Manx Financial Group

Unaudited Interim Results

RNS Number : 6944N
Manx Financial Group PLC
26 September 2019
 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            26th September 2019

 

Manx Financial Group PLC (the "Group")

 

Unaudited Interim Results for the 6 months to 30th June 2019

 

Manx Financial Group PLC (LSE: MFX), the financial services group which includes Conister Bank Limited, Edgewater Associates Limited, Manx FX Limited, Conister Finance & Leasing Ltd, and Blue Star Business Solutions Limited, presents the Interim results for the six months ended 30th June 2019.

Jim Mellon, Executive Chairman, commented: "We have performed within expectations for the first six months as we continue to strengthen the Group and Bank balance sheets without compromising our profitability. Our strategic initiatives in diversifying our geographic lending reach have accelerated with additional investment in our UK operations, centred at our Newbury office."

 

Copies of the Interim Report will shortly be available on our website www.mfg.im

 

For further information: -

Manx Financial Group - http://www.mfg.im/

 

Contacts:

Manx Financial Group PLC

Denham Eke, Chief Executive

Tel: +44 (0) 1624 694694

 

Beaumont Cornish Limited

Roland Cornish/James Biddle

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7628 3396

 

Britton Financial PR

Tim Blackstone

Tel +44 (0) 7957 140416

 

 



 

Chairman's Statement

 

Dear Shareholders,

 

I am pleased to present the half-year report for the period ended 30 June 2019.

 

We have performed within expectations for the first six months as we continue to strengthen the Group and Bank balance sheets without compromising our profitability. Our strategic initiatives in diversifying our geographic lending reach have accelerated with additional investment in our UK operations, centred at our Newbury office. We are moving away from sub-prime lending, diluting any reliance on unsecured consumer finance, particularly in motor finance. Our view of the latter recognises the fall in UK new car registrations and negative outlook recently reported by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.

 

This April, the Group completed the acquisition of Blue Star Business Solutions Limited and I am pleased to report that the integration of the company within our UK structure has been both seamless and profitable. The consolidation our FX advisory and our IFA businesses, both of which are now making significant contributions to Group profitability, is proceeding to plan. In short, I am confident that the Group's operations, including the Bank's loan portfolio, both business and consumer, are well positioned and resilient to deal with the uncertainties of the current market conditions and that our new business pipeline shows no signs of diminishing.

 

Financial Performance

 

Ten years ago, our consolidated retained earnings stood at negative £16.0 million. For the first time, we have eliminated this historic deficit. This is yet another milestone achieved as we add value to the Group.

 

Our operating income showed a commendable increase of 26.8% to £8.0 million (2018: £6.3 million), helped by a 19.5% growth in our net interest income to £8.9 million (2018: £7.4 million), together with a further reduction in commission expense, and a growth in other operating income. Indeed, I am pleased to note that we have been able to improve our net interest yield to 10.0% (2018: 9.1%), despite re-shaping our lending away from unsecured consumer loans. Against this, our operating expenses have grown by 33.2% to £6.6 million (2018: £4.9 million) which reflects both the increase in personnel and operating costs of the Bank's expansion at our recently established Newbury office, and also an increase in the Bank's provisions to £1.5 million (2018: £0.4 million) following a rigorous review of our loan book. Whilst the latter figure may appear to be significant, in balance sheet terms, our cumulative provisions against the gross loan book stand at only 2.6% (2018: 2.2%) - a testament to the excellence of the Bank's credit underwriting. You will further note that this expense is the result of the prudent requirement to adopt the IFRS 9 accounting standard and this is an item which is under constant review. I must point out that, even with the Newbury expansion, in considering pure operating expenses against operating income, our cost-to-income ratio has decreased to 59.9% (2018: 70.6%). As a result, profit before tax for the six months was up 3.9% to £1.420 million (2018: £1.367 million).

 

Turning to our balance sheet, our loan book has increased by 30.0% to £170.0 million (2018: £130.8 million), reflecting a much more productive use of our cash and near cash, which has fallen by 43.6% to £36.5 million (2018: £64.7 million), as the interest yield on surplus liquidity remains low. I am particularly pleased with our lending performance which I anticipate will increase the loan book to a figure approaching the £200.0 million mark by the end of the year - remembering that, as recently as the 2015 Interims, our loan book stood at only £92.5 million. Our customer deposits have grown by 8.4% to £177.4 million (2018: £163.7 million) - all of which leads to an 8.1% growth in our total asset base to £219.1 million (2018: £202.7 million). Shareholder equity has increased by 13.5% to £21.0 million (2018: £18.5 million), providing net assets per share of 16.0 pence (2018: 14.1 pence). Observant shareholders will note that for the first time in many years, our retained earnings are now showing a positive figure of £0.3 million (2018: negative £2.2 million).

 

Strategic Objectives for 2019

 

Our strategic priorities for 2019 remain unchanged. Your Board's fundamental objective continues to be that of increasing shareholder value, both in a prudent yet progressive manner. I set out our 2019 key objectives in my last Chairman's Statement and now review our progress at the six-month point: -

 

·      Providing the highest quality service throughout our operations to all customers, ensuring that their treatment is both fair and appropriate.

 

Treating Customers Fairly ("TCF") is the cornerstone of all our operations and we strive to ensure that our customer service offering is second to none. The majority of our operations are regulated in both the Isle of Man and in the UK. As such, our TCF Committee regularly reviews complaints and compliments to identify trends which will improve our customer experience. Further, we continue to train our teams by focusing on improving our TCF culture, using the results of both internal and external surveys. We are required to keep detailed records of customer complaints and their resolution and I am pleased to report that we have again received a minimal number of complaints this year, of which only 11 were upheld following investigation - this against a combined customer base of over 10,000 people. As part of any TCF investigation, we consider the findings and regularly amend and enhance any relevant policy, procedure or training module.

 

·      Adopting a pro-active strategy of managing risk, especially following the implementation of IFRS 9 in full. In doing so, we are committed to regularly review our loan book to allow for any credit impairment resulting from observing strict Expected Credit Loss criteria.

 

Our credit risk management process is constantly developing in line with the specific requirements of each of our business sectors. This allows us to more clearly identify potential credit issues and improve the Bank's ability to achieve a better outcome. Developing our credit risk strategy and its reporting plays an important part in optimising our loan book's performance. In line with this approach, we have increased our impairment allowance by £1.1 million (2018: £0.7 million) to represent 2.6% (2018: 2.2%) of the gross loan book and we will maintain our policy of strengthening our balance sheet to minimise the risk of any unforeseen event adversely affecting our profitability.

 

·      Concentrating on developing our core businesses by considered acquisitions, increased prudential lending and augmenting the range of financial services we offer.

 

During the first six months of this year, we have further augmented our capabilities at our Newbury office by the employment of additional staff, including increasing our underwriting and collection teams. This will facilitate the safe on-boarding of our considerable pipeline of new business opportunities as well as optimising the performance of our existing UK loan book. Our intention is to have our UK operation self-sufficient by year-end. We regularly review both our Isle of Man and UK product proposition and develop innovative customer-centric products that both complement our existing offerings and leverage our internal competencies. These new products are marketed initially to our current customers before being offered more broadly. The acquisition of Blue Star Business Solutions Limited has performed well and I expect to announce further purchases which will increase our market share in those areas we wish to develop.

 

·      Implementing an enhanced and scalable IT infrastructure to better service the operational requirements of a growing Group without the requirement for a disproportionate increase in headcount.

 

Our core systems have been overhauled to simplify the customer experience. Our lending system now offers straight-through processing via an Isle of Man customer portal which we have further enhanced this year. By the end of June, this on-line distribution channel transacted 44% (2018: 0%) of our new business and I expect this to increase to more than 50% by the year-end. We are also developing similar portals for other aspects of our UK business. To gain greater efficiency, we have integrated document imaging into our workflows and we are currently supplementing this with voice, text, email and rich media technology to support our collections activity. All of this is designed to optimise our loan book management and to allow growth to occur without a similar increase in headcount.

 

·      Focusing on the liabilities side of our balance sheet by introducing a new treasury management function and structure.

 

As we continue to utilise surplus liquidity in increased lending, our treasury management ensures that we adopt the best practice in utilising our funds. We are also in the process of developing attractive new deposit products for customers within a competitive interest rate risk strategy.

 

·      Managing our balance sheet to exceed, as far as possible, the regulatory requirements for capital adequacy.

 

We are well capitalised with our Risk Asset Ratio standing at 17.03% (Year-end 2018: 18.08%), but as our loan book grows our need for incremental regulatory capital will also grow. For the time being, we will maintain our strategy of converting our retained earnings into Tier 1 capital to support our lending. However, this strategy will have to be modified as, following my announcement in the 2018 Finals, your Board is considering the optimum method of providing shareholder return in the form of a dividend. This is a subject to which I will return at the year-end.

 

Current trading and outlook

 

I am pleased with the quality of new business we are generating across all our subsidiaries, and we continue to do this within our prudent risk criteria. I have every confidence that we will maintain this momentum during the second half, particularly given the performance to date, without compromising our careful and responsible lending practices. I am also confident that we will be in a position to announce certain acquisitions before the year-end which will further enhance our new business generation and hence, income.

We recognise that the economic and political indicators are challenging. But we must also remember that opportunities abound in such markets. As soon as the exit or not from the European Union is concluded, the economic outlook is likely to improve and the Group is well placed to take advantage in both our existing and new marketplaces.

It remains for me, as always, to thank on behalf of the Board, our staff for their efforts in developing the Group in such a successful manner and our shareholders for their loyalty.

 

 

 

 

Jim Mellon

Executive Chairman

24 September 2019

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income

 


Notes


For the six months ended

30 June

2019

£000

(unaudited)


For the six months ended

30 June

2018

£000

(unaudited)


 

For the year ended

31 December 2018

£000

(audited)









Interest income

7


10,813


9,071


19,115

Interest expense



(1,936)


(1,644)


(3,547)

















Net interest income



8,877


7,427


15,568









Fee and commission income



1,816


1,781


3,371

Fee and commission expense



(2,934)


(3,031)


(6,109)

















Net trading income



7,759


6,177


12,830

Other operating income



139


56


131

(Loss) / gain on trading assets



(3)


24


(4)

Realised gain / (loss) on debt securities



80


(1)


135

Terminal funding

9


27


54


74

















Operating income



8,002


6,310


13,166









Personnel expenses



(3,102)


(2,749)


(5,703)

Other expenses



(1,692)


(1,707)


(3,465)

Impairment on loans and advances to customers



(1,469)


(365)


(857)

Depreciation



(281)


(72)


(184)

Amortisation and impairment of intangibles



(136)


(114)


(396)

Share of profit of equity accounted investees, net of tax



46


45


30

VAT recovery

14


52


19


119

















Profit before tax payable



1,420


1,367


2,710









Income tax expense



(184)


(145)


(243)

















Profit for the period / year



 

1,236


1,222


2,467

 


Notes

For the six months ended

30 June

2019

£000

(unaudited)


For the six months ended

30 June

2018

£000

(unaudited)


 

For the year ended

31 December 2018

£000

(audited)









Profit for the period / year



 

1,236


1,222


2,467









Other comprehensive income ("OCI"):
















Items that will be reclassified to profit or loss








Unrealised gain on debt securities



27


10


44









Items that will never be reclassified to profit or loss








Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension scheme taken to equity



-


-


(50)









Total comprehensive income for the period / year



 

1,263


 

1,232


 

2,461









Earnings per share - Profit for the period / year








Basic earnings per share (pence)

10


0.94


0.93


1.88

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

10


0.77


0.76


1.54









Earnings per share - Total comprehensive income

for the period / year








Basic earnings per share (pence)

10


0.96


0.94


1.88

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

10


0.79


0.77


1.54









 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

 

 

 

 

As at

 

 

 

 

Notes


 

30 June

2019

£000

(unaudited)


 

30 June

2018

£000

(unaudited)


 

31 December 2018

£000

(audited)

 

Assets








Cash and cash equivalents



8,916


13,148


9,753

Debt securities

11


27,583


51,560


30,534

Trading assets

12


17


24


20

Loans and advances to customers

6,13


170,035


130,834


148,278

Trade and other receivables

14


2,555


2,125


2,491

Property, plant and equipment



2,752


515


1,384

Right of use assets

5


654


-


-

Intangible assets



1,864


2,083


1,952

Goodwill

15


4,532


2,344


2,344

Investment in associate



204


56


158

















Total assets



219,112


202,689


196,914

















Liabilities








Deposits from customers



177,414


163,715


158,500

Creditors and accrued charges

16


2,415


3,452


2,010

Lease liability

5


787


-


-

Contingent consideration

20


954


-


-

Block creditors

17


-


415


138

Loan notes

18


15,871


15,971


15,871

Pension liability



543


560


584

Deferred tax liability



142


82


88

















Total liabilities



198,126


184,195


177,191

















Equity








Called up share capital

19


20,732


20,732


20,732

Retained earnings



254


(2,238)


(1,009)

















Total equity



20,986


18,494


19,723

















Total liabilities and equity



219,112


202,689


196,914









 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

 

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

Notes


 

 

Share capital

£000


 

Retained earnings

£000


 

Total

equity

£000

 

 








Balance at 31 December 2018, as previously reported



20,732


(1,009)


19,723

Adjustment on initial application of IFRS 16

5


-


-


-

Adjusted balance at 1 January 2019*



20,732


(1,009)


19,723









Total comprehensive income for the period:








Profit for the period



-


1,236


1,236

Other comprehensive income



-


27


27

Total comprehensive income for the period



-


1,263


1,263









Transactions with owners:








Share-based payment expense



-


-


-

Shares issued



-


-


-

Total transactions with owners of the Company



-


-


-

















Balance at 30 June 2019



20,732


254


20,986









 

* The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated and the cumulative effect of initially applying IFRS 16 is recognised in retained earnings at the date of initial application. See Note 5.

 

 

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2018



 

 

Share capital

£000


 

Retained earnings

£000


 

Total

equity

£000

 

 








Balance at 1 January 2018, as previously reported



20,732


(3,470)


17,262

 









Total comprehensive income for the period:








Profit for the period



-


1,222


1,222

Other comprehensive income



-


10


10

Total comprehensive income for the period



-


1,232


1,232









Transactions with owners:








Share-based payment expense



-


-


-

Shares issued



-


-


-

Total transactions with owners of the Company



-


-


-

















Balance at 30 June 2018



20,732


(2,238)


18,494









 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes


For the six months ended

30 June

2019

£000

(unaudited)


For the six months ended

30 June

2018

£000

(unaudited)


For the year ended

31 December 2018

£000

(audited)









RECONCILIATION OF PROFIT BEFORE TAXATION TO OPERATING CASH FLOWS

 








Profit before tax



1,420


1,367


2,710

 

Adjustments for:








Depreciation



281


72


184

Amortisation and impairment of intangibles



136


114


396

Realised gain on debt securities



(80)


1


(135)

Share of profit of equity accounted investees



(46)


(19)


(30)

Contingent consideration interest expense



8


-


-




















1,719


1,535


3,125

Changes in:








Trading asset



3


-


4

Trade and other receivables

14


43


(217)


(583)

Creditors and accrued charges

16


230


281


(1,169)

















 

Net cash flow from trading activities



1,995


1,599


1,377

Changes in:








Loans and advances to customers

6,13


(21,757)


(8,288)


(25,732)

Deposits from customers



18,914


21,443


16,228

Pension contribution



(41)


-


(26)

















Cash (outflow) / inflow from operating activities



(899)


14,754


(8,153)









 

CASH FLOW STATEMENT
















Cash from operating activities








Cash (outflow) / inflow from operating activities



(889)


14,754


(8,153)

Income taxes paid



(149)


(98)


(182)

















Net cash (outflow) / inflow from operating activities



(1,038)


14,656


(8,335)









Cash flows from investing activities








Purchase of property, plant and equipment



(1,279)


(137)


(1,118)

Purchase of intangible assets



(48)


(477)


(629)

Acquisition of subsidiary or associate, net of cash acquired

20


(1,324)


-


(90)

(Purchase) / sale of debt securities at fair value through OCI

11


(6,001)


-


3,917

Sale / (purchase) of debt securities at amortised cost

11


9,059


(17,279)


-

















Net cash inflow / (outflow) from investing activities



407


(17,893)


2,080









Cash flows from financing activities








Receipt of loan notes

18


-


6,976


6,876

Lease payments

5


(68)


-


-

Decrease in borrowings from block creditors

17


(138)


(336)


(613)

























Net cash (outflow) / inflow from financing activities



(206)


6,640


6,263









Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents



(837)


3,403


8









Cash and cash equivalents - opening



9,753


9,745


9,745

























Cash and cash equivalents - closing



8,916


13,148


9,753

















Included in cash flows are:








Interest received - cash amounts



10,489


9,171


18,362

Interest paid - cash amounts



(1,917)


(1,635)


(3,434)









 

Notes

For the six months to the end of June

 

1.   Reporting entity

Manx Financial Group PLC ("the Company" or "MFG") is a company incorporated in the Isle of Man. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements ('interim financial statements') as at and for the six months ended 30 June 2019 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (the "Group").

 

2.   Basis of accounting

These interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting and should be read in conjunction with the last annual consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 December 2018 ('last annual financial statements'). They do not include all of the information required for a complete set of IFRS financial statements. However, selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the last annual financial statements.

 

This is the first set of the Group's interim financial statements in which IFRS 16 has been applied. Changes to significant accounting policies are described in Note 5.

3.   Functional and presentation currency

These financial statements are presented in pounds sterling, which is the Group's functional currency. All amounts have been rounded to the nearest thousand, unless otherwise indicated. All subsidiaries of the Group have pounds sterling as their functional currency.

4.   Use of judgements and estimates

In preparing these interim financial statements, management make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

The significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those described in the last annual financial statements, except for the new significant judgements related to lessee accounting under IFRS 16, which are described in Note 5.

5.   Changes in accounting policies

Except as described below, the accounting policies applied in these interim financial statements are the same as those applied in the last annual financial statements.

The changes in accounting policies are also expected to be reflected in the Group's consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ending 31 December 2019.

The Group has initially adopted IFRS 16 Leases from 1 January 2019. A number of other new standards are effective from 1 January 2019 but they do not have a material effect on the Group's financial statements.

IFRS 16 introduced a single, on-balance sheet accounting model for lessees. As a result, the Group, as a lessee, has recognised right of use assets representing its rights to use the underlying assets and lease liabilities representing its obligation to make lease payments. Lessor accounting remains similar to previous accounting policies.

The Group has applied IFRS 16 using the modified retrospective approach, under which the cumulative effect of initial application is recognised in retained earnings as at 1 January 2019. Accordingly, the comparative information presented for 2018 has not been restated - i.e. it is presented, as previously reported, under IAS 17 and related interpretations. The details of the changes in accounting policies are disclosed below.

A. Definition of a lease

Previously, the Group determined at contract inception whether an arrangement was or contained a lease under IFRIC 4 Determining Whether an Arrangement contains a Lease. The Group now assesses whether a contract is or contains a lease based on the new definition of a lease. Under IFRS 16, a contract is, or contains, a lease if the contract conveys a right to control the use of an identified asset for a period of time in exchange for consideration.

On transition to IFRS 16, the Group elected to apply the practical expedient to grandfather the assessment of which transactions are leases. It applied IFRS 16 only to contracts that were previously identified as leases. Contracts that were not identified as leases under IAS 17 and IFRIC 4 were not reassessed. Therefore, the definition of a lease under IFRS 16 has been applied only to contracts entered into or changed on or after 1 January 2019.

B. As a lessee

The Group leases many assets, including properties and IT equipment.

As a lessee, the Group previously classified leases as operating or finance leases based on its assessment of whether the lease transferred substantially all of the risks and rewards of ownership. Under IFRS 16, the Group recognises right of use assets and lease liabilities for most leases, that is these leases are presented on the Statement of Financial Position.

However, the Group has elected not to recognise right of use assets and lease liabilities for some leases of low-value assets. The Group recognises the lease payments associated with these leases as an expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term. The Group presents right of use assets and lease liability separately on the Statement of Financial Position.

i. Significant accounting policies

The Group recognises a right of use asset and a lease liability at the lease commencement date. The right of use asset is initially measured at cost, and subsequently at cost less accumulated depreciation and impairment loss and adjusted for certain remeasurements of the lease liability.

 

The lease liability is initially measured at the present value of the lease payments that are not paid at the commencement date, discounted using the interest rate implicit in the lease or, if that rate cannot be readily determined, the Group's incremental borrowing rate. Generally, the Group uses its incremental borrowing rate as the discount rate.

 

The lease liability is subsequently increased by the interest cost of the lease liability and decreased by the lease payment made. It is remeasured when there is a change in future lease payments arising from a change in an index or rate, a change in the estimate of the amount expected to be payable under a residual value guarantee, or as appropriate, changes in the assessment of whether a purchase or extension option is reasonably certain to be exercised, or a termination option is reasonably certain not to be exercised.

 

The Group has applied judgment to determine the lease term for some lease contracts in which it is a lessee that include renewal options. The assessment of whether the Group is reasonably certain to exercise such options impacts the lease term, which significantly affects the amount of lease liabilities and right of use assets recognised.

ii. Impacts on transition

Previously, the Group classified property leases as operating leases under IAS 17. The leases typically run for a period of 10 years. The operating lease commitment relating to these leases at 31 December 2018 as disclosed in the Group's consolidated financial statements was £1,166,000.

At transition, for leases classified as operating leases under IAS 17, lease liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted at the Group's incremental borrowing rate as at 1 January 2019. The weighted average rate applied is 5.5% per annum.

Right of use assets are measured at an amount equal to the lease liability, adjusted by the amount of net prepaid and accrued lease payments of £118,234.

The impact on transition is summarised below.

As at 1 January 2019

£000

Right of use assets

737

Net accrued operating lease payments

118

Lease liabilities

(855)

Retained earnings

-

iii. Impacts for the period

Right of use assets

The carrying amount of right of use assets at the end of the period is as follows:


 

Property

£000


Right of use assets

£000

Balance at 1 January 2019

737


737

Depreciation expense

(83)


(83)

Balance at 30 June 2019

654


654

Lease liability

The carrying amount of lease liability at the end of the period is as follows:


Property

£000


Lease liability

£000

Balance at 1 January 2019

855


855

Interest expense

24


24

Rent payment

(92)


(92)

Balance at 30 June 2019

787


787

 

The Group has classified cash payments for the principal portion of lease payments as financing activities.

iv. Exemptions taken

The Group used the following practical expedients when applying IFRS 16 to leases previously classified as operating leases under IAS 17:

§  Applied the exemption not to recognise right of use assets and liabilities for leases with less than 12 months of lease term; and

§  Exclude initial direct costs from measuring the right of use asset at the date of initial application.

C. As a lessor

The accounting policies applicable to the Group as a lessor are not different from those under IAS 17.

The Group is not required to make any adjustments on transition to IFRS 16 for leases in which it acts as a lessor.

6. Credit risk

A summary of our current policies and practices for the management of credit risk is set out in 'Note 8 - Financial risk review', 'Note 36 - Financial risk management' on page 40 and 63 respectively of the Annual Financial Statements 2018.

An explanation of the terms 'Stage 1', 'Stage 2' and 'Stage 3' is included in "Note 38 (I)(vii)" on page 73 of the last annual financial statements.

Summary of credit risk on loans and advances to customers

 

 

As at 30 June 2019


 

Stage 1

£000

 

Stage 2

£000

 

Stage 3

£000

Total

£000

(unaudited)







Grade A1


161,124

-

-

161,124

Grade B


1,439

3,077

98

4,614

Grade C


-

1,627

7,206

8,833

Gross value


162,563

4,704

7,304

174,571







Allowance for expected credit loss


(170)

(862)

(3,504)

(4,536)

Carrying value


162,393

3,842

3,800

170,035

 

 

 

As at 30 June 2018


 

Stage 1

£000

 

Stage 2

£000

 

Stage 3

£000

Total

£000

(unaudited)







Grade A1


126,129

-

-

126,129

Grade B


588

1,406

106

2,100

Grade C


-

1,271

4,298

5,569

Gross value


126,717

2,677

4,404

133,798







Allowance for expected credit loss


(110)

(450)

(2,404)

(2,964)

Carrying value


126,607

2,227

2,000

130,834

 

 

 

As at 31 December 2018


 

Stage 1

£000

 

Stage 2

£000

 

Stage 3

£000

Total

£000

(audited)







Grade A1


139,695

-

-

139,695

Grade B


760

5,308

85

6,153

Grade C


-

1,746

4,078

5,824

Gross value


140,455

7,054

4,163

151,672

Allowance for expected credit loss


(125)

(143)

(3,126)

(3,394)

Carrying value


140,330

6,911

1,037

148,278

1 Loans are graded A to C depending on the level of risk. Grade C relates to agreements with the highest of risk, Grade B with medium risk and Grade A relates to agreements with the lowest risk.

Summary of overdue status of loans and advances to customers

 

 

As at 30 June 2019

 

Stage 1

£000

 

Stage 2

£000

 

Stage 3

£000

Total

£000

(unaudited)






Current

161,469

-

-

161,469

Overdue < 30 days

4,562

-

-

4,562

Overdue ≥ 30 days

64

2,975

5,501

8,540


166,095

2,975

5,501

174,571

 

 

 

 

As at 30 June 2018

 

Stage 1

£000

 

Stage 2

£000

 

Stage 3

£000

Total

£000

(unaudited)






Current

123,994

-

-

123,994

Overdue < 30 days

2,623

-

-

2,623

Overdue ≥ 30 days

100

2,677

4,404

7,181


126,716

2,677

4,404

133,798

 

 

 

As at 31 December 2018

 

Stage 1

£000

 

Stage 2

£000

 

Stage 3

£000

Total

£000

(audited)






Current

137,196

-

-

137,196

Overdue < 30 days

2,499

-

-

2,499

Overdue ≥ 30 days

760

7,054

4,163

11,977


140,455

7,054

4,163

151,672

 

7. Interest income

Interest income represents charges and interest on finance and leasing agreements attributable to the period or year after adjusting for early settlements and interest on bank balances, excluding the Terminal funding portfolio.

8. Operating segments

Segmental information is presented in respect of the Group's business segments. The Directors consider that the Group currently operates in one geographic segment comprising of the Isle of Man, UK and Channel Islands. The primary format, business segments, is based on the Group's management and internal reporting structure. The Directors consider that the Group operates in three (2018: five) product orientated segments in addition to its investing activities: Asset and Personal Finance (including provision of HP contracts, finance leases, personal loans, commercial loans, block discounting, vehicle stocking plans and wholesale funding agreements); Edgewater Associates and Manx FX.

 

 

For the 6 months ended

30 June 2019

Asset and

Personal

Finance

£000


 

Edgewater Associates

£000


 

 

Manx FX

£000


Conister

Card

Services

£000


 

Manx Incahoot

£000


 

Investing

Activities

£000


Total

30 June 2019

£000

(unaudited)















Net interest income / (expense)

9,332


-


-


-


-


(455)


8,877

Operating income / (expense)

6,591


1,276


290


-


(10)


(145)


8,002















Profit / (loss) before tax payable

1,863


278


79


-


(98)


(702)


1,420





























Capital expenditure

1,327


-


-


-


-


-


1,327





























Total assets

211,106


3,388


239


-


118


4,261


219,112













 

 

 

For the 6 months ended

30 June 2018

Asset and

Personal

Finance

£000


 

Edgewater Associates

£000


 

 

Manx FX

£000


Conister

Card

Services

£000


 

Manx Incahoot

£000


 

Investing

Activities

£000


Total

30 June 2018

£000

(unaudited)















Net interest income / (expense)

7,764


-


-


-


-


(337)


7,427

Operating income / (expense)

4,925


1,300


472


(60)


10


(337)


6,310















Profit / (loss) before tax payable

1,606


241


332


(61)


(88)


(663)


1,367





























Capital expenditure

441


169


3


-


1


-


614





























Total assets

194,826


2,460


449


49


276


4,629


202,689













 

 

 

For the year ended 31 December 2018

Asset and

Personal

Finance

£000


 

Edgewater Associates

£000


 

 

Manx FX

£000


Conister

Card

Services

£000


 

Manx Incahoot

£000


 

Investing

Activities

£000


Total

31 Dec 2018

£000

(audited)















Net interest income / (expense)

15,568


-


-


-


-


-


15,568

Operating income / (expense)

9,306


2,562


493


-


12


-


13,166















Profit / (loss) before tax payable

2,267


245


490


(3)


(189)


(100)


2,710





























Capital expenditure

1,589


150


6


-


1


1


1,747





























Total assets

190,923


3,153


608


-


78


2,152


196,914













 

9. Terminal funding

In September 2014, the Bank discontinued funding handheld payment devices (referred to as Terminal funding) due to the volume of write offs.  Ever since, the book is being run off whilst the Bank vigorously pursues historical write offs. 

 

 

 

 


For the 6 months ended

30 June 2019

£000

(unaudited)


For the 6

months ended

30 June 2018

£000

(unaudited)


For the

year ended

31 Dec 2018

£000

(audited)















Interest income


27


73


181

Fee and commission expense


-


(4)


(5)

Provision for impairment on loan assets


-


(15)


(102)

















27


54


74








10. Earnings per share



For the 6 months ended

30 June 2019

 (unaudited)


For the 6 months ended

30 June 2018

 (unaudited)


For the

year ended

31 Dec 2018

 (audited)

Profit for the period / year


£1,236,000


£1,222,000


£2,467,000

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (basic)


131,096,235


131,096,235


131,096,235

Basic earnings per share (pence)


0.94


0.93


1.88

Diluted earnings per share (pence)


0.77


0.76


1.54








Total comprehensive income for the period / year


£1,263,000


£1,232,000


£2,461,000

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (basic)


131,096,235


131,096,235


131,096,235

Basic earnings per share (pence)


0.96


0.94


1.88

Diluted earnings per share (pence)


0.79


0.77


1.54








 

The basic earnings per share calculation is based upon the profit for the period / year after taxation and the weighted average of the number of shares in issue throughout the period / year.

 

As at:


30 June 2019

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

(audited)

Reconciliation of weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue between basic and diluted







Weighted average number of ordinary shares (basic)


131,096,235


131,096,235


131,096,235

Number of shares issued if all convertible loan notes were exchanged for equity


41,666,667


41,666,667


41,666,667

Dilutive element of share options if exercised


10,366


30,502


10,366








 

 

 

 







Weighted average number of ordinary shares (diluted)


172,773,268


172,793,404


172,773,268








Reconciliation of profit for the period / year between basic and diluted














Profit for the period / year (basic)


1,236,000


1,222,000


2,467,000

Interest expense saved if all convertible loan notes were exchanged for equity


98,000


98,000


196,000








 

 

 

 







Profit for the period / year (diluted)


1,334,000


1,320,000


2,663,000








 

The diluted earnings per share calculation assumes that all convertible loan notes, warrants (where applicable) and share options have been converted / exercised at the beginning of the period where they are dilutive.

 

 

As at:


30 June 2019

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

(audited)

Reconciliation of total comprehensive income for the period / year between basic and diluted














Total comprehensive income for the period / year (basic)


1,263,000


1,232,000


2,461,000

Interest expense saved if all convertible loan notes were exchanged for equity


98,000


98,000


196,000








 

 

 

 







Total comprehensive income for the period / year (diluted)


1,361,000


1,330,000


2,657,000








11. Debt securities

 

 

As at:


30 June 2019

£000

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

£000

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

£000

(audited)








Financial assets at fair value through other comprehensive income:







UK Government treasury bills


21,581


51,560


30,534








Financial assets at amortised cost:







UK Certificates of Deposit


6,002


-


-

















27,583


51,560


30,534








 

UK Government Treasury Bills are stated at fair value and unrealised changes in the fair value are reflected in equity.

12. Trading assets

The investment represents shares in a UK quoted company, elected to be classified as a financial asset at fair value through profit or loss. The investment is stated at market value and is classified as a level 1 investment in the IFRS 13 fair value hierarchy. The cost of the shares was £471,000. The unrealised difference between cost and market value has been taken to the income statement. Dividend income of £360,500 (30 June 2018: £350,000 and 31 December 2018: £355,000) and £24,000 (30 June 2018: £24,000 and 31 December 2018: £24,000) of sale proceeds have been received from this investment since it was made. The investment made a net unrealised loss of £3,000 (30 June 2018: Gain of £24,000 and 31 December 2018: Loss of £4,000) during the period.

13. Loans and advances to customers

 

 

 

 

As at:

 

Gross

Amount

£000


 

Specific Provision

£000


 

ECL Allowance

£000


30 June 2019

Carrying

Value

£000

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

Carrying

Value

£000

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

Carrying

Value

£000

(audited)













HP balances

63,026


(1,483)


(109)


61,434


56,177


57,622

Finance lease balances

32,326


(1,563)


(143)


30,620


21,108


25,687

Wholesale funding arrangements

29,147


(618)


(108)


28,421


9,747


22,944

Block discounting

20,437


-


-


20,437


17,946


17,316

Unsecured personal loans

11,679


(212)


(19)


11,448


13,906


14,424

Secured commercial loans

10,672


(272)


(9)


10,391


403


1,922

Secured personal loans

5,725


-


-


5,725


10,047


6,877

Vehicle stocking plans

1,559


-


-


1,559


1,500


1,486














174,571


(4,148)


(388)


170,035


130,834


148,278













14. Trade and other receivables

 

 

As at:


30 June 2019

£000

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

£000

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

£000

(audited)















VAT claim


988


862


936

Prepayments


217


273


382

Other debtors


1,350


990


1,173










2,555


2,125


2,491








Included in trade and other receivables is an amount of £988,000 (30 June 2018: £862,000 and 31 December 2018: £936,000) relating to a reclaim of VAT.  The Bank, as the Group VAT registered entity, has for some time considered the VAT recovery rate being obtained by the business was neither fair nor reasonable, specifically regarding the attribution of part of the residual input tax relating to the HP business not being considered as a taxable supply. Queries have been raised with the Isle of Man Government Customs & Excise Division ("C&E"), and several reviews of the mechanics of the recovery process were undertaken by the Company's professional advisors.

 

The decision of the First-Tier Tax Tribunal released 18 August 2011 in respect of Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited ("VWFS") v HM Revenue & Customs (TC01401) ("VWFS Decision") added significant weight to the case put by the Bank and a request for a revised Partial Exemption Special Method was submitted in December 2011.

 

The proposal put forward by the Bank was that the revised method would allocate 50.0% of costs in respect of HP transactions to a taxable supply and 50.0% to an exempt supply. In addition, a Voluntary Disclosure was made as a retrospective claim for input VAT under-claimed in the last 4 years. A secondary claim was also made to cover periods Q4 2012 to Q1 2016 for the value of £230,000 and an amount of £249,000 has been accrued to cover periods Q2 2016 to Q4 2018. An additional claim of £52,000 has been accrued for the 6 month period ended 30 June 2019.

 

In November 2012, it was announced that the HMRC Upper Tribunal had overturned the First-Tier Tax Tribunal in relation to the VWFS Decision. VWFS was subsequently been given leave to appeal and this was scheduled to be heard in October 2013. However, this was delayed, and the case was heard by the Court of Appeal on 17 April 2015 who overturned the Upper Tribunal's decision ruling in favour of VWFS. HMRC appealed this decision to the Supreme Court, which referred the issue to the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU").

 

The CJEU has published its determination concerning the VWFS vs HMRC case. The judgement addressed all specific questions referred and agreed with VWFS on all material points. Specifically, the judgment clarifies that a partial exemption method must reflect the taxable sale of the goods, even where general costs are commercially passed on as part of the exempt supplies of credit. We have approached C&E with a view of commencing conversations to finalise our historic claims, rolling up the claim to date and agreeing a new partial exempt method going forward.

 

The Bank's total exposure in relation to this matter increased to £1,101,000 (30 June 2018: £975,000 and 31 December 2018: £1,049,000), comprising the debtor balance referred to above plus an additional £113,000 (30 June 2018: £113,000 and 31 December 2018: £113,000) VAT reclaimed under the partial Exemption Special Method, in the period from Q4 2011 to Q3 2012 (from Q4 2012 the Bank reverted back to the previous method). On the basis of the discussions and correspondence which have taken place between the Bank and C&E, in addition to the VWFS case, the Directors are confident that the VAT claim referred to above will be secured.

15. Goodwill

 

 

As at:


30 June 2019

£000

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

£000

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

£000

(audited)















                Edgewater Associates Limited


1,849


1,849


1,849

                ECF Asset finance PLC


454


454


454

Three Spires Insurance Services Limited


41


41


41

Blue Star Business Solutions Limited (Note 20)


2,188


-


-

















4,532


2,344


2,344








16. Creditors and accrued charges

 

 

As at:


30 June 2019

£000

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

£000

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

£000

(audited)















Commission creditors


1,031


1,714


758

Other creditors and accruals


997


1,383


897

Taxation creditors


387


355


355

















2,415


3,452


2,010








17. Block creditors

 

 

As at:


30 June 2019

£000

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

£000

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

£000

(audited)















Drawdown 2 - repayable 25/07/2018, interest payable at 5.8%


-


15


-

Drawdown 3 - repayable 08/03/2019, interest payable at 6.5%


-


400


138

















-


415


138








18. Loan notes

 

 

As at:

 

 

Notes


30 June 2019

£000

(unaudited)


30 June 2018

£000

(unaudited)


31 Dec 2018

£000

(audited)









Related parties








J Mellon

JM


1,750


1,750


1,750

Burnbrae Limited

BL


1,200


1,200


1,200

Southern Rock Insurance Company Limited

SR


460


460


460




3,410


3,410


3,410

Unrelated parties

UP


12,461


12,561


12,461




















15,871


15,971


15,871









JM - Two loans, one of £500,000 maturing on 31 July 2022 with interest payable of 5.0% per annum, and one of £1,250,000 maturing on 26 February 2020, paying interest of 6.5% per annum. Both loans are convertible at the rate of 7.5 pence and 9 pence respectively.  

 

BL - One loan consisting of £1,200,000 maturing on 31 July 2022 with interest payable of 5.0% per annum.  Jim Mellon is the beneficial owner of BL and Denham Eke is also a director.  The loan is convertible at a rate of 7.5 pence. 

 

SR - One loan consisting of £460,000 maturing on 26 February 2020 with interest payable of 6.5% per annum.  The loan is convertible at a rate of 9 pence.   John Banks, a Non-executive Director, is also a director of SR. 

 

UP - Thirty-three loans consisting of an average £377,606 with a weighted average interest payable of 5.4% per annum.  The earliest maturity date is 14 July 2019 and the latest maturity date is 20 January 2024.

 

With respect to the convertible loans, the interest rate applied was deemed by the Directors to be equivalent to the market rate at the time with no conversion option.

19. Called up share capital

Ordinary shares of no-par value available for issue

  Number


At 30 June 2019, 31 December 2018 and 30 June 2018

200,200,000


 

Issued and fully paid ordinary shares of no par value

  Number

£000

At 30 June 2018

131,096,235

20,732

At 30 June 2019 and 31 December 2018

131,096,235

20,732

There are four convertible loans of £3,410,000 (2018: £3,410,000).

 

On 23 June 2014, 1,750,000 share options were issued to Executive Directors and senior management within the Group at an exercise price of 14 pence. The options vest over three years with a charge based on the fair value of 8 pence per option at the date of grant. The period of grant is for 10 years less 1 day ending 22 June 2024. Of the 1,750,000 share options issued, 1,050,000 (30 June and 31 December 2018:1,050,000) remain outstanding; the balance lapsed during 2017.

20. Acquisition of subsidiary

On 16 April 2019, the Group acquired 100% of the shares and voting interest in Blue Star Business Solutions Limited (BBSL), obtaining control of BBSL.

 

This acquisition is part of the Group's strategy to increase its distribution in the UK broker market. BBSL was formed in 2004 and is based in Hampshire and regulated by the FCA and holds Credit Broking Authorisations.  The business is a niche brokerage which focuses on delivering excellent customer service to small and medium sized businesses in the UK that require funding for IT equipment amongst other assets. The Group invested in BBSL to allow it to grow profitably by gaining market share and through its banking subsidiary, Conister Bank Limited, write the majority of its funding requests.

 

A. Consideration transferred

The following table summarises the acquisition-date fair value of each major class of consideration transferred.



£000

Cash


1,500

Contingent consideration


946



2,446

i. Contingent consideration transferred

The Group has agreed to pay the selling shareholders:

§  50% of net profits in BBSL for 3 years post completion; and

§  50% of the incremental net profit that the Group benefits from as a result of taking up BBSL loan proposals post completion up until the third anniversary.

This is to be paid on each anniversary with a final payment in year 4 for the unrealised tail of the portfolio. The total consideration is to have a cap of £4,000,000 in total.

The contingent consideration is calculated by forecasting 3 years of net profits discounted using an interest rate of 5.0% per annum.

B. Acquisition-related costs

The Group incurred acquisition-related costs of £20,000 relating to external legal fees and due diligence costs. These costs have been included in 'administrative expenses' in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income.

C. Identifiable assets acquired, and liabilities assumed

The following table summarises the recognised amounts of assets acquired, and liabilities assumed at the date of acquisition.



£000

Property, plant and equipment


288

Trade and other receivables


114

Cash and cash equivalents


176

Trade and other payables


(205)

Loans and borrowings


(115)

Total identifiable net assets acquired


258

The fair value of these assets and liabilities have been measured on a provisional basis.

D. Goodwill

The initial accounting for the business combination is incomplete at the period end. The Group continues to obtain information necessary to identify and measure the identifiable assets acquired and the resulting goodwill or gain on a bargain purchase.

The provisional goodwill arising from the acquisition has been recognised as follows:



£000

Total consideration transferred


2,446

Fair value of identifiable net assets


(258)

Provisional goodwill


2,188

21. Regulators

Certain Group subsidiaries are regulated by the Isle of Man Government Financial Services Authority ("FSA") and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom as detailed below.

 

The Bank and EWA are regulated by the FSA under a Class 1(1) - Deposit Taking licence and Class 2 - Investment Business licence respectively. The Bank and CFL are regulated by the FCA to provide regulated products and services. MFX is not regulated in both jurisdictions.

22. Contingent Liabilities

The Bank is required to be a member of the Isle of Man Government Depositors' Compensation Scheme which was introduced by the Isle of Man Government under the Banking Business (Compensation of Depositors) Regulations 1991 and creates a liability on the Bank to participate in the compensation of depositors should it be activated.

 

23. Subsequent events

There were no significant subsequent events identified after 30 June 2019.

24. Approval of interim financial statements

The interim financial statements were approved by the Board on 24 September 2019. The interim report will be available from that date at the Group's website - www.mfg.im and at the Registered Office: Clarendon House, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2LN. The Group's nominated adviser and broker is Beaumont Cornish Limited,10th Floor, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A 4EB. The interim and annual financial statements along with other supplementary information of interest to shareholders, are included on the Group's website. The website includes investor relations information, including corporate governance observance, and contact details.

 

 

 

 


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