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Final Results

Released 07:05 23-Nov-2018

RNS Number : 3197I
Future PLC
23 November 2018
 

 

 

23 November 2018

 

Future plc

 

Double-digit organic growth and a year of material international expansion

 

Future plc (LSE: FUTR, "Future", "the Group"), the global platform for specialist media, today publishes results for the year ended 30 September 2018. 

 

Financial highlights

●    Substantial growth in Group revenue; up 48% to £124.6m (2017: £84.4m), of which 11% is organic growth1

Strong performance in Media revenue, up 88% to £64.2m (2017: £34.1m), of which 40% is organic growth1

▪      Digital display grew 63% to £31.8m

▪      eCommerce increased 104% to £18.2m

▪      Events grew 148% to £12.9m

Magazine revenue up 20% to £60.4m (2017: £50.3m), driven by the acquisition of the Haymarket titles

●    US revenue up 109% to £39.9m (2017: £19.1m), of which 28% is organic growth; UK revenue up 38% to £92.5m (2017: £67.2m), of which 6% is organic growth

●    Online Revenue Per User (RPU), a key metric, has increased in both the UK by 26% to £1.68 and the US by 32% to £0.96 as we monetise our audiences more effectively across both territories.

●    Adjusted EBITDA2 increased 88% to £20.7m (2017: £11.0m), reflecting margin expansion through change in revenue mix and revenue growth across both Media and Magazine divisions  

●    Continued growth of Adjusted operating profit up 108% to £18.5m (2017: £8.9m) before share-based payments, amortisation of acquired intangibles, non-trading foreign exchange gains and exceptional items of £13.2m (2017: £8.1m); statutory operating profit up to £5.3m (2017: £0.8m)

●    Adjusted EPS increased by 33% to 26.2p per share (2017: 19.7p per share restated for rights issue); Reported EPS increased to 5.1p per share (2017: 3.7p per share restated for rights issue)

●    Strong adjusted free cash flows3 of £17.4m (2017: £15.3m) representing 96% adjusted cash conversion4

●    Conservative balance sheet with net debt of £17.8m, less than 1x net debt / Adjusted EBITDA

●    Low capital intensive business with capex spend of less than £2.5m 

●    The Board is pleased to recommend the recommencement of dividends with 0.5p per share payable on 15 February 2019 to all shareholders on the register at close of business on 18 January 2019

Operational highlights

●    Notable increase in Media revenues underpinned by further diversification through acquisitions and organic growth across all regions

●    Significantly increased presence in US market driven by organic growth in Media division and acquisitions of Purch B2C (via a fully underwritten rights issue which raised £105.7m) and NewBay Media

●    Strategic move into B2B through acquisition of NewBay Media and focus on monetisation of TechRadar Pro

●    Three gaming and technology brands acquired from Nextmedia in Australia in September

●    Considerable online audience growth - 142 million websites users (monthly) (2017: 49 million)

Continued investment in technology stack to maintain operational scalability

New website platform now has 15 sites; four sites migrated to the platform this year

●    Integration of NewBay and Haymarket titles now completed; Purch and Nextmedia titles integration well progressed

●    Over 52% of revenue now delivered by Media division, exceeding revenues from Magazines for the first time

 

Zillah Byng-Thorne, Future's Chief Executive, said:

 

"Future has had an outstanding year. The financial results speak volumes for the successful execution of the Group's focused strategy in leveraging its specialist media platform and diversifying its revenue streams, both geographically and across its product offering.

 

"Our four acquisitions this year have broadened and strengthened our B2C and B2B portfolios and materially increased our global reach. The expansion of our US business also presents material opportunities to monetise our significant US online audience.
 

"The year has started well with trading ahead of the Board's expectations for this quarter, and while we recognise there is still much uncertainty for the remainder of the year, the Board is confident that trading will continue the trends of the last year with strong growth."

 

1) Organic defined as excluding 2018 acquisitions and the Home Interest acquisition in August 2017.

2) Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before share-based payments and associated social security costs, interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, impairment of intangible assets, non-trading foreign exchange gains and exceptional items.

3) Adjusted free cash flow is defined as adjusted operating cash inflow less capital expenditure. Adjusted operating cash inflow represents operating cash inflow adjusted to exclude cashflows relating to exceptional items.

4) Adjusted cash conversion represents adjusted operating cash inflow as a percentage of adjusted EBITDA.

 

 

Enquiries:

 

Future plc

01225 442244

Zillah Byng-Thorne, Chief Executive Officer

 

Penny Ladkin-Brand, Chief Financial Officer

 

Dominic Del Mar, Investor Relations

 

 

 

Instinctif Partners

020 7457 2020

Kay Larsen/Chantal Woolcock

 

 

Certain information contained in this announcement would have constituted inside information (as defined by Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014) prior to its release as part of this announcement.

 

Note to editors

 

Future is a global platform business for specialist media with diversified revenue streams.

 

The Media division is high-growth with three complementary revenue streams: eCommerce, events and digital advertising. It operates in a number of sectors including technology, games, music, home interest, hobbies and B2B and its brands include TechRadar, PC Gamer, Tom's Guide, Homebuilding & Renovating Show, GamesRadar+, The Photography Show, Top Ten Reviews, Live Science, Guitar World, MusicRadar, Space.com and Tom's Hardware.

 

The Magazine division focuses on publishing specialist content, with over 80 publications and over 520 bookazines published per year, totalling global circulation of 1.3 million. The Magazine portfolio spans technology, games and entertainment, music, creative and photography, hobbies, home interest and B2B. Its titles include Classic Rock, Guitar Player, FourFourTwo, Homebuilding & Renovating, Digital Camera, Guitarist, How It Works, Total Film, What Hi-Fi? and Music Week.

 

Strategy update

 

Continued growth delivered by technology-enabled global platform for specialist media

 

Our strategy to establish a global platform business with scalable, diversified brands is delivering sustainable material growth, as evidenced by our performance during this financial year.

 

We continue to diversify our revenues through acquisitions and organic growth both geographically and across our product offering in addition to consolidating our position in our specialist content categories.

 

We have seen particularly strong organic growth in eCommerce and digital display advertising this year driven principally by excellent growth of our consumer technology vertical, which grew its eCommerce revenue by 136% and digital display advertising revenue by 41%.

 

Strategic acquisitions have enabled us to further scale our key revenue streams and expand geographically. Our events revenue more than doubled to £12.9m, principally due to the full year impact of the Home Interest division, which was acquired in August 2017, of which the popular Homebuilding events form an integral part.

 

The acquisitions of NewBay Media and Purch this year have also contributed to significant growth in the US with US revenue now representing 32% (2017: 23%) of total revenue. The expansion of our US business provides material opportunities to monetise our significant US online audience.

 

We continue to invest in the core operating model, enabling a scalable organisation. During this year we migrated four websites onto our website platform "Vanilla" and also launched two new brands.

 

Operational review

 

We have seen another year of substantial growth for Future. Group revenue is up 48% to £124.6m (2017: £84.4m). This is driven by a mixture of strong organic growth of 11% and growth through acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA is up 88% to £20.7m and adjusted EPS is up 33% to 26.2p (2017: 19.7p).

 

Revenue by geography:

 

£m

FY18

FY17

YoY Var (£m)

YoY Var (%)

UK

92.5

67.2

25.3

38%

US

39.9

19.1

20.8

109%

Revenue between segments

(7.8)

(1.9)

(5.9)

311%

Total revenue

124.6

84.4

40.2

48%

 

Revenue by division:

 

£m

FY18

FY17

YoY Var (£m)

YoY Var (%)

Media

64.2

34.1

30.1

88%

Magazine

60.4

50.3

10.1

20%

Total revenue

124.6

84.4

40.2

48%

 

Both our UK and US divisions have contributed to the growth in revenue, with UK revenue up 38% to £92.5m (2017: £67.2m) and US revenue up 109% to £39.9m (2017: £19.1m). 

 

Media revenue has increased by 88% to £64.2m (2017: £34.1m), driven primarily by the Group's fast growing revenue streams of eCommerce and digital display advertising, and through our successful acquisition programme. Media revenues increased by an impressive 40% on an underlying basis (excluding the impact of 2018 acquisitions and Home Interest acquisition).

 

In the UK, Media revenues increased by 100% to £42.3m (2017: £21.1m), driven by eCommerce growth of 80% to £8.8m (2017: £4.9m) and events growth of 130% to £12.0m (2017: £5.2m). The US also experienced exceptional growth, up 102% to £29.7m (2017: £14.7m), with eCommerce revenues being the biggest driver of this growth, up 134% to £9.4m (2017: £4.0m).

 

Magazine revenue increased by 20% to £60.4m (2017: £50.3m) largely driven by acquisitions. On an underlying basis, Magazine revenues declined 8% to £45.7m, in line with our expectations. US Magazine revenue declined at a faster rate of 29%, principally as a result of portfolio rationalisation.

 

Content sits at the heart of all we do at Future, and a key measure of our success is the continued growth of our online audiences combined with the ability to then monetise them. During 2018, Online Revenue Per User (RPU), a key metric, has increased in both the UK by 26% to £1.68 and the US by 32% to £0.96 as we monetise our audiences more effectively across both territories.

 

Organic growth in Media revenues enables us to manage the expected decline in Magazine revenues and focus on margins and cash flow within that division. Acquisitions have resulted in revenues increasing within the Magazine division by 20%, helping offset the underlying decline. As a result of the changing mix of our business, revenue from Media exceeded Magazines this year for the first time with the split of revenue now 52%:48%. Post the NewBay and Purch acquisitions, this is expected to be in the region of 65%:35%.

 

In conjunction with the considerable growth and development of the Group this year, we continue to drive operational efficiencies throughout the organisation, which has resulted in our Adjusted EBITDA margin increasing to 17% (2017: 13%).

 

Future remains a low capital intensive business with capital expenditure representing 12% of Adjusted EBITDA (2017: 16%; 2016: 37%).

 

Future continues to be highly cash-generative with efficient Adjusted cash conversion of 96% (2017: 155%) and Adjusted free cash flow rising to £17.4m (2017: £15.3m), demonstrating the Group's ongoing focus on efficient working capital management.

 

Generating predictable, consistent cash flows and diversifying revenue streams is an ongoing focus of the Group. As a result the Board has recommended the payment of a dividend to shareholders whilst ensuring that we maintain sufficient resources to continue investment in the business.

 

The nature of the Group's business means there are no specific risks to the Group associated with Brexit other than general economic uncertainty within the country.

 

People & Culture

 

As a result of the growth of the Group, the number of employees at Future increased from 634 to just over 1,000 globally through acquisitions and the creation of new roles. The ongoing delivery of our strategy is dependent on the continued nurturing of this workforce.

 

Recruiting and retaining the best talent regardless of the role is crucial to our success and as a result, Future focuses on ensuring that our employees share in our success and are rewarded fairly. Future was proud to have become a Living Wage employer during the year, and as a result of our significant financial performance we were also able to reward all our staff for their talent and commitment by paying out, for the first time (since introduction), the maximum amount payable under the annual profit pool scheme.

 

Acquisitions

 

Future has established a profitable global platform business through further investment in both people and technology and through the successful acquisition and integration of complementary businesses. During the year Future made four acquisitions, which broaden and strengthen our B2C and B2B portfolios and materially increase our global reach. This is particularly evident in the US where we have seen revenue growth of over 100%.

 

In April 2018 we acquired for £9.9m NewBay Media LLC, a US-based content and events business that provides a material step in diversifying revenues into B2B revenue streams.

 

In May 2018 we acquired for an undisclosed sum four specialist consumer titles from Haymarket Media Group, which expanded our portfolio into the sport and outdoor leisure sectors as well as providing additional diversification within the technology vertical.

 

In August 2018 Future acquired three gaming and technology brands from Australian media company Nextmedia, PC PowerPlay, Hyper and PC & Tech Authority, including magazines, digital editions, Upgrade events and Australian PC Awards. This small acquisition expands the Group's presence in the Australia technology and gaming media markets. Whilst the acquisition was small, it provides us with an important local presence.

 

In September 2018 we acquired the consumer division of Purch for £99.1m, a technology-enabled US-based media business with leading online brands in the technology and science sectors. Bringing Purch's brands and digital platforms into the Future business has further cemented Future's position as a growing, global platform for specialist media, particularly in the US, where our market position has considerably increased.

 

Key details of the acquisitions we have made in 2018 are included below:

 

Acquisition

Revenue*

NewBay Media LLC

£36.8m

Haymarket titles

£11.2m

Nextmedia titles

£1.0m

Purch Group LLC

£47.5m

 

*Revenue figures obtained from most recent annual financial information or where more relevant, financial information (and reflect 12 months of revenues) relating to the acquired assets to demonstrate the relative size of the acquisitions.

 

Current trading and outlook

 

The year has started well with trading ahead of the Board's expectations for this quarter, and while we recognise there is still much uncertainty for the remainder of the year, the Board is confident that trading will continue the trends of the last year with strong growth.

 

The integration of the Home Interest division is now complete and it has become a material operating vertical.

 

The integrations of NewBay and Haymarket are progressing as planned and are substantially complete. The integration of the Purch acquisition is progressing in line with expectations and we expect the vast majority of the work to be completed in the early New Year. The integration of the titles acquired from Nextmedia is also on track.

 

 

Financial review

 

Financial summary

 

2018

£m

2017

£m

Revenue

124.6

84.4

Adjusted EBITDA

20.7

11.0

Depreciation

(0.6)

(0.3)

Adjusted amortisation

(1.6)

(1.8)

Adjusted operating profit

18.5

8.9

Adjusted net finance costs

(1.1)

(0.6)

Adjusted profit before tax

17.4

8.3

Operating profit

5.3

0.8

Profit before tax

4.4

0.2

Items described as 'Adjusted' in the table above exclude the items detailed as 'Adjusting' in the reconciliation below. Adjusted items are a non-GAAP measure. For further details refer to the section on presentation of non-statutory measures.

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

*restated

Adjusted basic earnings per share (p)

26.2

19.7

Basic earnings per share (p)

5.1

3.7

 

*2017 figures have been restated to reflect the bonus element of the 2018 rights issue

 

A reconciliation of Adjusted operating profit to profit before tax is shown below:

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Adjusted operating profit

18.5

8.9

Adjusted net finance costs

(1.1)

(0.6)

Adjusted profit before tax

17.4

8.3

 

 

 

Adjusting items:

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments (including related social security costs)

(3.1)

(2.1)

Exceptional items

(4.4)

(3.7)

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(5.7)

(2.3)

Non-trading foreign exchange gain

0.2

-

 

 

 

Profit before tax

4.4

0.2

 

The financial review is based primarily on a comparison of continuing results for the year ended 30 September 2018 with those for the year ended 30 September 2017. Unless otherwise stated, change percentages relate to a comparison of these two periods.

Revenue

 

Group revenue was up 48% to £124.6m (2017: £84.4m), which was achieved both organically (increase of 11%) and through acquisition. UK revenue was up 38% to £92.5m (2017: £67.2m) with US revenue up 109% to £39.9m (2017: £19.1m). 

 

Media

 

Media revenue increased by 88% to £64.2m (2017: £34.1m), driven primarily by the Group's fast-growing revenue streams, eCommerce and digital display advertising, and through acquisition. On an underlying basis, excluding the impact of 2018 and Home Interest acquisitions, Media revenues increased by 40%.

 

In the UK, Media revenues increased by 100% to £42.3m (2017: £21.1m), driven by eCommerce growth of 80% to £8.8m (2017: £4.9m) and events growth of 130% to £12.0m (2017: £5.2m). The US also experienced exceptional growth, up 102% to £29.7m (2017: £14.7m), with eCommerce revenues being the biggest driver of this growth - up 134% to £9.4m (2017: £4.0m).

 

Magazine

 

Magazine revenue increased by 20% to £60.4m (2017: £50.3m) largely driven by acquisitions. On an underlying basis, excluding the impact of 2018 and Home Interest acquisitions, Magazine revenues declined 8% to £45.7m.

 

The division is constantly looking for ways to innovate and published 524 bookazines in the year with revenue totalling £9.3m.

 

Adjusted EBITDA and operating profit

 

The Group's Adjusted EBITDA was up 88% to £20.7m (2017: £11.0m), of which £15.3m (2017: £6.9m) was UK and £5.4m (2017: £4.1m) was US. Operating profit increased by £4.5m to £5.3m (2017: £0.8m).

 

Adjusted operating margin increased to 15% (2017: 11%) and gross profit margin increased to 44% (2017: 40%) as the Group benefited from strong growth in higher margin Media revenues.

 

Future's headcount increased to just over 1,000 from 634 employees as additional staff joined the Group through the various acquisitions. Back office operations are centralised in the UK which enables the Group to take advantage of economies of scale and commonality of processes. The NewBay and Haymarket titles acquisitions have been fully integrated into the Group and the integration of the Purch acquisition is in the early stages but progressing in line with expectations. Integration of the Australian brands acquired from Nextmedia is also on track.

 

Exceptional items and impairment

 

Exceptional costs were £4.4m (2017: £3.7m). These are mainly acquisition-related, with deal fees and subsequent integration-related activity in respect of the acquisitions of NewBay, the Haymarket titles and Purch totalling £4.3m. Vacant property, other restructuring and transformation-related activity make up the balance of exceptional items.

 

Net finance costs

 

Net finance costs increased to £0.9m (2017: £0.6m) reflecting higher interest costs as the Group funded the acquisitions of the Haymarket titles and NewBay through new and existing bank facilities. The Group has also now fully repaid the HMRC settlement agreement following the final £2m bullet payment in June 2018.

 

The Group's Adjusted pre-tax profit was £17.4m (2017: £8.3m) and Reported pre-tax profit was £4.4m (2017: £0.2m) reflecting significantly improved levels of profitability.

 

Taxation

 

The tax charge for the year amounted to £1.5m (2017: credit of £1.4m), comprising a current tax charge of £1.9m (2017: £0.8m) and a deferred tax credit of £0.4m (2017: £2.2m) predominantly related to the recognition of further historic US losses (as we now expect to generate sufficient profits in the US to utilise them), acquired intangible assets and share schemes. The current tax charge mainly arises in the UK where the standard rate of corporation tax is 19%.

 

Earnings per share

 

 

2018

2017

*restated

 

£m

£m

Basic earnings per share

5.1

3.7

Adjusted earnings per share

26.2

19.7

 

*2017 figures have been restated to reflect the bonus element of the 2018 rights issue

Adjusted earnings per share is based on the profit after taxation which is then adjusted to exclude share-based payments (including related social security costs), exceptional items, amortisation of acquired intangible assets, impairment of intangible assets, non-trading foreign exchange and related tax effects.

The Adjusted profit after tax amounted to £14.9m (2017: £8.6m) and the weighted average number of shares in issue was 56.9m (2017 restated: 43.6m), the increase reflecting the impact of the rights issue that was completed in August 2018 to fund the Purch acquisition.

Dividend

 

The Board is recommending a final dividend of 0.5p per share for the year ended 30 September 2018, payable on 15 February 2019 to all shareholders on the register at close of business on 18 January 2019.

 

Cash flow and net debt

 

Net debt at 30 September 2018 was £17.8m (2017: £10m) reflecting the additional draw-down of debt to fund both the acquisitions of NewBay and the Haymarket titles.

 

During the year, there was a cash inflow from operations before exceptional items of £19.8m (2017: £17.1m) reflecting the significant improvement in the Group's trading performance and the significant focus on improving the Group's working capital cycle.

 

A reconciliation of adjusted operating cash inflow to cash inflow from operations is included below:

 

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Adjusted operating cash inflow

19.8

17.1

Cash flows related to exceptional items

(5.1)

(5.1)

Cash inflow from operations

14.7

12.0

 

Other significant movements in cash flows include exceptional payments of £5.1m (2017: £5.1m), £2.4m (2017: £1.8m) of capital expenditure, net proceeds from issuing shares of £102.3m, draw-down of bank loans (net of repayments and arrangement fees) of £4.0m and payments of £117.1m (net of cash acquired) to fund acquisitions. Foreign exchange and other movements accounted for the balance of cash flows.

 

The Group continued to be extremely cash-generative with Adjusted cash conversion of 96% (2017: 155%) and Adjusted free cash flow increasing to £17.4m (2017: £15.3m) reflecting the ongoing efficient cash management by the Group.

 

The Group remains a very low capital intensive business with capital expenditure as a percentage of Adjusted EBITDA of only 12%.

 

Credit facility

 

The Group had available facilities of £28.2m at 30 September 2018. This includes £5.4m of facilities which were taken out during 2018 to part-fund the NewBay acquisition which are due for repayment in July 2019, with the remainder expiring in June 2021.

 

 

Consolidated income statement

for the year ended 30 September 2018

 

 

 

Unaudited

2018

 

2017

 

Note

Adjusted results

£m

Adjusting items

£m

Statutory results

£m

Adjusted results

£m

Adjusting items

£m

Statutory results

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

1

124.6

-

124.6

84.4

-

84.4

Net operating expenses

2

(106.1)

(13.2)

(119.3)

(75.5)

(8.1)

(83.6)

Operating profit

2

18.5

(13.2)

5.3

8.9

(8.1)

0.8

Finance income

4

-

-

-

0.1

-

0.1

Finance costs

4

0.2

(0.7)

-

(0.7)

Net finance costs

 

0.2

(0.6)

-

(0.6)

Profit before tax

1

17.4

(13.0)

4.4

8.3

(8.1)

0.2

Tax (charge) / credit

5

1.0

0.3

1.1

1.4

 

Profit for the year

 


14.9

 

(12.0)

 

2.9

 

8.6

 

(7.0)

 

1.6

 

Adjusted items are a non-GAAP measure. For further details refer to the section on presentation of non-statutory measures.

 

 

Earnings per 15p Ordinary share

 

 

 

Unaudited

2018

 

2017 restated*

 

Note

Adjusted results

pence

Adjusting items

pence

Statutory results

pence

Adjusted results

pence

Adjusting items

pence

Statutory results

Pence

Basic earnings/(loss) per share - Total Group

7

26.2

(21.1)

5.1

19.7

(16.0)

3.7

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share - Total Group

7

24.3

(19.6)

4.7

18.4

(15.0)

3.4

 

 

 

*2017 figures have been restated to reflect the bonus element of the rights issue that took place in August 2018.

 

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

for the year ended 30 September 2018

 

 

Unaudited

2018

2017

 

 

£m

£m

Profit for the year

 

2.9

               1.6

Items that may be reclassified to the consolidated income statement

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

(0.3)

(0.2)

Other comprehensive loss for the year

 

(0.3)

(0.2)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

2.6

1.4

 

Items in the statement above are disclosed net of tax.

 

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the year ended 30 September 2018

 

 

 

Issued

share capital

Share premium account

 

Merger reserve

 

Treasury reserve

Accumulated losses

 

Total equity

 

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Balance at 1 October 2016

 

3.7

27.6

109.0

(0.3)

(118.8)

21.2

Profit for the year

 

-

-

-

-

1.6

1.6

Currency translation differences

 

-

-

-

-

(0.2)

(0.2)

Other comprehensive income for the year

 

-

-

-

-

(0.2)

(0.2)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

-

-

-

-

1.4

1.4

Share capital issued during the year

 

3.1

19.8

13.5

-

-

36.4

Share schemes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Value of employees' services

 

-

-

-

-

1.8

1.8

- Deferred tax on options

 

-

-

-

-

0.5

0.5

Balance at 30 September 2017

 

6.8

47.4

122.5

(0.3)

(115.1)

61.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

 

Profit for the year

 

-

-

-

-

2.9

2.9

Currency translation differences

 

-

-

-

-

(0.3)

(0.3)

Other comprehensive loss for the year

 

-

-

-

-

(0.3)

(0.3)

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

-

-

-

-

2.6

2.6

Share capital issued during the year

 

5.4

99.6

-

-

-

105.0

Share premium reduction

 

 

(47.4)

 

 

47.4

-

Share schemes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Value of employees' services

 

-

-

-

-

2.6

2.6

- Deferred tax on options

 

-

-

-

-

1.1

1.1

Balance at 30 September 2018

 

12.2

99.6

122.5

(0.3)

(61.4)

172.6

 

 

 

 

Consolidated balance sheet

as at 30 September 2018

 

 

Unaudited

2018

2017

 

Note

£m

£m

Assets

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

1.7

1.0

Intangible assets - goodwill

8

99.8

65.8

Intangible assets - other

8

103.6

26.5

Investments

 

0.2

0.2

Deferred tax

 

5.3

4.4

Total non-current assets

 

210.6

97.9

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

-

0.7

Corporation tax recoverable

 

0.1

0.1

Trade and other receivables

 

37.6

13.6

Cash and cash equivalents

9

6.4

10.1

Total current assets

 

44.1

24.5

Total assets

 

254.7

122.4

Equity and liabilities

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Issued share capital

 

12.2

6.8

Share premium account

 

99.6

47.4

Merger reserve

 

122.5

122.5

Treasury reserve

 

(0.3)

(0.3)

Accumulated losses

 

(61.4)

(115.1)

Total equity

 

172.6

61.3

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Financial liabilities - interest-bearing loans and borrowings

10

15.7

16.9

Deferred tax

 

5.1

4.6

Provisions

11

2.8

2.6

Other non-current liabilities

 

0.5

0.6

Total non-current liabilities

 

24.1

24.7

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Financial liabilities - interest-bearing loans and borrowings

10

8.5

3.2

Financial liabilities - derivatives

 

-

0.1

Trade and other payables

 

48.4

29.9

Corporation tax payable

 

1.1

3.2

Total current liabilities

 

58.0

36.4

Total liabilities

 

82.1

61.1

Total equity and liabilities

 

254.7

122.4

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

for the year ended 30 September 2018

 

Unaudited

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Cash generated from operations

14.7

12.0

Interest paid

(0.9)

(0.6)

Tax paid

(4.0)

(1.4)

Net cash generated from operating activities

9.8

10.0

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(1.2)

(0.6)

Purchase of computer software and website development

(1.2)

(1.2)

Purchase of magazine titles and events

-

(0.8)

Purchase of subsidiary undertakings, net of cash acquired

(117.1)

(31.8)

Disposal of magazine titles and trademarks

-

                0.2

Net cash used in investing activities

(119.5)

(34.2)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

Proceeds from issue of Ordinary share capital

105.7

22.0

Costs of share issue

(3.4)

(1.0)

Draw down of bank loans

7.4

23.3

Repayment of bank loans

(3.3)

(12.0)

Bank arrangement fees

(0.1)

(0.7)

Repayment of finance leases

-

(0.1)

Net cash generated from financing activities

106.3

31.5

Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(3.4)

7.3

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

10.1

2.9

Exchange adjustments

(0.3)

(0.1)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

6.4

10.1

    

Notes to the Consolidated cash flow statement

for the year ended 30 September 2018

 

A. Cash generated from operations

The reconciliation of profit for the year to cash generated from operations is set out below:

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Profit for the year

2.9

1.6

 

 

-

Adjustments for:

 

 

Depreciation charge

0.6

0.3

Amortisation of intangible assets

7.3

4.1

Share schemes

 

 

- Value of employees' services

2.6

1.8

Net finance costs

0.9

0.6

Tax charge/(credit)

1.5

(1.4)

Profit before changes in working capital and provisions

15.8

7.0

Movement in provisions

-

1.0

Decrease in inventories

0.7

0.1

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

(7.0)

6.0

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

5.2

(2.1)

Cash generated from operations

14.7

12.0

 

 

B. Analysis of net cash/(debt)

 

 

1 October 2017

Cash flows

Finance leases entered into

 

Other non-cash changes

Exchange movements

30 September 2018

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Cash and cash equivalents

10.1

(3.4)

-

-

(0.3)

6.4

Debt due within one year

(3.2)

(5.4)

0.1

-

-

(8.5)

Debt due after more than one year

(16.9)

1.0

(0.1)

0.3

-

(15.7)

Net debt

(10.0)

(7.8)

-

0.3

(0.3)

(17.8)

 

 

 C. Reconciliation of movement in net cash/(debt)

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Net (debt)/cash at start of year

(10.0)

0.5

(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

(3.4)

7.3

Increase in borrowings

(4.4)

(11.2)

Borrowings acquired with subsidiaries

-

(6.9)

Finance leases entered into

-

(0.1)

Other non-cash changes

0.3

0.5

Exchange movements

(0.3)

(0.1)

Net debt at end of year

(17.8)

(10.0)

Accounting policies

 

Basis of preparation

This preliminary statement of annual results for the year ended 30 September 2018 is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts. The information in this statement is based on the statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2018. The statutory accounts have not yet been delivered to the Registrar of Companies nor have the auditors yet reported on these.

 

The statutory accounts are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee's (IFRIC) interpretations as adopted by the European Union, applicable as at 30 September 2018, and those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

 

The accounting policies adopted, methods of computation and presentation are consistent with those set out in the Group's statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2018.

 

Going concern

The financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.


Basis of consolidation

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of Future plc (the Company) and its subsidiary undertakings. Subsidiaries are all entities controlled by the Group. Control exists when the Group is either exposed to or has the rights to variable returns from its involvement with the entity and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the entity. Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date on which control is transferred to the Group. They are deconsolidated from the date that control ceases.  The purchase method of accounting is used to account for the acquisition of subsidiaries by the Group.

 

The cost of an acquisition is measured as the fair value of the assets given, equity instruments issued and liabilities incurred or assumed at the date of exchange, and includes the fair value of any asset or liability resulting from a contingent consideration arrangement. Acquisition-related costs are expensed as incurred.  Identifiable assets acquired and liabilities and contingent liabilities assumed in a business combination are measured initially at their fair values at the acquisition date.  The excess of the cost of acquisition over the fair value of the Group's share of the identifiable net assets acquired is recorded as goodwill.

Inter-company transactions, balances and unrealised gains on transactions between Group companies are eliminated.  Unrealised losses are also eliminated but are considered an impairment indicator of the asset transferred.  Accounting policies of subsidiaries have been changed where necessary to ensure consistency with the policies adopted by the Group.

 

Presentation of non-statutory measures

The Directors believe that adjusted results and adjusted earnings per share provide additional useful information on the core operational performance of the Group to shareholders, and review the results of the Group on an adjusted basis internally. The term 'adjusted' is not a defined term under IFRS and may not therefore be comparable with similarly titled profit measurements reported by other companies. It is not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, IFRS measurements of profit.

 

Adjustments are made in respect of:

 

Share-based payments - share-based payment expenses or credits, together with the associated social security costs, are excluded from the adjusted results of the Group as the Directors believe they result in a level of charge that would distort the user's view of the core trading performance of the Group.

 

Exceptional items - the Group considers items of income and expense as exceptional and excludes them from the adjusted results where the nature of the item, or its size, is material and likely to be non-recurring in nature (in the medium term) so as to assist the user of the financial statements to better understand the results of the core operations of the Group. Details of exceptional items are shown in note 3.

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets - the amortisation charge for those intangible assets recognised on business combinations is excluded from the adjusted results of the Group since they are non-cash charges arising from non-trading investment activities. As such, they are not considered reflective of the core trading performance of the Group.

 

Non-trading foreign exchange gains and losses - certain other items are excluded from adjusted results where their inclusion distorts the comparability of core trading results year on year.

 

The tax related to adjusting items is the tax effect of the items above calculated using the standard rate of corporation tax in the relevant jurisdiction.

 

 

A reconciliation of adjusted operating profit to profit before tax is shown below:

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Adjusted operating profit

18.5

8.9

Adjusted net finance costs

(1.1)

(0.6)

Adjusted profit before tax

17.4

8.3

 

 

 

Adjusting items:

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payments (including social security costs)

(3.1)

(2.1)

Exceptional items

(4.4)

(3.7)

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(5.7)

(2.3)

Non-trading foreign exchange gain

0.2

-

 

 

 

Profit before tax

4.4

0.2

 

A reconciliation between adjusted and statutory earnings per share measures is shown in note 7.

 

 

Notes

 

1.   Segmental reporting

The Group is organised and arranged primarily by reportable segment.  The executive Directors consider the performance of the business from a geographical perspective, namely the UK and the US.  The Australian business is considered to be part of the UK segment and is not reported separately due to its size. 

 

 (a)  Reportable segment

(i)   Segment revenue

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

UK

92.5

67.2

US

39.9

19.1

Revenue between segments

(7.8)

(1.9)

Total

124.6

84.4

 

Transactions between segments are carried out at arm's length.

 

(ii)  Segment adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

2018

 

 

   2017

 

 

Underlying adjusted EBITDA

£m

Intragroup adjustments £m

Adjusted EBITDA
£m

Underlying adjusted EBITDA

£m

Intragroup adjustments £m

Adjusted EBITDA
£m

UK

7.5

7.8

15.3

5.0

1.9

6.9

US

13.2

(7.8)

5.4

6.0

(1.9)

4.1

Total

20.7

-

20.7

11.0

-

11.0

                         

 

Adjusted EBITDA is used by the executive Directors to assess the performance of each segment. The table above shows the impact of intragroup adjustments on the adjusted EBITDA of each segment.

 

Intra-group adjustments relate to the net impact of charges from the UK to the US in respect of management fees (for back office revenue functions such as finance, HR and IT which are based in the UK) and licence fees for the use of intellectual property. The increase in the year is driven by the growth in media revenue in the US.

 

A reconciliation of total segment adjusted EBITDA to profit before tax is provided as follows:

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Total segment adjusted EBITDA

20.7

11.0

Share-based payments (including social security costs)

(3.1)

(2.1)

Depreciation

(0.6)

(0.3)

Amortisation

(7.3)

(4.1)

Exceptional items

(4.4)

(3.7)

Net finance costs

(0.9)

(0.6)

Profit before tax

4.4

0.2

 

 

(b) Business segment

After geographical location, the Group is managed in two segments. The Media segment comprises websites and events and the Magazine segment comprises magazines. An additional segment, Other, was retained to reflect unallocated salaries and other direct costs which are not directly charged to the business segments for internal reporting purposes. The Group considers that the assets within each segment are exposed to the same risks.

 

(i) Revenue by business segment

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Media

71.9

35.8

Magazine

60.5

50.5

Revenue between segments

(7.8)

(1.9)

Total

124.6

84.4

 

(ii) Gross profit by business segment

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Media

54.2

27.6

Magazine

39.7

33.4

Other

(44.1)

(31.8)

Add back: distribution expenses

5.5

4.7

Total

55.3

33.9

 

 

2.  Net operating expenses

 

Operating profit is stated after charging:

 

 

2018

2017

 

Adjusted results £m

Adjusting items    £m

Statutory results

£m

Adjusted results

 £m

Adjusting items 

 £m

Statutory results    £m

Cost of sales

(69.3)

-

(69.3)

(50.5)

-

(50.5)

Distribution expenses

(5.5)

-

(5.5)

(4.7)

-

(4.7)

Share-based payments (including social security costs)

-

(3.1)

(3.1)

-

(2.1)

(2.1)

Exceptional items (note 3)

-

(4.4)

(4.4)

-

(3.7)

(3.7)

Depreciation

(0.6)

-

(0.6)

(0.3)

-

(0.3)

Amortisation

(1.6)

(5.7)

(7.3)

(1.8)

(2.3)

(4.1)

Other administration expenses

(29.1)

-

(29.1)

(18.2)

-

(18.2)

Total

(106.1)

(13.2)

(119.3)

(75.5)

(8.1)

(83.6)

 

 

 

3.  Exceptional items

 

Vacant property provision movements

(0.1)

1.2

Restructuring and redundancy costs

0.2

1.1

Acquisition and integration related costs

4.3

1.4

Total charge

4.4

3.7

 

The vacant property provision movement (£0.9m credit in the UK, £0.8m charge in the US) relates to surplus office space in the UK and the US.

 

The restructuring and redundancy costs relate mainly to staff termination payments and other restructuring activities.

 

The acquisition and integration related costs represent fees incurred in respect of the acquisitions and subsequent integrations of Purch Group LLC, NewBay Media LLC and the specialist consumer titles purchased from Haymarket Media Group. Further details of these acquisitions can be found in note 13.
 

 

4.   Finance income and costs

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Fair value gain on interest rate derivative not in a hedge relationship

-

0.1

Total finance income

-

0.1

Interest payable on interest-bearing loans and borrowings

(0.9)

(0.4)

Amortisation of bank loan arrangement fees

(0.2)

(0.2)

Other finance costs

-

(0.1)

Adjusted finance costs

(1.1)

(0.7)

Non trading foreign exchange gain

               0.2

-

Total reported finance costs

(0.9)

(0.7)

Net finance costs

(0.9)

(0.6)

 

 

5.  Tax on profit

The tax charged in the consolidated income statement is analysed below:

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Corporation tax

 

 

Current tax at 19% (2017: 19.5%) on the profit for the year

1.8

0.6

Adjustments in respect of previous years

0.1

0.2

Current tax charge

1.9

0.8

Deferred tax origination and reversal of temporary differences

 

 

Current year charge/(credit)

0.5

(2.0)

Adjustments in respect of previous years

(0.9)

(0.2)

Deferred tax

(0.4)

(2.2)

Total tax charge/(credit)

1.5

(1.4)

 

 

In 2013 the Group reached agreement with HMRC relating to the tax treatment of certain one-off transactions which took place in 2003. Part of that agreement resulted in the Group paying tax of £6.2m plus interest, comprising instalments of £85,000 per month over five years from July 2013 and a final instalment of £2.0m.This was fully settled in June 2018.

 

 

6.  Dividends

 

Equity dividends

2018

2017

Number of shares in issue at end of year (million)

81.5

45.4

Dividends paid in year (pence per share)

-

-

Dividends paid in year (£m)

-

-

 

 

7.  Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share are calculated using the weighted average number of Ordinary shares in issue during the year.  Diluted earnings per share have been calculated by taking into account the dilutive effect of shares that would be issued on conversion into Ordinary shares of awards held under employee share schemes.

 

Adjusted earnings per share remove the effect of share based payments, exceptional items, amortisation of intangible assets arising on acquisitions, impairment of intangible assets, exchange losses included in finance costs and any related tax effects from the calculation.

 

Total Group

2018

2017

restated*

Adjustments to profit after tax:

 

 

Profit after tax (£m)

2.9

1.6

Share based payments (including social security costs) (£m)

3.1

2.1

Exceptional items (£m)

4.4

3.7

Amortisation of intangible assets arising on acquisitions (£m)

5.7

2.3

Exchange gains included in finance costs (£m)

(0.2)

-

Tax effect of the above adjustments (£m)

(1.0)

(1.1)

Adjusted profit after tax (£m)

14.9

8.6

 

Weighted average number of shares in issue during the year:

 

 

- Basic

56,886,851

43,601,771

- Dilutive effect of share options

4.453.155

3,126,287

- Diluted

61,340,006

46,728,058

Basic earnings per share (in pence)

5.1

3.7

Adjusted basic earnings per share (in pence)

26.2

19.7

Diluted earnings per share (in pence)

4.7

3.4

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (in pence)

24.3

18.4

 

 

 

The adjustments to profit after tax have the following effect:

 

 

Basic earnings per share (pence)

5.1

3.7

Share based payments (including social security costs) (pence)

5.4

4.8

Exceptional items (pence)

7.7

8.5

Amortisation of intangible assets arising on acquisitions (pence)

10.0

5.3

Exchange losses included in finance costs (pence)

(0.3)

-

Tax effect of the above adjustments (pence)

(1.7)

(2.6)

Adjusted basic earnings per share (pence)

26.2

19.7

 

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

4.7

3.4

Share based payments (including social security costs) (pence)

5.1

 

4.5

Exceptional items (pence)

7.2

7.9

Amortisation of intangible assets arising on acquisitions (pence)

9.3

 

4.9

Exchange losses included in finance costs (pence)

(0.3)

-

Tax effect of the above adjustments (pence)

(1.7)

(2.3)

Adjusted basic earnings per share (pence)

24.3

18.4

 

 

 

*2017 figures have been restated to reflect the bonus element of the rights issue that took place in August 2018.

 

8. Intangible assets

 

 

Goodwill

Acquired intangibles

Other

Total

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

Cost

 

 

 

 

At 1 October 2016

293.9

14.3

17.5

325.7

Additions through business combinations

36.6

25.5

0.1

62.2

Other additions

-

-

1.5

1.5

Adjustments to fair value on prior year acquisitions

(0.2)

-

-

(0.2)

Disposals

-

(1.4)

-

(1.4)

Exchange adjustments

(1.1)

(0.2)

(0.3)

(1.6)

At 30 September 2017

329.2

38.2

18.8

386.2

Additions through business combinations

34.1

83.3

-

117.4

Other additions

-

-

1.2

1.2

Adjustments to fair value on prior year acquisitions

(0.2)

-

-

(0.2)

Exchange adjustments

0.9

0.1

-

1.0

At 30 September 2018

364.0

121.6

20.0

505.6

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated amortisation

 

 

 

 

At 1 October 2016

(264.4)

(13.2)

(14.9)

(292.5)

Charge for the year

-

(2.3)

(1.8)

(4.1)

Disposals

-

1.1

-

1.1

Exchange adjustments

1.0

0.2

0.4

1.6

At 30 September 2017

(263.4)

(14.2)

(16.3)

(293.9)

Charge for the year

-

(5.7)

(1.6)

(7.3)

Exchange adjustments

(0.8)

(0.2)

-

(1.0)

At 30 September 2018

(264.2)

(20.1)

(17.9)

(302.2)

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value at 30 September 2018

99.8

101.5

2.1

203.4

Net book value at 30 September 2017

65.8

24.0

2.5

92.3

Net book value at 1 October 2016

29.5

1.1

2.6

33.2

 

Acquired intangibles relate mainly to trademarks, advertising relationships, publishing rights and customer lists. These assets are amortised over their estimated economic lives, typically ranging between one and ten years.

 

Impairment assessment for goodwill

The net book value of goodwill at 30 September 2018 consists of £72.8m relating to the UK and £27.0m relating to the US. The goodwill at 30 September 2017 relates wholly to the UK.
 

At 30 September 2018 the Group performed its annual impairment assessment of goodwill and concluded that no impairment of goodwill was required.

 

9. Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Cash at bank and in hand

6.4

10.1

Cash and cash equivalents

6.4

10.1

 

 

10. Financial liabilities - loans and borrowings

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

Interest rate at 30 September

Interest rate

 at 30 September

2018

 2017

 

2018

2017

£m

£m

Sterling term loan

3.0%

2.8%

7.6

10.0

Sterling revolving loan

3.0%

2.8%

8.1

6.9

Total

 

 

15.7

16.9

 

Current liabilities

 

 

Interest rate at 30 September

Interest rate

 at 30 September

 2018

 2017

 

2018

2017

£m

£m

Sterling term loan

3.0%

2.8%

2.3

1.8

Sterling revolving loan

US dollar term loan

3.0%

4.8%

2.8%

-

0.9

5.3

1.3

-

Obligations under finance leases

 

 

-

0.1

Total

 

 

8.5

3.2

 

The interest-bearing loans and borrowings are repayable as follows:

 

 

2018

2017

 

£m

£m

Within one year

8.8

3.2

Between one and two years

4.9

3.3

Between two and five years

11.0

13.6

Total

24.7

20.1

 

Following the acquisition of NewBay Media LLC on 3 April 2018, the Group negotiated a new bank facility of $7,000,000 with HSBC Bank plc. The new facilities run to 3 July 2019. Repayments required in respect of the facilities are as follows:

 

Repayment date

Repayment amount

3 July 2019

$7,000,000

 

The Group has granted security to the bank and the availability of the facility is subject to certain covenants.

 

Total fees relating to the new facility amounted to £0.1m and these are being amortised over the term of the facility. The bank borrowings and interest are guaranteed by Future plc.

 

Interest payable under the current credit facility for sterling denominated loans is calculated as the cost of one-month LIBOR (currently approximately 0.7%) plus an interest margin of between 2.0% and 2.5%, dependent on the level of Bank EBITDA.
 

Interest payable under the current credit facility for the US dollar denominated loan is calculated as the cost of one month USD LIBOR (currently approximately 2.3%) plus an interest margin of between 2.0% and 2.5%.

 

The Group has covenants in respect of net debt/Bank EBITDA and Bank EBITDA/interest, both of which were met at 30 September 2018. For covenant purposes, net debt is exclusive of non-current tax and other payables and Bank EBITDA is not materially different to statutory EBITDA.

 

 

11. Provisions

 

 

Property

 

£m

At 1 October 2017

2.6

Charged in the year

1.4

Released in the year

(1.0)

Utilised in the year

(0.2)

At 30 September 2018

2.8

 

The provision for property relates to dilapidations and obligations under short leasehold agreements on vacant property. The vacant property provision is expected to be utilised over the next 9 years.

 

 

12. Related party transactions

 

The Group had no material transactions with related parties in 2018 or 2017 which might reasonably be expected to influence decisions made by users of these financial statements.

 

 

13. Acquisitions

 

Acquisition of NewBay Media LLC

On 3 April 2018 Future US inc. acquired 100% of the share capital of NewBay Media LLC (NewBay), the mainly US based information and events business, for net consideration of £8.8m cash and £1.1m shares. 

 

The impact of the acquisition on the consolidated balance sheet was:

 

 

Provisional

fair value

£m

Intangible assets:

 

-     Publishing rights

2.5

-     Brands

2.0

-     Other intangibles

0.9

Trade and other receivables

4.6

Trade and other payables

            (6.7)

Deferred tax

            (0.1)

Net assets acquired

            3.2

Goodwill

6.7

 

 

Consideration:

 

Equity shares

1.1

Cash

8.8

Total consideration

9.9

 

The goodwill is attributable to the synergies expected to arise in integrating the magazines into the wider Future group and through combining production and back office functions. The publishing rights, customer lists, events and brands will be amortised over a period of five years. The goodwill is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

 

The acquisition enhances the Group's market leading position in music and consumer electronics and in addition brings B2B titles in the complementary verticals of audio visual, television broadcasting and educational technology, which will further increase the Group's revenue diversification model whilst also bringing B2B expertise to the Group's existing titles.

 

Acquisition of Haymarket titles
On 1 May 2018 Future Holdings 2002 Limited completed the acquisition of the specialist consumer titles of What Hi-Fi?, FourFourTwo, Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome from Haymarket Media Group for net consideration of £9.3m cash and £1.4m shares.
 

The impact of the acquisition on the consolidated balance sheet was:

 

 

Provisional

fair value

£m

Intangible assets:

 

-     Publishing rights

1.3

-     Brands

              0.2

-     Websites

Trade and other payables

              3.8

(0.9)

Deferred tax

(0.9)

Net assets acquired

3.5

Goodwill

7.2

 

 

Consideration:

 

Equity shares

1.4

Cash

9.3

Total consideration

10.7

 

The goodwill is attributable to the synergies expected to arise in integrating the magazines and websites into the wider Future group. The goodwill will not be deductible for tax purposes. The publishing rights, brands and websites will be amortised over a period of five years. The acquisition presents organic growth opportunities by leveraging and expanding brands and content through the Group's platform.

 

Acquisition of Purch Group LLC

On 4 September 2018, Future US inc. acquired 100% of the share capital of Purch Group LLC, a technology platform and publisher, for net consideration of £99.1m.

 

The impact of the acquisition on the consolidated balance sheet was:

 

 

Provisional

fair value

£m

Intangible assets:

 

-     Customer lists

10.0

-     Websites

62.5

Trade and other receivables

11.2

Trade and other payables

(4.8)

Net assets acquired

78.9

Goodwill

20.2

 

 

Consideration:

 

Cash

99.1

Total consideration

99.1

 

The goodwill is attributable to the synergies expected to arise in integrating the websites and customer lists into the wider Future group. The websites and customer lists will both be amortised over a period of 10 years. The goodwill is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

 

This acquisition substantially strengthens the Group's presence in the US market, boosting its scale and momentum while further diversifying our revenue streams. Purch B2C's leading brands also gives the Group market leadership in the highly attractive consumer technology market. In addition, its data driven content model is highly complementary to the Group's existing capabilities and will accelerate the Group's progress as it continues to build its global platform for specialist media.

See note 3 for details of the total amount of Acquisition and integration related costs recognised as exceptional items in respect of these acquisitions.

The fair values are described as 'provisional' for each of the acquisitions as they all occurred within 6 months of the balance sheet date and so further time is required (particularly in respect of Purch) in order to full ascertain the fair value of assets and liabilities acquired.

 


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