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Ramsdens Holdings PLC

15 June 2021

15 June 2021

Ramsdens Holdings PLC

("Ramsdens", the "Group", the "Company")

Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2021

Resilient performance and well positioned to resume our growth strategy

Ramsdens, the diversified financial services provider and retailer, today announces its Interim Results for the six months ended 31 March 2021 (the "Period").

The first UK national lockdown was introduced on 23 March 2020, and so the comparable period for the six months to 31 March 2020 was not substantially impacted by these restrictions.

 
                                            6 months ended 
                                             31 March 2020   18 months ended 
                         6 months ended 
                          31 March 2021       (unaudited)      30 September 
                         (unaudited) HY21         HY20         2020 (audited) 
 Gross Revenue              GBP20.8m           GBP27.0m          GBP76.9m 
                       ------------------  ---------------  ----------------- 
 Gross Profit               GBP10.5m           GBP16.7m          GBP47.1m 
                       ------------------  ---------------  ----------------- 
 Profit/(Loss) before 
  tax                       (GBP0.1m)          GBP2.3m           GBP9.2m 
                       ------------------  ---------------  ----------------- 
 Net Cash                   GBP15.0m           GBP11.1m          GBP15.9m 
                       ------------------  ---------------  ----------------- 
 

Highlights:

-- Resilient performance against challenging trading conditions caused by Covid-19 restrictions, with pre-tax losses limited to GBP0.1m (HY20: GBP2.3m profit)

   --    Gross revenue decreased 23% to GBP20.8m (HY20: GBP27.0m) 

-- Jewellery retail revenue increased 14% to GBP8.1m (HY20: GBP7.1m) despite the regional lockdown periods. Online revenue doubled year on year and now represents 17% of total jewellery sold

-- Pawnbroking gross profit decreased 26% to GBP3.5m (HY20: GBP4.7m) as a result of the loan book falling as customers repaid their loans during lockdown and subdued demand for new loans

-- Foreign Currency Exchange severely impacted by the Covid-19 travel restrictions resulting in income down 78% to GBP1.0m (HY20: GBP4.7m)

-- Gross profit from purchases of precious metals decreased 28% to GBP2.3m (HY20: GBP3.2m), reflecting reduced high street footfall during the regional lockdown periods

-- Administration expenses decreased 26% to GBP10.4m (HY20: GBP14.2m) with overheads well controlled. The Company received GBP0.9m under the CJRS furlough scheme which is presented as a reduction to salary costs.

   --    Net Assets increased GBP0.5m to GBP35.5m (31 March 2020: GBP35.0m) 

-- At the Period end, net cash was GBP15.0m and the Company's revolving credit facility of GBP10m was undrawn

Given the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on profitability in the Period, as well as the Group's continuing use of Government support schemes, the Board believes it is prudent and in the long-term interests of shareholders to preserve the Group's available cash resources. Consequently, the Board is not recommending an interim dividend for the Period. As restrictions ease, the Board expects the business to return to profitability and allow it to recommence the payment of dividends, in accordance with its dividend policy.

Peter Kenyon, Chief Executive, commented:

"We are pleased to have delivered a resilient performance during the Period despite the difficult trading conditions experienced. This is a testament to the strength of Ramsdens' diversified business model, our loyal customer base, and the commitment of our employees, whom I would like to thank fo r their continued dedication to serving our local communities throughout the pandemic.

We are encouraged by the current easing of restrictions across the UK including the re-opening of non-essential retail and the lifting of some international travel restrictions.

Whilst the UK Government 'green list' for tourism is currently very limited, meaning we are unable to provide guidance for this summer's FX trading, we believe there is significant underlying consumer demand for international travel which the Group is well positioned to capitalise on.

Despite restrictions, during the Period we continued to focus on delivering against our long-term growth strategy. We currently have six new Ramsdens stores in the pipeline including debut sites in London and the South East and will continue to appraise new site opportunities in line with our expansion plans."

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Enquiries:

   Ramsdens Holdings PLC                                        Tel: +44 (0) 1642 579957 

Peter Kenyon, CEO

Martin Clyburn, CFO

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Richard Crawley

Lauren Kettle

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Alex Brennan

Lucy Wollam

About Ramsdens

Ramsdens is a growing, diversified, financial services provider and retailer, operating in the four core business segments of foreign currency exchange, pawnbroking loans, precious metals buying and selling and retailing of second-hand and new jewellery. Ramsdens does not offer unsecured high cost short term credit.

Headquartered in Middlesbrough, the Group operates from 154 stores within the UK (including 3 franchised stores) and has a growing online presence.

Ramsdens is FCA authorised for its pawnbroking and credit broking activities.

www.ramsdensplc.com

www.ramsdensforcash.co.uk

www.ramsdensjewellery.co.uk

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REPORT

This interim report covers the six months ended 31 March 2021 (the "Period"). The Period was undoubtedly challenging, with the Group operating for four months of the Period under lockdown restrictions in one or all parts of the UK. This contrasts sharply to the comparable prior period, with the majority of the six month period to 31 March 2020 being unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our strategic priorities during this unusual Period have been to:

1. operate a secure and safe environment for our staff, customers and the local communities we serve;

   2.   accelerate the Group's online strategic objectives; 
   3.   maintain a healthy financial position; and 

4. prepare to capitalise on changes across the sector arising from the disruption caused by Covid-19.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Despite all of the challenges, the Group broadly broke even with a reported Loss Before Tax of GBP0.1m (HY20: profit of GBP2.3m). Gross profit for the Period decreased 37% to GBP10.5m (HY20: GBP16.7m) as a result of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions.

Administration expenses were reduced by 26% to GBP10.4m (HY20: GBP14.2m) with overheads well controlled and the UK Government CJRS furlough grants of GBP0.9m presented as a reduction to salary costs.

The Group's balance sheet remained strong with net assets of GBP35.5m (HY20: GBP35.0m), broadly consistent with the position reported at 30 September 2020 (GBP35.6m). The Group's main assets are cash (including foreign currency), pawnbroking loans secured on gold jewellery and watches, and retail jewellery stock. Net cash as at 31 March 2021 was GBP15.0m. The Group also has the benefit of a GBP10.0m revolving credit facility, which is currently undrawn. The facility was extended for a further year during the Period and expires in March 2024.

Capital expenditure in the Period of GBP0.9m (HY20: GBP0.5m) includes the cost of relocating stores, store refurbishments and the purchase of two store freehold properties for GBP0.15m.

Given the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, no profitability in the Period and the Group continuing to receive UK Government support in the form of furlough to protect jobs, the Board believes it is prudent and in the long-term interests of shareholders to preserve its available cash resources. Consequently, the Board is not recommending an interim dividend. As Covid-related restrictions ease, the Board expects the business to return to profitability and allow it to recommence the payment of dividends, in accordance with its dividend policy.

SEGMENTAL REVIEW

Foreign Currency Exchange

The foreign currency exchange (FX) segment primarily comprises the sale and purchase of foreign currency notes to holiday-makers. Ramsdens also offers prepaid travel cards and international bank-to-bank payments.

 
                                     HY21       HY20     YOY 
 Total Currency exchanged          GBP20m    GBP181m   (89%) 
                                 --------  ---------  ------ 
 Income                           GBP1.0m    GBP4.7m   (78%) 
                                 --------  ---------  ------ 
 Online click & collect orders    GBP1.6m   GBP18.5m   (91%) 
                                 --------  ---------  ------ 
 % of online FX                        8%        10%    (2%) 
                                 --------  ---------  ------ 
 Percentage of GP                     10%        28%   (18%) 
                                 --------  ---------  ------ 
 

The restrictions on international travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated quarantine regulations put in place by governments across the globe have severely impacted the demand for international holidays and, as a result, the demand for foreign currency exchange.

The Group has successfully managed commission margins in order to minimise the impact on profitability of the reduction in total currency exchanged.

As we look forward, the income from this service is anticipated to grow with the easing of restrictions and the return of international travel. We strongly believe that customers' desire to travel abroad remains high. While we have seen more people use card payments in the UK, we are confident that the need for foreign currency cash will remain high given the popular holiday destinations and known spending patterns while abroad.

Pawnbroking

Pawnbroking is a small subset of the consumer credit market in the UK and a simple form of asset backed lending dating back to the foundations of banking. In a pawnbroking transaction an item of value, known as a pledge (in Ramsdens' case this is jewellery and watches) is held by the pawnbroker as security against a six-month loan. Customers pay interest on this loan, repay the capital sum borrowed and recover their pledged item. If a customer defaults on the loan, the pawnbroker sells the pledged item to repay the amount owed and returns any surplus funds to the customer. Pawnbroking is regulated by the FCA in the UK and Ramsdens is FCA authorised.

 
 000's                    HY21       HY20     YOY 
 Gross profit         GBP3,480   GBP4,706   (26%) 
                     ---------  ---------  ------ 
 Total loan book      GBP5,749   GBP7,747   (26%) 
                     ---------  ---------  ------ 
 Past due               GBP893   GBP1,115   (20%) 
                     ---------  ---------  ------ 
 In date loan book    GBP4,856   GBP6,632   (27%) 
                     ---------  ---------  ------ 
 Percentage of GP          33%        28%      5% 
                     ---------  ---------  ------ 
 

The various national lockdowns have impacted the borrowing patterns of our customer base, in reducing their borrowing needs alongside an increase in customers repaying their loans. If, as we expect, the borrowing pattern is similar to that following lockdown in 2020, we will see normal lending volumes return in the summer and the loan book will rebuild over time. The typical pawnbroking customer is cautious; they know that the item pledged is their store of wealth and that this enables them to borrow when needed.

The average loan value as at 31 March 2021 was GBP265 (30 September 2020: GBP248). The loan book is considered to be of high quality with a low loan to value ratio of approximately two thirds of the gold price at the Period end. Where loans are not repaid, the current high gold price enables an improved recovery of interest where goods that are not appropriate for retailing are scrapped.

The online pawnbroking facility has continued to be popular amongst customers to make loan repayments. This facility allows the customer to save interest by repaying when they have the funds and prior to any store visit. Only a limited number of customers have chosen to borrow via the website because the goods still need to be posted to Ramsdens.

Jewellery Retail

The Group retails new and second-hand jewellery to customers both in store and online. The Board continues to believe there is further growth potential for Ramsdens in this segment which can be achieved by leveraging the Group's store estate and e-commerce operations and by cross-selling to existing customers and acquiring new customers.

Retailing of new jewellery products complements the Group's second-hand offering to give our customers greater choice in breadth of products and price, and enables the Group to attract some customers who prefer not to buy second-hand. New jewellery items now account for 39% (HY20: 31%) of jewellery retail revenue.

 
 000's                          HY21       HY20    YOY 
 Revenue                    GBP8,074   GBP7,054    14% 
                          ----------  ---------  ----- 
 Gross Profit               GBP3,168   GBP3,113     2% 
                          ----------  ---------  ----- 
 Margin %                        39%        44%   (5%) 
                          ----------  ---------  ----- 
 Jewellery retail stock    GBP10,810   GBP8,919    21% 
                          ----------  ---------  ----- 
 Online sales*              GBP1,560     GBP779   100% 
                          ----------  ---------  ----- 
 % of sales online*              17%         9%     8% 
                          ----------  ---------  ----- 
 Percentage of GP                30%        19%    11% 
                          ----------  ---------  ----- 
 

* based on total jewellery sold which includes ex-pledge items

Store sales have been limited through the Period due to varying restrictions during the lockdown periods. However, we have seen an increase in demand for higher value items, in particular premium watches where sales were up 13%. The ongoing development of the premium watch sales offering continues to generate higher cash margin per product sold but at a lower percentage margin. The Board continues to believe that watch sales represent incremental revenue and profit for the Group.

The investment in our online retail jewellery website, www.ramsdensjewellery.co.uk continues to deliver improved results. The total jewellery sold through our ecommerce activities doubled to GBP1.6m (HY20: GBP0.8m) for the Period. We are continuing to make further investments in improving the customer experience, retargeting campaigns, pay per click campaigns, affiliate schemes and search engine optimisation. The ecommerce department is managed as a separate business unit and is profitable.

We believe there is an ongoing opportunity for improving and growing our jewellery retail business. Our investment in strengthening the retail team, each with a product category focus, is supporting ongoing growth. Additionally, t he Group has focused on enhancing the appeal of its jewellery stock offering through better displays, range expansion and regular replenishment of the new jewellery range, increased investment in pre-owned premium watches, and undertaking targeted promotional activity to reinforce the Ramsdens brand's value-for-money reputation.

Purchases of Precious Metals

Through the precious metals buying and selling service, Ramsdens buys unwanted jewellery, gold and other precious metals from customers for cash. Typically, a customer brings unwanted jewellery into a Ramsdens store and a price is agreed with the customer depending upon the retail potential, weight or carat of the jewellery. The Group has second-hand dealer licences and other permissions and adheres to the approved "gold standard" for buying precious metals.

Once jewellery has been bought from the customer, the Group's dedicated jewellery department assesses whether or not to retail the item through the store network or online. Income derived from jewellery, which is purchased and then retailed, is reflected in jewellery retail income and profits. The residual items are smelted and sold to a bullion dealer for their intrinsic value and the proceeds are reflected in the accounts as precious metals buying income.

 
 000's                   HY21       HY20     YOY 
 Revenue             GBP5,623   GBP7,499   (25%) 
                    ---------  ---------  ------ 
 Gross Profit        GBP2,330   GBP3,214   (28%) 
                    ---------  ---------  ------ 
 Percentage of GP         22%        19%      3% 
                    ---------  ---------  ------ 
 

In comparing the two six month periods, the average sterling gold price increased by 14% in HY21.

The weight of gold purchased has decreased primarily due to the reduced high street footfall as a consequence of the lockdowns plus a reduced need for additional cash and a lower volume of foreign currency customers to whom we have traditionally cross-sold this service. We anticipate the weight purchased will increase as trading conditions normalise. In the near term, we believe the gold price will remain high, assisting margins.

Other services

In addition to the four core business segments, the Group also provides additional services in cheque cashing, Western Union money transfer and credit broking and it receives franchise fees.

 
 000's                 HY21       HY20     YOY 
 Revenue             GBP540   GBP1,029   (48%) 
                    -------  ---------  ------ 
 Gross Profit        GBP540     GBP937   (42%) 
                    -------  ---------  ------ 
 Percentage of GP        5%         6%    (1%) 
                    -------  ---------  ------ 
 

Whilst this has been a steady source of income, cheque cashing was and continues to be a service in decline and represents a large proportion of the reduction in gross profit in this segment.

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

The retail estate continues to be actively managed. In the main, landlords have been realistic to the current high street situation. Where appropriate, lease renewals have generally resulted in rent reductions, greater flexibility or sometimes both. Two stores were closed and merged with nearby stores where we could not agree reasonable lease terms with our landlords. Four stores were relocated to take advantage of better locations with higher footfall and two stores were refurbished to provide a better customer experience. During the next twelve months, we anticipate relocating a further six stores and refurbishing six stores.

Our new store opening strategy has recommenced. We have a strong pipeline of target locations and have advanced six locations into various stages of the planning and legal process. This expansion includes - for the first time - locations in London and the South East and we have recruited Deborah Papas, an experienced pawnbroker and jeweller, to head up this geographic expansion opportunity which we believe presents a greater opportunity to acquire independent pawnbrokers. The first store in Kent is scheduled to open in July.

We have promoted Claire Gebski to head up our staff engagement and staff development. This important role will ensure that we continue to focus on our people and develop our culture of seeking continuous improvement. Amongst other things, our staff forum team have been challenged to see how we can further improve our environmental footprint and have recently launched a "Think Green" initiative.

Ernst & Young have been engaged as our auditors for nine years and the Board is grateful for their support and challenge over this period. Following a review, the Board has made the decision to appoint Grant Thornton for the 2021 audit.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every staff member for their dedication, commitment, willingness to strive for continuous improvement and their focus on delivering fantastic service to our customers.

OUTLOOK

Hopefully, we are nearing the time when the UK Government will further ease social distancing measures in the UK and also lift varying restrictions enabling freer but safe international travel.

The Group has a strong financial footing, the benefit of diversified income streams, a growing online presence and a well-invested store network. These attributes, as well as our belief that there is strong underlying consumer demand for our services, gives the Board confidence that Ramsdens is well placed to not only navigate the near term challenges, but also to emerge in a strong position to return to growth and deliver our strategy to create value for all of the Group's stakeholders.

Peter Kenyon

Chief Executive Officer

Interim Condensed Financial Statements

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
 
                                        6 months                      6 months       18 months 
                                           Ended                         ended           ended 
                                        31 March                      31 March    30 September 
                                            2021                          2020            2020 
                                       Unaudited                     Unaudited         Audited 
                                Note     GBP'000                       GBP'000         GBP'000 
 
 
 Revenue                         2        20,835                     26,984             76,938 
 Cost of sales                          (10,290)                      (10,309)        (29,789) 
                                      ----------  ----------------------------  -------------- 
 Gross profit                    2        10,545                      16,675            47,149 
 
 Other Income                                  -                             -             725 
 Administrative expenses                (10,446)                      (14,151)        (37,858) 
                                      ----------  ----------------------------  -------------- 
 Operating profit                             99                         2,524          10,016 
 
 Finance Costs                   3         (232)                         (240)           (795) 
                                      ----------  ----------------------------  -------------- 
 (Loss) / profit before tax                (133)                         2,284           9,221 
 
 Income tax expense                           29                         (592)         (2,103) 
 
 Total comprehensive (loss) 
  / income for the period                  (104)                         1,692           7,118 
                                      ----------  ----------------------------  -------------- 
 
 
 Basic earnings per share in 
  pence                          4         (0.3)                           5.5            23.1 
 Diluted earnings per share 
  in pence                       4         (0.3)                           5.3            22.5 
 
 
 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
 
                                      6 months    6 months      18 months 
                                         ended       ended          ended 
                                      31 March    31 March   30 September 
                                          2021        2020           2020 
                                     Unaudited   Unaudited        Audited 
                                       GBP'000     GBP'000        GBP'000 
 
 Opening total equity                   35,555      33,962         30,377 
 Total comprehensive income 
  for the period                         (104)       1,692          7,118 
                                    ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Transactions with shareholders: 
 Share capital issued                        6           -              - 
 Dividends paid                              -       (832)        (2,313) 
 Share based payments                      103         164            398 
 Deferred tax on share based 
  payments                                (42)        (25)           (25) 
                                    ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Total transactions with 
  shareholders                              67       (693)        (1,940) 
                                    ----------              ------------- 
 Closing total equity                   35,518      34,961         35,555 
                                    ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 
 
 
 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of financial position

At 31 March 2021

 
                                           6 months    6 months          18 months 
                                              ended       ended              ended 
                                           31 March    31 March       30 September 
                                               2021        2020               2020 
                                          Unaudited   Unaudited            Audited 
                                   Note     GBP'000     GBP'000            GBP'000 
 Assets 
 Non-current assets 
 Property, plant and equipment                5,207       5,354              4,845 
 Intangible assets                              807       1,089                870 
 Investments                                      -           -                  - 
 Right-of-use assets                          8,286       9,009              8,536 
 Deferred tax assets                             76         273                182 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
                                             14,376      15,725             14,433 
 Current Assets 
 Inventories                                 13,644      13,055             13,360 
 Trade and other receivables                  7,729      10,147              8,743 
 Cash and short term deposits                14,996      11,051             15,873 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
                                             36,369      34,253             37,976 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 Total assets                                50,745      49,978             52,409 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 
 Current liabilities 
 Trade and other payables                     6,169       4,551              6,422 
 Lease liability                              1,745       1,818              2,005 
 Income tax payable                              70         809              1,157 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
                                              7,984       7,178              9,584 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 Net current assets                          28,385      27,075             28,392 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 
 Non-current liabilities 
 Lease liability                              7,049       7,647              7,094 
 Accruals and deferred 
  income                                        133           -                153 
 Deferred tax liabilities                        61         192                 23 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
                                              7,243       7,839              7,270 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 Total liabilities                           15,227      15,017             16,854 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 Net assets                                  35,518      34,961             35,555 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 
 Equity 
 Issued capital                     5           314         308                308 
 Share premium                                4,892       4,892              4,892 
 Retained earnings                           30,312      29,761             30,355 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 Total equity                                35,518      34,961             35,555 
                                         ----------  ----------  ----------------- 
 
 
 
 

Unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
                                               6 months    6 months      18 months 
                                                  ended       ended          ended 
                                               31 March    31 March   30 September 
                                                   2021        2020           2020 
                                              Unaudited   Unaudited        Audited 
                                                GBP'000     GBP'000        GBP'000 
 Operating activities 
 (Loss) / profit before tax                       (133)       2,284          9,221 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Adjustments to reconcile profit 
  before tax to net cash flows: 
 Depreciation and impairment 
  of property, plant & equipment                    506         686          2,238 
 Depreciation of right-of-use 
  assets                                          1,080       1,213          3,523 
 Amortisation and impairment 
  of intangible assets                               76         188            616 
 Loss on disposal of property, 
  plant and equipment                                10          44            185 
 Share based payments                               103         164            398 
 Finance costs                                      232         240            795 
 Working capital adjustments: 
 Movement in trade and other receivables 
  and prepayments                                 1,124         833          1,781 
 Movement in inventories                          (284)     (1,206)          (702) 
 Movement in trade and other 
  payables                                        (273)     (1,904)            170 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
                                                  2,441       2,542         18,225 
 
 Interest paid                                    (232)       (240)          (795) 
 Income tax paid                                (1,066)       (929)        (1,678) 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Net cash flows from operating 
  activities                                      1,143       1,373         15,752 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Investing activities 
 Proceeds from sales of property, 
  plant and equipment                                10           -              4 
 Purchase of property, plant 
  and equipment                                   (888)       (527)        (1,787) 
 Purchase of intangible assets                     (13)        (13)          (258) 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Net cash flows used in investing 
  activities                                      (891)       (540)        (2,041) 
 
 Financing Activities 
 Dividends paid                                       -       (832)        (2,313) 
 Share capital issued                                 6           -              - 
 Payment of lease liabilities                   (1,135)     (1,268)        (3,645) 
 Bank loans drawn down                                -           -          2,600 
 Repayment of bank borrowings                         -     (3,884)        (7,900) 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Net cash flows used in financing 
  activities                                    (1,129)     (5,984)       (11,258) 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Net (decrease) / increase 
  in cash and cash equivalents                    (877)     (5,151)          2,453 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at start of period                             15,873      16,202         13,420 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Cash and cash equivalents 
  at end of period                               14,996      11,051         15,873 
                                             ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

   1.    Basis of preparation 

The interim condensed financial statements of the group for the six months ended 31 March 2021, which are neither audited or reviewed, have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') accounting policies adopted by the group and set out in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 30 September 2020. As permitted, this interim report has been prepared in accordance with the AIM rules and not in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim financial reporting". While the financial figures included in this preliminary interim earnings announcement have been computed in accordance with IFRS's applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as that term is defined in IFRS's.

The financial information contained in the interim report also does not constitute statutory accounts for the purpose of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information for the period ended 30 September 2020 is based on the statutory accounts for period ended 30 September 2020 which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and are available on the group's website www.ramsdensplc.com. The auditors, Ernst & Young LLP, reported on those accounts: their report was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

The financial information for the 6 months ended 31 March 2020 in respect of the consolidated income statement of comprehensive income is based on the movement between the figures stated in the unaudited interim financial information for the 12 month period ended 31 March 2020 and the unaudited Interim accounts covering the 6 month period ended 30 September 2019. The Consolidated statement of financial position at 31 March 2020 is per the unaudited financial information as at that date.

The Board have conducted an extensive review of forecast earnings and cash over the next twelve months, considering various scenarios and sensitivities given the Covid-19 situation and uncertainty around the future economic environment. At 31 March 2021 the Group had cash resources of cGBP15m and an undrawn RCF facility of GBP10m expiring in March 2024.

The Group's activities include services deemed essential services by the government and therefore the Group's stores are likely to be able to open in the event of a further lockdown. The Group's essential services include pawnbroking, foreign currency, money transfer and cheque cashing. The Group has a strong asset base and the ability to generate cash quickly through the sale of jewellery stock for its intrinsic value or by restricting new pawnbroking lending. The Group has shown resilient trading through the last year of Covid-19 restrictions, assisted by government support.

The Board have a reasonable expectation that the Company and Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the interim condensed financial statements.

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
 2. Segmental Reporting 
                                  6 months              6 months      18 months 
                                     ended                 ended          ended 
                                  31 March              31 March   30 September 
                                      2021                  2020           2020 
                                 Unaudited             Unaudited        Audited 
                                   GBP'000               GBP'000        GBP'000 
 Revenue 
 Pawnbroking                         5,571                 6,697         18,911 
 Purchases of precious metals        5,623                 7,499         23,024 
 Retail Jewellery sales              8,074                 7,054         17,109 
 Foreign currency margin             1,027                 4,705         14,859 
 Income from other financial 
  services                             540                 1,029          3,035 
                                ----------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Total Revenue                      20,835                26,984         76,938 
                                ----------  --------------------  ------------- 
 
 Gross profit 
 Pawnbroking                         3,480                 4,706         12,248 
 Purchases of precious metals        2,330                 3,214          9,856 
 Retail Jewellery sales              3,168                 3,113          7,701 
 Foreign currency margin             1,027                 4,705         14,859 
 Income from other financial 
  services                             540                   937          2,485 
                                ----------  --------------------  ------------- 
 Total Gross profit                 10,545                16,675         47,149 
                                ----------  --------------------  ------------- 
 
 Other income                            -                     -            725 
 Administrative expenses          (10,446)              (14,151)       (37,858) 
 Finance costs                       (232)                 (240)          (795) 
                                ----------  --------------------  ------------- 
 (Loss) / Profit before tax          (133)                 2,284          9,221 
                                ----------  --------------------  ------------- 
 
 

Income from other financial services comprises of cheque cashing fees, Electronics & buybacks, agency commissions on miscellaneous financial products.

The Group is unable to meaningfully allocate administrative expenses, or financing costs between the segments due to the fact that these include staff costs who undertake all services in branches. Accordingly, the Group is unable to disclose an allocation of items included in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income below Gross profit, which represents the reported segmental results.

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
 2. Segmental Reporting 
                                   6 months    6 months      18 months 
                                      ended       ended          ended 
                                   31 March    31 March   30 September 
                                       2021        2020           2020 
                                  Unaudited   Unaudited        Audited 
 Other information                  GBP'000     GBP'000        GBP'000 
 Capital additions (*)                1,742       1,610          2,045 
 Depreciation and amortisation 
  (*)                                 1,672       2,134          2,854 
 
 Assets 
 Pawnbroking                          8,557      11,844          9,685 
 Purchases of precious metals           768       1,765          1,664 
 Retail Jewellery sales              11,005       9,089          9,707 
 Foreign currency margin              3,345       9,019          5,692 
 Income from other financial 
  services                              175          90            145 
 Unallocated (*)                     26,895      18,171         25,516 
                                 ----------              ------------- 
                                     50,745      49,978         52,409 
                                 ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 Liabilities 
 Pawnbroking                            434         347            375 
 Purchases of precious metals             3          19              3 
 Retail Jewellery sales               3,061       1,365          2,130 
 Foreign currency margin                 70          32            471 
 Income from other financial 
  services                              469          31            438 
 Unallocated (*)                     11,190      13,223         13,437 
                                 ----------              ------------- 
                                     15,227      15,017         16,854 
                                 ----------  ----------  ------------- 
 
 

(*) The Group is unable to meaningfully allocate this information by segment due to the fact that all segments operate from the same stores and the assets and liabilities are common to all segments.

Fixed assets are therefore included in unallocated assets and lease liabilities are included in unallocated liabilities.

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 
 
 3. Finance costs 
                                      6 months    6 months        18 months 
                                         ended       ended            ended 
                                      31 March    31 March     30 September 
                                          2021        2020             2020 
                                     Unaudited   Unaudited          Audited 
                                       GBP'000     GBP'000          GBP'000 
 
 Interest on debts and borrowings           42          31              181 
 Interest on right-of-use assets           190         209              614 
 Total finance costs                       232         240              795 
                                    ----------  ----------  --------------- 
 
 
 4. Earnings per share 
                                        6 months     6 months       18 months 
                                           ended        ended           ended 
                                        31 March     31 March    30 September 
                                            2021         2020            2020 
                                       Unaudited    Unaudited         Audited 
 
 Profit for the period (GBP'000)           (104)        1,692           7,118 
 Weighted average number of shares 
  in issue                            31,393,207   30,837,653      30,837,653 
 Earnings per share (pence)                (0.3)          5.5            23.1 
 Fully diluted earnings per share 
  (pence)                                  (0.3)          5.3            22.5 
 
 
 5. Issued capital and reserves 
 
 Ordinary shares issued and fully paid            No.   GBP'000 
 
 At 30 March 2020                          30,837,653       308 
 
 At 30 September 2020                      30,837,653       308 
 
 Share capital issued                         555,554         6 
 
 At 31 March 2021                          31,393,207       314 
 
 

During the period 555,554 ordinary 1p shares were issued at par pursuant to the Group's Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP). A further 250,000 share options have fully vested under the LTIP but have yet to be exercised.

Unaudited notes to the interim condensed financial statements (continued)

For the six months ended 31 March 2021

   6.   Dividends 

No dividends have been approved since the 2nd December 2019 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

On 2 December 2019, the directors approved a 2.7 pence interim dividend which equates to a dividend payment of GBP832,000 the dividend was paid on 20 February 2020. The final dividend for the year ended March 2019 of 4.8p per share was paid on 20 September 2019 totalling GBP1,480,000.

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