Preliminary Results, 2021

Mon, 28th March 2022

Roebuck Food Group plc (AIM: RFG), is pleased to announce its results for the year ended 31 December 2021.

Group Financial Highlights – Continuing Operations

Group revenue increased by 30% to £24.5m (2020: £18.8m)

Cold store business sold for £55.2m. Profit on sale £40m

Capital return delivered to Shareholders of £49.9m (£1.66 per share)

Net debt of £8.7m eliminated in Oct 21. Net cash at year end £1.4m.

EBITDA of £0.2m at the Dairy division (2020 : £Nil)

Group costs reduced to £0.5m for the year (2020 : £0.86m)

Diluted adjusted EPS is calculated using loss for the financial year from continuing operations as the measure of earnings. Financial information above, including comparative information, is from continuing operations only.

£'mSourcingDairy
2021202020212020
Revenue23.317.81.21.0
EBITDA0.30.30.20.0
Operating Profit/Loss0.30.3(2.4)(0.1)
Operating Margin1.3%1.8%0%

Sourcing Division

Sales at our sourcing division increased by 31% in 2021, compared with the same period in 2020, from £17.8m to £23.3m. Operating profit remained unchanged at £0.3m.

The sourcing division has commenced its strategy of diversifying into sourcing and suppling proteins in new markets outside of the UK and Ireland. South Africa and South America have become significant emerging markets for Townview (“TVF”) whilst also introducing TVF to new sourcing capabilities on a global scale. The integration and growth within these markets has initially come at lower margins but will allow the business to push on in 2022 into further international markets with increased margins. Our product sales at TVF increased by 47% to 15,600 tons compared to 10,600 in 2020

The Group’s original investment in the main Sourcing subsidiary, TVF, has been fully recouped and the structures are in place to continue development of this business.

Dairy Division

Our subsidiary, Grass to Milk Company Ltd (G2M), continues to make progress; commercialising A2 protein, grass-fed, dairy products. Notwithstanding supply chain delays, we launched two new premium, A2-protein, grass-fed products in China in the second half of 2021. We also commenced work on A2-protein based nutrition ingredients which we hope to launch in the second half of 2022. We continue to work on building a high standard supply chain and quality system which will underpin our future growth. Our Commercial Strategy focuses on Business to Business (B2B) customers in China, leveraging partnerships with established players in-market. We had also carried out some Business to consumer (B2C) trials to better understand consumer preferences and market dynamics.

We currently source all of our A2-protein milk from Cantwellscourt Farm Ltd which continues to outperform across key operating KPI’s around pasture production, milk quality and animal welfare. Milk production was 15% ahead year on year; milk solids per cow improved by 6% and pasture grown per hectare improved 12% versus 2020. EBITDA improved from Nil to £0.2m at the dairy division.

Discontinued

On the 28th October 2021, we sold the Cold Store business, resulting in a profit on disposal of £40m. Following the sale, we made a capital return to Shareholders of £1.66 per share totalling £49.9m in November 2021.

During 2020, the group decided to discontinue the ambient warehousing in Ireland. A loss in the current year of £0.6m was incurred, compared to £0.07m last year.

Outlook

Following the successful sale of its Cold Stores business, the Group returned £49.9m to shareholders at the end of 2021. The group is now seeking to develop a diversified nutrition business spanning multiple ingredients, technologies and end-markets. To that end, the Group is currently mapping out its growth strategy; leveraging a highly experienced and capable team and its financial flexibility to create shareholder value in the coming years.

The Group’s existing business comprises two complementary business units; A2 dairy protein (G2M) and protein sourcing (TVF). G2M is a value-add functional nutrition business focused on A2 dairy protein with global market potential. TVF is a protein sourcing business with a sales footprint across Ireland, UK, and increasingly into Emerging Markets; expanding its geographic reach and product portfolio.

In order to reflect the strategic shift in the underlying business and future growth strategy, including a move to B2B and away from B2C, the board believes it is appropriate to impair £1.5m of development expenditure to profit or loss in the current year, related to the initial development phase of G2M which included the establishment of Ireland’s first certified A2 herd and the initial NPD phase of A2 dairy products at G2M. The board expects the remaining assets of £665k to provide a solid foundation for future development of the dairy division, through the B2B commercialisation of A2 protein and functional nutrition products.

Directors

As we embark on a new journey, following the sale of the Cold Stores business, we have appointed two new Executive Directors with effect from 1 January 2022.

Declan Morrissey who has previously headed up the Dairy Division is appointed Group Managing Director. He previously worked as an equity analyst in Davy, covering the European food sector with a particular focus on dairy, ingredients and supply chain.

Gerard Murphy as Finance Director who has held the role of Company Secretary since 2018. He has worked for the Group since 2012 as Financial Controller for the Sourcing and Dairy divisions.

Dividend

The board does not recommend the payment of a dividend.

On behalf of the board, I would like to thank the management team and staff for their commitment and contribution in 2021.

Ted O’Neill

Chairman

25 March 2022

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