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Johnson Service Group PLC

01 September 2021

1 September 2021

AIM: JSG

Johnson Service Group PLC

('JSG' or 'the Group')

Interim Results for the Six Months ended 30 June 2021

"Improving markets, strong balance sheet and confident of long-term growth."

Operational Performance Through the COVID-19 Crisis

   -     At all times our priority has remained the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. 

- Workwear continued to operate throughout the various lockdowns with volumes remaining fairly robust and reaching 98% of normal levels in June 2021. Customer retention levels were 95% during the period to the end of July.

- As previously reported, the majority of HORECA sites were mothballed throughout the first half lockdown period with volumes at some 11% of normal in the first quarter. Volumes climbed rapidly from mid-April to reach over 70% in June and over 80% in August, with some sites in tourist areas back to 2019 levels.

   -     All HORECA sites, including the new Leeds site, were operational by May. 

- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ceased to be claimed from the end of June 2021 with all employees now returned from furlough.

   -     Strong balance sheet and liquidity with committed bank facilities of GBP175 million. 

- Head of Sustainability appointed; refreshing and resetting our Sustainability Strategy in early 2022.

Financial Performance

   -     Total revenue of GBP99.6 million (June 2020: GBP114.8 million). 
   -     Organic revenue down 13.2% compared to H1 2020 and down 43.3% compared to H1 2019. 

- Adjusted EBITDA(1) of GBP16.9 million (June 2020: GBP24.9 million) with Adjusted EBITDA(1) margin of 17.0% (June 2020: 21.7%).

   -     Adjusted loss before taxation(2) of GBP11.2 million (June 2020: GBP12.6 million). 
   -     Loss before taxation of GBP14.0 million (June 2020: GBP18.6 million). 

- Net debt (excluding IFRS 16 liabilities) at June 2021 of GBP8.8 million (December 2020: net cash of GBP6.6 million).

   -     Net debt at June 2021 of GBP46.9 million (December 2020: GBP33.6 million). 
   -     No interim dividend declared. 

Notes

1 "Adjusted EBITDA" refers to operating loss excluding amortisation of intangible assets (excluding software amortisation) and exceptional items (defined as "Adjusted Operating Loss") plus the depreciation charge for property, plant and equipment, textile rental items and right of use assets plus software amortisation.

   2    "Adjusted Loss before Taxation" refers to Adjusted Operating Loss less total finance costs. 

Peter Egan, Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Service Group, commented:

"During the first half, we have experienced a consistently robust performance from our Workwear business and a notable return of demand in HORECA, particularly driven by the staycation activity in early summer. It remains difficult to give guidance for the coming months however, in the absence of increased restrictions, we expect that we will announce results for the year towards the higher end of current market expectations.

With our established customer base and well invested infrastructure, coupled with a strong balance sheet and GBP175 million of committed bank facilities, we are well placed to drive growth in our performance as we move through the remainder of the year and beyond."

SELL-SIDE ANALYST MEETING

A virtual presentation for sell-side analysts will be held today at 09:30, details of which will be distributed by Camarco. A copy of the presentation will be available on the Company's website ( www.jsg.com ) following the meeting.

ENQUIRIES

 
 
   Johnson Service Group PLC 
 Peter Egan, CEO 
 Yvonne Monaghan, CFO 
 Tel: 020 3757 4992 (on the day) 
 Tel: 01928 704 600 (thereafter) 
 
 Investec Investment Banking (NOMAD)   Camarco (Financial PR) 
 David Flin                            Ginny Pulbrook 
 Carlton Nelson                        Toby Strong 
 Virginia Bull 
 Tel: 020 7597 5970                    Tel: 020 3757 4992 
 

Note: Throughout this statement 'adjusted operating loss/profit' refers to continuing operating loss/profit before amortisation of intangible assets (excluding software amortisation) and exceptional items. 'Adjusted loss/profit before taxation' refers to adjusted operating loss/profit less total finance cost. ' Adjusted EBITDA' refers to adjusted operating loss/profit plus the depreciation charge for property, plant and equipment, textile rental items and right of use assets plus software amortisation. 'Adjusted EPS' refers to earnings per share calculated based on adjusted loss/profit after taxation. Underlying Adjusted EPS refers to Adjusted EPS calculated to exclude the impact of the 'super-deduction' capital allowances introduced by HMRC for a limited period. The Board considers that 'adjusted operating loss/profit', 'adjusted loss/profit before taxation, 'adjusted EBITDA' and 'adjusted EPS', all of which exclude the effects of non-recurring items or non-operating events, provide useful information for Shareholders on underlying trends and performance.

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL REVIEW

Following very strong performances over recent years the Group has had a difficult period since March 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Group has focused on protecting the business through this unpredictable period and safeguarding our employees and customers whilst strengthening our finances in readiness for a return to more normal trading conditions.

Whilst our Workwear division continued to experience only a modest impact on volumes, the HORECA division was again severely impacted by the lockdown at the start of 2021. As restrictions eased, volumes began to increase from mid-April and our focus from that point has been to increase the capacity at our sites to process the rapidly changing volumes.

Since March, we have recruited a significant number of employees in order to match production capacity to increasing volumes. Whilst this has presented some short-term challenges in terms of efficiency and productivity, recruitment requirements have now eased as capacity is more closely aligned to the current level of demand.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Financial Results

Our results for the first half of 2021 reflect the various lockdown restrictions during the period. Half year revenue was GBP99.6 million, down from GBP114.8 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA was GBP16.9 million (June 2020: GBP24.9 million) giving a margin of 17.0% (June 2020: 21.7%). The Group benefited from Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims of GBP9.9 million (June 2020: GBP16.6 million). With all employees now returned to the business, no further claims are expected to be made in respect of the second half of the year.

Total finance costs reduced to GBP1.6 million (June 2020: GBP3.1 million) in line with the reduction in bank debt. The period to June 2020 also included a charge of GBP0.6 million relating to the discontinuance of hedge accounting on interest rate swaps previously designated as cashflow hedges.

The exceptional credit of GBP2.6 million relates to a further interim settlement from the insurer, relating to capital items, in respect of the 2020 Exeter fire and Treforest flood. The increased cost of working for Exeter under the temporary arrangements continues to be covered by Business Interruption insurance. We anticipate a further exceptional credit in the second half of the year as we reach a financial settlement with the insurer in relation to the Exeter fire.

The adjusted loss before taxation was GBP11.2 million (June 2020: GBP12.6 million).

Statutory loss before taxation, after amortisation of intangibles (excluding software amortisation) of GBP5.4 million (June 2020: GBP5.5 million) and an exceptional credit of GBP2.6 million (June 2020: exceptional charge of GBP0.5 million) was GBP14.0 million (June 2020: GBP18.6 million).

The tax rate on adjusted loss before taxation, excluding exceptional items and the amortisation of software (excluding software amortisation), was 23.1% ( June 2020 : 16.7% ) . The rate is in line with the expected rate for the full year, excluding the effect of the capital allowances super-deduction which offers 130% first-year relief on qualifying main rate plant and machinery investments until 31 March 2023.

Adjusted diluted loss per share was 1.9 pence (June 2020: 2.8 pence).

Dividend

An interim dividend in respect of 2021 is not being proposed. The Board is aware of the importance of dividends to Shareholders and will look to reinstate its dividend policy as trading returns to more predictable and normalised levels.

Finances and Capital Structure

Free cash flow in the first half of the year, after capital lease payments, was GBP5.7 million compared to GBP38.6 million in the first half of 2020, with 2020 benefiting from a working capital inflow of GBP16.8 million compared to an outflow of GBP7.4 million in 2021. The outflow on working capital was as expected as the business returns to more normal levels of trading.

Total net debt (excluding IFRS 16) at 30 June 2021 was GBP8.8 million (December 2020: net cash GBP6.6 million). After including the impact of IFRS 16, net debt at June 2021 was GBP46.9 million (December 2020: GBP33.6 million).

Bank covenants for 2021 are based on minimum EBITDA levels (calculated as adjusted EBITDA excluding right of use asset depreciation) with a return to gearing and interest cover covenants from March 2022. From March 2022 the agreed gearing covenant is for the ratio of total debt, including IFRS 16 liabilities, to adjusted EBITDA to be not more than three times. The Group's medium to long-term intention is to operate at gearing levels of between one to two times.

Our Capital Allocation policy remains unchanged and we acknowledge that we are carrying a lower than normal level of debt in the short term, reflecting the continued macro-economic uncertainty. Our periodic review of capital structure will take into account maintaining a strong balance sheet, continuing capital investment in our plants and in acquisitions, a progressive dividend policy and distributing any surplus cash to Shareholders.

Post-Employment Benefits

The recorded net deficit after tax for all post-employment benefit obligations, calculated in accordance with IAS 19, was GBP6.4 million at June 2021 compared to GBP12.1 million at December 2020. The improvement in the position is due, in part, to a higher discount rate assumed on liabilities offset, to a lesser extent, by higher assumed inflation. We continue to have a significant portion of scheme assets invested so as to hedge against movements in liabilities, thereby reducing overall scheme volatility.

The triennial valuation of the defined benefit pension scheme as at 30 September 2019 was completed in 2020. We are tracking ahead of the recovery plan put in place at the previous valuation and we have therefore agreed with the Trustee to continue with the existing deficit recovery payments of GBP1.9 million per annum until the result of the next review in September 2022.

BUSINESS REVIEW

Our Businesses

The Group comprises of Textile Rental businesses which trade through a number of very well recognised brands, servicing the UK's Workwear and Hotel, Restaurant and Catering ('HORECA') market sectors. The 'Johnsons Workwear' brand predominantly provides workwear rental, protective wear and laundry services to corporates across all industry sectors. 'Stalbridge', 'London Linen' and 'South West Laundry' provide premium linen services to the restaurant, hospitality and corporate events market and Johnsons Hotel Linen, our high volume linen business, comprises of Johnsons Hotel Linen by 'Afonwen', by 'PLS' and by 'Fresh'.

The changes made to ensure continuity of operations and to manage the health, safety and welfare of our employees during the early months of the pandemic have continued during 2021. We continue to review our operations, update risk assessments and implement new processes and procedures where necessary. We would like to acknowledge the continuing commitment and efforts of our employees and thank them for their support.

We are encouraged by the return of the hospitality market since restrictions began to be lifted in mid-April. Volumes are continuing to increase as more of the economy returns to normal trading and office workers begin to return. We anticipate that, in the absence of renewed restrictions, this trend will continue over the coming months.

Workwear Division

Operating as Johnsons Workwear, we provide workwear rental and laundry services to some 36,000 customers in the UK from small local businesses to the largest companies covering food related and other industrial sectors.

The total revenue for the Workwear division was GBP64.5 million (June 2020: GBP64.6 million) reflecting the continuing impact of COVID-19 on both our existing customers and winning new business. Adjusted EBITDA was GBP23.0 million (June 2020: GBP24.4 million) with a margin of 35.7% (June 2020: 37.8%). Adjusted operating profit was GBP11.2 million (June 2020: GBP11.6 million) after claiming a CJRS grant of GBP0.6 million (June 2020: GBP1.8 million).

The Workwear business continued to operate throughout the pandemic with volumes returning to 98% of pre-Covid levels by June 2021. The various lockdowns over the last 18 months resulted in our sales force being temporarily furloughed due to decreased demand for changing workwear supplier. Revised working processes and procedures to protect our employees and business have been maintained despite recent Government announcements. Our personnel have continued to fully support the business during such unpredictable and challenging times, a reflection of the strong service and family culture throughout our business.

Our Existing Customer Satisfaction Survey achieved the highest results since our surveys began back in 2004, scoring 87.1%, a credit to all our teams during such challenging times. Customer retention levels also remain high at 95%.

The successful installation of automated processing equipment in Basingstoke during 2020 has resulted in a commitment to similar installations in both Perth and Hinckley. Work for both will be completed in the second half of 2021. New washing machines ordered will increase capacity in Letchworth and a new garment finishing tunnel was installed in Hinckley during the second quarter. Machinery installation is ongoing at our new Exeter plant, with an expected soft opening in late September this year. The updating of our commercial fleet is continuing along with the rebranding of vehicles less than five years old. The first double decker trailer and tractor unit for the Workwear division, which will operate between Perth and Aberdeen and reduce the number of road journeys between the two sites, was delivered in July 2021.

The installation of the new workwear laundry management IT platform is on track. All business departments have constructively contributed towards the functionality of the new system which resulted in a successful conversion at our plant in Hull in June, followed by Lancaster in July. Our thanks to the dedication of all employees involved in achieving a smooth transition with no negative impact to our customers or operations. The roll out programme across all remaining sites will continue throughout 2021 and conclude in early 2022.

Eight of our sites have now successfully achieved certification EN 14065, Biocontamination Control System for Laundry Processed Textiles. This achievement demonstrates to our customers that our laundry service has systems and processes in place to control microbiological contamination in laundered textiles. The standard compliments others already in place, especially for food and pharmaceutical industries, as well as giving us the ability to process isolation gowns and other healthcare products separately in our sites. Plans are in place for the majority of our other sites to also become accredited.

HORECA Division

The total revenue for the HORECA division was GBP35.1 million (June 2020: GBP50.2 million) with both periods severely affected by various lockdown restrictions. Adjusted EBITDA was a GBP3.5 million loss (June 2020: GBP2.7 million profit). Adjusted operating loss was GBP18.2 million (June 2020: GBP18.8 million) after claiming a reduced CJRS grant of GBP9.3 million (June 2020: GBP14.8 million).

Volumes reached over 70% of normal in June 2021 and have continued to increase during July and August to reach over 80%.

A significant proportion of employees were furloughed during the first quarter of the year and many of our sites were mothballed. As we approached the end of lockdown, we began to return employees from furlough and the business proactively sought to recruit additional resource as quickly as possible, in many cases in advance of processing requirements. As well as utilising traditional recruitment channels, we used social media and direct mailings to ensure that we reached as many potential employees as possible. This, combined with our strong reputation local to our sites, has meant we have been successful in recruiting the operational employees we require. We have successfully recruited over 700 new employees in the period to date. Recruitment has been more challenging than was anticipated and the competition for labour in the employment market generally has resulted in increased costs of production.

Our Stalbridge, South West Laundry and London Linen brands have seen a strong recovery of volumes since the lifting of hospitality venue restrictions in April and May. A strategic marketing campaign was timed to coincide with hospitality reopening and this has resulted in a significant number of new sales in the second quarter. The outlook continues to be positive as the sales pipeline remains strong.

New boiler installations during 2021 in Glasgow and Milborne Port will deliver more efficient steam generation, whilst a complete rewire of our Grantham factory will also reduce utility consumption. New ironing lines being installed in Sturminster Newton and Southall will maintain and improve quality, replacing obsolete and high maintenance machinery.

Within Hotel Linen, 2021 commenced with the ongoing effect of the national lockdown impacting upon volume and customer demand. Whilst a significant number of hotels remained closed, many remained open for key workers, particularly in the city centre locations as well as a number of customers continuing to act as quarantine hotels. During the quieter winter months, we continued to maintain service and manage costs and also benefited from the ability to furlough and flexi-furlough employees which helped to reduce costs whilst continuing to protect jobs for those employees who have remained with us.

Our local engineering teams fully utilised the quieter period to complete both essential and planned maintenance schedules and plan for the reopening of the business.

In addition, we continued with the upgrade and installation of our laundry management IT platform with eight of our nine sites now utilising the new system. The final site will be upgraded later this year once the busy summer season is over. Following some successful trials, and to further enhance the overall customer experience, we plan to roll out a new web-based customer portal system to an increasing number of customers over the coming months. The portal will allow customers to benefit from moving to online ordering and invoicing and a greater ability to automate the linen management process.

We also commissioned our new GBP10 million production facility in Leeds which is a long-term investment to increase capacity across the Yorkshire and North East markets. Whilst the site will take a period to reach optimum productivity and capacity, we are confident of the strategic importance of the site. We anticipate that we will deliver long-term operational success by balancing volume and demand across our network of nine sites.

With the ending of the national lockdown and some uncertainty over potential business in the coming months, we were encouraged by the resilience of domestic consumer demand with a quicker recovery than we, and our customer base, had anticipated. Operationally, the significant incremental increases initially caused some service challenges as we attempted to match resource to demand. These challenges were experienced across the whole laundry sector. We have, however, since returned our service levels to a more normalised level and we wish to pay tribute to the dedication and hard work of our people who rose to the challenge and worked tirelessly to re-engage with customers and help meet demand.

We continue to benefit from ongoing sales and referrals for new business, especially from new build hotels where the strength of our longstanding reputation for service and quality continue to help us win additional new business from current and new customers.

EMPLOYEES

Our employees are the foundation of our business and the past months have been extremely challenging for each and every one of them. The Board would like to thank them for their support, hard work and significant contribution to the business through these difficult times.

RESETTING AND REFRESHING OUR SUSTAINABILITY APPROACH

Our Head of Sustainability, who brings with her over 15 years of experience in developing and embedding sustainability strategies, joined the Group in April 2021.

We are currently developing our refreshed sustainability strategy, which we intend to apply across the Group. The strategy will detail the long-term commitments we are making to address our impacts and will enable us to measure our future performance by developing and setting targets in key priority areas. Whilst we are in the early stages of this process, we are already clear that, to us, the term Sustainability must be used in the widest possible way to encompass all our environmental and social impacts and governance requirements.

Key Priorities and Ongoing Activities

Whilst we are still developing our strategy, we have already identified some of our key priorities which will be reflected within it and these include:

-- transition to a low carbon organisation;

-- a Group wide approach to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I);

-- a framework for engaging and managing our supply chain to ensure alignment with our sustainability vision and goals;

-- a model for reducing our waste to landfill which will include policies on end of life textile management opportunities and moving towards elimination of single use plastics; and

-- a continuation of the focus on increasing water and energy recycling.

A selection of some of the ongoing projects and initiatives we have undertaken since our last report include:

-- We continue to trial a wastewater recycling solution at one of our HORECA sites. This reverse osmosis method utilises hollow fibre ceramic technology to allow for increased repeated use of wash water. Early results were encouraging and we now await the final stage conclusions.

-- We have reviewed our company car policy and are trialing several electric vehicle options for those who are due to renew their cars this year. At this stage electric vehicles are a voluntary option however, if their deployment during this trial period proves successful to both the organisation and our colleagues, we anticipate a transitional EV Company Car policy to be implemented over the coming months.

-- We are now part of the Prince's Responsible Business Network having become members of Business in the Community. This membership illustrates our commitment to learning and developing our sustainability knowledge and practices and our aim of becoming a leader for our industry.

-- An Employee Engagement survey will be undertaken across the Group to allow all of our employees the opportunity to contribute to the business.

OUTLOOK

Whilst HORECA volumes still remain less predictable than in the past, primarily as a result of ongoing uncertainties around travel and other restrictions, since the end of June we have continued to experience increased demand across our sites. We anticipate that, in the absence of further lockdowns or local restrictions, volumes will continue to improve over the coming months.

Along with many other businesses, we are seeing inflationary pressures on some of our costs. However, our existing scale and focus on operational excellence means we are well placed to address these challenges proactively without compromising our market share opportunity.

It remains difficult to give guidance for the coming months but, in the absence of increased restrictions, we expect that we will announce results for the year towards the higher end of current market expectations.

We continue to take proactive actions to adapt our operations and we remain confident in our medium and long-term growth prospects. We also anticipate that there will continue to be further opportunities for consolidation of the market and, given our strong balance sheet, we look forward to taking advantage of opportunities as they arise.

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements comply with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ('DTR') of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority in respect of the requirement to produce a half-yearly financial report. The interim report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the Directors.

The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

-- this financial information has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the United Kingdom;

-- this interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and

-- this interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related party transactions and changes therein).

The Directors of Johnson Service Group PLC are listed in the Johnson Service Group PLC Annual Report for 2020 and remain unchanged with the exception of the retirement of Bill Shannon on 5 May 2021. Details of the Directors are available on the Johnson Service Group PLC website: www.jsg.com

By order of the Board

   Peter Egan                                            Yvonne Monaghan 
   Chief Executive Officer                          Chief Financial Officer 
   1 September 2021                                  1 September 2021 

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in these condensed consolidated interim financial statements constitute forward-looking statements. Any statement in this document that is not a statement of historical fact including, without limitation, those regarding the Company's future expectations, operations, financial performance, financial condition and business is a forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, among other factors, changing economic, financial, business or other market conditions. These and other factors could adversely affect the outcome and financial effects of the plans and events described in these condensed consolidated interim financial statements. As a result, you are cautioned not to place reliance on such forward-looking statements. Nothing in this document should be construed as a profit forecast.

Consolidated Income Statement

 
                                                       Half year  Half year    Year ended 
                                                              to         to   31 December 
                                                         30 June    30 June          2020 
                                                            2021       2020          GBPm 
                                                 Note       GBPm       GBPm 
 
Revenue                                          2          99.6      114.8         229.8 
Operating loss                                   2        (12.4)     (15.5)        (27.4) 
 
Operating loss before amortisation of 
 intangible 
 assets (excluding software amortisation) 
 and exceptional items                                     (9.6)      (9.5)        (12.1) 
 
Amortisation of intangible assets (excluding 
 software amortisation)                                    (5.4)      (5.5)        (11.0) 
Exceptional items                                3 
 
  *    Restructuring costs                                     -          -         (5.8) 
 
  *    Insurance claims                                      2.6          -           2.5 
 
  *    Impairment losses re insurance claims                   -      (0.5)         (1.0) 
Operating loss                                   2        (12.4)     (15.5)        (27.4) 
 
Finance cost                                     4         (1.6)      (3.1)         (4.9) 
 
Loss before taxation                                      (14.0)     (18.6)        (32.3) 
 
Taxation credit                                  7           3.1        2.5           5.2 
 
Loss for the period attributable to equity 
 holders                                                  (10.9)     (16.1)        (27.1) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Loss per share                                   8 
Basic loss per share                                      (2.5p)     (4.2p)        (6.6p) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Diluted loss per share                                    (2.5p)     (4.2p)        (6.6p) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Adjusted basic loss per share                             (1.9p)     (2.8p)        (3.4p) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Adjusted diluted loss per share                           (1.9p)     (2.8p)        (3.4p) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 
                                                                              Restated 
                                                             Half year to    Half year    Year ended 
                                                                  30 June   to 30 June   31 December 
                                                                     2021         2020          2020 
                                                  Note               GBPm         GBPm          GBPm 
 
Loss for the period                                                (10.9)       (16.1)        (27.1) 
-----------------------------------------------------------   -----------  -----------  ------------ 
 
Items that will not be subsequently 
 reclassified to profit or loss 
                  Re-measurement and 
                   experience gains 
                   / (losses) on 
                   post-employment benefit 
   -               obligations                      14                5.7        (2.6)         (9.4) 
                   Taxation in respect of re-measurement 
   -                and experience (gains) / losses                 (1.5)          0.5           1.7 
   Change in deferred tax due to change in 
    tax rate                                                          0.7          0.2           0.2 
Items that may be subsequently reclassified 
 to profit or loss 
                                          - fair value gain 
                   Cash flow hedges        / 
   -               (net of taxation)       (loss)                     0.8        (2.8)         (2.9) 
                          - transfers to administrative 
                          expenses                                    0.2          0.9           1.8 
                                          - transfers to 
                                           finance 
                                           cost                         -          0.7           0.6 
----------------------------------------  -----------------  ------------  -----------  ------------ 
Other comprehensive income / (loss) for 
 the period                                                           5.9        (3.1)         (8.0) 
----------------------------------------------------------- 
Total comprehensive loss for the period                             (5.0)       (19.2)        (35.1) 
-----------------------------------------------------------  ------------  -----------  ------------ 
 
 

The notes on pages 15 to 30 form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity

 
                                                                        Capital               Restated 
                                      Share      Share     Merger    Redemption      Hedge    Retained     Total 
                                    Capital    Premium    Reserve       Reserve    Reserve    Earnings    Equity 
                                       GBPm       GBPm       GBPm          GBPm       GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
 Restated balance at 1 
  January 2020                         37.0       16.1        1.6           0.6      (0.5)       152.7     207.5 
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Loss for the period                      -          -          -             -          -      (16.1)    (16.1) 
 Other comprehensive loss 
  for the period                          -          -          -             -      (1.2)       (1.9)     (3.1) 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive loss 
  for the period                          -          -          -             -      (1.2)      (18.0)    (19.2) 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Share options (value 
  of employee services)                   -          -          -             -          -         0.5       0.5 
 Deferred tax on share 
  options                                 -          -          -             -          -       (0.3)     (0.3) 
 Issue of share capital                 7.4          -          -             -          -        75.3      82.7 
 Transactions with Shareholders 
  recognised directly in 
  Shareholders' equity                  7.4          -          -             -          -        75.5      82.9 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 Balance at 30 June 2020               44.4       16.1        1.6           0.6      (1.7)       210.2     271.2 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Loss for the period                      -          -          -             -          -      (11.0)    (11.0) 
 Other comprehensive income 
  / (loss) for the period                 -          -          -             -        0.7       (5.6)     (4.9) 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive income 
  / (loss) for the period                 -          -          -             -        0.7      (16.6)    (15.9) 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Share options (value 
  of employee services)                   -          -          -             -          -       (0.1)     (0.1) 
 Deferred tax on share 
  options                                 -          -          -             -          -         0.1       0.1 
 Issue of share capital                   -        0.2          -             -          -           -       0.2 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 Transactions with Shareholders 
  recognised directly in 
  Shareholders' equity                    -          -          -             -          -           -       0.2 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 Balance at 31 December 
  2020                                 44.4       16.3        1.6           0.6      (1.0)       193.6     255.5 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Loss for the period                      -          -          -             -          -      (10.9)    (10.9) 
 Other comprehensive income 
  for the period                          -          -          -             -        1.0         4.9       5.9 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 Total comprehensive income 
  / (loss) for the period                 -          -          -             -        1.0       (6.0)     (5.0) 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Share options (value 
  of employee services)                   -          -          -             -          -         0.4       0.4 
 Purchase of own shares 
  by EBT                                  -          -          -             -          -       (0.1)     (0.1) 
 Issue of share capital                 0.1        0.5          -             -          -           -       0.6 
 Transactions with Shareholders 
  recognised directly in 
  Shareholders' equity                  0.1        0.5          -             -          -         0.3       0.9 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 Balance at 30 June 2021               44.5       16.8        1.6           0.6          -       187.9     251.4 
--------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ------------  ---------  ----------  -------- 
 
 

The Group has an Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) to administer share plans and to acquire shares, using funds contributed by the Group, to meet commitments to employee share schemes. As at 30 June 2021, the EBT held 9,024 shares (June 2020: 8,388 shares; December 2020: 8,388 shares).

Consolidated Balance Sheet

 
                                                         Restated 
                                                  As at     As at          As at 
                                                30 June   30 June    31 December 
                                                   2021      2020           2020 
                                                   GBPm      GBPm           GBPm 
                                        Note 
Non-current assets 
Goodwill                                9         130.9     130.5          130.9 
Intangible assets                       10         22.3      32.8           27.7 
Property, plant and equipment           11        112.4     108.8          107.2 
Right-of-use assets                     12         36.1      37.9           38.5 
Textile rental items                    13         39.4      44.6           35.6 
Trade and other receivables                         0.2       0.8            0.4 
Deferred income tax assets                          0.8       2.3              - 
                                                  342.1     357.7          340.3 
------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------  ------------- 
 
Current assets 
Inventories                                         1.2       1.9            1.4 
Trade and other receivables                        43.0      35.3           31.3 
Current income tax assets                           2.5       2.3            3.0 
Cash and cash equivalents                           6.8       7.3            7.8 
                                                   53.5      46.8           43.5 
------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------  ------------- 
 
Current liabilities 
Trade and other payables                           77.8      64.2           64.8 
Borrowings                                          8.6       7.4            1.0 
Lease liabilities                                   5.2       5.7            5.5 
Derivative financial liabilities                    0.1       0.8            0.1 
Provisions                                          1.7       1.0            2.0 
                                                   93.4      79.1           73.4 
------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------  ------------- 
 
Non-current liabilities 
Post-employment benefit obligations     14          8.3       9.0           14.9 
Deferred income tax liabilities                       -       5.8            1.2 
Trade and other payables                            0.9       1.2            0.4 
Borrowings                                          7.0         -              - 
Lease liabilities                                  32.9      34.0           35.1 
Derivative financial liabilities                    0.2       2.1            2.0 
Provisions                                          1.5       2.1            1.3 
                                                   50.8      54.2           54.9 
------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------  ------------- 
NET ASSETS                                        251.4     271.2          255.5 
------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------  ------------- 
 
Capital and reserves attributable to the 
 Company's Shareholders 
Share capital                           15         44.5      44.4           44.4 
Share premium                                      16.8      16.1           16.3 
Merger reserve                                      1.6       1.6            1.6 
Capital redemption reserve                          0.6       0.6            0.6 
Hedge reserve                                         -     (1.7)          (1.0) 
Retained earnings                                 187.9     210.2          193.6 
------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------  ------------- 
Total equity                                      251.4     271.2          255.5 
------------------------------------  ------  ---------  --------  ------------- 
 

The notes on pages 15 to 30 form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements. The condensed consolidated interim financial statements on pages 11 to 30 were approved by the Board of Directors on 1 September 2021 and signed on its behalf by:

Yvonne Monaghan

Chief Financial Officer

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 
                                                      Half year  Half year    Year ended 
                                                             to         to   31 December 
                                                        30 June    30 June          2020 
                                                           2021       2020          GBPm 
                                                Note       GBPm       GBPm 
Cash flows from operating activities 
Loss for the period                                      (10.9)     (16.1)        (27.1) 
Adjustments for: 
   Taxation credit                              7         (3.1)      (2.5)         (5.2) 
   Total finance 
    cost                                                    1.6        3.1           4.9 
   Depreciation                                            26.4       34.3          66.2 
   Amortisation                                             5.5        5.6          11.2 
   Loss on disposal of tangible fixed 
    assets                                                  0.1        0.5           0.8 
   Loss on disposal of textile rental 
    items                                                     -          -           0.2 
   Decrease in inventories                                  0.2        0.4           0.9 
   (Increase) / decrease in trade and 
    other receivables                                    (11.7)       19.4          23.7 
   Increase / (decrease) in trade and 
    other payables                                          4.1      (3.0)         (0.2) 
   Deficit recovery payments in respect 
    of post-employment benefit obligations                (0.9)      (0.9)         (1.9) 
   Share-based payments                                     0.4        0.5           0.4 
   Commodity swaps not qualifying as 
    hedges                                                (0.3)          -           0.3 
   Exceptional items relating to investing 
    activities                                            (2.6)          -         (2.5) 
   (Decrease) / increase in provisions                    (0.2)        0.3           0.2 
--------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Cash generated from operations                              8.6       41.6          71.9 
Interest paid                                             (1.7)      (2.4)         (4.0) 
Taxation received / (paid)                                  0.5      (4.3)         (3.4) 
--------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
Net cash generated from operating 
 activities                                                 7.4       34.9          64.5 
--------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Cash flows from investing activities 
Acquisition of business (net of cash 
 and cash equivalents acquired)                 16        (0.8)      (0.7)         (0.9) 
Purchase of other intangible assets             10            -      (1.3)         (1.2) 
Purchase of property, plant and equipment                 (8.4)      (8.0)        (20.4) 
Proceeds from insurance claims                              2.6          -           2.5 
Purchase of software                                      (0.3)      (0.5)         (1.0) 
Proceeds from sale of property, plant 
 and equipment                                                -          -           0.2 
Purchase of textile rental items                         (14.6)     (17.6)        (28.1) 
Proceeds received in respect of special 
 charges                                                    0.8        1.0           2.1 
Net cash used in investing activities                    (20.7)     (27.1)        (46.8) 
--------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Cash flows from financing activities 
Proceeds from borrowings                                   10.0       58.0          58.0 
Repayments of borrowings                                  (3.0)    (143.0)       (143.0) 
Capital element of leases                                 (2.9)      (3.0)         (6.1) 
Purchase of own shares by EBT                             (0.1)          -             - 
Net proceeds from issue of Ordinary 
 shares                                                     0.6       82.7          82.9 
Net cash generated from / (used in) 
 financing activities                                       4.6      (5.3)         (8.2) 
--------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Net (decrease) / increase in cash 
 and cash equivalents                                     (8.7)        2.5           9.5 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning 
 of the period                                              6.6      (2.9)         (2.9) 
--------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
Cash and cash equivalents at end 
 of the period                                  18        (2.1)      (0.4)           6.6 
--------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 
Cash and cash equivalents comprise: 
Cash                                                        6.8        7.3           7.8 
Overdraft                                                 (8.9)      (7.7)         (1.2) 
Cash and cash equivalents at end 
 of the period                                            (2.1)      (0.4)           6.6 
--------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ---------  ------------ 
 

The notes on pages 15 to 30 form an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

Johnson Service Group PLC (the 'Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') provide textile rental and related services across the UK.

The Company is incorporated and domiciled in the UK, its registered number is 523335 and the address of its registered office is Johnson House, Abbots Park, Monks Way, Preston Brook, Cheshire, WA7 3GH. The Company is a public limited company and has its primary listing on the AIM division of the London Stock Exchange.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements were authorised for issue by the Board on 1 September 2021.

   1       BASIS OF PREPARATION 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements of the Group are for the half year ended 30 June 2021. They have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the United Kingdom.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have not been reviewed or audited, nor do they comprise statutory accounts for the purpose of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006, and do not include all of the information or disclosures required in the annual financial statements and should therefore be read in conjunction with the Group's 2020 Annual Report and Accounts, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.

Financial information for the year ended 31 December 2020 included herein is derived from the statutory accounts for that year, which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' report on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain a statement under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

Other than as described in note 23, financial information for the half year ended 30 June 2020 included herein is derived from the condensed consolidated interim financial statements for that period.

Going Concern Assessment

The current and plausible future impact of COVID-19 and the related macroeconomic environment on the Group's activities and performance has been considered by the Board in preparing its going concern assessment. The Group has prepared a Base Case scenario, reflecting an initial set of assumptions around financial projections and trading performance, together with various, more pessimistic, expectations for market developments over the remainder of 2021 and 2022 to reflect subdued trading conditions.

After considering the current financial scenarios, the severe but plausible sensitivities and the facilities available to the Group, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources for its operational needs, will remain in compliance with the financial covenants set out in the bank facility agreement and will continue in operation for at least the next 12 months from the date of approving the condensed consolidated interim financial statements. As a consequence, and having reassessed the principal risks and uncertainties, the Directors considered it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

The process and key judgements in coming to this conclusion are set out below. The Board is required to assess going concern at each reporting period. These assessments are significantly more difficult currently given the uncertainties about the impact of COVID-19 on the markets in which we operate. The level of judgement to be applied has therefore increased considerably. The Directors have considered three main factors in reaching their conclusions on going concern, as set out below.

   1)      Cash Flows and Sensitivity Analysis 

In assessing going concern, the Directors considered a variety of scenarios in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. These scenarios are not the forecasts of the Company but are designed to stress test liquidity and covenant compliance. EBITDA used within the scenarios is that used for bank covenant purposes which, for 2021, is defined as adjusted operating profit before property, plant and equipment depreciation, rental stock depreciation and software amortisation. In 2022, the definition is amended to also exclude right of use asset depreciation. The three most relevant scenarios, in ascending order of severity, reviewed to test going concern are as follows:

Base Case Scenario

This scenario assumes that the HORECA market continues to improve following the full lifting of restrictions on 19 July 2021. Volumes in June were over 70% of normal and are assumed to continue to increase month on month thereafter, reaching between 80% and 90% of normalised levels by December 2021, such range reflecting the nuances of specific sub-markets within the overall HORECA market, for example, restaurants, hotels and contract catering. Further modest monthly increases are then assumed throughout 2022.

Limited Social Distancing Measures Scenario

This scenario assumes summer trading in line with the Base Case, but with the winter months seeing a return to restrictions akin to those in place during June 2021 i.e. hotels and indoor hospitality are open but are limited to table service and a maximum group of six. Volumes processed within HORECA have, therefore, been reduced to some 70% of normal activity, such level of activity being that which was achieved in June 2021. For the purpose of this scenario, these restrictions are assumed to be in place for the six months from October 2021 through to March 2022 inclusive.

Severe but Plausible Scenario

Given the ongoing and successful vaccine rollout, a full lockdown scenario is not envisaged. Instead, this scenario builds upon the 'Limited Social Distancing Measures' scenario above, by introducing further restrictions during the winter. Management have assumed that during the months of December 2021 to February 2022, hotels are closed and only outdoor hospitality is permitted resulting in subdued volumes, based upon a percentage of normalised activity, in-line with that achieved prior to the opening of hotels and indoor hospitality on 17 May 2021. Volumes in October 2021, November 2021 and March 2022 are as per the 'Limited Social Distancing Measures' scenario above.

   2)      Covenants 

As previously announced, in addition to extending its bank facilities in May 2020, the Group also renegotiated its banking covenants such that the pre-existing covenants were replaced, up to and including until the December 2021 covenant test date, with a maximum net debt and a minimum EBITDA threshold. From March 2022, the covenants will revert to a leverage and interest covenant test.

In all three scenarios above, the financial projections indicate that the Group would remain in compliance with the financial covenants in its bank facilities. A decline in underlying EBIT / EBITDA well in excess of that contemplated in the scenarios would need to persist throughout the period for a covenant breach to occur. The Directors do not consider such a scenario plausible.

The Group also has a number of mitigating actions under its control (not all of which were included in the scenarios) including minimising capital expenditure to critical requirements, further reducing levels of discretionary spend and rationalising its overhead base in order to be able to meet the covenant tests.

   3)      Liquidity 

The Group extended its committed debt facilities in May 2020. The facilities comprise a GBP135 million revolving credit facility, which matures in August 2023, together with an additional GBP40 million revolving credit facility, which is due to mature in May 2022 but which may be extended for a further one year, subject to lender approval. Quarterly covenant tests allow for maximum bank borrowings of GBP155 million at each quarter end through to September 2021, reducing to GBP145 million for the quarter ending December 2021. Thereafter, the maximum net debt covenant falls away and is effectively replaced with a leverage covenant. The bank facilities available to the Group provide ample liquidity in all scenarios modelled.

   2              SEGMENT ANALYSIS 

Segment information is presented in respect of the Group's operating segments, which are based on the Group's management and internal reporting structure as at 30 June 2021. These segments are the same as those included within the 2020 Annual Report and Accounts.

The chief operating decision-maker has been identified as the Board of Directors (the 'Board'). The Board reviews the Group's internal reporting in order to assess performance and allocate resources. The Board determines the operating segments based on these reports and on the internal reporting structure. For reporting purposes, in accordance with IFRS 8, the Board aggregates operating segments with similar economic characteristics and conditions into reporting segments, which form the basis of the reporting in the Annual Report and Accounts. The Board has identified two main reporting segments, being Workwear and Hotel, Restaurant and Catering ('HORECA'). Discontinued Operations are reported separately. Results, assets, liabilities and other information not included within Workwear, HORECA or Discontinued Operations are reported separately within All Other Segments.

The Board assesses the performance of the reporting segments based on a measure of operating profit, both including and excluding the effects of non-recurring items from the reporting segments, such as restructuring costs and impairments when the impairment is the result of an isolated, non-recurring or non-operating event. Segment results include items directly attributable to a segment as well as those that can be allocated on a reasonable basis. Any right-of-use assets, lease liabilities and depreciation relating to internal property leases with Johnson Group Properties PLC are eliminated on consolidation. Interest income and expenditure are not included in the result for each reporting segment that is reviewed by the Board.

Other information provided to the Board is measured in a manner consistent with that in the financial statements. Segment assets exclude deferred income tax assets, current income tax assets and cash and cash equivalents, all of which are managed on a central basis. Segment liabilities include non-bank borrowings but exclude bank borrowings, derivative financial liabilities, post-employment benefit obligations and deferred income tax liabilities, all of which are managed on a central basis. These balances are part of the reconciliation to total assets and liabilities.

The reporting segment results for the half year ended 30 June 2021, together with comparative figures, are as follows:

 
                                                                                                        All Other 
 Half year to 30 June 2021                                                          Workwear   HORECA    Segments     Total 
                                                                                        GBPm     GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
 
 Revenue 
 Rendering of services                                                                  63.0     35.1           -      98.1 
 Sale of goods                                                                           1.5        -           -       1.5 
-----------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
                                                                                        64.5     35.1           -      99.6 
-----------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Operating profit / (loss) before amortisation 
  of intangible assets (excluding software 
  amortisation)                                                                         11.2   (18.2)       (2.6)     (9.6) 
 Amortisation of intangible assets 
  (excluding software amortisation)                                                        -    (5.4)           -     (5.4) 
 Exceptional items                                                                       2.6        -           -       2.6 
 Operating profit / (loss)                                                              13.8   (23.6)       (2.6)    (12.4) 
 Finance costs                                                                                                        (1.6) 
 Loss before taxation                                                                                                (14.0) 
 Taxation                                                                                                               3.1 
-----------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 Loss for the period attributable 
  to equity holders                                                                                                  (10.9) 
 
                                                                     Discontinued                       All Other 
                                                                       Operations   Workwear   HORECA    Segments     Total 
                                                                             GBPm       GBPm     GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
 Balance sheet information 
 Segment assets                                                                 -      138.6    245.7         1.2     385.5 
 Unallocated assets: Deferred income 
  tax assets                                                                                                            0.8 
                                                 Current income tax assets                                              2.5 
  Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                             6.8 
 Total assets                                                                                                         395.6 
-----------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Segment liabilities                                                        (3.7)     (49.7)   (62.9)       (3.7)   (120.0) 
 Unallocated liabilities: Bank 
  borrowings                                                                                                         (15.6) 
                                                Deferred income                                                           - 
                                                tax liabilities 
                                                Derivative 
                                                 financial 
                                                 liabilities                                                          (0.3) 
                                                Post-employment 
                                                 benefit 
                                                 obligations                                                          (8.3) 
------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 Total liabilities                                                                                                  (144.2) 
-----------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 
                                                                     Discontinued                       All Other 
                                                                       Operations   Workwear   HORECA    Segments     Total 
                                                                             GBPm       GBPm     GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
 Other information 
 Non-current asset additions 
 - Property, plant and equipment                                                -        9.2      4.0           -      13.2 
 - Right of use assets                                                          -          -      0.2           -       0.2 
 - Textile rental items                                                         -        9.7     10.3           -      20.0 
 - Intangible software                                                          -        0.1        -           -       0.1 
 Depreciation and amortisation 
  expense 
 - Property, plant and equipment                                                -        2.5      5.4           -       7.9 
 - Right of use assets                                                          -        1.1      2.0           -       3.1 
 - Textile rental items                                                         -        8.1      7.3           -      15.4 
 - Intangible software                                                          -        0.1        -           -       0.1 
 - Customer contracts                                                           -          -      5.4           -       5.4 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                              All Other 
   Half year to 30 June 2020                                                              Workwear   HORECA    Segments       Total 
                                                                                              GBPm     GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
 
 Revenue 
 Rendering of services                                                                        63.4     50.2           -       113.6 
 Sale of goods                                                                                 1.2        -           -         1.2 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
                                                                                              64.6     50.2           -       114.8 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Operating profit / (loss) before amortisation 
  of intangible assets (excluding software 
  amortisation)                                                                               11.6   (18.8)       (2.3)       (9.5) 
 Amortisation of intangible assets (excluding 
  software amortisation)                                                                     (0.1)    (5.4)           -       (5.5) 
 Exceptional items                                                                           (0.5)        -           -       (0.5) 
 Operating profit / (loss)                                                                    11.0   (24.2)       (2.3)      (15.5) 
 Finance cost                                                                                                                 (3.1) 
 Loss before taxation                                                                                                        (18.6) 
 Taxation                                                                                                                       2.5 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 Loss for the period attributable 
  to equity holders                                                                                                          (16.1) 
 
                                                                           Discontinued                       All Other    Restated 
                                                                             Operations   Workwear   HORECA    Segments       Total 
                                                                                   GBPm       GBPm     GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
 Balance sheet information 
 Segment assets                                                                       -      138.9    250.9         2.8       392.6 
 Unallocated assets: Deferred income 
  tax assets                                                                                                                    2.3 
                                                 Current income tax assets                                                      2.3 
  Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                     7.3 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  ---------  -------  ---------- 
 Total assets                                                                                                                 404.5 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 Segment liabilities                                                              (3.4)     (44.6)   (54.2)       (6.0)     (108.2) 
 Unallocated liabilities: Bank 
  borrowings                                                                                                                  (7.4) 
                                                Deferred income tax 
                                                 liabilities                                                                  (5.8) 
                                                Derivative financial 
                                                 liabilities                                                                  (2.9) 
                                                Post-employment benefit 
                                                 obligations                                                                  (9.0) 
------------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 Total liabilities                                                                                                          (133.3) 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------   -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  ---------- 
 
                                                                           Discontinued                       All Other 
                                                                             Operations   Workwear   HORECA    Segments       Total 
                                                                                   GBPm       GBPm     GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
 Other information 
 Non-current asset additions 
 - Property, plant and equipment                                                      -        3.1     10.2           -        13.3 
 - Right of use assets                                                                -        0.4      0.8           -         1.2 
 - Textile rental items                                                               -        7.6      4.2           -        11.8 
 - Intangible software                                                                -        0.4        -           -         0.4 
 - Customer contracts                                                                 -          -      1.3           -         1.3 
 Depreciation and amortisation 
  expense 
 - Property, plant and equipment                                                      -        2.5      5.5           -         8.0 
 - Right of use assets                                                                -        1.0      2.2         0.1         3.3 
 - Textile rental items                                                               -        9.2     13.8           -        23.0 
 - Intangible software                                                                -        0.1        -           -         0.1 
 - Customer contracts                                                                 -        0.1      5.4           -         5.5 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                  All Other 
 Year ended 31 December 2020                                                                  Workwear   HORECA    Segments     Total 
                                                                                                  GBPm     GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
 
 Revenue 
 Rendering of services                                                                           127.1    100.3           -     227.4 
 Sale of goods                                                                                     2.4        -           -       2.4 
---------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
                                                                                                 129.5    100.3           -     229.8 
---------------------------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Operating profit / (loss) before amortisation 
  of intangible 
  assets (excluding software amortisation) 
  and exceptional items                                                                           23.3   (31.5)       (3.9)    (12.1) 
 Amortisation of intangible assets (excluding 
  software amortisation)                                                                         (0.1)   (10.9)           -    (11.0) 
 Exceptional items                                                                               (0.1)    (4.2)           -     (4.3) 
 Operating profit / (loss)                                                                        23.1   (46.6)       (3.9)    (27.4) 
 Finance cost                                                                                                                   (4.9) 
 Loss before taxation                                                                                                          (32.3) 
 Taxation                                                                                                                         5.2 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 Loss for the period attributable 
  to equity holders                                                                                                            (27.1) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 
                                                                               Discontinued                       All Other 
                                                                                 Operations   Workwear   HORECA    Segments     Total 
                                                                                       GBPm       GBPm     GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
 Balance sheet information 
 Segment assets                                                                           -      132.1    239.1         1.8     373.0 
 Unallocated assets: Deferred 
  income tax assets                                                                                                               3.0 
                                                Cash and cash 
                                                 equivalents                                                                      7.8 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------  ---  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 Total assets                                                                                                                   383.8 
--------------------------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 
 Segment liabilities                                                                  (3.5)     (47.1)   (55.0)       (3.5)   (109.1) 
 Unallocated liabilities: Bank 
  borrowings                                                                                                                    (1.0) 
                                                Derivative financial 
                                                 liabilities                                                                    (2.1) 
                                                Post-employment benefit 
                                                 obligations                                                                   (14.9) 
                                                Deferred income tax 
                                                 liabilities                                                                    (1.2) 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 Total liabilities                                                                                                            (128.3) 
--------------------------------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  ---------  -------  ----------  -------- 
 
                                                                               Discontinued                       All Other 
                                                                                 Operations   Workwear   HORECA    Segments     Total 
                                                                                       GBPm       GBPm     GBPm        GBPm      GBPm 
 Other information 
 Non-current asset additions 
 - Property, plant and equipment                                                          -        6.0     14.7           -      20.7 
 - Right of use assets                                                                    -        3.4      1.8           -       5.2 
 - Textile rental items                                                                   -       14.1      9.8           -      23.9 
 - Intangible software                                                                    -        1.0        -           -       1.0 
 - Customer contracts                                                                     -          -      1.2           -       1.2 
 Depreciation, impairment 
  and amortisation expense 
 - Property, plant and equipment                                                          -        5.3     11.2           -      16.5 
 - Right of use assets depreciation                                                       -        2.2      4.5         0.1       6.8 
 - Right of use assets impairment                                                         -        0.1        -           -       0.1 
 - Textile rental items depreciation                                                      -       17.7     24.5           -      42.2 
 - Textile rental items impairment                                                        -          -      0.6           -       0.6 
 - Intangible software                                                                    -        0.2        -           -       0.2 
 - Customer contracts                                                                     -        0.1     10.9           -      11.0 
 
 
 
 
   3              EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS 
 
                                    Half year   Half year     Year ended 
                                           to          to    31 December 
                                      30 June     30 June           2020 
                                         2021        2020 
                                         GBPm        GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Restructuring costs                        -           -          (5.8) 
 Insurance claims                         2.6           -            2.5 
 Impairment losses re insurance 
  claims                                    -       (0.5)          (1.0) 
 Total exceptional items                  2.6       (0.5)          (4.3) 
--------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ------------- 
 

Current year exceptional items

During the half year to 30 June 2021, further interim insurance proceeds of GBP2.0 million were received relating to a fire in January 2020 at a Workwear processing site. Final insurance proceeds of GBP0.6 million were also received relating to a flood in February 2020 at a further Workwear site.

Prior year exceptional items

Restructuring costs

In the prior year, restructuring costs included GBP4.7 million of redundancy costs relating to the realignment of the workforce in response to the impact of COVID-19 and GBP1.1 million in respect of the closure of the Workwear site in Newmarket, of which GBP0.4 million related to redundancy costs. There were no restructuring costs in the period to 30 June 2020.

Insurance claims and impairment losses

During the prior year, a Workwear processing site was destroyed as a result of a fire. Plant and equipment with a net book value of GBP0.5 million (charged in the period to 30 June 2020) and Textile Rental items with a net book value of GBP0.2 million were destroyed and were written off. Interim insurance proceeds of GBP1.5 million were also received.

A further Workwear processing site was damaged as a result of flooding during the prior year. Plant and equipment with a net book value of GBP0.3 million were written off. Interim insurance proceeds of GBP1.0 million were also received.

   4              FINANCE COST 
 
                                                   Half year to   Half year     Year ended 
                                                        30 June          to    31 December 
                                                           2021     30 June           2020 
                                                           GBPm        2020           GBPm 
                                                                       GBPm 
 
 Interest payable on bank loans 
  and overdrafts                                            0.6         1.3            2.0 
 Discontinuance of hedge accounting on interest 
  rate 
  swaps previously designated as cashflow 
  hedges                                                      -         0.6            0.6 
 (Gain) / loss on interest rate swaps not 
  qualifying as hedges                                    (0.1)           -            0.1 
 Amortisation of bank facility fees                         0.2         0.2            0.4 
 Finance costs on lease liabilities                         0.8         0.9            1.7 
 Notional interest on post-employment benefit 
  obligations                                               0.1         0.1            0.1 
                                                            1.6         3.1            4.9 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  ----------  ------------- 
 
 
   5               ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES (APMs) 
 
 Adjusted loss after taxation                    Half year   Half year     Year ended 
                                                        to          to    31 December 
                                                   30 June     30 June           2020 
                                                      2021        2020           GBPm 
                                                      GBPm        GBPm 
 
 Loss before taxation                               (14.0)      (18.6)         (32.3) 
 Amortisation of intangible assets (excluding 
  software amortisation)                               5.4         5.5           11.0 
 Exceptional items                                   (2.6)         0.5            4.3 
 Adjusted loss before taxation                      (11.2)      (12.6)         (17.0) 
 Taxation on adjusted loss                             2.6         2.2            3.2 
----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Adjusted loss after taxation                        (8.6)      (10.4)         (13.8) 
----------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 
 
 
 Adjusted EBITDA                               Half year   Half year     Year ended 
                                                      to          to    31 December 
                                                 30 June     30 June           2020 
                                                    2021        2020           GBPm 
                                                    GBPm        GBPm 
 
 Operating loss before amortisation 
  of intangible assets (excluding software 
  amortisation) and exceptional items              (9.6)       (9.5)         (12.1) 
 Software amortisation                               0.1         0.1            0.2 
 Property, plant and equipment depreciation          7.9         8.0           16.5 
 Right of use asset depreciation                     3.1         3.3            6.8 
 Textile rental items depreciation                  15.4        23.0           42.2 
--------------------------------------------              ----------  ------------- 
 Adjusted EBITDA                                    16.9        24.9           53.6 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 
 
   6              DIVIDS 

Whilst the Board recognises the importance of dividends to Shareholders, this has to be balanced with the impact that COVID-19 has had on our business. As previously guided, and in order to conserve cash resources in response to the pandemic, the Board does not propose to declare an interim dividend in respect of 2021, nor did it declare a dividend in respect of 2020. The Board will keep future dividends under review and will look to reinstate its dividend policy as trading returns to more normal levels.

   7              TAXATION 
 
                                          Half year   Half year     Year ended 
                                                 to          to    31 December 
                                            30 June     30 June           2020 
                                               2021        2020           GBPm 
                                               GBPm        GBPm 
 
 Current tax 
 UK corporation tax credit for the 
  period                                          -       (2.4)          (3.7) 
 Adjustment in relation to previous 
  periods                                         -       (0.1)          (0.4) 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Current tax credit for the period                -       (2.5)          (4.1) 
 
 Deferred tax 
 Origination and reversal of temporary 
  differences                                 (3.6)       (0.8)          (1.9) 
 Changes in statutory tax rate                  0.5         0.7            0.7 
 Adjustment in relation to previous 
  years                                           -         0.1            0.1 
 Deferred tax credit for the period           (3.1)           -          (1.1) 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Total credit for taxation included 
  in the income statement                     (3.1)       (2.5)          (5.2) 
---------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 

Taxation in relation to amortisation of intangible assets (excluding software amortisation) has increased the credit for taxation on continuing operations in the half year to 30 June 2021 by GBP0.6 million ( June 2020 : GBP0.3 million; December 2020 : GBP1.2 million). Taxation in relation to exceptional items in the half year to 30 June 2021 has reduced the credit by GBP0.1 million (June 2020: GBPnil; December 2020: GBP0.8 million increase to the credit).

During the half year to 30 June 2021, a GBP1.1 million charge relating to deferred taxation (June 2020: GBP0.4 million credit; December 2020: GBP1.7 million credit) has been recognised in other comprehensive income.

During the half year to 30 June 2021, GBPnil relating to deferred taxation (June 2020: GBP0.3 million charge; December 2020: GBP0.2 million charge) has been recognised directly in Shareholders' equity.

Reconciliation of effective tax rate

Taxation on non-exceptional items for the half year to 30 June 2021 is calculated based on the estimated average annual effective tax rate (excluding the impact of the capital allowances super-deduction) of 23.1% (June 2020: 16.7%; December 2020: 20.0%). This compares to the weighted average tax rate expected to be enacted or substantively enacted at the balance sheet date of 19.0% (June 2020: 19.0%; December 2020: 19.0%). Taxation on exceptional items is calculated based on the actual tax charge or credit for each specific item. The exclusion of the impact of the capital allowances super-deduction, which offers 130% first-year relief on qualifying main rate plant and machinery investments until 31 March 2023, is due to the additional 30% permanent difference on our Textile Rental items significantly distorting the estimated average annual effective rate. Instead the super deduction will be applied to the period from which it will impact the Group, the six months to 31 December 2021.

Changes to the UK corporation tax rates, which were substantively enacted as part of Finance Bill 2021 on 24 May 2021, include an increase to the main rate from 19% to 25% with effect from 1 April 2023. Deferred income taxes at the balance sheet date have been measured at the tax rate expected to be applicable at the date the deferred income tax assets and liabilities are realised. Management has performed an assessment, for all material deferred income tax assets and liabilities, to determine the period over which the deferred income tax assets and liabilities are forecast to be realised, which has resulted in an average deferred income tax rate of 22.3% being used to measure all deferred tax balances as at 30 June 2021 (June 2020: 19.0%; December 2020: 19.0%).

Further differences between the estimated average annual effective tax rate and statutory rate include, but are not limited to, the effect of non-deductible expenses. The adjustment for under or over provisions in previous years is recognised when the amounts are agreed.

   8              LOSS PER SHARE 
 
                                                 Half year     Half year            Year 
                                                        to            to           ended 
                                                   30 June       30 June     31 December 
                                                      2021          2020            2020 
                                                      GBPm          GBPm            GBPm 
 
 Loss for the period attributable to 
  Shareholders                                      (10.9)        (16.1)          (27.1) 
 Amortisation of intangible assets (net 
  of taxation)                                         4.8           5.2             9.8 
 Exceptional items (net of taxation)                 (2.5)           0.5             3.5 
 Adjusted loss attributable to Shareholders          (8.6)        (10.4)          (13.8) 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 
                                                    Number        Number          Number 
                                                 of shares     of shares       of shares 
 Weighted average number of Ordinary 
  shares                                       444,644,046   381,549,911     412,947,064 
 Potentially dilutive options*                     408,058       969,267         835,491 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 Fully diluted number of Ordinary shares       445,052,104   382,519,178     413,782,555 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 
                                                     Pence         Pence           Pence 
 Basic loss per share                            per share     per share       per share 
 Basic loss per share                               (2.5p)        (4.2p)          (6.6p) 
 Adjustment for amortisation of intangibles 
  assets                                              1.1p          1.4p            2.4p 
 Adjustment for exceptional items                   (0.5p)             -            0.8p 
 Adjusted basic loss per share                      (1.9p)        (2.8p)          (3.4p) 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 
 Diluted loss per share 
 Diluted loss per share                             (2.5p)        (4.2p)          (6.6p) 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 Adjustment for amortisation of intangibles 
  assets                                              1.1p          1.4p            2.4p 
 Adjustment for exceptional items                   (0.5p)             -            0.8p 
 Adjusted diluted loss per share                    (1.9p)        (2.8p)          (3.4p) 
--------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------  -------------- 
 

* Includes outstanding share options granted to employees.

Basic earnings per share is calculated using the weighted average number of Ordinary shares in issue during the year, excluding those held by the Employee Benefit Trust, based on the profit for the year attributable to Shareholders.

Adjusted earnings per share figures are given to exclude the effects of amortisation of intangible assets (excluding software amortisation) and exceptional items, all net of taxation, and are considered to show the underlying performance of the Group.

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of Ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all potentially dilutive Ordinary shares. The Company has potentially dilutive Ordinary shares arising from share options granted to employees. Options are dilutive under the SAYE scheme, where the exercise price together with the future IFRS 2 charge of the option is less than the average market price of the Company's Ordinary shares during the year. Options under the LTIP schemes, as defined by IFRS 2, are contingently issuable shares and are therefore only included within the calculation of diluted earnings per share if the performance conditions, as set out in the Directors' Remuneration Report within the 2020 Annual Report and Accounts, are satisfied at the end of the reporting period, irrespective of whether this is the end of the vesting period or not.

Potentially dilutive Ordinary shares are dilutive at the point, from a continuing operations level, when their conversion to Ordinary shares would decrease earnings per share or increase loss per share. For each period presented above, potentially dilutive Ordinary shares have not been treated as dilutive, as their inclusion in the diluted earnings per share calculation decreases the loss per share from continuing operations.

There were no events occurring after the balance sheet date that would have changed significantly the number of Ordinary shares or potentially dilutive Ordinary shares outstanding at the balance sheet date if those transactions had occurred before the end of the reporting period.

               9              GOODWILL 
 
                              As at      As at          As at 
                            30 June    30 June    31 December 
                               2021       2020           2020 
                               GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 Cost 
 Brought forward              130.9      130.5          130.5 
 Business combinations            -          -            0.4 
 Closing                      130.9      130.5          130.9 
------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 

In accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, goodwill is not amortised, but instead is tested at least annually for impairment and carried at cost less accumulated impairment losses.

Management have reviewed the indicators of impairment per IAS 36 and do not believe that any have been triggered since 31 December 2020 and, as such, no impairment review has been carried out as at 30 June 2021. In line with the requirements of IAS 36, a full impairment review will be performed during the second half of the year.

   10            INTANGIBLE ASSETS 

Capitalised software

 
                              As at      As at          As at 
                            30 June    30 June    31 December 
                               2021       2020           2020 
                               GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Opening net book value         2.7        1.9            1.9 
 Additions                      0.1        0.4            1.0 
 Amortisation                 (0.1)      (0.1)          (0.2) 
 Closing net book value         2.7        2.2            2.7 
------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------- 
 

Other intangible assets

 
                              As at      As at          As at 
                            30 June    30 June    31 December 
                               2021       2020           2020 
                               GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Opening net book value        25.0       34.8           34.8 
 Additions                        -        1.3            1.2 
 Amortisation                 (5.4)      (5.5)         (11.0) 
 Closing net book value        19.6       30.6           25.0 
------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------- 
 
 Total                         22.3       32.8           27.7 
------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------- 
 

Other intangibles assets comprise of customer contracts and relationships.

   11            PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 
 
                              As at      As at          As at 
                            30 June    30 June    31 December 
                               2021       2020           2020 
                               GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Opening net book value       107.2      104.0          104.0 
 Additions                     13.2       13.3           20.7 
 Depreciation                 (7.9)      (8.0)         (16.5) 
 Disposals                    (0.1)      (0.5)          (1.0) 
 Closing net book value       112.4      108.8          107.2 
------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------- 
 

CAPITAL COMMITMENTS

Orders placed for future capital expenditure contracted but not provided for in the financial statements are shown below:

 
                                     As at      As at          As at 
                                   30 June    30 June    31 December 
                                      2021       2020           2020 
                                      GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Software                                -        0.9            0.1 
 Property, plant and equipment        11.5        5.6           10.3 
-------------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------- 
 
   12            RIGHT OF USE ASSETS 
 
                                  As at      As at          As at 
                                30 June    30 June    31 December 
                                   2021       2020           2020 
                                   GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Opening net book value            38.5       39.0           39.0 
 Additions                          0.2        1.2            5.2 
 Reassessment/modifications         0.5        1.0            1.9 
 Depreciation                     (3.1)      (3.3)          (6.8) 
 Impairment                           -          -          (0.1) 
 Disposals                            -          -          (0.7) 
 Closing net book value            36.1       37.9           38.5 
----------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------- 
 
   13            TEXTILE RENTAL ITEMS 
 
                              As at      As at          As at 
                            30 June    30 June    31 December 
                               2021       2020           2020 
                               GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Opening net book value        35.6       56.8           56.8 
 Additions                     20.0       11.8           23.9 
 Depreciation                (15.4)     (23.0)         (42.2) 
 Impairment losses                -          -          (0.6) 
 Disposals                        -          -          (0.2) 
 Special charges              (0.8)      (1.0)          (2.1) 
 Closing net book value        39.4       44.6           35.6 
------------------------  ---------  ---------  ------------- 
 
   14            POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFIT OBLIGATIONS 

The Group has applied the requirements of IAS 19, 'Employee Benefits' to its employee pension schemes and post-employment healthcare benefits.

In the half year to 30 June 2021 deficit recovery payments of GBP0.9 million were paid by the Group to the defined benefit scheme ( June 2020 : GBP0.9 million; December 2020: GBP1.9 million).

Following discussions with the Group's appointed actuary, a re-measurement gain of GBP5.7 million has been recognised in the half year to 30 June 2021. The improvement in the position is due, in part, to a higher discount rate assumed on liabilities offset, to a lesser extent, by higher assumed inflation.

Within the Group's 2020 Interim Report and Accounts, disclosures were made in respect of the actuarial pension valuation as at 30 June 2020. As disclosed within note 25 of the Group's 2020 Annual Report and Accounts, on subsequent review of the support information provided for the purposes of the disclosure, an error was identified. The impact of the error was an overstatement of the fair value of scheme assets, as at 30 June 2020, by GBP10.3 million. Comparative figures have, therefore, been restated. For further details see note 23 of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

The post-employment benefit obligation and associated deferred income tax asset thereon are shown below:

 
                                                   Restated 
                                           As at      As at           As at 
                                         30 June    30 June     31 December 
                                            2021       2020            2020 
                                            GBPm       GBPm            GBPm 
 
 Post-employment benefit obligation        (8.3)      (9.0)          (14.9) 
 Deferred income tax asset thereon           1.9        1.7             2.8 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  -------------- 
                                           (6.4)      (7.3)          (12.1) 
------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  -------------- 
 

The reconciliation of the opening gross post-employment benefit obligation to the closing gross post-employment benefit obligation is shown below:

 
                                                           Restated 
                                                   As at      As at           As at 
                                                 30 June    30 June     31 December 
                                                    2021       2020            2020 
                                                    GBPm       GBPm            GBPm 
 
 Opening post-employment benefit obligation       (14.9)      (7.3)           (7.3) 
 Notional interest                                 (0.1)      (0.1)           (0.1) 
 Employer contributions                              0.9        0.9             1.9 
 Re-measurement gains / (losses)                     5.7      (2.6)           (9.4) 
 Utilisation of healthcare provision                 0.1        0.1               - 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  -------------- 
 Closing post-employment benefit obligation        (8.3)      (9.0)          (14.9) 
--------------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  -------------- 
 
   15            SHARE CAPITAL 

Issued share capital is as follows:

 
                                             Half year   Half year     Year ended 
                                                    to          to    31 December 
                                               30 June     30 June           2020 
                                                  2021        2020 
                                                  GBPm        GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Share capital at the start of the period         44.4        37.0           37.0 
 New shares issued                                 0.1         7.4            7.4 
------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Share capital at the end of the period           44.5        44.4           44.4 
------------------------------------------  ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 

In the half year to 30 June 2021, 480,673 SAYE scheme options were exercised with a total nominal value of GBP48,067 (June 2020: GBPnil; December 2020: GBP23,509). Proceeds in excess of the nominal value were credited to Share Premium. In the half year to 30 June 2021, 465,000 shares were allotted to the Employee Benefit Trust, with a nominal value of GBP46,500, in order to satisfy the exercise of 464,364 LTIP options. In the half year to 30 June 2020, 300,000 shares were allotted to the Employee Benefit Trust, with a nominal value of GBP30,000, in order to part satisfy the exercise of 304,080 LTIP options.

During the prior period, the Company placed 73.9 million Ordinary shares (the '2020 Placing') with existing and new institutional investors raising net proceeds of GBP82.7 million (gross proceeds of GBP85.0 million less costs of GBP2.3 million) of which GBP7.4 million was credited to share capital. The 2020 Placing shares represented approximately 19.99 per cent. of the Company's existing share capital. The 2020 Placing price of 115 pence per share was equal to a discount of 7 per cent. to the 10-day average closing mid-market price of 123.6 pence per share, and 2 per cent. to the 10-day volume weighted average price of 117.5 pence per ordinary share both ending on 28 May 2020, being the last practicable day prior to the publication of the announcement.

The 2020 Placing was undertaken using a cash box structure. As a result, the Company was able to take relief under section 612 of the Companies Act 2006 from crediting share premium and instead transfer the net proceeds in excess of the nominal value to retained earnings.

   16            BUSINESS COMBINATIONS 

There have been no business combinations in the half year to 30 June 2021 or in the year ended 31 December 2020.

In the half year to 30 June 2021, GBP0.8 million of deferred consideration was paid relating to the acquisition of Fresh Linen in 2019.

   17            BORROWINGS 

As at 30 June 2021, borrowings were secured and drawn down under a committed facility dated 21 February 2014, as amended from time to time, comprising a GBP135.0 million rolling credit facility (including an overdraft) which runs to August 2023 and a GBP40.0 million rolling credit facility which runs to May 2022 with the option, subject to agreement from the lenders, for a one year extension.

Individual tranches were drawn down, in sterling, for periods of up to six months at LIBOR rates of interest prevailing at the time of drawdown, plus the applicable margin. The margin varies between 1.25% and 2.25%, but for the period to 31 March 2022 is fixed at 2.00%.

Amounts drawn under the revolving credit facility have been classified as either current or non-current depending upon when the loan is expected to be repaid.

As at 30 June 2021, the Group has in place the following hedging arrangements which have the effect of replacing LIBOR with fixed rates as follows:

-- for GBP15.0 million of borrowings, LIBOR is replaced with 1.144% from 30 January 2019 to 31 January 2022; and

-- for GBP15.0 million of borrowings, LIBOR is replaced with 0.805% from 8 January 2020 to 9 January 2023.

Following the equity placing in June 2020 which raised GBP82.7 million, the Group repaid its loans outstanding at that date. Hedge accounting was therefore discontinued at that date as the Group no longer had any loans for the Group's interest rate swaps to economically hedge.

Borrowings are stated net of unamortised issue costs of GBP0.3 million (30 June 2020: GBP0.6 million; 31 December 2020: GBP0.4 million).

   18            ANALYSIS OF NET DEBT 

Net debt is calculated as total borrowings net of unamortised bank facility fees, less cash and cash equivalents. Non-cash changes represent the effects of the recognition and subsequent amortisation of fees relating to the bank facility, changing maturity profiles, debt acquired as part of an acquisition and the recognition of lease liabilities entered into during the period.

 
                                    At 1                          At 30 
                                 January     Cash     Non-cash     June 
   June 2021                        2021     Flow      Changes     2021 
                                    GBPm     GBPm         GBPm     GBPm 
 
 Debt due within one year            0.2      0.1            -      0.3 
 Debt due after more than 
  one year                           0.2    (7.0)        (0.2)    (7.0) 
 Lease liabilities                (40.6)      2.9        (0.4)   (38.1) 
-----------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------  ------- 
 Total debt and lease 
  financing                       (40.2)    (4.0)        (0.6)   (44.8) 
 Cash and cash equivalents           6.6    (8.7)            -    (2.1) 
-----------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------  ------- 
 Net debt                         (33.6)   (12.7)        (0.6)   (46.9) 
-----------------------------  ---------  -------  -----------  ------- 
 
 
                                        At 1                       At 30 
                                     January    Cash   Non-cash     June 
 June 2020                              2020    Flow    Changes     2020 
                                        GBPm    GBPm       GBPm     GBPm 
 
 Debt due within one year                0.3     0.1      (0.1)      0.3 
 Debt due after more than 
  one year                            (84.7)    85.1      (0.1)      0.3 
 Lease liabilities                    (40.4)     3.0      (2.3)   (39.7) 
---------------------------------  ---------  ------  ---------  ------- 
 Total debt and lease financing      (124.8)    88.2      (2.5)   (39.1) 
 Cash and cash equivalents             (2.9)     2.5          -    (0.4) 
---------------------------------  ---------  ------  ---------  ------- 
 Net debt                            (127.7)    90.7      (2.5)   (39.5) 
---------------------------------  ---------  ------  ---------  ------- 
 
 
                                        At 1                            At 31 
                                     January    Cash     Non-cash    December 
   December 2020                        2020    Flow      Changes        2020 
                                        GBPm    GBPm         GBPm        GBPm 
 
 Debt due within one year                0.3     0.1        (0.2)         0.2 
 Debt due after more than 
  one year                            (84.7)    85.1        (0.2)         0.2 
 Lease liabilities                    (40.4)     6.1        (6.3)      (40.6) 
---------------------------------  ---------  ------  -----------  ---------- 
 Total debt and lease financing      (124.8)    91.3        (6.7)      (40.2) 
 Cash and cash equivalents             (2.9)     9.5            -         6.6 
---------------------------------  ---------  ------  -----------  ---------- 
 Net debt                            (127.7)   100.8        (6.7)      (33.6) 
---------------------------------  ---------  ------  -----------  ---------- 
 

The unamortised fees due after more than one year at 30 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 have been shown within non-current trade and other receivables as there are no borrowings at the end of the period for the fees to be offset against. As at 30 June 2021, the relevant fees are deducted from debt due within one year.

The cash and cash equivalents figures are comprised of the following balance sheet amounts:

 
                                                As at 
                                                   30      As at          As at 
                                                 June    30 June    31 December 
                                                 2021       2020           2020 
                                                 GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Cash (Current assets)                            6.8        7.3            7.8 
 Overdraft (Borrowings, Current liabilities)    (8.9)      (7.7)          (1.2) 
                                                (2.1)      (0.4)            6.6 
---------------------------------------------  ------  ---------  ------------- 
 

Lease liabilities are comprised of the following balance sheet amounts:

 
                                                     As at 
                                                        30      As at          As at 
                                                      June    30 June    31 December 
                                                      2021       2020           2020 
                                                      GBPm       GBPm           GBPm 
 
 Amounts due within one year (Lease liabilities, 
  Current liabilities)                               (5.2)      (5.4)          (5.5) 
 Amounts due within one year (Lease liabilities, 
  Non-current liabilities)                          (32.9)     (34.3)         (35.1) 
                                                    (38.1)     (39.7)         (40.6) 
-------------------------------------------------  -------  ---------  ------------- 
 
   19           RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH FLOW TO MOVEMENT IN NET DEBT 
 
                                            Half year       Half             Year ended 
                                                   to       year            31 December 
                                              30 June         to                   2020 
                                                 2021    30 June 
                                                            2020 
                                                 GBPm       GBPm                   GBPm 
 
 (Decrease) / increase in cash in the 
  period                                        (8.7)        2.5                    9.5 
 (Increase) / decrease in debt and lease 
  financing                                     (4.0)       88.2                   91.3 
-----------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  --------------------- 
 Change in net debt resulting from cash 
  flows                                        (12.7)       90.7                  100.8 
 Lease liabilities recognised during the 
  period                                        (0.4)      (2.3)                  (6.3) 
 Movement in unamortised issue costs of 
  bank loans                                    (0.2)      (0.2)                  (0.4) 
 Movement in net debt during the period        (13.3)     (88.2)                   94.1 
 
 Opening net debt                              (33.6)    (127.7)                (127.7) 
-----------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  --------------------- 
 Closing net debt                              (46.9)     (39.5)                 (33.6) 
-----------------------------------------  ----------  ---------  --------------------- 
 
   20            RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS 

Transactions during the year between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been conducted on an arm's length basis and eliminated on consolidation. Full details of the Group's other related party relationships, transactions and balances are given in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020. There have been no material changes in these relationships in the half year to 30 June 2021 or up to the date of this Report.

   21            CONTINGENT ASSETS 

During the prior year the Group made claims against its insurance policy in relation to a fire and a flood at two Workwear processing sites. GBP3.6 million of insurance claim proceeds have been recognised within the Consolidated Income Statement during the half year to 30 June 2021 (June 2020: GBP0.5 million, December 2020 GBP4.4 million). GBP2.6 million (June 2020; GBP0.5 million: December 2020: GBP2.5 million) of this income has been recognised in exceptional items as it relates to capital items and GBP1.0 million (June 2020: GBPnil; December 2020; GBP1.9 million) is included within adjusted operating profit offsetting against an equal value of associated business interruption costs.

Work is ongoing with the insurers such that the claims will likely be finalised during the second half of 2021. The insurance proceeds relating to capital items expected to be received during the second half of 2021 are between GBP4.4 million and GBP5.4 million.

   22            CONTINGENT LIABILITIES 

The Group operates from a number of sites across the UK. Some of the sites have operated as laundry sites for many years and historic environmental liabilities may exist. Such liabilities are not expected to give rise to any significant loss.

The Group has granted its Bankers and Trustee of the Pension Scheme (the 'Trustee') security over the assets of the Group. The priority of security is as follows:

-- first ranking security for GBP28.0 million to the Trustee ranking pari passu with up to GBP155.0 million of bank liabilities; and

-- second ranking security for the balance of any remaining liabilities to the Trustee ranking pari passu with any remaining bank liabilities.

During the period of ownership of the Facilities Management division the Company had given guarantees over the performance of contracts entered into by the division. As part of the disposal of the division the purchaser has agreed to pursue the release or transfer of obligations under the Parent Company guarantees and this is in process. The sale and purchase agreement contains an indemnity from the purchaser to cover any loss in the event a claim is made prior to release. In the period until release the purchaser is to make a payment to the Company of GBP0.2 million per annum, reduced pro rata as guarantees are released. Such liabilities are not expected to give rise to any significant loss.

As a condition of the sale of the Facilities Management division in August 2013, the Group has put in place indemnities, to the purchaser, in relation to any future amounts payable in respect of contingent consideration related to the Nickleby acquisition completed in February 2012. As set out in the 2012 Annual Report and Accounts the maximum amount payable under the terms of the indemnity could be up to GBP5.0 million. The Directors believe the risk of settlement at, or near, the maximum level to be remote.

   23            PRIOR PERIOD RESTATEMENT 

The Interim Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2020 have been restated following the identification of an error within the support information provided for the purposes of the post-employment benefit disclosure (note 14). The impact of the error was an overstatement of the fair value of scheme assets, as at 30 June 2020, by GBP 10.3 million. As a result, the post-employment benefit obligations at 30 June 2020 should have been a GBP9.0 million liability compared to the reported GBP1.3 million asset and the deferred tax asset thereon should have been GBP1.7 million compared to the reported deferred tax liability of GBP0.3 million. As a result, both retained earnings and net assets should have been GBP8.3 million lower. The error had no impact on the Consolidated Income Statement or the Consolidated Statement of Cash flows .

The following tables shows the adjustments made to the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income and the Consolidated Balance Sheet for the half year to 30 June 2020. All other periods remain unaffected.

Line items that were not affected by the changes have not been included. As a result, the subtotals and totals disclosed cannot be recalculated from the numbers provided.

 
                                                                                                Restated 
                                                                                               Half year 
                                                                    Half year to                      to 
                                                                         30 June                 30 June 
                                                                            2020  Adjustment        2020 
                                              Note                          GBPm        GBPm        GBPm 
 
Items that will not be subsequently 
 reclassified to profit or loss 
                      Re-measurement and 
                       experience gains 
                       / (losses) on 
                       post-employment benefit 
   -                   obligations                     14                    7.7      (10.3)       (2.6) 
                       Taxation in respect of re-measurement 
   -                   and experience (gains) / losses                     (1.5)         2.0         0.5 
                     ----------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
Other comprehensive income / (loss) for 
 the period                                                                  5.2       (8.3)       (3.1) 
------------------------------------------------------------------- 
Total comprehensive loss for the period                                   (10.9)       (8.3)      (19.2) 
-------------------------------------------------------------------  -----------  ----------  ---------- 
 
 
 
                                                          Restated 
                                     As at                   as at 
                                   30 June                 30 June 
                                      2020    Adjustment      2020 
                                      GBPm          GBPm      GBPm 
Non-current assets 
Post-employment benefit 
 assets                                2.3         (2.3)         - 
Deferred tax assets                    0.6           1.7       2.3 
 
  Non-current liabilities 
Post-employment benefit 
 obligations                         (1.0)         (8.0)     (9.0) 
Deferred tax liabilities             (6.1)           0.3     (5.8) 
-------------------------------  ---------  ------------  -------- 
 
Net assets                           279.5         (8.3)     271.2 
-------------------------------  ---------  ------------  -------- 
 
Retained earnings                    218.5         (8.3)     210.2 
-------------------------------  ---------  ------------  -------- 
Total Shareholder's 
 Funds                               279.5         (8.3)     271.2 
-------------------------------  ---------  ------------  -------- 
 
 
   24          ACCOUNTING POLICIES 

Except as described below, the condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared applying the accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation applied by the Group in the preparation of the published consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

(a) Taxation

Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to expected total annual earnings before exceptional items. Taxation on exceptional items is accrued as the exceptional items are recognised . Prior year adjustments in respect of taxation are recognised when it becomes probable that such adjustment is needed.

(b) Seasonality of operations

Seasonality or cyclicality could affect all of the businesses to varying extents, however, the Directors do not consider such seasonality or cyclicality to be significant in the context of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

(c) Critical accounting estimates and assumptions

The preparation of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets

and liabilities, income and expense.   Actual results may differ from these estimates. 
   25         EVENTS AFTER THE REPORTING PERIOD 

There have been no events that require disclosure in accordance with IAS10, 'Events after the balance sheet date'.

   26         PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES 

The Group operates a structured risk management process, which identifies and evaluates risks and uncertainties and reviews mitigation activity. The Group sets out in its 2020 Annual Report and Accounts the principal risks and uncertainties that could impact its performance:

 
 Principal Risk                          Risk Rating 
 Economic Conditions                     High 
 Failure of Strategy                     High 
 Loss of a Processing Facility           High 
 Cost Inflation                          Medium 
 Insufficient Processing Capacity        Medium 
 Customer Sales and Retention            Medium 
 Competition and Disruption              Medium 
 Recruitment, Retention and Motivation   Medium 
  of Employees 
 Health and Safety                       Medium 
 Compliance and Fraud                    Medium 
 Information Systems and Technology      Medium 
 Climate Change and Energy Costs         Medium 
 

At that time, we also stated that whilst we had not established a new principal risk specifically in respect of the COVID -19 pandemic, the Board had considered how the above principal risks and uncertainties had been impacted by it. Relevant disclosures were provided in the 2020 Annual Report and Accounts.

The Directors have reviewed the above principal risks and uncertainties during the period, together with the impact of COVID-19, and concluded that they remain applicable to the current financial year with no overall material change to the risk environment . Key considerations relating to the review of principal risks and uncertainties during the period are set out below:

 
 Principal         Considerations 
  Risk 
 
 Recruitment,      As reported, r ecruitment has been more challenging 
  Retention         than was anticipated and the competition for labour 
  and Motivation    in the employment market generally has meant that 
  of Employees      costs of production have seen an increase. We would 
                    expect the situation to improve in the second half 
                    of the year as COVID-19 unemployment reliefs come 
                    to an end. 
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 Customer          As the various lockdown restrictions began to ease, 
  Sales and         we experienced a quicker recovery in HORECA volumes 
  Retention         than we, and our customer base, had anticipated. Operationally, 
                    the significant incremental increases initially caused 
                    some service challenges as we attempted to match resource 
                    to demand. These challenges were experienced across 
                    the whole laundry sector. We have, however, since 
                    returned our service levels to a more normalised level 
                    and we continue to work closely with our customers 
                    in order that we can match resource and production 
                    with demand. 
 
                    COVID-19 may lead to a higher number of customer closures 
                    than we would ordinarily experience and customers 
                    may delay opening until they are confident of demand 
                    for their own services having returned to more normalised 
                    levels. Our business model is structured so that we 
                    are not reliant on one particular customer or group 
                    of customers and we have limited concentration of 
                    credit risk with regard to trade receivables given 
                    the diverse nature of the Group's customer base. 
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 Cost Inflation    Along with many other businesses, we are seeing inflationary 
                    pressures on some of our costs however, our existing 
                    scale and focus on operational excellence means we 
                    are well placed to address these challenges proactively 
                    without compromising our market share opportunity. 
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 Health and        The Group has followed all relevant guidelines to 
  Safety            ensure that facilities are COVID-19 safe. While the 
                    potential risk due to COVID-19 remains, the Directors' 
                    assessment is that this has been mitigated by the 
                    measures already implemented. 
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 Information       Fraudsters have tried to capitalise on the disruption 
  Systems           of the COVID-19 pandemic and ransomware attacks are 
  and Technology    becoming ever more prevalent. The Group is continuing 
                    to take action to assess and manage the effectiveness 
                    of its security infrastructure and our ability to 
                    effectively defend against current and future cyber 
                    risks by using analysis tools and experienced professionals 
                    to evaluate and mitigate potential impacts. 
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The Board strongly believes that effective risk management is critical to the achievement of our strategic objectives and the long-term sustainable growth of the Group. The Board will continue to take a proactive approach to recognising and mitigating risk with the aim of protecting its employees and customers and safeguarding the interests of the Group and its stakeholders.

Further details of the Principal Risks and Uncertainties facing the Group, together with details of how they have been impacted by COVID-19, are detailed on pages 38 to 45 of the 2020 Annual Report and Accounts.

   27          PUBLISHED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 

As previously announced, there is no longer a requirement to send out half-yearly reports to all Shareholders or to advertise the content in a national newspaper. In order to reduce costs, the Company has taken advantage of this reporting regime and no longer publishes half-yearly reports for individual circulation to Shareholders. Information that would normally be included in a half-yearly report is made available on the Company's website at www.jsg.com .

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