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Half year results

Released 07:00 31-Aug-2018

RNS Number : 3289Z
EMIS Group PLC
31 August 2018
 

 

                                                                                                                     31 August 2018

 

EMIS Group plc

("EMIS Group" or "the Group")

 

Half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

EMIS Group plc (AIM: EMIS.L), the UK leader in connected healthcare software and services, today announces its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

 

Financial highlights

 

 

2018 H1

2017 H1

Change

Revenue

 

 

 

Total revenue

£84.5m

£79.2m

+7%

Recurring revenue

£69.4m

£66.8m

+4%

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

Adjusted1

£17.6m

£17.5m

+1%

Reported post exceptional items

£12.9m

£10.5m

+23%

 

 

 

 

Cash flow and debt

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations2

£32.2m

£26.0m

+24%

Net cash

£32.3m

£10.5m

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Adjusted1

22.2p

22.2p

-

Reported post exceptional items

16.1p

13.1p

+23%

 

 

 

 

Interim dividend

14.2p

12.9p

+10%

 

 

1  Excludes capitalisation and amortisation of development costs, amortisation of acquired intangibles and exceptional items. Earnings per share calculations also adjust for the related tax and non-controlling interest impact. The only exceptional item excluded in either period relates to a £2.5m charge in 2017 H1 in respect of the Group's reorganisation programme.

2  Stated after deduction of capitalised development costs of £2.8m (2017 H1: £2.1m) and of the cash impact of exceptional items of £1.4m (2017 H1: £2.7m).

 

Operational highlights - encouraging H1 progress in line with expectations

·     Revenue growth of 7% was entirely organic, with recurring revenues up 4%

·     Excluding Patient's results, adjusted operating profit increased by 8%

·     Strong market share positions maintained across the Group

·     NHS Digital settlement expected to be within the provision made in 2017

·     Investment in team to complete legacy tasks and improve service execution

·     Improved net cash position despite increased investment

·     Interim dividend increased by 10%

Improved business execution

·     Strengthened senior leadership team and launched new management development programme

·     Invested in building up software development team in UK and India

·     Committed to meeting and exceeding our customers' and users' expectations

 

NHS Digital recovery plan well advanced

·     Meeting key service level obligations under the contract from 1 July 2018

·     Invested in support and software development staff to resolve legacy issues

·     Continue to engage constructively with NHS Digital on the settlement

Successful delivery of legacy commitments

·     Completed majority of outstanding commercial agreements and long-term delivery commitments with customers in Community and Acute Care

·     Reached financially beneficial arrangement to exit legacy Acute Care contract in Australia

·     Developing and defining next stage roadmaps for Primary and Community Care

Encouraging progress with key products and market developments

·     Patient - Patient Access App 2.0 launched

·     Primary Care - confirmed architectural design for EMIS Web upgrade and strengthened the team

·     Produced new mobile apps, released new software upgrades and launched new platforms and services across the Group's businesses

Strategy development for the next stage of growth

·     Identifying sustainable long-term market opportunities with executable plans

·     Defining our new five-year product roadmap

·     Strategy update in November 2018

Current trading and outlook - focussed on execution while planning for growth

·     Good revenue visibility and order book for the rest of 2018

·     Remain confident of delivering Board's expectations for the year as a whole

 

Andy Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of EMIS Group, said:

 

"We made encouraging progress in the first half in line with the Board's expectations, delivering further revenue growth and an improvement in profits, despite our investment in Patient and our legacy-related service execution. With a strengthened senior leadership team now in place and further growth in recurring revenues, we remain confident of delivering on our expectations for the year as a whole.

 

"This is a demanding yet encouraging time for the Group. We are committed to resolving our legacy issues, meeting and exceeding our customers', users' and shareholders' expectations while planning for growth. There is still more work to do to bring the Group's performance up to the standards I expect, but the changes we have made in the last year provide the core foundations for the next stage of our growth."

 

This announcement contains inside information.

 

 

There will be an analyst meeting and conference call today at 9.30am at Numis Securities, 10 Paternoster Square, London EC4M 7LT. Please contact Florence Mayo at MHP Communications on 0203 128 8572, emis@mhpc.com, for details.

 

 

Enquiries:

For further information, contact:

 

EMIS Group plc                                                                          Tel: 0113 380 3000

Andy Thorburn, CEO

Peter Southby, CFO

www.emisgroupplc.com

@EMISGroup

 

Numis Securities Limited (Nominated Adviser & Broker)     Tel: 020 7260 1000

Oliver Hardy/Simon Willis/James Black

 

MHP Communications                                                               Tel: 020 3128 8572

Reg Hoare/Giles Robinson/Charlie Barker

emis@mhpc.com               

 

Information for investors, including analyst consensus forecasts, can be found on the Group's website at www.emisgroupplc.com/investors.

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

EMIS Group is the UK leader in connected healthcare software and services. Its solutions are widely used across every major UK healthcare setting from primary, community & acute care, to high street pharmacies and specialist care services. EMIS Group helps healthcare professionals in over 10,000 organisations share vital information, facilitating better, more efficient healthcare and supporting longer and healthier lives.

 

EMIS Group serves the following healthcare markets under the EMIS Health brand:

 

•      Primary, Community & Acute Care, as the UK leader in clinical management systems for healthcare providers and commissioners. EMIS Health products, including the flagship EMIS Web, hold over 40 million patient records and are used by more than 100,000 professionals in nearly 6,000 healthcare organisations.

•      Community Pharmacy, with the UK's single most used integrated community pharmacy and retail system.

•      Specialist Care, as England's leading provider of diabetic eye screening software and other ophthalmology-related solutions.

 

These markets are also supported by other EMIS Group businesses:

 

•      under the Patient brand, the UK's leading independent provider of patient-centric medical and wellbeing information and related transactional services.

•      under the Egton brand, providing specialist ICT infrastructure, hardware and engineering services, and non-clinical software into health and social care.

•      under the EMIS Care brand, providing healthcare screening programmes such as diabetic eye screening.

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S OVERVIEW

We made encouraging progress in the half year in line with the Board's expectations. We delivered organic revenue growth and profit improvement despite incremental investment in Patient and increased legacy-related operational costs in the period. Our balance sheet remains strong, with net cash rising to £32.3m.

 

Business execution

We focussed our business units on improving service execution in line with the high standards our customers expect. Over the last year we have strengthened our senior leadership team, having recruited 18 new colleagues out of our team of 46. These new skills are complementary to our existing leadership talent and together they are focussed on improving execution.

 

We have also launched our new management development programme - Manager Essentials. This is a foundation course ensuring that our managers have the tools and techniques to successfully navigate the opportunities and challenges they face daily.

 

We are focussed on meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations in the products and services we provide. To this end we have invested in building up our software development team in the UK and India as well as targeting our delivery and service teams on particular customers and projects.

 

NHS Digital recovery plan

The execution theme also applied to the recovery plan for NHS Digital (NHSD) following the discovery of service level reporting issues in January 2018 being a major focus. This has resulted in the deployment of 93 additional support and software development staff to resolve the legacy issues, in line with the investment we indicated in March 2018.

 

As planned, we are pleased to report that we have met the key service level obligations under the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) contract from 1 July 2018 and expect to continue to do so. The Group continues to engage constructively with NHSD on the settlement. Our current expectation is that, when finalised, this will be within the provision that we have already made.

 

Delivery of legacy commitments

In addition to our NHSD recovery plan, we focussed our teams on successfully fulfilling legacy customer delivery commitments, including:

 

·     completing 17 out of 18 outstanding commercial agreements with Community customers;

·     completing 25 out of 30 long-term delivery commitments with Acute customers;

·     reaching a financially beneficial arrangement for the sale of a legacy Acute software product in Northern Territory, Australia;

·     developing the next stage of the user defined roadmap for Primary Care through our National User Group; and

·     defining the next stage of our Community Care roadmap in partnership with senior representatives from our customer user group.

 

Delivery of key products and market developments

While we have been addressing a number of legacy commitments, we have also been building opportunities across the Group to deliver future growth. We delivered key product and market developments in the period, bringing innovation to our user base, including:

 

·     Patient - Patient Access 2.0 app (the second element of our investment) was launched;

·     Primary Care - we confirmed our architectural design for the EMIS Web upgrade and started building the team;

·     Community Care - we released a new windows-based mobile app for beta trial for  "clinicians on the go";

·     Acute Care - we released a new software upgrade for Symphony, our unscheduled care product;

·     Partners - we released our new GP Analytics platform to the market in limited availability;

·     Egton - we launched our document digitisation service to the market;

·     Community Pharmacy - we continued the successful roll-out of our new ProScript Connect product; and

·     Specialist & Care - we continued our improved service performance.

 

Strategy for growth

In parallel with our major focus on execution, we have been considering and developing our strategic plans for the Group. This is progressing well with the executive team focussed on identifying sustainable long-term market opportunities with appropriate executable plans.

 

We have made significant strides in defining our new five-year product roadmap, led by our recently appointed Group CTO. The technology choices we make will be the key enablers to taking the business to the next stage of its growth.

 

We are hosting a Capital Markets Day for investors and analysts in London in November to cover the Group's long-term growth strategy.

 

Summary and outlook

This is a demanding yet encouraging time for the Group. We are committed to resolving our legacy issues, meeting and exceeding our customers', users' and shareholders' expectations while planning for growth. There is still more work to do to bring the Group's performance up to the standards I expect, but the changes we have made in the last year provide the core foundations for the next stage of our growth.

 

 

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

Primary, Community & Acute Care

 

Primary Care

EMIS Health maintained its UK GP market share of 56% (31 December 2017: 56%) and retained its market leadership position.

 

As noted in a separate announcement on 28 March 2018, EMIS Group has agreed with NHSD to continue to deliver Lot 1 services in England pursuant to the GPSoC framework. Lot 1 covers the centrally funded GP clinical IT system functionality, support and hosting. The new call off has been agreed to enable the continued delivery of Lot 1 services on a "business as usual" basis, as well as a series of agreed changes during the period from the expiry of the existing framework (on 27 March 2018) until 31 December 2019 to ensure business continuity of critical systems to general practices whilst a new replacement framework and supporting services are established.

 

The new framework, GP IT Futures, is targeted to commence in summer 2019 and this is a key priority for us for the rest of 2018. We will continue to work closely with NHSD to ensure it has a clear sense of our product roadmap and enhanced capabilities.

 

The Group is participating in the Scotland bid for primary care whilst being cognisant of its other priorities including preparing for GP IT Futures and enhancing the core product set. The Group will continue to develop the Scotland bid over the coming months and is keeping its options open as the dialogue develops. The current contract delivers annual revenues of approximately £2.5m.

 

In Northern Ireland, EMIS Health Primary Care has received confirmation from 65 practices of their intention to upgrade to EMIS Web. We expect that that these upgrades will be completed over the next six months.

 

The Group's Egton business continued to grow during the period, providing a range of software, hardware and services, including health administration, compliance software and GP practice websites. Deployment of CCG-funded NHS Wi-Fi continues, with 1,287 GP practices now using Egton's solution. Egton's newly released patient record digitisation product has received significant interest, with over 89,000 patient paper records being digitised. We continue to see growth in Egton's existing products, such as Automated Arrivals, with 2,510 active kiosks now in operation. More than seven million patients have arrived at their surgery and checked in using Automated Arrivals in the past year.

 

Community Care

EMIS Health grew its community market share in the first half, with an increase of 1% to 18% (31 December 2017: 17%), retaining the number two market position. This is good progress towards the Group's goal of consolidating its number two market position and of aiming for market leadership over time. A focus on strengthening customer relationships has led to improved engagement and support from the key strategic customers in the EMIS Health community user group, evidenced by improvements in customer satisfaction. The team secured a number of contract wins including South Warwickshire and Hereford, and improved its share of the hospice market. The new patient tracking system for supporting urgent treatment centres is showing steady growth with two new contracts won in the first half.

 

EMIS Health continues to support "clinicians on the go"; the new version of EMIS Mobile has been well received by doctors and nurses needing up-to-date electronic access to medical records at the point of care in a community setting, such as home visits.

 

Opportunities continue to arise for EMIS Health in the community segment from the strategic changes within the NHS with emerging new organisations such as the accountable care organisations (ACOs) and integrated care systems that are looking to whole health economy deployments for care records. EMIS Health is strongly placed to deliver in this area.

 

Acute Care

EMIS Health Acute Care grew its market share by 3% to 32% (31 December 2017: 29%) in the hospital pharmacy market, retaining its number two position. EMIS Health also maintained its number two position in A&E, with market share at 19% (31 December 2017: 19%). The business delivered an improved result on the comparative period.

 

During the first half, the Acute Care team successfully delivered the deployment of a light version of its electronic patient record product to its first customer, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which is now live with the division's entire suite of acute care systems. The business also secured new contracts in A&E, in hospital pharmacy and in order communications. There are a number of new sites in the pipeline for the remainder of the year.

 

Following the announcement in 2016 of the winding down of the Group's Australian operation, a number of customers have needed longer-term support to enable transition to new suppliers. During the period, in addition to the sale of legacy software, the business also agreed a new support and maintenance contract with the Northern Territory Government of Australia, including the provision of transition assistance as it completes the replacement of its core clinical system.

 

Community Pharmacy

EMIS Health Community Pharmacy (EHCP) grew as expected, maintaining its joint market-leading position in the first half, with a market share of 37% (31 December 2017: 37%).

 

The deployment of ProScript Connect continues at pace with 2,277 direct customers now upgraded from ProScript, representing 69% of the direct EHCP estate. This includes large group customers Rowlands Pharmacy and Day Lewis Pharmacy, which have now upgraded their entire estates. The roll-out of ProScript Connect into the Celesio independent estate has also picked up momentum with 880 sites now installed (44% of the AAH independent estate) and the roll-out continuing to progress to plan.

 

However, due to a change in internal strategy, Celesio has decided not to pursue the option to roll out ProScript Connect into its Lloyds Pharmacy chain at the current time.

 

The current focus for the business is delivering an integrated module to support customers in adhering to the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) which comes into force in February 2019. EMIS Health is well placed to help customers with this new industry-wide requirement, which sets out to eliminate counterfeit medicines from the supply chain. EHCP's FMD module will be made available as an upgrade to ProScript Connect.

 

Specialist & Care

Specialist & Care has maintained its position as the leading software provider in English diabetic retinopathy screening with a 76% market share (31 December 2017: 76%).

 

EMIS Care remains the clear market leader in outsourced diabetic eye screening and ophthalmology imaging services, maintaining a 26% market share (31 December 2017: 26%). After careful analysis of the financial case, EMIS Care has bid for a number of new diabetic eye screening contracts, with the results of the tender processes due to be announced later in the year.

 

Operating to the highest quality clinical safety standards is the Group's priority, and EMIS Care has implemented new processes in the first half of 2018 to further improve clinical quality. This includes a single grading protocol across all diabetic eye screening programmes (DESPs), and plans to implement a standardised slit lamp biomicroscopy (SLB) training qualification, increasing the progammes' SLB capacity. This is a service EMIS Care can provide within its own DESPs, and in future to non-EMIS Care DESPs too.

 

Patient

The previously announced improvements to both Patient.info and Patient Access continue to be well received by users of the leading information website and patient-facing services. 2018 continues to be a year of investment as Patient builds and strengthens its strategy, website and patient-facing services.

 

Patient.info enables the general public to self-care by searching for high quality information relating to clinical conditions. Following an upgrade in the second half of 2017, the website has seen steady growth, from 25 million average page views per month in 2017 H2, to 26 million average page views per month in 2018 H1.

 

During the first half of 2018 there were a number of further developments in Patient.info, including improved structure of the patient information clinical leaflets for better navigation, the introduction of new content formats including recipes and quizzes, and PR campaigns achieving mainstream media coverage.

 

The majority of the traffic to the site is routed through Google and, just as it did last year, Google has recently changed its algorithms, which has negatively impacted the traffic coming to the site from early August 2018. The Patient team is working through the implications and will adjust its approach, but it currently appears likely that the growth in associated advertising revenues will be suppressed during the second half of the year.

 

Patient Access enables patients to book appointments directly with their GP, order repeat prescriptions, view their clinical record including test results, and securely message their GP. The new improved app, Patient Access 2.0, was launched in May 2018 and over 2.2 million users have already moved across to the new service. Patient Access has seen a 34% uplift in the average number of monthly users to 1.8 million users during the period (2017 H1: 1.3 million). Year on year medical record views have increased by 49%, appointment bookings have increased by 14%, and repeat prescriptions have increased by 27%.

 

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW 

The Group's overall financial performance for the half year ended 30 June 2018 demonstrated strong cash flow performance and an improved level of revenue growth, while adjusted operating profit also increased but at a slower pace as a consequence of investment in Patient and a heavier cost base following the NHSD service level reporting issues discovered early in the year.

 

Financial summary

Group revenue increased by 7% to £84.5m (2017 H1: £79.2m). This growth was all organic. Recurring revenue grew by 4% to £69.4m (2017 H1: £66.8m), representing 82% of the Group's total revenue.

 

Adjusted operating profit for the period was £17.6m (2017 H1: £17.5m), with the revenue growth largely offset by increased investment in the Patient business (which as a result reported a £1.3m higher loss than in the comparative period) and higher costs in Primary Care in responding to the NHSD recovery plan and strategic priorities set out in the CEO's overview.

 

Segmental performance

Revenue increased in Primary, Community & Acute Care, assisted by an agreement to sell a legacy software product to Northern Territory, Australia, as part of the closure plans previously announced. This helped to offset a small decline in recurring revenues and an increase in the cost base, particularly in development and support, resulting in a flat adjusted operating profit performance overall.

 

Performance in the Community Pharmacy division reflected a strong performance in the market and in operational delivery of the ProScript Connect roll-out with a 14% increase in revenue and 36% increase in adjusted operating profit.

 

Specialist & Care delivered results in line with expectations with the full period benefit from 2017's new contracts driving revenue growth, and the improved profit performance reported in the second half of 2017 further progressed.

 

In Patient, investment in developing the future business model continued in line with the strategic plans, resulting in an increased loss of £1.7m in the period, as expected.

 

Revenue

Revenue is analysed in the following categories:

 

·   software and software licences, which increased to £32.0m (2017 H1: £27.4m), due to the Northern Territory sale and growth in the Group's customer base;

·   maintenance and software support, which were slightly lower at £19.7m (2017 H1: £20.6m) reflecting reduced revenues from legacy products;

·   other support services, where revenues were higher at £18.1m (2017 H1: £16.1m), with increased EMIS Care revenues;

·   hosting, which increased to £5.8m (2017 H1: £5.6m), as a result of more hosted solutions in Community Care;

·   training, consultancy and implementation, which fell to £4.5m (2017 H1: £5.5m), reflecting lower levels of new business activity in Acute Care; and

·   hardware revenues, which were higher at £4.4m (2017 H1: £4.0m), driven by stronger sales of EMIS Anywhere, the Group's solution for remote access to EMIS Web.

 

Profitability and dividend

Adjusted operating profit increased by 1% to £17.6m (2017 H1: £17.5m) but this is after taking account of the ongoing investment in the Patient business. Excluding Patient's results, adjusted operating profit increased by 8%, with the adjusted operating margin on the same basis slightly ahead at 23.2% (2017 H1: 22.9%).

 

The Group employed 2,046 staff at 30 June 2018, with the increase from 1,922 at 31 December 2017 driven principally by further investment in the Indian development team (72 increase), Patient team (21 increase) and GP support team (16 increase).

 

There were no exceptional items in the period (2017 H1: £2.5m of reorganisation costs). After accounting for exceptional items, the capitalisation and amortisation of development costs, and for the amortisation of acquired intangibles, operating profit was 23% higher at £12.9m (2017 H1: £10.5m).

 

The tax charge for the period was £2.4m (2017 H1: £2.1m), representing an effective rate of tax before share of result of joint venture of 19.1% (2017 H1: 19.9%).

 

Adjusted basic and diluted EPS were unchanged at 22.2p and 22.1p respectively (2017 H1: 22.2p and 22.1p respectively). As a result of the exceptional charge in 2017 H1, the reported basic and diluted EPS were both higher at 16.1p (2017 H1: 13.1p for both measures).

 

The Board has taken into account the consistent underlying growth of the Group, together with its future prospects, and has therefore resolved to increase the interim dividend by 10% to 14.2p (2017 H1: 12.9p) per share, payable on 2 November 2018 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 28 September 2018.

 

Cash flow, net cash and financing

Net cash generated from operations (after deducting £2.8m of capitalised development costs) increased by 24% to £32.2m (2017 H1: £26.0m). Net cash generated from operations is also stated after deducting the cash cost of exceptional charges of £1.4m (2017 H1: £2.7m). On an adjusted basis, adding back this cost, cash flow from operations increased by 17% to £33.6m (2017 H1: £28.7m). This reflected a strong working capital performance, and is stated after absorbing the increased level of Patient investment in 2018 H1.

 

Net capital expenditure excluding capitalised development costs was unchanged at £3.6m (2017 H1: £3.6m), and was principally on computer equipment. After finance costs, tax, dividends and Employee Benefit Trust transactions, the Group ended the period with net cash of £32.3m (31 December 2017: £14.0m; 2017 H1: £10.5m).

 

At 30 June 2018, the Group had available undrawn bank facilities of £30.0m committed until June 2021, with an accordion arrangement to increase the quantum up to £60.0m and a further option to extend the term by a further year.

 

 

Group statement of comprehensive income

for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year

 ended

 

 

30 June

2018

30 June

2017

31 December 2017

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

9

84,548

79,190

160,354

Costs:

 

 

 

 

Changes in inventories

 

(223)

674

(182)

Cost of goods and services

 

     (8,227)

(8,518)

(14,492)

Staff costs1

 

(36,902)

(38,143)

(75,162)

Other operating expenses2

 

(15,884)

(13,269)

(40,119)

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

(2,350)

(2,283)

(4,506)

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

(8,056)

(7,185)

(15,253)

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating profit

 

17,616

17,509

37,406

Development costs capitalised

 

2,803

2,145

4,426

Amortisation of intangible assets3

 

(7,513)

(6,660)

(14,204)

Reorganisation costs4

 

-

(2,528)

(5,800)

Service level reporting charges5

 

-

-

(11,188)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

12,906

10,466

10,640

Finance income

 

3

2

3

Finance costs

 

(157)

(152)

(302)

Share of result of joint venture

 

318

350

596

Profit before taxation

 

13,070

10,666

10,937

Income tax expense

10

(2,432)

(2,053)

(2,074)

Profit for the period

 

10,638

8,613

8,863

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

(44)

(4)

30

Other comprehensive income

 

(44)

(4)

30

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

10,594

8,609

8,893

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

- equity holders of the parent

 

10,095

8,233

8,083

- non-controlling interest in subsidiary company

 

499

376

810

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

10,594

8,609

8,893

 

 

 

 

Pence

Pence

Pence

Basic

11

16.1

13.1

12.8

Diluted

11

16.1

13.1

12.8

 

1   Including reorganisation costs of £nil (2017 H1: £2,468,000; 2017 FY: £5,688,000)

2   Including contract asset depreciation of £701,000 (2017 H1: £682,000; 2017 FY: £1,285,000), reorganisation costs of £nil (2017 H1: £60,000; 2017 FY: £112,000) and service level reporting charges of £nil (2017 H1: £nil; 2017 FY: £11,118,000).

3   Excluding amortisation of computer software used internally of £543,000 (2017 H1: £525,000; 2017 FY: £1,049,000).

4   The reorganisation costs in 2017 relate to redundancy and restructuring costs.

5   The service level reporting charges in 2017 relate to the NHS Digital reporting issue and reflect the estimated cost of settling the issue with NHS Digital and the cost of remediating the software code to address the problem backlog present at the year end, together with associated professional fees.

 

 

Group balance sheet

as at 30 June 2018

 

 

 

30 June

2018

Unaudited

30 June

 2017

Unaudited

31 December 2017

Audited

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

50,336

50,336

50,336

Other intangible assets

13

45,505

55,937

50,508

Property, plant and equipment

 

21,398

21,159

22,037

Investment in joint venture

 

416

502

98

 

 

117,655

127,934

122,979

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

1,410

2,489

1,633

Current tax assets

 

717

-

1,128

Trade and other receivables

 

41,808

41,793

40,148

Cash and cash equivalents

 

32,328

10,484

13,991

 

 

76,263

54,766

56,900

Total assets

 

193,918

182,700

179,879

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

(23,945)

(20,646)

(20,207)

Current tax liabilities

 

-

(700)

-

Deferred income

 

(42,637)

(37,436)

(33,736)

Provision

14

(10,514)

-

(11,188)

 

 

(77,096)

(58,782)

(65,131)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax liability

 

(5,800)

(8,353)

(6,734)

 

 

(5,800)

(8,353)

(6,734)

Total liabilities

 

(82,896)

(67,135)

(71,865)

NET ASSETS

 

111,022

115,565

108,014

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Ordinary share capital

 

633

633

633

Share premium

 

51,045

51,045

51,045

Own shares held in trust

 

(2,140)

(2,395)

(2,293)

Retained earnings

 

53,689

59,410

51,289

Other reserve

 

2,013

2,023

2,057

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

105,240

110,716

102,731

Non-controlling interest

 

5,782

4,849

5,283

TOTAL EQUITY

 

111,022

115,565

108,014

 

 

 

Group statement of cash flows

for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

 

ended

30 June

ended

30 June

ended

31 December

 

 

2018

2017

2017

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash generated from operations

 

35,020

28,110

48,834

Finance costs

 

(102)

(259)

(359)

Finance income

 

3

2

3

Tax paid

 

(2,170)

(3,699)

(8,139)

Net cash generated from operating activities

 

32,751

24,154

40,339

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(3,477)

(3,439)

(6,198)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

87

238

329

Development costs capitalised

 

(2,803)

(2,145)

(4,426)

Purchase of software

 

(250)

(360)

(718)

Dividends received

 

-

-

650

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(6,443)

(5,706)

(10,363)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Transactions in own shares held in trust

 

153

(130)

(30)

Bank loan repayments

 

-

(2,000)

(2,000)

Dividends paid

12

(8,124)

(7,355)

(15,476)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(7,971)

(9,485)

(17,506)

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

18,337

8,963

12,470

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

13,991

1,521

1,521

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

32,328

10,484

13,991

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

12,906

10,466

10,640

Adjustment for non-cash items:

 

 

 

 

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

8,056

7,185

15,253

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

3,051

2,965

5,791

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

(58)

(141)

(193)

Share-based payments

 

383

383

550

Operating cash flow before changes in working capital

 

24,338

20,858

32,041

Changes in working capital:

 

 

 

 

Decrease/(increase) in inventory

 

223

(674)

182

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(2,436)

(2,048)

581

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

4,668

963

(466)

Increase in deferred income

 

8,901

9,011

5,308

(Decrease)/increase in provision

 

(674)

-

11,188

Cash generated from operations

 

35,020

28,110

48,834

 

 

 

Group statement of changes in equity

for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Own shares

 

 

Non-

 

 

 

Share

Share

held in

Retained

Other

controlling

Total

 

 

capital

premium

trust

earnings

reserve

interest

equity

 

Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2017

 

633

51,045

(2,275)

58,239

2,027

4,473

114,142

Profit for the period

 

-

-

-

8,237

-

376

8,613

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share acquisitions less sales

 

-

-

(120)

(10)

-

-

(130)

Share-based payments

 

-

-

-

383

-

-

383

Deferred tax in relation to share-based payments

 

-

-

-

(84)

-

-

(84)

Dividends paid

 

-

-

-

(7,355)

-

-

(7,355)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

-

-

-

-

(4)

-

(4)

At 30 June 2017

 

633

51,045

(2,395)

59,410

2,023

4,849

115,565

(Loss)/profit for the period

 

-

-

-

(184)

-

434

250

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share acquisitions less sales

 

-

-

102

(2)

-

-

100

Share-based payments

 

-

-

-

167

-

-

167

Deferred tax in relation to share-based payments

 

-

-

-

19

-

-

19

Dividends paid

12

-

-

-

(8,121)

-

-

(8,121)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

-

-

-

-

34

-

34

At 31 December 2017

 

633

51,045

(2,293)

51,289

2,057

5,283

108,014

Profit for the period

 

-

-

-

10,139

-

499

10,638

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share acquisitions less sales

 

-

-

153

-

-

-

153

Share-based payments

 

-

-

-

383

-

-

383

Deferred tax in relation to share-based payments

 

-

-

-

2

-

-

2

Dividends paid

12

-

-

-

(8,124)

-

-

(8,124)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

-

-

-

-

(44)

-

(44)

At 30 June 2018

 

633

51,045

(2,140)

53,689

2,013

5,782

111,022

 

Notes to the half year financial statements

 

1. General information

The financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2018 and the six months ended 30 June 2017 do not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017 were approved by the Board of Directors on 13 March 2018 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

These condensed half year financial statements were approved for issue by the Board of Directors on 30 August 2018.

2. Basis of preparation

These condensed half year financial statements for the half year ended 30 June 2018 have been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies, comply with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the European Union and should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union.

The Group is profitable and it is anticipated that this will continue. There is a high and continuing level of recurring revenue and high cash conversion is anticipated for the foreseeable future. The Group's existing significant cash resources and banking facilities provide additional comfort that it will continue to be able to meet its cash flow obligations.

Accordingly, after careful enquiry and review of available financial information, the Directors have formed the conclusion that the Group has adequate resources to continue to operate for the foreseeable future and that it is therefore appropriate to continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in the preparation of these consolidated half year financial statements.

The financial information is presented in sterling, which is the functional currency of EMIS Group. All financial information presented has been rounded to the nearest thousand.

3. Accounting policies

Except as described below, the accounting policies applied in these interim financial statements are the same as those applied in the Group's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017.

Current taxes on income in the half year period are accrued using the tax rates that would be applicable to expected total annual profits. Deferred taxes on income are calculated based on the standard rates that are enacted as at the balance sheet date.

The changes in accounting policy set out below will also be reflected in the Group's annual report and accounts for the year ending 31 December 2018.

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

The Group has adopted IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers from 1 January 2018 on a retrospective basis. IFRS 15 replaces all existing revenue recognition requirements in IFRS and sets out a comprehensive framework for determining whether, when and how much revenue to recognise. The Group has completed its assessment of IFRS 15 and has not identified any material differences between the requirements of IFRS 15 and the Group's previous revenue recognition policy. Accordingly no financial restatement has been made. Revenue is only recognised when (or as) control of goods or services passes to the customer, in accordance with when distinct performance obligations are met, and at the amount to which the Group expects to be entitled.

 

The Group's most significant revenue category is the sale of software and software licences. Materially all of this revenue is derived from software subscription fees or licences and results in performance obligations being met over time, with revenue recognised over the period during which the software is provided to the customer. Revenue from the sale of perpetual licences or the sale of the software itself is recognised at the point in time that ownership passes to the customer.

 

The Group's five other revenue categories are: maintenance and software support; other support services; hosting; training, consultancy and implementation; and hardware. Of these, revenue from the sale of hardware has a performance obligation that is met at a point in time, being the point in time when hardware is delivered or installed. The performance obligations for the Group's other revenue types are typically satisfied over time, either as the service is provided or the project delivered. Further disclosure is made in note 9.

 

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

The Group has adopted IFRS 9 Financial Instruments from 1 January 2018, replacing IAS 39 Financial instruments: Recognition and Measurement. IFRS 9 sets out the requirements for assessing the impairment of financial assets, requiring consideration of the likelihood of default of trade receivables, firstly by splitting out the high risk balances and continuing to provide for these separately, and then applying a loss rate to the remaining balance where it is known from experience that the loss rate is not nil. On the basis that the Group has little or no history of unprovided trade receivable write off (with the majority of these balances with various parties within the government-supported National Health Service), adopting this new standard has not had a material impact and accordingly no financial restatement has been made. It has not had a significant effect on the Group's accounting policy, which is to make specific provisions against high risk trade receivable balances, where balances are in dispute or where doubt exists about the customer's ability to pay.

 

IFRS 9 largely retains the existing requirements in IAS 39 for the classification and measurement of financial liabilities and has not had a significant effect on the Group's accounting policy.

IFRS 16 Leases (effective 1 January 2019)

IFRS 16 Leases has been issued and is effective for annual periods beginning after 1 January 2019. IFRS 16 covers the requirements for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of leases. The standard provides a single lessee accounting model, requiring lessees to recognise assets and liabilities for all leases unless the lease term is twelve months or less or the underlying asset has a low value. This is a significant departure from the current standard, IAS 17 Leases, and will result in most of the Group's operating leases being brought onto the balance sheet (and the associated operating lease charge, currently charged to operating profit, being replaced with a finance cost and depreciation charge).

 

Whilst the Group has not early adopted IFRS 16 in preparing these half year financial statements it has completed its initial assessment of the potential impact of IFRS 16 on its consolidated financial statements and determined that if it were to adopt the 'cumulative catch-up approach' then an additional net liability of approximately £1m would be brought onto the Group balance sheet at the date of transition. There would be no material impact on the Group's profit before tax for the year ended 31 December 2019. The actual impact of applying IFRS 16 on the financial statements in the period of initial application will depend on future economic conditions, including the Group's borrowing rate at 1 January 2019, the composition of the Group's lease portfolio at that date, the Group's latest assessment of whether it will exercise any lease renewal options and the extent to which the Group chooses to use practical expedients and recognition exemptions.

 

4. Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

In preparing the 2018 half year financial statements no judgements have been made in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies, other than those involving estimations, that have a material effect on the amounts recognised in the financial statements. The key sources of estimation uncertainty that carry a significant risk of material change to the carrying value of assets and liabilities within the next year are unchanged from the 2017 Group annual report and accounts. These include service level reporting charges, for which the Group holds a provision of £10,514,000. Further details are disclosed in note 14.

5. Principal risks and uncertainties

The 2017 Group annual report and accounts describes the principal risks and uncertainties that could impact the Group's performance. These relate to healthcare structure and procurement changes, product integration and interoperability, software (product) development, recruitment and retention, information governance and cyber security, and clinical safety. These remain unchanged since the annual report was published and, accordingly, are valid for these half year financial statements. The Group operates a structured risk management process, which identifies and evaluates risks and uncertainties and reviews mitigation activity.

6. Financial risk management

The Group's activities expose it to financial risks including credit risk, liquidity risk, interest rate risk and price risk.

 

These condensed consolidated half year financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements and therefore should be read in conjunction with the 2017 Group annual report and accounts.

 

The Group does not engage in significant levels of hedging activity and holds no material derivative financial instruments. Carrying value approximates to fair value for all financial instruments. During 2018, there has not been any significant change in business or economic circumstances that affects the fair value of the Group's financial assets and financial liabilities, any reclassification of financial assets or liabilities, nor any changes in any of the Group's risk management policies. Accordingly, the Directors, having reviewed IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement and IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting, are of the opinion that no additional disclosure is required.

 

7. Forward-looking statements

Certain statements in this half year report are forward-looking. Although the Group believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. Because these statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

8. Segmental reporting

IFRS 8 Operating Segments provides for segmental information disclosure on the basis of information reported internally to the chief operating decision-maker for decision-making purposes. The Group considers that this role is performed by the main Board.

The Group has four operating and reportable segments, all involved with the supply and support of connected healthcare software and services:

 

·             Primary, Community & Acute Care;

·             Community Pharmacy;

·             Specialist & Care; and

·             Patient.

Each operating segment is assessed by the Board based on a measure of adjusted operating profit. This measurement basis excludes exceptional items, the effect of capitalisation and amortisation of development costs, and the amortisation of acquired intangible assets. The Board considers this to provide the best measure of underlying performance as it excludes non-recurring costs, amortisation of acquired intangibles arising from business combinations and reflects the underlying in-year cost of development of software for external sale, as development is considered to be a core ongoing operating function of the business. Items are classified as exceptional due to either their nature or size. Exceptional items in 2017 H1 related to reorganisation costs. Group operating expenses, finance income and costs, cash and cash equivalents and bank loans and overdrafts are not allocated to segments, as group and financing activities are not segment specific.

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

 

30 June 2018

30 June 2017

 

Primary, Community & Acute Care

Community Pharmacy

Specialist & Care

Patient

Total

Primary, Community & Acute Care

Community Pharmacy

Specialist & Care

Patient

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

60,604

12,319

10,124

1,501

84,548

58,480

10,853

8,412

1,445

79,190

Segmental operating profit/(loss) as reported internally

16,100

3,517

379

(1,667)

18,329

16,106

2,579

(55)

(327)

18,303

Development costs capitalised

1,720

-

-

1,083

2,803

2,145

-

-

-

2,145

Amortisation of development costs

(3,724)

(306)

-

(124)

(4,154)

(3,219)

(82)

-

-

(3,301)

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

(2,741)

(288)

(330)

-

(3,359)

(2,741)

(288)

(330)

-

(3,359)

Reorganisation costs

-

-

-

-

-

(2,528)

-

-

-

(2,528)

Segmental operating profit/(loss)

11,355

2,923

49

(708)

13,619

9,763

2,209

(385)

(327)

11,260

Group operating expenses

 

 

 

 

(713)

 

 

 

 

(794)

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

12,906

 

 

 

 

10,466

Net finance costs

 

 

 

 

(154)

 

 

 

 

(150)

Share of result of joint venture

 

 

 

 

318

 

 

 

 

350

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

13,070

 

 

 

 

10,666

 

Revenue excludes intra-group transactions on normal commercial terms from the Primary, Community & Acute Care segment to the Community Pharmacy segment totalling £2,284,000 (2017 H1: £2,373,000) and from the Primary, Community & Acute Care segment to the Specialist & Care segment totalling £124,000 (2017 H1: £90,000).

 

Revenue of £57,621,000 (2017 H1: £56,435,000) is derived from the NHS and related bodies. Revenue of £6,428,000 (2017 H1: £3,157,000) is derived from customers outside the United Kingdom.

 

9. Revenue

The nature and effect of initially applying IFRS 15 on the Group's half year financial statements is disclosed in note 3.

 

The table below disaggregates revenue by product/service type. Revenues from the sale of hardware, the sale of perpetual licences, or the sale of software itself are recognised at a point in time. All other revenues are typically recognised over time, as performance obligations are met. For both the Primary, Community & Acute Care segment and the Community Pharmacy segment, software and software licence revenues are the most significant revenue type. Revenues in the Specialist & Care and Patient segments are principally generated from the provision of other support services.

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

ended

 30 June

ended

30 June

ended

31 December

 

2018

2017

2017

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Software and software licences

32,029

27,392

55,117

Maintenance and software support

19,755

20,562

41,404

Other support services

18,093

16,095

32,462

Hosting

5,806

5,569

11,609

Training, consultancy and implementation

4,471

5,524

12,411

Hardware

4,394

4,048

7,351

 

84,548

79,190

160,354

 

10. Income tax expense

The tax expense recognised reflects management estimates of the tax charge for the period and has been calculated using the estimated average tax rate of UK corporation tax for the financial year of 19.0% (2017: 19.25%) and, in relation to deferred tax, at an estimated average future rate of 18.0% (2017 H1: 18.4%).

 

11. Earnings per share (EPS)

The calculation of basic and diluted EPS is based on the following earnings and numbers of shares:

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year

ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2018

2017

2017

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Earnings

£'000

£'000

£'000

Basic earnings attributable to equity holders

10,139

8,237

8,053

Reorganisation costs

-

2,528

5,800

Service level reporting charges

-

-

11,188

Development costs capitalised

(2,803)

(2,145)

(4,426)

Amortisation of development costs and acquired intangible assets

7,513

6,660

14,204

Tax and non-controlling interest effect of above items

(877)

(1,335)

(5,129)

Adjusted earnings attributable to equity holders                                                             

13,972

13,945

29,690

 

 

 

 

 

Number

Number

Number

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

'000

'000

'000

Total shares in issue

63,311

63,311

63,311

Shares held by Employee Benefit Trust

(335)

(430)

(396)

For basic EPS calculations

62,976

62,881

62,915

Effect of potentially dilutive share options

103

174

203

For diluted EPS calculations

63,079

63,055

63,118

 

 

 

 

EPS

Pence

Pence

Pence

Basic

16.1

13.1

12.8

Adjusted

22.2

22.2

47.2

Basic diluted

16.1

13.1

12.8

Adjusted diluted

22.1

22.1

47.0

 

12. Dividends

In relation to the 2017 financial year, an interim dividend of 12.9p was paid on 27 October 2017 amounting to £8,121,000 followed by a final dividend of 12.9p on 4 May 2018 amounting to £8,123,000.

For 2018, the Directors are proposing an interim dividend of 14.2p, which will be payable on 2 November 2018 to shareholders on the register at 28 September 2018. This interim dividend, which will amount to approximately £8,946,000, has not been recognised as a liability in these half year financial statements.

 

13. Other intangible assets

 

Computer software used internally

Computer software developed for external sale

Computer software acquired on business combinations

Customer relationships

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

5,527

40,527

36,320

36,304

118,678

Additions

360

2,145

-

-

2,505

At 30 June 2017

5,887

42,672

36,320

36,304

121,183

Additions

358

2,281

-

-

2,639

At 31 December 2017

6,245

44,953

36,320

36,304

123,822

Additions

250

2,803

-

-

3,053

At 30 June 2018

6,495

47,756

36,320

36,304

126,875

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated amortisation and impairment

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

2,288

19,610

20,024

16,139

58,061

Charged in period

525

3,301

1,803

1,556

7,185

At 30 June 2017

2,813

22,911

21,827

17,695

65,246

Charged in period

524

4,186

1,802

1,556

8,068

At 31 December 2017

3,337

27,097

23,629

19,251

73,314

Charged in period

543

4,154

1,803

1,556

8,056

At 30 June 2018

3,880

31,251

25,432

20,807

81,370

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2018

2,615

16,505

10,888

15,497

45,505

At 31 December 2017

2,908

17,856

12,691

17,053

50,508

At 30 June 2017

3,074

19,761

14,493

18,609

55,937

At 1 January 2017

3,239

20,917

16,296

20,165

60,617

 

 

14. Provisions

 

 

 

 

Service level reporting charges

Total

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

At 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2017

 

 

 

-

-

Provision recognised

 

 

 

(11,188)

(11,188)

At 31 December 2017

 

 

 

(11,188)

(11,188)

Utilisation of provision

 

 

 

674

674

At 30 June 2018

 

 

 

(10,514)

(10,514)

 

The provision at 30 June 2018 of £10,514,000 (2017 H1: £nil; 2017 FY: £11,188,000) is in respect of service level reporting charges in relation to the NHS Digital reporting issue and reflects the estimated future cost of settling the issue with NHS Digital and the cost of remediating the software code to address the problem backlog present at 31 December 2017, together with associated professional fees.

 


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