NAHL Group PLC – Interim Results

NAHL Group PLC – Interim Results

NAHL (AIM: NAH), the leading UK consumer marketing business focused on the UK legal services market, announces its Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of £24.9m (2017 H1: £24.9m)
  • Underlying operating profit of £6.4m (2017 H1: £7.3m)
  • Profit before tax of £5.3m after exceptional costs relating to the establishment of wholly owned small claims ready law firm or Alternative Business Structure (“ABS”) (2017 H1: £5.3m)
  • As anticipated, basic earnings per share of 8.2p (2017 H1: 9.0p)
  • Interim dividend of 3.2p per share (2017 H1: 5.3p) as Group adopts more prudent dividend policy in light of investment plans

Operational Highlights

  • Personal Injury division performing in line with plan, with strong enquiry volumes
  • Encouraging performance from two joint venture ABS partnerships, giving Group confidence to launch in H1 2019 a wholly owned small claims ready law firm
  • Continued strong progress from Critical Care division, with increased revenue and profit
  • Residential Property division performance reflective of continuing difficult wider market conditions

Russell Atkinson, CEO of NAHL, commented:

“We are pleased to have delivered Group earnings in line with expectations, having made good progress in adapting our Personal Injury (PI) division to capture the opportunity to deliver materially enhanced profits over the long-term.

“2018 represents a year of transition for our PI division. The Government’s reforms will have no bearing on the number of accidents that occur but it is clear that there is an opportunity for a new type of law firm to help consumers with genuine claims to obtain access to justice. NAH, with its market leading brand and focus on its consumers’ experience, is well placed to seize this opportunity.  We have been encouraged by the performance of our two joint venture ABS law firms and are excited about the launch of our third, wholly owned law firm in the first half of 2019. This will give us full economic interest in the success of the whole claim, helping to deliver greater value for our shareholders.

“We are pleased with the performance of our Critical Care division, which has continued to win new business and gain market share. The difficulties facing the housing market have been well documented and this has inevitably impacted our Residential Property division. We have made a leadership change and the division remains well placed to benefit from market recovery.

“As we move forward, our focus is on investing in our PI division to deliver long term growth. As previously indicated we anticipate continued challenges with panel demand for enquiries as a result of regulatory change. As an example, we are in discussion with one of our major PLFs about leaving our panel in H1 2019. We have well developed plans for such a situation which involves placement of enquiries through a combination of PLFs and our joint ventures. We expect to deliver full year earnings in line with the Board’s expectations.”

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