The Board's objective is to maintain an appropriate balance of debt and equity financing to enable the Group to continue as a going concern, to sustain future development of the business and to maximise returns to shareholders and benefits to other stakeholders.
The Board closely manages trading capital, defined as net assets plus net debt. Net debt is calculated as total debt (obligations under finance leases and borrowings as shown in the Balance sheet), less cash and cash equivalents. The Group's net assets at the end of the period were £218.2 million (2013: £202.4 million) and it had net debt of £99.4 million (2013: £50.9 million).
The main areas of capital management revolve around working capital management and compliance with externally imposed financial covenants. In the period, the Group entered into a new unsecured three-year Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) with Barclays, HSBC, RBS and Santander. Throughout the period, the Group has complied with all covenants imposed by lenders. In addition, a key aspect of capital management was the strategic operating agreement with Morrisons, discussed in Note 5.4.
The components of working capital management include monitoring inventory turn, age of inventory, age of receivables, receivables days, payables days, balance sheet reforecasting, period projected profit/(loss), weekly cash flow forecasts and daily cash balances. Major investment decisions are based on reviewing the expected future cash flows and all major capital expenditure requires approval by the Board. There were no changes in the Group's approach to capital management during the period.
Given the Group's commitment to expand the business and the investment required to complete CFC3 and future CFCs, the declaration and payment of a dividend is not part of the short-term capital management strategy of the Group.
At the Balance sheet date, the Group's undrawn facilities and cash and cash equivalents were as follows:
|Total facilities available||288.7||173.4|
|Facilities drawn down†||4.2||(175.7)||(161.5)|
|Undrawn facilities at end of period||113.0||11.9|
|Cash and cash equivalents gross of drawn overdraft facility||3.9||76.3||110.5|
| || ||189.3||122.4|
† During the prior period, the Group repaid and cancelled its £100 million credit facility. Facilities drawn down also include the leaseback of MHE relating to CFC2 to MHE JV Co. In the prior period, excluded from the amount of facilities drawn down is £0.1 million relating to capitalised transaction costs. In the current period, there are £1.1 million of capitalised transaction costs relating to the £100 million revolving credit facility entered into with Barclays, HSBC, RBS and Santander.