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Tuesday 28 May, 2002


Interim Results

28 May 2002

28th May 2002

                                   ITE Group plc
             Interim Results for the Six Months ended 31 March 2002

ITE Group plc, the international exhibitions specialist, today announces interim
results for the six months ended 31 March 2002.


  • Turnover up 5% to £18.7 million (2001: £17.8 million)

  • Headline pre-tax profit of £0.9 million (2001: £3.8 million) prior to
    one-off exceptional charges involved in restructuring and rationalising the
    Group's international operations

  • Interim dividend of 1.45p per share (2001: 0.5p)

  • Strong balance sheet with cash balance of £15.7 million and net assets of
    £34.3 million at 31 March 2002

  • Continued strong trading in core Russian and CIS markets

  • Rationalisation programme near completion, allowing renewed focus on key

  • Encouraging forward order book with like-for-like sales to the year ended
    September 2003 9% ahead of last year

  • Appointment of Iain Paterson as Non-Executive Chairman further strengthens
    the Board and complements the arrival of Stephen Warshaw as CEO in October

Commenting on the results, Stephen Warshaw, Chief Executive Officer, said:

'After a disappointing period for shareholders, ITE is once again focused on its
key exhibition markets in Russia, the CIS, Eastern Europe and Turkey and it is
encouraging to see the company reporting strong trading in 2002 from its core
Russian and CIS shows, with the Oil & Gas, Travel and Construction events being
particularly successful.  Forward bookings for the year ended 30 September 2003
are now 9% ahead of forward bookings last year on a like-for-like basis, with
key Russian and CIS events for 2003 being particularly strong.  Indications from
all our key markets give us confidence that we will meet our expectations in
2002 and perform strongly in 2003 - a year that also holds ITE's big biennial

'I am also delighted to welcome Iain Paterson to our Board as Non-Executive
Chairman and look forward to working together with him to develop the full
potential of the business.'


Stephen Warshaw                                          020 7596 5000
ITE Group plc

David Simonson/Nicola Davidson                           020 7606 1244
Merlin Financial

Chief Executive Statement:


It has been a challenging first six months of the year, during which significant
management action has been required to move the focus of the Group toward its
most profitable businesses.  We are pleased to be able to report that, despite
the disappointments of some of the less successful investments, we have seen
consistently strong trading in our core Russian and CIS markets during this
period.  This strong trading has helped the Group report turnover up 5% over the
same period in 2001 at £18.7 million, with a headline pre-tax profit of £0.9
million (2001: £3.8 million) prior to non-recurring exceptional charges involved
in restructuring and rationalising the Group's international operations.  This
reduced result can be attributed to an increase in operating costs due to
strengthening and broadening the senior management team, contractual obligations
and increased staff and management costs, and a lower than expected contribution
from some of our associates, particularly in Turkey where three key exhibitions
which contributed £0.8 million of operating profitability in 2001 were
rescheduled.  These events will now take place in October and November 2002.

 Our balance sheet remains strong with a cash balance of £15.7 million and net
assets of £34.3 million as at 31 March 2002.

Following the completion of the capital reorganisation, an interim dividend of
1.45p (2001: 0.5p) has been declared by the Board. This will be payable on 19
July 2002 to shareholders on the register on 7 June 2002. Shareholders can elect
to take their dividend either in cash or in new shares in ITE.  The Board has
recognised in determining and declaring the amount of the dividend the fact that
it was technically impossible for ITE to pay a final dividend for 2001.
Consequently, the Board has increased the interim dividend amount as paid in
past years to make good this shortfall to shareholders.

Rationalisation programme and restored focus

During the six month period, your management has begun to implement a more
focused approach to its markets following the largely unsuccessful and
aggressive acquisition policy adopted over recent years.  This focus will
orientate ITE back mainly towards its key markets in Russia, the CIS, Eastern
Europe and Turkey, which we believe have strong potential.  The main products of
our business will continue to be the trade shows and conferences for which we
are market leaders.  It is our intention to focus on those sectors where we have
traditional strength and expertise, particularly Construction, Oil and Gas,
Motor and Transport, Travel and Tourism, Food and Ingredients.

During the period under review, we have undertaken a rationalisation programme
which is now nearing completion.  This programme has resulted in a number of
non-recurring costs being incurred in the period under review which largely
relate to the acquisition programme undertaken by the Group in prior years.
Such non-recurring costs have amounted to £7.1 million and consist of:
redundancy costs of £0.6 million, a provision for rent and repairs of £0.5
million, a provision for unrecoverable loans and debtor balances of £2.1
million, and an impairment to goodwill of £3.9 million.

The provision of £0.5 million has been made in relation to costs for properties
that are now surplus to the Group's requirements. .  The provision for
unrecoverable loans and debtor balances of £2.1 million relates to likely
unrecoverable debts and balances in respect of businesses in Indonesia, Turkey,
Egypt and the Ukraine.

The impairment primarily relates to ITE's investment in Intermedia, which has
been written down by £2.5 million, due to the continued downturn in the
technology sector.   One of our investments in Turkey, which has continued to
underperform, has also been further impaired by £1.0 million.  Finally, a write
down of one of our investments in the Czech Republic by £0.4 million has been
made as part of the process of consolidation and alignment of ITE's interests in
the Central European region.

Looking ahead, ITE has contracted to acquire the minority interest in a company
that carried out ITE's investment in Egypt.  The cash cost of this transaction
will be approximately £0.2m, although the overall accounting loss to the Group
will be in the region of £1.2 million, given the effect of previous impairments
undertaken in respect to the investment.  This process has been undertaken to
simplify the structure of ITE's Egyptian investment and addresses the existence
of a put option held by the minority party.  In addition, the Group is in
negotiation to dispose of its interest in Indonesia.  To date there has been no
cash effect relating to this particular disposal, although it is anticipated
that the overall exit from the Indonesian business will have a cash cost of
approximately £0.5 million.  Further we are combining all our businesses in the
Czech Republic within our 50:50 joint venture, Incheba Prague; and we have
acquired the remaining 50% of the shares in our exhibition software company, XRM
for a sum of £0.7m.

Performance of core events:

During the period to 31 March 2002, ITE organised 101 events (2000/2001: 127
events).  The following events were the top contributors to turnover for the
period, including ITE's share of turnover attributable to associates: It is
particularly pleasing to note that the majority of shows have expanded in terms
of square metreage and have also maintained their yield.

In order of turnover:
                                                                         Area (sq.m.)      Area (sq.m.)
                                                                            2001/2002         2000/2001

Moscow International Travel and Tourism                                        15,000            14,600
Kazakhstan Oil & Gas                                                            4,500             3,200
Moscow Sports, Boats and Leisure                                                5,950             4,200
Transrussia                                                                     3,400             3,550
International Textile Show (Autumn) - Turkey                                   11,350            10,000
International Textile Show (Spring) - Turkey                                   10,200             8,600
Moda Moscow                                                                     3,000             1,950
Ingredients Russia                                                              2,650             2,740
Holiday World -  Prague                                                         7,700             9,900
Saudi Arabia Oil & Gas                                                          2,400                 -
Batimat St. Petersburg *                                                            -             6,400
Auto Show - Turkey *                                                                -            34,900
Automotive Spare parts - Turkey *                                                   -            11,900
Commercial Vehicles - Turkey *                                                      -            10,100

* Events rescheduled from period under review.


We are delighted today to have issued a separate statement announcing the
appointment of Iain Paterson as the new Non-Executive Chairman.

Iain was previously a main Board Director of Enterprise Oil plc and before that
he had an extensive and successful career with BP plc.  He has considerable
experience with emerging markets and currently acts as a Non-Executive Director
for three other companies.


We have been greatly encouraged by the continued strong trading to date in 2002
from our core Russian and CIS shows, with our key Oil & Gas, Travel and
Construction events being particularly successful.   This trading is reflected
in the strength of our forward order book, which is 9% ahead of forward bookings
last year on a like for like basis, with key Russian and CIS events for 2003
being particularly strong.   To date 99% of forecast revenues for the year ended
30th September 2002 have been invoiced.  At the same time last year, ITE had
sold 87% of its revenues for the year ended 30th September 2001.  A new hall is
being built at the main Moscow exhibition ground, (Expocentr), which will open
in late 2002.  This extra space will allow us to grow our largest shows, which
in turn will be reflected in our revenues.

After a very difficult year in 2001, the business in Turkey is showing signs of
recovery helped by a more stable exchange rate.  ITE's investment in Turkey is
expected to make a small contribution to ITE profits in 2002 and a more
significant contribution in 2003.

ITE is in a strong financial position from which we believe there are a number
of opportunities to develop the full potential of the business and enhance
shareholder value.

Indications from all of our key markets give us confidence that we will meet our
expectations in 2002.  The outlook for 2003 - a year that also holds ITE's big
biennial events - looks very encouraging at this stage

Stephen Warshaw
Chief Executive Officer

Consolidated Profit and Loss Account                     Six months to   Six months to    Year ended 30
                                                         31 March 2002   31 March 2001   September 2001
                                                 Notes       Unaudited       Unaudited          Audited
Turnover                                                          £000            £000             £000
Existing operations                                             18,662          17,843           49,810
Acquisitions                                                         -               -              540

Continuing operations                                           18,662          17,843          50,350
Cost of sales                                                  (12,821)        (12,033)        (28,088)

Gross profit                                                     5,841           5,810           22,262
     Other operating expenses before exceptional items          (6,396)         (3,611)         (11,406)
     Exceptional loan write off                                   (864)              -                -

Operating (loss)/profit before amortisation of goodwill         (1,419)          2,199           10,856
     Impairment charge                                   3      (3,939)         (5,000)         (17,882)
     Goodwill amortisation                                      (1,024)         (1,352)          (2,842)

Operating (loss)/profit
Existing operations                                      4      (6,382)         (4,153)          (9,924)
Acquisitions                                                         -               -               56

                                                                (6,382)         (4,153)          (9,868)
     Share of associate's operating (loss)/profit before        (1,445)            987              522
     impairment and goodwill amortisation
     Impairment charge                                               -          (9,500)         (21,220)
     Goodwill amortisation                                         (78)           (619)            (998)

Share of associates' operating loss                             (1,523)         (9,132)         (21,696)
Profit on disposal of interest in associate                          -               -              589

Loss on ordinary activities before interest                     (7,905)        (13,285)         (30,975)
Interest receivable                                                562             513            1,166
Interest payable                                                    (2)           (111)            (121)

Loss on ordinary activities before taxation                     (7,345)        (12,883)         (29,930)
Tax on loss on ordinary activities                                (203)         (1,314)          (4,113)

Loss on ordinary activities after taxation                      (7,548)        (14,197)         (34,043)
Minority interests                                                  (1)            (37)            1,295
                                                                __________      __________      __________
(Loss)/profit for the financial period                          (7,549)         (14,234)        (32,748)
Dividends                                                       -               (1,286)         (1,323)
                                                                __________      __________      __________
Retained loss                                                   (7,549)         (15,520)        (34,071)
                                                                __________      __________      __________
Earnings per share
Headline diluted                                         5      (1.0p)          1.0p            3.7p
Basic                                                    5      (3.0p)          (5.9p)          (13.2p)
Diluted                                                  5      (3.0p)          (5.9p)          (13.2p)

Consolidated Balance Sheet

                                                       31 March 2002 31 March 2001  30 September
                                               Notes       Unaudited     Unaudited       Audited
                                                                £000          £000          £000
Fixed assets
Goodwill                                                      31,904        40,920        36,011
Tangible assets                                                1,828         1,790         1,994
Associates                                                       914        15,236         2,285
Other investments                                              2,492         5,954         2,497
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________
                                                              37,138        63,900        42,787
Current assets
Debtors                                                       21,055        22,920        18,793
Cash at bank and in hand                                      15,706        21,608        16,255
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________
                                                              36,761        44,528        35,048

Creditors: Amounts falling due within one year     6         (37,615)      (37,775)      (34,448)
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________
Net current (liabilities)/assets                                (854)        6,753           600
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________
Total assets less current liabilities                         36,284        70,653        43,387
Creditors: Amounts falling due after more than one               (61)         (171)          (62)
Provisions for liabilities and charges                        (1,879)       (10,636)      (2,577)
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________
Net assets                                                    34,344        59,846        40,748
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________

Capital and reserves
Called-up share capital                                       2,699         2,571         2,608
Share premium account                                        71,388        68,199        69,571
Option reserve                                                  274         1,708         1,001
Profit and loss account                                     (38,624)      (12,666)      (31,145)
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________
Equity shareholders' funds                                   35,737        59,812        42,035
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________
Minority interests                                           (1,393)           34        (1,287)
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________
Total capital employed                                       34,344        59,846        40,748
                                                         ___________   ___________   ___________

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

                                                    Six months to   Six months to      Year ended 30
                                                    31 March 2002   31 March 2001     September 2001
                                                        Unaudited       Unaudited            Audited
                                                             £000            £000               £000

Operating loss                                            (6,382)         (4,153)            (9,868)
Depreciation charges                                         247             284                540
Amortisation                                               1,024           1,352              2,842
Impairment                                                 3,939           5,000             17,882
Loss on sale of tangible fixed assets                        (22)             (4)                 -
(Profit)/loss on sale of own shares                            -               -                 (2)
Decrease/(increase) in debtors                            (1,351)         (3,667)             1,106
(Decrease)/increase in creditors                           7,141           7,943                803
                                                       __________      __________        __________
Net cash inflow from operating activities                  4,596           6,755             13,303
Returns on investments and servicing of finance              122             222                789
Taxation                                                    (585)         (1,331)            (3,665)
Capital expenditure and financial investment                 (55)            (97)              (722)
Acquisitions and disposals                                (4,774)        (10,268)           (19,145)
Equity dividends paid                                          -            (843)            (1,624)
                                                       __________      __________        __________
Cash outflow before management of liquid                    (696)         (5,562)           (11,064)
resources and financing
Management of liquid resources                                 -         (17,795)            (2,300)
Financing                                                    147          24,448             24,597
                                                       __________      __________        __________
(Decrease)/increase in cash in the year                     (549)          1,091             11,233
                                                       __________      __________        __________

1.   The six months accounts have been prepared on the historical cost basis,
are unaudited and do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of
Section 240 of the Companies Act 1985.

2.   The results for the year ended 30 September 2001 have been extracted from
the statutory accounts, which have been reported on by the Group's auditors and
have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The auditors' report was
unqualified and did not contain any statement under section 237 (2) or (3) of
the Companies Act 1985.

3.   An impairment review resulted in a loss of £3.9 million.  Of this amount,
the Group's investment in Intermedia was written down by £2.5 million as a
result of the continuing difficult market conditions in the Information
Technology sector.  A £1.0 million impairment was undertaken in relation to the
Group's investment in EUF in Turkey, whilst an impairment of £0.4 million has
been taken on the investment in Agentura Triumf in the Czech Republic.

4.   Operating loss includes a charge for compensation paid to directors for
loss of office of £442,352 for the six month period to 31 March 2002 (Six months
to 31 March 2001: £100,000; Year ended 30 September 2001: £70,000).  For
statutory reporting purposes, operating expenses amount to £12,223,000 (31 March
2001: £9,963,000) and comprise other operating expenses, amortisation of
goodwill and goodwill impairment.

5.   Basic, diluted and headline diluted earnings per share have been based on
the profit for the financial period divided by the weighted average of the
number of shares in issue being 253,574,493.

6.   Creditors: amounts falling due within one year includes amounts
representing deferred income of £27,225,000 (31 March 2001: £26,212,000; Year
ended 30 September 2001: £20,529,397).

7.   Copies of this document are being sent to shareholders.  Further copies are
available from the Company's registered office.


We have been instructed by the company to review the financial information for
the six months ended 31 March 2002 which comprises the Profit and Loss Account,
the Balance Sheet, the Cash Flow Statement and the related notes numbered 1 to
7.  We have read the other information contained in the interim report and
considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material
inconsistencies with the financial information.

Directors' responsibilities

The interim report, including the financial information contained therein, is
the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors
are responsible for preparing the interim report in accordance with the Listing
Rules of the Financial Services Authority which require that the accounting
policies and presentation applied to the interim figures should be consistent
with those applied in preparing the preceding annual accounts except where any
changes, and the reasons for them, are disclosed.

Review work performed

We conducted our review in accordance with guidance contained in Bulletin 1999/4
issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review
consists principally of making enquiries of group management and applying
analytical procedures to the financial information and underlying financial data
and based thereon, assessing whether the accounting policies and presentation
have been consistently applied unless otherwise disclosed. A review excludes
audit procedures such as tests of controls and verification of assets,
liabilities and transactions. It is substantially less in scope than an audit
performed in accordance with United Kingdom Auditing Standards and therefore
provides a lower level of assurance than an audit. Accordingly, we do not
express an audit opinion on the financial information.

Review conclusion

On the basis of our review we are not aware of any material modifications that
should be made to the financial information as presented for the six months
ended 31 March 2002.

Arthur Andersen
Chartered Accountants
180 Strand
28 May 2002

Interim dividend

Record date                                                                                    7 June 2002

Last date for Election (Scrip Dividend)                                                       10 July 2002

Payment date                                                                                  19 July 2002

Final dividend

Record date                                                                                  December 2002

Payment date                                                                                 February 2003

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