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Tuesday 23 January, 2018

Velocity Composites

Final Results

RNS Number : 5949C
Velocity Composites PLC
23 January 2018
 

23 January 2018

 

Velocity Composites plc

("Velocity" or "the Company")

 

Final Results

 

Velocity Composites plc, the leading supplier of advanced composite material kits, providing engineering value-solutions for the global aerospace industry, is pleased to announce its maiden audited results as a public company for the financial year ended 31 October 2017.

 

Jon Bridges, Chief Executive Officer of Velocity, commented:

"2017 was a truly transformational year for the business, including our IPO on AIM. Since the IPO we have accelerated our growth, resulting in a 30% increase in half on half revenues and we expect rapid growth to continue in the new financial year.

"Our IPO has increased our profile and status significantly within the aerospace community and we have received Request for Quotations ("RFQs") by a range of large, global potential customers ahead of our anticipated timetable. Given the strong underlying performance and growth in our UK and European business, we have decided that it is the right time to invest in accelerating our growth in other regions alongside our European expansion plans, which will allow us to create a larger international business, faster.

"We look forward to the year ahead and beyond with confidence, underpinned by our strong visibility on revenues and detailed planning discussions with respect to a new facility in Europe. We look forward to updating investors in respect of our operations and corporate development in the coming months, as we address the global market opportunity available to us."

 

Highlights

Financial

·      Strong revenue growth up 46% to £21.4m (2016: £14.6m)

2H revenues of £12.1m, an increase of more than 30% on 1H revenues of £9.3m

Significant increase reflects new contracts and success of new Fareham facility

·      Underlying* operating profit of £0.9m (2016: £0.3m) in line with expectations

Additional investments made in response to enquiries from new regions of £0.4m

Exceptional share issue costs of £0.9m

Reported operating loss of £0.5m

·      Underlying* EBITDA of £1.1m (2016: £0.6m)

Lower gross margin than anticipated from ramp up of new product lines, offset by increased operational efficiencies and new business generation

·      Underlying* earnings per share increased to 2.39p

Reported loss per share of 2.47p

·      Successful IPO onto AIM in May 2017 raising £10.4 million before expenses

·      Cash on balance sheet of £5.4m as at 31 October 2017

 

*   "Underlying" measures exclude the exceptional expenses and future growth expenditure (2016: BREXIT related foreign exchange costs).

 

Operational

·      Significant new wins with both existing and new customers

·      Successful opening of second site at Fareham in March 2017

·      Significant increase in exposure internationally, leading to incoming customer requests from Asia and the Americas

·      Strengthening of senior management team to provide foundation for global growth

 

Outlook

·      Steady growth continuing with revenue and profit profile remaining weighted to 2H18

·      At detailed planning stage for next site in Europe in close proximity to new customers

·      75% of 2018 revenues on contract, with 85% visibility overall

·      Additional team focused on accelerating our growth in Asia and the Americas to capitalise on the large market opportunity

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

Velocity

Jon Bridges, CEO

Alan Kershaw, CFO

c/o Camarco

Tel: 020 3757 4980

 

finnCap (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Adrian Hargrave / Scott Mathieson / Kate Bannatyne (Corporate Finance)

Tim Redfern / Sultan Awan (Corporate Broking)

Tel: 020 7220 0500

 

Camarco (Financial PR)

Georgia Edmonds / Owen Roberts / James Crothers

 

Tel: 020 3757 4980

 

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

 

About Velocity Composites

Velocity Composites is a manufacturer of advanced composite material kits for the aerospace industry, delivering engineered waste reduction solutions for its customers to build aircraft components using less time and material. The Company's customers include multi-national manufacturers of composite parts and assemblies, who in turn deliver to the world's leading civil and military aircraft manufacturers. The Airbus A320, A330, A350, A380, Eurofighter Typhoon, F35 Joint Strike Fighter and Boeing 737, 787 and V22 Osprey are all constructed using parts manufactured from Velocity's kits. The Company's business model reduces the operating costs of preparing composite materials ahead of their usage in the construction of an aircraft part and as such, its offering is disposed to being self-financing for aircraft parts' manufacturers. Velocity's services are seeing increased demand as the global aircraft industry enters a more-for-less era.

 

The Company's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 October 2017 will be posted to shareholders later today and are available in the 'Investors' section of the Company's website at https://www.velocity-composites.com/investors/reports/

 

Chairman's Statement

For the year ended 31 October 2017

 

I am pleased to report that our results for the year ending 31st October 2017 are in line with expectations and ahead of the same period last year.

The transition from private ownership to a publicly listed company listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange, including the raising of net cash proceeds of £9.2m by the issue of new shares in order to replicate the business model outside of the UK, has offered both challenges and opportunities to the business, with customers and suppliers becoming understanding of our position and responsibilities to a wider shareholder group. Many negotiations and discussions are ongoing with a wide range of customers who are becoming more familiar with Velocity's service offering as a result of the publicity generated around and since the flotation.

The company's strategy of targeting customers where Velocity can generate savings in material and labour costs alongside other tangible benefits to aerospace parts' manufacturers provides strong contractual visibility of future potential revenue.

Financial Highlights

The revenue outturn for the twelve months ending 31st October 2017 is £21.4m (2016: £14.6m) representing an increase of 46% and gross profit of £3.9m (2016: £3.5m). Gross profit in the period was affected by customers who were onboarded but who initiated subsequent changes, slowing their contracted programmes from reaching full rates as soon as expected. Subsequently rate increases have occurred which gives us confidence for the future and we have refined the financial evaluation of our "learner curve" going forward. Loss before tax is £0.6m (2016 £0.4m) and EPS has fallen slightly to £(0.02) (2016 £(0.01)), reflecting the investment into the Company in preparation for the Initial Public Offering ("IPO") and for the opening of our second site in Fareham, Hampshire (UK).

Significant costs were incurred during the IPO process in May 2017 which raised net cash proceeds of £9.2m and within these proceeds £0.4m has been used in the period on developing the business in new areas. As expected, the time taken to identify and secure new business is considerable but worth the effort as contracts tend to be for multiple years and across multiple aircraft platforms.

Taking the above capital transaction into account, the impact of non-recurring share-based payments and the subsequent expenditure on developments both in the UK and overseas, the Company trading can be more fairly reflected by an Adjusted Profit before tax of £0.7m (2016 £(0.4m), and Adjusted EPS of £0.02 (2016 £(0.01)) (see Note 28).

To that end, the amount of activity with customers and engagement with them keep the Board confident that Velocity can achieve its growth ambitions whilst saving customers material, cost and time.  Whilst the company's transition from private ownership to a publicly listed company on the London Stock Exchange has only relatively recently taken place, the credibility and authority is already being felt amongst our team, customers and suppliers with additional opportunities presenting themselves which are under careful consideration.

Market

Undoubtedly, it has been a year of evolution in the aerospace market which culminated in Airbus's acquisition of Bombardier's C-Series following the announcement by the USA of import duties on Bombardier aircraft. In recent weeks, Emirates' selection of Boeing for 40 new 787 Dreamliner aircraft was unexpected and Emirates have announced the purchase of a further 36 A380 aircraft from Airbus. The Rolls Royce Trent 700 engine has also been subject to volume reductions which have affected some of our customers, but we expect this demand reduction to be reversed in one way or another during the next financial year. BAE Systems have also secured an order for 24 Typhoon aircraft from Qatar worth £5bn.

Airbus and Boeing both continue to have significant backlogs of civil aircraft orders and Velocity's model helps manufacturers to meet rates more quickly. Lockheed Martin, responsible for the F-35 military aircraft reported increased demand from the US government stating that it would buy over 2,400 F-35 jets.

Business Model

The market for Velocity's products and services remains strong and the company is using the flotation proceeds in accordance with its business plan as outlined during the listing process and expects to expand its facilities, to incorporate a Research and Development Centre and add additional satellite facilities in close proximity to new customers as new contracts are signed. It is important to note that Velocity's business model only commits the company to the opening of a new site once a customer contract of import has been agreed and only where latent demand for more efficient composite kit provision can be contracted on an aircraft platform which is growing in terms of build rates.

Board and People

The Board is committed to operating to high standards of corporate governance, as we believe that doing so will contribute to the delivery of long term shareholder value.  The aerospace market also requires the Company to operate on a Right First Time Every Time basis and our status as a listed company has solidified our commitment to governance, quality and transparency and as importantly, further improved the perception of Velocity in our customers' and potential customers' eyes

We further strengthened the team in the period with the appointment of Matthew Archer and Fred Hinnekens who joined us respectively from GKN, one of our key customers, and Solvay Cytec, one of our key suppliers.  I always take this opportunity to thank the whole Velocity team for their efforts during the period and on this occasion, I would like to underline the Board's gratitude to the whole team for their efforts in a busy and transitional year. I look forward to working with the team as we continue to grow the business and provide opportunities for new and more challenging roles in the business.

Outlook

We have excellent and committed staff, a high-quality client base, operate on growing aircraft platforms within the growing composites market and with our clear focus on growth and with our supportive shareholder base, the Board looks to the future with confidence.

 

Mark Mills

Chairman

22 January 2018

 

 

Chief Executive Officer's Report

 

For the year ended 31 October 2017

 

Overview

I am delighted to report our first published full year results as a listed company for the year ending 31 October 2017. The period has continued to be a transformational time for the Company, including the latest five months as a public company following the successful IPO in May 2017. We continued to successfully execute our growth strategy building on the opening of our second manufacturing facility in Fareham, Hampshire (UK) to deliver new contract wins with both existing and new customers as we transition from a single site private company to a multi-site, multi-region public company.

We continue to see strong demand for our services as the aerospace composites industry enters a clear "make more-for-less" period, and our customers look for new ways to reduce the cost of manufacture, both in the supply chain and in their own manufacturing areas.

Strategy

At Velocity, we use our industry knowledge, business processes and proprietary software to reduce the amount of raw material and process time needed by our customers to manufacture composite parts, whilst at the same time allowing our customers to outsource a significant area of non-value added activity from their business. This in turn makes the supply chain more efficient and less expensive for our customers within the aerospace composites industry and allows them to focus on their core business of manufacturing, testing and assembling composite structures. This subsequently enables aircraft manufacturers to reduce costs and increase production rates, allowing our customers to more readily meet the significant increases in aircraft build rates.

 

Our strategic growth plans involve identification of key aerospace manufacturing clusters where we believe we can replicate our business model. Engagement with these potential customers then enables a long term engagement plan to be agreed, with Velocity able to assess where its strategic manufacturing facilities should be located.

 

Since the IPO a large number of potential customers have been visited both in Europe and further afield and long term plans are being agreed, with a supporting Velocity site roll-out plan as each engagement develops in each cluster.  In addition to the work in Europe, IPO funds have also been used to engage with local partners in both North America and Asia in order to identify potential customers and clusters in these regions.

Operational review

Trading review

Trading has been in line with management expectations and revenue has increased by 46% from the last financial year as new programmes and new facilities begin to deliver revenue to the business. The increased costs experienced in the previous year due to exchange rate variance have been significantly reduced following the implementation of updated commercial arrangements with customers, although the additional costs relating to customer changes, the listing on AIM and the international expansion opportunities have affected our reported profit figures.

Opening of our Fareham facility

We started the period predominantly serving regional UK customers in North West England and had identified a number of key aerospace manufacturing customers in the south of England where we could replicate our business model, capitalising on growth in the aerospace composites sector. This resulted in key customer wins and the opening of our facility in Fareham.

Velocity acquired a new site in September 2016 in Fareham to service these additional customers within Southern England and also to offer its services to mainland northern Europe.  The 10,000 sq ft facility is a replica of the Company's facility in Burnley and has the capability of manufacturing all types of aerospace kits under composite cleanroom conditions, whilst engineering, finance and quality functions remain based at the Burnley facility.

Production at Fareham commenced in March 2017 after the site was granted both AS9100 and Airbus approvals in January and February 2017, respectively. Whilst the customer onboarding took longer than planned owing to customer changes beyond Velocity's control, the site is now operating a two shift system with further investment in staffing levels, kit cutting equipment and material management systems allowing for growth in existing and new customer programmes.

New regulatory / manufacturer approvals

We continue to make excellent progress towards maintaining and securing internationally recognised, site specific, quality standard approvals. This is a requirement of aerospace manufacturers and during the period our Fareham production facility obtained the necessary approvals to match those held by our Burnley facility, a process which allowed for significant learning and will be repeated as new sites are opened. During the period the certification of all sites to the new AS9100 Rev. D standard has commenced or been undertaken.

Order book / pipeline

We continue to see strong customer demand for our unique proposition from leading tier 1 aerospace manufacturers and are confident that the use of the proceeds of the IPO will expand the territorial footprint of the business from a predominantly UK business to a pan-European business with facilities in at least one of the major European aerospace composite clusters. I am also pleased to announce that following my discussions with existing customers to explain the company strategy and direction the IPO was very well received and seen as a strengthening of the business, offering long term security and evidencing the good governance for Velocity as a key supplier in their supply chain.

Recruitment

To support our growth plans we identified prior to the IPO the need to strengthen key areas of the business, namely the new customer acquisition teams and the new business implementation teams. I am pleased to announce that we have expanded these key teams by 100% in the period and as previously announced we have made senior appointments in a Chief Commercial Officer, a European Programmes Manager, a Head of Corporate Development and an Information Systems Manager. This in turn has enabled the business to respond to a significant amount of proposals and RFQ's in line with the demand from both existing and new customers and programmes. Coupled with the recruitment due to programme growth this has led to a total headcount increase from 85 to 116 in the financial year, in line with expectations.

Scalability

Following the IPO, and in addition to the staff recruitment activities, we have further developed our plans and processes to support the growth and scalability of the business to realise these in line with expectations. This has focused on several key areas, including:

·      Customer Acquisition - Enabling us to process enquiries faster and deliver programme wins quicker

·      Commercial Focus - The continuous improvement of existing business and the protection of our expansion and roll out plans

·      New Geographical Markets - Regionalisation of key resources and market research of target locations

These projects have progressed well with a clear focus on automation, centralisation, information security and continuous improvement and will continue to yield benefits as the business grows.

Financial performance overview

·      Revenue continued to strengthen, up 46% to £21.4m (2016: £14.6m) and gross profit was up 13% to £3.9m (2016: £3.5m).

·   Operating loss of £0.5m (2016: £0.3m) and loss before tax of £0.6m (2016: £0.4m) incorporated the Company's investment in its preparation for the IPO and in the new facility at Fareham, and the impact of non-recurring share-based payments.

·      Net assets have strengthened from £0.6m (October 2016) to £10.1m (October 2017).

·      Development costs capitalised as intangible asset (£0.4m)

Risk

In preparing these financial statements, management are required to make accounting assumptions and estimates. The assumptions and estimation methods have been consistently applied throughout the period. The principal risks and uncertainties that may have a material impact on activities and results of the Company remain as set out on Page 12 of the Strategic Report.

For many businesses, the negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union for its future relationship give cause for uncertainty and concern.  Whilst the ongoing uncertainty is a natural cause for concern, the aerospace sector is a global market which unlike many other sectors is largely tariff free.  The UK is the second largest aerospace market in the world and works in global alliance on long term projects which last for many years.  For Velocity, its strategy remains to be country agnostic and to co-locate in aerospace clusters alongside its customers, which helps to mitigate some of the risk that Brexit may otherwise bring to the Company.

As the global growth opportunity continues to be explored by the Company, we will seek the most appropriate funding route available for both the investment into those new territories and in particular the support of our cash flow to facilitate the purchase of materials for kitted supply to our customers.

Outlook

The customer and aircraft programme pipeline remains strong as customers look to reduce costs and simplify the supply chain. The Board is seeing a stronger message from the industry around waste and cost reduction as the primes look to be able to deliver 'more-for-less' in order to meet the order backlog and market dynamics and this has delivered an increase in discussions at the appropriate management level taking place with both existing and potential new customers, in both existing and new territories.

As the customer base increases and the number of multi-site customers grow the Board sees further opportunity to meet customers requirement wherever they operate and to offer intra-customer optimisation across all their sites wherever they are located. Velocity is in a unique position to integrate this into our normal service offering and in turn realising a greater magnitude of benefits both to our customers and our investors.

This year has been a transformative one for Velocity, and the five months since IPO have continually accelerated the growth and change required to continue the pace of growth across multi-regions.  We are building the right team, strategy and offering to strengthen our market leading position as supplier of total composite material kits to the aerospace sector and to create value for all of our investors and customers.

 


Jonathan Bridges

Chief Executive Officer

22 January 2018

 

 

 

Strategic Report

 

For the year ended 31 October 2017

 

The following pages should be read in conjunction with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer's Reports which form a part of this Strategic Report.

 

Overview

The Company supports the aerospace manufacturing supply chain by providing composite material and related kitted products.  Whilst the Company's income is predominantly derived from activities conducted in the UK, an increasing number of our customers are situated worldwide.

 

Strategy

The Company's strategic focus is on delivering our kitted products to our customers to meet their increasing demand levels thereby eliminating process waste, and also growing our business through new opportunities with our existing and prospective customers.

 

Financial key performance indicators

The Company monitors its financial performance using a number of appropriate indicators.  These are:

 

 

2017 £m

2016 £m

Comments

Revenue

21.37

14.61

Revenue grew in line with expectations with growing demand on existing platforms as well as new customer wins.

Gross profit

3.93

3.48

Gross profit has reflected some delays in customer demand coming to full rate.

Net loss for the period

(0.70)

(0.27)

The ongoing investment into the growth of the business has resulted in a small net loss position.

Adjusted profit / (loss) before tax

0.75

(0.36)

Underlying profits have been managed in line with expectations. (see Note 28)

Total assets

16.23

6.13

Proceeds from the share issue have contributed to the total assets.

Total liabilities

6.14

5.52

Trade liabilities have continued to be closely managed following the IPO.

 

Future outlook

The Board is pleased with the recent progress made in moving the Company towards our strategic goals, and in particular its successful listing in May 2017.  We will look to continue to expand the business in a controlled manner, and by doing so enable us to be well positioned to meet the needs of our customers in the aerospace manufacturing supply chain in the short, medium and long term.

 

Financial risk management

The Company uses financial instruments including loans, cash and other items such as trade receivables and trade payables that arise directly from its operations.  The main purpose of these financial instruments is to raise finance for the Company's operations.

 

The existence of these financial instruments exposes the Company to a number of financial risks.  These are liquidity risk, credit risk, interest rate risk and exchange rate risk.  The Directors review and agree policies for managing each of these risks and they are summarised below.

 

Liquidity risk

The Company seeks to manage financial risk by ensuring sufficient liquidity is available to meet foreseeable needs, by the use of invoice discounting, loans and other bank facilities, and to invest cash assets safely and profitably. In addition since the IPO, the Company has a cash injection of £9.2m and the ability to seek additional funds from the equity markets if necessary.

 

Credit risk

The Company's trade receivables relate to amounts owed by aerospace supply chain manufacturers.  Given the size and stability of the core receivables, the Directors do not believe that credit risk to the Company is significant.  The Directors monitor any default risk on a regular and ongoing basis.

 

Interest rate risk

The Company seeks to manage its interest rate risk through minimising its exposure wherever possible and by regularly reviewing the interest rates available within the financial marketplace.

 

Exchange rate risk

The Company seeks to manage the exposure to exchange rate fluctuation it experiences with purchasing raw materials in Sterling, US Dollars and Euros and selling finished kits in the same currency.  The Directors monitor the future projected exchange rates and look to mitigate any significant exposure by matching receipts and payments in currency where possible and utilising currency exchange facilities where not, and will engage derivate financial instruments such as forward currency contracts if appropriate.

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

The principal activity risks and uncertainties of the business are considered to be the loss of key contracts. Demand has remained firm in the short term despite the ongoing uncertainty arising in the UK economy regarding BREXIT, and the Company's view remains that the demand levels within aerospace manufacturing will continue to increase due to the global aircraft production backlogs which currently are estimated to be between five and ten years, and the increasing use of composites within aerospace manufacturing. Despite this, the business has been able to continue to grow its customer base, and to win additional business with its existing customers.


The Board is also conscious of the risk of exclusively operating in the aerospace sector, foregoing many offers from automotive manufacturers for example, and is comfortable that the risk is mitigated by the forward order books of the aircraft manufacturers and strength of the growing aerospace market. Similarly, going forward in particular in new territories, there will be exposure to foreign currencies and the Company will seek to mitigate the effect of exchange rate fluctuations where it can.

 

 

Alan Kershaw

Chief Financial Officer

22 January 2018

 

 

 

 

Statement of total comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

 

2017

2016

 

Note

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Revenue

4

21,369

14,614

Cost of sales

 

(17,438)

(11,135)

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

3,931

3,479

Administrative expenses excluding exceptional costs

 

(3,481)

(3,770)

Exceptional administrative expenses

7

(931)

-

Other operating income

 

21

22

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

5

(460)

(269)

Finance expense

8

(167)

(86)

 

 

 

 

Loss before tax from continuing operations

 

(627)

(355)

Income tax (expense)/income

9

(73)

81

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period and total comprehensive loss

 

(700)

(274)

 

 

 

 

Loss per share - Basic (£) from continuing operations

10

(£0.02)

(£0.01)

 

 

 

 

Loss per share - Diluted (£) from continuing operations

10

(£0.02)

(£0.01)

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of financial position

 

 

31 October

31 October

 

 

2017

2016

 

Note

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Intangible assets

11

317

-

Property, plant and equipment

12

1,083

773

Total non-current assets

 

1,400

773

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

13

3,266

2,345

Trade and other receivables

14

6,148

2,942

Corporation tax

 

-

29

Cash and cash equivalents

15

5,414

39

Total current assets

 

14,828

5,355

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

16,228

6,128

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

16

5,623

5,187

Grant income deferred

17

22

43

Corporation tax

 

35

-

Net obligations under finance leases

18

145

92

Total current liabilities

 

5,825

5,322

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

19

106

97

Net obligations under finance leases

18

211

106

Total non-current liabilities

 

317

203

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

6,142

5,525

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

10,086

603

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to equity holders of the company

 

 

 

Share capital

20

89

-

Share premium account

20

9,727

-

Share-based payments reserve

 

367

-

Retained earnings

 

(97)

603

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

10,086

603

 

Statement of changes in equity

                                       

 

Share

Share premium

Retained

Share-based payments

Total

 

capital

account

earnings

reserve

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 October 2015

-

-

916

-

916

Loss for the year

-

-

(274)

-

(274)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

642

-

642

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend payment

-

-

(39)

-

(39)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 October 2016

-

-

603

-

603

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Share premium

Retained

Share-based payments

Total

 

capital

account

earnings

reserve

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 October 2016

-

-

603

-

603

Loss for the year

-

-

(700)

-

(700)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

(97)

-

(97)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of ordinary share capital

30

10,471

-

-

10,501

Bonus issue of ordinary share capital

59

(59)

-

-

-

Share-based payments

-

-

-

367

367

Costs associated with issue of equity (from the AIM listing)

-

(685)

-

-

(685)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 October 2017

89

9,727

(97)

367

10,086

 

Statement of cash flows

 

 

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

£'000

£'000

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Loss for the year

(700)

(274)

 

Taxation

73

(81)

 

(Profit)/ Loss on disposal of assets

(3)

1

 

Finance costs

167

86

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

80

-

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

263

281

 

Share-based payments

367

-

 

Grant income amortisation

(21)

(22)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

226

(9)

 

 

 

 

 

(Increase)/Decrease in trade and other receivables

(3,206)

(908)

 

(Increase)/Decrease in inventories

(921)

(940)

 

Increase/(Decrease) in trade and other payables

1,461

294

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

(2,440)

(1,563)

 

Income taxes received/ (paid)

-

(240)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (Outflow)/ inflow from operating activities

(2,440)

(1,803)

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(271)

(120)

 

Development expenditure capitalised

(397)

-

 

Proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment

4

-

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(664)

(120)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of shares

10,501

-

 

Payments of share issue costs

(685)

-

 

Finance costs paid

(167)

(86)

 

(Decrease) / Increase in invoice discounting

(1,025)

2,040

 

Repayment of finance lease capital

(145)

(114)

 

Dividends paid

-

(39)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash generated from financing activities

8,479

1,801

Net increase/ (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

5,375

(122)

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at 01 November

39

161

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at 31 October

5,414

39

           

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

 

1.         General information

Velocity Composites Plc (the 'Company') is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales. The registered office of the Company is AMS Technology Park, Billington Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 5UB, United Kingdom. The registered Company number is 06389233.

 

The Company's principal activity is that of the sale of kits of composite material and related products to the aerospace industry. The Company re-registered from a private limited company to a public limited company on 27 April 2017, and its shares were admitted to trading on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange on 18 May 2017 (see note 20).

 

2.         Accounting policies

 

Basis of preparation

The financial statements have been prepared in compliance with the measurement and recognition criteria of IFRS as adopted by the European Union.

 

These financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis and using the historical cost convention, as modified by the revaluation of certain items, as stated in the accounting policies. These policies have been consistently applied to all periods presented, unless otherwise stated. The financial statements are presented in sterling and have been rounded to the nearest thousand (£'000).

 

Going concern

Having made reasonable enquiries, the Directors are of the opinion that the Company has sufficient resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and hence these financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.  This assessment has been supported by the preparation and consideration of detailed forecasts for the three years to 31 October 2020 to project the future growth of the Company, and flexing these forecasts through sensitivity analyses.

 

The forecasts include consideration of the cash position of the Company and the appropriate utilisation of the various facilities available for funding this growth.  We have also discussed with our bankers and other financial advisers the resultant trading performance and they have indicated a strong desire to continue to support the funding of these growth activities.

 

Changes in accounting policies

 

New standards, amendments and interpretations issued and not applied to these financial statements:

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the IFRS Interpretations Committee (IFRS IC) have issued the following standards which are yet to be applied by the Company:

 

·      IFRS 15 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers'. This standard is effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018 and will be required to be first applied to the Company's financial reporting for the year ending 31 October 2019. The directors are undertaking an assessment of the potential impact of IFRS 15.

·      IFRS 16 'Leases'. This standard was issued on 13 January 2016 and is effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019 and will first apply to the Company's financial reporting for the year ending 31 October 2020. The standard requires lessees to recognise assets and liabilities for all leases with lease terms of more than 12 months, unless the underlying asset is of low value. The directors are undertaking an assessment of the potential impact of IFRS 16.

 

There are no other IFRSs or IFRIC interpretations that are not yet fully effective that could be expected to have a material impact on the Company.

 

Revenue Recognition

Revenue is derived from the engineering and sale of goods and is measured at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable excluding discounts, VAT and other sales taxes or duty.  The Company recognises revenue when the engineered goods are delivered to the customer, at which stage the risks and rewards have transferred to the customer and it is probable that future economic benefits will flow to the entity. Invoices raised by the Company are incorporated into the invoice discounting facility provided by the Company's bankers.  The asset or liability arising is recognised within the statement of financial position.

 

Inventory

Inventory is stated at the lower of costs incurred in bringing each product to its present location and condition compared to net realisable value as follows:

 

Raw materials, consumables and goods for resale - purchase cost on a first-in/first-out basis.

Work in progress and finished goods - costs of direct materials and labour plus attributable overheads based on a normal level of activity

 

Net realisable value is based on an estimated selling price less any further costs expected to be incurred for completion and disposal.

 

Expenditure

Expenditure is recognised in respect of goods and services received when supplied in accordance with contractual terms. Provision is made when an obligation exists for a future liability relating to a past event and where the amount of the obligation can be reliably estimated.  Goods or services supplied in a foreign currency are recognised at the exchange rate ruling at the time of accounting for this expenditure.

 

Retirement Benefits: Defined contribution schemes

Contributions to defined contribution pension schemes are charged to the statement of comprehensive income in the year to which they relate.

 

Research and development expenditure

Research expenditure - Expenditure on research activities is recognised as an expense in the period in which it is incurred.

 

Development expenditure - An internally generated intangible asset arising from the Company's own development activity is recognised only if all of the following conditions are met:

·      an asset is created that can be identified and is technically and commercially feasible;

·      it is probable that the asset created will generate future economic benefits and the Company has available sufficient resources to complete the development and to subsequently sell and/or use the asset created; and

·      the development cost of the asset can be measured reliably.

 

Subsequent to initial recognition, internally-generated intangible assets are reported at cost less accumulated amortisation and impairment.

 

Amortisation

Amortisation is calculated to write off the cost of intangible assets less their estimated residual values using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives, and is generally recognised in the statement of total comprehensive income. The estimated useful lives are based on the average life of a project as follows:

 

Development costs

 

5 years

 

Property, plant and equipment

Items of property, plant and equipment are initially recognised at cost. As well as the purchase price, cost includes directly attributable costs.

 

Depreciation is provided on all items of property, plant and equipment so as to write off their carrying value over the expected useful economic lives. It is provided at the following methods and rates:

 

Plant and machinery

 

15% straight line

Motor vehicles

 

25% straight line

Fixtures and fittings

 

15% straight line

 

Exceptional items

Items which are both material and non-recurring are presented as exceptional items within the relevant income statement category. The separate reporting of exceptional items helps provide a better indication of the Company's underlying business performance.

 

Foreign currency translation

Transactions entered into by the Company in a currency other than Sterling, the currency of the primary economic environment in which it operates (the "functional currency") are recorded at the rates ruling when the transactions occur. Foreign currency monetary assets and liabilities are translated at the rates ruling at the Statement of Financial Position date. Exchange differences arising on the retranslation of unsettled monetary assets and liabilities are recognised immediately in profit or loss.

 

Impairment of non-financial assets

The carrying values of non-financial assets are reviewed for impairment when there is an indication that assets might be impaired. When the carrying value of an asset exceeds its recoverable amount, the asset is written down accordingly.

 

Where it is not possible to estimate the recoverable amount of an individual asset, the impairment test is carried out on the asset's cash generating unit (i.e. the smallest grouping of assets in which the asset belongs for which there are separately identifiable cash flows).

 

Impairment charges are included in the income statement, except to the extent they reverse previous gains recognised in the statement of comprehensive income.

 

Financial Instruments

All funding requirements and financial risks are managed based on policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors encapsulating the normal day to day trading of the Company. The Company does not use derivative financial instruments such as forward currency contracts, interest rate swaps or similar instruments. The Company does not issue or use financial instruments of a speculative nature.

 

Financial assets

The Company classifies its financial assets into the categories discussed below, and based upon the purpose for which the asset was acquired. The Company has not classified any of its financial assets as held to maturity.

 

Loans and receivables

These assets are non-derivative financial assets with fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market. They arise principally through the provision of services to customers (e.g. trade receivables), but also incorporate other types of contractual monetary asset.  They are initially recognised at fair value plus transactions costs that are directly attributable to their acquisition or issue, and are subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest method, less provision for impairment.

 

The Company's loans and receivables comprise trade and other receivables included within the statement of financial position.

 

Cash and cash equivalents include cash held at bank, bank overdrafts and marketable securities of very short-term maturity (typically three months or less) which are not expected to deteriorate significantly in value until maturity. Bank overdrafts are shown within loans and borrowings in current liabilities in the statement of financial position.

 

Impairment provisions are recognised when there is objective evidence (such as significant financial difficulties on the part of the counterparty or default or significant delay in payment) that the Company will be unable to collect all of the amounts due under the terms receivable, the amount of such a provision being the difference between the net carrying amount and the present value of the future expected cash flows associated with the impaired receivable. For trade receivables, which are reported net, such provisions are recorded in a separate allowance account with the loss being recognised within administrative expenses in the income statement.  On confirmation that the trade receivables will not be collectable, the gross carrying value of the asset is written off against the associated provision. The Company does not currently carry a provision for uncollectable receivables.

 

Financial liabilities

The Company classifies its financial liabilities as comprising trade payables and other short-term monetary liabilities, which are initially recognised at fair value and subsequently carried at amortised cost using the effective interest method. The Company does not currently have any borrowings, and utilises invoice discounting in support of its working capital requirements.

 

Share Capital

Financial instruments issued by the Company are treated as equity only to the extent that they do not meet the definition of a financial liability. The Company's ordinary shares are classified as equity instruments.

 

Share Premium

Share premium represents the excess of the issue price over the par value on shares issued less costs relating to the capital transaction arising on the issue.

 

Share-based payment

The Company operates an equity-settled share-based compensation plan in which the Company receives services from Directors and certain employees as consideration for share options. The fair value of the services is recognised as an expense over the vesting period, determined by reference to the fair value of the options granted.

 

Leased Assets

Finance Lease

Where substantially all the risks and rewards incidental to ownership of a leased asset have been transferred to the Company (a 'finance lease') the asset is treated as if it had been purchased outright. The amount initially recognised as an asset is the lower of the fair value of the leased asset and the present value of the minimum lease payments payable over the term of the lease. The corresponding lease commitment is shown as a liability. Lease payments are analysed between capital and interest. The interest element is charged to the statement of comprehensive income over the period of the lease and is calculated so that it represents a constant proportion of the lease liability. The capital element reduces the balance owed to the lessor.

 

Operating Lease

Where substantially all of the risks and rewards incidental to ownership are not transferred to the Company (an 'operating lease'), the total rentals payable under the lease are charged to the statement of comprehensive income on a straight line basis over the lease term. The aggregate benefit of lease incentives is recognised as a reduction of the rental expense over the lease term on a straight-line basis.

 

Current taxation

The tax currently payable is based on the taxable profit of the period. Taxable profit differs from profit as reported in the Statement of Comprehensive income because it excludes items of income and expense that are taxable or deductible in other periods and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible. The Company's liability for current tax is calculated using rates that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the statement of financial position date.

 

Deferred taxation

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognised where the carrying amount of an asset or liability in the statement of financial position differs from its tax base, except for differences arising on:

- the initial recognition of goodwill;

- the initial recognition of an asset or liability in a transaction which is not a business combination and at the time of the transaction affects neither accounting nor taxable profit.

 

Recognition of deferred tax assets is restricted to those instances where it is probable that taxable profit will be available against which the difference can be utilised.

 

The amount of the asset or liability is determined using tax rates that have been enacted or substantially enacted by the balance sheet date and are expected to apply when the deferred tax liabilities or assets are settled or recovered. Deferred tax balances are not discounted.

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are offset when the Company has a legally enforceable right to offset current tax assets and liabilities and the deferred tax assets and liabilities relate to taxes levied by the same tax authority on either:

- the same taxable Company; or

- different Company entities which intend either to settle current tax assets and liabilities on a net basis, or to realise the assets and settle the liabilities simultaneously, in each future period in which significant amounts of deferred tax assets and liabilities are expected to be settled or recovered.

 

Operating Segments

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision-maker. The chief operating decision-maker has been identified as the Board of Directors. The Company supplies a single type of product into a single industry and so has a single segment. Additional information is given regarding the revenue receivable based on geographical location of the customer.

 

No differences exist between the basis of preparation of the performance measures used by management and the figures in the Company financial information.

 

Critical accounting estimates and judgements

The Company makes certain estimates and assumptions regarding the future. Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated based on historical experience and other factors, including the expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. In the future, actual experience may differ from these estimates and assumptions. The estimates and assumptions that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year are discussed below.

 

Judgements and accounting estimates and assumptions

Useful lives of depreciable assets - Management reviews the useful lives of depreciable assets (both tangible and intangible) at each reporting date. At the reporting date management assesses that the useful economic lives represent the expected life of the assets to the Company.  Actual results, however, may vary due to unforeseen events.

 

3.         Financial instruments & Risk Management

 

The Board has overall responsibility for the determination of the Company's risk management objectives and policies. The overall objective of the Board is to set policies that seek to reduce risk as far as possible without unduly affecting the Company's competitiveness and flexibility. The Company reports in Sterling. All funding requirements and financial risks are managed based on policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors. The Company does not use derivative financial instruments such as forward currency contracts, interest rate swaps or similar instruments. The Company does not currently issue or use financial instruments of a speculative nature but as described in the strategic report, management may consider the potential utilisation of such instruments in the future. The Company utilises an invoice discounting facility with its bankers to assist in its cash flow management. In accordance with the terms of the current facility (which is available on demand) the risk and management of trade debtors is retained by the Company.

 

Financial instruments

Financial instruments by category

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

Current assets

 

 

Trade and other receivables - loans and receivables

5,921

2,728

Trade and other receivables - non financial assets

227

214

 

 

 

 

6,148

2,942

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents - loans and receivables

5,414

39

 

 

 

Total loans and receivables

11,335

2,767

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

Trade and other payables - at amortised cost

5,045

4,815

Trade and other payables - non financial liabilities

578

372

 

 

 

 

5,623

5,187

 

Risk Management

 

The Company's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (primarily foreign exchange risk and interest rate risk), credit risk and liquidity risk. The Company's overall risk management programme focuses on the unpredictability of financial markets and seeks to minimise potential adverse effects on the Company's financial performance. Risk management is carried out by the Board and their policies are outlined below.

 

a)         Market risk

 

Foreign exchange risk

The Company is exposed to transaction foreign exchange risk in its operations both within the UK and overseas. Transactions are denominated in Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. The Company has commercial agreements in place which allow it to transact with its customers in the currency of the material purchase, thereby allowing currency risk to pass through the Company.

 

The carrying value of the Company's foreign currency denominated assets and liabilities comprise the inventories in Note 13, trade receivables in Note 14, cash in Note 15 and trade payables in Note 16.

 

Whilst the majority of the Company's financial assets are held in Sterling, movements in the exchange rate of the US Dollar or Euro against Sterling do have an impact on both the result for the year and equity. The Company's assets and liabilities that are held in US Dollar or Euro are held in those currencies for normal trading activity in order to recover funds from customers or to pay funds to suppliers.  The Company does not speculatively hold positions in US Dollar or Euro, and therefore the Company considers the residual risk at the year end to be insignificant.

 

Interest rate risk

The Company carries no significant borrowings apart from leases. Therefore with the exception of the invoice discounting facility which attracts an interest rate of 2.25%, the directors consider that there is no significant interest rate risk.

 

b)         Credit risk

 

Credit risk refers to the risk that a counterparty will default on its contractual obligations resulting in financial loss to the Company. In order to minimise this risk the Company endeavours only to deal with companies which are demonstrably creditworthy and this, together with the aggregate financial exposure, is continuously monitored. The maximum exposure to credit risk is the value of the outstanding amount.

 

Supply of products by the Company results in trade receivables which the management consider to be of low risk, other receivables are likewise considered to be low risk. However, three of the customers comprise in excess of 10% of the revenue earned by the Company (see Note 4). Credit risk on cash and cash equivalents is considered to be small as the counterparties are all substantial banks with high credit ratings. The maximum exposure is the amount of the deposit.

 

c)         Liquidity risk

The Company currently holds cash balances in Sterling, US Dollars and Euros to provide funding for normal trading activity. Trade and other payables are monitored as part of normal management routine. The Company also has access to banking facilities including invoice finance which it utilises when needed in order to manage its liquidity risk.

 

2016

Within 1 year

One to two years

Two to five years

Over five years

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Finance lease liability

118

92

39

-

Trade payables

2,327

-

-

-

Accruals

288

-

-

-

Other payables

31

-

-

-

Invoice discounting facility

2,169

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

Within 1 year

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Finance lease liability

172

137

103

-

Trade payables

3,421

-

-

-

Accruals

480

-

-

-

Other payables

-

-

-

-

Invoice discounting facility

1,144

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

The finance lease liability is shown gross, inclusive of interest payments.

 

c)         Capital risk management

For the purpose of the Company's capital management, capital includes issued capital and all other equity reserves attributable to the equity holders of the Company.  The Company's objectives when managing capital are to safeguard the Company's ability to continue as a going concern in order to provide returns for shareholders and benefits for other members. The Company will also seek to minimise the cost of capital and attempt to optimise the capital structure.

 

4.         Segmental analysis

 

The Company supplies a single type of product into a single industry and so has a single segment. Additional information is given regarding the revenue receivable based on geographical location of the customer.  An analysis of revenue by geographical market is given below:

 

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

£'000

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

United Kingdom

 

21,225

14,517

Europe

 

144

97

 

 

 

 

 

 

21,369

14,614

 

During the year three customers accounted for 78.3% of the Company's total revenue for the year ended 31 October 2017. This was split as follows; Customer A - 53.9%, Customer B - 13.7% and Customer C - 10.7%.  The majority of revenue arises from the sale of goods. Where engineering services form a part of revenue it is only in support of the development or sale of the goods.

 

5.         Loss from operations 

 

The operating loss is stated after charging / (crediting):

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Staff costs (see Note 6)

3,634

2,512

Foreign exchange losses

8

635

Amortisation of development costs

80

-

Depreciation:

 

 

Owned assets

158

152

Assets held under finance leases

105

129

(Profit)/ Loss on disposal of assets

(3)

1

Grant income amortisation

(21)

(22)

Operating lease payments

226

143

Auditor's remuneration:

 

 

Audit of the accounts of the Company

37

29

Taxation compliance services

3

3

Other taxation advisory services

51

-

Other non-audit services (relating to interim review)

9

-

Other assurance services (relating to IPO)

134

-

 

6.         Staff costs

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Wages, salaries and bonuses

2,931

2,253

Social security costs

329

259

Pension costs

39

-

Share-based payments

335

-

 

 

 

 

3,634

2,512

 

The average monthly number of employees during the period was as follows:

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

Head count

Head count

 

 

 

Manufacturing

74.5

61.5

Administration

31.5

28.0

 

 

 

 

106.0

89.5

 

Directors costs

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

Directors' remuneration included in staff costs:

 

 

 

 

 

Wages, salaries and bonuses

613

482

Pension costs

12

-

Share-based payments

232

-

 

 

 

 

857

482

 

 

 

In addition to the remuneration above, the non-executive directors have submitted invoices for their fees as follows:

 

 

18

98

Remuneration of the highest paid director(s):

Wages, salaries and bonuses or fees

 

241

111

 

7.         Exceptional administrative expenses

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Fees associated with AIM Listing

667

-

Share-based payments

264

-

 

931

-

 

 

 

Exceptional expenses incurred during the year are in relation to costs of converting the Company from a private limited company to a public limited company and the subsequent admission of the Company to trading on AIM during the year. Total costs incurred were £1,352,000 with £685,000 charged to share premium as being directly related to newly issued shares.  In addition, shares were issued to Mark Mills, Matthew Turner and Nigel Turner in January 2017 (as per Note 20) which resulted in an exceptional charge of £264,000.

 

8.         Finance income and expenses

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

Finance expense

 

 

Finance charge from Finance leases

55

32

Other interest & invoice discounting charges

112

54

 

167

86

 

9.         Income tax

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

Current tax (income)/expense

 

 

Current tax on profits for the period

70

-

Adjustment for under provision in prior periods

(6)

(29)

 

64

(29)

Deferred tax expense

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

9

(29)

Adjustments in respect of prior periods

-

(1)

Rates adjustment

-

(22)

 

9

(52)

 

 

 

Total tax (income)/expense

73

(81)

 

The reasons for the difference between the actual tax charge for the year and the standard rate of corporation tax in the United Kingdom applied to profit for the year as follows:

 

Tax rate

19.50%

20.00%

 

 

 

(Loss) for the year before tax

(627)

(355)

 

 

 

Expected tax credit based on corporation tax rate

(122)

(71)

 

 

 

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

198

10

Other differences

3

(2)

Rate adjustment

-

(17)

Prior year adjustment

(6)

(1)

 

 

 

Total tax (income)/expense

73

(81)

 

The UK corporation tax rate was 20% between the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2017. The rate reduced to 19% with effect from 1 April 2017 and will reduce to 17% with effect from 1 April 2020. This will reduce the Company's future current tax credit/charge accordingly. The deferred tax liability as at 31 October 2017 has been calculated based on a rate of 17% based on when the Company expects the deferred tax liability to reverse.

 

10.        (Loss)/earnings per share

 

Year ended

31 October

Year ended

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£

£

 

 

 

(Loss) for the year

(700,000)

(274,000)

 

 

 

 

Shares

Shares

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue

28,378,444

20,077,200*

Share options

638,200

-

Weighted average number of shares (diluted)

29,016,644

20,077,200*

 

 

 

Loss per share (£) (basic)

(£0.02)

(£0.01)

 

 

 

Loss per share (£) (diluted)

(£0.02)

(£0.01)

 

Share options have not been included in the Diluted calculation as they would be anti-dilutive with a loss being recognised.

 

 * restated in accordance with the provisions of IAS33 to reflect the impact of the bonus issue and subdivision of shares on 06 March 2017 (see Note 20).

 

11.        Intangible assets

 

Development

Total

 

Costs

 

 

£'000

£'000

Cost

 

 

At 31 October 2016

-

-

Additions

397

397

At 31 October 2017

397

397

 

 

 

Amortisation

 

 

At 31 October 2016

-

-

Charge for the year

80

80

At 31 October 2017

80

80

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

At 31 October 2016

-

-

At 31 October 2017

317

317

 

 

12.        Property, plant and equipment

 

Leasehold

Plant &

Motor

Fixtures

Total

 

Improvements

machinery

vehicles

& Fittings

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 October 2015

-

1,117

136

157

1,410

Additions

57

47

-

16

120

Disposal

-

(1)

-

-

(1)

At 31 October 2016

57

1,163

136

173

1,529

Additions

114

358

19

83

576

Disposal

-

-

(9)

-

(9)

At 31 October 2017

171

1,521

146

256

2,096

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 October 2015

-

382

45

48

475

Charge for the year

-

198

42

41

281

At 31 October 2016

-

580

87

89

756

Charge for the year

12

192

32

27

263

Disposal

-

-

(8)

-

(8)

At 31 October 2017

12

772

111

116

1,011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 October 2015

-

735

91

109

935

At 31 October 2016

57

583

49

84

773

At 31 October 2017

159

749

 35

140

1,083

 

Net book value of assets under finance lease agreements:                                                             £000's

At 31 October 2015

 

 

 

390

At 31 October 2016

 

 

 

330

At 31 October 2017

 

 

 

506

 

13.        Inventories

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Raw materials & consumables

2,792

2,158

Finished goods

474

187

 

 

 

 

3,266

2,345

 

Inventories totalling £3,266k (2016 - £2,345k) are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value. The Directors consider that this value represents the best estimate of the fair value of those inventories net of costs to sell. The write off of inventories during the year is not material.

 

 

 

14.        Trade and other receivables

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Trade receivables

4,647

2,606

Prepayments and accrued income

227

214

Other receivables

1,274

122

 

 

 

 

6,148

2,942

 

No trade and other receivables were due in greater than one year.

 

Trade receivables overdue by:

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Not more than 3 months

565

578

More than 3 months but not more than 6 months

56

4

More than 6 months but not more than 1 year

42

-

More than 1 year

4

-

 

 

 

 

667

582

 

No receivables have been impaired as none are considered to be uncollectable.

 

Trade receivables held in currencies other than sterling are as follows:

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Euro

891

3

US Dollar

2,316

52

 

 

 

 

3,207

55

 

15.        Cash and cash equivalents

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Cash at bank

5,414

39

 

 

 

 

5,414

39

 

Of the total cash balance, £4,534,000 relates to cash to be used in compliance with the conditions relating to the EIS investment i.e. new product development and investment into new overseas territories.

 

16.        Trade and other payables

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

Current

 

 

Trade payables

3,421

2,327

Accruals

480

288

Other tax and social security

578

372

Other payables

-

31

Invoice discounting facility

1,144

2,169

 

 

 

5,623

5,187

Book values approximate to fair values.

 

17.        Grant income deferred

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Opening balance

43

65

Grant income amortisation

(21)

(22)

 

 

 

Closing balance

22

43

 

 

 

 

18.        Leases

Operating leases

The Company leases motor vehicles and property, comprising both offices and assembly space, under operating leases.  The total value of minimum lease payments due is payable as follows:

 

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

Motor vehicles

 

 

Not later than one year

20

27

Later than one year and not later than two years

10

17

Later than two years and not later than five years

-

9

Later than five years

-

-

 

 

 

 

30

53

 

 

 

Land and buildings

 

 

Not later than one year

219

109

Later than one year and not later than two years

219

-

Later than two years and not later than five years

559

-

Later than five years

-

-

 

 

 

 

997

109

Finance leases

The Company leases plant and equipment under finance leases which are secured against the assets.  Future lease payments are due as follows:

 

 

Minimum lease payments

Interest

Present value

31 October 2016

 

 

 

Not later than one year

118

26

92

Later than one year and not later than two years

92

18

74

Later than two years and not later than five years

39

7

32

Later than five years

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

249

51

198

31 October 2017

 

 

 

Not later than one year

172

27

145

Later than one year and not later than two years

137

18

119

Later than two years and not later than five years

103

11

92

Later than five years

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

412

56

356

 

 

19.        Deferred Tax

Deferred tax is calculated in full on temporary differences under the liability method using tax rates appropriate for the period. The movement on the deferred tax account is as shown below:

 

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Deferred tax liability

 

 

Opening balance

97

149

Recognised in profit and loss

9

(52)

 

 

 

Closing balance

106

97

 

The deferred tax liability has arisen due to the temporary differences on accelerated capital allowances.

 

20.        Share capital

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£

£

Share capital issued and fully paid

 

 

35,795,539 Ordinary shares of £0.0025 each

89,489

-

99 Ordinary shares of £1 each

-

99

 

Ordinary shares carry the right to one vote per share at general meetings of the Company and the rights to share in any distribution of profits or returns of capital and to share in any residual assets available for distribution in the event of a winding up.

 

On 13 January 2017, the Company issued seven new £1 ordinary shares to Mark Mills and three new £1 ordinary shares each to Nigel Turner and Matthew Turner (being sons of Peter Turner). The shares were issued at nominal value. The Company has received a deed of indemnification from Mark Mills and Peter Turner for all taxation costs (excluding employer's National Insurance) arising from the allotment of the shares.

 

On 14 February 2017, the Company issued a further two new £1 ordinary shares to Mark Mills and a further one new £1 ordinary share each to Nigel Turner and Matthew Turner. The shares were issued at nominal value with consideration at market value, resulting in a share premium account of £71,429.

 

On 02 March 2017, the Company passed a resolution to reduce the share premium account by £58,696. On 06 March 2017 passed a resolution to apply such sum in paying up in full 58,696 ordinary shares of £1 each, and allot and issue 58,696 new shares to the existing shareholders. The resolution resulted in a net share premium account of £12,733, and the Company then subdivided its entire issued share capital such that 58,812 issued ordinary shares of £1 each became 23,524,800 ordinary shares of £0.0025 nominal value each.

 

On 18 May 2017, the Company issued 12,270,739 £0.0025 ordinary shares for admission to Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange for a cash consideration of £0.85 per share. Total placing proceeds were £14,430,128 which included the sale of existing shareholders shares.

 

A share premium of £10,399,452 arose on the issue of new shares and £685,022 of advisers' fees have been debited to the share premium account resulting in a closing share premium account of £9,727,163, a net increase of £9,714,430. The remaining £546,000 of the advisers' fees were charged to the Statement of Comprehensive Income. Further listing fees of £121,000 were incurred in the year and charged to the Statement of Comprehensive Income, and therefore total exceptional expenditure relating to AIM listing fees of £667,000 were charged to the Statement of Comprehensive Income (Note 7).

 

The Placing proceeds were discharged as follows:

 

£'000

Selling Shareholders

4,000

Advisers fees

1,188

Company net proceeds

9,242

Total proceeds

14,430

 

 

Movements in share capital

Nominal value

Number of shares

At the beginning of the year

£

 

99 Ordinary shares of £1 each

99

99

Shares issued during the year

 

 

Issues of shares for consideration

17

17

Bonus issue of Ordinary shares of £1 each

58,696

58,696

Subdivided £1 Ordinary shares into £0.0025 shares

-

23,465,988

Placing of new shares

30,677

12,270,739

 

 

 

Closing share capital at 31 October 2017

89,489

35,795,539

 

21.        Share-based payment

 

The Company's employees are granted option awards under the Velocity Composites Limited Enterprise Management Incentive and Unapproved Scheme. The share options have no attached performance conditions and vest subject only to continued employment. They vest after 2 years, or earlier if a vesting event occurs as defined in the rules of the Scheme. Once vested, options may be exercised at any point up to the 10th Anniversary of the grant.

 

Vesting events are defined within the rules of the Scheme as a reorganisation, takeover, sale, listing (except on AIM), asset sales or death of the Option holder.

 

The company recognised a cost of £367,472 (2016 - NIL) relating to share-based payment transactions which are all equity settled, an equivalent amount being transferred to share-based payment reserve. This reflects the fair value of the options, which has been derived through use of the Black-Scholes model.

 

There were no cancellations or modifications to the awards in 2017.

 

The following options were outstanding as at 31 October 2017:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scheme and grant date

Exercise price

£

 

Vesting date

 

Expiry date

 

 

Vested

 

 

Not vested

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 March 2017

0.0025

13 Mar 2019

13 Mar 2027

-

603,200

603,200

17 October 2017

0.6926

17 Oct 2019

17 Oct 2027

-

35,000

35,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

638,200

638,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cost of share-based payments is included in "Administrative expenses" within the Statement of total comprehensive income.

 

As set out in Note 20, shares were issued to Mark Mills and to Matthew Turner and Nigel Turner (Peter Turner's sons) the costs attributed to which (£267,000) are also treated as share-based payments, and included in Exceptional administrative expenses (Note 7).

 

22.        Related party transactions

 

Compensation of key management personnel:

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Short term employment benefits

841

637

Share-based payments

326

-

 

1,167

637

 

Dividends were paid to the following shareholders:

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

J K Bridges

-

13

G A Johnson

-

13

C Banks

-

13

Dividend payments

-

39

 

The following transactions took place with related parties (purchases or dividends)/sales:

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Dividends to shareholders

-

(39)

 

 

 

On 13 January 2017, the Company issued three new £1 ordinary shares each to Nigel Turner and Matthew Turner (being sons of Peter Turner) at nominal value (see note 21), and on 14 February 2017, issued them a further one new £1 ordinary share each, which  were issued at nominal value with consideration at market value, resulting in a share premium account of £71,429.

 

The Company engages Abode Services Limited, which provides graphic design services.  One of the directors of Abode is Christopher Banks (director / key management personnel during the period).  The Company paid £5,076 (2016: £NIL) to Abode during the year, and had £NIL outstanding at the year end.

 

The following balances existed at periods end with related parties (payable)/receivable:

 

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Dividends to shareholding directors

-

(16)

 

23.        Ultimate controlling party

 

The Directors do not consider there to be an ultimate controlling party due to no individual party owning a majority share in the Company.

 

24.        Events after the reporting date

 

On 1 November 2017 and 2 November 2017, the Company was notified that Mark Mills and Peter Turner purchased a further 58,824 and 55,555 ordinary shares at a price of £0.85 & £0.90 per ordinary share, resulting in a beneficial interest of 5.26% and 0.16% respectively. Further details can be found on the Company's website.

 

25.        Capital commitments

 

At 31 October 2017 the Company had £90,320 (2016: £186,099) of capital commitments relating to the purchase of plant and machinery (2016: relating to the establishment of the Fareham premises).

 

26.        Pension commitments

 

The Company makes contributions to defined contribution stakeholder pension schemes. The contributions for the year of £39,007 (2016: NIL) were charged to the Income statement. Contributions outstanding at 31 October 2017 were NIL.

 

27.        Contingent liabilities

 

At 31 October 2017 the Company had in place bank guarantees of £250,000 (2016: NIL) in respect of supplier trade accounts. The company is not aware of any conditions which would realise these contingent liabilities.

 

28.        Reconciliation of Reported and Adjusted Profit

 

The reported results have been adjusted for exceptional items and for the additional expenditure on future growth within the UK and Overseas.

 

Profit before tax

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Reported profit before tax

(627)

(355)

 

 

 

Adjustments:

 

 

Exceptional IPO related administrative expenses

667

-

Exceptional share-based payments

264

-

Future growth expenditure relating to UK and overseas

446

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted profit before tax

750

(355)

 

Earnings per share

31 October

31 October

 

2017

2016

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Adjusted profit before tax

750

(355)

Income tax (expense) / income

(73)

81

Adjusted Profit / (Loss) for the year

677

(274)

 

 

 

 

Shares

Shares

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue

28,378,444

20,077,200

Share options

638,200

-

Weighted average number of shares (diluted)

29,016,644

20,077,200

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings / (loss) per share (£) (basic)

£0.02

(£0.01)

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings / (loss) per share (£) (diluted)

£0.02

(£0.01)

 


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