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Monday 18 May, 2009

ITE Group PLC

Interim Results

RNS Number : 3810S
ITE Group PLC
18 May 2009
 



18 May 2009

For Immediate Release


ITE GROUP PLC

INTERIM RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT


Financial highlights



Six months to 

31 March 

2009

Six months to 

31 March 

2008

Volume sales  

188,600 m2

161,100 m2

Revenue

£43.2m

£32.6m

Operating profit

£12.1m

£6.6m

Profit before tax

£11.1m

£3.9m

Headline pre-tax profit*

£13.3m

£4.7m

Diluted earnings per share

3.4p

1.1p

Headline diluted earnings per share**

4.0p

1.3p

Interim dividend per share

1.6p

1.6p

Net cash

£25.3m

£42.3m



  • Good results achieved in challenging trading conditions

  • Revenue of £43.2m - up 33% on prior year

  • £103.3m of revenue booked for the full year - 11up on this time last year

  • Acquisitions of SFITEX , Siberian Fairs and EMITT strengthen the Group's position in core markets

  • Strong balance sheet with net cash of £25.3m to support further investment

  • Maintained interim dividend of 1.6p demonstrates the Board's ongoing confidence in the future 


Russell Taylor, CEO of ITE Group plc, commented:


'The first half has been challenging with trading conditions impacted by the economic crisis. We have been active in managing costs and have benefited from the flexible nature of the Group's cost base.  Our recent acquisitions have performed well and have strengthened our portfolio of leading events for the future. The economic climate remains challenging but we have seen some signs of stabilisation in our core markets in recent weeks. As of 14 May 2009, ITE had revenue of £103.3m (2008: £93.4m) for this financial year.  ITE's principal markets have significant long-term growth potential and events remain the primary route to market for many of our exhibitors. ITE's leading portfolio of events and strong balance sheet makes the Board confident that we will emerge from the global downturn as a stronger business.'



* Headline pre-tax profit is defined as profit before tax, amortisation of acquired intangiblesimpairment of goodwill (including associates) and profits or losses arising on disposal of Group undertakings - see note 5 for details.

** Headline diluted earnings per share is calculated using profit before amortisation of acquired intangiblesimpairment of goodwill (including associates) and profits or losses arising on disposal of Group undertakings - see note 8 for details.



Enquiries:


Russell Taylor, Chief Executive 

Neil Jones, Group Finance Director


ITE Group plc

020 7596 5000

Charles Palmer/Matt Dixon/Emma Appleton

Financial Dynamics

020 7831 3113


Interim management report


Financial performance

The Group has reported good results for the first six months of the year. Revenues of £43.2m are 33% higher than last year (2008: £32.6m), a 10% increase on a like-for-like basis*. Like-for-like revenue growth has benefited from the strength of the Euro against Sterling which offset a 19% decline in like-for-like volume sales from events held in the period. The total volume of metres sold in the period increased by 17% to 188,600m2 reflecting the contribution of newly acquired businesses, notably the Siberian Fairs portfolio and the Turkish travel event, EMITT.  The new acquisitions contributed an incremental £7.1m of revenue and £2.9m of headline pre-tax profit.  


Gross margin is unchanged on last year at 42% and demonstrates the Group's ability to manage its operational cost base in line with sales performance. Finance income of £0.4m is less than last year (2008: £1.1m), reflecting lower interest rates earned on lower average cash balances. Finance costs of £1.4m this year (2008: £3.9m) include £1.2m of charges relating to derivative instruments not in a hedging relationship (2008: £3.5m), which were in place at 1 October 2008 and were fully closed out by 31 March 2009. 

 

Headline pre-tax profit of £13.3m (2008: £4.7m) includes foreign exchange gains of £3.9m (2008: loss of £2.8m) and a contribution from new acquisitions of £2.9m.  Reported profit before tax increased from £3.9m to £11.1m for the first six months and fully diluted earnings per share has improved from 1.1p to 3.4p.


The Group remains highly cash generative and generated £20.4m from operations during the period. Of this, £6.9m was applied to acquisitions, £8.8m was distributed as dividends and a further £3.8m of advances were made to the Employees' Share Option Trust to finance the purchase of ITE shares. The Group's net cash balance at 31 March 2009 was £25.3m.  



Overview
Trading conditions in the Group's principal markets have changed substantially over the period since 1 October 2008. October trading was relatively buoyant with bookings running in line with management expectations. The impact of the global financial crisis began to affect Russia and the CIS from the beginning of November - although Kazakhstan had already experienced the onset of this in the final quarter's trading of the last financial year. From November to March the outflow of foreign capital from Russia contributed to the Ruble devaluation of 30% against the world's major currencies, which together with the economic slowdown led to a liquidity crisis for many smaller Russian and CIS businesses. The events held over this period benefited from varying levels of 'pre-crisis ' bookings offset by the more difficult trading climate from November onwards. The impact of the economic crisis was greater in local markets and, as a result, the more international events have tended to perform better.  The Group has been active in managing its cost base throughout this period, reducing venue commitments in line with demand and staff remuneration in line with sales.


Despite the downturn, the events that have taken place have enjoyed similar or improved visitor attendance and 'better than expected' results for exhibitors. This has supported some positive re-booking statistics for next year.


* 'Like-for-like' figures exclude the effect of significant non-annual events, acquisitions and disposals.


The Group has continued to implement its strategy of strengthening its international sales presence to build on its position in its core markets. The major addition to ITE's product portfolio since 1 October 2008 has been the East Mediterranean International Travel and Tourism event (EMITT), which is held in Istanbul every year. The exhibition was held in February and recorded its biggest ever event at 21,400m2. ITE is now marketing EMITT through its various international sales offices and aims to attract a broader international participation in the event for 2010. The Group continues to look for investments that will broaden its sector spread in its existing markets or offer an opportunity to take its existing sectors into new emerging and developing markets.  


ITE's strategy is to invest where suitable opportunities present themselves and to return surplus cash to shareholders via dividends and share buybacks. In the current environment, there are likely to be more opportunities arising to make bolt-on investments and so the Group has no plans to make further share buybacks in the second half of the year.  


Dividend
The Board has approved an interim dividend of 1.6p per share (2008: 1.6p per share), reflecting a prudent view of the current economic situation. The Board remains committed to a progressive dividend policy over time.  


Trading highlights and review of operations
In the six months to 31 March 2009, ITE organised 91 events (2008: 67 events), including 26 acquired events. Total square metres sold in the first half was 188,600m2, up from 161,100m2 in the first six months of 2008. The result stated before the effect of acquisitions is a like-for-like volume decline of 19%. A summary of the Group's sales and margins from its exhibitions business is set out below:


 

Square metres sold

000s


Revenue

£m

Gross profit

£m

First half 2008

161.1

31.8

13.4


Acquisitions


57.8


7.2


3.6


Timing differences 


(7.2)


-


(0.2)


Net organic change


(23.1)


3.5


1.0





First half 2009

188.6

42.5

17.8






The Group's average yield for events held in the first six months was £225 per m2 (2008: £197 per m2) a net increase of 14mostly reflecting the effect of the stronger Euro together with price increases offset by dilution from newly acquired events.  


Russia

In April 2008, the Group added a third Russian office with the acquisition of Siberian Fairs in Novosibirsk. This office is now fully integrated into the Group and held 23 events during the period, with space sales totalling 31,200mand contributing £3.9m of additional revenue. Most of the principal events of this business take place in the first half of the year. 


In Moscow, the events which took place in the autumn season were relatively untroubled by the changed trading environment and the Group reported good results from its Ingredients Russia and Pharmtech events. The Moscow International Travel & Tourism event took place in March and, despite the economic backdrop, reported space sales of 20,200m- a minor reduction in size from last year's eventwhich was 20,800m2. The strong performance of this event reflects its clear market leadership in this sector and its high proportion of international exhibitors.


St Petersburg's calendar is weighted to the second half of the year and its largest event in the first six months was the newly acquired St Petersburg security event, SFITEX. This took place in October and performed strongly in its first year under the Group's management, improving space sales to 4,400m2 from circa 3,000m2.


Central Asia & the Caucasus

The Central Asia & Caucasus market has seen mixed performances, as the global slowdown has impacted different territories at different times. Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan have only recently begun to feel the effects of the slowdown and traded broadly in line with prior year.  Kazakhstan, which was affected in the last quarter of the 2008 financial year, has reported a 19% drop in like-for-like space sales for events taking place in the first half of the year.


The Kazakhstan Oil & Gas event reported an 8% decline in metres sold to 10,300m
2. However reported revenues from both the exhibition and the conference were improved over last year, reflecting price increases and a weaker Sterling. The construction sector continues to reflect the worst effects of the economic crisis and KazBuild Spring experienced more than a 50% reduction in space sales from 5,600m2 last year to this year's 2,400m2. Costs have been well controlled, helped by the long-term venue relationship, which allows late reductions in space commitments. Resulting gross margins for this event were comparable with those achieved last year.


In 
Azerbaijan, the largest event, BakuBuild, took place in October before the economic slowdown and recorded a 46% increase in space sales over the prior year. This event is space constrained in its existing venue and relies on outside space for some of its sales. Construction of the new venue in Baku is continuing and ITE plans to re-locate its main events there when it is completed.


Southern & Eastern Europe

The market in Ukraine has been the most severely affected region for ITE during the economic slowdown. Nonetheless, the office reported a strong first quarter, notably influenced by the Healthcare event, which took place in October and reported sales volume growth of 11%. The second quarter was marked by a severe downturn in the local economic environment and overall, on a like-for-like basis, volume sales fell by 40% over the first half of the financial year. The most difficult market sectors were agriculture and construction, which impacted the sales for the AgriHort event and the building and construction event, KievBuild. ITE's travel event in Kyiv, UITT, was also affected by the difficult trading environment and reported sales of 5,100m2 (2008: 7,100m2). However, the Group has managed its cost base well with venue commitments controlled tightly to avoid paying for unused space and, combined with the improved yield, the overall profit for Ukraine was broadly comparable to last year's result. 


In 
Turkey, the recently acquired travel event, EMITT, was held for the first time in February and was the largest staged in its history at 21,400m2. The event is the leading travel event in Turkey and ITE expects to consolidate its position by increasing the sales to internationals through its network of offices and agents. The ITF business, owned 50% by ITE, reported an increase in its profits to £0.6m for the first half of 2009, benefiting this year from the biennial Autoshow event. 

 UK and Rest of the World

The MODA fashion and footwear business continues to trade in difficult market conditions. The spring event reported sales of 14,900m2, a reduction of 13% in space sales from the prior year. Despite the economic backdrop the event was favourably received by exhibitors and visitors alike. The acquisition of Bubble, the childrenswear event, takes the MODA business into a new sector with future growth potential and the first event under MODA's ownership was a notable success.


Outlook

April is the most important month in the Group's financial calendar with four of the Group's top ten contributing events taking place. All of the major April events benefited to differing degrees from 'pre-crisis' bookings as well as experiencing the more difficult trading environment prevalent from November to April. MosBuild, which was affected more in its local than in its international sales, was 74,900m2 (2008: 87,200m2). Other shows taking place in April reported a broadly similar trend - the Moscow International Protection & Security event sold 6,300m2 (2008: 7,600m2), TransRussia finished with space sales of 7,300m2 (2008: 8,200m2) and Expoelectronica sold 5,500m2 (2008: 9,000m2). Interstroyexpo, the newly acquired spring construction event took place in St Petersburg and staged a very successful event of 9,500m2


Consistent with this trend, 
volume bookings for the remainder of the 2009 events are lagging behind the comparative sales position of this time a year ago. The financial effect of this will be partially mitigated by the relative strength of the Euro against Sterling, the Group's flexible cost structure and the ongoing focus on cost management. At 14 May 2009, ITE had booked revenue of £103.3m (2008: £93.4m) for this financial year, of which £10.6m relates to acquisitions not represented in last year's figures. On a like-for-like basis, volume sales for the full financial year are currently circa 20% below last year's sales contracted at the same time. The trading environment in our core markets appears to have stabilised in recent weeks and ITE has, at the end of April, completed events representing over 70% of the Group's expected revenue for the full year.  


Looking beyond the effects of the current global downturn, ITE's markets have significant long-term growth potential. Events remain the primary route to market for our exhibitors and ITE has a strong portfolio of leading events which position it well to benefit from a recovery. The Board remains confident that ITE is managing the effects of the current economic crisis effectively and will emerge a stronger business. 




By order of the Board

Chief Executive Officer

Russell Taylor

15 May 2009



Disclaimer

The interim management report has been prepared solely to provide additional information to shareholders as a body to assess the Company's strategies and the potential for those strategies to succeed. The interim management report should not be relied on by any other party or for any other purpose.


The interim management report includes forward-looking statements made by the directors in good faith based on the information available to us up to the time of approving the interim report. These statements should be treated with caution due to the inherent uncertainties, including both economic and business risk factors, underlying such forward-looking information.


Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

For the six months ended 31 March 2009








Six months to 31 March 2009


Six months to 31 March 2008


Year ended 30 September 2008



Unaudited


Unaudited


Audited







Restated*


Notes

£000


£000


£000

Continuing operations







Revenue


43,230


32,592


109,792

Cost of sales


(25,280)


(18,973)


(55,014)



__________


__________


__________

Gross profit


17,950


13,619


54,778

Other operating income


141


141


292

  Administrative expenses before amortisation


(9,603)


(7,303)


(16,488)

  Amortisation of acquired intangibles

  Foreign exchange gain on operating activities

 

(2,108)

5,095


(777)

717


(2,596)

266

Total administrative expenses


(6,616)


(7,363)


(18,818)

Share of results of associate


638


248


173



__________


__________


__________

Operating profit


12,113


6,645


36,425

Finance income

3

438


1,107


1,907

Finance costs

4

(1,407)


(3,866)


(3,917)



__________


__________


__________

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation


11,144


3,886


34,415

Tax on profit on ordinary activities

6

(3,120)


(1,181)


(11,049)



__________


__________


__________

Profit for the period


8,024


2,705


23,366



__________


__________


__________

Attributable to:







  Equity holders of the parent


8,083


2,705


23,389

  Minority interests


(59)


-


(23)



__________


__________


__________



8,024


2,705


23,366



__________


__________


__________








Earnings per share (p)







Basic

8

3.4


1.1


9.4

Diluted

8

3.4


1.1


9.3



__________


__________


__________


The results stated above relate to continuing activities of the Group.
*Restated for the change in revenue recognition policy. 
 See note for details.


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Recognised Income and Expense

For the six months ended 31 March 2009




Six months to 31 March 2009

Six months to 31 March 2008

Year ended 30 September 2008



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited





Restated*



£000

£000

£000






Currency translation on net investment in subsidiary undertakings



(3,801)


253


2,921

Decrease in fair value on cash flow hedges


(4,203)

-

(51)

Tax on items taken directly to equity


(175)

-

(246)



__________

__________

__________

Net (expense)/income recognised directly in equity


(8,179)

253

2,624






Transferred to profit or loss on cash flow hedges


-

(51)

-

Put option at fair value


(1,354)

-

(3,269)

Profit for the period attributable to the shareholders


8,024

2,705

23,366



__________

__________

__________

Total recognised (expense)/income for the period


(1,509)

2,907

22,721



__________

__________

__________






Attributable to:





  Equity holders of the parent


(1,450)

2,907

22,744

  Minority interests


(59)

-

(23)



__________

__________

__________



(1,509)

2,907

22,721



__________

__________

__________







*Restated for the change in revenue recognition policy. See note for details.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

31 March 2009




31 March 2009

31 March 2008

30 September 2008




Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Restated*


Notes

£000

£000

£000

Non-current assets





Goodwill


42,926

34,497

40,982

Other intangible assets


17,495

4,399

16,115

Property, plant & equipment


1,578

1,483

1,727

Investments in associates


1,793

1,570

1,381

Venue advances and other loans


1,444

1,564

1,001

Deferred tax asset


1,330

1,399

1,594



___________

___________

___________



66,566

44,912

62,800

Current assets





Trade and other receivables


31,386

29,431

42,871

Tax prepayment


391

4,118

389

Cash and cash equivalents


31,567

43,991

35,709



___________

___________

___________



63,344

77,540

78,969






Total assets


129,910

122,452

141,769






Current liabilities





Bank overdraft

10

(6,275)

(1,722)

(6,568)

Trade and other payables


(12,848)

(9,663)

(18,022)

Derivative financial instruments

11

(7,760)

(3,147)

(4,257)

Deferred income


(65,180)

(65,697)

(64,402)

Provisions


(700)

(550)

(264)



___________

___________

___________



(92,763)

(80,779)

(93,513)

Non-current liabilities





Provisions 


(546)

(674)

(653)

Deferred tax liabilities


(3,602)

(1,464)

(3,617)

Derivative financial instruments

11

(1,619)

-

-



___________

___________

___________



(5,767)

(2,138)

(4,270)






Total liabilities


(98,530)

(82,917)

(97,783)








___________

___________

___________

Net assets


31,380

39,535

43,986



___________

___________

___________

  

Equity





Share capital

12

2,481

2,527

2,479

Share premium account


2,678

2,108

2,669

Merger reserve


2,746

2,746

2,746

Capital redemption reserve


457

403

457

ESOT reserve


(10,765)

(2,829)

(8,390)

Retained earnings


41,587

33,834

42,686

Translation reserve


(964)

746

3,414

Hedge reserve


(4,203)

-

-

Put option reserve


(4,623)

-

(3,269)



___________

___________

___________

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent


29,394

39,535

42,792

Minority interest


1,986

-

1,194



___________

___________

___________

Total equity


31,380

39,535

43,986



___________

___________

___________







*Restated for the change in revenue recognition policy. See note 1 for details.


  

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement 

For the six months ended 31 March 2009













Six months to
 31 March 2009

Six months to
 31 March 200
8

Year ended 30
 September 200
8



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited Restated*



£000

£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities





Operating profit from continuing operations


12,113

6,645

36,425

  Adjustments for:





Depreciation and amortisation


2,543

1,079

3,314

Share-based payments


650

425

931

Other non-cash expenses


(169)

(860)

(654)

Loss on sale of fixed asset


-

6

1

Share of associate profit


(638)

(248)

(173)

Increase/(decrease) in provisions


546

(440)

1,147



__________

__________

__________

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital



15,045


6,607


40,991

Decrease/(increase) in receivables


9,216

6,017

(10,164)

Increase in deferred income


778

17,652

18,245

(Decrease)/increase in payables


(4,595)

(1,815)

3,785



__________

__________

__________

Cash generated from operations


20,444

28,461

52,857

Tax paid


(4,777)

(1,435)

(7,043)

Venue advances and loans


(1,912)

(740)

(830)



__________

__________

__________

Net cash from operating activities


13,755

26,286

44,984






Investing activities





Interest received


438

1,107

1,902

Derivative financial instruments


-

(993)

(2,990)

Dividends received from associates


208

-

198

Acquisition of business


(6,886)

(680)

(13,508)

Purchase of property, plant & equipment, computer software and other intangibles



(346)


(548)


(1,075)



__________

__________

__________

Net cash used in investing activities


(6,586)

(1,114)

(15,473)






Financing activities





Dividends paid 


(8,751)

(7,967)

(12,050)

Interest paid


(216)

(387)

(598)

Net cash flow in relation to ESOT shares


(3,769)

(2,129)

(7,793)

Purchase of own shares


-

-

(8,078)

Proceeds from issue of share capital


12

1,243

1,810



__________

__________

__________

Net cash outflows from financing activities


(12,724)

(9,240)

(26,709)







Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents



(5,555)


15,932


2,802






Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



29,141


26,657


26,657

Effect of foreign exchange rates


1,706

(320)

(318)



__________

__________

__________

Net cash and cash equivalents at end of period


25,292

42,269

29,141



__________

__________

__________





31 March

2009

31 March

2008

30 September

2008



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



£000

£000

£000

Comprised of:





Cash and cash equivalents


31,567

43,991

35,709

Bank overdrafts


(6,275)

(1,722)

(6,568)



__________

__________

__________



25,292

42,269

29,141



__________

__________

__________


*Restated for the change in revenue recognition policy.  See note for details.

Notes to the Interim Financial Statements


1Basis of preparation

    

The interim financial information for the period ended 31 March 2009 does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. A copy of the 30 September 2008 statutory accounts has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was not qualified, did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying the report and did not contain statements under section 237(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 1985.


The annual financial statements of ITE Group plc are prepared in accordance with IFRS 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.


Accounting policies

The interim financial statements have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies and methods of computation applicable for the year ending 30 September 2009. These accounting policies are consistent with those applied in the preparation of the accounts for the year ended 30 September 2008 except for the change in accounting policy described below.                     


Change in accounting policy


IAS 18 'Revenue'
In the current financial year, ITE Group plc has changed its accounting policy on event revenue recognition. Previously, the Group recognised revenue on a straight line basis, evenly over the days over which an event was being held. As a result of the change in policy, revenue is now recognised on completion of the event. Management judges that the new policy provides a more accurate representation of the revenue earned as the Company's obligations can only be fully discharged on completion of an event, and a partial service can not be provided. The comparative financial statements for 2008 have been restated. The effects of these changes on the comparative figures are:

 

·                    Year ended 30 September 2008: Decrease in ‘Revenue’ of £271,000, a decrease in ‘Cost of sales’ of £159,000 and a decrease in ‘Tax on profit on ordinary activities’ of £22,000. On the balance sheet ‘Trade and other receivables’ increased by £159,000, ‘Deferred income’ increased by £271,000, ‘Trade and other payables’ decreased by £22,000 and ‘Retained earnings’ decreased by £90,000.
·                     Six months to 31 March 2008: No impact as no shows were overlapping in the 2007 and 2008 financial periods.


The expected 2009 full year effect of the above accounting policy change will equate to the reversal of the effects described in the first point above.

 

 2Segmental information

The revenue and profit before taxation are attributable to the Group's one principal activity, the organisation of trade exhibitions, conferences and related activities and can be analysed by geographic segment as follows.

Six months ended 31 March 2009

Unaudited

UK & Western Europe

Central Asia & Caucasus

Russia

Eastern & Southern Europe

Rest of World

Total Group


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

By geographical location of events/activities 







Revenue 

3,703

10,561

20,620

8,200

146

43,230








Result

(5,502)

4,222

9,787

3,022

(54)

11,475


________

________

________

________

________

_______

By origin of sale







Revenue

21,742

4,767

11,991

4,730

-

43,230








Result

878

1,096

8,473

1,165

(137)

11,475


_______

________

________

_______

________


Share of results of associates






638







_______

Operating profit






12,113

Finance income






438

Finance costs






(1,407)







_______

Profit before tax






11,144

Tax






(3,120)







_______

Profit after tax






8,024







________

Capital expenditure

262

39

28

17

-

346

Depreciation and amortisation

975

15

1,249

304

-

2,543








Balance Sheet







Assets *

67,351

6,912

45,510

6,619

4

126,396


_______

_______

_______

_______

_______


Investment in associates






1,793







_______

Consolidated total assets






128,189







________

Liabilities *

54,074

4,788

29,542

4,604

153

93,161


________

________

________

________

________

_______









Segment assets and segment liabilities exclude current and deferred tax assets and liabilities

The revenue in the period of £43.2 million includes £0.1 million of barter sales.

  

Six months ended 31 March 2008 

Unaudited

UK & Western Europe

Central Asia & Caucasus

Russia

Eastern & Southern Europe

Rest of World

Total Group


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

By geographical location of events/activities 







Revenue

3,801

10,700

10,770

6,986

335

32,592








Result

(4,129)

4,999

2,898

2,918

(289)

6,397


________

________

________

________

________

_______

By origin of sale







Revenue

20,552

4,094

4,645

3,172

129

32,592








Result

4,988

592

195

601

21

6,397


_______

________

________

_______

________


Share of results of associates






248







_______

Operating profit






6,645

Finance income






1,107

Finance costs






(3,866)







_______

Profit before tax






3,886

Tax






(1,181)







_______

Profit after tax






2,705







________

Capital expenditure

308

51

186

3

-

548

Depreciation and amortisation

877

59

136

7

-

1,079








Balance Sheet







Assets *

81,411

6,968

23,964

2,972

50

115,365


________

________

________

________

________


Investment in associates






1,570







_______

Consolidated total assets






116,935







________

Liabilities *

44,557

5,134

26,741

2,346

56

78,834


________

________

________

________

________

_______









Segment assets and segment liabilities exclude current and deferred tax assets and liabilities

The revenue in the period of £32.6 million includes £0.1 million of barter sales.

 

Year ended 30 September 200
Audited

UK & Western Europe

Restated*

Central Asia & Caucasus

Restated*

Russia



Restated*

Eastern & Southern Europe

Restated*

Rest of World


Restated*

Total Group


Restated*


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

By geographical location of events/activities 







Revenue

12,280

21,973

65,685

9,252

602

109,792








Result

(7,480)

8,893

33,705

2,183

(1,049)

36,252


________

________

________

________

________

_______

By origin of sale







Revenue

55,787

11,096

36,811

5,971

128

109,792








Result

18,645

2,107

15,044

485

(30)

36,252


_______

________

________

_______

________


Share of results of associates






173







_______

Operating profit






36,425

Finance income






1,907

Finance costs






(3,917)







_______

Profit before tax






34,415

Tax






(11,049)







_______

Profit after tax






23,366







________

Capital expenditure

535

75

444

22

-

1,076

Depreciation and amortisation

2,430

115

752

17

-

3,314








Balance Sheet







Assets**

83,775

7,852

44,957

1,819

2

138,405


________

________

________

________

________


Investment in associates






1,381







_______

Consolidated total assets






139,786







________

Liabilities**

49,605

5,967

33,849

1,703

42

91,166


________

________

________

________

________

_______









* Restated for the change in revenue recognition policy. See note 1 for details.

**  Segment assets and segment liabilities exclude current and deferred tax assets and liabilities.

The revenue in the year of £109.8 million includes £0.2 million of barter sales.


3.    Finance income

 


Six months to 31 March

2009

Six months to

31 March

2008

Year ended

 30 September

2008


Unaudited

Unaudited   

Audited  


£000

£000  

£000  





Interest receivable from bank deposits

420

1,100  

1,874

Interest receivable from Inland Revenue repayments

-

-  

15

Interest receivable on advances to venues

15

7  

13

Unwind of fair value discount on venue advances

3

  -  

5


__________

__________

__________


438

1,107  

1,907   


__________

__________

__________

 

4.    Finance costs

 


Six months to 31 March

2009

Six months to 31 March

2008

Year ended   

30 September   

2008   


Unaudited

Unaudited   

Audited   


£000

£000   

£000   





Interest on bank loans and overdrafts

99

302  

360

Bank charges

117

85  

238

Loss on derivative financial instruments

1,191

3,479  

3,319


__________

__________

__________


1,407

3,866  

3,917   


__________

__________

__________


 

5.    Reconciliation of headline pre-tax profit to profit on ordinary activities before taxation 



Six months to
31 March

2009

Six months to
31 March

 2008

Year ended

30 September

2008


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited




Restated


£000

£000

£000





Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

11,144

3,886

34,415

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

2,108

777

2,596


__________

__________

__________

Headline pre-tax profit 

13,252

4,663

37,011


__________

__________

__________

  6.    Taxation


Six months to
31 March

2009

Six months to
31 March

2008

Year ended

30 September

2008


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited




Restated


£000

£000

£000

Current tax




   UK corporation tax

514

585

5,209

  Foreign tax

2,621

512

5,886


__________

__________

__________


3,135

1,097

11,095

Deferred tax

(15)

84

(46)


__________

__________

__________

Tax on profit on ordinary activities 

3,120

1,181

11,049


__________

__________


__________

Tax rate at the interim is charged at 28% (2008: 30%) representing the best estimate of the weighted average annual corporation tax expected for the financial year.

 

7.    Dividends

 


Six months to   
31 March   

 2009   

Six months to
31 March 

2008

Year ended 

30 September 

2008


Unaudited   

Unaudited

Audited


£000   

£000

£000

Final dividend for the year ended 30 September 2008

of 3.7p (2007: 3.2p) per ordinary share


8,809


8,045


8,045


__________

__________

________

Interim dividend for the year ended 30 September 2008 of 1.6p per ordinary share




4,005




__________

Proposed interim dividend for the year ending 30 September 2009 of 1.6p (2008: 1.6p) per ordinary share


3,791   


3,995



__________

__________



The proposed interim dividend was approved by the 
Board on 14 May 2009 and has not been included as a liability as at 31 March 2009.

 

8.    Earnings per share

    

The calculations of earnings per share from continuing operations are based on the following results and numbers of shares.


Headline diluted

Basic and diluted


Six months

to 31 March

2009

Unaudited

Six months

to 31 March

2008

Unaudited

Year ended 30 September

2008

Audited

Six months

to 31 March

2009

Unaudited

Six months

to 31 March

2008

Unaudited

Year ended 

30 September

2008

Audited



Restated



Restated


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000







Profit for the financial period attributable to equity holders of the parent




8,083




2,705




23,389




8,083




2,705




23,389

Amortisation of acquired intangibles


2,108


777


2,596


-


-


-

Tax effect of amortisation


(544)


(214)


(713)


-


-


-


________

________

________

______

________

________


9,647

3,268

25,272

8,083

2,705

23,389


________

________

________

______

________

________






Six months to

31 March

2009

Six months to

31 March

2008

Year ended

30 September

 2008



Number of shares ('000)

Number of shares ('000)         

Number of shares ('000)

Weighted average number of shares:





For basic earnings per 
share



239,023


249,914


249,647

Dilutive effect of exercise of share options



1,172


2,552


2,493



___________

___________

___________

For diluted earnings per share



240,195


252,466


252,140



___________

___________

___________


Headline diluted earnings per share is intended to provide a consistent measure of Group earnings on a year on year basis. Headline diluted earnings per share is calculated using profit attributable to equity holders of the parent for the financial year before amortisation and impairment of goodwill and profits or losses arising on disposal of Group undertakings.

9.     Acquisition of business

On 23 January 2009 the Group acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Newex Marketing Limited for a cash consideration of USD 5.1 million (£3.million) and contingent consideration of £0.6 million, based upon the performance of the business over 2009 and 2010. Newex Marketing Limited owns 75% of the company which owns EMITT, the annual travel and tourism exhibition taking place in IstanbulTurkey and the leading Hotel Guide for the Turkish market.

The acquisition of this event is consistent with ITE's strategy of building a leading market position in the international travel and tourism exhibitions market, where ITE already has a strong market presence. The event was held in February 2009 and revenues and profits have been recognised in the condensed consolidated income statement for the six months to March 2009.  

Details of the aggregate net assets acquired as adjusted from book to fair value, and the attributable goodwill are presented as follows:


 



Newex  
Marketing  
Limited  


Net assets acquired £'000


Intangible fixed assets

3,762

Trade and other receivables

2,059

Cash and cash equivalents

388

Deferred tax asset

221

Trade and other payables

(2,974)

Deferred tax liability

(752)

Equity minority interest

(851)


__________

Net assets acquired

1,853

Goodwill arising on acquisition

2,285


__________

Total cost of acquisition

4,138


__________


Satisfied by:

Net cash paid



3,581

Deferred consideration

557


__________


4,138


__________

Net cash outflow arising on acquisition:

Net cash paid


3,581

Cash and cash equivalents acquired

(388)


__________


3,193


__________

The values used in accounting for the identifiable assets and liabilities of these acquisitions are provisional in nature at balance sheet date. If necessary adjustments will be made to these carrying values and the related goodwill, within 12 months of the acquisition date. The goodwill arising on acquisition of Newex Marketing Limited represents significant expected synergies with other operations of the Group and the complementarity achieved with the Group's existing emerging market strategy.

 Details of net assets acquired on 23 January 2009 and the related fair value adjustments are presented as follows:


Assets acquired


Book value
£000

Adjustments
£000

Fair value
£000

Intangible fixed assets

-

3,762

3,762

Property, plant and equipment

72

(72)

-

Trade and other receivables

2,059

-

2,059

Cash

388

-

388

Deferred tax asset

221

-

221

Trade and other payables

(2,974)

-

(2,974)

Deferred tax liability

-

(752)

(752)

Equity minority interest

-

(851)

(851)


_________

___________

___________

Net assets acquired

(234)

2,087

1,853


_________

___________

___________

The acquired business has contributed £2.2million to Group revenue and £0.7million to profit before tax.  If the acquisition had occurred on 1 October 2008 there would have been no difference to these results.

10    Bank overdraft

The bank overdraft is repayable on demand. The borrowing is denominated in both Euros and US Dollars. The borrowings are arranged at floating interest rates, thus exposing the Group to cash flow interest risk. The overdraft is taken out to act as a partial hedge against the UK trade receivables in Euros and US Dollars.

11    Derivative financial instruments


Six months to 31 March

2009

Unaudited

Six months to

31 March

2008

Unaudited

Year ended

30 September

2008

Audited


£000

£000

£000

Current liabilities




Foreign currency derivatives

3,938

3,147

988

Put options

3,822

-

3,269


___________

___________

___________


7,760

3,147

4,257


___________

___________

___________

Non-current liabilities




Foreign currency derivatives

265

-

-

Put options

1,354

-

-


___________

___________

___________


1,619

-

-


___________

___________

___________


  Foreign currency derivatives

The Group utilises foreign currency derivatives to hedge significant future transactions and cash flows. The Group is party to foreign currency forward contracts in the management of its exchange rate exposures. The instruments purchased are denominated in Euros which represents the Group's primary billing currency. Under the forward contracts, the Group has an obligation to sell Euros for Sterling at specified rates at specified dates.  

In 2008, the Group used foreign currency forward-plus contracts, whereby the Group had a right, but not an obligation, to sell Euros for Sterling at a specified rate range at specified dates. However, if the spot rate was at or below the specified barrier rate on any business day during the barrier period the right to sell Euros became an obligation, at the specified strike rate. 

As at 31 March 2009 the notional amounts of outstanding foreign currency forward contracts that the Group has committed to are as follows:


Six months to 31 March 2009

Unaudited

Six months to

31 March 2008

Unaudited

Year ended

30 September 2008 Audited


€000

€000

€000





Foreign currency forward contracts 

72,700

-

-

Foreign currency forward-plus contracts

-

29,000

11,000


___________

___________

___________


72,700

29,000

11,000


___________

___________

___________

The arrangements as at 31 March 2009 cover exchange exposures over the next 30 months, with €45.9 million covering exposures after September 2009. These instruments have been designated in effective hedging relationships, with any changes in their fair value being recorded in equity. 

At 31 March 2009, the fair value of these derivatives is estimated to be a liability of approximately £4.2 million (31 March 2008: liability of £3.1 million on forward-plus contracts; 30 September 2008: liability of £1.0 million on forward-plus contracts). This is based on market valuations. This amount has been deferred in equity at 31 March 2009.

Put options
The Group is party to a number of put options to acquire the minority interests arising from business combinations. These instruments are initially recognised at fair value on the balance sheet with all subsequent changes in fair value taken to the income statement.


Six months to 31 March 2009

Unaudited

Six months to

31 March 2008

Unaudited

Year ended

30 September 2008 Audited


£000

£000

£000





Put option for Primexpo North West LLC

3,822

-

3,269

Put option for Newex Marketing Limited

1,354

-

-


___________

___________

___________


5,176

-

3,269


___________

___________

___________

  12.Share capital


Six months to 31 March 2009 Unaudited

Six months to 31 March 2008 Unaudited

Year ended 

30 September 2008

Audited


£000

£000

£000

Authorised




375,000,000 ordinary shares of 1 penny each 

(31 March 2008: 375,000,000)    

3,750

3,750

3,750


__________

__________

__________

Allotted and fully-paid




248,107,702 ordinary shares of 1 penny each 

(31 March 2008: 252,689,987)

2,481

2,527

2,479


__________

__________

__________


During the period, the Company allotted 199,800 ordinary shares of 1 penny each pursuant to the exercise of share options. The total consideration for the shares issued was £11,500. 

The Company has one class of ordinary shares which carry no right to fixed income.

13. Events after the balance sheet date

There have been no events after the balance sheet date requiring disclosure in the interim management report.

14. Related party transactions

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note. Transactions with key management personnel will be disclosed in the Group's Annual Report for the year ended 30 September 2009. Transactions between the Group and its associates, where relevant, are disclosed below. 

Trading transactions
In Kazakhstan, ITECA, a Group subsidiary, has transacted with Datacom and Saban Holdings for the provision of web systems and office rental respectively.  Edward Strachan, a Group Director, is a significant shareholder of Datacom and Saban Holdings. In total, the services charged to ITECA were £41,366 (31 March 2008: £39,000; 30 September 2008: £62,000).  

In St Petersburg, Primexpo, a Group subsidiary, has transacted with Cavalry House for the provision of office rental. Edward Strachan, a Group Director, is a significant shareholder of Cavalry House. In total, the services charged to Primexpo were £98,100 (31 March 2008: £88,000; 30 September 2008: £130,000).  

During the period ended 31 March 2009 consultancy fees of £120,000 (31 March 2008: £120,000; 30 September 2008: £320,000) were paid to Kyzyl Tan Consultants Limited ('Kyzyl Tan'), of which Edward Strachan is a significant shareholder. 

15.    Principal risks and uncertainties

The Group identifies and monitors the key risks and uncertainties affecting the Group and runs the business in a way that minimises the impact of such risks where possible. There are a number of potential risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group’s performance over the remaining six months of the financial year and could cause actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results. The principal risks and uncertainties are detailed below and in our most recent annual report.

Economic instability reduces demand for exhibition space
Reduced demand for exhibition space would reduce the profits of exhibitions. ITE operates across a wide range of sectors and countries to minimise the exposure to any single market and ITE is constantly looking at opportunities to diversify further.

Going concern
The Group's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the Interim Management Report. The financial position of the Group, its cash flows and liquidity position are described in the financial statements and notes. The Group has considerable financial resources. As a consequence, the directors believe that the Group is well placed to manage its business risks successfully despite the current uncertain economic outlook. After making enquiries, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the Group continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the interim report and financial statements.

Political uncertainty and regulatory risk

The Group's business is principally carried out in Russia and the CIS. Changes in law or the regulatory environment could have an effect on some or all of the exhibitions of the Group. ITE has reduced the risk by establishing its business as independent Russian and CIS companies fully contributing to the local economy, and the diversity of businesses across sectors and geography provides protection for the longer-term prospects of the Group.

Commercial relationships

The Group has key commercial relationships with venues which secure the Group's rights to run its exhibitions in the future. These key relationships are regularly reviewed and the Group seeks to maintain its exhibition rights for at least three years forward for significant exhibitions.

Venue availability

Damage or unavailability of a particular venue could impact the Group's short-term trading position. Accordingly, the Group carries business interruption insurance which protects profits against such an event in the short term.

Competitor risk

Competition has existed in ITE's markets for some years. ITE faces competitive pressures on a market-by-market basis. In all of its overseas markets, ITE has a strong position as an international organiser, achieved through effective use of its international sales network and its established brands for major events. A single exhibition or sector in a market could have its prospects curtailed by a strong competitor launch; however, the breadth of ITE's portfolio of events, with its geographic and sector diversity, reduce the risk of a competitive threat to the Group's overall business.


People
ITE's employees have long-standing relationships with customers and venues, and a unique knowledge of the exhibitions business. Loss of key staff to a competitive event could impact the short-term prospects of a specific event or sector. ITE has sought to build loyalty in its staff by ensuring remuneration is competitive and through a wide distribution of the Group's long-term incentive plans. ITE has a good record of retaining its key staff.

 

Financial risk

The Group also faces financial risks, the key risk being foreign currency risk. The Group is exposed to movements in foreign exchange rates against Sterling for both trading transactions and for the translation of overseas operations. The principal exposure is to the Euro exchange rate, which forms the basis of invoicing for most transactions.  The Group seeks to minimise exposure by limiting balances in soft currency deposits and securing forward contracts against its future sales receipts.


Responsibility statement


 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

 

(a)     the condensed set of interim financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 “Interim Financial Reporting”;

(b)     the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R (Indication of important events
 during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and
 
(c)      the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related party
 transactions and changes therein).

 




By the order of the board







Chief Executive Officer


Russell Taylor

15 May 2009



Independent Review Report to ITE Group plc



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 2009 which comprises the consolidated income statement, the consolidated balance sheet, the consolidated statement of changes in recognised income and expense, the consolidated cash flow statement and related notes 1 to 15. 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 International Standard on Review Engagements 2410 issued by the Auditing Practices Board. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to them in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company, for our review 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 inquiries, 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 31 March 2009 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.




Deloitte LLP

Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors
LondonUnited Kingdom

15 May 2009

 

 

Directors and professional advisers


Directors

Iain Paterson, non-executive Chairman

Russell Taylor, Chief Executive Officer
Neil England, non-executive Director

Michael Hartley, non-executive Director

Neil Jones, Group Finance Director

Edward Strachan, executive Director

Malcolm Wall, non-executive Director


Company Secretary

Neil Netto


Registered office

ITE Group Plc

105 Salusbury Road

LondonNW6 6RG


Registration number                

1927339

 

Auditors            

Deloitte LLP

London


Solicitors                

Olswang

90 High Holborn

LondonWC1V 6XX


Principal Bankers

Barclays Bank plc

27 Soho Square

LondonW1D 3QR


Company Brokers

Numis Securities Limited

The London Stock Exchange Building

10 Paternoster Square

LondonEC4M 7LT


Registrars

Capita Registrars

Northern House

Woodsome Park

Fenay Bridge

Huddersfield

West YorkshireHD8 0LA


Public Relations

Financial Dynamics

Holborn Gate

26 Southampton Buildings

LondonWC2A 1PB


Website

www.ite-exhibitions.com

 




Financial calendar



Interim dividend

Record date                            29 May 2009

Payment date                         19 June 2009


Final dividend

Record date                             February 2010

Payment date                          March 2010



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