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Gateley (Holdings) PLC
14 January 2020
 

14 January 2020

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

 

Gateley (Holdings) Plc

 

("Gateley", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Half Year Results for the six months ended 31 October 2019

 

Increased breadth and depth delivering strong first half performance

 

Gateley (AIM:GTLY), the legal and professional services group, is pleased to announce its unaudited results for the six months ended 31 October 2019 ("the Period"), demonstrating a strong performance with double digit growth in profitability and revenue.

Financial Highlights

·

Revenue increased by 11.8% (10.5% organic) to £51.8m (H1 19: £46.4m)

·

Revenue derived 93.7% from legal and 6.3% from non-legal services (H1 19: 94.8%, 5.2%)

·

Profit before tax increased by 10.2% to £5.5m (H1 19: £5.0m)

·

Profit after tax increased by 12.0% to £4.4m (H1 19: £3.9m)

·

Basic EPS increased by 10.11% to 3.92p (H1 19: 3.56p), underlying fully diluted EPS increased by 8.75% to 4.60p (H1 19: 4.23p) *

·

Strong cash generation from operations of £6.3m (H1 19: £4.3m)

·

Robust balance sheet, net assets increased £7.9m to £31.0m (H1 19: £23.1m) and net debt down £6m to £2.1m (H1 19: £8.2m)

·

Proposed interim dividend up 11.5% to 2.9p per share (H1 19: 2.6p)

* Underlying fully diluted EPS excludes share based payment charges, amortisation and exceptional items. It also adjusts for the future weighted average number of expected unissued shares from granted but unexercised share option schemes in issue based on a share price at the end of the financial year (note 5)

 

Operational Highlights

·

Further investment in driving organic growth with average fee earning staff increasing by 21.9% to 673 (H1 19: 552) and average total staff increasing by 15.2% to 998 (H1 19: 866)

·

Total staff as at the date of this announcement of 1,038 (H1 19: 928)

·

New five-year Orderly Market Agreement in place covering the period from June 2020 to June 2025

·

New staff Long Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP"), replacing the previous Stock Appreciation Rights Scheme ("SARS") and providing both long-term incentives and clarity on potential dilution

·

Two complementary acquisitions completed:

- Persona Associates Limited, land referencing consultants, in July 2019

- T-three Group, human capital consultants, in December 2019

·

Awarded UK Law firm of the year 2019 at the British Legal Business Awards

 

Michael Ward, CEO of Gateley, said:

 

"The Board is pleased with the Group's first half performance, delivering another strong set of results and reflecting our broad, well-balanced service offering and our ability to both expand and invest for the long-term benefit of the Group's stakeholders. Investment in our staff complement continues, with employee headcount now exceeding 1,000. As we grow, we continue to support our employee aspirations through both exciting career progression opportunities in an expanding business together with the delivery of meaningful shareholdings being achieved via our range of share schemes. 

 

"Exceeding our client's expectations remains at the forefront of our service ethos and true to our culture and beliefs. We believe the Group is well placed to continue to expand. We remain confident that the business is well positioned to deliver in line with market expectations for the full year."

 

Enquiries:

 

Gateley (Holdings) Plc

 

Neil Smith, Finance Director

Tel: +44 (0) 121 234 0196

Nick Smith, Acquisitions Director and Head of Investor Relations

Tel +44 (0) 20 7653 1665

Cara Zachariou, Head of Corporate Communications

Tel +44 (0) 121 234 0074

Mob: +44 (0) 7703 684 946

 

 

finnCap - Nominated adviser and broker

Tel +44 (0) 20 7220 0575

Matt Goode / James Thompson (Corporate Finance)

 

Andrew Burdis (ECM)

 

 

 

N+1 Singer - Joint broker

Tel +44 (0) 20 7496 3000

Richard Lindley / Peter Steel (Corporate Finance)

 

Rachel Hayes (Corporate Broking)

 

 

 

Belvedere Communications Limited - Financial PR

 

Cat Valentine ([email protected])

Mob: +44 (0) 7715 769 078

Keeley Clarke ([email protected])

Mob: +44 (0) 7967 816 525

 

About us

 

Gateley is a legal and professional services group.  Founded in Birmingham in 1808, we have provided commercial legal services to individuals and businesses for over 200 years.

 

We have over 700 professional advisers and employ over 1,000 people across offices located in Belfast, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading and Dubai.

 

In 2015, we were the first commercial UK law firm to list on the London Stock Exchange's AIM Market. Our strategy is to differentiate ourselves in a crowded marketplace, incentivise our people to retain and attract the best talent in the industry and diversify our income streams by acquiring complementary business services.

 

 For further details on Gateley Plc please visit www.gateleyplc.com or follow us on Twitter

 www.twitter.com/@GateleyPLC.

 

Chief Executive Officer's Review

Introduction

 

I am delighted with the performance of our legal and professional services group in the first half of the financial year, where not only has our core legal services business performed well but we have continued to seize opportunities to invest for future growth through further expanding our staff complement and diversifying our income streams through two more strategic acquisitions.

 

Persona Associates Limited (Persona) and T-three Group Limited (T-three) have joined the Gateley Group since our last year end.  I'm confident they have widened our go-to-market options and strengthened two previous non-legal acquisitions, those of Gateley Hamer Limited (Hamer) and Kiddy and Partners (Kiddy). I expect both new businesses to enhance the delivery capabilities of all our previous acquisitions and importantly our legal service lines by offering choice and opportunity to clients through the creation of two very unique business offerings in attractive markets with exciting prospects.

 

As we approach our fifth year on AIM, having been the first UK commercial law firm to take the bold step of changing our business structure to enhance the opportunities available to the Group I am pleased to be handing the CEO role of the business over to Rod Waldie at a time of exciting opportunity in the legal and professional services market.  During our time on AIM clients, investors and staff have all benefitted from our strong performance that has seen us grow turnover and profits by over 70%, double our share price and provide even further diversification away from being just a purely legal services business.  The transition to Rod's leadership was announced in July 2019 and I'm pleased to say that the business is on course to effect a smooth transition from 1 May of this year. Succession planning is an important part of Gateley's corporate governance and is key to ensuring that the prosperity and collaborative culture of the business is maintained over the long term. 

 

We pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking business, which provides straight-talking advice to a wide range of clients and delivers sustainable profitable growth and income returns to our shareholders.

 

Financial Results

 

Our strategy and cultural advantage continues to deliver growth in revenue, profit and cash generation.  Our diverse revenue streams have grown by 11.8% in the Period, predominantly organically, whilst profit before tax increased by 10.2% and profit after tax by 12.0%.  Strong cash generation has resulted in net debt at 31 October 2019 of £2.1m, the lowest level since admission to AIM.  Our investment in recruitment and branding provides an ever-stronger base from which to move forward as a team. We strengthen and build our national teams carefully, investigating each business and investment case and also ensuring a good cultural fit. 

 

The strength in depth of our core legal business creates appealing opportunities across many business types and sectors.  Whilst transactional activity levels across Corporate, Banking and Financial Services  and Property segments remain significant, our long-established expertise in Employment and Business Services, such as litigation and dispute resolution work, has produced significant returns against a backdrop of a challenging property market and unprecedented political uncertainty. The strength of our connections nationally, across boardrooms and intermediaries, and our reputation for quality teams with a genuine focus on client service, result in repeat instructions across many sectors. 

 

The Board is committed to maintaining a progressive dividend policy and is pleased to declare a further increase of 11.5% in the level of the interim dividend to 2.9 pence per ordinary share (H1 19: 2.6 pence). The interim dividend will be paid on 31 March 2020 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 21 February 2020. The ex-dividend date will be 20 February 2020.

 

Operational Review

 

It was extremely pleasing to see Gateley win the 2019 UK Law firm of the year at the British Legal Business Awards in November 2019.  In addition we once again topped the Experian MarketIQ league tables, as the leading legal deal advisor in the UK based on volume, and received recognition through numerous regional and national corporate awards.

 

In the Period we saw significant growth in our fee earning staff, ending the period at record levels. We established a Private Wealth team operating nationally out of London, and expanded our regional Housebuilding practice across the UK. We bolstered our Corporate team in London and added strategic Real Estate expertise in growing office locations in Leicester and Leeds. The reach of our litigation and restructuring legal teams was also expanded during the Period with work predominately sourced from overseas, where expertise in the UK legal system is a priority for clients.

 

We recruited five new partners in the Period and promoted six staff members to partner, demonstrating the ongoing attractiveness of Gateley to partners wishing to develop or establish long term careers with us. Our team approach to sharing clients and opportunities, enhanced by our non-legal complementary businesses, remains a significant draw at the top end of the recruitment market. Whilst growth generated from laterally recruited partners can sometimes create a temporary lag in activity and ultimately fees, due to individual's restrictive covenants or the time it takes for new partners' former clients to change legal service provider, we remain confident of the robustness in our take-on procedures to ensure our recruits are the right long-term cultural fit.

 

Our existing share schemes are now delivering tangible benefits to staff as reward for their loyalty and performance.  Our second Stock Appreciation Rights Scheme ("SARS") vested on 1 October 2019, resulting in over 0.9m additional new shares (net of tax liabilities) being awarded to partner level staff whilst our first SAYE scheme vested on 1 October 2019, delivering a 70% return on staff investments resulting in 0.8m shares being received across all staff levels.  Our initial middle management CSOP reward scheme matured on 20 December 2019, this scheme is aimed at beginning the shareholding journey of our dedicated junior lawyers, professionals and management level support staff, which will also provide meaningful returns for the hard work of staff over the last three years.

 

As announced on 17 October 2019, the Group has also introduced a new five-year Orderly Market Agreement that will commence at the end of the current five-year agreement on 8 June 2020 and expire on 8 June 2025.  We remain focused on investing in the right people to join the Gateley team and our plc status supports this by providing an attractive alternative to traditional law firm ownership models. A new Long-Term Incentive Plan ("LTIP") has also been introduced to replace our existing SARS, creating greater alignment to the profit performance of the Group and greater clarity over the impact of dilution going forward. 

 

We have committed to a new ten-year lease on our second largest office, Manchester and will shortly be relocating our 90+ strong Guildford team to larger nearby offices to facilitate further expansion of services across the south of England, also on a ten-year lease. We have taken office space back from a long-standing sub-tenant in Paternoster Square, London due to the continued growth of the office, including the facilitation of London bases for Kiddy, Hamer and Capitus.  Our existing London base provides niche service lines and acts as a gateway for our national and international clients.

 

Acquisitions

 

Our acquisition strategy focuses on niche businesses which can complement our core legal services offering. All our acquisitions to date have been in growth phase, with their owners seeking the right business partner to enhance the next stage of their growth and provide a platform for integrated expansion.  Our established culture and national network help achieve this.  Our wide and diverse client base continues to benefit from the added value services provided by our enlarged legal and professional services group.  We have this year focused on expanding two of our established acquisitions, Hamer and Kiddy, by acquiring the strategically aligned and established businesses of Persona and T-three.

 

We were delighted to welcome the Persona team on board at the end of July 2019. Persona and Hamer have worked together on a number of long-term projects in recent years, and there are many synergies that will benefit clients. There is also an opportunity for Persona to develop within our Property group, as Hamer has done in the last three years, and we look forward to supporting its future development in line with our growth plans.

 

More recently, in December 2019, we were delighted to welcome the T-three team to our growing Group. We see huge potential from the expansion of our Human Capital consultancy services, as T-three and Kiddy complement each other's strengths.  Both businesses sit within our Employment, Pensions and Benefits group.

 

All our acquisitions have been immediately earnings enhancing.

 

Current trading and outlook

 

Opportunities for growth continue to present themselves and the Board strongly believes that the potential remains to broaden our proposition for our clients and investors.  We continue to strive to enhance our offering for the benefit of all stakeholders and build upon our proven reputation and track record for the delivery of a quality service, and strong revenue and profit growth with high levels of cash generation.

 

As we approach the end of our first five years on AIM, I am pleased with how the business has performed and delivered on its to commitments to staff, clients and investors.  The Board remains confident that Gateley is well positioned to deliver a performance for the full year in line with market expectations.

 

 

Michael Ward

CEO

14 January 2020

 

Finance Director's Review

 

Financial Highlights

 

Revenue for the period increased by 11.8% to £51.8m (H1 19: £46.4m) of which organic growth was 10.5%. Revenue from the Group's core legal services was £48.6m (H1 19 £44.0m) and from non-legal services was £3.2m (H1 19 £2.4m). Following the acquisition of T-three in December 2019, non-legal revenues are anticipated to generate not less than £14m in the year to 30 April 2020. The Group continues to demonstrate annual revenue and profit growth, whilst actively seeking opportunities for greater strategic expansion.  Headcount once again increased to meet client demand and we continue to attract senior (revenue generating) hires. We have secured a number of good own commercial property deals in Manchester and Guildford that will increase our operational capacity and reduce cash outflow over the medium-term.

 

Our strong performance in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity have been complemented by growth in our revenues from Employment, Pensions and Benefits and Business Services.  Kiddy continues to perform well and will be further complemented following the acquisition of T-three in December 2019. Cross-selling remains a primary focus across all our business lines and our diversification across complementary services continues to create opportunities across the Group. Against the backdrop of a more generally uncertain commercial property market during 2019 our Property group has demonstrated marginal revenue growth of 1.5% during the period which we believe outperforms the wider market and follows a strong performance during the equivalent H1 19 period.  Gateley is well placed to take advantage of opportunities at both regional and national level in the UK's construction, property development and housing markets which rely upon long-term specialist legal support. Our acquisition of Persona, which specialises in land referencing consultancy also gives us much earlier visibility on long term infrastructure projects.

 

Total expenses increased by 10.9% to £45.9m (H1 19: £41.4m) due to continued organic expansion across services lines and geographical locations to meet growing client demand and service delivery aspirations, staying ahead of technology advancements and capitalising on the significant opportunities being created. Growth in expenses has been driven mainly by the expansion in staff numbers.  Average numbers of legal and professional staff rose by 21.9% to 673 (H1 19: 552) whilst support staff numbers rose 3.5% to 325 (H1 19: 314).  Personnel costs, including increased share-based payment charges, rose by 10.5% from £29.5m to £32.5m.  However, personnel costs as a percentage of fees reduced to 62.8% of revenue from 63.5% in H1 19. Excluding share-based payment charges, staff costs also fell to 61.8% of revenue from 62.7% in H1 19. 

 

Other operating expenses increased by 11.6% to £13.5m (H1 19: £12.1m). This increase was predominately due to £0.4m of Kiddy operating costs as H1 20 includes six months of trading compared with four months in H1 19, £0.1m of costs from four months of overheads following the acquisition of Persona, together with planned overhead expenditure on information technology (£0.5m), rebranding (£0.2m), and increased travel and accommodation costs (£0.1m) together with an increase in marketing activity in H1 19 compared to the same period last year (£0.1m).

 

Profit before tax (PBT) of £5.5m increased by 10.2% from £5.0m resulting in a PBT margin of 10.7% (H1 19: 10.8%). 

 

Earnings Per Share

 

Basic earnings per share increased by 10.11% to 3.92p (H1 19: 3.56p). Underlying diluted earnings per share increased by 8.75% to 4.60p (HY 19: 4.23p).

 

Taxation

 

The effective rate of taxation on profit on ordinary activities was 21.1% (HY 19: 22.4%).  The deferred taxation liability carried forward at H1 20 was £0.6m (H1 19: £0.6m). The Group has made payments on account of tax totalling £1.7m in the period (H1 19: £1.4m).

 

Dividend

 

The Board's dividend policy reflects the strong long-term cash generation and earnings potential of the Group, distributing up to 70% of profit after tax (PAT) each year to shareholders.  The Board proposes an interim dividend of 2.9p (H1 19: 2.6p) per share that will be paid on 31 March 2020 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 21 February 2020.  The shares will go ex-dividend on 20 February 2020.  This ensures shareholders' dividend growth is in line with PAT growth of 12.0% (H1 19: 18.0%).

 

Acquisitions

 

Persona was acquired for an initial consideration of £0.4m rising to a maximum of £0.45m following the successful relocation of this Horsham based land referencing consultancy and its staff to our new Guildford office.  T-three was acquired after the period end for an initial consideration of £3.17m rising to a maximum £4.07m based on performance over the next two full financial years ending April 2021 and 2022. 

 

Net assets and net debt

 

The Group net asset position has increased by £7.9m to £31.0m (HY 19: 23.1m) due to the following movements:

 

·

£1.3m increase in non-current assets due to intangible assets

·

£4.9m increase in total current assets resulting from £2.5m more trade and other receivables available for collection and £2.4m of cash at the bank

·

£4.6m decrease in total liabilities, before IFRS 16 lease liabilities, mainly as a result of the repayment of total debt

 

Total net debt decreased to £2.1m from £8.2m at H1 19 due to strong cash generation, and in contrast to last year, cash was not used to provide short term funding of the Group Employee Benefit Trust during the period. 

 

Debt at the Period end comprises of the following items:

·

Unsecured term loans of £4.4m (H1 19: £7.0m), of which £2.6m is repayable within the next 12 months, followed by a further £1.8m on a quarterly basis to September 2023

·

Loans from former partners of acquired businesses £0.2m (H1 19: £0.9m)

 

Working capital and cash flow

 

Trade receivables totalled £32.2m compared to £30.5m at the end of H1 19. The additional £1.7m in trade debtors is proportionate with the growth of the Group.  Overall the Group has seen an improvement of 9 debtor days due to a focus on working capital and collection processes. The Board are pleased with the progress made here but believe we can improve further as a result of initiatives being run across the Group.

 

At the period end unbilled revenue recognised in its statutory accounts from time recorded on non-contingent work totalled £12.2m or 11.2% of revenue recognised over the last 12 months compared to 12.2% for the previous H1 19 and 10.3% at the end of FY19 where the billing cycle is most active ahead of the Group's April year end.

 

Cash generated during the period from operations was £6.3m (H1 19: £4.3m) which represents 143.8% (H1 19: 110.5%) of profit after taxation.  Capital expenditure decreased to £0.9m (H1 19: £1.3m).  Cash outflow from financing activities of £5.9m was similar to outflows of £5.7m at H1 19, as higher dividend and loan repayments were offset by the receipt of cash from the sale of shares issued and subsequently sold by various option holders in order to settle options exercised-related personal tax liabilities. The Group continues to operate with a low level of gearing and fixed term debt.  This position is reviewed regularly to ensure appropriate funding levels are in place to support the Group's expansion.

 

 

Neil Smith

Finance Director

14 January 2020

 

Gateley (Holdings) Plc

Consolidated income statement and other comprehensive income

For the 6 months ended 31 October 2019

 

Note

Unaudited

6 months to

31 October 2019

Unaudited

6 months to

31 October 2018

Audited

12 months to

30 April 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

2

51,826

46,370

     103,471

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating income

 

127

150

313

Personnel costs

4

(32,543)

(29,454)

(63,412)

Depreciation - Property, plant and equipment

 

(575)

(548)

(1,122)

Depreciation - Right-of-use asset*

 

(1,655)

-

-

Amortisation

7

(534)

(645)

(1,406)

Other operating expenses *

 

(10,750)

(10,912)

(21,974)

Operating profit

 

5,896

4,961

15,870

 

 

 

 

 

Net financing (expense)/income *

 

(350)

72

75

Profit before tax

 

5,546

5,033

15,945

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

 

(1,172)

(1,126)

(2,904)

Profit for the period after tax attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

4,374

3,907

13,041

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

Items that are or may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange translation differences

 

 

 

 

- Exchange differences on foreign branch

 

-

59

(25)

Profit for the financial period and total comprehensive income all attributable to equity holders of the parent     

 

4,374

3,966

13,016

 

Statutory earnings per share (pence)
 

Basic earnings per share

5

3.92

3.56

11.83

Diluted earnings per share

5

3.86

3.50

11.61

Dividend per share

6

2.90

2.60

8.00

 

* The adoption of IFRS 16 in the 6 months to 31 October 2019 resulted in an increase in depreciation of £1.655m and finance costs of £0.385m.  Other operating expenses reduced by £2.077m.

 

The results for the periods presented above are derived from continuing operations. There were no other items of comprehensive income to report.

 

  Gateley (Holdings) Plc

Consolidated statement of financial position

at 31 October 2019
 

Note

 

 

 

Unaudited at

31 October

2019
£'000

Unaudited at

31 October

2018
£'000

Audited at

30 April

2019
£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

2,358

2,277

2,017

Right-of-use asset

 

22,421

-

-

Investment property

 

164

164

164

Intangible assets & goodwill

7

10,088

9,438

10,430

Other intangible assets

 

592

35

289

Other investments

 

55

85

85

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

 

35,678

11,999

12,985

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

8

45,937

43,529

47,206

Deferred tax asset

 

49

-

428

Cash and cash equivalents

 

2,420

-

2,887

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

48,406

43,529

50,521

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

84,084

55,528

63,506

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

9

(1,785)

(4,522)

(3,076)

Other payables

10

(695)

(964)

(983)

Deferred tax liability

 

(578)

(566)

(388)

Provisions

 

(339)

(505)

(339)

Lease liability

 

(21,536)

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

(24,933)

(6,557)

(4,786)

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Bank overdraft

 

-

(352)

-

Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

9

(2,766)

(3,280)

(3,044)

Trade and other payables

10

(21,371)

(20,421)

(23,727)

Provisions

 

(130)

(275)

(291)

Current tax liabilities

 

(275)

(1,560)

(1,074)

Lease liability

 

(3,611)

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

(28,153)

(25,888)

(28,136)

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

(53,086)

(32,445)

(32,922)

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

30,998

23,083

30,584

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

  Share capital

 

11,377

11,086

11,086

  Share premium

 

7,244

4,069

6,755

  Merger reserve

 

(9,950)

(9,950)

(9,950)

  Other reserves

 

2,501

4,296

1,770

  Treasury reserve

 

(99)

(1,729)

(1,057)

  Translation reserve

 

9

82

(2)

  Retained earnings

 

19,916

15,229

21,982

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

 

30,998

23,083

30,584

 

 

Gateley (Holdings) Plc

Consolidated cash flow Statement

for the 6 months ended 31 October 2019

 

Note

Unaudited

6 months to

31 October

2019

Unaudited

6 months to

31 October

2018

Audited

12 months to

30 April

2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 Profit for the period after tax

 

4,374

3,907

13,041

 Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 Depreciation and amortisation

 

2,764

1,193

2,528

 Financial income

 

(248)

(73)

(523)

 Financial expense

 

598

1

448

 Exceptional items

 

-

61

-

 Equity settled share-based payments

 

510

379

655

 Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

-

-

(3)

 Write off of investment

 

30

-

-

 Tax expense

 

1,172

1,126

2,904

 

 

9,200

6,594

19,050

 Decrease/(increase) in trade and other receivables

 

1,318

89

(3,946)

 (Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables

 

(2,433)

(1,095)

37

 (Decrease)/increase in provisions

 

(161)

175

25

 Cash generated from operations

 

7,924

5,763

15,166

 Tax paid

 

(1,663)

(1,445)

(3,075)

 Net cash flows from operating activities

 

6,261

4,318

12,091

 

 

 

 

 

 Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

 

(598)

(591)

(1,010)

 Acquisition of other intangible assets

 

(303)

-

(276)

 Cash received on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

-

-

3

 Consideration paid on acquisition of Kiddy & Partners

 

-

(426)

(426)

 Consideration paid on acquisition of GCL Solicitors, net of        cash acquired

 

-

(2,016)

 (2,016)

Consideration paid on acquisition of IIS, net of cash acquired

 

-

-

(84)

Deferred consideration paid - acquisition of subsidiary

 

-

(235)

(236)

Consideration paid on acquisition of Persona Associates Limited, net of cash acquired

 

(3)

-

-

 Net cash outflow from investing activities

 

(904)

(3,268)

(4,045)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 Interest and other financial income received

 

248

73

523

 Interest and other financial income paid

 

(213)

(1)

(448)

 Dividends paid

6

(6,007)

(5,264)

(8,118)

 Receipt of new term bank loans

 

-

2,970

2,970

 Repayment of term bank loans

 

(1,283)

(980)

(2,278)

 Repayment of loans from former members of GCL Solicitors    & Directors of IIS

 

(286)

(574)

(904)

 Funding by EBT of SARS shares

 

-

(1,866)

(1,863)

 Acquisition of own shares

 

(486)

-

(109)

 Proceeds from sale of own shares

 

729

-

767

 Exceptional items

 

-

(61)

-

 Amounts received for SARS shares issued

 

1,474

-

-

 Net cash outflow from financing activities

 

(5,824)

(5,703)

(9,460)

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(467)

(4,653)

(1,414)

 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

2,887

4,301

4,301

 

2,420

     (352)  

2,887

 

 

Gateley (Holdings) Plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the 6 months ended 31 October 2019

 

Share

capital

Share

premium

Merger

reserve

Other

reserve

Treasury

reserve

Retained

earnings

Foreign currency translation reserve

Total

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2018

10,688

4,576

(9,950)

1,547

(15)

16,119

23

22,988

Adjustment from adoption of IFRS 9 (net of tax)

-

-

-

-

-

(353)

-

(353)

Restated balance at 1 May 2018

10,688

4,576

(9,950)

1,547

(15)

15,766

23

22,635

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

13,041

-

13,041

Exchange rate differences

-

-

-

-

-

-

(25)

(25)

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

13,041

(25)

13,016

Transaction with owners recognised directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

398

2,151

-

223

-

-

-

2,772

Recognition of tax benefit on gain from equity settled share options

-

-

-

-

-

726

-

726

Purchase of own shares at nominal value

-

-

-

-

-

(242)

-

(242)

Reclassification of gain on own shares

-

28

-

-

-

(28)

-

-

Sale of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

791

-

-

791

Purchase of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

(1,833)

-

-

(1,833)

Dividend paid

-

-

-

-

-

(8,118)

-

(8,118)

Share based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

655

-

655

Deferred tax on equity settled element of share-based payment charge

-

-

-

-

-

182

-

182

Total equity at 30 April 2019

11,086

6,755

(9,950)

1,770

(1,057)

21,982

(2)

30,584

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2018 (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income:

10,688

4,576

(9,950)

1,547

(15)

16,119

23

22,988

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

3,907

-

3,907

Exchange rate differences

-

-

-

-

-

-

59

59

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

3,907

59

3,966

Transaction with owners recognised directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

(1,714)

88

-

(1,626)

Issue of shares

398

-

-

2,374

-

-

-

2,772

Reclassification of loss on own shares

-

(507)

-

-

-

-

-

(507)

Dividend paid

-

-

-

-

-

(5,264)

-

(5,264)

Share based payment transactions

-

-

-

375

-

379

-

754

Total equity at 31 October 2018

11,086

4,069

(9,950)

4,296

(1,729)

15,229

82

23,083

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gateley (Holdings) Plc

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

for the 6 months ended 31 October 2019

 

 

Share

capital

Share

premium

Merger

reserve

Other

reserve

Treasury

reserve

Retained

earnings

Foreign currency translation reserve

Total

equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

At 1 May 2019 (unaudited)

11,086

6,755

(9,950)

1,770

(1,057)

21,982

(2)

30,584

Adjustment from adoption of IFRS 16 (net of tax)

-

-

-

-

-

(702)

-

(702)

Restated balance at 1 May 2019

11,086

6,755

(9,950)

1,770

(1,057)

21,280

(2)

29,882

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

4,374

-

4,374

Exchange rate differences

-

-

-

-

-

-

11

11

Total comprehensive income

-

-

-

-

-

4,374

11

4,385

Transaction with owners recognised directly in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue of share capital

291

489

-

731

-

-

-

1,511

Recognition of tax benefit on gain from equity settled share options

-

-

-

-

-

228

-

228

Release of deferred tax

-

-

-

-

-

(469)

-

(469)

Sale of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

1,517

-

-

1,517

Purchase of treasury shares

-

-

-

-

(559)

-

-

(559)

Dividend paid

-

-

-

-

-

(6,007)

-

(6,007)

Share based payment transactions

-

-

-

-

-

510

-

510

Total equity at 30 April 2019

11,377

7,244

(9,950)

2,501

(99)

19,916

9

30,998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following describes the nature and purpose of each reserve within equity:

 

Share premium - Amount subscribed for share capital in excess of nominal value together with gains and losses on sale of own shares.

Merger reserve - Represents the difference between the nominal value of shares acquired by the company in the share for share exchange with the former Gateley Heritage LLP members and the nominal value of shares issued to acquire them.

Other reserve - Represents the difference between the actual and nominal value of shares issued by the company in the acquisition of subsidiaries.

Treasury reserve - Represents the repurchase of shares for future distribution by the Group's Employee Benefit Trust.

Retained earnings - All other net gains and losses and transactions with owners not recognised anywhere else.

Foreign currency translation reserve - Represents the movement in exchange rates back to the Group's functional currency of profits and losses generated in foreign currencies.

 

Gateley (Holdings) Plc

Notes

for the period ended 31 October 2019

1.                Basis of preparation

These interim unaudited financial statements for the six months ended 31 October 2019 have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the Annual Report and Financial statements of the Group for the year ended 30 April 2019, with the additional application of IFRS 16 Leases.

1.1             Accounting policies

Leases

IFRS 16 replaces the previous guidance on lease accounting, which includes IAS 17 'Leases' and IFRIC 4 'Determining whether an arrangement contains a lease'. The standard is effective for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019 and has been applied from 1 May 2019. The standard requires lessees to account for most contracts using the on-balance sheet model, with the distinction between operating and finance leases being removed. There is no change to revenue recognition methodology for lessor operating leases. The standard provides certain exemptions from recognising leases on the balance sheet, including where the asset is of low value or the lease term is twelve months or less. In addition, the standard makes changes to the definition of a lease to focus on, amongst other things, which party has the right to direct the use of the asset.

Under IFRS 16 the Group will be required to recognise right-of-use assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet. The right-of-use asset is initially measured at cost and subsequently measured at cost (subject to certain exceptions) less accumulated depreciation and impairment losses, adjusted for any re-measurement of the lease liability. Liabilities are measured based on the present value of future lease payment over the lease term discounted at the Group's incremental borrowing rate. Subsequently, the lease liability is adjusted for interest and lease payments, as well as the impact of the lease modifications, amongst others.

The Group has applied the modified retrospective approach and therefore has not restated comparatives for previous reporting periods. On adoption of the standard the Group has elected to use the following practical expedients:

-       The Group has elected to recognise those leases identified as an operating lease under IAS 17 without cause to reassess each lease separately

-       The Group has elected to treat leases with similar characteristics as a portfolio of leases, applying a single discount rate to them all

-       The Group has excluded initial direct costs from the measurement of the right-to-use asset

-       The Group has used hindsight in determining the lease term where the contract contains options to extend or terminate the lease

-       The Group have elected not to recognise a right-to-use asset or lease liability for leases with a remaining term of 12 months or less

-       The Group has elected not to recognise a right-to-use asset or lease liability for leases of low value assets or car leases where these are not considered material to the Group.

 

 

Impact on the balance sheet

 

 

30 April 2019

£'000

IFRS 16 Impact

£'000

1 May 2019

£'000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

2,017

-

2,017

Right-of-use asset

-

24,360

24,360

Investment property

164

-

164

Intangible assets & goodwill

10,430

-

10,430

Other intangible assets

289

-

289

Other investments

85

-

85

Total non-current assets

12,985

24,360

37,345

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

47,206

(103)

47,103

Deferred tax asset

428

-

428

Cash and cash equivalents

2,887

-

2,887

Total current assets

50,521

(103)

50,418

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Other interest-bearing loans & borrowings

(3,076)

-

(3,076)

Other payables

(983)

-

(983)

Deferred tax

(388)

-

(388)

Provisions

(339)

-

(339)

Lease liability

-

(23,481)

(23,481)

Total non-current liabilities

(4,786)

(23,481)

(28,267)

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Other interest-bearing loans & borrowings

(3,044)

-

(3,044)

Trade and other payables

(23,727)

2,251

(21,476)

Provisions

(291)

-

(291)

Current tax

(1,074)

-

(1,074)

Lease liability

-

(3,729)

(3,729)

Total current liabilities

(28,136)

(1,478)

(29,614)

 

 

 

 

Net assets

30,584

(702)

(29,882)

 

Operating lease commitments disclosed at 30 April 2019

26,089

Less: short term leases recognised on a straight-line basis as expense

(326)

Add: Additional lease components recognised

3,390

Impact of discounting

(1,943)

Lease liability recognised as at 1 May 2019

27,210

 

 

Current lease liability

3,729

Non-current lease liability

23,481

 

27,210

 

Under the modified retrospective approach adopted by the Group, comparatives are not restated, the table below shows the impact of IFRS 16 on the Group's income statement for the six-month period to 31 October 2019:

 

IAS 17

£'000

Impact of
IFRS 16
£'000

IFRS 16

£'000

Rental expense

(2,007)

2,007

-

Depreciation

-

(1,655)

(1,655)

Administrative expenses

(2,007)

352

(1,655)

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

(2,007)

352

(1,655)

 

 

 

 

Interest payable on leases

-

(385)

(385)

Profit before tax

(2,007)

(33)

(2,040)

 

1.2             Going concern

These interim accounts are prepared on a going concern basis as the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future.  The Group remains cash generative, with a strong on-going trading performance.  On 1 June 2015 the Group acquired two unsecured term loans for £5m each repayable quarterly over five years. The facilities were extended by a total of £3m in October 2018. These term loan facilities contain financial covenants which the Group is forecast to comply with for the foreseeable future.  Additional overdraft facilities of up to £10m (2019: £8m) in total are also available to the Group.

 

1.3             Statement of Directors' responsibilities

The Directors confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, this condensed set of consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the AIM Rules.

 

1.4             Cautionary statement

This document contains certain forward-looking statements in respect of the financial condition, results, operations and business of the Group.  Whilst these statements are made in good faith based on information available at the time of approval, these statements and forecasts inherently involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future.  There are a number of factors that could cause the actual results of developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements and forecasts.  Nothing in this document should be construed as a profit forecast.

 

2.                Operating segments

The Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM") is the Strategic Board. The Group has the following five strategic divisions, which are its reportable segments.  These divisions offer different products and services and are managed separately because they report different specialisms from the legal teams in those divisions.

The following summary describes the operations of each reportable segment:

Reportable segment

Operations

Banking and Financial Services

Provision of legal advice in respect of asset finance, banking and restructuring services.

Corporate

Provision of legal advice in respect of corporate, family, private client and taxation services.

Business Services

Provision of legal advice in respect of commercial, commercial dispute resolution, litigation, regulatory, shipping, transport and insurance services.

Employees, Pensions and Benefits

Provision of legal advice in respect of employment and pension services, including Entrust Pension Limited's trustee services and global mobility consultancy. Also includes Kiddy & Partners human capital consultancy, providing assessment, talent management and leadership development and International Investment Services Limited, providing consultancy services to potential UK investors.

Property

Provision of legal advice in respect of construction, planning, real estate and residential development services. Also includes Gateley Capitus Limited's tax incentives services, Gateley Hamer Limited's easement and wayleave and compulsory purchase order services and Persona Associates Limited's land referencing consultancy services.

31 October 2019

 

Banking and
Financial
 Services

Corporate

Business
Services

Employee
Pensions

and
Benefits

Property
 

Total
segments

Other expense

and movement

in unbilled

 revenue

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 Segment revenue

8,091

10,485

6,492

6,150

19,828

51,046

780

51,826

 Segment contribution

 (as reported internally)

2,750

4,249

2,319

1,807

6,437

17,562

780

18,342

 Costs not allocated to segments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Other operating income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

127

 Personnel costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3,401)

 Share based payment costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(510)

 Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,764)

 Other operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5,898)

 Net financial income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(350)

 Profit for the financial period before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,546

 

31 October 2018

 

Banking and
Financial
 Services

Corporate

Business
Services

Employee

Pensions

and
Benefits

Property
 

Total
segments

Other expenses

 and movement

 in unbilled

 revenue

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 Segment revenue

8,427

7,300

6,046

4,834

19,502

46,109

261

46,370

 Pro-forma segment contribution

 (as reported internally)

3,385

1,729

2,580

2,125

7,634

17,453

261

17,714

 Costs not allocated to segments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Other operating income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

150

 Personnel costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3,499)

 Share based payment charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(379)

 Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,193)

 Other operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7,771)

 Net financial expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(61)

 Profit for the financial period before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,033

30 April 2019

 

Banking and
Financial
 Services

Corporate

Business
Services

Employee

Pensions

and
Benefits

Property
 

Total
segments

Other expenses
and movement

 in unbilled

 revenue

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

 Segment revenue

16,979

16,912

13,436

11,092

43,425

101,844

1,627

103,471

 Pro-forma segment contribution

 (as reported internally)

6,447

4,994

5,987

3,994

19,810

41,232

1,627

42,859

 Costs not allocated to segments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Other operating income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

313

 Personnel costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7,006)

 Share based payment charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(655)

 Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,528)

 Other operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(17,052)

 Net financial expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75

 Exceptional costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(61)

Profit for the financial year before taxation

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No other financial information has been disclosed as it is not provided to the CODM on a regular basis.

 

 

3.                Alternative performance measures

 

Underlying profit

The Directors seek to present a measure of underlying profit performance which is not impacted by exceptional items or items considered non-operational in nature. These include non-trading, non-cash and one-off items disclosed separately in the consolidated income statement where the quantum, nature or volatility of such items are considered by management to otherwise distort the underlying performance of the Group.  This measure is described as 'underlying' and is used by management to assess and monitor profit performance only at the before and after tax level.  In line with the Board's wish to simplify reporting of profits, the Board have moved away from reporting adjusted Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation and Amortisation ("EBITDA"), following the introduction of IFRS 16 'Leases'.
 

 

6 months to

31 October 2019

6 months to

31 October 2018

12 Months

30 April 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Reported profit before tax

5,546

5,033

15,945

Adjustments for non-underlying items:

 

 

 

- Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

534

645

1,406

- Share-based payment adjustment

510

379

655

- Acquisition-related costs

-

61

61

Underlying profit before tax

6,590

6,118

18,067

 

 

 

 

 

6 months to

31 October 2019

6 months to

31 October 2018

12 Months

30 April 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Reported profit after tax

4,374

3,907

13,041

Adjustments for non-underlying items:

 

 

 

- Anticipated impact of IFRS 16 if it had been adopted in earlier years

-

(166)

(313)

- Amortisation of acquired intangible assets

534

645

1,406

- Share-based payment adjustment

510

379

655

- Acquisition-related costs

-

61

61

Underlying profit after tax

5,418

4,826

14,850

 

 

 

 

Amortisation of acquired intangible assets is identified as a non-cash item released to the income statement therefore such cost is removed when considering the underlying trading performance of the Group by adding to profit the annual amortisation charge.

The adjustment for share-based payments relates to the impact of the accounting standard for share-based compensation. The cost of all share-based schemes are settled entirely by the issue of shares where the proportions can vary from one year to another based on events outside of the businesses control e.g. share price. Under IFRS the anticipated future share cost is expensed to the income statement over the vesting period. The adjustment above addresses this by adding to profit the IFRS 2 charge in relation to outstanding share awards.  This adjustment is made so that non-cash expenses are removed from profit.

Acquisition related costs consist of nil (2019: £0.061m) relating to one off costs incurred in making acquisitions are removed by adding to profit these actual costs in the year they are incurred.

 

Underlying Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share ('EPS')

The Group has introduced a new Long-Term Incentive Plan ('LTIP') share scheme that aligns share option reward distribution with compound annual growth in EPS over a three-year vesting period based on underlying trading profit after tax rather than share price.  The LTIP scheme uses EPS growth based on underlying profit after tax as the most appropriately aligned profit measure that staff participating within the scheme can be held accountable against and is referred to as underlying fully diluted EPS. Profits used to calculate underlying EPS are disclosed above.

 

 

4.                Employees

The average number of persons employed by the Group during the period, analysed by category, was as follows:
 

 

           Number of employees

 

6 months to

31 October 2019

6 months to

31 October 2018

12 months to

30 April 2019

 

 

 

 

Legal and professional staff

673

552

610

Administrative staff

325

314

297

 

998

866

907

 

 

 

 

 

The aggregate payroll costs of these persons were as follows:

6 months to

31 October 2019

6 months to

31 October 2018

12 months to

30 April 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Wages and salaries

28,055

25,685

54,341

Social security costs

3,250

2,878

7,289

Pension costs

728

512

1,127

Share based payments expenses

510

379

655

 

32,543

29,454

63,412

 

5.                Earnings per share

 

6 months to

31 October
2019

6 months to

31 October 2018

12 months

to 30 April 2019

 

Number

Number

Number

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue, being weighted

average number of shares for calculating basic earnings per share

111,577,259

109,856,888

110,207,707

Shares deemed to be issued for no consideration in respect of share

based payments

1,871,872

1,920,871

2,072,862

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for calculating diluted

earnings per share

113,449,131

111,777,759

112,280,569

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Profit for the period after taxation and basic earnings attributable to ordinary  equity shareholders

4,374

3,907

13,041

Non-underlying items

1,044

1,085

2,122

Tax on non-underlying items 

(198)

(206)

(403)

Underlying earnings before non-underlying items

5,220

4,786

14,760

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share is calculated as follows:

Pence

Pence

Pence

Basic earnings per ordinary share

3.92

3.56

11.83

Diluted earnings per ordinary share

3.86

3.50

11.61

 

 

 

 

Underlying basic earnings per ordinary share

4.68

4.36

13.39

Underlying diluted earnings per ordinary share

4.60

4.23

13.15

 

Underlying earnings per share have been shown because the Directors consider that this provides valuable additional information about the underlying performance of the Group.

 

6.                Dividends

 

6 months to

31 October 2019

6 months to

31 October 2018

12 Months

30 April 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Equity shares

 

 

 

Final dividend in respect of 2018 (4.8p per share) - Paid 5 October 2018

-

5,264

5,264

Interim dividend in respect of 2019 (2.6p per share) - Paid 15 March 2019

-

-

2,854

Final dividend in respect of 2019 (5.4p per share) - Paid 15 October 2019

6,007

-

-

Dividends paid

6,007

5,264

8,118

 

 

 

 

The Board has approved an interim dividend of 2.9p (2018: 2.6p) per share. This dividend will be paid on 31 March 2020 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 21 February 2020.  The shares will go ex-dividend on 20 February 2020.  This dividend has not been recognised as a liability in these final statements.

 

 

7.                Intangible assets

 

 

Goodwill

 

Customer list

 and brand

 names

Total

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Deemed cost

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2018

 

2,676

1,638

4,314

Acquired through business combination

 

3,958

2,830

6,788

At 31 October 2018

 

6,634

4,468

11,102

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2018

 

2,676

1,638

4,314

Acquired through business combination

 

5,729

2,786

8,515

At 30 April 2019

 

8,405

4,424

12,829

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2019

 

8,405

4,424

12,829

Acquired through business combination

 

192

-

193

At 31 October 2019

 

8,597

4,424

13,022

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated amortisation

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2018

 

-

1,019

1,019

Charge for the period

 

-

645

645

At 31 October 2018

 

-

1,664

1,664

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2018

 

-

1,019

1,019

Charge for the year

 

-

1,380

1,380

At 30 April 2019

 

-

2,399

2,399

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 May 2019

 

-

2,399

2,399

Charge for the period

 

-

534

534

At 31 October 2019

 

-

2,933

2,933

 

 

 

 

 

Net Book Value

 

 

 

 

At 31 October 2018

 

6,634

2,804

9,438

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 April 2019

 

8,405

2,025

10,430

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 October 2019

 

8,597

1,491

10,088

Goodwill

Goodwill is allocated to the following cash generating units

 

31 October

2019

31 October

2018

30 April

2019

 

£'000 

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Gateley Capitus Limited

1,515

1,515

1,515

Gateley Hamer Limited

1,161

1,161

1,161

Kiddy & Partners Limited

2,491

1,491

2,491

GCL Solicitors LLP (acquisition of trade and assets)

2,900

2,467

2,900

International Investment Services Limited

338

-

338

Persona Associates Limited

192

-

-

 

8,597

6,634

8,405

 

 

8.                Trade and other receivables

 

31 October

2019

31 October

2018

30 April

2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Trade receivables

32,238

30,447

33,909

Unbilled revenue

12,153

11,458

10,671

Prepayments

1,546

1,624

2,584

Other receivables

-

-

42

 

45,937

43,529

47,206

9.                Other interest-bearing loans and borrowings

The contractual terms of the Group's interest-bearing loans and borrowings, which are measured at amortised cost, are described below.

 

 

31 October 2019

31 October 2018

30 April 2019

 

Fair

value

Fair

value

Carrying
amount

Fair

value

Carrying
amount

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Unsecured bank loan

1,785

4,352

4,352

3,076

3,076

Loans from former members of GCL

-

-

170

170

-

-

 

1,785

1,785

4,522

4,522

3,076

3,076

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Unsecured bank loan

2,582

2,600

2,600

2,574

2,574

Loans from former members of GCL

156

680

680

425

425

Loans from Director of IIS

28

28

-

-

45

45

 

2,766

2,766

3,280

3,280

3,044

3,044

The unsecured overdraft facilities totalling £10m (31 October 2018 £8m, 30 April 2019 £8m) are repayable on demand.

The unsecured term loans are repayable quarterly over five years commencing on 8 November 2015.  Interest is chargeable at 2.25% over LIBOR.

On the acquisition of the trade and assets of GCL Solicitors LLP the amounts due to members of £1.28m were converted into loans from former members repayable over a two-year period from the date of acquisition on 23 May 2018.

 

 

10.             Trade and other payables

 

 

 

 

 

31 October

2019

31 October

2018

30 April

2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current

 

 

 

Trade payables

5,041

4,912

4,769

Other taxation and social security payable

5,732

6,088

6,437

Other payables

1,956

392

167

Contingent consideration

1,159

311

1,428

Accruals and deferred income

7,483

8,718

10,926

 

21,371

20,421

23,727

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Non-current

 

 

 

Other payables

134

127

128

Contingent consideration

561

837

855

 

695

964

983

 

Contingent consideration

£1.159m of current and £0.4m of non-current contingent consideration represents the earn-out sums payable to the sellers of Kiddy & Partners.

£0.1m of non-current contingent consideration represents the earn-out sums payable to the seller of International Investment Services Limited

£0.1m of non-current contingent consideration represents the earn-out sums payable to the seller of Persona Associates Limited.

All contingent consideration amounts have been calculated based on the Groups expectation of what it will pay in relation to the earn-out clause of the relevant sale and purchase agreement. The earn-out targets are based on the annual results, or in the case of Persona a relocation of staff, of the acquired business. The fair value of the earn-out consideration is calculated based on the forecasted results to give an estimate of the final obligation capped at the maximum earn-out amount stated in the purchase agreement.

 

11.             Share based payments

Group

At the period end the Group has three share-based payment schemes in operation and approved a new Long-Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) to replace our existing SARS's scheme in January 2020.

Stock Appreciation Rights Scheme ('SARS')

This SARS is a discretionary executive reward plan which allows the Group to grant conditional share awards or nil cost options to selected executives at the discretion of the Remuneration Committee. 

The awards vest after a three-year performance period.  On exercise, participants will receive the growth in value of the share options between the date of grant and the date of exercise in excess of the hurdle rate.  The hurdle rate is currently set at 115.765% of the market value of the underlying shares on the date of grant.

 

The SARS awards and resultant number of shares granted is detailed below:

 

Reference shares in issue at exercise date

Number

Price at grant date

£

Price at exercise date

£

Growth

£

Growth value

£'000

Number of shares at exercise price

Number

SARS 15/16

6,650,000

1.10

1.72

0.62

4,123

2,397,093

SARS 17/18

10,225,000

1.39

1.65

0.26

2,658

1,623,648

The below table shows the estimated number of shares to be issued under the last remaining SARS scheme in issue based on the Company's share price at the balance sheet date of £1.62:

 

Reference shares in issue at 31 October 2019

Number

Price at grant date

£

Price at 31 October 2019

£

Estimated growth

£

Estimated growth value

£'000

Number of shares at exercise price

Number

SARS 17/18

6,750,000

£1.83

£1.62

(£0.21)

-

-

Save As You Earn Scheme (SAYE)

The Group operates a HMRC approved SAYE scheme for all staff.  Options under this scheme will vest if the participant remains employed for the agreed vesting period of three years.  Upon vesting, each option allows the holder to purchase the allocated ordinary shares at a discount of 20% of the market price determined at the grant date.

 

Company Share Option Plan (CSOP)

The group operates a HMRC approved CSOP scheme for associates, senior associates, legal directors, equivalent positions in Gateley Group subsidiary companies and senior management positions in our support teams. Options under this scheme will vest if the participant remains employed for the agreed vesting period of three years. Upon vesting, each option allows the holder to purchase the allocated ordinary share at the price on the date of the grant.

The annual awards granted under the schemes are summarised below:

 

 

Weighted average remaining contractual life

Weighted

average

exercise

price

Originally granted

Lapsed at 30 April 2019

At 1 May

2019

Granted

during

the period

Lapsed during period

At 31 October 2020

 

 

 

Number

Number

Number

Number

 

Number

SARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SARS 17/18 - 3 October 2017

0.9 years

£1.83

7,050,000

(300,000)

6,750,000

-

-

6,750,000


SAYE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAYE 17/18- 15 September 2017

0.9 years

£1.33

556,296

(60,732)

495,664

-

(70,234)

425.430

SAYE 18/19 - 21 September 2018

1.9 years

£1.35

620,335

(19,874)

600,461

-

(10,245)

590,216

SAYE 19/20 - 1 October 2019

2.9 years

£1.27

-

-

-

821,038

-

821,038

 

 

 

1,176,631

(80,606)

1,096,125

821,038

(80,479)

1,836,684

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSOPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSOPS 16/17 - 20 December 2016

0.2 years

£1.31

940,685

(219,943)

720,742

-

(11,495)

709,247

CSOPS 17/18 - 3 October 2017

0.9 years

£1.65

581,162

(92,114)

489,048

-

(21,210)

467,838

CSOPS 18/19 - 24 October 2018

2.0 years

£1.44

812,131

(22,916)

789,215

-

(26,388)

762,827

 

 

 

1,521,847

(191,127)

1,330,720

812,131

(143,845)

1,939,912

During the period 10,225,000 SARS 16/17 options vested resulting in the issue of 1,623,648 new 10p shares with a nominal value of £162,365 where issued on 8 October 2019.  The accrued IFRS2 charge of £847,770 has been released against other reserves.

During the period 767,015 SAYE 16/17 options vested out of a potential 853,598 new shares issued via a block listing in order to fully satisfy all possible options. 853,598 new 10p shares with a nominal value of £85,360 where issued on 1 October 2019.  The accrued IFRS2 charge of £243,984 has been released against other reserves.

Fair value calculations

The award is accounted for as equity-settled under IFRS 2. The fair value of awards which are subject to non-market-based performance conditions is calculated using the Black Scholes option pricing model.  The inputs to this model for awards granted during the financial period are detailed below:
 

 

 

 

SAYE 19/20

Grant date

 

 

1 October 2019

 

 

 

 

Share price at date of grant

 

 

£1.64

Exercise price

 

 

£1.27

Volatility

 

 

24%

Expected life

 

 

3.3 years

Risk free rate

 

 

1%

Dividend yield

 

 

4%

 

 

 

 

Fair value per share

 

 

 

Market based performance condition

 

 

£0.37

Non-market-based performance condition

 

 

-

 

As the Group measures share-based payment charges at fair value at the date of grant. Fair value is measured using the Black Scholes model.  Volatility is measured over the 3 years prior to the date of grant to match the vesting period of the award. Dividend yield is measured using the Group's expected average dividend yield over the vesting period. Expected life has been taken to be between the minimum and maximum exercise period of 3 and 3.5 years, respectively.

 

12.             Business combinations

Acquisition of Persona Associates Limited ("Persona")

 

On 30 July 2019 Gateley (Holdings) Plc acquired the entire issued share capital of Persona, one of the UK's longest established and leading land referencing consultancies. Persona advises on some of the UK's largest infrastructure and regeneration projects, providing expertise on statutory processes relating to long-term infrastructure projects involving Compulsory Purchase Orders, Development Consent Orders and transport and Works Act Orders.

 

From the date of acquisition Persona has contributed £0.1m to revenue and £0.03m to Group profit for the period. 

 

13.             Post balance sheet events

Gateley (Holdings) Plc acquired the entire share capital of T-three Group Limited ("T-three) on 12 December 2019 for a consideration of £3.4m, including up to £0.9m of which is deferred. T-three complements Kiddy & Partners, which Gateley acquired in July 2018, and together these businesses create one of the largest specialist Human Capital consultancy businesses in the UK. Under the terms of the acquisition Gateley will acquire T-three for a consideration of £3.4m on a debt free, cash free normalised level of working capital basis, settled on a 50% cash and 50% shares basis.  944,855 new Ordinary shares of 10p each were issued on 12 December 2019 as part of the initial share consideration.

 


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