Annual Report 2014


Adjusted earnings

Profit for the year attributable to equity shareholders as adjusted for exceptional items


C&C Group plc

Constant Currency

Prior year revenue, net revenue and operating profit for each of the Group’s reporting segments is restated to constant exchange rates for transactions by subsidiary undertakings in currencies other than their functional currency and for translation in relation to the Group’s non-euro denominated subsidiaries by revaluing the prior year figures using the current year effective foreign currency rates


Dividend withholding tax


Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation charges excluding the Group’s share of equity accounted investees’ profit after tax

Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA as adjusted for exceptional items


Earnings before Interest and Tax

Adjusted EBIT

EBIT as adjusted for exceptional items

Effective tax rate (%)

Income and deferred tax charges relating to continuing activities before the tax impact of exceptional items calculated as a percentage of Profit before tax for continuing activities before exceptional items and excluding the Group’s share of equity accounted investees’ profit after tax


Earnings per Share


European Union


Significant items of income and expense within the Group results for the year which by virtue of their scale and nature are disclosed in the income statement and related notes as exceptional items

Free cash flow

Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP measure that comprises cash flow from operating activities net of capital investment cash outflows which form part of investing activities. Free Cash Flow highlights the underlying cash generating performance of the ongoing business


Great Britain (i.e. England, Wales and Scotland)


C&C Group plc and its subsidiaries


Hectolitre (100 Litres)

kHl = kilo hectolitre (100,000 litres)

mHl = millions of hectolitres (100 million litres)


International Accounting Standards


International Accounting Standards Board


International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee


International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU

Interest cover

Calculated by dividing the Group’s EBITDA excluding exceptional items and discontinued activities but including EBITDA of any member of the Group for that part of the period when it was not a member of the Group of one period by the Group’s interest expense, excluding issue cost write-offs, fair value movements with respect to derivative financial instruments and unwind of discounts on provisions, of the same period


Sales in territories outside of the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland (ROI)


Long Alcoholic Drinks

Net debt/(cash)

Net debt/(cash) comprises cash and borrowings net of unamortised issue costs

Net debt:EBITDA

A measurement of leverage, calculated as the Group’s interest-bearing debt calculated using average foreign exchange rates for the period less cash & cash equivalents, divided by its EBITDA excluding exceptional items and discontinued activities but including EBITDA of any member of the Group for that part of the period when it was not a member of the Group. The net debt to EBITDA ratio is a debt ratio that shows how many years it would take for the Group to pay back its debt if net debt and EBITDA are held constant

Net revenue

Net revenue is defined by the Group as Revenue less Excise duty. Excise duties, which represent a significant proportion of Revenue, are set by external regulators over which the Group has no control and are generally passed on to the consumer, consequently the Directors consider that the disclosure of Net Revenue enhances the transparency and provides a more meaningful analysis of underlying sales performance


Northern Ireland


All venues where drinks are sold for off-premise consumption including shops, supermarkets and cash & carry outlets selling alcohol for consumption off the premises


All venues where drinks are sold at retail for on-premise consumption including pubs, hotels and clubs selling alcohol for consumption on the premises

Operating profit

Profit earned from the Group’s core business operations before net financing and income tax costs and excluding the Group’s share of Equity accounted investees’ profit after tax. In line with the Group’s accounting policies certain items of income and expense are separately classified as exceptional items on the face of the Income Statement. The Operations Review and Chief Financial Officers Review highlights operating profit before exceptional items


Property, plant & equipment


Revenue comprises the fair value of goods supplied to external customers exclusive of intercompany sales and value added tax, after allowing for discounts, rebates, allowances for customer loyalty and other pricing related allowances and incentives


Republic of Ireland


Total Shareholder Return


United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland)


United States of America