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Thursday 01 October, 2009

Equest Inv Balkans

Interim Results (Replacement)

RNS Number : 1082A
Equest Investments Balkans Ltd
01 October 2009
 



This is an amendment to the Company's interim results announcement of 30 September 2009 (RNS Number - 9086Z).  Within the consolidated cash flow statement for the six months ended 30 June 2009, the decrease in trade and other payables should have been Euros 28,793,000 (and not Euro 30,793,000 as stated); cash outflow used by operations was therefore Euros 20,369,000 (and not Euro 22,369,000 as stated); and the net cash inflow from investing activities was Euros 29,155,000 (and not Euro 31,155,000 as stated).  A full updated announcement is set out below.


30 September 2009 


Equest Investments Balkans Limited

Interim Results 

for the six months ended 30 June 2009


Equest Investments Balkans Limited ('EIB' or 'the Company'), a holding company for investments in the Balkan region, today announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2009. 


Highlights for the Period

  • Consolidated revenue of Euro 239.5 million for the six months ended 30 June 2009 (30 June 2008: Euro 263.9 million)

  • Operating loss of Euro 15.3 million (30 June 2008: operating loss of Euro 18.3 million)

  • Pre-tax loss of Euro 27.5 million (30 June 2008: loss of Euro 34.4 million)

  • Loss per share from continuing operations of Euro 1.25 (30 June 2008: loss per share Euro 1.96)

  • Total net assets at 30 June 2009 of Euro 131.0 million (31 December 2008: Euro 159.7 million and 30 June 2008: Euro 258.2 million) 

  • Net asset value per share of Euro 7.2 (31 December 2008: Euro 8.7 and 30 June 2008: Euro 14.1)

  • Two disposals during period; 80% stake in Avto Union for Euro 8.0 million and 37.7% stake in Uniqa Bulgaria for Euro 23.1 million 

  • TechnomarketDomo ('TMD')the leading  electronic retailer in South East Europe and EIB's largest holding, had consolidated revenue of Euro 239.5 million (30 June 2008: Euro 262.6 million) 

    • Despite sales impacted by negative trading environment, TMD has increased market share in both core electronics retail markets: Bulgaria c.44% and Romania c.24%

    • TMD wholesale business increased and compensated for reduction in retails sales


Post Period End Events

  • Significant refinancing of TMD's senior debt facilities in July 2009 

  • Disposal programme continues, with the sale of some smaller land and property assets for Euro 1.4 million

  • Novera's senior loan of Euro 12.97 million to Investkredit Bank AG has been settled 


Commenting on the results, Ian Schmiegelow, Non-executive Chairman, said:


'The first half of 2009 has witnessed a continuing downturn in the economies of South East Europe and EIB has not been immune to the momentum of this setback. Despite this negative environment, the Company has held to its strategy of concentrating its operations on TechnomarketDomo, EIB's largest holding and the leading electronics retailer in the region, and on maintaining progress with the required disposals of non-core assets to meet debt repayments as well as for providing necessary working capital. In addition, EIB is also now engaged in a review of its corporate structure and management organisation, the results of which will be announced in due course'. 



For further information please contact:    

Equest Investments Balkans Limited

Ian Schmiegelow 


Petri Karjalainen

Naomi Kora


Tel: + 44 20 7630 3350


Tel: + 44 20 7240 7600


Collins Stewart Europe Limited (Nomad)

Hugh Field


Tel: +44 20 7523 8350


KBC Peel Hunt Limited (Broker)


Capel Irwin


Tel: +44 20 7418 8900

Financial Dynamics (PR adviser)

Ed Gascoigne-Pees
Nick Henderson

Tel: +44 20 7269 7132



Copies of the interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2009 will be available on the Company's website www.equestinvestmentsbalkans.com later today.


CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT


Overview and strategy

Our interim results sharply reflect the testing economic conditions which continue to overhang the South East European region, and which have so badly affected the value of Equest Investments Balkans' ('EIB') operations and investments in Bulgaria and Romania


Mindful of this daunting economic climate, the Board and Management of EIB have sought to hasten, as well as to refine, its previously announced strategy of refocusing its resources on two core holdings, the prime one of which is the Company's 61.8% holding in TechnomarketDomo ('TMD'), and on the disposal of its non-core assets. These non-core assets, following the sale of EIB's remaining stake in Uniqa Bulgaria in June 2009, now only comprise a diverse basket of property holdings and property developments, together with the investment in Novera, a waste management company. 


As announced on 16 July 2009 and described in detail in the Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2008, EIB agreed the restructuring of TMD's outstanding debt of Euro 79.5 million with its bankers, Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG ('RZB'). These debts related to the loans assumed by TMD from other EIB Group companies in December 2008 and the facility to K & K Electronics EOOD, a subsidiary of TMD.  The Board of EIB held lengthy discussions both internally and with RZB concerning an undertaking given by EIB's subsidiary, Axis Retail, to facilitate a prepayment of up to Euro 40 million of the Loans to RZB and the consequences of a failure to meet it. Rather than being forced to cede control of TMD to RZB, and the likely loss to EIB of all of TMD's value, the Board took the decision that it was in EIB shareholders' best interests for the Company to provide security over other assets in the EIB Group in order to allow the Company further time to realise assets and refinance TMD and thereby seek to retain control and protect the value of its investment in TMD. The refinancing arrangements involved the provision of security over other assets in the EIB group which, while onerous, offered the only course open to the Company to protect its interest in TMD and to allow time for the realisation of other EIB assets. We are currently finalising documentation of the new loan facilities with RZB, and progressing the sale of a number of properties to help raise the capital to secure the required payment of a further Euro 20.0 million to RZB by no later than 31 December 2009, after which TMD would be much better capitalised to meet the current challenges in the market.


Considerable progress is being made towards the disposal of our non-core property investments while, simultaneously, consideration is being given as to how best to maximise the value within the two development projects, Sozopolis and Banya Wellness Resort, both of which are well advanced in their construction.


In respect to Novera, appropriate steps are being taken to seek redress for the cancellation of its waste management licences by the Sofia Municipality, which termination EIB considers unlawful and unjustified. 


Trading conditions for TMD for the period have been exceedingly challenging, but, nevertheless, it has increased its market position both in Bulgaria and Romania. Further steps are now being taken to integrate the operations of the Technomarket and Domo businesses as well as to streamline and strengthen TMD's corporate management and financial structure, the results of which will be announced in due course.


A new business plan has been prepared by a group of relevantly qualified professionals for EIB's second core holding, the large scale Borovets mountain resort development project. While the development has now been divided into six sub projects, no definitive decision has yet been determined by the Borovets shareholders on when construction works will begin.


Results

In the six months to 30 June 2009, the Group had consolidated revenue of Euro 239.5 million (30 June 2008: Euro 263.9 million) and made a pre tax loss of Euro 27.5 million (30 June 2008: pre-tax loss Euro 34.4 million), basic loss per share including both continuing and discontinuing operations of Euro 1.62 (30 June 2008: loss per share Euro 2.25).


Total Assets of the Group at 30 June 2009 were Euro 437.0 million (31 December 2008: Euro 569.4 million), and Total Net Assets of the Company at 30 June 2009 were Euro 131.0 million (31 December 2008: Euro 159.7 million). 


Net asset value per share decreased 18% to Euro 7.2 per share from Euro 8.7 at 31 December 2008


These results can only disappoint and the Board is now engaged in reviewing the corporate structure and management organisation of both EIB and its major investment, TMD, with a view to cutting overheads, improving efficiency and reinforcing accountability.


Financing 

While the Board is confident that EIB currently has the resources to meet its obligations as they fall due, it is also only too well aware that, in the current economic climate, the Company is reliant for this purpose on making significant asset disposals in line with EIB's redefined business strategy to meet loan repayments as and when they fall due. The challenging market conditions will undoubtedly have an impact on our planned disposals in terms of realised prices and timing and, thus, on an asset by asset basis there are circumstances in which defaults could potentially arise. Working with our lending banks in this environment is essential and, as I have made clear in recent announcements, this is no more so than in the case of the new TMD facilities, which require repayment or refinancing by the end of 2009, as well as in respect of certain debt obligations of Immofinance's development projects.  


Whilst there is inherent uncertainty as to cash flow forecasts, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue its operations for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2009.


Directors and Management 

Mr. George Krumov who was re-appointed to the Board on 25 February 2009 subsequently resigned on 8 September 2009, and we thank him for his contribution.


The Board of EIB appointed Mr. Roger de Bazelaire as interim Chief Financial Officer on 8 June 2009 to lead the Company's finance team and report directly to the Board. Mr. de Bazelaire, whose assignment was completed in September 2009, made a significant contribution to EIB's corporate activity over the summer for which we are grateful. It is intended that Mr. de Bazelaire will continue to have a Non-executive role in TMD.


Outlook

The uncertain outlook, at least in the near term, for the economies in South East Europe and Bulgaria in particular will continue to affect the performance of the investments of EIB. However, with steady progress on the non-core asset disposal programme and the proposed improvements to the operations and management structure of TMD, we remain hopeful of reducing the debt in select subsidiaries to sustainable levels and protecting the value of our core holdings.


Ian Schmiegelow

Non-executive Chairman
30 September 2009  MANAGEMENT REVIEW


The EIB management team has concentrated on asset disposals and cash management during the six month period, while, simultaneously, re-negotiating its financing arrangement with the Group's banks. While the global economic crisis was slower to reach the South East European region, its impact was felt heavily in early 2009. We expect that the market conditions will remain challenging for the rest of 2009 and beyond, and we therefore continue to focus on asset disposals and deleveraging our holdings, so that we may recover some of the lost value when the economic climate in the region starts to improve.


Consolidated revenue for the six months ended 30 June 2009 from continuing operations was Euro 239.5 million (30 June 2008: Euro 263.9 million). Underlying operating loss from continuing operations for the six months ended 30 June 2009 was Euro 15.3 million (30 June 2008: operating loss of Euro 18.3 million) and the loss before tax from continuing operations was Euro 27.5 million (30 June 2008: loss of Euro 34.4 million).


Continuing Operations

Continuing operations are divided into electronics and property development. Electronics consists of the Group's investment in TMD and its equity accounted investments in Technomobile Serbia, K&K Electronics Serbia and K&K Electronics Montenegro. Property development consists of the Group's investments in Immofinance and Pelican and its equity accounted investment in Borovets.












  Electronics

Property




Retail

Wholesale

Unallocated 

Total Electronics

 Development

Unallocated

Total

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000 

€'000

Revenue








Total segment revenue

136,298

100,913

2,338

239,549

-

-

239,549









Segment result

(131)

5,536

(12,973)

(7,568)

(23,953)

(2,517)

(34,038)

Income of a capital nature

-

-

5

5

(1,378)

20,149

18,776

Finance income

418

-

103

521

(209)

(58)

254

Finance costs

(22)

-

(4,873)

(4,895)

(899)

803

(4,991)

Share of profits/(losses) in equity accounted joint ventures and associates 

(811)

-

-

(811)

(5,861)

(870)

(7,542)

(Loss)/profit before income tax

(546)

5,536

(17,738)

(12,748)

(32,300)

17,507

(27,541)

Tax expense

(3)

-

(9)

(12)

124

(14)

98

(Loss)/profit for the period

(549)

5,536

(17,747)

(12,760)

(32,176)

17,493

(27,443)

The results of the Continuing Operations of the Group, by segment, for the six months ended 30 June 

2009 are set out in the table below:




Segment assets and liabilities as at 30 June 2009 were as follows:





Electronics

Property 




Retail

Wholesale

Unallocated 

Total Electronics

Development

Unallocated

Total

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000 

€'000









Assets

161,459

39,550

104,010

305,019

69,007

12,475

386,501

Associates and joint ventures

1,976

-

326

2,302

42,047

-

44,349

Total assets

163,435

39,550

104,336

307,321

111,054

12,475

430,850

Total liabilities

(7,308)

-

(207,110)

(214,418)

(46,361)

(9,393)

(270,172)














Operations discontinued in the period ended 30 June 2009

The operations discontinued in the period ended 30 June 2009 were Avto Union and Novera. The results by segment of such operations for the six months ended 30 June 2009 are set out in the table below:







Automotive

Infrastructure

Total

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

Revenue




Total segment revenue

14,602

9,890

24,492





Segment result

(1,159)

(3,640)

(4,799)

Income of a capital nature

-

-

-

Finance income

-

10

10

Finance costs

(623)

(1,384)

(2,007)

(Loss)/profit before income tax

(1,782)

(5,014)

(6,796)

Tax expense

(15)

-

(15)

(Loss)/profit for the year

(1,797)

(5,014)

(6,811)






Segment assets and liabilities of operations discontinued as at 30 June 2009 were as follows:



Automotive


Infrastructure


Total

 

€'000

€'000

€'000





Assets

-

6,145

6,145

Associates and joint ventures

-

-

-

Total assets

-

6,145

6,145

Total liabilities

-

(35,777)

(35,777)







Further segmental analysis of continuing and discontinued businesses for the six months ended 30 June 2009 is as follows:


External revenue

  Total assets

   Capital expenditure


by location of customers

by location of assets

  by location of assets

 

   €'000


   €'000


€'000









Bulgaria

196,428


365,902


4,088


Romania

67,613


71,093


1,025










264,041


436,995


5,113



Review of EIB Core Holdings


TechnomarketDomo

TechnomarketDomo Group BV ('TMD' or 'TMD Group'), which is currently 61.8% owned by EIB, is the Dutch parent company for the Company's investments in the retail electronics sector in South East Europe, which includes the Bulgarian Technomarket retail and wholesale operations and the Romanian Domo retail operations.


TMD is the largest player in the sector in the South East European region with a consolidated turnover in the first six months of 2009 of Euro 239.5 million (30 June 2008: 262.6 million), and loss before tax of Euro 12.7 million (30 June 2008: Euro 1.1 million).


The consumer electronics retail market has shrunk during the first six months of 2009 in Bulgaria and Romania by an estimated 30% on averageDuring the period the Bulgarian operations gained market share, increasing its stake to 44% compared to 40% in the corresponding six month period ended 30 June 2008. The Romanian operations also gained market share accounting at the end of June for 24% of the market, compared to 19% in the corresponding six month period in 2008.


Retail sales in Bulgaria are down by 21% compared to the same six month period in 2008As the Bulgarian currency (BGN) is pegged to the Euro, there is no foreign currency effect on the reported Euro figures. Retail sales in Romania were also down by 21% in Euro and 9% in Romanian Lei compared to the same six month period in 2008. 


The wholesale business in Bulgaria was up by 25% compared to the corresponding six month period in 2008, thus effectively compensating significantly for the lost sales in retail. 


In the first half of the year the TMD Group progressed its previously committed store opening programme and at the end of June operated 216 stores in Bulgaria and Romania. The management is in the process of reviewing the store network to optimise it as necessary. In the first half of the year, the management of the TMD Group has been actively involved in discussions with landlords to seek to bring down rent levels in line with the current economic environment and a substantial number of lease agreements have already been renegotiated.


A comprehensive cost reduction programme was put in place in the first quarter of the year, the impact of which we expect to be visible in the year end financial results.


Optimisation of working capital has been a priority target in the first half of 2009. The TMD business has managed to decrease the inventory level by Euro 25 million as compared to the year end 2008 level. Management of receivables and payables continues to be a priority and management is looking into reassessing its policies in the light of the current market environment. 


The major strategic objective for TMD in 2009 is to complete the integration of the operations of the Technomarket and Domo businesses in Romania and Bulgaria so as to realise synergies between the two operations within the TMD Group.


Post Period End Event

As announced on 16 July 2009, following discussions between RZB, TMD and Axis in connection with an undertaking given by EIB's subsidiary, Axis Retail, to facilitate a prepayment of up to Euro 40 million of TMD's total Euro 79.5 million debt facilities with Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG ('RZB'), RZB agreed to accept Euro 20.0 million in cash and a bank guarantee from an international bank for the remaining Euro 20.0 million (the 'Citibank Guarantee'). RZB holds security over Axis Retail's holding in TMD. The detailed terms of the revised facilities are still under discussionFurther details of the debt restructuring are set out in 'Loans and Borrowings' below.


Technomarket Serbia and Montenegro (Harwood Limited) 

The Company owns a 23% stake in the Technomarket branded operations in Serbia, and a 50% stake in the Technomarket branded operations in Montenegro, through Harwood Limited. The company has been established and managed by Technomarket's founder, who is also an Executive Director of TMD. 


During the first six months of 2009 the consolidated sales of Harwood amounted to Euro 43.6 million (30 June 2008: Euro 39.7 million) and a negative EBITDA of Euro 2.0 million (30 June 2008: negative Euro 1.4 million). 


Techno-mobile NV

The Company owns a 50% indirect investment in Technomobile Serbia, a chain of stores selling GSM sets, small consumer electronic devices and complimentary services. During the first six months of 2009 sales amounted to Euro 3 million (30 June 2008: Euro 4 million), through a chain of 64 shops, and a negative EBITDA of Euro 1.1 million (30 June 2008: negative Euro 0.9 million). 


Borovets

The Company holds a 33.5% indirect investment in Rila Samokov, which owns 1,977,131 sq m of land for development in the large-scale Borovets mountain resort development project. EIB invested Euro 25.9 million in cash, comprising a payment for the equity purchase and a capital contribution into Rila Samokov.


EIB's partners in the development are the State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman ('SGRF') (33.5% shareholding), the Municipality of Samokov (25% shareholding) and Bulgaria's leading construction company Glavbolgarstroy (8% shareholding).


The project has been divided into six sub-projects that can be individually developed, thus lowering the development risk of this large scale Euro 800 million project. An updated business plan has been developed, and, as no major construction works have been started, the project remains debt free.  


As part of the refinancing of TMD's facilities with RZB, EIB has granted a guarantee to SGRF and a second ranking pledge over EIB's shares in Borovets Investments.


Review of EIB Non Core Holdings


Pelican Retail Holdings

Pelican, which is 100% owned by EIB, is a developer and owner of five sites for redevelopment. Four of the sites are located in the centre and densely populated area of Sofia and were formerly used as cinemas, whilst the fifth is a former car factory located by the entrance to VarnaBulgaria's second city. 


Serdika is a 26,300 sq m mixed office and retail scheme with underground parking for 200 cars adjacent to the Vasil Levski monument in the centre of Sofia. The development is being undertaken jointly between EIB and Equest Balkan Properties plc ('EBP') and is currently marketed for sale.  The Company has signed an agreement with EBP for the re-payment of a Euro 9.65 million loan by EBP to EIB, of which EBP has re-paid an initial Euro 4.25 million, and agreed the ownership split of the asset now to be 80:20 to EBP and EIB respectively, as well as the strategy for the joint ongoing disposal of the asset. 


EIB signed in June 2009 a preliminary, conditional contract for the sale of the Rodacar property to an institutional buyer and is expecting to complete on the sale by the end of November 2009.


All Pelican properties are included in the non-core asset disposal programme and are being prepared for disposal.


Immofinance AD

Immofinance, which is 100% owned by EIB, is a residential property development company focusing on first and second homes in Bulgaria. Immofinance development projects are currently in the non-core asset disposal programme, and the Company is only considering the possible completion of the late stage developments in Sozopol and Banya, subject to successful agreements with the banks providing the construction debt for these projects. 


Sozopolis is a complex of second home properties being constructed in two phases, which will consist of apartments, restaurants, a spa centre and a supermarket on the Black Sea coast. Construction started in November 2007 and the first phase, comprising 111 second home apartmentsThe first phase of the project has been fully launched for sale and active marketing in Bulgaria, continental Europe and Russia. The project has been financed by a Euro 12.4 million equity investment from EIB and a Euro 38.0 million construction loan from Alpha Bank. The current drawdown on the construction loan is Euro 30.7 million and the Company is currently in negotiations with the bank on a further debt draw down in order to enable a staged completion of the project and deleveraging of the project by further sales of the residential units. EIB's stated aim is to repay the construction debt from the sales proceeds as well as seeking to recover its Euro 8.6 million equity investment in the project. 


Banya Spa & Wellness Resort, a complex of residential apartments, hotel, spa and sports facilities located in the Bulgarian Pirin Mountains, started in September 2006. The project has been financed by a Euro 7.5 million equity investment from EIB and a Euro 10.5 million construction loan from DSK Bank (Bulgaria), of which Euro 6.9 million has been drawn down. Immofinance is in negotiations with the bank on available options, including the rental of Banya Spa & Wellness Resort to a tour operator, provided that an agreement on the funding of the completion of the project is reached. The project is expected to be completed six months after funding is received.  


EIB sold its remaining 30% holding in Boyana Park in June 2009 for Euro 0.6 million in cash.


The Company has also decided to discontinue the development of Banya II, an adjacent land plot concession to the Banya Spa & Wellness development, resulting in an impairment cost of €0.5 million.


Novera

In March 2009 Novera and its operating subsidiaries received letters from the Municipality of Sofia informing them that it was terminating with immediate effect Novera's remaining concession holding companies for waste collection and transportation. As grounds for such termination, the Municipality cited a letter from the local Environmental Inspectorate raising health and safety hazards and claimed 'non-performance' of the Concession Agreements by the Concessionaires. On 31 March 2009 Novera received a notice dated 27 March 2009 from its senior lender to the effect that termination of the Concessions constitutes an event of default under the senior lender facility. Novera also received a notice dated 1 April 2009 from its mezzanine lender that an event of default, according to the mezzanine lender facility, had occurred due to the termination of the concessions.


Novera has now ceased its waste collection operations as the Municipality has contracted other parties to perform these operations. As a consequence, the process of winding up Novera's operations has started.


EIB continues to reject the basis for the Municipality terminating the Concession Agreements and is consulting with its lenders, as well as both its own and its lenders' international and local legal counsel, with a view to seeking redress of the situation.

Loans and borrowings

The table below summarises the Group's interest-bearing loans and borrowings, the carrying amount of which are measured at amortised cost.





June

Dec





2009

2008





€'000

€'000


Currency

Nominal interest rate

Year of maturity

Carrying amount

Carrying amount


 


 

 

 

Non-Current

 

 

 

 

 

TechnomarketDomo

Euro

Euribor + 2%

2013

14,256

16,256

Immofinance (Sozopolis)

BGN

Euribor + 2%

2013

26,207

20,010

Immofinance

BGN

Euribor + 2%

2014

-

1,386

Immofinance (Banya)

BGN

Euribor+ 2.8%

2014

1,397

-

Shareholder loans 






TechnomarketDomo

Euro


2011

14,259

13,159

Other related party loans




416

346

Finance lease






TechnomarketDomo

BGN/RON



1,804

2,019

Immofinance EAD

BGN

 

 

16

16

 

 

 

 

58,355

53,192


 

 

 

 

 

Current






TechnomarketDomo*

Euro

Euribor + 2.2%

2011

29,825

-

TechnomarketDomo*

Euro

Euribor + 2.5%-3.5%

2011

31,234

60,959

TechnomarketDomo

Euro

Euribor + 2%

2013

3,750

3,422

Immofinance (Sozopolis)

BGN

Euribor + 2%

2013

4,442

4,442

Immofinance

BGN

Euribor + 2%

2014

-

5,480

Novera

Euro

1.75%-2.75%

2014

-

12,412

Novera

Euro

7%

2013

-

21,816

Immofinance (Banya)

BGN

Euribor + 2.8%

2014

5,480

-

Related party loans 






Pelican Retail Holding Limited

Euro



-

15,000

EIB

Euro



7,272

-

Finance lease 






TechnomarketDomo 

BGN/RON



966

922

Immofinance EAD

BGN



3

4

Novera AD

BGN



-

9,495

Overdraft






TechnomarketDomo

BGN/RON

 

 

22,085

17,450

 

 

 

 

105,057

151,402


A waiver of the covenant on the loans owing by TechnomarketDomo to RZB was signed on 15 July 2009. These loans have therefore been classified as non-current from that date.


Novera was classified as a discontinued operation during the period ended 30 June 2009 as it is in the process of liquidation. Included in the held for sale liabilities at that date are current loans of Euro 22.2 million and a finance lease liability of Euro 8.3 million. EIB's holding in Novera was acquired with Euro 20.0 million in mezzanine debt and Euro 15.0 million in senior debt, both of which are in default as a result of the Sofia Municipality cancelling the waste concessions of Novera. The senior debt was settled to Investkredit Bank during the period.


The largest subsidiary debt is in TMD, resulting from active use of debt in the acquisition of this holding. As announced on 16 July 2009 and described in detail in the Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2008, EIB has agreed the restructuring of TMD's debt facilities of Euro 79.5 million with its bankers, Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG ('RZB'). The refinancing arrangements included a partial prepayment by TMD of Euro 20.0 million under the debt facilities, partially financed by a new loan from a Bulgarian bank, and the provision of a letter of guarantee by Citibank to TMD's lenders (thereby securing payment of a further Euro 20.0 million to the lenders no later than 31 December 2009) (the 'Citibank Guarantee'). The provision of the new facility and the guarantee was facilitated by the Company's 33.3% shareholder, the State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman ('SGRF'), to whom, in return, guarantees and security have been given by EIB.  


The repayment of Euro 20.0 million by TMD was financed by an Euro 8.0 million advance by EIB to TMD, by way of a shareholder loan, which TMD used to prepay part of the Refinancing Loans and a Euro 12.0 million bridge facility to EIB repayable within 12 months (the 'Bridge Loan') by a Bulgarian bank (the 'Bank'). The Bridge Loan was drawn down on 15 July 2009 and advanced by EIB to TMD by way of a shareholder loan so as to enable TMD to prepay the other Euro 12.0 million of the Refinancing Loans required to be provided to RZB by 15 July 2009.


EIB and the State General Reserve Fund of the Sultanate of Oman ('SGRF'), EIB's largest shareholder, each hold 50% shareholdings in Borovets Investments EAD. As security under the Bridge Loan, EIB and SGRF each agreed to pledge their 50% shareholdings in Borovets Investments EAD in favour of the Bank. Borovets Investments EAD indirectly owns a 67% shareholding in a holding company which owns 1,977,131 sq m of land for development in the large scale Borovets (Bulgaria) mountain resort development project (the 'Borovets Project'). 


In consideration for agreeing to grant a pledge over its share in the Borovets Project in favour of the Bank and to protect SGRF from potential losses in the event that the Bank takes enforcement action under the Bridge Loan and as security in relation to the bank guarantee mentioned below, EIB has granted a guarantee to SGRF and a second ranking pledge over EIB's shares in Borovets Investments EAD.


The Citibank Guarantee provides that, if TMD is unable to prepay another Euro 20.0 million of the Refinancing Loans by 31 December 2009, RZB will be entitled to draw Euro 20.0 million under the Citibank Guarantee. 


As part of these arrangements, SGRF agreed to indemnify Citibank for losses to Citibank under the Citibank Guarantee and is providing to Citibank the collateral required by Citibank to secure SGRF's indemnity obligations. EIB has agreed to indemnity SGRF against any expenses or losses in connection with the Citibank Guarantee and EIB has granted a fixed and floating charge in favour of SGRF over all of EIB's assets and undertaking (the 'SGRF Security'). The SGRF Security includes a charge over EIB's shares in Axis Retail, as well as over EIB's interests (or the proceeds thereof) in various property holdings including Rodacar, Serdika, Axis-S Retail NV and Immofinance. As from 31 December 2010, SGRF will have the right to exchange any unpaid indebtedness or liability of EIB to SGRF for EIB's indirect 61.8% interest in TMD unless (i) certain conditions related to TMD's business integration and further management appointments at TMD are not satisfied by EIB by 31 December 2009, in which case, SGRF's exchange rights will be exercisable after 31 December 2009 or (ii) an event of default occurs under any of the agreements with SGRF, in which case, SGRF's exchange rights will become exercisable immediately. For the purposes of the exchange, the value of 100% of TMD's shares has been fixed at Euro 20.0 million.


TMD and RZB have also agreed to implement amendments to the terms of the RZB Loans on the basis of an indicative term sheet. The detailed terms of the revised facilities are still under discussion and when agreed will be documented in definitive loan documentation. This is expected to be signed by end October 2009.

The Company remains in active negotiations with the lending banks for all remaining debt in the subsidiaries under EIB majority control, including Immofinance and Novera. 


Non-core Asset Disposal Programme 

During the six month period and post period end, EIB has sold a number of non-core holdings including its remaining holding in Uniqa AD in two tranches to Uniqa International for an aggregate consideration of Euro 23.1 million, its 80% stake in Avto Union, its automotive import and distribution operation, to Eurohold for Euro 8.0 million, and various land and properties for an aggregate consideration of Euro 1.4 million.


EIB is in discussions with potential purchasers for a number of its remaining property assets. The proceeds from these and other disposals will be used to help part refinance the TMD facilities of Euro 32.0 million which fall due prior to 31 December 2009 as referred to above. The challenging market conditions may have an impact on our capabilities to complete our expected disposals in accordance with planned prices and timing.


Uniqa Bulgaria

EIB sold its remaining 37.72% stake in Uniqa Bulgaria for Euro 23.1 million in two tranches in June 2009 to Uniqa International, Austria's largest insurance company, under a pre-agreed arrangement whereby Uniqa Insurance would purchase all remaining EIB shares in the Company by the year 2010. 


The sale of the stake was brought forward from 2010 as part of EIB's non-core asset disposal programme.


Avto Union

As part of its non-core asset disposal programme, EIB sold its 80% stake in Avto Union, the Bulgarian wholesaler and distributor of automobiles and automotive products and services, in April 2009. The total consideration for the sale was Euro 8.0 million, of which Euro 0.8 million was used for payment of overdue interest payments and other operative costs of Avto Union. Euro 5.2 million was received in cash by EIB in June 2009 and a final Euro 2.0 million payment is due, conditional upon an orderly transfer of the operations, no later than 15 December 2009.


Cost Savings

The Company is expecting to achieve cash cost savings in its holding company administrative costs as a result of its non-core asset disposal programme and the planned reduction in the number of intermediate BVINV and BV companies. Simultaneously, this will simplify our corporate structure and enable us to focus on our remaining core holdings.


The Company has also embarked on a cost savings programme in its core holding, TMD, in order to maximise operational efficiencies.



EIB Management Team

30 September 2009


  Consolidated statement of comprehensive income (unaudited)

for the six months ended 30 June 2009




(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Restated)



1 Jan 2009 to 30 Jun 2009

1 Jan 2008 to 30 Jun 2008

1 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2008



Group

Group

Group

 


€ '000  

€ '000  

€ '000  






Revenue


239,549

263,872

625,140

Cost of sales

 

 (205,311)

 (219,004)

(518,408)






Gross profit


34,238

44,868

106,732

Other operating income


59

1,407

1,513

Administrative expenses and distribution costs


(46,033)

(63,654)

(127,619)

Impairment of assets


(22,311)

(324)

(2,632)

Loss/ (gain) from fair value adjustment on property assets


(1,378)

877

(1,176)

Gain/ (loss) on sale of investments

 

 20,163

 (1,478)

(332) 






Operating loss


(15,262)

(18,304)

(23,514)

Finance income


254

1,434

3,185

Finance costs


(4,991)

(7,194)

(17,289)

Share of post tax losses of associates and joint ventures

 (7,542)

 (10,327)

(28,288) 






Loss before tax


(27,541)

(34,391)

(65,906)

Taxation


98

(39)

(728)






Loss from continuing operations


(27,443)

(34,430)

(66,634)

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 (6,811)

(4,949) 

(72,158)






Loss for the year


(34,254)

(39,379)

(138,792)






Loss attributable to





Owners of the parent


(29,672)

(38,927)

(137,980)

Non-controlling interest

 

 (4,582)

 (452)

(812)

 

 

(34,254)

(39,379)

(138,792)

Loss per share attributable to the owners of the parent during the period:

 




Loss per share - basic and diluted





-Continued operations


(1.25)

(1.96)

(3.70)

-Discontinued operations

 

 (0.37)

 (0.29)

(4.05)

 Total

 

 (1.62)

 (2.25)

(7.75)

  Consolidated statement of comprehensive income (unaudited)

for the six months ended 30 June 2009





(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)



1 Jan 2009 to 30 Jun 2009

1 Jan 2008 to 30 Jun 2008

1 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2008



Group

Group

Group

 


€ '000  

€ '000  

€ '000  






Loss for the period


(34,254)

(39,379)

(138,792)






Other comprehensive income





Available for sale investment valuation loss recognized in equity

(123)

(65)

(65)

Exchange differences on translation


(2,213)

(3,422)

(11,433)

Settlement of put option liability


8,053

-

-

Debt push-down into a subsidiary


1,891

-

-

Non controlling interest removed on disposal of subsidiary


(1,517)

-

(1,805)

Revaluation of shareholder loan



-

4,385

Income tax relating to components of other comprehensive income

-

-

(14)

Share of closing translation reserve

 

(510)

-

 -

Other movements


-

-

33

Other comprehensive income for the period net of tax

5,581

(3,487)

(8,899)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

 (28,673)

 (42,866)

(147,691) 






Loss attributable to





Owners of the parent


(28,425)

(41,573)

(143,252)

Non-controlling interest


(248)

(1,293)

(4,439)



(28,673)

(42,866)

(147,691)



  Consolidated statement of financial position (unaudited)

as at 30 June 2009 



(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)



1 Jan 2009 to 30 Jun 2009

1 Jan 2008 to 30 Jun 2008

1 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2008



Group

Group

Group

 


€ '000  

€ '000  

€ '000  

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 27,070

 87,268

32,371 

Investment property

 

 10,608

 14,214

11,957 

Goodwill and trademarks

 

 102,829

 147,269

115,453

Intangible assets

 

 919

18,466

1,040

Investment in equity-accounted associates

 

 4,180

 16,518

18,313

Investment in equity-accounted joint ventures

 

 40,169

 66,833

49,404

Available for sale investments

 

 -

 16

-

Other receivables


18,468

18,239

19,528

Deferred tax assets

 

 534

 327

675

Total non-current assets

 

 204,777

369,150

248,741






Current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 -

 -

7,069

Inventories

 

 152,977

188,665

185,815

Trade and other receivables

 

 66,189

 67,036

70,374

Tax receivables

 

 2,421

 3,047

1,907

Available-for-sale investments

 

 -

 230

246

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 4,486

 19,464

11,277

Total current assets

 

 226,073

278,442

276,688

Non-current assets classified as held for sale

 

 6,145

 -

43,989

Total assets

 

 436,995

 647,592

569,418






Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Other payables


346

239

-

Loans and borrowings

 

 58,355

94,499

53,192

Provision

 

 219

168

252

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 7,409

8,756

7,966

Total non-current liabilities

 

 66,329

 103,662

61,410






Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 98,379

161,372

158,524

Loans and borrowings

 

 105,057

 123,651

151,402

Corporation tax liability

 

 42

241

955

Provisions

 

 365

 428

1,433

Total current liabilities

 

 203,843

285,692

312,314

Liabilities directly associated with non-current assets classified as held for sale

 35,777

- 

35,975

Total liabilities

 

 305,949

389,354

409,699

Total Net Assets

 

 131,046

258,238

159,719

  

Consolidated statement of financial position (unaudited)

as at 30 June 2009 (Continued)








(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)



1 Jan 2009 to 30 Jun 2009

1 Jan 2008 to 30 Jun 2008

1 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2008



Group

Group

Group

 


€ '000  

€ '000  

€ '000  






Capital and reserves attributable to owners of the parent



 

 

Share capital

 

 253,846

 253,846

253,846

Available-for-sale reserve

 

 -

137

123

Warrant reserve

 

 6,786

 480

6,786

Foreign exchange reserve

 

 (11,895)

(6,376)

(12,310)

Retained earnings

 

 (119,659)

 4,789

(90,942)



129,078

252,876

157,503

Non-controlling interest

 

1,968

 5,362

2,216

Total Equity

 

 131,046

 258,238

159,719

Total equity and liabilities

 

 436,995

 647,592

569,418


   Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2009

 

 

Share Capital

Available for sale reserve

Warrant reserve

Foreign exchange reserve

Retained earnings

Total

Non controlling Interest

Total Equity

 

 

 

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

For the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 January 2008 to 30 June 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2008

 

242,145

202

-

(3,795)

43,716

282,268

6,655

288,923

Profit for the period

 

 -

-

 -

- 

(38,927)

(38,927)

(452)

(39,379)

Available for sale investment valuation loss 

recognized in equity

 

 -

(65)

 -

-

-

(65)

-

(65)

Share of revaluation reserve on associate

 

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

-

-

-

Deferred tax

 

 -

-

 -

-

 -

-

-

-

Exchange differences arising on translation

 

-

 -

 -

(2,581)

 -

(2,581)

(841)

(3,422)

Total comprehensive income/

(expense) for the period

 

-

(65)

-

(2,581)

(38,927)

(41,573)

(1,293)

(42,866)

Issue of share capital

 

11,701

 -

 -

- 

 -

11,701

- 

11,701

Recognition of share based payments

 

 -

 -

480

- 

 -

480

- 

480

Balance at 30 June 2008

 

253,846

137

480

(6,376)

4,789

252,876

5,362

258,238











For the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 July 2008 to 31 December 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 July 2008

 

253,846

137

480

(6,376)

4,789

252,876

5,362

258,238

Profit for the period

 

 -

-

- 

- 

(99,053)

(99,053)

(360)

(99,413)

Deferred tax

 

 -

(14)

 -

 -

 -

(14)

 -

(14)

Exchange differences arising on translation

 

 -

- 

 -

(5,934)

 -

(5,934)

(2,077)

(8,011)

Non controlling interest removed on 

disposal of subsidiary

 

 -

- 

 -

- 

 -

-

(1,805)

(1,805)

Revaluation of shareholder loan

 

 -

- 

 -

- 

3,289

3,289

1,096

4,385

Other movements

 

 -

- 

 -

- 

33

33

- 

33

Total comprehensive income/

(expense) for the period

 

-

(14)

-

(5,934)

(95,731)

(101,679)

(3,146)

(104,825)

Recognition of share based payments

 

 -

 -

6,306

- 

 -

6,306

 -

6,306

Balance at 31 December 2008

 

253,846

123

6,786

(12,310)

(90,942)

157,503

2,216

159,719











  

Consolidated statement of changes o

Consolidated statement of changes in equity










For the six months ended 30 June 2009 (Continued) 










 

 

Share Capital

Available for sale reserve

Warrant reserve

Foreign exchange reserve

Retained earnings

Total

Non controlling Interest

Total Equity

 

 

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

€ '000

For the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 January 2009 to 30 June 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2009

 

253,846

123

6,786

(12,310)

(90,942)

157,503

2,216

159,719

Profit for the period

 

 

 

 

 

(29,672)

(29,672)

(4,582)

(34,254)

Available for sale investment valuation loss recognized in equity

 

 -

(123)

 -

 -

 -

(123)

 -

(123)

Exchange differences arising on translation

 

 -

 -

 -

(2,214)

 -

(2,214)

1

(2,213)

Settlement of put option liability

 

 -

-

 -

1,866

(585)

1,281

6,772

8,053

Debt push-down into a subsidiary

 

 -

-

 -

763

1,540

2,303

(412)

1,891

Share of reserves in associate

 

 -

-

 -

 -

 -

 -

(510)

(510)

Other movements

 

 -

-

 -

-

-

-

(1,517)

(1,517)

Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period

 

-

(123)

-

415

(28,717)

(28,425)

(248)

(28,673)

Balance at 30 June 2009

 

253,846

-

6,786

(11,895)

(119,659)

129,078

1,968

131,046




Consolidated cash flow statement

for the six months ended 30 June 2009






(Unaudited)

June 2009

€'000

(Unaudited) June 2008

€'000

(Audited) December 2008

€'000



Cash flows from operating activities





Loss for the year

(34,254)

(39,379)

(138,792)


Adjustments for:





  Depreciation

5,547 

5,693 

12,556 


  Amortisation and impairment 

22,442 

2,102 

67,298 


  Change in value of non-current assets

1,378 

(877)

1,176 


  Share based payment charge

- 

12,181 

18,487 


  Share of loss from associates and joint ventures

7,543 

10,326 

28,288 


Loss/(Gain) on sale of:





  Available-for-sale assets

107 

- 

- 


  Subsidiaries

(10,568)

2,605 

3,235 


  Associates 

(9,595)

(1,126)

(2,960)


  Investment property 

- 

6,880 

6,217 


  Property, plant and equipment

(56)

(144)


Net finance expense

6,735 

8,466 

20,313 


Income tax expense

(85)

21 

806 







Cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities before 





changes in working capital and provisions

(10,741)

6,836 

16,480 







(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

3,580 

(11,709)

871 


(Increase)/decrease in inventories

15,585 

(33,087)

(44,911)


(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

(28,793)

(24,561)

8,991 


Cash outflow used by operations

(20,369)

(62,521)

(18,569)







Income taxes paid

(842)

(2,621)

(4,239)


Interest paid

(5,088)

(9,536)

(22,373)


Cash outflow from operating activities

(26,299)

(74,678)

(45,181)


Cash flows from investing activities





Acquisition of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

- 

(10,000)

(21,272)


Disposal of subsidiary, net of cash disposed

6,000 

5,610 

6,519 


Disposal of associates

23,100 

1,126 

1,259 


Purchase of other intangibles

(113)

(345)

(691)


Sale of other intangibles

- 

105 

105 


Capitalised additions to development property

(167)

(7,988)

(10,613)


Sale of development property

- 

2,606 

2,606 


Sale of investment property

- 

154 

821 


Purchases of other property, plant and equipment

(3,840)

(10,322)

(16,453)


Sale of other property, plant and equipment

1,477 

1,517 

2,331 


Purchases of available-for-sale financial assets

- 

- 

(14)


Investment in restricted cash

470 

- 

(1,306)


Decrease / (Increase) in other loans receivable

2,228 

(50)

(17,744)







Net cash (outflow)/inflow from investing activities

29,155

(17,587)

(54,452)










Consolidated cash flow statement 

for the six months ended 30 June 2009 (Continued)






(Unaudited) June 2009  €'000

(Unaudited) June 2008  €'000

(Audited) December 2008 €'000







Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from borrowings

19,870 

45,792 

67,794 


Repayment of loans and borrowings

(29,561)

(1,252)

(16,222)


(Repayment of) / Additional finance lease creditors

(1,419)

1,096 

(4,667)







Net cash inflow from financing activities

(11,110)

45,636 

46,905 







Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(8,254)

(46,629)

(52,728)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

12,943 

66,137 

66,137 


Foreign exchange losses on cash and cash equivalents

(38)

(44)

(466)







Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

4,651

19,464

12,943











Cash and cash equivalents




Cash and cash equivalents held in continuing operations

4,486

19,464

11,277

Non-current asset classified as held for sale**

165

-

1,666





Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

4,651

19,464

12,943


** Cash and cash equivalents classified as held for sale relate to cash balances in Novera that is classified as a discontinued operation.



NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS


1. General information

Equest Investments Balkans Limited is a BVI registered company which was incorporated on 10 December 2003. The registered number of the company is 1069511.


2. Basis of preparation and accounting policies

The unaudited interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2009 have been prepared on a basis consistent with accounting policies set out in the Equest Investments Balkans Limited audited report and financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2008, which were prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union.


The financial information presented herein does not represent statutory accounts. The Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2008 were prepared under IFRS as adopted by the European Union. The auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP, reported on those accounts and their report was unqualified but contained an emphasis of matter relating to 'going concern'. Their report dated 14 August 2009 indicated the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. A copy of the 2008 Annual Report, including the auditor's report referred to above, is available on the Company's website www.equestinvestmentsbalkans.com


These condensed half year financial statements have not been audited or reviewed by the independent auditors pursuant to the Auditing Practices Board guidance on the 'Review of Interim Financial Information'.


In assessing the going concern basis of preparation of the consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2009, the Directors have taken into account the refinancing of the TechnomarketDomo NV ('TMD') loans with Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG ('RZB'), the provision of a 12 month bridge financing of €12.0 million in July 2009 from a Bulgarian Bank, a bank guarantee from Citibank, N.A., Sofia branch in favour of RZB for €20.0 million and a commitment from EIBs largest shareholder SGRF to finance the €20.0 million guarantee if called for a period until 31 December 2010. The RZB refinancing was announced to market on 16 July 2009 and is described more fully described the 2008 Annual Report. Discussions are ongoing in respect of certain debt obligations and Immofinance's development projects. The Directors have also agreed a disposal programme of non-core assets, some of which have already occurred and are disclosed in the management review.


The Group's forecasts and projections have been prepared taking into account the challenging economic environment, the mitigating factors referred to above and management commitment to reduce investment in working capital. These forecasts take into account reasonably possible changes in trading performance and the future financing of the Group. They show that the Group will have sufficient facilities for its ongoing operations. While there will always remain some inherent uncertainty within the aforementioned cash flow forecasts, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2009.


Accounting policies

The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in these financial statements as applied in the Group's latest annual audited financial statements, except for the following Standards and Interpretations which have been adopted by the Group in the current financial year. These standards and interpretations did not have significant impact on the Group's results or financial position.


  • IAS 1 (Amendment) - Presentation of Financial Statements: A revised Presentation; 

  • IAS 23 (Amendment) - Borrowing costs; 

  • IFRS 2 (Amendment) - Vesting conditions and cancellations; 

  • Amendments to IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation and IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements - Puttable Financial Instruments and Obligations arising on Liquidation; 

  • IFRIC 16 - Hedges of a net investment in a foreign operation; 

  • IFRIC 17 - Distributions of non-cash assets to owners (effective 1 July 2009)

  • IFRIC 18 - Transfers of assets from customers (effective prospectively for transfer on or after 1 July 2009)

  • IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement and IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures (amended).


The following standards and interpretations, issued by the IASB or IFRIC, have not been adopted by the Group as these are not effective for the year 2009. The Group is currently assessing the impact these standards and interpretations will have on the presentation of its results in future periods: 


  • IFRS 3 (Revised) - Business combinations;

  • IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements (amended).


Restatement of comparative amounts

During the first half of 2009, management decided to liquidate the Novera group of companies.  Accordingly, the Novera subsidiary is classified as a discontinued operation and is presented as a disposal group held for sale.  When a subsidiary becomes classified as a discontinued operation, IFRS 5 requires separate presentation of the total of its results for the period on the face of the income statement. IFRS 5 also requires these disclosures be re-presented for prior periods presented in the financial statements.  Adjustments to the 31 Dec 2008 comparative information as originally reported are therefore necessary.


The effect of the restatement for the year ending 31 Dec 2008 is to decrease the loss from continuing operations by €61,078,000 and to increase the loss from discontinued operations, net of tax by an equivalent amount.  The restatement does not affect the loss for the 2008 year of €138,792,000.  


3. Loss per share

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the net loss attributable to equity holders of the company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares during the period. 



(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Restated)


1 Jan 2009 to 30 Jun 2009

1 Jan 2008 to 30 Jun 2008

1 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2008


Group

Group

Group

 

€ '000  

€ '000  

€ '000  

Basic and diluted loss

 

 

 

Total (continuing and discontinued operations)

(29,672)

(38,927)

(137,980)

Less: Discontinued operations 

(6,811)

(4,949) 

(72,158)

Continuing operations 

 (22,861)

(33,978)

(65,822)

Basic weighted average number of shares

 18,265,890

17,363,581

17,795,120

Basic loss per share

 

 

 

Total (continuing and discontinued operations)

(1.62)

(2.25)

(7.75)

Less: Discontinued loss from operations

 (0.37)

(0.29)

(4.05)

Continuing operations 

 (1.25)

(1.96)

(3.70)





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