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Interim Results

Released 07:00 05-Sep-2017

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Lighthouse Group PLC
05 September 2017
 

 

 

The information communicated in this announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014

 

Press Release

5 September 2017

Lighthouse Group plc

("Lighthouse" or "the Group")

Interim Results

 

Lighthouse Group plc (AIM: LGT) today announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2017.

 

Highlights

Revenues for the six months to 30 June 2017 increased by 8 per cent. to £25.67 million (H1 2016: £23.78 million);

Average annualised revenue production per adviser increased by 22 per cent. to £117,000 (H1 2016: £96,000);

Operating expenses reduced by £405,000 to £5.73 million (H1 2016: £6.13 million);

EBITDA* increased 26 per cent. to £1.27 million (H1 2016: £1.01 million);

Pre-tax profits increased by £296,000 (36 per cent.) to £1.13 million (H1 2016: £829,000);

Basic earnings per share increased by 35 per cent. to 0.88 pence per share (H1 2016: 0.65 pence per share);

Net cash balances £8.1 million (31 December 2016: £8.1 million);

Interim dividend declared of 0.12 pence per share, an increase of 33 per cent. (H1 2016: 0.09 pence per share); and

Affinity contracts renewed with Usdaw and Prospect trades unions and new contracts agreed with the Money Advice Service and the Social Workers Union.

*Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation

Commenting on the results, Richard Last, Chairman of Lighthouse Group plc, said:

"The unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2017 emphasise the further progression of the Group's activities and the focus on sustainable operational efficiency, with EBITDA for the six months increasing by 26 per cent. to £1.27 million. Continued progress in developing proprietary financial products for both the individual and corporate markets is expected to contribute to future growth in profits."

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Lighthouse Group plc

 

Richard Last, Chairman

Malcolm Streatfield, Chief Executive

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7065 5640

 

Peter Smith, Finance Director

 

 

investorenquiries@lighthousefs.uk

 

www.lighthousegroup.plc.uk

 

finnCap Limited

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 0500

(Nominated Adviser to the Company)

 

Adrian Hargrave

 

Emily Watts

Hannah Boros

 

 

Media enquiries:

 

IFC Advisory Limited

 

Graham Herring

Tim Metcalfe

Heather Armstrong

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3053 8671

heather.armstrong@investor-focus.co.uk

www.investor-focus.co.uk

 

 

 

Chairman's statement for the six months ended 30 June 2017

Trading highlights   

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

6 months to 30 June 2017

6 months to 30 June 2016

 

 

 

Revenue

£25.67 million

£23.78 million

Gross profit

£6.99 million

£7.14 million

Operating costs

£5.73 million

£6.13 million

EBITDA *

£1.27 million

£1.01 million

Profit before taxation

£1.13 million

£829,000

Earnings per share (basic)

0.88p

0.65p

Earnings per share (diluted)

0.83p

0.63p

 

* Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation.

 

Financial performance

I am pleased to report that Lighthouse has continued to make good progress in the six months to 30 June 2017.  Revenues increased by £1.89 million or 8 per cent. to £25.67 million driven by further income generation from our affinity relationships (revenues in the period up £0.98 million or 29 per cent. to £4.32 million from the £3.34 million achieved in the comparable period in 2016) and continuing demand in the area of pension advice. Average annualised revenue production per adviser increased by £21,000 or 22 per cent. to £117,000 from £96,000 in the first half of 2016.

 

Recurring revenue accounted for 49 per cent. of all Group revenue derived from customers and amounted to £11.83 million (including on-going fees of £8.4 million) in the period to 30 June 2017 (2016: 44 per cent., being £9.79 million and including on-going fees of £6.46 million). The increase in recurring revenue was broadly in line with the increase in total Group revenues, reflecting the higher activity levels achieved in the period.

 

Gross margin was lower at 27 per cent. in comparison with 30 per cent. in the comparator period in 2016 as a result of the higher introducer payments from the increase in affinity-sourced business, along with refunds from the FCA re prior year charges repaid to advisers (which resulted in lower operating costs with no overall profit impact). Gross margin reduced marginally in financial terms to £6.99 million from £7.14 million in 2016.

 

Operating costs reduced by £0.4 million to £5.73 million in comparison with £6.13 million in 2016, reflecting the Group's on-going focus on improving operational and cost efficiency.

 

EBITDA for the period amounted to £1.27 million, an increase of £258,000 or 26 per cent. from the £1.01 million recorded in the comparative period in 2016. This arose principally as a result of positive trading assisted by reductions in operating costs. The Group invested and expensed £400,000 in the period in the development of its asset management business, pension products and mortgage and protection offerings (2016: £434,000). 

 

After deduction of depreciation, amortisation and net finance costs, the Group recorded a profit before and after taxation of £1.13 million (2016: £829,000), with basic earnings per ordinary share of 0.88 pence (2016: 0.65 pence).

 

Financial position and cash flow

The Group continues to maintain a strong balance sheet with net cash reserves amounting to £8.1 million at 30 June 2017 (31 December 2016: £8.1 million, 30 June 2016: £7.5 million). Legacy matters continued to run-off in line with expectations with £709,000 paid out in the period. It is pleasing to note that, as previously reported, the financial restrictions previously imposed by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") have now been lifted.

 

Business relationships and developments

Affinity relationships continue to be an important component of the Group's operations, particularly in Lighthouse Financial Advice (our national division). The gross revenues derived from such sources noted under "Financial performance" above included new business revenues of £2.6 million, an increase of £0.8 million over the £1.8 million recorded in the six months to 30 June 2017. This increase was largely driven by the demand for pensions advice from affinity partner members. Total revenues from affinity sources amounted to 18 per cent. of revenues generated from customers by the Group in the half year (2016: 14 per cent.).

 

The Group continues to maintain its affinity relationships with contracts with Usdaw and the Prospect trades unions being renewed for three years and twelve months from 1 February 2017 and 1 September 2017 respectively and a new contract signed with the Social Workers Union for an initial eighteen-month period on 29 August 2017. The Group was also appointed as the preferred financial adviser to staff at the Money Advice Service for an initial twelve-month period from March 2017. The Group now has 19 contracted affinity agreements with organisations representing more than 6 million members.

 

Lighthouse Financial Advice ("LFA"), the Group's National advisory division servicing affinity-based clients, maintained the progress made in recent periods with gross revenues increasing by £1.54m or 22 per cent. to £8.51 million from £6.97 million with a similar percentage increase in contribution to Group profits.

 

The Group's Wealth Advisory division, comprising LighthouseCarrwood (employed advisers working with accountancy connections) and LighthouseWealth (self-employed advisers) saw revenues grow by £0.49m or 12 per cent. to £4.66 million in the period to 30 June 2017. The division continues to deliver valued and independent advice to high net worth clients.

 

The Group continues to support its Network members in developing client relationships whilst focusing on improved customer outcomes and risk minimisation. The Network accounted for £10.95 million of Group revenue in the first half of 2017 (2016: £11.11 million).

 

The Group's asset management business, Luceo Asset Management, launched in September 2016, developed further in the period, with assets under management having increased from £5 million at 31 December 2016 to £20 million as at 30 June 2017. Gross investment flows from the actively managed fund of fund products (managed by Octopus Investments) remain healthy, bolstered by the addition in February 2017 of two further funds matched to different risk profiles.

 

The Group expects to announce the launch of a new product area for the Luceo range addressing the needs of customers looking for a cost-effective passive proposition in the near future that should augment further the regular investment flows.

 

The Group has staged c400 auto-enrolment compliant workplace pension schemes for corporate clients and continues to satisfy demand through the Corporate Pensions Trust, incorporating its proprietary product offering the Lighthouse Pensions Trust ("LPT"). The Corporate Pensions Trust was listed by the Pensions Regulator as an Approved Master Trust auto-enrolment solution in May 2017. This will assist distribution of the LPT, with some 600,000 businesses still to establish an appropriate workplace pension scheme over the period to mid-2018. 

 

Dividends

The Board is pleased to announce an interim dividend of 0.12 pence per ordinary share (2016: 0.09 pence) which will be payable on 10 October 2017 to shareholders on the register as at 15 September 2017. The Group's ordinary shares will go ex-dividend on 14 September 2017.

 

General economic background

The combination of an impending Brexit, political uncertainties at home, in Europe and wider afield make for testing times for stock markets. However, the legislation enacted in recent years to provide UK individuals with significantly increased access to their accumulated pension funds has continued to provide substantial opportunities for the Group and its advisers to engage with and advise customers.

 

Regulatory developments

The scope and number of regulatory developments continue to increase across the entire spectrum of the financial advice market in the UK, with MiFID II, GDPR and the extension of the Senior Persons Regime high on the agenda for the next twelve months. The Board is satisfied that the Group is well placed to deal with the various requirements introduced by the aforementioned reviews and regulations.

 

Strategy and Outlook

The Group remains positive as to achieving its market estimate for the full year and continues with its strategy of developing its own proprietary product offerings in the asset management and workplace solutions markets whilst at the same time focusing on opportunities that provide higher margins. The Group will continue to seek operational efficiencies across its businesses.

 

 

 

Richard Last

Chairman

 

4 September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse Group plc

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse Group plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2017

 

 

 

Share capital

Special non- distributable reserve

Reserves arising from share based payments

Retained earnings

Total attributable to equity shareholders

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

1,277

1,999

1,102

4,586

8,964

 

Total recognised income and expense for the period

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

1,125

 

 

 

 

 

1,125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

-

-

-

(230)

(230)

Share-based payment

-

-

39

-

39

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2017

1,277

1,999

1,141

5,481

9,898

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2016

1,277

1,999

1,023

2,262

6,561

 

Total recognised income and expense for the period

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

829

 

 

 

 

829

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

(204)

 

(204)

 

Share-based payment

 

 

-

 

-

 

39

 

-

 

39

At 30 June 2016

1,277

1,999

1,062

2,887

7,225

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lighthouse Group plc

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

at 30 June 2017

 

 

The interim financial information was approved by the Board of Directors on 4 September 2017 and was signed on its behalf by

 

Malcolm Streatfield                                                                                                    

Chief Executive                                                                                                       

 

Peter Smith

Finance Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse Group plc

Consolidated statement of cash flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2017

 

 

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2017

Unaudited 6 months ended 30 June 2016

Audited year ended 31 December 2016

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit before tax for the period

1,125

829

1,893

 

 

 

 

Adjustments to reconcile profit for the period to net cash outflows from operating activities

 

 

 

Finance revenues

(1)

(6)

(11)

Finance costs

7

20

27

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

77

84

157

Amortisation of intangible assets

60

84

142

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

(1)

-

Share-based payments

39

39

79

Change in trade and other receivables

725

1,651

4,262

Change in trade and other payables

(907)

(344)

(1,361)

Change in provisions

(848)

(2,488)

(4,493)

Cash generated/(absorbed) by operations

277

(132)

695

Finance costs paid

(7)

(20)

(27)

Net cash inflow/(outflow) from operating activities

270

(152)

668

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(17)

 

(86)

 

(126)

Purchase of intangible assets               

-

(14)

(88)

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

1

-

Finance revenues received

1

6

11

Net cash outflow from investing activities

(16)

(93)

(203)

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Bank loan

Dividends paid to equity shareholders

(17)

(230)

(17)

(204)

(34)

(319)

Net cash outflow from financing activities

(247)

(221)

(353)

 

 

 

 

Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

7

(466)

112

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

8,501

 

8,389

 

8,389

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

8,508

7,923

8,501

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse Group plc

Notes to the financial information

for the six months ended 30 June 2017

 

1.   The interim financial information, which comprises the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, consolidated statement of changes in equity, consolidated statement of financial position and consolidated statement of cash flows and the related explanatory notes has been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the Group accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016. It is unaudited but has been reviewed by the auditor.

 

This information does not constitute statutory accounts for the purpose of section 435 of the Companies Act 2006.  A copy of the statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016, prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards, as adopted for use in the European Union, has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and contained an unqualified auditors' report.

 

2.   The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to equity shareholders of the parent company is based on the following data:

 

 

Unaudited

6 months ended 30 June 2017

Unaudited

6 months ended 30 June 2016

Audited

Year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings for the purposes of basic and dilutive earnings per share (£'000)

 

 

 

1,125

 

 

 

 

829

 

 

 

2,643

 

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

 

 

 

127,700,298

 

 

 

 

127,700,298

 

 

 

127,700,298

 

Effect of the dilutive potential on ordinary shares: Share options

 

 

7,258,833

 

 

2,911,021

 

 

6,131,391

 

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

 

 

 

134,959,131

 

 

 

 

130,611,319

 

 

 

133,831,689

 

As at 30 June 2017 there were 548,936 (30 June 2016: 660,594; 31 December 2016: 610,594) options that existed which could potentially dilute basic earnings per share in the future, but were regarded as being anti-dilutive and therefore were not included in the calculation of dilutive shares, as their exercise price was higher than the average mid-market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the period.

 

3    A copy of the Interim Statement is being sent to all shareholders and copies are available for collection indefinitely from the Group's Head Office (address: Lighthouse Group plc, 26 Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N 2AN) or at the Group's website (www.lighthousegroup.plc.uk).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO LIGHTHOUSE GROUP PLC

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly report for the six months ended 30 June 2017 which comprises the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated statement of financial position and the consolidated statement of cash flows and the related explanatory notes. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with the terms of our engagement. Our review has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in this report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have reached.

 

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly report in accordance with the AIM Rules.

 

As disclosed in note 1, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly report has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU.

 

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly report based on our review.

 

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the UK. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly report for the six months ended 30 June 2017 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the recognition and measurement requirements of IFRSs as adopted by the EU and the AIM Rules.

 

 

Ravi Lamba

for and on behalf of KPMG LLP
Chartered Accountants
15 Canada Square

London

E14 5GL

 

4 September 2017


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