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Tuesday 04 August, 2009

Moneysupermarket.com

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 8036W
Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC
04 August 2009
 



Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC Interim Results announcement for the six months to 30 June 2009


Solid start to 2009

Special dividend of £25m announced


Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC ('Moneysupermarket.com' or the 'Company'), the UK's leading price comparison website, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2009.


Financial highlights

  • Total revenuof £68.5in the first half of 2009 (2008: £99.4m).

  • Adjusted EBITDA[1] of £18.6in the first half of 2009 (2008: £30.1m).

    • Adjusted EBITDA ahead of the second half of 2008. 

    • Adjusted EBITDA margins improved to 27.1% from 22.9% in second half of 2008.

  • Gross margin increased to 70% representing an improvement over the first and second half of 2008. Higher margin direct to site revenues continue to form the majority of internet revenues.

  • Operating profit of £1.4m in the first half of 2009 (2008: £12.7m).

  • Total adjusted cost base including online marketing costs reduced by 27% to £51.9m.

  • The business remains highly cash generative and debt free with cash balances of £75.6m at 30 June 2009 (2008: £71.3m).

  • Interim dividend of 1.3p per ordinary share declared consistent with 2008

  • The Group will pay a special dividend of £25m or 4.93p per ordinary share further underlining the Board's confidence in the ability of the business to continue to generate cash.


Operational highlights

  • Management team strengthened under Peter Plumb, new Chief Executive.

  • Group trading stabilised against H2 last year.

    • Insurance: Trading improving into Q2; higher revenue per transaction (RPT).

    • Money: Trading stabilised; visitor numbers increased.

    • Travel: Managing margin in declining market.

    • Home Services: Launch of Shopping brings jump in visitor numbers.

  • Organisation realigned to changing economic environment.

  • Both systems re-engineering marketing optimisation projects are on track.

  • Visitors[2] to the Group's websites increased 3% to 63.6m. Excluding travelsupermarket.com visitor growth was 14%.

  • Online brand recognition increased from 78% in June 2008 to 83% in July 2009.



Peter Plumb, Chief Executive said

'Moneysupermarket.com has made a solid start to the year. Trading levels have stabilised over the past six months and we remain a profitable and highly cash-generative business. Over the period we have delivered what we set out when we announced our last set of results in February 2009. We have realigned the organisation to reflect the more difficult economic environmentwe have strengthened the management team; and we have started work on re-engineering our systems and ensuring our marketing spend works harder.


'Most importantly our marketing spend is working harder. Our 'Savings on household bills campaign' fronted by Peter Jones is connecting well with customers, as a result, our brand has continued to grow even stronger despite a significantly lower ad spend vs last year. We have also worked hard with our providers to bring an even larger range of brands and services to our site for our customers, for example in motor and home insurance our product range increased by over 60% vs last year.


'Although we are still early in the third quarter and visibility is limited, the Group has made a good start with revenues more than ten percent ahead of the first half run rate. Insurance in particular has started well and is trading ahead of the same period last year.


'The moneysupermarket.com brand remains strong. As the leading price comparison website our broad product offer is clearly as relevant as ever to our customers. We are confident that the work we are doing across the business will ensure that moneysupermarket.com is well positioned to capitalise on its strengths when growth returns to our markets.'



For further information, contact:


Paul Doughty, Chief Financial Officer, Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC

Tel: 0207 353 4200


Ian Williams, Director of Communications, Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC

Tel: 07515 329671


Susanna Voyle and Tom MurrayTulchan Group

Tel: 0207 353 4200



[1] Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by the Directors following certain adjustments to the historical compensation levels of the Group Directors and Senior Managers charge for share based compensation relating to options issued pre-IPO.  


The Directors anticipate presenting financial information on a similar basis until the final results for the year ended 31 December 2010. Thereafter the need to present an adjusted EBITDA will not be required because the relevant comparator period will be consistent with the current period.


[2] The Group recorded a substantial increase in its reported visitors from 27 April 2008 to the end of June 2008 following a release made in respect of the anti-virus software AVG. In assessing whether a webpage was safe if 'followed' every link or URL displayed on an email or webpage to the destination website. This meant that many web based businesses including the Group recorded visitors from users of the AVG software who themselves did not technically visit the website. The 2008 visitor count has been adjusted for the estimated impact of this. AVG released a further update to its anti-virus software early in July 2008 which resolved the issue.


Highlights


Overview

We are pleased to report a solid set of results for the six months to 30 June 2009Revenues for the six months to 30 June 2009 were £68.6m (2008: £99.4m), generating a profit before tax of £1.9m (2008: £14.4m). The following commentary is based on the adjusted resultsPre-IPO adjustments total £2.6m in the six months ended 30 June 2009 and £3.2m in the corresponding period. An analysis of these adjustments is shown below the Condensed Consolidated Statement OComprehensive Income.

We set out our strategy for the first half of the year to reconfigure the business for the lower level of demand for certain products in the Money vertical and make the online and offline marketing investment work harderwhilst maintaining the market leading position enjoyed by the Moneysupermarket and Travelsupermarket brands. We are pleased with the progress to date in both of these areas, having reduced the cost base substantially, expanded both our gross margin and adjusted EBITDA margin against the second half of 2008, and  remained market leader. 

In addition to the areas highlighted above we have continued to strengthen the management team and have made a number of key appointments over the first half of 2009 which will give the Group a solid skills and talent base to provide a foundation for future growth. The new executive management team has acted quickly to refocus the organisation on the key priorities of product range, technology and marketing. We began to make investments in re-engineering our core architecture towards the end of the second quarter in the Money and Insurance verticals having re-launched the travel website in April 2009. We expect this investment to be ongoing in the second half of the year and anticipate investing approx £2.0in the second half of the year. As well as driving better value in marketing we have also launched new creative in late June emphasising our key brand message that we are about saving time and money across a whole range of products and services. The initial feedback and results have been very promising.


Financial

Revenues declined by 31% to £68.5m and adjusted EBITDA by 38% to £18.6m. Revenues were impacted by the credit crunch which reduced both the supply of credit and consumer discretionary expenditure relative to the same period last year. Revenues in the first six months of 2008 include £9.2m of revenues generated from the secured lender First Plus which closed for new business in August 2008 Adjusted EBITDA was marginally ahead of the second half of 2008 despite revenues being 14% lower. 

Group gross margins at 70% improved by more than 2 percentage points over the same period last year. The Group improved its proportion of direct to site revenues in the period whilst revenues attributable to partners continued to decline. Revenues from Search Engine Marketing, notably Google, increased marginally as a proportion of total revenues over the same period last year. During the period the Group enhanced its bid management technology which has enabled it to effectively extend the range of key words that it bids for on Search Engines. A provision release of £0.8m within cost of sales was also made following the resolution of a dispute with a Portal Partner during the period. The Group closed its lower margin Intermediary business for new business early in the first quarter of 2009. Revenues recorded in 2009 represent trail commission for mortgage applications in process prior to closure. The resultant change in sales mix has also helped boost reported gross margin percentage against the same period last year. 

The adjusted cost base decreased by 18% from £38.0m to £31.3m against the same period last year. Distribution costs decreased by £2.5over the same period last year driven by reduced television advertising costsThe Group maintained a broadly similar level of presence on broadcast media through deflation in media costs and changes made in the length of time slots acquiredOnline brand recognition has continued to strengthen over the period and reached 83in July 2009 up from 78% from June 2008 as measured by a YouGov survey regularly commissioned by the Group. 

Adjusted administrative costs decreased by £4.3m (16%) over the period from £26.3m in the first half of 2008 to £22.0m. Adjusted staff costs (including contract resource) have decreased by £3.1m to £13.3m. Headcount decreased from 651 to 476 from June 2008 to June 2009 as the Group sought to right size its cost base to the prevailing market conditions in the Money vertical. The Group began to reduce headcount in the second half of 2008 and made significant headcount reductions in the Intermediary business over this period. In April 2009 the Group made further headcount reductions of 80 people across all areas of the business although the largest impacted area was the Groups mortgage brokerage business. The Group incurred costs of £0.5m in relation to these and other reorganisation activities in the first half of 2009 but expects to realise cost reductions moving forward of circa £2.3m per annumThe Group invested approximately £1.5m in the first half of 2008 in flexible resource in the Money vertical to port its technology from ASP to ASP.net using third party resourceAlthough the Group continued to invest in its technology over the first half of 2009 this was largely funded from existing resource. The Group does however anticipate investing approximately £2.0m over the course of the second half of the year improving its core technology. Other costs including irrecoverable VAT decreased by £2.1compared to the same period last year as the cost base notably TV advertising and expenditure on Search Engine Marketing (included within cost of sales) was reducedThe Group continued to develop its operations in Germany and invested £1.2m (2008: £0.7m) in these activities in the first six months of the year.

Adjusted EBITDA margins declined from 30% to 27% against the same period last year but improved significantly from 23% in the second half of 2008.


Internet Business

The Group transacted business across four different internet verticals being Money, Insurance, Travel and Home Services.

Group revenues are presented and discussed below by vertical and business unit.




6 Months to 30 June 2009

6 Months to 30 June 2008



£000

%

£000

%







Money


18,585

27%

40,264

41%

Insurance


37,143

54%

39,693

40%

Travel 


9,478

14%

11,149

11%

Home Services


2,414

4%

4,129

4%

Other

Germany


-

158

-

43

-

0%




              

              

              

              

Total Internet


67,778

99%

95,278

96%







Intermediary 


743

1%

4,107

4%



              

              

              

              

Total 


68,521

100%

99,385

100%



              

              

              

              


The Directors use key performance indicators ('KPIs') to assess the performance of the internet business against the Group's strategy. These are reviewed on a regular basis. The principal KPIs for the internet business are as follows: 


Visitors 


The Group measures the number of visitors to its website as the number of unique visitors per day per channel, measured on a cumulative basis using cookie-based tracking methodologies. 


Transactions 


The Group measures transactions at the point in time that the customer leaves the Group's website having clicked through to a third party website, or in some cases having completed an application form hosted on the Group's website. 


Revenue per visitor ('RPV') 


The Group measures the total revenue (including click and other internet revenue) divided by the number of visitors defined above. 


Revenue per transaction ('RPT') 


The Group measures the click based revenue divided by the total number of transactions defined above. 

The relative performance of each of the internet verticals is discussed below.


Money

The Money vertical currently offers customers the ability to search for, and compare, products for, amongst other things, business finance, credit cards, current accounts, mortgages, loans, debt solutions and savings accounts. It also includes elements of the Group's lead business (PAA), its advisory business (MCAT), together with advertising revenue that derives from financial products.

The KPIs for the Money vertical are shown below:




6 months to 

30 June 2009

6 months to 30 June 2008

Change







Visitors (000) [1]



19,116

17,659

8%

Transactions (000)



5,846

7,903

-26%

Revenue (£000) - click based revenue



15,750

33,352

-53%

Revenue (£000) - other



2,833

6,912

-59%

Revenue (£000) - total



18,583

40,264

-54%

RPV



£0.97

£2.28

-57%

RPT



£2.69

£4.22

-36%


Revenues in the Money vertical fell in total by 54% from £40.3to £18.6m and transaction revenue fell by 53% from £33.4m to £15.8m. Visitors continued to grow over the period and were 8% ahead of the same period last year.


Conditions in the credit market in the first half of 2009 were significantly worse than those in the first half of 2008. Credit markets materially worsened over the course of 2008 and particularly the second half of the year as the credit crunch deepened impacting a number of key channels in the Money vertical. The secured lending market in particular suffered from a reduction in the supply of credit and a tightening of underwriting criteria. This was one of the Group's largest generating revenue channels. First Plus, a subsidiary of Barclays, which was the Group's largest single provider by revenue closed to new business in August 2008. First Plus generated revenue of £9.2m in the first six months of 2008. External measures of credit availability are now however showing signs of having stabilised which was reflected in the Group's transaction data in the Money vertical when comparing volumes in the first and second quarter.


Revenues from other banking products particularly savings and current accounts have held up relatively well. However, the change in sales mix away from credit based products, which generate higher transaction revenues, towards general banking products has markedly reduced RPT and RPV in the first six months of 2009 against the same period last year. RPV has however been slowly improving for the Money vertical throughout the first six months of the year as the wider markets have shown signs of stabilising. 


Other revenues, which include mortgage lead revenues, brokerage income for loans and mortgages and impression based advertising have declined by 59% over the same period last year broadly in line with transaction revenues. Commissions that are earned from loan and mortgage brokerage in particular have reduced significantly over the same period last year as a result of the difficult market conditions and accordingly the Group reduced headcount significantly in this area in the first six months of 2009


Insurance

The Insurance vertical currently offers customers the ability to search for, and compareinsurance products for, amongst other things, breakdown, dental, home, life, medical, mortgage payment protection, motor, payment protection, pet and travel insurance. It also includes elements of the Group's lead business (PAA) and advisory business (MCAT) together with advertising revenue that derives from insurance products.

The KPIs for the Insurance vertical are shown below:




6 Months to

30 June 2009

6 Months to

30 June 2008

Change







Visitors (000) [1]



12,134

13,200

-8%

Transactions (000)



6,782

8,211

-17%

Revenue (£000) - click based revenue



33,695

35,022

-4%

Revenue (£000) - other



3,448

4,671

-26%

Revenue (£000) - total



37,143

39,693

-6%

RPV



£3.06

£3.01

2%

RPT



£4.97

£4.27

16%

Revenues in the Insurance vertical declined by 6% from £39.7m to £37.1m. Transaction revenue fell by 4% from £35.0m to £33.7m. Second quarter trading was better than in the first quarter with revenues falling fractionally on the same period last year. Visitors fell by 8% against the same period last year whilst RPV has remained broadly stable. 

The Insurance comparison market remains the most competitive market in which the Group currently operates in. Revenues were approximately 10% lower in the Motor Insurance channel in the first half of the year although the rate of decline slowed in the second quarter. The Group concentrated on the profitable online and offline acquisition and retention of customers during the period rather than focussing exclusively on market share. Motor revenues have been impacted in the short term by our decision at the beginning of the year to withdraw from the sale of telephone based leads in response to customer feedback to improve customer experience. Revenues in the other insurance channels, including Home Insurance, were either aheador broadly flat compared to the same period last year.

Non click revenues decreased by 26% over the period driven by lower advertising revenues from a deliberate reduction in the advertising real estate made available to advertisers to improve the customer experience.


Travel

The Travel vertical currently offers customers the ability to search for, and compare, travel products for, amongst other things, airport parking, car hire, flights, hotels, and package holidays.

The KPIs for the Travel vertical are shown below:




6 Months to 30 June 2009

6 Months to 30 June 2008

Change







Visitors (000) [1] 



23,959

27,336

-12%

Transactions (000)



17,014

22,657

-25%

Revenue (£000) - click based revenue



8,530

9,756

-13%

Revenue (£000) - other



948

1,393

-32%

Revenue (£000) - total



9,478

11,149

-15%

RPV



£0.40

£0.41

-2%

RPT



£0.50

£0.43

16%

Revenues in the Travel vertical fell by 15% from £11.1in the first half of 2008 to £9.5m. Transaction revenue declined by 13% from £9.8m to £8.5m compared to the same period in 2008Visitor levels declined by 12% compared to the same period last year whilst RPV remained broadly flat.

Revenues in the Travel vertical were impacted by weakening levels of customer demand particularly in the flights and hotels channels as customers reduced discretionary expenditure in response to the increasing economic uncertainty. Package holidays revenues have however grown over the same period last year. The Travel website, travelsupermarket.com, was redesigned during the second quarter of 2009 improving the usability of the website. A new Cruise channel was added in June 2009. 

Non click revenues representing impression based advertising fell by 32due to reduced numbers of visitors compared to the same period last year together with weakedemand from providers for advertising real estate.


Home Services

The Home Services vertical offers customers the ability to search for, and compare, products for broadband, mobile telephones, shopping and utilities

The KPIs for the Home Services vertical are shown below: 




6 months to June 2009

6 months to 

30 June 2008

Change







Visitors (000) [1] 



8,432

3,842

119%

Transactions (000)



1,926

876

120%

Revenue (£000) - click based revenue



2,343

4,045

-42%

Revenue (£000) - other



71

84

-17%

Revenue (£000) - total



2,414

4,129

-42%

RPV



£0.29

£1.07

-73%

RPT



£1.22

£4.62

-74%







Revenues in the Home Services vertical decreased by 42% from £4.1to £2.4in the six months ended June 2009. Utilities represents the largest revenue channel in the vertical. In the six months to 30 June 2008 revenues benefitted significantly from  the rising price of gas and electricity. Utility prices have been more stable in the first six months of 2009 and there has therefore been less demand for switching services. During the fourth quarter of 2008 the Group launched its own shopping comparison service. This has enabled the Group to grow visitors by 119to this vertical over the same period last year. Transaction values are typically very low relative to the other channels in the vertical and the increase in visitors and transaction volumes has reduced the RPV for the Home Services vertical measured against the same period last year.


Germany

The Group refocused its operations in Germany and launched a new beta loans channel in January 2009. The initial response from customers has been positive and a new enhanced service is being launched in August 2009. During the period the Group incurred costs of £1.2m (2008: £0.7m).


Goodwill and intangibles

On 22 June 2007, Moneysupermarket.com a company controlled by Simon Nixon, purchased the entire share capital of Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited by way of a share for share exchange and a cash payment of £162m to one of the founder shareholders. This transaction will have a number of impacts on the accounts of the Group in the current, and prior periods, as well as subsequent periods.  

The acquisition gave rise to £125m of goodwill and the recognition of £207.2m of intangibles. Individual intangibles are amortised over their useful lives (which are in the range of 3-10 years) with a charge of £25.2m per annum in the first 3 years in the full year accounts. A charge of £12.6m is included in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for both periods. Goodwill is now shown on the balance sheet at £55m following an impairment charge of £70m recognised in the 2008 full year accounts.


Cash Balance and Dividend

As at 30 June 2009 the Group had net cash balance of £75.6m. The Group continued to strengthen its cash position throughout the period. Having reviewed the cash required by the business the Board has decided to pay an interim dividend of 1.3per ordinary share equivalent to the interim dividend paid in 2008. In addition the Board has decided to pay a special dividend of £25m equivalent to 4.93p per ordinary share reflecting its confidence in the ability of the business to generate cash on an ongoing basis. 

The Board is therefore declaring an interim dividend (to include the special dividend) of 6.23 pence per ordinary share (£31.6m in aggregate). The ex-dividend date is 16 September 2009, with a record date of 18 September 2009 and a payment date of 16 October 2009. Shareholders have the opportunity to elect to reinvest their cash dividend and purchase existing shares in the Company through a Dividend Reinvestment Plan.



Outlook

Trading in the first few weeks of July has been relatively good. Overall internet revenues are double digit ahead of the first half run rate revenues and approximately 15% below the run rate of the third quarter last year. Profitability is in line with first half run rate.

Trading has been strong in the Insurance vertical with revenues significantly ahead of the H1 run rate and ahead of the same period last year. We have continued to see stabilisation in the Money vertical with trading ahead of the H1 run rate albeit that visibility continues to remain limited given the uncertain economic outlook for both customers and providers. There has been no improvement in the travel market overall and trading has been in line with the first half of the year. Home services also continues to trade on a consistent basis with the first six months.

The Group commenced its rebuilding of its core technology platforms in June and will accelerate this program in the second half with the cost largely funded from the headcount savings made in the first six months of the year. 


Analysts Presentation

There wilbe a presentation for investors and analysts at UBS, 100 Liverpool StreetLondonEC2M 2RH at 9:00am this morning. 


[1] The Group recorded a substantial increase in its reported visitors from 27 April 2008 to the end of June 2008 following a release made in respect of the anti-virus software AVG. In assessing whether a webpage was safe it 'followed' every link or URL displayed on an email or webpage to the destination website. This meant that many web based businesses including the Group recorded visitors from users of the AVG software who themselves did not technically visit the website. The 2008 visitor count has been adjusted for the estimated impact of this. AVG released a further update to its anti-virus software early in July 2008 which resolved the issue.

  Principal Risks and Uncertainties


Set out below is a summary of principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group for the remaining six months of the year.


Operational Risks:


Competitive environment

  • Loss of market share and erosion of margins from increased competition.

Brand perception

  • Reduction in customer loyalty with existing customers and an inability to attract new customers if the business fails to maintain its position as a leading price comparison website.

IT infrastructure / software

  • Failure to provide adequate service levels to customers or maintain revenue generating services.

Loss of key management

  • Lack of necessary expertise or continuity to execute strategy.

Reliance on search engine paid search and natural listings

  • Reduction in gross margin through reduction in revenue derived from search engine optimisation or failure to manage search engine marketing campaigns appropriately.

Economic environment

  • Reduction in visitors and revenue from a recession as customers seek to reduce levels of discretionary expenditure.


Financial Risks:


Significant consolidation of providers

  • Consolidation of providers may continue in response to the poor credit markets. This may reduce competition for business with customers having less choice and may reduce commissions available to price comparison websites.

Security of cash balances

  • The Group holds significant cash balances. A failure of a major financial institution with whom the Group places significant deposits may result in a material loss to the Group.

Revenue assurance

  • Significant reduction of or a failure to recognise revenue from contracted providers where the Group is remunerated on a cost per action basis.

Investment in new areas

  • Significant capital invested in new products and services or new geographies fails to make a return.



Financial services and other markets regulation and taxation

  • The business model in financial services or other lines of business may be compromised by changes to existing regulation or the introduction of new regulation, or changes to the taxation legislation, particularly value added tax.

Significant worsening in credit markets

  • Financial institutions may reduce the quantum of lending and tighten their acceptance criteria for customers seeking to obtain creditThis may reduce Group revenue. Providers may increase their focus on customer retention rather than acquisition. This may reduce commissions available to price comparison websites. 

Reduction of providers

  • Providers may decide to withdraw their products from price comparison websites or reduce their customer acquisition activity via price comparison websites. This may reduce Group revenue.



  Responsibility Statement Of The Directors In Respect Of The Half-Yearly Report



The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge:


  • The condensed set of financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the EU; and

  • The interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:






(a)

 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











(b)

DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related parties transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the Group during that period; and any changes in the related parties transactions described in the last annual report that could have a material effect on the financial position or performance of the Group in the first six months of the current financial year.


The names and functions of the Directors of Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC are set out on pages 34  and 35 of the Group's Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2008.




By order of the Board






Peter Plumb


Paul Doughty

3 August 2009


3 August 2009

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer


  Independent review report to Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC


Introduction


We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2009 which comprises the Condensed Consolidated Statement Of Comprehensive IncomeCondensed Consolidated Statement Of Financial PositionConsolidated Statement OChangein Equity, Consolidated Cash Flow Statement and the related explanatory notes. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.


This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting the requirements of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules ('the DTR') of the UK's Financial Services Authority ('the UK FSA'). Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in this 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 reached.


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 DTR of the UK FSA.


As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.


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 UK. 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 2009 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the EU and the DTR of the UK FSA.



John Costello

for and on behalf of KPMG Audit Plc

Chartered Accountants

St James' Square

ManchesterM2 6DS

3 August 2009

  Condensed Consolidated Statement Of Comprehensive Income






6 months to

6 months to





30 June

30 June


Note



2009

2008





£000

£000







Revenue

4



68,521

99,385

Cost of sales




(20,784)

(32,788)






              

              

Gross profit




47,737

66,597

Distribution expenses




(9,284)

(11,759)

Administrative expenses




(37,103)

(42,102)

 




              

              

Results from operating activities




1,350

12,736

Financial income




581

1,633

Financial expense




-

-





_______

_______


Net finance income




581

1,633





              

              

Profit before income tax




1,931

14,369

Income tax expense

5



(1,244)

(4,630)





              

              

Profit for the period




687

9,739





_______

_______


Other comprehensive income:

Foreign currency translation






(48)



8

Deferred tax on share-based payments




(49)

(109)





_______

_______

Other comprehensive income for the period




(97)

(101)





_______

_______


Total comprehensive income for the period





590


9,638





_______

_______


Profit attributable to:

Equity holders of the Company






794



9,739

Non-controlling interest




(107)

-





_______

_______

Profit for the period




687

9,739





_______

_______

Total comprehensive income attributable to:






Equity holders of the Company




702

9,637

Non-controlling interest




(112)

1





_______

_______

Total comprehensive income for the period 




590

9,638





_______

_______

Adjusted EBITDA:






Operating profit above

Share based compensation relating to pre IPO options




1,350

2,576

12,736

3,241

Amortisation of intangibles

Depreciation




12,600

2,032

12,600

1,532





_______

_______

Adjusted EBITDA




18,558

30,109





_______

             

Earnings per share:

Basic earnings per ordinary share (pence)

Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)



6

6




0.1

0.1



2.0

1.9


Notes

Basis of Preparation

The adjusted results show the trading results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2008 and 30 June 2009.  The board regards an adjusted EBITDA figure as being the most meaningful profit measure for this period. The following adjustments have been made to the Condensed Consolidated Statement Of Comprehensive Income:

  • The acquisition of Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited by Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC gave rise to £207.2m of intangible assets. These are to be written off over a period of 3-10 years with a charge of £25.2m per annum to be recorded in each of the first three years. This has been shown within administrative expenses as a charge of £12.6m in the 2008 and 2009 Condensed Consolidated Statements Of Comprehensive Income.

  • Certain share option charges relating to Directors, senior management and other employees of the Group have been added back to calculate adjusted EBITDA. Prior to the acquisition of Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited by the Company, Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited issued share options to employees on terms that will not be offered moving forward. In line with the intentions outlined in the prospectus issued in connection with the listing of Moneysupermarket.com on 31 July 2007, Simon Nixon entered into agreements on 25 February 2009 with Paul Doughty and others to provide an additional option incentive scheme. Options vest in full on 4 August 2009 and become exercisable from that date. There will be no further charges recorded in the Condensed Consolidated Statement Of Comprehensive Income after this date relating to this scheme. On Listing, the Company also issued 'free' shares to the value of £3,000 as a 'bonus' to each eligible employee as part of its Share Incentive Plan scheme. On Listing, the Company also entered into an agreement with Gerald Corbett under which Gerald Corbett purchased 117,647 ordinary shares in the Company, and provided he completes 3 years service as Chairman of the Company from Listing and he retains those ordinary shares he purchased, he will be entitled to subscribe at nominal value for 235,294 ordinary shares in the Company. The Company does not currently intend to make similar awards in the future. It does however anticipate making conditional share awards under the terms of the Company's Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) in the future to key staff on commercial terms. Conditional awards were made under the Company's Long Term Incentive Plan on 28 December 2007, 4 March 2008 and on 8 April 2009. A charge for these awards is included within the pro forma results for 2008.

Condensed Consolidated Statement Of Financial Position




30 June

31 December

30 June


Note

2009

2008

2008



£000

£000

£000

Assets





Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment


13,464

13,596

13,439

Intangible assets

8

211,053

223,653

306,253

Deferred tax asset


255

362

2,870



_______

              

              

Total non-current assets


224,772

237,611

322,562


Current assets





Trade and other receivables


20,416

16,074

25,965

Prepayments


1,899

2,059

1,448

Cash and cash equivalents


75,642

73,465

71,271



_______

              

          _______

Total current assets


97,957

91,598

98,684



_______

              

              

Total assets


322,729

329,209

421,246



_______

              

              

Liabilities





Non-current liabilities





Deferred tax liabilities


43,455

47,259

50,715


Total non-current liabilities


_______

              

              



43,455

47,259

50,715

Current liabilities





Loans and borrowings


-

-

-

Trade and other payables


26,609

20,710

32,940

Current tax liabilities


2,709

3,394

5,710



_______

              

              

Total current liabilities


29,318

24,104

38,650



_______

              

              

Total liabilities


72,773

71,363

89,365






Equity





Share capital


101

101

118

Share premium


171,149

171,047

170,584

Retained earnings


(22,316)

(20,042)

18,144

Other reserves


101,022

106,740

143,035



_______

              

              

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company


249,956

257,846

331,881

Non-controlling interest


-

-

-



_______

              

              

Total equity


249,956

257,846

331,881



_______

              

              

Total equity and liabilities


322,729

329,209

421,246



_______

              

              








Condensed Consolidated Statement Of Changes IEquity

for the period ended 30 June 2009


Issued share capital

Share premium

Other reserves

Retained earnings


Reserve for own shares

Foreign currency translation reserve

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000









At 1st January 2008

118

170,565

143,018

13,285

-

9

326,995

Foreign currency translation








Deferred tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

(109)

-

-

(109)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

9,739

-

-

9,739









Total income and expense for the period

-

-

-

9,630

-

8

9,638

Equity dividends

-

-

-

(8,095)

-

-

(8,095)

Exercise of share options

-

19

-

-

-

-

19

Share-based payment

-

-

-

3,324

-

-

3,324









At 30 June 2008

118

170,584

143,018

18,144

-

17

331,881









At 1st Jul2008

118

170,584

143,018

18,144

-

17

331,881

Foreign currency translation

-

-

-

-

-

(14)

(14)

Deferred tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

(100)

-

-

(100)

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(68,845)

-

-

(68,845)

Total income and expense for the period

-

-

-

(68,945)

-

(14)

(68,959)

Share options exercised

2

463

-

-

-

-

465

Purchase and cancellation of deferred shares

(19)

-

19

-

-

-

-

Equity dividends

-

-

-

(6,542)

-

-

(6,542)

Reserves transfer

-

-

(36,300)

36,300

-

-

-

Share-based payment

-

-

-

1,001

-

-

1,001

At 31 December 2008

101

171,047

106,737

(20,042)

-

3

257,846









At 1st January 2009

101

171,047

106,737

(20,042)

-

3

257,846

Foreign currency translation

-

-

-

-

-

(48)

(48)

Deferred tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

(49)

-

-

(49)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

687

-

-

687

Total income and expense for the period

-

-

-

638

-

(48)

590

Share options exercised

-

102

-

-

-

-

102

Equity dividends

-

-

-

(11,110)

-

-

(11,110)

Reserves transfer

-

-

(5,670)

5,670

-

-

-

Share-based payment

-

-

-

2,528

-

-

2,528

At 30 June 2009

101

171,149

101,067

(22,316)

-

(45)

249,956




Other reserves

The other reserves balance represents the merger and revaluation reserves generated upon the acquisition of Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited by Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC.


Foreign currency translation reserve

The translation reserve comprises all foreign currency differences arising from the translation of the financial statements of foreign operations.


Reserve for own shares

The reserve for the Company's own shares comprises the cost of the Company shares held by the Group. At 30 June 2009, the Group held 948,184 shares at a cost of 0.02 pence per share through a trust, for the benefit of the Group's employees.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the period ended 30 June 






2009

2008





£000

£000

Operating activities






Profit for the period




687

9,739

Adjustments to reconcile Group net profit to net cash flows:






Depreciation




2,032

1,532

Amortisation of intangible assets




12,600

12,600

Net finance income




(581)

(1,633)

Equity settled share-based payment transactions




2,528

3,324

Income tax charge




1,244

4,630

Changes in trade and other receivables




(4,182)

(6,317)

Changes in trade and other payables




5,899

7,263

Income tax paid




(5,675)

(5,062)





              

              

Net cash flow from operating activities




14,552

26,076





              

              

Investing activities






Interest received




581

1,633

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment




(1,900)

(2,384)





              

              

Net cash flow from investing activities




(1,319)

(751)





              

              







Financing activities






Proceeds from issue of share capital




102

18

Dividends paid




(11,110)

(8,095)





              

              

Net cash flow from financing activities




(11,008)

(8,077)





              

              







Net increase in cash and cash equivalents




2,225

17,248

Cash and cash equivalents at start 1 January




73,465

54,015

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held




(48)

8





_______

              

Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June




75,642

71,271





­______

              

 Notes


1.    Reporting entity


Moneysupermarket.com is a company domiciled in the United Kingdom. The condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company as at and for the six months ended 30 June 2009 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries.  


The financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which the Directors deem appropriate, given the Group's positive cash position and lack of debt.


The consolidated financial statements of the Group as at and for the year ended 31 December 2008 are available upon request from the Company's registered office at Moneysupermarket House, St David's Park, Ewloe, Chester, CH5 3UZ or online at www.moneysupermarket.com.


2.    Statement of compliance


These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU. They do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Group as at and for the year ended 31 December 2008.


The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2008 are not the Company's statutory accounts for that financial year. Those accounts have been reported on by the Company's auditors and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 237(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 1985.


These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 3 August 2009.


3.    Significant accounting policies

As required by the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority, the condensed set of financial statements has been prepared by the Group by applying the same accounting policies and significant judgements awere applied by the Group in its published consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2008.  In addition, the Group has applied IAS 1 - Presentation Of Financial Statements (revised) and IFRS 8 - Operating Segments for the first time, with a resulting impact on the presentation of these financial statements, but no change in the balances reported.


4.    Segmental information



Money

Insure

Travel

Home

Other

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Period ended 30 June 2008







Revenue







Segment revenues

40,264

39,693

11,149

4,129

4,150

99,385


   

   


   

   


Results







Operating expenses






(86,649)

 






              

Results from operating activities






12,736

Net finance costs






1,633

 






              

Profit before tax






14,369

  Income tax credit






(4,630)







              

Profit for the period






9,739)







              








Assets







Unallocated assets






421,246







              









Money

Insure

Travel

Home

Other

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Period ended 30 June 2009







Revenue







Segment revenues

18,585

37,143

9,478

2,414

901

68,521


   

   


   

   


Results







Operating expenses






(67,171)







              

Results from operating activities






1,350

Net finance income






581







              

Profit before tax






1,931

Income tax expense






(1,244)







              

Profit for the period






687







              








Assets







Unallocated assets






322,729







              


In adopting IFRS 8 - Operating Segments for the first time, the Group has disclosed four reportable segments, being Money, Insure, Travel and Home. This disclosure correlates with the information which is presented to the Group's Chief Decision Maker, the PLC Board, which reviews revenues by segment, but margin, operating costs and assets at a consolidated level.  Previously, under IAS 14, the Group reported Internet and Intermediary segments.


5.    Income tax

The Group's effective consolidated tax rate for the six months ended 30 June 2009 was 64.5% (2008: 32.2%). This change in the effective tax rate was caused by the following factors:

  • During the period ended 30 June 2009, the Group incurred losses from its German operation, which it can not offset against profits generated elsewhere in the Group for corporation tax purposes, totalling £1,072,000, compared with £627,000 in the prior period.

  • The share based payment charge for the period exceeded the anticipated Schedule 23 deduction available from the exercise of share options by £1,207,000, compared with an excess of Schedule 23 deduction of £257,000 in 2008.


6    Earnings per share

Basic and diluted loss per share has been calculated on the following basis.


2009

2008







Profit after taxation (for basic and diluted earnings per share)

687

9,739


              

              

Basic weighted average ordinary shares in issue (millions)

505.0

496.8

Dilutive effect of share based instruments (millions)

8.8

14.3

Diluted weighted average ordinary shares in issue (millions)

513.8

511.1


              

              

Basic earnings per ordinary share (pence)

0.1

2.0


_______

              

Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)

0.1

1.9


_______

              


7    Dividends




2009

2008



£000

£000





Declared and paid during the period:

Equity dividends on ordinary shares:




Final dividend for 20082.2 pence per share (2007: 1.63 pence per share


11,110

8,095





Proposed for approval (not recognised as a liability as at 30 June):




Equity dividends on ordinary shares:




Interim dividend for 20091.3 pence per share (2008: 1.3 pence per share)


6,585

6,462

Special dividend for 2009: 4.93 pence per share


24,973

-



_______

_______


8    Intangible fixed assets




Market related

Customer relationship

Customer list


Technology related

Goodwill

Total



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000









Cost








At 1 January 2008


132,100

68,500

713

5,900

124,965

332,178

Additions


-

-

-

-

-

-



              

              

              

              

              

              

At 30 June 2008


132,100

68,500

713

5,900

124,965

332,178



              

              

              

              

              

              

Amortisation








At 1 January 2008


6,985

5,174

126

1,040

-

13,325

Charged in period


6,605

4,893

119

983

-

12,600











              

              

              

              

              

              

At 30 June 2008


13,590

10,067

245

2,023

-

25,925



              

              

              

              

              

              

Net book value








At 1 January 2008


125,115

63,326

587

4,860

124,965

318,853


At 30 June 2008


118,510

58,433

468

3,877

124,965

306,253



              

              

              

              

              

              

















Cost








At 1 January 2009


132,100

68,500

713

5,900

124,965

332,178

Additions


-

-

-

-

-

-



              

              

              

              

              

              

At 30 June 2009


132,100

68,500

713

5,900

124,965

332,178



              

              

              

              

              

              

Amortisation








At 1 January 2009


20,195

14,960

364

3,006

70,000

108,525

Charged in period


6,605

4,893

119

983

-

12,600



              

              

              

              

              

              

At 30 June 2009


26,800

19,853

483

3,989

70,000

121,125



              

              

              

              

              

              

Net book value








At 1 January 2009


111,905

53,540

349

2,894

54,965

223,653









At 30 June 2009


105,300

48,647

230

1,911

54,965

211,053



              

              

              

              

              

              


Impairment testing of goodwill


On an annual basis, or where an indication exists, the Group is required to assess its goodwill and intangible assets for impairment. In light of the ongoing recession, and absence of indicators of recovery in the credit markets and wider economic environment, the Group has performed an impairment review during the period.

The basis for the review is comparable to that used during the year to 2008 - with the recoverable amount of the assets taken to be their value in use, as calculated by reference to the cash flows taken from the Group's latest forecasts. The key changes in the assumptions used are as follows:

  • Cash flows for Year 1 represent management's best estimate of future cash flows as at 30 June 2009. Cash flows for Year 2 and Year 3 assume 5% growth in earnings, based on the results of research performed by an independent consultancy commissioned by the Group, and for periods thereafter assume a nil per cent growth rate.

  • A pre-tax discount rate of 15% has been used in the forecast, compared with 16% in the prior period. A lower discount rate has been used to reflect the reduction in uncertainty in the economic environment since the start of the period.

The recoverable amount of the goodwill balance as at 30 June 2009 exceeded its carrying amount by £10.8m, and the goodwill was therefore not judged to be impaired. A 1% increase in the discount rate used, or a decrease in the earnings growth assumption to nil percent, would result in a recoverable amount equal to the carrying value.


9    Share-based payments


No new share option schemes have commenced, and no new share options have been issued, during the period.


The share option charge in the Statement of Comprehensive Income can be attributed to the following types of option:



2009

2008


£000

£000




Unapproved option scheme

1,012

3,003

Share Incentive Plan scheme (SIP)

202

177

Chairman's share award

61

61

Long Term Incentive Plan scheme (LTIP)

(48)

83

Simon Nixon scheme

1,301

-


              

              


2,528

3,324


_______

              



The following table indicates the changes in the number of each type of share option during the period:



Unapproved

SIP/Chairman's Award

LTIP

Simon Nixon scheme






At 1 January 2009

4,296,670

1,183,478

1,001,986

-

Options issued during the period

-

-

7,771,187

2,793,911

Options exercised during the period

(1,704,996)

-

-

(292,386)

Options forfeited during the period

(16,667)

-

(397,191)

-


                

                

                

________

At 30 June 2009

2,575,007

1,183,478

8,375,982

2,501,525


                 

                 

                 

________


10    Related party transactions


During the period there were no transactions, and at the period end there were no outstanding balances, relating to key management personnel and entities over which they have control or significant influence.

Simon Nixon and Paul Doughty received dividends from the Group during the period totalling £5,956,510 in relation to the year ended 31 December 2008.


Forward looking statements


This report includes statements that are forward looking in nature. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, assumptions, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Group to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Except as required by the Listing Rules and applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update, revise or change any forward looking statements to reflect events or developments occurring after the date of this report.







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