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Eleco PLC (ELCO)

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Wednesday 15 September, 2021

Eleco PLC

Interim Results

RNS Number : 7842L
Eleco PLC
15 September 2021
 

15 September 2021  

Eleco Public Limited Company  

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

  Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2021

 

The Board of Eleco plc (AIM: ELCO), the AIM-listed international construction software specialist, is pleased to announce its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2021.  

 

Financial Highlights  

· Revenue up 13 per cent to £13,831,000 (2020 H1: £12,215,000); up 12 per cent at constant currencies

· Recurring revenues increased 8% to £7,543,000 (2020 H1: £6,953,000) (includes maintenance, support, subscription and SaaS revenue)

· Adjusted EBITDA* up 11 per cent to £3,649,000 (2020 H1: £3,283,000)  

· Operating profit up 14 per cent to £2,366,000 (2020 H1: £2,071,000)  

· Adjusted operating profit** up 15 per cent to £2,730,000 (2020 H1: £2,366,000)  

· Profit before tax up 17 per cent to £2,260,000 (2020 H1: £1,930,000)

· Basic earnings per share up 16 per cent to 2.2p (2020 H1: 1.9p)  

· Adjusted earnings per share*** up 20 per cent to 2.6p (2020 H1: 2.2p)  

· Free cash flow**** down 23 per cent to £2,855,000 (2020 H1: £3,711,000)

· Cashflow conversion***** 105 per cent (2020 H1: 157 per cent)

· Net cash £8,478,000 (2020 H1: £4,435,000)

 

(*Adjusted to exclude amortisation of intangible assets, depreciation charge and former Directors' payments.)

(** Adjusted to exclude former Directors' payments and amortisation of acquired intangible assets.)

(*** Adjusted earnings per share represents adjusted profit after tax, divided by a weighted average number of shares.)

(**** Free cash flow represents cash generated in operations less purchase of intangible assets and property, plant and equipment, net of finance costs and tax plus any proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment.)

(***** Cashflow conversion represents free cash flow as a percentage of adjusted operating profit.)

 

Operational Highlights  

· Strategic focus on leveraging strong customer relationships enabled further market penetration.

· Powerproject Vision, our SaaS portal for collaborating on construction schedules, has been implemented to support the digital transformation of VINCI Construction's planning process.

· Powerproject Vision was launched in the Nordics, and we won our first order from a Swedish residential property developer that operates across 23 regions in nine countries.

· Continued to support customer success, evidenced by Frank Connolly of Mace Group, who won the CIOB, Construction Manager of the Year award for his programmes that were managed using Powerproject.

·   Collaboration Cloud solution launched in the UK and the latest version of Powerproject (v16) was released.

· Won a high-value Visualisation solutions order from a Japanese floor manufacturer.

· Commenced the digital transformation of back-office systems to enhance efficiency, provide better real time KPIs and streamline operations.

 

Chairman, Serena Lang said: 

" Eleco delivered a positive performance in the first half of 2021, with growth in all regions.  It has been a transformational half year as we reshape and reposition the company, we launched our growth strategy and focused on our people and performance. The direction we are taking is to move toward a customer centric organisation to deliver the value to our core customers segments.

Importantly we were also able to strengthen our financial position considerably in the period.

We are confident of meeting market expectations for the full year to 31 December 2021. "

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Eleco plc

Tel: +44 (0)20 7422 8000

Serena Lang, Executive Chairman

Jonathan Hunter, Chief Executive Officer

Robert Tearle, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

finnCap Limited

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7220 0500

Geoff Nash / Kate Bannatyne (Nomad)

Richard Chambers/ Charlotte Sutcliffe (ECM)

 

 

SEC Newgate

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 3757 6880

Elisabeth Cowell / Bob Huxford/ Isabelle Smurfit

[email protected]

About Eleco Public Limited Company

Eleco plc is an AIM-listed (AIM:ELCO) specialist international provider of software and related services to the Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Owner/Operator (AECO) industries and interior furnishing industries from centres of excellence in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and the US. 

The Company's market leading Elecosoft software solutions are developed by teams in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany; and its solutions cover project management, estimating, timber engineering, CAD and visualisation, asset and facility management and cloud-based digital marketing solutions.

The information communicated in this announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

I am delighted to report that the business has shown a strong performance for the six months ending 30 June 2021 with positive organic growth and an increase in both profitability and recurring revenues. The Board of Eleco launched its refined growth strategy mid-way through the period, focusing the business on its core competencies and targeting expansion on key growth markets.

Our teams have managed the internal transformation of the business very effectively whilst ensuring that our customers continue to experience a high level of service and I would like to thank them for their continued commitment and drive.

During the period, we placed increased emphasis on strong Corporate Governance by strengthening our Board of Directors, which will help Eleco to facilitate the execution of our refreshed growth strategy going forward.

 

Trading Performance

Revenues

Revenues in the first half of 2021 were £13,831,000 (2020: £12,215,000), an increase of 13 per cent; or 12 per cent at constant currencies.

Revenues derived from recurring maintenance, support contracts, and other subscription-based contracts in the period increased to £7,543,000 (2020: £6,953,000), equivalent in percentage terms to 55 per cent of total revenues in the period (2020: 57 per cent). The strong revenue growth in new licence sales from our Building Lifecycle businesses and increase in services revenue has resulted in the slightly lower recurring revenue as a percentage of total revenue. However, the growth in licence sales combined with the investment in transitioning the portfolio to subscription will lead to a further increase in recurring revenues going forward.

Profit

Operating profit for the period was £2,366,000 (2020: £2,071,000), an increase of 14 per cent. Following the positive underlying performance of Eleco in 2020, the Board took the decision last year to pay back furlough funds that qualified for repayment. This amounted to £135,000 in 2021 (2020: £nil).

Adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as operating profit before amortisation of intangible assets, depreciation and former Directors' payments was £3,649,000 (2020: £3,282,000), an increase of 11 per cent.

Adjusted operating profit, which is defined as operating profit before former Directors' payments was £69,000 (2020: £nil) and amortisation of acquired intangible assets of £295,000 (2020: £295,000) was £2,730,000 (2020: £2,366,000), representing an increase of 15 per cent reflecting the continuing strength of our core business.

Profit before tax for the period ended 30 June 2021 was £2,260,000 (2020: £1,930,000), an increase of 17 per cent.

Profit after tax for the period ended 30 June 2021 was £1,797,000 (2020: £1,516,000), an increase of 19 per cent, equivalent to basic earnings per share for the period of 2.2 pence (2020: 1.9 pence), an increase of 16 per cent.

 

Software

We continue to invest in our market-leading software. Total software development spend (which includes capitalised and expensed elements) in the period amounted to £1,628,000 (2020: £1,623,000), enabling us to enhance our software offerings to the market. This is the equivalent of 12 per cent (2020: 13 per cent) of our total revenues in the period. Software development expenditure capitalised in the period totalled £790,000 (2020: £760,000).

 

Financial Performance

The Group's already strong financial position and strong cash position was further strengthened and as at 30 June 2021 Eleco had net cash balances of £8,470,000 (2020: £4,435,000) and £6,154,000 for the year ended December 2020. Free cash flow was impacted by the £135,000 repayment of furlough (2020: credit of £133,000) and a cash dividend of £329,000 (2020: £nil). In the prior half year there was also VAT deferred of £396,000 which was paid in the second half of 2020.

 

Operational Highlights

During the period, the majority of our colleagues continued to work remotely, and despite this, our service revenue returned to normal run rates, increasing by 19 per cent compared with the same period in 2020 when Q2 was significantly impacted by services being delivered remotely.

Focus was given to align colleagues with our strategy, improve communications and develop our high-performance company culture to energise the teams as we make progress toward transitioning Eleco from being a product-led company to a customer-centric business. We are organising the Company around customer segments for a set of priority geographic markets, removing product silos and creating progress and growth opportunities for our employees. As well as increasing the efficiency of our business, this is expected to deliver growth by allowing us to achieve a more focused, high-value customer base. During the period we strengthened and aligned the operational leadership team, and we commenced the following initiatives:

· The merger of Eleco's two German visualisation businesses, headed up by the new Managing Director, Volker Ahring. The unified business will be rebranded Veeuze and relaunched to its customer base by the end of the year.

· The merger of three UK Building Lifecycle businesses, led by the newly appointed UK Managing Director Richard Choi, with a single customer-centric team. This is due for completion in Q1 2022.

· Creation of the Northern Europe Building Lifecycle operation, which includes all building lifecycle businesses in Germany and the Netherlands, with Frank van Riemsdijk as the Managing Director.

· Expanded the focus of our Swedish Building Lifecycle operation to the Nordics region with Anders Karlsson as Managing Director of the Nordics.

· Group-wide implementation of a new finance system to enable us to enhance our financial reporting, enable better visibility centrally and create efficiencies in our finance organisation.

· Identification of Arcon and Staircon products as stand-alone niche business areas, delivering focus and agile decision making. Jürgen Krüger is Managing Director of Arcon and we currently seek to appoint a Managing Director for Staircon following the retirement of Kenneth Schönfeldt.

 

The transformation initiatives coming out of the strategy, as well as M&A and integration, will be progressed with the appointment of Birgit Lenton, as Group Transformation Director who will be joining the operational leadership team on 20 September. Birgit has 20 years' experience in business transformation, change management and leadership, with a strong focus on culture, customer, people, organisational development and continuous improvement. Birgit spent twelve years with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in a number of senior UK and national roles transformational roles and four years as Director of Corporate Services and Culture for a UK-based housing association.

From a product perspective, we intend to leverage our customer relationships by further identifying the future needs of our core customer base and creating software solutions to enable them to make better real-time decisions. To facilitate this, a design-first approach to product development is key and we appointed Fredrik Pantze as Chief Product Officer in April to ensure that this is fully embedded into our customer centric product culture.

Whilst we search for a Chief Technology Officer, we have also created communities such as the UXI community to support our ambitions of achieving a premium user experience.

The team has already made progress, developing our SaaS/Subscription strategy, enabling our software to be sold on a subscription basis in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and the US. We have made progress towards roadmap alignment and commenced development of the Eleco Design System to standardise product interface design. Additionally, we released Powerproject v16 and launched the new Elecosoft.com website in March to make it easier for our customers to interact and purchase from us.

The USA has been highlighted as a key growth territory for Eleco and we are focused on adopting a direct sales approach to achieve this while supporting our established channel partner relationships. We launched Elecosoft into the Texas market as a direct sales organisation in July and attended the Sunbelt Homebuilders Show as there is a proliferation of investment in housebuilding currently in the state. The uptake in orders is expected to take time as the market presence and recognition of the brand grows, but we will remain focused in the one geography to give us the best chance of success and look forward to providing updates in the future.

 

Board Updates and Corporate Governance

During the period, we took steps to align our refreshed strategy with the experience on our Board. In March we appointed Paul Boughton to the Board. Paul is currently Chair of Quartix Technologies plc, the telematics and vehicle analytics company, having joined in 2014 ahead of its successful IPO. Previously he has held both Executive and Non-Executive positions in listed technology and software companies. Paul's extensive M&A experience, knowledge of the US, German and Scandinavian markets (as well as the UK) and of transitioning from a perpetual to a SaaS/recurring revenue model add tremendous value to the Board. This Board refresh also culminated in the appointments of Dr. Annette Nabavi who joined on 12 August and Mark Castle who will join on 20 September as Non-Executive Directors.

Annette Nabavi, a highly qualified board director with more than 30 years' experience in the technology, telecoms and digital industries brings additional expertise to advise with the shift from a perpetual to SaaS licence model. Additionally, Mark Castle, an experienced business leader, will bring with him a wealth of experience in the Property, Construction, Consultancy and Built Environment Sectors and will help provide the voice of the customer on the Board.

Kevin Craig stepped down from the Board at the end of August to focus on his other growing business interests, and David Dannhauser also stepped down at the end of August. Dr. Nabavi will succeed Kevin Craig as Chair of the Remuneration Committee and become Senior Independent Director and Paul Boughton will become Chair of the Audit Committee.

Post period end, we also confirmed that I will return to my previous non-executive capacity as Non-Executive Chairman in September and Anders Karlsson, MD for Nordics, left the Board at the end of August and remains an important part of the Executive Team as one of the Company's key regional MDs. Stella Toresse stood down from her Company Secretarial duties to pursue her interests in a private company.

As part of our ongoing drive to continue to enhance our Corporate Governance the Board is pleased to announce its intention for all Directors to stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting in 2022 and in subsequent years. This is in line with corporate governance best practice.

 

Dividend

Having regard to the strong trading performance and cash generation in the period under review, a good start to the second half and a positive outlook for the remainder of the year, the Board has decided to declare a dividend of 0.2 pence (2020: nil pence), which would be covered 10.8 times by unaudited earnings for the period of 2.2 pence per share.

The interim dividend will be made on 22 October 2021 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 24 September 2021 and the ex-dividend date will be 23 September 2021.

 

Outlook

Eleco delivered a positive performance in the first half of 2021, with growth in all regions and all customer segments. Importantly we were also able to strengthen our financial position considerably in the period. We are confident of meeting market expectations for the full year to 31 December 2021.

The Company is strategically investing to grow its business, most notably having set up a direct business in Texas in the USA and taken its maintenance management portfolio into the German market. These projects will take time to seed but ultimately are about growth.  As the company continues to drive organic growth in its core markets, it will invest further in business development as well as software development to secure its market leading positions.  At a group level, we have just recruited a Group Transformation Director and are still searching for a Chief Technology Officer.

The Company is also undergoing some major transformation projects including the digitisation of its back office systems which will not only enable efficiencies but also allow us to be more agile and innovative.  Additionally the company is moving towards a SaaS subscription model for many new customers.  Inevitably, this will soften revenues and profits in the short term as revenues are spread over a longer period of time and costs are added to drive growth. However, the shift will drive growth in customer lifetime value, lower customer acquisition costs and increase our recurring revenues as we move away from a perpetual licensing model.

We therefore expect a temporary reduction in our level of profitability over the next 18 months as the SaaS subscription model and strategic initiatives bed in and deliver our long term growth. We will continue to drive our strategy and concentrate our efforts on the software solutions that our customers require, focused on delivering ease of use and improved efficiencies to our customers, and thus enabling them to reduce their own and their customers' costs in difficult markets. I am confident therefore that with the close collaboration with our customers, we will continue to build Eleco from strength to strength.

 

 

Serena Lang

Executive Chairman

15 September 2021

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

for the financial period ended 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

(unaudited)

 

2020

 

 

 

 

Notes

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

3,4

13,831

 

12,215

 

25,232

Cost of sales

 

 

(1,318)

 

(1,298)

 

(2,529)

Gross profit

 

 

 

12,513

 

10,917

 

22,703

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets

 

(846)

 

(786)

 

(1,658)

Former Directors' payments

 

(69)

 

-

 

(328)

Other selling and administrative expenses

 

(9,232)

 

(8,060)

 

(16,566)

Selling and administrative expenses

 

(10,147)

 

(8,846)

 

(18,552)

Operating profit

4,5

2,366

 

2,071

 

4,151

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance cost

 

 

6

(106)

 

(141)

 

(262)

Profit before tax

 

 

2,260

 

1,930

 

3,889

Tax

 

 

 

(463)

 

(414)

 

(726)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the financial period

 

1,797

 

1,516

 

3,163

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

1,797

 

1,516

 

3,163

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share (pence per share)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

7

2.2p

 

1.9p

 

3.9p

Diluted earnings per share

 

7

2.2p

 

1.8p

 

3.9p

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the financial period ended 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

(unaudited)

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Profit for the period

 

 

1,797

 

1,516

 

3,163

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

 

Translation differences on foreign operations

(107)

 

58

 

193

Other comprehensive (loss)/income net of tax

(107)

 

58

 

193

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

1,690

 

1,574

 

3,356

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

1,690

 

1,574

 

3,356

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the financial period ended 30 June 2021

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Translation reserve

Other reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2021

825

2,182

1,002

(8)

(2)

17,525

21,524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(329)

(329)

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

40

-

40

Elimination of exercised share based payments

-

-

-

-

(66)

66

-

Issue of share capital

6

218

-

-

-

-

224

Transactions with owners

6

218

-

-

(26)

(263)

(65)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,797

1,797

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of net investments in foreign operations

-

-

-

(107)

0

(1)

(108)

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

(107)

0

1,796

1,689

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2021 (unaudited)

831

1,002

(115)

(28)

19,058

23,148

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Translation reserve

Other reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2020

822

2,047

1,002

(198)

(108)

14,359

17,924

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments

-

-

-

-

(9)

-

(9)

Issue of share capital

1

15

-

-

-

-

16

Transactions with owners

1

15

-

-

(9)

-

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,516

1,516

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of net investments in foreign operations

-

-

-

58

-

-

58

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

58

-

1,516

1,574

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

823

1,002

(140)

(117)

15,875

19,505

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Merger reserve

Translation reserve

Other reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2020

822

2,047

1,002

(198)

(108)

14,359

17,924

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments

 

 

 

 

131

 

131

Elimination of exercised share based payments

 

25

 

 

(25)

 

-

Issue of share capital

3

110

 

 

 

 

113

Transactions with owners

3

135

 

 

106

 

244

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

3,163

3,163

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of net investments in foreign operations

 

 

 

190

 

3

193

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

 

 

190

 

3,166

3,356

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2020

825

1,002

(8)

(2)

17,525

21,524

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

at 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

 

 

15,729

 

15,643

 

15,762

 

 

Other intangible assets

 

 

 

9

7,140

 

7,223

 

7,195

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

 

595

 

702

 

651

 

 

Right-of-Use assets

 

 

 

 

1,867

 

2,033

 

2,208

 

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

 

 

85

 

87

 

85

 

 

Total non-current assets

 

 

 

 

25,416

 

25,688

 

25,901

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

 

 

8

 

16

 

23

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

 

3,491

 

3,035

 

3,911

 

 

Current tax assets

 

 

 

 

100

 

82

 

90

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

12,163

 

9,779

 

10,668

 

 

Total current assets

 

 

 

 

15,762

 

12,912

 

14,692

 

 

Total assets

 

 

 

 

41,178

 

38,600

 

40,593

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

 

10

(1,645)

 

(1,648)

 

(1,647)

 

 

Lease liabilities

 

 

 

 

(484)

 

(589)

 

(582)

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

 

 

(1,446)

 

(1,529)

 

(1,660)

 

 

Provisions

 

 

 

 

(125)

 

(142)

 

(125)

 

 

Current tax liabilities

 

 

 

 

(123)

 

(87)

 

-

 

 

Accruals and deferred income

 

 

 

11

(9,116)

 

(8,263)

 

(8,880)

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

 

 

(12,939)

 

(12,258)

 

(12,894)

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

 

10

(2,048)

 

(3,696)

 

(2,867)

 

 

Lease liabilities

 

 

 

 

(1,595)

 

(1,663)

 

(1,850)

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

 

 

(1,407)

 

(1,437)

 

(1,417)

 

 

Non-current provisions

 

 

 

 

(41)

 

(41)

 

(41)

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

(5,091)

 

(6,837)

 

(6,175)

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

 

 

(18,030)

 

(19,095)

 

(19,069)

 

 

Net assets

 

 

 

 

23,148

 

19,505

 

21,524

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

 

 

831

 

823

 

825

 

 

Share premium account

 

 

 

 

2,400

 

2,062

 

2,182

 

 

Merger reserve

 

 

 

 

1,002

 

1,002

 

1,002

 

 

Translation reserve

 

 

 

 

(115)

 

(140)

 

(8)

 

 

Other reserve

 

 

 

 

(28)

 

(117)

 

(2)

 

 

Retained earnings

 

 

 

 

19,058

 

15,875

 

17,525

 

 

Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent

 

 

 

23,148

 

19,505

 

21,524

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the financial period ended 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 

 

six months to 30 June

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

 

2,260

 

1,930

 

3,889

Net finance costs

 

 

106

 

141

 

262

Depreciation charge

 

 

368

 

426

 

866

Amortisation charge

 

 

846

 

786

 

1,658

Loss/(profit) on sale of property, plant and equipment

 

3

 

-

 

(16)

Share-based payment charge

 

 

40

 

(9)

 

131

Decrease in provisions

 

 

-

 

-

 

(17)

Cash generated in operations before working capital movements

3,623

 

3,274

 

6,773

Decrease in trade and other receivables

421

 

1,304

 

428

Decrease in inventories and work in progress

14

 

30

 

23

Increase in trade and other payables and accruals and deferred income

21

 

341

 

914

Cash generated in operations

 

 

4,079

 

4,949

 

8,138

Interest paid

 

 

 

(57)

 

(112)

 

(206)

Net income tax paid

 

 

(360)

 

(354)

 

(785)

Net cash inflow from operating activities

 

3,662

 

4,483

 

7,147

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of intangible assets

 

 

(795)

 

(760)

 

(1,603)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(60)

 

(35)

 

(99)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant, equipment and intangible assets

 

48

 

23

 

71

Net cash outflow from investing activities

 

(807)

 

(772)

 

(1,631)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

Repayment of bank loans

 

 

(823)

 

(812)

 

(1,647)

Repayments of leasing liabilities

(355)

 

(375)

 

(761)

Issue of share capital

224

 

-

 

-

Equity dividends paid

 

 

(329)

 

-

 

-

Net cash (outflow) / inflow from financing activities

(1,283)

 

(1,187)

 

(2,408)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

1,572

 

2,524

 

3,108

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

10,668

 

7,236

 

7,236

Effects of changes in foreign exchange rates

 

(77)

 

19

 

324

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

12,163

 

9,779

 

10,668

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents comprise:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and short term deposits

 

 

12,163

 

9,779

 

10,668

Bank overdrafts

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

12,163

 

9,779

 

10,668

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1. General information

The Company is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is 66 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HB.

The Company is listed on the Alternative Investment Market ("AIM").

The condensed consolidated interim financial information does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 have been filed at Companies House. The audit report was not qualified and did not contain a reference to any matter to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

2. Basis of preparation

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months to 30 June 2021 have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies which will be applied in the twelve months financial statements to 31 December 2021. These accounting policies will be drawn up in accordance with Applicable law and UK-adopted International Accounting Standards (UK-IAS) that are effective at 31 December 2021.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are unaudited. They do not include all the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements or for full compliance with UK-IAS, and therefore should be read in conjunction with the Group's published financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020. The comparative figures for the year ended 31 December 2020 are not the Company's statutory accounts for that period but have been extracted from these accounts.

The Directors, having considered the Group's current financial resources, have concluded that they are adequate for the Group's present requirements. Therefore, the condensed consolidated interim financial information has been prepared on the going concern basis.

 

Estimates

Application of the Group's accounting policies in preparing condensed consolidated interim financial statements requires management to make judgements and estimates that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses. Actual results may ultimately differ from these estimates.

In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020.

Risks and uncertainties

A summary of the Group's principal risks and uncertainties was set out on pages 18 to 20 of the 2020 annual report and accounts. The Board considers these risks and uncertainties are still relevant to the current financial year and the impact of changes in the UK economy is reviewed in the Executive Chairman's statement contained in this report.

The Interim Report was approved by the Directors on 15 September 2021.

 

3. Revenue

Revenue disclosed in the income statement is analysed as follows:

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year to 31 December

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Licence sales

 

3,253

 

2,721

 

5,442

Recurring maintenance, support and subscription revenue

 

7,543

 

6,953

 

14,186

Services income

 

3,035

 

2,541

 

5,604

 

 

13,831

 

12,215

 

25,232

 

 

Revenue is recognised for each category as follows:

 

· Licence sales - recognised at the point of transfer (delivery) of the licence to a customer.

 

· Maintenance, support and subscriptions - as these services are provided over the term of the contract, revenue is recognised over the life of the contract.

 

· Services - recognised on delivery of the service.

 

4. Segmental information

 

Operating segments

IFRS 8 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about components of the Group that are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker to allocate resources to the segments and to assess their performance.

The chief operating decision maker has been identified as the Executive Directors. The Group revenue is derived entirely from the sale of software licenses, software maintenance and support and related services. Consequently, the Executive Directors review the three revenue streams, but as the costs are not recorded in the same way, the information is presented as one segment and as such the information is presented in line with management information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

 Year ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December

 

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

13,831

 

12,215

 

25,232

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

3,649

 

3,283

 

7,003

 

 

Amortisation and impairment of purchased intangible assets

 

(551)

 

(491)

 

(1,068)

 

 

Depreciation

 

(368)

 

(426)

 

(866)

 

 

Adjusted operating profit

 

2,730

 

2,366

 

5,069

 

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

(295)

 

(295)

 

(590)

 

 

Former Directors' payments

 

(69)

 

-

 

(328)

 

 

Operating profit

 

2,366

 

2,071

 

4,151

 

 

Net finance cost

 

(106)

 

(141)

 

(262)

 

 

Segment profit before tax

 

2,260

 

1,930

 

3,889

 

 

Tax

 

(463)

 

(414)

 

(726)

 

 

Segment profit after tax

 

1,797

 

1,516

 

3,163

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

2,366

 

2,071

 

4,151

 

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

846

 

786

 

1,658

 

 

Depreciation charge

 

368

 

426

 

866

 

 

Former Directors' payments

 

69

 

-

 

328

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

3,649

 

3,283

 

7,003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geographical, product and sales channel information

Revenue by geographical segment represents revenue from external customers based upon the geographical location of the customer.

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

 Year ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 December

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

 

 

5,236

 

4,645

 

9,470

Scandinavia

 

 

3,311

 

2,995

 

6,080

Germany

 

 

2,457

 

2,216

 

4,858

USA

 

 

488

 

438

 

890

Rest of Europe

 

 

2,082

 

1,750

 

3,538

Rest of World

 

 

257

 

171

 

396

 

 

 

13,831

 

12,215

 

25,232

 

 

Revenue by product group represents revenue from external customers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year ended

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Management

 

 

5,517

 

4,708

 

9,599

Site Management

 

 

183

 

187

 

379

Estimating

 

 

1,476

 

1,381

 

2,834

Engineering

 

 

1,264

 

988

 

2,137

CAD/Design

 

 

937

 

836

 

1,722

Information Management

 

726

 

584

 

1,221

Visualisation

 

 

2,231

 

2,205

 

4,553

Maintenance Management

 

 

1,497

 

1,326

 

2,787

 

 

 

13,831

 

12,215

 

25,232

 

 

The Group utilises resellers to access certain markets. Revenue by sales channel represents revenue from external customers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year ended

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct

 

 

13,117

 

11,628

 

24,000

Reseller

 

 

714

 

587

 

1,232

 

 

 

13,831

 

12,215

 

25,232

 

 

5. Operating profit

Operating profit for the period is after charging the following items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year ended

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Software product development

 

 

1,590

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

 

220

Depreciation of Right-of-Use assets

 

 

646

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

 

590

Amortisation of other intangible assets

 

 

1,068

Share based payments

 

 

131

Employer furlough scheme repayments / (credits)

 

 

(150)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(16)

Foreign exchange losses / (gains)

 

(10)

 

(34)

Former Director's payments

69

 

-

 

328

 

 

6. Net finance cost

Finance income and costs disclosed in the income statement is set out below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Finance costs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bank overdraft and loan interest

(73)

 

(104)

 

(191)

 Interest expense for leasing arrangements

(33)

 

(37)

 

(71)

Total net finance cost

 

(106)

 

(141)

 

(262)

 

 

7. Earnings per share

The calculations of the earnings per share are based on profit after tax attributable to the ordinary equity shareholders of the Company and the weighted average number of shares in issue for the reporting period.

 

Six months to 30 June

 

 

 

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

Year to 31 December 2020

 

Profit attributable to shareholders
(£'000)

Weighted average number of shares
(millions)

EPS (p)

 

Profit attributable to shareholders
(£'000)

Weighted average number of shares
(millions)

EPS (p)

 

Profit attributable to shareholders
(£'000)

Weighted average number of shares
(millions)

EPS (p)

Basic earnings per share

1,797

82.0

2.2

 

1,516

81.3

1.9

 

3,163

81.4

3.9

Diluted earnings per share

1,797

82.8

2.2

 

1,516

82.0

1.8

 

3,163

82.0

3.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share

2,092

82.0

2.6

 

1,755

81.3

2.2

 

3,907

81.4

4.8

 

Shares held by the Employee Share Ownership Trust are excluded from the weighted average number of shares in the period. Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders is reconciled to reported profit attributable to shareholders in note 13.

 

8. Dividends

 

Dividends paid in the six months to 30 June 2021 were 0.40 pence per ordinary share (2020: nil pence per ordinary share).

No scrip dividends were issued in the six months to 30 June 2021 (2020: £nil):

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year to 31 December

 

 

2021

2021

 

2020

2020

 

2020

2020

Ordinary shares

 

shares issued

£'000

 

shares issued

£'000

 

shares issued

£'000

Declared and paid during the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim - current year

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

-

-

Final - previous year

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

Cash dividends of £329,000 (2020: £nil) were paid in the six months to 30 June 2021 as follows:

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June

 

Year to 31 December

 

 

2021

2021

 

2020

2020

 

2020

2020

Ordinary shares

 

per share

£'000

 

per share

£'000

 

per share

£'000

Declared and paid during the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim - current year

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

-

-

Final - previous year

 

0.40

329

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

 

0.40

329

 

-

-

 

-

-

 

The Directors have recommended an interim dividend of 0.20 pence per ordinary share (2020: nil pence per ordinary share).

 

9. Other intangible assets

Other intangible assets comprise capitalised development costs, acquired customer relationships and purchased intangible assets. Additions in the six months to 30 June 2021 represent purchased intangible assets of £5,000 (2020: £nil) and internal development costs capitalised of £790,000 (2020: £760,000). Internal development relates to software development projects that meet the accounting policy criteria for capitalisation.

 

10. Cash and borrowings

The net cash position of the Group as at 30 June 2021 is set out below:

 

 

 

 

At 30 June

At 31 December

 

 

 

 

2021

2020

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

 

12,163

9,779

10,668

Bank loans

 

(3,693)

(5,344)

(4,514)

Lease liabilities

(2,079)

(2,252)

(2,432)

 

 

 

 

6,391

2,183

3,722

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maturity profile of borrowings

 

 

 

 

In one year or less

 

 

(1,645)

(1,648)

1,647

Between one and two years

 

(1,645)

(1,648)

1,647

Between two and five years

 

(403)

(2,048)

1,220

 

 

 

 

(3,693)

(5,344)

4,514

 

The Group's borrowings include a five-year fixed term loan of £8m with Barclays Bank.

The facility is repayable over five years, with equal quarterly instalments of £400,000. The interest rate has been fixed for three years at 3.768 per cent. The Group also retains its existing £1.0m overdraft facility. Security provided to the bank comprises a cross guarantee and debenture between Eleco plc and certain Group subsidiaries.

 

11. Accruals and deferred income

 

 

 

 

At 30 June

At 31 December

 

 

 

 

2021

2020

2020

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Accruals

 

 

 

2,255

2,020

2,487

Deferred income

 

 

6,861

6,243

6,393

 

 

 

 

9,116

8,263

8,880

 

Deferred income represents income from software maintenance and support contracts and is taken to revenue in the income statement on a straight-line basis in line with the service and obligations over the term of the contract.

 

 

 

 

12. Related Party Disclosures

Transactions between Group undertakings, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note.

The Directors of the Company had no material transactions with the Company during the period, other than a result of service agreements.

An amount of £35,000 (2020: £36,667) was paid to JHB Ketteley & Co Limited under a lease for occupation by the Group of 66 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4HB and £nil (2020: £2,500) for a contribution to the office costs at Burnham-on-Crouch. There were no amounts outstanding at 30 June 2021 (30 June 2020: £nil). JHB Ketteley is a Director of JHB Ketteley & Co Limited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Additional performance measures

The Group uses adjusted figures, which are not defined by generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") such as UK-IAS. Adjusted figures and underlying growth rates are presented as additional performance measures used by management, as they provide relevant information in assessing the Group's performance, position and cash flows. We believe that these measures enable investors to track more clearly the core operational performance of the Group, by separating out items of income or expenditure relating to acquisitions, disposals and capital items. Our management uses these financial measures, along with UK-IAS financial measures, in evaluating the operating performance of the Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Year ended

 

Six months to 30 June

 

31 December

 

2021

 

2020

 

2020

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

2,366

 

2,071

 

4,151

Former Directors' payments

69

 

-

 

328

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

295

 

295

 

590

Adjusted operating profit

2,730

 

2,366

 

5,069

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

2,260

 

1,930

 

3,889

Former Directors' payments

69

 

-

 

328

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

295

 

295

 

590

Adjusted profit before tax

2,624

 

2,225

 

4,807

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax charge

(463)

 

(414)

 

(726)

Former Directors' payments

(13)

 

-

 

(62)

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

(56)

 

(56)

 

(112)

Adjusted tax charge

(532)

 

(470)

 

(900)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax

1,797

 

1,516

 

3,163

Former Directors' payments

56

 

-

 

266

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

239

 

239

 

478

Adjusted profit after tax

2,092

 

1,755

 

3,907

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated in operations

4,079

 

4,949

 

8,138

Purchase of intangible assets

(795)

 

(760)

 

(1,603)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(60)

 

(35)

 

(99)

Former Directors' payments

69

 

-

 

328

Adjusted operating cash flow

3,293

 

4,154

 

6,764

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating cash flow

3,293

 

4,154

 

6,764

Net interest paid

(57)

 

(112)

 

(206)

Tax paid

(360)

 

(354)

 

(785)

Proceeds from disposal of PPE

48

 

23

 

71

Former Directors' payments

(69)

 

-

 

(328)

Free cashflow

2,855

 

3,711

 

5,516

 

 

 

14. Exchange rates

The following exchange rates have been applied in preparing the condensed consolidated financial statements:

 

Income statement

 

Balance sheet

 

Year to 31 December 2020

 

Six months to 30 June

 

As at 30 June

 

Income

Balance

 

2021

2020

 

2021

2020

 

Statement

sheet

Swedish Krona to Sterling

11.68

12.17

 

11.82

11.52

 

11.84

11.22

Euro to Sterling

1.15

1.15

 

1.17

1.10

 

1.13

1.12

US Dollar to Sterling

1.39

1.27

 

1.38

1.24

 

1.30

1.37

 

15. Government Grants

Grants related to income are presented as part of the profit and loss and have been deducted against the related expense in the period.

Grants, across the Group, amounted to £nil during the six months ended 30 June 2021 (six months ended 30 June 2020: £133,000).

Given the underlying performance of Eleco for the six months ended 30 June 2021, the Board took the decision to repay furlough payments that were possible to be repaid. During the period £135,000 (2020: £nil) furlough payments were repaid.

 

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