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Half-year Report

Released 13:00 02-Dec-2019

Half-year Report

2 December 2019

PHSC PLC
(“PHSC”, the “Company”, or the “Group”)

Unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 30 September 2019

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S STATEMENT

Financial Highlights

Operational Highlights and Business Outlook

Compared with the halfway stage last year, EBITDA from trading activities improved across the Group as a whole by £40k, aided by the Group’s lower overheads and premises related savings. This was achieved despite a decline in product sales through our security division, caused by the trading difficulties of the retail sector.

All businesses within the safety division contributed higher profits, with three out of the four safety-related subsidiaries achieving higher revenues. The forward order book is very encouraging.

Our quality systems division also reported growth in sales and increased profits. The larger space available for public training courses, following expansion into an adjacent unit, is starting to pay dividends with higher delegate numbers being achieved.

Our security division saw a reduction in sales of around 45% as the customer base, predominantly high street retailers, continued to struggle, resulting in a loss for the first half. The effect has been mitigated to an extent by careful cost control and a reduction in staffing levels through normal staff turnover. After a prolonged period of low activity, the subsidiary’s largest client has recently begun to place new business, and this gives more scope for optimism in the future. As has been previously reported, the weak Sterling exchange rate impacts greatly on gross profit margins, as all product supplied and installed are imported and paid for in US Dollars or Euros.

The fortunes of the Group as a whole are affected by the performance of the security division, which presently accounts for approximately 40% of the Group’s revenues. The business is an important player in the retail sector and has again been recognised at the annual Retail Risk Fraud Awards when it was Highly Commended for RFID solutions (products using radio frequency identification systems).

Dividend

Profitable trading and a healthy cash position have enabled the Board to declare an interim dividend of 0.5p per ordinary share, to be paid on 28 February 2020 to those on the register of members on 3 January 2020.

The recommendation by the Board of any final dividend for the current financial year will be subject to the Group’s full year performance.

Cash Flow

Cash at bank on 30 September 2019 stood at £688k compared with £583k at the same time last year.

Other than in the normal course of business and the proposed and any future dividends that might be declared, the Board does not currently anticipate there being any additional calls on the Company’s cash.

Performance by Trading Subsidiaries

Profit/loss figures for individual subsidiaries are stated before tax and inter-company charges (including the costs of operating the plc which are recovered through management charges to, and dividends from, trading subsidiaries), interest paid and received, depreciation and amortisation.

Inspection Services (UK) Limited
Invoiced sales of £132,613 yielding a profit of £35,860 (the figures for the same period last year were £108,563 and £19,130).

Personnel Health and Safety Consultants Limited
Invoiced sales of £366,657 yielding a profit of £139,470 (the figures for the same period last year were £311,111 and £123,846).

RSA Environmental Health Limited
Invoiced sales of £207,524 resulting in a profit of £50,488 (the figures for the same period last year were £190,563 and £27,501).

Quality Leisure Management Limited
Invoiced sales of £194,295 resulting in a profit of £58,544 (the figures for the same period last year were £218,327 and £46,983).

QCS International Limited
Invoiced sales of £397,832 yielding a profit of £142,102 (the figures for the same period last year were £363,514 and £111,259).

B2BSG Systems Limited
Invoiced sales of £935,356 resulting in a loss of £56,558 (the figures for the same period last year were £1,705,080 and £65,319 profit).

For further information please contact:

PHSC plc

Stephen King                                                                01622 717 700
Stephen.king@phsc.co.uk
www.phsc.plc.uk

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)                       020 7409 3494
Richard Tulloch/Eric Allan

Novum Securities Limited (Broker)                          020 7399 9427
Colin Rowbury

About PHSC

PHSC plc, through its trading subsidiaries Personnel Health & Safety Consultants Ltd, RSA Environmental Health Ltd, QCS International Ltd, Inspection Services (UK) Ltd and Quality Leisure Management Ltd, provides a range of health, safety, hygiene, environmental and quality systems consultancy and training services to organisations across the UK. B2BSG Systems Ltd offer innovative security solutions including tagging, labelling and CCTV.

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (“MAR”).

 

Group Statement of Comprehensive Income  Six months
ended
 Six months
ended
Year
ended
30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Note Unaudited Unaudited Audited
£’000 £’000 £’000
Continuing operations
Revenue 3 2,234 2,897 5,215
Cost of sales (1,101) (1,494) (2,719)
Gross profit 1,133 1,403 2,496
Administrative expenses (979) (1,298) (2,418)
Goodwill impairment 2 - - (200)
Profit on disposal of fixed assets - 166 166
Profit from operations 154 271 44
Finance income/(costs) 1 (1) (1)
Profit before taxation 155 270 43
Corporation tax expense (7) (54) (42)
Profit for the period after tax attributable
to owners of parent 3 148 216 1
Total comprehensive income attributable to owners of the parent 148 216 1
Basic and diluted Earnings per Share for profit after tax from continuing operations attributable to the equity holders of the Group during the period 5 1.01p 1.47p 0.005p

   

Group Statement of Financial Position 30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Unaudited Unaudited Audited
Note £’000 £’000 £’000
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 4 561 453 489
Goodwill 3,478 3,678 3,478
Deferred tax asset 18 22 18
4,057 4,153 3,985
Current assets
Inventories 307 379 317
Trade and other receivables 1,069 1,404 973
Cash and cash equivalents 688 583 642
2,064 2,366 1,932
Total assets 3 6,121 6,519 5,917
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 647 889 675
Right of use lease liability 23 - -
Current corporation tax payable 62 71 55
732 960 730
Non-current liabilities
Right of use lease liability 54 - -
Deferred taxation liabilities 46 56 46
100 56 46
Total liabilities 832 1,016 776
Net assets 5,289 5,503 5,141
Capital and reserves attributable to equity
holders of the Group
Called up share capital 1,468 1,468 1,468
Share premium account 1,916 1,916 1,916
Capital redemption reserve 144 144 144
Merger relief reserve 134 134 134
Retained earnings 1,627 1,841 1,479
5,289 5,503 5,141

   

Group Statement of Changes in Equity
Share Capital Share
Premium
Capital
Redemption
Reserve
Merger
Relief
Reserve
Retained
Earnings


Total
£’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000
Balance at 1 April 2019 1,468 1,916 144 134 1,479 5,141
Profit for the period attributable to equity holders - - - - 148 148
Balance at 30 September 2019 1,468 1,916 144 134 1,627 5,289
Balance at 1 April 2018 1,468 1,916 144 134 1,625 5,287
Profit for the period attributable to equity holders - - - - 216 216
Balance at 30 September 2018 1,468 1,916 144 134 1,841 5,503

   

Group Statement of Cash Flows  Six months  Six months Year
ended ended ended
30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Unaudited Unaudited Audited
£’000 £’000 £’000
Cash flows generated from operating activities
Cash generated from operations 57 48 326
Interest paid - (1) (2)
Tax paid - - (9)
Net cash generated from operating activities 57 47 315
Cash flows (used in)/from investing activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (14) (8) (69)
Disposal of fixed assets (net of disposal costs) 2 300 299
Interest received 1 - -
Net cash (used in)/from investing activities (11) 292 230
Cash flows used in financing activities
Dividends paid to group shareholders - - (147)
Net cash used in financing activities - - (147)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 46 339 398
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 642 244 244
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 688 583 642
Notes to the cash flow statement
Cash generated from operations
Operating profit - continuing operations 154 271 44
Depreciation charge 21 13 38
Goodwill impairment - - 200
Profit on sale of property - (166) (162)
Loss on sale of other fixed assets 3 3 -
Decrease in inventories 10 10 73
(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables (96) 165 595
(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables (35) (248) (462)
Cash generated from operations 57 48 326


Notes to the Financial Statements

1.       Basis of preparation

These condensed consolidated financial statements are presented on the basis of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and interpretations issued by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) and have been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies and the Companies Act 2006, as applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

The financial information contained in this report, which has not been audited, does not constitute statutory accounts as defined by Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  The Group’s statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019, prepared under IFRS have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.  The auditors’ report for the 2019 financial statements was unqualified and did not contain a statement under Section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

Other than as set out below, the same accounting policies and methods of computation are followed within these interim financial statements as adopted in the most recent annual financial statements. 

The Group has applied IFRS 16 with a date of initial application of 1 April 2019 using the modified retrospective approach and therefore the comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under IAS 17 and IFRIC 4.  The cumulative effect of initial application is recognised in retained earnings at 1 April 2019.  The details of the change in accounting policy are disclosed below.

Previously, the Group determined at contract inception whether an arrangement is or contains a lease under IFRIC 4.  Under IFRS 16, the Group assesses whether a contract is or contains a lease based on the definition of a lease.

On transition to IFRS 16, the Group elected to reassess whether there is a lease for all contracts in place on or after 1 April 2019.  Contracts that were not identified as leases under IAS 17 and IFRIC 4 were reassessed for whether there is a lease.  Therefore, the definition of a lease under IFRS 16 was applied to contracts in place or entered into on or after 1 April 2019.

As lessee, the Group previously classified leases as operating or finance leases based on its assessment pf whether the lease transferred significantly all of the risks and remains incidental to ownership of the underlying asset to the Group.  Under IFRS 16, the Group recognises rights-of-use assets and liabilities for most leases i.e. these leases are on-balance sheet.

The Group decided to apply recognition exemptions to short-term leases of equipment and services.

At transition, lease liabilities were measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, discounted at a cost of capital of 5.0%.  Rights-of-use assets are measured at their carrying amount as if IFRS 16 had been applied since the commencement date, discounted at a cost of capital of 5.0%.

At inception of a contract, the Group assesses whether a contract is, or contains, a lease.  A contract is, or contains, a lease if the contract conveys the right to control the use of an identified asset for a period of time in exchange for consideration.  To assess whether a contract conveys the right to control the use of an identified asset, the Group assesses whether:

On transition to IFRS 16, the Group recognised an additional £83,575 of right-of-use assets and the impact of discounting was considered immaterial so lease liabilities of £83,575 were also recognised. Therefore, no adjustment to equity at 1 April 2019 was made. In the period to 30 September 2019, depreciation of £6,905 was recognised in the statement of comprehensive income in relation to right of use assets.

The information presented within these interim financial statements complies with IAS 34 “Interim Financial Reporting”.  This requires the use of certain accounting estimates and requires that management exercise judgement in the process of applying the Group’s accounting policies.  The areas involving a high degree of judgement or complexity, or areas where the assumptions and estimates are significant to the interim financial statements are disclosed below:

Impairment of goodwill

The Board has considered the carrying value of goodwill and although there have been losses in certain subsidiaries in the interim period, the longer term outlook remains stable and an impairment charge in these interim accounts is not therefore considered necessary and will be reassessed at the year end.

2.       Exceptional Administrative Expenses

30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Unaudited Unaudited Audited
£’000 £’000 £’000
Impairment of PHSC plc’s investment in
B2B Links Limited
- - 200

3.       Segmental Reporting

30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Unaudited Unaudited Audited
Revenue £’000 £’000 £’000
Security division: B2BSG Solutions Ltd 935 1,705 2,724
935 1,705 2,724
Health & safety division
Inspection Services (UK) Ltd 133 109 233
Personnel Health & Safety Consultants Ltd 367 311 657
Quality Leisure Management Ltd 194 218 438
RSA Environmental Health Ltd 207 191 404
901 829 1,732
Quality systems division:  QCS International Ltd 398 363 759
Total revenue 2,234 2,897 5,215

   

30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Unaudited Unaudited Audited
Profit/(loss) after taxation, before management charge £’000 £’000 £’000
Security division
B2BSG Solutions Ltd (42) 62 (31)
(42) 62 (31)
Health & safety division
Inspection Services (UK) Ltd 30 17 38
Personnel Health & Safety Consultants Ltd 137 114 249
Quality Leisure Management Ltd 49 41 93
RSA Environmental Health Ltd 43 26 61
259 198 441
Quality systems division: QCS International Ltd 115 100 159
Holding company: PHSC plc (184) (156) (368)
148 204 201
Taxation adjustment (group loss relief and deferred tax) - 12 -
Goodwill impairment - - (200)
Total Group profit after taxation 148 216 1

   

30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Unaudited Unaudited Audited
Total assets £’000 £’000 £’000
Security division
B2BSG Systems Ltd 602 1,112 553
602 1,112 553
Safety division
Inspection Services (UK) Ltd 218 233 193
Personnel Health & Safety Consultants Ltd 1,057 689 950
Quality Leisure Management Ltd 320 258 326
RSA Environmental Health Limited 684 619 636
2,279 1,799 2,105
Quality division: QCS International Ltd 765 568 667
Discontinued: Adamson’s Laboratory Services Ltd - 18 -
Holding company: PHSC plc 3,249 4,146 3,366
6,895 7,643 6,691
Adjustment of goodwill (774) (1,124) (774)
Total assets 6,121 6,519 5,917

4.       Property, plant and equipment

30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Unaudited Unaudited Audited
£’000 £’000 £’000
Cost or valuation
Brought forward (as restated) 907 934 935
Additions 14 8 69
Disposals (37) (163) (181)
Carried forward 884 779 823
Depreciation
Brought forward 334 340 340
Charge 21 13 38
Disposals (32) (27) (44)
Carried forward 323 326 334
Net book value 561 453 489

5.       Earnings per share

The calculation of the basic earnings per share is based on the following data.

30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
£’000 £’000 £’000
Unaudited Unaudited
Earnings
Continuing activities 148 216 1
Number of shares 30 Sept 19 30 Sept 18 31 Mar 19
Weighted average number of shares for the purpose of basic earnings per share 14,667,257 14,667,257 14,667,257

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