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Wednesday 02 July, 2008

CybIT Holdings PLC

Final Results

RNS Number : 0782Y
CybIT Holdings PLC
02 July 2008
 



Date:                    2 July 2008

On behalf of:         Cybit Holdings Plc ("Cybit" or "the Company" or "the Group")

Embargoed until:    0700hrs


 

 

Cybit Holdings Plc 

Final Results 2008



Cybit Holdings Plc (AIM: CHY), the international provider of telematics based products and services for the management and control of land and sea based assets, today announces its final results for the year ended 31 March 2008. The highlights of its record results are:


Financial highlights:

  • Turnover up 48% to £19.67m (2007: £13.29m)

  • EBITDA up 81% to £4.24m (2007: £2.35m)

  • Operating profit up 87% to £3.26m (2007: £1.74m)

  • Profit before tax more than doubled to £1.69m (2007: £0.64m)

  • EPS increased by 63% to 4.65p per share (2007: 2.86p)

  • Cash up 34% to £2.85m (2007: £2.12m) with 29% increase in monthly free cash flow


Operational highlights:

  • Two strategic acquisitions in the year
  • 31% increase in the number of vehicle based assets under management increased from 35,000 to more than 46,000
  • Telematics related forward revenue stream across the business doubled to more than £10m of future profit which will be recognised over the next three to five years


Neil Johnson, Non Executive Chairman commented:


"We are delighted to announce another record breaking set of results. Trading during the period has been exceptionally strong and we have successfully integrated two further important acquisitions. This has substantially increased the international footprint of our business and consolidated our position in both the transport and public sector markets.  


We will look to take advantage of the current climate in order to continue building the scale of the business through further acquisitions. The telematics market is fragmented with many small players lacking the financial resources to ride out an extended economic downturn.  


We remain confident about future prospects and intend to extend the reach of both our technology and business operations in order to maximise growth and insulate against changes in global economy."


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For further information please contact:


Cybit Holdings Plc

Redleaf Communications

Cenkos Securities Plc

Richard Horsman, Chief Executive

Emma Kane/Samantha Robbins/

Stephen Keys

Kevin Lawrence, Finance Director

Rebecca Sanders-Hewett

Tel: +44 (0)20 7397 1930

Tel: +44 (0)1480 455489

Tel: +44 (0)20 7822 0200

Email: [email protected]


  

 

 

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT


Overview


I am delighted to report another record breaking set of results. The Group has benefited from its increased scale achieved through recent acquisitions and has put in place a solid platform upon which growth can be built over the medium term.


We completed and integrated two further acquisitions during the year. Both came with substantial contracted revenues which have contributed towards increased visibility of future revenue streams. The acquisition of a leading German telematics service provider was strategically important as it increased our coverage in this strategic market and expanded our customer base in Austria and German speaking regions of Switzerland and Italy. Cybit is now recognised as a successful consolidator at a European level which will undoubtedly lead to further opportunities for future growth.


Cybit is also firmly established as one of Europe's leading providers of Online Fleet Management solutions. Our substantial customer base, forward revenue streams and strong balance sheet gives us a high degree of confidence about our future prospects.


Results


Turnover for the year increased nearly 50% to £19.7 million with pre-tax profit increasing 166% from £0.64 million to £1.69 million. Despite paying an initial instalment of £0.5 million for Truck24, our gross cash position increased from £2.1 million to £2.8 million at 31 March 2008.


Our business remains focused on the development of long-term recurring revenue streams and we are pleased that the amount of telematics business placed on our own internal leasing book increased from 20% to 23% during the year. The telematics related forward revenue stream across the business doubled to £10 million of future profit which will be recognised over the next three to five years. The forward order book relating to our Precise Positioning and Maritime business increased substantially and now stands at approximately £8 million. Including Truck24, free cash flow has increased 29% from £512,000 to £661,000 per month.


Operations


This was a significant year for our operations team as we not only completed the integration of the vehicle telematics operations of Cybit Positioning Solutions (formerly Thales Telematics Plc) and Amatics into our core business but also managed the migration of customers from two legacy systems retired during the period.


Whilst our vehicle telematics customer base increased slightly to approximately 1,700 corporate customers, the number of vehicle based assets under management increased nearly 30% from 35,000 to more than 46,000.  Our focus on world class customer service has resulted in increased levels of contract renewals across the product portfolio together with continuing success in winning new contracts. New products and services have ensured repeat business from our customer base remains strong.


Outside of core vehicle telematics business, our BlueFinger maritime business won a substantial contract to provide the Government in Cyprus with a web based fisheries Vessel Management Solution (VMS). The team also renewed our contract with DEFRA for a further three year period. Cybit Positioning Solutions also achieved notable success, signing a land mark seven year line fit contract for our precise positioning technology. 

 Acquisitions


We successfully completed the acquisition of another two telematics businesses during the year. Amatics was bought for £4 million in August 2007 and Truck24 AG was acquired on the last day of our financial year for €4 million. Amatics was integrated into our existing structure within a two month period and made a contribution to Group profitability during the second half of the year. The acquisition of Amatics and subsequent creation of a focused sales and support team has significantly strengthened our position in the local authority and utility sector.


The acquisition of Truck24 has substantially increased our position within a core strategic market and will become the focal point for sales of both Fleetstar and the existing Truck24 solutions into Germany and German speaking territories. The integration process commenced in April and it is pleasing to report that Truck24 was profitable within the first two months following acquisition.


Outlook


Although we are facing a tough economic climate, the market for our solutions remains strong. Under challenging market conditions, well run businesses will look to implement cost management and business improvement programs in order to ride out a potential downturn.


The Group has a strong balance sheet and the management team is continually focused on improving operational efficiencies to drive bottom line performance.


We will look to take advantage of the current climate in order to continue building the scale of the business through further acquisitions. The telematics market is fragmented with many small players lacking the financial resources to ride out an extended economic downturn.


We remain confident about future prospects and intend to extend the reach of both our technology and business operations in order to maximise growth and insulate against changes in global economy.



Neil Johnson

Chairman

2nd July 2008

 

 

 

 

 

  CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REVIEW


Operating Review


This has been another excellent year for Cybit. A combination of increased market take-up and the benefits of scale achieved through recent acquisitions have allowed the Group to make major progress over the past twelve months.


As announced at the interim results, we now operate within three business areas: Vehicle Telematics, Private Mobile Radio (PMR) and Maritime Solutions.


Vehicle Telematics


With the cost of fuel increasing almost daily, customers of all sizes are starting to appreciate the significant tangible and intangible benefits that can be derived through use of our telematics based solutions. The delivery of focused business information allows our customers to reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies. Our solutions include a range of tools that help our customers comply with the increasing legislative, taxation and compliance burden that is associated with operating a remote workforce. Our extended capabilities include detailed vehicle performance analysis through real-time delivery and processing of detailed or summary CANbus data.


Although increasingly competitive, the market for our solutions is continuing to grow at both the simple and complex levels.


In the more complex sector, we have focused on gaining a better understanding of both the functional and business requirements of organisations within our core markets and we are starting to achieve notable successes. Based on market estimates, we believe that Cybit has an approximate 15-20% market share of the installed telematics marketplace in the UK. Our research indicates that this percentage of market share continues through to our presence in the leading businesses within each of our key major and sub verticals. This bodes well for us as the market continues to grow and we increase the level of penetration into our target markets.


Our strategy remains one of delivering market specific products and services focused on delivering substantial strategic and operational benefits. We are confident that this approach will enable us to maintain our position as UK market leader in our key verticals with the ability to take a similar position in other strategic markets.


Customer Growth and Development


As a result of the acquisition of Amatics in August, we have re-aligned our UK based new business sales team such that they are focused on three key vertical markets: Service; Transport and Logistics; Government and Utilities. We have also replicated this focus within our field based and customer facing back office customer support team. This allows us to get far closer to our customers and better understand both market and customer specific requirement. We are already seeing substantial benefit from this approach through successes achieved by our new business and installed base sales teams.


In terms of contract extensions, we achieved unit renewals of approximately 90% which resulted in the number of customer units either being renewed or migrated onto the Fleetstar platform increasing from 2,500 to 6,000 during the period; a significant achievement in a period during which two legacy platforms were retired! Renewal rates amongst customers remained relatively static at approximately 80%. It is pleasing to report that our focus on Return on Investment and customer service has helped us to sign significant expansion and renewal contracts with many of our customers. Notable amongst these are: SIG PLC, Fowler Welch Coolchain, May Gurney PLC, Colas, Sainsbury's Online, North Midland Construction, and Argyle and Bute Council.


Cybit has also added a large number of new customers during the year including Gilbarco Veeder Root, Milbank Trucks, A1Plus, Macfarlane Packaging, Cheshire Peak and Plain Housing and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. At the end of the period, the net number of assets registered on our telematics platforms increased from 35,000 to more than 46,000 with the number registered on Fleetstar-Online alone topping 30,000 at the year end.


Operational Achievements


Our focus on the integration of all UK based Telematics customer and operational activities has continued with the integration of Amatics into the Group within two months of acquisition. As part of this program, we have completed the implementation of our field based customer service initiative. This initiative has moved our customer services team closer to the customer delivering improved response times. A direct result of this initiative has been a significant acceleration of the order to installation process with an associated shortening of the order to cash cycle.


A further project to create a single procurement team responsible for all Group purchasing activities is close to conclusion. This will allow us to reduce the number of suppliers to the Group substantially whilst at the same time improving our overall buying power.


The continued development of our internal engineering resource has been a key achievement during the year. In addition to delivering greater consistency and quality of an ever more complex installation, we are currently saving in the region of £50,000 per month against the cost of utilising external resource.


Continuing our strategy of outsourcing non-core activities, we have completed the transition of all stock-holding, product configuration and distribution to a partner. This has allowed us to increase inventory turn rates whilst reducing the lead time from order through configuration to end customer delivery. As a result of this, we have not only reduced our stock holding and configuration costs but also achieved an overall reduction in distribution costs.


As reported last year, the Group has invested in an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to support business growth. We have an ongoing project focused on the rationalisation of the various legacy back office systems gained through acquisition. The initial objective was to consolidate all Group companies onto a single finance system followed by similar consolidation of customer operations and billing systems. This project is expected to deliver further operational savings over the second half of the current financial year.


Indirect Channels


Revenues achieved through our indirect channel increased substantially in the period. In response to customer and market demand at the lower end of the SME market space, Cybit re-structured our reseller proposition and launched a low end solution based on the Asset Locator product gained through the acquisition of Cybit Positioning Solutions in 2007. This has given our reseller community a comprehensive suite of cost effective fleet and asset management solutions with which to service their customers. As a result, our channel partners delivered approximately 180 new customers to the business during the period.


In addition to our reseller channel, Cybit is building a network of partners who can help us to broaden our vertical market capabilities. We will also be looking to build upon our recently announced CANbus capabilities both directly and in conjunction with specialist partners who can increase our time to market in certain key areas.


European Subsidiaries and other International Opportunities


Revenues from Cybit AB, our Swedish operation continued to grow over the period, primarily as a result of the success of UK based City Car Club, our major car share customer.


New business revenues from Fleetstar were disappointing although a change in management focus and launch of the Truck24 technology during the first quarter of the new financial year is delivering substantial growth in the current financial year.


Similarly in Germany, despite early success, the performance of Cybit GmbH over the full period did not meet management expectations. With a total vehicle park in excess of 50 million, we still see this market as a substantial growth opportunity and believe that the integration of Cybit GmbH with our recent Truck24 acquisition will pay dividends in the coming year.


During the fourth quarter, we appointed a business manager to lead a new Middle Eastern business venture based out of Dubai. We have a number of existing clients and prospects in this region and recognised the need to have representation "on the ground" if we are to be successful in the local market. We have already identified a number of significant opportunities for our vehicle telematics and PMR solutions and believe this will represent a strong market for Cybit and our products in the future.


Acquisition of Amatics


On 23rd August 2007, Cybit completed the acquisition of Amatics Limited, a privately owned UK based telematics company for £4 million. The consideration was satisfied by a cash payment of £3.5 million, £3.25 million of which was payable on completion and the balance of £250,000 payable over 5 months from October 2007. The balance of the transaction was satisfied by the issue of 962,000 new shares at 52p each. At the time of the acquisition, Amatics had a cash balance of £3.25 million therefore, on completion the acquisition was cash neutral as Cybit effectively paid cash for Amatics' existing cash balance. Amatics' revenue during 2006 was £3.3 million.


In addition to the initial consideration, an earn out of up to £2 million is to be paid against achievement of certain performance targets during the periods from completion to 31st March 2008 and 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2009. We believe that the earn-out in the period to 31st March 2008 will be less than £100,000.


Amatics is one of the UK's leading telematics service providers to the utility services sector and among local authorities. It currently has circa 25 long-term customers, who between them have approximately 4,000 installed units. Key customers include Scottish Water, South East Water, Monmouthshire Council, South Cambridgeshire Council and Argyll and Bute Council. Many of its customers integrate telematics data into their internal infrastructure including customized GIS applications for applications including gritting and gully emptying.


Acquisition of Truck24 AG


The acquisition of Truck24 was completed on the last day of the financial year for a total consideration of €4 million. The consideration and debt was satisfied by an initial cash payment of €700,000 on completion, up to a further €1.1 million of cash on deferred terms, the issue of 3,580,000 new shares in Cybit and the issue of 797,032 Warrants over Cybit shares at a strike price of 49 pence. A term loan of €1.3 million has been secured from HSBC to support the acquisition although the initial payment of €700,000 was paid out of Group cash reserves.


Truck24 is based near Munich and is one of the leading Telematics Service Providers to the German and German speaking HGV and logistics sectors. The company has approximately 200 customers representing 3,300 vehicles installed across fleets based in GermanyAustriaSwitzerland and Italy. The Truck24 solution will strengthen Cybit's position in the logistics and distribution market in that it addresses core tracking, order management, navigation and operational performance needs of this sector.


From a product and market perspective, Truck24 has specific expertise in the logistics sector which will both add value to the expanded Group and accelerate Cybit's ability to deliver key functionality such as digital tachograph and CANbus integration.


Although no revenue is included from Truck24 in the current year, the balance sheet is consolidated into the overall Group balance sheet as it was acquired on the last day of our financial year.


In the period to 31st December 2007, Truck24 achieved profitable revenues in excess of €5 million and is therefore expected to contribute towards both revenue and profit growth in the coming year. There are already plans to launch Truck24 technology in both Sweden and the UK with other markets under review.


Product Development


During the period, Cybit delivered a number of enhancements to products within the portfolio. One of the most important enhancements to the Fleetstar application was the introduction of a new scaled platform which is capable of supporting growth in excess of 100,000 units. In addition there were a number of enhancements to the core platform including support for CANbus data and additional functionality around our local authority winter maintenance module. All of these developments are paving the way for further platform consolidation with the associated benefits in due course.


Our Sapphire Maritime solution underwent a number of customer funded developments. Included amongst them is the extension of the product to provide a Race Management Solution (RMS) to support the Volvo Ocean Race which sets out from Spain in September 2008. The team also won a contract to supply Cyprus with a web based version of the Sapphire solution which is due for release during the first quarter of the new financial year.


There are a number of other hardware based projects underway including the development of a new version of our TDMA based precise positioning hardware, an updated version of the BlueFinger secure maritime tracking device and the planned launch of an updated car share Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) for our Drive-IT solution.


Our internal development team currently comprises a core group of approximately 16 hardware and software engineers. This team has been supplemented by core team of five developers provided by an Indian outsource partner.


From a planning perspective, Cybit has recently introduced an agile development methodology supported by a Development Management Council (DMC) from across the Group which meets on a monthly basis to review progress and re-assess development priorities in line with on-going business and market requirements.


The benefit of this approach is a reduction in internal development costs by a net £200,000 per annum whilst at the same time giving us greater flexibility to scale our development capacity either up or down based on business performance and customer demand.


Our development group is expecting to deliver a substantial number of new product releases together with hardware and software updates to our existing portfolio. We are also planning a number of activities designed to create a common interface layer within the existing product portfolio and better integration with our existing back-office infrastructure. This will help us to leverage the technology investment we have made through acquisitions and also deliver further significant operational savings.


Private Mobile Radio (PMR)


We have been delighted with the performance of our PMR business over the past year. Our focus on operational efficiencies has substantially reduced the cost base associated with this business and ensured increased margins across all products within the portfolio.


The business achieved notable contract wins with a number of key customers including an impressive seven year line-fit contract with a major manufacturer of seismic vehicles. The current focus on oil and gas exploration has led to this contract outperforming first year commitments within the first six months and the outlook for continued over performance remains good.


Strong performance from our off-shore exploration partner led to a number of sizeable orders during the year. This product is in a run-out phase but existing commitments require deliveries for the majority of the current financial year. We are hopeful that our PMR business will play a key part in the delivery of the client's next generation solution.


We go into the new financial year with a strong order book and strong pipeline of future business opportunities.


Maritime


Although the number of new Fisheries Vessel Management Solution (VMS) projects awarded during the year were relatively low, our maritime team won new contracts with both new and existing customers.


On the VMS front, in addition to a number of smaller contract extensions, we won a large project to supply the Cyprus Government with a web based fisheries management solution. This solution will also give us the ability to provide web based long range tracking services to commercial ship operators. We are currently exploring the potential for a commercial launch of this service in the current financial year.


We were also successful in securing a three year maintenance contract extension with DEFRA, the end of which will take our relationship with this client to over 13 years.


The team was also successful in winning a development project to provide a Race Management System (RMS) to support the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race. This development also opens new opportunities for us in both inshore and offshore racing.


Although business in this sector is fairly lumpy, we have a relatively strong order book and a good pipeline of future business opportunities. We are currently exploring potential market opportunities that will deliver a strong base line of predictable revenues similar to our vehicle telematics business.


Financial Review


This was another year of substantial growth for Cybit. Revenues were up nearly 50% from £13.3 million to £19.7 million with pre-tax profits increasing nearly threefold from £0.6 million to £1.7 million. This has primarily been achieved through organic growth together with a small contribution from our Amatics acquisition. Gross margins remained static at 63% reflecting a continued focus on managing both fixed and variable costs across the business.


Despite further significant revenue growth and acquisition activity, administrative expenses were tightly controlled, increasing by only 33%. Against a background of increasing interest rates, financing costs increased slightly from £1.18 million to £1.61 million but reduced as a percentage of overall turnover from 8.3% to 8.1%.


We continue to maintain a focus on increasing the levels of contracted forward profit and cash through the development of our internal leasing book and other recurring revenues. Continuing that strategy, 23% of telematics revenues were placed on the internal lease book during the year. This is up from 20% in the prior period. Overall the internal lease book across Group companies has increased substantially and including Truck24, the forward value of this asset has doubled from £5 million in 2007 to approximately £10 million, the majority of which will be recognised over the next three years.


The forward order book relating to our maritime and precise positioning businesses has also increased substantially, growing from £2 million in 2007 to nearly £8 million at the end of the year. The combination of this forward order book and internal lease book will not only underpin future growth but will also serve to insulate the business in the event that market conditions harden.


Despite the initial payment of €700,000 for Truck24, cash in hand increased from £2.12 million to £2.85 million. Net cash at the period end was £1.6 million. The business remains cash generative at the operating level with net cash inflow from operating activities increasing from £1.3 million to £4.1 million in the period. At the end of the year, the Company had total outstanding loans and overdrafts of £1.27m. The business also has an unused overdraft facility of £1 million and a further Euro denominated facility of €1.3 million to support the Truck24 acquisition. At the end of the period, none of these standby facilities were being utilised. Recurring cash flow has also grown from £512,000 to £661,000 per month after the acquisition and integration of Truck24. This now represents around 74% of Group monthly cash requirements for the business.


Outlook


The Group has yet again delivered against the commitments made to shareholders. A year of significant growth, together with the acquisition of Amatics and Truck24, has give us an exceptional opportunity to build upon our experiences gained in the UK market and transfer this success onto the broader European stage.


Despite current economic conditions, we still firmly believe that the market for telematics will continue to grow as customers from all sectors are forced to implement strategies to improve operational efficiencies whilst ensuring legislative compliance. It is now widely accepted that our solutions deliver a high level of return on investment and our financial strength makes Cybit the low risk partner to deliver these returns.


Having achieved critical mass in the UK, we are turning our attention to international growth. Strong economic growth in Sweden has led to increased interest in our products and we plan to launch a localised version of Truck24 into the Swedish market. We will also be considering how best to address the rest of the Scandinavian market from Sweden.


The acquisition of Truck24 gives us a strong presence in Germany with additional customers in AustriaSwitzerland and Italy. We intend to invest further in sales personnel to exploit this opportunity fully.


Whilst the initial focus will be organic growth from within the business, we will continue to consider suitable acquisition opportunities as resources and market conditions allow.


I would like to thank everyone employed within the Cybit Group for their hard work and dedication during what has proved to be yet another exceptional year and we all look forward to the future with confidence.




Richard Horsman

Chief Executive

2nd July 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement

For the year ended 31 March 2008





2008

2007





£

£

Revenue




19,671,179

13,288,619

Cost of sales




(7,301,291)

(4,855,508)

Gross profit




12,369,888

8,433,111







Administrative expenses






    Other operating expenses




(8,125,373)

(6,088,132)

    Depreciation and amortisation




(981,212)

(603,405)

Total administrative expenses




(9,106,585)

(6,691,537)







Operating profit




3,263,303

1,741,574

Finance costs




(1,606,827)

(1,185,258)

Finance income




38,360

80,639







Finance loss




(1,568,467)

(1,104,619)







Pre-tax profit for the year 




1,694,836

636,955

Tax expense




(627,561)

(22,355)







Net profit for the year




1,067,275

614,600







Attributable to the equity holders of Cybit Holdings plc



1,067,275

614,600







Earnings per share - basic




4.65p

2.86p

Earnings per share - diluted




4.61p

2.82p




All activities relate to continuing operations.




 

 

.

Consolidated Statement of Recognised Income and Expense

For the year ended 31 March 2008




2008

2007



£

£





Foreign currency translation differences


(10,566)

(301)





Net income/(expense) recognised directly in equity


(10,566)

(301)

Profit for the year


1,067,275

614,600





Total recognised income and expense for the year 


1,056,709

614,299

 



 

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheet at 31 March 2008





2008

2007




 £

 £

ASSETS





Non-current assets





Goodwill



5,138,890

1,374,973

Other intangible assets



4,377,714

2,304,674

Property, plant and equipment



473,328

559,715

Deferred tax assets



609,799

733,215

Other non-current assets



131,410

655,427




10,731,141

5,628,004






Current assets





Inventories



1,420,696

1,638,204

Trade and other receivables



8,004,116

6,505,745

Cash and cash equivalents



2,853,984

2,119,985




12,278,796

10,263,934






TOTAL ASSETS



23,009,937

15,891,938






LIABILITIES





Current liabilities





Trade and other payables



7,669,406

5,667,693

Borrowings



614,566

625,746

Current tax payable



527,131

27,793




8,811,103

6,321,232






Non-current liabilities





Trade and other payables



994,335

464,259

Borrowings



656,914

416,096

Deferred tax



426,458

327,475

TOTAL LIABILIITIES



10,888,810

7,529,062






NET ASSETS



12,121,127

8,362,876






EQUITY





Share capital



7,425,488

7,150,882

Share premium account



7,591,607

7,098,214

Merger reserve



(1,141,368)

(3,168,708)

Equity reserve



194,374

288,172

Foreign exchange reserve



(10,866)

(301)

Retained earnings



(1,938,108)

(3,005,383)









12,121,127

8,362,876


 

 

 

 


Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

For the year ended 31 March 2008




Year ended 31 March

2008

Year ended 31 March

 2007



£

£

Operating activities




Results for the period after tax


1,067,275

614,600

Adjustments for:




Depreciation and amortisation


981,212

603,405

Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment


1,919

-

Working capital changes


(183,089)

(1,041,301)

Finance costs


1,568,467

1,104,619

Taxation expense recognised in the income statement


627,561

22,355

Employee equity settled share options


-

-





Cash generated from operations


4,063,345

1,303,678





Corporation tax paid


(28,754)

-

Finance costs of assigning debts to finance companies


(1,529,642)

(1,159,452)





Net cash from operating activities


2,504,949

144,226





Investing activities




Purchase of subsidiary undertakings


(4,783,421)

(308,093)

Net cash/(overdrafts) acquired with subsidiary undertakings


3,457,996

(108,759)

Purchase of property, plant & equipment


(149,457)

(111,525)

Additions to other intangibles


(859,393)

(496,537)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment


1,222

1,031

Interest received


38,360

80,639





Net cash used in investing activities


(2,294,693)

(943,244)





Financing activities




Interest paid


(77,185)

(25,806)

Proceeds from share issues


364,178

-

Receipts from borrowings


500,000

500,000

Receipts from short-term borrowings


3,250,000

-

Repayments of short-term borrowings


(3,250,000)

-

Finance lease repayments


(86,801)

(154,254)

Repayment of loans


(221,875)

(462,009)





Net cash generated from / (used by) financing activities


478,317

(142,069)





Net changes in cash and cash equivalents


688,573

(941,087)

Exchange differences


(388)

60





Net cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year


1,737,504

2,678,531





Net cash and cash equivalents - end of year


2,425,689

1,737,504



 


 


NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS


1.  The financial information set out in this preliminary announcement does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 240 of the Companies Act 1985.

 

2.  The financial information has been extracted from the Group's 2008 financial statements. Those financial statements have not yet been delivered to the Registrar nor have the auditors reported on them

 

3.  Basis of preparation


The preliminary results have been prepared under the historical cost convention and in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union. The date of transition to IFRS from UK GAAP was 1 April 2006 and therefore the 31 March 2008 financial statements are the first full financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS. The full IFRS accounting policies and notes on the impact of transition to IFRS are included within the 30 September 2007 interim financial statements.


Following a review by management, the pension scheme asset and liability of £2.9m acquired with the acquisition of Thales Telematics Plc in 2007, has been recognised as a contingent liability on transition to IFRS.  

 

4.  Earnings per share

 

The calculation of the basic earnings per share is based on the profits attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.

 

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. The Group has two classes of dilutive potential ordinary shares: those share options granted to employees where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the year and the remaining unexercised warrants issued to the previous shareholders of BlueFinger Limited as part of the consideration for the acquisition of the company in June 2006.

 

Reconciliations of the earnings and weighted average number of shares used in the calculations are set out below. 




2008

2007


Earnings

Weighted average number of shares

Per-share amount

Earnings

Weighted average number of shares

Per-share amount


£

No.

Pence

£

No.

Pence








Basic earnings per share














Earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders

1,067,275

22,943,055

4.65p

614,600

21,529,155

2.86p








Effect of dilutive securities







Options and warrants


199,796



299,099









Diluted earnings per share







Adjusted earnings

1,067,275

23,142,851

4.61p

614,600

21,828,254

2.82p

 

 

5.  Dividends

 

No dividends have been paid in respect of the year.


 

 



Copies of the Company's Annual Report and Accounts will be available from the Company's registered office.



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