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Thursday 24 September, 2020

Eleco PLC

Interim Results

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Eleco PLC
24 September 2020
 

24 September 2020  

Eleco Public Limited Company  

("Eleco", the "Company" or the "Group")  

  Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2020  

Eleco Public Limited Company (AIM: ELCO), the AIM-listed international construction software specialist, is pleased to announce its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.  

Financial Highlights  

· Revenue down 4 per cent to £12,215,000 (2019 H1: £12,711,000); down 3 per cent at constant exchange rates

· 57% of revenue recurring (2019 H1: 53% of revenue) 

· Operating profit up 19 per cent to £2,071,000 (2019 H1: £1,746,000)  

· Adjusted operating profit* up 11 per cent to £2,366,000 (2019 H1: £2,138,000)  

· Profit before tax up 23 per cent to £1,930,000 (2019 H1: £1,567,000)

· Basic earnings per share up 19 per cent to 1.9p (2019 H1: 1.6p)  

· Adjusted earnings per share** up 10% to 2.2p (2019 H1: 2.0p)  

· Free cash flow*** up 76 per cent to £3,711,000 (2019 H1: £2,111,000)  

· Net cash £4,435,000 (2019 H1: £198,000 net bank debt)  

 

  (* Adjusted profit measures exclude acquisition and corporate finance related costs and amortisation of acquired intangible assets.)  

(** Adjusted earnings per share represents adjusted profit after tax, divided by a weighted average number of shares.)

(*** Free cash flow represents net cash inflow from operating activities less net cash outflow from investing activities.)

  Operational Highlights  

· ShireSystem further diversified software offering to Top 4 Sectors of Food & Drink Manufacturing, Health & Social Care, Chemical & Pharmaceutical and Construction

· Construction planning community offered complimentary Powerproject training to planners on furlough

· Extended licence agreements to enable customers to work remotely

· Implemented full home working to maintain support for customers

· Offered virtual training and consultancy to enable customers to maximise their use of the software

 

 

 

Chairman, Serena Lang said:  "The challenges for the first half of the year were significant for many companies and I am pleased to report that Eleco performed creditably during these times.

Continuing successfully to address the near-term challenges that the current economic conditions present and focusing on our future growth strategy will be ever more important as we continue to recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Our excellent suite of products, loyal customer base and the strength of our Executive team and employees gives me the confidence that we will be able to continue to ride the wave of the storm and focus on the major opportunities ahead of us."

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Eleco Public Limited Company

Tel: +44 (0)20 7422 8000

Serena Lang, Chairman

Jonathan Hunter, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Ben Moralee, Group Finance Director

 

 

finnCap Limited

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7220 0500

Geoff Nash / Kate Bannatyne (Nomad)

Richard Chambers (ECM)

 

 

Newgate Communications

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3757 6880

Elisabeth Cowell / Isabelle Smurfit

[email protected]

About Eleco Public Limited Company

Eleco plc is an AIM-listed (AIM:ELCO) specialist international provider of software and related services to the Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Owner/Operator (AECO) industries and interior furnishing industries from centres of excellence in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and the US. 

The Company's market leading, Elecosoft, software solutions are developed by teams in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany; and its solutions cover project management, estimating, timber engineering, CAD and visualisation, asset and facility management and cloud based digital marketing solutions.

 

The information communicated in this announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.

Chairman's Statement

John Ketteley, after 23 years in the role, has decided it is the right time for him to stand down as Executive Chairman of Eleco and hand the reins over as we report on the results for the 6 months to 30th June. On behalf of all our stakeholders, I would like to take this opportunity to thank John for his enormous contribution over the last 23 years in developing the Elecosoft business and delivering the profitable and growing software business we have today.  We wish him all the very best for the future.

I congratulate Jonathan Hunter, our current COO, on his appointment as Interim CEO. Having worked closely with John for the last decade, Jonathan is acutely familiar with the operations and is well placed to lead the business going forward. I very much look forward to working closely with him and the Executive team over the coming months.

Eleco performed well in the first half of 2020, dealing effectively with the Covid-19 threat to its business and delivering a creditable operational and trading performance as very difficult market conditions developed in the period. 

This has been made possible by the thorough planning and rapid response in dealing with the initial threat of the Covid-19 breakout by our management and I thank all our employees for adapting to their new working environment whilst continuing to provide our customers with continued excellent service.  The initiatives that were taken enabled the Group to remain resilient and cash generative.

Trading Performance

Revenues

Revenues in the first half of 2020 were £12,215,000 (2019: £12,711,000), a decrease in turnover of 4 per cent; or 3 per cent at constant currencies. In my view, our sales, marketing and support colleagues are to be congratulated on their performance given the challenges affecting most of our markets in the period.

Revenues from recurring maintenance, support, and other subscription-based contracts amounted to £6,953,000 (2019: £6,763,000), equivalent to 57 per cent of total unaudited revenues (2019: 53 per cent).

Profit

Operating Profit for the period was £2,071,000 (2019: £1,746,000), an increase of 19 per cent, after crediting £133,000 (2019: £nil) relating to the UK Government's Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme and the comparable schemes in Sweden and Germany and after charging £nil (2019: £97,000) of acquisition and corporate finance related costs.

Adjusted operating profit, before charging acquisition and corporate finance related expenses £nil (2019: £97,000) and amortisation of acquired intangible assets of £295,000 (2019: £295,000) was £2,366,000 (2019: £2,138,000), representing an increase of 11 per cent that reflects the continuing strength of our core business and a strong focus on cost management during the period.

Profit before tax was £1,930,000 (2019: £1,567,000), an increase of 23 per cent.

The earnings per share for the period was 1.9 pence (2019: 1.6 pence), an increase of 19 per cent.

 

Software

Our software portfolio, developed by our inhouse development teams, is the lifeblood of our business. Total software development spend (both capitalised and expensed elements) in the period amounted to £1,623,000 (2019: £1,524,000) and reflect our continuing efforts to enhance our software offering to the market. Software development expenditure capitalised in the period totalled £760,000 (2019: £633,000).

Financial Performance

We worked hard to improve the Group's already strong financial position and, as at 30 June 2020, Eleco had net cash balances of £4,435,000 (2019: £198,000 net bank debt), an amount which included £396,000 of deferred VAT payments as allowed under HMRC guidance (2019: Nil).

Operational Highlights

While retaining existing customers, we have also noted a welcome increase in the number of new accounts that we have gained across different industries in the period. For example, ShireSystem further diversified its customer base in the UK with additions from Food & Drink Manufacturing, Health & Social Care, Chemical & Pharmaceutical and Construction.

Elecosoft supported the construction planning community during a difficult period for the industry by providing complimentary Powerproject training and temporary software licences to planners who had been placed on furlough. We also supported some of our construction customers by offering complimentary extended licence agreements to enable them to work remotely during the Covid-19 lockdown. 

We held a number of well received, complimentary webinars, which dealt with construction delays, pauses and using our software to support the reopening of construction sites.

Other varied opportunities that have enabled us to provide service to our customers include:

· ShireSystem CMMS prevented downtime for Kingspan Insulated Panels across nine sites in six countries.

· Eleco's subsidiary ESIGN launched its new Artificial Intelligence visualisation tool at Domotex, Hanover, in January 2020.

· Powerproject Vision aided the Carey Group to boost business visibility and control.

· Minsur used Powerproject 4D BIM to visualise and report on complex tailings reprocessing plant construction.

· Project planning precision enabled with Powerproject at Oxford University's Beecroft physics building.

· John Sisk & Sons deployed Site Progress Mobile to deliver woodland cabins for Center Parcs.

Recent events have demonstrated the need for us to satisfy our customers' requirements to be able to work more remotely and our software developers and trainers are increasingly seeking opportunities to support our customers in achieving their goals in this regard.

Company Name Change

The Board made the decision to re-instate the former company name, Eleco plc. We had experienced confusion by customers and shareholders between the business brand and the subsidiaries' businesses and the Company's name.  There will now be a clearer distinction between the operational activities under the Elecosoft brand, launched in 2015, and the Company itself.

Interim Dividend

Eleco's strong trading performance and cash generation in the six months to 30 June 2020, would normally have warranted the payment of an interim dividend. However, having regard to the uncertainties created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board has decided to not recommend an interim dividend.

Outlook

The Board believes that there is a greater need now than ever before for our customer base to adopt technology that brings innovation and efficiency.  Elecosoft's suite of solutions continues to be focused on delivering improved efficiencies to our customers, thus enabling them to reduce their own and their customers' costs and project risk. The actions we have taken and the continuing availability of our software, training and services, will enable us to assist our customers to maintain the momentum of their businesses in the year ahead despite the prevailing difficulties they face.

The challenges for the first half of the year were significant for many companies and I am pleased to report that Eleco performed creditably during these times and that all affected staff have been taken off furlough and returned to full time work.

Continuing successfully to address the near-term challenges that the current economic conditions present and focusing on our future growth strategy will be ever more important as we continue to recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Our excellent suite of products, loyal customer base and the strength of our Executive team and employees gives me the confidence that we will be able to continue to ride the wave of the storm and address the major opportunities ahead of us.

 

Serena Lang

Chairman

24 September 2020

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement 

for the financial period ended 30 June 2020 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

2019

 

 

 

Notes

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

3,4

12,215

 

12,711

 

25,398

Cost of sales

 

 

 

(1,298)

 

(1,319)

 

(2,647)

Gross profit

 

 

 

10,917

 

11,392

 

22,751

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets

 

(786)

 

(653)

 

(1,445)

Acquisition and corporate finance related expenses

-

 

(97)

 

(143)

Other selling and administrative expenses

 

(8,060)

 

(8,896)

 

(17,351)

Selling and administrative expenses

 

(8,846)

 

(9,646)

 

(18,939)

Operating profit

4,5

2,071

 

1,746

 

3,812

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

6

-

 

-

 

-

Finance cost

 

 

6

(141)

 

(179)

 

(339)

Profit before tax

 

 

1,930

 

1,567

 

3,473

Tax

 

 

 

(414)

 

(279)

 

(772)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial period

 

 

1,516

 

1,288

 

2,701

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

1,516

 

1,288

 

2,701

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

7

1.9p

 

1.6p

 

3.3p

Diluted earnings per share

 

7

1.8p

 

1.6p

 

3.3p

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income 

for the financial period ended 30 June 2020 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

2019

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Profit for the period

 

 

1,516

 

1,288

 

2,701

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

 

  Translation differences on foreign operations

 

58

 

8

 

(51)

Other comprehensive income net of tax

 

58

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

1,574

 

1,296

 

2,650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

1,574

 

1,296

 

2,650

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity 

for the financial period ended 30 June 2020 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Translation reserve

Other reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2020 (restated)

822

2,047

1,002

(198)

(108)

14,359

17,924

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

(9)

-

(9)

Issue of share capital

1

15

-

-

-

-

16

Transactions with owners

1

15

-

-

(9)

-

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,516

1,516

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of net investments in foreign operations

-

-

-

58

-

-

58

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

58

-

1,516

1,574

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

823

2,062

1,002

(140)

(117)

15,875

19,505

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Translation reserve

Other reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2019 (restated)

818

2,049

1,004

(148)

(177)

11,933

15,479

Adjustments for prior periods (IFRS 16)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

At 1 January 2019 (restated)

818

2,049

1,004

(148)

(177)

11,933

15,479

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(141)

(141)

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

12

-

12

Issue of share capital

2

-

(2)

-

-

-

-

Transactions with owners

2

-

(2)

-

12

(141)

(129)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,288

1,288

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of net investments in foreign operations

1

-

-

8

-

-

9

Total comprehensive income for the period

1

-

-

8

-

1,288

1,297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2019 (restated unaudited)

821

2,049

1,002

(140)

(165)

13,080

16,647

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Translation reserve

Other reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2019 (originally stated)

818

2,049

1,004

(148)

(177)

11,933

15,479

Adjustments for prior periods (IFRS 16)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

At 1 January 2019 (restated)

818

2,049

1,004

(148)

(177)

11,933

15,479

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(275)

(275)

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

70

-

70

Issue of share capital

4

(4)

-

-

-

-

-

Transactions with owners

4

(4)

-

-

70

(275)

(205)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

2,701

2,701

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of net investments in foreign operations

-

-

-

(51)

-

-

(51)

Other

-

2

(2)

1

(1)

-

-

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

2

(2)

(50)

(1)

2,701

2,650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2019 (restated)

822

2,047

1,002

(198)

(108)

14,359

17,924

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet 

at 30 June 2020 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

2019

 

 

 

 

Notes

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

 

 

15,643

 

15,684

 

15,598

Other intangible assets

 

 

9

7,223

 

7,445

 

7,242

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

702

 

821

 

734

Right-of-Use assets

 

 

 

2,033

 

2,151

 

2,048

Deferred tax assets

 

 

 

87

 

155

 

118

Total non-current assets

 

 

25,688

 

26,256

 

25,740

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

 

 

16

 

85

 

46

Trade and other receivables

 

 

3,035

 

3,920

 

4,339

Current tax assets

 

 

 

82

 

54

 

105

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

9,779

 

6,763

 

7,236

Total current assets

 

 

 

12,912

 

10,822

 

11,726

Total assets

 

 

 

38,600

 

37,078

 

37,466

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

 

10

(1,648)

 

(1,647)

 

(1,645)

Lease liabilities

 

 

 

(589)

 

(588)

 

(558)

Trade and other payables

 

 

 

(1,529)

 

(1,304)

 

(1,704)

Provisions

 

 

 

 

(142)

 

(144)

 

(142)

Current tax liabilities

 

 

 

(87)

 

(375)

 

(117)

Accruals and deferred income

 

11

(8,263)

 

(7,786)

 

(7,747)

Total current liabilities

 

 

 

(12,258)

 

(11,844)

 

(11,913)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

 

10

(3,696)

 

(5,314)

 

(4,490)

Lease liabilities

 

 

 

(1,663)

 

(1,767)

 

(1,691)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

 

(1,437)

 

(1,465)

 

(1,407)

Non-current provisions

 

 

 

(41)

 

(41)

 

(41)

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

(6,837)

 

(8,587)

 

(7,629)

Total liabilities

 

 

 

(19,095)

 

(20,431)

 

(19,542)

Net assets

 

 

 

 

19,505

 

16,647

 

17,924

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

 

823

 

821

 

822

Share premium account

 

 

 

2,062

 

2,049

 

2,047

Merger reserve

 

 

 

1,002

 

1,002

 

1,002

Translation reserve

 

 

 

(140)

 

(140)

 

(198)

Other reserve

 

 

 

(117)

 

(165)

 

(108)

Retained earnings

 

 

 

15,875

 

13,080

 

14,359

Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent

19,505

 

16,647

 

17,924

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows 

for the financial period ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

six months to 30 June

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

2019

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

 

 

1,930

 

1,567

 

3,473

Net finance costs

 

 

141

 

179

 

339

Depreciation charge

 

 

426

 

450

 

902

Amortisation charge

 

 

786

 

653

 

1,445

Profit on sale of property, plant and equipment

 

-

 

(4)

 

(8)

Share-based payment charge

 

 

(9)

 

12

 

70

Decrease in provisions

 

 

-

 

-

 

(2)

Cash generated in operations before working capital movements

3,274

 

2,857

 

6,219

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

1,304

 

571

 

152

Decrease/(increase) in inventories and work in progress

30

 

(75)

 

(39)

Decrease in trade and other payables and accruals and deferred income

341

 

(223)

 

337

Cash generated in operations

 

 

4,949

 

3,130

 

6,669

Interest paid

 

 

 

(112)

 

(150)

 

(268)

Interest received

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Net income tax paid

 

 

(354)

 

(239)

 

(1,052)

Net cash inflow from operating activities

 

4,483

 

2,741

 

5,349

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of intangible assets

 

 

(760)

 

(633)

 

(1,237)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(35)

 

(50)

 

(110)

Acquisition of subsidiary undertakings net of cash acquired

 

-

 

-

 

-

Proceeds from sale of property, plant, equipment and intangible assets

 

23

 

53

 

67

Sale of businesses net of expenses

 

-

 

-

 

-

Net cash outflow from investing activities

 

(772)

 

(630)

 

(1,280)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from new bank loan

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Repayment of bank loans

 

 

(812)

 

(823)

 

(1,646)

Repayments of obligations under finance leases

 

(375)

 

(392)

 

(755)

Issue of share capital

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Equity dividends paid

 

 

-

 

(141)

 

(275)

Intercompany

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from financing activities

(1,187)

 

(1,356)

 

(2,676)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

2,524

 

755

 

1,393

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

7,236

 

6,036

 

6,036

Effects of changes in foreign exchange rates

 

19

 

(28)

 

(193)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

9,779

 

6,763

 

7,236

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and short term deposits

 

 

9,779

 

6,763

 

7,236

Bank overdrafts

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

9,779

 

6,763

 

7,236

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

1. General information

The company is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is 66 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HB. The company changed its name from Elecosoft plc to Eleco plc on 17 July 2020.

The company is listed on the Alternative Investment Market ("AIM").

The condensed consolidated interim financial information does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 have been filed at Companies House. The audit report was not qualified and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

2. Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months to 30 June 2020 have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies which will be applied in the twelve months financial statements to 31 December 2019. These accounting policies are drawn up in accordance with International Accounting Standards (IAS) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and as adopted for use in the European Union that are effective at 30 June 2020.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are unaudited. They do not include all the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements, and therefore should be read in conjunction with the Group's published financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019. The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2019 are not the Company's statutory accounts for that period but have been extracted from these accounts. The accounting policies applied in these interim financial statements are the same as those applied in the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, with the addition of a Government Grant policy.

The Directors, having considered the Group's current financial resources, have concluded that they are adequate for the Group's present requirements. Therefore, the condensed consolidated interim financial information has been prepared on the going concern basis. 

Estimates

Application of the Group's accounting policies in preparing condensed consolidated interim financial statements requires management to make judgements and estimates that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses.  Actual results may ultimately differ from these estimates.

In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.

 

 

 

Risks and uncertainties

A summary of the Group's principal risks and uncertainties was set out on page 10 of the 2019 annual report and accounts. The Board considers these risks and uncertainties are still relevant to the current financial year and the impact of changes in the UK economy is reviewed in the Chairman's statement contained in this report.

The Interim Report was approved by the Directors on 24 September 2020.

 

3. Revenue

Revenue disclosed in the income statement is analysed as follows:

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year to 31 December

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

 

 

 

(restated)

 

(restated)

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Licence sales

 

2,721

 

3,018

 

5,877

Recurring maintenance, support and subscription revenue

 

6,953

 

6,763

 

13,557

Services income

 

2,541

 

2,930

 

5,964

 

 

12,215

 

12,711

 

25,398

 

The categories of revenue have been updated to include subscription-based revenue in recurring maintenance, support and subscription revenue, and prior period amounts have been adjusted to conform them to the current year presentation.

Revenue is recognised for each category as follows:

· Licence sales - recognised at the point of transfer (delivery) of the licence to a customer.

· Maintenance, support and subscriptions - as these services are provided over the term of the contract, revenue is recognised over the life of the contract.

· Services - recognised on delivery of the service.

For the year ended 31 December 2019, reclassification of revenue types has been made with a net effect that £878,000 has been reclassified from Recurring to Services, while £169,000 has been reclassified from Licence to Services.

 

 

 

4. Segmental information

Operating segments

IFRS 8 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about components of the Group that are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker to allocate resources to the segments and to assess their performance.

The chief operating decision maker has been identified as the Executive Directors. The Group revenue is derived entirely from the sale of software licenses, software maintenance and support and related services. Consequently, the Executive Directors review the three revenue streams, but as the costs are not recorded in the same way, the information is presented as one segment and as such the information is presented in line with management information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

 Year ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

12,215

 

12,711

 

25,398

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

3,283

 

2,946

 

6,302

Amortisation and impairment of purchased intangible assets

 

(491)

 

(358)

 

(855)

Depreciation

 

(426)

 

(450)

 

(902)

Adjusted operating profit

 

2,366

 

2,138

 

4,545

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

(295)

 

(295)

 

(590)

Acquisition expenses

 

-

 

(97)

 

(143)

Operating profit

 

2,071

 

1,746

 

3,812

Net finance cost

 

(141)

 

(179)

 

(339)

Segment profit before tax

 

1,930

 

1,567

 

3,473

Tax

 

(414)

 

(279)

 

(772)

Segment profit after tax

 

1,516

 

1,288

 

2,701

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

2,071

 

1,746

 

3,812

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

786

 

653

 

1,445

Depreciation charge

 

426

 

450

 

902

Acquisition expenses

 

-

 

97

 

143

Adjusted EBITDA

 

3,283

 

2,946

-

6,302

 

 

 

 

 

Geographical, product and sales channel information

Revenue by geographical segment represents revenue from external customers based upon the geographical location of the customer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

 Year ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

 

 

4,645

 

4,704

 

9,436

Scandinavia

 

 

2,995

 

3,380

 

6,548

Germany

 

 

2,216

 

2,206

 

4,487

USA

 

 

438

 

442

 

1,021

Rest of Europe

 

 

1,750

 

1,717

 

3,407

Rest of World

 

 

171

 

262

 

499

 

 

 

12,215

 

12,711

 

25,398

 

Revenue by product group represents revenue from external customers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year ended

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project management

 

 

4,708

 

5,104

 

10,090

Site management

 

 

187

 

192

 

395

Estimating

 

 

1,381

 

1,403

 

2,737

Engineering

 

 

988

 

1,100

 

2,232

CAD/Design

 

 

836

 

1,037

 

1,969

Information management

 

 

584

 

710

 

1,400

Visualisation

 

 

2,205

 

2,020

 

4,150

Maintenance management

 

 

1,326

 

1,145

 

2,425

 

 

 

12,215

 

12,711

 

25,398

 

The Group utilises resellers to access certain markets. Revenue by sales channel represents revenue from external customers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year ended

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct

 

 

11,628

 

12,077

 

24,149

Reseller

 

 

587

 

634

 

1,249

 

 

 

12,215

 

12,711

 

25,398

 

5. Operating profit

Operating profit for the period is after charging the following items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year ended

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Software product development

864

 

891

 

1,862

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

141

 

158

 

241

Depreciation of right-of-use assets

285

 

292

 

661

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

295

 

295

 

590

Amortisation of other intangible assets

491

 

358

 

855

Share based payments

 

(9)

 

12

 

70

Employer furlough scheme

 

(133)

 

-

 

-

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

 

(4)

 

(8)

Foreign exchange (gains)/losses

(10)

 

23

 

110

Acquisition and other project related expenses

 

-

 

97

 

143

 

6. Net finance cost

Finance income and costs disclosed in the income statement is set out below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

7. Earnings per share

The calculations of the earnings per share are based on profit after tax attributable to the ordinary equity shareholders of the Company and the weighted average number of shares in issue for the reporting period.

 

Six months to 30 June

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

Year to 31 December 2019

 

Profit attributable to shareholders
(£'000)

Weighted average number of shares
(millions)

EPS (p)

 

Profit attributable to shareholders
(£'000)

Weighted average number of shares
(millions)

EPS (p)

 

Profit attributable to shareholders
(£'000)

Weighted average number of shares
(millions)

EPS (p)

Basic earnings per share

1,516

81.3

1.9

 

1,288

81.1

1.6

 

2,701

81.1

3.3

Diluted earnings per share

1,516

82.0

1.8

 

1,288

81.9

1.6

 

2,701

81.8

3.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share

1,755

81.3

2.2

 

1,621

81.1

2.0

 

3,322

81.1

4.1

 

Shares held by the Employee Share Ownership Trust are excluded from the weighted average number of shares in the period. Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders is reconciled to reported profit attributable to shareholders in note 13.

 

8. Dividends

No dividends have been paid in the six months to 30 June 2020 (2019: 0.40 pence per ordinary share).

 

Scrip dividends were issued in the six months to 30 June 2020 as follows:

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year to 31 December

 

 

2020

2020

 

2019

2019

 

2019

2019

Ordinary shares

 

shares issued

£'000

 

shares issued

£'000

 

shares issued

£'000

Declared and paid during the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim - current year

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

171,658

133

Final - previous year

 

-

-

 

248,585

186

 

248,585

186

 

 

-

-

 

248,585

186

 

420,243

319

 

 

 

Cash dividends of £nil (2019: £141,000) were paid in the six months to 30 June 2020 as follows:

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year to 31 December

 

 

2020

2020

 

2019

2019

 

2019

2019

Ordinary shares

 

per share

£'000

 

per share

£'000

 

per share

£'000

Declared and paid during the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim - current year

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

0.30

134

Final - previous year

 

0.40

-

 

0.40

141

 

0.40

141

 

 

0.40

-

 

0.40

141

 

0.70

275

 

The Directors have not recommended an interim dividend (2019: 0.30 pence per ordinary share).

 

9. Other intangible assets

Other intangible assets comprise capitalised development costs, acquired customer relationships and purchased intangible assets. Additions in the six months to 30 June 2020 represent purchased intangible assets of £nil (2019: £nil) and internal development costs capitalised of £760,000 (2019: £633,000) Internal development relates to software development projects that meet the accounting policy criteria for capitalisation.

 

10. Cash and borrowings

The net cash position of the group as at 30 June 2020 is set out below.

 

 

 

 

At 30 June

At 31 December

 

 

 

 

2020

2019

2019

 

 

 

 

 

(restated)

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

 

9,779

6,763

7,236

Bank loans

 

(5,344)

(6,961)

(6,135)

Bank overdrafts

 

-

-

-

Lease liabilities

(2,252)

(2,355)

(2,249)

 

 

 

 

2,183

(2,553)

(1,148)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maturity profile of borrowings

 

 

 

 

In one year or less

 

 

(1,648)

(1,647)

(1,645)

Between one and two years

 

(1,648)

(1,647)

(1,648)

Between two and five years

 

(2,048)

(3,667)

(2,842)

 

 

 

 

(5,344)

(6,961)

(6,135)

 

The Group's borrowings include a five-year fixed term loan of £8.0m with Barclays Bank.

The new facility is repayable over five years, with equal quarterly instalments of £400,000. The interest rate has been fixed for three years at 3.768%. The group also retains its existing £1.0m overdraft facility. Security provided to the bank comprises a cross guarantee and debenture between Elecosoft plc and certain group subsidiaries.

 

11. Accruals and deferred income

 

 

 

 

At 30 June

At 31 December

 

 

 

 

2020

2019

2019

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Accruals

 

 

 

2,020

1,957

1,885

Deferred income

 

 

6,243

5,829

5,862

 

 

 

 

8,263

7,786

7,747

 

Deferred income represents income from software maintenance and support contracts and is taken to revenue in the income statement on a straight-line basis in line with the service and obligations over the term of the contract.

 

12. Related Party Disclosures

Transactions between Group undertakings, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note.

The Directors of the Company had no material transactions with the Company during the year, other than a result of service agreements.

An amount of £36,667 (2019: £37,500) was paid to JHB Ketteley & Co Limited under a lease for occupation by the Group of 66 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HB and £2,500 (2019: £2,500) for a contribution to the office costs at Burnham-on-Crouch. J H B Ketteley is a director of JHB Ketteley & Co Limited.

An amount of £14,400 (2019: £9,900) was paid to Political Lobbying & Media Relations Ltd (PLMR) in respect of website development costs. K Craig is a director of PLMR.

13. Additional performance measures

The Group uses adjusted figures, which are not defined by generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") such as IFRS. Adjusted figures and underlying growth rates are presented as additional performance measures used by management, as they provide relevant information in assessing the Group's performance, position and cash flows. We believe that these measures enable investors to track more clearly the core operational performance of the Group, by separating out items of income or expenditure relating to acquisitions, disposals and capital items. Our management uses these financial measures, along with IFRS financial measures, in evaluating the operating performance of the Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 Year ended

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

2020

 

2019

 

2019

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

2,071

 

1,746

 

3,812

Acquisition related expenses

-

 

97

 

143

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

295

 

295

 

590

Adjusted operating profit

2,366

 

2,138

 

4,545

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

1,930

 

1,567

 

3,473

Acquisition related expenses

-

 

97

 

143

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

295

 

295

 

590

Adjusted profit before tax

2,225

 

1,959

 

4,206

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax charge

(414)

 

(279)

 

(772)

Acquisition related expenses

-

 

-

 

-

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

(56)

 

(59)

 

(112)

Adjusted tax charge

(470)

 

(338)

 

(884)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax

1,516

 

1,288

 

2,701

Acquisition related expenses

-

 

97

 

143

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

239

 

236

 

478

Adjusted profit after tax

1,755

 

1,621

 

3,322

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated in operations

4,949

 

3,130

 

6,669

Purchase of intangible assets

(760)

 

(633)

 

(1,237)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(35)

 

(50)

 

(110)

Acquisition related expenses

-

 

72

 

143

Adjusted operating cash flow

4,154

 

2,519

 

5,465

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating cash flow

4,154

 

2,519

 

5,465

Net interest paid

(112)

 

(150)

 

(268)

Tax paid

(354)

 

(239)

 

(1,052)

Proceeds from disposal of PPE

23

 

53

 

67

Acquisition expenses

-

 

(72)

 

(143)

Free cashflow

3,711

 

2,111

 

4,069

 

14. Exchange rates

The following exchange rates have been applied in preparing the condensed consolidated financial statements:

 

Income statement

 

Balance sheet

 

Year to 31 December 2019

 

Six months to 30 June

 

As at 30 June

 

Income

Balance

 

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

 

Statement

sheet

Swedish Krona to Sterling

12.17

11.97

 

11.52

11.79

 

12.06

12.39

Euro to Sterling

1.15

1.14

 

1.10

1.12

 

1.14

1.18

US Dollar to Sterling

1.27

1.29

 

1.24

1.27

 

1.28

1.33

 

15. Government Grants

Grants related to income are presented as part of the profit and loss and have been deducted against the related expense in the period.

Grants, across the Group, amounted to £133,000 during the six months ended 30 June 2020.

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