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Vislink PLC
30 September 2016
 

Vislink plc

(the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

Vislink plc, a leading global software and technology business specialising in solutions for the live collection, delivery and playout automation of high quality video 'from scene to screen' for the broadcast and surveillance and public safety markets, today announces its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

 

Results for the six months ended 30 June 2016

2016

2015

£m

£m

Order intake

22.3

28.2

Revenue

22.6

26.6

Adjusted operating (loss) / profit1

(1.1)

2.2

Adjusted (loss) / earnings per share1            

 (2.9)p

1.6p

Adjusted (loss) / earnings per share normalised for tax effects2

(0.8)p

1.3p

 

 

 

Reported operating loss

 

(32.0)

(0.8)

Basic loss per share

(26.9)p

(0.4)p

 

 

 

Net debt

(8.8)

(1.2)

 

1 Adjusted operating profit from continuing operations before the amortisation of acquired intangibles and non-recurring costs (note 5).

2 Adjusted earnings per share normalised for tax effective rate of 20 per cent.

 

Key points

 

  • Pebble Beach Systems' order intake in H1 2016 was up 53.3% to £5.4 million (H1 2015: £3.5 million).
  • Pebble Beach Systems generated lower than expected revenue in Q2, however there is a strong pipeline in H2.
  • Activity levels in Pebble Beach Systems remain strong with the relationship with Harmonic continuing to progress.
  • Sales in Vislink Communication Systems in H1 were below management expectations, down 18.5% to £17.2 million (H1 2015: £21.2 million).
  • The Board has now initiated a business improvement plan within Vislink Communication Systems to ensure its brands maintain their market leading position and the business generates acceptable levels of profitability in future periods.
  • Write-off of inventory and capitalised development costs leading to adjustments of £6.3 million
  • Write-off of goodwill and acquired intangibles leading to an adjustment of £23.3 million
  • Adjusted operating loss of £1.1 million (H1 2015: profit of £2.2 million)
  • The Group benefitted from a £2.2 million favourable movement on foreign exchange in the period which has been credited to reserves.
  • The Group is currently fully utilising the RCF facility (£15.0 million) and is forecast to breach its September 2016 banking covenant, but remains in constructive discussions with its bankers

 

 

 

 

John Hawkins, Executive Chairman of the Group, said:

 

"We continue to see significant underlying organic growth in our software business with a strong order intake which has carried through into H2.

 

The long term prospects for Pebble Beach Systems continue to improve as we augment our core enterprise software solutions with cloud enabled software applications. We also have a pipeline of partners and software bolt-on acquisitions which will further enhance the Group strategy of building a high margin, cash generative software business.

 

In its core broadcast market Vislink Communication Systems has seen a reduction in spend from broadcasters as they divert budgets from building infrastructure to investing in content. A technology shift to IP infrastructures has also delayed key buying decisions.

 

With this background and with a desire to increase the efficiency of VCS and ensure that we build a cash generative sustainable and profitable business we have taken a number of decisive actions as part of our business improvement plan, including the move of the VCS finance function to Head Office leading to improved cash collection. We will continue to re-evaluate implementation of the business plan as trading progresses into H2.

 

To ensure that we continue our focus on improving the cash generation and profitability of the Group we will:

 

  • Reduce the dividend going forward to nil until our bank debt is below 1 x EBITDA;
  • Senior management to voluntarily cancel the VCP Scheme and there is no intention to replace this scheme;
  • Continue to examine the appropriateness of the Board and Group structure.

 

 

Our long term aim of investing in software and services, and reducing our overall indebtedness remains central to our objectives to ensure we have a continuation of the growth of our software business in 2017 and beyond, and a cash generative VCS.

 

- ends -

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

John Hawkins, Executive Chairman

+44 (0) 14 88 68 55 00

Ian Davies, Group Finance Director

+44 (0) 14 88 68 55 00

 

 

Charlie Jack / Bertie Berger

Hudson Sandler

+44 (0) 20 77 96 41 33

 

 

Shaun Dobson / James White

N+1 Singer

+44 (0) 20 74 96 30 00

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon publication of this announcement this information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

About Vislink plc

Vislink plc is a leading global software and technology business specialising in solutions for the live collection, delivery and playout automation of high quality video 'from scene to screen'.

For the broadcast markets, Vislink provides wireless communication solutions for the collection of live news, sport and entertainment as well as software solutions for channel playout automation, channel-in-a-box and video content management.  Vislink also provides secure video communications for surveillance and public safety applications such as law enforcement and homeland security.

Vislink employs over 250 people worldwide with offices in the UK, USA, UAE and Singapore and manufacturing operations in the UK and the USA. Vislink has net assets of over £21 million and continues to invest in innovation.

The Company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. For further information, visit www.vislinkplc.com.

 

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking. Although the Group believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct. Because these statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The Group undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast.

 

Introduction

 

As indicated in the trading update issued on 6 July 2016, the Group generated lower than expected revenue of £22.6 million in a variable marketplace. Pebble Beach Systems achieved revenue of £5.4 million and contributed £1.2 million of adjusted operating profit. However, in challenging market conditions, Vislink Communication Systems underperformed with revenues of £17.2 million and generated an adjusted operating loss of £0.8 million. As a result, the Group is currently utilising its banking facilities, and forecasts it will breach its September banking covenants.

 

Our two divisions continue to provide best in class solutions to three core markets; the broadcast software market, the broadcast communications market for the collection of live news, sport and live entertainment events, and the surveillance and public safety market. 

 

Platform for profit growth

 

The Group operates as two divisions: Pebble Beach Systems, which includes the Group's automation and playout software products, and Vislink Communication Systems, which is a consolidation of the Group's hardware businesses. Both divisions benefit from channel and market synergies. We continue to see a strengthening of our capabilities, expertise and ability to execute against our "Scene to Screen" strategy and this is accelerated by the development of key partnerships and the launch of new products.

 

 

Pebble Beach Systems

 

Pebble Beach Systems is a world leader in the provision of software for automation, Channel in a Box and content management solutions for TV broadcasters, cable and satellite operators. Its leading next generation products and cutting-edge software technology within the broadcasting sector are best reflected by its global customer base, which includes GloboSat, CNN Chile and Fox Sports. Furthermore, this customer base continues to grow rapidly. Pebble Beach Systems has high margins, excellent growth prospects and solid cash generation.

 

Pebble Beach Systems had a slower than expected start to the year due to a delay in orders being received, however still achieved revenue of £5.4 million (H1 2015: £5.4 million). Pebble Beach Systems contributed £1.2 million of adjusted operating profit in H1 2016 (H1 2015: £1.8 million) which reflects investment in software development and expansion of sales capability to underpin the future growth of the division.

 

We believe that Pebble Beach Systems' ongoing organic growth has transitioned Vislink into a market leading, video capture and playout provider to the broadcast industry. Pebble Beach Systems demonstrates that the Group's software strategy is on track, with the software business providing good growth prospects, better operating margins and the benefit of improved visibility of earnings.

 

 

Vislink Communication Systems

 

The business was restructured during 2015. However, the continued significant changes in both the broadcast marketplace and the media technology used to meet the industry's needs, combined with the external economic worldwide factors, meant that Vislink Communication Systems found market conditions continued to be challenging in H1 2016, resulting in lower than expected order intake.

 

The Board is initiating a business improvement plan within Vislink Communication Systems in H2. This improvement plan is focusing the business on key, leading edge technologies and a restructuring plan that is directed at further reducing costs within the business during H2.

 

Vislink Communication Systems has successfully developed new products incorporating IP technology. These products have been very well received and the timings of these launches will benefit Vislink Communication Systems in future periods, with further product launches planned. Vislink Communication Systems is positioning itself to be the technology leader in those markets which offer better growth through exploiting technology shift opportunities.

 

Financial results

 

Group revenue for the period to 30 June 2016 was £22.6 million (H1 2015: £26.6 million). Orders received in the period were £22.3 million (H1 2015: £28.2 million). The order book at 30 June 2016 was £11.4 million (30 June 2015: £7.1 million).

 

Total overheads reduced to £11.2 million (H1 2015: £11.5 million).

 

The adjusted operating loss for the period was £1.1 million (H1 2015: profit of £2.2 million) before charging £24.5 million in respect of the amortisation and impairment of goodwill and acquired intangibles (H1 2015: £1.2 million) and £6.4 million of non-recurring items (H1 2015: £1.7 million).

 

The reported loss before tax was £32.2 million (H1 2015: £0.9 million).

 

As at 30 June 2016 the Group held inventory of £8.1 million which is down 42.8 per cent on the prior year (H1 2015: £14.1 million), but which included an inventory write-down of £5.5 million. Trade and other receivables of £18.2 million, up 52.4 per cent on the prior year (H1 2015: £12.0 million); and trade and other payables of £13.1 million, up 1.4 per cent on the prior year (H1 2015: £12.9 million).

 

The Group continues to view investment in the development of new products and services as key to future growth. The cash outflow from investing activities amounted to £2.0 million (H1 2015: £1.6 million) which comprised net capital expenditure and the capitalisation of development costs.

 

Non-recurring Items

 

It was announced on 6 July 2016 that the Board had initiated a business improvement plan triggered by market conditions and a detailed review was carried out of inventory and capitalised development costs to identify increasingly inappropriate legacy technology and products. As a consequence a significant inventory write-down of £5.5 million has been recorded, along with a £0.8 million impairment of capitalised development costs, totalling £6.3 million.

 

These adjustments will ensure that the VCS product portfolio is focussed on key, leading-edge technologies. This, combined with the continuing development of new IP products, will ensure the business is well positioned to capitalise on the ever-evolving technology shift.

 

In addition, as a result of H1 performance and expected outturn for the year, management considered that there had been an impairment trigger requiring an impairment review of intangible assets. This has led to a write down of goodwill and acquired intangibles of £23.3 million, as a result of a downgrading of the forecasts for the business.

 

Going Concern

 

In the trading statement issued on 6 July 2016, the Group announced that the lower than expected trading performance of Vislink Communication Systems was expected to continue into H2, and that the Group's bankers had agreed to defer the covenant tests until 31 July 2016 (from 30 June 2016).

The deferred covenants at the end of July were waived, however trading for Vislink Communication Systems remains challenging, with the seasonal uplift usually experienced following Q1 not materialising. As a consequence the Group has been in conversation with its bankers.

 

As at 30 June 2016 net debt was £8.8m (cash £3.2m and bank debt £(12.0)m). Net debt has subsequently increased. The Group is fully utilising its RCF facility and forecasts that it will be in breach of its banking covenants at 30 September 2016, meaning that it is reliant on the ongoing support of its bankers.

In order to assess the appropriateness of preparing the consolidated interim financial information on the going concern basis, management have prepared detailed projections of expected future cash flows out to 31 December 2016 and a higher level review to December 2017, and these have been reviewed by the Board.

Whilst challenging, Management are implementing an improvement plan directed at enabling the business to remain within its borrowing facilities through a combination of actively managing cash, cutting unnecessary expenditure and looking at other sources of finance or disposal opportunities within the Group.

In reaching their decision that the interim results should be prepared on the going concern basis, the Board has considered the forecast covenant breach. If the Group is not in compliance with its financing arrangements, the lender can immediately call for repayment of the loan, and the Group has insufficient cash to repay the secured loan in full without securing additional funding. However, the Group is in constructive discussions with its bankers.

The condition identified above, regarding the ongoing support of the Group's bankers, indicates the existence of a material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt about the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. The consolidated interim financial information does not include the adjustments that would result if the Group was unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Earnings per share

 

The reported basic undiluted loss per share for the period was 26.9 pence (H1 2015: 0.4 pence).

 

After adjusting for amortisation and impairment of goodwill and acquired intangibles and other non-recurring items the Group's adjusted loss per share was 2.9 pence (H1 2015: earnings of 1.6 pence).

 

The adjusted loss per share normalised for an effective tax rate of 20 per cent for the period was 0.8 pence (H1 2015: earnings of 1.3 pence).

 

Dividends

 

In order to preserve cash the Board proposed that the full year dividend in respect of the year ended 31 December 2015 remain at 1.5 pence per share (2014: 1.5 pence per share). This was approved at the Group's Annual General Meeting and the final dividend was paid to shareholders on the 18 July 2016. As in previous years, the Board is not declaring an interim dividend.

 

Our Markets

 

Orders received from our broadcast market were down 23.8 per cent to £19.5 million (H1 2015: £25.6 million), with orders received from the surveillance market up 5.5 per cent to £2.7 million (H1 2015: £2.6 million).

 

In the Group's hardware division, broadcast order intake was down 36.1 per cent to £14.1 million (H1 2015: £22.1 million). This was offset by the software division where broadcast order intake was up by 53.3 per cent to £5.4 million (H1 2015: £3.5 million).

 

Group Broadcast revenue decreased by 7.7 per cent to £20.6 million (H1 2015: £22.3 million). Group Surveillance revenue has decreased by 52.9% to £2.0 million (H1 2015: £4.3 million).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H1 2016

H1 2015

Change

FY 2015

£m

£m

%

£m

Broadcast:

 

 

 

 

UK & Europe

7.6

6.3

20.1%

15.1

Americas

7.9

10.8

(27.4)%

21.5

Middle East and Africa

3.2

3.3

(3.2)%

7.4

Asia/Pacific

1.9

1.9

4.1%

6.2

Broadcast

20.6

22.3

(7.7)%

50.2

Surveillance

2.0

4.3

(52.9)%

7.6

Total

22.6

26.6

(15.0)%

57.8

 

 

 

 

 

Divisional operations

H1 2016

H1 2015

Change

FY 2015

 £m

£m

£m

Revenues

 

 

 

 

Vislink Communication Systems

17.2

21.2

(18.5)%

46.9

Pebble Beach Systems

5.4

5.4

(1.4)%

10.9

Total revenue

22.6

26.6

(15.0)%

57.8

Adjusted operating profit

 

 

 

 

Vislink Communication Systems

(0.8)

1.9

(146.4)%

2.8

Pebble Beach Systems

1.2

1.8

(34.8)%

3.3

Central costs

(1.5)

(1.5)

(3.1)%

(1.4)

Total adjusted operating (loss) / profit

(1.1)

2.2

(152.7)%

4.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

 

The principal risks and uncertainties affecting the business activities of the Group remain those detailed on page 37 of the 2015 Annual Report, a copy of which is available on the Group website at www.vislinkplc.com, together with the banking uncertainties as referred to above. The Board considers that these are a current reflection of the main risks and uncertainties facing the business for the remaining six months of the financial year. The Group notes that this is not an exhaustive list. The Group's risk management process remains unchanged from 31 December 2015 and is described in detail in the 2015 Annual Report. The principal risks considered by the Board relate to global economic conditions and those associated with the Group's markets, reputation, overseas operations, customer defaults, senior management and foreign exchange, and the banking uncertainties. The principal exchange rates used in the preparation of this condensed consolidated half year financial information are provided in note 13.

 

 

 

Strategy and Outlook

 

The key focus of the Group is to expand its software offerings, and continue its strong organic software growth whilst maintaining profitability.

 

Operating efficiency and cash generation will be the focal point. Restructuring in the last quarter of 2016 should benefit the Group, coupled with the improvement in lower costs at Group level leading to an improving position in 2017.

 

Our partnerships and expansion of our sales channels continues with our relationship with Harmonic continuing to make strong progress.

 

The software division (PBS) continues to benefit from market leading cloud and IP solutions. We remain committed to growing this business both organically and through bolt on acquisitions.

 

The Group has invested heavily over the past few years in ensuring that our hardware division (VCS) has the latest IP products and can exploit the live sports applications and improved content acquisition through exploiting the very latest Ultra High Definition technologies. That said this division has to now deliver improved cash generation and profitability, and benefit from its market leadership.

 

Taking the foreign exchange gain below the line, the Group anticipate making an adjusted operating loss for the year as a whole.

 

 

John Hawkins
Executive Chairman

 

 

  

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED GROUP INCOME STATEMENT

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Notes

£000

£000

£000

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

Revenue

4

22,640

26,631

57,811

Cost of sales

 

(12,586)

(13,009)

(31,800)

Gross profit

 

10,054

13,622

26,011

Sales and marketing expenses

 

(4,575)

(4,511)

(9,423)

Research and development costs

 

(3,641)

(2,811)

(5,757)

Administrative costs

 

(2,979)

(4,136)

(6,110)

Other expenses

 

(30,868)

(2,942)

(5,475)

Operating loss

4

(32,009)

(778)

(754)

Operating loss is analysed as:

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating (loss) / profit

 

(1,141)

2,164

4,721

Amortisation and impairment of goodwill and acquired intangibles

 

(24,509)

(1,209)

(2,404)

Non-recurring items

5

(6,359)

(1,733)

(3,071)

Finance costs - net

 

(153)

(103)

(240)

Loss before taxation

 

(32,162)

(881)

(994)

Taxation

6

(612)

422

91

Loss for the period attributable to equity shareholders

 

(32,774)

(459)

(903)

Basic loss per share

8

(26.9)p

(0.4)p

(0.7)p

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

The diluted loss per share was (26.9)p (note 8).

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

(32,774)

(459)

(903)

Items that may subsequently be reclassified to profit or loss:

 

 

 

Exchange difference on translation of foreign currency net investments

1,737

(17)

406

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive expense for the period

(31,037)

(476)

(497)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

Share Capital

Share premium account

Capital redemption reserve

Merger reserve

Translation reserve

Retained earnings

Total

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Balance at 1 January 2016

3,066

6,800

617

32,448

4,843

6,678

54,452

Share based payments: value of employee services

-

-

-

-

-

292

292

Dividends payable

-

-

-

-

-

(1,839)

(1,839)

Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

(1,547)

(1,547)

Retained loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(32,774)

(32,774)

Exchange difference on translation of foreign currency net investments

-

-

-

-

1,737

-

1,737

Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the period

-

-

-

-

1,737

(32,774)

(31,037)

Balance at 30 June 2016

3,066

6,800

617

32,448

6,580

(27,643)

21,868

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2015

3,066

6,800

617

32,448

4,437

9,459

56,827

Adjustment in respect of Employee Share Ownership Plan

-

-

-

-

-

(5)

(5)

Share based payments: value of employee services

-

-

-

-

-

287

287

Dividends payable

-

-

-

-

-

(1,830)

(1,830)

Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

(1,548)

(1,548)

Retained loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

(459)

(459)

Exchange differences on translation of foreign currency net investments

-

-

-

-

(17)

-

(17)

Total comprehensive expense for the period

-

-

-

-

(17)

(459)

(476)

Balance at 30 June 2015

3,066

6,800

617

32,448

4,420

7,452

54,803

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 January 2015

3,066

6,800

617

32,448

4,437

9,459

56,827

Adjustment in respect of Employee Share Ownership Plan

-

-

-

-

-

(5)

(5)

Share based payments: value of employee services

-

-

-

-

-

(43)

(43)

Dividends payable

-

-

-

-

-

(1,830)

(1,830)

Transactions with owners

-

-

-

-

-

(1,878)

(1,878)

Retained (loss)/profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

(903)

(903)

Exchange differences on translation of overseas operations

-

-

-

-

406

-

406

Total comprehensive income/(expense) for the year

-

-

-

-

406

(903)

(497)

Balance at 31 December 2015

3,066

6,800

617

32,448

4,843

6,678

54,452

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED GROUP STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

As at 30 June 2016

 

 

Notes

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

£000

£000

£000

Assets

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

9

17,984

42,648

42,291

Property, plant and equipment

9

2,041

2,268

2,201

Deferred tax assets

 

3,814

3,786

4,461

 

 

23,839

48,702

48,953

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

8,063

14,107

12,696

Trade and other receivables

 

18,228

11,958

18,751

Current tax assets

 

-

66

-

Cash and cash equivalents

10

3,172

6,180

3,251

 

 

29,463

32,311

34,698

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Financial liabilities-borrowings

10

12,000

7,400

9,000

Trade and other payables

 

13,121

12,938

13,554

Current tax liabilities

 

226

-

239

Provisions for other liabilities and charges

11

537

733

272

 

 

25,884

21,071

23,065

 

 

 

 

 

Net current assets

 

3,579

11,240

11,633

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

5,478

5,139

5,714

Provisions for other liabilities and charges

11

72

-

420

 

 

5,550

5,139

6,134

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

21,868

54,803

54,452

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares

 

3,066

3,066

3,066

Share premium account

 

6,800

6,800

6,800

Capital redemption reserve

 

617

617

617

Merger reserve

 

32,448

32,448

32,448

Translation reserve

 

6,580

4,420

4,843

Retained earnings

 

(27,643)

7,452

6,678

Total shareholders' equity

 

21,868

54,803

54,452

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED GROUP CASH FLOW STATEMENT

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

Notes

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

£000

£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Cash (used in) / generated from operations

12

(819)

829

605

Interest paid

 

(155)

(107)

(248)

Taxation paid

 

(193)

(641)

(918)

Net cash from operating activities

 

(1,167)

81

(561)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Interest received

 

2

4

8

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

-

458

338

Proceeds from sale of intangibles

 

-

-

61

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

9

(158)

(359)

(605)

Expenditure on capitalised development costs

9

(1,886)

(1,737)

(3,582)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(2,042)

(1,634)

(3,780)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Net proceeds from new bank loans

10

3,000

(600)

1,000

Dividend paid to shareholders

 

-

-

(1,830)

Proceeds on (purchase)/issue of shares

 

-

(5)

(5)

Net cash generated from/(used in) financing activities

 

3,000

(605)

(835)

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

(209)

(2,158)

(5,176)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

3,251

8,380

8,380

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes

10

130

(42)

47

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

10

3,172

6,180

3,251

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE HALF YEAR FINANCIAL INFORMATION

For the six months ended 30 June 2016

 

1.   GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Vislink plc ("the Company") and its subsidiaries (together "the Group") is a global software and technology business specialising in solutions for the live collection, delivery and playout automation of high quality video 'from scene to screen'.

 

For the broadcast markets, Vislink provides wireless communication solutions for the collection of live news, sport and entertainment as well as software solutions for channel playout automation, channel-in-a-box and video content management.  Vislink also provides secure video communications for surveillance and public safety applications such as law enforcement and homeland security.

 

Vislink employs over 250 people worldwide with offices in the UK, USA, UAE and Singapore and manufacturing operations in the UK and the USA. Vislink has net assets of over £21 million and continues to invest in innovation.

The Company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and incorporated and domiciled in the UK. The address of its registered office is Marlborough House, Charnham Lane, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EY.  The registered number of the Company is 4082188.

 

This condensed consolidated half year financial information does not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015 were approved by the Board of Directors on 6 April 2016 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

This condensed consolidated half year financial information has been subject to a review in accordance with ISRE (UK and Ireland) 2410 by our auditors but has not been subject to an audit.

 

This half year results announcement was approved for issue by the Board of Directors on 29 September 2016.

 

2.   BASIS OF PREPARATION

This condensed consolidated half year financial information for the six months ended 30 June 2016 has been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies and with IAS 34, 'Half year financial reporting' as adopted by the European Union. The condensed consolidated half year financial information should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.


The preparation of the financial information requires the use of estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amount 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 results ultimately may differ from these estimates.

Going concern

In the trading statement issued on 6 July 2016, the Group announced that the lower than expected trading performance of Vislink Communication Systems was expected to continue into H2, and that the Group's bankers had agreed to defer covenant tests until 31 July 2016 (from 30 June 2016).

The deferred covenants were subsequently waived at the end of July, however trading for Vislink Communication Systems remains challenging with the seasonal uplift usually experienced following Q1 not materialising. As a consequence the Group has been in conversation with its bankers.

As at 30 June 2016 net debt was £8.8m (cash £3.2m and bank debt £(12.0)m). Net debt has subsequently increased. The Group is fully utilising its RCF facility and forecasts that it will be in breach of its banking covenants at 30 September 2016, meaning that it is reliant on the ongoing support of its bankers.

 

In order to assess the appropriateness of preparing the consolidated interim financial information on the going concern basis, management have prepared detailed projections of expected future cash flows out to 31 December 2016 and a higher level review to December 2017, and these have been reviewed by the Board.

Whilst challenging, Management are implementing an improvement plan directed at enabling the business to remain within its borrowing facilities through a combination of actively managing cash, cutting unnecessary expenditure and looking at other sources of finance or disposal opportunities within the Group.

In reaching their decision that the interim results should be prepared on the going concern basis, the Board has considered the forecast covenant breach. If the Group is not in compliance with its financing arrangements, the lender can immediately call for repayment of the loan, and the Group has insufficient cash to repay the secured loan in full without securing additional funding. However, the Group is in constructive discussions with its bankers.

The condition identified above, regarding the ongoing support of the Group's bankers, indicates the existence of a material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt about the Group's ability to continue as a going concern. The consolidated interim financial information does not include the adjustments that would result if the Group was unable to continue as a going concern.


The accounting policies applied are consistent with those of the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, as described in those annual financial statements.

 

Exceptional items are disclosed and described separately in the financial statements where it is necessary to do so to provide further understanding of the financial performance of the Group. They are material items of income or expense that have been shown separately due to the significance of their nature or amount.

 

Taxes on income in the half year periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to expected total annual earnings on a country by country basis.

 

 

4.   SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS

 

The two markets in each of the divisions are Broadcast and Surveillance and public safety.  As the divisions manage and control the markets directly, costs are shared across markets in certain divisions which means that any allocation of costs to markets would be arbitrary.  The focus of management is to ensure that the appropriate material margins are being achieved in each market as a sub analysis of the divisional performance.

 

The segment information provided to the Executive Management Board for the reportable continuing segments for the period ended 30 June 2016 is as follows:

 

 

Vislink Communication Systems

 

Pebble Beach Systems

 

TOTAL

H1

2016

H1

2015

FY 2015

 

H1 2016

H1 2015

FY 2015

 

H1 2016

H1 2015

FY 2015

£000

£000

£000

 

£000

£000

£000

 

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

17,254

21,171

46,862

 

5,386

5,460

10,949

 

22,640

26,631

57,811

Operating (loss)/profit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating (loss)/profit

(858)

1,851

2,820

 

1,204

1,847

3,255

 

346

3,698

6,075

Central costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,487)

(1,534)

(1,354)

Group adjusted operating profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,141)

2,164

4,721

Amortisation and impairment of goodwill and acquired intangibles

(23,802)

(506)

(985)

 

(707)

(703)

(1,419)

 

(24,509)

(1,209)

(2,404)

Non-recurring items

(6,246)

(1,717)

(2,872)

 

-

-

-

 

(6,246)

(1,717)

(2,872)

Central non-recurring items

-

-

-

 

-

-

-

 

(113)

(16)

(199)

Group total operating (loss)/profit

(30,906)

(372)

(1,037)

 

497

1,144

 

(32,009)

(778)

(754)

Finance (costs)/income - net

(1)

(4)

(487)

 

1

3

78

 

-

(1)

(409)

Central finance (costs)/income - net

-

-

-

 

-

-

-

 

(153)

(102)

169

(Loss)/profit before tax

(30,907)

(376)

(1,524)

498

1,147

(32,162)

(881)

(994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEOGRAPHIC REVENUE ANALYSIS BY DESTINATION

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

£'000

(Unaudited)

£'000

(Audited)

£'000

UK & Europe

8,628

8,967

19,610

Americas

8,580

12,340

24,485

Middle East and Africa

3,415

3,288

7,398

Asia/Pacific

2,017

2,036

6,318

 

22,640

26,631

57,811

 

The amounts reported to the Executive Chairman with respect to total net assets are measured in a manner consistent with that of the financial statements. The assets are allocated based on the operations of the segment and the physical location of the asset.

 

NET ASSETS

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

£'000

(Unaudited)

£'000

(Audited)

£'000

 

 

 

 

Vislink Communication Systems

22,668

50,913

52,509

Pebble Beach Systems

8,993

11,307

8,810

Segment net assets

31,661

62,220

61,319

Central net assets

(9,793)

(7,417)

(6,867)

Total Group net assets

21,868

54,803

54,452

 

 

 

The following items of unusual nature, size or incidence have been charged to operating profit during the period and are described as non-recurring.

 

  

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Rationalisation and redundancy costs

68

1,717

2,531

Inventory write down

5,479

-

-

Capitalised development costs write down

793

-

-

Onerous property commitments

(94)

-

341

Acquisition related costs

113

16

199

Total non-recurring items

6,359

1,733

3,071

 

 

 

Inventory and capitalised cost write downs arose as a result of the review carried out as part of the business improvement plan to identify increasingly inappropriate legacy technology and products.

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

£000

£000

£000

Current tax:

 

 

 

UK corporation tax

-

(178)

160

Foreign tax

59

-

182

Adjustments in respect of prior years

220

-

(34)

Total current tax

279

(178)

308

Deferred tax:

 

 

 

UK corporation tax

333

(180)

188

Impact of change in tax rate

-

-

(117)

Foreign tax

-

(64)

(613)

Adjustments in respect of prior years

-

-

143

Total deferred tax

333

(244)

(399)

Total taxation charge

612

(422)

(91)

 

The tax charge for the six months ended 30 June 2016 is based on the full year estimated effective tax rate of 0 per cent for the UK which is significantly lower than the standard rate principally due to the utilisation of tax losses and enhanced Research and Development claims. Deferred tax is calculated in full on temporary differences under the liability method using a tax rate appropriate to the country in which the deferred tax liability or asset has arisen.  Deferred tax assets have been recognised in respect of all tax losses and other temporary differences to the extent that they are regarded as recoverable against future profits.

 

 

 

No interim dividend is proposed for the period.  In respect of 2015 there was no interim dividend and the final dividend of 1.5 pence per share was approved at the Group's Annual General Meeting on 20 May 2016 and paid on 18 July 2016. The total cash cost of the dividend was £1.8 million.

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period, excluding those held in the employee share trust which are treated as cancelled. Earnings per share is calculated by reference to a weighted average of 121,977,000 ordinary shares in issue during the period (30 June 2015: 121,844,000 and 31 December 2015: 121,910,000).

 

For diluted earnings per share the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. The dilutive shares are those share options granted to employees where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the company's ordinary shares during the period.  At 30 June 2016 there were 2,704,000 dilutive share options (30 June 2015: 2,756,000 and 31 December 2015: 2,784,000) and the diluted loss per share was 26.9 pence (H1 2015: 0.4 pence) compared to the basic loss per share of 26.9 pence (H1 2015: 0.4 pence). 

 

Adjusted earnings

 

The directors believe that the adjusted operating profit, adjusted profit before tax, adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share provide additional useful information on underlying trends to shareholders. These measures are used by management for internal performance analysis and incentive compensation arrangements. The term "adjusted" is not a defined term used under IFRS and may not therefore be comparable with similarly titled profit measurements reported by other companies. The principal adjustments are made in respect of the amortisation of acquired intangibles, impairment of goodwill and non-recurring costs and their related tax effects.

 

The reconciliation between reported and adjusted earnings and basic earnings per share for the continuing business is shown below:

 

 

 

Six months to

 

Six months to

 

Year ended

30 June

2016

30 June

2015

31 December

2015

 

Pence per share

 

 

Pence per share

 

 

Pence per share

£000

£000

£000

Reported (loss) / earnings per share

(32,774)

(26.9)

 

(459)

(0.4)

 

(903)

(0.7)p

24,091

19.8

 

1,020

0.8

2,188

1.7p

5,087

4.2

 

1,382

1.2

 

2,449

2.0p

Adjusted (loss) / earnings per share

(3,596)

(2.9)

 

1,943

1.6

 

3,734

3.0p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

£000

£000

£000

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

Opening net book value as at 1 January

2,201

2,665

2,665

Additions

158

359

605

Disposals

-

(341)

(339)

Depreciation

(358)

(421)

(761)

Exchange adjustment

40

6

31

Closing net book value

2,041

2,268

2,201

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

 

 

Capitalised development costs

 

 

Opening net book value as at 1 January

10,091

9,441

9,441

Additions

1,886

1,737

3,582

Amortisation

(1,551)

(1,411)

(3,224)

Impairment

(793)

-

-

Exchange adjustment

536

(37)

292

Capitalised development costs closing net book value

10,169

9,730

10,091

 

 

 

 

Goodwill and acquired intangible assets

 

 

 

Opening net book value as at 1 January

32,200

34,242

34,242

Additions

-

-

99

Disposals

(99)

(66)

(61)

Amortisation and impairment

(24,509)

(1,210)

(2,404)

Exchange adjustment

223

(48)

324

Goodwill and acquired intangible assets closing net book value

7,815

32,918

32,200

 

 

 

 

Total closing net book value of intangible assets

17,984

42,648

42,291

 

 

 

Historical goodwill acquired in business combinations was allocated, at acquisition, to the cash-generating units (CGUs) that were expected to benefit from those business combinations, being the markets that the Group serves, namely Broadcast, Surveillance and Public Safety, Amplifier Technology Limited and Pebble Beach Systems Limited.

 

In accordance with the requirements of IAS 36 "Impairment of assets", goodwill is required to be tested for impairment on an annual basis or when there is a triggering event, with reference to the value of the cash-generating units in question. The downturn in trading performance is considered to be a trigger and an impairment review has been performed. The goodwill relating to the Surveillance and Public Safety market was fully written down in 2010. The Group acquired Amplifier Technology in 2013 which is a separate CGU and Pebble Beach Systems in 2014 which is also a separate CGU, therefore impairment reviews have been undertaken in respect of the Broadcast market and Amplifier Technology. No impairment trigger is considered to exist for Pebble Beach Systems. The carrying value of goodwill at 30 June 2016 is £3.3 million (2015: £25.0 million) consisting of £nil for the Broadcast market (2015: £20.6 million), £nil for Amplifier Technology (2015: £1.1 million) and £3.3 million for Pebble Beach Systems (2015: £3.3 million).

 

The carrying value of all CGUs (including goodwill) have been assessed with reference to value in use over a projected period of four and a half years, along with a terminal value. This reflects projected cash flows based on management projections.

 

The key assumptions on which the value in use calculations are based relate to business performance over the next four and a half years, long term growth rates beyond 2016 and the discount rate applied. It has been assumed there will be no long term growth of either Amplifier Technology or Broadcast and growth of 3% for Pebble Beach Systems. In accordance with accounting standards, it has also been assumed that there will be no savings resulting from future restructuring which is yet to occur.

 

A pre-tax discount rate of 8.9 per cent (2014: 14.6 per cent) has been used. In respect of the Broadcast market and Amplifier Technology the value in use was found to be lower than the carrying value resulting in the impairment of goodwill of £20.6m for Broadcast and £1.1m for Amplifier Technology.

 

 

 

The movements in cash and cash equivalents (net of overdrafts), borrowings and loans in the period were as follows:

 

 

 

Net cash and cash equivalents

Other borrowings

Total net cash

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Six months ended 30 June 2016

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2016

 

3,251

(9,000)

(5,749)

Cash flow for the period before financing

 

(3,209)

-

(3,209)

Movement in borrowings in the period

 

3,000

(3,000)

-

Exchange rate adjustments

 

130

-

130

At 30 June 2016

 

3,172

(12,000)

(8,828)

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2015

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2015

 

8,380

(8,000)

380

Cash flow for the period before financing

 

(1,558)

-

(1,558)

Movement in borrowings in the period

 

(600)

600

-

Exchange rate adjustments

 

(42)

-

(42)

At 30 June 2015

 

6,180

(7,400)

(1,220)

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2015

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2015

 

8,380

(8,000)

380

Cash flow for the period before financing

 

(4,346)

-

(4,346)

Movement in borrowings in the year

 

1,000

(1,000)

-

Dividend paid to shareholders

 

(1,830)

-

(1,830)

Exchange rate adjustments

 

47

-

47

At 31 December 2015

 

3,251

(9,000)

(5,749)

 

 

The Group held cash of £3.2 million at the period-end and taken together with the outstanding debt of £12.0 million, there was a net debt position of £8.8 million.  

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Warranty provision

199

269

188

Property provision

410

171

504

Rationalisation provision

-

293

-

 

 

 

 

 

609

733

692

 

 

 

 

Amounts due within one year

537

733

272

Amounts due after one year

72

-

420

 

609

733

692

 

 

 

Warranty provisions are made in respect of the expected future warranty costs in certain businesses based on historic actual costs. Warranty periods on products are generally between one and two years.

 

The property provision consists of a provision for vacated leasehold properties acquired as part of the Gigawave acquisition and a vacated property provision for the Vislink International Hemel Hempstead site, created as a result of the restructuring that was conducted in 2015.

 

The current period property provision movement relates to the release of some of the vacant property provision for the Vislink International Hemel Hempstead site.

 

The property provision represents the estimated future liabilities associated with the properties. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow from operating activities comprises:

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended

31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

£000

£000

£000

Loss before tax

(32,162)

(881)

(994)

Depreciation

358

421

761

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

(50)

-

Amortisation and impairment of development costs

2,344

1,411

3,224

Amortisation and impairment of goodwill and acquired intangibles

 

24,509

 

1,209

2,404

Share based payment expenses

292

287

(43)

Finance income from continuing operations

(2)

(4)

(8)

Finance costs from continuing operations

155

107

248

(Increase)/decrease in inventories

5,084

(1,258)

557

Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

1,243

712

(2,411)

Decrease in payables

(2,547)

(1,301)

(3,261)

(Decrease)/increase in provisions

(93)

176

128

Net cash (outflow)/inflow from operating activities

(819)

829

605

 

 

 

13.  FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES

 

The principal exchange rates used by the Group in translating overseas profits and net assets into GBP are set out in the table below.

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2016

Six months to 30 June 2015

Year ended 31 December 2015

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average rate for the period

 

 

 

US dollar

1.4325

1.5151

1.5286

Period end rate

 

 

 

US dollar

1.3429

1.5729

1.4819

 

 

 

 

Independent review report to Vislink Plc

Report on the consolidated interim financial statements

 

Our conclusion

We have reviewed Vislink Plc's consolidated interim financial statements (the "interim financial statements") in the half year results of Vislink Plc for the 6 month period ended 30 June 2016. Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the interim financial statements are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the AIM Rules for Companies.

 

Without modifying our conclusion on the interim financial statements, we have considered the adequacy of the disclosure made in the basis of preparation note made in note 2 to the consolidated interim financial information concerning the Group's ability to continue as a going concern, and the uncertainty regarding the ongoing support of the group's bankers. This condition, along with the other matters explained in note 2 to the consolidated interim financial information, indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the group's ability to continue as a going concern. The consolidated interim financial information does not include the adjustments that would result if the company was unable to continue as a going concern.

 

The interim financial statements comprise:

the consolidated group statement of financial position as at 30 June 2016;

the consolidated group income statement and consolidated statement of comprehensive income for the period then

ended;

the consolidated group cash flow statement for the period then ended;

the consolidated statement of changes in shareholders equity for the period then ended; and

the explanatory notes to the interim financial statements.

The interim financial statements included in the half year results have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and the AIM Rules for Companies.

As disclosed in note 2 to the interim financial statements, the financial reporting framework that has been applied in the preparation of the full annual financial statements of the Group is applicable law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.

 

The half year results, including the interim financial statements, is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the half year results in accordance with the AIM Rules for Companies which require that the financial information must be presented and prepared in a form consistent with that which will be adopted in the company's annual financial statements.

Our responsibility is to express a conclusion on the interim financial statements in the half year results based on our review. This report, including the conclusion, has been prepared for and only for the company for the purpose of complying with the AIM Rules for Companies and for no other purpose.  We do not, in giving this conclusion, accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly agreed by our prior consent in writing.

 

 

 

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, 'Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity' issued by the Auditing Practices Board for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.

A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) and, consequently, does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

We have read the other information contained in the half year results and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the interim financial statements.

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

29 September 2016

 

a)   The maintenance and integrity of the Vislink Plc website is the responsibility of the directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve consideration of these matters and, accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the interim financial statements since they were initially presented on the website.

b)   Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 


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