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Half Year Results

Released 07:00 12-Dec-2019

RNS Number : 5891W
Cohort PLC
12 December 2019
 

12 December 2019

 

 

COHORT PLC

HALF YEAR RESULTS 

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 31 OCTOBER 2019

Cohort plc, the independent technology group, today announces its half year results for the six months ended 31 October 2019

 

Operational highlights

•     Revenue up to £60.2m (2018: £39.5m).  On a like-for-like basis, revenues grew by 17%.

•     Adjusted* operating profit up significantly to £4.0m (2018: £1.0m).  On a like-for-like basis, adjusted operating profit grew by 120%.

•     Adjusted* earnings per share up to 6.94 pence (2018: 1.99 pence).

•     Order intake up to £77.2m (2018: £45.6m).

•     Closing order book of £206.7m (30 April 2019: £190.9m).

•     Net debt of £6.8m (31 October 2018: net funds £4.7m; 30 April 2019: net debt £6.4m).

•     Interim dividend increased by 12% to 3.20 pence per share (2018: 2.85 pence per share).

•     Initial first half contribution from Chess and an improvement in the remainder of the Group, particularly at MASS.

•     Agreement to acquire Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik GmbH for a headline price of €11.25m announced today.  Expected to complete before 30 June 2020.

Looking forward

•     Second half weighting expected again this year.

•     The half year order book of £206.7m underpins over £60m of revenue deliverable in the second half, which, added to revenue delivered to date, is 83% (2018: 71%) of consensus forecast revenue for the full year.

•     Prospects for more orders in the second half to further underpin this year and next year are good.

•     Full year performance expected to be in line with market expectations.

•     The acquisition of ELAC represents a significant strategic step, furthering our expansion in defence products and export markets, particularly the naval sector.

 

 

Nick Prest, Chairman, commenting on the results, said:

"Cohort delivered an improved result compared to the same period last year, due to a combination of an initial first half contribution from Chess and an improvement in the underlying Group, particularly at MASS.  The order book of nearly £207m underpins a significant proportion of the second half revenue, and, as in recent years, we expect a stronger second half.  The Board expects Cohort's performance in 2019/20 will be in line with market expectations."

"The acquisition of ELAC will represent a significant expansion, adding a profitable and growing sixth stand-alone business to Cohort's portfolio.  It furthers our strategy of expanding in defence products and export markets."

 

 

*     Adjusted figures exclude the effects of marking forward exchange contracts to market value, other exchange gains and losses, amortisation of other intangible assets and exceptional items.



 

For further information, please contact:



Cohort plc

0118 909 0390

Andy Thomis, Chief Executive


Simon Walther, Finance Director




Investec Bank Plc

020 7597 5970

Daniel Adams / Chris Baird




MHP Communications

020 3128 8771

Reg Hoare / Ollie Hoare / Alice McLaren

cohort@mhpc.com

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Cohort plc (www.cohortplc.com) is the parent company of five innovative, agile and responsive businesses based in the UK and Portugal, providing a wide range of services and products for domestic and export customers in defence and related markets.

 

Chess Technologies, through its operating businesses Chess Dynamics and Vision4ce, offers systems and technologies for detecting, tracking, classifying and disrupting naval, land and air threats. It was acquired by Cohort plc in December 2018. www.chess-dynamics.com & www.vision4ce.com

 

EID designs and manufactures advanced communications systems for the defence and security markets. Cohort acquired a majority stake in June 2016.  www.eid.pt

 

MASS is a specialist defence and technology business, focused on electronic warfare, information systems and cyber security.  Acquired by Cohort in August 2006. www.mass.co.uk

 

MCL - an expert in sourcing, design and integration of communications and surveillance technology, as well as support and training for UK end users including the MOD and other government agencies. MCL has been part of the Group since July 2014. www.marlboroughcomms.com

 

SEA is an advanced electronic systems and software house operating in the defence, transport and offshore energy markets. Acquired by Cohort in October 2007. www.sea.co.uk

 

Cohort (AIM: CHRT) was admitted to London's Alternative Investment Market in March 2006. It has its headquarters in Reading, Berkshire and employs in total around 950 core staff there and at its other operating company sites across the UK and in Portugal.

 



 

Chairman's statement

Nick Prest CBE

Cohort delivered an improved result in the first half compared to the same period last year, due to a combination of an initial first half contribution from Chess and an improvement in the underlying Group, particularly at MASS.  The order book of nearly £207m underpins a significant proportion of the second half revenue, and, as in recent years, we expect a stronger second half.

The Group's 2019/20 first half adjusted operating profit was £4.0m (2018: £1.0m) on higher revenue of £60.2m (2018: £39.5m).  Order intake was over 50% up at £77.2m (2018: £45.6m).

MASS was again the largest contributor to the Group's adjusted operating profit, with a much stronger performance than last year.  As expected, EID's performance also improved, with higher revenue resulting in a small trading profit.  EID is expected to have a strong second half as it delivers against contracted orders.  MCL also delivered a better first half performance on higher revenue.  SEA's revenue was slightly down and as a result of this and investment in its anti-submarine warfare system, including a sea trial with the Portuguese Navy, its first half result was a small trading loss.  SEA is expected to return to profit in the second half, delivering an annual performance similar to last year.  Chess contributed a good initial performance to the Group's first half trading performance, following its acquisition in December last year.

As announced separately today, Cohort has signed an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik GmbH (ELAC) from its parent, Wärtsilä Corporation.  The headline price is €11.25m (£9.5m) with no earn out, and is subject to adjustments for working capital and a pension liability under a defined benefit scheme.  The completion of the deal is subject to conditions including satisfaction of regulatory requirements in Germany.  We expect completion of the acquisition to be concluded on or before 30 June 2020. The purchase will be funded entirely from the Group's own cash and debt resources.

ELAC adds a range of sophisticated active and passive sonar systems to the Group's portfolio of naval systems and products, complementary to the existing capabilities at SEA. ELAC also brings a presence in the German domestic market and is active in export markets, including some that are new to the Group.

Key financials

For the six months ended 31 October 2019 the Group's revenue was a total of £60.2m (2018: £39.5m), including £19.9m from MASS, £13.9m from Chess, £13.4m from SEA, £6.0m from EID and £7.0m from MCL.

The Group's adjusted operating profit in the period was £4.0m (2018: £1.0m). This included contributions from MASS of £3.7m (2018: £2.2m), Chess of £1.8m, MCL of £0.5m (2018: break-even), EID of £0.1m (2018: loss of £0.3m) and a loss of £0.3m at SEA (2018: trading profit of £0.4m).  Central costs were just over £1.7m (2018: £1.3m).

Cohort's operating profit, after recognising amortisation of intangible assets (£3.7m) was £0.4m (2018: loss of £1.9m after an exceptional charge of £0.5m and amortisation of intangible assets of £2.3m).

Adjusted earnings per share for the six months ended 31 October 2019 increased to 6.94 pence (2018: 1.99 pence). The tax rate in respect of the adjusted operating profit was 16.0% (2018: 18.0%). Basic earnings per share were 1.00 pence (2018: loss per share of 3.52 pence).

The net funds outflow in the first half has been lower than we expected due to the timing of payments.  Before taking into account the acquisition of ELAC, we expect the second half operating cash flow to be flat, in line with the expectations stated in July.

The operating cash inflow of £4.8m (2018: outflow of £3.8m) has been used in paying dividends (£2.5m), capital expenditure (£1.8m) and net investment in the Employee Benefit Trust (£0.7m).  The net tax refund in the first half (£0.7m) was a result of research and development credits in Portugal.

Our order intake for the first half was £77.2m (2018: £45.6m), excluding foreign exchange movements, resulting in a closing order book of £206.7m (30 April 2019: £190.9m).

Chess

Chess made a strong initial contribution to the Group's first half performance following its acquisition last December, reflecting the Group's 81.84% ownership.

Chess delivered an adjusted operating profit of £1.8m on revenue of £13.9m with good contributions from sales of its counter-drone system to military customers in the United States and Norway.  Chess also completed deliveries of naval systems for both the UK and export customers.

Chess's order book of £16.0m at 31 October 2019 along with good short-term order prospects give us confidence that Chess will have a profitable second half.

Chess's long-term prospects for naval, land and counter-drone systems remain strong.

EID

EID's operating profit for the six months ended 31 October 2019 of under £0.1m (2018: loss of £0.3m) was due to an increase in revenue from £3.7m to £6.0m.

EID's stronger performance was mostly in its Tactical (Land) division, delivering the first part of a large order to a Middle East customer.

The mix of work, with lower naval systems activity, and further investment in its new vehicle intercom system account for its lower net margin (1%) compared with its historical levels.

The Group owned 80% of EID throughout the first half of the year (2018: 80% owned).

EID's order book of £37.1m at 31 October 2019 (2018: £23.5m) underpins a high percentage of its expected second half revenue and gives us confidence that EID will deliver a stronger performance in the second half, ahead of last year, returning EID's net margin to more appropriate levels.

EID has good prospects of securing further significant orders in the second half, providing a good base for 2020/21 and beyond.

MASS

MASS's adjusted operating profit of £3.7m (2018: £2.2m) was significantly above last year on higher revenue of £19.9m (2018: £16.0m). Its first half net margin also improved to 19% (2018: 14%), a level we expect to be maintained in the second half.

The higher revenue was a result of work commencing on new electronic warfare operational support projects for export customers.

Following significant order intake in 2018/19, MASS secured further renewals in the first half of 2019/20 and we expect it to maintain its order book into 2020/21.

MCL

MCL's first half contribution of £0.5m (2018: break-even) on higher revenue of £7.0m (2018: £5.5m) was a result of increased activity in supplying equipment to the UK MOD, particularly the Royal Navy.

MCL's order book of £13.2m (2018: £10.0m) and a good pipeline of opportunities give us confidence that MCL will have a stronger second half.

We expect MCL's overall annual performance to be in line with last year.

SEA

SEA's adjusted operating loss of £0.3m (2018: profit of £0.4m) was on slightly lower revenue of £13.4m (2018: £14.3m).

SEA's revenue mix was similar to last year.  However, the combination of slightly lower revenue, investment in its products, particularly its anti-submarine warfare Krait Defence System, and extensive bidding activities on export opportunities for naval systems, account for its weaker profit performance.  We expect this investment to deliver stronger order intake in the second half, providing good underpinning for 2020/21 and beyond.

For 2019/20, SEA is reasonably well underpinned with a closing order book of £34.6m (2018: £40.7m) including £13m of revenue to be delivered in the second half.  Overall, we expect SEA's performance in 2019/20 to be profitable and similar to last year.

Dividend

The Board is declaring an interim dividend increased by 12% to 3.20 pence per share (2018: 2.85 pence per share). This increase reflects the Board's confidence in the outlook for Cohort and its commitment to a progressive dividend policy. The dividend is payable on 26 February 2020 to shareholders on the register at 31 January 2020.

Auditor

After ten years as our auditor, KPMG LLP is stepping down.  Following a competitive tender process, we are appointing RSM UK AUDIT LLP as our new auditor and it will undertake our 30 April 2020 year end audit.  We will seek approval of this appointment from shareholders at the Annual General Meeting next September.

Outlook

After a strong year in 2018/19, especially in terms of order intake, the first half of 2019/20 has started well with over £77m of orders secured and we expect a similar second half for order intake.  We expect these orders to include important first steps into some key markets and programmes which will provide good revenue streams for many years to come, particularly at SEA and Chess.

At 31 October 2019 our order book was £206.7m (30 April 2019: £190.9m), providing good underpinning for the second half.  We therefore expect, as seen in the last few years, a stronger performance in the second half, though we still need to win and deliver some important orders to achieve our targets for the year.

As previously stated, we do not expect any direct effects upon Cohort from the Brexit process, as our UK into EU business remains small. The result of today's UK General Election is not expected to have a material impact on UK defence spending in the short term, notwithstanding a range of potential long term outcomes. In all scenarios, the responsibility of the Cohort Board is to manage our affairs so that our businesses prosper whatever the political and economic backdrop.

Overall, the Board expects Cohort's performance in 2019/20 will be in line with market expectations.

The acquisition of ELAC will represent a significant expansion, adding a profitable and growing sixth stand-alone business to Cohort's portfolio.  It furthers our strategy of expanding in defence products and export markets, particularly in the naval sector.  The naval export markets the Group is focused on are expected to reach US$150 billion of spend over the next decade in the Asia Pacific region (excluding China) alone.

 

Nick Prest CBE

Chairman

12 December 2019



 

Consolidated income statement

for the six months ended 31 October 2019

 

 

Notes

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

£'000

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

£'000

Revenue

2

60,151

39,493

121,182

Cost of sales

 

(39,161)

(26,406)

(78,143)

Gross profit

 

20,990

13,087

43,039

Administrative expenses

 

(20,626)

(15,005)

(37,095)

Operating profit/(loss)

2

364

(1,918)

5,944

Operating profit/(loss) comprises:

 




Adjusted operating profit

2

4,034

968

16,164

Credit/(charge) on marking forward exchange contracts to market
value at the period end (included in cost of sales)

 

7

(64)

33

Amortisation of other intangible assets
(included in administrative expenses)

 

(3,677)

(2,322)

(9,514)

Exceptional items:

 




Research and development expenditure credits (RDEC) (included in cost of sales)

 

-

-

744

Cost of acquiring Chess (included in administrative expenses)

 

-

-

(1,000)

Cost of acquiring EID (included in administrative expenses)

 

-

-

17

Reorganisation of SEA (included in administrative expenses)

2

-

(500)

(500)

Operating profit/(loss)

 

364

(1,918)

5,944

Finance income

 

12

12

27

Finance costs

 

(379)

(57)

(296)

(Loss)/profit before tax

 

(3)

(1,963)

5,675

Income tax credit/(expense)

3

125

353

(584)

Profit/(loss) for the period

 

122

(1,610)

5,091

Attributable to:

 




Equity shareholders of the parent

 

407

(1,433)

5,447

Non-controlling interests

 

(285)

(177)

(356)

 

 

122

(1,610)

5,091

 

Earnings/(loss) per share

 

Pence

Pence

Pence

Basic

4

1.00

(3.52)

13.37

Diluted

4

1.00

(3.52)

13.29

 

All profit for the period is derived from continuing operations.



 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 31 October 2019

 

 

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

£'000

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

£'000

Profit/(loss) for the period

122

(1,610)

5,091

Foreign currency translation differences on net assets of EID

(19)

113

(21)

Other comprehensive (expense)/income for the period, net of tax

(19)

113

(21)

Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period

103

(1,497)

5,070

Attributable to:




Equity shareholders of the parent

382

(1,321)

5,559

Non-controlling interests

(279)

(176)

(489)

 

103

(1,497)

5,070

 



 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 31 October 2019

 

 

Attributable to the equity shareholders of the parent

 

 

Share

capital

£'000

Share

premium

account

£'000

Own

shares

£'000

Share

option

reserve

£'000

Other

reserves

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

Total

£'000

Non-

controlling

interests

£'000

Total

equity

£'000

At 1 May 2018

4,096

29,657

(1,190)

626

-

39,253

72,442

2,554

74,996

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(1,434)

(1,434)

(176)

(1,610)

Other comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

113

113

-

113

Total comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(1,321)

(1,321)

(176)

(1,497)

Transactions with owners of the Group and non-controlling interests recognised directly in equity:










Equity dividend

-

-

-

-

-

(2,299)

(2,299)

-

(2,299)

Vesting of Restricted Shares

-

-

-

-

-

178

178

-

178

Own shares purchased

-

-

(631)

-

-

-

(631)

-

(631)

Own shares sold

-

-

587

-

-

-

587

-

587

Net loss on selling own shares

-

-

678

-

-

(678)

-

-

-

Share-based payments

-

-

-

150

-

-

150

-

150

At 31 October 2018 (as restated)

4,096

29,657

(556)

776

-

35,133

69,106

2,378

71,484

At 1 May 2018

4,096

29,657

(1,190)

626

-

39,253

72,442

2,554

74,996

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

5,447

5,447

(356)

5,091

Other comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

112

112

(133)

(21)

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

5,559

5,559

(489)

5,070

Transactions with owners of the Group and non-controlling interests, recognised directly in equity










Equity dividends

-

-

-

-

-

(3,464)

(3,464)

-

(3,464)

Vesting of Restricted Shares

-

-

-

-

-

178

178

-

178

Own shares purchased

-

-

(631)

-

-

-

(631)

-

(631)

Own shares sold

-

-

743

-

-

-

743

-

743

Net loss on selling own shares

-

-

730

-

-

(730)

-

-

-

Share-based payments

-

-

-

291

-

-

291

-

291

Deferred tax adjustment in respect of share-based payments

-

-

-

(76)

-

-

(76)

-

(76)

Transfer of share option reserve on vesting of options

-

-

-

(238)

-

238

-

-

-

Acquisition of 81.84% of Chess

-

-

-

-

(4,350)

-

(4,350)

4,214

(136)

At 30 April 2019

4,096

29,657

(348)

603

(4,350)

41,034

70,692

6,279

76,971

At 1 May 2019

4,096

29,657

(348)

603

(4,350)

41,034

70,692

6,279

76,971

Profit/(loss) for the period

-

-

-

-

-

407

407

(285)

122

Other comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(25)

(25)

6

(19)

Total comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

-

-

382

382

(279)

103

Transactions with owners of the Group and non-controlling interests recognised directly in equity:










Equity dividend

-

-

-

-

-

(2,544)

(2,544)

-

(2,544)

Vesting of Restricted Shares

-

-

-

-

-

210

210

-

210

Own shares purchased

-

-

(1,830)

-

-

-

(1,830)

-

(1,830)

Own shares sold

-

-

1,104

-

-

-

1,104

-

1,104

Net loss on selling own shares

-

-

577

-

-

(577)

-

-

-

Share-based payments

-

-

-

150

-

-

150

-

150

Adoption of IFRS 16

-

-

-

-

-

(29)

(29)

-

(29)

At 31 October 2019

4,096

29,657

(497)

753

(4,350)

38,476

68,135

6,000

74,135

 



 

Consolidated statement of financial position

as at 31 October 2019

 

 

Notes

31 October 2019

Unaudited

£'000

31 October 2018

Unaudited

(restated)

£'000

30 April 2019

Audited

£'000

Assets



 

 

Non-current assets



 

 

Goodwill


42,254

39,156

41,354

Other intangible assets


16,911

3,846

20,588

Right of use asset

8

5,745

-

-

Property, plant and equipment


12,111

9,490

10,956

Deferred tax asset

 

361

640

365

 

 

77,382

53,132

73,263

Current assets





Inventories


12,889

6,316

13,452

Trade and other receivables


41,673

30,543

42,971

Derivative financial instruments


-

72

-

Cash and cash equivalents

 

18,371

11,935

18,763

 

 

72,933

48,866

75,186

Total assets

 

150,315

101,998

148,449

Liabilities





Current liabilities





Trade and other payables


(32,909)

(21,189)

(35,225)

Current tax liabilities


(1,234)

-

-

Derivative financial instruments


(118)

(179)

(99)

Bank borrowings


(51)

(7,253)

(61)

Lease liability in respect of right of use asset

8

(1,060)

-

-

Provisions

 

(1,730)

(1,018)

(818)

 

 

(37,102)

(29,639)

(36,203)

Non-current liabilities





Deferred tax liability


(3,134)

(1,170)

(4,041)

Bank borrowings


(25,114)

(13)

(25,126)

Lease liability in respect of right of use asset

8

(4,722)

-

-

Provisions


(608)

-

(608)

Other creditors

 

(5,500)

-

(5,500)

 

 

(39,078)

(1,183)

(35,275)

Total liabilities

 

(76,180)

(30,822)

(71,478)

Net assets

 

74,135

71,176

76,971

Equity





Share capital


4,096

4,096

4,096

Share premium account


29,657

29,657

29,657

Own shares


(497)

(556)

(348)

Share option reserve


753

776

603

Other reserves


(4,350)

-

(4,350)

Retained earnings

 

38,476

35,133

41,034

Total equity attributable to the equity shareholders of the parent


68,135

69,106

70,692

Non-controlling interests

 

6,000

2,070

6,279

Total equity

 

74,135

71,176

76,971

 



 

Consolidated cash flow statement

for the six months ended 31 October 2019

 

 

Notes

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

£'000

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

£'000

Net cash generated from/(used in) operating activities

6

4,844

(3,830)

8,635

Cash flow from investing activities

 




Interest received

 

12

12

27

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 

(1,823)

(445)

(2,058)

Acquisition of Chess (including net debt acquired)

 

-

-

(20,885)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(1,811)

(433)

(22,916)

Cash flow from financing activities

 




Equity dividends paid

 

(2,544)

(2,299)

(3,464)

Repayment of borrowings

 

(23)

(2,000)

(2,027)

Drawdown of borrowings

 

-

12

18,017

Purchase of own shares

 

(1,830)

(631)

(631)

Sale of own shares

 

1,104

587

743

Net cash (used in)/generated from financing activities

 

(3,293)

(4,331)

12,638

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(260)

(8,594)

(1,643)

Represented by:

 




Cash and cash equivalents brought forward

 

18,763

20,511

20,511

Cash flow

 

(260)

(8,594)

(1,643)

Exchange

 

(132)

18

(105)

Cash and cash equivalents carried forward

 

18,371

11,935

18,763

 

Net debt reconciliation

 

At 1 May

 2019

£'000

Effect of foreign

 exchange rate

 changes

£'000

Cash flow

£'000

At 31 October

 2019

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

18,763

(132)

(260)

18,371

Loan

(25,028)

(1)

-

(25,029)

Finance leases

(159)

-

23

(136)

Bank borrowings

(25,187)

(1)

23

(25,165)

Net debt

(6,424)

(133)

(237)

(6,794)

 



 

Notes to the interim report

for the six months ended 31 October 2019

 

1. Basis of preparation

The financial information contained within this Interim Report has been prepared applying the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the EU and expected to apply at 30 April 2020. As permitted, this Interim Report has been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies and is not required to comply with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" to maintain compliance with IFRS. This Interim Report is presented in Sterling and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand pounds (£'000) except where otherwise indicated.

For management and reporting purposes, the Group, for the period just ended, operated through its five subsidiaries: Chess, EID, MASS, MCL and SEA. These subsidiaries are the basis on which the Company, Cohort plc, reports its primary segmental information.

Going concern

The Company has considerable financial resources together with long-term contracts with a number of customers and suppliers across different geographic areas and industries. As a consequence, the Directors believe that the Company is well placed to manage its business risks successfully.

The Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus, they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing this Interim Report.

The Group's UK bank facility was renewed during November 2018 for four years until November 2022. The new facility of £30m is with NatWest and Lloyds.

The facility is for debt (including overdraft) and is in addition to separate bilateral facilities with each bank for trade finance items such as guarantees and foreign exchange instruments.

In accordance with Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006, the unaudited results do not constitute statutory financial statements of the Company. The six months' results for both years are unaudited.

(A) Statutory accounts

The financial information set out above does not constitute the Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 30 April 2019. KPMG LLP has reported on these accounts; its report was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying its report and (iii) did not contain a statement under Sections 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

(B) Statement of compliance

The accounting policies applied by the Group in its consolidated financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2019 are in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union. The accounting policies have been applied consistently to all periods presented in the consolidated financial statements.

The Interim Report was approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 12 December 2019.

2. Segmental analysis of revenue and adjusted operating profit/(loss)

 

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

£'000

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

£'000

Revenue


 

 

Chess

13,917

-

10,674

EID

6,050

3,671

11,530

MASS

19,856

16,055

38,951

MCL

7,024

5,485

21,715

SEA

13,775

14,303

38,731

Inter-segment revenue

(471)

(21)

(419)

 

60,151

39,493

121,182

Operating profit comprises:

 

 


Trading profit/(loss) of:

 

 


Chess

1,787

-

1,682

EID

56

(274)

1,357

MASS

3,754

2,181

8,175

MCL

468

32

2,282

SEA

(302)

381

5,492

Central costs

(1,729)

(1,352)

(2,824)

Adjusted operating profit

4,034

968

16,164

Charge on marking forward exchange contracts to market value at the period end

7

(64)

33

Amortisation of intangible assets

(3,677)

(2,322)

(9,514)

Exceptional items

-

(500)

(1,483)

Research and development expenditure credits (RDEC)

-

-

744

Operating profit/(loss)

364

(1,918)

5,944

 

All revenue and adjusted operating profit is in respect of continuing operations.

The operating profit as reported under IFRS is reconciled to the adjusted operating profit as reported above by the exclusion of marking forward exchange contracts to market value at the period end, other exchange gains and losses, exceptional items and the amortisation of other intangible assets.

The adjusted operating profit is presented in addition to the operating profit to provide the trading performance of the Group as derived from its constituent elements on a comparable basis from period to period.

The Group's adjusted operating profit includes the cost of share options of £150,000 for the six months ended 31 October 2019 (six months ended 31 October 2018: £150,000; year ended 30 April 2019: £291,000).  This figure is reported within the central costs for the six months ended 31 October 2019 and 31 October 2018.  For the year ended 30 April 2019 the share option cost is applied to each reporting segment in proportion to the number of employees in the Group's various share option schemes.

The chief operating decision maker as defined by IFRS 8 has been identified as the Board.

The operating profit and interest charge for the six months ended 31 October 2019 include the impact of applying IFRS 16 'Leases' from 1 May 2019.  The comparatives have not been restated (see note 8).

Revenue analysis by sector and type of deliverable

 


Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

 

 

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

 

 

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

 

£m

%

 

£m

%

 

£m

%

By sector



 

 

 

 

 

 

UK defence

28.1

47

 

22.3

56

 

62.3

51

Portugal defence

1.5

2

 

1.7

4

 

4.4

4

Export defence customers

21.5

36

 

6.8

17

 

30.8

26

Security

4.0

7

 

1.9

6

 

9.0

7

Defence and security revenue

55.1

92

 

32.7

83

 

106.5

88

Transport

2.8


 

3.9


 

9.2


Offshore energy

0.9


 

0.9


 

2.1


Other commercial

1.4

 

 

2.0

 

 

3.4

 

Non-defence revenue

5.1

8

 

6.8

17

 

14.7

12

Total revenue

60.2

100

 

39.5

100

 

121.2

100

 

The defence and security revenue is further analysed into the following:

 


Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

 

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

 

 

 

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

 

£m

%

 

£m

%

 

£m

%

By market segment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combat systems

8.9

15

 

9.3

24

 

22.9

19

C4ISTAR

29.2

49

 

10.4

26

 

51.1

42

Cyber security and
secure networks

7.6

13

 

7.2

18

 

15.5

13

Simulation and training

4.1

7

 

2.3

6

 

6.5

5

Research, advice and support

5.1

8

 

3.3

8

 

9.3

8

Other

0.2

-

 

0.2

1

 

1.2

1

Total defence and
security revenue

55.1

92

 

32.7

83

 

106.5

88

 

The Group's total revenue in terms of type of deliverable is analysed as follows:

 


Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

 

 

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

 

 

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

 

£m

%

 

£m

%

 

£m

%

Product

34.3

57

 

16.6

42

 

65.2

54

Services

25.9

43

 

22.9

58

 

56.0

46

Total revenue

60.2

100

 

39.5

100

 

121.2

100

 

3. Income tax (credit)/expense

The income tax (credit)/expense comprises:

 

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

£'000

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

£'000

UK corporation tax: in respect of this period

531

195

2,729

UK corporation tax: in respect of prior periods

-

-

(10)

Portugal corporation tax: in respect of this period

57

(90)

(410)

Portugal corporation tax: in respect of prior periods

-

-

1

Other foreign corporation tax: in respect of this period

-

-

31

 

588

105

2,341

 

 

 


Deferred taxation: in respect of this period

(713)

(458)

(1,713)

Deferred taxation: in respect of prior periods

-

-

(44)

 

(713)

(458)

(1,757)

 

(125)

(353)

584

 

The income tax credit for the six months ended 31 October 2019 is based upon the anticipated charge for the full year ending 30 April 2020.  As it is an estimate, the impact of research and development credits (RDEC) is not shown separately.

4. Earnings per share

The earnings per share are calculated as follows:

 

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

£'000

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

£'000

Earnings

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings/(loss)

407

(1,433)

5,447

(Credit)/charge on marking forward exchange contracts to market at the period end (net of income tax)

(6)

52

(27)

Exceptional items (net of income tax):

 

 


Reorganisation of SEA

-

405

405

Cost of acquisition of EID

-

-

(17)

Cost of acquisition of Chess (net of income tax)

-

-

926

Group's share of amortisation of intangible assets (net of income tax)

2,420

1,787

6,956

Adjusted basic and diluted earnings

2,821

811

13,690

 

 

Number

Number

Number

Weighted average number of shares


 

 

For the purposes of basic earnings per share

40,633,341

40,666,957

40,749,551

Share options

200,712

213,513

224,086

For the purposes of diluted earnings per share

40,834,053

40,880,470

40,973,637

 

The weighted average number of ordinary shares for the six months ended 31 October 2019 excludes 109,383 ordinary shares held by the Cohort plc Employee Benefit Trust (which do not receive a dividend) for the purposes of calculating earnings per share (six months ended 31 October 2018: 156,411; year ended 30 April 2019: 98,053).

 

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

Pence

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

Pence

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

Pence

Earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

Basic

1.00

(3.52)

13.37

Diluted

1.00

(3.52)

13.29

Adjusted earnings per share




Basic

6.94

1.99

33.60

Diluted

6.91

1.98

33.41

 

5. Dividends

 

 

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

Pence

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

Pence

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

Pence

Dividends per share proposed in respect of the period

 

 

 

Interim

3.20

2.85

2.85

Final

-

-

6.25

 

The interim dividend for the six months ended 31 October 2019 is 3.20 pence (six months ended 31 October 2018: 2.85 pence) per ordinary share. This dividend will be payable on 26 February 2020 to shareholders on the register at 31 January 2020.

The final dividend charged to the income statement for the year ended 30 April 2019 was 8.50 pence per ordinary share, comprising 2.85 pence of interim dividend for the six months ended 31 October 2018 and 5.65 pence of final dividend for the year ended 30 April 2018.

6. Net cash generated from/(used in) operating activities

 

 

Six months ended

31 October 2019

Unaudited

£'000

Six months ended

31 October 2018

Unaudited

£'000

Year ended

30 April 2019

Audited

£'000

Profit/(loss) for the period

122

(1,610)

5,091

Adjustments for:




Tax (credit)/expense

(125)

(353)

584

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

654

550

1,147

Amortisation of intangible assets

3,677

2,322

9,514

Net finance costs

367

45

269

Share-based payment

150

150

291

Derivative financial instruments and foreign exchange movements

(7)

64

(33)

Increase/(decrease) in provisions

11

(574)

(1,186)

Operating cash flow before movements in working capital

4,849

594

15,677

Decrease/(increase) in inventories

563

111

(2,812)

Decrease/(increase) in receivables

1,020

2,580

(794)

Decrease in payables

(2,086)

(6,418)

(451)

 

(503)

(3,727)

(4,057)

Cash generated from/(used in) operations

4,346

(3,133)

11,620

Tax received/(paid)

784

(640)

(2,689)

Interest paid

(286)

(57)

(296)

Net cash generated from/(used in) operating activities

4,844

(3,830)

8,635

 

7. IFRS 15 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers'

The impact of IFRS 15 was fully reported on by the Group in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 30 April 2019.

The reported results for the six months ended 31 October 2018 were initial estimates at the publication of the 2018 Interim Report.  These figures have now been updated and reported as final figures for the six months ended 31 October 2018.

The impact of the changes is that the total equity of the Group at 1 May 2018 has increased by £66,000 from that reported in the 2018 Interim Report of 12 December 2018.  The 31 October 2018 balance sheet has been restated accordingly with an increase in the trade and other receivables by £66,000.  The Consolidated income statement, Consolidated statement of comprehensive income and Consolidated cash flow statement for the six months ended 31 October 2018 are unaffected.

8. IFRS 16 'Leases'

The Group has adopted IFRS 16 'Leases' as from 1 May 2019 using the modified retrospective methodology.  This has resulted in the Group recognising right of use assets and liabilities as follows:

Right of use asset

 

Property

 

£'000

Other plant and equipment

£'000

Total

 

£'000

At 1 May 2019

5,405

466

5,871

Additions

336

54

390

As at 31 October 2019

5,741

520

6,261

Depreciation charge

(429)

(87)

(516)

Net book value at 31 October 2019

5,312

433

5,745

Lease liability in respect of right of use asset:




At 1 May 2019



5,900

New loans



390

Interest



93

Payments



(601)

At 30 April 2019



5,782

Due within one year



1,060

Due after one year



4,722

 



5,782

The impact on the operating profit and profit before tax for the six months ended 31 October 2019 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

Depreciation charge

 

 

(516)

Operating lease cost

 

 

601

Net increase in operating profit

 

 

85

Interest charge

 

 

(93)

Net decrease in profit before tax



(8)

The impact of this change in accounting policy on basic earnings per share is 0.02 pence for the six months ended 31 October 2019.



 

Shareholder information, financial calendar and advisers

 


Advisers

Nominated adviser and broker

Investec

30 Gresham Street

London EC2V 7QP

Auditor

KPMG LLP

Chartered Accountants

Arlington Business Park

Theale

Reading RG7 4SD

Tax advisers

Deloitte LLP

Abbots House

Abbey Street

Reading RG1 3BD

Legal advisers

Shoosmiths LLP

Apex Plaza

Forbury Road

Reading RG1 1SH

Registrars

Link Asset Services

The Registry

34 Beckenham Road

Beckenham

Kent BR3 4TU

Public and investor relations

MHP Communications

6 Agar Street

London WC2N 4HN

Bankers

Lloyds Bank

The Atrium

Davidson House

Forbury Square

Reading RG1 3EU

NatWest Bank

Abbey Gardens

4 Abbey Street

Reading RG1 3BA

Shareholders' enquiries

If you have an enquiry about the Company's business, or about something affecting you as a shareholder (other than queries which are dealt with by the registrars), you should contact the Company Secretary by letter to the Company's registered office or by email to info@cohortplc.com.


Share register

Link Asset Services maintains the register of members of the Company.

If you have any questions about your personal holding of the Company's shares, please contact:

Link Asset Services

Shareholder Solutions

The Registry

34 Beckenham Road

Beckenham

Kent BR3 4TU

Telephone: 0871 664 0300 (calls are charged at 12 pence per minute plus your phone provider's access charge). (From outside the UK: +44 371 664 0300 calls will be charged at the applicable international rate.) Lines are open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays in England and Wales.

Email: shareholderenquiries@linkgroup.co.uk

If you change your name or address or if details on the envelope enclosed with this report, including your postcode, are incorrect or incomplete, please notify the registrars in writing.

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Financial calendar

Annual General Meeting

15 September 2020

Final dividend payable

16 September 2020

Expected announcements of results for the year ending 30 April 2020

Preliminary full year announcement

7 July 2020

Half year announcement

December 2020

Registered office

Cohort plc

One Waterside Drive

Arlington Business Park

Theale

Reading RG7 4SW

Registered company number of Cohort plc

05684823

Cohort plc is a company registered in England and Wales.


 


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