Company Announcements

Annual Report 2021 and Associated Documents

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Spirent Communications PLC
30 March 2022




London, UK - 30 March 2022 - Spirent Communications plc (the "Company") (LSE: SPT), the leading provider of automated test and assurance solutions for next-generation devices and networks, today announces that its Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 6 May 2022 at 11.00am at the offices of FTI Consulting at 200 Aldersgate, Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HD.


The 2022 AGM will be held as an in-person meeting, subject to any change in government guidance on public gatherings that may be in place at the date of the meeting. To encourage engagement from those shareholders unable to attend in person, proceedings will also be available on a webcast which will enable all shareholders to watch the 2022 AGM and ask questions of the Board, either by submitting them in advance to or via the webcast facility. 


Details of how to access the AGM webcast will be confirmed on the AGM page of the Company's website at and announced via a Regulatory Information Service on Wednesday 4 May 2022.


Voting at the 2022 AGM

While shareholders will be able to follow the 2022 AGM by virtual means, they will not be able to cast votes via the webcast facility.  The Board urges shareholders to appoint the Chair of the 2022 AGM as their proxy and not another named individual who may not be able to attend in their place.


In compliance with Listing Rule 9.6.1R, the following documents have today been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at 


·          Annual Report 2021

·          Notice of 2022 Annual General Meeting

·          Form of Proxy for 2022 Annual General Meeting


The Annual Report 2021 and Notice of 2022 Annual General Meeting are also available in the Investors section of the Spirent Communications plc website at .


A condensed set of the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021 together with information on important events that occurred during that financial year and their impact on the financial statements were contained in the Preliminary Results announcement made on 10 March 2022.  That information, together with the information set out in the appendices to this announcement, which is extracted from the Annual Report, constitute the material required by Disclosure Guidance & Transparency Rule 6.3.5R which is required to be communicated to the media in full unedited text through a Regulatory Information Service.  This announcement is not a substitute for reading the Annual Report.


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Michelle Balch

Deputy Company Secretary


Spirent Communications plc

+44 (0)1293 767676


About Spirent Communications plc

Spirent Communications plc (LSE: SPT) is the leading global provider of automated test and assurance solutions for networks, cybersecurity and positioning. The Company provides innovative products, services and managed solutions that address the test, assurance and automation challenges of a new generation of technologies, including 5G, SD-WAN, Cloud, autonomous vehicles and beyond. From the lab to the real world, Spirent helps companies deliver on their promise to their customers of a new generation of connected devices and technologies. Further information about Spirent Communications plc can be found at


Spirent Communications plc Ordinary Shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: SPT; LEI: 213800HKCUNWP1916L38). The Company operates a Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programme with each ADR representing four Spirent Communications plc Ordinary Shares. The ADRs trade in the US over-the-counter (OTC) market under the symbol SPMYY and the CUSIP number is 84856M209. Spirent ADRs are quoted on the Pink OTC Markets electronic quotation service which can be found at


Spirent and the Spirent logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Spirent Communications plc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned herein are held by their respective companies. All rights reserved.


Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements

This document may contain forward-looking statements which are made in good faith and are based on current expectations or beliefs, as well as assumptions about future events. You can sometimes, but not always, identify these statements by the use of a date in the future or such words as "will", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "project", "intend", "plan", "should", "may", "assume" and other similar words. By their nature, forward-looking statements are inherently predictive and speculative and involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.




Appendix A: Responsibility statement


The Annual Report and consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of, and have been approved by, the Directors.


Each of the Directors confirms that, to the best of their knowledge:


·           the consolidated financial statements of the Group and parent Company financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and the profit or loss of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and

·           the Annual Report including the strategic report, includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.


By Order of the Board


Paula Bell

Chief Financial Officer

10 March 2022


Appendix B: Related party transactions


Remuneration of key management personnel


The remuneration of the directors, who are the key management personnel of the Group, is disclosed in the Report on directors' remuneration.


There were no other material related party transactions during the year ended 31 December 2021.


Appendix C: Our principal risks and uncertainties







Spirent is a global business exposed to current world economic conditions and political and trade embargo uncertainties over which it has no control.

We have navigated regulatory changes throughout the year and continue to work closely with our customers. Trade compliance issues continue to remain a focus, particularly with China.

The business is also exposed to government spending priorities, principally in the United States.

The COVID-19 crisis has created uncertainty to current world economic conditions and government spending priorities. The Group continues to monitor the impact to the global economy.

Deterioration in economic conditions and a change to the terms of conventional international trade and embargoing of specific customers may lead to a reduction in the level of demand for Spirent's products and services and cause customers to delay their purchasing decisions.

The Group closely monitors both market and geographic trends in order to respond to changes in demand and be in a position to take timely actions to protect profitability where possible.

In addition, Spirent has a large number of geographically diverse customers, which may mitigate the impact of issues in any one area.


Spirent sells complex solutions in industries that can be subject to rapid technological changes. Testing new technologies drives our business, but the opportunity also brings high risk since keeping at the forefront of these key future technologies is critical to our success and to ensuring that we remain competitive in our markets.

It is critical that our product development investment is directed at the right areas in order to deliver the solutions that our customers need when they need them.

Spirent's success is dependent in part on proprietary technology which may be infringed by others.

Open-source tools become more prevalent providing some of the functionality of our products.

Due to COVID-19, there is an increased risk that technology changes may take longer to occur.

If product development investment does not keep pace with the speed of change in technologies, or if it is not directed at the right key areas, our competitive position and financial performance will suffer.

If Spirent's solutions take longer to develop than anticipated or longer to develop than our competitors, then our competitive position and financial performance will also suffer.

Changes in technologies may lead to a short-term pause by our customers investing in our solutions.

Intellectual property claims can result in significant defence costs and may affect Spirent's ability to market its products.

Customers may choose to use open-source tools instead of some Spirent products to meet part of their testing needs.

All Spirent's businesses work very closely with customers and remain focused on their requirements.

Each business makes investment decisions specifically related

to its solutions portfolio based on market needs.

Spirent continues to focus its investment into areas that offer the most potential for sustainable earnings growth. In 2021 the product development investment was $113.3 million (2020 $103.1 million).

Spirent has active intellectual property protection programmes in place to obtain appropriate protection in a cost-effective manner.


Operational risks are present in the Group's businesses, including the risk of failed internal and external processes and systems, human error and external events, such as a natural disaster, climate change, a global pandemic or cybersecurity attacks. For example, a significant portion of our communications operations are located in California which has in the past experienced natural disasters, including earthquakes and wildfires.

Our TCFD-related analysis has considered the potential of increasing intensity and frequency of storms and concentrated rainfall events, and frequency of wildfires, and we have assessed that these risks would possibly cause some disruption to operations. The understanding of climate change related risks is incorporated into the risk management framework.

The Group has therefore taken steps to manage

the increase to business continuity risk, including invoking business continuity plans in each location, closely monitoring the impact to the supply chain with additional inventory procured on key components and by adding alternate suppliers, making last time buys as necessary, and by boosting the global Spirent information technology systems to enable the workforce to work remotely.

Contract manufacturers are used for a substantial amount of Spirent's products and have experienced cost increases, end of life notices, lead time and delivery challenges with semi-conductors, leading to some shortages and increased costs during 2021. Spirent's major contract manufacturer is located in Thailand.

The incidence of cybercrime continues to rise. Spirent is dependent on its information technology systems for both internal and external communications as well as for its day-to-day operations.

A significant natural disaster or global pandemic could disrupt the Group's ability to conduct business and adversely impact revenue and operating results.

Higher peak and average temperatures could lead to increased capital expenditure to expand or upgrade cooling equipment across multiple Spirent sites.

The shift towards renewables and away from fossil fuels may result in associated increased costs. Starting in the short term, energy costs are likely to increase due to higher investment requirements in low carbon technology and expected additional carbon-related levies. We also expect additional administrative burden on the business, likely increasing the costs for resource to deliver and report. We do not estimate the impact to be material to Spirent.

In the medium to long term, our TCFD climate-related analysis has highlighted the risks of site damage to building and infrastructure, lost time and productivity and any associated increased cost of insurance. Additionally, a major supplier disruption event is a possible key risk, causing an outage for a period of time which we assess as causing possible delays to customer shipments and the timing of revenue recognition. Disruption, financial problems of contract manufacturers or limitations in their manufacturing capacity could limit supply and/or increase cost.

The ongoing semi-conductor supply chain shortage could lead to further disruption to the delivery of hardware to customers and further supply chain cost increases in 2022.

Failed internal and external processes, systems or human error could lead to compliance issues.

If a cyber-attack were to be successful it could result in loss of data and confidential information and damage to Spirent's intellectual property, causing major disruption to the business. Any security vulnerabilities in our products could also adversely impact our customers. There would also be a potential impact on Spirent's credibility in the security market.

An important component of Spirent's corporate governance is its risk management strategy. IT disaster recovery plans are in place for all core business systems and ensure that the wider operations are all fully covered. In 2021, we performed the annual refresh and test of the Group Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Policy and Procedure.

Spirent has mitigation plans for each of the TCFD physical risks identified, that have been developed as part of longstanding business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Spirent engineering centres are situated across the globe allowing flexibility and agility should one site become affected. Where possible we have second source component supply to assist with the mitigation of interruptions in supply and regular meetings are held with contract manufacturers. In addition, the Group's largest manufacturing subcontractor has multiple worldwide sites and comprehensive business continuity plans.

The Group has appropriate business interruption insurance in place.

We are working closely with our contract manufacturers and are in frequent direct consultation with key component suppliers worldwide to mitigate the impact of the ongoing semi-conductor supply chain challenges. The situation is dynamic and we will take appropriate action to mitigate the supply chain risk including the careful management of planning and fulfilment.

During 2021, we continued with a programme of work to enhance processes and procedures in the area of cybersecurity. Third party providers are used in both the testing and monitoring of our security profile.


The Group sells its products and services to a wide range of companies and continually seeks to expand its customer base. In 2021, no one customer accounted for more than 10 per cent of Group revenue, although the top ten customers represented 38 per cent of Group revenue (2020 41 per cent).

In some of our markets certain customers have a dominant market share, which makes doing business with these customers and their suppliers critical to the success of our business.

In addition, many of the companies with which we do business are some of the largest global telecommunications corporations. Therefore meeting our development obligations, producing high quality products and being on time are vital to Spirent's reputation and success.

Changes in our major customers' priorities in technology investments can also have a significant impact on their spending on Spirent products and on those in the customers' supply chain.

The industry continues to experience consolidation which does disrupt the spending patterns of affected customers.

As a result of COVID-19, customer spending patterns remain uncertain, particularly for lab and government markets. The Group has taken steps to evolve the sales team in order to strengthen relationships with customers.

Loss of one or more of Spirent's major customers could have a significant impact on Spirent's financial results.

Spend on Spirent's products is often capital in nature and so customer spend can fluctuate significantly from year-to-year.

Significant failings in either quality or being able to deliver in the appropriate timescale could cause long-lasting damage to Spirent's reputation and relationships.

Over recent years there has been significant consolidation in our customer base amongst service providers and network equipment manufacturers. This trend continues and often results in delays in spending, thereby reducing demand for Spirent's solutions and services. It also reduces the potential number of customers to which those solutions and services could be sold.

Changes in our customers' technology investments can result in reduced spending on our existing solutions before customers and those in the customers' supply chains increase spending on new technologies.

Strong customer relationships are critical to Spirent. We aim to provide innovative solutions which meet customers' needs and we place great emphasis on providing professional service and support.

One of the Group's strategic objectives is to invest in deepening our customer relationships and our key account management initiatives assist to ensure robust relationships with our largest customers. We place engineers on site with our customers and undertake site surveys of intended plans for the use of test solutions in their business.

We seek to establish thought leadership in our industry through participation in standards bodies and industry forums, which in turn creates additional links with customers. Our approach is to play a key part in the wider supply chain to our key service provider customers by aligning with early adopters of technology


Spirent operates in a range of highly competitive niche markets which experience rapid technological change. In order to compete effectively, it is necessary to establish and maintain technological differentiation in our solutions.

The Group faces competition from new market start-ups as well as more established and well-resourced companies.

Industry consolidation amongst our direct competitors may bring about a shift in competitive advantage.

Actions by competitors and increased competition can bring about pressure on Spirent's gross margin. These factors could also affect Spirent's competitive position, thereby reducing revenue and consequently affecting financial results.

Consolidation continues within our sector. The consolidation of competitors may bring opportunities for Spirent but can also change the competitive landscape as competitors are able to leverage product capabilities or sales channels

The Group's broad solution portfolio, market-leading capabilities and customer focus continue to address this risk.

Spirent aims to maintain market-leading positions through significant investment in the development of differentiated products.

Competitor activity is closely monitored with a view to maintaining clear differentiation based on Spirent's products, services and global reach.


A key emerging element of Spirent's strategy is to develop new capabilities and technologies, and to expand our addressable markets, sometimes through acquisition.

Integration of acquisitions can be a complex process and the results expected from acquisitions may not be achieved due to problems encountered in integration, changes in market conditions, the rate of adoption of new technologies, or sometimes deficiencies arising in the due diligence processes.

Underperformance by acquisitions will impact the Group's results and may lead to impairment of goodwill and/or intangible assets.

Rigorous strategic and financial evaluations of all acquisition opportunities are carried out. Detailed financial and commercial due diligence is performed. The Board will only authorise transactions after all due diligence has been successfully completed and where the financial hurdles are within the agreed guidelines.

Integration plans and processes are carefully considered prior to acquisition.

The Board reviews post-acquisition performance.


Employees are crucial to the success of our business. Attracting and retaining highly qualified and skilled employees is essential to enable the Group to deliver on its strategy and to the success of the business.

Intense competition for personnel is faced from other companies and organisations and the loss of key employees, the failure to attract and retain other highly skilled employees, or the failure to adequately plan for succession may impair Spirent's ability to run and expand the business effectively.

Investing in people is at the core of the Group's strategy. The aim is to find, keep and engage the highest calibre of employees and encourage their contribution and development. An environment that fosters innovation and collaboration is critical to Spirent's success, as is ensuring incentive plans are competitive.

We have refined our employee value proposition and continue to make Spirent a more inclusive, diverse and engaging place to work to attract and retain talent.

Succession planning for senior posts in the Company is reviewed periodically by the Board.

Appropriate career paths and internal recognition programmes are developed for both technical and nontechnical staff.

Regular reviews are performed to ensure that all elements of compensation across the Group are competitive with the market.


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