Issued in 
   the year                -           -           -           -           -           - 
   Cancelled in 
   the 
   year                    -           -           -           -           -           - 
   Lapsed in 
   the year                -           -           -           -           -           - 
   Outstanding 
    at 
    end of 
    period           250,000           -           -           -     250,000           - 
   Exercisable 
    at 
    end of 
    period                 -           -           -           -           -           - 
  --------------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Grant date                             20/12/2018   20/12/2010 
   Vesting date                           16/07/2021   16/07/2020 
   Lapsing date                           20/12/2028   20/12/2028 
 
   Risk free interest rate                     0.73%        0.71% 
   Expected volatility                        63.50%       76.50% 
   Expected option life (in years)              2.57         1.57 
   Weighted average share price after        GBP0.86      GBP0.86 
    adjusting for PV of dividends 
   Weighted average exercise price           GBP0.00      GBP0.00 
   Weighted average fair value of 
    options granted                           86.30p       86.30p 
   Dividend yield                              0.00%        0.00% 
   Remaining contractual life                   9.48         9.48 
 
 
 
 

Prior to 2019, at the grant date there was limited share price history for the company on which to calculate volatility. Volatility was therefore estimated using both Safestyle and companies classified in the 'Home Improvement Retailers' subsector on the London Stock Exchange.

The total share-based expense / (credit) comprises:

 
                                     Unaudited       Unaudited           Audited 
                                      6 months        6 months         12 months 
                                         ended           ended             ended 
                                       30 June         30 June       31 December 
                                          2019            2018              2018 
                                        GBP000          GBP000            GBP000 
 Equity settled - LTIP                     274            (33)               (2) 
 Equity settled - SAYE                     (1)           (563)             (375) 
  Equity settled - Alan 
   Lovell Options                           55               -                 3 
 
                                           328           (596)             (374) 
                                    ----------      ----------      ------------ 
 

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