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Friday 28 September, 2018

Live Company Group

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 2559C
Live Company Group PLC
28 September 2018
 

28 September 2018

 

 

LIVE COMPANY GROUP PLC

 

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

 

HALF-YEARLY RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018

 

 

Live Company Group Plc (AIM: LVCG), a leading live event and entertainment group, announces its half-yearly results for the six month period ended 30 June 2018.

 

Highlights for the period

 

Group revenues from continuing operations for six months to 30 June 2018 were £2.842m. This compares favourably to full year revenues to 31 December 2017 of £1.928m.

 

Operating profit from continuing activities in the period of £503k (FY 2017: operating loss of £391k, before exceptional items).

 

Following the Group's high profile show in New York in February 2018, decision to launch the BRICKLIVE brand across the US and to discontinue the LEGO LIVE brand.

 

Post-period events

 

Launch by the Group's joint venture partner in China of BRICKLIVE ANIMAL PARADISE in August 2018 in the National Stadium, Beijing, the first event of a 20 city tour in China over the next three years.

 

Joint venture signed, in September 2018, in the US with Three Six Zero, to create Parallel Three Six Zero Inc. ("PTSZ"), and exclusivity terms agreed by PTSZ with Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. for the promotion of BRICKLIVE events throughout North America. 

 

On 26 September 2018, the Company notified that it is in discussions with regard to a potential equity fundraising, to finance the potential acquisition of a complementary business to the Group and to accelerate organic growth.

 

 

David Ciclitira, Chairman, said: "The first six months of this year have been an amazing journey.  Having only created Live Company Group at the end of last year, we have achieved a great deal.  2018 was always going to be a year of investment, and I am pleased that we have recorded a profit, whilst managing to expand internationally.  I believe that this is a good base for our full-year results and we look forward to the growth in the second half of this year.  The recent announcements relating to both China and BRICKLIVE's launch of the joint venture in America are an indication of the exciting times we have ahead, both for the rest of 2018 and into 2019."

 

 

 

Contact Details

For more information please contact:

 

Live Company Group Plc

David Ciclitira

www.livecompanygroup.com

 

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7225 2000

Stockdale Securities Limited

Richard Johnson / Ed Thomas

 

 

+44 (0) 20 7601 6100

Shard Capital Partners LLP

Damon Heath

 

 

+44 (0) 020 7186 9950

W Communications, PR agency

James Porter

 

 

 

+44 (0) 7568 514 244

Note: In order to provide a more direct comparison, the comparative financial information for the six month period ended 30 June 2017 has been compiled on a pro-forma basis, applying the assumption that the acquisition of Brick Live Group and a 61.1 per cent. interest in Brick Live Far East Ltd was completed by the Company on or prior to 1 January 2017.

Information contained within this Announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

 

I am pleased to present the Group's first full six-monthly results since the acquisition of the Brick Live business in December 2017.

 

At the beginning of this year, I had certain specific goals for the Group, including: the consolidation of the BRICKLIVE brand in Asia and the establishment of the BRICKLIVE brand in the United States.   

 

Financial Review

 

This has been a busy period of activity for the Group with increased turnover of £2.842m (H1 2017: £1.067m) and a profit from continuing activities of £503k. 

 

Inclusive of discontinued operations, the Group made a profit of £116k in the period, compared to a loss of £138k for the comparative period in 2017.

 

During the period LVCG carried out two equity fundraisings for a total of £1.95m, to support the Group's expansion plans, in particular in Asia.

 

Since the period end, there has been a substantial improvement in cash flows from operating activities, with Group receivables reducing to £318k at the end of August 2018.

 

As at 26 September 2018 the Group's cash position had improved to £154k.

 

Asia

We have grown our business in Japan from five shows in 2017 to six events so far this year, with a further two expected by the end of 2018.  In June 2018, we launched the ASEAN Tour in Jakarta and Bangkok with at least one further show to take place in the region by the end of the year.  The last six months has seen the continuing growth of the BRICKLIVE brand in South Korea with the launch of BRICKLIVE CAFÉ, BRICKLIVE LITE and BRICKLIVE BUSAN JUNGLE EXPERIENCE, and BRICKLIVE BIFF and BRICKLIVE CENTRES.   In China, two BRICKLIVE CENTRES have opened so far this year and has launched the new brand extensions BRICKLIVE KIDS and, in August 2018, BRICKLIVE ANIMAL PARADISE both in Beijing.  The BRICKLIVE ANIMAL PARADISE tour will visit a further 19 locations around China over the next three years. 

 

United States

In September 2018, our wholly-owned subsidiary Parallel Live Group Limited ("PL") signed a joint venture with US-based company Three Six Zero, forming a new company, Parallel Three Six Zero Inc. ("PTSZ"). PTSZ has been granted exclusive rights by PL to promote BRICKLIVE events in North America with Brick Live International Limited as its content provider.

 

PTSZ has agreed terms for an exclusive agreement with Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. for the promotion of BRICKLIVE events throughout North America. These rights are initially for one show, and if successful, would allow for further shows to be staged. The location of the first show will be at The Star in Frisco, Texas, on 26 and 27 January 2019.

   

Acquisition of complementary business

On 26 September 2018, the Company notified that it was in discussions over a potential equity fundraising, to finance the potential acquisition of a complementary business to the Group and to accelerate organic growth. I believe that this potential transaction would be a "win win" for both businesses and would fast track the growth of the enlarged Group.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to make a special mention of the Group's Board and Staff worldwide for their considerable efforts.  I would like to give specific thanks to Simon Bennett for his contribution over the last 18 months and look forward to welcoming new directors in the very near future.

 

Finally, I would like to thank all of our shareholders for their support and belief.

 

  

 

David Ciclitira

Chairman

 

Date: 28 September 2018

 

 

 

 

30 June 2018
Unaudited

30 June 2017
Unaudited

 

£'000

£'000

 

Revenue

2,842

1,067

Cost of sales

891

467

Gross profit

1,951

600

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange

(6)

17

Amortisation

2

-

Other administrative expenses

1,435

756

Total Administrative expenses

1,431

773

 

 

 

520

(173)

 

 

 

17

-

 

 

 

503

(173)

 

 

 

-

35

 

 

 

503

(138)

 

 

 

Discontinued Operations

 

(387)

-

 

 

 

116

(138)

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2017

 

 

 

From continued and discontinued operations

 

 

0.22p

(4.586p)

0.22p

(4.586p)

 

 

 

From continued operations

 

 

0.957p

(4.586p)

0.957p

(4.586p)

 

 

 

 

Condensed statement of comprehensive income for half year to 30 June 2018

 

 

 

30 June 2017

30 June 2017

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

£'000

£'000

Profit/(loss) for the financial period

116

(138)

 

 

 

116

(138)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed statement of financial position

 

 

30 June 2018

31 December 2017

 

unaudited

audited

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

1,050

798

Intangible assets

32

1

Goodwill

4,221

4,221

5,303

5,020

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

2,549

1,125

Cash and cash equivalents

63

871

2,612

1,996

 

 

 

7,915

7,016

 

 

 

 

Deferred income and accruals

1,407

1,603

Trade and other payables

1,587

2,557

2,994

4,160

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax

11

12

 

11

12

 

 

 

3,005

4,172

 

 

 

4,910

2,844

 

 

 

 

Share Capital

4,621

4,566

Share Premium

15,590

13,695

Reverse Acquisition Reserve

(24,268)

(24,268)

Merger reserve

8,651

8,651

Capital redemption reserve

5,034

5,034

Foreign exchange reserve

557

557

Retained earnings

(5,275)

(5,391)

 

4,910

2,844

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of cashflows for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

 

unaudited

unaudited

 

£'000

£'000

 

Profit/(loss) before tax

116

(138)

Adjusted for:

 

 

Depreciation

131

34

 

 

 

247

(104)

Cash from operations before working capital changes

 

 

Decrease/(increase) in trade receivables

(1,424)

(460)

Increase/(decrease) in trade payables

(1,167)

182

(2,344)

(382)

 

 

 

 

Purchase of PPE

(414)

(250)

Investment in associates

 

 

(414)

(250)

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from Share Issue

1,950

-

1,950

-

 

 

 

Reconciliation impact of reverse acquisition accounting

 

 

(808)

(632)

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

871

832

Effects of currency translation on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

63

200

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity for half year to 30 June 2018

 

 

 

Ordinary Share Capital

Share Premium

Reverse acquisition reserve

Forex and other reserves

Merger reserve

Capital Redemption reserve

Retained Earnings

Total

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,114

9,239

(18,944)

557

-

5,034

49

49

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

(138)

(138)

4,114

9,239

(18,944)

557

-

5,034

(89)

(89)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,566

13,695

(24,268)

557

8,651

5,034

(5,391)

2,844

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

116

116

Shares issued for cash

56

1,894

-

-

-

-

-

1,950

4,622

15,589

(24,268)

557

8,651

5,034

(5,275)

4,910

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

1.    Basis of Preparation

 

The condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard IAS34. The condensed consolidated half-yearly financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. These half-yearly results are unaudited and do not constitute statutory accounts.

 

2.    Significant Accounting Policies

 

The condensed financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis. The same accounting policies, presentation and method of computation are followed in these condensed financial statements as were applied in the preparation of the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

3.    Segment Information

 

The group operated under two segments, Licences and Proprietary events.

 

 

Licences

Proprietary Events (discontinued)

Unallocated

Consolidated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

Revenue

2,842

1,067

431

-

-

-

3,273

1,067

Cost of sales

891

467

671

 -

-

-

1,561

467

Administration expenses

880

738

147

-

560

-

1,587

738

Finance costs

-

-

-

-

9

-

9

-

1,071

(138)

(387)

 -

(569)

-

116

(138)

 

 

Early in 2018, the group carried out an activity for which it directly promoted an event. Although it provided significant brand awareness, the business model going forwards will be that of a licensing model.

 

4.    Earnings per Share

 

The basic earnings per share are calculated by dividing the profit attributable to equity shareholders by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year. In calculating the diluted earnings per share, any outstanding share options, warrants and convertible loans are considered where the impact of these is dilutive.

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2018

Six months to 30 June 2017

Profit/(loss) for the period (£'000) (continuing)

503

(285)

Profit from all operations

116

(285)

Weighted average number of shares in issue

52,517,064

3,009,223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From continued and discontinued operations

 

 

0.22p

(4.586p)

0.22p

(4.586p)

 

 

 

From continued operations

 

 

0.957p

(4.586p)

0.957p

(4.586p)

 

 

* Diluted earnings per share in both 2018 and 2017 are the same as basic earnings per share, as the options in issue during these years have had no dilutive effect on continuing operations.

 

5.    Dividends

 

No dividend was recommended or paid for the period under review

 

6.    Issued share capital

 

There were two share issues in the period:

 

 

Shares issued

Price per share £

Value £'000

Nominal per share £

Nominal £'000

Premium per share £

Premium £'000

Jan-18

4,571,425

0.35

1,600

0.01

46

0.34

1,554

Apr-18

1,000,000

0.35

350

0.01

10

0.34

340

 

5,571,425

 

1,950

 

56

 

1,894

 

 

Issued share capital as at 30 June 2018 is comprised as follows:

 

No. of shares

£'000

Ordinary shares of 1p

53,778,918

538

New deferred shares of 51.8p

2,047,523

1,061

Deferred ordinary shares of 0.5p each

199,831,545

999

Deferred B shares of £19.60

103,260

2,024

 

 

4,622

 

* The deferred ordinary shares and new deferred shares do not entitle their holders to receive dividend or other distribution nor do they entitle their holders to receive notice, attend speak or vote at any General Meeting of the Group.  The rights of deferred shareholders are set out in full in the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

7.    Property, plant and equipment

 

During the period, the group spent £414k on additions to Brick Statutes for its long term use. The directors are satisfied that the carrying amount is not materially different from its fair value.

 

8.    Related Parties

 

At 30 June 2018 the following were owed to directors of the Group:

 

30 June 2018

31 December 2017

£'000

£'000

David Ciclitira

44

355

Serenella Ciclitira

62

78

Ranjit Murugason

20

10

Simon Bennett

12

12

 

138

455

 

 

6 months

6 months

 

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

 

£'000

£'000

David Ciclitira

188

210

Serenella Ciclitira

8

12

Ranjit Murugason

21

-

Simon Bennett

20

-

Andrew Smith

60

-

 

9.    Events after the end of the Reporting Period

 

On 26 September, the Company notified that it is in discussions over a potential equity fundraising, to finance the potential acquisition of a complementary business to the Group and to accelerate organic growth.

 

Of the £1.87m of trade debtors at 30th June 2018, £1.58m has been received since the period end.

 

10.  New subsidiary companies

 

The company formed two new UK subsidiaries in the period:

 

·     Brick Live Touring Limited - incorporated on 13 March 2018 to promote the touring activities of the business.

·     Brick Live Education Limited - incorporated on 10 January 2018 and currently dormant.

 

11.  Other

 

Copies of the unaudited half-yearly results have not been sent to shareholders, however copies are available at www.livecompanygroup.com or on request from the Group's Registered Office.

 

12.  Approval of Half-Yearly Financial Statements

 

The half-yearly financial statements were approved by the Board of directors on 28 September 2018.


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