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Half-year Report 21 November 2019

21st November 2019

RNS Number : 1072U
Dart Group PLC
21 November 2019
 

DART GROUP plc

Interim Results

Dart Group plc, the Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics Group ("the Group"), announces its unaudited interim results for the half year ended 30 September 2019.  These results are presented under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), as adopted by the EU.  

Group financial highlights

Half year ended

30 September

2019

 

Half year ended

30 September

2018

Restated

Change

Revenue

£2,615.2m

£2,247.1m

16%

Operating profit

£365.0m

£354.4m

3%

Operating profit margin

14.0%

15.8%

(1.8ppts)

Profit before FX revaluation & taxation

£349.8m

£340.2m

3%

Profit before FX revaluation & taxation margin

13.4%

15.1%

(1.7ppts)

Profit before taxation

£339.7m

£331.7m

2%

Profit before taxation margin

13.0%

14.8%

(1.8ppts)

Basic earnings per share

187.0p

183.0p

2%

Interim dividend per share

3.0p

2.8p

7%

Figures shown for the half year ended 30 September 2018 have been restated to reflect the adoption of IFRS 16 in the current year. Further information can be found in Notes 3 & 11.

 

·     In what has proven to be a satisfactory first half of the financial year, Group operating profit increased by 3% to £365.0m (2018: £354.4m) and Group profit before foreign exchange revaluation and taxation  increased by 3% to £349.8m (2018: £340.2m).

·     The modest increase in overall Group profitability reflected a later customer booking pattern in our Leisure Travel business, with customer demand strengthening throughout the summer season.

·     As is typical for the business, losses are still to be expected in the second half, as we continue to invest in readiness for further flying programme expansion at several of our UK operating bases in the summer 2020 season.

·     Pleasingly, profitability in our Distribution & Logistics business grew by 23% to £2.7m (2018: £2.2m), as the strategy of generating margin-enhancing new business opportunities plus improved operational effectiveness paid dividends.

·     With Leisure Travel bookings continuing to strengthen and notwithstanding the important post-Christmas booking period that is still to come, the Board now expects current market expectations for Group profit before FX revaluation and taxation for the year ending 31 March 2020 to be significantly exceeded.

·     In view of the outlook for the full year, the Board has decided to pay an increased interim dividend of 3.0p per share (2018: 2.8p). 

·     Looking further ahead, whether the currently encouraging consumer demand for our products remains buoyant in the medium term is unclear, as we believe that much will depend on the UK Government securing a pragmatic and balanced Brexit agreement with the EU. In addition, the Travel industry in general continues to be subject to a range of cost pressures in relation to fuel, foreign exchange, carbon and other operating charges. These, together with the necessary continued investment in our own products and operations, including that required to attract and retain colleagues, are headwinds that our Leisure Travel business faces.

·     Our strategy for the long term remains consistent - to grow both our flight-only and package holiday products. With our Customer focused approach and clear market positioning, we continue to have confidence in the resilience of both our Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics businesses.

 

Chairman's Statement

I am pleased to report on the Group's trading performance for the half year ended 30 September 2019 in our two businesses, "Leisure Travel" - incorporating Jet2.com, our award-winning airline and Jet2holidays, our acclaimed ATOL licensed package holidays operator - together with "Distribution & Logistics", comprising Fowler Welch, one of the UK's leading logistics providers.

In what has proven to be a satisfactory first half of the financial year, Group operating profit increased by 3% to £365.0m (2018: £354.4m) and Group profit before foreign exchange revaluation and taxation increased by 3% to £349.8m (2018: £340.2m).

The modest increase in profitability reflected a later customer booking pattern in our Leisure Travel business, as customer demand strengthened throughout the course of the summer season.

Pleasingly, profitability in our Distribution & Logistics business grew by 23% to £2.7m (2018: £2.2m), as the strategy of generating margin-enhancing new business opportunities plus improved operational effectiveness paid dividends.

In the first half, the Group generated increased net cash flow from operating activities of £512.5m (2018: £442.9m), predominantly driven by the Leisure Travel trading performance.  Total capital expenditure of £72.1m (2018: £132.1m) included additional aircraft, continued investment in the long-term maintenance of our existing aircraft fleet, together with technology and infrastructure projects across the Group. Property, plant and equipment additions also includes the establishment of non-cash right of use assets of £18.9m under the recently implemented IFRS16 - Leases.

As a result, the Group's cash and money market deposit balances increased in the first half by £381.4m (2018: £389.0m) to £1,655.7m (2018: £1,397.6m). Net cash stated after borrowings and lease liabilities of £1,200.5m (2018: £1,095.5m), was £455.2m (2018: £302.1m), an increase of 51%.

As is typical for the business, losses are still to be expected in the second half, as we continue to invest in additional aircraft and their associated infrastructure, together with the increasing cost of retaining and attracting colleagues in readiness for further flying programme expansion at several of our UK operating bases in the summer 2020 season.

At the reporting date, the Group had received payments in advance of travel from its Leisure Travel customers amounting to £643.5m (2018: £520.7m), had no cash restricted by its merchant acquirers and had no cash placed with counterparties in the form of margin calls to cover out-of-the-money hedge instruments (2018: £nil). In addition, the Group continues to comfortably exceed the UK Civil Aviation Authority's 'liquidity threshold test'.

Basic earnings per share increased to 187.0p (2018: 183.0p). In view of the outlook for the full year, the Board has decided to pay an increased interim dividend of 3.0p per share (2018: 2.8p).  The dividend will be paid on 3 February 2020 to shareholders on the register at 27 December 2019.

Leisure Travel

We take people on holiday! Our Leisure Travel business specialises in the provision of scheduled holiday flights from our nine UK bases by our award-winning leisure airline, Jet2.com, and ATOL licensed package holidays by our acclaimed tour operator, Jet2holidays, to destinations in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and to European Leisure Cities.

Despite customer booking trends being later than in previous years, overall passenger volumes for Summer 2019 have been pleasing. Our important flight-only product was enjoyed by 4.75m passengers (2018: 4.38m), a growth of 8%, whilst demand for our Real Package Holidays™ strengthened, with Jet2holidays taking 2.71m customers on package holidays (2018: 2.31m), an increase of 17%, representing 53% (2018: 51%) of overall flown customers. 

Jet2.com flew a total of 10.07m flight-only and package holiday passengers (one-way passenger sectors) (2018: 8.93m) to and from sun, city and ski destinations, including the new destinations of Chania in Crete, Izmir in Turkey and Bourgas in Bulgaria. The passenger increase of 13% was slightly behind the seat capacity increase of 14% and as a result, average load factors were a healthy 93.1% as compared to the prior year of 94.4%.

Average flight-only ticket yield per passenger sector at £88.87 (2018: £88.02) was 1% higher than the prior year, reflecting the strong late booking trend and associated pricing, offset by increased levels of promotional pricing required to remain front of customers' minds earlier in the summer season. The average price of a Jet2holidays package holiday grew by 2% to £702 (2018: £689).

Non-ticket retail revenue per passenger sector increased by 3% to £24.62 (2018: £23.83) primarily as a result of a strong in-flight retail performance.  This revenue stream, which is primarily discretionary in nature, continues to be optimised through our customer contact programme as we focus on continually developing our customer services.

As a result, overall Leisure Travel revenue grew by 17% to £2,528.8m (2018: £2,158.2m).

Though revenue growth was strong, operating profit margin reduced to 14% (2018: 16%), as cost headwinds (fuel; the weakness of sterling against the Euro and US dollar; and real wage increases) were not fully passed on to the customer. Resultant operating profit increased 3% to £361.5m (2018: £351.4m).

The aircraft fleet expanded to 100 for summer 2019 (summer 2018: 90) with commensurate increases in pilots, engineers and cabin crew and we will continue to develop our holiday focused flying programme into Summer 2020.

 

Key Performance Indicators

Half year ended

30 September 2019

Half year ended

30 September 2018

Half year end change

 

Year

ended

31 March 2019

 

Number of routes operated during the period

325

304

7%

329

Leisure Travel sector seats available (capacity)

10.82m

9.47m

14%

13.81m

Leisure Travel passenger sectors flown

10.07m

8.93m

13%

12.82m

Leisure Travel average load factor

93.1%

94.4%

(1.3ppts)

92.8%

Flight-only passenger sectors flown

4.75m

4.38m

8%

6.49m

Package holiday customers

    2.71m

    2.31m

17%

3.17m

Average flight-only ticket yield per passenger sector (excl. taxes)

£88.87

£88.02

1%

£81.79

Average package holiday price

£702

£689

2%

£669

Non-ticket revenue per passenger sector

£24.62

£23.83

3%

£24.07

Advance sales made as at the reporting date

£1,206.3m

£991.2m

22%

£1,734.5m

Distribution & Logistics

Our distribution business, Fowler Welch, is one of the UK's leading providers of food supply-chain distribution & logistics, serving retailers, processors, growers and importers. A full range of value-added services is provided, including chilled & ambient storage, case-level picking, the packing of fruits and our award-winning national distribution network.

The business operates from eight prime UK distribution sites, with major temperature-controlled operations in the key produce growing and importing areas of Spalding in Lincolnshire; Teynham and Paddock Wood in Kent; and Hilsea near Portsmouth.

Further regional distribution sites are located at Nuneaton near Coventry; Washington, Tyne and Wear; and at Newton Abbott, Devon. Ambient (non-temperature-controlled) consolidation and distribution services are located at Heywood near Bury, Greater Manchester.

In addition, Fowler Welch has a joint venture fruit ripening and packing business, Integrated Service Solutions (ISS), located at its Teynham facility, which packs in excess of 50 different fruit types which are imported by its customers from over 65 countries. The company's strong service delivery has resulted in it continuing to win additional fruits and salads volume over the last year.

In the reporting period, Fowler Welch revenue reduced by 3% to £86.4m (2018: £88.9m), primarily due to the closure of its ambient operation at Desborough, Northamptonshire, but with no associated impact to ongoing profitability. Encouragingly, new business secured in the previous year, plus operational efficiency improvements, led to increases in depot gross margin performance. Additionally, the performance of Integrated Service Solutions (ISS), Fowler Welch's joint venture operation remained positive as it again contributed an encouraging share of profit.  As a result, the business achieved a 23% increase in first half profit before taxation to £2.7m (2018: £2.2m). 

 

Key Performance Indicators

Half year ended

30 September 2019

 

Half year ended

30 September 2018

 

Half year end change

 

 

 

Year

ended

31 March

2019

 

Distribution Centre space (square feet)

897,000

897,000

-

897,000

Number of tractor units in operation

484

533

(9%)

530

Number of trailer units in operation

634

802

(21%)

764

Miles per gallon

10.0

9.8

2%

9.7

Total fleet mileage

22.7m

25.6m

(11%)

49.9m

 

Outlook

With Leisure Travel bookings continuing to strengthen and notwithstanding the important post-Christmas booking period that is still to come, the Board now expects current market expectations for Group profit before FX revaluation and taxation for the year ending 31 March 2020 to be significantly exceeded.

Looking further ahead, whether the currently encouraging consumer demand for our products remains buoyant in the medium term is unclear as we believe that much will depend on the UK Government securing a pragmatic and balanced Brexit agreement with the EU. In addition, the Travel industry in general continues to be subject to a range of cost pressures in relation to fuel, foreign exchange, carbon and other operating charges. These, together with the necessary continued investment in our own products and operations, including that required to attract and retain colleagues, are headwinds that our Leisure Travel business faces.

Our strategy for the long term remains consistent - to grow both our flight-only and package holiday products. With our Customer focused approach and clear market positioning, we continue to have confidence in the resilience of both our Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics businesses.

 

 

 

Philip Meeson

Executive Chairman

21 November 2019

For further information, please contact:

 

Dart Group plc

Philip Meeson, Executive Chairman

Tel:             0113 239 7817

Gary Brown, Group Chief Financial Officer

Cenkos Securities plc

Nominated Adviser

Katy Birkin / Azhic Basirov

Tel:             020 7397 8900

Canaccord Genuity - Joint Broker

Adam James

Tel:             020 7523 8000

Arden Partners - Joint Broker

Paul Shackleton / Daniel Gee-Summons

Tel:             020 7614 5900

Buchanan - Financial PR

Richard Oldworth

Tel:             020 7466 5000

 

 

Dart Group plc

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement (Unaudited)

for the half year ended 30 September 2019

 


Note


Half year ended

30 September

2019

£m


Half year ended

30 September

2018

£m

Restated


Year

ended

31 March

2019

£m

Restated









Revenue

4


2,615.2


2,247.1


3,143.1

Net operating expenses



(2,250.2)


(1,892.7)


(2,932.9)

Operating profit

4


365.0


354.4


210.2

Finance income



8.1


5.2


10.7

Finance expense



(23.7)


(20.9)


(43.5)

Net FX revaluation losses



(10.1)


(8.5)


(9.1)

Net financing expense



(25.7)


(24.2)


(41.9)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment



0.4


1.5


2.3

Profit before taxation



339.7


331.7


170.6

Taxation

7


(61.1)


(59.7)


(30.7)

Profit for the period



278.6


272.0


139.9

(all attributable to equity shareholders of the parent)














Earnings per share

5







- basic



187.0p


183.0p


94.1p

- diluted



186.6p


182.4p


93.8p

 

 

Figures shown for the period ended 30 September 2018 and the year ended 31 March 2019 have been restated as detailed in Note 11.

 

Dart Group plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)

for the half year ended 30 September 2019

 

 


Half year ended

30 September

2019

£m


Half year ended

30 September 2018

£m

Restated


Year

ended

31 March

2019

£m

Restated








Profit for the period


278.6


272.0


139.9

Other comprehensive income / (expense)







Cash flow hedges:







Fair value gains / (losses)


25.7


109.2


(37.9)

Add back gains transferred to income statement


(4.4)


(21.7)


(23.6)

Related taxation (charge) / credit


(4.1)


(16.9)


11.4

Revaluation of foreign operations gains / (losses)


0.4


0.8


(1.3)



17.6


71.4


(51.4)

Total comprehensive income for the period  

 

(all attributable to equity shareholders of the parent)


296.2


343.4


88.5

 

 

 

Figures shown for the period ended 30 September 2018 and the year ended 31 March 2019 have been restated as detailed in Note 11.

 

 

Dart Group plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (Unaudited)

at 30 September 2019

 

 

Note

30 September 2019

£m


30 September 2018

£m

Restated


31 March

2019

£m

Restated

Non-current assets







Goodwill


6.8


6.8


6.8

Property, plant and equipment

8

1,501.9


1,318.4


1,499.9

Derivative financial instruments


3.0


19.3


4.1



1,511.7


1,344.5


1,510.8

 







Current assets







Inventories


2.1


1.9


1.6

Trade and other receivables


235.3


206.0


319.8

Derivative financial instruments


51.5


118.2


50.0

Money market deposits


-


485.2


50.0

Cash and cash equivalents


1,655.7


912.4


1,224.3



1,944.6


1,723.7


1,645.7

1BTotal assets


3,456.3


3,068.2


3,156.5

 







2BCurrent liabilities






 

Trade and other payables


495.3


435.2


217.0

Deferred revenue


661.7


529.0


937.1

Borrowings


78.1


85.8


74.4

Lease liabilities


83.3


57.1


77.8

Provisions and liabilities


75.3


59.5


54.2

Derivative financial instruments


22.9


1.3


55.0



1,416.6


1,167.9


1,415.5








Non-current liabilities







Deferred revenue


4.7


2.6


2.8

Borrowings


903.2


851.6


908.7

Lease liabilities


135.9


101.0


149.5

Derivative financial instruments


32.7


8.3


21.5

Deferred taxation


89.1


91.2


80.6

 


1,165.6


1,054.7


1,163.1

3BTotal liabilities


2,582.2


2,222.6


2,578.6

4BNet assets


874.1


845.6


577.9

 







5BShareholders' equity







Share capital


1.9


1.9


1.9

Share premium


12.8


12.9


12.8

Cash flow hedging reserve


(1.3)


102.2


(18.5)

Other reserves    


(0.2)


1.5


(0.6)

Retained earnings


860.9


727.1


582.3

6BTotal shareholders' equity


874.1


845.6


577.9

Figures shown for the period ended 30 September 2018 and the year ended 31 March 2019 have been restated as detailed in Note 11.

 

 

Dart Group plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

for the half year ended 30 September 2019

 


Half year

ended

30 September 2019

£m

Half year ended

30 September

2018

£m

Restated

Year

ended

     31 March

2019

£m

Restated

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

339.7

331.7

170.6

Finance income

(8.1)

(5.2)

(10.7)

Finance expense

23.7

20.9

43.5

Net FX revaluation losses

10.1

8.5

9.1

Depreciation    

114.3

91.0

172.8

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(0.4)

(1.5)

(2.3)

Equity settled share-based payments

-

-

0.4





Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

479.3

445.4

383.4

(Increase) / Decrease in inventories

(0.5)

(0.1)

0.2

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables

84.5

52.2

(61.6)

Increase in trade and other payables  

225.3

226.0

60.3

(Decrease) / increase in deferred revenue

(273.5)

(275.7)

132.6

Increase in provisions and liabilities

16.6

12.5

4.8





Cash generated from operations

531.7

460.3

519.7

Interest received

8.1

5.2

10.7

Interest paid

(21.8)

(18.8)

(39.6)

Income taxes paid

(5.5)

(3.8)

(7.8)





Net cash generated from operating activities

512.5

442.9

483.0





Cash flows used in investing activities




Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(72.1)

(132.1)

(302.3)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

0.4

1.6

3.5

Net decrease / (increase) in money market deposits

50.0

(265.0)

170.2





Net cash used in investing activities

(21.7)

(395.5)

(128.6)

 




Cash flows from financing activities




Repayment of borrowings   

(37.7)

(44.9)

(96.7)

Payment of lease liability

(30.7)

(19.1)

(42.1)

New loans advanced

-

132.7

228.3

Proceeds on issue of shares   

-

-

0.1

Equity dividends paid

-

-

(13.1)





Net cash (used in) / from financing activities

(68.4)

68.7

76.5





Net increase in cash in the period

422.4

116.1

430.9

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

1,224.3

788.4

788.4

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

9.0

7.9

5.0

 




7BCash and cash equivalents at end of period

1,655.7

912.4

1,224.3

Figures shown for the period ended 30 September 2018 and the year ended 31 March 2019 have been restated as detailed in Note 11.

 

 

Dart Group plc

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (Unaudited)

for the half year ended 30 September 2019

                                                                                                                       


Share

capital

Share premium

Cash flow hedging reserve

Other reserves

Retained earnings

Total shareholders' equity


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m








Balance at 31 March 2018- as originally reported

1.9

12.7

31.6

0.7

466.9

513.8

Effect of transition to IFRS 16

-

-

-

-

(11.8)

(11.8)

Balance at 31 March 2018- as restated

1.9

12.7

31.6

0.7

455.1

502.0








Total comprehensive income

-

-

70.6

0.8

276.7

348.1

Issue of share capital

-

0.2

-

-

-

0.2

IFRS 16 restatement

-

-

-

-

(4.7)

(4.7)















Balance at 30 September 2018 - as restated

1.9

12.9

102.2

1.5

727.1

845.6








Total comprehensive income

-

-

(120.7)

(2.1)

(131.1)

(253.9)

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

(13.1)

(13.1)

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

0.4

0.4

Issue of share capital

-

(0.1)

-

-

-

(0.1)

IFRS 16 restatement

-

-

-

-

(1.0)

(1.0)








Balance at 31 March 2019 -

as restated

1.9

12.8

(18.5)

(0.6)

582.3

577.9








Total comprehensive income

-

-

17.2

0.4

278.6

296.2








Balance at 30 September 2019

1.9

12.8

(1.3)

(0.2)

860.9

874.1

 

Figures shown for the period ended 30 September 2018 and the year ended 31 March 2019 have been restated as detailed in Note 11.

 

Dart Group plc

Notes to the consolidated interim report  

for the half year ended 30 September 2019 (Unaudited)

1.   General information

The Group's financial statements consolidate the financial statements of Dart Group plc and its subsidiaries and have been prepared and approved by the Directors in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union ("Adopted IFRS"). Dart Group plc is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales.

This interim financial report does not fully comply with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting, which is not currently required to be applied by AIM companies.

2.   Accounting policies

Basis of preparation of the interim report

The unaudited consolidated interim financial report for the half year ended 30 September 2019 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in s435 of the Companies Act 2006.  The financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 were prepared in accordance with IFRS and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditor on those financial statements was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under s495(2) nor (3) of the Companies Act 2006.  In this report, the comparative figures for the half year ended 30 September 2018 and the year ended 31 March 2019 have been restated for the impact of IFRS 16 - Leases (see notes 3 & 11 for further details).

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention except for all derivative financial instruments, which have been measured at fair value.

The Group's financial statements are presented in pounds sterling and all values are rounded to the nearest £100,000 except where indicated otherwise.

Going concern

The Directors have prepared financial forecasts for the Group, comprising profit before and after taxation, balance sheets and cash flows through to 31 March 2022.

For the purpose of assessing the appropriateness of the preparation of the Group's unaudited interim report on a going concern basis, the Directors have considered the current cash position, the availability of banking facilities, and sensitised forecasts of future trading through to 31 March 2022, including performance against financial covenants, the implications, including those considered remote, of Brexit and the assessment of principal areas of risk and uncertainty.

Having considered the points above, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group as a whole has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for a period of 12 months from the date of approval of the financial statements. For this reason, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the unaudited interim report for the half year ended 30 September 2019.

Derivative financial instruments and hedging

The Group uses forward foreign currency contracts and aviation fuel and interest rate swaps to hedge its exposure to foreign exchange rates, aviation fuel price and interest rate volatility.  The Group also uses forward EU Allowance contracts and forward Certified Emissions Reduction contracts to hedge exposure to Carbon Emissions Allowance price volatility.  Such derivative financial instruments are stated at fair value and are measured at fair value through other comprehensive income.

Where a derivative financial instrument is designated as a hedge of a highly probable forecast transaction, the effective portion of the gain or loss on the hedging instrument from the inception of the hedging relationship is recognised directly in the cash flow hedging reserve within equity and in other comprehensive income.  Any ineffective portion is recognised within the Consolidated Income Statement.

For the effective portion of the hedging instruments, amounts reported in other comprehensive income are reclassified to the Consolidated Income Statement in the same period in which the hedged transaction affects profit and loss.

3.   New IFRS effective in the current year

The following amendments to IFRS became mandatorily effective in the current year.

International Financial Reporting Standards

         


Applying to accounting

periods



beginning after 

 

 IFRS 16 Leases


January 2019

 

The Group has adopted IFRS 16 in its interim report for the half year ended 30 September 2019. IFRS 16 replaces IAS 17 Leases and removes the requirement for lessees to report on finance and operating leases separately. 

Under IFRS 16, the Group distinguishes between leases and service contracts based on whether there is an identified asset controlled by the Group. Control exists if the lessee has the right to obtain substantially all of the economic benefit from the use of the asset (the cash flows generated by that asset) and the right to direct the use of that asset as if it were their own. Where control exists, the Group is required to recognise a right of use asset and an opposing discounted lease liability, rather than accounting for operating lease payments through the Income Statement.

The Group has capitalised all aircraft and properties previously accounted for as operating leases under IAS 17. Operating lease expenses are replaced by depreciation charges on the right of use assets recognised, and interest expenses as the discount on the lease liability unwinds.

Under IFRS 16, the Group has recognised all contractual maintenance obligations which are not dependent on the use of the asset in the value of the right of use asset at inception, and these costs are depreciated over the lease term.  Obligations associated with the maintenance condition on redelivery of aircraft are recognised as right of use assets with the associated liability held in provisions.

The lease term corresponds to the duration of the contracts signed, except in cases where the Group is reasonably certain that it will exercise contractual extension options. The Group has utilised the practical expedient in the standard not to recognise right of use assets and associated lease liabilities for either short-term leases of fewer than 12 months' duration or low-value assets.

The Group incurred foreign exchange gains / losses on its US dollar and euro denominated leases as a result of the implementation of IFRS 16.  Lease liabilities and provisions have been treated as monetary items and retranslated at the period end exchange rate, whereas right of use assets are treated as non-monetary items and therefore remain at their translated values on inception.

The impact on the Group financial statements for the half year ended 30 September 2018 and for the year ended 31 March 2019 is shown in detail in Note 11 to this interim report.

 

4.   Segmental reporting

 

 Business Segments

IFRS 8 Operating segments require operating segments to be determined based on the Group's internal reporting to the Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM").

The CODM is responsible for the overall resource allocation and performance assessment of the Group. The Board of Directors approves major capital expenditure, assesses the performance of the Group and also determines key financing decisions. Consequently, the Board of Directors is considered to be the CODM.

For management purposes, the Group is organised into two operating segments: Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics. These operating segments are consistent with how information is presented to the CODM for the purpose of resource allocation and assessment of their performance and as such, they are also deemed to be the reporting segments.

The Leisure Travel business specialises in the provision of scheduled holiday flights by its airline, Jet2.com, and ATOL licensed package holidays by its tour operator, Jet2holidays, to leisure destinations in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and to European Leisure Cities. Resource allocation decisions are based on the entire route network and the deployment of its entire aircraft fleet.

The Distribution & Logistics business is run on the basis of the evaluation of distribution centre-level performance data. However, resource allocation decisions are made based on the entire distribution network. The objective in making resource allocation decisions is to maximise the segment results rather than the results of the individual distribution centres within the network.

Given the different performance targets, customer bases and operating markets of each, it is not appropriate to aggregate these operating segments for reporting purposes and, therefore, both are disclosed as reportable segments for the half year ended 30 September 2019.

The Board assesses the performance of each segment based on operating profit, and profit before and after taxation. Revenue from reportable segments is measured on a basis consistent with the Consolidated Income Statement. 

Revenue is principally generated from within the UK, the Group's country of domicile. Segment results, assets and liabilities include items directly attributable to a segment, as well as those that can be allocated on a reasonable basis. 

No customer represents more than 10% of the Group's revenue. Segment revenue reported below represents revenue generated from external customers. There was no intersegment revenue in the current year (2018: £nil). Intra-group balances and transactions, and any unrealised income and expenses arising from intra-group transactions, are eliminated.

 

Half year ended 30 September 2019

Leisure

Travel

Distribution

& Logistics

Group

eliminations

Total

£m

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

2,528.8

86.4

-

2,615.2






Operating profit

361.5

3.5

-

365.0

Finance income

8.1

-

-

8.1

Finance expense

(22.9)

(0.8)

-

(23.7)

Net FX revaluation losses

(10.1)

-

-

(10.1)

Net financing expense

(24.9)

(0.8)

-

(25.7)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

0.4

-

-

0.4

Profit before taxation

337.0

2.7

-

339.7

Taxation

(60.7)

(0.4)

-

(61.1)

Profit for the period

276.3

2.3

-

278.6






Assets and liabilities





Segment assets

3,332.0

124.3

-

3,456.3

Segment liabilities

(2,520.5)

(61.7)

-

(2,582.2)

Net assets

811.5

62.6

-

874.1






Other segment information





Property, plant and equipment additions

82.2

8.8

-

91.0

Of which right of use of asset additions

11.6

7.3

-

18.9

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

(107.6)

(6.7)

-

(114.3)

 

Half year ended 30 September 2018

Leisure

Travel

Restated

Distribution

& Logistics

Restated

Group

eliminations

Total

 

Restated

£m

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

2,158.2

88.9

-

2,247.1






Operating profit

351.4

3.0

-

354.4

Finance income

5.2

-

-

5.2

Finance expense

(20.1)

(0.8)

-

(20.9)

Net FX revaluation losses

(8.5)

-

-

(8.5)

Net financing expense

(23.4)

(0.8)

-

(24.2)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

1.5

-

-

1.5

Profit before taxation

329.5

2.2

-

331.7

Taxation

(59.3)

(0.4)

-

(59.7)

Profit for the period

270.2

1.8

-

272.0






Assets and liabilities





Segment assets

2,949.2

123.4

(4.4)

3,068.2

Segment liabilities

(2,162.4)

(64.6)

4.4

(2,222.6)

Net assets

786.8

58.8

-

845.6






Other segment information





Property, plant and equipment additions

131.2

2.3

-

133.5

Of which right of use of asset additions

0.5

0.9

-

1.4

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

(84.9)

(6.1)

-

(91.0)

 

Year ended 31 March 2019

Leisure

Travel

Restated

Distribution

& Logistics

Restated

Group

eliminations

Total

 

Restated

£m

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

2,964.4

178.7

-

3,143.1






Operating profit

204.5

5.7

-

210.2

Finance income

10.7

-

-

10.7

Finance expense

(41.9)

(1.6)

-

(43.5)

Net FX revaluation losses

(9.1)

-

-

(9.1)

Net financing income

(40.3)

(1.6)

-

(41.9)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

2.3

-

-

2.3

Profit before taxation

166.5

4.1

-

170.6

Taxation

(29.9)

(0.8)

-

(30.7)

Profit for the period

136.6

3.3

-

139.9






Assets and liabilities





Segment assets

3,035.8

120.7

-

3,156.5

Segment liabilities

(2,518.2)

(60.4)

-

(2,578.6)

Net assets

517.6

60.3

-

577.9





 

Other segment information





Property, plant and equipment additions

389.1

9.2

-

398.3

Of which right of use of asset additions

89.7

6.3

-

96.0

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

(160.2)

(12.6)

-

(172.8)

Share-based payments

(0.3)

(0.1)

-

(0.4)

 

5.   Earnings per share

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the following:


2019


2018


Earnings

 

Weighted average

EPS

 


Earnings

Weighted average

EPS

 

EPS

 



number of shares



 

Restated  

number of shares

 

Restated

As originally reported


£m

millions

Pence


£m

millions

pence

pence

Basic EPS









Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders

278.6

149.0

187.0


272.0

148.6

183.0

186.2

Effect of dilutive instruments









Share options and deferred awards

-

0.3

(0.4)


-

0.5

(0.6)

(0.6)

Diluted EPS

278.6

149.3

186.6


272.0

149.1

182.4

185.6

 

6.   Dividends

The declared interim dividend of 3.0p per share (2018: 2.8p) will be paid out of the Company's available distributable reserves on 3 February 2020, to shareholders on the register at 27 December 2019.  In accordance with IAS 1, dividends are recorded only when paid and are shown as a movement in equity rather than as a charge to the Income Statement.

 

7.   Taxation

The taxation charge for the period of £61.1m (2018: £59.7m) reflects an estimated effective tax rate of approximately 18% (2018: 18%).  The current UK corporation tax rate of 19% became effective on 1 April 2017.  A reduction in the rate to 17% (effective from 1 April 2020) was substantively enacted on 15 September 2016.

 

8.   Property, plant and equipment



30 September 2019

30 September 2018

31 March

2019

Other Property, plant and equipment


1,299.0

1,176.4

1,285.7

Right of use assets


202.9

142.0

214.2

Total Property, plant and equipment


1,501.9

1,318.4

1,499.9

 

9.   Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement in net cash

 


8BAt 31 March

2019

Restated

 

 

Cash flow

 

New Leases & interest accruals

 

Exchange

differences

At 30 September

2019

 

At 30 September

2018

Restated


£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Cash and cash equivalents

1,224.3

422.4

-

9.0

1,655.7

912.4

Money market deposits

50.0

(50.0)

-

-

-

485.2

Total

1,274.3

372.4


9.0

1,655.7

1,397.6








Borrowings due within one year

(74.4)

(1.3)

-

(2.4)

(78.1)

(85.8)

Borrowings due after one year

(908.7)

39.0

(1.8)

(31.7)

(903.2)

(851.6)

Lease Liabilities

(227.3)

30.7

(16.8)

(5.8)

(219.2)

(158.1)

Total

(1,210.4)

68.4

(18.6)

(39.9)

(1,200.5)

(1,095.5)








Net cash

63.9

440.8

(18.6)

(30.9)

455.2

302.1

Net cash has been restated at 30 September 2018 and 31 March 2019 to include lease liabilities on adoption of IFRS16.

10.       Contingent liabilities

The Group has issued various guarantees in the ordinary course of business, none of which are expected to lead to a financial gain or loss.

 

11.       Impact of IFRS 16: Leases

The following tables summarise the impact of IFRS 16 on previously reported consolidated financial statements.

The nature of these adjustments is described in more detail in Note 3 to this interim report.

Consolidated Income Statement

for the half year ended 30 September 2018



Half year ended

Half year ended

Half year ended



30 September

2018

30 September

2018

30 September

2018



As restated

IFRS 16 Adjustments

As originally reported



£m

£m

£m






Revenue


Net operating expenses


(1,892.7)

4.3

(1,897.0)

Operating profit


354.4

4.3

350.1

Finance income


5.2

-

5.2

Finance expense


(17.4)

Net FX revaluation losses


(8.5)

(6.5)

(2.0)

Net financing income


Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment


1.5

-

1.5

Profit before taxation


331.7

(5.7)

337.4

Taxation


Profit for the period


272.0

(4.7)

276.7

 

Total comprehensive income for the period


343.4

(4.7)

348.1






Depreciation included in net operating expenses


(91.0)

(19.0)

(72.0)

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

at 30 September 2018


30 September 2018

30 September 2018

30 September 2018

As restated

IFRS 16 Adjustments

As originally reported

£m

£m

£m

Non-current assets




Goodwill

6.8

-

6.8

Property, plant and equipment

1,318.4

142.0

1,176.4

Derivative financial instruments

19.3

-

19.3


1,344.5

142.0

1,202.5

Current assets




Inventories

1.9

-

1.9

Trade and other receivables

206.0

-

206.0

Derivative financial instruments

118.2

-

118.2

Money market deposits

485.2

-

485.2

Cash and cash equivalents

912.4

-

912.4


1,723.7

-

1,723.7

Total assets

3,068.2

142.0

2,926.2

Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

435.2

-

435.2

Deferred revenue

529.0

-

529.0

Borrowings

85.8

-

85.8

Lease liabilities

57.1

57.1

-

Provisions and liabilities

59.5

3.8

55.7

Derivative financial instruments

1.3

-

1.3


1,167.9

60.9

1,107.0

Non-current liabilities




Deferred revenue

2.6

-

2.6

Borrowings

851.6

-

851.6

Lease liabilities

101.0

101.0

-

Derivative financial instruments

8.3

-

8.3

Deferred taxation

91.2

(3.4)

94.6


1,054.7

97.6

957.1

Total liabilities

2,222.6

158.5

2,064.1

Net assets

845.6

(16.5)

862.1

Shareholders' equity




Share capital

1.9

-

1.9

Share premium

12.9

-

12.9

Cash flow hedging reserve

102.2

-

102.2

Other reserves

1.5

-

1.5

Retained earnings

727.1

(16.5)

743.6

Total shareholders' equity

845.6

(16.5)

862.1

 

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement

for the year ended 31 March 2019



Year ended

Year ended

Year ended



31 March

2019

31 March

2019

31 March

2019



As restated

IFRS 16 Adjustments

As originally reported



£m

£m

£m






Revenue


Net operating expenses


(2,932.9)

6.8

(2,939.7)

Operating profit


210.2

6.8

203.4

Finance income


10.7

-

10.7

Finance expense


(36.3)

Net FX revaluation losses


(9.1)

(6.5)

(2.6)

Net financing expense


(41.9)

(13.7)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment


2.3

-

2.3

Profit before taxation


170.6

(6.9)

177.5

Taxation


Profit for the period


139.9

(5.7)

145.6

 

Total comprehensive income for the period


88.5

(5.7)

94.2






Depreciation included in net operating expenses


(172.8)

(41.3)

(131.5)

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

at 31 March 2019


31 March 2019

31 March 2019

31 March 2019


As restated

IFRS 16 Adjustments

As originally reported


£m

£m

£m

Non-current assets




Goodwill

6.8

-

6.8

Property, plant and equipment

1,499.9

214.2

1,285.7

Derivative financial instruments

4.1

-

4.1


1,510.8

214.2

1,296.6

Current assets




Inventories

1.6

-

1.6

Trade and other receivables

319.8

-

319.8

Derivative financial instruments

50.0

-

50.0

Money market deposits

50.0

-

50.0

Cash and cash equivalents

1,224.3

-

1,224.3


1,645.7

-

1,645.7

Total assets

3,156.5

214.2

2,942.3

Current liabilities




Trade and other payables

217.0

-

217.0

Deferred revenue

937.1

-

937.1

Borrowings

74.4

-

74.4

Lease liabilities

77.8

77.8

-

Provisions and liabilities

54.2

7.9

46.3

Derivative financial instruments

55.0

-

55.0


1,415.5

85.7

1,329.8

Non-current liabilities




Deferred revenue

2.8

-

2.8

Borrowings

908.7

-

908.7

Lease liabilities

149.5

149.5

-

Derivative financial instruments

21.5

-

21.5

Deferred taxation

80.6

(3.5)

84.1


1,163.1

146.0

1,017.1

Total liabilities

2,578.6

231.7

2,346.9

Net assets

577.9

(17.5)

595.4

Shareholders' equity




Share capital

1.9

-

1.9

Share premium

12.8

-

12.8

Cash flow hedging reserve

(18.5)

-

(18.5)

Other reserves

(0.6)

-

(0.6)

Retained earnings

582.3

(17.5)

599.8

Total shareholders' equity

577.9

(17.5)

595.4

 

12.       Other matters

This report will be posted on the Group's website, www.dartgroup.co.uk and copies are available from the Group Company Secretary at the registered office address: Low Fare Finder House, Leeds Bradford International Airport, Leeds, LS19 7TU.

 

13.       Alternative performance measures

The Group's alternative performance measures are not defined by IFRS and therefore may not be directly comparable with other companies' alternative performance measures. These measures are not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, IFRS measurements.

Profit before FX revaluation and taxation

Profit before FX revaluation and taxation is included as an alternative performance measure in order to aid users in understanding the underlying operating performance of the Group excluding the impact of foreign exchange volatility. 

Profit before FX revaluation and taxation is calculated as Profit before tax, adjusted to add back net FX revaluation losses.

 

14.       Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.


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