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Final Results

Released 07:00 21-Jun-2019

RNS Number : 9497C
Prime People PLC
21 June 2019
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 June 2019

 

Prime People Plc

 

Results for the year ended 31 March 2019

 

Prime People Plc ("Prime People" or the "Group"), the global specialist recruitment business for professional and technical staff working in the Real Estate & Built Environment, Energy & Environmental and Technology, Digital & Data Analytics sectors, today announces its audited results for the year ended 31 March 2019.

 

The Group's Annual Report and Accounts and Notice of Annual General Meeting will be published shortly and are available to view on the Company's website at http://prime-people.co.uk/. The AGM will be held on Wednesday 24 July 2019 at 11.00am at 2 Harewood Place, London, W1S 1BX, and all shareholders are encouraged to attend.

 

Highlights:

 

 

Year ended

31 March

2019

Year ended

31 March

2018

Revenue

Net fee income ("NFI")

£24.66m

£15.78m

£22.92m

£13.15m

Operating profit before tax

£2.47m

£1.19m

Operating profit before tax and after non-controlling interest

£1.96m

£1.18m

Fully diluted earnings per share

13.372p

8.67p

Dividends for the year

5.20p

5.00p

 

 

Peter Moore, Managing Director of Prime People, said:

 

"I am pleased to announce the Group delivered a strong performance in the year ended 31 March 2019 with increased revenue and profitability. The UK proved resilient with our permanent business reporting solid results while the UK contract division held up well against the backdrop of legislative changes. Internationally the business has made good progress with a strong performance in Asia Pacific. Asia NFI rose, substantially boosted by the contribution, in our first full year following the acquisition, of Command where an extensive line of new business was obtained during the year.

 

We have maintained a strong cash position and propose a final dividend of 3.40p, which combined with the interim dividend of 1.80p per share, will result in a total dividend of 5.20p for the 2019 financial year (2018: 5.00p).

 

The Group continues to focus on its core markets to deliver organic revenue growth whilst establishing new markets to drive geographical diversity. The Group is confident about its ability to generate good returns and will continue to invest for the long term."

 

For further information, please contact: 

 

 

Prime People

020 7318 1785

Robert Macdonald, Executive Chairman

Peter Moore, Managing Director

Donka Zaneva-Todorinski, Finance Director

 

 

 

 

 

Cenkos Securities plc

020 7397 8900

Katy Birkin/Harry Hargreaves

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Chairman's Statement

 

Performance

Overall the Group delivered a strong performance in the year ended 31 March 2019. In the UK performance was broadly consistent with the prior year, holding up against the backdrop of political uncertainty and of legislative changes that continued to affect self-employed candidates in our contract division. Internationally the business has made good progress with a strong performance in Asia Pacific including a substantial contribution from our majority investment in Command Recruitment Group (H.K.) Limited, and the Rest of The World making a small positive contribution this year.

 

We closed the year with headline Revenue of £24.66m and Net Fee Income ("NFI") of £15.78m. NFI comprises the total fees for permanent candidates and the margin earned in the placement of contract staff. The ratio of NFI derived from contract as against permanent placements was 8:92.

 

Improved productivity per head of £114.40k, helped headline operating profit reach £2.47m. After adjusting for the 40% minority interest in Command, the underlying operating profit for the Group was £1.95m, helped by a positive effect from the adoption of IFRS15 in respect of administration costs.

 

The Group conversion rate, which compares operating profit to NFI, was 15.65%, enhanced by the winning of substantial business from an extensive set of linked real estate infrastructure projects in the Middle East. This business is undertaken by Command and is reported under our Asia Regional Performance below. The impact of this demand for the company's services greatly enhanced the Group's profitability in the year being reported. The projects are of a long-term nature and we expect that our involvement will continue throughout the current financial year.

 

Cash Flow

The Group continues to maintain a strong net cash position. At the start of the year the Group had cash of £1.23m which had increased to £2.31m by the year end. The increase is principally due to the growth in the Asia Pacific business referred to above and is after taking account of cash outflows of £1.34m. Of this £0.74m was for the purchase of assets (£0.10m was spent on a new Customer Relationship Management system and £0.44m on improving office facilities in our Hong Kong and London offices) and £0.60m related to the dividend payments to shareholders.

 

Dividend

During the year, a final dividend of 3.25p per share was paid together with a slightly increased interim dividend up from 1.75p to 1.80p per share. The Board will be recommending a final dividend this year of 3.40p per share. This will result in a total dividend payment of 5.20p for the 2019 financial year against 5.00p the year before. Subject to market conditions and cash, the Group intends to continue to pay dividends on a progressive basis.

 

Share Buy Back

During the year 34,000 shares were purchased at a cost of £26,360 through the Group's buyback programme. In the second half of the year 300,000 ordinary shares were sold from Treasury to satisfy obligations arising from the part paid share incentive scheme for key personnel. At the year end the Group held 195,676 shares in treasury. The Board will be seeking shareholder approval for renewal of the authority to repurchase up to 10% of the Group's issued share capital at the Annual General Meeting.

 

Board

The Board believes it has continued to operate corporate governance standards appropriate to an AIM quoted company of its size. There have been no changes to the Board during the year. Although not required to do so, the Directors have resolved that they will retire at least once every three years and seek re-appointment by shareholders at the next AGM.

 

The Board members have a mix of skills, experience, gender and backgrounds that are a considerable support to the business.

 

People

The average number of staff (excluding temporary contractors) increased from 136 last year to 138 this year.

 

The Group has a diverse cultural and ethnic profile within its businesses and at the end of 2019 had a global 52:48 male to female gender ratio.

The success of the Group is dependent on having competent and committed people and the Board would like to thank all the members of our staff for their hard work, commitment and contribution over the last year.

 

Current trading and outlook

In the 2019 financial year, we made significant investments in technology, our working environments and talent, reflecting our belief that success in the future will depend on our ability to attract the most able people and equip them with industry leading technology. We are confident that these investments will provide returns through increased productivity and staff retention.

 

Current trading is consistent with the prior year and we expect the outlook for our sectors and geographies to remain positive in the absence of any negative economic or political events. Over the last quarter our key performance indicators of instructions from clients, interviews arranged and committed business are comparable with the same period last year and all our main markets continue to experience shortages of available talent, driving demand for our services.

 

We are mindful of both the political inertia in the U.K. and the trade dispute between the United States and China, both of which could affect our largest markets. Consequently, the Group continues to explore new geographies and has expanded its client base into mainland Europe and Saudi Arabia.

 

We aim to optimise interaction between our brands to fully deliver Group benefits by being positioned to respond swiftly across all businesses to changes impacting our activity, such as regulation and candidate shortages.

 

The Group continues to focus on its core markets to deliver organic revenue growth, to improve productivity gains and to drive profit growth. Despite the increasing political risks that reduce business confidence in the UK and Europe, we are confident about our abilities to generate good returns and will continue to invest for the long term.

 

Robert Macdonald

Executive Chairman

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Strategic Report

 

Overview

The Group provides permanent and contract recruitment services to selected, niche industry sectors. Our business model is built around our people, all of whom are specialists in their industry verticals. Our employees are vital to the continued success of the Group and we invest heavily in them. As such, we take time to find and train the best talent that shares our ambition - to be the best, not simply the biggest.

 

The built environment continues to be the Group's largest market, served through its main subsidiary, Macdonald & Company.

 

Operating as distinct brands, the sectors served by Prime Insight, Prime Energy and Command are technology & digital transformation; renewable energy & sustainability; and infrastructure, construction and design respectively.

 

The business is organised into teams of specialist consultants, each managed by a team leader who is responsible for performance within the operating framework approved by the Board. The Group operates a policy of open communication in the belief that its employees are best placed to suggest operational improvements and emergent strategies that will increase earnings.

 

The Group is committed to managing its talent on merit and provides equal opportunities for all current and future employees. It gives full and fair consideration to applications for employment from disabled persons, where a disabled person may adequately carry out the requirements of any position within the physical constraints of the Company's offices. The Board is concerned to provide a healthy corporate culture and in pursuit of its objectives and strategy seeks regular input through open meetings with its staff.

 

The Group has two locations in the UK, the London head office and Manchester, with offices in Hong Kong (established in 2007), Dubai (established in 2008), Singapore (established in 2012), Frankfurt (established in January 2019), and a franchise in South Africa (established in 2008).

 

Overall the UK permanent recruitment businesses performed satisfactorily with our built environment teams delivering consistent results while the contract business saw a reduction in NFI as the changes to the tax landscape for contractors working in the public sector continued to have an effect. Looking forward, when these changes are extended to the private sector, in April 2020, we anticipate the temporary recruitment market may shift further.

 

In Asia NFI rose substantially, aided by the contribution in our first full year following the acquisition of Command in October 2017. Hong Kong with the combined businesses of Macdonald and Command contributed the majority of the region's NFI. Macdonald recorded reduced NFI, largely as a consequence of staff turnover in the early part of the year, an issue which has now been addressed.

 

Our Macdonald business in Dubai continues to face challenging market conditions and we have made changes to realign it to the expected medium-term demand. Our Command business operates across the Middle East and we are optimistic as to the future performance of the business in this region.

 

The Board remains committed in its pursuit of sustainable NFI growth and cash generation.  Whilst costs have increased in aggregate in the year, with the contribution from Command the conversion rate has also increased. We continue to focus on improving the profitability of the business and realising cost reductions where possible.

 

Cultivating strong client relationships, investing in the best technology and employing the best people are the foundations of the Group's success. With uncertain global growth and a world economy increasingly exposed to political and macro-economic risk it is important that we remain flexible, able to serve our clients wherever demand may be, and that we closely monitor individual NFI performance against costs. Tight management control of remuneration and expenditure, together with a focus on improved productivity per head and conversion rates, position the Group to prosper.

 

Regional Performance

 

United Kingdom

 

 

2019

£m

2018

£m

 

 

 

Revenue

 16.47

17.52

Net fee income (NFI)

7.60

7.75

Operating profit

0.92

0.91

Operating profit as % of NFI

                     12.10%

                     11.74%

Average number of employees

77

                             80

 

Revenue reduced by 5.99% to £16.47m (2018: £17.52m) with NFI reducing by 1.93% to £7.60m (2018: £7.75m).

 

Permanent NFI decreased by 0.83% in the year and represents 85.11% (2018: 86.20%) of total UK NFI in 2019.

 

The UK Permanent teams serving the real estate banking and investment sector provided the strongest NFI growth for the region in the year. This was counterbalanced by performance of teams serving other sectors. In September 2018, we relocated fee earners to an office in Frankfurt, to take advantage of opportunities that the German staffing market offers in the long term.

 

Contract NFI reduced by 7.65% in the year compared to a reduction of 17.05% in the previous year and represents 14.55% (2018: 13.80%) of total UK NFI in 2019. Contract NFI is not affected by IFRS 15 and the reduction against the comparative period was a consequence of lower public sector client requirements resulting from ITEPA Act 2003 legislative changes.

 

Our diversified business sectors delivered opportunities to diminish the effect of some challenging markets and our extended spread of operations helped to make the most of market conditions.

 

Asia Pacific

 

 

2019

£m

2018

£m

 

 

 

Revenue

7.77

5.06

Net fee income (NFI)

7.77

5.06

Operating profit

1.52

0.49

Operating profit as % of NFI

19.56%

9.68%

Average number of employees

57

47

 

NFI grew by 53.55% to £7.77m (2018: £5.06m) and includes contribution from Command of £3.97m (2018: £0.84m). The region is covered by our offices in Hong Kong and Singapore and represents 49.24% of Group NFI (2018: 38.48%).

 

Command operating profit, unadjusted for minorities, was approximately 93% of the reported operating profit in the region.

 

The 2018 investment in 60% of the equity of Command strengthened our presence and performance in the region particularly with its winning of substantial business from an extensive set of linked real estate infrastructure projects in the Middle East, which represent 22.26% of reported Asia Pacific revenue. The projects are of a long-term nature and we expect that Command's involvement will continue throughout the current financial year.

 

With the good performance of Command, and the investment in establishing our Insight and Analytics team in the region last year, the business is now well placed to expand its reach and growth.

 

Rest of the World

 

 

2019

£m

2018

£m

 

 

 

Revenue

0.42

0.34

Net fee income (NFI)

0.42

0.34

Operating profit

0.02

-0.20

Operating profit as % of NFI

4.76%

-58.82%

Average number of employees

4

5

 

The region is covered by our offices in Dubai, Australia and South Africa. The modest, but improved performance reflects restructuring of the Dubai business and cost reductions which delivered improvements in profitability and the team is well positioned for a more positive 2020.

 

Peter Moore

Managing Director

 

 

Financial Review

 

Revenue

As referred in our H1 2019 Interim Report, the Financial Statements for 2019 reflect the Group's adoption of IFRS 15, which has required a change in the accounting policy for revenue recognition. We are now reporting revenue based on invoices delivered as opposed to the previous treatment based on the value of contracts formed. Further detail on the impact of the IFRS 15 is set out in Note 2 of the financial statements.

 

The Group delivered a 7.59% increase in reported revenue to £24.66m (2018: £22.92m).

 

The change in accounting policy did not have any impact on the reporting of NFI of our contract business or that reported by Command.

 

Further detail on the impact of the IFRS 15 is set out in Note 2 of the financial statements

 

Net Fee Income (NFI)

Overall Group NFI increased by 20.00% to £15.78m (2018: £13.15m). The split of net fee income was 93% from permanent sales (2018: 91.87%) and 7.00% from contract (2018: 8.13%). The contract margin percentage was 11.09%, up from 10.92% in the prior year as we extended our contract business in higher margin sectors, as well as strengthening our focus on maintaining sustainable direct client relationships.

 

The Group generated 51.90% of its net fee income from outside the UK (2018: 41.07%). There were particularly strong results from Command with NFI of £3.97m (2018: £0.84m).

 

Administration Costs

Administration costs for the year increased by 11.38% to £13.31m (2018: £11.95m) reflecting the inclusion of Command operating costs, further investment in a new Customer Relationship Management system, improved information technology platforms, increased spend on staff training and higher property costs associated with our Hong Kong office which we relocated in May 2018. The increased administrative costs, we believe, will generate greater value in the long term. In the year commission, which is a constituent of administration costs, reduced by approximately £0.20m as a result of the change to the Group accounting policy on revenue recognition when adopting IFRS 15.

 

Profit before Taxation

Reported profit before taxation increased to £2.47m from £1.19m last year. After adjusting for the 40% minority interest in Command, profit before tax increased to £1.95m (2018: £1.19m).

 

The table below presents year on year comparisons adjusted to remove the 40% of Command not owned by the Group.

 

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

Revenue *

23,071

22,580

NFI *

14,198

12,811

Adjusted Profit Before Tax *

1,907

1,192

Conversion ratio * c/f table below

13.43%

9.31%

* 2019 net of 40% not owned, as indicated above

 

Taxation

The taxation charge is £0.29m on profit before taxation of £2.47m (from ordinary activities) which gives an effective tax rate of 11.74% (2018: 14.29%). The reasons for the difference from the standard UK corporation tax rate of 19% are detailed in note 7 of the accounts.

 

Earnings per Share

Basic earnings per share increased by 58.24% to 13.72p (2018: 8.67p). The diluted earnings per share, taking into account existing share options, increased by 56.86% to 13.38p (2018: 8.53p).

 

Balance Sheet

Net assets at 31 March 2019 remained the same as last year at £14.99m (2018: £15.00m).

 

Trade receivables net of provision for doubtful debts at the year end, were up on last year at £3.53m (2017: £2.86m) which reflects the increased average credit period taken by clients to 131 days (2018: 69 days). The increase in debtor days is explained by extended 120-day payment terms with certain Command clients in Saudi Arabia.

 

Treasury Management and Currency Risk

Approximately 66.79% of the Group's revenue in 2019 (2018: 76.44%) was denominated in Sterling. Consequently, the Group has a degree of currency exposure in accounting for overseas operations.

 

Currently the Group policy is not to hedge against this exposure, but it does seek to minimise the effect by converting into Sterling all cash balances in foreign currency that are not required for local short-term working capital needs.

 

Cash Flow and Cash Position

At the start of the year the Group had cash of £1.23m. After net taxation payments of £0.11m (2018: £0.26m) cash generated from operations was £2.04m (2018: £1.06m).

 

During the year the Group spent £0.10m (2018: £0.23m) on its Customer Relationship Management systems; paid £0.30m for the relocation and office refit in Hong Kong; £0.22m for the purchase of treasury shares; and paid dividends to shareholders of £0.60m (2018: £0.61m).  As at 31 March 2019 the Group's cash position was £2.31m.

 

Operational highlights in 2019

 

 

2019

2018

% change

Conversion ratio (Operating profit divided by NFI)

100 % for Command

15.65%

9.07%

72.55%

Staff Productivity

(NFI divided by average headcount excluding contract staff)

£114.40k

£96.26k

18.84%

Fee earner to Support Headcount ratio

3.4

3.2

6.25%

Percentage of NFI paid to Staff

68.43%

71.47%

(4.25%)

Free Cashflow post tax

£2.03m

£1.06m

91.50%

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

The directors are responsible for preparing the Strategic Report, the Directors' Report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the directors have elected to prepare the financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs') as adopted by the EU and applicable law.

Under company law the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the of the company and the group and of the profit or loss of the group for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to:

·     select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;

·     make judgments and accounting estimates that are reasonable and prudent;

·    state whether applicable accounting standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements;

·    prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the company will continue in business.

The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are enough to show and explain the company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

They are further responsible for ensuring that the Strategic Report and the Report of the Directors and other information included in the Annual Report and Financial Statements is prepared in accordance with applicable law in the United Kingdom.

The maintenance and integrity of the Prime People Plc web site is the responsibility of the directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve the consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred in the accounts since they were initially presented on the website.

Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of the accounts and the other information included in annual reports may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

 

Note

2019

2018

 

 

 

                £'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2, 3

 

24,660

22,916

Cost of sales

 

 

(8,873)

(9,769)

 

Net fee income

 

2

 

 

 

15,787

 

13,147

Administrative expenses

 

 

 

(13,316)

(11,954)

 

Operating profit

 

 

4

 

 

 

2,471

 

1,193

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

 

 

2,471

 

 

1,193

 

Income tax expense

7

 

 

(298)

(166)

 

Profit for the year

 

Other comprehensive income

Items that will or may be reclassified

to profit or loss:

 

Exchange profit/(loss) on translating foreign operations

 

 

 

 

 

2,173

 

 

 

 

106

 

1,027

 

 

 

(243)

 

Other Comprehensive income

for the year, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

106

 

 

(243)

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

2,279

 

 

 

784

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Equity shareholders of the parent

 

 

1,660

1,022

Non-controlling interest

 

 

513

5

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Equity shareholders of the parent

 

 

1,766

779

Non-controlling interest

 

 

513

5

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

9

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

 

13.72p

8.67p

Diluted earnings per share

 

 

13.38p

8.53p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above results relate to continuing operations.

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 March 2018

 

 

Called up

share capital

Capital

Redemption

reserve

Treasury

shares

Share

premium

account

Merger

reserve

Share

option

reserve

Translation

reserve

Retained

Earnings

Total attributable to equity holders of the parent

Non-controlling interest

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2017

 

 

1,229

 

9

 

(21)

 

5,371

 

173

 

280

 

733

 

7,299

 

 

    15,073

 

-

 

    15,073

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,022

1,022

5

1,027

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

(243)

-

(243)

-

(243)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment in respect of share schemes

-

-

-

-

-

34

-

60

94

-

94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares purchased for treasury

-

-

(408)

-

-

-

-

-

(408)

-

(408)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued from treasury

-

-

3

-

-

-

-

-

3

-

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of subsidiary with Non-Controlling Interest

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

70

70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment on share disposal

-

-

5

-

-

-

-

(5)

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(612)

(612)

-

(612)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2018

 

1,229

9

(421)

5,371

173

314

490

 

7,764

14,929

75

15,004

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 March 2019

-

Called up

share capital

Capital

Redemption

reserve

Treasury

shares

Share

premium

account

Merger

reserve

Share

option

reserve

Translation

reserve

Retained

Earnings

Total attributable to equity holders of the parent

Non-controlling interest

Total equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2018

 

 

1,229

 

9

 

(421)

 

5,371

 

173

 

314

 

490

 

7,764

 

 

    14,929

 

75

 

    15,004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IFRS 15 adjustment for revenue recognition

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,976)

(1,976)

-

(1,976)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,659

1,659

513

2,172

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

-

106

-

106

-

106

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment in respect of share schemes

-

-

-

-

-

23

-

 

23

-

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares purchased for treasury

-

-

(26)

-

-

-

-

-

(26)

-

(26)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued from treasury

-

-

246

-

-

-

-

-

246

-

246

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment on share disposal

-

-

40

-

-

-

-

5

45

-

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(595)

(595)

-

(595)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

 

1,229

9

(161)

5,371

173

337

596

 

6,857

14,411

588

14,999

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

                    2019

 

                    2018

 

Note

                   £'000

 

                   £'000

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non - current assets

 

 

 

 

    Goodwill

11

10,527

 

10,527

    Property, plant and equipment

    Deferred tax asset

10

16

752

40

 

242

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,319

 

 

10,814

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

    Trade and other receivables

13

4,646

 

5,616

Current tax asset

 

            -

 

41

    Cash at bank and in hand

21

            2,309

 

1,234

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,955

 

6,891

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

18,274

 

17,705

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

    Trade and other payables

15

3,080

 

2,679

    Current tax liability

 

 

173

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,253

 

 

2,679

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

    Deferred tax liability

16

22

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

3,275

 

2,701

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

14,999

 

 

15,004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 March 2019

 

                                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

Note

       £'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to the

Company's equity holders

Called up share capital

 

17

1,229

 

1,229

Capital redemption reserve fund

 

18

9

 

9

Treasury shares

 

18

(161)

 

(421)

Share premium account

 

18

5,371

 

5,371

Merger reserve

 

18

173

 

173

Share option reserve

 

18

337

 

314

Translation reserve

 

18

596

 

490

Retained earnings

 

18

6,857

 

7,764

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,411

 

14,929

Non-controlling interest

 

 

588

 

75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

 

14,999

 

15,004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 20th June 2019 and are signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

R J G Macdonald                                            D Zaneva-Todorinski

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Company Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

                   2019

 

                    2018

 

Note

                  £'000

 

                   £'000

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

    Investment in subsidiaries

 

12

11,213

 

11,190

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,213

 

11,190

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

    Trade and other receivables

13

124

 

9

    Cash and cash equivalents

 

21

322

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

446

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

11,659

 

11,214

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

    Other payables

 

15

1,125

 

791

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

1,125

 

791

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

 

10,534

 

10,423

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital and reserves attributable to the

Company's equity holders

Called up share capital

17

1,229

 

1,229

Capital redemption reserve fund

18

9

 

9

Treasury shares

18

(161)

 

(421)

Share premium account

18

5,371

 

5,371

Merger reserve

18

173

 

173

Share option reserve

18

337

 

314

Retained earnings

 

18

3,576

 

3,748

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

 

10,534

 

10,423

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Company's retained earnings includes profit for the year of £458,173 (2018: £386,536).

 

The financial statements of Prime People Plc, Company Number 01729887 were approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 20th June 2019 and are signed on its behalf by:

 

 

 

R J G Macdonald                                            D Zaneva-Todorinski

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Company Statement of Changes in Equity

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

Company

Called up

share

capital

Capital

Redemp-

tion

reserve

Treasury

shares

Share

premium

account

Merger reserve

Share

option

reserve

Retained earnings

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2017

1,229

9

(21)

5,371

173

280

3,978

11,019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

387

 

 

 

387

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares purchased for treasury

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(408)

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(408)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued from treasury

 

-

 

-

 

3

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment on share disposal

 

 

-

 

 

-

           

 

5

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(5)

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in subsidiaries

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

34

 

-

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

(612)

(612)

At 31 March 2018

 

1,229

9

(421)

5,371

173

314

3,748

10,423

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

458

 

 

           458

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares purchased for treasury

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(26)

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(26)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued from treasury

 

-

 

-

 

246

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

246

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment on share disposal

 

-

 

-

 

40

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(35)

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in subsidiaries

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

23

 

-

 

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

(595)

(595)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

 

1,229

 

9

 

(161)

 

5,371

 

173

 

337

 

3,576

 

10,534

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Group and Company Cash Flow Statement

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

 

Group

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from (used in) underlying operations

 

20

 

2,146

 

1,320

 

241

 

(43)

Income tax paid

 

(111)

(256)

(9)

(11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from/(used by) operating activities

 

 

 

2,035

 

1,064

 

 

232

 

(54)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from/(used in) investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(727)

 

(209)

 

-

 

-

Purchase of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

 

-

(771)

-

-

Dividend received

 

-

-

450

450

   

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from / (used in) investing activities

 

 

(727)

 

(980)

 

450

            450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of ordinary share capital

 

-

-

-

-

Shares issued from treasury

 

260

-

246

3

Shares purchased for treasury

 

-

(408)

(26)

(408)

Dividend paid to shareholders

 

(595)

(612)

(595)

(612)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(335)

 

(1,020)

 

(375)

 

(1,017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease)/ increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

973

 

(936)

 

307

 

(621)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year

 

 

1,234

 

2,409

 

15

 

636

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

 

 

102

 

(239)

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

 

 

21

 

2,309

 

1,234

 

322

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIME PEOPLE PLC

 

Notes to the Financial Statements

For the year ended 31 March 2019

 

1     Nature of Operations

 

Prime People Plc ('the Company') and its subsidiaries (together 'the Group') is an international recruitment services organisation with offices in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region from which it serves an international client base. The Group offers both permanent and contract specialist recruitment consultancy for large and medium sized organisations.

 

The Company is a public limited company which is quoted as an AIM Company and is incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of the registered office and the principal place of business is 2 Harewood Place, London W1S 1BX. The registered number of the Company is 01729887.

 

2     Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Preparation

 

The financial statements of Prime People Plc consolidate the results of the Company and all its subsidiary undertakings. As permitted by Section 408 of the Companies Act 2006, the profit and loss account of the Company has not been included as part of these financial statements. The financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis.

 

The consolidated financial statements of Prime People Plc have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as endorsed by the European Union and comply with IFRIC interpretations and Company Law applicable to Companies reporting under IFRS. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention modified as necessary to include any items at fair value, as required by accounting standards. 

 

The consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2019 (including comparatives) are presented in GBP '000.

 

The accounting polices applied by the Group in these consolidated financial statements are the same as those applied in its consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended 31 March 2018, except for revenue recognition which is covered in more detail in Note 2(a) and are described below.

 

a)   The Group adopted IFRS 15 standard- Revenue from Contracts with Customers from 1st April 2018.

Under the standard, revenue is recognized at an amount that reflects the consideration to which an entity expects to be entitled in exchange of transferring goods or services to a customer.

 

The Group has applied IFRS 15 using the cumulative effect method - i.e. by recognising the cumulative effect of initially applying IFRS 15 as an adjustment to the opening balance of equity at 1 April 2018. Therefore, the comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under IAS 18 and IAS 11. The following table summarise the impacts of adopting IFRS 15 on the Group's consolidated report for the year ending 31 March 2019.

 

 

Reported as at

31 March 2019

£'000

Adjustments

Under IFRS 15

£'000

Balance without adopting IFRS 15

£'000

Revenue

24,660

(322)

24,338

Accrued Income

-

1,654

1,654

Retained Earnings

6,857

1,654

8,511

Retained profit for basic and diluted earnings per share

 

1,659

 

(322)

 

1,337

Basic earnings per share

13.72p

(2.73p)

11.05p

Diluted earnings per share

13.38p

(1.60p)

10.78p

 

The resulting changes in the timing of revenue and cost recognition aligns the financial results more closely with the timing of the delivery of services to our clients. The standard introduces a direct link between the value provided to a client and the timing of revenue recognition, as revenue is recognised when a candidate starts an assignment.

 

Permanent revenue is recognised from permanent placements based on a percentage of candidate's remuneration package. The impact of the transition to IFRS 15 resulted in revenue recognised at the point that the candidate starts the job, as opposed to the previous policy which recognised permanent revenue at the date an offer is made. A provision is made against cancellation of placements shortly after commencement of employment. The transition to IFRS 15 on permanent revenue has been accounted for under the cumulative effect method.

 

Contract revenue, which represents amounts billed for the services of temporary staff, including the salary costs of these staff, is recognised when the service has been provided. This basis of revenue recognition is consistent with IFRS 15 with no effect on revenue earned on temporary placements.

 

International Accounting Standards (IAS/IFRS) and Interpretations in issue but not yet EU approved

 

At the date of authorisation of these financial statements, certain new standards, amendments and interpretations to existing standards have been published by the IASB but are not yet effective. These have not been adopted early by the Group and the initial assessment indicates that either they will not be relevant or will not have a material impact on the Group. The effective dates below are for reporting periods beginning on or after that point:

 

International Accounting Standards (IAS/IFRS) and Amendments adopted by the EU but not yet effective

 

·    IFRIC 23 Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments (Issued on 7 June 2017, effective 1 January 2019)

·    IFRS 16 Leases (issued on 13 January 2016, effective 1 January 2019)

 

IFRS 16 - Leases

 

On adoption of IFRS 16 the Group will recognise within the balance sheet a right of use asset and a corresponding lease liability for all applicable leases. Within the income statement, operating lease rentals payable will be replaced by depreciation and interest expense. This will result in an increase in operating profit and an increase in finance costs.

 

If IFRS 16 had been applied in the current accounting period, assets and liabilities would have increased by approximately £2.2m with an immaterial impact on the reported results.

 

Consolidation

 

Subsidiaries are all entities over which the Group has the power to govern the financial and operating policies, generally accompanying a shareholding of more than one half of the voting rights. Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date on which control is transferred to the Group. They are de-consolidated from the date that control ceases.

 

Business combinations are accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting. The cost of an acquisition is measured as the fair value of the assets given, equity instruments issued and liabilities incurred or assumed at the date of exchange, plus costs directly attributable to the acquisition. The excess of the cost of acquisition over the fair value of the Group's share of the identifiable net assets acquired is recorded as goodwill.

 

Inter-company transactions and balances on transactions between Group companies are eliminated in preparing the consolidated financial statements.

 

Accounting policies of subsidiaries have been changed where necessary to ensure consistency with the policies adopted by the Group.

 

Going Concern

 

The Directors have prepared cash flow forecasts for a period of at least 12 months from the date of approval of the financial statements and have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus, they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements.

 

Revenue recognition

 

a)   Revenue

 

Revenue, which excludes value added tax ("VAT"), constitutes the value of services undertaken by the Group from its principal activities, which are recruitment consultancy and other ancillary services. These consist of:

 

-     Revenue from contract placements, which represents amounts billed for the services of contract staff, including the salary of these staff. This is recognised when the service has been provided; and

 

-     Revenue from permanent placements, which is based on a percentage of the candidate's remuneration package and is derived from both retained assignments (where income is recognised on completion of defined stages of work) and non-retained assignments. The Group has changed its revenue-recognition policy from April 2018 in accordance with IFRS 15, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. This requires revenue to be recognised once value has been received by the customer and when the performance obligations have been satisfied. Revenue from non-retained, permanent-placement assignments is now recognised when a candidate commences employment, whereas previously recognition was at the date an offer was accepted by a candidate and where a start date had been determined. There has been no effect on either contract placements or retained, permanent-placement assignments.

 

The change resulted in a deferral of revenue from the previous period to the current one and a reduction in the retained earnings of the Group from the previous period of £2.0m.

 

b)   Cost of Sales

 

Cost of sales consists of the salary cost of contract staff and costs incurred on behalf of clients, principally advertising costs.

 

c)   Net Fee Income

 

Net fee income represents revenue less cost of sales and consists of the total placement fees of permanent candidates and the margin earned on the placement of contract candidates.

 

d)   Foreign Currency Translation

 

(i)         Functional and Presentation Currency

 

Items included in the financial statements of each of the Group's entities are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates ('the functional currency'). The consolidated financial statements are presented in Sterling, which is the Company's functional and presentation currency.

 

(ii)    Transactions and Balances

 

Foreign currency transactions are translated into the functional currency using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions and from the translation at year-end exchange rates of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income.

 

(iii) Group Companies

 

On consolidation the results and financial position of all the Group entities that have a functional currency different from the presentation currency are translated into the presentation currency as follows:

 

·    assets and liabilities for each year end presented are translated at the closing rate of that year end;

 

·    income and expenses for each statement of comprehensive income are translated at average exchange rates; and

 

·    all resulting exchange differences are recognised in other comprehensive income.

 

e)   Intangible Assets

 

(i)         Goodwill

 

Goodwill represents the excess of the cost of an acquisition over the fair value of the Group's share of the net identifiable assets of the acquired subsidiary at the date of acquisition. Goodwill on acquisitions of subsidiaries is included in 'intangible' assets.

 

As permitted by the exception in IFRS1 'First time adoption of International Reporting Standards', the Group has elected not to apply IFRS3 'Business combinations' to goodwill arising on acquisition that occurred before the date of transition to IFRS.

 

Separately recognised goodwill is reviewed annually for impairment and carried at cost less accumulated impairment losses. Impairment losses on goodwill are not reversed. Determining whether goodwill is impaired requires an estimation of the value in use of the cash-generating units to which goodwill has been allocated. The value in use calculation requires the entity to estimate the future cash flows expected to arise from the cash generating unit and a suitable discount rate in order to calculate present value.

 

f)    Property, Plant and Equipment

 

All property, plant and equipment are stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation less provisions for impairment. Depreciation is provided on all property, plant and equipment using the straight-line method at rates calculated to write off the cost less estimated residual values over their estimated useful lives, as follows:

 

·    Furniture, fittings and computer equipment 25% - 33%

 

The gain or loss arising on disposal or retirement of an asset is determined by comparing the sales proceeds with the carrying amount of the asset and is recognised within profit and loss.

 

g)   Impairment of Assets

 

Assets that have an indefinite useful economic life are not subject to amortisation and are tested annually for impairment. Assets that are subject to amortisation are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. An impairment loss is recognised for the amount by which the asset's carrying amount exceeds its recoverable amount. The recoverable amount is the higher of an asset's fair value less costs to sell and value in use. For the purposes of assessing impairment, assets are grouped at the lowest levels for which there are separately identifiable cash flows (cash-generating units).

 

h)   Taxation

 

The tax expense represents the sum of the current tax expense and deferred tax expense.

 

The tax currently payable is based on taxable profit for the year. Taxable profit differs from profit as reported in the statement of comprehensive income because it excludes items of income or expense that are taxable or deductible in other years and it further excludes items that are never taxable or deductible. The Group's liability for current tax is calculated using tax rates that have been enacted or substantially enacted by the balance sheet date.

 

Deferred income tax is provided in full, on temporary differences arising between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their carrying amounts in the consolidated financial statements. Deferred income tax is determined using tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantially enacted by the balance sheet date and are expected to apply when the related deferred income tax asset is realised, or the deferred income tax liability is settled.

 

Deferred income tax assets are recognised to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profit will be available against which the temporary differences can be utilised.

 

i)    Leased Assets and Obligations

 

All the Group's leases are operating leases and the annual rentals are charged to profit and loss on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

 

The benefit of rent-free periods received for entering a lease is spread evenly over the lease term.

 

j)    Pension Costs

 

The Group operates a defined contribution pension scheme. The Group adopts both the minimum legally required employer contribution rate of 2% of qualifying earnings, and the maximum earning threshold for automatic enrolment for 2018-19, as set by the Pension Regulator.

 

The assets of the scheme are held separately from those of the Group in independently administered workplace pension - NEST. The pension costs charged to the income statement represent the contributions payable by the Group to NEST during the year.

 

The Pension liabilities at the Balance Sheet date represent employer and employee pension contributions, that are payable to the pension provider by the 22nd day of each month.

 

k)   Segmental Reporting

 

IFRS8 requires operating segments to be identified based on internal reports that are regularly reviewed by the Board of Directors to allocate resources to the segment and to assess their performance.

 

l)    Financial instruments

 

Financial assets and liabilities are recognised in the Group's balance sheet when the Group becomes a party to the contractual provision of the instrument.

 

m)  Financial assets

 

The Group's financial assets comprise cash and various other receivable balances that arise from its operations. All of the Group's financial assets are held within a business model whose objective is to collect contractual cash flows which are solely payments of principals and interest and therefore classified as subsequently measured at amortised cost.

 

With the exception of trade receivables that do not contain a significant financing component or for which the Group has applied the practical expedient, the Group initially measures a financial asset at its fair value plus, in the case of a financial asset not at fair value through profit or loss, transaction costs. Trade receivables that do not contain a significant financing component or for which the Group has applied the practical expedient are measured at the transaction price determined under IFRS 15.

 

The Group assesses on a forward-looking basis the expected credit losses ("ECL"), defined as the difference between the contractual cash flows and the cash flows that are expected to be received. For trade receivables and contract assets, the Group applies a simplified approach in calculating ECLs and recognises a loss allowance based on lifetime ECLs at each reporting date. For all other financial assets, the Group recognises lifetime ECL when there has been a significant increase in credit risk since initial recognition. If the credit risk on the financial instrument has not increased significantly since initial recognition, the Group measures the loss allowance for that financial instrument at an amount equal to 12-month ECL.

 

The carrying amount of the financial asset is reduced by the impairment loss directly for all financial assets except for trade receivables, where the carrying amount is reduced using an allowance account.  When a trade receivable is considered uncollectible, it is written off against the allowance account. Subsequent recoveries of amounts previously written off are credited against the allowance account. Changes in the carrying amount of the allowance account are recognised in the profit or loss account.

 

Cash and cash equivalents include cash in hand and bank deposits that are readily convertible to a known amount of cash and are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value. Bank overdrafts are classified with current liabilities in the statement of financial position.

 

n)   Financial liabilities and equity

 

Financial liabilities and equity instruments are initially measured at fair value and are classified according to the substance of the contractual arrangements entered. Financial liabilities are subsequently measured at

amortised cost. The Group's financial liabilities comprise trade payables, bank overdrafts and other payable balances that arise from its operations. They are classified as 'financial liabilities measured at amortised cost'.

 

o)   Share-Based Compensation

 

The Group operates equity-settled, share-based compensation plans.

 

The fair value of the employee services received in exchange for the grant of the options is recognised as an expense. The total amount to be expensed over the vesting period is determined by reference to the fair value of the options granted, excluding the impact of any non-market vesting conditions (for example, profitability and sales growth targets). At the balance sheet date, the number of outstanding options is adjusted to reflect those options that have been granted during the year or have lapsed in the year.

 

p)   Dividend Distribution

 

A final dividend distribution to the Company's shareholders is recognised as a liability in the Group's financial statements in the period in which the dividends are approved by the Company's shareholders. Interim dividend distributions are recognised in the period in which they are approved and paid.

 

q)   Critical Accounting Estimates and Judgements

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates and judgements. It also requires management to exercise judgement in the process of applying the Company's accounting policies.

 

Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

 

Information about significant areas of estimation uncertainty and critical judgements in applying accounting policies that have the most significant effect on the amount recognised in the financial statements are described below:

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Revenue from permanent placements is recognised when a candidate commences employment.

 

Goodwill Impairment

 

The Group's determination of whether goodwill is impaired requires an estimation of the value in use of the cash generating units to which goodwill is allocated. This requires estimation of future cash flows and the selection of a suitable discount rate details of which are disclosed in note 11.

 

Trade Receivables

 

There is uncertainty regarding customers who may not be able to pay as their debts fall due.  In reviewing the appropriateness of the provisions in respect of recoverability of trade receivables, consideration has been given to the ageing of the debt and the potential likelihood of default, considering current economic conditions. Details of the total amount of receivables past due and the movement in allowance for doubtful debts are disclosed in note 13.

 

3     Segment Reporting

 

a)     Revenue and Net Fee Income, by Geographical Region

 

Information provided to the Board is focused on regions and as a result, reportable segments are on a regional basis.

 

 

 

Revenue

Net fee income

 

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

UK

 

 

16,472

 

17,515

7,599

7,746

Asia

 

 

7,770

5,060

7,770

5,060

Rest of World

 

418

341

418

341

 

 

 

 

24,660

 

22,916

 

15,787

 

13,147

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

All revenues disclosed by the Group are derived from external clients and are for the provision of recruitment services.  The accounting policies of the reportable segments are the same as the Group's accounting policies described in note 2. Segment profit before taxation represents the profit earned by each segment after allocations of central administration costs.

 

b)     Revenue and Net Fee Income, by Classification

 

 

Revenue

Net fee income

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Permanent

 

 

 

 

-UK

-Asia

-Rest of World

 

6,501

7,770

418

 

6,551

5,060

341

 

6,493

7,770

418

6,548

5,060

341

Contract (UK)

9,971

10,964

1,106

1,198

 

Total

 

24,660

 

22,916

 

15,787

 

13,147

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c)     Profit before Taxation by Geographical Region

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

UK

928

 

906

 

 

 

 

Asia

1,523

 

489

 

 

 

 

Rest of World

20

 

(202)

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit

2,471

 

1,193

 

Net finance income

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

2,471

 

 

1,193

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit is the measure of profitability regularly reviewed by the Board, which collectively acts as the Chief Operating Decision Maker. Consequently, no segmental analysis of interest or tax expenses is provided.

Segment operating profit is the profit earned by each operating unit and includes inter segment revenues totalling £0.83m (2018: £0.72m) for the UK, and charges of £0.77m (2018: £0.63m) for Asia and £0.06m (2018: £0.09m) for the rest of the world.

 

Intersegmental revenue and charges relate to transfer of services from one subsidiary of the Group to another. They are based on arm's length calculations and in proportion to segmental headcount as percentage of the total Group headcount.

 

d)     Segment Assets and Liabilities by Geographical Region

 

 

 

Total assets

Total liabilities

 

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

 

 

12,502

12,896

2,036

1,382

Asia

 

 

5,375

3,562

1,159

950

Rest of World

 

 

397

1,247

80

369

 

Total

 

 

18,274

 

17,705

 

3,275

 

2,701

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The analysis above is of the carrying amount of reportable segment assets and liabilities. Segment assets and liabilities include items directly attributable to a segment and include income tax assets and liabilities.

 

4  Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

 

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Profit for the year is arrived at after charging:

 

 

 

Depreciation                     - owned assets

220

123

Operating lease rentals      - land and buildings

586

740

(Profit)/loss on disposal of fixed assets

(1)

-

Exchange rate loss

3

(5)

 

 

 

The analysis of auditor's remuneration is as follows:

 

 

Audit of Company

23

25

Audit of subsidiaries

36

35

Total audit fees

59

60

 

 

5   Directors' emoluments

 

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

 

Emoluments for qualifying services

 

562

 

508

 

 

 

 

562

508

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highest paid Director:

 

 

Emoluments for qualifying services

231

201

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details of Directors' emoluments and interests, which form part of these financial statements, are provided in the Director's Remuneration report in the Company's 2019 Annual Report & Accounts.

 

 

 

6     Employees

Group

2019

2018

 

Number

Number

 

The average monthly number of employees of the Group during the year, including Directors, was as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Consultants

106

104

Management and administration

32

32

Temporary staff

 

37

43

 

 

 

 

 

175

179

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company

2019

2018

 

Number

Number

 

The average monthly number of employees of the Company during the year, including Directors, was as follows:

 

 

 

Management

 

5

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

Staff costs for all employees, including Directors, but excluding contract staff placed with clients are as follows and have been included in Administration expenses in the Consolidated statement of comprehensive income:

 

Group

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Wages and salaries

8,360

8,612

Social security costs

709

704

Pension contributions

84

(14)

Share option charge

57

94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,210

9,396

 

Remuneration of key management

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Short-term employee benefits

1,139

1,129

Social security costs

115

118

Share-based payments

33

25

Pension contributions

49

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,336

1,274

Key management includes executive Directors and senior divisional managers.

 

 

7      Taxation on Profits on Ordinary Activities

 

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

a)   Analysis of tax charge in the year

 

 

Current tax

 

 

UK Corporation tax

173

134

Foreign tax

129,107

12

Foreign tax over-provision in prior years

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current tax

302

146

Deferred tax

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

-

22

Deferred tax on fair value share option charge

 

(4)

(2)

 

 

 

Total charge on profit for the year

298

166

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK corporation tax is calculated at 19% (2018: 19%) of the estimated assessable profits for the year.   Taxation for other jurisdictions is calculated at the rates prevailing in the respective jurisdictions.

 

b)   The charge for the year can be reconciled to the profit per the consolidated statement of comprehensive income as follows:

 

 

2019

£'000

2018

£'000

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

2,471

1,193

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax at UK corporation tax rate of 19% (2018: 19%) on profit on ordinary activities

 

470

 

227

Effects of:

 

 

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

8

28

Depreciation for the period less than capital allowances

(26)

(20)

Tax losses not utilised/(utilised)

2

6

Tax rate differences

(125)

(11)

Temporary differences recognised

(34)

(20)

Permanent timing differences

(2)

-

Share option charge/exercised

5

-

Overprovision in prior years

-

(64)

Group relief

-

-

 

 

 

Total current tax

298

146

 

Deferred Tax

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

-

20

 

 

 

 

Tax charge for the year

 

 

298

 

166

 

 

 

 

 

 

8      Dividends

       

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Final dividend for 2018: 3.25p per share (2017: 3.25p per share)

383

398

Interim dividend for 2019: 1.80p per share (2018: 1.75p per share)

 

212

214

 

 

 

 

595

612

 

A final dividend of 3.25p (2017: 3.25p) was paid on 27 July 2018 to shareholders on the register on 20 July 2018.

 

An interim dividend of 1.80p (2018: 1.75p) was paid on 7 December 2018 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 30 November 2018. The interim dividend was approved by the Board on 15 November 2018.

 

A final dividend of 3.40p per share will, subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting, be paid on 2 August 2019 to shareholders who are on the register on 19 July 2018, making a total dividend paid to shareholders for the year of 5.20p per ordinary share. (2018: 5.00p)

 

 

9      Earnings per share

 

Earnings per share are calculated by dividing the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.

 

Fully diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares by existing share options assuming dilution through conversion of all potentially dilutive existing options.

 

Earnings and weighted average number of shares from continuing operations used in the calculations are shown below.

 

 

2019

2018

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

Profit for the year and earnings used in basic and diluted earnings per share

1,660

1,022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number

Number

 

Weighted average number of shares used for basic earnings per share

 

12,094,523

 

11,784,523

Dilutive effect of share options

 

307,031

184,146

 

 

 

Diluted weighted average number of shares used for diluted earnings per share

12,401,554

11,968,669

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pence

Pence

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

13.72p

8.67p

Diluted earnings per share

13.38p

8.53p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

10   Property, Plant and Equipment

 

 

Fixtures, fittings and equipment

 

 

Total

Group

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

Cost

 

 

 

At 1 April 2017

1,075

 

1,075

Additions

209

 

209

Acquisition

115

 

115

Disposals

Exchange difference

-

(31)

 

-

(31)

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2018

1,368

 

1,368

Additions

727

 

727

Acquisition

-

 

-

Disposals

(133)

 

(133)

Exchange difference

18

 

18

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

 

1,980

 

1,980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

At 1 April 2017

939

 

939

Provision for the year

123

 

123

Acquisition

91

 

91

Disposals

Exchange difference

-

(27)

 

-

(27)

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2018

1,126

 

1,126

Provision for the year

220

 

220

Acquisition

-

 

-

Disposals

(133)

 

(133)

Exchange difference

15

 

15

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

1,228

 

1,228

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

752

 

 

752

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2018

 

 

242

 

 

242

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2017

 

136

 

136

 

 

 

 

 

11   Goodwill 

 

 

£'000

 

Cost

 

At 1 April 2018

10,527

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

10,527

 

 

 

       

 

The total carrying value of goodwill is £10.53m, which relates to the acquisition of the Macdonald & Company Group in January 2006 and Command Recruitment Group (H.K.) Limited in October 2017. It has been tested for impairment with the recoverable amount being determined from value-in-use calculations.

 

The assessment for Macdonald & Company Group is based on UK projected results. The recoverable amount is determined on a value-in-use basis utilising the value of cash flow projections over five years with terminal value added for the UK business segment.  The first year of the projections is based on detailed budgets prepared and approved by management. Subsequent years are based on extrapolations.

 

The key assumption in calculating the value in use was that the Group would meet its budgeted growth in UK net fee income of 14.42% in the year to 31 March 2020. For the year after the end of the period covered by the budget a growth rate of 2.00% is applied. This is followed by an assumed growth rate of 2.00%, which is deemed reasonable and represents the average rate of growth in the markets in which the Group operates. A discount rate of 6.60% has been applied, representing the weighted average cost of capital for the Group.

 

Based upon this analysis the asset has not been impaired, since the 'recoverable amount' (being the greater of the net realisable value and the value in use) exceeds the carrying amount by £1.62m. A few potential sensitivity scenarios have been considered and these would indicate impairment in the carrying value of goodwill if the discount rate were to be increased to 8.63% or if there were no future growth.  Management believes the assessment is reasonable based on average UK operating profit achieved for the past three years above £1.43m.

 

The assessment of Command Recruitment Group (H.K) Limited is based on projected results in Hong Kong and Dubai. The approach is the same as that used for Macdonald & Company Group. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are calculated by preparing cash flow forecasts derived from the most recent financial budget and projections for five years, followed by an assumed growth rate of 0%which does not exceed the long-term average growth rate of the relevant markets. This analysis does not indicate any material impairment. Several potential sensitivity scenarios have been considered and these would only indicate material impairment in the carrying value of goodwill if the discount rate were to be increased to 27% and if the budgeted operating profit is underachieved by 50%. Management believes that both scenarios are unlikely as Command continues to perform in line with management expectations. As a result, the Group has continued to make significant investments in the business to accelerate its growth in line with the Group's strategy to build a strong presence in Hong Kong and maximise the long-term growth opportunities available in the market.

 

                                                                                                                          

12    Investments

 

Company shares in subsidiary undertakings

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

£'000

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 18

 

11,190

11,156

Increase/ (decrease) in shares from subsidiary from share option reserve

 

23

34

At 31 March 19

 

11,213

11,190

 

 

Non-Controlling Interest

 

The following table summarises the information relating to Command, that is a subsidiary with material non-controlling interest ("NCI"), before any intra-group eliminations.

 

 

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

NCI percentage

 

 

40%

40%

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

110

17

Current assets

 

 

2,237

855

Non-current liabilities

 

 

-

-

Net assets

 

 

2,347

872

Net assets attributable to NCI

 

 

939

349

Revenue

 

 

3,972

840

Operating profit

 

 

907

3

Other comprehensive income/(loss)

 

 

20

-

Total comprehensive income

 

 

1,414

843

Operating profit allocated to NCI

 

 

566

1

Other comprehensive income allocated to NCI

 

 

8

-

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

2,585

222

Cash flows from investment activities

 

 

-

-

Cash flows from financing activities (dividends to NCI: nil)

 

 

-

-

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

2,585

222

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Group acquired 60% holding of Command on 11 October 2017, and it became a subsidiary from that date. Accordingly, the comparative information for 2018 for Command is only for period 11 October 2017 to 31 March 2018.

 

The following are subsidiary undertakings at the end of the year and have all been included in the consolidated financial statements:

 

 

Country of incorporation

Principal activity

Registered address

Macdonald & Company

Group Limited

England and Wales

Holding Company

2 Harewood Place, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BX

Macdonald & Company

Property Limited

England and Wales

Recruitment

2 Harewood Place, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BX

Macdonald and Company

Freelance Limited

England and Wales

Recruitment

2 Harewood Place, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BX

Macdonald & Company

(Overseas) Limited

England and Wales

Dormant

2 Harewood Place, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BX

Macdonald & Company Ltd

Hong Kong

Recruitment

29th Floor

3 Lockhart Road

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Ru Yi Consulting Limited

Hong Kong

Dormant

29th Floor

3 Lockhart Road

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Macdonald and Company

Pte Limited

Singapore

Recruitment

63 Market Street #05-02, Bank of Singapore Centre, Singapore 048942

Macdonald & Company Pty Ltd

Australia

Recruitment

Storey Blackwood & Co, Level 4, 222 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

Macdonald & Company

Recruitment Proprietary Ltd

South Africa

Dormant

1 Emfuleni, 79 Crassula Crescent, Woodmead, Johannesburg, 2052 South Africa

The Prime Organisation Ltd

England and Wales

Dormant

2 Harewood Place, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BX

Command Recruitment Group (H.K.) Limited

Hong Kong

Recruitment

29th Floor

3 Lockhart Road

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

For all undertakings listed above, the country of operation is the same as its country of incorporation.

 

The Group holds 100% of all classes of issued share capital except in the case of Command Recruitment Group (H.K.) Limited, where it owns 60%. The percentage of the issued share capital held is equivalent to the percentage of voting rights for all companies.

 

13    Trade and other receivables

 

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Current

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade receivables

 

4,156

 

3,050

 

-

 

-

Allowance for doubtful debts

 

(621)

 

(178)

 

-

 

-

Other receivables

 

243

 

111

 

119

 

4

Prepayments and accrued income

 

 

868

 

 

2,633

 

5

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,646

 

5,616

 

124

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

 

At 31 March 2019, the average credit period taken on sales of recruitment services was 131 days (2018: 69 days) from the date of invoicing.  An allowance of £621,000 (2018: £178,000) has been made for estimated irrecoverable amounts. Due to the short-term nature of trade and other receivables, the Directors consider that the carrying value approximates to their fair value. 

 

Prepayments and accrued income principally comprise amounts to be billed for permanent placements with a start date within three months from the start of the new financial year.

           

A Provision for impairment of trade receivables has been made. In reviewing the appropriateness of the provision, consideration has been given to the ageing of the debt and the potential likelihood of default, taking into account current economic conditions.

 

The ageing of trade receivables at the reporting date was:

 

 

Gross trade receivables

 

Provisions

 

Gross trade receivables

 

Provisions

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

 

2018

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not past due 0 -30days

1,654

 

68

 

1,861

 

41

Past due 30-90 days

1,435

 

157

 

956

 

83

Past due more than 90 days

1,067

 

396

 

233

 

54

 

 

4,156

 

 

621

 

 

3,050

 

 

178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement in allowance for doubtful debts:

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

1 April 2018

 

178

 

24

Impairment losses recognised

 

621

 

178

Amounts written off as uncollectable

 

(117)

 

(10)

Amounts paid by the client

 

(61)

 

(14)

Impairment losses reversed

 

-

 

-

 

31 March 2019

 

 

621

 

178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14    Financial Instruments

 

 

 

Group

 

 

Company

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans and receivables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

13

4,261

 

4,638

 

124

 

5

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

2,309

 

1,234

 

322

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,570

 

5,872

 

446

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash is held either on current account or on short-term deposits at floating rates of interest determined by the relevant bank's prevailing base rate.

 

 

 

Group

 

Company

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

Note

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities and fair value through profit and loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

15

1,123

 

 

614

 

1,092

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,123

 

614

 

1,092

 

1

 

There is no material difference between the book values of the Group's financial assets and liabilities and their fair values.

 

The Group and the Company do not hold any derivative financial instruments.

 

 

15    Trade and other Payables

 

 

 

Group

Company

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

Current

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade payables

 

316

 

307

 

3

 

-

Other payables

 

807

 

307

 

1

 

1

Amount owed to subsidiary undertakings

 

-

 

-

 

 

1,093

 

 

748

Taxation and social security

 

730

 

845

 

6

 

13

Accruals

 

 

1,227

 

1,220

 

27

 

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,080

 

2,679

 

1,130

 

791

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the short-term nature of the trade and other payables, the Directors consider that the carrying value approximates to their fair value.  Trade payables are generally on 30-60-day terms.  No payables are past their due date.

 

16    Deferred Tax

 

Group (Liability)

 

 

Other temporary differences

Total

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2017

 

 

 

-

 

-

Credit to income

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2018

 

 

 

22

 

22

Debit to income

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

 

 

 

 

22

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group (Asset)

Share Options

Total

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 April 2017

 

43

 

43

Credit to income

 

2

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2018

 

45

 

45

Debit to income

 

(5)

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

 

 

40

 

 

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17    Share Capital

 

 

2019

2018

 

Number

 

£'000

 

Number

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLOTTED CALLED UP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of 10p each

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

12,290,199

 

1,229

 

12,290,199

 

1,229

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital includes unpaid shares of nil (2018: nil).

 

The Company has one class of ordinary shares which carries no right to fixed income and which represents 100% of the total issued nominal value of all share capital.

 

Each share carries the right to one vote at general meetings of the Company. No person has any special rights of control over the company's share capital and all its issued shares are fully paid.

 

Pursuant to shareholder resolutions at the AGM of the Company on 19 July 2018, the Company has the following authorities during the period up to the next AGM.

 

-     to issue new/additional ordinary shares to existing shareholders through a rights issue up to a maximum nominal amount of £409,632, representing one third of the then issued share capital of the Company;

 

-     to issue new/additional ordinary shares to new shareholders up to a maximum nominal amount of £409,632 representing one third of the issued shares capital of the Company

 

-     to allot equity securities for cash, without the application of pre-emption rights, up to a maximum nominal amount of £61,451 representing 5% of the then issued share capital of the Company; and

 

-     to purchase through the market up to 10% of the Company's issued share capital, subject to certain restrictions on price.

 

Shareholders will be asked to renew these authorities at the AGM in 2019 on 24 July 2019.

 

Capital Risk Management

 

The Group manages its capital to ensure that it will be able to continue as a going concern while maximising returns to shareholders through the optimisation of debt and equity balances. The capital structure of the Group consists of cash and cash equivalents and equity attributable to equity holders of the parent comprising issued capital reserves and earnings.

 

The Group manages the capital structure and adjusts it in the light of changes to economic conditions and risks. In order to manage capital, the Group has continued to consider and adjust the level of dividends paid to shareholders and made purchases of its own shares which are held as Treasury Shares.

 

Employee Share Schemes

 

The Company operates two share options schemes with one of them, the Save as You Earn scheme, being dormant.

 

Enterprise Management Incentive Share Option Scheme

 

At 31 March 2019 the following options had been granted and remained outstanding in respect of the Company's ordinary shares:

 

Year of grant

Exercise Price

Pence

Exercise

Period

Number of options

31 March

2018

Granted

Exercised

Forfeited

Number of Options

31 March 2019

2011/12

68.00

2014-2019

3,000

-

-

-

3,000

2013/14

Nil

Nil

 

2016-2021

2019-2021

12,000

65,250

-

-

            -

(5,000)

-

(20,000)

12,000

40,250

2014/15

10.00

10.00

2016-2021

2019-2021

35,000

267,500

 

-

-

(5,000)

            -

(10,000)

(38,000)

20,000

229,500

 

2015/16

10.00

10.00

58.00

58.00

2017-2022

2020-2022

2017-2022

2020-2022

20,000

30,000

40,000

85,000

 

-

-

-

-

(20,000)

             -

            -

            -

-

-

(15,000)

(25,000)

-

30,000

25,000

60,000

 

2016/17

 

 

 

50.00

50.00

90.00

90.00

2019-2024

2022-2027

2019-2024

2022-2027

15,000

45,000

20,000

25,000

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 -

-

15,000

45,000

20,000

25,000

 

2018/19

10.00

2020-2028

-

90,000

-

(10,000)

80,000

Total 2019

                     

662,750

90,000

(30,000)

(118,000)

604,750

 

Weighted average exercise price 2019 (pence)

 

28.37p

 

                -

 

 

 

10.00p

 

 

10.00p

 

 

27.84p

 

Total 2018

 

 

743,750

-

 

(10,000)

 

(71,000)

 

662,750

 

Weighted average exercise price 2018 (pence)

30.37p

-

34.00p

48.54p

28.37p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 604,750 options outstanding at 31 March 2019 (2018: 662,750) which had a weighted average price per share of 28.37p (2018: 30.37p) and a weighted average contractual life of 5.4 years. The options vest over a period of two to five years conditional upon the option holders continued employment with the Company.

 

The conditions applying to those options which are fully vested have been achieved. The number of outstanding options that will vest is dependent on the achievement of several key performance measures of the group, measured at a regional and consolidated level for the financial years 2018 and 2019.  The fair value of the employee services received in exchange for the grant of the share options is charged to the profit and loss account over the vesting period of the share option, based on the number of options which are expected to become exercisable. 

 

 

2019

2018

Option pricing model used

Black-Scholes

Black-Scholes

Weighted average share price at grant date (in pence)

76.00 & 74.00

-

Exercise price (in pence)

10.00

-

Fair value of options granted during the year

68.98

-

Expected volatility (%)

20.00

-

Risk-free interest rate (%)

4.00

-

Expected life of options (years)

2 & 5

-

 

Expected volatility was determined by reference to historical volatility of the Company's share price.

The share-based payment expense recognised within the income statement during the period was £57,306 (2018: expense £94,315).

 

 

18    Reserves

 

Capital Redemption Reserve Fund

 

The capital redemption reserve relates to the cancellation of the Company's own shares.

 

Treasury Shares

 

At 31 March 2019, the total number of ordinary shares of 10p held in Treasury and their values were as follows: 

 

 

2019

2018

 

Number

£'000

Number

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

As at 1 April

505,676

421

18,276

21

Shares purchased for treasury

34,000

26

497,400

408

Shares issued from treasury

(344,000)

(246)

(10,000)

(3)

Equity reclassification on disposal of treasury shares

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(5)

Loss on treasury shares disposal

 

(40)

 

 

 

Nominal value

 

 

20

 

 

51

Market value

 

156

 

397

 

The maximum number of shares held in treasury during the year was 509,676 shares representing 4.1% of the called-up ordinary share capital of the Company (2018: 505,676 representing 4.1% of the called-up ordinary share capital of the Company).

 

Merger Reserve

 

The merger reserve represents the fair value of the consideration given in excess of the nominal value of the ordinary shares issued to acquire subsidiaries.

 

Share Option Reserve

 

The reserve represents the cumulative amounts charged to profit in respect of employee share option arrangements where the scheme has not yet been settled by means of an award of shares to an individual.

 

Share Premium Account

 

The balance on the share premium account represents the amounts received in excess of the nominal value of the ordinary shares.

 

Translation Reserve

 

The foreign currency translation reserve comprises all presentation foreign exchange differences arising from translation of the financial statements of foreign operations into the presentation currency of the Group accounts.

 

Retained Earnings

 

The balance held on this reserve is the accumulated retained profits of the Group.

 

19    Operating Lease Commitments

 

As at 31 March 2019 the Group was committed to making the following total payments in respect of non-cancellable operating leases:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

and buildings

2019

 

 

 

Land and

buildings

2018

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts payable:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within one year

                 

 

 

 

532

 

571

Within one to two years

                 

 

 

                 

469

 

471

Within two to five years

                 

 

 

 

816

 

1,200

After five years

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

1,817

 

2,242

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

The Group leases various offices under non-cancellable operating lease agreements. The leases have varying terms as disclosed above.

 

20    Reconciliation of Profit before Tax to Net Cash Inflow from Operating Activities

 

 

Group

Company

 

2019

£'000

2018

£'000

2019

£'000

2018

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

2,471

1,193

10

(54)

 

Adjust for:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

220

123

-

-

Share-based payment expense

38

94

-

-

 (Profit)/Loss on sale of tangible asset

1

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating cash flow before changes in working capital

 

2,730

 

1,410

 

10

 

(54)

 

 

 

 

 

IFRS 15 adjustment on reserves b/f

(1,976)

 

 

 

(Increase)/decrease in receivables

976

(434)

(115)

(4)

Increase/(decrease) in payables

 

416

344

346

15

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from / (used by) underlying operations

2,146

1,320

241

 

(43)

 

 

 

21    Analysis of Cash less overdrafts

 

       

Group

At 1 April 2018

 

 

Cash flow

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash at bank and in hand

 

1,234

 

1,075

 

2,309

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total cash

1,234

 

1,075

 

2,309

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

       

 

Company

At 1 April 2018

 

 

Cash flow

 

 

 

At 31 March 2019

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash at bank and in hand

            15

 

307

 

322

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total cash

15

 

307

 

322

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22    Financial Risk Management

 

The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the risk management policies that are applied by the business to identify and control the risks faced by the Group. The Group has exposure from its use of financial instruments to foreign currency risk, credit risk and liquidity risk.

 

Foreign Currency

 

The Group publishes its consolidated financial statements in Sterling.  The functional currencies of the Group's main operating subsidiaries are Sterling, the Singapore Dollar, the Hong Kong Dollar and the UAE Dirham.

 

The Group's international operations account for approximately 31.53% (2018: 23.37%) of revenue and approximately 29.64% (2018: 23.88%) of the Group's assets and consequently the Group has a degree of translation exposure in accounting for overseas operations.

 

The Group exposure to foreign currency risk is as follows:

 

As at 31 March 2019

 

Euro

USD

HK$

S$

AED

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash at bank

 

78

32

645

95

805

Trade and other receivables

-

-

648

140

1,389

Trade and other payables

-

-

                  (27)

              (4)

-

Net exposure

 

78

32

1,266

231

2,194

 

As at 31 March 2018

 

Euro

USD

HK$

S$

AED

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash at bank

 

92

215

278

228

203

Trade and other receivables

-

-

690

167

436

Trade and other payables

-

-

                  (12)

              (4)

                  (4)

Net exposure

 

92

215

956

391

635

 

Sensitivity analysis - currency risk

 

A 10% weakening of Sterling against the above currencies at 31 March 2019 would have increased/(decreased) equity and profit or loss by the amounts shown below. This analysis is applied currency by currency in isolation, i.e. ignoring the impact of currency correlation, and assumes that all other variables, interest rates, remain constant. The amounts generated from the sensitivity analysis are forward-looking estimates of market risk assuming certain adverse market conditions occur. Actual results in the future may differ materially from those projected, due to developments in the global financial markets which may cause fluctuations in interest and exchange rates to vary from the hypothetical amounts disclosed in the table below, which therefore should not be considered a projection of likely future events and losses.

 

 

 

 

2019 equity

2019 PBT

2018 equity

2018 PBT

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Euro

 

 

(7)

(7)

(8)

(8)

US Dollar

 

 

(3)

(3)

(20)

(20)

Hong Kong Dollar

 

 

(115)

(115)

(87)

(87)

Singapore Dollar

 

 

(21)

(21)

(36)

(36)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAE Dirham

 

 

(199)

(199)

(58)

(58)

 

A 10% strengthening of Sterling against the above currencies at 31 March 2019 would have had the equal but opposite effect on the above currencies to the amounts shown above, on the basis that all other variables remain constant.

 

Currently the Group's policy is not to hedge against this exposure, but it does seek to minimise this exposure by converting into sterling all cash balances in foreign currency that are not required for capital monetary needs.  The settlement of intercompany balances held with foreign operations is neither planned nor likely to occur in the foreseeable future. Therefore, exchange differences arising from the translation of the net investments are recognised in Other Comprehensive income.

 

Credit Risk

 

The Group's principal financial assets are bank balances, trade and other receivables. The Group's credit risk is primarily in respect of trade receivables. Credit risk refers to the risk that a client will default on its contractual obligations resulting in financial loss to the Group. The Group does have significant credit risk exposure to one single client in Saudi Arabia which represents 32.45% of the Group trade receivables balance. Although there is no indication that the debts are uncollectable, the Directors are of the opinion that adequate provision is in place to cover any potential default by this client. Apart from this exposure, at the year-end no other customer represented more than 4.86%% (2018: 6.95%) of the total balance of trade receivables.

 

In reviewing the appropriateness of the provisions in respect of recoverability of trade receivables, consideration has been given to the ageing of the debt and the potential likelihood of default, considering current economic conditions.

 

It is the Directors' opinion that no further provision for doubtful debts is required.

 

Liquidity Risk

 

The Group manages it liquidity risk by maintaining adequate cash and or credit facilities to meet forecast cash requirements of the Group. Management monitors its forecasted cash flow requirements at a Group level based on monthly returns made by the Group's operating units.

 

The Group has no financial liabilities other than short-term trade payables and accruals as disclosed in note 15, all due within one year of the year end.

 

The Group has net funds of £2.31m (2018: £1.23m) which the Board consider are more than adequate to meet future working capital requirements and to take advantage of business opportunities.

 

23    Related Party Transactions

 

Prime People Plc provides various management services to its subsidiary undertakings. These services take the form of centralised finance and operations support. The total amount charged by the Company to its subsidiaries during the year is £215k (2018: £215k). The balance owed to the subsidiary undertakings at the year-end is £1.09m (2018: £0.75m).

 

The Company also provides corporate guarantees on the subsidiary bank accounts. At 31 March 2019 amounts overdrawn by subsidiary bank accounts were £nil (2018: £nil).

 

The Directors receive remuneration from the Group, which is disclosed in the Directors' Remuneration Report. As shareholders, the Directors also received dividends in the year from the Company amounting to £359,697 (2018: £355,249).


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