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Touchstar PLC
28 September 2016
 



28 September 2016

 

 

Touchstar plc

(formerly Belgravium Technologies plc)

 

Interim results for the

Six months ended 30 June 2016

 

The Board of Touchstar plc ((AIM:TST) 'Touchstar', the 'Company' or 'the Group'), suppliers of mobile data computing solutions and managed services to a variety of industrial sectors, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

 

This announcement includes inside information as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No. 596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of those obligations.

 

       Key Financials:




30 June 2016

30 June 2015




·      Revenues

£4,146,000    

£4,431,000

·      Trading profit before exceptional costs

£219,000

£46,000

·      Trading profit before exceptional costs (after tax)

£296,000

£90,000

·      Operating profit/(loss)

£219,000

£ (49,000)

·      Profit/(loss) (after tax)

£296,000

£ (5,000)

·      Basic EPS post-capital reorganisation *

4.69p

0.08p

·      Basic EPS pre-capital reorganisation *

0.29p

0.00p

·      Cash and cash equivalents

£ (201,000)

£414,000

 

(* See notes 6 and 7 for details on the Share Capital Reorganisation)

 

Commenting on the results, Ian Martin, Chairman of Touchstar, said:

"Encouragingly these results highlight the positive effect of last year's successful restructuring. We are now a more effective and efficient business.

 

"There is much that gives me confidence that we are well on our way. It will not be a straight line progression, there will be bumps in the road, but we believe the direction of travel is correct. There is real opportunity although there is plenty of hard work still to be done."

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Touchstar plc

Ian Martin

Mark Hardy

01274 741860

01274 741860

WH Ireland - Nominated Adviser

Mike Coe/Ed Allsopp

0117 945 3472

WH Ireland - Investor Relations

Jessica Metcalf

0113 394 6623

 

Information on Touchstar plc can be seen at: www.touchstarplc.com

 

CHAIRMAN'S INTERIM STATEMENT 2016

 

 

This is my first report to you under our new name Touchstar plc, and I am pleased to state we have delivered a solid and very encouraging set of financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.  There has been considerable change over the last twelve months. Contained in these results are the first tangible signs of the business we are working hard to create emerging. We have a long way to go and much to achieve, however the all-important first steps forward have been taken.

 

Results

 

Whilst trading profits have increased significantly for the six months ended 30 June 2016 revenues have decreased slightly to £4,146,000 (six months ended 30 June 2015: £4,431,000). This reduction in revenue is due to the competitive nature of our markets at the moment, however gross margins continue to be maintained.  As we extend our solutions offering, our older products are being phased out. Touchstar is about to enter an upgrade cycle with some of its clients, with the launch of substantially enhanced new products.

 

Encouragingly these results highlight the positive effect of last year's restructuring. We are now a more effective and efficient business. This has enabled a dramatically improved financial performance for the six months ended 30 June 2016. Operating profits rose 480% to £219,000 (six months ended 30 June 2015 operating profit prior to exceptional items: £46,000). With the restructuring largely completed the Group took no exceptional costs in the period (six months ended 30 June 2015: £95,000) so the comparable reported numbers look even more favorable, when this period's profit of £216,000 is compared to the prior period loss of (£50,000).

 

Taxation continues to be a positive due to the Group's enhanced Research and Development (R&D) programme. As a result of the continued investment in product development in 2016 the Group is anticipating a tax credit in the region of £200,000 of which £80,000 has been recognised for the six months ended 30 June 2016 (year ended 31 December 2015: £175,000).

 

Profit after tax was £296,000 for the six-month period ended 30 June 2016, again showing very favorable comparison to the prior period (six months ended 30 June 2015 loss: (£5,000)). Basic EPS post Capital Reorganisation has increased significantly to 4.69p when compared to the six months ended 30 June 2015 of (0.08)p (the Pre Capital Reorganisation EPS for the six months to 30 June 2016 was 0.29p compared to 30 June 2015 of 0.00p).

 

Over the last twelve months we have invested considerably in the future of Touchstar - this will be an ongoing feature of the business. However, the costs associated with the successful restructuring of the business have been largely met and are not expected to reoccur. Consequently, the net cash balance has declined from both the year end position and the comparable period last year. At the 30 June 2016 the Company had net borrowings of £200,600 (30 June 2015: £414,000 cash in bank). The underlying business is cash generative but with our continued investment in development we would expect to show a broadly similar level of borrowings by the end of the calendar year.

 

Over the last twelve months' considerable progress has been made. The whole Group has been re- energised and are re-establishing ourselves as leaders in the industry. We are investing in the business at all levels. The infrastructure has been put in place that will enable the business to grow. The additional spend and re-focusing of the business has been both heard and well received by our customers. We have a number of interesting products that will be launched over the next eighteen months, enhancing our solutions offering as well as replacing older products; in the Mobile Retail sales arena, for example, we have recently launched and supplied our first integrated back office 'cloud based' software solution providing the customer full visibility and management of their on-board sales activities.  The system fully integrates to our new and existing on-board mobile applications providing a more encompassing solution to new and existing users and allowing us to compete more effectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have already enhanced and continue to develop much of our existing mobile applications in mobile retail and transport sectors to operate on both the windows and android operating systems (and in some instance Apple iOS).  This provides us with more opportunity and greater flexibility in the market place.

 

The rugged hardware in which we specialise continues to be well received and these to need to be supplied with either Windows or Android operating systems.  Over the coming six to twelve months these products will be available in both formats, whilst maintaining the 'rugged by design' ethos of our range.

 

There is much that gives me confidence that we are well on our way. It will not be a straight line progression, there will be bumps in the road, but we believe the direction of travel is correct. There is real opportunity although there is plenty of hard work still to be done because we live in a highly competitive world and our competitors are not going to just stand by and let us re-establish ourselves.

 

Capital Reorganisation

 

I am pleased to report that on the 8 July 2016 the Scottish Courts approved the last part of the Groups Capital Reorganisation. I would like to thank shareholders for their support through this process.

 

Current Outlook and Trading

 

We have made a solid start to the year. I expect trading in the second half of the year to be slightly stronger than the first  and that earnings, for the year as a whole, will be ahead of market expectations due to anticipated tax credits. I do not expect any change in the market environment, which is competitive - but that has been the case for many years now, and it is unlikely to alter. We are focused upon doing the right thing, giving us the best chance of long term success. I remain positive that we will deliver on both the short and long term expectations we have set ourselves.

 

As ever the Board would like to thank shareholders for their continued support and patience.

 

Lastly, I would like to thank the contribution and attitude of all the people I work alongside at Touchstar, without their commitment this turnaround in performance would not have happened.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Martin

Executive Chairman

27 September 2016

Unaudited consolidated income statement 
for the six months ended 30 June 2016



Six months ended 30 June

Year ended 31 December



2016

2015

2015



£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue


4,146

4,431

8,676






Operating profit before exceptional items and goodwill impairment


219

46

107

Goodwill impairment


-

-

(6,000)

Exceptional costs


-

(95)

(637)

Operating profit/(loss)


219

(49)

(6,530)

Finance costs


(3)

(1)

(1)

Profit/(loss) before income tax


216

(50)

(6,531)

Income tax credit


80

45

192

Profit/(loss) for the year attributable to the owners of the parent


296

(5)

(6,339)






Earnings/(losses) per ordinary share (pence) attributable to owners of the parent during the period:




Pence per share

Pence   per share

Pence   per share

Basic post Share Capital Reorganisation


4.69p

(0.08)p

(100.48)p

Basic pre Share Capital Reorganisation


0.29p

0.00p

    (6.28)p   

 

 

 

Unaudited consolidated statement of changes in equity
for the six months ended 30 June 2016


Share capital

Share premium account

Capital redemption reserve

Profit and loss account

Total equity


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

Balance at 1 January 2016

5,047

2,932

2,100

(4,761)

5,318

Profit for the period

-

-

-

296

296

Balance at 30 June 2016

5,047

2,932

2,100

(4,465)

5,614

 

For the six months ended 30 June 2015

Balance at 1 January 2015

5,047

2,932

2,100

1,578

11,657

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(5)

(5)

Balance at 30 June 2015

5,047

2,932

2,100

1,573

11,652

 

For the year ended 31 December 2015

Balance at 1 January 2015

5,047

2,932

2,100

1,578

11,657

Loss for the year

-

-

-

(6,339)

(6,339)

Balance at 31 December 2015

5,047

2,932

2,100

(4,761)

5,318

 

 

Unaudited consolidated balance sheet
 at 30 June 2016



30 June 
2016

30 June 
2015

31 December 2015



£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current assets





Goodwill


3,824

9,824

3,824

Development expenditure


872

776

820

Total intangible assets


4,696

10,600

4,644

Property, plant and equipment EQUIPMENTEQUIPMENTEQUIPMENT

EQUIPMENTequipment


189

182

Deferred tax assets


67

67

67



4,955

10,856

4,893

Current assets





Inventories

 


1,500

1,490

Trade and other receivables


2,807

2,367

Current tax recoverable


124

175

Cash and cash equivalents


-

414

242



3,660

4,845

4,274

Total assets


8,615

15,701

9,167

Current liabilities





Trade and other payables



3,656

3,514

Borrowings



15


8



2,850


3,671

3,522

Non-current liabilities





Deferred tax liabilities



87

75


Deferred income




291



252


Total liabilities




3,001



4,049



3,849






 

Unaudited consolidated balance sheet
at 30 June 2016
(continued)



30 June
2016

30 June 
2015

31 December 2015



£'000

£'000

£'000

Capital and reserves attributable
to owners of the parent





Share capital


5,047

5,047

5,047

Share premium account


2,932

2,932

2,932

Capital redemption reserve

 


2,100

2,100

2,100

Profit and loss account


(4,465)

1,573

(4,761)

Total equity


5,614

11,652

5,318

Total equity and liabilities


8,615

15,701

9,167

 

 

         

Consolidated cash flow statement
for the six months ended 30 June 2016




30 June 2016

30 June  
2015

31 December 2015


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows used in operations




 

Operating profit/ (loss)

219

(49)

(6,530)

 

Depreciation

44

57

117

 

Amortisation

181

163

320

 

Goodwill impairment

-

-

6,000

 

Movement in:




 

Inventories

278

(65)

(55)

 

Trade and other receivables

174

370

810

 

Trade and other payables

(1,041)

(560)

(741)

 

Cash used in operations

(145)

(84)

(79)

 

Interest paid

(3)

(1)

(1)

 

Corporation tax received

-

   36

120

 

Net cash (used in)/generated from operating activities

(148)

(49)

40

 

Cash flows from investing activities




 

Purchase of intangible assets

(233)

(223)

(424)

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(54)

(29)

(82)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(287)

(252)

(506)

 

Cash flows from financing activities




 

Repayments of finance lease contracts

(8)

(16)

(23)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(8)

(16)

(23)

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(443)

(317)

(489)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of the year

242

731

731

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year

(201)

414

242

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the interim report and accounts
for the six months ended 30 June 2016

1.    General information

 

Touchstar plc is a public company limited by share capital incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom.  The Company has its listing on AIM.   The address of its registered office is 1 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1AL. 

 

2.     Status of interim report and accounts

 

The financial information comprises the condensed consolidated interim balance sheet as at 30 June 2016, 30 June 2015 and 31 December 2015 along with related consolidated interim statements of income and cash flows for the six months to 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2015 and year ended 31 December 2015 of Touchstar plc (hereinafter referred to as 'financial information').

 

This financial information for the half year ended 30 June 2016 has neither been audited nor reviewed and does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of the section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. This financial information was approved by the Board on 27 September 2016.

 

The figures for the year ended 31 December 2015 have been extracted from the audited annual report and accounts that have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, reported on those accounts under section 495 of the Companies Act 2006. Their report was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498 of that Act.

 

3.     Basis of preparation

 

The interim report and accounts have been prepared using accounting policies to be applied in the annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2016. These are consistent with those included in the previously published annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the European Union.

 

The directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue operating for the foreseeable future, and for this reason they have adopted the going concern basis of preparation in the consolidated interim financial statements. The financial statements may be obtained from Touchstar plc (formerly Belgravium Technologies plc), 7 Commerce Way, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1HW or online at www.touchstarplc.com.

 

Non - GAAP financial measures

For the purposes of this preliminary announcement and annual report and accounts, the Group uses alternative non-Generally Accepted Accounting Practice ('non-GAAP') financial measures which are not defined within IFRS. The Directors use the measures in order to assess the underlying operational performance of the Group and as such, these measures are important and should be considered alongside the IFRS measures.

 

The following non-GAAP measure referred to in the preliminary announcement relates to Trading profit.

 

'Trading profit' is separately disclosed, being defined as operating (loss)/profit adjusted to exclude goodwill impairment, restructuring costs and compensation for loss of office along with other non-recurring costs. These exceptional costs related to items which the management believe did not accurately reflect the underlying trading performance of the business in the period. The Directors believe that the trading profit is an important measure of the underlying performance of the Group.

 

4.     Critical accounting estimates and assumptions

 

The Group makes estimates and assumptions concerning the future. The resulting accounting estimates will, by definition, seldom equal the related actual results. The estimates and assumptions that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial year are discussed below.

 

(a) Estimated impairment of goodwill

 

The Group tests annually whether goodwill has suffered any impairment, in accordance with the accounting policy. The recoverable amounts of cash-generating units have been determined based on value-in-use calculations. These calculations require the use of estimates, both in arriving at the expected future cash flows and the application of a suitable discount rate in order to calculate the present value of these flows. 

 

It was the opinion of the Directors, whilst taking a more conservative view of future growth rates, an impairment of goodwill has taken place in 2015 amounting to £6,000,000.

 

 (b) Development expenditure

 

The Group recognises costs incurred on development projects as an intangible asset which satisfy the requirements of IAS 38. The calculation of the costs incurred includes the percentage of time spent by certain employees on the development project.  The decision whether to capitalise and how to determine the period of economic benefit of a development project requires an assessment of the commercial viability of the project and the prospect of selling the project to new or existing customers.  

 

 

5.     Income tax credit



Six months ended 30 June

Year ended 31 December



2016

2015

2015


£'000

£'000

£'000

 

Corporation Tax




 

Current tax

(80)

(45)

(175)

 

Adjustments in respect of prior years

-

-

(17)

 

Total current tax

(80)

(45)

(192)

 

 

 

 

6.     Earnings/(losses) per share

 

Earnings/(losses) per ordinary share (pence) attributable to owners of the parent during the period:

 



Six months ended 30 June

Year ended 31 December

Post capital reorganisation


2016

2015

2015

Basic


4.69p

(0.08)p

(100.48)p   

Adjusted


4.69p

1.42p

4.72 p

 

The 30 June 2015 and 31 December 2015 have been restated to show comparatives based on the new share capital in issue post the Company's Share Capital Reorganisation which has taken place on 24 May 2016 (note 7).

 

The calculation of adjusted earnings per share excludes exceptional costs as detailed below.

 



Six months ended 30 June

Year ended 31 December

Pre capital reorganisation


2016

2015

2015

Basic


0.29p

0.00p

(6.28)p   

Adjusted


0.29p

0.09p

0.30 p

 

 

 

Reconciliations of the earnings and weighted average number of shares used in the calculation are set out below:

 

 

For six-month period

 

30 June 2016

 

30 June 2015

 


Earnings

£'000

 

Weighted average number of shares (in thousands)

 

Earnings

£'000

 

Weighted average number of shares (in thousands)

Restated

Basic EPS





Earnings/(loss) attributable to owners of the parent

296

6,309

(5)

100,937

Exceptional items comprising of the following:




Restructuring costs

-


95



-


95


 

 

For year ended

 

31 December 2015


Earnings

£'000

 

Weighted average number of shares (in thousands)

Basic EPS



Earnings/(loss) attributable to owners of the parent

(6,339)

100,937

Exceptional items comprising of the following:


Restructuring costs

637


Goodwill impairment

6,000



6,637


 

The above exceptional items consist of goodwill impairment, restructuring costs and compensation for loss of office along with other non-recurring costs.

Basic earnings per share have been calculated by dividing profit/loss for the period by the weighted average of ordinary shares in issue during the period. 

 

As a result of the capital reorganisation the EPS has increased. The results for all three periods presented have been calculated under both the pre and post capital reorganisation for comparison.

 

 

7.    Share capital

 

 


  Number of shares

(thousands)

Ordinary shares

£'000

Deferred shares

£'000

Total

£'000

At 1 July 2015

100,937

5,047

-

5,047

Movement for six months

-

-

-

-

At 31 December 2015

100,937

5,047  

-

5,047

Share reorganisation

(100,937)

(5,047)

-

(5,047)

New Ordinary Share issue

6,309

315

-

315

Deferred Share issue

94,631

-

4,732

4,732

At 30 June 2016

100,937

315

4,732

5,047






On 24 May 2016 the Company issued 3,460 Ordinary Shares at 5p each bringing the total Existing Share Capital in issue to 100,940,000 (30 June 2015: 100,936,540). Subsequently on the same day a Capital Reorganisation was carried out whereby the Existing Ordinary Shares were consolidated into New Consolidated Ordinary Shares on the basis of one New Consolidated Ordinary Share for each 4,000 Existing Ordinary Shares.

 

Each New Consolidated Ordinary Share was then sub-divided into 250 New Ordinary Shares and 3,750 Deferred Shares. The result being 6,308,750 New Ordinary Shares and 94,631,250 Deferred Shares. Both classes of share held a nominal value of 5p each.

 

The rights attached to the New Ordinary Shares are identical in all respects to those of the Existing Ordinary Shares.

The Deferred Shares were cancelled as part of the Capital Reduction approved by the Scottish Courts on 8 July 2016.

 


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