|Year ended 31 March|
|Underlying operating profit||4,565||4,377||4.3|
|Other non-trading items||(7,479)||-||-100|
|Interest(net) inc. pension costs||(856)||(519)||64.9|
|Reported (loss) / profit before tax||(3,770)||3,858||-197.7|
|Diluted earnings per share before amortisation and non-trading items||21.7p||24.1p||-10.1|
|Diluted weighted average shares in issue||12,684,030||12,560,438||1.0|
John Foster, Chief Executive said:
“We were on track to announce another strong trading performance for the year and while COVID-19 prevented us from doing so, we still recorded a good overall result. Like most businesses our focus is now on ensuring a smooth return to profitability whilst avoiding unnecessary damage to the long-term prospects of the business. Fortunately, FIH is well placed to do so backed by a strong balance sheet with good additional liquidity should it be required.
We believe we took the necessary cost reducing actions sufficiently early and that we have the resources to support the return to normal trading levels. This is of course subject to a reasonable time period for the recovery in passenger numbers in Portsmouth and a return in confidence and activity levels in the global commercial art market.
Given the environment, FIH is reasonably well positioned and I believe the fundamentals of the Group remain strong. We are therefore confident with regard to the medium to long term prospects for the business whilst also being mindful that the current crisis might bring M&A opportunities that would not normally arise.”