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RNS Number : 4903Y
Sportech PLC
22 August 2018
 

22 August 2018

 

Sportech PLC

 ("Sportech" or the "Group")

 

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

Sportech, the international betting technology business, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

 

Highlights

 

·  Completed agreement with Sportradar for sports betting data, trading, risk management, and technology platforms enabling delivery of a comprehensive sports betting platform

·   Working proactively with key constituencies in Connecticut to secure the right to conduct sports betting as a licensed operator in the state

·     Announced sale of Sportech Racing BV for €2.8 million, which closed on July 26, 2018

·     The Bump 50:50 division added seven new professional sports teams and thirteen festivals

·     Appointment of Andrew Gaughan to the position of Chief Executive Officer

·     Appointment of Thomas Hearne to the position of Chief Financial Officer

·    Group has cash of £12.5 million at 30 June 2018, and no bank debt.  In July the Group received £2.5 million on the closing of the Sportech Racing BV sale

·     Total Group revenue of £31.6 million from continuing operations (2017: £31.2 million using constant currency)

·     EBITDA before sports betting investments of £3.3 million and total Adjusted Group EBITDA of £2.8 million from continuing operations (2017: £3.4 million using constant currency).  The 2018 adjusted EBITDA includes £490k of costs related to the new sports betting division, (2017: nil)

 

Financial Summary

 

The financial summary below excludes the results in the six months of Sportech Racing BV, which was sold after the period end, and is accounted for as an asset available for sale.  The H1 2017 numbers are presented on a constant currency and a reported currency basis. Constant currency translates the prior year's results at the current years exchange rates.   

 

£m's

 

 

H1 2018

H1 2017

Constant Currency

H1 2017

Reported

Currency

Revenue

31.6

31.2

33.5

Gross Profit

22.9

22.8

24.3

Contribution1

21.9

21.8

23.2

EBITDA before sports betting investments2                                                                  Adjusted EBITDA3

3.3

2.8

3.4

3.4

3.6

3.6

(Loss)/profit before tax from continuing operations

(0.6)

0.1

(0.3)

Adjusted (loss)/profit from continuing operations4

(0.2)

0.9

0.9

 

 

 

 

         

1         Contribution is defined as gross profits, less marketing and distribution costs.

2         Excludes Sports Betting investments during the period, amounting to £490k

3         Adjusted EBITDA is earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation, share option charges and separately identifiable items as reported in note 7 of the interim financial statements.

4    Adjusted profit from continuing operations is the aggregate of adjusted EBITDA, normalised share option charges, depreciation, amortisation (excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles), and finance charges.

 

 

Andrew Gaughan, Chief Executive Officer of Sportech PLC, said: "The May 2018 US Supreme Court decision that effectively permitted US states to enact legislation to license and regulate sports betting was very exciting for Sportech.  Soon after the decision was announced, we signed an agreement with Sportradar for sports betting data, trading and risk management services, and technology platforms. 

 

In Connecticut, we believe that we will have a strong direct-to-consumer sports betting offering for our brick-and-mortar and web/mobile betting services.  We also believe that we are very well positioned to offer a competitive integrated sports and race betting solution in other US states. 

 

We concluded the previously announced sale of Sportech BV, realising €2.8 million (£2.5 million), enhancing our cash reserves, and providing capital to execute on our US sports betting opportunities.

 

Our Racing and Digital business maintained consistent levels of service revenues for H1 2018 versus the prior year.  We continue to assess further operational efficiencies to maintain profit levels in the business.  We also believe the market outside of North America is moving to more service-based contracts versus one-time sales contracts and are positioning our teams accordingly.

 

Our Stamford, Connecticut Bobby V's Restaurant & Sports Bar has begun to grow both in terms of handle and food and beverage sales.  Growth is slower than originally forecast, but we expect our new highly-experienced Food and Beverage and Group Sales Managers to deliver a beneficial impact as we enter the 2019 financial year." 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

 

Sportech PLC

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7268 2400

Andrew Gaughan, Chief Executive Officer

 

Thomas Hearne, Chief Financial Officer

 

Peel Hunt

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7418 8900

(Corporate Broker to Sportech)

Dan Webster / George Sellar

 

 

 

Buchanan

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000

(Financial PR adviser to Sportech)

Henry Harrison-Topham / Mark Court / Jamie Hooper

 

 

 

 

Sportech PLC

("Sportech" or the "Group")

 

Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

Group Overview

Sportech PLC, the international betting technology business, provides and operates betting technology solutions for some of the world's best-known gaming companies, sports teams, and horse and greyhound racetracks, as well as owning and operating its own gaming venues in Connecticut under exclusive licences.

The Group focuses on highly regulated markets worldwide. It has more than 27,000 betting terminals deployed to over 400 clients in 37 countries.  Its global systems process nearly US$12 billion in betting handle annually.  In the US, it operates under 35 licences across 37 states.  The Group has invested over US$60 million in the last five years in the successful expansion of its US gaming Venues and in developing its technology services, resulting in its proprietary Quantum™ System being the most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting system globally.

£'000's

Revenue

 

 EBITDA

 

 H1 2018

 H1 2017*

 

 H1 2018

 H1 2017*

 

Racing and Digital

16,565

16,639

 

3,274

3,724

 

Venues

15,774

15,056

 

1,086

1,374

 

IC elimination / corporate costs

(759)

(477)

 

(1,073)

(1,737)

 

Subtotal: Year-over-year comparison

31,580

31,219

 

3,287

3,362

 

Sports betting

-

-

 

(490)

-

 

Total at constant currency

31,580

31,219

 

2,797

3,362

 

Exchange rate impact

 

2,283

 

-

243

 

Total at reported currency

31,580

33,502

 

2,797

3,605

 

               

 

* 2017 results have been restated at 2018 exchange rates.

Sportech Racing and Digital

Sportech Racing and Digital provides betting technologies and services to 293 racetrack, off-track betting network, casino, lottery, and online pari-mutuel operator customers, plus an additional 145 commingling customers, in 37 countries and 37 US states.  We have approximately 27,000 betting terminals, 26 white-label betting websites, and 23 white-label mobile apps deployed worldwide and our systems annually process nearly US$12 billion in betting handle. 

 

£'000s

 

 

H1 2018

 

H1 2017

Constant Currency

 

H1 2017

Reported

Currency

Sales revenue

Service revenue

637

15,928

 

645

15,994

 

660

16,944

Total revenues

16,565

 

16,639

 

17,604

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contribution

14,247

 

14,648

 

15,438

Contribution margin

86%

 

88%

 

88%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operated expenses

(10,973)

 

(10,867)

 

(11,570)

Adjusted EBITDA

3,274

 

3,781

 

3,868

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets capitalised

1,569

 

1,620

 

1,731

Purchase of PPE

646

 

721

 

785

Total capex in year

2,215

 

2,341

 

2,516

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Development of the new HTML5 version of our G4 betting website was completed and the initial launches are underway.  All customer websites will be converted over time, allowing R&D to increase software development and maintenance efficiency and freeing resources to focus on new digital sports betting opportunities.

 

Service revenues were comparable year-over-year on a constant currency basis.

 

We signed five new contracts, four in the US and one in Europe, and renewed and extended eight existing customer contracts.  Four of the renewals included enhanced Digital offerings.   We are also pleased to report that we have not experienced any contract losses in the period. 

 

In June, the Group hosted over 95 attendees, including racing customers, regulators and other constituencies at our "Sports Betting Crash Course" to educate and inform on the Sportech offering in the sports betting space.  The division is aggressively developing our sports betting integration, and envisages being able to supply many of our racing customers with a sports betting solution that is integrated with their pari-mutuel betting solution. 

Bump 50:50 (part of the Racing and Digital Division)

The Bump 50:50 sports raffle business provides the technologies and services that allow charitable foundations associated with professional and college sports teams and entertainment venues to sell and fulfil 50/50 raffles to generate funds for their charitable missions.  Jackpots are divided equally between the foundation and the winner. 

 

The Bump 50:50 business continued to grow in H1 2018, with a customer base that increased from 48 professional sports teams in June 2017 to 72 teams in June 2018. Revenues grew 42% versus the prior period, from £0.5 million to £0.7 million.  We added seven new customers in H1 2018 and renewed an additional seven customers, while losing only two smaller customers.  The new customers included two MLB® teams, one NHL® team and one NBA® team.  We also added 13 new festivals.

 

Bump 50:50 is looking to expand to new markets with offerings that are mobile focused and designed for charities outside of the sports space.  These development projects are taking place during 2018, and the new initiative investment will likely reduce EBTIDA growth in the short term, but open up significant long-term opportunities.  EBITDA was £138k for H1 2018 +12% in H1 2018 versus the prior year at constant currency.

Sportech Venues

Sportech Venues operates all betting on horse racing, greyhound racing and jai alai in the state of Connecticut under an exclusive and in-perpetuity licence for retail, telephone and online. We believe that Connecticut will be an adopter of a comprehensive legal and regulatory framework for sports betting, either in a Fall special session or in H1 2019.  We believe that we will have a strong direct-to-consumer sports betting offering in Connecticut and that our 16 current (24 potential) Venues and our online / mobile betting service form an ideal base from which to offer sports betting within the state, alongside the two Tribal Casinos. We continue to be a proactive supporter of legislation to regulate sports betting and combat illegal Advanced Deposit Wagering 'ADW' operators within the State to reduce the spread of illegal activity and protect consumers.  

 

 

£'000s

 

 

H1 2018

 

 

H1 2017

Constant Currency

 

H1 2017

Reported

Currency

F&B - Stamford

1,081

 

 

40

 

41

F&B - Other

1,265

 

 

1,274

 

1,388

F&B - Total

2,346

 

 

1,314

 

1,429

Wagering revenue

13,428

 

 

13,742

 

14,945

Total revenues

15,774

 

 

15,056

 

16,374

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contribution

7,651

 

 

7,227

 

7,861

Contribution margin

49%

 

 

48%

 

48%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operated expenses

(6,565)

 

 

(5,853)

 

(6,382)

Adjusted EBITDA

1,086

 

 

1,374

 

1,479

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PPE - Stamford

-

 

 

4,764

 

5,142

PPE - Other

274

 

 

354

 

367

PPE - Total

274

 

 

5,118

 

5,509

 

Within the Venues business, our Stamford, Connecticut Bobby V's Restaurant & Sports Bar has begun to grow both in terms of handle and food and beverage sales.  Growth is slower than originally forecast and margins are being impacted by increased costs, most noticeably from wage inflation, property costs and food costs, but we expect the new highly-experienced Food and Beverage and Group Sales Managers, both of whom started in July 2018, to deliver a beneficial impact as we enter the 2019 financial year.

Total H1 food and beverage revenue was up 79% over the prior year at constant currency, with EBITDA from food and beverage at £158k, up 105% versus the prior year. 

Wagering revenues softness versus the prior year is from a combination of lower VIP betting and a reduced number of track racing days in key markets such as New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.  This was offset somewhat by our successful Triple Crown where turnover was up 25% over the previous year.

US Sports Betting

In May 2018 we announced our agreement with Sportradar to deliver sports betting solutions to US operators.  Since that announcement we have been working diligently to create our unique integrated solution for both the consumer market in Connecticut and to be delivered as a B2B offering for our racing customers across the 36 other US states where we have a B2B presence.  While only a few states have adopted new legislation to allow sports betting, we anticipate that many more will adopt legislation during 2019. 

We have already begun the integration and pre-sales processes to allow Sportech to be a significant operator and solution provider in the US sports betting business, investing £490k in H1 2018.  We expect sports betting expenses to be £1.1m to £1.3 million for 2018.     

Corporate Costs

Corporate costs are significantly reduced versus the prior year, down 39%, with the shift in management from London to Toronto, Canada.  In March 2018 Andrew Gaughan was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer and in May 2018 Tom Hearne was hired as the new Chief Financial Officer.  Both are based in Toronto. 

Depreciation and Amortisation

 

The Group's normal depreciation and amortisation charge from continuing operations increased in the period to £2.3m (2017: £2.0m). In the prior year the Group also incurred a non-cash amortisation charge of £0.1m on the intangible assets acquired with Datatote in 2013. This was fully written down by the end of 2017.

 

Exceptional Costs

 

The Group has exceptional administration costs of £0.5m comprised of redundancy and restructuring costs of £0.3m and costs related to the Spot the Ball legal case of £0.2m offset by reduced licensing costs in relation to New Jersey, lower accrued contingent consideration costs for Bump, and lobbying costs, which are now in ordinary expenses (£0.1m).

 

Net Finance Income/(Costs)

 

With no debt, the Group has finance income of £53k versus finance costs in the prior year of (£0.9m).  The prior year's costs were made up of (£0.2m) of interest on bank overdrafts and a foreign exchange loss of (£0.7m).  Foreign exchange gains and losses arise from the retranslation of foreign currency denominated inter-company loans and cash balances held within the Group.  The Company delivers approximately 80% of net revenues in US Dollars and the Company is not currently engaged in any currency hedging.

 

Taxation

 

A tax charge for the period of £28k (2016: £53k) has been provided at the weighted average applicable tax rate for the Group of 1.2% (2016: 1.0%) together with the tax effects of permanent differences and other adjustments.

 

The Group has a net deferred tax asset of £7.3m (31 December 2017: £6.4m), representing primarily foreign taxes withheld which can be utilised against future profits. Tax payments of £0.7m were made during the period (2017: £12.1m), principally representing final payments for prior-year tax liabilities and overseas tax deducted at source in the US.

 

Following the successful Spot the Ball VAT reclaim, the Group is aware that HMRC are closely examining all the Group's tax affairs.  The Board, after taking professional advice, believe the liabilities recorded in the financial statements are correct, and whilst they are open to challenge, the Group's position will be defended robustly.

 

In order to process an appeal, the Group is making one against HMRC for VAT for head office costs going back a number of years.  The Group has made an 'in escrow' payment to HMRC of £1.3 million in Q1-2018.  The Board, having taken professional advice on this matter, believe this is fully recoverable.

 

Net Cash/Net Current Assets

 

The Group held cash balances of £12.5m at 30 June 2018, net of customer deposits, and has no debt.  In July we closed our previously announced Sportech BV sale, bringing in €2.8 million (£2.5 million) on a debt free cash free basis. Cash actually received was €3.3 million (purchase price and cash adjustment on closing).  Net current assets amounted to £6.6m (December 2017: £8.1m).

 

Capital Expenditure

 

Capital expenditure in the period was £2.5m (2017: £8.1m).  The prior year's number includes £5.5m for venues, mostly related to the newly opened 20,000 sq. ft Stamford venue.

 

Shareholders' Funds

Total equity and the Group's net assets at 30 June 2018 are £51.6m (31 December 2017: £51.2m).

 

Outlook

 

Venues

 

The Stamford, Connecticut location continues to build market position and financial momentum and with the addition of our new Food and Beverage and Group Sales Managers we expect further improvements, particularly in the 2019 financial year. We do expect to see continued softness in wagering revenue for the remainder of the year.

 

Racing and Digital

 

We are seeing a shift in the market outside of North America from primarily one-time sales contracts to long-term service-based contracts. This will mean lower one-time sales revenues, but an increased and more consistent service revenue base. 

 

With continued strong growth in Bump 50:50 contracts, we are investing in technology projects to further expand the market for Bump's technologies and services.

 

We are also continuing to look for efficiencies in all lines of business to enhance profitability.

 

Corporate costs

 

Corporate costs should be consistent with the H1 costs incurred.

 

Sports Betting

 

We believe that we will have a strong direct-to-consumer sports betting offering in Connecticut and that we are very well positioned to offer our Racing and Digital customers a competitive integrated sports and race betting solution. 

 

Sports betting costs for 2018 should be in the range of £1.1m to £1.3m.  Given the legislative windows of various states we would anticipate our sports betting revenues to begin in the second half of 2019.

 

 

Andrew Gaughan

Chief Executive

22 August 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim consolidated income statement
For the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 


 

Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)


Restated

Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)

 

Year

ended

31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

Note

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

 

31,580

33,501

66,271

Cost of sales

6

(8,656)

(9,181)

(18,562)

Gross profit

 

22,924

24,320

47,709

Marketing and distribution costs

6

(1,026)

(1,128)

(2,118)

Contribution

 

21,898

23,192

45,591

Operating costs

4, 6

(22,553)

(22,484)

(68,065)

Other income (net)

7

-

-

827

Operating (loss)/profit

 

(655)

708

(21,647)

Net finance income/(charges)

8

53

(869)

(19)

Share of loss after tax and impairment of joint ventures

 

-

(159)

(1,484)

Loss before taxation

 

(602)

(320)

(23,150)

Taxation

9

28

53

230

Loss from continuing operations

 

(574)

(267)

(22,920)

Net loss from discontinued operations

10

(355)

(2,974)

(1,522)

Loss for the period

 

(929)

(3,241)

(24,442)

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

Owners of the Company

 

(929)

(3,241)

(24,300)

Non-controlling interests

 

-

-

(142)

 

 

(929)

(3,241)

(24,442)

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share attributable to owners of the Company from continuing operations

 

 

 

 

Basic

11

(0.3)p

(0.1)p

(12.0)p

Diluted

11

(0.3)p

(0.1)p

(12.0)p

Loss per share attributable to owners of the Company from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

Basic

11

(0.2)p

(1.5)p

(0.8)p

Diluted

11

(0.2)p

(1.5)p

(0.8)p

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted (loss)/earnings per share attributable to owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

Basic

11

(0.1)p

2.8p

2.9p

Diluted

11

(0.1)p

2.8p

2.9p


 

Interim consolidated statement of comprehensive income
For the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)

Year ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

£000

£000

£000

Loss for the period

(929)

(3,241)

(24,442)

Other comprehensive items:

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit and loss

 

 

 

Actuarial gain on retirement benefit liability

-

-

(171)

Deferred tax on movement on retirement benefit liability

-

-

55

 

-

-

(116)

Items that have been reclassified to profit and loss

 

 

 

Realised fair value loss on available-for-sale financial assets

-

-

2,500

Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit and loss

 

 

 

Revaluation of available for sale financial assets

-

(136)

-

Currency translation differences

766

(2,646)

(4,935)

 

766

(2,782)

(4,935)

Total other comprehensive items for the period, net of tax

766

(2,782)

(2,551)

Total comprehensive expense for the period

(163)

(6,023)

(26,993)

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

Owners of the Company

(163)

(6,038)

(26,862)

Non-controlling interests

-

15

(131)

 

(163)

(6,023)

(26,993)

 

 

Interim consolidated statement of changes in equity
For the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

Attributable to owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

Other reserves

 

 

 

 


Ordinary shares

Capital

Redemption Reserve

Share option reserve


Pension reserve

 

FX reserve**

Available-for-sale reserve


Retained earnings

 

 

NCI***



Total

Six months ended 30 June 2017

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 January 2017 (audited)

103,119

-

2,198

(530)

11,072

(2,500)

35,323

131

148,813

Comprehensive expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

(3,241)

-

(3,241)

Other comprehensive items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revaluation of available-for-sale financial asset

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(136)

 

-

 

-

 

(136)

Currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

(2,661)

-

-

15

(2,646)

Total other comprehensive items

-

-

-

-

(2,661)

(136)

-

15

(2,782)

Total comprehensive items

-

-

-

-

(2,661)

(136)

(3,241)

15

(6,023)

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share option charge

-

-

466

-

-

-

-

-

466

Employer taxes paid on options vesting

 

-

 

-

 

(21)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(21)

Share buyback

-

-

-

-

-

-

(21,192)

-

(21,192)

Cancellation of own shares

(10,312)

10,312

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total transactions with owners

(10,312)

10,312

445

-

-

-

(21,192)

-

(20,747)

Total changes in equity

(10,312)

10,312

445

-

(2,661)

(136)

(24,433)

15

(26,770)

At 30 June 2017 (unaudited)

92,807

10,312

2,643

(530)

8,411

(2,636)

10,890

146

122,043

                     
 

 

 

 

Attributable to owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

Other reserves

 

 

 

 


Ordinary shares

Capital

Redemption Reserve

Share option reserve


Pension reserve

 

FX reserve**

Available-for-sale reserve


Retained earnings

 

 

NCI***

 


Total

Year ended 31 December 2017

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

At 1 January 2017 (audited)

103,119

-

2,198

(530)

11,072

(2,500)

35,323

131

148,813

Comprehensive expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

(24,300)

(142)

(24,442)

Other comprehensive items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actuarial loss on defined benefit pension liability *

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(116)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(116)

Realised fair value losses on available-for-sale financial assets

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

2,500

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

2,500

Currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

(4,946)

-

-

11

(4,935)

Total other comprehensive items

-

-

-

(116)

(4,946)

2,500

-

11

(2,551)

Total comprehensive items

-

-

-

(116)

(4,946)

2,500

(24,300)

(131)

(26,993)

Transactions with owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share option charge, excluding accelerated IFRS 2 charge

 

-

 

-

 

666

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

666

Acceleration of IFRS 2 charge for departing management

 

-

 

-

 

3,765

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

3,765

Employer taxes paid on vesting of options

 

-

 

-

 

(21)

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(21)

Share buyback

-

-

-

-

-

-

(21,192)

-

(21,192)

Cancellation of share capital

(10,312)

10,312

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Capital reduction

(55,684)

-

-

-

-

-

55,684

-

-

Special dividend

-

-

-

-

-

-

(53,828)

-

(53,828)

Total transactions with owners

(65,996)

10,312

4,410

-

-

-

(19,336)

-

(70,610)

Total changes in equity

(65,996)

10,312

4,410

(116)

(4,946)

2,500

(43,636)

(131)

(97,603)

At 31 December 2017 (audited)

37,123

10,312

6,608

(646)

6,126

-

(8,313)

-

51,210

  

*              Net of deferred tax

**             Foreign exchange reserve

***           Non-controlling interests, representing stakes not held in Norco, California by the Sportech Group

 

Interim consolidated balance sheet
As at 30 June 2018

 

 

 

As at 30

June
2018 (Unaudited)

Restated

As at 30 June
2017
(Unaudited)

 

As at 31 December
2017
(Audited)

 

Note

£000

£000

£000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Intangible fixed assets

12

12,550

24,132

11,629

Property, plant and equipment

13

25,766

28,584

25,705

Net investment in joint ventures and associates

 

-

1,270

-

Trade and other receivables

14

2,289

2,156

2,443

Deferred tax assets

 

7,259

3,375

6,406

 

 

47,864

59,517

46,183

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

14

11,479

12,303

10,342

Inventories

 

2,609

3,194

2,652

Assets held for sale

 

270

-

778

Available for sale financial assets

 

-

1,180

-

Cash and cash equivalents

15

16,437

78,986

18,757

 

 

30,795

95,663

32,529

TOTAL ASSETS

 

78,659

155,180

78,712

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

16

(16,164)

(17,245)

(16,058)

Provisions

17

(1,050)

(27)

(1,103)

Financial liabilities

 

-

(152)

(175)

Current tax liabilities

 

(7,008)

(13,928)

(7,106)

 

 

(24,222)

(31,352)

(24,442)

Net current assets

 

6,573

64,311

8,087

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Retirement benefit liability

 

(1,345)

(1,284)

(1,537)

Provisions

17

(1,452)

(501)

(1,523)

 

 

(2,797)

(1,785)

(3,060)

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

(27,019)

(33,137)

(27,502)

NET ASSETS

 

51,640

122,043

51,210

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares

 

37,350

92,807

37,123

Other reserves

 

23,532

18,200

22,400

Retained earnings

 

(9,242)

10,890

(8,313)

EQUITY ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWNERS OF THE COMPANY

 

51,640

121,897

51,210

Non-controlling interests

 

-

146

-

TOTAL EQUITY

 

51,640

122,043

51,210

 

 

 

 

 


Interim consolidated statement of cash flows
For the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Restated
Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year

ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

Note

£000

£000

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Net cash from operating activities, before exceptional items

18

2,560

(485)

6,418

Interest received/(paid)

 

41

(316)

(235)

Tax paid

 

(772)

(12,146)

(15,859)

Net cash generated from/(used in) operating activities before exceptional items

 

 

1,829

 

(12,947)

 

(9,676)

Exceptional cash inflows

 

487

3,146

3,685

Exceptional cash outflows

 

(2,051)

(10,449)

(8,391)

Net cash flows from operating activities - continuing operations

 

265

(20,250)

(14,382)

Net cash flows from operating activities - discontinued operations

 

(83)

4,091

(7,114)

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

182

(16,159)

(21,496)

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Investment in joint ventures and associates

 

-

(78)

(173)

Disposal of shares in NYX Gaming Group Limited

 

-

-

2,333

Disposal of Football Pools division

 

-

86,200

86,200

Investment in intangible fixed assets

12

(1,569)

(1,808)

(3,948)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

13

(920)

(6,316)

(6,905)

Net cash flows from investing activities - continuing operations

 

(2,489)

77,998

77,507

Net cash flows from investing activities - discontinued operations

 

(54)

(1,008)

(1,104)

Net cash flows from investing activities

 

(2,543)

76,990

76,403

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Distributions to shareholders

 

-

(21,192)

(75,020)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

-

(21,192)

(75,020)

Net movement in cash and cash equivalents

 

(2,361)

39,639

(20,113)

Exchange (loss)/gain on cash and cash equivalents

 

(96)

(293)

(357)

Net cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

 

19,170

39,640

39,640

Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

16,713

78,986

19,170

Less cash held by asset held for sale

 

(276)

-

(413)

Group cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

16,437

78,986

18,757

 

 

 

 

 

Represented by:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

16,437

78,986

18,757

Less customer funds

 

(3,960)

(2,783)

(2,872)

Adjusted net cash at the end of the period

 

12,477

76,203

15,885

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to the consolidated interim financial statements
For the six months ended 30 June 2018

 

1.      General information
 

Sportech PLC (the "Company") is a company domiciled in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Company's registered office is Collins House, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland EH1 2AA. The condensed consolidated interim financial statements of the Company as at and for the period ended 30 June 2018 comprise the Company, its subsidiaries, joint ventures and associates (together referred to as the "Group"). The Company's accounting interim reference date is 30 June. Consistent with the normal monthly reporting process, the actual date to which the balance sheet has been drawn up is to 2 July 2018 (2017: 3 July 2017). For ease of reference in these condensed interim financial statements, all references to the results for the period are for the period ended 30 June 2018 (2017: 30 June 2017) and the financial position at the same date. The principal activities of the Group are the provision of a tote technology platform to around 300 contracted parties (disclosed as segment "Racing and Digital"), and the operation, in Connecticut and California of licensed sports wagering venues (disclosed as segment "Venues"). Following the US Supreme Court decision to repeal PASPA and allow state regulation of sports betting, the Group has a new targeted market for this new product opportunity, and investment is being made to allow capitalisation of this as regulation allows (disclosed as segment "Sports betting"). 

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved for issue on 21 August 2018.

 

This condensed consolidated interim 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 2017 were approved by the Board of Directors on 23 April 2018 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.

 
These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have not been reviewed or audited.

 

2.      Basis of preparation
 

a.      These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and with IAS 34 'Interim Financial Reporting' as adopted by the European Union. They do not include all the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017 which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union.

 

b.      After making reasonable enquiries, the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the financial statements.

 

c.     The preparation of interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates. In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, significant judgments have been made by management with respect to the assumptions underpinning the Group's tax liabilities, the carrying value of intangible fixed assets, and the carrying value of contingent consideration receivable.

 

Restatement of previous periods

In accordance with IFRS 5, the historic results of Sportech Racing BV, the Venues business in the Netherlands, have been disclosed separately as those arising from a discontinued operation. This is due to the sale of this business to RBP Luxembourg S.A, which completed on 26 July 2018. This business was considered to be an asset held for sale as at 31 December 2017, and accordingly the interim results for the period ended 30 July 2017 have been restated to reflect this.

 

Certain intangible assets were presented within property, plant and equipment as at 30 June 2017 in the previous period. This has been identified and adjusted for. Note that this has no impact on the total non-current assets, net assets or any other financial statement category other than intangible assets and property, plant and equipment for that period. 

 

d.      The principal risks and uncertainties for the Group remain the same as those detailed on page 36 of the 2018 Sportech PLC Annual Report and Accounts, where descriptions of mitigating activities carried out by the Group are also outlined. Those risks include product popularity, technological changes, foreign exchange, and industry competition.

 

3.      Accounting policies

 

The following standards, have been adopted by the Group with effect from 1 January 2018:

 


Standard or interpretation

 


Content


Applicable for financial year beginning on or after

IFRS 15

Revenue from contracts with customers

1 January 2018

IFRS 9

Financial instruments

1 January 2018

 

Following the performance of an impact assessment by management, it was noted that there were considered to be immaterial amendments to the historic accounting treatment of its revenue or financial instruments in ensuring compliance with IFRS 15 or IFRS 9.

 

The following standards, amendments and interpretations that are not yet effective and have not been adopted early by the Group are as follows:


Standard or interpretation

 


Content


Applicable for financial year beginning on or after

IFRS 16

Leases

1 January 2019

 

A review of the impact of IFRS 16 will be performed in the second half of 2018, and an analysis of this impact will be provided in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2018.

Adjusted performance measures

 

The Executive Committee assesses the performance of the operating segments based on a measure of adjusted EBITDA which excludes the effects of non-recurring expenditure such as exceptional items and asset impairment charges. The share option expense is also excluded. Interest is not allocated to segments as the Group's cash position is controlled by the central finance team. This is considered the most reliable indicator as it is the closest approximation to cash generated by underlying trade, excluding the impact of one-off items of a material nature and working capital movements.

 

Adjusted EBITDA is not an IFRS measure, nevertheless it is widely used by both the analyst community to compare with other gaming companies and by management to assess underlying performance.

 

A reconciliation of the adjusted operating expenses used for statutory reporting and the adjusted performance measures is shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Restated

Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)

 

Year

ended

31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Operating costs per income statement

 

(22,553)

(22,484)

(68,065)

Add back:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

13

1,388

1,251

2,740

Amortisation, excluding acquired intangible assets

12

953

725

1,540

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

12

-

140

350

Impairment of intangible assets

12

-

-

12,040

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

13

-

-

874

Share option charge, excluding acceleration of charge for departing management

 

 

660

466

666

Accelerated IFRS 2 charge for departing management

 

-

-

3,765

Fair value losses realised on shares held in NYX Gaming Group

 

-

-

1,603

Exceptional items

7

451

310

5,603

Adjusted operating costs

 

(19,101)

(19,592)

(38,884)

 

Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as below. Note that "other income", i.e. income arising on exceptional items (see note 7) is also excluded from adjusted EBITDA.

 

 

Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Restated

Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)

 

Year

ended

31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

31,580

33,501

66,271

Cost of sales

(8,656)

(9,181)

(18,562)

Gross profit

22,924

24,320

47,709

Marketing and distribution costs

(1,026)

(1,128)

(2,118)

Contribution

21,898

23,192

45,591

Adjusted operating costs

(19,101)

(19,592)

(38,884)

Adjusted EBITDA

2,797

3,600

6,707

 

Adjusted profit is also an adjusted performance measure used by the Group. This uses adjusted EBITDA, as defined above as management's view of the closest proxy to cash generation for underlying divisional performance, and deducting share option charges, depreciation, amortisation of intangible assets (other than those which arise in the acquisition of businesses) and finance charges. This provides an adjusted profit before tax measure, which is then taxed by applying an estimated adjusted tax measure. The adjusted tax charge excludes the tax impact of income statement items not included in adjusted profit before tax.

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

 

 

 

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

2,797

114

2,911

Share option charge

 

 

 

 

(660)

-

(660)

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

(1,388)

(48)

(1,436)

Amortisation

 

 

 

 

(953)

(34)

(987)

Finance income

 

 

 

 

40

-

40

Adjusted (loss)/profit before tax

 

 

 

 

(164)

32

(132)

Tax at (6.0)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

(8)

Adjusted profit after tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

(124)

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2017

 

Year ended 31 December 2017

 

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

 

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

 

£000

£000

£000

Adjusted EBITDA

3,600

5,940

9,540

 

6,707

6,172

12,879

Share option charge

(466)

-

(466)

 

(666)

-

(666)

Depreciation

(1,251)

(115)

(1,366)

 

(2,740)

(179)

(2,919)

Amortisation (excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles)

(725)

(520)

(1,245)

 

(1,540)

(561)

(2,101)

Finance charges

(225)

-

(225)

 

(212)

-

(212)

Adjusted profit before tax

933

5,305

6,238

 

1,549

5,432

6,981

Tax*

 

 

(886)

 

 

 

(1,508)

Adjusted profit after tax

 

 

5,352

 

 

 

5,473

 

* The adjusted tax rate for the six months ended 30 June 2017 is 14.2%, and for the year ended 31 December 2017 is 21.6%.

 

Segmental reporting


Operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the chief operating decision-maker. The chief operating decision-maker, who is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments, has been identified as the Executive Committee, which makes strategic and operational decisions.

 

The Group has identified its business segments as outlined below:

 

-     Sportech Racing and Digital - provision of pari-mutuel wagering services and systems worldwide principally to the horseracing industry;

-     Sportech Venues - off-track betting venue management;

-     Sports betting - investments made to capitalise on regulation of sports betting in the US; and

-     Corporate costs - central costs relating to the Company in its capacity as the holding company of the Group.

 

The Executive Committee assesses the performance of the operating segments based on a measure of adjusted EBITDA as defined in note 4. The share option expense is also excluded. Interest is not allocated to segments as the Group's cash position is controlled by the central finance team. Sales between segments are at arm's length.

 

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2018 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Racing and Digital

 

 

Venues

 

Corporate costs

 

Sports betting

Inter-segment elimination



Group

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue from sale of goods

637

-

-

-

-

637

Revenue from rendering of services

15,928

15,774

-

-

(759)

30,943

Total revenue

16,565

15,774

-

-

(759)

31,580

Cost of sales

(1,930)

(7,485)

-

-

759

(8,656)

Gross profit

14,635

8,289

-

-

-

22,924

Marketing and distribution costs

(388)

(638)

-

-

-

(1,026)

Contribution

14,247

7,651

-

-

-

21,898

Adjusted operating expenses

(10,973)

(6,565)

(1,073)

(490)

-

(19,101)

Adjusted EBITDA

3,274

1,086

(1,073)

(490)

-

2,797

Share option charge

-

-

(660)

-

-

(660)

Depreciation

(838)

(537)

(13)

-

-

(1,388)

Amortisation (excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles)

 

(837)

 

-

 

(116)

 

-

 

-

 

(953)

Exceptional costs

(48)

(40)

(363)

-

-

(451)

Operating profit/(loss)

1,551

509

(2,225)

(490)

-

(655)

Net finance income

 

 

 

 

 

53

Loss before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

(602)

Taxation

 

 

 

 

 

28

Loss from continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

(574)

Net loss from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

(355)

Loss for the period                        

 

 

 

 

 

(929)

Other segment items

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditure - intangible fixed assets

1,569

-

-

-

-

1,569

Capital expenditure - property, plant and equipment

 

646

 

274

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

920

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               


 

 

 

Six months ended 30 June 2017 (Unaudited) (Restated)*

 

 

 

Racing and Digital

 

 

Venues

 

Corporate costs

 

Sports

betting

Inter-segment elimination



Group

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue from sale of goods

660

-

-

-

-

660

Revenue from rendering of services

16,944

16,374

-

-

(477)

32,841

Total revenue

17,604

16,374

-

-

(477)

33,501

Cost of sales

(1,714)

(7,837)

-

-

370

(9,181)

Gross profit

15,890

8,537

-

-

(107)

24,320

Marketing and distribution costs

(452)

(676)

-

-

-

(1,128)

Contribution

15,438

7,861

-

-

(107)

23,192

Adjusted operating expenses

(11,570)

(6,382)

(1,747)

-

107

(19,592)

Adjusted EBITDA

3,868

1,479

(1,747)

-

-

3,600

Share option charge

-

-

(466)

-

-

(466)

Depreciation

(827)

(374)

(50)

-

-

(1,251)

Amortisation (excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles)

 

(673)

 

-

 

(52)

 

-

 

-

 

(725)

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(140)

-

-

-

-

(140)

Exceptional costs

(32)

(32)

(166)

(80)

-

(310)

Operating profit/(loss)

2,196

1,073

(2,481)

(80)

-

708

Net finance charges

 

 

 

 

 

(869)

Share of loss after tax of joint ventures

 

 

 

 

 

(159)

Loss before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

(320)

Taxation

 

 

 

 

 

53

Loss from continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

(267)

Net loss from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

(2,974)

Loss for the period                        

 

 

 

 

 

(3,241)

Other segment items

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditure - intangible fixed assets

1,731

-

77

-

-

1,808

Capital expenditure - property, plant and equipment

 

785

 

5,509

 

22

 

-

 

-

 

6,316

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

 

Year ended 31 December 2017 (Audited) (Restated)*

 

 

 

Racing and Digital

 

 

Venues

 

Corporate costs

 

Sports

betting

Inter-segment elimination



Group

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

Revenue from sale of goods

1,389

-

-

-

(4)

1,385

Revenue from rendering of services

34,080

31,606

-

-

(800)

64,886

Total revenue

35,469

31,606

-

-

(804)

66,271

Cost of sales

(4,335)

(14,760)

-

-

533

(18,562)

Gross profit

31,134

16,846

-

-

(271)

47,709

Marketing and distribution costs

(754)

(1,364)

-

-

-

(2,118)

Contribution

30,380

15,482

-

-

(271)

45,591

Adjusted operating expenses

(22,672)

(13,985)

(2,498)

-

271

(38,884)

Adjusted EBITDA

7,708

1,497

(2,498)

-

-

6,707

Share option charge, excluding acceleration of charge for departing management

 

-

 

-

 

(666)

 

-

 

-

 

(666)

Depreciation

(1,738)

(928)

(74)

-

-

(2,740)

Amortisation (excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles)

 

(1,400)

 

-

 

(140)

-

 

-

 

(1,540)

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(350)

-

-

-

-

(350)

Impairment of assets

-

(12,914)

-

-

-

(12,914)

Acceleration of IFRS 2 charge for departing management

 

-

 

-

 

(3,765)

 

-

 

-

 

(3,765)

Fair value losses realised on sale of shares held in NYX Gaming Group

 

-

 

(1,603)

 

-

-

 

-

 

(1,603)

Exceptional income

-

-

827

-

-

827

Exceptional costs

(1,701)

(1,480)

(2,268)

(154)

-

(5,603)

Operating profit/(loss)

2,519

(15,428)

(8,584)

(154)

-

(21,647)

Net finance charges

 

 

 

 

 

(19)

Share of loss after tax of joint ventures

 

 

 

 

 

(1,484)

Loss before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

(23,150)

Taxation

 

 

 

 

 

230

Loss from continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

(22,920)

Net loss from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

(1,522)

Loss for the period                        

 

 

 

 

 

(24,442)

Other segment items

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditure - intangible fixed assets

3,891

-

57

-

-

3,948

Capital expenditure - property, plant and equipment

 

1,281

 

5,608

 

16

 

-

 

-

 

6,905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

* Segmental results for 2017 periods have been restated to present any items attributable to the Group's new fourth segment, "Sports betting". Those costs in 2017 were solely costs of lobbying the State of Connecticut for expanded gaming. The comparative operating costs for 2018 have been presented within adjusted operating expenses.

 

4.      Expenses by nature

 

 

 

 

Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Restated

Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


 

Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

 

£000

£000

Cost of sales

 

 

 

 

Tote and track fees

 

5,526

6,232

12,166

F&B consumables

 

705

486

1,322

Betting and gaming duties

 

363

231

480

Repairs and maintenance cost of sales

 

169

176

402

Ticket paper

 

392

451

855

Programs

 

275

261

472

Outsourced service costs

 

885

889

1,605

Cost of inventories sold, including provision for obsolete inventory

 

341

455

1,260

Total cost of sales

 

8,656

9,181

18,562

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing and distribution costs

 

 

 

 

Marketing

 

784

837

1,664

Vehicle costs

 

112

157

234

Freight

 

130

134

220

Total marketing and distribution costs

 

1,026

1,128

2,118

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating costs

 

 

 

 

Staff costs - gross, excluding share option charges

 

13,639

14,403

28,562

Less amounts capitalised

 

(1,047)

(1,099)

(3,026)

Staff costs - net

 

12,592

13,304

25,536

Property costs

 

2,562

2,645

5,454

IT & Communications

 

657

667

1,351

Professional fees

 

2,040

1,823

3,249

Travel and entertaining

 

679

765

1,524

Banking transaction costs and FX

 

163

77

271

Provision for doubtful debts

 

-

-

762

Other costs

 

408

311

737

Total adjusted operating costs

 

19,101

19,592

38,884

 

5.      Exceptional items

 

 

 


 

Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)


Restated

Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Restated

Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Exceptional costs:

 

 

 

 

Redundancy and restructuring costs in respect of the rationalisation and

 

 

 

 

modernisation of the business

 

251

-

2,291

Onerous contract provisions and other losses resulting from exit from Californian operations

 

-

-

2,740

Compensation received in relation to 2016 New Jersey data outage

 

-

-

(45)

Costs in relation to the Spot the Ball legal case

 

160

-

-

Licencing costs in New Jersey in respect of the acquisition of Sportech Racing

 

-

90

110

One off start up costs of new ventures, including new venue builds and joint ventures

 

40

90

390

Earn out and similar costs required to be recognised as an expense

 

-

50

74

Release of provisions which did not arise during period of Sportech ownership

 

-

-

(261)

Professional fees associated with new remuneration arrangements approved by shareholders

 

-

-

150

Costs of lobbying the State of Connecticut for expanded gaming and enforcement of exclusive licence

 

-

80

154

 

 

451

310

5,603

Exceptional income:

 

 

 

 

Net gain on successful outcome of Supreme Court Spot the Ball ruling

 

-

-

(827)

 

 

 

 

 

Net exceptional costs

 

451

310

4,776

 

 

6.      Net finance income/(charges)

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)


Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

£000

£000

£000

Finance income/(charges):

 

 

 

Interest payable on bank loans and overdrafts

-

(225)

(159)

Interest earned on cash balances held

40

-

-

Interest on defined benefit pension obligation

-

-

(53)

Total finance costs

40

(225)

(212)

Other finance income/(charges):

 

 

 

Foreign exchange (loss)/gain on financial assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currency

 

(25)

 

(684)

 

97

Unwinding of interest on discounted non-current liabilities

38

40

96

Total other financial income/(charges)

13

(644)

193

Net finance income/(charges)

53

(869)

(19)

 

7.      Taxation

 

Taxation is provided based on management's best estimate of the expected weighted average annual taxation rate for the full year. The estimated weighted average annual tax rate for the year ended 31 December 2017 is 1.2% (2017: (1.0)%). The movement is a result of a change in mix of profits/(losses) in jurisdictions with varying tax rates.

 

 Profit/(loss) from discontinued operations

 

Results from discontinued operations includes the Football Pools division, disposed of in June 2017, and also the Venues business in The Netherlands, Sportech Racing BV and its subsidiaries ("Sportech Holland"). Sportech Holland was disposed of in full on 26 July 2018 and is considered to be a held for sale asset as at the reporting date. The sale of this business to RBP Luxembourg SA was structured as a locked box, with an effective date of 1 January 2018. The risks and benefits of its cash generation are therefore transferred to the purchaser from that date. Control of the entity did not however transfer until completion of the deal on 26 July 2018, and accordingly its results have been included in the six months ended 30 June 2018 as those of a discontinued operation.

 

 

 

 

Six months ended June 2018 (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

FP*

Holland

Total

 

 

 

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

 

 

 

 

-

2,631

2,631

Cost of sales, marketing and distribution and adjusted operating (expenses)/income

 

 

 

 

46

(2,562)

(2,516)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

46

69

115

Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

 

 

-

(82)

(82)

Exceptional costs

 

 

 

 

-

(461)

(461)

Tax, excluding tax arising on disposal

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

Profit after tax

 

 

 

 

46

(474)

(428)

Gain on disposal (note 10a)

 

 

 

 

73

-

73

Net result from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

119

(474)

(355)

 

Exceptional costs incurred in the period by Sportech Holland are redundancy and restructuring costs in respect of a rationalisation of this business. 

 

 

Six months ended June 2017 (unaudited)

 

Year ended 31 December 2017 (audited)

 

FP*

Holland

Total

 

FP*

Holland

Total

 

£000

£000

£000

 

£000

£000

£000

Revenue

13,971

2,914

16,885

 

13,971

6,038

20,009

Cost of sales, marketing and distribution and adjusted operating expenses

(8,226)

(2,719)

(10,945)

 

(8,226)

(5,611)

(13,837)

Adjusted EBITDA

5,745

195

5,940

 

5,745

427

6,172

Depreciation and amortisation

(523)

(112)

(635)

 

(523)

(216)

(739)

Exceptional items

(258)

-

(258)

 

917

(37)

880

Profit before tax

4,964

83

5,047

 

6,139

174

6,313

Tax, excluding tax arising on disposal

(1,067)

-

(1,067)

 

632

-

632

Profit after tax

3,897

83

3,980

 

6,771

174

6,945

Loss on disposal (note 10a)

(6,954)

-

(6,954)

 

(8,467)

-

(8,467)

Net result from discontinued operations

(3,057)

83

(2,974)

 

(1,696)

174

(1,522)

* Football Pools results for 2017 are to the date of disposal of 26 June 2017.

 

10a) Gain/(loss) on disposal is calculated as follows in respect of the Football Pools. As the sale of Holland did not complete until after the reporting date, no gain/loss on disposal has been recognised in these financial statements in respect of that disposal. This will be reflected in the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2018.

 

 

Six months ended June 2018 (unaudited)

Six months ended June 2017 (unaudited)

Year ended 31 December 2017 (audited)

 

£000

£000

£000

Consideration, net of working capital adjustments

73

86,549

86,149

Net assets disposed of

-

(3,124)

(3,124)

Goodwill relating to the Football Pools division

-

(81,849)

(81,849)

Transaction costs incurred in the year

-

(2,135)

(3,248)

Pre-tax gain/(loss) on disposal

73

(559)

(2,072)

Tax arising on disposal

-

(6,395)

(6,395)

Gain/(loss) on disposal

73

(6,954)

(8,467)

 

8.     (Loss)/earnings per share


 


Six months ended
30 June 2018
(Unaudited)


Six months ended
30 June 2017
(Unaudited)


Year ended

31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

Basic EPS

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

(Loss)/profit for the period (£000)

 

(574)

 

(355)

 

(929)

 

(267)

 

(2,974)

 

(3,241)

 

(22,778)

 

(1,522)

 

(24,300)

Weighted average no of shares

 

186,029

 

186,029

 

186,029

 

194,581

 

194,581

 

194,581

 

190,135

 

190,135

 

190,135

Basic EPS

(0.3)p

(0.2)p

(0.5)p

(1.5)p

(1.7)p

(12.0)p

(0.8)p

(12.8)p

                     

 


 


Six months ended
30 June 2018
(Unaudited)


Six months ended
30 June 2017
(Unaudited)


Year ended

31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

Diluted EPS

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

Continuing

Discontinued

Total

(Loss)/profit for the period (£000)

 

(565)

 

(355)

 

(920)

 

(267)

 

(2,974)

 

(3,241)

 

(22,778)

 

(1,522)

 

(24,300)

Weighted average no of shares

 

186,029

 

186,029

 

186,029

 

194,581

 

194,581

 

194,581

 

190,135

 

190,135

 

190,135

Dilutive potential ordinary shares

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Total potential ordinary shares

 

186,029

 

186,029

 

186,029

 

194,581

 

194,581

 

194,581

 

190,135

 

190,135

 

190,135

Diluted EPS

(0.3)p

(0.2)p

(0.5)p

(1.5)p

(1.7)p

(12.0)p

(0.8)p

(12.8)p

                     

 

Adjusted EPS

 

Adjusted EPS is calculated by dividing the adjusted profit after tax attributable to owners of the Company, as defined in note 4, by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Restated
Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)

Restated
Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

Adjusted profit before tax

4

(124)

5,352

5,473

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Adjusted EPS (pence)

 

(0.1)p

2.8p

2.9p

Diluted Adjusted EPS (pence)

 

(0.1)p

2.8p

2.9p

           

 

9.     Intangible fixed assets

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)


Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

£000

£000

£000

At 1 January

11,629

27,833

27,833

Additions - continuing operations

1,569

1,808

3,948

Additions - discontinued operations

-

952

1,032

Disposals - continuing operations

-

-

(11)

Disposals - discontinued operations

-

(5,288)

(5,029)

Transfer from property, plant and equipment

-

-

221

Amortisation charge for period - continuing operations

(953)

(865)

(1,890)

Amortisation charge for period - discontinued operations

-

(520)

(561)

Impairment

-

-

(12,040)

Movement as a result of foreign exchange

305

212

(1,874)

Net book amount at end of period

12,550

24,132

11,629

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)


Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

£000

£000

£000

At 1 January

25,705

26,182

26,182

Additions - continuing operations

920

6,316

6,905

Additions - discontinued operations

-

56

72

Disposals - discontinued operations

-

(720)

(1,063)

Transfer to intangible assets

-

-

(221)

Depreciation charge for period - continuing operations

(1,388)

(1,251)

(2,740)

Depreciation charge for period - discontinued operations

-

(115)

(178)

Impairment

-

-

(874)

Movement as a result of foreign exchange

529

(1,884)

(2,378)

Net book amount at end of period

25,766

28,584

25,705

 

 

 

 

 

10.  Trade and other receivables

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)


Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

£000

£000

£000

Non-current

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

660

609

897

Contingent consideration receivable from disposal of Sportech-NYX Gaming, LLC

1,629

1,547

1,546

Total non-current trade and other receivables

2,289

2,156

2,443

Current

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

11,479

12,303

10,342

Total trade and other receivables

13,768

14,459

12,785

 

Contingent consideration receivable relates to that due on the 2015 disposal of Sportech-NYX Gaming, LLC to NYX Gaming Group Limited. This amount is payable as CAD $1.0m for each customer that goes live on the NYX Real Money Wagering Platform in the US, its territories and Commonwealth, Canada and all sovereign Indian Nations in these countries prior to 28 May 2020, up to a maximum of CAD $3.0m. Management continue to believe that NYX will acquire at least three customers to the relevant platform by this date, and therefore continue to recognise the contingent consideration in full (discounted to today's value at a rate of 8.3%). Movements on this receivable in the reporting period include unwinding this discount, plus exchange rate movements, given the consideration receivable is denominated in CAD.

 

11.  Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)

Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

Note

£000

£000

£000

Cash and short-term deposits

 

12,477

76,203

15,885

Customer funds

16

3,960

2,783

2,872

Total cash and cash equivalents

 

16,437

78,986

18,757

 

Customer funds are matched by liabilities of an equal value within trade and other payables (see note 16).

 

Included within cash and short-term deposits as at 30 June 2018 are amounts held in tills and vaults and other estimated amounts required by the Group to fund day to day working capital commitments totalling approximately £2.5m.

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

 

Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)

Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

Note

£000

£000

£000

Trade payables

 

6,014

7,560

5,356

Other taxes and social security costs

 

157

2,045

435

Accruals

 

5,825

4,728

7,107

Deferred income

 

208

129

288

Player liability

15

3,960

2,783

2,872

Total trade and other payables

 

16,164

17,245

16,058

 

12.  Provisions

 

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Restated
Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

 

£000

£000

£000

At beginning of period

 

2,626

558

558

Net charge to income statement, excluding releases of provisions which did not arise during period of Sportech ownership

 

 

-

 

-

 

2,553

Reclassification of provision for doubtful debts

 

-

-

(125)

Utilised during the period

 

(186)

-

-

Unwinding of discount on non-current provisions

 

7

-

-

Release of provisions which did not arise during period of Sportech ownership

 

-

-

(261)

Reclassification as held for sale asset

 

-

-

(30)

Currency movements

 

54

(30)

(69)

Total provisions

 

2,501

528

2,626

Provisions are in relation to:

 

 

 

 

Current provisions

 

 

 

 

Onerous contracts

 

1,050

-

1,103

Other

 

-

27

-

Total current provisions

 

1,050

27

1,103

Non-current provisions

 

 

 

 

Onerous contracts

 

1,338

112

1,411

Other

 

114

389

112

Total non-current provisions

 

1,452

501

1,523

 

 

 

 

 

 13.  Cash flow from operating activities


Reconciliation of (loss)/profit before taxation to cash flows from operating activities for continuing operations

 

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)

Restated
Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

£000

£000

£000

(Loss)/profit before taxation - continuing operations

(602)

(320)

(23,150)

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Net exceptional items

451

310

4,776

Realised loss on sale of shares in NYX Gaming Group

-

-

1,603

Share of loss after tax and impairment of joint ventures and associates

-

159

1,484

Depreciation and amortisation

2,341

2,116

4,630

Impairment of assets

-

-

12,914

Net finance (income)/charges

(53)

869

19

Acceleration of IFRS 2 charge for departing management

-

-

3,765

Share option expense

660

466

666

Employers' taxes paid on options vested

(67)

(21)

(21)

Changes in working capital:

 

 

 

(Increase)/decrease in trade and other receivables

(1,556)

(2,090)

1,099

Decrease/(increase) in inventories

122

(842)

(177)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables, excluding player liabilities

176

(1,087)

(939)

Movement in customer funds

1,088

(45)

(251)

Net cash from operating activities of continuing operations, before exceptional items

2,560

(485)

6,418

 

14.  Related party transactions

 

The extent of transactions with related parties of the Group and the nature of the relationship with them are summarised below.

 
a. Key management compensation is disclosed below:

 

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)


Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

 

£000

£000

£000

Short-term employee benefits

 

511

842

1,438

Consultancy fees

 

174

-

146

Share-based payments

 

164

239

373

Accelerated IFRS 2 charge for departing management

 

-

-

3,567

Pay in lieu of notice

 

-

-

964

Post-employment benefits

 

5

1

51

Total

 

854

1,082

6,539

 

b. The Group invested the following amounts of cash into each of its joint ventures and associates during the period:

 

 


Six months ended
30 June
2018
(Unaudited)


Six months ended
30 June
2017
(Unaudited)


Year
ended 31 December 2017
(Audited)

 

 

£000

£000

£000

S&S Venues California, LLC

 

-

78

173

Total

 

-

78

173

 

Statement of Directors' responsibilities

 

The Directors confirm that these condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 as adopted by the European Union and that the Interim Management Report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R and DTR 4.2.8R, namely:

 

·      an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

·      material related party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last Annual Report and Accounts.

 

A list of current Directors of Sportech PLC is maintained on the Sportech PLC website: www.sportechplc.com.

 

On behalf of the Board

 

 

Andrew Gaughan                                 Tom Hearne

Chief Executive                                     Chief Financial Officer

21 August 2018                                    21 August 2018   


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