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Young & Co's Brewery PLC

11 November 2021

YOUNG & CO.'S BREWERY, P.L.C.

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE 26 WEEKSED 27 SEPTEMBER 2021

STRONG TRADING BENEFITTING FROM LAST YEAR'S CAPEX PROGRAMME AND PENT-UP DEMAND

WELL POSITIONED FOR LONG-TERM GROWTH

 
                                                   2021      2020       % 
                                                   GBPm      GBPm  change 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  --------  ------ 
 
Revenue(1)                                        149.6      52.7  +183.9 
 
Net debt                                          140.3     203.8   +31.2 
 
Net debt to EBITDA(1 2)                            3.6x      6.5x 
 
Operating profit/(loss)(1)                         27.5    (17.3) 
 
Profit/(loss) before tax from continuing 
 operations                                        22.2    (22.2) 
 
Profit before tax from discontinued operations      9.8       0.4 
 
Adjusted EBITDA(1 3)                               42.7       1.5 
 
Adjusted operating profit/(loss)(1) (3)            27.1    (14.7) 
 
Adjusted profit/(loss) before tax(1) (3)           21.8    (19.6) 
 
Adjusted basic earnings/(loss) per share(1) 
 (3)                                             28.22p  (31.80)p 
 
Basic earnings/(loss) per share(1)               17.96p  (36.45)p 
 
Interim dividend per share                        8.55p         - 
-----------------------------------------------  ------  --------  ------ 
 

1 The results exclude the impact of 56 sites which formed a majority of the Ram Pub Company segment and are disclosed as discontinued operations. Prior period comparatives have been restated for the application of IFRS 5 to re-present financial information in relation to discontinued operations (see notes 1 and 5).

2 Net debt to EBITDA has been calculated based on the last 12 months' actual adjusted EBITDA of GBP38.8 million (see notes 2 for adjusted EBITDA and 9 for net debt).

3 Reference to an "adjusted" item means that item has been adjusted to exclude non-underlying items (see note 2 for adjusting items and note 7 for earnings/(loss) per share).

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

-- Total revenue for the period from continuing operations was GBP149.6 million, with an adjusted EBITDA of GBP42.7 million; managed house EBITDA for the period was GBP52.2 million

-- For the same 24-week period since reopening on 12 April, total managed revenue was encouragingly only 1% lower than 2019, despite operating under significant covid-19 related restrictions up until 19 July

-- Adjusted operating profit from continuing operations of GBP27.1 million, and adjusted profit before tax of GBP21.8 million

-- Throughout our successful reopening, we benefited from the major capex programme in our pubs, hotels and outdoor areas that was largely undertaken in the last financial year. We have invested GBP13.1 million during the period. However, our planned capex programme does not kick into full force until the second half of the year

-- Completed the sale of 56 tenanted businesses to Punch Pubs & Co. for a total cash consideration of GBP53.0 million. Our group strategy is now entirely focused on the development of well invested, premium managed pubs and hotels in the south of England

-- Net debt has reduced by GBP108.4 million to GBP140.3 million since the year-end; headroom versus total committed bank facilities of GBP188.2 million

-- Following the reopening of our pubs and positive cash generation in the period, the board has decided that it is appropriate to resume dividends, with payment of an interim dividend of 8.55 pence per share. Total payment of GBP5.0 million, the maximum allowable under current revised banking covenant restrictions

-- Since the period end, managed house revenue for the last thirteen weeks was ahead of 2019 by 7.9%, and up 2.7 on a like-for-like basis

Patrick Dardis, Chief Executive of Young's, commented:

"Trading has been strong since the reopening of our pubs, benefitting from our capex programme undertaken in the last financial year and the underlying pent-up demand. I am particularly pleased with the performance given restrictions were in place for a significant part of the period. This has helped us celebrate 190 years as a business in a position of strength.

Starting the period in lockdown, our focus was firmly on how we could safely welcome back as many customers as possible when restrictions eased. Getting back to the pub has been a feel-good factor for both our customers and employees, and we were pleased to see all our pubs and beer gardens full again from mid-July.

We have shown that our pubs are safe and attractive places, that we are ready to operate - and operate successfully - in both the challenging times, and in what we believe will be some very good times ahead. Above all, we continue to work hard to look after our customers, their loyalty has never wavered. We are well-positioned for future growth.

The proceeds from the sale of the tenanted pubs further strengthens our balance sheet, ensuring we have sufficient funds to invest further in our current estate and capitalise on any attractive acquisition opportunities that present themselves.

Following the disposal, we are now a focused operator of well-invested, premium managed pubs and hotels. We expect to benefit further in future years from the planned capex programme due to kick start in the second half and are well-positioned to deliver long-term sustainable growth."

For further information, please contact:

Young & Co.'s Brewery, P.L.C. 020 8875 7000

Patrick Dardis, Chief Executive

Michael Owen, Chief Financial Officer

MHP Communications 020 3128 8742 / 8147

               Tim Rowntree/Alistair de Kare-Silver/Robert Collett-Creedy                 youngs@mhpc.com 

INTERIM STATEMENT

Strong trading since the reopening of our pubs has helped us celebrate 190 years as a business in a position of strength.

With the UK economy in lockdown at the start of the period, we were keen to get back to business once initial restrictions were lifted in April. Demand was strong from day one, and we enjoyed some encouraging trading weeks. Getting back to the pub has been a feel-good factor for both our customers and employees. We were pleased to see all our pubs and beer gardens full again from mid-July. Helped by summer cocktails, Sunday roasts and our new Burger Shack menu, total managed house revenue was encouragingly only 1% lower compared with the same 24 weeks for 2019. For the period, total revenue from ongoing operations was GBP149.6 million (2020: GBP52.7 million), with adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of GBP42.7 million (2020: GBP1.5 million).

In July, we further focussed our business on operating well-invested, premium managed pubs and hotels when we completed the sale of most of our tenanted estate. This disposal of 56 tenanted pubs for a total cash consideration of GBP53.0 million to Punch Pubs & Co cements our move away from operating a tenanted model. The proceeds from the sale strengthen our balance sheet, ensuring we have sufficient funds to invest further in our current estate and capitalise on any attractive acquisition opportunities.

We have now moved away from any specific additional funding facilities introduced to help combat the covid-19 uncertainty. We will not be requesting an extension to the GBP20.0 million bilateral revolving credit facility with NatWest that matures at the end of November 2021, and in May 2021 we repaid the GBP30.0 million commercial paper under the Bank of England's Covid Corporate Financing Facility.

Challenges remain in terms of consumer confidence, and, along with others in our sector, we face recruitment and staffing challenges, as well as uncertainty in the supply chain. We are working constantly with our suppliers on maintaining deliveries, and ensuring we have advance knowledge of any possible issues.

BUSINESS REVIEW

MANAGED HOUSES

Total managed house revenue for the period was GBP148.9 million, (2020: GBP52.1 million) with adjusted operating profit of GBP37.1 million compared to the restricted trading period in 2020 where we recorded an operating loss of GBP7.5 million. For the 24 complete weeks trading, like-for-like managed sales were 6.7% behind the same 24 weeks in 2019.

Starting the period in lockdown, our focus was firmly on how we could safely welcome back as many customers as possible when restrictions eased. Benefiting from the significant investment in outdoor space within our managed estate we were able to open 144 of our pubs on 12 April, representing around three quarters of our estate. The pent-up demand from customers was already evident. Advance bookings for our gardens, huts and external space had been flooding in, and we saw good footfall, down 13% on our 2019 trade in the first six weeks, despite the ongoing restrictions and having fewer pubs open.

The remainder of the estate could not be successfully operated until restrictions on indoor trading were eased. The next phase of the Government's plans to reopen the economy was crucial for us, allowing all our pubs and hotels to reopen on 17 May with social distancing and certain other restrictions.

This was an important step towards normality, but the key date for us would be 'freedom day', scheduled for 21 June - when most restrictions were due to be lifted, allowing for larger events and removing limits on social contact. Unfortunately, facing spikes in reported cases of covid-19, the Government delayed 'freedom day' by one month, and restrictions remained until 19 July.

While trading held up well, this delay was disappointing when the whole country was riding a wave of positivity with England's progress to the final of the UEFA European Football Championships. With the existing restrictions remaining in place, we were unable to take large bookings, and customers had to remain seated inside. Along with the wet and dull weather through July and August, this curtailed our progress in the period.

The warm and sunny weather in September was therefore very welcome, helping us celebrate 190 years of Young's - an event marked at every Young's pub, from Cambridge to Devon. In London, our famous dray horses took to the streets for 'The Great Greenwich Tour', starting at the Richard the First, then from the Cutty Sark to the Old Brewery, and ending at one of our newest pubs on the banks of the river Thames, Enderby House.

Throughout our successful reopening, we benefited from the major capex programme in our pubs, hotels and outdoor areas that was largely undertaken in the last financial year. This involved spending close to GBP1.0 million pounds on garden stretch tents, heaters, and new furniture to ensure we were ready to hit the ground running. We were also proactive in converting car parks where licences allowed and adding extra trading space on pavements and roads adjacent to our pubs, where councils gave us the freedom.

All this has helped to future proof our business and maintain trading levels, even in an environment where customers have had a mixed appetite for the ongoing risks surrounding covid-19. In those early months, our Young's app played a pivotal role in the customer journey, accounting for 40% of food and drinks sales - offering the ability to independently browse our menus, order food and drinks, and split pay their bills.

Similar to last year, location was a big factor, with sales across our estate varying considerably based on a pub's geography. The suburbs of London and down into the southwest continued to perform well, often trading ahead of where they were two years ago, as our pubs and hotels benefitted from people working from home, as well as staycation and weekend visitors taking holidays locally.

The nature of the restrictions in the early months of the year meant that initially our pubs operated more like restaurants, as customers were required to book, be greeted on arrival by a host and to sit at their tables rather than enjoy the freedom of vertical drinking. Nonetheless that pent-up demand was a joyous return as we welcomed customers eager to get out and enjoy being back at the pub again. Along with the reduced VAT rate, this meant a six per cent shift to our sales mix in favour of food. Drink sales ultimately suffered, with the 24 complete weeks trading down by 13.8% on a like-for-like basis, in comparison to the same 24-week period in 2019, whereas our like-for-like food sales were up by 13.3%.

Our hotel performance has varied largely based on geography with those in staycation hotspots benefiting from long periods of restricted foreign travel, whilst those reliant on business customers suffered. Accommodation sales gradually picked up as the period progressed with improved consumer confidence in staying away from home, but still ended the period behind 2019 by 26.7%, despite benefitting from the reduced VAT rate.

With our focus on capitalising on the pent-up demand, our planned development capex programme does not kick into full force until the second half of the year. However, during the period, we invested GBP9.0 million in our existing estate, with the standout being the ongoing work at the Spread Eagle in Wandsworth, a freehold pub and hotel which will also be home to our new head office. We are on course to move in during spring 2022.

At the beginning of the period, we completed the freehold acquisition of the Greenwich Union, a pub located adjacent to our Richard the First pub. Initially, this provided additional external trading space for the summer months, but with planning permission approved we are due to press ahead combining the internal trading areas. In September we transferred the Grand Junction Arms (Harlesden) to managed operations, an example of capitalising on opportunities within our remaining tenanted estate. Now closed for a full and extensive investment, the transformation of the canal side pub will be ready to open ahead of the new financial year.

With the limited property movements, we ended the period with 211 managed houses (including 30 hotels), up from 210 at the end of the last period.

TENANTED DIVISION

Initially, approximately half the businesses in our tenanted division were unable to open in April due to the lack of viable external trading space. However, as restrictions began to ease, most of the remaining pubs opened, and performance was encouraging.

The sale of most of the tenanted division in the period has obviously reduced the number of pubs dramatically, and along with the other movements, we ended the period with just five tenanted pubs. As a result, combined with the challenging trading environment in the first half of the period, total turnover was GBP3.2 million, with an adjusted operating profit of GBP1.0 million.

INVESTMENT AND FINANCE

Adjusting items from continuing operations totalled a profit of GBP0.4 million, compared with a cost of GBP2.6 million last interim period.

Apart from the sale of tenanted pubs which completed in August, we also disposed of the Grove House (Camberwell) earlier in the year at its full book value. Of the remaining six tenancies an agreement was signed for the early termination of one lease, for which we recognised a gain of GBP0.7 million in the period. The business will continue to trade for the remainder of the financial year. In September, the Grand Junction Arms (Harlesden) transferred to the managed house division with tenant compensation cost of GBP0.2 million. This is in line with our strategy of maximising the returns of tenanted businesses where there are investment opportunities to operate as a managed pub.

The remaining GBP0.1 million relates to purchase costs paid for the Greenwich Union and lease extensions of the Cherry Tree (Dulwich) and Riverside House.

With the sale of most of our tenancies, a gain on disposal of GBP9.0 million was the difference between the carrying value of the assets at disposal and the cash received, less costs, recognised in discontinued operations.

Our top line trading performance has flowed through to strong profit conversion and cash generation. Six months of positive trading cash flow coupled with the sale of our tenanted pubs for a cash consideration of GBP53.0 million, helped reduce our net debt to GBP140.3 million, down significantly from the year-end of GBP248.7 million. At the period end, we had cash of GBP68.2 million and drawn down facilities of GBP135.0 million, giving us bank debt headroom of GBP188.2 million, well inside our revised covenant waivers.

As a result of the reopening of our pubs, the positive trading and cash generation in the period, the board has decided that it is appropriate to resume dividends with payment of an interim dividend in respect of the period ended 27 September 2021.

ESG

As a group, we are committed to operating sustainably and to continuously finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Our managed houses lie at the heart of the communities in which we operate, bringing people together and giving us the opportunity to improve the health and well-being of both our teams and our customers.

We are founding members of the Zero Carbon Forum and key members of our leadership team actively participate in their working groups, sharing ideas, collaborating, and collectively working towards a net zero future. Our carbon footprint is currently being calculated and we will announce our net zero commitments and our short and longer-term ESG targets as part of the group's preliminary results announcement in May 2022.

In the meantime, we will continue to play an active role in developing sector wide plans to reduce emissions, whilst further developing our own ESG initiatives. Examples include continuing to evolve our menus to increase sustainability - sourcing predominantly seasonal, premium, British produce; actively working to reduce the number of food deliveries and, as a result, our food miles; rolling out a building management system to our pubs to monitor and reduce energy consumption and the resumption of training for all general managers and head office line managers as mental health first aid champions. Further information about our ESG initiatives and our evolving sustainability strategy will be provided in the ESG section of our 2022 Annual Report.

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

We have come through a difficult period that has hit the hospitality sector harder than most. If anything, trading in our pubs has come back stronger than we could have anticipated, and in many cases ahead of where we were two years ago. Future bookings are also looking positive. With excitement for the festive season building week on week, there is potential for a very good second half. There is now a real sense of enthusiasm and anticipation across the business for the months and years to come.

Whilst during the period, Central London and the City in particular were impacted by fewer office workers and foreign tourists, pub sales in these areas have picked up over the last few weeks. International travel restrictions are easing, more people have already returned to the workplace, and company events are becoming more of a feature, boosting our pubs in London and elsewhere, with more to come. Over the last 13 weeks these improvements to trade have been evident with our total sales ahead of the 2019 comparatives by 7.9%, and up by 2.7% on a like-for-like basis.

As tough as the last 18 months have been, there is much to suggest that we have come through it well, and that the business continues to be in a position of strength. Ongoing support and loyalty from our shareholders has also been key in ensuring we remain focused on the long-term. The resilience of our people and customers has been striking, and the demand for social interaction and celebrations, things that people have really missed during the pandemic, shows no sign of abating.

We have shown that our pubs are safe and attractive places, that we are ready to operate - and operate successfully - in both the challenging times, and in what we believe will be some very good times ahead. Above all, we continue to work hard to look after our customers, whose loyalty has never wavered. We are well-positioned for future growth.

Patrick Dardis

Chief Executive

10 November 2021

Group income statement

For the 26 weeks ended 27 September 2021

 
                                                               Restated   Restated 
                                                   Unaudited  Unaudited    Audited 
                                                    26 weeks   26 weeks   52 weeks 
                                                   to 27 Sep  to 28 Sep  to 29 Mar 
                                                        2021       2020       2021 
                                            Notes       GBPm       GBPm       GBPm 
------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Continuing operations 
Revenue                                       3        149.6       52.7       88.0 
Other income                                  4          3.8        0.3        4.7 
Operating costs before adjusting 
 items                                               (126.3)     (67.7)    (125.9) 
------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Adjusted operating profit/(loss)                        27.1     (14.7)     (33.2) 
Adjusting items                               2          0.4      (2.6)      (1.3) 
------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Operating profit/(loss)                                 27.5     (17.3)     (34.5) 
 
Finance costs                                          (5.2)      (4.8)      (9.8) 
Finance charge for pension obligations       12        (0.1)      (0.1)      (0.2) 
------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Profit/(loss) before tax from continuing 
 operations                                             22.2     (22.2)     (44.5) 
Income tax (expense)/credit                   6       (11.7)        2.6        6.9 
------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Profit/(loss) after tax for the period 
 from continuing operations                             10.5     (19.6)     (37.6) 
------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Discontinued operations 
 
Profit/(loss) after tax for the period 
 from discontinued operations                 5          9.5        0.4      (0.7) 
------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
 
Profit/(loss) for the period attributable 
 to shareholders of the parent company                  20.0     (19.2)     (38.3) 
------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
 
                                                       Pence    Pence    Pence 
------------------------------------------------      ------  -------  ------- 
Earnings/(loss) per 12.5p ordinary 
 share 
 
Basic                                             7    34.20  (35.70)  (68.23) 
Diluted                                           7    34.20  (35.70)  (68.23) 
------------------------------------------------      ------  -------  ------- 
Earnings/(loss) per 12.5p ordinary share for continuing 
 operations 
 
Basic                                             7    17.96  (36.45)  (66.98) 
Diluted                                           7    17.95  (36.45)  (66.98) 
------------------------------------------------      ------  -------  ------- 
 

Prior period comparatives have been restated for the application of IFRS 5 to re-present financial information in relation to discontinued operations (see note 1: New Accounting Standards and Accounting Policies).

Group statement of comprehensive income

For the 26 weeks ended 27 September 2021

 
                                                       Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited 
                                                        26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                       to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                            2021        2020        2021 
                                               Notes        GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
Profit/(loss) for the period                                20.0      (19.2)      (38.3) 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
Other comprehensive income 
 
Items that will not be reclassified 
 subsequently to profit or loss: 
Unrealised gain on revaluation of 
 property                                                      -           -         9.0 
Remeasurement of retirement benefit 
 schemes                                        12           1.1       (9.2)         0.9 
Tax on above components of other 
 comprehensive income                            6        (14.9)         1.8       (4.0) 
 
Items that will be reclassified subsequently 
 to profit or loss: 
Fair value movement of interest rate 
 swaps                                                       1.2         0.1         2.5 
Tax on fair value movement of interest 
 rate swaps                                      6         (0.1)           -       (0.5) 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                          (12.7)       (7.3)         7.9 
 
Total comprehensive income/(loss) attributable 
 to shareholders of the parent company                       7.3      (26.5)      (30.4) 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total comprehensive loss attributable 
  to shareholders of the parent company 
  from continuing operations                               (2.2)      (26.9)      (30.9) 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total comprehensive income attributable 
  to shareholders of the parent company 
  from discontinued operations                               9.5         0.4         0.5 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 

Group balance sheet

At 27 September 2021

 
                                          Unaudited  Unaudited    Audited 
                                          at 27 Sep  at 28 Sep  at 29 Mar 
                                               2021       2020       2021 
                                   Notes       GBPm       GBPm       GBPm 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Non-current assets 
Goodwill                                       32.5       32.5       32.5 
Property and equipment              10        732.7      762.0      773.7 
Right-of-use assets                 11        149.0      159.9      158.0 
Deferred tax assets                             6.3       10.5        8.6 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
                                              920.5      964.9      972.8 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Current assets 
Inventories                                     4.3        3.7        2.6 
Trade and other receivables                     3.9        8.2       10.4 
Income tax receivable                           6.5        2.1        5.8 
Cash                                           68.2       39.8        4.7 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
                                               82.9       53.8       23.5 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Asset held for sale                               -          -        1.2 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Total assets                                1,003.4    1,018.7      997.5 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
 
Current liabilities 
Borrowings                                        -     (29.8)     (29.8) 
Lease liabilities                             (4.9)      (5.0)      (4.9) 
Derivative financial instruments              (1.6)      (2.2)      (1.8) 
Trade and other payables                     (39.3)     (33.9)     (15.8) 
                                             (45.8)     (70.9)     (52.3) 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Non-current liabilities 
Borrowings                                  (133.7)    (133.3)    (143.4) 
Lease liabilities                            (69.9)     (75.5)     (75.3) 
Derivative financial instruments              (0.4)      (3.4)      (1.4) 
Deferred tax liabilities                     (96.3)     (69.8)     (73.6) 
Retirement benefit schemes          12        (4.5)     (16.8)      (6.1) 
Other liabilities                                 -      (0.1)          - 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
                                            (304.8)    (298.9)    (299.8) 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Total liabilities                           (350.6)    (369.8)    (352.1) 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net assets                                    652.8      648.9      645.4 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Capital and reserves 
Share capital                       13          7.3        7.3        7.3 
Share premium                       13          7.7        7.5        7.6 
Capital redemption reserve                      1.8        1.8        1.8 
Hedging reserve                               (1.3)      (4.3)      (2.4) 
Revaluation reserve                           228.2      248.5      253.6 
Retained earnings                             409.1      388.1      377.5 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Total equity                                  652.8      648.9      645.4 
---------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 

Group statement of changes in equity

For the 26 weeks ended 27 September 2021

 
                                             Share      Capital 
                                           capital   redemption   Hedging  Revaluation   Retained    Total 
                               Notes   and premium      reserve   reserve      reserve   earnings   equity 
                                              GBPm         GBPm      GBPm         GBPm       GBPm     GBPm 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
 
At 29 March 2021                              14.9          1.8     (2.4)        253.6      377.5    645.4 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Total comprehensive income 
Profit for the 26 week period                    -            -         -            -       20.0     20.0 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Other comprehensive income 
Remeasurement of retirement 
 benefit 
schemes                           12             -            -         -            -        1.1      1.1 
Fair value movement of interest 
 rate swaps                                      -            -       1.2            -          -      1.2 
Tax on above components of 
 other 
comprehensive income              6              -            -     (0.1)       (16.5)        1.6   (15.0) 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Total comprehensive income                       -            -       1.1       (16.5)       22.7      7.3 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Transactions with owners recorded directly 
 in equity 
Issued equity                     13           0.1            -         -            -          -      0.1 
 
Revaluation reserve realised 
 on disposal of properties                       -            -         -        (8.9)        8.9        - 
                                               0.1            -         -        (8.9)        8.9      0.1 
At 27 September 2021                          15.0          1.8     (1.3)        228.2      409.1    652.8 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
 
At 30 March 2020                              13.6          1.8     (4.4)        248.4      331.4    590.8 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Total comprehensive income 
Loss for the 26 week period                      -            -         -            -     (19.2)   (19.2) 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Other comprehensive income 
Remeasurement of retirement 
 benefit 
 schemes                          12             -            -         -            -      (9.2)    (9.2) 
Fair value movement of interest 
 rate swaps                                      -            -       0.1            -          -      0.1 
Tax on above components of 
 other 
comprehensive income              6              -            -         -          0.1        1.7      1.8 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Total comprehensive loss                         -            -       0.1          0.1     (26.7)   (26.5) 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Transactions with owners recorded directly 
 in equity 
Issued equity(1)                  13           1.2            -         -            -       83.6     84.8 
Share based payments                             -            -         -            -      (0.2)    (0.2) 
                                               1.2            -         -            -       83.4     84.6 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
At 28 September 2020                          14.8          1.8     (4.3)        248.5      388.1    648.9 
--------------------------------      ------------  -----------  --------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
 

1 During the prior period, the group raised proceeds of GBP84.8 million, net of transaction costs. A cash box structure was used in such a way that merger relief was available under Companies Act 2006, section 612, and thus no share premium was recorded. As the redemption of the cash box entity's preference shares was in the form of cash, the transaction was treated as qualifying consideration and the premium is therefore considered to be a realised profit.

Group statement of cash flow

For the 26 weeks ended 27 September 2021

 
                                                      Unaudited  Unaudited    Audited 
                                                       26 weeks   26 weeks   52 weeks 
                                                      to 27 Sep  to 28 Sep  to 29 Mar 
                                                           2021       2020       2021 
                                               Notes       GBPm       GBPm       GBPm 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Operating activities 
Net cash generated from operations               9         71.4          -     (23.0) 
Tax paid                                                  (2.9)          -          - 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net cash flow from operating activities                    68.5          -     (23.0) 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Investing activities 
Proceeds from disposal of property 
 and equipment                                             54.4        0.4        0.4 
Purchases of property and equipment             10       (13.1)      (4.2)     (19.1) 
Net cash used in investing activities                      41.3      (3.8)     (18.7) 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Financing activities 
Issued equity, net of transaction 
 costs                                          13          0.1       84.8       84.9 
Interest paid                                             (4.5)      (4.6)      (9.8) 
Payments of principal portion of 
 lease liabilities                                        (1.9)      (2.2)      (4.3) 
Repayments of borrowings(1)                              (40.0)    (115.5)    (115.5) 
Proceeds from borrowings                                      -       80.0       90.0 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net cash flow used in financing activities               (46.3)       42.5       45.3 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
Increase in cash                                           63.5       38.7        3.6 
Cash at the beginning of the period                         4.7        1.1        1.1 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Cash at the end of the period                              68.2       39.8        4.7 
---------------------------------------------  -----  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
1 In the period the group repaid the GBP30 million Covid Corporate Financing 
 Facility and GBP10 million Revolving Credit Facility. During the prior 
 52 week period to March 2021, repayment of borrowings related to GBP65.5 
 million Revolving Credit Facility and GBP50 million syndicated facility 
 with RBS and Barclays. 
 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1. ACCOUNTS

This interim report was approved by the board on 10 November 2021. The interim financial statements are unaudited and are not the group's statutory accounts as defined in s.434 of the Companies Act 2006.

The consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with international accounting standards in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 (UK-adopted International Accounting Standards). These standards are applied from 30 March 2021 with no changes to the accounting policies set out in the statutory accounts of Young & Co.'s Brewery, P.L.C. for the period ended 29 March 2021 (IFRS), except for those noted below. The financial statements have not been prepared (and are not required to be prepared) in accordance with IAS 34: 'Interim Financial Reporting', with the exception of note 6, taxation, where the tax charge for the half year to 27 September 2021 has been calculated using an estimate of the full year effective tax rate, in line with the principles of IAS 34. The accounting policies have been applied consistently throughout the group for the purposes of preparation of this financial information.

The interim report is presented in pounds sterling and all values are shown in millions of pounds (GBPm) rounded to the nearest GBP0.1 million, except where otherwise indicated.

Statutory accounts for the period ended 29 March 2021 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts (i) was unqualified and (ii) contained a material uncertainty in respect to the group and parent company's ability to continue as a going concern, without modifying its opinion. That report did not contain a statement under s.498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

This interim report has been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules issued by the London Stock Exchange.

NEW ACCOUNTING STANDARDS AND ACCOUNTING POLICIES

IFRS 5 - Non-current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations

In the period ended 27 September 2021 the group disposed of the majority of pubs previously traded under the Ram Pub Company as tenanted pubs and were disclosed separately in the segmental reporting note. Management has considered the sale and has concluded that the sale meets the definition of a discontinued operation.

A discontinued operation is a component of the entity that has been disposed of, or is classified as held for sale, and that represents a separate major line of business and is part of a single co-ordinated plan to dispose of such a line of business. The results of discontinued operations are presented separately in the income statement.

The sale was completed in one transaction to one buyer and all related assets and liabilities together met the definition of a disposal group.

As a result of the above, the financial statements for the period ended 27 September 2021 and prior comparative periods have been restated in accordance with the standard to re-present discontinued operations in the income statement and instead display the impact as a separate income statement line showing the post-tax profit of discontinued operations. Further detailed analysis of that single amount into revenue, expenses and cash flows is disclosed in note 5.

Non-current assets are not depreciated or amortised while they are classified as held for sale. Interest and other expenses attributable to the liabilities of a disposal group classified as held for sale continue to be recognised.

The group will no longer be disclosing the segmental reporting note due to the majority of the Ram Pub Company pubs' disposal.

Amendments to accounting standards

Other amendments to accounting standards applied from 30 March 2021 were as follows:

(1) Interest Rate Benchmark Reform - Phase 2 - amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39 and IFRS 7; and

(2) IFRS 16 (amended) - covid-19 related rent concessions beyond 30 June 2021.

The application of these did not have a material impact on the group's accounting treatment and has therefore not resulted in any material changes.

GOING CONCERN

At 27 September 2021, the group had cash in bank of GBP68.2 million and committed borrowing facilities of GBP255.0 million, of which GBP135.0 million was drawn down. The group has forecast cash flows for the period to the end of November 2022 (the 'going concern period') and expects to have available facilities of GBP235.0 million, with the GBP20.0 million RCF NatWest facility maturing at the end of November 2021. In addition to these committed facilities, we have a GBP10.0 million overdraft with HSBC, which is not committed.

With the potential ongoing disruption due to covid-19, the group previously agreed with its lenders that the financial covenants on these facilities would be replaced by a monthly available liquidity test, through to the quarter ending March 2022. These waivers require the group to have GBP25.0 million of available liquidity at each month-end until the quarter ending March 2022 and for total drawn down loan facilities not to exceed GBP220.0 million during the waiver period.

Aligned to the Government's hospitality reopening plan, all the group's pubs were initially allowed to reopen on 12 April 2021 with outdoor trading only, from 17 May 2021 indoor trading and finally on 19 July 2021 all remaining restrictions were lifted. The group is pleased with trading levels since reopening and the quick return to positive trading cash flow. Since the year-end (29 March 2021), cash reserves have been further supported through the sale of 56 tenanted pubs for total proceeds of GBP53.0 million.

Whilst the group's entire pub estate is open and trading, there does remain a degree of uncertainty ahead due to the ongoing impact of covid-19. As part of the directors' consideration of the appropriateness of adopting the going concern basis, the group has modelled several scenarios for the period to the end of November 2022. The key judgements applied are the extent of any potential future disruption to trading as a result of covid-19, including a general reduction in trade combined with the re-introduction of more severe covid-related restrictions, such as periods of closure. The base model assumes the group continues to trade as now with no restrictions, and trade continues to build in line with Young's growth strategy. The more severe scenario includes a period of forced closure in January and further reduced levels of trade during December by 20% and February by 30%. The group has assumed no significant structural changes to the business will be needed in any of the scenarios modelled.

In the base case scenario, there continues to be significant headroom on our debt facilities, and when the group reverts to testing the original banking covenants in March 2022 they are fully complied with. Under the more severe scenario where the pubs are forced to close in January and trade is reduced during December and February, there still remains headroom on available debt facilities and all banking covenants are complied with across the going concern period. Under the reverse stress test, the group focussed on the drop in profitability required to cause a failure to the group's financial covenants. For these covenants to fail during the going concern period, it would involve pubs being forced to close for between four to six months, depending on whether this closure impacted the Christmas period, and when open, to be at around 50% of the base model profitability. Given the trading performance since reopening, coupled with the current government covid-19 response plans, the board believes that this scenario is remote.

Based on these forecasts and sensitivities, coupled with the current debt levels and the ongoing debt structure in place, the board has a reasonable expectation that the group is able to manage its business risks and to continue in operational existence until at least the end of November 2022. Accordingly, the board continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the consolidated interim statements.

2. ADJUSTING ITEMS AND OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES

 
 
The table shows adjusting items from continuing operations. For discontinued 
 operations see note 5. 
                                                                 Restated    Restated 
                                                     26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                    to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                         2021        2020        2021 
                                                         GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Amounts included in operating profit/(loss) 
Net profit/(loss) on disposal of properties(1)            0.7       (0.2)       (0.5) 
Tenant compensation(2)                                  (0.2)       (0.5)       (0.5) 
Purchase costs(3)                                       (0.1)           -           - 
Group reorganisation(4)                                     -       (1.4)       (1.4) 
Covid restructuring(5)                                      -       (0.5)       (0.5) 
Upward movement on the revaluation of properties 
 (note 10)(6)                                               -           -         2.9 
Downward movement on the revaluation of 
 properties (note 10)(6)                                    -           -       (1.3) 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                          0.4       (2.6)       (1.3) 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Tax on adjusting items 
Tax attributable to above adjusting items               (0.3)         0.1         0.2 
Impact of change in corporation tax rate(7)             (6.1)           -           - 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                        (6.4)         0.1         0.2 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Total adjusting items after tax                         (6.0)       (2.5)       (1.1) 
-------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 

During the period tenant compensation and purchase costs related to managed houses. Net profit on disposal of properties related to tenanted houses.

(1) The profit on disposal of properties related to the difference between cash, less disposal costs, received from the sale of the Grove House (Camberwell) and the carrying value of its assets, at the date of disposal, and the surrender premium related to the lease of a tenanted pub. During the previous 52 week period to 29 March 2021, the loss on disposal of properties related to the difference between cash, less disposal costs, received from the sale of the Horse Pond Inn (Castle Cary), the lease expiry of the Black Cat (Catford), the Surprise (Chelsea) and the Greyhound (Hendon) and the carrying value of their assets, including goodwill, at the dates of disposal.

(2) Tenant compensation of GBP0.2 million was paid to previous tenants of the Grand Junction Arms (Harlesden) to terminate their lease agreement early. During the previous 52 week period to 29 March 2021, tenant compensation of GBP0.5 million was paid to previous tenants of the Royal Oak (Bethnal Green) and an unlicensed property (Wandsworth) to terminate their lease agreements early.

(3) Costs related to the purchase of Greenwich Union (Greenwich), lease extensions of Cherry Tree (Dulwich) and the Riverside House (Wandsworth). These included legal and professional fees and stamp duty land tax (note 6).

(4) During the previous 52 week period to 29 March 2021, the group reorganisation cost of GBP1.4 million related to the stamp duty land tax and associated legal and professional fees incurred on the transfer of the business and assets of Spring Pub Company Limited, a group of five sites acquired on 12 March 2020 to Young's. The cost was foreseen at the time of the acquisition in March 2020, but did not crystalise until the transfer happened in September 2020.

(5) During the previous 52 week period to 29 March 2021, covid restructuring costs of GBP0.5 million related to a reorganisation of the group's head office functions. These were largely made up of severance costs.

(6) The net upward movement on the revaluation of properties in the previous 52 week period to 29 March 2021 related to net upward movements in excess of amounts recognised in equity. See note 10(1) in the statutory accounts for the period ended 29 March 2021 for further details.

(7) An increase in the corporation tax rate from 19% to 25%, with effect from 1 April 2023, was announced in the March 2021 Budget, and substantively enacted on 24 May 2021. This has resulted in an increase in the deferred tax liabilities and assets of the group, to the extent they are not expected to reverse prior to 1 April 2023, with a net charge of GBP6.1 million associated with the rate change. This has been recognised as an adjusting item in the tax charge for the period as it is unrelated to the underlying trading activities of the group.

Other financial measures

The table below shows how adjusted EBITDA, adjusted operating profit/(loss) and profit/(loss) before tax have been arrived at. These alternative performance measures have been provided as the board believes that they give useful additional measures of the group's underlying performance and are the measures that the board uses to assess the group's performance. Other financial measures exclude discontinued operations.

 
                                                      Restated    Restated 
                                           26 weeks   26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                          to 27 Sep  to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                               2021       2020        2021 
                                               GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
Profit/(loss) before tax                       22.2     (22.2)      (45.5) 
Adjusting items                               (0.4)        2.6         1.3 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
Adjusted profit/(loss) before tax              21.8     (19.6)      (44.2) 
Net finance costs                               5.2        4.8         9.8 
Finance charge for pension obligations          0.1        0.1         0.2 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
Adjusted operating profit/(loss)               27.1     (14.7)      (34.2) 
Depreciation and amortisation                  15.6       16.2        31.8 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
Adjusted EBITDA                                42.7        1.5       (2.4) 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
 

During the period, GBP37.1 million of adjusted operating profit related to managed houses and GBP0.2 million related to tenanted houses. Adjusted operating loss of GBP10.2 million mainly related to head office costs and was unallocated.

During the period, GBP52.2 million of adjusted EBITDA related to managed houses and GBP0.4 million related to tenanted houses. Adjusted negative EBITDA of GBP9.9 million mainly related to head office costs and was unallocated.

3. REVENUE

 
 
The recognition of revenue from continuing operations under each of the 
 group's material revenue streams is as follows: 
                                                           Restated    Restated 
                                                26 weeks   26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                               to 27 Sep  to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                    2021       2020        2021 
                                                    GBPm       GBPm        GBPm 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
Sales of goods                                     143.6       50.6        84.9 
Accommodation sales                                  5.5        1.6         2.5 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
Total revenue from contracts with customers        149.1       52.2        87.4 
Rental income                                        0.5        0.5         0.6 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
Total revenue recognised                           149.6       52.7        88.0 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  ---------- 
 
 

During the period, GBP148.9 million of revenue related to managed houses, GBP0.6 million related to tenanted houses and GBP0.1 million was unallocated.

4. GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE

 
 
During the period, the group was eligible for a number of government grant 
 schemes which were introduced to mitigate the impact of covid-19. The impact 
 of each scheme on the income statement was as follows: 
 
 
 
                                                                      26 weeks  26 weeks  52 weeks 
                                                                         to 27     to 28     to 29 
                                                                           Sep       Sep       Mar 
                                                                          2021      2020      2021 
Government grant scheme            Income statement line impacted         GBPm      GBPm      GBPm 
---------------------------------  ---------------------------------  --------  --------  -------- 
Eat Out to Help Out                Revenue                                   -       2.4       2.4 
Business rate grant                Other income                            3.8       0.3       4.7 
Coronavirus Job Retention          Operating costs before adjusting 
 Scheme ('CJRS')                    items                                  2.6      21.9      43.3 
Covid Corporate Financing 
 Facility ('CCFF')                 Finance costs                             -       0.1       0.1 
---------------------------------  ---------------------------------  --------  --------  -------- 
Total government grants received                                           6.4      24.7      50.5 
--------------------------------------------------------------------  --------  --------  -------- 
 
The table above shows government grants amounts related to continuing operations. 
 

The Covid Corporate Financing Facility was repaid in full in May 2021.

In addition, during the period, the group continued to take advantage of the business rate holiday, saving GBP3.7 million (26 weeks to 28 September 2020: GBP7.7 million), further business rate relief under the expanded retail discount, saving GBP0.7 million (26 weeks to 28 September 2020: GBPnil) and reduced 5% VAT on eligible sales.

5. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

On 2 July 2021, the board made the decision to sell most of its tenanted estate, and the 56 sites were classified as a discontinued operation. The disposal for a total consideration of GBP53.0 million occurred on 9 August 2021 and was consistent with the group's strategy to target growth through investment on higher turnover managed pubs and hotels.

With the 56 out of 63 tenanted estate sites being classified as discontinued operations, the Ram Pub Company segment is no longer presented in a segmental reporting note. Total revenue generated from the Ram Pub Company was GBP3.2 million, of which GBP0.6 million related to continuing operations and the remaining GBP2.6 million related to discontinued operations. The results from discontinued operations for the period are presented below:

 
                                                 26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                     2021        2020        2021 
                                                     GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
--------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
Revenue                                               2.1         1.5         2.0 
Rental income                                         0.5         0.9         0.6 
--------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
Total revenue                                         2.6         2.4         2.6 
Operating costs                                     (1.8)       (2.0)       (3.5) 
--------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted operating profit/(loss)                      0.8         0.4       (0.9) 
Adjusting items(1)                                    9.0           -         0.2 
--------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
Profit/(loss) before tax                              9.8         0.4       (0.7) 
--------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
Income tax expense                                  (0.3)           -           - 
--------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
Profit/(loss) after tax from discontinued 
 operations                                           9.5         0.4       (0.7) 
--------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
1 Adjusting items related to the difference between cash, less disposal 
 costs, received from the sale of the 56 sites and the carrying value 
 of their assets, at the date of disposal. During the previous 52 week 
 period to 29 March 2021, the adjusting items related to the net upward 
 movement on the revaluation of properties in excess of amounts recognised 
 in equity. See note 10(1) in the statutory accounts for the period ended 
 29 March 2021 for further details. 
 
 
 
Earnings/(loss) per ordinary share for discontinued operations 
 
                                                        26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                       to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                            2021        2020        2021 
                                                          Number      Number      Number 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Basic weighted average number of ordinary 
 shares in issue                                      58,475,877  53,774,655  56,132,368 
 
Dilutive potential ordinary shares from outstanding 
 employee share options                                    4,890           -           - 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Diluted weighted average number of shares             58,480,767  53,774,655  56,132,368 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
                                                           Pence       Pence       Pence 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Basic                                                      16.25        0.74      (1.25) 
Effect of adjusting items                                (14.88)           -      (0.35) 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted basic                                              1.37        0.74      (1.60) 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
                                                           Pence       Pence       Pence 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Diluted                                                    16.24        0.74      (1.25) 
Effect of adjusting items                                (14.87)           -      (0.35) 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted diluted                                            1.37        0.74      (1.60) 
----------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
 
The table below shows tax charged on discontinued operations. 
                                                       26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                      to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                           2021        2020        2021 
Tax charged in the group income statement                  GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Deferred tax 
 Rolled over gains on disposal of properties                1.8           -           - 
 Reversal of temporary differences on revaluations        (1.5)           -           - 
 --------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Tax charge in the income statement                          0.3           -           - 
---------------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
The net cash flows incurred are, as follows: 
                                       26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                      to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                           2021        2020        2021 
                                           GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
---------------------------------  ------------  ----------  ---------- 
Operating                                   0.1       (5.9)       (5.0) 
Investing                                  52.5       (0.3)       (0.7) 
Financing                                 (0.1)       (0.1)       (0.2) 
---------------------------------  ------------  ----------  ---------- 
Net cash inflow/(outflow)                  52.5       (6.3)       (5.9) 
---------------------------------  ------------  ----------  ---------- 
 

6. TAXATION

The taxation charge for the 26 weeks ended 27 September 2021 has been calculated by applying an estimate of the current effective tax rate before adjusting items for the 52 weeks ending 28 March 2022 at 8.7% (2021: 10.1%).

 
                                                 26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                     2021        2020        2021 
 
Tax charged in the group income statement 
 from continuing operations                          GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
---------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Current tax 
 Corporation tax expense/(credit)                     2.1       (2.0)       (5.8) 
                                                      2.1       (2.0)       (5.8) 
 --------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Deferred tax 
 Origination and reversal of temporary 
  differences                                         3.5       (0.6)       (1.6) 
 Change in corporation tax rate                       6.1           -           - 
 Adjustment in respect of prior periods                 -           -         0.5 
                                                      9.6       (0.6)       (1.1) 
 --------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Tax charge/(credit) in the income statement          11.7       (2.6)       (6.9) 
---------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
Deferred tax in the group income statement 
---------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Property revaluation and disposals                      -           -       (0.1) 
Capital allowances                                    1.9       (0.8)       (0.2) 
Retirement benefit schemes                            0.1         0.1         0.2 
Trade losses                                          0.6           -       (1.0) 
Capital losses                                        0.8           -           - 
Share based payments                                  0.1         0.1           - 
Change in corporation tax rate                        6.1           -           - 
---------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Tax charge/(credit) in the income statement           9.6       (0.6)       (1.1) 
---------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
Deferred tax in the group statement of 
 comprehensive income 
---------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Interest rate swaps                                   0.2           -         0.5 
Retirement benefit schemes                            0.2       (1.7)         0.2 
Property revaluation and disposals                    0.2       (0.1)         3.8 
Capital losses                                      (0.2)           -           - 
Change in corporation tax rate                       14.6           -           - 
---------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Tax charge/(credit) in other comprehensive 
 income                                              15.0       (1.8)         4.5 
---------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 

The 2021 Budget announced an increase in the corporation tax rate from 19% to 25% with effect from 1 April 2023. This was substantively enacted on 24 May 2021. Accordingly, the deferred tax assets and liabilities at the balance sheet date are calculated at the substantively enacted rate of 25%, to the extent they are not expected to reverse before 1 April 2023. This amount has been recognised as an adjusting item (see note 2).

The effective full year current tax rate of 8.7% is down from 10.1% in the prior year. This is due largely to the temporary differences arising from the introduction, with effect from 1 April 2021, of the capital allowances "super deduction" at 130% of eligible expenditure and special rate allowance at 50% of eligible expenditure, substantively enacted on 24 May 2021. The effective tax rate is also impacted by losses brought forward from the prior year, utilised in the period.

7. EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER ORDINARY SHARE

 
(a) Weighted average number of shares 
                                                   26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                  to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                       2021        2020        2021 
                                                     Number      Number      Number 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Basic weighted average number of ordinary 
 shares in issue                                 58,475,877  53,774,655  56,132,368 
 
Dilutive potential ordinary shares from 
 outstanding employee share options                   4,890           -           - 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Diluted weighted average number of shares        58,480,767  53,774,655  56,132,368 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
(b) Earnings/(loss) attributable to shareholders of the parent company 
 
                                                   26 weeks    26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                  to 27 Sep   to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                       2021        2020        2021 
                                                       GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Profit/(loss) for the period                           20.0      (19.2)      (38.3) 
Adjusting items                                       (9.4)         2.6         1.1 
Tax on adjusting items                                  6.7       (0.1)       (0.2) 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted earnings/(loss) after tax                     17.3      (16.7)      (37.4) 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Basic earnings/(loss) per share 
                                                      Pence       Pence       Pence 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Basic                                                 34.20     (35.70)     (68.23) 
Effect of adjusting items                            (4.62)        4.64        1.60 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted basic                                        29.58     (31.06)     (66.63) 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Diluted earnings/(loss) per share 
                                                      Pence       Pence       Pence 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Diluted                                               34.20     (35.70)     (68.23) 
Effect of adjusting items                            (4.62)        4.64        1.60 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted diluted                                      29.58     (31.06)     (66.63) 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
(c) Earnings/(loss) from continuing operations 
 
                                                       GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Profit/(loss) for the period                           10.5      (19.6)      (37.6) 
Adjusting items                                       (0.4)         2.6         1.3 
Tax on adjusting items                                  6.4       (0.1)       (0.2) 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted earnings/(loss) after tax                     16.5      (17.1)      (36.5) 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Basic earnings/(loss) per share 
                                                      Pence       Pence       Pence 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Basic                                                 17.96     (36.45)     (66.98) 
Effect of adjusting items                             10.26        4.65        1.96 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted basic                                        28.22     (31.80)     (65.02) 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Diluted earnings/(loss) per share 
                                                      Pence       Pence       Pence 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Diluted                                               17.95     (36.45)     (66.98) 
Effect of adjusting items                             10.26        4.65        1.96 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
Adjusted diluted                                      28.21     (31.80)     (65.02) 
-----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ---------- 
 

The basic earnings/(loss) per share figure is calculated by dividing the net profit/(loss) for the period by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period. Diluted earnings/(loss) per share are calculated on a similar basis taking into account dilutive potential shares under our SAYE scheme (2020: nil).

Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share are presented to eliminate the effect of the adjusting items on basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share.

For basic, diluted and the effect of adjusting items on earnings/(loss) per share on discontinued operations see note 5.

8. DIVIDS ON EQUITY SHARES

The interim dividend, in respect of the period ended 27 September 2021, at a cost of GBP5.0 million (for the period ended 28 September 2020: GBPnil), is expected to be paid on 3 December 2021 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 18 November 2021.

9. NET CASH GENERATED FROM OPERATIONS AND ANALYSIS OF NET DEBT

 
                                                         26 weeks   26 weeks   52 weeks 
                                                        to 27 Sep  to 28 Sep  to 29 Mar 
                                                             2021       2020       2021 
                                                             GBPm       GBPm       GBPm 
------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Profit/(loss) before tax from continuing operations          22.2     (22.2)     (44.5) 
Profit/(loss) before tax from discontinued operations         9.8        0.4      (0.7) 
Finance costs                                                 5.2        4.8        9.9 
Finance charge for pension obligations                        0.1        0.1        0.2 
------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Operating profit/(loss)                                      37.3     (16.9)     (35.1) 
Depreciation of property and equipment                       12.4       13.3       26.1 
Depreciation of right-of-use assets                           3.6        3.9        7.6 
Movement on the revaluation of properties                       -          -      (1.8) 
Net (gain)/loss on disposal of properties                   (9.6)        0.2        0.5 
Difference between pension service cost and 
 cash contributions paid                                    (0.6)      (0.7)      (1.4) 
Share based payments                                            -      (0.2)      (0.1) 
Movements in working capital 
- Inventories                                               (1.7)      (0.4)        0.7 
- Receivables                                                 6.5        1.0      (1.2) 
- Payables                                                   23.5      (0.2)     (18.3) 
------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net cash generated from operations                           71.4          -     (23.0) 
------------------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
 
 
Analysis of group net debt 
                                          At 27 Sep  At 28 Sep  At 29 Mar 
                                               2021       2020       2021 
                                               GBPm       GBPm       GBPm 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Cash                                           68.2       39.8        4.7 
Current borrowings and loan capital               -     (29.8)     (29.8) 
Current lease liabilities                     (4.9)      (5.0)      (4.9) 
Non-current borrowings and loan capital     (133.7)    (133.3)    (143.4) 
Non-current lease liabilities                (69.9)     (75.5)     (75.3) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net debt                                    (140.3)    (203.8)    (248.7) 
----------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
 
 
 

10. PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

 
                                                           Fixtures, 
                                                            fittings 
                                                   Land &          & 
                                                buildings  equipment   Total 
Cost or valuation                                    GBPm       GBPm    GBPm 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 30 March 2020                                    714.1      160.7   874.8 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
Additions                                             3.9       15.2    19.1 
Disposals                                               -      (0.2)   (0.2) 
Transfer out to asset held for sale                 (0.9)      (0.4)   (1.3) 
Fully depreciated assets                            (7.7)     (19.1)  (26.8) 
Revaluation 
   - effect of upward movement in property 
    valuation                                        14.5          -    14.5 
   - effect of downward movement in property 
    valuation                                       (6.0)          -   (6.0) 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 29 March 2021                                    717.9      156.2   874.1 
Additions                                             3.8        9.3    13.1 
Disposals(1)                                       (41.5)     (10.4)  (51.9) 
Fully depreciated assets                            (0.5)      (8.7)   (9.2) 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 27 September 2021                                679.7      146.4   826.1 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
 
Depreciation and impairment 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 30 March 2020                                     32.0       71.7   103.7 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
Depreciation charge                                   1.7       24.4    26.1 
Disposals                                               -      (0.2)   (0.2) 
Transfer out to asset held for sale                     -      (0.1)   (0.1) 
Fully depreciated assets                            (7.7)     (19.1)  (26.8) 
Revaluation 
   - effect of downward movement in property 
    valuation                                       (3.9)          -   (3.9) 
   - effect of upward movement in property 
    valuation                                         1.6          -     1.6 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 29 March 2021                                     23.7       76.7   100.4 
Depreciation charge                                   0.8       11.6    12.4 
Disposals(1)                                        (5.2)      (5.0)  (10.2) 
Fully depreciated assets                            (0.5)      (8.7)   (9.2) 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 27 September 2021                                 18.8       74.6    93.4 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
 
Net book value 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 30 March 2020                                    682.1       89.0   771.1 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 29 March 2021                                    694.2       79.5   773.7 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
At 27 September 2021                                660.9       71.8   732.7 
----------------------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------ 
 
1 During the period, majority of the disposals related to the sale of 
 56 tenanted pubs (see note 5). 
 

Revaluation of property and equipment

The values of the group's freehold land, buildings and fixtures and fittings were reviewed in light of current market factors by management and by Savills, who perform a desktop review based upon information provided by the group, pursuant to the group's accounting policy. The group considers that the valuation reached at 29 March 2021, after the onset of covid, still represents the best estimate of the fair value of the estate at 27 September 2021.

Details of the methodology used in determining the group's property values are discussed in the group's audited accounts for the 52 weeks ended 29 March 2021. The key inputs are EBITDA, a multiplier and, in some cases, underlying property values. A sensitivity analysis has been conducted on the property estate to give an indication of the impact of movements in the most sensitive assumption, EBITDA. The analysis considers this single change with the other assumptions unchanged. In practice, changes in one assumption may be accompanied by changes in another. Changes in market values may also occur at the same time as any changes in assumptions. This information should not be taken as a projection of likely future valuation movements. Decreasing or increasing the EBITDA used in the revaluation by 10% would decrease/increase the valuation by GBP46.2 million.

11. LEASE LIABILITIES, RIGHT-OF-USE-ASSETS AND GOODWILL

 
 
Set out below are the carrying amounts of the group's right-of-use assets 
 and lease liabilities and the movements during the period: 
                                                                          Lease 
                                                Right-of-use 
                                                      assets        liabilities 
                                                        GBPm               GBPm 
--------------------------------------   -------------------  ----------------- 
As at 30 March 2020                                    163.4               82.3 
Additions                                                2.2                2.2 
Depreciation expense                                   (7.6)                  - 
Accretion of interest                                      -                2.6 
Payments                                                   -              (6.9) 
---------------------------------------  -------------------  ----------------- 
As at 29 March 2021                                    158.0               80.2 
---------------------------------------  -------------------  ----------------- 
Additions                                                0.1                0.1 
Lease amendments                                       (5.5)              (3.6) 
Depreciation expense                                   (3.6)                  - 
Accretion of interest                                      -                1.3 
Payments                                                   -              (3.2) 
---------------------------------------  -------------------  ----------------- 
As at 27 September 2021                                149.0               74.8 
---------------------------------------  -------------------  ----------------- 
 
 

Right-of-use assets predominantly relate to leasehold properties, along with motor vehicles and IT equipment.

Lease amendments included the amounts disposed in relation to the sale of 56 tenanted pubs (see note 5) and lease modifications in respect of changes to lease terms and lease terminations.

Impairment considerations

The group has performed an assessment of whether any indicators of impairment exist. This assessment included a review of internal and external indicators and the group has concluded that no impairment indicators existed at 27 September 2021. Assessments were performed on groups of cash generating units with associated right-of-use assets and/or goodwill.

At 29 March 2021 impairment tests, the inputs to both the impairment models for the right-of-use assets and goodwill are consistent, and are based on individual site 24-month cash flow forecasts initially, followed by 1.4% long-term annual growth in projected future cash flows, with the exception of Smiths of Smithfield Limited where growth rates increase over a five-year period to reflect the anticipated arrival of Crossrail in 2023 and the opening of the Museum of London in 2025 before reverting to a 1.4% long-term growth rate. The pre-tax discount rate applied to all cash flow projections was 8.8%.

The impairment calculation is most sensitive to the pre-tax discount rate and EBITDA assumptions. At 29 March 2021 management performed a sensitivity analysis on the impairment test and considered the impact of an increase in either the pre-tax discount rate to 10.3% or a reduction of EBITDA by 15% and none of the models are sensitive to an impairment with these variables, with the exception of the Smiths of Smithfield Limited, on which a small impairment would be recognised with a change in these variables.

12. RETIREMENT BENEFIT SCHEMES

The table below summarises the movement in the retirement benefit schemes' deficit in the period.

 
                                                  26 weeks     26 weeks    52 weeks 
                                                 to 27 Sep    to 28 Sep   to 29 Mar 
                                                      2021         2020        2021 
                                                      GBPm         GBPm        GBPm 
---------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
Changes in the present value of the retirement benefit schemes are as 
 follows: 
Opening deficit                                      (6.1)        (8.2)       (8.2) 
Current service cost                                 (0.2)        (0.1)       (0.2) 
Contributions                                          0.8          0.8         1.6 
Finance charge for pension obligations               (0.1)        (0.1)       (0.2) 
Remeasurement through other comprehensive 
 income                                                1.1        (9.2)         0.9 
---------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
Closing deficit                                      (4.5)       (16.8)       (6.1) 
---------------------------------------------  -----------  -----------  ---------- 
 
 
The GBP1.1 million remeasurement through other comprehensive income is 
 driven by better than expected return on the scheme's assets and experience 
 gains on the scheme's liabilities, offset to some extent by changes in 
 the financial assumptions. These assumptions include RPI inflation which 
 increased to 3.4% (at 29 March 2021: 3.3%) with the discount rate remaining 
 stable at 2.0% (29 March 2021: 2.0%). 
 

13. SHARE CAPITAL

Total share capital comprises the nominal value of the share capital issued and fully paid of GBP7.3 million (2021: GBP7.3 million) and the share premium account of GBP7.7 million (2021: GBP7.6 million). Share capital issued in the period comprises a nominal value of GBPnil (2021: GBP1.2 million) and a share premium of GBP0.1 million (2021: GBP0.1 million).

The shares issued in the period related to SAYE scheme.

14. POST BALANCE SHEET EVENTS

There were no post balance sheet events.

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