RNS Number : 8326I
Inland PLC
19 March 2010
 



For immediate release                                                                                                                          19 March 2010

 

 

Inland plc

("Inland" or the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Interim Results for the Six Months ended 31 December 2009


 Key Financial Points

 

·      Turnover £5.29m (2008: £0.35m)

·      Operating profit  £0.39m (2008: loss of £4.24m)

·      Pre tax profit £0.11m (2008: loss of £4.95m)

·      Net borrowings £8.79m (2008: £6.79m) and bank facility renewed

·      Stocks and investment property £50.73m (2008: £54.26m)

·      Net assets £41.87m (2008: £47.40m)

 

Key Operational Points

 

·      Sale of 40 plots during the period and a further 105 plots since 31 December 2009

·      Planning application at RAF West Drayton was submitted for 775 homes and 55,000 sq ft for employment and community use

·      Inland's housebuilding activities now producing sales

·      Secured planning consent for 23 residential plots since 1 July 2009

·      Land portfolio now includes 1,980 plots of which 628 are now consented

 

Stephen Wicks, Chief Executive of Inland commented: 

 

"The impact of the credit crunch on the UK property market has been much publicised over the last 18 months.  Our business, like many others in the sector, has had to make adjustments and re-evaluate strategy.  Despite this, the last few months have proved to be something of a watershed with demand for land increasing as housebuilders start to replenish their land banks.  Our prime sites in the south east are proving attractive to these buyers

 

Our ability to progress a number of exciting land opportunities whilst also disposing of a number of our smaller plots is testament to the drive and dedication of the team here at Inland.  We look forward to the next six months with renewed optimism."

 

For further information please contact:

 

Inland plc

Stephen Wicks, Chief Executive

Nish Malde, Finance Director

 

Tel:  01494 762450

 

FinnCap Nominated Adviser & Broker

Matthew Robinson (Corporate Finance)

Rhydian Bankes (Corporate Finance)

Tel:  020 7600 1658

 

Buchanan Communications

Jeremy Garcia / Christian Goodbody

Tel: 020 7466 5000


Chairman's Statement

 

Introduction

 

2009 was a difficult year for Inland as the housing market suffered severely from rigorous constraints in the availability of credit and further falls in consumer confidence.  Despite these challenging trading conditions, during the latter part of the year we began to see confidence returning to the land market in the South East as some of the major housebuilders began to replenish their land banks.  We are therefore pleased to report a return to profitability for the period.

 

The results for the six months ended 31 December 2009 show an operating profit of £0.39m (2008: loss of £4.24m) and a profit before tax of £0.11m (2008: loss of £4.95m) after a notional interest charge of £0.16m (2008: 0.47m).

 

Operational Review

 

There was a gradual recovery in the housing market at the end of last year, which has continued to remain stable in the first quarter of 2010.  However, we expect trading conditions to remain weak due to the lack of availability of mortgage finance for first and second time buyers.

 

Encouragingly, the larger house builders are showing significantly more interest in buying land in order to replenish their dwindling land banks.  This trend is mirrored within our own business by the sale of 40 plots during the period and a further 105 plots since 31 December 2009. Of particular note is the sale after the period end of 57 serviced plots to a national housebuilder on our Queensgate, Farnborough site which will generate a net cash inflow of £3.3m after repaying the associated bank debt and discharging financial obligations to the local authority under a Section 106 Agreement.  As a result of very low loan to asset values on its land portfolio, Inland generates substantial free cash flow as each land sale is completed.

 

The planning application on our joint venture project at RAF West Drayton was submitted in October 2009 for 775 homes and 55,000 sq ft of employment and community uses.  Negotiations are proceeding well with the relevant London Borough and we are anticipating a planning decision shortly.

 

On our housebuilding activities, the first development of 14 apartments in Byfleet, Surrey was completed in October 2009 with two legal completions taking place in the period.  Since 31 December 2009 we have completed on 3 further units with 3 others either exchanged or reserved.  We have also presold the freehold reversion to an investor.  A further 19 houses and 18 apartments are now under construction at our Queensgate, Farnborough site where a show home was opened recently. Three reservations have been taken to date.

 

Since 1 July 2009 we secured planning consent for 23 residential plots and the portfolio under our control now comprises of 628 consented residential plots, 43,000 sq ft consented for an 80 bed care home and 73,000 sq ft of consented commercial space.  We have a further 1,352 plots and 174,000 sq ft of commercial space being processed through the planning system.

 

We were delighted to hear that the 'twin sails' bridge which will open up the regeneration area in Poole in Dorset has finally secured full funding and construction will start this summer.  Our site of 9.5 acres in Poole is part of one of the largest regeneration projects in the south west and we expect to achieve in the order of 500 homes on our land.

 



Financial Summary

 

Revenue for the six months ended 31 December 2009 was £5.29m (2008: £0.35m).  £4.55m of this was generated from the sale of 40 plots and two finished residential units, £0.33m from rental income and the balance from management fees.  Gross profit amounted to £1.27m (2008: loss of £2.74m) and administrative costs reduced to £0.98m from £1.07m in the previous period.

 

Net assets at the 31 December 2009 stood at £41.87m (2008: £47.39m) equating to 23.95p (2008: 29.23p) per share.  Having reviewed the carrying value of our land holdings the Board is satisfied that no further write downs are required.

Net debt stood at £8.79m (2008: £6.79m) which represents gearing of 21% (2008: 14.3%).  Our deferred consideration liability on various land purchases has reduced to £8.80m from £16.09m at 31 December 2008.

 

The banking climate still remains extremely difficult with the major banks reducing their exposure to the property sector.  We are however pleased to report that a new revolving credit facility with a limit of £9.3m has been agreed with our bankers, Royal Bank of Scotland ("RBS") for a period of 15 months to 30 June 2011 reducing periodically to £5.5m at expiry.  The board has also agreed additional funding and refinancing support for Inland's housebuilding activities with a leading UK based merchant bank which currently has a good appetite for such business. 

 

Investments

Howarth Homes plc in which the Group holds 33% of the equity has faced challenging trading conditions in line with its sector peers.  They are building homes for sale on four sites with a total of 96 units including a site of 51 homes being developed as a joint venture with Inland.

 

Howarth have secured a number of construction contracts to build affordable housing for housing associations together with contracts for Inland and other private clients valued at £9.5m.  There are a further £8.0m of construction contracts close to being signed.

 

Outlook

Despite challenging trading conditions affecting the housing market, Inland is now achieving significant cash inflows from land sales and is targeting to repay all its borrowings from RBS in advance of the expiry of the facility.

 

We anticipate receiving a number of new planning consents in the second half of the financial year and with the perception that the worst of the downturn is behind us, we look forward to the next six months with renewed optimism.

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Roydon

Chairman


Group Income Statement

For the six months ended 31 December 2009

               



Six months

Six months

Year ended



31 December

31 December

30 June



2009

2008

2009



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


Notes

£000

£000

£000

Revenue


5,291

347

5,219

Cost of sales


(4,018)

(26)

(5,434)

Gross profit/(loss) before exceptional costs


1,273

321

(215)

Exceptional cost of sales


-

(3,056)

(3,798)

Gross profit/(loss)


1,273

(2,735)

(4,013)

Administrative expenses


(984)

(1,070)

(2,024)

 Profit/(loss) on investments


104

(433)

(1,689)

Operating profit/(loss)


393

(4,238)

(7,726)

Interest expense


(218)

(295)

(491)

Notional interest expense


(162)

(473)

(847)

Interest and similar income


94

146

247



107

(4,860)

(8,817)

Share of profit/(loss) of associate


-

(85)

(224)

Impairment of investment in associate


-

-

(1,426)

Profit/(loss) before taxation


107

(4,945)

(10,467)

Income tax


30

814

(2,223)

Profit/(loss) for the period

4

137

(4,131)

(12,690)

Earnings/(loss) per share





 basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share in pence

5

0.08p

(2.55)p

(7.83)p

 

 

 

Group Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 31 December 2009

 



Six months

Six months



31 December

31 December



2009

2008



(unaudited)

(unaudited)


Notes

£000

£000

Profit/(loss) for the period


137

(4,131)

(12,690)

Other comprehensive income:





-profit/(loss) on available-for-sale financial assets


-

-

(409)

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax


-

-

(409)

Total comprehensive income for the period


137

(4,131)

(13,099)

 

 


Group Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 December 2009

 



At

At

At



31 December

31 December

30 June



2009

2008

2009



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


Notes

£000

£000

£000

Assets





Non-current assets





Investment property


8,801

8,801

8,801

Property, plant and equipment

6

70

71

81

Investments

7

2,250

1,079

250

Investment in associate

7

-

695

-

Available-for-sale financial assets

7

-

1,178

-

Deferred tax


4,486

7,531

4,456

Total non-current assets


15,607

19,355

13,588

Current assets





Inventories


41,930

45,460

41,656

Trade and other receivables


1,676

4,388

3,698

Loan to associate


1,908

1,675

2,000

Listed investments held for trading (carried

at fair value through profit and loss)


 

238

 

184

 

471

Cash and cash equivalents


233

-

72

Total current assets


45,985

51,707

47,897

Total assets


61,592

71,062

61,485

EQUITY





Capital and reserves attributable to the Company's equity holders


 

 


 

 

Share capital

8

17,483

16,216

16,216

Share premium account


45,177

45,184

45,184

Treasury shares


(366)

(366)

(366)

Retained earnings


(15,620)

(7,357)

(15,848)

Other reserves


(4,806)

(6,283)

(4,806)

Total equity


41,868

47,394

40,380

Liabilities





Current liabilities





Bank loans and overdrafts


9,019

6,785

6,566

Trade and other payables


1,902

792

1,923

Other financial liabilities

9

8,803

11,633

7,975

Total current liabilities


19,724

19,210

16,464

Non-current liabilities





Other financial liabilities

9

-

4,458

4,641

Total non-current liabilities


-

4,458

4,641

Total liabilities


19,724

23,668

21,105

Total equity and liabilities


61,592

71,062

61,485

 


 

Group statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 31 December 2009

 


Share

Share

Treasury

Retained

Other



capital

premium

shares

earnings

reserves

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 30 June 2008

16,216

45,184

(366)

(3,317)

(4,397)

53,320

Fair value adjustment in respect of available for sale financial assets

-

-

-

-

(1,886)

(1,886)

Loss attributable to shareholders

-

-

-

(4,131)

-

(4,131)

Total recognised income and expense

-

-

-

(4,131)

(1,886)

(6,017)

Share based compensation

-

-

-

91

-

91

At 31 December 2008

16,216

45,184

(366)

(7,357)

(6,283)

47,394

Share based payment

-

-

-

68

-

68

Transactions with owners

-

-

-

68

-

68

Loss attributable to shareholders

-

-

-

(8,559)

-

(8,559)

Other comprehensive income:







- fair value adjustment in respect of available for sale financial assets

  -

-

-

-

1,477

1,477

At 30 June 2009

16,216

45,184

(366)

(15,848)

(4,806)

40,380

Fair value adjustment in respect of available for sale financial assets

-

-

-

-

-

-

Profit attributable to shareholders

-

-

-

137

-

137

Issue of equity

1,267

(7)

-

-

-

1,260

Total recognised income and expense

1,267

(7)

-

137

-

1,397

Share based compensation

-

-

-

91

-

91

At 30 December 2009

17,483

45,177

(366)

(15,620)

(4,806)

41,868

 

 


 

Group cash flow statement

For the six months ended 31 December 2009

 



Six months to

Six months to

Year ended



31 December

31 December

30 June



2009

2008

2009



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


Note

£000

£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities





Profit for the year before tax


107

(4,945)

(10,467)

Adjustments for:





- depreciation


18

16

34

- share based compensation


91

91

182

- fair value adjustment for listed investments


(51)

465

513

- profit on disposal of tangible fixed assets


-

-

(1)

- profit on disposal of listed investments


(52)

(32)

1,176

- interest and similar income


(94)

(146)

(247)

- interest expense


380

768

1,338

- share of profit of associate


-

85

223

- impairment of investment in associate


-

-

1,426

- tax paid


-

-

206

Changes in working capital (excluding the effects of acquisition):





- decrease/(increase) in inventories


(273)

2,223

6,027

- increase in trade and other receivables


2,158

(769)

(634)

- decrease in trade and other payables


(4,018)

(8,924)

(11,644)

Net cash outflow from operating activities


(1,734)

(11,168)

(11,891)

Cash flow from investing activities





Interest received


49

59

179

Dividends received


-

16

19

Sale of tangible fixed assets


-

-

12

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

6

(7)

-

(39)

Purchase of investments


(2,197)

(422)

(422)

Sale of investments


533

398

1,511

Net cash used in investing activities


(1,622)

51

1,260

Cash flow from financing activities





Interest paid


(196)

(268)

(463)

Issue of shares (net of expenses)


1,260

-

-

Net cash from financing activities


1,064

(268)

(463)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(2,292)

(11,385)

(11,094)

Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


(6,494)

4,600

4,600

Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


(8,786)

(6,785)

(6,494)

Cash and cash equivalents


233

-

72

Bank loans and overdraft


(9,019)

(6,785)

(6,566)



(8,786)

(6,785)

(6,494)


Notes to the Interim report

For the six months ended 31 December 2009

 

 

1. Nature of operations and general information

 

The principal activity of the Company and its subsidiaries (together called the Group) is to acquire residential and mixed use sites and seek planning consent for development.

 

Inland plc is the Group's ultimate parent company. It is incorporated and domiciled in Great Britain. The address of Inland plc's registered office, which is also its principal place of business, is 2 Anglo Office Park, 67 White Lion Road, Amersham, Bucks HP7 9FB.

 

Inland plc's shares are quoted on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange. This consolidated interim statement have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors on 18 March 2010.

 

The financial information set out in this interim statement does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Sections 434(3) and 435(3) of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2009 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and is available at www.inlandplc.com. The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain any statement under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2. Basis of preparation

 

This interim financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting.

 

The consolidated interim statement should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2009, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union.

 

3. Accounting policies

 

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2009, as described in those annual financial statements, except for the implementation of IAS 23 Borrowing Costs (Amendment) which has come into effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2009.  This amendment requires an entity to capitalise borrowing costs directly attributable to the acquisition, construction and production of a qualifying asset, as part of the cost of that asset.  A qualifying asset is one that takes a substantial period of time to get ready for use or a sale.  This has resulted in a reduced interest charge for the period, although it is not considered to be material.

 

Notes to the interim report
For the six months ended 31 December 2009 continued

 

4. Income tax

 


Six months to

Six months to

Year ended


31 December

31 December

30 June


2009

2008

2009


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


£000

£000

£000

Tax credit on associate's loss

-

-

(62)

Deferred tax charge/(credit)

(30)

(814)

2,285


(30)

(814)

2,223

 

 

 

5. Earnings/(loss) per share

 

Basic and diluted

 

Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share is calculated by dividing the earnings/(loss) attributable to equity holders of the

Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

 


Six months to

Six months to

Year ended


31 December

31 December

30 June


2009

2008

2009


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Profit/(loss) attributable to equity holders of the Company (£000)

137

(4,131)

        (12,690)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (000's)

173,414

162,150

162,150

Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share in pence

0.08p

(2.55)p

(7.83)p

 

 

 


6. Property, plant & equipment


Investment

Leasehold

Motor

Fixtures

Office



property

property

vehicles

and fittings

equipment

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Cost







At 31 December 2008

8,801

-

61

37

32

130

Disposals

-

-

(27)

-

-

(27)

Additions

-

-

15

-

24

39

At 30 June 2009

8,801

-

49

37

56

142

Disposals


-

-

-

-

-

Additions


5

-

-

2

7

At 31 December 2009

8,801

5

49

37

58

149

Depreciation







At 31 December 2009

-

-

21

19

19

59

Depreciation

-

-

8

4

6

18

Disposals

            -

-

(16)

-

-

(16)

At 30 June 2009

-

-

13

23

25

61

Depreciation charge

-

1

6

8

3

18

Disposals

-

-

-

-

-

-

At 31 December 2009

-

1

19

31

28

79

Net book value

at 31 December 2009

8,801

4

30

6

30

70

At 30 June 2009

8,801

-

36

14

31

81

 

 

 

7. Investments




Equity in

Convertible

Investment




Listed

convertible

loan at

in joint



Associate

Investment

loans

fair value

venture

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 31 December 2009

695

1,178

39

790

250

2,952

Notional interest adjustment

-

-

-

3

-

3

Share of loss of associate

(101)

-

-

-

-

(101)

Impairment of investment in associate

(594)

-

(39)

(793)

-

(1,426)

Fair value adjustment

-

1,478

-

-

-

1,478

Disposal

-

(2,320)

-

-

-

(2,320)

Transfer to listed investments held for trading

-

(336)

-

-

-

(336)

At 1 July 2009

-

-

-

-

250

250

Additions

-

-

-

-

2,000

2,000

At 31 December 2009

-

-

-

-

2,250

2,250

 



 

8. Share capital


Six months to

Six months to

Year ended


31 December

31 December

30 June


2009

2008

2009


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(unaudited)


Number

Number

Number

Shares in issue




Shares in issue at start of period

162,150,079

162,150,059

162,150,059

Shares issued

12,665,000

20

20

Shares in issue at end of period

174,815,079

162,150,079

162,150,079

 

 

 

9. Other financial liabilities

 


Six months to

Six months to

Year ended


31 December

31 December

30 June


2009

2008

2009


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


£000

£000

£000

Deferred purchase consideration falling due within one year

                 8,803

               11,633

                 7,975

Deferred purchase consideration falling due:




- between one and two years

                        -  

                 4,458

                 4,641

- between two and three years

                        -  

                        -  

                        -  


                 8,803

               16,091

               12,616

 

 

 

 

10. Copies of our interim report can be found on our website at www.inlandplc.com.


Independent review report to Inland 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 31 December 2009 which comprises the group income statement, the group balance sheet, the group statement of changes in equity, the group cash flow statement and notes 1 to 9 to the interim statement. We have read the other information contained in the half yearly financial report which comprises only the chairman's statement and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with guidance contained in ISRE (UK and Ireland) 2410, "Review of Interim Financial Information performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity". Our review work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to them in a review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusion we have formed.

 

Directors' Responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the Directors. As disclosed in Note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with 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 Auditing Practices Board 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 Ireland) 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 31 December 2009 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union.

 

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Chartered accountants

London Thames Valley Office

Slough

18 March 2010


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