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Dunelm Group plc
11 February 2014
 



 

11 February 2014

 

Dunelm Group plc

 

Interim Results Announcement

 

 

Dunelm Group plc, the UK's leading homewares retailer, announces its Interim Results for the 26 weeks to 28 December 2013.

 

Financial Highlights

 

·      Revenues up 4.8% to £356.3m (FY13: £340.1m)

·      Like-for-like (LFL) sales -0.9% (FY13: 2.2%), with Q2 growth of 2.9%

·      Gross margin up 90 basis points to 50.4%

·      Operating profit growth of 4.5% to £62.0m (FY13: £59.3m)

·      Profit before taxation up by 2.9% to £61.6m (FY13: £59.8m)

·      Earnings per share (fully diluted) up 4.5% to 23.1p (FY13: 22.1p)

·      Cash flows from operating activities after interest and tax of £75.1m (FY13: £63.4m)

·      Interim dividend increased by 11.1% to 5.0p per share (FY13: 4.5p per share)

·      Net cash of £26.4m at period end (FY13: £27.4m) after continued investment and dividends of £74.0m

 

Business Highlights

 

·      Six new superstores opened in the period (including one relocation)

·      Ten further sites committed, of which five (including two relocations) expected to open in the current year

·      Continued growth in multi-channel sales (6% of revenues in Q2), with enhanced on-line offer

·      Successful brand refresh and launch of first TV advertising campaign

 

Nick Wharton, Chief Executive, commented:

"Dunelm has delivered strong trading results over the period, and has made further important strategic progress.

"We have further strengthened our customer offer, particularly through service, and improved our infrastructure, whilst increasing scale through expanding the store portfolio and growing multi-channel.  We have also invested significantly in increasing brand awareness, including through our first TV advertising campaign, and we are encouraged by the early results we have seen from this.  I thank all my colleagues across Dunelm for their hard work in helping deliver these considerable achievements.

"Whilst we are cautious about consumer spending trends overall, the combination of a customer offer that continues to appeal to a broad spread of consumers, a significant new store growth opportunity and an exciting multi-channel agenda all provide us with a high degree of confidence in Dunelm's future growth prospects."

For further information please contact:

 

Dunelm Group plc

0116 2644 356

Nick Wharton, Chief Executive


David Stead, Finance Director




MHP Communications

020 3128 8100

John Olsen / Simon Hockridge / Naomi Lane


 

 

Notes to Editors

 

Dunelm is market leader in the £11bn UK homewares market. The Group currently operates 140 stores, of which 131 are out-of-town superstores and nine are located on high streets, and an on-line store, to be found at www.dunelm.com

 

Dunelm's proposition offers industry-leading choice of quality products at keen prices, with high levels of availability and supported by friendly service. Core ranges include many exclusive designs and premium brands such as Dorma, and are supported by a frequently changing series of special buys. The superstore format provides an average of 30,000 sq ft of selling space with over 20,000 products across a broad spectrum of categories, extending from the Group's home textiles heritage (bedding, curtains, cushions, quilts and pillows) to a comprehensive homewares offer including kitchenware and dining, lighting, wall art, furniture and rugs. Dunelm is one of the few national retailers to offer an authoritative selection of curtain fabrics on the roll, and owns a specialist UK facility dedicated to producing made to measure curtains.

 

Dunelm was founded in 1979 as a market stall business, selling ready-made curtains. The first shop was opened in Leicester in 1984 and over the following years the business developed into a successful chain of high street shops before expanding into broader homewares categories following the opening of the first Dunelm superstore in 1991.

 

Dunelm has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2006 (DNLM.L) and has a current market capitalisation of approximately £1.8bn.

 

 

 

Dunelm Group plc

 

Interim Results Announcement

 

Chairman's Statement

The Group has continued to make good progress during the 26 weeks to 28 December 2013, reflecting the success of our clear and consistent growth strategy.

The Group has maintained its consistent track record over a number of years, delivering:

·     Ongoing space expansion

·     Strong growth in multi-channel trading

·     Gains in gross margin

·     Growth in profit before tax and earnings per share

·     Strong levels of free cash flow

Our continued strong cash flow allowed us to pay a special dividend of 25.0p per share (£50.7m) in October, making a total of over £150m returned to shareholders over and above ordinary dividends since March 2010. In addition, we have declared a further 11.1% increase in the interim dividend to 5.0p (FY13: 4.5p).

The Board continues to have a high level of confidence in the Group's business model and strategy, and its capacity for further profitable growth. We look forward to further progress in the period ahead.

Geoff Cooper

Chairman

11 February 2014

 

 

Business Review

Overview

Dunelm has continued to make good trading and strategic progress over the first half of the financial year, despite a challenging consumer environment and unfavourable weather patterns.  The development of the business has remained clearly focused on our four strategic priorities:  continually strengthening our customer offer and improving and leveraging our infrastructure while increasing scale through new stores and multi-channel expansion.

During the period, the opening of six new stores, including the relocation of a previously under-spaced superstore, contributed to overall revenue growth of 4.8%. Within this the small like-for-like ('LFL') revenue decline of 0.9% reflected the marked reduction in footfall during the unusually warm summer weather, consistent with Dunelm's status as a destination visit for discretionary homewares shopping.

While always maintaining a disciplined approach to the management of costs, we continue to invest in the growth of the business. Investments during the period include costs associated with new stores and our first significant television advertising campaign. Accordingly operating profit increased by 4.5% year-on-year to £62.0m (FY13: £59.3m).

The Dunelm business model remains highly cash generative, allowing us to readily fund our continuing organic growth from internal resources. Our strategy remains to return excess capital to shareholders periodically, while retaining capital flexibility. During the period we made our third such return via a special dividend of 25.0p per share, totalling £50.7m, in addition to our ordinary dividend payment.

Financial performance

Total revenues during the period were £356.3m (FY13: £340.1m).

The gross margin percentage increased by 90 basis points year-on-year. Positive drivers included a further increase in direct sourcing activity, and continuing growth in our buying scale; both of these benefits are expected to continue. In addition, year-on-year margin growth in the period reflected the impact of clearing slow-moving special buys in the prior year; this effect is not expected to be significant going forward.

 

Operating costs increased by 8.1% (£8.8m) in aggregate with the majority of the increase relating to new space. Our store opening programme was heavily weighted to the second quarter providing a limited trading window in which to recover costs associated with establishing these new stores. With the exception of investments related to development of multi-channel (described further below), costs in LFL stores were broadly flat year-on-year. Non-store costs increased due to our planned step change in advertising investment to drive brand awareness, as well as the additional costs required to support the greater range of products we source directly from factory.

 

As a consequence of reduced interest income year-on-year following the special dividend and revaluation adjustments arising from the appreciation of sterling over the period, the net finance expense was £0.4m, compared with net finance income of £0.5m in the prior year.

Profit before tax grew by 2.9% to £61.6m (FY13: £59.8m).

Profit after tax of £47.2m (FY13: £45.0m) reflects the projected full year effective tax rate of 23.4% (FY13: 24.8%). The effective rate has reduced substantially compared with last year primarily due to the lowering of the headline rate of corporation tax.

Fully diluted earnings per share were 23.1p (FY13: 22.1p), an increase of 4.5%.

The Group continues to be strongly cash generative even after ongoing investment in the growth and capabilities of the business. Cash generated from operations, after interest and tax, was £75.1m (FY13: £63.4m) and represents 121% of operating profit (FY13: 107%); this includes the normal seasonal reduction in working capital, a proportion of which is expected to reverse in the second half of the financial year. Capital investment of £12.4m over the period (FY13: £14.9m), mainly represents fit-out costs for new stores and store refits, together with costs associated with the upgrade of our core ERP system that was successfully completed during the period. Finally, cash outflows include £6.9m (FY13: nil) relating to the purchase of own shares into treasury, to cover share option entitlements.

Dividend

An interim dividend of 5.0p per Ordinary Share, an increase of 11.1% on the prior year interim dividend of 4.5p, will be paid on 11 April 2014 to shareholders on the register at 21 March 2014.

The Group's financial position remains robust with closing net cash of £26.4m (FY13: £27.4m) after investments made in the business outlined in this report and cash returns to shareholders in the period totalling £74.0m.

Strategy development

We continue to make good progress against each of the four elements of our business strategy:

1. Develop our specialist proposition

We continue to invest in our market leading proposition, seeking to build on our core competitive advantages of choice and value with the addition of friendly, knowledgeable customer service and differentiating services. Our unique broad range of prices is applied to each of our core categories and has helped us retain existing customers and attract new customers during the period. At one end, our entry price position competes with grocers and discount multiples but at higher quality whilst at the other, our ranges of premium products, including those under our Dorma brand, compete with department stores and higher end independent retailers but at keener prices.

We continually develop our ranges to deliver innovative products and designs, ensuring that our offer remains contemporary and fresh with on average around 25% of ranged lines being less than 12 months old at any given time. For example, launches during the period included the introduction of our exclusive Click'n'Clean modular cleaning range and the extension of our contemporary Hotel brand to curtains. Miss It Miss Out ('MIMO') promotions and special buys emphasise Dunelm's value proposition and provide a seasonally relevant feel to our stores. Building on the established trust in the Dunelm brand we continue to expand our offer beyond our core £11bn homewares market. Recently this has centred on progressive increases in the ranges of furniture available both in our stores and on-line. This will continue together with some managed expansion into other home-related markets not currently served.

Independent recognition of our offer continues to grow and during the period we were delighted to be voted as the 'Homewares Retailer of the Year' for the third year in succession by the readers of House Beautiful magazine, who also voted us  'On-line Homewares Retailer of the Year' for the first time.

 

With strong acceptance and loyalty to the brand amongst existing customers, we see it as a clear priority to create more widespread understanding and awareness of the Dunelm proposition. To achieve this objective, the period saw significant investment, led by the repositioning of the Dunelm brand, to better communicate the points of differentiation highlighted above. This brand evolution involved the introduction of a new primary strapline of 'There's no place like Dunelm', the migration of our website to a more user-friendly domain name of www.dunelm.com and the removal of our traditional 'Mill' suffix.

 

The revised brand positioning was re-enforced and introduced to a wider group of homewares shoppers through an expanded marketing campaign including an increased autumn/winter catalogue circulation, concerted press presence and a new TV advertising campaign, initially piloted across catchments covering approximately half our stores. While representing a long-term investment, we are pleased with the initial results seen from our first campaign, in the form of improvements to footfall and brand awareness, and we will continue the trial with a larger advertising burst this spring.

 

Improved customer service, in-store experience and differentiating services are all important in ensuring that our overall customer experience meets the promise of the 'There's no place like Dunelm' campaign. We remain encouraged by progress within our customer service programme (labelled internally as Customer First), which has included training for 7,000 colleagues across the business during the last 12 months. This programme is largely funded by the removal or centralisation of non-customer benefiting task in stores.  As a result of the Customer First training, we continue to see improvement in our net promoter score, particularly at times of peak footfall, and increased external recognition of our service credentials, including Dunelm ranking very positively in the most recent annual survey of customer service undertaken by Which?. Our Dunelm At Home service, through which customers can select bespoke, made to measure curtains, blinds and accessories via a free home consultation, deepens the customer relationship with Dunelm and seeks to differentiate the overall Dunelm proposition compared to more mainstream competition. The service is now available in 45 stores.

2. Develop the store portfolio

The Group's store portfolio mainly comprises our preferred edge of town superstore format, averaging 30,000 square feet. This size of unit allows us to showcase the full depth and breadth of our market leading range. Following a detailed catchment analysis process, which sought to incorporate the impact of the anticipated growth of our multi-channel sales, we remain committed to achieving a mature UK superstore portfolio of approximately 200 stores. After opening six superstores in the period, including the relocation of one store, the Group ended the period with 131 superstores, providing 4.0m square feet of retail space, as well as nine high street stores.

Our forward property pipeline includes 10 legally committed stores, of which we anticipate five will open in the current financial year (including a further two relocations) giving an anticipated full year store opening programme totalling 11 stores.

Our recent openings continue to trade well and deliver strong returns on invested capital, with expected paybacks averaging approximately 26 months for stores opened during the last three financial years. We believe our stated financial hurdles remain appropriate, targeting a maximum 36 month payback period for new stores in larger catchments (which we expect to represent the majority of future opportunities) and a maximum 48 month period for the balance. The strength of our current performance allows us to acquire new space with confidence and provides capacity to absorb potential cannibalisation of revenue in future openings while delivering our targeted returns.

We continue to invest in a programme of store refits, such that 50% of the superstore chain is either new or has benefited from a significant refit over the past three years.  The programme is designed to improve the shopping environment in our existing stores, create a consistent customer experience under the Dunelm brand and ensure that our portfolio remains contemporary.

3. Grow multi-channel

Enhancing our on-line offer and extending our multi-channel presence allows our customers to shop at Dunelm how and when they wish, extends our geographic reach and creates our biggest shop window, allowing our ranges to be viewed and researched by new and existing customers. Customer preference for this shopping experience is clear with over 26 million visits to www.dunelm.com during the period and on-line sales growing by over 50% year on year to represent approximately 6% of revenues in the second quarter. Further profitable expansion of our multi-channel operation is therefore an investment priority.

The period has seen us strengthen both our Reserve & Collect ('R&C') and home delivery propositions. R&C, which links in real time our store stock files to the web enabling our customers to check availability of products in local stores and then reserve them, is the most profitable element of multi-channel and importantly represents approximately a third of our multi-channel revenues. To further enhance convenience, the lead time between order and collection has been reduced to three hours.

 

The successful introduction of a new specialist fulfillment facility during the period materially improved speed and choice within our home delivery offering. The operation houses approximately 14,500 SKU's each available for next day delivery if required by the customer and on far more competitive standard delivery lead-times. The operation allowed us to trade on-line far closer to Christmas, and is scalable for our multi-channel ambition.

 

As discussed previously, we believe the next phase of multi-channel growth will demand the development of a new website and associated systems to deliver a smoother, more integrated multi-channel experience for our customers. This replatforming is under way and is anticipated to be launched in the first quarter of the next financial year. This development will enhance the front end customer journey and will allow future website developments to be achieved over shorter lead-times. Complementary investments to be made at the same time to key back end processes such as customer service and handling systems will further enhance customers' end-to end experience. The total investment associated with this series of developments is expected to be approximately £7m (of which £2m had been incurred by the end of the period).

4. Infrastructure

The Group's continued success is reliant upon a resilient, functionally rich and flexible business infrastructure encompassing capability across physical, systems and people resources. Key upgrades to our core systems platform (SAP) and our in-store POS system were completed during 2013, enabling us to improve stock control and make in-store processes more efficient.

The capacity and capability of the Group has been further strengthened by targeted recruitment, including the recent addition to the senior management team of a high calibre Commercial Director to lead our buying, supply and marketing functions.  We have increased headcount in our buying and supply teams to support direct sourcing, to enable us to better manage discontinued inventory and to develop product range options by which the best performing products within each category can be matched to each individual store based on their overall space and configuration.

We are confident about our future growth opportunities, and are now working on the next phase of infrastructure investments which will be required. These will include the addition of further central warehousing capacity in due course, as we increase store numbers as well as the proportion of merchandise sourced directly. In addition, we will look at expanding our made to measure curtain manufacturing capacity to accommodate our increasing scale. Consistent with our approach to these types of investments in the past, we will seek to put in place new infrastructure ahead of any critical need and accordingly envisage that each of these developments will commence during the next financial year.

Risks and uncertainties

There are a number of potential risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance over the remaining six months of the financial year and could cause actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. The Board does not consider that the principal risks and uncertainties have changed since the publication of the annual report for the year ended 29 June 2013. These comprise:

·     Damage to brand reputation

·     Increased competition

·     Failure to comply with legislative or regulatory requirements

·     Disruption to key IT systems

·     Economic uncertainty

·     Fluctuations in commodity prices

·     Access to sites for store chain expansion

·     Loss of a key part of our infrastructure

·     Unforeseen financing requirements or treasury exposures

·     Loss of key personnel

A detailed explanation of these risks can be found on pages 20 to 23 of the 2013 Annual Report which is available at www.dunelm.com.

Outlook

We have clear plans in place to continue the progress we have made over recent periods and to further differentiate our specialist proposition. In particular we expect to deliver even better customer service, to drive greater brand awareness and to strengthen further our on-line proposition.

Whilst we are cautious about consumer spending trends overall, the combination of a customer offer that continues to appeal to a broad spread of consumers, a significant new store growth opportunity and an exciting multi-channel agenda gives the Board a high degree of confidence in Dunelm's future growth prospects.

Our next scheduled update on trading will be the release of an Interim Management Statement on 3 April 2014.

Nick Wharton

Chief Executive

11 February 2014

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income (unaudited)

 

For the 26 weeks ended 28 December 2013

 



26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks



ended

ended

ended



28 December

29 December

29 June



2013

2012

2013


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000






Revenue

4

356,350

340,100

677,192

Cost of sales


(176,651)

(171,920)

(347,448)

Gross profit


179,699

168,180

329,744






Operating costs


(117,724)

(108,878)

(223,206)

Operating profit


61,975

59,302

106,538






Finance income


251

572

1,518

Finance costs


(661)

(56)

(1)

Profit before income tax


61,565

59,818

108,055






Income tax expense

5

(14,406)

(14,835)

(26,601)

Profit for the period attributable to owners of the parent


47,159

44,983

81,454






Other comprehensive income





Items that may be reclassified subsequently to income statement:





Effective portion of movement in fair value of cash flow hedges


 

(2,849)

 

(382)

 

443

Deferred tax on hedging movements


605

87

(102)

Total items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss


(2,244)

(295)

341

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity shareholders


44,915

44,688

81,795

 

 

Earnings per share - basic

 

 

7

 

 

23.3p

 

 

22.2p

 

 

40.2p

Earnings per share - diluted

7

23.1p

22.1p

40.0p






Dividend proposed per share

8

5.0p

4.5p

11.5p

Dividend paid per share

8

11.5p

10.0p

4.5p

Special dividend paid per share

8

25.0p

-

-

 

All activities relate to continuing operations

 

 

Consolidated statement of financial position (unaudited)

 

As at 28 December 2013



28 December

29 December

29 June



2013

2012

2013




(restated)

(restated)


Note

£'000

£'000

 

Non current assets





 

Intangible assets

9

5,935

2,604

4,262

 

Property, plant and equipment

9

151,133

152,463

151,060

 

Deferred tax asset


2,897

576

1,460

 

Total non-current assets


159,965

155,643

156,782

 






 

Current assets





 

Inventories


102,238

94,309

92,940

 

Trade and other receivables


19,512

18,983

18,344

 

Cash and cash equivalents


26,423

27,427

44,740

 

Financial instruments


-

387

 

Total current assets


148,173

156,411

 






 

Total assets


308,138

313,193

 






 

Current liabilities





 

Trade and other payables


(86,911)

(75,641)

(63,317)

 

Liability for current tax


(14,736)

(15,338)

(13,393)

 

Financial instruments


(2,461)

-

 

Total current liabilities


(104,108)

(76,710)

 






 

Non-current liabilities





 

Other payables

1

(39,611)

(38,789)

 

Total non-current liabilities


(39,611)

(38,789)

 






 

Total liabilities


(143,719)

(115,499)

 






 

Net assets


164,419

167,099

197,694

 






 

Equity





 

Issued capital


2,028

2,023

2,028

 

Share premium


1,624

1,025

1,612

 

Capital redemption reserve


43,157

43,157

43,157

 

Hedging reserve


(1,945)

(337)

299

 

Retained earnings


119,555

150,598

 






 

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Parent


164,419

167,099

197,694

 

 

Prior periods have been restated due to the reclassification of certain liabilities from current to non-current (see note 1)

 

 

Consolidated statement of cash flows (unaudited)

 

For the 26 weeks ended 28 December 2013


26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks


ended

ended

ended


28 December

29 December

29 June


2013

2012

2013


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities




Profit before taxation

61,565

59,818

108,055

Adjusted for:




Net financing costs/(income)

410

(516)

(1,517)

Depreciation and amortisation

10,118

9,959

20,358

Impairment losses on non-current assets

-

-

166

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets

524

81

76

Operating cash flows before movement in working capital

72,617

69,342

127,138





(Increase) in inventories

(9,298)

(8,088)

(6,719)

(Increase) in trade and other receivables

(1,155)

(1,967)

(1,321)

Increase in trade and other payables

24,415

15,419

4,664

Net movement in working capital

13,962

5,364

(3,376)





Share-based payment expense

1,485

1,019

2,045

Foreign exchange (losses)/gains

(27)

83

451

Cash flows from operating activities

88,037

75,808

126,258





Interest paid

-

(1)

(1)

Interest received

238

610

937

Tax paid

(13,149)

(13,010)

(26,795)

Net cash generated from operating activities

75,126

63,407

100,399





Cash flows from investing activities




Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

1

10

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(9,379)

(14,490)

(23,382)

Acquisition of intangible assets

(3,009)

(442)

(3,000)

Net cash utilised in investing activities

(12,388)

(14,931)

(26,372)





Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from issue of share capital

12

-

589

Proceeds from issue of treasury shares

427

-

-

Purchase of Treasury Shares

(6,865)

-

-

Return of capital to shareholders

-

(65,842)

(65,841)

Dividends paid

(73,995)

(20,259)

(29,386)

Net cash utilised in financing activities

(80,421)

(86,101)

(94,638)





Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(17,683)

(37,625)

(20,611)





Foreign exchange revaluations

(634)

(138)

161

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

44,740

65,190

65,190





Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

26,423

27,427

44,740

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity (unaudited)

 

For the 26 weeks ended 28 December 2013


Issued


Capital





share

Share

redemption

Hedging

Retained

Total


capital

premium

reserve

reserve

earnings

equity


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000








As at 30 June 2012

2,023

1,025

43,155

(42)

160,865

207,026








Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

44,983

44,983

Movement in fair value of cash flow hedges

-

-

-

(382)

-

(382)

Deferred tax on hedging movements

-

-

-

87

-

87

Total comprehensive income for the financial year

-

-

-

(295)

44,983

44,688

Issue of share capital

-

-

2

-

(2)

-

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

1,019

1,019

Deferred tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

177

177

Current corporation tax on share options exercised

-

-

-

-

290

290

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(20,259)

(20,259)

Return of capital to shareholders

-

-

-

-

(65,842)

(65,842)

Total transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

-

-

2

-

(84,617)

(84,615)

As at 29 December 2012

2,023

1,025

43,157

(337)

121,231

167,099








Profit for the period

-

-

-


36,471

36,471

Movement in fair value of cash flow hedges

-

-

-

825

-

825

Deferred tax on hedging movements

-

-

-

(189)

-

(189)

Total comprehensive income for the financial year

-

-

-

636

36,471

37,107

Issue of share capital

5

587

-

-

(4)

588

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

1,026

1,026

Deferred tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

829

829

Current corporation tax on share options exercised

-

-

-

-

172

172

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(9,127)

(9,127)

Total transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

5

587

-

-

(7,104)

(6,512)

As at 29 June 2013

2,028

1,612

43,157

299

150,598

197,694








Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

47,159

47,159

Movement in fair value of cash flow hedges

-

-

-

(2,849)

-

(2,849)

Deferred tax on hedging movements

-

-

-

605

-

605

Total comprehensive income for the financial year

-

-

-

(2,244)

47,159

44,915

Issue of share capital

-

12

-

-

-

12

Purchase of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

(6,438)

(6,438)

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

1,485

1,485

Deferred tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

274

274

Current corporation tax on share options exercised

-

-

-

-

472

472

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(73,995)

(73,995)

Total transactions with owners, recorded directly in equity

-

12

-

-

(78,202)

(78,190)

As at 28 December 2013

2,028

1,624

43,157

(1,945)

119,555

164,419

 

 

Notes to the interim results

 

For the 26 weeks ended 28 December 2013

 

1 Basis of preparation

 

These condensed interim financial statements for the six months ended 28 December 2013 have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (previously the Financial Services Authority) and with IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting', as adopted by the European Union.

 

The presentation of the condensed financial statements requires the Directors to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experiences and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

These condensed interim financial statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 29 June 2013 were approved by the Board of Directors on 12 September 2013 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006. These condensed interim financial statements have not been audited.

 

During the year the Directors have reassessed the liabilities of the Group and have determined that £39.6m (£38.8m at 29 June 2013 and £37.8m at 28 December 2012) should be classified as non-current. These amounts represent accruals in respect of lease incentives received, and will be released to the income statement after more than one year.

 

2 Going concern basis

 

The Group has considerable financial resources together with long standing relationships with a number of key suppliers. The Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Interim Report.

 

3 Accounting policies

 

The condensed financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for financial instruments and share-based payments which are stated at their fair value.

 

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 29 June 2013, as described in those financial statements, except as described below:

 

§  Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to expected total annual profit or loss.

 

§  Amendment to IAS 1, 'Financial statement presentation' regarding other comprehensive income. The main change
resulting from these amendments is a requirement for the Group to combine items presented in 'other comprehensive income' on the basis of whether they potentially could subsequently be reclassified to the income statement.

 

 The condensed interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 29 June 2013, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

 

4 Segmental reporting

 

The Group has only one class of business, retail of homewares, and operates entirely in the UK market.

 

5 Taxation

 

The taxation charge for the interim period has been calculated on the basis of the estimated effective tax rate for the full year of 23.4% (26 weeks ended 29 December 2012: 24.8%).

 

6 Financial risk management and financial instruments

 

Financial risk factors

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks including currency risk, fair value interest rate risk, credit risk and liquidity risk. The condensed interim financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements; they should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 29 June 2013. There have been no changes in any risk management policies since the year end.

 

Fair value estimation

Financial instruments carried at fair value are required to be measured by reference to the following levels:

§  Level 1: quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;

§  Level 2: inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices); and

§  Level 3: inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

 

All financial instruments carried at fair value have been measured by a Level 2 valuation method.

 

7 Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit for the period attributable to equity shareholders by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue during the period.

 

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential Ordinary Shares. These represent share options granted to employees where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the Company's Ordinary Shares during the period.

 

Weighted average numbers of shares:

 


26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks


ended

ended

ended


28 December

29 December

29 June


2013

2012

2013


£'000

£'000

£'000





Weighted average number of shares in issue during the period

202,736

202,383

202,598

Impact of share options

1,805

1,086

1,291

Number of shares for diluted earnings per share

204,541

203,469

203,889

 

8 Dividends

 


26 weeks

26 weeks

52 weeks


ended

ended

ended


28 December

29 December

29 June


2013

2012

2013


£'000

£'000

£'000





Final for the period ended 30 June 2012 - paid 10.0p

-

(20,259)

(20,259)

Interim for the period ended 29 June 2013 - paid 4.5p

-

-

(9,127)

Special Dividend for the period ended 29 June 2013  - paid 25.0p

(50,708)

-

-

Final for the period ended 29 June 2013 - paid 11.5p

(23,287)

-

-


(73,995)

(20,259)

(29,386)

 

The Directors have declared an interim dividend of 5.0p per Ordinary Share for the period ended 28 December 2013 which equates to £10.1m.  The dividend will be paid on 11 April 2014 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 21 March 2014.

 

9 Property, plant and equipment and intangible assets


Intangible

assets

PPE

Total


£000

£000

£000

Cost




Balance at 29 June 2013

14,091

233,032

247,123

Additions

3,009

9,379

12,388

Disposals

(2,323)

(330)

(2,653)

Balance at 28 December 2013

14,777

242,081

256,858





Depreciation and amortisation




Balance at 29 June 2013

9,829

81,972

91,801

Depreciation and amortisation for the period

830

9,288

10,118

Disposals

(1,817)

(312)

(2,129)

Balance at 28 December 2013

8,842

90,948

99,790





Net book value




At 28 December 2013

5,935

151,133

157,068

At 29 June 2013

4,262

151,060

155,322

 

All additions were acquired and do not include any internal development costs.

 

10 Commitments

 

As at 28 December 2013 the Group had entered into capital contracts amounting to £9.7m.

 

11 Announcement

 

The interim report was approved by the Board on 11 February 2014 and copies are available from the website at www.dunelm.com.

 

 

Statement of Directors' responsibilities

 

 

The Directors confirm that these condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim financial reporting', as adopted by the European Union and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

 

·      an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months 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 financial year; and

 

·      material related-party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related-party transactions described in the last annual report.

 

By order of the Board

 

 

 

Nick Wharton                                      David Stead

Chief Executive                                    Finance Director

11 February 2014                               11 February 2014

 


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