Half Yearly Report

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 2272G
Caledonia Investments PLC
19 November 2015
 


Caledonia Investments plc

Half-year results for the six months ended 30 September 2015

 

 

Financial highlights

 

6 months 

Year 

 

 

30 Sep 2015 

31 Mar 2015 

Change 

Net asset value per share total return

-3.8% 

+14.2% 

 

Net asset value per share

2759p 

2906p 

-5.1% 

Net asset value

£1,552m 

£1,627m 

-4.6% 

Interim dividend per share

14.3p 

13.8p 

+3.6% 

 

 

Highlights

 

-

NAV per share total return of -3.8% for the six months to 30 September 2015 reflecting the challenging global market conditions; +5.0% for the twelve months to 30 September 2015

 

 

-

Income from the portfolio up 6.9% over the previous half-year, to £23.3m

 

 

-

Interim dividend up 3.6% to 14.3p

 

 

-

£250m net invested, taking advantage of opportunities in quality businesses

 

 

-

£173m net realised, including sale of TGE Marine for £84m, a 30% premium to book value

 

 

-

Strong performance from unquoted investments provided balance to more volatile quoted markets

 

 

Will Wyatt, Chief Executive, commented:

 

"Despite challenging global equity markets, our portfolio has delivered a resilient performance and continues to benefit from strong income generation, which grew 6.9% in the period, supporting a further 3.6% increase in our dividend.

 

"The Unquoted pool in particular had a strong performance, returning 6.0% during a busy period that included the acquisition of Seven Investment Management and the realisation of TGE Marine at a significant premium. Weak markets have also enabled us to add to our quoted portfolio, as valuations became more attractive for long term investment.

 

"While we expect to see continued volatility in financial and commodity markets in the months ahead, we are confident our portfolio will provide shareholders with attractive returns over the long term."

 

19 November 2015

 

Enquiries

Caledonia Investments plc

Tulchan Communications

Will Wyatt, Chief Executive

Peter Hewer

Stephen King, Finance Director

+44 20 7353 4200

+44 20 7802 8080

 

 

 

Management report

 

Results

Caledonia's net asset value per share total return was -3.8% for the six months to 30 September 2015. The period spanned a difficult time for equity markets, which fell markedly as investors sold shares in the face of growing concern about a number of issues affecting world economies. Weak commodity prices and sluggish growth in developed markets compounded this bearish sentiment. Our portfolio, which consists of a carefully constructed blend of listed equities, unquoted companies and funds, was not immune to this, though performed in a satisfactory manner. Income from our portfolio, which we regard as a vital element of investment performance, increased by 6.9% over the previous half-year to £23.3m.

 

Our share price fell 4.4% over the six months and, at the half-year end, the discount between our NAV per share and share price was 21.0%, slightly improved on the 21.5% at the beginning of the period. However, at these two reference points, the market was not informed of the results of the biannual revaluation of our unquoted investments, undertaken in March and September, which were reflected in the NAV per share announcements released a few days after the relevant month-end. It is therefore worth noting that our discount at the intervening month-ends reduced to a low of 14.6%, giving an average over the period of 17.6%.

 

The board has declared an interim dividend of 14.3p, a rise of 3.6%.

 

Investment performance

The board's aim is for our NAV total return to outperform the FTSE All-Share Total Return index over ten year rolling periods. This investment horizon provides the timeframe for our portfolio to accumulate value, whilst optimising risk/return characteristics. In the shorter term, we believe that targeting a performance range of long term RPI+3% to RPI+6% will lead to an outperformance over the FTSE. The table below shows our performance track record:

 

 

6 mths 

1 yr 

3 yrs 

5 yrs 

10 yrs 

 

NAV total return

-3.8 

5.0 

44.9 

44.5 

89.1 

Annualised

 

 

 

 

 

NAV total return

 

5.0 

13.2 

7.6 

6.6 

Retail Prices Index

 

0.8 

2.1 

2.9 

3.0 

Performance against RPI

 

4.2 

11.1 

4.7 

3.6 

FTSE All-Share Total Return

 

 

 

 

5.6 

Performance against FTSE

 

 

 

 

1.0 

 

Management expenses at £11.2m were £3.0m higher this half-year than for the comparative period. This was mainly due to the expensing of as yet unvested long term incentive awards, resulting from a number of years of successful performance, as required by accounting standards. It also included expenses related to our temporary office relocation, while our headquarters are being refurbished.

 

Pool performance

 

31 Mar 

Invest- 

 

Change 

30 Sep 

 

 

Pool

2015 

ments 

Disposals 

in value 

2015 

Income 

Return 

 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Quoted

447.7 

133.9 

(44.7)

(61.4)

475.5 

6.9 

(11.4)

Unquoted

510.3 

74.8 

(87.6)

20.5 

518.0 

10.1 

6.0 

Funds

327.7 

31.8 

(41.2)

(8.8)

309.5 

0.7 

(2.5)

Income & Growth

202.1 

81.5 

(71.9)

(19.9)

191.8 

5.6 

(6.8)

Portfolio

1,487.8 

322.0 

(245.4)

(69.6)

1,494.8 

23.3 

(3.0)

Cash and other items

139.1 

 

 

 

57.0 

 

 

Net assets

1,626.9 

 

 

 

1,551.8 

 

(3.8)

Portfolio excluded £13.4m (31 March 2015 - £11.0m) of unallocated investments included in Cash and other items. Unallocated investments were increased over the period by £2.5m of net investment, offset by a net loss of £0.1m.

 

Quoted pool (£476m, 31% of net assets)

We look to invest in companies with established business models, strong balance sheets and good returns on capital with strong annual cash flows.

 

The Quoted pool return for the period was -11.4% having been particularly affected by the weakening sentiment in the oil and gas and industrials sectors, where we have large holdings. Our strategy is to back high quality, well-established businesses for the long term. Bristow Group and Close Brothers are good examples of where we have been closely associated with the companies for many years. Both are exposed to cyclical industries and we are quite prepared to reduce our holdings at the top of the cycle, then re-invest when valuations and sentiment make doing so attractive.

 

There was also some good news and positive investment performance, notably from Quintain Estates, which was the subject of a recommended takeover bid - completed after the half-year end.

 

We view periods of market weakness as potential buying opportunities should prices fall to acceptable levels and accordingly over the six months we were net investors. We took the opportunity where valuations were attractive to build some new holdings in companies we have been following and to add to existing positions.

 

The Quoted pool, at 31%, remained below its strategic allocation of 35-50% of NAV. This reflected the substantial selling activity over the past two years as we took profits into a strongly rising market. We remain cautious in our outlook as we still regard current valuations in quoted markets to be high despite the recent volatility.

 

Unquoted pool (£518m, 33% of net assets)

We invest in unlisted businesses which require capital and an investor with a balance sheet to support a long term perspective. We invest in both majority and minority positions.

 

The Unquoted pool produced a good performance during the period, with a return of 6.0% helped by the disposal of TGE Marine at a valuation uplift of 30%. Our total return target for this pool is 14% per annum, 5% of which should be provided by income. A welcome 14.8% increase in income over the previous half-year to £10.1m is a good step towards the full year target. Park Holidays, the operator of caravan parks in the south of England, saw a further advance in profitability, driving its increased valuation. Cobehold, a Belgian investment company, produced a good NAV performance. These uplifts were partially offset by a fall in valuation of Sterling Industries, which derives much of its business from the steel and oil and gas markets.

 

We made one new investment in the half-year, purchasing 93.6% of the equity of Seven Investment Management for £74m, in a deal that valued the company at £100m. Seven is a well-established investment business managing money on behalf of private individuals using institutional techniques with transparent charges. The company looks after over £9bn of funds and has some 200 employees. The combination of innovative management and a tried and trusted format gives us great confidence for the future and we were delighted to have had the opportunity to back the impressive management team.

 

We sold our holding in TGE Marine during the period for €115m (£84m), including a pre-transaction dividend of €8m (£5m) to Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding. This was the culmination of a nine year partnership with management from a buy-out from Suez Group in 2006 and over the period we made over 3.5x our investment, an IRR of 39%. We believe that Mitsui is well placed to help TGE fulfil its global ambitions in LNG markets.

 

Post the half-year end, we announced that we had agreed terms to acquire 99.5% of the equity of Gala Bingo from Gala Coral Group for £98m, in a deal which valued the company at £241m. The business made EBITDA of £53m for its year ended 30 September 2015 and fits well with our investment criteria for the Unquoted pool.

 

Funds pool (£309m, 20% of net assets)

We invest in both private equity and quoted market funds, with an emphasis on providing exposure to areas of the world where we are less willing to invest directly.

 

The Funds pool returned -2.5% for the period, with a strong performance from the private equity portfolio being offset, in particular, by the Asian funds, which were hit hard by negative investor sentiment toward the region. Our largest holding, Capital Today China, holds a stake in JD.com, the US listed Chinese internet trading company, whose value at the beginning and end of the half-year was largely unchanged, although this masked considerable volatility in its share price in the intervening months.

 

A timely redemption of half of our holding in the Perlus Microcap fund, which has performed strongly for the past five years, and distributions from Capital Today China and the Close Brothers Private Equity funds have provided a healthy level of cash for reinvestment. We have made both new and follow-on commitments to various private equity funds during the period and we continue to monitor closely the performance of a number of US and Asian quoted market funds on our shortlist.

 

Income & Growth pool (£192m, 12% of net assets)

A portfolio of global equities that produces a reliable and increasing income stream.

 

The Income & Growth pool, which comprises a portfolio of large cap stocks with a target yield of 4.5%, returned -6.8% during the reporting period, which was broadly in line with global markets. The new manager, Jonathan Greig, is in the process of restructuring this pool to increase yield and reduce volatility. He has cut the number of holdings from 40 to 30 and has increased the weighting of businesses domiciled in the UK although, on a look through revenue basis, the portfolio remains well balanced geographically. The effect of these changes has been to increase the running yield to slightly over the 4.5% strategic target. Portfolio size at just under £200m is below the lower end of our strategic target, though, post the period end, further cash has been invested into the pool, which has reduced this gap.

 

Investment portfolio - asset allocation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategic 

 

30 September 2015

31 March 2015

allocation 

Pool

£m 

£m 

Quoted

475.5 

30.6 

447.7 

27.5 

35-50 

Unquoted

518.0 

33.4 

510.3 

31.4 

20-35 

Funds

309.5 

19.9 

327.7 

20.1 

15-20 

Income & Growth

191.8 

12.4 

202.1 

12.4 

15-20 

Cash and other

57.0 

3.7 

139.1 

8.6 

(10)-10 

Net assets

1,551.8 

100.0 

1,626.9 

100.0 

 

 

Balance sheet

At the end of the period, net debt on the balance sheet totalled £48m (including £60m of borrowings), compared with £131m of net cash at 31 March 2015. We had a further £115m of undrawn committed bank facilities, which ensures sufficient liquidity to take advantage of opportunities as they arise, especially with regard to lumpy Unquoted pool cash flows, in order that we might take advantage of any situation that we wish to pursue. It is however board policy to use modest levels of gearing in our majority held investments, rather than gear Caledonia's own balance sheet. Following the period end, the proceeds from the sale of TGE Marine and Quintain Estates have returned the balance sheet to a net cash position.

 

Dividend

The directors have declared an interim dividend of 14.3p per share. This represents an increase of 3.6% over the equivalent dividend last year and will be paid on 7 January 2016.

 

Outlook

The prolonged period of highly accommodating monetary policy has been extended with the European Central Bank following the Federal Reserve and Bank of England in providing artificially low interest rates and liquidity created by printing money. Whilst there are signs that interest rates might have reached their lows and policy is now to increase rates toward more normal levels, this may take years to happen. Markets have been driven to new highs on the back of this policy, but more recently have seen sharp pull backs on fears of slowing GDP and the interest rate cycle reversing. This volatility is set to continue.

 

Investors must weigh the risk of investing at steep valuations against the paucity of returns from cash and fixed income markets. We have seen increased activity in our unquoted portfolio, where quality earning streams have been available for purchase at reasonable prices. We have also deployed capital into the quoted markets, where we have identified value in more defensive sectors, such as consumer staples. We expect this pattern to continue alongside our programme to deploy capital into private equity funds.

 

The portfolio is composed of high quality businesses that are, in the main, major constituents in their respective markets. These investments provide a strong flow of income, which we are able to pay to our shareholders as dividends. We expect the portfolio to continue to provide shareholders with attractive returns over the long term, though we expect that we will see continued volatility in financial and commodity markets for the foreseeable future.

 

 

Portfolio summary

 

Holdings of 1% or more of net assets at 30 September 2015 were as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net 

 

 

 

 

Value

assets 

Name

Pool

Geography

Business

£m 

Park Holidays

Unquoted

UK

Caravan parks operator

113.4 

7.3 

Cobehold

Unquoted

Belgium

Investment company

96.9 

6.2 

Capital Today China

Funds

China

Private equity fund

90.7 

5.8 

Seven Investment Management

Unquoted

UK

Investment management

73.6 

4.7 

The Sloane Club

Unquoted

UK

Residential club

59.4 

3.8 

Choice Care Group

Unquoted

UK

Care homes provider

52.6 

3.4 

AG Barr

Quoted

UK

Soft drinks

49.6 

3.2 

Close Brothers

Quoted

UK

Financial services

47.0 

3.0 

Quintain Estates

Quoted

UK

Property services

34.0 

2.2 

British American Tobacco

Quoted/I&G

UK

Tobacco

33.4 

2.2 

Bristow Group

Quoted

US

Helicopter services

29.3 

1.9 

Polar Capital

Quoted

UK

Fund manager

29.3 

1.9 

Latshaw Group

Unquoted

US

Manufacturing

29.2 

1.9 

Flowserve

Quoted

US

Industrial engineering

26.4 

1.7 

Bowers & Wilkins

Unquoted

UK

Audio equipment

24.0 

1.6 

Sterling Industries

Unquoted

UK

Engineering

23.9 

1.5 

Oracle

Quoted

US

Infrastructure technology

20.6 

1.3 

Macquarie Asia New Stars

Funds

Asia

Quoted market fund

20.3 

1.3 

Satellite Information Services

Unquoted

UK

Broadcasting services

20.0 

1.3 

Arlington Ranger fund

Funds

US

Quoted market fund

20.0 

1.3 

Microsoft

Quoted

US

Infrastructure technology

19.6 

1.3 

Jardine Matheson

Quoted

Singapore

Industrial engineering

19.6 

1.3 

LondonMetric Property

Quoted

UK

Property investment

19.6 

1.3 

Aberdenn (ex FLAG) funds

Funds

US

Funds of funds

18.7 

1.2 

NTAsian funds

Funds

Asia

Quoted market funds

17.7 

1.1 

Spirax-Sarco

Quoted

UK

Steam engineering

17.6 

1.1 

Nestlé

Quoted/I&G

Switzerland

Packaged foods

16.7 

1.1 

Rolls-Royce

Quoted

UK

Power systems

16.4 

1.1 

Union Pacific

Quoted

US

Railroad operator

16.0 

1.0 

Other investments

 

 

 

439.3 

28.3 

Investment portfolio

 

 

 

1,494.8 

96.3 

Cash and other items

 

 

 

57.0 

3.7 

Net assets

 

 

 

1,551.8 

100.0 

 

1.

Geography is based on the country of listing, country of domicile for unlisted investments and underlying regional analysis for funds.

2.

Unallocated investments totalling £13.4m were included in Cash and other items.

 

 

Pool distribution

 

Geographic distribution

 

Asset class distribution

Quoted

31%

 

United Kingdom

54%

 

Listed equities

43%

Unquoted

33%

 

Continental Europe

13%

 

Private companies

33%

Funds

20%

 

North America

18%

 

Private equity funds

13%

Income & Growth

12%

 

Asia

14%

 

Quoted market funds

7%

Cash and other items

4%

 

Other countries

1%

 

Cash and other items

4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and uncertainties

 

Caledonia has a risk management framework that provides a structured process for identifying, assessing and managing risks associated with the company's business objectives and strategy.

 

The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the company are set out in the strategic report section of Caledonia's annual report 2015. External risks arise from political, legal, regulatory and economic changes. Strategic risks arise from the conception, design and implementation of the company's business model. Investment risks occur in relation to specific investment decisions, subsequent performance or concentration of exposure. Treasury and funding risks arise from counterparties, uncertainty in market prices and rates and liquidity availability. Operational risks arise from potentially inadequate or failed controls, processes, people or systems.

 

The principal risks and uncertainties identified in the annual report 2015 remain unchanged and each of them has the potential to affect the company's results during the remainder of the year ending 31 March 2016.

 

Caledonia actively monitors key risk factors, including portfolio concentration, liquidity and volatility, and aims to manage risk by:

-

diversifying the portfolio by sector and geography

-

ensuring access to relevant information from investee companies, particularly, in the case of unquoted investments, through board representation

-

managing cash and borrowings to ensure that liquidity is available to meet investment and operating needs

-

reducing counterparty risk by limiting maximum aggregate exposures.

 

 

Going concern

 

The factors likely to affect the company's ability to continue as a going concern were set out in the annual report 2015. As at 30 September 2015, there have been no significant changes to these factors. Having reviewed the company's forecasts and other relevant evidence, 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 half-year condensed financial statements.

 

 

Directors' 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:

 

-

DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure 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 financial year;

 

-

DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related parties 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.

 

Signed on behalf of the board

 

Will Wyatt, Chief Executive

19 November 2015

 

 

Independent review report

to Caledonia Investments 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 2015 which comprises the group statement of comprehensive income, the condensed group and company statements of financial position, the condensed group and company statements of changes in equity, the condensed group and company statements of cash flows and the related explanatory 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.

 

This report is made solely to the company in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the company in meeting the requirements of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules ('the DTR') of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority ('the UK FCA'). Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to it in this 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 conclusions we have reached.

 

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 DTR of the UK FCA.

 

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the group and company are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.

 

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 UK. 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 30 September 2015 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the EU and the DTR of the UK FCA.

 

 

Jonathan Mills

for and on behalf of KPMG LLP

Chartered Accountants

15 Canada Square, London E14 5GL

19 November 2015

 

 

Condensed group statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 September 2015

 

 

Six months 30 Sep 2015

Six months 30 Sep 2014

Year 31 Mar 2015

 

Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total

Revenue

Capital

Total

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment income

23.3 

23.3 

21.8 

21.8 

47.2 

47.2 

Other income

0.1 

0.1 

0.3 

0.3 

0.5 

0.5 

Gains and losses on fair value investments

(69.7)

(69.7)

54.4 

54.4 

179.9 

179.9 

Gains on fair value property

0.1 

0.1 

0.3 

0.3 

Total revenue

23.4 

(69.6)

(46.2)

22.1 

54.4 

76.5 

47.7 

180.2 

227.9 

Management expenses

(11.2)

(0.2)

(11.4)

(8.2)

(0.2)

(8.4)

(18.3)

(0.6)

(18.9)

Other non-recurring expenses

(1.8)

(1.8)

(2.6)

(2.6)

Performance fees

(0.6)

(0.6)

(1.1)

(1.1)

Guarantee obligation provided

(0.7)

(0.7)

Profit/(loss) before finance costs

12.2 

(69.8)

(57.6)

12.1 

53.6

65.7 

26.8 

177.8 

204.6 

Treasury interest receivable

0.1 

0.1 

0.1 

0.1 

0.3 

0.3 

Finance costs

(0.9)

(0.9)

(0.9)

(0.9)

(1.6)

(1.6)

Exchange movements

0.3 

0.3 

(0.3)

(0.3)

1.2 

1.2 

Profit/(loss) before tax

11.7 

(69.8)

(58.1)

11.0 

53.6 

64.6 

26.7 

177.8 

204.5 

Taxation

2.3 

0.3 

2.6 

2.0 

2.0 

2.9 

0.3 

3.2 

Profit/(loss) for the period

14.0 

(69.5)

(55.5)

13.0 

53.6 

66.6 

29.6 

178.1 

207.7 

Other comprehensive income items never to be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension schemes

(2.7)

(2.7)

Tax on other comprehensive income

(0.2)

(0.2)

0.2 

0.2 

0.9 

0.9 

Total comprehensive income

14.0 

(69.7)

(55.7)

13.0 

53.8 

66.8 

29.6 

176.3 

205.9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

25.4p 

-126.1p 

-100.7p 

23.6p 

97.3p 

120.9p 

53.7p 

323.3p 

377.0p 

Diluted earnings per share

24.9p 

-126.1p 

-100.7p 

23.3p 

96.0p 

119.3p 

52.9p 

318.2p 

371.1p 

 

The total column of the above statement represents the group's statement of comprehensive income, prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

 

The revenue and capital columns are supplementary to the group's statement of comprehensive income and are prepared under guidance published by the Association of Investment Companies.

 

The loss for the period and total comprehensive income for the period is attributable to equity holders of the parent.

 

 

Condensed statements of financial position

at 30 September 2015

 

 

Group

Company

 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

 

2015 

2014 

2015 

2015 

2014 

2015 

 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments held at fair value through profit or loss

1,508.2 

1,441.4 

1,498.8 

1,506.4 

1,424.9 

1,496.2 

Investments in subsidiaries held at cost

0.8 

0.8 

0.8 

Property, plant and equipment

24.0 

18.6 

19.1 

Deferred tax assets

2.4 

1.4 

2.4 

Employee benefits

1.9 

3.3 

1.9 

Non-current assets

1,536.5 

1,464.7 

1,522.2 

1,507.2 

1,425.7 

1,497.0 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

94.1 

6.9 

7.3 

103.1 

5.2 

5.5 

Current tax assets

1.3 

0.8 

0.4 

2.1 

1.6 

1.2 

Cash and cash equivalents

11.7 

70.2 

140.0 

8.3 

70.2 

138.7 

Current assets

107.1 

77.9 

147.7 

113.5 

77.0 

145.4 

Total assets

1,643.6 

1,542.6 

1,669.9 

1,620.7 

1,502.7 

1,642.4 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bank overdrafts

(1.1)

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(20.0)

(40.0)

Trade and other payables

(16.0)

(14.3)

(16.0)

(14.8)

(3.4)

(11.7)

Employee benefits

(0.9)

(0.4)

(2.4)

Provisions

(9.7)

(9.4)

(10.4)

(9.0)

(12.1)

(9.0)

Current liabilities

(26.6)

(45.2)

(28.8)

(63.8)

(15.5)

(20.7)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(60.0)

(9.0)

(10.0)

Employee benefits

(5.0)

(3.8)

(5.0)

Deferred tax liabilities

(0.2)

(0.2)

(0.2)

Non-current liabilities

(65.2)

(4.0)

(14.2)

(10.0)

Total liabilities

(91.8)

(49.2)

(43.0)

(73.8)

(15.5)

(20.7)

Net assets

1,551.8 

1,493.4 

1,626.9 

1,546.9 

1,487.2 

1,621.7 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

3.2 

3.2 

3.2 

3.2 

3.2 

3.2 

Share premium

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

Capital redemption reserve

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

1.3 

Capital reserve

1,258.6 

1,205.8 

1,328.3 

1,261.8 

1,207.6 

1,331.8 

Retained earnings

306.3 

299.3 

310.0 

298.2 

291.3 

301.3 

Own shares

(18.9)

(17.5)

(17.2)

(18.9)

(17.5)

(17.2)

Total equity

1,551.8 

1,493.4 

1,626.9 

1,546.9 

1,487.2 

1,621.7 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undiluted net asset value per share

2812p 

2711p 

2952p 

 

 

 

Diluted net asset value per share

2759p 

2675p 

2906p 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed group statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 September 2015

 




Capital 








redemp- 






Share 

Share 

tion 

Capital 

Retained 

Own 

Total 


capital 

premium 

reserve 

reserve 

earnings 

shares 

equity 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Six months ended 30 September 2015








Balance at 1 April 2015

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,328.3 

310.0 

(17.2)

1,626.9 

Total comprehensive income for the period








Loss for the period

(69.5)

14.0 

(55.5)

Other comprehensive income

(0.2)

(0.2)

Total comprehensive income

(69.7)

14.0 

(55.7)

Transactions with owners of the company








Contributions by and distributions to owners








Exercise of options

0.2 

0.2 

Share-based payments

2.6

-

2.6 

Own shares purchased

(1.9)

(1.9)

Dividends paid

(20.3)

-

(20.3)

Total transactions with owners

(17.7)

(1.7)

(19.4)

Balance at 30 September 2015

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,258.6 

306.3 

(18.9)

1,551.8

 








Six months ended 30 September 2014








Balance at 1 April 2014

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,152.6 

304.4 

(17.2)

1,445.6 

Total comprehensive income for the period








Profit for the period

53.6 

13.0 

66.6 

Other comprehensive income

0.2 

0.2 

Total comprehensive income

53.8 

13.0 

66.8 

Transactions with owners of the company








Contributions by and distributions to owners








Exercise of options

0.4 

0.4 

Share-based payments

1.6 

1.6 

Own shares purchased

(0.7)

(0.7)

Own shares cancelled

(0.6)

(0.6)

Dividends paid

(19.7)

(19.7)

Total transactions with owners

(0.6)

(18.1)

(0.3)

(19.0)

Balance at 30 September 2014

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,205.8 

299.3 

(17.5)

1,493.4 

 








Year ended 31 March 2015








Balance at 1 April 2014

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,152.6 

304.4 

(17.2)

1,445.6 

Total comprehensive income for the year








Profit for the year

178.1 

29.6 

207.7 

Other comprehensive income

(1.8)

(1.8)

Total comprehensive income

176.3 

29.6 

205.9 

Transactions with owners of the company








Contributions by and distributions to owners








Exercise of options

1.2 

1.2 

Share-based payments

3.3 

3.3 

Own shares purchased

(1.2)

(1.2)

Own shares cancelled

(0.6)

(0.6)

Dividends paid

(27.3)

(27.3)

Total transactions with owners

(0.6)

(24.0)

(24.6)

Balance at 31 March 2015

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,328.3 

310.0 

(17.2)

1,626.9 

 

 

Condensed company statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 September 2015

 




Capital 








redemp- 






Share 

Share 

tion 

Capital 

Retained 

Own 

Total 


capital 

premium 

reserve 

reserve 

earnings 

shares 

equity 


£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Six months ended 30 September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 April 2015

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,331.8 

301.3 

(17.2)

1,621.7 

Loss and total comprehensive income for the period

(70.0)

14.6 

-

(55.4)

Transactions with owners of the company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions by and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise of options

0.2 

0.2 

Share-based payments

2.6

-

2.6 

Own shares purchased

(1.9)

(1.9)

Dividends paid

(20.3)

-

(20.3)

Total transactions with owners

(17.7)

(1.7)

(19.4)

Balance at 30 September 2015

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,261.8 

298.2 

(18.9)

1,546.9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 April 2014

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,154.5 

297.1 

(17.2)

1,440.2 

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

53.7 

12.3 

66.0 

Transactions with owners of the company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions by and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise of options

0.4 

0.4 

Share-based payments

1.6

1.6 

Own shares purchased

(0.7)

(0.7)

Own shares cancelled

(0.6)

(0.6)

Dividends paid

-

(19.7)

(19.7)

Total transactions with owners

(0.6)

(18.1)

(0.3)

(19.0)

Balance at 30 September 2014

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,207.6 

291.3 

(17.5)

1,487.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 April 2014

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,154.5 

297.1 

(17.2)

1,440.2 

Profit and total comprehensive income for the year

177.9 

28.2 

206.1 

Transactions with owners of the company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions by and distributions to owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise of options

1.2 

1.2 

Share-based payments

3.3 

3.3 

Own shares purchased

(1.2)

(1.2)

Own shares cancelled

(0.6)

(0.6)

Dividends paid

(27.3)

(27.3)

Total transactions with owners

(0.6)

(24.0)

(24.6)

Balance at 31 March 2015

3.2 

1.3 

1.3 

1,331.8 

301.3 

(17.2)

1,621.7 

 

 

Condensed statements of cash flows

for the six months ended 30 September 2015

 

 

Group

Company

 

6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 

6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 

 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

 

2015 

2014 

2015 

2015 

2014 

2015 

 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends received

24.3 

21.4 

45.0 

24.2 

21.4 

45.0 

Interest received

0.5 

3.0 

3.6 

0.1 

2.4 

2.6 

Cash received from customers

0.1 

0.7 

0.5 

Cash paid to suppliers and employees

(8.4)

(10.1)

(18.8)

(17.6)

(10.8)

(18.2)

Taxes received

0.2 

0.3 

0.2 

0.3 

Taxes paid

(0.2)

(0.2)

Group tax relief received

1.4 

0.6 

1.7 

1.4 

0.6 

2.0 

Net cash flow from operating activities

17.9 

15.6 

32.3 

8.1 

13.6 

31.7 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of investments

(321.8)

(139.7)

(240.4)

(321.8)

(138.6)

(239.2)

Proceeds from disposal of investments

154.4 

200.0 

372.7 

155.8 

201.1 

358.7 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(4.8)

(0.5)

Net cash flow from/(used in) investing activities

(172.2)

60.3 

131.8 

(166.0) 

62.5 

119.5 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

(0.8)

(1.0)

(1.6)

(0.5)

(0.8)

(1.2)

Dividends paid to owners of the company

(20.3)

(19.7)

(27.3)

(20.3)

(19.7)

(27.3)

Proceeds from borrowings

71.0 

20.0 

30.0 

Repayment of borrowings

(20.0)

(20.0)

(51.0)

(20.0)

(20.0)

(20.0)

Proceeds from group company loans

1.0 

2.0 

15.1 

40.0 

9.0 

Repayment of group company loans

(3.2)

(0.1)

(11.6)

(7.9)

Exercise of share options

0.2 

0.4 

1.2 

0.2 

0.4 

1.2 

Purchases of own shares

(1.9)

(1.3)

(1.8)

(1.9)

(1.3)

(1.8)

Net cash flow from/(used in) financing activities

26.0 

(39.7)

(57.0)

27.5 

(41.4)

(48.0)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(128.3)

36.2 

107.1 

(130.4)

34.7 

103.2 

Cash and cash equivalents at period start

140.0 

32.9 

32.9 

138.7 

35.5 

35.5 

Cash and cash equivalents at period end

11.7 

69.1 

140.0 

8.3 

70.2 

138.7 

 

 

Notes to the condensed financial statements

 

1. General information

Caledonia Investments plc is an investment trust company domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of its registered office is 2nd Floor Stratton House, 5 Stratton Street, London W1J 8LA. The ordinary shares of the company are premium listed on the London Stock Exchange.

 

This condensed set of financial statements was approved for issue on 19 November 2015 and is unaudited.

 

The information for the period ended 30 September 2015 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015 has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was not qualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis of matter and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) and (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2. Accounting policies

Basis of accounting

This condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting and should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2015, which were prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

 

This condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with the recommendations of the SORP issued by the Association of Investment Companies.

 

Going concern

The directors have assessed the risks facing the group and consider that it has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing this half-year condensed set of financial statements.

 

Changes in accounting policies

As required by the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, this condensed set of financial statements has been prepared applying the accounting policies and presentation that were applied in the preparation of the company's published consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2015.

 

Judgements and estimates

In preparing these interim financial statements, management has made judgements, estimates and assumptions that affected the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense.

 

The significant judgements made by management in applying the group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those applied to the consolidated financial statements  for the year ended 31 March 2015.

 

3. Dividends

Amounts recognised as distributions to owners of the company in the period were as follows:

 

 

6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 

 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

 

2015 

2014 

2015 

 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2015 of 36.8p per share (2014 - 35.7p per share)

20.3 

19.7 

19.7 

Interim dividend for the year ended 31 March 2015 of 13.8p per share

7.6 

 

20.3 

19.7 

27.3 

 

The directors have declared an interim dividend for the year ending 31 March 2016 of 14.3p per share, totalling £7.9m, which has not been included as a liability in this condensed set of financial statements. This dividend will be payable on 7 January 2016 to holders of shares on the register on 4 December 2015. The ex-dividend date will be 3 December 2015.

 

4. Provisions

During the period, the group utilised £0.7m of a provision for expected legal costs.

 

During the six months ended 30 September 2014, the group and company recognised a provision for expected legal costs of £1.1m. The company also recognised £0.1m related to bank guarantees.

 

During the year ended 31 March 2015, the group and company recognised a solvency guarantee provision of £0.7m. In addition, the group recognised a provision for expected legal costs of £1.4m and the company released a provision related to bank guarantees of £2.6m.

 

5. Share capital

During the period, the company's Employee Share Trust sold 146,235 shares for £0.2m and purchased 76,270 shares for £1.9m in connection with the exercise of share options and calling of performance and deferred bonus awards.

 

In the six months ended 30 September 2014, the company purchased for cancellation 30,000 of its own shares for £0.6m and its Employee Share Trust sold 51,900 shares for £0.4m and purchased 31,407 shares for £0.7m in connection with the exercise of share options and calling of deferred bonus awards.

 

In the year ended 31 March 2015, the company purchased for cancellation 30,000 of its own shares for £0.6m and its Employee Share Trust sold 100,401 shares for £1.2m and purchased 53,328 shares for £1.2m in connection with the exercise of share options and calling of deferred bonus awards.

 

6. Net asset value per share

The group's undiluted net asset value per share is based on the net assets of the group at the period end and on the number of shares in issue at the period end less shares held by the Caledonia Investments plc Employee Share Trust. The group's diluted net asset value per share assumes the exercise of all outstanding in-the-money share options and the calling of performance share and deferred bonus awards at the closing mid-market price on the reporting date.

 

7. Operating segments

The chief operating decision maker has been identified as the Executive Committee, which reviews the company's internal reporting in order to assess performance and allocate resources. Management has determined the operating segments based on these reports.

 

The performance of operating segments is assessed on a measure of group total revenue, principally comprising gains and losses on investments and investment income. Reportable profit or loss is after 'Treasury income' and 'Other items', which comprise management and other expenses and provisions. Reportable assets equate to the group's total assets. Cash and cash equivalents, net of bank overdrafts, and other items are not identifiable operating segments.

 

'Other investments' comprise subsidiaries not managed as part of the investment portfolio.

 

 

Profit before tax

Total assets

 

6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 

 

 

 

 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

 

2015 

2014 

2015 

2015 

2014 

2015 

 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quoted

(54.5)

(12.1)

16.9 

475.5 

470.0 

447.7 

Unquoted

30.6 

22.5 

87.8 

518.0 

484.8 

510.3 

Funds

(8.1)

60.5 

100.1 

309.5 

284.2 

327.7 

Income & Growth

(14.3)

5.5 

21.5 

191.8 

188.9 

202.1 

Portfolio

(46.3)

76.4 

226.3 

1,494.8 

1,427.9 

1,487.8 

Other investments

0.1 

0.1 

1.6 

13.4 

13.5 

11.0 

Total revenue/investments

(46.2)

76.5 

227.9 

1,508.2 

1,441.4 

1,498.8 

Cash and equivalents

0.1 

0.1 

0.3 

11.7 

69.1 

140.0 

Other items

(12.0)

(12.0)

(23.7)

123.7 

32.1 

31.1 

Reportable total

(58.1)

64.6 

204.5 

1,643.6 

1,542.6 

1,669.9 

 

8. Related parties

The nature of related party transactions has not changed significantly from those described in the company's annual report for the year ended 31 March 2015. There were no transactions with related parties during the six months ended 30 September 2015 which had a material effect on the results or the financial position of the company or of the group.

 

Caledonia Group Services Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, provides management services to the company. During the period, £9.6m was charged to the company (30 September 2014 - £8.4m and 31 March 2015 - £19.9m).

 

9. Capital commitments

At 30 September 2015, the company had undrawn fund and other commitments totalling £190.7m (30 September 2014 - £125.5m and 31 March 2015 - £158.6m).

 

10. Fair value hierarchy

The table below analyses financial instruments held at fair value according to the subjectivity of the valuation method, using the following hierarchy:

 

Level 1

Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets.

Level 2

Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are directly or indirectly observable.

Level 3

Inputs for the asset that are not based on observable market data.

 

 

Group

Company

 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

 

2015 

2014 

2015 

2015 

2014 

2015 

 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Investments held at fair value

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 1

666.0 

666.5 

648.6 

666.0 

666.5 

648.6 

Level 2

122.3 

84.0 

99.2 

119.7 

73.7 

111.3 

Level 3

719.9 

690.9 

751.0 

720.7 

684.7 

736.3 

 

1,508.2 

1,441.4 

1,498.8 

1,506.4 

1,424.9 

1,496.2 

 

Movement in Level 3 financial instruments was as follows:

 

 

6 mths 

6 mths 

Year 

 

30 Sep 

30 Sep 

31 Mar 

 

2015 

2014 

2015 

 

£m 

£m 

£m 

Group

 

 

 

Balance at the period start

751.0 

709.3 

709.3 

Reclassifications

(45.3)

4.4 

9.3 

Purchases

93.8 

18.8 

40.1 

Disposal proceeds

(107.8)

(105.9)

(158.5)

Realised gains on sales

67.5 

25.6 

32.6 

Gains/(losses) through profit or loss

(39.3)

38.7 

118.2 

Balance at the period end

719.9 

690.9 

751.0 

Company

 

 

 

Balance at the period start

736.3 

693.3 

693.3 

Reclassifications

(30.7)

14.6 

3.8 

Purchases

93.8 

17.7 

40.1 

Disposal proceeds

(106.5)

(105.3)

(149.0)

Realised gains on sales

67.5 

25.6 

32.5 

Gains/(losses) through profit or loss

(39.7)

38.8 

115.6 

Balance at the period end

720.7 

684.7 

736.3 

 

During the period, the group and company transferred £45.3m from Level 3 to Level 2 in respect of quoted market funds and the company transferred £14.6m from Level 2 to Level 3 in respect of a property company investment.

 

The methods used to determine fair value investments are unchanged from those described in the annual report 2015. Listed investments are valued at bid price or the most recent transaction price. Unlisted companies are valued according to the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines (December 2012), using one of the following methods: price of a recent investment, multiples or net assets. The valuation of fund interests is based on the latest fund managers' NAVs and other investments are valued using appropriate techniques.

 

11. Share-based payments

The company operates a current performance share scheme and a legacy executive share option scheme, as well as a current deferred bonus plan. Full details of these schemes were disclosed in the annual report 2015 and the basis of measuring fair value was consistent with those disclosures.

 

During the six months ended 30 September 2015, 214,152 awards were issued under the performance share scheme (30 September 2014 - nil and 31 March 2015 - 205,516 awards). Compulsory and voluntary deferred bonus awards over 49,223 and 2,105 shares respectively were granted (30 September 2014 and 31 March 2015 - 60,052 and 549 shares respectively). Matching awards were also granted over 51,328 shares (30 September 2014 and 31 March 2015 - 60,601 shares).

 

Expenses in respect of share-based payments in the period were £2.6m (30 September 2014 - £1.6m and 31 March 2015 - £3.3m).

 

12. Subsequent events

On 26 October 2015, the company announced that it had agreed terms to acquire Gala Bingo Holdings, the UK's largest retail bingo operator, in a transaction valuing the business at £241m. On completion, which is subject to a change of control approval of the Gambling Commission and finalisation of a £155m senior debt facility, Caledonia will invest £97.8m to acquire 99.5% of the equity.

 

Subsequent to the half-year end and before the date of this report, the company and an investment subsidiary had entered into three US and Asian fund commitments totalling $110m (£72.6m).

 

 

 

 

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