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Friday 14 January, 2022

Cornerstone FS PLC

Trading Update

RNS Number : 4152Y
Cornerstone FS PLC
14 January 2022
 

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14 January 2022

 

Cornerstone FS plc

("Cornerstone" or the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Trading Update

Strategic delivery drives significant revenue growth and substantial gross margin improvement

 

Cornerstone FS plc (AIM: CSFS), the cloud-based provider of international payment, currency risk management and electronic account services to SMEs, provides an update on trading for the year ended 31 December 2021.

 

As noted in its announcement on 4 November 2021, the Group had been experiencing increased trading momentum, which has continued until the end of its financial year. As a result, and subject to audit, the Group expects to report full year revenue of approximately £2.3m (2020: £1.7m), a year-on-year increase of some 38% on 2020. This reflects a very strong second half of the financial year, with unaudited revenue approximately 75% higher than in the first six months of 2021.

 

In particular, and in line with the Group's stated strategy, revenue generated by clients that the Group serves directly has also increased significantly. A key contributor to this was the Group's new Asia team that was brought on board in the second half of 2021. The proportion of total revenue that was accounted for by clients that the Group serves directly increased to approximately 56% compared with 12% for the previous year. As a result, and subject to audit, the Group expects to report a substantial improvement in gross margin to approximately 51.5% (2020: 29.8%).

 

Revenue generated through the Group's introducer network (which is primarily white label partners, who use the Group's technology, but also introducer brokers) accounted for approximately 44% of total revenue (2020: 88%). This would represent a reduction in indirect business, on a reported basis, due to some revenue that the Group previously generated through its introducer network now being serviced directly. However, on an underlying (unaudited) basis, there was an increase in revenue generated through the Group's introducer network in 2021 compared with 2020. 

 

The Board remains confident in the Group's prospects and looks forward to updating the market on further progress, and its full year results for the year ended 31 December 2021, in due course.

 

 

Enquiries

 

Cornerstone FS plc

+44 (0)203 971 4865

Julian Wheatland, Chief Executive Officer

Judy Happe, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nomad)

+44 (0)203 368 3550

Mark Brady

 

 

 

Peterhouse Capital Limited (J oint Broker)

+44 (0)207 469 0930

Eran Zucker, Lucy Williams

 


 

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP (Joint Broker)

+44 (0)203 470 0470

Jeff Keating, Harry Davies-Ball




Luther Pendragon (Financial PR)

+44 (0)207 618 9100

Harry Chathli, Claire Norbury

 

 

About Cornerstone FS plc

 

Cornerstone FS plc is a payments focused fintech business that makes managing currency simple for SMEs. It provides international payment, currency risk management and electronic account services using a proprietary cloud-based multi-currency payments platform. These services are delivered directly and via white label partners on a SaaS basis to SMEs that engage in international trade. Cornerstone also serves some high-net worth individual clients.

 

Headquartered in the City of London, UK and with an office in Dubai, Cornerstone is listed on AIM under the trading symbol 'CSFS'. For more information, please visit www.cornerstonefs.com.

 

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