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Trifast PLC

24 November 2020

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

TRIFAST PLC

"Our fastenings enable innovation today, to build a better tomorrow"

HALF-YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORT

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

 
Key financials 
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                                   CER       CER       AER        AER 
Underlying measures             HY2021    change    HY2021     change      HY2020 
----------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  ---------- 
Revenue                       GBP81.5m   (21.0)%  GBP81.0m    (21.4)%   GBP103.1m 
Gross profit %                   27.1%  (170)bps     27.0%   (180)bps       28.8% 
Underlying operating profit 
 (UOP)*                        GBP4.6m   (58.0)%   GBP4.6m    (58.9)%    GBP11.1m 
Underlying operating profit 
 %*                               5.7%  (500)bps      5.6%   (510)bps       10.7% 
Underlying profit before 
 tax*                          GBP4.1m   (60.8)%   GBP4.1m    (61.7)%    GBP10.6m 
Underlying diluted earnings 
 per share*                      2.38p   (63.5)%     2.31p    (64.6)%       6.52p 
Bank facility headroom                            GBP40.6m   +GBP0.7m    GBP39.9m 
Adjusted net cash/(debt)                           GBP3.4m  +GBP19.1m  GBP(15.7)m 
 (^) 
Return on capital employed 
 (ROCE)*                                              7.8%   (870)bps       16.5% 
----------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  ---------- 
GAAP measures 
Operating profit                                   GBP3.2m    (62.6)%     GBP8.4m 
Operating profit %                                    3.9%   (430)bps        8.2% 
Profit before tax                                  GBP2.7m    (66.5)%     GBP7.9m 
Diluted earnings per share                           1.48p    (69.3)%       4.82p 
----------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ---------  ---------- 
 

"CER" being Constant Exchange Rate & "AER" being Average Exchange Rate

* Before separately disclosed items (see notes 2, 6 and 9)

^Adjusted net cash/(debt) is presented excluding the impact of IFRS16 Leases as this is how the calculation is performed for the purposes of the Group's banking facilities. Including right-of-use-liabilities, net cash would decrease by GBP13.9m to net debt of GBP10.5m (HY2020: net debt would increase by GBP16.1m to GBP31.8m)

Operational highlights

   --      Resilient performance in extremely challenging macroeconomic conditions 

-- Swift and effective operational and cost saving actions secure underlying operating profit margins of 5.7% (HY2020: 10.7%)

   --      Recovery begins across all sectors and regions during Q2: 

o Domestic appliances sector has shown the fastest recovery

o European region returns to consistent growth for each month of Q2 against the prior year

o Automotive and UK recovery begins, but is slower off the mark

-- Operational Executive Board ('OEB') hits the ground running to develop and drive organic growth and efficiency opportunities

   --      Project Atlas: 

o First successful site roll-out in Ireland in October

o New global HR system starts to be implemented across Europe and the USA first

-- Net cash position following a successful equity raise and c.GBP40m of banking facility headroom provide flexibility and confidence to finance our investment driven growth plans

"In the short term, the outlook for the macroeconomic environment remains uncertain. Second waves of COVID-19 infection in our major markets in the UK, Europe and the USA and any resulting local lockdowns could impact on operations or trading volumes. However, we have already demonstrated that as a business we can react quickly and effectively in the face of such disruption. We continue to have good access to banking facilities, with headroom of c.GBP40m, providing us with the security and flexibility to continue to invest in our future growth. The Board therefore remains committed to its ongoing investment driven growth strategy and is optimistic for the medium and long-term future"

Jonathan Shearman, Non-Executive Chair

"We are not complacent, but we are excited by the activity levels and pipeline of opportunities that we are seeing, with additional prospects for growth already secured, and enquiries underway across a number of sectors including electric vehicle, 5G and medical"

Mark Belton, Chief Executive Officer

 
 Enquiries please contact: 
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 Trifast plc 
 Jonathan Shearman, Non-Executive Chair 
 Mark Belton, Chief Executive Officer 
 Clare Foster, Chief Financial Officer 
 Office: +44 (0) 1825 747630 
 Email: corporate.enquiries@trifast.com 
 
 Peel Hunt LLP (Stockbroker & financial adviser) 
 Mike Bell 
 Tel: +44 (0)20 7418 8900 
 
 TooleyStreet Communications (IR & media relations) 
 Fiona Tooley 
 Tel : +44 (0)7785 703523 
 Email: fiona@tooleystreet.com 
 
 
Editors' note 
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LSE Premium Listing: Ticker: TRI 
LEI number: 213800WFIVE6RUK3CR22 
Trifast plc (TR) is an international specialist in the design, engineering, 
 manufacture, and distribution of high quality industrial and Category 
 'C' component s principally to major global assembly industries. TR employs 
 c.1,300 people across 32 business locations within the UK, Asia, Europe, 
 and the USA including seven high-volume, high-quality, and cost-effective 
 manufacturing sites across the world. TR supplies to over 5,000 customers 
 in >75 countries worldwide. As a full-service provider to multinational 
 OEMs and Tier 1 companies spanning several sectors, TR delivers comprehensive 
 support to its customers across every requirement, from concept design 
 through to technical engineering consultancy, manufacturing, supply management 
 and global logistics. 
 For more information, visit 
 Investor website: www.trifast.com 
 Commercial website: www.trfastenings.com 
 LinkedIn : www.linkedin.com/company/tr-fastenings 
 Twitter: www.twitter.com/trfastenings 
 Facebook : www.facebook.com/trfastenings 
 
 
 Electronic communications 
 The Company is not proposing to bulk print and distribute hard copies 
  of this half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 
  2020. Copies can be requested via corporate.enquiries@trifast.com or, 
  in writing to, The Company Secretary, Trifast plc, Trifast House, Bellbrook 
  Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QW. News updates, Regulatory News 
  and Financial statements, can be viewed and downloaded from the Group's 
  website, www.trifast.com. 
 
 
 Forward-looking statements 
 This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements. These 
  reflect the knowledge and information available to the Company during 
  the preparation and up to the publication of this document. By their 
  very nature, these statements depend upon circumstances and relate to 
  events that may occur in the future thereby involving a degree of uncertainty. 
  Therefore, nothing in this document should be construed as a profit forecast 
  by the Company. 
 

TRIFAST PLC

HALF-YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORT

FOR THE SIX MONTHSED 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

BUSINESS REVIEW

Unless stated otherwise, comparisons with prior year are calculated at constant currency (CER) and where we refer to 'underlying', this is defined as being before separately disclosed items (see note 2). CER calculations have been calculated by translating the HY2021 figures by the average HY2020 exchange rate.

The impact of foreign exchange movements has decreased our AER revenue by 0.4%, GBP0.5m (HY2020: increased by 0.9%, GBP0.9m), our AER underlying profit before tax by 0.9%, GBPnil (HY2020: increased by 1.7%, GBP0.2m) and our AER underlying diluted EPS by 1.1%, 0.07p (HY2020: increased by 1.9%, 0.13p).

Our Group performance

 
 Underlying measures             HY2021     Change     HY2021     Change      HY2020 
                                    CER     at CER        AER     at AER 
 Revenue                       GBP81.5m    (21.0)%   GBP81.0m    (21.4)%   GBP103.1m 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 GP%                              27.1%   (170)bps      27.0%   (180)bps       28.8% 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Underlying EBITDA*             GBP7.5m    (45.5)%    GBP7.4m    (46.3)%    GBP13.7m 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Underlying EBITDA%*               9.2%   (410)bps       9.1%   (420)bps       13.3% 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Underlying operating 
  profit (UOP)*                 GBP4.6m    (58.0)%    GBP4.6m    (58.9)%    GBP11.1m 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 UOP%*                             5.7%   (500)bps       5.6%   (510)bps       10.7% 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Underlying profit before 
  tax*                          GBP4.1m    (60.8)%    GBP4.1m    (61.7)%    GBP10.6m 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Underlying diluted EPS*          2.38p    (63.5)%      2.31p    (64.6)%       6.52p 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Return on capital employed 
  ROCE*                                                  7.8%   (870)bps       16.5% 
----------------------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 GAAP measures 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Operating profit                                     GBP3.2m    (62.6)%     GBP8.4m 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Operating profit %                                      3.9%   (430)bps        8.2% 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Profit before tax                                    GBP2.7m    (66.5)%     GBP7.9m 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 Diluted EPS                                            1.48p    (69.3)%       4.82p 
                              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- 
 

*Before separately disclosed items (see notes 2, 6 and 9)

The first half of FY2021 has been an extremely turbulent and challenging time for the business. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on trading in the first quarter. However as a result of swift and significant action taken, all the Group's facilities were back open and operational by 30 April 2020 and we are pleased to report we have kept supply chains open and did not let a single customer down over this difficult period.

As a result of this disruption, revenue in April 2020 was approximately 50 percent lower year-on-year, with profitability severely impacted. As previously reported, trading results in subsequent months continued to grow with a step change in June followed by incremental improvements against FY2020 throughout the rest of HY1. In the month of September, the Group overall returned to year-on-year growth, a trend that we have continued to see across October and into November.

End markets across all our key sectors had a weak start to the year, with the automotive sector showing the slowest start to recovery and making up a reduced 27% of Group revenues in the period (HY2020: 33%; FY2020:

34%).  Encouragingly, towards the end of Q2, we saw   a more steady state recovery in this market. 

In the context of this high degree of uncertainty and volatility in the macroeconomic climate, we were pleased that we were able to contain the reduction in revenue to 21.0% to GBP81.5m (AER: down 21.4% to GBP81.0m; HY2020: GBP103.1m).

Gross margins have reduced by 170bps to 27.1% (HY2020: 28.8%) as fixed and semi-fixed costs are less easily absorbed by the reduction in sales, product mixes shift, and stock provisioning levels increase. Notwithstanding the mitigating cost saving actions we undertook, operational gearing has seen our underlying operating margins decrease by 500bps to 5.7% (HY2020: 10.7%).

Our underlying PBT is down 60.8% at CER to GBP4.1m (AER: 61.7%, to GBP4.1m, HY2020: GBP10.6m). This has resulted in a reduction in our underlying diluted earnings per share (EPS) at CER, down 63.5% to 2.38p and at AER, down 64.6% to 2.31p (HY2020: 6.52p).

Our cash generation has been strong over the period with an underlying conversion rate of 138.5% (HY2020: 60.5%). We remain in a net cash position following on from the successful equity raise in June 2020. We continue to have good access to banking facilities, with headroom of c.GBP40m, providing us with the security and flexibility to continue to invest in our future growth.

Revenue (CER)

We have seen challenging conditions across all our regions, with revenue reductions for the period ranging from 15.1% to 25.0%.

Europe has seen the smallest revenue decrease of 15.1% to GBP31.5m (AER: down 15.4% to GBP31.4m, HY2020: GBP37.1m) with automotive production shutdowns and subsequent volume reductions in Holland and Sweden having driven the biggest element of the decline. This has been partially offset by increased electronics volumes in Hungary as well as new automotive platform wins in our fast-growing Spanish greenfield site. Trading conditions in the general industrial sector in Germany have remained muted. In Italy, domestic appliances sales have reduced due to local lockdowns and manufacturing volume decreases at a number of our key OEMs. This being said, recovery in this sector has been faster, allowing our European region overall to consistently grow each month of Q2 against the prior year.

The UK has seen the highest reduction in revenues of 25.0% to GBP28.8m (AER: down 25.0% to GBP28.8m, HY2020: GBP38.4m). Automotive shutdowns extended longer into Q1 than in any other region, subsequent manufacturing volumes have been slower to recover and we have seen the continued pushback of start of production dates on several key platform builds. Distributor and general industrial trading volumes have also declined, reflecting the levels of general uncertainty in the marketplace and the slower relative recovery in the UK economy. On the positive side, we are pleased to report that PTS, our UK stainless steel distributor, continues to perform well year-on-year in this more specialist market.

In Asia, revenues declined by 23.4% to GBP22.7m (AER: down 24.4% to GBP22.4m, HY2020: GBP29.6m). Lockdowns and reduced manufacturing volumes in Malaysia significantly reduced electronics, domestic appliances and automotive sales in Q1. Recovery in all these local markets started to feed through towards the end of Q2, although this has been slower on the automotive side. In Taiwan, sales to European and US automotive distributors have reduced significantly as production volumes decreased. In contrast, our Shanghai operations have grown by 6.1% in the six-month period, reflecting a quicker COVID-19 recovery in the domestic market, especially in the automotive and medical sectors.

In the USA, sales have reduced by 21.5% to GBP4.3m (AER: down 22.4% to GBP4.2m, HY2020: GBP5.5m), primarily as a result of reduced automotive production volumes at a number of key multinational Tier 1 customers operating in the region. By the end of Q2, we had just started to see this turn around, allowing our smallest region to record an overall Q2 growth against the prior year.

Underlying operating profit (CER)

Despite the 21.0% reduction in revenue and our in-built operational gearing, we have been able to restrict the reduction in underlying operating profit to a 58.0% decrease to GBP4.6m (AER: 58.9% to GBP4.6m, HY2020: GBP11.1m). This is the direct result of swift and effective cost saving actions including: pay-rise and bonus deferrals, recruitment freezes, reduced travel and discretionary spend and the use of job retention schemes.

In Europe, we have seen a reduction in UOP margins of 110bps to 7.4% (HY2020: 8.5%, FY2020: 7.9%). This primarily reflects the fall in sales against a fixed and semi-fixed cost base, offset by overhead cost savings and available government support programmes.

In the UK, UOP margins have reduced by 820bps to 2.1% (HY2020: 10.3%, FY2020: 9.1%), primarily due to operational gearing effects on a 25% revenue reduction combined with a shift in product mix due to lower distributor sales and higher stock provisioning levels. Appropriate cost savings have been made at both gross margin and overhead level to help mitigate the overall impact.

In Asia, UOP margins have decreased by 150bps to 14.4% (HY2020: 15.9%, FY2020: 15.1%). The reduction in sales has had the biggest negative impact on returns. However, cost saving actions taken and access to more generous regional government support programmes have helped to largely offset the impact of this. This is despite a balance sheet translation loss of GBP0.6m (HY2020: gain of <GBP0.1m) as the US$ has weakened against our main Asian trading currencies in the period.

In the USA, we have seen the biggest reduction in UOP margin of 900bps to a loss of 4.2% (HY2020: profit of 4.8%, FY2020: profit of 2.0%). Here the reduction in sales against a fixed and semi-fixed cost base has been further compounded by higher stock holding and provisioning levels as start of production dates have shifted outwards. Careful cost savings have been made, although this is more difficult in a region where we are investing for a return to high organic growth in the short to medium term.

Net financing costs (AER)

Net interest costs have remained in line with last year at GBP0.5m (HY2020: GBP0.5m) despite the decrease in average net debt reflecting higher average cash holding levels in the period.

Taxation (AER)

The HY2021 underlying effective tax rate (UETR) and effective tax rate (ETR) are higher at 25.4% and 26.7% than the previous half year. (HY2020: 23.4% and 24.5%, FY2020: 23.1% and 107.8%).

This is as a result of adjustments in respect of prior years in the period partially offset by a change in the mix of profits by legal entity. The main reason for the difference between the FY2020 ETR of 107.8% is due to the impairment charges and reduced deferred tax on share options in FY2020.

Subject to future tax changes and excluding adjustments in respect of prior years, our normalised underlying ETR is expected to remain in the range of 22-25% going forward.

Earnings per share (AER)

The reduction in underlying profit before tax, has decreased our underlying diluted EPS by 64.6% to 2.31p (HY2020: 6.52p). Diluted EPS has decreased to 1.48p (HY2020: 4.82p).

Dividend

In order to allow us to appropriately manage our financial position and flexibility in the current uncertain times, we are not proposing an interim dividend for HY2021 (FY2020: interim of 1.20p, final of 0.0p). The Board plans to review this decision before year-end, depending on how the wider macroeconomic environment develops. As a Board, we remain keen that dividends play their part in our total shareholder returns (TSR) as soon as is practical.

Return on Capital Employed (AER)

As at 30 September 2020, the Group's shareholders' equity increased to GBP132.1m (FY2020: GBP115.7m). The GBP16.4m uplift reflects retained earnings of GBP0.5m (HY2020: GBP1.3m), net proceeds from the equity raise in June 2020 of GBP15.4m and a foreign exchange reserve gain of GBP0.4m.

Over this increased asset base and given the challenging macroeconomic trading conditions, our ROCE has reduced to 7.8% (FY2020: 12.0%).

At the 30 September 2020, the number of shares still held by the Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) to honour future equity award commitments had reduced to 830,610 shares (FY2020: 1,028,191 shares).

Adjusted net cash (AER)

As at the 30 September 2020 the Group is in an adjusted net cash position of GBP3.4m (FY2020: adjusted net debt of GBP15.2m). Some GBP15.4m of this increase relates to the net proceeds from the equity raise.

Cash generation has been strong, with an increased conversion rate of underlying EBITDA to underlying cash of 138.5% (HY 2020: 60.5%, FY2020: 95.9%). We are particularly pleased to report that stock levels have remained stable against the year end at GBP59.0m (FY2020: GBP59.2m). This reflects a concerted effort across the business to effectively manage purchasing decisions despite the high degree of uncertainty in the market and the reduction in sales. As expected, we have also seen a noticeable reduction in trade debtors, down GBP3.7m (cashflow impact: GBP3.9m), as these are trailing a comparatively quieter Q2.

Supporting the Board's ongoing strategic investments in the business. capital expenditure in the period amounted to GBP1.5m (HY2020: GBP1.9m). With GBP0.6m in regard to Project Atlas, in addition to GBP0.9m of plant and machinery routine maintenance spend across our manufacturing sites.

Including the impact of IFRS16 Leases, the Group's net debt position would be GBP10.5m (FY2020: net debt of GBP30.3m).

Post balance sheet event - Disposal of TR Formac (Malaysia) SDN Bhd

Following a strategic review of the Group's businesses around the world, the Board made the decision to dispose of our smallest manufacturing site in Penang, Malaysia. In contrast to the rest of our production facilities, this business is focused on more standard product manufacture and was, therefore, no longer considered a good fit with the Group's strategic direction.

Assets and liabilities are shown as Held for Sale at the 30 September 2020. On 04 November 2020, the sale to the local Managing Director was completed for proceeds of GBP0.2m. Final calculations are still being performed, however the loss on sale (including the recycling of the relevant foreign exchange reserve) is expected to be c.GBP0.3m.

Operational Executive Board (OEB)

At the start of this financial year we updated shareholders on the creation of an Operational Executive Board (OEB) made up of global and cross-functional leaders. The Board is delighted by the early impact this team has made in driving the Group's strategy. This has been primarily centred on a review and development of the Group's organic growth and efficiency opportunities to drive operational gearing benefits, including initiatives relating to:

 
 
       *    Strategic sales expansion - product, sector, 
            geography 
 
       *    Sourcing strategy - external and intercompany 
            supplier management 
 *    Manufacturing process efficiency 
 
 *    Atlas benefits case realisation 
 
 
        *    Targeted cost optimisation - clear focus on 
             measured/appropriate actions to position the business 
             for future growth 
 

Acquisitions

In the latest Annual Report, we highlighted that we would shortly be joined by an experienced M&A professional, Paul Ranson, to lead our global acquisition activities. This has now taken place and his initial weeks have been spent reviewing acquisition criteria, processes and opportunities with the relevant teams and external advisers. In a fragmented market with a track record of successful integration, acquisitions remain a vital part of the long-term strategy and we continue to believe that the current macro uncertainty is likely to generate more opportunities.

Project Atlas

As planned HY1 has been about upfront site by site preparations, and additional development and training of our teams to increase internal expertise and self-sufficiency. As a result of all that hard work, we are delighted to report that with minimal disruption our first pilot site, Mallow in Ireland, successfully went live at the beginning of October 2020.

The Project team are now working hard on getting ready for our next roll-out in the new year. There can be no doubt that COVID-19 is causing some practical issues with roll-out, especially with the second wave of infections taking hold in Europe and the USA. We will continue to monitor this situation carefully and react accordingly.

Our global HR system is also in the process of being implemented around the Group. The first site in Holland successfully went live in October 2020 and roll-out across the rest of Europe and the USA has quickly followed. All distribution sites in both of these regions were on board at the start of November.

Because of the work undertaken to date on this project, we have incurred direct costs of GBP1.1m in HY2021 (cumulatively GBP11.1m), largely relating to project team, consultancy, testing and training costs. We have excluded GBP0.5m of these costs from our underlying results, (see note 2), to reflect the unusual scale and one-off nature of this project. In line with accounting standards, we have also recognised the remaining GBP0.6m (cumulatively GBP5.0m) as fixed assets on the balance sheet at 30 September 2020. These will start to be amortised as the new IT system is rolled out across our global sites.

Looking ahead from a strong foundation

In HY2021, the Group has delivered a resilient performance despite the extremely challenging market conditions and the impact of COVID-19.

In the short term, the outlook for the macroeconomic environment remains uncertain. Second waves of infection in our major markets in the UK, Europe and the USA and any resulting local lockdowns could impact on operations or trading volumes. However, we have already demonstrated that as a business we can react quickly and effectively in the face of such disruption.

When it comes to Brexit, our cross-functional team, which has been in place for the last three years, has completed its contingency planning. We currently consider that both the operational and financial impact of any Brexit scenario will be manageable in the short-term, although longer-term implications for the wider UK economy remain less easy to predict.

Encouragingly, volumes have begun to recover in all key end markets. We have not lost any customers and we continue to hold preferred supplier status at a wide range of large manufacturers across the globe. We are not complacent, but we are excited by the activity levels and pipeline of opportunities that we are seeing, with additional prospects for growth already secured, and enquiries underway across a number of sectors including electric vehicle, 5G and medical.

The long-term fundamentals of our business model and strategy remain unchanged. We believe that the combination of our reputation for Trusted Reliability, our flexible and established global supplier networks, and our balance sheet strength put us in a great position to make the most of both the organic and M&A opportunities that are likely to arise as the competitor landscape shifts and demand builds in the market.

The Board therefore remains committed to its ongoing investment driven growth strategy and is optimistic for the medium and long-term future.

RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

The Directors do not consider that the principal risks and uncertainties of the Group have changed since the publication in July 2020 of the Group's Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2020. The principal risks and uncertainties include: COVID-19 and the macroeconomic environment, a major quality issue, a breach of cyber security and Brexit. A copy of this publication can be found on the website www.trifast.com.

No system can fully eliminate risk and therefore the understanding of operational risk is central to the management process within TR. The Group operates a system of internal control and risk management to provide assurance that we are managing risk whilst achieving our business objectives. Risk assessment reviews are regularly carried out by management, with responsibilities for monitoring and mitigating personally allocated to a broad spread of individual managers. These reviews are analysed and discussed at Audit Committee meetings chaired by our Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

As with all businesses, the Group faces risks, with some not wholly within its control, which could have a material impact on the Group, and may affect its performance with actual results becoming materially different from both forecast and historic results. There are indications that the macroeconomic climate is still under pressure, and so, we continue to remain vigilant for any indications that could adversely impact expected results going forward. Past and future acquisitions can also carry impairment risks on goodwill should there be a sustained downturn in trading within an acquired subsidiary.

The long-term success of the Group depends on the ongoing review, assessment and management of the key business risks it faces.

Trifast plc - responsibility statement

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

-- the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.

   --    the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by: 
 
   a. DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being 
    an indication of important events that have occurred during the first 
    six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set 
    of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and 
    uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and 
   b. DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being 
    related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months 
    of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial 
    position or performance of the entity during that period; and any changes 
    in the related party transactions described in the last annual report 
    that could do so. 
 

Mark Belton, Chief Executive Officer

Clare Foster, Chief Financial Officer

23 November 2020

Condensed consolidated interim income statement

Unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

 
                                                          Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                               ended          ended      ended 
                                                        30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                                2020           2019       2020 
                                                Notes         GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Continuing operations 
Revenue                                          3            81,018        103,107    200,221 
Cost of sales                                               (59,117)       (73,461)  (145,114) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Gross profit                                                  21,901         29,646     55,107 
Other operating income                                           299            165        424 
Distribution expenses                                        (1,955)        (2,311)    (4,627) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 Administrative expenses before separately 
  disclosed items                                           (15,692)       (16,423)   (32,815) 
 IFRS 2 share-based payment charge               2              (69)          (581)    (2,030) 
 Cost on exercise of executive share options     2              (24)           (88)      (307) 
 Acquired intangible amortisation                2             (718)          (712)    (1,409) 
 Project Atlas                                   2             (497)        (1,267)    (2,505) 
 Impairments in goodwill                         2                 -              -    (7,761) 
 Loss on assets in disposal group classified 
  as Held for Sale                             2, 13            (35)              -          - 
 Equity raise costs                            2, 12            (59)              -          - 
Total administrative expenses                               (17,094)       (19,071)   (46,827) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Operating profit                                               3,151          8,429      4,077 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Financial income                                                  18             44         82 
Financial expenses                                             (517)          (550)    (1,117) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Net financing costs                              3             (499)          (506)    (1,035) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Profit before tax                                3             2,652          7,923      3,042 
Taxation                                         4             (709)        (1,938)    (3,280) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Profit/(loss) for the period 
 (attributable to equity shareholders of 
 the parent company)                                           1,943          5,985      (238) 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Earnings/(loss) per share 
Basic                                            6             1.48p          4.92p    (0.19)p 
Diluted                                          6             1.48p          4.82p    (0.19)p 
---------------------------------------------  ------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income

Unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

 
                                                               Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                                    ended          ended      ended 
                                                             30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                                     2020           2019       2020 
                                                                   GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Profit /(loss) for the period                                       1,943          5,985      (238) 
Other comprehensive income: 
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations           1,562          3,439      1,342 
Loss on a hedge of a net investment taken to equity               (1,199)        (1,142)      (924) 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Other comprehensive income recognised directly in 
 equity, net of income tax                                            363          2,297        418 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Total comprehensive income recognised for the period 
 (attributable to equity shareholders of the parent 
 company)                                                           2,306          8,282        180 
----------------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in equity

Unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

 
                                      Share     Share    Merger  Own shares  Translation   Retained    Total 
                                    capital   premium   Reserve        held      reserve   Earnings   equity 
                                     GBP000    GBP000    GBP000      GBP000       GBP000     GBP000   GBP000 
---------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Balance at 1 April 2020               6,132    22,340         -     (1,934)       14,406     74,716  115,660 
Total comprehensive income 
 for the period: 
Profit for the period                     -         -         -           -            -      1,943    1,943 
Other comprehensive income 
 for the year                             -         -         -           -          363          -      363 
Total comprehensive income 
 for the period                           -         -         -           -          363      1,943    2,306 
---------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Transactions with owners, 
 recorded directly 
 in equity: 
Issue of share capital                  664        18    14,807           -            -          -   15,489 
Share based payment transactions 
 (net of tax)                             -         -         -           -            -         59       59 
Movement in own shares 
 held                                     -         -         -         372            -      (372)        - 
Presentation transfer to 
 merger reserve*                          -         -     1,521           -            -    (1,521)        - 
Dividends                                 -         -         -           -            -    (1,457)  (1,457) 
---------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Total transactions with 
 owners                                 664        18    16,328         372            -    (3,291)   14,091 
---------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Balance at 30 September 
 2020                                 6,796    22,358    16,328     (1,562)       14,769     73,368  132,057 
---------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
 

*Previously the merger reserve was reported in retained earnings at a consolidated level. Due to the additional merger reserve created from the equity raise (see note 12) in the current period, management now consider it appropriate to separately disclose the merger reserve. Therefore, we have transferred the GBP1.5m previously reported in retained earnings to the merger reserve.

 
Unaudited results for the               Share     Share  Own shares  Translation   Retained    Total 
 six months ended 30 September        capital   premium        held      reserve   earnings   equity 
 2019                                  GBP000    GBP000      GBP000       GBP000     GBP000   GBP000 
-----------------------------------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Balance at 1 April 2019                 6,095    21,914     (3,019)       13,988     81,046  120,024 
Total comprehensive income for 
 the period: 
Profit for the period                       -         -           -            -      5,985    5,985 
Other comprehensive income for 
 the year                                   -         -           -        2,297          -    2,297 
Total comprehensive income for 
 the period                                 -         -           -        2,297      5,985    8,282 
-----------------------------------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Transactions with owners, recorded 
 directly 
 in equity: 
Issue of share capital                      1        23           -            -          -       24 
Share based payment transactions 
 (net of tax)                               -         -           -            -        482      482 
Dividends                                   -         -           -            -    (5,134)  (5,134) 
-----------------------------------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Total transactions with owners              1        23           -            -    (4,652)  (4,628) 
-----------------------------------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
Balance at 30 September 2019            6,096    21,937     (3,019)       16,285     82,379  123,678 
-----------------------------------  --------  --------  ----------  -----------  ---------  ------- 
 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of financial position

Unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

 
                                                     30 September  30 September  31 March 
                                                             2020          2019      2020 
                                              Notes        GBP000        GBP000    GBP000 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Non-current assets 
Property, plant, and equipment                             20,302        21,130    20,427 
Right-of-use asset                                         12,598        14,732    13,788 
Intangible assets                                          39,392        46,352    39,155 
Deferred tax assets                                         2,114         2,251     1,926 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Total non-current assets                                   74,406        84,465    75,296 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Current assets 
Inventories                                                59,005        63,271    59,187 
Trade and other receivables                                49,277        51,908    52,928 
Cash and cash equivalents                      14          29,822        25,027    28,727 
Assets in disposal group classified as Held 
 for Sale                                      13             682             -         - 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Total current assets                                      138,786       140,206   140,842 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Total assets                                    3         213,192       224,671   216,138 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Current liabilities 
Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings     7               -           537       266 
Trade and other payables                                   33,440        34,032    34,914 
Right-of-use liabilities                        7           2,873         2,933     3,113 
Tax payable                                                 2,403         1,748     1,817 
Dividends payable                               5               -         3,688         - 
Liabilities in disposal group classified 
 as Held for Sale                              13             204             -         - 
Total current liabilities                                  38,920        42,938    40,110 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Non-current liabilities 
Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings     7          26,548        40,204    43,622 
Right-of-use liabilities                        7          11,056        13,115    11,996 
Provisions                                                    959           959       959 
Deferred tax liabilities                                    3,652         3,777     3,791 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Total non-current liabilities                              42,215        58,055    60,368 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Total liabilities                               3          81,135       100,993   100,478 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Net assets                                                132,057       123,678   115,660 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Equity 
Share capital                                               6,796         6,096     6,132 
Share premium                                              22,358        21,937    22,340 
Merger reserve                                 12          16,328             -         - 
Own shares held                                10         (1,562)       (3,019)   (1,934) 
Translation reserve                                        14,769        16,285    14,406 
Retained earnings                                          73,368        82,379    74,716 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
Total equity                                              132,057       123,678   115,660 
--------------------------------------------  -----  ------------  ------------  -------- 
 

Condensed consolidated interim statement of cash flows

Unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

 
                                                               Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                                    ended          ended      ended 
                                                             30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                                     2020           2019       2020 
                                                     Notes         GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
---------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Cash flows from operating activities 
Profit /(loss) for the period                                       1,943          5,985      (238) 
Adjustments for: 
      Depreciation, amortisation, and impairment                    1,919          1,872     11,541 
      Right-of-use asset depreciation                               1,616          1,487      3,118 
      Unrealised foreign currency loss/(gain)                          74           (95)         89 
      Financial income                                               (18)           (44)       (82) 
      Financial expense (excluding right-of-use 
       liabilities' financial expense)                                361            378        752 
      Right-of-use liabilities' financial expense                     156            172        365 
      Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment, 
       and investments                                                  -            (3)        (3) 
      Loss on assets in disposal group classified 
       as Held for Sale                                                35              -          - 
      Equity settled share-based payment charge                        59            539      1,981 
      Taxation charge                                                 709          1,938      3,280 
      Costs incurred on issue of share capital                         59              -          - 
Operating cash inflow before changes in 
 working capital 
 and provisions                                                     6,913         12,229     20,803 
Change in trade and other receivables                               3,932          2,918      2,060 
Change in inventories                                                 339        (4,528)    (1,217) 
Change in trade and other payables                                (1,516)        (3,469)    (2,242) 
Cash generated from operations                                      9,668          7,150     19,404 
Tax paid                                                            (542)        (2,159)    (3,889) 
---------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Net cash from operating activities                                  9,126          4,991     15,515 
---------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Cash flows from investing activities 
Proceeds from sale of property, plant & 
 equipment                                                              -              -          7 
Interest received                                                      18             45         82 
Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired                         -          (503)      (503) 
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment, 
 and intangibles                                                  (1,547)        (1,899)    (4,594) 
Net cash used in investing activities                             (1,529)        (2,357)    (5,008) 
---------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Cash flows from financing activities 
Net proceeds from the issue of share capital          12           15,430             24        447 
Purchase of own shares                                                  -              -    (1,693) 
Proceeds from new loan                                                  -         46,774     45,026 
Repayment of borrowings                                          (18,627)       (46,638)   (41,620) 
Repayment of right-of-use liabilities                             (1,782)        (1,729)    (3,487) 
Payment from finance leases                                             -           (17)       (74) 
Dividends paid                                                    (1,457)        (1,447)    (5,134) 
Interest paid                                                       (275)          (378)      (752) 
---------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Net cash used in financing activities                             (6,711)        (3,411)    (7,287) 
---------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents                8              886          (777)      3,220 
Cash and cash equivalents at 1 April                               28,727         25,199     25,199 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on 
 cash held                                                            320            605        308 
---------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period           7,14          29,933         25,027     28,727 
---------------------------------------------------  -----  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

NOTES TO THE HALF-YEARLY FINANCIAL REPORT

Unaudited results for the six months ended 30 September 2020

1. Basis of preparation

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules (DTR) of the Financial Conduct Authority and International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) IAS 34: Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU. They do not include all the information required for full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group as at, and for, the year ended 31 March 2020. The annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the EU.

This statement does not comprise full financial statements within the meaning of Section 495 and 496 of the Companies Act 2006. The statement is unaudited but has been reviewed by BDO LLP and their Report is set out at the end of this document.

The comparative figures for the financial year ended 31 March 2020 are not the Company's statutory accounts for that financial year and have been extracted from the full Annual Report and Accounts for that financial year. Those accounts have been reported on by the Company's auditor and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Report of the Auditors was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their Report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared on the basis of accounting policies set out in the full Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020.

Going concern

The Group's business activities, together with the factors (including the impact of COVID-19) likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the accompanying Business Review from the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. The financial position of the Group, its cash flows, liquidity position and borrowing facilities are also described in the same report. In addition, note 27 to the Group's previously published financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020 include the Group's objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital; its financial risk management objectives; details of its financial instruments and hedging activities; and its exposures to credit risk and liquidity risk.

Current trading and forecasts show that the Group will continue to be profitable and generate cash. The banking facilities and covenants that are in place provide appropriate headroom against forecasts. Considering the current forecasts, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual financial statements.

Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRSs requires management to make estimates, judgements and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions take account of the circumstances and facts at the period end, historical experience of similar situations and other factors that are believed to be reasonable and relevant, the results which form the basis of making the judgements about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily available from other sources. Actual results may ultimately differ from these estimates.

In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty include those disclosed in the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020.

The key judgement made by management relates to Project Atlas costs meeting the capitalisation criteria under IAS 38 Intangible Assets, allowing directly attributable costs to be capitalised. No other key judgements have been made, other than those involving estimations. The key sources of estimation uncertainty are inventory valuation and recoverability of goodwill.

In the 31 March 2020 consolidated financial statements, in note 14, specific disclosure was made around sensitivity to changes in key assumptions relating to impairment testing for the recoverability of goodwill relating to TR VIC (GBP3.1m). COVID-19 impacted short to medium-term cash flows as well as a higher than usual discount rate at year end, resulting in an impairment. As at 30 September 2020, this discount rate had reduced to 9.3% (FY2020: 10.8%). However, we note that the ongoing recoverability of the TR VIC goodwill amount continues to be sensitive to any subsequent increase in this rate.

2. Underlying profit before tax and separately disclosed items

 
                                                          Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                               ended          ended      ended 
                                                        30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                                2020           2019       2020 
                                                              GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Underlying profit before tax                                   4,054         10,571     17,054 
Separately disclosed items within administrative 
 expenses: 
      IFRS 2 share-based payment charge                         (69)          (581)    (2,030) 
      Cost on exercise of executive share options               (24)           (88)      (307) 
      Acquired intangible amortisation                         (718)          (712)    (1,409) 
      Project Atlas                                            (497)        (1,267)    (2,505) 
      Impairment of goodwill                                       -              -    (7,761) 
      Loss on assets in disposal group classified as 
       Held for Sale                                            (35)              -          - 
      Equity raise costs                                        (59)              -          - 
Profit before tax                                              2,652          7,923      3,042 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 
 
                                                          Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                               ended          ended      ended 
                                                        30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                                2020           2019       2020 
                                                              GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
Underlying EBITDA                                              7,370         13,724     23,525 
Separately disclosed items within administrative 
 expenses: 
      IFRS 2 share-based payment charge                         (69)          (581)    (2,030) 
      Cost on exercise of executive share options               (24)           (88)      (307) 
      Project Atlas                                            (497)        (1,267)    (2,505) 
      Impairment of goodwill                                       -              -    (7,761) 
      Loss on assets in disposal group classified as 
       Held for Sale                                            (35)              -          - 
      Equity raise costs                                        (59)              -          - 
EBITDA                                                         6,686         11,788     10,922 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Acquired intangible amortisation                               (718)          (712)    (1,409) 
Depreciation (including right-of-use depreciation) 
 and non-acquired amortisation                               (2,817)        (2,647)    (5,436) 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Operating profit                                               3,151          8,429      4,077 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

Consistent with prior periods, management feel it is appropriate to remove event driven costs and certain non-trading items included above to better allow the reader of the accounts to understand the underlying performance of the Group. Further reconciliations of underlying measures to IFRS measures can be found in note 9.

IFRS2 share based payment charges have continued to be specifically presented as separately disclosed items within administrative expenses. We understand that these costs are more conventionally included within underlying results and we confirm management's intention to present these as such at the appropriate time. However, currently the underlying equity award schemes that form the basis of these charges are under a period of significant development.

This includes:

 
 
        *    the cessation of the Board deferred equity schemes 
             that were in operation from FY2014 to FY2017 
 
        *    the one-off introduction of a three-year Senior 
             Manager deferred equity bonus award in FY2016 
 
        *    the introduction of the current annual, rolling 
             three-year Board LTIP share awards in FY2018; and 
 
        *    the subsequent introduction of a new annual, rolling 
             three-year Senior Manager LTIP share award scheme in 
             FY2020 
 

As a result of the above, the annual IFRS2 charge is expected to be subject to a significant degree of volatility until we reach a more stable ongoing position. We consider that this ongoing volatility, if presented within our underlying results in the short to medium-term, will only detract readers from being able to gain a clear understanding of the Group's underlying trading position.

Management will continue to periodically assess this decision to determine when IFRS2 share based payment charges will become part of the underlying results. The rationale for the exclusion of Project Atlas costs is provided within the Business Review.

3. Geographical operating segments

The Group is comprised of the following main geographical operating segments:

 
      -- UK 
      -- Europe: includes Norway, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, 
       Italy, Holland, Spain and Poland 
      -- USA: includes USA and Mexico 
 
        *    Asia: includes Malaysia, China, Singapore, Taiwan, 
             Thailand, Philippines and India 
 

In presenting information on the basis of geographical operating segments, segment revenue and segment assets are based on the geographical location of our entities across the world consolidated into the four distinct geographical regions, which the Board use to monitor and assess the Group.

Goodwill and intangible assets acquired on business combinations are included in the region to which they relate. This is consistent with the internal management reports that are reviewed by the Chief Operating Decision Maker.

Segment revenue and results under the primary reporting format for the six months ended 30 September 2020 and 2019 are disclosed in the table below:

 
                                                                               Central 
                                                                                costs, 
                                                                                assets 
                                                                                   and 
                                        UK    Europe       USA      Asia   liabilities     Total 
September 2020                      GBP000    GBP000    GBP000    GBP000        GBP000    GBP000 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  -------- 
Revenue* 
Revenue from external customers     26,948    30,792     4,158    19,120             -    81,018 
Inter segment revenue                1,875       577        84     3,262             -     5,798 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  -------- 
Total revenue                       28,823    31,369     4,242    22,382             -    86,816 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  -------- 
Underlying operating profit 
 (see note 9)                          617     2,291     (180)     3,222       (1,397)     4,553 
Net financing costs                   (68)      (56)      (34)      (25)         (316)     (499) 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  -------- 
Underlying profit before tax           549     2,235     (214)     3,197       (1,713)     4,054 
Separately disclosed items 
 (see note 2)                                                                            (1,402) 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  -------- 
Profit before tax                                                                          2,652 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  -------- 
Specific disclosure items 
Depreciation and amortisation        (978)   (1,417)     (122)     (969)          (49)   (3,535) 
Assets and liabilities 
Non-current asset additions            249       818         -       177           656     1,900 
Segment assets^                     62,306    71,376     8,607    61,629         9,274   213,192 
Segment liabilities               (21,715)  (16,043)   (1,530)  (13,552)      (28,295)  (81,135) 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  -------- 
 
 
                                                                               Central 
                                                                                costs, 
                                                                                assets 
                                                                                   and 
                                        UK    Europe       USA      Asia   liabilities      Total 
September 2019                      GBP000    GBP000    GBP000    GBP000        GBP000     GBP000 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  --------- 
Revenue* 
Revenue from external customers     36,963    36,093     5,351    24,700             -    103,107 
Inter segment revenue                1,459       972       120     4,903             -      7,454 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  --------- 
Total revenue                       38,422    37,065     5,471    29,603             -    110,561 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  --------- 
Underlying operating profit 
 (see note 9)                        3,979     3,136       260     4,700         (998)     11,077 
Net financing costs                   (89)      (47)      (61)      (10)         (299)      (506) 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  --------- 
Underlying profit before tax         3,890     3,089       199     4,690       (1,297)     10,571 
Separately disclosed items 
 (see note 2)                                                                             (2,648) 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  --------- 
Profit before tax                                                                           7,923 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  --------- 
Specific disclosure items 
Depreciation and amortisation        (870)   (1,372)     (113)     (953)          (51)    (3,359) 
Assets and liabilities 
Non-current asset additions          2,385       342       958        47         1,280      5,012 
Segment assets^                     67,192    76,909     9,159    63,152         8,259    224,671 
Segment liabilities               (25,080)  (16,487)   (1,353)  (13,319)      (44,754)  (100,993) 
--------------------------------  --------  --------  --------  --------  ------------  --------- 
 

* Revenue is derived from the manufacture and logistical supply of industrial fasteners and category 'C' components

^ Goodwill associated with the UK acquisition of Serco-Ryan in 2005 of GBP4,083k has been reclassified from Central costs, assets and liabilities to UK as this is considered a more appropriate reflection of where the benefit of this asset is held

4. Taxation

 
                                           Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                ended          ended      ended 
                                         30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                 2020           2019       2020 
                                               GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
--------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Current tax on income for the period 
UK tax                                              -            134         59 
Foreign tax                                       920          1,902      3,181 
Deferred tax (income)/expense                   (328)          (103)        172 
Adjustments in respect of prior years             117              5      (132) 
--------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
                                                  709          1,938      3,280 
--------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

The HY2021 underlying effective tax rate (ETR) of 25.4% (HY2020: 23.4%) is broadly in line with our normalised ETR range of c.22.5-25%, based on the geographical split of the Group's profits. The effective tax rate has increased to 26.7% (HY2020: 24.5%) due to the adjustments in respect of prior years, partially offset by a change in the mix of profits by legal entity.

5. Dividends

There is no dividend payable for HY2021 (FY2020: interim of 1.20p, final of 0.0p). For further details, see the Business Review.

6. Earnings per share

The calculation of earnings per 5 pence ordinary share is based on profit for the period after taxation and the weighted average number of shares in the period of 130,928,786 (net of own shares held) (HY2020: 121,737,700, FY2020: 122,171,272).

The calculation of the fully diluted earnings per 5 pence ordinary share is based on profit for the period after taxation. In accordance with IAS 33 the weighted average number of shares in the period has been adjusted to take account of the effects of all dilutive potential ordinary shares (net of own shares held). The number of shares used in the calculation amount to 130,933,814 (HY2020: 124,221,747 FY2020: 122,171,272).

The underlying diluted earnings per share, which in the Directors' opinion best reflects the underlying performance of the Group, is detailed below:

 
                                                          Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                               ended          ended      ended 
                                                        30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                                2020           2019       2020 
                                                              GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Profit/(loss) after tax for the period                         1,943          5,985      (238) 
Separately disclosed items: 
      IFRS 2 share-based payment charge                           69            581      2,030 
      Cost on exercise of executive share options                 24             88        307 
      Acquired intangible amortisation                           718            712      1,409 
      Project Atlas                                              497          1,267      2,505 
      Impairments of goodwill                                      -              -      7,761 
      Loss on assets in disposal group classified as 
       Held for Sale                                              35              -          - 
      Equity raise costs                                          59              -          - 
      Tax charge on adjusted items above                       (320)          (536)      (653) 
Underlying profit after tax                                    3,025          8,097     13,121 
-----------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Basic EPS                                                      1.48p          4.92p    (0.19)p 
Diluted EPS                                                    1.48p          4.82p    (0.19)p 
Underlying diluted EPS                                         2.31p          6.52p     10.54p 
 

The impact of the equity raise on underlying EPS was a reduction of c.0.34p against HY2020.

For diluted EPS there are potentially 2,273,827 dilutive share options, however they are not included in the weighted average calculation for FY2020 because they are anti-dilutive since there is a loss after tax. These dilutive share options are considered in the calculation for underlying diluted EPS above.

7. Analysis of net debt

 
                                                         At             At         At 
                                               30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                       2020           2019       2020 
                                                     GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
--------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Net cash and cash equivalents (see note 14)          29,933         25,027     28,727 
--------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Debt due within one year                            (2,873)        (3,470)    (3,379) 
Debt due after one year                            (37,604)       (53,319)   (55,618) 
--------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Gross debt                                         (40,477)       (56,789)   (58,997) 
--------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Net debt                                           (10,544)       (31,762)   (30,270) 
--------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Right-of-use lease liabilities                       13,929         16,048     15,109 
--------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Adjusted net cash/(debt)                              3,385       (15,714)   (15,161) 
--------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

8. Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement in net debt

 
                                                  Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                       ended          ended      ended 
                                                30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                        2020           2019       2020 
                                                      GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents                  886          (777)      3,220 
Net change in right-of-use lease liabilities           1,180        (1,544)      (742) 
Net change in borrowings                              18,627          (124)    (3,406) 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
                                                      20,693        (2,445)      (928) 
Exchange rate differences                              (967)          (867)      (892) 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Movement in net debt                                  19,726        (3,312)    (1,820) 
Opening net debt                                    (30,270)       (28,450)   (28,450) 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Closing net debt                                    (10,544)       (31,762)   (30,270) 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

9. Alternative Performance Measure

The half-yearly financial report includes both IFRS measures and Alternative Performance Measures (APMs), the latter of which are considered by management to better allow the readers of the accounts to understand the underlying performance of the Group. A number of these APMs are used by management to measure the KPIs of the business (see the Business Review) and are therefore aligned to the Group's strategic aims. They are also used at Board level to monitor financial performance throughout the year.

The APMs used in the half-yearly financial report (including the basis of calculation, assumptions, use and relevance) are detailed in note 2 (underlying profit before tax, EBITDA and underlying EBITDA) and below.

-- Constant Exchange Rate (CER) figures

These are used predominantly in the Business Review and give the readers a better understanding of the performance of the Group, regions and entities from a trading perspective. They have been calculated by translating the HY2021 income statement results (of subsidiaries whose presentational currency is not sterling) using HY2020 average exchange rates to provide a comparison which removes the foreign currency translational impact. The impact of translational gains and losses made on non-functional currency net assets held around the Group have not been removed.

-- Underlying diluted EPS

A key measure for the Group as it is one of the measures used to set the Directors' variable remuneration. The calculation has been disclosed in note 6.

-- Return on capital employed (ROCE)

Return on capital employed is a key metric used by investors to understand how efficient the Group is with its capital employed. The calculation is underlying EBIT divided by average capital employed (net assets + net debt), multiplied by 100%. Underlying EBIT has been reconciled to operating profit below.

 
                                                      Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                           ended          ended      ended 
                                                    30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                            2020           2019       2020 
                                                          GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
-------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Underlying EBIT/Underlying operating profit                4,553         11,077     18,089 
Separately disclosed items within administrative 
 expenses: 
 IFRS2 share based payment charge                           (69)          (581)    (2,030) 
 Cost on exercise of executive share options                (24)           (88)      (307) 
 Acquired intangible amortisation                          (718)          (712)    (1,409) 
 Project Atlas                                             (497)        (1,267)    (2,505) 
 Impairments of goodwill                                       -              -    (7,761) 
 Loss on assets in disposal group classified as 
  Held for Sale                                             (35)              -          - 
 Equity raise costs                                         (59)              -          - 
Operating profit                                           3,151          8,429      4,077 
-------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

-- Underlying cash conversion as a percentage of underlying EBITDA

This is another key metric used by investors to understand how effective the Group was at converting profit into cash. Since the underlying cash conversion is compared to underlying EBITDA, which has removed the impact of separately disclosed items (see note 2), the impact of these have also been removed from the underlying cash conversion. The adjustments made to arrive at underlying cash conversion from cash generated from operations are detailed below. To reconcile operating profit to underlying EBITDA, see note 2.

 
                                                  Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                       ended          ended      ended 
                                                30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                        2020           2019       2020 
                                                      GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Underlying cash conversion                            10,204          8,306     22,579 
 Cost on exercise of executive share options             (8)           (88)      (289) 
 Expensed Project Atlas costs paid                     (528)        (1,068)    (2,383) 
 Deferred Consideration                                    -              -      (503) 
Cash generated from operations                         9,668          7,150     19,404 
---------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

-- Underlying effective tax rate

This is used in the underlying diluted EPS calculation. It removes the tax impact of separately disclosed items in the year to arrive at a tax rate based on the underlying profit before tax.

-- Adjusted net cash/(debt) and adjusted net cash/(debt) to Underlying EBITDA ratio

This removes the impact of IFRS16 from both net cash/(debt) and Underlying EBITDA.

 
                                                     Six months     Six months       Year 
                                                          ended          ended      ended 
                                                   30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                           2020           2019       2020 
                                                         GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Net debt                                               (10,544)       (31,762)   (30,270) 
Right-of-use lease liabilities                           13,929         16,048     15,109 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Adjusted net cash/(debt) (see note 7)                     3,385       (15,714)   (15,161) 
 
Underlying EBITDA                                         7,370         13,724     23,525 
Operating lease rentals                                 (1,733)        (1,654)    (3,505) 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Adjusted EBITDA                                           5,637         12,070     20,020 
 
Net debt to annualised Underlying EBITDA ratio            0.65x          1.16x      1.31x 
Adjusted net cash/(debt) to annualised adjusted 
 EBITDA ratio                                               N/A          0.65x      0.80x 
------------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

10. Own shares held

The own shares held reserve comprises the cost of the Company's shares held by the Group. At 30 September 2020 the Group held 830,610 of the Company's shares (HY2020: 1,317,378; FY2020: 1,028,191).

11. Disaggregation of revenue

In line with IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers we have included the disaggregation of external revenue by sector, breaking this down by our geographical operating segments.

 
 September 2020                      UK   Europe   USA   Asia   Total 
---------------------------------  ----  -------  ----  -----  ------ 
 Electronics                         5%       6%    2%     4%     17% 
 Automotive                          5%      11%    3%     8%     27% 
 Domestic appliances                 1%      13%     -     8%     22% 
 Distributors                       10%        -     -     2%     12% 
 General industrial                  7%       3%     -     1%     11% 
 Other                               5%       5%     -     1%     11% 
---------------------------------  ----  -------  ----  -----  ------ 
 Revenue from external customers 
  (AER)                             33%      38%    5%    24%    100% 
---------------------------------  ----  -------  ----  -----  ------ 
 
 
 September 2019                      UK   Europe   USA   Asia   Total 
---------------------------------  ----  -------  ----  -----  ------ 
 Electronics                         4%       4%    1%     6%     15% 
 Automotive                          9%      12%    4%     8%     33% 
 Domestic appliances                 2%      12%     -     6%     20% 
 Distributors                        9%        -     -     2%     11% 
 General industrial                  7%       4%     -     1%     12% 
 Other                               5%       3%     -     1%      9% 
---------------------------------  ----  -------  ----  -----  ------ 
 Revenue from external customers 
  (AER)                             36%      35%    5%    24%    100% 
---------------------------------  ----  -------  ----  -----  ------ 
 

12. Equity raise - Project Lavender

In June 2020, the Company incorporated a Jersey registered "cash box" company. This was used to facilitate the placing on 19 June 2020 of 12,448,132 ordinary shares of 5p, followed by a broker option on 23 June 2020 of 830,000 ordinary shares of 5p each, together at a placing price of 1.205p per share. The placing raised GBP16.0m and the Company received cash proceeds of GBP15.4m, net of expenses. The proceeds of the share issue were placed into the "cash box" company which was then acquired by way of a share exchange in circumstances which qualified for merger relief and so avoided the need to recognise a share premium on the share issue. The net amount booked to share capital and reserves was GBP15.5m, GBP0.7m was allocated to nominal share capital and GBP14.8m was recorded in the merger reserve in equity. Costs of GBP0.1m were recognised in administrative expenses in separately disclosed items. All shares are fully paid up.

13. Assets and liabilities classified as Held for Sale

In September 2020, following a strategic review of the Group's businesses around the world, the Board made the decision to dispose of our smallest manufacturing site, TR Formac (Malaysia) SDN Bhd. In contrast to the rest of our production facilities, this business is focused on more standard product manufacture and therefore was no longer considered a good fit with the Group's strategic direction.

Assets and liabilities are shown as Held for Sale in the 30 September 2020 statement of financial position:

 
                              GBP000 
Assets Held for Sale 
Trade and other receivables      325 
Inventory                        246 
Cash                             111 
----------------------------  ------ 
Total                            682 
----------------------------  ------ 
 
 
                            GBP000 
Liabilities Held for Sale 
Trade and other payables       204 
Total                          204 
--------------------------  ------ 
 

An impairment loss of GBP35k on the measurement of the disposal group to fair value less cost to sell has been recognised and is included in administrative expenses as a separately disclosed item. The fair value of the nets assets has been derived from the sale price agreed with the local Managing Director.

The disposal does not constitute a discontinued operation as it does not represent the disposal of a separate major line of business or geographical area of operation.

On 4 November 2020, the sale to the local Managing Director was completed for proceeds of MYR 1.0m (c.GBP0.2m). Final calculations are still being performed, however the loss on sale (including the recycling of the relevant foreign exchange reserve) is expected to be c.GBP0.3m.

14. Cash and cash equivalents

 
                                                            At             At         At 
                                                  30 September   30 September   31 March 
                                                          2020           2019       2020 
                                                        GBP000         GBP000     GBP000 
-----------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Cash and cash equivalents per the statement of 
 financial position                                     29,822         25,027     28,727 
Cash included within Assets Held for Sale                  111              -          - 
-----------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
Total cash and cash equivalents                         29,933         25,027     28,727 
-----------------------------------------------  -------------  -------------  --------- 
 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO TRIFAST PLC

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2020 which comprises the condensed consolidated interim income statement, the condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income, the condensed consolidated interim statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated interim statement of financial position, the condensed consolidated interim statement of cash flows and the related notes.

We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of and has been approved by the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", as adopted by the European Union.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity", issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2020 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, as adopted by the European Union, and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Use of our report

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting its responsibilities in respect of half-yearly financial reporting in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent. Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

Anna Draper

BDO LLP

Chartered Accountants

Gatwick

23 November 2020

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