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First Derivatives PLC  -  FDP   

Preliminary results for the year ended 28 Feb 2018

Released 07:00 22-May-2018

RNS Number : 8036O
First Derivatives PLC
22 May 2018
 

22 May 2018

First Derivatives plc

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

Preliminary results for the year ended 28 February 2018

FD (AIM:FDP.L, ESM:FDP.I) today announces its results for the year ended 28 February 2018. 

Financial Highlights

Revenue £186.0m (2017: £151.7m)

+23%

Adjusted EBITDA* £34.1m (2017: £28.8m)

+19%

Profit before tax £12.1m (2017: £12.5m)

-3%

Adjusted** profit after tax £19.5m (2017: £16.1m)

+21%

Adjusted** fully diluted EPS 72.2p (2017: 61.3p)

+18%

Full year dividend 24.0p per share (2017: 20.0p)

+20%

Net debt £16.2m (2017: £13.5m)

 

*Adjusted for share-based payments and acquisition costs

**Adjusted for amortisation of acquired intangibles, share-based payments, acquisition costs, foreign currency translation effect, share of loss of associate and exceptional taxation

 

Business Highlights

-     Strong growth in software revenue, up 27% as a result of new contract wins and continued penetration of the existing customer base

-     Strategic progression in our managed services and consulting activities resulting in revenue growth of 17%

-     The implementation and ongoing support of a third-party system for a New York-based bank, representing one of the largest contracts in our history

-     FinTech revenue up 22% to £142.9m (2017: £117.4m), driven by growth in recurring software revenue and an expansion of services provided to clients

-     MarTech revenue up 24% to £38.2m (2017: £30.7m), driven by growth in subscriptions for our Marketing Cloud platform, powered by our Kx technology

-     High-profile client wins including a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, a FTSE 100 gaming company and Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing, leading to inbound interest across a range of markets

-     Continued investment across the Group, including machine learning and AI initiatives, to further penetrate our addressable market in software

-     Boosted capabilities in telco, a key target market, through the acquisition of Telconomics

-     Positive start to the current financial year, with a healthy pipeline of new business opportunities.

 

 Seamus Keating, Chairman of FD, commented: "This has been another year where we have combined organic growth with selective investment in the business to realise the enormous market opportunity available to First Derivatives. Prompted by strong demand from our clients, we have continued to penetrate our markets enabling us to deliver our 21st consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth.

 

Our ability to capitalise on the investments we have made and the scale of our addressable software market provides us the potential for continued strong growth in future years. While we will continue to invest to stay at the forefront of our field, much has already been done to support our ambitious plans and our current structure is sufficient to achieve significant growth. Recognising that success always requires focus and effort, we nevertheless look to the future with confidence."

 

For further information, please contact:

First Derivatives plc

Brian Conlon, Chief Executive Officer

Graham Ferguson, Chief Financial Officer

Ian Mitchell, Head of Investor Relations

+44(0)28 3025 2242

www.firstderivatives.com

 

 

Investec Bank plc

(Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Andrew Pinder

Carlton Nelson

Sebastian Lawrence

+44 (0)20 7597 5970

 

 

Goodbody (ESM Adviser and Broker)

Linda Hickey

Finbarr Griffin

+353 (0)1 667 0420

 

 

FTI Consulting

Matt Dixon

Dwight Burden

Darius Alexander

Niamh Fogarty

+44 (0)20 3727 1000

 

 

About FD

FD is a global technology provider with 20 years of experience working with some of the world's largest finance, technology, retail, pharma, manufacturing and energy institutions. The Group's Kx technology, incorporating the kdb+ time-series database, is a leader in high-performance, in-memory computing, streaming analytics and operational intelligence. Kx delivers the best possible performance and flexibility for high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications across multiple industries. FD operates from 14 offices across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, including its headquarters in Newry, and employs more than 2,200 people worldwide.

 

For further information, please visit www.firstderivatives.com and www.kx.com 

 

  

Chief Executive's Review

 

This year has seen exciting progress in our ambitious growth plans, with important new contract wins across all our markets, the strengthening of our technology lead and an expansion of our routes to market. Revenue increased by 23% to £186.0m and, following our investment to target new opportunities, adjusted EBITDA increased by 19% to £34.1m.

 

Our software revenue grew by 27% with the highlight being our continued progress in penetrating our vast addressable market. In FinTech, revenue was up 22% as our strong market presence translated into further market share gains. In MarTech, increasing awareness of the high return on investment that our solutions deliver, combined with the release of additional functionality, drove revenue growth of 24%. In other markets we remain in 'launch mode' with revenue growth of 41% representing a scratch on the surface of the market opportunity.

 

We reported our 21st consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth in managed services and consulting. This was achieved despite a reallocation of some resource to deliver implementations in our software division and underlines the strong demand for our services, which was reflected in our decision to accelerate graduate recruitment during the year, up by 94% to 390 people.

 

The combination of our technology lead and large addressable market fuels our confidence in the outlook for FD and the associated continuing investment to unlock this potential. While the technology landscape continues to evolve rapidly, our core strength of ultra-high performance data analytics is an important enabler in areas such as machine learning, industrial IoT and blockchain. Our technology is applicable all the way from the chip, to the edge, to the Cloud and, as data volumes and velocity trend higher and faster, we are excited by the potential to enable the next generation of analytics.

 

Software

Our proprietary Kx technology leads the market in its ability to capture and analyse vast quantities of data, both real-time and historic. Kx comprises the kdb+ database, with its highly-efficient 500kb footprint, and an enterprise layer providing vital functions such as control and visualisation. Together they provide a platform that enables organisations to meet the most demanding data challenges they face, with an efficient design ensuring it can run on a fraction of the hardware required by competing solutions.  These core capabilities, along with the capacity to operate on the chip, edge or cloud delivers a compelling solution for our clients.  This was evidenced in the year with our software being deployed for edge computing to public environments such as AWS, Azure and the Google cloud.

 

Our efficiency also extends to internal development. Since our solutions are based on a common technology platform, we run single R&D and support teams, providing significant economies of scale and reduced development time for new products.

 

These technology and commercial advantages are being increasingly recognised across industries and creating significant opportunities for the Group. Clients have flexibility to develop bespoke analytics for their particular requirements or can implement applications developed by ourselves or a growing number of OEM partners who use their own domain expertise to provide solutions targeting a particular market.

 

The market opportunity for our platform and applications is enormous. During the year, working with industry analysts Gartner, we assessed its value, based on annual licenses alone, at least $63 billion in 2018 rising to $83 billion in 2020. The market for professional services associated with these licenses was estimated at a further $23bn for 2018.

 

We continued to expand our routes to market during the year, in line with our strategy, to help address this opportunity. In addition to direct sales, we offer our software through OEM partners such as Thomson Reuters and via revenue share agreements with companies that have specific domain expertise. We signed agreements with companies such as Quantile, Cobalt, Rx Data Science Inc., AuditComply and Brainwave Bank that entitle us to a share of their revenue in return for the use of Kx to power their solutions. We continue, in conjunction with our strategic financial partners such as the Business Growth Fund (BGF), to identify and work with companies that wish to use Kx to disrupt markets and have a pipeline of exciting opportunities.

 

FinTech

Revenue from our most mature market, FinTech, increased by 22% to £142.9m. A key driver of growth in FinTech is the imperative for our clients, particularly investment banks, to maximise the value of the data they generate. As a result of our technology's ability to meet this challenge, we are increasingly involved in strategic discussions in which our Kx platform is an enabling technology to achieve desired benefits.

 

The platform not only provides world leading data analytics capability, but also manages the ingestion, cleansing and normalising of vast quantities of market, reference and client data, removing manual effort and improving accuracy and data accessibility.

 

Once implemented, we are able to provide a further range of applications that use Kx to help our clients achieve regulatory compliance and deliver operational efficiencies. An example is our surveillance solution, which continues to win market share driven by its cross-asset capabilities, out-of-the-box alerts, flexible configuration and real-time operation. Regulation, including MiFID II, continues to drive contract wins, with planning for the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) and Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) requirements, among others, driving demand for our applications.

 

Our liquidity management platform also delivered good growth during the year and has a strong pipeline of opportunities, with its comprehensive analytics capability complementing an efficient trading platform.

 

Overall, we continue to develop our solutions within FinTech and see strong growth potential from machine learning, with many of our existing clients initiating discussions around the capability of our technology to improve the efficiency of their business.

 

MarTech

Revenue from MarTech increased by 24% to £38.2m. In this market we leverage the power of Kx to deliver a full B2B account-based marketing platform, with an emphasis on predictive analytics using intent data from internet search. In other words, we help our clients predict and convert their next customer using a range and depth of data that is so vast other technologies cannot compete. The return on investment for our clients is compelling and, despite its short history, we are seeing impressive growth in the platform's subscription revenue.

 

We continue to develop this platform, branded as MRP Prelytix, particularly to increase its intuitiveness and ability to integrate into a wide range of our clients' systems. During the year we launched an upgraded version of the platform, which has been well received and resulted in an acceleration of growth in the second half of our financial year with good momentum in the current financial year.

 

 While to date the majority of our MarTech clients have been technology companies, MRP Prelytix is applicable to a wide range of industries and we are actively promoting it into new areas. For example, we have signed significant deals with companies operating in the banking, financial services, healthcare, food services and industrial markets.

 

Looking forward we aim to increase both the functionality and ease of use of our platform to increase its applicability to businesses of all sizes and industries. We believe the macro trends in marketing are playing to our strengths, particularly the desire among organisations to roll out systems across their operations, which our global footprint enables us to achieve. MarTech represents a large addressable market in which we are clearly differentiated.

 

Other Markets

While FinTech and MarTech are the markets in which we have achieved the greatest commercial progress to date, a key element of our strategy is to establish Kx in other markets which are challenged by data volumes and velocity. During the year, revenue from these other markets increased by 41% to £5.0m, representing encouraging initial traction across a range of high-value opportunities. In particular:

 

·   Sensor analytics - we secured an important contract win with a Fortune 500 engineering solutions company for the use of Kx as the high-performance data historian and analytics engine in the client's fault detection product range. Initial implementations, which started after the year-end and have progressed well, should contribute to our growth in the current year. This is a high-value contract where Kx's superior analytics performance, handling millions of sensor readings per second, enabled us to displace the incumbent solution.

·   Automotive - we announced that Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing had selected Kx for analytics on data from its Formula 1 cars. This reinforces the cutting-edge performance of Kx for sensor analytics within automotive, where a wider opportunity to provide analytics for mass produced cars represents a target for the Group.

·   Gaming - we announced a contract win with a FTSE 100 gaming company for the use of Kx to provide data analytics for its operations.

 

These contract wins with high profile companies are helping to establish our presence in these new target markets. Each of them has led to further inbound interest in our capabilities, helping to boost our pipeline and giving us confidence in the outlook for our software business in these markets.

 

A further key target market is telco, where we consider Kx to be ideally suited to providing operational intelligence. To boost our presence in this market we acquired Telconomics in December 2017, which provides several software products in areas including network development strategy, network planning and network optimisation.

 

We are also exploring a number of cutting-edge technology themes that have the potential to produce significant commercial returns. These include blockchain, where Kx is embedded in solutions provided by Cobalt DL as it seeks to reduce post-trade risk and cost for financial market participants; dynamic pricing, where Kx can analyse multiple variables in real-time to maximise revenue for gaming companies; and machine learning, where we are involved in a number of projects where Kx is being evaluated as a core element of potential solutions.

 

Research and development

We have made significant progress in both the performance and the capabilities of our technology stack over the past year, protecting our technology lead and expanding the use of our platform. In particular we:

 

·   Released new versions of our kdb+ database and enterprise platform, which set new benchmarks as measured by the Securities Technology Analysis Center, an independent body. We currently hold 34 of the 41 STAC benchmarks, reinforcing our credentials as the world's best performing time-series database.

·   Announced a range of measures to put machine learning capabilities at the heart of our platform, in response to customer demand, including improving access to the power of kdb+ for Python programmers.

·   Released, after the year end, an on-demand service for our software for use on-premises as well as in the Cloud. We also announced that the latest version of Kx supports rapid access to unstructured data, broadening our addressable market.

 

In addition to technical enhancements we have developed our platform to ensure it is optimised for certain use cases such as sensor data analytics and developed analytics which are applicable to a number of the new markets we are targeting. This development work represents a significant element of our ongoing investment to target opportunities in new markets.

 

Managed Services and Consulting

Our managed services and consulting activities delivered another solid performance, with growth accelerating through the year as a result of our increased recruitment and training efforts. Our activities focus on the support of mission-critical systems within banks, ranging from those developed by our clients in-house to those supplied by a range of third parties such as Murex and Calypso. We have more than 20 years of experience working with these systems, which has enabled us to gain deep insights into our clients' systems and respond rapidly to changing themes and priorities.

 

Revenue increased by 17% to £74.1m, driven by growth in the U.S. and Europe as our clients sought our assistance with digital transformation projects, complementing our core support activities. Our increasing scale enables us to present teams of diverse experience levels across the landscape of business and technology and to widen the range of services we provide. In particular, over the past year we have successfully introduced proprietary methodologies for testing and migration, which are key areas for banks as they seek to modernise their IT architecture.

 

A key focus for the Group in recent years has been assisting our clients with their regulatory compliance initiatives. This has now broadened into wider conversations about data governance, involving systems spanning operations, legal and compliance within banks. FD is able to assist through both consulting and software solutions around data quality, streamlined processing and global standardisation of processes.

 

The quality of our relationships with major banks and the increasingly strategic nature of our engagements is encouraging for future growth prospects. We continue to grow the proportion of our revenues that are performed remotely, from our near-shore centres and particularly our headquarters in Newry.

 

A selection of our new contract wins during the year included:

 

·   The implementation and support of a third-party system for a New York-based bank, representing one of the largest contracts in our history.

·   A major upgrade to a third-party system deployed in the U.S. by a European financial institution.

·   The development, implementation and support of robotic process automation (RPA) software for a major client, delivering significant operational efficiencies through the elimination of manual processes.

 

Our reputation for delivery and client satisfaction, coupled with the repeat nature of the majority of our support engagements with clients, provides a solid revenue base in managed services and consulting. Our growth is driven by our increasing scale and the growing breadth of our capabilities, as referenced in the contract wins above.

 

Management and Personnel

The Group now employs more than 2,200 people, up from over 1,750 at the same time last year. FD is a dynamic organisation, providing high quality training and development and offering opportunities for rapid career development in some of the most exciting technology markets in the world. As a result, roles within the Group are in high demand and we enjoy strong retention rates.

 

Our record growth in graduate recruitment is a statement of confidence both in the talent we are able to attract and our growth prospects. We operate a comprehensive training programme for our graduates spanning data science and capital markets, which differentiates us from our competitors and provides the flexibility to direct our people to those areas where they can generate the most value for the Group.

 

During the year we won two awards, namely Company of the Year at the UK Tech Awards and FinTech Company of the Year at the QCA Awards. In large part this was recognition of the efforts of our staff and I would like to thank all FD employees for the contribution they have made to our success through their hard work, talent and flexibility.

 

Current Trading and Outlook

The new financial year has started well, with a healthy pipeline of new business opportunities and strong demand generated by our increasing strategic importance to clients. In particular, we continue to capitalise on the investments we have made in recent years in R&D, sales and marketing and expanding our channels to market. The scale of our addressable markets in FinTech, MarTech and elsewhere for our Kx technology provides the potential for the Group to continue growing strongly.

 

Our solid base of repeat and recurring revenue coupled with the strength of our pipeline provides confidence in our outlook and we remain confident that we are on track to deliver further for shareholders.

 

 

Brian Conlon                                                                                                                                                      21 May 2018

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Financial Review

 

Group revenue increased by 23% to £186.0m (2017: £151.7m), which was predominantly organic. An analysis of revenue is provided in the table below.

 

 

2018

2017

Increase

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Group Revenue

186,042

151,697

23%

 

 

 

 

FinTech

142,857

117,449

22%

Managed services and consulting

74,130

63,495

17%

Software:                          Recurring

24,660

20,492

20%

Perpetual licenses

7,016

7,187

-2%

Implementation and support

37,051

26,275

41%

 

 

 

 

MarTech

38,154

30,668

24%

Software:                          Recurring

15,454

10,178

52%

Services

22,700

20,490

11%

 

 

 

 

Other Markets

5,031

3,580

41%

Software:                          Recurring

1,088

855

27%

Perpetual licenses

270

-

-

Implementation and support

3,673

2,725

35%

 

Managed services and consulting revenue increased by 17% to £74.1m and represents 40% of Group revenue (2017: 42%). Software revenue increased by 27% to £111.9m, with recurring software revenue increasing by 31% to £41.2m.

 

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 19% to £34.1m (2017: £28.8m), with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 18% for the period (2017: 19%), a strong performance given the ongoing investment to deliver future growth. We have continued to grow our sales and marketing capability across the Group, in addition to adding domain expertise to assist our move into new markets, building out our software solutions delivery teams and investing in recruitment and training.

 

The Group continued to invest in R&D to maintain its technology lead, albeit with a greater proportion of spend amortised such that the net benefit to the profit and loss fell during the period, as detailed in the table below.

 

 

2018

2017

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Capitalisation of R&D costs

7,486

7,085

Amortisation of R&D

(6,214)

(4,944)

Net capitalisation

1,272

2,141

Proportion of software revenue

1%

2%

 

The adjusted profit after tax for the year of £19.5m (2017: £16.1m) represented growth of 21%. The Group's effective tax rate was 16% (2017: 28%), the reduction being predominantly attributable to a tax credit of £1,431k as a result of the revaluation of our U.S. deferred tax balances following the U.S. tax reforms. The adjusted tax rate was 20% (2017: 23%) with the decrease resulting from the reduction in the U.K. main rate of corporation tax and an increase in expenses deductible in the U.S. for tax purposes.

 

The fully diluted average number of shares in issue increased to 27.0m (2017: 26.2m). This resulted in adjusted fully diluted earnings per share of 72.2p, representing growth of 18% for the year (2017: 61.3p).

 

The calculation of adjusted profit after tax is detailed below.

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

Reported profit after tax

10,208

 

9,012

 

 

 

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

4,684

 

4,759

Share-based payment and related costs

2,710

 

2,056

Acquisition costs and changes in contingent purchase consideration

 

3,570

 

 

2,953

Loss/(gain) on foreign currency translation

1,386

 

(1,475)

Share of loss of associate

70

 

24

Tax effect of the above and U.S. tax reform

(3,123)

 

(1,252)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted profit after tax

19,505

 

16,077

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (diluted)

27.0m

 

26.2m

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EPS (fully diluted)

72.2p

 

61.3p

 

The Group generated £25.3m of cash from operating activities before taxation payments (2017: £30.3m), representing a 74% conversion of adjusted EBITDA (2017: 105%). The factors affecting conversion include the impact of strong trade debtor conversion at the end of the prior year and increased working capital absorption in line with the strong revenue growth in the second half of the year. 

 

The Board has recommended payment of a final dividend of 17.00p per share (2017: 14.00p per share) which, together with the interim dividend of 7.00p per share paid in December 2017, gives a total dividend for the year of 24.00p per share, an increase of 20% compared to the prior year. The final dividend, if approved at the AGM on 27 June 2018, will be paid on 20 July 2018 to those shareholders on the register on 22 June 2018.

 

Total assets at 28 February 2018 were £254.6m compared to £253.2m at 28 February 2017.

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Year ended 28 February 2018

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

186,042

 

151,697

Cost of sales

 

(134,402)

 

(110,121)

Gross profit

 

51,640

 

41,576

 

 

 

 

 

Other income

 

1,382

 

2,148

Administrative expenses

 

(38,320)

 

(31,485)

Operating profit

 

14,702

 

12,239

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition costs and changes in contingent purchase consideration

 

 

 

3,570

 

 

 

2,953

Share-based payment and related costs

 

2,710

 

2,056

Depreciation and amortisation

5 & 6

8,460

 

6,750

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

6

4,684

 

4,759

Adjusted EBITDA

 

34,126

 

28,757

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

1

 

1

Finance expense

 

(1,150)

 

(1,193)

(Loss)/gain on foreign currency translation

 

(1,386)

 

1,475

Net finance (costs)/income

 

(2,535)

 

283

 

 

 

 

 

Share of loss of associate using the equity method, net of tax

 

(70)

 

(24)

Profit before taxation

 

12,097

 

12,498

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense 

 

(1,889)

 

(3,486)

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

10,208

 

9,012

 

 

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

10,208

 

9,012

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Items that will or may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Net exchange (loss)/gain on net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

(16,779)

 

10,836

Net gain/(loss) on hedge of net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

1,570

 

(2,871)

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax

 

(15,209)

 

7,965

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

(5,001)

 

 

16,977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

Pence

 

Pence

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

4a

40.4

 

36.7

Diluted

4a

37.8

 

34.4

 

All profits are attributable to the owners of the Company and relate to continuing activities.

 

 

 

 

Consolidated balance sheet

As at 28 February 2018

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

5

7,714

 

6,628

Intangible assets and goodwill

6

149,744

 

163,391

Trade and other receivables

 

6,594

 

3,630

Investments in equity - associated investees

 

2,631

 

1,548

Other financial assets

 

3,433

 

3,121

Deferred tax asset

 

18,353

 

14,859

Non-current assets

 

188,469

 

193,177

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

53,718

 

43,738

Cash and cash equivalents

 

12,365

 

16,250

Current assets

 

66,083

 

59,988

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

254,552

 

253,165

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

128

 

124

Share premium

 

81,286

 

72,275

Share option reserve

 

14,341

 

10,225

Currency translation adjustment reserve

 

(6,874)

 

8,335

Retained earnings

 

49,218

 

40,772

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

 

138,099

 

131,731

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

25,205

 

26,357

Trade and other payables

 

32,127

 

35,114

Deferred tax liabilities

 

9,811

 

12,932

Contingent deferred consideration

 

-

 

3,169

Non-current liabilities

 

67,143

 

77,572

 

 

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

3,346

 

3,404

Trade and other payables

 

34,070

 

33,681

Current tax payable

 

1,195

 

426

Employee benefits

 

5,011

 

5,492

Contingent deferred consideration

 

5,688

 

859

Current liabilities

 

49,310

 

43,862

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

116,453

 

121,434

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

254,552

 

253,165

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

Year ended 28 February 2018

 

 

Share capital

 

 

£'000

Share premium

 

£'000

Share option reserve
 

£'000

Currency translation adjustment

£'000

Retained earnings

 

£'000

Total equity

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2017

124

72,275

10,225

8,335

40,772

131,731

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

10,208

10,208

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net exchange loss on net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(16,779)

 

-

 

(16,779)

Net exchange gain on hedge of net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,570

 

-

 

1,570

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

(15,209)

10,208

(5,001)

Transactions with owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax relating to share options

-

-

3,910

-

-

3,910

Exercise of share options

4

8,542

(1,427)

-

-

7,119

Change in fair value of NCI put

-

-

-

-

3,557

3,557

Issue of shares

-

28

-

-

-

28

Issue of shares as purchase consideration

-

441

-

-

-

441

Share based payment charge

-

-

1,586

-

-

1,586

Transfer on forfeit of share options

-

-

47

-

(47)

-

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(5,272)

(5,272)

Balance at 28 February 2018

128

81,286

14,341

(6,874)

49,218

138,099

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

Year ended 28 February 2017

 

 

Share capital

 

 

£'000

Share premium

 

£'000

Share option reserve
 

£'000

Currency translation adjustment

£'000

Retained earnings

 

£'000

Total equity

 

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2016

120

65,903

7,217

370

39,654

113,264

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

9,012

9,012

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net exchange gain on net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

10,836

 

-

 

10,836

Net exchange loss on hedge of net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(2,871)

 

-

 

(2,871)

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

7,965

9,012

16,977

Transactions with owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax relating to share options

-

-

2,561

-

-

2,561

Exercise of share options

4

5,190

(877)

-

-

4,317

Change in fair value of NCI put

-

-

-

-

(3,504)

(3,504)

Issue of shares

-

57

-

-

-

57

Issue of shares as purchase consideration

-

1,125

-

-

-

1,125

Share based payment charge

-

-

1,334

-

-

1,334

Transfer on forfeit of share options

-

-

(10)

-

10

-

Dividends

-

-

-

-

(4,400)

(4,400)

Balance at 28 February 2017

124

72,275

10,225

8,335

40,772

131,731

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

Year ended 28 February 2018

 

2018

 

2017

 

£'000

 

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Profit for the year

10,208

 

9,012

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Net finance costs/(income)

2,535

 

(283)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

2,246

 

1,806

Amortisation of intangible assets

10,898

 

9,703

Increase in deferred consideration

2,980

 

2,125

Equity settled share-based payment transactions

1,586

 

1,100

Grant income

(1,382)

 

(2,148)

Share of loss of associate

70

 

24

Tax expense

1,889

 

3,486

 

31,030

 

24,825

Changes in:

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

(8,711)

 

(2,536)

Trade and other payables

2,992

 

7,970

Cash generated from operating activities

25,311

 

30,259

 

 

 

 

Taxes paid

(5,733)

 

(6,592)

Net cash from operating activities

19,578

 

23,667

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Interest received

1

 

1

Net increase in loans to other investments

(5,805)

 

-

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

(114)

 

-

Acquisition of other investments and associates

(1,865)

 

(4,269)

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(3,443)

 

(1,800)

Acquisition of intangible assets

(8,246)

 

(7,656)

Deferred consideration paid

(897)

 

(1,275)

Net cash used in investing activities

(20,369)

 

(14,999)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of share capital

7,119

 

4,317

Drawdown of new facility

5,300

 

-

Repayment of borrowings

(3,750)

 

(3,585)

Payment of finance lease liabilities

(62)

 

(58)

Interest paid

(1,143)

 

(1,216)

Dividends paid

(8,310)

 

(7,253)

Net cash used in financing activities

(846)

 

(7,795)

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(1,637)

 

873

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 March

16,250

 

15,100

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash held

(2,248)

 

277

Cash and cash equivalents at 28 February

12,365

 

16,250




Notes

 

1       Basis of preparation

The consolidated financial statements consolidate those of the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group"). 

 

The financial information included in this preliminary announcement does not constitute statutory accounts of the Group for the years ended 28 February 2018 or 28 February 2017, but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2017 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2018 will be delivered following the Company's Annual General Meeting. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their reports were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Both the consolidated financial statements and the Company financial statements have been prepared and approved by the directors in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU ("IFRSs"). 

 

2       Operating segments

 

Business segments

The group has disclosed below certain information on its revenue by geographical location.  Details of total revenue can be found in the statement of comprehensive income.

 

The Group's two revenue streams are separated as follows:

 

·   Consulting activities involves providing services to Capital Markets; and

·   Software activities which includes the licence of intellectual property and related services.

 

Revenue by division

 

2018 

 

2017 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

Managed services and consulting

74,130

 

63,495

Software

111,912

 

88,202

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

186,042

 

151,697

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Geographical location analysis

 

Revenues

 

Non-current assets

 

2018 

 

2017 

 

2018 

 

2017 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

58,054

 

55,821

 

34,783

 

32,155

Rest of Europe

29,824

 

23,413

 

13,340

 

16,620

North America

79,673

 

60,578

 

120,529

 

127,958

Australasia

18,491

 

11,885

 

1,464

 

1,585

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

186,042

 

151,697

 

170,116

 

178,318

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue by industry

 

2018 

 

2017 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

FinTech

142,857

 

117,449

MarTech

38,154

 

30,668

Other

5,031

 

3,580

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

186,042

 

151,697

 

 

 

 

 

3       Dividends

 

2018 

 

2017 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

Final dividend relating to the prior year

3,499

 

2,918

Interim dividend paid

1,773

 

1,482

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,272

 

4,400

 

 

 

 

 

The dividends recorded in each financial year represent the final dividend of the preceding financial year and the interim dividend of the current financial year.

 

The final dividend relating to the prior year amounted to 14.00 (previous year: 12.00) pence per share and the interim dividend paid during the year amounted to 7.00 (previous year: 6.00) pence per share.  The cumulative dividend paid during the year amounted to 21.00 (previous year: 18.00) pence per share.

 

After the respective reporting dates, the following dividends were proposed by the Directors.  The dividends have not been provided for and there are no income tax consequences.

 

2018 

 

2017 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

17.00 pence per ordinary share (2017: 14.00 pence)

4,359

 

3,482

 

 

 

 

 

4       (a)       Earnings per ordinary share

 

Basic

The calculation of basic earnings per share at 28 February 2018 was based on the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of £10,208k (2017: £9,012k), and a weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue of 25,239k (2017: 24,542k).

 

 

2018 

 

2017 

 

Pence per share

 

Pence per

share

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

40.4

 

36.7

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Number '000

 

Number '000

 

 

 

 

Issued ordinary shares at 1 March

24,868

 

24,009

Effect of share options exercised

367

 

513

Effect of shares issued as purchase consideration

3

 

19

Effect of shares issued as remuneration

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares at 28 February

25,239

 

24,542

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

The calculation of diluted earnings per share at 28 February 2018 was based on the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of £10,208k (2017: £9,012k) and a weighted average number of ordinary shares after adjustment for the effects of all dilutive potential ordinary shares of 27,017k (2017: 26,212k).

 

 

2018 

 

2017

 

Pence

per share

 

Pence

per share

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

37.8

 

34.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (diluted)

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Number '000

 

Number '000

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (basic)

25,239

 

24,542

Effect of dilutive share options in issue

1,778

 

1,670

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (diluted) at 28 February

27,017

 

26,212

 

At 28 February 2018 no options (2017: 90,000) were excluded from the diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares calculation as their effect would have been anti-dilutive and 200,000 (2017: 250,000) were excluded as the related conditions had not been satisfied. The average market value of the Group's shares for the purposes of calculating the dilutive effect of share options was based on quoted market prices for the year during which the options were outstanding.

 

4       (b)       Earnings before tax per ordinary share

 

Earnings before tax per share are based on profit before taxation of £12,097k (2017: £12,498k). The number of shares used in this calculation is consistent with note 4(a) above.

 

 

2018 

 

2017

 

Pence per share

 

Pence per share

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings before tax per ordinary share

47.9

 

50.9

Diluted earnings before tax per ordinary share

44.8

 

47.7

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation from earnings per ordinary share to earnings before tax per ordinary share.

 

 

2018

 

2017 

 

Pence per share

 

Pence per share

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

40.4

 

36.7

Impact of taxation charge

7.5

 

14.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings before tax per share

47.9

 

50.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

37.8

 

34.4

Impact of taxation charge

7.0

 

13.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings before tax per share

44.8

 

47.7

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings before tax per share has been presented to facilitate pre-tax comparison returns on comparable investments.

 

4       (c)       Adjusted earnings after tax per ordinary share

 

Adjusted earnings after tax per share are based on an adjusted profit after taxation of £19,505k (2017: £16,077k). The adjusted profit after tax has been calculated by adjusting for the amortisation of acquired intangibles after tax effect £4,266k (2017: £3,955k), share based payment and related charges after tax effect £2,430k (2017: £1,853k), acquisition costs after tax effect £2,852k (2017: £2,412k), share of loss of associate after tax effect £70k (2017: £24k), and for the loss on foreign currency translation after tax effect £1,110k (2017: gain of £1,179k) and the deferred tax credit following the US Tax Reform of £1,431k. The number of shares used in this calculation is consistent with note 4(a) above.

 

 

2018 

 

2017

 

Pence per share

 

Pence per share

 

 

 

 

Adjusted basic earnings after tax per ordinary share

77.3

 

65.5

Adjusted diluted earnings after tax per ordinary share

72.2

 

61.3

 

 

 

 

 

5       Property, plant and equipment

 

 

Leasehold

improvements

£'000

Plant and

equipment

£'000

Office furniture

£'000

Total

 

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2017

2,893

10,582

676

14,151

Additions

819

2,426

198

3,443

Acquired in business combinations

-

6

-

6

Exchange adjustments

(90)

(174)

(5)

(269)

At 28 February 2018

3,622

12,840

869

17,331

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2017

1,239

5,862

422

7,523

Charge for the year

516

1,585

145

2,246

Exchange adjustments

(59)

(90)

(3)

(152)

At 28 February 2018

1,696

7,357

564

9,617

  

 

Leasehold

improvements

£'000

Plant and

equipment

£'000

Office furniture

£'000

Total

 

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2016

2,757

8,288

543

11,588

Additions

19

1,666

115

1,800

Exchange adjustments

117

628

18

763

At 28 February 2017

2,893

10,582

676

14,151

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2016

868

4,099

320

5,287

Charge for the year

299

1,418

89

1,806

Exchange adjustments

72

345

13

430

At 28 February 2017

1,239

5,862

422

7,523

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying amounts

At 1 March 2016

1,889

4,189

223

6,301

At 28 February 2017

1,654

4,720

254

6,628

At 28 February 2018

1,926

5,483

305

7,714

 

6       Intangible assets and goodwill

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

£'000

Customer lists

 

£'000

Acquired

software

 

£'000

Brand name

 

£'000

Internally developed software

 £'000

Total

 

 

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2017

113,436

13,613

28,567

777

43,578

199,971

Development costs

-

-

-

-

7,486

7,486

Additions

-

-

760

-

-

760

Acquired in business combinations

480

44

182

8

-

714

Exchange adjustments

(10,013)

(1,118)

(2,134)

(47)

229

(13,083)

At 28 February 2018

103,903

12,539

27,375

738

51,293

195,848

Amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2017

-

6,008

13,829

463

16,280

36,580

Amortisation for the year

-

1,344

3,269

71

6,214

10,898

Exchange adjustment

-

(569)

(912)

(29)

136

(1,374)

At 28 February 2018

-

6,783

16,186

505

22,630

46,104

 

  

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

£'000

Customer lists

 

£'000

Acquired

Software

 

£'000

Brand name

 

£'000

Internally developed software

 £'000

Total

 

 

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2016

102,603

12,364

24,878

708

35,665

176,218

Development costs

-

-

-

-

7,085

7,085

Additions

-

-

863

-

-

863

Exchange adjustments

10,833

1,249

2,826

69

828

15,805

At 28 February 2017

113,436

13,613

28,567

777

43,578

199,971

Amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2016

-

4,051

9,435

345

11,049

24,880

Amortisation for the year

-

1,475

3,203

81

4,944

9,703

Exchange adjustment

-

482

1,191

37

287

1,997

At 28 February 2017

-

6,008

13,829

463

16,280

36,580

 

Carrying amounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2016

102,603

8,313

15,443

363

24,616

151,338

At 28 February 2017

113,436

7,605

14,738

314

27,298

163,391

At 28 February 2018

103,903

5,756

11,189

233

28,663

149,744

 

7       Report and accounts

 

Copies of the Annual Report will be available as of 12 June 2018 on the Group's website, www.firstderivatives.com and from the Group's headquarters at 3 Canal Quay, Newry, BT35 6BP.

 


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