Electrocomponents plc – Annual report – 31 March 2018
Managing our Risks (extract 1)
Principal risks and uncertainties (extract)
The Group has identified ten principal risks, which are similar to those disclosed last year, with the only changes being the developing of some already identified risks, e.g. the risk associated with the UK exit from the EU following the UK referendum result on 23 June 2016. The Group’s principal risks are categorised under one of three headings: strategic (see the Group’s Strategy on page 8), compliance and operating risks (see the Business Model on page 6). These categories mirror those used by the Group to assess its risk appetite.
Managing our Risks (extract 2)
The Directors confirm that they have a reasonable expectation that the Group will continue to operate and meet its liabilities, as they fall due, for the next three years to 31 March 2020.
The assessment period of three years has been chosen in line with the Group’s strategic plan, which has a three-year horizon and is updated annually. The Group has few contracts with either customers or suppliers extending beyond three years and, in the main, contracts are within one year. The business operates with a minimal forward order book, generally taking orders and shipping them on the same day.
The assessment considered the Group operating profit, revenue, cash flows, net debt and key operating measures over the three-year period. These metrics were subject to material but plausible downside stress analysis, taking account of the principal risks set out on pages 26 and 27, with a focus on the possible effects on the Group as the UK government negotiates the UK’s exit from the EU, how the Group responds to market shifts such as changes in customer demands and/or competitor activity, and the potential impact of volatility in foreign currency earnings. These risks could lead to a downturn in revenue or weakened margins or a combination of revenue decline and weaker margins. In assessing the potential impact of these scenarios, we considered our current robust capital position and ability to flex our cost base and working capital position and other actions to protect viability in adverse economic conditions.
In considering the likely effectiveness of such actions, the conclusions of the Board’s regular monitoring and review of risk management internal control systems, as described on page 47, were taken into account. In addition to the risk mitigation plans, our business model is structured so that the Group is not reliant on one particular group of customers or geography, and has a very diverse customer base across our several geographies.
Our current robust capital position is supported by a review of the Group’s funding facilities and banking covenants’ headroom, through the Board’s Treasury Committee. The Group’s financial position, in particular cash flow, is also reviewed through monthly management accounts and regular updates from the Group Finance Director and CEO to the Board. Details of the Group’s sources of finance are outlined on page 118 with the earliest date of our facilities expiring being June 2017 in respect of $85 million of the Group’s Private Placement loan notes. In making this statement regarding viability, the Directors have also made the key assumption that the remaining sources of funding will continue to be available throughout the three-year period to 31 March 2020.