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Mitchells & Butlers PLC
22 November 2016
 

MITCHELLS & BUTLERS PLC

 

22 November 2016

 

FULL YEAR RESULTS

 

(For the 52 weeks ended 24 September 2016)

 

                 -   Return to like-for-like sales growth

                 -   Acceleration of estate investment

                 -   Good progress on all three strategic priorities

 

Financial performance

 

-

Full year like-for-like sales down 0.8%a with improving trend through the year.  Recent eight weeks up 0.5%

-

Adjusted operating profit of £318mb (FY 2015 £328m)

-

Adjusted earnings per share of 34.9pb (FY 2015 35.7p)

-

Final dividend of 5.0p

 

Reported results

 

-

-

-

Total revenue of £2,086m (FY 2015 £2,101m)

Operating profit of £231m (FY 2015 £270m)

Profit before tax: £94m (FY 2015 £126m)

-

Basic earnings per share: 21.6p (FY 2015 25.0p)

 

Balance sheet and cash flow

 

-

Capital expenditure £167m (FY 2015 £162m), including 8 new site openings and 252 conversions and remodels

-

Free cash flow before adjusted items of £60mc (FY 2015: £95m)

-

Net debt of £1.84bn representing 4.3 times adjusted EBITDAb (FY 2015 4.3 times)

 

 

 

Phil Urban, Chief Executive, commented:

 

"During the year we have made good progress in our three priority areas: building a more balanced business; instilling a more commercial culture; and driving an innovation agenda. This focus is starting to have a positive effect on our sales, with improved performance against a subdued market in recent months through continuation of the momentum we saw start in the second half of last year.  Sales growth in the first eight weeks was impacted by the Rugby World Cup in the prior year, but I'm encouraged by the underlying momentum which has seen recent weeks return to the levels seen in the summer.  

 

In the next year, as previously announced, we face external cost headwinds, notably from further wage inflation, the recent business rates review and exchange rate movements.  We are working hard to mitigate these headwinds wherever possible, both through building on our sales momentum and active management of our cost base."

 

 

 

 

 

Definitions

 

a - Like-for-like sales growth reflects the sales performance against the comparable period in the prior year of UK managed pubs, bars and restaurants that were trading in the two periods being compared, unless marketed for disposal.  Like-for-like sales are measured against relevant accounting weeks in the prior year.

 

b - Adjusted earnings are quoted before adjusted items as set out in the Group Income Statement and detailed in note 3 of the accounts.

 

c - Free cash flow before adjusted items excludes £31m dividend payment (FY 2015 £nil); £67m mandatory bond amortisation (FY 2015 £61m); £31m drawn from an unsecured revolving facility (FY 2015 £nil) and, in the prior year, £120m transferred from cash to other cash deposits and £6m of operating adjusted items.

 

There will be a presentation today for analysts and investors at 8.30am at the London Stock Exchange, 10 Paternoster Square, London, EC4M 7LS.  A live webcast of the presentation will be available at www.mbplc.com.  The conference will also be accessible by phone: 020 3059 8125 and quote "Mitchells & Butlers".  The replay will be available until 29 November 2016 on 0121 260 4861 replay access pin 4486867#.

 

All disclosed documents relating to these results are available on the Group's website at www.mbplc.com 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Tim Jones - Finance Director

+44(0)121 498 6112

James Cooper - Investor Relations

+44(0)121 498 4525

James Murgatroyd (Finsbury)

+44(0)20 7251 3801

 

Notes to editors:

 

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Mitchells & Butlers is a leading operator of managed restaurants and pubs. Its strong portfolio of brands and formats includes Harvester, Toby Carvery, All Bar One, Miller & Carter, Premium Country Pubs, Sizzling Pubs, Crown Carveries, Stonehouse, Vintage Inns, Browns, Castle, Nicholson's, O'Neill's and Ember Inns. In addition, it operates Innkeeper's Lodge hotels in the UK and Alex restaurants and bars in Germany. Further details are available at www.mbplc.com and supporting photography can be downloaded at www.mbplc.com/imagelibrary

 

 

 



 

BUSINESS REVIEW

 

Over the last year we have continued to focus on our three strategic priorities:

 

-      To build a more balanced business

-      To instil a more commercial culture

-      To drive an  innovation agenda

We have started to see early positive results emerging from our work on these priorities.  Sales were challenging in the first half of the year, falling by 1.6% on a like-for-like basis.  However, in the second half our like-for-like sales grew by 0.2%, improving the full year outturn to 0.8% down.  This was in part driven by an increased level of capital investment in our estate but also an improvement in the performance of our sites that have not seen recent investment. 

 

This build in sales momentum has continued from the second half to recent trading after the year end as we have moved from lagging the market, to outperforming consistently1.

 

Our adjusted earnings per share fell by 2.2% to 34.9p, reflecting the lower total sales but also a weaker margin in the second half of the year.  The National Living Wage was introduced from April 2016, and saw a 7.5% increase in the minimum rate of pay for those aged 25 and over, in addition to the National Minimum Wage which increased by 3.1% in October 2015.  The acceleration of investment in our businesses also affected profits, as we incurred a greater number of closure weeks and pre-opening costs.  This is an unavoidable short-term impact of improving amenity levels in our businesses but is the right thing to do to enhance our long-term prospects.

 

OUR PRIORITIES

 

Building a more balanced business

 

Our estate comprises more than 1,800 sites, of which more than 80% are freehold or long-leasehold.  This provides the opportunity for long-term value generation; our priority is therefore to ensure the estate is set up to extract this value.

 

Over the coming years, we are committed to improving the quality of the estate: by exposing it to more premium market spaces and by improving the overall level of amenity.  The premium market is where we would expect to see the strongest growth, and these spaces offer a form of long-term mitigation towards cost inflation.  We are therefore converting several of our businesses towards more premium concepts (both existing and new) as well as making selective site acquisitions and disposals where appropriate. 

 

To this end, within the year we have carried out a full estate review, which gives us a plan for each of our sites.  We have recently identified around 75 sites for sale in order to generate greater value for shareholders than if retained as managed businesses.  Going forward, we will continue to look at acquisitions and disposals as part of our normal course of business.

 

It remains our intention to grow Miller & Carter to 100 sites by 2018 and we are well on track to achieve this.  This is a proven and successful steakhouse format that generates strong like-for-like sales, and also delivers good returns when we open in new locations.  We have grown the brand in the last year from 36 to 52 sites.  A small number of these have been acquisitions, with the majority being existing site conversions delivering EBITDA returns of more than 40%.  Our portfolio gives us a strong pipeline of future conversion opportunities to continue successfully growing the brand.

 

We have also evolved our Pizza & Carvery businesses and established the new Stonehouse brand in summer 2016.  This is a reinvention of our Crown Carveries brand, involving modernisation of the amenity whilst enhancing the menu to broaden its appeal.  At the end of FY 2016 we had 36 sites under the new brand.  This remains a strong value format, but with a more premium offer than prior to conversion.  As with Miller & Carter, these are largely existing site conversions, and are generating returns of around 25%.  We will aim to grow Stonehouse to around 80 sites by 2018.

 

Our estate's amenity level has improved through our remodel programme, which encompasses all our brands and allows us to develop the guest proposition whilst maintaining and enhancing the estate through capital investment.  An example of this is Harvester, which has faced increased competition in recent years.  We have evolved our 'Feel Good Dining' remodel solution, which sees us spend around £400,000 of capex per site, and is delivering a return of around 25% in the 32 sites in which it has so far been implemented.  We have a pipeline of Harvester sites to continue the rollout of this format.

 

In total, we completed 252 remodels and conversions in FY 2016 (FY 2015: 167), moving us towards a six-year investment cycle for all our sites.  We will continue to increase this to around 300 remodels and conversions in FY 2017, which we expect to be broadly the rate in future years.

 

Instilling a more commercial culture

 

Across our retail teams and our support centre we employ more than 43,000 people.  Engagement of this team is critical to achieving growth in profitable sales.  Given the challenges we face as a business and an industry, it is critical we execute well and at pace.

 

To facilitate this, we underwent an organisational restructure this year, creating four operating divisions, each containing similar brands and customer types.  The four Divisional Directors leading these each now sit on the Executive Committee.  Organisationally, we have also identified a number of clear workstreams aligned to our three priorities.  These changes enable us to make much quicker decisions, with our workstream teams empowered to be decisive, work their way through barriers, and deliver effectively.   

 

We have focused our work in this area across a wide range of activities.  There has been a significant drive towards resolving our guests' complaints more quickly.  A year ago it was taking an unacceptable average of 11 days to resolve a guest complaint.  We quickly reduced this to our target of just over 2 days, and successfully maintained this level.  This will continue to be an important area for our teams.

 

Much of our work in this area has been around creating a more sales-focused culture, and we will continue to have an ongoing number of initiatives to achieve this.  Examples from the last year include dedicated sales training provided to all the operational teams, an incentive scheme in the second half of the year which awarded cash bonuses for improving sales trends, and the establishment of a London-based sales team to fill secondary space and increase levels of corporate bookings.

 

Grow through innovation and technology

 

Innovation and technology are critical areas for us as a business, in terms of efficiency, attracting and interacting with guests and remaining competitive in our markets.

 

A key area of focus is to build on our existing technology, given the systems investment we have made in recent years.  We have developed our online bookings system to increase the availability of short-term bookings and to integrate with third party booking providers to extend our reach.  Our bookings have grown, such that more than half our restaurant bookings are now made online.  We are looking at various other ways to improve efficiency and the guest experience, including enhanced wifi provision in our sites and the trialling of alternative payment technology.

 

We have also developed our digital strategy across key guest interaction areas: acquisition, experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and social media.  The relentless nature of digital development is such that we must continually enhance our skills in this area.  In the last year we developed five new brand apps, which have collectively had more than 400,000 downloads, and achieve a significantly higher booking conversion rate than through traditional email communication.  We are looking to build on this through the addition of loyalty incentives into forthcoming apps for Browns and Miller & Carter. We have  increased our social media presence, consolidated 10m guests' details on our central database, our gift card sales have increased by more than 40% and we have carried out several successful campaigns with affiliates. 

 

Food delivery is becoming increasingly important to the industry, and we have carried out an initial successful trial with Deliveroo across 25 All Bar One and Browns sites.  Given the early success, we are working to roll this out further across our brands, in different locations and with different third party providers.  We believe that this model can apply to around a quarter of the estate, and that it provides a good opportunity to generate incremental sales.

 

We have increased our use of TripAdvisor as a guest interaction tool by providing all our house managers with accounts and encouraging its usage.  We will look to develop this further in the year ahead, but have already seen the number of reviews significantly increase, as well as our average rating rise by more than 8%.  Early results from our increased usage of TripAdvisor suggest that better scores correlate with higher like-for-like sales, increased bookings and a reduction in the average number of complaints.

 

Finally, we have stated that we will look to carry out new concept and product development, to maintain the appeal of our existing brands and innovate in new markets.  As noted previously, we have launched the new Stonehouse brand, a successful innovation to evolve and transform the Crown Carveries brand.  We are also on the point of launching a casual dining rotisserie-style concept aimed at the millennials market under the brand of 'Chicken Society'.  This provides us with an opportunity to test a new concept which may be later rolled out to further sites.  We expect to take the learnings from this and to develop a pipeline of further new concepts this financial year.

 

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT

 

Market supply

 

In recent years the eating-out market has seen a significant increase in the supply of restaurants.  In the year to June 2015 there were over 1,700 net restaurant openings - broadly the equivalent of our own business in terms of outlet numbers.  This provided us with many new local competitors and impacted our mid-market brands in particular, as a number of these openings were close to our own high-quality trading locations.

 

However, since the summer of 2015 the rate of openings has slowed considerably, most likely as a result of the cost headwinds the sector faces, notably the announcement of the introduction of the National Living Wage in July 2015.  Net restaurant openings are now broadly flat year-on-year, which gives us an opportunity to win back market share.  It therefore remains imperative that we focus on our priorities to maintain our competitive position through our range of brands and formats, our high quality locations, and the delivery of our offers to guests.

 

 

EU referendum

 

We believe it is too early to predict with any certainty what the impact of Brexit on the economy might be, particularly without clarity on exit terms.  However there are broadly three areas in which Brexit may affect us in the medium to long term: changes in consumer confidence and behaviour; changes to employment and immigration laws; and changes to input costs.  The first two of the three are largely unknown at present, and therefore our approach is to stay close to developments whilst continuing to support all our 43,000 employees. 

 

Input costs will be impacted by the value of sterling, which has fallen significantly since the EU referendum.  We have a small number of sites trading in Germany, but otherwise our international trade is defined by our supply chain.  The net effect of a weaker sterling is therefore profit dilutive due to the food and drink which is purchased in foreign currency, although this is partially mitigated in the next financial year by existing contracts.

 

CURRENT TRADING AND OUTLOOK

 

In the first eight weeks of the current year like-for-like sales have increased by 0.5%, continuing the momentum that we started to build in the second half of last year. 

 

Although we are working hard to take mitigating action where possible, we expect to see downward pressure on margins in this financial year, as our sector incurs the additional cost headwinds including the first full year of the National Living Wage, indications of two potential increases in the National Minimum Wage, the impact of exchange rate movements on foreign currency denominated purchases, and the recent business rates review.

 

Despite these challenges, we remain encouraged by the progress we have seen so far, in particular the strengthening of our performance against the market.  We will continue focusing on our three priorities, and believe that by doing so we can continue to generate long-term shareholder value. 

 

 

NOTES:

 

1. Coffer Peach Business Tracker

 



 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

On a statutory basis, profit before tax for the period was £94m (FY 2015 £126m), on sales of £2,086m (FY 2015 £2,101m). 

 

The Group Income Statement discloses adjusted profit and earnings per share information that excludes separately disclosed items to allow a better understanding of the underlying trading of the Group.  Separately disclosed items are described below and detailed in note 3 of the accounts.  Adjusted earnings per share fell by 2.2% in 2016 to 34.9 pence.

 

At the end of the financial year, the total estate comprised 1,768 managed businesses and 57 franchised businesses, in the UK and Germany.

 

The forthcoming year, to 30 September 2017, will be a 53 week accounting year to maintain alignment of accounting and calendar dates.

 

Accounting policies

 

There have been no changes in accounting policies in the period.

 

Revenue

 

The Group's total revenues fell by 0.7% to £2,086m, largely as a result of a fall in like-for-like sales, with a small number of acquisitions and disposals in the year.

 

 

Like-for-like sales growth / (decline):

Week 1 - 28

Week 29 - 52

Week 1 - 52


FY 2016

FY 2016

FY 2016

Total

(1.6%)

0.2%

(0.8%)





Food

(2.0%)

(0.8%)

(1.4%)

Drink

(1.5%)

1.3%

(0.1%)

 

Total like-for-like sales fell by 0.8%, recovering from a fall of 1.6% in the first half.  Across the year, like-for-like food volumes fell by 5.7%, with food spend per head up 4.6%.  The increase in food spend per head was driven partially by the changing balance of the estate, for example from Harvester sites being converted to Miller & Carter, which trades at a higher price point, as well as selective price increases.  Drink sales reflected average spend per head growth of 4.1% offset by like-for-like volume decline of 4.0%. 

 

Operating margins

 

Adjusted operating margins for the year were 15.2%, 0.4ppts below 2015.  Margins in the first half were 0.5ppts higher than last year, having benefited from non-recurring savings on prior year costs such as the Orchid head office closure and IT projects. 

 

In the second half, as anticipated, margins were below the prior year, by 1.3ppts.  The introduction of the National Living Wage, in addition to National Minimum Wage increases earlier in the year, drove an increase in employment costs, which ended the year 5.2% higher than in 2015.  Margin was also impacted by the cost of accelerating the level of investment in remodels and conversions in line with our priority of building a more balance estate, with a greater number of closure weeks and pre-opening costs incurred.  These factors were partially mitigated by food and drink sales being driven by increased spend per head, and by continued benign cost conditions in energy and food and drink input markets. 

 

Adjusted operating profit for the year was £318m, 3.0% lower than 2015.

 

Looking forward to FY 2017, we see continued cost pressure facing the business as further increases in the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are compounded, in particular by:

 

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the impact of the weakness in sterling on our c£100m of foreign currency denominated purchases; and

-

the introduction of a new regime of business rates (effective from April 2017) which is likely to see an annual increase across our estate of £18m over 5 years (of which around £5m will impact in FY 2017).

 

We have a large number of activities underway to mitigate the cost headwinds as far as possible, both through cost savings and growing sales as detailed elsewhere in this report.  However, we expect the net impact to put downward pressure on operating margins.

 

Separately disclosed items

 

Separately disclosed items comprise:

 

-

an £80m charge relating to downward valuation movements on selected sites in the property portfolio resulting from the revaluation (FY 2015 £54m).  Overall the property portfolio valuation increased by £128m to £4.4bn;

-

an £8m charge for impairment of short leaseholds and unlicensed properties (FY 2015 £11m)

-

a £1m net profit from the disposal of properties (FY 2015 £7m); and

-

deferred tax credits relating to property revaluations and the future reduction in the standard UK corporation tax rate, as detailed below.

 

 

Interest

 

Net finance costs of £137m were £7m lower than the prior year.  The net pensions finance charge of £12m was £3m lower than in 2015, and there was a reduction in the annual interest charge on reduced net borrowings.

 

For FY17 we expect the pensions finance charge to reduce to £7m.

 

Taxation

 

The tax charge of £5m in the year represents an effective rate on total profits of 5.3% (FY 2015 18.3%).  This is mainly due to recognition of a deferred tax credit arising from the reduction in the standard rate of UK corporation tax to 17% from April 2020 (as enacted in the Finance Act 2016).

 

The effective tax rate on adjusted earnings was 20.4%.

 

Earnings per share

 

Adjusted earnings per share were 34.9p, 2.2% lower than last year.  After the adjusted items described above, basic earnings per share were 21.6p (FY 2015 25.0p).

 

Cash flow and net debt

 

The cash flow statement below excludes £67m of mandatory bond amortisation (FY 2015 £61m), £31m drawn from unsecured revolving credit facilities (FY 2015 £nil) and, in the prior year, £120m transferred from cash to other cash deposits.

 


FY 2016

FY 2015


£m

£m

EBITDA before adjusted items

431

439

Working capital movement / non-cash items

(7)

48

Pension deficit contributions

(49)

(86)

Cash flow from operations before adjusted items

375

401

Maintenance and infrastructure capex

(115)

(116)

Expansionary capex

(52)

(46)

Net interest

(125)

(127)

Tax

(28)

(25)

Disposals and other

5

8

Free Cash Flow before adjusted items

60

95

Dividend

(31)

-

Operating adjusted items

-

(6)

Net cash flow

29

89

 

 

The business generated £431m of EBITDA in the year.  Pension deficit contributions of £49m were lower than the prior year, which included a one-off contribution of £40m agreed as part of the last triennial valuation.  After capital expenditure, interest and tax, £60m of free cash before exceptional items was generated by the business (FY 2015 £95m).

 

Net debt was £1,840m, representing 4.3 times adjusted EBITDA (FY 2015 4.3 times).  Net debt within the securitisation was £1,834m and net borrowings held outside the securitisation were £6m.

 

Capital expenditure

 

Total maintenance and infrastructure capex was £115m (FY 2015 £116m).

 

Expansionary capex of £52m was £6m higher than last year, driven by additional spend on conversions and major remodels in line with our strategic priorities, and a reduction in acquisition capex due to fewer new openings. 

 

Total remodel activity increased to cover 175 sites (FY 2015 116) at an investment cost of £47m (FY 2015 £34m).  Within this, certain large scale remodel projects, where the brand name or guest offer is materially altered by the nature and level of investment, are now included within expansionary capex.

 

The number of conversions has also increased from 51 to 77, including 12 Miller & Carter sites and 36 sites under our new Stonehouse concept. 

 

 


FY 2016

FY 2015


£m

#

£m

#

Maintenance and infrastructure (excluding remodels)

81


82







Remodels - maintenance

34

137

34

116

Remodels - expansionary

13

38

-

-

Conversions

31

77

23

51

Sub-total

78

252

57

167






Acquisitions - freehold

1

2

10

4

Acquisitions - leasehold

7

6

13

10






Total capital expenditure

167


162


 

 

The annual incremental EBITDA return on expansionary capital invested cumulatively since FY 2013 improved to 20% (FY 2015 18%).

 

Property

 

A red book valuation of the freehold and long leasehold estate has been completed in conjunction with the independent property valuer, CBRE.  In addition, the Group has conducted an impairment review on short leasehold and unlicensed properties.  The overall portfolio value has increased by £128m (FY 2015 decrease of £40m) reflecting an £88m separately disclosed charge in the income statement and a £216m increase in the revaluation reserve.  

 

Pensions

 

The Company continues to make pensions deficit payments based on the schedule of contributions agreed as part of the triennial valuations at 31 March 2013, based on an assessed funding shortfall at that time of £572m.  The discounted value of the minimum funding requirement agreed as part of the revised schedule of contributions is recognised in the balance sheet at £337m (FY 2015 £350m) before tax.

 

Negotiations are ongoing between the Company and the Trustees of the pension schemes regarding the latest valuation, which is to be prepared as at 31 March 2016.

 

Dividends

 

The Board has approved a final dividend of 5.0 pence per share (full year 7.5 pence per share) to shareholders on the register as at 2 December 2016, to be paid on 7 February 2017.

 

The Board intends to make a scrip dividend alternative available to shareholders, subject to the relevant approvals at the AGM.  Shareholders who wish to join the Scrip Dividend Scheme should complete a Scrip Dividend Mandate form and return it to the registrars no later than 17 January 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsibility statement

 

We confirm to the best of our knowledge:

 

-

The financial statements, prepared in accordance with the relevant financial reporting framework, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole;

-

The strategic report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties they face; and

-

The annual report and financial statements, taken as a whole, are fair, balanced and understandable and provide the information necessary for shareholders to assess the company's position, performance, business model and strategy.

 

 

This responsibility statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 21 November 2016 and is signed on its behalf by Tim Jones, Finance Director.


Group income statement

For the 52 weeks ended 24 September 2016

 



2016


2015



52 weeks


52 weeks

 



Before






Before







separately disclosed


Separately disclosed




separately disclosed


Separately disclosed





items


itemsa


Total


items


itemsa


Total



£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m














Revenue


2,086 


-  


2,086 


2,101 


-  


2,101 














Operating costs before depreciation, amortisation and movements in the valuation of the property portfolio


(1,655)


-  


(1,655)


(1,662)


-  


(1,662)

Net profit arising on property disposals



                 1




                 7


7  














EBITDAb


431 


                 1


    432


439 


                 7


    446














Depreciation, amortisation and movements in the valuation of the property portfolio


(113)


(88)


(201)


(111)


(65)


(176)














Operating profit/(loss)


318 


(87)


231 


328 


(58)


270 














Finance costs


(126)



(126)


(130)



(130)














Finance revenue




















Net pensions finance charge


(12)



(12)


(15)



(15)














Profit/(loss) before tax


181 


(87)


94 


184 


(58)


126 














Tax (expense)/credit


(37)


32 


(5)


(37)


14 


(23)














Profit/(loss) for the period


             144 


(55)


89 


147 


(44)


103 














Earnings per ordinary share














Basic


34.9p




21.6p


35.7p




25.0p


Diluted


34.8p




21.5p


35.5p




24.9p

 

a.

Separately disclosed items are explained and analysed in note 3.

b.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and movements in the valuation of the property portfolio.

 

All results relate to continuing operations.

 



 

Group statement of comprehensive income

For the 52 weeks ended 24 September 2016



2016


2015



52 weeks


52 weeks



£m


£m






Profit for the period


89 


103 






Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:










Unrealised gain on revaluation of the property portfolio


216 


25 

Remeasurement of pension liability


         (22)


Tax relating to items not reclassified


(21)


(9)








173 


22 






Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:










Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations


           3


(1)

Cash flow hedges:





- Losses arising during the period


(116)


(86)

- Reclassification adjustments for items included in profit or loss



31 

Tax relating to items that may be reclassified


10 


11 








(95)


(45)











Other comprehensive income/(loss) after tax


 78 


 (23)











Total comprehensive income for the period


167 


80 

 

 

 



 

Group balance sheet

24 September 2016

 



2016


2015








£m


£m

Assets





Goodwill and other intangible assets



10 

Property, plant and equipment


4,423 


4,242 

Lease premiums



Deferred tax asset


143 


156 

Derivative financial instruments


52 


19 

Total non-current assets


4,629 


4,429 






Inventories


25 


24 

Trade and other receivables


32 


46 

Other cash deposits


120 


120 

Cash and cash equivalents


158 


163 

Derivative financial instruments


                 1


Total current assets


336 


353 











Total assets


4,965


4,782 






Liabilities





Pension liabilities


(46)


(46)

Trade and other payables


(293)


(317)

Current tax liabilities


(12)


(15)

Borrowings


(253)


(214)

Derivative financial instruments


(44)


(43)

Total current liabilities


(648)


(635)






Pension liabilities


(291)


(304)

Borrowings


(1,920)


(1,960)

Derivative financial instruments


(360)


(253)

Deferred tax liabilities


(329)


(349)

Provisions


(9)


(10)

Total non-current liabilities


(2,909)


(2,876)






Total liabilities


(3,557)


(3,511)






Net assets


1,408 


1,271 






Equity





Called up share capital


35 


35 

Share premium account

 

27 


26 

Capital redemption reserve

 


Revaluation reserve

 

1,142 


938 

Own shares held

 

(1)


(1)

Hedging reserve

 

(338)


(240)

Translation reserve

 

13 


10 

Retained earnings


527 


500 






Total equity


1,408 


1,271 

 

 



 

Group statement of changes in equity

For the 52 weeks ended 24 September 2016

 


Called


Share


Capital




Own










up share


premium


redemption


Revaluation


shares


Hedging


Translation


Retained


Total


capital


account


reserve


reserve


held


reserve


reserve


earnings


equity


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


















At 27 September 2014

35  


24 


3


918 


(4)


(196)


11 


394 


1,185



















Profit for the period

-  








103 


103 

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

-  




20 



(44)


(1)



(23)

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-  




20 



(44)


(1)


105 


80 



















Share capital issued

-  









Release of own shares

-  








(1) 


Credit in respect of share-based payments

-  



























At 26 September 2015

35  


26 


3


938 


(1)


(240)


10 


500 


1,271



















Profit for the period

-  








89 


89 

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

-  




204 



(98)



(31) 


78 

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-  




204 



(98)


                  3


58 


167 



















Share capital issued

-  









Purchase of own shares

-  





(1)





(1)

Release of own shares

-  








(1)


Credit in respect of share-based payments

-  









Dividends paid

-  








(31)


(31)

Tax on share based payments taken directly to equity

-  








(1)


(1)



















At 24 September 2016

35  


27 


3


1,142


(1)


(338)


13 


527 


1,408

 



 

Group cash flow statement

For the 52 weeks ended 24 September 2016



2016


2015



52 weeks


52 weeks



£m


£m

Cash flow from operations





Operating profit


231 


270 

Add back: adjusted items


87 


58 






Operating profit before adjusted items


318 


328 






Add back:





Depreciation of property, plant and equipment


111 


109 

Amortisation of intangibles



Cost charged in respect of share-based payments



Administrative pension costs








Operating cash flow before adjusted items, movements in working capital and additional pension contributions


435 


443 






(Increase)/decrease in inventories


(1)


(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables


(4)


22 

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables


(5)


21 

Decrease in provisions


            (1)


            (2)

Additional pension contributions


(49)


(86)






Cash flow from operations before adjusted items


375 


401 

Cash flow from adjusted items



(6)

Interest paid


(126)


(129)

Interest received



Tax paid


(28)


(25)






Net cash from operating activities


222 


243 






Investing activities





Acquisition of Orchid Pubs & Dining Limited and Midco 1 Limited



(1)

Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(166)


(157)

Purchases of intangible assets


(1)


(3)

Payment of lease premium


   - 


   (2)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment



Transfers to other cash deposits



(120)






Net cash used in investing activities


(162)


(277)






Financing activities





Issue of ordinary share capital



Purchase of own shares


(1)


- 

Proceeds on release of own shares



Dividends paid


(31)


Repayment of principal in respect of securitised debt


(67)


(61)

Net movement on unsecured revolving credit facilities


31 







Net cash used in financing activities


(67)


(58)






Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(7)


(92)






Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

Foreign exchange movements on cash


163 


255






Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


158 


163 

 

 



 

Notes to the financial statements

 

1. Preparation of preliminary financial statements

 

Basis of preparation

Mitchells & Butlers plc, along with its subsidiaries, (together 'the Group') is required to prepare its consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union and in accordance with the Companies Act 2006. While the financial information included in this release is based on the Group's consolidated financial statements and has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), this announcement does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with IFRSs.

 

The preliminary financial statements include the results of Mitchells & Butlers plc and all its subsidiaries for the 52 week period ended 24 September 2016. The comparative period is for the 52 week period ended 26 September 2015.  The respective balance sheets have been drawn up as at 24 September 2016 and 26 September 2015.

 

The preliminary financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis as modified by the revaluation of properties, pension obligations and financial instruments.

 

Going concern

The Group's forecasts and projections take account of anticipated trading performance and show that the Group should be able to operate within the level of its current borrowing facilities.

 

The Directors have, at the time of approving the financial statements, a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.  Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements.

 

Foreign currencies

The results of overseas operations have been translated into sterling at the weighted average euro rate of exchange for the period of £1 = €1.28 (2015 £1 = €1.37), where this is a reasonable approximation to the rate at the dates of the transactions.  Euro and US dollar denominated assets and liabilities have been translated at the relevant rate of exchange at the balance sheet date of £1 = €1.16 (2015 £1 = €1.36) and £1 = $1.30 (2015 £1 = $1.52) respectively.

 

2. Segmental analysis 

 

IFRS 8 Operating Segments requires operating segments to be based on the Group’s internal reporting to its Chief Operating Decision Maker (CODM). The CODM is regarded as the Chief Executive together with other Board members. The CODM uses EBITDA and profit before interest and adjusted items (operating profit pre-adjustments) as the key measures of the segment results. Group assets are reviewed as part of this process but are not presented on a segment basis.

 

The retail operating business operates all of the Group's retail operating units and generates all of its external revenue.  The property business holds the Group's freehold and long leasehold property portfolio and derives all of its income from the internal rent levied against the Group's retail operating units. At a macro level, rent is set on a market based measure with this being reviewed on a five yearly basis.  At a micro level, the property business charges rent to the retail operating business based on the performance of the individual outlets. The internal rent charge is eliminated at the total Group level.

 

Segmental information


Retail operating business


Property business


Total


2016

52 weeks

2015

52 weeks


2016

52 weeks

2015

52 weeks


2016 

52 weeks 


2015

52 weeks


£m

£m


£m

£m


£m 


£m











Revenue

2,086a

2,101a


-   

-   


2,086  


2,101 

EBITDA pre-adjustments

218 

219 


        214b 

220b 


431  


439 

Operating profit pre-adjustments

117 

121 


   201   

207  


318  


328 











Separately disclosed items (note 3)

      (87)


(58)





Operating profit

      231 


270 





Net finance costs

(137)


(144)





Profit before tax

94 


126 





Tax expense

(5)


(23)





Profit for the period

89 


103 

 

 a.

Revenue includes other income of £6m (2015 £6m) in respect of MAB Leased operations and £nil (2015 £6m) in respect of sales of development properties.

b.

The EBITDA pre-adjustments of the property business relates entirely to rental income received from the retail operating business.

 

 



 

3. Separately disclosed items

 

The items identified in the current period are as follows:

 



2016


2015



52 weeks


52 weeks


Notes

£m


£m

Adjusted items










Net profit arising on property disposals

a







Movement in the valuation of the property portfolio:





- Impairment arising from the revaluation


(80)


(54)

- Other impairment

b

(8)


(11)






Net movement in the valuation of the property portfolio


(88)


(65)











Total adjusted items before tax


(87)


(58)






Tax credit relating to above items


18 


14 

Tax credit in respect of change in tax legislation

c

14 







Total adjusted items after tax


(55)


(44)

 

a.

The 2015 profit includes the release of a £5m accrual for costs in relation to the disposal of properties in prior periods.

b.

Impairment of short leasehold and unlicensed properties where their carrying values exceed their recoverable amount.

c.

The Finance (No.2) Act 2015 was enacted on 18 November 2015 and reduced the main rate of corporation tax from 20% to 19% from 1 April 2017. The Finance Act 2016 was substantively enacted on 15 September 2016 and reduced the main rate of corporation tax to 17% from 1 April 2020. The effect of these changes has been reflected in the closing deferred tax balance at 24 September 2016.



4. Finance costs and revenue

 


2016


2015


52 weeks


52 weeks


£m


£m

Finance costs




Interest on securitised and other debt

(126)


(130)





Finance revenue




Interest receivable - cash






Net pensions finance charge (note 9)

(12)


(15)



 

5. Taxation

 

Taxation - income statement


2016


2015


52 weeks


52 weeks


£m


£m

Current tax:

-     UK corporation tax

(28)


(21)

-     Amounts over provided in prior periods


 

Total current tax charge

(25)


(18)





Deferred tax:

- Origination and reversal of temporary differences


(6)

- Adjustments in respect of prior periods - overseas tax losses


- Adjustments in respect of prior periods - other

(3)


(3)

- Change in tax rate

14 


 

Total deferred tax credit/(charge)

           20


(5)





Total tax charged in the income statement

(5)


(23)

 

 

Further analysed as tax relating to:

Profit before adjusted items

(37)


(37)

Adjusted items

32 


14 






(5)


(23)

 

6. Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share (EPS) has been calculated by dividing the profit or loss for the period by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period, excluding own shares held by employee share trusts.

 

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 

Adjusted earnings per ordinary share amounts are presented before adjusted items (see note 3) in order to allow a better understanding of the underlying trading performance of the Group.

 




Basic


Diluted




EPS


EPS




pence per


pence per


Profit


ordinary


ordinary


£m


share


share

52 weeks ended 24 September 2016:






Profit/EPS

89 


21.6p


21.5p

Adjusted items, net of tax

55 


13.3p


13.3p







Adjusted profit/EPS

144 


34.9p


34.8p







52 weeks ended 26 September 2015:






Profit/EPS

103 


25.0p


24.9p

Adjusted items, net of tax

44 


10.7p


10.6p







Adjusted profit/EPS

147 


35.7p


35.5p

 

 



 

6. Earnings per share (continued)

 

The weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the calculations above are as follows:

 


2016


2015


52 weeks


52 weeks


m


m





For basic EPS calculations

413


412





Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares:




-     Contingently issuable shares

-


1

-     Other share options

-


1





For diluted EPS calculations

413


414

 

At 24 September 2016, 2,697,038 (2015 379,182) other share options were outstanding that could potentially dilute basic EPS in the future but were not included in the calculation of diluted EPS as they are anti-dilutive for the periods presented.

 

 

7. Property, plant and equipment

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 


2016


2015


24 September


26 September






£m


£m





At beginning of period

4,242 


4,237 





Additions

167 


158 





Revaluation

128 


(40)





Disposals

(5)


(5)





Depreciation provided during the period

(111)


(109)





Exchange differences










At end of period

4,423 


4,242 

 

Revaluation/impairment

The freehold and long leasehold properties have been valued at market value, as at 24 September 2016 using information provided by CBRE, independent chartered surveyors.  The valuation was carried out in accordance with the provisions of RICS Appraisal and Valuation Standards ('The Red Book') assuming each asset is sold as part of the continuing enterprise in occupation individually as a fully operational trading entity.  The market value has been determined having regard to factors such as current and future projected income levels, taking account of location, quality of the pub restaurant and recent market transactions in the sector. 

 

The carrying values of property, plant and equipment which are not re-valued to fair market value have been reviewed for impairment using forecast cash flows, discounted by applying a pre-tax discount rate of 7% (2015 7%).  This impairment relates to outlets with poor trading performance, that are unlikely to generate sufficient cash in the future to justify their current net book value. 

 

7. Property, plant and equipment (continued)

 

Revaluation/impairment (continued)

Sensitivity analysis

Changes in either the FMT or the multiple could materially impact the valuation of the freehold and long leasehold properties.  It is estimated that a 2.5% change in the EBITDA of the freehold or long leasehold properties would generate an approximate £70m movement in their valuation. It is estimated that a 0.1 change in the multiple would generate an approximate £32m movement in valuation.

 

It is estimated that a 1% increase in the discount rate applied during the impairment review, would increase the impairment of property, plant and equipment, which are not re-valued, by approximately £250,000.

 

Current year valuations have been incorporated into the financial statements and the resulting revaluation adjustments have been taken to the revaluation reserve or income statement as appropriate.  The impact of the revaluations/impairments described above is as follows:

 


2016


2015


52 weeks


52 weeks


£m


£m

Income statement




Revaluation loss charged as an impairment

(144)


(90)

Reversal of past impairments

64 


36 





Total impairment arising from the revaluation

(80)


(54)





Impairment of short leasehold and unlicensed properties

            (8)


(11)






(88)


(65)





Revaluation reserve




Unrealised revaluation surplus

329 


141 

Reversal of past revaluation surplus

(113)


(116)






216 


25 





Net increase/(decrease) in property, plant and equipment

128 


(40)

 

 

8. Net debt

 


2016


2015

 

Net debt

£m


£m





Cash and cash equivalents

         158 


163 





Other cash deposits

120 


120 

Securitised debt

(1,995)


(2,027)

Liquidity facility

(147)


(147)

Revolving credit facilities

(31)


Derivatives hedging balance sheet debta

55 


21 






(1,840)


(1,870)

 

a.

Represents the element of the fair value of currency swaps hedging the balance sheet value of the Group's US$ denominated A3N loan notes.  This amount is disclosed separately to remove the impact of exchange movements which are included in the securitised debt amount.

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash at bank and in hand and other short-term highly liquid deposits with an original maturity at acquisition of three months or less.  Cash held on deposit with an original maturity at acquisition of more than three months is disclosed as other cash deposits.



 

8. Net debt (continued)


2016


2015


52 weeks


52 weeks

Movement in net debt

£m


£m





Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 (7) 


(92)





Add back cash flows in respect of other components of net debt:




Transfers to other cash deposits

 -  


120 

Repayment of principal in respect of securitised debt

                67 


61 

Net movement on unsecured revolving facilities

  (31) 






Decrease in net debt arising from cash flows

29  


89





Movement in capitalised debt issue costs net of accrued interest

   (1) 


   (1)





Decrease in net debt

 28 


 88 

Opening net debt

(1,870)


(1,958)

Foreign exchange movements on cash






Closing net debt

(1,840)


(1,870)

 

 

9. Pensions

 

The following amounts relating to the Group's defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements have been recognised in the Group income statement and Group statement of comprehensive income:

 


2016


2015


52 weeks


52 weeks

Group income statement

£m


£m

Operating profit:




Employer contributions (defined contribution plans)

(7)


(7)

Administrative costs (defined benefit plans)

(2)


(2)





Charge to operating profit

(9)


(9)





Finance costs:




Net pensions finance charge on actuarial deficit

(3)


(6)

Additional pensions finance charge due to minimum funding

(9)


(9)





Net finance charge in respect of pensions

(12)


(15)





Total charge

(21)


(24)

 

 


2016


2015


52 weeks


52 weeks

Group statement of comprehensive income

£m


£m





Return on scheme assets and effects of changes in assumptions

(148)


13 

Movement in pension liability recognised due to minimum funding

126 


(7)





Remeasurement of pension liability

(22)


 



 

9. Pensions (continued)

 


2016


2015

Group balance sheet

£m


£m





Fair value of scheme assets

2,381 


2,010 

Present value of scheme liabilities

(2,587)


(2,112)





Actuarial deficit in the schemes

(206)


(102)

Additional liability recognised due to minimum funding

(131)


(248)





Total pension liabilitya

(337)


(350)





Associated deferred tax asset

57 


70 

 

a. The total pension liability of £337m (2015 £350m) is represented by a £46m current liability (2015 £46m) and a £291m non-current liability (2015 £304m).

 

The movement in the fair value of the schemes' assets in the period is as follows:

 


Scheme assets


2016


2015


£m


£m





Fair value of scheme assets at beginning of period

2,010 


1,865 

Interest income

71 


71 

Remeasurement gain:




- Return on scheme assets (excluding amounts included in net finance charge)

355 


63 

Employer contributions

49 


86 

Benefits paid

(102)


(73)

Administration costs

(2)


(2)





At end of period

2,381 


2,010 

 

Changes in the present value of defined benefit obligations are as follows:

 


Defined benefit obligation


2016


2015


£m


£m





Present value of defined benefit obligation at beginning of period

(2,112)


(2,058)

Interest cost

(74)


(77)

Benefits paid

102 


73 

Remeasurement losses:




    - Effect of changes in demographic assumptions

            -


(12)

    - Effect of changes in financial assumptions

(577)


(38)

    - Effect of experience adjustments

74 


              -





At end of perioda

(2,587)


(2,112)

 

a.

The defined benefit obligation comprises £39m (2015 £25m) relating to the MABETUS unfunded plan and £2,548m (2015 £2,087m) relating to the funded plans.

 

 



 

10. Dividends

 


2016


2015


£m


£m

Declared and paid in the period




Final dividend for 52 weeks ended 26 September 2015 of 5.0p per share

21


-

Interim dividend for 52 weeks ended 24 September 2016 of 2.5p per share

10


-






31


-

 

The Directors propose a final dividend of 5.0p per share, amounting to £21m, for approval at the Annual General Meeting.  The dividend will be paid on 7 February 2017 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 2 December 2016.

 

11. Financial Statements

 

The preliminary statement of results was approved by the Board of Directors on 21 November 2016. It does not constitute the Group's statutory financial statements for the 52 weeks ended 24 September 2016 or for the 52 weeks ended 26 September 2015. The financial information is derived from the statutory financial statements of the Group for the 52 weeks ended 24 September 2016.

 

Statutory accounts for 2015 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2016 will be delivered following the Company's Annual General Meeting. The Company's auditor reported on those accounts; their reports were unqualified; did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and did not contain statements under S498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.


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