Epwin Group — Second earnings uplift this year after results exceed

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Epwin Group — Second earnings uplift this year after results exceed

Epwin’s FY23 results were robust and management navigated inflationary pressures well. Despite some market headwinds, we have increased our FY24 and FY25 underlying operating profit estimates for the second time this year. Long-term, well-established growth trends imply that Epwin is well-placed to leverage off increasing demand for its energy-efficient and low-maintenance building products. Epwin offers an attractive investment case with the potential for uplifts from additional self-funded M&A. It trades on an FY24e P/E ratio of 8.3x, materially below the long-term average of 10.5x, and yields c 6%. The extended share buyback programme should help support the share price.

Andy Murphy

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Andy Murphy

Director, Financials & Industrials

Industrials

Epwin Group

Second earnings uplift this year after results exceed

FY23 results

Construction and materials

29 April 2024

Price

86.00p

Market cap

£123m

Net debt (£m) at 31 December 2023

14.4

Shares in issue

142.6m

Free float

67%

Code

EPWN

Primary exchange

AIM

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

16.6

12.1

15.0

Rel (local)

13.9

5.8

11.0

52-week high/low

88.00p

63.00p

Business description

Epwin Group supplies functional low-maintenance exterior building products (including windows, doors, roofline and rainwater goods) into a number of UK market segments and is a modest exporter. It has a vertically integrated model in windows and doors and a leading market position in roofline products.

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Epwin Group is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Epwin’s FY23 results were robust and management navigated inflationary pressures well. Despite some market headwinds, we have increased our FY24 and FY25 underlying operating profit estimates for the second time this year. Long-term, well-established growth trends imply that Epwin is well-placed to leverage off increasing demand for its energy-efficient and low-maintenance building products. Epwin offers an attractive investment case with the potential for uplifts from additional self-funded M&A. It trades on an FY24e P/E ratio of 8.3x, materially below the long-term average of 10.5x, and yields c 6%. The extended share buyback programme should help support the share price.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT*
(£m)

EPS*
(p)

DPS
(p)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/22

355.8

16.5

8.9

4.5

9.6

5.2

12/23

345.4

18.0

9.7

4.8

8.9

5.6

12/24e

345.5

19.4

10.4

5.0

8.3

5.8

12/25e

349.0

19.7

10.7

5.2

8.0

6.0

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Adjusted operating profit up c 20% to record levels

Despite the fall in underlying volumes, FY23 revenue declined by only 2.9% to £345.4m as lower raw material surcharges were offset by a full year inclusion of previous M&A. Despite the fall in underlying volumes, Epwin grew underlying operating profit by 18.6% to £25.5m as material pricing fell by more than the volume impact and the increase in other costs. Therefore, the operating margin rose 140bp to 7.4%, within a whisker of the pre-COVID-19 level of 7.5%. Adjusted PBT increased 9.1% to £18.0m and EPS rose by a similar amount to 9.7p. The dividend was increased 7.9% to 4.8p, implying 2x dividend cover. Net debt declined c 20% to £14.4m, ahead of management expectations.

Unchanged and consistent long-term growth drivers

Epwin has for many years followed a set of strategic targets that drive the development of the business and improve profitability and its sustainability credentials. In 2024 and beyond, we believe Epwin will continue to evolve these strategic targets, which include product and materials development, operational leverage and efficiency, cross-selling and business development, the pursuit of value-enhancing acquisitions and sustainability developments.

Valuation: Material discount to average P/E remains

We have raised estimates for the second time this year following the robust FY23 results. This time we have lifted FY24e and FY25e underlying EBIT from £24.5m and £25.7m to £25.8m and £26.0m, respectively. Our revised forecasts imply normalised EPS of 10.4p and 10.7p, which in turn gives an FY24e P/E ratio of 8.3x, a material discount to its long-term average of 10.5x. The company is cash generative and remains acquisitive. We note that the shares offer an attractive 5.8% prospective yield from a twice-covered dividend.

FY23 results exceed and new share buyback announced

FY23 results reflected both weaker market conditions and the effect of management action to improve profitability. Revenues declined modestly as input-cost surcharges and volumes both reduced, but profits increased by nearly 20%, reflecting effective management action. Profit for the year was comfortably ahead of FY19, the last year before the pandemic, and net debt was c £2m lower despite returning cash to shareholders via dividends and share buybacks, and M&A. The FY23 dividend is c 2.5x higher than in FY19, with modest growth expected in future periods.

FY23 results ahead of market expectations

FY23 revenue declined by 2.9% to £345.4m due to a combination of modestly lower raw material surcharges and a decline in volume, offset by a full year inclusion of Poly-Pure and, to a lesser extent, Hampton Decking, both acquired in the second half of 2022. This compared well to an 11% decline in repair, maintain, improve (RMI) demand and a 19% fall in private new build, according to data from the Construction Products Association (CPA). Despite the fall in underlying volumes, Epwin grew underlying operating profit by 18.6% to £25.5m as material pricing fell by more than the volume impact and the increase in staff and other costs combined. Therefore, the operating margin rose 140bp to 7.4%, within a whisker of the pre-pandemic level of 7.5%.

The 9.1% increase in adjusted PBT to £18.0m was less pronounced due to higher interest costs related to higher average debt levels and higher interest rates. EPS rose by a similar amount to 9.6p and the dividend increased 7.9% to 4.8p, implying 2x dividend cover. Net debt declined nearly 20% to £14.4m, ahead of management expectations.

Exhibit 1: Full-year results summary (£m)

FY19

FY20

FY21

FY22

FY23

y-o-y % chg

Total revenues from external customers

282.1

241.0

329.6

355.8

345.4

-2.9%

Underlying operating profit

21.2

9.4

18.5

21.5

25.5

18.6%

Underlying operating margin

7.5%

3.9%

5.6%

6.0%

7.4%

-

Adjusted PBT

16.4

5.0

13.7

16.5

18.0

9.1%

Profit before tax (post exceptionals and other)

12.4

1.9

12.9

11.9

13.2

10.9%

EPS – diluted, adjusted (p)

10.3

4.0

9.1

8.8

9.6

8.5%

Dividend per share (p)

1.8

1.0

4.1

4.5

4.8

7.9%

Underlying net cash/(debt)

(16.4)

(18.5)

(9.4)

(17.9)

(14.4)

-19.6%

Source: Epwin, Edison Investment Research

Non-underlying items rose from £4.6m to £4.8m, primarily due to a £4.2m goodwill charge to write down all of the remaining goodwill carried in relation to the Ecodek post regulatory changes relating to the Grenfell Tower disaster. Despite the decline in revenue year-on-year, underlying operating profit for FY23 was nearly 20% ahead of FY19, the last period before the COVID-19 disruption.

Epwin’s largest division, Extrusion and Moulding (E&M), reported revenue that was down 5% to £210.3m, affected by lower surcharges on PVC input costs as prices fell, offset by an increase in revenue from Poly-Pure, from £3.4m in 2022 to £7.2m in FY23. The increase in group operating profit was principally driven by the improvement in profit from the E&M division, which increased from £16.8m to £21.6m, as the division benefited from management action taken in FY22 and FY23 on pricing and operational efficiency, which resulted in underlying operating margins increasing from 7.6% to 10.3%, robustly moving up towards pre-pandemic levels.

In the year, Epwin made progress on a number of fronts in the division including the integration of Poly-Pure, a capital programme to expand materials re-processing capacity, which was completed in the period, and increasing the use of recycled materials within extruded products. It also completed the consolidation of decking manufacturing to a single site in H123, made progress on the transition of third-party production at Mayfield to group facilities, and extended the product range and market opportunities for reprocessed materials.

Exhibit 2: Divisional revenue, last five years

Source: Epwin, Edison Investment Research

In Fabrication and Distribution, revenue increased modestly to £135.1m, the net effect of reduced volumes and softening RMI demand, particularly in the distribution network in H223, completely offset by revenue from the Mayfield acquisition, which added £4.8m of external revenue. Underlying operating profit declined by £0.1m to £7.4m, implying a slightly lower operating margin of 5.5%. The margin reflected the pricing action taken and consolidation activities, which is a creditable result considering the pre-COVID-19 margin of 4.4%.

Exhibit 3: Operating profit and operating margins by division, last five years

Source: Epwin, Edison Investment Research

Within the Fabrication and Distribution division, in Fabrication, which accounts for around a third of revenue, both the Trade and Social revenues outperformed the CPA estimate of market growth, implying that Epwin took market share. In Distribution, which accounts for roughly half the divisional revenue, revenue fell year-on-year as the end-user market came under pressure. The business made progress on integration and consolidation of the trade counter distribution business. The IT system consolidation continued and is expected to complete in H124, while additional cross-selling opportunities between the fabrication and distribution businesses have been realised.

Share buyback programme nearly complete and extended

In November 2023, Epwin announced its intention to repurchase up to 3m shares for cancellation. By the year end it had purchased 366,723 shares for a cost of £0.3m and by the end of Q224, it expected to complete the programme. We have updated our forecasts to reflect these events.

With the FY23 results, Epwin announced an intention to extend the programme by a further 3m shares, subject to approval at the forthcoming AGM. This extension is not currently reflected in our forecasts as it is yet to be approved.

Estimate uplift due to management improvements

FY23 revenue came in modestly lower than we anticipated due to lower input cost-related surcharges, and due to this adjusted starting point we have reduced revenue modestly in forecast years. However, underlying profit was higher for reasons discussed above and we anticipate that Epwin will be able to continue to report improved adjusted operating profit in FY24 and FY25, which also implies an improved margin. Our upgraded FY24 adjusted operating profit of £25.8m is a raise of 5.2% on our previous estimate. However, increased finance costs reduce the increase at the adjusted PBT line.

The other major change to forecasts is the increase in the DPS from 4.6p to 5.0p in FY24 as the company operates a twice-covered dividend policy. Our net debt estimates remain broadly unchanged despite the inclusion and completion of the first phase of the share buyback as FY23 net debt was better than expected. A proposed extension of up to a further 3m shares is as yet not approved and not reflected in our estimates. At the current share price, a full completion would add c £3m to FY24 net debt expectations.

Exhibit 4: Revised estimates (£m)

FY23

FY24e

FY25e

Old

New

% chg

Old

New

% chg

Revenue

345.4

354.9

345.5

-2.6%

358.4

349.0

-2.6%

y-o-y % change

-1.7%

1.5%

0.0%

-

1.0%

1.0%

-

EBITDA - Edison basis

50.1

42.5

43.8

3.0%

43.7

44.0

0.7%

y-o-y % change

1.1%

1.2%

-12.6%

-

2.8%

0.6%

-

Underlying operating profit

25.5

24.5

25.8

5.2%

25.7

26.0

1.3%

y-o-y % change

11.9%

2.1%

1.0%

-

4.9%

1.0%

-

PBT (Adjusted, pre-exceptionals)

18.0

19.0

19.4

1.9%

20.2

19.7

-2.4%

y-o-y % change

9.1%

3.8%

7.6%

-

6.3%

1.8%

-

EPS - diluted, underlying (p)

9.6

9.9

10.3

4.2%

10.5

10.5

0.4%

y-o-y % change

8.5%

-0.4%

7.1%

-

6.6%

2.7%

-

DPS (p)

4.8

4.6

5.0

8.7%

4.8

5.2

8.3%

y-o-y % change

1.1%

2.2%

4.2%

-

4.3%

4.0%

-

Net (debt)/cash (pre IFRS 16)

(14.4)

(14.4)

(14.0)

-2.6%

(14.2)

(12.5)

-11.8%

y-o-y % change

-18.3%

-1.4%

-2.6%

-

-1.4%

-10.7%

-

Source: Epwin, Edison Investment Research

Epwin shares trade at a P/E discount to long-term average

Epwin trades on a P/E ratio of 8.3x to December 2024, which is a visible discount to its long-term average of 10.5x, suggesting material upside. Furthermore, the company is acquisitive and has more than £60m of investment headroom on its borrowing facilities, which was discussed in our November 2022 results note. This offers considerable potential for value-enhancing M&A activity. Epwin is cash generative and we anticipate that debt will decline, albeit slowly in the periods to FY26 due to a c £5m pa earnout relating to Poly-Pure. We also note that despite the valuation discount the shares offer an attractive prospective 5.8% yield from a dividend that is twice covered.

Exhibit 5: Epwin’s forward P/E ratio (x)

Source: LSEG


The Epwin investment case

Epwin has a near 50-year history since it began as the first PVC-U window fabrication business in 1976. It now sells a wide range of additional products, including doors and door frames, conservatories, cladding and rainwater systems, to name a few. It has developed a number of well-known brands in numerous product segments and fostered numerous routes to market that include selling direct to business customers such as the national housebuilders, social housing providers, builders merchants and general builders as well as specialist stockists, wholesalers and installers.

In support of Epwin’s robust market position, it continues to invest in innovation and new products and systems. Its Stellar window range and Dekboard are two examples of this. It also continues to focus on operational efficiencies that will drive medium-term margin improvements, potentially to levels in excess of the long-term average. Finally, its cash-generative characteristics and low levels of gearing allow it to participate in M&A when the right opportunities arise. Poly-Pure, the PVC reprocessor, and Hampton Decking, both acquired in H222, are examples of this.

Exhibit 6: Epwin’s product range

Source: Epwin Group

Over the last 10 years, Epwin has maintained a robust revenue stream despite the multiple headwinds that have been thrown at the sector including Brexit, COVID-19 and more recently the implications of a high inflation environment. During most of this extended period, both profits and margins were on an upward trend until 2020. Recovery was seen in 2021 and has been a consistent feature since. Short-term trends are less clear, but longer-term trends are arguably more encouraging when one considers Epwin’s position in the market and other long-term drivers.

Firstly, Epwin is the largest UK manufacturer of PVC window profile systems, roofline and cladding products and glass reinforced plastic (GRP) mouldings used in housebuilding. It has around a 20% market share in the former, a c 40% share of the cellular roofline market and around a 40% share of the GRP market.

Secondly, the construction and RMI markets have positive long-term trends. For example, the UK has a growing population and an increasing tendency for people to live alone, so there is likely to be underlying demand for new homes to be built. An increasing and ageing stock of housing also points towards increased requirements for building materials to address RMI demand.

Exhibit 7: Epwin revenue (£m)

Exhibit 8: Epwin operating profit and margins

Source: Epwin, Edison Investment Research. Note: R, restated.

Source: Epwin, Edison Investment Research. Note: R, restated.

Exhibit 7: Epwin revenue (£m)

Source: Epwin, Edison Investment Research. Note: R, restated.

Exhibit 8: Epwin operating profit and margins

Source: Epwin, Edison Investment Research. Note: R, restated.

Furthermore, political impetus to improve the thermal efficiency of both new and existing housing, driven by newer thermally efficient products and carbon reduction targets, suggests that companies like Epwin that have value-adding products should be able to take market share from others.


Strategic initiatives continue to progress

Epwin has consistently made steady progress on its five strategic initiatives over the last few years. These include the introduction of new products and materials, a drive for greater operational efficiency and a drive to cross-sell products via a range of subsidiaries and channels. Furthermore, its active M&A pipeline has delivered success over the years since the flotation in 2014 and it has significantly contributed to the company’s drive to reduce emissions and address other ESG targets. The five core initiatives are discussed in more detail below.

Product and materials development

Epwin has a strategic aim to broaden its product portfolio, to widen its material and technical capabilities as well as to continuously improve its products and offerings. In 2023, Epwin invested in plant to expand recycling capacity and margins at Poly-Pure, invested in co-extrusion tooling to enable the increased use of recycled PVC thereby reducing the use of virgin materials and expanded the range of existing products, including decking.

In 2024, Epwin’s priorities are to realise the capacity and margin benefits of the Poly-Pure investments, increase the use of recycled products across the group and utilise product and materials knowledge to expand and develop the group’s offering.

Drive for operational leverage and efficiency

Epwin completed a major project to consolidate its Window Systems warehousing in 2022 and continues to target the utilisation of existing spare capacity and the delivery of site consolidations, as well as operational efficiencies. In 2023, it completed the consolidation of its decking manufacturing to a single site following the 2022 Hampton Decking acquisition and implemented a single IT system for its distribution network.

In 2024, Epwin is targeting the completion of the distribution IT project in H1 and increasing the utilisation of its production capacity by transferring in third-party production following acquisitions.

Cross-selling and business development drive

One of Epwin’s key strategic drives is a push to sell more existing and new products to its current customers via differing channels and markets. In 2023, it integrated the decking business acquired in 2022 into its own decking manufacturing facilities and realised further cross-selling opportunities between its fabrication business and customers and its distribution network.

In 2024, in plans to identify and extract all remaining cross-selling and synergy opportunities from the 2022 acquisitions and advance cross-group sales opportunities given the group’s increasingly broad product range.

M&A to remain a feature of growth

Epwin’s growth strategy includes selective, value-enhancing M&A that have the potential to deliver on the three core strands outlined above and that are aligned to its sustainability agenda. Although no deals were announced in 2023, we believe Epwin will continue to develop relationships with potential targets. Very often, opportunities arise due to succession issues and Epwin maintains a robust balance sheet, which enables it to take advantage when an opportunity arises. Hampton Decking was last of a line of deals that have contributed to volume and revenue growth stretching back to 2015.

Exhibit 9: M&A since 2015

Date

Company

Country

Activity

November 2015

Vannplastic, T/A Ecodek

UK

Manufacturer of building products

January 2016

Stormking Plastics

UK

Supplier of building components

June 2016

Specialist Plastics Distribution, T/A National Plastics

UK

Distributor

March 2016

Amicus Building Products

UK

Distribution

April 2019

Premier Distribution T/A PVS

UK

Decking installation

January 2021

SBS (Cumbria) Limited

UK

Distributor

June 2021

Plastic Building Supplies

UK

Distributor

November 2021

Accrington Plastics Limited

UK

Distributor

September 2022

Poly-Pure

UK

Reprocessor of PVC

December 2022

Hampton Decking T/A Mayfield

UK

Decking supplier

Source: Epwin Group data, Edison Investment Research

Epwin typically pays 3–6x EBITDA depending on the business and synergies. Often there is an earnout in the arrangements that is payable if profits hit or exceed targets, but again the resulting post-earnout multiple will fall between 3x and 6x EBITDA post synergies. Most senior managers will be retained in the business to maintain the status quo. Currently Epwin is trading on an EV/EBITDA of under 5x, versus a five-year average of c 6.5x.

We understand that Epwin maintains a good pipeline of potential M&A targets and that further deals are likely, although of course the timing and size of any deal is very unpredictable. Epwin currently has banking facilities totalling around £75m and we estimate that it will end FY24 with net debt of c £14m, implying a net bank debt to EBITDA ratio of 0.6x. This implies c £60m of potential M&A headroom.

Environmental, social and governance progress achieved

Epwin is making good progress on its ESG targets, which include promotion of the sustainability credentials of its products to customers, the creation of sustainable value and minimising its environmental impact. Furthermore, it prioritises the wellbeing of staff while maintaining high standards of governance and transparency for investors.

In 2023 the company renewed its banking facilities with a sustainability-linked loan, reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, retained its Fair Tax Mark and further developed its sustainability reporting, including Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure requirements. In 2024, it is targeting the recognition of third-party certifications for core product ranges, and the formalisation of sustainability metrics and targets.


Exhibit 10: Financial summary

£'m

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024e

2025e

2026e

Year end 31 March

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue

 

 

241.0

329.6

355.8

345.4

345.5

349.0

352.4

Cost of Sales

(168.8)

(236.9)

(250.5)

(231.4)

(244.4)

(246.7)

(249.2)

Gross Profit

72.2

92.7

105.3

114.0

101.1

102.2

103.3

EBITDA

 

 

28.6

36.3

41.6

50.1

43.8

44.0

44.1

Normalised operating profit

 

 

9.4

18.5

21.5

25.5

25.8

26.0

26.1

Share-based payments

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Operating profit - Underlying

9.4

18.5

21.5

25.5

25.8

26.0

26.1

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(0.3)

(0.3)

(0.3)

(1.0)

(1.0)

(1.0)

(1.0)

Exceptionals

(2.8)

(0.1)

(3.7)

(4.2)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

0.0

(0.4)

(0.6)

0.4

(0.7)

(0.7)

(0.7)

Reported operating profit

6.3

17.7

16.9

20.7

24.1

24.3

24.4

Net Interest

(4.4)

(4.8)

(5.0)

(7.5)

(6.4)

(6.3)

(6.1)

Joint ventures & associates (post tax)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Exceptionals

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

5.0

13.7

16.5

18.0

19.4

19.7

20.0

Profit Before Tax (reported)

 

 

1.9

12.9

11.9

13.2

17.7

18.0

18.3

Reported tax

0.7

(0.4)

(3.5)

(3.9)

(4.4)

(4.5)

(4.6)

Profit After Tax (norm)

5.7

13.3

13.0

14.1

15.0

15.2

15.4

Profit After Tax (reported)

2.6

12.5

8.4

9.3

13.3

13.5

13.7

Net income (normalised)

5.7

13.3

13.0

14.1

15.0

15.2

15.4

Net income (reported)

2.6

12.5

8.4

9.3

13.3

13.5

13.7

Basic average number of shares outstanding (m)

143

145

145

145

144

142

142

EPS - basic normalised (p)

 

 

3.99

9.16

8.95

9.71

10.41

10.69

10.85

EPS - diluted normalised (p)

 

 

3.98

9.06

8.84

9.58

10.27

10.55

10.70

EPS - basic reported (p)

 

 

1.82

8.61

5.78

6.41

9.23

9.50

9.66

Dividend (p)

1.00

4.10

4.45

4.80

5.00

5.20

5.30

Revenue growth (%)

(-14.6)

36.8

7.9

(-2.9)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Gross Margin (%)

30.0

28.1

29.6

33.0

29.3

29.3

29.3

EBITDA Margin (%)

11.9

11.0

11.7

14.5

12.7

12.6

12.5

Normalised Operating Margin (%)

3.9

5.6

6.0

7.4

7.5

7.5

7.4

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

176.9

177.0

209.9

203.8

193.9

185.8

178.2

Intangible Assets

75.0

77.9

99.5

94.9

93.9

92.9

91.9

Tangible Assets

29.5

28.5

34.3

35.4

30.6

27.6

25.1

Investments & other

72.4

70.6

76.1

73.5

69.4

65.3

61.2

Current Assets

 

 

87.2

94.6

97.6

87.5

87.5

87.6

87.6

Stocks

29.6

41.0

41.1

37.4

37.3

37.7

38.1

Debtors

44.3

43.6

40.5

35.8

35.9

35.6

35.2

Cash & cash equivalents

13.1

9.8

15.1

13.1

13.1

13.1

13.1

Other

0.2

0.2

0.9

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

Current Liabilities

 

 

(79.0)

(83.0)

(83.9)

(71.9)

(71.9)

(72.5)

(73.1)

Creditors

(57.6)

(71.5)

(72.5)

(60.0)

(60.0)

(60.6)

(61.2)

Tax and social security

0.0

(0.4)

0.0

(0.1)

(0.1)

(0.1)

(0.1)

Short term borrowings

(10.9)

(0.5)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

(10.5)

(10.6)

(11.4)

(11.8)

(11.8)

(11.8)

(11.8)

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(96.3)

(90.3)

(122.5)

(117.3)

(103.4)

(88.4)

(73.9)

Long term borrowings

(17.3)

(14.6)

(29.8)

(24.6)

(24.2)

(22.7)

(21.7)

Other long term liabilities

(79.0)

(75.7)

(92.7)

(92.7)

(79.2)

(65.7)

(52.2)

Shareholders' equity

 

 

88.8

98.3

101.1

102.1

106.1

112.4

118.8

CASH FLOW

Op Cash Flow before WC and tax

28.6

36.3

41.6

50.1

43.8

44.0

44.1

Working capital

(1.8)

(1.4)

1.4

(5.3)

(0.3)

0.3

0.3

Exceptional & other

(3.1)

0.0

(4.4)

(5.1)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Tax

(0.8)

(0.5)

(2.2)

(2.1)

(4.4)

(4.5)

(4.6)

Net operating cash flow

 

 

22.9

34.4

36.4

37.6

39.0

39.8

39.8

Capex

(8.0)

(0.6)

(9.1)

(8.6)

(9.2)

(10.0)

(10.5)

Acquisitions/disposals

0.0

(5.3)

(18.1)

(1.8)

(4.0)

(5.0)

(5.0)

Net interest

(1.4)

(1.5)

(1.6)

(3.1)

(2.7)

(2.6)

(2.4)

Equity financing

0.0

(0.4)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Dividends

0.0

(4.0)

(6.2)

(6.6)

(7.0)

(7.2)

(7.4)

Other

(15.6)

(13.5)

(9.9)

(14.0)

(15.8)

(13.5)

(13.5)

Net Cash Flow

(2.1)

9.1

(8.5)

3.5

0.4

1.5

1.0

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

16.4

18.5

9.4

17.9

14.4

14.0

12.5

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

18.5

9.4

17.9

14.4

14.0

12.5

11.5

Source: Epwin accounts, Edison Investment Research


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