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Wednesday 20 August, 2008

Xaar PLC

Half Yearly Report and Result

RNS Number : 6673B
Xaar PLC
20 August 2008
 







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

20 August 2008




Xaar plc


HALF-YEARLY REPORT AND RESULTS

FOR THE 6 MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2008



Xaar plc ('Xaar'), the inkjet printing technology group headquartered in Cambridge, has issued its half-yearly report and unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2008.



KEY POINTS:

  • Results for the period reflect improved profitability despite lower than expected sales into China. 

  • The financial results were:

-  Turnover was £22.5m (2007: £23.4m);

-  Gross margins were 58% for the period, up from 53% for H1, 2007 
   and
 52% for the whole of 2007;

-  Profit before tax increased to £3.8m (2007: £3.1m);

-  Earnings per share were 4.5p (20073.6p);

-  Net cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2008 were £10.7
   (
30 June 2007: £10.0m).

  • Maiden interim dividend of 1.0p per share will be paid.

  • Continued strong interest in new Platform 2 and Platform 3 products.

On outlook, Chairman, Phil Lawler stated:

'The current international economic issues are affecting the global printing market and Xaar cannot reasonably expect to be immune from this. Specifically, at the time of writing, there is a lack of visibility and increased uncertainty with regard to demand from China for our Platform 1 products over the next few months. 


'We now believe sales to China will be lower than previously expected for the second half of the year and this will have some effect on second half profitability. We will provide a further update on trading in the next Interim Management Statement which will be issued during the first two weeks of October. At that stage, the likely outcome for the year should be clearer. 


'We have excellent new technologies that are clearly of significant commercial value and will play a leading role in the continuing market transition to digital inkjet printing. I therefore remain confident that, despite the current uncertainties, we have an exciting opportunity that the company and its staff have the ability, resources and products with which to succeed.'


Contacts


Xaar plc:

today: 020-7367-8888

Ian Dinwoodie, Chief Executive

thereafter: 01223-423663

Andrew Taylor, Finance Director

www.xaar.com



Bankside Consultants:


Steve Liebmann or Andy Harris

020-7367-8883 / 07802-888159

  Chairman's statement



Introduction


The company has continued to make progress in a number of areas, most notably in the acceptance by a growing number of 'original equipment' printer manufacturers (OEMs) of our newer technologies (Platform 2 and Platform 3). Sales of 'developer kits' for these products, the precursor to commercial printer launch, have continued to grow as planned.


However, volume sales of our more mature products into China (Platform 1) have not met our expectations, resulting in total revenues being 4% lower than the same period last year. Nevertheless profit before tax has increased by 20% for the period and the overall cash position remains strong. Work continues towards reducing our dependence on mature products and single markets.


Furthermore, as indicated in the period-end trading update in July 2008, after more than 18 months of discussion and detailed negotiations, we were highly disappointed not to be able to conclude a major commercial agreement as planned during the first half of the year. These discussions were ended due to adverse economic conditions affecting the third party and not for technical reasons.



Results


Revenues for the six months ending 30 June 2008 were £22.5m (six months to 30 June 2007: £23.4m). The continuing efforts to reduce manufacturing costs, and our foreign currency hedging programme providing some protection against the strengthening of the Swedish kronor against sterling in the period, have improved gross margins to 58% in the half year, an increase from the 52% achieved for the whole of 2007. Profit before tax for the period was £3.8m (30 June 2007: £3.1m), after providing for amortisation of capitalised R&D of £0.5m (30 June 2007: £0.5m) and the cost of share-based payments of £0.5m (30 June 2007: £0.4m). As usual the majority of sales were products at £20.6m (30 June 2007: £22.4m). Royalty income increased to £1.6m (30 June 2007: £0.8m) whilst, as expected, development fees remained immaterial at £0.3m (30 June 2007: £0.2m). Royalty growth is in part a result of the increased activity by our licensees (often in competition with Xaar) whilst development fees relate, as previously reported, primarily to completion of finite work for Agfa concerned with their commercialisation of Platform 2 technology. Earnings per share increased 25% to 4.5p (30 June 2007: 3.6p).


Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2008 were £10.7m (30 June 2007: £10.0m). 



Business commentary


The first six months of 2008 was a period of sharp contrasts; on the one hand the welcome continuing endorsement of our Platform 2 and Platform 3 technologies by OEMs globally, and on the other hand disappointing Platform 1 sales to China. We have continued to see strong demand for our new technology development kits and sales of these are in line with our expectations. Our technology was endorsed at Drupa, the world's largest commercial printing equipment exhibition held every four years in Dusseldorf, through being showcased on numerous manufacturers' stands and the company itself having a significant presence. 


Press and technology analyst comment was favourable, confirming Xaar as a leader in the field of commercial inkjet printing. Significantly, this comment substantially endorsed 'generic' inkjet as a technology for the future as the limitations of traditional, analogue printing equipment are being exposed increasingly by new requirements. Following the show we were very pleased to receive a prestigious 2008 PIA/GATF InterTech™ Award for our 1001 (Platform 3) printhead. The InterTech™ Technology Awards recognise the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact in the graphic arts and related industries.

 Printer manufacturers continue to announce new products based on Xaar Platform 2 and Platform 3 technology. Interest in our new technology is widespread, with the majority of enquiries so far emanating from Western economies. Our revenues currently rely heavily on China where a significant number of the world's wide and grand format printers are now produced. Through the introduction of Platform 2 and Platform 3 products, we expect to achieve a better geographic balance to both revenues and profits in the future.


Also significant is the interest in adoption of our newer technologies by new market segments, particularly packaging and industrial applications. As well as a focus on geographic diversity we are also expanding beyond our traditional wide format graphics market where we remain the leader.


All this contrasts with our traditional business in China. Whilst other regions have performed well (Europe up 15%, Americas up 26%), sales in China have been particularly disappointing (Asia as a whole was down 19%). We believe that growth in the wide format graphics market as a whole in China has slowed significantly and this trend has been compounded by other short term impacts including the earthquake in Sichuan province, a slowing of the Chinese domestic economy and restrictive practices enforced by the Chinese government in the run-up to, and throughout the period of, the Olympics. Competitive activity by Xaar licensees based on aggressive pricing to gain market share has compounded the issue. On the positive side, as sales from our licensees have increased at the expense of our own sales, the company has derived some benefit from increased royalty payments.



Markets and technology


Significant at Drupa was the increased interest in and adoption of inkjet technology. Xaar was able to demonstrate a clear lead over its competitors by having technology that was functional, demonstrable and commercially available. As inkjet increases its functionality, speed and quality more manufacturers, in response to demand from their customers, are planning to utilise the increased flexibility offered by this digital technology.


The packaging market is of specific interest where language, content, date and coding drive a requirement for higher levels of printed variable data. We are seeing a growing demand for technology that delivers this kind of flexibility. Xaar Platform 3 technology is now deployed within a number of new commercially available digital label printing presses, including the Nilpeter Caslon and the award winning EFI Jetrion 4000. 



Board changes


After many years of dedicated service, founder director and former Chairman Richard King, CBE, retired at this year's AGM. Richard's vision, technology understanding and 'Cambridge connections' have all added to Xaar's growth and development over 18 years. His wise counsel was invaluable. We thank him for his contributions and wish him well for a long retirement. 



Change of adviser


The board decided that it should review the company's broker and as a result of this process Landsbanki Securities (UK) Limited has been retained as the company's new financial adviser and broker. We thank Panmure Gordon for their loyalty and commitment to the company over the previous eight years.



Dividend


An interim dividend of 1.0p per share will be paid on 17 September 2008 to shareholders on the register at close of business on 29 August 2008. This will be the first interim dividend to be paid by the company; hitherto a single final dividend has been paid (2007: 2.5p). 


The board now expects its dividend payment policy to be a split of approximately one-third/two-thirds between the interim and final payments, subject to performance.


  Outlook


The current international economic issues are affecting the global printing market and Xaar cannot reasonably expect to be immune from this.  Specifically, at the time of writing, there is a lack of visibility and increased uncertainty with regard to demand from China for our Platform 1 products over the next few months and, while the uptake of our latest technology continues its encouraging trend, the timing of product launches by our OEM customers remains difficult to predict. 


For the reasons set out earlier in this report we now believe sales to China will be lower than previously expected for the second half of the year and this will have some effect on second half profitability. We will provide a further update on trading in the next Interim Management Statement which will be issued during the first two weeks of October. At that stage, the likely outcome for the year should be clearer.  


We have excellent new technologies that are clearly of significant commercial value and will play a leading role in the continuing market transition to digital inkjet printing. I therefore remain confident that, despite the current uncertainties, we have an exciting opportunity that the company and its staff have the abilityresources and products with which to succeed.



Phil Lawler

Chairman







Directors' responsibilities



We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:


  • the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting, as adopted by the European Union;

  • the chairman's statement includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being 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 financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

  • the chairman's statement includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during the period; and also any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.



Ian Dinwoodie
Chief Executive

Andrew Taylor
Finance Director

  

Consolidated income statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2008





Six months

ended

Six months

ended

Twelve months

ended



30 June 2008

30 June 2007

31 December 2007



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

Continuing operations





Revenue

2

22,478

23,441

47,853

Cost of sales


(9,424)

(11,092)

(22,925)

Gross profit 


13,054

12,349

24,928

Distribution costs


(2,444)

(1,962)

(4,003)

Administrative expenses


(7,049)

(7,396)

(13,932)

Operating profit


3,561

2,991

6,993

Investment income


225

193

447

Finance costs


(32)

(62)

(119)

Profit before tax before 





share-based payments


4,241

3,553

8,275

Share-based payments


(487)

(431)

(954)

Profit before tax


3,754

3,122

7,321

Tax

5

(923)

(874)

(1,920)

Profit for the period

 




attributable to





shareholders


2,831

2,248

5,401

Earnings per share from continuing operations





Basic

6

4.5p

3.6p

8.6p

Diluted

6

4.4p

3.5p

8.4p


Dividends paid in the period amounted to £1,530,000 (six months to 30 June 2007: £1,218,000; twelve months to 31 December 2007: £1,218,000).



Consolidated statement of recognised income and expense

for the six months ended 30 June 2008



Six months

ended

Six months

ended

Twelve months

ended


30 June 2008

30 June 2007

31 December 2007


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


£'000

£'000

£'000

Exchange differences on 




translation of foreign operations

(115)

55

(64)

Cash flow hedges transferred to 




income statement

-

(18)

-

Tax on items taken directly to equity

69

222

(746)

Net (loss)/income recognised 




directly in equity

(46)

259

(810)

Profit for the period

2,831

2,248

5,401

Total recognised income and 




expense for the period

2,785

2,507

4,591

  Consolidated balance sheet

as at 30 June 2008





As at

As at

As at



30 June

30 June

31 December



2008

2007

2007



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment


12,763

11,886

11,849

Goodwill


720

720

720

Other intangible assets

4

6,916

7,097

7,294

Investments


2,020

2,020

2,020

Deferred tax asset


316

916

322



22,735

22,639

22,205

Current assets





Inventories

3

7,164

4,098

4,137

Trade and other receivables


10,325

7,041

8,511

Current tax assets 


-

834

-

Cash and cash equivalents


10,723

10,033

13,036

Derivative financial instruments


263

36

261

 


28,475

22,042

25,945

Total assets 


51,210

44,681

48,150

Current liabilities





Trade and other payables 


(7,884)

(7,181)

(6,711)

Other financial liabilities


(204)

(191)

(198)

Current tax liabilities


(1,666)

(308)

(1,246)

Obligations under finance leases


(1)

(453)

(245)

Provisions


(143)

(164)

(193)

Derivative financial instruments


-

(18)

-

 


(9,898)

(8,315)

(8,593)

Net current assets 


18,577

13,727

17,352

Non-current liabilities





Deferred tax liabilities


(1,731)

(1,635)

(1,810)

Other financial liabilities


(548)

(752)

(651)

Obligations under finance leases


-

(42)

-

 


(2,279)

(2,429)

(2,461)

Total liabilities


(12,177)

(10,744)

(11,054)

Net assets


39,033

33,937

37,096

Equity





Share capital


6,306

6,275

6,285

Share premium


10,320

10,048

10,146

Own shares


(4,465)

(4,465)

(4,465)

Other reserves


4,538

3,528

4,051

Hedging and translation reserves


414

635

529

Retained earnings


21,920

17,916

20,550

Equity attributable to shareholders


39,033

33,937

37,096

Total equity


39,033

33,937

37,096


  Consolidated cash flow statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2008





Six months

ended

Six months

ended

Twelve months

ended



30 June 2008

30 June 2007

31 December 2007



(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Net cash from 





operating activities

7

1,674

3,098

8,565

Investing activities





Purchases of property, 





plant and equipment


(2,010)

(2,177)

(3,823)

Proceeds on disposal of 





property, plant and equipment


60

-

-

Purchases of trading





Investments


-

(89)

(89)

Expenditure on capitalised 





product development


(468)

(1,084)

(1,770)

Net cash used in





investing activities


(2,418)

(3,350)

(5,682)

Financing activities





Dividends paid


(1,530)

(1,218)

(1,218)

Proceeds from issue of





ordinary share capital


195

449

561

Repayments of borrowings


(97)

(107)

(201)

Repayments of obligations





under finance leases


(258)

(224)

(498)

Purchase of own shares


-

(1,045)

(1,045)

Net cash outflow from





financing activities


(1,690)

(2,145)

(2,401)

Net (decrease)/increase in 





cash and cash equivalents


(2,434)

(2,397)

482

Effect of foreign exchange





rate changes


121

(8)

116

Cash and cash equivalents 





at beginning of period


13,036

12,438

12,438

Cash and cash equivalents 





at end of period


10,723

10,033

13,036


  Notes to the interim financial information

for the six months ended 30 June 2008



1. Basis of preparation and accounting policies


Basis of preparation


These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the company's 2007 annual report and were approved by the board of directors on 19 August 2008. The interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2008 have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the European Union. The interim financial statements do not include all the information and disclosures in the annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the group's annual financial statements as at 31 December 2007. 


The financial information in these interim financial statements does not constitute statutory financial statements as defined in section 240 of the Companies Act 1985. The group's annual report for the year ended 31 December 2007 has been filed with the Registrar of Companies and the auditor's review report on those financial statements was not qualified and did not contain statements made under section 237(2) or section 237(3) of the Companies Act 1985. 


The interim financial statements are unaudited but have been formally reviewed by the auditors, Ernst & Young LLP, and their report to the company is set out on page 12


Significant accounting policies


The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim condensed consolidated financial statements are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2007, except for the adoption of new Standards and Interpretations, noted below. Adoption of these Standards and Interpretations did not have any effect on the financial position or performance of the group.


IFRIC 11 and IFRS 2 Group and Treasury Share Transactions


The group has adopted IFRIC Interpretation 11 as of 1 January 2008. The interpretation requires arrangements whereby an employee is granted rights to an entity's equity instruments to be accounted for as an equity-settled scheme, even if the entity buys the instruments from another party, or the shareholders provide the equity instruments needed. The adoption of this interpretation did not have any effect on the financial position or performance of the group.



2. Business and geographical segments


Business segments

For management reporting purposes, the group's operations are currently analysed according to product type. These product groups are the basis on which the group reports its primary segment information. 


Segment information about these product types is presented below:



Six months

Six months

Twelve months


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2008

2007

2007


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


£'000

£'000 

£'000

Revenue




Printheads and related products

20,600

22,353

45,612

Development fees

316

244

467

Licence fees and royalties

1,562

844

1,774

Total revenue

22,478

23,441

47,853

  2. Business and geographical segments (continued)



Six months

Six months

Twelve months


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2008

2007

2007


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


£'000

£'000

£'000

Result




Printheads and related products

8,695

8,372

17,025

Development fees

(38)

(41)

(79)

Licence fees and royalties

1,316

670

1,415

Total segment result

9,973

9,001

18,361

Unallocated corporate expenses

(6,412)

(6,010)

(11,368)

Profit from operations

3,561

2,991

6,993

Investment income

225

193

447

Finance costs

(32)

(62)

(119)

Profit before tax

3,754

3,122

7,321

Tax

(923)

(874)

(1,920)

Profit after tax

2,831

2,248

5,401


Unallocated corporate expenses relate to administrative expenses which cannot be directly attributed to any of the principal product groups. 


Geographical segments


The group's operations are located in Europe, Asia and North and South America. The following table provides an analysis of the group's revenue by geographical market, which is considered to be the group's secondary segment:



Six months

Six months

Twelve months


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2008

2007

2007


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


£'000

£'000 

£'000

Revenue




Asia

11,222

13,940

27,937

Europe and Middle East

7,843

6,800

14,235

North and South America 

3,413

2,701

5,681

Total revenue

22,478

23,441

47,853



3. Inventories


During the period, the group planned and executed an increase to its finished goods inventory holding of £3.0m in order to compensate for the reduced build plan during the summer holiday period at the group's manufacturing facility in Sweden. It is anticipated that inventories will subsequently return to the levels seen throughout 2007. 



4. Intangible assets


During the period the company spent £0.2m on development of a new asic. These costs have been capitalised on the balance sheet and will be amortised once development is complete and this is estimated to be during 2009. 



  5. Income tax


The major components of income tax expense in the income statement is as follows:



Six months

Six months


ended

ended


30 June

30 June


2008

2007


(unaudited)

(unaudited)


£'000

£'000

Current income tax



Income tax charge

979

1,003

Deferred income tax



Relating to origination and reversal of temporary differences

(56)

(129)

Income tax expense

923

874



6. Earnings per ordinary share - basic and diluted


The calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share is based upon the following data:



Six months

Six months

Twelve months


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2008

2007

2007


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


£'000

£'000 

£'000

Earnings




Earnings for the purposes of basic earnings per 




share being net profit attributable to equity 




holders of the parent

2,831

2,248

5,401

Number of shares




Weighted average number of ordinary shares for 




the purposes of basic earnings per share

62,881,307

62,246,666

62,514,226

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares:




Share options

1,143,744

1,729,183

1,599,424

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for 




the purposes of diluted earnings per share

64,025,051

63,975,849

64,113,650



  7. Notes to the cash flow statement



Six months

Six months

Twelve months


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2008

2007

2007


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)


£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit before tax

3,754

3,122

7,321

Adjustments for:




Share-based payments

487

431

954

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,594

1,318

2,895

Amortisation of intangible assets

692

614

1,320

(Gain)/loss on disposal of property,




plant and equipment

(14)

-

12

Decrease in provisions

(50)

(45)

(16)

Operating cash flows before movements




in working capital

6,463

5,440

12,486

Increase in inventories

(3,050)

(446)

(319)

Increase in receivables

(1,842)

(941)

(2,645)

Increase/(decrease) in payables

764

633

(16)

Cash generated by operations

2,335

4,686

9,506

Income taxes paid

(661)

(1,588)

(941)

Net cash from operating activities

1,674

3,098

8,565


Cash and cash equivalents (which are presented as a single class of asset on the face of the balance sheet) comprise cash at bank and other short-term highly liquid investments with a maturity of three months or less. 



8. Date of approval of interim financial statements


The interim financial statements cover the period 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2008 and were approved by the board on 19 August 2008.


The interim financial statements will be sent to shareholders in due course. Further copies will be available from the company's registered office, Science ParkCambridge CB4 0XR and can be accessed on the Xaar plc website, www.xaar.com.



  Independent review report

for the six months ended 30 June 2008



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 30 June 2008 which comprises the consolidated income statement, consolidated statement of recognised income and expense, consolidated balance sheet, consolidated cash flow statement and the related notes 1 to 8. 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. 


This report is made solely to the company in accordance with guidance contained in ISRE 2410 (UK and Ireland) 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company, for our work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.


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 and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority. 


As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the group are prepared in accordance with 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 Auditing Practices Board 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 Ireland) 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 30 June 2008 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority. 


Ernst & Young LLP
Cambridge
19 August 2008

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