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Worldsec Ld
02 September 2016
 

 

 


 

WORLDSEC LIMITED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim Report for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 




 

Worldsec Limited

 

Interim Report for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

The board (the "Board") of directors of Worldsec Limited (the "Company") hereby submits the interim report on the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively the "Group") for the six months ended 30 June 2016. 

 

For the period under review, the Group generated an unaudited revenue of US$48,000, derived from the dividend income received from its investment in the ICBC Specialised Ship Leasing Investment Fund, which has been producing a stable return through monthly dividends since early 2015.  For the same period, the Group had an unaudited net loss of US$402,000, equivalent to a loss per share of 0.71 US cent.  This compares with an unaudited net loss of US$228,000 and a loss per share of 0.40 US cent for the corresponding six months in the previous year.  The increase in the loss was largely attributable to increased staff costs resulting from non-recurrent share-based payment expenses relating to the grant of options to reward the directors and staff for their commitments to the Group at a stage of development where the Group could only afford to pay remuneration under limited budgets.  In the absence of outlays associated with initial set-up arrangements, there was however a partially offsetting decrease in the share of joint venture loss to US$5,000 from the Group's investment in Oasis Education Group Limited ("Oasis HK").  At 30 June 2016, the total unaudited equity of the Group stood at US$2.90 million and the unaudited net asset value per share amounted to 5.11 US cents.

 

As reflected by the sharp rise in deposits and prepayments, the Group had, during the period under review, entered into an agreement to subscribe for an investment of GBP337,105 in the equity capital of Velocity Mobile Limited ("Velocity").  Founded in London, United Kingdom in 2014, Velocity is a fast growing technology enterprise offering a mobile application to consumers to discover and make real-time reservations and settle bills at premier restaurants.  Velocity also offers customer relationship management solutions to help restaurant partners improve yields, remove friction points and manage loyalty programmes. The services of Velocity are live in over 1,100 venues, including a myriad of Michelin Star classics, in London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal.  Velocity is planning to expand into other major hospitality cities across North America, Europe and Asia.  The directors do not expect from the Group's investment in Velocity, which was duly completed in July 2016 and which is of a long-term nature, to have any significant contribution in the foreseeable future.

 

Meanwhile, ayondo Holding AG ("Ayondo"), an investee company of the Group engaged in social trading and broking services for contract-for-differences, is currently in the process of implementing through a proposed share exchange to conditionally acquire the equity capital that would lead to a reverse takeover (the "RTO") of Starland Holdings Limited ("Starland"), a company listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange.  In connection with the RTO, the Group has exercised warrants to subscribe for additional investment in Ayondo. Following the subscription, the Group has invested an aggregate of CHF480,150 in Ayondo's equity capital.  The directors believe that a successfully implemented RTO would enable Ayondo to accelerate growth and brand awareness particularly in Asia and are optimistic that a listing on the Catalist (the sponsor-supervised board) of the Singapore Exchange would enhance the value and liquidity of the Group's investment in Ayondo.

 

Elsewhere, in China, Oasis Education Consulting (Shenzhen) Company Limited ("Oasis Shenzhen"), a subsidiary of the joint venture of the Group, Oasis HK, continues to achieve satisfactory progress.  Under the consultation and support services provided by Oasis Shenzhen, the Huizhou Kindergarten has 164 pupils enrolled for the academic term commencing in September 2016, more than doubling the enrollment of 76 pupils at the end of December 2015.  With the track record established under the Huizhou Kindergarten, Oasis Shenzhen is starting to look for and evaluate the feasibility of new potential kindergarten and pre-school opportunities in China.   

 

On the bigger picture, the investment environment generally remains difficult and challenging.  The uncertainties surrounding the path of the U.S. interest rate hikes, the structural reforms and economic adjustments in China and the movements in the Renminbi is further compounded by the unexpected referendum decision of Britain to exit the European Union which could have far-reaching consequences and implications for the 28-member state as well as the rest of the world.  Nonetheless, notwithstanding the uncertain and challenging investment environment, the directors are determined to continue to seek new investments to expand and diversify the investment portfolio of the Group.  In this connection, the Company is exploring various options to raise capital with a view to strengthening the Group's position to capture opportunities that may arise.

 

 

 

 

By order of the Board

 

 

Alastair GUNN-FORBES

Non-Executive Chairman

 

2 September 2016

 



PRINCIPAL RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

 

The Group is exposed to a number of principal risks and uncertainties that could materially and adversely affect its performance for the remaining six months of the year ending 31 December 2016 and beyond. Such risks and uncertainties, the directors believe, remain basically unchanged from those, including, in particular, target market risk, operational risks and financial risks, set out on pages 8 and 9 of the Company's 2015 Annual Report.

 

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

 

The directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge and understanding:

 

(a) the unaudited consolidated financial statements of the Group for the six months ended 30 June 2016 have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 and give a true and fair view of its assets, liabilities and financial position at that date and its net loss for the period then ended; and

(b) the Interim Report includes a fair review of the information, such as important events and related party transaction that took place during the six months ended 30 June 2016, that is required by Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules 4.2.7R and 4.2.8R.

 



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                                       

 

 



Unaudited



Six months ended


Notes

30.6.2016


30.6.2015



US$'000

 


US$'000






Revenue

 

 

4

48


48

Staff costs

6

(276)


(73)

Other expenses


(169)


(176)

Share of losses of a joint venture


(5)


(27)



 

 



Loss before income tax expense


(402)


(228)

Income tax expense

7

-


-






Loss for the period


(402)


(228)

 

 










Other comprehensive income, net of income tax

 

 

 





Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

 

 


(1)


(2)






Other comprehensive income for the period,





net of income tax


(1)


(2)






Total comprehensive income for the period


(403)


(230)






Loss for the period attributable to:





Owners of the Company


(402)


(228)






Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to:





Owners of the Company


(403)


(230)











Loss per share - basic and diluted

8

US(0.71) cent


US(0.40) cent











 

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these interim financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AT 30 JUNE 2016                                                         

 

 



Unaudited


Audited



As at


As at


Notes

30.6.2016


31.12.2015



US$'000


US$'000






Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment


32


44

Interest in a joint venture


132


137

Available-for-sale financial assets


1,125


1,125



1,289


1,306

Current assets





Other receivables


8


-

Deposits and prepayments

9

524


21

Amount due from a joint venture


257


257

Cash and cash equivalents


1,165


1,988



1,954


2,266






Current liabilities





Other payables and accruals


343


441






Net current assets


1,611


1,825






Net assets


2,900


3,131











Capital and reserves





Share capital

10

57


57

Reserves


2,843


3,074






Total equity


2,900


3,131






 

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these interim financial statements.



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                                    

 










Foreign












Contri-


Share


currency




Accumu-




Share


Share


buted

option

translation


Special


lated




capital


premium


surplus


reserve


reserve


reserve


losses


Total


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000


US$'000

















Balance as at 1 January 2015

 

57


 

3,837


 

9,646


-


(8)


625


(10,394)


3,763

 

Loss for the period

-


-


-


-


-


-


(228)


(228)

Other comprehensive income for the period
















Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

(2)


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


(2)

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-


-


-


-


(2)


-


(228)


(230)

 

Balance as at 30 June 2015 (Unaudited)       

57


 

3,837


 

9,646


 

-


 

(10)


 

625


 

(10,622)


3,533

 

Balance as at 1 January 2016

57


 

 

3,837


 

 

9,646


 

 

34


 

 

(30)


 

 

625


 

 

(11,038)


3,131

















Loss for the period

-


-


-


-


-


-


(402)


(402)

Other comprehensive income for the period
















Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

(1)


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


(1)

 

Total comprehensive income for the period

-


-


-


-


(1)


-


(402)


(403)

 

Recognition of share-based payments

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

172


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


 

 

 

-


172

 

Balance as at 30 June 2016 (Unaudited)

57


3,837


9,646


206


(31)


625


(11,440)


2,900

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these interim financial statements.



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOW

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                                     

 


Unaudited


Six months ended


30.6.2016


30.6.2015


US$'000


US$'000

Cash flow from operating activities




Loss for the period

(402)


(228)

Adjustments for:

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

12


 

12

Share of losses of a joint venture

Share-based payment expenses

5

172


27

-






(213)


(189)

Movements in working capital




Increase in other receivables

Increase in deposits and prepayments

Decrease in other payables and accruals

(8)

(503)

(98)


-

(8)

(77)





Net cash used in operating activities

(822)


(274)

 

Cash flow from investing activities

Purchase of available-for-sale financial assets

 

 

-


 

 

 (325)





Net cash used in investing activities

-


(325)





Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(822)


(599)





Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

1,988


2,769





Effects of exchange rate changes

(1)


(2)





Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period




Cash and bank balances

1,165


2,168

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these interim financial statements.



NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                               

 

 

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The Company is an exempted company incorporated in Bermuda and has a premium listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. The addresses of the registered office and principal place of business of the Company are disclosed in the corporate information in the interim report.

 

 

2. BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

This unaudited consolidated financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries (the "Group") for the six months ended 30 June 2016 (the "Interim Financial Statements") have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 ("IAS 34") issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB").

 

The Interim Financial Statements do not include all of the information required in annual financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), International Accounting Standards ("IAS") and Interpretations adopted by the European Union ("EU") (collectively referred to as the "IFRSs"), and should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements of the Group for the year ended 31 December 2015. The Interim Financial Statements are neither audited nor reviewed by the Group's auditor.

 

Save as described in Note 3 "Adoption of new and revised IFRSs", which are effective for the Group's financial year beginning on 1 January 2016, the accounting policies adopted in the Interim Financial Statements are consistent with those used in the preparation of the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.

 

The Interim Financial Statements have been prepared on a going concern basis using the historical cost conversion.

 

The preparation of the Interim Financial Statements in conformity with IAS 34 requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses on a year to date basis. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                              

 

3. ADOPTION OF NEW AND REVISED IFRSs

 

In the current interim period, the Group has applied, for the first time, the following new or revised IFRSs that are relevant for the preparation of the Group's Interim Financial Statements:

 

IFRSs (Amendments)

Annual Improvements 2010-2012 Cycle

IFRSs (Amendments)

Annual Improvements 2012-2014 Cycle

Amendments to IAS 1

Disclosure Initiative

Amendments to IAS 16 and IAS 38

Clarification of Acceptable Methods of Depreciation and Amortisation

Amendments to IAS 19

Defined Benefit Plans: Employee Contributions

Amendments to IAS 27

Equity Method in Separate Financial Statements

Amendments to IFRS 11

Accounting for Acquisitions of Interests in Joint Operations

 

The application of the above new or revised IFRSs in the current interim period has no material effect on the amounts reported in these Interim Financial Statements and/or disclosures set out in these Interim Financial Statements.

 

 

4. REVENUE

 

The Group's revenue represents dividend income from available-for-sale financial assets for the periods ended 30 June 2016 and 2015. An analysis of the Group's revenue from principal activities is as follows:

 


Unaudited


Six months ended


30.6.2016


30.6.2015


US$'000


US$'000





Dividend income from available-for-sale financial assets

48


48

 

 



NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                               

 

 

5. BUSINESS AND GEOGRAPHICAL SEGMENTS

 

No business and geographical segment analyses are presented for the periods ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 as the major operations and the revenue of the Group arose from Hong Kong. The Board considers that most of the assets of the Group were located in Hong Kong.

 

 

6. STAFF COSTS

 

The aggregate staff costs (including directors' remuneration) of the Group were as follows:



Unaudited


Six months ended


30.6.2016


30.6.2015


US$'000


US$'000





Wage and salaries

102


73

Contribution to pension and provident fund

2


-

Share-based payment expenses

172


-


276


73

 

Key management personnel of the Company are the directors only.


The directors' remuneration was as follows:





Unaudited


Six months ended


30.6.2016


30.6.2015


US$'000


US$'000





Directors' fees

Share-based payment expenses

Other remuneration including

34

152


39

-

 contribution to pension and provident fund

-


-


186


39

 

 

 

 



NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                              

 

 

7. INCOME TAX EXPENSE

 

No provision for taxation had been made as the Group did not generate any assessable profits for United Kingdom Corporation Tax, Hong Kong Profits Tax and tax in other jurisdictions.

 

 

8. LOSS PER SHARE

 

The loss and weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the calculation of basic and diluted loss per share were as follows.



Unaudited


Six months ended


30.6.2016


30.6.2015





Loss for the period attributable to owners of the

 Company (US$'000)

 

402


 

228





Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purposes of

basic and diluted loss per share

 

56,734,580


 

56,734,580





Loss per share - basic and diluted

US(0.71) cent


US(0.40) cent

 

Diluted loss per share was the same as basic loss per share for the six months ended 30 June 2016 and 2015 as the impact of the potential dilutive ordinary shares outstanding had an anti-dilutive effect on the basic loss per share presented for the six months ended 30 June 2016 and 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                              

 

 

9.   DEPOSITS AND PREPAYMENTS

 

During the six months ended 30 June 2016, deposits of GBP337,105 (equivalent to approximately US$495,000) were made in respect of the investment in the equity capital of Velocity Mobile Limited, a company incorporated and registered in England and Wales.

 

 

10.  SHARE CAPITAL

 


Number of


Total value


shares


US$'000





Authorised:








Ordinary shares of US$0.001 each




At 1 January 2015, 31 December 2015, 1 January 2016 and

30 June 2016

 

60,000,000,000


 

60,000





Called up, issued and fully paid:








Ordinary shares of US$0.001 each




At 1 January 2015, 31 December 2015, 1 January 2016 and

30 June 2016

 

56,734,580


 

57

 

 

 



NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                              

 

 

11.  RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

The Group entered into the following transactions with a related party during the six months ended 30 June 2016 and 2015:

 

Name of related company

Nature of transaction





Unaudited


Six months ended



30.6.2016


30.6.2015



US$'000


US$'000






WAG Worldsec Corporate

 Finance Limited (note)

 

Accountancy fee

 

-


 

5

 

Note: Mr. Henry Ying Chew Cheong, a related party of the Company in his capacity as a director, had beneficial interest (approximately 34%) in the related company.

 

There was no outstanding balance with the related party as at 30 June 2016 (31 December 2015: nil).

 

Compensation of key management personnel

 

The remuneration of directors is set out on the consolidated statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income and with additional disclosure in note 6 to the Interim Financial Statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2016                              

 

12.  OPERATING LEASE COMMITMENT


Operating lease - lessee

 

At 30 June 2016 and 2015, the Group had future aggregate minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases in respect of office premises and warehouse as follows:

 


Unaudited


Audited


As at


As at


30.6.2016


31.12.2015


US$'000


US$'000





Not later than one year

58


58

Later than one year and not later than five years

14


44


72


102

 

The lease runs for an initial period of 3 years, with an option to renew the office premises lease upon expiry when all terms are renegotiated.

 

 

13.  CONTINGENT LIABILITIES

 

The Group had no material contingent liabilities at 30 June 2016 (31 December 2015: nil).

 

14.  SUBSEQUENT EVENT

 

The Group exercised warrants to subscribe for additional investment of CHF160,050 (equivalent to approximately US$163,000) in Ayondo and the Group's investment in Velocity was duly completed in July 2016.

 

 

15.  INTERIM REPORT

 

The Interim Financial Statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board on 2 September 2016.



CORPORATE INFORMATION

 

Board of Directors

 

Non-Executive Chairman

Alastair GUNN-FORBES*

 

Executive Directors

Henry Ying Chew CHEONG (Deputy Chairman)

Ernest Chiu Shun SHE

 

Non-Executive Directors

Mark Chung FONG*

Martyn Stuart WELLS*

 

* independent

 

Company Secretary

Jordan Company Secretaries Limited

21 St Thomas Street, Bristol B51 6JS, United Kingdom

 

Registered Office Address

Canon's Court, 22 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM12, Bermuda

 

Registration Number

EC21466 Bermuda

 

Principal Banker

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

1 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong

 

External Auditors

BDO Limited

25th Floor, Wing On Centre, 111 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong

 

Principal Share Registrar and Transfer Office

Estera Management (Bermuda) Ltd.

Canon's Court, 22 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM12, Bermuda

 

 

International Branch Registrar

Capita Asset Services

12 Castle Street, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3RT, Channel Islands

 

United Kingdom Transfer Agent

Capita Registrars Limited

The Registry, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TU, United Kingdom

 

Investor Relations

For further information about Worldsec Limited, please contact:

Henry Ying Chew CHEONG

Executive Director

Worldsec Group

Unit 607, 6th Floor, FWD Financial Centre, 308 Des Voeux Road Street, Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

[email protected]

 

Company's Website

http://www.worldsec.com

 

 

 


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