12 September 2014
Like-for-like sales increased by 5.5%, with total sales of £1,409.3 million, an increase of 10.0% (2013: 7.0%). Like-for-like bar sales increased by 2.7% (2013: 3.8%), food sales by 12.0% (2013: 10.9%) and slot/fruit machine sales decreased by 3.1% (2013: increased by 0.4%).
Operating profit before exceptional items increased by 3.8% to £115.6 million (2013: £111.3 million) and, after exceptional items, increased by 26.3% to £115.6 million (2013: £91.5 million). The operating margin, before exceptional items, decreased to 8.2% (2013: 8.7%), mainly as a result of increases in staff costs and repairs. The operating margin after exceptional items was 8.2% (2013: 7.1%).
Profit before tax and exceptional items increased by 3.1% to £79.4 million (2013: £76.9 million) and, after exceptional items, increased by 37.1% to £78.4 million (2013: £57.1 million). Earnings per share (including shares held in trust by the employee share scheme), before exceptional items, increased by 4.9% to 47.0p (2013: 44.8p). Earnings per share (including shares held in trust by the employee share scheme), after exceptional items, decreased by 10.4% to 32.8p (2013: 36.6p), owing to a deferred tax credit in the previous year.
Net interest was covered 3.2 times by operating profit before exceptional items (2013: 3.2 times) and 3.1 times by operating profit after exceptional items (2013: 2.7 times). Total capital investment was £177.5 million in the period (2013: £101.8 million), with £97.7 million on new pub openings (2013: £53.2 million), £56.2 million on existing pubs and IT infrastructure (2013: £40.9 million) and £23.6 million on freehold reversions, where Wetherspoon was already a tenant, and investment properties (2013: £7.7 million).
Exceptional items totalled £17.7 million (2013: £19.0 million). An exceptional item of £1.0 million relates to the interest repayment to HMRC, following the unsuccessful outcome of the ‘Rank’ gaming duties case. In addition, an agreement was reached with HMRC in respect of a long-outstanding dispute over the treatment of capital allowances. As a result of this agreement, tax computations have been resubmitted and have resulted in a claim for a tax refund of £4.4 million and a deferred tax liability of £21.1 million. This has resulted in an exceptional tax charge £16.7 million.
Free cash flow, after capital investment of £56.2 million on existing pubs (2013: £40.9 million), £7.3 million in respect of share purchases for employees (2013: £8.8 million) and payments of tax and interest, increased by £27.6 million to £92.9 million (2013: £65.3 million), partly owing to a working capital inflow of £29.9 million in the year under review, compared with an outflow of £6.0 million in the previous year. Free cash flow per share was 74.1p (2013: 51.8p).
|Q1 Interim Management Statement||5 November 2014|
|AGM||13 November 2014|
|Q2 Interim Management Statement||21 January 2015|