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Friday 28 August, 2009

Gresham Computing

Interim Results

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Gresham Computing PLC
28 August 2009
 



28 August 2009

Gresham Computing plc

('Gresham' or 'the Company')

Half-Yearly Report


Gresham Computing plc (LSE:GHT), the specialist provider of real-time financial solutions and storage solutions, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2009.


Financial Highlights

  • Revenue £5.6m (H1 2008: £7.2m);

  • Administrative costs reduced;

  • Adjusted EBITDA loss was £0.36m (H1 2008: profit £0.04m);

  • Cash at period end was £1.1m, strengthening to £1.3m at the date of these results (at 31 December 2008: £1.2m); and

  • Sale and leaseback of head office completed in May 2009.


Operational Highlights

  • Good progress with landmark contract win in April 2009 with a global banking group which is expected to have a material impact on future performance;

  • Restructuring of Group to focus on growing annuity revenues from real-time financial solutions to be completed by end of 2009; and

  • Growth of long-term annuity revenues via our banking partners.


Andrew Walton-Green, CEO of Gresham, commented, 'Gresham has a number of very strong cash generative established businesses with diversified customer bases giving us a solid platform from which to build our future growth. The Board intends to complete its restructuring by the year end, refocusing the business on the markets which we believe have the largest potential, whilst matching cost and recurring income. We are pleased with the progress of the recently won global banking group project, and have visibility over a pipeline which is far greater than we first anticipated. We therefore look forward to a much improved second half.'


For further information please contact: 


Gresham Computing Plc

+44 (0) 20 7653 0200

Andrew Walton-Green, CEO or Eric Sepkes, Chairman




KBC Peel Hunt

+44 (0) 20 7418 8900

Capel Irwin, Daniel Harris




ICIS 

+44 (0) 20 7651 8688

Bob Huxford, Caroline Evans-Jones or Fiona Conroy 



 

28 August 2009

GRESHAM COMPUTING plc

('Gresham', the 'group' or the 'company')

HALF-YEARLY REPORT for the 6 months ended 30 june 2009


Gresham, the specialist provider of real-time financial solutions and storage solutions, announces its un-audited half-yearly results for the six months ended 30 June 2009. 


Introduction

These results reflect the period of transition currently being undertaken by the Group in order to more fully exploit the growth areas of real-time financial solutionsGresham has traditionally consisted of several businesses delivering IT services and staff into the financial services and other industries. During the past five years the Company has identified significant opportunities within the area of real-time financial solutions and has made considerable investment to exploit this area. 


In order to achieve our strategic objectives, the Board is restructuring the Group with the aim of significantly de-risking financial performance by matching costs to recurring revenues. We believe that this strategy represents the best way forward for the Group, providing a stable platform from which to continue to build new annuity revenues in real-time financial solutions. We expect to have substantially completed this alignment of cost to revenues during 2009. Further to this, the Board has continued disposing of non-core businesses, providing additional funds to support our strategy. 


Gresham's strategy is to grow annuity revenues from the real-time financial solutions market, building on our existing annuity revenues from our more established products. 


The Board is confident that the Company's enhanced focus, stable platform and annuity revenue strategy leaves Gresham well positioned to exploit the growing opportunities in this market-place. The Board expects to see evidence of good progress in this respect during the second half of the year.


Progress with Global Banking Group

As announced in April this year, a key achievement during the period was the signing of a significant contract with a global banking group for our cash management, payment gateway and cash reporting solutions, which will be rolled out by the bank to its corporate customers. The contract was designed to enable the bank to build significant annuity revenues over time by delivering added value services to their Tier 1 customer base in key market sectors. The size of our related sales pipeline has exceeded our initial expectations and we are currently working with the bank to close a number of major customer contracts.  


A significant proportion of Gresham's resource has been, and continues to be, engaged in the development, deployment and integration of the solutions set out in the contract. The level of resource allocated to the project has impacted our results in the short-term. However, we believe this investment is warranted as annuity revenue to Gresham per customer, secured via the bank, is expected to range from approximately £50,000 to £500,000 per annum depending on the size of the deal. Set-up revenues earned by Gresham will depend upon the complexity of each client solution.


Financial Review

Revenue for the period was £5.6m (H1 2008: £7.2m), a reduction of £1.6m arising predominantly from the planned reduction in IT Placement revenues of £0.9m and £0.3m from the absence of Redstone revenue (disposed in 2008). On a like-for-like basis, our Storage revenues for the period were increased by £0.3m (and Administration costs by £0.28m) when the underlying USD results are converted to GBP for group reporting. In summary:


  • The adjusted EBITDA loss was £0.36m (H1 2008: profit £0.04m);

  • Cash at period end was £1.1m, strengthening to £1.3m at the date of these results (at 31 December 2008: £1.2m); and

  • The sale and simultaneous leaseback of our head office in Southampton announced in April 2009 duly completed in May 2009 generating a net £0.8m of cash.


First half performance was affected by our level of investment in the global banking group contract, together with ongoing recessionary pressures in the banking and larger corporate markets generally, where IT spending has been cautious.


Operating review

New solutions

As mentioned above, the Group has invested substantial sums over the last five years in bringing a small number of highly functional and innovative real-time financial solutions to market based on its core banking and integration technologies, incorporated within our Clareti product suite. The Board believes that the potential revenue growth from these products is material and that the completion of the restructuring strategy will serve to enhance our ability to deliver in these key areas from a strong platform. 


Our Clareti real-time financial solutions consist of:


  • Clareti Cash Reporting. A technology that accepts multiple types of payment information generated by banks and corporates, normalises the data and passes it on for use by banks or corporates to manage both risk and cash situations. An embodiment of the technology is the Clareti Cash Reporting Service, which provides banks with access to real-time information about payments enabling them to better control liquidity and risk;

  • Clareti Supply Chain Financing. A technology capable of accepting information from a corporate and presenting that information to its suppliers which, with the presence of a bank, allows that supplier to take early payment of the invoices presented; and

  • Clareti Virtual Accounts. An application of our Clareti Banking technology or a partner's technology that provides Virtual Accounts functionality to customers of a bank for them to manage cash better.


These combined business lines now generate over £1.2m of annually recurring revenue and the Board expects to see further progress in the second half of this year.  


Established solutions

Gresham has three well established businesses that generate strong and reliable cashflows; VME, EDT and Clareti Banking software. These software products are embedded in large organisations and the majority of our revenue arises from annuity software support contracts. In total, these embedded solutions generate over £3.8m of annually recurring revenues:


  • Gresham's VME utility software is installed at most of the large users of the Fujitsu VME platform in the UK, including the UK government. The VME market is mature but stable, with the VME hardware platform itself supported until at least 2020;

  • Gresham's EDT storage software is installed at over 125 larger customers globally. The market has remained relatively resilient over the past few years despite its maturity and the availability of substitute products. We made progress with Storage Director in the period and have 15 customers using this technology in the HP NonStop, IBM iSeries and open systems markets; and

  • Gresham's Clareti Banking software has been sold to 30 financial institutions, where it is deployed as a core banking and deposit management system. The software has wide applicability across the financial sector as a real-time financial solution platform and has further growth potential.


Disposal and restructuring

In line with the Group's strategy, on 27 August 2009 we disposed of a non-core subsidiary, Gresham Software Labs Pty Limited, for a total cash consideration of £470,000, full details of which are included in a separate announcement issued today. Restructuring of our IT Placement business is complete and we anticipate that revenues from this business will have ceased by the end of 2009. A number of Group cost reduction measures are already underway with the aim of delivering on the above strategy, a number of which have been completed.


Board Composition

We are pleased to announce that Max Royde has agreed to join the Board as Non-executive director. Max is a Partner at Kestrel Partners LLP, a smaller company fund management business, having previously been at KBC Peel Hunt, the mid-cap broker, for over 10 years where he latterly held the position as Managing Director responsible for the firm's technology franchise. Further details on Max's appointment are included in a separate announcement issued today. Ted Aves has decided to step down from his role as Non-executive director effective 28 August 2009. The Board would like to thank him for the support he has given Gresham during his time with the Company.


Outlook

Gresham has a number of very strong cash generative established businesses with diversified customer bases giving us a solid platform from which to build our future growth. The Board intends to complete its restructuring by the year end, refocusing the business on the markets which we believe have the largest potential, whilst matching cost and recurring income. We are pleased with the progress of the recently won global banking group project, and have visibility over a pipeline which is far greater than we first anticipated. We therefore look forward to a much improved second half.


Andrew Walton-Green

Chief Executive

27 August 2009


Group income statement

For the period ended 30 June 2009

 

Notes

6 months
ended

30 June 

2009

Unaudited

£'000

6 months
ended

30 June 

2008

Unaudited

£'000

12 months
ended

31 December 2008

Audited

£'000

Revenue

2

5,604 

7,172 

13,894 

Cost of goods sold

 

(2,743)

(3,648)

(7,623)

Gross profit


2,861 

3,524 

6,271 

Administrative expenses

 

(3,860)

(3,990)

(7,090)

Trading loss

2

(999)

(466)

(819)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets


(20)

Profit on disposal of subsidiary undertaking


599 

Finance revenue


17 

31 

71 

Finance costs

 

 - 

 - 

(2)

Loss before tax

2

(1,002)

(435)

(151)

Taxation

3

237 

50 

181 

Attributable to equity holders of the parent

6

(765)

(385)

30 

(Loss) / profit per share (total and continuing)





Basic (loss) / profit per share - pence

4

(1.45)

(0.73)

0.06 

Diluted (loss) / profit per share - pence

4

(1.45)

(0.73)

0.06 


Group statement of recognised income and expense

For the period ended 30 June 2009

 

 

6 months
ended

30 June 

2009

Unaudited

£'000

6 months
ended

30 June 

2008

Unaudited

£'000

12 months
ended

31 December 2008

Audited

£'000

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

53 

51 

358 

Exchange differences transferred to income 
statement on disposal of subsidiary undertakings

 - 

 - 

(107)

Net income recognised directly in equity


53 

51 

251 

Attributable profit/(loss) for the period


(765)

(385)

30 

Total recognised income and expenses for the period

 

(712)

(334)

281 


  Group balance sheet

At 30 June 2009

 

Notes


At 30 June 

2009

Unaudited

£'000


At 30 June 

2008

Unaudited

£'000

At 31 
December

2008

Audited

£'000

Assets





Non-current assets





Property, plant & equipment


457 

1,314 

652 

Intangible assets


6,451 

6,403 

6,810 

 

 

6,908 

7,717 

7,462 

Current assets





Trade and other receivables


2,678 

3,629 

3,239 

Inventories


18 

100 

20 

Income tax receivable


516 

440 

281 

Other financial assets


Cash and cash equivalents


1,134 

996 

1,214 

 

 

4,346 

5,165 

4,754 

Assets held for sale

 

184 

 - 

860 

Total assets

 

11,438 

12,882 

13,076 






Equity & Liabilities





Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent





Called up equity share capital

2,643 

2,643 

2,643 

Share premium account

12,564 

12,564 

12,564 

Other reserves

1,039 

1,039 

1,039 

Foreign currency translation reserve

240 

187 

Retained earnings

(9,263)

(8,966)

(8,576)

 

6

7,223 

7,285 

7,857 

Non-current liabilities





Deferred income


210 

565 

278 

Financial liabilities


59 

Provisions


160 

200 

160 

 

 

370 

765 

497 

Current liabilities





Trade, other payables and deferred income


3,821 

4,766 

4,572 

Financial liabilities


28 

Income tax payable


24 

66 

122 

Provisions


 

 

3,845 

4,832 

4,722 

Total liabilities

 

4,215 

5,597 

5,219 

Total equity and liabilities

 

11,438 

12,882 

13,076 


  Group cashflow statement

For the period ended 30 June 2009

 

 

6 months
ended

30 June 

2009

Unaudited

£'000

6 months
ended

30 June 

2008

Unaudited

£'000

12 months
ended

31 December 2008

Audited

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities





Loss before taxation


(1,002)

(435)

(151)

Depreciation, amortisation & impairment


545 

321 

1,020 

Share based payment expense


78 

180 

155 

Increase in inventories


(1)

(20)

Decrease in trade and other receivables


515 

21 

385 

Decrease in trade and other payables


(483)

(868)

(1,295)

Movement in provisions


(40)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets


20 

Gain on disposal of subsidiary undertakings


(599)

Net finance income

 

(17)

(51)

(89)

Cash outflow from operations


(345)

(832)

(634)

Net income taxes (paid)/received

 

(63)

362 

Net cash outflow from operating activities


(408)

(832)

(272)

Cash flows from investing activities





Interest received


17 

51 

91 

Net disposal of fixed assets


771 

Disposal of subsidiary undertakings


409 

Cash categorised as held for sale for disposal group


(13)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(114)

(94)

(213)

Payments to acquire intangible fixed assets

 

(300)

(445)

(1,212)

Net cash generated/(used) in investing activities


361 

(488)

(925)

Cash flows from financing activities





Interest paid


(2)

Repayment of capital element of finance lease

 

(14)

(2)

Net cash used by financing activities


(14)

 - 

(4)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(61)

(1,320)

(1,201)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


1,214 

2,300 

2,300 

Exchange adjustments


(19)

16 

115 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

1,134 

996 

1,214 


  Notes to the condensed interim financial statements

1 Basis of preparation 

These condensed interim financial statements are unaudited and do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of s240 of the Companies Act 1985. The condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' and the Listing Rules of the Financial Services Authority ('FSA'). The accounting polices applied in these interim financial statements are consistent with those applied in the Group's most recent annual financial statements. The condensed interim financial statements were approved on behalf of the Board by C Errington and A Walton-Green on 27 August 2009. 

Copies of these interim financial statements are available on request by writing to the Company Secretary at our registered office Gresham Computing plc, Sopwith House, Brook Avenue, Warsash, SouthamptonSO31 9ZA, or from our website www.gresham-computing.com 

The financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2008, which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, as endorsed by the European Union ('IFRS'), and with those parts of the Companies Act 1985 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' opinion on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement made under s237 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 1985.  


2 Segmental information

Primary reporting - Geographical segments


Revenue by source

Period ended 30 June 2009

Period ended 30 June 2008

 

Segment
revenue

£'000

Inter-
segment

sales

£'000

Sales to 
external

customers

£'000

Segment
revenue

£'000

Inter-
segment

sales

£'000

Sales to 
external

customers

£'000

Asia Pacific

1,158

 (74)

1,084

1,707

 (165)

1,542

EMEA

2,533

 - 

2,533

3,843

 (11)

3,832

North America

1,987

 - 

1,987

1,798

 - 

1,798

 

5,678

 (74)

5,604

7,348

 (176)

7,172


Result by segment

Period ended 30 June 2009

Period ended 30 June 2008

 

Asia
Pacific

£'000

EMEA
£'000

North
America

£'000


Total

£'000

Asia
Pacific

£'000

EMEA
£'000

North
America

£'000


Total

£'000

Segment result

 (231)

36

 (273)

 (468)

 (50)

357

 (90)

217

Unallocated expenses

 

 

 

 (531)

 

 

 

 (683)

Trading loss




 (999)




 (466)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets



 (20)




 - 

Net finance revenue

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

31

Loss before income tax credit




 (1,002)




 (435)

Income tax credit




237




50

Net loss for the period

 

 

 

 (765)

 

 

 

 (385)


  Secondary reporting - Business segments


Revenue by business segment


Period ended
30 June 2009

Period ended
30 June 2008

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Real Time Financial Solutions


3,613


4,568


IT Staff placement business


654


1,515


 

 

 

4,267

 

6,083

Storage solutions



1,337


1,089


 

 

5,604

 

7,172


Result by business segment

Period ended 30 June 2009

Period ended 30 June 2008

 

RTFS
£'000

Storage
£'000

Total
£'000

RTFS
£'000

Storage
£'000

Total
£'000

Segment result

 (119)

 (349)

 (468)

47

170

217

Unallocated expenses

 

 

 (531)

 

 

 (683)

Trading loss



 (999)



 (466)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets


 (20)



 - 

Net finance revenue



17



31

Loss before income tax credit

 

 

 (1,002)

 

 

 (435)

Income tax credit



237



50

Net loss for the period

 

 

 (765)

 

 

 (385)


3 Taxation

 

 

6 months
ended

30 June 

2009

Unaudited

£'000

6 months
ended

30 June 

2008

Unaudited

£'000

12 months
ended

31 December 2008

Audited

£'000

UK Tax





Research and development credit

(156)

(72)

(281)

Foreign tax





Corporation tax


(90)

22 

66 

Withholding tax charge


 - 

34 

Tax credit

 

(237)

(50)

(181)


  4 Loss per ordinary share

Basic loss per share amounts are calculated by dividing net loss for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

Diluted loss per share amounts are calculated by dividing the net loss attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period plus the weighted average number of ordinary shares that would be issued on the conversion of all the dilutive potential ordinary shares into ordinary shares. 

The following reflects the loss and share data used in the basic and diluted loss per share computations:


 

 

6 months
ended

30 June 

2009

Unaudited

£'000

6 months
ended

30 June 

2008

Unaudited

£'000

12 months
ended

31 December 2008

Audited

£'000

Net loss attributable to equity holders of the parent

(765)

(385)

30 






 

 

Number

Number

Number

Basic weighted average number of shares

52,850,890 

52,850,890 

52,850,890 

Dilutive potential ordinary shares:




Employee share options


  - 

  - 

  - 

Diluted weighted average number of shares

52,850,890 

52,850,890 

52,850,890 

The employee share options are not dilutive because they would reduce the loss per share in both years.

There have been no other transactions involving ordinary shares or potential ordinary shares between the reporting date and the date of completion of this interim statement.


5 Dividends paid and proposed

No dividends were declared or paid during the period or comparative periods.


  6 Reconciliation of movements in equity

 


Share

capital

£'000


Share

premium

£'000


Other

reserves

£'000

Currency
translation

reserves

£'000


Retained

earnings

£'000



Total

£'000

At 1 January 2008

2,643

12,564

1,039

 (64)

 (8,761)

7,421

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 - 

 - 

 - 

69

 - 

69

Share based expense recognised in the income statement

 - 

 - 

 - 

 - 

180

180

Attributable loss for the period

 - 

 - 

 - 

 - 

 (385)

 (385)

At 30 June 2008

2,643

12,564

1,039

5

 (8,966)

7,285

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 - 

 - 

 - 

289

 - 

289

Share based income recognised in the income statement

 - 

 - 

 - 

 - 

 (25)

 (25)

Exchange differences on disposal/closure of subsidiary 

 - 

 - 

 - 

 (107)

 - 

 (107)

Attributable loss for the period

 - 

 - 

 - 

 - 

415

415

At 31 December 2008

2,643

12,564

1,039

187

 (8,576)

7,857

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 - 

 - 

 - 

53

 - 

53

Share based expense recognised in the income statement

 - 

 - 

 - 

 - 

78

78

Attributable loss for the period

 - 

 - 

 - 

 - 

 (765)

 (765)

At 30 June 2009

2,643

12,564

1,039

240

 (9,263)

7,223


7 Principal risks and uncertainties

The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group are disclosed in the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2008, available from www.gresham-computing.com and remain unchanged.


8 Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA before non-cash share option charges, reconciled as follows:


 

6 months
ended

30 June 

2009

£'000

6 months
ended

30 June 

2008

£'000

Loss before tax

(1,002)

(435)

Amortisation and depreciation

545 

321 

Share option charges

78 

180 

Interest net

17 

(31)

Adjusted EBITDA (loss)/profit

(362)

35 


  9 Statement of directors' responsibilities 

The Directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report, in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

The Directors confirm, to the best of their knowledge that this condensed set of financial statements:

  • has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the European Union; and

  • includes a fair review of the information required by Rules 4.2.7 and 4.2.8 of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority.





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