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D4T4 Solutions PLC  -  D4T4   

Half-year Report

Released 07:00 28-Nov-2017

RNS Number : 6571X
D4T4 Solutions PLC
28 November 2017
 

 

 

D4t4 Solutions Plc

(the "Company, "Group" or "D4t4")

 

'ALL ABOUT THE DATA'

 

Half-Year results for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

"As experienced in some previous years a higher proportion of our business is expected to close and be delivered in H2 2017.  Despite a lower first half due primarily to a change in the timing of contract awards by comparison to the same period last year, the Board remains confident of achieving management expectations for the full year based on recent business wins and the depth and quality of the prospects pipeline."

 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017: Specialists in Data solutions, D4t4 Solutions Plc (AIM: D4T4) announces its unaudited half-year results for the six months ended 30 September 2017.

Key highlights:

Six months ended 30 September

 

2017

2016

Ø Group revenue

£4.75m

£10.02m

Ø Gross profit

Ø Gross profit margin

£2.08m

43.76%

£5.26m

52.50%

Ø Group adjusted pre-tax (loss) / profit *

£(0.38)m

£2.12m

Ø Adjusted* EPS

(0.57)p

5.44p

Ø +13% uplift in the interim dividend

0.625p

0.55p

Ø Net cash position

£3.92m

£0.73m

Ø Net current assets

£4.48m

£3.33m

*Adjusted for amortisation of acquired intangibles, share based payment charges and foreign exchange gains

Ø The first half loss is primarily due to the timing of client contracts during 2017. The balance of business intake during the period has been similar to that experienced by us previously in FY2014-15, in that a large proportion of our business is expected to close and be delivered in H2 2017.

Ø Many of the contracts currently in negotiation (>80% by value) are with existing clients, who wish to increase either the footprint of our software or extend the use of our managed private cloud environments.

Ø Data and analytics recurring income has continued to grow and, we are currently in contractual negotiations with 14+ companies across the software licence sales, private cloud and analytical platform modernisation project areas of our business

Ø With the existing customer contracts forecast to close before the year end, recent new business wins and the depth and quality of prospects identified for both projects and software licence sales, the Board remain confident that the business will achieve a solid finish to the financial year which will be in line with management's expectations

 

Ø We continue to have a strong balance sheet with half year net cash standing at £3.9m (31/03/17: £5.1m)

 

The half year report will shortly be made available on the Company's website: www.d4t4solutions.com/investor-relations/

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

ENQUIRIES

 

D4t4 Solutions Plc

Peter Kear, Chief Executive Officer

Carmel Warren, Chief Financial Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 1932 893333

email: moreinfo@d4t4solutions.com

 

finnCap (Nominated Adviser & Broker)

Ed Frisby/Emily Watts - Corporate Finance

Stephen Norcross/Sultan Awan - Corporate Broking

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 0500

 

TooleyStreet Communications (IR & Media Relations)

Fiona Tooley:

Tel: +44 (0) 7785 703523

email: fiona@tooleystreet.com

 

 

 

 EDITOR'S NOTE

'ALL ABOUT THE DATA'

 

D4t4 Solutions Plc

 

We operate within Asia, Europe and North America, employing 125 staff and servicing clients in over 21 countries and, our data collection software is running on, more than 25,000 websites. 

 

Our people and intellectual property combine to create four core capabilities:

 

v Data collection software (Celebrus) and skills

v Data Management based facilities and skills

v Data Analytics capabilities, solutions and skills

v Data Solutions that are on premise or in the cloud and combine hardware, software and services.

 

At D4t4, we are energetically focused on solutions that enable clients who operate from within the financial services, retail, travel & transport, telco, insurance and automotive sectors to get the most from their data.  From collection, through to management and analysis, we provide comprehensive products and services that drive value from our clients' information assets. 

 

We are accredited to ISO27001: Information Security Management Standard and PCI Data Security Standard. 

To find out more, visit www.d4t4solutions.com

 

Introduction

Three revenue streams generate D4t4 Solutions business income: projects, software licence sales and recurring revenue - derived from our managed private cloud and software licence maintenance services.  The Company's focus is on selling via partners that have global reach and penetration in our target market sectors comprising financial services, retail, travel & transport, telco, insurance and automotive.

Trading performance

A comparison of our three revenue streams to the previous year shows that recurring revenues performed well in the first half whereas the software licence sales and project work areas show a drop in revenue due to a change in the timing of contract closure when compared to the previous year.  Major contracts in the software licence sales and project work areas were delivered in the first half of 2016 whereas more similar sized contracts will be delivered in the second half of this financial year.

Due to this change in contract closure timing, revenue in the first half compared to HY 2016-17 was down by 53% to £4.7 million (HY 2016-17: £10.0m) and we recorded an Operating loss of £563k compared to an Operating profit of £1,943k in HY2016-17. The Post-tax loss was £383k versus a 2016-17 first half Post-tax profit of £1,817k. Adjusted fully diluted loss per share was 0.57p against earnings per share of 5.44p in the comparable 2016-17 period. Net cash at the half-year stood at £3.9m (HY 2016-17: £0.7m)

Recurring revenue

Recurring revenue continued to perform well at £2.39m (HY2016-17 £2.36m). The underlying growth rate of our new data and analytics business recurring revenues was 42% which was masked by a decrease in our deemphasised business recurring revenues.

During the period we signed a new five-year contract with a European Insurance industry body to provide a private cloud based managed analytical platform. This contract is expected to deliver significant revenues during the second half of this year and beyond.

Software licence sales

As reported above, we experienced lower software licence revenues of £0.88m (HY2016-17 £1.46m) during the first half due to a change in timing of contract closure. Since the half year we have secured several POV (Proof of Value) contracts which, whilst being revenue generating business in their own right, are expected to lead to longer term contracts some of which will benefit the last quarter of the current financial year as well as next year and beyond.

The negotiations currently underway on several contracts lead us to be confident of growing this area of the business for the full year.

Projects

A similar change to the timing of contract closure in project work led to lower revenues of £1.49m (HY2016-17 £6.2m) which we are confident will be rebalanced in the second half of the year.

Within the projects area we are in the final stages of negotiations for the delivery of several major private cloud and analytics platform modernisation projects which are anticipated to close in this third quarter. This significantly enhances the opportunity for strong second half revenue which underpins our confidence of achieving management's expectations for the full year.

Outlook and current trading

Since the start of the second half of the financial year, we are pleased to report that we have secured several new contracts including one with a leading US Financial services company and one with a major European bank in the private cloud based project and software licence sales areas of the business. New business opportunities continue to develop well on a global basis and in particular we are seeing opportunities grow fastest in the Americas and across EMEA.

The launch of our new Celebrus GDPR compliant data collection platform is receiving significant interest from both existing clients and prospects; this, combined with our new relationship with Microsoft, (where they can resell our Celebrus software platform) bodes well for the future.

As mentioned above we are currently in contractual negotiations with 14+ companies across the software licence sales and private cloud based project areas of our business and these coupled with our growing recurring revenues leaves us positioned to meet management's full year expectations.

More than 80% in value of these contracts are with existing clients, who wish to increase either the footprint of our software or extend the use of our managed private cloud and analytical platform modernisation environments.

Dividend

As a Company, we are committed to a progressive dividend policy and rewarding our shareholders whilst at the same time balancing our investment in the business for future growth.

 

The Directors remain confident in the Group's prospects and future performance and, as such, based on our confidence we are pleased to declare an interim dividend of 0.625p per share, a 13.6% increase over the comparative period last year.  This will be paid on Thursday 11th January 2018 to Members on the Register as at 8th December 2017.  The shares will become ex-dividend on 7th December 2017.

 

Summary

 

Despite the change in weighting of our business intake from first half to second half by comparison to FY2016-2017, overall trading is now improving. Based on this backdrop and, combined with recent business wins and the depth and quality of the prospects pipeline for software licence sales and the number of private cloud and analytical platform modernisation projects close to fruition, the Board remain confident that the Company will achieve results for the full year that will be in line with management's expectations.

 

The Company focus on Celebrus data collection, private cloud based services and the delivery of data and analytics platform modernisation continues, and we are pleased to report that the number of new opportunities in these areas is at a new high as we move towards the final quarter of the year.

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September (unaudited)

 

Year ended 31 March (audited)

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

4,749

 

10,024

 

17,670

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

(2,671)

 

(4,763)

 

(7,806)

 

Gross Profit

 

 

 

2,078

 

5,261

 

9,864

 

 

Distribution costs

 

 

(1,611)

 

(1,951)

 

(3,797)

 

 

Administration expenses

 

 

(1,068)

 

(1,407)

 

(1,834)

 

 

Other operating income

 

 

38

 

40

 

55

 

(Loss)/profit from operations

 

 

(563)

 

1,943

 

4,288

 

 

Investment income

 

 

-

 

-

 

1

 

 

Finance costs

 

 

(18)

 

(23)

 

(46)

 

(Loss)/profit before tax

 

 

(581)

 

1,920

 

4,243

 

 

Tax

 

 

198

 

(103)

 

(340)

 

(Loss)/profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent

(383)

 

1,817

 

3,903

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gains on property revaluation

 

-

 

-

 

47

 

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable

 

 

 

 

 

 

to owners of the parent

 

 

(383)

 

1,817

 

3,950

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

(1.01)p

 

4.95p

 

10.49p

 

 

Diluted

 

 

(1.01)p

 

4.67p

 

10.02p

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

 

 

 

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended  31 March (audited)

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

(Loss)/profit for the period

 

 

(383)

 

1,817

 

3,903

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gains on property revaluation

 

-

 

-

 

47

Total comprehensive income

 

 

(383)

 

1,817

 

3,950

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

 

(645)

 

(574)

 

(753)

 

Purchase of own shares

 

 

-

 

(158)

 

(175)

 

Sale of own shares

 

 

117

 

(79)

 

(12)

 

Issue of contingent shares

 

 

-

 

28

 

-

 

Share-based payments

 

 

38

 

41

 

86

Total transactions with owners

 

 

(490)

 

(742)

 

(854)

 

Rate change on deferred tax

 

 

-

 

-

 

(15)

 

Deferred tax on outstanding share options

33

 

(67)

 

(177)

Change in shareholders' equity for the period

 

(840)

 

1,008

 

2,904

 

Shareholders' equity at start of period

 

17,549

 

14,645

 

14,645

Shareholders' equity at end of period

 

 

16,709

 

15,653

 

17,549

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at 30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 September (unaudited)

 

31 March (audited)

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

8,696

 

8,696

 

8,696

 

 

Other intangible assets

 

 

1,384

 

1,630

 

1,507

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

2,684

 

2,608

 

2,595

 

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

268

 

727

 

230

 

 

 

 

 

13,032

 

13,661

 

13,028

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

2,469

 

6,968

 

4,269

 

 

Inventories

 

 

348

 

-

 

341

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

4,907

 

1,454

 

6,290

 

 

 

 

 

7,724

 

8,422

 

10,900

 

Total assets

 

 

20,756

 

22,083

 

23,928

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

(2,821)

 

(4,601)

 

(4,922)

 

 

Tax liabilities

 

 

-

 

(97)

 

-

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

(428)

 

(397)

 

(421)

 

 

 

 

 

(3,249)

 

(5,095)

 

(5,343)

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

(563)

 

(984)

 

(780)

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

(235)

 

(351)

 

(256)

 

 

 

 

 

(798)

 

(1,335)

 

(1,036)

 

Total liabilities

 

 

(4,047)

 

(6,430)

 

(6,379)

 

Net assets

 

 

16,709

 

15,653

 

17,549

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

765

 

749

 

759

 

 

Share premium account

 

 

7,889

 

7,522

 

7,727

 

 

Revaluation reserve

 

 

323

 

276

 

323

 

 

Treasury shares reserve

 

 

(6)

 

(2)

 

(6)

 

 

Equity reserve

 

 

156

 

457

 

242

 

 

Retained earnings

 

 

7,582

 

6,651

 

8,504

 

Attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

16,709

 

15,653

 

17,549

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated cash flow statement for the six months ended

 

30 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September (unaudited)

 

Year ended 31 March (audited)

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

(383)

 

1,817

 

3,903

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

116

 

79

 

221

 

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

123

 

157

 

247

 

 

Finance income

 

-

 

-

 

(1)

 

 

Finance expense

 

18

 

23

 

46

 

 

Share-based payments

 

42

 

41

 

86

 

 

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment

-

 

-

 

(1)

 

 

Exchange losses / (gains) on cash and cash equivalents

70

 

(200)

 

(305)

 

 

Income tax (credit) / expense

 

(198)

 

103

 

340

 

Operating cash flows before movements in working capital

(212)

 

2,020

 

4,536

 

 

Decrease /(Increase) in receivables

 

2,040

 

(4,211)

 

(1,512)

 

 

Increase in inventories

 

(7)

 

-

 

(341)

 

 

Decrease in payables

 

(2,133)

 

(444)

 

(123)

 

Cash (absorbed in) / derived from operations

 

(312)

 

(2,635)

 

2,560

 

 

Income taxes paid

 

(40)

 

(5)

 

(26)

 

Net cash (used in) / derived from operating activities

(352)

 

(2,640)

 

2,534

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest received

 

-

 

-

 

1

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(205)

 

(107)

 

(162)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(205)

 

(107)

 

(161)

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

(645)

 

(547)

 

(753)

 

 

Repayment of borrowings

 

(206)

 

(195)

 

(403)

 

 

Interest paid

 

(18)

 

(23)

 

(46)

 

 

Payments to finance lease creditors

 

(4)

 

(4)

 

(8)

 

 

Purchase of own shares

 

117

 

(237)

 

(400)

 

 

Sale of own shares

 

-

 

-

 

215

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(756)

 

(1,006)

 

(1,395)

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,313)

 

(3,753)

 

978

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of year

 

6,290

 

5,007

 

5,007

 

 

Exchange gains on cash and cash equivalents

 

(70)

 

200

 

305

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

4,907

 

1,454

 

6,290

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the interim financial statements

 

for the six months ended 30 September 2017

 

1.    Basis of preparation

 

The interim financial information for the six months ended 30 September 2017 (HY2017-18) and comparative interim figures for 2016 (HY 2016-17) do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and have neither been audited nor reviewed by the Group's auditors. The financial information for the year ended 31 March 2017 has been extracted from the statutory accounts for that period which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and which contain an unmodified audit opinion and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The interim financial information has been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies and on a consistent basis with the latest published annual accounts. Those financial statements were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, incorporating International Accounting Standards (IAS's) and Interpretations (collectively IFRS).

 

2.    Business and geographical segments

 

Business Segments

The reporting under IFRS8 requires operating segments to be identified on the basis of internal reports about components of the Group that are regularly reviewed by the chief operating decision maker to allocate resources to the segments and assess their performance.

The information presented is focused on the type of product sold and is consistent with that provided to the Chief Executive. The principal activity of the Group is split into three categories of product and services sold as shown below. No allocation of other income and costs to these categories is made because the Directors consider that any such allocation would be arbitrary, as would be any allocation of assets and liabilities.

Continuing operations HY2017

 

 

Licence Sales

Project Work

Recurring revenues

 

Total

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

 

External sales

 

 

875

1,486

2,507

 

4,868

 

Adjustment for agency basis

 

 

-

-

(119)

 

(119)

 

Reported revenue

 

 

875

1,486

2,388

 

4,749

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment result (gross profit)

 

 

568

253

1,257

 

2,078

 

Other operating costs and income

 

 

 

 

 

(2,641)

 

Investing and financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

(18)

 

(Loss)/profit before tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

(581)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations HY2016

 

 

Licence Sales

Project Work

Recurring revenues

 

Total

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

 

External sales

 

 

1,455

6,212

2,502

 

10,169

 

Adjustment for agency basis

 

 

-

-

(145)

 

(145)

 

Reported revenue

 

 

1,455

6,212

2,357

 

10,024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment result (gross profit)

 

 

916

3,042

1,303

 

5,261

 

Other operating costs and income

 

 

 

 

 

(3,318)

 

Investing and financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

(23)

 

Profit before tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,920

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations FY2016           (year ended 31/3/17)

 

 

Licence Sales

Project Work

Recurring revenues

 

Total

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

 

External sales

 

 

3,716

9,467

4,825

 

18,008

 

Adjustment for agency basis

 

 

-

-

(338)

 

(338)

 

Reported revenue

 

 

3,716

9,467

4,487

 

17,670

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment result (gross profit)

 

 

3,179

4,339

2,346

 

9,864

 

Other operating costs and income

 

 

 

 

 

(5,576)

 

Investing and financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

(45)

 

Profit before tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,243

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geographical Segments

The geographical revenue segment is determined by the domicile of the external customer. Non-current assets are wholly attributable to the Company's country of domicile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September (unaudited)

 

Year ended 31 March (audited)

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

 

£'000

 

United Kingdom

 

 

 

2,050

1,407

 

2,012

 

Europe

 

 

 

1,247

1,897

 

4,021

 

United States of America

 

 

 

905

6,242

 

10,947

 

Others

 

 

 

547

478

 

690

 

 

 

 

 

4,749

10,024

 

17,670

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.    Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September (unaudited)

Year ended 31 March (audited)

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings, being the net (loss)/profit attributable to equity holders of the parent (£'000)

(383)

1,817

3,903

 

 

 

 

Number

Number

Number

Weighted average number of shares in issue

 

 

38,043,632

36,793,918

37,224,250

Weighted average of own shares

 

 

 

(3,399)

(58,505)

(31,132)

Weighted average number of shares for the purpose of basic earnings per share

38,040,233

36,735,413

37,193,118

Effect of dilutive share options

 

 

 

1,626,439

2,197,325

1,767,183

Weighted average number of shares for the purpose of diluted earnings per share*

38,040,233

38,932,738

38,960,301

*The group made a loss for H1 2017. As a result, the potentially dilutive effect of the share options for the period ended 30 September 2017 has not been included in the calculation of the weighted average number of shares for the purpose of diluted earnings per share as the effect is anti-dilutive in that period.

 

4.    Dividends

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 September (unaudited)

 

Year ended 31 March (audited)

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000 

 

£'000

Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2017 of 1.70p (2016: 1.5p)

645

 

 

-

 

Final dividend for the year ended 31 March 2016 of 1.50p (2015: 0.56p)

 

574

 

574

 

Interim dividend for the year ended 31 March 2017 of 0.55p (31 March 2016: 0.50p)

 

 

 

 

206

 

 

 

 

 

645

574

 

780

 

An interim dividend of 0.625p per share will be paid on 11th January 2018 to Members on the Register as at 8th December 2017. The shares will become ex-dividend on 7th December 2017.


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