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Wednesday 14 March, 2018

Petards Group PLC

Final Results

RNS Number : 6206H
Petards Group PLC
14 March 2018
 

14 March 2018

Petards Group plc

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

Final results for the year ended 31 December 2017

 

Petards Group plc (AIM: PEG), the AIM quoted developer of advanced security and surveillance systems, is pleased to report its final results for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

Key Highlights:

 

·      Operational

Order book at 31 December 2017 over £18 million (31 Dec 2016: £20 million)

Order coverage for 2018 in excess of £12 million and over £5 million scheduled for 2019

With addition of Stadler customer list now includes six of the world's top ten train builders

Exports comprise over one third of revenues for second consecutive year

Significant investment in new eyeTrain hardware with greater software functionality

£0.7 million settlement in respect of historic claim

 

·      Financial

Total revenues increased 2% to £15.6 million (2016: £15.3 million)

Gross margins up to 38.6% (2016: 36.3%)

Adjusted EBITDA* £1,619,000 (2016: £1,621,000)

Operating profit £1,245,000 (2016: £1,095,000)

Pre-tax profit up 30% to £1,205,000 (2016: £925,000)

Net cash £1,286,000 (31 Dec 2016: £775,000)

Basic EPS increased 28% to 3.31p (2016: 2.59p)

Diluted EPS increased 25% to 2.32p (2016: 1.86p)

Significantly strengthened balance sheet with shareholders' funds up over 70%

 

*Adjusted EBITDA comprises operating profit adjusted to remove the impact of depreciation, amortisation, exceptional items, acquisition costs and share based payments. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to operating profit is included on the face of the consolidated income statement. 

 

Commenting on the current outlook, Raschid Abdullah, Chairman, said:

"The Group's order book at 31 December 2017 was over £18 million, of which £12 million is expected to be taken to revenue during 2018.  We are also engaged in on-going discussions for new projects across all areas of our business, many of which our customers have themselves already been awarded.  This coupled with a strong balance sheet provides the board with confidence for the Group's prospects in 2018 and beyond."

 

This announcement includes inside information as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No. 596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations.

 

Contacts:

Petards Group plc

www.petards.com

Raschid Abdullah, Chairman

Mb:  07768 905004



WH Ireland Limited, Nomad and Joint Broker

www.whirelandcb.com

Mike Coe, Ed Allsopp

Tel:  0117 945 3470



Hybridan LLP, Joint Broker

www.hybridan.com

 

Claire Louise Noyce

 

Tel:  020 3764 2341

[email protected]

 



Chairman's statement

 

I am pleased to report that Petards had another good year in 2017 during which the Group made a substantial investment in its eyeTrain hardware and software and achieved record pre-tax profits.  Year on year Total Equity was up over 70% leaving Petards well positioned for its future growth ambitions.

 

Group revenues increased for the fourth successive year to £15.6 million (2016: £15.3 million) after including a full year contribution from QRO Solutions (QRO).  The increase in gross margins achieved in the first half year was also maintained.  Gross margins were up from 36% in 2016 to over 38% and the Group posted pre-tax profits of £1,205,000 up 30% on the £925,000 reported for 2016.  Basic earnings per share increased by 28% to 3.3p and fully diluted earnings per share by 25% to 2.3p.

 

As I reported in September, the first half of 2017 provided a strong platform for the full year with the Group securing strategically significant eyeTrain orders totalling £7.3 million from Stadler Bussnang AG ("Stadler") for its FLIRT UK vehicles and Bombardier Transportation (Bombardier") for its new Aventra trains. We are proud of the fact that our customer list now includes six of the world's top ten rolling stock manufacturers. The global rail market continues to offer excellent opportunities and investment in UK rolling stock remains substantial.  Having such blue chip companies within Petards customer base positions the Group well to continue to win new orders on the back of their success.

 

The contract awards referred to above, together with those secured in the final quarter of 2016, required the Group to develop additional hardware and software functionality for its eyeTrain systems.  Therefore, during 2017 the Group invested over £1 million developing its eyeTrain solutions for the future.  The scale of this development was significant and some delays in the programme were experienced that resulted in approximately £1 million of revenues being deferred into 2018.  These related to scheduled deliveries of both software and equipment and accordingly profit before tax from trading operations for 2017 was below that previously expected and consequently adjusted EBITDA for the year was £1,619,000 (2016: £1,621,000)

 

However, offsetting this, the 2017 results did benefit from the net effect of two exceptional items.  First, the Group accepted an offer to settle a historic matter, unrelated to the current trading activities of the Group, which arose over ten years ago.  Under the settlement, in January 2018 the Group received a total of £702,000 in cash comprising an amount of £362,000 plus compensatory interest of £340,000.  The Board considers this to be a very satisfactory outcome.  The second exceptional item concerned the reclassification of the £211,000 deficit on the Group's currency translation reserve from equity to income and shown as a financial expense. This follows the Board's decision that any future activities that the Group may undertake in the US will not be conducted through its existing dormant US subsidiary. The reclassification has no impact on the Group's net assets or cash.

 

The nature of the Group's revenue mix has continued the trend of recent years with its rail related products now accounting for approximately two thirds of Group revenues.  As a result of its success in securing a flow of orders from major train manufacturers and operators, revenues from Rail products increased by 15% compared to 2016.  The majority of the Group's overseas sales also derive from the rail sector with overall Group exports representing 34% of 2017 revenues.

 

On the recent launch of its new website, the Group has re-named the product group under which its ProVida and QRO solutions fall, from 'Emergency Services' to 'Traffic Technology'.  This better reflects the nature of this element of the Group's business and the broadening of its customer base following the acquisition of QRO in 2016.  Both the ProVida and QRO names will continue to be marketed.  Traffic product revenues increased 13% over the prior year and it is pleasing that QRO has succeeded in expanding the use of its Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) solutions within commercial applications. It has also recently been awarded two multi-year framework contracts, the first with Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary and the second with the Cheshire Police.  Both contracts are expected to contribute to revenues in 2018.

 

While both Rail and Traffic products showed revenue growth in 2017, as I indicated at the half year stage, revenues from Defence reduced being almost 30% lower than in 2016.  The reduction arose as 2016 benefitted from the final deliveries on a large MOD electronic countermeasures software upgrade ordered in 2014 and from a £0.8 million MOD order for radio equipment.  While the Group entered 2018 with a similar overall order book for Defence products to that of the prior year, orders scheduled for delivery in 2018 are almost 40% higher than at the same stage last year.  This position has been further bolstered since the year end with the recently announced receipt of a £1.5 million order from the MOD for radio equipment and related engineering services. The board is therefore optimistic that the actions taken over the past twelve months will result in higher revenues from this sector in the current financial year.

 

It was pleasing that in December loan note holders voted overwhelming to the full conversion of the Group's £1,480,000 outstanding 7% convertible loan notes into Petards ordinary shares. The Group's balance sheet has been substantially strengthened with the removal of the loan note liability that was due for redemption in September 2018 and will benefit from the related interest savings.  With the conversion of loan notes and comprehensive income for the year of £1,448,000 shareholders' funds increased by over 70% to £7.2 million.

 

While the significant investment in product development had an impact on the Group's cash resources, the Group closed the year with net cash of £1,286,000 (2016: £775,000).  This was further enhanced on receipt of the £702,000 settlement in January 2018 I referred to above.

 

2017 proved to be both an exciting and challenging year and the board is appreciative of the significant contribution made by the Group's employees.  On behalf of the board I would like to express my sincere thanks to them all for their contribution in delivering success for our customers and shareholders alike.  I look forward their continued efforts on which the future success of the Group depends.

 

The board believes that a broader portfolio of products, including software, data analytics and services would provide greater opportunities for Petards to expand its earnings and enhance shareholder value.  We continue to review a number of potential acquisitions and will keep shareholders informed as to progress.

 

The Group's order book at 31 December 2017 was over £18 million, of which £12 million is expected to be taken to revenue during 2018.  We are also engaged in on-going discussions for new projects across all areas of our business, many of which our customers have themselves already been awarded.  This coupled with a strong balance sheet provides the board with confidence for the Group's prospects in 2018 and beyond.

 

Raschid Abdullah
Chairman

 

 



 

Strategic Report

Business review

 

Petards' operations continue to be focused upon the development, supply and maintenance of technologies used in advanced security, surveillance and ruggedized electronic applications, the main markets for which are:

●    Rail - software driven video and other sensing systems for on-train applications sold under the eyeTrain brand to global train builders, integrators and rail operators;

●    Traffic - in-car speed enforcement and end-to-end ANPR systems sold under the ProVida and QRO brands to UK and overseas law enforcement agencies and UK based commercial customers; and

●    Defence - electronic countermeasure protection systems, mobile radio systems and related engineering services sold predominantly to the UK Ministry of Defence ("MOD").

Operating review

The largest order secured by the Group in 2017 was one for £4.3 million placed by Stadler in the first quarter of the year. Its addition to the list of global train builders that have selected eyeTrain systems was a significant milestone for the Group. Swiss-headquartered Stadler is the world's sixth largest manufacturer of rolling stock but until recently  had not supplied into the UK. The order placed related to Stadler's entry into the UK mainline rolling stock market. As well as long established products such as saloon CCTV, pantograph monitoring, forward facing and track debris cameras and video management software, it included systems such as Automatic Selective Door Opening ("ASDO"). This technology enables train operators to operate longer trains that can be immediately and, crucially, safely deployed onto services where stations have short passenger platforms. ASDO systems automatically combine multiple data sources to identify which carriage doors should not open at each stopping station.

During the year the Group also had a number of significant projects underway with Siemens Mobility ("Siemens"), Bombardier, Hitachi Rail Europe and First Greater Western. Revenues from these accounted for over 85% of the total for eyeTrain systems for the year, amongst which was the Siemens Thameslink project. Awarded back in 2012, the majority of equipment had been delivered by the end of 2017 with the final shipments being made in the first quarter  of 2018. In addition, the first deliveries were also made in the year in respect of the £3 million order placed by Bombardier for fitment to its new Aventra trains.

 

The scale of investment in the development of new eyeTrain software and hardware products during the year presented the Group with a number of challenges. Not least of these was the need to scale up our software

development team. In doing so we set out to ensure that we retained the core software skills in-house while having the flexibility to supplement this with subcontractors as required.

The 2017 edition of the Long Term Rolling Stock Strategy published by leading players in the UK rail industry forecast that the number of vehicles in service will increase by 20-25% in the period to 2024.  Its view of the longer term outlook was for an increase of between 41% and 89% over the next 30 years in the UK rolling stock fleet.

The Group has developed a good position and close relationship with the major train builders within the niche of the rail sector in which it operates. Investment in rolling stock both in the UK and overseas continues to grow. Therefore, we are confident that the Group is well positioned to benefit from such growth.

Elsewhere in the Group, while revenues from our defence products remained under pressure, actions taken during 2017 give rise to cautious optimism for prospects in 2018. A strong order intake in the first half of 2017 was followed by a quieter second half, while revenues were at similar levels in both periods. The main Defence Services revenue streams continued to relate to the fields of electronic countermeasures and radio systems.

The Group provides services to the MOD in support of ALE 47 and M147 Threat Adaptive Countermeasures Dispensing Systems fitted to Puma, Chinook, Merlin, and C130J aircraft. 2017 was the first year of the renewed three year contract under which these services are supplied. Petards receive a core engineering fee for the performance of post design services ("PDS"), with additional orders being placed as required for engineering, repair, refurbishment and manufacturing activities. Such additional orders were placed in the year, an example being the £1 million order to supply an emulator system to the RAF and on which some deliveries were completed. As the MOD has the option to extend the contract by up toa further two years, the PDS contract provides a confirmed level of work for the foreseeable future. In addition to being a Tier 1 supplier to the UK MOD, Petards also supplies countermeasure systems to prime defence contractors such as Leonardo MV and revenues during 2017 included equipment deliveries in respect of their upgrade of The Royal Navy's Merlin Mk 3 helicopters.

 

Petards also has longstanding specialist engineering expertise in the field of radio communications. Orders and revenues for personal mobile radios supplied to the MOD under the framework contract held by Petards were lower than 2016. Unlike the prior year there were no single large orders in 2017. However, as recently announced, this disappointment has been tempered by the receipt of a series of radio orders totalling £1.5 million after the year end.

 

Following its acquisition in 2016, 2017 was QRO's first full year as a member of the Petards Group and it contributed to the 13% increase in revenues from the Traffic market. It invested in its software team both to explore opportunities for its products outside of the law enforcement market and to develop its CSGS ANPR Management Server software. QRO is working closely with the Home Office and Cheshire Police to test CSGS ANPR Management Server's performance feeding ANPR data to the UK's new National ANPR Service (NAS). Once in operation all ANPR reads from cameras operated by UK police forces will be fed into NAS which requires individual forces to have software that integrates with its systems. Cheshire Police has the largest throughput of ANPR data of any force in the UK and it is therefore pleasing that in the ongoing tests QRO's software is performing well in this challenging environment.

 

During the year QRO also submitted bids to secure two non-exclusive framework agreements to provide ANPR equipment and services. Shortly after the year end it learned that it had secured a four year framework contract with Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary which can be extended at their option by a further three years. It also secured a three year framework contract with Cheshire Police which again may be extended by up to a further three years. Other UK forces may utilise these framework agreements to procure their own ANPR equipment and services and so they represent a good opportunity for QRO to make sales to both existing and new customers.

 

The Traffic market is also served by Petards' ProVida speed enforcement and ANPR products and these again provided a useful contribution to revenues and profits, the majority of which was derived from UK customers.

 

The Group closed 2017 with an order book of over £18 million (2016: £20 million).  This order book provides very good visibility of revenues with over £12 million scheduled for delivery before the end of 2018. This position has been further strengthened by orders placed to date in 2018 that include the recent £1.5 million MOD radio orders.

Brexit

While over 30% of the Group's revenues for the past two years were exported to the EU the majority of these have related to UK based projects such as Thameslink. The market sectors to which Petards supplies tend to be highly regulated and the Group does not anticipate Brexit to change existing regulations significantly. Like most businesses it is affected by any inflationary pressures in the supply chain but again these are not considered to be specific to the sectors in which the Group operates.

Within the rail industry the 2017 Long Term Rolling Stock Strategy expressed the view that while Brexit impacts remain unknown, the scenarios covered by the "worst case" industry modelling already cater for impacts much worse than the Office of Budgetary Responsibility predictions for Brexit. The proportion of electric rolling stock is forecast to rise to over 85% by 2034, and the analysis indicates that overall between 11,000 and 16,000 new electric vehicles alone will be required over the 30 years to 2046. These expectations are driven by the benefits they will provide to passengers and the wider community, such as improvements to capacity, punctuality, reliability, passenger facilities and the environment.

 

At present the outlook for Petards' defence products is considered to be positive in the medium to long term as the MOD, encouraged by Brexit, turns to cheaper UK suppliers and is released from EU competition rules. Major programmes such as the Challenger II Life Extension, the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle and Type 31e Frigate programmes appear to be moving in this direction.

Financial review

Operating performance

Revenues for the year increased to £15.6 million (2016: £15.3 million) with exports of £5.3 million again comprising over a third of the total (2016: £5.3 million). The majority of exports in both years related to shipments of eyeTrain system to Siemens in Germany.

The increase in gross margins over the prior year experienced in the first half of 2017 was maintained for the year as a whole, increasing to 38.6% (2016: 36.3%). Margins for both eyeTrain and Traffic products were up on those achieved in 2016 whereas these on Defence products were down 5-10% year on year.

Reported administrative expenses increased by £302,000 over the prior year from £4,468,000 to £4,770,000. This was predominantly due to higher indirect staff costs arising from recruitment during the year, higher depreciation and amortisation costs related to investments in facilities and product development made in 2016 and 2017, offset by the £362,000 exceptional settlement income.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, exceptional items and share based payment charges ("adjusted EBITDA") totalled £1,619,000 (2016: £1,621,000) and operating profit increased by 14% to £1,245,000 (2016: £1,095,000).

The net financial expense excluding exceptional financial income of £129,000 was £169,000 (2016: £170,000). The two exceptional items within net financial expense were the interest income of £340,000 relating to the settlement of the historic matter and a £211,000 charge arising from the reclassification of the deficit on the Group's currency translation reserve from equity to income. While taken as a charge to profit in 2017, the corresponding credit is shown within the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income and it therefore has no overall impact on the Group's net assets or cash.

The Group again benefitted from the receipt of research and development tax credits. A tax credit of £32,000 arose in 2017 (2016: £15,000 tax charge). Profit after tax increased by 36% to £1,237,000 (2016: £910,000) giving rise to an increase of 28% in basic earnings per share which rose to 3.31p (2016: 2.59p). Fully diluted earnings per share increased 25% to 2.32p (2016: 1.86p).

Following the approval by the holders of the 7% convertible loan notes issued in 2013, the outstanding balance of £1,480,000 was converted into new Petards ordinary shares on 15 December 2017. These loan notes were due to mature in September 2018 and their conversion will save approximately £75,000 in interest payments in 2018.

The conversion of the loan notes and retention of total comprehensive income for the year of £1,448,000 significantly strengthened the balance sheet. Total equity at 31 December 2017 totalled £7.2 million (2016: 4.2 million).

Research and development

During 2017 the Group made a significant investment in product development. This investment totalled £1,290,000 (2016: £785,000) of which £1,043,000 was capitalised (2016: £645,000). The capitalised costs relate to the Group's new eyeTrain products. The Group remains committed to developing its products and services to maintain and grow its market position and service its customers. In order to achieve this goal it is anticipated that the level of expenditure required in 2018 will be lower than for 2017.

 

Cash and cash flow

Having completed the full conversion of the loan notes, at 31 December 2017 the Group's net cash totaled £1,286,000 (2016: £775,000). Post year-end its cash balances increased on receipt of the £702,000 settlement of the historic claim.

Net cash flows from operating activities for the year were £539,000 (2016: £998,000). These were reflective of a good operating performance, offset by an increase of £1,396,000 in working capital that mainly related to the major rail projects in progress at the year end.

 

 

Osman Abdullah
Chief Executive

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

for the year ended 31 December 2017

 


Note

2017


2016



£000


£000






Revenue

2

15,581


15,311

Cost of sales


(9,566)


(9,748)



                 


                 

Gross profit


6,015


5,563






Administrative expenses

3

(4,770)


(4,468)



                 


                 











Adjusted EBITDA*


1,619


1,621

Amortisation of intangibles


(547)


(335)

Depreciation


(162)


(107)

Exceptional income

3

362


-

Exceptional acquisition costs


-


(57)

Share based payment charges


(27)


(27)











Operating profit


1,245


1,095

 

Financial income (including exceptional financial income of £340,000, 2016: £nil)

 

 

3

 

 

340


 

 

4

Financial expenses (including exceptional financial expense of £211,000, 2016: £nil)

 

3,4

 

(380)


 

(174)



                 


                 

Profit before tax


1,205


925

Income tax

5

32


(15)



                 


                 

Profit for the year attributable to equity shareholders of the company


 

1,237


 

910



                


                






Basic earnings per share (pence)

8

3.31


2.59

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

8

2.32


1.86



                


                

* Earnings before financial income and expense, tax, depreciation, amortisation, exceptional items and share based payment charges 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the year ended 31 December 2017

 


Notes

2017


2016



£000


£000






Profit for period


1,237


910






Release of foreign currency reserve on abandonment of US subsidiary

(included in financial expenses)

 

 

3,4

 

 

211


 

 

-



                 


             

Total comprehensive income for the year


1,448


910



                


             

 



 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the year ended 31 December 2017

 


 

Share

capital

 

Share

premium

 

Equity

reserve

 

Special

reserve

 

Retained

earnings

Currency

translation

reserve

 

Total

equity


£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

















Balance at 1 January 2016

349

14

203

8

2,823

(211)

3,186









Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

910

-

910


             

             

             

             

             

             

             

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

910

-

910

Conversion of convertible loan

 notes

8

54

(3)

-

-

-

59

Equity-settled share based payments

-

-

-

-

27

-

27

Settlement of non-consenting creditors

-

-

-

(8)

8

-

-


             

             

             

             

             

             

             

Balance at 31 December 2016

357

68

200

-

3,768

(211)

4,182


             

             

             

             

             

             

             

 

Balance at 1 January 2017

 

357

 

68

 

200

 

-

 

3,768

 

(211)

 

4,182









Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

1,237

-

1,237

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

211

211


             

             

             

             

             

             

             

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

1,237

211

1,448

Conversion of convertible loan notes

198

1,383

(169)

-

142

-

1,554

Exercise of share options

3

22

(6)

-

-

-

19

Equity-settled share based payments

-

-

-

-

27

-

27


             

             

             

             

             

             

             

Balance at 31 December 2017

558

1,473

25

-

5,174

-

7,230


             

             

             

             

             

             

             



 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

at 31 December 2017   

 



2017


2016

ASSETS


£000


£000

Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment


825


456

Intangible assets


2,488


1,992

Deferred tax assets


344


364



                 


                 



3,657


2,812



                 


                 

Current assets





Inventories


3,403


1,953

Trade and other receivables


3,743


2,398

Cash and cash equivalents


1,324


2,322



                 


                 



8,470


6,673



                 


                 

Total assets


12,127


9,485



                


                

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES





Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent





Share capital

7

558


357

Share premium


1,473


68

Equity reserve


25


200

Currency translation reserve


-


(211)

Retained earnings


5,174


3,768



                 


                 

Total equity


7,230


4,182



                 


                 

Non-current liabilities





Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

6

23


1,540



                 


                 



23


1,540



                 


                 

Current liabilities





Interest-bearing loans and borrowings


15


7

   Trade and other payables


4,859


3,756



                 


                 



4,874


3,763



                 


                 

Total liabilities


4,897


5,303



                 


                 

Total equity and liabilities


12,127


9,485



                


                

 


 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the year ended 31 December 2017

 



2017


2016



£000


£000

Cash flows from operating activities





Profit for the year


1,237


910

Adjustments for:





Depreciation


162


107

Amortisation of intangible assets


547


335

Equity settled share-based payment expenses


27


27

Financial income


(340)


(4)

Financial expense


380


174

Income tax (credit)/charge


(32)


15



                 


                 

Operating cash flows before movement in working capital


1,981


1,564

Change in trade and other receivables


(1,003)


(224)

Change in inventories


(1,450)


241

Change in trade and other payables


1,057


(660)



                 


                 

Cash generated from operations


585


921

Interest received


-


4

Interest paid


(107)


(137)

Income tax received


61


210



                


                 

Net cash from operating activities


539


998



                 


                 

Cash flows from investing activities





Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired                             


-


(239)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment


(509)


(266)

Capitalised development expenditure


(1,043)


(645)



                 


                 

Net cash outflow from investing activities


(1,552)


(1,150)



             


                 

Cash flows from financing activities





Finance lease repayments


(10)


(4)

Proceeds from exercise of share options


25


-



                 


                 

Net cash inflow/(outflow) from financing activities


15


(4)



                 


                 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(998)


(156)

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period


2,322


2,478



                 


                 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


1,324


2,322



                


                

Cash and cash equivalents comprise:





Cash and cash equivalents per balance sheet


1,324


2,322



             


             

 



Notes

1          Basis of preparation

The financial information set out in this statement has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU ("adopted IFRSs"), IFRIC interpretations and the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. It does not include all the information required for full annual accounts.

The financial information does not constitute the Company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2017 or 31 December 2016 but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2016 have been delivered to the registrar of companies and those for 2017 will be delivered in due course. The auditor has reported on those accounts; his reports were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying his report and (iii) did not contain a statement undersection 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

2          Segmental information

The analysis by geographic segment below is presented in accordance with IFRS 8 on the basis of those segments whose operating results are regularly reviewed by the Board of Directors (the Chief Operating Decision Maker as defined by IFRS 8) to make strategic decisions, to monitor performance and to allocate resources.

The Board of Directors regularly reviews the Group's performance and balance sheet position for its entire operations as a whole. The Board receives financial information, assesses performance and makes resource allocation decisions for its UK based business as a whole and therefore the directors consider the Group to have only one segment in terms of products and services, being the development, supply and maintenance of technologies used in advanced security, surveillance and ruggedised electronic applications.

As the Board receives revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and operating profit on the same basis as set out in the Consolidated Income Statement no further reconciliation is considered necessary.

Revenue by geographical destination can be analysed as follows:


2017

£000

 


2016

£000

United Kingdom

10,227


9,990

Continental Europe

4,930


4,929

Rest of World

424


392


             


             

Total revenues

15,581


15,311


                


             

Included in the above amounts are revenues of £9,660,000 (2016: £8,178,000) in respect of construction contracts.  The balance comprises revenue from sales of goods and services.

3          Exceptional Items

The 2017 results include two exceptional items.  First, the Group accepted an offer to settle a historic matter, unrelated to the current trading activities of the Group, which arose over ten years ago. Under the settlement, on 9 January 2018 the Group received a total of £702,000 in cash comprising an amount of £362,000 plus compensatory interest of £340,000.

The second exceptional item is also unrelated to the current trading activities of the Group.  During the year the Board decided that the US subsidiary that has been dormant for several years should be abandoned, and any future activities that the Group may undertake in the US will not be conducted through the subsidiary. The £211,000 deficit on the Group's currency translation reserve has been reclassified from equity to income and shown as an expense.



 

4          Financial income and expenses


2017

£000


2016

£000

Recognised in profit or loss




Exceptional interest income (note 3)

340


-

Interest on bank deposits

-


4


             


             

Financial income

340


4


             


             





Interest expense on financial liabilities at amortised cost

133


159

Exceptional foreign exchange loss (note 3)

211


-

Other exchange losses

36


15


             


             

Financial expenses

380


174


             


             

5          Taxation

Recognised in the income statement


2017

              2016


£000

£000

£000

£000











Current tax (credit)/expense





Current tax charge

5


-


Adjustments in respect of prior years

(57)


(41)



             


             


Total current tax


(52)


(41)






Deferred tax expense/(credit)





Origination and reversal of temporary differences

5


17


Recognition of previously unrecognised tax losses

(148)


(51)


Utilisation of recognised tax losses

303


192


Adjustment in respect of prior years

(162)


(102)


Tax rate change

22


-



             


             


Total deferred tax


20


56



             


             

Total tax (credit)/charge in income statement


(32)


15



             


             

 



 

Reconciliation of effective tax rate


2017


2016


£000


£000





Profit before tax

1,205


925


             


             

Tax using the UK corporation tax rate of 19.25%

(2016: 20%)

232


185

Non-deductible expenses

81


54

Fixed asset differences

-


2

Utilisation of tax losses

-


(26)

Recognition of previously unrecognised tax losses

(148)


(38)

Change in unrecognised temporary differences

-


(2)

Adjustments in respect of prior years

(219)


(143)

Effect of rate change

22


(17)


             


             

Total tax (credit)/charge

(32)


15


             


             

6          Interest-bearing loans and borrowings

This note provides information about the contractual terms of the Group's non-current interest-bearing loans and borrowings measured at amortised cost.



2017


2016



£000


£000

Non-current liabilities





Convertible loan notes


-


1,521

Finance lease liabilities


23


19



             


             



23


1,540



             


             

The convertible loan notes of £1 each, carried a fixed interest rate of 7% per annum and were convertible into ordinary shares of 1p each at any time prior to maturity on 10 September 2018.  The conversion price was 8p.  Following a general meeting of the loan note holders, all outstanding loan notes were converted on 15 December 2017.

Therefore, at 31 December 2017 there were no outstanding loan notes (2016: £1,579,909).

7          Share capital


At 31 December

2017

No.


At 31 December

2016

No.

Number of shares in issue - allotted, called up and fully paid




Ordinary shares of 1p each

55,768,229


35,707,101


                    


                    






£000


£000

Value of shares in issue - allotted, called up and fully paid




Ordinary shares of 1p each

558


357


                


                

 

The Company's issued share capital comprises 55,768,229 ordinary shares of 1p each all of which have equal voting rights. 

During the year the Company issued 19,748,628 ordinary 1p shares following conversion of £1,579,909 convertible loan notes at a conversion price of 8p each.  A further 312,500 shares were issued at a price of 8p each on exercise of share options.



 

8          Earnings per share

Basic earnings per share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit for the year attributable to the shareholders by the weighted average number of shares in issue.

 

 

2017


 

2016

Earnings




Profit for the year (£000)

1,237


910


             


             

Number of shares




Weighted average number of ordinary shares ('000)

37,418


35,199


             


             

Diluted earnings per share

Diluted earnings per share assumes conversion of all potentially dilutive ordinary shares, which arise from both convertible loan notes and share options, and is calculated by dividing the adjusted profit for the year attributable to the shareholders by the assumed weighted average number of shares in issue. The adjusted profit for the year comprises the profit for the year attributable to the shareholders after adding back the interest on convertible loan notes for the year.


 

2017

 

2016

Adjusted earnings




Profit for the year (£000)

1,368


1,060


             


             

Number of shares




Weighted average number of ordinary shares ('000)

58,844


56,881


             


             

 

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