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Pre-Close Trading Statement

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GB Group PLC
22 April 2021
 

 

Embargoed until 7.00 a.m.

22 April 2021

 

GB GROUP PLC

("GBG" or the "Company")

 

Pre-Close Trading Statement

 

GBG (AIM: GBG), the identity data intelligence specialist, provides an update on its trading performance for the year to 31 March 2021, in advance of the release of its final results in June 2021.

 

2021

2020

Total

Growth

Organic3

Revenue

Growth (CCY)4

Total revenue 1

£217m

£199m

9%

9%

 

Adjusted operating profit 1&2

 

£58m

£48m

21%

-

Net cash/(debt)

 

£21m

(£35m)

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

·      Total revenue and organic constant currency revenue for the year grew by 9% to £217 million, ahead of updated market consensus.1 In the full year announcement we will disclose organic revenue reflecting the impact of the two small businesses we disposed of in the last quarter of the financial year.

 

·      GBG has had a strong year in challenging conditions and benefited from customers shifting to digital models. Growth was strongest in Identity, helped by US stimulus and good growth in fintech. The Location business also grew well, supported by increased transactions in the online retail sector. This growth has more than compensated for decline in those sectors affected by Covid and lower sales of Fraud products, which are traditionally deployed onsite where pandemic restrictions have impacted new sales and implementations.

 

·      GBG expects to report adjusted operating profit2 of approximately £58 million, a 21% increase on last year and also ahead of updated market consensus.   The growth rate in adjusted operating profit is underpinned by a combination of factors including business mix; the one off impact of deferring expenditure made as a prudent step in the early stages of the pandemic; lower people costs flowing from these decisions; and cost savings as a direct result of the pandemic.

 

·      Net cash balances as at 31 March 2021 were £21 million (2020: £35 million net debt). Strong cash generation enabled the full repayment of the Company's bank loans by 31 March 2021 (2020: leverage of 0.8x).

 

1        Company compiled consensus of analysts' estimates for year ending 31 March 2021: Revenue of £213.2 million and adjusted operating profit of £53.5 million.

 

2        Adjusted operating profit means profit before amortisation of acquired intangibles, share-based payments, exceptional items, interest and tax. This measure is not defined under IFRS but Management believe that this Alternative Performance Measure (APM) is a more appropriate metric to understand the underlying performance of the Group.

 

3        Organic revenue excludes revenue from acquisitions in the past 12 months.

4        "CCY" indicates figure reported on a constant currency basis. Constant currency means that non-Sterling revenue in the comparative period is translated at the same exchange rate applied to the current year non-Sterling revenue.

 

 

Chris Clark, CEO of GBG, commented:

 

"I am very pleased with the performance of the business in FY21. We made significant financial and strategic progress in the most extraordinary circumstances and my thanks go to all GBG team members whose tireless work has enabled this.

 

Although Covid-related uncertainties remain front of mind, we are encouraged by the global easing of lockdowns and the pace of vaccinations in some of our key geographies. One legacy of the pandemic will be accelerated digitalisation. GBG will play a major role in this transition and over the next year we will continue to make important strategic investments in the business, its technology and in our people to fully leverage the opportunity this presents.

 

I look forward to providing more details at the time of our Full Year Results Announcement."

 

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

GBG

Chris Clark, CEO & Dave Wilson, CFO & COO

 

01244 657333

Peel Hunt LLP (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Edward Knight, Paul Gillam & Nick Prowting

 

020 7418 8900

Tulchan

James Macey White & Matt Low

 

020 7353 4200

GBG@tulchangroup.com

 

Website

www.gbgplc.com/investors

 

 

About GBG

 

GBG offers a range of solutions that help organisations quickly validate and verify the identity and location of their customers.

 

Our market-leading technology, data and expertise help our customers improve digital access, deliver a seamless experience and establish trust, so that they can transact quickly, safely and securely with their customers online.

 

Headquartered in the UK and with over 1,000 team members across 16 countries, we work with 20,000 customers in over 70 countries. Some of the world's best-known businesses rely on GBG to provide digital services and keep the economy moving, from US e-commerce giants to Asia's biggest banks and European household brands.

 

To find out more about how we help our customers establish trust with their customers, visit www.gbgplc.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter@gbgplc.

 

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