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Mulberry Group PLC
08 December 2011
 



MULBERRY GROUP PLC

8 December 2011 - Embargoed until 7am

 

 

MULBERRY GROUP PLC ("Mulberry" or the "Group")

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2011

 

Mulberry Group plc, the English luxury fashion brand specialising in the design, manufacture and sale of leather goods and accessories, is pleased to announce its results for the six months ended 30 September 2011.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

·      Total revenues increased by 62% to £72.3 million (2010: £44.7 million)

·      Retail sales up 47%, like-for-like sales up 44% (2010: up 30% and like-for-like up 29%)

·      Wholesale shipments to third parties up 93%.  Autumn/Winter 2011 orders up 47% compared to the same period last year

·      International revenues increased by 115% to £29.4 million (2010: £13.7 million)

·      Profit before tax increased by 231% to £15.6 million (2010: £4.7 million)

·      Basic earnings per share up by 244% to 19.6p (2010: 5.7p)

 

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

·      New York flagship store opened on Spring Street, Soho

·      Our partners opened five new stores in the Asia-Pacific region

·      UK factory expansion in Somerset completed creating 60 new jobs

 

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

·      Retail sales up 18% for the 10 weeks to 3 December 2011, like-for-like sales up 14% against strong comparatives

·      Spring/Summer 2012 orders up 29% compared to the Spring/Summer 2011 end of season total with three months of the selling season remaining

·      Nine new store openings planned for the second half of the financial year

 

GODFREY DAVIS, CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE COMMENTED:

"The first half of this year has seen us deliver another strong set of results.  Our strategy to focus on international expansion continues to bear fruit.  Against the backdrop of economic uncertainty, Mulberry continues to build market share internationally and we remain cautiously optimistic about the future prospects of the business."

 

FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT:

 

 

Pelham Bell Pottinger
   
Daniel de Belder
0207 861 3232
Lucy Frankland
 
   
   
Altium Capital
   
Ben Thorne
0207 484 4040
Melanie Szalkiewicz
 
 
 
Mulberry Investor Relations
0207 605 6771

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

The Group has continued to deliver strong sales and profit growth during the six months to 30 September 2011.  Sales increased by 62% to £72.3 million (2010: £44.7 million) and profit before tax increased by 231% to £15.6 million (2010: £4.7 million).

 

First half sales have been boosted by £8 million as a result of timing differences which are explained in the wholesale commentary below.

 

RETAIL

 

Retail sales in our own stores have started the year well, with the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection being positively received. Retail sales for the six month period increased by 47% compared to the same period last year, like-for-like sales up 44% (2010: up 30% and like-for-like up 29%).

 

UK Retail sales increased for the period by 42% (like-for-like up 44%) and in Europe, sales increased by 114% compared to the same period last year (like-for-like up 46%) with the opening of a concession in De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam during November 2010.

 

In the USA, we opened a third store in New York and refurbished our store on Madison Avenue. The new 5,000 sq. ft. flagship store on Spring Street, Soho has traded well since its opening in September 2011.  Overall, USA sales have grown by 82% compared to the prior period.     

 

Sales through our website, www.mulberry.com, grew by 52% during the period to £4.8 million, representing 7% of Group sales.  In addition to being a profitable and growing sales channel, the web is a key marketing tool for the brand.  We are currently half-way through a major project to replace our online platform which will give us greater functionality and creative freedom.  We plan to launch this by the end of the next financial year.

 

WHOLESALE

 

Wholesale shipments to customers during the six months to 30 September 2011 were up 93% to £31.3 million. This performance was boosted by two factors: firstly, the seasonal timetable for the shipment of wholesale orders being brought forward by one month to meet the requirements of our international business; and secondly, improved fulfilment of orders compared to the prior year due to increased production capacity.  We estimate that the combined impact of these factors was to increase sales during the period by approximately £8 million and profit before tax by approximately £1.5 million. This is a timing difference centred around the half year end and so sales for the second half will be reduced by an equal amount.

 

The Wholesale business includes sales to the Mulberry shops owned by our partners, independent retailers and department stores. The order book for Autumn/Winter 2011 finished 47% ahead of the previous year. We have a mature wholesale business in the UK but in Europe we continue to experience significant growth.  In Asia-Pacific, sales have continued to grow more quickly than the rest of the world, up 149% compared to the same period last year.  

 

During the period, our partners opened five new Mulberry stores in the Asia-Pacific region.  

 

Leather goods and accessories remain our core business, with women's and men's bags accounting for 77% of Group sales. We continue to develop and grow the women's apparel and women's shoe businesses. 

 

FINANCIAL

 

Gross profit margins have increased to 66.2% (2010: 63.9%). This is a consequence of economies of scale leading to more favourable overhead absorption into the cost of product, partly offset by an increase in the cost of raw materials and labour and the increased proportion of wholesale revenue (which is at a lower margin than retail).

 

Net operating expenses before exceptional costs for the period increased by £9.5 million to £32.5 million (2010: £23.0 million).  Of the increase, £3.0 million was due to variable rents and agents' commissions as a result of increased sales, £2.8 million was increased staff costs to support the growth of the business and a further £1.7 million was due to increased marketing and PR expenditure to support international expansion.

 

Operating profit increased by 177% to £15.4 million (2010: £5.6 million before exceptional costs of £1.0 million). There have been no exceptional items during the current period. 

 

Inventories have increased to £29.1 million from £22.4 million at the start of the period reflecting in part the growth in the business, but also the shift in seasonal timing in wholesale sales mentioned above which meant that at 30 September 2011, a significant proportion of the Spring/Summer 2012 inventory was being held ready for shipment during October and November.  Trade payables remain low as we continue to take advantage of early settlement discounts offered by key suppliers.  Overall, the Group balance sheet remains strong with cash of £16.7 million (2010: £12.3 million) and no debt.

 

The extension of our existing Somerset factory was completed during September 2011, creating an additional 60 production jobs and increasing UK production capacity by 30%.

 

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

 

The outlook for the six months to 31 March 2012 is positive, however, the potential impact of the economic environment on consumers' spending habits makes the future more challenging. 

 

During the ten weeks to 3 December 2011, total Retail sales were 18% above last year with like-for-like sales up 14%. This rate of growth is lower than the first half reflecting strong comparatives boosted by the arrival of substantial stocks of the bestselling Alexa range and other key bags during the ten weeks to 4 December 2010. 

 

With three months of the order taking season remaining, the Spring/Summer 2012 season has started strongly with third-party wholesale orders 55% higher than the order book at the same time in 2010. The current Spring/Summer 2012 order book already exceeds the end of season position for Spring/Summer 2011 by 29% with three months' order taking remaining.

 

We continue to focus on developing the Mulberry store network. Since the half year end we have opened stores in the Westfield development in Stratford ahead of the 2012 London Olympics and reopened the Mulberry store on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam.  This store has been closed for nine months while the building has been redeveloped by the lessor to create a larger retail space. 

 

Since 30 September 2010, our major Asia Pacific partner has relocated its Harbour City, Hong Kong store to a much larger space and opened stores in Taiwan and Singapore. Before the end of the current financial year we expect to open a further five stores bringing the total worldwide openings for the year to 15.

 

We plan to open seven stores in Europe and the USA during the year commencing 1 April 2012.  These openings will be supplemented by at least eight further new stores planned by our partners in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

 

As announced on 4 October 2011, we renewed our distribution agreement with Club 21 Pte Limited, our major partner in the Asia-Pacific region.  This agreement will run until 30 June 2021 and enables additional investment in store openings and penetration of the Mulberry brand into these markets.  In addition, a distribution agreement has been finalised for the Japanese market with a joint venture vehicle owned by Club 21 and Mammina Co. Limited (a subsidiary of Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Limited).  This is a ten year agreement and anticipates the opening of multiple department store 'shop in shops' and new flagship stores in Tokyo and Osaka.  

 

Despite the economic uncertainty, Mulberry continues to build market share internationally whilst maintaining a strong balance sheet.  We remain cautiously optimistic about the future. 

 

DIVIDENDS

 

The full year dividend of 4.0 pence per ordinary share was paid on 19 August 2011.  In line with prior years, the Board is not recommending the payment of an interim dividend.

 

 

Godfrey Davis

Chairman and Chief Executive

8 December 2011



Consolidated income statement

Six months ended 30 September 2011

 

 


Note

Unaudited six months 30 Sept 2011

£'000


Unaudited six months 30 Sept 2010

£'000


Audited

year ended

31 Mar 2011

£'000








Revenue


72,263


44,668


121,645

Cost of sales


(24,431)


(16,128)


(42,144)








Gross profit


47,832


28,540


79,501








Other administrative expenses


(32,765)


(23,219)


(58,047)

Exceptional costs


-


(1,000)


(100)








Administrative expenses


(32,765)


(24,219)


(58,147)

Other operating income


297


235


1,656








Operating profit


15,364


4,556


23,010








Operating profit before exceptional costs


15,364


5,556


23,110








Share of results of associates


164


104


305

Finance income


38


62


74

Finance expense


(5)


(14)


(44)








Profit before tax


15,561


4,708


23,345








Tax

5

(4,304)


(1,445)


(6,282)








Profit for the period


11,257


3,263


17,063















Attributable to:







Equity holders of the parent


11,257


3,263


17,063

















pence


pence


pence








Basic earnings per share

6

19.6


5.7


29.8

Diluted earnings per share

6

19.2


5.6


29.1

 

All activities arise from continuing operations.

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Six months ended 30 September 2011

 



Unaudited six months 30 Sept 2011

£'000


Unaudited six months 30 Sept 2010

£'000


Audited

year ended

31 Mar 2011

£'000








Net profit for the period


11,257


3,263


17,063

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations


(23)


(90)


1

Total comprehensive income for the period


11,234


3,173


17,064








Attributable to:







Equity holders of the parent


11,234


3,173


17,064

           

Consolidated balance sheet

At 30 September 2011

 

  



Unaudited 30 Sept 2011

£'000


Unaudited 30 Sept 2010

£'000


Audited

31 Mar 2011

£'000








Non-current assets







Intangible assets


            2,778


2,528


2,134

Property, plant and equipment


20,712


8,781


18,207

Interests in associates


321


300


210

Deferred tax assets


275


193


69



24,086


11,802


20,620

Current assets







Inventories


29,124


12,883


22,408

Trade and other receivables


13,645


16,720


12,186

Cash and cash equivalents


16,694


12,329


21,373



59,463


41,932


          55,967








Total assets


83,549


53,734


76,587








Current liabilities







Trade and other payables


(31,002)


(24,043)


(30,476)

Current tax liabilities


(4,409)


(1,567)


(4,079)



(35,411)


(25,610)


(34,555)








Total liabilities


(35,411)


(25,610)


(34,555)








Net assets


48,138


28,124


42,032















Equity







Share capital


2,958


2,943


2,943

Share premium account


7,427


7,007


7,007

Own share reserve


(607)


(631)


(621)

Capital redemption reserve


154


154


154

Special reserves


1,467


1,467


1,467

Foreign exchange reserve


363


295


386

Retained earnings


36,376


16,889


30,696








Total equity


48,138


28,124


42,032









Consolidated statement of changes in equity

Six months ended 30 September 2011

  

 


Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent











Share

capital

Share premium account

Own share reserve

Capital reserves

Special reserves

Foreign exchange reserve

Retained earnings

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000










As at 1 April 2010

2,943

7,007

(107)

154

1,467

385

14,616

26,465










Total comprehensive    income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(90)

3,263

3,173

Charge for employee share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

275

275

Own shares

-

-

(524)

-

-

-

-

(524)

Ordinary dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,265)

(1,265)










As at 30 September 2010

2,943

7,007

(631)

154

1,467

295

16,889

28,124










Total comprehensive    income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

91

13,800

13,891

Issued share capital

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Charge for employee share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

426

426

Exercise of share options

-

-

10

-

-

-

(418)

(408)

Ordinary dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1)

(1)










As at 31 March 2011

2,943

7,007

(621)

154

1,467

386

30,696

42,032










Total comprehensive    income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(23)

11,257

11,234

Issued share capital

15

420





-

435

Charge for employee share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

390

390

Exercise of share options

-

-

14

-

-

-

(3,657)

(3,643)

Ordinary dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,310)

(2,310)










As at 30 September 2011

2,958

7,427

(607)

154

1,467

363

36,376

48,138

 

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

Six months ended 30 September 2011

  

                                                                                                                 



Unaudited six months 30 Sept 2011

£'000


Unaudited six months 30 Sept 2010

£'000


Audited

year ended

31 Mar 2011

£'000








Operating profit for the period


15,364


4,556


23,010








Adjustments for:







Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


1,896


984


2,261

Amortisation of intangible assets


138


167


837

Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment


6


-


152

Effects of foreign exchange


(45)


(6)


24

Share based payments charge


390


275


               701








Operating cash flows before movements in working capital


        17,749

 


5,976


26,985








Increase in stocks


(6,663)


(3,793)


(13,318)

Increase in debtors


(1,713)


(8,623)


(3,848)

(Increase)/decrease in creditors


(239)


11,784


16,805








Cash generated by operations


9,134


5,344


26,624








Corporation taxes paid


(4,180)


(1,655)


(3,856)

Interest paid


(5)


(14)


(44)








Net cash from operating activities


4,949


3,675


22,724








Investing activities:







Interest received


76


62


47

Dividend received from associate


214


308


308

Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(3,598)


(1,827)


(11,176)

Acquisition of intangible fixed assets


(784)


(271)


(503)








Net cash used in investing activities


(4,092)


(1,728)


(11,324)








Financing activities:







Dividends paid


(2,310)


(1,265)


(1,266)

Proceeds on issue of shares


435


-


-

Cash settlement of share awards


(3,661)


-


(418)

Acquisition of own shares


-


(524)


(514)








Net cash used in financing activities


(5,536)


(1,789)


(2,198)








Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


(4,679)


158


9,202








Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


21,373


12,171


12,171








Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


16,694


12,329


21,373

                                                                               

                                                                           

Notes to the condensed financial statements

Six months ended 30 September 2011

 

 

1.         General information

 

Mulberry Group plc is a company incorporated in the United Kingdom under the Companies Act 2006.  The half-year results and condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 September 2011 (the interim financial statements) comprise the results for the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the Group) and the Group's interest in associates. 

 

The information for the year ended 31 March 2011 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  A copy of the statutory accounts for that year has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The auditor's report on those accounts was not qualified, did not include a reference to any matters to which the Auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying the report and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

                                                                                                                                        

The interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 September 2011 have not been reviewed or audited.

 

2.          Significant accounting policies

 

The accounting policies and methods of computation followed in the interim financial statements are consistent with those as published in the Group's Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2011.

 

The Annual Report and Financial Statements are available from the Group's website (www.mulberry.com) or from the Company Secretary at the Company's registered office, The Rookery, Chilcompton, Bath, England, BA3 4EH.

 

3.         Going concern

 

After making enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company will 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 results.

 

4.          Exceptional costs

 

There are no exceptional expenses or income during the first half of 2011/12.  During the first half of the prior period a provision of £1 million was made for the deferred consideration arising on the transaction to assume operational control of the two New York stores and the distribution rights to the North American market during October 2009.  These shops were previously held by our joint venture partner, Mulberry USA LLC.  In the results for the year ended 31 March 2011, exceptional income of £900,000 was recognised following agreement with the landlord of our old New Bond Street store to purchase back the lease during January 2011.

 

5.          Taxation

 

The tax charge is calculated by applying the forecast full year effective tax rate to the half year profit.

 


Notes to the condensed financial statements

Six months ended 30 September 2011

 

 

6.          Earnings per share ('EPS') and share issue

 



Six months

30 Sept 2011

p


Six months

30 Sept 2010

p


Year ended

31 Mar 2011

p








Basic earnings per share


19.6


5.7


29.8

Diluted earnings per share


19.2


5.6


29.1

Adjusted basic earnings per share


19.6


7.6


30.4

Adjusted diluted earnings per share


19.2


7.5


29.7










Six months

30 Sept 2011

£'000


Six months

30 Sept 2010

£'000


Year ended

31 Mar 2011

£'000

Earnings per share is calculated based on the following data:







 

Profit for the period for basic and diluted earnings per share


 

11,257

 


 

3,263


 

17,063

Adjustment for exceptional costs


-


1,000


352








Adjusted profit for the period for adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share


11,257


4,263


17,415

                                                                                                                                             

 



30 Sept 2011

million


30 Sept 2010

million


31 Mar 2011

million








Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic EPS


57.5


57.3


57.3

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares: share options


1.1


0.7


1.4








Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted EPS


58.6


58.0


58.7

 

 

On 14 April 2011 300,000 5p ordinary shares were issued at par in order to satisfy the exercise of share options.


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