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Manchester United PLC Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2020 Results

·28 min read

Key Points

  • Acquired Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellistri, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek and renewed deals with Dean Henderson, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Brandon Williams

  • Brought in two-time World Cup winning US National Team players, Tobin Heath and Christen Press to the women’s team

  • Club entered into 8 new global partnerships, renewed 8 existing partnerships and announced a strategic relationship with Alibaba during fiscal 2020

  • FY20 Sponsorship revenues increased 5.6% versus the prior year

  • The men’s first team qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the 2020/21 season

Manchester United (NYSE: MANU; the "Company" and the "Group") – one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world - today announced financial results for the 2020 fiscal fourth quarter and twelve months ended 30 June 2020.

Management Commentary

Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, commented, "Our focus remains on protecting the health of our colleagues, fans and community while adapting to the significant economic ramifications of the pandemic. Within that context, our top priority is to get fans back into the stadium safely and as soon as possible. We are also committed to playing a constructive role in helping the wider football pyramid through this period of adversity, while exploring options for making the English game stronger and more sustainable in the long-term. This requires strategic vision and leadership from all stakeholders, and we look forward to helping drive forward that process in a timely manner. On the pitch, we have strengthened the team over the summer and we remain committed to our objective of winning trophies, playing entertaining, attacking football with a blend of Academy graduates and high-quality recruits, while carefully managing our resources to protect the long-term resilience of the Club."

Key Financials (unaudited)

£ million (except (loss)/earnings per share)

Twelve months ended
30 June

Three months ended
30 June

2020

2019

Change

2020

2019

Change

Commercial revenue

279.0

275.1

1.4%

59.4

66.7

(10.9%)

Broadcasting revenue

140.2

241.2

(41.9%)

16.6

40.9

(59.4%)

Matchday revenue

89.8

110.8

(19.0%)

5.5

23.8

(76.9%)

Total revenue

509.0

627.1

(18.8%)

81.5

131.4

(38.0%)

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

132.1

185.8

(28.9%)

(2.7)

10.9

-

Operating profit/(loss)

5.2

50.0

(89.6%)

(39.0)

(22.1)

76.5%

(Loss)/profit for the period (i.e. net (loss)/income)

(23.2)

18.9

-

(36.5)

(22.2)

64.4%

Basic (loss)/earnings per share

(14.14)

11.48

-

(22.36)

(13.49)

65.8%

Adjusted (loss)/profit for the period (i.e. adjusted net (loss)/income)(1)

(12.9)

39.6

-

(35.3)

(21.5)

64.2%

Adjusted basic (loss)/earnings per share (pence)(1)

(7.83)

24.06

-

(21.59)

(13.06)

65.3%

Non-current and current borrowings

525.6

511.2

2.8%

525.6

511.2

2.8%

Cash and cash equivalents

51.5

307.6

(83.3%)

51.5

307.6

(83.3%)

Net debt(1)/(2)

474.1

203.6

132.9%

474.1

203.6

132.9%

(1) Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted (loss)/profit for the period, adjusted basic (loss)/earnings per share and net debt are non-IFRS measures. See "Non-IFRS Measures: Definitions and Use" on page 8 and the accompanying Supplemental Notes for the definitions and reconciliations for these non-IFRS measures and the reasons we believe these measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Group’s financial condition and results of operations.

(2) The gross USD debt principal remains unchanged. The increase in net debt is predominantly due to a £256.1 million reduction in cash and cash equivalents, which reflects the impact of deferred sponsorship payments (in excess of £80.0 million); loss of 2020/21 season Matchday advance cash receipts (typically in excess of £50.0 million ahead of a Champions League season) with new seasonal facility sales currently on hold due to the uncertainties around fans returning to the stadium; and increased player investment in fiscal year 2020 (£56.4 million increase in net capital expenditure on intangible assets compared to the prior year).

COVID-19 Impact

Operationally, the impact of the pandemic and measures to prevent further spread continues to disrupt our businesses, most significantly in Broadcasting and Matchday operations. In addition to the postponement of matches in all competitions, Old Trafford and our flagship Megastore operations were closed to visitors from 20 March 2020, while the Museum, Stadium Tour and Red Café operations were closed to visitors from 17 March 2020.

The resumption of domestic competitions (Premier League and FA Cup) on 17 June 2020 resulted in one Premier League home match, two Premier League away matches and an FA Cup quarter final away match being played during the fiscal fourth quarter. All remaining domestic matches (including the FA Cup), which included three home matches and four away matches, were played in July 2020 (during the first quarter of the fiscal year 2021). All UEFA Europa League matches, which included one home match and the single-leg quarter-final and semi-final, resumed and completed in August 2020. All matches were played behind closed doors. This has significantly impacted fiscal 2020 Broadcasting revenue, recognized when home and away matches are played, and Matchday revenue, given the remaining matches have been played behind closed doors. Furthermore, Broadcasting revenues have been significantly impacted by rebates due to broadcasters following disruption of the 2019/20 competitions. Megastore operations resumed on 15 June 2020, with a variety of new safety measures and hygiene protocols in compliance with Government guidance, however, other operations at Old Trafford remained closed throughout the entire fourth quarter.

The impact of COVID-19 on revenue has been partially offset by reduced Matchday costs due to postponement of all competitions (with all matches from June 2020 played behind closed doors), reduced travel and reduced costs related to the closure of the Old Trafford Megastore. Looking forward, the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact results, in addition to the aforementioned disruption in related Matchday operations and Broadcasting, the team will not participate in typical summer tour activities. Given ongoing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is not providing revenue or adjusted EBITDA guidance for fiscal 2021 at this time.

Shirt Sponsor Developments

In August 2020, due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, the Company entered into a variation agreement with General Motors (Chevrolet) to extend the maturity date of the original shirt sponsor agreement by a period of six months to 31 December 2021. There are no other significant changes to the sponsorship rights or total consideration, which will now be paid in sterling via installments during the period to 30 June 2021.

Working Capital and Liquidity

As of 30 June 2020, the Company had £51.5 million of cash balances together with access to an additional £150.0 million available under the Company’s revolving credit facility. This provides financial flexibility to support the Club through the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Revenue Analysis

Commercial

Commercial revenue for the year was £279.0 million, an increase of £3.9 million, or 1.4%, over the prior year.

  • Sponsorship revenue was £182.7 million, an increase of £9.7 million, or 5.6%, over the prior year, primarily due to increased sponsorship deals and additional pre-season tour revenue; and

  • Retail, Merchandising, Apparel & Product Licensing revenue was £96.3 million, a decrease of £5.8 million, or 5.7%, over the prior year, due to the closure of the Old Trafford Megastore from mid-March 2020 to mid-June 2020.

For the quarter, commercial revenue was £59.4 million, a decrease of £7.3 million, or 10.9%, over the prior year quarter.

  • Sponsorship revenue was £39.2 million, a decrease of £2.3 million, or 5.5% over the prior year quarter; and

  • Retail, Merchandising, Apparel & Product Licensing revenue was £20.2 million, a decrease of £5.0 million, or 19.8%, over the prior year quarter, due to the closure of the Old Trafford Megastore from mid-March 2020 until mid-June 2020.

Broadcasting

Broadcasting revenue for the year was £140.2 million, a decrease of £101.0 million, or 41.9%, over the prior year, primarily due to non-participation in the UEFA Champions League, plus the impact of ten home and away matches relating to 2019/20 competitions being played at the start of fiscal 2021 (including six Premier League matches, three UEFA Europa League matches and one FA Cup match). Revenues have been further impacted by Premier League rebates, estimated to be approximately £14.0 million for the full 2019/20 season, following delay and broadcast schedule changes to the season as a whole.

Broadcasting revenue for the quarter was £16.6 million, a decrease of £24.3 million, or 59.4%, over the prior year quarter, primarily due to playing four fewer home and away Premier League matches and two fewer UEFA competition home and away matches following the postponement of 2019/20 competitions. The first team progressed to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final in the prior year quarter.

Matchday

Matchday revenue for the year was £89.8 million, a decrease of £21.0 million, or 19.0%, over the prior year, primarily due to three Premier League home matches and the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 home match deferred into fiscal 2021 and subsequently played behind closed doors and one Premier League home match played behind closed doors in June 2020. Furthermore, the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League quarter-final and semi-final matches were revised to a knockout tournament format (from the typical two-leg home and away rounds) and played behind closed doors at neutral venues in fiscal 2021. This was partially offset by playing two more domestic cup home matches.

Matchday revenue for the quarter was £5.5 million, a decrease of £18.3 million, or 76.9%, over the prior year quarter, primarily due three Premier League home matches and the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 home match deferred into fiscal 2021 and subsequently played behind closed doors and one Premier League home match played behind closed doors in June 2020. Furthermore, the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League quarter-final and semi-final matches were revised to a knockout tournament format (from the typical two-leg home and away rounds) and played behind closed doors at neutral venues in fiscal 2021.

Other Financial Information

Operating expenses

Total operating expenses for the year were £522.2 million, a decrease of £80.7 million, or 13.4%, over the prior year.

Employee benefit expenses

Employee benefit expenses for the year were £284.0 million, a decrease of £48.3 million, or 14.5%, over the prior year, primarily due to the impact of net player disposals, loan deals and contracted reductions in player salaries as a result of non-participation in the UEFA Champions League.

Other operating expenses

Other operating expenses for the year were £92.9 million, a decrease of £16.1 million, or 14.8%, over the prior year, primarily due to reduced business activity as a result of COVID-19. This includes the impact of three Premier League home matches and the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 home match deferred into fiscal 2021 and subsequently played behind closed doors, one Premier League home match played behind closed doors in June 2020, along with reduced travel and reduced costs related to the closure of the Old Trafford Megastore from mid-March 2020 to mid-June 2020.

Depreciation, impairment and amortization

Depreciation and impairment for the year was £18.6 million, an increase of £5.8 million, or 45.3%, over the prior year, primarily due to impairment of investment property following the impact of COVID-19. Amortization for the year was £126.7 million, a decrease of £2.5 million, or 1.9%, over the prior year. The unamortized balance of registrations at 30 June 2020 was £346.9 million.

Exceptional items

Exceptional items for the year were £nil. Exceptional costs for the prior year were £19.6 million, relating to compensation to the former manager and certain members of the coaching staff for loss of office.

Profit on disposal of intangible assets

Profit on disposal of intangible assets for the year was £18.4 million, compared to £25.8 million for the prior year.

Net finance costs

Net finance costs for the year were £26.0 million, an increase of £3.5 million, or 15.6%, over the prior year. The increase was primarily due to unrealized foreign exchange losses on unhedged USD borrowings.

Income tax

The income tax expense for the year was £2.4 million, compared to an expense of £8.6 million in the prior year. The current year tax expense on a loss before tax includes the impact of non-deductible expenses and re-measurement of the US deferred tax asset.

Cash flows

Overall cash and cash equivalents (including the effects of exchange rate movements) decreased by £256.1 million in the year, compared to an increase of £65.6 million in the prior year.

Net cash outflow from operating activities for the year was £3.8 million, a decrease of £248.6 million compared to a net cash inflow of £244.8 million for the prior year. This is primarily due to the impact of COVID-19, resulting in deferred sponsorship payments (in excess of £80.0 million) and loss of 2020/21 season Matchday advance cash receipts (typically in excess of £50.0 million ahead of a Champions League season) with new seasonal facility sales currently on hold due to the uncertainties around fans returning to the stadium. Cash flow has been further impacted by non-participation in the UEFA Champions League and the deferral of 2019/20 Broadcasting monies into fiscal 2021 upon completion of all competitions.

Net capital expenditure on property, plant and equipment for the year was £21.3 million, an increase of £7.6 million over the prior year. Net capital expenditure on investment properties for the year was £nil compared to £12.4 million in the prior year. Net capital expenditure on intangible assets for the year was £191.6 million, an increase of £56.4 million over the prior year.

Net debt

Net Debt as of 30 June 2020 was £474.1 million, an increase of £270.5 million over the year, due to a decrease of £256.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and adverse movements in the GBP:USD exchange rate. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents reflects the impact of deferred sponsorship payments (in excess of £80.0 million), loss of 2020/21 season Matchday advance cash receipts (typically in excess of £50.0 million ahead of a Champions League season) with new seasonal facility sales currently on hold due to the uncertainties around fans returning to the stadium, and increased player investment in fiscal year 2020 (£56.4 million increase in net capital expenditure on intangible assets compared to the prior year). The gross USD debt principal remains unchanged.

Conference Call Details

The Company’s conference call to review fiscal 2020 and fourth quarter results will be broadcast live over the internet today, 21 October 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time and will be available on Manchester United’s investor relations website at http://ir.manutd.com. Thereafter, a replay of the webcast will be available for thirty days.

About Manchester United

Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 142-year football heritage we have won 66 trophies, enabling us to develop what we believe is one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment brands with a global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers. Our large, passionate and highly engaged fan base provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, broadcasting and matchday initiatives which in turn, directly fund our ability to continuously reinvest in the club.

Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward‑looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on such statements because they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties relating to the Company’s operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many are beyond the Company’s control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning certain expectations and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Company’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements often include words such as "may," "might," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "seek," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue," "contemplate," "possible" or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on our current expectations and estimates of future events and trends, which affect or may affect our businesses and operations. You should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect its actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in these forward-looking statements. These factors are more fully discussed in the "Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form F-1, as amended (File No. 333-182535) and the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F (File No. 001-35627) as supplemented by the risk factors contained in the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Statement Regarding Unaudited Financial Information

The unaudited financial information set forth is preliminary and subject to adjustments. The audit of the financial statements and related notes to be included in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended 30 June 2020 is still in progress. Adjustments to the financial statements may be identified when audit work is completed, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.

Non-IFRS Measures: Definitions and Use

1. Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as loss/profit for the period before depreciation and impairment, amortization, profit on disposal of intangible assets, exceptional items, net finance costs, and tax.

Adjusted EBITDA is useful as a measure of comparative operating performance from period to period and among companies as it is reflective of changes in pricing decisions, cost controls and other factors that affect operating performance, and it removes the effect of our asset base (primarily depreciation, impairment and amortization), material volatile items (primarily profit on disposal of intangible assets and exceptional items), capital structure (primarily finance costs), and items outside the control of our management (primarily taxes). Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for an analysis of our results as reported under IFRS as issued by the IASB. A reconciliation of loss/profit for the period to adjusted EBITDA is presented in supplemental note 2.

2. Adjusted (loss)/profit for the period (i.e. adjusted net (loss)/income)

Adjusted (loss)/profit for the period is calculated, where appropriate, by adjusting for charges/credits related to exceptional items, foreign exchange gains/losses on unhedged US dollar denominated borrowings, and fair value movements on embedded foreign exchange derivatives, adding/subtracting the actual tax expense/credit for the period, and subtracting/adding the adjusted tax expense/credit for the period (based on an normalized tax rate of 21%; 2019: 21%). The normalized tax rate of 21% is the current US federal corporate income tax rate.

In assessing the comparative performance of the business, in order to get a clearer view of the underlying financial performance of the business, it is useful to strip out the distorting effects of the items referred to above and then to apply a ‘normalized’ tax rate (for both the current and prior periods) of the weighted average US federal corporate income tax rate of 21% (2019: 21%) applicable during the financial year. A reconciliation of (loss)/profit for the period to adjusted (loss)/profit for the period is presented in supplemental note 3.

3. Adjusted basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per share

Adjusted basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per share are calculated by dividing the adjusted (loss)/profit for the period by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period. Adjusted diluted (loss)/earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. There is one category of dilutive potential ordinary shares: share awards pursuant to the 2012 Equity Incentive Plan (the "Equity Plan"). Share awards pursuant to the Equity Plan are assumed to have been converted into ordinary shares at the beginning of the financial year. Adjusted basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per share are presented in supplemental note 3.

4. Net debt

Net debt is calculated as non-current and current borrowings minus cash and cash equivalents.

Key Performance Indicators

Twelve months ended

Three months ended

30 June

30 June

2020

2019

2020

2019

Commercial % of total revenue

54.8%

43.9%

72.9%

50.8%

Broadcasting % of total revenue

27.6%

38.4%

20.4%

31.1%

Matchday % of total revenue

17.6%

17.7%

6.7%

18.1%

Home Matches Played

PL

16

19

1

4

UEFA competitions

4

5

-

1

Domestic Cups

4

2

-

-

Away Matches Played

PL

16

19

2

3

UEFA competitions

5

5

-

1

Domestic Cups

6

3

1

-

Other

Employees at period end

1,000

958

1,000

958

Employee benefit expenses % of revenue

55.8%

53.0%

90.1%

70.5%

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS
(unaudited; in £ thousands, except per share and shares outstanding data)

Twelve months ended
30 June

Three months ended
30 June

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue from contracts with customers

509,041

627,122

81,504

131,416

Operating expenses

(522,204)

(602,936)

(122,747)

(154,906)

Profit on disposal of intangible assets

18,384

25,799

2,317

1,342

Operating profit/(loss)

5,221

49,985

(38,926)

(22,148)

Finance costs

(27,391)

(25,470)

(7,690)

(8,593)

Finance income

1,352

2,961

78

704

Net finance costs

(26,039)

(22,509)

(7,612)

(7,889)

(Loss)/profit before tax

(20,818)

27,476

(46,538)

(30,037)

Income tax (expense)/credit

(2,415)

(8,595)

10,023

7,849

(Loss)/profit for the period

(23,233)

18,881

(36,515)

(22,188)

Basic (loss)/earnings per share:

Basic (loss)/earnings per share (pence)

(14.14)

11.48

(22.36)

(13.49)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used as the denominator in calculating basic (loss)/earnings per share (thousands)

164,253

164,526

163,316

164,526

Diluted (loss)/earnings per share:

Diluted (loss)/earnings per share (pence)(1)

(14.14)

11.47

(22.36)

(13.49)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares and potential ordinary shares used as the denominator in calculating diluted (loss)/earnings per share (thousands) (1)

164,253

164,666

163,316

164,526

(1) For the twelve and three months ended 30 June 2020 and the three months ended 30 June 2019, potential ordinary shares are anti-dilutive, as their inclusion in the diluted loss per share calculation would reduce the loss per share, and hence have been excluded.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(unaudited; in £ thousands)

As of 30 June

2020

2019

ASSETS

Non-current assets

Property, plant and equipment

254,439

246,032

Right-of-use assets(1)

4,559

-

Investment properties

20,827

24,979

Intangible assets

775,170

768,857

Deferred tax asset

58,362

58,415

Trade receivables

43,694

9,889

Derivative financial instruments

1,609

30

1,158,660

1,108,202

Current assets

Inventories

2,186

2,130

Prepayments

6,503

13,030

Contract assets – accrued revenue

45,966

39,532

Trade receivables

115,985

23,851

Other receivables

239

1,188

Income tax receivable

1,214

643

Derivative financial instruments

1,174

312

Cash and cash equivalents

51,539

307,637

224,806

388,323

Total assets

1,383,466

1,496,525

(1) Relates to adoption of IFRS 16, "Leases" with effect from 1 July 2019. See supplemental note 5 for further details.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(continued)
(unaudited; in £ thousands)

As of 30 June

2020

2019

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

Equity

Share capital

53

53

Share premium

68,822

68,822

Treasury shares

(21,305)

-

Merger reserve

249,030

249,030

Hedging reserve

(32,565)

(35,544)

Retained earnings

87,197

132,841

351,232

415,202

Non-current liabilities

Deferred tax liabilities

31,337

31,865

Contract liabilities - deferred revenue

18,759

33,354

Trade and other payables

51,322

79,183

Borrowings

520,010

505,779

Lease liabilities(1)

3,326

-

Derivative financial instruments

9,136

2,298

633,890

652,479

Current liabilities

Contract liabilities - deferred revenue

171,574

190,146

Trade and other payables

216,093

230,386

Income tax liabilities

4,005

2,859

Borrowings

5,605

5,453

Lease liabilities(1)

1,067

-

398,344

428,844

Total equity and liabilities

1,383,466

1,496,525

(1) Relates to adoption of IFRS 16, "Leases" with effect from 1 July 2019. See supplemental note 5 for further details.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited; in £ thousands)

Twelve months ended
30 June

Three months ended
30 June

2020

2019

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities

Cash generated from operations (see supplemental note 4)

17,569

263,609

1,675

151,469

Interest paid

(19,901)

(18,986)

(2,006)

(1,800)

Debt finance costs paid

(555)

-

-

-

Interest received

1,247

2,857

82

805

Tax paid

(2,180)

(2,696)

(283)

(308)

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities

(3,820)

244,784

(532)

150,166

Cash flows from investing activities

Payments for property, plant and equipment

(21,291)

(13,737)

(3,599)

(4,860)

Payments for investment properties

-

(12,424)

-

(12,424)

Payments for intangible assets

(220,577)

(178,175)

(8,847)

(18,310)

Proceeds from sale of intangible assets

29,022

42,994

3,788

5,102

Net cash outflow from investing activities

(212,846)

(161,342)

(8,658)

(30,492)

Cash flows from financing activities

Acquisition of treasury shares

(21,305)

-

(17,933)

-

Repayment of borrowings

-

(3,750)

-

-

Principal elements of lease payments(1)

(1,865)

-

(705)

-

Dividends paid

(23,229)

(23,326)

(11,906)

(11,716)

Net cash outflow from financing activities

(46,399)

(27,076)

(30,544)

(11,716)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(263,065)

56,366

(39,734)

107,958

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

307,637

242,022

90,251

193,855

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

6,967

9,249

1,022

5,824

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

51,539

307,637

51,539

307,637

(1) Relates to adoption of IFRS 16, "Leases" with effect from 1 July 2019. See supplemental note 5 for further details.

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTES

1 General information

Manchester United plc (the "Company") and its subsidiaries (together the "Group") is a men’s and women’s professional football club together with related and ancillary activities. The Company incorporated under the Companies Law (as amended) of the Cayman Islands.

2 Reconciliation of (loss)/profit for the period to adjusted EBITDA

Twelve months ended
30 June

Three months ended
30 June

2020

£’000

2019

£’000

2020

£’000

2019

£’000

(Loss)/profit for the period

(23,233)

18,881

(36,515)

(22,188)

Adjustments:

Income tax expense/(credit)

2,415

8,595

(10,023)

(7,849)

Net finance costs

26,039

22,509

7,612

7,889

Profit on disposal of intangible assets

(18,384)

(25,799)

(2,317)

(1,342)

Exceptional items

-

19,599

-

-

Amortization

126,756

129,154

30,966

30,149

Depreciation and impairment

18,543

12,850

7,592

4,219

Adjusted EBITDA

132,136

185,789

(2,685)

10,878

3 Reconciliation of (loss)/profit for the period to adjusted (loss)/profit for the period and adjusted basic and diluted (loss)/earnings per share

Twelve months ended
30 June

Three months ended
30 June

2020

£’000

2019

£’000

2020

£’000

2019

£’000

(Loss)/profit for the period

(23,233)

18,881

(36,515)

(22,188)

Exceptional items

-

19,599

-

-

Foreign exchange losses on unhedged US dollar denominated borrowings

4,436

2,650

1,846

2,545

Fair value movement on embedded foreign exchange derivatives

95

380

56

298

Income tax expense/(credit)

2,415

8,595

(10,023)

(7,849)

Adjusted (loss)/profit before tax

(16,287)

50,105

(44,636)

(27,194)

Adjusted income tax credit/(expense) (using a normalized tax rate of 21% (2019: 21%))

3,420

(10,522)

9,374

5,711

Adjusted (loss)/profit for the period (i.e. adjusted net (loss)/income)

(12,867)

39,583

(35,262)

(21,483)

Adjusted basic (loss)/earnings per share:

Adjusted basic (loss)/earnings per share (pence)

(7.83)

24.06

(21.59)

(13.06)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used as the denominator in calculating adjusted basic (loss)/earnings per share (thousands)

164,253

164,526

163,316

164,526

Adjusted diluted (loss)/earnings per share:

Adjusted diluted (loss)/earnings per share (pence)(1)

(7.83)

24.04

(21.59)

(13.06)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares and potential ordinary shares used as the denominator in calculating adjusted diluted (loss)/earnings per share (thousands)(1)

164,253

164,666

163,316

164,526

(1) For the twelve and three months ended 30 June 2020 and the three months ended 30 June 2019 potential ordinary shares are anti-dilutive, as their inclusion in the diluted loss per share calculation would reduce the loss per share, and hence have been excluded.

4 Cash generated from operations

Twelve months ended
30 June

Three months ended
30 June

2020
£’000

2019
£’000

2020
£’000

2019
£’000

(Loss)/profit for the period

(23,233)

18,881

(36,515)

(22,188)

Income tax expense/(credit)

2,415

8,595

(10,023)

(7,849)

(Loss)/profit before income tax

(20,818)

27,476

(46,538)

(30,037)

Adjustments for:

Depreciation and impairment

18,543

12,850

7,592

4,219

Amortization

126,756

129,154

30,966

30,149

Profit on disposal of intangible assets

(18,384)

(25,799)

(2,317)

(1,342)

Net finance costs

26,039

22,509

7,612

7,889

Non-cash employee benefit expense - equity-settled share-based payments

818

699

227

164

Foreign exchange (gains)/losses on operating activities

(816)

(76)

110

(164)

Reclassified from hedging reserve

12,180

6,250

3,192

2,239

Changes in working capital:

Inventories

(56)

(714)

217

(47)

Prepayments

6,527

(2,168)

4,365

(23)

Contract assets – accrued revenue

(6,434)

(1,514)

(3,266)

13,541

Trade receivables

(83,197)

82,086

(77,226)

91,650

Other receivables

949

(1,081)

(118)

(752)

Contract liabilities – deferred revenue

(33,167)

5,903

65,531

16,283

Trade and other payables

(11,371)

8,034

11,328

17,700

Cash generated from operations

17,569

263,609

1,675

151,469

5 Adoption of IFRS 16

The Group adopted IFRS 16, "Leases" with effect from 1 July 2019. The Group has elected to apply the ‘simplified approach’ on initial adoption of IFRS 16, consequently comparative information has not been restated.

The new treatment of leases has resulted in an increase in non-current assets and financial liabilities as well as increasing underlying EBITDA, offset by an increase in depreciation and an increase in finance charges.

Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended 30 June 2020 has increased by approximately £1.7 million. Profit before tax has decreased by approximately £0.1 million.

Lease payments were previously presented as operating cash flows. Lease payments are now split into payments for the principal portion of the lease liability which are presented as financing cash flows, and payments for the interest portion of the lease liability which are presented as operating cash flows. There is no impact on overall cash flow.

Note 2 and note 14 to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020, included within the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F, will provide further detail on the adoption of IFRS 16 and the impact on the consolidated income statement, consolidated balance sheet, and consolidated statement of cash flows.

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