Encouraging H219 momentum

Avon Rubber 16 September 2019 Update
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Avon Rubber

Encouraging H219 momentum

Pre-close trading update

Aerospace & defence

16 September 2019

Price

1678p

Market cap

£522m

US$1.25/£

Net cash (£m) at 31 March 2019

46.8

Shares in issue

31.0m

Free float

96%

Code

AVON

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

6.6

22.5

20.7

Rel (local)

4.2

21.6

19.8

52-week high/low

1816p

1180p

Business description

Avon Rubber designs, develops and manufactures products in the protection (70% of 2018 sales) and dairy (30%) sectors. Its major contracts are with national security organisations such as the US DOD. Over 70% of 2018 sales were from the US.

Next events

FY19 results

13 November 2019

Analyst

Andy Chambers

+44 (0)20 3681 2525

Avon Rubber is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

In a pre-close statement ahead of Avon Rubber’s FY19 year end, management has indicated the strong momentum in Avon Protection continued through H219. Group performance was also supported by an improved trading environment for milkrite | InterPuls and favourable FX tailwinds. As a result, we have increased our FY19 sales growth estimate to 8% which, after a c £2m one-off non cash tax provision release, leads to a 12.4% increase in our EPS estimate. As the company enters FY20, the momentum is encouraging and should be enhanced when the 3M deal is completed. The shares have performed well since the proposed accretive deal was announced and warrant a premium to UK defence peers.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT*
(£m)

EPS*
(p)

DPS
(p)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

09/17

159.2

25.9**

83.3**

12.3

20.1

0.7

09/18

165.5

27.2

76.5

16.0

21.9

1.0

09/19e

178.6

30.5

88.4

20.8

19.0

1.2

09/20e

189.5

33.5

88.2

27.1

19.0

1.6

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, fully diluted and excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments. **Restated for AEF disposal.

Strong H219 drives a modest upgrade

After the start of deliveries of the new US mask systems contracts won in early 2019, Avon Protection’s Military segment enjoyed a strong H219 performance. This was enhanced by the delivery of the $16.6m mask contract for the rest of the world customer announced in April. The strength more than offset softer demand in the US for Fire and Law Enforcement products. Following the weak Q119, the improvements in dairy markets seen in Q219 have continued through H219 and have allowed the expected flat year for milkrite | Interpuls to be achieved. Weaker sterling in Q419 increased the translation benefit from currency to around 4% for FY19. As a result FY19 group sales are expected to grow 8% compared to our prior assumption of 6.5%, and we have raised our FY19 estimates accordingly. One modest negative is in cash flow as the overseas mask invoicing extended over the year end. We expect the payments to be received in Q120. In addition, £2m was expensed against initial 3M ballistic protection deal costs.

3M deal should add to organic development

The improved dairy performance should add to the positive momentum expected in Avon Protection in FY20. We expect Military growth to be augmented by improved volumes for the Fire and Law Enforcement segments as the issues constraining FY19 wane. If current FX rates are maintained there should also be a more modest tailwind in FY20. The initial contribution from the 3M ballistic protection assets being acquired should further expand FY20 estimates.

Valuation: Justified premium to peers

The FY20 P/E ratio of 19.0x should drop significantly when the enhancement of the purchase from 3M is included following completion in H120. The stock would still be trading at a justifiable premium to UK defence peers given the growth being delivered accompanied by the progressive dividend policy.

Estimates upgraded modestly

With modestly higher than anticipated sales growth and the expected improvement in EBITDA margins, we increase our FY19 PBT estimate by 2.3%. At the EPS level there is a one-off tax non cash provision release worth around £2m (or 6.5p per share) which reduces the effective tax rate to 11% before reverting to more normal rates in FY20. As a result our FY19 EPS estimate rises by 12.4% to 88.4p. The higher FY19 trading base drives a modest improvement in our FY20 forecasts with EPS increased by 2.2%. The weaker expected cash performance in FY19 should reverse in FY20 leaving our net cash expectation at the end of the two-year forecast period almost unchanged.

As is our normal practice, we will incorporate the acquisition of the 3M ballistic protection assets in our estimates when the deal has completed. It is expected to significantly enhance returns from the point of initial consolidation (see our note Purchase of 3M’s ballistic protection business).

Exhibit 1: Avon Rubber earnings estimates revisions

Year to September (£000s)

2019e

2019e

 

2020e

2020e

 

 

Prior

New

% change

Prior

New

% change

Avon Protection

125,535

127,849

1.8%

134,322

136,798

1.8%

milkrite I InterPuls

50,716

50,716

0.0%

52,727

52,727

0.0%

Total sales

176,250

178,564

1.3%

187,049

189,525

1.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

38,772

39,548.6

2.0%

42,203

43,063.2

2.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avon Protection

23,852

24,547

2.9%

26,223

26,987

2.9%

milkrite I InterPuls

8,075

8,075

0.0%

8,563

8,563

0.0%

Unallocated

(2,195)

(2,195)

0.0%

(2,252)

(2,252)

0.0%

Underlying EBITA

29,732

30,427

2.3%

32,534

33,299

2.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying PBT

29,832

30,527

2.3%

32,755

33,489

2.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPS – underlying continuing (p)

78.6

88.4

12.4%

86.3

88.2

2.2%

DPS (p)

20.8

20.8

0.0%

27.1

27.1

0.0%

Net debt/(cash)

(61,886)

(49,080)

-20.7%

(77,731)

(77,038)

-0.9%

Source: Edison Investment Research estimates

Exhibit 2: Financial summary  

£000s

2017

2018

2019e

2020e

Year end 30 September

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

PROFIT & LOSS

Revenue

 

 

159,200

165,500

178,564

189,525

Cost of Sales

(97,600)

(99,900)

(107,786)

(114,402)

Gross Profit

61,600

65,600

70,778

75,123

EBITDA

 

 

36,300

35,300

39,549

43,063

Operating Profit (before amort. and except.)

 

 

30,300

30,400

34,156

37,395

Intangible Amortisation

(4,200)

(3,100)

(3,729)

(4,096)

Operating profit (company definition)

26,100

27,300

30,427

33,299

Exceptionals

(7,000)

(5,700)

(6,300)

(4,300)

Other

(33)

(100)

(100)

(99)

Operating Profit

19,067

21,500

24,027

28,900

Net Interest

(200)

0

200

290

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

25,867

27,200

30,527

33,490

Profit Before Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

18,867

21,500

24,227

29,190

Tax

2,900

(1,800)

(2,676)

(5,565)

Profit After Tax (norm)

25,502

23,500

27,169

27,126

Profit After Tax (FRS 3)

21,767

19,700

21,551

23,625

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

30.4

30.5

30.5

30.5

EPS - normalised (p)

 

 

83.3

76.5

88.4

88.2

EPS - (IFRS) (p)

 

 

71.5

64.6

70.6

77.4

Dividend per share (p)

12.3

16.0

20.8

27.1

Gross Margin (%)

38.7

39.6

39.6

39.6

EBITDA Margin (%)

22.8

21.3

22.1

22.7

Operating Margin (before GW and except.) (%)

19.0

18.4

19.1

19.7

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

66,700

64,100

61,099

58,021

Intangible Assets

40,400

41,500

40,713

39,930

Tangible Assets

26,300

22,600

20,386

18,091

Investments

0

0

0

0

Current Assets

 

 

80,500

102,000

120,021

139,819

Stocks

21,800

23,000

25,064

26,868

Debtors

23,800

24,200

37,677

27,713

Cash

26,500

46,600

49,080

77,038

Other

8,400

8,200

8,200

8,200

Current Liabilities

 

 

(39,000)

(41,400)

(44,188)

(46,509)

Creditors

(37,200)

(41,300)

(44,188)

(46,509)

Short term borrowings

(1,800)

(100)

(0)

(0)

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(52,600)

(39,900)

(37,838)

(37,777)

Long term borrowings

0

0

0

0

Other long term liabilities

(52,600)

(39,900)

(37,838)

(37,777)

Net Assets

 

 

55,600

84,800

99,094

113,554

CASH FLOW

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

29,754

33,400

20,895

51,102

Net Interest

(154)

(200)

0

200

Tax

2,900

(1,800)

(2,676)

(5,565)

Capex

(5,500)

(8,900)

(9,221)

(9,786)

Acquisitions/disposals

0

5,100

0

0

Financing

(1,000)

(1,100)

(1,000)

(1,000)

Dividends

(3,200)

(4,100)

(5,419)

(6,992)

Other

(96)

(600)

0

0

Net Cash Flow

22,704

21,800

2,580

27,958

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

(1,996)

(24,700)

(46,500)

(49,080)

HP finance leases initiated

0

0

0

0

Other

0

0

(0)

(0)

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

(24,700)

(46,500)

(49,080)

(77,038)

Source: Company accounts, Edison Investment Research estimates


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