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Wednesday 28 August, 2013

Worldsec Ld

Interim Management Statement

RNS Number : 6758M
Worldsec Ld
28 August 2013
 



Worldsec Limited

 

Interim Report for the six months ended 30 June 2013

 

 

 

 

The board (the "Board") of directors of Worldsec Limited (the "Company") hereby submit the interim report on the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively known as the "Group") for the six months ended 30 June 2013.

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2013, the Group incurred a net loss of US$108,000. This compares with a net loss of US$94,000 for the corresponding period in the previous year. As at 30 June 2013, the Group's total equity stood at US$0.53 million as compared to US$0.63 million as at 31 December 2012.

 

On 2 August 2013, the Company announced a proposal to, inter alia, (i) raise new equity capital by way of (a) an open offer of 13,367,290 new shares at US$0.10 each to shareholders on the basis of one new share for every existing share held, and (b) a placing of up to 30,000,000 new shares at US$0.10 each, and (ii) adopt a new investment policy focusing primarily on investing in smaller unlisted businesses based mainly in the relatively fast growing economies of Greater China and South East Asia. Details of the proposal, which is subject to shareholders approval at the special general meeting to be held on 30 August 2013, are set out in the circular and the summary and securities note published by the Company on 2 August 2013.      

 

With a view to strengthening the Board in anticipation of the proposed adoption of its new investment policy, the Company has appointed Mr. Ernest Chiu Shun She as an executive director and Mr. Martyn Stuart Wells as a non-executive director. Both Mr. She and Mr. Wells have substantial experience in relation to investments in Greater China and South East Asia.

 

Meanwhile, to facilitate effective share transfer electronically, the Company has established a depositary interest facility, arranging for a depositary to issue dematerialised depositary interests (the "Depositary Interests") in respect of shares for shareholders preferring to hold such shares in uncertificated form. The Depositary Interests may then be held and transferred through the CREST electronic settlement system. Detailed information on the depositary interest arrangement can be found in paragraph 13 of Part V of the registration document published by the Company on 2 August 2013. 

 

Subject to shareholders approval of, inter alia, the proposed fund raising and the proposed adoption of its new investment policy at the special general meeting on 30 August 2013, the Company will enter into a new era focusing primarily on investments in smaller unlisted businesses based mainly in Greater China and South East Asia with a view to participating in and benefiting from the investment opportunities under the relatively fast growing economic environment. Given the track record and connections of the Board in the target regions, I am confident on the future prospects of the Group and the ability of the Company to create and generate shareholders value over the longer term.  

 

 

 

 

By order of the Board

 

 

Alastair GUNN-FORBES

Non-Executive Chairman

 

28 August 2013

 

 



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2013                                           

 

 



Unaudited


Audited



Six months ended


Year ended


Notes

30.6.2013


30.6.2012


31.12.2012



US$'000


US$'000


US$'000








Other income and gain

5

-


-


-

Staff costs


(7)


(8)


(16)

Other expenses


(101)


(86)


(288)







Loss before tax


(108)


(94)


(304)

Income tax expense

6

-


-


-







Loss for the period/year


(108)


(94)


(304)

 

 













Other comprehensive income, net of







income tax







Exchange differences on translating foreign







operations


(1)


(1)


1







Other comprehensive income for the year,







net of income tax


(1)


(1)


1







Total comprehensive income for the year


(109)


(95)


(303)







Loss attributable to:







Owners of the Company


(108)


(94)


(304)







Total comprehensive income attributable to:







Owners of the Company


(109)


(95)


(303)














Loss per share - basic and diluted

7

(0.8) cent


(0.7) cent


(2) cents














 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AT 30 JUNE 2013                                                         

 

 



Unaudited


Audited



Six months ended


Year ended


Notes

30.6.2013


30.6.2012


31.12.2012



US$'000


US$'000


US$'000

Current assets







Cash and bank balances


774


1,096


909








Current liabilities







Other payables and accruals


(249)


(254)


(275)








Net current assets


525


842


634








Net assets


525


842


634















Capital and reserves







Share capital

8

13


13


13

Contributed surplus

9

9,646


9,646


9,646

Foreign currency translation reserve

9

(5)


(6)


(4)

Special reserve

9

625


625


625

Accumulated losses

9

(9,754)


(9,436)


(9,646)








Total equity


525


842


634








 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOW

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2013                                                 

 

 


Unaudited


Audited


Six months ended


Year ended


30.6.2013


30.6.2012


31.12.2012


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000

Cash flows from operating activities






Loss for the period/year

(108)


(94)


(304)







Interest income

-


-


-








(108)


(94)


(304)

Movement in working capital






Decrease in other payables and accruals

(26)


(26)


(5)







Net cash used in operating activities

(134)


(120)


(309)







Cash flow from investing activities






Interest received

-


-


-







Net cash inflow from investing activities

-


-


-













Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(134)


(120)


(309)







Cash and cash equivalents at






beginning of the period/year

909


1,217


1,217







Effects of exchange rate changes

(1)


(1)


1







Cash and cash equivalents at






end of the period/year






Cash and bank balances

774


1,096


909

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM REPORT

FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 30 JUNE 2013                                   

 

 

1.   GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The Company is a public listed company incorporated in Bermuda and its shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange. The addresses of the registered office and principal place of business of the Company are disclosed in the corporate information in the interim report.

 

 

2.   ADOPTION OF NEW AND REVISED INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS (IFRSs)

 

In the current period, the Group has adopted all of the new and revised IFRSs issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (the "IASB") and the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee ("IFRIC") of the IASB that are relevant to its operations and effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 July 2012 and 1 January 2013. The adoption of these new and revised IFRSs has no significant impact on the financial statements of the Group.

 

The Group has not applied the following new and revised IFRSs that have been issued but are not yet effective:

 

IFRS 9

Financial Instruments2

IAS 32 (Amendments)

Financial Instruments: Presentation - Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities1



                 

1        Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2014

2       Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015

 

The directors anticipate that the application of these standards, amendments and interpretations in the future periods will have no material financial impact on the financial statements of the Group.

 

Save as disclosed above, the accounting policies adopted in preparing this report are consistent with those adopted in preparing the consolidated financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2012.

 

 

3.   BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs. It has been prepared on a basis other than that of a going concern which includes, where appropriate, writing down the Group's assets to net realizable value, as the Group no longer has a trading operation.  Provision has also been made for any onerous contractual commitments at the end of the reporting period.  The financial statements do not include any provision for the future costs of terminating the business of the Company except to the extent that such costs were committed at the end of the reporting period.  Accordingly, all assets are classified as current assets.

 

The Group's financial statements consolidate the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries undertakings included in the Group.

 

 

4.   BUSINESS AND GEOGRAPHICAL SEGMENTS

 

No business and geographical segment analyses are presented for the periods ended 30 June 2013 and 30 June 2012 as the Group has only maintained a minimum operation during the period.

 

 

5.   OTHER INCOME AND GAIN

 


Unaudited


Audited


Six months ended


Year ended


30.6.2013


30.6.2012


31.12.2012


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000







Sundry Income

-


-


-

Interest income

-


-


-


-


-


-







 

6.   INCOME TAX EXPENSE

 

No provision for taxation has been made as the Group did not generate any assessable profits for UK Corporation Tax, Hong Kong Profits Tax and tax in other jurisdictions.

 

 

7.   LOSS PER SHARE

 

Calculation of loss per share was based on the following:


Unaudited


Audited


Six months ended


Year ended


30.6.2013


30.6.2012


31.12.2012







Loss for the period/year

US$(108,000)


US$(94,000)


US$(304,000)













Weighted average number of shares in issue

13,367,290


13,367,290


13,367,290













Loss per share - basic and diluted

(0.8) cent


(0.7) cent


(2) cents







 

No diluted effect in loss per share as no diluting events existed during the periods/year.

 

 

8.   SHARE CAPITAL


US$

Authorised:


50,000,000,000 ordinary shares of US$0.001 each as at 30 June 2012,   


31 December 2012 and 30 June 2013

50,000,000



Called up, issued and fully paid:


13,367,290 ordinary shares of US$0.001 each as at 30 June 2012,


31 December 2012 and 30 June 2013

13,367



 

 

9.   RESERVES

 


Contributed

surplus


Foreign

currency

translation reserve


Special reserve


Accumulated losses


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000









Balance at 1 January 2012

9,646


(5)


625


(9,342 )

Loss for the period

-


(1)


-


(94 )









Balance at 1 July 2012

9,646


(6)


625


(9,436 )

Loss for the period

-


2


-


(210 )









Balance at 1 January 2013

9,646


(4)


625


(9,646 )

Loss for the period

-


(1)


-


(108 )









Balance at 30 June 2013

9,646


(5)


625


(9,754 )









 

10.  SUBSEQUENT EVENT

 

On 2 August 2013, the Company announced a proposal to, inter alia, (i) raise new equity capital by way of (a) an open offer of 13,367,290 new shares at US$0.10 each to shareholders on the basis of one new share for every existing share held, and (b) a placing of up to 30,000,000 new shares at US$0.10 each, and (ii) adopt a new investment policy. The proposed fund raising and the proposed adoption of the new investment policy by the Company are subject to shareholders approval at the special general meeting to be held on 30 August 2013. Should the proposal be approved, the Company will operate as a closed ended investment company focusing primarily on investments in smaller unlisted businesses based mainly in Greater China and South East Asia.

 

 

11.  INTERIM REPORT

 

      The interim report will be sent to shareholders on or about 31 August 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

CORPORATE INFORMATION

 

Board of Directors

 

Non-Executive Chairman

Alastair GUNN-FORBES

 

Executive Directors

Henry Ying Chew CHEONG (Deputy Chairman)

Ernest Chiu Shun SHE (appointed on 19 July 2013)

 

Non-Executive Directors

Mark Chung FONG

Martyn Stuart WELLS (appointed on 19 July 2013)

 

Company Secretary

May Yim CHAN (resigned on 2 August 2013)

Jordans Company Secretaries Limited (appointed on 2 August 2013)

21 St Thomas Street, Bristol B51 6JS, United Kingdom

 

Registered Office Address

Canon's Court, 22 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM12, Bermuda

 

Registration Number

EC21466 Bermuda

 

Principal Bankers

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

1 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong

 

Auditors

HLB Hodgson Impey Cheng

Certified Public Accountants

31st Floor, Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 11 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong

 

Principal Share Registrar and Transfer Office

Appleby Management (Bermuda) Ltd.

Canon's Court, 22 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM12, Bermuda

 

International Branch Registrar

Capita Registrars (Jersey) Limited

12 Castle Street, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3RT, Channel Islands

 

United Kingdom Transfer Agent

Capita Registrars Limited

The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TU, United Kingdom

 

Investor Relations

For further information about Worldsec Limited, please contact:

Henry Ying Chew CHEONG

Executive Director

Worldsec Group

6th Floor, New Henry House, 10 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong


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