2014 Company Results

Continued growth in all areas of the business

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Annual Report & Accounts for the year ended 28 February 2014

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108

Number of Retailers

Continued growth in all areas of the business

  • Revenue up 33.8% to £1.7bn with like‐for‐like revenues up 13.1%
  • Like‐for‐like new retail volumes rose by 19.7% compared to UK retail registrations rising 15.0%: with the Group gaining market share
  • Like‐for‐like used vehicle volumes rose 7.1% with stronger margins: excellent H2 performance
  • Higher margin service revenues rose 6.8% on a like‐for‐like basis the fourth successive year of growth reflecting higher customer retention rates
  • Operating expenses as a percentage of revenues in continuing operations reduced to 10.4% (2013: 11.1%)
  • Adjusted(1) operating profit up 96.7% as core(2) business and acquisitions delivered an enhanced performance
  • Profit before tax rose 259.1% to £15.8m from £4.4m
  • Operating cash inflow up to £47.4m from £13.0m : excellent cash conversion
  • Dividend up 14.3% for the full year, increased to 0.8p (2013: 0.7p)

(1) adjusted for exceptional charges, amortisation of intangible assets and share based payments charge
(2) Core: Dealerships that have traded for two full consecutive financial years.

Snapshot

Revenue

£1.68bn 2014
£1.25bn 2013

Adjusted Profit Before Tax

£16.24m 2014
£5.4m 2013

Basic Earnings Per Share

4.15p 2014
1.77p 2013

Total Units Sold

119,543 2014
94,632 2013

Acquisition and turnaround strategy driving profit growth

  • Number of outlets increased to 108 (2013: 96) with 14 new outlets acquired or opened in the year
  • Successful integration of the Farnell Land Rover business following acquisition in June 2013: Farnell won Land Rover Dealer of the Year 2013
  • Group announced on 6 May further acquisition of additional Land Rover and first Jaguar dealership acquisition will be earnings enhancing immediately
  • Acquisitions undertaken in previous periods continue to exhibit performance and margin improvements
  • Disposal of non‐core heavy truck operation generated £1.9m of cash

Strong balance sheet

  • Net cash of £31.4m compared to a net debt of £6.2m in prior year following £50m Placing in June 2013
  • Significant unutilised bank facilities provides firepower for further expansion
  • Balance sheet underpinned by freehold and long leasehold property portfolio of £105.6m (2013: 93.7m)

Current Trading and Outlook

  • March trading performance significantly ahead of prior year levels
  • New car retail market in UK showing continued growth with Group like‐for‐like sales volumes in March up 20.5%: UK private registrations up 20.8%
  • April new retail like‐for‐like sales volumes up 3.7%
  • March and April used retail like‐for‐like volumes up 14.5%
  • Acquisition of Hillendale announced 6 May 2014
    • Earnings enhancing in first year
    • £8.2m consideration of which £2m in shares
    • Burnley Land Rover and Bolton Jaguar
  • Strong pipeline of acquisition opportunities

Results Past and Present

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