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Monday 26 March, 2018

YouGov PLC

Interim Results

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YouGov PLC
26 March 2018
 

26 March 2018

YouGov plc

Interim results for the six months to 31 January 2018

Strong half year numbers on all metrics

Summary of Results

 

Unaudited

Six months to

31 January 2018

£m

Unaudited

Six months to

31 January 2017

£m

Change

%

Audited

Full Year

 to

31 July

 2017

£m

Revenue

56.3

51.4

10%

107.0

Adjusted Operating Profit1

8.8

5.7

56%

14.5

Adjusted Operating Profit Margin (%)

16%

11%

-

14%

Adjusted Profit before Tax1

10.7

6.3

69%

16.4

Adjusted Earnings per Share1

7.3p

4.2p

74%

10.9p

Statutory Operating Profit

4.4

2.5

78%

7.6

Statutory Profit before Tax

4.5

2.5

78%

7.9

Statutory Earnings per Share

2.2p

1.4p

60%

4.4p

 

 

Financial highlights

·     Revenue growth of 10% (2017: 24%) - At constant currency growth of 12%

·     Adjusted operating profit1 up by 56% to £8.8m - At constant currency growth of 65%

·     Adjusted profit before tax1 up by 69% to £10.7m

·     Adjusted earnings per share1 up by 74% to 7.3p (2017: 4.2p) 

·     Adjusted operating profit margin1 up 5 percentage points to 16%

·     Statutory operating profit up 78% to £4.4m

·     Strong cash conversion1 85%

·     Net cash balances of £21.3m (31 January 2017: £15.0m)

 

Operational highlights

·     Data Products & Services revenue up by 27% to £27.8m; now representing 49% of total (2017: 43%)

YouGov BrandIndex revenue up by 24% to £11.4m

YouGov Profiles revenue up by 100% to £2.9m

YouGov Omnibus revenue up by 24% to £12.7m

·     Custom Research revenue reduced (by 2% to £29.1m) as expected due to strategic focus on higher margin work; resulting in operating profit of £6.9m, an increase of 60%

·     UK and US remain the core profit drivers, up 89% and 56% respectively

·     Board appointments - additional Non-Executive Director and two new Executive Directors appointed in December 2017

 

1Defined in the explanation of non-IFRS measures on page 12.

 

 

Commenting on the results, Stephan Shakespeare, Chief Executive, said:

"We continue to deliver to the goals we set out in our five-year plan, and as we move into the penultimate year of that plan we are on track for delivering growth well ahead of our industry. By increasing our investment in technology we are getting more out of our data engine and our profit is growing at a higher rate. We have enjoyed a particularly strong first half. Trading during the second half has continued positively, we are accelerating our investment in technology and geographic expansion and remain confident in our prospects for the year. Our suite of products and services are being aligned in a single connected system and we continue to generate new opportunities for growth."

 

Enquiries:

YouGov plc

Stephan Shakespeare / Alex McIntosh

 

020 7012 6000

FTI Consulting

Charles Palmer / Harry Staight

 

020 3727 1000

Numis Securities Limited (NOMAD and broker)

Nick Westlake / Toby Adcock

 

020 7260 1000

 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer's Review

 

We are pleased to report that in the first half of the financial year YouGov has achieved strong organic revenue growth and significant growth in profitability, materially ahead of the market.

 

Delivering against our objectives

 

As shareholders will be aware, in 2015 we laid out a five-year growth plan with ambitious goals to grow the proportion of revenue from our higher margin syndicated Data Products & Services segment and to raise profit margins in our Custom Research segment. Delivery against both of these goals has been strong. As of this half-year end, Data Products & Services revenue now accounts for 49% of the group total (compared to 32% in the year ending 31 July 2014) representing an early achievement of the strategic goal of parity with Custom Research by next financial year. At the same time, we have achieved a healthy increase in margins in Custom Research, growing operating margins from 11% at the end of 2014 to 24% for this half-year.

 

Advancing our strategy

 

Since laying out our five-year plan, our strategy has evolved in response to new technologies and the changing needs of our clients. Having had success with the different growth strategies for the Data Products & Services and Custom Research segments, we are now less focused on the distinction between segments and more focused on growing and connecting all forms of higher margin business and aligning all our products and services into a single connected system.

 

We are creating a new business model for market research based on systematic large-scale connected data which can incorporate custom additions with an advanced analytics platform. We continue to invest more in technology, and it should be noted that our profit growth has accelerated in line with these increased investments. Across the business we are benefiting from the engine we have built. That engine continues to gain in power and application and we envisage further value from our data as it begins to play an upstream role in the marketing process. Our strategy is based firmly on a commitment to being at the leading edge of data science, with efficiently engineered data gathering, data processing, data analytics and data delivery.

 

We have consistently emphasised scalability. We see clear opportunities to increase our geographic reach through panel expansion, to broaden the extent and applicability of our syndicated data, and to connect custom research more organically to that data, further improving quality and efficiency. During the period, we have established new organic operations in Italy and Spain and added a bolt-on acquisition to our existing operation in Australia where we saw an opportunity to accelerate our growth. We have also established a new shared services centre in India to complement the existing service centre in Romania and provide 24/7 data processing and analytics coverage.

 

One of the new ways we can apply our data to the needs of the marketing community is to embed it into ad targeting technology. We have seen some increase in revenue from this over the past six months. The EU's forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires that, in order for marketers, advertisers and ad-tech companies to be able to take full advantage of YouGov's data assets, we collect more explicit 'permissioning' from the YouGov panel for the data they provide to us. Preparing for the GDPR, and the proposed EU ePrivacy regulation, has presented us with an opportunity to reinforce the trusted relationship we have with our panel while also innovating new commercial opportunities. 

 

As announced on 12 February 2018, we are developing a new digital advertising platform, YouGov Direct. Currently consumers have little control over their data, while ineffective targeting has a negative impact on brands and publishers. YouGov Direct aims to overcome those problems in the ad ecosystem by harnessing blockchain technology to verify the data exchange between consumers and advertisers. Advertisers, brands and publishers using the platform gain access to known audience attributes, which enable more effective advertising targeting and better campaign performance. YouGov has always treated its panellists as 'partners' - they share their data with us deliberately, not inadvertently, to create commercial, institutional and public value. We therefore see only benefits to our business in an environment of greater sensitivity to privacy issues.

 

Data Products

 

Our Data Products division consists of Profiles, YouGov's audience segmentation and targeting tool, and BrandIndex, YouGov's flagship daily brand tracking service. Increasingly, these complementary products are positioned as a single capability, communicated as 'Plan & Track' to our prospects and clients. The Plan & Track solution is proving to be instrumental in establishing transparency and a common version of the truth among the key players in the advertising and marketing ecosystem.  Advertisers need to find the most attractive avenues through which to grow their brands; media owners need to demonstrate the desirability and the efficacy of their platforms to brands and their agencies; and agencies are under increasing pressure to justify strategic and tactical investment decisions on behalf of their brand clients.

 

YouGov's Plan & Track solution provides this by allowing clients to easily identify key consumer groups, based on brand preferences, attitudes, lifestyle, interests and many other key variables (defining the right target audiences). Data from our connected data library, the Cube, can then be used to describe and understand those groups is granular detail and develop content that will resonate (finding the right messages). Media data, including TV shows watched and websites visited, help clients understand how to best reach those consumers (finding the right place and time to advertise). BrandIndex, which can be customised to allow the tracking of those who were identified as the target audience at the start of the process in Profiles, allows clients to audit the reach of their campaign and test the effect of their messages.

 

The full Plan & Track solution is now available in 13 markets with France, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand all launched during the last six months, and roll-out in a further eight markets planned. BrandIndex is now available in 32 markets, and with the support of a global media agency as a charter subscriber, we have begun to develop Profiles in India, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines for launch during this calendar year.

 

Data Services

 

YouGov Omnibus, our popular and fast-turnaround data service, comprises the majority of Data Services revenue. The balance comes from our related Field & Tab services, and from the provision of Sample-Only services in the Nordic and Middle East regions.

 

Our technology investments in the period have included developments which are enhancing the commissioning and delivery of Data Services research. Our new self-service survey design tool, Collaborate, is currently being trialled with a select number of key clients in the UK and US.  In most geographies, survey results are now being delivered to clients through Crunch, our data analytics and visualisation tool.

We also continue to develop the interoperability between our products and services. Increasing numbers of clients are taking advantage of our new 're-contact' service through which Profiles and BrandIndex subscribers can undertake Omnibus surveys to obtain additional data tailored to their needs from segments of the panel with specific profile characteristics.

Custom Research

 

YouGov's Custom Research business conducts a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research, tailored to meet clients' specific requirements. The scope, scale and complexity of projects varies significantly and ranges from one-off surveys, through to large-scale national and multinational tracking studies often contracted on an annual basis and often requiring advanced analytics.

 

We have made good progress on our strategy to focus less on one-off projects and more on multi-country, multi-wave studies. In the period this included exiting parts of the Germany and Middle East businesses with low margins.

 

Work continues on improving the profitability of our Custom Research business by building on the efficiencies of our panel, our advanced population modelling (including our new methodology based on Multilevel Regression and Post-stratification ('MRP')), our connected data library (the Cube), our analytics and visualisation tool (Crunch), and our suite of data products and services. As a result, we are seeing significant improvements in the profitability and visibility of custom research across the Group. A recent example from YouGov's UK Custom Research division involved building a relationship with a new media client through the delivery of a foundational custom research tracking project, and then expanding the relationship to include an agency-wide subscription to YouGov Profiles. 

 

Current trading and outlook

 

As previously announced, in December 2017 we refreshed and extended our Board with the appointment of an additional Non-Executive Director (Andrea Newman) and two new Executive Directors (Alex McIntosh, Chief Financial Officer, and Sundip Chahal, Chief Operating Officer). These appointments add strong financial, strategic and marketing expertise to our Board and management team and will contribute to YouGov's future success.

 

Our pipeline of sales opportunities for our syndicated data products is robust and we continue to see opportunities for growth within those forms of custom research which are aligned with our core connected-data offering. We will keep investing in our technology platforms to support growth and expansion in line with our strategic objectives.

 

Trading during the second half has continued positively. While 'Brexit' continues to create uncertainty in the economic and political environment, especially for UK and European businesses, the international spread of our revenues (with a significant US weighting) positions our business well to cope with, or even gain from, potential volatility. In the context of both the macro-environment and our own plans to accelerate our investment in technology and geographic expansion, we remain confident of our expectations for the full year.

 

 

Stephan Shakespeare

Chief Executive Officer

26 March 2018

 

Chief Financial Officer's Review

Performance in the six months to 31 January 2018 continued to reflect the transition to a business model with a higher proportion of sales based on our proprietary Cube data. Total Group revenue in the period rose to £56.3m, compared to £51.4m in the six months to 31 January 2017. Growth was 12% on a constant currency basis (but 10% in reported terms due to the appreciation of £ Sterling against US Dollar) since the prior period. With a higher proportion of sales coming from higher margin products and services, gross margins increased by 2% points to 81% and Group operating costs (excluding amortisation of intangibles and exceptional items) of £36.6m (2017: £34.9m) increased by 5% in reported terms, and 6% in constant currency terms.

 

In the prior financial year, certain research divisions in Middle East, Germany and Nordics were restructured to focus on activities aligned with our strategy. In the six months to 31 January 2018, further restructuring was undertaken across; the German and Middle East Custom Research divisions and to close down the Global Reports division.

 

All geographies saw continued growth in core activities during the period. The US and UK remain the largest profit centres in the Group, growing operating profit by 56% and 89% respectively. The Asia Pacific, which has been an investment area, delivered strong revenue growth of 65% and is now breakeven at the operating profit level. The Middle East and Germany revenue declined by 20% and 15% respectively due to the restructuring programmes in their Custom Research divisions. Revenue in France increased by 62% and the Nordics grew by 7%.

 

Total Group adjusted operating profit, before amortisation and separately reported items, grew by 56% to £8.8m, compared to £5.7m in the six months to 31 January 2017. Amortisation charges for intangible assets totalled £3.6m in the period (2017: £3.1m) of which £0.3m (2017: £0.5m) related to assets acquired through business combinations, £1.5m (2017: £1.3m) to separately acquired assets and £1.8m (2017: £1.3m) to internally generated assets. The Group recognised net financial income of £0.1m during the period (2017: £0.1m).

 

Central Costs have increased by £2.5m, in part due to an increase in the Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) charge of £1.3m reflecting the increased likelihood that the 'LTIP 2014' plan will pay out in full in November 2019.

 

Adjusted profit before tax of £10.7m was an increase of £4.4m (69%) on the comparable result of £6.3m for the six months to 31 January 2017. The adjusted tax rate decreased from 31% to 29% mainly as a result of a reduction in US tax rates. Adjusted earnings per share rose by 74% to 7.3p, compared to 4.2p in the six months to 31 January 2017. A statutory profit before tax of £4.5m was reported after charging separately reported items, amortisation and share based payment costs of £6.2m (2017: £3.8m) compared to £2.5m in the six months ended 31 January 2017. In this financial year the Group will benefit from the changes to tax rates in the US, resulting in the blended tax rate the Group pays reducing to 25% from 31%.

 

The Group invested £1.7m (2017: £1.6m) in the continuing development of our technology platform and maintained the investment in panel recruitment at £1.4m (2017: £1.4m) to support continued global expansion. Our investment in technology continued across three main areas: websites and mobile applications, survey systems, and our data analytics tool, Crunch. £0.6m (2017: £0.4m) was spent on the purchase of property, plant and equipment, resulting in a total investment in fixed assets of £3.7m (2017: £3.4m). Other cash outflows included taxation payments of £2.9m (2017: £0.9m) and the annual dividend payment of £2.1m (2017: £1.5m) in December 2017.

 

International expansion was supported by further investment in building and developing our panels in India, Spain, Italy, Taiwan and Australia. These investments enabled us to transition our data collection for BrandIndex and Data Services off third-party panel providers and to build up our proprietary data in these important markets.

 

On 8 December 2017, the Group completed the acquisition of Galaxy Research Pty Limited ('Galaxy'), a market research company based in Sydney, Australia. The initial consideration was AUD 1.25m (£0.7m) with a two year earn-out. Galaxy has a strong reputation for accurate political polling and the majority of client work is similar to Data Services with a mixture of online and offline methodologies. 

 

There was a net cash outflow of £1.1m in the period, compared to £1.0m in the six months to 31 January 2017. This was increased by a £0.8m decrease in the value of non-Sterling cash balances due to foreign exchange movements so that net cash balances of £21.3m were £2.0m lower than at 31 July 2017 and £6.3m higher than the balances of £15.0m as at 31 January 2017.

 

The Group's results were affected by the net appreciation of GBP as its average exchange rate was 5% higher against the USD and 3% lower against the Euro in this period than in the 6 months to 31 January 2017. The net impact of foreign exchange on the Group's adjusted operating profit was a decrease of £0.5m compared to calculation in constant currency terms. The underlying increase, compared to the 6 months ended 31 January 2017, was 65%. 

 

Data Products

 

Revenue from Data Products increased by 31% (34% in constant currency terms) in the period. The adjusted operating profit from Data Products increased by 75% to £4.8m and the operating margin increased by 9% points to 34%. The improving margin partly reflects the growing contribution from Profiles as well as a reduction in the use of third party data collection.

 

Our flagship product, BrandIndex, grew revenue by 24% (27% in constant currency terms) to £11.4m (2017: £9.2m). BrandIndex accounts for 20% of total Group revenue in the period and increased its subscriber numbers to 32 markets across the world. Profiles made good progress, with sales in this period together with the subscription growth achieved last year led to global revenue increasing by 100% (104% constant currency) to £2.9m.

 

Geographically, the US remains the largest Data Products market and grew by 14% in GBP terms, (20% in local currency). In the UK, revenue grew by 43%, a faster rate than the previous year, due to faster new business sales in the second half of the previous financial year. There was also strong revenue growth in other markets including 49% in Germany (44% in local currency) and 18% in the Nordics (14% in local currency). The newer markets of France and Asia Pacific each grew their revenue in reported terms by over 90%.

 

Data Services

 

Revenue from Omnibus, our online fast turnaround service (which represents 94% of Data Services) increased by 24% (24% in constant currency terms) to £12.7m, mainly due to strong growth in international markets. This growth contributed to an increase of 41% in the Data Services operating profit to £3.5m and the operating margin rose from 22% to 26% reflecting investment in the newer markets, notably Asia Pacific delivering growth.

 

This included a 75% increase in reported revenue in USA (85% growth in local currency), and a 45% increase in Asia Pacific (53% in local currency). France and Middle East also grew strongly, by 27% (23% local currency) and 22% (28% local currency) respectively. In the UK, where YouGov Omnibus is the market leader, revenue grew by 10%.

 

Custom Research

 

Continued focus on a Custom Research offering which utilises our proprietary panel, survey system and Cube data has resulted in a significant increase in profitability in this segment. Revenue for the period decreased by 2% to £29.1m and operating profit increased by 60% to £6.9m (2017: £4.3m). Performance in the period was impacted by the reduction of low profit or loss making activities in Germany and the Middle East in the latter half of last financial year. In this half year, further headcount reductions to the Custom Research division in Germany and Middle East resulted in a separately reported charge of £0.4m.

 

The majority of revenue growth in Custom Research was achieved in the UK (£0.5m) and US (£2.0m). The growth in profits are underpinned by an increased amount of custom tracking projects and differentiated propositions based on Cube data and our technology capabilities. The restructuring in underperforming and off-strategy areas resulted in a reduction of £3.1m revenue and £2.6m in overheads.

 

Reflecting the reduction of activities in some areas, total Custom Research revenue increased 1% in constant currency terms although it declined by 2% in reported terms to £29.1m. However, the adjusted operating profit increased by 60% to £6.9m and the operating margin improved by 10% point to 24%. This was largely due to operating costs reducing by 12% as a result of the restructuring of underperforming areas. 

 

The continued rationalisation of Custom Research led to mixed performances across the geographies. In the UK, where our core panel-based model is most established, revenue grew by 7% (benefitting from several large tracker contracts) and the operating margin increased from 23% to 32%. In the US, revenue increased by 16% in reported terms but was 23% in local currency terms. Middle East revenue fell by 24% in local currency terms due to restructuring of operations. Reported revenue decreased in the Nordics and Germany and also fell in local currency terms.

 

 

 

Performance by Product and Service

 

Revenue

Six months to

31 Jan 2018

£m

Six months to

31 Jan 2017

£m

Revenue growth / (reduction)

%

Constant currency revenue change %

Data Products (incl. BrandIndex)

14.4

11.0

31%

34%

Data Services (incl. Omnibus)

13.4

11.0

22%

23%

Total Data Products & Services

27.8

22.0

27%

29%

Custom Research

29.1

29.6

(2%)

1%

Intra-group Revenues

(0.6)

(0.2)

-

-

Group

56.3

51.4

10%

12%

 

Adjusted Operating Profit

 

 

Six months to

31 Jan 2018

£m

Six months to

31 Jan 2017

£m

Operating

Profit growth

%

Operating Margin

Six months to

31 Jan 2018

Six months to

31 Jan 2017

Data Products (incl. BrandIndex)

4.8

2.8

75%

34%

25%

Data Services (incl. Omnibus)

3.5

2.5

41%

26%

22%

Total Data Products & Services

8.3

5.3

58%

30%

24%

Custom Research

6.9

4.3

60%

24%

14%

Central Costs

(6.4)

(3.9)

63%

-

-

Group

8.8

5.7

56%

16%

11%

 

 

 

Performance by Geography

 

Revenue

Six months

to

31 Jan 2018

£m

Six months

to

31 Jan 2017

£m

Revenue

growth / (reduction)

%

Constant currency revenue

change %

 

UK

14.5

12.5

15%

15%

 

USA

23.3

19.7

18%

25%

 

Germany

4.5

5.3

(15%)

(18%)

 

Nordic

4.9

4.6

7%

4%

 

Middle East

6.0

7.5

(20%)

(16%)

 

France

1.7

1.1

62%

56%

 

Asia Pacific

3.9

2.3

65%

64%

 

Intra-group Revenues

(2.5)

(1.6)

-

-

 

Group 

56.3

51.4

10%

12%

 

Adjusted Operating Profit

Six months to

31 Jan 2018

£m

Six months to

31 Jan 2017

£m

Operating

Profit growth

%

Operating Margin

Six months to

31 Jan 2018

Six months to

31 Jan 2017

UK

5.8

3.1

89%

40%

25%

USA

7.9

5.1

56%

34%

26%

Germany

0.2

0.2

(33%)

4%

5%

Nordic

0.5

0.7

(34%)

10%

15%

Middle East

1.3

1.2

14%

22%

16%

France

0.3

0.1

213%

17%

9%

Asia Pacific

-

(0.6)

-

1%

(24%)

Central Costs

(7.2)

(4.1)

74%

-

-

Group

8.8

5.7

56%

16%

11%

                       

 

 

Panel Development by Geography

 

We continue to invest in our online panel to increase our research capabilities, both in new geographies and specialist panels. At 31 January 2018, the total number of panellists had increased to 6 million, compared to 5.6 million at 31 January 2017, as set out in the table below.

 

Region

Panel size at

31 January 2018

Panel size at

31 January 2017

UK

1,267,400

1,017,600

USA

2,248,800

2,063,900

Germany

328,600

272,700

Nordic

307,600

258,800

Middle East

873,700

1,073,300

France

208,900

179,400

Asia Pacific

772,100

688,600

Total

6,007,100

5,554,300

 

Explanation of Non-IFRS measures

 

Financial Measure

How we define it

Why we use it

Separately reported items

Items that in the Directors' judgement are one-off or need to be disclosed separately by virtue of their size or incidence

Provides a more comparable basis to assess the year-to-year operational business performance

Adjusted operating profit

Operating profit excluding amortisation of intangible assets charged to operating expenses and separately reported items

 

Adjusted operating profit margin

Adjusted operating profit expressed as a percentage of revenue

 

Adjusted profit before tax

Profit before tax before amortisation of intangible assets charged to operating profit, share based payment charges, imputed interest and separately reported items.

 

Adjusted taxation

Taxation due on the adjusted profit before tax, thus excluding the tax effect of amortisation and exceptional items

Provides a more comparable basis to assess the underlying tax rate 

 

Adjusted tax rate

Adjusted taxation expressed as a percentage of adjusted profit before tax

 

Adjusted profit after tax

Adjusted profit before tax less adjusted taxation

 

Facilitates performance evaluation, individually and relative to other companies

Adjusted profit after tax attributable to owners of the parent

Adjusted profit after tax less profit attributable to non-controlling interests

 

Adjusted earnings per share

Adjusted profit after tax attributable to owners of the parent divided by the weighted average number of shares.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share includes the impact of share options

 

Constant currency revenue change

Current year revenue change compared to prior year revenue in local currency translated at the current year average exchange rates

 

Shows the underlying revenue change by eliminating the impact of foreign exchange rate movements

Cash conversion

The ratio of cash generated from operations to adjusted operating profit

 

Indicates the extent to which the business generates cash from  adjusted operating profits

 
 

YOUGOV PLC

STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITiES

For the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

The Board of Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, these consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the European Union. The interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R and DTR 4.2.8R, namely:

 

·      an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and material related-party transactions in the first six months of the financial year and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual Report.

 

The Board of Directors of YouGov plc are:

·      Roger Parry - Non-Executive Chair

·      Nick Jones - Non-Executive Director

·      Ben Elliot - Non-Executive Director

·      Rosemary Leith - Non-Executive Director

·      Andrea Newman - Non-Executive Director

·      Stephan Shakespeare - Chief Executive Officer

·      Alex McIntosh - Chief Financial Officer

·      Sundip Chahal - Chief Operating Officer

 

By order of the Board:

 

 

Alex McIntosh

Chief Financial Officer

26 March 2018

 

 

 

YOUGOV PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

 

31 January

31 January

31 July

 

 

2018

2017

2017

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

4

56,316

51,363

107,048

Cost of Sales

 

(10,837)

(10,816)

(21,339)

Gross profit

 

45,479

40,547

85,709

Operating expenses

 

(41,106)

(38,084)

(78,152)

Operating profit

4

4,373

2,463

7,557

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

3,571

3,103

6,483

Separately reported items

5

886

103

488

Adjusted operating profit

 

8,830

5,669

14,528

 

 

 

 

 

Share of post-tax profits in joint ventures

 

-

-

103

Finance income

 

187

390

480

Finance costs

 

(94)

(337)

(226)

Profit before taxation

 

4,466

2,516

7,914

Taxation

6

(2,093)

(1,047)

(3,273)

Profit after taxation

 

2,373

1,469

4,641

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent company

 

2,373

1,469

4,671

Non-controlling interests

 

-

-

(30)

 

 

2,373

1,469

4,641

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share attributable to equity holders of the company

7

2.2p

1.4p

4.4p

Diluted earnings per share attributable to equity holders of the company

7

2.1p

1.4p

4.2p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

31 January

31 January

31 July

2018

2017

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

2,373

1,469

4,641

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

Item that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

(2,607)

2,349

1,159

Other comprehensive income for the year net of tax

(2,607)

2,349

1,159

Total comprehensive income for the period

(234)

3,818

5,800

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent company

(234)

3,818

5,830

Non-controlling interests

-

-

(30)

Total comprehensive income for the period

(234)

3,818

5,800

 

 

Items in the statement above are disclosed net of tax.

 

YOUGOV PLC

consolidated STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

As at 31 January 2018

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

31 January 2018

31 January 2017

31 July

 2017

Assets

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

9

42,182

44,184

43,746

Other intangible assets

9

10,906

10,896

11,214

Property, plant and equipment

9

3,177

3,545

3,278

Investments in joint ventures and associates

 

345

242

345

Deferred tax assets

 

7,698

5,722

6,054

Total non-current assets

 

64,308

64,589

64,637

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

33,517

31,883

30,699

Current tax assets

 

1,521

1,490

738

Cash and cash equivalents

 

21,264

14,997

23,481

Total current assets

 

56,302

48,370

54,918

Total assets

 

120,610

112,959

119,555

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

29,583

26,426

29,389

Borrowings

 

-

-

262

Acquisition consideration

 

193

-

-

Contingent consideration

 

87

-

-

Provisions

 

3,775

2,051

3,749

Current tax liabilities

 

970

596

777

Total current liabilities

 

34,608

29,073

34,177

Net current assets

 

21,694

19,297

20,741

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Contingent consideration

 

51

-

-

Provisions

 

3,184

4,670

3,222

Deferred tax liabilities

 

1,694

1,528

1,683

Total non-current liabilities

 

4,929

6,198

4,905

Total liabilities

 

39,537

35,271

39,082

Net assets

 

81,073

77,688

80,473

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Issued share capital

11

211

210

211

Share premium

 

31,261

31,221

31,261

Merger reserve

 

9,239

9,239

9,239

Foreign exchange reserve

 

12,282

16,079

14,889

Retained earnings

 

28,080

20,909

24,873

Total shareholders' funds

 

81,073

77,658

80,473

Non-controlling interests in equity

 

-

30

-

Total equity

 

81,073

77,688

80,473

 

The accompanying accounting policies and notes form an integral part of this financial information.

 

 

 

Alex McIntosh

Chief Financial Officer

26 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

YOUGOV PLC

consolidated statement OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

For the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

  

 
Attributable to equity holders of the Company
 
 
 
 
Share
capital
£’000
Share premium
£’000
Merger reserve
 £’000
Foreign
exchange reserve
£’000
Retained earnings
£’000
Total
£’000
Non-controlling interest
£’000
Total
£’000
Balance at 1 August 2016
209
31,086
9,239
13,730
19,795
74,059
30
74,089
 
Changes in equity for 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations
-
-
-
1,159
-
1,159
-
1,159
 
Net income recognised directly in equity
-
-
-
1,159
-
1,159
-
1,159
 
Profit for the year
-
-
-
-
4,671
4,671
(30)
4,641
 
Total comprehensive income for the year
-
-
-
1,159
4,671
5,830
(30)
5,800
 
Issue of shares
2
175
-
-
(2)
175
-
175
 
Dividends paid
-
-
-
-
(1,470)
(1,470)
-
(1,470)
 
Share-based payments
-
-
-
-
1,488
1,488
-
1,488
 
Tax in relation to share based payments
-
-
-
-
391
391
-
391
 
Total transactions with owners recognised directly   in equity
2
175
-
-
407
584
-
584
 
Balance at 31 July 2017
211
31,261
9,239
14,889
24,873
80,473
-
80,473
 
Changes in equity for 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations
-
-
-
(2,607)
-
(2,607)
-
(2,607)
 
Net income recognised directly in equity
-
-
-
(2,607)
-
(2,607)
-
(2,607)
 
Profit for the period
-
-
-
-
2,373
2,373
-
2,373
 
Total comprehensive income for the period
-
-
-
(2,607)
2,373
(234)
-
(234)
 
Issue of shares
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
 
Dividends paid
-
-
-
-
(2,106)
(2,106)
-
(2,106)
 
Share-based payments
-
-
-
-
1,802
1,802
-
1,802
 
Tax in relation to share based payments
-
-
-
-
1,138
1,138
-
1,138
 
Total transactions with owners recognised directly   in equity
-
-
-
-
834
834
-
834
 
Balance at 31 January 2018
211
31,261
9,239
12,282
28,080
81,073
-
81,073
 

 

YOUGOV PLC

consolidated cash flow statement

For the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

 

31 January

31 January

31 July

 

 

2018

2017

2017

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Profit before taxation

4,466

2,516

7,914

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

   Finance income

(187)

(390)

(480)

 

   Finance costs

94

337

226

 

   Share of post-tax profit in joint ventures

-

-

(103)

 

   Amortisation *

3,571

3,116

6,508

 

   Depreciation

570

566

1,174

 

   Share based payments

1,802

625

1,488

 

   Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

3

-

7

 

   Profit on disposal of subsidiary undertakings

-

-

(94)

 

   Other non-cash operating profit items

138

-

(255)

-

 

Increase in trade and otherreceivables

(3,572)

(2,152)

(1,531)

 

Increase/(Decrease) in trade and otherpayables

420

(499)

2,779

 

Increase in provisions

216

728

1,026

 

Cash generated from operations

7,521

 

4,592

18,914

 

Interest paid

(3)

(1)

(2)

 

Income taxes paid

(2,948)

(901)

(2,487)

 

Net cash generated from operating activities

4,570

3,690

16,425

 

Cash flow from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Net cash acquired

174

-

-

 

Net proceeds from the sales of subsidiary undertakings

-

-

150

 

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

7

-

-

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(615)

(383)

(843)

 

Purchase of intangible assets

(3,122)

(2,976)

(6,968)

 

Interest received

16

8

8

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(3,540)

(3,351)

(7,653)

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from the issue of share capital

-

135

175

 

Dividends paid to company's shareholders

(2,106)

(1,470)

(1,470)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(2,106)

(1,335)

(1,295)

 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(1,076)

(996)

7,477

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

23,219

15,553

15,553

 

Exchange (loss)/gain on cash and cash equivalents

(879)

440

189

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

21,264

14,997

23,219

 

 

* Amortisation includes £nil (2017: £13,000) recognised in cost of sales.

YOUGOV PLC

notes to the consolidated interim financial statements

For the six months ended 31 January 2018

 

 

1          GENERAL INFORMATION                                                     

 

YouGov plc and subsidiaries' (the 'Group') principal activity is the provision of market research.

 

YouGov plc is the Group's ultimate parent company. It is incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of YouGov plc's registered office is 50 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT. YouGov plc's shares are listed on the Alternative Investment Market.

 

YouGov plc's consolidated interim financial statements are presented in Pounds Sterling (£), which is also the functional currency of the parent company.

 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors of YouGov plc (the 'Board') on 26 March 2018.

 

This consolidated interim financial information for the six months ended 31 January 2018 does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 July 2017 were approved by the Board on 6 October 2017 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.  The consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 July 2017 are available from the Company's registered office or website (www.yougov.com).

 

This consolidated interim financial information is unaudited and not reviewed by the auditors. 

 

2          FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Certain statements in this interim report are forward looking. Although the Group believes that the expectations reflected in these forward looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. As these statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements.

 

We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 

3          BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

This consolidated interim report for the six months ended 31 January 2018 has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and IAS 34 'Interim financial reporting' as adopted by the European Union. The consolidated interim report should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017, which has been prepared in accordance with IFRS's as adopted by the European Union.

 

Accounting policies

The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2017, as described in those Annual Financial Statements.

 

Accounting estimates and judgements

The preparation of interim financial information requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amount of income, expense, assets and liabilities. The significant estimates and judgements made by management were consistent with those applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017.

 

Reclassifications

Costs relating to the Chief Scientist and Crunch operational support were previously allocated to Custom Research and USA are now included within Central Costs.  In order to provide a better understanding of product line performance, the prior year comparatives in the segmental analysis have been restated increasing both Custom Research and USA operating profit by £792,000 and Central Costs by £792,000.

 

Risks and uncertainties

The principal strategic level risks and uncertainties affecting the group remain those set out in the Strategic Report on pages 36 and 37 of the 2017 Annual Report.

 

The Chief Executive Officer's Review in this interim report include comments on the outlook for the remaining six months of the financial year.


 

 

 

 

4             SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS

 

The Board of Directors (which is the 'chief operating decision maker') primarily reviews information based on product lines, Custom Research, Data Products & Data Services, with supplemental geographical information. 

 

 

Custom Research

Data Products

Data Services

Intra-group revenues / Central Costs

Group

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

For the six months to 31 January 2018 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

29,135

14,382

13,439

(640)

56,316

Cost of sales

(7,010)

(1,795)

(2,349)

317

(10,837)

Gross profit

22,125

12,587

11,090

(323)

45,479

Operating expenses

(15,262)

(7,802)

(7,579)

(6,006)

(36,649)

Adjusted^ operating profit/(loss)

6,863

4,785

3,511

(6,329)

8,830

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

 

 

 

(3,571)

Separately reported items

 

 

 

 

(886)

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

4,373

Share of post-tax profits in associates

 

 

 

 

-

Finance income

 

 

 

 

187

Finance costs

 

 

 

 

(94)

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

4,466

Taxation

 

 

 

 

(2,093)

Profit after taxation

 

 

 

 

2,373

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other segment information

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

99

-

-

471

570

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the six months to 31 January 2017 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

29,639

10,996

10,976

(248)

51,363

Cost of sales

(6,773)

(1,887)

(2,131)

(25)

(10,816)

Gross profit

22,866

9,109

8,845

(273)

40,547

Operating expenses

(18,586)

(6,342)

(6,352)

(3,598)

(34,878)

Adjusted^ operating profit/(loss) (restated)*

4,280

2,767

2,493

(3,871)

5,669

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

 

 

 

(3,103)

Exceptional items

 

 

 

 

(103)

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

2,463

Share of post-tax profits in associates

 

 

 

 

-

Finance income

 

 

 

 

390

Finance costs

 

 

 

 

(337)

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

2,516

Taxation

 

 

 

 

(1,047)

Profit after taxation

 

 

 

 

1,469

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other segment information

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

365

57

85

59

566

 

4             SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS (continued)

 

Supplementary information by geography

 

 

Six months to 31 January 2018 (Unaudited)

Six months to 31 January 2017 (Unaudited)

 

Revenue

Adjusted^ operating profit/(loss) (restated)*

Revenue

Adjusted^ operating profit/(loss) (restated)*

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

UK

14,458

5,836

12,538

3,087

USA

23,283

7,899

19,650

5,071

Germany

4,472

161

5,287

240

Nordic

4,944

472

4,615

711

Middle East

6,034

1,346

7,538

1,184

France

1,694

294

1,047

94

Asia Pacific

3,873

42

2,342

(571)

Intra-group revenues /

Central Costs

(2,442)

(7,220)

(1,654)

(4,147)

Group

56,316

8,830

51,363

5,669

 

* £792,000 of operating expenses relating to the Chief Scientist and Crunch support previously included in Custom Research have been reclassified as Central Costs (Note 3).

^ Operating profit/(loss) before amortisation of intangible assets and separately reported items.

 

5          SEPARATELY REPORTED ITEMS

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

31 January

31 January

31 July

 

2018

2017

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Restructuring costs

661

103

582

Profit on the disposal of subsidiary undertakings

-

-

(94)

Acquisition related costs

225

-

-

Total separately reported items

886

103

488

 

Restructuring costs in the period includes £230,000 resulting from the restructuring of the Custom Research business in Germany, £204,000 in relation to the reduction of non-core custom operations in the Middle East, £155,000 on the closure of the Reports business, £50,000 in reorganising the UK's management structure and £22,000 on the establishment of centralised global operations.

 

Acquisition related costs in the period were incurred on the acquisition of Galaxy Research Pty Ltd and include £138,000 of contingent consideration treated as staff costs, £59,000 of transaction costs and £28,000 of integration costs.

 

Restructuring costs in the prior period comprise £103,000 resulting from the transfer of Operations in the US to the Operations Shared Service Centre based in Romania.

 

 

 

 

6          TAXATION

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

31 January

31 January

31 July

 

2018

2017

2017

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current taxation charge

2,316

795

3,292

Deferred taxation (credit)/charge

(223)

252

(19)

Total income statement tax charge

2,093

1,047

3,273

 

 

7          EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

31 January

31 January

31 July

Number of shares

2018

2017

2017

Weighted average number of shares during the period ('000 shares):

 

 

 

-       Basic

105,493

104,570

105,453

-       Dilutive effect of options

4,954

4,001

4,670

-       Diluted

110,447

108,571

110,123

Basic earnings per share (in pence)

2.2p

1.4p

4.4p

Adjusted basic earnings per share (in pence)

7.3p

4.2p

10.9p

Diluted earnings per share (in pence)

2.1p

1.4p

4.2p

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (in pence)

6.9p

4.0p

10.5p

 

 

 

 

The adjustments have the following effect:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

2.2p

1.4p

4.4p

Amortisation of intangible assets

3.4p

3.0p

6.2p

Share based payments

1.7p

0.6p

1.4p

Separately reported items

0.9p

0.1p

0.5p

Tax effect of the above adjustments and adjusting tax items

(0.9p)

(0.9p)

(1.6p)

Adjusted basic earnings per share

7.3p

4.2p

10.9p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

2.1p

1.4p

.4.2p

Amortisation of intangible assets

3.3p

2.8p

5.9p

Share based payments

1.6p

0.6p

1.4p

Separately reported items

0.8p

0.1p

0.5p

Tax effect of the above adjustments and adjusting tax items

(0.9p)

(0.9p)

(1.5p)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

6.9p

4.0p

10.5p

 

 

8          DIVIDEND

 

On 11 December 2017 a final dividend in respect of the year ended 31 July 2017 of £2,106,000 (2.0p per share) (2016: £1,470,000 (1.4p per share)) was paid to shareholders. No interim dividend is proposed in respect of the period (2017: £nil).

 

9          GOODWILL, INTANGIBLE ASSETS, PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

 

 

Other

Property,

 

 

intangible

plant and

 

Goodwill

£'000

assets

£'000

Equipment

£'000

 

Carrying amount at 31 July 2016

42,401

10,739

3,568

Additions:

 

 

 

   Separately acquired

-

1,571

383

   Internally developed

-

1,405

-

Amortisation and depreciation

-

(3,116)

(566)

Disposals

-

-

-

Net exchange differences

1,783

297

160

Carrying amount at 31 January 2017

44,184

10,896

3,545

Additions:

 

 

 

   Separately acquired

-

1,976

460

   Internally developed

-

2,016

-

Amortisation and depreciation

-

(3,392)

(608)

Disposals

-

(71)

(7)

Net exchange differences

(438)

(211)

(112)

Carrying amount at 31 July 2017

43,746

11,214

3,278

Additions:

 

 

 

   Business combinations

469

424

28

   Separately acquired

-

1,410

615

   Internally developed

-

1,712

-

Amortisation and depreciation

-

(3,571)

(570)

Disposals

-

-

(10)

Net exchange differences

(2,033)

(283)

(164)

Carrying amount at 31 January 2018

42,182

10,906

3,177

 

In accordance with the Group's accounting policy, the carrying values of goodwill and other intangible assets are reviewed for impairment at each balance sheet date. A full impairment test is undertaken at each financial year end and a review for indicators of impairment is undertaken at the end of each interim period and an impairment test undertaken if required. The last full annual impairment review was undertaken as at 31 July 2017. There were no indications of impairment as at 31 January 2018.

 

 

9          GOODWILL, INTANGIBLE ASSETS, PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT (continued)

Other intangible assets are analysed as follows:

 

Consumer panel

Software and software develop-ment

Customer contracts and lists

Patents and trade-

marks

Develop-ment costs

 

 

 

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Carrying amount at 31 July 2016

2,914

5,636

1,667

391

131

10,739

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Separately acquired

1,364

190

-

17

-

1,571

   Internally developed

-

1,405

-

-

-

1,405

Total additions

1,364

1,595

-

17

-

2,976

Amortisation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Business combinations

-

(109)

(281)

(87)

-

(477)

   Separately acquired

(1,052)

(214)

-

(2)

(44)

(1,312)

   Internally developed

-

(1,327)

-

-

-

(1,327)

Total Amortisation

(1,052)

(1,650)

(281)

(89)

(44)

(3,116)

Net exchange differences

106

86

95

7

3

297

Carrying amount at 31 January 2017

3,332

5,667

1,481

326

90

10,896

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Separately acquired

2,107

(140)

-

9

-

1,976

   Internally developed

-

1,980

-

-

36

2,016

Total additions

2,107

1,840

-

9

36

3,992

Amortisation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Business combinations

-

(117)

(281)

(86)

-

(484)

   Separately acquired

(1,167)

(320)

-

(6)

(16)

(1,509)

   Internally developed

-

(1,399)

-

-

-

(1,399)

Total Amortisation

(1,167)

(1,836)

(281)

(92)

(16)

(3,392)

Disposals

-

-

-

-

(71)

(71)

Net exchange differences

(72)

(71)

(64)

(3)

(1)

(211)

Carrying amount at 31 July 2017

4,200

5,600

1,136

240

38

11,214

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Business combinations

-

-

424

 

 

424

   Separately acquired

1,365

33

-

12

-

1,410

   Internally developed

-

1,712

-

-

-

1,712

Total additions

1,365

1,745

424

12

-

3,546

Amortisation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Business combinations

-

(101)

(198)

-

-

(299)

   Separately acquired

(1,277)

(170)

-

(3)

(2)

(1,452)

   Internally developed

-

(1,820)

-

-

-

(1,820)

Total Amortisation

(1,277)

(2,091)

(198)

(3)

(2)

(3,571)

Net exchange differences

(161)

(56)

(63)

(3)

-

(283)

Carrying amount at 31 January 2018

4,127

5,198

1,299

246

36

10,906

 

10         BUSINESS COMBINATION AND DISPOSALS

 

Acquisition of Galaxy Research Pty Limited

 

On 8 December 2017, YouGov plc purchased a 100% shareholding in Galaxy Research Pty Limited ('Galaxy'), an Australian based research and technology company. The purchase consideration payable is AUD1,250,000 (£699,000) paid on completion plus a payment in respect of the net assets acquired which is currently estimated to be AUD337,000 (£188,000).  In addition there is a contingent payment linked to the gross profit of Galaxy in the two years following the acquisition payable shortly after the first and second anniversaries of the acquisition. 

 

The contingent payments due are estimated to total AUD2.3m (£1.3m) and is contingent upon continuing employment and therefore is recognised over the performance period and treated as separately reported staff compensation with £138,000 being recognised in the period to 31 January 2018.

 

Transaction and integration costs of £87,000 were incurred during the period ending 31 January 2018 relating to the acquisition and in accordance with IFRS3 (revised) these professional fees have been expensed in the period in which they have been incurred.

 

Provisional fair value adjustments have been made to align the Galaxy's accounting policies with those of YouGov.  Management are currently finalising the fair value calculations, including the measurement of any separately identifiable intangible assets, and this will be completed during the year ended 31 July 2018.

 

The amounts recognised for each class of Galaxy's assets recognised at the acquisition date are as follows:

 

 

Acquiree's carrying amount before combination

Provisional fair value adjustments

Provisional fair value

 

£000

£000

£000

Intangible assets - software and software development

-

424

424

Property plant and equipment

28

-

28

Deferred Tax

3

(116)

(113)

Cash

873

-

873

Other working capital

(794)

-

(794)

Net assets

110

308

418

Goodwill arising on acquisition

 

 

469

Total consideration

 

 

887

 

 

 

 

Total consideration analysed as:

 

 

 

Cash payable

 

 

188

Cash paid

 

 

699

Total consideration

 

 

887

 

The goodwill is attributable to the synergies expected from combining Galaxy with YouGov's existing business in Australia.

 

Ownership and control passed to YouGov on 8 December 2017 and Galaxy has been consolidated within the Group financial statements from that date.  Since the acquisition Galaxy has contributed £249,000 to Group revenue and £43,000 to Group Adjusted operating profit.  If the acquisition had occurred on 1 August 2017, Galaxy would have contributed £1,020,000 to Group revenue and £136,000 to Group Adjusted operating profit.

 

 

11         SHARE CAPITAL

 

 

Share

 

Number of

capital

 

shares

£'000

At 31 January 2017

105,029,566

210

Issue of shares

269,143

1

At 31 July 2017

105,298,709

211

Issue of shares

140,464

-

At 31 January 2018

105,439,173

211

 

The company has only one class of share.  The par value of each share is 0.2p.  All issued shares are fully paid. Shares issued in the year were in respect of the exercise of 140,464 share options at nil cost per share.

 

 

12         FAIR VALUES OF FINANCIAL ASSETS AND FINANCIAL LIABILITIES

 

Where market values are not available, fair values of financial assets and financial liabilities have been calculated by discounting expected future cash flows at prevailing interest rates and by applying year end foreign exchange rates.

 

Primary financial instruments held or issued to finance the Group's operations:

 

 

31 January 2018

Unaudited

31 January 2017

Unaudited

 

 

Book value

Fair value

Book value

Fair value

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Trade and other receivables

30,915

30,915

29,304

29,304

 

Cash and cash equivalents

21,264

21,264

14,997

14,997

 

Trade and other payables

(18,258)

(18,258)

(17,269)

(17,269)

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

 

Fair value estimation

The table below analyses financial instruments carried at fair value, by valuation method. The different levels have been defined as follows:

·      Quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1).

·      Inputs other than quoted prices included within level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly (that is, as prices) or indirectly (that is, derived from prices) (Level 2).

·      Inputs for the asset or liability that are not based on observable market data (that is, unobservable inputs) (Level 3).

 

 

31 January 2018

Unaudited

31 January 2017

Unaudited

Liabilities

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Contingent consideration

-

-

138

138

-

-

-

-

 

The following table presents the changes in Level 3 instruments.

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

6 months to

6 months to

 

31 January

31 January

Contingent consideration

2018

2017

 

£'000

£'000

Balance at 1 August

-

-

Recognised in the income statement

138

-

Balance at 31 January

138

-

 

 

13         TRANSACTIONS WITH DIRECTORS AND OTHER RELATED PARTIES

 

During the period, YouGov provided £395,000 of research services to SMG Insight Limited, an associate, and was charged £38,000 for research services by SMG Insight Limited. As at 31 January 2018, £282,000 was receivable from SMG Insight Limited in respect of these services.

 

As at 31 January 2018 £6,000 in respect of research services and a loan of £264,000 was receivable from Portent.io Limited, an associate, this loan bears interest at 4% and is repayable on 1 May 2019. 

 

On 10 December 2013, YouGov plc entered into a joint development agreement with Crunch.io Inc, a US company in which Doug Rivers, a senior manager of YouGov plc, has an equity interest of 40%. YouGov and Crunch.io Inc have agreed jointly to fund the development of a cloud-based data analytics software application in which both parties have usage rights.

 

As at 31 January 2018, Rosamund Shakespeare, the wife of Stephan Shakespeare, held 559,404 ordinary shares in the Company.

 

Other than emoluments, there were no other transactions with Directors during the period.

 

Trading between YouGov plc and group companies is excluded from the related party note as this has been eliminated on consolidation.

 

 

 

 


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