Renold plc Significant revenue growth, Record orderbook, Strong cash generation

renold plc

Renold plc (LON:RNO), a leading international supplier of industrial chains and related power transmission products, announced today its interim results for the six month period ended 30 September 2021.

Financial highlights

   Half year ended 
 30 September202130 September2020Increase / (decrease)
Adjusted results at constant exchange rates1   
Revenue at constant exchange rates95.378.122%
Adjusted operating profit at constant exchange rates8.25.549%
Return on sales2 at constant exchange rates8.6%7.0% 
Adjusted earnings per share2.3p1.1p109%
Net debt313.926.4(47%)
Results at actual exchange rates   
Adjusted operating profit8.25.841%
Return on sales28.6%7.1% 
Operating profit8.25.355%
Profit before tax6.22.8121%
Basic earnings per share2.3p0.9p156%

· Revenue up 17% to £95.3m (22% at constant exchange rates).

· Adjusted operating profit up 41% (49% at constant exchange rates) to £8.2m (2020: £5.8m).

· Excluding one-off items adjusted operating profit of £7.0m 4  up 21% and return on sales of 7.4% up 30bps.

· Net debt £13.9m, £4.5m reduction in the period; ratio to adjusted EBITDA 0.6x (31 March 2021: 0.9x).

· Adjusted EPS 2.3p (2020: 1.1p); Excluding one-off items Adjusted EPS 2.0p

Business highlights

· The Group’s markets recovered strongly during the first half, as activity levels rebounded from Covid impact, returning to 96% of pre-pandemic level.

· Strong cash generation, with continuing focus on working capital and cost control, but allowing for inventory increases due to lengthened supply chains and a gradual restoration of capital expenditure.

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· Group order intake in the period £113.0m, up 48.8% YoY as reported (54.9% at constant exchange rates).

· Orderbook at 30 September 2021, £72.1m, is a record high for the Group (30 September 2020: £46.5m).

· Completed bolt-on acquisition of the conveyor chain business of Brooks Ltd, which is performing ahead of expectations.

1 See below for reconciliation of actual rate, constant exchange rate and adjusted figures

2 Adjusted operating profit divided by revenue

3 See Note 9 for a reconciliation of net debt which excludes lease liabilities

4 Non-recurring items include £1.7m of US Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness offset by £0.5m of dilapidation charges relating to closed sites

Robert Purcell, Chief Executive of Renold plc, said:

” The strong trading momentum experienced in the fourth quarter of the last financial year has continued into the first half, resulting in growth of both revenues and profitability. Despite the widely reported global supply chain and inflationary pressures that remain present, particularly with respect to materials, transport and energy costs, Renold continues to benefit from geographic, customer and market sector diversity. With a record order book at the period end, coupled with the strategic initiatives previously implemented, we approach the second half with confidence, but cognisant of the very volatile and inflationary world we operate in.”

Reconciliation of reported, constant exchange rate and adjusted results

Revenue Operating profit Earnings per share 
Reported at actual exchange rates95.381.
Amortisation of acquired intangible assets0.50.2
Exchange impact-3.4-0.3
Adjusted at constant exchange rates95.378.

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