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Kin and Carta PLC   -  KCT   

Half Year Results

Released 07:00 14-Mar-2019

RNS Number : 8098S
Kin and Carta PLC
14 March 2019
 

 

14 March 2019                                                                                                              

                                                                                        Kin and Carta plc

('Kin + Carta', or the 'Company')

 

Half Year Results

 

Kin + Carta, the international digital transformation Company, today announces interim results for the period from

4 August 2018 to 31 January 2019.

 

Operational Highlights

●     Good progress in accessing the fast-growing digital transformation ('DX') market

●     Ongoing double-digit growth of the Company's Innovation pillar

●     Continued repositioning of other two pillars, aligning them with DX focus

●     Significant progress across management priorities: growth investments on track

 

Financial Highlights

●     Revenue of £87.2 million in line with prior half year on a like-for-like basis3

●     Adjusted profit before tax £8.0 million in line with the prior half year on a like-for-like basis3

●     Sale of warehouse in Redditch for net proceeds of £7.2 million realising a profit on sale of £2.0 million

●     Net debt £33.3 million, representing a net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.4x (3 August 2018: 1.1x)

●     Interim dividend maintained at 0.65 pence per share

 

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

189 days to

2 February

2018

%age

change

Like-for-like

%

change

Continuing operations2:

Revenue

£87.2m

£91.7m

-5%

Unchanged

Adjusted profit before tax1

£8.0m

£8.4m

-4%

Unchanged

Adjusted basic earnings per share1

4.21p

4.65p

-9%

-

Statutory loss before tax

£(1.6)m

£(19.3)m

-

-

Statutory basic loss per share

(1.10)p

(13.95)p

-

-

Interim dividend

0.65p

0.65p

-

-

 

 

31 January

2019

3 August

2018

 

 

Net debt

£33.3m

£26.0m

-

-

1   Adjusted results exclude Adjusting Items to enhance understanding of the ongoing financial performance of the Group. Adjusting Items comprise of redundancies, restructuring costs; gain or loss on disposal of properties; impairment or amortisation charges related to goodwill, tangible and intangible assets; contingent consideration required to be treated as remuneration; movements in deferred consideration and costs related to the Company's Defined Benefits Pension Scheme (note 4)

2  Continuing operations excludes the results of the Books and Marketing Activation segments disposed in the prior year (note 11)

3  Further details are provided within Alternative Performance Measure section (note 14)

 

J Schwan, CEO, said:

"During the first six months we have both added new clients and expanded existing client relationships, whilst at the same time rolling out our central sales and marketing functions to accelerate growth. We are continuing to reposition our Strategy and Communications pillars to better align them with our digital transformation focus. We are also deepening our software partnerships with Pivotal and Google Cloud which, coupled with the other initiatives we are undertaking across the Company, will position us to accelerate our pace of growth in the future".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Kin and Carta plc

+44 (0)20 7928 8844

J Schwan, Chief Executive Officer

Brad Gray, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

MHP Communications

+44 (0)20 3128 8778

Tim Rowntree, Simon Hockridge, Kelsey Traynor

 

 

Numis Securities Limited

+44 (0)20 7260 1000

Nick Westlake, Matt Lewis, Christopher Wilkinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Executive's Review 

Introduction

It has been a busy six months for Kin + Carta as we make progress on refocusing our capabilities into a consolidated and differentiated proposition within the rapidly expanding digital transformation ("DX") market. Adding a new central sales and marketing function, scaling our capabilities into the Americas and implementing changes to ensure consistency of operations across our three pillars are all steps in this process.

The market we operate in continues to gain momentum. A recent report published by IDC (https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44440318) increases their forecast of the DX market to reach nearly $2 trillion by 2022 and predicts that by 2020, 30% of the top 2000 global companies will have allocated capital budgets equal to at least 10% of their revenue to fuel their digital strategies.

I am pleased with the progress we continue to make with structuring and aligning our three pillars comprising of Strategy, Innovation and Communications to access the considerable opportunity we see ahead for the Company.

Financial Performance Highlights

On a reported basis the Company's revenue from continuing operations was £87.2 million (2018: £91.7 million). This year the Company has commenced reporting on a calendar month basis after changing from a 52 or 53 week year. This change has resulted in the number of billable days falling from 135 in 2018 to 129 in 2019. Adjusting 2018 to reflect this results in the 2019 revenue being 0.4% below the comparative 2018 period.

 

Whilst revenue growth is slightly less than our targeted mid-single digit run rate, operating margins are as targeted at better than 10%. We are targeting to increase both our revenue growth and our Adjusted operating margins during the next financial year.

 

Strong revenue growth in our Innovation pillar (18% growth on a like-for-like basis) against a strong comparable period (63% growth for H1 FY18 against H1 FY17) was driven by several significant new client wins and increased demand from existing ones. These are trends we watch carefully, as new digital product and service development are core to the Kin + Carta DX proposition.

 

Revenue from our Strategy and Communications pillars decreased during the period (8% and 14%, on a like-for-like basis respectively) as we migrate these pillars away from lower margin work in the short term, shifting their propositions to allow us to target larger clients and higher margin DX revenue in the longer term.

 

The statutory loss before tax from continuing operations was £1.6 million (2018: loss of £19.3 million), which includes adjusting items of £9.6 million (2018: £27.7 million) of which £3.4 million relates to the amortisation of acquired intangibles, £1.6 million of consideration required to be treated as remuneration (from previous acquisitions), £5.1 million relating to the Company's Defined Benefits Pension Scheme, and restructuring costs of £1.4 million. Adjusting items also includes the profit on the sales of property, plant and equipment of £1.9 million; predominantly relating to the sale of a warehouse located in Redditch. Further details are provided within note 4 and the Alternative Performance Measures contained in note 14.

 

The Adjusted profit before tax from continuing operations was £8.0 million (2018: £8.4 million). On a like-for-like basis the Adjusted profit before tax was in line with the prior period.

 

Net debt at the end of the period was £33.3 million (3 August 2018: £26.0 million) with a net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.4x (3 August 2018: 1.1x). As previously indicated net debt has increased predominantly as a result of the payment of £13.0 million of deferred consideration partially offset by the sale of the surplus Redditch warehouse for net proceeds of £7.2 million. We maintain our medium term target of managing net debt to 1x EBITDA by the end of fiscal year 2020.

 

Operational Update

 

Kin + Carta has three core pillars that combine to deliver powerful DX programmes for our clients.

 

Strategy

 

Our Strategy pillar has the credentials in business transformation, market research and digital experience to provide a differentiated, cutting edge solution within our combined DX proposition. Much of the past six months have been spent building closer alignment to our Innovation and Communications pillars.

 

 

During this process we have established a much closer working relationship between our three Strategy businesses: Pragma, Incite and Hive. This change in focus has had some impact on near term revenue, but we believe a single front end to the Kin + Carta proposition will generate increased and higher quality revenue in the long term. We do not anticipate significant continued revenue decline in this pillar in the near term and expect its contribution to Kin + Carta's growth to become increasingly evident in future financial years.

 

Innovation

 

Innovation represents the core of the Kin + Carta's DX proposition, representing 46% (2018: 39%) of revenue over the past six months. Our Innovation proposition is market leading and scaling in both the US and the UK. Our priority is to continue to grow this specialism through the priorities outlined below.

 

Communications

 

Our Communications pillar has award winning design and build, digital communication and data science capabilities. These are essential to the integrated delivery of our DX engagements. However, this pillar operates in a very competitive segment of the market. In addition, before our US expansion started a few months ago, our Communications capability was rooted in the UK and therefore experienced some drag due to GDPR impacts and Brexit uncertainty. Nonetheless, our team has won nine industry awards and has seen some significant new client wins.

 

We have restructured six of our brands into two within this pillar (Kin + Carta Edit and Kin + Carta AmazeRealise), expanded into the US and are effectively cross-selling current Communications clients into the Innovation pillar. We believe these changes will allow this pillar to contribute to our growth during FY2020.

 

Management Priorities

 

At the launch of Kin + Carta we highlighted key areas of management focus to create an engine for future growth.

 

Rolling out The Connective

 

The Connective is the global ecosystem we are building of 1,500 technologists, strategists and creatives that allows us to harness the very best of our capabilities to better serve our clients and is a powerful concept that puts clients first and foremost at Kin + Carta wherever we operate. During the period, we have made good progress in rolling out The Connective, securing significant client mandates that we would not have won without this new approach.

 

Scaling our Sales Function

 

We have invested in building a central sales and marketing function for the Company, led by Gregg Wheeler and Dan Ptak of Kin + Carta Solstice, our US based digital innovation consultancy. This initiative included creating central inbound marketing, outbound lead generation and a new direct sales team focused on cross-selling into our existing client base. We are also moving all of our specialisms onto a single ERP and CRM system, to allow for stronger real-time reporting and forecasting capabilities.

 

During the period, this team has secured a number of new DX mandates with blue chip companies, such as Kwikfit and Kingfisher in the UK and Gallagher and Country Financial in the US and is also building a healthy pipeline of new opportunity.

 

Deepening Sector Focus

 

We have a clear focus on the industry sectors experiencing significant digital disruption and where our businesses possess a highly relevant proposition. These sectors include Financial Services, Industrials and Agriculture, Retail and Distribution, Transportation, and Healthcare, all of which are going through structural change and afford us a deep pool of opportunity.

 

The Healthcare sector is an important area of growth for us. We recently won the Market Research Society's Healthcare Research Award for our ongoing work with Nestle Health Science and our focus on this sector has resulted in new client wins including Leo Pharma, Healthfirst and one of the largest health insurance firms in the US. These DX programmes, ranging from the development of a next-generation claims processing system to a global patient experience portal, represent the strategic nature of the DX work we will continue to deliver in this sector.

 

We continue to win new blue chip clients in our other core sectors as well. Recent DX wins in the last six months have included Santander in Financial Services, Kwikfit in Retail, BMW Mini in Transportation and a global leader in the Agriculture sector.

Geographic Expansion

 

We have opened our first Kin + Carta AmazeRealise office in Chicago, with a focus on bringing our Communications capabilities to the Americas on the back of Kin + Carta Solstice's extensive client base. We now have a team in place in both Chicago and Buenos Aires and are steadily building our international pipeline.

 

We also opened our first Kin + Carta Pragma office in New York City, further strengthening our Strategy capabilities in the US. Sales and pipeline for this new office are currently ahead of plan.

 

New capabilities and Partnerships

 

We have put a strong focus on building out our Cloud Transformation and Artificial Intelligence ('AI') capabilities. Accordingly, we have expanded our partnerships with Pivotal and Google (specifically Google's GCloud and Artificial Intelligence divisions). These software partners will assist us to support our shared enterprise clients as they move their data centre computing to the Cloud. Cloud Transformation work is a core offering of Kin + Carta's Innovation pillar and a rapidly growing segment of the DX sector. Our AI focus is a longer-term growth stream which we are already rolling out to our existing client base, building our capabilities in the AI space to ensure we are positioned to ride this next wave of innovation.

 

We are identifying DX businesses to add to our existing capabilities and reinforce our presence in the marketplace. We are also seeking opportunities to grow regionally, complementing our existing footprint. An important dynamic in this is for us to follow where major corporations have centred their DX capabilities. Currently we are up and running in two delivery centres in the US, Chicago and New York and planning two more in Southern and Western US. We believe we can acquire small to midsize companies in these areas and scale them quickly on the back of our integrated DX proposition.

 

Dividend

 

The Board is recommending a maintained interim dividend of 0.65 pence per ordinary share, which will be paid on   10 May 2019 to shareholders on the register at 12 April 2019, with an ex-dividend date of 11 April 2019.

 

Outlook

We are making steady progress in shaping and aligning the component parts of our business to better access the considerable growth of the DX market. This work is ongoing. Whilst we remain mindful of current political uncertainty, we currently do not expect revenue to decline in our Strategy and Communication pillars in the second half. Our Innovation pillar has shown good growth in the period and we expect this to continue in the second half.

Whilst we still have much to do to generate higher returns from our businesses, we believe we are on track to meet the Board's expectations for Adjusted profit before tax for the current year.

 

 

 

J Schwan

 

Chief Executive Officer

14 March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

 

 

 

 

181 days to 31 January 2019

189 days to

2 February

2018

371 days to

3 August

2018

 

Note

 

Adjusted

Results

 

£'000

 

Adjusting Items

(note 4)

£'000

 

Statutory

Results

 

£'000

Statutory

Results *ϐ

 

£'000

Statutory

Results ϐ

 

£'000

Revenue

2

87,187

-

87,187

91,715

178,355

Cost of sales

 

(51,136)

-

(51,136)

(53,585)

(102,936)

Gross profit

 

36,051

-

36,051

38,130

75,419

Selling costs

 

(7,409)

-

(7,409)

(6,434)

(13,170)

Administrative expenses

 

(19,575)

(11,384)

(49,715)

(92,493)

Share of results of joint arrangements

 

107

-

107

231

569

Other operating income

 

9

1,937

1,946

106

1,522

Operating profit/(loss)

2

9,183

(9,447)

(17,682)

(28,153)

Net pension finance income/(expense)

 

-

28

28

(194)

(324)

Other finance expense

 

(1,174)

(189)

(1,363)

(1,432)

(2,694)

Profit/(loss) before tax

 

8,009

(9,608)

(1,599)

(19,308)

(31,171)

Income tax (charge)/credit

 

(1,562)

1,468

(94)

(603)

(1,223)

Net profit/(loss) for the period from continuing operations

 

6,447

(8,140)

(1,693)

(19,911)

(32,394)

Net (loss)/profit from discontinued operations

11

-

-

-

(9,472)

3,185

Net profit/(loss) from continuing and discontinued operations

 

6,447

(8,140)

(1,693)

(29,383)

(29,209)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders of the parent company

 

6,447

(8,140)

(1,693)

(29,383)

(29,209)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share (p)

6

4.21

(5.31)

(1.10)

(13.95)

(22.09)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing and discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share (p)

6

4.21

(5.31)

(1.10)

(20.58)

(19.92)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted results exclude Adjusting Items to enhance understanding of the ongoing financial performance of the Group. Adjusting Items comprise of redundancies, restructuring costs; gain or loss on disposal of properties; impairment or amortisation charges related to goodwill, tangible and intangible assets; contingent consideration required to be treated as remuneration; movements in deferred consideration and costs related to the Company's Defined Benefits Pension Scheme. Further details are provided within Alternative Performance Measure section (note 14)

 

*The results for the 189 days to 2 February 2018 have been re-presented to reflect the results of the Books and Marketing Activation segments as discontinued operations following their disposals in the prior period (note 11)

 

ϐThe results for the 189 days to 2 February 2018 and 371 days to 3 August 2018 have been restated for certain types of cost reclassifications (note 9)

 


 

 

Condensed Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

181 days to 31 January 2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Loss for the period

(1,693)

(29,383)

(29,209)

Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

Actuarial (losses)/gains on defined benefits pension scheme

(9,011)

(1,751)

10,958

Tax charge/(credit) on items taken through other comprehensive income

1,532

298

(1,731)

Total items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

(7,479)

(1,453)

9,227

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:

 

 

 

Transfers of (gains)/losses on cash flow hedges

(265)

(163)

76

Gains/(losses) on cash flow hedges

30

(768)

265

Foreign exchange losses

(82)

(889)

(852)

Total items that will be reclassified to profit or loss

(317)

(1,820)

(511)

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

(7,796)

(3,273)

8,716

Total comprehensive expense for the period

(9,489)

(32,656)

(20,493)

 

 

 

 

Attributable to shareholders of the parent company

(9,489)

(32,656)

(20,493)

 

 

 

Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity

 

Share

capital

£'000

Additional paid-in capital^

£'000

ESOP

reserve

£'000

Treasury shares

£'000

Share

option

reserve

£'000

Hedging

and

translation

reserve

£'000

Other

reserves

£'000

Retained

earnings

£'000

 

 

 

Total

£'000

Balance at 29 July 2017

14,284

70,418

-

(163)

7,900

1,194

79,349

3,572

97,205

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(29,383)

(29,383)

Other comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(1,820)

(1,820)

(1,453)

(3,273)

Comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(1,820)

(1,820)

(30,836)

(32,656)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,856)

(1,856)

Recognition of shared-based contingent consideration deemed as remuneration

-

-

-

-

3,268

-

3,268

-

3,268

Transfer of contingent consideration deemed as remuneration

-

-

-

-

(619)

-

(619)

655

36

Recognition of share-based payments

-

-

-

-

839

-

839

-

839

Balance at 2 February 2018

14,284

70,418

-

(163)

11,388

(626)

81,017

(28,465)

66,836

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

174

174

Other comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,309

1,309

10,680

11,989

Comprehensive income for the period

-

-

-

-

-

1,309

1,309

10,854

12,163

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(928)

(928)

Recognition of shared-base contingent consideration deemed as remuneration

-

-

-

-

2,748

-

2,748

-

2,748

Transfer of contingent consideration deemed as remuneration

-

119

-

-

(6,246)

-

(6,127)

6,310

183

Recognition of share-based payments

-

-

-

-

435

-

435

-

435

Settlement of share-based payments

1,059

-

-

-

(1,101)

-

(1,101)

42

-

Tax on share-based payments

-

-

-

-

(74)

-

(74)

-

(74)

Balance at 3 August 2018

15,343

70,537

-

(163)

7,150

683

78,207

(12,187)

81,363

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,693)

(1,693)

Other comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(317)

(317)

(7,479)

(7,796)

Comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(317)

(317)

(9,172)

(9,489)

Dividends

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,993)

(1,993)

Purchase of own shares

-

-

(185)

-

-

-

(185)

-

(185)

Recognition of shared-base contingent consideration deemed as remuneration

-

-

-

-

(300)

-

(300)

-

(300)

Transfer of contingent consideration deemed as remuneration

-

-

-

-

1,104

-

1,104

-

1,104

Settlement of share-based payments

-

-

172

-

-

-

172

(5)

167

Balance at 31 January 2019

15,343

70,537

(13)

(163)

7,954

366

78,681

(23,357)

70,667

 

 

^ Additional paid capital includes share premium, merger reserve and capital redemption reverse

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

 

Note

31 January 2019

£'000

2 February 2018

£'000

3 August

2018

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

5,911

23,575

6,301

Investment property

 

5,147

-

4,470

Goodwill

8

84,592

93,163

84,742

Other intangible assets

 

27,984

34,893

31,493

Available for sale asset

 

-

3

3

Investment in joint arrangements

 

327

723

223

Deferred tax assets

 

1,264

367

1,264

Retirement benefits surplus

7

-

-

1,858

Other non-current assets

 

13

12

13

 

 

125,238

152,736

130,367

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

-

3,262

-

Trade and other receivables

 

39,955

60,633

40,451

Derivative financial instruments

 

43

8

291

Income tax receivable

 

-

102

904

Assets held for sale

 

-

29,205

5,282

Cash and cash equivalents

10

16,952

21,419

14,398

 

 

56,950

114,629

61,326

Total assets

 

182,188

267,365

191,693

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans

10

-

-

40,363

Trade and other payables

 

30,758

58,993

35,851

Derivative financial instruments

 

-

1,016

62

Income tax payable

 

673

-

61

Deferred consideration payable

 

8,597

26,621

21,170

Liabilities held for sale

 

-

23,205

-

Deferred income

 

-

8,090

4,915

Contract liabilities

 

5,581

-

-

Provisions

 

814

274

919

 

 

46,423

118,199

103,341

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Loans

10

50,205

63,660

-

Retirement benefits obligations

7

9,806

15,789

-

Deferred consideration payable

 

-

750

-

Other non-current liabilities

 

1,581

579

822

Provisions

 

1,999

954

1,849

Deferred tax liabilities

 

1,507

598

4,318

 

 

65,098

82,330

6,989

Total liabilities

 

111,521

200,529

110,330

Net assets

 

70,667

66,836

81,363

  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (continued)

 

Note

31 January 2019

£'000

2 February 2018

£'000

3 August

2018

£'000

 

Capital and reserves

 

 

 

 

Share capital

5

15,343

14,284

15,343

Other reserves

 

78,681

81,017

78,207

Retained losses

 

(23,357)

(28,465)

(12,187)

Total equity

 

70,667

66,836

81,363

 

These financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 14 March 2019.
 

Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow

 

Note

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

10

3,266

23,149

25,848

Interest paid

 

(1,174)

(1,432)

(2,694)

Income taxes received/(paid)

 

103

(4,146)

(5,430)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

2,195

17,571

17,724

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(1,580)

(1,444)

(4,425)

Purchase of other intangibles

 

(66)

-

(149)

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

7,240

136

3,166

Proceeds on disposal of subsidiaries

 

-

-

32,442

Deferred consideration paid for acquisitions made in prior periods

3

(13,028)

(2,587)

(16,518)

Net cash flows from investing activities

 

(7,434)

(3,895)

14,516

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of treasury shares

 

(185)

-

-

Dividends paid

5

(1,993)

(1,856)

(2,784)

Repayment of bank loans

 

(30,557)

(15,500)

(40,000)

Drawdown of bank loans

 

40,557

-

-

Net cash flows from financing activities

 

7,822

(17,356)

(42,784)

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

2,583

(3,680)

(10,544)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

 

14,398

25,651

25,651

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

 

(29)

(552)

(709)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

 

16,952

21,419

14,398

 

 

 

 

1. Basis of preparation

The condensed financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Statements" and in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA").

The financial information contained in these half year financial statements has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts 2018 except as described below, prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union commission, and those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

The half year statements have not been audited but have been reviewed by the Company's auditor.

The financial information for the 181 days ended 31 January 2019 and prior half year (189 days) and full year (371 days) comparatives do not comprise statutory accounts for the purpose of Section 435 of the Companies Act 2006. The abridged information for the 371 days to 3 August 2018 has been extracted from Kin and Carta's Annual Report and Accounts 2018 which have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The Auditors' report on the accounts of  Kin and Carta plc ('Group') for that period was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under Sections 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

Accounting policies

New accounting standards, amendments to standards, and IFRIC interpretations which became applicable during the period were either not relevant or had no impact on the Group's net results or net assets except as described below.

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments

The Group adopted IFRS 9 Financial Instruments ('IFRS 9') for the financial period beginning on 4 August 2018.

Under the standard, trade receivables and cash will continue to be accounted for at amortised cost. IFRS 9 introduces an expected credit losses model, rather than the current incurred loss model, when assessing the impairment of financial assets. Given the historic rate of revenue loss and aging of the trade receivables, the expected loss model does not have a material impact on Group's opening retained earnings on application as at 4 August 2018 and the current period. Therefore in line with the transition guidelines in IFRS 9, the Group has not restated its financial statements for the current and prior period.

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers ('IFRS 15') was adopted by the Group for the financial period beginning on 4 August 2018. In accordance with the transition provisions, the new rules have been adopted using the simplified retrospective transition method. The transition to IFRS 15 did not have a material impact on the Group's opening retained earnings. As a result a reconciliation of retained earnings is not required. Following the adoption of IFRS 15, certain liabilities which were previously presented as deferred income are now presented as contract liabilities.

A number of amendments to IFRSs became effective for the financial period beginning on 4 August 2018. These amendments did not have any impact on the Group's accounting policies and did not require retrospective adjustments.

Going concern

The Directors, having made appropriate enquiries, consider that adequate resources exist for the Group to continue in operational existence for a period of at least twelve months from the date of approval of the condensed consolidated financial statements and that, therefore, it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the combined financial information for the period ended 31 January 2019.

 

 

2. Segment reporting

The Group reports its results through one segment and with corporate costs shown separately. This is based on the Group's internal reporting to the Chief Operating Decision Maker ('CODM'). The CODM has been determined to be the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer as they are primarily responsible for the allocation of resources and the assessment of performance of the segment.

The operating segment includes all of the digital transformation brands; AmazeRealise, The App Business ('TAB'), Solstice, Edit, Pragma, Incite and Hive. The result of our joint venture, Loop, is also reported within this segment.

Results from continuing operations for the current period:

 

 

181 days to 31 January 2019

 

Brands

£'000

Corporate costs

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

87,187

-

87,187

 

 

 

 

Result

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss) before Adjusting Items

12,215

(3,032)

9,183

Adjusting Items

(5,407)

(4,040)

(9,447)

Statutory profit/(loss) from operations

6,808

(7,072)

(264)

Net pension finance income

 

 

28

Other finance expenses

 

 

(1,363)

Statutory loss before tax

 

 

(1,599)

Income tax charge

 

 

(94)

Net statutory loss for the period

 

 

(1,693)

 

 

 

 

Results from continuing operations for the prior period ended 2 February 2018:

 

 

189 days to 2 February 2018

 

Brands

£'000

Corporate costs

£'000

Total

£'000

Revenue

91,715

-

 

 

 

 

Result

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss) before Adjusting Items

12,444

(2,652)

9,792

Adjusting Items

(26,866)

(608)

Statutory loss from operations

(14,422)

(3,260)

(17,682)

Net pension finance expense

 

 

(194)

Other finance expenses

 

 

Statutory loss before tax

 

 

(19,308)

Income tax charge

 

 

Net statutory loss for the period

 

 

(19,911)

 

 

 

2. Segment reporting (continued)

 

Results from continuing operations for the prior period ended 3 August 2018:

 

 

371 days to August 2018

 

Brands

£'000

Corporate costs

£'000

 

Total

£'000

Revenue

178,355

-

178,355

 

 

 

 

Result

 

 

 

Operating profit/(loss) before Adjusting Items

26,483

(5,318)

21,165

Adjusting Items

(49,287)

(31)

(49,318)

Statutory loss from operations

(22,804)

(5,349)

(28,153)

Net pension finance expense

 

 

(324)

Other finance expenses

 

 

(2,694)

Statutory loss before tax

 

 

(31,171)

Income tax charge

 

 

(1,223)

Net statutory loss for the period

 

 

(32,394)

 

 

 

 

Geographical segments

Revenue by geographical segment is based on the location where the provision of goods and services have been provided.

 

31 January 2019

£'000

2 February 2018

£'000

3 August 2018

£'000

United Kingdom

54,718

61,218

119,753

United States of America

31,386

29,301

57,066

Rest of the world

1,083

1,196

1,536

Total

87,187

91,715

178,355

 

The Group derives 54% (2018: 55%) of the total revenue from customers located in the UK, 39% (2018: 38%) of the total revenue from customers located in the US and 7% (2018: 7%) from customers located in the rest of the world.

3. Acquisitions

The total impact on investing cash outflow in the current period relating to acquisitions made in prior periods is as follows:

 

 

£'000

TAB - deferred consideration

9,676

Solstice - deferred consideration

3,352

Net cash outflow

13,028

  

4. Adjusting items

Adjusting items disclosed on the face of the Consolidated Income Statement are as follows:

 

181 days to

31 January 2019

189 days to

2 February 2018

371 day to

3 August 2018

Expense/(income)

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Restructuring items

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redundancies and other charges

760

 

1,263

 

2,737

 

Costs associated with businesses disposed in prior period

441

 

-

 

-

 

Costs associated with empty properties

-

 

-

 

325

 

 

 

1,201

 

1,263

 

3,062

Defined Benefits Pension Scheme costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scheme administration costs

382

 

292

 

617

 

Scheme past service costs - GMP equalisation

3,883

 

-

 

-

 

Curtailment credit

-

 

-

 

(1,261)

 

Other

922

 

433

 

613

 

 

 

5,187

 

725

 

(31)

Costs relating to acquisitions made in current and prior periods

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

3,436

 

4,959

 

8,659

 

Impairment of goodwill and acquired intangible assets

-

 

2,161

 

12,082

 

Contingent consideration required to be treated as remuneration

1,560

 

15,288

 

23,994

 

Increase in deferred consideration

-

 

3,195

 

3,094

 

 

 

4,996

 

25,603

 

47,829

Adjusting Items in expenses from continuing operations

 

11,384

 

27,591

 

50,860

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

(1,937)

 

(117)

 

(1,542)

Adjusting Items before interest and tax

 

9,447

 

27,474

 

49,318

Interest expense

 

189

 

-

 

-

Net pension finance (income)/charge in respect of defined benefits pension scheme

 

(28)

 

194

 

324

Adjusting Items before tax from continuing operations

 

9,608

 

27,668

 

49,642

Income tax credit

 

(1,468)

 

(1,111)

 

(2,436)

Adjusted results from continuing operations

 

8,140

 

26,557

 

47,206

 

Restructuring items

The restructuring items in the current period include redundancy and restructuring costs of £0.8 million incurred by AmazeRealise, Hive, Incite, Edit and Head Office resulting from the shift to the Group's new proposition. The costs associated with disposed businesses of £0.4 million relate to redundancies and onerous lease commitments connected with disposal of the Group's Books and Marketing Activation segments.

Disposal of properties

The profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment of £1.9 million relates primarily to the sale of property and associated plant and machinery in Redditch.

Defined Benefits Pension Scheme costs

The Scheme charges include service costs of £0.4 million, a past service cost of £3.9 million relating to the equalisation of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions ('GMP') benefits between men and women, and costs in relation to running the scheme of £0.9 million (note 7). These items are recorded in corporate costs.

Costs related to acquisitions made in prior periods

Charges relating to the amortisation of acquired customer relationships, proprietary techniques and software amounted to £3.4 million in the current period.

In the current period, the tax credit of £1.5 million (2018 - £1.1 million) relates to the items discussed above.

5. Dividends

 

per share

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Final dividend paid for the period ended 28 July 2017

1.30p

-

1,856

1,856

Interim dividend paid for the period ended 2 February 2018

0.65p

-

-

928

Final dividend paid for the period ended 3 August 2018

1.30p

1,993

-

-

Dividends paid during the period

 

1,993

1,856

2,784

Declared interim dividend for the period ended

31 January 2019

0.65p

997

 

 

6. Earnings per share

The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share are based on the following:

Number of shares

 

181 days to 31 January 2019

'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

'000

371 days to

3 August

2018

'000

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of basic and diluted earnings per share

153,301

142,746

146,654

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share

Continuing operations:

 

181 days to

31 January 2019

189 days to

2 February 2018

371 day to

3 August 2018

 

Earnings

£'000

Earnings

per share

pence

Earnings

£'000

Earnings

per share

pence

Earnings

£'000

Earnings

per share

pence

Earnings/(loss) and basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings and adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share

6,447

4.21

6,646

4.65

14,812

10.10

Adjusting Items

(8,140)

(5.31)

(26,557)

(18.60)

(47,206)

(32.19)

Loss and basic and diluted loss per share

(1,693)

(1.10)

(19,911)

(13.95)

(32,394)

(22.09)

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share

Continuing and discontinued operations:

 

181 days to

31 January 2019

189 days to

2 February 2018

371 day to

3 August 2018

 

Earnings

£'000

Earnings

per share

pence

Earnings

£'000

Earnings

per share

pence

Earnings

£'000

Earnings

per share

pence

Earnings/(loss) and basic earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings and adjusted basic earnings per share

6,447

4.21

11,066

7.76

18,323

12.49

Adjusting Items

(8,140)

(5.31)

(40,449)

(28.34)

(47,532)

(32.41)

Loss and basic loss per share

(1,693)

(1.10)

(29,383)

(20.58)

(29,209)

(19.92)

Adjusted earnings is calculated by adding back Adjusting Items, as adjusted for tax, to the loss for the period.

7. Retirement benefits

As at 31 January 2019 the Group reported a net deficit in respect of the Defined Benefits Pension Scheme (the 'Scheme') of £9.8 million compared to a surplus of £1.9 million reported as at 3 August 2018. This is due to an estimated increase in plan liabilities of £3.9 million as a result of a High Court ruling in relation to the UK deferred benefits pension schemes of Lloyds Banking Group. A consequence of this judgement is that the vast majority of UK deferred benefits pension schemes are now required to equalise benefits to take account of unequal GMP benefits between men and women. The Scheme was further adversely impacted by the investment performance in the later part of 2018 and early 2019.

8. Goodwill and Intangibles

At 3 August 2018 the Group held goodwill of £5.5 million and £0.3 million of intangibles in relation to Hive. As previously reported in the Annual Report and Accounts 2018, the forecasts and projected growth rates for Hive are highly dependent on a number of key clients. The impairment model at the half year assumes a projected five year revenue growth rate of 2.5%, a terminal term growth rate of 2.0%, and a pre-tax discount rate of 10%. Sensitivity analysis on the key assumptions included in the impairment model indicates that a reasonably possible decline in the growth rates or a reduction in forecast margin will potentially result in a further impairment of up to £5.5 million of goodwill and up to £0.3 million of intangibles.

9. Restatement

Previously the Group reported certain employee costs of the various businesses under cost of sales. The Group's accounting policy is to include these types of costs within selling costs and, accordingly, the comparatives have been restated to ensure consistency.

 

189 days to 2 February 2018

 

Before Adjustments *

Adjustments

Restated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Adjusted results:

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(54,347)

1,120

(53,227)

Selling costs

(5,314)

(1,120)

(6,434)

Statutory results:

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(54,705)

1,120

(53,585)

Selling costs

(5,314)

(1,120)

(6,434)

 

*The results for the 189 days to 2 February 2018 have been re-presented to reflect the results of the Books and Marketing Activation segments as discontinued operations following their disposals in the prior period (note 11).

 

371 day to 03 August 2018

 

Before Adjustments

Adjustments

Restated

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Adjusted results:

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(105,110)

2,421

(102,689)

Selling costs

(10,749)

(2,421)

(13,170)

Statutory results:

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(105,357)

2,421

(102,936)

Selling costs

(10,749)

(2,421)

(13,170)

  

 

10. Notes to the consolidated cash flow statement

Reconciliation of cash generated from operations

 

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Loss from continuing operations

(264)

(17,682)

(28,153)

(Loss)/profit from discontinued operations

-

(8,323)

3,850

Loss from operations

(264)

(26,005)

(24,303)

 

 

 

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

1,276

2,357

3,905

Share of profit from joint arrangement

(107)

(231)

(569)

Disbursements from joint arrangement

-

-

876

Impairment losses

-

16,207

30,915

Amortisation of intangible assets

3,554

4,873

8,683

Gain on disposal of subsidiaries

-

-

(18,334)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(1,946)

(87)

(1,501)

Share-based payment (credit)/charge

(300)

839

1,274

Settlement of share-based payment

167

-

-

Decrease in fair value of derivatives

186

962

-

Increase/(decrease) in retirement benefit obligations

2,299

(2,290)

(7,882)

Remeasurement of deferred consideration

-

3,195

3,094

Increase in contingent consideration required to be treated as remuneration

1,560

15,288

23,994

Increase in provisions

49

220

1,402

Operating cash inflows before movements in working capital

6,474

15,328

21,554

Decrease in inventories

-

981

662

Decrease in receivables

646

4,999

9,620

(Decrease)/increase in payables

(4,491)

145

(4,587)

Increase/(decrease) in contract liabilities

637

1,696

(1,401)

Cash generated from operations

3,266

23,149

25,848

Analysis of net debt

 

31 January 2019

£'000

2 February 2018

£'000

3 August 2018

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

16,952

21,419

14,398

Loans - current assets

-

-

(40,363)

Loans - non-current assets

(50,205)

(63,660)

-

 

(33,253)

(42,241)

(25,965)

 

Cash and cash equivalents (which are presented as a single class of assets on the face of the consolidated balance sheet) comprise cash at bank and other short-term highly liquid investments with a maturity of three months or less.

The effective interest rates on cash and cash equivalents are based on current market rates.

Analysis of financing liabilities

 

4 August

2018

£'000

Financial cashflow

£'000

Exchange differences

£'000

31 January

2019

£'000

Bank loans

(40,363)

(10,000)

158

(50,205)

 

11. Disposals

Following the disposal of the Books and Marketing Activation segments in the prior period, the comparative period for the 189 days to 2 February 2018 has been re-presented in accordance with IFRS 5 Discontinued Operations and Assets Held for Sale.

 

Results of Discontinued Operations:

 

Adjusted results from discontinued operations are analysed below:

 

 

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Revenue

 

107,984

140,738

Operating costs

 

(102,416)

(136,562)

Profit before tax before Adjusting Items

 

5,568

4,176

Income tax charge

 

(1,148)

(665)

Profit after tax before Adjusting Items

 

4,420

3,511

 

Adjusting Items from discontinued operations are analysed below:

 

 

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Impairment of goodwill

 

(14,046)

(14,482)

Impairment of non-current and current assets

 

-

(4,351)

Amortisation of acquired intangibles and other Adjusting items

 

154

173

Total Adjusting Items before tax

 

(13,892)

(18,660)

Gain on sale of discontinued operations

 

-

18,334

Total Adjusting Items after tax

 

(13,892)

(326)

 

 

 

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Profit after tax before Adjusting Items

 

4,420

3,511

Total Adjusting Items after tax

 

(13,892)

(326)

Statutory (loss)/profit after tax

 

(9,472)

3,185

12. Risks and uncertainties

With the exception of Brexit, the Board considers that the principal risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the Group's performance in the remaining six months of the financial year remain the same as those stated on pages 36-41 of the 2018 Annual Report and Accounts, which is available on our website www.kinandcarta.com 

 

The potential economic impact of Brexit was previously highlighted as a risk and uncertainty. Additionally, the Board has since considered the impact on the international transfer of personal data in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which appears more likely now than when the 2018 Annual Report and Accounts was published. A relatively small proportion of the Group's activities, relating to the processing of personal data of data subjects in the EU, could be impacted in a no-deal scenario. A larger proportion of the Group's activities use tools and systems which in turn use international data centres or processors and this could be impacted in a no-deal scenario. To mitigate these risks, the Group plans to open an office within the EU to provide representation of the Group's EU activities.

 

In summary, the Group is subject to the following principal risks and uncertainties: ability to achieve growth targets, achieving scalability, challenges in bringing our businesses closer together, general economic conditions, the impact of Brexit, loss of key clients, attracting or retaining people, driving cultural changes, financing, volatility of the legacy defined benefits pension scheme and cyber security breaches. 

 

13. Related parties

Transactions between the Company and its subsidiaries, which are related parties, have been eliminated on consolidation and are not disclosed in this note. No material related party transactions have been entered into during the period, which might reasonably affect the decisions made by the users of these financial statements.

On 5 November 2018, pursuant to the Directors' Deferred Bonus Scheme, a portion of the net bonus payable to the Company's Chief Financial Officer, Brad Gray, was used to purchase 64,174 ordinary shares in the Company from the Company's Employee Benefit Trust, on behalf of the Director, at a price of 94.5 pence per share.

No executive officers of the Company or their associates had material transactions with the Group during the period.

The Group earned revenue of £45,000 (2018: £224,000) from Loop Integration LLC and the Group incurred charges of £19,000 for services received in the prior period. The Group also received a dividend of £382,000 and loan repayment of £494,000 in the prior period. At the reporting date, Loop Integration LLC owed the Group £74,000 (2018: £8,000) for services rendered.

14. Alternative Performance Measures ('APMs')

The Annual report includes both statutory and Adjusted results. In the management's view, the Adjusted results reflect the ongoing performance of the business, how the business is managed on a day to day basis and allows for a consistent and meaningful comparison.

The APMs are aligned to our strategy and are used to measure the performance of our business and are the basis for remuneration.

The Adjusted results exclude the items listed below as their inclusion could distort the understanding of the performance for the year and the comparison with prior years.

Key adjustments for Adjusted operating profit, profit before tax and EPS

Adjusted operating profit is calculated by adding back costs relating to restructuring activities, acquisitions made in prior periods, the disposal of surplus property, impairment charges, movements in deferred consideration and the Group's Defined Benefits Pension Scheme. The tax effects of these adjustments are reflected in the Adjusted tax charge. The adjustments are detailed below:

1.   Profit on the disposal of property plant and equipment and restructuring costs - these items are excluded in order to reflect the performance of the business in a consistent manner and how the performance of the business is managed on a day to day basis. They are not considered to be part of the core activities of the business.

They have arisen as a result of initiatives to reduce the cost base and improve efficiency and collaboration across the group. The initiatives reflect a significant change in the organisational structure of a business area are assessed on an individual basis and are excluded from the Adjusted results.

2.   Amortisation of acquired intangibles and impairments - the amortisation and impairments of assets acquired through business combinations are excluded from Adjusted results. These costs are acquisition related and are not part of the ongoing trading performance of the business. The amortisation of computer software is included within the Adjusted results as it is part of the ongoing trading performance.

3.   Contingent consideration required to be treated as remuneration, and increase in deferred consideration - our acquisitions, where deferred consideration arises, are structured such that the consideration payable to former owners who remain as employees is contingent on continued employment within the Group. Under IFRS3 this is treated as an expense. Where the purchase price has been determined initially based on assumptions around future deferred consideration and there is a subsequent increase or decrease arising from the reassessment of deferred consideration, under IFRS3 this is required to be expensed. We consider this not to be part of the ongoing trading performance.

4.   Administrative expenses related to the Defined Benefits Pension Scheme - the Scheme was closed to new members in 2002 and ceased future accrual in 2008. There are now fewer than 10 employees who are members of the Scheme and employed by the Group. Following the disposal of the Books segment, Kin and Carta plc is the last remaining employer. The costs of the Scheme are not considered to be part of the ongoing performance of the Group and they are excluded from the performance measures. As such they are treated as Adjusting items. 

 

The analysis of Adjusting Items from continuing operations is set out below:

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

(1,937)

(117)

(1,542)

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

3,436

4,959

8,659

Expenses related to restructuring items

1,201

1,263

3,062

Impairment of goodwill and other assets

-

2,161

12,082

Contingent consideration required to be treated as remuneration

1,560

15,288

23,994

Increase in deferred consideration

-

3,195

3,094

Expense/(income) related to Group's Defined Benefits Pension Scheme

5,187

725

(31)

Total Adjusting Items added back to the statutory operating profit

9,447

27,474

49,318

Interest expense

189

-

-

Pension finance (income)/charge

(28)

194

324

Total Adjusting Items added back to the statutory profit before tax

9,608

27,668

49,642

Tax related to Adjusting Items

(1,468)

(1,111)

(2,436)

Total Adjusting Items added back to the statutory profit after tax

8,140

26,557

47,206

 

The key APMs frequently used by the Group for continuing operations are:

Like-for-like revenue: The measure is defined as the revenue from continuing operations using the same number of working days when comparing the current period to the prior period. The Company moved to calendar month reporting from August 2018; the previous reporting cycle comprised of 52/53 week years. The number of working days in the current period was 129 against a comparator of 135 days. The comparator revenue has been adjusted to reflect an equal number of working days.

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Statutory revenue

87,187

91,715

178,355

Less Adjusting revenue

-

(64)

(64)

Adjusted revenue

87,187

91,651

178,291

Number of working days in the period

129

135

265

Number of working days in the current period

129

129

258

Like-for-like revenue

87,187

87,578

173,581

 

Adjusted operating profit: This measure is defined as the operating profit or loss less Adjusting Items.

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Statutory operating loss

(264)

(17,682)

(28,153)

Add back total Adjusting Items excluding, interest expense, pension finance income/charge and tax

9,447

27,474

49,318

Adjusted operating profit

9,183

9,792

21,165

  

Adjusted profit before tax: This measure is defined as the Group net profit or loss before tax less Adjusting Items.

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Statutory loss before tax

(1,599)

(19,308)

(31,171)

Add back total Adjusting Items before tax

9,608

27,668

49,642

Adjusted profit before tax

8,009

8,360

18,471

 

Like-for-like Adjusted profit before tax: The measure is defined as the profit before tax from continuing operations using the same number of working days when comparing the current period to the prior period. The Group moved to calendar month reporting from August 2018; the previous reporting cycle comprised of 52/53 week years. The number of working days in the current period was 129 against a comparator of 135 days. The comparator operating profit has been adjusted to reflect an equal number of working days.

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Adjusted profit before tax

8,009

8,360

18,471

Number of working days in the period

129

135

265

Number of working days in the current period

129

129

258

Like-for-like Adjusted operating profit

8,009

7,988

17,983

 

Adjusted profit after tax: This measure is defined as the Group profit or loss after tax before Adjusting Items:

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Statutory loss after tax

(1,693)

(19,911)

(32,394)

Add back total Adjusting Items after tax

8,140

26,557

47,206

Adjusted profit after tax

6,447

6,646

14,812

 

Adjusted basic earnings per share: This measure is defined as basic earnings per share after Adjusting Items.

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Adjusted profit after tax

6,447

6,646

14,812

Weighted number of shares ('000)

153,301

142,746

146,654

Adjusted basic earnings per share (pence)

4.21

4.65

10.10

 

Adjusted operating margin: This measure is defined as the percentage of Adjusted operating profit over revenue.

 

181 days to

31 January

2019

£'000

189 days to

2 February

2018

£'000

371 day to

3 August

2018

£'000

Revenue

87,187

91,715

178,355

Adjusted operating profit

9,183

9,792

21,165

Adjusted operating margin

11%

11%

12%

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA: This measure is defined as the Adjusted operating profit or loss before depreciation, amortisation, finance expense and taxation.

The Adjusted EBITDA for 189 days to 2 February 2018 has been determined on the basis of the Adjusted metric for continuing and discontinued operations for the purpose of calculating the ratio of net: EBITDA.

 

31 January

2019

£'000

2 February

2018

£'000

3 August

2018

£'000

Adjusted operating profit

20,556

31,193

21,165

Add:

Depreciation and amortisation

9,714

10,264

11,025

Less: amortisation of intangibles classified as Adjusting Items

(7,136)

(4,959)

(8,659)

Adjusted EBITDA

23,134

36,498

23,531

 

Net debt: This measure is calculated as the total of loans and other borrowings (both current and non-current), less cash and cash equivalents.

 

31 January

2019

£'000

2 February

2018

£'000

3 August

2018

£'000

Loans - current liabilities

-

-

40,363

Loans - non-current liabilities

50,205

63,660

-

Cash and cash equivalents

(16,952)

(21,419)

(14,398)

Net Debt

33,253

42,241

25,965

 

Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA: This measure is calculated by dividing Net Debt by Adjusted EBITDA. The Adjusted EBITDA for the prior year is based on continuing and discontinued operations.

 

31 January

2019

£'000

2 February

2018

£'000

3 August

2018

£'000

Adjusted EBITDA

23,134

36,498

23,531

Net Debt

33,253

42,241

25,965

Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA

1.4

1.2

1.1

 

 

15. Statement of Directors' Responsibility

The directors' confirm that these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

 

●    an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial period; and

●    material related-party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related-party transactions described in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts 2018.

 

At the date of this statement, the directors are those listed in the Kin and Carta plc 2018 Annual Report and Accounts with the exception of the following appointments and resignations:
 

Appointments:   J Schwan          - Chief Executive Officer - 4 August 2018


                        David Bell          - Non Executive Director - 4 August 2018

 

Resignation:      Matt Armitage   - Chief Executive Officer - 4 August 2018


 

 

J Schwan

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

14 March 2019

 

 

  

 

The foregoing contains forward looking statements made by the directors in good faith based on information available to them up to 14 March 2019. Such statements need to be read with caution due to inherent uncertainties, including economic and business risk factors underlying such statement.
 

Independent review report to Kin and Carta plc

Report on the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

Our conclusion

We have reviewed Kin and Carta plc's Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements (the "interim financial statements") in the Half Year Results of Kin and Carta plc for the 181 day period ended 31 January 2019. Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

What we have reviewed

The interim financial statements comprise:

∙    the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as at 31 January 2019;

∙    the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement and Condensed Statement of Comprehensive Income for the period then ended;

∙    the Condensed Statement of Changes in Equity for the period then ended;

∙    the Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow for the period then ended; and

∙    the explanatory notes to the interim financial statements.

The interim financial statements included in the Half Year Results have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 1 to the interim financial statements, the financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the full annual financial statements of the Group is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.

Responsibilities for the interim financial statements and the review

Our responsibilities and those of the directors

The Half Year Results, including the interim financial statements, is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the Half Year Results in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the interim financial statements in the Half Year Results based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the company for the purpose of complying with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose.  We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

What a review of interim financial statements involves

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and, consequently, does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

We have read the other information contained in the Half Year Results and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

 

 

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Chartered Accountants

London

14 March 2019


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