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Friday 28 August, 2015

Huntsworth PLC

Interim results

RNS Number : 3769X
Huntsworth PLC
28 August 2015
 

 

 

Interim results for the six months to 30 June 2015

 

Strategic review completed

Restructuring underway

 

 

Huntsworth plc, the healthcare communications and public relations group, today announces its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2015.

 

Paul Taaffe, Chief Executive of Huntsworth, said:

 

"Our focus in the first half of 2015 has been to improve the competitiveness of all operations in the Group. Every business has been reviewed to determine which businesses are delivering, or could deliver, sustainable profit growth. The impact of the restructuring actions already implemented, and the reinvestment of some of the savings, should see Huntsworth Health continue on its double-digit growth trajectory, and Grayling return to stronger profitability as it exits 2015."

Financial highlights1

Revenue

·     Revenue before highlighted items £83.2m (H1 2014: £83.1m; H2 2014: £81.6m)

·     Like-for-like2 revenue decline of 0.7%; constant currency revenue decline of 2.7%

 

Profit before highlighted items

·      Operating profit of £6.3m (H1 2014: £8.9m; H2 2014: £9.3m)

·      Operating margin before central costs 11.9% (H1 2014: 14.6%)

·      Operating margin post central costs 7.6% (H1 2014: 10.7%)

·      Profit before tax of £5.3m (H1 2014: £7.7m)

 

Loss after highlighted items

·      Operating loss of £44.8m including Goodwill impairment of £48.8m (H1 2014: profit £7.9m)

·      Loss before tax £45.9m (H1 2014: profit £6.3m)

 

Cash flow and net debt

·      Cash flow from operations before highlighted items of £7.3m (H1 2014: £4.0m)

·      Cash flow from operations after highlighted items of £5.8m (H1 2014: £3.7m)

·      Net debt of £33.5m (30 June 2014: £35.5m; 31 December 2014: £35.6m)

 

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

·      Earnings per share before highlighted items at 1.2p (H1 2014: 1.8p)

·      Loss per share after highlighted items at 13.5p (H1 2014: 1.4p earnings per share)

 

Dividend

·      Interim dividend of 0.5 pence per share (H1 2014: 1.0 pence)

 

Contacts:

 

Huntsworth PLC

+44 (0)20 7224 8778

Paul Taaffe, Chief Executive

 

 

 

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

+44 (0)20 7638 9571

Simon Rigby

 

Angharad Couch

 

Georgia Colkin

 

 

 

Chief Executive's Statement

Group overview1

Revenues for the first half of 2015 were £83.2 million (2014: £83.1 million), a like-for-like decline of 0.7% and a constant currency decline of 2.7%. Profit before tax was £5.3 million (2014: £7.7 million).

Strategic Review

Over the last three months, I have met the leaders of all of Huntsworth's operations around the World, to review and assess every business in the Group. Each business has been evaluated against its level of specialisation, its market competitiveness relative to its peers, its ability to deliver operating profit growth and its ability to scale.

We continue to attract excellent clients to the Group but recognise that there is still more work to be done across the entire portfolio to deliver our full potential. I have worked with the senior management teams around the World to develop detailed plans to increase scale, improve efficiency and strengthen their points of difference, and ultimately to plan investment in growth where appropriate. Unless we can achieve sustainable growth with each business, we will consider it for divestment or investigate alternative ways of securing its future.

Our main focus for growth is, and will continue to be, Huntsworth Health, which is on track to continue delivering market share gains. Healthcare is a growing sector as clients seek a more differentiated offer for their medical and marketing communications needs, and our integrated boutique agency offer continues to prove its capabilities to perform strongly in this area.

There are a number of opportunities to expand into new markets and geographies to better support clients at Huntsworth Health, Citigate, Red and Grayling. We are establishing a new Huntsworth Health presence in Shanghai, have begun to expand Grayling into Africa with the opening of a new office in Kenya, and we further expanded our Middle East presence with new offices in Oman and Abu Dhabi. Red has created a deeper digital content capability. Further opportunities are being investigated across the Group.

Finally, there is also an opportunity to re-evaluate the scope and cost of central services, to be more appropriate for a Group of our current size. The increase in these costs in 2015 reflects the additional cost of retaining the previous CEO as a special adviser to the Board.

Restructuring

Our focus in the first half of 2015 has been to improve the competitiveness of all operations in the Group.

Grayling has been the particular focus, with actions undertaken so far including:

·     The realignment of roles and structures throughout the Group, affecting over 100 positions as staff costs are reduced in some areas and capabilities expanded in others;

·     The redeployment of resources to support the rapid growth in the Middle East and Africa;

·     The closure of 5 offices, and the co-location of another with Huntsworth Health; 

·     The appointment of new leaders in Continental Europe, the UK, Dubai, Seattle, San Francisco and Singapore, as well as a newly created position of Global Creative Director, and a new CFO for the division.

 

Across the rest of the Group, we have enhanced our current capabilities with new leadership appointed at Nitrogen, Apothecom and Tonic agencies within Huntsworth Health, a new Managing Director at Citigate in Beijing, and an extended digital team at Red.

The process of reducing central costs has also begun, with the results expected to be seen in 2016. 

Whilst revenues in a number of Grayling operations across Europe and the Middle East are now growing, returning Grayling's UK, US and Asia operations to growth requires further work. In light of the continuing challenges encountered in the first half, it was clear that we needed to readdress the carrying value of Grayling's goodwill, leading to a further impairment of £38.0 million.

Citigate has seen a fall in both revenue and margins in the first half of 2015 and whilst investment is planned to reverse this in future periods, the Board has determined that the carrying value of Citigate's goodwill should be written down by £10.8 million.

The impact of the group-wide restructuring should see Huntsworth Health continue on its double-digit growth trajectory and Grayling return to stronger profitability as it exits 2015.

Divisional overview1

Huntsworth Health

First half-year 2015 revenues grew 10.3% on a like-for-like basis to £35.2 million, delivering 14.8% operating profit growth with a margin of 18.7%.

This double-digit revenue and operating profit growth is well above industry averages and reflects strong performance for the Huntsworth Health division as a whole, led by our digital consumer agency which grew like-for-like revenues by 33% and operating profit by 72%.

New business momentum remains solid going into the second half-year with 92% of full year revenue committed. In the first half the business won new client mandates with 7 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, generating £7 million of 2015 revenues as part of multi-year assignments. Huntsworth Health currently works with 19 of the top 20 Pharma companies in the World.

Awards won in the first half of 2015 include a Communique Award for Writing Excellence for work done for Bayer and the LTEN Innovation Excellence Award for an innovative training programme created for Astra Zeneca.

Huntsworth Health continues to invest in new growth opportunities and we have appointed two people to open a new Huntsworth Health office in Shanghai. We also continue to build our healthcare business in the Middle East in collaboration with Grayling under our new partnership - 'Grayling Health'.

Citigate

Citigate group revenues were down 7.2% on a like-for-like basis to £10.0 million delivering margins of 14.7%.

The fall in first half-year revenues and margins reflects intense price competition for transaction mandates, particularly in the UK market where, despite high volumes of cross-border as well as domestic M&A, new business wins have been much lower than expected throughout the first half-year. UK revenues declined by 16.2% on a like-for-like basis compared with the first half of 2014 and margins fell to 6.3% (from 18.6% in the first half of 2014).  Investment to increase Citigate's scale and strengthen margins is planned for the second half of the year.

The Continental European business saw like-for-like revenue growth of 4.9% with margins of 28.1%. The Asia Pacific division of Citigate achieved like-for-like growth of 5.3% in the first half of 2015 with margins of 18.1% as the division continued to develop its regional corporate communications portfolio and transactional business.

Despite the disappointing results, Citigate has advised on a number of IPO listings including, HSS Hire, Sanne, Grand Vision, Nordic Nanovector, Abivax and Lucas Bols. Citigate also worked on significant international projects during the period including Slovak Telekom, continuing work on GFI, Lakestreet Capital Partners and Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş. (Isbank).

Other Citigate client mandates won in the first half of the year included Saudi Electricity Company, China Three Gorges Corporation, and new financial communications mandates for AECOM and Vectura.

Grayling

Grayling revenues fell 8.8% on a like-for-like basis to £31.7 million, delivering margins of 2.3%.

In the first half of 2015, Grayling began its transition to become a more efficient organisation, however, with the implementation of these changes occurring mainly in the second quarter, margins were diluted for the half-year as a result of lower revenues. Exceptional restructuring costs have been treated as highlighted items. These included putting a new senior leadership team in place, as well as completing significant operational restructuring, including the closure of loss-making or non-core offices, and the downsizing of some other operations in proportion to their current revenue base.

Further restructuring will be completed in the second half of the year. Margins are expected to strengthen significantly by year-end and into 2016 once this restructuring is complete.

Whilst revenue has fallen, Grayling continues to win significant new client mandates, which include Mitel (EMEA), The Westin (Qatar), BBC Earth (Turkey), Hotels.com (Turkey), Croatian National Tourist Board and Uber (USA).

A significant source of future revenue growth is expected to be the Middle East and Africa. In April, Grayling was appointed as the global PR agency for the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism in Kenya, and is developing a number of opportunities across Africa.

The new leadership teams are fully engaged in turning Grayling into a business with organic revenue growth and far better profit-conversion. This activity will take the rest of 2015 and will continue into 2016. Whilst the current period results continue the disappointing trends of the last few years, significant changes are being implemented and there are early signs that revenue is now stabilising.

Red

A number of blue-chip client wins helped ensure that Red achieved one of its key objectives of returning to revenue growth in the first half-year of 2015, achieving 9.7% like-for-like revenue growth in Q2 2015 versus Q2 2014.

First half year revenues overall grew by 0.7% on a like-for-like basis, to £6.4 million.  Operating profit for the half year was in line with management expectations at £1.1 million, which represents a margin of 17.0%.      

Significant new contracts include Heathrow Airport and leading UK House builder Crest Nicholson. The agency remains well on track to accelerate revenue growth in the second half year.

Dividend

As outlined in the 31 December 2014 Results announcement, the Board have rebalanced the 2015 interim dividend. The interim dividend will be 0.5 pence (H1 2014: 1.0 pence).

Group outlook

The second half of 2015 is expected to show an improvement in profitability as the Group begins to realise the benefits of restructuring actions taken in the first half. Further work to ready the Group for revenue growth in 2016 will now be undertaken.

 

Notes:

1.           Unless otherwise stated, results have been adjusted to exclude highlighted items. Highlighted items comprise amortisation of intangible assets £0.4m (H1 2014: £0.6m), goodwill impairment £48.8m (H1 2014: £nil), restructuring costs £1.3m (H1 2014: £0.0m), impairment of software development costs £0.6m (H1 2014: £nil), and acquisition/transaction related costs £0.0m (H1 2014:  £0.1m).

 

In H1 2014 there were also highlighted revenues in respect of start-up operations of £0.5m that produced £0.4m of operating losses, and facility fees written off of £0.4m.

 

2.           Like-for-like revenues are stated at constant exchange rates and are adjusted to include pre-acquisition revenues and exclude disposals/closures.

 

 

Review of Financial Results

Summary of financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2015

 

 

2015

Like-for-like growth

2014

 

 

£'m

%

£'m

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Citigate

10.0

(7.2)%

10.9

 

Grayling

31.7

(8.8)%

36.5

 

Huntsworth Health

35.2

10.3%

29.4

 

Red

6.4

0.7%

6.3

 

Total revenue before highlighted items

83.2

(0.7)%

83.1

 

Highlighted revenues

-

 

0.5

 

Total revenue

83.2

 

83.6

 

 

2015

Margin

2014

Margin

 

£'m

%

£'m

%

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

Citigate

1.5

14.7%

2.2

20.6%

Grayling

0.7

2.3%

2.9

7.9%

Huntsworth Health

6.6

18.7%

5.7

19.5%

Red

1.1

17.0%

1.3

20.4%

Total operations

9.9

11.9%

12.1

14.6%

Central costs

(3.6)

 

(3.2)

 

Operating profit before highlighted items

6.3

7.6%

8.9

10.7%

Highlighted items

(51.1)

 

(1.0)

 

Reported operating (loss)/profit

(44.8)

 

7.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted basic EPS

1.2p

 

1.8p

 

Reported basic EPS

(13.5)p

 

1.5p

 

 

Revenue and profits before highlighted items

Revenue in the six months to 30 June 2015 increased by £0.1 million to £83.2 million (H1 2014: £83.1 million).

On a like-for-like basis, revenues grew by 10.3% in Huntsworth Health and by 0.7% in Red, but declined by 7.2% in Citigate and 8.8% in Grayling. Overall, Group revenue fell by 0.7% on a like-for-like basis in the first half of the year.

Operating margins have declined across the Group, mostly as a direct result of the revenue declines noted above. Overall Group operating profits before central costs declined by £2.2 million to £9.9 million, generating a Group operating margin before central costs of 11.9% (H1 2014: 14.6%).

Highlighted items

Highlighted operating expenses in the first half of 2015 are the amortisation of intangible assets (£0.4 million), goodwill impairment (£48.8 million), acquisition and transaction related costs (£0.0 million), impairment of software development costs (£0.6 million) and restructuring costs (£1.3 million). After total highlighted operating expenses of £51.1 million, statutory reported operating losses were £44.8 million (H1 2014: profit £7.9 million).

Revenue conversion to profits at Grayling has been and may continue to be challenging against a background of organisational change throughout 2015. The Board has therefore determined that we should now recognise an impairment charge against the carrying value of Grayling goodwill of £38.0 million.

The performance of Citigate London in the context of intense competitive pressures has seen revenue decline and sharply reduced margins.  The Board has determined that we should now recognise an impairment charge against the carrying value of Citigate goodwill of £10.8 million.

Currency

The impact of changes in exchange rates versus H1 2014 was to increase revenues by £2.3 million and increase reported operating profits by £0.7 million.

The strengthening of Sterling against the Euro and the Dollar has also resulted in a £2.6 million charge to Other Comprehensive Income and Expense resulting from the retranslation of the Group's overseas assets.

Tax

The total tax credit of £2.7 million comprises a pre-highlighted tax expense of £1.4 million together with a credit of £4.1 million on highlighted items. The pre-highlighted tax expense is based on the expected full year tax rate of 27.0% (year ended 31 December 2014: 25.0%).  The highlighted tax credit of £4.1 million includes a £3.7 million deferred tax credit relating to the goodwill impairment charge in the period.

Earnings

Profits attributable to ordinary shareholders before highlighted items were £3.8 million (H1 2015: £5.8 million). Adjusted basic earnings per share fell to 1.2p (H1 2014: 1.8p) and adjusted diluted earnings per share also fell to 1.2p (H1 2014: 1.8p).

Losses attributable to ordinary shareholders after highlighted items were £43.2 million (H1 2014: profit £4.7 million), resulting in basic loss per share of 13.5p (H1 2014: earnings 1.5p) and diluted loss per share of 13.5p (H1 2014: earnings 1.4p).

Dividends

The interim dividend will be 0.5 pence per share (H1 2014: 1.0 pence). The record date for this dividend will be 2 October 2015 and it is payable on 6 November 2015. A scrip dividend alternative will be available.

Balance sheet and cash flow

Cash inflow from operations totalled £7.3 million (H1 2014: £4.0 million), before highlighted cash outflows of £1.5 million. Other principal cash outflows during the period were net payments for interest, tax and fixed assets of £2.7 million. Earn-out payments totalled £0.7 million.

Net debt at 30 June 2015 is £33.5 million (30 June 2014: £35.5 million; 31 December 2014: £35.6 million) which is well within the Group's available facilities. Financial covenants based on the Group's facility agreements continue to be comfortably met.

Earn-out obligations

Future earn-out obligations as at 30 June 2015 are estimated to be £1.2 million, payable in cash or shares. The expected timing of the settlement of this obligation is 2017.

Key risks and uncertainties

The Directors monitor the risks the Group is exposed to and the risk management and internal controls in place to mitigate these risks. The Directors have considered whether the nature or level of risk that the Group is exposed to has changed significantly in the first half of 2015 and have concluded that there have been no significant changes since the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts were published.

As described more fully on pages 18 to 21 of the 2014 Annual Report and Accounts, the Group's key risks and uncertainties are identified as:

·      economic downturn - this can result in fewer new client mandates, longer procurement processes, pricing pressures and an increased risk of bad debt;

·      country and currency risk - arising from the Group having significant operations in the USA and Europe;

·      increased industry competition - both from the number of competing agencies in the marketplace and price competition, impacting revenue and margins;

·      performance of acquired businesses - acquisitions may be less financially beneficial than anticipated;

·      loan facility and covenant headroom risk - resulting in reputational damage and/or impairing the Group's ability to make future acquisitions or settle existing obligations;

·      dependence on key personnel - loss of key staff can impact client relationships and service quality;

·      loss of key clients - impacting revenue and profit;

·      information systems access and security - breaches could compromise operations;

·      working capital risk - increased levels of working capital can have a cash cost to the Group;

·      unethical business practices - potentially leading to reputational and/or financial damage; and

·      legal and regulatory compliance - potentially giving rise to reputational and/or financial damage.

The Group performs a comprehensive annual review of the effectiveness of the Group's risk management processes, involving the Board of Directors and all senior management teams around the Group to ensure that appropriate actions are undertaken to manage these risks.

Forward looking statements

The interim management report contains certain forward looking statements in respect of Huntsworth plc and the operation of its subsidiaries. These statements and forecasts involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend upon circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements and forecasts. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast.

Notes to editors:

 

1.   Huntsworth plc is a healthcare communications and public relations group with 67 principal offices across 30 countries. In the first half of 2015 the Group worked for circa 1,520 clients.

2.   The Group comprises four divisions: Grayling, Citigate, Red and Huntsworth Health. At 30 June 2015 the Group employed approximately 1,570 staff with an average annual fee income per FTE of £104,900.

3.   By industry sector the revenue profile is broadly 31% Pharmaceuticals; 15% Healthcare; 9% Technology; 9% Financial Services; 6% Retail and Leisure; 6% Industrial and Transport; 5% Food and Drink; 5% Government and Public Sector; and 14% Other sectors.

4.   Geographically, 31% of Group revenue in the first half of 2015 was from the UK; 15% from European countries; 47% from the US; and 7% from the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. 

5.   51% of the Group's revenue is derived from companies in the FTSE 100, Fortune 500, FTSEurofirst 300 or Top 50 Pharma Companies (Top 50 Pharma Companies list as published by the Med Ad News).

6.   In the last 12 months the Group had 21 clients with the revenue in excess of £1 million. In the first half of 2015 our largest client represents 6% of revenue with the top 10 clients accounting for 30% and the top 25 clients accounting for 43%.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audited

 

 

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

 

 

ended

ended

ended

 

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

 

2015

2014

2014

 

 

Notes

£000

£000

£000

Turnover before highlighted items

 

100,959

97,506

204,793

Turnover - highlighted items

 

-

642

1,247

Turnover

 

100,959

98,148

206,040

Revenue before highlighted items

2

83,245

83,085

164,719

Revenue - highlighted items

3

-

492

1,013

Revenue

 

83,245

83,577

165,732

Operating expenses before highlighted items

 

(76,928)

(74,193)

(146,491)

Operating expenses - highlighted items

3

(51,106)

(1,476)

(76,161)

Operating expenses

 

(128,034)

(75,669)

(222,652)

Operating profit before highlighted items

2

6,317

8,892

18,228

Highlighted items

3

(51,106)

(984)

(75,148)

Operating (loss)/profit

 

(44,789)

7,908

(56,920)

Finance income

4

3

7

17

Finance costs before highlighted items

4

(1,064)

(1,158)

(2,222)

Finance costs - highlighted items

3,4

-

(427)

(427)

Net finance costs

 

(1,061)

(1,578)

(2,632)

Profit before tax and highlighted items

 

5,256

7,741

16,023

Highlighted items

3

(51,106)

(1,411)

(75,575)

(Loss)/profit before tax

 

(45,850)

6,330

(59,552)

Tax expense before highlighted items

5

(1,419)

(1,939)

(4,002)

Tax credit - highlighted items

3,5

4,109

334

7,382

Tax credit/(expense)

 

2,690

(1,605)

3,380

Profit for the period before highlighted items

 

3,837

5,802

12,021

Highlighted items, net of tax

3

(46,997)

(1,077)

(68,193)

(Loss)/profit for the period attributable to Parent Company's equity shareholders

 

(43,160)

4,725

(56,172)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic - pence

7

(13.5)

1.5

(17.6)

Diluted - pence

7

(13.5)

1.4

(17.6)

Adjusted basic - pence*

7

1.2

1.8

3.8

Adjusted diluted - pence*

7

1.2

1.8

3.7

*Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share are calculated based on the profit for the period adjusted for highlighted items and the related tax effects (Note 7).

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the six months ended 30 June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months

 ended

 

Six months

 ended

Audited

Year

 ended

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

2015

2014

2014

 

 

£000

£000

£000

 

(Loss)/profit for the period

(43,160)

4,725

(56,172)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income and expense

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to the Income Statement

 

 

 

 

Currency translation movement

(2,634)

(4,895)

2,750

 

Tax expense on currency translation differences

(167)

(75)

(118)

 

Amounts recognised in the Income Statement on interest rate swaps

77

96

96

 

Movement in valuation of interest rate swaps

37

(3)

(66)

 

Tax expense on interest rate swaps

(23)

(19)

(7)

 

Total items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

(2,710)

(4,896)

2,655

 

Other comprehensive income and expense for the period

(2,710)

(4,896)

2,655

 

Total comprehensive income and expense for the period attributable to Parent Company's equity shareholders

(45,870)

(171)

(53,517)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

 

as at 30 June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audited

 

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

 

2015

2014

2014

 

 

Notes

£000

£000

£000

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

8

173,926

291,040

225,678

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

7,442

6,879

7,772

 

Other receivables

 

199

208

279

 

Derivative financial assets

9

51

-

-

 

Deferred tax assets

 

2,961

634

116

 

 

 

184,579

298,761

233,845

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Work in progress

 

4,259

5,292

3,241

 

Trade and other receivables

 

44,183

49,059

41,338

 

Current tax receivable

 

638

601

481

 

Derivative financial assets

9

68

55

17

 

Cash and short-term deposits

12

13,680

9,137

8,826

 

 

 

62,828

64,144

53,903

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Obligations under finance leases

 

(4)

(5)

(7)

 

Trade and other payables

 

(47,391)

(56,256)

(41,356)

 

Derivative financial liabilities

9

-

(21)

-

 

Current tax payable

 

(922)

(1,237)

(1,060)

 

Provisions

11

(1,250)

(946)

(1,892)

 

 

 

(49,567)

(58,465)

(44,315)

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Bank loans

10,12

(47,260)

(44,651)

(44,327)

 

Obligations under finance leases

 

(23)

-

(24)

 

Trade and other payables

 

(1,254)

(1,183)

(2,045)

 

Derivative financial liabilities

9

-

-

                (63)

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(243)

(5,743)

(396)

 

Provisions

11

(2,920)

(3,013)

(2,704)

 

 

 

(51,700)

(54,590)

(49,559)

 

Net assets

 

146,140

249,850

193,874

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Called up share capital

 

107,166

107,139

107,157

 

Share premium account

 

62,655

61,722

62,635

 

Merger reserve

 

32,543

65,255

43,422

 

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

17,620

12,609

20,254

 

Hedging reserve

 

51

-

(63)

 

Treasury shares

 

(1,475)

(1,577)

(1,568)

 

Investment in own shares

 

(4,389)

(4,775)

(4,775)

 

Retained earnings

 

(68,031)

9,477

(33,188)

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

146,140

249,850

193,874

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audited

 

 

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

 

 

ended

 ended

ended

 

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

 

 

2015

2014

2014

 

 

Notes

£000

£000

£000

 

Cash inflow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflow from operations

12(a)

5,800

3,743

17,353

 

Interest paid

 

(874)

(1,176)

(2,089)

 

Interest received

 

3

7

17

 

Cash flows from hedging activities

 

17

-

68

 

Net current tax paid

 

(708)

(767)

(1,317)

 

Net cash inflow from operating activities

 

4,238

1,807

14,032

 

Cash outflow from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

 

-

(421)

(514)

 

Deferred consideration payments

 

(662)

(609)

(609)

 

Cost of internally developed intangible assets

 

(122)

(211)

(592)

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(1,000)

(2,066)

(4,113)

 

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

4

19

37

 

Net cash outflow from investing activities

 

(1,780)

(3,288)

(5,791)

 

Cash inflow/(outflow) from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Issue costs from issue of ordinary shares, net of costs

 

-

(1,074)

(1,074)

 

Proceeds from sale of own shares to settle share options

 

16

-

9

 

Repayment of finance lease liabilities

 

(5)

(6)

(12)

 

Net drawdown of borrowings

 

2,801

3,627

3,170

 

Dividends paid to equity holders of the parent

 

-

-

(10,113)

 

Net cash inflow/(outflow) from financing activities

 

2,812

2,547

(8,020)

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

5,270

1,066

221

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

5,270

1,066

221

 

Effects of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

 

(416)

(417)

117

 

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January

 

8,826

8,488

8,488

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

13,680

9,137

8,826

 

                             

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

for the six months ended 30 June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Called

 

 

Foreign

 

 

 

 

 

 

up

Share

 

currency

 

 

Investment

 

 

 

share

premium

Merger

translation

Hedging

Treasury

in own

Retained

Total

 

capital

account

reserve

reserve

reserve

shares

shares

earnings

Equity

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 January 2014

107,139

61,722

65,255

17,504

(93)

(1,577)

(4,775)

12,469

257,644

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4,725

4,725

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

(4,895)

93

-

-

(94)

(4,896)

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

(4,895)

93

-

-

4,631

(171)

Credit for share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

500

500

Tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(237)

(237)

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(7,886)

(7,886)

At 30 June 2014

107,139

61,722

65,255

12,609

-

(1,577)

(4,775)

9,477

249,850

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(60,897)

(60,897)

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

7,645

(63)

-

-

(31)

7,551

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

7,645

(63)

-

-

(60,928)

(53,346)

Settlement of share options

-

-

-

-

-

9

-

-

9

Share issue costs

-

(12)

-

-

-

-

-

-

(12)

Charge for share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(398)

(398)

Credit for unclaimed dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

8

8

Tax on share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(10)

(10)

Scrip dividends

18

925

-

-

-

-

-

-

943

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(3,170)

(3,170)

Transfer

-

-

(21,833)

-

-

-

-

21,833

-

At 31 December 2014 (audited)

107,157

62,635

43,422

20,254

(63)

(1,568)

(4,775)

(33,188)

193,874

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(43,160)

(43,160)

Other comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

(2,634)

114

-

-

(190)

(2,710)

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

(2,634)

114

-

-

(43,350)

(45,870)

Acquisition of subsidiaries

8

-

338

-

-

-

-

-

346

Settlement of share options

1

20

-

-

-

93

386

(483)

17

Credit for share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

162

162

Tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(4)

(4)

Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,385)

(2,385)

Transfer

 

 

(11,217)

 

 

 

 

11,217

-

At 30 June 2015

107,166

62,655

32,543

17,620

51

(1,475)

(4,389)

(68,031)

146,140

 

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

for the six months ended 30 June 2015

 

1. Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2015 have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority, IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" and the Group's accounting policies.

The Group's accounting policies are in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union and are set out in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts 2014 on pages 60-64, except as noted below. These are consistent with the accounting policies which the Group expects to adopt in its 2015 Annual Report. The Group has not early adopted any Standard, Interpretation or Amendment that has been issued but is not yet effective.

The information relating to the six months ended 30 June 2015 and 30 June 2014 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory financial statements as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The information has however been reviewed by the auditors and their report to the Board of Huntsworth plc is set out on page 26 of this document. The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2014 have been extracted from the Group's Annual Report and Accounts 2014, on which the auditors gave an unmodified opinion and did not include a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. The Group Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2014 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.

 

Changes in accounting policies

The following new standards, amendments to standards and interpretations were also mandatory for the first time for the financial year beginning 1 January 2015, but had no significant impact on the Group:

·   Annual Improvements (2011- 2013 Cycle)

·   IFRIC 21 Levies

 

Going concern

After reviewing the Group's performance, future forecasted performance and cash flows, ability to draw down on its facilities and the covenant requirements of those facilities, and after considering the key risks and uncertainties set out on page 8, the Directors consider that the Group has sufficient resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Group's financial statements.

 

 

2. Segmental analysis

The following is an analysis of the Group's revenue and operating profit before highlighted items by reportable segment.

 

 

Citigate

Grayling

Red

Huntsworth Health

Total

6 months to 30 June 2015

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

9,965

31,739

6,372

35,169

83,245

Intra-group eliminations

-

-

-

-

-

Segment revenue

9,965

31,739

6,372

35,169

83,245

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating profit before highlighted items

1,470

737

1,086

6,592

9,885

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citigate

Grayling

Red

Huntsworth Health

Total

6 months to 30 June 2014

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

10,917

36,469

6,325

29,374

83,085

Intra-group eliminations

-

-

-

-

-

Segment revenue

10,917

36,469

6,325

29,374

83,085

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating profit before highlighted items

2,244

2,873

1,292

5,740

12,149

 

 

Citigate

Grayling

Red

Huntsworth Health

Total

Year ended 31 December 2014

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

21,939

70,760

12,313

59,713

164,725

Intra-group eliminations

-

(6)

-

-

(6)

Segment revenue

21,939

70,754

12,313

59,713

164,719

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating profit before highlighted items

4,470

5,419

2,571

12,264

24,724

 

Highlighted items are not presented to the Board on a segmental basis.

 

 

A reconciliation of segment operating profit before highlighted items to profit before tax is provided below:

 

 

Six months

Six months

Year

ended

ended

ended

30 June

30 June

31 December

2015

 2014

2014

£000

£000

£000

Segment operating profit before highlighted items

9,885

12,149

24,724

Central costs

(3,568)

(3,257)

(6,496)

Operating profit before highlighted items

6,317

8,892

18,228

Highlighted items

(51,106)

(984)

(75,148)

Operating (loss)/profit

(44,789)

7,908

(56,920)

Net finance costs before highlighted items

(1,061)

(1,151)

(2,205)

Highlighted finance costs

-

(427)

(427)

(Loss)/profit before tax

(45,850)

6,330

(59,552)

 

 

3. Highlighted items

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

ended

ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

Credited to revenue

Start-up revenues

 

-

 

(492)

(1,013)

 

Charged to operating expenses

 

 

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

397

570

985

Goodwill impairment

48,764

-

71,471

Impairment of software development costs

579

-

-

Restructuring costs/(credit)

1,322

(18)

1,932

Start-up costs

-

846

1,543

Acquisition and transaction related costs

44

78

230

Total charged to operating expenses

51,106

1,476

76,161

 

 

 

 

Charged to operating profit

51,106

984

75,148

 

 

 

 

Charged to finance costs

 

 

 

Facility fees written off

-

427

427

 

Charged to profit before tax

 

51,106

 

1,411

75,575

Tax credit

(4,109)

(334)

(7,382)

Charged to profit for the year

46,997

1,077

68,193

 

Highlighted items charged to profit before tax comprise significant non-cash charges and non-recurring items which are highlighted in the Income Statement because, in the opinion of the Directors, separate disclosure is helpful in understanding the underlying performance of the business.

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

Intangible assets are amortised systematically over their estimated useful lives, which vary from 3 to 20 years depending on the nature of the asset. These are significant non-cash charges which arise as a result of acquisitions.

Goodwill impairment

Impairments totalling £48.8 million (2014: £71.5 million) were recognised relating to goodwill in the Grayling and Citigate CGUs. Further details are given in Note 8.

Impairment of software development costs

The impairment relates to significant adverse changes in the extent to which internally developed software is expected to be used.  The recoverable amount is value in use which was determined to be £nil.

Restructuring costs/(credit)

Restructuring costs comprise cost-saving initiatives including severance payments, compensation for loss of office, property and other contract termination costs. Restructuring credits comprise the release of excess restructuring cost accruals.

Start-up revenues and costs

Start-up revenues and costs are the operating results of new businesses started by the Group. The profile of revenue and costs in start-up businesses is different to that of more mature operations within the Group and hence the Directors consider that separate disclosure is helpful for investors. The results of start-up operations will cease being included within this category once they become consistently profitable or after two years of operation, whichever is earlier.

Acquisition and transaction related costs

Costs incurred in relation to acquisitions and any adjustments to the fair value of deferred contingent consideration liabilities are taken to the Income Statement rather than being included as part of the cost of investment or as an adjustment to goodwill.

Facility fees written off

Amounts capitalised in respect to the previous loan facility were written off in H1 2014 when the Group refinanced in May 2014.

Taxation

The taxation credit relates to the tax impact of the above highlighted items.

 

4. Finance costs and income

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

ended

ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

Bank interest payable

1,053

1,144

2,174

Finance lease interest

1

4

7

Imputed interest on property and other provisions

4

4

9

Imputed interest on deferred consideration

4

-

20

Imputed interest on non-current trade and other payables

2

6

12

Finance costs

1,064

1,158

2,222

Bank interest receivable

(2)

-

(2)

Other interest receivable

(1)

(7)

(15)

Finance income

(3)

(7)

(17)

Net finance costs before highlighted items

1,061

1,151

2,205

Finance costs - highlighted items

-

427

427

Net finance costs

1,061

1,578

2,632

 

 

5. Tax

The tax expense/(credit) for the six months ended 30 June 2015 has been based on an estimated effective tax rate on profit before tax and highlighted items for the full year of 27.0% (year ended 31 December 2014: 25.0%).  The tax expense/(credit) is analysed as follows:

 

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

ended

ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

Before highlighted items:

 

 

 

Current tax

570

960

2,142

Deferred tax

849

979

1,860

 

1,419

1,939

4,002

Highlighted items:

 

 

 

Current tax

(320)

(228)

(900)

Deferred tax

(3,789)

(106)

(6,482)

 

(4,109)

(334)

(7,382)

Total:

 

 

 

Current tax

250

732

1,242

Deferred tax

(2,940)

873

(4,622)

Total tax (credit)/expense

(2,690)

1,605

(3,380)

 

The UK Government has enacted a reduction in the main rate of corporation tax to 20% with effect from 1 April 2015. The impact of this change is incorporated in the reported numbers.


The UK Government has also announced its intention to lower the main rate of corporation tax to 19% from 1 April 2017 and 18% from 1 April 2020.  The impact of this is not incorporated in the numbers as the Finance Bill 2015 was not substantively enacted at 30 June 2015.

 

 

6. Dividends

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

ended

ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

Equity dividends on ordinary shares

 

 

 

Final dividend for the year ended 2013 - 2.50 pence

-

7,886

7,886

Interim dividend for the year ended 2014 - 1.0 pence

-

-

3,170

Final dividend for the year ended 2014 - 0.75 pence

2,385

-

-

 

2,385

7,886

11,056

 

The final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2014 of 0.75 pence per share was approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 16 June 2015 and was paid on 6 July 2015. This dividend is included in trade and other payables at 30 June 2015.

 

The proposed 2015 interim dividend of 0.5 pence per share was approved by the Board on 27 August 2015. The dividend will be paid on 6 November to those shareholders on the register on 2 October.

 

 

7. Earnings per share

The data used in the calculation of the earnings per share numbers is summarised in the table below:

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 June 2015

30 June 2014

31 December 2014

 

Weighted

Weighted

Weighted

 

average number

average number

average number

 

(Loss)/earnings

£000

of shares

000's

Earnings

£000

of shares

000's

(Loss)/earnings

£000

of shares

000's

Basic

(43,160)

319,995

4,725

318,025

(56,172)

318,848

Diluted

(43,160)

319,9951

4,725

326,099

(56,172)

318,8481

Adjusted basic

3,837

319,995

5,802

318,025

12,021

318,848

Adjusted diluted

3,837

326,693

5,802

326,099

12,021

329,241

1 Because basic EPS results in a loss per share the diluted EPS is calculated using the undiluted weighted average number of shares

The basic earnings per share calculation is based on the profit for the period attributable to parent company shareholders divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period.

 

Diluted earnings per share is calculated based on the profit for the period attributable to parent company shareholders divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period adjusted for the potentially dilutive impact of employee share option schemes and shares to be issued as part of contingent consideration on acquisition of subsidiaries.

 

Adjusted earnings per share is calculated in order to provide information to shareholders about continuing trading performance and is based on the profit attributable to parent company shareholders excluding highlighted items together with related tax effects as set out below:

 

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

ended

ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

(Loss)/earnings:

 

 

 

Profit for the period attributable to the Parent Company's shareholders

(43,160)

4,725

(56,172)

Highlighted items (net of tax) attributable to the Parent Company's shareholders

46,997

1,077

68,193

Adjusted earnings

3,837

5,802

12,021

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

 

Number of shares:

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares -

basic and adjusted basic

319,995

318,025

318,848

 

Effect of share options in issue

5,371

6,991

7,951

 

Effect of deferred contingent consideration

1,327

1,083

2,442

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares - diluted and adjusted diluted

326,693

326,099

329,241

         

 

 

8. Intangible assets

 

Brands

Customer relationships

Goodwill

Intellectual property

Software development costs

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2015

25,022

29,868

307,026

1,564

2,963

366,443

Capitalised development costs

-

-

-

-

122

122

Foreign exchange movement

(326)

(330)

(3,841)

(132)

(10)

(4,639)

At 30 June 2015

24,696

29,538

303,185

1,432

3,075

361,926

Amortisation and impairment charges

 

 

 

At 1 January 2015

20,309

29,829

88,351

1,154

1,122

140,765

Charge for the period

240

9

-

148

146

543

Impairment

-

-

48,764

-

579

49,343

Foreign exchange movement

(294)

(331)

(1,919)

(105)

(2)

(2,651)

At 30 June 2015

20,255

29,507

135,196

1,197

1,845

188,000

Net book value at 30 June 2015

4,441

31

167,989

235

1,230

173,926

Net book value at 31 December 2014

4,713

39

218,675

410

1,841

225,678

Net book value at 30 June 2014

4,931

93

283,935

593

1,488

291,040

               

 

The performance of the Citigate and Grayling CGUs in the first half of 2015 was considered to be an indicator of impairment as at 30 June 2015. The Group revised its forecasts to current expectations of the future performance of these CGUs based on the prevailing conditions prior to any future restructuring and investment. The ensuing reduction in value in use has resulted in goodwill in Grayling being impaired by £38.0m and goodwill in Citigate being impaired by £10.8 million. The total impairment of £48.8 million is included in highlighted items in the Income Statement.

 

Value in use has been calculated using a consistent methodology to that disclosed in the 2014 Annual Report. Operating cash flow forecasts for the initial five year period reflect management's latest short and medium term forecasts for the business, and an updated assessment of pre-tax discount rate.

 

9. Financial risk management and financial instruments

The group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks including foreign exchange risk, interest rate risk, credit risk and liquidity risk.

 

The condensed interim financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements; they should be read in conjunction with the Group's Annual Financial Statements as at 31 December 2014. There have been no changes in the Group's risk management policies since the year end. 

 

Fair value measurement

The following table provides an analysis of financial instruments that are measured subsequent to initial recognition at fair value, grouped into Levels 1 to 3 based on the degree to which the fair value is observable.

·    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).

·    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).

 

At 30 June 2015

Level 1

£000

Level 2

£000

Level 3

£000

Total

£000

Financial assets 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange derivative

-

68

-

68

Interest rate swaps

-

51

-

51

 

-

119

-

119

Financial liabilities 

 

 

 

 

Deferred contingent consideration (Note 11)

-

-

1,205

1,205

 

-

-

1,205

1,205

 

At 30 June 2014

Level 1

£000

Level 2

£000

Level 3

£000

Total

£000

Financial assets 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange derivative

-

55

-

55

 

-

55

-

55

Financial liabilities 

 

 

 

 

Interest rate swaps

-

21

-

21

Deferred contingent consideration

-

-

3,884

3,884

 

-

21

3,884

3,905

 

At 31 December 2014

Level 1

£000

Level 2

£000

Level 3

£000

Total

£000

Financial assets 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange derivative

-

17

-

17

 

-

17

-

17

Financial liabilities 

 

 

 

 

Interest rate swap

-

63

-

63

Deferred contingent consideration (Note 11)

-

-

1,507

1,507

 

-

63

1,507

1,570

 

Valuation techniques used to derive Level 2 fair values

Level 2 derivatives comprise foreign exchange derivatives and interest rate swaps. The foreign exchange derivatives have been fair valued using exchange rates that are quoted in an active market. Interest rate swaps are valued using forward interest rates extracted from observable yield curves.

Fair values of other financial liabilities and assets

All financial assets and financial liabilities have been recognised at their carrying values which are not materially different to their fair values.

 

 

10. Bank loans and overdrafts

The Group has a £90 million multi-currency facility agreement with Lloyds Bank plc, HSBC Bank plc and Barclays Bank plc and a £5 million committed overdraft facility with Lloyds Bank plc. Both facilities are due to expire in May 2019. The margin payable on the facility is variable between 1.60% and 2.50% depending on the Group's net debt to EBITDA ratio.

 

The previous facility was repaid in full in May 2014. Remaining capitalised loan fees in respect of this facility were written off at this time, with the incremental charge included within highlighted items (see Note 3).

 

 

11. Provisions

 

Deferred contingent consideration

Property

Reorganisation

and other

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 January 2015

1,507

2,277

812

4,596

Arising during the period

44

266

1,141

1,451

Foreign exchange movement

(3)

(11)

(5)

(19)

Release of provision not utilised

-

(79)

-

(79)

Utilised

(347)

(179)

(1,261)

(1,787)

Unwind of discount

4

4

-

8

At 30 June 2015

1,205

2,278

687

4,170

Current

-

566

684

1,250

Non-current

1,205

1,712

3

2,920

 

Deferred contingent consideration for acquisitions

Acquisitions made by the Group typically involve an earn-out arrangement whereby the consideration payable includes a deferred element, payable in either cash or a combination of cash and shares at the Company's option, which is contingent on the future financial performance of the acquired entity. The Group anticipates settling the deferred contingent consideration provisions over the next two years. The amount arising in the period represents the change in the earn-out based on the latest financial performance of the acquired businesses. The amount utilised in the period represents the cash paid or shares issued under the earn-out arrangements. Where deferred consideration is not contingent on the outcome of future events the amount is included in trade and other payables; during 2014 the presentation of these balances was adjusted accordingly.

 

Property provisions

Provisions for property represent amounts set aside in respect of property leases which are onerous and the unavoidable costs of restoring leasehold properties to the condition specified in the lease at the end of the contractual term. The quantification of these provisions has been determined based on external professional advice and is dependent on the Group's ability to exit the leases early or to sublet the properties. In general, property costs are expected to be incurred over a range of one to nine years.

 

Reorganisation and other provisions

This provision relates principally to compensation for loss of office. In addition, when acquiring businesses, provisions have been made to cover the best estimate of the Group's exposure to liabilities arising due to the acquisition.

 

 

12. Cash flow analysis

(a) Reconciliation of operating profit to net cash inflow from operations

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

ended

ended

 

30 June

 30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

Operating (loss)/profit

(44,789)

7,908

(56,920)

Depreciation

1,235

1,087

2,441

Share option charge

162

500

102

Loss/(gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment

35

(3)

17

Amortisation of intangible assets

543

715

1,270

Impairment of intangible assets

49,343

-

71,471

Unrealised foreign exchange loss/(gain) on hedging instrument

-

13

-

(Increase)/decrease in work in progress

(1,022)

723

2,893

(Increase)/decrease in debtors

(3,576)

(5,395)

3,257

Increase/(decrease) in creditors

3,990

(1,479)

(9,406)

(Decrease)/increase in provisions

(121)

(326)

2,228

Net cash inflow from operations

5,800

3,743

17,353

Net cash inflow from operations is analysed as follows:

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

ended

ended

 

30 June

 30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

Before highlighted items

7,299

4,001

17,871

Highlighted items

(1,499)

(258)

(518)

Net cash inflow from operations

5,800

3,743

17,353

 

(b) Reconciliation of net cash flow to movement in net debt

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

ended

 ended

 

 30 June

 30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

Increase in cash and cash equivalents in the period

5,270

1,066

221

Cash inflow from movements in debt

(2,801)

(3,627)

(3,170)

Repayment of capital element of finance leases

5

6

12

Change in net debt resulting from cash flows

2,474

(2,555)

(2,937)

Amortisation and write off of loan fees

(132)

(623)

(756)

New finance lease

-

-

(32)

Movement in fair value of derivative financial instruments

164

123

43

Translation differences

(416)

(417)

117

Decrease/(increase) in net debt

2,090

(3,472)

(3,565)

Net debt at beginning of period

(35,578)

(32,013)

(32,013)

Net debt at end of period

(33,488)

(35,485)

(35,578)

 

 

(c) Analysis of net debt

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2015

2014

2014

 

£000

£000

£000

Cash and short-term deposits

13,680

9,137

8,826

Bank loans and overdrafts (non-current)

(47,260)

(44,651)

(44,327)

Derivative financial assets

119

55

17

Derivative financial liabilities

-

(21)

(63)

Obligations under finance leases

(27)

(5)

(31)

Net debt

(33,488)

(35,485)

(35,578)

 

 

13. Related party transactions

The ultimate controlling party of the Group is Huntsworth plc (incorporated in the United Kingdom). The Group has a related party relationship with Directors and executive officers. There were no material related party transactions other than the remuneration of key management personnel of £0.6 million in the six months ended 30 June 2015 (2014: £1.0 million).

 

 

Independent Review Report

To the Board of Huntsworth plc

 

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 June 2015 which comprises the Condensed consolidated income statement, Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, Condensed consolidated balance sheet, Condensed consolidated cash flow statement, Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity, and related notes 1 to 13. 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 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs 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 endorsed by and adopted for use in 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 June 2015 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

London

27 August 2015

     

     

 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

for the six months ended 30 June 2015

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge this interim report:

 

- has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union;

 

- includes a fair review of the information required by the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rules ('DTR') 4.2.7R (indication of important events during the first six months and description of principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year); and

 

- includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.8R (disclosure of related party transactions and changes therein).

 

By order of the Board

 

 

 

 

Paul Taaffe

Chief Executive

 


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