The Group is dependent upon the availability of equity and debt financing to fund its operations and growth. Therefore it prepares annual budgets, medium term plans and headroom models which help to identify the future capital requirements so that appropriate facilities can be put in place on a timely basis. If these models are inaccurate adequate facilities may not be available.
The Group’s reputation in the financial markets and its corporate governance practices can influence the availability of capital, the cost of capital and its share price. The change in credit market conditions during the past year means that the Group’s ability to raise debt has decreased and any borrowings are likely to involve a greater spread over LIBOR. This could constrain the Group’s ability to make distributions to shareholders while taking advantage of the long term growth opportunities such as those provided by Kay, Jared and the rough diamond initiative. On the basis of current financial projections and facilities available, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources for the foreseeable future.