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Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Alliance Pharma PLC

Interim Results

RNS Number : 3767M
Alliance Pharma PLC
21 September 2021
 

For immediate release

  21 September 2021

 

ALLIANCE PHARMA PLC

("Alliance" or the "Group")

 

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2021

Strong growth from Consumer Healthcare brands and integration of Amberen complete

Full year outlook in line with market expectations

 

Alliance Pharma plc (AIM: APH), the international healthcare group, announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2021 (the "Period").

 

HIGHLIGHTS

· The Group traded strongly in the Period with an excellent performance from Kelo-cote™, an uplift in revenue from Prescription Medicines and a significant contribution from recently acquired Amberen™

· See-through revenue in total up 24% (+28% on a constant currency basis ("CCY")) to £80.9m; like-for-like ("LFL") see-through revenue, which excludes Amberen, up 9% (+12% CCY); statutory revenue up 27% to £78.6m (H1 2020 £61.7m)

Strong performance from Consumer Healthcare brands, with see-through revenue up 30% overall (+35% CCY)

§ Kelo-cote revenue up 54% (+62% CCY)

§ LFL Consumer Healthcare revenue up 8% (+12% CCY)

Prescription Medicines revenue up 12% (+12% CCY)

· Underlying gross margin up 4.7 % to 63.8% of see-through revenue (H1 2020: 59.1%), reflecting favourable changes in product mix; statutory gross margin up 3.1% to 65.6% (H1 2020: 62.5%)  

· Underlying profit before tax up 24% to £20.1m (H1 2020: £16.3m); reported profit before tax £16.5m (H1 2020: £0.6m)

· Free cash flow £6.5m (H1 2020: £10.5m), reflecting the expected reversal of favourable working capital movements in Q4 2020 and the timing of sales within the Period

· Leverage reduced to 2.21 times from 2.43 times at December 2020 and expected to fall below 2.0 times by the end of the year

· Amberen integration complete and trading in line with management expectations

· Interim dividend payment of 0.563p, up 5% (interim dividend 2020: 0.536p)

 

REVENUE SUMMARY

Unaudited six months ended 30 June

H1 2021

£m

H1 2020

£m

Growth

CCY growth

Kelo-cote

21.9

14.2

+54%

+62%

Amberen

9.5

-

-

-

Nizoral*

9.0

9.8

-8%

-7%

Other consumer brands

16.4

19.8

-17%

 

Consumer Healthcare

56.8

43.8

+30%

+35%

Prescription Medicines

24.1

21.5

+12%

+12%

See-through revenue* 

80.9

65.3

+24%

+28%

LFL Consumer Healthcare revenue, excluding Amberen

47.3

43.8

+8%

+12%

LFL see-through revenue, excluding Amberen

71.4

65.3

+9%

+12%

 

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

Unaudited six months ended 30 June

H1 2021

£m

H1 2020

£m

Growth

See-through Revenue*  

80.9

65.3

+24%

Statutory Revenue

78.6

61.7

+27%

Gross profit

51.6

38.6

+34%

Underlying EBITDA*

22.8

18.1

+26%

Underlying profit before taxation

20.1

16.3

+24%

Reported profit before taxation

16.5

0.6

 

Underlying basic earnings per share

2.99p

2.45p

+22%

Reported basic earnings per share

1.54p

(0.33)p

 

Free cash flow*

6.5

10.5

-38%

Leverage

2.21x

2.43x (31 Dec)

 

Net debt*

105.4

109.4 (31 Dec)

 

Interim dividend per share

0.563p

0.536p

+5%

 

* The performance of the Group is assessed using Alternative Performance Measures ("APMs"), which are measures that are not defined under IFRS, but are used by management to monitor ongoing business performance against both shorter term budgets and forecasts and against the Group's longer term strategic plans. APMs are defined in note 17.

Specifically, see-through revenue includes sales from Nizoral™ as if they had been invoiced by Alliance. Under the terms of the transitional services agreement with Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Alliance receives the benefit of the net profit on sales of Nizoral from the date of acquisition up until the product licences in each of the Asia-Pacific territories transfer from J&J to Alliance. For statutory accounting purposes the product margin on Nizoral sales is included within Revenue, in line with IFRS 15.

 

Commenting on the interim results, Peter Butterfield, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance, said :

 

"The Group has delivered another strong performance in the first half of 2021, with the uplift in revenue from our enlarged Consumer Healthcare business flowing through to pre-tax profits. We expect this core part of our business to continue to grow strongly during the remainder of the year, led by Kelo-cote and Amberen.

"We were very pleased with the first half performance from Amberen, which was acquired in December 2020 and has traded in line with our expectations. With the integration of the brand into our US-based operations now complete, we can focus on maximising the value of this key brand.

"Trading for the remainder of the financial year remains in line with market expectations. We expect the combination of positive trading and working capital movements to result in Group leverage falling below 2.0x by the end of the year." 

 

WEBCAST & ANALYST Q&A CALL

A pre-recorded presentation of the half year results, by Peter Butterfield, Chief Executive Officer, and Andrew Franklin, Chief Financial Officer, will be available at 7.05am today at the investor section of Alliance's website, https://www.alliancepharmaceuticals.com/investors/

and at https://webcasting.buchanan.uk.com/broadcast/6127786112f0cb436ea67ef8

A Q&A call for analysts will be held at 10.00am today; analysts who require joining details should contact Buchanan at [email protected] .

 

 

 

For further information:

 

Alliance Pharma plc

+ 44 (0)1249 466966

Peter Butterfield, Chief Executive Officer

 

Andrew Franklin, Chief Financial Officer

 

www.alliancepharma.co.uk

 

Buchanan

+ 44 (0)20 7466 5000

Mark Court / Sophie Wills / Hannah Ratcliff

 

 

 

Numis Securities Limited

+ 44 (0)20 7260 1000

Nominated Adviser: Freddie Barnfield / Duncan Monteith

 

Corporate Broking: James Black

 

 

Investec Bank plc

+ 44 (0) 20 7597 5970

Corporate Finance: Daniel Adams

 

Corporate Broking: Patrick Robb

 

 

About Alliance

Alliance Pharma plc (AIM: APH) is an international healthcare group. Our purpose is to improve the lives of consumers and patients through making available a range of clinically valuable healthcare products.

Our core focus is on the marketing of Consumer Healthcare brands, complemented by a smaller Prescription Medicines business. In total, we hold marketing rights to around 80 brands, with revenues generated from a mix of direct, distributor and e-commerce sales.

Headquartered in the UK, the Group employs around 250 people based in locations across Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region. By outsourcing our manufacturing and logistics operations, we remain asset-light and focused on maximising the value of our brands.

More information on Alliance can be found on our website: www.alliancepharmaceuticals.com

  
 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S STATEMENT

Trading performance

Overview

The Group delivered another strong performance in the Period, with see-through revenue up 24% to £80.9m (H1 2020: £65.3m), despite the impact of currency headwinds and continuing lockdowns, particularly in the APAC region; on a constant currency basis, revenue was up 28%. Like-for-like revenue, excluding Amberen, which was acquired by the Group at the end of 2020, was up 9% (up 12% on a constant currency basis).

Gross profit increased by 34% to £51.6m (H1 2020: £38.6m), the increase outstripping revenue growth due to favourable changes in product mix. This was balanced by an increase in operational costs, primarily reflecting the inclusion of the Amberen cost base. Coupled with small increases in depreciation charges and financing costs, underlying profit before tax increased 24% to £20.1m (H1 2020: £16.3m), with the profit before tax margin being maintained at 25%.

Consumer Healthcare performance

Overall, see-through revenue across our Consumer Healthcare brands increased by 30% in the Period to £56.8m (H1 2020: £43.8m) and by 35% on a constant currency basis. On a like-for-like basis, excluding Amberen, see-through revenue increased by 8% (12% CCY).

Our leading brands generally performed well during the Period, with a particularly strong performance from Kelo-cote and an encouraging start by Amberen since acquisition in December 2020.

Kelo-cote - scar prevention and treatment

Kelo-cote growth accelerated strongly in the Period, with sales up 54% to £21.9m (H1 2020: £14.2m), notwithstanding the impact of adverse currency movements. On a constant currency basis, sales were up 62% due to continued strong demand from China, reflected both in the growth of domestic sales and in significant growth in cross-border e-commerce ("CBEC") sales.

Kelo-cote is very well established in China, with high brand awareness and usage. The growth in domestic and CBEC sales reflects the increasing trend for consumers in China and elsewhere to buy more of the brand, and healthcare products generally, online. This trend has been accelerated by the global pandemic.

In recognition of the success of CBEC in facilitating export sales from the EU to consumers in China, and the significant opportunity China offers as a growth driver for this key brand, we have recently entered into a new CBEC distribution agreement for Kelo-cote, which gets us closer to the customer and gives us further control of our distribution chain. We expect this to further accelerate top-line growth in this key market in the medium term.

Performance across the rest of APAC, South America and EMEA was more mixed, primarily due to the continuing impacts of the global pandemic, and the timing of distributor orders. Sales to a number of APAC countries, including Hong Kong and South Korea, benefited from a post-COVID-19 recovery, whilst distributor order phasing benefited sales to South America notwithstanding the resurgence of the pandemic negatively impacting in-market demand. In EMEA, strong performances from a number of European territories including France (domestic and export sales) and the UK were partially offset by distributor order phasing adversely affecting sales to the Middle East and Africa.

Amberen - vitamin mineral supplement for the relief of menopause symptoms (US)

Amberen made an encouraging start during its first period of trading under the Group's ownership, generating sales of £9.5m, up 10% on a constant currency basis versus sales for the last six months under its previous ownership and in line with management's expectations.

Growth from the Perimenopause product, launched in June 2020, has been particularly encouraging with the product now having a 7% market share, double that at acquisition. Just 12 months after launch, it is now the fifth largest SKU in the category by value.

Full year sales expectations continue to be weighted towards the second half, reflecting an increased focus on media investment and online marketing.

Nizoral - medicated anti-dandruff shampoo

Nizoral see-through sales were 8% lower than for the prior period, at £9.0m (H1 2020: £9.8m), 7% lower on a constant currency basis, due to a combination of distributor order phasing, manufacturing delays, and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on demand, particularly in India, and on the processing of regulatory approvals in Vietnam and the Philippines.

We are now starting to roll out our strategic brand plan for Nizoral, with consumer activation underway in South Korea, Australia, Taiwan and the Philippines as part of a growth strategy centred around consumer and healthcare professional activation, e-commerce, and innovation and development.

Excellence in execution will be key to realising the growth opportunities for the brand across the 14 culturally diverse markets in the APAC region in which it is sold, and particularly in China, which is currently the brand's largest market and one that represents a significant growth opportunity for Nizoral.

Other Consumer Healthcare brands

Performance across our other Consumer Healthcare brands was mixed, particularly for those products sold principally through international distributors. We saw a strong performance from MacuShield (eye health supplement), with first half sales up 54% on those for the prior period at £4.4m (H1 2020: £2.8m), reflecting the recovery of UK retail sales adversely affected in the first half of 2020 by COVID-19 and the normalisation of distributor stocking post Brexit. However, other brands, including Vamousse, Aloclair and Oxyplastine, continued to be adversely affected by COVID-19 and the knock-on impact of the pandemic on distributor stocking and order phasing.

Vamousse (prevention and treatment of head lice) sales were down 28% (-22% CCY) versus the prior period at £2.3m (H1 2020: £3.2m), reflecting ongoing trading challenges due to COVID-19, with the incidence of head lice, and hence the demand for treatment and prevention products, continuing to be suppressed by school closures, particularly in the US, the product's primary market. That said, the head lice category in the US is now starting to show month-on-month growth and Vamousse continues to track ahead of category performance, having gained 1.6 percentage points of market share over the 52 weeks to 19 June 2021.  

Aloclair (treatment for mouth ulcers) saw sales fall by 40% in the Period to £2.7m (H1 2020: £4.6m), as distributors continued to respond to changes in local trading conditions as a result of COVID-19. As lockdowns ease, we would expect demand to normalise.

Sales of Oxyplastine (treatment for skin irritations, including nappy rash) fell by 58% to £0.9m in the Period (H1 2020: £2.2m), due to import restrictions and COVID-19 related impacts on distributor sales to Algeria, historically the brand's largest market.  Both Oxyplastine and Aloclair tend to generate relatively low margins, thereby limiting the impact of the reduction in revenues at the gross margin level. 

Prescription Medicines performance

Sales from our Prescription Medicines portfolio increased by 12% in the Period to £24.1m (H1 2020: £21.5m), reflecting a partial return to the delivery of routine treatments and normalisation of daily life compared with the early stages of the pandemic.

We continue to actively manage this part of our portfolio, periodically discontinuing or disposing of smaller products that deliver very low sales and margins. However, the cash generation from these assets remains good and, coupled with their limited requirement for promotional investment, they will continue to play an important part in our overall product portfolio.

Regional performance

EMEA

Across the EMEA region as a whole, first half sales were up 11% versus those for the prior period at £49.9m (H1 2020: £44.8m).

This was primarily due to the uplift in Prescription Medicines sales, with this region accounting for 95% of all Prescription Medicines sales in the Period, coupled with a significant uplift in CBEC sales of Kelo-cote from the EU to China, and the uplift in MacuShield sales, which originate primarily in EMEA (the largest market is the UK).

APAC

See-through sales across the APAC region as a whole were up 6% versus the prior period at £17.9m (H1 2020: £16.9m), notwithstanding the continuing impacts of local lockdowns across much of this region.

APAC is primarily a Consumer Healthcare region, with consumer products accounting for approximately 95% of total see-through sales in the region. The dominant brands are Kelo-cote and Nizoral (which is only sold by Alliance in APAC), which collectively account for almost 90% of the region's see-through sales.

The uplift in sales reflects growth in Kelo-cote sales, both in China and across the wider APAC region, coupled with a slight decline in Nizoral sales, primarily due to distributor order phasing.

AMER

Sales in the AMER region increased by £9.4m to £13.0m (H1 2020: £3.6m), reflecting the acquisition of Amberen, which contributed £9.5m to sales in the Period. On a like-for-like basis, sales were marginally down on the prior period at £3.5m, with the decline in Vamousse sales in the US being largely offset by increased sales of Kelo-cote to South America, and increased Aloclair sales. This region now accounts for just under a quarter of our Consumer Healthcare revenue.

Current trading and outlook

The second half of the year has started well, and we remain confident in our ability to meet market expectations in terms of revenue, underlying profits and net debt.

We now have a significant new opportunity to drive further growth for Kelo-cote through our CBEC business and to start to realise the growth potential in Nizoral through 2022 and beyond.

Amberen has got off to an encouraging start, and we remain confident in our ability to leverage the growth potential in this key brand going forward.

With the integration of Amberen now complete, we continue to look for opportunities to selectively add to our Consumer Healthcare portfolio, leveraging the platform we have built across EMEA, APAC and, more recently, the US.

Operational developments

Group infrastructure, systems and processes

Our new Innovation & Development process is now fully up and running, increasing our ability to extend the reach of our larger consumer brands through brand extensions (new formulations, targeting related sub-sectors, or new presentations) in addition to refreshing existing products to maintain consumer appeal.

We have also started to roll out our new Digital Excellence training programme to our global marketing teams, to ensure our staff have the necessary skills and knowledge in this area to drive sustainable long- term value.

Our ERP system has now gone live and is already starting to deliver business benefits through the standardisation of processes, with the high level of preparation undertaken pre-go-live ensuring a virtually seamless changeover. Work continues on refining some of the reporting requirements and rolling the system out to a few remaining smaller entities.

We have recently completed further substantial upgrading and refurbishment works at our UK headquarters, improving the building's environmental credentials whilst also reconfiguring space to better accommodate post-pandemic working arrangements. We have recently secured new, larger offices in Cary, North Carolina, to accommodate our growing US team.

 

 

Amberen integration

Operationally, integration of Amberen into the business is now complete. A number of new hires have recently been made in the US to strengthen our operating capabilities to better support Amberen and Vamousse and also to enhance our ability to scale up as and when a suitable US acquisition opportunity arises.

Ways of working

At the start of July, we rolled out a new hybrid working model for our employees around the globe to enable them to balance home working with a return to the office. We will continue to refine this during the remainder of the year, as our understanding of what works best, both for our employees and for the business, increases. 

Building a sustainable business

We have continued to work on developing our sustainable business strategy in the Period, under the direction of the ESG Board Committee, revisiting our materiality assessment, carrying out an external ESG gap analysis and engaging with many of our key investors in order to develop a Balanced Scorecard for the business and inform future areas of focus. More detail can be found in the accompanying results presentation.

Board changes

As previously announced, Kristof Neirynck, a highly experienced consumer brands executive, will be joining the Group on 1 December 2021 as an independent Non-Executive Director. Kristof brings almost 20 years of international consumer brand experience including complex omni-channel business models, direct-to-consumer strategies and CBEC sales into China to the Group. His experience will be invaluable as we look to further develop and grow our business, in particular our CBEC activities, over the coming years.

 

 

 

Peter Butterfield

Chief Executive Officer

21 September 2021

 

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Summary underlying income statement

Unaudited six months ended 30 June

H1 2021

£m

H1 2020

£m

Growth

See-through Revenue*

80.9

65.3

+24%

Statutory Revenue

78.6

61.7

+27%

Gross profit

51.6

38.6

+34%

Operating expenses (including IFRS 2 share options charge)

(28.8)

(20.5)

+41%

Underlying EBITDA*

22.8

18.1

+26%

Depreciation

(1.1)

(0.8)

+32%

Underlying EBIT*

21.7

17.2

+26%

Finance costs

(1.6)

(1.0)

+58%

Underlying profit before taxation

20.1

16.3

+24%

Reported profit before taxation

16.5

0.6

 

Underlying basic earnings per share

2.99p

2.45p

+22%

Reported basic earnings per share

1.54p

(0.33)p

 

Interim dividend per share

0.563p

0.536p

+5%

 

* The performance of the Group is assessed using Alternative Performance Measures ("APMs"), which are measures that are not defined under IFRS, but are used by management to monitor ongoing business performance against both shorter-term budgets and forecasts and against the Group's longer-term strategic plans. APMs are defined in note 17.

Specifically,see-through revenue includes sales from Nizoral™ as if they had been invoiced by Alliance. Under the terms of the transitional services agreement with Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Alliance receives the benefit of the net profit on sales of Nizoral from the date of acquisition up until the product licences in the Asia-Pacific territories transfer from J&J to Alliance. For statutory accounting purposes the product margin on Nizoral sales is included within Revenue, in line with IFRS 15.

Underlying profitability metrics are presented as we believe this provides investors with useful information about the performance of the business. For 2021, underlying results exclude the amortisation of intangible assets; for 2020, underlying results exclude the amortisation and impairment of intangible assets. Further detail can be found in note 6.

The Group delivered a strong financial performance in the Period, with see-through revenue increasing 24% to £80.9m (H1 2020: £65.3m) and statutory revenue increasing 27% to £78.6m (H1 2020: £61.7m). Like-for-like revenue excluding Amberen increased by 9%. Whilst operating expenses increased, due mainly to the inclusion of the Amberen cost base coupled with small increases in depreciation and finance costs, underlying profit before tax as a percentage of sales was maintained with underlying profit before tax increasing 24% to £20.1m (H1 2020: £16.3m).

Group revenue was adversely impacted by exchange rate movements, principally the strengthening of Sterling against the US Dollar, which depressed see-through revenue by approximately £2.4m. On a constant currency basis, see-through revenue increased 28% overall and 12% on a like-for-like basis.

Gross profit increased by a larger percentage than sales at 34% to £51.6m (H1 2020: £38.6m), with gross margin increasing from 59.1% to 63.8% of see-through revenue, reflecting favourable changes in product mix. Gross margin relative to statutory revenue was 65.6% (H1 2020: 62.5%). 

Operating costs (defined as underlying administration and marketing expenses, excluding depreciation charges) were up by £7.4m versus the prior Period at £27.3m (H1 2020: £19.9m) due primarily to the inclusion of the Amberen cost base, coupled with the resumption of discretionary spend deferred or cancelled in H1 2020 in response to the global pandemic and increased levels of investment in the business more generally. As a result, operating costs as a percentage of sales increased 3.4% to 33.9% of see-through sales (H1 2020: 30.5%).

The IFRS 2 share options charge for the Period was £1.5m, up £0.9m versus that for the prior period (H1 2020: £0.6m).

Net of the increase in operating costs and the share options charge, underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 26% in the Period to £22.8m (H1 2020: £18.1m), whilst underlying operating profit increased by a similar percentage to £21.7m (H1 2020: £17.2m)and reported operating profit increased by £16.5m to £18.1m (H1 2020: £1.6m).

Depreciation

Depreciation charges for the Period were £1.1m, up £0.3m on the prior period (H1 2020: £0.8m).

Finance costs

Finance costs were up by £0.6m compared with the prior period at £1.6m (H1 2020: £1.0m), £0.3m of which related to an increase in borrowing costs, reflecting the higher level of borrowings following the Amberen acquisition and the remainder relating primarily to lower net gains on currency movements in the Period of £0.2m (H1 2020: £0.6m).

The average interest charge on gross debt during the Period (including non-utilisation fees) was 2.04% (H1 2020: 2.78%).

Non-underlying items

Non-underlying items in the Period comprise amortisation charges for Prescription Medicines and certain other brand assets; for the prior period, non-underlying items comprise amortisation charges and impairment charges.

Reconciliation of underlying to reported profit before tax

Unaudited six months ended 30 June

H1 2021

£m

H1 2020

£m

Underlying profit before taxation

20.1

16.3

Non-underlying items:

 

 

  Amortisation of intangible assets

(3.6)

(3.6)

  Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill

-

(12.1)

Total

(3.6)

(15.6)

Reported profit before taxation

16.5

0.6

 

Taxation

The underlying tax charge for the Period was £4.1m (H1 2020: £3.3m), which equates to an effective tax rate of 20.5% (H1 2020: 20.0%). The total tax charge for the Period was £8.3m (H1 2020: £2.4m) and includes a £5.1m charge following the decision to increase the UK tax rate from 19% to 25% (this charge relates primarily to an increase in the deferred tax balances on intangible assets) partially offset by a tax credit on non-qualifying amortisation of £0.9m.

Earnings per share

Underlying basic earnings per share, the measure used by the Board in assessing earnings performance, was 2.99p, an increase of 22% on the prior period (H1 2020: 2.45p), reflecting the increase in the Group's underlying profit after tax coupled with a modest increase in the number of shares in issue.

Reported basic earnings per share increased by 1.87p to 1.54p (H1 2020: (0.33p)) due to the impact of non-underlying items on reported earnings in the Period versus the prior period.

Dividend

The Board is pleased to announce that it is declaring an interim dividend payment of 0.563p per share for 2021, an increase of 5% on the 0.536p interim dividend for 2020. The Board will continue to assess the level of future cash distributions having regard to overall business performance and future outlook.

The interim dividend for 2021 will be paid on 7 January 2022, to shareholders on the register on 24 December 2021.

Balance sheet

Intangible assets reduced by £5.7m in the Period to £407.2m (31 December 2020: £412.9m), reflecting amortisation charges of £3.6m together with £1.9m due to exchange rate movements and a £0.2m true-up for working capital relating to the Amberen acquisition.

Further detail is provided in note 10.

Working capital

Net working capital at 30 June 2021 was £27.7m, an increase of £8.4m on that at the start of the Period (31 December 2020: £19.3m), reflecting an expected increase in receivables as a result of sales timings.

Inventories, net of provisions, amounted to £23.2m at 30 June 2021 (31 December 2020: £22.9m), the minimal movement reflecting our decision to maintain the higher levels of finished goods inventory, raw materials and componentry built up during 2020 in order to mitigate against any disruption to our supply chain following the UK's departure from the EU.

As noted above, receivables increased by £8.5m, reflecting the timing of sales, with second quarter 2021 sales being weighted towards the end of the quarter, versus fourth quarter 2020 sales, which were weighted towards the start of the quarter. We expect receivables to reduce by the end of the year, based on expected sales timings. There was minimal movement in payables, which increased by £0.4m.

Cash flow and net debt

Free cash flow for the Period was £6.5m (H1 2020: £10.5m), the reduction reflecting the expected reversal of the favourable working capital movements in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the timing of sales within the Period. Net debt reduced by £4.0m to £105.4m as at 30 June 2021 and Group leverage reduced to 2.21 times at the end of June (31 December 2020: 2.43 times).  We continue to expect leverage to fall below 2.0 times by the end of the year.

Treasury and capital management

The Group's operations are financed by retained earnings and bank borrowings, with additional equity being raised on a periodic basis to part-fund larger acquisitions. Borrowings are denominated in Sterling, Euro and US Dollars.

Group risk management policy is to hedge up to 75% of estimated future foreign currency EBITDA exposure, for up to the next 18 months at any point in time. The Group uses forward foreign exchange contracts to implement this policy which are generally designated as cash flow hedges.

The Group benefits from a £165m Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) and a £50m Accordion Facility, expiring in July 2024. This facility provides flexibility for the Group to pursue its acquisition strategy over the next couple of years to complement future organic growth. £32m of this RCF remained unutilised as at 30 June 2021.

We apply the cash generated from our trading operations in reinvesting in our current portfolio of brands, with investment being primarily targeted at our larger Consumer Healthcare brands, acquiring new Consumer Healthcare brands, to complement our existing portfolio and leverage our operating platform, paying down debt and paying dividends to our shareholders.

 

 

Andrew Franklin

Chief Financial Officer

21 September 2021

 

 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2021

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

Note

Underlying £000s

Non-Underlying £000s

(Note 6)

Total

£000s

 

Underlying £000s

Non-Underlying £000s

(Note 6)

 

Total

£000s

 

Revenue

4

78,629

-

78,629

61,708

-

61,708

Cost of sales

 

(27,029)

-

(27,029)

(23,117)

-

 (23,117)

Gross profit

 

51,600

-

51,600

38,591

-

38,591

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administration and marketing expenses

 

(28,469)

-

(28,469)

(20,747)

-

(20,747)

Amortisation of intangible assets

6

-

(3,584)

(3,584)

-

(3,577)

(3,577)

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

6

-

-

-

-

(12,057)

(12,057)

Share-based employee remuneration

 

(1,476)

-

(1,476)

(595)

-

(595)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss)

 

21,655

(3,584)

18,071

17,249

(15,634)

1,615

Finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest payable and similar charges

5

(1,773)

-

(1,773)

(1,558)

-

(1,558)

Finance income

5

217

-

217

572

-

572

 

 

(1,556)

-

(1,556)

(986)

-

(986)

Profit/(loss) before taxation

20,099

(3,584)

16,515

16,263

(15,634)

629

Taxation

7

(4,126)

(4,149)

(8,275)

(3,253)

856

(2,397)

Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to equity shareholders

15,973

(7,733)

8,240

13,010

(14,778)

(1,768)

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic (pence)

9

2.99

 

1.54

2.45

 

(0.33)

Diluted (pence)

9

2.94

 

1.52

2.42

 

(0.33)

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

 

Unaudited
Six months ended

30 June 2021

£000s

Unaudited
Six months ended

30 June 2020

£000s

(Loss)/profit for the period

8,240

(1,768)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

Interest rate swaps - cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

-

(10)

Forward exchange forward contracts - cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

303

(762)

Foreign exchange translation differences (net of deferred tax)

(1,790)

2,863

Total comprehensive income for the period

6,753

323

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet

As at 30 June 2021

 

Note

Unaudited

 30 June 2021

£000s

Audited

 31 December 2020

£000s

Assets

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill and intangible assets

10

407,168

412,872

Property, plant and equipment

11

19,344

15,921

Deferred tax asset

 

2,064

2,139

Other non-current assets

 

612

682

 

 

429,188

431,614

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

23,223

22,917

Trade and other receivables

12

33,562

25,114

Derivative financial instruments

 

597

310

Cash and cash equivalents

 

27,390

28,898

 

 

84,772

77,239

Total assets

 

513,960

508,853

Equity

 

 

 

Ordinary share capital

 

5,353

5,329

Share premium account

 

150,964

150,645

Share option reserve

 

9,146

8,426

Other reserve

 

(329)

(329)

Cash flow hedging reserve

 

542

239

Translation reserve

 

(2,845)

(1,055)

Retained earnings

 

117,338

117,703

Total equity

 

280,169

280,958

Liabilities

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

15

132,768

138,238

Other liabilities

14

3,083

3,200

Deferred tax liability

 

59,429

56,181

 

 

195,280

197,709

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Corporation tax

 

3,642

1,435

Trade and other payables

13

29,122

28,736

Derivative financial instruments

 

-

15

Dividend payable

 

5,747

-

 

 

38,511

30,186

Total liabilities

 

233,791

227,895

Total equity and liabilities

 

513,960

508,853

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

 

Note

Unaudited

 Six months ended

 30 June 2021

 000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended

 30 June 2020

 000s

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit for the period before tax

 

16,515

629

Interest payable and similar charges

5

1,773

1,558

Interest income

5

(21)

(10)

Foreign exchange gain

5

(196)

(562)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

11

1,100

831

Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets

10

3,584

15,634

Loss on disposal of intangibles

 

-

309

Share-based employee remuneration

 

1,476

595

Change in inventories

 

(306)

(2,674)

Change in trade and other receivables

 

(8,879)

1,798

Change in trade and other payables

 

(553)

(1,687)

Cash generated from operations

 

14,493

16,421

Tax paid

 

(2,236)

(1,964)

Cash flows from operating activities

 

12,257

14,457

Investing activities

 

 

 

Acquisitions (consideration adjustment)

 

183

-

Interest received

5

21

10

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

11

(4,284)

(1,949)

Proceeds from the disposal of intangibles

 

500

385

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(3,580)

(1,554)

Financing activities

 

 

 

Interest paid and similar charges

 

(1,481)

(1,974)

Loan issue costs

15

-

(330)

Proceeds from exercise of share options

 

343

712

Capital lease payments

 

(436)

(426)

Dividend paid

8

(2,858)

(2,837)

Repayment of borrowings

15

(5,362)

(5,930)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(9,794)

(10,785)

Net movement in cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,117)

2,118

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

28,898

17,830

Effects of exchange rate movements

 

(391)

576

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

27,390

20,524

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

Ordinary
Share
Capital
£000s

Share Premium account £000s

Share Option reserve £000s

Other reserve £000s

Cash flow Hedging reserve £000s

 Translation reserve £000s

Retained earnings £000s

Total

Equity

 000s

Balance 1 January 2021 (audited)

5,329

150,645

8,426

(329)

239

(1,055)

117,703

280,958

Issue of shares

24

319

-

-

-

-

-

343

Dividend paid/payable

-

-

-

-

-

-

(8,605)

(8,605)

Share options charge (including deferred tax)

-

-

720

-

-

-

-

720

Transactions with owners

24

319

720

-

-

-

(8,605)

(7,542)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

 

-

-

8,240

8,240

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange forward contracts - cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

-

-

-

-

303

-

-

303

Foreign exchange translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

(1,790)

-

(1,790)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

303

(1,790)

8,240

6,753

Balance 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

5,353

150,964

9,146

(329)

542

(2,845)

117,338

280,169

 

Ordinary
Share
Capital
£000s

Share Premium account £000s

Share Option reserve £000s

Other reserve £000s

Cash flow Hedging reserve £000s

 Translation reserve £000s

Retained earnings £000s

Total

Equity

 000s

Balance 1 January 2020 (audited)

5,294

149,036

7,208

 (329)

462

(4)

112,513

274,180

Issue of shares

17

696

-

-

-

-

-

713

Dividend paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,837)

(2,837)

Share options charge (including deferred tax)

-

-

510

-

-

-

-

510

Transactions with owners

17

696

510

-

-

-

(2,837)

(1,614)

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,768)

(1,768)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rate swaps -
cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

-

-

-

-

(10)

-

-

(10)

Foreign exchange forward contracts - cash flow hedge (net of deferred tax)

-

-

-

-

(762)

-

-

(762)

Foreign exchange translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

2,863

-

2,863

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

(772)

2,863

(1,768)

323

Balance 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

5,311

149,732

7,718

(329)

(310)

2,859

107,908

272,889

 

 

Notes to the Half Year Report

For the six months ended 30 June 2021

1. General information

Alliance Pharma plc ('the Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') acquire, market, and distribute consumer healthcare products and prescription medicines. The Company is a public limited company, limited by shares, registered, incorporated, and domiciled in England and Wales in the UK. The address of its registered office is Avonbridge House, Bath Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2BB.

The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange, Alternative Investment Market ('AIM').

The information in these financial statements does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and is unaudited. These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the AIM rules, and IAS 34 has not been adopted. A copy of the Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2020, prepared in accordance with international accounting standards in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 ('Adopted IFRS'), has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors' report on those accounts was unqualified and did not contain statements under section 498(2) or section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

These consolidated financial statements for the six-month period ended 30 June 2021 have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors on 17 September 2021.

2. Going concern

The Group has access to a £165m fully Revolving Credit Facility ('RCF'), with an additional £50m accordion facility, expiring in July 2024.

The RCF is drawn in short to medium-term tranches of debt which are repayable within 12 months of draw-down. These tranches of debt can be rolled over provided certain conditions are met, including covenant compliance. The Group considers that it is highly unlikely it would be unable to exercise its right to roll over the debt. This due to mitigating actions it could take to maintain compliance with these conditions, including future covenant requirements, even in downside scenarios.

The Directors have prepared cashflow forecasts for a period of 12 months from the date of approval of these financial statements (the forecast period), that include current estimates of the continued impact of COVID-19 on the Group's trading position.  These indicate that the Group will have sufficient funds to meet its liabilities as they fall due, and will continue to comply with its loan covenants, throughout the forecast period.

Consequently, the Directors are confident that the Group will have sufficient funds to continue to meet its liabilities as they fall due for at least 12 months from the date of approval of the financial statements and have therefore determined it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

3. Accounting policies

Judgements and estimates

The Group segregates its portfolio of assets into two areas: Consumer Healthcare brands and Prescription Medicines.

For the majority of Consumer Healthcare brand assets, indefinite useful lives are considered to be appropriate. This is due to the expected long-term growth profile of the Consumer Healthcare business and the enduring nature of the brands, which are supported by continuing marketing spend.

For Prescription Medicines brand assets, finite useful lives of up to 20 years have been adopted from 1 January 2020. The determination of this lifespan takes into account all relevant factors for each individual asset, including typical pharmaceutical asset life cycles and the potential development of alternative treatments over time.

The carrying value of the Prescription Medicines and certain other brand assets is amortised to the profit and loss account over their useful lives.

The Group conducts regular impairment reviews for all intangible brand assets. The results of recent reviews are detailed in note 6.

Non-underlying items

All amortisation and impairment charges for intangible assets are included as non-underlying items. The revaluation of deferred tax balances following substantial tax legislation changes are also included as non-underlying items. The Directors believe that this classification of underlying and non-underlying items, when considered together with total statutory results, provides investors, analysts and other stakeholders with helpful complementary information to understand better the financial performance and position of the Group from period to period, and allows the Group's performance to be more easily compared against the majority of its peer companies. These measures are also used by management for planning and reporting purposes. They may not be directly comparable with similarly described measures used by other companies.

Other accounting policies

The remaining accounting policies applied in these interim financial statements are the same as those published by the Group in the 31 December 2020 Annual Report. The Annual Report is available on the Group's website: www.alliancepharmaceuticals.com.

4. Revenue

Revenue information by brand

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2021

 000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

 000s

Consumer healthcare brands:

 

 

Kelo-cote

21,871

14,181

Amberen

9,491

-

Nizoral*

6,738

6,209

MacuShield

4,367

2,837

Vamousse

2,332

3,217

Aloclair

2,722

4,553

Other Consumer healthcare brands

7,057

9,195

Total Revenue - Consumer healthcare brands

54,578

40,192

Prescription medicines:

 

 

Hydromol

3,384

 3,300

Flamma Franchise

3,575

2,897

Forceval

2,675

2,322

Other Prescription medicines

14,417

12,997

Total Revenue - Prescription medicines

24,051

21,516

Total Revenue

78,629

61,708

 

Revenue information by geography

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended

 30 June 2021

£000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

£000s

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

49,940

44,791

Asia Pacific and China (APAC)

15,653

13,299

Americas (AMER)

13,036

3,618

Total Revenue

78,629

 61,708

 

*  Nizoral is shown on a net profit basis in statutory revenue. Nizoral revenue presented on a see-through income statement basis is included as an alternative performance measure in note 17.

 

 

5. Finance costs

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2021

£000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

£000s

On loans and overdrafts

(1,408)

(1,139)

Amortised finance issue costs

(318)

(267)

Net fair value losses on derivatives

-

(109)

Interest on lease liabilities

(47)

(43)

Interest payable and similar charges

(1,773)

(1,558)

Interest income

21

10

Net exchange gain

196

562

Finance income

217

572

Net finance costs

(1,556)

(986)

6. Non-underlying items

The Group presents a number of non-IFRS measures which exclude the impact of significant non-underlying items. This is to allow investors to understand the underlying performance of the Group, and can exclude items such as: amortisation and impairment of intangibles; gains or losses on disposal; remeasurement and accounting for the passage of time in respect of contingent considerations; and the revaluation of deferred tax balances following substantial tax legislation changes.

This assessment requires judgement to be applied by the Directors as to which transactions are non-underlying and whether this classification enhances the understanding of the users of the financial statements.

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2021

 000s

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

 000s

Amortisation of intangible assets

3,584

3,577

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

-

12,057

Total non-underlying items before taxation

3,584

15,634

Taxation on amortisation and impairment items

(903)

(2,298)

Impact of UK tax rate change from 17% to 19%

-

1,442

Impact of UK tax rate change from 19% to 25%

5,052

-

Non-underlying taxation

4,149

(856)

Total non-underlying items after taxation

7,733

14,778

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

As disclosed in note 3, finite useful lives of up to 20 years have been adopted from 1 January 2020 for Prescription Medicines and certain other brand assets.  The carrying value of the Prescription Medicines and certain other brand assets is amortised to the profit and loss account over their useful lives.

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

The Group conducts regular impairment reviews for all intangible assets and no impairment charges arose as a result of the review carried out in the current period.

The review carried out in the period to 30 June 2020, together with the change in useful life assumption for Prescription Medicine assets, resulted in impairment losses as the carrying value of certain cash-generating units exceeded estimated recoverable amounts. Recoverable amounts are the greater of value in use and fair value less costs to sell over the assets' useful lives.

The key Prescription Medicines assets impacted were:

Haemopressin and Optiflo intangible asset impaired by £5.3m.

Nu-seals intangible asset impaired by £3.6m.

Goodwill and other intangible assets were also impaired by £3.2m.

Impact of UK tax rate change from 17% to 19%

The taxation charge includes the impact on deferred tax of the increase in the main rate of UK corporation tax from 17% to 19%, following the abandonment of the proposed reduction to 17% in the March 2020 Budget.

Impact of UK tax rate change from 19% to 25%

In the Budget on 3 March 2021, a further change to UK corporation tax rates was announced, increasing the main rate of corporation tax from 19% to 25% with effect from 1 April 2023. The impact on deferred tax of this further rate increase is included in these financial statements as a non-underlying item.

7. Taxation

Analysis of charge for the period is as follows: 

 

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2021

Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2020

Underlying £000s

Non-Underlying £000s

(Note 6)

Total

£000s

Underlying £000s

Non-Underlying £000s

(Note 6)

Total

 000s

Corporation tax 

 

4,126

-

4,126

2,439

-

2,439

Deferred tax

 

-

4,149

4,149

814

(856)

(42)

Taxation

 

4,126

4,149

8,275

3,253

(856)

2,397

 

The difference between the total tax charge and the amount calculated by applying the standard rate of UK corporation tax to profit before tax is as follows:

 

 Unaudited

 Six months ended 30 June 2021

 000s

 Unaudited

 Six months ended

 30 June 2020

 000s

Profit before taxation

16,515

629

 

Profit before taxation multiplied by standard rate of corporation tax in the United Kingdom at 19% (2019: 19%)

3,138

120

Effects of:

 

 

Non-deductible items and adjustments

988

163

Non-qualifying amortisation and impairment

(903)

672

UK rate change impact (note 6)

5,052

1,442

Total tax charge 

8,275

2,397

 

 

 

8. Dividends

The Board has declared an interim dividend payment of 0.563p per share for the 2021 financial year. This will be paid to shareholders in January 2022.

 

 Pence/share

Six months ended
 30 June 2021

 000s

Amounts recognised as distributions to shareholders in 2021

 

Interim dividend for the 2020 financial year

0.536

2,858

Final dividend for the 2020 financial year

1.074

5,747

 

 

8,605

 

The interim dividend for 2020 was paid on 7 January 2021. The final dividend for 2020 was paid on 8 July 2021.

 

 

 

 Pence/share

Six months ended
30 June 2020

£000s

Amounts recognised as distributions to shareholders in 2020

 

 

Interim dividend for the 2019 financial year

0.536

2,837

 

The interim dividend for 2019 was paid on 10 January 2020.

9. Earnings per share ('EPS')

Basic EPS is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares outstanding during the period. For diluted EPS, the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential Ordinary Shares.

A reconciliation of the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares used in the measures is given below:

 

Weighted average number of shares 000s

Six months ended
30 June 2021

Six months ended
30 June 2020

For basic EPS

534,189

530,303

Share options

8,667

6,875

For diluted EPS

542,855

537,178

 

 

Six months to
30 June 2021
£000s

Six months to
30 June 2020
£000s

Earnings for basic and diluted EPS

8,240

(1,768)

Non-underlying items (note 6)

7,733

14,778

Earnings for underlying basic and diluted EPS

15,973

13,010

 

 

 

The resulting EPS measures are:

 

 Six months to
30 June 2021

 Pence

 Six months to
30 June 2020

 Pence

Basic EPS

1.54

(0.33)

Diluted EPS

1.52

(0.33)

Underlying basic EPS

2.99

2.45

Underlying diluted EPS

2.94

2.42

10. Goodwill and intangible assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

£000s

Consumer Healthcare brands and distribution rights

£000s

Prescription Medicines brands and distribution rights

£000s

Total

£000s

Cost

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2021 (audited)

32,404

258,203

152,890

443,497

Acquisitions (consideration adjustment*)

(183)

-

-

(183)

Exchange adjustments

(201)

(952)

(784)

(1,937)

At 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

32,020

257,251

152,106

441,377

Amortisation and impairment

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2021 (audited)

1,144

6,459

23,022

30,625

Amortisation for the period (note 6)

-

103

3,481

3,584

At 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

1,144

6,562

26,503

34,209

Net book amount

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

30,876

250,689

125,603

407,168

At 1 January 2021 (audited)

31,260

251,744

129,868

412,872

*  The consideration adjustment relates to a working capital adjustment in relation to the Biogix acquisition.

 

 

11. Property, plant and equipment

The Group

Computer software and equipment

£000s

Fixtures, fitting and equipment

£000s

Plant & machinery

£000s

Right-of-use lease assets

£000s

 Total

£000s

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2021 (audited)

13,048

2,511

32

6,739

22,330

Additions

3,289

933

62

275

4,559

Effect of movements in exchange rates

-

-

(5)

-

(5)

At 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

16,337

3,444

89

7,014

26,884

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2021 (audited)

1,620

1,408

8

3,373

6,409

Provided in the period

414

245

34

407

1,100

Effect of movements in exchange rates

23

-

(15)

23

31

At 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

2,057

1,653

27

3,803

7,540

Net book amount

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

14,280

1,791

62

3,211

19,344

At 1 January 2021 (audited)

11,428

1,103

24

3,366

15,921

12. Trade and other receivables

 

 Unaudited

30 June 2021

£000s

 Audited

31 December 2020

£000s

Trade receivables

29,147

19,834

Other receivables

1,375

1,544

Prepayments and accrued income

3,040

3,736

 

33,562

25,114

13. Trade and other payables

 

 Unaudited

30 June 2021

£000s

 Audited

31 December 2020

£000s

Trade payables

10,168

11,275

Other taxes and social security costs

2,574

2,440

Accruals and deferred income

14,077

13,639

Other payables

1,190

418

Lease liabilities

1,113

964

 

29,122

28,736

 

 

14. Other non-current liabilities

 

 Unaudited
30 June 2021
£000s

  Audited

31 December 2020

£000s

Lease liabilities

2,610

2,731

Other non-current liabilities

473

469

 

3,083

3,200

15. Loans and borrowings

The Group has access to a £165m fully Revolving Credit Facility ('RCF'), with an additional £50m accordion facility, expiring in July 2024.

The bank facility is secured by a fixed and floating charge over the Company's and Group's assets registered with Companies House.

The Group also has access to an overdraft facility of £4.0m.

Movements in borrowings are analysed as follows: 

 

£000s

At 1 January 2021 (audited)

138,328

Repayment of borrowings

(5,362)

Amortisation of prepaid arrangement fees

305

Exchange movements*

(503)

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

132,768

 

* Exchange movements on loans and borrowings are reported in other comprehensive income and accumulated in the translation reserve.

The carrying amount of the group's borrowings are denominated in the following currencies:

 

 Unaudited
30 June 2020
£000s

 Audited
 31 December 2020
£000s

GBP

100,817

105,317

USD

25,138

25,322

EUR

8,099

9,281

Loan issue costs

(1,286)

(1,592)

 

132,768

138,238

16. Contingent liabilities

On 23 May 2019, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority ('CMA') issued a Statement of Objection alleging anti-competitive agreements against the Group and certain other pharmaceutical companies in relation to the sale of prescription prochlorperazine. Prochlorperazine is one of the Group's smaller products and had peak sales in 2015 of £1.9m and sales of £0.3m in 2020.

The Group confirms that it has had no involvement in the pricing or distribution of prochlorperazine since 2013, when it was outlicensed by the Group. Prior to 2013, prochlorperazine was marketed directly by the Group.

The Group has reviewed the CMA Statement of Objection in detail and is working with the CMA to resolve its alleged objections.

The Group's assessment as at the date of this report, based on currently available information, is that there are no matters for which a provision is required (31 December 2020: £nil). However, given the inherent uncertainties involved in assessing the outcomes of such matters there can be no assurance regarding the outcome of any ongoing inspections/investigations and the position could change over time.

17. Alternative performance measures

The performance of the Group is assessed using Alternative Performance Measures ('APMs'). The Group's results are presented both before and after non-underlying items. Adjusted profitability measures are presented excluding non-underlying items as we believe this provides both management and investors with useful additional information about the Group's performance and aids a more effective comparison of the Group's trading performance from one period to the next and with similar businesses.

In addition, the Group's results are described using certain other measures that are not defined under IFRS and are therefore considered to be APMs. These measures are used by management to monitor ongoing business performance against both shorter-term budgets and forecasts but also against the Group's longer-term strategic plans.

APMs used to explain and monitor Group performance are:

Measure

Definition

Reconciliation to GAAP measure

Underlying EBIT and EBITDA

Earnings before interest, tax and non-underlying items ('EBIT'), then depreciation, amortisation and underlying impairment ('EBITDA').

Calculated by taking profit before tax and financing costs, excluding non-underlying items and adding back depreciation and amortisation.

Note A below

Free cash flow

Free cash flow is defined as cash generated from operations less cash payments made for financing costs, capital expenditure and tax.

Note B below

Net debt

Net debt is defined as the Group's gross bank debt position net of finance issue costs and cash.

Note C below

See-through income statement

Under the terms of the transitional services agreement with J&J, Alliance receives the benefit of the net profit on sales of Nizoral from the date of acquisition up until the product licences in the Asia-Pacific territories transfer from J&J to Alliance. The net product margin is recognised as part of statutory revenue.

The see-through income statement recognises the underlying sales and cost of sales which give rise to the net product margin, as management consider this to be a more meaningful representation of the underlying performance of the business, and to reflect the way in which it is managed.

Note D below

 

A. Underlying EBIT and EBITDA

Reconciliation of Underlying EBIT and EBITDA

Unaudited
Six months ended
 30 June 2021

£000s

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2020

£000s

Profit before tax

16,515

629

Non-underlying items (note 6)

3,584

15,634

Net finance costs (note 5)

1,556

986

Underlying EBIT

21,655

17,249

Depreciation (note 11)

1,100

831

Underlying EBITDA

22,755

18,080

 

 

 

B. Free cash flow

Reconciliation of free cash flow

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2021
£000s

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2020
£000s

Cash generated from operations

14,493

16,421

Financing costs

(1,481)

(1,974)

Capital expenditure

(4,284)

(1,949)

Tax paid

(2,236)

(1,964)

Free cash flow

6,492

10,534

 

C. Net debt

Reconciliation of net debt

Unaudited
30 June 2021
 000s

 Audited

31 December 2020

£000s

Loans and borrowings - non-current

(132,768)

(138,238)

Cash and cash equivalents

27,390

28,898

Net debt

(105,378)

(109,430)

 

D. See-through income statement

 

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2021
statutory values

 000s

See-through adjustment

£000s

Unaudited
Six months ended
30 June 2021
 see-through values

£000s

Revenue

78,629

2,224

80,853

Cost of sales

(27,029)

(2,224)

(29,253)

Gross profit

51,600

-

51,600

Gross profit margin

65.6%

-

63.8%

 

There is no impact from the see-through adjustment on income statement lines below gross profit.

 

 

 

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