Trifast Half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2015

“Continued organic and acquisitive growth”
"Focus on operational efficiencies delivers EPS growth of 23.2%”
“Order pipeline across key locations remains encouragingly healthy"

Key Financials
Continuing operations 
Change 
HY 2016
V
HY 2015
Half year
30.9.2015
Half year
30.9.2014
Full year
31.3.2015
Group revenue5.60%£78.1m£74.0m£154.7m
Gross profit %+30bps29.30%29.00%29.00%
Underlying operating profit*22.20%£8.6m£7.1m£15.3m
Operating profit38.90%£7.5m£5.4m£12.8m
Underlying pre-tax profit*24.80%£8.3m£6.6m£14.3m
Pre-tax profit43.90%£7.1m£4.9m£11.8m
Underlying diluted earnings per share*23.20%5.05p4.10p8.68p
Basic earnings per share42.30%4.41p3.10p7.39p
Dividend:
- final
- interim
- total

33.30%

-
0.80p
0.80p

-
0.60p
0.60p

1.50p
0.60p
2.10p
Net debt+£1.3m(£16.3m)(£17.5m)(£13.4m)
Return on capital employed (ROCE)*+200bps19.30%17.30%18.60%

* Before separately disclosed items (see note 2).

Revenue at constant currency grew 8.7% with acquisitions representing 5.4%

Organic constant currency growth of £4.6m from our top 50 multinational OEMs

Underlying pre-tax profit* grew 24.8% to £8.3m, with VIC acquisition representing 11.1%

Underlying diluted earnings per share* has increased by 23.2%

Interim dividend has increased by 33.3%

Factory expansion in Taiwan completed, increasing SFE capacity by 15%

Additional investment in “lean-lift” technology in UK, halving pick times

Post period end events:
Seamless transition of Mark Belton to CEO and Clare Foster to CFO on 1 October 2015
Strategic and earning enhancing acquisition of Kuhlmann on 1 October 2015 to aid further expansion into Germany


“We are pleased to report a solid first half performance which has delivered an underlying pre-tax profit increase of 24.8% to £8.3m and a 23.2% increase in underlying EPS.

Our order pipeline across our key locations remains encouragingly healthy. We continue to focus on cost control and supply chain management, particularly from ongoing investment into efficiency drivers. The positive impact this is having on our margins is expected to continue.

In our quest to add to the momentum of our organic growth, we were very pleased at the start of the second half to establish a strong domestic distribution and logistics facility in Germany through our acquisition of the well-respected Kuhlmann business.

Overall, taking into account the current business climate we are operating within, the Board remains optimistic about the Group’s prospects and continues to expect its trading for the financial year as a whole to be in line with its expectations. Organic growth remains only part of our strategy and we will continue to look for our next strategic acquisition to complement the Group’s existing global, product and sector footprint.”

Malcolm Diamond MBE, Executive Chairman
 

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Half-Yearly Financial Report For The Six Months Ended 30 September 2015

 

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