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TP Group PLC
13 September 2016
 

 

13 September 2016

 

 

TP Group plc

("TP Group" or the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Interim Report for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

Strategy delivering improving profitability and clear growth prospects

 

TP Group (AIM: TPG), the specialist technology, engineering and managed solutions group, today announces its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

 

Financial highlights

·     Revenue up 13% to £9.4m (H1 2015: £8.3m)

·     Group adjusted EBITDA1 improved to breakeven (H1 2015: loss of £1.0m)

·     Net cash of £0.7m generated from operations (H1 2015: £2.0m consumed)

·     Improved cash balance of £7.5m (31 December 2015: £7.0m)

 

Operational highlights

·     Strategy to operate throughout the engineering life cycle with four interlinked business units is delivering results and growth opportunities

·     TPG Maritime revenue up 40% compared to H1 2015 with a growing customer base and a wider offering to our current partners

·     TPG Engineering is seeing accelerated order capture, improving backlog and growing pipeline, driven by the business unit's new management team

·     TPG Managed Solutions appointed to four Government service framework agreements with resource under contract

·     TPG Design & Technology successfully repositioned as a technical consulting and design services business

·     Continuing to achieve cost efficiencies in project delivery and administration

·     Appointment of Derren Stroud as Chief Financial Officer in March 2016

 

Outlook

·     Pipeline of future sales opportunities has grown to c. £150m, including two significant single source contracts due to begin negotiations with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) totalling c.  £50m.

·     Strong H1 order capture by TPG Engineering at 40% above that achieved in H1 2015. This has created an order backlog of c. 4 months' activity (31 Dec 2015: c. 2 months) scheduled to be delivered before year-end

·     Significant new opportunities in the UK, Europe, Far East and Australia, all with long-term business prospects

·     Group performance provides confidence that the business will trade in line with 2016 market expectations

 

  

Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Officer, Phil Cartmell said:

 

"TP Group has delivered strong results in the first half of 2016. We have moved from loss making to breakeven with positive cash generation. We believe that further progress will follow in H2, and we expect to deliver significantly improved results in line with market forecasts.

 

"Our business operates in growing markets and has developed a strong reputation with our customers as a supplier of critical end-to-end engineering services with a pipeline of opportunities of c £150m.

 

"Operational management has been strengthened to align with our services and markets leading to improved project and business development performance.

 

"The Group, at last, is free of the obligations of legacy Oil & Gas R&D ventures. Costs have been controlled and cash collection enhanced providing a much more stable platform for future growth.

 

"In line with our acquisition strategy to complement both our services and market access, we are actively pursuing a number of opportunities that are expected to be accretive to earnings.

 

 "After a strong start to the second half of the year, the Board is confident that the transformed business of TPG will deliver profit at the adjusted EBITDA1 level in line with market expectations for 2016 and onward to sustainable profitability."

 

 

Notes

1 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating profit adjusted to add back depreciation of property, plant and equipment, amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets and any other acquisition-related charges, share based payment charges and exceptional items. Exceptional items are those items believed to be exceptional in nature by virtue of their size and or incidence. Exceptional items in the period to 30 June 2016 comprise termination costs of £231k (2015: Exceptional items in 2015 comprised restructuring costs of £976k, including impairment of fixed assets £493k and termination costs of £146k).

 

For further information, please contact:

TP Group Plc

 

Phil Cartmell, Chief Executive Officer

01753 285 810

Derren Stroud, Chief Financial Officer

www.tpgroup.uk.com

 

 

Cenkos

 

Stephen Keys / Mark Connelly

www.cenkos.com

 

020 7397 8980

Vigo Communications

 

Jeremy Garcia / Fiona Henson

020 7830 9700

www.vigocomms.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

TP Group is a group of innovative UK based engineering companies, supplying technologies and support to global markets. TP Group designs and develops advanced technologies, engineers complex equipment and systems, and provides support throughout their operational life. The Company's shares have been traded on AIM since July 2001.

Chief Executive's Review

 

The Group strategy declared in past reports has now been implemented with specific improvement initiatives that have together delivered the positive results announced today. The Group will continue on this path with a balanced business that:

·     continues to improve operational effectiveness leading to higher profitability;

·    focuses on major accounts to maximise value and expand service offerings within established relationships;

·     links the business units to share capability most efficiently and add value through cross-selling; and

·     enhances its product offering and market reach through acquisition

 

Financial Overview

The Group has delivered a move into profitability at an adjusted EBITDA1 level in the first half, whilst achieving growth in our core markets.

 

Revenue grew to £9.4m (H1 2015: £8.3m). This is primarily due to a strong performance by TPG Maritime with effective conversion of a high value order backlog at the start of the year. Order book values fluctuate in the defence sector due to the infrequent timing of major contract awards. Recent announcements include the intent by the UK MoD to enter into two single source negotiations for supply and service contracts worth circa £50m over eight years. These are expected to be entered into in the second half or early in 2017, and build confidence in future workload.

 

Revenues in TPG Engineering were slightly down due to issues in the energy sector leading to a slow start to the year and weakness in the opening order book. Management focus on business development methods and personnel has returned a much improved performance.

 

TP Group's strong order intake in H1 2016 leaves the business in much better shape for the second half of the year, in line with our normal business profile which is typically weighted towards higher revenues in the second half.

 

The Group's overall revenue improvement and continued focus on cost control has resulted in this growth feeding directly into adjusted EBITDA1.  Group adjusted EBITDA1 therefore improved by £1.0m compared with the equivalent period last year to achieve breakeven (2015: £1.0m loss) in line with our objective to report profitability at an adjusted EBITDA1 level in 2016.

 

The Group continues to develop new opportunities and has an active sales pipeline of circa £150m.

 

Central costs remained flat in the first half at £0.6m after exceptional items (H1 2015: £0.6m). All costs associated with supporting the four business units are fully allocated to them.

 

The Group cash balance at 30 June 2016 was £7.5m (31 December 2015: £7.0m). Cash generated in the first half from operations was £0.7m (H1 2015: £2.0m loss), reflecting our underlying focus on generating improved operational cashflow. Management expects to retain a healthy cash balance at the year end, in line with market forecasts.

 

TPG Maritime

 

The Company has built on its long standing relationship with the MoD with the award of an extension to the Submarine Air Purification equipment support contract in March 2016. This 12-month extension to an existing ten-year agreement is valued at an estimated £1.5 million over the period.

 

The business outlook is strengthened with the MoD's intention to enter single source negotiations on two contracts announced in July and August for submarine equipment supply and support, together worth c. £50m. These negotiations demonstrate the long term value of our approach to through-life support on major equipment programmes. In addition, we have extended our global reach with new and established customers in South East Asia and in Europe as reported in recent contract announcements.

 

 

TPG Engineering

 

The Group took steps during the first half of the year to build a new management team and to continue to support business improvement initiatives. This included the appointment of Tony Clowrey as Head of Engineering and Nick Pilditch as Sales Director. Both Tony and Nick have a wealth of experience in the sector and have brought this to bear very quickly, delivering rapid improvement in order capture and overall business efficiency.

 

The Group has invested in the Dukinfield site, with the installation of an advanced paint line facility. This allows the business to bring previously subcontracted finishing work in-house and to add high quality finishing to our extensive fabrication offer. We can now offer high added-value services across a wide range of markets and applications. Further investment in the factory was made as part of our continuous improvement campaign to improve product quality, working environment and reduce costs.

 

The business has also built upon its relationship with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) to enhance technical and manufacturing methods and develop new service offerings into markets such as nuclear power. This work is already generating additional enquiries and business development activity.

 

TPG Design & Technology

 

The long standing relationship with Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc remains strong and TPG has delivered the final assembly and testing of a batch of pre-production units for end-user trials.

 

Work on the European Cryohub programme continues and the next delivery of the American gas let-down expander project is expected in the second half of this year.

 

The technical team has also been responding to numerous enquiries for advanced turbomachines, with discussions in progress for renewable energy, upstream production, distribution and power applications in Europe and Australia.

 

TPG Managed Solutions

 

The Managed Solutions team has built upon its position within the UK Government's Functional and Technical Services framework (FATS5) to develop a significant pipeline of opportunities to place specialist resources into technical programmes in defence and other public programmes. This was rewarded with the first resource contract being placed during H1 2016, and a number of other contracts currently in negotiation. These contracts are significant as they place TPG resources within the customer site operations and provides a very effective link to future business opportunities.

 

During the period, TPG has also been admitted to other frameworks including:

·     Niteworks, the MoD-Industry technical partnership;

·    The G_Cloud procurement framework to connect government bodies with support in cloud technology and other specialist services for digital projects;

·     The R_Cloud framework for science and technology research; and

·    Bluelightworks, the community supporting procurement and process improvement for the emergency services.

 

Strategy and Outlook

 

The Group is now in an extremely robust position with two major defence contracts about to enter negotiation for which TPG is, we understand, the sole supplier. Securing both contracts would lead to even greater long term revenue visibility for TPG Maritime. In addition, we are building momentum in resource provision to defence customers through TPG Managed Solutions whilst pursuing equipment service opportunities with both defence and commercial customers.

 

TPG Engineering continues to develop its market position with enhanced capability and competitive positioning leading to an accelerated customer conversion rate. The appointment of a new management team has resulted in further strategic progress with qualification for large-scale projects and opportunities in nuclear and conventional power facilities. In the energy markets, TPG Design & Technology is working on a growing pipeline of opportunities.

 

The pipeline of future business reflects our increasingly productive collaboration with major partners to open new opportunities in global, high value sectors. In addition, all business units are increasing their exposure to new activities through increased cross-selling and referrals across the Group, enabling all four business units to take advantage of TPG's world class customer base. 

 

The overall result is a more capable, focused and coordinated business that is demonstrating its ability to deliver growth and move into profitability whilst attracting a sales pipeline of future business opportunities, currently valued at approximately £150m. The Board is confident that this momentum and strategic focus will enable the Group to deliver on its objectives and greatly enhance shareholder value.

 

Phil Cartmell

Chief Executive Officer

12 September 2016

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

Six months ended

30 June

2016

 

Unaudited

Six months ended

30 June

2015

 

Audited

Year ended

31 December

2015

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

9,363

8,340

20,446

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

(6,878)

(6,161)

(14,834)

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

2,485

2,179

5,612

 

 

 

 

Distribution costs1

(188)

(143)2

(304)

Research and development costs

(12)

(51)

(76)

Administrative expenses

(3,062)

(4,601)

(7,527)

 

 

 

 

Operating (loss)

(777)

(2,616)

(2,295)

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA2

12

(965)

45

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

(540)

(686)

(1,328)

Exceptional items

(231)

(943)

(976)

Share based payments

(18)

(22)

(36)

Operating loss

(777)

(2,616)

(2,295)

 

 

 

 

Finance (cost)/income

(69)

6

77

 

 

 

 

Loss before income tax

(846)

(2,610)

(2,218)

 

 

 

 

Income tax credit

70

70

311

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period attributable to shareholders

(776)

(2,540)

(1,907)

 

 

 

 

Loss per share expressed in pence per share

Pence

Pence

Pence

Basic and diluted loss per share

(0.13)

(0.60)

(0.45)

         

All results relate to continuing activities.

 

1 The presentation of the Distribution costs and Administrative expenses for the six months to 30 June 2015 have been reclassified to be consistent with the current year presentation and that presented in audited financial statements of the year to 31 December 2015.  The overall reported loss for the period has not changed.   

 

2  Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating profit adjusted to add back depreciation of property, plant and equipment, amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets and any other acquisition-related charges, share based payment charges and exceptional items. Exceptional items are those items believed to be exceptional in nature by virtue of their size and or incidence. Exceptional items in the period to 30 June 2016 comprise termination costs of £231k (2015: Exceptional items in 2015 comprised restructuring costs of £976k, including impairment of fixed assets £493k and termination costs of £146k).

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 

 

 

Unaudited

30 June 2016

Unaudited

30 June 2015

Audited

31 December 2015

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill

4,953

5,036

4,953

Other intangible assets

9,054

9,919

9,514

Property, plant  and equipment

693

554

560

 

14,700

15,509

15,027

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

136

143

169

Trade and other receivables

5,871

6,914

6,386

Derivative financial assets

-

-

70

Taxation recoverable

79

149

66

Cash and cash equivalents

7,482

6,623

7,005

 

13,568

13,829

13,696

Total assets

28,268

29,338

28,723

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(6,338)

(6,553)

(5,756)

 

(6,338)

(6,553)

(5,756)

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Deferred taxation

(1,636)

(1,985)

(1,713)

Provisions

(894)

(1,289)

(1,096)

 

(2,530)

(3,274)

(2,809)

Total liabilities

(8,868)

(9,827)

(8,565)

Net assets

19,400

19,511

20,158

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Share capital

42,246

42,246

42,246

Share premium

13,769

13,769

13,769

Capital redemption reserve

575

575

575

Own shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust

(561)

(561)

(561)

Share-based payments reserve

1,192

1,160

1,174

Retained earnings

(37,821)

(37,678)

(37,045)

Total equity

19,400

19,511

20,158

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Capital redemption reserve

Own shares held by EBT

Share-based payments reserve

Retained earnings

Total

Six months to 30 June 2016

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance at

1 January 2016

42,246

13,769

575

(561)

1,174

(37,045)

20,158

IFRS 2 share option charge

-

-

-

-

18

-

18

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(776)

(776)

Balance at

30 June 2016

42,246

13,769

575

(561)

1,192

(37,821)

19,400

Six months to 30 June 2015

 

Balance at

1 January 2015

42,246

13,769

575

(561)

1,138

(35,138)

22,029

IFRS 2 share option charge

-

-

22

22

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(2,540)

(2,540)

Balance at

30 June 2015

42,246

13,769

575

(561)

1,160

(37,678)

19,511

 

Year to 31 December 2015

 

Balance at

1 January 2015

42,246

13,769

575

(561)

1,138

(35,138)

22,029

IFRS 2 share option charge

-

-

-

-

36

-

36

Total comprehensive loss for the year

-

-

-

-

-

(1,907)

(1,,907)

Balance at

31 December 2015

42,246

13,769

575

(561)

1,174

(37,045)

20,158

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

 

Unaudited

Six months ended

30 June 2016

Unaudited

Six months ended

30 June 2015

Audited

Year ended

31 December 2015

 

£'000

 £'000

 £'000

Operating activities

 

 

 

Loss before income tax

(846)

(2,610)

(2,218)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation

81

265

421

Amortisation

459

421

907

Loss on disposal of fixed assets

-

-

493

Finance cost/(income)

69

(6)

(77)

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

-

557

-

Share-based payment expense

18

22

36

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

33

(60)

(86)

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

496

687

1,098

(Decrease)/Increase in trade and other payables

582

(1,188)

(1,876)

(Decrease) in provisions

(202)

(66)

(259)

 

690

(1,978)

(1,561)

 

 

 

 

Income tax received/(paid)

-

(13)

64

Net cash generated from/(used in) operating activities

690

(1,991)

(1,497)

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of subsidiary, net of cash acquired

-

(886)

(886)

Interest received

1

6

8

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(214)

(65)

(204)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

-

-

40

Net cash used in investing activities

(213)

(945)

(1,042)

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Repayment of hire purchase liabilities

-

(10)

(25)

Net cash from financing activities

-

(10)

(25)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

477

(2,946)

(2,564)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

7,005

9,569

9,569

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

7,482

6,623

7,005

 

Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1. Nature of operations and general information

 

The principal activities of TP Group plc and its subsidiaries (the "Group") comprise:

 

TPG Maritime - activities include the provision of air purification equipment for submarines including oxygen/hydrogen generation and purification, air handling and distribution systems.

 

TPG Design and Technology - specialises in the design and development of high-speed turbomachinery. Innovative compressors and expander generators use patented technologies.

 

TPG Engineering - activities include the manufacture of heat exchange equipment used in the heating and cooling of large scale industrial processes and other fabricated structures

 

TPG Managed Solutions - services to major organisations through prime contracting and provision of specialist resources

 

TP Group plc (the "Parent Company") is the Group's ultimate parent company which is incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The address of the registered office of the Company is Cody Technology Park, Old Ively Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 0LX. The Parent Company's shares are listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are presented in pounds sterling, which is also the functional currency of the Parent Company, and all values are rounded to the nearest thousand pounds except when otherwise indicated.

 

The financial information set out in this interim report does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the

Companies Act 2006. The Group's statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, prepared under IFRS as adopted by the EU, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on the 2015 financial statements was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under Section 498(2) or Section 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved for issue by the Board of Directors on 12 September 2016.

 

2. Basis of preparation

 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements are for the six months ended 30 June 2016. They have been prepared following the principal accounting policies and methods of computation set out in the Group's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015.

 

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention using accounting policies consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union. The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in the condensed set of financial statements as applied in the Group's latest annual audited financial statements. While the financial figures included in this half-yearly report have been computed in accordance with IFRS applicable to interim periods, this half-yearly report does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as that term is defined in IAS 34.

 

Going concern

The Directors are satisfied that the Group has adequate resources to continue in business for the foreseeable future, and accordingly continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the accounts.

Restatement of comparative segmental results for 2015

The presentation of the unaudited segmental results for the six months to 30 June 2015 have been reclassified to be consistent with the current year presentation and that presented in audited financial statements of the year to 31 December 2015.  The overall reported loss for the period has not changed.  

 

3. Segmental Reporting

The following table presents revenue and profit information for each business segment.

 

TPG

Maritime

TPG

Engineering

TPG

D&T

TPG

MS

Central unallocated costs

Group

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended
30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

5,155

2,749

279

1,180

-

9,363

Operating profit/(loss)

1,300

(641)

(752)

139

(823)

(777)

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

421

90

8

-

21

540

Exceptional items

-

-

-

-

231

231

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

18

18

Adjusted EBITDA2

1,721

(551)

(744)

139

(553)

12

 

Six months ended
30 June 20152

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3,696

3,708

435

501

-

8,340

Operating profit/(loss)

236

(199)

(2,113)

19

(559)

(2,616)

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

406

76

203

-

1

686

Exceptional items

-

-

943

-

-

943

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

22

22

Adjusted EBITDA1

642

(123)

(967)

19

(536)

(965)

 

Year ended
31 December 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

10,948

7,067

901

1,530

-

20,446

Operating profit/(loss)

1,933

(471)

(2,843)

247

(1,161)

(2,295)

Depreciation, amortisation and impairment

844

229

254

-

1

1,328

Exceptional items

-

-

976

-

-

976

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

36

36

Adjusted EBITDA1

2,777

(242)

(1,613)

247

(1,124)

45

 

2   Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating profit adjusted to add back depreciation of property, plant and equipment, amortisation and impairment of acquired intangible assets and any other acquisition-related charges, share based payment charges and exceptional items. Exceptional items are those items believed to be exceptional in nature by virtue of their size and or incidence. Exceptional items in the period to 30 June 2016 comprise termination costs of £231k (2015: Exceptional items in 2015 comprised restructuring costs of £976k, including impairment of fixed assets £493k and termination costs of £146k).

3   The presentation of the unaudited segmental results for the six months to 30 June 2015 have been reclassified to be consistent with the current year presentation and that presented in audited financial statements of the year to 31 December 2015.  The overall reported loss for the period has not changed. 

 

 

 

 

4. Loss per share

 

The calculation of the basic loss per share is based on the loss after tax for the period divided by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period as follows: 

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months ended

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 December

 

2016

2015

2015

 

number

number

number

Weighted average shares in issue

420,857,956

420,857,956

420,857,956

 

 

The weighted average number of shares in issue has been reduced by deducting the weighted average number of shares held by the Employee Benefit Trust of 1,606,770 shares (six months ended 30 June 2015 and year ended 31 December 2015: 1,606,770 shares). 

 

The issue of additional shares on exercise of employee share options would decrease the basic loss per share and there is therefore no dilutive effect of employee share options.

 

 


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