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IXICO plc - Half yearly report to 31 March 2020

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IXICO plc
20 May 2020
 

IXICO plc

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

 

Half yearly report to 31 March 2020

 

33% revenue growth, 15% EBITDA margin

Strong cash balance of £6.7m

£15.3m order book at 31 March 2020 strengthened further after the period end

 

IXICO plc (AIM: IXI), the AI data analytics company delivering insights in neuroscience, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2020.

 

IXICO's proprietary AI technology provides greater clarity to brain imaging and digital biomarker data and helps pharmaceutical and biotech clients to get more from their clinical development programmes for drugs targeting neurological and other rare diseases.

 

Financial highlights

 

·    Reported revenues of £4.6 million; 33.0% growth on H1 2019 (2019: £3.4 million)

·    Strong gross margin at 66.5% (2019: 66.3%)

·    Growth in earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation ('EBITDA') to £0.7 million (2019: £0.1 million)*

·    EBITDA margin at 14.8% (2019: 4.0%)

·    Cash position of £6.7 million as at 31 March 2020 (2019: £7.5 million)

·    Profit per share of 1.01p (2019: 0.46p)

 

Commercial and operational highlights

 

·    Rapid extension of IXICO's remote business model and technology platform to enable all employees to be home-based in response to COVID-19 with no loss of service delivery;

·    Order book of £15.3 million at 31 March 2020, increased to over £22 million in April 2020 on signing contracts post-period end;

·    Existing projects across a range of Central Nervous System (CNS) indications provide a backlog of revenue-generating data analysis activity for the near term;

·    Appointment of US-based Chief Business Officer and expansion of commercial team to further build IXICO's presence in the key US biopharma market; and

·    Increasing deployment of AI for advanced data analytics driving operational leverage.

 

Post-period end highlight

 

·    Substantial contract win in the therapeutic area of Huntington's disease, with a contract value of £10.5 million

 

Giulio Cerroni, CEO of IXICO, commented: "In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to again recognise the agility and dedication of our team in their adoption of new ways of working while focusing on continued, reliable delivery of our data analytics services to our pharma clients in these uncertain times.  In the first six months of 2020, the Group has delivered another period of profitable growth.  In addition to revenues having increased by 33%, the Group has reported an EBITDA margin of 15% in the period, a significant step-change from the 4% margin seen in the same period last year. This shows the potential for the Group to sustain and expand its profitability in the medium to long term as its growing revenues and order book enable it to continue to benefit from operational leverage of its fixed cost base. Whilst we are likely to see some impact of COVID-19 headwinds in the coming months, and particularly across 2021, I am delighted to report that, thanks to the volume of work that we have on hand, and the strong growth trajectory that we have established over the past 3 years, there has been no requirement to change staffing levels or implement staff furloughs.

 

"The business fundamentals and opportunities remain strong, with our revenue growth momentum, strong balance sheet and order book supporting our ability to continue to pursue new near-term business opportunities whilst building on our strategic investments for the medium and longer term.  Whilst COVID-19 has resulted in some disruption to clinical trial timelines, we remain focused on supporting our clients through the pandemic and ensuring that we are well-positioned to manage the anticipated ramp up in demand as affected trials come back on stream and new trials are initiated later in 2020 and into 2021."

 

* The Group has adopted "IFRS 16 - Leases" for the first time during H1 of 2020 and, in accordance with the accounting policies adopted by the Group in applying the modified retrospective method, comparative figures for the six months ended 31 March 2019 have not been restated. The adoption of this standard positively impacted EBITDA by £0.1 million compared to the equivalent period in 2019.

 

 

A recording of the results presentation will be made available on the Company's website here:

https://ixico.com/investors/company-information/investor-videos/

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

IXICO plc

+44 (0)20 3763 7498

Giulio Cerroni, Chief Executive Officer

Grant Nash, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Cenkos Securities PLC (Nominated adviser and sole broker)

+44 (0)20 7397 8900

Giles Balleny / Max Gould (Corporate Finance)

 

Michael F Johnson / Russell Kerr (Sales)

 

 

 

Walbrook PR Ltd

Tel: 020 7933 8780 or [email protected]

 

Paul McManus / Lianne Cawthorne / Alice Woodings

Mob: 07980 541 893 / 07584 391 303 / 07407 804 654

     

 

 

 

About IXICO

IXICO is dedicated to delivering insights in neuroscience. Our mission is to transform the progression of our biopharmaceutical clients' neurological therapeutic pipelines through the application of novel imaging and digital biomarkers.

 

IXICO's data analytics services are used by the global biopharmaceutical industry to interpret data from brain scans and digital biosensors to enable better trial design, site qualification, patient selection and clinical outcomes. We provide technology-enabled services across all phases of clinical evaluation. Our integrated digital platform provides a scalable and secure infrastructure for the capture and analysis of regulatory compliant clinical data to enable clients to make rapid, better informed decisions. IXICO is also collaborating with partners to develop new analytical techniques and companion digital health products targeted at improving patient outcomes.

 

More information is available on www.IXICO.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S STATEMENT

 

Statement from Giulio Cerroni

 

Delivering our commercially-led growth strategy

 

Across the past six months, we have reported revenue of £4.6 million, representing the seventh consecutive reporting period with revenue growth of more than 20% compared to the same period of the prior year.  At 31 March 2020, our contracted order book totalled £15.3 million (YE 2019: £16.9 million), and this has been augmented further in April with the signing of a significant £10.5 million contract in the therapeutic area of Huntington's disease ('HD').

 

Underlining this achievement is delivery of EBITDA of £0.7 million for the half-year period, which means that we have now delivered a greater level of EBITDA in the first six months of 2020 than was achieved across the full year to 30 September 2019 (£0.5 million).  This strong performance has been driven by continued commercial momentum of the Group's proprietary technology services, which enable the pharmaceutical industry to derive valuable data insights from their clinical development programmes in neuroscience.   With our reported 33% year-on-year revenue growth, an increased proportion of the Group's revenue is now associated with higher margin data analysis services, contributing to operational leverage being realised within the business.

 

Developing and deploying added-value data analytics services combines our deep therapeutic expertise in neurological diseases with proven AI technology for accurately measuring imaging and digital biomarkers. Our track record of successful partnerships with large pharmaceutical and emerging biotech companies to deliver imaging services to global clinical trials is providing the basis for strong and continuous growth in an expanding clinical development arena.  The market for our services is characterised by established therapeutic areas such as Alzheimer's disease and an increasing focus on development of new therapies for rare neurological diseases such as HD and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy ('PSP').

 

In the last six months we have appointed a Chief Business Officer in the US and made a further appointment of business development resource in the US, establishing a stronger presence in this key market. Overall, our staff number has expanded by 30%, to 80 employees, as we continue to invest in our science, technology and operational capabilities.

 

Looking forward to the second half of the year, we are confident that the Group is well-placed and resourced to manage through the headwinds presented by COVID-19.  We took early action by equipping all employees with the hardware and software required to enable a smooth transition to enable working from home effectively.  Although we have received some notifications of delays and slowdowns in a number of the clinical trials that we support, encouragingly, other significant trials have continued as originally planned, with no change in service or support provided by the Group.  This, and the fact that our business model is based on remote site support, has meant that the immediate impact of COVID-19 on the Group has been somewhat limited to date.    Nonetheless, it is likely that delays in new trials starting (as clients pause trial initiation until COVID-19's impact duration is more certain) will have a more notable impact on our 2021 performance than in the short term.  We will therefore retain our focus on the business fundamentals of winning new contracts, such as the recently announced HD open label study, and using any potential capacity that arises over the coming months to streamline processes and enhance our service offering in anticipation of renewed demand as the crisis abates.

 

The Group is well-capitalised, debt-free and profitable with a cash balance of £6.7 million at 31 March 2020. As a result, we are able to look forward with cautious confidence, and expect to continue to expand the IXICO team in line with current and future client demand.

 

Having taken swift action to protect our staff's wellbeing and with an effective remote working business model now in place, our priority remains ensuring delivery of the best possible service to our clients as the industry adjusts to new ways of working and, in so doing, position the Group for continued future growth, thereby maximising shareholder value.

 

 

 

Financial Review

KPI

H1-20

H1-19

Movement

FY2019

FY2018

Revenue

£4.6m

£3.4m

33.0%

á

£7.6m

£5.4m

Gross profit

£3.0m

£2.3m

33.3%

á

£4.9m

£3.2m

Gross margin

66.5%

66.3%

0.2%

á

65.4%

58.8%

EBITDA profit / (loss)

£0.7m

£0.1m

£0.6m

á

£0.5m

(£0.6m)

EBITDA margin

14.8%

4.0%

10.8%

á

6.3%

(12.0%)

Operating profit / (loss)

£0.5m

£0.1m

£0.4m

á

£0.4m

(£0.8m)

Profit / (loss) per share

1.01p

0.46p

0.55p

á

0.92p

(2.00)p

Orderbook 1

£15.3m

£21.2m

£5.9m

â

£15.9m

£19.3m

Cash

£6.7m

£7.5m

£0.8m

â

£7.3m

£7.9m

Revenue per FTE 2

£123k

£114k

£9k

á

£124k

£94k


1
2


Orderbook is contracted but not yet recognized revenue

Revenue per FTE for the interim periods are annualized

 

               

Revenue

 

·    Revenue of £4.6 million (2019: £3.4 million) representing a 33.0% increase on prior period.

·    Robust order book of £15.3 million enabling continued delivery of revenue growth.

 

Gross profit and margin

 

·    Gross profit growth of £0.7 million to £3.0 million (2019: £2.3 million) with a marginal increase in gross margin to 66.5% from 66.3%.

 

Operating expenses

 

·    Operating expenditure increased to £2.9 million (2019: £2.5 million), representing investment in building scale and capabilities to drive growth by strengthening leadership, functional teams and systems particularly in the areas of business development and R&D.

 

EBITDA

 

·    Growth in EBITDA to £0.7 million (2019: £0.1 million).

·    Driven through increase in revenue, maintaining of gross margin and accessing additional operational leverage via growth and sales mix.

·    Application of IFRS 16 has positively impacted EBITDA by £87k compared to the equivalent period in 2019.

 

Cash

 

·    Reduction in closing position of £6.7 million (2019: £7.5 million) due to increased capital investment to support further growth and scalability and operating cash outflow

·    Operating cash outflow maintained at £0.3 million (2019: outflow of £0.3 million).  An operating cash outflow is reported, despite positive EBITDA growth, as a result of differences in related cash inflow and outflow timings.  Specifically, services have been delivered in H1 2020 for which client payments were received in prior periods.  This means that cash outflows arise in the period as costs are incurred to deliver certain client services but the associated cash inflows were already received prior to H1 2020.  This is reflected in £0.7m reduction in liabilities across H1 2020.

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income
For the six months ended 31 March 2020 - unaudited

 

 

31 Mar 20

6 months

31 Mar 19

6 months

30 Sep 19

12 months

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

Notes

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

 

4,555

3,426

7,561

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(1,528)

(1,155)

(2,619)

Gross profit

 

3,027

2,271

4,942

 

 

 

 

 

Other income

 

378

303

588

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

Research and development expenses

 

(631)

(458)

(986)

Sales and marketing expenses

 

(906)

(406)

(1,154)

General and administrative expenses

 

(1,382)

(1,605)

(3,026)

Total operating expenses

 

(2,919)

(2,469)

(5,166)

Operating profit

 

486

105

364

 

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

17

1

2

Finance expense

 

(10)

-

-

Profit on ordinary activities before taxation

 

493

106

366

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

(18)

109

66

 

 

 

 

 

Profit attributable to equity holders for the period

 

475

215

432

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive expense:

 

 

 

 

Items that will be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation differences

 

(13)

-

(1)

Total other comprehensive expense

 

(13)

-

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income attributable

to equity holders for the period

 

462

215

431

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit per share (pence)

 

 

 

 

Basic profit per share

6

1.01

0.46

0.92

Diluted profit per share

6

1.00

0.46

0.92

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
As at 31 March 2020 - unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 Mar 20

6 months

31 Mar 19

6 months

30 Sep 19

12 months

 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

 

Notes

 

£000

Restated

£000

Restated

£000

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

652

129

316

Intangible assets

 

 

395

51

292

Total non-current assets

 

 

1,047

180

608

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

2,598

2,077

2,379

Current tax receivables

 

 

273

415

450

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

6,664

7,453

7,264

Total current assets

 

 

9,535

9,945

10,093

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

10,582

10,125

10,701

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and equity

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

1,905

2,550

2,782

Total current liabilities

 

 

1,905

2,550

2,782

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Other payables

 

 

130

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares

 

7

471

467

469

Share premium

 

7

84,499

84,389

84,436

Merger relief reserve

 

 

1,480

1,480

1,480

Reverse acquisition reserve

 

 

(75,308)

(75,308)

(75,308)

Foreign exchange translation reserve

 

 

(94)

(80)

(81)

Capital redemption reserve

 

 

7,456

7,456

7,456

Accumulated losses

 

 

(9,957)

(10,829)

(10,533)

Total equity

 

 

8,547

7,575

7,919

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

 

10,582

10,125

10,701


 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity
For the six months ended 31 March 2020 - unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger

Reverse

exchange

Capital

 

 

 

Ordinary

Share

relief

acquisition

translation

redemption

Accumulated

 

 

shares

premium

reserve

reserve

reserve

reserve

Losses

Total

 

 

Restated

£000

 

 

£000

 

 

£000

 

 

£000

 

 

£000

 

Restated

£000

 

£000

 

 

£000

Balance at 30 September 2018

7,923

84,389

1,480

(75,308)

(80)

-

(11,078)

7,326

Prior period adjustment

(7,456)

-

-

-

 

7,456

-

-

Adjusted balance at 1 October 2018

467

84,389

1,480

(75,308)

(80)

7,456

(11,078)

7,326

 

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

432

432

Other comprehensive expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation

-

-

-

-

(1)

-

-

(1)

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

-

(1)

7,456

432

431

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charge in respect of share options

-

-

-

-

-

-

113

113

Exercise of share options

2

47

-

-

-

-

-

49

Total transactions with owners

2

47

-

-

-

-

113

162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 September 2019

469

84,436

1,480

(75,308)

(81)

7,456

(10,533)

7,919

 

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

475

475

Other comprehensive expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation

-

-

-

-

(13)

-

-

(13)

Total comprehensive income/(expense)

-

-

-

-

(13)

-

475

462

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charge in respect of share options

-

-

-

-

-

-

101

101

Exercise of share options

2

63

-

-

-

-

-

65

Total transactions with owners

2

63

-

-

-

-

101

166

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 March 2020

471

84,499

1,480

(75,308)

(94)

7,456

(9,957)

8,547


 

 

Consolidated Statement of Cashflows
For the six months ended 31 March 2020 - unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

31 Mar 20

6 months

31 Mar 19

6 months

30 Sep 19

12 months

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

Audited

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period

 

475

215

432

Finance income

 

(17)

(1)

(2)

Finance expense

 

10

-

-

Taxation

 

18

(109)

(66)

Depreciation

 

152

19

72

Amortisation

 

36

12

40

Research and development expenditure credit

 

(91)

(76)

(155)

Share option charge

 

101

34

113

 

 

684

94

434

Changes in working capital

 

 

 

 

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

 

(214)

63

(239)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

 

(982)

(464)

(325)

Cash (used in)/generated from operations

 

(512)

(307)

(130)

Taxation received

 

251

-

-

Net cash (used in)/generated from operating activities

 

(261)

(307)

(130)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(203)

(70)

(217)

Purchase of intangible assets including staff costs capitalised

 

(101)

(32)

(300)

Finance income

 

12

1

4

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(292)

(101)

(513)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Issue of shares

 

65

-

48

Repayment of lease liabilities

 

(99)

-

-

Net cash generated from financing activities

 

(34)

-

48

 

 

 

 

 

Movements in cash and cash equivalents in the period

 

(587)

(408)

(595)

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

7,264

7,861

7,861

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

 

(13)

-

(2)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

6,664

7,453

7,264

 

 

 

Notes to the financial statements

 

1.      Presentation of the financial statements

 

a.      General information

 

IXICO plc (the 'Company') is a public limited company incorporated in England and Wales and is admitted to trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol IXI. The address of its registered office is 4th Floor, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PN.

 

The Company is a parent of a number of subsidiaries, together referred to throughout as 'the Group'. The Group is an established provider of technology-enabled services to the global biopharmaceutical industry. The Group's services are used to select patients for clinical trials and assess the safety and efficacy of new drugs in development within the field of neurological disease.

 

b.      Basis of preparation

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors for issue on 19 May 2020. The condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The condensed consolidated interim financial statements together with the comparative information for the six months ended 31 March 2019 are unaudited.

 

The statutory accounts of the Company for the year ended 30 September 2019 were approved by the Board of Directors on 3 December 2019 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis and in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the EU, IFRIC interpretations and the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies operating under IFRS. They comprise a Statement of Comprehensive Income, a Statement of Financial Position, a Statement of Changes in Equity, a Statement of Cash Flows, and accompanying notes. These financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention modified by the revaluation of certain financial instruments.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are presented in Great British Pounds ('£' or 'GBP') and are rounded to the nearest thousand unless otherwise stated. This is the predominant functional currency of the Group, and is the currency of the primary economic environment in which it operates. Foreign currency transactions are accounted for in accordance with the policies set out below.

 

c.       Basis of consolidation

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements incorporate the accounts of the Company and its subsidiary companies adjusted to eliminate intra-Group balances and any unrealised gains and losses or income and expenses arising from intra-Group transactions. When necessary, adjustments are made to the financial statements of subsidiaries to bring their accounting policies into line with the Group's accounting policies.

 

The Group controls a subsidiary when the Group is exposed to, or has rights to, variable returns from its involvement with a subsidiary and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over a subsidiary. In assessing control, potential voting rights that are currently exercisable or convertible are taken into account.

 

The results of subsidiary companies are included in the condensed consolidated interim financial statements from the date that control commences until the date that control ceases. The assets and liabilities of foreign operations are translated into GBP at exchange rates prevailing at the end of the reporting period. Income statements and cash flows of foreign operations are translated into GBP at average monthly exchange rates which approximate foreign exchange rates at the date of the transaction. Foreign exchange differences arising on retranslation are recognised directly in a separate translation reserve.

 

d.      Going concern

 

At the time of approving the condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the Directors have considered the expected future performance together with the Group's estimated future cash inflows from existing long-term contracts and sales pipeline. Changes to the cost base are made in the normal course of business, so that operating expenditure and planned investment are in line with the Group's strategy and financial resources.

 

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Group has carefully considered the potential impact on revenue through consultations with clients, as well as reforecasting future expenditure. The Group established remote working practices early in the pandemic to allow the ongoing support of clinical trials to our clients, and whilst there is significant uncertainty over the length of time at which the pandemic may continue, the Group continues to maintain a strong financial position with significant cash to meet the future cashflow needs of the business. After due consideration, and taking into account management's updated estimates of future revenue and expenditure, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group will have adequate financial resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future.

 

2.      New and amended accounting standards and interpretations

 

Adoption of new accounting standards for the period ended 31 March 2020

 

IFRS 16 - Leases

The Group adopted IFRS 16 from 1 October 2019. IFRS 16 requires a lessee to recognise assets and liabilities, previously accounted for as operating leases, on the Statement of Financial Position, with subsequent recognition of depreciation of the lease assets and interest on the lease liabilities over the term of the lease. The Group has applied the modified retrospective approach requiring the Group to calculate lease assets and liabilities at the beginning of the current period and therefore the comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under IAS 17.

The adoption of this new Standard has resulted in the Group recognising a right-of-use asset and related lease liability in connection with all operating leases except for those identified as low-value or having a remaining lease term of less than 12 months which continue to be recognised on a straight line basis as a lease expense over the remaining lease. The incremental borrowing rate used for discounting purposes and applied to the lease liabilities recognised under the new Standard is 6%, being the expected rate at which the Group could reasonably borrow at from banking institutions.

The following is a reconciliation of the financial statement line items from IAS 17 to IFRS 16 at 30 September 2019 to the carrying amount at 1 October 2019:

 

 

Carrying amount at 30 September 2019

 

£000

Remeasurement

 

 

£000

Carrying amount at 1 October 2019

 

£000

Property, plant and equipment

316

372

688

Lease liabilities

-

(372)

(372)

 

The following is a reconciliation of total operating lease commitments at 30 September 2019 (as disclosed in the financial statements to 30 September 2019) to the lease liabilities recognised at 1 October 2019:

 

 

£000

Total operating lease commitments disclosed at 30 September 2019

 

441

Recognition exemptions: Leases of low value assets

 

(1)

Operating lease liabilities before discounting

 

 

440

 

Discounted using incremental borrowing rate

 

(68)

Total lease liabilities recognised under IFRS 16 at 1 October 2019

 

372

 

3.      Prior period adjustment

 

During the year to 30 September 2016, a subdivision of shares occurred, dividing the existing share capital of 15,215,664 ordinary shares of nominal value £0.50 into 15,215,664 ordinary shares of nominal value £0.01 and 15,215,664 deferred shares of nominal value £0.49. The deferred shares were rendered effectively worthless by virtue of the rights attached to them. On 22 December 2016, the deferred shares were repurchased for £1 and subsequently cancelled, however no accounting entries were made in respect of this transaction.

 

As a result of the deferred share cancellation, the share capital for the years ended 30 September 2017, 30 September 2018 and 30 September 2019 is overstated by £7,455,675, whilst the capital redemption reserve is understated in the same periods by £7,455,675

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Capital redemption reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

£000

£000

Balance as at 30 September 2017

 

7,727

-

 

Repurchase and cancellation of deferred shares

 

(7,456)

7,456

 

 

 

 

Restated balance as at 30 September 2017

 

271

7,456

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 30 September 2018

 

7,923

-

 

Repurchase and cancellation of deferred shares

 

(7,456)

7,456

 

 

 

 

Restated balance as at 30 September 2018

 

467

7,456

 

 

 

 

Balance as at 30 September 2019

 

7,925

-

 

Repurchase and cancellation of deferred shares

 

(7,456)

7,456

 

 

 

 

Restated balance as at 30 September 2019

 

469

7,456

         

 

 

 

There is no impact on total profit or loss in any year and subsequently no impact on taxation. The number of shares in issue in each of the periods was correct and therefore there is no impact on the earnings per share or diluted earnings per share in each of the periods.

 

4.      Significant accounting policies

 

4.1    Revenue

Revenue is principally derived from service revenue. This revenue is measured at the fair value of the consideration received or receivable and represents amounts receivable for services provided in the normal course of business, net of discounts, VAT and other sales-related taxes.

 

In determining whether to recognise revenue, the Group follows a 5-step process:

 

1.    Identifying the contract with a client;

2.    Identifying the performance obligations;

3.    Determining the transaction price;

4.    Allocating the transaction price to the performance obligations; and

5.    Recognising revenue when/as performance obligation(s) are satisfied.

 

Each type of revenue has separate recognition criteria depending on the type of service provided. These services are agreed at the inception of a project through contracts with clients. A critical part of the contract is a detailed schedule of work that provides the list of services to be provided by the Group. Performance obligations are attached to each service, with revenue being recognised once these are satisfied. The transaction price associated to each performance obligation is allocated based on their relative stand-alone selling price.

 

Revenue types

Many of the Group's contracts comprise a variety of performance obligations including, but not limited to, project set-up and management, site set-up and management, TrialTracker configuration and access, data reading and analysis, data management and quality control and scientific study reporting.

 

The most significant service revenue streams to the Group and the respective recognition criteria are:

 

Project and site set-up

At the point a client approaches the Group to complete work, a project manager is assigned. The project manager co-ordinates the project set-up and ongoing delivery of the service. At inception, the project manager will also prepare the clinical study protocol and other essential study documents.

 

Once the project and/or the site is set-up, all performance obligations are satisfied. These services are therefore recognised at a point in time, being when the Group has delivered the relevant material to the client.

 

Project and site management

Each contract requires various project management activities, provided by the project manager. These services are provided throughout the duration of a contract. Site management services are provided throughout the duration of a site being operational, typically being shorter than the project management cycle.

 

The services provided for project and site management represents a provision of on-going services. Therefore, revenue for these items are recognised on a straight-line basis.

 

Site training and materials

A contract will typically include training of each individual site. Various materials are prepared in advance and provided to clients as tools for site training. Site training is provided either through live online training or through a self-paced training module. These activities are combined in one revenue transaction per site.

 

Revenue from site training is recognised when each site has completed the training activity.

 

TrialTracker configuration and access

The TrialTracker platform delivers a robust and comprehensive set of centralised imaging services designed to efficiently manage the complex imaging workflow from: image upload, quality control, reading and analysis. The platform also allows for reporting and data transfer.

 

The Group has identified 2 separate performance obligations in the TrialTracker platform:

 

1.    A set-up fee is recognised at a point in time once TrialTracker access is provided to the client;

 

2.    An ongoing access fee is recognised over the duration of the project, with revenue being recognised on a straight-line basis.

 

Data reading and analysis

The Group provides data analysis services across a range of biomarkers, providing high-quality, clinically meaningful data. Fees are charged to clients on a 'per data read'.

 

As these services have no ongoing obligations from the Group, revenue is recognised once the data read and analysis has taken place.


Data management and quality control

Ensuring data are managed appropriately and that the data are of a high quality is critical in the delivery of the Group's service. The data management and imaging teams work in collaboration to ensure ongoing integrity of data.

 

The performance of data management represents the provision of an on-going service and so the straight-line method of recognition is used.

 

Revenue recorded from data quality control is recognised at a point in time when the Group has delivered the service to the client.

 

Scientific reports

Scientific reports are provided at interim points and at the end of a study. Such reports contain data analysis and statistical interpretation.

 

These reports represent an individual performance obligation with no further work required by the Group. Revenue from these services is recognised at a point in time when the Group provides the report to the client.

 

Licence revenue

Revenue relating to licensing is entirely attributable to TrialTracker. Each agreement will grant the user rights to use the software and receive associated technical support during the licence period.

 

The licence is a distinct performance obligation and revenue is recognised over the contract term. 

 

Change orders

Throughout the duration of a contract, the client may request additional services or service changes to be made. For revenue recognition purposes, the Group treats a change order or contract modification to a client agreement as a separate contract, if both:

 

·    the scope changes due to the addition of 'distinct' services; and

·    the price change reflects the services' stand-alone selling prices ('SSP') under the circumstances of the modified contract.

 

The revenue recognition for the change order is applied in the same way as the original contract, as detailed above, with the original client agreement remaining unchanged.

 

5.      Significant management judgement in applying accounting policies and estimation uncertainty

 

When preparing the consolidated financial statements, the Directors make a number of judgements, estimates and assumptions about the recognition and measurement of assets, liabilities, income and expenses.

 

Significant management judgements

The following are significant management judgements in applying the accounting policies of the Group that have the most significant effect on the consolidated financial statements.

 

Revenue recognition

The Group recognises revenue in accordance with amounts charged to clients under service contracts. All contracts include an agreed, detailed work order which defines the deliverables. The service contracts are typically multi-year and may be amended through a change order process, which may include changes to data volumes (increased or decreased), different methods of data analysis or changes to the timing of providing the deliverables. 

 

Revenue is recognised upon achievement of deliverables set out in the service contract. The recognition is expected to approximate to the timing of the physical performance of the contracts. The Group records the performance of the contractual obligations to determine that the deliverables and actual work performed is in accordance with the contract and agreed change orders. The scope of the project and contract terms are reviewed to determine whether the Group is acting as principal or agent in respect of the project, which depends on facts and circumstances and requires judgement.

 

Client contracts include an agreed work order so the transaction price for a contract is allocated against distinct performance obligations based on their relative stand-alone selling prices. Management determines the fair value of individual components based on actual amounts charged by the Group on a stand-alone basis. The transaction price for a contract excludes any amounts collected on behalf of third parties.

 

Capitalisation of internally developed software

Distinguishing the research and development phases of a new software product and determining whether the requirements for the capitalisation of development costs are met requires judgement. Management will assess whether a project meets the recognition criteria as set out in IAS 38 based on an individual project basis. Where the criteria are not met, the research and development expenditure will be expensed in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income. Where the recognition criteria are met, the items will be capitalised as an intangible asset.

 

During the period ended 31 March 2020, research and development expenses totalled £711,000 (2019: £458,000). Of this amount, £80,000 (2019: £nil) was capitalised as an intangible asset. The balance of expenditure being £631,000 (2019: £458,000) is recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income as an expense.

 

Recovery of deferred tax assets

Deferred tax assets have not been recognised for deductible temporary differences and tax losses. The Directors consider that there is not sufficient certainty that future taxable profits will be available to utilise those temporary differences and tax losses.

 

Estimation uncertainty

Information about estimates and assumptions that have the most significant effect on recognition and measurement of assets, liabilities, income and expenses is provided below. Changes to these estimations may result in substantially different results for the year.

 

Share-based payments

The Group measures the cost of equity-settled transactions with employees by reference to the fair value of the equity instruments at the date at which they are granted. The fair value of the options granted is measured using an option valuation model, taking into account the terms and conditions upon which the options were granted. Details of the estimations used in determining the fair value of the options in issue are detailed in note 8.

 

Useful lives of depreciable assets

The useful lives of depreciable assets are determined by management at the date of purchase based on the expected useful lives of the assets. These are subsequently monitored and reviewed annually and where there is objective evidence of changes in the useful economic lives, these estimates are adjusted. Any changes to these estimates may result in significantly different results for the period.

 

6.      Earnings per share

 

The calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share ('EPS') of the Group is based on the following data:

 

 

31 Mar 20

6 months

31 Mar 19

6 months

30 Sep 19

12 months

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

 

 

 

Earnings

 

 

 

Earnings for the purposes of basic and diluted EPS, being net profit attributable to the owners of the Company (£000)

475

215

432

 

 

 

 

Number of shares

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares for the purposes of basic EPS

46,981,814

46,777,000

46,786,375

 

 

 

 

Effect of potentially dilutive ordinary shares:

 

 

 

-     Weighted average number of share options

701,770

-

9,182

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares for the purposes of diluted EPS

47,683,584

46,777,000

46,795,557

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing earnings attributable to the owners of the Company by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year. The diluted EPS is calculated by dividing earnings attributable to the owners of the Company by the weighted average number of shares in issue taking into account the share options outstanding during the year.

 

The basic and diluted earnings per share for the Group and Company is:

 

 

31 Mar 20

6 months

31 Mar 19

6 months

30 Sep 19

12 months

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Basic earnings per share

1.01p

0.46p

0.92p

Diluted earnings per share

1.00p

0.46p

0.92p

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.      Issued capital and reserves

 

Ordinary shares and share premium

The Company has one class of ordinary shares. The share capital issued has a nominal value of £0.01 and all carry the right to one vote at shareholders' meetings and are eligible to receive dividends. Share premium is recognised when the amount paid for a share is in excess of the nominal value.

 

During the period, an accounting entry was made relating to a share transaction that occurred in December 2016 and has resulted in a prior period adjustment. Further information on this is detailed in note 3.

 

The Group and Company's opening and closing share capital and share premium reserves are:

 

 

Group and Company

 

Ordinary

Share

Share

 

shares

capital

 

premium

 

Number

£000

£000

Authorised, issued and fully paid

 

 

 

At 30 September 2019 (restated)

46,902,294

469

84,436

Share options exercised

188,998

2

63

At 31 March 2020

47,091,292

471

84,499

 

Exercise of share options

During the period, the following share options were exercised:

 

 

Key management personnel

Other

Employees

Total

Exercise

price

Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of exercise

Shares

Shares

Shares

Pence

£000

15 January 2020

45,176

15,058

60,234

30.5

19

15 January 2020

113,706

-

113,706

34.0

39

15 January 2020

-

7,529

7,529

36.5

3

15 January 2020

-

7,529

7,529

49.0

4

Total

158,882

30,116

188,998

-

65

 

 

8.      Share-based payments

 

Certain Directors and employees of the Group hold options to subscribe for shares in the Company under share option schemes. There are 2 separate structures to the share options in operation in the Group (2019: 2). Both structures relate to a single scheme outlined in the EMI Share Option Plan 2014.

                                                               

Total share options outstanding have a range of exercise prices from £0.01 to £0.49 per option and the weighted average contractual life is 4.1 years (2019: 5.1 years). The total charge for the period relating to employee share-based payment plans for continuing operations is £101,000 (2019: £34,000).

                                               

                                                                               

EMI Share Option Plan 2014

 

This scheme is open, by invitation, to Executive Directors and key management personnel. Participants are granted share options in the Group which contain standard and enhanced vesting conditions. These are subject to the achievement of individual employee and Group performance criteria as determined by the Board. The vesting period varies by award and the conditions approved by the Board. Options are forfeited if the employee leaves the Group before the options vest.

 

Details of the share options outstanding during the year are as follows:                                                

 

 

As at 31 March 2020

 

As at 30 September 2019

 

Number

Weighted average exercise price

Number

Weighted average exercise price

Outstanding at start of the period

1,872,050

£0.36

2,707,835

£0.35

Granted

-

-

-

-

Exercised

(188,998)

£0.34

(125,294)

£0.38

Lapsed

(75,000)

£0.34

(710,491)

£0.33

Outstanding at end of the period

1,608,051

£0.36

1,872,050

£0.35

Exercisable at end of the period

1,118,581

£0.36

1,068,110

£0.36

 

There were no grants issued under the EMI Share Option Plan 2014 during the period (2019: nil).


"Long-Term Incentive Plan"

 

2018 LTIP options

 

On 4 June 2018, the Company issued options with an exercise price of £0.01 as an alternative approach to incentivising employees under the EMI Share Option Plan 2014. It termed this approach of issuing options with an exercise price of £0.01 its Long-Term Incentive Plan ('LTIP'). The LTIP was approved by shareholders on 29 May 2018. The LTIP operates under the umbrella of the EMI Share Option Plan 2014.

 

The original share options granted are subject to share price performance, measured against the 3-month volume weighted average price of the Company's ordinary shares. The measurement date will be made in the 3 months prior to the third anniversary from the date of the grant. The performance conditions of this LTIP Award is as follows:

 

-     0% of the LTIP will vest if the share price increases by less than 50%;

-     25% of the LTIP will vest if the share price increases by 50% from the date of issue of the grant;

-     25% - 100% of the LTIP will vest on a straight-line basis if the share price increases by up to 100% from the date of issue of the grant.

 

The share price at the date of issue of the grant was £0.28.

 

On 5 December 2019, the share options granted to those still employed at the Group were modified. This modification removed a minimum floor price of £0.50 and aligned the vesting and holding periods to that of the 2019 award detailed below. A revised valuation model was used to determine the incremental fair value of the modified share options. The model used to value the grants was the Monte Carlo method followed by 'Hull White' trinomial lattice and the inputs used were as follows:

 

Original

Modified

 

 

 

Weighted average share price

£0.35

£0.70

Weighted average exercise price

£0.01

£0.01

Expected volatility

46.7%

66.9%

Expected life

6 years

4.5 years

Expected dividend yield

0%

0%

Risk-free interest rate

1.05%

0.62%

 

 

 


2019 LTIP options

On 5 December 2019, the Company issued options with an exercise price of £0.01. These options are subject to share price performance, measured against the twenty-day volume weighted average price of the Company's ordinary shares in the twenty days following the third anniversary from the date of the grant. This LTIP award is also subject to achieving a compound annual growth rate of 10% on annual revenues over the three financial years to 30 September 2022. The performance conditions of this LTIP award are measured against a share price of £0.32 and is as follows:

 

-     0% of the LTIP will vest if the share price increases by less than a compound annual growth rate of 12.5%;

-     25% of the LTIP will vest if the share price increases on a compound annual growth rate of 12.5%;

-     25% - 100% of the LTIP will vest on a straight-line basis if the share price increases up by up to a compound annual growth rate of 25.0%.

 

The model used to value the grants was the Monte Carlo method followed by 'Hull White' trinomial lattice and the inputs used were as follows:

 

Weighted average share price

 

£0.70

Weighted average exercise price

 

£0.01

Expected volatility

 

66.7%

Expected life

 

5 years

Expected dividend yield

 

0%

Risk-free interest rate

 

0.55%

 

 

 

 

Details of the share options under the LTIP schemes outstanding during the period are as follows:

 

 

 

As at 31 March 2020

 

As at 30 September 2019

 

 

Number

Weighted average exercise price

Number

Weighted average exercise price

Outstanding at start of the period

1,818,522

£0.01

2,571,910

£0.01

Granted

1,540,000

£0.01

-

-

Exercised

-

-

-

-

Lapsed

(194,842)

£0.01

(753,388)

£0.01

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding at end of the period

3,163,680

£0.01

1,818,522

£0.01

Exercisable at end of the period

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 


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