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Safestyle UK PLC

22 September 2022

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Group's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

22 September 2022

Safestyle UK plc

("Safestyle" or the "Group")

Interim Results 2022

Strong balance sheet and strategic investment programme will position Group for long-term growth

Safestyle UK plc (AIM: SFE), the leading UK-focused retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors for the homeowner market, today announces its interim results for the six months ended 3 July 2022(1) (H1).

Financial and operational highlights

 
                                      H1 2022   H1 2021       H1 22 
                                                            v H1 21 
                                                           % change 
 Revenue                                 78.3      73.0        7.2% 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 Gross Profit                            19.4      23.5     (17.7%) 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 Gross margin %                        24.75%    32.23%    (748bps) 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 Underlying (loss) / profit before 
  taxation(2)                           (1.4)       5.1         n/a 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 Non-underlying items(3)                (1.4)     (0.8)     (86.5%) 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 (Loss) / profit before taxation        (2.8)       4.3         n/a 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 EPS - Basic                           (1.5)p      2.6p         n/a 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 Net cash(4)                             13.0      14.4         n/a 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 Interim dividend per share              0.4p         -         n/a 
                                     --------  --------  ---------- 
 
 
 1)    The interim financial statements are presented for the period 
        ended on the closest Sunday to the end of June. This date 
        was 3 July 2022 for the current reporting period and 4 July 
        2021 for the prior period. All references made throughout 
  2)    to H1 2022 are for the period 3 January 2022 to 3 July 2022 
        and references to H1 2021 are for the period 4 January 2021 
        to 4 July 2021. 
        Underlying (loss) / profit before taxation is defined as reported 
        (loss) / profit before taxation before non-underlying items 
        and is included as an alternative performance measure in order 
        to aid users in understanding the ongoing performance of the 
        Group. 
 3)    Non-underlying items consist of non-recurring costs, share-based 
        payments and the Commercial Agreement amortisation. 
 4)    Net cash is cash and cash equivalents less borrowings. 
 

A reconciliation between the terms used in the above table and those in the financial statements can be found in the Financial Review.

Headlines

-- H1 revenue growth of 7.2%, order intake (sales) growth of 11.7% and order book growth of 17.7%.

   --      Return to dividend payments, with an interim dividend declared of 0.4p per share. 
   --      Net cash increased to GBP13.0m from GBP12.1m at year-end. 
   --      H1 underlying profit reduction due to the c.GBP4m impact of a cyber-attack in Q1. 

-- The business initiated a GBP5m strategic investment programme (versus 2021) that includes TV advertising, new business development, the Safestyle Academy (for new fitters) and a range of actions to improve our customer experience and reduce our cost of quality.

-- Order book investment of GBP1.7m plus cost push on materials and lead generation spend have reduced H1 gross margins; price increases expected to mitigate these in H2.

-- We continue to make progress on our ESG agenda and remain on track to achieve our 2025 targets with a further 1% reduction in CO(2) per frame and waste to landfill decreasing to 4% in this first half.

Outlook

-- The business expects its strong value proposition, consumer finance options and its products' energy efficiency benefits to mitigate what may be an uncertain consumer market in H2 and beyond.

-- Softer sales at the height of an unusually hot summer in the UK drove a decision to invest in an earlier return to TV, with a focused message on value and energy efficiency.

-- Record temperatures in late July also caused some disruption to our factory fulfilment performance for c.2 weeks which impacted customer service and installation volumes during Q3; the factory is now operating normally .

-- H2 revenues are forecast to accelerate to double-digit growth and will support gross margin percentages back above 30%.

-- Our strategic investment programme will be sustained through H2 and covered at our forthcoming Capital Markets Day (detailed below).

-- The Board forecasts that the Group's underlying performance will still be profitable for H2 and for the full year. After the impact of the factors above, although we anticipate revenue exceeding expectations, we now expect full year underlying profit will be no lower than GBP1.0m. The Board have, however, decided not to reduce the pace or quantum of our investment following delays caused by a prolonged period of turbulence.

-- As the national value player in our industry, we believe we are well placed to attract consumers in tougher economic times and have traded resiliently through previously difficult economic periods.

-- Having returned to a dividend payment at the half year, the Group targets a progressive dividend policy in line with its capital allocation policy.

Commenting on the results, Mike Gallacher, CEO said:

"The business has delivered a good trading performance in the first half, achieving revenue growth of 7.2% against an increasingly difficult economic backdrop. Despite the obvious financial impact of the cyber-attack, it is pleasing to see our net cash position remains strong, increasing to GBP13.0m at period end with the Group's order book also growing by 17.7% over the first half, representing a closing position that was 17.6% ahead of the prior period. This supports our ability to act on our long-standing intent to return to paying dividends to shareholders.

In 2022 we emerged from a sustained period of turbulence and have now initiated a multi-year strategic investment programme. For 2022, this represents a GBP5m investment versus 2021 and it encompasses a full year return to TV advertising (GBP2.5m), the initiation of an important new business development project (GBP0.7m), the launch of the new Safestyle Academy which has prioritised training new window fitters (GBP0.8m), the roll out of Standard Operating Procedures (' SOPs') across our depot network and a range of investments behind improving our customer experience and reducing our quality costs. This programme is designed to modernise the business, drive growth and build sustainable competitive advantage over the medium term. More details will be shared at our Capital Markets Day which is scheduled to take place on 16(th) November 2022. We remain committed to sustaining these strategic investments through the coming years.

Looking ahead, notwithstanding the challenging macro-economic conditions, we still expect the business to deliver both an (underlying) profitable full year and positive cashflow from operations. As a result of the challenges in Q3 caused by the unusually hot weather and the Board's commitment to our strategic investment programme, we now expect full year underlying profit will be no lower than GBP1.0m. As ever, the Group remains keenly focused on advancing our strategic priorities and believe these investments will leave us well positioned to deliver sustainable long-term performance for our shareholders."

Enquiries:

 
 Safestyle UK plc                              via FTI Consulting 
   Mike Gallacher, Chief Executive Officer 
   Rob Neale, Chief Financial Officer 
  Zeus (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)       Tel: 0203 
   Dan Bate / James Edis (Investment Banking)    829 5000 
   Dominic King (Corporate Broking) 
  Liberum Capital Limited (Joint Broker)        Tel: 0203 
   Neil Patel / Jamie Richards                   100 2100 
  FTI Consulting (Financial PR)                 Tel: 0203 
   Alex Beagley / Sam Macpherson / Amy Goldup    727 1000 
 

About Safestyle UK plc

The Group is the leading retailer and manufacturer of PVCu replacement windows and doors to the UK homeowner market. For more information, please visit www.safestyleukplc.co.uk or www.safestyle-windows.co.uk.

CEO's Statement

H1 saw the delivery of strong revenue growth, increasing by 7.2% with order intake (sales) up 11.7% versus the prior period. As a result, our order book grew by 17.7% in H1 and our net cash position moved to GBP13.0m. As indicated previously our financial performance in H1 was materially impacted by a cyber-attack at the end of January. This was predominantly caused by the delay to a planned pricing move designed to keep pace with inflationary cost push coming through. As a result, the business saw planned profits for H1 reduced by c.GBP4.0m to a loss of (GBP1.4m), albeit profitability recovered rapidly to planned levels in May and into June.

Input costs in H1 reflect the highest levels of inflation in many years, increasing year on year by over 20% in some cases. The main causes were due to rising energy costs being passed on by our suppliers as well as higher raw material, staffing and fuel costs. As we have demonstrated in the last few years, we have moved promptly to mitigate the impact of these costs on our margins through proactive price changes alongside careful cost management. Whilst the cyber-attack caused a delay, we implemented our Q1 price increase early in Q2 and the effect of this began to come through in our revenues in the latter part of the quarter. Our systems are now operating normally. We expect to continue to respond to cost pressures as necessary while also ensuring that our offering maintains its value proposition for our customers.

The growth in the order book through H1 represents an investment of GBP1.7m. The business also initiated a multi-year strategic investment programme in H1 equating to a GBP2.1m increase in operating expenses versus H1 2021. This spend consisted of GBP0.9m of TV spend, alongside further growth in people costs, IT, training and customer service investment. The strong cash position of the business has supported this growth in line with our strategic priorities.

Trading & Operations

The 11.7% growth in order intake (sales) delivered during H1 reflected the success of our largest TV campaign since 2017. The campaign communicated a new, modernised brand proposition and a strong value message and was fronted by David Seaman MBE. The GBP0.9m investment in H1 allowed us to sustain the campaign and ensure its impact was maximised across the market and was supported by an aligned digital marketing campaign.

We continue to make significant progress leveraging our scale in digital marketing, supported by the excellent agency we appointed in 2020. Increasing the use of Artificial Intelligence ('AI') and other optimisation strategies will continue to be essential to help offset the rising levels of digital marketing rate inflation.

Our processing, installations and customer service levels were impacted by the cyber-attack in the early part of the year. Despite this, revenue increased 7.2% in H1 with a return to volume growth of 2% in Q2. The business now operates 14 depots, an increase of 2 since 2020 in order to support both a broader footprint and improved medium-term fit capacity.

Dividend

We are pleased to report a return to dividend payments with the Board approving an interim dividend of 0.4p per share (H1 2021: GBPnil) and an intention to adopt a progressive dividend policy going forward. Further details of the dividend including a dividend timetable are included in the Financial Review further below.

Strategic Priorities

After a number of years of turbulence, 2022 saw us initiate an ambitious GBP5m (versus 2021) strategic investment programme aimed at supporting the medium and long-term performance of the business. It remains important to share our strategic roadmap at our Capital Markets Day scheduled for 16(th) November 2022.

For H1 2022 the strategic investment programme included the following specific activities:

Delivering Profitable Growth : Rebuilding our brand is a key element of our growth strategy. Between 2018 and 2021, brand investment was significantly scaled back, driving up digital marketing costs and impacting our national brand awareness. Our return to national TV in 2022 is therefore a strategic investment that, when sustained, will drive awareness, reduce cost and drive volume growth. In addition, we have modernised the brand, leveraging proprietary industry market research which was conducted during 2020-2021.

Transforming our Customer Experience: Delivering a consistent and good customer experience across the regions has been a consistent barrier to scale across our industry. Our approach is based on designing and implementing robust business processes, supported by modern IT systems and effective training. This is a phased multi-year initiative, with an early focus on customer service levels through investing in modernising our call centre and implementing Net Promoter Score (NPS) across the installations network.

A key element of this programme is the launch of the Safestyle Academy, initially focused on training new window fitters. Our 12-month programme is the largest such programme in the UK and will deliver regular cohorts of well-trained window fitters to the business, addressing the current skill shortages across the UK and embedding the Safestyle approach to customer service. The first cohort from this programme will graduate before the end of the year.

Levelling up our Depots and Branches: As our business grows, we need to ensure that we develop and implement SOPs that close the range of performance across our network. During H1 we rolled out our new SOPs across installations and developed our first training programme for depot management. This training will be deployed across our installations management population during H2.

IT as an Enabler : Early modernisation of our systems helped to mitigate the impact of the sophisticated cyber-attack we experienced in Q1. Over the next two years, our focus will be to modernise our legacy systems, including implementing a modern CRM system, which will transform our customer experience.

Our ESG agenda: The business takes its broader responsibilities seriously and has introduced a temporary monthly cost of living allowance was announced for Q4 2022 and Q1 2023 for selected groups of staff to mitigate some of the impact of the current cost of fuel increases.

I am delighted that we have also sustained progress in our environmental agenda and can confirm that w e are on track to achieve our 2025 targets with a further 1% reduction in CO(2) per frame versus FY 2021 and waste to landfill decreasing further to 4%. The key remaining breakthrough to reduce our carbon emissions further is electrifying the Group's vehicle fleet which requires both the vehicle technology and infrastructure. We have also commenced our Scope 3 audits of our 10 largest suppliers and we will be able to share more details on this in our 2022 Annual Report next year.

Business Outlook

The economic and consumer outlook will remain challenging in H2, with consumer confidence levels at a 40-year low and inflation at a corresponding high. Against this context, we are confident in leveraging both our clear value proposition and the relevance of our product at a time of high household energy costs. This proposition is supported by market leading finance options and a credible 10-year warranty.

Following a strong H1, order intake performance in Q3 slowed at the height of an unusually hot summer although our order book mitigated the impact on revenue. Record temperatures in late July caused some disruption to our critical manufacturing equipment and subsequently to our order fulfilment levels for c.2 weeks into mid-August. As referenced above, the factory is back to operating normally and measures are in place to ensure that if we experience similar temperature levels in the future, it will not have the same impact.

Our response to the softer market was to bring forward the second phase of our 2022 TV campaign into August with a key message around energy efficiency. Early signs are that this has helped stimulate demand and we have returned to value growth in August, although volumes are still marginally behind the prior year. If we do see weakening consumer demand across the industry in the months ahead, it will be even more critical to sustain our TV campaign investment.

We continue to forecast double-digit revenue growth in H2 due to a combination of volume delivery and price progression which in turn we forecast to drive gross margin percentages back above 30% with a return to underlying profits for both the second half of the year and also for the full year. This performance will be despite protecting our investment agenda, including further investment in new business development. These activities and initiatives will be covered during our Capital Markets Day.

Overall, we still expect to deliver both a full year underlying profit and positive cashflow from operations despite the GBP4m impact of the cyber-attack and the strategic investment programme. A lthough we anticipate revenue exceeding expectations, we now expect full year underlying profit will be no lower than GBP1.0m after the Q3 challenges and the increased new business development investment described above.

Our view, supported by our current performance, remains that as the national value player in our industry we are well placed to attract consumers in tougher economic times while still progressing our financial performance and investing for the medium-term.

Mike Gallacher

Chief Executive Officer

22 September 2022

Financial Review

 
                                    H1 2022                                   H1 2021 
                     Underlying   Non-underlying    Total      Underlying   Non-underlying    Total         H1 22 
                                     items(3)                                  items(3)                      v H1 
                                                                                                           21 change 
                                                                                                         in underlying 
                                                                                                               % 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Financials           GBP000          GBP000        GBP000      GBP000          GBP000        GBP000 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 
 Revenue                 78,250                      78,250        72,980                      72,980             7.2% 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Cost of sales         (58,886)                    (58,886)      (49,456)                    (49,456)          (19.1%) 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Gross Profit            19,364                      19,364        23,524                      23,524          (17.7%) 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Other operating 
  expenses(1)          (19,943)          (1,429)   (21,372)      (17,838)            (766)   (18,604)          (11.8%) 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Operating (loss) 
  / profit                (579)          (1,429)    (2,008)         5,686            (766)      4,920              n/a 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Finance costs            (833)                       (833)         (628)                       (628)          (32.6%) 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 (Loss) / profit 
  before 
  taxation(2)           (1,412)          (1,429)    (2,841)         5,058            (766)      4,292              n/a 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 
 Taxation                                               807                                     (729) 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 
 (Loss) / profit 
  for the period                                    (2,034)                                     3,563 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 
 Basic EPS (pence 
  per share)                                         (1.5)p                                      2.6p 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Diluted EPS 
  (pence 
  per share)                                         (1.5)p                                      2.5p 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 
 Cash and Cash 
  equivalents                                        17,327                                    18,600 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Borrowings                                         (4,305)                                   (4,193) 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 Net Cash(4)                                         13,022                                    14,407 
                   ------------  ---------------  ---------  ------------  ---------------  ---------  --------------- 
 
 
                                                    H1 22 
                                                     v 21 
 KPIs for the period         H1 2022   H1 2021     change 
 Gross margin %(5)            24.75%    32.23%   (748bps) 
                            --------  --------  --------- 
 Average Order Value (GBP 
  inc VAT)                     4,300     4,020       7.0% 
                            --------  --------  --------- 
 Average Frame Price (GBP 
  ex VAT)                        832       764       8.9% 
                            --------  --------  --------- 
 Frames installed - units     94,525    96,241     (1.8%) 
                            --------  --------  --------- 
 Orders installed             21,946    21,958     (0.1%) 
                            --------  --------  --------- 
 Frames per order               4.31      4.38     (1.6%) 
                            --------  --------  --------- 
 

Some of the Group's KPIs have been further broken down in the table below into quarterly measures to aid the understanding of performance trends within the period.

 
                                                      Q1 22                            Q2 22 
                                                       v Q1                             v Q2 
 KPIs by quarter             Q1 2022   Q1 2021    21 change   Q2 2022   Q2 2021    21 change 
 Revenue                        36.7      34.7         5.8%      41.6      38.3         8.5% 
                            --------  --------  -----------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Average Order Value (GBP 
  inc VAT)                     4,149     3,874         7.1%     4,443     4,164         6.7% 
                            --------  --------  -----------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Average Frame Price (GBP 
  ex VAT)                        820       741        10.7%       843       787         7.0% 
                            --------  --------  -----------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Frames installed - units     44,875    47,542       (5.6%)    49,650    48,699         2.0% 
                            --------  --------  -----------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Orders installed             10,641    10,907       (2.4%)    11,305    11,051         2.3% 
                            --------  --------  -----------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 Frames per order               4.22      4.36       (3.3%)      4.39      4.41       (0.3%) 
                            --------  --------  -----------  --------  --------  ----------- 
 

H1 2022's financial performance was significantly impacted by the consequences of the cyber-attack which caused a delay to the implementation of a planned January price increase and also reduced installation volumes during the period when the Group's normal processes were curtailed. The price increase was implemented in late April which, alongside a return to normal processing capacity levels, resulted in installation volume returning to year on year growth in Q2 with the Group also returning to an underlying profit before taxation in May and June.

Alongside the financial impact of the cyber-attack, H1 also includes a number of material investments that underpin the Group's medium-term strategic priorities. These include a GBP0.9m spend on the H1 TV campaign alongside further investment in customer service resource, installations capacity, training and IT.

Finally, as described in the CEO's statement, order intake grew by 11.7% over the prior period which resulted in the order book increasing by 17.7%, closing the half 17.6% higher versus the end of H1 2021. The costs associated with this growth in the order book totalled GBP1.7m and gross margins are expected to increase in H2 as the order book unwinds over the coming months.

The Group made an underlying loss before taxation(3) of GBP(1.4)m for the period due to the above factors. Net cash(4) grew by GBP0.9m from the year end position to GBP13.0m.

Financial and KPI headlines

   --     Revenue increased to GBP78.3m, growth of 7.2% on H1 21. 

-- Frames installed declined by 1.8% versus H1 21 to 94,525, albeit frames installed in Q2 grew by 2.0% over 2021 as the business recovered from the disruption caused by the cyber-attack.

-- Average frame price has continued to increase this year, with growth of 8.9% achieved versus H1 21 to GBP832. This increase largely signals the carry through of price actions in 2021. As referenced in the CEO's statement, planned price increases this year were delayed until Q2 as a result of the cyber-attack. The Group has continued to increase its prices to keep pace with cost inflation. H igher-priced composite guard doors reduced year on year from 7.4% to 6.6% which represents a mild negative mix effect on the average frame price.

-- Gross profit reduced by 17.7% versus H1 21 to GBP19.4m. Gross margin percentage(5) reduced by 748bps to 24.75%. H1 21 represents a strong comparative with the gross margin percentage positively influenced by lower lead generation costs due to favourable market conditions alongside a benefit of the order book reducing during the period. This year, lead generation costs have returned to more normalised (and thus higher) levels and the order book grew through the first half with the associated costs of delivering this expensed in H1. In addition, the delay to the price increase described above adversely impacted gross margin percentage in H1 as inflation of input costs came through. The gross margin percentage is expected to increase back above 30% as the order book unwinds and recent price increases feed through into the Group's revenues.

-- Underlying other operating expenses(1) for the period increased by GBP2.1m (11.8%) over H1 21 due to a GBP0.9m investment in the H1 TV campaign, wage inflation and increased investment in customer service resource, installations capacity, training and IT.

-- Underlying (loss) / profit before taxation was a loss of GBP(1.4)m for the period (H1 21: profit of GBP5.1m) due to the impact on H1 financial performance of the cyber-attack, order book growth and the Group's investment agenda.

-- Non-underlying items(1) totalled GBP1.4m (H1 21: GBP0.8m) with the increase a result of the non-recurring costs associated with recovery from the cyber-attack. Consequently, after non-underlying items, reported (loss) / profit before taxation was a loss of GBP(2.8)m versus a profit of GBP4.3m in H1 21.

-- Net cash improved to GBP13.0m compared to GBP12.1m at the end of the prior year. The improved cash position at the end of the period is a result of working capital timing partially offset by the loss for the year to date.

 
 
    (1) Underlying other operating expenses are defined in the 'Underlying performance 
     measures' 
     section below and the reconciliation between this measure and the GAAP measure is 
     shown in 
     the 'Financials' table at the front of this Financial Review 
     (2) Underlying (loss) / profit before taxation is defined in the 'Underlying 
     performance 
     measures' section below and the reconciliation between this measure and the GAAP 
     measure is 
     shown in the 'Financials' table at the front of this Financial Review 
     (3) See the non-underlying items section in this Financial Review 
     (4) Net cash is cash and cash equivalents less borrowings 
     (5) Gross margin % is gross profit divided by revenue 
 

Underlying performance measures

In the course of the last four years, the Group has faced a series of unprecedented and unusual challenges. These gave rise to a number of significant non-underlying items starting in 2018 with consequential items in 2019 as the Group addressed the impact of these challenges, predominantly as part of its Turnaround Plan. The impact of COVID-19 in 2020 also gave rise to a material non-underlying item in the form of a holiday pay accrual. The costs of recovering from the cyber-attack in H1 22 are also treated as non-underlying costs. Further details are provided below in this Financial Review.

As a consequence of these items, adjusted measures of underlying other operating expenses and underlying (loss) / profit before taxation have been presented as the measures of financial performance. Adoption of these measures results in non-underlying items being excluded to enable a meaningful evaluation of the performance of the Group compared to prior periods.

These alternative measures are entirely consistent with how the Board monitors the financial performance of the Group and the underlying (loss) / profit before taxation is the basis of performance targets for incentive plans for the Executive Directors and senior management team.

Non-underlying items consist of non-recurring costs, share based payments and Commercial Agreement amortisation. Non-recurring costs are excluded because they are not expected to repeat in future years. These costs are therefore not included in these alternative performance measures as they would distort how the performance and progress of the Group is assessed and evaluated.

Share based payments are subject to volatility and fluctuation and are excluded from these alternative performance measures as such changes would again potentially distort the evaluation of the Group's performance year to year.

Finally, Commercial Agreement amortisation is also excluded from these alternative performance measures because the Board believes that exclusion of this enables a better evaluation of the Group's underlying performance year to year.

Revenue

Revenue for the period was GBP78.3m compared to GBP73.0m for H1 21, representing an increase of 7.2%. In the first quarter of the year, year on year revenue growth was 5.8% increasing to 8.5% growth in Q2 with this improving revenue trajectory reflecting the recovery from the January cyber-attack.

Frames installed volumes reduced by 1.8% versus H1 21 to 94,525 with the impact of the cyber-attack reducing volumes between January and April although the Group returned to volume growth in the second quarter of 2%, as it recovered fully from the disruption this caused. As with the prior year, the revenue growth exceeds the volume performance as a result of the following:

-- The average frame price increased by 8.9% year on year to GBP832 (H1 2021: GBP764). The price performance in H1 largely represents the exit rate of price from 2021. The Group had to delay implementation of planned list price increase from January to April and thus the full effect of this will only come through in the second half results.

-- The project to reduce the Group's finance subsidy costs which are incurred as part of its consumer finance offering over the last 18 months is now complete. The ongoing expectation is that finance subsidy costs are expected to be minimal as we go forward, whilst we also strive to ensure that we have a market-leading set of affordable payment options available to our customers.

-- The average number of frames per order has remained broadly the same year on year at 4.31 with the Group continuing to drive a healthy average order size which, alongside the average frame price growth described above, has resulted in an increase in the average order value over H1 21 of 7.0% to GBP4,300.

Gross profit

Gross profit was GBP19.4m, a reduction of 17.7% over H1 21. The Group's gross margin percentage reduced by 748bps to 24.75% versus H1 21's strong comparative of 32.23%.

This reduced year on year gross margin percentage is despite the higher average price described above and is a result of the slightly lower installation volume with the other significant elements being as follows:

-- Despite the operational disruption on installations and customer service as a result of the cyber-attack, the Group achieved order intake growth of 11.7% over H1 21. The Group's order book increased by 17.7% over H1, representing a closing position that was 17.6% ahead of the prior period. The cost associated with driving this growth totals GBP1.7m within gross margin for H1 22 which will unwind as the order book is fitted out in future periods.

The order intake growth, investment and consequential impact on gross margin in the period is in contrast to the movement in the order book in H1 21 which was reduced by 8.3% from its record opening high levels at the start of 2021 and equated to a GBP0.4m gross margin benefit in H1 21. These order book changes alone represent a year on year swing in gross profit of GBP2.1m which is c.50% of the total year on year reduction in gross profit.

-- Alongside the order book changes described above, H1 22 represented a more normalised cost for lead acquisition costs versus a comparative in H1 21 that was buoyed by a strong consumer response following the restart of all selling activities when the third national COVID lockdown was ended in early 2021. The consequential rate increase back to these normalised levels represents a cost of GBP1.8m versus H1 2021 levels across the first half.

The focus within the sales and marketing teams remains to ensure that the balance between good conversion, volume, discount levels and cancellation rates is optimised.

-- Finally, the rising cost push linked to rising input costs including PVCu profile, glass, installation materials, scaffolding, fuel and contractor costs represent a year on year rate increase of GBP5.5m. This is marginally higher than the GBP5.3m benefit of the increased average frame rate and highlights the pace at which cost increases have come through this year. The price actions enacted in April and also into H2 22 are to ensure the Group mitigates this cost headwind whilst also striving to deliver value to its customers.

Underlying other operating expenses

Underlying other operating expenses were GBP19.9m which includes TV investment of GBP0.9m and is an increase of GBP2.1m (11.8%) over H1 21. Excluding the TV spend, the increase of other operating expenses was GBP1.2m (6.7%). The key factors behind this increase are as follows:

-- Wage inflation represents the largest single driver of the year on year cost increase. The costs of a 3% annual payrise for most staff have been incurred alongside higher % increases for a number of colleagues to underpin attraction and retention of people at all levels of the organisation.

-- Furthermore, commensurate with the Group's strategic priorities, we have continued to grow our customer service resource levels and invest in installations capacity in the last 18 months. The opening of the Milton Keynes depot in August 2021 alongside increased operational headcount are the other main drivers of the year on year increase in operating expenses.

-- Finally, the Group continues its ongoing investment in IT, recruitment and training as key enablers of the Group's strategic priorities. The ongoing investment in upgrading and implementing new IT systems is part of the technology roadmap. This has already delivered benefits including the continuation of operations throughout the pandemic and critically helped to mitigate the full potential impact of the cyber-attack in January 2022.

Underlying (loss) / profit before taxation

Underlying (loss) before taxation was GBP(1.4)m versus a profit in H1 21 of GBP5.1m. This loss is before the non-underlying items described below.

Non-underlying items

A total of GBP1.4m has been separately treated as non-underlying items for the year (H1 2021: GBP0.8m). The current period's total consists of GBP0.9m of non-recurring costs (H1 21: GBP0.1m), a GBP0.3m share based payment charge (H1 21: GBP0.5m) and GBP0.2m (H1 21: GBP0.2m) of Commercial Agreement (Intangible Asset) amortisation. The table below shows the full breakdown of these items:

 
                                        H1 2022   H1 2021 
                                         GBP000    GBP000 
                                       --------  -------- 
 Holiday pay accrual (release)             (72)      (88) 
                                       --------  -------- 
 RSA related costs                           12         - 
                                       --------  -------- 
 Restructuring and operational 
  costs                                      96        96 
                                       --------  -------- 
 Litigation Costs                            23        33 
                                       --------  -------- 
 Cyber incident-related costs               945         - 
                                       --------  -------- 
 Impairment of right-of-use assets           27         - 
                                       --------  -------- 
 Modification of right-of-use assets 
  and liabilities                         (112)        12 
                                       --------  -------- 
 Total non-recurring costs (note 
  4)                                        919        53 
                                       --------  -------- 
 
 Commercial Agreement amortisation          226       226 
                                       --------  -------- 
 Equity-settled share based payment 
  charges                                   284       487 
                                       --------  -------- 
 
 Total non-underlying items               1,429       766 
                                       --------  -------- 
 

The holiday pay accrual arose as a result of the impact of the shutdown of operations and resultant extension of 2020 leave entitlement which, for some employees, is up to March 2023. The release in the current reporting period represents a partial-unwinding of the original accrual booked in 2020 due to the deferred holiday subsequently taken in the year.

The Group incurred GBP0.1m (H1 21: GBP0.1m) of restructuring and non-recurring operational costs which reduced the Group's overheads in some areas. GBP0.9m of separately identifiable cyber incident-related costs are included in non-recurring costs in relation to the incremental costs incurred as part of the recovery from the cyber-attack. Finally, a credit of GBP0.1m has been recognised in relation to the early termination of leases on six properties identified as right-of-use assets in the period.

As reported in the last four years, the Commercial Agreement arose as a result of an agreement entered into in 2018 with Mr M. Misra which encompassed a five year non-compete agreement and the provision of services by Mr Misra in support of the continued recovery of Safestyle. The Group agreed consideration with Mr Misra subject to the satisfaction of both clear performance conditions by him over five years and Safestyle's trading performance in 2019.

The non-compete element of the Commercial Agreement was accounted for as an intangible asset on the basis that it is an identi able, non-monetary item without physical substance, which is within the control of the entity and is capable of generating future economic bene ts for the entity. The intangible asset was measured based on the fair value of the consideration that the Group expects to issue under the terms of the agreement and is being amortised over five years which matches the term of the non-compete arrangement.

Share based payment charges reduced versus H1 21 with this year representing a more normalised charge with the prior period higher due to charges in relation to the Restricted Share Award granted in October 2020 that vested in June 2021.

The items classified as non-recurring costs in the Consolidated Income Statement, the share based payment charges and the amortisation of the intangible asset created as a result of the Commercial Agreement reached in 2018 have all been excluded from the underlying (loss) / profit before taxation performance measure to enable a meaningful evaluation of the performance of the Group from year to year.

Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share for the period were a loss of (1.5)p for the period compared to a profit of 2.6p in H1 21. Diluted earnings per share were a loss of (1.5)p (H1 21: profit of 2.5p). The basis for these calculations is detailed in note 5.

Net cash and cashflow

The Group has increased its net cash during the period, closing at GBP13.0m compared to GBP12.1m at the end of 2021. GBP4.5m of the Group's GBP7.5m facility, being that of the term loan, remains drawn with the remaining GBP3.0m revolving credit facility undrawn. The current facility expires in October 2023.

Net cash inflow from operating activities, including the cashflow impact of non-underlying items, was GBP3.7m (H1 2021: GBP9.2m). The inflow for the period, although reduced versus the prior period which reflects the reduction in H1 profits as described above, reflects the strong operating cashflow model of the Group. In addition, H1 each year typically contains a timing benefit within working capital, most notably related to the timing of quarterly VAT payments.

Partially offsetting this positive profit net cash inflow was capital investment of GBP0.6m (H1 21: GBP0.2m), representing the ongoing investment in the Group's infrastructure and systems as well as some maintenance capex for the manufacturing facility.

Dividends and capital allocation policy

The Board has approved an interim dividend of 0.4p per share (H1 2021: GBPnil) signalling a return to the dividend list for the first time since 2017 as part of the Group's capital allocation policy. As reported previously, the Board's policy is to firstly utilise surplus cash to fund forthcoming strategic initiatives. Subsequent to that, the policy is to return surplus cash to shareholders through the restoration of a progressive dividend followed by buyback programmes and latterly, special dividends in order to maximise returns to our shareholders.

The return to a dividend signals the Board drawing a line under the turbulence of the past few years and the intention for a progressive dividend policy from here. The interim dividend will be paid on 28 October 2022 to shareholders on the register on 30 September 2022 and will have an ex-dividend date of 29 September 2022.

Rob Neale

Chief Financial Officer

22 September 2022

Consolidated Income Statement

 
                                          Unaudited      Unaudited        Audited 
                                Note       6 months       6 months      12 months 
                                              ended          ended          ended 
                                       3rd Jul 2022   4th Jul 2021   2nd Jan 2022 
                                             GBP000         GBP000         GBP000 
 
  Revenue                                    78,250         72,980        143,251 
  Cost of sales                            (58,886)       (49,456)       (99,496) 
 
  Gross profit                               19,364         23,524         43,755 
  Expected credit losses 
   expensed                                   (348)          (269)          (362) 
  Other operating expenses                 (21,024)       (18,335)       (35,807) 
 
  Operating (loss) 
   / profit                                 (2,008)          4,920          7,586 
  Finance costs                 6             (833)          (628)        (1,623) 
                                      -------------  -------------  ------------- 
  (Loss) / profit before 
   taxation                                 (2,841)          4,292          5,963 
                                      -------------  -------------  ------------- 
 
  Underlying (loss) 
   / profit before taxation 
   before non-recurring 
   costs, Commercial 
   Agreement amortisation 
   and share based payments                 (1,412)          5,058          7,613 
 
  Non-recurring costs           4             (919)           (53)          (511) 
  Commercial Agreement 
   amortisation                               (226)          (226)          (452) 
  Share based payments                        (284)          (487)          (687) 
 
  (Loss) / profit before 
   taxation                                 (2,841)          4,292          5,963 
 
 
 
 
  Taxation                                      807          (729)        (1,188) 
 
  (Loss) / profit for 
   the period                               (2,034)          3,563          4,775 
                                      =============  =============  ============= 
 
  Earnings per share 
  Basic (pence per share)       5            (1.5)p           2.6p           3.5p 
  Diluted (pence per 
   share)                       5            (1.5)p           2.5p           3.4p 
 

There is no other comprehensive income for the period.

All operations were continuing throughout all periods.

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 
                                             Unaudited      Unaudited        Audited 
                                      Note    6 months       6 months      12 months 
                                                 ended          ended          ended 
                                               3rd Jul   4th Jul 2021   2nd Jan 2022 
                                                  2022 
                                                GBP000         GBP000         GBP000 
 Assets 
 Intangible assets - Trademarks                    504            504            504 
 Intangible assets - Goodwill                   20,758         20,758         20,758 
 Intangible assets - Software                    1,103            856            870 
 Intangible assets - Other                         606          1,058            832 
 Property, plant and equipment                  10,589         11,089         10,811 
 Right-of-use assets                            10,578         11,119         11,146 
 Deferred taxation asset                         1,847          1,433          1,053 
 
 Non-current assets                             45,985         46,817         45,974 
 
 Inventories                                     5,457          4,785          5,298 
 Trade and other receivables                     6,985          5,828          4,880 
 Cash and cash equivalents                      17,327         18,600         16,351 
 
 Current assets                                 29,769         29,213         26,529 
 
 Total assets                                   75,754         76,030         72,503 
                                            ==========  =============  ============= 
 
 Equity 
 Called up share capital                         1,389          1,384          1,386 
 Share premium account                          89,495         89,495         89,495 
 Profit and loss account                         9,127          9,258         10,893 
 Common control transaction 
  reserve                                     (66,527)       (66,527)       (66,527) 
 
                                                33,484         33,610         35,247 
 Liabilities 
 Trade and other payables             7         23,400         23,576         18,052 
 Lease liabilities                               4,332          3,814          4,104 
 Corporation taxation liabilities                  159            177            159 
 Provision for liabilities 
  and charges                                    1,333          1,102          1,274 
 
 Current liabilities                            29,224         28,669         23,589 
 
 Provision for liabilities 
  and charges                                    2,219          2,079          2,109 
 Lease liabilities                               6,522          7,479          7,327 
 Borrowing facility                              4,305          4,193          4,231 
 
 Non-current liabilities                        13,046         13,751         13,667 
 
 Total liabilities                              42,270         42,420         37,256 
 
 Total equity and liabilities                   75,754         76,030         72,503 
                                            ==========  =============  ============= 
 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 
                                            Share             Share      Profit                Common            Total 
                                          capital           premium    and loss               control           equity 
                                                                        account           transaction 
                                                                                              reserve 
                                           GBP000            GBP000      GBP000                GBP000           GBP000 
 
 Balance at 3 January 2021                  1,368            89,495       5,347              (66,527)           29,683 
 
 Total comprehensive profit 
  for the period                                -                 -       3,563                     -            3,563 
 
 Transactions with owners 
 recorded 
 directly in equity: 
 Equity settled share based 
  payment transactions                          -                 -         358                     -              358 
 Deferred taxation asset 
  taken 
  to reserves                                   -                 -           6                     -                6 
 Issue of new shares                           16                 -        (16)                     -                - 
 Balance at 4 July 2021                     1,384            89,495       9,258              (66,527)           33,610 
                               ------------------  ----------------  ----------  --------------------  --------------- 
 
 Total comprehensive profit 
  for the period                                -                 -       1,212                     -            1,212 
 Transactions with owners 
 recorded 
 directly in equity: 
 Issue of new shares                            2                 -         (2)                     -                - 
 Deferred taxation asset 
  taken 
  to reserves                                   -                 -         (2)                     -              (2) 
 Corporation taxation taken 
  to reserves                                   -                 -          98                     -               98 
 Equity settled share based 
  payment transactions                          -                 -         329                     -              329 
 
 Balance at 2 January 2022                  1,386            89,495      10,893              (66,527)           35,247 
                               ==================  ================  ==========  ====================  =============== 
 
 
 Total comprehensive (loss) 
  for the period                           -          -   (2,034)            -        (2,034) 
 Transactions with owners recorded 
  directly in equity: 
 Issue of new shares                       3          -       (3)            -              - 
 Deferred taxation asset taken 
  to reserves                              -          -      (13)            -           (13) 
 Equity settled share based 
  payment transactions                     -          -       284            -            284 
 
 Balance at 3 July 2022                1,389     89,495     9,127     (66,527)         33,484 
                                     =======  =========  ========  ===========  ============= 
 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                                               Unaudited         Unaudited            Audited 
                                                          6 months ended    6 months ended    12 months ended 
                                                  Note        3 Jul 2022        4 Jul 2021         2 Jan 2022 
                                                                  GBP000            GBP000             GBP000 
 Cash flows from operating activities 
 (Loss) / profit for the period                                  (2,034)             3,563              4,775 
 Adjustments for: 
 Depreciation of plant, property and equipment                       699               756              1,473 
 Depreciation of right-of-use assets                               1,851             1,835              3,882 
 Amortisation of intangible fixed assets                             438               426                842 
 Impairment of right-of-use assets                                    27                 -                122 
 Modification of right-of-use assets and 
  liabilities                                                      (112)                12               (83) 
 Finance expense                                     6               833               628              1,623 
 IT project impairment                                                 -                 -                 14 
 Equity settled share based payments charge                          284               358                687 
 Taxation (credit) / charge                                        (807)               729              1,188 
                                                        ----------------  ----------------   ---------------- 
                                                                   1,179             8,307             14,523 
 (Increase) in inventories                                         (159)             (240)              (753) 
 (Increase) / decrease in trade and other 
  receivables                                                    (2,105)             (165)                783 
 Increase / (decrease) in trade and other 
  payables                                           7             5,348             1,647            (3,877) 
 Increase in provisions                                                8               262                195 
                                                        ----------------  ----------------   ---------------- 
                                                                   3,092             1,504            (3,652) 
 Other interest (paid)                                             (599)             (563)            (1,250) 
                                                        ----------------  ----------------  ----------------- 
 Net cash inflow from operating activities                         3,672             9,248              9,621 
                                                        ----------------  ----------------  ----------------- 
 
 Net cash (outflow) from investing activities 
 Acquisition of property, plant and equipment                      (477)             (197)              (809) 
 Acquisition of intangible fixed assets                            (445)             (377)              (424) 
 Net cash (outflow) from investing activities                      (922)             (574)            (1,233) 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities 
 Proceeds from issue of share capital                                  -                 -                  - 
 Payment of lease liabilities                                    (1,774)           (1,779)            (3,742) 
                                                        ----------------  ----------------  ----------------- 
 Net cash (outflow) from financing activities                    (1,774)           (1,779)            (3,742) 
 
 Net inflow in cash and cash equivalents                             976             6,895              4,646 
 Cash and cash equivalents at start of period                     16,351            11,705             11,705 
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                       17,327            18,600             16,351 
                                                        ================  ================  ================= 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes to the interim financial information

   1              General information and basis of preparation 

The interim financial information for the six months ended 3 July 2022 and for the six months ended 4 July 2021 does not constitute statutory financial statements and is neither reviewed nor audited. The comparative figures for the year ended 2 January 2022 are not the Group's consolidated statutory accounts for that financial year but are extracted from those accounts which have been reported on by the Group's auditor and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditor was (i) unqualified and (ii) did not contain a statement with reference to Articles 113B of Companies (Jersey) Law 1991

The condensed consolidated interim financial information for the period ended 3 July 2022 has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting' as adopted by the European Union.

Selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in financial position and performance of the Group since the last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 2 January 2022.

The condensed consolidated interim financial information should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 2 January 2022 which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union.

The accounting policies adopted in the condensed interim financial information are consistent with those set out in the financial statements for the year ended 2 January 2022.

Period-end

These interim financial statements are presented for the first 26 weeks of the financial year which ended on 3 July 2022 for the current year and ended on the 4 July 2021 for the first half comparative period of the prior year. All references made throughout these accounts for H1 2022 are for the period 3 January 2022 to 3 July 2022. References to H1 2021 are for the period 4 January 2021 to 4 July 2021.

   2              Going concern 

The financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis which the Directors believe to be appropriate for the following reasons.

The Group made a statutory loss of GBP2.0m in the 6 months to 3 July 2022 (June 21: GBP3.6m profit) and had net current assets of GBP0.5m (June 2021: GBP0.5m). As described in the financial review, H1 2022's financial performance was significantly impacted by the consequences of the cyber-attack which caused a delay to the implementation of a planned January price increase and also reduced installation volumes during the period when the Group's normal processes were curtailed. The price increase was implemented in late April which, alongside a return to normal processing capacity levels, resulted in installation volume returning to year on year growth in Q2 with the Group also returning to underlying profit before taxation in May and June. Despite the loss for the period, the Group's net cash position improved from GBP12.1m to GBP13.0m as a result of working capital timing partially offset by the loss for the year to date.

The banking facilities in place remain in place with a GBP4.5m term loan and a GBP3.0m revolving credit facility which mature in October 2023. During 2022, a revised covenant has been agreed with the facility provider which replaces the minimum EBITDA that was historically tested on a monthly basis. A springing covenant is now in place whereby EBITDA is not tested when net cash is positive. Throughout the period to 3 July 2022, the term loan was fully drawn whilst the revolving credit facility remained undrawn. This remains the case at the date of this announcement.

The Directors have prepared forecasts covering the period to December 2023. The forecasts include a number of assumptions in relation to sales volume, pricing, margin improvements and overhead investments. Whilst the Directors believe the assumptions to be sensible, the operating environment is exposed to a number of risks which could impact the actual performance achieved in 2022 and 2023. These risks include, but are not limited to, reducing consumer confidence due to the general economic conditions, delivering the required levels of order intake as consumers are impacted by rising inflation and the Group's ability to maintain margins given the rising input costs. If future trading performance significantly underperforms the Group's forecasts, this could impact the ability of the Group to comply with its covenant tests over the period of the forecasts.

The Directors have considered the Group's strengthened financial position alongside a number of possible downside scenarios. Even with scenarios which have modelled significant reductions in activity, the resultant cash flow forecasts and projections show that the Group will be able to maintain a net cash position (and thus headroom) in excess of GBP10m and therefore not trigger the springing covenants of the borrowing facility. As such, the Directors have concluded that the risk of the liquidity requirements of the business exceeding the total quantum of facilities available remain remote.

Based on the above, the Directors believe that it remains appropriate to prepare the financial statements on a going concern basis.

   3              Significant accounting policies 

Revenue recognition

The Group earns revenues from the design, manufacture, delivery of, and installation of domestic double-glazed replacement windows and doors.

There are five main steps followed for revenue recognition:

   -       Identifying the contract with a customer 
   -       Identifying the performance obligations 
   -       Determining the transaction price 
   -       Allocating the transaction price to the performance obligations; and 
   -       Recognising revenue when or as an entity satisfied performance obligations. 

The various stages of the performance obligations are the design, manufacture, delivery of and installation of domestic double-glazed replacement windows and doors.

In applying the principle of recognising revenue related to satisfaction of performance obligations under IFRS 15, the Group considers that the final end product is dependent upon a number of services in the process that may be capable of distinct identifiable performance obligations. However, where obligations are not separately identifiable, in terms of a customer being unable to enjoy the benefit in isolation, the standard allows for these to be combined. The Group considers that in the context of the contracts held these are not distinct. As such the performance obligations are treated as one combined performance obligation and revenue is recognised in full, at a point in time, being on completion of the installation. Revenue is shown net of discounts, sales returns, charges for the provision of consumer credit and VAT and other sales related taxes. Revenue is measured based on the consideration specified in a contract with a customer.

There is no identifiable amount included in the final price for a warranty, as the Group provides a guarantee on all installations.

Payments received in advance are held within other creditors as a contract liability. The final payment is due on installation.

A survey fee is paid at the point of agreeing the contract and the customer has up to 14 days, defined in the contract to change their minds. If the customer changes their mind after this cooling off period, the Group has the right to retain this survey fee and as such revenue for this is recognised at the point in time that this becomes non-refundable.

In addition to the above, the Group recognises revenue from the sale of materials for recycling. The revenue is recognised when the materials are collected by the recycling company which represents the completion of the performance obligation. The Group has determined that this revenue is derived from its ordinary activities and as such this balance is recognised within revenue.

Non-recurring items

Items that are either material because of their nature, non-recurring or whose significance is sufficient to warrant separate disclosure and identification within the consolidated financial statements are referred to as non-recurring items. The separate reporting of non-recurring items is important to provide an understanding of the Group's underlying performance.

   4              Non-recurring costs 
 
                                      Unaudited     Unaudited     Audited 
                                       6 months      6 months   12 months 
                                          ended         ended       ended 
                                    3 July 2022   4 July 2021   3 January 
                                                                     2022 
 Non-recurring costs consist 
  of the following:                      GBP000        GBP000      GBP000 
 
 Holiday pay accrual (release)             (72)          (88)        (79) 
 RSA related costs                           12             -         147 
 Restructuring and operational 
  costs                                      96            96         300 
 Litigation costs                            23            33          90 
 Cyber incident-related                     945             -           - 
  costs 
 Impairment of right-of-use 
  assets                                     27             -         122 
 Modification of right-of-use 
  assets and liabilities                  (112)            12        (83) 
 IT project impairment                        -             -          14 
 
                                            919            53         511 
                                   ------------  ------------  ---------- 
 

The holiday pay accrual arose as a result of the impact of the shutdown of operations and resultant extension of 2020 leave entitlement which, for some employees, is up to March 2023. The release in the current reporting period represents a partial-unwinding of the original accrual booked in 2020 due to the deferred holiday subsequently taken in the year.

RSA related costs are the employer related taxes associated with the issue of Restricted Share Award scheme during the year.

Restructuring and operational costs are expenses incurred, including redundancy payments, as a result of changes being made to reduce the cost structure to the business.

Litigation costs are mainly expenses incurred as a result of an ongoing legal dispute between the Group and an ex-agent. These costs are predominantly legal advisor's fees.

Cyber incident-related costs are in relation to the separately identifiable incremental costs incurred as part of the recovery from the cyber-attack.

Impairment of right-of-use assets relate to the closure of the properties identified as assets under IFRS 16.

Modification of right-of-use assets and liabilities relate to the closure of the properties identified as right-of-use assets during the period.

IT project impairment charge represented the impairment of a capital investment made in a new electronic survey system that was stopped following the results of field trials.

For further detail on the 2021 non-recurring charges, please refer to the 2021 Annual Report.

   5              Earnings per share 
 
                                Unaudited     Unaudited     Audited 
                                 6 months      6 months   12 months 
                                    ended         ended       ended 
                              3 July 2022   4 July 2021   2 January 
                                                               2022 
 Basic (loss) / profit 
  per share (pence)                (1.5)p          2.6p        3.5p 
 Diluted (loss) / profit 
  per share (pence)                (1.5)p          2.5p        3.4p 
 
 

a) Basic earnings per share

 
 The calculation of basic earnings per share has been based on the 
  following profit attributable to ordinary shareholders and weighted-average 
  number of shares outstanding. 
                                            Unaudited        Unaudited         Audited 
                                             6 months         6 months       12 months 
                                                ended            ended           ended 
                                          3 July 2022      4 July 2021       2 January 
                                                                                  2022 
                                               GBP000           GBP000          GBP000 
 
 (Loss) / profit attributable 
  to ordinary shareholders                    (2,034)            3,563           4,775 
                                      ===============  ===============  ============== 
 
 Weighted-average number 
  of ordinary shares (basic) 
 
                                         No of shares     No of shares    No of shares 
                                                 '000             '000            '000 
 
 In issue during the period                   138,628          136,946         137,753 
                                      ===============  ===============  ============== 
 

b) Diluted earnings per share

The calculation of diluted earnings per share has been based on the following profit attributable to ordinary shareholders and weighted-average number of ordinary shares outstanding after adjustment for the effects of all dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 
                                        Unaudited        Audited 
                                         6 months      12 months 
                                            ended          ended 
                                      4 July 2021      2 January 
                                                            2022 
                                           GBP000         GBP000 
 
 Profit attributable to 
  ordinary shareholders                     3,563          4,775 
                                    =============  ============= 
 
 
                                     No of shares   No of shares 
                                             '000           '000 
 
 Weighted-average number 
  of ordinary shares (basic)              136,946        137,753 
 Effect of conversion 
  of share options and 
  share consideration                       5,808          3,589 
 
 Weighted-average number 
  of ordinary shares (diluted) 
  at period end                           142,754        141,342 
                                    =============  ============= 
 

The loss per ordinary share and diluted loss per share for H1 2022 are equal because share options are only included in the calculation of diluted earnings per share if their issue would decrease the net profit per share.

   6           Finance costs 
 
                              Unaudited     Unaudited      Audited 
                               6 months      6 months    12 months 
                                  ended         ended        ended 
                            3 July 2022   4 July 2021    2 January 
                                                              2022 
                                 GBP000        GBP000       GBP000 
 
 On borrowing costs                 327           287          593 
 Unwind of discount on 
  provisions                        161             -          269 
 On lease liabilities               345           341          761 
 
                                    833           628        1,623 
                           ------------  ------------  ----------- 
 
   7           Trade and other payables 
 
                                     Unaudited     Unaudited      Audited 
                                      6 months      6 months    12 months 
                                         ended         ended        ended 
                                   3 July 2022   4 July 2021    2 January 
                                                                     2022 
                                        GBP000        GBP000       GBP000 
 
 Trade payables                          9,112         6,500        7,118 
 Other taxation and social 
  security costs                         4,465         7,023        3,169 
 Other creditors and deferred 
  income                                 5,901         5,088        4,747 
 Accruals                                3,922         4,965        3,018 
 
                                        23,400        23,576       18,052 
                                  ------------  ------------  ----------- 
 

Trade payables represents the total amounts payable by Safestyle as part of normal business operations.

Other taxation and social security costs have reduced versus 4 July 2021 as a result of the repayment of the VAT deferral scheme to HMRC highlighted in the 2021 Annual Report.

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