Results for the year ended 31 May 2023
Hargreaves Services plc (AIM: HSP), a diversified group delivering services to the industrial and property sectors, announces its results for the year ended 31 May 2023.
Renewable energy land asset valuation and realisation plan
The Group has had its portfolio of renewable energy land assets, comprising three wind farm leases, six access agreements and two solar farm leases, valued by Jones Lang LaSalle Limited at 30 June 2023. This valuation placed an expected Market Value at Commissioning of Development*** of between £27.2m and £28.9m. These assets exclude the Westfield site where an Energy from Waste plant is being constructed by a third party. These renewable energy land assets are held at cost in the Balance Sheet at £6.6m. It is the Board’s intention to realise the value within these renewable energy land assets over the next five years and repatriate proceeds to shareholders.
The Group has maintained its momentum, with the continued expansion of a robust recurring revenue base in Services delivering both revenues marginally ahead and underlying profit before tax above market expectations and providing a strong foundation for future growth.
KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS
Year ended 31 May 2023
Underlying Profit Before Tax (“UPBT”)**
Profit from joint ventures (net of tax)
Share of Profit Before Tax from continuing operations
Basic underlying EPS from continuing operations**
Proposed Final Dividend
Proposed Additional Dividend from HRMS
Cash and cash equivalents
Net Assets per Share**
- Revenue increased 18.9% to £211.5m (2022: £177.9m) due to organic growth in Services
- UPBT above expectations at £27.3m (2022: £30.4m), decrease due to expected reduction in profitability in German Joint Venture, HRMS, offset by growth in both Services and Hargreaves Land
- Services UPBT increased 61.8% to £12.3m (2022: £7.6m)
- Hargreaves Land UPBT increased 85.7% to £3.9m (2022: £2.1m)
- Services business has over ten new term and framework contracts, taking total to over 60 providing visibility of 70% of next year’s expected revenue
* The prior year numbers have been restated following a correction of the allowability of certain expenses for corporate tax in a joint venture for the year ended 31 May 2022 and prior years. The net effect of the changes for the year ended 31 May 2022 was a decrease in the opening balance of the investment in joint ventures of £966,000 and a decrease in the share of profit in joint ventures (net of tax) of £2,321,000 which has subsequently decreased the closing investment in joint ventures by £3,287,000. Please refer to Note 7.
** The basis of Underlying profit before tax, EBITDA, Net Assets per Share and basic underlying EPS is set out in Note 8. The calculation of Net Assets per Share includes the renewable energy land assets at cost.
*** Market Value at COD – represents the price at which the portfolio would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts.
Commenting on the preliminary results, Acting Group Chair Nigel Halkes said: “The Group has maintained its strong momentum built over the last few years and continues to demonstrate its resilience in the current challenging economic environment. The growth of a robust recurring revenue base in Services is particularly pleasing and has provided the bedrock of performance for the Group. The outlook for the Group’s operations for the coming year and beyond is strong with over 60 term and framework contracts and 70% of revenue for the year already secured. The Group remains focused on its strategy to create, deliver and realise value for shareholders, and I look forward to executing on our value realisation plans in our renewable energy land asset portfolio in the medium term.”
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About Hargreaves Services plc (www.hsgplc.co.uk)
Hargreaves Services plc is a diversified group delivering services to the industrial and property sectors, supporting key industries within the UK and South East Asia. The Company's three business segments are Services, Hargreaves Land and an investment in a German joint venture, Hargreaves Raw Materials Services GmbH (HRMS). Services provides critical support to many core industries including Energy, Environmental, UK Infrastructure and certain manufacturing industries through the provision of materials handling, mechanical and electrical contracting services, logistics and major earthworks. Hargreaves Land is focused on the sustainable development of brownfield sites for both residential and commercial purposes. HRMS trades in specialist commodity markets and owns DK Recycling, a specialist recycler of steel waste material. Hargreaves is headquartered in County Durham and has operational centres across the UK, as well as in Hong Kong and a joint venture in Duisburg, Germany.