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Ultra Electronics Holdings PLC
07 August 2019
 

                                                         

Embargoed until 0700                                                                                                         7 August 2019

 

 

 

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

("Ultra" or "the Group")

 

Interim Results for the six months to 30 June 2019

 

Making progress

 

   

    £'m

6 months to 30 June 2019

 

6 months to 30 June 2018

 

        Change %

Reported

Organic(2)

Order book

1,014.1

969.2

+4.6

+6.6

Revenue

387.1

350.5

+10.4

+8.3

Underlying(1)

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

52.9

47.9

+10.4

+7.7

Profit before tax

46.5

43.6

+6.7

 

EPS (p)

52.5

45.1

+16.4

 

Statutory

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

41.0

30.4

+34.9

 

Profit before tax

37.9

20.0

+89.5

 

EPS (p) 

43.3

20.0

+116.5

 

Interim dividend per share (p)

15.0

14.6

+2.7

 

Net debt to EBITDA(3)

1.32x

1.39x

 

 

 

·    A solid start to the year

o Benefitting from strong markets

o Good order book development

o Continued organic revenue growth

o Delivering as anticipated

·    Focus; Fix; Grow

o Ongoing strategic evolution and cultural change

o Increased investment in R&D and IT

o Progress on 'Fix' improvement initiatives

o Identifying additional future improvement and growth potential

·    Long term opportunities

o Key positions on new programmes

 

Simon Pryce, Chief Executive Officer, commented: 

"It has been a solid start to the year. Ultra is benefitting from strong US defence spend and increased demand on existing programmes. This helped us to deliver good order book and revenue growth and an improved financial performance in the first half. We are also making encouraging progress in changing Ultra's culture and on our strategic journey to become a more collaborative and value focussed application-engineered defence, critical detection and control solutions provider.

 

We have positive momentum into the second half and remain confident that 2019 will be a year of good progress for Ultra. Importantly, we have won good positions on a number of key new programmes which have significant long term potential. Together with our Focus; Fix; Grow initiatives, which are beginning to have an impact, this gives us confidence in the longer term improvement and growth opportunities for Ultra."

 

 

Webcast

Ultra Electronics will host a presentation to analysts on 7 August 2019 at 9.15am (BST) at Investec, 30 Gresham Street, EC2V 7QP. An audio webcast will be broadcast live via the following link http://bit.ly/ULE_H1webinar

 

Alternatively, a listen-only conference call will also be available on +44(0)330 221 0088; access code 787-558-277. An archive version of the presentation will be accessible on Ultra's website later today.

 

 

Notes:

(1)      Underlying profit, cash flow and earnings per share (EPS) are used to measure the trading performance of the Group as set out in notes 4 and 9. Underlying operating margin is the underlying operating profit as a percentage of revenue. Operating cash conversion is underlying operating cash flow as a percentage of underlying operating profit.

(2)      Organic movements are the change in revenue, profit and order book at constant currencies when compared to the prior period results as adjusted for any acquisitions or disposals to reflect the comparable period of ownership, and as if IFRS 16 had applied in the prior period.

(3)      Net debt to EBITDA: as IFRS 16 became effective half-way through the rolling 12 month period ended 30 June 2019, net debt and EBITDA for the current period is being calculated on a consistent basis to prior periods i.e. excluding the impact of IFRS 16. EBITDA is the underlying operating profit for the twelve months preceding the period end, before depreciation charges and before amortisation arising on internally generated intangible assets and on other non-acquired intangible assets, and adjusted to eliminate the impact of IFRS 16. The figure is adjusted to remove the EBITDA generated by businesses up to the date of their disposal in the period.  Net debt comprises borrowings excluding IFRS 16 finance lease liabilities, less cash and cash equivalents.  This treatment is consistent with Ultra's financial covenants which are also calculated excluding the impact of IFRS 16.

(4)      Underlying tax is the tax charge on underlying profit before tax. The underlying tax rate is underlying tax expressed as a percentage of underlying profit before tax.

(5)      Finance charges exclude fair value movements on derivatives and, prior to 31 December 2018, excluded defined benefit pension finance charges.

(6)      Bank interest cover is the ratio of underlying operating profit to finance charges associated with borrowings.

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

investor.relations@ultra-electronics.com

Simon Pryce, Chief Executive

Amitabh Sharma, Group Finance Director

020 8813 4307

Gabby Clinkard, Head of Investor Relations

07891 206239

 

 

MHP Communications

 

Tim Rowntree/Ollie Hoare/Luke Briggs

020 3128 8771

 

About Ultra:

Ultra is a specialist international application-engineered defence solutions provider. The Group operates predominantly in defence and other highly regulated markets with particular expertise in the maritime, and Intelligence & Communication domains. Ultra is a sub-system and systems provider, focused on providing mission specific, bespoke solutions for its customers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO REVIEW

 

Overview

As anticipated, we have made a solid start to the year. We are benefitting from good growth in our major markets, particularly North American defence spend, and have won positions on a number of important new "programs of record". The order book grew by another 6.6% organically despite a significant sonobuoy order that would normally have been received in H1 not being placed until after the period end. We entered H2 with 93% order cover for the remainder of the year.

 

We achieved organic revenue growth in all three of our divisions and gross and net profit were both well ahead of H1 2018. As anticipated, gross margin was weaker than H1 2018 (when excluding the H1 2018 impact of cost over-runs at Herley), mainly due to mix issues. However, this was marginally worse than anticipated in our Aerospace & Infrastructure division (due to challenges in our Energy business from delayed customer orders and the impact of trade disputes impacting sales to China) and our Maritime & Land division (due to additional lower margin development work) but partially offset by mix benefits in Communications & Security.

 

Underlying operating margin was lower than the prior period (when excluding the H1 2018 impact of over-run costs at Herley), which mainly reflected the planned increases in investment in R&D, IT and "Fix" related projects (which will accelerate in H2), long term incentive accrual and the lack of the one-off gain on forex exposure recognised in 2018, which (as previously announced) is now hedged.

 

Although revenue growth in 2019 is first half weighted, we expect underlying operating margins to recover to more normal levels in H2.

 

Focus; Fix; Grow

We have made good progress on our Focus; Fix; Grow change agenda. We have appointed a Transformation Director to help to oversee and coordinate the Group wide business transformation initiatives to ensure programme management discipline, effective oversight and interdependency management. Our key priorities are:

 

Focus

Strategically, we intend to migrate, over time, from an aggregation of broadly autonomous site based businesses to a focused, application-engineered defence solutions provider, specialising in Maritime, Intelligence and Communication.

 

We will also continue to own and invest in our other critical detection and control businesses (specialist nuclear, forensics and aerospace) where we can see good opportunities for value creation.

 

We will pursue economies of scale and scope and deliver above market growth in our defence businesses through:

·     closer collaboration and coordination in technology and know-how;

·     more efficient utilisation of core competences and physical capabilities;

·     sharing and standardising best process and practice in key areas such as programme management, systems engineering, and commercial;

·     closer customer intimacy; and

·     more effective strategic relationship building, marketing and cross-selling.

 

We will also pursue economies of scale from more effective use of shared services. This includes further standardisation and centralisation of administrative processes and taking better advantage of shared support functions, such as IT, procurement, management and human resources.

 

We are in the process of developing detailed plans to support execution of this strategy and to identify the growth opportunity and performance improvement potential it will deliver.

 

We have also continued to align our portfolio to support this strategy and divested both our Airport Systems and Corvid Paygate businesses in the first half for a combined total consideration of £22.8m.

 

Fix

In parallel with the strategy development work, we have made good progress in the first half in four key areas in on our broader change agenda:

1)    Culture and Talent - we have continued to strengthen our business and functional leadership and the governance and oversight environment. We have made good progress in developing the Group's vision, mission and values and we have refreshed our Group wide ethics policy and code of conduct; 

2)    Organisational Design - we are reviewing the Group's organisational model to determine how best to structure the Group to deliver our strategy. Whilst this is unlikely to lead to wholesale changes, it will lead to changes in roles, responsibilities and the allocation of corporate, divisional and local resources;  

3)    Process and Practice  - we are making some progress in improving a number of our core processes, particularly in the areas of commercial management, programme management and technology investment, although there is much more to do;

4)    Infrastructure - we have delivered significant improvements in our underlying IT capability as planned, launching a collaborative intranet across the Group, and investment will accelerate into H2 as we further improve our group wide IT functions.

 

We have also made good progress on changing inefficient working capital management practices to optimise working capital throughout the year. Average rolling 12 month working capital turn improved to 6.8x at the end of June 2019 versus 6.4x at the end of June 2018.

                                             

Grow

In the first half we have won positions on a number of important new "programs of record" that will secure our growth for a number of years ahead, including two large sole-source IDIQ awards in our Communications & Security division and Maritime & Land division. We are already seeing the benefits of a more collaborative culture, using expertise and capability from across the Group to bid on new programmes. This enables us to de-risk solutions for our customers, which will increase our win rate over time.

 

Outlook for H2

Our major markets are continuing to grow and our strong technology base positions us well to meet our customers' needs. 

 

We have a strong order book and positive momentum into the second half and remain confident that 2019 will be a year of progress for Ultra. Importantly, with a number of key new programme wins having significant long term potential and as our Focus; Fix; Grow programme begins to take effect, we see exciting long term future growth and improvement opportunities for Ultra.

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Orders                                                     

The order book increased organically by 6.6% to £1,014.1m (2018: £969.2m) compared to the prior period and showed 6.3% organic growth from the 31 December 2018 position of £983.9m, reflecting improving defence budgets, notably in the US, and some key wins on new and existing programmes. Order intake in the period grew organically by 12.4% to £449.9m (2018: £391.6m) and represents a book to bill ratio of 1.16 (2018: 1.12). The opening order cover for the second half is 93%.

 

Revenue

£m

% impact

Six months to June 2018

350.5

 

Currency translation

13.7

+3.9

Disposals

(6.7)

-1.9

Six months to June 2018 (for organic measure)

357.5

 

Organic growth

29.6

+8.3

Six months to June 2019

387.1

+10.4

 

Revenue grew by 10.4% to £387.1m compared to the prior period. This represents organic(2) growth of 8.3%, reflecting improved conditions in our US market. Specific programmes include revenue from the recently won Next Generation Surface Search Radar development contract, military aircraft platforms and tactical command and control systems. Sterling weakened during the period, increasing reported revenue by 3.9%. The average US dollar rate in the six months to 30 June 2019 was $1.29 compared to $1.38 in the prior period. The disposal of the Airport Systems business early in the year reduced revenue by 1.9% compared to the prior period.

 

Underlying operating profit and margins(1)

£m

% impact

Six months to June 2018

47.9

 

Currency translation

1.5

+3.1

Impact of IFRS 16 adoption

0.6

+1.3

Disposals

(0.9)

-1.9

Six months to June 2018 (for organic measure)

49.1

 

Organic growth

3.8

+7.7

Six months to June 2019

52.9

+10.4

 

Underlying operating profit was £52.9m (2018: £47.9m), an increase of 10.4% on the prior period. The underlying operating margin(1) was 13.7% (2018: 13.7%). Excluding the over-run costs at Herley in the prior period, H1 2019 underlying operating margin declined, as expected, due to:

·    mix, predominantly sonobuoys and reduced radio sales in H1;

·    increased investment in R&D, IT and other "Fix" programmes;

·    delayed orders and challenges selling into China in our Energy business;

·    additional lower margin development work;

·    increased incentive accrual; and

·    lack of the £1.2m one off gain on forex exposure gained in 2018, which is now hedged. 

 

Ultra continued its programme of R&D, with total spend in the period of £70.0m (2018: £72.8m). Company funded investment increased to £13.0m (2018: £12.6m), while customer funding decreased to £57.0m (2018: £60.2m).  The overall level of R&D investment in the period was 18.1% (2018: 20.8%). The rate of company funded investment is expected to increase further in the second half of the year.

 

Finance charges

Net financing charges(5) increased by £2.2m to £6.5m (2018: £4.3m). £0.7m of the increase is due to the adoption of the new leasing standard, IFRS 16, from 1 January 2019. £0.9m of the increase is due to the previously announced change to the Group's allocation of pension finance charges; these were previously classified as non-underlying items and from 1 January 2019 are included within our underlying finance charges. The remaining £0.6m increase reflects the higher average net debt compared to H1 2018, due to the share buy-back that was completed in January 2019, as well as higher US interest rates. The interest on bank debt was covered 11 times (2018: 11 times) by underlying operating profit.

 

Profit before tax

Underlying profit before tax(1) was £46.5m (2018: £43.6m). IFRS profit before tax increased to £37.9m (2018: £20.0m), as set out below:

£m

2019 H1 

2018 H1

Underlying profit before tax(1)

46.5

43.6

 

 

 

 Amortisation of intangibles arising on acquisition

(10.6)

(14.0)

 Acquisition and disposal related costs

(0.7)

(2.1)

 Gain on disposals

0.8

-

 Gain/(loss) on derivatives

2.6

(5.2)

 Significant legal charges and expenses

(0.7)

(0.9)

 Net finance charge on defined benefit pensions*

-

 (1.0)

 S3 programme

-

(0.4)

IFRS profit before tax

 

37.9

20.0

* as set out in the Finance charges section above, the pension finance charge is included within underlying finance costs from
1 January 2019.

 

 

Reported IFRS profit before tax

As expected, there are fewer non-underlying items than the prior period and detail is provided as follows:

·    acquisition and disposal related costs in the period were £0.7m (2018: £2.1m).

·    a £0.8m gain arose upon disposing of our Airport Systems business from the Aerospace & Land division in February 2019 and our Corvid Paygate business from the Communications & Security division in June 2019.

·    the net gain on forward foreign exchange contracts and interest rate swap was £2.6m (2018: £5.2m loss).

·    legal charges and expenses include £0.5m of conduct of business investigation costs.

 

Tax, EPS and dividends

The Group's underlying tax rate(4) in the period decreased to 20.0% (2018: 21.5%), which is consistent with the 2018 underlying tax rate for the full year. The statutory tax rate on IFRS profit before tax is 19.2% (2018: 19.0%). 

 

Underlying earnings per share(1) increased 16.4% to 52.5p (2018: 45.1p), reflecting the increase in profit and reduced number of shares in issue compared to the prior period. The weighted average number of shares in issue was 70.9m (2018: 76.0m). Basic earnings per share increased to 43.3p (2018: 20.0p). During the period, the Group spent £8.6m to re-purchase 0.6m ordinary shares at an average of £13.41 per share. At 30 June 2019 the number of shares in issue was 70,835,807.  

 

An interim dividend of 15.0p (2018: 14.6p) is proposed, representing growth of 2.7% on the prior year, with the interim dividend being covered 3.5 times (2018: 3.1 times) by underlying earnings per share. The dividend will be paid on 20 September 2019 to shareholders on the register at 30 August 2019.

 

Operating cash flow and working capital

Cash generated by operations was £25.8m (2018: £13.1m), as a result of increases in working capital. Underlying operating cash flow(1) was £13.4m (2018: £6.5m) resulting in underlying operating cash conversion of 25% (2018: 14%). Capital expenditure, including continuing Enterprise Resource Planning ('ERP') systems implementation, increased to £8.4m (2018: £8.1m). The ERP programme remains on track with three more implementations successfully going live so far during 2019 and more projects expected to commence later in the year. Working capital increased by £32.6m principally due to reduced payables and increased receivables reflecting the previously announced working capital normalisation. Increases in inventory reflect revenue growth in the period, as well as purchases required to supply orders in the second half of the year. 

 

Net debt

Ultra's net debt(3), excluding finance leases, at the end of the period was £171.0m (2018: £170.1m) and net debt/EBITDA was 1.32 times (2018: 1.39 times). The net debt figure including finance leases, which have been brought onto the balance sheet following the adoption of IFRS 16 from 1 January 2019, was £208.2m and net debt/EBITDA calculated on this IFRS 16 basis was 1.50 times.  

 

£8.6m was spent in the period to re-purchase 0.6m ordinary shares. In total, Ultra has bought back and cancelled c.£100m of Ultra shares at an average cost of £14.42, and (as previously announced) the buyback has now ceased. Initial proceeds of £21m were received in the period from the disposals of the Airport Systems and Corvid Paygate businesses. 

 

New unsecured loan notes of US$70m were issued by Prudential Investment Management Inc ("Pricoa") in January 2019, which expire in January 2026 and January 2029. On the same date, $60m of expiring Pricoa debt was repaid.  £62m of our Term Loan was repaid during the period with the balance (£67m) repaid on 31 July 2019. Consequently, the Group's committed facilities now comprise the £300m revolving credit facility, which has a maturity to November 2023 (and can be extended to November 2024 subject to lender consent) as well as Pricoa loan notes: £50m with an expiry date of October 2025 and $70m with expiry dates as noted above.

 

Conduct of business investigations update

As previously announced, the SFO is continuing to investigate a conduct of business issue in Algeria by Ultra Electronics Holdings plc ('Ultra'), its subsidiaries, employees and associated persons. The investigation commenced in April 2018 following a voluntary self-report made by Ultra to the SFO. In addition, Ultra is investigating another conduct of business issue associated with the Philippines and is keeping the relevant authorities informed.

 

Updates to technical guidance

·    As disclosed in note 11 of our 2018 Annual Report, the Group is monitoring developments relating to the European Commission decision that the UK CFC rules are partial State Aid. The UK Government has appealed the decision and requested certain information from recipients including Ultra but not yet provided details of how it will quantify and seek to recover State Aid. Our potential exposure is between £0m - £20m. We do not currently expect this exposure to be resolved in the near term;

·    Tax guidance remains unchanged at 20% for 2019;

·    We have made significant progress implementing a more rigorous assessment of investment and return analysis in R&D. Total investment in our own R&D has increased in the period and is likely to be 3.5% - 4% of revenue in 2019 (2018: 3.7%). The impact on margins of this lower than originally guided R&D spend in 2019 will likely be offset by a greater proportion of development contracts, some of which are sole source, versus 2018. Long term guidance for R&D spend remains at 4-5% of revenue;

·    Increased radio sales, improving Energy performance and a better sonobuoy mix are expected to improve underlying operating margins in H2; and

·    Total capital expenditure is expected to be in the range of £20m - 25m in 2019 (2018 £18.3m). 

 

 

OPERATIONAL AND DIVISIONAL REVIEW

 

Aerospace & Infrastructure (26% of Group revenue for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019)

 

Specialist provider of products, sub-systems and solutions delivering critical detection, instrumentation and control capability for aerospace and energy applications.

 

£m

2019 H1

as stated

2018 H1

as stated

2018 H1

for organic measure

Growth

%

Organic(2)  growth %

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order book

300.2

319.1

287.4

-5.9

+4.5

Revenue

100.5

91.9

88.6

+9.4

+13.4

Underlying operating profit(1)

11.3

14.8

14.0

-23.6

-19.3

Underlying operating margin(1)

11.2%

16.1%

15.8%

 

 

 

Markets

The defence aerospace market is showing strong signs of growth, driven by increased US defence spending and the ramp up of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. Additionally, forecast growth in platforms on which Ultra has secure positions are driving growth. The civil aerospace market also continues to grow, particularly in developing nations where there is an increasing need to meet growing air passenger traffic. Ultra remains well-positioned on a wide range of long term military and civil aerospace platforms, including the F-35 programme and several Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft.

 

Performance

Revenue grew, despite the disposal of the Airport Systems business early in the year, reflecting organic revenue growth in the period. The growth was primarily due to increased activity on military aircraft platforms including the build rate of our high pressure pure air generating (HiPPAG) units for the F-35, although this growth was at lower than group average margins. Underlying operating profits declined in the first half due to:

·    In H1 2018 this division benefited from £1.2m of foreign exchange gains; these were not repeated in 2019 following the previously announced adoption of the revised hedging strategy to reduce income statement volatility.

·    Restructuring costs and higher spend on R&D, as we invest in programmes to support future growth.

·    Product mix in our Energy business with some higher margin activity delayed into the second half of the year and increasing competition in the Chinese nuclear market.

 

As a result, the H1 underlying operating margin was 11.2% vs 16.1% last year.

 

The division's order book grew organically, but decreased £33.5m since December 2018 due to the £36.4m Airport Systems order book removal upon disposal. The larger orders won in the period were:

1)   A £17m low-rate/initial-production three-year contract by Pratt & Whitney to provide equipment for ice protection for the F135 military engine.

2)   Multiple awards from Boeing totaling over £10m to provide wing ice protection controllers and harnesses on the B787 commercial aircraft.


Communications & Security (30% of Group revenue for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019)

Specialist provider of mission-critical solutions for C3, cyber, encryption and electronic warfare applications.

 

£m

2019 H1

as stated

2018 H1

as stated

2018 H1

for organic measure

Growth

%

Organic(2)  growth %

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order book

259.5

282.6

287.5

-8.2

-9.7

Revenue

117.8

110.2

114.5

+6.9

+2.9

Underlying operating profit(1)

12.0

7.9

8.3

+51.9

+44.6

Underlying operating margin(1)

10.2%

7.2%

7.2%

 

 

 

Markets

Growing US investment and rising regional tensions in the Pacific have led to a significant increase in the adoption of Communications & Security systems and equipment. The Communications & Security and cyber market is expected to grow considerably over the next five years. This growth is driven by growing demand for military communications infrastructure, cybersecurity functionality and application of new technologies. Ultra is well-positioned on a broad range of C3 and cyber applications and remains well-placed to deliver solutions that already encompass future market technologies.

 

Performance

This division's revenue grew organically, benefitting from strong sales of ADSI (Air Defence Systems Integrator) tactical command and control systems, and greater demand for electronic warfare and microwave products.

 

Underlying operating profit grew 44.6% in the period, however, when the cost overrun impact at Herley in H1 2018 is excluded, operating profit declined by 18.9% versus H1 2018. This was predominantly due to lower international forensic product system shipments, and the reduced radio sales of the ORION radio systems in H1 for the US Army's Network Modernisation programme.

 

The division won a number of contracts during the period including two larger ones that are noted below. The order book reduced versus H1 2018 reflecting a strong prior year comparator. The order book however still grew by £29.3m versus 31 December 18. The larger orders won in the period were:

1)   A $497m indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide the US Army with Orion radio systems with an initial order of $16.5m.

2)   A five-year framework contract from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), valued at over US$85 million for the provision of hardware, software, support and training services to ATF's National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).

 

Maritime & Land (44% of Group revenue for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019)

Specialist provider of high-integrity systems and solutions for a broad range of predominantly military maritime and land-based requirements.

 

£m

2019 H1

as stated

2018 H1

as stated

2018 H1

for organic measure

Growth

%

Organic(2)  growth %

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order book

454.4

367.5

376.3

+23.6

+20.8

Revenue

168.8

148.4

154.4

+13.7

+9.3

Underlying operating profit(1)

29.6

25.2

26.8

+17.5

+10.4

Underlying operating margin(1)

17.5%

17.0%

17.4%

 

 

 

Markets

Global maritime budgets remain strong as geopolitical disputes endure. Rising tensions in Asia-Pacific in particular, have led to increased investment in naval platforms and underwater warfare systems, elsewhere, the US is expected to have a strong pipeline of new-build surface ship and submarine platforms. Ultra is well positioned to benefit from the projected growth in the maritime market in the coming years, with world-class products, capabilities and strong positions on a broad range of long term programmes.

 

 

 

 

Performance

This division's revenue also grew organically, driven by the recently won Next Generation Surface Search Radar (NGSSR) development contract and maritime propulsion system activity. Demand also remains positive for Ultra's US sonobuoys. Shortly after the period end, the ERAPSCO JV was awarded a five year $1bn IDIQ for sonobuoys to the US Navy. Whilst operating margins remained similar to last year, this division has an increasing volume of cost-plus type contracts.

 

The division's order book increased £34.4m since December 2018, owing in part to the orders noted below:

1)   The signing of a significant contract with Lockheed Martin Canada as the Underwater Warfare Integrated Product Team lead for the Canadian Surface Ship Combatant (CSC) programme.  As part of Canada's Combat Ship Team, Ultra will provide a Towed Low-Frequency Active Sonar as well as its latest hull-mounted sonar; Ultra will also lead the integration of these sensors with sonobuoys and other Underwater Warfare capabilities to provide wide-area underwater battlespace surveillance.

2)   Ultra was awarded an initial $5.5m contract for the US Navy NGSSR Production Programme. This development and qualification contract has a potential total value of over $34m and will provide navigation and general surface search radar functionality on all US Navy ships.

3)   The award of a ten-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for support of its fleet of 16 Surface Ship Torpedo Defence Systems.

 

DIVIDEND

 

The Board has implemented a progressive dividend policy with a through cycle target of circa two times normalised cash and earnings cover, signalling confidence in the Group's future prospects. The 2019 proposed interim dividend is 15.0p. The dividend will be paid on 20 September 2019 to shareholders on the register at 30 August 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2019

Consolidated Unaudited Income Statement

 

 

 

Six months

 

Six months

 

Year to

 

 

to 30 June

 

to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2018

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

387,126

 

350,510

 

766,745

Cost of sales

 

(282,678)

 

(254,804)

 

(544,649)

Gross profit

 

104,448

 

95,706

 

222,096

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating income

 

449

 

1,598

 

3,195

Distribution costs

 

(442)

 

(459)

 

(1,573)

Administrative expenses

 

(58,563)

 

(64,054)

 

(138,721)

Other operating expenses

 

(4,209)

 

(1,092)

 

(3,275)

Significant legal charges and expenses

3

(669)

 

(934)

 

(2,292)

S3 programme

 

-

 

(395)

 

(6,503)

Impairment charges

 

-

 

-

 

(7,589)

Operating profit

3

41,014

 

30,370

 

65,338

Gain/(loss) on disposal

16

752

 

-

 

(729)

Retirement benefit scheme GMP equalisation

 

-

 

-

 

(3,150)

Investment revenue

5

2,761

 

6,213

 

6,193

Finance costs

6

(6,586)

 

(16,575)

 

(25,097)

Profit before tax

 

37,941

 

20,008

 

42,555

Tax

7

(7,298)

 

(4,849)

 

(10,205)

Profit for the period

 

30,643

 

15,159

 

32,350

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Owners of the Company

 

30,712

 

15,179

 

32,381

   Non-controlling interests

 

(69)

 

(20)

 

(31)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per ordinary share (pence)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        - basic

9

43.3

 

20.0

 

43.6

                        - diluted

9

43.3

 

20.0

 

43.6

 

 

 

All results are derived from continuing operations.

 

 

 

 

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2019

Consolidated Unaudited Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

Six months

 

Six months

 

Year to

 

to 30 June

 

to 30 June

 

31 December

 

2019

 

2018

 

2018

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

30,643

 

15,159

 

32,350

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

 

Actuarial profit on defined benefit pension schemes

-

 

-

 

4,588

Tax relating to items that will not be reclassified

-

 

-

 

(713)

Total items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

-

 

-

 

3,875

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

8,588

 

8,625

 

21,100

Transfer (to)/from profit and loss on cash flow hedge

(254)

 

(170)

 

435

Loss on loans used in net investment hedges

(752)

 

(4,930)

 

(11,521)

(Loss)/profit on cash flow hedge

(11)

 

253

 

(604)

Tax relating to items that may be reclassified

-

 

-

 

29

Total items that may be reclassified to profit or loss

7,571

 

3,778

 

9,439

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the period

7,571

 

3,778

 

13,314

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

38,214

 

18,937

 

45,664

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

  Owners of the Company

38,283

 

18,957

 

45,695

  Non-controlling interests

(69)

 

(20)

 

(31)

 

 

 

 

 

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2019

Consolidated Unaudited Balance Sheet

 

 

 

        At 30 June

 

         At 30 June

 

At 31 December

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2018

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

379,684

 

398,929

 

377,761

Other intangible assets

 

108,769

 

125,432

 

113,889

Property, plant and equipment

10

61,176

 

61,232

 

62,597

Leased assets

2

34,277

 

-

 

-

Deferred tax assets

 

18,134

 

18,863

 

18,692

Derivative financial instruments

18

267

 

963

 

113

Trade and other receivables

11

19,967

 

24,222

 

22,639

 

 

622,274

 

629,641

 

595,691

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

99,600

 

91,917

 

88,551

Trade and other receivables

11

216,827

 

203,336

 

205,184

Tax assets

 

6,937

 

10,209

 

8,108

Cash and cash equivalents

 

92,943

 

124,351

 

96,319

Derivative financial instruments

18

270

 

581

 

301

Assets classified as held for sale

 

-

 

-

 

30,575

 

 

416,577

 

430,394

 

429,038

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

3

1,038,851

 

1,060,035

 

1,024,729

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

12

(191,529)

 

(190,910)

 

(212,247)

Tax liabilities

 

-

 

-

 

(5,032)

Derivative financial instruments

18

(3,348)

 

(4,359)

 

(5,534)

Borrowings

 

(74,471)

 

(53,054)

 

(175,759)

Liabilities classified as held for sale

 

-

 

-

 

(8,575)

Short-term provisions

13

(12,162)

 

(9,576)

 

(13,326)

 

 

(281,510)

 

(257,899)

 

(420,473)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retirement benefit obligations

 

(68,531)

 

(78,434)

 

(72,970)

Other payables

12

(19,058)

 

(16,214)

 

(14,878)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(12,009)

 

(14,147)

 

(10,454)

Derivative financial instruments

18

(944)

 

(2,581)

 

(1,000)

Borrowings

 

(226,669)

 

(241,372)

 

(77,964)

Long-term provisions

13

(5,908)

 

(5,254)

 

(6,200)

 

 

(333,119)

 

(358,002)

 

(183,466)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

3

(614,629)

 

(615,901)

 

(603,939)

Net assets

 

424,222

 

444,134

 

420,790

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

14

3,542

 

3,711

 

3,574

Share premium account

 

201,045

 

201,026

 

201,033

Capital redemption reserve

 

346

 

177

 

314

Own shares

 

(2,581)

 

(2,581)

 

(2,581)

Hedging reserve

 

(60,737)

 

(52,906)

 

(52,720)

Translation reserve

 

125,091

 

104,028

 

116,503

Retained earnings

 

157,439

 

190,660

 

161,659

Equity attributable to owners of the company

 

424,145

 

444,115

 

420,782

Non-controlling interest

 

77

 

19

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

424,222

 

444,134

 

420,790

 

 

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2019

Consolidated Unaudited Cash Flow Statement

 

 

 

Six months

 

Six months

 

Year to

 

 

to 30 June

 

to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2018

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

15

13,991

 

4,880

 

86,712

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest received

 

131

 

264

 

715

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(3,988)

 

(5,852)

 

(12,953)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

5

 

 

19

 

 

134

Expenditure on product development and other intangibles

 

 

(5,192)

 

 

(3,267)

 

 

(7,029)

Disposal of subsidiary undertakings

 

20,544

 

-

 

225

Net cash from/(used in) investing activities

 

11,500

 

(8,836)

 

(18,908)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

 

12

 

116

 

123

Share buy-back (including transaction costs)

 

(8,612)

 

(49,739)

 

(91,902)

Dividends paid

 

(26,122)

 

(26,269)

 

(36,883)

Loan syndication costs

 

(26)

 

-

 

(657)

Repayments of borrowings

 

(108,678)

 

(25,000)

 

(181,297)

Proceeds from borrowings

 

117,716

 

89,996

 

198,961

Finance lease payments

 

(4,461)

 

-

 

-

Cash out-flow on closing out foreign currency hedging contracts

 

 

-

 

 

(11,104)

 

 

(11,104)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(30,171)

 

(22,000)

 

(122,759)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(4,680)

 

(25,956)

 

(54,955)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

96,319

 

149,522

 

149,522

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

 

1,304

 

785

 

1,752

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

92,943

 

124,351

 

96,319

 

 

 

 

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2019

Consolidated Unaudited Statement of Changes in Equity

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

Share

capital

£'000

 

Share premium account

£'000

 

Capital redemption

reserve

£'000

Reserve for own shares

£'000

 

 

 

Hedging reserve

£'000

Translation reserve

£'000

Retained earnings

£'000

Non-controlling interest

£'000

 

 

 

Total

equity

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 December 2018 as originally presented

3,574

201,033

314

(2,581)

(59,720)

116,503

161,659

8

420,790

Adoption of IFRS 16

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,284)

-

(1,284)

Restated total equity at 1 January 2019

3,574

201,033

314

(2,581)

(59,720)

116,503

160,375

8

419,506

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

30,574

69

30,643

Other comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

(1,017)

8,588

-

-

7,571

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

(1,017)

8,588

30,574

69

38,214

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity-settled employee share schemes

-

12

-

-

-

-

1,224

-

1,236

Shares purchased in buy-back

(32)

-

32

-

-

-

(8,612)

-

(8,612)

Dividend to shareholders

-

-

-

-

-

-

(26,122)

-

(26,122)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 June 2019

3,542

201,045

346

(2,581)

(60,737)

125,091

157,439

77

424,222

 

 

 

 

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