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Wednesday 29 June, 2016

AFH Fin Group Plc

Results for the six months ended 30 April 2016

RNS Number : 5402C
AFH Financial Group Plc
29 June 2016
 

 

29 June 2016

 

AFH Financial Group PLC ("AFH" or the "Company")

Results for the six months ended 30 April 2016

 

AFH reports further strong growth

 

AFH, the rapidly growing wealth management and financial advisory business, is pleased to announce its results for the six months ended 30 April 2016.

 

Strong growth

 

·     Revenues up 42% to £11.7 million (H1 2015: £8.22 million)

·     Gross margin maintained at 55% (H1 2015: 55%)

·     Recurring revenue as a percentage of total revenue maintained at 66% (H1 2015: 66%)

·     EBITDA up 43% to £1.43 million (H1 2015: £1.0 million)

·     Profit before tax up 42% to £0.86 million (H1 2015: £0.6 million)

·     Earnings per share up 35% to 2.9 pence (H1 2015: 2.15 pence)

·     Funds under Management of £1.88 billion, up 44% (30 April 2015: £1.3 billion)

 

Proven integration platform

 

·     Over 90% of deferred consideration for those acquisitions reaching a deferred consideration milestone was earned and paid during the period

 

Confident Outlook

 

·     Strong balance sheet to support further acquisitions

·     Cash reserves of £7.1 million (30 April 2015: £4.3 million)

·     Regulatory dynamics support further industry consolidation

·     Disciplined acquisition methodology

·     Strong pipeline of acquisition opportunities

 

Alan Hudson, Group Chief Executive, commented:

 

"Our strong first half results demonstrate AFH's continued successful momentum.  Strong organic growth, complemented by contributions from our acquisitions, drove increased earnings per share by almost a third, compared with the same period last year.  Within this, the rise in both recurring fees and revenue per adviser was particularly encouraging as we continue to realise and develop the benefits of a strongly integrated business model under the AFH brand. 

 

Based on the continued client demand for our financial planning led wealth management services, the opportunities following UK pension reform and our proven track record as a successful acquirer and integrator of businesses, we are confident of the Group's future prospects for the full year and beyond."

 

 

Enquiries:


AFH Financial Group PLC

Alan Hudson, Chief Executive Officer

Paul Wright, Chief Financial Officer

 

01527 577775

Liberum (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

John Fishley / Tom Fyson

 

020 3100 2000

Camarco

Geoffrey Pelham-Lane / Jennifer Renwick

0203 757 4985

 



 

Chief Executive's Review

Trading results

I am pleased to provide shareholders with an update on the Company's performance for the six months to 30 April 2016.

The business has seen significant growth over the period, with revenue for the period increasing to £11.7m (H1 2015: £8.22m), driven by ongoing recurring fees which increased by 44% and which represented 66% of total revenue during the period (H1 2015: 66%).

Within the total revenue of £11.7m, £1.9m (representing 16%) was generated by portfolios acquired in the financial year ended 31 October 2015.

Whilst adviser numbers remained constant during the period, annualised revenue per adviser increased to £156,000 (H1 2015 £120,000).

Gross margins remained strong at 55% (H1 2015: 55%) and the Group reported EBITDA of £1.4m, an increase of 27% over the same period last year (£1.1m).

EBITDA increased by 43% to £1.43m representing a margin on Revenue of 12.2% (H1 2015: 12.2%).

The Group reported an increase of 42% in profit before tax to £0.86m, whilst earnings per share increased to 2.9p per share (2015: 2.15p).

In a period of stock market turbulence, our clients' portfolios demonstrated a strong resilience to market volatility and, as a consequence, the Company's management fees, which are based on the value of our Funds under Management ("FUM"), were similarly cushioned. Recurring revenue on which the Company earns these fees is estimated to rise or fall by approximately 4% for every 10% movement in the FTSE 100 index. The negative impact on current period revenues compared to H1 2015 was approximately £30,000.

Since April 2015 the Company has continued to invest in its head office to support the current and future projected growth. Whilst the increased cost was incurred in the second half of 2015 alongside the acquisitions made last year, on a like for like basis administrative expenditure increased by 40% to £5.38m whilst remaining at a similar level to H2 in 2015. This increase included a rise of £123,000 (37%) in amortization and depreciation costs of noncurrent assets acquired. Further investment is anticipated as the Group continues its growth strategy.

During the period £125m (gross) of new funds were invested through AFH from existing and new clients.

Cash position

The Group remains free of bank or, with the exception of a small property mortgage, secured debt and maintains healthy cash balances. At the period-end, cash and cash equivalents totalled £7.1m. Unsecured non-convertible bonds of £0.75m and £2.14m mature in 2020 and 2018 respectively.

Business review

In December 2015 the Company raised £6.1m (net) from institutional and existing investors to fund the acquisition of complementary IFA companies and the working capital requirements of the enlarged organisation. The Company is currently undertaking formal due diligence on certain potential acquisitions which are expected to conclude and be announced to the market during the second half of the year. 

The last twelve months have seen a number of large M&A transactions in the wealth management sector completed at multiples well in excess of historic valuations, as wealth managers seek greater distribution and economies of scale.  Whilst AFH has developed a strong pipeline of targets it remains the policy of the Board only to acquire businesses that: i) will be value enhancing for shareholders; ii) reflect the culture of the Company; and iii) can be integrated seamlessly into the AFH business.    Whilst the number of acquisitions in the current year is unlikely to match the 11 transactions in 2015 this selective policy is believed by the board to be in the long term interest of all shareholders.

The successful integration and subsequent performance of our acquisitions remains a key driver for the Company and we continue to invest in our integration processes. I am pleased to report that our continued focus on post-acquisition integration and the development of those financial advisers joining the Company through acquisitions has resulted in over 90% of deferred consideration for those acquisitions reaching a deferred consideration milestone being earned and paid during the period. This is a result of the targets set out in purchase agreements being substantially met and demonstrates that clients are not only being retained, but the businesses acquired are continuing to grow as part of AFH.

As previously noted, the Company has built a strong pipeline of acquisition targets throughout the UK. The Board recognises the strength of AFH in its traditional West Midlands heartland and is seeking to continue to build on this position whilst expanding into areas where both advisers and clients can be effectively supported.  Acquisitions made in Scotland and the South of England in 2015 have been successfully integrated into the business and the pipeline reflects our desire to develop these areas in the future. Whilst AFH has a strategy of continuing to increase the average size of our acquisitions, the Company also remains committed to providing an exit for retiring IFAs where our existing advisers can offer the full AFH service to the acquired client base. As a result the Board expects to announce both strategic and tactical acquisitions in the future.

Outlook

The Group remains profitable and cash generative with a strong balance sheet. Our strategy remains to expand nationally in our traditional areas of strength, through both organic and acquisitive growth to drive increased profitability. The Directors continue to actively seek appropriately priced acquisition opportunities with a comparable culture to AFH to generate value for shareholders.

Our aim is to grow our client base through increasing our adviser numbers and greater productivity afforded by the enlarged AFH structure and centralised support functions. The progress made during the first half of the current financial year, combined with the growth dynamics of our market, allow the Directors to view the prospects for the full year and beyond with confidence.

Alan Hudson

Chief Executive

29 June 2016



 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 



Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Audited

Twelve months ending 31 October



2016

 

2015

2015


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000






Revenue

3

11,700

8,222

20,977

Cost of sales


(5,316)

(3,730)

(10,009)



───────

───────

───────

Gross profit


6,384

4,492

10,968






Administrative expenses


(5,415)

(3,827)

(9,213)



───────

───────

───────

Operating profit


969

665

1,755






Amortisation and Depreciation


459

336

872

EBITDA


1,428

1,001

2,627






Finance income


15

15

26

Finance costs


(125)

(73)

(187)



───────

───────

───────

Profit before tax


859

607

1,594






Income tax expense


(200)

(189)

(421)



───────

───────

───────

Profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent


659

418

1,173






Other comprehensive income


-

-

-



───────

───────

───────

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to owners of the parent


659

418

1,173



═══════

═══════

═══════






Earnings per share (in pence)

7




Basic


2.90

2.15

5.95

Diluted


2.68

2.00

5.49



═══════

═══════

═══════

Adjusted earnings per share (in pence)

7




Basic


4.84

3.85

10.26

Diluted


4.46

3.59

9.48



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═══════

═══════











 


Consolidated Statement of Financial Position








Unaudited

30 April

Unaudited

30 April

Audited

31 October



2016

2015

2015


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets





Non-current assets





Intangible assets

4

20,530

18,967

20,902

Property, plant and equipment


1,098

250

960

Investments


1

1

1



───────

───────

───────



21,629

19,218

21,863






Current assets





Trade and other receivables


4,546

2,411

4,406

Current tax assets


-

-

-

Cash and cash equivalents


7,106

4,326

3,766



───────

───────

───────



11,652

6,737

8,172



───────

───────

───────

Total assets


33,281

25,955

30,035



═══════

═══════

═══════

Liabilities





Current liabilities





Trade and other payables

6

7,911

7,841

8,289

Current tax liabilities


299

39

339

Financial liabilities - Borrowings

5

63

-

63



───────

───────

───────



8,273

7,880

8,691






Net current assets / (liabilities)


3,379

(1,143)

(519)



───────

───────

───────






Non-current liabilities





Trade and other payables

6

2,530

3,865

5,238

Financial liabilities - Borrowings

5

3,398

2,894

3,432

Deferred tax liability


-

42

45



───────

───────

───────



5,928

6,801

8,715






Total liabilities


14,201

14,681

17,406



───────

───────

───────

Net assets


19,080

11,274

12,629



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═══════

═══════

Shareholders' equity





Share capital


2,409

1,950

2,012

Share premium account


13,976

7,337

8,112

Merger reserve


(540)

(540)

(540)

Share-based payment reserve


456

329

384

Retained earnings


2,779

2,198

2,661



───────

───────

───────

Total Shareholders' equity


19,080

11,274

12,629



═══════

═══════

═══════









Share

capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Share-based payment reserve

Retained earnings

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Audited balance at 31 October 2014

1,932

7,097

(540)

269

1,780

10,538


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Profit for the period

-

-

-

60

418

478

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

60

418

478


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────








Issue of share capital

18

240

-

-

-

258

Dividend

-

-

-

-

-

-


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Unaudited balance at 30 April 2015

1,950

7,337

(540)

329

2,198

11,274


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Profit for the period




55

755

810

Other comprehensive income








──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Total comprehensive income




55

755

810


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────








Issue of share capital

62

775




837

Dividend





(292)

(292)


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Audited balance at 31 October 2015

2,012

8,112

(540)

384

2,661

12,629


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Profit for the period

-

-

-

72

659

731

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

72

659

731


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────








Issue of share capital

397

5,864

-

-

-

6,261

Dividend

-

-

-

-

(541)

(541)


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

Unaudited balance at 30 April 2016

2,409

13,976

(540)

456

2,779

19,080


──────

──────

──────

──────

──────

──────


Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows



Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Audited

Twelve months ending 31 October



2016

2015

2015


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities





Cash generated from operations

8

916

993

2,231






Tax paid


(240)

(286)

(219)



───────

───────

───────

Net cash inflow from operating activities


676

707

2,012



───────

───────

───────

Cash flows from investing activities





Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(225)

(18)

(789)






Purchase of other intangible assets, net of cash


(2,611)

(4,388)

(6,532)

Proceeds from disposals of other intangible assets


-

34

34

Rental Income received


-

4

8






Interest received


15

11

18



───────

───────

───────

Net cash (outflow) from investing activities


(2,821)

(4,357)

(7,261)



───────

───────

───────

Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from issue of shares


6,405

211

1,072

Share issue costs


(223)

-

(24)

Issue of unsecured bond


-

2,142

2,142

Proceeds from borrowings


-

-

601

Repayment of borrowings


(34)

-

-

Interest paid


(122)

(30)

(137)

Dividends


(541)

-

(292)



───────

───────

───────

Net cash inflow/(outflow) from financing activities


5,485

2,323

3,362



───────

───────

───────






Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


3,340

(1,327)

(1,887)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


3,766

5,653

5,653



───────

───────

───────

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


7,106

4,326

3,766



═══════

═══════

═══════



 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

1 General Information

AFH Financial Group Plc is a company incorporated in England and Wales. The Group is principally engaged in the provision of independent financial advice to the retail market.

2 Basis of preparation and accounting policies

2.1 Basis of preparation

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The interim condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 October 2015, which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") and interpretations issued by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee ("IFRIC") of the IASB (together "IFRS") as adopted by the European Union, and in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

The information relating to the six months ended 30 April 2016 and the six months ended 30 April 2015 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory financial statements within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 October 2015 have been reported on by its auditor and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditor was unqualified and did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis, or contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

2.2 Significant accounting policies

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim condensed consolidated financial statements are consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 October 2015.

2.3 Basis of consolidation

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements consolidate the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiary undertakings as at 30 April each year.

Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date of acquisition, being the date on which the Group obtains control, and continue to be consolidated until the date that such control ceases. The financial statements of subsidiaries are prepared for the same reporting period as the parent company, using consistent accounting policies.

2.4 Key sources of judgements and estimation uncertainty

The preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent liabilities. If in the future such estimates and assumptions, which are based on management's best judgement at the date of preparation of the financial statements, deviate from actual circumstances, the original estimates and assumptions will be modified as appropriate in the period in which the circumstances change. The areas where a higher degree of judgement or complexity arises, or where assumptions and estimates are significant to the consolidated financial statements, are discussed below.

Impairment of client portfolios

The Group reviews whether acquired client portfolios are impaired at least on an annual basis. This comprises an estimation of the fair value less cost to sell and the value in use of the acquired client portfolios. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows expected to arise from the individual client portfolios are discounted to their present value over a finite period to calculate the fair value.

The key assumptions used in arriving at a fair value less cost of sale are those around valuations based on multiples of future earnings streams and values based on assets under management. These have been determined by looking at valuations of similar businesses and the consideration paid in comparable transactions.

The carrying amount of client portfolios at 30 April 2016 was £18.3m (2015:  £16.9m). No impairments have been made during the period (2015: £2.5m).

Impairment of goodwill

The Group determines whether goodwill is impaired at least on an annual basis. This requires an estimation of the value in use of the cash-generating units to which the goodwill has been allocated. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows expected to arise from the cash-generating unit are discounted to their present value using the Group's weighted average cost of capital adjusted for tax.

The carrying amount of goodwill at 30 April 2016 was £2.1m (2015: £2.1m). No impairments have been made during the period (2015: £ nil).

3 Segmental Analysis

The Board of Directors is considered to be the chief operating decision maker of the Group.

The Board has determined that there is one operating segment based on reports reviewed by the Board that are used to make strategic decisions.

The total revenue of the group for the year has been derived from its principal activity wholly undertaken in the United Kingdom.



 

4 Intangible Assets






Goodwill

Acquired client portfolios

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost




At 31 October 2014

2,465

8,102

10,567

Additions

-

9,583

9,583

Disposals

-

-

-

Revaluations

-

-

-


 

 

 

At 30 April 2015

2,465

17,685

20,150

Additions

-

2,376

2,376

Disposals

-

-

-

Revaluations

-

-

-


 

 

 

At 31 October 2015

2,465

20,061

22,526

Additions

-

-

-

Disposals

-

-

-

Revaluations

-

-

-


 

 

 

At 30 April 2015

2,465

20,061

22,526










 

 

 

Amortisation




At 31 October 2014

375

485

860

Charge for the period

-

288

288


 

 

 

At 30 April 2015

375

773

1,148

Charge for the period

-

476

476


 

 

 

At 31 October 2015

375

1,249

1,624

Charge for the period

-

372

372


 

 

 

At 30 April 2016

375

1,621

1,996


 

 

 


 

 

 





Net book value








At 30 April 2016

2,090

18,440

20,530


 

 

 

At 31 October 2015

2,090

18,812

20,902


 

 

 

At 30 April 2015

2,090

16,878

18,968


 

 

 

At 31 October 2014

2,090

7,617

9,707


 

 

 



 

 

5 Analysis of borrowings

 



 



Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Audited

Twelve months ending 31 October



2016

2015

2015



£'000

£'000

£'000




 




 






Current borrowings





Mortgage on freehold property


63

-

63



───────

───────

───────



63

-

63



═══════

═══════

═══════

Non-current borrowings





8% Unsecured bonds


752

752

752

7.5% Unsecured bonds


2,142

2,142

2,142

Mortgage on freehold property


504

-

538



───────

───────

───────



3,398

3,432

3,432



═══════

═══════

═══════




 




 

 

The financial liabilities are recognised at amortised cost. There is no material difference between the fair value and the carrying value.

The 8% unsecured bond is due in 2020. The 7.5% Unsecured bond, issued in December 2014 is due in December 2018.

The mortgage taken out in the year is repayable by instalments over an 8 year period with an interest rate of 2.9% over LIBOR.

6. Trade and other payables



Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Audited

Twelve months ending 31 October



2016

2015

2015



£'000

£'000

£'000




 




 






Current





Trade payables


509

451

850

Contingent consideration


3,891

5,283

4,321

Commissions payable


3,018

1,727

2,488

Other payables


317

224

584

Accruals


176

156

46



───────

───────

───────



7,911

7,841

8,289



═══════

═══════

═══════

Non-current





Contingent consideration


2,530

3,865

5,238



═══════

═══════

═══════



 

7 Earnings per share

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the profit attributable to the equity holders for the period of £659,000 (2015 - £418,000) and weighted average number of shares in issue during the period of 22,726,615 (2015 - 19,397,462).

The diluted earnings per share has been adjusted for the potential share issue relating to the share-based payments. The number of shares has been increased by the difference between the amount of shares that will be issued if all options are exercised and the number of shares that could be purchased for the same consideration at average market price.

Adjusted earnings per share of £1,101,000 (2015 - £746,000) have been calculated on the profit attributable to the equity holders for the period after adding back Amortisation and Depreciation and adjusting the tax provision accordingly.

8 Reconciliation of Operating profit to Net Cash inflow from Operating Activities



Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Unaudited

Six months ending 30 April

Audited

Twelve months ending 31 October



2016

2015

2015



£'000

£'000

£'000






Profit before tax for the period


859

607

1,594






Adjustments for










Interest and other investment income


(15)

(15)

(26)

Interest expense


125

73

187

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment


459

336

872

Equity settled share based expense


72

60

116






Movements in working capital





Decrease / (Increase) in trade and other receivables


(140)

63

(1,932)

(Decrease) / Increase in trade and other payables


(444)

(131)

1,420



───────

───────

───────

Cash generated from operations


916

993

2,231



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