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This Report focuses on the leading Companies active in an industry. It examines the performance of these selected companies over a three year period. For comparison purposes, the companies’ accounts are divided into three ‘analysis periods’, with ranking based on performance in the third period. Where appropriate the report is divided into subsectors.
Our team of in-house analysts research the company sample thoroughly to ensure that the Report covers the top companies in the industry. A company will be included on the following grounds:
It is a major company within the industry with over 50 percent of its turnover coming from activities relevant to the subject of the Report.
It is a company where less than 50 percent of its turnover is generated from activities relevant to the industry, however it is, by virtue of its size, significant within the industry
To ensure that the industry results are not distorted by figures relating to activities falling outside the scope of the title, the second group of companies is excluded from the Report totals and averages. Companies may have been removed from the Report for the following reasons:
The company files modified accounts (as defined by the Companies Act), which makes it difficult to determine its importance in the sector, and means that it is unsuitable for ratio calculation. Or its turnover falls below a certain value, which has been used to identify major companies in this Report.
The latest analysed accounts available on the company are too old to be meaningful to the analysis.
The company is not a live trading company, i.e. it is dormant, in liquidation or receivership, or has transferred its trade to another company.
The company’s first accounts are not yet available from Companies House at the time of publication.
The company is no longer relevant to the Report.
The company is represented in the Report by its subsidiaries, holding company or ultimate holding company.
Calculation of Totals and Averages
In compiling the total and average results given in the Performance League Tables and the Industry Profiles, some companies have been excluded from the calculations.
A “hashed” company is a company that has been excluded from the Report averages and totals. An analyst may hash a company for any of the reasons listed below:
Treatment of Holding Companies and Subsidiaries
Where one company accounts for the majority of a group’s turnover, the analyst will decide which company is most relevant to the Report.
In some cases, both a holding company and its subsidiary may be included where both are considered to be of significant importance within the sector. Where this could lead to double counting in the totals and averages, one of the companies will be excluded from the calculations. The names of all companies which have been excluded from the Report totals and averages will be preceded by an asterisk in the Performance League Tables.
Diversity of Business Interests
Some companies declare a varied range of business interests in their registered trading activity and SIC Codes, not all of which are relevant to the subject of the Report. These companies will be excluded from the Report totals and averages to prevent distortion.
Large Changes in Accounts
Some companies report very large variances in their figures from one year to the next, due to acquisitions, large exceptional items, etc. These companies will be excluded from the Report totals and averages.
Ranking of Companies
The Performance League Tables rank companies according to their results in the third year. Companies are not allocated a ranking number where this third year of accounts is not available. In this event, companies appear at the foot of the table with a dash (-) ranking. However, such companies are ranked in order of their second year, third year and fourth year figures respectively, where these are available.
The following symbols are used in the Performance League Tables:
^ Indicates that a result either cannot be calculated or would be misleading if it was presented. For example, dividing by zero or a negative figure divided by a negative figure.
- Indicates that one or more of the figures necessary to make the calculation on which ranking is based are not available.
If a set of accounts becomes available which is more up to date than the analysis year shows, these will be included in the relevant Company Profile under ‘Recently Filed Accounts’ but will not be used in the Performance League Tables.
Non-52 Week Account Period
Occasionally, companies submit accounts for non-standard periods. If the account period is extended beyond 52 weeks, there may appear to be a gap in the analysis. This will be because the extended year falls into the next analysis period.
Where accounts are for a period shorter than 52 weeks and a company has two sets of accounts eligible for inclusion in any analysis period, the performance analysis will be based on the later of the two sets of accounts.
When non-52 week accounts are provided, profit and loss figures are adjusted to a 52 week basis within the Performance League Tables to enable meaningful comparisons to be made.
The following data items are included in the Company Profiles:
The Company’s Turnover, Pre-tax profit and Number of Employees.
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