Good Energy Group - Half Yearly Report
RNS Number : 9287S
Good Energy Group PLC
30 September 2014
 



30 September 2014

 

Good Energy Group PLC ("Good Energy" or the "Group" or the "Company")

Un-audited Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2014

 

Good Energy reports continued customer growth

and good progress towards strategic objectives

 

"I am pleased to report good progress in growing our business. Gas and electricity customer numbers are up 35% and 82% respectively, reflective of our attractive customer proposition, and we are on track to deliver half of our electricity from our own renewable generation assets by 2016.  Consistent with earlier guidance, our half year profits, which are in line with our expectations, include important investments that will enable us to continue to deliver strong growth momentum. We look forward to making further progress in the second half of our financial year."

Juliet Davenport OBE, Chief Executive

 

Good Energy, the AIM listed renewable electricity supplier and generator, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014, delivering a solid financial performance with growth in line with expectations, across both supply and generation portfolios.

 

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

·     Revenue increased by 22% to £22.2m ( H1 2013: £18.2m)

·     Gross profit increased by 18% to £7.4m (H1 2013: £6.3m)

·     Operating profit £0.7m (H1 2013: £1.4m) in line with our expectations

·     Basic earnings per share 1.9p (H1 2013: 7.8p)

·     Interim dividend per share 1p (H1 2013: 1p)

·     Strong customer growth with overall customer numbers increasing by 36%.

-    Electricity customer numbers up 35% to around 46,000 (H1 2013: 34,000)

-    Gas customer numbers up 82% to more than 20,000 (H1 2013: 11,000)

-    Feed-in tariff (FIT) administration sites up by 27% to more than 66,000 (H1 2013: 52,000)

·     Generation portfolio further developed and diversified with the Company making good progress towards its goal of delivering 50% of electricity from its own renewable generation assets by 2016

-    Wind assets generated 13% more power in H1 2014 than in H1 2013

-    Hampole wind farm was fully commissioned, on schedule and to budget and is capable of generating 23GWh of electricity a year (enough to power 6,500 homes)

-    Two new solar farms have been energised in Dorset and North Cornwall, which between them can produce a further 7GWh of renewable electricity a year

-    Final planning permission received for a 49.9MW solar park on a disused airfield site in West Raynham, Norfolk at the start of the year. Subsequently, in August, we agreed terms for the sale of this site to a member of the Trina Solar group

 

Note: The half-year results do not reflect the sale in August of the solar park site at West Raynham. This sale will be reflected in the full year accounts.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Good Energy Group plc

Juliet Davenport, Chief  Executive

Denise Cockrem, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

01249 766795

 

N+1 Singer (Nominated Adviser & Broker)

Andrew Craig, Ben Wright

 

020 7496 3000

 

Camarco (Financial PR Adviser)

Geoffrey Pelham-Lane, Billy Clegg, Georgia Mann

 

020 3757 4980

 

 

Good Energy Press Office

Emily Towers

01249 478380

 

 

Notes to editors

- Good Energy is a fast-growing 100% renewable electricity supply company, offering value for money and award-winning customer service.

- An AIM-listed PLC, and founder member of the Social Stock Exchange, its mission is to support change in the energy market, address climate change and boost energy security.

- Good Energy matches over the course of a year all the electricity its customers use with power from renewable sources.

- For the last three years, the company has topped the Which? energy company customer satisfaction survey. Good Energy's dual fuel tariff is cheaper on average than the standard tariffs sold by the 'Big 6' before discounts.

- It has around 46,000 renewable electricity customers and 20,000 gas customers (11 Aug 2014). It works with a community of more than 66,000 small and medium scale renewable electricity generators (11 Aug 2014).

- Good Energy is the owner of Delabole Wind Farm, the UK's first commercial wind farm, and also owns and operates Hampole Wind Farm, near Doncaster. It owns and operates two solar farms.

- Good Energy aims to deliver 50% of electricity from its renewable generation assets by 2016.

- It won Company of the Year in the British Renewable Energy Awards 2013 and was named as the best green electricity supplier 2013 by the UK's leading ethical and environmental magazine, Ethical Consumer. Most recently, it won Best Utilities PLC 2014 in the UK Stock Markets Awards.

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

I am pleased to report Good Energy Group PLC's interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014. During the period, we have maintained a positive momentum and made steady progress towards our strategic objectives, across both the supply and generation businesses, in line with our expectations. We have achieved good growth across all customer groups. However, this growth has been tempered by the effects of reduced energy usage by customers, in common with the downturn experienced by the wider market.

 

It has been a period of continued investment by Good Energy to bring future growth, particularly in our development pipeline of new generation assets. During H1, we saw the successful commissioning of two new renewable electricity generation sites - a second wind farm and our first solar site - which have helped increase the amount of electricity we are able to generate from our owned assets. A second solar site was commissioned in early August, and we remain on track to meet our goal of delivering 50% of electricity from our own renewable generation assets by 2016.

 

At the same time, our winter price freeze and success in topping the Which? energy company customer satisfaction survey for the third year running, has helped to deliver both strong customer growth and increased market share, as demonstrated in our latest company numbers.

 

The Board

The Good Energy Board has been further strengthened with the appointment of Denise Cockrem as Chief Financial Officer on 1 May. Denise brings with her a wealth of experience and most recently served as Finance Director for RSA Insurance Group (UK & Western Europe).

 

Compliance and quality control

Good Energy believes simplicity and transparency should not only be at the heart of how every energy supplier treats its customers, but also in the way it does business. We are committed to best practice compliance and quality assurance processes and have in place a framework of internal controls and procedures to ensure standards are met.

 

Strategy and outlook

The Board currently expects the Company's full year performance to be in line with expectations. However, this will be dependent on the contingent consideration achieved from the sale of West Raynham, continued customer growth and no further reduction in forecast energy usage. This remains a challenging market in which to operate, and one in which there is a substantial level of regulatory change and associated increase in costs. We are confident we have the right proposition and strategy to bring growth to all our shareholders and look to the future with confidence.

 

Dividend declaration

Having paid an aggregate dividend for 2013 of 3.3p per ordinary share, the Board is pleased to announce an interim dividend of 1p per ordinary share for the period to 30 June 2014. The dividend is payable on 24 October 2014 to shareholders whose names are on the register at close of business on 10 October 2014. The shares will trade ex-dividend on 9 October 2014.

 

John Maltby
Chairman
30 September 2014

 



 

Chief Executive's Review

 

Good Energy has had a positive first half of the year as demonstrated by today's results. We are pleased with the continued growth of all of our customer bases, with increased market share across the electricity and gas supply, and feed-in tariff (FIT) administration sites. We believe this is reflective of our attractive customer proposition of competitive pricing, 100% renewable electricity and outstanding customer service.

 

As at June 30, 2014, we had 46,000 electricity customers (H1 2013 - 34,000); 20,000 gas customers (H1 2013 - 11,000) and 66,000 FIT administration sites (H1 2013 - 52,000). This represents a total percentage growth across all customers of 36%. Excellent customer service is core to our offering and we were delighted to be voted top in the Which? 2014 energy company customer satisfaction survey for the third year running at the start of the year, recognising Good Energy's industry-leading service.

 

In common with the wider market sector, we have seen a reduction in energy usage by customers, and this, coupled with the warmer winter, has reduced overall demand for electricity and gas. Government research shows there is a longer-term downward trend in domestic energy consumption as consumers and appliances become more energy efficient. Our aim is to take the UK closer to a cleaner, greener future.

 

As previously announced, we have been investing in improving brand awareness in order to attract and retain new customers. Activity has included refreshed branding, design and digital collateral, the introduction of the strapline 'Switch for Good', and a number of marketing initiatives including a pilot campaign in Brighton to increase customer numbers. Good Energy has also further invested in raising brand awareness and engaging with potential new customers at a number of festivals and events across the UK, including Hay Festival and Bristol Big Green Week. We are currently reviewing the results, to enable us to inform and implement a longer-term strategy, while continuing to identify additional opportunities to attract new customers.

 

Maintaining a high level of customer service is important to us and we have therefore continued to invest in customer service improvements. Our customer relationship management (CRM) system, introduced in Q4 2013, is delivering results and we have been investing in additional processes to support this. We have also focused on streamlining the customer journey, to ensure that our customers receive the best possible experience.

 

We have continued to build the infrastructure of the Company in a sustainable way to support the growth we are seeing in both our customer numbers and in our generation business. We have recruited additional customer-facing staff to help us deal with customer growth, and have developed new recruitment and training practices to enable us to attract and retain the right people, with the right skills.

 

Our investments are helping to further establish Good Energy at the forefront of the independent renewable electricity supply and generation sector and give us a strong platform for future growth.

 

 

Financial results

Revenue has grown 22% compared to H1 2013 largely attributable to the strong growth in customer numbers, against the backdrop of reduced energy usage by customers as a consequence of the mild winter. The performance of our wind assets also contributed to revenue growth with generation increasing by 13% compared with H1 2013, as a result of the commissioning of our new wind farm at Hampole and a strong half year performance from Delabole wind farm.

 

Gross profit has increased by £1.1m to £7.4m (H1 2013 - £6.3m). Gross margin percentage has fallen back slightly to 33% (H1 2013 - 34%). This reflects the impact of our winter price freeze, where we held prices until April 2014.

 

Operating profit is down 51% to £0.7m (H1 2013 - £1.4m) as a result of continued investment in customer service improvements, increased marketing activity and investing in infrastructure to support ongoing growth across the business.

 

The profit before tax figure for H1 is down on last half-year to £0.3m (H1 2013 - £1.2m), reflecting the impact of the price freeze and operational investments to provide a foundation for future growth. Interest and depreciation charges have increased in line with expectations as our CRM system went live in Q4 2013 and Hampole wind farm and our first solar park went operational in H1 2014.

 

The balance sheet remains strong and the Company's cash position is healthy at £5.0m. Investment in generation assets from pre-planning to construction has increased total assets by 86% to £59.9m. Borrowings have increased by £23.8m on last half year due to £15m of corporate bond proceeds raised in H2 2013, and a further £8.8m drawn against the Hampole wind farm debt facility.

 

Following the corporate bond raise in H2 2013, we started the year with cash available to spend of £18m. Of the £12.9m cash outflow in H1 2014, £8.9m represents investment in tangible assets and inventory relating to generation projects. A further £3.7m outflow of cash relates to expected working capital movements as a result of the seasonality of the supply businesses. In the second half of the year, we plan to continue to invest the remaining corporate bond proceeds and also the sale proceeds from the West Raynham solar site in generation projects.

 

Generation & development

Progress in our generation and development business has been encouraging. Our second onshore wind farm at Hampole, near Doncaster, capable of generating 23GWh a year, was fully commissioned on schedule and to budget. This new asset, together with our established wind farm at Delabole, Cornwall, generated 13% more electricity during H1 than during the same period in 2013. The two sites combined have a maximum output capacity of 17.5MW.

 

Our investment in solar generation bore fruit during H1 of this year. Our first solar farm, in Dorset, was successfully commissioned during H1 and a second site went live in August. Between them, these sites will produce a further 7GWh of renewable electricity a year.

 

At the start of 2014, we received final planning permission for a 49.9MW solar development on a disused airfield in West Raynham, Norfolk. Subsequently, in August (post period), we agreed terms for the sale of this site to a member of the Trina Solar group. The total sale value, which will be received in cash, will be between £3.4 million and £6.8 million and the net profit on sale received by the Company for the development of the site will be between £1.4 million and £3.8 million, depending on when the site is completed and commissioned. The financial impact of this transaction will be reflected in the Company's full year results. This transaction is part of Good Energy's strategy to develop its portfolio through a combination of selling some sites and building and holding others. The proceeds will be used for the development of further generation sites.

 

We remain committed to seeking opportunities for the long-term diversification of sources of renewable electricity generation and in May this year, we announced a strategic investment of £0.5m which has given us an option over 10% of the future electricity generated by the 320MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project. This represents our first investment in tidal energy.

 

We have also continued to build support for our pipeline of wind and solar projects through continued local community engagement and through national engagement with Government. We are committed to finding ways for local communities to participate in and benefit from our development activities

 

Ethical and social mission

In the first half of 2014, we won a number of awards recognising our achievements, including Best Business (Climate Week awards), Best Utilities PLC (UK Stock Market awards), and Social Impact Company of the Year (Small Cap awards).

 

As a founder member, Good Energy continues to play a supportive role in the Social Stock Exchange, and our partnerships with organisations such as the Soil Association and The National Trust reflect a shared ethos in creating a greener, more sustainable environment.

 

Government policy

The environment in which we operate continues to be subject to increasing regulation and policy change, much of which requires significant additional investment. The Electricity Market Reform, Retail Market Review and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation, along with the smart metering programme, have all required, and will continue to require us to make significant additional investment. We have been playing an active role in ongoing discussions with Government over the level of subsidies for solar energy and other renewables, as well as influencing the debate over how to improve competition and trust in the energy market.

 

Outlook

I am pleased with our progress to date against our strategy. There are still challenges ahead as we seek to develop our offering and compete in the market. However, with our excellent customer proposition, team and generation portfolio, Good Energy is in a strong position to capitalise on its achievements to date, and to pursue further opportunities to deliver future growth. We look forward to making continued progress in the second half of our financial year.

Juliet Davenport OBE
Chief Executive
30 September 2014

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2014

 


Note

 

 

 

Un-audited
6 months
to 30/06/2014
£000's

Un-audited
6 months
 to 30/06/2013
£000's

Audited
 12 months
 to 31/12/2013
 £000's

REVENUE


22,228

18,204

 

40,407

Cost of sales


(14,873)

(11,950)

(26,822)

GROSS PROFIT


7,355

6,254

13,585

Administrative expenses


(6,659)

(4,839)

(9,727)

OPERATING PROFIT


696

 1,415

3,858

Finance income


10

 64 

116

Finance costs


(387)

(305)

(719)

PROFIT BEFORE TAX


319

1,174

3,255

Taxation


(53)

(248)

(586)

PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD


266

 926 

2,669

Other comprehensive income:

Net (loss)/gains on cash flow hedge


(207)

114  

328

Other comprehensive (loss)/ income for the period, net of tax


(207)

114

328

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE PARENT COMPANY


59

 1,040 

2,997

Earnings per share

- Basic

5

1.9p

7.8p

20.9p

- Diluted


1.7p

7.5p

19.6p

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 30 June 2014


 

 

 

Un-audited
30/06/2014
£000's

Un-audited
 to 30/06/2013
£000's

Audited
 to 31/12/2013
 £000's

Non -current assets





Property, plant and equipment


30,655

17,633

20,112

Intangible assets


3,519

3,118 

3,478

Derivative financial instruments


121

 114

328

Trade Investments


538

-

-

Total non-current assets


34,833

20,865

23,918

Current assets

Inventories


11,953

4,098

6,128

Trade and other receivables


8,063

 5,470 

7,952

Cash and cash equivalents


5,025

 1,716 

17,975

Total current assets


25,041

 11,284 

32,055

TOTAL ASSETS


59,874

 32,149 

55,973

Equity and Liabilities

Capital and reserves

Called up share capital


733

 626 

733

Share premium account


9,077

 6,729 

9,077

Other reserves


(230)

(422)

(236)

Retained earnings


6,620

 4,980 

6,890

Total equity


16,200

  11,913 

16,464

Non-current liabilities

Deferred taxation


791

 688 

738

Borrowings


32,697

 9,110 

24,667

Total non-current liabilities


33,488

 9,798 

25,405

Current liabilities

Borrowings


743

 567 

674

Derivative financial instruments


-

-

52

Trade and other payables


8,906

 9,592 

12,875

Current tax payable


537

 279 

503

Total current liabilities


10,186

 10,438 

14,104

Total liabilities


43,674

 20,236 

39,509

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES


59,874

 32,149 

55,973

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2014

Un-audited

Share
capital
 £000's

Share
premium
 £000's

Other
 reserves
£000's

Retained
earnings
 £000's


Total
£000's

At 1 January 2013

626

6,729

(470)

4,167

11,052

Profit for the period

-

-

-

926

926

Other comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

114

114

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

1,040

1,040

Sale of shares by EBT

-

-

48

9

57

Dividend paid

-

-

-

(236)

(236)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Parent, recognised directly in equity

-

-

48

(227)

(179)

At 30 June 2013

 626 

 6,729

(422)

 4,980

 11,913

At 1 July 2013

 626 

 6,729 

(422)

 4,980

 11,913

Profit for the period

-

-

-

1,743

1,743

Other comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

214

214

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

1,957

1,957

Issue of ordinary shares

 107 

2,574

 -  

 -  

 2,681

Cost of shares issued in the period                                              -

                   (226)                              -

-                 (226)

Purchase of shares by EBT

-

-

(3)

-

(3)

Sale of shares by EBT

-

-

189

94

283

Dividend paid

 -  

 -  

 -  

(141)

(141)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Parent, recognised directly in equity

 107 

2,348

186  

(47)

 2,594

At 31 December 2013

733 

9,077

(236)

6,890

 16,464

At 1 January 2014

733 

9,077

(236)

6,890

 16,464

Profit for the period

 -  

 -  

 -  

 266

 266

Other comprehensive income for the period

 -  

 -  

 - 

(207)

 (207)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 -  

 -  

 - 

59

59

Sale of shares by EBT

 -  

 -  

 6 

(1)

 5

Dividend paid

 -  

 -  

 -  

(328)

(328)

Total contributions by and distributions to owners of the Parent, recognised directly in equity

 -  

 -  

 6

(329)

(323)

At 30 June 2014

 733

 9,077 

(230)

 6,620

 16,200

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
for the 6 months ended 30 June 2014

 


Note

Un-audited
30/06/2014
 £000's

Un-audited
30/06/2013
£000's

Audited
31/12/2013
£000's

Cash flows from operating activities:





Operating cash (outflow)/inflow

6

(8,469)

(431)

938

Finance income


10

 64 

116

Finance costs


(439)

(305)

(647)

Income tax received


34

 -  

(64)

Net cash flows (used in)/from operating activities


(8,864)

(672)

343

Cash flows from investing activities:

Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment


(11,016)

(6,923)

(9,364)

Acquisitions of intangible assets


(403)

(520)

(1,073)

Investments


(538)

-

-

Net cash flows (used in)/from investing activities


(11,957)

(7,443)

(10,437)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Payments of dividends


(328)

(236)

(377)

Bank financing advanced


  8,496

 750 

2,433

 

Bank financing repaid

 


(219)

 

(200)

 

(390)

 

Proceeds from issue of corporate bond


-

-

14,229

Capital repayments of finance leases


(83)

(75)

(153)

Proceeds from issue of shares


-

 -  

2,455

Purchase of shares


-

 -  

(3)

Sale of own shares


5

 57 

340

Net cash flows from/(used in) financing activities


7,871

 296 

18,534

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents


(12,950)

(7,819)

8,440

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period


17,975

 9,535 

9,535

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period


5,025

1,716

17,975

 

 

 

 

Notes to the Interim Accounts

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2014

 

1. General Information and basis of preparation

Good Energy Group PLC is a public listed company incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom.

The Company is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the . The Company's registered office and its principal place of business is Monkton Reach, Monkton Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1EE.

The Interim Financial Statements were prepared by the Directors and approved for issue on 30 September 2014. These Interim Financial Statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2013 were approved by the Board of Directors on 7 April 2014 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

The accounting policies applied in the Interim Financial Statements are consistent with those described in the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013. Where new standards or amendments to existing standards have become effective during the year, there has been no material impact on the results of the Group. Certain statements within this report are forward looking. The expectations reflected in these statements are considered reasonable. However, no assurance can be given that they are correct. As these statements involve risks and uncertainties the actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements.

These Interim Financial Statements have not been audited.

 

2. Going-concern basis

The Group meets its day to day working capital requirements through its cash resources and bank facilities. The Directors have reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. The Group therefore continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing its condensed Interim Financial Statements.

 

3. Estimates

The preparation of Interim Financial Statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

In preparing this set of condensed Interim Financial Statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2013.

 

4. Financial Risk Factors

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk, currency risk, credit risk and liquidity risk. The condensed Interim Financial Statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the Annual Financial Statements. They should be read in conjunction with the Annual Financial Statements as at 31 December 2013.

 

5. Earnings per share

The calculation of basic earnings per share at 30 June 2014 was based on a weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding for the six months to 30 June 2014 of 14,280,948 (for the six months to 30 June 2013: 11,817,991 and for the full year 2013: 12,784,912) after excluding the shares held by Clarke Willmott Trust Corporation Limited in trust for the Good Energy Group Employee Benefit Trust.

 

6. Operating Cash Flow

The operating cash outflow for the six months to 30 June 2014 of £8.5m (for the six months to 30 June 2013: (£0.4m) and for the full year 2013: £0.9m) includes £6.7m of spend on inventory relating to generation projects.

 

7. Subsequent Events

Following a competitive tender process and evaluation by the Board, the Group sold its 49.9MW solar site at West Raynham to a member of the Trina Solar group. The total sale value, which will be received in cash, will be between £3.4m and £6.8m and the net profit on sale received by the Company for the development of the site will be between £1.4m and £3.8m depending on when the site is completed and commissioned. £2.5m of spend on inventory on West Raynham was recovered in H2 following the sale process.

 

-ENDS-

 

 


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