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Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Smartspace Software

Half-year Report

RNS Number : 1179E
Smartspace Software PLC
16 October 2018
 

16 October 2018

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 ("MAR").  Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service ("RIS"), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

SmartSpace Software Plc

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

 

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 31 July 2018

 

SmartSpace (AIM: SMRT), the leading provider of 'Workspace Management Software' for smart buildings, commercial spaces and the hospitality sector announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 July 2018.

 

The interim results reflect the disposal of the Systems Integration and Managed Services divisions for £21.6m in cash in mid-June 2018 and are based on the continuing operations of the 'Connect' software and 'OneSpace' occupancy management software platforms and A+K's distribution business.

 

Financial Highlights:

·      Revenue from continuing operations of £1.9 million (FY18 H1: £2.1 million)

·      Adjusted LBITDA* £1.9 million (FY18 H1 LBITDA: £0.2 million)

·      Profit before tax from continuing operations of £0.6 million (FY18 H1: loss £0.7 million)

·      Profit from disposal of subsidiaries £1.9 million (FY18 H1: £nil)

·      Basic EPS from continuing operations of 3.2 pence (FY18 H1: 3.8 pence loss per share)

·      Net cash position at 31 July 2018 £13.4 million (FY18 H1: £0.8 million)

 

* Results for the period from continuing operations before net finance costs, depreciation, amortisation, integration and transactional items, profit on disposal of subsidiary companies, impairment charges and share based payment charge.

 

Operational Highlights:

·      Completion of disposal of Comunica Holdings Ltd and Commensus Ltd for total cash consideration £21.6 million, £19.6 million received in June 2018 with a further £2.0 million additional consideration due subject to the satisfactory conclusion of a particular project

·      Successful rebranding of the Company as SmartSpace Software Plc

·      Part of the proceeds received from the disposal used to repay in full the Barclays term loan

·      EMI options granted over a total 466,500 ordinary shares to 58 employees

·      Trading in-line with management expectations with strong pipeline of contracts across the Group heavily weighted for the second half

Post Period End Highlights:

 

·      Acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Swiped On Limited, a company registered in New Zealand, for a total consideration of £5.4 million (NZ$ 11.0 million), satisfied by £4.2 million in cash (NZ$ 8.6 million) and £1.2 million (NZ$ 2.4 million) in equity

Board Changes with effect from 18 June 2018:

·      Frank Beechinor appointed as Chief Executive Officer

·      Guy van Zwanenberg appointed as Chairman
 

 

Frank Beechinor, CEO of SmartSpace, commented:

 

"The second half of the year has started well and I expect to see the strong pipeline of near term opportunities develop into contracts over the coming months, particularly workspace management. The market continues to show increased demand for our products with businesses increasingly focusing on ways in which to optimise their corporate real estate. We have a growing list of new client engagements with live proof of concept projects and we hope to convert these into SaaS contracts in the coming months. 

 

We are confident, that with our strong cash position, we will be able to accelerate the growth of the Company through our 'buy and build' acquisition strategy, as illustrated by the recent Swiped On acquisition, with a focus on successfully identifying the right targets which complement our 'smart' software proposition.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team for their continued hard work. The quality and commitment of our staff is our biggest strength as we move to this next stage of evolution of the business."

 

A copy of these interim results together with further information on the Company is available on the Company's website at: www.smartspaceplc.com.

 

 

Enquiries:

 

SmartSpace Plc

Frank Beechinor (CEO)

Spencer Dredge (CFO)

 

Lisa Baderoon (Head of Investor Relations)

[email protected]

 

 

via Lisa Baderoon

 

 

 

+44 (0) 7721 413 496

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (NOMAD and Broker)

Marc Milmo, Catherine Leftley

 

+44 (0)20 7894 7000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO's Review

The half year 2019,has been transformational for SmartSpace. With the announcement in May 2018 that we had disposed of our Systems Integration and Managed Services divisions to Excel IT for a total cash consideration of £21.6 million, we have made significant progress on our journey to becoming a leading software provider in the space management market.

 

The rationale for the disposal of the Systems Integration and Managed Services divisions was to focus the Group's strategy on Software which has better quality revenues, both in terms of a higher margin but also greater visibility. Those divisions, with their mix of projects and services, on a blended basis, reported lower gross margins than Software and were more prone to external economic factors, therefore having a less predictable business model. This unpredictable nature is evidenced by the trading in the first half last year versus the second half, as well as the flat gross profit reported in the current period on increased sales.  In addition, the Systems Integration and Managed Services businesses were more working capital consumptive during busy trading periods and the Board had concluded that the required capital could be employed to generate better returns in the Software division.  The Board believes it has maximised the return on these assets.
 

Following the disposal, and with the focus on the business as a pure play 'smart' software provider, the Board proposed the change of name to SmartSpace Software Plc at the Company's AGM to reflect this re-positioning and how we want to present ourselves within the industry and to the financial markets going forward.

 

We have spent the past two and a half years evolving our suite of workplace space management software products. Our modules include desk, meeting room and visitor management, wayfinding, smart car parking all of which enables employee engagement and drives loyalty. Historically we sold this software on a licence model focusing on high value/blue chip enterprise customers. In addition, our suite of software products also targets two other markets - hospitality and retail. Whilst our main revenue driver going forward will be to focus on growing our workplace business, we will continue to offer software solutions in hospitality and retail which both have ample growth opportunities. A major focus of the Board is to grow our SaaS revenue as well as diversifying our offerings to include solutions for mid-market and entry-level customers in the workplace market.  In the past we primarily secured new customers via a direct sales approach, however it is our intention to broaden our sales approach to include indirect sales through a network of partners in the UK and overseas.

 

As a result of the disposal of the Systems Integration and Managed Services divisions, the Group has significantly reduced in scale and our immediate priority is to increase the scale and profitability of SmartSpace. We will utilise our cash resources from the disposal to drive organic growth, but we also intend to explore opportunities to acquire software businesses in the space management market to accelerate our growth. Our priorities will be in three categories: businesses that could increase our sales and/or geographical reach; technology that diversifies our current product offering; and entry level product suites in the space management sector. These clearly identified targeted areas would help achieve our objectives of being active at three levels in the market - enterprise, mid-market and entry level - as well as growing our business internationally.  

 

The Board completed the first of these strategic acquisitions on 15 October, acquiring Swiped On Limited ("Swiped On"), a company registered in New Zealand, for £5.4 million. Swiped On offers customers an excellent  visitor management system offering. Aimed at mid-market and entry level, they currently service over 2,000 customers globally generating annual recurring pure SaaS revenues of approximately £0.8 million. This software is much more sophisticated than our own visitor management capability and will therefore enable us to strengthen our offering to existing workplace space management clients. In addition, it will enable us to accelerate the development of entry level meeting room management and smart car parking products. We will be able to offer these to Swiped On's existing customers as well as offering them through our own distribution network.

 

Current Trading and Outlook

 

The Group already has blue chip clients such as UBS and UBM on multi-year contracts and other clients including GlaxoSmithKline, the Rugby Football Union and the Munich Smart City project. In addition, I expect to see the strong pipeline of near-term opportunities develop into contracts over the coming months, particularly workspace management. The market continues to show increased demand for our products with businesses increasingly focusing on ways in which to optimise their corporate real estate. We have a growing list of new client engagements with live proof of concept projects and we hope to convert these into SaaS contracts in the coming months. 

 

We are confident, that with our strong cash position, we will be able to accelerate the growth of the Company through our 'buy and build' acquisition strategy, with a focus on successfully identifying the right targets which complement our 'smart' software proposition.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team for their continued hard work. The quality and commitment of our staff is our biggest strength as we move to this next stage of evolution of the business. 

 

Finally, I would also like to thank the continued support of our shareholders. I appreciate many long-term shareholders have been through a difficult journey since the days of Coms. I believe, with the plans we have in place, we can reward your forbearance with a step-change in the value of your business.

 

 

Frank Beechinor

Chief Executive Officer

 

16 October 2018

 

 

Financial Results

Continuing Operations

 

The results for the Group, both continuing and discontinued operations, for the current and comparative periods are presented in the statement of comprehensive income.

 

The statement of comprehensive income for the continuing Group, for current and comparative periods, is detailed below to enable a year on year comparison on performance. Further details can be found in note 4 to the interim financial statements.

 

 

 

Six months to 31 July 2018

Six months to 31 July 2017

Year ended 31 January 2018

 

Note

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

5

1,878

2,117

         6,137

Cost of sales

 

(907)

(471)

(1,374)

Gross profit

 

971

1,646

      4,763

Administrative expenses

 

(3,543)

(2,250)

(5,386)

Operating loss

 

(2,572)

(604)

(623)

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted (LBITDA)/EBITDA*

 

(1,871)

(148)

213

Integration and transactional costs included within administrative expenses

(287)

          (328)

(390)

Depreciation

 

(48)

(22)

(73)

Amortisation

 

(325)

(65)

(291)

Share based payment charge

 

(41)

(41)

(82)

Operating loss

 

(2,572)

(604)

(623)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit from sale of subsidiaries

 

3,281

-

-

Net finance expense

 

(100)

(70)

         (120)

Profit/(loss) for the period before tax

 

609

(674)

(743)

Taxation

 

14

13

            27

Profit/(loss) for the period after tax

 

623

(661)

(716)

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

7

3.2p

(3.8p)

(3.6p)

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

7

3.2p

(3.8p)

(3.6p)

 

 

The adjusted LBITDA* from continuing operations of £1.9 million (FY18 H1: £0.2 million) represents an increase in loss of £1.7 million on the comparative period, which is a result of £0.7 million reduction of gross profit performance and £1.0 million investment in overheads. The increase in overheads comprises £0.2 million from A+K which was owned only part of the comparative period and £0.8 million investment in new staff hires in the Software division as we scale the business.

 

Operating loss from continuing operations of £2.6 million (FY18 H1: £0.6 million operating loss), includes integration and transactional items (but not the profit on disposal of the Systems Integration and Managed Services divisions), depreciation, amortisation and share based payments.

 

On 18 June 2018 the Group completed the disposal of its Systems Integration and Managed Services divisions. The reported profit on disposal from this transaction was £3.3 million. As a result, the group reported profit before taxation from continuing operations of £0.6 million representing a £1.3 million increase on the prior period (FY18 H1: £0.7 million loss before taxation).  

 

Basic earnings per share from continuing operations during the period was 3.2 pence (FY18 H1: 3.8 pence loss per share) on reported profit after taxation of £0.6 million (FY18 H1: £0.7 million loss after taxation). The current period EPS benefitted from the profit on sale of subsidiary companies of £1.9 million and the waiver of loans made by the disposed entities to continuing Group companies of a further £1.4 million.

 

Adjusted basic loss** per share from continuing operations for the period was 10.8 pence (FY18 H1: 3.8 pence loss per share), resulting from an adjusted loss of £2.1 million (FY18 H1: adjusted loss £0.3 million) after exclusion of profit on disposal £3.3 million.

 

* Results for the period from continuing operations before net finance costs, depreciation, amortisation, integration and transactional items, profit on disposal of subsidiary companies, impairment charges and share based payment charge.

** (Loss)/earnings for the period from continuing operations adjusted for integration and transactional items, impairment charges and share based payment charge.

 

Segmental Reporting

 

Software

 

The Software business reported revenues of £1.5 million (FY18 H1: £1.8 million). The gross profit, at 57%, is below that we would normal expect, down from the comparative period of 84% contributing £0.8 million (FY18 H1: £1.5 million) to gross profit in the period. The reduction in gross profit in the period is primarily due to sales mix. The smart software product suite is aligned to addressing different markets: corporate real estate, retail and hospitality. Some of our software sales in the period were lower margin, including third party software sales with some margins running at 30%, as a result of existing channel relationships.  In addition, we have delivered two material retail projects, which include third party products such as the cost of touchscreens, as well as smaller corporate real estate deployments which include third party hardware components such as meeting room panels and wayfinding kiosks.  We expect margins to improve in the future as a result of a sales pipeline of predominantly pure software projects.

 

Our relationship with Evoko, which manufactures premium display panels, is of strategic value to the Group. Not only do we benefit from our mature partnership status, we also see new opportunities from this established global channel for our software products and expect to see material opportunities develop in the near future.

 

One of our main priorities is to shift the mix of revenue from one-off sales to annuity revenue streams and the current sales activity indicates this is moving in the right direction. Recurring revenue of £0.2 million (FY18 H1: £0.2 million) was included in the division's reported revenue in the period. However, we are encouraged by our sales pipeline which includes a number of significant new SaaS opportunities.

 

Adjusted LBITDA* for the period of £1.1 million (FY18 H1: £0.5 million adjusted EBITDA) has resulted from a decrease in margin performance, combined with an investment in overheads, in particular our people, increasing our capability in key business functions, in particular in software deployment. Continued investment in technically skilled staff will ensure we have the capacity to meet increased client mandates. The increase in software overheads is also in part due to the full period effect from the acquisition of A+K which was acquired in May 2017, the impact of which increased overheads by £0.2 million. 

 

The pipeline of software opportunities continues to increase, this includes traditional licence sales opportunities as well as pure SaaS annuity contracts. We also see opportunities for a hybrid offering, combining a platform licence at the outset with software services to be purchased downstream. There are also opportunities for channel sales, particularly through A+K's network of distributors, and we have increased interest from partners; we plan to develop our channel sales model globally. This will require us to invest further in our platform to make it channel ready enabling partners to take our products through their channels to market.

 

In addition to rolling out our services across existing client estates, we have also secured new SaaS clients in the banking and business services sectors.
 

Systems Integration

 

Revenue for the period at £0.4 million (FY18 H1: £0.3 million) represents a marginal increase in the period, however it reflects six months trading from A+K in the current period compared to three months in the prior period. Furthermore, gross profit for the period at 33% is down 13% on the prior period 46%. This can be attributed to a lower labour element on contracts completed in the current period versus those in the prior period, with services typically attracting higher margins. Adjusted LBITDA* for the period of £0.1 million (FY18 H1: £0.1 million adjusted EBITDA) was down £0.2 million against the prior period as a result of a full six months overhead base against a flat gross profit.  

 

Group Overhead

 

Central overheads include the cost of the Board, central back office functions, the costs of maintaining a listing and Group advisors. The interims include a Group overhead reporting an operating loss £1.0 million (FY18 H1: cost of £0.9 million). The period reported flat performance at LBITDA versus the prior period at £0.7 million, however, the Board anticipates that the Group overhead run rate will reduce on a full year basis.

 

Discontinued Operations

 

During the period, the trading performance of the discontinued operations was slightly down on prior period, reporting a profit from operations, net of tax of £0.6 million (FY18 H1: profit £0.7 million). The discontinued operations reported increased revenues for the current period at £25.5 million (FY18 H1: £18.0 million) but flat gross margin. The performance during the period is a result of Systems Integration projects, which had a number of high revenue, low margin contracts in the period. As part of the sale of these divisions, loans to other Group companies amounting to £1.4 million were waived and accordingly a charge of that amount was recorded in discontinued operations.

 

Disposal of Subsidiaries

 

As previously announced, on 18 June 2018, SmartSpace Software Plc completed the disposal of 100% of the share capital of Comunica Holdings Limited ("CHL") and its 100% owned subsidiary Redstone Converged Solutions Limited ("RCS"), and Commensus Limited ("CL") for a total consideration of £21.6 million in cash, of which £19.6 million was paid on completion, and a further £2.0 million payable subject to completion of an already contracted project by Redstone Converged Solutions Ltd ("Additional Consideration"). In addition, intercompany loans from the divisions to the Company amounting to a further £1.4 million were waived.

 

The additional consideration will be retained by the purchaser for working capital purposes relating to a project. In the event that the additional consideration is not sufficient to cover the ongoing working capital relating to the project, the Company may be required to provide additional working capital equal to any such deficit, subject to the terms of the Share Purchase Agreement. As at the date of this report, the Company continues to carry the £2.0 million receivable in the balance sheet and has not provided any further working capital.

 

Under capital gains tax exemption rules, the disposal meets the exemption criteria, therefore the profits on disposal will not give rise to a tax charge.

 

Disclosure of the disposal is detailed in note 3 to the interim financial statements.

 

Post Balance Sheet Acquisition

 

On 15 October 2018 the Group acquired 100% of the share capital of Swiped On Limited, a company registered in New Zealand, for a total consideration of £5.4 million (NZ$ 11.0 million). The transaction was satisfied by £4.2 million in cash (NZ$ 8.6 million) and £1.2 million (NZ$ 2.4 million) in equity through the issue of 1,372,618 new ordinary shares of 10 pence each at a value of 87.1 pence per share.

 

The cash element of the consideration was funded from the disposal proceeds from sale of subsidiaries during the period.

 

Accounting Policies - IFRS 15 Revenue from contracts with customers
 

During the period, as required by the International Accounting Standards Board "IASB" the Group has initially adopted IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers effective 1 February 2018, replacing the previous IAS 18 Revenue.

 

IFRS 15 establishes a comprehensive framework for determining whether, how much and when revenue is recognised. It replaced IAS 18 Revenue, the previous reporting standard.

 

As set out in note 8, the board, having assessed the IFRS 15 guidance, believes that no adjustments are required to reported revenues either in the current or prior periods.

 

Employee Headcount

 

Following the significant disposal of the Group's Systems Integration and Managed Services assets, the Group is of a relatively modest size.  As at the balance sheet date the Group had 70 employees (FY18 H1: 60 employees) and 16 contractors (FY18 H1: 7 contractors), of which 6 contractors sit off-shore in a development facility in the Ukraine (FY18 H1: no off-shore contractors). The Group remains focussed on managing its overheads, but it is also expected that over the coming months the Group will add key new hires aligned to new client mandates which have been a focus during the period and which are expected to close and contribute to the second half of the year. These investments will be made in key areas as the Group realigns its focus building out its capability to meet increased client opportunities and deploy our own software products.

 

Employee Share Options
               

On 31 July 2018 the Company granted EMI options over a total of 466,500 ordinary shares of 10 pence in the Company to 58 employees (100,000 to persons discharging managerial responsibilities). The award having been made on the last day of the period, did not have a material impact on the Share Based Payment charge in the period.

 

The Employee Options have an exercise price of 101.25p per share (being the closing mid-market share price on 30 July 2018, the latest possible date prior to the date of grant), vest three years from the date of grant and once vested are exercisable at any time up to ten years after the date of grant. The options granted to persons discharging managerial responsibilities are subject to performance conditions relating to share price growth over a three-year period, but options granted to other employees simply require such employees to remain in continuous employment within the Group for a three-year period.

 

Investment in Product Development

 

Investment in development of the Group's software for the period amounted to £0.7 million (FY18 H1: £0.5 million). This investment has been capitalised in the balance sheet and is included within intangible assets. 

Investment has focussed on enhancing the functionality on our main space management platform. As well as the core platform, we offer a number of modules covering desk, meeting and visitor management, wayfinding and carparking. We believe our technology surpasses that of our competitors and recognise the need to maintain this lead through ongoing product innovation. We are also investing to ensure that our platform is ready for deployment by our distribution partners around the globe.

 

Cash flow

 

Cash used in operations before movements in working capital amounted to £1.2 million (FY18 H1: £0.6 million cash generated). Cash outflows from working capital of £1.2 million (FY18 H1: £4.5 million) resulted from £5.6 million (FY18 H1: £2.0 million) increase in receivables offset by £4.4 million increase in payables (FY18 H1: £2.5 million reduction in payables). This resulted in net cash used in operations of £2.4 million (FY18 H1: £3.9 million net cash used in operations).

 

Cash inflow from investing activities during the period amounted to £14.8 million (FY18 H1: £2.0 million) consisting of £15.7 million proceeds from disposal of subsidiaries, offset by investment of £0.7 million in software development and capital expenditure of £0.2 million. The cash inflows of £15.7 million from disposal of subsidiaries represents cash consideration received of £19.6 million less cash held in the disposal assets £3.9 million.

 

Cash outflows from financing activities in the period amounted to £1.9 million (FY18 H1: £5.9 million cash inflows). During the current six-month trading period, the Group borrowed £1.5 million debt facility to support increasing working capital requirements in the disposed divisions. The Group subsequently repaid the £1.5 million debt as well as settling the £1.8 million outstanding balance on the term loan in relation to the acquisition of Commensus Limited in 2016.

 

The above cash flows resulted in a cash balance at the period end of £13.8 million (FY18 H1: £3.1 million) and a net cash position of £13.4 million (FY18 H1: £0.8 million).

 

Banking

 

Following the disposal of the Systems Integration and Managed Services divisions in June 2018, the Group has settled its term loan and cancelled its overdraft facility. At the period end, the Group retained a mortgage with Barclays totalling £0.4 million, which was secured on its freehold premises in Suffolk.

 

Corporate Governance - QCA Code

 

As required by all AIM listed business, the Directors recognise the importance of good corporate governance and have chosen to apply the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code (the 'QCA Code'). The QCA Code was developed by the QCA in consultation with a number of significant institutional small company investors, as an alternative corporate governance code applicable to AIM companies. The underlying principle of the QCA Code is that "the purpose of good corporate governance is to ensure that the company is managed in an efficient, effective and entrepreneurial manner for the benefit of all shareholders over the longer term".  The Group has disclosed its corporate governance framework on its website, details of which can be found on the company website via www.smartspaceplc.com/investor-centre/corporate-governance-report.

 

 

Spencer Dredge

Chief Financial Officer

16 October 2018

 

Consolidated Income Statement
For the six months ended 31 July 2018

 

 

 

 

Note

Continuing

Six months to 31 July 2018 Unaudited

£000

Discontinued

Six months to 31 July 2018 Unaudited

£000

Consolidated

Six months to 31 July 2018 Unaudited

£000

 

Six months to 31 July 2017 Unaudited

£000

 

Year ended 31 January 2018 Audited

£000

Revenue

5

1,878

25,494

27,372

20,119

47,574

Cost of sales

 

(907)

(22,054)

(22,961)

(14,622)

(34,216)

Gross profit

 

971

3,440

4,411

5,497

13,358

Administrative expenses

 

(3,543)

(2,791)

(6,334)

(5,373)

(11,787)

Operating (loss)/profit

 

(2,572)

649

(1,923)

124

1,571

Adjusted (LBITDA)/EBITDA*

 

(1,871)

815

(1,056)

978

3,207

Integration and transactions costs included within administrative expenses

 

(287)

(5)

(292)

(353)

(437)

Depreciation

 

(48)

(133)

(181)

(187)

(402)

Amortisation

 

(325)

(136)

(461)

(228)

(625)

Share based payment charge

 

(41)

108

67

(86)

(172)

Operating (loss)/profit

 

(2,572)

649

(1,923)

124

1,571

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) from sale of subsidiaries

 

3,281

(1,403)

1,878

-

-

Net finance expense

 

(100)

(2)

(102)

(70)

(116)

Profit/(loss) for the period before tax

 

609

(756)

(147)

54

1,455

Taxation

 

14

(154)

(140)

30

61

Profit from continuing operations for the period after tax

5

623

-

623

84

1,516

Loss from discontinued operations for the period after tax

 

-

(910)

(910)

(6)

(7)

Profit/(loss) for the period

 

623

(910)

(287)

78

1,509

 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

 

31 July

2018

31 July

2017

31 January 2018

Continuing operations

7

3.2p

0.5p

7.7p

Discontinued operations

7

(4.6p)

0.0p

(0.0p)

Total

 

(1.4p)

0.5p

7.7p

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

7

3.2p

0.5p

7.7p

Discontinued operations

7

(4.6p)

0.0p

(0.0p)

Total

 

(1.4p)

0.5p

7.7p


* Results for the period from continuing operations before net finance costs, depreciation, amortisation, integration and transactional items, profit on disposal of subsidiary companies, impairment charges and share based payment charge.

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at 31 July 2018

 

 

 31 July

 2018

 31 July

 2017

 31 January 2018

 

Unaudited £000

Unaudited £000

Audited

£000

ASSETS

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill

1,979

12,202

          12,232

Other intangible assets

2,946

3,747

          4,212

Property, plant and equipment

764

1,638

          1,614

Deferred tax

-

2

34

 

5,689

17,589

18,092

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

69

285

             224

Trade and other receivables

4,329

10,759

        13,605

Cash and cash equivalents

13,844

6,687

            4,423

 

18,242

17,731

        18,252

Total assets

23,931

35,320

        36,344

 

 

 

 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributed to equity shareholders

 

 

Share capital

 2,078

 2,078

          2,078

Reverse acquisition reserve

(4,236)

(4,236)

         (4,236)

Accumulated surplus

24,206

23,043

       24,560

Total equity

22,048

20,885

          22,402

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Overdraft

-

3,545

           980

Bank loans

24

679

638

Trade and other payables

1,117

8,338

        10,595

Corporation tax

-

50

             -

 

1,141

12,612

12,213

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Deferred tax

274

-

-

Bank loans

413

1,685

1,588

Provisions

55

138

141

Total liabilities

1,883

14,435

        13,942

Total equity and liabilities

23,931

35,320

36,344

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

For the six months ended 31 July 2018

 

 

Six months to 31 July 2018

Six months to 31 July 2017

Year ended 31 January 2018

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

£000

£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the period

(287)

78

1,509

Depreciation

181

187

402

Amortisation

461

228

625

Share based payment (credit)/charge

(67)

86

172

Net finance costs

102

70

116

Taxation

140

(30)

(61)

Movement in provisions

139

(30)

(28)

Profit on sale of subsidiaries

(1,878)

-

-

Operating cash (outflow)/inflow before movements in working capital

(1,209)

589

2,735

Decrease in inventories

14

31

92

Increase in receivables

(5,647)

(1,995)

(4,894)

Increase/(decrease) in payables

4,393

(2,526)

(248)

Operating cash outflow after movements in working capital

(2,449)

(3,901)

(2,315)

Tax refunded

-

-

(54)

Net cash (used)/generated in operating activities

(2,449)

(3,901)

(2,369)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Development expenditure

(708)

(511)

(1,232)

Acquisition of subsidiaries (net of cash acquired)

-

(1,254)

(1,249)

Acquisition of intangible assets

-

(35)

(176)

Proceeds from sale of subsidiary (net of cash disposed)

15,671

-

-

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(222)

(206)

(395)

Net cash generated from/(used in) investing activities

14,741

(2,006)

(3,052)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issues of share capital (net of issue costs)

-

6,240

6,240

Loan drawn

1,500

1,150

1,150

Loan repaid

(3,289)

(1,467)

(1,605)

Interest paid

(102)

(70)

(116)

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from financing activities

(1,891)

5,853

5,669

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

10,401

(54)

248

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

3,443

3,195

3,195

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

13,844

3,141

3,443

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

For the six months ended 31 July 2018

 

 

Share capital £000

Share premium / merger reserve £000

Reverse acquisition reserve £000

Accumulated deficit

£000

Total

£000

At 1 February 2017

3,687

34,500

(4,236)

(19,470)

14,481

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

            -  

                    -  

               -  

78

78

 

-

-

-

78

78

Transactions with the owners:

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from shares issued

433

6,067

               -  

               -  

        6,500

Share issue costs

            -  

(260)

               -  

               -  

(260)

Capital reduction

(2,042)

(40,307)

-

42,349

-

Share based payment charge

            -  

                    -  

               -  

86

86

At 31 July 2017

2,078

-

(4,236)

23,043

20,885

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

            -  

                    -  

               -  

1,431

1,431

 

-

-

-

1,431

1,431

Transactions with the owners:

 

 

 

 

Share based payment charge

            -  

                    -  

               -  

86

86

At 31 January 2018

2,078

-

(4,236)

24,560

22,402

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

            -  

                    -  

               -  

(287)

(287)

 

-

-

-

(287)

(287)

Transactions with the owners:

 

 

 

 

Share based payment charge

            -  

                    -  

               -  

(67)

(67)

At 31 July 2018

2,078

-

(4,236)

24,206

22,048

 

 

 

Notes to the Interim Financial Information

 

1.   Basis of Preparation

 

The unaudited interim report for the six months to 31 July 2018 does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The comparative figures for the year ended 31 January 2018 are extracted from the statutory financial statements which have been reported on by the Company's auditor, KPMG LLP, and have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditor on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain statements under Section 498 to 502 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The consolidated interim financial information has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and on the historical cost basis, using generally recognised accounting principles consistent with those used in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 January 2018 and expected to be used for the year ending 31 January 2019.

 

This interim report for the six months to 31 July 2018, which complies with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting', was approved by the Board on 16 October 2018.

 

Hard copies of the interim report are available from the Company at its registered office at Room 104, Grenville Court, Britwell Road, SL1 8DF. This interim report will also be made available on the Company's website, www.smartspaceplc.com.

 

2.   Significant Accounting Policies

 

The accounting policies and methods of computation applied are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 January 2018, as described in those annual financial statements.

 

As required by the International Accounting Standards Board "IASB" the Group has adopted IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers with effect 1 February 2018. The board, having assessed the IFRS 15 guidance, believe the adoption of this new standard has not led to an adjustment of prior reported revenues. The details of the assessment conducted by the Board in arriving at this decision are set out in note 8.

 

 

 

3.   Disposal of subsidiaries

 

On 18 June 2018, SmartSpace Software Plc completed the disposal of 100% of the share capital of Comunica Holdings Limited ("CHL") and its 100% owned subsidiary Redstone Converged Solutions Limited ("RCS"), and Commensus Limited ("CL") for a total consideration of £21.6 million in cash, of which £19.6 million was payable on completion, and a further £2.0 million payable on or before 30 November 2018, subject to completion of an already contracted project by Redstone Converged Solutions Ltd ("Additional Consideration"). In addition, an intercompany loan from the divisions to the Group amounting to a further £1.4 million were waived.
 

The Additional Consideration will be retained by the Purchaser for working capital purposes relating to a project, which is due to complete in November 2018. In the event that the Additional Consideration is not sufficient to cover the ongoing working capital relating to the project, the Company may be required to provide additional working capital equal to any such deficit, subject to the terms of the Share Purchase Agreement. At the date of this report no additional working capital has been provided.

 

Under capital gains tax exemption rules, the disposal meets the exemption criteria, therefore the profits on disposal will not give rise to a tax charge.

 

The disposal of CHL and CL is in line with SmartSpace's strategy of developing the Company into a software-led business through both organic and acquisitive growth. The Board believes that the Group's capital resources are best utilised in growing the technology-led software business with the focus on higher margin, recurring SaaS revenue.

 

The profit on disposal and net book value of the assets disposed of are summarised below:

Group

 

 

 

£'000

Consideration received:

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

 

 

19,600

Deferred consideration

 

 

 

2,000

Total consideration

 

 

 

21,600

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying amount of net assets sold after loan waiver

 

 

 

(19,180)

Profit on disposal

 

 

 

2,420

Less: associated expenses

 

 

 

(542)

Net profit on disposal

 

 

 

1,878

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

Net profit on disposal

 

 

 

1,878

Intercompany loans waived

 

 

 

1,403

Total profit on disposal

 

 

 

3,281

 

 

 

 

 

Group

 

 

 

 

Cash received

 

 

 

19,600

Less: cash in disposal assets

 

 

 

(3,929)

Total cash received

 

 

 

15,671

 

 

 

The carrying amounts of assets and liabilities as at the date of disposal, 18 June 2018, after waiving £1.4 million of loans made to other Group companies are as follows:

 

 

 

Comunica Holdings Ltd

£000

Commensus Ltd

£000

Total carrying value

£000

Goodwill

 

 

8,724

1,528

10,252

Intangible assets

 

 

173

1,423

1,596

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

527

272

799

Cash at bank

 

 

3,952

-

3,952

Current assets

 

 

16,614

450

17,064

Overdrafts

 

 

-

(23)

(23)

Current liabilities

 

 

(12,335)

(1,081)

(13,416)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

(1,126)

(251)

(1,377)

Deferred tax asset/(liability)

 

 

617

(284)

333

 

 

 

17,146

2,034

19,180

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.   Continuing operations

 

The results for the continuing group for the six-month period to 31 July 2018 are detailed below together with performance in the comparative periods.
 

 

 

Six months to 31 July 2018

Six months to 31 July 2017

Year ended 31 January 2018

 

 

Note

£000

£000

£000

 

Revenue

5

1,878

2,117

         6,137

 

Cost of sales

 

(907)

(471)

(1,374)

 

Gross profit

 

971

1,646

      4,763

 

Administrative expenses

 

(3,543)

(2,250)

(5,386)

 

Operating loss

 

(2,572)

(604)

(623)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted (LBITDA)/EBITDA*

 

(1,871)

(148)

213

 

Integration and transactional costs included within administrative expenses

(287)

          (328)

(390)

 

Depreciation

 

(48)

(22)

(73)

 

Amortisation

 

(325)

(65)

(291)

 

Share based payment charge

 

(41)

(41)

(82)

 

Operating loss

 

(2,572)

(604)

(623)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit from sale of subsidiaries and loan waivers

 

3,281

-

-

 

Net finance expense

 

(100)

(70)

         (120)

 

Profit/(loss) for the period before tax

 

609

(674)

(743)

 

Taxation

 

14

13

            27

 

Profit/(loss) for the period after tax

 5

623

(661)

(716)

 

Earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

7

3.2p

(3.8p)

(3.6p)

 

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

7

          3.2p

       (3.8p)

     (3.6p)

                 

 

 

* Results for the period from continuing operations before net finance costs, depreciation, amortisation, integration and transactional items, impairment charges and share based payment charge.

 

The profit/(loss) for the period equates to the comprehensive income/(expense) for the period.

 

 

5.   Segmental Analysis

 

In the opinion of the Directors the Group's activities comprise now two material business segments which reflect the profiles of the risks, rewards and internal reporting structures within the Group.

 

These are as follows:

·      Systems Integration

·      Software

 

The majority of the Group's activities from continuing operations were conducted within the United Kingdom, however it does have one material contract with a client based in Munich. Of total revenue from continuing operations in the six months to 31 July 2018 of £1.9 million (FY18 H1 £2.1 million), 89% or £1.7 million came from clients within the UK (FY18 H1; 85% or £1.8 million), with the remaining 11% or £0.2 million from the client in Munich (FY18 H1: 15% or £0.3 million).

 

Revenue

Six months to 31 July 2018

Six months to 31 July 2017

Year ended 31 January 2018

 

£000

£000

£000

Continuing operations

1,878

2,117

6,137

Discontinued operations

25,494

18,002

41,437

Total revenue

27,372

20,119

47,574

 

 

  Six months ended 31 July 2018:

 

Continuing operations

Systems Integration

 

Software

Group Overhead

 

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

394

1,484

-

1,878

Cost of sales

(265)

(642)

-

(907)

Gross profit

129

842

-

971

Administrative expenses

(198)

(1,970)

(674)

(2,842)

Adjusted LBITDA*

(69)

(1,128)

(674)

(1,871)

Integration and transactional costs included within administrative expenses

 

-

 

(2)

 

(285)

 

(287)

Depreciation

(10)

(32)

(6)

(48)

Amortisation

(5)

(320)

-

(325)

Share based payment charge

-

(5)

(36)

(41)

Operating loss

(84)

(1,487)

(1,001)

(2,572)

Profit from disposal of subsidiaries

-

-

3,281

3,281

Net finance costs

(4)

5

(101)

(100)

(Loss)/profit before taxation

(88)

(1,482)

2,179

609

Taxation

1

13

-

14

(Loss)/profit after taxation

(87)

(1,469)

2,179

623

 

 

 

Six months ended 31 July 2017:

 

Continuing operations

 

Systems Integration

 

Software

Group

Overhead

 

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

338

1,779

-

2,117

Cost of sales

(181)

(290)

-

Gross profit

157

1,489

-

Administrative expenses

(95)

(988)

(711)

Adjusted EBITDA/(LBITDA)*

62

501

(711)

Integration and transactional costs included within administrative expenses

 

-

 

(153)

 

(175)

 

(328)

Depreciation

(5)

(16)

(1)

(22)

Amortisation

(2)

(63)

-

(65)

Share based payment charge

-

(5)

(36)

Operating profit/(loss)

55

264

(923)

Net finance costs

(1)

(19)

(50)

Profit/(loss) before taxation

54

245

(973)

Taxation

-

13

-

Profit/(loss) after taxation

54

258

(973)

 

 

Year ended 31 January 2018:

 

Continuing operations

 

Systems

Integration

 

Software

Group Overhead

 

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

741

5,396

-

6,137

Cost of sales

(448)

(926)

-

(1,374)

Gross profit

293

4,470

-

4,763

Administrative expenses

(290)

(2,713)

(1,547)

(4,550)

Adjusted EBITDA/(LBITDA)*

3

1,757

(1,547)

213

Integration and transactional costs included within administrative expenses

 

-

 

(172)

 

(218)

 

(390)

Depreciation

(18)

(45)

(10)

(73)

Amortisation

(7)

(284)

-

(291)

Share based payment charge

-

(10)

(72)

(82)

Operating (loss)/profit

(22)

1,246

(1,847)

(623)

Net finance costs

(5)

(23)

(92)

(120)

(Loss)/profit before taxation

(27)

1,223

(1,939)

(743)

Taxation

1

26

-

27

(Loss)/profit after taxation

(26)

1,249

(1,939)

(716)

 

 

 

6.   Integration and Transactional items

 

 

Six months to July 2018

Six months to July 2017

Year ended 31 January 2018

 

£000

£000

£000

Integration costs

116

227

300

Transactional items

171

125

137

Deconsolidation costs

5

7

7

 

292

359

444

 

 

 

 

Integration and transactional items

 

 

 

Continued operations

287

328

390

Discontinued operations

5

31

54

 

292

359

444

 

The integration costs include both employee and other restructuring costs, with employee costs including salary, redundancy and other exit costs. In the six months to 31 July 2018 transactional items include restructuring costs, shareholder communication costs and management bonuses in respect of the disposal, whilst the transactional items relating to the year ended 31 January 2018 include the costs involved with the acquisition of Anders + Kern (U.K.) Limited, fees in respect of the share placing, share consolidation and capital reduction. The deconsolidation items represent the unwinding of balance sheets in respect of previously dormant subsidiaries.

 

 

 

 

7.   Earnings/(loss) per Share

 

On 5 June 2017, the Group held its AGM at which the Board proposed a share consolidation whereby every 100 'Existing Ordinary Shares' with a nominal value of 0.1 pence would be consolidated into one 'New Issued Ordinary Share' with a nominal value of 10 pence each. This resolution was approved by the shareholders at the AGM and subsequently the consolidation took effect on 6 June 2017.

 

The 'weighted average ordinary shares in issue' and 'weighted average potential diluted shares in issue' values used in the earning per share calculations for the six months ended 31 July 2016 and the year ended 31 January 2017 have been restated to reflect the position had the share consolidation been in effect on 1 February 2016.

 

 

 

              Six months ended 31 July 2018

 

Continuing operations

Discontinued operations

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the period

623

(910)

(287)

 

 

 

 

Adjustments to basic earnings/(loss):

 

 

 

Profit on disposal of subsidiary

(3,281)

1,403

(1,878)

Integration and transactional costs

287

5

292

Tax credit on integration and transactional costs

(55)

(1)

(56)

Intangible asset amortisation

325

136

461

Deferred tax credit on intangible asset amortisation

(62)

(26)

(88)

Share based payment charge/(credit)

41

(109)

(68)

Deferred tax credit/(charge) on share-based payment charge/(credit)

(8)

21

13

Adjusted profit/(loss) attributable to owners of the company

(2,130)

519

(1,581)

 

 

 

 

Number of shares

No.

No.

No.

Weighted average ordinary shares in issue

19,621,325

19,621,325

19,621,325

Weighted average potential diluted shares in issue

19,621,325

19,621,325

19,621,325

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

3.2p

(4.6p)

(1.4p)

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

3.2p

(4.6p)

(1.4p)

 

 

 

 

Adjusted (loss)/earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic (loss)/earnings per share

(10.8p)

2.6p

(8.2p)

Diluted (loss)/earnings per share

(10.8p)

2.6p

(8.2p)

             

 

 

 

 

 

              Six months ended 31 July 2017

 

Continuing

operations

Discontinued operations

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year

84

(6)

78

 

 

 

 

Adjustments to basic earnings/(loss):

 

 

 

Integration and transactional costs

353

6

359

Tax credit on integration and transactional costs

(67)

(1)

(68)

Intangible asset amortisation

228

-

228

Deferred tax credit on intangible asset amortisation

(43)

-

(43)

Share based payment charge

86

-

86

Deferred tax credit on share-based payment charge

(16)

-

(16)

Adjusted profit/(loss) attributable to owners of the company

625

(1)

624

 

 

 

 

Number of shares

No.

No.

No.

Weighted average ordinary shares in issue

17,436,850

17,436,850

17,436,850

Weighted average potential diluted shares in issue

17,436,850

17,436,850

17,436,850

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

0.5p

0.0p

0.5p

Diluted earnings per share

0.5p

0.0p

0.5p

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

3.6p

0.0p

3.6p

Diluted earnings per share

3.6p

0.0p

3.6p

           

 

 

 

              Year ended 31 January 2018

 

Continuing operations

Discontinued operations

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year

1,516

(7)

1,509

 

 

 

 

Adjustments to basic earnings/(loss):

 

 

 

Integration and transactional costs

437

7

444

Tax credit on integration and transactional costs

(84)

(1)

(85)

Intangible asset amortisation

625

-

625

Deferred tax credit on intangible asset amortisation

(120)

-

(120)

Share based payment charge

172

-

172

Deferred tax credit on share-based payment charge

(33)

-

(33)

Adjusted profit/(loss) attributable to owners of the company

2,513

(1)

2,512

 

 

 

 

Number of shares

No.

No.

No.

Weighted average ordinary shares in issue

19,621,325

19,621,325

19,621,325

Weighted average potential diluted shares in issue

19,621,325

19,621,325

19,621,325

 

 

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

7.7p

0.0p

7.7p

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

7.7p

0.0p

7.7p

 

 

 

 

Adjusted loss per share

 

 

 

Basic loss per share

12.8p

0.0p

12.8p

Diluted loss per share

12.8p

0.0p

12.8p

           

 

 

 

8.   Impact of adoption of IFRS 15 - Revenue from contracts with customers

IFRS 15 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers (IFRS 15) establishes a comprehensive framework for determining whether, how much and when revenue is recognised. It has replaced existing revenue recognition guidance, including IAS 18 Revenue, IAS 11 Construction Contracts and IFRIC 13 Customer Loyalty Programmes. IFRS 15 is effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018 and has therefore been adopted by the Group with effect from 1 February 2018.

 

The board, having assessed the IFRS 15 guidance, believe the adoption of this new standard has not led to an adjustment of prior reported revenues. The details of the assessment conducted by the Board in arriving at this decision are set out below.

 

Accounting for licences

IFRS 15 contains new guidance on accounting for licences, which requires an entity to consider:
 

-       whether the licence is distinct from other goods and services; and

-       whether the licence provides a 'right to use' software in its current form or a 'right to access' content that changes over time.

Under IFRS 15, revenue on perpetual and term licences, where there is no significant future vendor obligation, is recognised on delivery, less an allowance for future costs. SaaS, support and maintenance and hosting contracts have material ongoing future performance obligations associated with them and hence revenue will be recognised over time. These policies are in line with the Group's current accounting policies.

 

Particular consideration was given to accounting for term licenses within the software segment, which have in the past predominantly been installed on-premise, but which may have elements hosted by the Group. These licences are considered distinct from hosting, support and maintenance services included within the contract and provide a 'right to use' software that does not significantly change over the term of the contract. Under the previous accounting policy, the Group recognised the licence revenue upfront, when ownership is deemed to have transferred to the client, and this approach aligns to IFRS 15 guidance and therefore has not led to an adjustment to previously reported revenues.

 

The Group provides other services in the form of professional services work, which includes customisation of software, solution proposal, installation and hardware products. The professional services contracts provide for the Group to be reimbursed for these services as they are undertaken, accordingly the Group recognises revenue over time on a percentage completion basis. This aligns with the new IFRS 15 guidance, therefore has not led to an adjustment to previously reported revenues.

 

9.   Subsequent events

On 15 October 2018 the Group acquired 100% of the share capital of Swiped On Limited, a visitor management software business registered in New Zealand, for consideration of £5.4 million (NZ$ 11.0 million). The transaction was satisfied by £4.2 million in cash (NZ$ 8.6 million) and £1.2 million (NZ$ 2.4 million) in equity through the issue of 1,372,618 new ordinary shares.

 

The cash element of the consideration was funded from the disposal proceeds from sale of subsidiaries during the period.

 


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