Source - LSE Regulatory
RNS Number : 0275S
Global Invacom Group Limited
12 March 2021
 

Global Invacom Group Limited
("Global Invacom", the "Company" or the "Group")

Response to Queries from SGX-ST
Regarding 2020 Full Year Results

The Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Global Invacom would like to offer its response to the following queries raised by the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the "SGX-ST") on 10 March 2021 and would like to provide additional information in relation to the Company's full year results for the financial year ended 31 December 2020 ("FY2020").

SGX-ST's Query 1:

 

It is stated that inventory written off for the FY2020 is US$2,663,000 (FY2019: US$1,256,000). It is also stated that a write-back for inventory obsolescence of US$3,210,000 was recorded, vis-à-vis an allowance for inventory obsolescence of US$2,816,000 in FY2019.

 

(i)       Why is there a significant inventory write-off?

 

Company's response to Query 1(i):

In the Company's corporate and business update and profit guidance announced on 15 January 2020, the Company announced the relocation of its Shanghai manufacturing operations of Global Invacom Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd ("GISH") to the Philippines.

It was also announced in the financial results dated 28 February 2020 and 1 March 2021, that following the relocation of these operations to the Philippines, the Company recorded certain impairment costs and these costs included the allowance for inventory obsolescence.

The Company has ceased its GISH manufacturing operations in July 2020 as announced in the financial results dated 13 August 2020 and 1 March 2021, following which the Group has written off the inventories which were impaired in 2019 and recorded the write-back for inventory obsolescence in 2020 accordingly.

(ii)      Please disclose the amount of inventory write-off identified as a result of discrepancies between stock counts and inventory record (i.e. missing/lost inventory).

 

Company's response to Query 1(ii):

 

Please refer to response to Query 1(i).

 

(iii)     Please disclose the amount of inventory write-off due to slow-moving inventory or obsolescence.
 

Company's response to Query 1(iii):

 

Please refer to response to Query 1(i).

 

(iv)     Please disclose the breakdown of the Company's inventory write-off by aging.

 

Company's response to Query 1(iv):

 

Please refer to response to Query 1(i).

 

(v)      What is the general shelf/product life of the Company's inventory?

 

Company's response to Query 1(v):

 

The general shelf/product life of the Company's inventory ranges from one to five years and depends largely on the type of components, materials and products.

 

(vi)     Please opine on the reasonableness of methodologies used to determine provision/impairment.

 

Company's response to Query 1(vi):

 

The Group inventories are stated at the lower of cost and net realisable value. Reviews are made periodically by the management for excess inventories, obsolescence and decline in net realisable value below cost. The assessment requires the exercise of judgement as the allowances are made based on historical obsolescence and slow-moving history. Key factors considered include the nature of the inventory, its ageing, shelf life and turnover rate. The Group is of the opinion that the allowance for inventory obsolescence is reasonable as at 31 December 2020.
 

 

SGX-ST's Query 2:

 

Please explain why interest income amounted to only US$22,000 (FY2019: US$230,000) during the financial period ended 31 December 2020 when the Company has significant cash and bank balance amounting to US$11,273,000 (FY2019: US$8,912,000).

 

Company's response to Query 2:

 

The majority of the Group's cash and cash balances are in the United Kingdom bearing either zero or very low interest.

 

 

SGX-ST's Query 3:

 

Please provide information on the Group's inventory turnover days for FY2020 and FY2019.

 

Company's response to Query 3:

 

 

FY2020

FY2019

 

 

 

Inventory turnover days

124 days

95 days

 

 

SGX-ST's Query 4:

 

Please disclose a breakdown of trade payables amounting to US$12,509,000 as at 31 December 2020. For other payables amounting to US$5,589,000, please disclose the aging and nature of these other payables and whether the counterparties are related parties.

 

Company's response to Query 4:

 

Breakdown of trade payables:

 

FY2020

 

US$'000

 

 

Third party payables

12,509

Related party payables

-

 

12,509

 

Nature and aging of other payables:

 

 

 

Current

Past due

1 to 6 months

Past due

> 6 months

 

FY2020

 

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

US$'000

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued operating expenses

          2,231

                 -

                -

          2,231

Provision for warranty

             265

                 -

                -

             265

Provision for restructuring costs

               15

                 -

                -

              15

Customers advances received

          2,029

                 -

                -

          2,029

GST/VAT payables

               79

                 -

                -

              79

Directors fees

               64

                 -

                -

              64

Other creditors

             844

               62

                -

             906

 

          5,527

               62

                -

          5,589

 

Save as disclosed above, no counterparties are related parties.

 

 

SGX-ST's Query 5:

 

Please provide the reason(s) for the borrowings of US$3,883,000 by the Group when the Group recorded a cash and cash equivalent of US$11,273,000 as at 31, December 2020.

 

Company's response to Query 5:

 

These borrowings are for working capital purposes as the timing of the cash receipts from customers are variable during the year. These borrowings have reduced from US$8,929,000 as at 31 December 2019 to US$3,883,000 as at 31 December 2020 as the Group continues to repay its borrowings. A minimum level of borrowings is also required to maintain the credit facility with the banks and the Group continuously monitors its level of borrowings. Further, the Group collected US$2.9 million from a major customer in the last two weeks of December 2020, resulting in a significant increase in cash and cash equivalents as at 31 December 2020.

 

 

SGX-ST's Query 6:

 

Please provide the reason(s) for the significant trade payables of US$12,509,000, taking into account the fall in Cost of Sales from US$110,443,000 in FY2019 to US$77,353,000 and the Group recording a cash and cash equivalent of US$11,273,000 as at 31, December 2020.

 

Company's response to Query 6:

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the management has taken precautionary steps to conserve cash resources of the Group to sustain its business operations to ensure the viability of the Group and its working requirements are met, resulting in a higher trade payables. Further, as mentioned in response to Query 2, the Group collected US$2.9 million from a major customer in the last two weeks of December 2020, resulting in a significant increase in cash and cash equivalents as at 31 December 2020.

 

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD

 

 

Anthony Brian Taylor

Executive Chairman

 

 

12 March 2021

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Global Invacom Group Limited

www.globalinvacom.com

Tony Taylor, Executive Chairman

 

 

via Vigo Communications

 

 

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

www.strandhanson.co.uk

James Harris / Jack Botros

Tel: +44 20 7409 3494

 

 

 

Vigo Communications (Media & Investor Relations)

www.vigocomms.com

Jeremy Garcia / Charlie Neish

Tel: +44 20 7390 0238

ginv@vigocomms.com

 

 

 

About Global Invacom Group Limited

 

Global Invacom is a fully integrated satellite equipment provider with sites across Singapore, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Israel, UK and the US. Its customers include satellite broadcasters such as Sky Group of the UK and Dish Network of the USA and Data over Satellite providers including Hughes Network Systems, Viasat and Gilat Satellite Networks.

 

Global Invacom provides a full range of satellite ground equipment including antennas, LNB receivers, transceivers, fibre distribution equipment, transmitters, switches, and video distribution components, as well as manufacturing services for the defence and healthcare sectors. The Group is the world's only full‐service outdoor unit supplier.

 

Global Invacom is listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited and its shares are admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.

 

For more information, please refer to www.globalinvacom.com.

 

 

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