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Open Orphan PLC - Results for the year ended 31 December 2019

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Open Orphan PLC
24 June 2020
 

 

24 June 2020

Open Orphan plc

("Open Orphan" or the "Group")

Full Year Results for the year ended 31 December 2019

Open Orphan plc (ORPH), a rapidly growing specialist CRO pharmaceutical services company which is the world leader in the testing of vaccines and antivirals using human challenge study models is pleased to announce its full year results for the year ended 31 December 2019.

Financial Highlights

 

Open Orphan plc

(As reported)

hVIVO plc

(As reported)

Open Orphan plc

(formerly Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc -proforma results

on a stand-alone basis and excluding any impact of the 28 June 2019 combination)

Open Orphan DAC

(proforma results

on a stand-alone basis

and excluding any

 impact of the

28 June 2019

combination)

Open Orphan plc

(proforma results on a combined basis and including the impact of the 28 June 2019 and 17 January 2020 combinations)

 

2019

€'000

2018

€'000

2019

£'000

2018

£'000

2019

€'000

2018

€'000

2019

€'000

2018

€'000

2019

€'000

2018

€'000

Revenue (incl. Other income)

4,039

-

15,092

13,626

9,854

14,291

-

-

27,061

29,712

Operating (Loss)

(5,837)

(1,611)

(5,893)

(13,427)

(6,469)

(2,367)

(763)

(1,611)

(14,249)

(19,174)

EBITDA before exceptional items

(4,311)

(1,611)

(3,785)

(8,862)

(5,053)

(1,432)

(763)

(1,611)

(10,130)

(13,072)

Loss for the period

(6,543)

(1,656)

(6,973)

(16,833)

(6,442)

(4,775)

(1,025)

(1,656)

(16,524)

(25,481)

 

Post Period End Highlights

·      Completion of merger of Open Orphan plc and hVIVO plc in January 2020 creating a specialist pharma services group with complementary CRO services

·      Continued action to reduce the cost base with annualised savings of €2.0m in hVIVO and €3.0m in Venn respectively removed since the merger in January 2020 and further annualised cost savings of €2.5m in the merged entity are expected to be implemented by 31 December 2020

·      Developing the world's first challenge study model clinical trial in order to be able to test the efficacy of the large number of Covid-19 vaccines that are in development

·      Developing an antibody testing service with capacity for up to 3,000 tests per day using the Quotient testing instruments which is one of the few able to offer 100% accuracy

·      Expanded the Group's pipeline of opportunities and converting pipeline of contracts across the whole Group, including:

provision of an RSV human challenge study projected to deliver £3.2m in revenue all of which is expected to be recognised in 2020 with potential for additional follow-on £7m Pivotal challenge study delivering significant further revenue

A contract with a US Biotech company for the provision of an RSV human challenge study projected to deliver £3.5 million in revenue all of which is expected to be recognised in 2020

Expansion of laboratory service with offerings to third party biotech companies and small cap pharma companies with new contracts already completed and this is anticipated to be an important new revenue generating stream for the Group

Venn's traditional pharma consulting business continues to perform well and a significant contract was announced in recent weeks to obtain and support market access of newly developed vaccines into the EU and US markets for one of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world

·      Increased liquidity and strong balance sheet through placings of £5.3m in January 2020 and £12.6m in May 2020 to allow the Group to complete its transition and leverage a broader service offering to an enlarged and combined customer base

Outlook

·      Unprecedent growth opportunities as pharma focuses funding on Covid-19 and respiratory diseases resulting the development of a strong pipeline of opportunities, for both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 challenge studies along with the wider CRO services offered by the Group

·      Strong pipeline of work to build H2 2020 revenue, targeting operational profitability by Q3 2020

·      A further €2.5m of cost to be removed from the business in H2 2020

·      Right management team in place, with a clear strategy, targeting the high margin pharma services sector, to deliver significant shareholder value

·      A strategic review is underway in order to seek to monetise the 49% stake in Imutex and our other non-core investments such as the 62.5% in PrEP Biopharm and our 100% stake in an immunomodulator

 

Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman of Open Orphan, said:

"Since the reverse takeover of Venn in June 2019 we have been building the foundations of a soon to be profitable business in Q3 and a rapidly growing CRO pharmaceutical services Group with all loses in both companies confined to the past. The merger with hVIVO, post period end, has given us a full-service business, with world class facilities, motivated colleagues and a strong pipeline of work and transforms out business into the world leader in the testing of vaccines and anti-virals through human challenge model clinical trials.

Traditionally, the testing of vaccines and antivirals had been somewhat of a Cinderella industry, however, following the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic it is clear that for the months and years ahead the development of new and novel vaccines and also the testing of such vaccines and antivirals will be one of the fastest growing areas of the pharmaceutical industry. In recent decades, governments and pharma companies around the world completely underinvested in new vaccines and the onset of Covid-19 caught them significantly off-guard and as such there is a huge capital investment program underway around the world to roll out an extensive range of Covid-19 and importantly non-Covid-19 vaccines to ensure that the world is not caught unprepared in future pandemics.

We have substantially reduced overheads and rightsized the management team including combining the CEO and other senior roles in both Venn and hVIVO. We have also brought forward some long-serving and excellent line managers and heads of departments flattening the organisation structure and giving them more autonomy and responsibility to successfully run their own areas and this is proving very effective both for the company but also most importantly for the individual managers as well. In turn, this has completely transformed the culture of the enlarged business to one of vastly more open communications, sharing of knowledge and a much faster decision-making process.

I am very excited for the year ahead and I am confident that we have created a soon to be profitable, fast-growing business which is creating value for all our stakeholders."

Conference call for sell-side analysts and investors

The Company will hold a conference call for sell-side analysts and investors at 09:30 today.

 

Participant dial-in numbers

 

Dial-in numbers:

IE: +353 1 526 0106

UK: +44 33 0606 1122

ITFS:  International Access Numbers

 

Room number:

 

430863

 

Participant PIN:

 

5880

 

A corporate presentation is available to shareholders on the Group's website at: https://www.openorphan.com/investors/reports-and-presentations/year/2020

 

For further information please contact

Open Orphan plc

+353 (0)1 644 0007

Cathal Friel, Executive Chairman

 

 

 

Arden Partners plc (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

+44 (0)20 7614 5900

John Llewellyn-Lloyd / Benjamin Cryer / Dan Gee-Summons

 

 

 

finnCap plc (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 7220 500

Geoff Nash / James Thompson/ Richard Chambers

 

 

 

Davy (Euronext Growth Adviser and Joint Broker)

+353 (0)1 679 6363

Anthony Farrell

 

 

 

Camarco (Financial PR)

+44 (0)20 3757 4980

Tom Huddart / Hugo Liddy

 

 

Notes to Editors - Open Orphan:

Open Orphan is a rapidly growing niche CRO pharmaceutical services group which is a world leader in the testing of vaccines and antivirals through the use of human challenge clinical trials. Conducted from Europe's only 24-bedroom quarantine clinic with onsite virology providing individually isolated rooms and connected to our specialist laboratory facility. Which offers highly specialised virology and immunology laboratory services to support pre-clinical and clinical respiratory drug, antiviral, and vaccine discovery and development.  Reliable laboratory analysis underpinned by scientific expertise is essential when processing and analysing clinical samples. Robust quality processes support our team of scientists in the delivery of submission ready data.

The Group has a leading portfolio of 8 viral challenge study models which are: 2 FLU, 2 RSV, 1 HRV, 1 Asthma, 1 cough and 1 COPD viral challenge models. As announced in early March, Open Orphan is rapidly advancing a number of Coronavirus challenge study models and expects to be helping many COVID-19 vaccine development companies to test their vaccines. No other company in the world has such a portfolio, with only two competitors globally having 1 challenge study model each.  In June 2020 hVIVO COVID Clear Test was launched, the most accurate antibody test available to UK employers, helping them to get their people back to work.

Open Orphan comprises of two commercial specialist CRO services businesses, hVIVO and Venn Life Sciences, and is developing an early stage orphan drug genomics data platform business. This platform captures valuable genetic data from patient populations with specific diseases with designated orphan drug status and incorporating AI tools. In June 2019, Open Orphan acquired AIM-listed Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc in a reverse take-over and in January 2020 it completed the merger with hVIVO plc. Venn, as an integrated drug development consultancy, offers CMC (chemistry, manufacturing and controls), preclinical, Phase I & II clinical trials design and execution. The merger with hVIVO created a European full pharma services group broadening the Group's customer base and with complementary specialist CRO services, widened the range of the Group's service offerings.

 

 

Executive Chairman's Statement

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Dear Shareholder,

 

I am very happy to report to you as Executive Chairman of Open Orphan plc (formerly Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc), having completed a reverse acquisition with Open Orphan DAC in June 2019 and the acquisition of hVIVO Ltd (formerly hVIVO plc) in January 2020. I have previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Group from May 2019 until January 2020.

While the attached Financial Statements report on the results of the Group in 2019 prior to the acquisition of  hVIVO Ltd (and in particular reflecting reverse merger accounting treatment of the merger of Venn Life Sciences Holdings  plc and Open Orphan DAC), this statement addresses the performance of both Open Orphan plc and hVIVO Ltd in 2019 and the outlook for the combined entity in 2020. 

 

Governance

The Board continues to recognise the importance of the high standards of corporate governance and considers that the Group's success is enhanced by the imposition of a strong corporate governance framework. Accordingly, in recognition of the need to maintain continued best practice the Board will monitor its composition and skills balance.

I very much welcome the significant experience of Trevor Philips, Mark Warne and Michael Meade who have joined the Board as part of the recent merger and am grateful to Christian Milla, Michael Ryan, Maurice Treacy, David Kelly for their service in 2019. In addition, we have appointed Leo Toole as Chief Financial Officer and Board member.

 

Strategy

Our enlarged offering of early clinical development services, clinical trial delivery expertise and virology related challenge studies, with a particular focus on rare and emerging diseases, is a strong platform to deliver substantial and sustainable returns to shareholders. Our 24-bed quarantine facilities in the UK are best in class for vaccine and virus-related development and put us at the forefront of emerging virus risk management stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic event which is ongoing at the time of writing, in particular with a focus on developing the world's first Covid-19 challenge model. The Group is also focussed on expanding service revenues by actively selling laboratory services to third party pharma companies and by developing antibody testing services to accurately identify an individual's antibody status, having previously used its virology laboratory principally to service its internal clinical activities.  In addition, the Group continues to develop a ground-breaking Genomic Health Data platform which can now also be populated with hVIVO's global leading collection of infectious disease progression data.

 

The last year has seen significant change first through the reverse merger of Open Orphan DAC and Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc (subsequently renamed Open Orphan plc) in June 2019 and secondly through the merger of Open Orphan plc and hVIVO plc in January 2020.

·      The existing Open Orphan business has focused to complete and replenish some long-standing full-service clinical research projects and to build longer term relationships through multi-year contracts in our early development business. Combined with the continued deferral of certain full-service projects, this has resulted in reduced revenues in the period. Despite this, the Group has started the work to plan and implement a major restructuring of our operations to drive efficiency and competitiveness while investing in the Genomic Health Data platform.

·      In 2019, hVIVO continued making great strides to transition its business from a focus on viral asset development to a focus on testing the efficacy of vaccines, antivirals and respiratory disease agents through the provision of its own proprietary inhouse developed and grown versions of disease specific viruses, known as challenge studies. It has developed and is exploiting a strong pipeline of major pharmaceutical players with a focus on vaccine and anti-viral drug development. In addition, hVIVO holds a 49% share of a Joint Venture called Imutex Limited to develop vaccines against influenza (FLU v) and universal mosquito borne diseases (AGS v).

Results

Reported results for Open Orphan plc are summarized on page 3 and are covered by the schedules and notes from pages 18  to 54 of these Financial Statements (and in particular reflect reverse merger accounting treatment under IFRS 3 and IFRS 10 of the combination of Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc and Open Orphan DAC as of 28 June 2019). Results for hVIVO plc (on a stand-alone basis) are presented for reference. In addition, pro-forma results for Open Orphan plc (formerly Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc on a stand-alone basis and excluding any impact of the 28 June 2019 combination), Open Orphan DAC (on a stand-alone basis and excluding any impact of the 28 June 2019 combination) and Open Orphan plc (on a combined basis including the impact of the June 2019 and January 2020 combinations) are outlined for reference.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Open Orphan plc

(As reported)

hVIVO plc

(As reported)

Open Orphan plc

(formerly Venn Life Sciences Holdings plc -proforma results

on a stand-alone basis and excluding any impact of the 28 June 2019 combination)

 

Open Orphan DAC

(proforma results

on a stand-alone basis

and excluding any

 impact of the

28 June 2019

combination)

Open Orphan plc

(proforma results on a combined basis and including the impact of the 28 June 2019 and 17 January 2020 combinations)

 

2019

€'000

2018

€'000

2019

£'000

2018

£'000

2019

'000

2018

'000

2019

'000

2018

'000

2019

'000

2018

'000

Revenue (incl. Other income)

4,039

-

15,092

13,626

9,854

14,291

-

-

27,061

29,712

Operating (Loss)

(5,837)

(1,611)

(5,893)

(13,427)

(6,469)

(2,367)

(763)

(1,611)

(14,249)

(19,174)

EBITDA before exceptional items

(4,311)

(1,611)

(3,785)

(8,862)

(5,053)

(1,432)

(763)

(1,611)

(10,130)

(13,072)

Loss for the period

(6,543)

(1,656)

(6,973)

(16,833)

(6,442)

(4,775)

(1,025)

(1,656)

(16,524)

(25,481)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

€'000

2018

€'000

2019

£'000

2018

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

5,144

1

10,759

9,638

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets (excl. cash)

4,264

36

4,385

5,227

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

1,219

165

2,276

13,368

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

10,627

202

17,420

28,233

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners

3,350

(1,656)

10,685

17,333

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

1,205

-

2,233

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

6,072

1,858

4,502

10,880

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

10,627

202

17,420

28,233

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlook

The recent merger with hVIVO reflects our goal to leverage a broader service offering to an enlarged and combined customer base, while driving restructuring and integration of core support functions into our headquarters in London. The recent placings of £5.3m (before expenses) in January 2020 and £12.6m (before expenses) in May 2020 allows us to complete this transition in the first half of 2020 and we are confident that we will see the positive impact of these changes in the second half of 2020. In addition, we will invest to develop a world-first challenge study model to address Covid-19 while expanding our laboratory service offerings to develop antibody testing services to accurately identify an individual's antibody status.  

 

Traditionally, the testing of vaccines and antivirals had been somewhat of a Cinderella industry, however, following the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic it is clear that for the months and years ahead the development of new and novel vaccines and also the testing of such vaccines and antivirals will be one of the fastest growing areas of the pharmaceutical industry. In recent decades, governments and pharma companies around the world completely under-invested in new vaccines and the onset of Covid-19 caught them significantly off-guard and as such there is a huge capital investment program underway around the world to roll out an extensive range of Covid-19 and importantly non Covid-19 vaccines to ensure that the world is not caught unprepared in future pandemics.

 

We have substantially reduced overheads and right-sized the management team including combining the CEO and other senior roles in both Venn and hVIVO. We have also brought forward some long-serving and excellent line managers and heads of departments, flattening the organisation structure and giving them more autonomy and responsibility to successfully run their own areas and this is proving very effective both for the company but also most importantly for the individual managers as well. In turn, this has completely transformed the culture of the enlarged business to one of vastly more open communication, sharing of knowledge and a much faster decision-making process.

 

I am very excited for the year ahead and I am confident that we have created a soon to be profitable, fast-growing business which is creating value for all our stakeholders.

 

 

 

Cathal Friel - Executive Chairman

23 June 2020

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Year to

 

18 July 2017 to

 

Notes

31 December

 

31 December

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

€'000

 

€'000

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

Revenue, from contracts with customers

5,35

3,844

 

-

Direct Project and Administrative Costs

6

(9,876)

 

(1,611)

Other operating income

33

195

 

-

Operating (loss)

 

(5,837)

 

(1,611)

  Depreciation

6,16,37

(337)

 

(-)

  Amortisation

6,17

(378)

 

(-)

  Exceptional items

7

(811)

 

(-)

EBITDA before exceptional items

5/6

(4,311)

 

(1,611)

Finance Expense

12

(399)

 

(45)

Share Options/Warrants Reserve charge

32

(120)

 

-

Loss on sale/impairment of Investments

18b/18c

(263)

 

-

(Loss) before income tax

 

(6,619)

 

(1,656)

Income tax credit

13

76

 

-

(Loss) for the year

 

(6,543)

 

(1,656)

(Loss) for the year is attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Owners of the parent

 

(6,543)

 

(1,656)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

(44)

 

-

Total comprehensive (loss) for the year

 

(6,587)

 

(1,656)

 

 

Earnings per share from continuing operations

attributable to owners of the parent during the year

Note

2019

 

2018

Basic and diluted (loss) per ordinary share

 

 

 

 

From continuing operations

14

(3.96c)

 

(785.2c)

For the year

 

(3.96c)

 

(785.2c)

 

 

 

 

 

All activities relate to continuing operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The notes on pages 22 to 54 are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

The Company has elected to take the exemption under section 408 of the Companies Act 2006 not to present the parent Company income statement account.

 

The loss for the parent Company for the year was €1,857,289 (2018 - loss of €1,656,197).

 

 

Consolidated and Company's Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 December 2019

 

 

Group

 

Group

Company

 

Company

 

 

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

 Notes

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

16

223

1

-

1

Intangible assets

17

3,380

-

-

-

Investments in subsidiaries

18a

-

-

9,634

-

Right of Use Asset

     37   

1,541

-

-

-

Total non-current assets

 

5,144

1

9,634

1

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

21

4,250

3

6,500

3

Income tax recoverable

 

14

33

-

33

Cash and cash equivalents

22

1,219

165

495

165

Total current assets

 

5,483

201

6,995

201

Total assets

 

10,627

202

16,629

202

Equity attributable to owners

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

26

372

-

372

-

Share premium account

27

19,041

-

19,041

-

Merger reserves

27

(8,060)

-

(2,635)

-

Foreign currency reserves

27

(102)

-

-

-

Share option reserve

27/32

298

-

298

-

Retained earnings

 

(8,199)

(1,656)

(3,513)

(1,656)

Total equity

 

3,350

(1,656)

13,563

(1,656)

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

23

49

-

-

-

Lease liabilities

     37        

1,156

-

-

-

Total non-current liabilities

 

1,205

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

23

3,500

498

1,597

498

Deferred taxation

24

48

-

-

-

Lease liabilities

     37   

522

-

-

-

Borrowings

25

2,002

1,360

1,469

1,360

Total current liabilities

 

6,072

1,858

3,066

1,858

Total liabilities

 

7,277

1,858

3,066

1,858

Total equity and liabilities

 

10,627

202

16,629

202

 

The notes on pages 22 to 54 are an integral part of these financial statements.

The financial statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board on 23 June 2020

 

 

 

Cathal Friel                                                                                                                                                            Open Orphan Plc

Executive Chairman                                                                                                                                             Registered no: 07514939

 

 

 

 

Consolidated and Company's Statement of Cash Flows

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

Notes

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Cash Flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

Cash used in operations

28

(3,251)

(1,149)

(3,240)

(1,149)

Income tax (paid)

 

-

-

-

-

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(3,251)

(1,149)

(3,240)

(1,149)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in Subsidiary

 

42

-

42

-

Sale of Shares in Integumen PLC

 

605

-

-

-

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(27)

(1)

-

(1)

Interest (paid)

 

(133)

(45)

(315)

(45)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

487

(46)

(273)

(46)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares & options

26

5,043

-

5,043

-

Premium on conversion of Convertible Debentures to shares

 

321

-

321

-

Exceptional Costs

 

(811)

-

(811)

-

Repayment of Invoice Discounting

 

(25)

-

-

-

Proceeds from Issuing Convertible Debentures

 

-

1,360

-

1,360

Costs of June 2019 fund raising

 

(710)

-

(710)

-

Net cash generated by financing activities

 

3,818

1,360

3,843

1,360

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

1,054

165

330

165

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

165

-

165

-

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

22

1,219

165

495

165

 

 

 

Consolidated and Company's Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity

 

 

Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

Share

premium

 

 

Merger Reserves

Share Option reserve

 

Foreign currency reserve

 

Retained

Earnings

 

 

Total

 

 

 

€'000

€'000

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

 

 

At 18 July 2017

-

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

Changes in equity for the

 Period ended 31 Dec 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) for the period 

-

-

 

-

-

-

(1,656)

(1,656)

 

 

Total comprehensive (loss)

For the period

-

-

 

-

-

-

(1,656)

(1,656)

 

 

Transactions with the

owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share option provision reserve

-

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

Total contributions by and

distributions to owners

-

-

 

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

At 31 December 2018

-

-

 

-

-

-

(1,656)

(1,656)

 

 

Changes in equity for the

 Year ended 31 Dec 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) for the year

-

-

 

-

-

-

(6,543)

(6,543)

 

 

Currency translation

differences

-

-

 

 

-

-

(58)

-

(58)

 

 

Total comprehensive (loss)

for the year

-

-

 

 

-

-

(58)

(6,543)

(6,601)

 

 

Transactions with the

owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfer Open Orphan PLC

371

19,025

 

(8,060)

178

(44)

-

11,470

 

 

Share option provision reserve

-

-

 

-

120

-

-

120

 

 

Shares issued

1

16

 

-

-

-

-

17

 

 

Total contributions by and

distributions to owners

372

19,041

 

 

(8,060)

298

(44)

-

11,607

 

 

At 31 December 2019

372

19,041

 

(8,060)

298

(102)

(8,199)

3,350

 

 

Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

Share

premium

Share

Option reserve

Merger reserve

Retained

earnings

 

 

Total

 

 

€'000

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

 

As at 18 July 2017

-

 

-

-

-

-

 

Changes in equity for the period

ended 31 December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss for

the period

-

 

-

-

-

(1,656)

(1,656)

 

At 31 December 2018

-

 

-

-

-

(1,656)

(1,656)

 

Changes in equity for the year

ended 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive gain for

 the year

-

 

-

-

-

(1,857)

(1,857)

 

Share option provision reserve

-

 

-

120

-

-

120

 

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

371

 

19,025

178

(2,635)

-

16,939

 

Shares issued

1

 

16

-

-

-

17

 

Total contributions by and

distributions to owners

 

372

 

 

19,041

 

298

 

(2,635)

 

(1,857)

 

15,219

 

At 31 December 2019

372

 

19,041

(2,635)

(3,513)

13,563

 

                                                                     

Notes to the Financial Statements

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

1. General information

Open Orphan Plc is a company incorporated in England and Wales. The Company is a public limited company, limited by shares, listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. On 18 January 2016, the company also listed on the ESM market of the Irish Stock Exchange. The address of the registered office is Queen Mary Bio Enterprises, Innovation Centre, 42 New Road, London, E1 2AX, UK.

 

The principal activity of the Group is that of a Clinical Research Organisation providing a suite of consulting and clinical trial services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device organisations. The Group has a presence in the UK, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Germany and Singapore.

 

The financial statements are presented in '000 Euros (except where indicated otherwise), the currency of the primary economic environment in which the Group's trading companies operate. The Group comprises Open Orphan Plc and its subsidiary companies as set out in note 18.

 

The registered number of the Company is 07514939.

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of these consolidated financial statements are set out below. The policies have been consistently applied throughout the year, unless otherwise stated.

 

Basis of preparation

Open Orphan Plc (formerly Venn Life Sciences Holdings Plc) completed an IPO on the London AIM Exchange and the Dublin Euronext exchange on 28 June 2019 through a reverse acquisition of Open Orphan DAC, an Irish Company, into Venn Life Sciences Holdings Plc (Venn), a UK company. Based on the accounting standards under IFRS 3 and IFRS 10, the Group has determined that the entity with control of the combined group after the combination is Open Orphan DAC. It was therefore determined that reverse acquisition accounting is to be applied for presentation of the financial statements of the Group. This means that results reported for the period reflect those of Open Orphan DAC for the full 12-month period and for Venn Life Sciences group Plc group from 01 July 2019 to year end. The Balance Sheet reported for the period and comparable periods reflect those of the combined group with share capital reflecting the position of the ultimate parent company Open Orphan Plc. Note the prior period for Open Orphan DAC was a 17-month period. The % of the enlarged share capital represented by the consideration shares issued to Open Orphan DAC on the reverse takeover was 40.1% which represented a fair value consideration of £5.7m.

 

For information purposes, a pro forma statement of Comprehensive Income for the period and comparable periods for Open Orphan Plc on a stand-alone basis and excluding any impact of the combination is presented in the notes to allow a normalized presentation of Comprehensive Income for the existing Group during the period. This is consistent with handling for the H1 2019 Interim results.

 

The consolidated financial statements of Open Orphan Plc have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (IFRS's), IFRIC interpretations and the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. Practice is continuing to evolve on the application and interpretations of IFRS.

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention.

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. The areas involving a higher degree of judgement or complexity, or areas where assumptions and estimates are significant to the consolidated financial statements are disclosed in note 4.

 

Changes in accounting policies and disclosures

 

The accounting policies adopted are consistent with those of the previous financial year.

The changes to new standards for the current period and effective from 1 January 2019 include:

 

IFRS 16                   Leases

IAS 19                     Employee Benefits (amendment)

 

The Group applies, for the first time, IFRS 16 Leases, that does not require restatement of previous financial statements.  The nature and effect of this application is disclosed below.

IFRS 16 Leases

IFRS 16 was issued in January 2016 and it replaces IAS 17 Leases, IFRIC 4 Determining whether an arrangement contains a Lease, SIC-15 Operating Leases-Incentives and SIC-27 Evaluating the Substance of Transactions Involving the Legal Form of a Lease. IFRS 16 sets out the principles for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of leases and requires lessees to account for all leases under a single on-balance sheet model similar to the accounting for finance leases under IAS 17. The standard includes two recognition exemptions for lessees - leases of 'low-value' assets (e.g. personal computers) and short-term leases (i.e. leases with a lease term of twelve months or less). At the commencement date of a lease, a lessee will recognise a liability to make lease payments (i.e. the lease liability) and an asset representing the right to use the underlying asset during the lease term (i.e. the right-of-use asset).

 

Lessees will be required to separately recognise the interest expense on the lease liability and the depreciation expense on the right-of-use asset.

 

Lessees will be also required to remeasure the lease liability upon the occurrence of certain events (e.g., a change in the lease term, a change in future lease payments resulting from a change in an index or rate used to determine those payments). The lessee will generally recognise the amount of the remeasurement of the lease liability as an adjustment to the rightofuse asset.

IFRS 16, which is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, requires lessees and lessors to make more extensive disclosures than under IAS 17.

 

Transition to IFRS 16

The Group adopted IFRS 16 using the simplified retrospective method of adoption with the date of initial application of 1 January 2019. The Group elected to use the transition practical expedient allowing the standard to be applied only to contracts that were previously identified as leases applying IAS 17 and IFRIC 4 at the date of initial application. The Group also elected to use the recognition exemptions for lease contracts that, at the commencement date, have a lease term of 12 months or less and do not contain a purchase option ('short-term leases'), and lease contracts for which the underlying asset is of low value ('low-value assets').

 

The effect of adoption of IFRS 16 is as follows:

 

Impact on the statement of financial position as at 31 December 2018 and up to date of reverse takeover:

 

 

 

 At 31 Dec 2018

 

 

€'000

Assets

 

 

Right of Use Assets

 

2,075

Liabilities

 

 

Lease Liabilities

 

(2,205)

Net impact on equity at 31 December 2018 

 

130

H1 2019 Loss

 

4

Net impact on equity at 30 June 2019 

 

134

       

 

Impact on Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income for the year ended 31 December 2018:

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December

2018

 

 

€'000

Depreciation expense

 

533

Rent expense (included in Administration costs)

 

(635)

Profit from operations

 

(102)

Finance costs

 

110

Loss for the year ending 31 December 2018

 

8

       

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

Transition to IFRS 16 (Cont'd)

 

 

Impact on the statement of cash flows (increase/(decrease)) for the year ended 31 December 2018:

 

 

Year ended

31 December

2018

 

 

€'000

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

102

Net cash flows from financing activities

 

(110)

       

 

 

Summary of new accounting policies

 

Several other amendments and interpretations apply for the first time in 2019, but do not have an impact on the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Group.

 

The Group has not early adopted any amendment, standard or interpretation that has been issued but is not yet effective.

 

Standards issued but not yet effective

There were a number of standards and interpretations which were in issue at 31 December 2019 but were not effective at 31 December 2019 and have not been adopted for these Financial Statements. The Directors have assessed the full impact of these accounting changes on the Company. To the extent that they may be applicable, the Directors have concluded that none of these pronouncements will cause material adjustments to the Group's Financial Statements. They may result in consequential changes to the accounting policies and other note disclosures. The new standards will not be early adopted by the Group and will be incorporated in the preparation of the Group Financial Statements from the effective dates noted below.

 

The new standards include:

IFRS 3                     Business Combinations1

IFRS 17                   Insurance Contracts2

IAS 1                       Presentation of Financial Statements1

IAS 8                       Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors1

 

 

1 Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2020

2 Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021

 

 

There are no other IFRSs or IFRIC interpretations that are not yet effective that would be expected to have a material impact on the Group.

 

 

Going concern

 

The Directors have prepared the financial statements on a going concern basis. During the financial year ended 31 December 2019 the Group made a loss of Euro €6,587k and had net cash outflows from operating activities of €3,251k, however the Directors consider the use of the going concern basis to be appropriate.  The Directors have prepared working capital projections which show that, along with cash balances on hand at 31 December 2019, and additional funding of £5.3m (before expenses) in January 2020 and £12.6m (before expenses) in May 2020 as result of share placings, which were subject to shareholder approval and certain events or conditions,  the Group & Company will have sufficient funding to be able to continue as a going concern.

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

Basis of consolidation

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiary undertakings. Subsidiaries are all entities over which the Group has the power to govern their financial and operating policies generally accompanying a shareholding of more than fifty per cent of the voting rights. The existence and effect of potential voting rights that are currently exercisable or convertible are considered when assessing whether the Group controls another entity. 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.

 

Inter-Company transactions, balances and unrealised gains on transactions between Group companies are eliminated. Unrealised losses are also eliminated. Accounting policies of subsidiaries have been changed where necessary to ensure consistency with the policies adopted by the Group.

 

Associates are all entities over which the group has significant influence but not control, generally accompanying a shareholding of between 20% and 50% of the voting rights. Investments in associates are accounted for using the equity method of accounting. Under the equity method, the investment is initially recognised at cost, and the carrying amount is increased or decreased to recognise the group's share of the profit or loss of the associate after the date of acquisition.

 

The group's share of post-acquisition profit or loss is recognised in the income statement.

 

(a) Acquisition accounting

The Group uses the acquisition method of accounting to account for business combinations. The consideration transferred for the acquisition of a subsidiary is the fair values of the assets transferred, the liabilities incurred, and the equity interests issued by the Group. The consideration transferred includes the fair value of any asset or liability resulting from a contingent consideration agreement. Acquisition related costs are expensed as incurred. Identifiable assets acquired and liabilities and contingent liabilities assumed in a business combination are measured initially at their fair values at the acquisition date. On an acquisition by acquisition basis, the Group recognises any non-controlling interest in the acquiree either at fair value or at the non-controlling interest's proportionate share of the acquiree's net assets.

 

The excess of the consideration transferred, the amount of any non-controlling interest in the acquiree and the acquisition date fair value of any previous equity interest in the acquiree over the fair value of the Group's share of the identifiable net assets acquired is recorded as goodwill. If this is less than the fair value of the net assets of the subsidiary acquired in the case of a bargain purchase, the difference is recognised directly in the income statement.

 

Investments in subsidiaries are accounted for at cost less impairment. Cost is adjusted to reflect changes in consideration arising from contingent consideration amendments.

 

(b) Associates

Associates are all entities over which the group has significant influence but not control or joint control as defined under IAS28. This is generally the case where the group holds between 20% and 50% of the voting rights. Investments in associates are accounted for using the equity method of accounting (see equity method below), after initially being recognised at cost less any fair value adjustment.

 

Equity Method:

Under the equity method of accounting, the investments are initially recognised at cost and adjusted thereafter to recognise the group's share of the post-acquisition profits or losses of the investee in profit or loss, and the group's share of movements in other comprehensive income of the investee in other comprehensive income. Dividends received or receivable from associates and joint ventures are recognised as a reduction in the carrying amount of the investment.

 

When the group's share of losses in an equity-accounted investment equals or exceeds its interest in the entity, including any other unsecured long-term receivables, the group does not recognise further losses, unless it has incurred obligations or made payments on behalf of the other entity. Unrealised gains on transactions between the group and its associates and joint ventures are eliminated to the extent of the group's interest in these entities. Unrealised losses are also eliminated unless the transaction provides evidence of an impairment of the asset transferred.

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

Accounting policies of equity accounted investees have been changed where necessary to ensure consistency with the policies adopted by the group. The carrying amount of equity-accounted investments is tested for impairment in accordance with the policy described in page 28.

 

(c) Group re-organisation

 

The Group re-organisation of common control transaction is scoped out under IFRS 3. The results of the Group and all of its subsidiary undertakings affected by the group re-organisation are accounted using the merger accounting method. The method

of accounting for such business combination is treated to take place before the transition of IFRS. The investment is recorded at the nominal value of the shares issued, together with the fair value of any additional consideration paid.

 

Merged subsidiary undertakings are treated as if they had always been a member of the Group. This treatment is permitted under the exemption in IFRS 1 to not restate acquisitions before transition.

 

The corresponding figures for the previous period include its results for that period, the assets and liabilities at the previous balance sheet date and the shares issued by the company as consideration as if they had always been in issue. Any difference between the nominal value of the shares acquired by the Company and those issued by the company to acquire them is taken to reserves as re-organisation reserve.

 

(d) Reverse acquisition accounting

 

The acquisition of Venn Life Sciences Holdings Plc (renamed Open Orphan Plc) and its subsidiaries by Open Orphan DAC on 27 June 2019 has been accounted using the principles of reverse acquisition accounting. Although the Group financial statements have been prepared in the name of the legal parent, Open Orphan Plc, they are in substance a continuation of the consolidated financial statements of the legal subsidiary, Open Orphan DAC. The following accounting treatment has been applied in respect of the reverse accounting:

 

The assets and liabilities of the legal subsidiary, Open Orphan DAC, are recognised and measured in the Group financial statements at the pre-combination carrying amounts, without restatement of fair value. The retained earnings and other equity balances recognised in the Group financial statements reflect the retained earnings and other equity balances of Open Orphan DAC immediately before the business combination and the results of the period from 1 January 2019 to the date of the business combination are those of Open Orphan DAC. However, the equity structure appearing in the Group financial statements reflects the equity structure of the legal parent, Open Orphan Plc (formerly Venn Life Sciences Holdings Plc), including the equity instruments issued in order to affect the business combination.

 

Foreign currency translation

 

(a) Functional and presentational 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 Euro, which is the functional and presentational currency of the main operating entities.

 

(b) Transactions and balances

Foreign currency transactions are translated into the functional currency using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions where items are re-measured. 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 income statement within 'administrative expenses', except when deferred in other comprehensive income as qualifying cash flow hedges and qualifying net investment hedges.

 

(c) Group companies

The results and financial position of all the Group entities (none of which has the currency of a hyper-inflationary economy) that have a functional currency different from the presentation currency are translated into the presentational currency as follows:

 

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

·      assets and liabilities for each balance sheet presented are translated at the closing rate at the date of that balance sheet;

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

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

 

On consolidation, exchange differences arising from the translation of the net investment in foreign operations are taken to other comprehensive income. When a foreign operation is partially disposed of or sold, exchange differences that were recorded in equity are recognised in the income statement as part of the gain or loss on sale.

Goodwill and fair value adjustments arising on the acquisition of a foreign entity are treated as assets and liabilities of the foreign entity and translated at the closing rate.

 

Segmental reporting

Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision-maker. The chief operating decision-maker, who is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments, has been identified as the Executive Directors who make strategic decisions.

 

Property, plant and equipment

Property, plant and equipment are stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation and any provision for impairment. Historical cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to the acquisition of the asset and bringing the asset to its working condition for its intended use.

 

Subsequent costs are included in the asset's carrying amount or recognised as a separate asset, as appropriate, only where it is probable that future economic benefits associated with the asset will flow to the Group and the cost of the asset can be measured reliably. The carrying amount of the replaced part is derecognised. All other repairs and maintenance are charged to the income statement during the financial period in which they are incurred. Any borrowing costs associated with qualifying property, plant and equipment are capitalised and depreciated at the rate applicable to that asset category.

 

Depreciation on assets is calculated using the straight-line method or reducing balances method to allocate their cost to its residual values over their estimated useful lives, as follows:

Fixtures and fittings                                     20% -25%

 

The assets' residual values and useful economic lives are reviewed regularly, and adjusted if appropriate, at the end of each reporting period.

 

An asset's carrying value is written down immediately to its recoverable amount if the asset's carrying amount is greater than its estimated recoverable amount.

 

Gains and losses on the disposal of assets are determined by comparing the proceeds with the carrying amount and are recognised in administration expenses in the income statement.

 

Intangible assets

 

(a) Goodwill

Goodwill represents the excess amount of the cost of an acquisition over the fair value of the Group's share of the net identifiable assets of the acquired underlined businesses at the date of the acquisition. Goodwill on acquisitions of businesses is included in 'intangible assets'. In normal cases Goodwill has an indefinite useful life and is tested annually for impairment and carried at cost less accumulated impairment losses. Impairment losses on goodwill are not reversed. Gains and losses on the disposal of an entity include the carrying amount of goodwill relating to the entity sold.

 

Goodwill is allocated to cash-generating units for the purpose of impairment testing. The allocation is made to those cash-generating units or groups of cash-generating units that are expected to benefit from the business combination in which the goodwill arose, identified according to operating segment.

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

(b) Trade secrets

Trade secrets, including technical know-how, operating procedures, contact network, methods and processes, acquired in a business combination are recognised at fair value at the acquisition date. Trade secrets have a finite useful life and are carried at cost less accumulated amortisation. Amortisation is calculated using the straight-line method to allocate the cost of trade secrets over their estimated useful lives of 10 years and is charged to administrative expenses in the income statement.

 

c) Customer relationships

Contractual customer relationships acquired in a business combination are recognised at fair value at the acquisition date. The contractual customer relationships have a finite useful life and are carried at cost less accumulated amortisation. Amortisation is

calculated using the straight-line method over the expected life of the customer relationship of 5 years and is charged to administrative expenses in the income statement.

 

d) Workforce

Workforce acquired in a business combination are recognised at fair value at the acquisition date. The workforce has a finite useful life and are carried at cost less accumulated amortisation. Amortisation is calculated using the straight-line method over the expected life of 5 years and is charged to administrative expenses in the income statement.

 

e) Intellectual property rights

Intellectual property rights relates to patents acquired by the Group. Amortisation is calculated using the straight-line method over the expected life of 10 years and is charged to administrative expenses in the income statement.

 

Impairment of non-financial assets

 

Assets that have an indefinite life such as goodwill 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 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. In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present value using a pre-tax discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of the money and the risks specific to the asset which the estimates of future cash flows have not been adjusted.

 

For the purposes of assessing impairment, assets are grouped at the lowest levels for which there are separately identifiable cash flows. Impairment losses recognised for cash-generating units, to which goodwill has been allocated, are credited initially to the carrying amount of goodwill. Any remaining impairment loss is charged pro rata to the other assets in the cash-generating unit.

Where an impairment loss subsequently reverses, the carrying amount of the asset (cash-generating unit) is increased to the revised estimate of its recoverable amount, but so that the increased carrying amount does not exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined had no impairment loss been recognised for the asset (cash-generating unit) in the prior period. A reversal of an impairment loss is recognised in the income statement immediately. If goodwill is impaired however, no reversal of the impairment is recognised in the financial statements.

 

Financial instruments

 

A financial instrument is any contract that gives rise to a financial asset of one entity and a financial liability or equity instrument of another entity.

 

Financial assets

 

Initial recognition and measurement

 

Financial assets are classified, at initial recognition, and subsequently measured at amortised cost, fair value through other comprehensive income (OCI), and fair value through profit or loss.

 

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

The classification of financial assets at initial recognition depends on the financial asset's contractual cash flow characteristics and the Group's business model for managing them. 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. Refer to the accounting policies in note 38 Revenue from contracts with customers.

 

In order for a financial asset to be classified and measured at amortised cost or fair value through OCI, it needs to give rise to cash flows that are 'solely payments of principal and interest (SPPI)' on the principal amount outstanding. This assessment is referred to as the SPPI test and is performed at an instrument level.

 

The Group's business model for managing financial assets refers to how it manages its financial assets in order to generate cash flows. The business model determines whether cash flows will result from collecting contractual cash flows, selling the financial assets, or both.

 

Purchases or sales of financial assets that require delivery of assets within a time frame established by regulation or convention in the market place (regular way trades) are recognised on the trade date, i.e., the date that the Group commits to purchase or sell the asset.

 

Subsequent measurement

 

For purposes of subsequent measurement, financial assets are classified in four categories:

• Financial assets at amortised cost (debt instruments)

• Financial assets at fair value through OCI with recycling of cumulative gains and losses (debt instruments)

• Financial assets designated at fair value through OCI with no recycling of cumulative gains and losses upon derecognition (equity instruments)

• Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss

 

However, only Financial assets at amortised cost are discussed as all the Group's financial assets are measured at amortised cost.

 

Financial assets at amortised cost (debt instruments)

This category is the most relevant to the Group. The Group measures financial assets at amortised cost if both of the following conditions are met:

·      The financial asset is held within a business model with the objective to hold financial assets in order to collect contractual cash flows, and

·      The contractual terms of the financial asset give rise on specified dates to cash flows that are solely payments of principal and interest on the principal amount outstanding

 

Financial assets at amortised cost are subsequently measured using the effective interest (EIR) method and are subject to impairment. Gains and losses are recognised in profit or loss when the asset is derecognised, modified or impaired.

 

The Group's financial assets at amortised cost comprise of trade and other receivables and cash and cash equivalents.

 

Derecognition 

 

A financial asset (or, where applicable, a part of a financial asset or part of a group of similar financial assets) is primarily derecognised (i.e., removed from the Group's consolidated statement of financial position) when:

 

·      The rights to receive cash flows from the asset have expired, OR

 

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

·      The Group has transferred its rights to receive cash flows from the asset or has assumed an obligation to pay the received cash flows in full without material delay to a third party under a 'pass-through' arrangement; and either (a) the Group has transferred substantially all the risks and rewards of the asset, or (b) the Group has neither transferred nor retained substantially all the risks and rewards of the asset, but has transferred control of the asset

 

When the Group has transferred its rights to receive cash flows from an asset or has entered into a passthrough arrangement, it evaluates if, and to what extent, it has retained the risks and rewards of ownership. When it has neither transferred nor retained substantially all of the risks and rewards of the asset, nor transferred control of the asset, the Group continues to recognise the transferred asset to the extent of its continuing involvement. In that case, the Group also recognises an associated liability. The transferred asset and the associated liability are measured on a basis that reflects the rights and obligations that the Group has retained.

 

Continuing involvement that takes the form of a guarantee over the transferred asset is measured at the lower of the original carrying amount of the asset and the maximum amount of consideration that the Group could be required to repay.

 

Impairment of financial assets

Impairment provisions for current and non-current trade receivables are recognised based on the simplified approach within IFRS 9 using a provision matrix in the determination of the lifetime expected credit losses. During this process the probability of the non-payment of the trade receivables is assessed. This probability is then multiplied by the amount of the expected loss arising from default to determine the lifetime expected credit loss for the trade receivables. For trade receivables, which are reported net, such provisions are recorded in a separate provision account with the loss being recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income. On confirmation that the trade receivable will not be collectable, the gross carrying value of the asset is written off against the associated provision.

 

From time to time, the Group elects to renegotiate the terms of trade receivables due from customers with which it has previously had a good trading history. Such renegotiations will lead to changes in the timing of payments rather than changes to the amounts owed and, in consequence, the new expected cash flows are discounted at the original effective interest rate and any resulting difference to the carrying value is recognised in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income (operating profit).

 

Financial liabilities

Initial recognition and measurement

Financial liabilities are classified, at initial recognition, as financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss, loans and borrowings, payables, or as derivatives designated as hedging instruments in an effective hedge, as appropriate.

 

All financial liabilities are recognised initially at fair value and, in the case of loans and borrowings and payables, net of directly attributable transaction costs.

 

The Group's financial liabilities include trade and other payables and loans and borrowings.

 

Subsequent measurement

Loans and borrowings

This is the category most relevant to the Group. After initial recognition, interest-bearing loans and borrowings are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the EIR method. Gains and losses are recognised in profit or loss when the liabilities are derecognised as well as through the EIR amortisation process. Amortised cost is calculated by taking into account any discount or premium on acquisition and fees or costs that are an integral part of the EIR. The EIR amortisation is included as finance costs in the statement of profit or loss. This category generally applies to interest-bearing loans and borrowings. For more information, refer to Note 25.

 

Derecognition

A financial liability is derecognised when the obligation under the liability is discharged or cancelled or expires. When an existing financial liability is replaced by another from the same lender on substantially different terms, or the terms of an existing liability are substantially modified, such an exchange or modification is treated as the derecognition of the original liability and the recognition of a new liability. The difference in the respective carrying amounts is recognised in the statement of profit or loss.

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

Trade and other receivables

Trade receivables are initially recognised at fair value, being the original invoice amount, and subsequently measured at amortised cost less provision for impairment. A provision for impairment is established when there is objective evidence that the Group will not be able to collect all amounts due according to the original terms of the receivable. Trade receivables that are less than three months past due date are not considered impaired unless there are specific financial or commercial reasons that lead management to conclude that the customer will default. Older debts are considered to be impaired unless there is sufficient evidence to the contrary that they will be settled. The amount of the provision is the difference between the asset's carrying value and the present value of the estimated future cash flows. The carrying amount of the asset is reduced through the use of an allowance account, and the amount of the loss is recognised in the income statement within administrative expenses. When a trade receivable is uncollectible it is written off against the allowance account. Subsequent recoveries of amounts previously written off are credited against administrative expenses in the income statement.

 

Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and short-term deposits in the balance sheet comprise cash at bank and in hand and short-term deposits with an original maturity of less than three months, reduced by overdrafts to the extent that there is a right of offset against other cash balances.

For the purposes of the consolidated cash flow statement, cash and cash equivalents consist of cash and short-term deposits as defined above net of outstanding bank overdrafts.

 

Share capital

Ordinary Shares and Deferred shares are classified as equity. Proceeds in excess of the nominal value of shares issued are allocated to the share premium account and are also classified as equity. Incremental costs directly attributable to the issue of new Ordinary Shares or options are deducted from the share premium account.

 

Merger reserve

The reserve represents a premium on the issue of the ordinary shares for the acquisition of subsidiary undertakings. The relief is only available to the issuing company securing at least a 90% equity holding in the acquired undertaking in pursuance of an arrangement providing for the allotment of equity shares in the issuing company on terms that the consideration for the shares allotted is to be provided by the issue to the issuing company of equity shares in the other company.

 

Trade payables

Trade payables are obligations to pay for goods or services that have been acquired in the ordinary course of business from suppliers. Accounts payable are classified as current liabilities if payment is due within one year or less (or in the normal operating cycle of the business if longer). If not, they are presented as non-current liabilities. Trade payables are recognised initially at fair value and subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method.

 

Borrowings

Borrowings are recognised initially at the fair value of proceeds received, ,net of transaction costs incurred. Borrowings are subsequently carried at amortised cost. Borrowings are classified as current liabilities unless the Group has an unconditional right to defer settlement of the liability for at least 12 months after the balance sheet date.

Borrowing costs are expensed in the consolidated Group income statement under the heading 'finance costs'. Arrangement and facility fees together with bank charges are charged to the income statement under the heading 'administrative costs'.

 

Current and deferred income tax

The tax expense comprises current and deferred tax. Tax is recognised in the income statement, except to the extent that it relates to items recognised in other comprehensive income where the associated tax is also recognised in other comprehensive income.

 

The current income tax charge is calculated on the basis of the tax laws enacted or substantively enacted at the balance sheet date in the countries where the Company and its subsidiaries operate and generate taxable income. Management evaluates positions taken in tax returns with respect to situations in which applicable tax regulation is subject to interpretation and establishes provisions where appropriate on the basis of amounts expected to be paid to the tax authorities.

 

 

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

Deferred tax is disclosed in accordance with IAS 12 and recognised using the liability method, on all temporary differences at the balance sheet date between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their carrying amounts for financial reporting purposes. Deferred tax liabilities are recognised in respect of all temporary differences except where the deferred tax liability arises from the initial recognition of goodwill in business combinations.

 

Deferred tax assets are recognised for all deductible temporary differences, carry-forward of unused tax assets and tax losses, to the extent that they are regarded as recoverable. They are regarded as recoverable where, on the basis of available evidence, there will be sufficient taxable profits against which the future reversal of the underlying temporary differences can be deducted.

 

The carrying value of the amount of deferred tax assets is reviewed at each balance sheet date and reduced to the extent that it is no longer probable that sufficient taxable profit will be available to allow all, or part, of the tax asset to be utilised.

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured at the tax rates that are expected to apply to the year when the asset is realised or the liability is settled, based on the tax rates (and tax laws) that have been substantively enacted at the balance sheet date.

 

Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are offset when there is a legally enforceable right to offset current tax assets against current tax liabilities and when the deferred income tax assets and liabilities relate to income taxes levied by the same taxation authority on either the taxable entity or different taxable entities where there is an intention to settle the balances on a net basis.

 

Right of use assets

 

The Group recognises right of use assets at the commencement date of the lease (i.e., the date the underlying asset is available for use). Right of use assets are measured at cost, less any accumulated depreciation and impairment losses, and adjusted for any remeasurement of lease liabilities. The cost of right of use assets includes the amount of lease liabilities recognised, initial direct costs incurred, and lease payments made at or before the commencement date less any lease incentives received. Unless the Group is reasonably certain to obtain ownership of the leased asset at the end of the lease term, the recognised right of use assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the shorter of its estimated useful life and the lease term. Right of use assets are subject to impairment.

 

Lease liabilities

 

At the commencement date of the lease, the Group recognises lease liabilities measured at the present value of lease payments to be made over the lease term. The lease payments include fixed payments (including in-substance fixed payments) less any lease incentives receivable, variable lease payments that depend on an index or a rate, and amounts expected to be paid under residual value guarantees. The lease payments also include the exercise price of a purchase option reasonably certain to be exercised by the Group and payments of penalties for terminating a lease, if the lease term reflects the Group exercising the option to terminate. The variable lease payments that do not depend on an index or a rate are recognised as expense in the period on which the event or condition that triggers the payment occurs.

 

In calculating the present value of lease payments, the Group uses the incremental borrowing rate at the lease commencement date if the interest rate implicit in the lease is not readily determinable. After the commencement date, the amount of lease liabilities is increased to reflect the accretion of interest and reduced for the lease payments made. In addition, the carrying amount of lease liabilities is remeasured if there is a modification, a change in the lease term, a change in the in-substance fixed lease payments or a change in the assessment to purchase the underlying asset.

 

Short-term leases and leases of low-value assets

 

The Group applies the short-term lease recognition exemption to its short-term leases of machinery and equipment (i.e., those leases that have a lease term of 12 months or less from the commencement date and do not contain a purchase option). It also applies the lease of low-value assets recognition exemption to leases of office equipment that are considered of low value (i.e., below $5,000). Lease payments on short-term leases and leases of low-value assets are recognised as expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Short-term Lease payments expensed in year ended 31/12/19: €19k (2018: Nil).

 

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

Employee benefits

 

Pension obligations

Group companies operate a pension scheme with defined contribution plans. A defined contribution plan is a pension plan under which the Group pays fixed contributions into a separate entity with the pension cost charged to the income statement as incurred.

 

The Group has no further obligations once the contributions have been paid.

 

Share-based payment

Where equity settled share options and warrants are awarded to directors and employees, the fair value of the options and warrants at the date of grant is charged to the consolidated statement of comprehensive income over the vesting period and the corresponding entry recorded in the share-based payment reserve. Non-market vesting conditions are taken into account by adjusting the number of equity instruments expected to vest at each reporting date so that, ultimately, the cumulative amount recognised over the vesting period is based on the number of options that eventually vest.

 

Where the terms and conditions of options are modified before they vest, the increase in the fair value of the options, measured immediately before and after the modification, is also charged to the consolidated statement of comprehensive income over the remaining vesting period.

 

Revenue recognition

 

(a)   Revenue from Contracts

The group provides clinical consulting services and drug development services. Revenue from providing services is recognised in the accounting period in which the services are rendered. For fixed-price contracts, revenue is recognised based on the actual service provided to the end of the reporting period as a proportion of the total services to be provided because the customer receives and uses the benefits simultaneously. This is determined in reference to the stage of completion which is measured by labour hours incurred to the period end as a percentage of the total estimated labour hours for the contract. Where the contract outcome cannot be measured reliably, revenue is recognised to the extent of the expenses recognised that are recoverable.

 

Some contracts include multiple performance obligations in the form of various service offerings. Where the contracts include multiple performance obligations, the transaction price will be allocated to each performance obligation measured by reference to labour hours incurred to the period end as a percentage of the total estimated labour hours to achieve a particular performance obligation. Where the contract outcome cannot be measured reliably, revenue is recognised to the extent of the expenses recognised that are recoverable.

 

Estimates of revenues, costs or extent of progress toward completion are revised if circumstances change. Any resulting increases or decreases in estimated revenues or costs are reflected in profit or loss in the period in which the circumstances that give rise to the revision become known by management.

 

In case of fixed-price contracts, the customer pays the fixed amount based on a payment schedule. If the services rendered by the group exceed the payment, a contract asset is recognised. If the payments exceed the services rendered, a contract liability is recognised.

 

Terms and Conditions tend to vary from contract to contract and in general the payment terms tend to be between 30 and 90 days in The Netherlands and between 30 and 60 days in France and Ireland.

 

Some contracts include references to milestone events. Where no fee is payable until a milestone is achieved, revenue is recognised up to the value of the milestone event set to occur.

 

The group is applying practical expedient per IFRS 15 to not disclose the aggregate amount of the transaction price allocated to the performance obligations that are unsatisfied (or partially unsatisfied) as of the end of the reporting period as the entity has a right to consideration from a customer in an amount that corresponds directly with the value to the customer of the entity's performance completed to date and recognise revenue in the amount to which the entity has a right to invoice.

 

2. Summary of significant accounting policies (Cont'd)

 

 (b) Interest income

Interest income is accrued on a time basis, by reference to the principal outstanding and at the effective interest rate applicable,

which is the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash receipts through the expected life of the financial asset to that asset's net carrying amount.

 

(c) Royalty and license income

Royalty and license income are recognised on an accruals basis in accordance with the substance of the relevant agreements.

 

Dividend distribution

 

Dividend distributions to the Company's shareholders are 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 dividends are recognised when paid.

 

Exceptional items

 

These are items of an unusual or non-recurring nature incurred by the Group and include transactional costs and one-off items relating to business combinations, such as acquisition expenses.

 

3. Financial risk management

 

Financial risk factors

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (foreign exchange risk and cash flow interest rate risk), credit risk, liquidity risk, capital risk and fair value risk. The Group's overall risk management programme focuses on the unpredictability of the financial markets and seeks to minimise the potential adverse effects on the Group's financial performance. The Group does not use derivative financial instruments to hedge risk exposures.

 

Risk management is carried out by the head office finance team. It evaluates and mitigates financial risks in close co-operation with the Group's operating units. The Board provides principles for overall risk management whilst the head office finance team provides specific policy guidance for the operating units in terms of managing foreign exchange risk, credit risk and cash and liquidity management.

 

a) Market risk

     (i) Foreign exchange - cash flow risk

 

The Group's presentational currency is Euro although it operates internationally and is exposed to foreign exchange risk arising from various currency exposures, primarily between Euro, USD and the GBP such that the Group's cash flows are affected by fluctuations in the rate of exchange between Euro and the aforementioned foreign currencies.

Management do not use derivative financial instruments to mitigate the impact of any residual foreign currency exposure not mitigated by the natural hedge within the business model. The Group does not speculate in foreign currencies and no operating Company is permitted to take unmatched positions in any foreign currency.

 

   (ii) Foreign exchange - Fair value risk

Translation exposures that arise on converting the results of overseas subsidiaries are not hedged. Net assets held in foreign currencies are hedged wherever practical by matching borrowings in the same currency. The principal exchange rates used by the Group in translating overseas profits and net assets into Euro are set out in the table below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

                                                                                                                   Average rate        Average rate       Year end rate   Year end rate
Rate compared to Euro                                                                                      
2019                      2018                      2019                   2018

GBP                                                                                                                           0.88                       0.88                        0.85                    0.90

US Dollar                                                                                                                  1.12                       1.18                        1.12                    1.14

 

3. Financial risk management (Cont'd)

 

As a guide to the sensitivity of the Group's results to movements in foreign currency exchange rates, a one cent movement in the GBP to Euro rate would impact annual earnings by approximately €1,000 due to natural hedging (2018 - €500).

 

  (iii) Cash flow and fair value interest rate risk

The Group has assets in the form of cash and cash equivalents and limited interest-bearing liabilities which relate to long-term

borrowing. Interest rates on cash and cash equivalents are currently zero whilst interest rates on borrowings have been fixed and therefore expose the Group to fair value interest rate risk. The Group does not speculate on future changes in interest rates.

 

Where overseas acquisitions are made, it is the Group's policy to arrange any borrowings required in local currency.

 

It is the Group's policy not to trade in derivative financial instruments. The Group does not use interest rate swaps.

 

(b)   Credit risk

 

Credit risk is managed on a Group basis, except for credit risk relating to accounts receivable balances. Each local subsidiary and operating business unit is responsible for managing and analysing the credit risk for each of their new clients before standard payment and delivery terms and conditions are offered. It is the Group policy to obtain deposits from customers where possible, particularly

overseas customers. In addition, the Group will seek confirmed letters of credit for the balances due. Credit risk is managed at the operating business unit level and monitored at the Group level to ensure adherence to Group policies. If there is no independent rating, local management assesses the credit quality of the customer, taking into account its financial position, past experience and other factors. Individual risk limits are set based on internal or external ratings in accordance with limits set by the board. The utilisation of credit limits is regularly monitored.

 

Credit risk also arises from cash and cash equivalents, derivative financial instruments and deposits with banks and financial institutions, as well as credit exposures to customers.

 

(c)    Liquidity risk

 

Cash flow forecasting is performed in the individual operating entities of the Group and is aggregated by Group finance. Group finance monitors cash and cash flow forecasts and it is the Group's liquidity risk management policy to maintain sufficient cash and available funding through an adequate amount of cash and cash equivalents and committed credit facilities from its bankers. Due to the dynamic nature of the underlying businesses, the head office finance team aims to maintain flexibility in funding by keeping sufficient cash and cash equivalents available to fund the requirements of the Group.

 

The Group's policy in relation to the finance of its overseas operations requires that sufficient liquid funds be maintained in each of its territory subsidiaries to support short and medium-term operational plans. Where necessary, short-term funding is provided by the holding Company. In the UK, the working capital bank facility and the management of liquid funds in excess of operational needs are controlled centrally. Typically, excess funds are placed as short-term deposits, to provide a balance between interest earnings and flexibility.

 

The table below analyses the Group's non-derivative financial liabilities into relevant maturity groupings based on the remaining period at the balance sheet date to the contractual maturity date. The amounts disclosed in the table are the contractual undiscounted cash flows.

                                                                                                             Less than            Between            Between       More than
                                                                                                              one year    1 and 2 years    2 and 5 years             5 years           Total
                                                                               Note                           €'000                  €'000                  €'000                €'000          €'000

At 31 December 2019:                         

Borrowings                                                               25                           2,002                           -                           -                         -          2,002

Leased Liabilities                                                     37                               522                     385                     771                         -          1,678

Trade and other payables                                      23                           3,500                        47                          2                         -          3,549

At 31 December 2018:                         

Borrowings                                                               25                           1,360                           -                           -                         -          1,360

Trade and other payables                                      23                               498                           -                           -                         -             498

 

3. Financial risk management (Cont'd)

(d)   Capital risk management

 

The Group's objectives when managing capital are to safeguard the ability to continue as a going concern in order to provide returns for shareholders and benefits for other stakeholders and to maintain an optimal capital structure to reduce the cost of capital.

The Group monitors capital on the basis of the gearing ratio. This ratio is calculated as net debt divided by total capital. Net debt is calculated as total borrowings (including "current and non-current borrowings" as shown in the consolidated balance sheet) less cash and cash equivalents. Total capital is the sum of net debt plus equity.

The Group is currently largely un-geared, having net cash at 31 December 2019. It is the stated strategy of the Group to grow both organically and through acquisition with acquisitions to be funded through a mixture of debt and equity funding.

 

4. Critical accounting estimates and judgements

 

In the process of applying the Group's accounting policies, management has made accounting judgements in the determination of the carrying value of certain assets and liabilities. Due to the inherent uncertainty involved in making assumptions and estimates, actual outcomes will differ from those assumptions and estimates. The following judgements have the most significant effect on the amounts recognised in the financial statements.

 

(a) Business combinations

 

The recognition of business combinations requires the excess of the purchase price of acquisitions over the net book value of assets acquired to be allocated to the assets and liabilities of the acquired entity. The Group makes judgements and estimates in relation to the fair value allocation of the purchase price. If any unallocated portion is positive it is recognised as goodwill. However, in applying the reverse acquisition accounting method this has necessitated the Group to recognise the unallocated portion as deemed acquisition costs as required under IFRS 3 - Business Combinations. See also note 2 (d) regarding reverse acquisition accounting treatment for most recent transaction.

 

(b) Impairment of goodwill and cost of investments

 

The Group tests annually whether goodwill has suffered any impairment, in accordance with the accounting policy stated in note 2. The recoverable amounts of cash-generating units have been determined based on value-in-use calculations. These calculations require the use of estimates as set out in note 17. In addition, the Group has also considered the impairment of the investments in the subsidiaries undertakings as set out in note 18.

 

(c) Impairment of receivables

Trade and other receivables are carried at the contractual amount due less any estimated provision for non-recovery. Provision is

 made based on a number of factors including the age of the receivable, previous collection experience and the financial circumstances of the counterparty.

 

(d) Deferred tax assets

 

Deferred tax assets are only recognised to the extent that it is probable that future taxable profits will be available against which deductible temporary differences can be utilised. See note 24.

 

(e)   Intangible assets

 

The Group amortises intangible assets over their estimated useful life.  The useful lives of Trade Secrets, Customer relationships, Workforce and Intellectual Property Rights have been estimated by the Group as stated in note 2. The Group tests annually whether there is any indication that Intangible assets have been impaired.

 

(f)    Revenue recognition

 

Estimates of revenues, costs or extent of progress toward completion are revised if circumstances change. Any resulting increases or decreases in estimated revenues or costs are reflected in profit or loss in the period in which the circumstances that give rise to the revision become known by management.

 

5. Segmental reporting

 

Management has determined the Group's operating segments based on the monthly management reports presented to the Chief Operating Decision Maker ('CODM'). The CODM is the Executive Directors and the monthly management reports are used by the Group to make strategic decisions and allocate resources.

 

The principal activity of the Group is that of a Clinical Research Organisation (CRO) providing a suite of consulting and clinical trial services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device organisations.  As the majority of the Group's contracts are large, multi-country contracts, pulling resources from many different locations, the CODM considers this one business unit.

 

A second business unit relates to the development of a Data platform of rare disease patients in Europe.

 

Currently the key operating performance measures used by the CODM are Revenue and adjusted EBITDA (before exceptional items).

 

The segment information provided to the Board for the reportable segments for the year ended 31 December 2019 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

2019

2019

2018

 

CRO

Data

Platform

Total

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Income statement

 

 

 

 

External revenue and other income

4,039

-

4,039

-

EBITDA before exceptional items

(3,549)

(762)

(4,311)

(1,611)

Exceptional items

(811)

-

(811)

-

EBITDA

(4,360)

(762)

(5,122)

(1,611)

Depreciation

(336)

(1)

(337)

-

Amortisation

(378)

-

(378)

-

Operating (loss)

(5,074)

(763)

(5,837)

(1,611)

Net finance (costs)

(137)

(262)

(399)

(45)

Share Options Reserve charge

(120)

-

(120)

-

Loss on Financial Asset Investments

(263)

-

(263)

-

Retained (loss) before tax

(5,594)

(1,025)

(6,619)

(1,656)

 

 

 

 

 

Segment assets

 

 

 

 

Intangibles

3,380

-

3,380

-

PPE

216

7

223

1

ROU Assets

1,541

-

1,541

-

Trade and other debtors

4,252

12

4,264

36

Cash

1,197

22

1,219

165

Total assets

10,586

41

10,627

202

Segment liabilities

 

 

 

 

Operating liabilities

(4,877)

(398)

(5,275)

(498)

Borrowings

(1,652)

(350)

(2,002)

(1,360)

Total liabilities

(6,529)

(748)

(7,277)

(1,858)

 

 

6. Expenses - analysis by nature

 

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

Employee benefit expense (note 10)

5,931

438

PPE Depreciation (note 16) and amortisation (note 17)

448

-

Depreciation related to Right of use Assets (Note 37)

267

-

Exceptional items (note 7)

811

-

Foreign exchange losses

128

-

Professional fees

516

303

Travel

212

135

Printing, postage, stationary

8

8

Subcontractors and freelancers

317

-

Other expenses

1,238

727

Total direct project and administrative costs

9,876

1,611

 

 

7. Exceptional items

 

Included within Administrative expenses are exceptional items as shown below:

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

€'000

€'000

Exceptional items include:

 

 

 

- Transaction costs relating to business combinations and acquisitions

 

811

-

Total exceptional items

 

811

-

 

 

 

8. Auditor remuneration

Services provided by the Company's auditor and its associates. During the year the Group (including its overseas subsidiaries) obtained the following services from the Company's auditor and its associates:

 

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

Fees payable to Company's auditor for the audit of the parent Company and consolidated financial statements

30

7

Fees payable to the auditors of subsidiaries for services:

 

 

- The audit of Company's subsidiaries pursuant to legislation paid to Company Auditor

24

-

- The audit of Company's subsidiaries pursuant to legislation paid to other Auditors

51

 

- Other services

16

-

- Tax services

9

-

Total auditor's remuneration

130

7

 

 

 

 

9. Directors' emoluments

 

2019

2018

 

 

€'000

€'000

 

Aggregate emoluments

370

376

 

Contribution to defined contribution pension scheme

15

45

 

Total directors' remuneration

385

421

 

 

See further disclosures within the Remuneration Report on page 12.

 

 

2019

2018

 

Highest paid Director

€'000

€'000

 

Total emoluments received

102

179

 

Defined contribution pension scheme

15

45

 

 

No share options were exercised in the year by highest paid director nor was there any shares awarded to that director in the year.

 

10. Employee benefit expense

 

2019

2018

 

 

€'000

€'000

 

Wages and salaries

4,792

359

 

Social security costs

823

29

 

Pension costs

316

50

 

Total employee benefit expense

5,931

438

 

 

 

11. Average number of people employed

 

2019

2018

 

 

No

No

 

Average number of people (including Executive Directors) employed was:

 

 

 

Administration

34

5

 

Clinical research

100

-

 

Sales and marketing

9

-

 

Total average number of people employed

143

5

 

 

The total number of employees at 31 December 2019 was 132 (2018 - 5).

 

12. Finance income and costs

 

2019

2018

 

 

€'000

€'000

 

Interest expense:

 

 

 

- Interest on Lease liabilities (Note 37)

(55)

-

 

- Interest on other loans

(344)

(45)

 

Finance costs

(399)

(45)

 

Finance income

 

 

 

- Interest income on cash and short-term deposits

-

-

 

Finance income

-

-

 

Net finance expense

(399)

(45)

 

 

13. Income tax expense

 

 

 

 

 

2019

2018

 

Group

€'000

€'000

 

Current tax:

 

 

 

Current tax for the year

-

-

 

Overprovision of prior year tax charge

-

-

 

Total current tax (credit)

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax (note 24):

 

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

(76)

-

 

Total deferred tax

(76)

-

 

Income tax (credit)

(76)

-

 

 

The tax on the Group's results before tax differs from the theoretical amount that would arise using the standard tax rate applicable to the profits of the consolidated entities as follows:

 

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

(Loss) before tax

(6,619)

(1,656)

 

 

 

Tax calculated at domestic tax rates applicable to UK standard rate of tax of 19.00% (2018 - 19%)

(1,258)

(315)

Tax effects of:

 

 

- Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

189

3

-Temporary timing differences

(76)

(312)

- Losses carried forward

1,069

-

Income tax (credit)

(76)

-

 

There are no tax effects on the items in the statement of comprehensive income. The effect of losses is discussed in note 24.

 

14. Loss per share

(a) Basic                                                

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.

 

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

 

 

 

(Loss) from continuing operations

(6,543)

(1,656)

Total

(6,543)

(1,656)

 

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares in issue

165,081,000

211,000

 

Earnings per share from continuing operations

(3.96c)

(785.2c)

 

 

 

(b) Diluted

Due to the losses in the periods the effect of the share options and warrants noted below were considered to be anti-dilutive.

Details of share options are given in note 32. Details of warrants outstanding are given in note 26.

 

14. Loss per share (Cont'd)

 

 

2019

2018

 

 

 

Potential dilutive ordinary shares:

 

 

Weighted Options

9,131,123

-

Weighted Warrants

6,651,204

-

Total

15,782,327

-

 

 

 

 

 

15. Dividends

 

There were no dividends paid or proposed by the Company in either year.

 

 

16. Property, plant and equipment

 

Group

 

 

Fixtures & fittings

€'000

 

 

Cost

 

At 1 January 2019

1

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

812

Additions

37

Disposals

(11)

Exchange differences

-

At 31 December 2019

839

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

At 1 January 2019

-

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

546

Charge for the year

77

Elimination on disposal

(7)

Exchange differences

-

At 31 December 2019

616

 

 

 

Net book value

 

At 31 December 2019

223

At 31 December 2018

1

 

The Company had no property, plant and equipment at 31/12/2019. (2018: €1,000 -removed on transfer to Open Orphan plc).

 

 

 

17. Intangible fixed assets

Group

 

Customer relationships

€'000

Trade secrets

€'000

Goodwill

€'000

Intellectual Property Rights

€'000

Workforce

€'000

Total

€'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

1,654

705

1,810

360

1,468

5,997

Additions

-

-

3,140

-

-

3,140

Disposals

-

-

-

-

-

-

At 31 December 2019

1,654

705

4,950

360

1,468

9,137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

-

-

-

-

-

-

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

1,504

435

1,810

360

1,270

5,379

Charge for the year

150

30

-

-

198

378

Disposals

-

-

-

-

-

-

At 31 December 2019

1,654

465

1,810

360

1,468

5,757

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2019

-

240

3,140

-

-

3,380

At 31 December 2018

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Goodwill was allocated to the Group's cash-generating units (CGU's) identified according to operating segment. An operating segment-level summary of the goodwill allocation is presented below.

 

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

CRO

3,140

-

Data Platforms

-

-

Total

3,140

-

 

 

Goodwill is tested for impairment at the balance sheet date. The recoverable amount of goodwill at 31 December 2019 was assessed at €3,140k (2018: Nil) on the basis of value in use. An impairment loss was not recognised as a result of this review.

 

The key assumptions in the calculation to assess value in use are the future revenues and the ability to generate future cash flows. The most recent financial results and forecast approved by management for the next two years were used followed by an extrapolation of expected cash flows at a constant growth rate for a further seven years. The projected results were discounted at a rate which is a prudent evaluation of the pre-tax rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the cash-generating units.

 

 

The key assumptions used for value in use calculations in 2019 were as follows:

 

 

%

Longer-term growth rate (from 2022 onwards)

 

2.5

Discount rate

 

15

 

The impairment review is prepared on the group basis rather than a single unit basis.

 

17. Intangible fixed assets (Cont'd)

 

The Directors have made significant estimates on future revenues and EBITDA growth over the next ten years based on the Group's budgeted investment in recruiting key employees and marketing the services.

 

The Directors have performed a sensitivity analysis to assess the impact of downside risk of the key assumptions underpinning the projected results of the Group. The projections and associated headroom used for the group is sensitive to the EBITDA growth assumptions that have been applied.

 

The Company has no intangible assets.

 

18a. Investments in subsidiaries

 

Company

2019

2018

Shares in Group undertakings

€'000

€'000

At 1 January

-

-

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

3,272

-

Investment in Open Orphan DAC

6,362

 

Disposal

-

-

At 31 December

9,634

-

 

 

Investments in Group undertakings are recorded at cost, which is the fair value of the consideration paid. Following review an impairment provision of nil (2018: nil) has been made to the investment in subsidiaries.

 

The subsidiaries of Open Orphan Plc are as follows:

                               

Name of Company                                             Note   Proportion Held     Class of Shareholding           Nature of Business

Venn Life Sciences Limited                                      1            100% (direct)          Ordinary                      Intermediate holding company

Venn Life Sciences (Ireland) Limited                      1            100% (indirect)       Ordinary                      Group Service company

Venn Life Sciences B.V.                                             2            100% (indirect)       Ordinary                      Clinical Research Organisation

Venn Life Sciences UK Limited                                4            100% (indirect)       Ordinary                      Clinical Research Organisation

Venn Life Sciences (NI) Limited                               5            100% (direct)          Ordinary                      Clinical Research Organisation

Venn Life Sciences (Germany) Gmbh                     6            100% (direct)          Ordinary                      Clinical Research Organisation

Venn Life Science (France) S.A.S.                           3            100% (direct)          Ordinary                      Data management and

                                                                                                                                                                             randomisation systems

Venn Life Sciences (EDS) B.V.                                  2            100% (direct)          Ordinary                      Pre-clinical & early clinical

                                                                                                                                                                             Research Organisation

Kinesis Singapore Pte.                                               7            100% (indirect)       Ordinary                      Pre-clinical & early clinical

                                                                                                                                                                             Research Organisation

Open Orphan DAC                                                     1            100% (direct)          Ordinary                      Orphan and Rare Drug services

Notes

1.  Incorporated and registered in Ireland.

2.  Incorporated and registered in the Netherlands.

3.  Incorporated and registered in France.

4. Incorporated and registered in England and Wales

5. Incorporated and registered in Northern Ireland

6. Incorporated and registered in Germany

7. Incorporated and registered in Singapore

 

All the subsidiaries are included in the consolidation. The proportions of voting shares held by the parent Company do not differ from the proportion of Ordinary Shares held.

 

18b. Investments - Integumen Plc

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

Shares in undertakings

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

At 1 January

-

-

-

-

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

702

-

-

-

Sales Proceeds

(605)

-

-

-

Loss on disposal

(97)

-

-

-

At 31 December

-

-

-

 -

Venn Life Sciences Limited's holding in Integumen PLC ordinary shares with a market value of €702k, at the date of the reverse takeover, were sold in July 2019 for €605k (net of commission).

18c. Other impairments of investments

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

At 1 January

-

-

-

-

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

166

-

31

-

Impairment

(166)

-

(31)

-

At 31 December

-

-

-

 -

A decision to impair in full  some balances transferred from the Venn Group was made due to uncertainty over recoverability. These balances were held in Investments (See note 20), Trade debtors and  Prepayments.

 

19. Financial instruments by category

 

(a) Assets

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

31 December

 

 

 

 

Assets as per balance sheet

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

3,871

-

6,414

-

Cash and cash equivalents

1,219

165

495

165

Total

5,090

165

6,909

165

 

(b) Liabilities

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

31 December

 

 

 

 

Liabilities as per balance sheet

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

2,002

1,360

1,469

1,360

Lease Liabilities (Note 37)

1,678

-

-

-

Trade and other payables

2,622

498

1,597

498

Total

6,302

1,858

3,066

1,858

 

Liabilities in the analysis above are all categorised as 'other financial liabilities at amortised cost' for the Group and Company.

 

 

(c) Credit quality of financial assets

The Group is exposed to credit risk from its operating activities (primarily for trade receivables and other receivables) and from its financing activities, including deposits with banks and financial institutions, foreign exchange transactions and other financial instruments.

 

The Group's maximum exposure to credit risk, due to the failure of counter parties to perform their obligations as at 31 December 2019 and 31 December 2018, in relation to each class of recognised financial assets, is the carrying amount of those assets as indicated in the accompanying balance sheets.

 

Trade receivables

The credit quality of trade receivables that are neither past due date nor impaired have been assessed based on historical information about the counterparty default rate. The Group does not hold any other receivable balances with customers, whose past default has resulted in the non-recovery of the receivables balances.

 

Cash at bank

The credit quality of cash has been assessed by reference to external credit ratings, based on reputable credit agencies' long-term issuer ratings:

 

2019

2018

 Rating

€'000

€'000

A - AAA

1,213

-

Sub-A rating

6

165

Total

1,219

165

 

The balance categorised as Sub-A rating is a deposit held with Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. (Guaranteed by Irish government as key shareholder).

 

20. Investments

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Beginning of the year

31

-

31

-

(31)

-

(31)

-

End of the year

-

-

-

-

 

At the year-end a provision was made against the value of the investment, which consisted of a minority shareholding in Arcis Biotechnology Holdings Limited, a privately held company operating in the biotechnology industry.

 

 

21. Trade and other receivables

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Trade receivables

1,850

-

-

-

Less: provision for impairment of trade receivables

(-)

(-)

(-)

(-)

Trade receivables - net

1,850

-

-

-

Prepayments and accrued income (Note 35)

2,013

3

86

3

Amounts owed by subsidiary undertakings

-

-

5,899

-

Other receivables

387

-

515

-

 

4,250

3

6,500

3

 

21. Trade and other receivables (Cont'd)

The Directors consider that the carrying amount of trade and other receivables approximates to their fair value.

The carrying amounts of the Group's trade and other receivables denominated in foreign currencies were as follows:

 

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

UK Sterling

89

-

460

-

Euros

4,161

3

6,040

3

 

4,250

3

6,500

3

 

22. Cash and cash equivalents

 

Cash and cash equivalents include the following for the purposes of the statement of cash flows:

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Cash at bank and on hand

1,219

165

495

165

Cash and cash equivalents (excluding bank overdrafts)

1,219

165

495

165

 

The Group's cash and cash equivalents are held in non-interest-bearing accounts. The Directors consider that the carrying amount of cash and cash equivalents approximates to their fair value.

 

23. Trade and other payables

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Trade payables

596

-

36

-

Amounts due to subsidiary undertakings

-

-

1,135

-

Social security and other taxes

661

3

-

3

Other payables *

408

24

108

24

Accrued expenses and deferred income

1,884

471

318

471

 

3,549

498

1,597

498

*€49,000 of other payables are due after one year after year end 2019 (2018: Nil). All other balances are due within 1 year.

 

24. Deferred income tax

 

Deferred tax liabilities

Deferred tax balances were as follows:

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Deferred tax liabilities

48

-

-

-

 

48

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities were made up as follows:

 

 

 

 

Accelerated tax depreciation

48

-

-

-

 

48

-

-

-

 

24. Deferred income tax (Cont'd)

 

Deferred tax assets

Deferred income tax assets are recognised to the extent that the realisation of the related tax benefit through future taxable profits is probable. There was no deferred tax asset recognised for the Company. The gross movement on the deferred income tax account is as follows:

 

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

At 1 January

-

-

-

-

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

126

 

 

 

Income statement movement (note 13)

(76)

-

-

-

At 31 December

48

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

25. Borrowings

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Current - falling due within 1 year

Loan Notes

1,469

-

1,469

-

Convertible debenture securities("CDS")

350

1,360

-

1,360

Invoice Discounting

183

-

-

-

 Total borrowings

2,002

1,360

1,469

1,360

 

The Company and Group do not have bank borrowings. All Borrowings due within one year.

 

 

Venn Life Sciences Limited entered into an invoice discounting arrangement with Capital Flow in November 2018 to help improve cash flow for that company. At 31 December 2019 a balance of €183k (2018: €469k pre reverse acquisition) had been drawn down from Capital Flow and was secured against amounts receivable from trade debtors.

 

This liability of €183k is repayable to capital flow within 90 days, regardless of whether the customer has settled their invoices with the company within that time. Capital flow has registered a fixed and floating charge over the trade debtors balance in Venn Life Sciences Limited. Capital flow charged the company an arrangement fee for setting up this invoice discounting facility.

On a monthly basis Capital Flow charge the company a fixed administration fee to the company for use of the facility as well as variable discount fees, trust account fees and disbursement fees depending on the level of use of the invoice discounting facility.

 

Loan Notes for £1m (€1,175k) were issued on 11 December 2018. The loan notes have a 2-year term. The loan notes have a 10% coupon rate. Interest is payable at six monthly intervals.

 

Loan Notes for £250k (€294k) were issued on 6 April 2019. The loan notes have a 13-month term. The loan notes have an 8% coupon rate. Interest is payable at six monthly intervals.

 

There are 2 remaining Convertible debenture securities holders and they are entitled to interest of 7% per annum on their securities. Neither of these CDS holders chose to convert their securities into Ordinary shares in Open Orphan DAC at the time of the reverse takeover of the Venn Group in June 2019. Consequently, these CDS holdings can be redeemed by the company at any time from June 2020 up to March 2022. Following reverse acquisition the holders lost their right to convert.

 

 

 

26. Share capital

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

254,572,567 (2018 - 210,902) Ordinary shares of £0.001

295

-

295

-

62,833,339 (2018 - Nil) Deferred shares of £0.001

77

-

77

-

Total

372

-

372

-

 

Deferred shares have no rights to income, capital or voting and the Company has the right to acquire all such shares for an aggregate price of £1.

During the year the Company issued 183,177,419 shares. 182,098,111 issued @ £0.056/share, 382,102 @ £0.001/share, 697,206 @ £0.022/share.

 

Warrants

 6,744,500 warrants existed at 31 December 2019 (2018: 6,216,666).

 

166,666 warrants were granted on 7 June 2011 and exercisable from the date of grant to 6 June 2021. The exercise price was €0.353 (30p) per ordinary share under warrant.

 

1,759,752 warrants were granted on 11 December 2018 and are exercisable from the date of grant to 10 December 2023. The exercise price is €0.001 (0.1p) per ordinary share under warrant. 3,210,940 warrants were granted on 11 December 2018 and are exercisable from the date of grant to 10 December 2023. The exercise price is €0.026 (2.2p) per ordinary share under warrant.

 

1,607,142 warrants were granted on 28 June 2019 and are exercisable from the date of grant to 27 June 2024. The exercise price was €0.066 (5.6p) per ordinary share under warrant.

 

27. Other reserves

 

Group and Company

 

Share Premium

 

Share premium is the difference between the nominal value of share capital and the actual cash received on fund-raising less any costs associated with the fund-raising.

 

Merger Reserves

 

This includes reverse acquisition reverse which resulted from the reverse acquisition of Venn Life Sciences Holdings Plc by Open Orphan DAC on 28 June 2019. See note 2 (d). Also includes a Group re-organisation reserve relating to previous re-organisation of the Old Venn Group.

 

 

Foreign Currency Reserve

 

The two subsidiaries, Venn Life Sciences NI Ltd and Venn Life Sciences UK Ltd, are denominated in GBP (£), whilst the reporting currency of the Group is Eur. Hence the Foreign Currency Reserve arises.

 

Share Option Reserve

 

A share option reserve of €178,000 was created in June 2019, prior to the reverse takeover of Venn Life Sciences Holdings PLC by OO DAC, in relation to the share options and warrants issued in June 2019. A further provision of €120,000 was made after the reverse takeover.

 

27. Other reserves (Cont'd)

 

Retained Earnings

 

For Group and Company, retained earnings brought forward reflect the retained earnings of OO DAC prior to the reverse takeover of Venn Life Sciences Holdings PLC by OO DAC.

 

Group earnings for the current year reflect the earnings of OO DAC only up to the date of the Reverse acquisition and the combined earnings of OO DAC and Venn Life Sciences Holdings PLC (now renamed Open Orphan PLC) from date of reverse acquisition to year end.

 

For Company earnings for the current year reflect the earnings of OO DAC only up to the date of the Reverse acquisition and the earnings of Venn Life Sciences Holdings PLC (now renamed Open Orphan PLC) - company only - from date of reverse acquisition to year end.

 

 

28. Cash used in operations

 

Group

Group

Company

Company

 

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

€'000

€'000

Loss before income tax

(6,619)

(1,656)

(1,857)

(1,656)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

- Depreciation and amortisation (Note 6)

715

1

-

1

- Foreign currency translation of net assets

(58)

-

-

-

- Exceptional Items (Note 7)

811

-

811

-

- Net finance costs/(Income) (Note 12)

399

45

(394)

45

- Share Option Reserve (Note 32)

120

-

120

-

Changes in working capital

 

 

 

 

- Losses/Impairments on Investments (Note 18b/18c)

263

-

73

-

- Lease Payments (Note 37)

(318)

-

-

-

- Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

 

 

(1,993)

 

- (Increase)/Decrease Trade and other receivables

2,185

(36)

-

(36)

- (Decrease)/Increase Trade and other payables

(749)

497

-

497

Net cash used in operations

(3,251)

(1,149)

(3,240)

(1,149)

 

29. Related Party Disclosures

 

Directors

Directors' emoluments are set out in the Report of the Remuneration Committee Report.

 

Key management compensation for the year was as follows:

 

2019

2018

 

€'000

€'000

Aggregate emoluments

370

376

Employer contribution to pension scheme

15

45

 

385

421

Key management includes the Directors only.

 

 

 

 

 

29. Related Party Disclosures (Cont'd)

 

Group

On 10 November 2016 the group signed a contract worth €2.5m with Sedana Medical AB ("Sedana Medical").

The then CEO of Sedana Medical, Michael Ryan, was also a director of Venn Life Sciences. Accordingly, Michael Ryan was a related party of Venn Life Sciences as defined in the AIM Rules and ESM Rules. As a result, the contract is treated as a "related party transaction" under the AIM Rules and the ESM Rules. 

 

The Independent Directors, at that date, being Allan Wood, Anthony Richardson, Jonathan Hartshorn, Gracielle Schutjens, Cornelius Groen, Paul Kennedy and Mary Sheahan, who are not related parties under the AIM Rules and ESM Rules for the purpose of the contract, having consulted with Davy, the Company's NOMAD and ESM adviser, for the purpose of the AIM Rules and ESM Rules, considered the contract to be fair and reasonable insofar as the shareholders of the Company are concerned. Michael Ryan did not take part in the Board's consideration of these matters.

 

Executive Group Chairman, Cathal Friel, holds a share of £108,642 of the £1m loan note issued in December 2018 through his pension vehicle. Cathal Friel also holds all of the £250k loan note issued in April 2019. Loan note interest of €17k accrued in 2019.Cathal Friel is also a director of Raglan Road Capital Ltd which rents office space and provides advisory and office related services to Open Orphan DAC (2019 charge €97k; 2018 charge €707k). Balance owed by Group to Raglan Road Capital Ltd at year end 2019 was €324,204 (2018: €439,013). Additionally, €29,587 of wages was owed to Cathal Friel at year end 2019 (2018: Nil).

 

There were no other related party transactions during the year.

 

The Company

 

During the year the Company absorbed management charges of €384,010 (2018 - Nil) from its subsidiary undertakings. At 31 December 2019 the Company was owed €5,200,109 (2018 - Nil) by its subsidiaries.

 

30. Capital commitments

 

The Group had no capital commitments at 31 December 2019 or at 31 December 2018.

 

31. Discontinued Operations

 

There were no discontinued operations in 2019 or 2018.

 

32. Share options

 

The Group has share option plans under which it grants share options to certain Directors and senior management of the Group.

 

To date no share options have vested. Some share options have been forfeited as a result of the Director or employee leaving the Group before options vested.

 

Number of outstanding share options remaining at 31 December 2019:

 

Date of Grant

# Options at

01/01/2019

Options Transferred from OO PLC

# of Options Granted

# of Options Forfeited

# Options at 31/12/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

28/01/2015

-

1,680,000

-

 

1,680,000

14/09/2017

-

3,560,000

-

250,000

3,310,000

28/06/2019

-

3,858,482

3,858,482

 

7,716,964

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

-

9,098,482

3,858,482

250,000

12,706,964

 

 

32. Share options (Cont'd)

 

The weighted-average exercise price of all options outstanding at year end is 8.5p and weighted-average remaining contractual life is 3.2 years.

The pricing and vesting criteria of the share options in existence at 31 December 2019 are as follows:

 

In relation to the Options granted in 2015 and 2017:

 

Options in issue 31/12/2019

 

 

4,990,000

Exercise price (equal thirds when price hits 25p/35p/45p)

 

 

13p

Expected volatility

 

 

28%

Expected dividend

 

 

0%

Contractual life

 

 

3.5 years

Risk free rate

 

 

95%

Estimated fair value of each option

 

 

£0.00

         

 

In relation to the Options granted in 2019:

 

Options in issue 31/12/2019

 

 

7,716,964

Exercise price (equal thirds when price hits 25p/35p/45p)

 

 

5.6p

Expected volatility

 

 

60%

Expected dividend

 

 

0%

Contractual life

 

 

5 years

Risk free interest rate

 

 

1.84%

Estimated fair value of each option

 

 

£0.02

         

 

Charge for year was €120,000 (2018 - Nil). The share options granted in 2015 and 2017 have no value. A share option reserve (€178,000) was created before the reverse takeover in relation to the shares and warrants granted in June 2019.  A further charge was made of €120,000 to year end 2019 bringing total reserve to €298,000. The Company has used the Black Scholes model to value the options at 31 December 2019. This method simulates a range of possible future share price scenarios and calculates the average of net present value of the option across those scenarios and which captures the effect of the market-based performance conditions applying to such awards. The expected volatility was calculated with refence to historic share price movements.

 

33. Other operating income

 

Other operating income represents government grants received to fund Research and Development activities.

 

34. Post balance sheet events

 

The following events have taken place since the year end:

 

a)     Completed a merger to acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of hVIVO plc for an aggregate consideration of approximately GBP£13 million in equity on 17th January 2020

b)    Re-admission of the Enlarged Share Capital following the merger of Open Orphan plc and hVIVO plc to trading on AIM and Euronext Growth on 17th January 2020

c)     Executed a placing on 31st January 2020 raising GBP £5.3 million (before expenses) 

d)    Cathal Friel, CEO, became Executive Chairman; Brendan Buckley, Chairman, became Non-Executive director and Trevor Philips, CEO of hVIVO Plc became CEO of Open Orphan Plc Group and was appointed to the board on January 17th 2020. Christian Milla, Michael Ryan and David Kelly resigned from the board on 17th January 2020. Michael Meade and Mark Warne were appointed to the board on the same date. Leo Toole was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 13th February and, subsequently appointed to the board on 27th February 2020.

e)    Trevor Philips resigned as a Director on 4th May 2020

f)     Executed a placing on 22 May 2020 raising GBP£12.6 million (before expenses)

 

35.  Revenue, Assets and Liabilities related to contracts with customers

The group derives revenues from external customers from the provision of Clinical consulting services and drug development services split into various service offerings across various geographical regions.

 

A.    2019 Revenue from contracts with customers by service offering:

Division

2019 Revenue €

2018 Revenue €

Full Service

73

-

BiosStats

258

-

RTSM (IRT)

337

-

Data Management

438

-

Med & Meth

236

-

Early Clinical

1,451

-

Non Clinical*

266

-

CMC*

791

-

QA

93

-

Misc.

96

-

Total

4,039

-

 

Net accrued income,  related to contracts with customers

 

2019

2018

 

Total

Total

 

€'000

€'000

Net Accrued Income brought forward

-

-

Transfer re Open Orphan PLC

1,848

-

Movement in the period:

-       arising from a change in the measure of progress

-       arising from impairment of a contract asset

-       arising from a change in the time frame for a performance obligation to be satisfied

-       a change in the time frame for a right to consideration to become

(1,141)

-

Net Accrued Income carried forward

707

-

 

 

 

Split:

 

 

Accrued Income

1,634

 

Deferred Income

(927)

 

Net Accrued Income

707

 

 

The costs incurred to obtain or fulfil a contract which has been recognised as contract assets have been determined with reference to labour hours incurred to the period end as a percentage of the total estimated labour hours to complete specified performance obligations as stipulated by the relevant contracts. Contract assets are not amortised as they are of a short- term nature.  Contract assets at year end 2019 were €7,650,000 (2018: Nil) and contract liabilities were €6,531,000 (2018: Nil).

 

 

36. Pensions

 

The Group operates a number of defined contribution pension schemes whose assets are held separately from those of the Group in independently administered funds. The pension charge represents contributions payable by the Group and amounted to €316,000 for the year (period ending 31 December 2018: €50,000). Contributions totalling €42,000 were payable to the fund at the year end and are included within trade and other payables (31 December 2018: €23,000).

 

37. Leases

 

Amounts recognised in the statement of financial position

 

 

Right of use assets

Lease liabilities

 

 

€'000

€'000

As at 1 January 2019

 

-

-

Transfer re Open Orphan plc

 

1,808

1,941

Depreciation expense (Note 6)

 

(267)

-

Interest expense (Note 12)

 

-

55

Payments (Note 28)

 

-

(318)

As at 31 December 2019

 

1,541

1,678

 

Current

-

522

 

Non-current

1,541

1,156

 

               

 

Maturity of leases

 

 

31 December

 

 

2019

 

 

£'000

Current - Within one year

 

522

Non-Current - Between one to two years

 

385

Non-Current - Between two to five years

 

771

 

 

1,678

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proforma Statement of Comprehensive Income - Open Orphan Plc (on a stand-alone basis and excluding any impact of the 28 June 2019 combination with Open Orphan DAC.)

 

The schedule below reflects normalized Comprehensive Income for Open Orphan Plc (formerly Venn Life Sciences Holdings Plc) as if it were presented on a stand-alone basis and excluded any impact of the 28 June 2019 combination with Open Orphan DAC. Moreover, the schedule does not reflect any 2019 results for hVIVO plc.

 

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

€'000

 

€'000

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

9,374

 

13,920

Direct Project and Administrative Costs

 

(16,323)

 

(16,658)

Other operating income

 

480

 

371

Operating (loss)

 

(6,469)

 

(2,367)

  Depreciation

 

(660)

 

(95)

  Amortisation

 

(756)

 

(840)

  Exceptional items

 

(-)

 

(-)

EBITDA before exceptional items

 

(5,053)

 

(1,432)

Finance Expense/ income

 

(305)

 

10

Impairment of Financial Asset Investments

 

-

 

(421)

Impairment of Intangible Assets

 

-

 

(2,232)

Gain on sale of Financial Asset Investment

 

181

 

-

(Loss) before income tax

 

(6,593)

 

(5,010)

Income tax credit

 

151

 

235

(Loss) for the year from continuing operations

 

(6,442)

 

(4,775)

(Loss) for the year is attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Owners of the parent

 

(6,442)

 

(4,775)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

(44)

 

85

Total comprehensive (loss) for the year

 

(6,486)

 

(4,690)

Total comprehensive (loss) for the year is attributable to:

 

 

 

 

Owners of the parent

 

(6,486)

 

(4,690)

Total comprehensive (loss) for the year attributable to owners of the parent arises from:

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

(6,486)

 

(4,690)

 

 

(6,486)

 

(4,690)

 

 


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