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Comptoir Group PLC

29 September 2021

29 September 2021

Comptoir Group Plc

("Comptoir", the "Group" or the "Company")

Interim Results

Highlights:

   --     Group revenue of GBP5.7m down by 6.9% (H1 2020: GBP 6.1m) 
   --     Gross profit of GBP4.3m down by 4.8% (H1 2020: GBP 4.5 m). 
   --     Adjusted EBITDA* before highlighted items of GBP1.6m up by 262.8% (H1 2020: GBP0.45m). 
   --     IFRS loss after tax of GBP1.2.m (H1 2020: GBP4.97m loss). 

-- Net cash and cash equivalents** at the period end of GBP9.2m (H1 2020: GBP5.0m; 31 December 2020: GBP7.8m).

-- The basic loss per share for the period was 0.98 pence (H1 2020: basic loss per share 4.05 pence).

   --     Currently own and operate 21 restaurants, with a further 4 franchise restaurants. 

Note that these results are impacted by COVID-19 related closures affecting all restaurants in the Group. In 2020 periods were affected from 19 March onwards. In 2021 the periods affected were between 1 January and 19 July

*Adjusted EBITDA was calculated from the profit/(loss) before taxation adding back interest, depreciation, share-based payments, and non-recurring costs (note 12).

Richard Kleiner, Non-Executive Chairman, said: "We have made strong progress over the past six months. Whilst we have been focusing on the re-opening of the sites and welcoming back dine-in customers as the Government restrictions were lifted; we have also been transforming the business through investment in systems and technology.

The unique family ethos that pervades throughout the Comptoir team has made me extremely proud, as everyone pulled together in adversity to support not just their team but every member of the Group to ensure we delivered that unique Comptoir hospitality.

The sector is still under extreme pressure from well-documented challenges such as the availability of labour as well as the pressure on the supply chain, but we recognise we are fortunate to be in a better position relative to many of our peers.

As ever, we monitor and respond to these challenges as and when they occur. However, with strong sales since the phased reopening began in April, a relatively strong balance sheet and the potential for new openings, we are optimistic for the future and the long-term prospects for the business looks extremely positive."

Enquiries:

Comptoir Group plc

Chaker Hanna Tel: 0207 486 1111

Canaccord Genuity Limited (NOMAD and broker)

Adam James Tel: 020 7523 8000

Georgina McCooke

Chief executive's review

Once again, the first half of this financial year was hugely disrupted by the restrictions placed on the sector by the Government due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The first fifteen weeks of the year found the country in a third full lockdown with trade limited to takeaway and delivery only. For five weeks from 12 April, we opened for trade however this was restricted to outside areas only. From 17 June, sites were fully reopened but with social distancing restrictions kept in place. All restrictions were finally lifted 19 July, therefore in the six-month period ending 4 July there were zero weeks of no restrictions and just seven weeks of full trading, albeit with distancing restrictions still in place.

Since reopening, the trading performance has been very strong with the group comfortably outperforming forecasts. I can only reiterate our Chairman's statement of how proud I am personally of the way the teams have consistently pulled together to help everyone through what is a uniquely difficult period in the sector's history. This wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering commitment of the Comptoir family and for that I am and remain extremely proud.

However, we have some exceptional challenges to face in the next trading period as we navigate the upcoming short-term issues. These include the end of the Government support such as the furlough scheme, rates holiday, normalisation of VAT as well as the availability of labour and the inflationary pressures on the supply chain. The labour and inflationary pressures will continue through 2021 and into 2022 with the National Living Wage (NLW), as well as the recently announced 1.25% increase in Employers NI (both April 2022) only exacerbating this. However, we fully expect to navigate these issues successfully as we always have done. These issues won't be solved without strong relationships with our key stakeholders and at this point I would like to thank all our suppliers and landlords who we have worked so closely with over the last 18 months. Their support has been paramount, and with all concessions agreed we look to expanding on these relationships in the future.

Conversely, it must also be noted that there is an opportunity for Comptoir to add to its site pipeline with the reduction in competition for premium sites. This coupled with our excellent relationships with our current landlords allows us to some extent pick and choose where we may wish to increase our estate where we feel there is value in doing so. Accordingly, we intend to invest in not only Comptoir Libanais but also expand our QSR Shawa brand. This strategy has already commenced with the opening of our latest Shawa in Westfield Shepherds Bush in September.

Financial Performance Half Year

As already noted, the period was hugely impacted by nationwide lockdowns, however the half year results are resilient despite the elongated closure periods.

As a consequence of the lockdown periods, the revenue for the total Group for the half year was GBP5.7m (H1 2020: GBP6.1m).

However, I'm pleased to report an adjusted EBITDA profit of GBP1.6m (H1 2020: GBP0.5m) driven by the Government assistance received but also through exceptional cost control across the business. Since reopening in April, the Group has reported positive EBITDA every period at a level ahead of expectations.

The Board carried out a full impairment review at the half year and as a result, impairment of GBP0.34m has been charged, based on judgement of future cash flow generation from each restaurant. The Board will revisit these assumptions at the year end and adjust the impairment provision according to the forecast at that time.

This impairment charge contributed towards the reported IFRS loss after tax of GBP1.2m (H1 2020: GBP5.0m loss).

The Group has also taken account of the amendment to IFRS16 COVID-19 related rent concessions. Where the rent concession is a direct consequence of COVID-19, and the reduction does not involve substantive changes to the lease then the concessions are able to be credited to the profit and loss. This has resulted in a one-off credit of GBP0.71m in the period.

We envisage exiting two more leases over the next 12 months, as we continue to discuss with our landlords and assess the trading conditions. We will make these final decisions at the appropriate time and only if it is in the best interest of the Group.

Team

Our staff continued to be impacted by Covid-19 throughout the period, with most remaining on furlough. We have continued to prioritise their wellbeing, maintaining contact throughout this period as well as offering financial support to all members. It has again been a difficult time for not only our team but also their families and the management team would like to thank them for their attitude and resolve. Since reopening in April, we have continued to welcome our staff back in in line with the restrictions being removed. We now have all staff back in the business with no furlough being utilised since the end of July.

Leanne Galer-Reick joined as Head of Marketing during the period. Leanne has a fantastic track record having worked in the industry at the highest level and has already made a substantial contribution, as we add to the Group's expertise and plan for future opportunities.

Current and future outlook

Whilst there is the argument for pent up demand post lockdown, we have found trading has continued to improve week to week and the overall outperformance of the group is hugely encouraging and gives the board every confidence in the prospects for the remainder of the year and into 2022.

We have seen solid performance in our London sites, which naturally remain impacted by the lower number of office workers and tourists. The regional sites have outperformed pre-pandemic 2019 levels and we have seen record levels of trading in a selection of sites. Importantly, all 21 sites are making a positive contribution at the profit level since reopening, highlighting the quality of the existing estate.

The Group has an excellent base to continue to operate from as we return to normality, and the future looks to be one of growth and success.

Chaker Hanna

Chief Executive Officer

28 September 2021

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the half-year ended 4 July 2021

 
                         Notes                     Half-year                     Half-year                  Year ended 
                                                     ended 4                      ended 30                 31 December 
                                                   July 2021                     June 2020                        2020 
                                                         GBP                           GBP                         GBP 
 Revenue                                           5,670,300                     6,090,758                  12,492,506 
 Cost of sales                                   (1,393,582)                   (1,597,547)                 (3,179,944) 
 Gross profit                                      4,276,718                     4,493,211                   9,312,562 
 Distribution expenses                           (1,228,118)                   (1,785,442)                 (7,463,177) 
 Administrative 
  expenses                                       (7,339,366)                   (4,604,293)                (10,276,882) 
 Other income                                      3,109,446                             -                   4,579,201 
 Rent concessions                                    714,822                       302,413                     982,209 
 Impairment costs          8                       (336,356)                   (2,572,443)                 (4,019,871) 
 Payroll provision         3                               -                     (353,012)                   (353,012) 
 Operating loss            3                       (802,854)                   (4,519,566)                 (7,238,970) 
 Finance costs                                     (399,414)                     (482,589)                   (910,885) 
 Loss before tax                                 (1,202,268)                   (5,002,155)                 (8,149,855) 
 Taxation charge                                           -                        30,695                      48,326 
 Loss for the year                               (1,202,268)                   (4,971,460)                 (8,101,529) 
 Other comprehensive 
 income                                                    -                             -                           - 
 Total comprehensive 
  loss for 
  the year                                       (1,202,268)                   (4,971,460)                 (8,101,529) 
----------------------  ------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  -------------------------- 
 Basic loss per share 
  (pence)                  6                          (0.98)                        (4.05)                      (6.60) 
 Diluted loss per 
  share (pence)            6                          (0.98)                        (4.05)                      (6.60) 
----------------------  ------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  -------------------------- 
 
                         Notes                     Half-year                     Half-year                  Year ended 
                                                     ended 4                      ended 30                 31 December 
                                                   July 2021                     June 2020                        2020 
 Adjusted EBITDA: 
 Loss before tax - as 
  above                                          (1,202,268)                   (5,002,155)                 (8,149,855) 
 Add back: 
 Depreciation              8                       1,610,395                     2,011,000                   4,020,265 
 Finance costs                                       399,414                       482,589                     910,885 
 Impairment of assets      8                         336,356                     2,572,443                   4,019,871 
 EBITDA                                            1,143,897                        63,877                     801,166 
 Share-based payments 
  expense                  3                          25,046                        26,394                      14,578 
 Restaurant opening 
  costs                    3                           3,489                         7,032                      53,378 
 Payroll provision         3                               -                       353,012                     353,012 
 Loss on disposal of 
  fixed assets                                       461,185                             -                     171,617 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                   1,633,617                       450,315                   1,393,751 
----------------------  ------  ----------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 

All the above results are derived from continuing operations.

Consolidated balance sheet

At 4 July 2021

 
                                   Notes               4 July 2021                   30 June                   31 December 
                                                                                        2020                          2020 
                                                               GBP                       GBP                           GBP 
 Assets 
 
 Non-current assets 
 Intangible assets                   7                      55,267                    55,267                        55,267 
 Property, plant and equipment       8                   7,425,908                 9,688,797                     8,473,596 
 Right-of-use assets                 8                  16,098,264                19,558,261                    17,596,744 
 Deferred tax asset                                        292,409                   262,137                             - 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
                                                        23,871,848                29,564,462                    26,125,607 
 Current asset 
 Inventories                                               441,364                   494,878                       424,673 
 Trade and other receivables                               837,619                 1,388,244                     1,100,922 
 Cash and cash equivalents                               9,174,260                 5,009,864                     7,833,676 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
                                                        10,453,243                 6,892,986                     9,359,271 
 
 Total assets                                           34,325,091                36,457,448                    35,484,878 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 
 Liabilities 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Borrowings                                              (555,000)                 (181,490)                     (250,000) 
 Trade and other payables                              (8,209,594)               (5,439,441)                   (6,527,668) 
 Lease liabilities                                     (2,331,800)               (2,113,151)                   (2,443,198) 
 Current tax liabilities                                  (45,817)                 (183,518)                      (45,817) 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
                                                      (11,142,211)               (7,917,600)                   (9,266,683) 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Borrowings                                            (2,445,000)                  (15,817)                   (2,750,000) 
 Provisions for liabilities                              (841,663)                 (808,452)                     (832,455) 
 Lease liabilities                                    (18,306,833)              (21,837,360)                  (20,161,543) 
 Deferred tax liability                                  (292,409)                 (262,137)                             - 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
                                                      (21,885,905)              (22,923,766)                  (23,743,998) 
 
 Total liabilities                                    (33,028,116)              (30,841,366)                  (33,010,681) 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 
 Net assets                                              1,296,975                 5,616,082                     2,474,197 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 
 Equity 
 Share capital                      10                   1,226,667                 1,226,667                     1,226,667 
 Share premium                                          10,050,313                10,050,313                    10,050,313 
 Other reserves                                            122,332                   109,102                        97,286 
 Retained losses                                      (10,102,337)               (5,770,000)                   (8,900,069) 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 Total equity - attributable 
  to equity shareholders of the 
  company                                                1,296,975                 5,616,082                     2,474,197 
--------------------------------  ------  ------------------------  ------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the half-year ended 4 July 2021

 
                  Notes        Share capital            Share premium            Other reserves              Retained            Total equity 
                                                                                                              losses 
                                    GBP                      GBP                      GBP                      GBP                    GBP 
 
 
 At 1 January 2021                      1,226,667               10,050,313                   97,286              (8,900,069)           2,474,197 
 
 Total 
 comprehensive 
 loss 
 Loss for the period                            -                        -                        -              (1,202,268)         (1,202,268) 
 
 Transactions 
 with owners 
 Share-based payments                           -                        -                   25,046                        -              25,046 
 
 At 4 July 2021                         1,226,667               10,050,313                  122,332             (10,102,337)           1,296,975 
------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ------------------ 
 
 
 At 1 January 2020                      1,226,667               10,050,313                   82,708                (798,540)          10,561,148 
 
 Total 
 comprehensive 
 loss 
 Loss for the period                            -                        -                        -              (4,971,460)         (4,971,460) 
 
 Transactions 
 with owners 
 Share-based payments                           -                        -                   26,394                        -              26,394 
 
 At 30 June 2020                        1,226,667               10,050,313                  109,102              (5,770,000)           5,616,082 
------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ------------------ 
 
 
 At 1 January 2020                      1,226,667               10,050,313                   82,708                (798,540)          10,561,148 
 
 Total 
 comprehensive 
 loss 
 Loss for the year                              -                        -                        -              (8,101,529)         (8,101,529) 
 
 Transactions 
 with owners 
 Share-based payments                           -                        -                   14,578                        -              14,578 
 
 At 31 December 2020                    1,226,667               10,050,313                   97,286              (8,900,069)           2,474,197 
------------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  -----------------------  ------------------ 
 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

For the half-year ended 4 July 2021

 
                          Notes                     Half-year                     Half-year                 Year ended 
                                                      ended 4                      ended 30                31 December 
                                                    July 2021                     June 2020                       2020 
                                                          GBP                           GBP                        GBP 
 Operating activities 
 
 Cash inflow from 
  operations               11                       2,405,268                     1,613,637                  2,842,394 
 Interest paid                                              -                       (4,723)                    (6,253) 
 Tax paid                                                   -                         (606)                  (120,677) 
 Net cash from 
  operating activities                              2,405,268                     1,608,308                  2,715,464 
-----------------------  ------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ------------------------- 
 
 Investing activities 
 
 Purchase of property, 
  plant & 
  equipment                 8                       (163,949)                      (97,494)                  (182,578) 
 Net cash used from 
  investing 
  activities                                        (163,949)                      (97,494)                  (182,578) 
-----------------------  ------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ------------------------- 
 
 Financing activities 
 
 Payment of lease 
  liabilities                                       (900,735)                   (1,457,522)                (2,458,474) 
 Bank loan proceeds                                         -                             -                  3,000,000 
 Bank loan repayments                                       -                     (120,038)                  (317,346) 
 Net cash 
  (used)/received from 
  financing activities                              (900,735)                   (1,577,560)                    224,180 
-----------------------  ------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ------------------------- 
 
 Increase/(decrease) in 
  cash and 
  cash equivalents                                  1,340,584                      (66,746)                  2,757,066 
 Cash and cash 
  equivalents at 
  beginning of year                                 7,833,676                     5,076,610                  5,076,610 
 
 Cash and cash 
  equivalents at 
  end of year                                       9,174,260                     5,009,864                  7,833,676 
-----------------------  ------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ------------------------- 
 

Notes to the financial information

For the half-year ended 4 July 2021

   1.      Basis of preparation 

The Group changed to a weekly accounting calendar during the period, consequently, the consolidated financial information has been prepared for the 26 weeks ending 4 July 2021 rather than for 6 months ending 30 June 2021.

The consolidated financial information for the half-year ended 4 July 2021, has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies the Group applied in the Company's latest annual audited financial statements and are expected to be applied in the annual financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2021. These accounting policies are based on the EU-adopted International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and International Financial Reporting Interpretation Committee ("IFRIC") interpretations. The consolidated financial information for the half-year ended 4 July 2021 has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34: 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the EU, and under the historical cost convention.

The financial information relating to the half-year ended 4 July 2021 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory financial statements as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2020 have been extracted from the consolidated financial statements, on which the auditors gave an unqualified audit opinion and did not include a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. The annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020 has been filed with the Registrar of Companies.

The Group's financial risk management objectives and policies are consistent with those disclosed in the 2020 annual report and accounts.

The half-yearly report was approved by the board of directors on 28 September 2021. The half-yearly report is available on the Comptoir Libanais website, www.comptoirlibanais.com , and at Comptoir Group's registered office, Unit 2, Plantain Place, Crosby Row, London Bridge, SE1 1YN.

   2.      Changes in accounting policies 

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the consolidated financial information for the half-year ended 4 July 2021 are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Group's annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

At the date of authorisation of the half-yearly report, the following amendments to Standards and Interpretations issued by the IASB that are effective for an annual period that begins on or after 1 January 2021. These have not had any material impact on the amounts reported for the current and prior years.

Standard or Interpretation Effective Date

Interest Rate Benchmark Reform Phase 2 1 January 2021

(Amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16)

New and revised Standards and Interpretations in issue but not yet effective

At the date of authorisation of these financial statements, the Group has not early adopted the following amendments to Standards and Interpretations that have been issued but are not yet effective:

Standard or Interpretation Effective Date

Narrow scope amendments to IFRS 3, IAS 16 and IAS 37 1 January 2022

Annual improvements to IFRS Standards 2018-2020 1 January 2022

Amendments to IAS 1: Classification of Liabilities as

Current or Non-Current 1 January 2022

As yet, none of these have been endorsed for use in the UK and will not be adopted until such time as endorsement is confirmed. The directors do not expect any material impact as a result of adopting standards and amendments listed above in the financial year they become effective.

Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. The resulting accounting estimates may differ from the related actual results.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

In the process of applying the Group's accounting policies, management has made a number of judgments and estimations of which the following are the most significant. The estimates and assumptions that have a risk of causing material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the future financial years are as follows:

Depreciation, useful lives and residual values of property, plant & equipment

The Directors estimate the useful lives and residual values of property, plant & equipment in order to calculate the depreciation charges. Changes in these estimates could result in changes being required to the annual depreciation charges in the statement of comprehensive incomes and the carrying values of the property, plant & equipment in the balance sheet.

Impairment of assets

The Group assesses at each reporting date whether there is an indication that an asset may be impaired. If any such indication exists, or when annual impairment testing for an asset is required, the Group makes an estimate of the asset's recoverable amount. An asset's recoverable amount is the higher of an asset's or cash-generating unit's fair value less costs to sell and its value in use and is determined for an individual asset, unless the asset does not generate cash inflows that are largely independent of those from other assets or groups of assets.

Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty (continued)

Where the carrying amount of an asset exceeds its recoverable amount, the asset is considered impaired and is written down to its recoverable amount. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present value of money and the risks specific to the asset. Impairment losses of continuing operations are recognised in the profit or loss in those expense categories consistent with the function of the impaired asset.

An impairment of assets of GBP336,356 (H1 2020: GBP2,572,443, 31 December 2020: GBP4,019,871) was required for the half year ended 4 July 2021.

Leases

The Group has estimated the lease term of certain lease contracts in which they are a lessee, including whether they are reasonably certain to exercise lessee options. The incremental borrowing rate used to discount lease liabilities has also been estimated in the range of 2.6% to 4%. This is assessed as the rate of interest that would be payable to borrow a similar about of money for a similar length of time for a similar right-of-use asset.

Deferred tax assets

Historically, deferred tax assets had been recognised in respect of the total unutilised tax losses within the Group. A condition of recognising this amount depended on the extent that it was probable that future taxable profits will be available.

Given the uncertainty of the current trading outlook, management have decided to only recognise a deferred tax asset amount of GBP292,409, being equal to the deferred tax liability amount and therefore have an unprovided deferred tax asset amount of GBP435,624.

   3.    Group operating loss 
 
                                                 Half-year                     Half-year                    Year ended 
                                                   ended 4                      ended 30                   31 December 
                                                 July 2021                     June 2020                          2020 
                                                       GBP                           GBP                           GBP 
 This is stated after 
 (crediting)/charging: 
 Operating lease charges                           235,579                       101,634                       185,456 
 Rent concessions                                (714,822)                     (302,413)                     (982,209) 
 Lease term modifications                        (447,785)                       117,800                     (340,494) 
 Share-based payments 
  expense (see note 
  5)                                                25,046                        26,394                        14,578 
 Restaurant opening costs                            3,489                         7,032                        53,378 
 Depreciation of property, 
  plant and equipment 
  (see note 8)                                   1,610,395                     2,011,000                     4,020,265 
 Impairment of assets (see 
  note 7 & 8)                                      336,356                     2,572,443                     4,019,871 
 Loss on disposal of fixed 
  assets                                           461,186                             -                       171,617 
 Payroll provision                                       -                       353,012                       353,012 
 Auditors' remuneration                                  -                             -                        52,250 
----------------------------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 
 
                                                 Half-year                     Half-year                    Year ended 
                                                   ended 4                      ended 30                   31 December 
                                                 July 2021                     June 2020                          2020 
                                                       GBP                           GBP                           GBP 
 Pre-opening costs                                   3,489                         7,032                        53,378 
 Post-opening costs                                      -                             -                             - 
                                                     3,489                         7,032                        53,378 
----------------------------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 

The payroll provision relates to a one-off provision as a result of a review of the current pension scheme in place as part of a planned transition to Payroll Bureau services.

For the initial trading period following opening of a new restaurant, the performance of that restaurant will be lower than that achieved by other, similar, mature restaurants. The difference in this performance, which is calculated by reference to gross profit margins amongst other key metrics, is quantified and included within opening costs. The breakdown of opening costs, between pre-opening costs and post-opening costs is shown above.

   4.      Operating segments 

The Group has only one operating segment: the operation of restaurants with Lebanese and Middle Eastern offering and one geographical segment (the United Kingdom). The Group's brands meet the aggregation criteria set out in paragraph 22 of IFRS 8 "Operating Segments" and as such the Group reports the business as one reportable segment. None of the Group's customers individually contribute over 10% of the total revenue.

   5.      Share options and share-based payment charge 

On 4 July 2018, the Group established a Company Share Option Plan ("CSOP") under which 4,890,000 share options were granted to key employees. The CSOP scheme includes all subsidiary companies headed by Comptoir Group PLC. The exercise price of all of the options is GBP0.1025 and the term to expiration is 3 years from the date of grant, being 4 July 2018. All of the options have the same vesting conditions attached to them.

   5.      Share options and share-based payment charge (continued) 

On 21 May 2021, the Group established a new Company Share Option Plan ("CSOP") under which 3,245,000 share options were granted to key employees. The CSOP scheme includes all subsidiary companies headed by Comptoir Group PLC. The exercise price of all of the options is GBP0.0723 and the term to expiration is 3 years from the date of grant, being 21 May 2021. All of the options have the same vesting conditions attached to them.

The total share-based payment charge for the period was GBP25,046 (H1 2020: GBP26,394, 31 December 2020: GBP14,578).

   6.      Loss per share 

The Company had 122,666,667 ordinary shares of GBP0.01 each in issue at 4 July 2021. The basic and diluted loss per share figures, is based on the weighted average number of shares in issue during the periods. The basic and diluted loss per share figures are set out below.

 
                                                     Half-year                   Half-year                  Year ended 
                                                       ended 4                    ended 30                 31 December 
                                                     July 2021                   June 2020                        2020 
                                                           GBP                         GBP                         GBP 
 
 Loss attributable to shareholders                 (1,202,268)                 (4,971,460)                 (8,101,529) 
 
                                                        Number                      Number                      Number 
 Weighted average number of shares 
 For basic earnings per share                      122,666,667                 122,666,667                 122,666,667 
 For diluted earnings per share                    122,666,667                 122,666,667                 122,666,667 
----------------------------------  --------------------------  --------------------------  -------------------------- 
 
 
                                                     Pence per                   Pence per                   Pence per 
                                                         share                       share                       share 
 Loss per share: 
 Basic (pence) 
 From loss for the year                                 (0.98)                      (4.05)                      (6.60) 
 
 Diluted (pence) 
 From loss for the year                                 (0.98)                      (4.05)                      (6.60) 
 

The loss per share and diluted loss per share is calculated by dividing the profit or loss attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of shares and 'in the money' share options in issue. Share options are classified as 'in the money' if their exercise price is lower than the average share price for the period. As required by 'IAS 33: Earnings per share', this calculation assumes that the proceeds receivable from the exercise of 'in the money' options would be used to purchase shares in the open market in order to reduce the number of new shares that would need to be issued. As the shares were not 'in the money' as at 4 July 2021 and consequently would be antidilutive, no adjustment was made in respect of the share options outstanding to determine the diluted number of options.

   7.      Intangible assets 
 
 Group                                                           Goodwill                           Total 
                                                                      GBP                             GBP 
 Cost 
 At 1 January 2021                                                 89,961                          89,961 
 Additions                                                              -                               - 
                                           ------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 At 4 July 2021                                                    89,961                          89,961 
-----------------------------------------  ------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 
 Accumulated amortisation and impairment 
 At 1 January 2021                                               (34,694)                        (34,694) 
 Amortised during the year                                              -                               - 
 Impairment during the year                                             -                               - 
                                           ------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 At 4 July 2021                                                  (34,694)                        (34,694) 
-----------------------------------------  ------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 
 Net Book Value as at 4 July 2021                                  55,267                          55,267 
-----------------------------------------  ------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 Net Book Value as at 30 June 2020                                 55,267                          55,267 
-----------------------------------------  ------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 Net Book Value as at 31 December 2020                             55,267                          55,267 
-----------------------------------------  ------------------------------  ------------------------------ 
 

Intangible fixed assets consist of goodwill from the acquisition of Agushia Limited.

Goodwill arising on business combinations is not amortised but is subject to an impairment test annually which compares the goodwill's 'value in use' to its carrying value. No impairment of goodwill was considered necessary in the current period.

   8.      Property, plant and equipment 
 
                                  Right-of                  Leasehold                  Plant and                   Fixture,             Motor Vehicles              Total 
                                use Assets                   Land and                  machinery                   fittings 
                                                            buildings                                           & equipment 
                                       GBP                        GBP                        GBP                        GBP                        GBP                GBP 
 Cost 
 At 1 January 
  2021                          27,924,649                 11,016,023                  4,800,774                  2,858,547                     53,430         46,653,423 
 Additions                               -                      9,763                     72,867                     81,319                          -            163,949 
 Disposals                               -                  (590,869)                  (286,494)                  (167,407)                          -        (1,044,770) 
 Modifications                   (302,180)                          -                          -                          -                          -          (302,180) 
 At 4 July 2021                 27,622,469                 10,434,917                  4,587,147                  2,772,459                     53,430         45,470,422 
---------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  ----------------- 
 
 Accumulated 
 depreciation 
 and impairment 
 At 1 January 
  2021                        (10,327,905)                (5,878,170)                (2,926,080)                (1,441,993)                    (8,935)       (20,583,083) 
 Depreciation 
  during 
  the year                     (1,126,199)                  (274,189)                  (139,802)                   (68,388)                    (1,817)        (1,610,395) 
 Disposals 
  during the 
  year                                   -                    382,953                    139,100                     61,531                          -            583,584 
 Impairment 
  during 
  the year                        (70,101)                  (182,897)                   (58,661)                   (24,697)                          -          (336,356) 
 At 4 July 2021               (11,524,205)                (5,952,303)                (2,985,443)                (1,473,547)                   (10,752)       (21,946,250) 
---------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  ----------------- 
 
 
 Net book value 
 As at 4 July 
  2021                          16,098,264                  4,482,614                  1,601,704                  1,298,912                     42,678         23,524,172 
 As at 30 June 
  2020                          19,558,261                  6,036,453                  2,036,756                  1,570,299                     45,289         29,247,058 
 As at 31 
  December 
  2020                          17,596,744                  5,137,853                  1,874,694                  1,416,554                     44,495         26,070,340 
---------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  -------------------------  ----------------- 
 
   8.      Property, plant and equipment (continued) 

At each reporting date the Group considers any indication of impairment to the carrying value of its property, plant and equipment. The assessment is based on expected future cash flows and Value-in-Use calculations are performed annually and at each reporting date and is carried out on each restaurant as these are separate 'cash generating units' (CGU). Value-in-Use was calculated as the net present value of the projected risk-adjusted post-tax cash flows plus a terminal value of the CGU. A pre-tax discount rate was applied to calculate the net present value of pre-tax cash flows. The discount rate was calculated using a market participant weighted average cost of capital. A single rate has been used for all sites as management believe the risks to be the same for all sites.

The outbreak of COVID-19 and related global responses have caused material disruptions to businesses around the world, leading to an economic slowdown. Global equity markets have experienced significant volatility and weakness. As at the date of this half-yearly report, the fair value of the Group's assets and investments has declined as a result of the virus outbreak and the resulting temporary closure of the Group's restaurants. These factors have been incorporated into our review.

The recoverable amount of each CGU has been calculated with reference to its Value-in-Use. The key assumptions of this calculation are shown below:

   Sales and costs growth                     3% 
   Discount rate                                      8.0% 
   Number of years projected              over life of lease 

The projected sales growth was based on the Group's latest forecasts at the time of review. The key assumptions in the cashflow pertain to revenue growth. Management have determined that growth based on industry average growth rates and actuals achieved historically are the best indication of growth going forward. The Directors are confident that the Group is largely immune from the effects of Brexit and forecasts have considered the impact of COVID-19. Management has also performed sensitivity analysis on all inputs to the model and noted no material sensitivities in the model.

Based on the review, an impairment charge GBP336,356 (H1 2020: GBP2,572,443, 31 December 2020: GBP4,019,871) was recorded for the period.

   9.      Dividends 

No dividends were distributable to equity holders during the half-year ending 4 July 2021 (H1 2020: GBPnil and year ended 31 December 2020: GBPnil).

   10.   Share capital 
 
 Authorised, issued and                                          Number of 1p shares 
 fully 
 paid 
                                                 Half-year                     Half-year                    Year ended 
                                                   ended 4                      ended 30                   31 December 
                                                 July 2021                     June 2020                          2020 
 Brought forward                               122,666,667                   122,666,667                   122,666,667 
 Issued in the period                                    -                             -                             - 
 At 31 December                                122,666,667                   122,666,667                   122,666,667 
----------------------------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 
 
                                                                                                         Nominal value 
                                                 Half-year                     Half-year                    Year ended 
                                                   ended 4                      ended 30                   31 December 
                                                 July 2021                     June 2020                          2020 
                                                       GBP                           GBP                           GBP 
 Brought forward                                 1,226,667                     1,226,667                     1,226,667 
 Issues in the period                                    -                             -                             - 
 At 31 December                                  1,226,667                     1,226,667                     1,226,667 
----------------------------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 
   11.   Cash flow from operations 
 
 Reconcilliation of (loss)/profit to cash generated 
  from operations 
 
                                                 Half-year                     Half-year                 Year ended 31 
                                              ended 4 July                      ended 30                 December 2020 
                                                      2021                     June 2020 
                                                       GBP                           GBP                           GBP 
 
 Operating loss for the year                     (802,854)                   (4,519,566)                   (7,238,970) 
 
 Depreciation                                    1,610,395                     2,011,000                     4,020,265 
 Loss on disposal of fixed 
  assets                                           461,185                             -                       171,617 
 Impairment of assets                              336,356                     2,572,443                     4,019,871 
 Share-based payment charge                         25,046                        26,394                        14,578 
 Rent concessions                                (714,822)                     (302,413)                     (982,209) 
 Lease term adjustments                          (447,785)                       117,800                     (340,494) 
 Payroll provision                                       -                       353,012                             - 
 
 Movements in working 
 capital 
 (Increase)/decrease in 
  inventories                                     (16,693)                        99,532                       169,736 
 Decrease in trade and other 
  receivables                                      263,307                       814,731                     1,102,052 
 Increase in payables and 
  provisions                                     1,691,133                       440,704                     1,905,948 
 
 Cash from operations                            2,405,268                     1,613,637                     2,842,394 
----------------------------  ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ---------------------------- 
 
   12.   Adjusted EBITDA 

Adjusted EBITDA was calculated from the profit/loss before taxation adding back interest, depreciation, share-based payments and non-recurring costs incurred in opening new sites, as follows:

 
                                                      Half-year                     Half-year               Year ended 
                                                        ended 4                      ended 30              31 December 
                                                      July 2021                     June 2020                     2020 
                                                            GBP                           GBP                      GBP 
 
 Operating loss                                       (802,854)                   (4,519,566)              (7,238,970) 
 
 Add back: 
 Depreciation                                         1,610,395                     2,011,000                4,020,265 
 Impairment of assets                                   336,356                     2,572,443                4,019,871 
 Share-based payments                                    25,046                        26,394                   14,578 
 Loss on disposal of fixed assets                       461,185                             -                  171,617 
 Payroll provision                                            -                       353,012                  353,012 
 EBITDA                                               1,630,128                       443,283                1,340,373 
 
 Non-recurring costs incurred in 
  opening new sites                                       3,489                         7,032                   53,378 
 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                      1,633,617                       450,315                1,393,751 
                                   ----------------------------  ----------------------------  ----------------------- 
 
   13.   Subsequent events 

In September, the Group opened a new site under the Shawa brand name. The new site is located in Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush.

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