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Thursday 31 October, 2019

PROACTIS Holdings

Final Results

RNS Number : 7179R
PROACTIS Holdings PLC
31 October 2019
 

Proactis Holdings PLC

Final Results

 

Proactis Holdings PLC, the business spend management solution provider, today announces its audited results for the financial year ended 31 July 2019.

 

Key Financial information:

  • Total contract value signed was £11.3m (2018: £12.1m), adding to future years' revenue pipeline

·    Reported revenues increased by 4% to £54.1m (2018: £52.2m)

·     Annualised recurring revenue ("ARR") maintained at £44.3m (2018: £44.5m)

·     Adjusted EBITDA of £15.1m (2018: £17.3m), in line with expectations

·   Impairment of £27.0m taken against US CGU as a result of the challenges in that market identified and announced during the Operational Review

·      Adjusted EPS 6.6p (2018: 10.6p)

·      Loss before tax £25.8m (2018: profit before tax £3.8m)

·      Net bank debt reduced to £36.5m (31 January 2019: £39.3m)

·      Net cash flow from operating activities £11.9m (2018: £8.4m)

 

Operational highlights:

  • Completed Operational Review in the period and implemented new strategic plan
  • Good level of new deals signed, with 60 new names added (2018: 64)
  • Increased up-selling to existing customers with 127 deals secured (2018:113)
  • First sale completed by German commercial team during September 2019, demonstrating early success of recent restructuring and new strategic plan
  • Committed overdraft facility of £20m signed to support the delivery of the Group's supplier paid accelerated payments solution, bePayd - which is now live
  • Strengthened Board with appointment of Independent Non-Executive Director and CFO
  • Acquisition of Esize, a recognised territory leader in the Netherlands, has performed very well

 

Formal Sales Process ("FSP")

·      The Board has thoroughly reviewed and assessed the credibility of a number of expressions of interest ("EOIs") following the Company's announcement of the FSP on 29 July 2019.  Certain EOIs have led to more advanced discussions including the provision of certain detailed financial information with regard to the business in a dataroom. The process remains ongoing. The Board reiterates that there can be no certainty that any offer will be forthcoming or the terms of any such offer.

 

Tim Sykes, CEO commented: "The results for the period are in line with the Board's expectations.  Following the completion of the Operational review announced in April 2019, the management team has been working incredibly hard to assess and rectify the issues identified and that have impacted overall Group performance over the last two financial years. This has included managing leadership change throughout the regions affected as well as through the business as we build teams that are capable of executing the Group's new go to market strategy.  The Board is confident that this capability is now in place and the whole team can execute efficiently to deliver a substantial and high growth company.  We are seeing relevant progress already with pipeline starting to build and an encouraging level of order intake in the new financial year.

"The Group has been profitable and cash generative in the period under review, and the long-term prospects are exciting. With a strong ARR giving high levels of visibility, and a proven, highly relevant end-to-end offering, we begin the new financial year in line with management's expectations and with optimism for the Group's potential."

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of article 7 of Regulation 596/2014

 

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Proactis Holdings PLC

01937 545070 x1115

Tim Sykes, Chief Executive Officer

Richard Hughes, Chief Financial Officer

 

[email protected]

finnCap Ltd

Stuart Andrews/Henrik Persson/Carl Holmes/Matthew Radley - Corporate Finance

Andrew Burdis/Richard Chambers - ECM

 

 

0207 220 0500

 

Alma PR

 

Rebecca Sanders-Hewett, Hilary Buchanan, Sam Modlin

 

020 3405 0205

[email protected]

 

Notes to Editors:

Proactis creates, sells and maintains software and services which enable organisations to streamline, control and monitor all indirect expenditure.  Its solutions are used in approximately 1,000 buying organisations around the world from the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Proactis has been quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange since June 2006.

 

 

Strategic report

The Group has a long-term strategy of building an international business focussed on delivering best value to its customers by enabling the digital transformation of their procurement systems and processes through the application of the Group's software technology and provision of its expert services.  The critical success factors in delivering this strategy are a combination of building market relevant solutions supported by strong new business execution teams and customer management processes designed to sustain long-term customer relationships.

 

This strategy is delivered through the Group's business model which is designed to deliver a strong financial proposition of profitable, cash generative organic growth with a high level of visibility illustrated by its ARR.

 

The Group aims to drive organic growth into its business spend management solutions by retaining existing and winning new customers through continually improving its best in class procurement solutions, with high service levels and excellent user support as well as a focussed approach to the up-selling of the Group's extensive range of solutions and creating even broader and deeper customer relationships.  In addition, the Group has a substantial opportunity to provide complementary supplier paid products which leverage the business spend management solutions. These supplier-paid transactional services and tender services are already delivering substantial revenue and the Group's financial solution, bePayd, will be coming to market in the near term.

 

This organic growth strategy can be illustrated below:

·      Maximise existing customer and technology opportunity

·      Accelerate new business spend management momentum

·      Drive adoption of existing supplier paid products

·      Roll out bePayd

·      Extend supplier paid product portfolio

 

The Group will also look to undertake selective M&A activity when appropriate with a focus on complementary customer bases, solutions and technologies as and when appropriate.

 

Strategic performance

During the period, the Group's reported revenues increased by 4% to £54.1m (2018: £52.2m) of which £5.3m was contributed by Esize Netherlands BV ("Esize").  The Group acquired Esize on 6 August 2018 and the Board is pleased with its performance and the strategic opportunities it presents. 

 

A financial analysis of revenue growth as well as statutory profit measures is set out within the Chief Financial Officer's report.

 

The Board considers that a primary key performance indicator is the value and momentum of the Group's ARR which can be summarised as set out below.

 

 

2018

Growth/(decline)

2019

 

Spend management solutions
(£m)

Supplier paid products
(£m)

Spend management solutions
(%)

Supplier paid products
(%)

Spend management solutions
(£m)

Supplier paid products
(£m)

United Kingdom

14.1

3.8

4%

 (3%)

14.6

3.7

France & Germany

10.9

4.9

(36%)

 (8%)

7.0

4.5

United States

11.0

-

(10%)

-

9.9

-

Netherlands

-

-

121%

-

4.6

-

 

36.0

8.7

-%

(6%)

36.1

8.2

 

              44.7

           (1%)

               44.3

Note 1: Percentage growth calculated versus ARR at 6 August 2018 being the date of acquisition of the Group's Dutch spend management business, Esize.

 

The Board is pleased with the performance of the United Kingdom and Netherlands business segments which have both delivered strong year on year increases in ARR and looks forward to even stronger performance in future years. 

 

During late 2017 and through 2018, the Group experienced a significant level of customer churn and a lack of new customers in its French, German and US spend management businesses which has been described at length in previous reports. This culminated in leadership change and the operational review the result of which was outlined in the Group's interim results in April 2019. At that time the Board announced certain actions that were required to be taken in order to move those businesses to growth and therefore to shareholder value creation.  Each of these actions and the current status of activity are described below within the Summary of the Operational Review.

 

Performance review

The Group uses the rate and value of new deal intake and up-sell activity as primary indicators of value creation.

 

The Group secured an aggregate total contract value ('TCV') of £11.3m (2018: £12.1m).  This TCV was delivered from 60 new name customers (2018: 64) of which 55 (2018: 55) were subscription deals and aggregate TCV was £6.4m (2018: £8.7m).   The number of up-sell deals sold to existing customers remained at the strong levels experienced in the prior year and increased to 127 (2018: 113) and the TCV was £4.9m (2018: £3.4m).

 

Note: The definition of segment is described in detail in the Chief Financial Officer's report

Year ended 31 July 2019

Year ended 31 July 2018

TCV of new name deals

Number of new name deals

TCV of new name deals

Number of new name deals

United Kingdom

£3.1m

41

£5.2m

45

France & Germany

£0.7m

5

£0.8m

7

United States

£1.0m

4

1£2.7m

112

Netherlands

£1.6m

10

-

-

Note 1: For 2018, the US segment includes 7 new name deals (with an TCV of £0.8m) from the Group's US based reverse auctions business which was included within the UK segment during the prior year.

 

Note: The definition of segment is described in detail in the Chief Financial Officer's report

Year ended 31 July 2019

Year ended 31 July 2018

TCV of up-sell deals

Number of upsell deals

TCV of upsell deals

Number of upsell deals

United Kingdom

£3.2m

108

£2.5m

99

France & Germany

£0.4m

7

£0.9m

14

United States

£0.6m

5

-

-

Netherlands

£0.7m

7

-

-

 

The Board is satisfied with the level and value of new names and up-sell deals during the year in the United Kingdom and Netherlands business segments although it notes that the performance of the United Kingdom should improve through a strengthened marketing team and pipeline coming into the current financial year.  The Board is, however, disappointed with the level of deal intake in the French and German business segment and, particularly, in the United States (US) business segment. Following the completion of the Operational Review described below, the Board is now confident that actions have been taken that are designed to shift these business segments towards a position where the Group can exploit the significant market opportunity open to it and the Board is pleased with the early positive indicators of energy levels in the commercial teams and pipeline growth.

 

Whilst the volume and value of new business and upsells are good indicators of market traction and growth, the retention of existing customers remains of vital importance to short-term revenue and long-term value protection.  The performance of the Group in this area, and specifically the French, German and US segments has been poor over the last two financial years. The Board has assessed the risk of further churn within the customer base of those segments and has quantified it (see below) and is confident that this level of risk is now normalised. In addition, the Group has plans to mitigate these risks through the Group's commercial teams.  The Board believes that following the outcomes of the Operational Review, the actions put in place will improve customer retention.

 

The Group Adjusted EBITDA (see additional information) was £15.1m (2018: £17.3m), in line with revised expectations (Reported EBITDA of £13.9m and Loss Before Tax of £25.8m is shown further within the CFO Report).  Group Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 28% (2018: 33%).  Further, the Group Adjusted Free Cash Flow was £6.9m (2018: £8.5m).  The Board considers this financial performance to be in line with expectations and that it positions the Group well going forward.

 

Goodwill impairment testing resulted in the need to impair goodwill in the US Cash Generating Unit by the amount of £27.0m due to the performance issues experienced in that territory. The United Kingdom, Netherlands and Rest of Mainland Europe CGUs showed headroom in these calculations. This follows the already announced challenges faced in the US and outlined in the interim results earlier this year.

 

The analysis of the non-core net expenditure and the definition of Group Adjusted EBITDA and Group Adjusted Free Cash Flow and other alternative performance measures are included within the Chief Financial Officer's report and Additional information - Reconciliation of alternative performance measures.

 

Summary of the Operational Review

Following the Operational Review, the Group designed actions to enable the Group to replicate the strong performance of its United Kingdom and Netherlands business segments in each of its French, German and United States business segments.

 

The actions arising focused on:

 

Target market segment and customer profile definition

Alignment of product portfolio

Bolstering new business capabilities

Focusing on retention

Driving growth within the existing customer base

Active management and leadership

Financial position

 

Target market segment and customer profile definition

The Group delivers a significant level of new business from its United Kingdom and Netherlands commercial teams to a market segment and customer profile that is well defined around the variables of vertical focus, scale, complexity, existing technology stack and the procurement process of the customer.  This approach allows for a more efficient go to market strategy with an increased likelihood of success and a lower average cost of sale.  The Group has now transitioned its new business teams and is focussing its marketing and business development activities on this same market segment and customer profile throughout the Group.

 

Alignment of product portfolio

As a result of the Group's acquisition history, it has an extensive product portfolio. Whilst many of these products are complementary and offer substantial cross-selling opportunities within the customer base, there is a degree of overlap within the Group's Spend Management solutions.  Following the shift to focus on the same specific market segments across all of its international new business opportunities, the Group will be able to better leverage its solution portfolio without detriment to existing customer experience.

 

Bolstering new business capabilities

The Group's value proposition for its chosen market segment is well established but the marketing and business development resource in the French, German and United States commercial teams has been lacking in maturity, capability and has had insufficient capacity to deliver a sustainable volume of leads of the right quality targeted at the right market segment and customer profile.  The Group has now largely completed its restructuring and each of the French, German and United States commercial teams has developed an encouraging pipeline of opportunities.  The German commercial team has already completed its first sale during September 2019.  The Group anticipates hiring a further two FTEs (full time equivalent employees) within these commercial teams over the coming months to complete this phase of the restructuring before scaling up as pipeline builds further.

 

Focusing on retention

As described above and previously announced, the Group has experienced a significant level of customer churn and a lack of new customers in its French, German and US business units which has been described at length in previous reports.  In addition, the Group undertook a detailed analysis of its remaining customer base with a view to highlighting customers and ARR with a heightened risk of loss.  The Board has quantified this heightened risk as approximately £5m of ARR which it considers to be a normal level but which may or may not be lost over the three year period up to and including FY2022.The Board is also making sure actions are in place to mitigate the risk of loss.

 

The Group has restructured its French, German and United States commercial teams with a view to taking all mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of customer churn going forward through:

 

Greater levels of engagement with existing customers both generally and specifically in the French, German and US commercial teams, including the application of the Group's existing expert advisory capacity in the digital transformation process;

Better structured and informed account management teams with an aligned incentivisation package for its executives;

Stronger levels of interaction between the customers and the Group's product management process through the provision of an interactive online tool for customers to propose their product roadmap ideas and for the Group to respond and report on product roadmap progress; and

More focussed use of the Group's product management capacity on a product roadmap that is more aligned with existing customers requirements.

 

Driving growth within the existing customer base

The Group's existing customer base offers a significant opportunity for growth as has been highlighted with the up-sell performance in both the United Kingdom and Netherlands.  This growth opportunity has not been fully accessed to date in the US specifically and, to a lesser degree, in the French and German commercial teams.

 

Accordingly, the strategic focus of those teams has been re-balanced toward up-selling to existing customers as well as winning new customers and, to this end, training in the Group's wider solution portfolio has been delivered to enable the Group's teams to identify customer opportunity with a number of sales of the Group's scan and capture solution through those commercial teams.  In addition, incentive plans have been aligned to achieve greater balance in performance requirements for retention and up-selling.

 

Active management and leadership

Changes to the leadership team have been completed at both Group level and within the commercial and operational teams of the French, German and US business units.  These changes are designed to bring greater transparency, rigour and commerciality to decision making. As a temporary measure, the United States business segment is being led by the Group's UK Managing Director with close involvement from Tim Sykes and the Group's wider, established leadership team.  The Group has also restructured the EU business segment following the end of the financial year into two separate business segments, one for each of the French and German markets, so that those markets can be addressed properly with new personnel leading each of those teams.

 

Financial position

The Group remained profitable and cash generative and has an established long-term, supportive relationship with its bank, HSBC UK Bank plc, that provides the Group with its commercial banking services, its structured debt facilities and also its Accelerated Payment Facility (as announced on 28 February 2019 as an incremental facility to the existing facilities to support a new product through an early adopter programme).

 

The net bank debt of the Group has reduced to £36.5m (from £39.3m at 31 January 2019) which remains fully serviced and within covenants. The Board will continue to accelerate the rate of debt reduction through continued tight management of its net operating expenditure where the sourcing of services and the structure of teams or processes is inefficient; and through the focussing of the Group's investment in product development on a tighter product portfolio and on a customer informed roadmap.  The Board has previously announced the suspension of the payment of an annual dividend.

 

Solutions and markets

Buyer solutions

The Group provides business spend management solutions to customers that enable those customers to reduce the cost of goods or services purchased through enhanced sourcing activities, access efficiencies through the automation of manual processes using technology and also to provide an enhanced level of corporate governance and compliance through work flows designed into the technology.

 

Buyer revenues for the year were £45.4m (2018: £42.8m). The increase in the year was driven by United Kingdom and Netherlands business segment performance whereas the French, German and United States segments delivered lower revenue than the previous year. The reduction in revenue in these territories is in line with the expectations during the year.

 

Supplier solutions

The Group provides access to technology that enables suppliers to transact digitally with their customers.  This technology is often referred to as networking technology and the technology can allow multiple documents in any format to be passed between suppliers and their customers and it can also allow greater collaboration between suppliers and their customers through the provision of other trading information,  In addition, the Group uses its technology to deliver tailored new business opportunities to suppliers through its search and selection of a vast number of new business tenders from a number of international sources.

 

Revenues for the year were £8.7m (2018: £9.4m). The Tenders Direct business in the UK delivered a performance broadly in line with the previous year with £3.7m of ARR (2018:£3.8m).  Revenue from the French and German business segment were £0.4m lower than the prior year due to a lower number of transactions being generated by suppliers with their customers.  The Board is confident that this performance can be reversed as the effect of the influence of digitalisation increases in the core of the Group's customer base.

 

Financial solutions

During the year, the Group secured a specific committed overdraft facility provided by HSBC UK of £20m to support the delivery of the Group's supplier paid financial solution, "bePayd", which has its own website at www.bepayd.com

 

bePayd will enable the Group to fund accelerated payments to suppliers against invoices approved by buyers.  The product is not limited to buyers using Proactis' business spend management solutions and can be used by any buyer with any equivalent business spend management or ERP system.  This service is multi-faceted in terms of its technological structure and is complete to minimal viable product ("MVP") and is now deployed in a live environment.  Over the coming months, the Group intends to identify early adopters to establish referenceability and marketing collateral before scaling up the business development and delivery activities.

 

The product has already been nominated for two awards before it has been launched and the Board believes that the product has an extremely high potential.

 

Markets

The Group offers true multi-company, multi-currency and multi-language capabilities and this remains an essential differentiator as the Group increases its presence across more sectors worldwide.  The Group continues to sell its solutions to customers operating across several continents and many different sectors.

 

The Group competes on various levels; local vendors, Enterprise Resource Planning ("ERP") vendors and international procurement vendors and this mix makes for an extremely competitive environment.  However, the "end-to-end" message and tight integration techniques from Proactis mitigate this and positions the Group as a value-led solution against big ticket, consultancy led ERP vendors, international procurement vendors' solutions and potential multi-vendor software led solutions.  This value proposition is particularly compelling for mid-sized commercial and public sector organisations, both of which the Group is focused on across all of its business segments.

 

The Group's go-to-market strategy is based on a targeted and efficient deployment of its marketing and sales resource within each market segment it operates in.  Within those segments, the Group seeks to maximise its return by selecting verticals where its solutions fit well and are referenceable and, with thorough research and experiential grounding, can attain a leading position as the default provider.  This strategy is at varying levels of maturity within the Group's business segments and the Board looks forward to the potential accelerated growth rates that could result.

 

M&A strategy and activity

The Group's M&A strategy continues, notwithstanding the FSP, to be to acquire businesses that fit strict selection criteria based around the following principles:

 

Consolidation of complementary customer bases and solutions - the procurement space is sufficiently fragmented to offer significant scope for this;

Businesses with long-term customer relationships, ideally contracted and with a proven track record of retention and renewal;

Technology led solutions and service offerings that are complementary to the Group's existing offering; and

Technology that is compatible with the Group's existing technology.

 

However, following the acquisition of Esize in August 2018 the Board is mindful that, despite the potential accelerated growth that can be delivered, further M&A activity at this point could be too punitive from an equity dilution perspective and the Board is reluctant to increase gearing further at this time.

 

Esize Holdings BV ("Esize")

On 6 August 2018, the Group acquired Esize, a recognised territory leader in the Netherlands.  Its solutions cover the full procurement cycle for indirect spend and also provides the Group with additional capabilities in travel and expense management and contract labour management.  The Board continues to believe that these capabilities will become increasingly important to its customers going forward.  Esize has a SaaS-based business model that is consistent with the Group's and which delivers high levels of contracted annual recurring revenue with high retention rates.  Esize has been rebranded as Proactis and the solution is available to all business segments.  Its performance has been excellent since the date of acquisition and an analysis of the performance is included within the Chief Financial Officer's report.

 

Formal Sales Process ("FSP")

The Board has received a number of expressions of interest ("EOIs") following the Company's announcement of the FSP on 29 July 2019 and has carefully reviewed them.  This has involved not only reflecting on value, in which regard the Board are grateful for the guidance provided by major shareholders, but also the deliverability of a transaction, the potential buyer's credibility and their intentions for the Group and all its stakeholders. The Board has now made more information available to a short list of those potential buyers via a dataroom and is providing limited access to the Group's management, without prejudicing the Group's ongoing day-to-day operations.  As previously advised, the Board reiterates that there can be no certainty that any offer will be forthcoming or the terms of any such offer.

 

Brexit

The Group has significant operations and customers based within the member states of the European Union ("EU"), United Kingdom and United States.  Whilst the Board acknowledges the continued uncertainty around Brexit, it considers that the Group is unlikely to be impacted significantly because the Group is not a large importer or exporter goods or services across EU borders.  However, the matter will continue to be considered during conversations with third party organisations. 

 

Summary and outlook

The performance of the United Kingdom and Netherlands business segments in the core business spend management solutions has been strong with high rates of growth in the Group's primary key performance indicator, ARR.

 

As previously reported, this level of performance has not been matched within the Group's other business segments and this has resulted in the leadership and commercial teams within those segments being restructured and resourced so that those segments can replicate the systems and processes of the United Kingdom and Netherlands teams which the Board believes will result in an equivalent performance.  The Board anticipates that this level of performance will develop over the current and next financial year and is confident that the early indicators of behavioural change, product training and pipeline development are evident and the successful sale to a new customer in Germany supports this assessment.  Although too early to conclude, this indicates that the chosen direction is the correct one and this positions the Group well.  As this transition will take time to realise, it is even more important to improve on the customer churn of these business segments and management has undertaken a line by line customer churn risk assessment that supports a lower level of churn over the coming years.

 

The Board is delighted with the operational and technical progress made with bePayd where the Group now has an MVP in a live environment.  This represents extremely positive progress in a short period of time and is in line with our revised aggressive timelines.  We now look forward to early adoption where the Group can build referenceability and collateral before fast scale-up.

 

The Board is pleased with the current level of debt reduction and that the Group has been profitable and cash generative during the period under review.  Looking ahead, if the current level of performance persists, the Board expects net bank debt to continue to reduce over the coming financial period to relatively conservative levels.  This can be enhanced by a controlled approach to management of the Group's operating and product development expenditure.

 

After a challenging year or so through which excessive customer churn and a lack of anticipated new business has driven loss of value in the Group's French, German and US business segments despite strong performance in its United Kingdom and Netherlands business segments, the Board now believes that it has a strategy that the whole team believes in and can execute efficiently.  The Board considers that the early indicators are positive and is pleased with the start of the new financial year, with trading in line with management's expectations.  The Group is well positioned and is looking forward to a period of sustainable growth and delivery over the coming years.

 

By order of the Board

 

 

 

Alan Aubrey                                                                                        

Chairman                                                                                             

 

Tim Sykes

Chief Executive Officer

 

31 October 2019 Chief Financial Officer's Report (forming part of the Strategic Report)

 

Results for the year, performance analysis and key performance indicators

 

Trading

The Group's reported revenues increased by 4% to £54.1m (2018: £52.2m) of which £5.7m was contributed by the Netherlands business segment. The Esize acquisition delivered over 92% of total revenue across this segment.

 

The Group's business model, which is guided by the appropriate accounting standards and internal policies, means that revenue recognised in the income statement is largely a function of the deals (both new name and upsell) that were signed in the previous year, rather than the year in which those deals were actually signed. This timing difference can routinely be between 6 and 12 months before income statement recognition.

 

The Groups' strategy is to grow by a combination of organic, through provision of software and associated services, and inorganic means and therefore total reported revenue is a key performance indicator as the Group looks to continue to drive toward scale. Growth very recently has come through acquisition means and during the current financial year the Group's operational review delivered strategic action points which if delivered correctly would return the levels of organic growth that the business has historically shown.

 

The Group's long-term revenue growth performance as represented by a three-year cumulative average growth rate was 41% (2018: 45%). 

 

The Board monitors the Group's growth performance through a combination of several key performance indicators as follows:

 

Year ended 31 July 2019

Year ended 31 July 2018

Year ended 31 July 2017

Reported revenue

£54.1m

£52.2m

£25.4m

Reported revenue growth

4%

106%

31%

CAGR 3-year revenue growth

41%

45%

36%

TCV of new name deals

£6.4m

£8.7m

£4.1m

Number of new name deals

60

64

54

TCV of upsell deals

£4.9m

£3.4m

£2.8m

Number of upsell deals

127

113

110

Total deal value signed

£11.3m

£12.1m

£6.9m

Organic revenue growth1

Nil%

Nil%

7%

Note1: Measured in terms of revenue recognised in the income statement and excluding the effects of foreign exchange differences and the full year effect of prior year acquisitions and the in-year effect of current year acquisitions.

 

The Board considers that retention of existing customers is a key performance indicator and the measure of this indicator is included routinely within its internal financial reporting dashboard.

 

Revenue by territory segment

The revenue increase in the year was driven by the performance of UK and NL business segments whereas we saw reductions in the buyer revenue profiles of the US territory and buyer and supplier revenue profiles in the EU segment, reflecting the need for the strategic and operational changes that the Board has now put in place in those geographical regions.

 

The Group's revenues by market segment were:

Year ended 31 July 2019

Buyer revenue

Supply revenue

Total

 

£m

£m

£m

United Kingdom

19.1

3.9

23.0

France & Germany

8.9

4.8

13.7

United States

11.7

-

11.7

Netherlands

5.7

-

5.7

 

45.4

8.7

54.1

 

 

Year ended 31 July 2018

Buyer revenue

Supply revenue

Total

 

£m

£m

£m

United Kingdom

16.2

4.2

20.4

France & Germany

12.0

5.2

17.2

United States

14.6

-

14.6

Netherlands

-

-

-

 

42.8

9.4

52.2

 

Revenue visibility

Annual Recurring Revenue ("ARR") was introduced in the last financial year as a key performance indicator giving the Board visibility of the Group's annualised run rate of contracted subscription, managed service, support and hosting revenues.

 

This is crucially important to the Group's stakeholders as it provides a real indicator to:

Investors of the amount of revenue from new business required to be won in order to hit expectations in future periods;

The Group's bank, HSBC Bank plc, in its deliberations as to the level of debt that the business can conservatively support and hence assist in the overall return to investors; and

The Group's customers, suppliers and associates of the overall strength of the Group.

 

The Group's ARR and can be analysed as follows:

As at 31 July 2019

Buyer revenue

Supply revenue

Total

 

£m

£m

£m

United Kingdom

14.6

3.7

18.3

France & Germany

7.0

4.5

11.5

United States

9.9

-

9.9

Netherlands

4.6

-

4.6

 

36.1

8.2

44.3

 

As at 31 July 2018

Buyer revenue

Supply revenue

Total

 

£m

£m

£m

United Kingdom

14.1

3.8

17.9

France & Germany

10.9

4.9

15.8

United States

11.0

-

11.0

Netherlands

-

-

-

 

36.0

8.7

44.7

 

The Board acknowledges that this year's revenue performance is below normal levels of retention historically achieved. However, the actions put in place across both US and EU segments plus the performance of the UK and NL segments gives the Board and expectation of a more normalised level of retention is sustainable for the foreseeable future.

 

Gross margin

The presentation of the Group's reported results does not include the sub-total of gross profit in order to better reflect the reality of the Group's operational performance.  However, gross margin is a relevant measure of performance when considered as revenues less cost of third-party revenue share or products.

 

The Group's business partners and its own direct sales effort sold contracts under both the subscription and perpetual business models delivering gross margin of 88% (2018: 89%) defined as revenue less costs of sales.  The slight reduction during the year related to the use of contractors in respect of certain customer contract implementations which the Board does not expect to repeat in the following financial year.

 

Staff costs and other operating expenses

The aggregate of staff costs and other operating expenses (excluding depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortisation of intangibles assets) increased during the year to £34.1m (2018: £33.0m) with Esize contributing £2.6m (2018: £Nil).

 

This part of the Group's costs has recently included significant items of income or expenditure associated primarily with the Group's acquisition activity and the resultant integration programme (together, "non-core net expenditure").  The impact of this non-core net expenditure on the aggregate of staff costs and other operating expenses is as follows:

 

 

 

Year ended 31 July 2019

Year ended 31 July 2018

 

£m

£m

Aggregate of staff costs and other operating expenses (reported)

34.1

33.0

Non-core net expenditure

(1.2)

(3.6)

Aggregate of staff costs and other operating expenses (excluding non-core net expenditure)

 

32.9


29.4

 

 

 

Non-core net expenditure can be analysed as follows:

 

Year ended 31 July 2019

Year ended 31 July 2018

 

£m

£m

Expenses of acquisition related activities

0.1

0.7

Release of contingent consideration

(0.9)

-

Costs of restructuring the Group's operations - staff

1.6

1.6

Costs of restructuring the Group's operations - other

0.4

1.6

Legal and professional fees

0.4

0.4

Fair value movement on forward contract on acquisition of Perfect

-

(0.7)

Foreign exchange impacts

(0.4)

-

 

1.2

3.6

 

Capitalised development costs and costs of software for own use were £7.6m (2018: £5.7m).  The income statement includes a total charge for the amortisation of capitalised development costs and costs of software for own use of £6.7m (2018: £4.7m).

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

The charge to depreciation of property, plant and equipment increased to £0.6m (2018: £0.5m).  The acquisition of Esize did not materially impact this cost.

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

The charge to amortisation of intangible assets increased to £10.1m (2018: £7.9m) due to the increase in development costs capitalised in the previous year following the Perfect acquisition. 

 

Goodwill is tested for impairment on an annual basis which resulted in the value in use calculations performed as at 31 July 2019 indicating the need to impair goodwill in the United States Cash Generating Unit by the amount of £27.0m. The United Kingdom, Netherlands and Rest of Mainland Europe showed headroom in these calculations.  The value in use calculations were sensitised for reasonably possible changes in key assumptions.

 

Interest

The Group incurred a net interest charge of £1.4m (2018: £1.1m) of which £1.3m (2018: £1.0m) was bank interest arising from the Group's banking facilities.  The other element relates to interest from convertible loan notes.

 

Taxation

The Group has reported a net charge in its income statement of £0.7m (2018: credit £1.6m) resulting primarily from the impact of changes in deferred tax balances (see note 9). 

 

The Group's charge to current year income tax was £0.9m which was an effective rate of 8% against chargeable profit before tax of £11.9m.  This is below the weighted average income tax rate for the jurisdictions that the Group operates in because of the utilisation of tax losses and allowances within the Group which the Board considers will provide long-term benefit. 

 

The Group recognises deferred tax assets related to tax losses of £0.8m (2018: £1.4m).

 

Reported profit and Group Adjusted profit performance

The Board considers that each of the two years ended 31 July 2019 have been significantly impacted by non-core net expenditure incurred primarily as part the Group's acquisition activity and the resultant integration programmes.  A summary of the various profit measures is set out below.

 

 

Year ended 31 July 2019

Year ended 31 July 2018

 

1Reported

1Adjusted

Reported

Adjusted

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ('EBITDA')1

£13.9m

£15.1m

£13.6m

£17.3m

Operating profit/(loss)

(£24.4m)

£8.8m

£4.9m

£13.1m

Profit/(loss) before tax

(£25.8m)

£7.5m

£3.7m

£12.0m

Earnings/(loss) per share (see note 10)

(27.9p)

0.1p

5.4p

10.6p

Note 1: See Additional Information - Reconciliation of alternative performance measures.

 

Cash flow

The Group reported net cash from operating activities of £11.9m (2018: £8.4m) which is higher than the reported operating loss of the Group of £24.4m (2018: operating profit of £4.9m).  Cash flows for the year ended 31 July 2019 were affected by £0.6m (2018: £3.6m) of costs that were charged in the income statement during the year ended 31 July 2018 and accrued at 31 July 2018 but paid during the year ended 31 July 2019.  The cash flow for the year ended 31 July 2019 was also impacted by non-core net expenditure charged to the income statement during the year ended 31 July 2019 related principally to the integration programme.

 

An analysis of the Group Adjusted Free Cash Flow is as follows:

 

 

Year ended 31 July
 2019

Year ended 31 July 2018

 

 

£m

£m

 

 

 

Reported Net cash flow from operating activities

11.9

8.4

 

Non-core net expenditure incurred in prior year but paid in current year

0.6

3.6

 

Non-core net expenditure charged and paid within the same year

2.6

3.3

Adjusted Net cash flow from operating activities

15.1

15.3

 

Purchase of plant and equipment and intangible assets

(0.6)

(1.1)

 

Development expenditure capitalised

(7.6)

(5.7)

Adjusted Group Net Free Cash Flow

6.9

8.5

 

The Group paid a cash dividend of £1.4m (2018: £1.3m) to its equity investors.

 

Acquisition of Esize

The Group acquired Esize on 6 August 2018 for an aggregate consideration of €14.2m with an additional consideration of up to €1.0m depending on certain post-acquisition deliverables.  The net consideration was €14.0m with Esize having cash of €0.2m on its balance sheet at the date of acquisition. As announced in August 2019, Esize has performed in line with the Board's expectations during the period and is therefore expected to crystalize the total amount of deferred consideration. This is fully provided on the Group's balance sheet.

 

In order to facilitate the acquisition of Esize, the Group extended its bank facilities with HSBC creating a new £50m debt facility including a £15.0m term loan, repayable over four remaining years with a coupon rate of 1.95% over LIBOR, and a £35m revolving credit facility, repayable after four remaining years with a ratcheted coupon rate of at least 1.75% over LIBOR and no higher than 2.5% over LIBOR. Further information is given in note 23 of the Financial Statements.

 

The cash consideration for the acquisition was funded from the Group's own cash resources and from debt of €9.6m drawn from the extended £50m debt facility provided by HSBC, from and by the issue of a €3.0m of convertible loan notes and by the issue of 1,292,491 new Ordinary shares.   

 

Conversion of loan notes

Convertible loan notes arising from the Perfect acquisition and totalling $1.25m were converted to 590,182 ordinary shares of 10p each in January 2019 as part of an orderly marketing agreement governing the circumstances with which the shares can be disposed of.

 

Net bank debt

The Group reported net bank debt of £36.5m at 31 July 2019 (2018: £29.3m), comprising cash balances of £7.7m (2018: £9.6m) and gross bank debt of £44.2m (2018: £38.9m) of which £3.2m is payable within one year. 

 

The analysis of net bank debt above excludes the remaining $3.75m convertible loan notes issued as part of the Perfect acquisition as well as the €3.0m of convertible loan notes issued as part of the Esize acquisition.

 

Earnings per share

Basic loss per share was 27.9p (2018: earnings per share 5.4p).  The Group reports adjusted loss per share measure (see note 5) of 27.9p per share (2018: earnings per share 10.6p) to take account of non-core net expenditure and other factors.   

 

Dividend policy

The Board announced in April 2019 that it had decided to suspend the payment of an annual dividend. Therefore, no final dividend is proposed (2018: 1.5p per ordinary share).

 

Treasury

The Group manages its cash position in a manner designed to minimise interest payable on its structured finance facilities.  Surplus cash funds are used to reduce debt.

 

 

 

Richard Hughes

Chief Financial Officer

31 October 2019

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement for the year ended 31 July 2019

 

 

2019

2018

 

Notes

£000

£000

 

Revenue

 

3


54,140


52,221

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(6,659)

(5,963)

Staff costs

 

(22,892)

(21,670)

Other operating expenses

 

(11,231)

(11,332)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

(608)

(511)

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

(10,136)

(7,886)

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

 

(26,999)

-

 

 

-------------

-------------

Operating (loss)/profit

 

(24,385)

4,859

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

5

-

Finance expenses

 

(1,440)

(1,110)

 

 

-------------

-------------

(Loss)/profit before taxation

3

(25,820)

3,749

 

 

 

 

Income tax (charge)/credit

4

(703)

1,602

 

 

-------------

-------------

(Loss)/profit for the year

 

(26,523)

5,351

 

 

-------------

-------------

(Loss)/profit attributable to:

 

 

 

Owners of the Company

 

(26,462)

5,042

Non-controlling interests

 

(61)

309

 

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

(26,523)

5,351

 

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/earnings per ordinary share:

 

 

 

-  Basic

5

(27.9)p

5.4p

 

 

-------------

-------------

-  Diluted

5

(27.9)p

5.3p

 

 

-------------

-------------

All of the Group's operations are continuing.

The following notes form an integral part of these financial statements.
 

Consolidated Statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income for the year ended 31 July 2019

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

£000

£000

 

(Loss)/profit for the period

 

 

(26,523)

 

5,351

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that are or may be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

Foreign operations - foreign currency translation differences

 

(192)

27

 

 

-------------

-------------

Other comprehensive gain net of tax

 

(192)

27

 

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

 

Owners of the Company

 

(249)

27

Non-controlling interests

 

57

-

 

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

(192)

27

 

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to:

 

 

 

Owners of the Company

 

(26,711)

5,069

Non-controlling interests

 

(4)

309

 

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

(26,715)

5,378

 

 

-------------

-------------

The following notes form an integral part of these financial statements

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheet as at 31 July 2019

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

Notes

£000

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant & equipment

 

Intangible assets

6

Deferred tax asset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

Trade and other receivables

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

 

-------------

-------------

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

Obligations under finance leases

 

Contract liabilities

 

Income taxes

 

Loans and borrowings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-------------

-------------

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Contract liabilities

 

192

653

Deferred tax liabilities

 

Loans and borrowings

 

Obligations under finance leases

 

Provisions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

 

-------------

-------------

Net assets

 

70,504

95,215

 

 

-------------

-------------

Equity

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

Share premium account

 

Merger reserve

 

Capital reserve

 

Equity reserve

 

Foreign exchange reserve

 

Retained earnings

 

 

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of the Company

 

 

 

Non-controlling interest

 

1,600

1,604

 

 

-------------

-------------

Total equity

 

70,504

95,215

 

 

-------------

-------------

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

As at 31 July 2019

 


Share

capital


Share premium


Merger
reserve


Capital
reserve

Foreign exchange reserve

Equity component of convertible notes


Retained earnings



Total

Non-controlling interest



Total equity

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2017

5,024

17,631

556

449

(1,164)

-

48

22,544

-

22,544

Result for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

5,042

5,042

309

5,351

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

27

-

-

27

-

27

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

27

-

5,042

5,069

309

5,378

Shares issued during the period

4,243

63,636

-

-

-

-

-

67,879

-

67,879

Share options exercised

57

197

-

-

-

-

-

254

-

254

Issue of convertible notes

-

-

-

-

-

80

-

80

-

80

Acquisition of subsidiary with NCI

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2,566

2,566

Transactions with NCI

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,042)

(1,042)

(1,271)

(2,313)

Dividend payment of 1.4p per share

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,299)

(1,299)

-

(1,299)

Share based payment charges

-

-

-

-

-

-

366

366

-

366

Deferred tax on share options

-

-

-

-

-

-

(240)

(240)

-

(240)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

At 31 July 2018

9,324

81,464

556

449

(1,137)

80

2,875

93,611

1,604

95,215

IFRS15 transition impact

-

-

-

-

-

-

606

606

-

606

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

At 1 August 2018

9,324

81,464

556

449

(1,137)

80

3,481

94,217

1,604

95,821

Result for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

(26,462)

(26,462)

(61)

(26,523)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

(249)

-

-

(249)

57

(192)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

(249)

-

(26,462)

(26,711)

(4)

(26,715)

Shares issued during the period

129

1,267

-

-

-

-

-

1,396

-

1,396

Share options exercised

10

18

-

-

-

-

-

28

-

28

Issue of convertible notes

-

-

-

-

-

29

-

29

-

29

Convertible loan note conversion

59

764

-

-

-

(20)

20

823

-

823

Dividend payment of 1.5p per share

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,419)

(1,419)

-

(1,419)

Share based payment charges

-

-

-

-

-

-

541

541

-

541

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

At 31 July 2019

9,522

83,513

556

449

(1,386)

89

(23,839)

68,904

1,600

70,504

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement for the year ended 31 July 2019

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

£000

£000

Operating activities

 

 

 

(loss) / Profit for the year

 

(26,523)

5,351

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

10,136

7,886

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

 

26,999

-

Depreciation

 

608

511

Net finance expense

 

1,435

1,110

Forward contract provision

 

-

(806)

Income tax charge/(credit)

 

703

(1,602)

Share based payment charges

 

541

366

 

 

-------------

-------------

Operating cash flow before changes in working capital

 

13,899

12,816

Movement in trade and other receivables

 

489

859

Movement in trade and other payables and contract liabilities

 

(204)

(4,015)

 

 

-------------

-------------

Operating cash flow from operations

 

14,184

9,660

Finance expense

 

(1,269)

(804)

Income tax paid

 

(995)

(492)

 

 

-------------

-------------

Net cash flow from operating activities

 

11,920

8,364

 

 

-------------

-------------

Investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of plant and equipment

 

(586)

(1,106)

Payments to acquire subsidiary undertakings, net of cash acquired

 

(8,365)

(93,731)

Development expenditure capitalised

 

(7,649)

(5,702)

 

 

-------------

-------------

Net cash flow from investing activities

 

(16,600)

(100,539)

 

 

-------------

-------------

Financing activities

 

 

 

Payment of dividend

 

(1,419)

(1,299)

Proceeds from issue of shares

 

28

68,133

Receipts from bank borrowings

 

10,178

43,660

Transaction costs related to loans and borrowings

 

-

(288)

Acquisition of NCI

 

-

(2,313)

Repayment of bank borrowings

 

(5,286)

(9,942)

Finance lease payments

 

(60)

(151)

 

 

-------------

-------------

Net cash flow from financing activities

 

3,441

97,800

 

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate movements on cash and cash equivalents

 

(590)

(341)

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,239)

5,625

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

 

9,561

4,277

 

 

-------------

-------------

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

 

7,732

9,561

 

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

Notes

 

These audited results have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies which are to be set out in Proactis Holdings PLC's annual report and financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2019.

 

The consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 July 2019 were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRSs") as adopted for use in the EU ("adopted IFRSs") and applicable law.

 

The financial information set out above does not constitute the company's statutory financial statements for the years ended 31 July 2019 or 2018 but is derived from those financial statements. 

 

Statutory financial statements for 2018 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and distributed to shareholders, and those for 2019 will be distributed to shareholders on or before 13 December 2019.  The auditors have reported on those financial statements and their reports were:

(i) unqualified;

(ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report; and

(iii) did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006 in respect of the financial statements for 2018 or 2019.

 

1.     Basis of preparation

 

The Group financial statements have been prepared and approved by the directors in accordance with adopted IFRSs. 

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRSs requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses.  The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources.  Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

 

 

2.      Change in significant accounting policies

      The Company has applied IFRS 15 using the retrospective with cumulative effect method - i.e. by recognising the cumulative effect of initially applying IFRS 15 as an adjustment to the opening balance of equity at 1 August 2018. Therefore, the comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under IAS 18 and IAS 11. The details of the significant changes and quantitative impact of the changes are set out below.

      The net adjustment as a result of the adoption of IFRS15 using the retrospective with cumulative effect method at 1 August 2018 was a post-tax credit to reserves of £606,000. This represents a credit in respect of revenue of £990,000, a debit in respect of cost of sales of £242,000 and a debit in respect of deferred tax of £142,000.

     The adjustments noted in the table mainly arise from the application of IFRS 15 to customer hosted SaaS contracts with a term greater than 1 year. Application of this standard has resulted in two performance obligations being the point in time supply of a licence and the ongoing performance obligation to provide software support. Previously one performance obligation existed and the full revenue would have been evenly spread over the contract term. The impact has been to bring some revenue forward and therefore has resulted in higher contract assets. The associated business partner commission has also been adjusted with an impact on cost of sales in year and the cumulative deferred contract costs.

 

 

 

Impact of adoption of IFRS15

 

As reported

Adjustments

Balances without adoption of IFRS 15

 

2019

£000

2019

£000

2019

£000

 

 

 

 

Balance sheet

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

23,048

903

22,145

Trade and other payables

21,616

271

21,345

 

 

 

 

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

Income statement

 

 

 

Revenue

54,140

(88)

54,228

Cost of sales

(6,659)

29

(6,688)

 

 

 

 

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

Cash flow statement

 

 

 

Profit for the period

476

(59)

635

Movement in trade and other receivables

489

88

401

Movement in trade and other payables and contract liabilities

(204)

(29)

(175)

 

 

 

 

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.     Operating segments

 

 

United Kingdom

 

Netherlands

Rest of Mainland Europe

United

States

 

Total

 

 

2019

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SaaS revenue

20,652

4,360

12,844

10,890

48,746

 Services revenue

2,389

1,356

837

812

5,394

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

       Segment revenue

23,041

5,716

13,681

11,702

54,140

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Direct costs

(9,123)

(2,846)

(5,712)

(5,919)

(23,600)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

       Segment contribution

13,918

2,870

7,969

5,783

30,540

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

 

 

     2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       SaaS revenue

18,006

-

16,009

13,622

47,637

       Services revenue

2,366

-

1,199

1,019

4,584

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

       Segment revenue

20,372

-

17,208

14,641

52,221

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Direct costs

(8,731)

-

(5,296)

(6,001)

(20,028)

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

       Segment contribution

11,641

-

11,912

8,640

32,193

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result of the acquisition of Esize during the financial year, the Group has increased its number of reportable segments.

Reconciliations of information on reportable segments to IFRS measures

 

 

      2019

      2018

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

Total contribution reportable segments

30,540

32,193

Central costs (including non-core net expenditure)

(16,631)

(18,571)

Depreciation

(608)

(511)

Amortisation and impairment

(10,136)

(7,886)

Impairment of goodwill

(26,999)

-

Share based payments charges

(541)

(366)

Net interest cost

(1,435)

(1,110)

 

-------------

-------------

      Consolidated (loss) / profit before tax

(25,820)

3,749

 

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-------------

 

 

 

 

 

4.     Taxation - Reconciliation of effective tax rate

 

Reconciliation of effective tax rate

 

2019

2018

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit before tax for the period

(25,820)

3,749

 

 

 

Tax using the UK corporation tax rate of 19% (2018: 19%)

(4,906)

712

Effect of differential foreign tax rates

(492)

(13)

Adjustments in respect of prior periods

166

(234)

Disallowable net expenses

5161

64

Losses used not previously recognised2

(530)

(1,342)

Relief from governmental tax incentives1

(323)

(210)

Effect of change in tax rates on deferred tax (see below)

(84)

(1,430)

Current year losses for which no deferred tax asset is recognised

1,485

555

Adjustments in respect of share-based payments

226

296

 

 

 

 

-------------

-------------

Total tax (credit)/charge

703

(1,602)

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

5.     Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share

 

The calculation of earnings per ordinary share is based on the profit or loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders and the weighted average number of equity voting shares in issue as follows.

 

2019

2018

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the year attributable to owners of the Company (£000)

(26,462)

5,042

Post tax effect of non-core net expenditure (see additional information)

700

3,417

Post tax effect on customer related intangible assets

3,454

3,240

Post tax effect on impairment of goodwill

26,999

 

Post tax effect of share-based payment charges

541

366

Post tax effect of convertible loan note interest

113

75

Non-recurring tax factors

873

(2,261)

 

-------------

-------------

Post tax effect of adjusted earnings (£000)

6,218

9,879

 

-------------

-------------

Weighted average number of shares (number '000)

94,913

92,893

Dilutive effect of share options (number '000)

1,771

2,243

 

-------------

-------------

Fully diluted number of shares (number '000)

96,684

95,136

 

-------------

-------------

Basic (loss)/earnings per ordinary share (pence)

(27.9)p

5.4p

Adjusted earnings per ordinary share (pence)

6.6p

10.6p

Basic diluted (loss)/earnings per ordinary share (pence)

(27.9)p

5.3p

Adjusted diluted earnings per ordinary share (pence)

6.4p

10.4p

 

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-------------

 

 

 

6.     Intangible assets

 



Goodwill

Customer 

related intangibles 


Development costs


Software for own use



Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2017

20,870

16,080

11,965

3,069

51,984

Internally developed

-

-

4,842

369

5,211

On acquisitions

85,802

23,220

5,759

176

114,957

Additions

-

-

417

74

491

Effect of movements in exchange rates

-

-

11

-

11

 

----------------

----------------

------------------

------------------

-------------

At 31 July 2018

106,672

39,300

22,994

3,688

172,654

Internally developed

-

-

7,431

180

7,611

On acquisitions

9,086

3,056

1,505

90

13,737

Additions

-

-

-

38

38

Transfers

-

-

70

(70)

-

Effect of movements in exchange rates

-

-

765

12

777

 

----------------

----------------

------------------

------------------

-------------

At 31 July 2019

115,758

42,356

32,765

3,938

194,817

 

----------------

----------------

------------------

------------------

-------------

Amortisation and impairment

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2017

-

3,453

8,144

1,759

13,356

Amortisation for the year

-

3,202

4,002

682

7,886

 

----------------

----------------

------------------

------------------

-------------

At 31 July 2018

-

6,655

12,146

2,441

21,242

Amortisation for the year

-

3,479

6,010

647

10,136

Impairment in the year

26,999

-

-

-

26,999

Effect of movements in exchange rates

-

-

353

5

358

 

----------------

----------------

------------------

------------------

-------------

At 31 July 2019

26,999

10,134

18,509

3,093

58,735

 

----------------

-----------------

------------------

------------------

-------------

Carrying amounts

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2018

106,672

32,645

10,848

1,247

151,412

 

----------------

-----------------

------------------

------------------

-------------

At 31 July 2019

88,759

32,222

14,256

845

136,082

 

----------------

-----------------

------------------

------------------

-------------

 

The Goodwill and other intangible assets are allocated to the Group's segments as follows:

 

 

United Kingdom

 

Netherlands

 

 

Rest of Mainland Europe 

United States

 

Total

 

 

2019

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Goodwill

44,508

11,090

21,648

11,513

88,759

 Other intangible assets

15,842

4,913

10,782

15,786

47,323

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

       Total intangible assets

60,350

16,003

32,430

27,299

136,082

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

 

 

       2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Goodwill

44,508

-

23,652

38,512

106,672

 Other intangible assets

16,307

-

12,373

16,060

44,740

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

       Total intangible assets

60,815

-

36,025

54,572

151,412

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

 

6.   Intangible assets (continued)

 

Following the acquisition of Esize Holdings BV, the Group reassessed the appropriateness of existing CGUs. As a result of this assessment an additional CGU for the Netherlands has been added to the existing CGU's (existing CGUs being United Kingdom, United States and Rest of Mainland Europe). These four CGUs reflect the reportable segments used by the Group.  The Netherlands CGU incorporates the assets and cashflows associated with Proactis Benelux BV and Esize Holdings BV which are both based in the Netherlands and managed as one reportable segment.

 

Goodwill impairment testing

In accordance with IFRS, the Group tests the carrying value of goodwill and intangible assets for impairment annually and whenever events or circumstances change.

 

Impairment testing is performed by comparing the carrying value of those assts within each cash-generating unit (CGU) to the recoverable amount, determined on the basis of the CGU's value in use. The value in use is based on the net present value of future cash flow projections discounted at pre-tax rates appropriate for each CGU.

 

The Group's CGUs for the purposes of impairment testing, consist of United Kingdom, Netherlands, Rest of Mainland Europe and United States.

 

The value in use calculations are based upon detailed budgets and forecasts prepared over a 3 year period, followed by an extrapolation into perpetuity for the terminal value of expected cash flows at growth rates given below, discounted at the rates provided below.  Growth rates used reflect the best estimates of the long-term growth rate for each cash generating unit. The discount rates reflect the different risk profiles the Directors attach to each income stream and CGU. 

 

Key assumptions used in the value in use calculations are as follows:

 

2019

2018

 

%

%

Long term growth rate

2.00

2.00

Discount rate (pre-tax rate) UK CGU

11.47

10.69

Discount rate (pre-tax rate) NL CGU

12.25

-

Discount rate (pre-tax rate) EU CGU

11.86

13.33

Discount rate (pre-tax rate) US CGU

16.51

13.29

Budgeted revenue growth rate (average of next 3 years)

3.58

3.51

Budgeted staff costs growth rate (average of next 3 years)

2.00

2.00

 

-------------

-------------

The Directors' key assumptions relate to revenue growth, length of contract, gross and operating margins and discount rate.

 

The value in use calculations performed as at 31 July 2019 which were sensitised for reasonably possible changes in key assumptions indicated the need to impair goodwill in the United States CGU to the amount of £27.0m. The United Kingdom, Netherlands and Rest of Mainland Europe showed headroom in these calculations.

 

A 0.1% movement in the discount rate or a 3% reduction in initial revenue growth would remove the headroom in the United Kingdom CGU. A 0.2% movement in the discount rate or a 9% reduction in initial revenue growth would remove the headroom in the Netherlands CGU.  A 0.2% movement in the discount rate or a 5% reduction in initial revenue growth would remove the headroom in the Rest of Mainland Europe CGU; and a 0.1% movement in the discount rate or a 1% reduction in initial revenue growth would lead to a further impairment in the United States CGU.
 

7.     Net debt

 

 

2019

2018

Non-current

£000

£000

 

 

 

Secured bank loans

41,034

35,918

Convertible notes

5,543

3,848

Finance lease liabilities

27

40

 

-------------

-------------

Total non-current

46,604

39,806

 

-------------

-------------

Current

 

 

Secured bank loans

3,181

2,985

Finance lease liabilities

30

77

 

-------------

-------------

Total current

3,211

3,062

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

Total borrowings

49,815

42,868

 

 

 

Less:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

7,732

9,561

 

-------------

-------------

Net debt

42,083

33,307

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

Bank net debt

36,483

29,344

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

8.     Acquisitions

 

On 6 August 2018, the Group acquired 100% of the voting equity interests of Esize Holdings BV ('Esize').

For the 12 months ended 31 July 2019, Esize Holdings BV LLC and its subsidiary contributed revenue of £5,263,000 and profit before tax of £756,000. This does not factor in the amortisation of intangible assets that will now be recognised in the Group accounts.

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

 

 

 

£000

Cash

 

 

8,575

Ordinary shares issued

 

 

1,396

Convertible loan note

 

 

2,680

Contingent consideration

 

 

893

Settlement of pre-existing relationship

 

 

(65)

 

 

 

-------------

Total consideration transferred

 

 

13,479

 

 

 

-------------

The Group has issued €3,000,000 in convertible loan notes with a redemption date of August 2023.

Esize Holdings BV had outstanding debts of €73,000 with its previous owner at the time of acquisition. The Group has attributed £65,000 of the consideration transferred to the settlement of this debt.

The contingent consideration is calculated based on the estimated likelihood of Esize achieving certain revenue targets in the 12 months to 31 July 2019. As these targets have been met, the full amount of contingent consideration will be converted to convertible loan notes post 31 July 2019.

The Group incurred acquisition-related costs of £300,000 on legal fees and due diligence costs. These costs were incurred in both the current and prior financial years.

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

8.     Acquisitions (continued)

 

 

 

 

Fair value

 

 

 

£000

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

114

Customer related intangible assets

 

 

3,056

Capitalised development costs

 

 

1,505

Other intangible assets

 

 

90

Trade and other receivables

 

 

753

Cash

 

 

210

Trade and other payables

 

 

(571)

Deferred revenue

 

 

(261)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

(503)

 

 

 

-------------

Total identifiable net assets acquired

 

 

4,393

 

 

 

-------------

 

 

 

 

The fair value adjustments relate to the recognition of intangible assets in accordance with IFRSs. 

Pre-acquisition carrying amounts were determined based on applicable IFRSs, immediately prior to the acquisition.  The values of assets and liabilities recognised are estimated fair values. 

Goodwill arising from the acquisition has been recognised as follows:

 

 

 

£000

Consideration transferred

 

 

13,479

Fair value of identifiable net assets

 

 

(4,393)

 

 

 

-------------

Goodwill

 

 

9,086

 

 

 

-------------

The goodwill is attributable to the skilled labour force of the acquired business, expected future growth and enhancement of market share. These values were not recognised as a separate intangible asset on the basis that they could not be separated from the value generated from the business as a whole. None of the goodwill recognised is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

 

In the prior year, on 4 August 2017, the Group acquired 100% of the voting equity interests of Perfect Commerce LLC. This meant the Group also acquired 78.95% of the voting equity interests of Hubwoo SA.

For the 12 months ended 31 July 2018, Perfect Commerce LLC and its subsidiaries contributed revenue of £26,418,000 and profit before tax of £2,167,000. This does not factor in the amortisation of intangible assets that will now be recognised in the Group accounts.

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

 

 

 

£000

Cash

 

 

93,985

Convertible notes

 

 

3,836

Contingent consideration

 

 

3,836

Settlement of debt

 

 

(13,077)

 

 

 

-------------

Total consideration transferred

 

 

88,580

 

 

 

-------------

The Group agreed to pay the selling shareholders in December 2017 additional consideration of $5,000,000 if certain conditions were met. The Group has included £3,836,000 as contingent consideration related to the additional consideration, which represents its fair value at the date of acquisition.

The Group has issued $5,000,000 in convertible loan notes with a redemption date of August 2022.

Perfect Commerce LLC had outstanding debts of $17,044,000 with its previous owner at the time of acquisition. The Group has attributed £13,077,000 of the consideration transferred to the settlement of this debt.

The Group incurred acquisition-related costs of £3,055,000 on legal fees and due diligence costs. These costs were accrued in the year ended July 2017.

 

 

 

8.     Acquisitions (continued)

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

 

 

 

Fair value

 

 

 

£000

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

564

Customer related intangible assets

 

 

23,220

Capitalised development costs

 

 

5,759

Other intangible assets

 

 

176

Deferred tax assets

 

 

619

Trade and other receivables

 

 

16,510

Cash

 

 

4,525

Finance lease liabilities

 

 

(169)

Trade and other payables

 

 

(27,861)

Deferred revenue

 

 

(7,464)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

(8,531)

 

 

 

-------------

Total identifiable net assets acquired

 

 

7,348

 

 

 

-------------

The fair value adjustments relate to the recognition of intangible assets in accordance with IFRSs. 

Pre-acquisition carrying amounts were determined based on applicable IFRSs, immediately prior to the acquisition.  The values of assets and liabilities recognised are estimated fair values. 

Goodwill arising from the acquisition has been recognised as follows:

 

 

 

£000

Consideration transferred

 

 

88,580

NCI, based on their proportionate interest in the recognised amounts of the net assets of the Hubwoo subgroup

 

 

2,566

Fair value of identifiable net assets

 

 

(7,348)

 

 

 

-------------

Goodwill

 

 

83,798

 

 

 

-------------

The goodwill is attributable to the skilled labour force of the acquired business, expected future growth and enhancement of market share, cross selling opportunities and economies of scale available to Perfect and Hubwoo within Proactis.  These values were not recognised as a separate intangible asset on the basis that they could not be separated from the value generated from the business as a whole.

In the prior year, on 24 October 2017, the Group acquired 100% of the voting equity interests of Proactis Benelux B.V.

For the 9 months ended 31 July 2018, Proactis Benelux B.V. contributed revenue of £345,000 and a loss before tax of £150,000.

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

 

 

 

£000

Cash

 

 

448

Contingent consideration

 

 

1,500

 

 

 

-------------

Total consideration transferred

 

 

1,948

 

 

 

-------------

The Group has recognised £1,500,000 contingent consideration which represents its fair value at the date of acquisition. The contingent consideration is calculated based on the estimated value of contracts that may be agreed between Proactis Benelux BV and certain potential new customers and the likelihood of those potential new customers entering into those contracts. The fair value of this contingent consideration had not changed at 31 July 2018.

The Group incurred acquisition-related costs of £67,000 on legal fees and due diligence costs. These costs have been included in 'other operating expenses'.

 

 

8.     Acquisitions (continued)

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

 

 

 

Fair value

 

 

 

£000

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

3

Trade and other receivables

 

 

342

Cash

 

 

13

Borrowings

 

 

(18)

Trade and other payables

 

 

(314)

Deferred revenue

 

 

(82)

 

 

 

-------------

Total identifiable net liabilities acquired

 

 

(56)

 

 

 

-------------

Goodwill arising from the acquisition has been recognised as follows:

 

 

 

£000

Consideration transferred

 

 

1,948

Fair value of identifiable net liabilities

 

 

56

 

 

 

-------------

Goodwill

 

 

2,004

 

 

 

-------------

The goodwill is attributable to the skilled labour force of the acquired business, expected future growth and enhancement of market share, cross selling opportunities and economies of scale available to Proactis Benelux B.V. within Proactis.  These values were not recognised as a separate intangible asset on the basis that they could not be separated from the value generated from the business as a whole. None of the goodwill recognised is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

 

 

 

 

Additional information - unaudited

Reconciliation of alternative performance measures

 

 

Reported EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted operating profit

Adjusted profit before tax

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

Loss after tax

(26,523)

(26,523)

(26,523)

(26,523)

 

 

 

 

 

Add back:

 

 

 

 

 

Tax charge


703


703


703


703

Net interest charge

1,435

1,435

1,435

-

Share-based payment charges

541

541

541

541

Amortisation

10,136

10,136

-

-

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

26,999

26,999

26,999

26,999

Depreciation

608

608

-

-

Non-core net expenditure

-

1,166

1,166

1,166

Interest charged on convertible loan notes issued in respect of the acquisitions of Perfect Commerce and Esize


-


-


-


139

Amortisation charged on fair value uplift of acquired capitalised development costs


-


-


1,004


1,004

Amortisation charged on customer related intangible assets


-


-


3,479


3,479

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

13,899

15,065

8,804

7,508

 

-------------

-------------

-------------

-------------

 

Management has presented the performance measure adjusted EBITDA because it monitors this performance measure at a consolidated level and it believes that this measure is relevant to an understanding of the Group's financial performance.  Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adjusting profit before taxation to exclude the impact of net finance costs, depreciation, amortisation, share based payment charges and non-core net expenditure. 

 

Adjusted EBITDA is not a defined performance measure in IFRS. The Group's definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable with similarly titled performance measures and disclosures by other entities.

 

 

2019

2018

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit before taxation

(25,820)

3,749

Adjustments for:

 

 

Net finance costs

1,435

1,110

Depreciation

608

511

Amortisation

10,136

7,886

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

26,999

-

Share based payment charges *

541

366

Non-core net expenditure **:

 

 

Costs of restructuring the Group's operations - staff ***

1,533

1,638

Costs of restructuring the Group's operations - other ****

427

1,561

Expenses of acquisition related activities

128

732

Release of contingent consideration

(914)

-

Legal and professional fees

417

439

Fair value movement on forward contract for acquisition *****

-

(735)

Non-core foreign exchange impacts ******

(425)

-

 

-------------

-------------

Adjusted EBITDA

15,065

17,257

 

-------------

-------------

 

 

 

 

Additional information - unaudited (continued)

* Share Based Payments expense has been excluded to enable readers to better understand the underlying trade

** Non-core net expenditure includes significant items of income or expenditure associated primarily with the Groups acquisition activity and the resultant restructuring programmes (together, "non-core-net expenditure).

*** Costs of restructuring the Group's operations - staff includes the salary costs of certain staff members in management position who were made redundant during the year. Management do not consider these costs as recurring.

**** Costs of restructuring the Group's operations - other includes the cost of dual running offices during transition and the cost of running offices prior to closure that are considered not to recur next year.

***** The fair value movement on the forward contract provision is included within other operating expenses in the consolidated income statement.

****** Non-core foreign exchange impacts relates specifically the FX impact in the Income Statement of other items of non-core expenditure and is included as such to be consistent.

 

 

 

 


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