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De La Rue plc. Interim Results 25 November 2003. De La Rue plc. Ian Much Chief Executive. De La Rue plc. Stephen King Finance Director. Trading Summary. Underlying trading ahead of last year Turnover increased by 7.6% from £269.6m to £290.1m

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De la rue plc

De La Rue plc

Interim Results

25 November 2003

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Ian Much

Chief Executive

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Stephen King

Finance Director

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Trading Summary

  • Underlying trading ahead of last year

    • Turnover increased by 7.6% from £269.6m to £290.1m

    • Profit before tax, exceptional items and goodwill amortisation

      of £19.7m* (2002/2003 £19.6m*), achieved despite additional pension costs of £3.7m. Result ahead of the Board’s original

      expectations at the start of the year

    • Strong cash flow performance with net cash inflow from operating activities of £35.0m (2002/2003 £2.5m) in the first

      half (aided by customer prepayments). The Group ended the first half with net cash of £13.9m

    • Interim dividend 4.4p (2002/2003 : 4.4p)

* before exceptional charges of £17.9m (2002/2003 £18.7m) and goodwill amortisation of £1.7m (2002/2003 £1.7m)

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Trading Summary

Strong first half in Security Paper and Print underpinned by higher levels of activity in the papermaking business and our success in

winning the Iraq banknote contract

Operating profits in Cash Systems ahead of our expectations reflecting the benefit of the ongoing cost reduction programmes,

although down on last year’s result

Global Services strategic review completed. An exit from low margin and declining product areas announced today. Global

Services to cease as a separate division.

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Financial Summary

1st Half 1st Half

2003/04 2002/03

£m £m


Continuing operations 272.8 269.6

Acquisitions 17.3 -


Operating profit*

Continuing operations 13.0 14.9

Acquisitions 1.2 - 14.2 14.9

Share of profits of associated companies 5.6 3.6

Interest (0.1) 1.1

Profit before tax, exceptional items

and goodwill amortisation 19.7 19.6

Earnings per share* 8.1p 7.3p

Dividend per share 4.4p 4.4p

Net cash/ (debt) 13.9 (21.0)

* before exceptional charges of £17.9m (2002/2003 £18.7m) and goodwill amortisation of £1.7m (2002/2003 £1.7m)

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Security Paper and Print

* before exceptional items of £0.8m (2002/2003 : £17.7m) and goodwill amortisation credit of £0.2m (2002/2003 : nil)

Excellent first half in Currency

Significantly high level of activity in papermaking business

Commencement of deliveries in first half relating to exceptional Iraq banknote contract (completed in second half)

Strong order book in Currency going into second half in both papermaking and printing

Continuing weak markets in Security Products led to poor first half performance. Some improvement in second half expected due to lower overheads. Completed closure of High Wycombe on schedule.

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Cash Systems

*before exceptional items of £1.9m (2002/2003 : £1.0m) and goodwill amortisation of £1.6m (2002/2003 : £1.5m)

Revenues down as tough trading conditions seen in second half of 2002/2003 continued

Better than expected operating profits achieved through early benefit of cost reduction programme

Weakness of financial institutions markets, particularly in Europe continues to be partially offset by North American business. Strong Teller Cash Dispenser volumes in first half. Self service business formed from Papelaco acquisition also performed well

Foreign Exchange - transactional loss largely offset by translation benefit

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Global Services

*before exceptional items of £12.6m (2002/2003) : nil) and goodwill amortisation of £0.3m (2002/2003 : £0.2m)

Revenues up 19% due to inclusion of Sequoia but continuing poor margins

Holographics’ revenues were down in the first half due to the timing of banknote order receipts

particularly in the first quarter

Identity business – volumes down in installed base of contracts. New system sales continue

to be deferred

Sequoia loss making in first half due to continued margin pressure as a result of competitive

pricing. Closure of Exeter and outsourcing of ballot printing facility now complete

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Main associated company is Camelot, the UK lottery operator

Strong first half reflects phasing of marketing expenditure. Sales flat on last year

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Earnings per Share

The EPS of (2.2)p as calculated under FRS14 is the £3.9m loss for the period divided by 176,792,599 shares in issue

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Cash flow / Net Debt

2003/04 2002/03

Half year Half year

£m £m

Net free cash flow 46.4 4.8

Exceptional cash flows (11.5) (2.7)

Capital expenditure (14.0) (7.6)

Equity dividends paid (16.2) (25.4)

Share buy back/ own shares - (32.4)

Acquisitions and disposals (4.9) (31.4)

Sale of investments - 14.4

Associate dividends received 3.5 6.5

Share capital issued 0.6 1.0

Exchange 1.8 1.8

Cash inflow / (outflow) 5.7(71.0)

Net cash / (debt)13.9(21.0)

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Exceptional Items








Reorganisation costs

Cash Systems




Security Products




Loss on disposal of fixed assets




Sequoia goodwill impairment










Exceptional pre

tax costs

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  • Triennial review was assessed at 6 April 2003

    • Reflects poor performance of financial markets during the period

    • Deficit approximately £40m as expected

    • Equity markets improving

  • Net charge to P&L under SSAP 24 in current year will be £9.5m

    (2002/2003 £1.9m)

    • Similar charge to operating profit under FRS 17

  • Company now reviewing the UK pension scheme arrangements and discussions with key stakeholders under way

  • At half year, SSAP 24 charge was £4.7m compared with £1.0m in 2002/2003

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Ian Much

Chief Executive

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  • Papermaking business improving as expected

    • Strong order book

    • Return to market of significant overspill customer

    • Knock-on effect for currency components business in second half

  • Banknote business continues to perform strongly

    • Iraq

    • Good first half at Debden, integration proceeding well

    • Strong order book and earnings visibility underpins second half

  • Expect both paper and print markets to return to historical ordering

    patterns and volumes in 2004/2005.

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Cash Systems - Markets

  • As expected, tough market conditions in financial institutions business continues, particularly in Europe

    • Germany and Spain

    • Partially offset elsewhere, particularly North America

    • Papelaco self service offering continues to be rolled out to developed markets

  • Investment in enhancing our solutions and service portfoliofor Retail market continues

    • Focus on large retailers in Europe and North America

  • Customer Services business remains significant profit driver of division

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Cash Systems - Cost Reduction

  • Actions to date:

    • Cost reduction programme on track

      • 300 redundancies announced (February 2003)

      • Additional 50 identified in first half

      • Of total, 250 now completed

      • Balance to follow in second half

    • Specific action taken to reduce cost base in large sorter business

      • Dallas manufacturing facility

      • Much more encouraging first half

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Global Services Strategic Review

  • Two principal conclusions:

    • Cessation of Global Services division

    • Exit from low margin and decliningproduct areas in Security Products

  • Costs

    • £10m restructuring charge - taken in the second half, substantially cash

    • 12 month completion timescale

    • Savings will benefit the Group by approximately £3.0m per annum

    • £12.6m goodwill in relation to Sequoia (non-cash)

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Security Products

  • UK site consolidation

    • Exit from Peterborough and Byfleet

      • 200 redundancies likely, subject to employee consultation

      • Transfer of gravure equipment into Dunstable to support Royal Mail contract

    • Consolidate all UK security printing to Dunstable

      • Does not require significant transfer of equipment or overheads

      • Flexible expansion space available

      • Considerable margin synergies

        • Reduced inter-plant transportation

        • Increased utilisation of plant and equipment already at Dunstable

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Security Products

  • Security Products will focus on:

    • Authentication labels

    • Travellers cheques

    • Postage stamps (domestic supply)

    • Passports

  • Authentication labels contract recently secured with global software company

  • Exit from:

    • UK personalised cheques

    • Vouchers

    • Export stamps

    • Coin bags

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Global Services Strategic Review

  • Security Paper and Print division will now comprise:

    • Banknote printing and papermaking

    • Tapes and Holographics

      • Intrinsically linked to the banknote market

      • Benefits from their market presence/ reputation

    • Security Products

      • Principal production at Dunstable, Dulles and Bathford (paper)

  • All constituent businesses will be profitable in 2004/2005

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Global Services Strategic Review

  • Sequoia reported within Cash Systems

    • Natural fit with self service and customer service

    • Hardware sales encouraging but competitive pressure affecting margins

    • Expect profitable second half

    • Fair value assessment accelerated to reflect new competitive environment resulting in £12.6m non-cash goodwill write-off

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  • Continuation into the second half of the favourable conditions that resulted in an improvement in underlying first half performance leads the Board to expect a strong second half result