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Final Results

Released 07:00 05-Feb-2019

RNS Number : 0840P
Amino Technologies PLC
05 February 2019
 

AMINO TECHNOLOGIES PLC

 

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

 

FULL YEAR RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30 NOVEMBER 2018

 

Transformation programme to drive higher quality of earnings

 

Amino, the global provider of media and entertainment technology solutions to network operators, announces audited consolidated results for the year ended 30 November 2018.

 

Financial highlights

 

US$m unless otherwise stated

2018

2017

Change

Revenue

Adjusted gross profit

88.9

96.1

-7%

36.5

42.9

-15%

Adjusted EBITDA

16.8

20.4

-18%

Adjusted profit before tax (1)

 

11.2

15.2

-26%

Adjusted operating cash flow

 

14.1

23.7

-41%

Adjusted basic earnings per share (US cents)(1)

 

14.49

20.75

-30%

 

 

 

 

 

Statutory gross profit

 

38.0

45.2

-16%

Statutory profit before tax

 

8.2

13.3

-38%

Statutory operating cash flow

 

14.3

22.2

-36%

Statutory basic earnings per share (US cents)

 

11.25

21.27

-47%

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash

 

20.3

17.4

17%

Dividend per share (GBP pence)

 

7.32

6.66

10%

           

 

Financial highlights

·      2018 results in line with revised consensus market expectations (2)

·      Resilient performance in challenging market conditions

As previously announced, H2 performance impacted by significant macro-economic headwinds, particularly in OTT TV vendor hardware

·      Cost saving programme delivered annualised proforma overhead savings of $4.4m

·      Continued strong cash generation and increased year end cash balance of $20.3m

Debt-free balance sheet and strong net cash position support dividend policy

·      Recommended dividend up 10%, in line with our previous commitment

Seventh consecutive year of dividend increases

Ongoing commitment to maintain dividend at current levels until at least FY20

 

Transformation programme to drive higher quality of earnings  

·      Acceleration of strategy to focus on software and services and value-add hardware, to support a more resilient business model with improved operating margins and recurring revenue

·      Exit from low margin, commoditised hardware activities expected to reduce anticipated revenues by c20%, and anticipated adjusted operating profit by 10%, in FY19

·      Further management action to deliver cost savings - additional $5.0m annualised reduction in cost base identified

·      Intention to accelerate software and services growth through organic growth and a focused M&A strategy

·      Simplification of product portfolio to deliver more cost-effective products to customers

·      Programme expected to complete by April 2019

 

Operational and strategic progress

·      Strong growth in software and services, up 19%

·      The Group's three long-term growth drivers continue to make progress: IP / Cloud TV Everywhere; Operator Ready Android TV; and Upcycling legacy devices to next generation TV experiences

·      Traction for SaaS Engage platform - annual recurring run-rate revenues up 36%

·      Launch of innovative ODM programme to licence AminoOS software

 

Current trading and outlook

·      Challenging macro-economic headwinds continuing into 2019

·      Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitor ("MLCC") cost increases are showing early signs of slowing

·      Memory prices expected to decline slowly from Q2 2019

·      Operators seeing continued pressure from rising content costs and cord cutting and trimming

·      2019 expectations reduced to reflect exit from low margin, commoditised hardware activities and refocused strategy

 

 

Keith Todd CBE, Non-Executive Chairman, said:

"The Board remains confident in the strength and strategic direction of the Company and has committed to continue its dividend policy for this financial year and maintain this dividend level for at least two years thereafter. The diversity and depth of change in our industry this year has created difficult trading conditions in the short term, however the Company remains well positioned to take advantage of the all IP future, and remains profitable and cash generative.

 

2018 presented Amino with unprecedented macro-economic headwinds which, together with continued industry transformation, impacted our performance.  Amino delivered a resilient performance in this context, with excellent cash generation supporting a net cash position and strong balance sheet.  Swift and decisive management action on cost protected group margins.  Amino continues to make good progress with its three long-term growth priorities: IP / Cloud TV Everywhere, Operator Ready Android TV and Upcycling legacy devices to next generation TV experiences.

 

To support a higher quality of earnings and de-risk the business, we are accelerating our strategy to improve growth in recurring revenues from software and services, reinforce our focus on value-add hardware, and remove our exposure to low margin hardware activities.  This will increase the quality of our earnings and our resilience going forward."

 

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

 

For further information please contact:

 

Amino Technologies PLC

+44 (0)1954 234100

Donald McGarva, Chief Executive Officer

 

Mark Carlisle, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

finnCap Ltd (NOMAD and Broker)

+44 (0)20 7220 0500

Matt Goode / Carl Holmes / Simon Hicks (Corporate Finance)

Tim Redfern / Richard Chambers (ECM)

 

 

 

FTI Consulting LLP (Financial PR)

+44 (0)20 3727 1000

Jamie Ricketts / Alex Le May / Chris Birt

 

 

About Amino Technologies plc

Amino is a global leader in media and entertainment technology solutions and an IPTV pioneer, working with over 250 operators in 100-plus countries. Drawing on more than 20 years' experience delivering IP/cloud innovation, Amino enables operators to meet the challenges they face as broadcast TV and online video moves to an all-IP future with managed over-the-top (OTT) offerings. We are expert in software, hardware and cloud implementation - able to deploy our own leading-edge technologies and integrate these with third-party and 'upcycled' legacy systems. At the forefront of the evolution of TV Everywhere, Amino helps operators to provide the features and functionality modern consumers are looking for in a multiscreen, multi-device entertainment world.

 

Having deployed over 10 million customer premise devices and the software necessary to link the back end to the user interface, we understand the issues operators face. We partner with operators to deliver end-to-end, operator-ready solutions that enable next-generation customer experiences. We 'upcycle' existing infrastructure to support more advanced services and integrate seamlessly with new technologies to form a unified ecosystem. The result is a fresh consumer offering based on a consistent user experience across all screens, building brand reputation, stemming churn, growing subscribers and increasing average revenue per user (ARPU).

 

Amino Technologies PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM (symbol AMO), with headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and global offices in California, Finland and Hong Kong. For more details, visit www.aminocom.com

 

Notes

(1) Adjusted operating profit, adjusted profit before tax and adjusted earnings per share are non-GAAP measures and exclude amortisation of acquired intangibles, other operating income, exceptional items and share-based payment charges.

(2) The Board believes market forecasts for adjusted profit before tax to be in the range of £10.9m to £11.5m with a consensus of £11.3m.

 

Chairman's statement:

 

Amino has been at the forefront of the transition of TV from traditional broadcast technologies such as one-way cable and satellite to IP / Cloud TV Everywhere since it was established 21 years ago.

 

In 2018, significant macro-economic headwinds and pressure on operators from rising content costs and cord cutters and trimmers resulted in a 7% decrease in revenue and 26% fall in adjusted profit before tax.   We expect these to continue in 2019.

 

In 2018, management maintained gross margin through rigorous focus on product and logistics costs, despite worldwide increases in memory and other components.  Swift and decisive management action has delivered annualised proforma overhead savings of $4.4m to offset the challenging trading environment.

 

To accelerate the transformation to higher margin, recurring software revenues to drive greater future shareholder returns, Amino has decided to implement a far-reaching transformational programme which we believe will fundamentally improve the quality and resilience of our business.  The Board firmly believes that the strategic decision to accelerate the focus on software and services and move away from low margin hardware revenue is the correct one for Amino.  This will de-risk Amino, and enable a greater focus on transforming the Group, both organically and through the opportunities to act as a consolidator in our market. 

 

The Board believes this strategy will enable Amino to achieve higher gross margin and net profit returns using a reduced cost base, albeit on a smaller revenue base.  Whilst absolute profit will decline in 2019, the dividend will be maintained and management can focus on software growth.

 

The Company's cash generation and balance sheet remain strong with the year-end cash position ahead of market expectations at $20.3m (30 November 2017: $17.4m).

 

Amino's three long-term growth drivers - IP / Cloud TV Everywhere, Operator Ready Android TV and Upcycling legacy devices to next generation TV experiences - remain compelling and continue to create opportunities as Amino's marketplace undergoes fundamental structural changes.

 

Throughout 2018 the management team have continued to focus on the market opportunity presented by this transition. In 2019 they will continue this focus, whilst also streamlining the business to ensure that it delivers higher quality margin, profits and cash generation.

 

In 2015, the Board took the strategic decision to acquire a Cloud TV Everywhere company to complement the Group's device platforms and to invest further in the Company's core software capabilities. I am therefore pleased to report 19% software and services revenue growth in 2018 as our software solutions gained further traction during the year, evidencing the strategic direction and focus of the Group.

 

The OTT TV market is fragmented and presents Amino with opportunities to pursue selective acquisitions at the right price to enhance recurring revenues from software and services.

 

Strategic priorities

Amino remains committed to delivering a sustainable cash generative business and its strategic priorities are:

 

·      to focus on a streamlined, cost effective, set of products and services to support our three core offerings outlined above through continued investment in R&D; and

·      to grow higher margin software and services revenue through selling services that are complementary to our devices and which will improve the visibility and recurring nature of Amino's revenues.

 

Board changes

In February 2018, Steve McKay and Michael Clegg were appointed to the Board and brought with them a wealth of industry experience and technology expertise. In April 2018, Peter Murphy stepped down from the Board after a ten-year tenure. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank him for his valuable contribution and support during that time. Following Peter's departure, Karen Bach was appointed chair of the Audit and Remuneration Committees and designated as the senior independent non-executive director. The Board is also currently undertaking a search for another independent non-executive.

 

Dividend

The Board is pleased to recommend the continuation of its progressive dividend policy with a full year dividend of 7.32 GBP pence per share, an increase of 10% on 2017. This is the seventh successive year of dividend increase since 2011 and underlines the Board's commitment to shareholder value. The Board also intends to maintain this dividend for at least two years.

 

Keith Todd

Chairman

4 February 2019

 

Notes

(1)   Adjusted profit before tax is a non-GAAP measure and is defined in the Financial Highlights section above

 

 

Chief Executive's Review

 

Strategy aligned with market and industry direction to all-IP service delivery

 

Emerging technologies and an increasing focus on consumer needs are forcing the pay-TV industry and the operators who deliver TV content to fundamentally change the way they operate.

 

Improved networking technology allows consumers to watch entertainment, news or sports content on any device available to them, whenever they want, on demand. This shift from "appointment TV" to streamed programming is driving the ongoing transformation of the pay-TV industry - with operators facing declining subscriptions and rising content licensing fees.

 

As a result, operators have been forced to consider alternative options for delivering video content to their subscriber base. Amino has strategically aligned to meet this fundamental shift in the pay-TV industry, to deliver smart and cost-effective solutions to our operator clients, increasingly utilising our in house software.

 

The industry has also been experiencing additional challenges related to macro-economic factors. These factors include rising component costs, market uncertainty related to US tariffs and delayed purchasing decisions.

 

Although the backdrop to our results seems complex, we remain confident in our core value-added set top box ("STB") market. Amino believes the STB is the cornerstone of a modern TV experience (where TV is watched on any device, anytime and anywhere) and this is backed up with industry trends and our customer feedback. Our approach is also to add further value to this marketplace by leveraging Amino software to create solutions for Operators to tackle these 'real world' challenges.

 

Strategic progress

 

Software and services revenue grew by 19% in 2018 which reflected progress made in our three long-term growth opportunities:

 

·      IP/Cloud TV Everywhere; which provides telco and cable operators with the capabilities to provide the latest 'TV everywhere' experiences. Amino also enables cable operators to transition cost-effectively from Cable to IP.

 

·      'Operator Ready' Android TV; which has emerged as a credible service delivery choice for pay-TV operators with its ability to provide a rich user experience - with value added content - and new features like personalisation, content recommendation and voice control.

 

·      Upcycling; where we employ our core software to fully leverage an operator's existing investment in STB assets, create a STB marketplace and an industry leading service assurance capability.  

 

Our AminoTV IP / Cloud TV Everywhere solution was rolled out at Delta in the first half of the year and Kabelnoord in the second half. In October 2018, we commenced an upcycling programme at T-Mobile Netherlands using our AminoOS software which will be fully deployed, along with our Engage service assurance software, in 2019. In Operator Ready Android TV, we secured initial orders for devices in North America in the first half of the year and delivered them in the second half of 2018.

 

In addition, the annual recurring run rate ("ARRR") of our SaaS Engage service assurance platform grew 36% in 2018 and was deployed at 8 additional operators during the year.

 

Dealing with market head winds

 

During the second half of 2018 we saw lower orders than originally expected due to instability in the economies of certain emerging markets and planned trade tariffs in the US.  In addition, component prices continued to increase and, to ensure the supply of key components such as Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors ("MLCCs"), we had no option but to accept these.

 

In North America (56% of group revenue) approximately two thirds of sales are made via distribution to smaller Tier 3 and 4 operators. Sales to these operators, fulfilled via our distribution channel, were broadly flat in 2018 compared to 2017. However, overall our revenue into North America declined by 18% as our distributors reduced stocking levels compared to the previous year. This reflects the impact of planned trade tariffs in the US, which have not impacted Amino's products directly, but have created confusion and concern among our customers, which has translated into delayed buying decisions.

 

In EMEA (32% of group revenue) sales increased by 25% after a period of decline. Highlights include: a long-standing customer re-commencing orders in the second half of last year; an upcycling contract win at T-Mobile Netherlands; new customer wins for T-2 in Slovenia, Kabelnoord in the Netherlands and Cablevision in Lebanon.

 

In Latin America (10% of group revenue) revenues declined by 15%. Economic instability in the region impacted the ability of our customers to pay in the second half of the year, thereby halting shipments to certain customers in the region.

 

Restructuring in 2018

 

We keep the operational structure of our business under continuous review. This year we completed two restructuring programmes: one in March 2018 to complete the planned reduction in the number of our development centres from three to two, and the second in November 2018 to reduce the cost base and further improve operational efficiency. These restructuring programmes have been completed and will deliver annualised proforma cost savings of $4.4m.

 

Transformation programme

 

The Board of Amino has reviewed the Group's strategy with a view to de-risking the strategy and business model.  The changes are designed to support a higher quality of earnings, greater resilience and an increase in recurring revenues.

 

Amino's core market remains Tier 2-4 Telco operators to whom the Group provides tailored solutions designed to give them the advantage in a competitive and dynamic marketplace. Amino's credentials in serving this marketplace are strong, particularly in the quality of software and services that we offer, as evidenced by our continued growth in software in 2018 and recent upcycling wins such as with T-Mobile Netherlands.

 

Moving into 2019 we plan to further focus on monetising our higher margin core software capabilities and increasing the quality and recurring nature of our revenues. Whilst we will continue to offer value-add hardware and related services to our customers, we will no longer compete for low margin hardware where customers are looking for a commodity product.

 

Our software will continue to power our own and other vendors' hardware and to give operators a competitive advantage. Our innovative ODM program, for example, licenses our AminoOS software to high volume, low margin device vendors to provide them with competitive edge and differentiation. We will also be significantly simplifying our product portfolio to ensure that we provide customers with the most cost-effective solutions.

 

As a result, we will be implementing a company-wide transformation programme designed to improve our ability to deliver effectively our strategic vision. The programme focuses on harnessing people talent and moving to a cost and investment structure that will help us be 'fit for purpose'.

 

The result of this plan will be to reduce our operating cost base by a further $5.0m on an annualised basis. However, we also expect revenues to therefore decline by approximately 21% compared to FY18 (all of which from low margin hardware sales) resulting in lower than expected profits in the short term, albeit that these profits are expected to be achieved at higher margins and be underpinned by a higher proportion of software and recurring revenue.

 

Medium term growth opportunities 

 

Although our revenues are expected to decline in the short term, we see good opportunities from the disruption of the pay-TV market.  Our strategy is to focus on positioning Amino into key growth market segments.

 

We have several key sales propositions that meet the requirements for these markets, which are as follows:

 

·      Multiscreen deployments - Operators have a pressing requirement to cost-effectively modernise in ensuring they remain competitive in attracting and retaining customers. Amino fully integrates and deploys Operator Tier Android TV to take advantage of advanced functionality like voice control, federated search and access to premium OTT apps.

 

·      Cable to Android migrations - Significant demand exists for operators to extend their cable infrastructure to improve profitability in leveraging Android TV. Our solution gives smaller operators the ability to deliver a world class, premium tier service without major upfront investments or lengthy integrations.

 

·      North America Device demand - In our key North American market we are seeing continued demand for 4K devices that help support an all-IP delivery model. Amino has a complete range of Linux, Android and Cable devices that ship with our award winning AminoOS.

 

·      Upcycling projects - A unique capability is our ability to upcycle deployed devices in the field without a costly home visit by an engineer. We license AminoOS to power third party devices to improve portability and performance in deploying modern TV experiences.

 

Current trading and outlook

 

The macro-economic headwinds that constrained trading in the second half of 2018 have continued into the early part of 2019.  Memory prices are showing early signs of decreasing and the rate of price increases of MLCCs is slowing.  A healthy pipeline of sales opportunities in our core markets underpins our confidence in our long-term strategy and focus.  Whilst our transformation programme means a focus on higher quality, recurring revenues from software and services, in the near term the exit from low margin hardware revenues is expected to reduce revenues by 21% in 2019. We therefore expect profits to be approximately 10% lower than 2018 levels, albeit at better margins.  With a robust balance sheet, strong cash generation and a compelling opportunity in the pay-TV market, we remain confident in the long-term strategic direction and future of the Company.

 

Donald McGarva

Chief Executive Officer

4 February 2019

 

Chief Financial Officer's review

 

On 6 June 2018 the Group announced that from the beginning of the current financial year it would be changing the currency in which it presents its financial results from UK pound sterling ("sterling") to US dollars ("dollars"), denoted by the symbol $. Accordingly, the previously reported results for the year ended 30 November 2017 have been translated from sterling to dollars using the exchange rates set out in note 9.

 

Revenue for the year was $88.9m (FY 2017: $96.1m). Adjusted operating profit (as defined below) was $11.2m (FY 2017: $15.0m), representing a 26% decrease from the previous year. Operating profit was 38% lower at $8.2m (FY 2017: $13.1m). In line with its progressive dividend policy the Board has recommended a full year dividend of 7.32 GBP pence per share, a 10% increase over the prior year. The Group has a strong balance sheet with net cash of $20.3m (30 November 2017: $17.4m) and is debt free.

 

Revenue

 

2018

$m

2017

$m

Change

Recurring

4.7

4.6

4.2

3.7

12%

One-off

24%

Software and services

9.3

79.6

7.9

88.2

19%

Devices including integrated software

-10%

Revenue

88.9

96.1

-7%

 

Software and services revenues represent revenues from our AminoTV TV Everywhere platform, our AminoOS software (sold independently from devices), as well as support for our AminoVU devices. Software and services revenues increased by 19% in the year as a result of growth across all these revenue streams and are now 11% of total revenues for the period (FY 2017: 8%). At 30 November 2018 annual run rate recurring revenues increased to $5.1m (30 November 2017: $4.6m).

 

The Group's revenues are globally distributed as follows:

 

 

2018

$m

2017

$m

Change

 

North America

49.6

9.0

28.9

1.4

60.5

-18%

 

Latin America

10.6

-15%

 

Europe

23.2

25%

 

Rest of World

1.8

-22%

 

Revenue

88.9

96.1

-7%

 

 

In North America, the revenue decline of 18% over 2018 was primarily driven by distributors reducing stocking levels compared to the previous year. In Europe, sales growth was primarily driven by a long-standing customer re-commencing orders in the second half of last year, as well as growth in software and services.

 

Amino continues to sell its products directly to tier 2 customers and to tier 3 and 4 customers via distributors. The Group has three customers which each have more than 10% of total Group revenue, of which two are distributors.

 

Gross profit

Excluding the impact of a one off $1.5m credit in respect of royalty costs recognised in prior years which have subsequently been renegotiated, adjusted gross profit decreased by 15% to $36.5m (FY 2017: $42.9m). Adjusted gross margin decreased to 41.0% (FY 2017: 44.5%) as increases in silicon and memory prices were not fully offset by higher margin software revenue. The Group expects modest decreases in memory pricing and expects the rate of price increases in silicon and MLCCs to soften into 2019. Including the impact of the one off $1.5m credit (described above), gross profit decreased by 16% to $38.0m (FY 2017: $45.2m).

 

Operating expenses

 

 

As reported

 

 

 

2018

$m

2017

$m

Change

 

R&D

6.5

13.2

1.4

2.8

8.6

7.1

15.4

1.0

0.4

8.3

-8%

-14%

40%

600%

4%

 

SG&A

 

Share-based payment charge

 

Exceptional items

 

Depreciation and amortisation

 

Operating expenses

32.5

32.2

1%

 

 

The Group continues to invest in research and in the development of new products and spent $11.0m on R&D activities (FY 2017: $13.2m) of which $4.7m was capitalised (FY 2017: $6.0m).

 

Similar to the prior year, the Group's R&D and SG&A costs were denominated 45% in US and HK Dollars, 39% in British Pounds and 16% in Euros.

 

Exceptional items

Exceptional items within cost of sales comprised a one off $1.5m credit in respect of royalty costs recognised in prior years which have subsequently been renegotiated.

 

Exceptional items included within operating expenses in 2018 comprised:

 

·      $1.6m restructuring costs incurred in the first half of the year as a result of the final rationalisation of R&D centres;

·      $0.8m restructuring costs incurred during a further rationalisation of the cost base following a business review performed in November 2018;

·      $0.4m costs incurred in respect of more than one potential, material acquisition.  These were aborted following the completion of phase one of due diligence.

 

Exceptional items included within other operating income comprised $2.7m income following the release of funds from the escrow held in respect of the Entone, Inc. acquisition in August 2015. The funds were released as settlement for liabilities, identified post acquisition, that were not recorded on the Entone, Inc. closing balance sheet.

 

Depreciation and amortisation

Excluding amortisation of intangibles recognised on acquisition, depreciation and amortisation increased to $5.6m (FY 2017: $5.4m). Amortisation of intangibles recognised on acquisition was $3.0m (FY 2017: $2.9m).

 

Operating profit

Adjusted operating profit excluding share-based payment charges of $1.4m, exceptional items of net $0.1m and amortisation of intangibles recognised on acquisition of $3.0m was $11.2m (FY 2017: $15.0m). Statutory operating profit was $8.2m (FY 2017: $13.2m).

 

Taxation

The tax charge of $0.1m comprises:

·      a $0.7m current tax charge relating to current year profits; and

·      a $0.6m credit relating to the unwind of the deferred tax liability recognised in respect of the amortisation of intangible assets recognised on acquisition.

 

Profit after tax was $8.2m (FY 2017: $15.3m).

 

Earnings per share

After adjusting for the after-tax impact of exceptional items, share-based payment charges and amortisation of intangibles recognised on acquisition, adjusted basic earnings per share decreased by 30% to 14.49 US cents (FY 2017: 20.75 US cents) and adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased by 29% to 14.46 US cents (FY 2017: 20.33 US cents). Basic earnings per share was 11.25 US cents (FY 2017: 21.27 US cents) and diluted earnings per share was 11.23 US cents (FY 2017: 20.84 US cents).

 

Cash flow

Adjusted cash flow from operations was $14.1m (FY 2017: $23.8m) and represented 84% of adjusted EBITDA (FY 2017: 116%). Exceptional cash flows in 2018 totalled $0.1m in respect of funds released from escrow, net of payments for pre-acquisition Entone royalty liabilities, payment of restructuring costs and payment of aborted acquisition costs. Including these exceptional cash out-flows cash generated from operations was $14.3m (FY 2017: $22.2m).

 

During the year the Group spent $0.2m (FY 2017: $0.2m) on capital expenditure in respect of tangible fixed assets, and capitalised $4.6m of research and development costs and software licenses. The Group paid dividends of $6.8m in the year.

 

Financial position

The cash balance at 30 November 2018 was $20.3m (30 November 2017: $17.4m). The Group also has a £12.5m sterling multicurrency working capital loan facility which reduces to £10.0m sterling in July 2019. It expires in July 2020 and was undrawn at the period end.

 

At 30 November 2018 the Group had equity of $73.5m (30 November 2017: $73.1m) and net current assets of $19.6m (30 November 2017: $14.4m). 75% of trade receivables were insured (30 November 2017: 70%) and debtor days were 59 days (30 November 2017: 26 days) which is in line with the payment terms given to a large customer who made up the majority of trade receivables at the year end.

 

Dividend

The Board has recommended a full year dividend of 7.32 GBP pence per share, a 10% increase over the prior year. The Board also intends to continue this level of dividend for at least two years. Subject to shareholder approval at the annual general meeting to be held on 27 March 2019, the dividend will be payable on 26 April 2019, to shareholders on the register on 5 April 2019, with a corresponding ex-dividend date of 4 April 2019.

 

 

Mark Carlisle

Chief Financial Officer

4 February 2019

 

 

 

Notes

Year to 30 November 2018
$000s

Year to 30 November 2017
$000s

Revenue
Cost of sales

2
3

88,934
(50,973)

96,136
(50,890)

Gross profit

 

37,961

45,246

Operating expenses

Other operating income

Operating profit

3

 

(32,458)

2,700

8,203

(32,164)

-

13,082

Adjusted operating profit

Share-based payment charge
Exceptional items
Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

 


3
 

11,158

(1,378)
1,436
(3,013)

14,955

(995)
2,003
(2,881)

Operating profit

 

8,203

13,082

Finance expense
Finance income


 

(53)
90

(4)
206

Net finance income

 

37

202

Profit before tax

Tax (charge)/credit

 

 

8,240

(61)

13,284

2,001

Profit for the year from continuing operations attributable to equity holders

 

8,179

15,285

Basic earnings per 1p ordinary share

4

11.25c

21.27c

Diluted earnings per 1p ordinary share

4

11.23c

20.84c

 

All amounts relate to continuing activities.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Year to 30 November 2018

$000s

Year to 30 November 2017

$000s

Profit for the financial year

8,179

15,285

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

Net foreign exchange (loss)/gain arising on consolidation

 

(2,594)

 

4,041

Other comprehensive (expense)/income

(2,594)

4,041

Total comprehensive income for the financial year attributable to equity holders

5,585

19,326

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Assets

Notes

As at 30 November 2018
$000s

As at 30 November 2017
$000s

Non-current assets

Property, plant and equipment
Intangible assets
Deferred income tax assets
Trade and other receivables

5

534
54,734
716
402

793
60,672
751
408

 

 

56,386

62,624

Current assets

Inventories
Trade and other receivables
Corporation tax receivable
Cash and cash equivalents


5
5
 

3,633
20,290
-
20,310

4,285
15,012
221
17,386

 

 

44,233

36,904

Total assets

 

100,619

99,528

 

Capital and reserves attributable to equity holders of the Company

Called-up share capital
Share premium
Capital redemption reserve
Foreign exchange reserve
Merger reserve
Retained earnings






 

1,327
32,300
12
(14,420)
30,122
24,146

1,327
32,300
12
(11,826)
30,122
21,158

Total equity

 

73,487

73,093

Liabilities

Current liabilities
Trade and other payables
Corporation tax payable

6
6

 


24,226
393

 


22,499
26

 

 

24,619

22,525

Non-current liabilities


Provisions
Deferred tax liabilities


 

1,318
1,195

2,056
1,854

 

 

2,513

3,910

Total liabilities

 

27,132

26,435

Total equity and liabilities

 

100,619

99,528

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

Notes

Year to 30 November 2018
$000s

Year to 30 November 2017
$000s

Cash flows from operating activities

Cash generated from operations
Corporation tax paid

 

7

 

14,310
(73)

 

22,191
(717)

Net cash generated from operating activities

 

14,237

21,474

Cash flows from investing activities

Purchases of intangible assets
Purchases of property, plant and equipment
Net interest received
Acquisition of subsidiaries




 

(4,589)
(177)
37
-

 

(6,041)
(272)
106

(494)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(4,729)

(6,701)

Cash flows from financing activities

Proceeds from exercise of employee share options
Dividends paid

 

 

225
(6,794)

 

444
(5,623)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(6,569)

(5,179)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
Effects of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

 

2,939
17,386

(15)

9,594
7,737

55

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

 

20,310

17,386

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

Share capital $000s

Share premium $000s

Merger reserve $000s

Foreign exchange reserve $000s

Capital redemption reserve $000s

Profit and loss
$000s

Total
$000s

Shareholders' equity at 30 November 2016

1,325

31,871

30,122

(15,867)

12

9,597

57,060

Profit for the year
Other comprehensive income

-
-

-
-

-
-

-
4,041

-
-

15,285
-

15,285
4,041

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to equity holders

-

-

-

4,041

-

15,285

19,326

Share based payment charge
Exercise of employee share options
Issue of share capital
Treasury shares used
Dividends paid

-
-


2
-
-

-
-


429
-
-

-
-

 

-
-
-

-
-

 

-
-
-

-
-

-

-
-

995
444

 

-
459
(5,623)

995
444


431
459
(5,623)

Total transactions with owners

2

429

-

-

-

(3,724)

(3,293)

Total movement in shareholders' equity

2

429

-

4,041

-

11,561

16,033

Shareholders' equity at 30 November 2017

1,327

32,300

30,122

(11,826)

12

21,158

73,093

Profit for the year
Other comprehensive expense

-
-

-
-

-
-

-
(2,594)

-
-

8,179
-

8,179
(2,594)

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to equity holders

-

-

-

(2,594)

-

8,179

5,585

Share based payment charge
Exercise of employee share options
Dividends paid

-
-

-

-
-

-

-
-

-

-
-

-

-
-

-

1,378
225

(6,794)

1,378
225

(6,794)

Total transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

(5,191)

(5,191)

Total movement in shareholders' equity

-

-

-

(2,594)

-

2,988

394

Shareholders' equity at 30 November 2018

1,327

32,300

30,122

(14,420)

12

24,146

73,487

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

1   Basis of preparation

The financial information set out in this preliminary announcement for the year ended 30 November 2018 has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, International Accounting Standards and interpretations (collectively IFRS) as adopted by the EU and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. The accounting policies adopted in these preliminary results have been consistently applied to all the years presented and are consistent with the policies used in the preparation of the financial statements for the year ended 30 November 2018. The principal accounting policies adopted are unchanged from those used in the preparation of the statutory accounts for the period ended 30 November 2017, except for the change in presentation currency, described below. New standards, amendments and interpretations to existing standards, which have been adopted by the Group, have not been listed since they have no material impact on the financial statements.

The financial information set out in this document does not constitute the Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 30 November 2018 or 30 November 2017. The annual report and financial statements for the year ended 30 November 2018 were approved by the board of directors on 4 February 2018 along with this preliminary announcement. The financial statements for the year ended 30 November 2018 have been reported on by the Independent Auditor. The Independent Auditor's report on the financial statements for 2018 was unqualified and did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis.

Change in presentation currency

 

On 6 June 2018 the Group announced that from the beginning of the current financial year it would be changing the currency in which it presents its financial results from UK pounds sterling ("sterling") to US dollars ("dollars").  Accordingly, the reported results for the year ended 30 November 2017 have been translated from sterling to dollars.

The trading results of subsidiaries where the functional currency was other than dollars were translated into dollars at the relevant average rates of exchange while the assets and liabilities of these operations were translated into dollars at the relevant closing rates of exchange.  A change in presentation currency is accounted for retrospectively.

2   Geographical external customer revenue analysis

Geographical external customer revenue analysis

Year to
30 November 2018

$000s

Year to
30 November 2017

$000s

USA

Canada

49,125

488

58,783

1,679

North America

49,613

60,462

Bolivia

Chile

Rest of LATAM

3,204

2,043

3,792

2,158

4,672

3,797

Latin America

9,039

10,627

Netherlands

Rest of EMEA

11,509

17,356

8,246

14,946

EMEA

28,865

23,192

Rest of the World

1,417

1,855

 

88,934

96,136

For this disclosure revenue is determined by the location of the customer.

3   Exceptional Items

Exceptional items within cost of sales and operating costs comprise the following charges/(credits):

 

Year to
30 November 2018

$000s

Year to
30 November 2017

$000s

Credit relating to royalty costs recognised in prior years and subsequently renegotiated

(1,490)

(2,387)

Subtotal cost of sales
Expensed contingent post-acquisition remuneration in
respect of the acquisition of Entone, Inc.
Release of deferred contingent consideration
(conditions not met)
Redundancy and associated costs
Aborted acquisition costs
 

(1,490)
-

-

2,372
382

 

(2,387)
1,046

(831)

169
-

 

Subtotal operating expenses

2,754

384

Other operating income

(2,700)

-

Total exceptional items (credit)

(1,436)

(2,003)


Other operating income is comprised of proceeds of a claim settled against former Entone, Inc. shareholders in respect of previously unrecorded liabilities identified post the acquisition of Entone, Inc.

3   Exceptional Items (continued)


In addition, in the prior year an exceptional tax credit of $1,672,000 was recognised relating to the partial release of a tax provision held to cover prior year uncertain tax positions identified on the acquisition of Entone, Inc. due to a reassessment undertaken by management.

4   Earnings per share

 

Year to
30 November 2018

$000

Year to
30 November 2017

$000

Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders

8,179

15,285

Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding exceptional items,share-based payments and amortisation of acquired intangibles and associated taxation

10,531

14,910

Weighted average number of shares (Basic)

72,700,215

71,851,262

Weighted average number of shares (Diluted)

72,829,635

73,350,612

Basic earnings per share

11.25c

21.27c

Diluted earnings per share

11.23c

20.84c

Adjusted basic earnings per share

14.49c

20.75c

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

14.46c

20.33c

The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on profit after taxation and the weighted average of ordinary shares of 1p each in issue during the year. The Company holds 2,039,647 (2017: 2,253,123) of its own shares in treasury and these are excluded from the weighted average above. The basic weighted average number of shares also excludes 22,586 (2017: 140,433) being the weighted average shares held by the EBT in the year.

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares.  The Group has only one category of dilutive potential ordinary shares; those share options where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the year.

The profit attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding exceptional items is derived by adding back exceptional items (including exceptional tax credit), share-based payment charges and amortisation of acquired intangibles of $2,955,000 (2017: $201,000) and subtracting the tax effect thereon $603,000 (2017: $576,000) disclosed on the face of the consolidated income statement.

5   Trade and other receivables

 

As at
30 November 2018

$000s

As at
30 November 2017

$000s

Current assets:

Trade receivables
Less: provision for impairment of trade receivables

 

18,907
(108)

 

13,549
(231)

Trade receivables (net)
Other receivables
Prepayments and accrued income

18,799
368
1,123

13,318
266
1,428

Sub-total

20,290

15,012

Corporation tax receivable

-

221

 

20,290

15,233

Non-current assets:

Other receivables

 

402

 

408


Other receivables comprise rent deposits.

 

6   Trade and other payables

 

7   Cash generated from operations

 

Year to
30 November 2018

$000s

Year to
30 November 2017

$000s

Profit before tax
Net interest received
Amortisation charge
Depreciation charge
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment
Share based payment charge
Exchange differences
Decrease in inventories
Increase/decrease in trade and other receivables
Decrease in provisions
Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

8,240
(37)

8,176
430
7
1,378
(253)
652
(5,278)
(738)
1,733

13,284
(106)
7,925
423
1
995

427
2,646
3,065
-
(6,469)

Cash generated from operations

14,310

22,191

Adjusted operating cash flow before exceptional cash outflows was $14.1m (2017: $23.7m).

 

Year to
30 November 2018

$000s

Year to
30 November 2017

$000s

Adjusted operating cashflow
Redundancy and associated costs
Aborted acquisition costs

Proceeds of a claim settled against former Entone, Inc. shareholders in respect of previously unrecorded liabilities identified post the acquisition of Entone, Inc.
Receipt of Escrow funds payable to current and former employees of the Group

Royalty settlements
Contingent post-acquisition remuneration (please see note 18 and note 24)

14,115
(1,268)
(382)
2,700


486

(1,341)
-

23,691
-
-
-


-

-
(1,500)

Cash generated from operations

14,310

22,191

 

8   AGM / Annual Report

 

Pursuant to AIM Rule 20, the Annual Report and Accounts for the financial year ended 30 November 2018 ("Annual Report") is available to view on the Group's website: www.aminocom.com and will be posted to shareholders shortly. Amino will hold its AGM on 27 March 2019.

 

9   Five year US dollar comparative information

 

 

9   Five year US dollar comparative information (continued)

 

 


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