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Tuesday 14 November, 2017

AdEPT Telecom plc

Half Yearly Report

RNS Number : 3163W
AdEPT Telecom plc
14 November 2017
 

AdEPT Telecom plc

 

("AdEPT" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries the "Group")

 

Interim results for the 6 months ended 30 September 2017

 

AdEPT (AIM: ADT), one of the UK's leading independent providers of managed services for IT, unified communications, connectivity and voice solutions, announces its unaudited results for the 6 months ended 30 September 2017.

 

Highlights

Revenue and EBITDA

·      Total revenue increased by 36% to £22.6 million (2016: £16.5 million)

·      EBITDA increased by 34% to £4.7 million (2016: £3.5 million)

·      EBITDA margin 21.0% (2016: 21.4%)

 

·      Managed services revenue accounted for 68% of total revenue (2016: 53%)

·      Managed services revenue increased by 75% to £15.3 million (2016: £8.8 million)

 

PBT, EPS and Dividends

·      Profit before tax increased by 36% to £2.1 million (2016: £1.5 million)

·      Adjusted profit before tax increased by 29% to £3.9 million (2016: £3.0 million)

·      Adjusted EPS increased by 20% to 13.3p (2016: 11.1p)

·      Interim dividend increased by 13% to 4.25p per share (2016: 3.75p)

 

Cash Flow and Debt

·      Operating cash flow before tax of £3.8 million (2016: £3.2 million)

·      Reported EBITDA to pre-tax cash from operating activities 86% (2016: 99%)

·      Net senior debt of £20.8 million (2016: £10.8 million)

·      BGF convertible loan note of £7.3 million used to fund Atomwide Limited acquisition

 

Acquisitions

·      CAT Communications earnout settled in June 2017

·      Comms Group earnout settled in full in July 2017

·      Acquisition of Atomwide Limited completed in August 2017

 

BUSINESS REVIEW

I am pleased to report that in the 6 months to the 30 September 2017 the Group has made considerable progress on a wide range of fronts. In early 2015 we embarked on a journey to transform AdEPT from our original telecoms background into unified communications and then into IT, with a particular focus on London and the South East and the Public Sector. Our logic was simple: it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell where telecoms ends and IT starts in a world where 'work is something that we do, rather than necessarily, a place that you go to'.

 

We believe that the economy in London and the South East will continue to grow faster than the other regions in the UK and that there is an increasing drive in the Public Sector to put business with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME's).

 

London and the South East

In London we are Chief Technology Partner to London Grid for Learning supplying over 3,000 schools, we have 47 hospitals and specialist medical facilities, over 200 business centres, hundreds of commercial customers, and a range of specialist data and cloud services being supplied to central government departments.

 

Public Sector and Healthcare

In March 2016, the Government set a target that 33% of public sector spend would be with SME's by 2022. 39% of total Group revenue is now from public sector and healthcare customers (2016: 29%) and as customers we currently have over 100 Councils, 15 NHS Trusts, more than 30 private hospitals, 15 universities, over 3,000 schools and some central government departments. 

 

Both Atomwide and OurIT have been awarded approved supplier status on the new RM3804 Technology Services 2 Framework by Crown Commercial Services. This framework is designed to make it far easier for public sector customers to buy IT products and services.  AdEPT Tunbridge Wells has been awarded HSCN (Health and Social Care Network) Compliance and is now authorised to sell data networks to the NHS.

 

Total revenue increased by 36% to £22.6 million with the increase being a reflection of:

 

·      6 month revenue contribution from OurIT Department Limited ("OurIT) following the acquisition in February 2017;

·      2 month revenue contribution from Atomwide following the acquisition in August 2017; and

·      Flat overall organic revenue, with fixed line revenues reducing by 7% as expected and managed services organically increasing by 7%.

 

The continued progress of the Group's transition to a complete IT, unified communications, connectivity and voice solutions provider can be demonstrated with the 75% increase in revenue from managed services, including IT, unified communications and data connectivity to £15.3 million, which accounted for 68% of total revenue for the six months ended 30 September 2017 (2016: 53%).

 

ACQUISITION UPDATE

Centrix, Fleet (now rebranded as AdEPT Fleet)

Our first move into Unified Communications was the acquisition of Centrix in May 2015. Centrix has now been rebranded as AdEPT Fleet. The business continues to perform well, winning business both from existing and new customers; the most notable new client in the first half of the year being an international cruise line. In November 2016 we acquired CAT Communications, another Avaya Aura specialist and integrated the customer base and support into AdEPT Fleet. The integration has been successfully completed.

 

Comms Group, Northampton

In May 2016 we acquired Comms Group in Northampton; an Avaya IP Office specialist for smaller customers. The 12 month performance-based earn-out period ended on 31 May 2017. We are delighted to announce that Comms Group met its performance targets and as a result the maximum earn-out payment of £3.5 million was paid in July 2017.

 

OurIT Department, Chingford, St Neots and London

In February 2017, we acquired OurIT Department; our first IT business. OurIT brings us a wide range of IT products and services focused on London and South East customers. The integration into the Group has been successfully completed and sales are strong with a notable client win being a large construction business with 600 employees.

 

Contingent deferred consideration of between £Nil and £3.75m will be payable in April 2018 in cash, dependent upon the performance of OurIT Group post-acquisition.  We anticipate that the amount payable will be towards the top end of the range.

 

Atomwide, Orpington

Our latest acquisition was Atomwide based at Orpington in August 2017. Atomwide is the UK's leading specialist in IT for Education with more than 3,000 schools and over 2 million users. We now have over 1 million Office 365 users; this is one of the largest single Office 365 deployments in the world. Included in the acquisition is a data centre at Orpington and a specialist app development team.  Since the acquisition in August 2017 the sales and finance functions of Atomwide have been integrated into the Group reporting procedures.

 

Contingent deferred consideration of between £Nil and £8.0 million may be payable in cash, dependent upon the performance of Atomwide post-acquisition.

 

PROFIT BEFORE TAX AND EARNINGS PER SHARE

Profit before tax increased by 36% to £2.1 million (2016: £1.5 million).

 

Adjusted (basic) earnings per share increased by 20% to 13.3p for the six months ended 30 September 2017 (2016: 11.1p).  The issue of 1,204,717 ordinary shares following the exercise of the share warrant by Barclays in March 2017 increased the weighted average number of shares in the current period, which has had a dilutive impact on the basic earnings per share when compared to the prior period.  The Barclays shareholding was subsequently placed in August 2017 with a combination of existing institutional shareholders and the vendors of the recent acquisitions, OurIT and Comms Group.

 

FINANCING AND CASH FLOW

Cash generated from operating activities before tax increased by 20% to £3.8 million (2016: £3.2 million), which equates to an 86% reported EBITDA conversion (after £0.2 million acquisition fees).  The increase to absolute cash flow conversion was driven by the improved profit before tax.   

 

Dividends paid in the period absorbed £0.9 million of funds (2016: £0.7 million), this increase reflects the progressive dividend policy of the Board.

 

The Company operates a capex-light model and therefore capital expenditure on tangible fixed assets remained low at 0.3% of revenue.

 

£10.5 million of available funds (net of cash acquired) was used to fund the initial cash consideration for the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Atomwide on 2 August 2017.  Deferred consideration of £3.5 million in respect of the Comms Group acquisition (in May 2016) and £0.4 million in respect of the CAT Communications acquisition was paid during the period.

 

The Senior Debt:EBITDA (annualised) ratio remained comfortable at 2.2x at 30 September 2017.  Total senior debt has increased to £20.8 million at 30 September 2017 and has been used to fund the acquisition consideration paid in the period.

 

In August 2017 the Group raised £7.3 million in the form of a convertible loan instrument from BGF to part fund the acquisition of Atomwide.  The convertible loan instrument is excluded from the leverage calculations by the senior debt partners, Barclays and RBS.  The Group has applied the principles of IAS 32 and IAS 39 in the recognition and measurement of the convertible loan.  The net present value of the loan of £7.1 million has been split between the debt and equity components and an amount of £1.3 million has been recorded in equity, with £5.8 million being included within long term debt.  The discount charge of £0.2m is being recognised in the interest charge in the income statement across the term of the convertible instrument.

 

DIVIDENDS

As announced on 4 October 2017, the Directors have declared an interim dividend of 4.25p per Ordinary Share in respect of the period ended 30 September 2017, an increase of 13% over the interim dividend for the comparative period (2016: 3.75p).  This will absorb approximately £1.0 million of shareholders' funds (2016: £0.8 million).  It is proposed by the Directors that this dividend will be paid on 9 April 2018 to shareholders who are on the register of members on the record date of 16 March 2018.  Subject to the audited results for the year ending 31 March 2018, it is the intention of the Board to propose a final dividend with the March 2018 final results.

 

Dividend cover for the interim period was 3.1x (2016: 3.0x).  Strong free cash flow generation has continued since the end of the period, and there continues to be scope for the Board to continue its progressive dividend policy.

 

BOARD APPOINTMENT

On 8 November 2017 we announced the appointment of Christopher Kingsman as a Non-Executive Director.  Christopher brings a broad range of experience from investing in and being involved with a number of public and private companies across different sectors. A graduate of Cambridge University, he started his career with Fidelity Investments and has managed a hedge fund and family office. He is the principal of a private Swiss investment group, executive chairman of Aranca, a global research, analytics and advisory firm based in India, and is a director of a number of private companies.

 

Through Greenwood Investments Ltd, he has been the second largest shareholder of AdEPT since 2011, having increased his stake in August 2017 from 15.1% to 16.9% of the current issued share capital of the Company.

 

OUTLOOK

Without an outstanding team at all levels of the business, a transformation on this scale could not have been achieved so quickly and, on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank them for an amazing 6 months.

 

We are now approximately 200 staff with several thousand years of industry experience in an increasingly wide range of technologies that provide an excellent platform for our future growth.  AdEPT provides a full suite of managed services and is now in an excellent position to take advantage of the continuing convergence between IT and Telecoms.  We continue to be highly cash generative with adequate funding facilities in place to enable the Board to continue to identify earnings-enhancing acquisitions whilst retaining scope for a progressive dividend policy.

 

Roger Wilson

Chairman

14 November 2017

 

This announcement contains inside information.

 

Enquiries:

 

 

AdEPT Telecom Plc

Roger Wilson, Chairman

Ian Fishwick, Chief Executive

John Swaite, Finance Director

 

 

07786 111 535

01892 550 225

01892 550 243

Northland Capital Partners Limited

Nominated Adviser

Edward Hutton/Gerry Beaney

 

Broking

John Howes

 

020 3861 6625

 

 

 

About AdEPT Telecom plc:

AdEPT Telecom plc is one of the UK's leading independent providers of managed services for IT, unified communications, connectivity and voice solutions.  AdEPT's tailored services are used by thousands of customers across the UK and are brought together through the strategic relationships with tier-1 suppliers such as BT Openreach, Vodafone, Virgin Media, Avaya, Microsoft, Dell and Apple.

 

AdEPT is listed on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: ADT). For further information please visit: www.adept-telecom.co.uk

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended

 

 

 

Restated

 

 

30 September

30 September

 

 

2017

2016

 

Note

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

REVENUE

 

22,567

16,533

Cost of sales

 

(12,101)

(9,831)

 

 

 

 

GROSS PROFIT

 

10,466

6,702

Administrative expenses

 

(7,708)

(4,789)

 

 

 

 

OPERATING PROFIT

 

2,758

1,913

 

 

 

 

Total operating profit - analysed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit before acquisition fees, share-based payments,

depreciation and amortisation

 

4,740

3,532

Share-based payments

 

(20)

(12)

Acquisition fees

 

(217)

(292)

Depreciation of tangible fixed assets

 

(195)

(149)

Amortisation of intangible fixed assets

 

(1,550)

(1,166)

 

 

 

 

Total operating profit

 

2,758

1,913

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

 

(660)

(367)

Finance income

 

1

-

 

 

 

 

PROFIT BEFORE INCOME TAX

 

2,099

1,545

Income tax expense

 

(557)

(309)

 

 

 

 

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD

 

1,542

1,237

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

Equity holders

 

1,542

1,237

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (pence)

3

6.7p

5.5p

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

3

6.7p

5.2p

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share, after

 

 

 

adding back amortisation

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (pence)

3

13.3p

11.1p

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

3

12.1p

10.6p

 

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restated

 

 

 

30 September

30 September

31 March

 

 

2017

2016

2017

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

12,493

6,384

11,217

Intangible assets

 

39,404

24,795

28,559

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,169

566

863

 

 

 

 

 

 

53,066

31,745

40,639

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

240

184

196

Trade and other receivables

 

6,970

4,721

5,514

Cash and cash equivalents

 

3,184

1,579

1,238

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,394

6,484

6,948

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

63,460

38,229

47,587

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

13,117

9,359

13,049

Income tax

 

297

356

664

Short term borrowings

 

-

-

706

 

 

 

 

 

 

13,414

9,715

14,419

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Deferred income tax

 

5,159

3,813

4,057

Convertible loan instrument

 

5,795

-

-

Long term borrowings

 

24,000

12,367

15,988

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

48,368

25,895

34,464

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

15,092

12,334

13,123

 

 

 

 

 

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

2,370

2,248

2,370

Share premium

 

479

429

479

Share capital to be issued

 

1,349

68

34

Capital redemption reserve

 

18

16

18

Retained earnings

 

10,876

9,573

10,222

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

15,092

12,334

13,123

 

 

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to equity holders of parent

 

 

 

Share

Capital

 

 

 

Share

Share

capital to

redemption

Retained

Total

 

capital

premium

be issued

reserve

earnings

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity at 1 April 2016

2,248

429

56

16

9,011

11,760

Profit for 6 months ended 30 September 2016

-

-

-

-

1,237

1,237

Share based payments

-

-

12

-

-

12

Dividend

-

-

-

-

(675)

(675)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 September 2016

2,248

429

68

16

9,573

12,334

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for 6 months ended 31 March 2017

-

-

-

-

1,512

1,512

Dividend

-

-

-

-

(786)

(786)

Deferred tax asset adjustment

-

-

-

-

(69)

(69)

Exercise of warrants

-

-

(53)

-

53

-

Share based payments

-

-

19

-

-

19

Issue of share capital

124

50

-

-

-

174

Shares repurchased and cancelled

(2)

-

-

2

(61)

(61)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 March 2017

2,370

479

34

18

10,222

13,123

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for 6 months ended 30 September 2017

-

-

-

-

1,542

1,542

Share based payments

-

-

20

-

-

20

Dividend

-

-

-

-

(888)

(888)

Equity element of convertible instrument issued

-

-

1,295

-

-

1,295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 September 2017

2,370

479

1,349

18

10,876

15,092

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended

Year ended

 

 

30 September

30 September

31 March

 

 

2017

2016

2017

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit before income tax

 

2,099

1,473

3,404

Depreciation and amortisation

 

1,745

1,388

2,761

Share based payments

 

20

12

31

Net finance costs

 

659

367

928

Decrease in inventories

 

(14)

9

33

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

 

(272)

256

(123)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

(413)

(311)

(1,202)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

 

3,824

3,194

5,832

Income taxes paid

 

(649)

(448)

(1,504)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from operating activities

 

3,175

2,746

4,328

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

(317)

(190)

(405)

Acquisition of trade and assets

 

(14,324)

(6,576)

(11,987)

Purchase of intangible assets

 

(36)

(23)

(26)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(57)

(108)

(146)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(14,734)

(6,897)

(12,564)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

(889)

(674)

(1,461)

Payments made for share repurchases

 

-

-

(61)

Share capital issued

 

-

-

174

Convertible loan instrument

 

7,293

-

-

Increase in bank loan

 

7,806

238

3,950

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in)/from financing activities

 

14,211

(436)

2,602

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

2,652

(4,587)

(5,634)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period/year

 

532

6,166

6,166

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period/year

 

3,184

1,579

532

 

 

 

 

 

Cash at bank and in hand

 

3,184

1,579

1,238

Bank overdrafts

 

-

-

(706)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

3,184

1,579

532

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCOUNTING POLICIES

1        Basis of preparation

The financial information set out in this interim report, which has not been audited, does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  The Company's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017, prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards, were approved by the board of directors on 26 July 2017 and have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.  The auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified, did not contain any emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under Section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting", as adopted by the EU.  Comparatives for the year ended 31 March 2017 have been extracted from the audited statutory accounts.

2        Accounting policies

The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in this interim report as were applied in the preparation of the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017.

The Group has applied the principles of IFRS3 and IAS12 and made full provision for the deferred tax liability on future amortisation charges in relation to the company acquisitions undertaken to date.  The deferred tax liability is released as the amortisation is charged to the statement of comprehensive income. The prior year comparatives have been restated to apply this accounting principle as if it had been adopted throughout the periods covered by the interim financial statements.  All goodwill created on the deferred tax liability in respect of company acquisitions prior to 1 April 2015 has been fully written down.

In the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2017 the Group reviewed the intangible assets acquired during the year ended 31 March 2016. This resulted in the reallocation of some of the intangible assets to goodwill acquired as part of business combination.  The prior year comparative intangible asset value and the corresponding amortisation charge have been restated to apply this accounting principle as if it had been adopted throughout the periods covered by the interim financial statements.

 

The Group has applied the principles of IAS 32 and IAS 39 in the recognition and measurement of the convertible loan note instrument.  An amount of £1.3 million has been recorded in equity, with the net present value of the balance of the convertible loan note value of £5.8m being included within long term debt in the statement of financial position.

 

3        Earnings per share

 

 

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 September

30 September

31 March

 

2017

2016

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Earnings for the purposes of basic and diluted earnings per share

 

 

 

Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent

1,542

1,237

2,749

Add: amortisation

1,550

1,166

2,482

Less: taxation on amortization of purchased customer contracts

(59)

(59)

(118)

Less: deferred tax credit on amortisation charges

(195)

(147)

(633)

Add: share option charges

20

12

31

Add: acquisition fees

217

292

703

 

 

 

 

Adjusted profit attributable to equity holders of the

 

 

 

parent, adding back acquisition fees and amortisation

3,075

2,501

5,214

 

 

 

 

Number of shares

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares used for earnings per share

23,194,445

22,457,567

22,585,580

Dilutive effect of share plans

2,138,315

1,189,808

1,182,598

 

 

 

Diluted weighted average number of shares used to

 

 

 

calculate fully diluted earnings per share

25,332,760

23,647,375

23,768,178

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (pence)

6.7p

5.5p

12.2p

Fully diluted earnings per share (pence)

6.1p

5.3p

11.6p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share, after adding back

 

 

 

acquisition fees, amortisation and non-recurring costs

 

 

 

Adjusted basic earnings per share (pence)

13.3p

11.1p

23.1p

Adjusted fully diluted earnings per share (pence)

12.1p

10.6p

21.9p

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue.

Adjusted earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to equity holders of the Company (after adding back amortisation, the taxation deduction on purchased customer contracts, the deferred tax credit on amortisation charges, share option charges and acquisition costs, as all of these are purely non-cash accounting adjustments) by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue.

Fully diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares by existing share options, assuming dilution through conversion of all existing options.

4              Segmental information

The chief operating decision maker has been identified as the Board.  The Board reviews the Group's internal reporting in order to assess performance and allocate resources.  The operating segments are fixed line services and managed services, which incorporates cloud-based contact centre solutions, data connectivity, mobile, hardware and VoIP services. These are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting to the Board.  The Board assesses the performance of the operating segments based on revenue, gross profit and EBITDA.

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited (restated)

 

6 months ended 30 September 2017

 

6 months ended 30 September 2016

 

Fixed

 

 

 

 

Fixed

 

 

 

 

line

Managed

Central

 

 

line

Managed

Central

 

 

services

services

costs

Total

 

services

services

costs

Total

Revenue

7,224

15,343

-

22,567

 

7,772

8,761

-

16,533

Gross profit

2,800

7,666

-

10,466

 

3,158

3,544

-

6,702

Gross margin %

38.8%

50.0%

-

46.4%

 

40.6%

40.5%

-

40.5%

EBITDA

1,473

3,267

-

4,740

 

1,681

1,851

-

3,532

EBITDA %

20.4%

21.3%

-

21.0%

 

21.6%

21.1%

-

21.4%

Amortisation

(1,005)

(545)

-

(1,550)

 

(852)

(314)

-

(1,166)

Depreciation

-

-

(195)

(195)

 

-

-

(149)

(149)

One-off costs

-

-

(217)

(217)

 

-

-

(292)

(292)

Share-based payments

-

-

(20)

(20)

 

-

-

(12)

(12)

Operating profit/(loss)

468

2,722

(432)

2,758

 

829

1,537

(453)

1,913

Finance costs

-

-

(659)

(659)

 

-

-

(367)

(367)

Income tax

-

-

(557)

(557)

 

-

-

(309)

(309)

Profit after tax

468

2,722

(1,648)

1,542

 

829

1,537

(1,129)

1,237

 

 

Audited

 

Year ended 31 March 2017

 

Fixed

 

 

 

 

line

Managed

Central

 

 

services

services

costs

Total

Revenue

15,365

19,071

-

34,436

Gross profit

6,074

8,497

-

14,571

Gross margin %

39.5%

44.6%

-

42.3%

EBITDA

3,387

4,440

-

7,827

EBITDA %

22.0%

23.3%

-

22.7%

Amortisation

(1,907)

(575)

-

(2,482)

Acquisition costs

-

-

(279)

(279)

Depreciation

-

-

(703)

(703)

Share-based payments

-

-

(31)

(31)

Operating profit/(loss)

1,480

3,865

(1,013)

4,332

Finance costs

-

-

(928)

(928)

Income tax

-

-

(655)

(655)

Profit after tax

1,480

3,865

(2,596)

2,749

 

The assets and liabilities relating to the above segments have not been disclosed as they are not separately identifiable and are not used by the chief operating decision maker to allocate resources.  All segments are in the UK and all revenue relates to the UK. For the six months ended 30 September 2017, transactions with the largest customer of the Group accounted for 8.5% of revenue.

 

5              Share options

Details of the share options outstanding during the period are as follows:

 

6 months ended

30 September 2017

 

6 months ended

30 September 2016

 

Year ended

31 March 2017

 

Number

Weighted

 

Number

Weighted

 

Number

Weighted

 

of shares

average

 

of shares

average

 

of shares

average

 

under

exercise

 

under

exercise

 

under

exercise

 

option

price

 

option

price

 

option

price

Outstanding at start of period

392,500

228p

 

1,469,840

49p

 

1,440,759

49p

Granted during the period

2,095,910

386p

 

-

-

 

159,520

228p

Exercised during the period

-

-

 

-

-

 

(1,236,860)

14p

Outstanding at end of period

2,488,410

361p

 

1,469,840

49p

 

392,500

228p

 

The weighted average fair values have been determined using the Black-Scholes-Merton Pricing Model with the following assumptions and inputs:

 

30 September 2017

30 September 2016

31 March 2017

Risk free interest rate

0.50%

2.69%

0.50%

Expected volatility

19.0%

22.0%

28.0%

Expected option life (years)

3.0

3.0

3.0

Expected dividend yield

2.5%

2.9%

2.3%

Weighted average share price

269p

222p

229p

Weighted average exercise price

269p

222p

229p

Weighted average fair value of options granted

33p

30p

31p

 

The expected average volatility was determined by reviewing the last 260 historical fluctuations in the share price prior to the grant date of each share instrument. An expected take up of 100% has been applied to each share instrument. Expected dividend yield is estimated at 2.5% which is based upon the actual dividend yield for the period ended 30 September 2017.  It does not bear any relation to the future dividend policy of AdEPT Telecom plc.

The mid-market price of the ordinary shares on 30 September 2017 was 285p and the range during the period was 170p.

The share option expense recognised during the period in the statement of comprehensive income was £20,342 (September 2016: £12,110).

6              Business combinations

On 2 August 2017 the Company acquired the entire issued share capital of Atomwide Limited ('Atomwide') for an initial consideration of £12 million plus the value of the surplus cash balance of Atomwide at completion (approximately £6.2 million), payable in cash. Further contingent deferred consideration of between £nil and £8.0 million may be payable, also in cash, dependent upon the performance of Atomwide post-acquisition.

The contingent deferred consideration will be determined by reference to the forecast churn/growth rate for the gross margin of the acquired business and applying the contingent deferred consideration matrix as specified in the share purchase agreement. The fair value of contingent deferred consideration has been determined by reference to the growth rate for the gross margin of the acquired business and applying the contingent deferred consideration matrix as specified in the share purchase agreement.  The contingent consideration liability of £2.0 million has been discounted at the Group's weighted average cost of capital with the value of the discount of £0.15 million being included within finance costs over the deferred consideration period as an interest charge.  Total consideration is anticipated to be £14.0 million (net of the surplus cash acquired).

Atomwide, founded in 1987, is an IT services provider with over 30 years' experience, offering specialised IT support services and technology solutions to approximately 2 million users in over 3,000 schools.

Atomwide is the chief technology partner for London Grid for Learning, supplying IT services to around 3,000 schools in London.  The bespoke services have been created by the in-house development team and are supported by an experienced team of IT professionals based at Atomwide's premises in Orpington, Kent.

All of the senior management team which are responsible for the strategic direction, technical development and the day-to-day operations of Atomwide are to be retained within the business post-acquisition.

Details of the fair value of the assets acquired at completion and the consideration payable:

 

Book cost

£'000

Fair value

£'000

Intangible assets

-

12,565

Property, plant and equipment

453

453

Inventories

30

30

Trade and other receivables

1,524

1,524

Cash and cash equivalents

7,916

7,916

Trade and other payables

(2,710)

(2,710)

Income tax

274

274

Net assets

7,487

20,052

Cash

 

(18,210)

Contingent cash consideration

 

(1,842)

Fair value total consideration

 

(20,052)

Goodwill

 

-

Atomwide contributed revenue and profit after tax of £1.7 million and £0.3 million respectively for the six month period ended 30 September 2017 and represents a two month contribution. Acquisition related costs of £0.2m have been recognised as an expense in the statement of comprehensive income for the period ended 30 September 2017.


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