2015 Preliminary Results

25 February 2016


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Chief Executive, Matthew Ingle, said:

"Howdens delivered another good set of results in 2015. Sales grew to £1.2bn, profitability increased and we saw strong cash flow. As a result, we are recommending an increase in our dividend and announcing an additional £55m cash return to shareholders by way of a share repurchase programme.

"We have continued to invest in all aspects of the business, improving our operations, pursuing the growth opportunities before us and taking advantage of better market conditions. In the UK, we opened 30 new depots and we pushed forward with an expanded trial in continental Europe, opening five additional depots in northern France and our first outlet in Holland.

"The service proposition that Howdens provides to our small builder customers is supported by the unique combination of our locally empowered depots and our supply operations. The strength of this has enabled us to continue to increase the number of account holders by 35,000 to over 425,000, who form the bedrock of our business.

"We are well positioned and look forward to continued growth in 2016. We will continue to invest in the business, to ensure that we can take advantage of the short and long-term growth opportunities that we foresee, and to address the challenges of a more complex market and security of supply. This investment will be in both our day-to-day operations and our supply chain capacity.

"Looking at 2016, trading conditions seen in 2015 have continued into the early part of the year. As well as planning to open 30 new depots in the UK, we plan to open two more depots in northern France, a second larger outlet further south in France and a similar outlet in Germany.

"However, we remain watchful, given the increased uncertainty surrounding the economic outlook and will react accordingly, should things change."


Financial results (continuing operations)

The information presented here relates to the 52 weeks to 26 December 2015 and the 52 weeks to 27 December 2014, unless otherwise stated.

  • Howden Joinery UK depot revenue increased by 11.9% to £1,203.8 (up 9.2% on same depot basis). Group revenue was £1,220.2m (2014: £1,090.8m);
  • Gross profit margin was 64.3% (2014: 63.7%), reflecting a currency gain;
  • Operating profit rose from £189.8m to £221.9m;
  • Profit before tax increased to £219.6m (2014: £188.8m), the net finance charge rising by £1.3m (reflecting an increase in the pensions finance expense);
  • Basic earnings per share increased from 23.2p to 27.3p;
  • Net cash of £226.1m at year-end (27 December 2014: £217.7m net cash), after £45.3m was returned to shareholders by way of a share repurchase programme;
  • Final dividend of 7.1p recommended, giving full year dividend of 9.9p per share (2014: 8.4p);
  • £55m to be returned to shareholders, through a share repurchase programme1.

1 This is in addition to the outstanding £25m from the two-year £70m share repurchase programme announced in February 2015.

Business developments

  • Investment in the future growth of the business continues:
      • 30 new depots opened in UK in 2015, bringing total to 619;
      • capital expenditure totalled £45.9m as investment in supply operations to support further growth and increase resilience was stepped up;
      • French trial extended, with five new depots opened, and a new outlet opened in Holland.

Current trading

  • Howden Joinery UK depot revenue in the first two periods of 2016 rose by 7.1%1, in line with our expectations;
  • Our outlook for the business for 2016 remains unchanged.

1 This excludes the first week, which had two fewer trading days in 2016 than in 2015.



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Note for editors:

Howden Joinery Group Plc is the parent company of Howden Joinery. In the UK, Howden Joinery is engaged in the sale of kitchens and joinery products to trade customers, primarily small local builders, through over 600 depots. Around one-third of the products it sells are manufactured in the company's own factories in Runcorn, Cheshire, and Howden, East Yorkshire. The business also has small operations in France, Belgium and Holland.

Website: www.howdenjoinerygroupplc.com



The information presented here relates to the 52 weeks to 26 December 2015 and the 52 weeks to 27 December 2014.

Continuing operations1, £m 2015 2014


- Group 1,220.2 1,090.8
- Howden Joinery UK depots 1,203.8 1,075.5
Gross profit 784.4 694.5
Gross profit margin, % 64.3 63.7

Operating profit 221.9 189.8
Profit before tax 219.6 188.8

Basic earnings per share 27.3p 23.2p

Dividend per share 9.9p 8.4p

Net cash at end of period 226.1 217.7

  1. There were no discontinued operations in 2015. In 2014, there was an exceptional profit after tax on discontinued operations of £9.1m.




The information presented here relates to the 52 weeks to 26 December 2015 and the 52 weeks to 27 December 2014 (continuing operations), unless otherwise stated 1.

The financial performance of the Group during 2015 benefited from the Group's competitive position and the continuing focus on improving operational performance.

Total Group revenue increased by £129.4m to £1,220.2m.

Revenue £m 2015 2014
Group 1,220.2 1,090.8

Howden Joinery UK depots 1,203.8 1,075.5
Howden Joinery continental Europe depots 16.4 15.3

Howden Joinery UK depot revenue rose by 11.9% to £1,203.8m, increasing by 9.2% on a same depot basis.

This growth was achieved through several factors and is a testament to the strength of the Howdens business model. In particular, we have continued to open new depots and increased the number of customer accounts, which enabled us to grow turnover in existing depots of all ages.

Sales by our depots in continental Europe rose by £1.1m to £16.4m. Within this, underlying sales of our original depots in France increased by 4% in constant currency terms.

Gross profit rose by £89.9m to £784.4m. The gross profit margin for the year increased to 64.3% (2014: 63.7%). This included a benefit from the strengthening of the pound against the euro. It also reflected the continuing focus on efforts within supply to reduce the cost of manufactured and bought-in products, and margin achievement across all depots. Excluding the currency gain, the gross profit margin would have been 63.5%, a slight decline versus 2014 reflecting the impact of sales of discontinued product and, to a lesser extent, the cost of promoting granite worktops.

Selling and distribution costs, and administrative expenses increased by £57.8m to £562.5m. The increase reflects the costs of new depots, investment in both short and longer term growth, and the impact of inflation, including on payroll costs, as well as an increase in pension costs.

Operating profit increased by £32.1m to £221.9m.

The net interest charge rose by £1.3m to £2.3m, reflecting a higher finance expense in respect of pensions. The net result was profit before tax rose by £30.8m to £219.6m.

The tax charge on profit before tax was £44.2m, an effective rate of tax of 20.1%.

Basic earnings per share were 27.3p (2014: 23.2p).

At 26 December 2015, the pension deficit shown on the balance sheet was £49.2m (27 December 2014: £142.6m). The decrease in the deficit was due to lower liabilities arising primarily from an increase in the discount rate and the Group's contribution to fund the deficit (£45m), partly offset by lower than expected asset returns.

We saw strong cash flow in 2015.

There was a net cash inflow from operating activities of £158.3m. This was after the cash contribution to the Group's defined benefit pension scheme to fund the deficit.

Working capital increased by £19.2m. An increase in stock was partly offset by an increase in trade creditors and a decrease in trade debtors.

Also included within net cash flows from operating activities was tax paid totalling £35.3m.

Payments to acquire fixed assets totalled £45.9m (2014: £32.8m), reflecting increased investment in our supply operations (see Operational Review).

In line with the announcement of a two-year £70m share repurchase programme made in February 2015, £45.3m was spent acquiring the Group's own shares. These shares, totalling 9,152,000, are held in treasury, to use for future obligations for company share schemes.

Reflecting the above, there was a net cash inflow of £8.4m in 2015, the Group having net cash of £226.1m at the end of the year (27 December 2014: £217.7m net cash).


The Group's dividend policy is to target dividend cover of between 2.5x and 3x, with one third of the previous year's dividend being paid as an interim dividend each year.

In light of this policy, given the operational performance of the business in 2015, the Board has decided to recommend to shareholders a final dividend of 7.1p, giving a total dividend for the year of 9.9p (2014: 8.4p). This equates to a dividend cover of 2.75x.

As previously stated, the Board intends to target a capital structure that is both prudent and recognises the benefits of operational and financial leverage, and, after considering our capital requirements, to return surplus cash to shareholders as appropriate. The Group has significant property leases for the depot network, and continues to have a material deficit in the Group pension fund and a small number of remaining legacy liabilities related to the Group's former ownership of MFI. Taking into account this underlying level of gearing, the Board believes it is appropriate for the Group to be able to operate through the annual working capital cycle without incurring bank debt.

The Board has reviewed the cash balances in light of the Group's future investment opportunities, expected peak working capital requirements and trading outlook. As a result, it has decided to return an additional £55m of cash to shareholders by way of a share repurchase programme. This will be implemented over the course of the next two years.

Shares that are bought in the market by our brokers will either be held in treasury, to use for future obligations for company share schemes, or cancelled.

1 There were no discontinued operations in 2015. In 2014, there was an exceptional profit after tax on discontinued operations of £9.1m.



The business model of Howden Joinery is "To supply from local stock nationwide the small builder's ever-changing, routine, integrated kitchen and joinery requirements, assuring best local price, no-call-back quality and confidential trade terms".

Since it started in autumn 1995, the business has opened new depots and increased turnover continuously, except for a 12-month period in 2008-9.

Even today, with over 600 depots across the UK, we continue to see the opportunity to transform the scale of the business, seeing scope for up to 800 UK depots. We continue to invest in all aspects of the growth and performance of the business, including new depots and depot operations, existing and new employees, product development, and manufacturing and distribution.

UK depot network and operations

During the course of 2015, 30 new depots were opened, bringing the total number of depots trading at the end of the year to 619. In addition, seven depots were relocated and seventeen were extended.

Our account base continued to grow, increasing by 35,000 net new accounts in 2015. While there has been a significant increase in accounts, our debt collection performance continues to be robust.

Growth was seen in depots of all ages. To enable us to deliver this, while maintaining the level of service that our small builder customers expect, employee numbers in existing depots were increased by more than 500.

Product and marketing

We continue to enhance our product offering, having introduced a number of new products during the year across all product categories. Notable amongst these were the introduction of 20 new kitchens. These included 'tongue and groove' options within our popular Burford family, along with the extension of stone coloured options to most of our existing kitchen families and the introduction of ivory coloured options to a number of our kitchen ranges.

In autumn 2014, we commenced selling affordable granite worktops from stock, beginning in a small number of depots. During 2015, the trial was extended, granite now being sold in all of our depots.

Since its launch in 2009, our Lamona range of kitchen appliances has been very successful and we continue to invest in the range, as we develop it further. Following on from the success of the premium touch control pyrolytic oven that we introduced in 2014, we launched two premium touch control double multi-function ovens during 2015.

Supporting our offering of Lamona premium ovens, after an initial trial of additional branded appliances, we are now selling a selection of AEG and Neff cooking, refrigeration, dishwashing and laundry appliances throughout our depot portfolio.

We continue to invest in our marketing communications and brand advertising.

  • In our kitchen collection brochure, we have introduced a new format to highlight each kitchen family and have added a flooring section. We have also redesigned our appliance literature, introducing lifestyle photographs to make it more appealing and aspirational for end-consumers.
  • To further raise awareness of the Howdens brand, we attended 15 county shows and agricultural fairs throughout the UK during the summer.

Where appropriate, our branding now includes the Royal Arms, following the award to Howden Joinery of a Royal Warrant By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen in 2015. This features on our websites and vehicle fleet livery, and in our marketing material.

Manufacturing and logistics operations

Our UK-based manufacturing and logistics operations play a vital role in ensuring that we are able to supply our small builder customers from local stock nationwide at all times. This requires us to have the space and the flexibility to respond to each depot's individual needs, even during our critical 'period 11', when sales are more than double the level seen in other periods.

In February 2015, we said that we had undertaken a review of the medium and longer-term growth prospects for the business and had identified more opportunities than previously foreseen. On the basis of this, we said that we had considered how to ensure that we are best placed to deal with and take advantage of what the future might bring. One outcome of this work was the identification of a programme of investment in our supply operations that would prepare them for future growth and improve the resilience of our cabinet manufacturing operations.

During the course of 2015, we undertook or commenced a number of projects, the most significant of which were as follows.

  • Manufacturing operations Work commenced on projects to replace two aging cabinet panel production lines at our Howden site and increase production capacity of the cabinet component lines at our Runcorn site.

    Work commenced on a number of projects that will increase the resilience of our cabinet manufacturing operations by reducing risk and increasing back-up. These include the development of a new production facility at Howden.

    The existing obsolete boiler and associated heating infrastructure at Runcorn was replaced by a state-of-the-art biomass heating system. Like the system installed at our Howden site in 2014, the heat generated attracts payments provided by the Renewable Heat Incentive programme.
  • Logistics A number of small warehouses have been taken on short-term leases and fitted-out to ensure that we have sufficient capacity while a major project to provide sufficient warehousing for our longer-term needs is progressed. In respect of this, we have entered in to a long-term agreement to occupy a new 650,000 sq ft warehouse that is being built near Raunds, which is to the east of our existing national distribution centre in Northampton. We expect that this will be ready for us to begin occupation in the final quarter of 2016.

    During the year, we replaced our fleet of 460 'trailer units' for our fleet of lorries. These have been custom designed and built to meet our requirements, and have a revised livery that has been designed to improve brand awareness. This follows the replacement of the fleet's 100 'tractor' units in 2014.

Continental Europe

At the end of 2014, we said that we intended to add a second phase of seven depots to our existing operations in northern France. To this end, in 2015, we opened five new depots, the remaining two having opened recently. Elsewhere, we opened an outlet in Amsterdam and are planning to open a similar outlet in Germany in the course of 2016, which will allow us to learn about different markets. These complement an existing larger outlet in the south of France and two depots in Belgium, which were opened in late 2014, and a further outlet in the south of France that has just started trading.



Banking arrangements

The Group has reached agreement to extend its existing £140m committed bank facility until July 2019, having previously run to July 2016.

Pension scheme funding

In July 2015, we announced that agreement had been reached with the Trustees of the Group's defined benefit pension scheme in relation to the schedule of payments towards the funding of the scheme's deficit from April 2015. As a result, the Group will continue to make deficit contributions equivalent to £35m per annum until 30 June 2017.

Payments until then, along with those made since 6 April 2014, will fund the deficit calculated as at the actuarial valuation date of 5 April 2014.

The extent to which any further contributions are required beyond 30 June 2017 will be assessed as part of the next formal actuarial valuation of the scheme.



Howden Joinery UK depot sales in the first two periods of 2016 (to 20 February) were up 7.1% on the same period last year (this excludes the first week, which had two fewer trading days in 2016 than in 2015), in line with our expectations. Along with the evidence we have of trading prospects, this would suggest that market conditions remain stable.

The Group remains committed to its view that the number of depots in the UK can be increased from the 619 operating at the end of 2015, seeing the opportunity for up to 800 depots. During the course of 2016, we are currently planning to open around 30 depots in the UK, four of them already trading. In continental Europe, we plan to open our first outlet in Germany, as we continue our trial.

As already mentioned, 2015 saw us take the first steps to increase our warehousing capacity, invest in our manufacturing operations and expand our trial in continental Europe. As well as impacting operating costs in 2015, we anticipate that operating costs will rise by around £15m in 2016 as a result of these developments. This is in addition to higher costs that will arise from the on-going growth of the business and inflation. Our investment in the resilience and capacity of our supply operations means that capital expenditure is expected to be around £75m.

We are well positioned and look forward to continued growth in 2016. However, we are watchful of the increased risks to the UK economy, from a less predictable global picture and the uncertainty that the EU referendum might bring, and the currently weaker exchange rate. As in recent years, we will act quickly and appropriately adapt our business model to the market and economic conditions we encounter.



The Group meets its day to day working capital requirements through cash generated from operations. If required, the Group also has access to an asset backed lending facility of £140m until the facility expires in July 2019.

The Group's forecasts and projections have been stress-tested for reasonably possible adverse variations in trading performance. The results of this testing show that the Group should be able to operate within the level of its current net cash balances and its committed bank facility, and that it would not breach the facility covenants.

After making due enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the accounts.



Howdens operates in an environment that includes different types of risk. Our approach to risk is adaptive, and is designed to ensure that we are protecting what we have while also responding to opportunities to grow and create value.

The following describes our principal risks and what we do to mitigate them.

Changes in market conditions

Description, impact and link to strategy

The Group's products are sold from stock to local builders, most of whom run small businesses, for installation in public and private housing, mainly in the repair, maintenance and improvement markets. The Group's results are consequently dependent on levels of activity in these markets, which are affected by many factors including general economic conditions, consumer confidence, interest rates and credit availability, unemployment, demographic trends and, in the short term, weather.

A change in market conditions could affect our ability to achieve our sales and profit forecasts, which in turn could put pressure on our cash availability and banking covenants. On the other hand changed market conditions could also provide opportunities to exploit new markets and create value.

Mitigating factors

We monitor the market closely and can take swift management action as necessary in response to changes, ensuring the business is aligned to market conditions, consequently helping to ensure that we have sufficient cash and borrowing facilities for business needs and adequate covenant headroom.

Deterioration of business model and culture

Description, impact and link to strategy

The future success of the business depends on the successful implementation of the Group's business model and on its locally-enabled, entrepreneurial culture. Our local managers provide excellent service to local business people who trust us to support them, and to local communities who rely on us to behave responsibly. If the Group fails to implement its business model in the locally-enabled, decentralised manner envisaged, there may be an adverse impact on the Group's future financial condition and profitability.

Mitigating factors

Led by the actions of the Board and Executive Committee, the business model and Howdens' culture are at the centre of the activities and the decision-making processes of the Group, and are continually emphasised. The Executive and senior management teams regularly visit our depots and factories and hold frequent events at which they reinforce the importance of the Group's business model and culture. Throughout the business, successful implementation of the Howdens business model and culture forms the basis of the incentive structure.

Failure to maximise growth potential of the business

Description, impact and link to strategy

Customers' changing expectations and demands, new market opportunities, the extent and configuration of the depot network, and the performance of existing depots all present Howdens with significant opportunities for growth. Failure to recognise, understand and exploit the potential these offer, in line with our business model and risk appetite, or failure to align current structures and skills to meet the challenges they present, could affect our ability to obtain maximum benefit from our growth opportunities.

Mitigating factors

The Group places continuing focus on the opportunities, challenges and additional requirements related to growth. The potential for growth is incorporated into Group strategic plans and budgets, and existing structures and skills are reviewed in the context of growth, and adjusted where necessary.

Interruption to continuity of supply

Description, impact and link to strategy

The Group's business model requires every depot to be able to supply product from local stock. Any disruption to our relationship with key suppliers or interruption to manufacturing operations could adversely affect the Group's ability to implement the business model.

Mitigating factors

With suppliers, the Group implements multiple sourcing strategies wherever possible in order to mitigate the effect of a key supplier being unable to deliver goods or services. We also enter into long-term contracts to secure supply of our key materials. Good supplier relationships are maintained by prompt settlement of invoices, regular communication, and an annual supplier conference. Within our manufacturing operations, we adopt best practice health & safety and fire prevention procedures. Business continuity plans are in place for key production processes, and significant investment in disaster recovery capability is in place. The Group has announced a major programme of investment in its manufacturing facilities to ensure that manufacturing capacity is sufficient to match our expected growth, as well as in further cabinet production capacity to provide additional cover in the event of an interruption to manufacturing operations.

Loss of key personnel

Description, impact and link to strategy

Howdens' model relies upon people to behave in a way which reflects the culture and values of the business: this is critical to the success of the decentralised business model. The skills, experience and performance of key members of the Group's management team make a major contribution to the success of the business. The loss of a key member of the Group's management team could adversely affect the Group's operations.

Mitigating factors

The Group uses the Remuneration Committee to ensure that key team members are appropriately compensated for their contributions and incentivised to continue their careers with the Group.

Credit control failure

Description, impact and link to strategy

Our customers rely on our credit facilities to enable them to get paid for completed projects before they have to pay for the products and materials they have used. Cash flow is critical to their business. To help support them, Howdens provides each account holder with a credit account on nett monthly terms. Failure to provide, or service, these credit facilities could affect our ability to continue to support our customers, and potentially our ability to collect debt.

Mitigating factors

Howdens has an effective credit policy used to agree terms with our customers and efficient processes for the collection of debt which are closely and regularly monitored. These are supported by robust systems and tested business continuity plans. Good personal relationships are maintained with builders, both at depot level and within the credit control department. In addition, concentration of debt is limited, as debt exposure is spread across over 360,000 customer accounts.

Cyber security incident

Description, impact and link to strategy

The Group depends on a core set of critical IT systems which are fundamental to the day-to-day running of the business. These systems are at risk from increasingly sophisticated security threats. Should a security breach occur, this could cause a system and/or sensitive data to be compromised.

Mitigating factors

Sophisticated security measures are in place across the business including security policies developed by our Information Systems team, laptop encryption, anti-virus and anti-malware protection, e-mail scanning and IT perimeter and firewall monitoring. External specialists are used to test system vulnerabilities via penetration tests. A comprehensive infrastructure design is employed, and disaster recovery capability and business continuity plans are in place and tested periodically.



Certain statements in this Preliminary Results announcement are forward-looking. Although the Group believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. Because these statements contain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



The following statement will be contained in the 2015 Annual Report and Accounts.

We confirm to the best of our knowledge:

  • the financial statements, prepared in accordance with the relevant financial reporting framework, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Group and Company, and the undertakings including the consolidation taken as a whole;
  • the Annual Report and Accounts includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business, and the position of the Group and Company and the undertakings including the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties they face; and
  • the Annual Report and Accounts, taken as a whole, is fair, balanced and understandable, and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the Group's and Company's performance, business model and strategy.


By order of the Board

M Ingle
Chief Executive
M Robson
Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer
24 February 2016


Consolidated income statement

Notes 52 weeks to
26 December
52 weeks to
27 December
Continuing operations:

Revenue - sale of goods
1,220.2 1,090.8
Cost of sales
(435.8) (396.3)
Gross profit
784.4 694.5
Selling & distribution costs
(475.0) (423.9)
Administrative expenses
(87.5) (80.8)
Operating profit
221.9 189.8
Finance income 3 1.8 0.6
Finance expense 4 - (0.1)
Other finance expense - pensions 4 (4.1) (1.5)
Profit before tax
219.6 188.8
Tax on profit 5 (44.2) (40.1)
Profit after tax
175.4 148.7

Discontinued operations:

Exceptional item - loss on discontinued operations
- (2.1)
Exceptional item - tax on discontinued operations
- 11.2
Profit after tax 10 - 9.1

Profit for the period attributable to the equity holders of the parent
175.4 157.8

Earnings per share:

From continuing operations

Basic earnings per 10p share 6 27.3p 23.2p
Diluted earnings per 10p share 6 27.2p 23.0p

From continuing and discontinued operations

Basic earnings per 10p share 6 27.3p 24.6p
Diluted earnings per 10p share 6 27.2p 24.4p


Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

52 weeks to
26 December
52 weeks to
27 December
Profit for the period 175.4 157.8
Items of other comprehensive income

Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

Actuarial gains/(losses) on defined benefit pension scheme 58.4 (119.6)
Deferred tax on actuarial (gains)/losses on defined benefit pension scheme (11.7) 23.9
Deferred tax on pension contributions - (6.3)
Current tax on pension contributions - 6.8
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

Currency translation differences (0.9) (0.2)
Other comprehensive income for the period 45.8 (95.4)
Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent 221.2 62.4


Consolidated balance sheet

26 December 2015

27 December
Non-current assets

Other intangible assets

Property, plant and equipment

Deferred tax asset

Long term prepayments

Bank borrowings net of prepaid fees


Current assets

Bank borrowings net of prepaid fees


Trade and other receivables


Cash at bank and in hand


Total assets


Current liabilities

Trade and other payables

Current tax liability

Current borrowings


Non-current liabilities

Non-current borrowings

Pension liability

Deferred tax liability

Provisions 8

Total liabilities


Net assets



26 December 2015

27 December 2014

Share capital

Share premium account

ESOP reserve

Treasury shares

Other reserves

Retained earnings

Total equity


The financial statements were approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 24 February 2016, and were signed on its behalf by Mark Robson - Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer.


Consolidated statement of changes in equity

Called up share
Share premium account
Treasury shares
Other reserve
Retained profit
At 28 December 2013 64.3 87.5 (6.3) - 28.1 88.1 261.7
Accumulated profit for the period - - - - - 157.8 157.8
Net actuarial loss on defined benefit scheme - - - - - (95.7) (95.7)
Deferred tax on pension contributions - - - - - (6.3) (6.3)
Current tax on pension contributions - - - - - 6.8 6.8
Current tax on share schemes - - - - - 5.0 5.0
Deferred tax on share schemes - - - - - (1.9) (1.9)
Currency translation differences - - - - - (0.2) (0.2)
Net movement in ESOP - - 8.7 - - - 8.7
Issue of new shares 0.4 - - - - (0.4) -
Dividends declared and paid - - - - - (41.0) (41.0)
At 27 December 2014 64.7 87.5 2.4 - 28.1 112.2 294.9
Accumulated profit for the period - - - - - 175.4 175.4
Net actuarial gain on defined benefit scheme - - - - - 46.7 46.7
Current tax on share schemes - - - - - 3.8 3.8
Deferred tax on share schemes - - - - - (1.6) (1.6)
Currency translation differences - - - - - (0.9) (0.9)
Net movement in ESOP - - 8.6 - - - 8.6
Issue of new shares 0.5 - - - - (0.5) -
Purchase of shares into treasury - - - (45.3) - - (45.3)
Dividends declared and paid - - - - - (59.9) (59.9)
At 26 December 2015 65.2 87.5 11.0 (45.3) 28.1 275.2 421.7

The ESOP Reserve includes shares in Howden Joinery Group plc with a market value on the balance sheet date of £29.2m (2014: £23.8m), which have been purchased in the open market and which are held by the Group's Employee Share Trusts in order to satisfy share options and awards made under the Group's various share-based payment schemes.

The Other Reserve was created in the year to 30 April 1994, following a Group reconstruction.


Consolidated cash flow statement

Notes 52 weeks to
26 December
52 weeks to
27 December

Group operating profit before tax and interest

Continuing operations
221.9 189.8
Discontinued operations
- (2.1)
Group operating profit before tax and interest
221.9 187.7

Adjustments for:

Depreciation and amortisation included in operating profit
21.6 20.8
Share-based payments charge
7.5 6.4
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets
0.9 0.4
Exceptional items (before tax)
- 2.1
Operating cash flows before movements in working capital
251.9 217.4

Movements in working capital

Increase in stock
(34.0) (19.7)
Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables
3.6 (10.7)
Increase in trade and other payables and provisions
11.2 23.9
Difference between pensions operating charge and cash paid
(39.1) (32.8)

(58.3) (39.3)
Cash generated from operations
193.6 178.1
Tax paid
(35.3) (30.3)
Net cash flow from operating activities 9 158.3 147.8


Consolidated cash flow statement - continued

Notes 52 weeks to
26 December
52 weeks to
27 December
Net cash flows from operating activities
158.3 147.8

Cash flows used in investing activities

Payments to acquire property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets
(45.9) (32.8)
Receipts from sale of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets
- 0.3
Interest received
0.7 0.6
Net cash used in investing activities
(45.2) (31.9)

Cash flows from financing activities

Interest paid
- (0.1)
Payments to acquire own shares
(45.3) -
Receipts from release of shares from share trust
1.1 2.3
Decrease in prepaid loan fees/loans
0.9 0.1
Increase in long term prepayments
(0.6) -
Repayment of capital element of obligations under finance leases
(0.1) -
Dividends paid to Group shareholders
(59.9) (41.0)
Net cash used in financing activities
(103.9) (38.7)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
9.2 77.2
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
216.9 139.7
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 9 226.1 216.9

There are no cash flows from discontinued operating, investing or financing activities.


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Business Model and Strategy

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Our sustainable behaviour is at the heart of our business and enables us to reduce some of our risks. We take great pride in ensuring that our business positively impacts the world around us and the people within it.


We are passionate about supporting the local communities we operate in, which is why our depots and support staff actively seek ways to give something back. Whether it is running half marathons or sponsoring local Scout groups, discover the many ways we help good causes.


With around 80 kitchen ranges, our exclusive Lamona appliance brand, and thousands of products across joinery and hardware, learn why our builders have come to trust the range and quality of the products we offer.

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Financial Results

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