Company Announcements

Half-year Report

Source: RNS
RNS Number : 2084Z
IntegraFin Holdings plc
20 May 2021
 

IntegraFin Holdings plc - Interim results for the six months ended

31 March 2021

 

IntegraFin Holdings plc (IHP) today announces its interim results for the six months to 31 March 2021.

 

Highlights

 

·              Group revenue up 10% to £59.4m (H1 2020: £53.8m)

·              Group profit before tax attributable to shareholder returns up 12% to £31.2m (H1 2020 restated*: £27.9m)

·              Platform profit before tax up 19% to £30.7m (H1 2020 restated*: £25.8m)

·              Earnings per share up 9% to 7.5 pence (H1 2020 restated*: 6.9 pence)

·              Interim dividend 3.0 pence per share (H1 2020: 2.7pps)

·              Funds under direction up 34% to £46.93bn (H1 2020: £34.99bn)

·              Gross inflows up 15% to £3.73bn (H1 2020: £3.23bn)

·              Client numbers up 7% to 201k (H1 2020: 187k)

 

* H1 2020 restated to reflect the pro-rated effect to 31 March 2020 of the release of tax relief on corporate expenses due to shareholders, recognised at year end 2020

 

H1 2021 represents the six months to 31 March 2021, H1 2020 represents the six months to 31 March 2020. YE 2020 represents the 12 months to 30 September 2020

 

Alex Scott, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

 

"We are pleased to announce our results for the first half of the year.  Demonstrating our strength and continuing growth, we have delivered record first half year profits.

 

Our Transact platform has again seen its highest ever gross and net inflows over the period. Coupled with increased confidence in world equity markets, driven by the positive outcomes from Covid-19 vaccination programmes, these flows have helped drive growth in FUD, generating record revenue in the period. This helps support our approach of delivering continuous improvement in price to clients, as our fees have once again been reduced to make our service even better value for money.

 

The number of clients on the platform increased from 187k to 201k year on year, an increase of 7%.  In the same period the number of advisers using the platform increased by 5%. 

 

In January we took the opportunity to invest in our strategy of delivering the highest quality financial services infrastructure and associated services to UK advisers and our mutual clients by acquiring Time for Advice Limited (T4A).  We see the T4A offering, CURO, as complementary to Transact.  CURO is already highly capable and, with IHP providing the necessary investment and support, we believe T4A will be a great long term fit that will deliver positive outcomes for all.

 

Whilst the general outlook has improved from that prevailing this time last year, we still face many uncertainties in the second half of the year as we contemplate the easing of lockdown restrictions.  The key challenges will be the safe return to the office of our staff and the implementation of a flexible working plan, whilst continuing to deliver award winning service.

 

The Board has declared a first interim dividend in accordance with the Company's dividend policy.  In respect of the six months to 31 March 2021, an interim dividend of 3.0 pence per ordinary share (H1 2020: 2.7 pence) will be payable on 25 June 2021 to ordinary shareholders on the register on 28 May 2021. The ex-dividend date will be 27 May 2021."

 

 

 

Financial highlights

 

 

Change

H1 2021

H1 2020

Restated

YE 2020

 

 

£m

£m

£m

Revenue

+10%

59.4

53.8

107.3

Profit before tax attributable to shareholder returns

+12%

31.2

27.9

55.3

Basic and diluted earnings per share

+9%

7.5p

6.9p

13.7p

Operating margin 

 

53%

52%

52%

 

Contacts

 

Media

 

 

Lansons

 

 

Tony Langham

+44 (0)79 7969 2287

Maddy Morgan Williams

+44 (0)79 4736 4578

 

 

Investors

 

Jane Isaac

+44 (0)20 7608 4937

 

Analyst presentation

 

IntegraFin Holdings plc will be hosting an analyst presentation on 20 May 2021, following the release of these results for the half year ended 31 March 2021. Attendance is by invitation only. Slides accompanying the analyst presentation will be available on the IntegraFin Holdings plc website.  

 

Cautionary Statement

 

These Interim Results have been prepared in accordance with the requirements of English Company Law and the liabilities of the Directors in connection with these Interim Results shall be subject to the limitations and restrictions provided by such law.

 

These Interim Results are prepared for and addressed only to the Company's shareholders as a whole and to no other person. The Company, its Directors, employees, agents or advisers do not accept or assume responsibility to any other person to whom these Interim Results are shown or into whose hands it may come and any such responsibility or liability is expressly disclaimed.

 

These Interim Results contain forward looking statements, which are unavoidably subject to risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that will occur in the future. It is believed that the expectations set out in these forward looking statements are reasonable but they may be affected by a wide range of variables which could cause future outcomes to differ from those foreseen. All statements in these Interim Results are based upon information known to the Company at the date of this report. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Financial review

 

Operational performance - FUD, inflows and outflows

 

Transact's platform inflows surpassed any other year in the six months to 31 March 2021 and, coupled with market recovery from the lows of March 2020, this has led to a 34% increase in FUD year on year. 

 

 

H1 2021

£m

H1 2020

£m

YE 2020

£m

Opening FUD

41,093

37,799

37,799

Inflows

3,734

3,234

5,750

Outflows

(1,427)

(1,172)

(2,160)

Net flows

2,307

2,062

3,590

Market movements

3,632

(4,872)

(224)

Other movements1

(103)

1

(72)

Closing FUD

46,929

34,990

41,093

1 Other movements includes fees, tax charges and rebates, dividends and interest.

 

Gross inflows for the six months to 31 March 2021, which were all organic, increased by £500m (15%) compared with the same period in the prior year. Gross outflows increased by £255m (22%) in the six months, representing an annualised outflow of 7%, which remains in the range we expect. The net result of the increase in both inflows and outflows was an increase in net flows of £245m (12%).

 

Strategic developments

 

On 11 January 2021, IntegraFin Holdings plc completed the acquisition of T4A, a specialist software provider for financial planning and wealth management. The acquisition supports IHP's strategy to provide platform and associated services to clients and their advisers.

 

The acquisition provides IHP with ownership of T4A's CURO software (which is an adviser back office system) plus access to T4A's existing base of users, their system development expertise and service support. Over time IHP's Transact platform will integrate with CURO in selected areas where this will further enhance service to advisers and clients.

 

The acquisition cost comprised an up-front cash payment of £8.6 million, plus £8.6 million of deferred consideration, payable in phases over the next four years. Additional consideration of up to £8.6 million may also be payable in January 2025, although this is contingent on T4A meeting certain performance targets over each of the next four years.

 

The cash payments, plus £0.4 million of the deferred and additional consideration, were considered part of the purchase cost, whilst the remaining fair value of £12.5 million deferred and additional consideration is required, under IFRS 3 - Business Combinations, to be treated as post-combination remuneration over the four years from January 2021 to December 2024.

 

The fair value of identifiable assets and liabilities acquired was £0.1 million, leading to the recognition of £8.9 million goodwill. The main reason the goodwill has arisen is the value of the T4A software, CURO, which is a complementary offering to Transact and is expected to enhance the overall service that can be offered to advisers and clients. As explained in Note 9, the purchase price allocation exercise is still being finalised, and it is therefore possible that the goodwill will be revised if additional intangible assets are recognised.

 

With effect from the date of acquisition on 11 January, T4A's accounts have been consolidated into IHP's results, resulting in the inclusion of £732k of revenue achieved from that date to 31 March 2021, and losses after tax of £271k in the same period.

 

 

 

T4A will require enhanced investment for the next two years, due to the business investing in its software development through recruitment of developers, and also through growing the sales and support teams to ensure the growing customer base is fully supported.  T4A is therefore expected to generate a loss in financial year 2021 and financial year 2022.

 

Group financial performance

 

 

 

H1 2021

Group

H1 2021            H1 2020

Platform                Group

(restated)

H1 2020 Platform

(restated)

YE 2020

 

 

 

£m

£m                      £m

£m

£m

 

Revenue

59.4

58.6

53.8

53.8

107.3

Amortisation of deferred income liability

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.8

7.6

Cost of sales

(0.6)

(0.4)

(0.4)

(0.3)

(0.8)

Gross profit

62.6

62.0

57.2

57.3

114.1

Operating expenses

(25.7)

(27.6)

(25.6)

(27.8)

(51.2)

Amortisation of deferred acquisition costs

(3.8)

(3.8)

(3.8)

(3.8)

(7.6)

Non-underlying expenses

(1.9)

-

-

-

-

Operating profit attributable to shareholder returns

31.2

30.6

27.8

25.7

55.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest income

0.0

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.0

Profit before tax attributable to shareholder returns

31.2

30.7

27.9

25.8

55.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax on ordinary activities

(6.2)

(5.6)

(4.9)

(4.4)

(9.8)

Profit after tax

25.0

25.1

23.0

21.4

45.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating margin

 

53%

52%

52%

48%

52%

                   

 

Group profit

 

Gross profit for the six months to 31 March 2021 rose by £5.4 million (9%), to £62.6 million, from £57.2 million. This increase reflects the strong performance of Transact, demonstrated by the upturn in the value of FUD, which is due to record inflows, market recovery and growth in number of clients and tax wrappers held on the platform. The Group gross profit also includes T4A's gross profit of £648k for the period from acquisition on 11 January to 31 March 2021.

 

Profit after tax for the six months to March 2021 was £25.0 million, an increase from the restated six months to March 2020, of £2.0 million, or 9%. 

 

There were, however, the following non-underlying expenses incurred by IntegraFin Holdings plc in the period. Non-underlying expenses are those outside the normal course of business, which are therefore not reflective of the underlying performance of IHP or the Group.

 

·      £1.2 million relating to the Nucleus process and the acquisition of T4A. These were one-off costs which would not be expected to recur

·      £0.7 million post-combination compensation to the original shareholders of T4A. This relates to the deferred and additional consideration payable in relation to the acquisition of T4A, which is recognised as remuneration over the four years from January 2021 to December 2024

 

The restatement of the six months to March 2020 is due to: pro-rating the policyholder tax provision release of £1.0 million that was effected at 2020 financial year end, this has therefore increased profit after tax to March 2020 by £485k; and the amortisation of the deferred acquisition costs and deferred income liability being shown gross to properly reflect the amortisation of balances shown separately on the statement of financial position, these net off exactly so there is zero net effect on profit.

 

Profit before tax increased by £3.3 million (normalised: £5.2 million) to £31.2 million (normalised: £33.1 million), or 12% (normalised: 19%) year on year. The normalised profit figures shown exclude the non-underlying expenses noted above.

 

Platform profit

 

The Transact platform continues to be the core Group proposition and the primary driver of Group revenue and profitability. As FUD has grown year on year, Transact's profit before tax has risen by a robust 19%, from £25.8 million to £30.7 million.  Profit after tax has grown £3.8 million to £25.2 million, an increase of 18%.

 

Components of revenue

 

There are now two streams of Group revenue: platform revenue and T4A revenue.

 

Platform revenue comprises three elements, two of which are recurring.  The recurring revenue streams are annual commission income (an annual, ad valorem tiered fee on FUD) and wrapper administration fee income (quarterly fixed wrapper fees for each of the tax wrapper types available). The third platform revenue stream is other income, which is composed of buy commission and dealing charges.

 

 

H1 2021

£m

H1 2020

£m

YE 2020

£m

Platform revenue

 

 

 

Annual commission income

51.8

47.4

94.5

Wrapper fee income

5.2

4.8

9.7

Other income

1.6

1.6

3.1

Total platform revenue

58.6

53.8

107.3

T4A revenue

0.7

-

-

Total revenue

59.4

53.8

107.3

 

Recurring revenue streams constituted 97% (H1 2020: 97%) of total fee income in the six months to 31 March 2021.

 

Annual commission income increased by £4.4 million (9%) in the period versus the same period in the prior financial year. This resulted from higher average FUD over the period, predominantly due to net inflows, as the markets were still recovering from the lows experienced post March 2020. 

 

Wrapper administration fee income increased by £0.4m (8%) year on year, reflecting the increase in the number of open tax wrappers.

 

Buy commission, included in other income, reduced by £0.1 million year on year. The primary reason for this fall was the reduction in the buy commission rebate threshold in March 2020 and March 2021. The required portfolio value for client family groups to receive the rebate was reduced from £0.5 million to £0.4 million from 1 March 2020 and further reduced from £0.4 million to £0.3 million from 1 March 2021. The purpose of the reductions was to take an increasing proportion of clients out of the buy commission charge, simplifying the fee structure for them.

 

T4A's revenue was £732k from 11 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

H1 2021

 

£m

H1 2020

 (restated)

£m

YE 2020

 

£m

Staff costs

20.3

18.3

36.9

Occupancy

0.4

1.0

2.0

Regulatory and professional fees

3.2

3.5

7.0

Non-underlying expenses

1.9

-

-

Other income - tax relief due to shareholders

(1.6)

(0.5)

(1.1)

Other costs

2.0

2.1

3.8

Total expenses

26.2

24.4

48.6

Depreciation and amortisation

1.4

1.2

2.6

Total operating expenses

27.6

25.6

51.2

 

In the six months to March 2021, total operating expenses increased by £2.0 million (8%), compared with the six months to March 2020.

 

Total operating expenses includes non-underlying expenses of £1.9 million incurred in the acquisition of T4A and evaluating the Nucleus acquisition.  Operating expenses also includes the release of tax relief on corporate expenses that are due to shareholders (£0.5 million) and aged tax reserves that are not due to HMRC (£1.1 million).

 

Staff costs increased by £2.0 million (11%) to £20.3 million in the six months to March 2021. This is the effect of Group headcount increasing to 557 at the end of March 2021 (H1 2020: 492) which was primarily due to: the inclusion of 53 T4A staff costing £694k in the period 11 January to March 2021; replacement of other leavers in the Group; and, general inflationary cost increases.

 

Regulatory and professional fees fell year on year by £0.3 million (9%) in the six months to March 2021, mainly due to FSCS levies of £700k that impacted the six months to March 2020.

 

Occupancy costs are £600k lower, year on year. This is due to receipt of a backdated rates rebate in the six months to March 2021 for the head office at Clement's Lane, the rebate will be ongoing to the expiry of the lease.

 

Net income attributable to policyholder returns, and policyholder tax

Net income attributable to policyholder returns related to IntegraLife UK Ltd (ILUK, the UK insurance company in the Group), increased by £42.1m from a net expense of £24.3m in March 2020, to net income of £17.8m in March 2021.

 

ILUK's policyholder tax increased by £42.1m, from a tax credit of £24.3m in March 2020 to a tax charge of £17.8m in March 2021. Both movements were due to an increase in the gains on investments held for the benefit of ILUK's policyholders, as a result of the recovery in financial markets since March 2020.

 

 

Financial position

 

The material items on the consolidated statement of financial position that merit comment are as follows:

 

Goodwill

 

As noted in the strategic developments section above, goodwill of £8.9 million has been recognised in respect of the acquisition of T4A.

 

Investments and cash held for the benefit of policyholders and liabilities for linked investment contracts

 

ILUK and IntegraLife International Limited (ILInt, the offshore insurance company in the Group) only write unit-linked insurance policies. They match the assets and liabilities of their linked policies such that, in their own individual statements of financial position, these items always net off exactly. These line items are required to be shown under IFRS in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the consolidated statement of financial position and the consolidated statement of cash flows, but they have zero net effect on the financial statements.

 

Investments and cash held for the benefit of ILUK and ILInt policyholders and the corresponding liabilities for linked investment contracts have increased by £2.65bn (15%) due to high net inflows over the period and market recovery.

Deferred acquisition costs and deferred income liability

 

Deferred acquisition costs and deferred income liability for financial year 2020 have been restated to show the split between current and non-current assets and liabilities based on the expected life of the underlying contracts.

 

Deferred tax

 

Deferred ILUK policyholder tax liabilities have increased by £11.6 million from £8.8 million at 30 September 2020 to £20.4 million at 31 March 2021. The increase is due to market recovery in the six months to March 2021. Sufficient cash is held by ILUK to meet this liability.

 

Provisions

 

Provisions have decreased by £9.2 million. This is largely due to tax charges deducted from ILUK policyholders being paid to HMRC in the period, due to the recovery in the financial markets.

 

Dividends

 

During the six month period to 31 March 2021, the Company paid a second interim dividend of £18.6 million to shareholders in respect of financial year 2020. This was in addition to the first interim dividend of £8.9 million, which was paid in June 2020. The financial year total of £27.5 million compares with a full year interim dividend of £25.8 million in respect of the full financial year 2019.

 

In respect of the six months to 31 March 2021 (and in line with dividend policy), the Board has declared a first interim dividend of £9.9 million, or 3.0 pence per ordinary share. This compares with an interim dividend of £8.9 million, or 2.7 pence per ordinary share, in respect of the same period in the prior year. 

 

Earnings per share

 

H1 2021

H1 2020

(restated)

Profit after tax for the period

£25.0m

£23.0m

Number of shares in issue

331.3m

331.3m

Earnings per share - basic and diluted

7.5p

6.9p

 

Earnings per share grew to 7.5p per share up 9% on the restated six months to 31 March 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many uncertainties that have necessitated the adaptation of business operations and the implementation of a number of business continuity measures.  We initiated a rapid remote home working response following the UK Government announcement on 24 March 2020 which has been effectively maintained throughout the lockdown period. We have continued to follow the UK Government guidelines across all jurisdictions in which we have offices with limited onsite attendance by essential IT colleagues and other key workers necessary to maintain the continuity of operations and systems.  The UK Government announced a "Roadmap out of lockdown" consisting of a four step process for easing restrictions across England. Whilst we have a strong indication on the objectives of each step, the detail within the updates will be crucial in our planning of future operations.

 

Throughout the lockdown period we have continued to monitor the effectiveness of our processes and procedures. Our focus has been on maintaining a positive client experience as well as safeguarding the operational capability of the business with an emphasis on identifying and managing promptly any material changes in its risk profile. However, as the lockdown unwinds a return to a pre-pandemic operating model is unlikely with the expectation that there may be a permanent shift in working behaviours and cultural expectations impacting the way businesses conduct their operations; this is likely to be seen in working locations, flexible working patterns, the use of technology as a business enabler and a shift in adviser and client expectations in the way business is conducted. Collectively these are likely to bring new and emerging operational risks.

 

Notwithstanding the post lockdown uncertainty, in other respects the key risks and uncertainties associated with our strategic objectives remain broadly the same. An overview of those risks, along with the associated risk management and controls, follows:

 

1.         Increased operational risk: The evolution of a hybrid remote and office based flexible workforce is likely to present new operational risks. The Group fully embraces diversity and inclusion in order to retain and attract the right staff. The extensive use of portable IT equipment with remote access is an essential feature for the future operating model and as such will continue to increase the inherent threat of external fraud and cyber-attack. Information security risk is potentially heightened with highly confidential, personal or price sensitive information at risk of being transported offsite as part of flexible working arrangements. The delivery under a hybrid model of our critical business services may need to be reviewed and, in some instances, it may be necessary to amend the usual routines and procedures. 

 

Risk management and control:  The return to office strategy will involve the senior management team from across the business as part of the planning and delivery approach in line with the UK Government's four step process out of lockdown. All modifications to operating procedures are expected to be reviewed by senior management and assessed by Risk Management for impact, prior to approval. Senior management will also consider any potential impact on clients with the aim to avoid client detriment.  Where necessary, external regulatory approval will be sought to ensure documentation and data meets requirements. A full IT and facilities campus review will be undertaken to support an efficient and safe office and remote site communication interface is in place. Key phases of the IT strategy have been delivered which includes backup servers, a more robust WiFi service and enhanced remote access controls. A series of pilot arrangements will be implemented to test on a phased basis the office and remote working interface together with any flexible working arrangements with colleagues. Clear success factors will be agreed and established before a full transition is made.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Stock market volatility: The post Brexit stock market after over a year of the COVID-19 pandemic has experienced a bullish response. However, there remains a significant amount of uncertainty on the underlying factors which include the extent of the economic recovery, employment rates, inflation rates, the potential for new COVID variants and delays in vaccine rollout and financial distress at individual and corporate levels all potentially having an impact.  Whilst the sentiment for global growth over 2021 and 2022 remains positive it is also fragile and any unexpected outcomes individually or collectively from these factors will create uncertainty and potentially volatile movements in stock markets.  This has an effect upon the value of FUD.

 

Risk management and control: Stock market volatility, and its impact on revenue, is partly mitigated by the wide range of assets in which FUD is invested. This ensures that FUD based revenue is not wholly correlated to any one market.  Clients are also able to switch into cash, and this is likely to remain on platform. The wrapper fees are also not reduced by falls in the value of assets, as they are levied at a fixed rate.  Additionally, expenses are closely monitored and controlled.

 

3.         Service standards failure: Our high levels of client and adviser retention are dependent to a great extent upon our consistently reliable and high quality service. Failure to maintain these service levels would affect our ability to attract and retain business.  As discussed above, recent events have resulted in changes to working practices and crystallised a fuller understanding and appreciation of the dependencies on the services and resiliency of third party suppliers.  The changing and uncertain external environment makes the sustainability of our high service levels harder to deliver.

 

Risk management and control: The risk of service standards failure is managed by providing client service teams with extensive initial and ongoing training, supported by experienced subject matter experts and managers. During the full time working at home phase, the monitoring and checking of service levels and capacity has continued and any deviation from the expected has been addressed by senior management. Key business processes have been reviewed for efficiency and as a means of identifying opportunities for investment to improve delivery. Counter measures have been established to reduce the dependency on third party suppliers in the event of their operational failure which is supported by a rigorous supplier due diligence process to assess operational resilience.

 

4.         Increased competition: The market is competitive. Increased levels of competition for clients and advisers; improvements in offerings from other investment platforms; new entrants to the advised investment platform space; and consolidation in the financial adviser market may all make it more challenging to attract and retain business.  The post Brexit environment after over a year of the COVID-19 pandemic has not immediately reduced this uncertainty and may have heightened the short term acquisition of financial adviser firms by larger vertically integrated organisations reducing our access to the client base. The level of client and adviser activity may be adversely impacted for some time.

 

Risk management and control: Competition is countered by focussing on providing exceptionally high levels of service and being responsive to client and financial adviser demands. The efficient management of expenses also helps make possible a continued proposition of "value for money" involving the reduction of charges. Our service quality over the last year of the pandemic has continued to be of paramount importance to the Group with record levels of inflows acting as testament that this has been strategically a sound and successful approach.

 

5.         Reduced investment: The maintenance of quality and relevance requires ongoing investment. Any reduction in investment due to diversion of resources to other non-discretionary expenditure may affect our competitive position.

 

 

 

Risk management and control: This risk, whilst not significantly increasing has been brought more sharply into focus after over a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Retaining a strong investment strategy is paramount to maintaining the operational resilience and capability of the Group, an example being the recent acquisition of Time for Advice. Our IT strategy is investing in the technological enablers to support the operating model whilst reducing the dependency on legacy systems.  The risk of reduced investment in the business is managed through a disciplined approach to expense management and forecasting. In particular, forthcoming regulatory and taxation regime changes are noted and planned for and a contingency sum is maintained to allow for unexpected expenses.

 

6.         Expense overrun: Expenses that were higher than expected and budgeted for could adversely impact profits. Whilst the key constituent of expenses is salary cost, other expenses, such as legal, compliance or regulatory costs and levies are more likely to change unexpectedly.  The outcome of a reconsideration of HMRC's view that Integrated Application Development Pty Ltd should be excluded from the UK VAT group, as set out in the RNS issued on 28 January 2020, is currently awaited. Following that, a formal review may be required and, possibly, a referral to the Tribunal and/or litigation before the matter is finally resolved. It is possible that a retrospective additional VAT charge (plus interest and/or a penalty) and/or a prospective increase in VAT charges might be applied.

 

Risk management and control: Expenses have not significantly increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The most significant element of the expense base is staff cost. This is controlled through modelling staff requirements against forecast business volumes and factoring in expected efficiencies from platform and other systems developments.  Expenditure requests that deviate from plan are rigorously challenged and must receive prior approval.  The consolidated group costs are expected to increase as a result of the acquisition of Time for Advice, which are reflected in the updated group financial planning model.  The Group has also incurred one off costs associated with other acquisition opportunities, which although not pursued, provided invaluable support for the Board's strategic decision. With regard to the HMRC VAT issue, the Group has taken and continues to take specialist legal and tax advice. Financial projections assuming an unfavourable outcome, including those used to demonstrate viability, have been cast.

 

7.         Capital and liquidity strain: Unexpected, additional capital or liquidity requirements imposed by regulators could negatively impact solvency and liquidity coverage ratios.

 

Risk management and control: Specific resources are allocated to monitor the current and anticipated regulatory environment to ensure that all regulatory obligations are met. Assessments of capital and liquidity requirements are also undertaken, which includes running extreme stress and scenario tests to the point of regulatory failure.  A buffer over and above the regulatory minimum solvency capital requirements is maintained.  The capital position has not significantly changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the regulated companies within the Group continue to maintain healthy solvency coverage ratios. The majority of corporate assets are highly liquid, such as UK Gilts and instant access deposits with regulated UK retail banks. No term deposits exceed 95 days with Board risk appetites set to monitor the adequacy of the liquidity profile.

 

All other principal risks and uncertainties not mentioned above are materially unchanged from those disclosed in the Annual Report for the year ending 30 September 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors' responsibility statement

 

The Directors are responsible for preparing the interim financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations. A list of current directors is maintained on the Group's website: https://www.integrafin.co.uk.

The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, the interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the European Union, and give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the issuer, or the undertakings included in the consolidation as a whole as required by DTR 4.2.4 R.

 

The Directors further confirm that the interim financial statements include a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R and DTR 4.2.8R, namely:

 

·      an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of consolidated Financial Statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

·      material related-party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual Report.

 

By Order of the Board

 

 

 

Helen Wakeford

Company Secretary

 

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Independent review report to IntegraFin Holdings plc

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 March 2021 which comprises the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows and Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity and related notes. 

We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of and has been approved by the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.  The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, ''Interim Financial Reporting'', as adopted by the European Union.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, ''Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity'', issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 31 March 2021 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, as adopted by the European Union, and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

 

 

Use of our report

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting its responsibilities in respect of half-yearly financial reporting in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent. Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

 

 

BDO LLP

Chartered Accountants

London, United Kingdom

20 May 2021

 

 

BDO LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC305127).

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

Six months to 31 March 2021

 

Six months to 31 March 2020 (restated)

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Fee income

4

59,393

 

53,824

Amortisation of deferred income liability

12

3,841

 

3,774

Cost of sales

 

(575)

 

(382)

Gross profit

 

62,659

 

57,216

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(27,572)

 

(25,602)

Amortisation of deferred acquisition costs

12

(3,841)

 

(3,774)

Credit loss allowance on financial assets

 

(33)

 

(57)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit attributable to shareholder returns

 

31,213

 

27,783

 

 

 

 

 

Net income/(expense) attributable to policyholder returns

8

17,802

 

(24,312)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss) attributable to policyholder returns

 

17,802

 

(24,312)

 

 

 

 

 

Change in investment contract liabilities

 

(1,594,215)

 

2,143,070

Fee and commission expenses

 

(81,204)

 

(64,870)

Investment returns

 

1,675,404

 

(2,078,170)

Interest income

 

43

 

186

Interest expense

 

(90)

 

(126)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

 

48,953

 

3,561

Profit/(loss) on ordinary activities before taxation attributable to policyholder returns

 

17,802

 

(24,312)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation attributable to shareholder returns

 

31,151

 

27,873

 

 

 

 

 

Policyholder tax

8

(17,802)

 

24,312

 

 

 

 

 

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

6

(6,176)

 

(4,899)

Profit for the period

 

24,975

 

22,974

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange (losses) arising on translation of foreign operations

 

(18)

 

(131)

Total other comprehensive income for the period

 

(18)

 

(131)

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

24,957

 

22,843

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Ordinary shares - basic and diluted

5

7.5p

6.9p

 

All activities of the Group are classed as continuing.

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

31 March

 

30 September

 

Note

2021

 

2020

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Loans

 

2,842

 

2,647

Intangible assets

9

21,802

 

12,951

Property, plant and equipment

 

2,199

 

2,313

Right of use assets

 

3,148

 

3,961

Deferred tax assets

7

489

 

489

Deferred acquisition costs

13

51,588

 

49,700

 

 

82,068

 

72,061

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

5,109

 

5,051

Other prepayments and accrued income

 

14,802

 

14,412

Trade and other receivables

15

7,342

 

3,556

Investments held for the benefit of policyholders

11

19,456,967

 

16,727,208

Cash and cash equivalents

14

1,460,555

 

1,539,843

Current tax asset

 

-

 

53

Deferred acquisition costs

13

3,926

 

3,782

 

 

20,948,701

 

18,293,905

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

16

18,173

 

18,366

Lease liabilities

 

2,261

 

2,375

Liabilities for linked investment contracts

12

20,764,695

 

18,112,935

Current tax liabilities

 

3,992

 

-

Deferred income liability

13

3,926

 

3,782

 

 

20,793,047

 

18,137,458

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Provisions

10

16,012

 

25,208

Lease liabilities

 

2,667

 

3,712

Deferred income liability

13

51,588

 

49,700

Deferred tax liabilities

7

20,545

 

8,968

 

 

90,812

 

87,588

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

146,910

 

140,920

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

Called up equity share capital

 

3,313

 

3,313

Capital redemption reserve

 

2

 

2

Share-based payment reserve

 

1,701

 

1,698

Employee Benefit Trust reserve

 

(1,542)

 

(1,103)

Foreign exchange reserve

 

(40)

 

(22)

Non-distributable reserves

 

5,722

 

5,722

Non-distributable insurance reserves

 

501

 

501

Profit or loss account

 

137,253

 

130,809

Total equity

 

146,910

 

140,920

 

These interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 20 May 2021 and are signed on their behalf by:

 

 

Alexander Scott, Director

Company Registration Number: 08860879
 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 31 March 2021

 

Six months to  31 March 2020 (restated)

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

48,953

 

3,561

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

Amortisation and depreciation

 

1,356

 

1,250

Share-based payments charge

 

920

 

814

Interest on cash held

 

(43)

 

(186)

Interest charged on lease liability

 

89

 

126

Investment returns

 

15

 

(30)

(Increase)/decrease in policyholder tax recoverable

 

(6,225)

 

3,128

Increase in current asset investments

 

(58)

 

(29)

 

 

45,007

 

8,634

 

 

 

 

 

(Increase)/decrease in receivables

 

(973)

 

3,405

(Decrease)/increase in payables

 

(1,423)

 

3,941

(Decrease)/increase in provisions

 

(7,469)

 

12,348

Decrease in share-based payment reserve

 

(916)

 

-

(Increase)/decrease in investments held for the  benefit of policyholders

 

(2,889,259)

 

(958,429)

Increase/(decrease) in liabilities for linked investment contracts

 

2,811,260

 

1,254,859

Cash (used in)/generated from operations

 

(43,773)

 

324,758

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes paid

 

(6,802)

 

(8,099)

Interest paid on lease liabilities

 

(89)

 

(126)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

(50,664)

 

316,533

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of tangible assets

 

(408)

 

(314)

Acquisition of subsidiary

 

(7,903)

 

-

Increase in loans

 

(195)

 

(1,056)

Interest on cash held

 

43

 

186

Investment returns

 

(15)

 

30

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(8,478)

 

(1,154)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of own shares in Employee Benefit Trust

 

(438)

 

(265)

Settlement of share-based payment reserve

 

-

 

(860)

Equity dividends paid

 

(18,532)

 

(17,215)

Repayment of lease liabilities

 

(1,159)

 

(1,111))

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(20,129)

 

(19,451)

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(79,272)

 

295,928

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

1,539,843

 

1,342,619

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange losses on cash and cash equivalents

 

(18)

 

(170)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

1,460,555

 

1,638,377

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

Share capital

Non-distributable reserves

 Other reserves

Share-based payment reserve

Non-distributable insurance reserves

Employee benefit trust

Retained earnings

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 October 2019

3,313

5,722

(42)

1,008

501

(275)

105,291

115,518

Correction of retained earnings

-

-

-

-

-

-

6,368

6,368

Balance at 1 October 2019 (restated)

3,313

5,722

(42)

1,008

501

(275)

111,659

121,886

Impact of IFRS 16

-

-

-

-

-

-

(240)

(240)

Deferred tax on IFRS 16

-

-

-

-

-

-

31

31

Adjusted balance at 1 October 2019

3,313

5,722

(42)

1,008

501

(275)

111,450

121,677

Comprehensive income for the year:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

22,974

22,974

Movement in currency translation

-

-

(131)

-

-

-

-

(131)

Other movement

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

(131)

-

-

-

22,974

22,843

Distributions to owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(17,216)

(17,216)

Share-based payment expense

-

-

-

814

-

-

-

814

Settlement of share-based payment

-

-

-

(860)

-

-

-

(860)

Purchase of own shares in EBT

-

-

-

-

-

(265)

-

(265)

Total distributions to owners

-

-

-

(46)

-

(265)

(17,216)

(17,526)

Balance at 31 March 2020 (restated)

3,313

5,722

(173)

962

501

(540)

117,209

126,994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 October 2020

3,313

5,722

(20)

1,698

501

(1,103)

130,809

140,920

Comprehensive income for the year:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

24,975

24,975

Movement in currency translation

-

-

(18)

-

-

-

-

(18)

Other movement

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

(18)

-

-

-

24,975

24,957

Distributions to owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(18,531)

(18,531)

Share-based payment expense

-

-

-

919

-

-

-

919

Settlement of share-based payment

-

-

-

(916)

-

-

-

(916)

Purchase of own shares in EBT

-

-

-

-

-

(439)

-

(439)

Total distributions to owners

-

-

-

3

-

(439)

(18,531)

(18,967)

Balance at 31 March 2021

3,313

5,722

(38)

1,701

501

(1,542)

137,253

146,910

Notes to the Financial Statements (unaudited)

 

1.  Basis of preparation

 

The consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared and approved by the Directors in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the EU, and in accordance with the International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34 Interim Financial Reporting, and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

 

The financial information contained in these interim financial statements does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  The information has been reviewed by the company's auditor, BDO LLP, and their report is presented on pages 10-11.

 

The comparative financial information for the year ended 30 September 2020 in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts for that year.

 

The statutory accounts for 30 September 2020 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis, and did not contain a statement under 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The same accounting policies, methods of calculation and presentation have been followed in the preparation of the interim financial statements for the six months to 31 March 2021 as were applied in the Audited Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 30 September 2020.

 

Going Concern

 

The interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, following an assessment by the board.

 

Going concern is assessed over the 12 month period from when the Interim Results are approved, and the board has concluded that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the next 12 months. This is supported by:

 

·      The current financial position of the Group;

The Group maintains a conservative balance sheet and manages and monitors solvency and liquidity on an ongoing basis, ensuring that it always has sufficient financial resources for the foreseeable future.

As at 31 March 2021, the Group had £153 million of shareholder cash (£33m of which is set aside to cover ILUK policyholder tax liabilities) on the balance sheet, demonstrating that liquidity remains strong.

·      Detailed cash flow and working capital projections; and

·      Stress-testing of liquidity, profitability and regulatory capital, taking account of possible adverse changes in trading performance, including the impact of COVID-19, in order to understand the potential financial impacts of severe, yet plausible, scenarios on the Group.

 

When making this assessment, the board has taken into consideration both the Group's current performance and the future outlook, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Market volatility and uncertainty is expected to continue for some time, due to the pandemic and the effect of measures taken to combat it, but the Group's fundamentals remain strong.

 

Having conducted detailed cash flow and working capital projections, and stress-tested liquidity, profitability and regulatory capital, taking account of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and further possible adverse changes in trading performance, the board is satisfied that the Group is well placed to manage its business risks.

 

The board is also satisfied that it will be able to operate within the regulatory capital limits imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), and Isle Man Financial Services Authority (IoM FSA). Accordingly, the board does not believe a material uncertainty exists that would have an effect on the going concern of the Group and have prepared the interim financial statements on a going concern basis.

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

The Group's principal risks and uncertainties are listed on pages 6-8

 

 

 

Basis of consolidation

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries.

 

Business combinations

The acquisition method of accounting is used to account for all business combinations, regardless of whether equity instruments or other assets are acquired. The consideration transferred for the acquisition of a subsidiary comprises the:

 

·        fair values of the assets transferred;

·        liabilities incurred to the former owners of the acquired business;

·        equity interests issued by the group;

·        fair value of any asset or liability resulting from a contingent consideration arrangement; and

·        fair value of any pre-existing equity interest in the subsidiary.


Identifiable assets acquired and liabilities and contingent liabilities assumed in a business combination are measured initially at their fair values at the acquisition date.

 

Acquisition-related costs are expensed as incurred.

 

The excess of the consideration transferred over the fair value of the net identifiable assets acquired is recorded as goodwill. If those amounts are less than the fair value of the net identifiable assets of the business acquired, the difference is recognised directly in the statement of comprehensive income.
 

Where settlement of any part of cash consideration is deferred, the amounts payable in the future are discounted to their present value as at the date of exchange. The discount rate used is the entity's incremental borrowing rate, being the rate at which a similar borrowing could be obtained from an independent financier under comparable terms and conditions.

 

Contingent consideration is classified either as equity or a financial liability. Amounts classified as a financial liability are subsequently remeasured to fair value, with changes in fair value recognised in the statement of comprehensive income.

 

Contingent arrangements payable to selling shareholders that continue providing services are assessed to determine if there is an element of payment for post-combination services. The element that is determined to relate to post-combination services is recognised in in the statement of comprehensive income across the periods to which the services relate. 

 

2.  Critical accounting estimates and judgements

 

Critical accounting estimates are those where there is a significant risk of material adjustment in the next 12 months, and critical judgements are those that have the most significant effect on amounts recognised in the accounts.

 

In preparing these interim financial statements, management has made judgements, estimates and assumptions about the future that affect the application of the Group's accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Management uses its knowledge of current facts and applies estimation and assumption techniques that are aligned with relevant accounting policies to make predictions about the future. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

The only material revision to the Group's critical accounting estimates and judgements methodology compared to those disclosed in the Annual Report for the year ending 30 September 2020 is regarding the acquisition of T4A.

 

In accordance with IFRS 3, the Company has remeasured the assets and liabilities acquired through the business combination to fair value, and has considered the existence and valuation of new assets and liabilities that did not meet the criteria for recognition before, such as intangible assets. No additional assets or liabilities have been recognised at this point, but the purchase price allocation exercise is still being finalised, and it is therefore possible that additional intangible assets will be recognised. Valuation of these rely on various assumptions and estimate which could have a material effect on the accounts.

 

Further details regarding the business combination can be seen in note 9.

 

3.  Financial instruments

 

Financial assets and liabilities have been classified into categories that determine their basis of measurement and, for items measured at fair value, whether changes in fair value are recognised in the statement of comprehensive income. The following tables show the carrying values of assets and liabilities for each of these categories.

 

Financial assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value through profit or loss

Amortised cost

 

 

31 Mar

30 Sep

31 Mar

30 Sep

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

-

-

1,460,555

1,539,843

Listed shares and securities

124

92

-

-

Loans

-

-

2,842

2,647

Investments in quoted debt instruments

4,985

4,959

-

-

Accrued income

-

-

11,284

10,244

Trade and other receivables

-

-

2,610

786

Investments held for the policyholders

 

19,456,967

 

16,727,208

 

-

 

-

Total financial assets

19,462,076

16,732,259

1,477,291

1,553,520

 

Financial liabilities:

 

Fair value through profit or loss

Amortised cost

 

 

31 Mar

30 Sep

31 Mar

30 Sep

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Trade and other payables

-

-

9,307

8,660

Accruals

-

-

6,314

7,792

Lease liabilities

-

-

4,928

6,087

Liabilities for linked investments contracts

20,764,694

18,112,935

-

-

Total financial liabilities

20,764,694

18,112,935

20,549

22,539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial instruments not measured at fair value

 

Financial instruments not measured at fair value include cash and cash equivalents, accrued fees, loans, trade and other receivables, and trade and other payables. Due to their short-term nature and/or annual impairment review, the carrying value of these financial instruments approximates their fair value.

 

Financial instruments measured at fair value - fair value hierarchy

 

The table below classifies financial assets that are recognised on the statement of financial position at fair value in a hierarchy that is based on significance of the inputs used in making the measurements. The levels of hierarchy are disclosed on the next page.

 

Investments held for the benefit of policyholders are stated at fair value and reported on a separate line in the statement of financial position. The assets are classified using the 'fair value through profit or loss' option with any resultant gain or loss recognised through the statement of comprehensive income

 

Assets held at fair value also comprises investments held in gilts, and these are held at fair value through profit and loss.

The following table shows the three levels of the fair value hierarchy:

 

Fair value hierarchy

Description of hierarchy

Types of investments classified at each level

Level 1

Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets

Cash and cash equivalents, listed equity securities, gilts, actively traded pooled investments such as OEICS and unit trusts.

Level 2

Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices)

Actively traded unlisted equity securities where there is no significant unobservable inputs, structured products and regularly priced but not actively traded instruments.

Level 3

Inputs that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

Unlisted equity securities with significant unobservable inputs, inactive pooled investments.

 

For the purposes of identifying level 3 assets, unobservable inputs means that fair values of the assets may be based on estimates and assumptions that cannot be corroborated with observable market data.

 

The following table shows the Group's assets measured at fair value and split into the three levels:

 

At 31 March 2021

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Investments and assets held for the benefit of policyholders

 

 

 

 

- Policyholder cash

1,307,728

-

-

1,307,728

- Investments and securities

603,064

170,724

1,001

774,789

- Bonds and other fixed-income securities

15,107

100

-

15,207

- Holdings in collective investment schemes

18,510,675

155,761

535

18,666,971

1

20,436,574

326,585

1,536

20,764,695

Other investments

4,982

-

-

4,982

Total

20,441,556

326,585

1,536

20,769,677

 

At 30 September 2020

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Investments and assets held for the benefit of policyholders

 

 

 

 

- Policyholder cash

1,385,736

-

-

1,385,736

- Investments and securities

506,286

154,810

751

661,847

- Bonds and other fixed-income securities

12,404

1,891

15

14,310

- Holdings in collective investment schemes

15,930,106

120,026

910

16,051,042

 

17,834,532

276,727

1,676

18,112,935

Other investments

4,959

-

-

4,959

Total

17,839,491

276,727

1,676

18,117,894

 

Level 1 valuation methodology

Financial assets included in Level 1 are measured at fair value using quoted mid prices that are available at the reporting date and are traded in active markets. These financial assets are mainly collective investment schemes and listed equity instruments.

 

Level 2 and Level 3 valuation methodology

The Group regularly reviews whether a market is active, based on available market data and the specific circumstances of each market. Where the Group assesses that a market is not active, then it applies one or more valuation methodologies to the specific financial asset. These valuation methodologies use quoted market prices, where available, and may in certain circumstances require the Group to exercise judgement to determine fair value.

 

Financial assets included in Level 2 are measured at fair value using observable mid prices traded in markets that have been assessed as not active enough to be included in Level 1.

 

Otherwise, financial assets are included in Level 3. These are assets where one or more inputs to the valuation methodology are not based on observable market data. The key unobservable input is the pre-tax operating margin needed to price asset holdings.

 

 

Level 3 sensitivity to changes in unobservable measurements

The majority of the £1.5m of financial assets assessed as Level 3 are historical investments which are either in liquidation or were exchange trade company shares that have since cancelled their listing. In line with the Group's pricing policy the last available price is used and, where applicable, liquidator annual reports are reviewed to identify possible returns to shareholders. The company believes that any change to the unobservable inputs used to measure fair value of these assets would not result in a significantly higher or lower fair value measurement at the period end as Level 3 assets account for 0.01% of total assets held.

 

Changes to valuation methodology

Since 30 September 2020 there have been two changes to the valuation methodology used. Assets that price daily were previously assigned to Level 1, however, if an asset cannot be traded daily as no active market exists it is now assigned to Level 2. Assets that have not been priced, using observable data or not, in over a year are now assigned to Level 3.

 

Transfers between Levels

The Company's policy is to assess each financial asset it holds at the period end, based on the last known price and market information, and assign it to a Level.

 

The Company recognises transfers between Levels of the fair value hierarchy at the end of the reporting period in which the changes have occurred. Changes occur due to the availability of (or lack thereof) quoted prices, whether a market is now active or not, and whether there are indications of impairment.

 

Transfers between Levels 1 and 2 between 31 March 2021 and 30 September 2020 are presented in the table below at their valuation at 31 March 2021:

 

Transfers from

Transfers to

 £'000

 

Level 1

Level 2

39,209

 

Level 2

Level 1

6,879

 

 

 

 

The large movement from Level 1 to Level 2 is due to the suspension of several property funds as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, consequently these funds are no longer actively trading.

 

The reconciliation between opening and closing balances of Level 3 assets are presented in the table below:

 

 

£000

Opening balance

1,676

Unrealised gains or losses in the year ended 30 September 2020

(219)

Transfers in to Level 3 at 30 September 2020 valuation

590

Transfers out of Level 3 at 30 September 2020 valuation

(511)

Purchases, sales, issues and settlement

-

Closing balance

1,536

 

Any resultant gains or losses on financial assets held for the benefit of policyholders are offset by a reciprocal movement in the linked liability.

 

The Group regularly assesses assets to ensure they are categorised correctly and FVH levels adjusted accordingly. The Group monitors situations that may impact liquidity such as suspensions and liquidations while also actively collecting observable market prices from relevant exchanges and asset managers. Should an asset price become observable following the resumption of trading the FVH level will be updated to reflect this.

 

4.  Segmental reporting

 

The revenue and profit before tax are attributable to activities carried out in the UK.

 

The Group has three classes of business as follows:

-       provision of investment administration services

-       transaction of ordinary long term insurance and underwriting life assurance

-       provision of adviser back-office technology

 

The third class of business listed above is new for financial year 2021, and relates to the services provided by T4A to its clients since it was acquired by the Company on 11 January 2021.

 

Analysis by class of business is given below.

 

Statement of profit or loss - segmental information for the six months ended 31 March 2021:

 

 

Investment administration services

Insurance and life assurance business

Adviser back-office technology

Other income

Consolidation adjustments

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fee income

30,546

28,102

732

14

-

59,393

 

Amortisation of deferred income liability

-

3,841

-

-

-

3,841

 

Cost of sales

(280)

(211)

(84)

-

-

(575)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admin expenses

(32,539)

(28,302)

(918)

-

34,188

(27,572)

 

Amortisation of deferred acquisition costs

-

(3,841)

-

-

-

(3,841)

 

Impairment losses

(21)

(11)

-

-

-

(32)

 

Net income attributable to policyholders

 

-

 

17,802

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

17,802

 

Change in investment contract liabilities

 

-

 

(1,594,215)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(1,594,215)

 

Fee and commission expenses

 

-

 

(81,204)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(81,204)

 

Investment returns

-

1,675,404

-

-

-

1,675,404

 

Interest expense

(46)

(43)

-

-

-

(89)

 

Interest income

20

93

-

-

(70)

43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before tax

21,688

43,341

(271)

14

(15,818)

48,954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policyholder tax

-

(17,802)

-

-

-

(17,802)

 

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

 

(2,796)

 

(3,380)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(6,176)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the financial year

 

18,892

 

22,159

 

(271)

 

14

 

(15,818)

 

24,975

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of profit or loss - segmental information for the six months ended 31 March 2020:

 

 

Investment administration services

Insurance and life assurance business

Other income

Consolidation adjustments

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Fee income

28,051

25,773

-

-

53,824

Amortisation of deferred income liability

-

3,774

-

-

3,774

Cost of sales

(247)

(135)

-

-

(382)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Admin expenses

(30,288)

(27,949)

-

32,635

(25,602)

Amortisation of deferred acquisition costs

-

(3,774)

-

-

(3,774)

Impairment losses

(36)

(21)

-

-

(57)

Net income attributable to policyholders

 

-

 

(24,312)

 

-

 

-

 

(24,312)

Change in investment contract liabilities

 

-

 

2,143,070

 

-

 

-

 

2,143,070

Fee and commission expenses

 

-

 

(64,870)

 

-

 

-

 

(64,870)

Investment returns

-

(2,078,170)

-

-

(2,078,170)

Interest expense

(65)

(61)

-

-

(126)

Interest income

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

19,663

(2,441)

-

(13,662)

3,561

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policyholder tax

-

24,312

-

-

24,312

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

 

(2,445)

 

(2,455)

 

-

 

-

 

(4,900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial year

 

17,218

 

19,418

 

-

 

(13,662)

 

22,974

 

The figures above comprise the results of the companies that fall directly into each segment, as well as a proportion of the results from the other Group companies that only provide services to the revenue-generating companies. This therefore has no effect on revenue, but has an effect on the profit before tax.

 

Disaggregation of revenue by segment - For the six months ended 31 March 2021

 

 

Investment administration services

Insurance and life assurance business

 

 

Licences

Other

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Annual commission income

28,368

23,479

 

-

-

51,847

Wrapper fee income

1,253

3,936

-

-

5,190

Other income

824

787

732

14

2,357

Total fee income

30,445

28,202

732

14

59,393

 

Disaggregation of revenue by segment - For the six months ended 31 March 2020

 

 

Investment administration services

Insurance and life assurance business

 

 

Licences

Other

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Annual commission income

26,024

21,396

 

-

-

47,420

Wrapper fee income

1,144

3,639

-

-

4,783

Other income

844

778

-

-

1,621

Total fee income

28,012

25,812

-

-

53,824

 

Statement of financial position - segmental information for the periods ended 31 March 2021 and 30 September 2020:

 

31 March 2021

 

30 September 2020

 

£'000

 

£'000

Net assets

 

 

 

Investment administration services

68,788

 

68,434

Insurance and life assurance business

74,292

 

72,486

Licenses

3,830

 

-

 

146,910

 

140,920

 

5.  Earnings per share

 

Six months to             31 March 2021

 

Six months to     31 March 2020 (restated)

 

 

 

 

Profit

 

 

 

Profit for the year and earnings used in basic and diluted earnings per share

£25.0m

 

£23.0m

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares

 

 

 

Weighted average number of Ordinary shares

331.3m

 

331.3m

Weighted average numbers of Ordinary Shares held by Employee Benefit Trust

(0.2m)

 

(0.1m)

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares for the purposes of basic EPS

331.1m

 

331.2m

Adjustment for dilutive share option awards

0.2m

 

0.1m

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares for the purposes of diluted EPS

331.3m

 

331.3m

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

7.5p

 

6.9p

Diluted earnings per share

7.5p

 

6.9p

 

6.  Tax on profit on ordinary activities

 

The UK estimated weighted average effective tax rate was 19% for the six month period ended 31 March 2021 (31 March 2020: 19%), representing the tax rate enacted at the reporting date. For the entities within the Group operating outside of the UK, tax is charged at the relevant rate in each jurisdiction.

 

7.  Deferred tax

 

Deferred Tax Asset

 

Accelerated capital allowances

Share based payments

Policyholder tax

Other deductible temporary differences

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 30 September 2019

-

110

-

47

157

Adjustment in respect of prior year

 

-

 

108

 

-

 

18

 

127

Adjustment to

 

 

 

 

 

opening balances

-

-

-

32

32

Excess tax relief charged to equity

 

-

 

60

 

-

 

-

 

60

Charge to income

-

-

(10)

113

At 30 September 2020

 

402

-

87

489

Charge to income

-

-

-

-

As at 31 March 2021

-

-

87

489

 

 

Deferred Tax Liability

 

Accelerated capital allowances

Share based payments

Policyholder tax

Other deductible temporary differences

Total

 

£'000

£'000

 £'000

£'000

£'000

At 30 September 2019

60

-

13,188

-

13,248

Charge to income

61

-

(4,341)

-

(4,280)

At 30 September 2020

121

-

8,847

-

8,968

Charge to income

-

 

11,577

-

11,577

At 31 March 2021

121

-

20,424

-

20,545

 

8.  Policyholder income and expenses

 

 

Six months to                31 March 2021

 

Six months to    31 March 2020

 

 

 

(restated)

 

£'000

 

£'000

Net income / (expense) attributable to policyholder returns

17,802

 

(24,312)

Policyholder tax (charge) / credit

(17,802)

 

24,312

 

This relates to income and expenses, and the associated tax charges, on policyholder assets and liabilities.

 

9.  Intangible assets

 

 

Software and IP rights

Goodwill

Total

Cost

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 October 2020

12,505

12,951

25,456

Additions

-

8,851

8,851

At 31 March 21

12,505

21,802

34,307

 

 

 

 

Amortisation

 

 

 

At 1 October 2020

12,505

-

12,505

Charge for the year

-

-

-

At 31 March 21

12,505

-

12,505

 

 

 

 

Net Book Value

 

 

 

At 30 September 2020

-

12,951

12,951

At 31 March 2021

-

21,802

21,802

 

 

 

 

Cost

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 October 2019

12,505

12,951

25,456

At 30 September 2020

12,505

12,951

25,456

 

 

 

 

Amortisation

 

 

 

At 1 October 2019

12,505

-

12,505

Charge for the year

-

-

-

At 30 September 2020

12,505

-

12,505

 

 

 

 

Net Book Value

 

 

 

At 30 September 2019

-

12,951

12,951

At 30 September 2020

-

12,951

12,951

 

Amortisation of the software and IP rights is recognised within administrative expenses in the statement of comprehensive income.

 

 

 

Business combinations - acquisition of Time for Advice Limited (T4A)

On 11 January 2021, the Company acquired 100% of the voting equity instruments of T4A, a specialist software provider for financial planning and wealth management. The principal reason for the acquisition was to support IHP's strategy of providing platform and associated services to clients and their advisers.

With effect from the date of acquisition, T4A's accounts have been consolidated into the Group's consolidated results, resulting in the inclusion of £732k of revenue achieved from that date to 31 March, and losses after tax of £271k in the same period.

 

Had the acquisition of T4A taken place at the beginning of the reporting period, the consolidated revenue of the Group for the six months to 31 March 2021 would have been £60.4 million, and the consolidated profit after tax would have been £24.4 million.

 

T4A generates cash inflows that are independent of the cash inflows from the rest of the Group, and it is therefore considered to be a separate cash generating unit.

 

Details of the fair value of identifiable assets and liabilities acquired, purchase consideration and goodwill are as follows:

 

 

Fair value

 

 

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

 

697

Trade and other receivables

 

373

Property, plant and equipment

 

22

Current liabilities

 

(991)

Total net assets

 

101

 

 

 

Fair value of consideration

 

8,952

Goodwill

 

8,851

 

All contractual cash flows are expected to be received, and the gross contractual amounts receivable therefore equal the fair value of receivable shown above.

 

The purchase price allocation exercise is still being finalised, and it is therefore possible that the fair value of the above assets and liabilities will be revised, or that additional intangible assets will be recognised. While management believes that the main value of the T4A offering will only be realised in combination with Transact and with support from the Company, the final assessment will consider whether there are any elements relating to T4A that are identifiable and capable of providing future economic benefits independently, and that should therefore be recognised as intangible assets.

The acquisition cost comprised up-front cash payments of £8.6 million, plus £8.6 million of deferred consideration, payable in phases over the next four years. Additional consideration between £0 and £8.6 million is also be payable in January 2025. The amount is contingent on T4A meeting certain performance targets over the next four years, and management have estimated the fair value as 50% of the maximum amount, or £4.3m.  

The allocation of the above costs between consideration and post-combination remuneration can be seen below:

 

 

Consideration

Remuneration

 

 

£'000

£'000

Up-front cash consideration

 

8,600

-

Deferred consideration

 

238

8,342

Additional consideration

 

114

4,171

Total

 

8,952

12,513

 

An assessment has been performed by management regarding the deferred and contingent arrangements payable to selling shareholders that continue providing services, and it has been determined that these relate to payment for post-combination services and should therefore be treated as remuneration across the four year period to which the services relate, from January 2021 to December 2024. The deferred and additional arrangements that have been treated as consideration relate to amounts payable to a selling shareholder who does not provide services to T4A.

The overall cash outflow upon acquisition of T4A can be seen below:

 

 

£'000

Up-front cash consideration

 

8,600

T4A cash and cash equivalents at acquisition date

 

(697)

Total cash outflow

 

7,903

 

The goodwill has arisen as the investment supports the Group's strategy of delivering the highest quality financial services infrastructure and associated services to advisers and clients. Management sees the T4A offering, CURO, as complementary to Transact.  Whilst still undergoing further development CURO has already proven to be highly capable and, with the Company's support, providing the necessary investment and direction, it is believed that T4A will be a great long term fit that will deliver positive outcomes for all.

The goodwill has not been tested for impairment during the current period, due to the fact that the acquisition was only completed recently. It will be tested for impairment annually going forward.

 

10.  Provisions

 

 

31 March 2021

 

30 September 2020

 

£'000

 

£'000

Balance brought forward

25,208

 

18,231

Increase in dilapidations provision

26

 

52

Increase in ILInt non-linked unit provision

-

 

2

(Decrease)/increase in ILUK tax provision

(9,565)

 

6,924

Other provisions

343

 

-

Balance carried forward

16,012

 

25,208

 

 

 

 

Dilapidations provisions

490

 

464

ILInt non-linked unit provision

41

 

41

ILUK tax provision

15,138

 

24,703

Other provisions

343

 

-

 

16,012

 

25,208

 

ILUK tax provision comprises claims received from HMRC that are yet to be returned to policyholders and other tax reserves which includes charges taken from unit-linked funds that will either become payable to HMRC or, if no tax liability raises, refunded to policyholders.

 

11.  Investments held for the benefit of policyholders

 

 

2021

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

Cost

 

Fair value

 

Cost

 

Fair value

ILInt

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Investments held for the benefit of policyholders

1,541,586

 

1,834,941

 

1,346,990

 

1,534,080

 

1,541,586

 

1,834,949

 

1,346,990

 

1,534,080

 

ILUK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments held for the benefit of policyholders

14,757,653

 

17,622,026

 

13,482,294

 

15,193,128

 

14,757,653

 

17,622,026

 

13,482,294

 

15,193,128

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

16,299,239

 

19,456,967

 

14,829,284

 

16,727,208

 

All amounts are current as customers are able to make same-day withdrawal of available funds and transfers to third-party providers are generally performed within a month.

 

These assets are held to cover the liabilities for unit linked investment contracts. All contracts with customers are deemed to be investment contracts and, accordingly, assets are 100% matched to corresponding liabilities.

 

12.  Investments held for the benefit of policyholders

 

 

31 March 2021

 

30 September 2020

 

Fair value

 

Fair value

ILInt

£'000

 

£'000

Unit linked liabilities

1,942,505

 

1,636,781

 

1,942,505

 

1,636,781

 

ILUK

 

 

 

Unit linked liabilities

18,822,190

 

16,476,154

 

18,822,190

 

16,476,154

 

 

 

 

Total

20,764,695

 

18,112,935

 

The benefits offered under the unit-linked investment contracts are based on the risk appetite of policyholders and the return on their selected collective fund investments, whose underlying investments include equities, debt securities, property and derivatives. This investment mix is unique to individual policyholders. When the diversified portfolio of all policyholder investments is considered, there is a clear correlation with the FTSE 100 index and other major world indices, providing a meaningful comparison with the return on the investments.

 

The maturity value of these financial liabilities is determined by the fair value of the linked assets at maturity date. There will be no difference between the carrying amount and the maturity amount at maturity date.

 

13.  Deferred acquisition costs and deferred income liability

 

Deferred acquisition costs

 

 

31 March 2021

 

30 September 2020

 

£'000

 

£'000

Opening balance

53,482

 

50,443

Capitalisation of deferred income

5,873

 

10,615

Amortisation of deferred income

(3,841)

 

(7,576)

Change in deferred acquisition costs

2,032

 

3,039

 

 

 

 

Current asset

3,926

 

3,782

Non-current asset

51,588

 

49,700

Closing balance

55,514

 

53,482

 

Deferred income liability

 

31 March 2021

 

30 September 2020

 

£'000

 

£'000

Opening balance

53,482

 

50,443

Capitalisation of deferred income

5,873

 

10,615

Amortisation of deferred income

(3,841)

 

(7,576)

Change in deferred income liability

2,032

 

3,039

 

 

 

 

 

Current asset

3,926

 

3,782

Non-current asset

51,588

 

49,700

Closing balance

55,514

 

53,482

 

The current and non-current split of the deferred acquisition costs and deferred income liability is based on the expected life of the underlying contracts.

 

 

Amortisation of deferred income liability and deferred acquisition costs

 

 

Six months to                31 March 2021

 

Six months to 31 March 2020

 

£'000

 

£'000

Amortisation of deferred income liability

3,841

 

3,774

Amortisation of deferred acquisition costs

(3,841)

 

(3,774)

 

This relates to fees paid to policyholders' financial advisers for securing investment contracts, which are deferred and subsequently amortised over the lives of the contracts. A corresponding deferred income liability is recognised in respect of the charges taken from the policyholders at the contract's inception to meet obligations to financial advisers.

 

 

14.  Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

31 March 2021

30 September 2020

 

£'000

£'000

Bank balances - Instant access

146,325

148,617

Bank balances - Notice accounts

            6,502

5,500

Cash and cash equivalents held for the benefit of the policyholders - instant access - ILUK

 

1,157,516

 

1,231,043

Cash and cash equivalents held for the benefit of the policyholders - term deposits - ILUK

 

42,648

 

51,982

Cash and cash equivalents held for the benefit of the policyholders - instant access - ILINT

 

105,055

 

100,716

Cash and cash equivalents held for the benefit of the policyholders - term deposits - ILINT

 

2,509

 

1,985

Total

1,460,555

1,539,843

 

Bank balances held in instant access accounts are current and available for use by the Group, though £33m of the balance is set aside to cover ILUK policyholder tax liabilities.

 

All of the bank balances held in notice accounts require less than 35 days' notice before they are available for use by the Group.

 

The cash and cash equivalents held for the benefit of the policyholders are held to cover the liabilities for unit linked investment contracts. These amounts are 100% matched to corresponding liabilities.

 

15.  Trade and other receivables

 

31 March 2020

30 September 2020

 

£'000

£'000

Amounts due from HMRC

4,721

2,227

Other receivables

2,621

1,329

 

7,342

3,556

 

16.  Trade and other payables

 

31 March 2021

30 September 2020

 

£'000

£'000

Trade payables

2,171

1,716

 

PAYE and other taxation

1,653

1,420

 

Deferred consideration

698

-

 

Other payables

7,077

7,436

 

Accruals and deferred income

6,574

7,794

 

 

18,173

18,366

 

 

 

 

17.  Related parties

 

There were no material changes to the related party transactions during the period.

 

18.  Restatement of prior year profit

 

Profit after tax for the half year to 31 March 2020 has been restated to £23.0 million, an increase from £22.5 million.

 

As noted in the Annual Report for the year ending 30 September 2020, the restatement of profit after tax across prior years is due to the identification of an error in the calculation of the policyholder tax provision in the subsidiary, ILUK, which is one of the elements of the Group's insurance and life assurance segment.   The error was due to corporate expenses being deducted in the policyholder tax calculation resulting in an overprovision of tax reserves due back to policyholders. Profit after tax for financial year 2019 has been restated to £41.1 million, an increase from £40.1 million, and an adjustment to 2019 opening retained earnings has been made of £5.4m.

 

The above change has been reflected by restating the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income and condensed consolidated statement of cash flows as follows:

 

 

31 March 2020

Adjustment

31 March 2020 (restated)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Administration expenses

(26,137)

535

(25,602)

Operating profit attributable to shareholder returns

27,248

535

27,783

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

3,026

 

535

 

3,561

Profit before taxation attributable to shareholder

27,338

 

535

 

27,873

Shareholder tax

(4,849)

(50)

(4,899)

Profit after policyholder and shareholder tax

22,489

 

485

 

22,974

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share - basic and diluted

6.8p

0.1p

6.9p

 

 

 

31 March 2020

Adjustment

31 March 2020 (restated)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Profit before tax

3,026

535

3,561

Increase in policyholder tax recoverable

3,663

(535)

3,128

 

19.  Restatement of presentation

 

In addition to the restatement explained above, certain comparatives have been reclassified due to an error in presentation in prior years.

 

Items of income, expenses, gains and losses relating to the Group's insurance and life assurance segment are now reflected on a gross basis, rather than on a net basis.

 

Amortisation of the deferred income liability and the related deferred acquisition costs had been netted off in previous periods and not shown in the statement of comprehensive income, as the timing and magnitude of movements in the items always nets off exactly, resulting in zero net effect. This is now being shown gross, as the amortisation ultimately relates to balances shown on the statement of financial position.

 

Deferred income liability and deferred acquisition costs are now split between current and non-current assets and liabilities based on the expected life of the underlying contracts.

These changes have no effect on overall profit.

Details of these changes are shown below.

 

a)      Statement of comprehensive income (extract)

 

 

31 March 2020

Adjustment

31 March 2020 (restated)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Amortisation of deferred income liability

-

 

3,774

 

3,774

Amortisation of deferred acquisition costs

-

 

(3,774)

 

(3,774)

Investment returns

30

(2,078,200)

(2,078,170)

Fee and commission expenses

-

(64,870)

(64,870)

Change in investment contract liabilities

-

 

2,143,070

 

2,143,070

 

b)     Statement of cash flows (extract)

 

 

31 March 2020

Increase/ (decrease)

 31 March 2020 (restated)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

(Increase) in investments held for the benefit of policyholders

-

 

958,429

 

958,429

Increase in liabilities for linked investment contracts

-

 

(1,254,859)

 

(1,254,859)

 

 

 

 

(Decrease)/increase in cash

(502)

296,430

295,928

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

132,340

 

1,210,279

 

1,342,619

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

131,668

 

1,506,709

 

1,638,377

 

c)   Statement of financial position (extract)

 

 

30 September 2020

Increase/ (decrease)

 30 September 2020 (restated)

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Deferred acquisition costs

-

3,782

3,782

 

18,290,121

3,782

18,293,903

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Deferred acquisition costs

53,482

(3,782)

49,700

 

75,843

(3,782)

72,061

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Deferred acquisition costs

-

3,782

3,782

 

18,133,676

3,782

18,137,458

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Deferred acquisition costs

53,482

(3,782)

49,700

 

91,370

(3,782)

87,588

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.  Events after the reporting date

 

There are no events subsequent to the reporting period that require disclosure in, or amendment to the interim financial statements.

 

21.  Dividends

 

During the six month period to 31 March 2021 the Company paid an interim dividend of £18.5m to shareholders in respect of financial year 2020. This was in addition to the first interim dividend of £8.9m in respect of financial year 2020, which was paid in June 2020. The total of £27.4m compares with a full year interim dividend of £25.8m in respect of the full financial year 2019.

 

 

DIRECTORS, COMPANY DETAILS, ADVISERS

Executive Directors

Ian Taylor (to 26 February 2021)

Michael Howard

Alexander Scott

Jonathan Gunby

 

Non-Executive Directors

Richard Cranfield

Christopher Munro

Neil Holden

Caroline Banszky

Victoria Cochrane

Robert Lister

 

Company Secretary

Helen Wakeford

 

Independent Auditors

BDO LLP, 55 Baker Street, London, W1U 7EU

 

Solicitors

Eversheds Sutherland, One Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS

 

Corporate Advisers

Peel Hunt LLP, 100 Liverpool Street, London, England, EC2M 2AT

Barclays Bank PLC, 5 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4BB

 

Principal Bankers

NatWest Bank Plc, 135 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3UR

 

Registrars

Equiniti Group plc, Sutherland House, Russell Way, Crawley, RH10 1UH

 

Registered Office

29 Clement's Lane, London, EC4N 7AE

 

Investor Relations

Jane Isaac 020 7608 4900

 

Website

www.integrafin.co.uk 

 

Company number

8860879

 

LEI

213800CYIZKXK9PQYE87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IntegraFin Holdings plc, 29 Clement's Lane, London, EC4N 7AE     Tel: (020) 7608 4900 Fax: (020) 7608 5300

(Registered office: as above; Registered in England and Wales under number: 8860879)

The holding company of the Integrated Financial Arrangements Ltd group of companies.

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