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First Derivatives PLC
18 May 2021
 

18 May 2021

First Derivatives plc

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

Full year results for the year ended 28 February 2021

FD (AIM: FDP.L, Euronext Growth: FDP.I) today announces its results for the year ended 28 February 2021. 

 

Financial Highlights

Year to end February

2021

2020

Change

Revenue

£237.9m

£237.8m

-

Gross profit

£101.0m

£101.1m

-

Profit before tax

£11.1m

£18.3m

(39%)

Reported diluted EPS

32.0p

54.2p

(41%)

Dividend per share

0.0

8.5p

(100%)

Net debt*

£9.9m

£49.4m

(80%)

 

 

 

 

Key performance measures

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA**

£40.5m

£45.5m

(11%)

Adjusted diluted EPS

59.0p

77.4p

(24%)

 

*

Excluding lease obligations

**

Adjusted for share-based payments and acquisition and non-operational costs

 

Business Highlights

·   

Delivered robust performance despite impact of COVID-19, in line with market expectations, underpinned by the strength of our customer propositions and enabled by high levels of customer retention

·   

Continued to invest in technology, product and people, reflecting our confidence in our business and the market opportunity

·   

Strengthened the leadership team across the business, providing the capability to scale the business and capitalise on growing market opportunities

·   

Momentum increased towards the end of the financial year and continued into FY22 with contract wins across the Group and substantially strengthened pipeline

·   

Launched KX Insights for cloud-native streaming analytics, generating positive customer reaction and early commercial traction, with major sales campaigns planned during current year

·   

Multiple new contracts won in key target markets, with examples across automotive (Williams Racing), energy (major US gas and electricity utility), manufacturing (semiconductor manufacturer), telecoms (leading North American telco) and FinTech (MUFG).

 

Acceleration of growth strategy and change in Group structure

·  

New Group structure and focus: Proposed renaming of the Group as FD Technologies plc, comprising three businesses - KX, First Derivative and MRP - to enable each brand to communicate its distinct value proposition for its respective market and maximise its growth opportunity

·  

Accelerated growth strategy based on growing demand for real-time continuous intelligence and increased ability to deliver following advances in our technology, leadership and commercialisation capabilities

·  

KX at the heart of our propositions:  KX will be the focus of investment and our goal is to enable KX to become the market-leading technology for real-time streaming analytics, which represents a $39bn addressable market by 2025 growing at 30% per annum

  

·   

Targeting growth in KX exit annual recurring revenue (ARR)* of at least 25% for the current financial year

·  

Greater focus in First Derivative: First Derivative, which comprises our managed services and consulting business plus elements of our software services revenue, will benefit from sharper focus on target markets where it has the greatest in-depth expertise, and which are areas of key focus for our clients

 

·   

Targeting 10% revenue growth for the current financial year

·  

Driving returns in MRP: MRP will seek to consolidate its position as a market leading digital platform in Account Based Marketing offering the only enterprise class, predictive ABM solution

 

·   

Targeting 20% growth in platform revenue for the current financial year

·  

Strategic investment: Increased investment in the coming years focused on KX, funded through internally generated cash, to accelerate our technology development, increase sales and marketing spend and scale the Group

·  

Rationale: This evolution of the Group strategy will maximise the potential opportunity addressed by each division and significantly accelerate our growth potential over the medium term, targeting a doubling of revenue by FY25 with a significant bias in growth to recurring software revenue.

 

Current trading and outlook

·   

The Board is providing guidance for the current financial year which reflects the improved momentum across the Group's business units, as well as the cost impact of the investment to accelerate growth

·   

The Board anticipates that revenue for the year will be in the range of £255m to £260m, with adjusted EBITDA in the range of £31m - £33m.

 

Donna Troy, Chairman of FD, commented: "Following a detailed review by the Board, informed by growing market opportunities resulting from the increasing capabilities of our technology, we have concluded that now is the time for targeted investment that will accelerate our growth and establish KX as a world-leading horizontal technology for real-time streaming analytics. We are excited to announce this acceleration of our strategy and look forward to delivering enhanced value for our customers and shareholders."

 

Seamus Keating, CEO of FD, commented: "Using streaming analytics to inform and automate operational decisions is one of the most important growth areas in technology today, and KX enables this for our customers. During the past year we have positioned the business to scale rapidly to address this opportunity, by accelerating our technology roadmap, strengthening our leadership, developing our commercial strategy and putting in place enhanced systems and processes to scale the Group. By increasing our investment in the business we unlock the potential for rapid growth and for KX to become a key part of tomorrow's technology ecosystem."

 

*

Exit annual recurring revenue (ARR) is the value at the end of the accounting period of the software and subscription recurring revenue to be recognised over the proceeding twelve months

  

For further information, please contact:

First Derivatives plc

Seamus Keating, Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Preston, Chief Financial Officer

Ian Mitchell, Head of Investor Relations

+44(0)28 3025 2242

www.firstderivatives.com

 

 

Investec Bank plc

(Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Andrew Pinder

Carlton Nelson

Sebastian Lawrence

+44 (0)20 7597 5970

 

 

Goodbody (Euronext Growth Adviser and Broker)

David Kearney

Don Harrington

Finbarr Griffin

+353 1 667 0420

 

 

FTI Consulting

Matt Dixon

Dwight Burden

Darius Alexander

Elena Kalinskaya

+44 (0)20 3727 1000

 

 

About FD

FD is a group of data-driven businesses that unlock the value of insight, hindsight and foresight to drive organisations forward. The Group comprises KX, the leading technology for real-time continuous intelligence; First Derivative, a provider of technology-led services in capital markets; and MRP, the only enterprise-class, predictive Accounts Based Marketing solution. FD operates from 15 offices across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, and employs more than 2,500 people worldwide.

 

For further information, please visit www.firstderivatives.com and www.kx.com 

 

Results presentation

 

FD will publish a pre-recorded presentation today at 07.05 BST on its website at https://firstderivatives.com/investor-relations/presentations/. The Group will also host a live results Q&A session for analysts at 09.30 BST today. Further details can be obtained by contacting FTI Consulting.

 

Business Review

FD comprises three businesses - KX, First Derivative and MRP - that unlock the value of data to drive organisations forward. During the year, the Group delivered a robust financial performance, responding effectively to the challenges resulting from COVID-19. Revenue was flat at £237.9m and, after continuing to invest in line with our growth strategy, adjusted EBITDA of £40.5m was achieved, down 11%. The Board has decided not to recommend a final dividend in light of the investment announced today.

 

We made good operational progress:

 

Technology - we prioritised interoperability, ease of use and cloud native capabilities as we seek to build our base of recurring revenue. Most notably, we recently released KX Insights, a cloud-first platform that fully leverages the benefits of cloud architecture natively to deliver fast, scalable real-time data insights without the added burden of infrastructure, complicated upgrades or the need to optimise for different cloud environments. KX Insights has been certified to run natively on all major hyperscale cloud providers including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. Our roadmap goes beyond this, as we plan to package streaming data analytics workloads into cloud native microservices. Existing customers who move to this new subscription will benefit from faster migrations to the cloud by integrating these new components into their applications.

 

Furthermore, these components will be combined to create a cloud native horizontal platform, applicable to a wide range of use cases and industries and appealing to a broad community of users. New subscription customers will consume the whole KX Insights platform as an end-to-end application that will seamlessly unify streaming data with the universe of stored data. Key roadmap goals are to reduce deployment times to accelerate 'time to value' and to appeal to as wide a developer community as possible, which will be achieved by abstracting our proprietary programming language away from the end user.

 

This platform will also support advanced analytics and SQL querying, opening up more use cases to KX and further promoting adoption and ease of use.

 

Commercial - we made progress with cross-selling and up-selling to existing customers, adding a number of new customers and signing several new partnership agreements across our target markets. In capital markets, we signed deals with major financial institutions including a European bank and a stock exchange in South America for the use of KX; in other target markets notable deals included a major utility in the US for use cases built on the analysis of streaming meter data, an electronics manufacturer for anomaly detection and predictive alerts for yield management and a major telco for revenue assurance and usage querying. We formalised our partner agreements with the hyperscale cloud providers to enable seamless scaling of KX and recently signed an agreement with Databricks for the use of KX as a high-performance solution for its customers.

 

Scaling the Group - to support our growth plans we invested in our leadership capabilities and systems. At the Group level we added three new Non-Executive Directors, each bringing expertise and experience in scaling world-leading technology companies, and new executive appointments in a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. At our business units we appointed a Chief Technology Officer and Chief Revenue Officer for KX; in MRP and First Derivative we appointed new leaders.

 

Progress across these key strategic priorities was a key determining factor in the Board's decision to accelerate its growth strategy.

 

Investment in growth strategy

During the year the Board conducted a review of the opportunities arising from the evolution of the market for streaming analytics and the market-leading performance capabilities of KX. It was concluded from independent market analysis, as well as our discussions with strategic partners and existing and potential customers, that demand for continuous intelligence was increasing and that KX has a key role to play in enabling performant access to the data that decisions are based on.

 

During the past year we have seen increasing focus from leading industry analysts such as Gartner and Forrester on the use of real-time streaming analytics to improve business operations and increase efficiency. This coincides with growing demand post COVID-19 for greater automated decision-making based on real-time data as part of digital transformation initiatives. Gartner forecasts that by 2022 most business systems will feature real-time data capabilities and this, together with rapidly growing streaming data volumes, underpins the requirement for performant access to the data through technologies such as KX.

 

To deliver on this opportunity, the Board has approved additional investment of £16m in the current year, of which £11m represents operating cost. This investment is focused on KX, and will:

 

·   

Accelerate the KX technology road map: focused on enabling KX to operate natively on the cloud, and further increasing its ease of use and interoperability.

·   

Greatly increase the go-to-market capability of the business: by increasing our sales team depth and industry / geographical coverage, growing our contribution from strategic partners and investing in brand marketing.

·   

Further increase our ability to scale rapidly to deliver the growth envisaged by the Board.

 

Together with this investment the Board has approved a new structure for the Group with three business units, KX, First Derivative and MRP, each with its own distinct commercial proposition, go-to-market strategy, addressable market and target growth rate. Subject to shareholder approval at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting, the Group will be renamed FD Technologies plc. These changes enable clearer commercial focus on the opportunities for each business while our financial reporting will also provide greater insight for stakeholders.

 

KX - the leading technology for real-time continuous intelligence

 

Its ultra-high-performance analytics capability enables KX to be the technology that powers continuous intelligence. Our goal is to see widespread adoption of our technology across industries, with complete deployment freedom spanning down to the device level, installed within the customer's operations or operating seamlessly across cloud infrastructures. This power and flexibility, together with the cost of ownership and return on investment benefits, provide the opportunity for KX to become the market-leading technology for real-time streaming analytics.

 

This opportunity is forecast to be valued at $39bn per annum by 2025, growing at 30% per annum, according to Adroit Market Research, which resonates with our own assessment of the opportunities in our target markets.

 

To position KX to benefit fully from this growth opportunity, in the current financial year an additional £16m will be invested, comprising:

 

·   

An additional £7m in sales and marketing to build out our sales capabilities and strengthen our brand and market awareness

·   

A further £5m in R&D to accelerate the cloud capabilities of KX and its interoperability and ease-of-use

·   

Infrastructure investment of £4m in FY22, including new ERP and CRM systems, to support the delivery of growth.

 

As part of this reorganisation, all KX services other than pre-sales, implementation and support services revenue will be delivered by and reported within First Derivative. We will also phase out sales of our technology on a perpetual license basis. As a result, KX revenue will predominantly comprise high-margin recurring license revenue which, if we achieve our plans for KX, will be growing at market-leading rates. To enable stakeholders to assess our performance against our targets, we will provide additional non-statutory metrics, including annual recurring revenue and net revenue retention rates.

 

KX is targeting growth in exit ARR of at least 25% per annum through FY25 and a gross margin of at least 80% by FY25.

 

First Derivative - technology-led services in capital markets

 

First Derivative is formed by merging FD's former managed services and consulting business with the KX services capability to form a technology and data services provider in our primary market of FinTech. It has three key offerings:

 

·   

Vendor services: implementation, support and managed services for third-party vendor systems including Calypso and Murex

·   

Business services: regulation and compliance, client services and automation

·   

Data services: Data preparation, data management, data science, KX services and cloud migration support

 

While not requiring significant further investment, First Derivative will benefit from sharper focus on its target markets where it has the greatest in-depth expertise, and which are areas of key focus for our clients. This approach has already returned the business to growth in H2 2021, despite the impact of COVID-19, and we believe it can return to double digit revenue growth during the current year.

  

MRP - the only enterprise-class, predictive ABM solution

 

MRP is at the forefront of Account Based Marketing (ABM), with its Prelytix platform enabling sales and marketing organisations to grow new business by identifying and engaging the most likely buyers of our clients' products and services. Powered by KX to provide deep and timely insights into customer and potential customer behaviour, Prelytix provides a high return on investment and is rated among the leaders in its space by industry analysts such as Forrester and Ovum. Prelytix subscribers are supported by MRP through the provision of engagement services that together drive industry-leading return on investment for our clients.

 

Our assessment of the current addressable market for MRP is $12 billion per annum in 2022, growing at a rate in excess of 20% per annum.

 

The Board expects MRP will benefit from recovery in its end markets, which were impacted by COVID-19, and as a result of planned product launches. MRP is targeting growth in platform revenue of at least 20% per annum through FY25 and a 70% gross margin by FY25.

 

People

Strengthening leadership at the Group and business unit level to support our growth strategy was a key focus during the year. We appointed three Non-Executive Directors, each bringing expertise and experience in scaling world-leading technology companies - Ayman Sayed, CEO of BMC Software; Thomas Seifert, CFO of Cloudflare; and Steve Fisher, former CTO of eBay and who also held senior technology leadership roles at salesforce.com. We also made Group senior executive appointments, including Kathy Schneider, formerly of Sungard and Level 3, as Chief Marketing Officer.

 

We also made significant additions to the executive teams within our business units, with the recruitment of high calibre individuals including: within KX, Eric Raab, who has a wealth of CTO experience gained at high-growth technology companies including Information Builders and Yodle, as Chief Technology Officer and Alan Coad, formerly leading enterprise sales at Google Cloud and Pivotal, as Chief Revenue Officer; at MRP, Scott Matthews, who has a track record building successful SaaS companies including Crowdtwist, as Chief Executive Officer; and at First Derivative, David Collins, formerly of GFT and Capco, as Managing Director. All have previous experience in high growth enterprise technology companies.

 

We also appointed Ryan Preston as CFO in January 2021, succeeding Graham Ferguson who wished to devote more time to his other interests including supporting the development of Northern Ireland-based SMEs. Ryan was formerly the Group's Deputy CFO.

 

The Group employs more than 2,500 people, up from more than 2,400 at the same time last year. While we initially paused recruitment in response to COVID-19, we resumed hiring to keep pace with growing demand, and during the year added 424 new employees. Attrition rates were at the lower end of the typical range.

 

The past year has placed unprecedented demands on employees, who have demonstrated great commitment and flexibility to support our clients and each other. The Board thanks them for their efforts and continued engagement. 

 

COVID-19

The pandemic was a significant factor throughout our financial year, impacting both our operations and the business environment. Operationally, our priorities were the safety and health of our employees and supporting the mission-critical activities of our clients. The effectiveness of our planning and the measures we introduced enabled us to transition seamlessly to the remote delivery of all the services we provide to clients. We put in place measures that supported our employees' physical and mental well-being and liaised closely with clients to meet their needs effectively and pre-empt any change in requirements.

 

To safeguard the business we put in place mitigating measures including suspending non-essential travel, deferring executive bonuses and suspending dividend payments. The Group did not utilise any Government financial assistance measures related to COVID-19 and nor did it furlough any employees during the year. To ensure liquidity, in March 2020 we drew down £34.2m from our available finance facility with the funds placed on deposit. Given the Group's strong cash generation in the first half of the year, this was repaid in the second half.

 

The business impact was felt predominantly in changes in customer behaviour, including a lengthening of sales cycles, particularly in the early months of the pandemic, which resulted in lower growth rates across our businesses and a reduction in adjusted EBITDA. As we emerge from the pandemic, we expect to see an acceleration of digital transformation in general, and continuous intelligence in particular, opening up many new opportunities for KX.

 

Current trading and outlook

The Board is providing guidance for the current financial year which reflects the improved momentum across our business units, as well as the cost impact of the accelerated growth detailed today.

 

The Board anticipates that revenue for the current financial year will be in the range £255m to £260m, with adjusted EBITDA in the range £31m - £33m. The factors affecting this guidance include:

 

·   

KX: while the pipeline is considerably stronger than at the same point in 2020 and we expect growth in exit ARR of at least 25%, growth in recurring software revenue is expected to be offset by a planned reduction in perpetual license revenue

·   

First Derivative and MRP: we expect improved performance such that adjusted EBITDA for each division will exceed pre-COVID-19, FY20 levels

·   

Incremental increase in operating expenses of £11m as a result of the additional investment to accelerate growth announced today, together with an additional £5m of R&D cost, the majority of which is expected to be capitalised.

 

The Board considers that the actions announced today position the Group to deliver on exciting growth opportunities in KX while driving profitability in First Derivative and MRP. It has set growth targets that, if achieved, should generate strong returns for investors driven by high levels of recurring software revenue as KX builds on its market-leading position within continuous intelligence.

 

Financial review

Revenue and Margins

The table below shows the movement in FY21 from the historical analysis of the Group's performance between software & services and managed services & consulting, to the new segmental analysis of KX, First Derivative and MRP. KX comprises the FinTech and Industry segments of software & services, including services revenue from pre-sales, implementation and support. First Derivative comprises the managed services and consulting segment, along with other KX services which represented £28.9m of revenue in FY21, as detailed in the first column in italics below. MarTech revenue, formerly included in software and services, is now reported under MRP, as detailed in the second column in italics. FY20 is reported on the same basis for KX, First Derivative and MRP. In addition we have provided performance metrics for each Business Unit which will further highlight how we are delivering growth.

 

 

2021

2020

 

 

 

Former reporting

 

 

New segmental reporting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group

Software & Services

Managed Services & Consulting

Software to First Derivative

Software to MRP

KX

First Derivative

MRP

Group

KX

First Derivative

MRP

Group change

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

237.9

147.4

90.5

28.9

44.2

74.3

119.4

44.2

237.8

71.2

119.3

47.3

0%

Cost of sales

(136.9)

(66.1)

(70.8)

(19.5)

(26.1)

(20.5)

(90.3)

(26.1)

(136.6)

(22.4)

(88.3)

(26.0)

0%

Gross profit

101.0

81.3

19.7

9.5

18.0

53.8

29.1

18.0

101.1

48.8

31.0

21.3

(0%)

Gross margin

42%

 

 

 

 

72%

24%

41%

43%

68%

26%

45%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R&D expenditure

(15.9)

(15.8)

(0.1)

0.0

(1.9)

(13.9)

(0.1)

(1.9)

(13.1)

(12.0)

0.0

(1.2)

21%

R&D capitalised

13.4

13.3

0.1

0.0

1.8

11.5

0.1

1.8

10.4

10.4

0.0

0.0

28%

Net R&D

(2.6)

(2.6)

0.0

0.0

(0.1)

(2.4)

0.0

(0.1)

(2.7)

(1.5)

0.0

(1.2)

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing costs

(39.3)

(30.8)

(8.5)

(2.3)

(7.9)

(20.6)

(10.8)

(7.9)

(35.4)

(15.7)

(10.8)

(8.9)

11%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted admin expenses

(18.7)

(11.9)

(6.8)

(1.0)

(4.3)

(6.6)

(7.8)

(4.3)

(17.5)

(6.1)

(7.6)

(3.8)

6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

40.5

36.1

4.4

6.1

5.7

24.3

10.5

5.7

45.5

25.5

12.6

7.4

(11%)

Adj. EBITDA margin

17%

 

 

 

 

33%

9%

13%

19%

36%

11%

16%

 

 

Group revenue was unchanged at £237.9m (2020: £237.8m), driven by growth in KX balanced by lower revenue in MRP and a flat performance in First Derivative. Group gross profit was also unchanged at £101.0m, representing gross margin of 42%, down marginally from 43% in the prior period. Lower services utilisation in First Derivative and MRP was balanced by margin improvement in KX. As stated in our results and trading updates during the year, we continued to invest in R&D and sales and marketing which resulted in adjusted EBITDA declining by 11% to £40.5m.

 

KX

 

KX total

FinTech

Industry

 

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

 

£m

£m

 

£m

£m

 

£m

£m

 

Revenue

74.3

71.2

4%

65.3

59.5

10%

9.0

11.7

(23%)

Perpetual

10.7

11.9

(10%)

7.9

7.8

2%

2.8

4.0

(32%)

Recurring

37.7

34.2

10%

35.0

31.4

12%

2.7

2.8

(4%)

Total licenses

48.4

46.0

5%

43.0

39.2

10%

5.4

6.8

(21%)

Services

25.9

25.2

3%

22.3

20.3

9%

3.6

4.9

(26%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

53.8

48.8

10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

24.3

25.5

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KX revenue increased by 4% to £74.3m, driven by growth in recurring license revenue of 10% to £37.7m, with recurring license revenue representing 51% of total revenue (2020: 48%). Pre-sales, implementation and support services revenue increased by 3% to £25.9m, despite investment in our customer success team which resulted in some senior staff being removed from short-term revenue-generating roles to focus on pre-and post-sales engagement with customers. Perpetual license revenue decreased by 10% as we started the transition to focus on recurring revenue, to further increase revenue predictability.

 

Growth was strongest in our core FinTech market, where recurring revenue increased by 12%. We won a number of new contracts, including a major European bank which made a significant commitment to use KX within its capital markets trading operation and a major Japanese bank which consolidated all its on-premise data into KX on AWS to enable real-time monitoring and alerts. Industry revenue declined by 23% to £9.0m, reflecting a lengthening of sales cycles as potential customers focused on transitioning their existing operations to remote working rather than transformational projects.

 

Gross profit increased by 10% as a result of the increase in software license revenue in the revenue mix, while adjusted EBITDA fell by 5% principally due to a 31% increase in sales and marketing costs.

 

Performance metrics

2021

2020

 

 

 

 

 

Exit annual recurring revenue (ARR) £m

37.6

37.5

 

Net revenue retention (NRR)

99%

105%

 

Gross profit margin

72%

68%

 

R&D expenditure as % of revenue

19%

17%

 

Sales and marketing spend as % of revenue

28%

22%

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

33%

36%

 

 

 

 

 

We increased our spend on R&D and sales and marketing as a proportion of revenue as we continue to invest to benefit from the growing opportunities for streaming analytics and continuous intelligence.

 

First Derivative

 

The table below shows the performance of First Derivative, which incorporates the revenue shown as managed services and consulting with KX services revenue other than pre-sales, implementation and support services revenue, which remains within KX. The KX services revenue within First Derivative principally consists of development work for clients and associated services.

2021

2020

Change

£m

£m

 

 

 

 

119.4

119.3

0%

21.3 

20.9 

2%

98.1

98.4

(0%)

 

 

 

29.1

 31.0

(6%)

 

 

 

10.5

12.6 

(17%)

 

Despite the impact of COVID-19, First Derivative revenue was unchanged from the prior year at £119.4m, reflecting the long-term and mission-critical nature of the services we provide and the strength of client relationships. We transitioned quickly to remote working to deliver our services and, while the pandemic impacted levels of new project work in the short term, we saw a strengthening of demand towards the end of the period, continuing into the current year. The lockdown in December 2020 led to onboarding delays for a number of projects, without which we would have reported growth for the year - these projects are now running and provide confidence that First Derivative will deliver growth in the current year.

 

To drive predictable growth, First Derivative is seeking to increase the number of managed service contracts it signs, under which it takes responsibility for the delivery of a service typically on a multi-year contract. Recent examples of such deals include a multi-year application support and development contract signed with a major Japanese bank. Across its practices, First Derivative is seeking to take greater responsibility for the delivery of packages of work, which should provide increased value to our clients and translate to increased gross margins for First Derivative over time.

 

Performance metrics

2021

2020

 

 

 

Gross profit margin

24%

26%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

9%

11%

 

Gross and EBITDA margins held up well as we managed the cost in First Derivative in response to COVID-19 and would have improved on the prior year but for delays to project onboarding towards the end of the financial year as a result of the lockdowns in Europe in late 2020 / early 2021.

 

MRP

The table below shows the performance of MRP, which previously was included within the Group's software revenue under MarTech.

 

2021

2020

 

£m

£m

Change

 

 

 

44.2

47.3

(7%)

24.2

25.6 

(5%)

19.9

21.7 

(8%)

 

 

 

18.0

 21.3

(15%)

 

 

 

5.7

7.4 

(22%)

 

MRP provides global sales and marketing leaders with an enterprise class predictive Account Based Marketing (ABM) platform and supporting products and services to enable them to identify and engage potential customers earlier and more effectively, driving greater revenue and market share. MRP's Prelytix platform uses KX's data analytics capabilities to deliver predictive analytics derived from billions of data points, enabling clients to dynamically assess their marketplace and to activate a wide range of sales and marketing tactics informed by real-time insights. Our focus is on growing recurring software revenue, which is derived from a combination of subscriptions to MRP's Prelytix platform and data-driven engagement between our clients and their prospects using Prelytix. We also provide marketing products and services to enable clients to engage with prospective customers and to progress them through their sales funnel.

 

COVID-19 impacted the entire year and all of the geographies in which MRP operates. In H1, some existing clients paused subscription renewals and services spend as a result of macroeconomic uncertainty and their desire to focus on serving existing customers rather than driving new sales. In H2, while customer spending in Europe and the Asia Pacific region improved, North America was weaker than expected, partly driven by cuts in marketing budgets and also by the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Against this backdrop for the year, software revenue held up well, while services revenue experienced a 10% reduction.

 

Towards the period end and in early FY22 we have seen an encouraging rebound in spending, particularly in North America, with both new customer wins representing significant multi-year commitments and existing customers increasing their spend with MRP. Our development roadmap for MRP includes ongoing upgrades to the Prelytix platform, along with new and enhanced products that provide the potential to accelerate growth and help us achieve our target growth rate in software revenue through to FY25.

 

Performance metrics

2021

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform revenue £m

24.2

25.6

 

 

Gross profit margin

41%

45%

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

13%

16%

 

 

 

Software revenue held up well despite the impact of COVID-19, declining by 4% for the reasons discussed above. Gross and adjusted EBITDA margins declined as we continued to invest to support MRP's growth opportunity.

 

Adjusted EBITDA

The reconciliation of operating profit to adjusted EBITDA is provided below:

 

2021 

 

2020 

 

£m 

 

£m 

 

 

 

 

Operating Profit 

           17.0  

 

          21.7  

 

 

 

 

Acquisition and non-operational costs  

             1.3  

 

            2.0  

Share based payment and related costs 

             2.4  

 

            3.1  

Depreciation and amortisation 

           19.8  

 

          18.7  

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA 

           40.5  

 

          45.5  

 

 

Profit before tax

Adjusted profit before tax decreased by 22% to £20.2m (2020: £25.9m) held back by higher depreciation and software amortisation charges due to the impact of increased R&D in recent years. This was balanced by increased finance income related to the sale of the Group's stake in Quantile Technologies, which is excluded from adjusted profit before tax. Reported profit before tax decreased by 39% to £11.1m (2020: £18.3m) with a major non-operational factor being exchange rate differences which represented a £3.2m charge for the period compared with a £1.0m benefit in the prior year. This was driven by a higher than typical level of dollar balances held, due to lower investments / acquisitions and improved cash collection in the US.

 

 The reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to reported profit before tax is provided below.

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

£m

 

£m

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

40.5

 

45.5

 

 

 

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Depreciation

(6.9)

 

(6.3)

Amortisation of software development costs

(9.3)

 

(8.7)

Financing costs

(4.2)

 

(4.6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted profit before tax

20.2

 

25.9

 

 

 

 

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

(3.6)

 

(3.7)

Share based payment and related costs

(2.4)

 

(3.1)

Acquisition and non-operational costs, associate disposal costs and changes in deferred consideration

(1.3)

 

(2.0)

Profit / (loss) on foreign currency translation

(3.2)

 

1.0

Share of profit of associate

(0.1)

 

0.1

Finance income

1.6

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reported profit before tax

11.1

 

18.3

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

Reported profit after tax decreased by 40% to £9.0m (2020: £14.9m) and reported diluted earnings per share decreased by 41% to 32.0p per share (2020: 54.2p). Exchange rate differences accounted for a major part of this decline.

 

The adjusted profit after tax for the period of £16.6m (2020: £21.3m) represented a decrease of 22%. The calculation of adjusted profit after tax is detailed below:

 

2021

 

2020

 

£m

 

£m

 

 

 

 

Reported profit after tax

9.0

 

14.9

 

 

 

 

Adjustments from profit before tax

9.0

 

7.6

Tax effect of adjustments

(1.4)

 

(1.3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted profit after tax

16.6

 

21.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (diluted)

28.1m

 

27.5m

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EPS (fully diluted)

59.0p

 

77.4p

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance sheet

Total assets increased by £14.2m with cash and cash equivalents increasing by more than 100% to £55.2m (2020: £26.1m). Loans and borrowings fell to £92.8m (2020: £105.2m) of which £65.1m related to bank loans (2020: £75.5m) and the remainder to lease liabilities.

 

 

Cash generation and net debt

 

The Group generated £46.7m of cash from operating activities before taxes paid (2020: £34.4m) representing 115% conversion of adjusted EBITDA (2020: 75%). The performance during the period benefited from lower growth rates which improved working capital as well as an increased focus on cash collection, while there was an also a benefit from revenue recognised in 2020 where the cash was collected in early 2021. We continue to expect cash generated from operating activities to represent 80-85% of adjusted EBITDA in a year where growth reaches our target levels.

 

The Group also benefitted from an £11.3m inflow from investments, of which £11.0m represents an inflow from the partial sale of our holding in Quantile Technologies. The investment occurred as part of FD's strategy of assisting companies that were adopting KX in new and innovative ways. This programme has been de-emphasised in recent years and the Group has instead focused its efforts on signing partnership agreements with OEMs, systems integrators and hyperscale cloud providers.

 

At the period end, net debt was £9.9m (2020: £49.4m). The factors impacting the movement in net debt are summarised in the table below:

 

2021

 

2020

 

£m

 

£m

 

 

 

 

Opening net debt (excluding lease liabilities)

(49.4)

 

(16.5)

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operating activities

46.7

 

34.4

Taxes paid

(1.3)

 

(3.0)

Dividends paid

-

 

(7.4)

Capital expenditure: property, plant and equipment

(1.5)

 

(2.3)

Capital expenditure: intangible assets

(13.8)

 

(11.0)

Acquisition of subsidiaries

-

 

(42.9)

Investments

11.3

 

(1.6)

Issue of new shares

8.3

 

10.1

Interest, foreign exchange and other

(10.3)

 

(9.2)

 

 

 

 

Closing net debt (excluding lease liabilities)

(9.9)

 

(49.4)

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend

The Board did not declare an interim dividend due to uncertainty regarding COVID-19. In light of the decision to increase investment in KX, the Board has decided not to recommend the payment of a final dividend for the full year.

 

Definition of terms

The Group uses the following definitions for its key metrics:

Exit annual recurring revenue (ARR) is the value at the end of the accounting period of the software and subscription recurring revenue to be recognised over the proceeding twelve months.

Net retention rate (NRR): is based on the actual revenues in the quarter annualised forward to 12 months and compared to the annualised revenue from the four quarters prior. The customer cohort is comprised of customers in the quarter that have generated revenue in the prior four quarters.

Adjusted admin expenses is a measure used in internal management reporting which comprises administrative expenses per the statement of comprehensive income of £42.0m (2020: £41.8m) adjusted for depreciation and amortisation of £19.8m (2020: £18.7m), share based payments and related costs of £2.4m (2020: £3.1m), acquisition and non-operational costs of £1.3m (2020: £2.0m) and net of impairment (loss)/gain on trade and other receivables of £0.2m (2020: gain of £0.3m) and other income of £0.1m (2020: £0.2m).

 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

Year ended 28 February 2021

 

 

 

2021

2020

 

Note

£'000

£'000

Revenue

 

 

 

Software licenses and services

2

147,365

148,401

Managed services and consulting

2

90,502

89,389

Total revenue

 

237,867

237,790

Cost of sales

 

 

 

Software licenses and services

2

(66,062)

(67,184)

Managed services and consulting

2

(70,826)

(69,458)

Total cost of sales

 

(136,888)

(136,642)

Gross profit

 

100,979

101,148

Operating costs

 

 

 

Research and development costs

 

(15,948)

(13,132)

- Of which capitalised

 

13,398

10,431

Sales and marketing costs

 

(39,252)

(35,399)

Administrative expenses

 

(42,036)

(41,818)

Impairment (loss)/gain on trade and other receivables

 

(215)

336

Other income

 

96

179

Total operating costs

 

(83,957)

(79,403)

Operating profit

 

17,022

21,745

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

1,606

26

Finance expense

 

(4,183)

(4,666)

(Loss)/gain on foreign currency translation

 

(3,240)

1,019

Net finance costs

 

(5,817)

(3,621)

Share of (loss)/gain of associate, net of tax

 

(58)

126

Profit before taxation

 

11,147

18,250

Income tax expense

 

(2,150)

(3,357)

Profit for the year

 

8,997

14,893

 

 

 

2021

2020

 

 

£'000

£'000

Profit for the year

 

8,997

14,893

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

 

Equity investments at FVOCI - net change in fair value

 

2,349

-

Net gain on sale of FVOCI holding

 

4,746

-

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

 

 

 

Net exchange (loss)/gain on net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

(10,657)

1,394

Net gain/(loss) on hedge of net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

2,611

(2,920)

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax

 

(951)

(1,526)

Total comprehensive income for the period attributable to owners of the parent

 

8,046

13,367

 

 

 

 

 

Note

Pence

Pence

Earnings per share

 

 

 

Basic

4a

32.7

55.9

Diluted

4a

32.0

54.2

         

 

All profits are attributable to the owners of the Company and relate to continuing activities.

 

Consolidated balance sheet

As at 28 February 2021

 

 

2021

2020

 

Note

£'000

£'000

Assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

5

33,541

37,143

Intangible assets and goodwill

6

147,513

154,416

Equity accounted investee

 

2,649

2,937

Other financial assets

 

14,760

15,750

Trade and other receivables

 

3,312

5,000

Deferred tax assets

 

14,719

14,982

Non-current assets

 

216,494

230,228

Trade and other receivables

 

75,102

76,330

Current tax receivable

 

3,208

3,142

Cash and cash equivalents

 

55,198

26,068

Current assets

 

133,508

105,540

Total assets

 

350,002

335,768

Equity

 

 

 

Share capital

 

139

136

Share premium

 

99,396

91,002

Merger reserve

 

8,118

8,118

Share option reserve

 

16,790

13,775

Fair value reserve

 

10,682

3,587

Currency translation adjustment reserve

 

(5,628)

2,418

Retained earnings

 

53,177

44,125

Equity attributable to owners of the Company

 

182,674

163,161

Liabilities

 

 

 

Loans and borrowings

 

83,596

94,311

Trade and other payables

 

2,431

2,610

Deferred tax liabilities

 

11,428

10,585

Non-current liabilities

 

97,455

107,506

Loans and borrowings

7

9,244

10,868

Trade and other payables

 

53,591

47,719

Current tax payable

 

269

312

Employee benefits

 

6,769

6,202

Current liabilities

 

69,873

65,101

Total liabilities

 

167,328

172,607

Total equity and liabilities

 

350,002

335,768

  

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

Year ended 28 February 2021

 

Share

capital

Share

premium

Merger

reserve

Share

 option

reserve

Fair value

reserve

Currency

translation

adjustment

Retained

earnings

Total

 equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance at 1 March 2020

136

91,002

8,118

13,775

3,587

2,418

44,125

163,161

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

8,997

8,997

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net exchange loss on net investment in foreign subsidiaries

-

-

-

-

-

(10,657)

-

(10,657)

Net exchange gain on hedge of net investment in foreign subsidiaries

-

-

-

-

-

2,611

-

2,611

Net change in fair value of equity investments at FVOCI

-

-

-

-

2,349

-

-

2,349

Net Gain on sale of FVOCI holding

-

-

-

-

4,746

-

-

4,746

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

7,095

(8,046)

8,997

8,046

Transactions with owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax relating to share options

-

-

-

820

-

-

-

820

Exercise of share options

3

8,281

-

-

-

-

-

8,284

Issue of shares

-

113

-

-

-

-

-

113

Share based payment charge

-

-

-

2,250

-

-

-

2,250

Transfer on forfeit of share options

-

-

-

(55)

-

-

55

-

Balance at 28 February 2021

139

99,396

8,118

16,790

10,682

(5,628)

53,177

182,674

                     

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity

Year ended 29 February 2020

 

Share

capital

Share

premium

Merger

reserve

Share

 option

reserve

Fair value

reserve

Currency

translation

adjustment

Retained

earnings

Total

 equity

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance at 1 March 2019

131

79,726

8,118

10,744

3,587

3,944

36,560

142,810

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

14,893

14,893

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net exchange gain on net investment in foreign subsidiaries

-

-

-

-

-

1,394

-

1,394

Net exchange loss on hedge of net investment in foreign subsidiaries

-

-

-

-

-

(2,920)

-

(2,920)

Total comprehensive income for the year

-

-

-

-

-

(1,526)

14,893

13,367

Transactions with owners of the Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax relating to share options

-

-

-

1,411

-

-

-

1,411

Exercise of share options

4

10,123

-

-

-

-

-

10,127

Issue of shares

-

58

-

-

-

-

-

58

Issue of shares as contingent deferred consideration

1

1,095

-

-

-

-

-

1,096

Share based payment charge

-

-

-

1,645

-

-

-

1,645

Transfer on forfeit of share options

-

-

-

(25)

-

-

25

-

Dividends to owners of the Company

-

-

-

-

-

-

(7,353)

(7,353)

Balance at 29 February 2020

136

91,002

8,118

13,775

3,587

2,418

44,125

163,161

                     

 

Consolidated cash flow statement

Year ended 28 February 2021 

 

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Profit for the year

8,997

14,893

Adjustments for:

 

 

Net finance costs

5,818

3,621

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

6,876

6,291

Amortisation of intangible assets

12,889

12,377

Equity-settled share based payment transactions

2,250

1,645

Grant income

(49)

(179)

Share of loss of associate

58

(126)

Tax expense

2,150

3,357

 

38,989

41,879

Changes in:

 

 

Trade and other receivables

1,707

(18,869)

Trade and other payables

5,972

11,340

Cash generated from operating activities

46,668

34,350

Taxes paid

(1,253)

(2,957)

Net cash from operating activities

45,415

31,393

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

Interest received

40

26

(increase) in loans to other investments

(122)

-

Decrease in loans to other investments

992

(604)

Settlement of NCI forward

-

(42,874)

Acquisition of other investments and associates

(510)

(1,044)

Sale of other investments

10,987

-

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(1,502)

(2,295)

Acquisition of intangible assets

(13,775)

(10,972)

Net cash used in investing activities

(3,890)

(57,763)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

Proceeds from issue of share capital

8,284

10,127

Drawdown of loans and borrowings

34,208

76,933

Repayment of borrowings

(38,350)

(36,751)

Payment of lease liabilities

(4,554)

(4,531)

Interest paid

(4,564)

(3,482)

Dividends paid

-

(7,397)

Net cash generated from financing activities

(4,976)

34,899

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

36,549

8,529

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at 1 March

26,068

18,798

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash held

(7,419)

(1,259)

Cash and cash equivalents at 28/29 February

55,198

26,068

 

1.    Basis of preparation

 

The consolidated financial statements consolidate those of the Company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the "Group").

 

The financial information included in this preliminary announcement does not constitute statutory accounts of the Group for the years ended 28 February 2021 nor 29 February 2020 but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2020 have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies and those for 2021 will be delivered following the Company's Annual General Meeting. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their reports were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report, and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Both the consolidated financial statements and the Company financial statements have been prepared and approved by the Directors in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRSs").

 

No changes in accounting policies

 

2.    Operating and business segments

 

Information about reportable segments

 

Managed services and consulting

Software

Total

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue by industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

90,502

89,389

147,365

148,401

237,867

237,790

Cost of sales

(70,826)

(69,458)

(66,062)

(67,184)

(136,888)

(136,642)

Gross profit

19,676

19,931

81,303

81,217

100,979

101,148

 

Geographical location analysis

 

Revenues

Non-current assets

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

UK

68,718

66,878

59,837

56,485

Rest of Europe

39,371

42,862

16,561

15,218

America

103,401

100,596

122,313

142,476

Australasia

26,377

27,454

3,064

1,067

Total

237,867

237,790

201,775

215,246

 

Disaggregation of revenue

 

Managed services and consulting

Software

Total

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue by industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

FinTech

90,502

89,389

94,162

89,398

184,664

178,787

MarTech

-

-

44,161

47,299

44,161

47,299

Other

-

-

9,042

11,704

9,042

11,704

 

90,502

89,389

147,365

148,401

237,867

237,790

Type of good or service

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale of goods - perpetual

-

-

10,595

11,856

10,595

11,856

Sale of goods - recurring

-

-

61,951

59,789

61,951

59,789

Rendering of services

90,502

89,389

74,819

76,756

165,321

166,145

 

90,502

89,389

147,365

148,401

237,867

237,790

Timing of revenue recognition

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a point in time

-

-

10,595

11,856

10,595

11,856

Over time

90,502

89,389

136,770

136,545

227,272

225,934

 

90,502

89,389

147,365

148,401

237,867

237,790

 

3.    Dividends

 

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

Dividends paid to the owners of the parent

 

 

Final dividend relating to the prior year

-

5,084

Interim dividend paid

-

2,269

 

-

7,353

 

The dividends recorded in each financial year represent the final dividend of the preceding financial year and the interim dividend of the current financial year.

No final dividend was declared in relation to the comparative period and no interim dividend was declared or paid relating to the current year.  In the prior year the 2019 final dividend of 19.30p per share and the 2020 interim dividend of 8.50p per share were paid.  The cumulative dividend paid during the year amounted to nil (previous year: 27.80p) per share.

After the respective reporting dates, the following dividends were proposed by the Directors. The dividends have not been provided for and there are no income tax consequences.

 

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

Nil per ordinary share (2020: Nil)

-

-

 

 

4.    a) Earnings per ordinary share

Basic

The calculation of basic earnings per share at 28 February 2021 was based on the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of £8,997k (2020: £14,893k), and a weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue of 27,505k (2020: 26,628k).

 

2021

2020

 

Pence

per share

Pence

per share

Basic earnings per share

32.7

55.9

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

 

2021

2020

 

Number

'000

Number

'000

Issued ordinary shares at 1 March

27,150

26,162

Effect of share options exercised

352

437

Effect of shares issued as purchase consideration

-

27

Effect of shares issued as remuneration

3

2

 

Diluted

The calculation of diluted earnings per share at 28 February 2021 was based on the profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of £8,997k (2020: £14,893k ) and a weighted average number of ordinary shares after adjustment for the effects of all dilutive potential ordinary shares of 28,126k (2020: 27,502k).

 

2021

2020

 

Pence

per share

Pence

per share

Diluted earnings per share

32.0

54.2

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (diluted)

 

2021

2020

 

Number

 '000

Number

 '000

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (basic)

27,505

26,628

Effect of dilutive share options in issue

621

874

Weighted average number of ordinary shares (diluted) at 29 February

28,126

27,502

 

At 28 February 2021 120,058 shares (2020: 18,885) were excluded from the diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares calculation as their effect would have been anti-dilutive. The average market value of the Group's shares for the purposes of calculating the dilutive effect of share options was based on quoted market prices for the year during which the options were outstanding.

4. b) Earnings before tax per ordinary share

Earnings before tax per share are based on profit before taxation of £11,147k (2020: £18,250). The number of shares used in this calculation is consistent with note 4(a) above.

 

2021

2020

 

Pence

per share

Pence

per share

Basic earnings before tax per ordinary share

40.5

68.5

Diluted earnings before tax per ordinary share

39.6

66.4

 

Reconciliation from earnings per ordinary share to earnings before tax per ordinary share:

 

2021

2020

 

Pence

per share

Pence

per share

Basic earnings per share

32.7

55.9

Impact of taxation charge

7.8

12.6

Basic earnings before tax per share

40.5

68.5

Diluted earnings per share

32.0

54.2

Impact of taxation charge

7.6

12.2

Diluted earnings before tax per share

39.6

66.4

 

Earnings before tax per share is presented to facilitate pre-tax comparison returns on comparable investments.

4. c) Adjusted earnings after tax per ordinary share

Adjusted earnings after tax per share is based on an adjusted profit after taxation of £16,602k (2020: £21,283k). The adjusted profit after tax has been calculated by adjusting the Profit after tax £8,997k (2020: £14,894k) for the amortisation of acquired intangibles after tax effect of £3,184k (2020: £3,155k), share based payment and related charges after tax effect of £1,911k (2020: £2,526k), acquisition costs after tax effect of £1,102k (2020: £1,635k), share of loss of associate after tax effect of £58k (2020: profit £126k), the loss on foreign currency translation after tax effect of £2,613k (2020: profit £802k), and finance income from sale of investment after tax effect of £1,263k (2020:nil). The number of shares used in this calculation is consistent with note 4(a) above.

 

2021

2020

 

Pence

per share

Pence

per share

Adjusted basic earnings after tax per ordinary share

60.4

79.9

Adjusted diluted earnings after tax per ordinary share

59.0

77.4

 

5.    Property, plant and equipment

Group

 

 

Leasehold

improvements

£'000

 

Plant and

equipment

£'000

 

Office

furniture

£'000

Right-

of-use assets

£'000

Total

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2020

5,958

17,163

1,763

30,914

55,798

Additions

371

1,090

42

2,975

4,478

Disposals

(60)

(6,169)

(450)

(379)

(7,058)

Exchange adjustments

(45)

(198)

(6)

(920)

(1,169)

At 28 February 2021

6,224

11,886

1,349

32,590

52,049

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2020

2,851

11,228

1,096

3,480

18,655

Charge for the year

624

1,790

249

4,214

6,877

Disposals

(60)

(6,169)

(450)

-

(6,679)

Exchange adjustments

(94)

(4)

(1)

(246)

(345)

At 28 February 2021

3,321

6,845

894

7,448

18,508

 

 

 

Leasehold

improvements

£'000

 

Plant and

equipment

£'000

 

Office

furniture

£'000

Right-

of-use assets

£'000

Total

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2019

5,092

16,151

1,201

-

22,444

Recognition of right-of-use asset on initial application of IFRS 16

-

-

-

24,964

24,964

Additions

124

1,767

404

5,612

7,907

Exchange adjustments

742

(755)

158

338

483

At 29 February 2020

5,958

17,163

1,763

30,914

55,798

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2019

2,099

9,425

758

-

12,282

Charge for the year

657

1,848

288

3,498

6,291

Exchange adjustments

95

(45)

50

(18)

82

At 29 February 2020

2,851

11,228

1,096

3,480

18,655

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying amounts

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2019

2,993

6,726

443

-

10,162

At 29 February 2020

3,107

5,935

667

27,434

37,143

At 28 February 2021

2,903

5,041

455

25,142

33,541

  

6.    Intangible assets and goodwill

Group

 

Goodwill

£'000

Customer

lists

£'000

Acquired

software

£'000

Brand

name

£'000

Internally

 developed

 software

 £'000

Total

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2020

110,639

13,259

29,908

769

70,280

224,855

Development costs

 

 

 

 

13,398

13,398

Additions

-

-

377

-

-

377

Exchange adjustments

(7,112)

(792)

(1,750)

(36)

(147)

(9,837)

At 28 February 2021

103,527

12,467

28,535

733

83,531

228,793

Amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2020

-

9,848

21,556

633

38,402

70,439

Amortisation for the year

-

1,235

2,332

50

9,272

12,889

Exchange adjustment

-

(657)

(1,269)

(31)

(91)

(2,048)

At 28 February 2021

-

10,426

22,619

652

47,583

81,280

 

 

Goodwill

£'000

Customer

lists

£'000

Acquired

software

£'000

Brand

name

£'000

Internally

 developed

 software

 £'000

Total

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2019

107,390

12,897

28,668

751

59,559

209,265

Development costs

-

-

541

-

10,431

10,972

Additions

-

-

-

-

-

-

Exchange adjustments

3,249

362

699

18

290

4,618

At 29 February 2020

110,639

13,259

29,908

769

70,280

224,855

Amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 1 March 2019

-

8,303

18,818

566

29,613

57,300

Amortisation for the year

-

1,315

2,315

54

8,693

12,377

Exchange adjustment

-

230

423

13

96

762

At 29 February 2020

-

9,848

21,556

633

38,402

70,439

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying amounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 March 2019

107,390

4,594

9,850

185

29,946

151,965

At 29 February 2020

110,639

3,411

8,352

136

31,878

154,416

At 28 February 2021

103,527

2,041

5,916

81

35,948

147,513

 

7.    Loans and borrowings

 

Group

Company

 

2021

2020

2021

2020

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Secured bank loans

5,492

6,337

5,492

6,337

Lease liabilities

3,752

4,531

1,398

1,814

 

9,244

10,868

6,890

8,151

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

Secured bank loans

59,622

69,156

59,622

69,156

Lease liabilities

23,974

25,155

11,442

11,098

 

83,596

94,311

71,064

80,254

 

8.    Report and accounts

Copies of the Annual Report will be available as of 8 June 2021 on the Group's website, www.firstderivatives.com and from the Group's headquarters at 3 Canal Quay, Newry, BT35 6BP.

 

 

 

 

 

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