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Half Yearly Report
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Computacenter PLC
31 August 2012
 

 

 

Computacenter plc

Interim Results for Six Months ended 30 June 2012

 

Computacenter plc, the independent provider of IT infrastructure services and solutions, today announces unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2012.

 

"Encouraging Services revenue growth, good pipeline"

 

Financial Highlights:

 

·              Group revenue, including acquisitions, of £1.42 billion (H1 2011: £1.37 billion) an increase of 4.2%

·              Group adjusted1 profit before tax of £24.0 million (H1 2011: £26.6 million), impacted by additional start-up

            costs, primarily in Germany, associated with new business wins

·              Adjusted1 diluted earnings per share (EPS) of 11.7p (H1 2011: 12.9p)

·              Net funds excluding customer specific financing (CSF) of £101.6 million (H1 2011: £104.3 million)

·              Interim dividend of 5.0p (H1 2011: 4.5p)  an increase of 11.1%

 

Statutory Highlights:

 

·              Group profit before tax of £20.8 million (H1 2011: £26.2 million) 

·              Diluted EPS of 10.0p (H1 2011: 12.7p)

·              Net funds after CSF of £83.8 million (H1 2011: £80.9 million)

 

Operational Highlights:

 

·              Revenue growth of more than 5% in constant currency across all countries with double digit organic

            revenue growth in Services in all countries

·              Contractual Services base increased by 9.4% to £595.0 million (H1 2011: £544.0 million)

·              Efficient integration of new Service contract wins in the UK with continued strong UK Services contract

            pipeline

·              Progress made in resolving integration issues relating to new Services contracts in Germany to ensure the

            earnings potential will be realised

·              Continued successful roll-out of Group wide ERP system with operational benefits coming through

·              New warehouse and office installations in France, with further fit-out at the new RDC facility, expansion of

            the Spanish Service desk, as well as new German Service desk

 

Mike Norris, Chief Executive of Computacenter plc, commented:

 

"Our Services revenue grew materially in the first half of the year, reflecting our strategic emphasis on growing our Contractual Services base. While we were encouraged to see double digit organic revenue growth in Services in all countries, we must now replicate the successful contract win integration achieved in the UK across the Group.

 

This is not a simple or quick process and much work needs to be done. However, our uncompromising approach to customer satisfaction, whatever the short term consequences, we believe is in the long term interest of all of our stakeholders, particularly our shareholders.

 

The new Services business momentum we have built in our UK Services business looks set to continue into the second half and beyond.  We are likely to see slower top line Services growth outside the UK as we put our processes in order, but this should improve our margins.  We remain on track with the Board's revised expectations for the year."

 

Enquiries:

 

Computacenter                                                                                                                01707 631000

Mike Norris                                                                                                                       

Tessa Freeman

Tulchan                                                                                                                           020 7353 4200

Christian Cowley                                                                                                                            

Rebecca Scott

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

We suffered growing pains, particularly in Germany, during the first half of 2012. The challenge of implementing multiple contracts simultaneously and delivering what our customers want, is leading us to spend an incremental £7 million on additional staff and related costs to ensure our future success.

 

We are confident in our services offerings and as part of our decision to protect our long term prospects, we are planning necessary improvements to our operating and management processes. We were pleased to see that in the recently published UK KPMG Outsourcing2 satisfaction survey, we were rated at the top of a highly competitive sector.

 

We remain financially sound with £101.6 million of net funds, excluding customer specific financing (CSF) at the end of the period, no debt, paying an increased interim dividend and pleased that our investments in our offerings, as well as our internal ERP system are delivering strong Services growth. We are not pleased that we did not properly anticipate the operational impact of winning so many contracts at the same time, but growing pains are a challenge we have the financial strength to absorb.

 

As previously reported in June, the investments in our contract base referred to above and the negative impact of exchange rate movements have reduced our profit expectations for 2012 by approximately £10 million. However, our journey to grow our Services revenue and improve long-term profitability takes precedence in our decision-making.

 

Thanks to our customers and our employees for giving us further confidence in our future.

 

Greg Lock

August 2012

 

2KPMG's UK Outsourcing Service Provider Performance and Satisfaction (SPSS) Survey for 2012

 

 

Operating Review

 

Group

 

During the first six months of 2012, Computacenter's overall revenues in constant currency grew by 7.6% to £1.42 billion and by 4.2% on an as reported basis (H1 2011: £1.37 billion). At a Group level the impact of acquisitions made in 2011 was not material. This encouraging growth during the first half of 2012 was delivered, with all countries increasing their revenues by more than 5% in constant currency; although, excluding the Top Info acquisition, like for like revenue in France declined by 4%.

 

As notified, Group profitability was down on the same period last year, reducing the adjusted1 profit before tax by 9.6% to £24.0 million (H1 2011: £26.6 million). Despite the good revenue growth, new contract take-on volume in Germany and workload strain in France more than offset the profit increase in the UK and the substantial profit increase in Belgium.

 

As a result of the reduced profit and a broadly similar tax rate, adjusted1 diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the period reduced by 9.3% to 11.7p (H1 2011: 12.9p). A total of £1.9 million of exceptional one-off charges, relating to the relocation of our office and warehouse premises in France, as well as our IT recycling subsidiary RDC, were incurred during the period. Therefore, on a statutory basis, after taking both amortisation on acquired intangibles and the exceptional items into account, profit before tax reduced by 20.5% to £20.8 million (H1 2011: £26.2 million).

 

All our geographic segments have delivered organic double digit percentage Services revenue growth, in constant currency. Overall Supply Chain revenue grew by 4.3%, with all the segments improving on their Supply Chain revenues in constant currency on the first half of last year; although, the 1.3% improvement in the UK was relatively small.

 

Supply Chain margins in the UK were held back, partly due to a single one-off high margin deal during the first half of 2011, but also due to a shift in the type of products purchased by our customers.  During the second quarter of this period, Supply Chain revenue in Germany slowed, especially when compared to the extraordinary growth experienced in the same period last year.  

 

The growth in our constant currency Contractual Services base of 9.4% to £595.0 million (H1 2011: £544.0 million) is at a strategic level, very positive and has already helped performance in the UK during the period, with a more material contribution to come in the second half of the year and beyond. In addition, the current pipeline in the UK is particularly strong, which bodes well for contract base growth in the second half of the year.

 

The on-boarding of new contracts was, as notified in our release on 14 June 2012, not executed as smoothly in Germany as in the UK. The German business was under-resourced to cope with the extent of the new activity and, in order to limit customer dissatisfaction, significant additional cost had to be incurred through overstaffing on some contracts, which impacted profitability. We remain dedicated to resolving these issues and establishing stability in the delivery of these Services, which will then release the earning potential of these contracts.

 

We expect better earnings from the encouraging Services top-line growth in France as we continue to optimise our processes and facilities during the rest of this year. The challenges in France are not similar to those in Germany, making us confident that as the French team progresses through their busy agenda, improved profitability should follow.

 

Our cash position remained strong and net funds, excluding CSF, were £101.6 million at the period end (H1 2011: net funds of £104.3 million). This healthy position was maintained despite the investment of £3.9 million to acquire a majority stake in Damax in the second half of 2011, as well as capital expenditure in the first half of 2012 of £18.8 million, which included the new warehouse and office installations in France, further fit-out at the new RDC facility, expansion of the Spanish Service Desk as well as a new German Service Desk. The level of CSF has reduced further from £23.5 million, at the end of the first half of 2011, to £17.9 million. Including CSF, net funds were £83.8 million (H1 2011: £80.9 million).

 

As reported on the last few occasions, our cash position remains, but to a lesser degree, enhanced to the extent of £25.8 million (H1 2011: £30.8 million), by the provision of extended credit terms from a major supplier.  The level of cash improvement arising from these terms clearly fluctuates based on the level of purchases from that vendor. We view this as a healthy net fund position, especially considering the higher dividend payment during this period.

 

We are pleased to announce the payment of an increased interim dividend of 5.0p per share (H1 2011: 4.5p).  This is in line with our stated policy that the interim dividend will be approximately one third of the previous year's full dividend. The interim dividend will be paid on 19 October 2012 to shareholders on the register as at 21 September 2012.

 

We expect to migrate our French business onto our new Group-wide ERP system during the middle of next year and have already made good progress in preparing for the deployment. We are confident that the experience gained during the migrations of both the UK and German businesses will materially assist in migrating the French operation onto the same platform. We are keen to complete the final stage of the ERP transformation, as even at this relatively early stage, we have already experienced operational benefit from the single ERP system at a Group level.

 

 

Outlook

 

We remain on track with the Board's revised expectations for the year.  While we are clearly pleased with the Services revenue growth in all countries, our success in business take-on in the UK must be replicated across the Group.  This is not a simple or quick process and much work needs to be done.  However, our uncompromising approach to customer satisfaction, whatever the short-term financial consequences, we believe is in the long-term interest of all of our stakeholders, particularly our shareholders. 

 

The new Services business momentum we have built in the UK looks set to continue into next year and beyond.  We are likely to see slower top line Services growth outside the UK, as we put our processes in order, but this should improve our margins. We believe the growth we have achieved in Services has materially outstripped the market. This growth has resulted in some shorter term operational challenges, however, in the long term, our ability to grow ahead of the market will continue to be highly positive for Computacenter.

 

 

United Kingdom

 

We are encouraged by good overall revenue growth in the UK despite the ongoing market challenges within the two key sectors of public sector and investment banking. Overall UK revenue rose by 5.7% to £578.2 million (H1 2011: £547.3 million) and overall adjusted1 operating profit improved by 5.2%, to £17.6 million (H1 2011: £16.7 million).

 

Our strategic shift towards emphasising our Services and Solutions offerings is delivering value, as evidenced by 14.2% growth in Services revenue, compared to growth of 0.7% in the first half of 2011. As our customers increasingly value our independence and ability to meet their demand for cost reduction, quality improvements and access to skills, we are able to reduce our dependence on Supply Chain activity with exposure to less predictable capital expenditure. This enhances the quality of our earnings through increased stability and predictability.

 

The UK profitability in the period owes much to the efficient and effective take-on of the new contracts, which we won at the end of last year and the beginning of this year. This demonstrates that our investment into improving our take-on processes in the UK is delivering returns.

 

KPMG's UK Outsourcing Service Provider Performance and Satisfaction (SPSS) Survey for 2012 confirms that our industrialised approach to relationship management, innovation, pricing and business take-on, as well as service delivery, has contributed to our number one ranking for customer satisfaction.

 

Computacenter also took first place for customer reference-ability in the survey. This demonstrates that we continue to deliver value throughout our services engagements, further fuelling growth of our contract base, which has increased by 10.5% to £274.0 million (H1 2011: £248.0 million). This comes within a market where Gartner has predicted no more than 2.8% growth for 2012.

 

Against the background of the relatively flat IT supply chain market, our Supply Chain revenue increased marginally, albeit with much of this growth coming from Windows 7-led sales, resulting in a decline in Supply Chain contribution levels. In addition to this shift, which may well reverse next year, a large one-off high-margin deal in the first half of 2011 makes the comparison more difficult.

 

As notified at the end of last year, we are well placed to meet demand for Windows 7, Office 2010 and Exchange software migration, as our customers seek to upgrade their legacy environments. We are also experiencing strong growth for the broader workplace IT transformation projects as part of these upgrade initiatives. This has generated new customers and also fuelled transformational project growth as part of existing Managed Services contracts over the last year.

 

We have been awarded a £50 million, five-year contract to join the new Rolls Royce ecosystem of strategic IT vendors, as the provider of global desktop services. Our industrialised services will help Rolls-Royce further enhance their operational efficiencies and effectiveness through the delivery of new and improved desktop services.

 

As mentioned, public sector spend has remained largely subdued, but in some instances, spending on IT transformation projects continued unabated. The North and South Wales Consortia have appointed Computacenter UK as the sole supplier of Supply Chain Services to 10 local authorities. We have further won a £1.8 million contract for the delivery of a VMware enterprise licence to Transport for London.  

 

We continue to strengthen our presence within the retail banking sector. In the period, we were awarded a build, store, deploy and support contract by a new global banking customer, covering 1,800 of their retail branch locations, with a value of £2.1 million per year. Similarly, in the commercial sector, we have secured a Windows 7 migration project with another new customer, a large German insurance provider.

 

Whilst winning contracts with new customers is important, expanding the scope of offerings we deliver to existing customers is equally encouraging. For example, international law firm Eversheds has recently renewed its data centre managed services outsourcing contract and additionally agreed a new contract valued at £1.3 million for the delivery and management of the second phase of the firm's datacenter transformation project.

 

Our cabling division has been particularly busy this period on one notable major project. In addition, it has been awarded two new framework agreements, which bodes well for the continuing success of this division over the rest of this year and beyond.

 

We believe the SG&A increase in the UK of 3.2%, compared to the same period last year, is controlled and stable, in light of the business increase, contract base growth and improved Services and Solutions profitability. This follows targeted investment into supporting our increasing Services business. We are also continuing to invest in the UK business to support future growth, through enhancing our current offerings and increasing our pre-sales activity, as we enter the second half of the year with a very encouraging business pipeline.

 

 

Germany

 

Total revenue for the German segment increased by 7.5% to €718.7 million (H1 2011: €668.6 million). We view this as encouraging in the overall context of the German market, where the exceptional spending seen in 2011 has evidently slowed, particularly during Q2 2012.

 

Market conditions and a difficult comparator have undoubtedly impacted our Supply Chain business, where growth over the period was 3.7% to €478.6 million (H1 2011: €461.6 million), compared to an increase of 36.8% growth achieved in the first half of 2011.  This impact has been felt most acutely within the second quarter of 2012 during which Supply Chain revenues reduced by 9.8% compared to the second quarter of 2011. Nevertheless, we feel that our Supply Chain business has held up well, especially within the datacenter market. This is largely due to our strong customer relationships and our established pan-European vendor relationships.

 

We believe that the widely reported issues of economic instability within the Euro zone have contributed towards the general slowdown in Supply Chain growth. However, our Supply Chain business performed extremely well in the same period last year, leading us to believe that this rate of decline is unlikely to continue during the rest of the year.

 

Services revenue in Germany increased by 16.0% to €240.1 million (H1 2011: €207.0 million). This growth has been delivered largely from the significant number of contracts won during the latter part of 2011. However, these wins, as noted in our 2011 final results and the announcement of 14 June 2012, have presented our German business with a sudden and material increase in business delivery demand. The consequential take-on issues have proven challenging to address, given the limited availability of specialist skills in Germany.

 

In order to try and address these challenges, we are making significant investments, primarily into additional people. We believe the deployment of this additional resource is essential to ensure that we successfully implement these contracts and delight our customers.

 

Whilst this additional investment and focus on stabilising the new contracts does not bode well for profitability in Germany this year, we expect an improvement in 2013. We view the resolution of these challenges as crucial to the relationships with these customers, as well as the long-term success of the business.  We will ensure that we consistently embed the lessons learnt from these growing pains.

 

This significant investment to assist our business take-on processes has had an impact on the gross margin levels and as such, our adjusted1 operating profit has reduced to €6.6 million (H1 2011: €9.7 million). It is worth noting that the first half's profitability is still more than 50% ahead of the same period in 2010. We are also able to report in this context that a 15-month trend of increasing SG&A in Germany has now been reversed and in Q2 2012 we have seen a modest reduction.

 

We remain encouraged by the performance of our workplace offerings and it is evident that our full desktop Managed Service remains attractive to our customers. We have sourced more than 9,000 new devices for Evonik, the multinational speciality chemicals company, in preparation of rolling-out Windows 7 and Office 2010 to approximately 18,000 devices.

 

We are also seeing a wider scope and higher volume of assignments being awarded to us by our existing customers. For example, a global soft drinks manufacturer has increased its total expenditure with us by some 650% to €2.6 million. In addition to equipping their office-based staff with desktop devices, we have been selected to source and supply their field staff with technologies that enable greater mobility.

 

Our Professional Services business remains upbeat, due to our current strong pipeline, despite the potential signs of a slower economy and a Supply Chain business that showed decline towards the end of the period.

 

While 2012 will be a year of re-establishing stability for Computacenter Germany, we are confident that the increased geographic footprint enabled by our recent global Services contract wins, will provide us with an excellent foundation to pursue further opportunities for growth over the course of 2013 and beyond.

 

 

France

 

During the first half of 2012, total revenue in France, including Top Info, increased by 9.0% in constant currency to €275.8 million (H1 2011: €253.1 million). The comparator only includes Top Info revenue for Q2 2011, following the acquisition. If the full H1 2011 revenue is included, there is a revenue decline of 4.0%. Adjusted1 operating profit during the first half of this year reduced by €1.1 million in constant currency, to an operating loss of €0.9 million (H1 2011: operating profit €0.2 million).

 

Services revenue over the period, in constant currency, including Top Info for the whole of the first half of both 2011 and 2012, increased by an encouraging 15.6%. This growth has been driven by the contracts won last year and reflects the materiality of the business take-on volume that we have managed. This volume led to some challenges, but all the new contracts have the potential of delivering improved profitability as they bed in. 

 

Total Supply Chain revenue increased by 7.8% in constant currency to €231.2 million during the period (H1 2011: €214.5 million), but declined by 7.0% taking account of Top Info's full H1 2011 Supply Chain revenue. We believe this performance has been stronger than the market, which slowed significantly in reaction to the uncertainty brought by the French presidential election. However, our customers continue to trade with us and some of the decline is delayed backlog, which bodes well for Supply Chain revenue over the rest of the year.

 

We have also seen a shift in how our customers currently buy their products. They are increasingly ordering fewer items at higher frequency, turning our logistics capability into an 'outsourced' resource. This shift in order frequency has brought some logistics challenges and we have responded by introducing an additional shift in our warehouse to maintain delivery schedules.

 

We are confident that these issues and the incremental employee overhead will be remedied during the slower summer months and by our relocation to a new and more efficient warehouse facility, anticipated to be fully operational from the third quarter of this year.

 

Customers are increasingly seeking to outsource all aspects relating to the IT lifecycle, including the sourcing of hardware and software, logistic services, maintenance and end-of life disposal. For example, the large energy supplier EDF (SA) has recently appointed Computacenter France as one of its suppliers of full outsourced 'workplace' service offering within the whole of their South-East region. 

 

We believe we are better placed than many of our competitors to provide our customers with flexible end-to-end workplace offerings. We are also encouraged by the fact that we are gaining solid customer reference-ability within certain industry sectors, for both our Services and Supply Chain offerings. This is evidenced by recent wins with three large France based international organisations in the banking and financial services sector.

 

The first half of 2012 has been a period of consolidation, with Top Info now fully integrated into the French business without the loss of any key customers or key members of staff. Additionally, we have relocated all Paris office staff to a single building, without any material disruption to customers and we are preparing to complete the relocation of all our warehouses into the consolidated and upgraded logistics facility in Gonesse, due for completion in the third quarter of 2012. The one off cost of €1.8 million that has been incurred in relation to the move has been reported as an exceptional charge. Our agenda for the rest of the year remains busy, with the preparatory work already underway for migration to the Group ERP system, during the middle of next year.

 

 

Belgium

 

Our Belgium and Netherlands operation has delivered very strong performance during the period, with increased adjusted1 operating profit of €1.3 million (H1 2011: €0.4 million). Overall revenue increased by 54.3%, with an encouraging Services growth of 35.8% and a very healthy Supply chain growth of 60.2%.

 

We view this positive performance as a response to the investment we have made into enhancing our sales capabilities. Our expanded sales force now has a wider and more compelling portfolio of both Services and Supply Chain offerings, including more enterprise and unified IP communication and collaboration offerings. This improved sales force has also augmented our managed services contract base by 19.6%, compared to the same period last year, bringing better stability and predictability to our earnings.

 

In this environment, where Euro zone uncertainty continues to challenge the market, both our vendors and customers are increasingly viewing our operation as one capable of delivering high value projects on a pan-European scale.

 

Shurgard, the leader in self storage in Europe and an existing Supply Chain customer, has recently entrusted Computacenter Belgium with the replacement of its centralised virtual storage infrastructure at its European datacenter. We have also been awarded the Windows 7 and Office 2010 roll-out for the Belgium locations of UCB, the global leader in biopharmaceuticals.

 

We will continue to invest in our sales operation; however, the rate of growth we are currently experiencing is not sustainable during the second half of 2012, especially as we saw exceptional performance in the same period in 2011. 

 

1Adjusted profit before tax and EPS is stated prior to amortisation of acquired intangibles and exceptional items. Adjusted operating profit is also stated after charging finance costs on CSF.

 

 

Risk

 

The principal risks to our business and our approach to mitigating those risks, largely remain as set out on pages 20 and 21 of our 2011 Report and Accounts.

 

During the first half of 2012, the Group Risk Committee, led by the Group CEO, undertook a comprehensive review of our Strategic Risk Log (SRL). This exercise refocused the activities of the Group Risk Committee and reprioritised some risks on the SRL, such as the potential that, inadvertently, or maliciously, customer data could be lost, or their IT systems harmed through the introduction of a software virus. Mitigation, including encryption and securing data and applying security screening of staff with access to customer networks, have been introduced, or enhanced.   

 

We had foreseen that through driving our strategic objective to accelerate the growth in our contractual services business, a resource demand could arise when transitioning multiple new Service contracts at the same time, which could result in making it more difficult to achieve our strategic objective of growing our profit margin. In the UK, a significant amount of new business take-on activity proceeded without any material challenges, largely due to a more established contractual service transition and transformation capability, combined with the fact that in many cases, the staff required to run the service on a day to day basis, are transferred from the existing service provider or the customer, as the case may be. 

 

Conversely, the business take-on challenges faced in Germany have been less well executed, partly due to the volume of business, less established transition and transformation capability and the fact that, in many cases, new staff had to be recruited into the organisation, who clearly have limited experience of the customers' operating environment and procedures. This resulted in us over-resourcing to avoid customer dissatisfaction, particularly apparent at the centralised IT help desk service in Barcelona, which has almost doubled in size in the last six months, as well as our newly established IT help desk in Berlin. Early review of the level of new resource required is being built into the Risk Management programme, as well as further review of customer specific requirements.

 

Our strategies to mitigate the risks of implementing complex end-to-end service contracts continue to be effective, as evidenced by improved profitability within our UK Services business. The challenges experienced during the new business take-on phases in Germany were not related to the management of end-to- end complex IT infrastructure, but due to volume of simultaneous new business, as described above. However, these mitigation strategies and services processes remain crucial to our business success and need to be deployed without fail, especially as we continue to face a strong pipeline of business in particularly the UK, France and Belgium.

      

Stability in the global economy remains uncertain and even presents wider challenges, such as the destabilisation of entire currencies. Our balance sheet strength and ability to control costs, provides some comfort, should we need to weather any storm. We are witnessing the upside of operating within various geographies and we continue to feel confident that our offerings, designed specifically to help customers remove cost and risk from their IT expenditure, continue to be Computacenter's primary mitigation strategy against this threat. We also aim to maintain our structure of invoicing in the currency of the country within which we deliver, thereby ring-fencing this exposure to a degree.

 

We are also cognisant and active in mitigating as best we can, the financial risks brought by currency fluctuations and tax rate impacts.  

 

We have assessed the potential impact to our business in the event of a Euro currency break-up and we recognise the unfortunate consequences which could flow from a general loss of business confidence in the event of a large scale currency fragmentation. However, as we do not have sales activities within those countries most at risk, we believe that this helps to reduce our overall risk position.

 

Following the successful migration of both the UK and German systems onto the Group ERP platform, preparations are underway to migrate the French system during the middle of next year. The experience gained over the last two more material migrations gives us confidence for the French implementation.  Accordingly, the migration risk has reduced in size and our focus has primarily turned to realising the full potential in optimising all the upside a single system holds for the Group, in its entirety.

 

 

 

Mike Norris
30 August 2012
 
 
 
 
 
Responsibility statement    
 
The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:
 
·                     This financial information has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34;
·                     This interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R
            (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and
            uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and
 
·                     This interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R
            (disclosure of related party transactions and changes therein.)
 
 
 
 
MJ Norris                                                                                                            FA Conophy
Chief Executive                                                                          Finance Director              
30 August 2012                                                                         30 August 2012
 
On behalf of the Board

 

Independent review report to Computacenter plc

 

Introduction

 

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2012 which comprises of the Consolidated Income Statement, Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, Consolidated Balance Sheet, Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, Consolidated Cash Flow Statement and related notes 1- 15. We have read the other information contained in the half yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with guidance contained in International Standard on Review Engagements 2410 (UK and Ireland) "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

 

Directors' Responsibilities

 

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", as adopted by the European Union.

 

Our Responsibility

 

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

 

 Scope of Review

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

 

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2012 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority.

 

 

Ernst & Young LLP

London

30 August 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated income statement







 

For the six months ended 30 June 2012







 



Unaudited


Restated

Unaudited


Audited

 



H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011

 


Note

£'000


£'000


£'000

 

Revenue

4

1,422,264


1,365,253


2,852,303

 

Cost of sales


(1,241,696)


(1,186,287)


(2,470,932)

 

Gross profit


180,568


178,966


381,371

 








 

Administrative expenses


(156,776)


(152,589)


(307,377)

 

Operating profit:







 

Before amortisation of acquired intangibles and exceptional items


23,792


26,377


73,994

 

Amortisation of acquired intangibles


(1,316)


(368)


(1,986)

 

Exceptional items

6

(1,882)


-


(131)

 

Operating profit


20,594


26,009


71,877

 








 

Finance revenue


1,023


1,353


2,361

 

Finance costs


(801)


(1,166)


(2,136)

 

Profit before tax:







 

Before amortisation of acquired intangibles and exceptional items


24,014


26,564


74,219

 

Amortisation of acquired intangibles


(1,316)


(368)


(1,986)

 

Exceptional items

6

(1,882)


-


(131)

 

Profit before tax


20,816


26,196


72,102

 








 

Income tax expense:







 

Before amortisation of intangibles and exceptional items


(5,958)


(6,453)


(16,125)

 

Tax on amortisation of intangibles


272


103


433

 

Tax on exceptional items

6

322


-


174

 

Exceptional tax items


-- 


-


4,427

 

Income tax expense

7

(5,364)


(6,350)


(11,091)

 

Profit for the period


15,452


19,846


61,011

 








 

Attributable to:







 

Equity holders of the parent


15,452


19,845


61,013

 

Non-controlling interest


-


1


(2)

 

Profit for the period


15,452


19,846


61,011


 








 

Earnings per share







 

- basic for profit for the period

8

10.3p


13.3p


41.0p

 

- diluted for profit for the period

8

10.0p


12.7p


39.3p

 








 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income





For the six months ended 30 June 2012







Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


£'000


£'000


£'000

Profit for the period

15,452


19,846


61,011

Gain/(loss) arising on cash flow hedge

233


-


(464)

Income tax effect

(58)


-


116

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

(5,542)


7,951


(4,495)

Total comprehensive income for the period

10,085


27,797


56,168







Attributable to:






Equity holders of the parent

10,085


27,796


56,166

Non-controlling interest

-


1


2


10,085


27,797


56,168

 

 

Consolidated balance sheet







As at 30 June 2012









Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited



H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


Note

£'000


£'000


£'000

Non-current assets







Property, plant and equipment


101,365


97,216


98,261

Intangible assets


101,758


100,675


104,242

Investment in associates


495


501


497

Deferred income tax asset


17,040


17,325


15,928



220,658


215,717


218,928

Current assets







Inventories


87,992


82,807


97,440

Trade and other receivables


496,852


465,116


548,968

Prepayments


49,602


50,313


43,042

Accrued income


80,740


61,557


47,019

Forward currency contracts


-


-


296

Current asset investment

14

10,000


25,000


10,000

Cash and short-term deposits

14

91,747


120,056


128,437



816,933


804,849


875,202

Total assets


1,037,591


1,020,566


1,094,130








Current liabilities







Trade and other payables


507,204


455,187


530,953

Deferred income


99,481


97,096


115,350

Financial liabilities


7,356


54,366


12,247

Forward currency contracts


226


48


464

Income tax payable


6,097


6,713


4,700

Provisions

12

2,551


2,801


2,689



622,915


616,211


666,403

Non-current liabilities







Financial liabilities


10,631


9,825


12,554

Provisions

12

7,404


10,340


9,059

Other non-current liabilities


31


31


 831

Deferred income tax liabilities


684


2,604


1,536



18,750


22,800


23,980

Total liabilities


641,665


639,011


690,383

Net assets


395,926


381,555


403,747








Capital and reserves







Issued capital


9,233


9,233


9,233

Share premium


3,717


3,717


3,717

Capital redemption reserve


74,957


74,957


74,957

Own shares held


(12,211)


(13,217)


(10,962)

Foreign currency translation reserve


2,096


20,088


7,638

Retained earnings


318,122


286,766


319,152

Shareholders' equity


395,914


381,544


403,735

Non-controlling interest


12


11


12

Total equity


395,926


381,555


403,747

 

 

 

 

Approved by the Board on 30 August 2012

 

 

 

 

 

MJ Norris, Chief Executive                                                         FA Conophy, Finance Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 


Attributable   to   equity   holders   of   the   parent




Issued capital   

   Share premium

Capital redemption reserve

Own shares held

Foreign currency translation reserve

Retained earnings   

   Total

Non-controlling interests

Total equity


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2011

9,233

3,697

74,957

(10,146)

12,137

279,674

369,552

10

369,562

Profit for the period

-

 -

-

-

-

     19,845

   19,845

             1

   19,846

Other comprehensive income

-

 -

-

-

     7,951

    7,951

          --  

    7,951

Total comprehensive income

-

 -

-

-

   7,951

     19,845

   27,796

             1

     27,797

Cost of share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

        1,301

    1,301

-

1,301

Deferred taxation on share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

           941

            941

-

                 941

Exercise of options

        -

        20

-

      535

-

 (535)

          20

-

         20

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

(3,606)

-

-

(3,606)

-

(3,606)

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(14,460)

(14,460)

-

(14,460)

At 30 June 2011

9,233

3,717

74,957

(13,217)

20,088

286,766

381,544

11

381,555

Profit for the period

-

 -

-

-

-

41,168

41,168

(3)

41,165

Other comprehensive income

-

 -

-

-

(12,450)

(348)

(12,798)

4

(12,794)

Total comprehensive income

-

 -

-

-

(12,450)

40,820

28,370

1

28,371

Cost of share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

1,175

1,175

-

1,175

Deferred taxation on share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

(645)

(645)

-

(645)

Exercise  of options

-

-

-

2,255

-

(2,255)

-

-

-

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(6,709)

(6,709)

-

(6,709)

At 31 December 2011

9,233

3,717

74,957

(10,962)

7,638

319,152

403,735

12

403,747

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

15,452

15,452

-

15,452

Other comprehensive income

-

 -

-

-

(5,542)

175

(5,367)

 -

(5,367)

Total comprehensive income

-

 -

-

-

(5,542)

15,627

10,085

-

10,085

Cost of share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

648

648

 -

648

Deferred taxation on share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

338

338

 -

338

Exercise  of options

-

 -

-

1,918

-

(1,918)

-

 -

-

Purchase of own shares

-

-

-

(3,167)

-

-

(3,167)

 -

(3,167)

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(15,725)

(15,725)

-

(15,725)

At 30 June 2012

9,233

3,717

74,957

(12,211)

2,096

318,122

395,914

12

395,926

 

 

 

 

           

Consolidated cash flow statement






For the six months ended 30 June 2012







Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


£'000


£'000


£'000

Operating activities






Profit before tax

20,816


26,196


72,102

Net finance income

(223)


(187)


(225)

Depreciation

11,620


13,664


27,417

Amortisation

3,971


3,303


7,844

Impairment reversal

-


-


(398)

Share-based payments

648


1,301


2,476

(Profit)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(266)


(4)


545

Loss on disposal of intangibles

-


-


33

Decrease/(increase) in inventories

7,510


5,931


(13,698)

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

(1,509)


19,816


(67,372)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

(29,523)


(26,886)


87,687

Other adjustments

4


-


(3)

Cash generated from operations

13,048


43,134


116,408

Income taxes paid

(4,126)


(5,809)


(14,384)

Net cash flow from operating activities

8,922


37,325


102,024







Investing activities






Interest received

755


1,307


2,316

Increase in current asset investment

-


(25,000)


(10,000)

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

-


(22,265)


(24,840)

Acquisition of associate

-


(500)


(500)

Sale of property, plant and equipment

291


29


1,449

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(15,561)


(14,545)


(24,181)

Purchases of intangible assets

(3,576)


(5,844)


(10,487)

Net cash flow from investing activities

(18,091)


(66,818)


(66,243)







Financing activities






Interest paid

(1,039)


(1,543)


(2,513)

Dividends paid to equity shareholders of the parent

(15,725)


(14,460)


(21,169)

Proceeds from issue of shares

-


20


 20

Purchase of own shares

(3,167)


(3,606)


(3,606)

Repayment of capital element of finance leases

(5,534)


(10,003)


(17,415)

Repayment of loans

(1,750)


(1,964)


(1,971)

New borrowings

726


--


-

Decrease in factor financing

-


(16,446)


(16,500)

Net cash flow from financing activities

(26,489)


(48,002)


(63,154)







Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(35,658)


(77,495)


(27,373)

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

484


890


(1,776)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

126,784


155,933


155,933

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

91,610


79,328


126,784

 

 

 

 

Notes to the accounts

 

 

1 Corporate information

 

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements of the Group for the six months ended 30 June 2012 were authorised for issue in accordance with a resolution of the Directors on 30 August 2012.

 

Computacenter plc is a limited company incorporated and domiciled in England whose shares are publicly traded.

 

 

 2 Basis of preparation

 

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2012 have been preparedin accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union. They do not include all of the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 31 December 2011 which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union.

 

The Group has maintained its strong cash position through generation of operating cash flows.  The Group's forecast and projections, which allow for reasonably possible variations, show that the Group will continue to maintain its strong cash position, and therefore supports the Directors' view that the Group has sufficient funds available to meet its foreseeable requirements. The directors have concluded therefore that the going concern basis remains appropriate.

 

 

3 Significant accounting policies

 

The accounting policies applied by the Group in these condensed consolidated interim financial statements are the same as those applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2011, except for the adoption of new standards and interpretations as of 1 January 2012, which did not have any impact on the accounting policies, financial position or performance of the Group, as noted below:

 

·      IAS12 - Deferred Tax: Recovery of underlying assets (Amendment)

·      IFRS 7 - Disclosures - Transfers of financial assets (Amendment)

·      IFRS 1 - Severe Hyperinflation and Removal of Fixed Dates for First-time Adopters (Amendment)

 

The Group has not early adopted any other standard, interpretation or amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective.

 

 

4 Segment information

 

For management purposes, the Group is organised into geographical segments, with each segment determined by the location of the Group's assets and operations.  The Group's business in each geography is managed separately and held in separate statutory entities.

 

No operating segments have been aggregated to form the below reportable operating segments.

 

Management monitors the operating results of its geographical segments separately for the purposes of making decisions about resource allocation and performance assessment. Segment performance is evaluated based on adjusted operating profit or loss which is measured differently from operating profit or loss in the consolidated financial statements. Adjusted operating profit or loss takes account of the interest paid on customer-specific financing ('CSF') which management consider to be a cost of sale. Excluded from adjusted operating profit is the amortisation of acquired intangibles and exceptional items as management do not consider these items when reviewing the underlying performance of a segment.

 

Restatement and classification of costs

In the first half of  2011, distribution costs were shown below gross profit, however, management monitor the performance of the business by including such costs within gross profit, and reports accordingly to the Chief Operating Decision Maker. As a result, these costs have been included in cost of sales in H1 2011 and for the year ended 31 December 2011.

Following our ERP implementation in the UK and Germany, the Group has been able to further align its structure and therefore how it classifies departmental costs between cost of sales and administrative expenses. The Group estimates that the net impact of these changes, principally related to pre-sales costs, has resulted in approximately £2.2m  costs being reported in administrative expenses in H1 2012 that were reported in cost of sales in H1 2011. This represents the Group's best estimate of the impact of the changes made in the H1 2012 reported results.

 

Segmental performance for the periods to H1 2012, H1 2011 and Full Year 2011 were as follows:

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2012 (unaudited)







UK

Germany

France

Belgium

Total



£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000








Revenue


578,242

591,032

226,815

26,175

1,422,264








Results







Adjusted gross profit


87,264

68,929

20,918

2,905

180,016

Adjusted net operating expenses


(69,698)

(63,516)

(21,697)

(156,776)

Adjusted operating profit


17,566

5,413

(779)

23,240

Adjusted net interest






774

Adjusted profit before tax






24,014








Other segment information







Share-based payments


551

70

27

648

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2011 (unaudited and restated)





UK

Germany

France

Belgium

Total



£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000








Revenue


547,269

580,375

219,700

17,909

1,365,253








Results







Adjusted gross profit


84,080

70,201

22,075

1,862

178,218

Adjusted net operating expenses


(67,388)

(61,800)

(21,896)

(1,504)

(152,588)

Adjusted operating profit/(loss)


16,692

8,401

179

358

25,630

Adjusted net interest






934

Adjusted profit before tax






26,564








Other segment information







Share-based payments


1,039

191

71

-

1,301







Year ended 31 December 2011 (audited)







UK

Germany

France

Belgium

Total



£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000








Revenue


 1,102,184

 1,228,574

 478,583

 42,962

 2,852,303








 

 

 

 

 

Results







Adjusted gross profit


167,305

157,355

50,636

4,610

379,906

Adjusted net operating expenses


(130,040)

(129,633)

(44,651)

(3,053)

(307,377)

Adjusted operating profit


37,265

27,722

5,985

1,557

72,529

Adjusted net interest






1,690

Adjusted profit before tax






74,219








 

 

Other segment information

 







Share-based payments


1,842

471

163

-

2,476

 

Reconciliation to adjusted results

Management reviews adjusted measures of performance as shown in the tables above. Adjusted profit before tax excludes exceptional items and the amortisation of acquired intangibles as shown below:

 


Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


£'000


£'000


£'000

Adjusted profit before tax

24,014


26,564


74,219

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(1,316)


(368)


(1,986)

Exceptional items

(1,882)


-


(131)

Profit before tax

20,816


26,196


72,102

 

Management also reviews adjusted measures for gross profit, operating expenses, operating profit and net interest, which in addition takes account of interest costs of CSF within cost of sales (as these are considered to form part of the gross profit performance of a contract). The reconciliation for adjusted operating profit to operating profit, as disclosed in the Consolidated Income Statement, is as follows:

 


Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


£'000


£'000


£'000







Adjusted operating profit

23,240


25,630


72,529

Add back interest on CSF

552


747


1,465

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(1,316)


(368)


(1,986)

Exceptional items

(1,882)


-


(131)

Segment operating profit

20,594


26,009


71,877

 

Sources of revenue

Each geographical segment principally consists of a single entity with shared assets, liabilities and capital expenditure. The Group has three sources of revenue, which are aggregated and shown in the table below. The sale of goods is recorded within Product revenues and the rendering of services is split into Professional and Support and Managed Services.

 



Unaudited


Unaudited

Audited



H1 2012


H1 2011

Year 2011



£'000


£'000

£'000

Sources of revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Product revenue






Total product revenue


  971,919


963,289

2,015,582

Services revenue






Professional services


           107,528


          99,427

216,906

Support and managed services


           342,817


        302,537

619,815

Total services revenue


           450,345


401,964

836,721

Total revenue


         1,422,264


1,365,253

2,852,303

 

  

5 Seasonality of operations

 

Historically revenues have been higher in the second half of the year than in the first six months. This is principally driven by customer buying behaviour in the markets in which we operate.  Typically this leads to a more pronounced effect on operating profit. In addition the effect is compounded further by the tendency for the holiday entitlements of our employees to accrue during the first half of the year and to be utilised in the second half.

 

  

6 Exceptional items

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


H1 2012

H1 2011

Year 2011


£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating profit




Acquisition related costs

-

-

(999)

Costs in relation to relocation of premises

(1,882)

-

-

Deferred consideration reversed

-

-

868


(1,882)

-

(131)





Income tax




Exceptional tax items

-

-

4,427

Tax on exceptional items included in operating profit

322

-

174


-322

-

4,601





Exceptional items after taxation

(1,560)

-

4,470

 

 

2012

In the first half of 2012, Computacenter France consolidated its operations in a new Office and began the move to a new Warehouse. In January 2012, RDC located to new premises in Braintree. The one-off costs in relation to the relocation of these premises of £1.9 million that have been disclosed as an exceptional item relate principally to:

·      operating lease rental expense charged on new properties during the fit out period and prior to occupation,

·      redundancy expenses paid as a result of the relocation, and

·      rental expense related to legacy properties once they had been vacated.

 

 

2011

Included within the year ended 31 December 2011 are:

·      acquisition related costs of £1.0 million, incurred in the period for both successful and aborted acquisitions. This cost comprised of consultancy, legal and professional and tax fees regarding the acquisitions; and

·      due to circumstances arising after the acquisition date, the performance criteria required to trigger deferred consideration of €1 million that were previously expected to be achieved, were not met.  As a result, deferred consideration recognised has been reversed, with the gain in the 2011 income statement disclosed as an exceptional item.

 

The exceptional income tax credit for the 2011 year comprises two items which, due to their size are disclosed separately as follows:

·      the deferred tax asset in respect of losses in Germany was re-assessed in line with management's view of the entity's future performance. Where the reassessment exceeds the losses utilised in the year, the change in the recoverable amount of the deferred tax asset is shown as an exceptional item.

·      a deferred tax asset in respect of losses in France was recognised for the first time.

 

The income statement impact of the above items have been shown as an exceptional tax item.

 

 

7 Income tax

 

The charge based on the profit for the period comprises:







Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


£'000


£'000


£'000

UK corporation tax

4,851


6,163


10,484

Foreign tax

1,535


1,217


5,122

Adjustments in respect of prior periods

(124)


-


(1,425)

Deferred tax

(898)


(1,030)


(3,090)


5,364


6,350


11,091

 

In his budget of 21 March 2012, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the main rate of UK Corporation tax will be reduced by 2% to 24% with effect from 1 April 2012. As this change has been substantively enacted, and in accordance with accounting standards, the change has been reflected in the Group's interim financial statements as at 30 June 2012. The Chancellor also confirmed that the previously proposed reductions of 1% per year will be maintained resulting in the main UK Corporation tax rate reducing to 22% by 2014.

 

 

8 Earnings per ordinary share

 

Earnings per share (EPS) amounts are calculated by dividing profit attributable to ordinary equity holders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year (excluding own shares held).

 

Diluted earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing profit attributable to ordinary equity holders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year (excluding own shares held) adjusted for the effect of dilutive options.

 

Adjusted basic and adjusted diluted EPS are presented to provide more comparable and representative information. Accordingly the adjusted basic and adjusted diluted EPS figures exclude the amortisation of acquired intangibles and exceptional items.

 


Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


£'000


£'000


£'000

Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

15,452


19,845


61,013

Amortisation of acquired intangibles attributable to equity holders of the parent

1,316


368


1,986

Tax on amortisation of acquired intangibles

(272)


(103)


(433)

Exceptional items within operating profit

1,882


-


 131

Tax on exceptional items included in operating profit

(322)


-


(174)

Exceptional tax items

-


-


(4,427)

Adjusted profit after tax

18,056


20,110


58,096








No '000


No '000


No '000

Basic weighted average number of shares (excluding own shares held)

149,415


148,778


148,793

Effect of dilution:






Share options

4,702


6,916


6,639

Diluted weighted average number of shares

154,117


155,694


155,432

 


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


pence


pence


pence

Basic earnings per share

10.3


13.3


41.0

Diluted earnings per share

10.0


12.7


39.3

Adjusted basic earnings per share

12.1


13.5


39.0

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

11.7


12.9


37.4

 

 

9 Dividends paid and proposed

 

A final dividend for 2011 of 10.5p per ordinary share was paid on 15 June 2012.  An interim dividend in respect of 2012 of 5.0p per ordinary share, amounting to a total dividend of £7,470,000, was declared by the Directors at their meeting on 30 August 2012. This interim report does not reflect this dividend payable.

 

10 Property, plant and equipment

 

During the six months ended 30 June 2012, the Group acquired assets with a cost of £15.5 million (2011: £14.5 million). £5.0 million of this capital expenditure related to the move of offices and warehouses in France and a further £3.0 million in relation to the move of premises in RDC and the fit out of additional space in service desks in Spain and Germany to support contractual services growth.   

 

 

11 Business combinations

 

During H1 2011, the Group acquired Top Info SAS and HSD Consult GmbH. The book and provisional fair values of the net assets acquired that are disclosed in note 16 of the 31 December 2011 Annual Report and Accounts are now final and are unchanged.

 

During H2 2011, the Group acquired Damax AG. There are no changes to the book and provisional fair values that are disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts at 31 December 2011.

 

 

12 Provisions

  



Unaudited

Property provisions


£'000

At 1 July 2011


13,141

Arising during the period


514

Utilised


(560)

Amounts unused reversed


(951)

Exchange adjustment


(396)

At 31 December 2011


11,748

Arising during the period


413

Utilised


(1,032)

Amounts unused reversed


(1,021)

Exchange adjustment


(153)

At 30 June 2012


9,955

 

 

Assumptions used to calculate the property provisions are based on the market value of the rental charges plus any contractual dilapidation expenses on empty properties and the Directors' best estimates of the likely time before the relevant leases can be reassigned or sublet, which ranges between one and seven years. The provision in relation to the UK properties are discounted at a rate based upon the Bank of England base rate. Those in respect of the European operations are discounted at a rate based on Euribor.

 

 

13 Adjusted management cash flow statement

 

The adjusted management cash flow has been provided to explain how management view the cash performance of the business.  There are two primary differences to this presentation compared to the statutory cash flow statement, as follows:

 

1)   Factor financing and current asset investment, where cash is placed on deposit but is not available on demand, is not included within the statutory definition of cash and cash equivalents, but operationally is managed within the total net funds/borrowings of the businesses; and

 

2)   Items relating to customer-specific financing ("CSF") are adjusted for as follows:

 

a.   Interest paid on CSF is reclassified from interest paid to adjusted operating profit; and

b.   Where customer-specific assets are financed by finance leases and the liabilities are matched by future amounts receivable under customer operating lease rentals, the depreciation of leased assets and  the repayment of the capital element of finance leases are offset within net working capital; and

c.   Where assets are financed by loans and the liabilities are matched by amounts receivable under customer operating lease rentals, the movement on loans within financing activities is also offset within working capital.

 

3)   Net funds excluding CSF is stated inclusive of current asset investments. Current asset investments consists of a deposit held for a term of greater than 3 months from the date of deposit which is available to the Group with 30 days notice. The fair value of the current asset investment as at 30 June 2012 is not materially different to the carrying value.

 

 

Adjusted management cash flow statement

For the six months ended 30 June 2012

 


Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


£'000


£'000


£'000

Adjusted profit before tax

24,014


26,564


74,219

Net finance income

(774)


(934)


(1,690)

Depreciation and amortisation

10,443


8,746


20,596

Share-based payments

648


1,301


2,476

Working capital movements

(27,675)


(5,213)


281

Other adjustments

(722)


(45)


(358)

Adjusted operating cash inflow

5,934


30,419


95,524

Net interest received

269


512


1,268

Income taxes paid

(4,126)


(5,809)


(14,384)

Capital expenditure and investments

(18,846)


(20,360)


(33,186)

Acquisitions

-


(22,765)


(25,340)

Equity dividends paid

(15,725)


(14,460)


(21,169)

Cash (outflow)/inflow before financing

(32,494)


(32,463)


2,713

Proceeds from issue of shares

-


20


20

Purchase of own shares

(3,167)


(3,606)


(3,606)

Decrease in net funds excluding CSF in the period

(35,661)


(36,049)


(873)







Decrease in net funds excluding CSF

(35,661)


(36,049)


(873)

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

487


938


(1,782)

Net funds excluding CSF at beginning of period

136,784


139,439


139,439

Net funds excluding CSF at end of period

101,610


104,328


136,784

 

 

14  An  Analysis of net funds

 

 

 

 

 

 


Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited


H1 2012


H1 2011


Year 2011


£'000


£'000


£'000

Cash and short term deposits

91,747


120,056


128,437

Bank overdraft

(137)


(40,728)


(1,653)

Cash and cash equivalents

91,610


79,328


126,784

Current asset investment

10,000


25,000


10,000

Net funds excluding CSF

101,610


104,328


136,784

Finance leases

(17,294)


(21,813)


(21,624)

Other loans

(556)


(1,650)


(1,524)

Total CSF

(17,850)


(23,463)


(23,148)

Net funds

83,760


80,865


113,636

 

  

15 Publication of non-statutory accounts

 

The financial information contained in the interim statement does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The auditors have issued an unqualified opinion on the Group's statutory financial statements under International Accounting Standards for the year ended 31 December 2011 and did not include a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. Those accounts have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.

 


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