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Company Announcements

Half Yearly Report 19 November 2015

19th November 2015

RNS Number : 2235G
Dart Group PLC
19 November 2015

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 2015.  These results are presented under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").  

 

Financial highlights

Half year ended

30 September

2015

(Unaudited)

Half year ended

30 September

2014

(Unaudited)

Change

Group revenue

£1,024.0m

£902.2m

14%

Group operating profit (underlying1)

£147.1m

£89.4m

65%

Operating profit margin (underlying1)

14.4%

9.9%

4.5ppts

Group operating profit

£147.1m

£72.4m

103%

Operating profit margin

14.4%

8.0%

6.4ppts

Profit before tax (underlying1)

£146.8m

£88.7m

66%

Profit before tax

£146.8m

£71.7m

105%

Basic earnings per share (underlying1)

79.82p

48.25p

65%

Basic earnings per share

79.82p

38.93p

105%

Interim dividend per share

0.90p

0.75p

20%

Note 1: Underlying profit references are stated excluding separately disclosed items (note 6)

 

 

*   In order to meet the future anticipated growth of its Leisure Travel business and for planned fleet replacement, in September 2015 the Group entered into an agreement with Boeing to purchase 27 new Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to be delivered between September 2016 and April 2018.  At current list prices, the total value of this transaction is approximately $2.6 billion although the Group has negotiated significant discounts from the list price.

 

*   An exceptional summer season saw Group revenue increase 14% to £1,024.0m (2014: £902.2m) whilst Group operating profit increased 65% to £147.1m (2014 underlying1: £89.4m) underpinned by continued strong growth in the Leisure Travel business.

 

*   Profit before tax grew 66% to £146.8m (2014 underlying1: £88.7m).  Interim dividend per share increased by 20% to 0.90p (2014: 0.75p).

 

*   Leisure Travel revenue growth of 15% to £951.7m (2014: £824.1m) reflects a 22% increase in the number of Jet2holidays package holiday customers to 0.94m (2014: 0.77m), now representing 42% of overall flown customers (2014: 33%)Our important flight-only product was enjoyed by 2.65m passengers (2014: 3.07m).

 

*   As a result of careful seat capacity management and buoyant customer demand, the business achieved a record average load factor of 94.1% (2014: 91.8%) alongside a significant increase in Jet2.com's average net ticket yield of 16%, which is also a result of increased flying to Eastern Mediterranean sun destinations.

 

*   Distribution & Logistics contributed £72.3m of revenue (2014: £78.1m) and achieved an operating profit of £3.5m, a growth of £1.9m on the prior period.

 

*   With winter 2015/16 Leisure Travel bookings continuing to perform in line with expectations and notwithstanding the important post-Christmas booking period that is still to come, the Board is optimistic that current market expectations for the full year will be achieved.

 

 

Chairman's Statement

I am pleased to report on the Group's trading performance for the half year ended 30 September 2015 in our two businesses, "Leisure Travel" - incorporating Jet2holidays, our ATOL protected package holidays operator and Jet2.com, the North's leading leisure airline - and "Distribution & Logistics", comprising Fowler Welch, one of the UK's leading logistics providers.

In what has proven to be an exceptional summer season, Group operating profit increased 65% to £147.1m (2014 underlying: £89.4m) and profit before tax by 66% to £146.8m (2014 underlying: £88.7m)

The increase in Group operating profit reflects consistently strong summer trading in our Leisure Travel business coupled with our Distribution & Logistics business performing ahead of last year. However, increased losses are to be expected in the second half of the year as our expanding Leisure Travel business invests in additional aircraft, advertising and people in readiness for the summer 2016 season.

The Group generated increased net cash flow from operating activities of £199.8m (2014: £93.2m), reflecting the improved Leisure Travel trading performance.  Total capital expenditure of £60.9m (2014: £25.5m) included the purchase of one Boeing 737-800, pre-delivery payments for new aircraft, the majority of which have been financed, deposits for new aircraft and continued investment in the long-term maintenance of our aircraft fleet

 

Cash and money market deposits increased by £144.0m in the half (2014: £68.1m), resulting in total cash held at the reporting date of £446.8m (2014: £331.8m), which included advance payments from Leisure Travel customers of £183.7m (2014: £145.0m).

 

Basic earnings per share increased to 79.82p from an underlying 48.25p in 2014.  In view of the outlook for the full year, the Board has decided to pay an increased interim dividend of 0.90p per share (2014: 0.75p).  The dividend will be paid on 1 February 2016 to shareholders on the register at 4 January 2016.

 

Leisure Travel

 

The Group's Leisure Travel business specialises in the provision of ATOL licensed package holidays by its tour operator Jet2holidays and scheduled leisure flights by its airline Jet2.com, to high volume leisure destinations in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and to European Leisure Cities.

 

Leisure Travel revenue grew by 15% to £951.7m (2014: £824.1m) at an operating profit margin of 15% (2014 underlying: 11%), resulting in operating profit growth of 64% to £143.6m (2014 underlying: £87.8m).

 

Summer 2015 trading has been strong with demand for our package holidays continuing to grow as Jet2holidays took 0.94m (2014: 0.77m) customers on holiday, an increase of 22%, representing 42% (2014: 33%) of overall flown customers.  Our important flight-only product was enjoyed by 2.65m passengers in the period (2014: 3.07m).  All of our customers flew with Jet2.com, enabling us to provide a seamless holiday experience.

 

Jet2.com flew a total of 4.53m passengers in the six months to 30 September 2015 (2014: 4.62m), a slight decrease of 2% over the same period last year against a backdrop of careful seat capacity management.  As a result of this and buoyant customer demand, the business achieved a record average load factor of 94.1% (2014: 91.8%) alongside a significant increase in average net ticket yield of 16%.  The average price of a package holiday grew 5%.

 

Non-ticket revenue per passenger grew 4% to £32.55 (2014: £31.35).  We continue to optimise this revenue stream through our customer contact programme, which focusses on pre-departure online sales of hold bags, advanced seat assignment, pre-ordered meals, travel insurance and car hire, and through in-flight sales of meals, drinks, snacks, cosmetics, perfumes and duty free products. 

 

The Leisure Travel business expanded its fleet to 59 aircraft for summer 2015 (summer 2014: 55) with commensurate increases in pilots, engineers and cabin crew. We will continue to develop our customer-focused flying programme into summer 2016, which will include the addition of two new destinations - Girona and Naples.

 

KPIs

Half year ended

30 Sept 15

 

Half year ended

30 Sept 14

 

Half year end change

 

Year ended

31 Mar 15

 

Owned aircraft at the reporting date

45

44

2%

44

Aircraft on operating leases at the reporting date

12

10

20%

11

Leisure Travel sector seats available (capacity)

4.81m

5.03m

(4%)

6.63m

Leisure Travel passenger sectors flown

4.53m

4.62m

(2%)

6.05m

Leisure Travel load factor

94.1%

91.8%

2.3ppts

91.2%

Flight-only passenger sectors flown

2.65m

3.07m

(14%)

4.05m

Package holiday passenger sectors flown

1.88m

1.54m

22%

2.00m

Package holiday customers

0.94m

0.77m

22%

1.00m

Net ticket yield per passenger sector (excl. taxes)

£93.09

£79.99

16%

£79.87

Average package holiday price

£625.78

£593.26

5%

£590.69

Non-ticket revenue per passenger sector

£32.55

£31.35

4%

£30.91

Advance sales made as at the reporting date

£376.3m

£266.8m

41%

£580.3m

Distribution & Logistics

 

Our distribution business, Fowler Welch, is one of the UK's leading providers of distribution and logistics services to the food industry supply chain, serving retailers, processors, growers and importers through its 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.  Ambient (non-temperature-controlled) consolidation and distribution services are provided at Desborough, Northamptonshire and at Heywood near Bury, Greater Manchester.  It also operates two regional distribution sites at Washington, Tyne and Wear and at Newton Abbott, Devon. 

Fowler Welch revenue reduced by 7% to £72.3m (2014: £78.1m) primarily due to lower fuel costs which are passed on to customers. However, operating profit increased by £1.9m to £3.5m (2014: £1.6m), as operating margins improved by 2.8ppts to 4.8%.

Fowler Welch and its partner have continued to develop their joint venture operation, Integrated Service Solutions ("ISS"), which provides a full range of fruit ripening and packing services to the produce sector for locally grown and imported fruits at Fowler Welch's Teynham facility. Throughput and revenue are increasing as the mix of product and the productivity of the various packing lines improves.

 

 

KPIs

Half year

ended

30 Sept 15

 

Half year

 ended

30 Sept 14

 

Half year

end change

 

Year ended

31 Mar 15

 

Warehouse space (square feet)

847,000

847,000

-

847,000

Number of tractor units in operation

420

450

(7%)

467

Number of trailer units in operation

637

640

-

655

Miles per gallon

9.2

9.4

(2%)

9.2

Fleet mileage

19.5m

21.4m

(9%)

41.5m

 

Outlook

 

With winter 2015/16 Leisure Travel bookings continuing to perform in line with expectations and notwithstanding the important post-Christmas booking period that is still to come, the Board is optimistic that current market expectations for the full year will be achieved.

 

 

 

 

Philip Meeson

Chairman

19 November 2015

 

For further information please contact:

Dart Group PLC

Philip Meeson, Group Chairman and Chief Executive

Tel:              0113 239 7817

Gary Brown, Group Chief Financial Officer

Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance Limited

Nominated Adviser

David Jones

Tel:              020 7131 4000

Canaccord Genuity - Joint Broker

Guy Marks / Mark Whitmore

Tel:              020 7523 8000

Arden Partners - Joint Broker

Christopher Hardie

Tel:              020 7614 5900

Buchanan - Financial PR

Richard Oldworth

Tel:              020 7466 5000


Dart Group PLC

 

Consolidated Income Statement (Unaudited)

For the half year ended 30 September 2015

 

Description

Note




Half year ended

30 September

2015

Unaudited


Half year

ended

30 September

2014

Unaudited


Restated year

ended

31 March

2015

Audited






Total

 

 

 

£m


Results before separately disclosed items

£m

Separately disclosed

items

 

£m

Total

 

 

 

£m


Results before separately

disclosed

items

£m

Separately disclosed

items

 

£m

Total

 

 

 

£m














Turnover

4




1,024.0


902.2

-

902.2


1,253.2

-

1,253.2

Net operating expenses

4, 6




(876.9)


(812.8)

(17.0)

(829.8)


(1,203.0)

(17.0)

(1,220.0)

Operating profit

4, 6




147.1


89.4

(17.0)

72.4


50.2

(17.0)

33.2





























Finance income





1.3


1.1

-

1.1


1.7

-

1.7

Finance costs





(1.6)


(0.6)

-

(0.6)


(1.1)

-

(1.1)

Revaluation of derivative hedges



-


(1.8)

-

(1.8)


1.6

-

1.6

Revaluation of foreign currency balances



 

-


 

0.6

-

 

0.6


 

4.8

 

-

 

4.8

Net financing (costs)/income

7




(0.3)


(0.7)

-

(0.7)


7.0

-

7.0















Profit before taxation





146.8


88.7

(17.0)

71.7


57.2

(17.0)

40.2















Taxation

9




(29.3)


(18.3)

3.4

(14.9)


(10.8)

3.4

(7.4)















Profit for the period

All attributable to equity shareholders of   the parent





117.5


 

70.4

 

(13.6)

 

56.8


 

46.4

 

(13.6)

 

32.8

Earnings per share

5













- basic





79.82p


48.25p

(9.32)p

38.93p


31.72p

(9.30)p

22.42p

- diluted





79.23p


47.56p

(9.19)p

38.37p


31.40p

(9.20)p

22.20p


Dart Group PLC

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)

For the half year ended 30 September 2015

 

 

Half year ended

30 September

2015

Unaudited

£m


Half year ended

30 September

2014

Unaudited

£m


Year ended

31 March

2015

Audited

£m







Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent company

 

117.5


 

56.8


 

32.8







Effective portion of changes in fair value movements in cash flow hedges

(10.6)


(19.5)


(98.7)

Net change in fair value of effective cash flow hedges transferred to profit

62.0


21.4


32.0

Taxation on components of other comprehensive income

(10.7)


(0.4)


13.1

 

Other comprehensive income & expense for the period, net of taxation

40.7


1.5


(53.6)







Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent company

158.2


58.3


(20.8)


Dart Group PLC

 

Consolidated Group Balance Sheet (Unaudited)

As at 30 September 2015

 


 

30 September 2015

Unaudited

£m


 

30 September 2014

Unaudited

£m


Restated

31 March

2015

Audited

£m

Non-current assets







Goodwill


6.8


6.8


6.8

Property, plant and equipment


301.4


274.6


295.3

Derivative financial instruments


4.1


2.3


1.5



312.3


283.7


303.6








Current assets







Inventories


1.7


2.4


2.0

Trade and other receivables


257.8


185.0


365.6

Derivative financial instruments


8.9


4.7


27.0

Money market deposits


98.5


29.5


65.5

Cash and cash equivalents


348.3


302.3


237.3



715.2


523.9


697.4

 







Total assets


1,027.5


807.6


1,001.0

 







Current liabilities







Trade and other payables


204.4


194.3


85.7

Deferred revenue


371.9


263.9


579.6

Borrowings


0.8


0.8


0.8

Provisions


33.5


24.4


28.7

Derivative financial instruments


61.6


31.6


103.8



672.2


515.0


798.6








Non-current liabilities







Other non-current liabilities


0.2


9.8


0.5

Deferred revenue


4.4


2.9


0.7

Borrowings


13.0


8.6


8.2

Derivative financial instruments


0.4


10.7


25.1

Deferred tax liabilities


21.6


20.3


10.7

 


39.6


52.3


45.2

 







Total liabilities


711.8


567.3


843.8

 

 

Net assets


 

 

315.7


 

 

240.3


 

 

157.2

 














Shareholders' equity














Share capital


1.8


1.8


1.8

Share premium


12.2


11.6


11.9

Cash flow hedging reserve


(39.7)


(25.3)


(80.4)

Retained earnings


341.4


252.2


223.9

Total shareholders' equity


315.7


240.3


157.2

 

 

Dart Group PLC

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement (Unaudited)

For the half year ended 30 September 2015



Half year ended 30 September 2015

Unaudited

£m


Half year ended 30 September

2014

Unaudited

£m


Restated year

ended

     31 March

2015

Audited

£m

Cash flows from operating activities







Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

146.8


71.7


40.2

Adjustments for:







Finance income


(1.3)


(1.1)


(1.7)

Finance costs


1.6


0.6


1.1

Revaluation of derivative hedges


-


1.8


(1.6)

Revaluation of foreign currency balances


-


(0.6)


(4.8)

Depreciation


54.8


42.5


71.3

Equity settled share based payments


-


0.2


0.1








Operating cash flows before movements in working capital


201.9


115.1


104.6








Decrease in inventories


0.3


0.7


1.1

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables

107.9


101.0


(79.4)

Increase / (decrease) in trade and other payables

90.0


77.9


(24.3)

(Decrease) / increase in deferred revenue

(204.1)


(218.2)


95.4

Increase in provisions

4.8


22.0


26.3








Cash generated from operations


200.8


98.5


123.7








Interest received


1.3


1.1


1.7

Interest paid


(1.6)


(0.6)


(1.1)

Income taxes paid


(0.7)


(5.8)


(8.2)








Net cash from operating activities

199.8


93.2


116.1








Cash flows from investing activities







Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(60.9)


(25.5)


(76.4)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


-


-


-

Net (increase) / decrease in money market deposits


(33.0)


23.0


(13.0)








Net cash used in investing activities


(93.9)


(2.5)


(89.4)

 







Cash flows from financing activities







Repayment of borrowings

(0.4)


(0.4)


(0.8)

New loans advanced


5.2


-


-

Proceeds on issue of shares


0.3


0.2


0.5

Equity dividends paid


-


-


(4.2)








Net cash from / (used in) financing activities

5.1


(0.2)


(4.5)








Effect of foreign exchange rate changes


-


0.6


3.9








 







Net increase in cash in the period

111.0


91.1


26.1

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

237.3


 

211.2


 

211.2

 







Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


348.3


302.3


237.3


Dart Group PLC

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the half year ended 30 September 2015

 



Share premium


Cash flow hedging reserve


Retained earnings


Total reserves


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m











Balance at 1 April 2014 - Audited

1.8


11.4


(26.8)


195.2


181.6











Total comprehensive income for the period

-


-


1.5


56.8


58.3

Share based payments

-


-


-


0.2


0.2

Issue of share capital

-


0.2


-


-


0.2











Balance at 30 September 2014 - Unaudited

1.8


11.6


(25.3)


252.2


240.3











Total comprehensive income for the period

-


-


(55.1)


(24.0)


(79.1)

Dividends paid in the period

-


-


-


(4.2)


(4.2)

Share based payments

-


-


-


(0.1)


(0.1)

Issue of share capital

-


0.3


-


-


0.3











Balance at 31 March 2015 - Audited

1.8


11.9


(80.4)


223.9


157.2











Total comprehensive income for the period

-


-


40.7


117.5


158.2

Share based payments

-


-


-


-


-

Issue of share capital

-


0.3


-


-


0.3











Balance at 30 September 2015 - Unaudited

1.8


12.2


(39.7)


341.4


315.7


Dart Group PLC

 

Notes to the consolidated financial statements

For the half year ended 30 September 2015 (Unaudited)

1.             General information

The Group's financial statements have been prepared and approved by the Directors in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union ("Adopted IFRS").  The Group's financial statements consolidate the financial statements of Dart Group PLC and its subsidiaries.

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 2015 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in s435 of the Companies Act 2006.  The financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2015 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 year ended 31 March 2015 have been audited.  The comparative figures for the half year ended 30 September 2014 are unaudited. 

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.

Derivative financial instruments and hedging

The Group uses forward foreign currency contracts and monthly aviation fuel swaps to hedge its exposure to foreign exchange rates and aviation fuel price volatility.  It also uses forward EU Allowance contracts and Certified Emissions Reduction contracts to hedge exposure to Carbon Emissions Allowance price volatility.  Such derivative financial instruments are stated at fair value.

Where a derivative financial instrument is designated as a hedge of the variability in cash flows of a recognised asset or liability, or 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.  Any ineffective portion is recognised within the Consolidated Income Statement.  For all other cash flow hedges, the recycling of the cash flow hedge is taken to the Consolidated Income Statement in the same period in which the hedged transaction begins to affect profit or loss.

Going concern

The Directors have prepared financial forecasts for the Group, comprising operating profit, balance sheet and cash flows through to 31 March 2018.

 

For the purposes of their assessment of the appropriateness of the preparation of the Group's unaudited interim financial statements on a going concern basis, the Directors have considered the current cash position, the availability of banking facilities, forecasts of future trading through to 31 March 2018, including performance against financial covenants, and the assessment of principal areas of uncertainty and risk.

 

Having considered the points outlined above, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group will be able to operate within the levels of available facilities and cash for the foreseeable future. Consequently, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements for the half year ended 30 September 2015.

 

 

 

3.             Adoption of new and revised standards

The following new or revised International Financial Reporting Standards and IFRIC interpretations will be adopted, where applicable, for the purpose of preparing future financial statements.  The Group does not anticipate that the adoption of these new or revised standards and interpretations will have a material impact on its financial position or results from operations. 

International Financial

Reporting Standards

Applies to periods

beginning after



Disclosure Initiative (Amendments to IAS 1)

January 2016



IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

January 2018

IFRS 15 prescribes a new model of revenue recognition in relation to contracts with customers so that revenue reflects the consideration to which an entity expects to be entitled given an exchange for contracted goods or services.  This is a converged standard on revenue recognition which replaces IAS 18 'Revenue', IAS 11 'Construction contracts' and related interpretations.  The Group is currently assessing the impact of the new standard.



IFRS 9  Financial Instruments

January 2018



4.             Segmental information

Business Segments

 

The Chief Operating Decision Maker ("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.

The Group's operating segments have been identified based on the internal reporting information provided to the CODM in order for the CODM to formulate allocation of resources to segments and assess their performance. The Group has two operating segments: Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics.

The Leisure Travel business serves its customers' demand for package holidays in, and flights to, high volume leisure destinations in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and European Leisure Cities.  Resource allocation decisions are based on our entire route network and the deployment of the 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.

Group eliminations include the removal of inter-segment assets and liabilities.

Following the identification of the operating segments, the Group has assessed the similarity of their characteristics.  Given the different performance targets, customer bases and operating markets of each, it is not currently appropriate to aggregate the operating segments for reporting purposes and therefore both of the identified operating segments are disclosed as reportable segments for the half year ended 30 September 2015.

Revenue from reportable segments is measured on a basis consistent with the income statement and is principally generated from within the UK, the Group's country of domicile.



Leisure

Travel

Distribution

& Logistics

Group

eliminations

Total


£m

£m

£m

£m

Half year to 30 September 2015 (Unaudited)

 





Turnover

951.7

72.3

-

1024.0






EBITDA

197.3

4.6

-

201.9






Operating profit

143.6

3.5

-

147.1






Finance income

1.3

-

-

1.3

Finance costs

(1.6)

-

-

(1.6)

Revaluation of derivative hedges

-

-

-

-

Revaluation of foreign currency balances

-

-

-

-

Net financing costs

(0.3)

-

-

(0.3)






Profit before taxation

143.3

3.5

-

146.8

Taxation

(28.7)

(0.6)

-

(29.3)

Profit after taxation

114.6

2.9

-

117.5






Assets and liabilities





Segment assets

952.9

80.3

             (5.7)

1,027.5

Segment liabilities

(687.7)

(29.8)

                5.7

(711.8)

Net assets

265.2

50.5

-

315.7





Other segment information





Property, plant and equipment additions

60.7

0.2

-

60.9

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

(53.7)

(1.1)

-

(54.8)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

 

 

 



Leisure

Travel

Distribution

& Logistics

Group

eliminations

Total


£m

£m

£m

£m

Half year to 30 September 2014 (Unaudited)

 





Turnover

824.1

78.1

-

902.2






Underlying EBITDA

129.2

2.7

-

131.9






Underlying operating profit

87.8

1.6

-

89.4






Finance income

1.1

-

-

1.1

Finance costs

(0.6)

-

-

(0.6)

Revaluation of derivative hedges

(1.8)

-

-

(1.8)

Revaluation of foreign currency balances

0.6

-

-

0.6

Net financing costs

(0.7)

-

-

(0.7)






Underlying profit before taxation

87.1

1.6

-

88.7

Separately disclosed items

(17.0)

-

-

(17.0)

Profit before taxation

70.1

1.6

-

71.7

Taxation

(14.6)

(0.3)

-

(14.9)

Profit after taxation

55.5

1.3

-

56.8






Assets and liabilities





Segment assets

     737.3

               76.7

             (6.4)

        807.6

Segment liabilities

       (540.8)

          (32.9)

                6.4

         (567.3)

Net assets

196.5

43.8

-

240.3





Other segment information





Property, plant and equipment additions

24.2

1.3

-

25.5

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

(41.4)

(1.1)

-

(42.5)

Share based payments

(0.2)

-

-

(0.2)

 

 



Leisure

Travel

Distribution

& Logistics

Group

eliminations

Total


£m

£m

£m

£m

Restated year ended 31 March 2015 (Audited)

 





Turnover

1,101.5

151.7

-

1,253.2






Underlying EBITDA

116.0

5.5

-

121.5






Underlying operating profit

46.9

3.3

-

50.2






Finance income

1.7

-

-

1.7

Finance costs

(1.1)

-

-

(1.1)

Revaluation of derivative hedges

1.6

-

-

1.6

Revaluation of foreign currency balances

4.8

-

-

4.8

Net financing income

7.0

-

-

7.0






Underlying profit before taxation

53.9

3.3

-

57.2

Separately disclosed items

(17.0)

-

-

(17.0)

Profit before taxation

36.9

3.3

-

40.2

Taxation

(6.7)

(0.7)

-

(7.4)

Profit after taxation

30.2

2.6

-

32.8






Assets and liabilities





Segment assets

     923.3

               84.2

             (6.5)

        1,001.0

Segment liabilities

       (813.7)

          (36.6)

                6.5

         (843.8)

Net assets

109.6

47.6

-

157.2





Other segment information





Property, plant and equipment additions

74.4

2.0

-

76.4

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

(69.1)

(2.2)

-

(71.3)

Share based payments

(0.1)

-

-

(0.1)

 

 

5.             Earnings per share

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


Half year to

30 September

2015

Unaudited


Half year to

30 September

2014

Unaudited


Year to

31 March

2015     Audited







Underlying profit for the period (£m)

117.5


70.4


46.4

Profit for the period (£m)

117.5


56.8


32.8







Weighted average number of ordinary shares:

 






in issue during the period used to calculate basic earnings per share

147,181,935


145,907,224


146,278,585







in issue during the period used to calculate diluted earnings per share

148,281,860


148,032,833


147,734,230

 

6.             Separately disclosed items

Separately disclosed items are presented in the middle column of the half year ended 30 September 2014 and year ended 31 March 2015 Consolidated Income Statement in order to assist the reader's understanding of the underlying business performance and to provide a more meaningful presentation.  In each case, the right hand column presents the results for the period showing all gains and losses recorded in the Consolidated Income Statement.

EU Regulation 261

Both the half year ended 30 September 2014 and the year ended 31 March 2015 Consolidated Income Statements include a separately disclosed, exceptional provision of £17.0m, in relation to possible passenger compensation claims for historical flight delays under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. 

7.             Net financing (costs) / income


Half year to

30 September

2015

Unaudited

 


Half year to

30 September

2014

Unaudited


Year to

31 March

2015

 Audited

Finance income - interest receivable

1.3


1.1


1.7

Finance costs - borrowings

(1.6)


(0.6)


(1.1)

Revaluation of derivative hedges - change in fair value of ineffective cash flow hedges

 

-


 

(1.8)


 

1.6

Revaluation of foreign currency balances

-


0.6


4.8







Net financing (costs) / income

(0.3)


(0.7)


7.0

 

8.             Dividends

The declared interim dividend of 0.90p per share (2014: 0.75p) will be paid, out of the Company's available distributable reserves, on 1 February 2016, to shareholders on the register at 4 January 2016.  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.

 

9.             Taxation

The tax charge for the period of £29.3m (2014: £14.9m) reflects an estimated effective tax rate of approximately 20% (2014: 21%).

 

A reduction in the UK corporation tax rate from 21% to 20% (effective from 1 April 2015) was substantively enacted on 2 July 2013. In the Budget on 8 July 2015, the Chancellor announced additional planned reductions to 18% by 2020, which will reduce the business's future tax charge accordingly.

 

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


Half year to

30 September

2015

Unaudited

 

£m


Half year to

30 September

2014

Unaudited

 

£m


Year to

31 March

2015

Audited

 

£m









Increase in cash in the period

111.0


91.1


26.1


(Increase) / decrease in net debt in the period

(4.8)


0.4


0.8


 

Change in net cash resulting from cash flows in the period

 

 

106.2


 

 

91.5


 

 

26.9


Net cash at beginning of period

228.3


201.4


201.4









Net cash at end of period

334.5


292.9


228.3


 

 

11.          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.

 

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.

 


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