2017 Half-Yearly Results Summary

“Yet another record breaking six months, with strong underlying trading growth driving our underlying PBT up by 8.0% at CER (20.3% at AER).”

Key financials

Continuing operations (Actual Exchange Rate, AER)Change
Group revenue+14.9%£89.7m£78.1m£161.4m
Gross profit %+230bps31.6%29.3%29.7%
Underlying operating profit*+18.7%£10.3m£8.6m£16.8m
Operating profit+17.3%£8.8m£7.5m/td>£13.9m
Underlying profit before tax*+20.3%£9.9m£8.3m£16.0m
Profit before tax+19.1%£8.5m£7.1m£13.1m
Underlying diluted earnings per share*+24.2%6.27p5.05p9.99p
Diluted earnings per share+24.8%5.33p4.27p8.50p
Basic earnings per share+24.7%5.50p4.41p8.78p
Interim/total dividend^+25.0%1.00p0.80p2.80p
Net debt-£2.1m£14.2m£16.3m£16.0m
Return on capital employed (ROCE)*-70bps18.6%19.3%18.5%

* Before separately disclosed items (see note 2 in the HY report).

^ Change is in interim dividend only.

Operational Highlights

  • Total revenue increase of 8.1% at Constant Exchange Rate (CER), 14.9% at AER
  • A growth strategy that continues to deliver - revenue from multinational OEMs grew by 8.9% at CER
  • FX tailwinds bring additional £1.0m to underlying profit before tax
  • Underlying diluted earnings per share up by 10.3% at CER, 24.2% at AER
  • Growth in profitability drives interim dividend increase
  • £0.9m capital investment programme in our manufacturing capabilities, which is expected to increase in the second half
  • Ongoing investment for growth in our sales teams and operations around the world
  • TR Fastenings Espana – an exciting new TR location near Barcelona giving the Group access to a key growth market
“HY2017 has seen another six months of strong trading, putting us firmly on track with our expectations to achieve another record breaking financial year.
There are, of course, some macroeconomic factors we cannot fully mitigate, including the ongoing volatility in the foreign currency and raw materials markets, as well as the wider potential implications of Brexit on our business and the UK economy. We are already starting to see some purchase price challenges in our UK business from the ongoing weakness in Sterling and we expect these pressures to increase over time if that weakness persists. However, as an international business with over 70% of our revenue being generated outside of the UK, the Board remains confident we have the flexibility and foresight to meet these challenges head on as and when they arise.
Right now, in what is our seventh year of continuous profitable growth, with a strong balance sheet, renewed banking facilities and a dedicated, motivated and professional team of people around the world, the Group is in a great position to keep moving forward.”

Malcolm Diamond MBE,
Executive Chairman

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