Half-year Report

Released : 31/08/2017

RNS Number : 3663P
Alfa Financial Software Hldgs PLC
31 August 2017
 

31 August 2017

Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC

 

H1 2017 INTERIM RESULTS

 

Strong momentum and execution in H1 2017

 

Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC ("Alfa" or the "Company"), a leading developer of mission critical software for the asset finance industry, today publishes its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2017.

 

Financial Highlights:

 


H1 2017

H1 2016

Growth

Statutory Highlights

£million unless otherwise stated

£million unless otherwise stated

%

Revenue

45.1

28.7

57

Operating profit

14.0

12.1

15

Profit for the period

10.1

9.2

10

Earnings per share - basic

3.6 pence

2.6 pence

38

 

 


H1 2017

H1 2016

Growth

Financial Highlights (1)

£million unless otherwise stated

£million unless otherwise stated

%

Revenue - constant currency

43.9

34.0

29

Adjusted EBIT

21.4

12.1

77

Adjusted EBIT - constant currency

20.2

16.8

20

Adjusted earnings per share - diluted

5.7 pence

2.5 pence

128

(1)   See definitions section for further information of calculation of measures not specifically defined by IFRS

 

 

Operational Highlights:

 

•    Two new customer wins in H1 2017, taking total number of customers to 31

•    Three successful completed implementations

•    Increased headcount to 300 by June 2017, providing increased fee earning capacity

•    Successful listing on the London Stock Exchange

 

Commenting on today's results, Andrew Denton, CEO of Alfa, said:

 

"We are proud and delighted to deliver this first interim report following our IPO on the London Stock Exchange in June this year. Our IPO was always about creating a platform to grow our business and in the relatively short period since then we've continued to deliver on our strategic plan, maintaining focus on expanding our customer base and on the ongoing development of Alfa Systems."

 

Outlook:

 

In the first half of the financial year, Alfa continued to build upon the success of the Group's highly differentiated strategy to deliver a superior platform for an addressable market of over $3 billion. The Board continues to expect to report high-teens top line growth while also delivering consistent Adjusted EBIT margins. In addition to two contract wins in June 2017 and ongoing demand from the existing customer base, Alfa continues to see a strong and diverse pipeline of opportunities which underpin the Board's confidence into 2018 and beyond.

 

 

Enquiries

 

 

Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC

Andrew Denton, Chief Executive

Viv Maclachlan, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Page, Executive Chairman

 

+44 (0)20 7588 1800

Tulchan Communications LLP

James Macey White

Matt Low

Deborah Roney

 

+44 (0)20 7353 4200

Barclays

Phil Shelley

Robert Mayhew

Edward Hill

 

+44 (0)20 7623 2323

Numis

James Taylor

Simon Willis

Tom Ballard

 

+44 (0)20 7260 1000



Notes to Editors

 

Alfa has been delivering systems and consultancy services to the global asset and automotive finance industry since 1990. Our best practice methodologies and specialised knowledge of asset finance mean that we deliver the largest software implementations and most complex business change projects. With an excellent delivery history over nearly three decades in the industry, Alfa's track record is unrivalled.

 

Alfa Systems, our class-leading technology platform, is at the heart of some of the world's largest asset finance companies. Key to the business case for each implementation is Alfa Systems' ability to replace multiple client systems on a single platform. Alfa Systems supports both retail and corporate business for auto, equipment, wholesale and dealer finance on a multijurisdictional basis, including leases/loans, originations and servicing. An end-to-end solution with integrated workflow and automated processing using business rules, the opportunities that Alfa Systems presents to asset finance companies are clear and compelling.

 

With over 30 clients utilising Alfa in 26 countries, Alfa has offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States. For more information, visit alfasystems.com.

 

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REVIEW

 

A landmark period for Alfa

 

We are proud and delighted to deliver our first interim report following our IPO on the London Stock Exchange in June 2017. Our IPO was always about creating a platform to grow our business and in the relatively short period since then we've continued to deliver on our strategic plan, maintaining focus on expanding our customer base and on the ongoing development of Alfa Systems.

Delivering quality

In H1 2017 we delivered three completed client implementations, an unprecedented number for Alfa. This continuous track-record of excellence in delivery gives our customers and prospects confidence and assurance that we will deliver on time and underpins our unique market position.

Our experience and expertise in equipment and motor finance, our modern technology and the quality of our people are key to Alfa's delivery capability. As the business has grown we have added more great people to our workforce and, as at 30 June 2017, our global headcount reached 300. Almost 60% of our customer-focused people are software developers. We have on-boarded more than half of our 2017 recruitment numbers, with the remainder due to join at the end of the third quarter. 

Customer wins and market

In H1 2017, we announced two strategically important new customer wins.  The first, a contract with a global equipment manufacturer and finance group, is for the Europe-wide implementation of Alfa Systems and strengthens our market presence within the equipment finance vertical in Europe.  The second contract win was with a large US auto finance company.  This substantial contract is for a complete portfolio implementation and work is expected to start in the second half of the year. 

 

Political uncertainty still hinders UK activity at the enterprise level but European and US markets are strong and we have benefited from the strengthening of the US Dollar in comparison to H1 2016; US revenues continue to contribute 45% of our business.

Continued focus on product development

In addition to new implementations we have seen incremental software sales and ongoing development and services ("ODS") revenues driven by innovations such as our Operational Data Store reporting platform which was implemented for three customers. We continue to spend 18% of revenues on research and product development.

2017 has seen the delivery of our next generation user interface, development for support of elastic SQL database technology and the productisation of our Cloud offering. The latter will allow us to transition to a Cloud First sales approach, further streamlining Alfa Systems delivery and opening up an accretive revenue stream.

The next three to five years will continue the exciting progress made by our Alfa Product and R&D teams as we incorporate more functionality and digital channels into Alfa Systems, streamline our delivery model for different markets and continue with the development of our Business in a Box next generation business model.

Financial overview

Revenues increased £16.4 million to £45.1 million (H1 2016: £28.7 million), a 57% increase on a reported basis. Although the strengthening of the US Dollar has continued to create tailwinds post Brexit, excluding this impact, revenue increased £9.9 million or 29% on a constant currency basis. Operating profit increased to £14.0 million and Adjusted EBIT margin increased to 47%, after excluding IPO costs of £3.0 million and pre-IPO share based payment expenses of £4.4 million.

Operating Cash Conversion for the half year dipped to 53%, primarily due to increased maintenance receivables of £7 million subsequently collected in the third quarter, and non-recurring IPO costs. The full year cash conversion metric is expected to return to normal levels by the end of the year.

Outlook

Against a backdrop of continuing technology development, increased recruitment and a healthy pipeline, the Board continues to expect to report high-teens top line growth while also delivering consistent Adjusted EBIT margins. In addition to two contract wins in June 2017 and ongoing demand from the existing customer base, Alfa continues to see a strong and diverse pipeline of opportunities which underpin the Board's confidence into 2018 and beyond.

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

We have had a strong start to the year, with revenues increasing across both our implementation and ODS segments.  Following a very strong H2 2016, we continue to benefit from the same currency tailwinds seen post Brexit and from implementations nearing completion.  Operating profit in H1 2017 has been impacted by non recurring expenses, although after adjusting for these, Adjusted EBIT margins remain strong at 47%.

 

 

Continuing operations

H1 2017

H1 2016

Movement

Unaudited

£'000s

£'000s

%

Revenue (1)

45,137

28,714

57

Operating expenses - net

(31,134)

(16,590)

88

Operating profit

14,003

12,124

15

Finance income

20

54

(63)

Taxation

(3,875)

(2,970)

30

Profit for the period

10,148

9,208

10

(1)  Revenue includes £1.2 million of gain on derivative instruments in H1 2017 (H1 2016: loss of £2.8 million)

 

Revenue

Revenue increased by £16.4 million, or by 57%, to £45.1 million in H1 2017 (H1 2016: £28.7 million). 45% of the Group's revenue is generated from US-based customers (H1 2016: 46%), and Alfa continued to benefit from the strengthening of the US Dollar post the Brexit vote. On a constant currency basis, revenue growth was 29%, which is attributed to increased implementation efforts as the Group successfully took three customers live in H1 2017 and increased ODS activities from both existing customers and new clients from our growing base of post-implementation customers.

 

Revenue - by type

H1 2017

H1 2016

Movement

Unaudited

£'000s

£'000s

%

Software implementation

25,237

18,779

34

ODS

10,364

2,438

325

Maintenance

9,536

7,497

27

Total revenue

45,137

28,714

57

Implementation revenues increased by £6.5 million, or by 34%, to £25.2 million in H1 2017 (H1 2016: £18.8 million) reflecting increased activity as three implementations successfully completed and two implementations neared go-live. Excluding the impacts of unrealised gains or losses on derivatives, underlying implementation revenues increased by £3.0 million, or 14%.  New customers contributed £3.5 million to growth in the period, excluding currency impacts, while existing customer revenue remained stable as three implementations completed in the first half of 2017.

ODS revenue increased by £7.9 million to £10.4 million in H1 2017. The number of ODS customers increased as implementations completed in H2 2016 and H1 2017, with new ODS revenues contributing £4.1 million to growth. In addition, there was strong demand from the existing customer base, with growth of £3.6 million due to £2.0 million non-recurring release of deferred revenue and increase in demand from existing customers.

Maintenance revenues increased by £2.0 million, or 27%, primarily due to strengthening of the US Dollar and as implementation customers increased contributions as they progressed through the implementation cycle.

 

Operating profit and Adjusted EBIT

The Group's operating profit increased by £1.9 million, or 15%, to £14.0 million in H1 2017, from £12.1 million in H1 2016, predominantly reflecting revenue growth offset by (i) increased personnel costs of £4.7 million, as headcount increased by a net 55 full time equivalents, (ii) £4.4 million of share based payment expense, (iii) £3.0 million of IPO-related costs and (iv) £2.2 million increase in travel and other general and administrative costs.

 

Adjusted EBIT, defined as operating profit excluding share based payments and IPO-related costs, increased by £9.3 million, or 77%, to £21.4 million in H1 2017 (H1 2016: £12.1 million).  Excluding the benefit of the strengthening US Dollar, Adjusted EBIT on a constant currency basis increased by £3.4 million, or 20%. Adjusted EBIT margin in H1 2017 increased to 47%, reflecting increased revenues, including a release of £2.0 million deferred ODS revenue, offset by increased personnel costs.

 

Adjusted EBIT

 

Adjusted EBIT

H1 2017

H1 2016

Unaudited

£'000s

£'000s

Profit for the period

10,148

9,208

Adjusted for:



Taxation

3,875

2,970

Finance income

(20)

(54)

Share based compensation (i)

4,400

-

IPO-related expenses (ii)

2,989

-

Adjusted EBIT

21,392

12,124

(i)    Relates to pre-IPO share schemes, expensed in full by 30 June 2017.

(ii)   Relates to non-recurring expenses in relation to the listing of shares in June 2017.

 

Profit for the period

Profit after taxation increased by £0.9 million, or 10%, to £10.1 million in H1 2017, (H1 2016: £9.2 million), with the effective tax rate increasing to 28% in H1 2017 due to non-deductible expenses such as share based payment expenses.

Earnings per share

Earnings per share increased to 3.58 pence in H1 2017 (H1 2016: 2.61 pence).  On an adjusted basis, Adjusted Earnings attributable to equity holders was £17.0 million, representing an increase of £9.6 million or 129% on the prior period. Adjusted earnings per share, diluted increased to 5.65 pence (H1 2016: 2.47 pence).

 

Adjusted Earnings and earnings per share

Adjusted Earnings

H1 2017

H1 2016

Unaudited

£'000s

£'000s

Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the Company

10,148

7,397

Adjusted for:



Share based compensation

4,400

-

IPO-related expenses

2,989

-

Tax effect of adjustments                

(584)

-

Adjusted Earnings

16,953

7,397

 

Earnings per share

H1 2017

H1 2016

Unaudited

£'000s

£'000s

Earnings per share - basic

3.58

2.61

Earnings per share - diluted

3.38

2.47

Adjusted Earnings per share - diluted

5.65

2.47

 

 

Cash flow

Cash flow

H1 2017

H1 2016

Unaudited

£'000s

£'000s

Cash generated from operations

13,746

23,728

Settlement of derivative financial instruments and margin calls

(2,118)

(266)

Income taxes paid

(3,471)

(2,475)

Net cash generated from operating activities

8,157

20,987

Net cash generated from/(used in) investing activities

26,791

(16,129)

Net cash used in financing activities

(60,743)

(3,271)

Effect of exchange rate changes

26

289

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

20,497

35,970

 

Net cash decreased to £20.5 million as at 30 June 2017, from £46.3 million at 31 December 2016 and £36.0 million as of 30 June 2016.  This reflected the payment of pre-IPO dividends (net of loan repayments) of £33.7 million and non-recurring IPO expenses of £3.0 million, offset by operating cash generation.  The company has no borrowings.

 

Net cash generated from operating activities decreased to £8.2 million in H1 2017 (H1 2016: £21.0 million). This decrease was primarily due to (i) a cash outflow of £6.7 million in relation to outstanding receivables and accrued income in respect of 2017/2018 maintenance payments subsequently collected in the third quarter and increased accrued income in relation to implementations, in comparison to a cash inflow of £2.8 million in H1 2016; (ii) £2.1 million outflow in relation to settlement of US Dollar forwards and (iii) £1.0 million increase in taxation paid. These cash outflows were offset by an increase in operating profit, excluding share based payment expense and gain on derivative instruments, of £2.3 million and a decrease in trade and other payables of £0.6 million.

 

Net cash flows generated from investing activities of £26.8 million in H1 2017 related to a repayment of a related party loan receivable from the parent company of £27.0 million, offset by £0.3 million of capital expenditure. In H1 2016, a cash outflow of £16.1 million was due to a loan advanced to the parent company.

 

Net cash flows used in financing activities of £60.7 million in H1 2017 related to two pre-IPO dividends paid to the parent company. A cash outflow of £3.3 million in H1 2016 was in relation to a settlement of preference shares held by a former founder.  No dividends have been proposed.

 

 

Definitions

 

Adjusted Earnings - Adjusted Earnings is defined as profit for the period from continuing operations attributable to equity holders of the Company, before IPO-related expenses and share based compensation, less the tax effect of these adjustments. Adjusted Earnings is used in measuring profitability because it represents a Group measure of performance which excludes the impact of certain non-cash charges and other charges not associated with the underlying operating performance of the business, while including the effect of items that management believes affect shareholder value and in-year return, such as income tax expense and net finance costs.

 

Adjusted EBIT - Adjusted EBIT is defined as profit from continuing operations before income taxes, finance income, IPO related expenses and share based payments. Management utilises this measure to monitor performance as it illustrates the underlying performance of the business by excluding items considered by management not to be reflective of the underlying trading operations of the Group or adding items which are reflective of the overall trading operations.

 

Adjusted EPS, diluted - Adjusted Earnings is used for the purposes of calculating Adjusted Earnings per share, diluted. Management uses diluted Adjusted Earnings per share, diluted to assess total Company performance on a consistent basis at a per share level.

 

Constant Currency - When the Company believes it would be helpful for understanding trends in its business, the Company provides percentage increases or decreases in its revenue or Adjusted EBIT to eliminate the effect of changes in currency values.  When trend information is expressed herein "in constant currencies", the comparative results are derived by re-calculating non GBP denominated revenue and/or expenses using the average exchange rates of the comparable period in the current year, excluding gains or losses on derivative financial instruments .  The applicable rates are as follows:

 

Average exchange rates for the period

H1 2017

H1 2016

USD

1.2586

1.4336

Euro

1.1626

1.2846

AusD

1.6695

1.9556

SEK

11.1587

11.9509

NZD

1.7789

2.1179

 

ODS - Ongoing development and services, which is one of the Alfa revenue segments.

 

Operating Cash Conversion - Operating Cash Conversion is calculated as cash from operations less gains and losses on settlement of derivative instruments and margin calls, less capital expenditures, as a percentage of Adjusted EBIT.  Operating cash flow is calculated as follows:


H1 2017

H1 2016

Unaudited

£'000s

£'000s

Cash generated from operations

13,746

23,728

Settlement of derivative financial instruments and margin calls

(2,118)

(266)

Capital expenditure

(272)

(36)

Operating Cash flow generated

11,356

23,426

 

Underlying Revenue - revenue excluding unrealised gains or losses on derivative instruments.

 

PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

The principal risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the long-term performance of Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC and its subsidiaries are set out in the prospectus for the admission of shares of Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC to the premium segment of the main market of the London Stock Exchange, which included the last annual financial statements, dated 26 May 2017, and remain valid at the date of this report.

These risks and uncertainties (in no specific order) are:

•    Ability to acquire new customers and sell additional functionality to existing customers

•    Recruitment and retention of key personnel

•    Size of the asset finance market and the related software spend

•    Quality and timeliness of delivery of implementation efforts

•    Continued development of the product to maintain competitive advantages

Following the recent decision by the UK population to exit, in due course, from the European Union ("Brexit"), the Directors have considered whether or not this will manifest itself as an additional risk to the Group. On the basis that the Group's revenue is sourced from a number of sources, such as the US, European countries, Australia and New Zealand, reflecting the relative global diversity of the Group's operations, that the recent devaluation of the Great British Pound has a minor benefit to the Group, and with recruitment targets for FY17 substantially met, this does not constitute a principal risk to the business over and above the risks mentioned above.

 

Directors' responsibilities statement

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

•    The condensed consolidated set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting as adopted by the EU; and

•    The interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by:

a)  DTR 4.2.7R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year and their impact on the condensed consolidated set of financial statements; and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the year; and

b)  DTR 4.2.8R of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, being related party transactions that have taken place in the first six months of the current financial year and that have materially affected the financial position or performance of the entity during that period; and any changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual financial statements and prospectus that could do so.

 

By order of the Board

 

 

 

Andrew Denton
Chief Executive Officer
31 August 2017

Vivienne Maclachlan
Chief Financial Officer

31 August 2017

 

 

Unaudited consolidated statement of profit or loss and comprehensive income for the six months ended 30 June 2017

£'000s

Note

2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Continuing operations




Revenue

3

45,137

28,714

Implementation and support expenses


(10,698)

(7,314)

Research and product development expenses


(7,954)

(6,325)

Sales, general and admin expenses


(12,526)

(2,969)

Other operating income


44

18

Operating profit


14,003

12,124

Finance income


20

54

Profit before taxation


14,023

12,178

Taxation

5

(3,875)

(2,970)

Profit and total comprehensive income for the period


10,148

9,208

Attributable to:




Equity holders of the Company


10,148

7,397

Non-controlling interest


-

1,811



10,148

9,208

Earnings per share (in pence)




Basic

6

3.58

2.61

Diluted

6

3.38

2.47

Weighted average no. of shares - basic

6

283,145,649

283,145,649

Weighted average no. of shares - diluted

6

300,000,000

300,000,000

Adjusted Earnings per share (in pence)




Diluted

6

5.65

2.47

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Interim Financial Statements

 

Unaudited consolidated statement of financial position as at 30 June 2017

£'000s

Note

30 June
 2017

Unaudited

31 December 2016

Unaudited

Assets




Non-current assets




Property, plant and equipment


1,343

1,305

Goodwill


24,737

24,737

Amounts owed by parent company

7/8

-

27,043

Total non-current assets


26,080

53,085

Current assets




Trade and other receivables

8

12,853

9,606

Accrued income

8

6,937

3,623

Prepayments

8

1,010

953

Other receivables

8

1,055

943

Cash and cash equivalents

9

20,497

46,266

Total current assets


42,352

61,391

Total assets


68,432

114,476

Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities




Trade and other payables


10,780

8,686

Corporation tax


3,424

3,088

Deferred revenue


14,877

14,019

Derivative financial liabilities

10

813

3,536

Total current liabilities


29,894

29,329

Non-current liabilities




Provisions for other liabilities


66

58

Derivative financial liabilities

10

69

491

Total non-current liabilities


135

549

Total liabilities


30,029

29,878

Capital and reserves




Ordinary shares


300

27

Share premium


-

11,123

Retained earnings


38,103

73,448

Total equity


38,403

84,598

Total liabilities and equity


68,432

114,476

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Interim Financial Statements

 

Unaudited consolidated statement of changes in equity for the six months ended 30 June 2017

£'000's

Notes

Share
 capital
 £'000

Share
 premium
 £'000

Retained
earnings
 £'000

Equity

attributable
to owners of
 the parent £'000

Non-
controlling interest £'000

Total equity

Unaudited
£'000

Balance as at 1 January 2016


6,021

11,123

33,262

50,406

12,381

62,787

Profit for the financial period


-

-

7,397

7,397

1,811

9,208

Total comprehensive income for the period


-

-

7,397

7,397

1,811

9,208

Settlement of C preference shares


(6,000)

-

2,729

(3,271)

-

(3,271)

Balance as at 30 June 2016


21

11,123

43,388

54,532

14,192

68,724









Balance as at 1 January 2017


27

11,123

73,448

84,598

-

84,598

Profit for the financial period


-

-

10,148

10,148

-

10,148

Total comprehensive income for the period


-

-

10,148

10,148

-

10,148

Capital reduction

2.4

(27)

(11,123)

11,150

-

-

-

Reorganisation of share capital

2.4

300

-

(300)

-

-

-

Dividends paid to parent

12

-

-

(60,743)

(60,743)

-

(60,743)

Share based payment

11

-

-

4,400

4,400

-

4,400

Balance as at 30 June 2017


300

-

38,103

38,403

-

38,403

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Interim Financial Statements

 

Unaudited consolidated statement of cash flows for the six months ended 30 June 2017

£'000s

Note

 2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Cash flows from operations




Operating profit


14,003

12,124

Adjustments:




Depreciation


227

216

Share based payment charge

11

4,400

-

Unrealised (gain)/loss on derivative financial liabilities


(1,213)

2,768

Movement in working capital:




Movement in trade and other receivables


(6,685)

2,465

Movement in trade and other payables and provisions (excluding derivative financial instruments and deferred revenue)


2,156

2,740

Movement in deferred revenue


858

3,415

Cash generated from operations


13,746

23,728

Settlement of derivative financial instruments and margin calls


(2,118)

(266)

Income taxes paid


(3,471)

(2,475)

Net cash generated from operating activities


8,157

20,987

Cash flows from investing activities




Purchases of property, plant and equipment


(272)

(36)

Loans advanced to parent company

7

-

(16,147)

Amounts received as settlement of loan to parent company

7

27,043

-

Interest received


20

54

Net cash generated from/(used in) investing activities


26,791

(16,129)

Cash flows from financing activities




Redemption of C preference shares


-

(3,271)

Dividends paid to parent

12

(60,743)

-

Cash used in financing activities


(60,743)

(3,271)

Effect of exchange rate changes


26

289

Net (decrease) / increase in cash


(25,769)

1,876

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period


46,266

34,094

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period


20,497

35,970

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Interim Financial Statements

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the six months ended 30 June 2017

1    General information

Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC ("Alfa" or the "Company") and its subsidiaries (together the "Group") is a public company limited by shares and is incorporated and domiciled in England. The address of its registered office is Moor Place, 1 Fore Street Avenue, London, EC2Y 9DT, United Kingdom. Alfa's registration no.  is 10713517.

The principal activity of the Group is to provide software solutions and consultancy services to the asset finance industry in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Prior to the admission of Alfa's shares on the main market of the London Stock Exchange on 1 June 2017, the Company obtained control of the entire share capital of Alfa Financial Software Group Limited ("AFSGL") via a share-for-share exchange.  The current period up to 3 May 2017, being the date of the reorganisation, and the comparative information disclosed in these condensed consolidated interim financial statements as of and for the six months ended 30 June 2017 (the "Interim Financial Statements") reflect the continuation of the pre-existing Group headed by AFSGL and have been prepared applying the principle of predecessor accounting ownership.

These Interim Financial Statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The consolidated financial information for AFSGL and its subsidiaries (the "AFSGL Group") for the years ended 31 December 2014, 2015 and 2016, as published in the prospectus for the admission of Alfa's shares, was approved by the Board of Directors on 26 May 2017. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unmodified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement on other matters prescribed by the Companies Act 2006.

These unaudited Interim Financial Statements have been approved for issue by the Board of Directors on 31 August 2017. These Interim Financial Statements have been reviewed but not audited.

 

2    Accounting policies

The accounting policies adopted in preparation of the Interim Financial Statements are consistent with those used to prepare the AFSGL Group's consolidated financial statements for the years-ended 31 December 2014, 2015 and 2016 as published in the prospectus for the admission of Alfa's shares (the "Annual Historical Financial Information"). These policies have been consistently applied to all the periods presented, unless otherwise stated.

The preparation of the Interim Financial Statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates. In preparing these Interim Financial Statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the consolidated Annual Historical Financial Information described above.

 

2.1    Basis of preparation

The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, under the historical cost convention, as modified to include the fair value of certain financial instruments.

The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority. The Interim Financial Statements should be read in conjunction with the AFSGL Annual Historical Financial Information, which has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union ("IFRS").

The directors are satisfied that the Group has sufficient resources to continue in operation for the foreseeable future, a period of not less than 12 months from the date of this report. Accordingly, the Interim Financial Information has been prepared on a going concern basis.

 

2.2    Seasonality

The Group is not significantly influenced by seasonality or cyclical fluctuation throughout the year as the Group recognises revenue from maintenance fees, implementation and ODS fees relatively consistently throughout the year as a result of the Group's relevant revenue recognition policies. Separately, the Group's cash flows are subject to seasonal fluctuations as (i) the Group invoices a large proportion of its customers for maintenance annually in advance in the first six months of each year, resulting in a higher inflow of cash receipts in the first half of the Group's financial year in respect of maintenance revenues and (ii) cash flows are impacted by the invoicing of up-front licence fees at the commencement of an implementation.

 

2.3    Foreign currency

The average rate for the six month period ended 30 June 2017 for the US Dollar was 1.2586 (H1 2016: 1.4336). The closing rate for the US Dollar used was 1.3003 as of 30 June 2017.

 

2.4    2017 Alfa Group reorganisation

On 1 June 2017, Alfa's shares were admitted for trading on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Prior to the admission, the Group was reorganised to insert Alfa, the new holding company of the Group, by way of a share-for-share exchange with AFSGL, the previous parent company of the Group. The insertion of Alfa does not meet the IFRS 3 definition of a business combination and therefore the restructuring has been accounted for as a common control transaction, applying the principle of predecessor accounting ownership. This policy reflects the economic substance of the transaction and, although the reorganisation did not become effective until 28 April 2017, these Interim Financial Statements are presented as if Alfa had been the parent company of the Group since the beginning of the earliest period presented.

 

The Group reorganisation also effected the conversion of the A and A1 shares held by an employee trust and the table below summarises the movements in share capital from incorporation to 30 June 2017:


Shares - Ordinary

Shares - A

Shares - A1

£'000s

At date of incorporation of Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC i

1

-

-

-

Share-for-share exchange ii

2,663,689

91,020

75,689

424,560

Capital reduction iii

263,705,310

9,010,980

7,493,211

(424,277)

Reorganisation of share capital - bonus issue iv

16,238,969

409,254

311,877

17

Reorganisation of share capital - re-designation of A and A1 shares iv

17,392,031

(9,511,254)

(7,880,777)

-


300,000,000

-

-

300

(i)    On 6 April 2017, Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC was incorporated with one £0.01 ordinary share issued.

(ii)   On 28 April 2017, Alfa was inserted into the Group above AFSGL as the new holding company by way of the share-for-share exchange agreement. The exchange was a 1:1 exchange and the nominal value of shares issued was £150.

(iii)  On 3 May 2017, Alfa undertook a capital reduction where the nominal value of each share was reduced to £0.01.

(iv)   On 17 June 2017, Alfa undertook a bonus issue and share reorganisation to re-designate existing A and A1 shares into ordinary shares.

 

3    Segment information

Revenue by type

The Group assesses revenue by type of project, being software implementations, ongoing development and services ("ODS") and maintenance, as summarised below:

£'000s

2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Software implementation

25,237

18,779

ODS

10,364

2,438

Maintenance

9,536

7,497

Total revenue

45,137

28,714

Unrealised gains/(losses) on derivative financial instruments recognised as revenue was £1.2 million in the six months ended 30 June 2017 (H1 2016: loss of £2.8 million).

Geographical information

Revenue attributable to each geographical market based on where the licence is sold or the service is provided:

£'000s

2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

UK

16,602

11,672

US

20,518

13,236

Rest of world

8,017

3,806

Total revenue

45,137

28,714

 

Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted Earnings

The chief operating decision maker ("CODM") analyses the financial performance of the business on two adjusted profit measures, being adjusted earnings before interest and tax ("Adjusted EBIT") and adjusted earnings ("Adjusted Earnings"). Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted Earnings are not measures defined by IFRS. The most directly comparable IFRS measure to both Adjusted EBIT and Adjusted Earnings is profit for the relevant period.  

Adjusted EBIT is defined as profit from continuing operations before income taxes, finance income and pre-IPO share based payments.  Management utilises this measure to monitor performance as it illustrates the underlying performance of the business by excluding items considered by management not to be reflective of the underlying trading operations of the Group or adding items which are reflective of the overall trading operations.

The following table reconciles profit for the period from continuing operations to Adjusted EBIT for the periods presented:

£'000s

2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Profit for the period

10,148

9,208

Adjusted for:



Taxation

3,875

2,970

Finance income

(20)

(54)

Share based compensation (1)

4,400

-

IPO-related expenses (2)

2,989

-

Adjusted EBIT

21,392

12,124

1)   Relates to pre-IPO share based payment expense as detailed in note 11.

2)   Relates to costs related to the IPO.


Additionally, in considering the financial performance of the business, management and the CODM analyse the performance measure of Adjusted Earnings. Adjusted Earnings is defined as profit for the period from continuing operations attributable to equity holders of the Company, before IPO-related expenses and share based compensation, less the tax effect of these adjustments.

Adjusted Earnings is used by the CODM in measuring profitability because it represents a Group measure of performance which excludes the impact of certain non-cash charges and other charges not associated with the underlying operating performance of the business, while including the effect of items that management believe affect shareholder value and in-year return, such as income tax expense and net finance costs.  Management use Adjusted Earnings to (i) provide senior management with a monthly report of operating results that is prepared on an adjusted earnings basis and (ii) prepare strategic plans and annual budgets on an adjusted earnings basis. Senior management's annual compensation may also be reviewed, in part, using adjusted performance measures.

In addition Adjusted Earnings is used for the purposes of calculating diluted Adjusted Earnings per share. Management uses diluted Adjusted Earnings per share to assess total Company performance on a consistent basis at a per share level. See note 6.

The following table reconciles profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the Company to Adjusted Earnings for the periods presented:

£'000s

2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the Company

10,148

7,397

Adjusted for:



Share based compensation

4,400

-

IPO-related expenses

2,989

-

Tax effect adjustments (1)

(584)

-

Adjusted Earnings

16,953

7,397

1)   Professional fees tax effected based on the applicable rate in the UK in the period in which incurred. Share based compensation is not deductible for tax purposes and therefore not tax effected.

 

4    Operating profit

The following items have been included in arriving at operating profit:

£'000s

2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Personnel, external consultants, training and recruitment expenses

18,208

12,968

Advertising, sponsorship and marketing costs

435

417

Depreciation        

227

216

Property costs

939

931

Travel costs

2,029

1,594

IT costs

717

357

Professional advisor costs

3,561

728

Foreign currency differences

353

(918)

Share based payment expense

4,400

-

Other

309

315

 

5    Income tax expense

Income tax expense is calculated on management's best estimate of the full financial year expected tax rate which is then adjusted for discrete items occurring in the reporting period. The income tax expense for the six-month period ended 30 June 2017 was £3.9 million (H1 2016: £3.0 million) representing an effective tax rate of 28% (H1 2016: 24%). The primary cause for the rate differential is due to the impact of the share based payment charge in the six months ended 30 June 2017 and on an as adjusted basis, excluding the impacts of the share based payment charge, the adjusted effective tax rate was 21%.

 

6    Earnings per share

As a result of the Group reorganisation as detailed in note 2.4, the basic and diluted earnings per share metrics are calculated with reference to the share structure of the new parent company, as if it has been the parent for all periods presented.


2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Profit attributable to equity holders of AFSGL (£'000s)

10,148

7,397

Weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period

283,145,649

283,145,649

Basic earnings per share (pence per share)

3.58

2.61

Weighted average number of shares outstanding including potentially dilutive shares

300,000,000

300,000,000

Diluted earnings per share (pence per share)

3.38

2.47

Diluted - For the periods presented, the ordinary shares which are held in an employee trust on behalf of employees are treated as having a potentially dilutive effect as these shares have service conditions attaching to them. Should the service conditions not be met, the shares will be forfeited. The shares have no right to voting or to dividends while held in trust.

Adjusted Earnings per share, diluted, is defined as Adjusted Earnings divided by the weighted average number of shares issued and outstanding, diluted.


2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Adjusted Earnings attributable to equity holders of the Company (£'000s)

16,953

7,397

Diluted earnings per share (pence per share)

5.65

2.47

 

7    Amounts owed by the Parent

The ultimate parent undertaking is CHP Software and Consulting Limited (the "Parent").  Amounts owed by the Parent have been settled as of 30 June 2017 (2016: £27.0 million).

 

8    Trade and other receivables

£'000s

2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Trade receivables

12,853

9,606

Provision for impairment

-

-

Trade receivables - net

12,853

9,606

Accrued income

6,937

3,623

Prepayments

1,010

953

Other receivables

1,055

943

Amounts owed by related parties

-

27,043

Total trade receivables, accrued income and other receivables

21,855

42,168

The maximum exposure to credit risk at the reporting date is the carrying value of each class of receivable mentioned above. The credit qualities of these receivables are periodically assessed by reference to external credit ratings (if available) or to historical information about their default rates. The Group does not hold any collateral as security.

Ageing of net trade receivables £'000s

2017

Unaudited

2016

Unaudited

Less than 30 days

9,571

7,922

Past due 31-90 days

3,282

1,684

Trade receivables - net

12,853

9,606

The Group believes that the unimpaired amounts that are past due are fully recoverable as there are no indicators of future delinquency or potential litigation.

 

9    Cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents includes amounts held in short-term deposits with counterparties to derivative financial instruments of £0.3 million (2016: nil). Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2017 does not include funds of £0.6 million in relation to amounts held in margin accounts (2016: £0.5 million).

 

10  Financial and liquidity risk management

The Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (including currency risk and price risk), credit risk and liquidity risk. The Interim Financial Statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the Annual Historical Financial Information; they should be read in conjunction with the Annual Historical Financial Information. There have been no changes in the personnel responsible for risk management or in any risk management policies since the year end. Compared to year end, there was no material change in the contractual undiscounted cash outflows for financial liabilities.

Fair values of financial instruments

For the following financial assets and liabilities: trade and other payables excluding tax and social security, trade and other receivables excluding prepayments and accrued income, short-term bank deposits, cash at bank and in hand and other financial liabilities, the carrying value amount approximates the fair value of the instrument. 

The Group has £0.9 million of foreign currency financial instruments liabilities outstanding at 30 June 2017 (2016: £4.0 million). The Group uses Level 2 inputs for determining and disclosing the fair value of financial instruments. There were no transfers between levels during the six months to 30 June 2017 (H1 2016: none).

There were no changes in valuation techniques during the periods. The fair values of each category of the Group's financial instruments are approximate to their carrying values in the Group's statement of financial position as the impact of discounting is not significant.

 

11  Share based compensation

AFSGL had granted 91,020 Ordinary A shares and 75,689 Ordinary A1 shares to employees in 2014 and 2015, which were subsequently fair valued when a listing event became probable, which was determined to be the fourth quarter of 2016. The share based compensation charge in relation to these grants has been recognised in full as at the date of admission and the charge in the six-month period to 30 June 2017 was £4.4 million.

 

12  Dividends

In February and May 2017, dividends of £31.5 million and £29.2 million were declared and paid to the ordinary shareholders of AFSGL.  All dividends have been paid as at 30 June 2017 and no interim dividend has been declared.

 

13  Related party

The ultimate parent undertaking is CHP Software and Consulting Limited, which is the Parent undertaking of the smallest and largest group in relation to these Interim Financial Statements. There was no trading between the Group and the Parent.

In the six months ended 30 June 2017, the amounts owing from the Parent were settled in full, as disclosed in note 7, and the balances outstanding from the Parent at 30 June 2017 and 31 December 2016 were nil and £27.0 million respectively. 

Additionally, an arms-length transaction with Classic Technology Limited, a company in which the Chairman holds an interest, was undertaken for the rental of property. These transactions amount to £0.02 million (2016: £0.02 million) with no outstanding receivable balances at the end of each reporting period.

 

14  Subsequent events

There have been no subsequent events.

 

 

Independent review report to Alfa Financial Software Holdings plc

 

We have been engaged by the company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2017 which comprises the consolidated statements of profit or loss and comprehensive income, the consolidated statement of financial position, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the consolidated statement of cash flows and related notes 1 to 14. We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

This report is made solely to the company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board.  Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

 

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.  The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" as adopted by the European Union.

 

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

 

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making inquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2017 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 as adopted by the European Union and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

 

 

 

Deloitte LLP

Statutory Auditor

London, United Kingdom

31 August 2017

 


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