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RNS Number : 2864H
W.H. Ireland Group PLC
31 July 2019
 

31 July 2019

 

WH Ireland Group Plc

 

(“WH Ireland” or the “Company”)

 

Final Results for the twelve months ended 31 March 2019

 

Notice of AGM

 

WH Ireland today announces its final results for the twelve months ended 31 March 2019:

 

Highlights

 

·      New management team in place

·      Board of Directors refresh in process (and largely complete)

·      Cash at year end of £7.7m (2018: £7.3m) and no debt; with robust capital position following equity raise

·      Corporate and Institutional broking remains profitable – £0.5m (2018: £3.6m) with resilient performance in public and private funding  

·      Wealth Management loss of £1.5m (2018: profit of £4.2m) but stable AUM of £2.5bn

·      63% of shares held by three large and supportive shareholders

·      Overall Group loss £11.3m (2018: £3.0m) due to reduced revenues, one off costs and increased exceptional items

·      Exceptional items, including an impairment charges of £2.6m, increased to £4.1m (2018: £2.5m)

·      Focus in the first quarter of new financial year has been on cost reduction, improved efficiencies and strengthening regulatory systems across the Group

·      Headcount reducing; with salaried staff at year-end 178 (2018: 192), further reduced to 159 at 30 June 2019

 

Phillip Wale, Chief Executive Officer of WH Ireland Group plc said:

“I am excited about the future of WH Ireland. We have exceptional people, a cleansed, debt free balance sheet and the support of our shareholders and a refreshed Board. Our plan, a simple one, is to build the business by reducing its unnecessarily high costs, retire legacy systems and improve the quality of our earnings across both divisions.  

 

“I am looking forward to the year ahead with cautious optimism and am keen to engage with all our stakeholders again at the interim report to provide updated information on progress made.”

 

To view a short video of the results please follow this link: http://bit.ly/WHIfy19

 

Notice of AGM

The Company also confirms today that it has posted to shareholders its annual report and accounts for the period ended 31 March 2019, and a notice convening the annual general meeting of the Company, to be held at 2.00 p.m. on 12 September 2019 at the offices of WH Ireland, 24 Martin Lane, London, EC4R 0DR. A copy is also available from the Company’s website : www.whirelandplc.com.

For further information please contact:                                                                                         

WH Ireland Group plc                                        

Phillip Wale, Chief Executive Officer

 

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited

www.whirelandplc.com                                  

+44(0) 207 220 1666

Andrew Emmott/Miriam Greenwood

+44(0) 203 368 3551

 

 

MHP Communications

+44 (0) 203 128 8100

Reg Hoare

whireland@mhpc.com

Chairman’s statement

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

This year’s Annual Report returns to the traditional 12 month period to 31 March 2019, following last year’s 16 month extended period.

 

Review and outlook

 

The past trading period has been extremely challenging and accordingly, the Board has implemented a significant change of senior executive management, with the appointments of a new Chief Executive Officer, new Finance Director, new Head of Private Wealth Management and new Head of Compliance and Risk. The total loss for the period is £7.2m before non-cash impairments and one-off charges of £4.1m. These one off costs reflect the actions which we have taken to address an excessively high head count, since addressed in the new year, and the cost of replacing senior executives with the newly recruited personnel identified above to drive change. In addition, the migration of private clients to the new SEI platform has experienced many teething problems which have led to duplicated costs as the project has been integrated. The carrying value of intangible assets created by the acquisitions in earlier years of two teams of investment managers has also been written down, creating a non-cash loss. Finally, the uncertain economic and political climate in the UK as a result of Brexit has led to a reduction of new equity issues in the London stockmarket, which has affected our profitable corporate broking business.

 

Following a difficult period, I am pleased to report that a number of initiatives taken by the new senior management have led to a sharp reduction in operating losses in the first quarter of the current year end to March 2020, and we look forward to further improvements in operating performance as the year progresses.

 

New leadership

The Board is delighted with the progress that Phillip Wale has achieved since his appointment as CEO in late 2018: he has moved quickly to reinvigorate the business by building a new executive team with extensive sector experience and a strong track record in change management. In addition, he has secured the support of our strong shareholder base and raised £4.95m of additional equity capital, and introduced a clear focus on cost control. As a result, these initiatives have improved morale across all departments of the firm.

 

I am grateful for the support of our existing and new shareholders, which I believe has placed the Group in a far stronger capital position than before, which should help the CEO and his management team to achieve the Board’s aim to restore the Group to profitability.

 

Board

I am delighted to welcome to the Board of Directors Philip Tansey as our new CFO, as well as Simon Lough and Philip Shelley, whom are appointed as Non-Executive Directors, subject to FCA approval.

 

Simon Lough was Chief Executive of the Heartwood Wealth Management business from 2008 to 2014, having previously headed both the client and investment teams, and was responsible for building up its London office.

 

Philip Shelley was previously Vice Chairman at Barclays Investment Bank. Before Barclays Phil ran Broking and ECM in the UK for Goldman Sachs and was Head of Corporate Broking at UBS. During his career of 24 years, Philip advised and raised equity for a wide of range of UK public and private companies.

 

I offer thanks to Jonathan Carey for his tenure as Non-Executive Director for three years and we wish him well for the future.

 

Finally, I would like to acknowledge on behalf of the Board the continued hard work of all our employees during what has been a challenging year but one that has, I believe, laid the foundations for a recovery in operating performance.

 

Tim Steel

July 2019

 

 

Chief Executive statement

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

Overview

This is my first annual report as Chief Executive Officer and with the benefit of 8 months from joining to the year ended of 31 March 2019 I have had time to conduct a full review of the business.

 

Financially, the performance of WH Ireland has been challenging with a significant loss for the year ended 31 March 2019 of £11.3m (2018: £2.9m), after exceptional costs, including one off costs of £1.5m and impairment charges of £2.6m that do not impact cash or regulatory capital. This loss comes despite a profitable Corporate and Institutional Broking performance. Furthermore, the control environment across the Group required remedial action, under the direction of our new Head of Compliance and Risk, Yen Chang, and that has generated further cost implications, which are discussed below.

 

The year 2018/2019

 

Comparatives with the extended prior reporting period of 16 months to 31 March 2018 are difficult. However, discretionary managed assets continue to increase as a proportion of the total funds under management (2019: 47%, 2018: 42.1%). But at the same time there has been a marked decline in the commission paying elements of the wealth management business in line with the wider experience of the market, struggling as it is with low volumes and worries concerning EU withdrawal. This, combined with a decline in new issuance activity for the CIB division, has driven revenue down by more than explained simply by a shorter accounting period alone. Exceptional items of £4.1m (2018: £2.5m) incurred by the Group have increased significantly, details of which are set out in the Chairman’s Statement. Overall, whilst the Corporate and Institutional business remains profitable, the Wealth Management division has been loss-making.

 

Leadership

 

I have made key appointments:

·    Philip Tansey joined late in the year as CFO/COO and comes with thirty years’ experience in financial services across a number of regulatory authorities. He has particular experience in clean-up and turnaround challenges;

·    Stephen Ford is our new Head of Wealth Management with thirty years’ experience of managing and growing wealth management businesses;

·      Yen Chang, our new Head of Compliance and Risk. She brings the correct balance of experience and dedication to maintain a serious control framework and build excellent relationships with our regulators and other authorities.

 

Adam Pollock remains Head of our Corporate and Institutional Broking business, and intends to build on the success of the last year by continuing to grow our client base and completing both private and public market transactions.

 

Board

I believe it is critical for the success of WH Ireland to have a Board that comprises people with appropriate skills and experience across a number of relevant business and control areas, and which provides effective challenge and support in equal measure. I echo my Chairman’s sentiments in thanking Jonathan Carey and look forward to welcoming both Simon Lough and Philip Shelley to the board as Non-Executive Directors (both appointments are still subject to FCA approval).

 

CLIENTS

Our clients are at the heart of everything that we do, and providing excellent service to our corporate, institutional and private clients remains our priority.

 

Staff

There are excellent people within the Group; I have made changes to the head count to reflect the new, simplified business model and believe that we are now at a good size for growth. I thank all the members of staff for their commitment and hard work in the past and for the years ahead.

 

Shareholders

I am delighted with the support, both in terms of capital investment and guidance, received from our major shareholders and thank the new investors who joined in our most recent placing in March 2019 for their backing.

 

Capital

The raising of £4.95m in March 2019 has replenished regulatory and working capital. Cash at the year-end date of 31 March 2019 was £7.7m (2018: £7.3m). The group has no debt. Against the forecasts set out and agreed with the business and approved by the Board, the Directors believe that these levels are sufficient to take WH Ireland to the next phase of success.

 

Business reviews

Wealth Management (WM)

 

We are progressing with a number of significant changes to the WM division. The first stage of change to WM, under Stephen Ford’s direction, has three key strands. First, to reduce the cost base which we believe has historically been too high. Second, to energise the project of retiring our legacy platform systems and custodians. Finally, to simplify and enforce our standard charging structure in order to improve the quality of earnings. All these initiatives are in progress and further updates will be provided in due course.

 

Corporate and Institutional Broking (CIB)

 

CIB continues to enjoy a low fixed cost model with a solid recurring-revenue client base. We continue to build our reputation for raising growth capital for public and private companies.

 

Against a highly uncertain market backdrop, the division is well positioned to take full advantage of the structural changes being experienced, including its approach post MiFID II. We are actively looking to recruit further high quality people into the division in order to build CIB over the coming years.

 

LOOKING FORWARD

 

I believe that we have made significant changes and the focus for the new management team is to build what we believe is a good business with good clients and revenue streams; to manage our costs effectively; enhance the revenue generated by the existing business; evidence the effectiveness of our control framework across everything we do; and engage proactively with all stakeholders.

 

The first quarter of our new financial year has started well on all fronts. Our costs are down as is our total Group headcount (at June 2019: 159, down from 178 at 31 March 2019 and 192 at 31 March 2018) and revenue initiatives are well advanced, as are the now re-energised projects to eliminate inherited legacy systems, processes and associated costs.

 

I look forward with cautious optimism to the coming year.

 

P Wale

 

July 2019

 

Strategic report

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

Overview

The WH Ireland Group has two principal operating subsidiaries, WH Ireland Limited and WH Ireland (IOM) Limited. WH Ireland Limited consists of two business divisions: Wealth Management, which provides bespoke wealth management solutions and independent financial advisory services to retail clients; and Corporate and Institutional Broking which provides corporate finance, advisory and broking services to small and mid-cap corporate clients, and stockbroking and research services to its institutional client base. WH Ireland (IOM) Limited provides wealth management services.

 

The Group’s income is predominantly derived from activities conducted in the UK and the Isle of Man with a number of retail, institutional and corporate clients, which are situated worldwide.

 

At the year end, the Group had 171 staff (2018: 184) in the UK and 7 (2018: 8) in the Isle of Man.

 

Strategy SUMMARY

The Group’s strategic focus remains on becoming the corporate broker of choice in the small and mid-cap company segment and a leading advice-driven wealth management service provider to retail clients.

 

The strategy is focused on strengthening our corporate client list and increasing the discretionary assets under management in order to maximise the Group’s recurring revenue through the generation of corporate retainer income and wealth management fees.

 

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

 

A summary of the statement of comprehensive income for the financial YEAR is set out below:

 

 

 

Year to

31 March 2019

16 months to

31 March 2018

 

 

£’000

£’000

Revenue

 

23,680

36,416

Administrative expenses

 

(33,419)

(40,389)

Expected credit loss

 

(641)

(128)

Operating loss

 

(10,380)

(4,101)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss before exceptional items

 

(6,267)

(1,595)

Exceptional items

 

(4,113)

(2,506)

Operating loss after exceptional items

 

(10,380)

(4,101)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income and charges

 

230

387

Loss before tax

 

(10,150)

(3,714)

Tax

 

(1,176)

769

Loss after tax

 

(11,326)

(2,945)

 

 

 

A reconciliation of the adjusted operating loss is set out below:

 

Year to

31 March 2019

16 months to

31 March 2018

 

£’000

£’000

Operating loss

(10,380)

(4,101)

Add back of one off charges:

 

 

Project Discovery *

442

1,527

Restructuring **

835

718

Compliance & regulatory projects***

230

MiFID II****

261

Goodwill and intangible assets*****

2,606

Adjusted operating loss

(6,267)

(1,595)

 

Notes:

 

**As announced on 2 June 2016, the Group entered into a seven year agreement with SEI Investments (Europe) Ltd, to outsource its Private Wealth Management back office operations and move to a “Model B” arrangement. On account of a number of unforeseen obstacles, significant cost has been incurred in both internal and external resources dedicated to this project (“Project Discovery”) as the project moves to conclude the transfer of clients and assets from the prior legacy platforms over to SEI.

**During the period ended 31 March 2018 and 2019 there were a number of changes within the senior management team and several external hires were made. The costs of these changes, in respect of both short term consultancy costs and fixed employment related costs, are considered by the Board to be non-trading and exceptional in nature.

*** During the year ending 31 March 2019, the Group incurred various costs in relation to one off regulatory reports.

****During the period to 31 March 2018 the Group incurred various costs in preparation for compliance with MiFID II.

*****See notes 13 &14

 

Financial analysis

The total operating loss, after exceptional items, has increased in the year-ended 31 March 2019 by £6.3m to £10.4m. (2018: £4.1m).

 

Identification and analysis of the component parts of that increase of £6.3m is difficult due to the differing lengths of accounting period. Annualising the results of the prior-period ended 31 March 2018 (i.e. by applying a factor of 12/16th), whilst not theoretically perfect on account of, amongst other factors, seasonality, does however assist in that analysis.

 

An annualised restatement would result thus:

 

 

Line Item

 

Actual year

ended 31 March 2019

£’000

 

Theoretically annualised ‘year’ ended 31 March 2018

£’000

 

 

Differences

 

£’000

 

Revenue

23,680

27,312

(3,632)

Administration expenses (before Exceptional items)

 

29,947

 

28,508

 

(1,439)

Revised annualised Operating loss before exceptional items

 

(6,267)

 

(1,196)

 

(5,071)

 

 

 

 

Exceptional items

(4,113)

(2,506)

(1,607)

Total Operating loss

after Exceptional items

 

(10,380)

 

(3,702)

 

(6,678)

 

The changes in the year to 31 March 2019 compared to the ‘annualised’ results of 2018 were as follows:

 

Revenue: The CIB division, despite remaining profitable and improving retainer fee revenue in the year, suffered lower transactional success fees of approximately £1.0m. Commissions generated by the WM division were lower by £2.6m. Both resulted directly from the impact of increasingly poor market conditions as witnessed by the declines in volume traded across the London stock exchanges in both trading and in corporate transactions.

 

Expenses: Additional operational costs were incurred as the Group struggled with an excessive cost-base worsened by the additional on-going costs of addressing legacy systems with contract staff and other related expenses.

 

Exceptional Items: The costs associated with the retirement of legacy systems and the MiFID II project declined but there were increases in costs that were neither affected cash nor regulatory capital; these costs included the determination that the carrying value of goodwill and intangible assets should be reduced by £2.6m.

 

Balance Sheet: Operational losses incurred in the year of £6.0m, Exceptional items, including the decision to impair the carrying value of goodwill and intangible assets, of a total of £4.0m and, the elimination of deferred tax credits recognised in prior periods of £1.1m totalled £11.1m. This was offset by the proceeds of raising fresh equity of £7.0m resulting in the net decline of £4.1m in Total Equity at 31 March 2019 to £8.8m (2018: £12.9m).

 

Wealth Management

The Wealth Management division incorporates both investment management services and advice on Wealth Planning. These services are offered from offices across the UK including London, Manchester, Cardiff, Poole and Milton Keynes. International clients are serviced from the Isle of Man office.

 

As the complexity of financial markets and advice increases, we are able to offer specific Wealth Planning expertise in areas such as pensions and inheritance planning. We also work closely with third party advisors in helping our mutual clients achieve their financial goals.

 

The strategy for the ongoing growth in this division is to focus our efforts on discretionary portfolios. This will be achieved by continued personal referrals, selective recruitment of individuals and teams with existing client relationships and, in time, corporate acquisitions of Wealth Management businesses.

 

Corporate & INSTITUTIONAL Broking

WH Ireland specialises in providing corporate finance and broking services to smaller companies across a wide range of industry sectors and geographies. It is the fourth largest Nominated Adviser (NOMAD) for AIM quoted companies and currently represents 77 corporate companies. It has a highly experienced team drawn from a range of professional backgrounds and that provides strategic, technical and regulatory advice. Areas of specialism for this division include pre-IPO fundraising, IPOs and secondary issues, mergers and acquisitions, disposals, restructuring and tender offers. It has also established a track record for raising capital for private companies.

 

As an integrated Institutional Stock Broker, WH Ireland also provides award winning research, Institutional Sales and Investor Relations and market making.

 

The division’s focus remains upon providing market leading advice to all of our corporate and institutional clients and enhancing our retained client list.

 

In response to the inevitable regulatory change, the Corporate and Institutional Broking division has received many plaudits from our clients for their clear and concise interpretation of the research distribution rules under MiFID II. We have been alert to the opportunities that have presented themselves as a result of this change and this has led to an encouraging number of corporate client enquiries to understand how the division can benefit their reach in the market.

 

 

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (KPI’s)

 

1.    Ratio of adjusted operating loss before tax to total revenue

 

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

 

%

%

 

 

 

 

Ratio of adjusted operating loss before tax to revenue

 

(26.47)

(3.30)

 

2.    Funds under management and advice

 

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

Discretionary assets

 

1,175

1,081

Advisory assets

 

556

639

Execution only assets

 

777

844

Total

 

2,508

2,564

 

 

3.    Recurring income streams

 

 

12 months to 31 March

 2019

16 months to 31 March 2018

 

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

Value of recurring income

 

14.0

18.0

 

 

4.    Corporate Broking performance

 

 

12 months to 31 March

2019

16 months to 31 March 2018

 

 

 

 

Number of transactions

 

37

37

 

 

 

 

Money raised

 

£51m

£61m

 

 

 

 

Retained corporate clients

 

77

84

 

Dividend

The Board does not propose to pay a dividend in respect of the financial year (2018: £nil).

Statement of Financial Position and Capital Structure

Maintaining a strong and liquid statement of financial position remains a key objective for the Board, alongside its regulatory capital requirements. Total net assets were £8.8m (2018: £12.9m) and net current assets £6.9m (2018: £8.1m). Cash balances at year-end were £7.7m (2018: £7.3m).

 

 

Risks and Uncertainties

Risk appetite is established, reviewed and monitored by the Board.  The Group, through the operation of its Committee structure, considers all relevant risks and advises the Board as necessary.  The Group maintains a comprehensive risk register as part of its risk management framework encouraging a risk-based approach to the internal controls and management of the Group.  The Group operates an Internal Audit coordinated by the Finance department.  Internal Audit reports directly to the Audit Committee.

Liquidity and capital risk

As noted in the Chief Executive’s Report, the Group’s focus is on stabilising the business, managing its costs and returning it to profitability whilst increasing the proportion of recurring revenue including the building of its discretionary fee paying client base to better fit the regulatory environment in which it operates.

The Group has a predominantly fixed cost base which in recent years has been allowed to increase leading to the recorded losses. Action has been taken to achieve operational efficiencies and to aid the return to profitability.

To mitigate risk, the Board continues to focus on ensuring that the financial position remains robust and suitably liquid with sufficient regulatory capital being maintained over the minimum common equity tier 1 capital requirements. Regulatory capital and liquid assets are monitored on a daily basis.

Operational risk

Operational risk is the risk of loss to the Group resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people and systems, or from external events.

Business continuity risk is the risk that serious damage or disruption may be caused as a result of a breakdown or interruption, from either internal or external sources, of the business of the Group. This risk is mitigated in part by the number of branches across the UK and the Group having business continuity and disaster recovery arrangements including business interruption insurance.

The Group seeks to ensure that its risk management framework and control environment is continuously evolving which Compliance and Risk monitor on an ongoing basis.

Credit risk

The Board takes active steps to minimise credit losses including formal new business approval, and the close supervision of credit limits and exposures and the proactive management of any overdue accounts.  Additionally, risk assessments are performed on an ongoing basis on all deposit taking banks and custodians and our outsourced relationships.

Regulatory risk

The Company operates in a highly regulated environment both in the UK and in the Isle of Man. The Group has Internal Audit and Compliance and Risk functions resourced with appropriately qualified and experienced individuals. The Directors monitor changes and developments in the regulatory environment and ensure that sufficient resources are made available for the Group to implement any required changes. The impact of the regulatory environment on the Group’s management of its capital is discussed in note 25 of the financial statements.

 

By Order of the Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

P Tansey

Finance Director

31 July 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

Note

£’000

£’000

Revenue

3&5

23,680

36,416

Administrative expenses

6

(33,419)

(40,389)

Expected credit loss

6

(641)

(128)

Operating loss

 

(10,380)

(4,101)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss before exceptional item

 

(6,267)

(1,595)

Exceptional items

6

(4,113)

(2,506)

 

 

 

 

Operating loss after exceptional items

 

(10,380)

(4,101)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment

 

343

Realised gains

 

234

47

Finance income

8

13

21

Finance expense

8

(17)

(24)

Loss before tax

(10,150)

(3,714)

Tax

9

(1,176)

769

Loss and total comprehensive income for the year

 

(11,326)

(2,945)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

11

 

 

Basic

 

(35.44)p

(10.57)p

Diluted

 

(35.44)p

(10.57)p

 

 

 

 

The notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

There were no items of other comprehensive income for the current year or prior period.

 

Consolidated and Company statement of financial position

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

 

Restated

 

 

 

 

31 March

31 March

 

31 March

31 March

 

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

 

Note

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

13

258

 

Intangible assets

14

880

3,425

 

Investment in subsidiaries

15

 

16,501

9,550

Property, plant and equipment

12

1,162

1,274

 

2

Investments

16

229

245

 

Loan receivable

27

 

644

746

Subordinated loan

17

 

985

985

Deferred tax asset

18

1,197

 

81

 

 

2,271

6,399

 

18,130

11,364

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

19&33

5,698

7,198

 

2,461

2,358

Other investments

20

1,168

692

 

Cash and cash equivalents

21

7,702

7,277

 

3

 

 

14,568

15,167

 

2,464

2,358

Total assets

 

16,839

21,566

 

20,594

13,722

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

22&33

(6,468)

(5,603)

 

(95)

(194)

Borrowings

 

 

(5)

Finance leases

30

(282)

 

Deferred consideration

24

(1,194)

(1,179)

 

Provisions

23

(33)

 

 

 

(7,662)

(7,097)

 

(95)

(199)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruals and deferred income

 

(412)

(439)

 

Deferred consideration

24

(1,123)

 

Provisions

23

(35)

 

 

 

(412)

(1,597)

 

Total liabilities

 

(8,074)

(8,694)

 

(95)

(199)

Total net assets

 

8,765

12,872

 

20,499

13,523

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

2,044

1,493

 

2,044

1,493

Share premium

 

11,908

5,503

 

11,908

5,503

Other reserves

 

981

982

 

228

229

Retained earnings

 

(5,524)

5,640

 

6,319

6,298

Treasury shares

 

(644)

(746)

 

Total equity

 

8,765

12,872

 

20,499

13,523

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

The Company has elected to take the exemption under Section 408 of the Companies Act 2006 not to present the Company statement of comprehensive income.  The loss after tax of the Company for the year was £113k (2018: profit £735k).

 

These financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 30 July 2019 and were signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

 

P Tansey

Director

 

Consolidated and Company statement of cash flows

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

Group

 

 

Company

 

 

Restated

 

 

 

 

 

12 months to

31 March

16 months to

31 March

 

12 months to

31 March

16 months to

31 March

 

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

 

Notes

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) / profit for the year

 

(11,326)

(2,945)

 

(113)

735

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

12, 13, 14

3,295

785

 

2

 

8

Finance income

8

(13)

(21)

 

Finance expense

8

17

24

 

Tax

9

1,176

(766)

 

60

Gain on sale of property

 

(343)

 

Losses / (gains) in investments

 

(234)

(47)

 

Non-cash adjustment for share option charge

7

153

55

 

153

55

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables

19

1,253

11,397

 

(103)

2,422

Decrease/(increase) in loan receivables

 

 

102

(15)

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables

22

852

(13,996)

 

(98)

(1,742)

(Decrease) / increase in provisions

23

(68)

19

 

(Decrease) / increase in deferred consideration

24

108

 

Decrease / (increase) in current asset investments

20

(476)

(162)

 

Net cash (used in) / generated from operations

 

(5,263)

(6,000)

 

3

1,463

Taxes received / (paid)

 

247

(52)

 

Net cash (outflows) / inflows from operation activities

 

(5,016)

(6,052)

 

3

1,463

Investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sale of property

 

5,093

 

Proceeds from sale of investments

 

642

596

 

Interest received

8

13

21

 

Investment in subsidiary

15

 

(6,951)

(4,515)

Payment of deferred consideration

24

(1,216)

(1,216)

 

Increase in intangible fixed asset

14

(106)

 

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

12

(380)

(589)

 

Acquisition of investments

16

(275)

(752)

 

Net cash (used in) / generated from investing activities

 

(1,216)

3,047

 

(6,951)

(4,515)

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of share capital

 

6,956

4,066

 

6,956

4,066

Repayment of borrowings

 

(994)

 

(994)

Increase in deferred consideration

24

929

 

Capital element of finance leases repaid

30

(282)

(352)

 

Issue of subordinated loan

 

 

(25)

Interest paid

8

(17)

(24)

 

Dividends paid

 

 

 

Net cash generated from financing activities

 

6,657

3,625

 

6,956

3,047

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

425

620

 

8

(5)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

7,277

6,657

 

(5)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

 

7,702

7,277

 

3

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

Notes to the Statement of Cash Flows (Direct Method and Indirect Method)

 

Reconciliation of Group and Company liabilities arising from financing activities

 

 

As at

Cash flows

Non-cash

As at

 

1 April 2018

 

changes

31 March 2019

Group

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Long-term borrowings

Deferred consideration

2,302

(1,216)

108

1,194

Lease liabilities

282

(282)

 

2,584

(1,498)

108

1,194

 

 

 

 

 

There are no Company liabilities arising from financing activities.

 

The notes on pages 38 to 76 are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

Consolidated and Company changes in equity

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

 

 

Share

 

Share

Available

for-sale

 

Other

 

Retained

 

Treasury

 

Total

 

capital

premium

reserve

Reserves

earnings

Shares

equity

Group

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Balance at 1 December 2016

1,309

1,621

7

982

8,524

(731)

11,712

Loss and total comprehensive income for the period

(2,945)

(2,945)

Employee share option scheme

Deferred tax on employee share options

(36)

(36)

New share capital issued

184

3,882

(15)

4,051

Other movements

90

90

Share options exercised

Dividends

Balance at 31 March 2018

1,493

5,503

7

982

5,633

(746)

12,872

Profit and total comprehensive income for the year

 

(11,326)

(11,326)

Employee share option scheme

153

153

Deferred tax on employee share options

(21)

(21)

New share capital issued

551

6,405

6,956

Transfer of available-for-sale reserves transferred to retained earnings

(7)

7

Other movements

(1)

30

102

131

Share options exercised

Dividends

Balance at 31 March 2019

2,044

11,908

981

(5,524)

(644)

8,765

 

The notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

Retained earnings include £10k ESOT reserve.

 

At 31 March 2019 the total number of issued ordinary shares is 42,871,276 million shares of 5p each (2018: 29.9 million shares of 5p each).  13,000,000 shares were issued during the period (2018: 3,684,943). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Share

Other

Retained

Treasury

Total

 

 

capital

premium

Reserves

earnings

Shares

equity

 

Company

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

 

Balance at 1 December 2016

1,309

1,621

229

5,508

8,667

 

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period

735

735

 

Employee share option scheme

 

Deferred tax on employee share options

(36)

(36)

 

New share capital issued

184

3,882

4,066

 

Other movements

91

91

 

Share options exercised

 

Dividends

 

Balance at 31 March 2018

1,493

5,503

229

6,298

13,523

 

Profit and total comprehensive income for the year

 

(113)

(113)

 

Employee share option scheme

153

153

 

Deferred tax on employee share options

(21)

(21)

 

New share capital issued

551

6,405

6,956

 

Other movements

(1)

2

1

 

Share options exercised

 

Dividends

 

Balance at 31 March 2019

2,044

11,908

228

6,319

20,499

 

                       

 

The notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

The nature and purpose of each reserve, whether Consolidated or Company only, is summarised below:

 

Share premium

The share premium is the amount raised on the issue of shares that is in excess of the nominal value of those shares and is recorded less any direct costs of issue.

 

Other reserves

Other reserves comprise a (consolidated) merger reserve of £753k (2018: £753k) and a (consolidated) capital redemption reserve of £228k (2018: £229k).

 

Retained earnings

Retained earnings reflect accumulated income, expenses, gains and losses, recognised in the statement of comprehensive income and the statement of recognised income and expense and is net of dividends paid to shareholders.  It includes £10k of ESOT reserve.

 

Treasury shares

Purchases of the Company’s own shares in the market are presented as a deduction from equity, at the amount paid, including transaction costs.  That is, shares are shown as a separate class of shareholders’ equity with a debit balance.

 

Notes to the financial statements

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

1.   GENERAL INFORMATION

WH Ireland Group plc is a public company incorporated in the United Kingdom. The shares of the Company are traded on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), a market operated by the London Stock Exchange Group plc. The address of its registered office is 24 Martin Lane, London, EC4R 0DR.

 

BASIS OF PREPARATION

The principal accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the consolidated financial statements are set out in note 3. The policies have been consistently applied to all the years presented, unless otherwise stated. The group has identified that the adoption of IFRS 9 & 15 has not materially impacted these consolidated financial statements.

 

The consolidated financial statements are presented in GBP, which is also the Group’s functional currency. Amounts are rounded to the nearest thousand, unless otherwise stated. These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, International Accounting Standards and Interpretations (collectively IFRSs).

 

 

2.   ADOPTION OF NEW AND REVISED STANDARDS

 

New standards, amendments and interpretations adopted

There are a number of standards and interpretations which have been issued by the International Accounting Standards Board that are effective in future accounting periods that the Group has decided not to adopt early. The most significant of these are:

 

This is the first set of the Group’s annual financial statements in which IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers have been applied, the impact of which is described below.

 

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

The Group has identified that the adoption of IFRS 9, which replaces IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement from 1 April 2018, has not materially impacted its consolidated financial statements.

 

Transitions

The standard has been adopted from 1 April 2018 and applied retrospectively by adjusting where necessary, the statement of financial position at the date of initial application, with no requirement to restate comparative periods.

 

Classification and measurement of financial assets

The Group’s financial assets consist of trading assets from its Corporate and Institutional Broking division are currently measured at fair value through profit and loss either held for trading or designated at fair value. This treatment will therefore not change under IFRS 9. However, at year end the Group held £1,168k in current asset investments and £229k of investments as available-for-sale and other investments, which will be classified as being at fair value through profit or loss under IFRS 9. This will mean that all changes in the fair value up to the point of disposal will be recorded in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income.

 

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

 

As at 1 April 2018

Old classification under IAS39

New classification under IFRS 9

Old carrying amount under IAS 39

New carrying amount under IFRS 9

Financial assets

 

 

£’000

£’000

Cash and cash equivalents

Amortised cost

Amortised cost

7,277

7,277

Trading assets – listed holdings

Held for trading

Fair value through profit or loss

692

692

Trade receivables

Amortised cost

Amortised cost

2,850

2,850

Financial investments

Designated at fair value

Fair value through profit or loss

197

197

Financial investments

Available-for-sale

Fair value through profit or loss

48

48

Other assets

Amortised cost

Amortised cost

3,077

3,077

Total financial assets

 

 

14,141

14,141

 

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade payables

Amortised cost

Amortised cost

1,474

1,474

Other liabilities

Amortised cost

Amortised cost

4,129

4,129

Total financial liabilities

 

 

5,603

5,603

 

 

 

 

 

           

Impairment

The Group applies an expected credit loss model when calculating impairment losses on its trade and other receivables (both current and non-current). In applying IFRS 9 the Group must consider the probability of a default occurring over the contractual life of its trade receivables and contract asset balances on initial recognition of those assets. The Group does not consider that this will result in a material increase in impairment provisions.

 

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

This standard has been adopted on its mandatorily effective date of 1 April 2018 and applied on a retrospective basis. There was no impact of applying the standard on this basis and therefore no cumulative effect to adjust in the opening balance of retained earnings. The Group will continue to assess individual customer contracts for separate performance obligations to allocate the correct transaction price as they occur. The impact of the new revenue standard has not had a significant effect on the consolidated results.

 

For additional information on the Group’s accounting policies relating to revenue recognition see further down in note 3.

 

IFRS 16 Leases

Adoption of IFRS 16 will result in the group recognising right of use assets and lease liabilities for all contracts that are, or contain, a lease. For leases currently classified as operating leases, under current accounting requirements the Group does not recognise related assets or liabilities, and instead spreads the lease payments on a straight-line basis over the lease term, disclosing in its annual financial statements the total commitment.

 

At 31 March 2019 operating lease commitments amounted to £4.2 million (2018: £3.9 million) [see note 30].

 

Transition:

The standard will be adopted from 1 April 2019 using the modified retrospective approach. This recognises the cumulative effect of initially applying the standard as an adjustment to equity at the date of the initial application.

 

The Group anticipates recording a right of use asset of £3.5m and corresponding lease liability of approximately £3.5m, with the right of use asset to be depreciated over the life of the lease and the lease liability subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate per IFRS 9.

 

The actual impacts of adopting the standard on 1 April 2019 may change because the new accounting policies are subject to change until the Group presents its next interim financial statements that include the date of initial application.

 

Disclosure Initiative: Amendments to IAS 7: Statement of Cash Flows: The amendments to IAS 7 are intended to improve information provided to users of financial statement about changes in liabilities arising from an entity’s financing activities. These amendment have not yet been endorsed.

 

Classification and Measurement of Share-based Payment Transactions (Amendments to IFRS 2): The amendments, provide clarification on the accounting for:

 

·      The effects of vesting and non-vesting conditions on the measurement of cash-settled share-based payments;

·      Share-based payment transactions with a net settlement feature for withholding tax obligations;

·      A modification to the terms and conditions of a share-based payment that changes the classification of the transaction from cash-settled to equity-settled.

 

These amendments have not yet been endorsed.

 

The Group did not apply early adoption to any of these changes and, due to the number of unknowns because of the length of time before potential compulsory adoption, has not yet ascertained their impact.

 

3.   SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

       Basis of consolidation

Where the company has control over an investee, it is classified as a subsidiary. The company controls an investee if all three of the following elements are present: power over the investee, exposure to variable returns from the investee and the ability of the investor to use its power to affect those variable returns. Control is reassessed whenever facts and circumstances indicate that there may be a change in any of these elements of control.

The consolidated financial statements present the results of the company and its subsidiaries (“the Group”) as if they formed a single entity. Intercompany transactions and balances between group companies are therefore eliminated in full. The consolidated financial statements incorporate the results of business combinations using the acquisition method. In the statement of financial position, the acquiree’s identifiable assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities are initially recognised at their fair values at the acquisition date. The results of acquired operations are included in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income from the date on which control is obtained until the date on which control ceased.

In the Company’s accounts, investments in subsidiary undertakings and associates are stated at cost less any provision for impairment.

Business combinations

All business combinations are accounted for by applying the purchase method. The purchase method involves recognition, at fair value, of all identifiable assets and liabilities, including contingent liabilities, of the subsidiary at the acquisition date, regardless of whether or not they were recorded in the financial statements of the subsidiary prior to acquisition. The cost of business combinations is measured based on the fair value of the equity or debt instruments issued and cash or other consideration paid, plus any directly attributable costs. Any directly attributable costs relating to business combinations after this date are charged to the statement of comprehensive income in the period in which they are incurred.

Goodwill arising on a business combination represents the excess of cost over the fair value of the Group’s share of the identifiable net assets acquired and is stated at cost less any accumulated impairment losses. Goodwill is tested annually for impairment. Any impairment is recognised immediately in the statement of comprehensive income and is not subsequently reversed. On disposal of a subsidiary the attributable amount of goodwill that has not been subject to impairment is included in the determination of the profit or loss on disposal.

Revenue

Revenue is recognised to the extent that it is probable that the economic benefits associated with the transaction will flow into the Group. It is measured based on the consideration specified in a contract with a customer. The application of IFRS 15 Revenue from contracts with customers has not resulted in any significant changes to the way the following revenue streams have been recognised.

Revenue comprises: brokerage commission, investment management fees, corporate finance fees, commission and fees earned from the provision of independent financial advice, interest receivable in the course of ordinary investment management business and rental income and is stated net of VAT and foreign sales tax.

·      Brokerage commission is recognised when receivable in accordance with the date of the underlying transaction. It is variable fee based on a percentage of the transaction and therefore performance obligation is satisfied at the date of the underlying transaction to which the brokerage relates.

·      Investment management fees are recognised in the period in which the related service is provided. It is a variable fee based on the average daily market value of assets under management and is invoiced on a calendar quarter basis in arrears. The performance obligation is satisfied over time as the contractual obligations are on ongoing throughout the period under contract. The revenue accrued but not yet invoiced is recognised as a contract asset.

·      Corporate finance advisory fees are fixed fees agreed on a deal by deal basis and might include non-cash consideration received in the form of shares, loan notes, warrants or other financial instruments recognised at the fair value on the date of receipt and therefore the performance obligation is satisfied at a point in time when the Group has fully completed the performance obligations per the contract.

·      Retainer fees are recognised over the length of time of the agreement. Fees are fixed and invoiced quarterly in advance based on the agreed engagement letter. The performance obligation is satisfied over time as the contractual obligations are on ongoing throughout the period under contract. The deferred revenue is recognised as a contract liability.

·      Corporate placing commissions are variable fees agreed on a deal by deal basis based on a percentage of the funds raised as part of a transaction. This includes non-cash consideration received in the form of shares, loan notes, warrants or other financial instruments recognised at the fair value on the date of receipt. Given that fees related to this work are success based, there is a significant risk of reversal of the variable revenue and therefore the performance obligation is satisfied at a point in time when the transaction is completed.

Employee benefits

The Group contributes to employees’ individual money purchase personal pension schemes. The assets of the schemes are held separately from those of the Group in independently administered funds. The amount charged to the statement of comprehensive income represents the contributions payable to the schemes in respect of the period to which they relate.

 

Short term employee benefits are those that fall due for payment within twelve months of the end of the period in which employees render the related service. The cost of short term benefits is not discounted and is recognised in the period in which the related service is rendered. Short term employee benefits include cash-based incentive schemes and annual bonuses.

 

Share-based payments

The share option programmes allows Group employees to receive remuneration in the form of equity-settled share-based payments granted by the Company.

 

The cost of equity-settled transactions with employees is measured by reference to the fair value at the date at which they are granted. The fair value of the options granted is measured using an option valuation model. The cost of equity-settled transactions is recognised, together with a corresponding increase in equity, over the period in which the performance or service conditions are fulfilled (the vesting period), ending on the date on which the relevant employees become fully entitled to the award (the vesting date). The cumulative expense recognised for equity settled transactions, at each reporting date until the vesting date, reflects the extent to which the vesting period has expired and the Group’s best estimate of the number of equity instruments that will ultimately vest. The statement of comprehensive income charge or credit for a period represents the movement in cumulative expense recognised at the beginning and end of that period.

 

Where the terms of an equity-settled award are modified, an incremental value is calculated as the difference between the fair value of the repriced option and the fair value of the original option at the date of re-pricing. This incremental value is then recognised as an expense over the remaining vesting period in addition to the amount recognised in respect of the original option grant.

 

Where an equity-settled award is cancelled or settled (that is, cancelled with some form of compensation) it is treated as if it had vested on the date of cancellation and any expense not yet recognised for the award is recognised immediately. However, if a new award is substituted for the cancelled award and is designated as a replacement award on the date that it is granted, the cancelled and new awards are treated as if they were a modification of the original award, as described in the previous paragraph. Any compensation paid up to the fair value of the award is accounted for as a deduction from equity. Where an award is cancelled by forfeiture, when the vesting conditions are not satisfied, any costs already recognised are reversed (subject to exceptions for market conditions).

 

In all instances, the charge/credit is taken to the statement of comprehensive income of the Group or Company by which the individual concerned is employed.

 

Employee Benefit Trust (EBT)

The cost of purchasing own shares held by the EBT are shown as a deduction against equity. The proceeds from the sale of own shares held increase equity. Neither the purchase nor sale of own shares leads to a gain or loss being recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income.

 

Employee Share Ownership Trust (ESOT)

The Company has established an ESOT. The assets and liabilities of this trust comprise shares in the Company and loan balances due to the Company. The Group includes the ESOT within these consolidated Financial Statements and therefore recognises a Treasury shares reserve in respect of the amounts loaned to the ESOT and used to purchase shares in the Company. Any cash received by the ESOT on disposal of the shares it holds, will be used to repay the loan to the Company.

 

Treasury shares

The costs of purchasing Treasury shares are shown as a deduction against equity. The proceeds from the sale of own shares held increase equity. Neither the purchase nor sale of own shares leads to a gain or loss being recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income.

 

Income taxes

Income tax on the profit or loss for the periods presented, comprising current tax and deferred tax, is recognised in the statement of comprehensive income except to the extent that it relates to items recognised directly in equity, in which case it is recognised in equity.

 

Current tax is the expected tax payable on the taxable income for the year, using rates enacted or substantively enacted at the reporting period end date and any adjustment to tax payable in respect of previous years.

•      Deferred tax is provided for temporary differences, at the reporting period end date, between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their carrying amounts for financial reporting purposes. The following temporary differences are not provided for;

·      goodwill which is not deductible for tax purposes;

·      the initial recognition of assets or liabilities that affect neither accounting nor taxable profit; and

·      temporary differences relating to investments in subsidiaries to the extent that they will probably not reverse in the foreseeable future.

The amount of deferred tax provided is based on the expected manner of realisation or settlement of the carrying amount of assets and liabilities, using tax rates enacted or substantively enacted at the reporting period end date (note 18).

 

A deferred tax asset is recognised for all deductible temporary differences and unused tax losses only to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profits will be available against which the assets can be utilised. Deferred tax assets are reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that the related tax benefit will be realised.

 

Prior period adjustments

Where material errors in the financial statements are detected resulting adjustments are made and explanations provided in relevant disclosure notes. If such errors are in a prior period and it is determined that they are material then adjustments are made and restatements made to the prior years within the current financial report in accordance with International Accounting Standard IAS8 ‘Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors’. See note 33.

 

Leases

Where assets are financed by leasing agreements that give rights approximating to ownership (finance leases), the assets are treated as if they had been purchased outright. The amount capitalised is the present value of the minimum lease payments payable over the term of the lease. The corresponding leasing commitments are shown as amounts payable to the lessor. Depreciation on the relevant assets is charged to the statement of comprehensive income over the shorter of estimated useful economic life and the period of the lease.

 

Lease payments are analysed between principal and interest components so that the interest element of the payment is charged to the statement of comprehensive income over the period of the lease and is calculated so that it represents a constant proportion of the balance of the principal payments outstanding. The principal part reduces the amounts payable to the lessor. Rentals paid under leases which do not result in the transfer to the Company of substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership (operating leases) are charged against income on a straight line basis over the lease term.

 

Freehold land and buildings

Freehold land and buildings are carried at the lower of cost or periodic valuation by a professionally qualified surveyor. Freehold land is not depreciated.

 

Plant and equipment

Plant and equipment is stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and impairment. Depreciation is calculated, using the straight line method, to write down the cost or revalued amount of plant and equipment over the assets’ expected useful lives, to their residual values, as follows:

 

Computers, fixtures and fittings                                        –                             4 to 7 years

 

Intangible assets

Measurement

Intangible assets with finite useful lives that are acquired separately are measured, on initial recognition at cost. Following initial recognition, they are carried at cost less accumulated amortisation and any accumulated impairment. The cost of intangible assets acquired in a business combination is their fair value at the date of acquisition.

 

Intangible assets other than goodwill are amortised over the expected pattern of their consumption of future economic benefits, to write down the cost of the intangible assets to their residual values as follows:

 

Client relationships                                                              –                              10 years

 

The amortisation period and method for an intangible asset are reviewed at least at each financial year end. Changes in the expected useful life or the expected pattern of consumption of future economic benefits embodied in the asset or its residual value are accounted for by changing the amortisation period or method and treated as changes in accounting. It was determined following the annual review that an appropriate period to amortise was 10 years (previously 20). See note 13.

 

Impairment

The carrying amounts of the Group’s intangible assets are reviewed when there is an indicator of impairment and the asset’s recoverable amount is estimated.

 

The recoverable amount is the higher of the asset’s fair value less costs to sell (or net selling price) and its value-in-use. Value-in- use is the discounted present value of estimated future cash inflows expected to arise from the continuing use of the asset and from its disposal at the end of its useful life. Where the recoverable amount of an individual asset cannot be identified, it is calculated for the smallest cash-generating unit (CGU) to which the asset belongs. A CGU is the smallest identifiable group of assets that generates cash inflows independently.

 

Intangible assets

 

When the carrying amount of an asset (or CGU) exceeds its recoverable amount, the asset (or CGU) is considered to be impaired and is written down to its recoverable amount. An impairment loss is immediately recognised as an expense. Any subsequent reversal of impairment credited to the statement of comprehensive income shall not cause the carrying amount of the intangible asset to exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined had no impairment been recognised.

 

Financial instruments

Financial assets and financial liabilities are recognised in the Group’s balance sheet when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument.

 

Financial assets and liabilities

Investments are recognised and derecognised on the trade date where the purchase or sale of an investment is under a contract whose terms require delivery of the investment within the timeframe established by the market concerned, and are initially measured at fair value, plus transaction costs, except for those financial assets classified as at fair value through profit or loss, which are initially measured at fair value.

 

Assets and liabilities are presented net where there is a legal right to off-set and an intention to settle in that way.

 

Policy applicable from 1 April 2018 under IFRS 9:

 

The three principal classification categories for financial assets are: measured at amortised cost, fair value through other comprehensive income (FVOCI) and fair value through profit or loss (FVTPL). The classification of financial assets under IFRS 9 is generally based on the business model in which a financial asset is managed and its contractual cash flow characteristics.

 

Financial assets are not reclassified subsequent to their initial recognition unless the Group changes its business model for managing financial assets, in which case all affected financial assets are reclassified on the first day of the first reporting period following the change in the business model.

 

A financial asset is measured at amortised cost if it meets both of the following conditions and is not designated as at FVTPL:

–       it is held within a business model whose objective is to hold assets to collect contractual cash flows; and

–       its contractual terms give rise on specified dates to cash flows that are solely payments of principal and interest on the principal amount outstanding.

 

On initial recognition of an equity investment that is not held for trading, the Group may irrevocably elect to present subsequent changes in the investment’s fair value in OCI. This election is made on an investment-by-investment basis.

 

All financial assets not classified as measured at amortised cost or FVOCI as described above are measured at FVTPL. This includes all derivative financial assets. On initial recognition, the Group may irrevocably designate a financial asset that otherwise meets the requirements to be measured at amortised cost or at FVOCI as at FVTPL if doing so eliminates or significantly reduces an accounting mismatch that would otherwise arise.

 

Assets held at FVTPL are subsequently measured at fair value. Net gains and losses, including any interest or dividend income, are recognised in profit or loss.

 

Financial assets at amortised cost are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method. The amortised cost is reduced by impairment losses. Interest income, foreign exchange gains and losses and impairment are recognised in profit or loss. Any gain or loss on derecognition is recognised in profit or loss.

 

Financial instruments

 

Debt investments at FVOCI are subsequently measured at fair value. Interest income calculated using the effective interest method, foreign exchange gains and losses and impairment are recognised in profit or loss. Other net gains and losses are recognised in OCI. On derecognition, gains and losses accumulated in OCI are reclassified to profit or loss.

 

Equity investments at OCI are subsequently measured at fair value. Dividends are recognised as income in profit or loss unless the dividend clearly represents a recovery of part of the cost of the investment. Other net gains and losses are recognised in OCI and are never reclassified to profit or loss.

 

Policy applicable before 1 April 2018 under IAS 39:

 

Financial assets

Initial recognition

The classification of financial assets at initial recognition depends upon the purpose for which they are acquired and their characteristics. Financial assets are measured initially at their fair value. Financial assets not at fair value through profit or loss include any directly attributable incremental costs of acquisition or issue.

Financial assets classified as available-for-sale

Available-for-sale financial assets are financial assets designated as such on initial recognition or those that do not qualify to be classified in another category. They include equity investments, other than those in subsidiary undertakings and may be in quoted or unquoted entities.

After initial measurement, available-for-sale financial assets are subsequently measured at fair value. In the case of listed investments, the fair value represents the quoted bid price of the investment at the reporting period end date. The fair value of unlisted investments is estimated by reference to similar recent arm’s length transactions.

Unrealised gains and losses are recognised directly in equity in the available-for-sale reserve. When an available-for-sale financial asset is disposed of, the cumulative gain or loss previously recognised in equity is recognised in the statement of comprehensive income in profit on disposal of available-for-sale investments. Losses arising from impairment are recognised in the statement of comprehensive income. Any profit or loss on sale is credited or charged to the statement of comprehensive income.

 

Other investments

Other investments comprise financial assets designated as fair value through profit or loss and include warrants and quoted investments obtained as a result of a corporate finance transaction. Warrants are valued by taking the mean of the results from three different methods; Black Scholes with short-term volatility, Black Scholes with longer-term volatility and an Empirical model.

 

Short-term principal positions taken on behalf of clients, are recognised and derecognised on trade date. Other investments are measured at fair value which is determined directly by reference to published prices in an active market where available. Gains or losses arising from changes in fair value or disposal of other investments are recognised through the statement of comprehensive income.

 

Quoted investments are valued at the quoted bid price at the reporting period end date. Changes in the value of these other investments are recognised directly in the statement of comprehensive income.

 

Impairment of financial assets

The Group assesses, at each reporting period end date, whether there is objective evidence that a financial asset or a group of financial assets is impaired. In the case of financial assets classified as available-for-sale, a significant or prolonged decline in the fair value of the asset is considered in determining whether the assets are impaired. If any such evidence exists for available-for-sale financial assets, the cumulative loss, less any impairment loss previously recognised is removed from equity and recognised in the statement of comprehensive income.

 

Financial instruments

 

If, in a subsequent period, the fair value of an asset classified as available-for-sale increases, the loss may not be reversed through the statement of comprehensive income. Any increase after an impairment loss has been recognised is treated as a revaluation and is recognised directly in equity.

 

Loan receivables

Loan receivables are initially recognised at fair value. Subsequent to initial recognition, loan notes are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method.

 

Trade receivables

Trade receivables are measured on initial recognition at fair value. Appropriate allowances for estimated irrecoverable amounts are recognised in the statement of comprehensive income when there is objective evidence that the asset is impaired.

 

Cash and cash equivalents

For the purpose of the cash flow statement, cash and cash equivalents comprise cash and bank balances and short-term highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less.

 

Financial liabilities

Bank loans and loan notes are initially recognised as financial liabilities at the fair value of the consideration received. Subsequent to initial recognition, bank loans and loan notes are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method.

 

Trade payables

Trade payables principally comprise amounts outstanding for trade purchases and ongoing costs. The Directors consider that the carrying amount of trade payables approximates to their fair value.

 

Provisions

A provision is recognised when a present legal or constructive obligation has arisen as a result of a past event and it is probable that an outflow of economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation and a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation.

 

Deferred consideration

Deferred consideration is recognised at the discounted present value of amounts payable. Subsequent to initial recognition, it is rebased over the period in which the consideration is payable, with the unwinding of the discount being taken to the statement of comprehensive income.

 

4.   CRITICAL ACCOUNTING JUDGEMENTS AND KEY SOURCES OF ESTIMATION AND UNCERTAINTY

 

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with IFRS requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

There are no significant accounting judgements relevant to the application of these policies.

 

Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including reasonable expectations of future events. The estimates and judgements that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year are discussed below:

 

Amortisation and impairment of non-financial assets

As noted above, the Group estimates the useful economic lives of intangible assets, in order to calculate the appropriate amortisation charge. This is done by the Directors using their knowledge of the markets and business conditions that generated the asset, together with their judgement of how these will change in the foreseeable future.

 

Where an indicator of impairment exists, value in use calculations are performed to determine the appropriate carrying value of the asset. The value in use calculation requires the Directors to estimate the future cash flows expected to arise for the CGU and a suitable discount rate in order to calculate present value. Where the actual future cash flows are less than expected, a material impairment loss may arise (see note 13 and 14).

 

Investments in subsidiaries

Where an indicator of impairment exists, management assess the carrying value of the asset by determining the fair value by independent assessment of the carrying value of the business units and by comparative analysis against other similar businesses in the peer group.

 

5.   SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

The Group has two principal operating segments, Wealth Management (WM) and CIB and a number of minor operating segments that have been aggregated into one operating segment.

 

The Wealth Management division offers investment management advice and services to individuals and contains our Wealth Planning business, giving advice on and acting as intermediary for a range of financial products. The Corporate Broking division provides corporate finance and corporate broking advice and services to companies and acts as Nominated Adviser (Nomad) to clients listed on the Alternative Investment Market (‘AIM’) and contains our Institutional Sales and Research business, which carries out stockbroking activities on behalf of companies as well as conducting research into markets of interest to its clients.

 

All divisions are located in the UK or the Isle of Man. Each reportable segment has a segment manager who is directly accountable to, and maintains regular contact with, the Chief Executive Officer.

 

No customer represents more than ten percent of the Group’s revenue.

 

The majority of the Group’s revenue originates within the UK with a non-material element originating overseas in the Isle of Man which has been included in “Other Group companies”.

 

The following tables represent revenue and cost information for the Group’s business segments:

 

 

WM

CIB

Head office

Other Group companies*

Group

Year to 31 March 2019

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Revenue

14,988

7,639

1,052

23,679

Direct costs

(16,594)

(7,457)

(146)

(1,459)

(25,656)

Contribution

(1,606)

182

(146)

(407)

(1,977)

Indirect costs

(7,200)

(258)

(7,458)

Segment result

(1,606)

182

(7,346)

(665)

(9,435)

Executive board costs

71

71

(1,087)

(945)

Investment gains

234

234

Finance income

12

1

13

Finance expense

(17)

(17)

(Loss)/ profit before tax

(1,535)

487

(8,438)

(664)

(10,150)

Tax

(1,176)

(1,176)

(Loss)/ profit for the year

(1,535)

487

(9,614)

(664)

(11,326)

 

* Other Group companies include WH Ireland (IOM) Limited, WH Ireland Plc and Stockholm Investments Ltd.

 

 

 

WM

CIB

Head office

Other Group companies*

Group

16 months to 31 March 2018

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Revenue

23,529

11,779

1,108

36,416

Direct costs

(19,650)

(8,554)

(370)

(675)

(29,249)

Contribution

3,879

3,225

(370)

433

7,167

Indirect costs

(11,268)

(11,268)

Segment result

3,879

3,225

(11,638)

433

(4,101)

Executive board costs

328

328

(656)

Investment gains

47

343

390

Finance income

2

19

21

Finance expense

(23)

(1)

(24)

(Loss)/ profit before tax

4,207

3,600

(12,315)

794

(3,714)

Tax

939

(170)

769

(Loss)/ profit for the period

4,207

3,600

(11,376)

624

(2,945)

 

*Other Group companies include WH Ireland (IOM) Limited, WH Ireland Plc and Stockholm Investments Ltd.

 

Segment assets and segment liabilities are reviewed by the Chief Executive Officer in a consolidated statement of financial position. Accordingly this information is replicated in the Group Consolidated statement of financial position on page 32. As no measure of assets or liabilities for individual segments is reviewed regularly by the Chief Executive Officer, no disclosure of total assets or liabilities has been made.

 

The accounting policies of the operating segments are the same as those described in the summary of significant accounting policies.

 

The impact of applying IFRS 15 on the Group’s revenue from contracts with customers is described is note 3.

 

Revenue disaggregated by division and timing of recognition below:

 

Year ended 31 March 2019

WM

CIB

Head Office

Other Group Companies

Group

Point in time

5,675

4,340

131

10,146

Over time

9,313

3,299

921

13,533

Total

14,988

7,639

1,052

23,679

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 months to 31 March 2018

WM

CIB

Head Office

Other Group Companies

Group

Point in time

10,916

7,904

110

18,930

Over time

12,613

3,875

998

17,486

Total

23,529

11,779

1,108

36,416

 

6.    OPERATING (LOSS)/PROFIT

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Group

£’000

£’000

Operating (loss)/profit is stated after charging/(crediting):

 

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

492

218

Amortisation of intangibles

197

 263

Operating lease rentals – property (note 11)

543

851

Impairment of intangibles and goodwill (note 12 & 13)*

2,606

     –

Employee benefit expense (note 7)

18,022

23,741

Restructuring and one-off legal and regulatory costs*

1,507

2,506

Other administrative expenses

9,941

12,670

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auditors’ remuneration:

 

 

Audit of these financial statements

25

25

Amounts payable to the principal auditors and their associates in respect of:

 

 

– audit of financial statements of subsidiaries pursuant to legislation

54

70

– audit related assurance services

32

45

 

33,419

40,389

Expected credit loss

641

128

Total

34,060

40,517

 

Other administrative expenses are incurred in the ordinary course of the business and do not include any non-recurring items.

 

* Exceptional items totalling £4,113,000 (2018: 2,506,000) is shown below:

 

 

Year to

31 March 2019

16 months to

31 March 2018

 

£’000

£’000

  Project Discovery *

442

1,527

  Restructuring **

835

718

  Compliance & regulatory projects***

230

  MiFID II****

261

  Goodwill and intangible assets*****

2,606

Total

4,113

2,506

 

Notes:

 

*As announced on 2 June 2016, the Group entered into a seven year agreement with SEI Investments (Europe) Ltd, to outsource its Private Wealth Management back office operations and move to a “Model B” arrangement. On account of a number of unforeseen obstacles, significant cost has been incurred in both internal and external resources dedicated to this project (“Project Discovery”) as the project moves to conclude the transfer of clients and assets from the prior legacy platforms over to SEI.

**During the period ended 31 March 2018 and 2019 there were a number of changes within the senior management team and several external hires were made. The costs of these changes, in respect of both short term consultancy costs and fixed employment related costs, are considered by the Board to be non-trading and exceptional in nature.

*** During the year ending 31 March 2019, the Group incurred various costs in relation to one off regulatory reports.

****During the period to 31 March 2018 the Group incurred various costs in preparation for compliance with MiFID II.

*****See notes 13 &14

 

7.   EMPLOYEE BENEFIT EXPENSE

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Group

£’000

£’000

Wages and salaries

11,938

13,961

Bonuses

2,663

4,161

Social security costs

1,908

2,520

Other pension costs

506

552

 

17,015

21,194

Non-salaried staff

1,728

2,492

 

18,743

23,686

Charge for share options granted to employees (note 29)*

214

55

Less amounts included within Restructuring and non-recurring costs

(835)

 

18,122

23,741

 

*Approximately £60k of charges in the current year relate to the prior period.

 

Non-salaried staff are commission-only brokers and therefore do not receive a salary.

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Company

£’000

£’000

Wages and salaries

138

195

Social security costs

15

      21

 

153

216

 

 

The average number of persons (including Directors) employed during the year was:

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

Group

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Executive and senior management

7

12

Corporate Broking

33

28

Wealth Management

72

      76

Support staff

62

74

Salaried staff

174

190

Non-salaried staff

10

11

 

184

201

 

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

Company

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Executive and senior management

4

5

 

4

5

 

The total amount paid to Directors in the period, including social security costs was £1.2m (2018: £1.0m). Full details of Directors’ remuneration, including that of the highest paid Director, are disclosed in the Remuneration Report on pages 22-24 of these financial statements.

 

8.   FINANCE INCOME AND EXPENSE

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Group

£’000

£’000

Bank interest receivable

13

21

Finance income

13

21

 

 

 

Interest payable on finance leases

17

22

Other interest

2

Finance expense

17

24

 

 

 

9.   TAX EXPENSE

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Group

£’000

£’000

Current tax expense:

 

 

United Kingdom corporation tax at 19.00% (2018: 19.25%)

Adjustment in respect of prior years

Total current tax

 

 

 

Deferred tax expense (note 18):

 

 

Current year

1,304

(27)

Effect of change in tax rate

(137)

3

Adjustments in respect of prior years

9

Total deferred tax

1,176

(24)

Total tax in the statement of comprehensive income

1,176

(24)

 

 

 

Equity items:

 

 

Deferred tax current year charge/ (credit)

21

36

Total tax in the statement of equity

21

36

 

 

The tax expense for the year and the amount calculated by applying the standard United Kingdom corporation tax rate of 19.00% (2018: 19.25%) to profit before tax can be reconciled as follows:

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Group

£’000

£’000

Loss before tax

(10,150)

(2,946)

Tax expense: United Kingdom corporation tax rate of 19.00% (2018: 19.25%)

(1,929)

(567)

Other expenses not tax deductible

105

97

Income not chargeable to tax

(45)

(324)

Impact of share options

67

26

Movement in unrecognised deferred tax

3,130

Adjustments in respect of prior years

9

(73)

Difference in overseas tax rates

(24)

(20)

Effect of other tax rates/credits

(137)

92

Total tax charge/(credit) in the statement of comprehensive income

1,176

(769)

 

 

10.  DIVIDEND

 

No dividend is proposed in respect of 2019 (2018: none).

 

11.  EARNINGS PER SHARE (EPS)

 

Basic EPS is calculated by dividing the profit or loss attributable to equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year, excluding ordinary shares purchased by the Company and held as treasury shares (note 27).

 

Diluted EPS is the basic EPS, adjusted for the effect of the conversion into fully paid shares of the weighted average number of all employee share options outstanding during the year. In a year when the Company presents positive earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders, anti-dilutive options represent options issued where the exercise price is greater than the average market price for the period.

 

Reconciliations of the earnings and weighted average number of shares used in the calculations are set out below:

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue during the period (thousands)

31,955

27,874

 

 

 

 

31,955

27,874

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the year attributable to ordinary shareholders (£’000)

(11,326)

(2,945)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic EPS

(35.44)p

(10.57)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted EPS

(35.44)p

(10.57)p

 

Share options are anti-dilutive as they reduce the stated loss per share.

 

12.  PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

 

 

Company

 

Group

 

 

Computers, fixtures

 

Freehold property

Computers, fixtures

Total

 

and fittings

 

 

and fittings

 

 

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

£’000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 November 2016

33

 

6,394

4,341

10,735

Additions

 

589

589

Disposals

 

(6,394)

(6,394)

At 31 March 2018

33

 

4,930

4,930

Additions

 

380

380

Disposals

 

At 31 March 2019

33

 

5,310

5,310

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and impairment

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 November 2016

23

 

1,644

3,134

4,778

Charge for the year

8

 

522

522

Adjustment on disposal

 

(1,644)

(1,644)

At 31 March 2018

31

 

3,656

3,656

Charge for the year

2

 

492

492

Adjustment on disposal

 

At 31 March 2019

33

 

4,148

4,148

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book values

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

 

1,162

1,162

At 31 March 2018

2

 

1,274

1,274

At 30 November 2016

10

 

4,750

1,207

5,957

               

 

The freehold property was sold on 23 January 2017 for £5.27m. Accordingly, at 30 November 2016, it had been reclassified to current assets, as held for sale.

 

13.  GOODWILL

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Group

£’000

£’000

Beginning of year

258

258

Impairment

(258)

End of year

258

 

 

 

The value of goodwill related wholly to Stockholm Investments Ltd, a subsidiary set up in 2001 to house the clients and wealth management business of a then, newly acquired team. That team left the business in 2017 and the group was unable to retain the business formerly undertaken by them.  As a result, the goodwill associated with these cash generating units has been fully impaired.

 

14.  INTANGIBLE ASSETS

 

             Client relationships

Group

£’000

Cost

 

At 30 November 2016

4,475

Additions

106

At 31 March 2018

4,581

Additions

At 31 March 2019

4,581

 

 

Amortisation

 

At 30 November 2016

893

Charge for the year

263

At 31 March 2018

1,156

Charge for the year

197

Impairment losses

2,348

At 31 March 2019

3,701

 

 

Net book values

 

At 31 March 2019

880

At 31 March 2018

3,425

At 30 November 2016

3,582

 

 

Client relationships arise when the group acquires a broker business with an existing client base.  These individual broker businesses each represent a cash generating unit.  During the year, a number of brokers left the business and the group was unable to retain the business formerly undertaken by them.  As a result, the client relationships associated with these cash generating units has been fully impaired.

 

Furthermore, the group has reassessed the amortisation rate that applies to continuing client relationships.  Taking into account the attrition rate of the acquired customers, it has been determined that the remaining useful economic life of the one remaining acquired client relationship should be shortened from a remaining useful life of 7 years (2018: 17 years).  This revised useful economic life has been applied prospectively from 1 April 2018.

 

 

15.  SUBSIDIARIES

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Company

£’000

£’000

Beginning of year/ period

9,550

5,035

Additions

6,951

4,515

End of year/ period

16,501

9,550

 

Investments in subsidiaries are stated at cost less impairment.

 

The Group raised £4.95m on 5 March 2019 and £2.00m on 20 September 2018, a total of £6.95m by way of placings to existing and new shareholders, for general corporate purposes. The additions in the year relate to additional subscriptions for shares in WH Ireland Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary, in September 2018 and March 2019.

 

The Company’s subsidiaries, all of which are included in the consolidated financial statements, are presented below:

 

 

 

 

Subsidiary

Country of incorporation

Principal activity

Class of shares

Proportion held by Group

Proportion held by Company

WH Ireland Limited

England & Wales

WM and CIB

Ordinary

100%

100%

WH Ireland (IOM) Limited

Isle of Man

WM

Ordinary

100%

100%

WH Ireland (Financial Services) Limited

England & Wales

Dormant

Ordinary

100%

Readycount Limited

England & Wales

Dormant

Ordinary

100%

100%

Stockholm Investments Limited

England & Wales

Dormant

Ordinary

100%

100%

ARE Business and Professional Limited

England & Wales

Dormant

Ordinary

100%

SRS Business and Professional Limited

England & Wales

Dormant

Ordinary

100%

WH Ireland Nominees Limited

England & Wales

Nominee

Ordinary

100%

WH Ireland Trustee Limited

England & Wales

Trustee

Ordinary

100%

Fitel Nominees Limited

England & Wales

Nominee

Ordinary

100%

The registered office of WH Ireland (IOM) Limited is St George’s Tower, Hope Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1HR.

 

The registered office of all other companies listed above is 24 Martin Lane, London, EC4R 0DR.

 

16.  INVESTMENTS

 

Group

 

 

 

 

Quoted

Unquoted

Total

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

£’000

£’000

£’000

At 30 November 2016

40

40

Fair value gain

8

8

At 31 March 2018

48

48

At 31 March 2019

48

48

 

 

 

 

 

Quoted

Warrants

Total

Other financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

£’000

£’000

£’000

At 30 November 2016

4

74

78

Additions

171

171

Fair value loss

(2)

(14)

(16)

Disposals

(1)

(35)

(36)

At 31 March 2018

1

196

197

Additions

Fair value gain

289

289

Disposals

(305)

(305)

At 31 March 2019

1

180

181

Total investments at 31 March 2019

1

228

229

Total investments at 31 March 2018

1

244

245

 

 

 

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss include equity investments other than those in subsidiary undertakings. These are measured at fair value with fair value gains and losses recognised through profit and loss.

 

Other investments, in the main, comprise financial assets designated as fair value through profit or loss and include warrants and equity investments. Financial assets designated as ‘fair value through profit or loss’ are measured at fair value with fair value gains and losses recognised directly in the statement of comprehensive income.

 

Warrants may be received during the ordinary course of business and are designated as fair value through profit or loss. There is no cash consideration associated with the acquisition.

 

Fair value, in the case of quoted investments, represents the bid price at the reporting period end date. In the case of unquoted investments, the fair value is estimated by reference to recent arm’s length transactions. The fair value of warrants is estimated using established valuation models.

 

17.  SUBORDINATED LOAN

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2018

Company

£’000

£’000

Beginning of year

985

960

Additions

25

End of year

985

985

 

 

 

This interest-free, subordinated loan was originally issued to WH Ireland (IOM) Limited on 31 March 2014 and has been increased in line with the needs of the subsidiary. Whilst payment can be requested giving six months’ notice, there is no intention to do this within the next twelve months; accordingly the loan has been classified as non-current. The impact of applying IFRS 9 has been considered and probability of default was assessed and consequently, it was determined that the expected credit loss is not material.

 

18.  DEFERRED TAX ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

 

Deferred tax is provided for temporary differences, at the reporting period end date, between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their carrying amounts for financial reporting purposes using a tax rate of 19.00% (2018: 19.25%). A deferred tax asset is recognised for all deductible temporary differences and unutilised tax losses only to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profits will be available against which the assets can be utilised. Deferred tax assets are reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that the related tax benefit will be realised.

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are attributable to the following:

 

 

 

Deferred tax assets

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

Group

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Property, plant and equipment

110

 

Intangible assets

147

 

Share Options

81

 

Losses

824

 

Provisions

35

 

End of year

1,197

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax assets

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

Company

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Share Options

81

 

 

81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unrecognised tax losses amount to £16.5m (2018: £6.2m)

 

Movement in deferred tax is shown below:

 

 

At 30 Nov 2016

Recognised income statement

Recognised in equity

At 31 Mar 2018

Recognised income statement

Recognised in equity

At 31 Mar 2019

Group

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Property, plant and equipment

(17)

127

110

(110)

Intangible assets

165

(18)

147

(147)

Share options

141

(24)

(36)

81

(60)

(21)

Provisions

16

19

35

(35)

Tax losses

411

413

824

(824)

 

716

517

(36)

1,197

(1,176)

(21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 Nov 2016

Recognised income statement

Recognised in equity

At 31 Mar 2018

Recognised income statement

Recognised in equity

At 31 Mar 2019

Company

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Share options

141

(24)

(36)

81

(60)

(21)

 

141

(24)

(36)

81

(60)

(21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.  TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

 

31 March 2019

Restated

31 March 2018

 

 

31 March 2019

 

31 March 2018

 

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Trade receivables

2,082

2,850

 

Amounts due from Group companies

 

2,383

2,298

Other receivables

637

3,077

 

75

53

Accrued income

2,547

857

 

(1)

Prepayments

432

414

 

4

7

 

5,698

7,198

 

2,461

2,358

 

 

 

 

 

 

The carrying value of trade and other receivable balances are denominated fully in British pounds (2018: 100%).

 

In preparing these financial statements errors of an offsetting nature in trade receivables and trade payables were detected in the prior period of a material nature. Whilst there was no impact on the income statement for the period the errors were sufficiently material to warrant correcting adjustments to be made to the prior period statements. A full explanation is set out in note 33.

 

Accrued income relates to management fee accrual. Management fees are accrued on a monthly basis and reconciled to fees collected quarterly. Consideration to IFRS 9 has been made and it has been determined that there is a low probability of default and therefore the expected credit loss is not material.

 

The impact of applying IFRS 9 to intercompany balances for the Company has been considered and probability of default was assessed and consequently, it was determined that the expected credit loss is not material.

 

 

Fees and charges owed by clients are generally considered to be past due where they remain unpaid five working days after the relevant billing date. At 31 March 2019, trade receivables (net of provisions for impairment and doubtful debts) comprised the following:

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

 

31 March 2019

Restated

31 March 2018

 

 

31 March 2019

 

31 March 2018

 

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Not past due

471

1,531

 

Up to 5 days past due

241

 

From 6 to 15 days past due

27

 

From 16 to 30 days past due

196

259

 

From 31 to 45 days past due

190

53

 

More than 45 days past due

957

1,007

 

 

2,082

2,850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade receivables are largely amounts due from retainer clients, who are invoiced on a quarterly basis in advance. The Group’s policy is to allow 30 days for payment. Consequently, these receivables have no significant financing component and the Group have applied the simplified approach in line with IFRS 9. Calculation of loss allowances are measured at an amount equal to lifetime expected credit losses (ECLs). The approach taken by the Group in arriving at the expected credit loss is as follows:

 

Step 1: The Group have determined the appropriate brackets by grouping each trade receivables based on the ageing structure.

 

Step 2: Having determined the appropriate groupings, a historical loss rate was calculated for each age bracket by reviewing the pattern of payment of trade receivables over the past 12 months.

 

Step 3: This historical loss rate has been applied to each ageing bracket of trade receivables as at the balance sheet date to arrive at an expected credit loss for each grouping. All trade receivables over 365 days have a 100% historical loss rate loss applied to them.

 

Based on the above, the group recognised an expected credit loss of £641k (2018: £128k).

 

The maximum exposure to credit risk, before any collateral held as security, is the carrying value of each class of receivable set out above.

 

The Directors consider that the carrying amounts of trade and other receivables approximate their fair value.

 

Movements in impairment provisions were as follows:

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Opening balance

436

309

 

Amounts released from provision due to recovery

(51)

(72)

 

Amounts written off, previously fully provided

(474)

 

Amounts charged to the statement of comprehensive income

692

199

 

Closing balance

603

436

 

 

20.  OTHER INVESTMENTS

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

31 March

31 March

 

31 March

31 March

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

 

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Current asset investment

1,168

692

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These represent short-term principal positions in the form of listed investments which are held at market value. No tax was payable at that value.

 

21.  CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

31 March

31 March

 

31 March

31 March

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

 

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Cash and cash equivalents

7,702

7,277

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the purposes of the cash flow statement, cash and cash equivalents comprise cash in hand and deposits with banks and financial institutions with a maturity of up to three months.

 

Cash and cash equivalents represent the Group’s and the Company’s money and money held for settlement of outstanding transactions.

 

Money held on behalf of clients is not included in cash and cash equivalents on the statement of financial position. Client money at 31 March 2019 for the Group was £469k (2018: £1,505k). There is no client money held in the Company (2018: £nil).

 

22.  TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

 

Restated

 

 

 

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

Company

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Trade payables

1,553

1,474

 

41

155

Amounts due to Group companies

 

Other payables

1,149

339

 

(12)

Tax and social security

373

771

 

(1)

Deferred income

311

346

 

Accruals

3,082

2,673

 

67

39

 

6,468

5,603

 

95

194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Directors consider that the carrying amounts of trade and other payables approximate their fair value.

 

During the process of preparing these financial statements errors were detected in the prior period of a material nature. Whilst there was no impact on the income statement for the period the errors were sufficiently material to warrant correcting adjustments to be made to the prior period statements. A full explanation and the resulting changes made is set out in note 33.

 

Deferred income relates to retainer fees invoiced in advance and spread over the length of the period, typically quarterly. There was no impact of applying IFRS 15 to this revenue stream.

 

23.  PROVISIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

IFA clawback provision

Complaints provision

Total

Group

£’000

£’000

£’000

At 1 April 2018

35

33

68

Provided during the year

(35)

(10)

(45)

Utilised during the year

(23)

(23)

Total investments at 31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

 

£’000

£’000

Provisions included in current liabilities

 

33

Provisions included in non-current liabilities

 

35

 

 

68

 

 

 

 

 

The IFA clawback provision relates to any policy cancellations and the resultant potential repayment of past independent financial advisory commission earned, relating mainly to products such as pensions and insurance.

 

The complaints provision relates to any complaints which may result in cash outflows falling below the relevant insurance excess.

 

The expected period of settlement of the outstanding complaints provision is six months from the year end.

 

24.  DEFERRED CONSIDERATION

 

Deferred consideration represents the amounts payable over a three year period from September 2016 to October 2019, for certain client relationships (note 14).

 

 

Client relationships

 

Group

£’000

 

At 31 March 2018

2,302

 

Additions during the year:

 

 

Charged to Statement of Comprehensive income

108

 

Paid during the year

(1,216)

 

At 31 March 2019

1,194

 

 

 

 

 

31 March 2019

              31 March 2018

 

£’000

£’000

Included in current liabilities

1,194

1,179

Included in non-current liabilities

1,123

 

1,194

2,302

 

 

 

 

25.  FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT

 

The fair value of all of the Group’s and the Company’s financial assets and liabilities approximated its carrying value at the reporting period end date. The carrying amount of non-current financial instruments, including floating interest rate borrowing, is not significantly different from the fair value of these instruments based on discounted cash flows. The significant methods and assumptions used in estimating fair values of financial instruments are summarised below:

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss include equity investments, other than those in subsidiary undertakings. In the case of listed investments, the fair value represents the quoted bid price at the reporting period end date. The fair value of unlisted investments is estimated by reference to recent arm’s length transactions.

 

Other investments

Other investments include warrants and equity investments, categorised as fair value through profit or loss. In the case of listed investments, the fair value represents the quoted bid price at the reporting period end date. The fair value of unlisted investments is estimated by reference to recent arm’s length transactions. In the case of warrants, the fair value is estimated using established valuation models.

 

Trade receivables and payables

The carrying value less impairment provision of trade receivables and payables is assumed to approximate their fair values due to their short-term nature.

 

Borrowings

Borrowings are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest rate method. The tables below summarise the Group’s main financial instruments by financial asset type:

 

 

31 March 2019

 

Amortised cost

Fair value through profit or loss

Total

Group

£’000

£’000

£’000

Financial assets

 

 

 

Investments

48

48

Other investments

1,349

1,349

Trade and other receivables

5,698

5,698

Cash and cash equivalents

7,702

7,702

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

6,468

6,468

Deferred consideration

1,194

1,194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 March 2018

 

 

 

Loans and other receivables

Amortised cost

Held at fair value as available for sale assets

Fair value through profit or loss

Total

Group

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Investments

48

48

Other investments

692

198

890

Trade and other receivables

7,198

7,198

Cash and cash equivalents

 

7,277

7,277

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

5,603

Finance leases

282

282

Deferred consideration

2,302

2,302

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tables below summarise the Company’s main financial instruments by financial asset type:

 

 

31 March 2019

 

Amortised cost

Fair value through profit or loss

Total

Company

£’000

£’000

£’000

Financial assets

 

 

 

Subordinated loan (note 17)

985

985

Group balances

2,383

2,383

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

41

41

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

31 March 2018

 

Amortised cost

Fair value through profit or loss

Total

Company

£’000

£’000

£’000

Financial assets

 

 

 

Subordinated loan (note 17)

985

985

Group balances

2,298

2,2983

Financial liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

155

155

 

 

 

 

             

 

Risks

The main risks arising from the Group’s financial instruments are credit risk, liquidity risk and market risk. Market risk comprises, interest rate risk and other price risk. The Directors review and agree policies for managing each of these risks which are summarised below:

 

Credit risk

Credit risk is the risk that clients or other counterparties to a financial instrument will cause a financial loss by failing to meet their obligations. Credit risk relates, in the main, to the Group’s trading and investment activities and is the risk that third parties fail to pay amounts as they fall due. Formal credit procedures include approval of client limits, approval of material trades, collateral in place for trading clients and chasing of overdue accounts. Additionally, risk assessments are performed on banks and custodians.

 

The maximum exposure to credit risk at the end of the reporting period is equal to the statement of financial position figure. Impairment policy and information on collateral held against trade receivables can be found in note 19. There were no other past due, impaired or unsecured debtors.

 

Financial assets that are neither past due nor impaired in respect of trade receivables relate mainly to bonds, equity and gilt trades quoted on a recognised exchange, are matched in the market, and are either traded on a cash against documents basis or against a client’s portfolio.

 

The credit risk on liquid funds, cash and cash equivalents is limited due to deposits being held at the Group’s main bank with a credit rating of “A”, assigned by Standard and Poor’s.

 

There has been no change to the Group’s exposure to credit risk or the manner in which it manages and measures the risk during the period.

 

Liquidity risk

Liquidity risk is the risk that obligations associated with financial liabilities will not be met. The Group monitors its risk to a shortage of funds by considering the maturity of both its financial investments and financial assets (for example, trade receivables) and projected cash flows from operations.

 

The Group’s objective is to maintain the continuity of funding through the use of bank facilities where necessary, which are reviewed annually with the Group’s Banker, the Bank of Scotland. Items considered are limits in place with counterparties which the bank are required to guarantee, payment facility limits, as well as the need for any additional borrowings.

 

The Directors most recently renewed the Group’s main banking facilities in February 2015. As an evergreen facility there is no requirement to update the agreement annually, although a formal review of facilities is undertaken at least annually.

 

The table below summarises the maturity profile of the Group’s financial liabilities based on contractual undiscounted payments:

 

 

 

            31 March 2019

 

 

Payable

within 1 year

Payable in

2 to 5 years

Payables after more than 5 years

Total contractual payments

Group

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Trade and other payables

3,661

3,661

Accruals

2,807

412

3,219

Deferred consideration

1,194

1,194

Other financial liabilities

 

7,662

412

8,074

 

 

 

            31 March 2018

 

 

Payable

within 1 year

Payable in

2 to 5 years

Payables after more than 5 years

Total contractual payments

Group

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Trade and other payables (restated)

2,584

2,584

Finance leases

282

282

Accruals

3,019

439

3,458

Deferred consideration

1,179

1,123

2,302

Other financial liabilities

33

35

68

 

7,097

1,597

8,694

 

The table below summarises the maturity profile of the Company’s financial liabilities based on contractual undiscounted payments:

 

 

 

            31 March 2019

 

 

Payable within 1 year

Payable in

2 to 5 years

Payables after

more than 5 years

Total contractual payments

Company

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Trade and other payables

41

41

Accruals

67

67

 

108

108

 

 

 

            31 March 2018

 

 

Payable within 1 year

Payable in

2 to 5 years

Payables after

more than 5 years

Total contractual payments

Company

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Trade and other payables

155

155

Accruals

39

39

 

194

194

 

 

Market Risk

Interest rate risk

The Group’s exposure to the risk of changes in market interest rates relates to the Group’s amount of interest receivable on cash deposits. The maximum exposure for interest is not significant.

 

Other price risk

Other price risk is the risk that the fair value or future cash flows of a financial instrument will fluctuate because of changes in market prices (other than those arising from interest rate risk) whether those changes are caused by factors specific to the individual financial instrument or its issuer or factors affecting all similar financial instruments traded in the market. Other investments are recognised at fair value and subject to changes in market prices.

 

The Group manages other price risk by monitoring the value of its financial instruments on a monthly basis and reporting these to the Directors and Senior Management. The Group has disposed of a number of its investments during the course of the year, which has helped mitigate risk. However, the risk of deterioration in prices remains high whilst the market continues to be volatile.

 

The risk of future losses is limited to the fair value of investments as at the year-end of £229k (2018: £245k). See note 16.

 

Fair value measurement recognised in the statement of financial position

The following table provides an analysis of financial instruments that are measured subsequent to initial recognition at fair value, grouped into Levels 1 to 3 based on the degree to which the fair value is observable:

 

·      Level 1 at fair value measurements are those derived from quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets and liabilities;

·      Level 2 fair value measurements are those derived from inputs other than the quoted price included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or a liability, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices); and

·      Level 3 fair value measurements are those derived from formal valuation techniques that include inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

 

 

 

            31 March 2019

 

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Unquoted equities

48

48

Financial instruments designated at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Quoted equities

Other investments

181

181

Total

229

229

 

 

 

            31 March 2018

 

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Unquoted equities

48

48

Financial instruments designated at fair value through profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Quoted equities

1

1

Other investments

196

196

Total

1

244

245

 

There were no transfers between levels in either financial year.

 

 

Unquoted equities

Other investments

 

£’000

£’000

Balance at 30 November 2016

40

74

Total gains or losses in statement of comprehensive income

8

(14)

Purchases

172

Transfer out

(34)

Balance at 31 March 2018

48

198

Total gains or losses in statement of comprehensive income

(17)

Balance at 31 March 2019

48

181

 

 

 

 

 

26.  CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

 

The capital of the Group comprises share capital, share premium, retained earnings and other reserves. The total capital at 31 March 2019 amounted to £10.0m for the Group (2018: £12.9m) and £20.6m for the Company (2018: £13.5m). The primary objective of the Group’s capital management is to ensure that it maintains a strong capital structure in order to support the development of its business, to maximise shareholder value and to provide benefits for its other stakeholders.

 

These objectives are met by managing the level of debt and setting dividends paid to shareholders at a level appropriate to the performance of the business.

 

Certain activities of the Group are regulated by the FCA which is the statutory regulator for financial services business and has responsibility for policy, monitoring and discipline for the financial services industry. The FCA requires the Group’s resources to be adequate, that is, sufficient in terms of quantity, quality and availability, in relation to its regulated activities.

 

The Group monitors capital on a daily basis by measuring movements in the Group regulatory capital requirement and through its Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP). Compliance with FCA minimum common equity tier 1 regulatory capital requirements was maintained during the year and the Group is satisfied that there is and will be, sufficient capital to meet these regulatory requirements for the foreseeable future.

 

27.  TREASURY SHARES

 

 

 

 

Year ended

Period ended

 

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

Group

£’000

£’000

 

At 31 March

746

731

 

Additions

15

 

Disposals

(102)

 

At 31 March

644

746

 

 

At 31 March 2019 no shares in the Company were held in Treasury (2018: nil shares). At 31 March 2019 no shares in the Company were held in the EBT (2018: nil shares) and the ESOT held 2,139,500 shares (2018: 2,289,500), at a nominal value of 5p per share. This represents 4.64% of the called up share capital (2018: 6.66%).

 

28.  EMPLOYEE BENEFIT TRUSTS (EBT)

 

The WH Ireland EBT was established in October 1998 and the WH Ireland Group plc Employee Share Ownership Trust (ESOT) was established in October 2011, both for the purpose of holding and distributing shares in the Company for the benefit of the employees. All costs of the EBT and ESOT are borne by the Company or its subsidiary WH Ireland Limited.

 

Joint Ownership Arrangements (the ‘JOE Agreements’) are in place in relation to 2,139,500 shares between the trustees of the ESOT and a number of employees (the ‘Employees’). Under the JOE Agreements, the option for the Employees to acquire the interest that the trustees of the ESOT has in the jointly owned shares, lapses when an employee is deemed to be a Bad Leaver. If an Employee ceases to be an employee of the Group, other than in the event of critical illness or death, the Employee is deemed to be a Bad Leaver.

 

The shares carry dividend and voting rights, although these have been waived by all parties to the JOE Agreements.  Due to the consolidation of the ESOT into the Group accounts, these shares are shown in Treasury (note 27). Due to the nature of these arrangements, the options contained in the JOE Agreements are accounted for as share based payments (note 29).

 

29.  SHARE-BASED PAYMENTS

 

The Group had two schemes for the granting of non-transferable options to employees during the reporting period; the approved Company Share Ownership Plan (CSOP) and a Save as You Earn Schemes (SAYE 3). In addition, options are held in the ESOT (note 29). Details of these schemes can be found in the Remuneration Report on pages 22 to 24. SAYE 3 matured following the end of the period in May 2019.

 

Movements in the number of share options outstanding that were issued post 7 November 2002 and their related weighted average exercise prices (WAEP) are as follows:

 

 

31 March 2019

 

 

CSOP

ESOT

SAYE 3

ESOT

 

Options

WAEP

Options

WAEP

Options

WAEP

Options

WAEP

Outstanding at beginning of year

163,589

66.23p

1,650,000

78.14p

794,564

82.00p

629,500

92.50p

Granted

5,000

66.23p

Expired/ forfeited

(40,000)

66.23p

(179,500)

92.50p

Exercised

Outstanding at end of year

128,589

66.23p

1,650,000

78.14p

794,564

82.00p

450,000

92.50p

Exercisable at end of year

128,589

66.23p

1,500,000

78.14p

                   

 

 

 

31 March 2018

 

CSOP

ESOT

SAYE 3

ESOT

 

Options

WAEP

Options

WAEP

Options

WAEP

Options

WAEP

Outstanding at beginning of year

235,522

66.23p

1,650,000

78.14p

827,490

82.00p

329,500

92.50p

Granted

300,000

92.50p

Expired/ forfeited

(32,926)

82.00p

Exercised

(71,933)

105.00p

Outstanding at end of year

163,589

66.23p

1,650,000

78.14p

794,564

82.00p

629,500

92.50p

Exercisable at end of year

163,589

66.23p

1,500,000

78.14p

                   

 

 

The pricing models used to value these options and their inputs are as follows:

 

 

 

Pricing Models

 

 

CSOP

ESOT

SAYE 3

ESOT

Pricing model

Black Scholes

Monte Carlo

Black Scholes

N/A

02/11/11-24/05/12

28/10/13-13/04/16

18/05/16

30/05/17

Share price at grant(p)

56.5-83.0

74.5-114.5

92.0

125.0

Exercise price (p)

57.0-84.5

0.0-114.5

82.00

0.00

Expected volatility (%)

32.6332-33.2130

43.0000-37.0000

28.0000

N/A

Expected life (years  )

5

5

3

3

Risk-free rate (%)

1.2993-0.7999

0.8000-1.9300

0.5400

N/A

Expected dividend yield (%)

0.00

0.67-2.19

2.00

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

The volatility of the Company’s share price was estimated as the standard deviations of daily historical continuously compounded returns over a period commensurate with the expected life of the option, back from the date of grant and annualised by the factor of the square root of 252, assuming 252 trading days per year (2018: 252 trading days). For options granted in 2004, volatilities were calculated back to the date of the Group’s flotation in July 2000.

 

Awards granted on 30 May 2017 are economically equivalent to shares with dividend rights. Therefore the fair value has been taken as the closing share price on the date of grant of £1.25.

 

The risk-free rate is the yield to maturity on the date of grant of a UK Gilt Strip, with term to maturity equal to the life of the option.

 

The Group recognised a total net debit of £214k during the year (2018: £55k), relating to share-based payment transactions.

 

30.  LEASING COMMITMENTS

 

Finance leases

The net carrying value of these assets at 31 March 2019 was £nil (2018: £563,040).

 

Group

 

Minimum Lease payments

 

 

Capital

Interest

2019

2018

 

The present value of future lease payments are analysed as:

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

 

Within one year

299

 

Greater than one year but less than five

 

Total minimum lease payments

299

 

Less finance charge

(17)

 

Present value of minimum lease payment

282

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

Group

 

 

£’000

£’000

Disclosed as:

 

 

 

 

Current finance lease payable

 

 

282

Non-current finance lease payable

 

 

Total finance lease payable

 

 

282

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating lease commitments

The future aggregate minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases are as follows:

 

 

Group

Company

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

£’000

£’000

£’000

£’000

No later than one year

770

611

Later than one year and not later than five years

2,686

2,253

After five years

736

993

 

4,192

3,857

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating lease payments represent rentals payable for office premises and equipment. Leases are negotiated for an average of six years. The leases do not contain provisions for contingent rental payments, purchase options or escalation charges and do not impose restrictions beyond the property or equipment to which they relate.

 

31.  CAPITAL COMMITMENTS

 

There were no capital commitments for the Group or the Company as at 31 March 2019 (2018: £nil).

 

32.  RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

Group

Services rendered to related parties were on the Group’s normal trading terms in an arms’ length transaction. Amounts outstanding are unsecured and will be settled in accordance with normal credit terms. No guarantees have been given or received. No provision (2018: £nil) has been made for impaired receivables in respect of the amounts owed by related parties.

 

Key management personnel include Executive and Non-Executive Directors of WH Ireland Group plc and all its subsidiaries. They are able to undertake transactions in stocks and shares in the ordinary course of the Group’s business, for their own account and are charged for this service, as with any other client. The transactions are not material to the Group in the context of its operations, but may result in cash balances on the Directors’ client accounts owing to or from the Group at any one point in time. The charges made to these individuals and the cash balances owing from/due to them are disclosed in the table below. There are no other material contracts between the Group and the Directors.

 

The following table sets out the transactions which have been entered into during the year together with any amounts outstanding:

 

 

Services rendered to related parties

Purchases/ services from related parties

Amounts owed to related parties

 

 

£’000

£’000

£’000

Key management personnel

2019

 

2018

7

Other related parties

2019

 

2018

27

5

 

 

 

 

 

The total compensation of key management personnel is shown below:

 

 

 

Year ended

16 months ended

 

 

 

31 March 2019

31 March 2018

 

 

 

£’000

£’000

Short term employment benefits

 

 

1,564

1,946

Post-employment benefits

 

 

170

82

Termination benefits

 

 

322

41

Share-based payment

 

 

19

 

 

 

2,056

2,088

 

The highest paid Director for 2019 and 2018 was RW Killingbeck receiving emoluments of £376,883 and £398,304, respectively.

 

Company

The Parent Company receives interest from subsidiaries in the normal course of business. Total interest received during the year was £nil (2018: £2k). In addition, the Parent Company received a management charge of £481k (2018: £575k) from its subsidiary WH Ireland Limited. WH Ireland Limited also charged the Parent Company £25k (2018: £25k) for broker services.

 

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation. The captions in the primary statements of the Parent Company include amounts attributable to subsidiaries. These amounts have been disclosed in aggregate in the notes 19 and 22 and in detail in the following table:

 

 

Amounts owed by related parties

 

Amounts owed to related parties

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

 

£’000

£’000

 

£’000

£’000

Readycount Limited

4,157

4,157

 

WH Ireland (IOM) Limited

108

106

 

Stockholm Investments Limited

410

410

 

WH Ireland Limited

 

2,275

2,473

WH Ireland Trustees Limited

 

17

17

 

4,675

4,673

 

2,292

2,490

 

 

The net amount owed by related parties is £2,383k (2018:£3,183k) (see note 19).

 

33.  PRIOR PERIOD ADJUSTMENT

 

The Group migrated to a new operating system over 2 years ago and with the old platform system in the process of being retired, the validation of the financial records was initiated by management. It was established that Trade Receivables (see note 19) and Trade Payables (see note 22) each included an erroneous entry amounting to £10.1m. Whilst the elimination of these erroneous entries has no effect on the income statement for the periods under consideration, the materiality of the correction and guidance provided by International Accounting Standard IAS 8 ‘Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors’ necessitates the restatement of the prior period balances of the following sections within these financial statements:

 

 

 

 

Relevant section of these financial statements

 

Balance as stated in the prior period’s financial statements

 

£’000

 

Adjustment

 

 

£’000

Restated prior period balance within these financial statements

 

£’000

Consolidated statement of financial position

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivable

 

17,339

(10,141)

7,198

Total current assets

 

25,308

(10,141)

15,167

Total assets

 

31,707

(10,141)

21,566

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(15,744)

10,141

(5,603)

Total current liabilities

 

(17,238)

10,141

(7,096)

Total liabilities

 

(18,835)

10,141

(8,694)

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of cash flow

 

 

 

 

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables

 

1,256

10,141

11,397

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables

 

(3,855)

(10,141)

(13,996)

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the financial statements

 

 

 

 

Note 19 trade and other receivables

 

 

 

Trade receivables

 

12,991

(10,141)

2,850

Total trade and other receivables

17,339

(10,141)

7,198

 

 

 

 

 

Note 22 trade and other payables

 

 

 

Trade payables

 

11,615

(10,141)

1,474

Total trade and other payables

15,744

(10,141)

5,603

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

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