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Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Alliance Pharma PLC

Interim Results

RNS Number : 6431Z
Alliance Pharma PLC
22 September 2020
 

For immediate release

  22 September 2020

 

ALLIANCE PHARMA PLC

("Alliance" or the "Group")

 

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020

Strong performance from Consumer Healthcare brands; cash generation remains robust; full year results tracking in line with market expectations

 

Alliance Pharma plc (AIM: APH), the international healthcare group, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

 

OVERVIEW

The Group delivered a robust operational and financial performance in the first half of 2020, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.

· Strong performance from Consumer Healthcare brands, with Kelo-cote™ revenues up 8% and see-through revenues down 3% overall

· Prescription Medicine revenues down 15%, reflecting delays in routine treatments as a result of COVID-19

· See-through revenue in total down 7% ( -7% CCY*) to £65.3m

· Good control of operating expenditure resulting in a resilient underlying EBITDA* performance down 4% to £18.1m (H1 2019: £18.8m)

· Underlying profit before tax up 7% to £16.3m (H1 2019: £15.2m); reported profit before tax down 96% to £0.6m (H1 2019: £15.2m), due to non-cash impairment and amortisation charges

· Free cash flow robust at £10.5m, with continued reduction in leverage to 1.34 times from 1.48 times at December 2019

· New line extension for Nizoral™ launched in China in July 2020; majority of Nizoral licence transfers on track to be completed by the end of the year

· Product portfolio reclassified into Consumer Healthcare brands and Prescription Medicines, in recognition of the different characteristics of these product types  

· Interim dividend payment of 0.536p announced

 

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

Unaudited six months ended 30 June

H1 2020

£m

H1 2019

£m

Growth

See-through Revenue*  

65.3

70.3

-7%

Statutory Revenue

61.7

66.0

-7%

Gross profit

38.6

41.3

-7%

Underlying EBITDA*

18.1

18.8

-4%

Underlying profit before taxation

16.3

15.2

+7%

Reported profit before taxation

0.6

15.2

-96%

Underlying basic earnings per share

2.45p

2.34p

+5%

Reported basic earnings per share

(0.33)p

2.34p

-114%

Free cash flow*

10.5

14.5

-27%

Leverage

1.34x

1.48x (31 Dec)

 

Net debt*

52.2

59.2 (31 Dec)

 

Interim dividend per share

0.536p

0.536p

0%

 

* The performance of the Group is assessed using Alternative Performance Measures ("APMs"), which are measures that are not defined under IFRS, but are used by management to monitor ongoing business performance against both shorter term budgets and forecasts and against the Group's longer term strategic plans. APMs are defined in note 17.

Specifically, see-through revenue includes sales from Nizoral™ as if they had been invoiced by Alliance. Under the terms of the transitional services agreement with Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Alliance receives the benefit of the net profit on sales of Nizoral from the date of acquisition up until the product licences in each of the Asia-Pacific territories transfer from J&J to Alliance. For statutory accounting purposes the product margin on Nizoral sales is included within Revenue, in line with IFRS 15.

 

Commenting on the interim results, Peter Butterfield, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance, said :

 

"Whilst first half revenues have, as expected, been impacted by COVID-19, the speed with which we transitioned the business to operating remotely, coupled with associated reductions in discretionary spend, have enabled us to deliver continued profitability in these unprecedented times.

"We are now starting to see further signs of recovery and expect trading to continue to recover as we move through the remainder of the year. Our robust cash generation and diverse and resilient product portfolio leave us well placed to resume our growth trajectory, as the markets for our products recover.

"Good progress continues to be made in bringing the Nizoral business fully under our control, together with the launch of our first line extension in China in July. We expect the majority of the product licence transfers to have been completed by the end of this year, which will enable us to start executing our marketing strategy for the brand.

"We continue to actively review acquisition opportunities, particularly for consumer healthcare brands in regions where we already have a presence, to further enhance our growth."

 

CONFERENCE CALL & WEBCAST

 

A conference call for analysts will be held at 10.30am on 22 September 2020; analysts who require dial-in details, please contact Buchanan at [email protected] .

A recorded webcast of the analyst conference call, including investor presentation slides, will be made available during the afternoon of 22 September 2020 at this link:

https://webcasting.buchanan.uk.com/broadcast/5f3fbab0b14d87262643a98b

 

The recorded webcast will also be made available at the investor section of Alliance's website, https://www.alliancepharmaceuticals.com/investors/ .

 

For more information, please contact Buchanan on 020 7466 5000 or email [email protected] .

 

 

 

 

 

For further information:

 

Alliance Pharma plc

+ 44 (0)1249 466966

Peter Butterfield, Chief Executive Officer

 

Andrew Franklin, Chief Financial Officer

 

www.alliancepharma.co.uk

 

Buchanan

+ 44 (0)20 7466 5000

Mark Court / Hannah Ratcliff

 

 

 

Numis Securities Limited

+ 44 (0)20 7260 1000

Nominated Adviser: Freddie Barnfield / Huw Jeremy

 

Corporate Broking: James Black

 

 

Investec Bank plc

+ 44 (0) 20 7597 5970

Corporate Finance: Daniel Adams / Ed Thomas

 

Corporate Broking: Patrick Robb / Tejas Padalkar

 

 

About Alliance

Alliance Pharma plc (AIM: APH) is an international healthcare group, headquartered in the UK with subsidiaries in Europe, the Far East and the US and wide international reach through an extensive network of distributors, generating sales in more than 100 countries.

We hold the marketing rights to around 80 Consumer Healthcare brands and Prescription Medicines, which are managed on a portfolio basis according to their growth potential. Promotional investment is focused primarily on our Consumer healthcare brands, many of which have significant international or multi-territory reach. Our Prescription Medicines are generally sold in a more limited number of local markets, and most require little or no promotional investment.

Our strategy allows us to deliver good organic growth and to enhance our growth rate through carefully selected acquisitions.

For more information on Alliance, please visit our website: www.alliancepharmaceuticals.com

  
 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S STATEMENT

Trading performance

Overview

Against the backdrop of COVID-19, the Group delivered a robust performance in the first half of 2020, with see-through revenues down 7% to £65.3m (H1 2019: £70.3m), and a similar level of decline on a constant currency basis.

Gross profit reduced, in line with revenues, by 7% to £38.6m (H1 2019: £41.3m), however a slowdown in the natural run rate of discretionary spend resulted in an increase in operational leverage, allowing underlying EBITDA to be maintained at a similar level to 2019, at £18.1m (H1 2019: £18.8m). Favourable currency movements coupled with lower borrowing costs meant underlying profit before tax increased 7% to £16.3m (H1 2019: £15.2m).

Over the past few years, Alliance's product portfolio has become focused increasingly on consumer healthcare products as the main driver of organic growth within the business, whilst revenues from our largely unpromoted pharmaceutical products have remained essentially stable. In recognition of the inherently different characteristics of these product types, we have taken the decision to reclassify our portfolio into two key areas: Consumer Healthcare brands and Prescription Medicines. Consumer Healthcare brands include our International Star brands, together with around 25 other brands, previously reported as part of Local brands.

A summary of see-through revenues under the new and previously adopted classifications is provided in the table below.

Unaudited six months ended 30 June

H1 2020

£m

H1 2019

£m

Growth / (decline)

Consumer Healthcare

43.8

44.9

-3%

Prescription Medicines

21.5

25.4

-15%

See-through Revenue

65.3

70.3

-7%

 

 

 

 

International Star brands

30.0

30.9

-3%

Local brands

35.3

39.4

-11%

See-through Revenue

65.3

70.3

-7%

 

Consumer Healthcare brands performance

Overall, see-through revenues across our Consumer Healthcare portfolio, which includes our International Star brands, declined 3% in the first half of 2020 to £43.8m (H1 2019: £44.9m).

Our International Star brands generally held up well during the first half of 2020, despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, achieving see-through revenue of £30.0m (H1 2019: £30.9m), a decline of 3% compared with the same period last year.

Kelo-cote - scar prevention and treatment

We were particularly pleased with the performance of Kelo-cote, which continued to deliver growth during the first half of the year, with sales up 8% compared with the same period last year at £14.2m (H1 2019: £13.1m), primarily due to the return of demand from China during the second quarter, as local lockdown restrictions eased. In the rest of the APAC region other countries have been slower to emerge from lockdown and COVID-19 has therefore had a more sustained effect on the brand's performance. Nevertheless, we expect these regions to return strongly as lockdowns are eased, and we continue to embrace digital marketing strategies to reach the end user of the product.

During the first half of the year, we undertook further significant research amongst target users and influencers in the key global scar markets, the results from which we will be using to create new and impactful campaigns to further grow the Kelo-cote brand into 2021 and beyond. Kelo-cote was the fastest growing Top 5 Global Scar Treatment brand in 2019, according to Nicholas Hall DB6 data.

With the scar treatments market in China now growing at 29.6% per annum, Kelo-cote remains well placed to take advantage of this growth, following the conclusion of a new distribution agreement with our partner in July 2020.

Nizoral - medicated anti-dandruff shampoo

Despite the sustained and extensive lockdowns across the APAC region during the first half of 2020 in response to COVID-19, Nizoral sales were resilient, with the brand generating see-through sales of £9.8m (H1 2019: £10.0m).

In July, we launched a new formulation of Nizoral (branded locally as Triatop) in China, supported by an integrated marketing communication campaign across both digital and social platforms. This product will sit alongside the original formulations and early indications for the product's potential are promising.

Good progress continues to be made with the licence transfers and we expect to have transferred the vast majority of the licences by the end of 2020, with the remaining transfers to be completed in 2021.

Our marketing plans for repositioning the brand once it is fully under our control are well advanced and we have completed the set-up of new legal entities, where needed, to support our future trading activities. During the second half, our focus will be on the provision of final marketing collateral and development of launch plans with partners, together with content approval from local regulators, with launches in Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and India expected to take place later this year.

MacuShield - eye health supplement

MacuShield sales were down 39% on those for the same period last year at £2.8m (H1 2019: £4.7m), due in part to distributor stocking and changes in trading arrangements with a key distributor during the first half of 2019 resulting in higher than normal sales for that period. Compared with the second half of 2019, sales declined by 21%, primarily due to the temporary closure of bricks & mortar retail outlets and opticians in the UK in response to COVID-19.

Vamousse- prevention and treatment of head lice

Vamousse delivered another good performance in the first half of 2020, achieving sales of £3.2m, up 4% on the same period last year (H1 2019: £3.1m), due to strong performance in its core market, the US.

Whilst in-market demand for treatment products in the US initially held up well during the early weeks of lockdown, the category began to reflect reduced incidence and a weakening in demand as school closures continued and children's activities were paused. That said, Vamousse continued to gain market share during the first half of 2020, achieving an 8.6% revenue share of the head lice treatment category, based on data from IRI, up 2.7% versus its share when we acquired the brand in December 2017.

However, with a significant number of US schools not planning to re-open until 2021, it is likely that category demand will decline further over the coming months. In light of this, we expect that sales of Vamousse for the second half of the year will be significantly lower than those achieved during the same period last year.

Other Consumer Healthcare brands

Revenues generated by our other Consumer Healthcare brands (formerly disclosed within the Local brands grouping) in the first half of 2020 were £13.7m, down just 2% on the same period last year (H1 2019: £14.0m).

Whilst we continued to see strong performances from some of the brands in this part of our portfolio, for example, sales of our newly launched Ashton & Parsons teething gel were up 50% versus the same period last year, for those products which are sold principally through international distributors, the picture was more mixed, as distributors sought to respond to changes in local trading conditions as a result of COVID-19. Through continuing to maintain close working relationships with our distributors, we have been able to flex our production and supply to enable them to stay aligned with local market demand.

 

 

Prescription Medicines performance

As previously reported, demand for our prescription-driven products was lower in the first half, primarily due to the delays in routine treatments as healthcare professionals focused on maintaining hospital capacity to treat patients with COVID-19. As a result, revenues from our Prescription Medicines in the first half of 2020 were £21.5m, down 15% on the corresponding period last year (H1 2019: £25.4m).

We continue to actively manage this part of our portfolio, discontinuing or disposing of products which deliver very low revenues and margins. However, the cash generation from these assets remains strong and, coupled with their limited requirement for promotional investment, they continue to play an important part in our overall product portfolio.

 

Regional performance

We have taken the opportunity to re-align our regional performance commentary and segmental analysis in this report, to align more closely with the Group's commercial reporting structure which focuses on the regions of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and China (APAC) and the Americas (AMER).

EMEA

This combines revenues previously disclosed under the UK and Republic of Ireland and Western Europe, with revenues from our distributor business across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, all of which were previously reported as part of International revenues.

Across the EMEA region as a whole, first half revenues were down 6% versus those for the same period last year at £44.8m (H1 2019: £47.7m).

Over 90% of our prescription medicine revenues are generated in EMEA. Whilst we saw a reduction in demand for prescription medicines in the first half of the year due to delays in routine treatments resulting in lower sales, this was partially offset by the continued good growth of our consumer healthcare portfolio in this region, and in particular the continued strong performance by Kelo-cote, to satisfy both export and local demand.

We also saw good growth across our distributor business in EMEA during the first half of 2020 (+8% versus the comparable period last year). Whilst this currently represents a relatively small portion of our sales in this region, at just under 20%, the consolidation of these distributor relationships under a single commercial lead going forwards should enable future growth opportunities to be realised more efficiently.

APAC

APAC revenues were recognised previously as part of International revenues. The revenue base in this region is dominated by Kelo-cote and Nizoral, which collectively accounted for approximately 90% of sales in the first half of 2020.

See-through sales across the APAC region as a whole were down 11% versus the prior year at £16.9m (H1 2019: £18.8m), primarily due to the reduction in Kelo-cote sales across the majority of countries in the region, with the exception of China which, as previously noted, benefited from a recovery in demand during the second quarter.

Nizoral sales remained stable, despite the impact of COVID-19, with the brand generating see-through sales of £9.8m (H1 2019: £10.0m).

AMER

This region comprises revenues previously disclosed under the US (including Canada) segment, together with revenues from South America, previously included as part of International revenues.

Sales in the AMER region were broadly in line with last year, with revenues for the first half of 2020 of £3.6m, down 3% versus the comparable period last year (H1 2019: £3.7m).

This is predominantly a consumer healthcare-focused region, the largest component of which is Vamousse. Whilst Vamousse sales in the US held up well, this was offset by weaker demand across our international distributor business in South America, in response to COVID-19.

Navigating the challenges of COVID-19

Supporting our Employees

In common with the majority of established office-based businesses, we successfully transitioned to remote working as needed during the pandemic, with minimal disruption to the business.

Since the early stages of the pandemic, we have been carrying out regular bi-weekly surveys of all our colleagues to assess the impact that changes in their working environment have had on their productivity and on their physical, mental and cognitive health and wellbeing. In addition to helping to identify those employees requiring additional support, this process has providedan opportunity for the senior leadership team to learn what works best for everybody, with a view to building this into the design of our future ways of working. The results of this survey will shape the way we run our business in the future.

In addition to our regular monthly global company briefings, we introduced a second, less formal monthly opportunity for colleagues to come together and share their experiences during the pandemic, 'Alliance Connect', which also provides a forum for the senior leadership team to address employees' questions and concerns.

The nature of our business operations and continued performance have meant that we have not needed to make use of the UK government furlough scheme for any of our UK-based employees, or to make any redundancies, as a result of the pandemic.

Supporting our distributors

From the start of the pandemic, we increased the level of contact with our key distributors, understanding and supporting them through the challenges they faced in their businesses. This increased contact has been central to ensuring that we have good visibility of distributor stocking and sell-out and remain able to anticipate future changes in demand.

Increasing our digital focus to better support our customers

Pre-pandemic, digital was already an established and important sales channel for many of our consumer healthcare brands, with around 40% of our Chinese sales for Kelo-cote being facilitated by online platforms. In Europe and North America, Amazon forms a key element of our marketing strategy - not only for revenue generation, but also for generating positive reviews to drive product recommendations. In common with many consumer-facing businesses, the pandemic has resulted in an overall shift to online sales platforms, particularly for consumer healthcare brands such as Ashton & Parsons, MacuShield and Kelo-cote.

For 2021, we are looking at further developing our e-commerce strategy in Japan & Latin America and will also be looking to roll out our global Digital Excellence training programme across our key consumer healthcare brands.

Managing our financial exposure

We entered the pandemic with a strong balance sheet, just under £18m of cash and an undrawn commitment of £86m on our Revolving Credit Facility at 31 December 2019. By the end of June 2020, our cash on hand had increased to £20.5m, and our net debt had reduced by £7.0m to £52.2m, with a consequential reduction in leverage, due to continued strong cash generation. 

Managing our supply chain

We have maintained a close dialogue with our suppliers throughout and continue to monitor our supplier base for early indications of any operational or financial distress. We have also purchased high risk/more specialised active pharmaceutical ingredients and componentry for our most important products, to secure production through to the end of 2020 and, where appropriate, into 2021. In light of this, we are confident in our ability to continue to supply products to meet distributor forecasts / expected market demand across all the markets in which we operate.

Supporting healthcare professionals

Recognising the toll that constant handwashing was taking on healthcare professionals' (HCPs) hands, our UK sales team offered them Hydromol, an emollient product for the treatment of eczema, free of charge, which received a very positive response. The team are now looking at other ways our products could potentially be used to support HCPs in their new ways of working.

Supporting our communities

We recognise that for many charities, the impacts of the pandemic have been devastating, restricting their ability to fundraise whilst at the same time increasing the demand for their services. We therefore took the decision early on to switch our original planned charity initiatives for 2020, which were focused on providing practical support to charities, to providing financial support to a local charity in each of our office locations which needed help to enable them to better support those impacted by COVID-19. To date, we have donated more than £100,000 to five charities in five different countries, to support them in delivering their services through the pandemic.

Operational review

We continue to monitor closely the progress of the Brexit trade negotiations to ensure we are able to maintain continuity of supply, irrespective of the timings or nature of the trade agreements reached with the EU with regard to Consumer Healthcare products and Prescription Medicines.

We continue to progress with the development of our ERP system and are now expecting this to go live in H1 2021. Once implemented, it will deliver business benefits and scale-up capability through the standardisation of processes.

Our new global Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process is now fully embedded in the business and has proved invaluable in helping us to manage the demand fluctuations caused by COVID-19 and to secure the supply of product though the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.

 

People

Alliance currently employs more than 200 people in 10 locations around the world; all committed to the successful delivery of Alliance's vision.

We recognise that great results can only be achieved through the combined efforts of our dedicated team of colleagues around the globe, our partners and customers, and through the strong collaborative culture that we have built within Alliance.

It is this 'can do' culture that has enabled the Group to come through the initial phase of the pandemic so strongly. Over the past few months, there have been numerous examples of our employees 'going the extra mile' and thinking creatively to ensure that our products continue to be available to consumers and patients who need them, overcoming the challenges that remote working has brought, and continuing to deliver great results for the business.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to all those who have worked so hard to deliver a very creditable performance for Alliance in the first half of 2020, in these unprecedented and challenging times.

Acquisitions

Our acquisition strategy remains unchanged and we continue to review a number of acquisition opportunities, focused on adding selectively to our portfolio, as suitable opportunities arise, with a focus on augmenting our consumer healthcare brands where we already have a presence. Our strong cash generation in 2019, and significant available credit facilities leave us well-placed to pursue this element of our strategy.

Current trading and outlook

Whilst inevitably challenging, the past few months have proved the robustness and resilience of our product portfolio, our business model, and our people.

The second half of the year has started well and, whilst the global uncertainty created by COVID-19 is likely to continue for some time, based on current management forecasts and trading in the year to date, the Board expects full year results to be in line with market expectations.

Operationally, the priorities for the Group remain unchanged: continuing to invest in our consumer healthcare brands in order to deliver organic growth and completing the transition of Nizoral, which will enable us to benefit from the increased control we will have over the brand and its future direction as the marketing authorisations in each of the territories transfer.

We continue to look for opportunities to selectively add to our portfolio, with a focus on augmenting our consumer healthcare brands in international markets where we already have a presence.

 

Peter Butterfield

Chief Executive Officer

22 September 2020

 

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Summary underlying income statement

Unaudited six months ended 30 June

H1 2020

£m

H1 2019

£m

Growth

See-through Revenue*

65.3

70.3

-7%

Statutory Revenue

61.7

66.0

-7%

Gross profit

38.6

41.3

-7%

Operating expenses

(20.5)

(22.5)

-9%

Underlying EBITDA*

18.1

18.8

-4%

Underlying depreciation & amortisation

(0.8)

(1.1)

-27%

Underlying EBIT*

17.2

17.7

-2%

Finance costs

(1.0)

(2.5)

-61%

Underlying profit before taxation

16.3

15.2

+7%

Reported profit before taxation

0.6

15.2

-96%

Underlying basic earnings per share

2.45p

2.34p

+5%

Reported basic earnings per share

(0.33)p

2.34p

-114%

Interim dividend per share

0.536p

0.536p

0%

 

* The performance of the Group is assessed using Alternative Performance Measures ("APMs"), which are measures that are not defined under IFRS, but are used by management to monitor ongoing business performance against both shorter term budgets and forecasts and against the Group's longer term strategic plans. APMs are defined in note 17.

Specifically,see-through revenue includes sales from Nizoral™ as if they had been invoiced by Alliance. Under the terms of the transitional services agreement with Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Alliance receives the benefit of the net profit on sales of Nizoral from the date of acquisition up until the product licences in the Asia-Pacific territories transfer from J&J to Alliance. For statutory accounting purposes the product margin on Nizoral sales is included within Revenue, in line with IFRS 15.

Underlying profitability metrics are presented as we believe this provides investors with useful information about the performance of the business. For 2020, underlying results exclude the amortisation and impairment of intangible assets; for 2019, there were no non-underlying items and underlying results were the same as total results. Further detail can be found in note 6.

 

The Group delivered a robust financial performance in the first half of 2020, given the trading challenges it faced as a result of COVID-19, with see-through revenues decreasing only 7% to £65.3m (H1 2019: £70.3m) and statutory revenues decreasing by a similar amount to £61.7m (H1 2019: £66.0m). However, lower interest and financing costs resulted in underlying profit before taxation increasing 7% to £16.3m (H1 2019: £15.2m).

Group revenues were only minimally impacted by exchange rate movements, which benefited by approximately £0.3m versus the same period last year due to the weakening of Sterling against the US Dollar.

Gross profit decreased by a similar percentage to sales at 7% to £38.6m (H1 2019: £41.3m), with gross margin increasing very slightly from 58.8% to 59.1% of see-through revenue. Gross margin relative to statutory revenue was 62.5% (H1 2019: 62.6%). 

Operating costs (defined as underlying administration and marketing expenses, excluding underlying depreciation, amortisation and impairment charges) were down by £1.8m versus the first half of 2019 at £19.9m (H1 2019: £21.7m), due to slight reductions in sales and marketing costs, and other discretionary spend, in response to COVID-19. As a result, operating costs as a percentage of sales reduced 0.3% to 30.5% of see-through sales (H1 2019: 30.8%).

The IFRS2 share options charge for the first half of 2020 was £0.6m, down £0.3m versus that for the same period last year (H1 2019: £0.9m).

As a result of the reduction in operating costs, the impact on underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was much smaller, with first half EBITDA down 4% to £18.1m (H1 2019: £18.8m), whilst underlying operating profit decreased by 2% to £17.2m (H1 2019: £17.7m)and reported operating profit decreased 91% to £1.6m (H1 2019: £17.7m).

Underlying depreciation, amortisation and impairment charges

Underlying depreciation, amortisation and impairment charges for the first half of 2020 were £0.8m, down £0.3m on the prior year (H1 2019: £1.1m). Following changes in the accounting policy regarding classification of non-underlying items as set out below, for 2020 this charge relates purely to depreciation.

Finance costs

Finance costs were down by £1.5m compared with the same period last year, at £1.0m (H1 2019: £2.5m), £0.5m of which related to a reduction in borrowing costs, reflecting both a lower level of borrowings and a reduction in the interest charge as a consequence of reductions in variable interest rates. The remainder related primarily to currency movements - in the first half of 2019, there was an adverse impact from currency movements of £0.2m, coupled with a £0.4m loss on derivatives; the first half of 2020 saw a favourable impact from currency movements of £0.6m, partially offset by a loss on derivatives of £0.1m.

The average interest charge on gross debt during the period (including non-utilisation fees) was 2.78% (H1 2019: 3.12%).

Non-underlying items

As the Group continues its focus on its growing Consumer Healthcare portfolio, the Directors have considered the continuing appropriateness of using the indefinite useful lives accounting concept across the entire intangible brand asset portfolio.

For the majority of Consumer Healthcare brand assets, having regard to the expected long-term growth profile of the Consumer Healthcare business and the enduring nature of the brands, which are supported by ongoing marketing spend, the Directors have concluded that indefinite useful lives remain appropriate.

However, for Prescription Medicine brand assets, the Directors have decided to adopt finite useful lives of 20 years for all these assets effective from 1 January 2020. In arriving at this lifespan, the Directors took account of all relevant factors, including typical pharmaceutical product life cycles and the potential development of alternative treatments over time, and also the policies adopted by our peer group.

As a result of this change in estimated useful lives, the carrying value of the Prescription Medicine and certain other brand assets will be amortised to the profit and loss account over their useful lives, generating an annual non-cash amortisation charge of £7.2m in 2020 and for subsequent years.

The Group has also conducted impairment reviews for all intangible brand assets. These reviews, together with the change in useful life assumption for Prescription Medicine assets, have resulted in some non-cash impairments, as detailed in note 6.

The Group has also updated its classification policy for non-underlying items. Following this update all amortisation and impairment charges will be included as non-underlying items for 2020 and subsequent years, in line with the general market treatment. This change has been made to enable users to better understand the financial performance and position of the Group from one period to the next, and to facilitate comparison with its peer group, the majority of whom also exclude amortisation and impairment from their underlying results.

 

 

Reconciliation of underlying to reported profit before tax

Unaudited six months ended 30 June

H1 2020

£m

H1 2019

£m

Underlying profit before taxation

16.3

15.2

Non-underlying items:

 

 

  Amortisation of intangible assets

(3.6)

 

  Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill

(12.1)

 

Total

(15.6)

-

Reported profit before taxation

0.6

15.2

 

Taxation

The underlying tax charge for the period was £3.3m (H1 2019; £3.0m), which represents an effective tax rate in line with last year of 20.0% (H1 2019: 19.9%). The total tax charge for the period was £2.4m (H1 2019: £3.0m).

Earnings per share

Underlying basic earnings per share, the measure used by the Board in assessing earnings performance, was 2.45p, an increase of 5% on the corresponding period last year (H1 2019: 2.34p), and reflects the increase in the Group's underlying profit after tax, coupled with a modest increase in the number of shares in issue.

Reported basic earnings per share reduced by 114% to (0.33)p (H1 2019: 2.34p) due to the impact of non-underlying items on reported earnings for the first half of 2020.

Dividend

The Board is pleased to announce that, after suspending the final dividend payment for 2019 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is declaring an interim dividend payment of 0.536p per share for 2020, in line with that for 2019. The Board will continue to assess the level of future cash distributions having regard to overall business performance and future outlook, in light of the global uncertainty created by COVID-19.

The interim dividend for 2020 will be paid on 7 January 2021, to shareholders on the register on 18 December 2020.

Balance sheet

Intangible assets reduced by £11.6m during the first half of 2020 to £317.0m (31 December 2019: £328.7m) following the change in accounting estimate for intangibles noted above; the non-underlying impairments of £12.1m and amortisation charges of £3.6m, being offset by £4.7m of revaluation adjustments due to exchange rate movements.

Further detail is provided in note 6.

Working capital

The Group continued to maintain good control of its working capital during the first half of the year, despite the challenges of COVID-19, with total net working capital at 30 June 2020 of £29.0m, an increase of £4.3m on that at the start of the period (31 December 2019: £24.7m).

Inventories, net of provisions, amounted to £18.2m as at 30 June 2020, up £2.7m since the start of the year (31 December 2019: £15.5m), reflecting the purchase of additional finished goods inventory, raw materials and componentry to mitigate against any manufacturing and supply challenges in the wake of COVID-19 and to secure future product supply.

Receivables decreased by £1.8m, reflecting the decline in revenues, whilst payables decreased by £3.5m, reflecting the lower level of operating spend.

 

 

Cash flow and net debt

Free cash flow remained strong at £10.5m (H1 2019: £14.5m), leading to a £7.0m reduction in net debt in the period, to £52.2m at 30 June 2020 (31 December 2019: £59.2m).

As a result of this continued strong cash generation, leverage (adjusted net debt / EBITDA) reduced to 1.34 times at the end of June 2020 (31 December 2019: 1.48 times) and we expect a further reduction in leverage during the second half of the year.

Treasury and capital management

The Group's operations are financed by retained earnings and bank borrowings, with additional equity being raised on a periodic basis to finance larger acquisitions. Borrowings are denominated in Sterling, Euro and US Dollars.

Group risk management policy is to hedge up to 75% of estimated future foreign currency EBITDA exposure, for up to the next 18 months at any point in time. The Group uses forward foreign exchange contracts to implement this policy which are generally designated as cash flow hedges.

In June 2020, the Group exercised its option to secure a 12-month extension to its £165m Revolving Credit Facility, on the same terms, and now runs through to July 2024. This facility provides flexibility for the Group to pursue its acquisition strategy over the next few years, to complement future organic growth.

 

Andrew Franklin

Chief Financial Officer

22 September 2020

 

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

Note

Underlying £000s

Non-Underlying £000s

(Note 6)

Total

£000s

 

Underlying £000s

Non-Underlying £000s

(Note 6)

 

Total

£000s

 

Revenue

4

61,708

-

61,708

66,007

-

66,007

Cost of sales

(23,117)

-

(23,117)

(24,691)

-

 (24,691)

Gross profit

38,591

-

38,591

41,316

-

41,316

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administration and marketing expenses

 

(20,747)

-

(20,747)

(22,402)

-

(22,402)

Amortisation of intangible assets

6

-

(3,577)

(3,577)

(107)

-

(107)

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

6

-

(12,057)

(12,057)

(284)

-

(284)

Share-based employee remuneration

 

(595)

-

(595)

(855)

-

(855)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss)

 

17,249

(15,634)

1,615

17,668

-

17,668

Finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest payable and similar charges

5

(1,558)

-

(1,558)

(2,287)

-

(2,287)

Finance income/(costs)

5

572

-

572

(221)

-

(221)

 

 

(986)

-

(986)

(2,508)

-

(2,508)

Profit/(loss) before taxation

16,263

(15,634)

629

15,160

-

15,160

Taxation

7

(3,253)

856

(2,397)

(3,018)

-

(3,018)

Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to equity shareholders

13,010

(14,778)

(1,768)

12,142

-

12,142

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic (pence)

9

2.45

 

(0.33)

2.34

 

2.34

Diluted (pence)

9

2.42

 

(0.33)

2.30

 

 2.30

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

Unaudited
Six months ended

30 June 2020

£000s

Unaudited
Six months ended

30 June 2019

£000s

(Loss)/profit for the period

(1,768)

12,142

Other comprehensive income

 

 

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

Interest rate swaps - cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

(10)

(69)

Forward exchange forward contracts - cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

(762)

-

Foreign exchange translation differences (net of deferred tax)

2,863

224

Total comprehensive income for the period

323

12,297

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet

As at 30 June 2020

 

Note

Unaudited

 30 June 2020

£000s

Audited

 31 December 2019

£000s

Assets

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill and intangible assets

10

317,040

328,660

Property, plant and equipment

11

12,736

11,554

Deferred tax asset

 

1,710

1,710

Other non-current assets

 

685

676

 

 

332,171

342,600

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

18,191

15,518

Trade and other receivables

12

29,184

30,992

Derivative financial instruments

 

-

697

Cash and cash equivalents

 

20,524

17,830

 

 

67,899

65,037

Total assets

 

400,070

407,637

Equity

 

 

 

Ordinary share capital

 

5,311

5,294

Share premium account

 

149,732

149,036

Share option reserve

 

7,718

7,208

Other reserve

 

(329)

(329)

Cash flow hedging reserve

 

(310)

462

Translation reserve

 

2,859

(4)

Retained earnings

 

107,908

112,513

Total equity

 

272,889

274,180

Liabilities

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

15

72,743

77,040

Other liabilities

14

2,329

2,401

Deferred tax liability

 

30,696

29,810

 

 

105,768

109,251

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Corporation tax

 

2,819

2,344

Trade and other payables

13

18,363

21,815

Derivative financial instruments

 

231

47

 

 

21,413

24,206

Total liabilities

 

127,181

133,457

Total equity and liabilities

 

400,070

407,637

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

Note

Unaudited

 Six months ended

 30 June 2020

 000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended

 30 June 2019

 000s

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit for the period before tax

 

629

15,160

Interest payable and similar charges

5

1,558

2,287

Interest income

5

(10)

(13)

Foreign exchange (gain)/loss

5

(562)

234

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

11

831

 745

Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets

10

15,634

391

Loss on disposal of intangibles

 

309

-

Share-based employee remuneration

 

595

855

Change in inventories

 

(2,674)

2,247

Change in trade and other receivables

 

1,798

1,743

Change in trade and other payables

 

(1,687)

(4,467)

Cash generated from operations

 

16,421

19,182

Tax paid

 

(1,964)

(1,283)

Cash flows from operating activities

 

14,457

17,899

Investing activities

 

 

 

Interest received

5

10

13

Development costs capitalised

 

-

(8)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

11

(1,949)

(1,680)

Proceeds from the disposal of intangibles

 

385

-

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(1,554)

(1,675)

Financing activities

 

 

 

Interest paid and similar charges

 

(1,974)

(1,721)

Loan issue costs

15

(330)

-

Proceeds from exercise of share options

 

712

395

Capital lease payments

 

(426)

(375)

Dividend paid

8

(2,837)

(2,524)

Repayment of borrowings

15

(5,930)

(6,359)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(10,785)

(10,584)

Net movement in cash and cash equivalents

 

2,118

5,640

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

17,830

10,893

Effects of exchange rate movements

 

576

(65)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

20,524

16,468

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

Ordinary
Share
Capital
£000s

Share Premium account £000s

Share Option reserve £000s

Other reserve £000s

Cash flow Hedging reserve £000s

 Translation reserve £000s

Retained earnings £000s

Total

Equity

 000s

Balance 1 January 2020 (audited)

5,294

149,036

7,208

(329)

462

(4)

112,513

274,180

Issue of shares

17

696

-

-

-

-

-

713

Dividend paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,837)

(2,837)

Share options charge (including deferred tax)

-

-

510

-

-

-

-

510

Transactions with owners

17

696

510

-

-

-

(2,837)

(1,614)

Loss for the period

-

-

-

 

-

-

(1,768)

(1,768)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rate swaps -
cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

-

-

-

-

(10)

-

-

(10)

Foreign exchange forward contracts - cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

-

-

-

-

(762)

-

-

(762)

Foreign exchange translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

2,863

-

2,863

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

(772)

2,863

(1,768)

323

Balance 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

5,311

149,732

7,718

(329)

(310)

2,859

107,908

272,889

 

Ordinary
Share
Capital
£000s

Share Premium account £000s

Share Option reserve £000s

Other reserve £000s

Cash flow Hedging reserve £000s

 Translation reserve £000s

Retained earnings £000s

Total

Equity

 000s

Balance 1 January 2019 (audited)

5,182

144,639

6,121

 (329)

(4)

1,491

95,099

252,199

Issue of shares

17

378

-

 -

-

-

-

395

Dividend payable/paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(7,596)

(7,596)

Share options charge (including deferred tax)

-

-

651

-

-

-

-

651

Transactions with owners

17

378

651

-

-

-

(7,596)

(6,550)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

12,142

12,142

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rate swaps -
cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

-

-

-

-

(69)

-

-

(69)

Foreign exchange translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

224

-

224

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

(69)

224

12,142

12,297

Balance 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

5,199

145,017

6,772

(329)

(73)

1,715

99,645

257,946

 

 

 

Notes to the Half Year Report

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

1. General information

Alliance Pharma plc ('the Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') acquire, market, and distribute consumer healthcare products and prescription medicines. The Company is a public limited company, limited by shares, registered, incorporated, and domiciled in England and Wales in the UK. The address of its registered office is Avonbridge House, Bath Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2BB.

The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange, Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

The information in these financial statements does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and is unaudited. These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the AIM rules, and IAS 34 has not been adopted. A copy of the Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019, prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union, has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' report on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

These consolidated financial statements for the six-month period ended 30 June 2020 have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors on 22 September 2020.

2. Going Concern

The Group has access to a £165m fully Revolving Credit Facility ('RCF'), with an additional £50m accordion facility. During the period the length of this facility was extended by one year to July 2024, with other terms remaining unchanged.

The RCF is drawn in short to medium-term tranches of debt which are repayable within 12 months of draw-down. These tranches of debt can be rolled over provided certain conditions are met, including covenant compliance. The Group considers that it is highly unlikely it would be unable to exercise its right to roll-over the debt. This is due to mitigating actions it could take to maintain compliance with these conditions, including future covenant requirements, even in downside scenarios.

The directors have prepared cashflow forecasts for a period of 12 months from the date of approval of these financial statements (the forecast period). These indicate that the Group will have sufficient funds, given the RCF financing available, to meet its liabilities as they fall due for that period.

The cashflow forecasts include the current estimated impact of COVID-19. The Directors have also considered further potential implications of COVID-19 by modelling severe but plausible downside scenarios. These include a severe but plausible scenario in which the level of trade seen in Q2 2020 continues for the remainder of the financial year, reflecting the impact on the Group if global lockdown conditions continue. The scenarios indicate that the Group will have sufficient funds to meet its liabilities as they fall due, and will continue to comply with its loan covenants, throughout the forecast period.

Consequently, the Directors are confident that the Group will have sufficient funds to continue to meet its liabilities as they fall due for at least 12 months from the date of approval of the financial statements and have therefore determined it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

3. Accounting policies

Judgements and estimates

As part of the 2020 strategic review, the Group has determined its portfolio of assets can be segregated into two areas: Consumer Healthcare brands and Prescription Medicines.

Following this determination, the Directors have considered the continuing appropriateness of indefinite useful lives which have previously been adopted across the intangible brand asset portfolio.

For the majority of Consumer Healthcare brand assets, indefinite useful lives have been judged to remain appropriate. This due to the expected long-term growth profile of the Consumer Healthcare business and the enduring nature of the brands, which are supported by continuing marketing spend.

For Prescription Medicine brand assets, finite useful lives of up to 20 years have been adopted from 1 January 2020. The determination of this lifespan takes into account all relevant factors for each individual asset, including typical pharmaceutical asset life cycles and the potential development of alternative treatments over time.

As a result of this change in estimate for 2020 and subsequent years, the carrying value of the Prescription Medicine and certain other brand assets will be amortised to the profit and loss account over their useful lives. This generates an annual non-cash amortisation charge of £7.2m.

The Group has conducted impairment reviews for all intangible brand assets. These reviews, together with the change in useful life assumption for Prescription Medicine assets, have resulted in a number of impairments as detailed in note 6.

Non-underlying items

The Group has updated its classification policy for non-underlying items (note 6).  Following the update, all amortisation and impairment charges for intangible assets will be included as non-underlying items for 2020 and subsequent years. This policy is in line with the majority of peer companies of the Group.

The Directors believe that this classification of underlying and non-underlying items, when considered together with total statutory results, provides investors, analysts and other stakeholders with helpful complementary information to understand better the financial performance and position of the Group from period to period, and allows the Group's performance to be more easily compared against the majority of its peer companies. These measures are also used by management for planning and reporting purposes. They may not be directly comparable with similarly described measures used by other companies.

Other accounting policies

The remaining accounting policies applied in these interim financial statements are the same as those published by the Group in the 31 December 2019 Annual Report. The Annual report is available on the Group's website: www.alliancepharmaceuticals.com.

 

 

4. Revenue

Revenue information by brand

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

 000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2019

 000s

Consumer healthcare International Star brands:

 

 

Kelo-cote

14,181

13,143

Nizoral*

6,209

5,702

MacuShield

2,837

4,666

Vamousse

3,217

3,080

 

26,444

26,591

Other consumer healthcare brands:

 

 

Aloclair

4,553

4,371

Oxyplastine

2,215

2,078

Ashton & Parsons

1,815

 1,207

Other consumer healthcare brands

5,165

6,372

Total Revenue - Consumer healthcare brands

40,192

40,619

Prescription medicines:

 

 

Hydromol

3,300

 3,356

Flamma Franchise

2,897

3,856

Forceval

2,322

2,048

Optiflo

1,578

1,503

Ametop

641

 1,002

Other prescription medicines

10,778

13,623

Total Revenue - Prescription medicines

21,516

25,388

Total Revenue

61,708

 66,007

 

Revenue information by geography

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended

 30 June 2020

£000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2019

£000s

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

44,791

47,724

Asia Pacific and China (APAC)

13,299

14,569

Americas (AMER)

3,618

3,714

Total Revenue

61,708

 66,007

 

*  Nizoral is shown on a net profit basis in statutory revenue. Nizoral revenue presented on a see-through income statement basis is included as an alternative performance measure in note 17.

 

 

5. Finance costs

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

£000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2019

£000s

On loans and overdrafts

(1,139)

(1,634)

Amortised finance issue costs

(267)

(233)

Net fair value losses on derivatives

(109)

(377)

Interest on lease liabilities

(43)

(43)

Interest payable and similar charges

(1,558)

(2,287)

Interest income

10

13

Net exchange gain/(loss)

562

(234)

Finance income/(costs)

572

(221)

Net finance costs

(986)

(2,508)

6. Non-underlying items

The Group presents a number of non-IFRS measures which exclude the impact of significant non-underlying items. This is to allow investors to understand the underlying performance of the Group, and can exclude items such as: amortisation and impairment of intangibles; gains or losses on disposal; remeasurement and accounting for the passage of time in respect of contingent considerations; and the revaluation of deferred tax balances following substantial tax legislation changes.

This assessment requires judgement to be applied by the Directors as to which transactions are non-underlying and whether this classification enhances the understanding of the users of the financial statements.

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

 000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2019

 000s

Amortisation of intangible assets

3,577

-

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

12,057

-

Total non-underlying items before taxation

15,634

-

Taxation on amortisation and impairment items

(2,298)

-

Impact of UK tax rate change from 17% to 19%

1,442

-

Non-underlying taxation

(856)

-

Total non-underlying items after taxation

14,778

-

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

As disclosed in note 3, finite useful lives of up to 20 years have been adopted from 1 January 2020 for Prescription medicine and certain other brand assets.  As a result of this change in estimate for 2020, and subsequent years, the carrying value of the Prescription medicine and certain other brand assets will be amortised to the profit and loss account over their useful lives. This generates an annual amortisation charge of £7.2m.

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

The Group has conducted impairment reviews for all intangible assets.  These reviews, together with the change in useful life assumption for Prescription Medicine assets, have resulted in impairment losses as the carrying value of certain cash-generating units exceeded estimated recoverable amounts. Recoverable amounts are the greater of value in use and fair value less costs to sell over the assets' useful lives.

The key Prescription Medicine assets impacted are:

Haemopressin and Optiflo intangible asset impaired by £5.3m (£0.7m due to market factors and £4.6m due to the change in accounting estimate).

Nu-seals intangible asset impaired by £3.6m (£2.9m due to market factors and £0.7m due to the change in accounting estimate).

Goodwill and other intangible assets have also been impaired by £3.2m (£2.9m due to market factors and £0.3m due to the change in accounting estimate).

 

Impact of UK tax rate change from 17% to 19%

A change to the UK corporation tax rate was announced in the Chancellor's Budget on 16 March 2016, reducing the main rate from 19% to 17% from 1 April 2020. This commitment was abandoned in the Budget on 11 March 2020. As this change was substantively enacted on 17 March 2020, the effect is included in these financial statements as a non-underlying item.

7. Taxation

Analysis of charge for the period is as follows: 

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2019

Underlying £000s

Non-Underlying £000s

(Note 6)

Total

£000s

Underlying £000s

Non-Underlying £000s

(Note 6)

Total

 000s

Corporation tax 

 

2,439

-

2,439

2,916

-

2,916

Deferred tax

 

814

(856)

(42)

102

-

 102

Taxation

 

3,253

(856)

2,397

3,018

-

3,018

 

The difference between the total tax charge and the amount calculated by applying the standard rate of UK corporation tax to profit before tax is as follows:

 

 Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

 000s

 Unaudited

 Six months ended

 30 June 2019

 000s

Profit before taxation

629

15,160

 

Profit before taxation multiplied by standard rate of corporation tax in the United Kingdom at 19% (2019: 19%)

120

2,880

Effects of :

 

 

Non-deductible items and adjustments

163

138

Non-qualifying amortisation and impairment

672

-

UK rate change impact (note 6)

1,442

-

Total tax charge 

2,397

3,018

 

 

 

8. Dividends

The Board has declared an interim dividend payment of 0.536p per share for the 2020 financial year. This will be paid to shareholders in January 2021.

 

 Pence/share

Six months ended
30 June 2020

£000s

Amounts recognised as distributions to owners in 2020

 

 

Interim dividend for the 2019 financial year

0.536

2,837

 

The interim dividend for 2019 was paid on 10 January 2020.

 

 Pence/share

Six months ended
 30 June 2019

 000s

Amounts recognised as distributions to owners in 2019

 

Interim dividend for the 2018 financial year

0.487

2,524

Final dividend for the 2018 financial year

0.977

5,072

 

 

 7,596

 

The interim dividend for 2018 was paid on 10 January 2019. The final dividend for 2018 was paid on 11 July 2019.

9. Earnings per share (EPS)

Basic EPS is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares outstanding during the period. For diluted EPS, the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential Ordinary Shares.

A reconciliation of the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares used in the measures is given below:

 

Weighted average number of shares 000s

Six months ended
30 June 2020

Six months ended
30 June 2019

For basic EPS

530,303

518,516

Share options

6,875

10,019

For diluted EPS

537,178

528,535

 

 

Six months to
30 June 2020
£000s

Six months to
30 June 2019
£000s

Earnings for basic and diluted EPS

(1,768)

12,142

Non-underlying items (note 6)

14,778

-

Earnings for underlying basic and diluted EPS

13,010

12,142

 

 

 

The resulting EPS measures are:

 

 Six months to
30 June 2020

 Pence

 Six months to
30 June 2019

 Pence

Basic EPS

(0.33)

2.34

Diluted EPS

(0.33)

2.30

Underlying basic EPS

2.45

2.34

Underlying diluted EPS

2.42

2.30

10. Goodwill and intangible assets

 

Goodwill

£000s

Brands and distribution rights

£000s

Total

£000s

Cost

 

 

 

At 1 January 2020 (audited)

16,532

323,541

340,073

Disposals

-

(714)

(714)

Exchange adjustments

-

4,728

4,728

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

16,532

327,555

344,087

Amortisation and impairment

 

 

 

At 1 January 2020 (audited)

-

11,413

11,413

Impairment for the period (note 6)

1,144

10,913

12,057

Amortisation for the period (note 6)

-

3,577

3,577

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

1,144

25,903

27,047

Net book amount

 

 

 

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

15,388

301,652

317,040

At 1 January 2020 (audited)

16,532

312,128

  328,660

 

 

 

11. Property, plant and equipment

The Group

Computer software and equipment

£000s

Fixtures, fitting and equipment

£000s

Plant & machinery

£000s

Right of use Lease assets

£000s

 Total

£000s

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2020 (audited)

8,511

2,699

14

5,293

16,517

Additions

1,941

8

-

89

2,038

Effect of movements in exchange rates

(21)

(4)

-

-

(25)

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

10,431

2,703

14

5,382

18,530

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2020 (audited)

1,172

1,200

4

2,587

4,963

Provided in the period

197

226

2

406

831

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

1,369

1,426

6

2,993

5,794

Net book amount

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

9,062

1,277

8

2,389

12,736

At 1 January 2020 (audited)

7,339

1,499

10

2,706

11,554

12. Trade and other receivables

 

 Unaudited

30 June 2020

£000s

 Audited

31 December 2019

£000s

Trade receivables

21,422

23,987

Other receivables

2,640

2,522

Prepayments and accrued income

5,122

4,483

 

29,184

30,992

13. Trade and other payables

 

 Unaudited

30 June 2020

£000s

 Audited

31 December 2019

£000s

Trade payables

7,509

6,970

Other taxes and social security costs

1,661

3,247

Accruals and deferred income

8,216

10,114

Other payables

113

459

Lease liabilities

864

1,025

 

18,363

21,815

 

 

 

14. Other non-current liabilities

 

 Unaudited
30 June 2020
£000s

  Audited

31 December 2019

£000s

Lease liabilities

1,894

1,997

Other non-current liabilities

435

404

 

2,329

2,401

15. Loans and borrowings

The Group has access to a £165m fully Revolving Credit Facility ('RCF'), with an additional £50m accordion facility. During the period the length of this facility was extended by one year to July 2024, with other terms remaining unchanged.

The bank facility is secured by a fixed and floating charge over the Company's and Group's assets registered with Companies House.

The Group also has access to an overdraft facility of £4.0m.

Movements in borrowings are analysed as follows: 

 

£000s

At 1 January 2020 (audited)

77,040

Repayment of borrowings

(5,930)

Additional prepaid arrangement fees

(330)

Amortisation of prepaid arrangement fees

267

Exchange movements*

1,696

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

72,743

 

* Exchange movements on loans and borrowings are reported in other comprehensive income and accumulated in the translation reserve.

The carrying amount of the group's borrowings are denominated in the following currencies:

 

 Unaudited
30 June 2020
£000s

 Audited
 31 December 2019
£000s

GBP

49,491

54,792

USD

11,259

10,497

EUR

13,864

13,559

Loan issue costs

(1,871)

(1,808)

 

72,743

77,040

16. Contingent liabilities

On 23 May 2019, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority ('CMA') issued a Statement of Objection alleging anti-competitive agreements against the Group and certain other pharmaceutical companies in relation to the sale of prescription prochlorperazine.

The Group has reviewed the CMA Statement of Objection in detail and is working with the CMA to resolve its alleged objections.

The Group's assessment as at 22 September 2020, based on currently available information, is that there are no matters for which a provision is required (31 December 2019: £nil). However, given the inherent uncertainties involved in assessing the outcomes of such matters there can be no assurance regarding the outcome of any ongoing inspections/investigations and the position could change over time.

17. Alternative performance measures

The performance of the Group is assessed using Alternative Performance Measures (APMs). The Group's results are presented both before and after non-underlying items. Adjusted profitability measures are presented excluding non-underlying items as we believe this provides both management and investors with useful additional information about the Group's performance and aids a more effective comparison of the Group's trading performance from one period to the next and with similar businesses.

In addition, the Group's results are described using certain other measures that are not defined under IFRS and are therefore considered to be APMs. These measures are used by management to monitor ongoing business performance against both shorter term budgets and forecasts but also against the Groups longer term strategic plans.

APMs used to explain and monitor Group performance are:

Measure

Definition

Reconciliation to GAAP measure

Underlying EBIT and EBITDA

Earnings before interest, tax and non-underlying items (EBIT), then depreciation, amortisation and underlying impairment (EBITDA).

Calculated by taking profit before tax and financing costs, excluding non-underlying items and adding back depreciation and amortisation.

Note A below

Free cash flow

Free cash flow is defined as cash generated from operations less cash payments made for financing costs, capital expenditure and tax.

Note B below

Net debt

Net debt is defined as the group's gross bank debt position net of finance issue costs and cash.

Note C below

See-through income statement

Under the terms of the transitional services agreement with J&J, Alliance receives the benefit of the net profit on sales of Nizoral from the date of acquisition up until the product licences in the Asia-Pacific territories transfer from J&J to Alliance. The net product margin is recognised as part of statutory revenue.

The see-through income statement recognises the underlying sales and cost of sales which give rise to the net product margin, as management consider this to be a more meaningful representation of the underlying performance of the business, and to reflect the way in which it is managed.

Note D below

 

A. Underlying EBIT and EBITDA

Reconciliation of Underlying EBIT and EBITDA

Unaudited
Six months ended
 30 June 2020

£000s

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2019

£000s

Profit before tax

629

15,160

Non-underlying items (note 6)

15,634

-

Net finance costs (note 5)

986

2,508

Underlying EBIT

17,249

17,668

Depreciation (note 11)

831

 745

Underlying amortisation and impairment

-

391

Underlying EBITDA

18,080

18,804

 

 

 

B. Free cash flow

Reconciliation of free cash flow

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2020
£000s

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2019
£000s

Cash generated from operations

16,421

19,182

Financing costs

(1,974)

(1,721)

Capital expenditure

(1,949)

(1,680)

Tax paid

(1,964)

(1,283)

Free cash flow

10,534

14,498

 

C. Net debt

Reconciliation of net debt

Unaudited
30 June 2020
 000s

 Audited

31 December 2019

£000s

Loans and borrowings - non-current

(72,743)

(77,040)

Cash and cash equivalents

20,524

17,830

Net debt

(52,219)

(59,210)

 

D. See-through income statement

 

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2020
statutory values

 000s

See-through adjustment

£000s

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2020
 see-through values

£000s

Revenue

61,708

3,553

65,261

Cost of sales

(23,117)

(3,553)

(26,670)

Gross profit

38,591

-

38,591

Gross profit margin

62.5%

-

59.1%

 

There is no impact from the see-through adjustment on income statement lines below gross profit.

 

Summary of historical see-through revenues for the years ended 31 December 2017, 2018 and 2019 under the new and previously adopted classifications

Audited years ended 31 December

2017

£'000s

2018

£'000s

2019

£'000s

Consumer Healthcare

43,593

70,276

92,365

Prescription Medicines

58,051

53,766

51,913

See-through Revenue

101,644

124,042

144,278

 

 

 

 

International Star brands

20,045

46,076

65,982

Local brands

81,599

77,966

78,296

See-through Revenue

101,644

124,042

144,278

 

 

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