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Final Results For The Year Ended 31 December 2018

Released 07:00 25-Feb-2019

RNS Number : 9354Q
GlobalData PLC
25 February 2019
 

                                                                                                                                               

25 February 2019

GlobalData Plc

Final Results For The Year Ended 31 December 2018

"A transformational year"

 

Operational Highlights

 

·      Continued strong organic revenue growth of 9%

·      Increased revenue visibility

·      Good progress on the integration of MEED and Research Views Limited ("RVL"), with both businesses performing well

·      New integrated user platform launched, incorporating new sectors, further improved user interface, industry insights and real-time technology

·      Group management and operational capability further strengthened

 

Financial Highlights

·      Group revenue increased by 33% to £157.6m (2017: £118.6m)

·      Underlying organic revenue growth of 9%, on a constant currency basis

·      Invoiced forward revenue(3)  increased by 34% to £81.4m (2017: £60.6m)

·      Adjusted EBITDA(1) increased by 38% to £32.2m (2017: £23.4m)

·      Improved Adjusted EBITDA margin (1) of 20.5% (2017: 19.7%)

·      Cash generated from operations of £25.1m (2017: £14.2m)

·      Final Dividend of 7.5 pence per share (2017: 5.0 pence); total dividend of 11.0 pence per share, up 38% from the previous year (2017: 8.0 pence)

·      Statutory loss before tax of £7.7m (2017: loss of £0.8m), which is inclusive of non-cash charges of £20.4m from amortisation of acquired intangibles, £5.7m share based payments and £1.4m of unrealised operating foreign exchange losses.

·      Net debt(2) of £64.1m (2017: £43.0m)

 

Bernard Cragg, Executive Chairman of GlobalData Plc, commented:

"GlobalData is positioned to help thousands of companies, organisations and industry professionals across the world's largest industries profit from faster, more informed decisions. Within each industry sector our proprietary data, human insight, and innovative technologies create trusted, actionable, and forward-looking intelligence. With comprehensive coverage, we can access multiple selling points within a client and around the world. This means that our ambitions are not constrained by demand."

 

Note 1: Adjusted EBITDA: Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, unrealised operating exchange rate movements, impairment, share based payments, adjusted for costs associated with derivatives, acquisitions and restructuring of the Group. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as: Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

 

Note 2: Net Debt: Short and long-term borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.

 

Note 3: Invoiced forward revenue: Invoiced forward revenue relates to amounts that are invoiced to clients at the balance sheet date, which relate to future revenue to be recognised over the course of the following 12 months.

 

ENQUIRIES

 

GlobalData Plc

 

 

0207 936 6400

Bernard Cragg, Executive Chairman

Mike Danson, Chief Executive

Graham Lilley, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

N+1 Singer

0207 496 3000

James Maxwell

 

James White             

 

 

 

Hudson Sandler

0207 796 4133

Nick Lyon

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

 

It has been another transformative year for GlobalData, with significant acquisitions in addition to driving strong underlying organic revenue growth of 9% and overall Adjusted EBITDA growth of 38%.

 

During April we concluded the acquisition of Research Views Limited which significantly expanded on our existing breadth of coverage by adding comprehensive capabilities across multiple industry sectors.

 

GlobalData is positioned to help thousands of companies, organisations and industry professionals across the world's largest industries profit from faster, more informed decisions. Within each industry sector our proprietary data, human insight, and innovative technologies create trusted, actionable, and forward-looking intelligence. With comprehensive coverage, we can access multiple selling points within a client and around the world. This means that our ambitions are not constrained by demand.

 

Our content and expert insights are tailored to serving our clients' major value creating activities and become embedded into key workflows and decision making processes. With around 75% of our revenues derived from annual subscription contracts, we have created a long-term business partnership with our clients and within our target markets.

 

The 2018 results are encouraging. We concluded some significant acquisitions and continued our strong organic revenue growth and exit the year with significant invoiced forward revenue for 2019. Our overall financial performance, our high proportion of quality subscription revenues and our scalable proposition means that we enter 2019 confident that we will continue to deliver against our objectives. Whilst the Group made a statutory loss for the year of £7.7m (2017: £0.8m loss), the bulk of the loss is represented by non-cash accounting charges for amortisation of acquired intangible assets, brought in as part of our significant M&A activity in this and in previous years, and our share option scheme. The Adjusted PBT, which we believe to be a fair measure of the Group's underlying performance grew from £19.0m to £27.8m.

 

Our Mission

We are helping our clients to decode the future, enabling them to be more successful and innovative. Our aim is to provide our clients with innovative solutions to complex issues delivered through a single online platform, which leverages our unique data and expert analysis across multiple markets and geographies. We help our clients with their strategic planning, market intelligence, innovation & new product development and sales & channel management, together with insight into latest developments in their markets and views of leading opinion formers.

 

Looking Forward

We are an ambitious and highly innovative business which challenges itself on a daily basis to continually be better at what we do. We provide our clients with world-class products and client service, with an ambition to exceed their expectations at every interaction. For our employees, we aim to be an employer of choice providing an enriching and rewarding environment to work in and for our shareholders we aim to provide returns which reflect our reported earnings and long-term prospects.

 

To deliver increased shareholder returns over the medium to long term the Group aims to:

 

·     Exceed client expectations, to achieve strong repeatable organic growth: We have significant headroom to grow across all our markets. We will continue to create world-class solutions, and explore new opportunities, leveraging our sales capability to target the right opportunity, at the right time, with the right proposition.

 

·      Make acquisitions that are strategic and earnings accretive: We look for acquisitions that are strategic in nature and which over a reasonable time frame, increase total returns. We also, from time to time, make small bolt-on acquisitions that either broaden our offering or extend our client reach in an existing market. Our acquisition process is robust and diligent and is supervised by the Board. We look to leverage our infrastructure with unique content which will deliver good margin.

 

·      Maintain a progressive dividend policy: Our business is focused on revenue growth, management of costs, working capital and increased cash generation. We believe we can invest in the business, achieve growth in profits and service a progressive dividend policy that reflects our growth and long-term prospects. This year is a good example.

 

There continues to be significant uncertainty following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, ('Brexit'). As a Board, we have carried out a detailed assessment to understand both the risks and the opportunities that Brexit poses for the Group. We believe that our data and analytics business model currently limits the direct impact of a "no-deal" scenario (such as tariffs on goods and cross border trade of goods).

 

However, we continue to monitor key aspects applicable to us, such as access to workforce and implications that each scenario may have to colleagues within our Group.  

 

Our Employees

Our employees once again have made vast contributions in what has been another significant year of progress and challenge for the Group. The quality, talent and commitment of our colleagues around the world, not only delivered a good set of results, but has also delivered substantial corporate projects such as the acquisition and successful integration of both Research Views (completed April 2018) and MEED (completed December 2017).

 

I am pleased these results have been confirmed by the Audit and Remuneration Committees to fulfil the performance condition for the exercisability of 2.1m employee share options.

 

Dividend

Having regard to the performance and prospects for the Group and the cash requirements of the business for the year ahead, the Board is pleased to announce a final dividend of 7.5 pence per share (2017: 5.0 pence). The proposed final dividend will be paid on 26 April 2019 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 22 March 2019. The ex-dividend date will be on 21 March 2019. The proposed final dividend increases the total dividend for the year to 11.0 pence per share (2017: 8.0 pence), an increase of 38%.

 

Current Trading and Outlook

We enter 2019 with good fundamentals including strong invoiced forward revenue for 2019 and a visible renewal base. We ended 2018 strongly and have begun 2019 positively and we remain confident that we will make further progress.

 

 

 

 

Bernard Cragg

Executive Chairman 

24 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REVIEW

 

2018 was a year of further progression for the Group. We again strengthened the Group via our selective M&A activity, whilst continuing to organically grow and have improved our Adjusted EBITDA margin.

 

Our focus remains on achieving our stated objective to become the leading provider of premium subscription based data & analytics and insights across the world's largest industries. We are consistent in our approach to achieving our objective and we have made strong operational progress towards it.

 

The acquisition of Research Views was not only strategically important because it further broadened our sector coverage but significantly, also had the important attributes common to our strategy. As the world becomes more complex, uncertain, and fast-moving than ever before, our clients face unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Our proprietary data, human expertise, and innovative technologies create the trusted, actionable, and forward-looking insight they need to make faster, more informed decisions.

 

The quality of our content is underpinned by our powerful Intelligence Centre platform, which delivers our data and analysis through a dynamic and intuitive user interface. We are continually innovating and the platform has seen significant development over the last three years, as we have sought to leverage our scale and ensure world class delivery in all of our industry sectors.    

 

Key Achievements

 

·    Revenues of £157.6 million: Group revenue has grown by 33% including the benefit of our acquisitions in the year. Our underlying organic revenue growth was 9%.

 

·     Invoiced forward revenue of £81.4m: Invoiced forward revenue has grown by 34% and organically by 9%. This gives the Group strong visibility over its revenues for the forthcoming year.

 

·      Acquisition of Research Views: The acquisition of Research Views enhances the Group's breadth of industry coverage.

 

·    Strengthened business infrastructure and commercial scale: In addition to the acquisition of MEED, which adds further scale to our business, we have also improved our Group infrastructure and sales capability. We now have significant sales operations across Asia Pacific and in the US.

 

·      Restructuring of organisation: We made good progress towards eliminating duplicate cost resulting from our M&A activity.

 

Key Performance Indicators

 

The key performance indicators selected are used by the Executive Directors to monitor the Group's performance and progress.

 

Revenue

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA margin

Net Debt1

 

 

 

 

 

2018

£157.6m

£32.2m

20.5%

£64.1m

2017

£118.6m

£23.4m

19.7%

£43.0m

% growth

33%

38%

0.8p.p

49%

 

Note 1: Net debt: Short and long-term borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.

 

Group revenue has grown by 33% including the benefit of our acquisitions in the year. Our organic revenue growth was 9%.

 

Our Strategic Priorities

We continue to pursue our four strategic priorities:

 

·      World Class Products

·      Sales Excellence

·      Operational Agility

·      Client Centric

 

 

World Class Products

Our content is data driven and analyst led and provides our clients with strategic and tactical insights for the markets that they operate in. We fully integrate our unique data, expert analysis, and innovative solutions into our digital platform. This gives our clients real-time access to deep, sector-specific intelligence, and powerful analytics, and workflow tools.

 

Over the past few years we have been focused on ensuring the taxonomy of our data is consistent across all of our data sets, enabling consistent categorisation and dynamic search functionality for our clients. A key operation during 2018 was bringing the acquisitions into this data framework, content management system and delivering through our single client platform, which is now largely complete.

 

We have launched a number of analysis tools and functionalities across our platform, which now give our clients a significantly more powerful and enhanced product, with insight into global trends.

 

Sales Excellence

Our priority has been to ensure that all of our sales staff fully understand their market and the value proposition of our products, helping them to find the right opportunity, at the right time. Whilst managing a global sales team remains challenging, our globalised product means that our proposition is consistent across regions and as a result we can apply consistent training, commission structures and selling material.

 

We now have a global data and analytics sales force and we have made good progress across all regions. We have increased our sales operations in the US and Asia Pacific. Whilst the largest contributors of our revenues are still in UK and Europe (43%), our presence in the Americas continues to grow and represents 34% of our Group revenues. We have worked hard to improve the depth and breadth of our cross-sector data and in conjunction with continued innovation, the group is well placed to increase its focus on selling our world-leading product.

 

Operational Agility

Our business model is a relatively simple one: create the content once and leverage sales from that content across multiple formats (subscriptions, reports, bespoke research engagements and events) and geographies. In doing so costs remain relatively fixed thereby allowing for a higher percentage of the sales value achieved to translate to profit. Acquisitions tend to suppress this structural benefit as they often bring a duplication of both processes and infrastructure which have to be rationalised.

 

Following our recent acquisitions and the relative speed that we have put the Group together over the past three years, we have performed a strategic review of our cost base to ensure investment funds are directed into the right areas of the business. As a result of this, we are more confident that we can significantly invest in our products and people without significantly increasing our overall cost base. This operational agility will keep us at the forefront of product development for our clients, whilst delivering progressive margins.

 

Our medium term Adjusted EBITDA margin target remains circa 25% and we are confident of achieving this over the medium term and further expanding our margin over the longer term. Consistent with our objective, our margins have increased by 0.8 percentage points to 20.5%.

 

Client Centric

Outstanding client service is a critical component in delivering client satisfaction and improved retention. Our aim is to deliver best in class client service at every point of interaction. We have increased resources focused on first-line response significantly, and continue to explore and adopt new technologies.

 

The progress we have made since we reformed as GlobalData in 2016 has been made possible because of the hard work and commitment of our employees and I would like to express my own and my fellow Board members' appreciation to all our colleagues across the globe.

 

Today we are a transformed business focused on the provision of world-leading data and analytics to global markets, all of which present opportunities for long-term profitable growth. We have made a positive start to the year and continue to look forward with confidence.

 

 

Mike Danson

Chief Executive Officer

24 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER'S REPORT

 

 

2018

2017

 

Movement

Continuing operations

£000s

£000s

 

 

 

 

 

Income statement

 

 

 

Revenue

157,553

118,649

33%

 

 

 

 

Statutory loss before tax

(7,664)

(795)

 

Depreciation

742

829

 

Amortisation of software

1,165

2,126

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

20,422

11,962

 

Finance costs

2,487

1,444

 

EBITDA2

17,152

15,566

10%

Restructuring costs

3,661

2,436

 

Revaluation of short and long-term derivatives

1,150

(1,266)

 

Share based payments charge

5,679

5,323

 

Unrealised operating foreign exchange loss

1,407

417

 

M&A costs

3,181

911

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

32,230

23,387

38%

Adjusted EBITDA margin1

20.5%

19.7%

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow

 

 

 

Cash flow generated from operations

25,058

14,196

77%

Adjusted operating cash flow 3

30,542

19,669

55%

Underlying cash flow conversion %3

95%

84%

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings performance

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

32,230

23,387

 

Depreciation

(742)

(829)

 

Amortisation of software

(1,165)

(2,126)

 

Finance costs

(2,487)

(1,444)

 

Adjusted Profit Before Tax

27,836

18,988

47%

Tax charge (as charged to the Income Statement)

(3,408)

(1,371)

 

Adjusted Profit After Tax

24,428

17,617

39%

 

 

 

 

Basic Shares

113,319

102,346

 

Diluted Shares

124,128

112,968

 

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per share (pence)

(9.87)

(2.12)

 

Adjusted earnings per share (pence)

21.56

17.21

25%

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (pence)

19.68

15.59

26%

         

 

 

 

 

The Group's performance this year

 

1.    Revenue

Revenues increased by 33% to £157.6m (2017: £118.6m), which reflects both good underlying organic growth (9%) and the benefit of the Research Views and MEED acquisitions. The acquired businesses are performing well and in line with our expectations.

 

2.    Invoiced forward revenue

Invoiced forward revenue (previously described as deferred revenue prior to the impact of IFRS 15) at 31 December 2018 increased by 34% to £81.4m (2017: £60.6m) which is inclusive of growth as a result of the Research Views acquisition, but also includes underlying organic growth of 9%.

 

3.    Adjusted EBITDA1

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 38% to £32.2m (2017: £23.4m).  Our Adjusted EBITDA margin increased by 0.8 percentage points to 20.5% (2017: 19.7%) as we continue to integrate a relatively fixed cost base after significant M&A and corporate development activity over the past 3 years.

 

4.    Non-recurring and non-cash charges

The Group made a statutory loss from continuing operations of £7.7m (2017: loss of £0.8m).

 

The reason for the Group reporting a statutory loss is that we incurred non-cash charges relating to amortisation of acquired intangibles of £20.4m (2017: £12.0m) reflecting our M&A activity over recent years, £5.7m of share based payments charge (2017: £5.3m) reflecting the accounting charge for our long term incentive plan, restructuring and M&A costs of £6.8m (2017: £3.3m) and revaluation loss on derivatives (currency forward contracts) of £1.2m (2017: gain of £1.3m).

 

Once the above adjusting items have been taken into consideration, the Adjusted Profit Before Tax grew to £27.8m (2017: £19.0m).

 

5.    Cash Generation

The operating cash flow was £25.1m (2017: £14.2m). Excluding the cash costs associated with M&A, restructuring and other exceptional costs (£5.4m) the adjusted operating cash flow was £30.5m, which is 95% of Adjusted EBITDA.

 

The Group repaid debt of £6.0m and paid dividends of £9.1m. The Group also paid for acquisitions of £4.6m, which were funded under facilities agreed in the previous year.

 

Capital expenditure was £1.6m in 2018 (£1.8m in 2017). This includes £0.9m on software (£1.1m in 2017).

                                                                                                  

6.    Foreign exchange impact on results

The Group derives around 60% of revenues in currencies other than Sterling. The impact of currency movements in the year had a negative impact on revenues of around £2m, which was offset in the income statement by approximately £2m of benefit in the Group costs, meaning that currency had minimal impact on the overall profitability. The main driver for the movement was the movements of pound sterling in comparison to US dollar. In 2017 the average rate through the year was 1.29 compared to a stronger pound, on average, in 2018 of 1.34.

 

7.    Net Debt:

Net Debt increased to £64.1m as at 31 December 2017 (2017: £43.0m). This increase principally reflects £4.6m spent on M&A activity and £16.9m on the purchase of own shares in order to satisfy the Group's long term incentive plan.

 

8.    Loss per share

Basic loss per share from continuing operations was 9.87 pence per share (2017: loss of 2.12 pence per share). Fully diluted loss per share from continuing operations was 9.87 pence per share (2017: loss of 2.12 pence per share).

 

On an adjusted basis, the adjusted earnings per share grew from 17.21 pence per share to 21.56 pence, representing 25% growth.

 

9.    Share based payments

The share based payments charge for 2017 has increased from £5.3m to £5.7m. The key driver for this increase is because of the share price performance during 2018 compared with previous awards.

 

 

 

Currency rate and market risk

The Group's primary objective in managing foreign currency risk is to protect against the risk that the eventual Sterling net cash flows will be affected by changes in foreign currency exchange rates. To do this, the Group enters into foreign exchange contracts that limit the risk from movements in US Dollar, Euro and Indian Rupee exchange rates with Sterling. Whilst commercially and from a cash flow perspective this hedges the Group's currency exposures, it does not meet the requirements for hedge accounting and accordingly any movements in the fair value of the foreign exchange contracts are recognised in the income statement.

 

Whilst the longer-term implications of the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union are unknown, we do know, in the absence of other relevant factors, that a sustained weakening of Sterling should be of benefit as we derive the majority of our revenues in currencies other than Sterling (principally US Dollar and Euro) and have a more limited exposure to non-Sterling costs. The exchange rate movements have had a largely neutral impact on our 2018 results.

 

As a data and analytics company, we are not currently impacted by cross border tariffs and we do not currently expect the re-negotiation of tariffs to materially impact our business.

 

Interest rate risk

Interest rate risk is the impact that fluctuations in market interest rates can have on the value of the Group's interest-bearing assets and liabilities and on the interest charge recognised in the income statement. The Group does not manage this risk with the use of derivatives.

 

Liquidity risk and going concern

The Group's approach to managing liquidity risk is to ensure, as far as possible, that it has sufficient liquidity to meet its liabilities as they fall due with surplus facilities to cope with any unexpected variances in timing of cash flows. The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through free cash flow.

 

Based on cash flow projections, the Group considers the existing financing facilities to be adequate to meet short-term commitments. The Directors have a reasonable expectation that there are no material uncertainties that cast significant doubt about the Group's ability to continue as a going concern.

 

 

 

 

Graham Lilley

Chief Financial Officer

24 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Note 1: Adjusted EBITDA: Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, impairment, share based payments, adjusted for costs associated with derivatives, acquisitions, unrealised operating exchange rate movements and restructuring of the Group. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as: Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

 

Note 2: EBITDA: Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and impairment. Includes a non-cash charge of £5.7 million for share based payments (2017: £5.3 million).

 

Note 3: Adjusted operating cash flow: Adjusted operating cash flow is cash generated from operations adjusted for exceptional cash items. Underlying cash flow conversion is Adjusted operating cash flow divided by Adjusted EBITDA.

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement

 

Notes

Year ended 31 December 2018

Year ended 31 December 2017

Restated

 

 

£000s

£000s

Continuing operations

 

 

 

Revenue

3

157,553

118,649

Cost of sales

 

(98,153)

(75,882)

Gross profit

 

59,400

42,767

Administrative costs

 

(29,077)

(22,335)

Other expenses

5

(35,500)

(19,783)

Operating (loss)/ profit

 

(5,177)

649

 

 

 

 

Analysed as:

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

 

32,230

23,387

Items associated with acquisitions and restructure of the Group

5

(6,842)

(3,347)

Other adjusting items

5

(8,236)

(4,474)

EBITDA2

 

17,152

15,566

Amortisation

 

(21,587)

(14,088)

Depreciation

 

(742)

(829)

Operating (loss)/ profit

 

(5,177)

649

 

 

 

 

Finance costs

 

(2,487)

(1,444)

Loss before tax from continuing operations

 

(7,664)

(795)

Income tax expense

 

(3,408)

(1,371)

Loss for the year from continuing operations

 

(11,072)

(2,166)

(Loss)/ profit for the year from discontinued operations

12

(1,255)

10

Loss for the year

 

(12,327)

(2,156)

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

(12,434)

(2,156)

Non-controlling interest

 

107

-

 

 

 

 

Loss per share attributable to equity holders from continuing operations:

6

 

 

Basic loss per share (pence)

 

(9.87)

(2.12)

Diluted loss per share (pence)

 

(9.87)

(2.12)

(Loss)/ earnings per share attributable to equity holders from discontinued operations:

 

 

 

Basic (loss)/ earnings per share (pence)

 

(1.11)

0.01

Diluted (loss)/ earnings per share (pence)

 

(1.11)

0.01

Total basic loss per share (pence)

 

(10.97)

(2.11)

Total diluted loss per share (pence)

 

(10.97)

(2.11)

The accompanying notes form an integral part of this financial report.

1 We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA adjusted for costs associated with acquisition, restructuring of the Group, share based payments, impairment, unrealised operating exchange rate movements and impact of foreign exchange contracts. See note 5 of the preliminary financial statements for further details. We present Adjusted EBITDA as additional information because we understand that it is a measure used by certain investors and because it is used as the measure of Group profit or loss. However, other companies may present Adjusted EBITDA differently. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to operating profit or as a measure of liquidity or an alternative to net income as indicators of our operating performance or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with IFRS.

2 EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and impairment.

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

Year ended 31 December

2017

 

£000s

£000s

Loss for the year

(12,327)

(2,156)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

Items that will be classified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

Net exchange gains/ (losses) on translation of foreign entities

988

(117)

Other comprehensive gain/ (loss), net of tax

988

(117)

Total comprehensive loss for the year

(11,339)

(2,273)

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

(11,446)

(2,273)

Non-controlling interest

 

107

-

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of this financial report.

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

 

Notes

 

31 December 2018

 

31 December 2016

Restated

 

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,314

1,243

1,353

Intangible assets

7

258,492

150,548

133,506

Trade and other receivables

 

2,775

3,700

4,625

Deferred tax assets

 

6,709

4,947

4,137

 

 

269,290

160,438

143,621

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

-

6

-

Current tax receivable

 

-

-

639

Trade and other receivables

 

51,324

42,421

32,851

Short-term derivative assets

 

529

369

94

Cash and cash equivalents

 

6,268

2,952

6,447

 

 

58,121

45,748

40,031

Total assets

 

327,411

206,186

183,652

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(92,660)

(69,537)

(55,018)

Short-term borrowings

8

(6,000)

(6,000)

(5,737)

Current tax payable

 

(5,204)

(2,990)

-

Short-term derivative liabilities

 

(1,408)

(98)

(1,089)

Short-term provisions

 

(364)

(160)

(1,364)

 

 

(105,636)

(78,785)

(63,208)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Long-term provisions

 

(437)

(441)

(223)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(6,571)

(3,014)

(4,655)

Long-term borrowings

8

(64,341)

(39,955)

(26,162)

 

 

(71,349)

(43,410)

(31,040)

Total liabilities

 

(176,985)

(122,195)

(94,248)

Net assets

 

150,426

83,991

89,404

Equity

 

 

 

 

Share capital

9

184

173

173

Share premium account

 

200

200

200

Treasury reserve

 

(19,142)

(2,289)

(960)

Other reserve

 

(37,128)

(37,128)

(37,128)

Merger reserve

 

163,810

66,481

66,481

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

798

(190)

(73)

Retained profit

 

41,704

56,744

60,711

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

150,426

83,991

89,404

 

These financial statements were approved by the board of directors on 24 February 2019 and signed on its behalf by:

 

Bernard Cragg                                                                                     Mike Danson

Executive Chairman                                                                                Chief Executive

                                                                                                                                           

Company Number 03925319

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of this financial report.

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

Share capital

Share premium account

 

Treasury reserve

Other reserve

Merger reserve

Foreign currency translation reserve

Retained profit

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

Non-controlling interest

Total equity

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

Balance at 1 January 2017

173

200

(960)

(37,128)

66,481

(73)

60,711

89,404

-

89,404

Loss for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,156)

(2,156)

-

(2,156)

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net exchange loss on translation of foreign entities

-

-

-

-

-

(117)

-

(117)

-

(117)

Total comprehensive loss for the year

-

-

-

-

-

(117)

(2,156)

(2,273)

-

(2,273)

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(7,134)

(7,134)

-

(7,134)

Share buy back

-

-

(1,329)

-

-

-

-

(1,329)

-

(1,329)

Share based payments charge

-

-

-

-

-

-

5,323

5,323

-

5,323

Balance at 31 December 2017

173

200

(2,289)

(37,128)

66,481

(190)

56,744

83,991

-

83,991

(Loss)/ profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

(12,434)

(12,434)

107

(12,327)

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net exchange loss on translation of foreign entities

-

-

-

-

-

988

-

988

-

988

Total comprehensive loss for the year

-

-

-

-

-

988

(12,434)

(11,446)

107

(11,339)

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of entity with non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

546

546

Acquisition of non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

-

-

(579)

(579)

(653)

(1,232)

Issue of share capital

11

-

-

-

97,329

-

-

97,340

-

97,340

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

(9,110)

(9,110)

-

(9,110)

Share buy back

-

-

(16,853)

-

-

-

-

(16,853)

-

(16,853)

Share based payments charge

-

-

-

-

-

-

5,679

5,679

-

5,679

Excess deferred tax on share based payments

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,404

1,404

-

1,404

Balance at 31 December 2018

184

200

(19,142)

(37,128)

163,810

798

41,704

150,426

-

150,426

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of this financial report.

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

Year ended

31 December

2018

Year ended

31 December

2017

Restated

Continuing operations

£000s

£000s

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Loss for the year from continuing operations

(11,072)

 (2,166)

Adjustments for:

 

 

Depreciation

742

829

Amortisation

21,587

14,088

Finance costs

2,487

1,444

Taxation recognised in profit or loss

3,408

1,371

Non-trading foreign exchange gain

-

(274)

Share based payments charge

5,679

5,323

Increase/ (decrease) in trade and other receivables

1,606

(1,147)

Increase in inventories

(26)

-

Decrease in trade payables

(703)

(3,020)

Revaluation of short and long-term derivatives

1,150

(1,266)

Movement in provisions

200

(986)

Cash generated from continuing operations

25,058

14,196

Interest paid (continuing operations)

(2,173)

(1,412)

Income taxes paid (continuing operations)

(2,255)

(70)

Net cash from operating activities (continuing operations)

20,630

12,714

Net (decrease)/ increase in cash and cash equivalents from discontinued operations

(912)

267

Total cash flows from operating activities

19,718

12,981

Cash flows from investing activities (continuing operations)

 

 

Acquisitions

(4,607)

(20,338)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(724)

(612)

Purchase of intangible assets

(890)

(1,184)

Net cash used in investing activities (continuing operations)

(6,221)

(22,134)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents from discontinued operations

(235)

-

Total cash flows used in investing activities

(6,456)

(22,134)

Cash flows from financing activities (continuing operations)

 

 

Repayment of short-term borrowings

(6,000)

(7,356)

Proceeds from long-term borrowings

30,473

51,100

Loan fees

(285)

-

Settlement of long-term borrowings

(8,408)

(29,520)

Dividends paid

(9,110)

(7,134)

Share buy back

(16,853)

(1,329)

Net cash (used in)/ from financing activities (continuing operations)

(10,183)

5,761

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents from discontinued operations

-

-

Total cash flows (used in)/ from financing activities

(10,183)

5,761

Net increase/ (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

3,079

(3,392)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

2,952

6,447

Effects of currency translation on cash and cash equivalents

237

(103)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

6,268

2,952

The accompanying notes form an integral part of this financial report.

 

 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

1.             General information

 

Nature of operations

The principal activity of GlobalData Plc and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') is to provide business information in the form of high quality proprietary data and analytics to clients in multiple sectors.

 

GlobalData Plc ('the Company') is a company incorporated in the United Kingdom and listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The registered office of the Company is John Carpenter House, John Carpenter Street, London, EC4Y 0AN. The registered number of the Company is 03925319.

 

Basis of preparation

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention as modified by the revaluation of derivative financial instruments. These condensed financial statements are for the year ended 31 December 2018 and should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018 that is available on the Company's website. These financial statements are presented in Pounds Sterling (£).

 

This preliminary announcement does not constitute the Group's full financial statements for the year ended 31 December

2018. The auditors have reported on the Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018 under s495 of the Companies Act 2006, which do not contain statements under s498(2) or s498(3) of the Companies Act 2006 and are unqualified. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018 will be filed with the Registrar of companies in due course.

 

The 2017 comparatives have been adjusted for the effect of discontinued operations to give a fair comparison of balance sheet and income statement line items. Details of the discontinued operations are disclosed in note 12.

 

Critical accounting estimates and judgements

The Group makes estimates and assumptions regarding the future. Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

 

In the future, actual experience may deviate from these estimates and assumptions. The estimates and assumptions that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year relate to valuation of acquired intangible assets, recoverability of deferred tax assets, provisions for share based payments, provision for doubtful debts, carrying value of goodwill and other intangibles.

 

Key sources of estimation of uncertainty

Valuation of acquired intangibles

Management identified and valued acquired intangible assets on acquisitions that were made during the periods disclosed in the financial statements. Management has applied judgements in identifying and valuing intangible assets separate from goodwill that consist of assessing the value of software, brands, intellectual property rights and customer relationships. The Board have a policy of engaging professional advisors on acquisitions with a purchase price greater than £10 million to advise and assist in calculating intangible asset values. The Group consistently applies the following methodologies for each class of identified intangible:

·      Customer relationships - Net present value of future cash flows

·      Intellectual Property - Cost to recreate the asset

·      Brands - Royalty relief method

 

Assumptions are made on the useful life of an intangible and if shortened, would increase the amortisation charge recognised in the income statement. The identified intangibles are set out in note 7.

 

There are a number of assumptions in estimating the present value of future cash flows including management's expectation of future revenue, renewal rates for subscription customers, costs, timing and quantum of future capital expenditure, long-term growth rates and discount rates.

 

Recoverability of deferred tax assets

The Group has recognised a deferred income tax asset in its financial statements, which requires judgement for determining the extent of its recoverability at each balance sheet date. The Group assesses recoverability with reference to Board approved forecasts of future taxable profits. These forecasts require the use of assumptions and estimates. Where the temporary differences are related to losses, relevant tax law is considered to determine the availability of the losses to offset against the future taxable profits. A deferred tax asset additionally exists in relation to the temporary tax and accounting difference in relation to the share based payment scheme. Additional disclosures on the calculation of share based payments are provided in note 10.

 

Share based payments

The Group operates a share based compensation plan under which the entity receives services from employees as consideration for equity instruments (options) of the Group. The fair value of the employee services received in exchange for the grant of the options and awards is recognised as an expense. The total amount to be expensed is determined by reference to the fair value of the options granted, excluding the impact of any non-market service and performance vesting conditions (for example, profitability, sales growth targets and remaining an employee of the entity over a specified time period). Non-market vesting conditions are included in assumptions about the number of options and awards that are expected to vest. The total amount expensed is recognised over the vesting period, which is the period over which all of the specified existing conditions are to be satisfied. At each reporting date, the entity revises its estimates of the number of options and awards that are expected to vest based on the non-market vesting conditions. It recognises the impact of the revision to original estimates, if any, in the income statement, with a corresponding adjustment to equity. The significant judgements involved in calculating the share based payments charge are the fair value at the date of grant which is determined by using the Black-Scholes model, the senior management retention rate which is determined with reference to historical churn and the estimated vesting periods which are determined with reference to the Group's forecasts. Additional disclosures on the calculation of share based payments are provided in note 10.

 

Provision for doubtful debts

The Group is required to judge when there is sufficient objective evidence to require the impairment of individual trade receivables. It does this on the basis of the age of the relevant receivables, external evidence of the credit status of the customer entity and the status of any disputed amounts. The Group will also review the previous payment profile of the customer and liaise with the customers' management team before concluding on whether a provision is required.

 

Carrying value of goodwill and other intangibles

The carrying value of goodwill and other intangibles is assessed at least annually to ensure that there is no need for impairment. Performing this assessment requires management to estimate future cash flows to be generated by the related cash generating unit, which entails making judgements including the expected rate of growth of sales, margins expected to be achieved, the level of future capital expenditure required to support these outcomes and the appropriate discount rate to apply when valuing future cash flows. See note 7 for further details on intangibles and goodwill.

 

Critical accounting judgements

Segmental reporting

IFRS 8 "Operating Segments" requires the segment information presented in the financial statements to be that which is used internally by the chief operating decision maker to evaluate the performance of the business and to decide how to allocate resources. The Group has identified the Executive Directors as its chief operating decision maker. Business information is provided to customers through one single brand via multiple channels by a dedicated content team that is centrally managed by Research Directors who report directly to the Executive Directors. Business information is therefore considered to be the operating segment of the Group.

 

Acquisition accounting

Management has determined it is most appropriate to follow the principles of IFRS 3 "Business Combinations", and apply acquisition accounting for acquisitions of entities under common control. As the Group paid over and above the book value of Research Views Limited, this allows for the recognition of these intangibles and reflects the fact that the rights of the minority interest shareholders have been affected. Irrespective of both Globaldata Plc and Research Views Limited being under common control, management's judgement is that the transaction was a combination of two businesses and the Group is expected to benefit from the synergies of combining the two businesses.

 

Defined benefit pension asset

As part of the acquisition of Research Views Limited and its subsidiaries, the Group acquired a defined benefit pension scheme. As at 31 December 2018 the scheme is in surplus, however management's judgement is that the surplus should not be recognised on the balance sheet. IFRIC14 came into effect on 1 January 2018 and applies to pension schemes reporting under IAS19. Under IFRIC14, recognition of a surplus should be considered in the context of whether a scheme sponsor has a future unconditional right to a refund of a scheme surplus that may arise. Management have considered the scheme rules which state that receipt of any refund would be conditional on how the trustees determine the overall surplus should be distributed. Management have therefore taken the view that the Group does not an unconditional right to a refund and as such have not recognised the surplus as an asset.

 

Going concern

The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through free cash flow. Based on cash flow projections the Group considers the existing financing facilities to be adequate to meet short-term commitments.

 

The finance facilities were issued with debt covenants which are measured on a quarterly basis. Management have reviewed forecasted cash flows and there is no indication that there will be any breach in the next 12 months.

 

The Directors have a reasonable expectation that there are no material uncertainties that cast significant doubt about the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. Accordingly, the Group has prepared the annual report and financial statements on a going concern basis

 

2.             Accounting policies

 

This report has been prepared based on the accounting policies detailed in the Group's financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.

 

3.             Segmental analysis

 

The principal activity of GlobalData Plc and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') is to provide business information in the form of high quality proprietary data and analytics to clients in multiple sectors.

 

IFRS 8 "Operating Segments" requires the segment information presented in the financial statements to be that which is used internally by the chief operating decision maker to evaluate the performance of the business and to decide how to allocate resources. The Group has identified the Executive Directors as its chief operating decision maker.

 

Business information is provided to customers through multiple channels by a dedicated content team that is centrally managed by Research Directors who report directly to the Executive Directors. Business information is therefore considered to be the operating segment of the Group. The Group profit or loss is reported to the Executive Directors on a monthly basis and consists of earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, central overheads and other adjusting items. The Executive Directors also monitor revenue within the operating segment.

 

A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to loss before tax from continuing operations is set out below:

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

 

Year ended 31 December 2017

Restated

 

£000s

£000s

Business Information

157,553

118,649

Total Revenue

157,553

118,649

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

32,230

23,387

Other expenses (see note 5)

(35,500)

(19,783)

Depreciation

(742)

(829)

Amortisation (excluding amortisation of acquired intangible assets)

(1,165)

(2,126)

Finance costs

(2,487)

(1,444)

Loss before tax from continuing operations

(7,664)

(795)

 

Geographical analysis

Our primary geographical markets are serviced by our global sales teams which are organised into European Key Accounts, Global Business Development, US and Asia Pacific. The below disaggregated revenue is derived from the geographical location of our customer rather than the team structure we are organised by.

 

From continuing operations

Year ended 31 December 2018

UK

Europe

Americas1

Asia Pacific

MENA2

Rest of World

Total

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£'000

£000s

£000s

Revenue from external customers

25,322

42,848

54,263

14,967

14,662

5,491

157,553

 

Year ended 31 December 2017 (Restated)

UK

Europe

Americas1

Asia Pacific

MENA2

Rest of World

Total

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£'000

£000s

£000s

Revenue from external customers

20,847

33,381

45,067

12,428

3,544

3,382

118,649

 

1.     Americas includes revenue to the United States of America of £51.4m (2017: £42.4.7m)

2.     Middle East & North Africa

 

Intangible assets held in the US and Canada were £23.2 million (2017: £13.1 million), of which £18.1 million related to Goodwill (2017: £11.6 million). Intangible assets held in the UAE were £17.5m (2017: £18.1 million) of which £11.4m related to Goodwill (2017: £10.3 million). All other non-current assets are held in the UK. The largest customer represented less than 2% of the Group's consolidated revenue.

 

The Group generates revenue from services provided over a period of time such as recurring subscription and other services which are deliverable at a point in time such as reports, events and custom research.

 

Subscription income for online services, data and analytics (typically 12 month) is normally received at the beginning of the services and is therefore recognised as a contract liability, "invoiced forward revenues", on the balance sheet. Revenue is recognised evenly over the period of the contractual term as the performance obligations are satisfied evenly over the term of subscription.

 

The revenue on services delivered at a point in time is recognised when our contractual obligation is satisfied, such as delivery of a static report or delivery of an event. The obligation on these types of contracts is a discreet obligation, which once met satisfies the group performance obligation under the terms of the contract.

 

Any invoiced contracted amounts which are still subject to performance obligations and where the payment has been received or is contractually due, is recognised within invoiced forward revenue at the statement of financial position date. Typically, the Group receives settlement of cash at the start of each contract and standard terms are zero days.

 

 

 

Revenue recognised in Consolidated Income Statement

Invoiced Forward Revenue recognised within the Consolidated Balance Sheet

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

Year ended 31 December 2017

As at 31 December 2018

As at 31 December 2017

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

Services transferred:

 

 

 

 

   Over a period of time

116,807

83,021

55,490

38,706

   Immediately on delivery

40,746

35,628

11,670

13,587

Total

157,553

118,649

67,160

52,293

 

The impact of IFRS 15 reduced the invoiced forward revenue balance at 31 December 2018 for services transferred over a period of time from £69,760,000 to £55,490,000 which was a result of reducing the balance for contracted amounts whereby the service has not started and the payment is not contractually due. All service obligations are due within 1 year.

 

At 31 Dec 2018, total 2019 revenue already invoiced totalled £81,429,000 (2017: £60,598,000) comprising the above amounts due and additional amounts not recognised in the statement of financial position which are contracted for receipt later in 2019.

 

On a like for like basis the underlying growth of invoiced 2019 revenue (excluding the IFRS 15 adjustment) was 9%, with the additional amounts being added through businesses acquired in the year.

 

The Group determines each contract value in negotiation with each client depending on the list price of each service and number and type of licence or delivery. The Group's sales team are compensated in part by fixed salary and part by commission compensation based upon sales performance, the commission cost is recognised in full at the point of sale and is for contracts no longer than 1 year in length.

 

4.             Restatement

 

IFRS 15 came into effective from 1 January 2018 and following an assessment of the financial impact of the changes required from the adoption of this new standard, there is no material change to the Consolidated Income Statement of the Group. The change only affects the recognition of bespoke research revenue, where we are no longer able to recognise revenue over the course of a contract on a completion basis, but instead must recognise revenue once performance obligations have been delivered. Materially, the delivery on a completion basis was very much aligned to delivery of key obligation milestone within our contracts and therefore does not differ in materially when compared with the provisions of the new standard.

 

The Consolidated Statement of Financial Position has been adjusted by the requirement to net down deferred income against trade receivables for amounts that have been invoiced but the service had not started at the 31 December 2018 and are not yet due. This adjustment has not affected the net assets of the Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effect on Statement of Financial Position as at 31 December 2018

 

 

31 December 2018

As reported

 

IFRS 15 Adjustments

Net down

 

31 December 2018 excluding IFRS 15 adj

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

1,314

-

1,314

Intangible assets

258,492

-

258,492

Trade and other receivables

2,775

-

2,775

Deferred tax assets

6,709

-

6,709

 

269,290

-

269,290

Current assets

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

51,324

(14,269)

65,593

Short-term derivative assets

529

-

529

Cash and cash equivalents

6,268

-

6,268

 

58,121

(14,269)

72,390

Total assets

327,411

(14,269)

341,680

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(92,660)

14,269

(106,929)

Short-term borrowings

(6,000)

-

(6,000)

Current tax payable

(5,204)

-

(5,204)

Short-term derivative liabilities

(1,408)

-

(1,408)

Short-term provisions

(364)

-

(364)

 

(105,636)

14,269

(119,905)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Long-term provisions

(437)

-

(437)

Deferred tax liabilities

(6,571)

-

(6,571)

Long-term borrowings

(64,341)

-

(64,341)

 

(71,349)

-

(71,349)

Total liabilities

(176,985)

14,269

(191,254)

Net assets

150,426

-

150,426

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

184

-

184

Share premium account

200

-

200

Treasury reserve

(19,142)

-

(19,142)

Other reserve

(37,128)

-

(37,128)

Merger reserve

163,810

-

163,810

Foreign currency translation reserve

798

-

798

Retained profit

41,704

-

41,704

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

150,426

-

150,426

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Group has adopted IFRS 15 on 1 January 2018 using the full retrospective approach. As a result, the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position at 31 December 2017 has been restated as detailed in the table below.

 

 

31 December 2017

As reported

 

IFRS 15 Adjustments

Net down

 

31 December 2017

excluding IFRS 15 adj

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

1,243

-

1,243

Intangible assets

150,548

-

150,548

Trade and other receivables

3,700

-

3,700

Deferred tax assets

4,947

-

4,947

 

160,438

-

160,438

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

6

-

6

Trade and other receivables

42,421

(8,305)

50,726

Short-term derivative assets

369

-

369

Cash and cash equivalents

2,952

-

2,952

 

45,748

(8,305)

54,053

Total assets

206,186

(8,305)

214,491

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(69,537)

8,305

(77,842)

Short-term borrowings

(6,000)

-

(6,000)

Current tax payable

(2,990)

-

(2,990)

Short-term derivative liabilities

(98)

-

(98)

Short-term provisions

(160)

-

(160)

 

(78,785)

8,305

(87,090)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Long-term provisions

(441)

-

(441)

Deferred tax liabilities

(3,014)

-

(3,014)

Long-term borrowings

(39,955)

-

(39,955)

 

(43,410)

-

(43,410)

Total liabilities

(122,195)

8,305

(130,500)

Net assets

83,991

-

83,991

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

173

-

173

Share premium account

200

-

200

Treasury reserve

(2,289)

-

(2,289)

Other reserve

(37,128)

-

(37,128)

Merger reserve

66,481

-

66,481

Foreign currency translation reserve

(190)

-

(190)

Retained profit

56,744

-

56,744

Equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

83,991

-

83,991

 

Additionally, the Consolidated Income Statement for the year ending 31 December 2017 has been restated to reflect the discontinued operations (see note 12).

 

 

 

 

5.             Other expenses

 

Year ended 31 December 2018

Year ended 31 December 2017

 

£000s

£000s

Restructuring costs

3,661

2,436

M&A costs

3,181

911

Items associated with acquisitions and restructure of the Group

6,842

3,347

Share based payments charge

5,679

5,323

Revaluation of short and long-term derivatives

1,150

(1,266)

Unrealised operating foreign exchange loss

1,407

417

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

20,422

11,962

Total other expenses

35,500

19,783

 

During the year the Group has undergone significant M&A activity, particularly the acquisition of Research Views Limited therefore costs associated with the M&A has been adjusted from Adjusted EBITDA.

 

Furthermore, the Group's M&A and expansion over the past three years meant the Group underwent some significant restructuring, principally as a result of the Research Views Limited, but also to remove duplicated costs from prior acquisitions and to align the Group's cost base to its strategy and needs going forward.

 

The adjustments made are as follows:

 

·              The M&A costs relate to due diligence and corporate finance activity.

·              Restructuring costs relates to redundancies and other restructuring.

·              The share based payments charge relates to the share option scheme (see note 10).

·              The revaluation of short and long-term derivatives relates to movement in the fair value of the short and long-term derivatives.

·              Unrealised operating foreign exchange losses relate to non-cash exchange losses made on operating items.

 

 

 

 

6.             Earnings per share

 

The calculation of the basic earnings per share is based on the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent company divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year. The Group also has a share options scheme in place and therefore the Group has calculated the dilutive effect of these options. The below table shows earnings per share for both continuing and discontinued operations:

 

 

Year ended 31 December

 

2018

Year ended 31 December

Restated

 2017

 
 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

Loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders (£000s)

(11,072)

(2,166)

 

Less: non-controlling interest

107

-

 

Loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent company (£000s)

(11,179)

(2,166)

 

Weighted average number of shares (000s)

113,319

102,346

 

Basic loss per share (pence)

(9.87)

(2.12)

 

Diluted

 

 

 

Loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders (£000s)

(11,072)

(2,166)

 

Less: non-controlling interest

107

-

 

Loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent company (£000s)

(11,179)

(2,166)

 

Weighted average number of shares* (000s)

113,319

102,346

 

Diluted loss per share (pence)

(9.87)

(2.12)

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

(Loss)/ profit for the year attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent company (£000s)

(1,255)

10

 

Weighted average number of shares (000s)

113,319

102,346

 

Basic (loss)/ profit per share (pence)

(1.11)

0.01

 

Diluted

 

 

 

(Loss)/ profit for the year attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent company (£000s)

(1,255)

10

 

Weighted average number of shares* (000s)

113,319

112,968

 

Diluted (loss)/ profit per share (pence)

(1.11)

0.01

 

Total

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 

Loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders (£000s)

(12,327)

(2,156)

 

Less: non-controlling interest

107

-

 

Loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent company (£000s)

(12,434)

(2,156)

 

Weighted average number of shares (000s)

113,319

102,346

 

Basic loss per share (pence)

(10.97)

(2.11)

 

Diluted

 

 

 

Loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders (£000s)

(12,327)

(2,156)

 

Less: non-controlling interest

107

-

 

Loss for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders of the parent company (£000s)

(12,434)

(2,156)

 

Weighted average number of shares* (000s)

113,319

102,346

 

Diluted loss per share (pence)

(10.97)

(2.11)

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of basic weighted average number of shares to the diluted weighted average number of shares:

 

 

31 December

2018

No'000s

31 December

2017

No'000s

Basic weighted average number of shares

113,319

102,346

Share options in issue at end of year

10,809

10,622

Diluted weighted average number of shares

124,128

112,968

 

* Where the share options in issue are anti-dilutive in respect of the diluted loss per share calculation in 2018 and 2017, the options have not been included in the calculation.

 

 

 

7.             Intangible assets

 

 

Software

Customer relationships

Brands

IP rights and Database

Goodwill

Total

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 1 January 2017

7,577

25,575

10,695

22,529

111,455

177,831

Additions: Business Combinations

117

7,180

1,596

4,356

16,779

30,028

Additions: Separately Acquired

1,036

-

148

-

-

1,184

Foreign currency retranslation

(47)

-

-

-

-

(47)

Disposals

(1)

-

-

-

-

(1)

As at 31 December 2017

8,682

32,755

12,439

26,885

128,234

208,995

Additions: Business Combinations

371

9,921

3,268

21,465

94,120

129,145

Additions: Separately Acquired

890

-

-

-

-

890

Fair value adjustment

(177)

(65)

-

-

406

164

Foreign currency retranslation

7

-

-

-

-

7

Disposals

(48)

-

-

(1,287)

-

(1,335)

As at 31 December 2018

9,725

42,611

15,707

47,063

222,760

337,866

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 1 January 2017

(5,716)

(13,559)

(2,597)

(13,093)

(9,360)

(44,325)

Additions: Business Combinations

(73)

-

-

-

-

(73)

Charge for the year

(1,118)

(3,097)

(1,290)

(8,583)

-

(14,088)

Foreign currency retranslation

38

-

-

-

-

38

Disposals

1

-

-

-

-

1

As at 31 December 2017

(6,868)

(16,656)

(3,887)

(21,676)

(9,360)

(58,447)

Additions: Business Combinations

(199)

-

-

-

-

(199)

Charge for the year

(1,115)

(4,197)

(4,280)

(11,343)

(652)

(21,587)

Impairment of goodwill

-

-

-

-

(535)

(535)

Fair value adjustment

85

-

-

-

-

85

Foreign currency retranslation

(14)

(2)

(6)

(4)

-

(26)

Disposals

48

-

-

1,287

-

1,335

As at 31 December 2018

(8,063)

(20,855)

(8,173)

(31,736)

(10,547)

(79,374)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 December 2018

1,662

21,756

7,534

15,327

212,213

258,492

As at 31 December 2017

1,814

16,099

8,552

5,209

118,874

150,548

 

Additions as a result of business combinations in the year have been disclosed in further detail in note 11.

 

 

 

 

8.             Borrowings

 

31 December

2018

31 December

2017

 

£000s

£000s

Current

 

 

Loans due within one year

6,000

6,000

 

 

 

Non-current

 

 

Long-term loans

39,955

 

Term loan and RCF

In April 2017, the Group refinanced its debt position. The facility consists of a £30.0 million term loan to replace the previous facilities held with The Royal Bank of Scotland. This is repayable in quarterly instalments over 5 years, with total repayments due in the next 12 months of £6.0 million. The outstanding balance as at 31 December 2018 was £19.5 million.

 

In addition to the term loan, the Group also has a revolving capital facility (RCF) of £70.0 million.  As at 31 December 2018, the Group had a total draw down against the RCF facilities of £51.6 million.

 

These facilities have been provided by The Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Bank of Ireland.

 

Interest is charged on the term loan and drawn down RCF at a rate of 2.5% over the London Interbank Offered Rate.

 

Borrowings can be reconciled as follows:

 

31 December

2018

31 December

2017

 

£000s

£000s

 

 

 

Term loan

19,500

25,500

RCF

51,573

21,100

Capitalised fees, net of amortised amount

(732)

(645)

 

70,341

45,955

 

 

 

9.             Equity

 

Share capital

 

Allotted, called up and fully paid:

 

        31 December 2018

      31 December 2017

 

No'000

£000s

No'000

£000s

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares at 1 January (1/14th pence)

102,346

73

102,346

73

Issue of shares: Consideration Research Views Limited

15,957

11

-

-

Ordinary shares c/f 31 December (1/14th pence)    

118,303

84

102,346

73

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred shares of £1.00 each

100

100

100

100

 

118,403

184

102,446

173

 

 

Share Buyback

During the year the Group purchased an aggregate amount of 2,869,289 shares at a total market value of £16,853,000. The purchased shares will be held in the Group's Employee Benefit Trust for the purpose of satisfying the exercise of share options under the Company's Employee Share Option Plan.

 

Capital management

The Group's capital management objectives are:

·      To ensure the Group's ability to continue as a going concern

·      To fund future growth and provide an adequate return to shareholders and, when appropriate, distribute dividends

 

The capital structure of the Group consists of net debt, which includes borrowings (note 8) and cash and cash equivalents, and equity.

 

The Company has two classes of shares. The ordinary shares carry no right to fixed income and each share carries the right to one vote at general meetings of the Company.

 

The deferred shares do not confer upon the holders the right to receive any dividend, distribution or other participation in the profits of the Company. The deferred shares do not entitle the holders to receive notice of or to attend and speak or vote at any general meeting of the Company. On distribution of assets on liquidation or otherwise, the surplus assets of the Company remaining after payments of its liabilities shall be applied first in repaying to holders of the deferred shares the nominal amounts and any premiums paid up or credited as paid up on such shares, and second the balance of such assets shall belong to and be distributed among the holders of the ordinary shares in proportion to the nominal amounts paid up on the ordinary shares held by them respectively.

 

There are no specific restrictions on the size of a holding nor on the transfer of shares, which are both governed by the general provisions of the Articles of Association and prevailing legislation. The Directors are not aware of any agreements between holders of the Company's shares that may result in restrictions on the transfer of securities or on voting rights.

 

No person has any special rights of control over the Company's share capital and all its issued shares are fully paid.

 

With regard to the appointment and replacement of Directors, the Company is governed by its Articles of Association, the Companies Act and related legislation. The Articles themselves may be amended by special resolution of the shareholders. The powers of Directors are described in the Board Terms of Reference, copies of which are available on request.

 

Dividends

The final dividend for 2017 was 5.0p per share and was paid in April 2018. The total dividend for the current year was 11.0 pence per share, with an interim dividend of 3.5 pence per share paid on 3 October 2018 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 31 August 2018 and a final dividend of 7.5 pence per share will be paid on 26 April 2019 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 22 March 2019. The ex-dividend date will be on 21 March 2019.

 

Merger reserve

The merger reserve was created to account for the premium on the shares issued in consideration for the purchase of GlobalData Holding Limited in 2016. The premium on the shares issued in consideration for the purchase of Research Views Limited and its subsidiaries (note 11) of £97.3 million was recognised in the merger reserve in the period ending 30 June 2018.

 

Treasury reserve

The treasury reserve contains shares held in treasury by the Group and in the Group's Employee Benefit Trust for the purpose of satisfying the exercise of share options under the Company's Employee Share Option Plan.

 

Other reserve

Other reserves consist of a reserve created upon the reverse acquisition of the TMN Group Plc in 2009. The parent company reserve differs from this due to the restatement of consolidated reserves at the time of the reverse acquisition. The parent company other reserve was generated in 2008 upon the issue of shares to fund acquisitions.

 

The disclosures above are for both the Group and the Company.

  

Foreign currency translation reserve

The foreign currency translation reserve contains the translation differences that arise upon translating the results of subsidiaries with a functional currency other than Sterling. Such exchange differences are recognised in the income statement in the period in which a foreign operation is disposed of.

 

During the year, there is a reclassification of £1.4m, which debits the corporation tax charge in the year ended 31 December 2018 and credits Retained Earnings within equity, in relation to deferred tax on share based payments. Further information is given in note 10.

 

10.          Share based payments

 

The Group created a share option scheme during the year ended 31 December 2010 and granted the first options under the scheme on 1 January 2011 to certain senior employees. Each option granted converts to one ordinary share on exercise. A participant may exercise their options (subject to employment conditions) at any time during a prescribed period from the vesting date to the date the option lapses.  For these options to be exercised the Group's earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation, as adjusted by the Remuneration Committee for significant or one-off occurrences, must exceed certain targets. The fair values of options granted were determined using the Black-Scholes model. The inputs used in the model were:

·      share price at date of grant

·      exercise price

·      time to maturity

·      annual risk-free interest rate and;

·      annualised volatility

 

The following assumptions were used in the valuation:

 

Award Tranche

Grant Date

Fair Value of Share Price at Grant Date

 

Exercise Price

(Pence)

Estimated Forfeiture rate p.a.

Weighted Average of Remaining Contractual Life (Years)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award 1

1 January 2011

£1.09

0.0714p

7.5%

1.3

Award 3

1 May 2012

£1.87

0.0714p

10%

1.4

Award 4

7 March 2014

£2.55

0.0714p

10%

1.4

Award 6

22 September 2014

£2.525

0.0714p

0%

1.3

Award 7

9 December 2014

£2.075

0.0714p

10%

1.5

Award 8

31 December 2014

£2.025

0.0714p

10%

1.5

Award 9

21 April 2015

£2.040

0.0714p

10%

1.5

Award 10

28 September 2015

£2.490

0.0714p

10%

1.3

Award 11

17 March 2016

£2.064

0.0714p

0%

2.0

Award 12

17 March 2016

£2.064

0.0714p

10%

1.6

Award 13

21 October 2016

£4.425

0.0714p

10%

1.6

Award 14

21 March 2017

£5.465

0.0714p

20%

1.6

Award 15

21 March 2017

£5.465

0.0714p

20%

1.7

Award 16

21 March 2017

£5.465

0.0714p

20%

1.3

Award 17

21 September 2017

£5.740

0.0714p

20%

1.8

Award 18

20 March 2018

£3.070

0.0714p

20%

1.8

Award 19

20 March 2018

£3.070

0.0714p

20%

2.0

Award 20

23 October 2018

£2.720

0.0714p

20%

1,7

Award 21

23 October 2018

£2.720

0.0714p

20%

1.7

Award 22

23 October 2018

£2.720

0.0714p

0%

1.3

 

Awards 2 and 5 have been fully forfeited.

 

The estimated forfeiture rate assumption is based upon management's expectation of the number of options that will lapse over the vesting period. The assumptions were determined when the scheme was set up in 2011 and are reviewed annually. Management believe the current assumptions to be reasonable based upon the rate of lapsed options.

 

The risk free interest rate and annualised volatility for awards granted in October 2018 were 1.2% and 17% respectively. The risk free interest rate and annualised volatility for awards granted in March 2018 were 1.4% and 23% respectively.

 

Each of the awards are subject to the vesting criteria set by the Remuneration Committee. In order for the remaining options to be exercised, the Group's earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation, as adjusted by the Remuneration Committee for significant or one-off occurrences, must exceed targets of £32 million, £41million and £52 million respectively (2017: £28 million and £39 million respectively). The targets were revised during 2018 following the acquisition of Research Views Limited and MEED (2017: revised following the acquisition of the Pharmsource and Infinata businesses).

 

Group Achieves £10m EBITDA

Group Achieves

£32m EBITDA

 

Group

Achieves

£41m EBITDA

Group Achieves £52m EBITDA

Award 1-4

20% Vest

25% Vest

25% Vest

50% Vest

Award 6

N/a

25% Vest

25% Vest

50% Vest

Award 7

N/a

20% Vest

20% Vest

60% Vest

Award 8

N/a

20% Vest

20% Vest

60% Vest

Award 9

N/a

20% Vest

20% Vest

60% Vest

Award 10

N/a

25% Vest

25% Vest

50% Vest

Award 12

N/a

18% Vest

18% Vest

64% Vest

Award 13

N/a

18% Vest

18% Vest

64% Vest

Award 14

N/a

18% Vest

18% Vest

64% Vest

Award 15

N/a

13% Vest

13% Vest

74% Vest

Award 16

N/a

25% Vest

25% Vest

50% Vest

Award 17

N/a

10% Vest

10% Vest

80% Vest

Award 18

N/a

10% Vest

10% Vest

80% Vest

Award 19

N/a

0% Vest

0% Vest

100% Vest

Award 20

N/a

10% Vest

10% Vest

80% Vest

Award 21

N/a

10% Vest

10% Vest

80% Vest

Award 22

N/a

25% Vest

25% Vest

50% Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

Award 11 relates to options awarded to Executive Chairman, Bernard Cragg during 2016. The options will vest on 31 January 2019 and 31 January 2021 in equal tranches.

 

The total charge recognised for the scheme during the twelve months to 31 December 2018 was £5,679,000 (2017: £5,323,000). The awards of the scheme are settled with ordinary shares of the Company.

 

During the period the Group purchased an aggregate amount of 2,869,289 shares at a total market value of £16,853,000. The purchased shares will be held in treasury and in the Group's Employee Benefit Trust for the purpose of satisfying the exercise of share options under the Company's Employee Share Option Plan.

 

Reconciliation of movement in the number of options is provided below.

 

Option price

(pence)

Number of

options

 

 

 

31 December 2017

1/14th

10,621,857

Granted

1/14th

1,428,400

Forfeited

1/14th

(1,241,396)

31 December 2018

1/14th

10,808,861

 

 

 

 

 

The following table summarises the Group's share options outstanding at each year end:

 

 

Reporting date

Options

outstanding

Option price

(pence)

Remaining

life (years)

 

 

 

 

31 December 2011

5,004,300

1/14th

3.7

31 December 2012

4,931,150

1/14th

4.3

31 December 2013

4,775,050

1/14th

3.3

31 December 2014

8,358,880

1/14th

2.5

31 December 2015

7,557,840

1/14th

2.5

31 December 2016

9,450,183

1/14th

3.2

31 December 2017

10,621,857

1/14th

2.2

31 December 2018

10,808,861

1/14th

1.4

 

During 2018 the Group identified that in years prior to 2017 the share based Payment charge in the Group profit and loss account had been overstated by an aggregate £3.6m, as the charge had not been appropriately trued up each year for leavers. Because the annual charge is reversed each year in the Retained profit reserve, there has been no annual or cumulative misstatement of the Groups net assets or reserves. The error in 2017 was immaterial and accordingly the share based payment charge for that year has not been restated. The basis of calculation of the charge has been corrected for 2018 and future years. 

 

The impact of the above has meant that there is a reclassification of £1.4m, which debits the corporation tax charge in the year ended 31 December 2018 and credits Retained Earnings within equity, in relation to deferred tax on share based payments.

 

  

 

 

11.          Acquisitions

 

Research Views Limited

On 28 March 2018, the Group took control of the entire share capital of Research Views Limited. Although the acquisition was subject to shareholder vote at a general meeting on 24th April, HMRC had approved the commercial aspects of the transaction and Mike Danson (68.6% majority shareholder at the time) had signed an irrevocable undertaking to vote in favour of the acquisition. Therefore, at this stage the Group was certain the deal would be approved and started to integrate and manage the acquired business.

 

The transaction was effected by a share for share exchange, in which GlobalData Plc issued 15,957,447 shares to the shareholders of Research Views Limited. Based on GlobalData's share price of £6.10 on 28 March 2018 (the date of transfer of control), the acquisition value was £97.3 million.

 

The amounts recognised for each class of assets and liabilities at the acquisition date were as follows:

 

 

 

Carrying Value

Fair Value Adjustments

 

Fair Value

 

 

£000s

£000s

£000s

Intangible assets consisting of:

 

 

 

 

Brand

 

-

3,089

3,089

Customer relationships

 

-

9,319

9,319

Intellectual property and content

 

-

20,430

20,430

Net liabilities acquired consisting of:

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

95

-

95

Intangible assets

 

3,187

(3,028)

159

Cash and cash equivalents

 

585

-

585

Trade and other receivables

 

4,159

(151)

4,008

Trade and other payables

 

(25,454)

(261)

(25,715)

Corporation tax payable

 

(161)

-

(161)

Deferred tax

 

373

(4,821)

(4,448)

Fair value of net (liabilities)/ assets acquired

 

(17,216)

24,577

7,361

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

  6,815

Non-controlling interest

 

 

546

 

 

 

 

 

 

The goodwill recognised in relation to the acquisition is as follows:

Fair Value

£000s

Consideration

 

 

 

97,340

Less net assets acquired (equity holders of the parent)

 

 

 

(6,815)

Goodwill

 

 

 

90,525

 

In line with the provision of IFRS 3, further fair value adjustments may be required within the 12-month period from the date of acquisition. Any fair value adjustments will result in an adjustment to the goodwill balance reported above.

 

The goodwill that arose on the combination can be attributed to the assembled workforce, know-how and expertise. The intangible asset valuations are provisional as at the interim reporting date.

 

The Group incurred legal and professional costs of £1.2 million in relation to the acquisition, which were recognised in other expenses. The group additionally incurred £0.5 million of stamp duty payable upon the acquisition which was recognised within other expenses.

 

In the year ended 31 December 2017 the trade of Research Views Limited and its subsidiaries generated revenues of £26.0 million and EBITDA of £2.7 million. The business has generated revenues of £19.9 million from the period from acquisition to 31 December 2018. If the acquisition had occurred on 1 January 2018, the Group revenue for 2018 would have been £163.0 million and the Group loss before tax from continuing operations would have been £5.0 million.

 

Research Views Limited and its subsidiaries were entities under common control at the time of acquisition, by virtue of being controlled by Mike Danson. IFRS 3 scopes out combinations of entities under common control. The Group has therefore applied IAS 8 'Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors' and used management judgement in developing and applying an accounting policy that results in information which is reliable and relevant. Management have determined it is most appropriate to follow the principles of IFRS3, and apply acquisition accounting for acquisitions of entities under common control.

 

Sportcal Global Communications Limited, an indirect subsidiary of Research Views Limited, has a minority shareholder owning 26% of the shares of the Company. As such, the Group has allocated a portion of the acquisition date values to non-controlling interests and recognised non-controlling interest in relation to the Company's profit for the period. The Group took control of the remaining part of the share capital on 24 December 2018 when the Minority Interest exercised a put option for us to acquire the remaining shares for £1.2m. The exercise notice was irrevocable and the Group had the obligation to purchase. As a result, the Group considered the acquisition of the remaining 24% of share capital on 24 December 2018. The consideration was paid on 28 January 2019 and was when the share transfer legally took place.

 

Other acquisitions

The Group also made three small acquisitions in the period for a total consideration of £4.4 million, on which goodwill of £2.8 million has been recognised. The goodwill that arose on the combinations can be attributed to the assembled workforce, know-how and research methodology which the Group is now utilising across all of our data and analytics products.

 

The Group incurred legal and professional costs of £112,000 in relation to the acquisitions, which were recognised in other expenses.

 

Cash Cost of Acquisitions

 

The cash cost of acquisitions comprises:

 

 

Year ended

31 December

2018

£000s

Year ended

31 December

2017

£000s

Acquisition of CHM Research Limited

(1,499)

-

Acquisition of Competenet

Acquisition of Research Views Limited:

      Cash acquired as part of opening balance sheet

(869)

 

585

-

 

-

Acquisition of Global Ad Source

(2,037)

-

Acquisition of Ascential Jersey Holdings:

 

 

      Cash consideration

(787)

(13,158)

      Cash acquired as part of opening balance sheet

-

524

Acquisition of Infinata

-

(7,704)

 

(4,607)

(20,338)

 

12.          Discontinued operations

 

On 1 October 2018 the Group sold Dewberry Redpoint Limited, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of GlobalData Plc. As part of our strategy to become a world leading data and analytics provider, over the past 2-3 years, the Group has discontinued and disposed of several non-core assets, which were mainly focused on lower margin print and web media that traditionally have a more transactional revenue base. The disposal of Dewberry Redpoint Limited is a continuation of this strategy. The principal activity of Dewberry Redpoint Limited was the publication of trade journals and the production and organisation of trade events and conferences.

 

The results of the discontinued operations are as follows;

 

 

 

Year ended

 31 December 2018

Year ended

 31 December 2017

 

 

 

£000s

£000s

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

1,933

3,029

Cost of sales

 

 

(1,976)

(1,776)

Gross (loss)/ profit

 

 

(43)

1,253

 

Distribution costs

 

 

 

-

 

(65)

Administrative costs

 

 

(1,381)

(1,178)

(Loss)/ profit before tax from discontinued operations

 

 

(1,424)

10

Income tax

 

 

169

-

Loss/ profit for the year from discontinued operations

 

 

(1,255)

10

           

 

a)    (Loss)/ profit before tax

 

 

 

Year ended

 31 December 2018

Year ended

 31 December

2017

This is arrived at after charging:

 

 

£000s

£000s

Impairment

 

 

535

-

 

 

b)    Cash flows from discontinued operations

 

 

 

Year ended

31 December

2018

Year ended

 31 December 2017

 

 

 

£000s

£000s

Cash outflows from operating activities

 

 

912

267

Total cash outflows from discontinued operations

 

 

912

267

 

Dewberry Redpoint Limited was sold for consideration of £75,000, settled in cash amounts of £30,000 and deferred payment of £45,000. The Group made a loss on disposal of £1.1m

 

13.          Related party transactions

 

Mike Danson, GlobalData Plc's Chief Executive, owns 68.6% of the Company's ordinary shares as at 24 February 2019. Mike Danson owns a number of businesses that interact with GlobalData Plc. The principal transactions, which are all conducted on an arm's length basis, are as follows:

 

Accommodation

GlobalData Plc occupies buildings which are owned by Estel Property Investments Limited, a company wholly owned by Mike Danson. The total rental expense, including service and management fees, in relation to the buildings owned by Estel Property Investments for the year ended 31 December 2018 was £2,551,900 (2017: £2,061,600).

 

Corporate support services

Corporate support services are provided to and from other companies owned by Mike Danson, principally finance, human resources, IT and facilities management. These are recharged to companies that consume these services based on specific drivers of costs, such as proportional occupancy of buildings for facilities management, headcount for human resources services, revenue or gross profit for finance services and headcount for IT services. The net recharge made from GlobalData Plc to these companies for the year ended 31 December 2018 was £490,400 (2017: £874,600).

 

 

Loan to Progressive Trade Media Limited

As part of the 2016 disposal of non-core B2B print businesses to a related party, the Group agreed to issue a loan to Progressive Trade Media Limited to fund the purchase consideration. This loan is for £4.5m and repayable in 5 instalments, with the next instalment due in January 2019. Interest of 2.25% above LIBOR is charged on the loan, with £117,000 charged in the year ended 31 December 2018 (2017: £112,000).

 

Directors and Key Management Personnel

The remuneration of Directors is discussed within the Directors' Remuneration Report in the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018.

 

Acquisitions

As detailed in note 11, Research Views Limited and its subsidiaries were acquired during the period. The entities were under common control at the time of acquisition, by virtue of being controlled by Mike Danson. Refer to note 11 for further details.

 

Amounts outstanding

The Group has taken advantage of the exemptions contained within IAS 24 - Related Party Disclosures from the requirement to disclose transactions between Group companies as these have been eliminated on consolidation. The amounts outstanding for other related parties were:

 

Non-Trading Balances

Amounts due in greater than one year:

 

31 December 2018

31 December 2017

 

£000s

£000s

Progressive Trade Media Limited

2,775

3,700

 

2,775

3,700

 

Amounts due within one year:

 

31 December 2018

31 December 2017

 

£000s

£000s

Progressive Trade Media Limited

925

925

 

925

925

 

 

Trading Balances

Amounts due within one year:

 

31 December 2018

31 December 2017

 

£000s

£000s

Estel Property Group Limited

-

(523)

Progressive Media Ventures (and subsidiaries)

-

94

Compelo Group (and subsidiaries)

(1)

71

Research Views Group (and subsidiaries)

-

360

 

(1)

2

 

In addition, the Group has a related party relationship with 3KSC, a Company owned by a Director of a subsidiary of the Group. At 31 December 2018 the Group had a loan balance due to 3KSC of £86,000. The loan was repaid in January 2019 and the Director is no longer a Director of the subsidiary Company. 

 

 


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