Un-audited Preliminary Results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2017

Posted on: 21.03.2018

Resilient performance in a challenging market

The continuing business delivered a profit before tax of £0.7m

Good Energy Group PLC (“Good Energy” or “the Company”), an established renewable energy company supplying 100% renewable electricity and green gas to homes and businesses, and providing FIT services for renewable generators, today announces its preliminary results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2017.

Year ended 31 December

£m

2017

Continued operations

2017

Discontinued operations

2017

Reported

2016

Continued operations

% Change

Continued operations

Revenue

£104.5m

£0.01m

£104.5m

£89.7m

+16.6%

Gross Profit

£29.3m

£(3.7)m

£25.6m

£27.1m

+8.2%

Administration costs

£(23.7)m

£(0.3)m

£(24.1)m

£(20.9)m

+13.5%

Operating profit

£5.6m

£(4.0)m

£1.6m

£6.2m

-9.8%

Profit before tax

£0.7m

£(4.0)m

£(3.3)m

£2.0m

-63.7%

Net Debt

£53.1m

-

£53.1m

£52.1m

+1.9%

Cash balance

£13.7m

-

£13.7m

£6.3m

118.2%

Basic earnings per share (p)

8.1p

-

(17.1)p

12.9p

-37.2%

Full year dividend per share (p)

3.3p

-

3.3p

3.3p

0.0%

Juliet Davenport, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said:

Good Energy has delivered another year of robust growth in line with expectations. During 2017, we built and focussed on optimising our future operations in an energy market that is in transition.

These are solid results given the tough market conditions in the retail supply market. We have also delivered good growth in the business supply market with some new key accounts.

During 2017, through our Fit for Growth programme we have invested in new systems and technology to enhance customer experience, reduced our costs to serve and created a platform for future growth and greater profitability. We have seen growth in our FIT services business and commenced pilot projects to launch our first storage and electrical vehicle charging solutions.

Good Energy’s purpose is to power the choice of a greener, cleaner future together, with our people, our customers and our investors. We believe that the energy market is undergoing fundamental change, where the future value will be in energy services in a decentralised market.

As regulation and policy to support the transition of the UK to a low-carbon economy continues to expand, new technologies and innovation are broadening the market for energy services.

Good Energy’s position as an established player in the decentralised energy market leaves us well placed to benefit from these industry shifts. Our vision is to become an expert integrator of green energy services in homes and businesses. 

This is an exciting position for Good Energy. Looking ahead, we expect to perform in line with market expectations in 2018 and that our strategic developments will deliver growth in profitability and in value, plus deliver a green dividend yield over the longer term.”

 

Financial highlights

Continuing operations

  • Revenue of £104.5m up 16.6% driven by business supply volume
  • Gross profit of £29.3m increased 8.2% with gross profit margin of 28.1% (2016: 30.2%). Despite the shift in margin mix from B2C to B2B in the supply business, reflecting the careful attention to the quality of business given the ongoing price war in the retail supply market
  • Profit before tax of £0.7m decreased 63.7% including £1.1m of one-off and restructuring costs
  • A solid and improving cash position which increased 118.2% to £13.7m, despite previous billing issues, which we expect to normalise in 2018.
  • Successfully raised £16.8m from our second corporate bond in June 2017
  • Basic Earnings Per Share (EPS) was down 37.2% to 8.1p (2016: 12.9p)

Recommended full year dividend of 3.3p

Discontinued operations

  • In September 2017 we announced that our development business had been discontinued.
  • The discontinued generation business reported an operating loss of £4.0m up from £0.2m in 2016.
  • As a matter of prudence, reflecting the changing conditions for on-shore renewable developments in England, the combined carrying value of these assets of £5.8m has been reduced by £3.6m to £2.2m, including £1.3m classified as held for sale.
  • Good Energy is continuing to explore options for the further sale of remaining sites-under-development, to realise value from the existing portfolio, through partnerships or sales to external parties who will continue to develop the sites, including two wind farms and two solar parks.

Operational highlights 

2017 has been a year of transition, however we have continued to perform strongly across our business segments and have seen progress implementing our strategic priorities

  • Supply - FIT services
    • Increase in market share of 1% in 2017 and now represents 18% of the addressable market
    • Over 99,000 B2B new sites now live with strong NPS business score driving new business
    • Continued automation of processes while upgrading B2B and B2C systems for customers

  • Supply – Business Customers
    • Strong volume growth of 46% driving increased performance
    • New fixed tariffs, dedicated SME sales team and digital upgrades enhancing customer experience
    • Fit for Growth restructure is delivering cost to serve improvements

  • Supply –Retail customers
    • Customer electricity volumes and meters broadly stable on prior year, despite increasingly price competitive market with clear focus on profitable growth
    • New scalable customer system implemented driving customer insight
    • Fir for Growth restructuring expected to deliver further cost to serve improvements

Business review

Strategic overview

In 2017 Good Energy has been responding to an energy market in transition as we continue to update our strategy in order to adapt and exploit the changing conditions within this market.

We have gradually begun to shift our focus away from the retail supply market, which is becoming characterised by an increasing number of new entrants driving aggressive pricing and creating a price war, with the majority of smaller suppliers remaining unprofitable.

While we will continue to consolidate our position within this market and deliver value for our retail supply customers, our core business focus has been shifting towards FIT services, where we can leverage our existing 18% market share, and to the business supply market where we have seen strong customer growth already, evidenced by a 46% increase in business volumes in 2017

We will continue to enhance our Fit for Growth operating model to increase our capabilities, drive further efficiencies and support future profitability.

As we continue to evolve, we believe the future of our core business will move out of energy supply and into energy services covering the FIT, business and domestic markets. This reflects our vision to become an expert integrator of green energy and value added technical services in the home and in businesses.

 

Our aim is to enhance our business model to focus on delivering energy services in a decentralised market. We believe this market has significant potential and where we are already an established player. We believe we can achieve this goal by focusing on three key actions;

  • Build – build on our successes and growing our core business through retaining existing domestic customers, continuing to grow our business customers and enhancing services to FIT customers

  • Economise – continue to roll out our Fit for Growth programme ensuring we have a lean operating model to improve margins, whilst increasing our technical capability within operations to leverage the investment in our systems, reduce our costs and improve service

  • Invest – generate future business opportunities by investing in new service development, an improved digital platform and research to drive new services into the pipeline

Our future vision for the customer remains clear. We will allow our customers to reduce their environmental impact, improve their energy security and lower their costs. In addition, our vision allows for increased participation through continued investment into energy balancing and renewable generation for homes and businesses, standalone battery storage solutions and increased accessibility.

In order to ensure the business is well positioned to maximise this future growth potential, we will continue to invest in data and digital capabilities improving the customer experience which underpins our offering and the strength of the Good Energy brand.

Strategic initiatives

We believe that coupling of continued innovation with our unique customer base of early adopters is setting our strategy up for success. We are already undertaking a number of strategic initiatives and projects with partners, as pilot projects and new services development;

  • Launched pilot project in Q4 2017 with New Motion for electric vehicle charging  stations
  • Partnered with the Eden project for our first bespoke battery storage solution in Q4 2017
  • Behind the meter storage, solar and thermostatic propositions for business and domestic customers
  • Energy management digital app for customers pre and post SMART 

Summary

The business remains well positioned for future growth and has performed resiliently in a challenging market in 2017. The core business continues to grow profitability providing a stable platform for a sustainable green yield for our stakeholders, while 2017 was the first year in our transformation programme for the Group as we continue to evolve towards the business to focus on energy services, which we will deliver by building on successes, economising and investing in the business to maximise our future potential.

While our core business growth continues to drive performance, we believe that our future value will be enhanced by investment in new energy services. Our Strategic initiatives continue to progress at pace with a number of exciting collaborations, pilot projects and new product development creating the platform for the business to become an expert integrator of green and value add technical services in the home and in businesses.

 

Financial performance  

Good Energy made good financial progress in 2017 with 16.6% growth in revenue from ongoing activities, gross profit up 8.2%, and asset sales completed during the year supporting an increase in cash position of 118% to £13.2m.

 

Revenue

In 2017, revenue grew by 16.6% to £104.5m (2016: £89.7m) driven by growth in the Supply segment with an increase in business volumes and a return to growth in the second half from domestic customers.

Business customer volume growth was due to our increased sales and marketing focus on this segment during the year, with the addition of new business half hourly and small business customers.  Performance was also supported by FIT revenue from new business sites, (FIT B2B) driven by our strong customer service.

 

Profitability

Gross profit increased by 8.2% to £29.3m in 2017 (2016: £27.1m). EBITDA decreased by 4.3% to £9.9m (2016: £10.1m), operating profit decreased by 9.8% to £5.6m (2016: £6.2m). This was due to lower profit in the Supply segment, which included £1.1m of restructuring and one-off costs.

The Supply business also saw a reduction in gross margins as a result of increased wholesale power costs; the changing revenue mix and faster growth with lower-margin business customers and our decision to delay our customer price rise within the first quarter. The impact of the restructuring and investment costs and lower gross margin, together with increased marketing and customer acquisition costs in the competitive Supply market, meant that operating profit in Supply was below 2016. 

Gross profit margin was 28.1% (2016: 30.2%), and operating margin 5.4% (2016: 6.9%).

 

Cost of sales increased 20.2% to £75.2m (2016: £62.5m). This was driven by market-wide increased wholesale power costs in 2017. Administration costs increased 13.3% to £23.7m, (2016: £20.9m) and included the £1.1m of restructuring and one off costs.

 

Our Finance costs increased 16.3% in 2017, due to temporary phasing between the completion and repayment of Good Energy Bonds I in March 2018 and the commencement of Bond II in June 2017 which has successfully raised £16.8m. In 2018, following the repayment of Good Energy Bonds I, finance costs will reduce with lower on-going funding costs. As a result, profit before tax was 63.7% lower at £0.7m (2016: £2.0m).

Fit for Growth: Restructuring and Investing for the Future

 

Enhancing the efficiency and economics of our operations and optimising the business for growth is a key priority for the group. In 2017 we completed the first phase of our Fit for Growth programme as we transition to more efficient operations. These activities included restructuring our business to reduce our long term cost base, and reviewing our asset base and investments to ensure that we are optimising our allocation of capital.

 

We have also simplified our operating model and upgraded systems and processes that will improve our cost base, leverage the investment in our systems and support profitable growth over the long term.  The annualised cost savings of our Fit for Growth programme delivered in 2017 were £1m.

 

Generation Assets, Discontinued Operations and Work in Progress

 

In 2017 we ceased all new generation development activities, in response to changes in the UK government subsidy schemes and our long term capital allocation objectives.  During the year, our 5MW Oaklands solar site was sold for £5.8m cash consideration and our 5MW solar farm at Newton Downs in Devon, sold for a cash consideration of £5.8m. We have also agreed terms for the sale of our 5MW solar park at Brynwhilach Farm near Swansea in December, and expect the transaction to complete later in 2018 for a cash consideration of £5.6m.

We are pleased that the Newton Downs and Brynwhilach sites have been sold into community hands to realise the benefits of renewable generation. The proceeds from these sales have supported the repayment of Good Energy Bonds I and will be reinvested in our other initiatives to deliver shareholder value as outlined in this annual report.

Good Energy is exploring a number of options to realise value from its portfolio of generation assets that are still at development stage (‘WIP assets’). This includes several development sites which have not yet obtained planning permission and are at different stages in the process.

The carrying value and treatment of these WIP assets is reviewed against the likelihood of sale or planning outcomes, which by their nature have uncertainty on the timing and outcome of such activities. A provision is made for any change in value in accordance with the policy set out in note 4 to the Financial Statements. As a matter of prudence, reflecting the changing conditions in the market regimes for on-shore renewable developments in England, the combined carrying value of these assets of £5.8m has been reduced by £3.6m to £2.2m, with £1.3m shown as held for sale.

 

As a result, the discontinued generation business reported an operating loss of £4.0m up from £0.2m in 2016, driven by this increased provision against the work in progress.

 

Cash Flow and Cash Generation

Good Energy has a cash generative business model with an increase in cash position of 118%. 2017 operational cash outflow was £0.02m (2016: operational cash inflow of £10.7m) which was impacted by delays in the implementation of the new customer information system (CIS), resulting in customer billing delays. Accrued income peaked during the year in June at around £10m higher at the same time in the prior year, with around 60% of customers billed. By year end, accrued income was only £3m higher as customer billing reached 95% and has now moved into debt to be collected. The remaining accrued income gap will largely be eliminated in the first half of 2018, with billing on track to hit 99% and payment collections normalising.

We recognise anticipated future bad debts as well as those debts which we know are either in dispute or unrecoverable.  We have therefore looked at the provision for bad debts in this context. We have considered the impact that the delay in billing has had on our likely future debt recovery.  In some cases customer repayments of their delayed bills are being received over 12 months and we expect cash flow and cash collection to further improve in 2018 as the remaining delayed bill repayments are received. We have continued to take a prudent approach by providing for bad debts at around 2% of electricity and gas revenue. We have reviewed the adequacy of the provision and concluded that a further £0.4m needs to be provided in 2017.

 

Financial Position and Capital Management

The Group continues to maintain a robust financial position. We look to ensure we optimise our use of capital by continually reviewing the returns on our assets, balancing operating requirements, investment for growth, and payment of dividends back to shareholders.

 

Funding and Debt

Good Energy has good access to a range of funding on good terms to support our growth.

Good Energy is proud of its history of inviting customers to invest in the business through our corporate bond programme. In 2013 we issued our first corporate bond, Good Energy Bond I. These reached initial maturity in November 2017 and will be repaid in March 2018, with the option for existing bondholders to extend them until November 2019 at a coupon rate of 4.25% (effective 4.50% for Good Energy customers). We launched Good Energy Bonds II in May allowing existing bondholders to extend or rollover their bonds, and to allow new investors to partake in this offering. The bond has a coupon rate of 4.75% (effective 5.00% for Good Energy customers) and a four year term.

Together these bonds have raised over £25m. Following the repayment of Bond I, the reduced interest cost on Bond II will be around £0.3m lower on a comparable annualised basis and is a positive step towards lowering the Company’s ongoing financing costs and reducing the gearing ratio over the medium term.

Due to the phasing between the two bonds, Net Debt increased by 1.9% to £53.1m (2016: £52.1m). In December we reduced some of our working capital overdraft facility with Lloyds Bank with proceeds from the solar farm sale. The amount of the facility is now £10m, which was undrawn as at 31 December 2017.

 

Assets

Total Assets increased 17.4% to £120.8m (2016: £102.9m) due to increased trade receivables which reflects a temporary increase in debtors and accrued income due to the delays in billing following the implementation of the new CIS and an increased cash position.

 

Earnings & Dividend

In 2017, Basic Earnings Per Share (EPS) was down 37.2% to 8.1p (2016: 12.9p), due to the lower profit in the Supply segment including restructuring and investment costs and increased Finance costs as set out previously. The Board has recommended a final dividend of 2.3p per ordinary share which is in line with 2016. 

Finance Director

On 1 March 2018, we announced the Denise Cockrem would step down as Chief Financial Officer from 31 March 2018. We are proud of the financial and corporate development of the Company over the last four years, including the significant progress we have made in adapting our business model to address our stakeholder needs in a highly competitive and dynamic energy market. Rupert Sanderson joined Good Energy in January 2017 and will lead the company’s financial direction in its next stage of development as Finance Director from April. It has been a pleasure to work with Rupert Sanderson in ensuring a smooth transition. 

Financial Outlook

In 2018 we expect to perform in line with market expectations through growth momentum in our business and FIT services segments and continued progress of our Fit for Growth programme. We will also see a reduction in our funding costs, following the repayment of Good Energy Bonds I and the lower coupon on Good Energy Bonds II.

In the medium term, we expect to deliver improved profitability from our Fit for Growth operating model and strategic initiatives and as we transition to a more cost-efficient operating model.

With a robust financial position, our continued investment in growth and the transformation of our cost base and efficiency underway, Good Energy is well positioned to deliver sustainable growth in our chosen segments and enhanced profitability in the long term. 

 

 

Notes:

To present the performance of the company in a clear and consistent format, unless otherwise stated, all references to revenue, profit, costs, tax and EPS refer to the continuing operations.


Operating Review by Segment

Supply

What we do

Good Energy is an established energy supplier, with the core of the business being rooted in the decentralised energy market. Since 2004 we have been a key player in the decentralised energy market, working with a significant numbers of smaller, renewable generators, delivering a market that would otherwise not exist.  We are currently the third largest provider of Feed in Tariff (FIT) services to this market with over 18% of the market with potential to grow.

Our energy supply business, supplying electricity and gas to business and domestic householders is a relatively focused business, supplying 0.2% of the domestic market and 0.1% of the business (half hourly) market with 100% renewable electricity and green gas, backed with a combination of green gas and offset certificates.

The company has traditionally been well known for our focus on good customer services historically being ranked well in independent surveys like Which? and money saving expert Martin Lewis. In 2017, we implemented a new billing system, which impacted on our ability to deliver great customer services, and we are only now beginning to see that recover in 2018. 

The proposition we promise to our customers is 100% renewable electricity, with customers being on average no further than four miles from one of our local, renewable generators.

 

Market conditions 2017

The UK retail supply market is fiercely competitive with a significant number of new entrants chasing low or negative margin, less sticky segment of the market. 2017 saw record household customer switching rates across the marketplace and the maturing of many collective switching deals, with overall switching at around 28% of customers.

Comparatively the business market has been stable, with little change in competition, and a relatively buoyant market for green supply, as businesses consider closely their corporate social responsibility targets and any commitments they have made to the UN Sustainable Development goals.

The FIT market has continued to grow, albeit relatively slowly in comparison to earlier years. It has still seen an overall growth in this market of around 3%. We expect this to continue and perhaps accelerate in 2018 until the close of the scheme to new sites in April 2019. 

 

Performance in 2017

Supply revenue grew strongly by 16.7% to £99.3m (2016: £85.1m) driven by strong growth in business customer volumes. Electricity revenue grew by 24.4%, Gas revenue by 6.8%, while FIT revenue was 15.2% lower due to lower.

Supply operating profit of £3.5m (2016: £4.9m) was 27.7% below the prior year, due the changing business mix as we saw faster growth with lower-margin, higher-volume business customers. In addition, the challenging market conditions in the retail business, led us to increase investment in marketing and customer support whilst maintaining fair pricing. The anticipated decline in FIT profit was due to lower new customer revenue which generates a greater administration fee receivable in the first year of sign up.

In 2017, the total volume of all energy delivered to customers grew by 5.4% to 1.06m MWh (2016:1.01m MWh). We achieved significant growth in business electricity supply volumes of over 46%. Total Supply customer meter numbers were stable at just over 115,755 (2016: 115,593). The competitive environment and high switching rates across the market led to broadly flat growth in the retail business by volume and by meters. Our strong customer service and reputation in the FIT market enabled us to grow FIT customer installations by 8.0%, adding 10,595 new FIT installations to 143,607 in total.  

Due to the implementation of our Customer Information System (CIS) in 2017 we experienced delays and disruption to billing through the systems change, and restructured our customer support team in the second half of 2017 to address these issues. We are now back to 99% customer billed and front line service levels are improving.

 

Highlights in 2017

  • Our FIT market share increased from 16.8% in 2016 to 17.6% in 2017 adding 10,595 new installations in the year and achieving a strong NPS score with FIT business customers. We have also increased our customer and sales support to FIT during the year.

  • Began our Smart and Digital rollout, with our new CIS in 2017 and we began preparations to roll-out SMART meters from 2018.

  • Expanded our SME and business offering: During the year we have set up a dedicated business sales team, launched a new online quoting tool, new fixed tariffs and our new CIS system is delivering greater customer insights.

  • Restructured our Executive team and the Senior Leadership team to realign with our strategic objectives of Build, Economise and Invest, with further improvements in efficiency expected in 2018.

  • Signed up leading brands as customers and partners including Neal's Yard Remedies, BAFTA, Hay Festival and Innocent Drinks .

  • Introduced offshore wind into our fuel mix for the first time in 2017, through an agreement with DONG, now Orsted, to buy power from their Westermost Rough Wind Farm in the North Sea.

 

2018 Outlook

We will continue to focus on the three key areas for the core business and building on our success by:

  • Retaining retail customers, through better proposition, customer service and improved content and communications.

  • Grow business sales in the SME and medium business sector, with an upskilled team, better systems and data and improvements in customer experience.  This year the marketing team will focus on lead generation for the business sector and away from the retail sector.

  • Grow our FIT services business through organic growth for retail customers, and portfolio switching for business customers and portfolios. 

Underpinning all of this is the need for Good Energy to have a bigger focus on digital platforms and data strategy.  The development of our Smart metering business has given us the opportunity to invest, particularly in digital, and develop that capability in-house.  This will form the foundation for further investment in a suite of digital services across our customer bases.  

We have already undertaken a significant transformation of the business, from a more traditional sales and operations model, towards an agile development team and a tech-savvy operations team.  Ongoing, our plans are to develop a new product delivery team, dedicated to bring new propositions for energy services to market, and enhance the brand and customer experience capability in the company.

Our future proposition to our customers is simple.  By investment in technology a home or business will have a lower environmental impact, have better energy security and save money.  For Good Energy, the value is through providing services with a charging model similar to the current model for FIT administration. 

Energy supply underpins this offering and gives us the permission to provide these services. Using the concept of the virtual power station, Good Energy plans to use its access to the market and expertise in the decentralised energy market to bring value to investments made in behind the meter technology as a route to market, an integrating platform. 

In Summary, Good Energy is pivoting its business to focus more on energy services such as FIT. It will continue to operate in the supply market focusing on digital customer experience and improved value for supply customers, with growth expected to be significant in the SME and business sectors.  We expect to begin to see the benefits of this transition by the end of 2018, but do not expect to see significant market penetration of energy services until later in 2019 and 2020.

This is an exciting position for Good Energy, aligned with our purpose of delivering a cleaner, greener world, as we work closely with our customers, our people and our shareholders to achieve this.

 

Generation

What we do

Good Energy owns and operates nine renewable energy facilities across the UK that deliver 100% renewable electricity to the UK electricity grid. There are seven solar sites and two wind farms, with a total of 52.5MW of installed capacity in our continuing generation portfolio. We use the renewable energy that we generate to supply our customers with 100% renewable energy. Until 2017 Good Energy also developed new generation assets, which it either held as a generation asset or sold these back into the market, where possible into community hands. 

 

Market conditions 2017

As previously announced, Government policy changes over the last two years have led Good Energy to stop new generation development activities in 2017 and the development business is now reported as a discontinued business. While we have been successful in creating, utilising and monetising energy generation assets, the market has moved in favour of large scale developers with better purchasing power for renewable assets and access to low-cost finance. The removal of government subsidies for many renewable energy technologies however does not affect the financial performance of Good Energy's continuing generation sites.

 

Performance in 2017

In 2017, revenue from continuing Generation operations increased by 13.1% to £8.9m (2016: £7.8m).

Operating Profit in Generation increased by 14.6% to £3.7m (2016: £3.2m).

In 2017, the total output from our generation portfolio increased by 8.7% to 87.6 GWh (2016: 80.6 GWh). Solar output increased by 11.4% to 38.6 GWh (2016: 34.7 GWh) with output increase from the two new sites being offset by the sale of Oaklands. Wind output was 6.6% higher to 49.0 GWh (2016: 45.9 GWh).

 

Highlights in 2017

In 2017 we completed our development of two new 5MW solar sites, "Newton Downs" in Devon and "Brynwhilach" near Swansea. This was an important step towards maximising the value of our development activities over the past five years for our stakeholders.

In 2017, we reached agreements to sell three generation sites for £17.2m combined. Our 5MW Oaklands solar site was sold for £5.8m, and was our first sale of a site fully constructed and developed by Good Energy. Importantly Good Energy retains an option to purchase up to 50% of the site's power and continue to provide management services. In the second half of 2017, we sold Newton Downs for £5.8m, and reached an agreement to sell Brynwhilach for £5.6m which is expected to complete in 2018 and returning these back into community hands. We have the option to buy 100% of the power from both of these sites.

 

2018 Outlook

Our continuing generation assets and 52.5 MGW capacity forms an important part of our operating portfolio, allowing us to match demand from our Supply business from our own generation. We expect continuing good energy production from our continuing generation assets in 2018, in keeping with local weather conditions.

Discontinued Business - Development

In 2017 we announced that our development business was discontinued and restructured our development team

This discontinued Development Business reported a loss before tax of £4.0m, (2016 loss of £0.2m). The main driver for this was a provision against the work in progress portfolio of £3.6m, which is part of the normal treatment of such assets at this stage in their development. 

Good Energy is exploring options for the further sale of remaining sites-under-development, to realise value from the portfolio, through partnerships or sales to external parties who will continue to develop the sites, including two wind farms and two solar parks. 

Further detail on this provision is set out in the Financial performance section above.

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)

For the year ended 31 December 2017

 

2017

2016

 

£000's

Unaudited

 

£000's

Audited

REVENUE

104,509

89,651

Cost of Sales

(75,178)

(62,538)

GROSS PROFIT

29,331

27,113

Administrative Expenses

(23,739)

(20,914)

 

 

 

OPERATING PROFIT

5,592

6,199

Finance Income

2

18

Finance Costs

(4,860)

(4,195)

PROFIT BEFORE TAX

734

2,022

 

 

 

Taxation

566

(51)

PROFIT FOR THE YEAR FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

 

1,300

1,971

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

 

 

Loss from discontinued operations, after tax

(4,033)

(588)

(LOSS)/PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD

(2,733)

1,383

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:

 

 

Items that may subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

Loss on cash flow hedge

-

-

Other comprehensive loss for the year, net of tax

-

-

 

 

 

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS)/INCOME FOR THE YEAR

ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE PARENT COMPANY

(2,733)

1,383

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share from loss for the year                     - Basic

(17.1p)

9.1p

                                                                                   - Diluted

(17.1p)

8.8p

  

   

Earnings per share from profit for the year                   - Basic

8.1p

12.9p

(continuing operations)                                                 - Diluted                                   

7.7p

12.5p

 



Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (Unaudited)

As at 31 December 2017

 

2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

 

Unaudited

Audited

ASSETS

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

51,723

58,247

Intangible assets

3,544

3,801

Long term security deposits

3,220

2,831

Investments

500

500

Total non-current assets

58,987

65,379

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

Inventories

9,881

9,799

Trade and other receivables

32,698

16,204

Current tax receivable

-

167

Cash and cash equivalents

13,720

6,289

Current assets held for sale

5,553

5,095

Total current assets

61,852

37,554

TOTAL ASSETS

120,839

102,933

 

 

 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

Called up share capital

826

825

Share premium account

12,652

12,546

EBT shares

(946)

(1,015)

Retained earnings

5,553

8,689

Total equity attributable to members of the parent company

18,085

21,045

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

Deferred taxation

145

684

Borrowings

56,044

40,277

Total non-current liabilities

56,189

40,961

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

Borrowings

13,894

20,981

Trade and other payables

32,671

19,936

Current liabilities held for sale

-

10

Total current liabilities

46,565

40,927

Total liabilities

102,754

81,888

TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

120,839

102,933


 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (Unaudited)

For the year ended 31 December 2017

 

Share Capital

Share Premium

EBT Shares

Retained Earnings

Total

 

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

At 1 January 2016

748

9,786

(1,074)

7,483

16,943

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

1,383

1,383

Other comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

1,383

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payments

-

-

-

230

230

Tax charge relating to share option scheme

-

-

-

98

98

Issue of ordinary shares

77

2,760

-

-

2,837

Sale of shares by EBT

-

-

59

(14)

45

Dividend paid

-

-

-

(491)

(491)

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

77

2,760

59

(177)

2,719

At 31 December 2016

825

12,546

(1,015)

8,689

21,045

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

825

12,546

(1,015)

8,689

21,045

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the year

-

-

-

(2,733)

(2,733)

Other comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

(2,733)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payments

-

-

-

263

263

Tax credit relating to share option scheme

-

-

-

(106)

(106)

Issue of ordinary shares

1

106

-

-

107

Sale of shares by EBT

-

-

69

(31)

38

Dividend paid

-

-

-

(529)

(529)

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

1

106

69

(403)

(227)

At 31 December 2017

826

12,652

(946)

5,553

18,085

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

For the year ended 31 December 2017

 

2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

 

Unaudited

Audited

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Cash generated from operations

27

10,656

Finance income

2

18

Finance cost

(5,016)

(4,208)

Income tax received

68

133

Net cash flows from operating activities

(4,919)

6,599

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(4,828)

(4,958)

Purchase of intangible fixed assets

(752)

(1,851)

Disposal of assets

9,868

-

Long term security deposits

(389)

(29)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

3,899

(6,838)

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

Payments of dividends

(422)

(491)

Proceeds from borrowings

13,086

387

Repayment of borrowings

(4,126)

(951)

Capital repayments of finance lease

(125)

(50)

Proceeds from issue of shares net of share issue costs

-

2,837

Sale of own shares

38

45

Net cash flows from financing activities

8,451

1,777

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

7,431

1,538

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

6,289

4,751

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

13,720

6,289

 

Notes to the Financial Information

1.  Basis of Preparation

Good Energy Group plc is an AIM listed company incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom under the Companies Act 2006.

The principal activity of Good Energy Group plc is that of a holding and management company to the Group. Fuller information on the Group's activities is set out in the Chairman's statement, Chief Executive's review and the Chief Financial Officer's review.

The unaudited Preliminary Report has been prepared under the historical cost convention and in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union and interpretations in issue at 31 December 2017.

The Preliminary Report was approved by the Approvals Committee and the Audit Committee and adopted by the Board of Directors. The Preliminary Report does not constitute statutory financial statements within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and has not been audited.

Statutory accounts for the year to 31 December 2016 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The audit report for those accounts was unqualified and did not contain statements under 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006 and did not contain any emphasis of matter.

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016, as described in those financial statements. New standards or interpretations which came into effect for the current reporting period did not have a material impact on the net assets or results of the Group.

The Preliminary Report is presented in pounds sterling because that is the currency of the primary economic environment in which the Group operates.

The Preliminary Report will be announced to all shareholders on the London Stock Exchange and published on the Group's website on 21 March 2018. Copies will be available to members of the public upon application to the Company Secretary at Monkton Reach, Monkton Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1EE.

2. Segmental Analysis

The chief operating decision-maker has been identified as the Board of Directors (the 'Board'). The Board reviews the Group's internal reporting in order to assess performance and allocate resources. Management has determined the operating segments based on these reports.  The Board considers the business from a business class perspective, with each of the main trading subsidiaries accounting for each of the business classes. The main segments are:

  • Supply Companies (including electricity  supply, FIT administration and gas supply);

  • Electricity Generation Companies (including wind and solar generation companies);

  • Generation Development (including early stage development companies);

  • Holding companies, being the activity of Good Energy Group PLC

The Board assesses the performance of the operating segments based primarily on summary financial information, extracts of which are reproduced below.  An analysis of profit and loss, assets and liabilities and additions to non-current asset, by class of business, with a reconciliation of segmental analysis to reported results follows:



Segmental Analysis: 31 December 2017

 

 

Electricity Supply

FIT Administration

Gas Supply

Total Supply Companies

Electricity Generation

Holding
Companies
/Consolidation Adjustments

Total -
Continuing Operations

Generation
Development (Discontinued)

Total

 

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue from external customers

68,801

5,006

25,517

99,324

5,185

-

104,509

17

104,526

Inter-segment revenue

-

-

-

-

3,688

(3,688)

-

-

-

Total revenue

68,801

5,006

25,517

99,324

8,873

(3,688)

104,509

17

104,526

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(52,139)

(505)

(17,710)

(70,354)

(4,824)

-

(75,178)

(3,700)

(78,878)

Inter-segment cost of sales

(3,688)

-

-

(3,688)

-

3,688

-

-

-

Gross Profit

12,974

4,501

7,807

25,282

4,049

-

29,331

(3,683)

25,648

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

(20,529)

(391)

(1,436)

(22,356)

(328)

(22,684)

Depreciation & amortisation

 

 

 

(1,229)

-

(154)

(1,383)

(1)

(1,384)

Operating profit/(loss)

 

 

 

3,524

3,658

(1,590)

5,592

(4,012)

1,580

Net finance income/(costs)

 

 

 

(32)

(4,947)

121

(4,858)

-

(4,858)

Profit/(loss) before tax

 

 

 

3,492

(1,289)

(1,469)

734

(4,012)

(3,278)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segments assets & liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment assets

 

 

 

58,466

104,945

(56,315)

107,096

8,453

115,549

Segment liabilities

 

 

 

51,057

110,697

(72,741)

89,013

12,451

101,464

Net asset/(liabilities)

 

 

 

7,409

(5,752)

16,426

18,083

(3,998)

14,085

Additions to non-current assets

 

 

 

817

5,677

159

6,653

-

6,653

 

 

 

 

Segmental Analysis: 31 December 2016

 

Electricity Supply

FIT Administration

Gas Supply

Total Supply Companies

Electricity Generation

Holding
Companies
/Consolidation
Adjustments

Total -
Continuing
Operations

Generation
Development
(Discontinued)

Total

 

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue from external customers

55,324

5,904

23,903

85,131

4,520

-

89,651

786

90,437

Inter-segment revenue

-

-

-

-

3,324

(3,324)

-

-

-

Total revenue

55,324

5,904

23,903

85,131

7,844

(3.324)

89,651

786

90,437

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenditure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(40,559)

(1,415)

(16,269)

(58,243)

(4,295)

-

(62,538)

(367)

(62,905)

Inter-segment cost of sales

(3,324)

-

-

(3,324)

-

3,324

-

-

-

Gross Profit

11,441

4,489

7,634

23,564

3,549

-

27,113

419

27,532

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

(17,080)

(357)

(1,868)

(19,305)

(666)

(19,971)

Depreciation & amortisation

 

 

 

(1,609)

-

-

(1,609)

(2)

(1,611)

Operating profit/(loss)

 

 

 

4,875

3,192

(1,868)

6,199

(249)

5,950

Net finance income/(costs)

 

 

 

140

(5,352)

1,035

(4,177)

(339)

(4,516)

Profit/(loss) before tax

 

 

 

5,015

(2,160)

(833)

2,022

(588)

1,434

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segments assets & liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment assets

 

 

 

45,704

116,337

(70,270)

91,771

11,162

102,933

Segment liabilities

 

 

 

38,008

116,948

(90,273)

64,683

17,205

81,888

Net asset/(liabilities)

 

 

 

7,696

(611)

20,003

27,088

(6,043)

21,045

Additions to non-current assets

 

 

 

2,264

1,120

387

3,771

3,725

7,496

 

All turnover arose within the United Kingdom. 

Consolidation adjustments relate to intercompany sales of generated electricity and the elimination of intercompany balances.

 

3. Finance Income & Cost

Finance Income:

2017      

2016

 

£000's      

£000's

Bank and other interest receivables

2      

18

Finance Cost:

2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

On bank loans and overdrafts

2,917

3,072

On corporate bond

1,345

1,113

Other interest payable

203

13

Amortisation of debt issue cost

395

336

Total finance costs

4,860

4,534

Less: amounts capitalised on qualifying assets

-

-

Total

4,860

4,534

 

4. Taxation

 

2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

Analysis of Tax Charge in Year

 

 

Current tax (see note below)

-

-

Adjustments in respect of prior years

-

(164)

Total current tax

-

(164)

 

 

 

Deferred Tax

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

(732)

217

Adjustments in respect of prior years

187

(2)

Total deferred tax

(545)

215

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

(545)

51

  

Factors affecting the tax charge for the year

The tax assessed for the year is lower (2016: lower) than the standard weighted average rate of Corporation Tax in the UK of 19.25% (2016: 20.00%). The differences are explained as follows:

 

2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

(Loss)/Profit before tax

(3,278)

1,434

Profit before tax multiplied by the weighted average
rate of Corporation Tax in the UK of 19.25% (2016: 20.00%)

 

(631)

287

Tax effects of:

 

 

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

48

42

Non-taxable gain on sale of investment

(298)

(73)

Effects of changes in tax rate

97

(39)

Restricted interest costs deduction

52

-

Prior year adjustment - current tax

-

(164)

Prior year adjustment - deferred tax

187

(2)

Total tax charge for year

(545)

51

5. Earnings per Ordinary Share   

Basic

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to owners of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares during the year after excluding 463,239 (2016: 495,739) shares held by Clarke Willmott Trust Corporation Limited in trust for the Good Energy Group Employee Benefit Trust.

 

2017

 

2016

 

Profit attributable to owners of the Company (£000's)

(2,733)

1,383

Basic weighted average number of ordinary shares (000's)

16,006

15,239

Basic earnings per share

(17.1p)

9.1p

 

Continuing operations        

2017

 

2016

 

Profit attributable to owners of the Company (£000's)

1,300

1,971

Basic weighted average number of ordinary shares (000's)

16,006

15,239

Basic earnings per share

8.1p

12.9p

Diluted

Diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares to assume conversion of all potentially dilutive ordinary shares.  Potentially dilutive ordinary shares arise from awards made under the Group's share-based incentive plans.  Where the vesting of these awards is contingent on satisfying a service or performance condition, the number of potentially dilutive ordinary shares is calculated based on the status of the condition at the end of the period.  Potentially dilutive ordinary shares are actually dilutive only when the average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the period exceeds their exercise price (options) or issue price (other awards). The greater any such excess, the greater the dilutive effect. In accordance with IAS 33 'Earnings per share', for the purposes of calculating diluted loss per share, the effect of potentially dilutive ordinary shares has not been taken into account for the year ended 31 December 2017 due to there being a loss for the year. The average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the year was 230p (2016: 223p).  The dilutive effect of share-based incentives was nil shares (2016: 563,595 shares). The dilutive effect of share-based incentives for continuing operations was 918,989 shares (2016: 563,595 shares).

 

2017

 

2016

 

Profit attributable to owners of the Company (£000's)

(2,733)

1,383

Weighted average number of diluted ordinary shares (000's)

16,006

15,802

Diluted earnings per share

(17.1p)

8.8p

 

Continuing operations

2017

 

2016

 

Profit attributable to owners of the Company (£000's)

1,300

1,971

Weighted average number of diluted ordinary shares (000's)

16,925

15,802

Diluted earnings per share

7.7p

12.5p

6. Assets and Liabilities Classified as Held for Sale

 

 2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

Property, plant and equipment

4,288

5,095

Work in progress

1,265

-

Total assets

5,553

5,095

 

 

 

Deferred taxation

-

(10)

Total liabilities

-

(10)

 

 

 

Carrying value

5,553

5,085

 

The property, plant and equipment assets held for sale at 31 December 2017 relate to Good Energy Brynwhilach Solar Park Limited, sale contracts were exchanged before the balance sheet date.

Held for sale work in progress costs relate to a wind development project held within Good Energy Development (No.7) Limited. This entity was actively marketed for sale in the year ended 31 December 2017 and various offers are under consideration.

 

 

7. Borrowings

 

2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

Current:

 

 

Bank and other borrowings

5,606

5,891

Bond

8,288

15,090

Total

13,894

20,981

 

2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

Non-Current

 

 

Bank and other borrowings

39,378

40,277

Bond

16,666

-

Total

56,044

40,277

 

The Group has undrawn bank overdraft facilities of £10,000,000 (2016: £6,757,144) as at 31 December 2017 and undrawn revolving credit facilities of £822,140 (2016: £822,140).

 

At 31 December 2017, £6,834,591 (2016: £7,279,171) of the bank loans relate to the Company's subsidiary, Good Energy Delabole Wind Farm Limited and is secured by a mortgage debenture on that Company.

 

At 31 December 2017, £35,704,211 inclusive of £nil of accrued interest (2016: 37,399,386 inclusive of £627,985 of accrued interest) of the bank loans relate to the Company's subsidiary, Good Energy Generation Assets No. 1 Limited.  Repayments of capital and interest are scheduled quarterly over a period of 18 years. Interest is payable at 6.85% and the outstanding principal balance is partially exposed to annual RPI inflation over 3%. Costs incurred in raising finance were £2,754,299 (2016: £2,754,299) and are being amortised over the life of the loan in accordance with IAS39. 

 

On 2 October 2013 Good Energy Group launched a corporate bond which closed on 24 October 2013 with subscriptions having reached the maximum target of £15,000,000. The bond was issued to bondholders on 22 November 2013 with interest scheduled bi-annually. The coupon rate is 7.25% or 7.50% for bondholders that are customers of the Group. Capital repayment of the bond is payable following notice being received from the bond holder no earlier than 4 years from inception. The total costs of issue were £770,879 which are being amortised over the life of the bond. As at 31 December 2017 the amortisation recognised in 'finance costs' totalled £199,563 (2016: 191,248).

 

On 10 May 2017 Good Energy Group launched a second corporate bond with online applications closing on 5 June 2017 and paper applications closing on 12 June 2017. Total valid applications reached £16.8 million (the maximum target was £20 million). The bond was issued to bondholders on 30 June 2017 with interest scheduled bi-annually. The interest rate is 4.75% or 5.00% for bondholders that are customers of the Group. Capital repayment of the bond is payable following notice being received from the bond holder no earlier than 4 years from inception.

Good Energy Bonds I holders were able to roll over their first bond and this amounted to £6,509,750 of the total amount.

On 13 February 2018 we announced the repayment of Good Energy Bonds I offering bondholders the option to continue their investment at a revised interest rate of 4.25% or 4.50% for customers of the Group. £3.6m of valid continuation forms were received at the deadline date. On 29 March 2019, £4.2m will be repaid to Good Energy Bonds I bondholders

  

8. Cash flows

 

2017

2016

 

£000's

£000's

Profit before income tax

(3,278)

1,434

Adjustment for:

 

 

Depreciation

3,329

2,808

Amortisation

1,008

1,368

Gain on asset disposals

(1,048)

-

Write down of generation development work in progress

Share based payments

3,651

263

-

230

Finance costs - net

4,858

4,516

Changes in working capital (excluding the effects of acquisition and exchange differences on consolidation)

 

 

Inventories

(4,998)

(517)

Trade and other receivables

(16,494)

(4,605)

Trade and other payables

12,736

5,422

Cash generated from operations

27

10,656

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