MONEYSUPERMARKET (LON:MONY) Halfyear Report

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20/07/2017 07:00

Half-year Report


Released 07:00 20-Jul-2017

                                                                                                                                20 July 2017


 


Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC interim results for the six months to 30 June 2017


 


































































Financial highlights



Six Months Ended June 2017



Six Months Ended June 2016



Change



Group revenue



£165.3m



£157.6m



+5%



Gross profit



£120.4m



£120.4m



-



Operating Profit



£48.5m



£46.5m



+4%



Adjusted Operating Profit *



£55.2m



£53.8m



+3%



Profit after tax



£40.3m



£37.9m



+6%



Adjusted basic EPS **



8.1p



7.8p



+4%



Basic EPS



7.4p



6.9p



+7%



Net cash (Cash less borrowings)



£17.7m



£10.7m



+65%



Interim dividend for the period



2.84p



2.75p



+3%



 


*Adjusted Operating Profit ("AOP") is Operating Profit adjusted for the amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles. The reconciliation of AOP is shown on page 3.


 


** Adjusted earnings per ordinary share is based on profit before tax after adjusting for intangible amortisation related to acquisitions and the profits on disposal of associates and investments. A tax rate of 19.25% (2016: 20%) has been applied to calculate adjusted profit after tax.


       


·      Group Revenues up 5%.


 


·      Customer savings up 17% to £1.1 billion.


 


·      Adjusted Operating Profit up 3%.


 


·      Net cash £17.7m.


 


·      Interim dividend up 3%, continuing our progressive dividend policy.


 


·      £20m of £40m share buyback completed as at 30 June.


 


 


Mark Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Moneysupermarket.com Group, said:


 


"We've helped more people take control of their household bills than ever before, saving our customers £1.1bn in the first half of this year. 


"Insurance switching grew an encouraging 18%. However,  the energy market continues to evolve and the lack of blockbuster energy deals from providers meant we didn't collectively switch as many people as last year.


"Our focus now is on using our tech investment to find new ways to help our customers, particularly on mobiles, and improving our everyday energy switching."


 


Outlook


 


With current trends in our Energy trading, we expect the full-year outlook for Adjusted Operating Profit to be at the lower end of the consensus range. Group trading in the first few weeks of July was in line with the second quarter.

 





















































 



Revenues for the three months to 30 June 2017



Revenues for the six months to 30 June 2017



 



£M



Growth


y-o-y (%)



£M



Growth


y-o-y (%)



MoneySuperMarket.com


-  Insurance


-  Money


-  Home Services



71.2


44.1


19.5


7.6



8


13


3


(5)



147.3


88.6


41.8


16.9



4


18


-


(33)



MoneySavingExpert.com



9.3



15



20.0



4



TravelSupermarket.com



6.3



10



12.2



10



Intragroup revenues & Other



(6.4)



6



(14.2)



(5)



Group revenues



80.4



9



165.3



5



 


The key drivers for the second quarter of 2017 were as follows:


-     Strong Insurance performance continued with our marketing and pricing initiatives performing well in a buoyant market.


 


-     Money: credit cards and loans continued to deliver good growth.  Overall progress muted by lower demand for savings products and strong current account offerings this time last year.


 


-     Slower trend in Home Services continued in the second quarter.


 


-     Travelsupermarket.com recovery continued.


 


 


 


 


 


Notes:


Market expectations of Adjusted Operating Profit from the analyst consensus on our investor website are in a range of £112.6m to £117.4m, with an average of £114.7m.


Results presentation


There will be a presentation for investors and analysts at Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG at 9.30am this morning.  The presentation will be streamed live. Visit: http://corporate.moneysupermarket.com/ to register and listen.



For further information, contact:


 


Matthew Price, Chief Financial Officer                  


Tel:  0207 379 5151                                            


 


William Clutterbuck, Maitland


Tel: 0207 379 5151


 

 


Financial and Business Review


 


Extract of Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income


for the six months ended 30 June 2017






























































































 



6 months ended 30 June 2017



6 months ended 30 June 2016



 



£m



£m



Revenue



165.3



157.6



Cost of sales



(44.9)



(37.2)



Gross profit



120.4



120.4



Distribution expenses



(17.4)



(21.2)



Administrative expenses



(54.5)



(52.7)



Operating profit



48.5



46.5



 


The Directors believe that the presentation of the Adjusted Operating Profit measure gives users of the financial information a better understanding of the underlying performance of the business.


 


Reconciliation to Adjusted Operating Profit:



Operating profit



48.5



46.5



Amortisation of acquisition related Intangible Assets (1)



6.7



7.2



Adjusted Operating Profit



55.2



53.8



Adjusted earnings per ordinary share:



 



 



- basic (p)



8.1



7.8



- diluted (p)



8.1



7.8



Earnings per ordinary share:



 



 



- basic (p)



7.4



6.9



- diluted (p)



7.4



6.9



 


Basis of Preparation


 


The results show the trading results for the six months ended 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2016. The following adjustment


has been made in arriving at Adjusted Operating Profit:  Amortisation of acquisition related Intangible Assets - the acquisition of Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited by the Company prior to Listing in 2007 gave rise to £207.2m of intangible assets, excluding goodwill. These are being written off over a period of 3-10 years with a charge of £6.2m expensed in the first half of 2017 (2016: £6.6m). The acquisition of the trade and certain assets of MoneySavingExpert.com and a sole trader business (together 'MoneySavingExpert.com') on 21 September 2012 by the Group gave rise to £12.9m of intangible assets, excluding goodwill. These are being written off over a period of 3-10 years with a charge of £0.5m expensed in the first half of 2017 (2016: £0.6m).


 


During the first six months of 2017 Group revenues grew 5%. The MoneySuperMarket.com business saw its revenues grow 4%. Insurance growth was strong at 18% while Home Services was significantly impacted by reduced energy collective switch activity.  Money was flat overall with good growth in credit products.


TravelSupermarket.com revenues were up by 10% for the half year.


Revenue in MoneySavingExpert.com was 4% ahead of last year, with growth impacted by less energy collective switch activity.


The Group's technology spend (£9.5m in the first half) continued with the rolling out of our new platform.  This gives a modern and scalable tech infrastructure. One of our priorities now is to use this to develop profitable opportunities across channels and devices, especially smartphones which are increasingly the way customers choose to use our site.


As expected Group gross margins fell from 76% to 73% largely because of higher online marketing spend. The Group did not operate its paid search at a loss. Paid search marketing now generates 25% of our revenue, up 5% on last year and partly arises from customers increasingly using mobile devices.


Distribution costs were 18% lower than 2016, largely because of reduced TV spend by TravelSupermarket.com. MoneySuperMarket.com continued its 'You're So MoneySuperMarket' TV campaign supported by radio and print campaigns.


Adjusted administrative costs (total costs excluding the amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles) increased 6% from £45.6m to £48.3m in 2017, with the technology spend in recent years increasing the amortisation charge by £1.2m and higher irrecoverable VAT charges of £1.9m, principally as a result of increased paid search activity.


As a result, Adjusted Operating Profit margins decreased from 34.1% to 33.4% against the same period last year.


 


Group KPIs


The Directors use Key Performance Indicators ('KPIs') to assess the performance of the business against the Group's strategy. Our goal is to help every household make the most of their money by investing in our technology, customer data and tools to deliver more value to customers and providers. 


The three strategic priorities are: be the best site, earn customer loyalty and be the preferred partner for our providers.  The KPIs measure these.


 


Best site. Be the easiest way for customers to find providers and products.






























 



 



2017



2016



Change



Average monthly unique visitors



24.3m



24.3m



0%



Investment in technology



£9.5m



£10.4m



-£0.9m



 


We invested £9.5m in technology in the first half, including the rollout of the new platform to other channels, and investment in our back office systems. We expect to complete the migration of our core channels to the new platform in the second half of 2017.


 


Unique monthly visitors remained flat at 24m.


 


 


Earn customer loyalty. Be the destination brand for users and customers


 




































 



 



2017



2016



Change



Unique adults choosing to share data



Net promoter score



Savings made by customers



£1.1bn



£0.9bn



17%



 


We added 2.9 million customer profiles to 'MyProfile'.  This allows us to understand our customers better and make it easier for them to save money though us. Our critical KPI, Savings made by customers increased by 17% to £1.1 billion in the six months, demonstrating the value of our proposition to our customers. Net Promoter Score fell slightly compared to the same period last year.


 

 


Preferred partner. Be the best way for providers to acquire customers


 






























 



 



2017



2016



Change



Number of providers



886



853



4%



Marketing margin



63%



63%



0%



 


We help providers to reach customers effectively with the most appropriate products. We use our data tools, analytics and position as the major independent price comparison website to develop relationships with providers and secure market leading exclusive products for customers. Providers understand the value we bring, which is why we continue to increase the number of providers represented on our sites


 


The marketing margin remained flat. The additional paid search marketing was offset by fewer energy cashback payments on collective switches, and TravelSuperMarket.com did not run a TV campaign this January.


 


Trading performance


 


The Group operates across a number of businesses and product markets.
























































































 



Revenue1



 



6 months to 30 June 2017



 



6 months to 30 June 2016



 



£m



%



 



£m



%



Insurance



 



48



Money



 



26



Home Services



16.9



10



 



25.1



16



MoneySuperMarket.com



147.3



89



 



142.2



90



TravelSupermarket.com



 



7



MoneySavingExpert.com



 



12



Intercompany revenue1 and Other



(14.2)



(8)



 



(14.9)



(9)



Total



165.3



100



 



157.6



100



 


1 In the above table revenues in MoneySuperMarket.com arising from traffic from MoneySavingExpert.com have been shown in both MoneySuperMarket.com and MoneySavingExpert.com. Intercompany revenues are then eliminated as shown above.


 


Insurance


 


The Insurance vertical allows customers to search for and compare policies including breakdown, home, life, motor, pet and travel insurance. Revenues increased 18% from £75.3m to £88.6m, benefiting from our marketing and pricing initiatives and a strong market for motor switching.


 


Money


 


Through the Money vertical customers search and compare products including credit cards, current accounts, mortgages, loans, debt solutions, savings accounts and business finance. Overall revenue in the Money vertical was flat, largely because current account switching was strong in the first half of last year when several banks and building societies were offering very attractive products with compelling incentives.  Savings revenues fell as a result of continued low interest rates although attractive product deals meant that credit cards and loans delivered good growth.


 


Home Services


 


Home Services allows customers to search and compare products such as broadband, mobile phones, and utilities. Revenue in the Home Services vertical fell 33% from £25.1m to £16.9m.  Revenues from utility (gas and electricity) switching, which is the majority of the vertical, were impacted by lower collective switch activity compared to 2016.  This is where customers sign up through us to collectively take advantage of a one-off deal. The success of collective switching in 2016 meant we emphasised this way of saving on energy bills. While collective switches are still happening this year, they are not of the same scale as the prior year.  We are now refocusing on our core energy switching proposition.


 


TravelSupermarket.com


 


TravelSupermarket.com enables customers to search for and compare car hire, flights, hotels and package holidays, among other things. Revenue in TravelSupermarket.com increased by 10% from £11.1m to £12.2m.


 


The turnaround of travel continued in the first half against last year's comparative period in which we had problems with the customer journey through the site. We are working to continue to improve the proposition for customers and partners alike.


 


MoneySavingExpert.com


 


MoneySavingExpert.com is one of the UK's biggest consumer finance websites, dedicated to cutting consumers' costs and fighting their corner through journalism, great tools and a large community.


 


Trading trends have been consistent with those seen by MoneySuperMarket.com with revenues impacted by reduced collective switch activity in the period compared with last year, but good growth in cards and loans. We continue to develop free credit check Credit Club, introduced towards the end of last year, following on from the success of Cheap Energy Club (which now has over 2.5m members) over recent years. 


 


Cash Balance, Dividends and Share buyback


 


As at 30 June 2017, the Group had net cash of £17.7m (2016: £10.7m). This is after £20m spent to date of the £40m share buyback announced in February.


Having reviewed the cash required by the business and the performance of the Group, the Board decided to increase the interim dividend by 3% to 2.84p per ordinary share. 


The ex-dividend date is 3 August 2017, with a record date of 4 August 2017 and a payment date of 1 September 2017.  Shareholders have the opportunity to elect to reinvest their cash dividend and purchase existing shares in the Company through a Dividend Reinvestment Plan.


 


Earnings per ordinary share


 


Basic statutory earnings per ordinary share for the six months to 30 June 2017 were 7.4p (2016: 6.9p). Adjusted basic earnings per ordinary share increased from 7.8p to 8.1p per share through the increase in profit and share buyback. The adjusted earnings per ordinary share is based on profit before tax after adjusting for intangible amortisation related to acquisitions, goodwill and intangible asset impairments and the profits on disposal of investments. The tax rate of 19.25% (2016: 20%) has been applied to calculate adjusted profit after tax.


 


Principal Risks and Uncertainties


 


The Group faces a number of risks and uncertainties that might have an adverse impact on its operations, performance or future prospects. The Board has identified the principal risks and uncertainties most likely to affect the successful operation of the business in the second half of the year. The principal risks are considered largely unchanged from those outlined in the 2016 financial statements which were competition, changing consumer behaviour, brand strength, product offering, customer trust including cyber, relevance to partners, data errors and inaccuracies, economic uncertainty and regulation.


 


More information on the principal risks and uncertainties together with an explanation of the Group's approach to risk management is set out in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016 on pages 27 to 31, a copy of which is available on the Group's corporate website http://corporate.moneysupermarket.com/.


 


 


Directors' responsibility statement in respect of the half-yearly financial report


Each of the Directors, whose names and functions are listed below, confirms that, to the best of his or her knowledge:


 


·      the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU


 


·      the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:


 


(a)  DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and


 


(b)  DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Group during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.


 


 






































Name



Function



Bruce Carnegie-Brown



Chairman



Mark Lewis



Chief Executive Officer



Matthew Price



Chief Financial Officer



Sally James



Senior Independent Non-Executive Director



Andrew Fisher



Independent Non-Executive Director



Genevieve Shore



Independent Non-Executive Director



Robin Freestone



Independent Non-Executive Director



 


19 July 2017


 


 

 


Independent Review Report to Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC


 


Conclusion 


We have been engaged by the company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2017 which comprises the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows and the related explanatory notes. 


Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2017 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules ("the DTR") of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority ("the UK FCA").   


Scope of review 


We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the UK.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  We read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and consider whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements. 


A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion. 


Directors' responsibilities 


The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the DTR of the UK FCA. 


As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU.  The directors are responsible for preparing the condensed set of financial statements included in the half-yearly financial report in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the EU


Our responsibility 


Our responsibility is to express to the company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review. 


The purpose of our review work and to whom we owe our responsibilities


This report is made solely to the company in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the company in meeting the requirements of the DTR of the UK FCA.  Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to it in this report and for no other purpose.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have reached. 


 


 


 


Stuart Crisp

for and on behalf of KPMG LLP


Chartered Accountants

15 Canada Square


London, E14 5GL


19 July 2017



Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income


for the period ended 30 June 2017

































































































































































































































































































































 



 



 



 



6 months to



6 months to



 



 



 



 



30 June



30 June



 



Note



 



 



2017



2016



 



 



 



 



£m



£m



 



 



 



 



 



 



Revenue



4



 



 



165.3



157.6



Cost of sales



 



 



 



(44.9)



(37.2)



 



 



 



 



              



              



Gross profit



 



 



 



120.4



120.4



Distribution expenses



 



 



 



(17.4)



(21.2)



Administrative expenses



 



 



 



(54.5)



(52.7)



 



 



 



 



              



              



Operating profit



 



 



 



48.5



46.5



 



 



 



 



 



 



Finance income



 



 



 



0.1



0.1



Finance costs



 



 



 



(0.4)



(0.3)



 



 



 



 



_______



_______



Net finance costs



 



 



 



(0.3)



(0.2)



 



 



 



 



              



              



Profit on disposal of associate and investment



 



 



 



1.3



0.8



 



 



 



 



              



              



Profit before tax



 



 



 



49.5



47.1



Taxation



5



 



 



(9.2)



(9.2)



 



 



 



 



              



              



Profit for the period



 



 



 



40.3



37.9



 



 



 



 



_______



_______



 



 



 



 



 



 



Total comprehensive income for the period



 



 



 



40.3



37.9



 



 



 



 



 



 



Earnings per share:



 



 



 



 



 



Basic earnings per ordinary share (pence)


Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)



6


6



 



 



7.4



6.9


 6.9



7.4



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



Reconciliation to Adjusted Operating Profit:



 



 



 



 



 



Operating profit



 



 



 



48.5



46.5



Amortisation of acquisition related intangible assets



 



 



 



6.7



7.2



 



 



 



 



_______



_______



Adjusted Operating Profit



 



 



 



55.2



53.8



 



 



 



 



_______



_______



Consolidated Statement of Financial Position


as at 30 June 2017
















































































































































































































































































 



 



30 June



31 December



30 June



 



Note



2017



2016



2016



 



 



£m



£m



£m



Assets



 



 



 



 



Non-current assets



 



 



 



 



Property, plant and equipment



 



6.9



7.5



7.6



Intangible assets



8



154.2



157.6



161.8



Investments



3



0.2



0.5



0.5



Total non-current assets



 



161.4



165.6



170.0



 



 



 



 



 



Current assets



 



 



 



 



Trade and other receivables



 



41.6



35.7



38.8



Prepayments



 



5.8



3.6



3.4



Cash and cash equivalents



 



17.7



44.6



20.7



Total current assets



 



65.1



83.9



63.0



Total assets



 



226.5



249.5



233.0



 



 



 



 



 



Liabilities



 



 



 



 



Non-current liabilities



 



 



 



 



Borrowings



 



-



-



10.0



Deferred tax liabilities



 



10.2



8.3



8.6



Total non-current liabilities



 



10.2



8.3



18.6



 



 



 



 



 



Current liabilities



 



 



 



 



Trade and other payables



 



62.3



46.8



40.6



Current tax liabilities



 



6.2



8.0



8.0



Total current liabilities



 



68.5



54.8



48.6



Total liabilities



 



78.7



63.1



67.2



 



 



 



 



 



Equity



 



 



 



 



Share capital



 



0.1



0.1



0.1



Share premium



 



202.7



202.7



202.5



Reserve for own shares



 



(1.4)



(3.8)



(2.6)



Retained earnings



 



(112.4)



(71.4)



(93.0)



Other reserves



 



58.7



58.7



58.7



Total equity



 



147.8



186.4



165.7



Total equity and liabilities



 



226.5



249.5



233.0



 



 



 



 



 



 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity


for the period ended 30 June 2017














































































































































































































































































































































































 



Issued share capital



Share premium



Other reserves



Retained earnings



Reserve for own shares



Total



 



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 January 2016



0.1



202.4



58.7



(91.6)



(3.9)



165.8



Profit for the period



-



-



-



37.9



-



37.9



Total income and expense for the period



-



-



-



37.9



-



37.9



New shares issued



-



0.1



-



-



-



0.1



Purchase of shares by employee trusts



-



-



-



-



(2.3)



(2.3)



Exercise of LTIP awards



-



-



-



(3.5)



3.5



-



Distribution in relation to LTIP



-



-



-



(0.5)



-



(0.5)



Equity dividends paid



-



-



-



(36.1)



-



(36.1)



Share-based payments



-



-



-



1.0



-



1.0



Tax effect of share-based payments



-



-



-



(0.2)



-



(0.2)



At 30 June 2016



0.1



202.5



58.7



(93.0)



(2.6)



165.7



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 July 2016



0.1



202.5



58.7



(93.0)



(2.6)



165.7



Profit for the period



-



-



-



35.6



-



35.6



Total income and expense for the period



-



-



-



35.6



-



35.6



New shares issued



-



0.2



-



-



-



0.2



Purchase of shares by employee trusts



-



-



-



 



(1.7)



(1.7)



Exercise of LTIP awards



-



-



-



(0.5)



0.5



-



Distribution in relation to LTIP



-



-



-



-



-



-



Equity dividends paid



-



-



-



(15.0)



-



(15.0)



Share-based payments



-



-



-



0.9



-



0.9



Tax effect of share-based payments



-



-



-



0.6



-



0.6



At 31 December 2016



0.1



202.7



58.7



(71.4)



(3.8)



186.4



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 January 2017



0.1



202.7



58.7



(71.4)



(3.8)



186.4



Profit for the period



-



-



-



40.3



-



40.3



Total income and expense for the period



-



-



-



40.3



-



40.3



Purchase of shares by employee trusts



-



-



-



-



(0.5)



(0.5)



Exercise of LTIP awards



-



-



 



(2.9)



2.9



-



New shares issued



-



0.1



-



-



-



0.1



Distribution in relation to LTIP



-



-



-



(0.3)



-



(0.3)



Equity dividends paid



-



-



-



(38.7)



-



(38.7)



Share buy back



-



-



-



(40.0)



-



(40.0)



Share-based payments



-



-



-



0.7



-



0.7



Tax effect of share-based payments



-



-



-



-



-



-



At 30 June 2017



0.1



202.7



58.7



(112.4)



(1.4)



147.8



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



The other reserves balance principally represents the merger and revaluation reserves generated upon the acquisition of Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited by the Company in 2007.


 


Upon the acquisition of Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited, a merger reserve of £60.8m for 15% of the fair value of assets acquired, a merger reserve of £16.9m for 45% of the book value transferred from a company under common control, and a revaluation reserve of £65.3m representing 45% of the fair value of the intangible assets transferred from a company under common control, were recognised.  Amounts have been transferred from these reserves to retained earnings as the goodwill and other intangibles balances which related to this acquisition have been impaired and amortised.


The reserve for the Company's own shares comprises the cost of the Company shares held by the Group.  At 30 June 2017, the Group held 382,976 shares at a cost of 0.02 pence per share through a Share Incentive Plan trust, for the benefit of the Group's employees.


The Group also held 178,341 shares through an Employee Benefit Trust acquired during the period at a cost of 307.1p per share for the benefit of employees benefitting in the various Long Term Incentive Plan schemes.


Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows


for the period ended 30 June 2017


 































































































































































































































































































































 



 



 



 



6 months to



6 months to



 



 



 



 



30 June



30 June



 



 



 



 



2017



2016



Operating activities



 



 



 



£m



£m



Profit for the period



 



 



 



40.3



37.9



Adjustments to reconcile Group net profit to net cash flows:



 



 



 



 



 



 Depreciation of property, plant and equipment



 



 



 



0.7



1.1



 Amortisation of intangible assets



 



 



 



12.9



12.0



 Net finance costs



 



 



 



0.3



0.2



 Profit on disposal of associate and investment



 



 



 



(1.3)



(0.8)



 Equity settled share-based payment transactions



 



 



 



0.7



1.0



 Tax charge



 



 



 



9.2



9.2



 Changes in trade and other receivables



 



 



 



(8.1)



(9.8)



 Changes in trade and other payables



 



 



 



(3.3)



(0.1)



 Tax paid



 



 



 



(9.1)



(7.6)



Net cash flow from operating activities



 



 



 



42.3



43.1



Investing activities



 



 



 



 



 



Interest received



 



 



 



0.1



0.1



Acquisition of investment



 



 



 



(0.2)



(0.5)



Acquisition of property, plant and equipment



 



 



 



(0.4)



(0.4)



Acquisition of intangible assets



 



 



 



(10.8)



(10.0)



Proceeds on disposal of associate and investment



 



 



 



1.8



0.8



Net cash used in investing activities



 



 



 



(9.6)



(10.0)



 



 



 



 



 



 



Financing activities



 



 



 



 



 



Proceeds from issue of share capital



 



 



 



0.1



-



Dividends paid



 



 



 



(38.7)



(36.1)



Distribution in relation to Long Term Incentive Plan



 



 



 



(0.3)



(0.5)



Share buyback



 



 



 



(20.0)



-



Share purchases by employee trusts



 



 



 



(0.5)



(2.3)



Proceeds from borrowings



 



 



 



25.0



41.0



Repayment of borrowings



 



 



 



(25.0)



(31.0)



Interest paid



 



 



 



(0.1)



(0.2)



Net cash used in financing activities



 



 



 



(59.6)



(29.0)



 



 



 



 



 



 



Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents



 



 



 



(26.9)



4.1



Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January



 



 



 



44.6



16.7



Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June



 



 



 



17.7



20.7


             

Notes


 


1.   Reporting entity


Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC ('Company') is a company domiciled in the United Kingdom.  The condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company as at and for the six months ended 30 June 2017 comprises the Company and its subsidiaries ('Group'). 


 


Having reassessed the principal risks, the directors are satisfied that the Group has sufficient resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future, a period of not less than 12 months from the date of this report. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed financial statements.


The consolidated financial statements of the Group as at and for the year ended 31 December 2016 are available upon request from the Company's registered office at Moneysupermarket House, St. David's Park, Ewloe, Chester, CH5 3UZ or online at http://corporate.moneysupermarket.com/.


 


Statement of compliance


This condensed set of consolidated interim financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.  They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group as at and for the year ended 31 December 2016. The annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the EU.


 


The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2016 are not the Company's statutory accounts for that financial year.  Those accounts have been reported on by the Company's auditor and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditor was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.


 


These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 19 July 2017.


 


2.   Significant accounting policies


As required by the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared by the Group by applying the same accounting policies and presentation that were applied in the preparation of the Group's published consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2016.


3.   Disposals


On 27 January 2017, the Group disposed of its minority investment in Social Significance Limited for a total consideration of £0.9m, reflecting a profit on disposal of £0.4m.


On 20 June 2017, a further profit on disposal of £0.9m was recognised in respect of the final year earnout received for HD Decisions Limited, which was disposed of in 2014.


 


 

 


4.   Segmental information






























































































































































































































 



Insure



Money



Home



Travel



MSE



Reportable segments



Other



Interseg-mental revenue



Total



Period ended 30 June 2017



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



Revenue



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



Segment revenue



88.6



41.8



16.9



12.2



20.0



179.5



-



(14.2)



165.3



Operating expenses



 



 



 



 



(6.1)



 



 



 



(116.8)



Operating profit



 



 



 



 



13.9



 



 



 



48.5



Profit on disposal of associate and investment



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



1.3



Net finance costs



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



(0.3)



Profit before tax



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



49.5



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



Period ended 30 June 2016



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



Revenue



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



Segment revenue



75.3



41.7



25.1



11.1



19.3



172.5



0.1



(15.0)



157.6



Operating expenses



 



 



 



 



(4.9)



 



 



 



(111.1)



Operating profit



 



 



 



 



14.4



 



 



 



46.5



Profit on disposal of associate



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



0.8



Net finance costs



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



(0.2)



Profit before tax



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



47.1



 


In applying IFRS 8 - Operating Segments, the Group discloses five reportable segments. The basis of segmentation is unchanged from that detailed in the consolidated financial statements of the group for the year ended 31 December 2016.


 


5.   Taxation


The Group's effective consolidated tax rate for the six months ended 30 June 2017 is 18.6% (2016: 19.5%). The effective tax rate is broadly in line with the applicable corporation tax rate of 19% (20% prior to 1 April 2017). In both periods, the effective rate has been broadly in line with the applicable corporation tax rate for the year.


 


 

 


6.   Earnings per share


Basic and diluted earnings per share have been calculated as follows.


















































































 



 



 



 



2017



2016



 



£m



£000



Profit after taxation attributable to ordinary shareholders (£m)



40.3



37.9



 



              



              



Basic weighted average ordinary shares in issue (millions)



544.6



546.7



Dilutive effect of share based instruments (millions)



2.2



2.4



 



              



              



Diluted weighted average ordinary shares in issue (millions)



546.8



549.1



 



              



              



Basic earnings per ordinary share (pence)



7.4



6.9



 



_______



_______



Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)



7.4



6.9



 



_______



_______


       

At 30 June, the diluted number of shares in issue was 544.8m shares.


 


7.   Dividends


































































 



 



2017



2016



 



 



£m



£m



Equity dividends on ordinary shares:



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



Final dividend for 2016: 7.10 pence per share


(2015: 6.60 pence per share)



 



38.7



36.1



 



 



 



 



Proposed for approval (not recognised as a liability as at 30 June):



 



 



 



Interim dividend for 2017: 2.84 pence per share


(2016: 2.75 pence per share)



 



15.4



15.1



 



 



_______



_______



 



 



 



 



 


 

 


8.   Intangible fixed assets




































































































































































































































































































































































 



 



Market related



Customer relationship



Customer list


 



Technology related



Goodwill



Total



 



 



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



£m



Cost



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 January 2016



 



148.7



69.3



2.3



45.7



181.9



447.9



Additions



 



-



-



-



10.4



-



10.4



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



At 30 June 2016



 



148.7



69.3



2.3



56.1



181.9



458.3



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



Amortisation



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 January 2016



 



122.0



69.3



2.3



17.6



72.8



284.0



Charged in period



 



7.2



-



-



5.2



-



12.5



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



At 30 June 2016



 



129.2



69.3



2.3



22.9



72.8



296.5



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



Net book value



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 January 2016



 



26.7



-



-



28.1



109.1



163.9



At 30 June 2016



 



19.5



-



-



33.3



109.1



161.8



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



Cost



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 January 2017



 



148.7



69.3



2.3



67.2



181.9



469.4



Additions



 



-



-



-



9.5



-



9.5


 



 



 



              



              



             



              



              



              



At 30 June 2017



 



148.7



69.3



2.3



76.5



181.9



478.9



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



Amortisation



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 January 2017



 



136.4



69.3



2.3



29.4



74.3



311.8



Charged in period



 



6.7



-



-



6.2



-



12.9



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



At 30 June 2017



 



143.2



69.3



2.3



35.6



74.3



324.7



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



Net book value



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



At 1 January 2017



 



12.2



-



-



37.8



107.6



157.6



At 30 June 2017



 



5.5



-



-



41.1



107.6



154.2



 



 



              



              



              



              



              



              



 


 

 


9.   Share-based payments


 


On 22 March 2017 conditional awards were made over 843,872 shares to a number of employees under the Long Term Incentive Plan scheme and on 4 May 2017 conditional awards were made over 460,856 shares to Executive Directors under the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan.


 


The share option charge in the Statement of Comprehensive Income can be attributed to the following types of option:


 














































 



2017



2016



 



£m



£m



 



 



 



Long Term Incentive Plan scheme (LTIP)



0.5



0.8



Sharesave scheme



0.2



0.1



 



                 



                 



 



0.7



0.9



 



         



         



 


The following table indicates the changes in the number of share options during the period. The number of awards in the table represents the number awarded, of which, in respect of awards granted in 2014 and prior to that, up to 150% could vest:


 






























































































 



LTIP



At 1 January 2016



3,555,924



Options issued during the period



988,543



Options exercised during the period



(824,440)



Options forfeit during the period



(67,121)



 



                  



At 30 June 2016



3,652,906



 



                  



At 1 July 2016



3,652,906



Options issued during the period



201,992



Options exercised during the period



(31)



Options forfeit during the period



(121,729)



 



                  



At 31 December 2016



3,733,138



 



                  



At 1 January 2017



3,733,138



Options issued during the period



1,304,728



Options exercised during the period



(1,199,869)



Options forfeit during the period



(312,246)



 



                  



At 30 June 2017



3,525,751



 



                  



 


10.  Related party transactions


The Company is the ultimate parent entity of the Group. Intercompany transactions with wholly owned subsidiaries have been excluded from this note, as per the exemption offered in IAS 24.


During the period, other than the items referred to below there were no transactions, and at the period end there were no outstanding balances, relating to key management personnel and entities over which they have control or significant influence, other than the Long Term Incentive Plan awards noted in the table above. On 3 April 2017, 1,199,869 awards vested under the 2014 Long Term Incentive Plan following 81% achievement of the maximum performance criteria. On 22 March 2017, under the Long Term Incentive Plan, conditional awards were made over 843,872 shares.  On 4 May 2017, under the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan, conditional awards were made over 460,856 shares. 


Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Robin Freestone, Sally James, Peter Plumb and Matthew Price received dividends from the Group totalling £66,546 during the period ended 30 June 2017.


 


Peter Plumb stepped down from the Board on 4 May 2017. Details of the termination arrangements agreed by the Remuneration Committee for Peter Plumb were published on the Group's website at http://corporate.moneysupermarket.com/media/press-releases/2017 on 4 May 2017.


 


11.  Commitments and contingencies


Along with most companies of our size, the Group is a defendant in a small number of disputes incidental to its operations and from time to time is under regulatory scrutiny.


 


As a leading website operator, the Group occasionally experiences operational issues due to errors in operating procedures or technology which result in incorrect or incomplete product or customer data being transferred to or from providers. These issues can in some instances lead to customer detriment, dispute and potentially cash outflows. The Group is currently addressing a small number of such issues but does not expect them to have a significant impact. The Group has a Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy in order to mitigate liabilities arising out of events such as this.


 


In aggregate, the commitments and contingencies outlined above are not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Group.


 


 


 


 


 

 


Alternative performance measures


The Group uses a number of alternative (non-Generally Accepted Accounting Practice ("non-GAAP")) financial measures which are not defined within IFRS. The Directors use these measures when reviewing performance of the Group, evidenced by executive management bonus performance targets being measured in relation to AOP and Long Term Incentive Schemes being measured in relation to Adjusted EPS. As such, these measures are important and should be considered alongside the IFRS measures. The adjustments are separately disclosed and are usually items that are significant in size or non-recurring in nature. For example, amortisation of acquisition intangibles is a non-cash item which fluctuates significantly in line with acquisition activity. Alternative performance measures used within these statements are accompanied with a reference to the relevant GAAP measure and the adjustments made.


 


Forward looking statements


This report includes statements that are forward looking in nature. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, assumptions, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Group to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Except as required by the Listing Rules and applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update, revise or change any forward looking statements to reflect events or developments occurring after the date of this report.


 


Presentation of figures


Certain figures contained in this announcement, including financial information, have been subject to rounding adjustments. Accordingly, in certain instances, the sum or percentage change of the numbers contained in this announcement may not conform exactly with the total figure given.



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