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Unaudited preliminary results

Released 07:00 14-Mar-2018

RNS Number : 6308H
Advanced Medical Solutions Grp PLC
14 March 2018
 

14 March 2018

 

Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc

("AMS" or the "Group")

 

Unaudited Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 December 2017

 

 

Winsford, UK: Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc (AIM: AMS), the surgical and advanced wound care specialist company, today announces its unaudited preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2017.

 

 

Financial Highlights:

 

 

 

2017

2016

Reported growth

Growth at  constant currency1

Group revenue (£ million)

96.9

83.26

16%

12%

Adjusted2 operating margin (%)

26.2

23.7

250bps

-

Adjusted2 profit before tax (£ million)

25.4

19.7

29%

-

Profit before tax (£ million)

25.3

19.1

32%

-

Adjusted2 diluted earnings per share (p)

9.46

7.66

23%

-

Diluted earnings per share (p)

9.39

7.38

27%

-

Net operating cash flow3 pre-exceptional items (£ million)

21.5

22.3

(4%)


Net cash (£ million)4

62.5

51.1

22%

-

 

·      Proposed final dividend of 0.75p per share, making a total dividend for the year of 1.10p (2016: 0.92p), up 20%

 

Business Highlights:

·      Strong revenue growth, up 16% to £96.9 million and by 12% at constant currency

Branded revenues up 22% to £55.2 million (2016: £45.4 million) and by 16% at constant currency

OEM revenues up 10% to £41.7 million (2016: £37.8 million) and by 8% at constant currency

·      Continued strong performance from LiquiBand® topical tissue adhesives, sales up 35% to £26.0 million (2016: £19.3 million) and by 30% at constant currency

US revenues up 47% to £18.2 million (2016: £12.4 million) and by 40% at constant currency

As at 31 December 2017, market share by volume5 increased to 26% (June 2017: 24%)

·      RESORBA® branded products up 15% to £20.8 milllion (2016: £18.1 million) and by 6% at constant currency

·      Antimicrobial dressings up 11% to £19.4 million (2016: £17.5 million) and by 9% at constant currency

·      Out-licensing deal signed with Organogenesis for a collagen-based wound dressing containing Polyhexamethylene Biguanide ("PHMB")

 

Outlook

2017 has seen another good performance by the Group. With our increasing portfolio of products, high quality business partners, the opportunities we see from our R&D pipeline and our strong financial position, the Board remains optimistic about our future prospects and the potential for further growth. The Group continues to trade in line with Board expectations.

 

 

Commenting on the results Chris Meredith, Chief Executive Officer of AMS, said:

"This has been another year of good growth across the Group and we are well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities across our product portfolio. Innovation is at the heart of our strategy and this allows us to maintain the high quality of our products that offer benefits to both patients and payors. Alongside our organic growth plan, AMS is actively reviewing M&A opportunities that will further increase value for shareholders. We look to the future with continued confidence."

 

 

 

- End -

 

Note 1   Constant currency removes the effect of currency movements by re-translating the current period's performance at the previous period's exchange rates

Note 2   All items are shown before exceptional items which were £nil (2016: £0.4 million) and amortisation of acquired intangible assets which were £0.1 million (2016: £0.2 million) as defined in the Financial Review

Note 3   Net operating cash flow is arrived at by taking the operating profit for the period before exceptional items of £nil (2016: £0.4 million), depreciation, amortisation, working capital movements and other non cash items

Note 4   Net cash is defined as cash and cash equivalents plus short term investments less financial liabilities and bank loans

Note 5   Data supplied by Global Healthcare Exchange

Note 6 2016 Revenue restated by £0.7 million (2016: £0.6 million) as a result of adoption of IFRS 15 (Revenue from Contracts with Customers)

 

 

 

 

For further information, please visit www.admedsol.com or contact:

 

Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc

Tel: +44 (0) 1606 545508

Chris Meredith, Chief Executive Officer

Mary Tavener, Chief Financial Officer




Consilium Strategic Communications

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3709 5700

Mary-Jane Elliott / Matthew Neal / Philippa Gardner




Investec Bank PLC (NOMAD & Broker)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7597 5970

Daniel Adams / Patrick Robb / Gary Clarence


 

About Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc - see www.admedsol.com 

 

AMS is a world-leading independent developer and manufacturer of innovative and technologically advanced products for the global surgical, wound care and wound closure markets, focused on quality outcomes for patients and value for payors. AMS has a wide range of products that include silver alginates, alginates, foams, tissue adhesives, sutures and haemostats, which it markets under its brands; ActivHeal®, LiquiBand® and RESORBA® as well as supplying under white label.

AMS's products, manufactured out of two sites in the UK, one in the Netherlands, two in Germany and one in the Czech Republic, are sold in more than 75 countries via a network of multinational or regional partners and distributors, as well as via AMS's own direct sales forces in the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic and Russia.  Established in 1991, the Group has approximately 600 employees.  For more information, please see www.admedsol.com.

 

 



 

Chairman's Statement

 

AMS continues to progress as a leading international provider of high quality, high value, innovative and technologically advanced products for the surgical and advanced wound care markets. We are pleased to report another year of strong revenue growth, profit performance and cash generation.

 

Our revenues increased 16% to £96.9 million (2016: £83.2 million), representing growth of 12% on a constant currency basis and our adjusted7 profit before tax increased by 29% to £25.4 million (2016: £19.7 million) and our profit before tax increased by 32% to £25.3 million (2016: £19.1 million). The continued strong cash generation of the business has resulted in the Group ending the year with net cash of £62.5 million (2016: £51.1 million).

 

As reported at the half year, at the beginning of 2017 we reviewed our business structure and consolidated our Business Units from four to two. Our Branded Business Unit focuses on the distribution, marketing and innovation of all the Group's branded products. Our OEM business focuses on the distribution, marketing and innovation of all the Group's products that are supplied to our medical device partners under their brands. This new structure is designed to enhance focus and improve marketing efficiencies for the Group.We have restated our segmental prior year financials in line with this new reporting structure.   

 

Good progress has been made with all of our brands. LiquiBand® continues to do well in the US and we have gained a further 2% market share since we last reported to take our market share by volume to 26%. Revenue from our RESORBA® brands grew steadily across all territories and has grown by 15% and by 6% at constant currency to £20.8 million (2016: £18.1 million), while ActivHeal® grew by 4% to £6.3 million (2016: £6.0 million).

 

We were pleased to announce in October 2017 that we had agreed a patent out-licensing agreement with Organogenisis for a collagen based wound dressing containing Polyhexamethylene Biguanide ("PHMB"). Under this agreement, we receive royalties from Organogenesis's net sales in the US on the product. The agreement is in place for the life of the patent which expires in October 2026.  

 

The Board is proposing a final dividend of 0.75p per share, making a total dividend for the year of 1.10p per share, an increase of 20% (2016: 0.92p). If approved at the Annual General Meeting, this dividend will be paid on 15 June 2018 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 25 May 2018.

 

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all of our employees for their contributions during the past year. We would not have been able to achieve our strong performance without their commitment and effort. I would also like to thank our customers, suppliers, business partners and shareholders for their continued support in helping AMS achieve its goals.

 

We ensure that the Group is managed in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code as far as is reasonably practicable, although it is not a requirement for an AIM quoted company. The Board believes that effective corporate governance will assist in the delivery of sustainable shareholder value and safe-guard shareholders' long-term interests.

 

AMS continues to be in robust financial health and we are continuing to grow our international footprint and scale. The Group is well positioned to increase investment in internal innovation and to actively pursue external opportunities in line with our long-term strategy and growth objectives. 

 

 

Peter Allen

Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 All items are shown before amortisation of acquired intangible assets which, in 2017, was £0.1 million (2016: £0.2 million) as defined in the financial review and before exceptional costs which were £nil million (2016: £0.4 million)



 

Chief Executive's Statement

 

I am pleased to report another strong set of results across the Group. Our revenue has increased 16% to £96.9 million and we have improved our adjusted8 profit before tax by 29% to £25.4 million and our reported profit before tax by 32% to £25.3 million (2016: £19.1 million).  

 

Our strategy for growth remains unchanged. We continue to expand into new geographies, increase our distribution of surgical products through our direct sales forces, and enhance our product portfolio by developing high quality products that add value to patients and payors in our advanced woundcare and surgical markets.

 

As reported at the half year, we have streamlined our reporting structure and now operate under two Business Units: Branded and OEM.

 

Branded

 

The Branded Business Unit reports the sales of all our own brands. Branded reported revenue was 22% higher at £55.2 million (2016: £45.4 million) and 16% higher at constant currency.

 

LiquiBand® topical adhesives

LiquiBand® is our range of medical adhesives based on cyanoacrylate, and is our largest brand with sales of £26.0 million, (2016: £19.3 million) up 35% on the prior year and 30% at constant currency.

 

Our LiquiBand® range of products utilises different formulations of cyanoacrylate in innovatively designed applicators. They are designed to meet the requirements of the clinician and to treat the full spectrum of wounds that they need to close and protect. They have several key attributes that compare favourably with the existing market leader, including wound closure strength, tensile strength, set time, surface area coverage and adhesive yield.

 

Sales in the US, which remains our largest market, increased by 47% to £18.2 million (2016: £12.4 million) at reported currency and by 40% at constant currency. We access this market through distributors who target both hospitals and non hospitals, helping us to identify customers and convert opportunities into sales following surgeon evaluation. We support our partners with marketing and clinical data demonstrating the efficacy of our products. We continue to grow our volume market share which is now at 26%, up 2% from June 2017 and 3% over the full year.

 

In the UK and Germany good progress has been made. Revenues have increased 12% to £5.3 million (2016: £4.7 million) and 10% at constant currency with new hospitals being accessed. In the EU and ROW, sales of LiquiBand® increased by 19% to £2.5 million (2016: £2.1 million) at reported currency and 18% at constant currency. 

 

We are now targeting new geographic markets for LiquiBand®. Following on from establishing distribution agents in Asia, we have also identified opportunities for LiquiBand® in a number of Central American markets and anticipate first sales in this region in 2018.

 

Our primary focus for R&D is to extend our LiquiBand® product range to compete in the growing market for combined glues and tape used for larger wound closure. We expect to receive approval to market this in the US around the end of 2018. 

  

 

8 All items are shown before amortisation of acquired intangible assets which, in 2017, was £0.1 million (2016: £0.2 million) as defined in the financial review and before exceptional costs which were £nil million (2016: £0.4 million)

 

Hernia Mesh Fixation device - LiquiBand® Fix8™

LiquiBand® Fix 8™ is used to hold hernia meshes in place within the body instead of tacks and staples. This accurate laparoscopic application of adhesive is expected to both reduce surgical complications and reduce the potential pain associated with the use of tacks and staples. It also provides the ability to attach mesh in areas where tacks and staples cannot be applied, helping to improve the patient experience and surgical outcomes.

As reported at the half year, sales growth of LiquiBand® Fix8™ has been restricted due to design enhancements we have made following surgeon feedback. Further feedback has been received on the updated device and modifications have been completed. We have chosen not to actively promote the device while the modifications were ongoing, nevertheless sales increased by 3% to £1.7 million (2016: £1.7 million) and 1% at constant currency. We expect to see a return to sales growth this year.

 

At present, the device is approved for use within Europe and those markets that accept European approval standards. We have started the process to get LiquiBand® Fix8™ approved in the US market. This necessitates a full Pre Market Approval (PMA) involving clinical trials with patient enrolment expected to start in mid 2018 and enrolment completing by the end of the year. We expect the total cost of completing the approval process will be around £3 million with the majority of the spend being incurred in 2018 and 2019.

 

In R&D, we are also working on broadening the claims on the use of the device for hernia mesh fixation as well as for a number of other laparoscopic surgical applications and developing a device suitable for hernia mesh fixation in open surgery which we expect to launch in Europe in the first half of 2019.

RESORBA®

Our RESORBA® branded products portfolio is comprised of a comprehensive range of sutures which are used to close wounds and a range of bio-surgical products that include collagens, cellulose and bone substitutes that can be used as haemostats or scaffolds for tissue growth. Sales of RESORBA® products increased by 15% to £20.8 million (2016: £18.1 million) and by 6% at constant currency. Within this, sales of sutures increased by 15% to £13.0 million (2016: £11.3 million) and by 6% at constant currency and sales of bio-surgical products increased by 16% to £7.9 million (2016: £6.8 million) and by 8% at constant currency.

 

During 2016, we renegotiated the supply agreement with an OEM partner for collagen products in order to go direct. We are pleased that we have started to sell these products into a number of new territories.  

 

Germany remains our largest market with £13.0 million of sales (2016: £12.0 million), up 8% on the prior year and up by 1% at constant currency while sales to markets outside Germany accessed by our distributors increased by 30% to £7.5 million (2016: £5.8 million) and 19% at constant currency. Our initiative to offer a range of dental sutures into the US market is developing and following launch in 2016, sales have increased to £0.3 million. The total US surgical suture market is estimated to be in excess of $1 billion and is dominated by a few major brands and provides a significant opportunity for the Group in the medium term.

 

We continue to access new markets, in particular Asia Pacific, and have recently hired a new sales manager to target Australasia for both our RESORBA® and LiquiBand® brand ranges.

 

In R&D we continue to work on preparing a range of different antibiotics that can be incorporated in our bio-surgical products. We expect to file for European approval in the second half of 2018.

 

ActivHeal®

ActivHeal® is our range of high quality woundcare dressings specifically designed to offer the NHS significant cost savings without compromising on clinical outcomes or patient care. Sales of ActivHeal® increased by 4% to £6.3 million (2015: £6.0 million), reversing the decline that was reported in 2016, however the market remains difficult with increasing price pressure becoming evident. The Group has enhanced its education and marketing materials as well as broadened its product range with our antimicrobial and atraumatic foam dressing ranges.

 

 

OEM

 

Our OEM business supports our partners with a multi-product portfolio of advanced woundcare products and bulk materials. We have been working with many of the world's major wound care companies for a number of years providing manufacturing services to supply their woundcare dressings, new products they can incorporate into their portfolio of brands, as well as regulatory assistance in obtaining product approvals in overseas markets. Revenue increased 10% to £41.7 million (2016: £37.8 million) and increased 8% at constant currency.

A key driver for this Business Unit is in supplying products that incorporate antimicrobials. Sales of our antimicrobial dressings increased by 11% to £19.4 million (2016: £17.5 million), and by 9% at constant currency. Within this, silver alginate products grew by 12% to £18.0 million (2016: £16.2 million) and by 9% at constant currency while the Polyhexamethylene Biguanide (PHMB) foam range, which was launched in 2016 into Europe, increased 2% at reported and constant currency.  

PHMB is an antimicrobial which is effective against several bacteria including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia coli (E.coli). Although we received approval to market PHMB foam into the US in 2017, we deferred a launch until we could market these products with extended claims. We expect to obtain these approvals in 2018.

Sales of our non-antimicrobial foams were down 16% at reported currency to £7.4 million (2016: £8.8 million) and by 20% at constant currency. Sales were impacted by the pipeline fill of our atraumatic foam launches in 2016, which we estimate to have been around £1 million. We also had some issues caused by a change of raw material from one of our suppliers which interrupted our ability to promote part of our more established range of products. These issues are now resolved. Sales of our other technologies, which include alginates and gels, increased 7% at reported currency to £11.8 million (2016: £11.0 million) and by 5% at constant currency.

In October 2017 we agreed an out-licensing agreement with Organogenesis Inc., a commercial leader in regenerative medicine focused on advanced wound care and surgical biologics, on a U.S. patent for a collagen-based wound dressing containing PHMB.

Under the terms of the agreement, Organogenesis has been granted an exclusive license in the United States to the patent.  In exchange for this, we have recognised £2.5 million from royalties, and will receive a minimum royalty of $1 million for each of the financial years ending 31 December 2018 and 2019. This is part of an ongoing royalty stream that will be payable to AMS on the net sales of the Licensed Product for the life of the patent. The patent is due to expire in October 2026.

The Group's ability to out-license our patented technologies is an endorsement of the quality of our innovation and we are pleased to be working with a partner that is using the AMS patent to access the US market so effectively.

In the latter part of 2017, we noted that a number of our partners have reported a slowdown in the European advanced wound care market. We continue, however, to believe in our medium and long term prospects in this market.

In R&D, we continue to work on extending our advanced woundcare portfolio with focus on our antimicrobial range, improving the absorbancy of dressings and combining a number of materials to enhance product performance. We are developing a range of surgical dressings for which we are expecting to obtain approval in mid 2018 for the US market. We are also expecting to receive approval to market an antimicrobial high performance dressing in the US before the end of 2018.   

 

Operations and regulatory

 

With the business continuing to show strong organic growth, we have made investments in our converting capability at our Etten Leur site, as well as improving our packaging capability in Nuremberg which is expected to complete in 2018.

 

As a result of the continued success of our medical adhesives business, we have also made plans to extend the capacity of the Plymouth facility. This will be a significant project for us and we estimate that the spend will be around £4 million and will take around three years. It will provide us with the capability to increase production of our existing product range as well as allowing us the capacity to manufacture new products such as the open hernia device.

 

Following the FDA inspection of our Winsford site in June 2016, our Plymouth facility was inspected by the FDA in April 2017. We were very pleased with the outcome of this audit with no non-conformances raised.

 

The new European Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) entered into force on 25 May 2017, marking the start of the transition period for manufacturers selling medical devices into Europe. The MDR, which replaces the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) has a transition period of three years and manufacturers have this transition period to update their technical documentation and processes to meet the new requirements. The MDR brings more scrutiny on product safety and performance and stricter requirements on clinical evaluation and post-market clinical follow up. Our notified body, BSI, is already adopting the new standard and we are working with our OEM partners to ensure that we meet the new requirements. We anticipate that, although there will be some additional costs associated with meeting the new requirements, overall, the tighter regulatory standards should prove beneficial for the Group in the longer term.

Our implementation of Oracle ERP in Germany was successfully completed at the end of September.  This will bring benefits from better availability of information and enhanced controls. This completes our major ERP conversions across the Group, although ongoing improvements to systems will continue.

Acquisitions strategy

 

The Group is actively looking for businesses that meet its acquisition strategy of:

·      licensing or acquiring technology that allows us to leverage our global OEM customer base or branded routes to market;

·      licensing or acquiring additional brands within woundcare, wound closure or surgical setting that complement our existing range; and

·      geographic expansion through acquiring surgically focused companies with strong direct sales capability and ownership of complementary products.

 

We have an internal team working with advisors to identify, appraise and progress acquisition opportunities. 

 

The UK and the European Union

 

To date, there has been no day-to-day operational impact of the referendum vote to leave the European Union, other than changes to currency exchange rates. In preparation, the Group has submitted its application to obtain Authorised Economic Operator status for its UK trading entities and expects to achieve this designation by the end of the year. With its footprint in mainland Europe, the Group is well positioned to deal with the uncertain outcome of the UK negotiations with the EU, moving activities into jurisdictions that are beneficial to the business.

 

Our culture

 

As a Group that is highly dependent on the innovation and creativity of our employees for our future growth and success, it is important that we have a culture and set of values that is understood and embraced across the business. We have adopted the business motto of 'The AMS Care, Fair, Dare approach' to summarise our culture, underpin our values, and to deliver results, building a sustainable future for our business. Under this motto, we have defined the principles and expectations of how we will operate together to deliver success. We have run workshops across all our sites and have responded to feedback about how we can improve the Care, Fair, Dare ethos in the workplace. We are now enbodying these attitudes into our objectives and appraisal process. 

 

We recognise the importance of our people to the Group and that it is only by their effective engagement that we will continue to be successful. We value their commitment and determination to achieve and deliver good results. Our working environment encourages openness, teamwork, an understanding of others' needs and the ability 'to make a difference'. We continue to develop the talent at AMS by training and by providing a place to work where our employees feel valued, incentivised and fulfilled.

 

Summary and outlook

 

2017 has seen another good performance by the Group. Trading in the current financial year has begun well and is in line with the Board's expectations. With our increasing portfolio of products, high quality business partners, the opportunities we see from our R&D pipeline and our strong financial position, the Board remains optimistic about our long-term prospects and the potential for further growth.

  

 



Financial Review

 

Summary

 

The Group has delivered another year of strong financial performance, with revenue increasing by 16%, or 12% at constant currency, to £96.9 million (2016: £83.2 million) and with improving operating margins.

 

The Group has elected to adopt IFRS 15 (Revenue from Contracts with Customers) in 2017, which has no impact on profit or cash flow but results in fee income of £0.7 million (2016: £0.6 million) being recorded as Revenue rather than as Other Income.

 

During the year, the Group streamlined into two Business Units, to enhance commercial focus and improve marketing efficiencies.

 

All prior year values have been restated to refect IFRS 15 adoption and the Business Unit restructure.

 

The Group uses alternative performance measures such as adjusted operating margin, adjusted profit before tax, net operating cash flow pre-exceptional items, and revenue growth at constant currency, to allow the users of the accounts to gain a clearer understanding of performance, allowing the impacts of amortisation, exceptional items and exchange rate volatility to be separately identified. The Group did not incur any exceptional costs in the year (2016: £0.4 million) and amortisation of acquired intangible assets was £0.1 million in the period (2016: £0.2 million).

 

To aid comparison, the Group's adjusted income statement is summarised in Table 1 below.

 

Table 1

Year ended
31 December

2017

Year ended
31 December 2016 (restated)10


Adjusted Income Statement

 £'000

£'000

Change

Revenue

96,908

83,242

16%

Gross profit

58,404

22%

Distribution costs

(1,130)


Adjusted administration costs8

(32,050)


Other income

150

-


Adjusted operating profit

25,374

29%

Net finance income/(costs)

37

(3)


Adjusted profit before tax

25,411

29%

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(134)


Exceptional Items

-

(361)


Profit before tax

25,277

32%

Tax

(5,143)

(3,410)


Profit for the period

20,134

15,692

28%

Adjusted earnings per share - basic9

9.58p

23%

Earnings per share - basic9

9.52p

7.65p

24%

Adjusted earnings per share - diluted9

9.46p

23%

Earnings per share - diluted9

9.39p

7.38p

27%

Note 8     Adjusted administration costs exclude amortisation of acquired intangible assets and exceptional items

Note 9    See Note 7 Earnings per share for details of calculation

Note 10  Restated to reflect £0.6 million of fee income as revenue under newly adopted IFRS15

 

Currency movements impacted revenues favourably by approximately £3.4 million during the year.

 

Adjusted operating profit before exceptional items increased by 29% to £25.4 million (2016: £19.7 million) and adjusted operating margin increased by 250 bps to 26.2% (2016: 23.7%). Administration costs excluding exceptional items increased by 17% to £32.0m (2016: £27.3 million) due to currency movements and further investment in selling and marketing, particularly to support the Branded Business Unit. The Group incurred £3.0 million of gross R&D spend in the year (2016: £2.6 million), respresenting 3.1% of sales (2016: 3.1%).

 

Profit before tax for the year was 32% higher at £25.3 million (2016: £19.1 million).

 

The Group's effective tax rate increased to 20.4% (2016: 17.9%) mainly due to being required to move to the less favourable, large company RDEC scheme in 2017. This effective tax rate reflects the blended tax rates in the countries in which we operate and, for the UK, includes the tax relief associated with the patent box scheme and the utilisation of residual previously unrecognised UK tax losses.

 

A reconciliation between the weighted average Group tax rate and the Group's effective rate is summarised in Table 2 below.

 

Table 2

Taxation

%

Weighted average Group tax rate

21.91

Patent box relief

 (1.23)

Net impact of deferred tax on capitalised development costs and R&D relief

0.67

Net impact of expenses not deductible, utilisation of historical losses, prior year adjustments, depreciation and share based payments

(1.00)

Effective taxation rate

20.35

 

Earnings (excluding amortisation of acquired intangible assets and before exceptional items) increased by 24% to £20.3 million (2016: £16.3 million), resulting in a 23% increase in adjusted basic earnings per share to 9.58p (2016: 7.77p) and a 23% increase in adjusted diluted earnings per share to 9.46p (2016: 7.66p).

 

Profit after tax increased by 28% to £20.1 million (2016: £15.7 million), resulting in a 24% increase in basic earnings per share to 9.52p (2016: 7.65p) and a 27% increase in diluted earnings per share to 9.39p (2016: 7.38p).

 

The Board is proposing a final dividend of 0.75p per share, to be paid on 15 June 2018 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 25 May 2018. This follows the interim dividend of 0.35p per share on 27 October 2017 and would, if approved, make a total dividend for the year of 1.10p per share (2016: 0.92p), a 20% increase on 2016.

 

The operational performance of the Business Units is shown in Table 3 below. The adjusted profit from operations and the adjusted margin are shown after excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles.

 

Table 3

Operating result by business segment

Year ended 31 December 2017

Branded

OEM


£'000

£'000

Revenue

55,244

41,664

Profit from operations

14,336

11,354

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

125

9

Adjusted profit from operations

14,461

11,363

Adjusted operating margin

26.2%

27.3%

Year ended 31 December 2016 (restated)



Revenue

45,427

37,815

Profit from operations

11,313

8,677

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

225

17

Adjusted profit from operations

11,538

8,694

Adjusted operating margin

25.4%

23.0%

 

Branded

The adjusted operating margin of the Branded Business Unit increased to 26.2% (2016: 25.4%), supported by sales growth and sales mix. Operating costs increased, especially sales, marketing, R&D and regulatory costs, to continue to support ongoing growth.

 

OEM

The adjusted operating margin of the OEM Business Unit increased to 27.3% (2016: 23.0%), mainly due to the out-licensing agreement of wound dressings containing Collagen and PHMB, which generated a £2.5 million royalty income in the year.

 

Geographic breakdown of revenues

 

The geographic breakdown of Group revenues in 2017 is shown in Table 4 below:

 

Table 4

Geographic Breakdown of Group Revenues

£'000

2017

% of total

2016

% of total

Europe excluding UK and Germany

22.9

23.6%

21.4

25.8%

Germany

19.1

19.7%

18.4

22.1%

UK

17.3

17.9%

17.9

21.5%

USA

35.3

36.4%

23.5

28.2%

Rest of World

2.3

2.4%

2.0

2.4%

 

Approximately 90% of our US sales are invoiced in US Dollars and approximately 60% of our sales to mainland Europe are invoiced in Euros. The Group hedges significant currency transaction exposure by using forward contracts and options and aims to have at least 70% of its estimated transactional exposure for the next twelve months hedged. The Group estimates that a 10% movement in the £:US$ or £:Euro exchange rate will impact Sterling revenues by approximately 3.3% and 2.6% respectively and in the absence of any hedging this would have an impact on profit of 2.7% and 0.3%. 

 



 

Cash Flow

 

Table 5 below summarises the Group's cash flows.

 

Table 5

Group Cash Flows




2017

2016

Year ended 31 December

£'000

£'000

Adjusted operating profit (Table 1)

25,374

19,708

Non-cash items

4,127

4,023

Adjusted EBITDA11

29,501

23,731

Working capital movement

(8,049)

(1,480)

Operating cash flow before exceptional items

21,452

22,251

Exceptional items

-

(361)

Operating cash flow after exceptional items

21,452

21,890

Capital expenditure and capitalised R&D

(4,455)

(2,536)

Net Interest

37

(3)

Tax

(4,486)

(2,065)

Free cash flow

12,548

17,286

Dividends paid

(2,049)

(1,783)

Proceeds from share issues

809

868

Exchange gains

21

553

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

11,329

16,924

Note 11: Adjusted EBITDA is earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, intangible asset amortisation, share based payments and exceptional items

 

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 24% to £29.5 million (2016: £23.7 million).

 

Working capital increased during the year, mainly due to the higher value of trade receivables, which was caused by sales phasing and royalties, with debtor days unchanged at 41 days (2016: 41 days). Trade payable days reduced to 27 days (2016: 33 days) and months of supply of inventory held across the Group reduced to 4.2 months (2016: 4.4 months of supply).

 

The Group generated net cash from operating activities of £21.5 million (2016: £21.9 million).

 

In the year, we invested £4.5 million in capital equipment, software and capitalised R&D (2016: £2.5 million), including investment in new packaging machines, ERP software and internally developed products.

 

Cash outflow relating to taxation increased sharply to £4.5 million (2016: £2.1 million) with historical losses and related deferred tax balances now fully used up.

 

The Group generated a free cash flow of £12.5 million in the year (2016: £17.3 million). The conversion of adjusted operating profit into free cash flow was 49% (2016: 88%). This was mainly due to investment in the Business Units, working capital outflow, increased taxation and dividends.

 

The Group paid its final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2016 of £1.3 million on 16 June 2017 (2016: for the year ending 2015, £1.2 million), and its interim dividend for the six months ended 30 June 2017 of £0.7 million (2016: £0.6 million) on 27 October 2017.

 

The Group has a £30 million, multi-currency credit facility with a £20 million accordion option, provided jointly by HSBC and The Royal Bank of Scotland in place until December 2019. It is unsecured and has not been drawn down. This facility carries an annual interest rate of LIBOR or EURIBOR plus a margin that varies between 0.65% and 1.75% depending on the Group's net debt to EBITDA ratio.

 

At the end of the period, the Group had net cash of £62.5 million (2016: £51.1 million). The movement in net cash from the start of the year to net cash at the end of the year is reconciled in Table 6 below:

 

Table 6

 

Movement in net cash

£'000

Net cash as at 1 January 2017

51,125

Exchange rate impacts

21

Free cash flow

12,548

Dividends paid

(2,049)

Proceeds from share issues

809

Net cash as at 31 December 2017

62,454

 

The Group's going concern position is fully described in note 2.

 

 



 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT











Restated


Year ended 31 December


(Unaudited)




(Audited)



2017


Before exceptional Items

Exceptional Items

2016


Note

£'000


£'000 

£'000 

£'000

Revenue from continuing operations

4

96,908


83,242

-

83,242

Cost of sales


(38,504)


(35,194)

-

(35,194)

Gross profit


58,404


48,048

-

48,048

Distribution costs


(1,130)


(1,047)

-

(1,047)

Administration costs


(32,184)


(27,535)

(361)

(27,896)

Other income


150


-

-

-

Profit from operations

25,240


19,466

(361)

19,105

Finance income


147


108

-

108

Finance costs


(110)


(111)

-

(111)

Profit before taxation


25,277


19,463

(361)

19,102

Income tax

6

(5,143)


(3,410)

-

(3,410)

Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent

20,134


16,053

(361)

15,692

Earnings per share







Basic

7

9.52p


7.65p

(0.17p)

7.48p

Diluted

7

9.39p


7.55p

(0.17p)

7.38p

Adjusted12 diluted

7

9.46p


7.66p

(0.17p)

7.49p

 

 

 

Note 12: Adjusted for exceptional items and for amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME








(Unaudited)

(Audited)






2017

2016






£'000

£'000

Profit for the year





20,134

15,692

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations





2,187

8,851

Gain/(loss) arising on cash flow hedges





4,192

(3,009)

Total other comprehensive income for the period





6,379

5,842

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to equity holders of the parent





26,513

21,534

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 




(Unaudited)

(Audited)




31 Dec-17

31-Dec-16




£'000

£'000

Assets





Non-current assets





Acquired intellectual property rights



9,675

9,468

Software intangibles



3,078

2,500

Development costs



2,135

1,645

Goodwill



41,801

40,337

Property, plant and equipment



17,019

16,177

Deferred tax assets



199

-

Trade and other receivables



286

10




74,193

70,137

Current assets





Inventories



11,073

11,440

Trade and other receivables



20,950

11,872

Current tax assets



48

432

Cash and cash equivalents



62,454

51,125




94,525

74,869

Total assets



168,718

145,006

Liabilities





Current liabilities





Trade and other payables



10,547

12,901

Current tax liabilities



2,290

2,049

Other taxes payable



15

85




12,852

15,035

Non-current liabilities





Trade and other payables



310

1,291

Deferred tax liabilities



3,120

3,152




3,430

4,443

Total liabilities



16,282

19,478

Net assets



152,436

125,528

Equity





Share capital



10,632

10,524

Share premium



34,778

34,005

Share-based payments reserve



4,676

3,469

Investment in own shares



(152)

(152)

Share-based payments deferred tax reserve



815

459

Other reserve



1,531

1,531

Hedging reserve



658

(3,534)

Translation reserve



2,823

636

Retained earnings



96,675

78,590

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent



152,436

125,528

 

 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

Attributable to equity holders of the Group




Share-

Investment

Share-based







Share

Share

based

in own

payments

Other

Hedging

Translation

Retained



capital

premium

payments

Shares

deferred tax

reserve

reserve

reserve

earnings

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2016 (audited)

10,451

33,196

2,253

(152)

437

1,531

(525)

(8,215)

64,681

103,657

Consolidated profit for the year to 31 December 2016

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

15,692

15,692

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

(3,009)

8,851

-

5,842

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

(3,009)

8,851

15,692

21,534

Share-based payments

-

-

1,230

-

22

-

-

-

-

1,252

Share options exercised

73

809

(14)

-

-

-

-

-

-

868

Shares purchased by EBT

-

-

-

(449)

-

-

-

-

-

(449)

Shares sold by EBT

-

-

-

449

-

-

-

-

-

449

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,783)

(1,783)

At 31 December 2016 (audited)

10,524

34,005

3,469

(152)

459

1,531

(3,534)

636

78,590

125,528

Consolidated profit for the year to 31 December 2017

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

20,134

20,134

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

4,192

2,187

-

6,379

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

4,192

2,187

20,134

26,513

Share-based payments

-

-

1,279

-

356

-

-

-

-

1,635

Share options exercised

108

773

(72)

-

-

-

-

-

-

809

Shares purchased by EBT

-

-

-

(484)

-

-

-

-

-

(484)

Shares sold by EBT

-

-

-

484

-

-

-

-

-

484

Dividends paid

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,049)

(2,049)

At 31 December 2017 (unaudited)

10,632

34,778

4,676

(152)

815

1,531

658

2,823

96,675

152,436

 

 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

 





(Unaudited)

(Audited)







Year ended 31 December




2017

2016





£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities






Profit from operations




25,240

19,105

Adjustments for:






Depreciation




2,053

1,898

Amortisation

 - intellectual property rights




134

242

- development costs




380

441

- software intangibles




    415

    329

Impairment of development costs




-

125

Decrease/(increase) in inventories




505

(2,005)

Increase in trade and other receivables




(8,627)

(674)

Increase in trade and other payables




73

1,199

Share-based payments expense




1,279

1,230

Taxation




(4,486)

(2,065)

Net cash inflow from operating activities




16,966

19,825

Cash flows from investing activities






Purchase of software




(958)

(795)

Capitalised research and development




(860)

(259)

Purchases of property, plant and equipment




(2,901)

(1,523)

Disposal of property, plant and equipment




264

41

Interest received




147

109

Net cash used in investing activities




(4,308)

(2,427)

Cash flows from financing activities






Dividends paid




(2,049)

(1,783)

Finance lease




-

(1)

Issue of equity shares




809

868

Shares purchased by EBT




(484)

(449)

Shares sold by EBT




484

449

Interest paid




(110)

(111)

Net cash used in financing activities




(1,350)

(1,027)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents




11,308

16,371

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year




51,125

34,201

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes




21

553

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year




62,454

51,125



 

Notes Forming Part of the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

1.      Reporting entity

Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc ("the Company") is a public limited company incorporated and domiciled in England and Wales (registration number 2867684). The Company's registered address is Premier Park, 33 Road One, Winsford Industrial Estate, Cheshire, CW7 3RT.

 

The Company's ordinary shares are traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc. The consolidated financial statements of the Company for the twelve months ended 31 December 2017 comprise the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group").

 

The Group is primarily involved in the design, development and manufacture of novel high performance polymers (both natural and synthetic) for use in advanced woundcare dressings and materials, and medical adhesives and sutures for closing and sealing tissue, for sale into the global medical device market and dental market.

 

2.      Basis of preparation

These condensed unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the annual report for the year ended 31 December 2016 and adjusted for the early adoption of IFRS15, Revenue from Contracts with Customers.

 

While the financial information included in this preliminary announcement has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), as adopted for use in the EU, this announcement does not itself contain sufficient information to comply with IFRSs. The Group expects to publish full financial statements that comply with IFRSs in April 2018.

 

The financial information set out in the announcement does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2017 or 31 December 2016. The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2016 is derived from the statutory accounts for that year, which have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor reported on those accounts; their report was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and did not contain a statement under s498 (2) or (3) Companies Act 2006. The audit of the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017 is not yet complete. These accounts will be finalised on the basis of the financial information presented by the Directors in this preliminary announcement and will be delivered to the Registrar of Companies following the Group's annual general meeting.

 

The financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis of accounting except as disclosed in the accounting policies set out in the annual report for the year ended 31 December 2016.

 

With regards to the Group's financial position, it had cash and cash equivalents at the year end of £62.5 million. The Group also has in place a five-year, unsecured, multi-currency, credit facility for £30 million which is due for renewal in December 2019 and which was undrawn in 2017.

 

While the current economic environment is uncertain, the Group operates in markets whose demographics are favourable, underpinned by an increasing need for products to treat chronic and acute wounds. Consequently, market growth is predicted. The Group has a number of  contracts with customers across different geographic regions and also with substantial financial resources, ranging from government agencies through to global healthcare companies.

 

Having taken the above into consideration the Directors have reached the conclusion that the Group is well placed to manage its business risks in the current economic environment. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the preliminary announcement.

 

In the current year the Group has applied a number of amendments to IFRSs issued by the IASB. Their adoption has not had a material impact on the disclosures or on the amounts reported in the Annual Financial Statements. The following amendments were applied:

• Amendments to IAS 7 - Disclosure Initiative

• Amendments to IAS 12, Recognition of Deferred Tax Assets for Unrealised Losses

• Annual Improvements to IFRSs: 2014-16 Cycle specifically amendments to IFRS 12 IFRS 12, Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities

IFRS 15 is effective for annual periods beginning 1 January 2018 and will replace IAS 11 Construction Contracts and IAS 18 Revenue. The standard establishes a principles based approach for revenue recognition and is based on the concept of recognising revenue for obligations only when they are satisfied and the control of goods or services is transferred. It applies to all contracts with customers, except those in the scope of other standards. It replaces the separate models for goods, services and construction contracts under the current accounting standards. The Group has decided to adopt the standard early with effect for the year ended 31 December 2017. As a result of the early adoption, Other Income of £709,000 excluding the royalty income from Organogenesis has been re-classified as Revenue (2016: £621,000). The impact on profit before tax is £nil (2016: £nil).

 

New accounting standards not yet applied

At the date of authorisation of the Annual Financial Statements, the following new and revised IFRSs that are potentially relevant to the Group, and which have not been applied in the Annual Financial Statements, were in issue but not yet effective (and in some cases had not yet been adopted by the EU):

• IFRS 9, Financial Instruments - effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018.

• IFRIC 22, Foreign Currency Transactions and Advance Consideration - effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018.

• Amendments to IFRS 2, Classification and Measurement of Share-based Payment Transactions - effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018.

• Annual Improvements to IFRSs: 2014-16 Cycle, IFRS 1 and IAS 28 Amendments - effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018.

• IFRS 16, Leases - effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019.

• IFRIC 23, Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments - effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019.

The Directors do not expect that the adoption of the standards listed above will have a material impact on the Financial Statements of the Group in future periods, except as follows:

 

IFRS 16 is effective for annual periods beginning 1 January 2019 and will replace IAS 17 Leases. The standard represents a significant change in the accounting and reporting of leases for lessees as it provides a single lessee accounting model. As such it requires lessees to recognise assets and liabilities for all leases unless the underlying asset has a low value or the lease term is 12 months or less. The standard may also require the capitalisation of a lease element of contracts held by the Group which under the existing accounting standard would not be considered a lease. Early adoption is permitted if IFRS 15 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers' has also been applied; however, the Group does not expect to undertake this option.

 

The Group holds a number of operating leases, which currently, under IAS 17, are expensed on a straight line basis over the lease term. The Group has made the following estimates of the approximate impacts of adopting the new standard, which are sensitive to all changes up to the application date. If the standard had been adopted in the current year, a depreciation charge of around £1.0 million in relation to the right-of-use asset and a finance expense charge of around £0.6 million would have been recognised in place of the operating lease charge of £1.3 million. In addition, a right-of-use asset and largely offsetting lease liability of approximately £11.0 million would be recognised in the statement of financial position.

 

3.      Accounting policies

The same accounting policies, presentations and methods of computation are followed in the condensed set of financial statements as applied in the Group's latest annual audited financial incorporating new standards effective for the year as noted above. The annual financial statements of Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.

 

4.      Segment information

As referred to in the Chief Executive's Report, the Group is organised into two Business Units: Branded  and OEM (original equipment manufacturer).  These Business Units are the basis on which the Group reports its segment information.

 

Segment results, assets and liabilities include items directly attributable to a segment as well as those that can be allocated on a reasonable basis. Unallocated items comprise mainly investments and related revenue, corporate assets, head office expenses and income tax assets. These are the measures reported to the Group's Chief Executive for the purposes of resource allocation and assessment of segment performance.

 

Business segments

 

Segment information about these businesses is presented below.

 

 

Year ended

Branded

OEM

Consolidated

 

 

31 December 2017




 

 

(unaudited)




 

 


£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

Revenue




 

 

External sales

55,244

41,664

96,908

 

 

Result




 

 

Segment result

14,336

11,354

25,690

 

 

Unallocated expenses



(450)

 

 

Profit from operations



25,240

 

 

Finance income



147

 

 

Finance costs



(110)

 

 

Profit before tax



25,277

 

 

Tax



(5,143)

 

 

Profit for the year



20,134

 

 





 

 

At 31 December 2017

Branded

OEM

Consolidated

 

 

(unaudited)




 

 

Other Information

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

Capital additions:




 

 

Software intangibles

715

243

958

 

 

Development

425

435

860

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

1,563

1,338

2,901

 

 

Depreciation and amortisation

(1,192)

(1,790)

(2,982)

 

 

Balance sheet




 

 

Assets




 

 

Segment assets

112,057

56,580

168,637

 

 

Unallocated assets



81

 

 

Consolidated total assets



168,718

 

 

Liabilities




 

 

Segment liabilities

10,406

5,876

16,282

 

 

Consolidated total liabilities



16,282

 





 

 

Year ended

Branded

OEM

Consolidated

 

31 December 2016 (restated)




 


£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Revenue




 

External sales

45,427

37,815

83,242

 

Result




 

Segment result

11,313

8,677

19,990

 

Unallocated expenses



(885)

 

Profit from operations



19,105

 

Finance income



108

 

Finance costs



(111)

 

Profit before tax



19,102

 

Tax



(3,410)

 

Profit for the year



15,692

 





 

At 31 December 2016 (restated)

Branded

OEM

Consolidated

 

Other Information

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Capital additions:




 

Software intangibles

596

199

795

 

Development

157

102

259

 

Property, plant and equipment

1,105

418

1,523

 

Depreciation and amortisation

(1,310)

(1,600)

(2,910)

 

Balance sheet




 

Assets




 

Segment assets

97,498

47,388

144,886

 

Unallocated assets



120

 

Consolidated total assets



145,006

 

Liabilities




 

Segment liabilities

12,020

7,458

19,478

 

Consolidated total liabilities



19,478

 



 

 

 

Geographic segments

 

The Group operates in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Russia, with a sales presence in the US. In presenting information on the basis of geographical segments, segment revenue is based on the geographical location of customers. Segment assets are based on the geographical location of the assets.

 

The following table provides an analysis of the Group's revenue by geographical market, irrespective of the origin of the goods/services, based upon location of the Group's customers:

 

 Year ended 31 December



2017

2016




£'000

£'000

United Kingdom



17,266

17,957

Germany



19,062

18,466

Europe excluding United Kingdom and Germany



22,939

21,360

United States of America



35,330

23,505

Rest of World



2,311

1,954




96,908

83,242

The following table provides an analysis of the Group's total assets by geographical location.





  As at 31 December



2017

2016




£'000

£'000

United Kingdom



98,305

80,580

Germany



65,212

59,950

Europe excluding United Kingdom and Germany



4,743

3,962

United States of America



458

514




168,718

145,006

 

5.      Profit from operations

 

Year ended 31 December


2017

2016


£'000

£'000

Profit from operations is arrived at after charging:



Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

2,053

1,898

Amortisation of:



-  acquired intellectual property rights

134

242

-  software intangibles

415

329

-  development costs

380

441

Operating lease rentals - plant and machinery

248

253

                                       - land and buildings

1,005

917

Research and development costs expensed to the income statement

2,052

2,276

Cost of inventories recognised as expense

36,516

33,498

Write down of inventories expensed

1,448

634

Staff costs

29,920

26,162

Net foreign exchange loss

2,427

1,271

 



 

 

 

6.      Taxation

 

Year ended 31 December





2017

2016






£'000

£'000

a) Analysis of charge for the year







Current tax:







Tax on ordinary activities - current year





5,397

3,180

Tax on ordinary activities - prior year





(293)

(358)






5,104

2,822

Deferred tax:







Tax on ordinary activities - current year





39

599

Effect of reduction in UK corporation tax rates





-

(11)






39

588

Tax charge for the year





5,143

3,410

 

 

The Group has chosen to use a weighted average country tax rate rather than the UK tax rate for the reconciliation of the charge for the year to the profit per the income statement. The Group operates in several jurisdictions, some of which have a tax rate in excess of the UK tax rate. As such, a weighted average country tax rate is believed to provide the most meaningful information to the users of the financial statements.

 

 

Year ended 31 December





2017

2016






£'000

£'000

b) Factors affecting tax charge for the year







Profit before taxation





25,277

19,102

Profit multiplied by the weighted average Group tax rate of 21.91% (2016: 22.11%)





5,538

4,224

Effects of:







Net expenses not deductible for tax purposes and other timing differences





1

19

Patent Box Relief





(310)

(242)

Utilisation and recognition of trading losses





-

(203)








Net impact of deferred tax on capitalised development costs and R&D relief





170

(183)

Share-based payments





37

(47)

Adjustments in respect of prior year - current tax





(293)

(359)

Adjustments in respect of prior year and rate changes - deferred tax





-

201

Taxation





5,143

3,410

 

 

 

 

7.      Earnings per share

The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share is based on the following data:

 

Year ended 31 December 

2017

2016


£'000

£'000

Earnings



Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent  

Pre exceptional items

20,134

16,053

Post exceptional items

20,134

15,692

Number of shares

'000

'000

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of basic earnings per share

211,563

209,815

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares: share options, deferred share bonus, LTIPs

2,760

2,778

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of diluted earnings per share

214,323

212,593








2017

2016


£'000

£'000

Profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

20,134

 

16,053

Earnings for the purposes of basic and diluted earnings per share being net profit attributable to equity holders of the parent

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

134

242

Adjusted profit for the year attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

20,268

16,295








2017

2016


pence

pence

Basic - pre exceptional

9.52p

7.65p

Basic - post exceptional

9.52p

7.48p

Diluted - pre exceptional

9.39p

7.55p

Diluted - post exceptional

9.39p

7.38p

Adjusted basic (before exceptional items)

9.58p

7.76p

Adjusted diluted (before exceptional items)

9.46p

7.66p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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