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Half-year report

GlobeNewswire Thursday, 27 August 2020
*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020

Irish Continental Group plc (ICG) the leading Irish-based maritime transport group, reports its financial performance for the half year ended 30 June 2020.

This half-yearly financial report references alternative performance measures (APMs) which are not defined under International Financial Reporting Standards and which are explained at page 23.

*Highlights*

*Financial summary* * * * * *HY 2020** * HY 2019*** *Change %*
Revenue €130.8m €166.8m -21.6%
EBITDA (pre non-trading items) €10.0m €30.0m -66.7%
EBIT (pre non-trading items) €(9.5)m €11.6m -
Basic earnings per share (6.2)c 12.8c -
Adjusted earnings per share (6.2)c 4.9c -
Interim dividend nil 4.42c -
Net debt €103.3m €127.1m -18.7%

* HY 2020 : Half Year up to 30 June 2020, ** HY 2019 : Half Year up to 30 June 2019

*Volume movements* * * * * * HY 2020*
*‘000* *HY 2019*
*‘000* *Change %*

* *
Cars 56.6 161.2 -64.9%
RoRo freight 149.4 153.6 -2.7%
Containers shipped (teu*) 155.7 176.3 -11.7%
Port lifts 141.0 163.1 -13.5%

*teu: twenty foot equivalent units

The HY 2020 result is reported against the challenging background of depressed economic activity and travel restrictions imposed across the EU because of the Covid-19 pandemic which has led to a significant reduction in passenger traffic while freight activity across the Group has been less affected. Notwithstanding these events, the Group has continued to focus on its strategic development and has retained a strong liquidity position.  Key highlights in HY 2020 include;

· Revenues generated totalled €130.8 million, €36.0 million less than HY 2019.
· EBIT generated was a loss of €9.5 million, €21.1 million less than HY 2019.
· EBITDA generated of €10.0 million, €20.0 million less than HY 2019.
· Gross cash balances €132.5 million (31 December 2019: €110.9 million).
· Net Debt at €103.3 million is €25.7 million lower than at the beginning of the year.
· No interim dividend declared (2019: 4.42c per share).
· The Group maintained services on all its shipping routes and operations at its container terminals.
· Cost containment measures introduced.
· Return of €33 million deposit following termination of shipbuilding contract as a consequence of the shipbuilder entering administration.
· Environmentally friendly investment program in exhaust gas cleaning systems substantially completed.
· Further investment in environmentally friendly port equipment at Dublin Ferryport Terminal.
· Agreement signed to operate a new container depot at the new Dublin Inland Port. 
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*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020

Commenting on the results, Chairman John B. McGuckian noted;

The trading conditions faced by the Group since March 2020, particularly in our passenger business, have been the most challenging encountered by the Group in its 32 year history. Notwithstanding the travel restrictions imposed by governments throughout the EU, the Company has continued to service all its shipping routes providing critical logistical links to the island of Ireland. These services have also facilitated passenger travel, including returning medical and caring volunteers and technicians to fix vital equipment in our hospitals and care centres and an ability for our citizens to repatriate, where they must do so, to deal with emergencies at home and for those who must travel for essential reasons. On behalf of the Group I would like to thank our staff and crews for their tremendous efforts in maintaining services during these difficult times.

There are a large number of variables beyond the control of the Group around Covid-19 developments creating uncertainty for future passenger travel. However, we are encouraged by the recovering freight volumes since June to date.  The Group remains in a strong financial position to weather this Covid-19 storm, and we refer investors to our cash and undrawn credit facilities position at 30 June.                                                                                                           

*Enquiries: *  
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*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Results*

*Financial Highlights* * * * * * * *HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* * FY 2019**
Revenue €130.8m €166.8m -21.6% €357.4m
EBITDA (pre non-trading items) €10.0m €30.0m -66.7% €86.8m
EBIT (pre non-trading items) €(9.5)m €11.6m - €50.0m
EBIT (including non-trading items) €(9.5)m €26.5m - €64.9m

Non-trading items : HY 2020 : €nil; HY2019: €14.9 million; FY 2019: €14.9 million.
* FY 2019 = Year End up to 31 December 2019

ICG reports its results for HY 2020 against the challenging background of depressed economic activity and travel restrictions imposed across the EU because of the Covid-19 pandemic which has led to a significant reduction in passenger traffic while freight activity across the Group has been less affected*.*

The Group recorded revenue of €130.8 million compared with €166.8 million in HY 2019, a decrease of 21.6%. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) before non-trading items were €10.0 million compared with €30.0 million in HY 2019. Group fuel costs decreased by €8.4 million (-32.9%) to €17.1 million from €25.5 million. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were €(9.5) million compared with €11.6 million in HY 2019. A loss before tax of €11.2 million is reported compared with a profit before tax €24.9 million in HY 2019.

There was a net finance charge of €1.7 million (2019: €1.6 million) which includes net bank interest payable of €1.3 million (2019: €1.1 million), lease interest €0.5 million (2019: €0.5 million) and a net pension interest income of €0.1 million (2019: €nil). The tax charge amounted to €0.4 million (2019: €0.6 million). Basic EPS was (6.2)c compared with 12.8c in HY 2019. Adjusted EPS amounted to (6.2)c  versus 4.9c for HY 2019.

*Operational Review*

*Ferries Division*

*Financial Highlights* * * * * * * * HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* *FY 2019*
Revenue* €61.6m €92.3m -33.3% €212.4m
EBITDA (pre non-trading items) €1.1m €19.7m -94.4% €67.2m
EBIT (pre non-trading items) €(15.3)m  €4.3m - €36.4m
EBIT (including non-trading items) €(15.3)m €19.2m - €51.3m

Non-trading items : HY 2020 : €nil; HY 2019: €14.9 million; FY 2019: €14.9 million.
*Includes intersegment revenue of €3.5 million (HY 2019: €3.4 million)

The division comprises Irish Ferries, a leading provider of passenger and freight ferry services between Ireland and both the UK and Continental Europe, and the chartering of vessels.

Revenue in the division was €61.6 million (2019: €92.3 million) while EBITDA was €1.1 million (2019: €19.7 million). EBIT was a loss of €15.3 million compared to a profit of €4.3 million in HY 2019, excluding the 2019 profit on disposal of the Oscar Wilde of €14.9 million.

The performance of the ferries operations in HY 2020 was significantly affected by the imposition of travel restrictions on non-essential travel across the EU from mid-March as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In response as a cost containment measure Irish Ferries suspended Dublin Swift fastcraft sailings, on a rolling basis, pending expected relaxation of travel restrictions. Passenger capacity was also restricted on its fleet of conventional ferries. As a provider of essential logistical links on and off the island of Ireland, Irish Ferries operated a full schedule on its conventional ferry services to service its freight customers and those passengers required to travel for essential reasons.

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*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Operational Review – continued*

*Ferries Division – continued *

*Tourism* * * * * * * * HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* *FY 2019*
Car volumes (‘000) 56.6 161.2 -64.9% 401.3
Passenger volumes (‘000) 233.9 648.0 -63.9% 1,541.0
Passenger revenue €14.3m €44.1m -67.6% €112.7

In HY 2020 total cars carried were 56,600, down 64.9% on the same period in HY 2019. Total passenger carryings were 233,900, a decrease of 63.9% on HY 2019. This decline in carryings mainly occurred from mid-March following restrictions on non-essential travel related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

*Freight* * * * * * * * HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* *FY 2019*
RoRo freight volumes (‘000) 149.4 153.6 -2.7% 313.2
RoRo freight revenue €40.8m €42.8m -4.7% €86.2m

Freight carryings in HY 2020 were 149,400 units, a decrease 2.7% over HY 2019 but which have shown a steady improvement from the initial decline experienced following the imposition of Covid-19 measures.

*Chartering* * * * * * * * HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* *FY 2019*
Charter revenue €6.5m €5.4m +20.3% €13.5m

The division owns six container vessels, four of which are chartered internally to Eucon and two chartered externally. The increase in revenue primarily relates to the additional charter revenues on the Thetis D and CT Rotterdam acquired in April 2019 and November 2019 respectively. Charter revenue also includes earnings from the bareboat hire purchase contract relating to the disposal of the Oscar Wilde concluded in April 2019.
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*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Operational Review – continued*

*Ferries Division – continued *

*Costs* * * * * * * * HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* *FY 2019*
Operating costs €76.9m €88.0m -12.6% €126.1m

Costs in the division decreased €11.1 million in HY 2020 compared to HY 2019. In addition to activity related variances on reduced volumes, the division was proactive in containing costs through suspension of fastcraft services and reduction of passenger services on-board our conventional vessels. Fuel costs declined to €11.8 million from €18.1 million in HY 2019, the decrease related both to suspended fastcraft sailings, lower global fuel costs and commissioning of new exhaust gas cleaning systems (“EGCS”) on certain vessels. Maintenance expenses were also lower following the major works undertaken in 2019.

*Container and Terminal Division*

*Financial Highlights* * * * * * * * HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* *FY 2019*
Revenue* €73.2m €78.4m -6.6% €143.3m
EBITDA €8.9m €10.3m -13.6% €16.1m
EBIT €5.8m €7.3m -20.5% €13.0m

*Includes intersegment revenue of €0.5 million (HY 2019: €0.5 million)

*Operational Highlights* * * * * * * * HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* *FY 2019*
*Volumes* *‘000* *‘000*   *‘000*
Containers shipped (teu)        155.7 176.3 -11.7% 343.5
Port lifts 141.0 163.1 -13.5% 320.8

The Container and Terminal Division includes the intermodal shipping line Eucon as well as the division’s strategically located container terminals in Dublin and in Belfast.

Revenue in the division decreased by 6.6% to €73.2 million (2019: €78.4 million), EBITDA decreased to €8.9 million (2019: €10.3 million) while EBIT decreased to €5.8 million (2019: €7.3 million).

Total containers shipped by Eucon were down 11.7% at 155,700 teu (2019: 176,300 teu). In response to the decreased volumes attributable to reduced shipments in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the division reduced its fleet capacity from a core six vessels to five vessels during April. Costs decreased in line with capacity changes and volumes, with decreases in fuel costs related to lower global prices and investment in EGCS. 

Containers handled at the Group’s container terminals in Dublin and Belfast were down 13.5% to 141,000 lifts (2019: 163,100 lifts). Dublin Ferryport Terminals’ activity was down 11.9%, while activity at Belfast Container Terminal was down 16.0%.

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*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Statement of Financial Position*

A summary Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2020 is presented below:

* * * * * * *30 Jun 2020* *30 Jun 2019* * 31 Dec 2019* *€m* *€m* *€m*
Property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 324.3 316.7 317.5
Right of use assets 31.7 38.8 36.0
Long term receivable 18.0 20.8 19.4
Retirement benefit surplus 9.5 11.0 12.5
Other current assets 59.4 93.6 95.5
Cash and bank balances 132.5 115.7 110.9
*Total assets* *575.4* *596.6* *591.8*
Non-current borrowings 219.8 234.1 227.9
Retirement benefit obligations 3.6 3.4 3.7
Other non-current liabilities 0.7 1.9 1.4
Current borrowings 16.0 8.7 12.0
Other current liabilities 65.6 79.7 58.9
*Total liabilities * *305.7* *327.8* *303.9*
*Total equity* *269.7* *268.8* *287.9*
*Total equity and liabilities * *575.4* *596.6* *591.8*

The analysis of key movements in the period since 31 December 2019 is set out below.

The principal movements in the property, plant and equipment and intangible assets relate to the installation of EGCS on the Ulysses and owned container vessels, acquisition of new plant at Dublin Ferryport Terminal and scheduled replacement expenditure less depreciation charge in the period. The movement in right of use assets mainly relates to depreciation of assets over the lease term. The long-term receivable relates to deferred sales proceeds receivable under the hire purchase sale agreement entered into on the sale of the Oscar Wilde.

The large reduction in other current assets mainly relates to the repayment of a €33.0 million deposit following the cancellation of the shipbuilding contract for a new cruise ferry. The increase in other current liabilities relates to the seasonal increase in passenger deferred revenue balances for bookings made in advance of the peak tourism season. With Covid-19 travel restrictions in place, advanced bookings were significantly lower than at the same time last year.

The assumptions used to value pension obligations were reviewed against the background of market conditions as at 30 June 2020. This review resulted in a change in discount and inflation rate assumptions while the valuation for the main scheme was also updated for demographic experience. Other assumptions were retained at 31 December 2019 levels. A net actuarial loss of €3.5 million arose in HY 2020 comprising losses on assets in excess of previous assumptions partly offset by experience gains on obligations.

Shareholders’ equity declined to €269.7 million from €287.9 million over the period. The movements primarily comprised of the loss for the financial period of €11.6 million, net actuarial losses of €3.5 million arising on retirement benefit schemes, settlement of share options and buyback of shares. No dividends were paid in the half year ended 30 June 2020.

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*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Cash Flow *

A summary of cash flows in the half year to 30 June 2020 is presented below:

* * * * * * *HY 2020* *HY 2019* *FY 2019* *€m* *€m* *€m*
Operating (loss) / profit (EBIT)* (9.5) 26.5 64.9
Non trading items - (14.9) (14.9)
Depreciation 19.5 18.4 36.8
*EBITDA* (pre non-trading items)* *10.0* *30.0* *86.8*
Working capital movements 6.9 17.6 2.0
Pension payments in excess of service costs (0.6) (0.9) (1.3)
Other (0.5) 1.4 2.0
*Cash generated from operations* *15.8* *48.1* *89.5*
Interest paid (1.7) (1.6) (3.5)
Tax paid (0.3) (0.7) (1.2)
Intangible asset additions (0.3) (0.1) (0.2)
Capex excluding strategic capex (8.2) (12.7) (11.4)
*Free cash flow before strategic capex** *5.3* *33.0* *73.2*
Strategic capex (12.9) (19.4) (42.5)
Return of vessel deposit 33.0 - -
*Free cash flow after strategic capex** *25.4* *13.6* *30.7*
Net asset sales 2.6 0.3 1.8
Dividends - (16.3) (24.7)
Share issue - - 0.1
Share buyback (1.8) (2.1) (12.9)
*Net cash flows* *26.2* *(4.5)* *(5.0)*
*Opening net debt* (129.0) (80.3) (80.3)
*Lease liability non-cash movements* (1.2) (42.5) (44.5)
*Translation/ other* 0.7 0.2 0.8
*Closing net debt* *(103.3)* *(127.1)* *(129.0)*

*Additional information in relation to these Alternative Performance Measures (“APMs”) is disclosed on page 23.

Net debt decreased to €103.3 million at 30 June 2020 from €129.0 million at 31 December 2019.

Net cash flows comprised EBITDA for the period of €10.0 million, the return of the vessel deposit following cancellation of a contract for a new vessel and an overall positive seasonal working capital movement of €6.9 million. The working capital movements are largely attributable to higher deferred revenue balances ahead of the peak summer passenger season, though due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 travel restrictions advance bookings were significantly lower than at the same time last year. These positive movements are offset by capital expenditure outflows in the period of €21.4 million. During the period €1.8 million was returned to shareholders through a buyback of shares. The Group did not proceed with payment of the 2019 final dividend due to the effects of Covid-19 travel restrictions on trading.

*Page 7**Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Financing*

*Net debt* * * * * * * * * *Cash*
*€m* *Inception Fees*
*€m* *Bank Loans & PP Notes*
*€m* *Lease Liabilities*
*€m* *Net Debt*
*€m*
At 31 December 2019 110.9 1.1 (205.0) (36.0) (129.0)
Lease liability non-cash movements -   - (1.2) (1.2)
Cash flows 21.6   - 4.6 26.2
Translation/ other - (0.1) - 0.8 0.7
*At 30 June 2020* *132.5* *1.0* *(205.0)* *(31.8)* *(103.3)*

The net debt position of the Group at 30 June 2020 was €103.3 million, a decrease of €25.7 million from the opening position at 1 January 2020.

The borrowing facilities available to the Group at 30 June 2020 were as follows;

*Borrowing Facilities* * * * * * * *Facility* *Committed* *Committed*
* facilities *
*drawn* *Committed facilities undrawn* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m*
Revolving Credit 125.0 75.0 - 75.0
Private Placement 245.6 50.0 50.0 -
European Investment Bank 155.0 155.0 155.0 -
Lease liabilities 31.8 31.8 31.8 -
Overdraft and other 15.4 15.4 - 15.4 *572.8* *327.2* *236.8* *90.4*

At 30 June 2020 the Group had total lending facilities of €572.8 million available of which €327.2 million were committed facilities. €236.8 million of the committed facilities were drawn. In addition to the committed lines of credit, the Group had arranged uncommitted facilities of €245.6 million with utilisation dates expiring between 6 months and 4 years.

*Dividend*

On 1 July the Group announced that due to the effects of Covid-19 on current trading and notwithstanding that the Group retained a strong liquidity position, the Directors had considered it prudent not to proceed with the 2019 final dividend previously announced on 5 March 2020. Consequently no dividends were paid during the half year ended 30 June 2020.

In light of the result to 30 June 2020 combined with trading to date and the uncertain outlook for the remainder of the year particularly related to passenger travel the Directors also consider it prudent not to declare an interim dividend at this time.

*Page 8**Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Fuel *
* * * * * * *HY 2020* *HY 2019* *Change %* *FY 2019*
Fuel costs €17.1m €25.5m -32.9% €49.3m

Group fuel costs in the first half of 2020 amounted to €17.1 million (2019: €25.5 million). The movement in fuel costs was due to lower global fuel costs, suspension of fastcraft sailings, reduction in the operated container fleet partially offset by compliance with the new IMO 2020 fuel regulations requiring consumption of more expensive grade fuel oils pending completion of the Group’s EGCS installation program.

The Group has in place fuel surcharge mechanisms for freight customers which mitigates the effects of movements in Euro fuel costs and the additional costs in ensuring compliance with IMO 2020, effective since 1 January 2020. IMO 2020 reduced the permissible maximum sulphur content of exhaust gases and compliance can be achieved either through consumption of higher cost fuel oils or investment in EGCS. The Group has opted to invest in EGCS on its owned vessels operated on Group services. In the reporting period the Group had not engaged in financial derivative trading to hedge its fuel costs.

*Strategic Developments*

The Group has terminated its contract with the German shipbuilder FSG, who were contracted to build a new vessel for service with Irish Ferries. This followed FSG making an application through the German courts to be placed in debtor in possession management under the oversight of an Insolvency Monitor. As part of the original contract with the yard, ICG had paid a deposit on this vessel for 20% (€33.0 million) of the €165.2 million purchase price with the remaining 80% due on delivery of the ship. This deposit was protected by third party guarantees and was repaid to ICG in June.

Following the termination, the Group has entered into an agreement with the owners of the chartered vessel Epsilon to extend that charter for an additional year up to November 2021, with options to further extend. This will ensure seamless continuation of services on our existing routes. The Group has also entered preliminary discussions with a number of other shipyards for the construction of a vessel of similar design to that previously contracted with FSG.

Arising from the collapse of passenger carryings following imposition of Covid-19 travel restrictions, the Dublin Swift fastcraft, which was scheduled to commence operations in April, was placed on standby mode pending expected relaxation of travel restrictions in advance of the traditional peak travel period. The vessel will proceed to deep lay-up for winter 20/21 later in the year as previously scheduled.

New low sulphur fuel regulations, IMO 2020, became effective from 1 January 2020. IMO 2020 requires all our vessels operating outside of sulphur emission control areas to reduce sulphur emissions to a level equivalent to consuming 0.5% sulphur content fuel oils compared to the previously generally permitted 1.5%. On its owned and operated fleet the Group had taken the decision to install EGCS to comply with the latest requirements. EGCS allows a vessel to consume cheaper fuel oils while cleaning the exhaust emissions to within the levels mandated by IMO 2020. The W.B. Yeats was delivered with an EGCS system while the Dublin Swift by design consumes marine gas oil which typically has a sulphur content of less than 0.1%.

The installation and commissioning of new EGCS plant on the Ulysses has been completed. A decision was taken not to proceed with a similar installation on the Isle of Inishmore as a consequence of shipyard delays which would have meant the vessel being out of service during the summer season and with an uncertain date for return to service. This work is planned to be completed during 2021. The Group also completed the installation of EGCS plant on the four owned container vessels utilised on Eucon services.

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*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Strategic Developments - continued*

The Group took delivery of and commissioned two electrically powered remotely operated rubber-tyred gantries at its Dublin Ferryport Terminal following the previous successful commissioning of two similar units during 2019. At the Belfast Container Terminal three units were delivered which brings the total delivered at Belfast since December 2019 to eight units. These are currently undergoing commissioning by the port owner together with a new ship-to-shore crane.

During HY 2020 the Group was successful in the public tender to operate a container depot at the new Dublin Inland Port. The Group has signed an agreement to enter into a 20-year lease for this operation on completion of certain civil works by the landlord. The facility is expected to become operational during 2021. This facility will be used for the remote storage, maintenance and upgrade of empty container boxes, releasing valuable capacity for the handling of containers in the port area. The Dublin Inland Port will be located adjacent to Dublin Airport with direct access to the M50 Motorway (Dublin Ring Road) and the Port Tunnel.

*Legal Challenge to the National Transport Authority interpretation of the EU Regulation No 1177/2010 *

We continue to pursue the legal challenge to the National Transport Authority (“NTA”) interpretation of the EU Regulation No 1177/2010 concerning the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterway. This is in progress by way of judicial review which has been admitted to the High Court of Ireland who have referred certain questions for interpretation to the European Court of Justice. We believe this challenge is necessary, in the best interests of our customers, to protect the viability of direct links to the Continent which is now all the more critical against the backdrop of the UK exit from the EU. These direct links are threatened by what we strongly believe to be the NTA’s incorrect interpretation of the Regulation.

*Government support for essential shipping services during Covid-19 *

With the severe decline of passenger business during the Covid-19 outbreak some ferry routes out of Ireland which are critically important in providing essential services became cash negative. Recognising the need to help certain routes remain open the Irish Government adopted a Public Services Obligation (PSO) model covering the shortfall between variable revenue and certain variable costs. This was not an approach that we supported as we believe this model was liable to create distortions in the marketplace and could be open to legal challenge. For these reasons we decided not to participate in this PSO model, but we committed, without any Government support, to continue operating our lossmaking routes which provide a vital lifeline service to our Island.

We will continue to work closely with all relevant authorities and closely monitor the developing situation. The Group, where appropriate, has availed of Governments’ staff retention support schemes across Europe.

*Exit of United Kingdom from the European Union*

The UK exited the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transition period with a current end date of December 2020 during which negotiations of new rules on trade, travel and business between the UK and the EU are taking place. There remains uncertainty over the nature of the relationship post 2020. The Group’s ferry division is highly dependent on trade flows between Ireland and the UK. Therefore any slowdown in either economy as a result of the exit of the UK from the EU will likely have an effect on Irish Ferries carryings.

Retention of the Common Travel Area (CTA) between Britain and Ireland is of major benefit to the tourism and hospitality sectors in Ireland. The current Irish Government position, of asking people from Britain who visit Ireland to restrict their movements for two weeks, is not consistent with that of the British Government who do not require people travelling to Britain from Ireland to restrict their movements. In addition, there is nothing to stop people from Britain visiting Ireland by travelling through Belfast and Larne without the requirement to self-isolate which is clearly anomalous.  We have written to the Irish Government on this issue.

*Page 10**Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Exit of United Kingdom from the European Union - continued*

Irish Ferries has engaged with its port operators and regulatory authorities to minimise the effect of any port disruptions on its services following the UK exit. Irish Ferries’ deployment of the W.B. Yeats on Dublin/ Cherbourg has already added significant capacity to the direct continental services which will lessen the effect of any port delays which might occur in the short-term on Irish sea services while new cross border procedures settle in. In addition, due to the fleet configuration, Irish Ferries has the ability to offer additional frequency on its direct continental services should demand justify it.

The exit of the UK from the EU is expected to have a lesser effect on our container shipping operations between Ireland and the Continent. There is a risk of delays or congestion at European ports with some potential for increased business, dependent on Irish economic growth.

*Related Party Transactions*

There were no related party transactions in the half year that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Group in the period other than in respect of remuneration paid to key management personnel.

*Principal Risks and Uncertainties*

The Group has a risk management structure in place which is designed to identify, manage and mitigate the threats to the business on an ongoing basis. The principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Group as set out in detail on pages 52 to 57 of the 2019 Annual Report are;

· Commercial & market – Service disruption
· Health & safety – Hazardous cargo and risk of injury.
· Operational Compliance – People trafficking.
· Financial loss – Major project failure and inadequate insurance.
· Fraud – Payment diversion
· Volatility – Fuel costs
· Information security
· Cyber Threats

These risks together with the uncertainty around the continuing disruption to travel and trade surrounding Covid-19 measures remain the most likely risks to affect the Group during the second half of the financial year. Following the imposition of the Covid-19 measures, the Group has continually serviced all its shipping routes providing essential logistical links on and off the island of Ireland.  The continuing shutdown of certain sectors of the economy will prolong the effect on the Group’s financial outcome, notwithstanding the cost containment initiatives introduced by the Group.  It is very difficult to estimate the full year financial impact on the Group, but the reduction in passenger revenue will be material given the loss of peak summer travel.

Following the exit of the UK from the EU, the nature of the trading arrangements between the EU and UK post the current transition period remain unclear. In as much as is feasible we have engaged with our port operators and regulatory authorities to minimise the possibility of any port disruptions. It is the Group’s view that over the longer-term trade between Ireland and the UK will remain strong underpinned by cultural and commercial linkages. The Group’s investment in vessels is designed to provide route planning flexibility to adapt its schedules to customer demand over the short and long term.

The Group will actively manage these and all other risks through its risk management structure.

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*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Events after the Reporting Period*

There have been no other material events affecting the Group to report since 30 June 2020.

*Going Concern *

After making enquiries, the Directors have reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for a period of at least 12 months from the date of approval of this half-yearly financial report. For this reason, they consider it appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing this half-yearly financial report.

In forming this view the Directors have considered the future cash requirements of the Group’s business in the context of the economic environment over the next 12 months, the principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group, the Group’s budget plan, lending covenants and the medium term strategy of the Group, including capital investment plans. There is uncertainty around the timing of the lifting of travel restrictions on non-essential travel and the return of previous travel patterns, and the effects of Brexit. The Group has modelled a number of scenarios including emergence of a Covid-19 “second wave” with the continuation of travel restrictions into 2021. The future cash requirements under these scenarios have been compared to bank facilities which are reasonably expected to be available to the Group on normal market terms.

*


*Page 12**Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the half year ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Current Trading and Outlook *

The second half of 2020 has continued to be affected by the retention of the Covid-19 measures introduced by governments earlier in the year. While recent levels of freight carrying compared to the same period last year have remained robust against the continuing shutdown of certain economic sectors, passenger carryings are materially affected having already lost a significant amount of peak season passenger travel.

*Ferries*

Activity in the Ferries Division in the period from 1 July 2020 to 22 August 2020 compared to the same period last year is set out below;  

· Car carryings were 30,000 cars, a decrease of 73.8%
· RoRo freight carryings were 49,100, an increase of 9.6%

Cumulatively in the period from 1 January 2020 to 22 August 2020 compared to the same period last year activity was;

· Car carryings were 86,600 cars, a decrease of 68.6%
· RoRo freight carryings were 198,500, an increase of 0.1%

*Container and Terminal*

Activity in the Container and Terminal division in the period from 1 July 2020 to 22 August 2020 compared to the same period last year was;

· Containers shipped were 45,700 teu, a decrease of 7.1%
· Port lifts were 41,300 lifts, an decrease of 11.3%

Cumulatively in the period from 1 January 2020 to 22 August 2020, compared to the same period last year activity was;

· Containers shipped were 201,400 teu, a decrease of 10.5%
· Port lifts were 182,200 lifts, an decrease of 12.9%

There are a large number of variables beyond the control of the Group around Covid-19 developments creating an uncertain trading environment in the second half of 2020. It is very difficult to estimate the full year financial impact on the Group, as the reduction in passenger revenue will be material, though recovering freight activity since 1 July to date is encouraging. The Group remains in a strong financial position to weather this Covid-19 storm with cash and undrawn committed lending facilities totalling €222.9 million at 30 June.

*Auditor Review*

This half-yearly financial report has not been audited or reviewed by the auditors of the Group.

*Page 13**Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the HALF YEAR ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*Forward-Looking Statements*

This report contains certain forward-looking statements. These statements are made by the Directors in good faith based on the information available to them up to the time of their approval of this report. These forward-looking statements should be treated with caution due to the inherent uncertainties, including both economic and business risk factors, underlying any such forward-looking information.

This report has been prepared for the Group as a whole and therefore gives greater emphasis to those matters which are significant to Irish Continental Group plc and its subsidiaries when viewed as a whole.

*Website*

This half-yearly financial report is available on the Group’s website www.icg.ie.

*John B. McGuckian*
Chairman

26 August 2020*Page 14*

*Half-Yearly Financial Report*
for the HALF YEAR ended 30 June 2020 - Continued

*RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT*

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Half-Yearly Financial Report in accordance with the Transparency (Directive 2004/109/EC) Regulations 2007 (as amended), the related Transparency Rules of the Central Bank of Ireland and IAS 34, ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ as adopted by the European Union.

Each of the directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge and belief:

· the Group Condensed Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2020 have been prepared in accordance with the International Accounting Standard applicable to interim financial reporting (IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting) adopted pursuant to the procedure provided for under Article 6 of the Regulation (EC) No. 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and the Council of 19 July 2002;
· the Interim Management Report includes a fair review of the important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year, their impact on the Group Condensed Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2020, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months; and
· the Interim Management Report includes a fair review of related party transactions that have occurred during the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the Group during that period, and any changes in the related parties transactions described in the last Annual Report that could have a material effect on the financial position or performance of the Group in the first six months of the current financial year.

On behalf of the Board

*Eamonn Rothwell*
Director *David Ledwidge*
Director

26 August 2020

*Page 15**CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED*
* INCOME STATEMENT*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020
*Notes* * HY 2020* * HY 2019* *FY 2019*   *Unaudited* *Unaudited* *Audited*   *€m* *€m* *€m*
Revenue 4  130.8  166.8 357.4        
Depreciation and amortisation   (19.5) (18.4) (36.8)
Employee benefits expense   (11.1) (10.2) (23.8)
Other operating expenses   (109.7) (126.6) (246.8)   *(9.5)* *11.6* *50.0*        
Non-trading items 6 - 14.9 14.9
*Operating (loss) / profit*   *(9.5)* *26.5* *64.9*        
Finance income   0.1 0.1 0.1
Finance costs   (1.8) (1.7) (3.5)        
*(Loss) / profit before taxation*   *(11.2)* *24.9* *61.5*        
Income tax expense   (0.4) (0.6) (1.3)        
*(Loss) / profit for the financial period: all attributable to equity holders of the parent* 4 *(11.6)* *24.3* *60.2*                
*Earnings per ordinary share*
– expressed in cent per share                
Basic 7 (6.2)c 12.8c 31.7c
Diluted 7 (6.2)c 12.7c 31.5c

*Page 16**CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT*
* OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME *
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020
  *HY 2020* *HY 2019* *FY 2019*   *Unaudited* *Unaudited* *Audited* *Notes* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*(Loss) / profit  for the financial period*   *(11.6)* *24.3* *60.2*        
*Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:*        
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations   (1.2) - 1.2
*Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:*        
Actuarial (loss) / gain  on defined benefit pension schemes  14 (3.5) 8.5 9.0
Deferred tax on defined benefit pension schemes   0.4               0.1 -        
*Other comprehensive income for the financial period*   *(4.3)* *8.6* *10.2*        
*Total comprehensive income for the financial period: all attributable to equity holders of the parent*   *(15.9)* *32.9* *70.4*

* Page 17* 

*CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT*
* OF FINANCIAL POSITION*
AS AT 30 JUNE 2020
  *30 Jun 20* *30 Jun 19* *31 Dec 19*   *Unaudited* *Unaudited* *Audited * *Notes* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Assets*        
*Non-current assets *        
Property, plant and equipment 8 323.7 316.3 317.1
Right of use assets 9 31.7 38.8 36.0
Intangible assets   0.6 0.4 0.4
Long term receivable 10 18.0 20.8 19.4
Retirement benefit surplus 14 9.5 11.0 12.5   *383.5* *387.3* *385.4*        
*Current assets*        
Inventories   1.9 3.0 3.1
Trade and other receivables   57.5 90.6 92.4
Cash and bank balances 11 132.5 115.7 110.9   *191.9* *209.3* *206.4*        
*Total assets*   *575.4* *596.6* *591.8*        
*Equity and liabilities*        
*Equity*        
Share capital   12.2 12.4 12.2
Share premium   19.5 19.4 19.5
Other reserves   (10.1) (9.4) (7.3)
Retained earnings   248.1 246.4 263.5
*Equity attributable to equity holders*   *269.7* *268.8* *287.9*        
*Non-current liabilities*        
Borrowings 11 192.7 204.2 200.3
Lease liabilities 11 27.1 29.9 27.6
Deferred tax liabilities   0.3 0.8 0.7
Provisions   0.4 1.1 0.7
Retirement benefit obligations    14 3.6 3.4 3.7   *224.1* *239.4* *233.0*        
*Current liabilities*        
Borrowings 11 11.3 (0.1) 3.6
Lease liabilities                 11 4.7 8.8 8.4
Trade and other payables   63.7 79.1 57.4
Current income tax liabilities   0.3 - 0.2
Provisions   1.6 0.6 1.3   *81.6* *88.4* *70.9*        
*Total liabilities*   *305.7* *327.8* *303.9*        
*Total equity and liabilities*   *575.4* *596.6* *591.8*

*Page 18*

*CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT*
* OF CHANGES IN EQUITY*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020  (UNAUDITED)
*Share* *Share* *Other* *Retained*   *Capital* * Premium* * Reserves* * Earnings* * Total* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Balance at 1 January 2020* *12.2* *19.5* *(7.3)* *263.5* *287.9*          
Loss for the financial period - - - (11.6) (11.6)
Other comprehensive income - - (1.2) (3.1) (4.3)          
*Total comprehensive income for the financial period* *-* *-* *(1.2)* *(14.7)* *(15.9)*          
Employee share-based payments expense - - 1.0 - 1.0
Settlement of share options through market purchase - - (1.5) - (1.5)
Transfer to retained earnings on exercise of options - - (1.1) 1.1 -
Share buy back - - - (1.8) (1.8) *-* - *(2.8)* *(15.4)* *(18.2)*          

*Balance at 30 June 2020* *12.2* *19.5* *(10.1)* *248.1* *269.7*          
*Analysed as follows:*          
Share capital         12.2
Share premium         19.5
Other reserves         (10.1)
Retained earnings         248.1         *269.7*

Other Reserves comprise the following:
* * *Share* * *   *Capital* *Options* *Translation*   *Reserve* *Reserve* *Reserve* * Total* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Balance at 1 January 2020* *7.5* *5.9* *(20.7)* *(7.3)*        
Other comprehensive income     (1.2) (1.2)
Employee share-based payments expense - 1.0 - 1.0
Settlement of share options through market purchase -  
           (1.5) - (1.5)
Transfer to retained earnings on exercise of options -  
           (1.1) - (1.1) *-* *(1.6)* *(1.2)* *(2.8)*        
*Balance at 30 June 2020* *7.5* *4.3* *(21.9)* *(10.1)*

*Page 19**CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT*
* OF CHANGES IN EQUITY*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2019  (UNAUDITED)
*Share* *Share* *Other* *Retained*   *Capital* * Premium* * Reserves* * Earnings* * Total* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Balance at 1 January 2019* *12.4* *19.4* *(10.8)* *231.9* *252.9*          
Profit for the financial period - - - 24.3 24.3
Other comprehensive income - - - 8.6 8.6          
*Total comprehensive income for the financial period* *-* *-* *-* *32.9* *32.9*          
Employee share-based payments expense - - 1.4 - 1.4
Share issue - - -                   - -
Share buy back - - - (2.1) (2.1)
Dividends (note 5) - -                  -  (16.3) (16.3) *-* - *1.4* *14.5* *15.9*          
*Balance at 30 June 2019* *12.4* *19.4* *(9.4)* *246.4* *268.8*          
*Analysed as follows:*          
Share capital         12.4
Share premium         19.4
Other reserves         (9.4)
Retained earnings         246.4         *268.8*

Other Reserves comprise the following:
  *Share*     *Capital* *Options* *Translation*   *Reserve* *Reserve* *Reserve* * Total* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Balance at 1 January 2019* *7.3* *3.8* *(21.9)* *(10.8)*        
Employee share-based payments expense - 1.4 - 1.4 *-* *1.4* *                   -* *1.4*        
*Balance at 30 June 2019* *7.3* *5.2* *(21.9)* *(9.4)* 

*Page 20 *

*CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT*
* OF CHANGES IN EQUITY*
FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2019 (AUDITED)
*Share* *Share * *Other* *Retained *   *Capital* *Premium* * Reserves* * Earnings* *Total* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Balance at 1 January 2019* *12.4* *19.4* *(10.8)* *231.9* *252.9*          
Profit for the financial year - - - 60.2 60.2
Other comprehensive income - -                 1.2 9.0 10.2          
*Total comprehensive income for the financial year* *-* *-* *                1.2* *69.2* *70.4*          
Employee share-based payments expense - -  2.1 -             2.1
Share issue - 0.1 - -             0.1
Dividends - - -             (24.7)         (24.7)
Share buyback (0.2) -                 0.2           (12.9)            (12.9) *(0.2)* *0.1* *2.3* *(37.6)* *       (35.4)*          
*Balance at 31 December 2019* *12.2* *19.5* *(7.3)* *            263.5* *          287.9*          
*Analysed as follows:*          
Share capital         12.2
Share premium          19.5
Other reserves         (7.3)
Retained earnings          263.5         * *

*287.9*

Other Reserves comprise the following:
  *Share*     *Capital* *Options* *Translation*   *Reserve* * Reserve* *Reserve* *Total* *€m* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Balance at 1 January 2019* *7.3* *3.8* *(21.9)* *(10.8)*        
Employee share-based payments expense - 2.1 -          2.1
Other comprehensive expense - - 1.2      1.2
Share buyback 0.2                  - -             0.2 *0.2* *2.1* *                    1.2* *            3.5*        
*Balance at 31 December 2019* *7.5* *5.9* *(20.7)* *(7.3)* 

*Page 21 *

*CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT *
* OF CASH FLOWS*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020
    
  *HY 2020* *HY 2019* *FY 2019*   *Unaudited* *Unaudited* *Audited* *Notes* *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Net cash inflow from operating activities* 15 *13.8* *45.8* *84.8*        
*Cash flow from investing activities*        
Net proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment                2.6               0.3             1.8
Refund of vessel deposit              33.0                 -                 -
Purchases of property, plant and equipment 8 (21.1) (32.1) (53.9)
Purchases of intangible assets   (0.3) (0.1) (0.2)        
*Net cash (outflow) from investing activities*   *14.2* *(31.9)* *(52.3)*        
*Cash flow from financing activities*        
Dividends paid to equity holders of the Company                  5 - (16.3) (24.7)
Repayment of lease liabilities   (4.6) (4.5) (9.0)
Proceeds on issue of ordinary share capital                   -                 - 0.1
Share buy back   (1.8) (2.1) (12.9)        
*Net cash (outflow)/ inflow from financing activities*   *(6.4)* *(22.9)* *(46.5)*        
Net (decrease)/ increase in cash and cash equivalents               21.6 (9.0) (14.0)        
*Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period*   *110.9* *124.7* *124.7*        
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes                    -                  - 0.2        
*Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period* 11 *132.5* *115.7* *110.9*

*Page 22**NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED *
* FINANCIAL STATEMENTS*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

*1. General information*

The Group Condensed Financial Statements are considered non-statutory financial statements for the purposes of the Companies Act 2014 and in compliance with section 340(4) of that Act we state that:

· the Group Condensed Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2020 have been prepared to meet our obligation to do so under the Transparency (Directive 2004/109/EC) Regulations 2007 (as amended);
· the Group Condensed Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2020 do not constitute the statutory financial statements of the Group;
· the figures disclosed relating to 31 December 2019 have been derived from the statutory financial statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2019 which were audited, received an unqualified audit report and have been filed with the Registrar of Companies; and
· the interim figures included in the Group Condensed Financial Statements for the half year ended 30 June 2020 and the comparative amounts for the half year ended 30 June 2019 have been neither audited nor reviewed by the auditors of the Group.

Certain financial measures set out in our Half-Yearly Financial Report to 30 June 2020 are not defined under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Presentation of these Alternative Performance Measures (“APMs”) provides useful supplementary information which, when viewed in conjunction with the Group’s IFRS financial information, allows for a more meaningful understanding of the underlying financial and operating performance of the Group. These non-IFRS measures should not be considered as an alternative to financial measures as defined under IFRS. Descriptions of the APMs included in this report are disclosed below.

*APM* *Description* *Benefit of APM*
EBITDA EBITDA represents earnings before non-trading items*, interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation. Eliminates the effects of financing and accounting decisions to allow assessment of the profitability and performance of the Group.
EBIT EBIT represents earnings before interest and tax. Measures the Group’s earnings from ongoing operations.
Free cash flow before strategic capex Free cash flow comprises operating cash flow less capital expenditure before strategic capex which comprises expenditure on vessels excluding annual overhaul and repairs, and other assets with an expected economic life of over 10 years which increases capacity or efficiency of operations. Assesses the availability to the Group of funds for reinvestment or for return to shareholders.
Net debt Net debt comprises total borrowings less cash and cash equivalents. Measures the Group’s ability to repay its debts if they were to fall due immediately.
Adjusted EPS EPS is adjusted to exclude non-trading items and net interest cost on defined benefit obligations. A key indicator of long term financial performance and value creation of a public listed company.

*Non-trading items are material non-recurring items that derive from events or transactions that fall outside the ordinary activities of the Group and which individually, or, if of a similar type, in aggregate, are separately disclosed by virtue of their size or incidence.

In addition to the above APMs the Group utilises additional APMs of Return on Average Capital Employed and Schedule Integrity in relation to full year performance which are not meaningful at the half year.

*Page 23**NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED *
* FINANCIAL STATEMENTS*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

*2. Accounting policies*

The Group Condensed Financial Statements for the six months ended 30 June 2020 have been prepared in accordance with the Transparency (Directive 2004/109/EC) Regulations 2007 (as amended), the Central Bank (Investment Market Conduct) Rules 2019 and with IAS 34 ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ as adopted by the European Union.

The accounting policies and methods of computation applied in preparing these Group Condensed Financial Statements are consistent with those set out in the Group Annual Report for the financial year ended 31 December 2019, which is available at www.icg.ie.

The following amendments to standards became effective for the Group commencing 1 January 2020;

· Amendments to the Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting, including amendments to the Conceptual Framework in IFRS Standards
· Amendments to IFRS 3 – Definition of a Business
· Amendments to IAS 1 & IAS 8 – Definition of Material
· Amendments to IAS 39, IFRS 7 & IFRS 9 – Interest Rate Benchmark Reform

The adoption of these amendments did not have a material impact on these financial statements.

*3. Critical Accounting Estimates and Judgements*

In the application of the Group’s accounting policies, the Directors are required to make judgements, estimates and assumptions about the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities. In preparing these Condensed Financial Statements the approach to the making of these judgements, estimates and assumptions is consistent with that used in the Group Annual Report for the financial year ended 31 December 2019. Key sources of estimation uncertainty relate to post-employment benefits and assessment of useful lives for property plant and equipment.  Critical accounting judgements are made in respect of identifying indications of impairment, assessment of non-cancellable lease terms and incremental borrowing rate and adoption of the going concern assumption.

Other than the changes to assumptions used in relation to the valuation of retirement benefit obligations set out in note 14 to these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements there have been no material changes in estimates that had previously been made in the prior year financial statements to 31 December 2019.

*Impact of Covid-19*

The Group has considered the impact of Covid-19 in respect of the accounting judgements and estimates made in the preparation of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Key considerations included whether the impact of Covid-19 affected indications of impairment and recoverability of receivables. There is uncertainty around the timing of the lifting of travel restrictions on non-essential travel and return of previous travel patterns. However, the Group does not believe that the decline experienced in 2020 to date will give rise to a material long term change in the travel patterns of the Group’s customer base. In respect of the carrying value of its vessels, the Group did not consider trading in the year to date amounted to an indication of impairment. In addition the Group has been monitoring the market in vessels and while activity is reduced there were no indications that the market value of second-hand vessels had materially declined.

In respect of receivables including the long term receivable, the Group actively manages its working capital and monitors changes in days outstanding and bad debt experience. An expected credit loss assessment of receivables as at 30 June 2020 was performed with no material change in the provision for expected credit losses over that provided at 31 December 2019.

* Page 24*

*NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED *
* FINANCIAL STATEMENTS*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

*4. Segmental information*

The Board is deemed the chief operating decision maker within the Group. Under IFRS 8: Operating Segments, the Group has determined that the operating segments are (i) Ferries and (ii) Container and Terminal.

These segments are the basis on which the Group reports internally and are the only two revenue generating segments of the Group. The principal activities of the Ferries segment are the operation of combined RoRo passenger ferries and chartering of vessels. The principal activities of the Container and Terminal segment are the provision of door-to-door and feeder LoLo freight services, stevedoring and other related terminal services. There has been no change in the basis of segmentation or in the basis measurement of segment profit or loss in the period.

*i) Revenue Analysis*

By business segment:

* * *HY 2020* *HY 2019* *FY 2019*
* * *€m* *€m* *€m*
*Ferries*      
Passenger 14.3 44.1 112.7
Freight 40.8 42.8 86.2
Charter 6.5 5.4 13.5 61.6 92.3 212.4
*Container and Terminal*      
Freight 73.2 78.4 154.4      
Inter segment revenue (4.0) (3.9) (9.4)
*Total* *130.8* *166.8* *357.4*

Depressed economic activity and travel restrictions imposed across the EU because of the Covid-19 pandemic led to a significant reduction in passenger traffic and a lesser reduction in freight activity in the half year ended 2020 compared to the half year ended 30 June 2019.

As revenues are recognised over short time periods of no more than days, a key determinant to categorising revenues is whether they principally arise from a business to customer (passenger contracts) or a business to business relationship (freight and charter contracts) as this impacts directly on the uncertainty of cash flows. On this basis, revenue by business segment is a reasonable approximation of revenue disaggregation.*Page 25*

*NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED *
* FINANCIAL STATEMENTS*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

*4. Segmental information – continued*

*i) Revenue Analysis - continued*

By geographic origin of booking:

* * *HY 2020* *HY 2019* *FY 2019*
* * *€m* *€m* * €m*
Ireland 63.6 69.4 177.9
United Kingdom 16.5 36.1 66.7
Netherlands 29.8 33.2 63.8
Belgium 15.4 16.4 32.8
France 0.4 0.4 5.8
Other 5.1 11.3 10.4 *130.8* *166.8* *357.4*

No single external customer in the current or prior financial periods amounted to 10 per cent of the Group’s revenues.

*ii) (Loss) / Profit for the financial year*

* * *Ferries* *Container and Terminal* *Group Total*
* * *HY 2020*
*€m* *HY 2019*
*€m* *FY 2019*
*€m* *HY 2020*
*€m* *HY 2019*
*€m* *FY 2019*
*€m* *HY 2020*
*€m* *HY 2019*
*€m* *FY 2019*
*€m*
Operating (loss) / profit (15.3) 4.3 36.4 5.8 7.3 13.6 (9.5) 11.6 50.0
Finance income 0.1 0.1 0.1 - - - 0.1 0.1 0.1
Finance costs (1.1) (1.0) (2.0) (0.7)               (0.7)  (1.5)     (1.8) (1.7) (3.5)
Non-trading items - 14.9 14.9 - - - - 14.9 14.9
*(Loss) / profit before tax* *(16.3)* *18.3* *49.4* *5.1* *6.6* *12.1* *  (11.2)* *24.9* *61.5*
Income tax expense - (0.1) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.9) (0.4) (0.6) (1.3)
*(Loss) / profit for the financial year* *(16.3)* *18.2* *49.0* *4.7* *6.1* *11.2* *(11.6)* *24.3* *60.2*

*Page 26**NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED *
* FINANCIAL STATEMENTS*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

*4. Segmental information – continued*

*iii) Statement of Financial Position*

* * *Ferries* *Container and Terminal* *Group Total*
* * *30 Jun 20 *
*€m* *30 Jun 19*
*€m* *31 Dec 19*
*€m* *30 Jun 20*
*€m* *30 Jun 19*
*€m* *31 Dec 19*
*€m* *30 Jun 20*
*€m* *30 Jun 19*
*€m* *31 Dec 19*
*€m*
*Assets*                  
Segment assets 355.0 391.5 391.1 87.9 89.4 89.8 442.9 480.9 480.9
Cash and cash equivalents 105.0 85.7 79.8 27.5 30.0 31.1 132.5 115.7 110.9
*Consolidated total assets* *460.0* *477.2* *470.9* *115.4* *119.4* *120.9* *575.4* *596.6* *591.8*                  
*Liabilities*                  
Segment liabilities 41.6 56.9 34.6 28.3 28.1 29.4 69.9 85.0 64.0
Borrowings 180.3 182.3 183.3 55.5 60.5 56.6 235.8 242.8 239.9
*Consolidated total liabilities* *221.9* *239.2* *217.9* *83.8* *88.6* *86.0* *305.7* *327.8* *303.9*

*iv) Seasonality*

In prior periods Group revenue and profit before tax was weighted towards the second half of the year principally due to passenger revenue patterns in the Ferries division whereas operating costs are more evenly distributed over the year. The disruption to travel in HY 2020 from the imposition of travel restrictions by government authorities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has affected these seasonality weightings.

*5. Dividend*
*HY2020* *HY 2019* *FY 2019* *€m* *€m* *€m*
Interim dividend - - 8.4
Final dividend - 16.3 16.3 *-* *16.3* *24.7*

No dividends were paid in the six months ended 30 June 2020. In June 2019 a final dividend of 8.56 cent per ICG Unit was paid for the year ended 31 December 2018.

In October 2019 an interim dividend of 4.42 cent per ICG Unit was paid for the year ended 31 December 2019. No interim dividend in respect of 2020 had been declared by the Directors at the date of approval of these Condensed Financial Statements.

*Page 27**NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED *
* FINANCIAL STATEMENTS*
FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2020

*6. Non-trading items*

In the prior period the Group sold the vessel Oscar Wilde by way of a bareboat hire purchase agreement for an agreed consideration of €28.9 million, payable in instalments over six years, generating an after tax gain on disposal of €14.9 million.  The deferred consideration is treated as a lease receivable (note 10).The gain on disposal of the vessel was included in the profit for the relevant period and was disclosed as a non-trading item in the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement.

*7. Earnings per share*
*HY 2020* *HY 2019* *FY 2019*
*Number of shares* *‘000* *‘000* *‘000*
Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic earnings per share 187,076 190,237 189,797
Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares: Share options - 1,263 1,143
*Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted earnings per share* *187,076* *191,500* *190,940*

The denominator for the purposes of calculating both basic and diluted earnings per share has been adjusted to reflect shares issued during the period and excludes treasury shares. The dilutive effect of share options capable of exercise during the period ended 30 June 2020 was 922,000 shares which have been excluded from the weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted earnings per share as they are antidilutive.

*(Loss) / profit attributable to ordinary shareholders*

The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to the ordinary equity holders of the parent is based on the following data:
*HY 2020* *HY
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