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Tuesday 14 November, 2017

AVEVA Group PLC

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 3795W
AVEVA Group PLC
14 November 2017
 

14 November 2017

 

 

AVEVA GROUP PLC

 

INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

AVEVA Group plc ('AVEVA' or 'the Group'), one of the world's leading providers of engineering design and information management software, today announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2017.

 

Financials

 

Six months ended 30 September

2017

2016

Change

Revenue

£93.9m

£84.3m

11.5%

Adjusted* profit before tax

£10.3m

£9.1m

13.2%

Adjusted* diluted earnings per share

12.35p

9.92p

24.5%

Exceptional acquisition costs**

£20.0m

-

-

(Loss)/profit before tax

(£12.4m)

£5.5m

-

Basic (loss)/earnings per share

(19.91p)

6.47p

-

Net cash

£133.0m

£124.4m

6.8%

 

*   Adjusted profit before tax and adjusted earnings per share are calculated before amortisation of intangible assets (excluding other software), share-based payments, gain/loss on fair value of forward foreign exchange contracts and exceptional items. Adjusted earnings per share also include the tax effects of these adjustments.

** Exceptional costs of £20.0m were incurred in relation to the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business.

 

Highlights

·      Good performance reflects strong sales execution and more stable market conditions

·      Revenue increased 11.5% to £93.9 million (2016 - £84.3 million)

·      Constant currency revenue up 5.9%, with strong growth in Asia Pacific and stabilisation in EMEA

·      Adjusted profit before tax up 13.2% to £10.3 million (2016 - £9.1 million)

·      Reported loss before tax of £12.4 million (2016 - £5.5 million profit) as a result of the exceptional costs incurred in relation to the Schneider Electric Software Business combination

·      Constant currency adjusted profit before tax up 16.1%

·      Full year outlook remains in line with the Board's expectations

·      Preparation for completion is on track with closure expected to be at or around the end of 2017. A further update on progress and timing will be provided in due course.

 

 

Chief Executive Officer, James Kidd said:

 

"I am pleased with AVEVA's performance in the first half. Although we have yet to see a broad-based recovery in our end markets, we have seen solid growth in constant currency revenue and adjusted profit before tax. This improved performance was partly driven by the changes made to the business last year, when we simplified AVEVA's management structure, giving both greater decision-making capabilities and direct accountability for performance to our regions. The Board remains confident in AVEVA's outlook for the full year and excited about the growth opportunities that the combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business will bring."

 

 

Enquiries:

 

AVEVA Group plc

Matt Springett, Head of Investor Relations

Tel: 01223 556 655

 

FTI Consulting LLP

Edward Bridges / Dwight Burden

Tel: 020 3727 1000

 

 

Conference call and webcast

AVEVA management will host a conference call and audio-webcast, for registered participants, at 09:30 (GMT) today. The audio-webcast will be also accessible via the AVEVA website following the presentation.

To register for the webcast and access the presentation materials please visit:

http://www.aveva.com/en/Investors.aspx.

 

Conference calls dial in details:

 

Telephone: +44(0)20 3427 1918

 

Conference call code: 6603733

 

Participants are advised to visit the website at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the call in order to register and, for those accessing the webcast, in order to download and install any audio software that may be required.

 

Conference call participants will be able to ask questions during the Q&A session, but those on the webcast will be in a listen only mode.

 

A full replay facility will be made available later in the day.

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

Overview of trading

AVEVA delivered a much-improved performance in the six months to 30 September 2017. Revenue increased 11.5% to £93.9 million (2016 - £84.3 million) and on a constant currency basis revenue increased 5.9%. Adjusted profit before tax grew 13.2% to £10.3 million (2016 - £9.1 million) and on a constant currency basis increased 16.1%. On a reported basis, the Group returned a £12.4 million loss before tax (2016 - £5.5 million profit) as a result of the exceptional costs incurred in relation to the Schneider Electric Software Business combination.

 

This improved performance was driven by a sharp focus on execution and getting closer to our customers. This followed simplification of AVEVA's management structure with greater decision-making capabilities and direct accountability for performance being allocated to our regions. More customer-facing people were added to the Executive team, including a Chief Revenue Officer, with overall responsibility for leading Global Sales, Partnership Management and Marketing.

 

Market developments have also been favourable. There have been some pockets of growth in Marine, which is our second largest end market and signs of stabilisation in our largest end market of Oil & Gas.

 

On a regional basis, AVEVA delivered a strong performance in Asia Pacific where growth was driven by new orders from Marine customers including Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, DSEC, China Merchants Heavy Industries and Xiamen Shipbuilding.

 

The performance in EMEA was robust, with constant currency revenue broadly flat on the prior year, representing a significant sequential improvement in trend from H2 2017.

 

We also saw a good performance in the Americas, with a solid increase in recurring revenue on a constant currency basis; although there was a slight reduction in overall regional revenue due to lower Initial Licence Fees. This related to a strong prior year comparative, when the Group signed a large contract with an Owner Operator (OO) in the Power market. Market conditions in Latin America remained difficult.

 

AVEVA Everything3DTM (AVEVA E3DTM) grew strongly during the period as existing customers continued to migrate and new contracts were won. It contributed around 16% of total revenue, up from approximately 11% in the prior year, representing revenue growth of some 50%.

 

AVEVA continues to be highly cash generative with net cash at 30 September 2017 increasing to £133.0 million (March 2017 - £130.9 million). This was after dividend payments of £17.3 million, losses on the translation of non-Sterling cash deposits of £2.0 million and exceptional cash costs relating to the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business of £2.4 million.

 

Planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business

On 5 September 2017, AVEVA and Schneider Electric announced an agreement to combine AVEVA and the Schneider Electric Software Business to create a global leader in engineering and industrial software. This proposed combination received shareholder approval on 29 September 2017 and preparation for completion is on track with closure expected to be at or around the end of 2017. A further update on progress and timing will be provided in due course.

 

The combination will be transformational for AVEVA and supports all of our strategic objectives in growing sales of More than 3D (MT3D) products, sales to OOs, increasing scale in Growth Markets, broadening our exposure into additional industrial end markets and developing our Software as a Service (SaaS) and Cloud offering.

 

It will also advance our vision for the widespread adoption of constantly-evolving Digital Assets by the capital-intensive industries that we serve. By adding new capabilities to AVEVA's engineering design and 3D visualisation technologies, the combination will enable the Group to offer customers Digital Twins of their physical assets throughout their whole life cycle.

 

A Digital Twin is a virtual replica of a physical asset, an evolving, digital model that updates and changes as its physical counterpart changes. Together the product portfolios of AVEVA and the Schneider Electric Software Business are in a unique position to create and visualise Digital Twins that will accompany a physical asset from the initial simulations phase, through design and build, into operations. Digital Twins can help customers reduce costs, manage change and increase safety, enabling them to leverage new technology including machine learning and the Internet of Things.

 

Shortly after completion of the combination, £550 million of cash contributed by Schneider Electric and £100 million of excess cash on AVEVA's balance sheet will be distributed to existing AVEVA shareholders. Together this represents approximately £10.14 per AVEVA share. In this context, as previously announced, AVEVA will not pay an interim dividend for the half year.

 

The combination is expected to create additional value for shareholders through the potential for material revenue and cost synergies over the medium term, which will be quantified post-completion.

 

The Group is in the process of selecting a Chief Executive Officer for the Enlarged AVEVA Group, with a proven track record and experience in managing a global software business. An announcement identifying the Chief Executive Officer and clarifying the timing of the appointment will be made as soon as practicable. James Kidd will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer until such time as the Board decides to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer, whereupon it is intended that James will be appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer in order to drive forward the strategy and integration of the Enlarged AVEVA Group.

 

Delivery against our strategy

 

AVEVA's strategy is to increase revenue by growing the addressable market for its products as the concept of the Digital Asset is more widely adopted; to sell a wider range of products; and to grow in industry verticals and geographies where the Group's market share is underweight.

 

During the first half, we made progress against this strategy and significantly furthered its longer-term execution through the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business.

 

More than 3D

We see a major market opportunity in selling additional engineering software tools, extending beyond our core 3D design platforms. AVEVA's MT3D sales grew 3.6% on a constant currency basis. We saw a strong performance from most of our MT3D product categories, such as Schematics and Enterprise Resource Management (ERM). ERM for Plant is gaining significant traction with customers and has a growing sales pipeline.

 

This was partly offset by reduced sales in Information Management, which related to the timing of expected order wins during the course of the year, rather than being illustrative of a trend. Encouragingly, together with our core 3D design products, we saw MT3D products being a feature of new business wins across the Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC), OO and Marine end markets.

 

The combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business will transform AVEVA's MT3D offering. The combination will add a range of Process Engineering and Simulation, Planning and Scheduling, Operations Execution and Optimisation, Asset Performance Management, and Operations Control software to the portfolio. This will give the Enlarged Group an unmatched set of end-to-end solutions covering all aspects of Digital Asset management.

 

Owner Operators

OOs such as energy and power generation companies account for approximately 17% of our revenue. However, a much bigger market opportunity is developing as OOs increasingly adopt the Digital Asset concept to help them manage their physical assets throughout their life cycles.

 

We saw significant incremental business in the period from key OOs in the Power and Pharmaceuticals verticals, including additional business from EDF. Notwithstanding that, overall OO revenue declined 2.8% on a constant currency basis due to the impact of a large initial licence win in Power in the prior year comparative.

 

We expect the combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business to accelerate AVEVA's access to the OO market as the business works with the majority of the world's leading mining, pharmaceutical, oil, food & beverage and chemical companies.

 

Growth markets

AVEVA delivered an excellent performance in growth markets during the first half. In particular, we achieved strong growth in China and North East Asia, driven by incremental business in the Marine market from a number of customers. This growth was driven by a combination of sales execution and more stable market conditions.

 

AVEVA's performance in North America was solid against a tough prior year comparative. We won a major new EPC account in the period and there is a strong pipeline of business for that region for the remainder of the financial year.

 

Following the combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business, the Enlarged AVEVA Group will have a more evenly distributed revenue profile by region than the existing business. In particular it will have a greatly scaled-up presence in the North American market, which has been a long-term aim for AVEVA.

 

Broaden market exposure

A key element of our strategy has been to seek growth in markets beyond our core Oil & Gas and Marine sectors, in which demand patterns can be cyclical.

 

While these core end markets performed well in the period, we saw strong growth in adjacent markets, including Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Metals & Mining. For example, AVEVA achieved solid growth from the pharmaceuticals end market, assisted by incremental business from an OO customer win in the prior year.

 

The combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business will further diversify and broaden the Enlarged AVEVA Group's end markets, enhancing its position in Oil & Gas by adding mid and downstream end markets to AVEVA's predominantly upstream markets and adding leading positions in other verticals. These include Chemicals, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Mining, Water and Waste Water, and Critical Infrastructure.

 

SaaS and the Cloud

AVEVA's business already benefits from high levels of recurring subscription revenue, similar to that usually associated with Cloud delivery. Our strategy is to continue to be technologically ready for Cloud and SaaS delivery in line with customer demand. So far, we have made it possible for customers to access products including AVEVA NETTM, Information Standards Manager and AVEVA E3D on our Cloud platform, although currently this is not a significant revenue stream for AVEVA.

 

Our customers see the value and potential Cloud offers to drive greater efficiency by promoting collaboration through the supply chain and across the operating cycle of their assets, to improve quality and reduce overall costs.  We continue to work in partnership with our customers in delivering our solutions supporting their move to Cloud, and expect to continue to launch further capabilities on the AVEVA ConnectTM platform as part of our strategic direction.

 

Like AVEVA, the Schneider Electric Software Business has also developed a Cloud platform for certain products and is transitioning towards a greater degree of product delivery through the Cloud.

 

AVEVA World Summit 2017

 

In October 2017, we hosted our annual AVEVA World Summit in Cambridge and marked 50 years since the organisation was founded. The AVEVA World Summit is a thought leadership event for business executives.

 

This year's theme was 'Digitalisation: Getting it Right'. Some 350 business executives from 33 countries came to the event to attend Plant, Marine and Delivering Digital streams. Presenters included companies as diverse as Boehringer Ingelheim, BAE Systems, GSK, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, McDermott Inc., Siemens, Southern Company and Worley Parsons.

 

The prevailing topic of discussion at the event was the journey towards digitalisation. Many participants felt that they were in the early stages of that journey, but that the potential benefits of implementing a full Digital Twin strategy could deliver significant advantages around efficiency, cost reduction and safety.

 

Outlook

 

Together with strong sales execution, we have seen signs of stabilisation in our Oil & Gas end markets and some pockets of growth in the Marine market. As such, the Board remains confident in its full year expectations.

 

Looking to the longer term, we believe that AVEVA has both the market opportunity and the right strategy to deliver substantial growth. The combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business is expected to enhance these growth prospects by enabling an end-to-end engineering and industrial software platform to provide a Digital Twin to accompany the whole life cycle of physical assets in capital-intensive industries.

 

James Kidd

Chief Executive Officer

14 November 2017

 

 

 

 

Overview of financial progress

 

AVEVA delivered a good performance in the six months to 30 September 2017. Total revenue for the period was £93.9 million which was up 11.5% compared to the first half of the previous year (2016 - £84.3 million). On a constant currency basis revenue grew 5.9% and adjusted PBT grew 16.1%.

 

On an adjusted basis, the Group made a profit before tax of £10.3 million. On a reported basis, the Group made a loss before tax of £12.4 million (2016 - £5.5 million profit) due to the impact of £20.0 million of exceptional costs associated with the combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business.

 

The Group has a strong balance sheet with no debt and at 30 September 2017 had a cash balance of £133.0 million (March 2017 - £130.9 million).

 

The results for the half year are summarised below.

 

£m

Six months ended

Reported

Constant currency

 

30 September

change

change**

 

2017

2016

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Annual Fees

37.2

34.7

7.1%

1.5%

Rental Licence Fees

31.7

29.4

7.9%

2.6%

Recurring revenue

68.9

64.1

7.5%

2.0%

Initial Licence Fees

16.1

11.6

38.7%

33.6%

Training and Services

8.9

8.6

3.8%

(2.4)%

Total revenue

93.9

84.3

11.5%

5.9%

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(6.7)

(6.7)

1.0%

(3.7)%

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

87.2

77.6

12.4%

6.7%

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses*

(77.1)

(68.8)

12.0%

5.2%

 

 

 

 

 

Net interest

0.2

0.3

(33.0)%

(35.9)%

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted profit before tax

10.3

9.1

13.2%

16.1%

Normalised adjustments

(22.7)

(3.6)

-

-

Reported (loss)/profit before tax

(12.4)

5.5

-

-

 

*   Operating expenses adjusted to exclude amortisation of intangible assets (excluding other software), share-based payments, gain/loss on forward foreign exchange contracts and exceptional items.

** Constant currency is calculated by restating the period's reported results to reflect the previous year's average exchange rates.

 

Revenue

 

Revenue model

We operate a 'right-to-use' licensing model. Customers can choose to pay Initial Licence Fees, followed by lower mandatory Annual Fees to cover support, maintenance and upgrades; or Rental Licence Fees. The latter are usually paid upfront on an annual basis.

 

AVEVA also generates revenue from Training and Services. This is typically associated with the implementation of new installations, customisation to meet specific customer requirements and end user training.

 

Revenue by category

AVEVA generated 17.1% of revenue from Initial Licence Fees, 39.6% of revenue from Annual Fees, 33.8% of revenue from Rental Licence Fees, and 9.5% from Training and Services.

 

Recurring revenue, which consists of Annual Fees and Rental Licence Fees, increased 7.5% to £68.9 million (2016 - £64.1 million). On a constant currency basis, recurring revenue grew 2.0% due to growth in both Annual and Rental Fees. Additional growth through strong new Initial Licence wins resulted in a slight fall in recurring revenue as a proportion of total revenue to 73.4% (2016 - 76.0%). 

 

Annual fees grew 7.1% to £37.2 million (2016 - £34.7 million) and were up 1.5% in constant currency terms. This primarily reflected new customer wins in the previous year.

 

Rental Licence Fees grew 7.9% to £31.7 million (2016 - £29.4 million) and were up 2.6% in constant currency terms, underpinned by significant renewals and extensions from EPCs serving the Oil & Gas industry, OOs in the Power sector and a European Marine customer.

 

Initial Licence Fees grew 38.7% to £16.1 million (2016 - £11.6 million) and were up 33.6% in constant currency terms. This strong performance primarily reflected new order wins from Marine customers in Asia Pacific.

 

Training and Services revenue of £8.9 million was largely flat in constant currency terms (2016 - £8.6 million).

 

Regional execution

 

On a regional basis, the Group saw a significant improvement in performance in Europe, strong growth in Asia Pacific and a small decline in the Americas, which was entirely due to a reduction in Initial Licence Fees versus a strong comparative in the prior year.

 

Overall, reported revenue was impacted by a £4.7 million (5.6%) benefit related to foreign exchange translation. The Group's most material currencies were the Euro, Sterling, US Dollar, Korean Won and Japanese Yen.

 

An analysis of revenue by geography is set out below:

 

£m

Six months ended

Reported

Constant currency

 

30 September

change

change**

 

2017

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMEA

44.5

42.1

5.7%

(0.3)%

Asia Pacific

37.9

29.7

27.8%

22.7%

Americas

11.5

12.5

(7.8)%

(13.2)%

Total revenue

93.9

84.3

11.5%

5.9%

 

EMEA

In EMEA revenue grew 5.7% to £44.5 million (2016 - £42.1 million). On a constant currency basis revenue was broadly flat on the prior year, representing a significant sequential improvement in the trend from H1 2017.

 

Overall market conditions in EMEA were relatively stable in the first half and we saw some pockets of growth in Power, Oil & Gas and Pharmaceuticals. On a geographic basis, we saw solid growth in several of our larger markets including the UK, France, Germany and Austria.

 

Asia Pacific

Revenue from the Asia Pacific region was £37.9 million (2016 - £29.7 million) an increase of 27.8% over the prior year with a constant currency increase of 22.7%. This strong growth was driven by an increase in Initial Licence Fees, which nearly doubled year-on-year on a constant currency basis. It was also supported by good constant currency growth in Annual Fees and Rental Fees.

 

On a geographic basis, we saw strong performances in Japan, China and South Korea.

 

Americas

AVEVA has a lower market share in the Americas versus EMEA and Asia Pacific. As such, our strategy has been focused on adding new customers to enhance AVEVA's recurring revenue stream.

 

Revenue in the period reduced by £1.0 million to £11.5 million (2016 - £12.5 million). This small reduction reflected lower Initial Licence Fees, due to a strong prior year comparative when the Group signed a large contract with an OO in the Power market. However, both Annual Fees and Rental Fees increased in constant currency terms, reflecting a growing recurring revenue stream.

 

We achieved a significant new EPC customer win with Zachry Holdings during the period and as noted above, there is a strong pipeline of business for the region for the remainder of the financial year.

 

Cost management

 

AVEVA has a largely fixed cost base, albeit with some annual wage inflation embedded within it.

 

The cost of sales reduced by 3.7% on an adjusted constant currency basis, mainly due to the annualisation of cost savings initiatives implemented in the prior year. On a reported basis, cost of sales increased by 1.0%.

 

On a reported currency basis, adjusted costs were adversely impacted by currency translation and exchange losses relating to non-functional currency translation. These accounted for increases of £3.0 million and £1.7 million respectively.  On an adjusted constant currency basis operating costs were up 5.2%.

 

An analysis of operating expenses is set out below.

 

£m

Research & Development

Selling and distribution

Administrative
expenses

Total

As reported

17.1

43.9

38.8

99.8

Normalised adjustments

(2.1)

(0.4)

(20.2)

(22.7)

Normalised costs

15.0

43.5

18.6

77.1

 

 

 

 

 

2016

13.2

41.8

13.8

68.8

Change

13.0%

4.2%

34.7%

12.0%

Constant currency change

8.7%

(0.5)%

19.3%

5.2%

 

Normalised adjustments include exceptional costs associated with the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business of £20.0 million, amortisation of intangibles (excluding other software) of £2.9 million (2016 - £2.8 million), share-based payments of £0.8 million (2016 - £0.4 million), a gain on fair value of forward foreign exchange contracts of £0.5 million (2016 - loss of £0.4 million) and other exceptional gains of £0.5 million (2016 -  exceptional costs of £0.1 million).

 

On a normalised basis, Research & Development costs were £15.0 million (2016 - £13.2 million) with the increase in expenditure in normalised constant currency terms of 8.7% mainly related to investment in AVEVA's operations in Hyderabad, which included an increase in headcount and inflation. On a reported basis, Research & Development costs increased 10.0%.

 

Selling and distribution expenses include the costs of our direct sales force as well as our regionally-based technical support and marketing teams and in total were £43.5 million (2016 - £41.8 million). The moderate decrease in overall costs on a normalised constant currency basis reflected the annualisation of cost savings made in the prior year, partly offset by some cost inflation.

 

Administrative expenses were £18.6 million (2016 - £13.8 million). The increase in costs on a normalised constant currency basis of 19.3% was driven by investment in corporate functions (IT and HR), higher National Insurance costs relating to employee share schemes due to the improvement in the share price and staff bonus costs with the improved business performance.

 

Profit before tax

 

Adjusted profit before tax was £10.3 million (2016 - £9.1 million), an increase of 13.2%, principally due to the growth in revenue. On a constant currency basis, adjusted profit before tax grew 16.1%. Constant currency is calculated by restating the period's reported results to reflect the previous year's average exchange rates and removing exchange gains or losses relating to non-functional currency translation.

 

The reported loss before tax was £12.4 million (2016 - £5.5 million profit). The change was largely due to underlying growth being more than offset by the exceptional transaction costs associated with the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business of £20.0 million.

 

Taxation

 

The adjusted effective tax rate for the half year was 23.2% (2016 - 30.0%). This half year tax rate is slightly higher than we would expect for the full year due to a higher proportion of profit being earned outside the UK in the six month period.

 

AVEVA's full year 2017 adjusted effective tax rate was 22.1% (2016 - 22.5%). We expect to see a trend towards a reducing tax rate continuing as the UK corporate rate reduces and the increasing benefit from Patent Box relief.

 

Earnings per share

 

Adjusted diluted EPS increased 24.5% to 12.35 pence (2016 - 9.92 pence).

 

The basic loss per share was 19.91 pence (2016 - 6.47 pence profit), reflecting the exceptional costs of £20.0 million associated with the combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business.

 

Dividends

 

Following a rebalance of the interim and final dividends, placing more emphasis on the interim than in prior periods, during the first half, the Group paid a final dividend in respect of 2016/17 of 27.0 pence per share (2015/16 - 30.0 pence) at a cost of £17.3 million (2016 - £19.2 million).

 

At or around completion of the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business, £550 million of cash contributed by Schneider Electric and £100 million of excess cash on AVEVA's balance sheet will be distributed to existing AVEVA shareholders. Together this represents approximately £10.14 per AVEVA share. In this context, as previously announced, the Board is not declaring an interim dividend in relation to the half year.

 

Following the planned completion of the combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business, AVEVA intends to maintain its existing progressive dividend policy, taking account of the earnings profile of the Enlarged AVEVA Group.

 

Cash flows and balance sheet

 

Net cash (including treasury deposits) at 30 September 2017 was £133.0 million (March 2017 - £130.9 million).

 

Cash generated from operating activities before tax was £25.3 million (2016 - £36.4 million). The key driver of the reduced year-on-year performance related to a larger than usual cash inflow from trade debtors in the prior period. The Group paid £2.4 million relating to transaction costs associated with the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business.

 

Gross trade receivables at 30 September 2017 were £49.4 million (March 2017 - £91.1 million, September 2016 - £46.6 million). The bad debt provision was £6.5 million (March 2017 - £6.1 million, September 2016 - £7.4 million) and deferred income was £34.7 million (March 2017 - £45.9 million, September 2016 - £37.6 million).

 

Trade payables and other liabilities were £46.3 million (March 2017 - £42.9 million, September 2016 - £28.9 million) with the increase primarily relating to accrued transaction costs relating to the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business.

 

David Ward

Chief Financial Officer

14 November 2017

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2017 which comprise the Consolidated income statement, the Consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the Consolidated balance sheet, the Consolidated statement of changes in shareholders' equity, the Consolidated cash flow statement and the related notes 1 to 18. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with guidance contained in International Standard on Review Engagements 2410 (UK and Ireland) 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the Directors. The Directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union.

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2017 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Ernst & Young LLP

Reading

14 November 2017

 

 

 

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 



Six months ended

Year ended



30 September

31 March



2017

2016

2017



£000

£000

£000


Notes

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Revenue

5,6

93,917

84,252

215,831

Cost of sales


(6,762)

(6,695)

(14,233)

Gross profit


87,155

77,557

201,598

Operating expenses





Research & Development costs


(17,061)

(15,517)

(31,884)

Selling and administration expenses

7

(82,692)

(58,669)

(124,948)

Total operating expenses


(99,753)

(74,186)

(156,832)

(Loss)/profit from operations


(12,598)

3,371

44,766

Other income

8

-

1,753

1,753

Finance revenue


313

405

777

Finance expense


(114)

(70)

(396)

Analysis of (loss)/profit before tax





Adjusted profit before tax

2

10,287

9,090

55,004

Amortisation of intangibles (excluding other software)


(2,914)

(2,803)

(5,806)

Share-based payments


(825)

(363)

(1,084)

Gains/(losses) on fair value of forward foreign exchange contracts


540

(355)

669

Exceptional items

8

(19,487)

(110)

(1,883)

(Loss)/profit before tax


(12,399)

5,459

46,900

Income tax expense

9

(335)

(1,319)

(8,834)

(Loss)/profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent


(12,734)

4,140

38,066

(Loss)/earnings per share

11




- basic


(19.91p)

6.47p

59.52p

- diluted


(19.91p)

6.46p

59.36p

Adjusted earnings per share:





- basic


12.35p

9.94p

66.98p

- diluted


12.35p

9.92p

66.81p

Proposed dividend per share

10

-

13.0p

27.0p

 

 

 

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

(Loss)/profit for the period

(12,734)

4,140

38,066

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:




Exchange difference arising on translation of foreign operations

216

5,457

6,675

Current tax on exchange loss/(gain) on retranslation of foreign operations

28

-

(406)

Total of items that may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:

244

5,457

6,269

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:




Remeasurement gain on defined benefit plans

1,021

110

2,170

Income tax effect

(175)

(67)

(395)

Total of items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods

846

43

1,775

Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the period, net of tax

(11,644)

9,640

46,110

 

 

 

30 September 2017

 




As at



As at 30 September

31 March



2017

2016

2017



£000

£000

£000


Notes

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Non-current assets





Goodwill


54,786

54,357

54,305

Other intangible assets


18,939

23,315

21,868

Property, plant and equipment


6,965

7,167

7,432

Deferred tax assets


3,397

3,121

3,594

Other receivables

13

1,146

1,378

1,499

Retirement benefit surplus

16

2,881

-

1,222



88,114

89,338

89,920

Current assets





Trade and other receivables

13

53,185

50,513

93,279

Financial assets

15

345

-

-

Treasury deposits

12

45,424

59,430

45,486

Cash and cash equivalents

12

87,533

65,014

85,462

Current tax assets


5,860

5,025

3,557



192,347

179,982

227,784

Total assets


280,461

269,320

317,704

Equity





Issued share capital


2,276

2,275

2,275

Share premium


27,288

27,288

27,288

Other reserves


12,941

11,678

12,896

Retained earnings


149,849

150,554

178,223

Total equity


192,354

191,795

220,682

Current liabilities





Trade and other payables

14

46,319

28,888

42,876

Deferred revenue


34,672

37,633

45,894

Financial liabilities

15

-

1,219

196

Current tax liabilities


245

1,248

865



81,236

68,988

89,831

Non-current liabilities





Deferred tax liabilities


3,324

3,380

3,381

Retirement benefit obligations

16

3,547

5,157

3,810



6,871

8,537

7,191

Total equity and liabilities


280,461

269,320

317,704

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in shareholders' equity

30 September 2017

 


Share capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Cumulative translation adjustments

Treasury shares

Total other reserves

Retained
earnings

Total equity


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 April 2016

2,274

27,288

3,921

2,528

(484)

5,965

165,471

200,998

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

4,140

4,140

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

5,457

-

5,457

43

5,500

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

5,457

-

5,457

4,183

9,640

Issue of share capital

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

363

363

Tax arising on share options

-

-

-

-

-

-

17

17

Investment in own shares

-

-

-

-

(40)

(40)

-

(40)

Cost of employee benefit trust shares issued to employees

-

-

-

-

296

296

(296)

-

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(19,184)

(19,184)

At 30 September 2016

2,275

27,288

3,921

7,985

(228)

11,678

150,554

191,795

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

33,926

33,926

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

812

-

812

1,732

2,544

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

812

-

812

35,658

36,470

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

721

721

Tax arising on share options

-

-

-

-

-

-

12

12

Investment in own shares

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Cost of employee benefit trust shares issued to employees

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transfers

-

-

-

406

-

406

(406)

-

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(8,316)

(8,316)

At 31 March 2017

2,275

27,288

3,921

9,203

(228)

12,896

178,223

220,682

(Loss)/profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

(12,734)

(12,734)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

244

-

244

846

1,090

Total comprehensive income/(loss)

-

-

-

244

-

244

(11,888)

(11,644)

Issue of share capital

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

825

825

Tax arising on share options

-

-

-

-

-

-

81

81

Investment in own shares

-

-

-

-

(323)

(323)

-

(323)

Cost of employee benefit trust share issued to employees

-

-

-

-

124

124

(124)

-

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(17,268)

(17,268)

At 30 September 2017

2,276

27,288

3,921

9,447

(427)

12,941

149,849

192,354

 

 

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Cash flows from operating activities




(Loss)/profit for the period

(12,734)

4,140

38,066

Income tax

335

1,319

8,834

Net finance revenue

(199)

(335)

(381)

Other income (indemnified receivable)

-

-

(1,753)

Amortisation of intangible assets

3,064

2,980

6,160

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,272

1,234

2,487

(Profit)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(29)

(33)

(27)

Share-based payments

825

363

1,084

Difference between pension contributions paid and amounts charged to operating profit

(885)

(303)

(1,139)

Research & Development expenditure tax credit

(600)

(600)

(1,750)

Changes in working capital:




Trade and other receivables

41,304

45,795

2,567

Trade and other payables

(6,476)

(18,472)

3,711

Changes to fair value of forward foreign exchange contracts

(540)

355

(669)

Cash generated from operating activities before tax

25,337

36,443

57,190

Income taxes paid

(2,972)

(3,118)

(9,332)

Net cash generated from operating activities

22,365

33,325

47,858

Cash flows from investing activities




Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(1,038)

(945)

(2,419)

Purchase of intangibles

(23)

(546)

(2,252)

Refund of consideration for prior year business combination

-

-

1,753

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

39

101

194

Interest received

313

405

777

Redemption/(purchase) of treasury deposits (net)

62

(16,114)

(2,170)

Net cash used in investing activities

(647)

(17,099)

(4,117)

Cash flows from financing activities




Interest paid

(29)

(24)

(58)

Purchase of own shares

(323)

(40)

(40)

Proceeds from the issue of shares

1

1

1

Dividends paid to equity holders of the parent

(17,268)

(19,184)

(27,500)

Net cash used in financing activities

(17,619)

(19,247)

(27,597)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

4,099

(3,021)

16,144

Net foreign exchange difference

(2,028)

3,424

4,707

Opening cash and cash equivalents

85,462

64,611

64,611

Closing cash and cash equivalents

87,533

65,014

85,462

 

 

 

 

 

1 The Interim Report

 

The Interim Report was approved by the Board on 14 November 2017. The interim condensed financial statements set out in the Interim Report is unaudited but has been reviewed by the auditor, Ernst & Young LLP, and their report to the Company is set out above.

 

The Interim Report will be made available to shareholders in due course from the Company's website at www.aveva.com.

 

 

2 Basis of preparation and accounting policies

 

The Interim Report for the six months ended 30 September 2017 has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting and the disclosure requirements of the Listing Rules.

 

The Interim Report does not include all the information and disclosures required in the Annual Report and should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2017.

 

The financial information set out within this report does not constitute AVEVA's Consolidated statutory financial statements as defined in Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The results for the year ended 31 March 2017 have been extracted from the Consolidated statutory financial statements for AVEVA Group plc for the year ended 31 March 2017 which are prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union, on which the auditor gave an unqualified report (which made no statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) respectively of the Companies Act 2006 and did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis) and have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.

 

The Interim Report has been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the most recently published Annual Report of the Group for the year ended 31 March 2017.

 

The Group presents a non-GAAP performance measure on the face of the Consolidated income statement. The Directors believe that this alternative measure of profit provides a reliable and consistent measure of the Group's underlying performance. The face of the Consolidated income statement presents adjusted profit before tax and reconciles this to profit before tax as required to be presented under the applicable accounting standards. Adjusted earnings per share is calculated having adjusted profit after tax for the same items and their tax effect. The term adjusted profit is not defined under IFRS and may not be comparable with similarly titled profit measures reported by other companies. It is not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP measures of profit.

 

The business is managed and measured on a day-to-day basis using adjusted results. To arrive at adjusted results, certain adjustments are made for normalised and exceptional items that are individually important and which could, if included, distort the understanding of the performance for the year and the comparability between periods.

 

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

IFRS 15 must be applied for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. It is endorsed by the EU (except for the Clarifications to IFRS 15 issued by the IASB in April 2016). The Company plans to adopt IFRS 15 in its consolidated financial statements for the year ending 31 March 2019, using the full retrospective approach.

 

The Company is still evaluating the impact as noted in the 2017 Annual Report.

 

 

3 Going concern

 

The Group has significant financial resources and although returning a loss for the period, this was only resulting from the one-off exceptional costs of £20.0 million, and expects to make a profit for the full year. At 30 September 2017, the Group had bank, cash and treasury deposits of £133.0 million (31 March 2017 - £130.9 million) and no debt.

 

After making enquiries and considering the cash flow forecasts for the Group, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue its operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the interim financial statements.

 

The Group has announced its intention to return £100 million of its cash to shareholders upon completion of the proposed combination with certain software assets from Schneider Electric, but is expected to continue to be profitable and cash generative and therefore this does not affect the going concern basis of preparation.

 

 

4 Risks and uncertainties

 

As with any organisation, there are a number of potential risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's long-term performance.

 

The primary risk and uncertainty related to the Group's performance for the remainder of the year is the challenging macro-economic environment, which could have a material impact on the Group's performance over the remaining six months of the financial year and could cause actual results to differ materially from expected and historical results.

 

Following the decision of the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, there has been significant uncertainty and volatility in currency prices and the stock markets. Until negotiations over the timing, as well as political and legal issues are resolved, there is likely to be further uncertainty. The Risk Committee continues to meet regularly to assess this and the other principal risks listed below. The Group has a strong cash balance with no debt and continues to show robust cash generation, and is therefore not adversely affected by short-term fluctuations in interest rates. Due to the geographic diversity and strength of the balance sheet, the Group does not consider Brexit to be of material concern to the operations nor going concern of AVEVA Group plc.

 

The other principal risks and uncertainties faced by the Group have not changed from those set out in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2017. These include:

 

·      dependency on key markets;

·      competition;

·      professional services;

·      acquisitions;

·      recruitment and retention of employees;

·      protection of intellectual property rights;

·      Research & Development;

·      risks associated with widespread international operations; and

·      foreign exchange risk.

 

These risks are described in more detail on pages 30 and 31 of the 2017 Annual Report. The Directors routinely monitor all of these risks and uncertainties and appropriate actions are taken where possible to mitigate these risks. Included in the Business Review is a commentary on the outlook of the Group for the remaining six months of the year.

 

 

5 Revenue

 

An analysis of the Group's revenue is as follows:


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Annual fees

37,164

34,682

71,845

Rental licence fees

31,733

29,399

94,188

Total recurring revenue

68,897

64,081

166,033

Initial licence fees

16,091

11,540

32,214

Training and services

8,929

8,631

17,584

Total revenue

93,917

84,252

215,831

Finance revenue

313

405

777


94,230

84,657

216,608

 

The operations of the Group are not subject to significant seasonality, but the timing of customer contract renewals can be significant to the phasing of revenue between six-month periods. Typically there are more renewals in the second half of any financial year.

 

Services consist of consultancy, implementation services and training fees.

 

 

6 Segment information

 

The Group is organised into three geographical segments: Asia Pacific; EMEA; and Americas. Each segment is determined by the location of the Group's operations and is organised and managed separately due to the differing local requirements in each market.  

 

The Executive Board monitors the operating results of the Regions for the purposes of making decisions about performance assessment and resource allocation. Performance is evaluated based on regional contribution using the same accounting policies as adopted for the Group's financial statements. There is no inter-segment revenue. Balance sheet information is not included in the information provided to the Executive Board. Support functions such as head office departments are controlled and monitored centrally.

 


Six months ended 30 September 2017 (unaudited)


Asia Pacific

EMEA

Americas

Corporate

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue






Annual fees

17,347

15,386

4,431

-

37,164

Initial fees

11,436

3,554

1,101

-

16,091

Rental fees

7,015

20,405

4,313

-

31,733

Training and services

2,130

5,106

1,693

-

8,929

Regional revenue total

37,928

44,451

11,538

-

93,917







Cost of sales

(1,374)

(4,272)

(1,116)

-

(6,762)

Selling and administration expenses

(12,380)

(16,867)

(7,946)

(24,921)

(62,114)

Regional contribution

24,174

23,312

2,476

(24,921)

25,041

Research & Development costs





(14,953)

Profit from operations





10,088

Net finance expense





199

Adjusted profit before tax





10,287

Exceptional items and other normalised adjustments





(22,686)

Profit/(loss) before tax





(12,399)

 

 


Six months ended 30 September 2016 (unaudited)


Asia Pacific

EMEA

Americas

Corporate

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue






Annual fees

15,574

15,144

3,964

-

34,682

Initial fees

5,584

3,028

2,928

-

11,540

Rental fees

5,879

19,525

3,995

-

29,399

Training and services

2,649

4,353

1,629

-

8,631

Regional revenue total

29,686

42,050

12,516

-

84,252







Cost of sales

(1,466)

(4,245)

(984)

-

(6,695)

Selling and administration expenses

(12,285)

(16,111)

(9,106)

(18,069)

(55,571)

Regional contribution

15,935

21,694

2,426

(18,069)

21,986

Research & Development costs





(13,231)

Profit from operations





8,755

Net finance revenue





335

Adjusted profit before tax





9,090

Exceptional items and other normalised adjustments





(3,631)

Profit before tax





5,459

 

 


Year ended 31 March 2017 (audited)


Asia Pacific

EMEA

Americas

Corporate

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue






Annual fees

32,996

30,453

8,396

-

71,845

Initial fees

18,688

8,600

4,926

-

32,214

Rental fees

19,693

57,907

16,588

-

94,188

Training and services

4,913

9,719

2,952

-

Regional revenue total

76,290

106,679

32,862

-

215,831







Cost of sales

(3,314)

(8,968)

(1,951)

-

(14,233)

Selling and administration expenses

(26,938)

(33,345)

(18,593)

(40,925)

Regional contribution

46,038

64,366

12,318

(40,925)

Research & Development costs





(27,174)

Profit from operations





54,623

Net finance revenue





Adjusted profit before tax





55,004

Exceptional items and other normalised adjustments





Profit before tax





 

 

7 Selling and administration expenses

 

An analysis of selling and administration expenses is set out below:

 


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Selling and distribution expenses

43,860

44,031

93,023

Administrative expenses

38,832

14,638

31,925


82,692

58,669

124,948

 

 

8 Exceptional items

 


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Acquisition activities

19,952

-

-

Restructuring costs

-

2,013

4,152

Indemnified receivable claim for previous business combination

-

(1,753)

(1,753)

Movement in provision for sales taxes in an overseas location

(465)

(150)

(516)


19,487

110

1,883

 

During the period, the Group incurred acquisition costs of £20.0 million relating to fees paid to professional advisers primarily for legal and financial due diligence advice concerning the proposed acquisition of certain software assets from Schneider Electric.

 

In the prior year, the Group received an exceptional credit of £1.8 million as a result of a partial refund of the acquisition consideration paid to 8over8 Limited shareholders, with no movement in the current period. This year the Group benefited from a partial reversal of a provision for sales taxes in an overseas location of £0.5 million (2016 - £0.1 million). The Group has provided for a potential underpaid sales tax liability in respect of prior periods, related to the local

sales of one of the Group's subsidiary companies. The provision includes an estimate of the underpaid tax as well as related interest for late payment.

 

The tax credit on the exceptional items of £19.5 million is £1.4 million, with a large proportion of the exceptional costs not expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

 

 

9 Income tax expense

 

The total tax charge for the half year of £0.3 million (2016 - £1.3 million charge) is made up of a UK tax credit of £0.8 million (2016 - £0.1 million charge) and an overseas tax charge of £1.1 million (2016 - £1.2 million charge).

 

The effective tax rate on the loss before tax for the half year is -2.7%. The difference from the UK tax rate of 19% is mainly due to exceptional items which are not deductible for tax, and also higher overseas tax rates.

 

The tax charge on adjusted profit before tax for the half year ended 30 September 2017 is £2.4 million which equates to an effective tax rate of 23.2% (half year ended 30 September 2016 - 30.0%).

 

The differences between the total tax expense and the amount calculated by applying the standard rate of UK corporation tax to the profit/(loss) before tax are as follows:


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Tax on Group profit/(loss) before tax at standard UK corporation tax rate of 19% (March 2017 - 20%, September 2016 - 20%)

(2,356)

1,092

9,380

Effects of:




- acquisition activities (see note 8)

2,259

-

(1,200)

- movement on unprovided deferred tax balances

226

444

1,026

- differing tax rates

209

(95)

(72)

- other movements

(3)

(122)

(300)

Income tax expense reported in Consolidated income statement

335

1,319

8,834

 

The tax credit on exceptional items (see note 8) is £1.4m (March 2017 - £2.0m credit, September 2016 - £0.6m credit).

 

 

10 Ordinary dividends

 

At or around completion of the planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business, £550 million of cash contributed by Schneider Electric and £100 million of excess cash on AVEVA's balance sheet will be distributed to existing AVEVA shareholders. Together this represents approximately £10.14 per AVEVA share. In this context, as previously announced, the Board is not declaring an interim dividend in relation to the half year.

 

An analysis of dividends paid is set out below:

 


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Final 2016/17 paid at 27.0 pence per share

17,268

-

-

Interim 2016/17 paid at 13.0 pence per share

-

-

8,316

Final 2015/16 paid at 30.0 pence per share

-

19,184

19,184


17,268

19,184

27,500

 

 

11 Earnings per share

 


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


pence

pence

pence


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

(Loss)/earnings per share for the period:




- basic

(19.91)

6.47

59.52

- diluted

(19.91)

6.46

59.36

Adjusted earnings per share:




- basic

12.35

9.94

66.98

- diluted

12.31

9.92

66.81

 

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the loss after tax for the six months ended 30 September 2017 of £12,734,000 and the following weighted average number of shares:


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


Number of shares

Number of shares

Number of shares


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for basic earnings per share

63,965,996

63,946,210

63,959,162

Effect of dilution: employee share options

182,761

151,170

163,002

Weighted average number of ordinary shares adjusted for the effect of dilution

64,148,757

64,097,380

64,122,164

 

Details of the calculation of adjusted earnings per share are set out below:


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

(Loss)/profit after tax for the period

(12,734)

4,140

38,066

Intangible amortisation (excluding other software)

2,914

2,803

5,806

Share-based payments

825

363

1,084

(Gains)/losses on fair value of forward foreign exchange contracts

(540)

355

(669)

Exceptional items

19,487

110

1,883

Tax effect on exceptional items

(1,424)

(572)

(1,990)

Tax effect on other normalised adjustments

(631)

(839)

(1,343)

Adjusted profit after tax

7,897

6,360

42,837

 

 

12 Cash and cash equivalents and treasury deposits

 


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Cash at bank and in hand

54,590

47,110

49,704

Short-term deposits

32,943

17,904

35,758

Total cash and cash equivalents

87,533

65,014

85,462

Treasury deposits

45,424

59,430

45,486

Total cash and deposits

132,957

124,444

130,948

 

Treasury deposits represent bank deposits with an original maturity of greater than three months.

 

 

13 Trade and other receivables

 

Current


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Trade receivables

42,845

39,224

85,041

Prepayments and other receivables

8,851

9,072

7,465

Accrued income

1,489

2,217

773


53,185

50,513

93,279

 

Non-current


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Other receivables

1,146

1,378

1,499

 

Non-current other receivables consist of rental deposits for operating leases.

 

 

14 Trade and other payables

 


Six months ended

Year ended


30 September

31 March


2017

2016

2017


£000

£000

£000


(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Trade payables

11,157

3,780

5,835

Social security, employee and sales taxes

9,345

10,438

14,699

Accruals and other payables

25,817

14,203

21,994

Deferred consideration

-

467

348


46,319

28,888

42,876

 

 

15 Financial instruments

 

Financial instruments which are recognised at fair value subsequent to initial recognition are grouped into Levels 1 to 3 based on the degree to which the fair value is observable. The three levels are defined as follows:

 

·      Level 1 fair value measurements are those derived from quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;

·      Level 2 fair value measurements are those derived from inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (i.e. as prices) or indirectly (i.e. derived from prices); and

·      Level 3 fair value measurements are those derived from valuation techniques that include inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

 

The Group's financial assets include forward foreign exchange contracts which were measured at Level 2 fair value subsequent to initial recognition and were calculated as the present value of the estimated cash flows based on spot and forward exchange rates. There were no transfers between levels during the periods disclosed. At 30 September 2017, the fair value of the financial asset in respect of foreign exchange contracts was £345,000 (31 March 2017 - liability of £196,000 and at 30 September 2016 - liability of £1,219,000).

 

 

16 Retirement benefit obligations

 

The movement on the provision for retirement benefit obligations during the period was as follows:


UK defined
benefit scheme

German defined benefit schemes

South Korean severance pay

Total


£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 April 2016

2,271

1,393

1,498

5,162

Current service cost

-

-

136

136

Net interest on pension scheme liabilities

33

14

-

47

Actuarial remeasurements

(258)

148

-

(110)

Employer contributions

(700)

343

(82)

(439)

Exchange adjustment

-

160

201

361

At 30 September 2016

1,346

2,058

1,753

5,157

Current service cost

-

-

91

91

Net interest on pension scheme liabilities

241

14

36

291

Actuarial remeasurements

(1,929)

(121)

(10)

(2,060)

Employer contributions

(880)

(29)

(18)

(927)

Exchange adjustment

-

(38)

74

36

At 31 March 2017

(1,222)

1,884

1,926

2,588

Current service cost

-

-

145

145

Net interest on pension scheme liabilities

70

15

-

85

Actuarial remeasurements

(1,029)

8

-

(1,021)

Employer contributions

(700)

(41)

(289)

(1,030)

Exchange adjustment

-

58

(159)

(101)

At 30 September 2017

(2,881)

1,924

1,623

666

 

The discount rate used to value the liabilities of the UK defined benefit pension scheme at 30 September was 2.7% (March 2017 - 2.5%, September 2016 - 2.3%).

 

 

17 Related party transactions

 

Transactions between Group subsidiaries have been eliminated on consolidation. A list of subsidiaries can be found in the notes to the AVEVA Group plc financial statements in the 2017 Annual Report.

 

 

18 Significant events during the period

 

Planned combination with the Schneider Electric Software Business

On 5 September 2017, AVEVA and Schneider Electric announced an agreement to combine AVEVA and the Schneider Electric Software Business to create a global leader in engineering and industrial software. This proposed combination received shareholder approval on 29 September 2017 and preparation for completion is on track with closure expected to be at or around the end of 2017. A further update on progress and timing will be provided in due course.

 

At or around completion of the combination, £550 million of cash contributed by Schneider Electric and £100 million of excess cash on AVEVA's balance sheet will be distributed to existing AVEVA shareholders, as described in note 3. Together this represents approximately 1,014 pence per AVEVA share. In this context, as previously announced, AVEVA will not pay an interim dividend for the half year, as declared in note 10.

 

 

 

in respect of the Interim Report

 

The Directors of the Company confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

 

·        the Interim Report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34;

·        the Interim Report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R, being an indication of the important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

·        the Interim Report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R, being disclosure of related party transactions and changes therein since the last Annual Report.

 

By order of the board

 

 

 

James Kidd

Chief Executive Officer

David Ward

Chief Financial Officer

 

14 November 2017

 

 


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