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ACHP PLC
13 April 2018
 

 

ACHP plc

13 April 2018

 

ACHP plc

2017 Audited Full Year Results

 

ACHP plc (the "Company" or "ACHP") today announces audited results for the year ended 31 December 2017.

The Company is listed on the AIM market and owns 33% of the voting shares and 30% of the economic rights in Asta Capital Limited ("Asta"), one of the best performing service providers in the Lloyd's market. After the period end date, the Company repaid most of its borrowings and now has only £1.6 million of debt remaining.

The Company was formerly known as Pro Global Insurance Solutions plc and was renamed ACHP plc on 30 June 2017. On 22 December 2016, the Company announced that it had conditionally agreed to sell the shares in its subsidiaries operating its outsourcing and consulting business to Pro Global Holdings Limited. Following the approval of shareholders and receipt of all required regulatory approvals, the sale was completed on 30 June 2017. The final consideration was £7.0 million comprising an initial headline consideration of £8.3 million less £1.3 million contractual closing adjustments. £6.6 million from the funds received were used to fully repay the loan from Natixis on 3 July 2017.

 

Enquiries:

Tim Carroll, Chairman, ACHP plc

020 7068 8123

James Britton, Peel Hunt LLP (nominated adviser and broker)

020 7418 8900

 



 

STRATEGIC REPORT

The Directors present their Strategic Report for ACHP plc ("the Company") for the year ended 31 December 2017.

Principal activity and review of business

The Company is listed on the AIM market and owns 33% of the voting shares and 30% of the economic rights in Asta Capital Limited ("Asta"), Asta is one of the best performing third party managing agency service providers in the Lloyd's market.

The Company was formerly known as Pro Global Insurance Solutions plc and was renamed ACHP plc on 30 June 2017. On 22 December 2016, the Company announced that it had conditionally agreed to sell the shares in its subsidiaries operating its outsourcing and consulting business to Pro Global Holdings Limited. Following the approval of shareholders and receipt of all required regulatory approvals, the sale was completed on 30 June 2017. The final consideration was £7.0 million comprising an initial headline consideration of £8.3 million less £1.3 million contractual closing adjustments. £6.6 million from the funds received were used to fully repay the loan from Natixis on 3 July 2017.

Change in accounting framework

Following the sale of the Company's subsidiaries, the Company is no longer required to prepare consolidated group accounts and therefore the financial information presented in the accounts as at 31 December 2017 and the comparative information for 2016 relates to ACHP plc as a single company.

Previously the financial statements were prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards ("IAS"). This year the Directors voluntarily elected to apply United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice "UK GAAP") including FRS 102, as the Directors are of the opinion that these accounting standards present the financial performance and position of the Company in the most meaningful way.

Development and financial performance during the year

The principal key performance indicators for the Company are:

•     Changes in the valuation of the investment in Asta;

•     Results of operating activities during the period comprising dividends received from the investment in Asta less expenses incurred in operating the Company;

•     Changes in cash and cash equivalents; and

•     Changes in borrowings. 

Operating loss from operations before finance costs for the year to 31 December 2017 was £(0.3) million (2016: £(1.3) million) and finance costs comprising interest payable on borrowings were £(0.3) million (2016: £(0.5) million). The loss recognised in these financial statements from the sale of the Company's subsidiaries was £(0.5) million (2016: £(2.1) million) comprising agreed adjustments to the sale's price and other costs relating to the sale. Total loss for the period was £(1.2) million (2016: £(3.3) million).

The proceeds from the sale of subsidiaries and the redemption of the preference shares held in Asta have enabled the Company to reduce its borrowings from £9.0 million to £1.6 million.

As a consequence of the transactions listed above, cash and cash equivalents have increased by £0.3 million to £0.4 million.

Financial position at the reporting date

The investment in Asta is valued at the end of 2017 at £18.0 million compared to £19.6 million, being the restated balance at the end of 2016 due to the change in accounting framework. This change of £1.6 million is primarily due to the redemption of the preference shares held in Asta

Borrowings from the Company's bank and parent company have reduced to £1.6 million; cash held has increased to £0.4 million; other net current assets have increased to £0.7 million.

Net assets are £17.0 million compared to £17.7 million as at the end of 2016.



 

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

For the year ended 31 December 2017

 

 



 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016 


Notes


 £000's


 £000's







Income from investment in associated undertaking

4


822


208

Administrative expenses



(1,167)


(1,476)

Results of operating activities



(345)


(1,268)







Loss on disposal/impairment of subsidiary undertakings

3


(525)


(2,072)

Interest payable and similar expenses

5


(299)


(511)

Loss on ordinary activities before taxation

6


(1,169)


(3,851)







Taxation

10


-


543

Loss for the year



(1,169)


(3,308)

 

 

Earnings per share

11





Basic: Ordinary shares (pence per share)



(1.01)


(2.91)

Diluted: Ordinary shares (pence per share)



(1.01)


(2.91)

 

 

 



 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

As at 31 December 2017

 




 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016


Notes


 £000's


 £000's







Fixed assets






Investment in subsidiary undertakings

3


-


8,300

Investment in associated undertaking

12


17,964


19,621




17,964


27,921

Current assets






Debtors - amounts falling due within one year

13


467


75

Cash and cash equivalents



396


83




863


158

Current liabilities






Creditors - amounts falling due within one year

14


(148)


(3,886)







Net current assets



715


(3,728)







Total assets less current liabilities



18,679


24,193







Creditors - amounts falling due after one year

14


(1,645)


(6,511)







Net assets



17,034


17,682







Capital and reserves






Called up share capital

15


2,362


2,280

Revaluation reserve



14,376


14,376

Other reserves



256


3,072

Profit and loss account



40


(2,046)

Total shareholders' funds



17,034


17,682

 

 

The financial statements of ACHP plc (Company number: 4200676) were approved by the Board of Directors and authorised for issue on 9 April 2018 and were signed on its behalf on 12 April 2018 by:

 

Gilles Erulin

Chief Executive Officer

 



 

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

As at 31 December 2017

 







Other reserves







  Called up share capital


Reval-uation reserve


  Share based payments ("SBP") reserve

  Capital redemp-tion reserve

 Total other res-erves


  Profit and loss account


  Total 



£000's


£000's


£000's

£000's

£000's


£000's


£000's

 

Balance at 1 January 2016, as previously stated


2,264


-


2,691

256

2,947


(1,683)


3,528

Changes on transition to FRS 102


-


14,376


-

-

-


2,945


17,321














Loss for the year


-


-


-

-

-


(3,308)


(3,308)

Total comprehensive losses for the year


-


-


-

-

-


(3,308)


(3,308)














Issue of share capital


16




-

-

-


-


16

Credit to equity for equity settled SBP


-


-


125

-

125


-


125

Balance at 31 December 2016




2,816

256
















Balance at 1 January 2017 (restated)


2,280


14,376


2,816

256

3,072


(2,046)


17,682














Loss for the year


-


-


-

-

-


(1,169)


(1,169)

Total comprehensive losses for the year


-


-


-

-

-


(1,169)


(1,169)














Issue of share capital


82


-


(45)

-

(45)


-


37

Credit to equity for equity settled SBP


-


-


484

-

484


-


484

Transfer of lapsed and issued equity settled SBP


-


-


(3,255)

-

(3,255)


3,255


-

Balance at 31 December 2017




-

256



 

 

 

Share-based payments reserve: The Company operated share schemes providing for the grant of awards over ordinary shares. Awards were recorded in this reserve.

Capital redemption reserve: The nominal value of share capital cancelled is recorded in this reserve.

The profit and loss account reserve represents cumulative profits or losses, net of dividends paid and other adjustments.

STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the year ended 31 December 2017

 




  31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016 


Note


 £000's


 £000's







Net cash from operating activities

16


(730)


(994)

Taxation received



-


543

Net cash used in operating activities



(730)


(451)







Cash flow from investing activities






Disposal of subsidiary undertakings



6,963


-

Purchase of further shares in associate undertaking



(643)


-

Receipts from redemption of associated undertakings preference shares



2,300


1,700

Dividends received from associated undertaking



822


208

Net cash generated from investing activities



9,442


1,908







Cash flow from financing activities






Proceeds on issue of shares



37


16

Repayment of borrowings



(8,130)


(1,175)

Interest paid



(304)


(511)

Net cash used in financing activities



(8,397)


(1,670)







Net increase in cash and cash equivalents



315


(213)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year



83


296

Exchange gains on cash and cash equivalents



(2)


-

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year



396


83

 

 



 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For the year ended 31 December 2017

Significant accounting policies

The principal accounting policies are summarised below. The accounting policies have all been applied consistently throughout the year and the preceding year in dealing with items which are considered material in relation to the Company's financial statements.

General information and basis of accounting

ACHP plc is a Company incorporated in the United Kingdom under the Companies Act. The address of the registered office is given on page 4. The nature of the Company's operations and its principal activities are set out in the Strategic Report on page 1.

The financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, modified to include certain items at fair value, and are in accordance with applicable law and United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice "UK GAAP"), Financial Reporting Standard (FRS 102) issued by the Financial Reporting Council.

In 2016 the Company presented, in its consolidated financial statements, results from the sale of subsidiary undertakings as discontinued operations. In 2017 the Company is only presenting standalone Company financial statements, and as a holding company, the holding, and subsequent sale, of investments is considered part of its normal operations. As such the loss on sale of subsidiary undertakings has been presented within continuing operations in the Company only financial statements.

The prior year's financial statements were prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards (IAS). The Directors voluntarily changed the accounting framework to United Kingdom Accounting Standards UK GAAP in the current year. The prior year financial statements were restated for material adjustments on adoption of FRS 102 in the current year. For more information see note 21.

ACHP plc meets the definition of a qualifying entity under FRS 102 and has therefore taken advantage of the disclosure exemptions available to it in respect of its financial statements. Exemptions have been taken in relation to financial instruments and remuneration of key management personnel.

Segment reporting

As the Company currently has no identified reportable segments no segmental analysis has been prepared.

Going concern

The Company's activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, performance and position are set out in the Strategic Report. The Strategic Report also details: the financial position of the Company; its cash flows and liquidity position. In addition, the section on principal risks and uncertainties includes an analysis of the risks the Company faces and its policies for mitigating those risks.

After making enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the annual report and accounts. There are no subsequent events to suggest any going concern issues.

Foreign currencies

The Company's functional currency is pound sterling, as this is the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates.

The financial statements are presented in pound sterling and rounded to the nearest thousand.

Transactions in foreign currencies are initially recorded using the rates of exchange ruling at the date the transaction occurs. Foreign exchange gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions are recognised in the income statement.

Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies at the period end date are translated using the rates of exchange prevailing at the period end date. Any gains or losses arising on translation are included in the income statement.

Revenue recognition

Dividend income

Dividend income from investments is recognised when the shareholders' rights to receive payment have been established. Dividend income is shown as investment return in the income statement.



 

Employee benefits

Share-based payments

The Company issues equity-settled share-based payments to certain employees. Equity-settled share-based payments are measured at fair value (excluding the effect of non-market-based vesting conditions) at the date of grant. The fair value determined at the grant date of the equity-settled share-based payments is expensed on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, based on the Company's estimate of shares that will eventually vest and adjusted for the effect of non-market based vesting conditions.

At the end of each reporting period, the Company revises its estimate of the number of equity instruments expected to vest.  The impact of the revision of its original estimates, if any, is recognised in profit or loss such that the cumulative expense reflects the revised estimate, with a corresponding adjustment to the share-based payment reserve.

Fair value is measured by use of two stochastic valuation models, namely the Monte Carlo method and the Black-Scholes valuation model. The expected life used in the models has been adjusted, based on management's best estimate, for the effects of non-transferability, exercise restriction, and behavioural considerations.

Taxation

Current tax, including UK corporation tax and foreign tax, is provided at amounts expected to be paid using the tax rates and laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the period end date.

The charge for taxation is based on the profit for the period and takes into account deferred taxation.

Deferred taxation is provided in full on timing differences between recognition of gains and losses in the financial statements and the recognition for taxation purposes. Deferred taxation liabilities are provided in relation to transactions that have occurred by the period end date. Deferred taxation assets are recognised when it is considered that the benefit is more likely than not to accrue to the Company. Deferred tax is measured at the average tax rates that are expected to apply in the periods in which the timing differences are expected to reverse, based on tax rates and tax laws that have been enacted or substantively enacted by the period end date. Deferred tax is measured on a non-discounted basis.

Investment in subsidiary undertakings

Investments in subsidiary undertakings were stated at cost less, where appropriate, provisions for impairment.

Investment in associated undertakings

Investment in associated undertakings are initially recognised at the transaction price, including transaction costs.

The Company has elected to subsequently account for its investment in associated undertakings at fair value, with changes in fair value recognised in other comprehensive income.

Fair value measurement

The best evidence of fair value is a quoted price for an identical asset in an active market. When quoted prices are unavailable, the price of a recent transaction for an identical asset provides evidence of fair value as long as there has not been a significant change in economic circumstances or a significant lapse of time since the transaction took place. If the market is not active and recent transactions of an identical asset on their own are not a good estimate of fair value, the fair value is estimated by using a valuation technique.

Financial instruments

Financial assets and financial liabilities are recognised when the Company becomes a party to the contractual provisions of the instrument.

Financial liabilities and equity instruments are classified according to the substance of the contractual arrangements entered into.

The Company has chosen to apply the provisions of both Section 11 and Section 12, of FRS 102, in full to account for all of its financial instruments.

Financial assets and liabilities

Basic financial assets, include loans and receivables and cash and cash equivalents. Basic financial liabilities, include borrowings and other liabilities.

Financial assets and liabilities are initially measured at the transaction price including transaction costs, unless the arrangement constitutes a financing transaction. If an arrangement constitutes a financing transaction, the transaction is measured at the present value of the future receipts / payments discounted at a market rate of interest for a similar debt instrument.

 



 

Financial assets and liabilities that are due within one year

Financial assets and liabilities which meet the conditions of basic financial instruments that are classified as payable or receivable within one year on initial recognition are subsequently measured at the undiscounted amount of the cash or other consideration expected to be paid or received, net of impairment. Any losses arising from impairment are recognised in the income statement in administrative expenses.

 

Financial assets and liabilities that are due after one year

Financial assets and liabilities which meet the conditions of basic financial instruments that are classified as payable or receivable after one year on initial recognition are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method. As the Company revises its estimates of payments or receipts, the carrying amount of these financial assets or financial liabilities is adjusted to reflect actual and revised estimated cash flows. The Company recalculates the carrying amount by computing the present value of estimated future cash flows at the financial instrument's original effective interest rate. The resulting adjustment is recognised as income or expense in the income statement at the date of the revision.

Derecognition of financial assets and liabilities

Financial assets are derecognised when and only when the contractual rights to the cash flows from the financial asset expire or are settled, the Company transfers to another party substantially all of the risks and rewards of ownership of the financial asset, or the Company, despite having retained some, but not all, significant risks and rewards of ownership, has transferred control of the asset to another party.

Financial liabilities are derecognised only when the obligation specified in the contract is discharged, cancelled or expires.

Impairment of assets

Assets are assessed for indicators of impairment at each period end date. If there is objective evidence of impairment, an impairment loss is recognised in the income statement as described below.

Financial assets

 

For financial assets carried at amortised cost, the amount of an impairment is the difference between the asset's carrying amount and the present value of estimated future cash flows, discounted at the financial asset's original effective interest rate.

For financial assets carried at cost less impairment, the impairment loss is the difference between the asset's carrying amount and the best estimate of the amount that would be received for the asset if it were to be sold at the reporting date.

Where indicators exist for a decrease in impairment loss, and the decrease can be related objectively to an event occurring after the impairment was recognised, the prior impairment loss is tested to determine reversal. An impairment loss is reversed on an individual impaired financial asset to the extent that the revised recoverable value does not lead to a revised carrying amount higher than the carrying value had no impairment been recognised.

Provisions

Provisions are recognised when the Company has a present legal or constructive obligation as a result of a past event, and it is more likely than not that an outflow of resources will be required to settle the obligation and the amount can be reliably estimated. The amount recognised as a provision is the best estimate of the expenditure required to settle the present obligation at the balance sheet date that is the amount that the entity would rationally pay to settle the obligation at the balance sheet date or to transfer it to a third party.

 



 

Critical accounting judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty

In the application of the Company's accounting policies, which are described in note 1, the Directors are required to make judgements, estimates and assumptions about the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and other factors that are considered to be relevant. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

Key sources of estimation uncertainty

The key assumptions concerning the future, and other key sources of estimation uncertainty at the balance sheet date, 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.

Valuation of investment in associated undertaking

Determining the fair value of the Company's investment in its associated undertaking requires estimation. As the investment is not quoted in an active market and the price of a recent transaction for an identical asset is unavailable; the Company is required to estimate the fair value by means of a valuation technique. The valuation technique is to estimate what the transaction price would have been on the measurement date in an arm's length exchange motivated by normal business considerations.

The valuation applies judgement and makes assumptions when determining what maintainable annual profits are reasonably expected to be should the associated undertaking operate at its current size and capacity, without making any allowances for risk or growth.

Judgement and assumptions are similarly made when deciding what multiples to apply to the maintainable profits. The multiples should reflect the combination of the growth prospects of the business and the inherent risks of the industry as a whole and the Company in particular. The Company's applied multiples were agreed by the Directors and reflect Asta's risk and growth prospects.

 



 

Sale of subsidiary undertakings

The Company announced the sale of all its subsidiary undertakings to Pro Global Holdings Limited on 22 December 2016. Following regulatory approval, the sale completed on 30 June 2017. Details of the subsidiary undertakings wholly disposed of are below:

Subsidiary undertakings disposed



 Portion of ownership held and disposed

C.I.R.A.S Limited



100.00%

Chiltington Holdings Limited *



100.00%

Chiltington Internacional S.A de CV



85.00%

Chiltington International Holding GmbH *



100.00%

Chiltington International Inc



100.00%

Chiltington International Limited



100.00%

Hermes People Limited



100.00%

P.I.R Holder S.L. (formerly Chiltington Internacional S.L.)



100.00%

Pro Claims Solutions GMBH



100.00%

PRO Insurance Solutions Limited *



100.00%

Pro Insurance Solutions S.A. (formerly Chiltington Internacional S.A.)



98.00%

Pro Insurance Solutions GmbH



100.00%

PRO IS, Inc *



100.00%

Pro US Holdings, Inc *



100.00%

Professional Resources Limited



100.00%

Professional Resources SA



85.00%

STRIPE Global Services Limited *



100.00%

Tasca Consulting Limited



100.00%

* Held directly by ACHP plc

The assets disposed of and the related sale proceeds were as follows:

 



  30 Jun 2017




 £000's

Investment in subsidiary undertakings disposed



8,300

Loss on disposal of operations



(1,337)

Sale proceeds



6,963

Satisfied by:




Cash and cash equivalents



6,963

 

The consideration was settled in cash by the purchaser on 30 June 2017. The loss on disposal/impairment of subsidiary undertakings is:

 

 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016


  £000's 


  £000's 

Impairment of investment in subsidiary undertakings

-


(2,072)

Loss on disposal of operations

(1,337)


-

Intercompany write-backs and costs directly related to the sale

812


-

Loss on disposal/impairment of subsidiary undertakings

(525)


(2,072)

 



 

Income from investment in associated undertaking

 



 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Ordinary share dividends received from associated undertaking



714


-

Preference share dividends received from associated undertaking



108


208

Total income from interest in associated undertaking



822


208

 

Interest payable and similar expenses




 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Interest payable on bank borrowings



(164)


(379)

Interest payable on other borrowings



(91)


(108)

Commitment fee payable on other borrowings



(44)


(24)

Total finance costs



(299)


(511)

 

Loss on ordinary activities before taxation

Loss on ordinary activities before taxation is stated after charging/(crediting):

 



 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Net foreign exchange losses



(153)


(265)

Share-based payments



(484)


(125)

 

Auditor's remuneration

An analysis of auditor's remuneration is as follows:

 



 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Fees payable to the Company's auditor for the audit of the Company's annual accounts


30


40

Fees payable to the Company's auditor for audit related assurance services


22


20

Total auditor's remuneration


52


60

 

There were no non-audit services provided to the Company.

 



 

Staff numbers and costs

The average monthly number of employees including Executive Directors was:




 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016

Executive and management



1.4


6.0

Other



-


-

Average number of employees



1.4


6.0

 

Their aggregate remuneration comprised:

 



 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Salaries



548


254

Social security costs



10


64

Pension costs



-


-

Redundancy payments



206


-

Total employees' remuneration



764


318

Included in salaries is a share-based payments expense of £484k (2016: £125k) which arose from transactions accounted for as equity settled share-based payment transactions.

 

Directors' remuneration and transactions

 



 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Directors' remuneration:






Emoluments



150


544

Company contributions to pension schemes



-


34

Share-based payments



365


75




515


653

Two Directors were awarded shares during the year (2016: one). Two Directors exercised share options during the year (2016: none).

Retirement benefits are accruing to no Directors under the Company's defined contribution pension scheme (2016: two).




 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Remuneration of the highest paid Director:






Emoluments



62


487

Company contributions to pension schemes



-


34




62


521

 

The highest paid Director did not exercise any share options during the year and also received no shares under the Company's share schemes.

 



 

Taxation

 



 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Current taxation on loss on ordinary activities:






UK Corporation tax on loss for the year



-


-

Group relief surrendered at non-standard rates



-


543

Total taxation



-


543







Loss for the year



(1,169)


(3,851)







Taxation at standard UK corporation tax rate of 19.25% (2016: 20%)



225


770







Effects of:






(Income)/expenses not taxable/deductible for tax purposes



386


(450)

Effect of unutilised losses



(611)


(83)

Group relief recoverable at non-standard rates



-


(237)

Group relief surrendered at non-standard rates



-


543

UK Corporation tax on loss for the year



-


543

 

Effective 1 April 2017 the UK corporation tax rate reduced from 20% to 19%. A further reduction in the UK corporation tax rate from 19% to 17% (effective from 1 April 2020) was substantively enacted in March 2016, and has therefore been considered when calculating deferred tax at the reporting date. Deferred tax balances at the reporting date are measured at 17% (2016: 17%).

There is an unrecognised deferred tax asset of £589k (2016: £3,324k) in respect of accumulated losses that has not been recognised, as it is not certain that the Company will be able to realise this asset by generating sufficient future taxable profits.

 

Earnings per share

 



 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016




 £000's


 £000's

Earnings






Earnings for the purposes of basic earnings per share being net loss attributable to equity holders of the Company



(1,169)


(3,308)










 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016

Number of shares






Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares for the purposes of basic earnings per share



115,906,970


113,637,418

Effect of dilutive potential Ordinary Shares: Share options



-


-

Weighted average number of Ordinary Shares for the purposes of diluted earnings per share



115,906,970


113,637,418










 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016

Basic earnings per share



 UK pence


 UK pence

Basic: Ordinary Shares (pence per share)



(1.01)


(2.91)

Diluted: Ordinary Shares (pence per share)



(1.01)


(2.91)

 



 

Investment in associated undertaking

The Company has a 30% interest in Asta Capital Limited ("Asta"), a private company incorporated in Great Britain. The Company owns 300 £1 ordinary shares and 1,064 1p B shares (2016: 300 £1 ordinary shares and 2,299,700 £1 preference shares). Asta is a leading turnkey managing services company in Lloyds.

The Company previously accounted for its investment at cost, less any provisions for impairment. When the Company transitioned to FRS 102, it elected to value its investment at fair value through other comprehensive income, as explained in accounting policy note 1i.

 

 





 31 Dec 2017




 31 Dec 2016




 Carrying value


 Cost


 Carrying value


 Cost




 £000's


 £000's


 £000's


 £000's

Balance at 1 January, as previously stated



19,621


2,300


4,000


4,000

Change on transition to FRS 102



-


-


17,321


                      -

Balance at 1 January, (restated)



19,621


2,300


21,321


4,000











1,064 1p B shares acquired



643


643


-


                      -

Redemption of preference shares



(2,300)


(2,300)


(1,700)


(1,700)

Balance at 31 December



17,964


643


19,621


2,300

 

Asta's shares are not traded in an active market, and there is no quoted market price available. An independent valuation was carried out on 30 November 2016 which valued the Company's equity investment at £17,321k. For the purpose of these financial statements, this was taken as the value at 31 December 2016 and 31 December 2017.

The valuation was prepared on an earnings basis by applying multiples to adjusted maintainable earnings before interest tax, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA"). This basis was chosen as Asta has a history of making profits. The maintainable EBITDA is the sustainable profit figure which could reasonably be expected to be produced annually by Asta operating at its current size and capacity, without any allowances for risk or growth. The multiples used were agreed by the Directors and reflect Asta's risk and growth prospects.

On 2 August 2017 Asta redeemed its remaining preference shares realising £2,300k.

 

Debtors

 

 




 31 Dec 2017




 31 Dec 2016



Due within one year

Due after one year

 Total


Due within one year

Due after one year

 Total



£000's

£000's

 £000's


£000's

£000's

 £000's

Due from: parent company


75

-

75


75

-

75

Due from: related parties


338

-

338


-

-

-

Other debtors


54

-

54


-

-

-

Total debtors


467

-

467


75

-

75

 



 

Creditors

 

 




 31 Dec 2017




 31 Dec 2016



Due within one year

Due after one year

 Total


Due within one year

Due after one year

 Total



£000's

£000's

 £000's


£000's

£000's

 £000's

Bank borrowings


-

-

-


(2,828)

(2,944)

(5,772)

Other borrowings due to: parent company


-

(1,645)

(1,645)


-

(3,220)

(3,220)

Interest on borrowings


(4)

-

(4)


(388)

(347)

(735)

Other liabilities and provisions









Due to: group undertakings


-

-

-


(275)

-

(275)

Due to: related parties


(97)

-

(97)


-

-

-

Accruals


(47)

-

(47)


(395)

-

(395)

Total creditors


(148)

(1,645)

(1,793)


(3,886)

(6,511)

(10,397)

 

Bank borrowings - The Company had a secured loan facility with Natixis Bank which was secured by the Company's investment in Asta. The rate of interest for the loan was 6 month LIBOR plus a margin of 4.5%. On 3 July 2017, this facility was fully repaid (2016: balance £6,432k). 

Other borrowings - At 31 December 2017, an €8 million facility was in place for an unsecured revolving facility with the Company's ultimate parent company, Financière Pinault. With effect from 31 March 2018, the capacity of this facility was reduced to €1.9 million. The rate of interest for the loan is 3.5% per annum above LIBOR and the facility's final maturity date is 30 September 2019. On 31 August 2017, €1,981k of the outstanding balance was repaid. At 31 December 2017 the balance payable including interest was £1,649k (2016: £3,295k).

 

Called up share capital

 



 31 Dec 2017



 31 Dec 2016



 Number

 £000's


 Number

 £000's

Allotted and fully paid ordinary shares of £0.02







Balance at 1 January


113,977,782

2,280


113,977,782

2,280

Settlement of share-based payments


4,146,066

82


-

-

Balance at 31 December


118,123,848

2,362


113,977,782

2,280

 

The Company has one class of ordinary shares which carry no right to fixed income.

On 11 July 2017 and 6 November 2017 the Company issued 4,018,566 £0.02 ordinary shares and 127,500 £0.02 ordinary shares respectively, relating to shares vesting under certain award schemes. There are no ongoing share based payment arrangements. 

 



 

Net cash from operating activities

 



  31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016 




 £000's


 £000's

Loss for the year



(1,169)


(3,308)

Adjustments for:






Taxation



-


(543)

Finance costs



299


511

Income from investment in associated undertaking



(822)


(208)

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes



50


133

Loss on disposal/impairment of subsidiary undertakings



1,337


2,072

Share-based payment charge



484


125

Operating cash flow before movements in working capital



179


(1,218)







(Increase)/decrease in debtors



(392)


2,675

Decrease in creditors



(517)


(2,451)

Net cash from operating activities



(730)


(994)

 

 

Contingent liabilities

At 31 December 2017, the Company did not have any material contingent liabilities.

 

Subsequent events

There are no significant non-adjusting events after the end of the reporting period.



 

Share-based payments

Until 30 June 2017 the Company operated various share schemes designed to align the interests of senior management, staff and shareholders to deliver outstanding results.

A written resolution, that all outstanding share awards were to vest on completion of the sale of the Company's subsidiaries, was passed on 22 June 2017. The sale completed on 30 June 2017 and the resolution was effected on that date. All the outstanding share awards were therefore exercised on 30 June 2017. Following this the Company is not intending to issue any new shares under any scheme.

Details of the shares outstanding are as follows:

 


 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016



 Number of share awards


 Number of share awards

Outstanding at the beginning of the year


4,593,366


5,927,100

Granted during the year


1,225,000


2,041,666

Modifications made during the year


(1,672,300)


 -

Exercised during the year


(4,146,066)


(793,300)

Lapsed during the year


-


(2,582,100)

Outstanding at the end of the year


-


4,593,366

 

No share options were exercisable at the end of the year (2016: £nil).

The Company recognised total expenses of £484k (2016: £125k) related to share based payments in 2017:

 


 31 Dec 2017


 31 Dec 2016



 £000's


 £000's

Recognised in administrative expenses


(156)


125

Recognised in loss on disposal of subsidiary undertakings


(328)


-

Total share-based payment expense


(484)


125

 

For the 1,225,000 options that were granted on 1 June 2017, and exercised on 30 June 2017. The share price on date of grant, being 14 pence per share, was used to determine their fair value.

 



 

Related party transactions

The following have been identified as related parties to the Company for the periods presented:

•     Subsidiary undertakings;

 

•     Associate undertaking Asta Capital Limited and its subsidiaries ("Asta");

 

•     A company subject to common control, Tawa Associates Limited;

 

•     Directors of the Company;

 

•     Key management personnel: and

 

•     Parent company and ultimate controlling party.

Subsidiary undertakings

FRS 102 paragraph 33.1A exempts disclosure of transactions entered into between members of the same group, provided that the subsidiary undertakings party to the transactions are wholly owned by the Company. Therefore, transactions and balances between the Company and wholly owned subsidiary undertakings are not disclosed in this note.

Associated undertaking

During the year to 31 December 2017 the Company received dividends of £822k (2016: £208k) from Asta and its preference shares were redeemed for £2,300k (2016: £1,700k).

Company subject to common control

During the year to 31 December 2017 the Company was charged a management fee of £97k (2016: £nil) by Tawa Associates Limited. At 31 December 2017 the Company owed Tawa Associates Limited £97k (2016: £nil).

Directors of the Company

Directors' remuneration is fully disclosed in note 9.

Key management personnel

The Company has taken advantage of the FRS 102 paragraph 1.12(e) disclosure exemption available to it in respect of remuneration to key management personnel.

Parent company and ultimate controlling party

The ultimate parent company is Financière Pinault S.C.A., a Société en commandite simple incorporated in France. The parent undertaking of the largest group which includes the Company and for which group accounts are prepared is Financière Pinault S.C.A., a company incorporated in France. Copies of the group financial statements of Financière Pinault S.C.A. may be obtained from the Tribunal de Commerce de Paris, 1 Quai de Corse, 75004, Paris, France.

During the year to 31 December 2017 Financière Pinault S.C.A. charged the Company fees and interest of £135k (2016: £70k being £145k fees and interest less a credit note of £75k). As at 31 December 2017 the Company owed Financière Pinault S.C.A. £1,649k (2016: £3,295k), full details are disclosed in note 14. As at 31 December 2017 the Company was due £75k (2016: 75k) from Financière Pinault S.C.A., full details are disclosed in note 13



 

Transition to Financial Reporting Standard 102 ("FRS 102")

The Directors have voluntarily elected to apply United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice "UK GAAP") including FRS 102 as the Directors are of the opinion that these accounting standards present the financial performance and position of the Company in the most meaningful and accessible way.

This is the first year the Company has presented its financial statements using Financial Reporting Standard 102 (FRS 102) as issued by the Financial Reporting Council. The financial statements were prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards ("IAS") for the year ended 31 December 2016. The date of transition to FRS 102 is therefore 1 January 2016. As a consequence of adopting FRS 102, a number of accounting policies have changed to comply with that standard. The only change to have an impact is the change to the Company's investment in associated undertakings accounting policy. Previously this investment was held at cost less any provisions for impairment. On a UK GAAP basis, the Company has chosen to subsequently account for its investment in associated undertakings at fair value through other comprehensive income.

 


 As at 31 Dec 2016



 As previously stated

 Changes on transition to FRS 102

 As restated

Statement of other comprehensive income


 £000's

 £000's

 £000's

Loss for the year


(3,308)

-

(3,308)

Other comprehensive income





Gains arising on revaluation of investment in associated undertaking


-

-

-

Total comprehensive losses for the year


(3,308)

-

(3,308)








 As at 31 Dec 2016



 As previously stated

 Changes on transition to FRS 102

 As restated

Statement of changes in equity


 £000's

 £000's

 £000's

Balance as at 1 January 2016


3,528

17,321

20,849

Loss for the year


(3,308)

-

(3,308)

Other comprehensive income





Gains arising on revaluation of investment in associated undertaking


-

-

-

Total transactions recognised directly in equity


141

-

141

Balance as at 31 December 2016


361

17,321

17,682

 


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