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Wednesday 04 August, 2010

Moneysupermarket.com

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 4852Q
Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC
04 August 2010
 



4 August  2010

 

Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC interim results
for the six months to 30 June 2010

 

 

 

Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC ("Moneysupermarket.com" or the "Company"), the UK's leading price comparison website, announces its preliminary results for the 6 months to 30 June 2010. 

 

Financial highlights

Six Months Ended June 2010

Six Months Ended June 2009

Change

Group Revenue

£71.6m

£68.5m

4%

Gross Margin

£51.1m

£47.7m

7%

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

£18.1m

£18.6m

-3%

Statutory profit after tax

£2.0m

£0.7m

187%

Cash balance

£28.3m

£75.6m

-63%

Dividend for the period

1.3p

1.3p

-

 

Financial highlights

 

·      Strong financial results and cash generation

 

·      Investment programme increased in the first half of the year in both product and brand building

 

·      Total revenue of £71.6m (2009: £68.5m)

 

·      UK internet revenues 6% ahead of the same period last year

·      UK internet revenues excluding Travelsupermarket 10% ahead

 

·      Adjusted EBITDA of £18.1m (2009: £18.6m) with profitability improving throughout the course of the first half

 

·      Gross margin increased to 71.4% (2009: 69.7%)

 

·      Cash balances of £28.3m (2009: £75.6m) at the period end after returning £67.8m of cash to shareholders in the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010. The Group remains highly cash generative, converting 94% of EBITDA to cash 

 

·      Interim dividend held at 1.3p per share

 

 

 

Operational highlights

 

·      Significant improvements to the website in look and feel and usability improving revenues

 

·      New credit card channel launched January 2010

·      New motor insurance channel launched February 2010

·      New home insurance beta June 2010

·      New savings channel June 2010

 

·      New mobile vouchers application launched June 2010

·      150,000 plus downloads so far

·      In top 15 free lifestyle apps having held number one position during July

 

·      Market-leading position and market share maintained

 

·      Brand proposition strengthened with a new television advertising campaign in Money, Home & Motor Insurance and a move into radio advertising

 

·      Visitors to moneysupermarket.com up 3%

 

·      Visitors to travelsupermarket.com down 4% as business was managed for margin ahead of second-half plan to redevelop Travel vertical

 

·      Board further strengthened with the appointment of Bruce Carnegie-Brown as non-executive director

 

Outlook

 

Group trading in July has been broadly in line with the first half of the year, with Travel improving slightly. As indicated, the Group anticipates that its cost base in the second half will be lower than the first half of the year, with reduced spending on third party contractor resource as skills have been transferred in-house and lower marketing spend, with the cost of creative reduced now the advertising campaigns are well established.  

While the outlook for the consumer economy remains uncertain, we believe our focused determination to help every household make the most of their money leaves us well placed to continue to make good progress. Overall our trading outlook for the full year remains in line with the Board's expectations.

Peter Plumb, Chief Executive Officer of moneysupermarket.com, said:

 

"moneysupermarket.com has delivered a strong performance in the first half as we started to reap the benefits of the targeted investments  made in both our site and our marketing. Our brand is stronger and we are delivering on our aim of helping every household make the most of their money.

 

"Our customers tell us that we have the best site for core insurance and credit card products - and we have exciting plans to keep up this momentum in the second half. Launches will include new Home Insurance and Savings channels, along with a mobile application for our vouchers site. We are developing an investment plan designed to deliver a stronger offer on travelsupermarket.com, which has weathered a tough time in an extremely challenging environment.

 

"Looking ahead, in spite of the on-going economic uncertainties, we believe the business is well placed to continue to make good progress."

 

 

- ends -

 

Results presentation

 

There will be a presentation for investors and analysts at UBS Offices, 1 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PP at 9.30am this morning.  The presentation will be streamed live: visit http://corporate.moneysupermarket.com/ to register and listen.

 

 

For further information, contact:

 

Paul Doughty, Chief Financial Officer, moneysupermarket.com

Tel:  0207 353 4200

 

 

Susanna Voyle or Tom Murray, Tulchan Group

Tel: 0207 353 4200



 

 

Financial and Business Review

 

The Group has presented below an extract of the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for the six months ended 30 June 2010 and 30 June 2009 along with a reconciliation to adjusted EBITDA. Revenue for the six months ended 30 June 2010 was £71.6m (2009: £68.5m) which generated a reported operating profit of £2.7m (2009: £1.4m). The Directors believe that the presentation of an adjusted EBITDA measure will allow users of the financial information to gain a better understanding of the underlying performance of the business.

 

Extract of Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the six months ended  30 June 2010

 

 

6 months ended     30 June

2010

6 months ended     30 June

2009

 

£000

£000

Revenue

71,594

68,521

Cost of sales

(20,478)

(20,784)

Gross profit

51,116

47,737

Distribution expenses

(11,441)

(9,284)

Administrative expenses - excluding Directors' and senior managers' share based compensation

(35,995)

(34,575)

Administrative expenses - Directors' and senior managers' share based compensation and related costs

(933)

(2,528)

Administrative expenses

(36,928)

(37,103)

Profit from operating activities

2,747

1,350

Reconciliation to adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

Profit from operating activities

2,747

1,350

Pre IPO share based compensation

403

2,576

Amortisation of intangible assets

12,537

12,600

Depreciation

2,390

2,032

Adjusted EBITDA

18,077

18,558

Adjusted earnings per ordinary share:

 

 

- basic (p)

2.3

2.4

- diluted (p)

2.2

2.4

Normal earnings per ordinary share:

 

 

- basic (p)

0.4

0.2

- diluted (p)

0.4

0.2

 

Notes

 

1. Basis of Preparation

 

The results show the trading results for the six months ended 30 June 2010 and 30 June 2009. The following adjustments

have been made in arriving at adjusted  EBITDA:

 

 

Reference is made in the Overview and Financial Highlights sections to adjusted cost base, adjusted distribution and administration expenses, and adjusted staff costs.  These measures represent the costs charged to the Statement of Comprehensive Income, less the intangible amortisation and pre-listing share option charges.

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

 

We present a solid set of financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2010. Revenue for the six months was £71.6m (2009: £68.5m) generating adjusted EBITDA of £18.1m (2009: £18.6m).

 

During the first half of 2010 the Group has continued to focus on and invest in developing and enhancing its existing product portfolio while continuing to develop its brand, building on the momentum of the second half of 2009.

 

Significant product enhancements have been delivered in the period, including new credit cards and savings channels in the Money vertical, new motor and home insurance channels in the Insurance vertical and the launch of a new mobile application for vouchers. The adoption of new agile software development methodologies by the Group has enabled the business to increase its development velocity significantly and this will provide a solid platform for the Group moving forward. The Group invested an additional £1.3m in third party resource over the course of the first half of 2010 to support these efforts relative to the same period last year. However it is expected that these costs will be substantially reduced in the second half of the year as the skill sets and methodologies to support 'agile' become more intrinsic to the organisation.

 

The Group has continued to develop its brand proposition launching new television advertising creative around the concept of a 'Haggle Hero' for typically negotiation-shy British consumers featuring comedian Omid Djalili. The series of advertisements, which have featured across both the Money and Insurance verticals, have been successful in extending the Group's reach with consumers outside the motor insurance channel. This has in part helped the Group increase its gross margins as the proportion of direct to site revenues increased as detailed below.  The Group invested an additional £2.3m in its media campaign both in media and creative to build and establish the campaign. The Group anticipates a broadly similar level of investment in the second half of 2010 in its media campaigns.

 

 

 

Financial Performance

 

Revenue increased by 4% to £71.6m (2009: £68.5m) and adjusted EBITDA fell by 3% to £18.1m (2009: £18.6m). The Group saw revenue growth in its Money, Insurance and Home Services verticals of approximately 10% against the same period last year whilst revenues in the Travel vertical declined by 20% in difficult market conditions as the business continued to be managed for margin. The Group maintained its dominant market share in financial services measured by Experian Hitwise against its key competitor set.

 

Group gross margins at 71.4% improved by more than 1.7 percentage points over last year. The underlying increase was higher at 2.9 percentage points with gross margins in the first half of 2009 benefiting from an accrual release of £0.8m within cost of sales following the resolution of a dispute with a portal partner during the period. The Group improved its proportion of direct to site revenue in the year whilst reducing its reliance on Google paid search. Direct to site revenues improved to represent 67% of revenue (2009: 62%) whilst Google paid search represented 22% of revenue in the first half of 2010 (2009: 26%). This improvement has in part been supported by the new television advertising campaign featuring Omid Djalili.

 

The adjusted administrative and distribution cost base increased by 14% from £31.2m to £35.4m in the first half of 2010. Distribution expenses increased by £2.2m over the prior year driven by increased spend on creative costs and media. The Group increased its presence or share of voice on television broadcast media relative to its competitor set during the period as it launched the new campaign.

 

Adjusted administrative costs increased by £2.1m (10%) over the prior year from £21.9m in H1 2009 to £24.0m in 2010. Adjusted staff costs (including contract resource) increased by 5% from £13.2m to £13.8m.

 

The Group invested approximately £1.4m in the first half of 2010 in flexible resource to improve its core technology and product and made a number of significant releases to its product set throughout the first half of 2010. Underlying headcount costs decreased by £0.8m after adjusting for £0.5m of reorganisation costs in the first half of 2009 relating to headcount reductions made across the business in April 2009, and the changes to share based compensation charges referred to below. Headcount decreased from 476 to 427 from June 2009 to June 2010 as the Group has continued to manage its cost base tightly. Charges for post IPO share based payments increased by £0.5m reflecting a full six months charge for the 2009 LTIP scheme issued in April 2009 and three months charge for the 2010 scheme.

 

Other costs, including irrecoverable VAT, increased by £1.0m over last year. The VAT rate returned to 17.5% from 15% in the same period last year increasing the input tax incurred by the business and therefore the quantum that was irrecoverable.

 

The Group incurred a loss of £0.6m in Germany in the first half of 2010 (2009: loss of £1.3m). As previously announced, following a review of its German business, the Group took the decision to close the German operation and all costs associated with this activity have been recognised in the first half of 2010.

 

Adjusted EBITDA margins declined from 27% to 25% against the same period last year reflecting the levels of increased investment detailed above, with profitability improving in the second quarter as the Group began to see the benefits of some of the investments made in the second half of last year and in the first quarter of 2010.

 

The Group operates its internet business across four vertical markets. These are discussed below:

 

 

Revenue

 

6 months to 30 June 2010

6 months to 30 June 2009

 

£000

%

£000

%

Money

20,673

29

18,585

27

Insurance

40,590

57

37,143

54

Travel

7,543

10

9,478

14

Home Services

2,633

4

2,414

4

Total Internet UK

71,439

100

67,620

99

Germany

130

0

158

0

Total Internet

71,569

100

67,778

99

Intermediary

25

0

743

1

Total

71,594

100

68,521

100

 

 

Internet business

 

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 websites 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 websites having clicked through to a third party website, or in some cases having completed an application form hosted on the Group's websites.

 

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

 

The KPIs for the Money vertical are shown below:

 

 

6 months to 30 June

2010

6 months to 30 June

2009

Change

 

 

 

 

Visitors (000)

17,301

19,116

-9%

Transactions (000)

6,544

5,846

12%

Revenue (£000) - click based revenue

17,916

15,750

14%

Revenue (£000) - other

2,757

2,835

-3%

Revenue (£000) - total

20,673

18,585

11%

RPV

£1.19

£0.97

23%

RPT

£2.74

£2.69

2%

 

Total revenue in the Money vertical increased by 11% from £18.6m to £20.7m and click based revenue by 14% from £15.8m to £17.9m. Visitors were 9% lower. The visitor count for the first half of 2009, and in particular the first quarter of 2009, to the Group's savings channels were buoyed by the financial uncertainty that existed following the collapse of a number of financial institutions. The economic backdrop for the first half of 2010, although challenging, has been significantly more benign and underlying visitor levels have generally returned to a more normalised base.

 

Trading in the Money vertical was strong relative to the same period last year. Conditions in the credit markets in which the Group operates improved over the same period last year and were at least consistent with the second half of 2009. Trading in credit products, defined as total revenue from secured and unsecured loans, credit cards, debt solutions and mortgages excluding impression based advertising revenue was approximately 22% ahead of the same period last year. Credit card revenues in particular were very strong.

 

Revenue from other banking products, particularly savings accounts, was weaker against a tough comparator period. Savings revenue increased significantly in the first quarter of 2009 as financial institutions sought to bolster their balance sheets through retail deposits.   The change in sales mix towards credit based products, which generate higher transaction revenue, away from general banking products increased RPT and RPV in the first half of 2010 against the same period last year.

 

Other revenue, which includes revenue from leads, commission based sales through MCAT for mortgages and loans, and advertising revenue was broadly flat.

 

 

Insurance

 

The Insurance vertical offers customers the ability to search for, and compare, insurance 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 is derived from insurance products. 

 

The KPIs for the Insurance vertical are shown below:

 

 

6 months to 30 June

2010

6 months to 30 June

2009

Change

 

 

 

 

Visitors (000)

12,640

12,134

4%

Transactions (000)

7,066

6,782

4%

Revenue (£000) - click based revenue

37,543

33,695

11%

Revenue (£000) - other

3,047

3,448

-12%

Revenue (£000) - total

40,590

37,143

9%

RPV

£3.21

£3.06

5%

RPT

£5.31

£4.97

7%

 

Revenues in the Insurance vertical increased by 9% from £37.1m to £40.6m. Transaction revenue increased by 11% from £33.7m to £37.5m.

 

Revenues in each of the three major lines of business, being motor, home and travel insurance, were ahead of the same period last year with motor performing particularly well. The motor channel was redeveloped during the first quarter of the year with a focus on improving usability for the customer. This has been reflected in improved provider conversion in the period, increasing revenues and RPV. A new home insurance site is being beta tested and will be released fully to the live environment in the third quarter this year.

 

Other revenue declined by £0.4m driven by lower advertising revenue.  This was due to a continued deliberate reduction in the advertising real estate made available to advertisers following the site redesign in the first quarter with the aim of continuing to improve the customer experience of using the website, in line with our brand building strategy.

 

Travel

 

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

 

The KPIs for the Travel vertical are shown below:

 

 

6 months to 30 June

2010

6 months to 30 June

2009

Change

Visitors (000)

19,991

23,959

-17%

Transactions (000)

12,539

17,014

-26%

Revenue (£000) - click based revenue

6,804

8,530

-20%

Revenue (£000) - other

739

948

-22%

Revenue (£000) - total

7,543

9,478

-20%

RPV

£0.38

£0.40

-5%

RPT

£0.54

£0.50

8%

 

Revenue in the Travel vertical fell by 20% from £9.5m to £7.5m. Transaction revenue declined by 20% from £8.5m to £6.8m. Visitor levels declined by 17% compared to the same period last year whilst RPV remained broadly flat. 

 

In what remains a challenging market, with consumers managing discretionary expenditure tightly, the Group has continued to manage the business for margin in the first half of the year and in particular has minimised its marketing costs. Consequently visitors to most channels within the Travel vertical were lower than in the same period last year.

 

The Group intends in the short term to continue to manage the Travel vertical in a similar manner. However in the second half of the year the Group will focus some of its development resource in improving the product proposition in a number of the Travel channels to ensure that it remains well placed to compete when the travel markets in which it operates return to more normal levels of activity.

 

 

 

Home Services

 

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

 

The KPIs for the Home Services vertical are shown below:

 

 

6 months to 30 June

2010

6 months to 30 June

2009

Change

Visitors (000)

10,896

8,432

29%

Transactions (000)

3,475

1,926

80%

Revenue (£000) - click based revenue

2,432

2,343

4%

Revenue (£000) - other

201

71

183%

Revenue (£000) - total

2,633

2,414

9%

RPV

£0.24

£0.29

-16%

RPT

£0.70

£1.22

-43%

 

Revenue in the Home Services vertical increased by 9% from £2.4m to £2.6m in the six months to 30 June 2010. This was driven largely by an increase in revenues from the utilities channel which represents the Group's largest line of business within the Home Services vertical.

 

Visitors grew by 29%, predominantly to the shopping and vouchers channels which are high volume but low transaction value channels. This has reduced both RPV and RPT over the same period last year.

 

 

Cash Balance and Dividend

 

As at 30 June 2010 the Group had a cash balance of £28.3m (2009: £75.6m). The Group continued to strengthen its cash position throughout the period after payment of dividends of£36.2m in the first six months of the year. Having reviewed the cash required by the business and the performance of the Group, the Board has decided to pay an interim dividend of 1.3p per ordinary share, equivalent to the interim dividend paid in 2009.

The Board is therefore declaring an interim dividend of 1.3p per ordinary share (£6.6m in aggregate). The ex-dividend date is 18 August 2010, with a record date of 20 August 2010 and a payment date of 17 September 2010. Shareholders have the opportunity to elect to reinvest their cash dividend and purchase existing shares in the Company through a Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

 

 

Earnings per ordinary share

 

Basic statutory earnings per ordinary share for the six months to 30 June 2010 was 0.4p (2009: 0.2p). Adjusted basic earnings per ordinary share decreased from 2.4p to 2.3p per share. The adjusted earnings per ordinary share is based on profit before tax after adding back intangible amortisation and share-based payment charges arising from pre-listing share options. A tax rate of 28% (2009: 28%) has been applied to calculate adjusted profit after tax.

 

 

 

Outlook

 

Group trading in July has been broadly in line with the first half of the year, with Travel improving slightly. As indicated, the Group anticipates that its cost base in the second half will be lower than the first half of the year, with reduced spending on third party contractor resource as skills have been transferred in-house and lower marketing spend, with the cost of creative reduced now the advertising campaigns are well established.

While the outlook for the consumer economy remains uncertain, we believe our focused determination to help every household make the most of their money leaves us well placed to continue to make good progress. Overall our trading outlook for the full year remains in line with the Board's expectations.

 

 

 



Responsibility statement of the Directors in respect of the half-yearly financial report

 

Each of the Directors, whose names and functions are listed below, confirms that, to the best of his knowledge:

 

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

 

• 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 party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Group during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report that could do so.

 

 

Name

Function

Gerald Corbett

Chairman

Simon Nixon

Deputy Chairman

Peter Plumb

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Doughty

Chief Financial Officer

David Osborne

Marketing Director

Graham Donoghue

Managing Director, Insurance, Home Services and Travel

Michael Wemms

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Rob Rowley

Non-Executive Director

Bruce Carnegie-Brown

Non-Executive Director

 

 

 

3 August 2010

 



Principal Risks and Uncertainties

 

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

 

Financial risks

 

Significant worsening in credit markets

 

Financial institutions may reduce the quantum of lending and tighten their acceptance criteria for customers seeking to obtain credit. This 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 consolidate, withdraw their products from price comparison websites or reduce their customer acquisition activity via price comparison websites. This may reduce competition for business, customer choice, Group revenue and the customer proposition of price comparison websites.

 

Investment in new areas

 

Significant capital invested in new products and services may fail 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 tax legislation, particularly value added tax.

 

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 or if its reputation is negatively impacted by any event.

 

Capacity and functionality of IT and systems infrastructure

 

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

 

Loss of key management

 

Loss of key management resulting in a lack of necessary expertise or continuity to execute strategy.

 

Reliance on search engine natural listings

 

Reduction in gross margin through reduction in revenue derived from search engine optimisation activities.

 

Economic environment

 

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

 

Technology investment and product innovation

 

Failure to invest in new technologies or to focus on new and emerging opportunities that meet the changing demands and needs of customers.

 

 



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 2010 which comprises the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position, Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, Condensed 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 34Interim 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 2010 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the EU and the DTR of the UK FSA.

 

Stuart Burdass

for and on behalf of KPMG Audit Plc

Chartered Accountants
St James' Square

Manchester, M2 6DS

 

3 August 2010



 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 





6 months to

6 months to





30 June

30 June


Note



2010

2009





£000

£000







Revenue

4



71,594

68,521

Cost of sales




(20,478)

(20,784)





              

              

Gross profit




51,116

47,737

Distribution expenses




(11,441)

(9,284)

Administrative expenses




(36,928)

(37,103)





              

              

Results from operating activities




2,747

1,350

Financial income




151

581

Financial expense




-

-





_______

_______

Net finance income




151

581





              

              

Profit before income tax




2,898

1,931

Income tax expense

5



(924)

(1,244)





              

              

Profit for the period




1,974

687





_______

_______

Other comprehensive income:






Foreign currency translation




12

(48)

Deferred tax on share-based payments




-

(49)





_______

_______

Other comprehensive income for the period




12

(97)





_______

_______

Total comprehensive income for the period




1,986

590





_______

_______

Profit attributable to:






Equity holders of the Company




1,974

794

Non-controlling interest




-

(107)





_______

_______

Profit for the period




1,974

687





_______

_______

Total comprehensive income attributable to:






Equity holders of the Company




1,986

702

Non-controlling interest




-

(112)





_______

_______

Total comprehensive income for the period




1,986

590





_______

_______

Adjusted EBITDA:






Operating profit above

Share based compensation relating to pre IPO options




2,747

403

1,350

2,576

Amortisation of intangibles

Depreciation




12,537

2,390

12,600

2,032





_______

_______

Adjusted EBITDA




18,077

18,588





_______

             

Earnings per share:






Basic earnings per ordinary share (pence)

Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)

 

6

6



0.4

0.4

 

0.2

0.2

 

 

Notes

Basis of Preparation

The adjusted results show the trading results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2009 and 30 June 2010.  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 the Company 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 and £12.5m respectively in the 2009 and 2010 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 vested in full on 4 August 2009 and became 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 completed 3 years service as Chairman of the Company from Listing and he retained those ordinary shares he purchased, he would 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, 8 April 2009 and 7 April 2010.  A charge for these awards is included within the adjusted results for 2009 and 2010.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 



30 June

31 December

30 June


Note

2010

2009

2009



£000

£000

£000

Assets





Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment


11,580

12,135

13,464

Intangible assets

8

185,916

198,453

211,053

Deferred tax asset


-

-

255



_______

              

              

Total non-current assets


197,496

210,588

224,772

 

Current assets





Trade and other receivables


20,237

14,375

20,416

Prepayments


2,154

1,793

1,899

Cash and cash equivalents


28,345

53,805

75,642



_______

              

              

Total current assets


50,736

69,973

97,957



_______

              

              

Total assets


248,232

280,561

322,729



_______

              

              

Liabilities





Non-current liabilities





Deferred tax liabilities


35,222

39,011

43,455

 

 


______

              

              

Total non-current liabilities


35,222

39,011

43,455






Current liabilities





Trade and other payables


23,023

18,756

26,609

Current tax liabilities


2,540

2,126

2,709



_______

              

              

Total current liabilities


25,563

20,882

29,318



_______

              

              

Total liabilities


60,785

59,893

72,773






Equity





Share capital


102

102

101

Share premium


171,297

171,207

171,149

Retained earnings


(73,573)

(45,920)

(22,316)

Other reserves


89,621

95,279

101,022



_______

              

              

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the Company


187,447

220,668

249,956

Non-controlling interest


-

-

-



_______

              

              

Total equity


187,447

220,668

249,956



_______

              

              

Total equity and liabilities


248,232

280,561

322,729



_______

              

              

 



Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes In Equity

for the period ended 30 June 2010

 


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 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

Equity dividends

-

-

-

(11,110)

-

-

(11,110)

Exercise of share options

-

102

-

-

-

-

102

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

 

At 1st July 2009

101

171,149

101,067

(22,316)

-

(45)

249,956

Foreign currency translation

-

-

-

-

-

(73)

(73)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

1,229

-

-

1,229

Total income and expense for the period

-

-

-

1,229

-

(73)

1,156

Equity dividends

-

-

-

(31,620)

-

-

(31,620)

Exercise of share options

1

58

-

-

-

-

59

Reserves transfer

-

-

(5,670)

5,670

-

-

-

Share-based payment

-

-

-

1,117

-

-

1,117

At 31 December 2009

102

171,207

95,397

(45,920)

-

(118)

220,668

 

At 1st January 2010

102

171,207

95,397

(45,920)

-

(118)

220,668

Foreign currency translation

-

-

-

-

-

12

12

Profit for the period

-

-

-

1,974

-

-

1,974

Total income and expense for the period

-

-

-

1,974

-

12

1,986

Equity dividends

-

-

-

(36,230)

-

-

(36,230)

Exercise of share options

-

90

-

-

-

-

90

Reserves transfer

-

-

(5,670)

5,670

-

-

-

Share-based payment

-

-

-

933

-

-

933

At 30 June 2010

102

171,297

89,727

(73,573)

-

(106)

187,447

 

 

Other reserves

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

 

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 2010, the Group held 440,481 shares at a cost of 0.02 pence per share through a trust, for the benefit of the Group's employees.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the period ended 30 June

 





2010

2009





£000

£000

Operating activities






Profit for the period




1,974

687

Adjustments to reconcile Group net profit to net cash flows:






Depreciation




2,390

2,032

Amortisation of intangible assets




12,537

12,600

Net finance income




(151)

(581)

Equity settled share-based payment transactions




933

2,528

Income tax charge




924

1,244

Changes in trade and other receivables




(6,223)

(4,182)

Changes in trade and other payables




4,267

5,899

Income tax paid




(4,299)

(5,675)





              

              

Net cash flow from operating activities




12,352

14,552





              

              

Investing activities






Interest received




151

581

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment




(1,835)

(1,900)





              

              

Net cash flow from investing activities




(1,684)

(1,319)





              

              







Financing activities






Proceeds from issue of share capital




90

102

Dividends paid




(36,230)

(11,110)





              

              

Net cash flow from financing activities




(36,140)

(11,008)





              

              







Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents




(25,472)

2,225

Cash and cash equivalents at start 1 January




53,805

73,465

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held




12

(48)





_______

              

Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June




28,345

75,642





_______

              

 

 

Notes

 

1.   Reporting entity

Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC ('Company') 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 2010 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries ('Group'). 

 

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 2009 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 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 2009.

 

The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2009 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 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 3 August 2010.

 

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 as were applied by the Group in its published consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2009.

 

4.   Segmental information

 


Money

Insure

Travel

Home

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







               


Money

Insure

Travel

Home

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Period ended 30 June 2010






Revenue







Segment revenues

20,673

40,590

7,543

2,633

155

71,594




Results







Operating expenses






(68,847)






              

Results from operating activities





2,747

Net finance income






151







              

Profit before tax






2,898

Income tax expense






(924)







              

Profit for the period






1,974







              

 

Assets







Unallocated assets






248,232







 

 

In applying IFRS 8 - Operating Segments, 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 Operating Decision Maker, the Company's 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.  Of the Group revenue of £71.6m (2009: £68.5m) reported for the first six months of 2010, £71.5m (2009: £68.4m) was generated in the UK.

 

 

5.   Income tax

The Group's effective consolidated tax rate for the six months ended 30 June 2010 was 31.9% (2009: 64.5%).  This change in the effective tax rate was caused by the following factors:

·      During the period ended 30 June 2010, 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 £515,000, compared with £1,072,000 in the prior period.

·      The anticipated Schedule 23 deduction available from the exercise of share options during the period exceeded the share based payment charge for the period by £239,000, compared with an excess of share based payment charges over the Schedule 23 deduction of £1,207,000 in 2009.

 

 

6.   Earnings per share

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





2010

2009




Profit after taxation attributable to ordinary shareholders (£000)

1,974

794


              

              

Basic weighted average ordinary shares in issue (millions)

508.7

505.0

Dilutive effect of share based instruments (millions)

10.5

8.8

Diluted weighted average ordinary shares in issue (millions)

519.2

513.8


              

              

Basic earnings per ordinary share (pence)

0.4

0.2


______

______

Diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)

0.4

0.2


______

              

 

 

7.   Dividends

 



2010

2009



£000

£000





Declared and paid during the period:

Equity dividends on ordinary shares:




Final dividend for 2009: 2.2 pence per share (2008: 2.2 pence per share)


11,213

11,110

Special dividend for 2009: 4.91 pence per share


25,017

-





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




Equity dividends on ordinary shares:




Interim dividend for 2010: 1.3 pence per share (2009: 1.3 pence per share)


6,621

6,585



 

 

 

8.   Intangible fixed assets



Market related

Customer relationship

Customer list

 

Technology related

Goodwill

Total



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000









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



              

              

              

              

              

              

















Cost








At 1 January 2010


132,100

68,500

713

5,900

124,965

332,178

Additions


-

-

-

-

-

-



              

              

              

              

              

              

At 30 June 2010


132,100

68,500

713

5,900

124,965

332,178



              

              

              

              

              

              

Amortisation








At 1 January 2010


33,405

24,746

602

4,972

70,000

133,725

Charged in period


6,605

4,893

111

928

-

12,537



              

              

              

              

              

              

At 30 June 2010


40,010

29,639

713

5,900

70,000

146,262



              

              

              

              

              

              

Net book value








At 1 January 2010


98,695

43,754

111

928

54,965

198,453

At 30 June 2010


92,090

38,861

-

-

54,965

185,916



              

              

              

              

              

              

 

 

 

 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 consistent with that used during the year to 2009 - with the book value of the goodwill, intangible and other non-current assets allocated between the Group's four cash generating units (CGUs), being the four operating segments identified under IFRS 8 as Insurance, Money, Travel and Home Services.  The recoverable amount of the assets is taken to be their value in use, as calculated by reference to the cash flows taken from the Group's latest forecasts.

 

The key assumptions used are as follows:

·      Cash flows for Year 1 represent management's best estimate of future cash flows as at 30 June 2010. Cash flows for subsequent years for all segments are consistent with those in Year 1 and assume no growth.  No reliable third party estimates of long term growth rates exist for the price comparison industry given it is a relatively new business model.

·      A pre-tax discount rate of 15% has been used in the forecast (2009: 15%) for all segments.  When there are clear indications that the economy has begun to recover, a lower discount rate may be more appropriate.

 

The analysis performed indicates that the recoverable amount of the assets allocated to all four segments exceeds their carrying value by in excess of 100%, and as such the assets are not impaired.  No reasonably possible change to a key assumption would result in an impairment.

 

Consistent with the approach taken during the year ended 31 December 2009, the Group has also performed an impairment review for the Group as a whole, with the Group treated as one group of CGUs, and a set of assumptions consistent with those set out above in relation to the individual operating segment calculations. The analysis performed calculates that the recoverable amount of the Group's assets exceeds their carrying value by £51m, and as such, no impairment was identified.  An increase of 4% in the discount rate, with all other assumptions held constant, would give a value in use for the Group's assets equal to their carrying value.  Similarly, a decrease in the annual cash flows of £7.5m, with all other assumptions held constant, would also give a value in use for the Group's assets equal to their carrying value. 

 

 

9.   Share-based payments

On 7 April 2010 further conditional awards were made over 4,315,539 shares to a number of Directors and employees under the Long Term Incentive Plan scheme.

 

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

 


2010

2009


£000

£000




Unapproved option scheme

136

1,012

Share Incentive Plan scheme (SIP)

219

202

Chairman's share award

48

61

Long Term Incentive Plan scheme (LTIP)

530

(48)

Simon Nixon scheme

-

1,301


              

              


933

2,528


_______

              

 

 

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

 


Unapproved

Chairman's Award

LTIP

Simon Nixon Scheme






At 1 January 2009

4,296,670

235,294

1,001,986

-

Options issued during the period

-

-

7,756,530

3,378,683

Options exercised during the period

(1,704,996)

-

-

-

Options forfeit during the period

(16,667)

-

(397,191)

-

________

 

                  

                  

                  

At 30 June 2009

2,575,007

235,294

8,361,325

3,378,683

              _    

 

                  

                  

                  






At 1 July 2009

2,575,007

235,294

8,361,325

3,378,683

Options issued during the period

-

-

500,000

-

Options exercised during the period

(971,666)

-

-

(2,793,911)

Options forfeit during the period

(96,670)

-

(828,620)

-

Options lapsed during the period

-

-

-

(584,772)

                 

 

                  

                  

                  

At 31 December 2009

1,506,671

235,294

8,032,705

-

                  

 

                  

                  

                  






At 1 January 2010

1,506,671

235,294

8,032,705

-

Options issued during the period

-

13,318

4,315,539

-

1.1.1          Options exercised during the period

(1,506,671)

(248,612)

-

-

1.1.2          Options forfeit during the period

-

-

(245,653)

-

                  

 

                  

                  

                  

At 30 June 2010

-

-

12,102,591

-

                  

 

                  

                  

                  

 

 

 

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, Paul Doughty, Michael Wemms and Gerald Corbett received dividends from the Group during the period totalling £19,226,299 in relation to the year ended 31 December 2009.

 

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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