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Monday 19 October, 2009

First Derivatives

Interim Results

RNS Number : 9797A
First Derivatives PLC
19 October 2009
 

19 October 2009

First Derivatives plc

("First Derivatives" or "the Company")


Interim results for the six months ended 31 August 2009


First Derivatives (AIM: FDP.L, IEX:GYQ.I), a leading provider of software and support services to the investment banking and derivatives industries, today announces its results for the six months ended 31 August 2009.


Financial Highlights

-    Turnover £11.4m (2008: £6.8m) +66.3%

-    Operating profit £3.0m (2008: £2.4m) +21.6%

-    Gross margins of 43.8% (2008: 46.2%)

-    Pre-tax profit £3.1m (2008: £2.2m) +36.4%

-    Earnings per share 15.4p (2008: 10.8p) +42.6%

-    Net Assets £12.5m (2008: £8.9m) +40.5%

-    Interim dividend 2.75p per share (2008: 2.35p) +17.0%


Business Highlights

-    Trading performance remains robust

-    Increase in Capital Markets Consulting activity

-    Further sales of First Derivatives software products


David Anderson, Chairman of First Derivatives commented:

"During the period we have committed substantial investment into First Derivatives and its structure to increase our global coverage and develop our range of in-house Delta software products. These initiatives are expected to result in an increase in our levels of profitability for the next financial year and beyond, ensuring continued advancement for our shareholders. The Group is trading strongly and continues to see increasing levels of revenue visibility. We remain confident of achieving profits for the full year in line with market expectations."


For further information please contact:


First Derivatives

028 3025 2242

Brian Conlon, Managing Director

www.firstderivatives.com



Charles Stanley Securities, Nominated Adviser

020 7149 6000

Russell Cook


Carl Holmes




Goodbody Corporate Finance, IEX Adviser  

+353 (0) 1 667 0420

Linda Hickey


Diane Hodgson




Stakeholder Communications

02890 339949

Carl Whyte




ICIS, Financial PR 

020 7651 8688

Bob Huxford


Caroline Evans-Jones





CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT


During the first half of the year we have continued to deliver growth in both revenues and profits while committing considerable investment into the expansion of all of the Company's activities.  


Our in-house Delta software division has seen significant development during the period, which is expected to secure additional recurring revenue streams in the coming years. In addition, the Company has considerably expanded its geographic reach, in part through the acquisition of Hologram in Australia. This has therefore been a period of transformation and investment for the Group and we are now better positioned to take advantage of future growth opportunities. 


Financials


Revenues for the six months ended 31 August 2009, which included Market Resource Partners ("MRP") for the first time, increased 66.3% to £11.4m from £6.8m in the corresponding period of the previous year. Pre-tax profits increased by 36.4% to £3.1m compared with £2.2m in the corresponding period of the previous year. Earnings per share increased by 42.6% to 15.4p per share (2008: 10.8p).


The Group generated operating cashflow of £3.6m in the six months to August and had retained cash of £1.6m at 31 August 2009. Net assets have risen from £8.9m at 31 August 2008 to £12.5m at the period end.  


Financial Investments


It was announced earlier today that First Derivatives has acquired approximately a further 15 per cent of Kx Systems Inc bringing its total holding to 20 per cent of the total share capital. The consideration for this acquisition is US$7.5m (£4.6m) satisfied by the payment of US$5.4 million in cash and the issue of 520,702 shares in First Derivatives.


The Board is pleased to have had the opportunity to make this further investment in Kx, which continues to strengthen the relationship between the two entities. This investment, along with our OEM Agreement which was concluded at the start of this calendar year, not only helps underpin the mutually beneficial activities of the companies but also ratifies the decision to utilise Kx's main product, the kdb+ database, as a core component of our own product development in the Delta Suite. This high performance platform is the perfect base upon which to build our compelling next generation applications in the areas of Algorithmic Trading, Market Data, Complex Event Processing and Risk Management spaces.


Operational highlights


Delta software sales 


Our software activities have continued to increase and over the next few years this is expected to generate an increasingly substantial part of First Derivative's revenues and profits. Our price structure for software sales is such that these revenues are mainly of a recurring nature. We have continued our drive toward winning new customers, and cross-selling to existing customers. Senior sales executives have been recruited to promote sales in North AmericaEuropeMiddle East and Asia and the product development team has been strengthened to capitalise on this increased activity and expand the sales pipeline.


The development of the Delta products has required substantial investment during the period but we are confident this will result in significant long-term benefit to the Group.


Consultancy


Consultancy revenue in the capital markets sector is up year on year but we have continued to experience price pressure on a number of contracts, as expected during the financial period. The performance has been pleasing despite the difficult trading environment and the outlook remains positive. We have experienced an increased level of enquiries and expect to close a number of new contracts before the year end.


Technology consulting revenue is ahead of expectation following substantial increases in business with both new and existing clients. This has resulted in additional recruitment being undertaken to enable us to cope with the increased demand. The last twelve months has seen the integration of Market Resource Partners into our consulting operation and we are pleased to reveal plans for the expansion of this consulting service into Europe. This will enable us to exploit new opportunities in this geographic location while helping to serve the European demands of our existing US clients. It is anticipated that this new operation will be based at First Derivatives' head office in NewryNorthern Ireland. It is intended that the operation will be up and running in the first calendar quarter of 2010.


International Expansion


The acquisition of Lepton Solutions Pty Limited (trading as Holgram) was completed at the end of March this year which is now trading as First Derivatives Pty Ltd ("FDPTY"). The acquisition has been successfully integrated into the Group over recent months and has significantly raised our profile in Australia and the Far East. In the last two months two orders have been obtained for Partner software and First Derivatives' Delta software product range is being actively marketed. FDPTY is also working with the product development team at head office to develop a new Treasury Risk Management System. Delivery of the first version is expected before the end of June 2010. 


We continue to review our channels to market on an international basis and are actively seeking partners in locations such as India and China to further expand our reach. We expect to conclude discussions with some potential partners in this financial year particularly for the promotion of Delta products.


Dividend


We continue to follow the dividend policy set out in our prospectus at the time of our flotation on the AIM market in March 2002. This stated that the Directors would pursue a dividend policy which reflects the Company's profitability, subject to funds required to finance future growth. The Board announces the payment of an interim dividend of 2.75p per share (2008: 2.35p) an increase of 17.0%. This will be paid on 13 November 2009 to those shareholders on the register on 30 October 2009.


Outlook


During the period we have committed substantial investment into First Derivatives and its structure to increase our global coverage and develop our range of in-house Delta software products. These initiatives are expected to result in an increase in our levels of profitability for the next financial year and beyond, ensuring continued advancement for our shareholders. The Group is trading strongly and continues to see increasing levels of revenue visibility. We remain confident of achieving profits for the full year in line with market expectations.  

  Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)


 

6 months ended 31 August
2009

6 months ended 31 August
2008

12 months ended 28 February
2009

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

11,358

6,828

17,548

Cost of sales

(6,383)

(3,672)

(8,607)

Gross profit

4,975

3,156

8,941

 




Administrative expenses

(2,519)

(808)

(3,165)

Other income 

564

134

159

Results from operating activities

3,020

2,482

5,935

 




Financial income

5

2

10

Financial expenses

Finance translation charge  

(222)

253

(244)

-

(562)

(922)

Net financing costs

36

(242)

(1,474)

 




Profit before tax

3,056

2,240

4,461

 




Income tax expense  

(944)

(807)

(1,390)

 




Profit for the period

2,112

1,433

3,071

 




 




 




 




 

Pence

Pence

Pence

Earnings per Share 
Basic


15.4


10.8


22.8




Consolidated Statement of changes in equity



Share
capital

Share
premium

Shares
option

reserve

Fair value reserve

Currency translation adjustment

reserve

Retained
earnings

Total
equity


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000









Balance at 1 March 2008

66

1,278

719

223

-

6,016

8,302

Deferred tax on share options outstanding

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total income and expense recognised directly in equity

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,433

1,433

Total recognised income and expense

-

-

-

-

-

1,433

1,433

Shares issued

1

7

-

-

-

-

8

Share based payment charge

-

-

175

-

-

(222)

(47)

Dividends to equity holders

-

-

-

-

-

(773)

(773)

Balance at 31 August 2008

67

1,285

894

223

-

6,454

8,923

Balance at 1 March 2009

69

2,274

430

223

244

8,031

11,271

Deferred tax on share options outstanding

-

-

219

-

-

-

219

Net loss on net investment in foreign subsidiary

-

-

-

-

(780)

-

(780)

Net gain on hedge of movement in foreign subsidiary

-

-

-

-

386

-

386

Total income and expense recognised directly in equity

-

-

219

-

(394)

-

(175)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

2,112

2,112

Total recognised income and expense

-

-

219

-

(394)

2,112

1,937

Shares issued

-

23

-

-

-

-

23

Share based payment charge

-

-

161

-

-

-

161

Transfer on exercise or lapse

-

-

(4)

-

-

4

-

Dividends to equity holders

-

-

-

-

-

(922)

(922)

Balance at 31 August 2009

69

2,297

806

223

(150)

9,225

12,470




Consolidated statement of financial position (unaudited)



As at
31 August
2009

As at
31 August
2008

As at 
28 February
2009


£'000

£'000

£'000





Property, plant and equipment

18,270

17,073

17,171

Intangible assets

11,423

250

10,513

Other financial assets

1,872

1,872

1,872

Deferred tax asset

481

277

177

Total non-current assets

32,046

19,472

29,733





Current assets




Trade and other receivables

6,544

2,534

6,334

Cash and cash equivalents

1,608

1,377

1,299

Total current assets

8,152

3,911

7,633





Total assets

40,198

23,383

37,366





Current liabilities




Interest bearing borrowings

(945)

(1,820)

(989)

Trade and other payables

(5,110)

(2,203)

(4,134)

Current tax payable

(1,320)

(1,315)

(1,472)

Employee benefits

(1,128)

(866)

(833)

Contingent deferred consideration

(1,204)

-

(1,175)

Total current liabilities

(9,707)

(6,204)

(8,603)





Non-current liabilities




Interest bearing borrowings

(12,971)

(8,256)

(12,986)

Deferred tax liability

Contingent deferred consideration

(87)

(4,963)

-

-

(87)

(4,419)

Total non-current liabilities

(18,021)

(8,256)

(17,492)





Total liabilities 

(27,728)

(14,460)

(26,095)





Net assets

12,470

8,923

11,271





Equity




Share capital

69

67

69

Share premium

2,297

1,285

2,274

Shares option reserve

806

894

430

Fair value reserve

223

223

223

Currency translation adjustment reserve

Retained earnings

(150)

9,225

-

6,454

244

8,031





Total equity

12,470

8,923

11,271




Consolidated statement of cashflows (unaudited)



6 months ended 31 August 2009

6 months ended 31 August 2008

12 months ended 28 February 2009


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cashflows from operating activities




Profit before taxation

3,056

2,240

4,461

Finance income 

(258)

(1)

(10)

Finance expense

222

244

1,484

Operating profit

3,020

2,483

5,935

Depreciation

220

108

262

Amortisation of intangible assets

181

0

250

Equity settled share-based payment transactions


110


175


183


3,531

2,766

6,630

Change in trade and other receivables

(210)

1,592

(1,625)

Change in trade and other payables

1,346

227

1,167


4,667

4,585

6,172

Corporation tax paid

(1,115)

(1,002)

(1,100)

Net cash from operating activities

3,552

3,583

5,072





Cash flows from investing activities




Interest received

5

1

10

Acquisition of subsidiary

(1,482)

-

(2,773)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(893)

(396)

(468)

Acquisition of other financial assets

-

(1,352)

(1,352)

Acquisition of intangible assets

(241)

(125)

(365)

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,611)

(1,872)

(4,948)





Cash flows from financing activities




Proceeds from issue of share capital

23

8

20

Receipt of new long term loan

539

1,187

10,193

Repayment of borrowings

(642)

(910)

(6,221)

Payment of finance lease liabilities

(47)

-

(90)

Interest paid

(222)

(242)

(528)

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

639

-

(1,497)

Dividends paid

(922)

(773)

(1,098)

Net cash from financing activities

(632)

(730)

779





Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

309

981

903

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 March 2009

1,299

396

396

Cash and cash equivalents at 31 August 2009

1,608

1,377

1,299




Notes to the Interim Results


1    Basis of Preparation


The results for the six months ended 31 August 2009 are unaudited and have not been reviewed by the Company's Auditors. They have been prepared on accounting basis and policies that are consistent with those used in the preparation of the financial statements of the Company for the year ended 28 February 2009.


The financial statements contained in this report do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Article 248 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (as amended by Article 12 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1990.  The results for the period ended 28 February 2009 were prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the EU ("adopted IFRSs") and reported on by the auditors and received an unqualified audit report. Full accounts for the period ended 28 February 2009 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.


2     Segmental Reporting


Revenue by division



Consulting division

Software

division

Total


2009

£'000

2008

£'000

2009

£'000

2008

£'000

2009

£'000

2008

£'000

Total Segment Revenue


8,773


4,429


2,585


2,399


11,358


6,828


Revenue by geographical location



Europe

America

APAC

Total


2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000










Revenue from external customers

4,948

4,591

5,966

1,921

444

316

11,358

6,828



3    Dividends


An Interim Dividend of 2.75 p per share is proposed for the six months to 31 August 2009. This will be paid to shareholders on 13 November 2009 to shareholders on the register on 30 October 2009. The shares will be Ex-Dividend on 28 October 2009.



4    Earnings per Share


The earnings per share for the six months ended 31 August 2009 has been calculated on the basis of the profit after taxation of £2.1m. Earnings per share of 15.4 pence has been calculated based on 13,736,717shares outstanding.



5    Post Balance Sheet 


On the 19 October 2009 the Company announced the acquisition of a further 15% of the share capital of Kx Systems Inc a US based technology company, headquartered in California, for a total consideration of $7.5m (the "Acquisition"). The Acquisition comprised a cash payment of $5.4m and a further $2.1m through the issue of 520,702 First Derivatives new ordinary shares (the "Consideration Shares"). The Consideration Shares were allotted and will be accepted on to the AIM and IEX Markets on 28 October 2009.  



6    Interim Report

The interim report will be circulated to all shareholders. Copies can be obtained from the Company's head and registered office: 3 Canal Quay, Newry, Co. Down, BT35 6BP and are available to download from the Company's website www.firstderivatives.com.






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