Norcros — Solid H2 performance

Norcros (LSE: NXR)

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Norcros — Solid H2 performance

An in-line year end update pointed to an improved H2 trading period for UK based operations and good ongoing progress in South Africa. Full details on underlying profit trends will come with the FY17 results but we feel that the business is performing well in its markets and this is not being fully reflected in the company’s valuation.

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Norcros

Solid H2 performance

Year end update

Construction & materials

18 April 2017

Price

170.25p

Market cap

£104m

£/ZAR 18.0

Net debt (£m) at end September 2016

27.5

Shares in issue

61.3m

Free float

98.3%

Code

NXR

Primary exchange

LSE

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

5.4

(1.0)

(4.4)

Rel (local)

4.4

(4.8)

(13.6)

52-week high/low

197.0p

138.0p

Business description

Norcros is a leading supplier of showers, tiles, taps and related fittings and accessories for bathrooms, kitchens, washrooms and other commercial environments. It has operations in the UK and South Africa, with some export activity from both countries.

Next events

FY17 results

14 June 2017

Analysts

Toby Thorrington

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Roger Johnston

+44 (0)20 3077 5722

Norcros is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

An in-line year end update pointed to an improved H2 trading period for UK based operations and good ongoing progress in South Africa. Full details on underlying profit trends will come with the FY17 results but we feel that the business is performing well in its markets and this is not being fully reflected in the company’s valuation.

Year end

Revenue (£m)

PBT*
(£m)

EPS*
(p)

DPS
(p)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

03/15

222.1

14.0

18.0

5.6

9.5

3.3

03/16

235.9

18.5

24.7

6.6

6.9

3.9

03/17e

266.3

20.2

24.0

7.2

7.1

4.2

03/18e

274.4

21.8

25.7

7.5

6.6

4.4

Note: *PBT and EPS FD are normalised, excluding intangible amortisation and exceptional items. EPS/DPS are adjusted for a one-to-10 share consolidation (30 September 2015).

UK bounces back, South Africa progressing well

The FY17 trading update indicated group revenues of c £271m for the year, with a useful breakdown (actual, constant FX and LFL) of how this was achieved. The group figure is slightly above our estimate and existing UK operations (before acquisitions) appear to be the driver. H117 was a comparatively tough trading period for these businesses so the second half bounce back (LFL: H1 -5.0%, H2 +8.3%, FY +1.8%) is encouraging. This is clearly ahead of underlying RMI spend patterns and we understand that more regular demand was seen across most UK channels with a better export picture also. Acquired UK businesses also performed well. We note that the well-publicised economic challenges in South Africa have not affected trading and LFL progress remained very healthy (H1 +10.0%, H2 +7.0%, FY +8.4%). The average £/rand c 18.0 for the year was also in line with our model. Group net debt at the year-end was c £24m (vs our c £27m estimate).

Mixed market signals persist

The recent reporting season continues to highlight general caution on the impact of input price increases. Norcros had longer hedges in place than most and, we understand, is substantially through supply chain and customer negotiations. UK export performance already seems to have picked up, which may or may not be related to FX movements. We will revisit this and review estimates fully with FY17 results; our model currently includes some underlying progress in both reporting regions. One new item is the planned improvement in operating efficiencies and flagged capacity reduction at Johnson Tiles. As one of only two UK scale producers – with weaker sterling also feeding into import pricing – this may serve to tighten a flat market. The £2.3m cash cost (in H117) has an expected one year payback.

Valuation: Rating lags performance

Having responded well to the H117 results initially, the Norcros share price had given up most of the gains made from December’s 185p before rallying again in April. The company remains very lowly rated in our view (FY17e P/E 7.1x and EV/EBITDA, adjusted for pensions cash of 4.6x) with an attractive 4.2% trailing dividend yield. Underlying business performance is not fully factored in at this level.

Exhibit 1: Financial summary

£'ms

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017e

2018e

2019e

March

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

PROFIT & LOSS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cont.

Cont.

Cont.

Cont.

Cont.

Revenue

 

 

196.1

200.3

210.7

218.7

222.1

235.9

266.3

274.4

283.4

Cost of Sales

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Gross Profit

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

EBITDA

 

 

18.2

18.6

19.9

22.9

24.3

28.0

31.4

32.9

34.5

Operating Profit (before SBP)

 

 

11.6

12.3

13.7

17.0

18.3

22.5

24.8

26.3

27.9

Net Interest

 

 

(1.5)

(1.4)

(1.3)

(1.5)

(1.2)

(0.9)

(1.5)

(1.4)

(1.3)

Other financial - norm

 

 

(1.1)

(0.9)

(2.4)

(2.6)

(3.1)

(3.1)

(3.1)

(3.1)

(3.1)

Other financial

 

 

(0.4)

0.6

(0.2)

(5.2)

2.1

(0.2)

(1.5)

(2.0)

(2.0)

Intangible Amortisation

 

 

0.0

0.0

0.0

(0.4)

(0.3)

(0.9)

(1.2)

(1.2)

(1.2)

Exceptionals

 

 

(1.1)

(1.2)

(4.4)

(1.5)

(4.8)

(2.0)

(1.0)

(1.0)

(1.0)

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

9.0

10.0

10.0

12.9

14.0

18.5

20.2

21.8

23.5

Profit Before Tax (company norm)

 

10.2

10.7

11.7

14.6

15.8

20.4

22.1

23.7

25.4

Profit Before Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

7.5

9.4

5.4

5.8

11.0

15.4

16.5

17.6

19.3

Tax

 

 

(0.8)

0.0

0.2

4.3

(3.0)

(2.4)

(4.1)

(4.8)

(5.2)

Other

 

 

0.0

0.0

0.0

(1.4)

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Profit After Tax (norm)

 

 

8.2

10.4

9.3

13.9

11.1

16.1

16.1

17.1

18.4

Profit After Tax (FRS 3)

 

 

6.7

9.4

5.6

8.7

8.1

13.0

12.4

12.9

14.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

 

57.7

57.7

58.0

58.4

59.2

60.6

61.3

62.0

62.7

Average Number of Shares Outstanding FD (m)

57.7

58.0

58.9

60.8

61.5

62.2

63.0

63.7

64.4

EPS FD - normalised (p)

 

 

14.1

17.9

15.8

22.8

18.0

24.7

24.0

25.7

27.4

EPS FD - company normalised (p)

 

 

16.3

19.2

18.7

27.9

21.1

27.7

27.0

28.7

30.4

EPS - FRS 3 (p)

 

 

11.6

16.2

9.5

14.3

13.2

19.7

18.1

19.1

20.9

Dividend per share (p)

 

 

3.6

4.2

4.6

5.1

5.6

6.6

7.2

7.5

8.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Margin (%)

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

EBITDA Margin (%)

 

 

9.3

9.3

9.4

10.5

10.9

11.9

11.8

12.0

12.2

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

5.9

6.1

6.5

7.8

8.2

9.5

9.3

9.6

9.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALANCE SHEET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed Assets

 

 

80.7

80.0

86.7

80.0

78.3

93.4

102.9

103.7

107.2

Intangible Assets

 

 

23.9

23.4

27.6

27.1

26.9

44.7

44.4

43.5

45.3

Tangible Assets

 

 

49.1

44.8

43.5

36.9

37.6

38.2

42.4

44.0

45.7

Investments

 

 

7.7

11.8

15.6

16.0

13.8

10.5

16.2

16.2

16.2

Current Assets

 

 

94.4

89.7

104.6

102.2

100.4

119.4

135.2

148.6

160.1

Stocks

 

 

42.3

45.5

52.8

50.2

52.2

60.1

69.1

71.2

73.5

Debtors

 

 

36.4

34.5

36.3

35.5

37.5

47.3

53.4

55.0

56.8

Cash

 

 

7.7

2.9

6.8

3.9

5.6

5.9

6.9

16.5

23.9

Current Liabilities

 

 

(56.4)

(52.5)

(54.0)

(58.1)

(60.0)

(67.6)

(73.1)

(79.5)

(85.8)

Creditors

 

 

(53.3)

(52.1)

(53.5)

(57.3)

(58.6)

(64.8)

(73.1)

(79.5)

(85.8)

Short term borrowings

 

 

(3.1)

(0.4)

(0.5)

(0.8)

(1.4)

(2.8)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

(39.3)

(46.1)

(75.7)

(58.6)

(67.4)

(97.6)

(137.7)

(137.2)

(136.6)

Long term borrowings

 

 

(15.2)

(20.3)

(37.0)

(30.5)

(18.4)

(35.6)

(33.7)

(33.7)

(33.7)

Other long term liabilities

 

 

(24.1)

(25.8)

(38.7)

(28.1)

(49.0)

(62.0)

(104.0)

(103.5)

(102.9)

Net Assets

 

 

79.4

71.1

61.6

65.5

51.3

47.6

27.4

35.7

45.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Cash Flow

 

 

10.8

6.0

6.6

13.6

16.2

18.5

23.3

27.8

29.1

Net Interest

 

 

(1.0)

(1.6)

(1.3)

(1.6)

(1.3)

(0.9)

(1.5)

(1.4)

(1.3)

Tax

 

 

(0.6)

(0.6)

(1.0)

(1.7)

(0.5)

(1.0)

(2.0)

(3.6)

(4.3)

Capex

 

 

(6.3)

(6.7)

(4.2)

(2.8)

(1.4)

(6.6)

(8.3)

(8.3)

(8.3)

Acquisitions/disposals

 

 

4.4

0.0

(10.6)

0.1

3.3

(23.6)

(2.7)

(0.4)

(3.0)

Financing

 

 

0.0

0.2

0.3

0.4

0.2

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

Dividends

 

 

(0.7)

(2.2)

(2.5)

(2.8)

(3.1)

(3.6)

(4.1)

(4.6)

(4.9)

Net Cash Flow

 

 

6.6

(4.9)

(12.7)

5.2

13.4

(17.1)

4.8

9.6

7.4

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

15.9

10.6

17.8

30.7

27.4

14.2

32.5

26.8

17.2

HP finance leases initiated

 

 

0.0

(0.8)

(0.1)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

 

 

(1.3)

(1.5)

(0.1)

(1.9)

(0.2)

(1.2)

0.9

0.0

(0.0)

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

10.6

17.8

30.7

27.4

14.2

32.5

26.8

17.2

9.8

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