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Half Year Results

Released 07:00 03-May-2019

RNS Number : 9593X
Numis Corporation PLC
03 May 2019
 

Numis Corporation Plc

Half Year Results

for the six months ended 31 March 2019

London, 3 May 2019: Numis Corporation Plc ("Numis") today announces unaudited interim results for the period ended 31 March 2019.

 

Highlights

·      Challenging market backdrop has impacted first half performance 

·      Investment Banking revenues 24% lower than H1 2018 but 3% higher than the second half of 2018

·      Quality of the corporate client base continues to progress - 54 FTSE 350 clients and 17% increase in average market cap

·      Equities revenue down 28% reflecting weak UK investor sentiment and lower market volumes

·      Transition to MiFID II completed, payments for research remain in line with prior year despite reduction in institutional budgets

·      Dividend maintained at 5.5p and £7.5m spent on share repurchases in the 6 month period

·      Strong balance sheet, additional £35m of liquidity provided by new committed credit facility

 

Key statistics

Financial highlights

H1 2019

H1 2018

Change

Revenue

£55.7m

£74.1m

(24.9)%

Underlying Operating profit

£8.1m

£19.3m

(57.9)%

Profit before tax

£7.1m

£19.5m

(63.6)%

EPS

5.4p

15.8p

(65.8)%

Cash

£78.9m

£82.5m

(4.4)%

Net assets

£140.2m

£140.0m

0.1%





Operating highlights




Corporate clients

214

208

+6

Average market cap of clients

£836m

£711m

17.3%

Revenue per head (annualised)

£401k

£606k

(33.8)%

Operating margin

14.6%

26.0%

(11.4ppts)

Spend on share repurchases

£7.5m

£9.7m

(22.7)%

Notes:

1)        Revenue, Underlying Operating profit, Operating margin and Revenue per head all exclude investment income / losses

2)        EPS represents Basic EPS

 

 

Alex Ham and Ross Mitchinson, Co-Chief Executive Officers, said:

 

"We operate in a cyclical industry and our financial performance will always be influenced to a certain extent by market conditions.  Our first half performance has been impacted by a significant slowdown in UK deal activity and investors maintaining a cautious approach toward the UK market.  However, we are encouraged by the continued progress of the business and believe our investment in recent years provides a strong platform from which we can continue to successfully execute our strategy.

 

Numis benefits from a strong financial position established over a period of many years. This stability provides reassurance to existing and potential clients, and ensures Numis continues to be a great platform for our staff, and potential new hires.  Stability has also significantly contributed to our track record of outperformance during periods of difficult market conditions.  We believe the current market environment, whilst uncertain in the short term, presents further opportunities for the business to advance its strategic ambitions within an evolving competitive landscape."

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

 

Contacts:

Numis Corporation:                           

Alex Ham & Ross Mitchinson, Co-Chief Executives                                      020 7260 1245

Andrew Holloway, Chief Financial Officer                                                     020 7260 1266

 

Brunswick:

Nick Cosgrove                                                                                                      020 7404 5959

Simone Selzer                                                                                                       020 7404 5959

 

Grant Thornton UK LLP (Nominated Adviser):
Philip Secrett                                                                                                        020 7728 2578
Harrison Clarke                                                                                                   020 7184 4384

 

Notes for Editors

Numis is a leading independent investment banking group offering a full range of research, execution, corporate broking and advisory services to companies in the UK and their investors.  Numis is listed on AIM, and employs approximately 270 staff in London and New York.



Business review

 

Overall performance

The first half performance was impacted by a difficult trading environment dominated by domestic political uncertainty, volatile equity markets and a material decline in transaction activity.  Revenues declined 25% to £55.7m (2018: £74.1m) and Underlying Operating profit declined 58% to £8.1m (2018: £19.3m). Profit before tax declined by £12.4m to £7.1m and includes £1.4m of losses recognised on investments held outside of our market making business (2018: £0.4m gain).  Our balance sheet remains strong with cash balances of £78.9m (2018: £82.5m) and net assets of £140.2m (2018: £140.0m).  

Market conditions

Whilst markets closed the period at broadly similar levels to the start of the financial year, with the FTSE 100 and 250 declining 3.1% and 5.9% respectively, the 6 month period witnessed a material decline at the start of the period followed by a partial recovery over the past few months.  In addition, volatility levels were elevated for much of the period driven by both domestic matters and a variety of global economic concerns.  The political uncertainty facing the UK has inhibited corporate client activity resulting in both lower M&A activity and a significant reduction in equity capital markets transactions.  UK ECM volumes are approximately 50% lower in the 6 month period to 31 March 2019 compared to the previous 6 months to 30 September 2018.

Investment Banking


H1 2019

£m

H1 2018

£m

%

Change

Capital Markets

24.9

33.0

(24.7)%

Advisory

7.5

11.7

(35.9)%

Corporate retainers

6.4

6.1

4.9%

Investment Banking revenue

38.8

50.9

(23.8)%

 

During the period, the Corporate Broking & Advisory division (CB&A) was renamed Investment Banking reflecting the broader range of products and services now delivered by the team (there is no change to revenue attribution as a result of the renaming).  Investment Banking revenue for the 6 months to 31 March 2019 was 24% lower than the first half of the prior year but, despite the significant fall in market activity, revenue was 3% higher than the second half of the prior year.  The period started positively with a number of IPOs and Capital Markets transactions in October, and ended strongly with 13 deals completed in March, however, across the period, deal volumes were down compared to both 6 month periods of the prior year.  Average deal fees remained at broadly the same level achieved across the prior financial year reflecting the sustained benefits of a higher quality corporate client base and consistently being awarded senior roles on transactions.

Capital Markets revenues were 25% lower than the comparable period and only 4% lower than the second half of the prior financial year, notwithstanding the far greater decline in UK capital markets volumes over the past 6 months. Our performance reflects our ability to execute transactions in challenging market environments and enhances our reputation for being able to provide our clients insightful, accurate and bespoke advice at pivotal moments.

Advisory revenues were also down on the comparable period but 35% higher than the second half of the prior year, this continues to be an area of focus as we leverage our evolving sector specialisation with our strong execution capabilities to improve the frequency of our appointment as a financial adviser in M&A situations.  We continue to make progress and the recent growth in the M&A pipeline is encouraging.

Retainer fee income increased 3% relative to the comparative period through a combination of new client wins and negotiated fee increases.  Overall we delivered a net 6 client wins in the six month period including Fever-Tree and Euromoney.  The average market capitalisation of the clients won was materially higher than those lost in the period reflecting our continued focus on developing the quality and size of our corporate client base. We now act as retained broker for 6 FTSE 100 companies and 48 FTSE 250 companies.

Equities


H1 2019

£m

H1 2018

£m

%

Change

Institutional income

16.5

18.7

(11.8)%

Trading

0.4

4.6

(91.3)%

Equities revenue

16.9

23.3

(27.5)%

 

Equities delivered revenue of £16.9m for the six months ended 31 March 2019 (2018: £23.3m), which represented a decline of 28%.  Institutional income, which comprises execution commission and payments for research under MIFID II, declined 12% compared to the first half of the prior year.  This performance is reflective of lower volumes in the UK market as the prevailing uncertainty has reduced trading activity amongst our predominantly long-only institutional client base.  Payments for research remain robust notwithstanding a reduction in budgets across the asset management community.  We continue to expect research payments for calendar year 2019 to be in line with the previous year which we believe would represent an increase in our market share.  Our institutional clients clearly recognise the relative quality of our product and analysts, both of which have been enhanced by new hires completed over the past 12 months.  As a result, the number of institutional clients who consider Numis their top rated UK broker continues to grow.

Whilst Trading has reported a negligible gain in the period of £0.4m, this includes the loss associated with the underwriting of the Kier rights issue.  Excluding this loss, Trading has delivered a reasonable performance in the first half although below the level achieved in the comparative period largely due to the increased volatility and varied market performance across the 6 month period.

The strength of our Equities platform continues to provide a competitive advantage to our Investment Banking business, in particular the quality of our research and distribution remains central to our strategy to grow the corporate client base and gain market share in UK ECM.

Investment portfolio

The valuation of our portfolio as at 31 March 2019 was £15.5m, compared to £16.3m at the year end, representing a decline of £0.8m.  A total of £0.6m new investments were completed during the period comprising one new investment and follow-on investments relating to commitments arising from a private equity fund investment made in the prior year.  There were no disposals during the period but we incurred a write down of £0.9m in relation to our unquoted investments and a loss of £0.5m in relation to our only remaining quoted investment.  We do not anticipate materially increasing the number of investments in the near term and we will aim to take advantage of liquidity events to exit certain investments.

 

 

 

 

Costs and people


H1 2019

£m

H1 2018

£m

%

Change

Staff costs

24.7

34.8

(29.0)%

Share-based payment

5.5

5.2

6.5%

Non-staff costs

17.4

14.9

16.8%

Total administrative costs

47.6

54.9

(13.3)%

Period end headcount

279

254

9.8%

Average headcount

278

245

13.5%

Compensation ratio

54%

54%

-

 

Staff related costs comprise the majority of our cost base.  During the period we increased average headcount by 13.5% reflecting the hiring activity completed towards the end of the previous year.  Periods of market dislocation generally present good hiring opportunities and whilst we do not expect a material change in our headcount across the remainder of the year, we may consider such opportunities on a selective basis.  The hiring initiatives of the prior year were focused on strengthening our platform and expanding our capabilities.  The benefits of these hires are beginning to materialise in the current financial year and our primary focus is to maximise the positive impact of this investment and continue to grow our market share.

Overall, staff costs were 29% lower than the comparative period with the increase in salary costs associated with the higher headcount being more than offset by a lower variable compensation provision attributable to the weaker revenue performance over the period.

Our share-based payment charge was £5.5m (2018: £5.2m), an increase of 7% compared to the comparable period. This increase is attributable to awards made to staff as part of the annual compensation round, and awards made to new hires to compensate for sacrificed awards made by previous employers.  The expense related to equity awards is generally weighted toward the first year of a three year term.

Compensation costs as a percentage of revenue remained at 54% (2018: 54%) as a result of the lower revenue performance over the period being partially offset by a decline in variable compensation.  We adopt a disciplined approach to managing the compensation ratio of the business across market cycles and seek to ensure an appropriate alignment between staff compensation, business performance and shareholder returns.

Non-staff costs are 17% higher than the comparable period. In the six months to 31 March 2019 we incurred additional variable costs related to information services and data costs arising partly as a result of the higher headcount as well as further regulatory related expenditure. In addition we continue to believe investing in technology to enhance our service to clients, and effectively manage the risks inherent in our business should remain priorities.

 

 

 

Capital and Liquidity

The Group's net asset position as at 31 March 2019 was £140.2m.  We operate significantly in excess of our regulatory capital requirements and believe this provides the Group stability, and strategic flexibility, throughout periods of lower profitability. 

Our liquidity position is subject to material daily movements as a result of our trading and underwriting activities. As at 31 March 2019, our cash position was £78.9m which was £3.6m lower than 31 March 2018 and £32.8m lower than 30 September 2018 reflecting the seasonality of certain cash outflows.     

The Group operates with a cash position materially above its minimum liquidity obligations, however the liquidity requirements of the Group are likely to continue increasing as a result of our participation in larger and more complex equity transactions.  Accordingly, the Group has recently entered into a revolving credit facility agreement with Barclays Bank PLC and AIB Group (UK) p.l.c to provide access to a further £35m of liquidity.  The facility is committed for 3 years providing additional capacity to support our strategy and also offers us greater cash management flexibility.  The additional costs and fees associated with the credit facility are likely to be offset by cost savings attributable to the reconfiguration of our clearing arrangements which has been facilitated by the structure of the new credit facility.

Dividends and share purchases

The Board has declared an interim dividend for the year of 5.5p per share in accordance with our stated policy. The dividend will be paid on 21 June 2019 to shareholders on the Register on 17 May 2019.

Our goal is to pay a stable ordinary dividend and re-invest in our platform, pursue selective growth opportunities and return excess cash to shareholders subject to capital and liquidity requirements and market outlook.

During the period 2.87m shares were repurchased compared to 2.84m shares purchased in the prior period.  The majority of employee share vestings occur during the first half, as a result the share count typically increases in the first few months of the year. Our intention is to continue mitigating the dilutive impact of these awards through share buybacks.  

Current trading and outlook

A number of Capital Markets transactions have been completed in April, however, these have been generally lower value fee events.  Equities revenues are running at similar levels to recent months.

Our pipeline remains encouraging with an increase in M&A fee opportunities offsetting a reduction in the IPO pipeline.  We also continue to work on a number of meaningful capital raising opportunities and hope to progress these transactions over the coming months.  In addition we expect to complete a number of high quality corporate client wins in the near term.

Once greater clarity regarding the UK political outlook is established, we expect a material improvement in corporate and institutional client activity.  As for all market participants, predicting the timing of any such improvement remains difficult.  In the meantime we continue to support our clients, focus on delivering market share gains, and ensure the firm remains well positioned to take advantage of market opportunities.

Alex Ham & Ross Mitchinson

Co-Chief Executives

3 May 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Income Statement

UNAUDITED FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

 

 



6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended



31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018



      Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


        £'000

£'000

        £'000

Revenue

3

55,689

74,140

136,047 






Other operating income

4

(1,428)

399

1,733

Total income


54,261

74,539

137,780

Administrative expenses

(47,567)

(54,831)

(106,348)

Operating profit


6,694

19,708

31,432











Finance income

6

430

150

393

Finance costs

6

(16)

(332)

(181)

Profit before tax


7,108

19,526

31,644






Taxation 


(1,396)

(2,716)

(4,967)






 

Profit after tax


5,712

16,810

26,677






Attributable to:





Owners of the parent

5,712

16,810

26,677






Earnings per share

7




   Basic


5.4p

15.8p

25.1p

   Diluted


5.0p

14.6p

23.0p





 



Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

UNAUDITED FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

 



6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended



31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018



      Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


        £'000

£'000

        £'000

Profit for the period


5,712

16,810

26,677






Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations


8

29

115

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax


8

29

115






Total comprehensive income for the period, net of tax, attributable to the owners of the parent


5,720

16,839

26,792

 



Consolidated Balance Sheet

UNAUDITED AS AT 31 MARCH 2019

 

 



31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Notes

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment

9a

2,798

3,236

3,200

Intangible assets


62

101

77

Deferred tax

9b

3,455

4,102

4,938



6,315

7,439

8,215

Current assets


               

               


Trade and other receivables

9c

230,764

185,587

369,304

Trading investments

9d

38,824

51,263

43,800

Stock borrowing collateral

9e

23,853

10,926

7,906

Derivative financial instruments


967

466

350

Cash and cash equivalents

9g

78,876

82,531

111,673



373,284

330,773

533,033

Current liabilities





Trade and other payables

9c

(217,313)

(188,428)

(381,607)

Financial liabilities

9f

(21,261)

(7,277)

(14,632)

Current income tax


(804)

(2,483)

(1,873)



(239,378)

(198,188)

(398,112)






Net current assets


133,906

132,585

134,921






 

Non current liabilities





Deferred tax

9b

-

(11)

-











Net assets


140,221

140,013

143,136






Equity





Share capital


5,922

5,922

5,922

Share premium


-

-

-

Other reserves


18,004

12,669

17,537

Retained earnings


116,295

121,422

119,677






Total equity


140,221

140,013

143,136

 



Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

UNAUDITED FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

 



Share capital

£'000

Other reserves £'000

Retained earnings £'000

Total

£'000

Balance at 1 October 2017


          5,922

             13,416

      114,288

133,626

 

Profit for the period


              


16,810

16,810

Other comprehensive income


              

29

-

29

Total comprehensive income for the period



29

16,810

16,839







Dividends paid




(6,902)   

(6,902)

Movement in respect of employee share plans



(776)

(3,357)

(4,133)

Deferred tax related to share based payments




638

638

Net movement in Treasury shares




(55)

(55)

Transactions with shareholders


-

(776)

(9,676)

(10,452)







Balance at 31 March 2018


5,922

12,669

121,422

140,013

 

Balance at 1 October 2017


          5,922

             13,416

      114,288

133,626

 

Profit for the year


              


26,677

26,677

Other comprehensive income


              

115

-

115

Total comprehensive income for the year



115

26,677

26,792







Dividends paid




(12,763)

(12,763)

Movement in respect of employee share plans



4,006

(3,779)

227

Deferred tax related to share based payments




1,004

1,004

Net movement in Treasury shares




(5,750)

(5,750)

Transactions with shareholders


-

4,006

(21,288)

(17,282)







Balance at 30 September 2018


5,922

17,537

119,677

143,136

 

Balance at 1 October 2018


          5,922

             17,537

      119,677

143,136

 

Profit for the period


              


5,712

5,712

Other comprehensive income


              

8

-

8

Total comprehensive income for the period



8

5,712

5,720

 

Dividends paid




(6,837)   

(6,837)

Movement in respect of employee share plans



459

(2,281)

(1,822)

Deferred tax related to share based payments




(1,445)

(1,445)

Net movement in Treasury shares




1,469

1,469

Transactions with shareholders


-

459

(9,094)

(8,635)







Balance at 31 March 2019


5,922

18,004

116,295

140,221

 

 

 






 



Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

UNAUDITED FOR THE 6 MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

 

 



6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended



31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash from/(used in) operating activities

10

(16,817)

10,860

55,661

Interest paid


(16)

(17)

(222)

Taxation paid

(1,949)

(6,527)

(9,609)

Net cash from/(used in) operating activities


(18,782)

4,316

45,830






Investing activities





Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(155)

(820)

(1,314)

Purchase of intangible assets


-

(93)

(93)

Interest received


430

150

393

Net cash (used in) investing activities


275

(763)

(1,014)






Financing activities





Purchase of own shares - Employee Benefit Trust


(3,457)

(4,801)

(5,597)

Purchase of own shares - Treasury


(4,001)

(4,979)

(10,675)

Dividends paid

(6,837)

(6,902)

(12,763)

Net cash used in financing activities


(14,295)

(16,682)

(29,035)





Net movement in cash and cash equivalents

(32,802)

(13,129)

15,781






Opening cash and cash equivalents


111,673

95,852

95,852

Net movement in cash and cash equivalents


(32,801)

(13,129)

15,781

Exchange movements

5

(192)

40

Closing cash and cash equivalents

78,876

82,531

 

111,673

 

 

 



Notes to the Financial Statements

 

1.      Basis of preparation

 

Numis Corporation Plc is a UK AIM traded company incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of its registered office is 10 Paternoster Square, London, EC4M 7LT.  The Company is incorporated in the United Kingdom under the Companies Act 2006 (company registration No. 2375296).

 

The consolidated financial information contained within these financial statements is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with AIM Rule 18. The statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2018, which were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union (EU) and in accordance with International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) interpretations and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the independent auditor on those statutory accounts contained no qualification or statement under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The preparation of these interim financial statements requires the use of estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The judgements and estimates applied by the Group in these interim financial statements have been applied on a consistent basis with the statutory accounts for the year ended 30 September 2018.  Although these estimates are based on management's best knowledge of the amount, event or actions, actual results ultimately may differ from those of estimates.

 

These interim financial statements are prepared on the historical cost basis, except for the revaluation of certain financial instruments.

 

These interim financial statements are prepared on a going concern basis as the directors have satisfied themselves that, at the time of approving these interim financial statements, the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for at least the next twelve months.

 

During the period, a number of new standards and amendments to IFRS became effective and were adopted by the Company and the Group.  These included IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers.

 

IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, which replaces IAS 39, introduces the concept that financial assets should be classified and measured at fair value, with changes in fair value recognised through profit and loss as they arise, unless specific requirements are met for classifying and measuring the asset at either Amortized Cost or Fair Value Through Other Comprehensive Income. As all of the Group's investments are held as trading and measured at fair value through profit and loss there is no material impact of this change.

 

Further, the new standard also replaces the incurred loss impairment approach under IAS 39 with an "expected credit loss" model which focusses on the risk that a loan will default rather than whether a loss has already occurred. As the Group does have any debt instruments in issue at the balance sheet date this change has no material impact on the Groups reporting.

 

Finally, the new standard also contains revised requirements which aim to simplify hedge accounting. As the Group does not apply hedge accounting, this change has no material impact on the Groups reporting.

 

IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers replaces IAS 18 and IAS 11 and does not apply to financial instruments, lease contracts or insurance contracts which fall under the scope of other IFRSs. The standard introduces a new revenue recognition model which features a contract-based five-step analysis of transactions to determine whether, how much, and when revenue is recognised. The Group's contractual terms already stipulate the contractual conditions, and the Group recognises revenue only when these conditions have been met. In addition, where a service is provided over time (eg retainer fees) fees are recognised upon the same basis of the client's consumption of the services. Adoption of IFRS 15 therefore does not have a material impact on the Group's reporting.

                 

We therefore conclude that none of the new standards or amendments have a material impact on the Group's income statement, statement of comprehensive income, balance sheet, statement of changes in equity or statement of cash flows.

   



2.     Segmental reporting

Geographical information

The Group is managed as an integrated investment banking and equities business and although there are different revenue types (which are separately disclosed in note 3) the nature of the Group's activities is considered to be subject to the same and/or similar economic characteristics.  Consequently the Group is managed as a single business unit.

 

The Group earns its revenue in the following geographical locations:

 


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

United Kingdom

51,308

67,893

124,990

United States of America

4,381

6,247

11,057


55,689

74,140

136,047

 

The following is an analysis of the carrying amount of non-current assets (excluding financial instruments and deferred tax assets) by the geographical area in which the assets are located:

 


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

United Kingdom

2,359

2,933

2,713

United States of America

501

404

564


2,860

3,337

3,277

 

Other information

In addition, the analysis below sets out the income performance and net asset split between our investment banking and equities business and the equity holdings which constitute our investment portfolio. 

 

 


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Equities income

                16,871

23,278

47,460

Corporate retainers

6,423

6,123

12,430

Total corporate transactions revenues

32,395

44,739

76,157

Revenue (see note 3)

55,689

74,140

136,047





Investment activity net gains

(1,428)

399

1,733

Contribution from investment portfolio

(1,428)

399

1,733

Total income

54,261

74,539

137,780







 

Net assets

6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000





Investment Banking & Equities activities

45,820

29,889

15,121

Investing activities

15,525

27,593

16,342

Cash and cash equivalents

78,876

82,531

111,673

 

Total net assets

140,221

140,013

143,136





 

3.     Revenue


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Net trading gains

359

4,557

9,594

Institutional income

16,512

18,721

37,866

Equities income

16,871

23,278

47,460

 

Corporate retainers

6,423

6,123

12,430

Advisory

7,541

11,732

17,335

Capital markets

24,854

33,007

58,822

Investment banking income

38,818

50,862

88,587


55,689

74,140

136,047

 

 

4.      Other operating income

 

Other operating income represents net losses made on investments which are held outside of the market making portfolio. The losses reflect price movements on quoted holdings, fair value adjustments on unquoted holdings and related dividend income. In the period both our portfolio of unquoted and remaining quoted investments suffered negative valuation movements.   

 

 

5.     Administrative expenses


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Staff costs

30,200

39,966

75,326

Non-staff costs

17,367

14,865

31,022


47,567

54,831

106,348

The average number of employees during the period has increased to 278 (H1 2018: 245).  Staff costs excluding share award related charges have decreased by 29% compared to the prior period due to the lower revenue performance resulting in lower variable compensation.

 

Non-staff costs have increased by 17% compared to the prior period. The increase is largely attributable to the additional information and data costs associated with the higher headcount in the period. In addition we continue to invest in our technology platform.

 

 

6.     Finance income and Finance costs

 

Finance income for the period:


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Interest income

430

150

393





 

Finance costs for the period:


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Net foreign exchange losses

10

315

167

Interest expense

6

17

14


16

332

181

 

 

7.     Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated on profits after tax of £5,712,000 (2018: £16,810,000) and 105,750,034 (2018: 106,654,473) ordinary shares being the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period. Diluted earnings per share takes account of contingently issuable shares arising from share scheme award arrangements where their impact would be dilutive.  In accordance with IAS 33, potential ordinary shares are only considered dilutive when their conversion would decrease the profit per share or increase the loss per share from continuing operations attributable to the equity holders.  Therefore shares that may be considered dilutive while positive earnings are being reported may not be dilutive while losses are incurred.

 

The calculations exclude shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust on behalf of the Group and shares held in Treasury.

 

 

6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


Number

Number

Number


Thousands

Thousands

Thousands

Weighted average number of ordinary shares  in issue during the period - basic

105,750

106,654

106,435

Dilutive effect of share awards

9,114

8,153

9,374

Diluted number of ordinary shares

114,864

114,807

115,809

 



 

8.     Dividends


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Final dividend year ended 30 September 2017 (6.50p)


6,902

6,902

Interim dividend year ended 30 September 2018 (5.50p)



5,861

Final dividend year ended 30 September 2018 (6.50p)

6,837



Distribution to equity holders of Numis Corporation Plc

6,837

6,902

12,763

 

The Board has approved the payment of an interim dividend of 5.50p per share (2018: interim 5.50p per share). This dividend will be payable on 21 June 2019 to shareholders on the register of members at the close of business on 17 May 2019. These financial statements do not reflect this dividend payable.

 

 

9.     Balance sheet items

 

(a)      Property, plant and equipment

The Group's offices in London underwent a program of refurbishment during 2015.  No material additions have been made since then.

 

(b)      Deferred tax

As at 31 March 2019 deferred tax assets totalling £3,455,000 (30 September 2019: £4,938,000) have been recognised reflecting management's confidence that there will be sufficient levels of future taxable profits against which these deferred tax asset can be utilised. The deferred tax asset principally comprises amounts in respect of unvested share based payments. 

 

(c)       Trade and other receivables and Trade and other payables

Trade and other receivables and trade and other payables principally comprise amounts due from and due to clients, brokers and other counterparties. Such amounts represent unsettled sold and unsettled purchased securities transactions and are stated gross. The magnitude of such balances varies with the level of business being transacted around the reporting date. Included within Trade and other receivables are cash collateral balances held with securities clearing houses of £7,160,000 (30 September 2018: £8,630,000).

 

The group has a legally enforceable right and intention to offset with a clearing house. The amount offset at the period end was £14.5m (2018 £33.0m). The prior period has been restated to reflect the application of the offsetting rules. This does not affect the prior period net assets value and there has been no impact on reported results in either financial period.  

 

(d)      Trading investments

Included within trading investments is £15,493,000 (30 September 2018: £16,348,000) of investments held outside of the market making portfolio. The net decrease during the period has been due to unfavourable valuation movements.     

 

(e)       Stock borrowing collateral

The Group enters stock borrowing arrangements with certain institutions which are entered into on a collateralised basis with cash advanced as collateral. Under such arrangements a security is purchased with a commitment to return it at a future date at an agreed price. The securities purchased are not recognised on the balance sheet.  Where cash has been used to affect the purchase, an asset is recorded on the balance sheet as stock borrowing collateral at the amount of cash collateral advanced or received.

 

In the rare event that trading investments are pledged as security these remain within trading investments and the value of security pledged disclosed separately except in the case of short-term highly liquid assets with an original maturity of three months or less, which are reported within cash and cash equivalents with the value of security pledged disclosed separately.

 

 

 

(f)       Financial liabilities

Financial liabilities comprise short positions in quoted securities arising through the normal course of business in facilitating client order flow and form part of the market making portfolio.

 

(g)       Cash and cash equivalents

Cash balances are lower than those reported at 31 March 2018 reflecting decreased levels of operating profit, dividend distributions and the repurchase of shares into Treasury and the Employee Benefit Trust.   

 

(h)      Investment commitment

During the prior year the Company signed an investment subscription agreement in a U.S. private fund with a total subscription value of $1.0m. The full amount of the subscription had not been called upon at the balance sheet date. The fund calls upon capital as it is required and at the balance sheet date $0.9m had been called up and paid. This is classified within Trading Investments. The remaining $0.1m has not yet been called and is therefore a commitment until it is paid over to the fund. The subscription agreement allows that the investment can be called any time up till the 5th anniversary of the agreement, which is June 2023.

 

 

10.     Reconciliation of profit before tax to cash from operating activities

 


6 months ended

6 months ended

Year ended


31 March 2019

31 March 2018

30 September 2018


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit before tax

7,108

19,526

31,644

Net finance income/(expense)

(414)

182

(212)

Depreciation charge on property, plant and equipment

558

582

1,113

Amortisation charge on intangible assets

15

25

49

Share scheme charges

5,493

5,158

10,583

(Increase)/ Decrease in current asset trading investments

4,976

(3,665)

3,624

Decrease/(Increase) in trade and other receivables

139,506

37,389

(122,100)

Net movement in stock borrowing collateral

(15,947)

(2,320)

700

(Decrease)/Increase in trade and other payables

(157,490)

(46,011)

130,580

(Increase)/Decrease in derivatives

(622)

(6)

(320)





Cash from/(used in) operating activities

(16,817)

10,860

55,661

 

The cash from operating activities during the six months ended 31 March 2019 reflects the lower operational inflows, principally due to lower cash-based revenues, combined with outflows in respect of seasonal expense items which fall within the first half of our financial year.


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