St Mark Homes Plc - Final Results PR Newswire

27 May 2021

St Mark Homes Plc

(''SMH'' or “the Company'')

Final results

St Mark Homes (AQSE: SMAP), the housebuilder operating mainly in London and the South of England, today announces its Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2020.

Strategic report

The directors present their strategic report for the year ended 31 December 2020.

Review of the business

The Group continues to develop residential led projects located in London and the Southern regions of the United Kingdom. The Group typically undertakes its business within special purpose vehicles and on a joint venture/profit sharing basis with other house builders.

2020 has been a difficult year with Brexit and Covid delaying both production and sales. The Group made a loss before tax of £170,101 (2019 profit: £113,977). While historically the business has largely developed apartments we anticipate increasing our exposure to family housing in the next development cycle. Our two new projects at Muswell Hill and Finchley are initial steps in this direction. We are also pleased to report that our Sutton joint venture was granted planning in late 2020. The Group made a post year end dividend distribution to shareholders of 3 pence per share (2019: 5.5p per share).

Our strategic priorities

The Board remain keen to grow the Group into a significant regional house builder. We have an established and profitable method of operation and intend to participate in additional projects in the coming years.

We believe the key Group assets are its people, capital base and market listing. Our primary aim is to maximise shareholder value by utilising each of these assets to best effect. We also are committed to the highest standards of sustainability.

People and partnering

We have an intentionally small but experienced team with demonstrable competency in the areas of finance, property development, project appraisal and project delivery. Our strategy is to match those core skills and our capital with partners who can assist with project design, construction and sales.  Our people are motivated through a management incentive scheme which aligns their interests with that of the shareholders and only rewards performance after attainment of profit targets linked to the return on shareholders funds.

Capital 

The Group commenced 2020 with a capital base just over £5.59m (2019: £5.73m). We have previously set a performance target to grow that base by a minimum of 5% on opening shareholders funds per annum through organic growth.  In 2020 we had a pre-tax loss of 3% (2019: profit 2%) on opening shareholders funds during particularly testing market conditions.

The Group repaid the 30 month bond during 2020 out of cash reserves.

AQSE Growth Market Listing

The market mid-price on 20 May 2021 of £0.875 represents a discount of 29% to the net asset value of £1.23 per share reported at 31 December 2020.

We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the market and as the Group grows we may in future consider a move to AIM. In the interim the Board believe the continued expansion of the capital base and the continuation of profit and dividend growth are steps that can broaden investor appeal.

Sustainability

We recognise that there are financial and operational benefits of working sustainably and we are committed to the highest standards of sustainability. While many environmental requirements are embedded within the planning process, sustainability is a broader issue than that and encompasses both Health & Safety and the supply chain.

Health & Safety continues to remain the Group’s first priority and we work with our joint venture partners to attain best practice standards. We are happy to report that there were no reportable incidents on any of our projects during 2020 and we remain committed to the highest standards of Health & Safety.

Having the right supply chain is also crucial to sustainability. We do have long term working relationships with our main suppliers but continue to carefully monitor the financial health of our design teams and main contractors. We aim to pay suppliers to agreed timescales and to work collaboratively with them for the benefit of all.

Project Portfolio

At present we have live joint venture projects on sites in Sutton, Battersea, Hanwell, Muswell Hill and Finchley which we anticipate will deliver profits in 2021 through to 2022. As these projects are completed we will seek replacement schemes.

Continuing Developments

Sutton High Street, Sutton:

The Group retains a 40% interest in a development site at Sutton High Street.  The Group, in association with its joint venture partner, successfully secured planning consent from the London Borough of Sutton for the extension of the  ground  floor  retail  space  at  its  previous developed scheme at 324 – 340 High Street, Sutton, together with approval for a new six-storey building comprising 30 residential apartments over ground floor retail space and basement car park on the adjacent land at 342 – 346 High Street, in November 2020.   Demolition works commenced in Spring 2021 and Construction works are now underway  with completion of the scheme scheduled for the final quarter of  2022.

The Group is in advanced negotiations with a FTSE 100 retailer for the letting of the ground floor retail space and is hopeful that this will lead to the securing of a long lease for this element of the scheme.

The Group plans to commence marketing of the residential element of this scheme in the Autumn  of 2021.

Gwynne Road, London SW11:

The Group has a 40% interest in the redevelopment of this site with its joint venture partner. The initial phase of the project was completed in 2020 providing a mixed use development of commercial/retail at ground and mezzanine levels and 33 residential flats above. The apartments have all been sold while the the commercial sector of the scheme continues to be marketed by our appointed agents.    We obtained an extension to the approved planning uses to include  D1 medical uses on the ground floor in July 2020 and are currently exploring additional / further planning options at the development .

In accordance with our revenue recognition policy we have recognised a profit of £14,833 (2019: £33,198) and project management fees of £nil (2019: £18,000) during 2020.

Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London W7:

The Group has a 50% interest in the redevelopment of this site with full planning permission in place to provide 43 residential units (7 houses and 36 apartments) and ground floor retail fronting Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, West London. The development is located just 200m from the new Crossrail station at Hanwell. Construction of the project is well advanced  and is scheduled to be completed in late autumn 2021.The business has already secured a FTSE 100 tenant for 80% of the retail space.   The marketing of the residential element is schedule to commence in June 2021.

In accordance with our revenue recognition policy we have recognised project management fees of £216,000 (2019: £90,000) during 2020.

New Developments

Twyford Avenue, Muswell Hill, London, N2, 

The Group has taken a 50% joint venture stake in a new build housing scheme in Muswell Hill, North London. This development will see the construction of seven new houses with off street parking.

Construction is well underway and is scheduled to be completed toward the end of 2021.   Marketing of the scheme is scheduled to commence in September 2021.

553 – 563 High Road, Finchley, N12

The Group has taken a 50% joint venture stake in a new build housing scheme in Finchley, North London. This development will see the construction of 5 houses.

Demolition is complete and Construction works have commenced and are expected to be completed in late  spring 2022.

Future Developments

As capital and profits are released from the current project portfolio the Board will seek out further opportunities with similar risk profiles. The Group’s schemes have largely been in the outer London Boroughs and it is intended that the Group will continue to focus on this geographic area.

Directors’ Section 172 (1) Statement

The Board regularly considers the impact of their decision making on the key stakeholders of the business. In this regard, the Board have identified key stakeholders groups, defined their interests and established how we the board and senior management have engaged with those stakeholders for the long term success of the business.

The table below sets out the key stakeholder groups, their interests, and how the company has engaged and interacted with those stakeholder groups during the year.

Stakeholder group Their interests How management and/or Directors engage
Investors ·             Comprehensive review of financial performance of the business
·             Business sustainability
·             High standard of governance
·             Awareness of long-term strategy and direction
·             Annual and interim reports
·             Company website
·             Shareholder circulations
·             Company announcements
·             AGM
·             AQSE growth exchange announcements
Employees ·             Job satisfaction and fulfilment
·             Health and safety on site
·             Training and development
·             Career progression
·             Inclusion
·             Formal policies and procedures
·             Regular dialogue with key management
·             Company culture which promotes inclusion and sharing of ideas
·             Management Incentive Scheme
Joint Venture Partners ·             Mutually rewarding outcomes ·             Formal development agreements
·             Learning from joint experiences to seek continual improvement
·             Pre commitment project due diligence
·             Project Monitoring
Community and the environment ·             Sustainability
·             Energy usage
·             Recycling and waste management

 
·             Products promoting energy reduction
·             Corporate and social responsibility policy
·             Environmental policy (including the reduction of our carbon footprint )


Principal risks and uncertainties

The Group is exposed to the usual risks of companies constructing and developing residential property, including construction budget overruns, delays in programme, insolvency of clients, general economic conditions, project availability, uninsured calamities, supply side risk including Brexit/Pandemic issues and other factors. 

Investments are made in sterling and therefore the Group is not subject to foreign exchange risks. The Group’s credit risk is primarily attributable to its trade debtors.  Credit risk is managed by monitoring payments against contractual agreements.  The Group also reviews the financial standings of its debtors prior to entering into significant contracts.

Key Performance Indicators

The Group’s long term performance target has been to generate a minimum average annual return on shareholders funds of 5%. Given the difficult environment we dropped this to 2% for 2020. During 2020 the annual pre-tax return on shareholders’ funds was -3% (2019:  2%). The sales market remained challenging in 2020 and extended sales periods have impacted profit recognition in 2020 and our ability to reutilise capital.

The Group also seeks protection from market downturns by committing no more than 50% of its capital to any one project and by requiring projects in which it is a stakeholder to show a minimum return on cost of 15%.  During 2020 the maximum exposure of capital to any one project was less than 40% of Group capital. 

Treasury policy

Operations have been financed by the issue of shares in the past and retained profits, the cash from which has been invested in short term cash deposits. In addition, various financial instruments such as trade debtors and trade creditors arise directly from the Group's operations. Loans have been funded by the cash income from previous development projects.  In 2019 and 2020 the 6% bond has also funded loans to joint venture partners. Further information on financial instruments is contained in note 22 of the financial statements.

On behalf of the Board

Barry Tansey

Chief Executive

26 May 2021

The Directors of St Mark Homes PLC accept responsibility for this announcement.

For further information, please contact:

St Mark Homes Plc
Sean Ryan, Finance Director Tel: +44 (0) 20 8903 2442
seanryan@stmarkhomes.com
Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Ltd, AQSE Growth Market Corporate Adviser
Jon Isaacs / Nick Michaels Tel: +44 (0) 20 3772 0021
www.alfredhenry.com

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the year ended 31 December 2020

2020 2019
£ £
Turnover 216,000 324,000
Cost of sales (29,361) (28,945)
________ ________
Gross profit 186,639 295,055
Administrative expenses (411,773) (447,756)
________ ________
Operating loss (225,134) (152,701)
Share of operating profit of joint ventures 8,916 188,708
Interest receivable and similar income 121,043 286,626
Interest payable and similar charges (74,926) (208,656)
________ ________
(Loss)/ Profit on ordinary activities before taxation (170,101) 113,977
Taxation on ordinary activities 32,255 (24,454)
________ ________
(Loss)/ Profit on ordinary activities after taxation (137,846) 89,523
Other comprehensive income -
________ ________
Total comprehensive income (137,846) 89,523
________ ________
Earnings per share – basic and diluted
Ordinary shares (3.12)p 2.03p

Consolidated Balance sheet
at 31 December 2020

2020 2020 2019 2019
£ £ £ £
Non Current assets
Tangible fixed assets 1,194 592
Investments in joint ventures 141,571 344,123
________ ________
142,765 344,715
Current assets
Debtors 4,798,266 3,991,840
Cash at bank and in hand    709,065 4,799,690
________ ________
5,507,331 8,791,530
Creditors: amounts falling
 due within one year (151,930) (3,550,233)
________ ________
Net current assets 5,355,401 5,241,297
________ ________
Total assets less current liabilities 5,498,166 5,586,012
Creditors: amounts falling
 due in more than one year

(50,000)

-   
________ ________
Net assets 5,448,166 5,586,012
________ ________
Capital and reserves
Called up share capital 2,206,501 2,206,501
Capital redemption reserve 1,009,560 1,009,560
Other reserve 211,822 211,822
Merger reserve 327,060 327,060
Share premium account 375,246 375,246
Profit and loss account 1,317,977 1,455,823
________ ________
Shareholders’ funds 5,448,166 5,586,012
________ ________

Statement of changes in equity
For the year ended 31 December 2020

Share Capital Capital Redemption Reserve Other
Reserve
Merger
Reserve
Share
Premium
Profit and loss reserves Total
£ £ £ £ £ £ £
Balance at
31 December 2018
2,206,501 1,009,560 211,822 327,060 375,246 1,609,015 5,739,204
Profit for the year - - - - - 89,523 89,523
________ ________ _______ _______ ________ ________    ________
Total comprehensive income for the year - - - - - 89,523 89,523
Dividend - - - - - (242,715) (242,715)
________ ________ _______ _______ ________ ________ ________
Balance at
31 December 2019
2,206,501 1,009,560 211,822 327,060 375,246 1,455,823 5,586,012
Loss for the year - - - - - (137,846) (137,846)
________ ________ _______ _______ ________ ________ ________
Total comprehensive income for the year - - - - - (137,846) (137,846)
Dividend - - - - - - -
________ ________ _______ _______ ________ ________ _________
Balance at
31 December 2020
2,206,501 1,009,560 211,822 327,060 375,246 1,317,977 5,448,166
________ ________ _______    ______ ________ ________ ________

Consolidated statement of cashflows
for the year ended 31 December 2020

2020 2020 2019 2019
£ £ £ £
Cash flows from
operating activities
Cash (used in)/ generated from operations
(702,840)

3,965,135
Interest paid (74,926) (208,656)
Corporation tax 32,255 (24,454)
________ ________
Net cash (outflow)/inflow from
operating activities (745,511) 3,732,025
Investing activities
Fixed asset additions (1,000)
Interest received 121,043 286,626
________ ________
Net cash generated from investing
activities 120,043 286,626
Financing activities
Repayment of 6% Bond (3,465,157) -
Dividend paid - (242,715)
________ ________
Net cash used in
financing activities (3,465,157) (242,715)
________ ________
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents (4,090,625) 3,775,936
Cash and cash equivalents at
beginning of year 4,799,690 1,023,754
________ ________
Cash and cash equivalents at
end of year 709,065 4,799,690
________ ________
Relating to:
Cash at bank and in hand 709,065 4,799,690
  ________ ________

Notes to Preliminary Results for the Period Ended 31 December 2020

1.   The financial information set out above does not constitute statutory accounts for the purpose of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.   The financial information has been extracted from the statutory accounts of St Mark Homes plc and is presented using the same accounting policies, which have not yet been filed with the Registrar of companies, but on which the auditors gave an unqualified report on 26 May 2021.

      The preliminary announcement of the results for the year ended 31 December 2020 was approved by the board of directors on 26 May 2021.

2.   Accounting policies

Company information

St Mark Homes Plc is a public limited company domiciled and incorporated in England and Wales. The registered office is No 1 Railshead Road, St Margarets, Old Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 7EP.

Accounting convention

These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with FRS 102 “The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland” (“FRS 102”) and the requirements of the Companies Act 2006.

The financial statements are prepared in sterling, which is the functional currency of the company. Monetary amounts in these financial statements are rounded to the nearest pound.

Going concern

These financial statements are prepared on the going concern basis.  The directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group and Company will continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.

The directors have considered the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures taken to contain it, on the Group and because of the nature of the Group’s activities they do not consider that there will be any significant effect on the ability of the Group to continue in business and meet its liabilities as they fall due. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing these financial statements.

The financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost convention. The principal accounting policies adopted are set out below.

Basis of consolidation

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the results of St Mark Homes Plc and its subsidiary undertaking, St Mark Contracts Limited as at 31 December 2020 using the acquisition method of accounting. Under this method the results of subsidiary undertakings are included from the date of acquisition. 

Jointly controlled operations and interests in joint ventures are accounted for using the equity method of accounting. A jointly controlled operation is an entity that is a joint venture that involves the establishment of a corporation, partnership or other entity in which each venture has an interest. A subsidiary is an entity controlled by the company. Control is the power to govern the financial and operating policies of the entity so as to benefit from its activities.

Turnover 

Turnover represents the amounts recoverable on contracts with developers.

Turnover arising from developments is recognised on exchanged sale contracts:

·      when costs and revenues associated with the transaction can be reliably measured; and

·      where the probability of non-performance is considered negligible such that the risks and rewards of ownership have passed to the buyer.

The return on loans provided for the development of residential property is shown under interest receivable and similar income.

Investments in subsidiaries

Interests in subsidiaries are initially measured at cost and subsequently measured at cost less any accumulated impairment losses. The investments are assessed for impairment at each reporting date and any impairment losses or reversals of impairment losses are recognised immediately in the profit or loss account. A subsidiary is an entity controlled by the company. Control is the power to govern the financial and operating policies of the entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities.

Intangible fixed assets – goodwill

Negative goodwill represents the discount on the cost of acquisition over the fair value of assets acquired. It is initially recognised as a liability and is subsequently measured at cost less accumulated amortisation. Negative goodwill is being amortised over the useful life of the assets acquired on a systematic basis which is expected to be no more than two years. Negative goodwill arose on the acquisition of St Mark Contracts Limited by the Company on 10 August 2016. The fair value of consideration paid was calculated based on the bid price of the shares issued by the Company as consideration for the entire net assets of St Mark Contracts Limited. The discount in the value of the assets resulted in negative goodwill of £287,125 arising on consolidation. This negative goodwill was fully amortised by 31 December 2019.

Property development loans

Interest receivable on property loans is recognised in the period in which it accrues.  Profit share returns are only recognised when there is sufficient evidence and the project is sufficiently progressed to assess the likely profitability with a reasonable level of accuracy.

Depreciation

Depreciation is provided to write off the cost, less estimated residual values, of all tangible fixed assets on a reducing balance basis over their expected useful lives.  It is calculated at the following rates:

Office equipment                - 25% per annum

Taxation

The tax expense represents the sum of the tax currently payable and deferred tax.

Current tax

The tax currently payable is based on taxable profit for the year. Taxable profit differs from net profit as reported in the profit and loss account because it excludes items of income or expense that are taxable or deductible in other years and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible. The company’s liability for current tax is calculated using tax rates that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the reporting end date.

Deferred tax

Deferred tax liabilities are generally recognised for all timing differences and deferred tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that they will be recovered against the reversal of deferred tax liabilities or other future taxable profits. The carrying amount of deferred tax assets is reviewed at each reporting end date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient taxable profits will be available to allow all or part of the asset to be recovered. Deferred tax is calculated at the tax rates that are expected to apply in the year when the liability is settled or the asset is realised. Deferred tax is charged or credited in the profit and loss account, except when it relates to items charged or credited directly to equity, in which case the deferred tax is also dealt with in equity. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset when the company has a legally enforceable right to offset current tax assets and liabilities and the deferred tax assets and liabilities relate to taxes levied by the same tax authority.

Leased assets

Leases are classified as finance leases whenever the terms of the lease transfer substantially all the risks and rewards of ownership to the lessees. All other leases are classified as operating leases.

Assets held under finance leases are recognised as assets at the lower of the assets fair value at the date of inception and the present value of the minimum lease payments. The related liability is included in the balance sheet as a finance lease obligation. Lease payments are treated as consisting of capital and interest elements. The interest is charged to the profit and loss account so as to produce a constant periodic rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability.

Liquid resources

For the purposes of the cash flow statement, liquid resources are defined as short term bank deposits.

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents include cash in hand, deposits held at call with banks, other short-term liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less, and bank overdrafts. Bank overdrafts are shown within borrowings in current liabilities.

Financial assets

The Company has elected to apply the provisions of Section 11 ‘Basic Financial Instruments’ and Section 12 ‘Other Financial Instruments Issues’ of FRS 102 to all of its financial instruments. Financial assets are recognised in the company's balance sheet when the company becomes party to the contractual provisions of the instrument.

Financial assets are classified into specified categories. The classification depends on the nature and purpose of the financial assets and is determined at the time of recognition. Basic financial assets, which include trade and other receivables and cash and bank balances, are initially measured at transaction price including transaction costs and are subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest method, unless the arrangement constitutes a financing transaction, where the transaction is measured at the present value of the future receipts discounted at a market rate of interest.

Financial liabilities and equity

Financial liabilities and equity are classified according to the substance of the financial instrument’s contractual obligations, rather than the financial instrument’s legal form.  Basic financial liabilities are initially measured at transaction price, unless the arrangement constitutes a financing transaction, where the debt instrument is measured at the present value of the future receipts discounted at a market rate of interest. Other financial liabilities are initially recognised at fair value and are subsequently re-measured at their fair value with changes recognised through the profit and loss account.

Equity instruments

Equity instruments issued by the company are recorded at the proceeds received, net of direct issue costs. Dividends payable on equity instruments are recognised as liabilities once they are no longer at the discretion of the company.

Dividends

Equity dividends are recognised when they become legally payable.  Interim equity dividends are recognised when paid.  Final equity dividends are recognised when approved by the shareholders at an annual general meeting. Dividends on shares wholly recognised as liabilities are recognised as expenses and classified within interest payable.

3.   Earnings per share

Earnings per ordinary share has been calculated using the weighted average number of shares in issue during the financial year. The weighted average number of Ordinary shares in issue was 4,413,002 (2019: 4,413,002) and the (loss)/earnings being (loss)/profit after tax attributable to ordinary shares was £137,846 loss (2019: £89,523 profit).

2020 2019
£ £
Numerator
Earnings used as the calculation of basic and diluted EPS (137,846) 89,523
________ ________

   

Number Number
Denominator
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in basic and diluted EPS 4,413,002 4,413,002
________ ________

There are no share options or other potentially dilutive equity instruments in issue than can dilute the earnings per share.