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VLE Volvere Plc

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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Volvere Plc LSE:VLE London Ordinary Share GB0032302688 ORD 0.00001P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.00% 1,500.00 1,450.00 1,550.00 1,500.00 1,500.00 1,500.00 0.00 08:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Business Consulting Svcs,nec 43.05M 2.12M 0.9481 15.82 33.51M

Volvere PLC Final results to 31 December 2023

22/05/2024 7:00am

RNS Regulatory News


RNS Number : 3754P
Volvere PLC
22 May 2024
 


22 May 2024

 

Volvere Logo

 

Volvere plc

 

("Volvere" or the "Group")

 

Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2023

 

Volvere plc (AIM: VLE), the growth and turnaround investment company, announces its audited Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2023.

 

Highlights

 

£ million except where stated

 

Year ended

Six months ended


31 December

2023

31 December 2022

 

30 June

2023

(unaudited)

 

Group revenue - continuing operations

 

42.95

 

38.03

 

19.09





Group profit/(loss) before tax - continuing operations

 

3.64

 

2.33

 

0.44





Profit/(loss) from discontinued operations(1)

0.23

(2.39)

-





Group profit/(loss) after tax

2.73

(0.06)

0.44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at
31 December 2023

As at
31 December 2022

As at

30 June

2023

Consolidated net assets per share
(excluding non-controlling interests)(2)

 

£14.83

 

£13.90

 

£14.00





Group net assets

37.51

35.75

35.33





Cash and available-for-sale investments

23.74

20.79

21.41





 

·      Excellent financial performance, underpinned by an encouraging trading performance from Shire Foods;

·      Continued growth in net assets per share of the Group; and

·      Strong balance sheet with high liquidity.

 

Forward-looking statements:

This report may contain certain statements about the future outlook for Volvere plc.  Although the Directors believe their expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any statements about future outlook may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different.

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of UK Domestic Law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("UK MAR").

 

 

 

Note

 

1      Discontinued operations relate to the business of Indulgence Patisserie, which was discontinued during 2022.

2      Based on the net assets attributable to owners of the parent company and the respective period end shares in issue (excluding treasury shares), which were 2,327,922 at 31 December 2023 and 2,364,422 at 31 December 2022.

 



 

For further information:

Volvere plc


Nick Lander, Co-founder & Director

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7634 9707


www.volvere.co.uk

 

 

 

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (Nominated Adviser)

Sandy Jamieson / James Caithie

 

 

 

 

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7213 0880

Canaccord Genuity Limited (Joint Broker)

Bobbie Hilliam

 

Hobart Capital Markets LLP (Joint Broker)

Lee Richardson

 

Tel: + 44 (0) 207 523 8000

 

 

 

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7070 5691

Notes to editors:

Volvere plc (AIM: VLE), is a growth and turnaround investment company. The Group's current trading business is involved in food manufacturing. The Group currently employs approximately 290 people.

For further information, please visit www.volvere.co.uk.

 

Chairman's statement

 

I am pleased to report on the results for the year ended 31 December 2023.

 

The year's results reflect the continued progress being made in Shire Foods and the resolution of various matters, particularly relating to properties, of the former Indulgence Patisserie business (now discontinued).

 

Group revenue from continuing operations (all of which related to Shire Foods) was £42.95 million (2022: £38.03 million) and the profit before tax from continuing operations was £3.64 million (2022: £2.33 million). Overall profit after tax for the year was £2.73 million (2022: loss £0.06 million).

 

Group total net assets were £37.51 million (2022: £35.75 million), with net assets per share* increasing to £14.83 (2022: £13.90).  Of this, cash and available for sale investments were £23.74 million (2022: £20.79 million).

 

The Board is conscious of the Group's share price, which it does not believe reflects the underlying value of the Group's assets. These are principally cash, liquid investments and the investment in Shire Foods. We are considering a number of ways through which to unlock this value for shareholders and will update investors on these developments at the appropriate time.

 

 

David Buchler

Chairman


22 May 2024

 

*Net assets attributable to owners of the parent company divided by total number of ordinary shares outstanding at the reporting date (less those held in treasury), see note 21.

 

                                      



 

Executive Management statement

 

Principal activities

 

The Company is a holding company that identifies and invests in undervalued and/or distressed businesses and securities as well as businesses that are complementary to existing Group companies.  The Company provides management services to those businesses.  The sole activity during the year of the Group's continuing trading subsidiary, Shire Foods Limited ("Shire"), was that of food manufacturing.  

 

Overview

 

As shareholders will know, the loss of my brother and business partner, Jonathan, in August 2023 was a blow not only to the Group but to all that knew him.  The passage of time has allowed us all to settle into a new norm, supporting one another throughout to build on Jonathan's legacy.  I am enormously grateful to the team that have been steadfast in pushing our business forward whilst themselves undoubtedly carrying a sense of sadness and loss.

 

It is, therefore, with much pleasure that we report a year of excellent financial performance, underpinned by trading at Shire Foods.

 

Overall Group revenues from continuing operations (which relate to Shire Foods) were £42.95 million (2022: £38.03 million), an increase of 12.9%.  Group profit before tax from continuing operations for the year was £3.64 million (2022: £2.33 million) and the Group's overall profit after tax (including discontinued operations) for the year was £2.73 million (2022: loss £0.06 million).  These results are explained further below.


Financial performance

Food manufacturing segment - Shire Foods

 

Shire, in which the Group has an 80% stake, was acquired in 2011 and manufactures frozen pies, pasties and other pastry products for food retailers and food service customers from its factory in Royal Leamington Spa.  The company's strategy has remained largely unchanged over recent years and is focused on providing quality products as efficiently as possible.

 

We want to be our customers' supplier of choice through product innovation and quality and are focused on making products that end consumers will repeatedly purchase.  Striving to be, and remain, at the forefront of our category is what keeps us challenged and we believe this, along with our strong financial position, enables our customers to feel confident in our ability to support their growth.

 

Revenues increased to £42.95 million (2022: £38.03 million). Profit before tax, intra-group interest and management charges* was approximately £3.86 million (2022: £2.78 million).  Profit before tax was £3.51 million (2022: £2.43 million) - with the difference being intra-group interest and management charges.

The 5-year financial performance of Shire is summarised in the table below:

 


Year ended

 31

 December

2023

£'000

Year ended

 31

 December

2022

£'000

Year ended 31 December

2021

£'000

Year ended 31 December

2020

£'000

Year ended 31 December

2019

£'000







Revenue

42,950

38,027

30,605

27,189

23,036







Underlying profit before tax, intra-group interest and management charges*

 

3,861

 

2,777

 

2,139

 

1,813

 

1,384

 

Intra-group interest and management charges

               

(350)

               

(348)

               

(252)

               

(200)

               

(200)


________

________

________

________

________

 

Profit before tax

 

3,511

 

2,429

 

1,887

 

1,613

 

1,184


 

 

 

 

 

* profit before intra-group interest and management charges is considered to be a relevant, useful interpretation of the trading results of the business such that its performance can be understood on a basis which is independent of its ownership by the Group.

 



 

In 2024 we are continuing to invest in Shire's site capacity to improve efficiency and broaden product packing options for our customers.  This should help ensure the best mix of products being available for sale on our customers' shelves.  Capital expenditure in 2023 totalled £0.79 million, of which £0.31 million was financed by way of debt (2022: £1.01 million, debt £0.13 million).

In recent months we have found the recruitment market easing somewhat and have been able to recruit for additional shift requirements that are needed to support growth, particularly for the second half of the year when our volumes are traditionally higher. Labour and energy costs are expected to increase this year and, whilst we will endeavour to recover these through increased gross margins, there is no certainty that these will be mitigated in full. Increases in raw materials' costs have, however, largely stabilised and this is expected to remain the norm in 2024.

During 2023 Shire paid a dividend of £2.50 million, of which the Group received £2.00 million.  This brings total dividends received by the Group to date to £2.40 million.  The Group's investment cost in respect of Shire is £0.53 million and there is no indebtedness with the Group.

Further information about Shire can be found at www.shirefoods.com.

 

Indulgence Patisserie Limited - discontinued

 

Activities in relation to the former business of Indulgence were focused on divesting the remaining assets and negotiating and settling creditor obligations. Our hands-on approach has undoubtedly resulted in a more favourable outcome for the Group than if we had placed the trading business into administration as we were able to sell stock and equipment and recover debt in a more controlled way.  All three properties owned by the Group were sold for a total cash consideration (net of costs) of £2.25 million (31 December 2022: carrying value £2.10 million). These had been purchased in 2020 for £0.95 million.

 

Investing and management services segment

 

This segment represents our central functions covering Group management, treasury, finance and IT services.  The segment result is the net of the underlying costs of these Group activities, offset by investment revenues and other gains and losses.

 

The loss before tax and intra-Group interest and management charges for the period was £0.23 million (31 December 2022: loss £0.45 million). The reduced loss in the year reflects slightly higher investment returns, which totalled £0.81 million (31 December 2022: £0.70 million) along with a reduction in Board costs for the latter part of the year.  Further information is shown in note 5.

 

The Group continued its approach of using leverage within trading companies whenever appropriate and without recourse to the remainder of the Group.

 

Earnings per share

 

Basic and diluted profit per ordinary share from continuing operations was 80.69p (31 December 2022: 74.36p).  Basic and diluted profit per ordinary share from discontinued operations was 9.60p (31 December 2022: loss (95.89)p). Total basic and diluted profit per ordinary share was 90.29p (31 December 2022: loss (21.53)p).

 

Statement of financial position

 

Cash and available-for-sale investments

 

Cash at the year end was £22.14 million (31 December 2022: £19.14 million).  Full details of cash movements are shown in the consolidated statement of cash flows.

 

At the year end there was an investment in available-for-sale investments with a carrying value of £1.60 million (31 December 2022: £1.65 million).  The carrying value of this is below the original cost and the unrealised loss of £0.85 million has been debited to reserves.

 

Assets held for sale

 

As noted above, during the year the Group sold all three properties formerly occupied by Indulgence Patisserie.



Purchase of own shares

 

The Company acquired 36,500 ordinary shares for a total consideration including costs of £427,000 during the period (31 December 2022:  204,000 shares for £2,090,000).  Since the year end, a further 79,000 shares have been purchased for a total consideration of £918,000.  To date, the Company has purchased 3,958,152 shares for total consideration of £35.58 million.

 

Dividends

 

In accordance with the policy set out at the time of admission to AIM, the Board is not recommending the payment of a dividend at this time and prefers to retain such profits as they arise for investment in future opportunities, or to purchase its own shares for treasury where that is considered to be in the best interests of shareholders.



Hedging

 

It is not the Group's policy to enter into derivative instruments to hedge interest rate or foreign exchange risk.

 

Key performance indicators (KPIs)

 

The Group uses key performance indicators suitable for the nature and size of the Group's businesses.  The key financial performance indicators are revenue and profit before tax.  The performance of the Group and the individual trading businesses against these KPIs is outlined above, in the Executive Management statement and disclosed in note 3.

 

Internally, management uses a variety of non-financial KPIs in respect of the food manufacturing segment, including order intake, manufacturing output and sales, all of which are monitored weekly and reported monthly.  These are not considered to be as important as profit before tax but provide useful information to the Board in advance of receiving monthly financial reports.

 

Principal risk factors

 

The Company and Group face a number of specific business risks that could affect the Company's or Group's success.  The Company and Group invests in distressed businesses and securities, which by their nature often carry a higher degree of risk than those that are not distressed.  The Group's businesses are principally engaged in the provision of goods and services that are dependent on the continued employment of the Group's employees and availability of suitable, profitable workload.  In the food manufacturing segment, there is a dependency on a small number of customers and a reduction in the volume or range of products supplied to those customers or the loss of any one of them could impact the Group materially.  Rising inflation, including increases in raw materials and overhead costs, may not be able to be passed on to customers through increased prices and this could result in reduced profitability.  Any pandemic or other such similar event which could affect the consumers, suppliers, customers or staff may limit or inhibit the Group's operations.

 

These risks are managed by the Board in conjunction with the management of the Group's businesses.

 

Acquisitions and future strategy

 

In our interim results I said that shareholder returns remained at the forefront of the Board's strategy.  I want to reassure shareholders that this remains the case, not least in view of the Company's share price which, we believe, does not fully recognise the Group's underlying assets.  We are reviewing the best way to resolve this and are considering a number of options, which will be notified to shareholders when appropriate.  In the short term, the Group will continue to buy in its own shares whenever possible in order to narrow the Group's share price to NAV per share.

 

As shareholders know, we are selective in our investment decisions and screen many more potential opportunities than we select for further investigation.  We continue to do so, and whilst the level and quality of deal flow has improved compared to two years ago, we have not yet completed a further investment.  However, we remain committed to seeking new opportunities where we think we can add value or which are complementary to an existing business.

 

Finally, I would like to thank shareholders, many of whom have been with us from the inception of the Company, for their continued support.  In addition, without the hard work of our loyal staff, we would not have achieved the success that we continue to have.

 

 

Nick Lander

Co-founder & Director

 

22 May 2024


Corporate governance report

 

All members of the Board believe in the value and importance of good corporate governance and in our accountability to all the Group's stakeholders, including shareholders, staff, clients and suppliers. In the statement below, we explain our approach to governance, and how the Board and its committees operate.

 

The corporate governance framework which the Group operates, including Board leadership and effectiveness, Board remuneration, and internal control is based upon practices which the Board believes are proportionate to the size, risks, complexity and operations of the business and is reflective of the Group's values.  We have partially adopted and partially comply with the Quoted Companies Alliance's ("QCA") Corporate Governance Code for small and mid-size quoted companies (revised in April 2018 to meet the requirements of AIM Rule 26).

 

The QCA Code is constructed around ten broad principles and a set of disclosures.  We have considered how we apply each principle to the extent that the Board judges these to be appropriate in the circumstances, and below we provide an explanation of the approach taken in relation to each. Except as set out below, the Board considers that it does not depart from any of the principles of the QCA Code. The information below was last updated on 20 May 2024.

 

The following paragraphs set out the Group's compliance (or otherwise) with the ten principles of the QCA Code. 

 

1.   Establish a strategy and business model which promote long-term value for shareholders

 

Explanation

The Company's strategy is to identify and invest in undervalued and/or distressed businesses and securities as well as businesses that are complementary to existing Group companies. The Company provides management services to those businesses.

 

Since 2002 the Company's shares have been traded on the Alternative Investment Market ("AIM") of the London Stock Exchange (ticker VLE).

 

In order to execute the Company's strategy successfully, the following key issues are addressed:

 

Investment Identification - the Company's Executive Director is responsible for identifying potential investments. This is done through maintaining relationships with intermediaries and through personal networks.

 

Investment Assessment - the Company's Executive Director is responsible for assessing potential investments as a basis for delivering long-term shareholder value.  This is done principally by undertaking due diligence on such investments, such work being done largely by the Executive Director.  Where considered necessary, cost-effective and practicable, external advisers may be used.

 

Investment Structuring - the Company's Executive Director is responsible for determining the initial investment structure relating to potential investments.  Investments have individual management teams and risk and reward profiles and the Company puts in place an investment structure that seeks to balance the risks and potential rewards for all such stakeholders.

 

Investment Performance Improvement - the Company's Executive Director is responsible for implementing a strategy that improves the performance of investments (where such investments are not simply held for treasury purposes).  This will typically involve Board leadership and an appropriate level of operational involvement to ensure that financial and operational risks are minimised through increased profitability and cash generation.  This is typically done by improving customer service and quality, clearer financial reporting and control, increasing management responsibility and target setting.

 

Investment Exit - the Board is responsible for assessing the optimum time to exit from an investment.  This is determined based on a range of factors, including the potential divestment valuation, the nature of any potential acquirer, the external environment and other stakeholder intentions.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - None.



2.   Seek to understand and meet shareholder needs and expectations

 

Explanation

Responsibility for investor relations rests with the Executive Director. The Company communicates in different ways with its shareholders to ensure that shareholder needs and expectations are clearly understood.

 

Communication with shareholders is principally through the Annual Report and Accounts, full-year and half-year announcements, trading updates and the annual general meeting ("AGM").  A range of corporate information (including all Company announcements) is also available to shareholders, investors and the public on our website.  The AGM is the principal opportunity for dialogue with private shareholders, and all Board members seek to attend it and answer shareholder questions.  The Notice of Meeting is sent to shareholders at least 21 days before the meeting.  In addition, the Executive Director attends potential investor shows in order to increase the Company's profile.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - None.

 

3.   Take into account wider stakeholder and social responsibilities and their implications for long-term success

 

Explanation

The Group's ability to deliver on its strategy is dependent partly upon its effective engagement with stakeholders and a wider recognition of the social implications of its operations.  In all businesses, the typical key stakeholders are shareholders, customers, staff and suppliers.

 

Customers - in all businesses the Group seeks to provide clients with products and services that are differentiated from competitors.  This is done through meeting clients to understand their needs and through understanding competitors' offerings.

 

Staff - the Group's staff are critical to delivering client satisfaction over the longer term.  All Group companies have in place staff communication forums and flat management structures, which aid communication.  Group management is accessible to company staff.  In situations where individual subsidiary decisions would impact on staff security or morale, the relevant company will seek to minimise the impact on staff.

 

Suppliers - to varying degrees the Group is dependent upon the reliable and efficient service of its supply chain.  In the case of significant suppliers, each Group company will meet periodically with them to review and determine future trading arrangements and to share the relevant company's requirements of that supplier.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - None.

 

4.   Embed effective risk management, considering both opportunities and threats, throughout the organisation

 

Explanation

Recognising and managing business risks is key to ensuring the delivery of strategy and the creation of long-term shareholder value.

 

As part of the Group's annual reporting to shareholders, specific financial risks are evaluated, including those related to foreign currency, interest rates, liquidity and credit.  The Group's key risks are set out in the Annual Report & Accounts.

 

The nature of the Group's operations is such that individual companies are organised independently and operate business and IT systems that are appropriate to their individual businesses.  The Audit Committee reviews the findings of the Group's auditors and considers whether there are remedial actions necessary to improve the control environment in each company.

 

The Group has in place an Anti-Bribery Policy and a Share Dealing Code that apply to staff.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - None.

 



5.   Maintain the Board as a well-functioning, balanced team led by the Chair

 

Explanation                                                              

Board members have a collective responsibility and legal obligation to promote the interests of the Company and are collectively responsible for defining corporate governance arrangements.  Ultimate responsibility for the quality of, and approach to, corporate governance lies with the chair of the Board.

 

The Board currently consists of three directors of which one is executive and two are non-executive.  The Chairman and Independent non-executive Director are both considered independent and independent directors will stand for re-election on an annual basis in the event of having more than 10 years continuous board service.  The QCA Code requires that the Company has two non-executive directors.

 

The Board is supported by both Audit and Remuneration committees, the member of each of which is the Chairman.

 

The Board meets formally on a regular basis (typically 4 times per annum), with interim meetings convened on an as-required basis.  The Audit committee undertakes an annual review and the Remuneration committee undertakes reviews on an as-required basis.  All Directors commit the required time to meet the needs of the Group from time-to-time.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - None, as currently the Board includes two non-executive Directors. 

 

 

6.   Ensure that between them the Directors have the necessary up-to-date experience, skills and capabilities

 

Explanation

The Company's Directors are David Buchler (Chairman), Nick Lander (Co-founder/Director) and Michael Tzirki (Non-executive Director).  All members of the Board have experience relevant to delivering the Company's strategy.

 

The Board believes that, as currently constituted, it has a blend of relevant experience, skills and personal qualities to enable it to successfully execute its strategy.

 

The Directors' biographies are in the Annual Report and Accounts and incorporated here by reference.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - The QCA Code requires, inter alia, that the Company describes the relevant experience, skills, personal qualities and capabilities that each Director brings to the Board.  The Board believes the individual's biography as noted above, coupled with their successful service to date with the Company, is sufficiently objective evidence that the Board has the necessary requirements to fulfil their roles individually and collectively.

 

 

7.   Evaluate board performance based on clear and relevant objectives, seeking continuous improvement

 

Explanation

The Board does not formally review the effectiveness of itself as a unit nor of the Remuneration and Audit committees.  The small size of the Board means that individual Directors' contributions are transparent.  Where the Company identifies potential Board members, these are noted for any possible future vacancies as part of succession planning or to bring in additional skills or capabilities.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - Where the need for Board changes has become evident in the past, the necessary changes have been implemented.  It is not considered necessary to formally review performance given this embedded approach, whereby review of effectiveness is continuous.


 

8.   Promote a corporate culture that is based on ethical values and behaviours

 

Explanation

The nature of the Group's businesses are diverse and, by their nature, may have different cultures and values relevant to their sector.  However, there are some core values that the Group adopts throughout all its businesses, irrespective of their nature and size.

 

These values are: honesty, integrity, openness and respect.  The Board leads by example, demonstrating through its collective actions and individually as Directors through theirs, to local management teams and staff.  The Company has an Anti-bribery Policy and makes an annual Modern Slavery statement.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - None.

 

 

9.   Maintain governance structures and processes that are fit for purpose and support good decision-making by the Board

 

Explanation

The Board provides strategic leadership for the Group and operates within the scope of a robust corporate governance framework. Its purpose is to ensure the delivery of long-term shareholder value, which involves setting the culture, values and practices that operate throughout the Group's businesses as well as defining its strategic goals.  The Board has approved terms of reference for its Audit and Remuneration committees to which certain responsibilities are delegated.

 

The individual roles and responsibilities of the Board, the Board members and the Audit and Remuneration Committees are set out below.

 

Role and Responsibilities of Chairman

The Chairman is independent and from an external perspective, engages with shareholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting to reinforce the fact that the Board is being run with the appropriate level of engagement and time commitment. From an internal perspective, he ensures that the information which flows within the Board and its sub committees is accurate, relevant and timely and that meetings concentrate on key operational and financial issues which have a strategic bias, together with monitoring implementation plans surrounding commercial objectives.

In relation to corporate governance, his responsibility is to lead the board effectively and to oversee the adoption, delivery and communication of the Company's corporate governance model. He also aims to foster a positive governance culture throughout the Company.

 

Roles and Responsibilities of Co-founder/Director

The Co-founder/Director is responsible for recommending and ensuring effective delivery of the Group's strategy and achieving financial performance commensurate with that strategy.

The Co-founder/Director works with the Chairman and non-executive director in an open and transparent way and keeps them up to date with matters of importance and relevance to delivering the strategy.

The Co-founder/Director is responsible for the operational aspects of the Group's businesses and for maintaining a robust financial control and reporting environment throughout.

 

Roles and Responsibilities of Non-executive Director

The Non-executive Director is responsible as part of the Board for discharging the Board's responsibilities. The Non-executive Director provides challenge to the other members of the Board, offering advice where appropriate.

Role of the Board

The Board of a company is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for the Company to deliver value to its shareholders by effectively putting in place its business model. The Board members are collectively responsible for defining corporate governance arrangements to achieve this purpose, under clear leadership by the Chairman.


Role of the Board (continued)

The Board is authorised to manage the business of the Company on behalf of its shareholders and in accordance with the Company's Articles of Association. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of the business and for ensuring high standards of corporate governance are maintained throughout the Group.

The Board meets several times a year and at other times as necessary, to discuss a formal schedule of matters specifically reserved for its decision.

These matters routinely include:

      - Group strategy and associated risks

      - Financial performance of the Group's businesses and approval of annual budgets, the half year results, annual report and accounts and dividends

      - Changes relating to the Group's capital structure or share buy-backs

      - Appointments to and removal from the Board and Committees of the Board given the absence of a separate nomination committee

      - Acquisitions, disposals and other material transactions

      - Actual or potential conflicts of interest relating to any Director are routinely identified at all Board discussions

Role of Audit Committee

The Audit Committee provides confidence to shareholders on the integrity of the financial results of the Company expressed in the Annual Report and Accounts and other relevant public announcements of the company. The Audit Committee challenges both the external auditors and the management of the Company. It keeps the need for internal audit under review. It is responsible for the assessing recommendations to the Board on the engagement of auditors including tendering and the approval of non-audit services, for reviewing the conduct and control of the annual audit and for reviewing the operation of the internal financial controls.

It also has responsibility for reviewing financial statements prior to publication and reporting to the Board on any significant reporting issues, estimates and judgements made in connection with the preparation of the Company's financial statements.

The Audit Committee, in conjunction with the rest of the Board, also has a key role in the oversight of the effectiveness of the risk management and internal control systems of the Company.

Members: David Buchler

Role of Remuneration Committee

It is the role of the Remuneration Committee to ensure that remuneration arrangements are aligned to support the implementation of Company strategy and effective risk management for the medium to long-term, and to take into account the views of shareholders.

The Company's remuneration policy has been designed to ensure that it encourages and rewards the right behaviours, values and culture.

The Remuneration Committee reviews the performance of the executive directors, sets the scale and structure of their remuneration and the basis of their service agreements with due regard to the interests of shareholders and reviews and approves any proposed bonus entitlement. It also determines the allocation of share options to employees.

Members: David Buchler


The Board has approved the adoption of the QCA Code as its governance framework against which this statement has been prepared and will monitor the suitability of this code on an annual basis and revise its governance framework as appropriate as the Group evolves. The Board is satisfied that the current framework will evolve in line with the current growth plans of the Group.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - None.



10.  Communicate how the Company is governed and is performing by maintaining a dialogue with shareholders and other relevant stakeholders

 

Explanation

A healthy dialogue should exist between the Board and all of its stakeholders, including shareholders, to enable all interested parties to come to informed decisions about the Company. In particular, appropriate communication and reporting structures should exist between the Board and all constituent parts of its shareholder base. This will assist:

 

·      the communication of shareholders' views to the Board; and

·      the shareholders' understanding of the unique circumstances and constraints faced by the Company. It should be clear where these communication practices are described (annual report or website).

 

The Group's Annual Report and Accounts and other governance-related material, along with notices of all general meetings over the last five years (as a minimum) are accessible via the Company's website.

 

Audit Committee Report - the Audit Committee's annual meeting is minuted. All matters raised by the Group's auditors are carefully considered and actions implemented where considered appropriate. The approach and role of the Audit Committee is noted in section 9 above.

 

Remuneration Committee Report - the Remuneration Committee's meetings are minuted.  The remuneration of the Board is set out in the Annual Report and Accounts.  The approach and role of the Remuneration Committee is noted in section 9 above.

 

Compliance Departure and Reason - The Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee have not prepared formal reports as required by the Code. Given the small size of the Board, such formal reporting is not considered necessary.


Statement by the Directors relating to their statutory duties under s172(1) Companies Act 2006

 

The Board of Directors considers, both individually and together, that they have acted in the way they consider, in good faith, would be most likely to promote the success of the company for the benefit of the members as a whole (having regard to the stakeholders and the matters set out in s172(1)(a-f) of the Act) in the decisions taken during the year ended 31 December 2023.

 


The Company is a holding company for which the investing strategy is approved by members annually at the Company's Annual General Meeting.  The Company's success in following this investing strategy is measurable in terms of the value arising over time from the Company's investments.

 

The Board of Directors had regard, amongst other matters, to the:

 

·      likely consequences of any decision on the long term;

·      interests of the Group's employees;

·      need to foster relationships with customers, suppliers and others;

·      impact of the Group's operations on the communities in which the Group's businesses operate;

·      impact of the Group's operations on the environment;

·      desirability of maintaining a reputation for high standards of business conduct;

·      need to act fairly between the members of the Company.

 

The broad range of stakeholders and their interests means that it may not be possible to deliver outcomes that meet all individual interests.  Whilst there is an inherent and probable interdependency between the success of the Company's underlying investments and the Company itself over time, there may be occasions where actions in relation to those investments taken, or not taken, in the interests of the Company's stakeholders by the Board could be perceived as, or be, in conflict with stakeholder interests in the investments themselves.

 

The Board engages with the Group's stakeholders both directly and indirectly at an operational level through the Group's management responsibility structure.  Direct engagement includes members of the Board communicating with stakeholders personally in appropriate circumstances. In addition, the Board reviews and challenges the strategies and financial and operational performances of its individual trading businesses, including risk management, legal and regulatory compliance, through periodic reporting processes and management review meetings. The Company makes Stock Market announcements whenever required or considered necessary.

 

The Board:

 

·      ensures that any recommendations from relevant regulators are properly considered;

·      assesses risk in the application of capital when making investment decisions and in making follow-on investments, whether by way of equity or debt;

·      through its own and its subsidiaries' employment practices seeks to reward employees fairly and to create a safe and secure environment;

·      encourages its subsidiaries to maintain regular, open and honest contact with their customers and suppliers, working collaboratively;

·      encourages subsidiaries to support charitable activities in their local communities and to consider the impact of their operations on the local community;

·      seeks to minimise negative effects of the Company's operations on the environment by minimising travel and encouraging its subsidiaries to minimise waste and recycle materials wherever practicable.


 

These activities give the Board an overview of stakeholder engagement and effectiveness, including opportunities to improve further, and enables the Directors to comply with their legal duty under s172 of the Companies Act 2006.


Consolidated income statement

for the year ended 31 December 2023

 

 


Note


 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 




£'000

£'000

 

Continuing operations





 

Revenue

5


42,950

38,027

 

Cost of sales



(35,044)

(31,921)

 




 

 

 

Gross profit



7,906

6,106

 

 





 

Distribution costs



(2,665)

(2,181)

 

Administrative expenses



(2,274)

(2,174)

 




 

 

 

Operating profit

2


2,967

1,751

 






 

Finance expense

7


(172)

(138)

 

Finance income

7


805

698

 

Profit on sale of tangible fixed assets



36

18

 




 

 

 

Profit before tax



3,636

2,329

 

Income tax expense

8


(1,129)

-


 

 

 



 

 

 

Profit for the year from continuing operations



2,507

2,329

 

Profit/(loss) for the year from discontinued operations

6


226

(2,391)

 

 



 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year



2,733

(62)

 




 

 

 

Attributable to:





 

- Equity holders of the parent



 

2,118

(537)

 

- Non-controlling interests



615

475

 




 

 

 




2,733

(62)

 




 

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share

9




 






 

Basic and diluted

- from continuing operations

- from discontinued operations



80.69p

9.60p

74.36p

(95.89)p

 




 

 

 

Total



90.29p

(21.53)p

 




















Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the year ended 31 December 2023

 

 

 



2023

 

2022




£'000

£'000






Profit/(loss) for the year



2,733

(62)




 

 

Other comprehensive income

Revaluation of freehold land and buildings

Revaluation of available for sale investments

Deferred tax recognised directly in equity



 

-

(49)  

-  

 

1,188

(36)  

(297)




 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year



2,684  

793  




 

 

Attributable to:





- Equity holders of the parent



2,069  

318

- Non-controlling interests



615  

475  




 

 




2,684  

793




 

 






 



Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

 

 

 


 

Share

capital

£'000

Share

premium

£'000

 

Revaluation

reserve

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

Total

£'000

Non-controlling interests
£'000

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

2,118

2,118

615

2,733

Transfer of revaluation reserve

-

-

(891)

891

-

-

-

Revaluation of available for sale investments

-

-

-

(49)

(49)

-

(49)

Deferred tax recognised directly in equity

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

(891)

2,960

2,069

615

2,684


Balance at 1 January

50

7,885

1,718

23,222

32,875

2,877

35,752

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

-

-

-

-

-

(500)

(500)

Purchase of own treasury shares

-

-

 

-

(427)

(427)

-

(427)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total transactions with owners

-

-

-

(427)

(427)

(500)

(927)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December

50

7,885

827

25,755

34,517

2,992

37,509

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Share

capital

£'000

Share

premium

£'000

 

Revaluation

reserve

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

Total

£'000

Non-controlling interests
£'000

Total

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the year

-

-

-

(537)

(537)

475

(62)

Revaluation of property

-

-

1,188

-

1,188

-

1,188

Revaluation of available for sale investments

-

-

-

(36)

(36)

-

(36)

Deferred tax recognised directly in equity

-

-

(297)

-

(297)

-

(297)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

891

(573)

318

475

793


Balance at 1 January

50

7,885

827

25,886

34,648

2,402

37,050

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of own treasury shares

-

-

 

-

(2,091)

(2,091)

-

(2,091)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total transactions with owners

-

-

-

(2,091)

(2,091)

-

(2,091)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December

50

7,885

1,718

23,222

32,875

2,877

35,752

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Consolidated statement of financial position

 

 

 




2023

2022

 


Note


£'000

£'000

 

Assets





 

Non-current assets





 

Property, plant and equipment

11


7,905

8,142

 




 

 

 

Total non-current assets



7,905

8,142

 






 

Current assets





 

Inventories

12


5,925

3,777

 

Trade and other receivables

13


7,843

9,315

 

Cash and cash equivalents

14


22,139

19,136

 

Assets held for sale

Available for sale investments

15

16


-

1,599

2,103

1,649

 




 

 

 

Total current assets



37,506

35,980

 




 

 

 

Total assets



45,411

44,122

 




 

 

 

Liabilities





 

Current liabilities





 

Loans and other borrowings

19


(269)

(1,258)

 

Leases

19


(362)

(372)

 

Trade and other payables

17


(4,955)

(4,807)

 




 

 

 

Total current liabilities



(5,586)

(6,437)

 




 

 

 

Non-current liabilities





 

Loans and other borrowings

19


(698)

(818)

 

Leases

19


(373)

(452)

 

 



 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities



(1,071)

(1,270)

 




 

 

 

Total liabilities



(6,657)

(7,707)

 

 








Provisions - deferred tax

20


(1,245)

(663)

 

 



 

 

 

Net assets



37,509

35,752

 




 

 

 

Equity





 

Share capital

21


50

50

 

Share premium account

22


7,885

7,885

 

Revaluation reserves

22


827

1,718

 

Retained earnings

22


25,755

23,222

 

 



 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the Company



34,517

32,875

 

Non-controlling interests

25


2,992

2,877

 




 

 

 

Total equity



37,509

35,752

 




 

 

 










 


Consolidated statement of cash flows

 

 

 


 

2023

2023

2022

 

2022


Note

£'000

 

£'000 

 

£'000

£'000 







Profit/(loss) for the year



2,733


(62)

 

Adjustments for:






Finance expense

7

172


138


Finance income

7

(805)


(698)


Depreciation

11

1,011


933


Operating lease rentals


(15)


(14)


Income tax expense

8

1,129


-


Gain on disposal of fixed assets


(36)


(18)


Loss from discontinued operations


(226)


2,391




 


 





1,230


2,732




 


 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital



3,963


2,670







Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables



543


(1,116)

Increase in trade and other payables



95


1,126

(Increase)/decrease in inventories



(2,564)


291




 


 

Operating cash generated from continuing operations



2,037


2,971

 






Operating cash flows generated from/(used by) discontinued operations



964


(1,051)   







 







Net cash generated from operations

 

 

3,001

 

1,920







Investing activities






Interest received

7

725


8


Income from investments

7

80


109


Purchase of property, plant and equipment

11

(470)


(889)


Sale of property, plant, equipment


34


42


Purchase of available for sale investments


-


(6,886)


Disposal of available for sale investments


-


5,782




 


 


Cash generated from/(used by) continuing investing activities



369


(1,834)

 






Cash generated from discontinued investing activities



2,238


29

 






 

 






Net cash generated from/(used by) investing activities



2,607

 

(1,805)

 






Financing activities






Interest paid

7

(172)


(132)


Purchase of own shares (treasury shares)

21

(427)


(2,090)


Dividends paid


(500)


-


Net (repayment) of borrowings


(1,501)


(577)




 


 


Cash used by continuing financing activities



(2,600)


(2,799)







Cash used by discontinued financing activities



(5)


(51)

 






 

 






Net cash used by financing activities

 

 

(2,605)

 

(2,850)

 






Net increase/(decrease) in cash



3,003

 

(2,735)

Cash at beginning of year



19,136

 

21,871




 

 

 

Cash at end of year



22,139

 

19,136

 



 

 

 












 

 

 




Notes forming part of the consolidated financial statements

 

 

 

1      Material accounting policies

 

The financial information set out above, which was approved by the Board on 21 May 2024, is derived from the full Group accounts for the year ended 31 December 2023 and does not constitute the statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group accounts on which the auditors have given an unqualified report, which does not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006 in respect of the accounts for 2023, will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies in due course. Copies of the Company's Annual Report and Financial Statements are expected to be sent to shareholders on 29 May 2024 and will be available online at www.volvere.co.uk.

 

Basis of accounting

 

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with UK adopted International Accounting Standards  ("adopted IFRS") and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies preparing their accounts under adopted IFRS.

The following material accounting policies have been applied consistently in the preparation of these financial statements:

 

Going concern

The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the Strategic Report.  In addition, note 18 to the financial statements includes the Group's objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital; its financial risk management objectives; details of its financial instruments and hedging activities; and its exposures to credit risk and liquidity risk.


The Group has considerable financial resources and, as a consequence, the Directors believe that the Group is well placed to manage the business risks inherent in its activities despite the current uncertain economic outlook.

 

The Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to enable it to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual financial statements.

           

Basis of consolidation

 

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and entities controlled by the Company (its subsidiaries) made up to 31 December each year.  Control is achieved where the Company has the power to govern the financial and operating policies of an investee entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities.  All subsidiaries have a reporting date of 31 December.

The results of subsidiaries acquired or disposed of during the year are included in the consolidated income statement from the effective date of acquisition or up to the effective date of disposal, as appropriate.  All intra-group transactions, balances, income and expenses are eliminated on consolidation.

Non-controlling interests, presented as part of equity, represent the portion of a subsidiary's profit or loss and net assets that is not held by the Group. The Group attributes total comprehensive income or loss of subsidiaries between the owners of the parent and the non-controlling interests based on their respective ownership interests.

 

The results and net assets of subsidiaries whose accounts are denominated in foreign currencies are retranslated into Sterling at average and year-end rates respectively.


Business combinations

The Group applies the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations.  The consideration transferred by the Group to obtain control of a subsidiary is calculated as the sum of the acquisition-date fair values of assets transferred, liabilities incurred and equity interests issued by the Group, which includes the fair value of any asset or liability arising from a contingent consideration arrangement.  Acquisition costs are expensed as incurred.

 

The Group recognises identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed in a business combination regardless of whether they have been previously recognised in the acquiree's financial statements prior to the acquisition. Assets acquired and liabilities assumed are measured at their acquisition-date fair values.


 

Goodwill is stated after separate recognition of identifiable intangible assets. It is calculated as the excess of the sum of the fair value of consideration transferred, the recognised amount of any non-controlling interest in the acquiree and the acquisition-date fair value of any existing equity interest in the acquiree, over the acquisition-date fair values of identifiable net assets. If the fair values of identifiable net assets exceed the sum calculated above, the excess amount (i.e. gain on a bargain purchase) is recognised in profit or loss immediately.

The purchase of a non-controlling interest is not a business combination within the scope of IFRS 3, since the acquiree is already controlled by its parent.  Such transactions are accounted for as equity transactions, as they are transactions with equity holders acting in their capacity as such. No change in goodwill is recognised and no gain or loss is recognised in profit or loss.

 

Goodwill

Goodwill represents the future economic benefits arising from a business combination that are not individually identified and separately recognised. See above for information on how goodwill is initially determined. Goodwill is carried at cost less accumulated impairment losses and is reviewed annually for impairment.

Revenue recognition

Revenue from contracts with customers is recognised when control of the goods or services is transferred to the customer at an amount that reflects the consideration to which the Group expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services net of discounts, VAT and other sales-related taxes.  The Group concludes that it is the principal in its revenue arrangements, because it typically controls the goods or services before transferring them to the customer. Payment is typically due within 60 days.  Contracts with customers do not contain a financing component or any element of variable consideration.  The Group does not offer an option to purchase a warranty.

 

Revenue from the sale of goods is recognised at the point in time when control of the asset is transferred to the customer, generally when the customer has taken undisputed delivery of the goods. There are no service obligations attached to the sale of goods.  Customer rebates are deducted from revenue.

 

If it is probable that total contract costs will exceed total contract revenue, the expected loss is recognised immediately in profit or loss.

 

Discontinued operations

Discontinued operations represent cash generating units or groups of cash generating units that have either been disposed of or classified as held for sale and represent a separate major line of business or are part of a single co-ordinated plan to dispose of a separate major line of business.  Cash generating units forming part of a single co-ordinated plan to dispose of a separate major line of business are classified within continuing operations until they meet the criteria to be held for sale.  The post-tax profit or loss of the discontinued operation is presented as a single line on the face of the consolidated income statement, together with any post-tax gain or loss recognised on the re-measurement to fair value less costs to sell or on the disposal of the assets or disposal group constituting the discontinued operation.  On changes to the composition of groups of units comprising discontinued operations, the presentation of discontinued operations within prior periods is restated to reflect consistent classification of discontinued operations across all periods presented.

 


Operating segments

IFRS 8 "Operating Segments" requires the disclosure of segmental information for the Group on the basis of information reported internally to the chief operating decision-maker for decision-making purposes.  The Group considers that the role of chief operating decision-maker is performed collectively by the Board of Directors.

 

Volvere plc is a holding company that identifies and invests principally in undervalued and distressed businesses and securities as well as businesses that are complementary to existing Group companies.  Its customers are based primarily in the UK and Europe.

 

Financial information (including revenue and profit before tax and intra-group charges) is reported to the Board on a segmental basis.  Segment revenue comprises sales to external customers and excludes gains arising on the disposal of assets and finance income.  Segment profit reported to the Board represents the profit earned by each segment before tax and intra-group charges.  For the purposes of assessing segment performance and for determining the allocation of resources between segments, the Board reviews the non-current assets attributable to each segment as well as the financial resources available.  All assets are allocated to reportable segments.  Assets that are used jointly by segments are allocated to the individual segments on a basis of revenues earned. 

 


All liabilities are allocated to individual segments.  Information is reported to the Board of Directors on a segmental basis as management believes that each segment exposes the Group to differing levels of risk and rewards due to their varying business life cycles.  The segment profit or loss, segment assets and segment liabilities are measured on the same basis as amounts recognised in the financial statements.  Each segment is managed separately.

 

Where one company within a segment incurs costs which relate wholly or partly to, or shares resources with, another company within that or another segment, a proportion of such costs are recharged to that other company. The effect is to reduce the costs of the incurring company and to increase the costs of the benefitting company.

 

Leasing

 

The company applies IFRS 16 Leases. Accordingly leases are all accounted for in the same manner:

-         A right of use asset and lease liability is recognised on the statement of financial position, initially measured at the present value of future lease payments;

-         Depreciation of right-of-use assets and interest on lease liabilities are recognised in the statement of comprehensive income;

-        The total amount of cash paid is recognised in the statement of cash flows, split between payments of principal (within financing activities) and interest (also within financing activities)    

The initial measurement of the right of use asset and lease liability takes into account the value of lease incentives such as rent free periods.

The costs of leases of low value items and those with a short term at inception are recognised as incurred.

Foreign currencies

Transactions in currencies other than sterling are recorded at the rates of exchange prevailing on the dates of the transactions. At each reporting date, monetary assets and liabilities that are denominated in foreign currencies are retranslated at the rates prevailing on the reporting date.  Gains and losses arising on retranslation are included in net profit or loss for the period.

 

Retirement benefit costs

The Group's subsidiary undertakings operate defined contribution retirement benefit schemes.  Payments to these schemes are charged as an expense in the period to which they relate.  The assets of the schemes are held separately from those of the relevant company and Group in independently administered funds.

 

Taxation

The tax expense represents the sum of the tax currently payable and deferred tax.  The tax currently payable is based on taxable profit for the year.  Taxable profit differs from net profit as reported in the income statement because it excludes items of income or expense that are taxable or deductible in other years and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible.   

Deferred tax is the tax expected to be payable or recoverable on temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities in the financial statements and the corresponding tax bases used in the computation of taxable profit, and is accounted for using the balance sheet liability method.  Deferred tax liabilities are generally recognised for all taxable temporary differences and deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that taxable profits will be available against which deductible temporary differences can be utilised.  Such assets and liabilities are not recognised if the temporary difference arises from goodwill or from the initial recognition (other than in a business combination) of other assets and liabilities in a transaction that affects neither the tax profit nor the accounting profit. 

Deferred tax liabilities are recognised for taxable temporary differences arising on investments in subsidiaries and associates, and interests in joint ventures, except where the Group is able to control the reversal of the temporary difference and it is probable that the temporary difference will not reverse in the foreseeable future.

The carrying amount of deferred tax assets is reviewed at each reporting date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient taxable profits will be available to allow all or part of the asset to be recovered.


 

Deferred tax is measured on an undiscounted basis using the tax rates that are expected to apply in the period when the liability is settled or the asset is realised.  Deferred tax is charged or credited in the income statement, except when it relates to items charged or credited directly to equity, in which case the deferred tax is also dealt with in equity.

Property, plant and equipment

Items of property, plant and equipment are stated at cost or valuation less accumulated depreciation and any recognised impairment loss.  Freehold property is revalued on a periodic basis.  Depreciation is charged so as to write off the cost or valuation of assets, less their residual values, over their estimated useful lives, using the straight line method, on the following bases:

Freehold property                                                          -           1.5% per annum

Plant and machinery                                                      -           4%-33% per annum

 

Investments

Investments are recognised and derecognised on a trade date where a purchase or sale of an investment is under a contract whose terms require delivery of the investment within the timeframe established by the market concerned, and are initially measured at fair value, including transaction costs.  Available for sale current asset investments are carried at fair value with adjustments recognised in other comprehensive income.

Investment income

Income from investments is included in the income statement at the point the Group becomes legally entitled to it.  Interest income and expenses are reported on an accruals basis using the effective interest method.

Impairment of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (including goodwill)

 

At each reporting date the Group reviews the carrying amounts of its property, plant and equipment and intangible assets to determine whether there is any indication that those assets have suffered an impairment loss.  If any such indication exists, the recoverable amount of the asset is estimated in order to determine the extent of the impairment loss (if any). 

Recoverable amount is the higher of 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-tax discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and any risks specific to the asset for which the estimates of future cash flows have not been adjusted.

If the recoverable amount of an asset (or cash-generating unit) is estimated to be less than its carrying amount, the carrying amount of the asset (or cash-generating unit) is reduced to its recoverable amount.  An impairment loss is recognised as an expense immediately, unless the relevant asset is carried at a revalued amount, in which case the impairment loss is treated as a revaluation decrease.

Where an impairment loss subsequently reverses, the carrying amount of the asset (or cash-generating unit) is increased to the revised estimate of its recoverable amount, but only so that the increased carrying amount does not exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined had no impairment loss been recognised for the asset (or cash-generating unit) in prior years.  A reversal of an impairment loss is recognised as income immediately, unless the relevant asset is carried at a revalued amount, in which case the reversal of the impairment loss is treated as a revaluation increase.


Inventories

 

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Raw materials are valued at purchase price and the costs of ordinarily interchangeable items are assigned using a weighted average cost formula. The cost of finished goods comprises raw materials directly attributable to manufacturing processes based on product specification and packaging cost.  Net realisable value is the estimated selling price in the ordinary course of business less any applicable selling expenses.

Cash and cash equivalents

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash balances, overnight deposits and treasury deposits.  The Group considers all highly liquid investments with original maturity dates of three months or less to be cash equivalents.

Financial assets

Recognition and derecognition

 

Financial assets and financial instruments are recognised when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the financial asset.

 

Financial assets are derecognised when the contractual rights to the cash flows from the financial assets expire, or when the financial asset and substantially all of the risks and rewards are transferred.  A financial liability is derecognised when it is extinguished, discharged, cancelled or expires.

 

Classification and initial recognition of financial assets

 

Except for trade receivables that do not contain a significant financing component and are measured at the transaction price in accordance with IFRS 15, all financial assets are initially measured at fair value adjusted for transaction costs (where applicable).

 

Financial assets, other than those designated and effective as hedging instruments are classified into the following categories:

 

-       Amortised cost

-       Fair value through profit or loss (FVTPL)

-       Fair value through other comprehensive income (FVOCI)

 

The classification is determined by both:

 

-       The entity's business model for managing the financial asset

-       The contractual cash flow characteristics of the financial asset


 

All income and expenses relating to financial assets that are recognised in profit or loss are presented within finance costs, finance income or other financial items, except for impairment of trade receivables which is presented within administrative expenses.

 

Subsequent measurement of financial assets

 

Financial assets are measured at amortised cost if the assets meet the following conditions (and are not designated as FVTPL):

 

-       They are held within a business model whose objective is to hold the financial assets and collect its contractual cash flows

-       The contractual terms of the financial assets give rise to cash flows that are solely payments of principal and interest on the principal amount outstanding

 

After initial recognition, these are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.  Discounting is omitted where its effect is immaterial.  The Group's cash and cash equivalents, trade and most other receivables fall into this category.  This category also includes investments in equity instruments. 

 

Financial assets which are designated as FVTPL are measured at fair value with gains or losses recognised in profit or loss.  The fair values of financial assets in this category are determined with reference to active market transactions or using a valuation technique where no active market exists.

 

Impairment of financial assets

 

IFRS 9's impairment requirements use forward looking information to recognise expected credit losses - the 'expected credit loss (ECL) method'.  Recognition of credit losses is no longer dependent on first identifying a credit loss event, but considers a broader range of information in assessing credit risk and credit losses including past events, current conditions, reasonable and supportable forecasts that affect the expected collectability of the future cash flows of the instrument.

 

In applying this forward looking approach, a distinction is made between:

 

-       Financial instruments that have not deteriorated significantly in credit quality since initial recognition or that have low credit risk ('stage 1') and

-       Financial instruments that have deteriorated significantly in credit quality since initial recognition and whose credit risk is not low ('stage 2').

 

Stage 3 would cover financial assets that have objective evidence of impairment at the reporting date. 

 

12 month expected credit losses are recognised for the first category while lifetime expected credit losses are recognised for the second category.  Measurement of the expected credit losses is determined by a probability-weighted estimate of credit losses over the expected life of the financial asset.


 

Trade and other receivables and contract assets

 

The Group makes use of a simplified approach in accounting for trade and other receivables as well as contract assets and records the loss allowance as lifetime expected credit losses.  These are the expected shortfalls in contractual cash flows, considering the potential for default at any point during the life of the financial instrument.  In calculating, the Group uses its historical experience, external indicators and forward-looking information to calculate the expected credit losses using a provision matrix.

 

The Group assesses impairment of trade receivables on a collective basis, as they possess shared credit risk characteristics and they have been grouped based on the days past due. 

 

Classification and measurement of financial liabilities

 

FVTPL:  This category comprises only out-of-the-money derivatives.  They are carried in the statement of financial position at fair value with changes in fair value recognised in the income statement.

 

Other financial liabilities:  Other financial liabilities include trade payables and other short-term monetary liabilities, which are initially recognised at fair value and subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest method.

 

Bank and other borrowings are initially recognised at the fair value of the amount advanced net of any transaction costs directly attributable to the issue of the instrument.  Such interest bearing liabilities are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.  Interest expense in this context includes initial transaction costs and premia payable on redemption, as well as any interest or coupon payable while the liability is outstanding.

 

Financial liabilities and equity instruments

Financial liabilities and equity instruments are classified according to the substance of the contractual arrangements entered into.  An equity instrument is any contract that evidences a residual interest in the assets of the Group after deducting all of its liabilities.

 

Invoice discounting

 

The Group uses an invoice discounting facility and retains all significant benefits and risks relating to the relevant trade receivables.  The gross amounts of the receivables are included within assets and a corresponding liability in respect of proceeds received from the facility is included within liabilities.  The interest and charges are recognised as they accrue and are included in the income statement with other interest charges.

 

Significant management judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses.  The nature of the Group's business is such that there can be unpredictable variation and uncertainty regarding its business.  The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources.  Actual results may differ from these estimates. 


 

Significant management judgements (other than estimates)

 

The judgements that have a significant impact on the carrying value of assets and liabilities are discussed below:

 

Consolidation

 

Management have concluded that it is not appropriate to utilise the exemption from consolidation available to investment entities under IFRS 10 as the Company is not considered to meet all of the essential elements of the definition of an investment entity as performance is not measured or evaluated on a fair value basis.  Accordingly the consolidation includes all entities which the Company controls.

 

Deferred tax asset

 

The Group recognises a deferred tax asset in respect of temporary differences relating to capital allowances, revenue losses and other short term temporary differences when it considers there is sufficient evidence that the asset will be recovered against future taxable profits.

 

This requires management to make decisions on such deferred tax assets based on future forecasts of taxable profits. If these forecast profits do not materialise, or there is a change in the tax rates or to the period over which temporary timing differences might be recognised, the value of the deferred tax asset will need to be revised in a future period.

 

The most sensitive area of estimation risk is with respect to losses.  The Group has losses for which no value has been recognised for deferred tax purposes in these financial statements, as future economic benefit of these temporary differences is not probable. If appropriate profits are earned in the future, recognition of the benefit of these losses may result in a reduced tax charge in a future period.

 

Significant estimates

 

Information about estimates and assumptions that have the most significant effect on recognition and measurement of assets, liabilities, income and expenses is provided below. Actual results may be substantially different.

 


Useful lives of depreciable assets

 

The depreciation charge for an asset is derived using estimates of its expected useful life and expected residual value, which are reviewed annually. Increasing an asset's expected life or residual value would result in a reduced depreciation charge in the consolidated income statement.

 

Management determines the useful lives and residual values for assets when they are acquired, based on experience with similar assets and taking into account other relevant factors such as any expected changes in technology or regulations.

 

Inventories

 

In determining the cost of inventories management has to make estimates to arrive at cost and net realisable value.

 

Furthermore, determining the net realisable value of the wider range of products held requires judgement to be applied to determine the saleability of the product and estimations of the potential price that can be achieved. In arriving at any provisions for net realisable value management take into account the age, condition and quality of the product stocked and the recent sales trend. The future realisation of these inventories may be affected by market-driven changes that may reduce future selling prices.

 

Fair value measurement

 

Management uses valuation techniques to determine the fair value of financial instruments (where active market quotes are not available) and non-financial assets. This involves developing estimates and assumptions consistent with how market participants would price the instrument. Management bases its assumptions on observable data as far as possible but this is not always available. In that case management uses the best information available. Estimated fair values may vary from the actual prices that would be achieved in an arm's length transaction at the reporting date.

 

Recognition and calculation of right of use assets

 

Management assesses the discount rate to be applied to the leases held on an annual basis. They ensure the discount rate is in line with market rate.

 

New and revised standards and interpretations applied

 

The following amendments are effective for the period beginning 1 January 2023:

 

Insurance contracts (IFRS 17)

 

IFRS 17 establishes the principles for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of insurance contracts and supersedes IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts.

 

IFRS 17 outlines a general model, which is modified for insurance contracts with direct participation features, described as the variable fee approach. The general model is simplified if certain criteria are met by measuring

the liability for remaining coverage using the premium allocation approach. The general model uses current assumptions to estimate the amount, timing and uncertainty of future cash flows and it explicitly measures the cost of that uncertainty. It takes into account market interest rates and the impact of policyholders' options and guarantees.

 

The Group does not have any contracts that meet the definition of an insurance contract under IFRS 17.

 

Deferred tax relating to Assets and Liabilities arising from a Single Transaction (amendments to IAS 12)

 

The Group has adopted the amendments to IAS 12 for the first time in the current year. The amendments introduce a further exception from the initial recognition exemption. Under the amendments, an entity does not apply the initial recognition exemption for transactions that give rise to equal taxable and deductible temporary differences. Depending on the applicable tax law, equal taxable and deductible temporary differences may arise on initial recognition of an asset and liability in a transaction that is not a business combination and affects neither accounting profit nor taxable profit.

 

Following the amendments to IAS 12, an entity is required to recognise the related deferred tax asset and liability, with the recognition of any deferred tax asset being subject to the recoverability criteria in IAS 12.

 

International Tax Reform - Pillar Two Model Rules (Amendments to IAS 12)

 

The scope of IAS 12 is amended to clarify that the Standard applies to income taxes arising from tax law enacted or substantively enacted to implement the Pillar Two model rules published by the OECD, including tax law that implements qualified domestic minimum top-up taxes described in those rules.

 

The amendments introduce a temporary exception to the accounting requirements for deferred taxes in IAS 12, so that an entity would neither recognise nor disclose information about deferred tax assets and liabilities related to Pillar Two income taxes.

 

The Pillar Two rules are not applicable to the Group.

 

Definition of Accounting Estimates (Amendments to IAS 8)

 

The Group has adopted the amendments to IAS 8 for the first time in the current year. The amendments replace the definition of a change in accounting estimates with a definition of accounting estimates. Under the new definition, accounting estimates are "monetary amounts in financial statements that are subject to measurement uncertainty". The definition of a change in accounting estimates was deleted. There is no impact on the accounting estimation reporting of the entity.

 

Disclosure of Accounting policies (Amendments to IAS 1 and IFRS Practice Statement 2)

 

The IASB issued amendments to IAS 1 and IFRS Practice Statement 2 Making Materiality Judgements, providing guidance to help entities meet the accounting policy disclosure requirements. The amendments aim to make accounting policy disclosures more informative by replacing the requirement to disclose 'significant accounting policies' with 'material accounting policy information'. The amendments also provide guidance under what circumstance, the accounting policy information is likely to be considered material and therefore requiring disclosure.

 

The Group has adopted the amendments to IAS 1 for the first time in the current year.

 

New and revised Standards and Interpretations in issue but not yet effective

 

At the date of authorisation of these financial statements, the Company has not early adopted the following amendments to Standards and Interpretations that have been issued but are not yet effective and have not been adopted early by the Group.

 

The following amendments are effective for the period beginning 1 January 2024:

 

IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements - Classification of Liabilities as Current or Non-current 1

1 January 2024

IFRS 16 Leases - Lease liability in a Sale and leaseback 1

1 January 2024

IAS 11 Presentation of Financial Statements - non-current liabilities with covenants 1

1 January 2024

IAS 7 and IFRS 7 - Supplier finance amendments

1 January 2024

IAS 10 and IAS 28 - Sale of contribution of assets between an investor and its Associate or Joint Venture

1 January 2024

 

1 These have been endorsed and adopted for use in the UK.

 

The directors do not expect any material impact as a result of adopting the standards and amendments listed above in the financial year they become effective.

 

2      Operating profit

 

Operating profit is stated after charging:


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Staff costs

7,450

6,038

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,011

933

Auditor's fees - audit services

41

42


 

 

The analysis of audit fees is as follows:



- for the audit of the Company's annual accounts

9

10

- for the audit of the Company's subsidiaries' accounts

32

32


 

 


41

42


 

 

3      Staff costs

 

Staff costs comprise:



2023

£'000


2022

£'000




Wages and salaries                  

6,746

5,443

Employer's National Insurance contributions

545

448

Defined contribution pension cost

159

147


 

 


7,450

6,038


 

 

 

The average number of employees (including Directors) in the Group was as follows:

 


2023

Number

2022

Number




Engineering, production and professional

209

181

Sales and marketing

12

11

Administration and management

40

34


 

 


261

226


 

 

 

4      Directors' remuneration


The remuneration of the Directors was as follows:


Salaries & fees

2023

£'000

Other

benefits

2023

£'000

 

Total

2023

£'000





David Buchler

45

-

45

Jonathan Lander (until 28 August 2023)

7

-

7

Nick Lander

9

1

10

Michael Tzirki

6

-

6


 

 

 


67

1

68


 

 

 


 


Salaries & fees

2022

£'000

Other

benefits

2022

£'000

 

Total

2022

£'000





David Buchler

45

-

45

Jonathan Lander

10

-

10

Nick Lander

9

1

10


 

 

 


64

1

65


 

 

 

 

The services of Jonathan Lander and Nick Lander were provided under the terms of a Service Agreement with D2L Partners LLP.  The amount due under this agreement, which is in addition to the amounts disclosed above, for the year amounted to £549,000 (2022: £650,000). Amounts owed to D2L Partners LLP at the year end totalled £nil (2022: £nil).

 

The amount paid to David Buchler in the year was paid to DB Consultants Limited (which is controlled by him and is therefore a related party) and the amount outstanding at the year end was £nil (2022: £nil).

 

None of the Directors were members of the Group's defined contribution pension plan in the year (2022: none).

 




 

5      Operating segments

 

Analysis by business segment:

 

An analysis of key financial data by business segment is provided below.  The Group's food manufacturing segment is engaged in the production and sale of food products to third party customers, and the investing and management services segment incurs central costs, provides management services and financing to other Group segments and undertakes treasury management on behalf of the Group.  A more detailed description of the activities of each segment is given in the Strategic Report.

 

 

 

 

 

Food manufacturing

2023

£'000

 

Investing and management services

2023

£'000

 

 

 

Total

2023

£'000

 

Revenue

 

42,950

 

-

 

42,950


 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before tax(1)

3,861

(225)

3,636


 

 

 

 

 

 

Food manufacturing

2022

£'000

 

Investing and management services

2022

£'000

 

 

 

Total

2022

£'000

 




 

Revenue

 

38,027

 

-

 

38,027


 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before tax(1)

2,777

(448)

2,329


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food manufacturing

2023

£'000

 

Investing and management services

2023

£'000

 

 

 

Total

2023

£'000

 




Assets

22,175

23,236

45,411

Liabilities and provisions

(7,766)

(136)

(7,902)

 

 

 

 

Net assets(2)

14,409

23,100

37,509


 

 

 

 

 

 

Food manufacturing

2022

£'000

 

Investing and management services

2022

£'000

 

 

 

Total

2022

£'000

 




Assets

25,692

18,430

44,122

Liabilities and provisions

(8,874)

504

(8,370)

 

 

 

 

Net assets(2)

16,818

18,934

35,752


 

 

 

 

(1)   stated before intra-group interest and management charges

(2)   assets and liabilities stated excluding intra-group balances


 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

Food manufacturing

2023

£'000

 

Investing and management services

2023

£'000

 

 

 

Total

2023

£'000





Capital spend

785

-

785

Depreciation

1,010

1

1,011

Interest income (non-Group)

-

(725)

(725)

Interest expense (non-Group)

172

-

172

Tax expense

442

687

1,129


 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

Food manufacturing

2022

£'000

 

Investing and management services

2022

£'000

 

 

 

Total

2022

£'000






Capital spend

1,014

-

1,014

Depreciation

932

1

933

Interest income (non-Group)

(8)

-

(8)

Interest expense (non-Group)

138

-

138

Tax credit/(expense)

(50)

50

-


 

 

 

 

  Geographical analysis:

 


External revenue by

location of customers

Non-current assets by

location of assets


2023

2022

2023

2022


£'000

£'000

(as restated)

£'000

£'000






UK

41,758

36,830

7,905

8,142

Rest of Europe

1,192

1,197

-

-


 

 

 

 


42,950

38,027

7,905

8,142

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Group had 4 (2022: 4) customers (all in the food manufacturing segment) that individually accounted for in excess of 10% of the Group's revenues as follows:

 


2023

£'000

2022

£'000

 




First customer

20,337

17,860

Second customer

7,453

6,252

Third customer

6,552

5,530

Fourth customer

6,129

4,547


 

 

Revenue is recognised when goods are delivered and there is minimal uncertainty over the timing and amount of revenue recognition. All revenue has been recognised in one instance in the current and prior year. The Group has no material balances which arise from contracts with customers save for trade receivables as set out in note 13.

 

6     Discontinued operations

 

On 8 November 2022, two subsidiary undertakings in the Group, Indulgence Patisserie Limited and Indulgence Foods Limited, ceased operations and have been classified as assets held for sale.

 

The loss relating to these subsidiaries (before intra-Group management charges) in the year was as follows:

 


2023

2022


£'000

£'000

 



Revenue

101

3,532

Cost of sales

(133)

(4,300)


 

 

Gross loss

(32)

(768)

Administrative expenses

(36)

(1,363)

Distribution expenses

(22)

(237)


 

 

Operating loss

(90)

(2,368)




Profit/(loss) on sale of tangible fixed asset investments

130

(199)


 

 

Loss before tax

40

(2,567)

Income tax credit

186

176

 

 

 

Loss from discontinued operations

226

(2,391)


 

 

Cash flows generated by Indulgence Patisserie Limited and Indulgence Foods Limited for the reporting periods under review were as follows:


2023

2022


£'000

£'000

 



Operating activities

964

(1,051)

Investing activities

2,238

29

Financing activities

(5)

(51)


 

 

Cash flows from discontinued operations

3,197

(1,073)


 

 

At 31 December 2023, the assets and liabilities of Indulgence Patisserie Limited and Indulgence Foods Limited (stated net of intra-Group balances), were as follows:


2023


£'000

Non-current assets


Assets held for sale

-

Property, plant and equipment

-


 

Total non-current assets

-

 


Current assets


Inventories

-

Trade and other receivables

403

Cash and cash equivalents

21


 

Total current assets

424


 

Total assets

424

 

 

Current liabilities


Loans and other borrowings

(4,623)

Leases

-

Trade and other payables

(396)


 

Total liabilities

(5,019)


 

Provisions - deferred tax

16


 

Net liabilities

(4,579)


 

 

7      Investment revenues, other gains and losses and finance income and expense

 


2023

2022


£'000

£'000

Finance income



Bank interest receivable

725

8

Investment revenues

80

109

Other gains & losses

-

581


 

 


805

698


 

 

 

Finance expense



Bank interest

(38)

(41)

Lease interest

(52)

(44)

Other interest and finance charges

(82)

(53)


 

 


(172)

(138)


 

 

 

8      Income tax

 

2023

2022

 

£'000

£'000


 

 

 

Corporation tax charge recognised in income statement - current year

356

-

Deferred tax charge recognised in income statement - current year

773

-

 

 

 

Total tax charge recognised in income statement

1,129

-

 

Deferred tax charge recognised in equity

 

-

 

297

 

 

 

Total tax charge recognised

1,129

297

 

 

 

 

The reasons for the difference between the actual tax expense in the income statement for the year and the standard rate of corporation tax in the UK applied to profits for the year are as follows:


 

2023

£'000

 

2022

£'000




Profit before tax

3,636

2,329


 

 

Expected tax charge based on the prevailing rate of corporation tax in the UK of 23.5% (2022- 19%)

855

443

 

Effects of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income not taxed

(19)

(21)

Super deduction and capital allowance adjustments

(15)

(27)

Other adjustments

12

19

Losses utilised

-

(8)

Effect of changes in rate of tax

47

5

Group relief from discontinued operations

258

(386)

Adjustments relating to prior periods

(9)

(25)


 

 

Total tax recognised in income statement

1,129

-


 

 

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognised at rates of tax substantively enacted as at the balance sheet date. Deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that they are considered recoverable. See also note 20.

 

9      Earnings per share

 

The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the following data:

 

Earnings for the purposes of earnings per share:

 

2023

£'000

 

2022

£'000

 

Profit/(loss) attributable to equity holders of the parent company:

From continuing operations

From discontinued operations

 

 

1,892

226

 

 

1,854

(2,391)

 

 

 

 

 

EEa

Weighted average number of shares for the purposes of earnings per share:

 

 

2023

No.

 

2022

No.

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue

 

2,345,696

 

2,493,592

Dilutive effect of potential ordinary shares

-

-


 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for diluted EPS

2,345,696

2,493,592


 

 

 

There were no share options (or other dilutive instruments) in issue during the year or the previous year.

 

10    Subsidiaries

 

The subsidiaries of Volvere plc, all of which have been included in these consolidated financial statements, are as follows:

           

 

 

Name

 

Registered address

 

 

Principal

Activity

Proportion of ownership interest in ordinary shares at 31 December 2023

 

Volvere Central Services Limited

Note 1

Group support services

100%

NMT Group Limited

Note 2

Investment

98.6%

Shire Foods Limited

Note 1

Food manufacturing

80%

Impetus Automotive Solutions Limited

Note 1

Dormant

100%

Indulgence Foods Limited

Note 1

Dormant

100%

Indulgence Patisserie Limited

Note 1

Food Manufacturing, now ceased trading

100%

Naughty Vegan Limited

Volvere Asset Management Limited

Note 1

Note 1

Dormant

Dormant

100%

100%

 

 

Note 1 - Registered at Shire House, Tachbrook Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 3SF, England.

Note 2 - Registered at 4th Floor 115 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN, Scotland.

 

11    Property, plant and equipment

 


 

Freehold
Property

£'000

 

Plant & Machinery

£'000

 

 

Total

£'000

Cost or valuation

 




At 1 January 2022

4,700

9,567

14,267

Additions

-

1,082

1,082

Disposals

-

(799)

(799)

Revaluation

1,188

-

1,188

Reclassified to asset held for sale

(2,138)

-

(2,138)


 

 

 

At 31 December 2022 and 1 January 2023

3,750

9,850

13,600

Additions

-

785

785

Disposals

-

(509)

(509)

Revaluation

-

-

-


 

 

 

At 31 December 2023

3,750

10,126

13,876

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated depreciation

 




At 1 January 2022

85

4,876

4,961

Charge for the year

65

987

1,052

Eliminated on disposal

-

(520)

(520)

Reclassified to asset held for sale

(35)

-

(35)


 

 

 

At 31 December 2022 and 1 January 2023

115

5,343

5,458

Charge for the year

58

953

1,011

Disposals

-

(498)

(498)


 

 

 

At 31 December 2023

173

5,798

5,971


 

 

 

Net book value




 




At 31 December 2023

3,577

4,328

7,905


 

 

 

At 31 December 2022

3,635

4,507

8,142

 

 

 

 

 

The freehold property owned by Shire Foods Limited was revalued by an independent valuation specialist to £3,750,000 in May 2021 and this valuation was included as at 31 December 2020. During 2020, the company acquired freehold properties as part of the Indulgence business combination. The properties were purchased for £950,000. 

 

In the 2022 financial year, the properties owned by Indulgence Foods Limited were revalued to £2,138,000. Following Indulgence Patisserie Limited ceasing to trade, these properties were subsequently reclassified as assets held for sale. See note 15 for further details.

 

Under the historical cost model, the carrying value of freehold property would be £2,157,000. All other property, plant and equipment is carried at cost less accumulated depreciation. At the year end, the Directors consider that the fair value of the properties is not materially different from their carrying values.

 

Management considers there to be no indicators to suggest that any items of property, plant and equipment are impaired.  Property, plant and equipment (which is all held within Shire Foods Limited) with a net book value of £7.91 million is pledged as collateral for Group borrowings (all of which are within Shire Foods Limited).

 

Right of use assets

The Group leases certain plant and equipment. The average remaining lease term across all leases is 1.5 years. In all cases, the lease obligations are secured by the lessor's title to the leased assets. The right-of-use assets included in the statement of financial position are as follows:

 

Amounts recognised in the statement of financial position

 

          Group

2023


2022

 

£'000


£'000

         




          Net book values

1,724


      1,770

 

Amounts recognised in the statement of comprehensive income

 

          Group

2023


2022

 

£'000


£'000

         




          Interest expense on lease liabilities

52


44

          Expense relating to short-term leases

-


-

          Depreciation charge for the year

364


329

 

The aggregate undiscounted commitments for short-term and low value leases at the year-end was £nil (2022 - £nil).

 

12    Inventories

 


2023

£'000

 

2022

£'000

 

Raw materials                                

Finished products

2,857

3,068

      1,961 1,816


 

 


5,925

3,777


 

 

 

The total amount of inventories consumed in the year and charged to cost of sales was £25.91 million (2022: £24.62 million).

 

13    Trade and other receivables


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Trade receivables

6,936

8,466

Less: provision for impairment of trade receivables

-

-


 

 

Net trade receivables

6,936

8,466

Other receivables

185

283

Prepayments and accrued income

722

566


 

 


7,843

9,315


 

 

Certain of the Group's subsidiaries have invoice discounting arrangements for their trade receivables which are pledged as collateral.  Under these arrangements it is considered that the subsidiaries remain exposed to the risks and rewards of ownership, principally in the form of credit risk, and so the assets continue to be recognised.  The associated liabilities arising restrict the subsidiaries' use of the assets. 

 

The carrying amount of the assets and associated liabilities is as follows:


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Trade receivables

6,936

8,466

Borrowings

(149)

(1,143)


 

 


6,787

7,323


 

 

Because of the normal credit periods offered by the subsidiaries, it is considered that the fair value matches the carrying value for the assets and associated liabilities.

 

The Group is exposed to credit risk with respect to trade receivables due from its customers, primarily in the food manufacturing segment.  This segment has a significant dependency on a small number of large customers who can and do place significant contracts.  Provisions for bad and doubtful debts are made based on management's assessment of the risk taking into account the ageing profile, experience and circumstances.  There were no significant amounts due from individual customers where the credit risk was considered by the Directors to be significantly higher than the total population.

 

During the year, several customers were invoiced in foreign currency. The Group does not hedge its exposure to foreign exchange risk but monitors product margins and foreign exchange gains and losses each month. In the event of a permanent and unfavourable movement in exchange rates, the Group would review foreign currency-based selling prices. At the balance sheet date, trade receivables consisted of customers invoiced in Euros and sterling as follows:






 

Trade receivables

2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Denominated in sterling

6,936

8,118

Denominated in Euros

-

348


 

 


6,936

8,466


 

 

 

The ageing analysis of trade receivables is disclosed below:

 


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Up to 3 months

6,843

8,088

3 to 6 months

12

104

6 to 12 months

9

274

Over 12 months

72

-


 

 


6,936

8,466


 

 

 

14    Cash and cash equivalents


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Cash at bank and in hand

22,139

19,136


 

 

 

15    Assets held for sale

 

Assets held for sale related to the land and buildings owned by Indulgence Foods Limited, a subsidiary in the food manufacturing segment, which are no longer in use as the company has discontinued operations.  The Group sold the assets in the 2023 financial year.

 

16    Available for sale investments

 

During the year the Group invested in equity securities pursuant to its treasury management policies.  The investments held at year end are carried at fair value £1.60 million (2022: £1.65 million), and have been classified as available for sale. The cost of the securities was £1.69 million (2022: £1.69 million).

 


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Available for sale investments

1,599

1,649


 

 

 

17    Trade and other payables (current)


2023

£'000

2022

£'000







Trade payables

2,483

2,638

Other tax and social security

873

211

Other payables

34

54

Accruals

1,565

1,904


 

 


4,955

4,807


 

 

 

The fair value of all trade and other payables approximates to book value at 31 December 2023 and at 31 December 2022.

 

18    Financial instruments - risk management

 

The Group's principal financial instruments are:

 

·      Trade receivables

·      Cash at bank

·      Loans and right of use leases

·      Trade and other payables

 

The Group is exposed through its operations to the following financial risks:

 

·      Cash flow interest rate risk

·      Foreign currency risk

·      Liquidity risk

·      Credit risk

·      Other market price risk


 

Policy for managing these risks is set by the Board following recommendations from the Co-founder/Director.  Certain risks are managed centrally, while others are managed locally following guidelines communicated from the centre.  The policy for each of the above risks is described in more detail below.

 

Interest rate risk

 

Due to the relatively low level of borrowings, the Directors do not have an explicit policy for managing cash flow interest rate risk.  All current and recent borrowing (other than in respect of leasing) has been on variable terms, with interest rates of between 3% and 4% above base rate, and the Group has cash reserves sufficient to repay all borrowings promptly in the event of a significant increase in market interest rates.  All cash is managed centrally and subsidiary operations are not permitted to arrange borrowing independently.

 

The Group's investments may attract interest at fixed or variable rates, or none at all.  The market price of such investments may be impacted positively or negatively by changes in underlying interest rates.  It is not considered relevant to provide a sensitivity analysis on the effect of changing interest rates since, at the year end, none of the Group's investments were interest bearing.

 

Foreign currency risk     

 

Foreign exchange risk arises when individual Group operations enter into transactions denominated in a currency other than their functional currency (sterling).  The Directors monitor and review their foreign currency exposure on a regular basis. The Directors are of the opinion that the exposure to foreign currency risk is not significant.

 

Liquidity risk

 

The Group maintains significant cash reserves and therefore does not require facilities with financial institutions to provide working capital.  Surplus cash is managed centrally to maximise the returns on deposits. 

 

Credit risk

 

The Group is mainly exposed to credit risk from credit sales.  The Group's policy for managing and exposure to credit risk is disclosed in note 13.

 

Other market price risk

 

The Group has generated a significant amount of cash and this has been held partly as cash deposits and partly invested pursuant to the Group's investing strategy.


Capital management

 

The Group's main objective when managing capital is to protect returns to shareholders by ensuring the Group will trade profitably in the foreseeable future.  The Group also aims to maximise its capital structure of debt and equity so as to minimise its cost of capital.

 

The Group manages its capital with regard to the risks inherent in the business and the sector within which it operates by monitoring its gearing ratio on a regular basis.

 

The Group considers its capital to include share capital, share premium, fair value reserve and retained earnings.  Net debt includes short and long-term borrowings (including lease obligations) and shares classed as financial liabilities, net of cash and cash equivalents.  The Group has not made any changes to its capital management during the year.  The Group is not subject to any externally imposed capital requirements.


 

An analysis of what the Group manages as capital is outlined below:


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Total debt

(1,702)

(2,900)

Cash and cash equivalents

22,139

19,136


 

 

Net funds

20,437

16,236


 

 

Total equity (capital)

37,497

35,752


 

 

Net funds to capital ratio

54.5%

45.4%


 

 

 

Reconciliation of movement in net cash

 


Net cash at 1 January 2023

 

Cash flow

Repayment of borrowings

Other non- cash items

Net cash at 31

December 2023


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000







Cash at bank and in hand

19,136

3,003

-

-

22,139

 

Borrowings

(2,900)

-

1,506

(308)

(1,702)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Total financial liabilities

                    16,236

3,003

1,506

(308)

20,437

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash items of £308,000 relate to the increase in lease finance arising on the purchase of property, plant and equipment.


19    Financial assets and liabilities - numerical disclosures

 

Analysis of financial assets by category:

 


 

 

 

Total assets

29,982

1,599

31,581


 

 

 


 

 

 

Total liabilities

6,657

-

6,657


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Total assets

28,451

3,752

32,203


 

 

 


 

 

 

Total liabilities

7,707

-

7,707


 

 

 

Fair values

 

Assets held at fair value fall into three categories, depending on the valuation techniques used, as follows:

 

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

Level 2:   inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (i.e., as prices) or indirectly (i.e., derived from prices);

Level 3:   inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

 

The Directors consider the carrying values of all financial assets and liabilities to be a reasonable approximation of their fair values. 

 

All other assets, and all liabilities are carried at amortised cost. 


 

Maturity of financial liabilities

 

The maturity of borrowings (including right of use leases) carried at amortised cost is as follows:

 


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Less than six months

403

1,393

Six months to one year

234

237

One to two years

294

418

Two to five years

601

543

More than five years

170

309


 

 


1,702

2,900


 

 

The above borrowings are analysed on the balance sheet as follows:


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Loans and other borrowings (current)

269

1,258

Leases (current)

368

372

Loans and other borrowings (non-current)

698

818

Leases (non-current)

367

452


 

 


1,702

2,900


 

 


Borrowings are secured on certain assets of the Group, and interest was charged at rates of between 2.5% and 3.2% during the year.  Including interest that is expected to be paid, the maturity of borrowings (including leases) is as follows:


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Less than six months

447

1,435

Six months to one year

272

276

One to two years

345

486

Two to five years

677

624

More than five years

174

323


 

 


1,915

3,144


 

 

The above borrowings including interest that is expected to be paid are analysed as follows:

 


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Loans and other borrowings (current)

300

1,294

Leases (current)

419

418

Loans and other borrowings (non-current)

770

919

Leases (non-current)

426

513


 

 


1,915

3,144


 

 

 

The maturity of other financial liabilities, excluding loans and borrowings, carried at amortised cost is as follows:


2023

£'000

2022

£'000

 

Less than six months

3,356

2,849

 

 

 

 


 


20    Deferred tax

 

Movements in deferred tax provisions are outlined below:

 


Accelerated tax depreciation

Other

timing differences

 

Re-valuations

 

 

Losses

 

 

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000







At 1 January 2023

(662)

4

(824)

819

(663)

Recognised in P&L during the year

(83)

11

-

(701)

(773)

Derecognised on discontinued operations

(17)

18

297

(107)

191


 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2023

(762)

33

(527)

11

(1,245)


 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous year movements were as follows:


Accelerated tax depreciation

Other

timing differences

 

Re-valuations

 

 

Losses

 

 

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000







At 1 January 2022

(678)

17

(527)

650

(538)

Recognised in P&L during the year

16

(13)

-

169

172

Recognised in equity during the year

-

-

(297)

-

(297)


 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2022

(662)

4

(824)

819

(663)


 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, there are unrecognised net deferred tax assets as follows:


2023

£'000

2022

£'000




Tax losses carried forward

819

832

Excess of depreciation over capital allowances

-

-

Short term temporary differences

-

-


 

 

Net unrecognised deferred tax asset

819

832


 

 


Deferred tax assets and liabilities have been calculated using the rate of corporation tax expected to apply when the relevant temporary differences reverse of 25% (2022 - 25%).  Deferred tax assets and liabilities are only offset where there is a legally enforceable right of offset and there is an intention to settle the balances net.

 

The unrecognised elements of the deferred tax assets have not been recognised because there is insufficient evidence that they will be recovered because such losses are within entities that are not expected to yield future profits. The losses cannot be used to offset against profits in other entities as the losses arose prior to 1 April 2017 and can therefore only be offset against any profits made by the entity that incurred the loss.


 



 

21    Share capital

 

Authorised

 

2023

Number

2023

£'000

2022

Number

2022

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of £0.0000001 each

100,100,000

-

100,100,000

-

A shares of £0.49999995 each

50,000

25

50,000

25

B shares of £0.49999995 each

50,000

25

50,000

25

Deferred shares of £0.00000001 each

4,999,999,500,000

50

4,999,999,500,000

50

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

Issued and fully paid

 

2023

                     Number

2023

£'000

2022

Number

2022

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of £0.0000001 each

6,207,074

-

6,207,074

-

Deferred shares of £0.00000001 each

4,999,994,534,697

50

4,999,994,534,697

50

 

 


 


 

 

           

 

           

 

 

50

 

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasury shares

 

During the year the Company acquired 36,500 (2022: 204,000) of its own Ordinary shares for total consideration of £427,000 (2022: £2,090,000). This brought the total number of Ordinary shares held in treasury to 3,879,152 (2022: 3,842,652) with an aggregate nominal value of less than £1. At the year end the total number of Ordinary shares outstanding (excluding treasury shares) was 2,327,922 (2022: 2,364,422).

 

Rights attaching to deferred shares & A and B shares

 

The Deferred shares carry no rights to participate in the profits of the Company and carry no voting rights.  After the distribution of the first £10 billion in assets in the event of a return of capital (other than a purchase by the Company of its own shares), the Deferred shares are entitled to an amount equal to their nominal value.

 

The Company has no A and B shares in issue.  These shares have conversion rights allowing them to convert into Ordinary shares on a pre-determined formula.  All A and B shares previously in issue have been converted into Ordinary shares.

 

22    Reserves                                                                                                                                                                   

All movements on reserves are disclosed in the consolidated statement of changes in equity.

 

The following describes the nature and purpose of each reserve within owners' equity:

 

Reserve

Nature and purpose



Share premium

Amount subscribed for share capital in excess of nominal value



Revaluation reserves

Cumulative net unrealised gains and short-term losses arising on the revaluation of the Group's available for sale investments and freehold property



Retained earnings

Cumulative net gains and losses recognised in the statement of comprehensive income, other than those included in revaluation reserves.





23    Related party transactions

 

Details of amounts payable to Directors, and parties related to the Directors, are disclosed in note 4.  There were no other transactions with key members of management other than in respect of out-of-pocket expenses properly incurred, and no other transactions with related parties.


 

24    Contingent liabilities

 

The Group had no material contingent liabilities as at the date of these financial statements.

 


25    Non-controlling interests

 

The non-controlling interests of £2,992,000 (2022: £2,877,000 ) relate to the net assets attributable to the shares not held by the Group at 31 December 2023 in the following subsidiaries:

 

 

Name of subsidiary

2023

£'000

2022

£'000

 



NMT Group Limited

68

67

Shire Foods Limited

2,924

2,810

 

 

 

 

2,992

2,877

 

 

 


Summarised financial information (before intra-group eliminations) in respect of those subsidiaries with material non-controlling interests is presented below:                                                                                


 

Shire Foods Limited


2023

£'000

2022

£'000

Non-current assets

Current assets

Non-current liabilities

Current liabilities

7,905

14,152

(1,071)

(5,059)

8,137

13,939

   (1,270)

   (5,532)

Provisions

(1,285)

(1,202)

 

 

 

Net assets (equity)

14,642

14,072

 

 

 

 

Group

11,718

11,262

Non-controlling interests

2,924

2,810

 

 

 

 

14,642

14,072

 

 

 

 

Revenue

42,965

38,175


 

 

Profit for the year after tax (stated after intra-group management

and interest charges)

 

3,071

 

2,382


 

 

Profit for the year attributable to non-controlling interests

614

475

 

 

 

 

 

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