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Thursday 28 April, 2022

Novacyt S.A.

Full year results and update on growth strategy

RNS Number : 6191J
Novacyt S.A.
28 April 2022
 

 

 

Novacyt S.A.

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

 

Full year 2021 results and update on growth strategy

 

Full year revenue and EBITDA in line with market expectations despite challenging and changing COVID-19 testing market

 

Leveraging core capabilities to become a leading, global clinical diagnostics company targeting annual revenues in excess of £100m in five years

 

Paris, France and Camberley, UK - 28 April 2022 - Novacyt (EURONEXT GROWTH: ALNOV; AIM: NCYT), an international specialist in clinical diagnostics, announces its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2021 and provides an update on its growth strategy.

 

David Allmond, Group CEO of Novacyt, commented:

"In 2021, we delivered a financial performance in line with market expectations. The Company responded to a rapidly changing marketplace and diversified from predominately servicing government COVID-19 testing tenders, to the private market for COVID-19 testing in travel, sport, film, media, and workplace settings. Novacyt's reputation for the innovation and high performance of its diagnostic technologies was reinforced throughout the pandemic and the Company has established a strong foundation of R&D, manufacturing, regulatory and commercial capabilities, supported by a strong financial position.

 

" As a result, Novacyt is well positioned for future growth and value creation and there are exciting times ahead for the Company   as we move past the current pandemic   and continue our journey to become a leading global clinical diagnostics company focused on unmet needs in infectious diseases. To achieve this, our highly talented team will leverage our proven track record in rapidly responding to disease outbreaks , our agility to meet the needs of a divers e and international customer base , and our suite of   products and services that enable precision testing to be deployed on the frontline . "  

 

Operational highlights

· Significant diversification managed from predominantly fulfilling central government COVID-19 testing contracts to varied and fast-paced private COVID-19 testing market through relevant product launches (15 new assays) and innovative workflow solutions (including VersaLab™)

· Strengthened R&D capability whilst shifting focus to the post-COVID-19 portfolio and ensuring readiness for new In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation ("IVDR") in Europe effective from May 2022

· Complete integration of IT-IS International, following the acquisition in Q4 2020, supported an increase in the development of end-to-end testing solutions.

· Cemented Novacyt's position as "global first responder" with new contracts secured with WHO and UNICEF for the supply of COVID-19 products

· Key contract wins with major customers:

Private test providers, including travel, sport, film, media, and workplace settings

Inclusion in National Framework Agreement, resulting in a new £4.7m contract with the DHSC for the supply of PROmate® COVID-19 tests to the NHS

· David Allmond appointed as Chief Executive Officer alongside strengthened executive team and commercial operations to support future growth

 

Financial highlights

 

£'000


2021

2021

2021

2020



Results before exceptional items

Exceptional items*

Consol

Consol







Revenue


95,780

-

95,780

277,204







Gross profit


65,448

(35,770)

29,678

211,500

Gross profit %


68%

N/A

31%

76%







EBITDA


 37,088

(35,770)

 1,318

 176,145

EBITDA %


39%

N/A

1%

64%







Recurring operating (loss) / profit **


 35,083

(35,770)

 (687)

 174,843







Operating (loss) / profit


 27,975

(35,770)

 (7,795)

 167,441







(Loss) / profit after tax


 19,246

(28,974)

 (9,728)

 132,423







(Loss) / profit after tax attributable to the owners


19,246

(28,974)

(9,728)

132,423

 

* Due to the ongoing commercial dispute with the DHSC, £35.8m exceptional cost of sales have been incurred in 2021 (2020: £nil) that are one-off in nature. The two largest items were a £26.1m stock provision, as a result of the Group buying stock to fulfil expected future DHSC orders that did not materialise; and the expensing of £6.9m of stock delivered to the DHSC which has not been paid for as it is now part of the ongoing contract dispute.

** 2021 recurring operating loss is stated before £7.1m of non-recurring charges as follows:

1.  A £5.8m impairment charge in relation to the goodwill associated with the Lab21 Products and IT-IS International businesses.

2.  £0.8m costs in relation to the ongoing DHSC contract dispute.

3.  £0.5m restructuring expenses.

 

· Group revenue of £95.8m in 2021 compared with £277.2m in 2020, excluding £40.9m of 2021 DHSC revenue under contractual dispute, as previously announced, in line with management guidance

· Revenue derived from COVID-19 products accounted for 86% of total revenue in 2021, compared with 95% in 2020

· Significant shift in 2021 away from large, centralised contracts towards independent testing, focused on private laboratories and non-governmental organisations (NGOs):

Private laboratory revenues increased by 98% year-on-year from £28.3m to £55.9m, including £10.5m revenue from NGOs

Private testing accounted for 58% of 2021 revenue at £55.9m, compared with 10% in 2020 at £28.3m

The UK represented 45% of total revenue in 2021 at £42.7m versus 79% in 2020 at £219.4m

· Cash position at 31 December 2021 was £101.7m, compared with £91.8m at 31 December 2020, and the Company remains debt free

 

Post-period highlights

· Additional product approvals under the UK Health Security Agency's Medical Device (Coronavirus Test Device Approvals) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 ("CTDA"), including PROmate® COVID-19 2G Real-Time PCR test in February and PROmate® COVID-19 1G (q32) Real-Time PCR test in April. PROmate® COVID-19 1G (q16 and q32) remain on the National Microbiology Framework

· As communicated in January 2022, Novacyt commenced a strategic review of its Lab21 Healthcare and Microgen Bioproducts businesses. Following conclusion of the review, Novacyt is proposing to discontinue both businesses. It is anticipated that the closure of these businesses will be cash neutral in 2022

· On 30 March 2022, Novacyt was granted a key patent in relation to ORF1a/b, which will lead to a corporation tax credit against future profits and is back dated to the original patent submission date in October 2020

· On 25 April 2022, the Company was notified that the DHSC has now issued a claim against Primerdesign Ltd and Novacyt S.A. for £134.6m relating to i ts second supply contract, announced on 29 September 2020 . The claim amount is broadly in line with the disputed Q4 2020 revenue, as previously announced by the Company

 

Strategy highlights

· Focus set on high growth markets of infectious diseases, respiratory, gastro-intestinal (GI) infections, transplant, and insect-borne pathogens

· Leverage competitive advantages to ensure successful execution:

Near patient semi-automated instrumentation solutions for smaller laboratory settings

Track record of successful multi-product development

Agility as first responder with historical trading relationships with key NGOs

· Use balance sheet to accelerate and enhance the overall strategy:

Invest in early innovation in both test menu and instrumentation, as underlined by development of CO-Prep™

Accelerating non-COVID-19 molecular portfolio through distribution and OEM partnerships

Actively pursue strategic M&A transactions to build for scale and diversify the Novacyt business

· Maximise existing non-COVID-19 portfolio to minimise impact of new product development timelines:

Relaunch existing molecular research-use-only portfolio in H2 2022 and leverage for clinical use through regulatory approval   

Upgrade and re-focus distributor network and add direct sales in targeted countries

Expand IT-IS instrument sales using reach of Novacyt distribution channels

· Maintain position as a leading supplier of COVID-19 diagnostics:

Use bioinformatics expertise to track the rapidly evolving nature of SARS-CoV-2 and support continued innovation where required

Developing "dry" versions of key molecular products to enable ambient shipping and convenient storage to developing markets

Launching key Lateral Flow Test (LFT) products to follow the shift towards higher prevalence of antigen testing

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014.

 

Contacts

Novacyt SA

David Allmond, Chief Executive Officer

James McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer

+44 (0)1276 600081

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Matthew Johnson / Charlie Bouverat (Corporate Finance)

Vadim Alexandre / Rob Rees (Corporate Broking)

+44 (0)20 3470 0470

 

Numis Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

Freddie Barnfield / James Black / Duncan Monteith

+44 (0)20 7260 1000

 

Allegra Finance (French Listing Sponsor)

Rémi Durgetto / Yannick Petit

+33 (1) 42 22 10 10

[email protected] ; [email protected]  

 

FTI Consulting (International)

Victoria Foster Mitchell / Alex Shaw

+44 (0)20 3727 1000

[email protected]   / [email protected]  

 

FTI Consulting (France)

Arnaud de Cheffontaines

+33 (0)147 03 69 48

[email protected]    

 

About Novacyt Group

The Novacyt Group is an international diagnostics business generating an increasing portfolio of in vitro and molecular diagnostic tests. Its core strengths lie in diagnostics product development, commercialisation, contract design and manufacturing. The Company supplies an extensive range of high-quality assays and reagents worldwide. The Group directly serves microbiology, haematology and serology markets as do its global partners, which include major corporates.

 

For more information, please refer to the website: www.novacyt.com  

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer's Review

 

I joined Novacyt at an exciting time. Having built a reputation for the innovation and high performance of its diagnostic technologies in the scientific and clinical community, Novacyt was able to rapidly respond to the pandemic through the development of a reliable COVID-19 PCR testing portfolio. The Company has established a strong foundation of R&D, manufacturing, regulatory and commercial capabilities, as well as an extensive portfolio, track record of innovation, and an exceptional team of talented individuals. This is combined with a strong, leverageable cash position on the balance sheet. As a result, the Company is well positioned for future growth and value creation.

 

I am excited to combine these core capabilities and strengths with my experience and track record of building global healthcare businesses, supported by Novacyt's expert leadership team, to make a difference to global health through the development of a leading global clinical diagnostics company in the field of infectious diseases.

 

Strengthening the core business and team to support continued growth and innovation  

During 2021, the Company demonstrated its flexibility and agility to rapidly respond to customer needs for COVID-19 testing, moving from a largely government contract base, to supplying a highly diversified set of customers in the private sector focusing on film and media, events, employee, and travel testing. Taking testing to the front line with highly sensitive, medium throughput, scalable, molecular testing solutions with exceptional customer service and technical support puts Novacyt in a strong position as it looks to continue diversifying beyond COVID-19.

 

Novacyt is shifting to become market and customer led, as outlined in our strategy update in January 2022, focusing on solutions to serve high unmet needs in infectious diseases. The integrated near-patient workflow the Company has developed, with its proprietary q16 and q32 PCR instruments and user friendly direct-to-PCR assays, has been further enhanced with semi-automation through the recent launch of CO-Prep™. This product automates liquid handling, reducing hands-on time and risk of contamination whilst providing robust sample stewardship to reduce the chance of human error. This workflow platform can, in the future, be used where currently decentralised sample-to-result solutions are not easily scalable, slow, and very costly.

 

In 2021, the Company continued to diversify its revenue streams beyond the UK, with over half its revenues from international markets. This trend is expected to continue as the Company strengthens its focus in Europe, where CE Mark accreditation applies across the European Economic Area largely without additional regulatory hurdles, and in the Americas and Asia Pacific where Novacyt's distributor network is being refined and enhanced.

 

With the impending implementation of the European IVDR in late May 2022, the Company is well placed to manage this increased clinical and regulatory complexity where other smaller organisations may struggle. It is anticipated this change will ultimately be a competitive advantage for a mid-size, established clinical diagnostics company which can take advantage of opportunities with lower competition.

 

In addition to the clinical diagnostics and instrument portfolio, Novacyt has an extensive life sciences portfolio of research-use-only ("RUO") products developed before the pandemic. In 2021 and early 2022, the portfolio has been refreshed and refined to ensure the primers and probes are up to date to reliably target given pathogens. The portfolio will be relaunched in the second half of 2022 to deliver near-term growth to underpin the base business. This portfolio will also act as an innovation engine for future IVD products for use in human health.

 

To support the Company's growth, the executive team has been reorganised and strengthened and we continue to enhance capability across key areas of the business, including R&D, regulatory and manufacturing/supply. Most notably, in 2021 the Company invested significantly to strengthen the commercial organisation, recruiting commercial leaders with significant diagnostic industry experience to execute on the international growth strategy.

 

Whilst we note COVID-19 remains with us, and we continue to offer one of the market's best diagnostic portfolios for SARS-CoV-2 enabling our customers to continue tackling the virus on the front line, we are excited by the future of Novacyt as we evolve the business beyond the pandemic.

 

Lab21 Healthcare and Microgen Bioproducts

As communicated in January 2022, the Company commenced a strategic review of its Lab21 Healthcare and Microgen Bioproducts businesses, which has now concluded. As outlined in the review, the costs associated with updating the existing portfolios in these businesses to comply with IVDR and ISO regulations are prohibitive versus the sales opportunity it presents.

 

Therefore, Novacyt is proposing to discontinue both businesses, which will be treated as discontinued under IFRS 5 for 2022 accounting. The estimated sales impact of this decision is circa £2.9m in 2022, with a gross margin reduction of £1.45m, which is expected to be fully offset by cost savings. A cash restructuring charge of circa £0.5m is expected, however, this should be fully financed from in-year savings and the release of working capital to make the closure of the businesses cash neutral in 2022.

 

Ongoing dispute with the DHSC

As previously disclosed, the business remains in dispute with the DHSC in relation to a supply contract entered into in Q4 2020, which has now become a legal claim. The 2021 accounts show the underlying performance of the business by excluding any financial impact of the disputed revenue. The Company is disappointed a satisfactory resolution has not yet been found and continues to believe it has strong grounds to assert its contractual rights in the claim. The Board is determined to carry on with the core business and to use the Company's balance sheet to invest in both continued organic growth and M&A opportunities to support its strategic aims.

 

Outlook

Group revenues in Q1 2022 were £13.1m (£10.1m COVID-19 related) compared to £34.4m (£31.0m COVID-19 related) in Q1 2021. This shows a 67% decline in COVID-19 related revenues, which is faster than previously anticipated by the Board at the time of the January 2022 trading update. If this rate of COVID-19 related sales decline continues for the remainder of 2022, the Board expects full year revenues of circa £35m-£45m. This assumes expansion of non-COVID-19 revenue in 2022 versus 2021 which, as outlined in this statement, work is ongoing to accelerate through both internal R&D and external partnerships. Opex costs will be managed aggressively to maintain double-digit underlying EBITDA as a percentage of revenue for the full year.

 

Looking ahead, Novacyt's management believes it can achieve annual revenue in excess of £100m in five years, while also delivering profit margins comparable to its peer group. This projection is based on the successful implementation of the strategy to deliver material growth in non-COVID-19 revenues.

 

 

 

 

 

Strategic Review

Infectious diseases pose a significant burden to populations around the world. Recent examples include the COVID-19 and influenza outbreaks, where viruses cross the animal-human divide to infect people and easily spread from person to person. These are considered novel to humans and have the potential to become global pandemics. Pathogens are also subject to genetic mutations leading to the emergence of new variants, as we have experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, where bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, leaves us at significant risk from being unable to treat diseases, leading to significant morbidity and mortality. Climate change also continues to accelerate the spread of vector borne diseases such as Zika, Yellow Fever and Dengue as mosquitos expand their habitats. On a macro level, these issues drive Novacyt to work towards finding solutions and to materially contribute to global health.

 

The Company's vision is to become a leading global clinical diagnostics company in the fight against infectious diseases by enabling informed clinical decision making through quality diagnostics delivered in the right place at the right time.

 

Having undergone a period of internal review, Novacyt's management remains focused on the previously announced strategic development pillars of portfolio development, geographic expansion, and business development. This will support the development of a substantive, sustainable base business and will serve to provide financial stability for the Company moving forward. It will also act as an innovation engine so Novacyt can continue to be a global first responder tackling disease outbreaks and neglected tropical diseases, working with the WHO, other NGOs and philanthropic organisations.

 

The regulatory landscape is evolving towards the implementation of IVDR in Europe and so the stakes are higher in terms of clinical research and regulatory capability. Novacyt believes this is ultimately to its advantage with its scale of operation, leaving smaller companies struggling and therefore leading to potential consolidation and reduced competition. There is no intention to compete head on with the large diagnostic providers but rather focus on attractive opportunities where these firms choose not to focus.

 

Portfolio development

 

RUO life sciences portfolio

Novacyt has a broad RUO life sciences portfolio developed prior to the pandemic. In late 2021 and early 2022, this has been refreshed and refined and will be relaunched in the second half of 2022. These are typically used in food, animal health, water and human pathogen testing, and Novacyt plans to commercialise these by revitalising its legacy distributor network which specialises in this kind of portfolio and customer base and via an in-house e-commerce platform to drive near term revenue and contribution. The portfolio consists of a wide range of primers, probes, and master mixes which are used to develop laboratory-based PCR tests in a research context to detect different pathogens.

 

Importantly, in addition to offering foundational growth for the Company, this broad RUO portfolio also serves as an innovation engine for future IVD products for use in human health.

 

Clinical diagnostics in human health

As Novacyt diversifies beyond the pandemic, it has conducted extensive market research and advisory boards to determine areas of focus and investment. It is confident it can succeed with these new market opportunities given its track record of agility and responsiveness to develop solutions for its diversifying customer base. The Company also has the necessary technology and product platforms developed to ensure it is best placed to leverage opportunities, including extracted PCR for open systems (genesig®), direct-to-PCR for its q16 and q32 instruments (PROmate®), and semi-automated workflows (CO-Prep™ liquid handling). It has also developed VersaLab® for installation of its workflow solutions where they are needed, regardless of location. Having studied the market research, the Company will initially focus on the following therapeutic areas for organic R&D investment:

· Seasonal respiratory diseases, where the testing market is estimated to be worth approximately $1.4bn and is growing at a CAGR of approximately 4%. Through its research, Novacyt has confirmed it is already on the right track with its ongoing development of a respiratory panel for COVID-19 combining influenza A/B and RSV A/B (WinterpanelTM). The Company is also evaluating the need for additional respiratory panels, including atypical pneumonia to cover bacteria, such as bordetella, legionella and mycoplasma, and panels for other respiratory viruses such as parainfluenza, adenovirus and rhinovirus.

· Gastro-intestinal (GI) infections and is embarking on the development of viral panels covering viruses such as norovirus, rotavirus and adenovirus and a bacterial panel to include bacteria such as clostridium difficile, salmonella, shigella. These panels will be designed for a near-patient workflow that can be deployed in "spoke labs" such as in medium district general hospitals, community hospitals, hospital wards or for example in nursing homes, amongst other possible settings. The global GI testing market is estimated to be worth over $630m and is growing at a CAGR of approximately 5%.

· The Company had, prior to undertaking its market research, embarked on developing single analyte transplant products for cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus and BK virus infections on its genesig® platform, which can be run on existing laboratory systems, with extraction, where sample flexibility and sensitivity are key, and quantification of viral load is required. The Company continues to see this as a growth opportunity, with the global transplant market for monitoring viral load in immunocompromised patients estimated to be worth $151m with a CAGR of approximately 5%.

· Novacyt is embarking on the development of a viral panel for insect borne diseases, such as Dengue, Zika and Yellow fever, where the Company already has RUO assays. As mosquitos' habitats expand, rates of these associated diseases are increasing and have become a priority for the WHO, which has led to the launch of the organisation's Global Arbovirus Initiative. Including this panel in the development strategy not only expands its test menu and serves unmet needs, in combination with its near patient workflow, but also aligns squarely with the Company's "global first responder" strategy of tackling outbreaks and supporting neglected tropical disease diagnosis. The global market for insect borne viral diseases is estimated to be worth $156m, growing at a CAGR of approximately 5%.

· Beyond these initial areas of unmet need that we have prioritised, we are evaluating additional areas to develop solutions in areas such as STI, UTI, hospital acquired infections, sepsis and meningitis/encephalitis. The Company will provide more insight on these additional areas as it executes against the initial priorities outlined in this plan.

 

Novacyt believes that some of these R&D projects will start to be commercialised in 12 months' time, with other developments taking between 18 and 24 months. The Group will also look to supplement these strategic initiatives with opportunistic inorganic growth as outlined below.

 

Novacyt continues to supply products for COVID-19, with a broad portfolio of frontline molecular diagnostics. The Company also continues to innovate in this area, including the development of a "dry" formulation of PROmate® to enable ambient shipping and convenient storage. Further ahead, its COVID-19 portfolio will expand to include a saliva based lateral flow self-test, pending European regulatory approval and a professional use lateral flow test.

 

Instrumentation

The Company sees its instrument strategy as integral to its near patient workflow solutions offering to customers. The Company has refined and enhanced its differentiated, mid-size 16 and 32 well PCR instrument portfolio. This q instrument series offers customers a closed system specifically designed to run Novacyt PROmate® direct-to-PCR assays. In addition, Novacyt's MyGo range, acquired as part of IT-IS, offers customers an open instrument platform for which the Company can supply an extensive range of RUO assays.

 

In addition to hardware and chemistry, Novacyt provides a dedicated field technical team and customer services team who offer exceptional customer support. In Q1 2022, Novacyt launched the CO-Prep™ for automated liquid handling in the PROmate® workflow and plans to diversify this technology to handle additional assays in the near future. This semi-automated near patient workflow introduces labour efficiencies by reducing hands-on time and thus introducing "walk away time" for busy lab technicians, reduces contamination risk and brings sample stewardship in to play to reduce human error.

 

Moving forward, Novacyt plans to add extraction capability as an option where sample flexibility, high sensitivity and quantification are important for the particular use case. This workflow development was undertaken to serve customer needs during the pandemic and now serves as a highly competitive platform for Novacyt to leverage beyond COVID-19, into new areas of high unmet need in infectious diseases identified elsewhere in this statement.

 

Geographic expansion

In 2021, Novacyt delivered 55% of its revenues from sources outside the UK, an increase on 21% in 2020. The Company's management expects this trend to continue through diversification of its product offering and as the business grows into a global clinical diagnostics company. To support this ex-UK growth, Novacyt has appointed highly experienced diagnostics leaders across its business, including a global head of marketing, and general managers of EMEA, UK and global key accounts.

 

New sales leads have also been hired for both northern Europe, based in Germany, and southern Europe to support Novacyt's strengthened focus on Europe, and maximise potential sales in markets where CE Mark accreditation applies without additional regulatory hurdles. Beyond Europe, sales will be managed via Novacyt's distributor network. However, the Company has appointed sales leads in Latin America and the US to ensure this network is efficiently managed and Novacyt can most effectively leverage its product portfolio.

 

Novacyt remains committed to enhancing its global distributor network, which will be uniquely positioned to support the revitalised RUO and new and existing IVD portfolios. A strengthened distributor network will also be well placed to increase sales of Novacyt's instrument portfolio. Novacyt also intends to ensure that stronger contracting and partnership oversight are applied through this enhanced global distributor network.

 

These changes, supporting UK, Europe and international growth, positions the Company well as it aims to become a global, leading clinical diagnostic company in the fight against infectious diseases.

 

Business development

Novacyt is seeking to drive value by deploying its capital to deliver inorganic growth in parallel to its ongoing R&D investments. There are three main pillars to the business development strategy:

· Early innovation, where Novacyt has already proven success by investing in and delivering a viable commercial product in the form of CO-Prep™ for automated liquid handling and enhanced workflow, and where it is investing in the development of an exciting point-of-care biosensor technology. The Company continues to look for potentially disruptive technology where it can support and accelerate development to bring technologies to market

· Accelerating the molecular portfolio beyond COVID-19, including extraction capability, via distribution and OEM deals ahead of organic R&D efforts delivering output

· Strategic M&A transactions to build for scale and diversify its business

 

Bringing these strategic goals together offers an opportunity to evolve the Novacyt business beyond the pandemic and take it on a journey of sustainable growth through the reignition of its RUO portfolio, leveraging its product platforms and semi-automated workflow solutions to deliver medium throughput, scalable, near patient, high sensitivity testing in the right place at the right time. Novacyt is on the way to becoming a leading clinical diagnostics company in the fight against infectious diseases. The Board estimates that the business will generate in excess of £100m of annual revenues in five years, while also delivering industry standard profit margins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Overview

 

Novacyt's underlying business performed well in a challenging and diverse COVID-19 market in 2021, generating sales of £95.8m and EBITDA of £37.1m, excluding the impact of cost of sales exceptional charges. Group EBITDA was positive for the fifth year running both before and after cost of sales exceptional charges, contributing to the year-on-year cash increase.

 

Cash at the end of 2021 was £101.7m, providing the Group with a solid foundation for its future strategy.

 

Revenue performance

 

The Group delivered revenue of £95.8m in 2021, of which   COVID-19 products accounted for 86% of sales, compared with 95% of sales in 2020. Sales to private laboratories increased by 98% year-on-year to £55.9m, compared with £28.3m in 2020. 2021 revenue included £10.5m from NGOs .

· Primerdesign FY21: £89.9m, FY20: £272.8m.

· IT-IS International FY21: £9.3m (before intercompany eliminations*), FY20: £6.9m (post acquisition and before intercompany eliminations*).

· Lab21 Products (including Lab21 Healthcare and Microgen Bioproducts) FY21: £4.6m (before intercompany eliminations*), FY20: £5.2m (before intercompany eliminations*).

*Please note that there were intercompany sales eliminations in 2021 totalling £8.0m and in 2020 totalling £7.7m.

 

Primerdesign delivered sales of £89.9m ( 2020: £272.8m)   and remains the main generator of revenue for the Group, of which £84.0m (93%) related to COVID-19 sales and £5.0m non-COVID-19 sales (7%). Following the launch of one of the world's first approved polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in Q1 2020, the business launched 15 new assays in 2021 to support laboratories, clinicians, and private testing of COVID-19. In addition, the business launched VersaLab™ mobile processing laboratories and VersaLab™ Portable to expand near-patient testing opportunities in private sector testing.  

 

Core distributor and reseller business across UK and international markets delivered £32.2m revenue, with sales to over 80 countries. Despite price erosion and market competition, the distributor business retains a strong global footprint and has increased its contribution from 18% of total sales in 2020 to 36% in 2021.

 

The private sector testing market d elivered £55.9m revenue in 2021, equating to 62% of total sales, compared with £32.1m revenue and 12% of total sales in 2020. 2021 includes £10.5m revenue from NGOs , such as UNICEF, and saw a large shift in market demand, principally in the travel and media sectors.

 

The Asia-Pacific region saw growth of 37% taking sales to £7.3m for 2021 driven by strong distributor sales. The European region maintained strong sales with revenue of £31.0m in 2021, in line with the prior year. Strong sales of q16/q32 instruments continued in 2021, helping to grow the installed base with over 300 instruments placed during the year.

 

UK revenues fell significantly in 2021 as a result of significantly lower sales to the DHSC / UK Health and Security Agency compared with 2020.

 

IT-IS International delivered sales of £9.3m in 2021 compared with £6.9m of post-acquisition sales in 2020. The £9.3m included £6.5m intercompany sales that are eliminated in the Group's consolidated accounts. The business placed over 500 instruments in its MyGo product range in over 35 countries. IT-IS International generated sales of £9.3m (before intercompany eliminations) in 2021 compared with £6.9m (before intercompany eliminations) of post-acquisition sales in 2020.

 

Lab21 Products sales fell by £0.6m in 2021 to £4.6m, compared with sales of £5.2m in 2020. The £4.6m included £1.4m intercompany sales that are eliminated in the Group's consolidated accounts. This intercompany revenue relates to services that Microgen Bioproducts provided to Primerdesign in support of manufacturing COVID-19 kits, rather than outsourcing to a third party and thus diluting the gross profit. The Lab21 Products business continued to be impacted in 2021 by its core customers diverting testing from veterinary and food testing to COVID-19 testing. Lab21 Products revenue of £4.6m (before intercompany eliminations), is down 11%   from 2020. The core business continued to be impacted by customers diverting their testing laboratories and procedures from veterinary and food testing to COVID-19 testing, to support the global pandemic efforts.

 

Gross Profit

The underlying Group business delivered a gross profit of 68% or £65.4m which is below the 2020 gross profit of 76%. This is due to two main factors i) a higher stock provision based on obsolescence of COVID-19 products as variants drove product proliferation; and ii) margin dilution as result of increased instrument sales as the Group builds its installed base.

 

Due to the ongoing commercial dispute with the DHSC £35.8m of exceptional costs of sales have been incurred in 2021 that are one-off and non-recurring. The two largest items making up the £35.8m are a £26.1m stock provision, as a result of the Group buying stock to fulfil expected future DHSC orders that did not materialise and the expensing of £6.9m of stock delivered to the DHSC which has not been paid for as it is now part of the ongoing contract dispute. This reduces the overall Group gross profit to 31% or £29.7m.

 

Operating Expenditure

Group operating costs fell by £7.0m year-on-year to £28.4m in 2021, compared with £35.4m in 2020. Further investment was made in the workforce and headcount increased from 237 at the end of December 2020 to 283 at the end of December 2021.

 

The 2021 fall in operating costs was mainly due to the £19.0m Long Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") expense in 2020 that was not repeated in 2021. This saving was offset by: higher labour costs as the size of the workforce increased, increased research and development costs to allow the development of new products, higher advertising and marketing costs to support the launch of new products, higher insurance premiums and £0.5m of charitable donations in 2021.

 

EBITDA

The Group delivered an EBITDA before cost of sales exceptional items of £37.1m (39%) in 2021 compared with £176.1m in 2020, driven mainly by significantly reduced sales. After cost of sales exceptional items the Group EBITDA was £1.3m (1%).

 

Operating profit/loss

The Group generated a recurring operating profit before cost of sales exceptional items of £35.1m compared with £174.8m in 2020, due to lower year-on-year sales. Amortisation and depreciation increased to £2.0m from £1.3m in 2020. Depreciation charges increased to £1.3m (2020: £0.6m) as a result of increased capital expenditure, as we have in-sourced more manufacturing work and reduced our reliance on sub-contractors, whilst amortisation charges remained flat year-on-year at £0.7m. The 2021 depreciation charge included £0.4m IFRS 16 leasing costs, predominantly covering the rental charges for Novacyt premises. After cost of sales exceptional items the Group moved to a recurring operating loss of £0.7m.

 

The Group delivered an operating profit before cost of sales exceptional items of £28.0m including non-recurring charges of £7.1m compared with £167.4m in 2020. The 2021 non-recurring charges comprise a £5.8m impairment charge in relation to the goodwill associated with the Lab21 Products and IT-IS International businesses, £0.8m legal and professional costs in relation to the ongoing Department of Health and Social Care contract dispute and £0.5m restructuring costs, predominantly covering redundancy payments. After cost of sales exceptional items the Group moved to an operating loss of £7.8m.

 

The Group generated a profit after tax before cost of sales exceptional items of £19.2m compared with £132.4m in 2020. After cost of sales exceptional items the Group moved to a loss after tax of £9.7m, stated after charging other financial expenses of £2.0m (2020: £0.9m) and a tax credit of £0.1m (2020: charge of £32.7m). Other financial expenses in 2021 are primarily comprised of foreign exchanges losses which are mainly driven by revaluations of the 2017 to 2020 LTIP scheme and bank and intercompany accounts held in foreign currencies. The tax charge, that mainly represents corporation tax due in the UK, has significantly decreased, moving to a credit position as the Group has swung from a profit before tax position in 2020 to a loss before tax position in 2021. Gross borrowing costs fell to £nil in 2021 from £1.4m as a result of settling all outstanding debt during 2020.

 

2021 reported a £0.14 loss per share versus a £1.94 profit per share in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet

 

 

£'000

Dec-21

Dec -20


£'000

Dec-21

Dec -20















Goodwill

11,471

17,877


Share capital and premium

  54,646

  54,675

Right-of-use assets

1,788

2,259


Retained earnings

  87,169

  96,035

Property, plant and equipment

4,594

1,643


Total equity

  141,815

  150,710

Deferred tax assets

3,143

3,023





Other non-current assets

3,918

4,489


Borrowings (> 1 yr)

  - 

  - 

Total non-current assets

24,914

29,291


LTIP liabilities long-term

  -

  5,606





Lease liabilities long-term

  1,446

  1,964





Other provisions and long-term liabilities

  1,532

  1,854





Total non-current liabilities

  2,978

  9,424

Inventories

11,461

29,888





Trade and other receivables

38,499

79,592


Borrowings (< 1 yr)

  - 

  - 

Tax receivables

5,034

-


Trade and other liabilities

  17,190

  36,784

Other current assets

2,043

3,740


Tax liabilities

  - 

  15,116

Cash and cash equivalents

101,746

91,765


Other provisions and short-term liabilities

  21,714

  22,242

Total current assets

158,783

204,985


Total current liabilities

  38,904

  74,142








TOTAL ASSETS

183,697

234,276


TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

  183,697

  234,276

 

 

Goodwill has fallen from £17.9m in 2020 to £11.5m in 2021. Following the 2021 impairment review goodwill associated with the acquisition of IT-IS International Ltd has been impaired by £4.0m. The key drivers for this are reduced COVID-19 demand and not receiving further DHSC orders which reduces the future expected cash flow. In addition, the remaining goodwill associated with the Lab21 Products acquisition has been fully impaired resulting in a £1.8m charge to the income statement. The remaining £0.6m goodwill decrease is due to exchange revaluations on balances held in Euros.

 

A deferred tax asset of £3.1m has been recorded in 2021 compared with £3.0m in 2020. £2.1m of the balance relates to the portion of the Long-Term Incentive Plan charge that was recognised in the accounts in 2020, but that will not be deducted for taxation until the remaining payments are made in 2022. £0.3m arises from the elimination of internal profit on products and services purchased by Primerdesign from Microgen Bioproducts and IT-IS International and still held in stock at the year end. The remaining £0.7m relates to UK losses that can be carried forward to offset future tax liabilities.

 

Other non-current assets (excluding right-of-use assets) have increased to £8.5m from £6.1m in 2020. Other intangible assets have fallen by £0.6m, but include £0.3m additions predominantly relating to patent filling costs due to the launch of new products, offset by amortisation and foreign exchange revaluations totalling £0.9m. Property, plant and equipment has increased by £3.0m, and includes £3.8m of capital expenditure offset by depreciation totalling £0.8m.

 

Total inventories and work in progress has fallen significantly to £11.5m at December 2021, predominantly due to the booking of a large stock provision. Inventory levels were built up as a result of the Group's direct response to support the UK Government's call for UK manufacturers to build manufacturing capacity and supply chain flexibility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and was based on likely demand indicated by the DHSC. As future material contracts were not secured with the DHSC in 2021, a large stock provision was booked. The Group continues to explore opportunities to drive value from this inventory.

 

Trade and other receivables have fallen to £38.5m from £79.6m in 2020, mainly due to receiving £47.9m from the DHSC in 2021 to clear a 2020 invoice. The closing 2021 trade receivable balance includes a £24.0m DHSC invoice raised in December 2020, in respect of products delivered during 2020, that remains unpaid at the date of signing the accounts. Recovery of the invoice is dependent on the outcome of the contract dispute. Also included in trade and other receivables is a £8.2m VAT receivable balance (2020: £0.3m), that mainly relates to UK VAT paid on sales invoices in dispute with the DHSC. As the associated sales have not been recognised in accordance with IFRS 15, the revenue, trade receivable and VAT element of the transactions have been reversed, resulting in a VAT debtor balance. An expected credit loss provision of only £0.1m (2020: £0.2m) was booked at year-end demonstrating a robust credit control process.

 

A tax receivables balance of £5.0m existed at the end of 2021 versus a £nil balance in 2020. The main item making up the tax receivable balance is a £4.2m overpayment of 2020 UK corporation tax. The Group received a refund of the overpayment from HMRC in March 2022. The remaining balance predominantly relates to 2021 losses that can be offset against 2020 taxable profits.

 

Other current assets have fallen to £2.0m from £3.7m in 2020, driven by a £1.7m reduction in prepayments. The key balances at 31 December 2021 include prepayments for the annual Group commercial insurance, rent, rates and prepaid support costs. The balance at 31 December 2020 included a large amount of prepaid stock that was delivered in 2021, which was not repeated in 2021.

 

All outstanding debt was fully repaid during 2020 using cash generated in the year and as at 31 December 2021 the Group remained debt free.

 

Contingent consideration fell from £1.8m to £0.8m in 2021 as a result of settling the first of two earnout milestones associated with the IT-IS International acquisition. The final tranche is expected to be paid in late 2022 upon the achievement of certain deliverables.

 

Short-term provisions remained flat year-on-year at £20.0m (2020: £19.9m). A product warranty provision for £19.8m booked in 2020 to cover Management's view of the maximum cost of replacing products in relation to the ongoing commercial dispute with the DHSC remained unchanged in 2021.

 

Trade and other liabilities fell to £17.2m from £36.8m in 2020. Trade payables and accrued invoices have fallen by £8.3m in line with reduced fourth quarter sales. The UK VAT liability has fallen by £16.7m to £0.1m in 2021 due to sales in November and December 2020 being substantially higher than sales in the corresponding months of 2021. These reductions have been offset by the increase in other liabilities, moving from £5.6m to £11.2m, as the balance now includes the two remaining tranches of the LTIP, which are forecast to be paid during 2022.

 

No corporation tax was due at the end of 2021 as the Group was in a loss-making position, compared with a £15.1m liability in 2020. At the time of signing these accounts a patent had been granted and to the extent there are qualifying profits the Group expects to apply for UK Patent Box relief in the 2022 accounts. The UK Patent Box regime is a special low corporate tax rate used to incentivise research and development by taxing revenues from patented products differently from other revenues. Subject to a number of adjustments, the effective rate of tax on profits derived from the sale of products subject to patents is close to 10% rather than the current UK corporation tax rate of 19% (due to rise to 25% in 2023). The Patent Box rate can only be claimed once a patent has been granted, although the benefit can be backdated to the time at which the patent was applied for, and so this is not reflected in the 2021 accounts.

 

Other long-term liabilities is £nil in 2021, the £5.6m 2020 balance related to the third tranche of the LTIP payment that is due to be paid in November 2022 and has therefore been reclassified to short-term liabilities.

 

Cash Flow

Cash held at the end of 2021 increased to £101.7m from £91.8m in 2020, driven by the strong underlying trading performance of the business when excluding cost of sales exceptional items. Net cash generated from operating activities was £15.7m compared with £103.0m in 2020 driven by the EBITDA profitability of the business after cost of sales exceptional items of £1.3m combined with a working capital inflow of £14.4m.

 

Net cash used in investing activities fell to £5.0m from £8.0m in 2020. Capital expenditure increased by £3.0m to £4.1m in 2021, as more manufacturing work has been brought in-house to reduce our reliance on sub-contractor manufacturing. This was offset by a £6.0m reduction in acquisition related cash outflows in 2021. During 2021 £1.0m was paid to settle the first IT-IS International contingent milestone whereas the net cash outflow for the IT-IS International acquisition in 2020 totalled £6.9m, the remaining £0.1m variance was as a result of receiving an earnout milestone payment in 2021 associated with the sale of Lab21 Ltd.

 

Net cash used in financing activities in 2021 totalled £0.6m verses £5.0m in 2020. The main financing cash outflow in 2021 related to lease payments and the associated interest payments. The year-on-year decrease is due to Novacyt clearing all outstanding debt in 2020. In addition, all warrants had been converted in 2020.

 

Corporation tax credit

On 30 March 2022 Novacyt received confirmation that the UK Intellectual Property Office had granted the key patent (ORF1a/b), with patent number GB2593010. This means that subject to a number of adjustments, the effective rate of tax on profits derived from the sale of products covered by this patent is close to 10% rather than the current UK corporation tax rate of 19% (due to increase to 25% in 2023) and will be claimed from the time the patent application was made in October 2020. This will be treated as a corporation tax credit against future profits rather than a refund for prior periods.

 

The information included in this announcement is extracted from the audited Group Consolidated Accounts. Defined terms used in the announcement refer to terms as defined in the Group Consolidated Accounts unless the context otherwise requires. This announcement should be read in conjunction with, and is not a substitute for, the full Group Consolidated Accounts.

 

James McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer

Novacyt S.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated income statement for the years ended 31 December 2021 and 31 December 2020

 

Amounts in £'000


Year ended
31 December
2021


Year ended
31 December
2020











Continuing Operations





Revenue


95,780


277,204

Cost of sales


-30,332


-65,704

Cost of sales - exceptional


-35,770


-

Gross profit


29,678


211,500






Sales, marketing and distribution expenses


-7,025


-4,492

Research and development expenses


-4,815


-1,630

General and administrative expenses


-18,833


-30,532

Governmental subsidies


308


-3






Operating (loss)/profit before exceptional items


-687


174,843






Other operating income


65


--

Other operating expenses


-7,173


-7,402






Operating (loss)/profit after exceptional items


-7,795


167,441






Financial income


466


83

Financial expense


-2,500


-2,353






(Loss)/profit before tax


-9,829


165,171






Tax income/(expense)


101


-32,748






(Loss)/profit after tax attributable to owners of the Company (*)


-9,728


132,423

(Loss)/profit per share (£)


-0.14


1.94

Diluted (loss)/profit per share (£)


-0.14


1.94

 

 

(*) There are no non-controlling interests.

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the years ended 31 December 2021 and 31 December 2020

 

Amounts in £'000



Year ended
31 December
2021


Year ended
31 December
2020







(Loss)/profit for the period recognised in the income statement



-9,728


132,423







Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss:






Translation reserves



862


290







Total comprehensive (loss)/income



-8,866


132,713







Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to:












Owners of the Company (*)



-8,866


132,713

 

(*) There are no non-controlling interests.  

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of financial position for the years ended 31 December 2021 and 31 December 2020

 

Amounts in £'000


Year ended
31 December
2021


Year ended
31 December
2020






Goodwill


11,471


17,877

Other intangible assets


3,710


4,255

Property, plant and equipment


4,594


1,643

Right-of-use assets


1,788


2,259

Non-current financial assets


 144


 138

Deferred tax assets


3,143


 3,023

Other long-term assets


 64


 96

Total non-current assets


24,914


29,291






Inventories and work in progress


11,461


29,888

Trade and other receivables


38,499


79,592

Tax receivables


5,034


 -

Prepayments and short-term deposits


2,034


3,731

Investments short-term


9


9

Cash and cash equivalents


101,746


91,765

Total current assets


158,783


204,985






Total assets


183,697


234,276






Lease liabilities short-term


424


414

Contingent consideration short-term


836


1,022

Provisions short-term


19,956


19,856

Trade and other liabilities


17,190


36,784

Tax liabilities


 -


 15,116

Other current liabilities


498


950

Total current liabilities


38,904


74,142






Net current assets


119,879


130,843






Lease liabilities long-term


1,446


1,964

Contingent consideration long-term


 -


 812

Provisions long-term


308


242

Deferred tax liabilities


1,224


800

Other liabilities long-term


-


5,606

Total non-current liabilities


2,978


9,424






Total liabilities


41,882


83,566






Net assets


141,815


150,710

 

 

 

Statement of financial position for the years ended 31 December 2021 and 31 December 2020 (continued)

 

Amounts in £'000


Year ended
31 December
2021


Year ended
31 December
2020








Share capital


4,053


4,053


Share premium account


50,671


50,671


Own shares


-78


-49


Other reserves


-1,174


-2,036


Equity reserve


1,155


1,155


Retained earnings


87,188


96,916


Total equity - owners of the Company


141,815


150,710








Total equity


141,815


150,710


 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of changes in equity for the years ended 31 December 2021 and 31 December 2020

 

Amounts in £'000






Other Group reserves





Share capital

Share premium

Own shares

Equity reserves

Acquisition of the shares of Primer Design

Translation reserve

OCI on retirement benefits

Total

 Retained earnings

Total equity













Balance at 1 January 2020


3,311

46,999

-141

336

-2,407

491

-8

-1,924

-36,119

12,462

Translation differences


-

-

-

-

-

-112

-

-112

-

-112

Profit for the period


-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

132,423

132,423

Total comprehensive income/(loss) for the period


-

-

-

-

-

-112

-

-112

132,423

132,311

Issue of share capital


567

2,011

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2,578

Own shares acquired/sold in the period


-

-

92

-

-

-

-

-

-

92

Conversion of warrants and debts


175

1,661

-

819

-

-

-

-

612

3,267

Balance at 31 December 2020


4,053

50,671

-49

1,155

-2,407

379

-8

-2,036

96,916

150,710

Translation differences


-

-

-

-

-

862

-

862

-

862

Loss for the period


-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-9,728

-9,728

Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the period


-

-

-

-

-

862

-

862

-9,728

-8,866

Own shares acquired/sold in the period


-

-

-29

-

-

-

-

-

-

-29

Balance at 31 December 2021


4,053

50,671

-78

1,155

-2,407

1,241

-8

-1,174

87,188

141,815

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of cash flows for the years ended 31 December 2021 and 31 December 2020

 

Amounts in £'000


Year ended
31 December
2021


Year ended
31 December
2020











Net cash from operating activities


15,689


102,976

Investing activities





Purchases of patents and trademarks


-330


-168

Purchases of property, plant and equipment


-3,770


-1,013

Variation of deposits


16


74

Acquisition of subsidiary net of cash acquired


-943


-6,858

Net cash (used in)/from investing activities


-5,027


-7,965






Financing activities





Repayments of borrowings


-


-4,592

Repayment of lease liabilities


-432


-303

Proceeds from issue of shares


-


2,577

Disposal/(purchase) of own shares - net


-29


92

Repayment of other short-term financing facilities


-


-720

Negma phantom awards settlement


-


-439

Interest paid


-138


-1,655

Net cash (used in)/from financing activities


-599


-5,040






Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


10,063


89,971

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


91,765


1,542

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes


-82


252

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year


101,746


91,765

Notes

 

1.  CORPORATE INFORMATION

Novacyt S.A is incorporated in France and its principal activities are specialising in invitro and molecular diagnostic tests. Its registered office is located at 13 Avenue Morane Saulnier, 78140 Vélizy Villacoublay.

 

2.  BASIS OF ANNOUNCEMENT

 

2.1 Basis of Preparation

The consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). The financial statements have also been prepared in accordance with IFRSs adopted by the European Union. They are prepared and presented in Great British Pounds ("GBP"), rounded to the nearest thousand ("£'000s").  

 

2.2 Going Concern

 

The Directors have, at the time of approving the financial statements, a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus, they adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements.

 

The going concern model covers the period up to and including April 2023. In making this assessment the Directors have considered the following elements:

 

The working capital requirements of the business;

A positive cash balance at 31 December 2021 of £101,746,000;

Full payment of the remaining Long-Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") that commenced in November 2017 and vested in November 2020;

Payment of the final earn-out milestone related to the IT-IS International acquisition; and

Management's expectation of in settling the outstanding commercial dispute.

 

In the event the current dispute is fully settled in favour of the counterparty, the forecast prepared by the Group shows that it is able to cover its cash needs during the financial year 2022 and up to April 2023 without raising any banking or other financing facility.

 

 

 

 

 

2.3 Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimate uncertainty

 

In the application of the Group's accounting policies, the Directors are required to make judgements (other than those involving estimations) that have a significant impact on the amounts recognised and to make estimates and assumptions about the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and other factors that are considered to be relevant. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

 

2.3.1 Critical accounting judgements

· Constraint of revenue

Revenue is only constrained if it is highly probable there will not be a significant reversal of revenue in the future. Highly probable is not defined in IFRS 15 and so it is a significant judgement to be exercised by management. The value of revenue related to performance obligations fulfilled in 2020 to which constraint has not been applied is £130,642,000.

 

· Trade and other receivables

An estimate of the risks of non-receipt based on commercial information, current economic trends and the solvency of individual customers is made to determine the need for impairment on a customer-by-customer basis. Management use significant judgement in determining whether a credit loss provision is required.

 

At the year end, the Group had trade receivables of £30,279,000 against which a credit loss provision of £89,000 has been applied. At the date of signing the financial statements, £23,957,000 of the 31 December 2021 receivables were overdue due to the contract dispute with the Department of Health and Social Care "DHSC". Management considers it to be more likely than not that the 31 December 2021 balances are recoverable; this is a significant judgement.

 

 

 

 

 

· Provisions

The carrying value of provisions at 31 December 2021 and 2020 are as per the table below:

 

Amounts in £'000

 Year ended
31 December
2021

 Year ended
31 December
2020







Provisions for restoration of premises

  308

  242

Provisions for litigation

  157

  68

Provisions for product warranty

  19,799

  19,788




Total provisions

  20,264

  20,098

 

 

o Provisions for product warranty

The value of provision required is determined by management based on available information, experience and, in some cases, expert estimates. Product warranty provisions are only included if it is considered to be probable that an outflow of economic benefit will be required. Determination of probable is a significant judgement.

 

2.3.2 Key sources of estimation uncertainty

 

· Measurement of goodwill

Goodwill is tested for impairment on an annual basis. The recoverable amount of goodwill is determined mainly on the basis of forecasts of future cash flows. The total amount of anticipated cash flows reflects management's best estimate of the future benefits and liabilities expected for the relevant CGU. The assumptions used and the resulting estimates sometimes cover very long periods, taking into account the technological, commercial and contractual constraints associated with each CGU. These estimates are mainly subject to assumptions in terms of volumes, selling prices and related production costs, and the exchange rates of the currencies in which sales and purchases are denominated. They are also subject to the discount rate used for each CGU.

 

The value of the goodwill is tested whenever there are indications of impairment and reviewed at each annual closing date or more frequently should this be justified by internal or external events.

 

The carrying amount of goodwill in the statement of financial position and related impairment loss over the periods is shown below:

 

 

 

 

Amounts in £'000


 Year ended
31 December
2021

 Year ended
31 December
2020









Goodwill Lab21 Products


14,868

16,022

Cumulative impairment of goodwill


-14,868

-14,105

Net value


-

1,917





Goodwill Primer Design


6,053

6,523

Cumulative impairment of goodwill


-

-

Net value


6,053

6,523





Goodwill Omega Infectious Diseases


-

85

Cumulative impairment of goodwill


-

-85

Net value


-

  -





Goodwill IT-IS International


9,437

9,437

Cumulative impairment of goodwill


-4,019

-

Net value


5,418

9,437





Total goodwill


11,471

  17,877

 

Sensitivity analysis has been performed on the goodwill balance and there is significant headroom associated with the Primer Design balance, but there is limited headroom on the IT IS Internal goodwill balances, which could result in future impairments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Operating segments

Segment reporting

Pursuant to IFRS 8, an operating segment is a component of an entity:

that engages in business activities from which it may earn revenues and incur expenses (including revenues and expenses relating to transactions with other components of the same entity);

whose operating results are regularly reviewed by the Group's Chief Executive and the managers of the various entities to make decisions regarding the allocation of resources to the segment and to assess its performance; and

for which discrete financial information is available.

The Group has identified four operating segments, whose performances and resources are monitored separately:

 

Primer Design

This segment represents the activities of Primer Design Ltd, which is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of molecular 'real-time' qPCR testing devices and reagents in the area of infectious diseases based in Southampton, UK.

 

Lab21 Products

This segment represents the activities of Lab21 Products, which is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of a large range of protein-based infectious disease IVD products covering Microgen Bioproducts Ltd and Lab21 Healthcare Ltd, both based in Camberley, UK.

 

IT-IS International

This segment represents the activities of IT-IS International Ltd, a diagnostic instrument development and manufacturing company specialising in the development of PCR devices for the life sciences and food testing industry based in Stokesley, UK.

 

Corporate

This segment represents Group central/corporate costs. Where appropriate, costs are recharged to individual business units via a management recharge process.

 

Intercompany eliminations

This column represents intercompany transactions across the Group that have not been allocated to an individual operating segment, but is not a discreet segment.

 

The Chief Operating Decision Maker is the Chief Executive Officer.

 

Headcount

The average headcount by segment is presented in the table below:

 

Segment

2021

2020

Primer Design

169

81

Lab21 Products

45

47

IT-IS International

38

36

Corporate

24

10

Total headcount

276

174

 

Breakdown of revenue by operating segment and geographic area

At 31 December 2021

Amounts in £'000

Primer Design

Lab21 Products

IT-IS International

 Total






Geographical area





United Kingdom

41,944

624

164

42,732

Europe (excluding UK)

31,045

1,077

355

32,477

America

8,047

270

782

9,099

Asia-Pacific

7,262

856

1,376

9,494

Middle East

501

200

17

718

Africa

1,053

151

56

1,260

Total revenue

89,852

3,178

2,750

95,780

 

At 31 December 2020

 

Amounts in £'000

Primer Design

Lab21 Products

IT-IS International

 Total






Geographical area





United Kingdom

218,552

591

246

219,389

Europe (excluding UK)

30,917

1,058

56

32,031

America

9,655

340

316

10,311

Asia-Pacific

5,305

920

453

6,678

Middle East

5,492

250

-

5,742

Africa

2,896

151

6

3,053

Total revenue

272,817

3,310

1,077

277,204

 

 

 

 

 

Breakdown of result by operating segment

Year ended 31 December 2021

 

Amounts in £'000

Primer Design

Lab21 Products

IT-IS International

Corporate

Intercompany

eliminations

Total

 








Revenue

89,856

4,621

9,270

-

-7,967

95,780

Cost of sales

-27,582

-3,169

-5,131

-

5,550

-30,332

Cost of sales - exceptional

-37,192

-

-3,984

-

5,406

-35,770

Sales and marketing costs

-5,659

-800

-228

-338

-

-7,025

Research and development

-4,148

-170

-497

-

-

-4,815

General and administrative

-12,448

-2,259

-1,494

-637

10

-16,828

Governmental subsidies

254

-

54

-

-

308








ADJUSTED Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and cost of sales - exceptional, as per management reporting

 

40,273

 

-1,777

 

1,974

 

-975

 

-2,407

 

37,088








Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation as per management reporting

3,081

-1,777

-2,010

-975

2,999

1,318








Depreciation and amortisation

-1,362

-215

-404

-24

-

-2,005








Operating (loss)/profit before exceptional items

1,719

-1,992

-2,414

-999

2,999

-687

Year ended 31 December 2020

 

Amounts in £'000

Primer Design

Lab21 Products

IT-IS International

Corporate

Intercompany

eliminations

Total

 








Revenue

272,817

5,203

6,905

 -

-7,721

277,204

Cost of sales

-63,987

-3,088

-1,627

 -

2,998

-65,704

Sales and marketing costs

-3,550

-929

9

-22

 -

-4,492

Research and development

-1,515

-3

-112

 -

 -

-1,630

General and administrative

-25,133

-2,138

-245

-1,725

11

-29,230

Governmental subsidies

 -

-3

 -

 -

 -

-3

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation as per management reporting

178,632

-958

4,930

-1,747

-4,712

176,145








Depreciation and amortisation

-795

-416

-70

-21

 -

-1,302








Operating profit/(loss) before exceptional items

177,837

-1,374

4,860

-1,768

-4,712

174,843

 

Assets and liabilities are not reported to the Chief Operating Decision Maker on a segmental basis and are therefore not disclosed.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Cost of sales

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December
2021

Year ended
31 December
2020







Cost of inventories recognised as an expense

20,697

20,113

Change in stock provision

-10,063

2,978

Non-stock items and supplies

203

2,088

Freight costs

462

284

Direct labour

18,423

20,243

Product warranty

11

19,753

Other

599

245




Total cost of sales

30,332

65,704

 

Total cost of sales has fallen significantly year on year in line with reduced revenue.

 

After making a full stock provision against 'Cost of sales - exceptional' for stock bought to fulfil expected future DHSC orders that did not materialise, all other stock provision movements are part of the normal course of business.

 

A large amount of stock, which had previously been provided for, was written off and disposed of during late 2021, with the cost being charged to 'Cost of inventories recognised as an expense' and a corresponding release of the stock provision being made.

 

A product warranty provision was booked in 2020 in relation to the ongoing commercial dispute with the DHSC. This has been reviewed by Management in 2021 with no change to the provision being made.

 

5. Cost of sales - exceptional

 

Amounts in £'000


Year ended
31 December
2021

Year ended
31 December
2020









Cost of inventories recognised as an expense


4,802

-

Change in stock provision


26,098

-

Direct labour


4,133

-

Other


737

-





Total cost of sales - exceptional


35,770

-

 

 

Due to the ongoing commercial dispute with the DHSC, Management have booked a number of one-off, non-recurring cost of sales charges. The two largest items were a £26,098,000 stock provision, as a result of the Group buying stock to fulfil expected future DHSC orders that did not materialise; and the expensing of £6,884,000 (split across direct labour costs and cost of inventories recognised as an expense) of stock delivered to the DHSC which has not been paid for as it is now part of the ongoing contract dispute.

 

6.  Gross Profit

 

The table below provides a view of the underlying business gross profit performance when adjusting for one-off exceptional items:

Amounts in £'000


Year ended
31 December
2021


Year ended
31 December
2020











Revenue


95,780


277,204






Cost of sales


 -30,332


-65,704

Cost of sales - exceptional


-35,770


-

Gross profit


29,678


211,500






Add back cost of sales - exceptional


35,770


-

Underlying business gross profit


65,448


211,500

Underlying business gross profit percentage


68%


76%

 

The 2021 underlying business gross profit of 68% is below the Group's historic margin. This is due to two main factors i) a higher stock provision based on obsolescence of Covid-19 products as variants drove product proliferation ; and ii) margin dilution as result of significantly higher instrument sales as the Group builds its installed base.

 

 

 

 

 

7.  General and administrative expenses

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December
2021

Year ended
31 December
2020







Purchases of non-stored raw materials and supplies

451

373

Lease and similar payments

445

337

Maintenance and repairs

576

278

Insurance premiums

1,453

574

Legal and professional fees

2,484

2,350

Banking services

100

231

Employee compensation and social security contributions

8,896

23,904

Depreciation and amortisation of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets

2,006

1,302

Other general and administrative expenses

2,422

1,183




Total general and administrative expenses

18,833

30,532

 

2020 Employee compensation and social security contributions include a significant charge for the 2017 to 2020 LTIP scheme for senior management that is not repeated to the same extent in 2021, reducing the costs substantially.

 

Legal and professional fees include advisors' fees, auditor fees and legal fees.

 

Other general and administrative expenses include costs such as building rates, regulatory fees, IT expenses and approximately £500,000 charitable donations in 2021.

 

 

8.  Other operating income and expenses

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December 2020







Other operating income

65

-




Total other operating income

65

-




Impairment of IT-IS goodwill

-4,019

-

Impairment of Lab21 Products goodwill

-1,822

-5,768

DHSC contract dispute costs

-802

-

Impairment of Omega Infectious Diseases business intangible assets

-

-1,111

Restructuring expenses

-487

-106

Business sale expenses

-

-79

Acquisition related expenses

-

-187

Other expenses

-43

-151




Total other operating expenses

-7,173

-7,402

 

 

Operating income

Other operating income predominantly relates to the settlement of a legal claim against a third party.

 

Operating expenses

Goodwill associated with the IT-IS International Ltd acquisition has been impaired in 2021 due to reduced future expected cash flow generation.

 

The remaining goodwill associated with Lab21 Products has been fully impaired in 2021, following a large impairment in 2020, due to reduced future expected cash flow generation.

 

DHSC contract dispute costs relate to legal and professional fees incurred in the ongoing commercial dispute.

 

The remaining intangible assets associated with the Omega Infectious Diseases business were fully written down in 2020.

 

Restructuring expenses in 2021 include redundancy payments.

 

Acquisition related expenses relate to the October 2020 purchase of IT-IS International Ltd.

 

 

9.  Financial income and expense

 

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December

2021

Year ended
31 December

2020







Financial foreign exchange gains

379

32

Discount of financial instruments

33

46

Other financial income

54

5




Total financial income

466

83




Interest on IFRS 16 liabilities

-178

-184

Interest on loans

-

-1,417

Financial foreign exchange losses

-2,214

-353

Discount of financial instruments

-61

-12

Other financial expense

-47

-387




Total financial expense

-2,500

-2,353

 

 

Interest on loans

The decrease in loan interest in 2021 is due to the settlement of all outstanding debts, predominantly the €5,000,000 Harbert European Growth Capital bond and its associated interest charges, in 2020.

 

Financial foreign exchange losses  

Financial foreign exchanges losses in 2021 are mainly driven by revaluations of the 2017 to 2020 LTIP scheme and bank and intercompany accounts held in foreign currencies.

 

Other financial expense

In November 2019, Novacyt SA granted Negma 1,300,000 phantom warrants, i.e. warrants that do not give access to the share capital of the Company, in exchange for the cancellation of 1,300,000 warrants giving access to the share capital of Novacyt SA. The phantom warrants guaranteed to pay Negma the profit from the difference between the €0.20 exercise price and the share price on the day before the exercise date. This instrument was recognised as a derivative financial liability at 31 December 2019 for a value of £77,000. Negma exercised the phantom warrants in February 2020, which resulted in a payment to Negma of £439,000. The charge at 31 December 2020 is the difference between these two amounts.

 

 

10.  Income tax

 

The standard rate of corporation tax applied to reported profit is 19%, which is the tax rate applicable to the companies in the United Kingdom for the financial year 2021. It was 19% for the year 2020.

 

Taxation for other jurisdictions (mainly France) is calculated at the rates prevailing in the respective jurisdictions.

 

The Group's tax charge is the sum of the total current and deferred tax expense.

 

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December

2021

Year ended
31 December

2020




Current tax expense



Current year income/(expense)

411

-35,605




Deferred tax expense



Deferred tax

-310

2,857




Total income tax income/(expense) in the income statement

101

-32,748

 

 

 

 

 

The income/(expense) for the period can be reconciled to the (loss)/profit before tax as follows:

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December

2021

Year ended
31 December

2020




(Loss)/profit before taxation

-9,829

165,171

Tax at the UK corporation tax rate (2021 and 2020: 19%)

1,868

-31,382

Effect of different tax rates of subsidiaries operating in other jurisdictions

115

727

Effect of non-deductible expenses and non-taxable income

-1,179

-1,696

Change in unrecognised deferred tax assets

-712

-669

Research tax expenditure enhancement

-

169

Other adjustments

9

103

Total tax income/(expense) for the year

101

-32,748

 

 

 

At 31 December 2021, the Group has unused tax losses of £9,432,000 (2020: £8,148,000) available for offset against future relevant profits and their period of use is unlimited.

 

The key item making up the non-deductible expenses in 2020 and 2021 is the impairment of goodwill.

 

Matters affecting the tax charge

 

During 2020 and 2021, Novacyt applied for a number of patents for technology it developed during the two periods. Patents can take several years to be granted, if at all, and at the 2021 year end all the patents were still going through the process for approval. At the time of signing these accounts a patent had been granted and to the extent there are qualifying profits the Group expects to apply for UK Patent Box relief in the 2022 accounts.

 

The UK Patent Box regime is a special low corporate tax rate used to incentivise research and development by taxing revenues from patented products differently from other revenues. Subject to a number of adjustments, the effective rate of tax on profits derived from the sale of products subject to patents is close to 10% rather than the current UK corporation tax rate of 19% (due to rise to 25% in 2023). The Patent Box rate can only be claimed once a patent has been granted, although the benefit can be backdated to the time at which the patent was applied for, and so this is not reflected in the 2021 accounts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. (LOSS)/Profit per share

 

The loss or profit per share is calculated based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period. The diluted profit or loss per share is calculated based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding and the number of shares issuable as a result of the conversion of dilutive financial instruments. At 31 December 2021 there are no outstanding dilutive instruments.

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December
2021

Year ended
31 December
2020







Net (loss)/profit attributable to owners of the Company

-9,728

  132,423

Impact of dilutive instruments

  - 

Net diluted (loss)/profit attributable to owners of the Company

-9,728

  132,423




Weighted average number of shares

70,626,248

  68,187,101

Impact of dilutive instruments

-

Weighted average number of diluted shares

70,626,248

  68,187,101




 

(Loss)/profit per share (£)

-0.14

  1.94

 

Diluted (loss)/profit per share (£)

-0.14

  1.94

 

The table below presents the movements of stock options during 2020. They were not taken into account in the calculation of diluted earnings because they were anti-dilutive for the year ending 31 December 2019, and were all exercised or elapsed at 31 December 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beneficiary

Kreos

Primer Design

Yorkville

Negma

Harbert

Total

Grant date

12 May 2016

12 May 2016

31 July 2015 to 18 July 2017

25 April 2019

5 November 2019


Number of warrants

353,536

1,000,000

1,501,427

2,979,544

6,017,192


Exercise price

€1.45

€1.16

From €5.511 to €0.946

€0.20

€0.0698


Exercise deadline

1 November 2022

12 May 2021

3 years after issuance

25 April 2024

5 November 2026


Accounting

Equity

Derivative financial liability

Equity

Derivative financial liability

Derivative financial liability


Number of warrants on 1 January 2020

353,536

1,000,000

853,216

1,679,544

6,017,192

9,903,488

Warrants exercised in 2020

-353,536

-1,000,000

-528,541

-1,679,544

-6,017,192

-9,578,813

Number of additional shares

353,536

1,000,000

528,541

1,679,544

6,017,192

9,578,813

Share capital increase

€512,627

€1,160,000

€500,000

€335,909

€420,000

€2,928,536

Warrants cancelled in 2020

-

-

-324,675

-

-

-324,675

Warrants outstanding on 31 December 2020

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.  Goodwill

 

Goodwill is the difference recognised, upon consolidation of a company, between the fair value of the purchase price of its shares and the net assets acquired and liabilities assumed, measured in accordance with IFRS 3.

 

Cost



£'000

At 1 January 2020



21,364





Write-off of the Omega Infectious Diseases goodwill



-85

Recognition of goodwill on acquisition of IT-IS International



9,437

Exchange differences



1,266

At 31 December 2020



31,982





Exchange differences



-1,624

At 31 December 2021



30,358





Accumulated impairment losses




At 1 January 2020



7,772





Impairment of the Lab21 Products goodwill



5,767

Exchange differences



566

At 31 December 2020



14,105





Impairment of the IT-IS International goodwill



4,019

Impairment of the Lab21 Products goodwill



1,822

Exchange differences



-1,059

At 31 December 2021



18,887





Carrying value at 31 December 2019



13,592

Carrying value at 31 December 2020



17,877

Carrying value at 31 December 2021



11,471

 

Lab21 Products

The remaining goodwill associated with the acquisition of the Lab 21 Products business, totalling £1,917,000 at 31 December 2020 has been fully impaired in 2021 as the discounted cash flow ("DCF") model prepared does not provide sufficient coverage.

 

Omega Infectious Diseases

The goodwill associated with the acquisition of the Omega Infectious Diseases business was fully written off in 2020.

 

Primer Design

The impairment testing of the CGU as at 31 December 2021 was carried out using the DCF method, with the key assumptions as follows:

o Five-year business plan;

o Extrapolation of cash flows beyond five years based on a growth rate of 1.5%; and

o Discount rate corresponding to the expected rate of return on the market for a similar investment, regardless of funding sources, equal to 12.1%.

 

The implementation of this approach demonstrated that the value of the Enterprise Value amounted to £178,529,000, which is greater than the carrying amount of this asset. As such, no impairment was recognised in the year ended 31 December 2021.

 

IT-IS International

The impairment testing of the CGU as at 31 December 2021 was carried out using the DCF method, with the key assumptions as follows:

o Five-year business plan;

o Extrapolation of cash flows beyond five years based on a growth rate of 1.5%; and

o Discount rate corresponding to the expected rate of return on the market for a similar investment, regardless of funding sources, equal to 12.1%.

The implementation of this approach demonstrated that the value of the Enterprise Value amounted to £5,418,000, which is lower than the carrying amount of this asset. As such an impairment charge has been recognised in the year ended 31 December 2021.

 

 

13.  Inventories and work in progress

 

Amounts in £'000

 Year ended
31 December
2021

 Year ended
31 December
2020







Raw materials

19,382

14,406

Work in progress

3,350

8,999

Finished goods

7,831

9,550

Stock provisions

-19,102

-3,067




Total inventories and work in progress

11,461

29,888

 

Total inventories and work in progress has decreased significantly since December 2020 predominantly due to the booking of a large stock provision. Inventory levels were built up as a result of the Group's direct response to support the UK Government's call for UK manufacturers to build manufacturing capacity and supply chain flexibility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and was based on likely demand indicated by the DHSC. As future material contracts were not secured with the DHSC in 2021, a large stock provision was booked in 2021.

 

The Group continues to look for ways to utilise any value from stock that has been provided for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.  Trade and other receivables

 

Amounts in £'000

 Year ended
31 December
2021

 Year ended
31 December
2020







Trade and other receivables

30,279

79,341

Expected credit loss provision

-89

-160

Tax receivables - Value Added Tax

8,213

343

Receivables on sale of businesses

66

67

Other receivables

30

1




Total trade and other receivables

38,499

79,592

 

The main driver for the reduction in the trade receivables balance is a £47,927,000 receipt from the DHSC clearing a 2020 invoice. The current trade receivables balance includes a £23,957,000 unpaid DHSC invoice raised in December 2020, in respect of products delivered during 2020, that remains unpaid at the date of signing the accounts. Recovery of the invoice is dependent on the outcome of the contract dispute.

 

During 2021, £49,034,000 (including VAT) of products and services were delivered and invoiced to the DHSC which has now been included as part of the ongoing dispute. As these sales have not been recognised in accordance with IFRS 15, the revenue, trade receivable and VAT element of the transactions have been reversed. This accounting treatment does not change the Group's legal position or rights in relation to the dispute with the DHSC.

 

The 'Tax receivables - Value Added Tax' balance of £8,213,000 mainly relates to VAT paid in the UK on sales invoices in dispute with the DHSC. As these sales have not been recognised in accordance with IFRS 15, the revenue, trade receivable and VAT element of the transactions have been reversed, resulting in a VAT debtor balance.

 

Trade receivables balances are due within one year. Once an invoice is more than 90 days overdue, it is deemed more likely to default and as such, these invoices have been provided for in full as part of an expected credit loss model, except where management have reviewed and judged otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The movement in the expected credit loss provision is shown below:

 

 

 

Amounts in £'000

 Year ended
31 December
2021

 Year ended
31 December
2020




 

Balance at the beginning of the period

160

397

Impairment losses recognised

100

163

Amounts written off during the year as uncollectible

-44

-400

Amounts recovered during the year

-127

-




Balance at the end of the period

89

160

 

The split by maturity of the clients' receivables is presented below:

 

 

 

Amounts in £'000

 Year ended
31 December
2021

 Year ended
31 December
2020




 

Less than one month

5,818

77,944

Between one and three months

217

1,364

Between three months and one year

24,200

6

More than one year

44

27




Balance at the end of the period

30,279

79,341

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.  Provisions

 

The table below shows the nature of and changes in provisions for risks and charges for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021:

Amounts in £'000

At
1 January
2021

Increase

Reduction

Other movements

Change in exchange rates

At

31 December
2021














Provisions for restoration of premises

242

117

-67

16

-

308








Provisions long-term

242

117

-67

16

-

308








Provision for litigation

68

157

-65

-

-3

157

Provisions for product warranty

19,788

11

-

-

-

19,799








Provisions short-term

19,856

168

-65

-

-3

19,956

The nature of and changes in provisions for risks and charges for the period from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 are as follows:

 

Amounts in £'000

At
1 January
2020

Increase

Reduction

Business Combinations Impact

Change in exchange rates

At 31 December
2020


 












Provisions for restoration of premises

192

37

-

13

-

242

Long-term management incentive plan

13

19,006

-19,018

-

-1

-








Provisions long-term

205

19,043

-19,018

13

-1

242








Provision for litigation

43

22

-

-

3

68

Provisions for product warranty

-

19,753

-

35

-

19,788








Provisions short-term

43

19,775

-

35

3

19,856

 

Provisions chiefly cover:

Risks related to litigations;

The restoration expenses of the premises as per the lease agreements; and

Product assurance warranties.

 

The provisions for the restoration of the premises are an estimation of the cash payable to cover dilapidations at the end of the rental periods, thus at the following dates:

Microgen Bioproducts Ltd: May 2032

Primer Design Ltd: November 2025

IT-IS International Ltd: September 2022 and December 2023, as there are two sites that do not have co-terminus leases

 

The provision for product assurance warranties predominantly relates to the notification of a product warranty claim with the DHSC.

 

The liability for the 2017 to 2020 long-term management incentive plan scheme crystalised in November 2020 with the remaining costs associated with that scheme shown against other liabilities.

 

16.  Trade and other liabilities

 

Amounts in £'000

 Year ended
31 December
2021

 Year ended
31 December
2020







Trade payables

1,363

5,228

Accrued invoices

3,534

8,016

Social security liabilities

954

1,082

Tax liabilities - Value Added Tax

115

16,831

Other liabilities

11,224

5,627




Total trade and other liabilities

17,190

36,784

 

Trade payables and accrued invoices have fallen in line with reduced sales in late 2021 versus late 2020.

 

The closing 2020 'Tax liabilities - Value Added Tax' balance predominantly related to UK VAT payable to HMRC covering the months of November and December 2020. This was paid in January and February 2021.

 

The other liabilities balance relates to the second and third tranches of the 2017 to 2020 LTIP scheme, which are forecast to be paid during 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.  Issued capital and reserves

 

17.1 Share capital

As of 31 December 2021, the Company's share capital of €4,708,416.54 was divided into 70,626,248 shares with a par value of 1/15th of a Euro each.

 


Amount of share capital

£'000

Amount of share capital €'000

Unit value per share

Number of shares

issued

At 1 January 2020

3,311

3,873

0.07

58,094,754






Capital increase by exercise of warrants

567

638

0.07

9,578,813

Capital increase by conversion of bonds

175

197

0.07

2,952,681

At 31 December 2020

4,053

4,708

0.07

70,626,248






At 31 December 2021

4,053

4,708

0.07

70,626,248

 

The Company's share capital consists of one class of share. All outstanding shares have been subscribed, called and paid.

 

17.2 Other reserves

 

Amounts in £'000






Balance at 1 January 2020

-1,924



Translation differences

 -112

Balance at 31 December 2020

-2,036



Translation differences

862

Balance at 31 December 2021

-1,174

 

17.3 Retained earnings/losses

 

Amounts in £'000






Balance at 1 January 2020

-36,119



Profit for the year

 132,423

Other variations

612

Balance at 31 December 2020

 96,916



Loss for the year

-9,728

Balance at 31 December 2021

 87,188

 

 

18.  Notes to the cash flow STATEMENT

 

Amounts in £'000


Year ended
31 December
2021

Year ended
31 December
2020









(Loss)/profit for the year


-9,728

132,423









Adjustments for:




Depreciation, amortisation, impairment loss and provisions


7,882

8,196

Product warranty provision


-

19,753

Unwinding of discount on contingent consideration


-17

-114

Losses on disposal of assets


75

407

Income tax charge (credit)/charge


-101

32,751





Operating cash flows before movements of working capital


-1,889

193,416





Decrease/(increase) in inventories (*)


18,427

-25,966

Decrease/(increase) in receivables


42,754

-80,773

(Decrease)/increase in payables


-23,996

34,838

Cash used in operations


35,296

121,515




Income taxes paid


-19,745

-20,574

Finance costs


138

2,035

Net cash from operating activities


15,689

102,976

 

(*) The variation of the inventories value results from the following movements:

Amounts in £'000

 

Year ended
31 December
2021

 

Year ended
31 December
2020




Decrease/(increase) in the gross value of inventories

2,392

-28,941

Variation of the stock provision

16,035

2,975

Total variation of the net value of inventories

18,427

-25,966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.  Related parties

 

Parties related to Novacyt SA are:

the managers, whose compensation is disclosed below, and

the directors of Novacyt SA.

Remuneration of key management personnel

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December
2021

Year ended
31 December
2020







Fixed compensation and company cars

2,176

867

Variable compensation

590

495

Social security contributions

412

899

Contributions to supplementary pension plans

48

40

Termination benefits

371

-

Share-based payment benefits - LTIP

-

14,233

Total remuneration

3,597

16,534

Aggregate Directors' remuneration

Amounts in £'000

Year ended
31 December
2021

Year ended
31 December
2020







Fixed compensation and company cars

897

705

Variable compensation

350

330

Social security contributions

181

658

Contributions to supplementary pension plans

11

29

Fees

32

33

Share-based payments - LTIP

-

11,110

Total remuneration

1,471

12,865

 

Related party transactions were made on terms equivalent to those that prevail in arm's length transactions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.  Contingent liabilities

 

During 2021, the Group received notification of a contract dispute between its subsidiary, Primer Design Ltd, and the DHSC related to revenue totalling £129,125,000 in respect of performance obligations satisfied during the financial year to 31 December 2020. Following the issuance of legal proceedings on 25 April 2022 by the DHSC, this figure has now increased by £1,517,000 due to the inclusion of q16 instruments, taking the total 2020 revenue in dispute to £130,642,000.   Payment for £23,957,000 of invoices in respect of products delivered during 2020 remains outstanding at the date of signing the financial statements and recovery of the invoice is dependent on the outcome of the dispute.

 

Management have reviewed the position at 31 December 2021 and deem this to still be an appropriate reflection of the current commercial dispute.

 

During 2021, a further £49,034,000 (including VAT) of products and services were delivered and invoiced to the DHSC and has now been included as part of the ongoing dispute. Management have made the judgement that as per IFRS 15, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, it is not appropriate at this stage in the dispute to recognise as revenue, any sales invoices raised to the customer in 2021 that are in dispute. However, Management remains committed to obtaining payment for these goods and services.

 

Management and the Board of Directors have reviewed the product warranty provision totalling £19,753,000 booked in 2020 in relation to the DHSC dispute and have deemed that it remains appropriate at 31 December 2021.

 

 

21.  Subsequent events

 

On 25 April 2022, legal proceedings were issued by the DHSC to the Group for amounts paid to Novacyt totalling £134,635,000 (including VAT).  This refers to £132,814,000 (including VAT) of reagent sales out of a total disputed amount of £154,950,000 (£129,125,000 excluding VAT) plus £1,821,000 (£1,517,000 excluding VAT) of q16 instruments which have been added to the dispute.

 

The Group continues to believe it has strong grounds to defend the claim and assert its contractual rights, including in relation to recovering outstanding sums due from the DHSC.

 

 

 

 

 

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