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Monday 15 July, 2013

Amino Technologies

Interim Results

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Amino Technologies PLC
15 July 2013
 



 

AMINO TECHNOLOGIES PLC

 

INTERIM RESULTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 MAY 2013

 

Amino Technologies plc ('Amino' or the 'Company') (LSE: AMO), the Cambridge-based leader in digital entertainment solutions for IPTV, Internet TV and in-home multimedia distribution, announces unaudited consolidated results for the period ended 31 May 2013, which demonstrate further improvements in gross margin and operating profit.

 

Financial Overview 

 

·      Revenue of £20.1m (H1 2012: £20.1m)

·      H1 operating profit increased to £2.6m (H1 2012: £0.2m)

Operating profit before exceptional items up 735% to £1.7m (H1 2012: £0.2m)

Total operating profit figure includes previously announced duties rebate of £1.7m and restructuring cost of £0.7m

·      EBITDA before exceptional items up 83% to £3.3m (H1 2012:  £1.8m)

·      Gross profit up 30% to £9.3m (H1 2012: £7.1m) and gross margin improvement of 10.8 percentage points to 46.2% (H1 2012: 35.4%)

·      Basic earnings per share excluding exceptional items increased to 3.23p (H1 2012: 0.34p)

·      Increase of 32% in net cash balance to £18.2m (H1 2012: £13.9m) driven by continued margin focus, tight cost control and strong working capital management

·      Interim dividend of 1p per share - with commitment to the progressive full year dividend policy announced at the end of 2011.  

 

 

Business highlights:

 

•      Focused "win back" campaigns secure North American market growth

•      Lower specification product secures important contract wins in emerging markets

•      Positioned strongly and gaining traction in "pure OTT" market

·      Live home media centre progressing to plan with general availability towards the end of the year

•      Shortened lead times via lean supply chain help secure customer wins

•      Research and development teamwork benefits from single site focus

•      Margin enhancement as all customers migrate to current product range

 

 

 

Commenting on the results Keith Todd CBE, Non-Executive Chairman said:

 

"This solid set of results underlines the progress Amino is making against its goal of profitable growth and improvements in shareholder returns. During the period, we have enhanced our competitiveness in our markets through a clear and compelling proposition - quality robust products, operational performance and rapid delivery to meet demanding customer expectations. Our ability to flex our portfolio is demonstrated by new contract wins from target customers in both emerging and established markets.

 

"In line with our previously announced progressive dividend policy, the Board is pleased to announce that an interim dividend of 1p per share in respect of 2013 will be payable in September 2013. The Company is well placed to continue its growth strategy and the Board remains confident that results for the full year will be in line with current market expectations."

 

 

For further information please contact:

Amino Technologies plc

 +44 (0)1954 234100

Keith Todd CBE, Chairman

Donald McGarva, Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Julia Hornby, Chief Financial Officer




FTI Consulting LLP

+44 (0)20 7831 3113

Matt Dixon / Chris Lane / Lucy Delaney




finnCap Limited

+44 (0)207 600 1658

Charlotte Stranner / Simon Hicks - Corporate Finance


Victoria Bates / Stephen Norcross - Corporate Broking


 

 

About Amino Technologies plc

 

Amino Technologies plc specialises in the development and delivery of IPTV and hybrid/OTT solutions. With over four million devices sold to 850 customers in 85 countries, Amino's award-winning solutions are deployed by major network operators and service providers worldwide. Amino Technologies plc is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: symbol AMO). It is headquartered near Cambridge, in the UK, with offices in the US and China. For more information, please visit www.aminocom.com

 

 

Chairman's statement

 

Amino has delivered a solid set of half year results as the Company continues to build on the firm foundations established over the last 18 months. Improvements in profitability, gross margins and cash position clearly indicate how the business is consistently executing against its goals. The sharp focus on quality solutions, supported by solid operational performance and a clear-sighted understanding of regional market requirements, is creating a good platform for further profitable growth.

 

Demand for the Company's offering remains strong. Amino's IPTV portfolio is closely aligned with operator strategies to deliver a mix of pay-TV and new services delivered "over the top" ("OTT") via the open Internet.

 

The continued focus on software and hardware quality and shortened delivery timescales - supported by expert customer support - has created a powerful proposition in all target markets. Industry-leading low return rates on Amino products have also become a key competitive edge as operators concentrate on reducing deployment and operational costs.

 

In North America, the benefit of focused customer campaigns has continued. Several "win backs" in highly competitive pitches underline the strength of the Amino brand. During the half year, contracts were secured with customers including HickoryTech and companies who are seeing the benefit of increased investment in fibre networks via the government-backed broadband stimulus programme.

 

As detailed at the year end, Amino has developed a lower-functionality and specified device for emerging and established markets where cost is the principal purchasing driver. This is proving to be a successful strategy in specific regions with contract and tender wins in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

 

The growth in the pure OTT market - whereby operators deliver services directly over the open Internet - is also proving attractive, with the Company securing contracts with Russian language TV service KartinaTV and Mexican fibre network operator Maxcom. The previously announced contract with a leading European telecoms operator has experienced some delays in its deployment and, at this time, there is some uncertainty around the timings for product roll-out.  The Company continues to monitor this situation closely and, irrespective of the outcome, the delay does not impact current full year expectations.

 

As noted at the year end, demand remains muted in Russia. In the Netherlands, the Company has seen demand return to normal levels as the market continues to mature following strong growth during the same period last year.

 

Amino continues to develop its portfolio to meet future customer demands. Globally, there are a number of key market developments that play to the Company's strengths. The rollout of fibre optic networks in many regions positions operators to deploy more advanced entertainment services using Internet Protocol ("IP") technology, where Amino has over a decade's expertise. In turn, regulatory change allows operators to utilise OTT as a means of extending the reach of their services across networks, further increasing their addressable market. The move towards the "connected" home - whereby IP seamlessly connects security, heating, personal safety and entertainment - is also an encouraging trend.

 

The Company continues to develop its offering to meet challenges. The high-specification Intel-powered Live home media centre is progressing to plan with general availability towards the end of the year.

 

The Amino team has also been strengthened with the appointment of two new senior managers covering product management and engineering functions. In addition, the recruitment of regionally-focused sales specialists underlines the Company's commitment to build a strong organisation to continue its good momentum.

 

 

Financial progress

 

A good sales performance delivered underlying revenue for the period at £20.1m, in line with the prior year (H1 2012: £20.1m).

 

Profitability was strong with gross profit increasing 30% to £9.3m (H1 2012: £7.1m) with operating profit, excluding £1.7m in duties rebate, advancing ahead of the previous year to £1.0m (H1 2012: £0.2m).

 

The continued focus on margin enhancement delivered headline gross margin improvement up 10.8 percentage points to 46.2% (H1 2012: 35.4%). Factors in this encouraging trend include the migration of all customers on to the Company's current product range, with older devices now removed from the portfolio.

 

Operational improvement and cost optimisation remain a key focus. Shortening product delivery times via a lean supply chain is becoming a key differentiator in winning business and enhancing margins.

 

Operating costs have increased by 12.8% to £6.0m (H1 2012: £5.4m) to reflect investment for growth including new senior appointments, regionally-focused sales specialists, R&D resources and incentivisation of staff.

 

As announced in December 2012, it was decided to close the Company's Swedish office and focus all research and development in Cambridge. The process was completed to plan and the benefits are now starting to feed through in terms of team working. This has resulted in an exceptional cost of £0.7m.

 

EBITDA before exceptional items showed an 83% uplift year on year to £3.3m (H1 2012: £1.8m) as a result of the gross margin improvement, partially offset by higher costs.

 

During the period, the Company received two rebates totalling £1.7m in respect of duties paid on previously recognised international product sales. These receipts followed claims and negotiations with the tax authorities which were successfully argued and refunds were received during March and April 2013. There remains a slightly smaller final retrospective claim in respect of other duties paid by the Company but at this time there can be no certainty over timing or likelihood of such a rebate.

 

The Company's focus on profitable underlying revenue, investment in the cost base and strong working capital management delivered further improvements in the Company's net cash balance, which closed the period at £18.2m (H1 2012: £13.9m).  Although the receipt of duties rebates contributed £1.7m to the net cash balance, this was offset by the payment during the period of the year-end dividend of £1.6m (2011: £1.0m) and settlement of the reorganisation exceptional item which largely reflected the closure of the Swedish office.

 

The Board remains committed to its progressive dividend policy. The Board announced a 3p per share dividend for 2012, with an expectation that this dividend would grow by no less than 15 per cent per annum for each of the next two years. In addition, the Board is pleased to announce that an interim dividend of 1p per share in respect of H1 2013 will be payable on 20 th September 2013. The record date for the interim dividend is 6th September 2013 and the corresponding ex-dividend date is 4th September 2013.

 

Outlook

 

Amino has made solid progress in the first half of the current financial year.  The next six months will see continued focus placed on winning profitable business whilst further developing the product portfolio and adding to the net cash position.  The Company has successfully established a leading position within the IPTV industry and the Board is confident that this knowledge and track record will enable Amino to innovate within the wider IP marketplace.  The Company is well placed to continue its growth strategy and the Board remains confident that results for the full year will be in line with current market expectations.

 

 

Ends

 

 

Consolidated income statement

For the six months ended 31 May 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

Six months ended

31 May 2013

Unaudited


Six months ended

 31 May 2012

Unaudited


Year ended

30 November

 2012

Audited



£000s


£000s


£000s

Revenue

3

20,144

Cost of sales


(10,836)


(13,001)


(24,160)

Gross profit


9,308


7,138


17,540

Other income


1,650


-


-

Operating expenses


(8,347)


(6,938)


(14,709)

Operating profit


2,611


200


2,831








Analysed as:







Gross profit


9,308


7,138


17,540

Selling, general and administrative expenses


(3,737)


(3,247)


(6,603)

Research and development expenses


(2,305)


(2,111)


(4,746)

EBITDA before exceptional items


3,266


1,780


6,191

Depreciation


(76)


(172)


(235)

Amortisation


(1,520)


(1,408)


(3,125)

Operating profit before exceptional items


1,670


200


2,831

Restructuring

4

(709)


-


-

Operating profit after restructuring


961


200


2,831

Exceptional Income - duties refund

4

1,650


-


-

Operating profit


2,611


200


2,831








Finance expense


(1)


-


(1)

Finance income


21


6


55

Net finance income


20


6


54








Profit before corporation tax


2,631


206


2,885

Corporation tax credit / (charge)


2


(27)


(43)

Profit for the period from continuing operations attributable to equity holders


2,633


179


2,842















Basic earnings per 1p ordinary share

5

5.02p


0.34p


5.45p

Diluted earnings per 1p ordinary share

5

4.99p


0.34p


5.40p

Basic earnings per 1p ordinary share (excluding exceptional items)

5

3.23p


0.34p


5.45p

Diluted earnings per 1p ordinary share (excluding exceptional items)

5

3.21p


0.34p


5.40p

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these interim financial statements.

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

For the six months ended 31 May 2013


 

 

 

 

Six months

 ended 31 May

2013

Unaudited


Six months

 ended 31 May

2012

Unaudited


Year ended

30 November

2012

Audited



£000s


£000s


£000s

Profit for the period


2,633


179


2,842








Foreign exchange difference arising on consolidation


24


(22)


(45)

Other comprehensive income / (expense)


24


(22)


(45)

Total comprehensive income for the period


2,657


157


2,797

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these interim financial statements.

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheet

As at 31 May 2013


 

 

 

 

 

As at

31 May

2013

Unaudited


As at

31 May

2012

Unaudited


As at

30 November

2012

Audited

Assets


£000s


£000s


£000s

Non-current assets







Property, plant and equipment


509


630


579

Intangible assets


3,233


4,191


3,478

Deferred income tax assets


644


644


644

Other receivables


162


163


162



4,548


5,628


4,863

Current assets







Inventories


2,337


4,156


2,097

Trade and other receivables


8,598


7,165


7,936

Derivative financial instruments


-


-


5

Cash and cash equivalents


18,247


13,864


17,103



29,182


25,185


27,141

Total assets


33,730


30,813


32,004








Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the business







Called-up share capital


579


579


579

Share premium


126


126


126

Capital redemption reserve

Foreign exchange reserves


6

566


6

611


6

542

Other reserves


16,389


16,389


16,389

Retained earnings


6,042


2,103


4,803

Total equity


23,708


19,814


22,445

 

Liabilities







Current liabilities







Trade and other payables


9,962


10,999


9,559

Derivative financial instruments


60


-


-

Total liabilities


10,022


10,999


9,559








Total equity and liabilities


33,730


30,813


32,004

 

The interim financial statements on pages 5 to 11 were approved by the Board of directors on 15th July 2013 and were signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

 

Donald McGarva

 

 

 

Julia Hornby

Director

Director

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these interim financial statements

 

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

As at 31 May 2013

 


 

 

 

 

Notes

Six months

ended 31 May

 2013

Unaudited


Six months

ended 31 May

2012

Unaudited


Year to 30

November

2012

Audited



£000s


£000s


£000s

Cash flows from operating activities



Cash generated from operations

6

3,793

Corporation tax received


63


316


312

Net cash generated from operating activities


3,856


2,040


6,280








Cash flows from investing activities







Expenditure on intangible assets


(1,275)


(1,159)


(2,111)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(29)


(86)


(148)

Interest received


20


6


54

Net cash used in investing activities


(1,284)


(1,239)


(2,205)








Cash flows from financing activities







Proceeds from exercise of employee share options


152


-


8

Dividends paid


(1,580)


(1,043)


(1,043)

Net cash used in financing activities


(1,428)


(1,043)


(1,035)

 

Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


 

1,144


 

(242)


 

3,040

Cash and cash equivalents at start of the period


17,103


14,124


14,124

Effects of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held


-


(18)


(61)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


18,247


13,864


17,103

 

 

Consolidated Statement of changes in equity

 


Share

capital

Share premium

Other reserves

Foreign exchange reserve

Capital redemption reserve

Profit and loss account

Total


£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s









Shareholders' equity at 30 November 2011 (audited)

579

126

16,389

589

6

2,940

20,629









Comprehensive income








Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

179

179

Foreign exchange on consolidation

-

-

-

22

-

-

22

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders

-

-

-

22

-

179

201









Share option compensation charge

-

-

-

-

-

27

27

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(1,043)

(1,043)

Total transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

(1,016)

(1,016)








Total movement in shareholders' equity

-

-

-

22

-

(837)

(815)









At 31 May 2012 (Unaudited)

579

126

16,389

611

6

2,103

19,814









Comprehensive income








Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

2,663

2,663

Foreign exchange on consolidation

-

-

-

(69)

-

-

(69)

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders

-

-

-

(69)

-

2,663

2,594









Share option compensation charge

-

-

-

-

-

29

29

Movement on EBT reserves

-

-

-

-

-

8

8

Total transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

37

37









Total movement in shareholders' equity

-

-

-

(69)

-

2,700

2,631









Shareholders' equity at 30 November 2012 (audited)

579

126

16,389

542

6

4,803

22,445








Comprehensive income








Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

2,633

2,633

Foreign exchange on consolidation

-

-

-

24

-

-

24

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders

-

-

-

24

-

2,633

2,657








Share option compensation charge

-

-

-

-

-

34

34

Movement on EBT reserves

-

-

-

-

-

152

152

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

(1,580)

(1,580)

Total transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

(1,394)

(1,394)








Total movement in shareholders' equity

-

-

-

24

-

1,239

1,263









At 31 May 2013 (Unaudited)

579

126

16,389

566

6

6,042

23,708

 

 

Notes to the interim financial statements

Six months ended 31 May 2013

 

 

1              General information

 

Amino Technologies plc ('the Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') specialises in IPTV software technologies and hardware platforms that enable delivery of digital programming and interactivity over IP networks, including the internet. 

 

The Company is a public limited company which is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and is incorporated and domiciled in the UK.

 

 

2              Basis of preparation

 

The financial information has been prepared in accordance with all relevant International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee ("IFRIC") interpretations that had been published by 31 May 2013 as endorsed by the European Union (EU). The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the financial statements for the year ended 30 November 2012, as described in those financial statements. In preparing these interim financial statements the Board has not sought to adopt IAS 34 "Interim financial reporting".

 

The figures for the six-month periods ended 31 May 2013 and 31 May 2012 have not been audited.  The figures for the year ended 30 November 2012 have been extracted from, but do not constitute, the consolidated financial statements of Amino Technologies plc for that year.  Those financial statements have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and included an auditors' report, which was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) Companies Act 2006.

 

 

3              Revenue

 

The Group has only one operating segment, being the development and sale of broadband network software and systems. All revenues, costs, assets and liabilities relate to this segment.

 

The geographical analysis of revenue is as follows:

 


Six months

ended 31 May 2013

Unaudited


Six months

ended 31 May 2012

Unaudited


Year to

30 November 2012

Audited


£000s


£000s


£000s







USA

8,572


6,102


15,563

Netherlands

3,664


7,650


11,510

Serbia

1,676


1


1,438

Russia

482


1,216


1,460

Italy

-


1,315


1,405

United Kingdom

116


391


526

Rest of the World

5,634


3,464


9,798


20,144


20,139


41,700

 

 

4              Exceptional items

 

As announced in December, it was decided to close the Company's Swedish office and focus all research and development in Cambridge. The process was completed to plan and the benefits are now starting to feed through in terms of team working. This has resulted in an exceptional restructuring cost of £709,000.

 

During the period, the Company received two rebates totalling £1,650,000 in respect of duties paid on previously recognised international product sales. These receipts followed claims and negotiations with the tax authorities which were successfully argued and refunds were received during March and April 2013. There remains a slightly smaller final retrospective claim in respect of other duties paid by the Company but at this time there can be no certainty over timing or likelihood of such a rebate.

 

No exceptional items were disclosed in the financial statements for comparator periods.

 

 

5              Earnings per share

 


Six months

ended 31 May

 2013

Unaudited


Six months

ended 31 May

2012

Unaudited


Year to

30 November

2012

Audited


£000s


£000s


£000s







Profit attributable to shareholders

2,633


179


2,842

Profit attributable to shareholders excluding exceptional items

1,692


179


2,842








Number


Number


Number

Weighted average number of shares (Basic)

52,479,170


52,127,570


52,131,082

Weighted average number of shares (Diluted)

52,765,559


52,532,746


52,583,136

 

 

The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on profit after taxation and the weighted average number of ordinary shares of 1p each in issue during the period, as adjusted for shares held by an Employee Benefit Trust.

 

The profit attributable to shareholders excluding exceptional items is derived by adding back the exceptional items disclosed in note 4 to the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders.

 

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary share options.  The Group has only one category of dilutive potential ordinary share options: those share options where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the period.

 

 

6              Cash generated from operations

 


Six months ended

31 May 2013

Unaudited


Six months ended

31 May 2012

Unaudited


Year to

30 November 2012

Audited


£000s


£000s


£000s







Profit before corporation tax

2,631


206


2,885

Adjustments for:






Amortisation charge

1,520


1,408


3,125

Depreciation charge

76


172


235

Loss on disposal of property, plant & equipment

23


5


5

Share-based payment charge

34


27


56

Loss on derivative financial instruments

65


42


37

Financial income - net

(20)


(6)


(54)

Exchange differences

23


44


16

(Increase) / decrease in inventories

(240)


(139)


1,919

(increase) / decrease in trade and other receivables

(722)


2,928


2,147

Increase / (decrease) in trade and other payables

403


(2,963)


(4,403)

Cash generated from operations

3,793


1,724


5,968

 


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