2014 Half-Yearly Results Summary

 

"Solid underlying organic growth - best trading period ever"
The Board remains optimistic about the Group's outlook and expects trading to exceed its expectations for the financials year

 Key Financials 

 

Change
HY2014
v
HY2013
HY Sept
2014
HY Sept 
2013
FY Mar
2014
Continuing operations
Group revenue+13.4%£74.03m£65.26m£129.78m
Gross profit %+130bps29.0%27.7%27.7%
Operating profit before separately disclosed items+45.6%£7.07m£4.86m£9.70m
Operating profit +15.9%£5.39m£4.65m£9.41m
Pre-tax profit before separately disclosed items +45.6%£6.63m£4.55m£9.16m
Pre-tax profit+13.8%£4.94m£4.34m£8.87m
Adjusted diluted earnings per share+39.5%4.10p2.94p5.95p
Basic earnings per share+1.3%3.10p3.06p6.08p

Dividend

-Interim 

+50.0%0.60p0.40p1.40p
Net debt(£17.53m)£3.55m£2.03m
Return on Capital employed (ROCE)+210bps17.3%15.2%15.5%

Highlights

  • Best six month's profit in the Company's history

  • Gross Margin up 130bps to 29%
  • Overheads as a percentage of revenue reduced by 80bps to 19.4% over HY2013 period 
  • VIC acquisition in May 2013 has intergrated well and contributed as expected during the period 
  • New investment in manufacturing plant initiated in Italy, Malaysia and Taiwan 
  • Continued to extend our geographic boundaries in the USA, Central Europe and Thailand
  • Additional sales engineers recruited, inducted and starting to introduce new business 
  • Sales to distributors from Lancaster Fastener growing well into most of EU 

 

 

“During the period VIC has performed and integrated well; both VIC and TR management are encouraged by the growth opportunities deriving from sales and marketing working together.”

 

“By recruiting several additional sales engineers for the automotive and telecoms sectors during the first half year, we now have the necessary resources to continue the pace of organic growth.  These investments have also been matched with new manufacturing plant for Italy and Asia, thus allowing more production to be placed in-house.”

 

“Meanwhile, margin improvement continues to be driven by on-going operational process efficiencies, particularly in warehouse storage, order picking and packaging.  The ‘self-help’ programme initiated back in 2011 keeps on giving with regard to productivity and cost efficiencies, and clearly forms a solid foundation to the now well established ‘continuous improvement’ philosophy and culture.”

 

“In late October, we conducted an in-depth audit of our order pipeline and concluded that it was as strong, if not stronger than ever before.  However, there are no grounds for complacency as market dynamics can change rapidly.”

 

“The order book position and current levels of organic growth are such that the Board remains optimistic about the Group’s outlook and expects trading to exceed its expectations for the financial year as a whole.  At the same time the Board continues to identify, approach and assess the next strategic acquisition opportunity through adopting the well proven investment criteria that have recently served Trifast well in Malaysia and Italy.”

 

 

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