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Interim results

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Blancco Technology Group PLC
18 February 2020
 

 

18 February 2020               

 

Blancco Technology Group plc

Interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2019

Strategic progress drives continued revenue and profit growth across all segments and geographies

Blancco Technology Group plc (AIM: BLTG, "Blancco", the "Company" or the "Group"), the industry standard in data erasure and mobile device diagnostics, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2019.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

£m unless otherwise stated

H1 FY20

H1 FY19*

Change

FY19*

Revenue

17.4

14.6

+19%

30.5

Gross Profit

16.5

13.7

+20%

29.0

Adjusted EBITDA**

4.4

3.4

+29%

7.0

Adjusted Operating Profit**

2.5

1.7

+47%

3.5

Operating Profit

0.7

0.7

+14%

0.1

Profit / (Loss) before taxation

0.7

0.3

+166%

(0.4)

Adjusted Operating Cash Flow***

2.4

2.9

-19%

9.1

Cash generated from continuing operations

1.6

2.9

-45%

9.1

Diluted Earnings per share

1.40p

0.68p

106%

0.95p

Net Cash / (Debt)

5.4

(2.3)

 

0.1

 

·       Strong revenue growth of 19% (constant exchange rates ('CER') +16%) across all segments:

Enterprise revenue increased by 28% (CER +26%) to £6.0 million (H1 2019: £4.7 million)

Mobile revenue increased by 15% (CER +10%) to £5.8 million (H1 2019: £5.0 million), driven by acquisition of Inhance Technology ("Inhance")

IT Asset Disposition ("ITAD") revenue increased by 15% (CER +13%) to £5.6 million (H1 2019: £4.9 million)

·       Adjusted Operating margin increased to 14.3% (H1 2019: 11.6%)

·       Gross debt cleared during the period post July placing. Cash generation from operations weaker in H1 as anticipated due to acquisition related costs and outflows from newly implemented employee bonus scheme

 

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

·       The first phase of the ZroBlack innovation has been released and has led to a number of significant contract wins as new and existing customers move to warehouse-based diagnostics and data erasure

·       Inhance's operations have been fully integrated following acquisition in July 2019

·       Achieved "Advanced Technology Partner" status with Amazon Web Services as channel sales strategy continues to progress

·       Acquired minority interests in Blancco Japan Inc and Blancco APAC Pte. Limited leaving the 20% holding of Aucnet Inc in Blancco Japan Inc as the only interest held in a Group company by a third party

·       Blancco accredited with Green Economy Mark by London Stock Exchange

·       Continuing investment in R&D: protected IP position strengthened further with five new patents filed in the period, primarily relating to the mobile product

 

CURRENT TRADING

·        Revenue growth is continuing in line with market expectations for FY20

·        Revenues from contracts won through ZroBlack innovation commenced in Q3 FY20

·        Enterprise continues to lead all segments for growth

*Prior year results have been restated following the implementation of new accounting standard, IFRS16. See note 1.1 for details.

**Adjusted profit measures are stated after excluding expenses relating to share option schemes, exceptional costs and incomes and the amortisation of acquired intangible assets

*** Adjusted operating cash flow is operating cash flow excluding taxation, interest payments and receipts and exceptional payments

Matt Jones, Chief Executive said:

"We remain absolutely focused on our growth strategy, as demonstrated by these results with strong revenue and profit growth in all of our segments and in all of the geographies in which we operate. The acquisition of Inhance and IP relating to ZroBlack have been integrated quickly and to plan, with both attracting robust demand from both existing as well as new clients in the mobile sector.

"Blancco continues to benefit from the strong tailwinds driven by regulation governing the ownership and retention of data and from the increasing awareness of the importance of environmental considerations in terms of enterprises recycling aging technology. 

"The second half of the financial year has started with good momentum and in line with expectations. The Board is confident that Blancco is well placed to deliver sustained levels of revenue growth going forwards."

For further information:

Blancco Technology Group plc

Via Buchanan

Matt Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Adam Moloney, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Peel Hunt (Nominated Advisor & Joint Broker)                                  

 

+44 (0) 20 7418 8900

Edward Knight / Nick Prowting / Edward Allsopp

 

 

 

 

Investec Bank plc (Joint Broker)

 

+44 (0) 20 7597 5970

Patrick Robb / Sara Hale / Virginia Bull                

 

 

 

 

Buchanan Communications Limited

 

+44 (0) 20 7466 5000

Chris Lane / Stephanie Watson / Charlotte Slater

blancco@buchanan.uk.com

 

 

There will be a presentation for analysts held at 0930hrs today at the offices of Buchanan, 107 Cheapside, London EC2V 6DN.  Please contact blancco@buchanan.uk.com if you would like to attend. An audio webcast of this briefing will be available later in the day via the following link: https://webcasting.buchanan.uk.com/broadcast/5e38124cb9710760e2925766.

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REPORT

Business overview

I am pleased to report that the trading of the Group for the six months ended 31 December 2019 has continued to build on the progress made in the prior financial year. Regulatory requirements continue to encourage organisations to be increasingly prescriptive with how they manage stored data, whilst environmental considerations are pushing companies to find ways to recycle devices that store data, rather than to destroy them. We have seen good revenue growth across the three segments in which we operate and the three key geographies. Whilst the Company continues to invest in ensuring continued future growth, adjusted operating margins are increasing which has resulted in a sharp increase in the adjusted operating profits being generated from our activities.

Enterprise

 

Blancco has a strong proposition in the Enterprise market demonstrated by the revenue growth experienced in the previous financial year of 20% followed by revenue growth in this most recent six-month period of 28% (26% on a constant currency basis) to £6.0m (H1 2019: £4.7m). The revenue growth was driven by both Direct and Channel sales with the direct route securing particular success in the first half of the financial year as a result of winning a number of larger contracts. Channel revenues in the market grew to £2.4m (H1 2019: £2.2m) in the period whilst direct revenues grew to £3.6m (H1 2019: £2.5m). In the medium term we continue to believe that stronger revenue growth will come from channel partners but we are encouraged that both routes are seeing good growth.

 

Regulation continues to be implemented globally requiring companies to be increasingly vigilant about how they manage data reaching the end of the data lifecycle. The most well-known regulation is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) but these general principles are being replicated in many other parts of the world. For example, we have recently seen the first regulation in the US with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) being enacted from 1 January 2020 and similar regulations are being implemented in most of the rest of the developed world. The potential penalties accompanying data loss can be very significant but the brand damage for organisations who suffer such a loss can be similarly impactful.

 

All organisations globally face the challenge of how to ensure that their data is not recoverable from storage devices when they either reach end of life or are reused or recycled. The options for organisations are to either destroy the equipment altogether, resulting in the equipment being deposited in landfill sites, or to use software such as that provided by Blancco to securely erase the data and validate that erasure. The use of Blancco software enables customers to recycle the equipment and therefore has a positive impact on the environment. Blancco has unrivalled experience and security accreditations that give customers the peace of mind that data erased using Blancco software cannot ever be recovered.

 

Blancco's ability to enable organisations to recycle equipment led to Blancco being awarded the London Stock Exchange Green Economy Mark in October 2019. This accreditation recognises companies and investment funds on all segments of the Main Market and AIM that derive 50% or more of their total annual revenues from products and services that contribute to the global green economy. We were delighted to be named among the initial 74 companies to be given this accreditation.

 

Another notable milestone in the period was achieving Advanced Technology Partner status with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). As an AWS Advanced Technology Partner, Blancco will offer its data sanitisation technologies to AWS enterprise customers worldwide and the AWS channel supporting cloud migrations. After undergoing a thorough process with AWS, we are now the recommended partner when organisations are looking to migrate data to the AWS cloud and need to sanitise their previous storage facilities. With Blancco's secure data erasure suite, AWS customers can incorporate a value-add solution to their security portfolios that enhances end-of-life data management and provides a verifiable audit trail to comply with the growing number of data protection regulations and standards, including PCI-DSS, HIPAA, GBLA, EU GDPR, ISO 27001, NIST 800-53, and NIST 800-88.

 

Blancco continues to contract with the largest companies in the world and is confident that the growth rates in the Enterprise sector will continue to be strong. Whilst the opportunity from the current product suite is significant, we are beginning to explore how we could supplement the existing offering with complementary activities that would enable us to secure greater revenues from the blue-chip customer base that we already have. The regulatory and environmental growth drivers that are prevalent give the Board and management team confidence that there is significant value to be gained from further traction in the Enterprise market.

 

Mobile

 

During the period the mobile segment experienced a 15% increase in revenue to £5.8m (H1 2019: £5.0m, 10% increase on a constant currency basis).

 

Our Mobile proposition saw substantial investment through the previous financial year culminating in July 2019 with the acquisition of Inhance. During the first half of this financial year we have been able to train the existing Blancco sales team on Inhance's capabilities that allow diagnostic tests to be run on a mobile handset through the use of an easily downloadable mobile app. This initiative allows retailers to offer their customers the capability to run tests on their devices without the need to visit a store as well as the ability to offer customers a trade-in value for their handset in the event that they wish to upgrade their handset.

 

This Inhance mobile capability has also opened a new market for Blancco with handset insurers. Traditionally, mobile phone insurance is taken out through the completion of an online form which has an inherent weakness that the insurer has no way of knowing whether the handset is already damaged when the policy is taken out. As a result, there are a high number of mobile handset insurance claims when compared to the number of policies taken out. The Inhance capability enables insurers to require that their customers run diagnostic tests on their handsets at the point of applying for insurance cover. Critically, these diagnostic tests include the ability to test whether there is any screen damage which represents by far the most common defect when claims are made. We have seen significant interest in this offering from the insurance market, and a good pipeline of opportunity in this area is being worked on.

 

We are seeing an increasing demand for retailers to keep service requests out of their retail stores which will drive demand for Blancco's app-based solution. The growth in the second-hand mobile market is also feeding an increase in the volume of phones being processed in warehouses. During the period, Blancco has been successful in winning a number of mobile handset processor contracts, primarily on the strength of the product enhancements arising from the Consulting Agreement with ZroBlack LLC ("ZroBlack") announced in July 2019. This investment in R&D resulted in a software release in September that saw a substantial reduction in the time required to run erasure and diagnostic processes on mobile handsets. The time to process a handset is of critical importance to mobile handset processor customers who may be handling thousands of handsets on any given day. Additional releases are scheduled in the months ahead which will further reduce processing times.

 

The trend to keep service requests out of retail stores also led to the Group's largest customer in revenue terms, which accounted for 8% of total group revenues in H1 FY 2020, moving from a model whereby mobile handsets were being diagnosed in store to one where all mobile devices are now being diagnosed in warehouses.  Blancco was successful in winning a new agreement with the warehouses who supply these diagnostic services to the client, albeit at a lower annualised value than the previous retail agreement.

 

Revenue from these new mobile processor contracts that have already been won will start to flow in the second half of the financial year and will substantially replace the revenues lost from the retail contract. Blancco has received positive feedback from the customer on the new offering which will serve as a useful reference point to attract other similar sized customers. Going into the second half of the financial year no single customer contract in the Group represents more than 2% of Group revenues.

 

 

IT Asset Disposition ("ITAD")

 

Whilst the Company has grown from its roots in the ITAD market, our expectation has been that ITAD is the slowest growth market of the areas in which Blancco currently operates. However, the same regulatory and environmental pressures that apply in the Enterprise market also apply to ITAD customers. In the prior financial year we saw revenue growth in this market of 18% and this has been followed in H1 of FY2020 by revenue growth of 15% (13% on a constant currency basis). Our research demonstrates that Blancco represents a very significant proportion of the ITAD market meaning that there is little opportunity for market share gains, but the market continues to grow at a faster rate than expected 18 months ago. In the longer term, we do expect growth in this market to moderate but the ITAD market remains cash generative for Blancco.

 

 

Summary and Outlook

 

The Company has had a strong 18 months of trading and looks forward with great optimism to the continuation of this revenue progression over the coming years. The Enterprise market has strong regulatory and environmental drivers which should sustain the growth seen in prior periods. Blancco now has a robust balance sheet that can enable us to further explore how the opportunity in the Enterprise market can be maximised.

 

Within our Mobile segment, we have made the necessary investments and integrated them within our business, generating a healthy pipeline of opportunity. Growth in the used handset market will generate growth in Blancco's mobile segment and the Company now has a market leading offering that we believe will capture an increasing market share, leading to accelerated progress in future periods. Finally, our ITAD offering continues to exceed our expectations and shows no signs of slowing in the immediate term.

 

We are trading in line with our expectations for the financial year ending 30 June 2020 and look forward to the coming periods with great confidence.

 

 

Matt Jones

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER'S REPORT

Revenue

 

As detailed above we have seen good revenue growth in all three markets in which we operate resulting in an increase in Group revenue of 19% to £17.4m (H1 2019: £14.6m, 16% increase on a constant currency basis). Excluding the impact of revenues coming from the acquired Inhance entity revenue growth in the period was 12% on a constant currency basis.

 

As seen in the last financial year, as well as growth in each of the three segments, we have also seen good growth in each of the three regions in which the Company operates.

 

Revenue breakdown

 

Six months

Ended

Six months

Ended

Growth rate

Year

ended

 

31 December 2019

 

31 December 2018

 

 

 

30

June

2019

 

 

 

 

Revenue (£'millions)

17.4

14.6

19%

30.5

Revenue by Geography

 

 

 

 

North America

5.9

5.3

10%

10.7

Europe

6.7

5.6

20%

11.4

Asia and ROW

4.8

3.7

32%

8.4

 

Revenue by Segment

 

 

 

 

Enterprise

6.0

4.7

28%

10.3

ITAD

5.6

4.9

15%

10.2

Mobile

5.8

5.0

15%

10.0

 

Profitability Measures

 

Adjusted operating margins have increased to 14.3% (H1 2019: 11.6%) resulting in the revenue growth leading to significantly increased profits. Adjusted Operating Profit for the period has increased by 47% to £2.5m (H1 2019: £1.7m).

 

 

 

 

6 months ended 31 December

2019

(unaudited)

 

6 months ended 31 December

2018

(unaudited, restated*)

Year ended 30 June 2019

(restated*)

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating profit

 

 

743

654

141

Acquisition costs

 

 

503

-

486

Exceptional income

 

 

(875)

(652)

(630)

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

 

1,474

1,314

2,605

Share-based payments charge

 

 

646

375

935

Adjusted administrative expenses

 

 

(13,975)

(12,022)

(25,449)

Adjusted operating profit

 

 

2,491

1,691

3,537

 

The Acquisition costs relate to expenses incurred from the £10.0m fund raise and acquisition of Inhance announced in July 2019. The Exceptional income relates to the release of provisions no longer required in respect of acquisitions made in previous years.

 

The new accounting standard, IFRS16, on leases has been applied in the period. The standard requires that leases are recognised as both an asset and a liability on the balance sheet and are depreciated over time rather than expensed when incurred. EBITDA for the six months ended 31 December 2018 has been restated to £3.4m (previously reported as £3.0m). EBITDA for the six months ended 31 December 2019 increased by 29% to £4.4m.

 

Group profit before tax increased to £0.7m from £0.3m.

 

Cash and Working Capital

 

The Group ended the period with net cash of £5.4m (30 June 2019: £0.1m). This increase in cash was primarily driven by the fund raise of £10.0m announced in July 2019 in connection with the acquisition of Inhance. The gross debt position which stood at £6.5m at the end of the previous financial year, has now been completely cleared.

 

In December we announced that we had reached agreement with minority interest shareholders in the APAC and Japanese subsidiaries to swap their holding in these subsidiaries for a holding in the listed parent company. As a result, the only remaining minority interest is a 20% holding held by Aucnet Inc in the Japanese subsidiary. Aucnet, which reduced its holding in the Japanese subsidiary from 49%, has been increasingly operating outside of Japan and is becoming a global partner which will receive value from growth in the value of its holding in Blancco Technology Group plc. This change in shareholdings has also enabled Blancco to take full control of these subsidiaries and releases cash surpluses that were previously trapped by the minority partnership status.

 

The conversion of profits into cash is depressed in the first half of the year when bonus payments are made to staff in relation to the prior financial year. In this reporting period, cash conversion was further reduced by the payment of costs relating to the acquisition and fund raising in July. These seasonal effects on cash generation will even out across the twelve month period with cash generation anticipated to be in line with market expectations at the end of the financial year.

 

 

Adam Moloney

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the six months ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended

 

31 December

2019

(unaudited)

 

31 December

2018

(unaudited, restated*)

30 June 2019

(restated*)

 

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

 

 

17,388

14,591

30,519

Cost of sales

 

 

(922)

(878)

(1,533)

Gross profit

 

 

16,466

13,713

28,986

Administrative expenses and depreciation

 

 

(15,723)

(13,059)

(28,845)

Operating profit

 

 

743

654

141

Acquisition costs

 

4

503

-

486

Exceptional income

 

4

(875)

(652)

(630)

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

 

1,474

1,314

2,605

Share-based payments charge

 

 

646

375

935

Adjusted administrative expenses

 

 

(13,975)

(12,022)

(25,449)

Adjusted operating profit

 

 

2,491

1,691

3,537

Finance income

 

 

1

-

71

Finance costs

 

 

(76)

(403)

(587)

Profit/(loss) before tax

 

 

668

251

(375)

Taxation

 

 

(30)

(104)

33

Profit/(loss) for the period

 

 

638

147

(342)

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

Post tax results from discontinued operations

 

5

378

431

1,252

Profit for the period

 

 

1,016

578

910

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the company

 

 

1,037

425

623

Non-controlling interests

 

 

(21)

153

287

Profit for the period

 

 

1,016

578

910

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

6 months ended

 

Year ended

 

 

31 December 2019

(unaudited)

 

31 December 2018

(unaudited, restated*)

30 June

2019

(restated*)

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit for the period

 

1,016

578

910

Other comprehensive (loss)/income - amounts that may be reclassified to profit or loss in the future:

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences arising on translation of foreign entities

 

(3,784)

1,389

1,238

Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the period

 

(2,768)

1,967

2,148

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the Company

 

(2,680)

1,761

1,771

Non-controlling interests

 

(88)

206

377

 

(2,768)

1,967

2,148

 

*see note 1.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

Continuing Operations:

Basic

 

2

0.92 p

(0.01) p

(1.01 p)

Diluted

2

0.89 p

(0.01) p

(1.01 p)

Discontinued Operations:

 

 

 

 

Basic

2

0.53 p

0.70 p

2.00 p

Diluted

2

0.51 p

0.69 p

1.96 p

Total Group:

 

 

 

 

Basic

2

1.45 p

0.69 p

0.99 p

Diluted

2

1.40 p

0.68 p

0.95 p

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

 

 

 

 

as at 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December 2019

(unaudited)

 

31 December 2018

(unaudited, restated*)

 

30 June 2019

(restated*)

 

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

48,667

47,295

47,262

Other intangible assets

 

21,616

21,373

21,722

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,960

1,876

2,079

Deferred tax assets

 

428

438

626

 

 

72,671

70,982

71,689

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventory

 

84

88

91

Trade and other receivables

 

7,265

7,664

7,360

Current tax asset

 

189

94

-

Cash

 

5,394

5,708

6,636

 

 

12,932

13,554

14,087

Total assets

 

85,603

84,536

85,776

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(8,217)

(7,648)

(9,927)

Contingent consideration

 

(269)

(684)

(278)

Current tax liability

 

(312)

-

(155)

Provisions

 

(507)

-

(787)

 

 

(9,305)

(8,332)

(11,147)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

-

(7,987)

(6,494)

Other payables

 

(1,359)

(1,287)

(1,960)

Deferred tax

 

(3,325)

(3,837)

(3,639)

Provisions

 

(218)

(1,550)

(332)

 

 

(4,902)

(14,661)

(12,425)

Total liabilities

 

(14,207)

(22,993)

(23,572)

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

71,396

61,543

62,204

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

1,507

1,280

1,304

Share premium account

 

21,103

9,152

10,397

Merger reserve

 

5,861

4,034

4,034

Capital redemption reserve

 

417

417

417

Translation reserve

 

880

4,788

4,598

Retained earnings

 

41,006

40,841

40,248

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

 

70,774

60,512

60,998

Non-Controlling interest reserve

 

622

1,031

1,206

Total equity

 

71,396

61,543

62,204

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

6 months ended

Year

ended

31 December 2019

(unaudited)

31 December 2018

(unaudited, restated*)

30 June 2019

(restated*)

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance at the start of the period as previously reported

 

62,289

58,188

58,188

Adjustment on initial application of IFRS16

 

(85)

(77)

(77)

Restated balance at the start of the period

 

62,204

58,111

58,111

Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the period

 

(2,768)

1,967

2,148

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

 

-

(190)

(190)

Reclassification of deferred consideration to equity instrument

 

-

1,317

1,317

Acquisition of non-controlling interest without a change in control

 

(1,370)

-

(28)

Share issue

 

12,736

-

-

Share based payment charge

 

594

338

846

Balance at the end of the period

 

71,396

61,543

62,204

 

*see note 1.1
 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

ended

6 months

ended

Year

ended

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

30 June

2019

 

 Note

 (unaudited)

£'000

 (unaudited, restated*)

£'000

(restated*)

£'000

Profit for the period

 

1,016

578

910

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Results of discontinued operations

 

(378)

(431)

(1,252)

Net finance charges

 

75

403

516

Tax expense/(income)

 

30

104

(33)

(Profit)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

(2)

-

3

Depreciation on property, plant and equipment

 

526

457

905

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

1,396

1,272

2,508

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

1,474

1,314

2,605

Share-based payments expense

 

646

375

935

Operating cash flow before movement in working capital

 

4,783

4,072

7,097

Acquisition costs

 

503

-

486

Exceptional income

 

(875)

(652)

(630)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

4,411

3,420

6,953

Decrease in inventories

 

5

13

11

Decrease/(increase) in receivables

 

130

(648)

(325)

(Decrease)/increase in payables and accruals

 

(3,333)

(500)

2,371

Decrease in provisions

 

-

(63)

(63)

Cash generated from continuing operations

 

1,585

2,874

9,091

Acquisition costs payments

 

767

-

-

Exceptional restructuring payments

 

-

46

46

Adjusted operating cash flow

 

2,352

2,920

9,137

Interest received

 

1

-

1

Interest paid

 

(70)

(170)

(374)

Tax paid

 

(286)

(193)

(356)

Net cash generated from operating activities - continuing operations

 

1,230

2,511

8,362

Net cash (used in)/generated from operating activities - discontinued operations

5

(15)

-

346

Net cash generated from operating activities - continuing and discontinued operations

 

1,215

2,511

8,708

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(248)

(84)

(196)

Purchase and development of intangible assets

 

(2,183)

(1,310)

(4,166)

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

 

(2,432)

(446)

(796)

Net cash used in investing activities - continuing operations

 

(4,863)

(1,840)

(5,158)

Net cash generated from investing activities - discontinued operations

5

-

102

102

Net cash used in investing activities - continuing and discontinued operations

 

(4,863)

(1,738)

(5,056)

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

 

-

(190)

(190)

Payment of lease liabilities

 

(421)

(379)

(751)

Payments made to acquire non-controlling interest

 

(28)

-

-

Repayment of borrowings

 

(6,500)

(950)

(2,450)

Share placing, net of fees

 

9,577

-

-

Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities

 

2,628

(1,519)

(3.391)

Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities - continuing and discontinued operations

 

2,628

(1,519)

(3,391)

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,020)

(746)

261

Other non-cash movements - exchange rate changes

 

(222)

234

155

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period

 

6,636

6,220

6,220

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

5,394

5,708

6,636

Bank borrowings

 

-

(7,987)

(6,494)

Net cash/(debt)

 

5,394

(2,279)

142

 

 

 

*see note 1.1
 

Notes to the Half Year Report

For the six months ended 31 December 2019

 

1.   Basis of Preparation

These half yearly results have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies to be adopted for the year ended 30 June 2020. These are in accordance with the Group's accounting policies as set out in the latest audited annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2019 with the exception of the implementation of IFRS16 as set out below.   

All International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS'), International Accounting Standards ('IAS') and interpretations currently endorsed by the International Accounting Standards Board ('IASB') and its committees, as adopted by the EU and as required to be adopted by AIM listed companies, have been applied. This includes application for the first time of IFRS16 Leases, the impact of which is provided in note 1.1. AIM listed companies are not required to comply with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and accordingly the Company has taken advantage of this exemption.

The financial information in these half yearly results does not constitute statutory accounts for the six months ended 31 December 2019 and should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2019. 

The condensed consolidated half yearly financial statements for the six months to 31 December 2019 have not been audited or reviewed by auditors pursuant to the Auditing Practices Board guidance on Review of Half yearly Financial Information.

These unaudited half yearly results were approved by the Board of Directors on 17 February 2020.

1.1 Prior Period Adjustment

This is the first set of the Group's financial statements in which IFRS16 Leases has been applied. The standard, replacing IAS 17 Leases, sets out the requirements for recognising lease contracts in place as right-to-use assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet.

 

The Group has retrospectively applied this standard and the accounts for the financial year ended 30 June 2019, including opening balances, have been restated.

 

The standard has materially impacted the financial statements of the Group as a result of the number of property leases held. There are also leases relating to motor vehicles. Overall, assets and liabilities on the balance sheet have increased by £1.7 million upon restatement for the year ended 30 June 2019 and are disclosed as right-to-use assets and lease liabilities. Whilst other movements resulting from the transition to the new standard, such as the impact on the profit after tax and Retained Earnings, are not considered material, there is a significant movement in EBITDA as a result of the reallocation, with lease costs now recognised within depreciation rather than in operating expenses as operating lease rental payments. On an annualised basis, the net impact to EBITDA at the point of transition is an increase of £0.8 million.

 

The impact on the 6 month period ended 31 December 2019 versus the IAS 17 treatment is an increase to profit for the year of £12,000, with the value of right-to-use assets on the balance sheet at £1.4 million and lease liabilities of £1.5 million.

 

The implementation of IFRS16 has not resulted in a restatement to the reported cash balance. However, the presentation of the Cash Flow Statement has changed due to the payment of lease liabilities now being classified as a financing activity rather than stated through operating activities as a rental payment. There is no significant restatement of working capital impact upon transition and therefore the quantum of this re-presentation is consistent with the movement in EBITDA of £0.8 million annualised.

 

The financial impact of these restatements is shown below, including both the impact on the comparative half year results and full year results to June 2019.

 

A summary of the impact of the prior period adjustments on the consolidated income statement and the consolidated statement of cash flows for the 6 months ended 31 December 2018, as well as the consolidated balance sheet as at 31 December 2018 is as follows:

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement

Period ended 31 December 2018

As reported

IFRS16 application

 

 

 

Period ended 31 December 2018

As restated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

14,591

-

14,591

Adjusted operating profit

1,644

47

1,691

Operating profit

607

47

654

Finance income

-

-

-

Finance costs

(364)

(39)

(403)

Profit before tax

243

8

251

Taxation

(104)

-

(104)

Profit for the period

139

8

147

Post tax profit from discontinued operations

431

-

431

Profit for the period

570

8

578

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

for the six months ended 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

As reported

IFRS16 application

As restated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit for the period

570

8

578

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Results of discontinued operations

(431)

-

(431)

Net finance charges

364

39

403

Tax expense

104

-

104

Depreciation on property, plant and equipment

101

356

457

Amortisation of intangible assets

1,272

-

1,272

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

1,314

-

1,314

Share-based payments income

375

-

375

Operating cash flow before movement in working capital

3,669

403

4,072

Exceptional income

(652)

-

(652)

Adjusted EBITDA

3,017

403

3,420

Decrease in inventories

13

-

13

Increase in receivables

(648)

-

(648)

Decrease in payables and accruals

(506)

6

(500)

Decrease in provisions

(63)

-

(63)

Cash generated from continuing operations

2,465

409

2,874

Exceptional restructuring payments

46

-

46

Adjusted operating cash flow

2,511

409

2,920

Interest paid

(131)

(39)

(170)

Tax paid

(193)

-

(193)

Net cash generated from operating activities - continuing and discontinued operations

2,141

370

2,511

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities - continuing and discontinued operations

(1,738)

-

(1,738)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

(190)

-

(190)

Payment of lease liabilities

-

(379)

(379)

Repayment of borrowings

(950)

-

(950)

Net cash used in financing activities - continuing and discontinued operations

(1,140)

(379)

(1,519)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(737)

(9)

(746)

Other non-cash movements - exchange rate changes

225

9

234

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period

6,220

-

6,220

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

5,708

-

5,708

Bank borrowings

(7,987)

-

(7,987)

Net debt

(2,279)

-

(2,279)

 

Consolidated Balance Sheet as at 31 December 2018

 

As reported

IFRS16 application

As restated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

352

1,524

1,876

Other non-current assets

69,106

-

69,106

 

69,458

1,524

70,982

Current assets

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

7,691

(27)

7,664

 Other current assets

5,890

-

5,890

 

13,581

(27)

13,554

Total assets

83,039

1,497

84,536

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(7,097)

(551)

(7,648)

Other current liabilities

(684)

-

(684)

 

(7,781)

(551)

(8,332)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Other payables

(281)

(1,006)

(1,287)

Other non-current liabilities

(13,374)

-

(13,374)

 

(13,655)

(1,006)

(14,661)

Total liabilities

(21,436)

(1,557)

(22,993)

 

 

 

 

Net assets

61,603

(60)

61,543

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Ordinary share capital

1,280

-

1,280

Share premium

9,152

-

9,152

Merger reserve

4,034

-

4,034

Capital redemption reserve

417

-

417

Translation reserve

4,779

9

4,788

Retained earnings

40,910

(69)

40,841

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the company

60,572

(60)

60,512

Non-controlling interest

1,031

-

1,031

Total equity

61,603

(60)

61,543

         

 

An adjustment has also been made to the consolidated income statement, consolidated statement of cash flows and consolidated balance sheet as at 30 June 2019 in respect of the retrospective application of IFRS16 as detailed below.

Consolidated Income Statement

Year ended 30 June 2019

As reported

 

 

IFRS16 application

 

 

 

Year ended 30 June 2019

As restated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

30,519

-

30,519

Adjusted operating profit

3,458

79

3,537

Operating profit

62

79

141

Finance income

71

-

71

Finance costs

(508)

(79)

(587)

Loss before tax

(375)

-

(375)

Taxation

33

-

33

Loss for the year

(342)

-

(342)

Profit from discontinued operations

1,252

-

1,252

Profit for the year

910

-

910

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

for the year ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

As Reported

IFRS16 application

 

As Restated

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Profit for the period

910

-

910

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

(1,252)

-

(1,252)

 

437

79

516

 

(33)

-

(33)

 

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

3

-

3

 

180

725

905

 

2,508

-

2,508

 

2,605

-

2,605

 

Share-based payments income

935

-

935

 

Operating cash flow before movement in working capital

6,293

804

7,097

 

Acquisition costs

486

-

486

 

Exceptional income

(630)

-

(630)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

6,149

804

6,953

 

Decrease in inventories

11

-

11

 

(325)

-

(325)

 

2,337

34

2,371

 

Decrease in provisions

(63)

-

(63)

 

Cash generated from continuing operations

8,253

838

9,091

 

Exceptional restructuring payments

46

-

46

 

Adjusted operating cash flow

8,299

838

9,137

 

1

-

1

 

(295)

(79)

(374)

 

Tax paid

(356)

-

(356)

 

Net cash generated from operating activities - continuing operations

7,603

759

8,362

 

Net cash generated from operating activities - discontinued operations

346

-

346

 

Net cash generated from operating activities - continuing and discontinued operations

7,949

759

8,708

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities - continuing and discontinued operations

(5,056)

-

(5,056)

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

(190)

-

(190)

 

-

(751)

(751)

 

Repayment of borrowings

(2,450)

-

(2,450)

 

Net cash used in financing activities - continuing and discontinued operations

(2,640)

(751)

(3,391)

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

253

8

261

 

163

(8)

155

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period

6,220

-

6,220

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

6,636

-

6,636

 

Bank borrowings

(6,494)

-

(6,494)

 

Net cash

142

-

142

 

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheet as at 30 June 2019

 

As reported

IFRS16 application

As restated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

382

1,697

2,079

Other non-current assets

69,610

-

69,610

 

69,992

1,697

71,689

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

7,397

(37)

7,360

Other current assets

6,727

-

6,727

 

14,124

(37)

14,087

Total assets

84,116

1,660

85,776

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(9,163)

(764)

(9,927)

Other current liabilities

(1,220)

-

(1,220)

 

(10,383)

(764)

(11,147)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Other payables

(979)

(981)

(1,960)

Other non-current liabilities

(10,465)

-

(10,465)

 

(11,444)

(981)

(12,425)

Total liabilities

(21,827)

(1,745)

(23,572)

 

 

 

 

Net assets

62,289

(85)

62,204

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Ordinary share capital

1,304

-

1,304

Share premium

10,397

-

10,397

Merger reserve

4,034

-

4,034

Capital redemption reserve

417

-

417

Translation reserve

4,606

(8)

4,598

Retained earnings

40,316

(68)

40,248

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the company

61,074

(76)

60,998

Non-controlling interest

1,215

(9)

1,206

Total equity

62,289

(85)

62,204

 

 

2.   Earnings per share (EPS)

 

 

6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended

 

 

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

30 June

2019

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited, restated)

(restated)

 

 

Pence

Pence

Pence

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

0.92 p

(0.01 p)

(1.01 p)

 

Diluted earnings per share

0.89 p

(0.01 p)

(1.01 p)

 

Adjusted earnings per share

3.02 p

1.61 p

3.56 p

 

Diluted adjusted earnings per share

2.93 p

1.58 p

3.48 p

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

0.53 p

0.70 p

2.00 p

 

Diluted earnings per share

0.51 p

0.69 p

1.96 p

 

Adjusted earnings per share

0.53 p

0.70 p

2.00 p

 

Diluted adjusted earnings per share

0.51 p

0.69 p

1.96 p

 

Total Group

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

1.45 p

0.69 p

0.99 p

 

Diluted earnings per share

1.40 p

0.68 p

0.95 p

 

Adjusted earnings per share

3.55 p

2.31 p

5.56 p

 

Diluted adjusted earnings per share

3.44 p

2.27 p

5.44 p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended

 

 

31 December 2019

31 December 2018

30 June

2018

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited, restated)

(restated)

 

Continuing operations

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Profit/(loss) for the period

638

147

(342)

 

Loss/(profit) attributable to non-controlling interests

21

(153)

(287)

 

Profit/(Loss) attributable to equity holders of the Company

659

(6)

 (629)

 

 

 

Reconciliation to adjusted profit:

 

 

 

 
 

Unwinding of discount on contingent consideration

-

60

82

 

Revaluation of contingent consideration

-

116

46

 

Acquisition costs

503

-

486

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

1,474

1,314

2,605

 

Exceptional income

(875)

(652)

(630)

 

Amortisation of bank fees

6

7

14

 

Share based payments

646

375

 935

 

Tax impact of above adjustments

(249)

(220)

(688)

 

Adjusted profit for the period

2,164

994

2,221

 

 

Number of shares

 

'000s

'000s

'000s

Weighted average number of shares

 

71,434

61,714

62,310

Bonus element from share placing in July 2019

 

140

140

140

Basic

 

71,574

61,854

62,450

Impact of dilutive share options

 

2,254

917

1,428

Diluted

 

73,828

62,771

63,738

 

The bonus element increasing the basic number of shares used in the earnings per share calculation arises from the placing of 8,000,000 shares in July 2019 and represents the number of shares effectively issued without consideration, due to the issue price of 125 pence being at a discount on the market price of 127.5 pence prior to the placing. In accordance with IAS 33, the impact of the bonus element is allocated to all reporting periods prior to that in which the placing took place.

The dilutive share options are in respect of the shares awarded under the Blancco Performance Share Plan.

 

3.   Profit for the period

The figures for the Group's continuing operations are as follows:

 

 

 

6 months ended

31 December 2019

6 months ended

31 December 2018

Year ended

30 June 2019

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited, restated)

(unaudited, restated)

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment - owned

 

120

101

180

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment - right of use asset

 

406

356

725

(Profit)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

(2)

-

3

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

 

2,870

2,586

5,113

Cost of inventories recognised as an expense

 

 

197

141

252

Research & Development expense

 

 

522

358

869

Staff costs

 

 

8,266

7,427

14,816

Net foreign exchange (profit)/loss

 

 

(216)

87

158

 

4.   Exceptional and acquisition (income)/costs

 

 

 

 

6 months ended

31 December 2019

6 months ended

31 December 2018

Year ended

30 June 2019

 

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Provision releases

 

 

(875)

(652)

(630)

Acquisition costs

 

 

503

-

486

 

 

 

(372)

(652)

(144)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional income arises from the release of provisions recognised on the acquisition of Xcaliber (in the prior year Tabernus) that the business deems to no longer be required. These cover items that are exceptional in nature and do not relate to the underlying operating expenses of the acquired business and accordingly the releases are recorded through exceptional income.

 

Acquisition costs relate to the acquisition of YouGetItBack Limited, trading as Inhance Technology, that was completed on 11 July 2019, and the buyouts of minority interest stakes in Japan and Singapore.

 

5.   Discontinued Operations

The post-tax results from discontinued operations in the period was a profit of £0.4 million (H1 2019: £0.4 million). This arose from the reassessment of provisions over time that were created upon the disposal of the Repair Services business in the year ended 30 June 2016.

 

6.   Acquisitions

On 11 July 2019 the Group completed the acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of YouGetItBack Limited, trading as Inhance Technologies ("Inhance") for a total consideration of €5.25 million, of which €3.25 million was satisfied in cash and €2 million of which was satisfied through the issue of 1,311,264 new ordinary shares in the Company.

The provisional book value and fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed were as follows:

 

 

 

 

Book value

£'000

Fair value adjustments and IFRS alignment

£'000

 

 

Fair value

£'000

Intangible assets arising on consolidation

-

1,649

1,649

Property, plant and equipment

12

65

77

Deferred tax

-

(130)

(130)

Cash and cash equivalents

327

-

327

Trade and other receivables

226

-

226

Trade and other payables

(293)

(819)

(1,112)

Net assets acquired

272

765

1,037

Goodwill

 

 

3,780

Total consideration

 

 

4,817

 

 

 

 

Satisfied by:

 

 

 

Cash paid

 

 

2,759

Deferred consideration

 

 

269

Shares issued

 

 

1,789

Total consideration

 

 

4,817

 

The Directors have not identified any new assets or liabilities or any change in circumstances that would result in a material reassessment of the fair value of the assets or liabilities acquired. In accordance with IFRS3, the fair value of the assets and liabilities acquired will be reassessed at the end of the 12 month hindsight period in July 2020. 

The deferred cash consideration has been settled after the period end.

On 12 December the Group acquired 29% of the issued share capital in Blancco Japan from its joint venture partner, Aucnet, taking shareholding from 51% to 80%. The consideration was settled through the issue of 813,253 ordinary shares.

On the same date the Group acquired the 30% that it did not already own of the issued share capital of Blancco APAC Pte. Limited, being 15% each from both of the minority shareholders, Aucnet and Alan Puah. The consideration payable to Aucnet was US$1 in cash and to Alan Puah settled by the issue of 41,686 ordinary shares.

The buyouts of non-controlling interests do not require a fair value assessment as they were already under control of the Group when the initial Blancco acquisition was completed 16 April 2014.

In accordance with IFRS 10, "Consolidated Financial Statements", the purchase prices for each acquisition have been taken directly to the Retained Earnings reserve, in addition to the non-controlling interest in the balance sheet attributable to each acquisition as at the respective acquisition dates.

 

 


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