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Interim Results

Released 07:00 02-Sep-2019

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Maintel Holdings PLC
02 September 2019
 

 

 

 

Maintel Holdings Plc

("Maintel", the "Company" or the "Group") 

 

Interim results for the six months to 30 June 2019

 

Maintel Holdings Plc, a leading provider of communications cloud and managed services, announces its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2019.  

 

Key highlights are:

 

·      Revenue down 3% to £64.5m (H1 2018: £66.5m) with recurring revenue at 69% (H1 2018: 70%)

·      Gross margin at 29% (H1 2018: 27%)

·      Adjusted EBITDA [5]  up 28% to £6.5m (H1 2018: £5.0m), including IFRS 16 adjustment of £0.5m

·      Adjusted earnings per share [1]  at 30.0p (H1 2018: 25.9p), an increase of 16%

·    Strong cash performance with underlying cash conversion of 94% of adjusted EBITDA [2] (H1 2018: 80%)

·      Net debt at £24.2m [3] reduced from £25.5m at 31 December 2018

·      Interim dividend per share proposed at 15.1p (H1 2018: 15.0p)

 

 

Operational highlights

 

·      Maintel's successful transition to a cloud and managed services business continues, with revenues from cloud and software customers now at £13m, 20% of revenue (H1 2018: 15% of revenue)

·      Cloud UCaaS seats increased 32% to c.66,000 (H1 2018: c.50,000)

·      Investment into strategic and higher growth areas

 

 

Board change

 

The Board announces that its Chief Executive Officer Eddie Buxton will be leaving the Company on 31st December 2019 by mutual agreement. The Board is keen to record its thanks to Eddie for his strong leadership of the business for over ten years and to wish him well for the future.

 

 

Key Financial Information

 

Unaudited results for 6 months ended 30 June:

  2019

  2018

Increase/ (decrease)

 

 

 

 

Group revenue

£64.5m

£66.5m

(3)%

Profit/(loss) before tax

Adjusted profit before tax [4] 

£1.5m

£4.9m

(£0.3m)

£4.2m

-

17%

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

Adjusted earnings per share [1] 

10.6p

30.0p

(2.6p)

25.9p

-

16%

Interim dividend per share proposed

15.1p

15.0p

1%

 

 

 

Commenting on the Group's results, John Booth, Chairman said:

 

"Performance in the first six months of the year marks continued progress towards our goal of transforming Maintel into a cloud and managed services business and demonstrates the benefits we are receiving from investment in our cloud and software capability, notably improved margins and higher cash conversion. Our ICON platform continues to attract new customers from both public and private sectors with contracted seats growing at 32% to over 66,000. Gross margin increased to 29%, and underlying data revenues have grown 6% as customers transition to cloud. 

 

Notwithstanding this significant progress, Group revenue in the period was impacted by the   continued market transition to new technologies driving both a change in the revenue profile for project implementation and the revenue of our support business. In addition, we have seen some delays in the award of public sector contracts as the new Public Sector framework goes live."

 

 

Notes

[1] Adjusted earnings per share is basic earnings/(loss) per share of 10.6p (H1 2018: loss of (2.6p)), adjusted for acquired intangibles amortisation, exceptional items, share based payments and deferred tax charges related to loss reliefs from previous acquisitions of Datapoint and Azzurri (note 3). The weighted average number of shares in the period was 14.3m (H1 2018:14.2m).

[2] Cash conversion is adjusted EBITDA to operating cash flow.

[3] Interest bearing debt (excludes IFRS 16 liabilities and issue costs of debt) minus cash.

[4] Adjusted profit before tax of £4.9m (H1 2018: £4.2m) is basic profit/(loss) before tax, adjusted for intangibles amortisation, exceptional items and share based payments.

[5] Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as shown in note 4.

 

 

 

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

 

Mark Townsend, Chief Financial Officer   

0344 871 1122

Rufus Grig, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

 

 

finnCap

 

Jonny Franklin-Adams / Anthony Adams (Corporate Finance)

Richard Chambers (Corporate Broking)

 

020 7220 0500

Oakley Advisory, (Financial Advisors)

Christian Maher / Victoria Boxall

 

 

020 7766 6900

 

 

Chairman's statement

 

Maintel continues its transformation into a cloud and managed services provider with growth of 32% in unified communications seats on our ICON cloud platform and revenues from cloud and software customers now representing 20% of overall turnover.

 

We have combined our software and cloud teams into a single division based at the new Maintel Technology Centre in Fareham to accelerate the pace of investment and development in our own intellectual property, supporting both our cloud platforms and our Customer Experience software offer which is focused on further improving customer satisfaction and retention. Developments are focused on automation and the self-service capabilities that customers are increasingly seeking, and which have the added benefit of reducing our cost base. In our contact centre platform, we are continuing to drive towards increased cloud adoption and the incorporation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into our chat and self-service modules. 

 

The period saw an increase in adjusted EBITDA [5] of 28% to £6.5m, (H1 2018: £5.0m), including £0.5m of IFRS16 adjustments, supported by an improvement of 2 percentage points in Gross Margin to 29.3% (H1 2018:27.3%). Revenue, at £64.5m, was down 3% on the prior year (H1 2018: £66.5m), driven by a number of factors, principally the market move to newer technologies and some price erosion in the support component of our managed service base. 

 

There was strong cash generation in the period with underlying cash conversion of 94% [2] of adjusted EBITDA and net debt reducing to £24.2m [3]  reduced from £25.5m at 31 December 2018.

 

High margin professional services revenues grew as a result of an increase in software and consultancy engagements, while lower margin technology revenue fell as anticipated as the project mix continues its shift from one-off on-premise projects to a recurring revenue model as customers move to cloud-based platforms. 

 

Our managed services base declined by 3% in the period driven by the transition of customers from on-premise into cloud-based platforms with associated revenue now reflected in our data numbers. As anticipated, we have seen some erosion in the support base due to customers    down-sizing their estates as working patterns change, and the upgrading of some of our larger support customers from older legacy platforms to more modern software-based solutions where support revenues are lower with a correspondingly lower cost base.

 

Although network services revenues have shown a small decline at £19.5m (H1 2018: £20.6m), the underlying story is of a 6% growth in data revenues, the decline being due to the run off of previously announced legacy contracts which gave notice to cease in 2017. The Group has won several new voice and data contracts, typically in support of cloud-based unified communications projects.

 

We continue to invest in our people with a full programme of learning and development, ensuring that our talented and committed staff are equipped with the skills required as the market migrates to digital and cloud.

 

Reflecting our confidence in the underlying cash flow of the Group and its longer term prospects, we propose to pay an interim dividend of 15.1p, a 1% increase on the 2018 figure, in line with our previously stated intention to pay out at least 40% of adjusted earnings to shareholders.

 

On behalf of the Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our employees for their continued hard work and commitment.

 

Finally, I announce the resignation of our Chief Executive Officer, Eddie Buxton. Since joining us in 2009 Eddie has overseen a period of significant growth for the Company and has led the transformation of Maintel into a cloud and managed services business. The Board would like to thank Eddie for his strong leadership during this time and wish him well for the future. The search for a replacement is well under way and we expect to be able to announce a successor shortly. During the interim period, the Executive Directors, with the support of the rest of the Board, will lead the business and Eddie will remain with the Company to ensure an orderly handover to his successor.

 

J D S Booth

Chairman

 

 

30 August 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New IFRS implementation  

 

Maintel has adopted IFRS 16 - Leases for the financial year ending 31 December 2019, and it has chosen to use the modified retrospective approach to adoption which means there are no restatements to the prior year figures.

 

IFRS 16 introduces a single lessee accounting model, where-by the Group will recognise a lease liability and a right of use asset at 1 January 2019 for leases previously classified as operating leases.  Within the income statement rent expense is replaced by depreciation and interest expense.

 

The adoption of IFRS 16 has resulted in a right of use asset of £4.3m, with a corresponding liability of £4.1m, being recognised as at 30 June 2019.

 

In order to allow users of the accounts to see how the impact of IFRS 16 has affected adjusted EBITDA [5] , we present a reconciliation below.

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

to 30 June

2019

 

6 months

to 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

Growth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consistent with 2018 presentation and accounting policy

 

6,008

 

5,042

 

 

19%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes due to accounting policy - IFRS 16

 

  464

 

-

 

 

 

Consistent with 2019 presentation and accounting policy

 

6,472

 

5,042

 

 

28%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The changes to accounting policy and presentation have improved the percentage growth of EBITDA driven by the effect of IFRS 16 which has adjusted the current period (favourably) and not the comparator as this is not restated; if the effect of IFRS 16 were to be removed the percentage growth would be 19%.

 

 

 

Business review

 

Results for the 6 month period to 30 June 2019

 

The Group has seen a small decrease in revenue in the period of 3% to £64.5m (H1 2018: £66.5m), driven by customers transitioning from on-premise up-front sales replaced by a recurring multi-year cloud service model. In addition, we have seen some price reduction as customers upgrade from older platforms with significant hardware support elements to modern, software-based platforms.

 

Recurring revenue (being all revenue excluding one-off projects) remained high at 69% (H1 2018: 70%).

An adjusted profit before tax (adjustments explained below) of £4.9m was generated (H1 2018: £4.2m).

On an unadjusted basis, the Group generated a profit before tax of £1.5m (H1 2018: loss of £0.3m) and an earnings per share of 10.6p (H1 2018: loss per share of 2.6p). This includes £12,000 of exceptional income (H1 2018: exceptional costs of £1.3m) (refer note 6) and intangibles amortisation of £3.3m (H1 2018: £3.0m). 

 

Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) increased by 16% to 30.0p (H1 2018: 25.9p) based on a weighted average number of shares in the period of 14.3m (H1 2018: 14.2m).

 

 

6 months

 to 30 June 2019

 

 

6 months

to 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

Increase / (decrease)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

64,504

 

66,537

 

 

(3)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit /(loss) before tax

 

1,549

 

(256)

 

 

 

Add back intangibles amortisation

 

3,326

 

3,039

 

 

 

Exceptional items (note 6)

 

(12)

 

1,251

 

 

 

Share based remuneration

 

69

 

188

 

 

 

Adjusted profit before tax

 

4,932

 

4,222

 

 

17%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA(a)

 

6,472

 

5,042

 

 

28%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings / (loss) per share

 

10.6p

 

(2.6p)

 

 

-

Diluted

 

10.4p

 

(2.6p)

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share(b)

 

30.0p

 

25.9p

 

 

16%

Diluted 

 

29.5p

 

25.4p

 

 

16%

 

(a) Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA of £6.4m (H1 2018: £3.6m) less exceptional items and share based remuneration (note 4).

(b) Adjusted profit after tax divided by weighted average number of shares (note 3).

 

Review of operations

 

ICON is Maintel's suite of cloud services, the main services being ICON Communicate (enterprise grade managed unified communications), ICON Now (Unified Communications as a Service), ICON Secure (network security) and ICON Connect (managed WAN). Elements of cloud services revenues are currently accounted for in both the managed services and technology division (under both managed services related and technology revenue lines), and the network services division (under the data connectivity services revenue line).

 

The following table shows the performance of the three operating segments of the Group.

 

 

 

 

 

6 months to 30 June

2019

 

6 months

to 30 June 2018

 

 

 

Revenue analysis

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

Decrease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managed services related

 

22,474

 

23,166

 

 

(3)%

Technology(c)

 

19,859

 

19,999

 

 

(1)%

Managed services and technology division

 

42,333

 

43,165

 

 

(2)%

Network services division

 

19,539

 

20,608

 

 

(5)%

Mobile division

 

2,632

 

2,764

 

 

(5)%

 

Total Group

 

64,504

 

66,537

 

 

(3)%

 

(c)Technology includes revenues from hardware, software, professional services and other sales.

 

 

 

Managed services and technology division

 

The managed services and technology division provides the management, maintenance, service and support of unified communications, contact centres and local area networking technology, on a contracted basis, on customer premises and in the cloud. This is across the UK and internationally. It also supplies and installs project-based technology, professional and consultancy services to our direct clients and through our partner relationships.

 

 

 

 

6 months to 30 June

2019

 

6 months to 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

Decrease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divisional revenue 

 

42,333

 

43,165

 

 

(2)%

Divisional gross profit

 

11,396

 

11,882

 

 

(4)%

Gross margin (%)

 

27%

 

28%

 

 

 

 

Revenue in this division decreased by 2% to £42.3m, and gross profit by 4% to £11.4m. Reductions in technology and managed services, as highlighted earlier in the report, are largely driven by the transition of customers from on-premise into cloud-based platforms.

This led to the anticipated reduction in technology revenue; however, it was offset to an extent, by an increase in professional services revenue as we gained contract wins in our software and consultancy practice, including the development and rollout of a multilingual IVR across multiple countries for a global enterprise organisation.

Our managed services base declined by 3% in the period partly as a result of customers moving to the cloud model, where traditional "support" is replaced by a managed services element, which is reported in network services. In addition, revenues have been impacted by the upgrading of some of our larger support customers from older legacy platforms to more modern software-based solutions where the support revenues are lower, offset by a naturally lower cost base to support this new technology.

In the period, one of our channel partners lost a major contract that Maintel serviced on their behalf, which will impact the H2 2019 support revenues.

Gross margin within the division reduced slightly to 27% (H1 2018: 28%).

 

Network services division

 

The network services division sells a portfolio of connectivity and communications services, including managed MPLS networks, SD-WAN services, security as a service, internet access services, dedicated access to public cloud services, SIP telephony services, inbound and outbound telephone calls and hosted IP telephony solutions. These services complement the on-premises and cloud solutions offered by the managed service and technology division and the mobile division's services.

 

 

 

 

6 months

to 30 June

2019

 

6 months

to 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

(Decrease) / increase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call traffic

 

2,551

 

2,837

 

 

(10)%

Line rental

 

4,566

 

4,953

 

 

(8)%

Data connectivity services

 

12,245

 

12,648

 

 

(3)%

Other

 

177

 

170

 

 

4%

 

Total division

 

19,539

 

20,608

 

 

(5)%

Division gross profit

 

6,206

 

4,945

 

 

25%

Gross margin (%)

 

32%

 

24%

 

 

 

 

Network services revenue decreased by 5% in the period, with gross margins in the division growing by 8% to 32% (H1 2018: 24%), reflecting the significantly richer contributions from cloud service revenues.

Traditional fixed line revenues (shown above under call traffic and line rental) decreased by 9% to £7.1m (H1 2018: £7.8m), which is a reflection of the overall market decline and a shift in focus of the Group to meet the higher demand for margin rich cloud and SIP services.

Data connectivity revenues declined by 3% over the prior period, as a result of the diminishing tail of previously announced legacy contract terminations, but the progress in cloud services is driving an underlying growth of 6% in data. This growth is set to continue as we rollout 2 significant data network contracts in H2 2019. The launch of our SD-WAN proposition has positioned Maintel as a credible data network provider and it has been well received by our customers.  

ICON cloud services

 

In H1 2019 there was an acceleration in the take-up of our cloud managed unified communications services over H1 2018 resulting in growth of 32% to more than 66,000 contracted seats. Revenue from cloud and software customers now stands at £12.9m in H1 2019 - 20% of revenue (H1 2018: 15% of revenue).

We are continuing to see larger and more mission critical communications installations move to the cloud, with new ICON Communicate deals across all our vendors. H2 2019 will see the rollout of our largest cloud UCaaS customer with c.8000 seats for a public sector organisation.

 

We continue to invest in our growth areas of cloud and software and have brought those teams together in our Technology Centre in Fareham, Hampshire. Key developments on the ICON platform include adding new capabilities to our customer-facing portal, enhancements to our ICON Connect platform in terms of additional capacity and more SD-WAN capability, and enhancements to our ICON Secure platform.

Interest in our recently launched mid-market focussed UCaaS offer, ICON Now, is encouraging. We have already closed a significant contract which will roll out in H2 and the prospect pipeline continues to grow.  Our software capability is gaining traction with recent contract awards of 2 major software integration projects delivered by our in-house software integration team. We have increased our investment in Callmedia, our omni-channel contact centre - focussing on user experience and AI capabilities.

Mobile division

 

Maintel's mobile division derives its revenue primarily from commissions received under its dealer agreements with O2 and from value added services such as mobile fleet management and mobile device management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months

to 30 June 2019

 

6 months

to 30 June

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

Decrease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

2,632

 

2,764

 

 

(5)%

Gross profit

 

1,285

 

1,359

 

 

(5)%

Gross margin (%)

 

49%

 

49%

 

 

 

 

Number of connections

 

31,528

 

35,996

 

 

(12)%

We have continued to focus on the mid-market and low end enterprise segments where our full managed service wrap is particularly well suited. Consequently, while we have seen a reduction in the number of connections there has been a significant increase in average revenue per connection of 9%.

As previously highlighted, we introduced a wholesale proposition to better serve a segment of the mid-market and have won two significant new customers as a result.

Revenue fell 5% to £2.6m (H1 2018: £2.8m) with gross margin being maintained at 49%. The reduction in revenue was caused by one large contract implementation and subsequent revenue recognition being delayed into H2. The mobile market is highly competitive, but our prospect pipeline remains healthy.

 

Dividends and adjusted earnings per share

 

An interim dividend for 2018 of 15.0p (£2.1m) was paid on 4 October 2018 and a final dividend for 2018 of 19.5p per share (£2.8m) was paid on 16 May 2019, taking the total dividend paid in respect of 2018 to 34.5p per share. 

 

As previously highlighted, the board's intention is to have a dividend pay-out ratio of at least 40% of adjusted net income and, on this basis, we expect that the total dividend paid annually will remain progressive in absolute terms.

 

As a result, the board will pay an interim dividend of 15.1p in respect of 2019 on 4 October to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 13 September, a 1% increase on H1 2018 reflecting our confidence in delivering growth in profitability on a year on year basis. The corresponding ex-dividend date will be 12 September. 

 

 

Cash flow

 

The Group had net debt (excluding IFRS 16 liabilities and  issue costs of debt) of £24.2m at 30 June 2019, compared with £25.5m at 31 December 2018, a reduction of £1.3m in the period.

 

 

 

 

 

  6 months to 30 June

 2019

 

6 months

to 30 June 2018

 

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated by operating activities

 

6,052

 

4,061

 

Taxation

 

-

 

(12)

 

Capital expenditure less proceeds of sale

 

(1,070)

 

714

 

Finance cost (net)

 

(617)

 

(490)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free cashflow

 

4,365

 

4,273

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends

 

(2,790)

 

(2,712)

 

Proceeds from borrowings

 

2,000

 

-

 

Lease liability repayments

 

(414)

 

-

 

Payments in respect of business combination

 

(142)

 

-

 

Issue of ordinary shares

 

235

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

3,254

 

1,561

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

(3,988)

 

3,311

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

(734)

 

4,872

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bank borrowings

 

(23,500)

 

(31,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net debt excluding issue costs of debt

 

(24,234)

 

(26,128)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (note 4)

 

6,472

 

5,042

 

 

 

The Group generated £6.1m of cash from operating activities (H1 2018: £4.1m), with a £0.2m working capital consumption in the period (H1 2018: working capital benefit £0.3m). The H1 2019 cash generation was underpinned by a strong cash conversion rate of 94% of adjusted EBITDA to operating cash flow.

 

Ongoing investment in our cloud and software platforms and upgrading of our internal IT systems drove the capital expenditure outlay of £1.1m in the period. This is compared to the prior period where a capital receipt of £0.8m was incurred as a result of the sale of a freehold property generating proceeds of £1.5m.

 

Finance cost of £0.6m includes £139k of interest costs as a result of adopting IFRS 16 and the recognition of notional finance costs associated with the deferred consideration resulting from the acquisition of certain UK customer contracts from Atos in July 2018. Excluding these items, on a comparable restated basis, finance cost is down 2% against H1 2018.

 

Outlook

 

The 28% growth in adjusted EBITDA, which includes a positive IFRS 16 adjustment of £0.5m in the period is pleasing, as we continue the transformation of our business, carefully managing our revenue mix and gross margin. We have seen cloud customers grow to represent 20% of our total revenue, up from 15% in 2018, and this is expected to continue to grow in H2 supported by our recently launched ICON Now and Insight Secure propositions.

Underlying demand for our services remains high and our new business pipeline remains strong with some significant project opportunities, however, we are seeing more customers expressing their concerns about the economy and the uncertainty around the prospect of a disorderly exit from the EU. This economic uncertainty is causing some contract close dates to move out, as organisations give more scrutiny to their larger investment decisions, resulting in longer sales cycles.  

As such, whilst 2019 adjusted EBITDA is expected to show year on year growth versus 2018's level on a like for like basis, the Board now expects to deliver full year FY 2019 adjusted EBITDA (excluding IFRS 16 adjustments) in the range of £13-14 million.

 

 

 

On behalf of the board

 

 

 

 

M V Townsend

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

30 August 2019

 

 

Maintel Holdings Plc

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income (unaudited)

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

6 months

to 30 June

2019

6 months

to 30 June

 2018

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

(Unaudited)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

64,504

66,537

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(45,623)

(48,351)

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

18,881

18,186

 

 

 

 

Other operating income

 

77

76

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

 

Intangibles amortisation

 

 

(3,326)

(3,039)

Exceptional items

 

12

(1,251)

Share based payments

 

(69)

(188)

Other administrative expenses

 

 

(13,362)

(13,520)

 

 

 

(16,745)

(17,998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

2,213

264

 

 

 

 

Net financial costs

 

(664)

(520)

 

 

 

 

Profit / (loss) before taxation

 

1,549

(256)

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

(39)

(116)

 

 

 

 

Profit / (loss) for the period and attributable to owners of the parent

 

1,510

(372)

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive expense for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

3

-

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to the owners of the parent

 

1,513

(372)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings / (loss) per share from continuing operations attributable to the ordinary equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

10.6p

(2.6p)

Diluted

 

10.4p

(2.6p)

 

 

 

 

 

             
 

Maintel Holdings Plc

 

Consolidated statement of financial position (unaudited)

at 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

30 June

2019

31 December

2018

 

Note

 

£000

£000

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

 

66,272

69,389

Right-of-use assets

 

 

4,300

-

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

2,062

2,046

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72,634

71,435

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

 

4,524

8,267

Trade and other receivables

 

 

30,729

34,352

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35,253

42,619

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

107,887

114,054

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

51,310

57,725

Short-term borrowings

7

 

734

3,988

Current tax liabilities

 

 

1,268

814

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

53,312

62,527

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Other payables

 

 

6,774

4,943

Deferred tax liability

 

 

2,892

3,307

Borrowings

7

 

23,339

21,295

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

33,005

29,545

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

86,317

92,072

 

 

 

 

 

Total net assets

 

 

21,570

21,982

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Issued share capital

 

 

143

142

Share premium

 

 

24,588

24,354

Other reserves

 

 

73

70

Retained earnings

 

 

(3,234)

(2,584)

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

 

21,570

21,982

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maintel Holdings Plc

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity (unaudited)

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

   

 

 

Share capital

 

Share premium

 

Other reserves

 

Retained earnings

 

 

Total

 

Note

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2017

 

142

24,354

70

(178)

24,388

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

(372)

(372)

Dividend

 

-

-

-

(2,712)

(2,712)

Share based payments

 

-

-

-

188

188

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2018

 

 142

24,354

70

(3,074)

21,492

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

2,415

2,415

Dividend paid

 

-

-

-

(2,129)

(2,129)

Share based payments

 

-

-

-

204

204

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

(as previously reported)

 

142

24,354

70

(2,584)

21,982

Change in accounting policy

1

-

-

-

561

561

Balance at 1 January 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

(as restated)

 

142

24,354

70

(2,023)

22,543

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

-

-

-

1,510

1,510

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translation differences

 

-

-

3

-

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

3

1,510

1,513

Dividend paid

 

-

-

-

(2,790)

(2,790)

Issue of new ordinary shares

 

1

234

-

-

235

Share based payments

 

-

-

-

69

69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2019

 

143

24,588

73

(3,234)

21,570

 

 

Maintel Holdings Plc

 

Consolidated statement of cash flows (unaudited)

for the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

 

 

6 months

to 30 June 2019

6 months

to 30 June 2018

 

 

£000

£000

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before taxation

 

1,549

(256)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Intangibles amortisation

 

3,326

3,039

Exceptional non-cash items

 

(329)

-

Share based payment charge

 

69

188

Depreciation of plant and equipment

 

455

300

Depreciation of right of use asset

 

421

-

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

52

19

Interest expense (net)

 

664

520

 

 

 

 

Operating cash flows before changes in working capital

 

6,207

3,810

 

 

 

 

Decrease /(increase) in inventories

 

3,743

(143)

Decrease /(increase) in trade and other receivables

 

3,395

(1,663)

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables

 

(7,293)

2,057

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operating activities

 

6,052

4,061

 

 

 

 

Tax paid

 

-

(12)

 

 

 

 

Net cash flows generated from operating activities

 

6,052

4,049

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of plant and equipment

 

(523)

(533)

Purchase of software

 

(547)

(253)

Payments in respect of business combination

 

(142)

-

Proceeds from the disposal of asset held for sale

 

-

1,500

 

 

 

 

Net cash flows (used by) / generated from investing activities

 

(1,212)

714

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from borrowings

 

2,000

-

Lease liability repayments

 

(414)

-

Issue of ordinary shares

 

235

-

Interest paid

 

(617)

(490)

Equity dividends paid

 

(2,790)

(2,712)

 

 

 

 

Net cash flows generated from / (used by) financing activities

 

1,586

(3,202)

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

3,254

1,561

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

(3,988)

3,311

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

(734)

4,872

 

Maintel Holdings Plc

 

Notes to the interim financial information

 

 

1.   Basis of preparation

 

The financial information in these unaudited interim results is that of the holding company and all of its subsidiaries (the Group). It has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted for use in the EU (IFRSs) but does not include all the disclosures that would be required under IFRSs. The accounting policies applied by the Group in this financial information reflect the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases which is effective as of 1 January 2019. The adoption of this standard has not resulted in a restatement of the prior year figures with any resulting IFRS 16 transition adjustments being recognised in equity at 1 January 2019.

 

Other than the adoption of IFRS 16 - Leases, the accounting policies adopted in the interim financial statements are consistent with those adopted in the last annual report for financial year 2018.

 

IFRS 16 - Leases

The Group has adopted IFRS 16 on a modified retrospective basis. As disclosed in the Chairman's statement, upon transition, a lease liability has been recognised based on future lease payments discounted at an appropriate borrowing rate. Additionally, a right of use asset has been recognised along with a related lease liability. Within the income statement rent expense will be replaced by depreciation and interest expense. This will result in a decrease in operating expenses and an increase in finance costs.

 

The comparative financial information presented herein for the year ended 31 December 2018 does not constitute full statutory accounts for that period. The Group's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2018 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The Group's independent auditor's report on those statutory accounts was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis, and did not contain a statement under 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The financial information for the half-years ended 30 June 2019 and 30 June 2018 does not comprise statutory financial information within the meaning of s434 of the Companies Act 2006 and is unaudited.

 

In preparing the interim financial statements the directors have considered the Group's financial projections, borrowing facilities and other relevant financial matters, and the board is satisfied that there is a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. For this reason, the directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

  

2.   Segmental information

 

For management reporting purposes and operationally, the Group consists of three business segments: (i) telecommunications managed service and technology sales, (ii) telecommunications network services, and (iii) mobile services.  Each segment applies its respective resources across inter-related revenue streams which are reviewed by management collectively under these headings.  The businesses of each segment and a further analysis of revenue are described under their respective headings in the business review.

 

The chief operating decision maker has been identified as the board, which assesses the performance of the operating segments based on revenue and gross profit.

 

Six months to 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

 

 

 

Managed service and technology

 

Network services

 

 

Mobile

 

 

Total

 

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

42,333

19,539

2,632

64,504

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

11,390

6,206

1,285

18,881

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating income

 

 

 

 

77

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other administrative expenses

 

 

 

 

(13,362)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payments

 

 

 

 

(69)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangibles amortisation

 

 

 

 

(3,326)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional items

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

2,213

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest (net)

 

 

 

 

(664)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

1,549

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

 

 

 

(39)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after taxation

 

 

 

 

1,510

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further analysis of revenue streams is shown in the business review.

 

The board does not regularly review the aggregate assets and liabilities of its segments and accordingly, an analysis of these is not provided.

 

 

 

Managed service and technology

Network services

 

Mobile

Central/

inter-

company

 

 

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangibles amortisation

-

-

-

3,326

3,326

Exceptional items

(12)

-

-

-

(12)

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2018 (unaudited)

 

 

 

Managed service and technology

 

Network services

 

 

Mobile

 

 

Total

 

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

43,165

20,608

2,764

66,537

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

11,882

4,945

1,359

18,186

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating income

 

 

 

 

76

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other administrative expenses

 

 

 

 

(13,520)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payments

 

 

 

 

(188)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangibles amortisation

 

 

 

 

(3,039)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional costs

 

 

 

 

(1,251)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

264

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest (net)

 

 

 

 

(520)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before taxation

 

 

 

 

(256)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

 

 

 

(116)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss after taxation

 

 

 

 

(372)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further analysis of revenue streams is shown in the business review.

 

The board does not regularly review the aggregate assets and liabilities of its segments and accordingly, an analysis of these is not provided.

 

 

 

Managed service and technology

Network services

 

Mobile

Central/

inter-

company

 

 

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangibles amortisation

-

-

-

3,039

3,039

Exceptional costs

1,251

-

-

-

1,251

  

 

3.   Earnings per share

 

Earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit / (loss) after tax for the period by the weighted average number of shares in issue for the period, these figures being as follows:

 

 

 

 

6 months

 to 30 June 2019

6 months

 to 30 June 2018

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Earnings used in basic and diluted EPS, being profit / (loss) after tax

 

1,510

(372)

 

 

 

 

Adjustments:

Amortisation of intangibles acquired on business combinations

 

3,069

3,039

Exceptional items (note 6)

 

(12)

1,251

Tax relating to above adjustments

 

(657)

(804)

Deferred tax charge on Datapoint profits

 

-

200

Share based payments

 

69

188

Interest charge on deferred consideration

 

68

-

Increase in deferred tax liability of intangible assets

 

45

-

Deferred tax charge on Azzurri capital allowances

 

180

177

 

Adjusted earnings used in adjusted EPS

 

4,272

3,679

 

 

 

 

 

The adjustments above have been made in order to provide a clearer picture of the trading performance of the Group.

 

Datapoint have brought forward historic tax losses, which the Group will benefit from in respect of its 2019 taxable profits. On acquisition in 2013 and in subsequent periods, a deferred tax asset was recognised in respect of its tax losses, and a deferred tax charge has been recognised in the income statement in respect of the period's profits.  As this does not reflect the reality and benefit to the Group of the non-taxable profits, the deferred tax charge is adjusted above. 

 

Azzurri has brought forward historic tax capital allowances, which the Group will benefit from in respect of its 2019 taxable profits. On the acquisition of Azzurri in 2016, a deferred tax asset was acquired in respect of its capital allowances, and a deferred tax charge has been recognised in the income statement in respect of the period's profits.  As this does not reflect the reality and benefit to the Group of the non-taxable profits, the deferred tax charge is adjusted above.

 

 

 

6 months to 30 June

2019

6 months

 to 30 June 2018

 

 

Number     (000s)

Number     (000s)

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares of 1p each

 

14,258

14,197

Potentially dilutive shares

 

203

296

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,461

14,493

 

Profit / (loss) per share

 

 

 

Basic

 

10.6p

(2.6p)

Diluted

 

10.4p

(2.6p)

Adjusted - basic after the adjustments in the table above

 

30.0p

25.9p

Adjusted - diluted after the adjustments in the table above

 

29.5p

25.4p

 

In calculating diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all potentially dilutive ordinary shares. The Group has one category of potentially dilutive ordinary share, being those share options granted to employees where the exercise price is less than the average price of the Company's ordinary shares during the period.

 

 

4.   Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)

 

The following table shows the calculation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

 

6 months

to 30 June 2019

6 months

 to 30 June 2018

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

 

Profit / (loss) before tax

 

1,549

(256)

Net interest payable

 

664

520

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

455

300

Depreciation of right of use asset

 

421

-

Amortisation of intangibles

 

3,326

3,039

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

 

6,415

3,603

Share based payments

 

69

188

Exceptional items (note 6)

 

(12)

1,251

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

6,472

5,042

 

 

5.   Dividends

 

 

6 months

to 30 June 2019

6 months

 to 30 June 2018

Year to

31 December 2018

 

£000

£000

£000

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

(audited)

Dividends paid

 

 

 

Final 2017, paid 11 May 2018

       - 19.1p per share

-

2,712

2,712

Interim 2018, paid 4 October 2018

       - 15.0p per share

-

-

2,129

Final 2018, paid 16 May 2019

       - 19.5p per share

2,790

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

2,790

2,712

4,841

 

 

The directors propose the payment of an interim dividend for 2019 of 15.1p (2018: 15.0p) per ordinary share, payable on 4 October 2019 to shareholders on the register at 13 September 2019.  The cost of the proposed dividend, based on the number of shares in issue as at 30 August 2019, is £2.2m (2018: £2.1m).

 

6.    Exceptional items

 

 

6 months

to 30 June 2019

6 months

 to 30 June 2018

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Staff restructuring related costs

 

96

835

Costs relating to an onerous property lease

 

-

245

Remeasurement of deferred consideration to fair value

 

(746)

-

Impairment of customer relationship asset

 

339

 

Other

 

299

171

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12)

1,251

 

  

7.   Borrowings

 

   

 

30 June 2019

31 December 2018

 

 

£000

£000

 

 

(unaudited)

(audited)

 

 

 

 

Current bank overdraft - secured

 

734

3,988

Non-current bank loan - secured

 

23,339

21,295

 

 

 

On 8 April 2016, the Group entered into new facilities with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc to support the acquisition of Azzurri. These consisted of a revolving credit facility totalling £36.0m (the "RCF") in committed funds on a reducing basis for a five year term (with an option to borrow up to a further £20.0m in uncommitted accordion facilities).

 

On 1 August 2017, the acquisition of the entire share capital of Intrinsic Technology Limited (ITL) was completed for a consideration of £4.9m on a cash-free, debt-free basis. The acquisition was funded by an extension to, and drawdown under, the Company's existing RCF with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc. As a result, the RCF increased by £6.0m to £42.0m. However, following the sale of the Burnley freehold property for £1.5m on 23 February 2018, the RCF was reduced by a corresponding amount to £40.5m.

 

Under the terms of the master facility agreement, the RCF reduces to £31.0m on the three year anniversary, and to £26.0m on the four year anniversary from the date of signing.

 

As of 30 June 2019, the Group's available committed facilities amount to £36.8m, comprising the £31m RCF plus £5.7m allocated from the accordion facility which was used to acquire ITL in 2017.

 

The non-current bank loan above is stated net of unamortised issue costs of debt of £0.2m (31 December 2018: £0.2m).

 

 

8.   Post balance sheet events.

 

There have been no events subsequent to the reporting date which would have a material impact on the interim financial results.


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