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Xeros Technology Group plc
20 September 2016
 

20 September 2016 

Xeros Technology Group plc

 

Major progress in developing and commercialising platform technology

 

Xeros Technology Group plc (AIM: XSG, 'the Group', 'Xeros'), the developer and provider of patented polymer bead systems with multiple commercial applications, publishes its second unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

Highlights

Platform technology

·      Possess disruptive bead technology platform which can be deployed in numerous global markets

·      Good progress in application areas creating considerable interest from industry leaders with capacity for scaling up adoption

 

Laundry

·      Earned income up to £807,000 (comparative period 2015: £325,000)

·      Commercial Laundry:

116 commercial washing machines installed (comparative period 2015: 50) bringing total estate to 278

In advanced discussions with industry leaders to increase growth rate

·      Consumer Laundry:

Major strides in fabric care and extended garment life

Detailed evaluation of domestic technology being carried out by global OEM

 

Leather

·      Six successful scale trials with leading European tannery

·      Trials confirmed significant savings in water, chemistry and effluent

·      Business plan formulated to introduce technology in up to five tanneries in 2017

 

New applications

·      Detailed studies completed - two soft and one hard substrate

·      IP development and applications underway including new bead formulations with the capacity to further reduce chemistry consumption

·      Ambition is to achieve successful scale trials in each of the areas by end 2018

 

Mark Nichols, Chief Executive of Xeros, said:

 

"It's now clear that we have a disruptive bead technology platform that can be commercialised across a range of global industries.

"In Commercial Laundry, we are increasingly accepted in a customer segment which has the capacity for thousands of machine installations. We are in detailed discussions with a number of leading market participants, and we are confident of achieving an annual installation rate of 2,000 per annum in the year of 2020.

"We have developed a low risk pathway to establishing our washing and cleaning technology for use by end consumers.  A global OEM is currently evaluating the benefits of our technology.

"The pace of our Leather Processing trials in conjunction with our development partners, Wollsdorf Leder Schmidt ("Wollsdorf") in Austria and LANXESS, has accelerated ahead of our own expectations.  We aim to achieve large scale commercialisation by the end of 2018.

"We have selected three new application areas for development, which we expect to have the same commercial potential as Laundry and Leather Processing. Whilst there is a great deal of R&D and engineering work to be done, we have set our teams the task of achieving successful scale trials in each of these three new areas by the end of 2018."

 

Enquiries:

 

Xeros Technology Group plc

Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Officer

 

Tel: 0114 321 6328

 

Jefferies International Limited (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

Simon Hardy / Harry Nicholas

 

Tel: 020 7029 8000

Berenberg (Joint Broker)

Chris Bowman / Ben Wright / Amritha Murali

 

Tel: 020 3207 7800

Instinctif Partners

Adrian Duffield / Helen Tarbet / James Gray

 

Tel: 020 7457 2020

 

Notes to Editors

Xeros Technology Group plc (LN: XSG) is a platform technology company that is reinventing water intensive industrial and commercial processes by replacing water with polymer bead technologies.  Its patented technologies have the capacity to provide material economic, operational and sustainability improvements that are unachievable with traditional processes.  The Group first applied its technology in the commercial laundry market in advance of developing a system for use in the home. Subsequently, it has demonstrated its technology in the leather processing industry and its R&D teams are developing a number of additional applications for other water intensive industrial and commercial markets.  The Group joined AIM in 2014 and in December 2015 raised gross proceeds of £40m by way of a placing to accelerate the commercialisation of its innovative technology across global laundry markets and to further develop its patented technology for other identified industrial and domestic processes.

For more information, please visit - http://www.xeroscleaning.com/

 

 

 

 

Strategic overview

Our strategy remains to deploy Xeros' polymer bead platform technology across a number of water intensive processes, which it has the ability to fundamentally transform.

We continue to accumulate firm evidence that the technology is able to reduce cost in a number of scale processes in global industries whilst radically improving quality and sustainability outcomes.

Funds raised last December are now being deployed across a balanced portfolio of developments - Laundry, Leather Processing and New Applications - with focussed resources now dedicated to each of these areas.

 

Laundry

 

We continue to make progress in the Commercial Laundry market with an increasing number of installations with customers who have the potential to deploy large numbers of our machines - 116 in the period bringing the estate to 278. 77% of machines sold in the period were sold through a lease arrangement, the "Complete" contract, with the remainder bought outright by the customer under the "Perform" contract.

Having exceeded our targets for bringing on board Forward Channel Partners ("FCPs"), we are now focussing on developing a number of them to the point where they provide all the services that our customers require including marketing, sales, service and the commissioning of machines once they have been installed.

Customer satisfaction levels have remained above 90% for the year to date. Our smaller 16Kg machine has now entered the field with trial customers allowing us to increase the penetration of the hospitality and UK markets in particular. Discussions are ongoing with global OEMs to distribute machines incorporating Xeros technology and to provide Sbeadycare services on a multi-national basis. 

As a consequence of the increasing interest in the Xeros proposition across the entire United States, the business' ability to commission machines has not kept pace with the rate at which machines have been installed. We are increasing our internal resources and systems significantly to close this gap pending the training of local FCPs to undertake the commissioning activity. The outcome will be to minimise the time between installation and income being booked, and to minimise working capital.

Since the beginning of the year, we have also been focussing on the steps we need to take to get our technology broadly deployed with in the home. We are currently involved in detailed discussions and evaluations with a global domestic appliance OEM with a view to it developing a machine which incorporates our technology.

In order to stimulate consumer demand and awareness in the interim, we plan to introduce a service which we will pilot in the US in 2017, whereby consumers can outsource the cleaning to Xeros of some of their highly valued but hard to wash items. Our proposition is based upon extensive market research which tells us that consumers currently value highly fabric care and garment life extension over cost savings and sustainability. Xeros delivers outstanding performance against each of these criteria. We believe that outsourced, on-demand cleaning has the capacity to become a business in its own right and we will continue to study its potential up to and through our pilot programme.

 

 

Leather Processing

 

Xeros has successfully completed six full scale trials in Austria with our development partner, Wollsdorf, who were awarded Tannery of the year for 2014 by World Leather Magazine.

Five of the trials were in the retanning and dyeing phase where we achieved reductions in water consumption by approximately 60% and effluent mass by around 50%. We also reduced chemistry consumption by a material amount.

Early indications are that the results of the sixth trial in the upstream tanning phase are similarly positive. We believe the results that we have achieved in the Wollsdorf tannery are transformational for the industry at large, delivering significant cost and much needed environmental benefits.

The total leather market is estimated to be £50bn per annum with the bovine segment accounting for £42bn, of which £3bn is spent on chemistry and £193m on water1. The application of our technology within this industry does not require wholesale process change and its adoption is well within the capabilities of most tanneries. The costs of adoption of Xeros' technology are recovered by tanneries in relatively short order from the benefits they accrue. Also, our technology does not displace competitors and market resistance should be low as a result.

We have agreed in principle with LANXESS to continue our co-operation and that they remain our leather chemical supplier of choice including for formulation know-how and new formulations which have the capacity to bring additional benefits to the industry.

We now have a team of 15 in Leather Processing and we expect first revenues in early 2017. Following this we anticipate growing the business to one of significant scale over the coming years, with up to five tanneries targeted to adopt our technology in 2017.

 

New applications

Following a review of in excess of 100 potential applications ideas and a structured analysis of water intensive processes, we have selected three specific applications for further R&D within the Xeros Technology Centre in Sheffield.

Two of the developments are on soft flexible substrates with the third being a hard substrate: a first for the Company with Laundry and Leather Processing classified as soft. We consider all three new areas to have scientific and engineering aspects in common with our work and experience in Laundry and Leather, which should make for a shorter development lifecycle.

We are developing intellectual property strategies for these three applications and are beginning to make important patent applications in key areas. Whilst much work needs to be completed, we are targeting scale trials for the new applications by the end of 2018.

Work continues on our next generation of polymer beads with the aim of using them as a carrier for specific chemistries taking them directly to the surface of substrates and in so doing, reducing yet again the amount of chemistry used in processes.

 

Organisation

We have greatly increased the capacity of the organisation with specialist teams now dedicated to specific lines of business or development areas. Our Commercial Laundry engineering function is now consolidated within the Engineering Centre in Seekonk, Massachusetts, which has freed up resources and facilities in the Xeros Technology Centre for work on our new applications. In light of this, we will be providing segmental reporting for Leather, Laundry and New Applications in our year end accounts.

 

Summary and Outlook

We continue to make excellent progress on our growth commercialisation strategies.

We have continued to drive and develop the Commercial Laundry business and are confident of achieving our 2020 targets. We are in advanced discussions with a number of industry partners to speed up market penetration and returns. We have a plan to penetrate the Consumer Laundry market in what we believe is an achievable series of steps.

Scale trials in Leather Processing have yielded results ahead of our expectations and we are now prosecuting our plan to penetrate this market.

With the path forward clear, we are now focussing on the rapid execution of our plans. Over the longer term, the opportunity for our technology to be adopted within, and fundamentally change, global industries is highly significant.

Our aim is to maximise the deployment of our platform technology using commercialisation partners once market acceptance is achieved, thereby minimising the time and capital intensity required to generate significant returns on our disruptive innovations.

Notes:

1.   DLP Advisors report (commissioned by Xeros)

 

 

 

 

Financial review

Group earned income was generated as follows:

 

Unaudited

6 months to

Unaudited

6 months to

 

Year ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 July

 

2016

2015

2015

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Machine sales

509

213

289

Service income

271

104

177

Lease interest income

27

8

14

 

______

______

_______

Total earned income

807

325

480

 

              

            

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group earned income increased by 148% to £807,000 in the six months ended 30 June 2016 when compared to the comparative period (30 June 2015: £325,000). 

Notably, service income from the installed base of Commercial Laundry machines has increased significantly during the six months ended 30 June 2016, to more than 2.5 times the service income generated in the comparative period.

The point at which revenue and costs from machine sales can be recognised is dependent on the completion of a number of stages.  These include the installation of the machine, commissioning of the machine, acceptance of the machine by the customer, completion of utility incentive formalities, where applicable, and then, in the case of lease sales, finalisation of the lease agreement.  The Group does not recognise revenue and costs from a machine sale until all of these aspects are complete. 

The number of machines installed in the period is as follows:

 

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 July

 

2016

2015

2015

 

No.

No.

No.

Machines sold - revenue and costs taken to P&L statement

 

30

 

12

 

16

Machines commissioned and generating service revenue, but machine sale revenues and costs not yet recognised

 

 

14

 

 

20

 

 

32

 

Machines installed but not yet commissioned

 

72

 

18

 

34

 

              

              

              

Machines installed in the period

116

50

82

 

              

              

              

 

The installed estate of machines at the end of the period is as follows:

 

30 June

30 June

31 July

 

2016

2015

2015

 

No.

No.

No.

 

 

 

 

Machines sold

97

38

40

Machines commissioned

56

25

32

Machines installed

125

24

34

 

              

              

              

Machines estate at the end of the period

278

87

106

 

              

              

              

 

Until a machine is sold it remains in inventory.  At 30 June 2016 there were 181 installed machines in stock (30 June 2015: 49 machines) and, as a consequence, inventory levels have increased as at 30 June 2016. 

As at 30 June 2016 contracted future service revenues amount to £3.2m (30 June 2015: £1.0m) and average contract length is 73 months (30 June 2015: 74 months). 

Adjusted gross margin improved to £160,000 (19.8%) from £46,000 (14.2%) in the six months ended 30 June 2015.  Sales and service margins continue to be in line with expectations.

The Group has continued to invest in its R&D programme.  The Group spent £2.7m on R&D including staff and patent costs (six months ended 30 June 2015: £1.9m) alongside the Commercial Laundry working capital and start-up costs, in line with the Board's expectations. This has resulted in an Adjusted EBITDA loss of £7.4m, increased from a loss of £5.6m in the comparative period.

The continuing strength of the US$ means that working capital and start-up costs in the US Commercial Laundry business are proportionally more expensive when translated into Sterling, the Group's functional currency.  However, a strong US$ will benefit the Group financial statements as the US business grows to generate cash and become profitable.  As at 30 June 2016 the Group had forward contracts to buy US$17.1m at favourable exchange rates, as a consequence of exchange rate risk management of costs to be incurred by the US Commercial Laundry business, put in place before the vote on Brexit. The weakness of Sterling since the vote on Brexit has resulted in a £0.9m gain on these forward contracts as at 30 June 2016.  This unrealised gain has been taken to the consolidated statement of profit and loss, through the Finance income line, and has been recognised in current assets.

The Group reported a loss after tax of £6.1m (six months ended 30 June 2015: £5.5m).  The loss per share decreased to 7.18p from 8.33p in the 6 months ended 30 June 2015.

The Group expects cash utilisation to continue to accelerate over the coming years, as we continue to fund our R&D programme alongside the roll-out in Commercial Laundry and to start the commercialisation in Leather Processing. The increase in net cash outflow from operations to £10.4m (six months ended 30 June 2015: £6.4m) reflects these activities and was in line with the Board's expectations. The Group had existing cash resources as at 30 June 2016 of £39.4m (30 June 2015: £17.5m) and remains debt free. 

The Group has tax losses of approximately £26.1m to offset against future taxable profits (30 June 2015: £18.0m). No deferred tax asset has been recognised at this stage due to the uncertainty of future profits to offset these losses against.

 

Accounting reference date change

Historically the Group was predominantly a research and development business with strong university and academic links.  A 31 July year end was therefore consistent with the business as it then was. The Group has changed its accounting reference date to 31 December, primarily to bring it into line with a more conventional commercial company reporting timeframe, consistent with the development of its commercial operations, in order to provide ease of reference for investors, customers, managers and employees. 

The effect of the change to the accounting reference date is to extend the current accounting period to 31 December 2016, a period of more than 15 months.  In accordance with Rule 18 of the AIM Rules, therefore, the Company has prepared these unaudited results for the six months to 30 June 2016, has announced unaudited results for the 5 months to 31 December 2015, and will announce audited results for the 17 month period to 31 December 2016no later than 18 May 2017

The Group will subsequently publish its half-yearly reports to 30 June and annual audited accounts to 31 December in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies.

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

 

 

Six months

Six months

Year

 

 

ended

ended

ended

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 July

 

 

2016

2015

2015

 

Note

£'000

£'000

£'000

Earned income

 

807

325

480

Less: lease interest income

 

(27)

(8)

(14)

Revenue

 

780

317

466

Cost of sales

 

(647)

(279)

(399)

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Gross profit

 

133

38

67

Lease interest income

 

27

8

14

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Adjusted gross margin

 

160

46

81

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(8,334)

(6,054)

(11,102)

Other operating income

 

-

-

174

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA*

 

(7,434)

(5,554)

(9,868)

Share-based payment expense

 

(654)

(426)

(916)

Depreciation of tangible fixed assets

 

(113)

(36)

(77)

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

 

(8,201)

(6,016)

(10,861)

Finance income

 

1,153

94

192

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Loss before taxation

 

(7,048)

(5,922)

(10,669)

Taxation

3

917

472

464

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Loss after tax

 

(6,131)

(5,450)

(10,205)

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Items that are or maybe reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation differences - foreign operations

 

(551)

91

16

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Total comprehensive expense for the period

 

(6,682)

(5,359)

(10,189)

 

 

_______

_______

_______

Loss per ordinary share

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted on loss from continuing operations

5

(7.18)p

(8.33)p

(15.62)p

 

 

_______

_______

_______

* Adjusted EBITDA comprises loss on ordinary activities before interest, tax, share-based payment expense, depreciation and amortisation.
 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

Share

capital

Share

 premium

Merger reserve

Foreign

currency

translation

reserve

Retained

earnings

deficit

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 July 2014

98

28,132

15,443

(38)

(13,137)

30,498

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(3,837)

(3,837)

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

-

(37)

-

(37)

Loss and total comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

(37)

(3,837)

(3,874)

Transactions with Owners of the Company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

-

189

189

At 31 December 2014

98

28,132

15,443

(75)

(16,785)

26,813

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(5,450)

(5,450)

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

-

91

-

91

Loss and total comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

91

(5,450)

(5,359)

Transactions with Owners of the Company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of shares

-

46

-

-

-

46

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

-

425

425

At 30 June 2015

98

28,178

15,443

16

(21,810)

21,925

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(918)

(918)

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

-

(38)

-

(38)

Loss and total comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

(38)

(918)

(956)

Transactions with Owners of the Company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

-

302

302

At 31 July 2015

98

28,178

15,443

(22)

(22,426)

21,271

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(5,613)

(5,613)

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

-

(71)

-

(71)

Loss and total comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

(71)

(5,613)

(5,684)

Transactions with Owners of the Company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of shares

27

39,992

-

-

-

40,019

Costs of share issues

 

(2,153)

-

-

-

(2,153)

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

-

141

141

At 31 December 2015

125

66,017

15,443

(93)

(27,898)

53,594

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

(6,131)

(6,131)

Other comprehensive expense

-

-

-

(551)

-

(551)

Loss and total comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

(551)

(6,131)

(6,682)

Transactions with Owners of the Company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of shares

4

262

-

-

-

266

Share based payment expense

-

-

-

-

654

654

At 30 June 2016

129

66,279

15,443

(644)

(33,375)

47,832

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

As at 30 June 2016

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

 

30 June

30 June

31 July

 

2016

2015

2015

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

889

168

577

Trade and other receivables

1,295

342

363

 

2,184

510

940

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

5,389

2,188

2,909

Trade and other receivables

1,905

975

578

Current tax asset

807

477

477

FX Gain

900

-

-

Investments - bank deposits

21,553

1,538

1,539

Cash and cash equivalents

17,870

17,468

15,913

 

48,424

22,646

21,416

 

 

 

 

Total assets

50,608

23,156

22,356

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Deferred tax

(22)

(17)

(22)

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

(2,754)

(1,214)

(1,063)

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

(2,776)

(1,231)

(1,085)

 

 

 

 

Net assets

47,832

21,925

21,271

 

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

129

98

98

Share premium

66,279

28,178

28,178

Merger reserve

15,443

15,443

15,443

Foreign currency translation reserve

(644)

16

(22)

Accumulated losses

(33,375)

(21,810)

(22,426)

Total equity

47,832

21,925

21,271

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

 

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 July

 

2016

2015

2015

 

£000

£000

£000

Operating activities

 

 

 

Loss before tax

(7,048)

(5,922)

(10,669)

Adjustment for non-cash items:

 

 

 

  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

113

36

77

  Share based payment

654

426

916

Increase in inventories

(302)

(228)

(2,110)

Increase in trade and other receivables

(1,395)

(637)

(90)

(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

(1,351)

67

288

Finance income

(1,153)

(94)

(192)

Cash used in operations

(10,482)

(6,352)

(11,780)

Taxes refunded/(paid)

110

(5)

(8)

Net cash outflow used in operations

(10,372)

(6,357)

(11,788)

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Finance income

253

94

192

Cash withdrawn from/(placed on) deposits with more than 3 months maturity

9,992

(6)

(13)

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(271)

(40)

(532)

Net cash inflow/(outflow) from investing activities

9,974

48

(353)

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from issue of share capital, net of costs

266

46

46

Net cash inflow from financing activities

266

46

46

 

 

 

 

Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(132)

(6,263)

(12,095)

Cash and cash equivalents at start of year

17,961

23,733

27,999

Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held

41

(2)

9

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

17,870

17,468

15,913

 

 

 

 

Notes to the financial statements

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

1. General information

The principal activity of Xeros Technology Group plc ("the Company") and its subsidiary companies (together "Xeros" or the "Group") is the development and commercialisation of patented polymer bead systems with multiple potential commercial applications.

Xeros Technology Group plc is domiciled in the UK and incorporated in England and Wales (registered number 8684474), and its registered office address is Unit 2 Evolution, Advanced Manufacturing Park, Whittle Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham, S60 5BL. The Company's principal activity is that of a holding company.

The interim financial information was approved for issue on 19 September 2016.

 

2. Basis of preparation

The interim financial information has been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for the fair valuation of derivatives, and in accordance with the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as adopted by the European Union, IFRIC interpretations, and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.

The interim financial information has been prepared on a going concern basis and is presented in Sterling to the nearest £'000.

The accounting policies used in the preparation of the interim financial information are consistent with those set out in the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2015. Further IFRS standards or interpretations may be issued that could apply to the Group's financial statements for the period ending 31 December 2016. If any such amendments, new standards or interpretations are issued then these may require the financial information provided in this report to be changed. The Group will continue to review its accounting policies in the light of emerging industry consensus on the practical application of IFRS.

The preparation of financial information in conformity with the recognition and measurement requirements of IFRS requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Although these estimates are based on management's best knowledge of the amount, event or actions, actual events ultimately may differ from those estimates.

The interim financial information does not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in annual financial statements. There have been no significant changes in any risk or risk management policies since 31 July 2015. The principal risks and uncertainties are largely unchanged and are as disclosed in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 July 2015.

The interim financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2016 and for the six months ended 30 June 2015 do not constitute statutory financial statements as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and is unaudited. The comparative figures for the year ended 31 July 2015 are not the Group's consolidated statutory accounts for that financial year.  Those accounts have been reported on by the Group's auditor and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditor was (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under Sections 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

 

 

3. Taxation

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

 

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 July

 

2016

2015

2015

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current tax:

 

 

 

Foreign taxes paid

6

5

8

R & D tax credits

(923)

(477)

(477)

Deferred tax charge

-

 

5

Total tax charge/(credit)

(917)

(472)

(464)

 

As at 30 June 2016 the Group had tax losses of approximately £26.1m to offset against future taxable profits (30 June 2015: £18.0m, 31 December 2015, £24.1m, 31 July 2015: £18.7m). The Group has not recognised these losses as a deferred tax asset in the consolidated statement of financial position due to the uncertainty in the timing of its crystallisation.

 

4. Segmental analysis

The Group currently has one operating segment.  Revenue and losses arising from that segment are the same as presented on the face of the consolidated statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income.

 

5. Loss per share

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to equity holders by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period.  The Group was loss-making for the periods ended 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2015 and also for the 5 months to 31 December 2015 and the year ended 31 July 2015.  Therefore, the dilutive effect of share options has not been taken account of in the calculation of diluted earnings per share, since this would decrease the loss per share reported for each of the periods reported.

The calculation of basic and diluted loss per ordinary share is based on the loss for the period, as set out below.

 

 

Loss

Weighted

Loss

 

for the

average

per

 

period

number of

share

 

£'000

shares in issue

(pence)

Six months ended 30 June 2016

(6,131)

85,377,365

(7.18)p

Six months ended 30 June 2015

(5,450)

65,442,740

(8.33)p

Five months ended 31 December 2015

(5,613)

67,015,596

(8.38)p

Year ended 31 July 2015

(10,205)

65,336,459

(15.62)p

 

The weighted average number of shares in issue throughout the period is as follows:

 

 

6 months to

6 months to

Year ended

 

30 June

30 June

31 July

 

2016

2015

2015

 

Number of

Number of

Number of

 

shares

shares

shares

Issued ordinary shares at beginning of period

83,403,990

65,173,549

65,173,549

Effect of shares issued for cash during the period

1,973,375

269,191

162,910

Weighted average number of shares for the period

85,377,365

65,442,740

65,336,459

6. Details of events occurring after the reporting period

There were no events occurring after the reporting period.

 

7. Seasonality

The Group experiences no material variations due to seasonality.

 

8. Availability of interim statement

This interim statement will be available on Xeros' website at www.xeroscleaning.com.

 

Forward-looking statements

This announcement may include certain forward-looking statements, beliefs or opinions, including statements with respect to Xeros' business, financial condition and results of operations.  These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "estimates", "plans", "anticipates", "targets", "aims", "continues", "expects", "intends", "hopes", "may", "will", "would", "could" or "should" or, in each case, their negative or other various or comparable terminology. These statements are made by the Xeros Directors in good faith based on the information available to them at the date of this announcement and reflect the Xeros Directors' beliefs and expectations. By their nature these statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. A number of factors could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, developments in the global economy, changes in government policies, spending and procurement methodologies, and failure in health, safety or environmental policies.

No representation or warranty is made that any of these statements or forecasts will come to pass or that any forecast results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement and Xeros and its advisers expressly disclaim any obligations or undertaking to release any update of, or revisions to, any forward-looking statements in this announcement. No statement in the announcement is intended to be, or intended to be construed as, a profit forecast or to be interpreted to mean that earnings per Xeros share for the current or future financial years will necessarily match or exceed the historical earnings. As a result, you are cautioned not to place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

 

 

 


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