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Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Gresham Computing

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 1266L
Gresham Computing PLC
27 July 2011
 



27 July 2011

 

 

Gresham Computing plc ("Gresham" or the "Company" or the "Group")

Half-yearly report

 

Gresham Computing plc, the specialist provider of software based solutions that enable customers to achieve real-time financial certainty in transaction and cash management, is pleased to report its half-yearly results for the 6 months ended 30 June 2011.  

 

Revenues, profits and the financial position of the Company at 30 June 2011 are all in line with the Board's expectations and significantly improved on the prior period.

 

Highlights for the 6 months ended 30 June 2011 are set out below:

·       Underlying revenues up 32%, with Real-Time Financial Solutions up 52%;

·       Adjusted EBITDA profit £0.8m (H1 2010: £0.2m);

·       Profit before tax £0.6m (H1 2010: £0.1m);

·       Cash £2.9m (31 Dec 2010 £3.1m);

·       Confirmed order book and pipeline strong for remainder of 2011;

·       Significant new contract win in July 2011 worth approximately £3m over 5 years:

New major bank customer

Integrated transaction and cash management solution

Improved future revenue visibility

 

Chris Errington, CEO of Gresham, commented:

 

"I am pleased with our performance so far in 2011 and remain excited about our prospects for 2011 and beyond.  The significant contract win announced in July 2011 was secured as a result of our extensive experience of providing this type of integrated transaction and cash solution and I am pleased to add a major new bank to our customer list."

 

Gresham Computing plc
Chris Errington, CEO
Rob Grubb, CFO

+44 (0) 20 7653 0200



Singer Capital Markets Ltd
Shaun Dobson, Partner and Joint Head of Corporate Finance
James Maxwell, Director of Corporate Finance

+44 (0) 20 3205 7500



 

 CEO Operational Review

Gresham Computing plc is a specialist provider of software based solutions that enable customers to achieve real-time financial certainty in transaction and cash management.  We aim to be the market leader in transaction integrity solutions - giving financial institutions and their customers, real-time financial certainty in their transaction processing.

 

Results for the 6 months to 30 June 2011 were significantly improved on prior periods, with underlying revenues up 32% and profit before tax up over 10 times.  The Real-Time Financial Solutions business led the way with a 52% increase in revenues arising primarily from growth in our transaction and cash solutions.  The Software business also delivered a creditable performance and was slightly ahead of our expectations at the half year.

 

Our financial position remains strong and on 20 July 2011 we announced a significant contract win with a new major bank customer which provides us with good visibility over approximately £3m of revenues for the five year term.

 

Financial Review

Trading

The following table summarises the Group's financial performance:


6 months

6 months



30 June 2011

30 June 2010



£m

£m

%

Software

1.6

1.6

0%

Real-time financial solutions

3.8

2.5

52%

Underlying revenues

5.4

4.1

32%

IT staff placement business

0.0

0.2

-100%

Total revenues

5.4

4.3

27%





Profit before tax

0.6

0.1


Amortisation and depreciation charges

0.1

0.1


Share option charges

0.1

0.0


Adjusted EBITDA profit

0.8

0.2



Underlying revenues grew 32% to £5.4m in the first half, with growth wholly attributable to our Real-Time Financial Solutions business, which itself grew 52% to £3.8m compared to £2.5m in H1 2010.  This growth was driven by strong demand for professional services at a number of major bank customers, which will in turn lead to a growth in SaaS revenues earned from a usage basis model as the solutions are rolled out to customers.  The Software business performed slightly ahead of our expectations delivering comparable results to H1 2010.

 

Overall, approximately 50% of our revenues arose from annuity maintenance and SaaS contracts, with a further 40% from professional services work and the remaining 10% from sales of licenses. 

 

In our Real-Time Financial Solutions business, approximately 40% of our revenues arose from annuity maintenance and SaaS contracts, just under 60% from professional services and a small amount from license sales.   We saw a strong growth in professional services revenues in the first half, which will lead to annuity income growth in the medium to long term as customers use our solutions and we earn SaaS revenues from that usage.

In our Software business, approximately 80% of our revenues arose from annuity maintenance and SaaS contracts and the remaining 20% from sales of licenses.

 

We have a strong pipeline of work for the remainder of 2011 and beyond together with a large and growing annuity income base. 

 

Working capital and cash


2011

2010


£m

£m

Cash at 1 January

3.1

0.7

Net cash inflow from operating activities

0.4

0.0

Net cash (used in) / generated from investing activities

(0.6)

0.3

Net cash generated from financing activities

0.0

0.9

Cash at 30 June

2.9

1.9

 

Cash was in line with our expectations taking into account the seasonality of maintenance incomes and our continued investment in tangible and intangible assets associated with new product development.

 

Taxation

At 30 June 2011, the Group had total tax losses carried forward for offset against future trading profits of approximately £15m. As a result, the Group has no material tax charge or liability and should be sheltered from UK tax in particular for quite some time.

 

For the period to 30 June 2011, the Group has recorded a tax credit of £0.05m in connection with a research and development tax credit related to new product development.

 

Strategy and vision

Our strategy is to build long term annuity revenues from existing and new customers to increase the visibility of revenues going into future years.

 

Our mission is to deliver software and consultancy services to financial services market participants, helping them to achieve real-time financial certainty in transaction processing for themselves and their customers.

 

Our vision is to be the market leader in transaction integrity solutions - giving financial institutions and their customers, real-time financial certainty in their transaction processing.

 

We started a graduate recruitment program in the first half to bring in and train new talent to support future growth.  I am pleased to say that we have now recruited two UK graduates under this program and are looking to secure a further two in the second half. 

 

Investment in development of new solutions

We continue to invest a proportion of near term operating cash in the development of new solutions to improve the growth opportunities available to us both from new offerings but also from upgrades to our existing products for the benefit of customers.  Alongside this, we are investing in our sales and marketing capabilities ahead of bringing this new technology to market.

 

Outlook

We expect trading for the second half of 2011 to continue slightly ahead of the performance seen in the first half of the year, in line with our recently upgraded market expectations of 20 July 2011.

 

We see the market for integrated cash and transaction management solutions strengthening as banks focus their attention on transaction and cash areas (transaction banking) alongside risk and liquidity management.  The significant contract win announced on 20 July 2011 is for us indicative of a general increase in bank spending on transaction and cash based solutions that add value to their core businesses.

 

 

Chris Errington
CEO
26 July 2011

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement

For the period ended 30 June 2011


Notes

 

6 months
ended
30 June
2011
Unaudited
£'000

Restated

6 months
ended
30 June
2010
Unaudited
£'000

 

12 months
ended
31 December 2010
Audited
£'000

Revenue

2

5,430

4,273

9,133

Cost of goods sold


(1,087)

(683)

(1,763)

Gross profit


4,343

3,590

7,370

Administrative expenses


(3,788)

(3,536)

(7,085)

Trading profit


555

54

285

Finance revenue


24

2

7

Finance costs


(10)

(3)

(21)

Profit  before tax


569

53

271

Taxation

3

50

94

285

Attributable to equity holders of the parent

2, 6

619

147

556






Earnings per share (total and continuing)





Basic earnings per share - pence

4

1.06

0.27

1.00

Diluted earnings per share - pence

4

0.97

0.27

0.99

 

All activities were continuing during the year.

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the period ended 30 June 2011



 

6 months
ended
30 June
2011
Unaudited
£'000

 

6 months
ended
30 June
2010
Unaudited
£'000

 

12 months
ended
31 December 2010
Audited
£'000

Attributable profit for the period

619

147

556

Other comprehensive income




Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

26

2

85

Net income recognised directly in equity


26

2

85






Total comprehensive income for the year


645

149

641

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

At 30 June 2011


Notes



 At 30 June
2011
Unaudited
£'000



At 30 June
2010
Unaudited
£'000

 

At 31
December
2010
Audited
£'000

Assets





Non-current assets





Property, plant & equipment


339

250

325

Intangible assets


2,349

1,779

1,862

Deferred tax asset


200

100

200



2,888

2,129

2,387

Current assets





Trade and other receivables


2,304

2,179

3,068

Income tax receivable


197

77

146

Cash and cash equivalents


2,909

1,855

3,146



5,410

4,111

6,360






Total assets


8,298

6,240

8,747






Equity & Liabilities





Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent





Called up equity share capital

6

2,907

2,907

2,907

Share premium account

6

13,124

13,134

13,124

Other reserves

6

1,039

1,039

1,039

Foreign currency translation reserve

6

372

263

346

Retained earnings

6

(14,696)

(15,618)

(15,440)


6

2,746

1,725

1,976

Non-current liabilities





Deferred income


1,151

342

1,206

Provisions


411

452

423



1,562

794

1,629

Current liabilities





Trade, other payables and deferred income


3,925

3,681

5,077

Income tax payable


2

2

2

Provisions


63

38

63



3,990

3,721

5,142

Total liabilities


5,552

4,515

6,771

Total equity and liabilities


8,298

6,240

8,747

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity



Share
capital
£'000


Share
premium
£'000


Other
reserves
£'000

Currency
translation
reserves
£'000


Retained
earnings
£'000



Total
£'000

At 1 January 2010

2,643

12,614

1,039

261

 (15,783)

774

Attributable profit for the period

-

-

-

-

147

147

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

2

-

2

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

2

147

149

Share issue (note 6)

264

520

-

-

-

784

Share based payment

-

-

-

-

18

18

At 30 June 2010

2,907

13,134

1,039

263

 (15,618)

1,725

Attributable profit for the period

-

-

-

-

409

409

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

83

-

83

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

83

409

492

Adjustment to VAT on previous share issue costs

-

(10)

-

-

-

(10)

Share based payment credit

-

-

-

-

(231)

(231)

At 31 December 2010

2,907

13,124

1,039

346

(15,440)

1,976

Attributable profit for the period

-

-

-

-

619

619

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

26

-

26

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

26

619

645

Share based payment

-

-

-

-

125

125

At 30 June 2011

2,907

13,124

1,039

372

(14,696)

2,746

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash flows

For the period ended 30 June 2011



 

6 months
ended
30 June
2011
Unaudited
£'000

 

6 months
ended
30 June
2010
Unaudited
£'000

 

12 months
ended
31 December 2010
Audited
£'000

Cash flows from operating activities





Profit before taxation


569

53

271

Depreciation, amortisation & impairment


132

127

492

Share based payment expense / (credit)


125

18

(213)

Decrease / (increase) in trade and other receivables


793

454

(497)

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables


(1,206)

(756)

1,521

Movement in provisions


(12)

(172)

(176)

Revaluation of foreign exchange instrument


-

-

(17)

Net finance (charge) /  income


(21)

1

(1)

Cash inflow / (outflow) from operations


380

(275)

1,380

Net income taxes (paid) / received


(1)

257

279

Net cash inflow / (outflow) from operating activities


379

(18)

1,659

Cash flows from investing activities





Interest received


24

2

7

Disposal of businesses


-

496

496

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(65)

(91)

(284)

Payments to acquire intangible fixed assets


(574)

(75)

(270)

Net cash (used in) / generated by investing activities


(615)

332

(51)

Cash flows from financing activities





Interest paid


(3)

(3)

(6)

Receipts from share issue (net of expenses)


-

784

784

Net cash (used in) / generated from financing activities


(3)

781

778






Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents


(239)

1,095

2,386

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


3,146

745

745

Exchange adjustments


2

15

15

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


2,909

1,855

3,146

 

 

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 the Companies Act 2006.  These condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the Listing Rules of the Financial Services Authority ('FSA'), and were approved on behalf of the Board by the Chief Executive Officer C. Errington on 26 July 2011.

 

The accounting policies and methods of computation applied in these condensed interim financial statements are consistent with those applied in the Group's most recent annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2010.

 

During the year ended 31 December 2010 the Group changed the classification of some of its staff costs. In previous years and for the six months ended 30 June 2010 previously reported, costs associated with customer facing technical staff were disclosed as Cost of Goods of Sold; however for the year ended 31 December 2010 and 6 months ended 30 June 2011 all staff costs have been disclosed within Administrative expenses. As a result, the Income Statement for the six months ended 30 June 2010 within this report has been restated, with £1,050,000 of staff costs that were previously disclosed within Cost of Goods Sold being reclassified to Administrative expenses.

 

The financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2010, 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 2006 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 s498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. 

 

Copies of these condensed interim financial statements and the Group's most recent annual financial statements are available on request by writing to the Company Secretary at our registered office Gresham Computing plc, Sopwith House, Brook Avenue, Warsash, Southampton, SO31 9ZA, or from our website www.gresham-computing.com 

 

 

2 Segmental information

 

The following analysis is presented on a monthly basis to the chief operating decision maker of the business, the Chief Executive Officer, and the Board of Directors.

 

6 Months Ended 30 June 2011 (unaudited)

 


 

 

Software

£000

North

America

RTFS

£000

Asia

Pacific

RTFS

£000

 

EMEA

RTFS

£000

Adjustments,

central &

eliminations

£000

 

 

Consolidated

£000

Revenue







External customer

1,587

764

1,004

2,040

35

5,430

Inter-segment

-

-

73

-

(73)

-

Total revenue

1,587

764

1,077

2,040

(38)

5,430








Segment profit/(loss)

1,279

55

77

(865)

73

619








Segment assets

310

391

1,592

1,411

4,594

8,298

 

 

6 Months Ended 30 June 2010 (unaudited)

 


 

 

Software

£000

North

America

RTFS

£000

Asia

Pacific

RTFS

£000

 

EMEA

RTFS

£000

Adjustments,

central &

eliminations

£000

 

 

Consolidated

£000

Revenue







External customer

1,561

933

663

1,116

-

4,273

Inter-segment

-

-

65

-

(65)

-

Total revenue

1,561

933

728

1,116

(65)

4,273








Segment profit/(loss)

1,025

185

(81)

(149)

(833)

147








Segment assets

200

444

1,669

1,072

2,855

6,240

 

 

3 Taxation

 
6 months
ended
30 June
2011
Unaudited
£'000
6 months
ended
30 June
2010
Unaudited
£'000
12 months
Ended
31 December
2010
Audited
£'000
UK Tax
 
 
 
 
Corporation tax charge / (credit)
(50)
6
6
 
Foreign tax
 
 
 
 
Corporation tax credit
-
-
(91)
 
Recognition of deferred tax asset (trading losses)
-
(100)
(200)
 
Tax credit
(50)
(94)
(285)

 

 

 

4 Earnings per ordinary share

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

 

Diluted earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing the net profit 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 profit and share data used in the basic and diluted loss per share computations:

 


6 months
ended
30 June
2011
Unaudited
£'000

6 months
ended
30 June
2010
Unaudited
£'000

12 months
ended
31 December 2010
Audited
£'000

Net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

619

147

556






Number

Number

Number

Basic weighted average number of shares

58,135,978

53,464,077

55,819,227

Dilutive potential ordinary shares:




Employee share options

5,871,931

  -

582,965

Diluted weighted average number of shares

63,635,978

53,464,077

56,402,192

 

 

On 9 June 2010, shareholders approved the allotment and issue of 5,285,088 new ordinary shares (ranking pari passau with existing shares in issue) via a placing to existing institutional shareholders. This has been reflected in the basic and diluted weighted average number of shares.

 

The employee share options are not dilutive for the 6 months ended 30 June 2010 as at that time it was considered unlikely that any outstanding options would be exercised.

 

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 2010

2,643

12,614

1,039

261

 (15,783)

774

Attributable profit for the period

-

-

-

-

147

147

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

2

-

2

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

2

147

149

Share issue (note 6)

264

520

-

-

-

784

Share based payment

-

-

-

-

18

18

At 30 June 2010

2,907

13,134

1,039

263

 (15,618)

1,725

Attributable profit for the period

-

-

-

-

409

409

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

83

-

83

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

83

409

492

Adjustment to VAT on previous share issue costs

-

(10)

-

-

-

(10)

Share based payment credit

-

-

-

-

(231)

(231)

At 31 December 2010

2,907

13,124

1,039

346

(15,440)

1,976

Attributable profit for the period

-

-

-

-

619

619

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

26

-

26

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

-

619

645

Share based payment

-

-

-

-

125

125

At 30 June 2011

2,907

13,124

1,039

372

(14,696)

2,746

 

Issue of Shares

On 9 June 2010, shareholders approved the allotment and issue of 5,285,088 new ordinary shares (ranking pari passau with existing shares in issue) via a placing to existing institutional shareholders. The shares were issued on 10 June 2010 at a placing price of 15.75 pence raising £784,000, after expenses of £48,000.

 

 

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 2010, 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
2011
£'000

6 months
ended
30 June
2010
£'000

Profit before tax

569

53

Amortisation and depreciation

132

127

Share option charges / (credit)

125

18

Interest net

(14)

1

Adjusted EBITDA profit / (loss)

812

199

 

 

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.

 

 

10 Related Party Transactions

No related party transactions have taken place during the year that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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