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Eagle Eye Solutions Group PLC
16 March 2022
 

 

16 March 2022

 

Eagle Eye Solutions Group plc

("Eagle Eye", the "Group", or the "Company")

 

Half Year Results for the six months ended 31 December 2021

Strong financial performance and record new business pipeline

 

Eagle Eye, a leading SaaS technology company that creates digital connections enabling personalised, real-time marketing through coupons, loyalty, apps, subscriptions and gift services, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2021 (the "Period").

 

Financial Highlights

 

 

H1 2022

H1 2021

Change

Group revenue

£15.1m

£10.8m

+40%

Recurring subscription and transaction revenue

£11.5m

£8.0m

+44%

Recurring revenue % of Group revenue

76%

73%

+3ppt

Period end Annual Recurring Revenue*

£18.9m

£13.0m

+45%

Net Revenue Retention**

130%

108%

+22ppt

Gross margin

£14.0m

£9.8m

+43%

Adjusted EBITDA***

£3.1m

£2.1m

+50%

Profit/(loss) after tax

£0.6m

£(0.1)m

Maiden profit

Net cash**** at 31 December

£1.8m

£0.1m

+2,125%

 

* Period End Annual Recurring Revenue is defined as period exit rate for recurring AIR subscription and transaction revenue plus any professional services contracted for more than 12 months hence and secured new wins, excluding any seasonal variations and lost contracts.

**Net retention rate is defined as the improvement in recurring AIR revenue excluding new wins in the last 12 months.

***EBITDA has been adjusted for the exclusion of share-based payment charges along with depreciation, amortisation, interest and tax from the measure of profit.

**** Net cash is defined as cash and cash equivalents less financial liabilities.

 

Operational Highlights

·   Revenue growth across all major geographical regions of North America, UK & Europe and Australia &  New Zealand

·    Strong new business 'Win' performance, securing Halfords Group in the UK and two further US customers secured post Period end; a substantial three-year contract win with one of the largest national US grocery retailers and a multi-year agreement with regional food, fuel and pharmacy retailer, Giant Eagle

·  Several significant customer contracts moved into the transactional phase, including Woolworths in Australia, Staples US Retail and Virgin Red

·    Successful deepening with customers increasing their digital marketing activities post-pandemic, including Asda, Pret A Manger, Pizza Express, Liberty Retail Limited, Mitchells & Butlers and Woolworths

·    Continued investment in people and product R&D to support further growth and capitalise on the global shift towards personalised digital marketing by retailers

 

Outlook

·    Entered the second half of the year in a strong position, as shown by the considerable increase in ARR

·    Positive trading in Q3 to date, in line with the Board's expectations

·    New business pipeline continues to grow at record levels, both in the UK and internationally

 

Tim Mason, Chief Executive of Eagle Eye, said: "With the pandemic having accelerated the digital strategies of retailers around the world, personalised digital engagement with consumers is more relevant than ever. The strong revenue and profit performance in the period, growth of our international customer base and continued successful consolidation in the UK, demonstrates our ability to execute on this opportunity.

 

"Our multi-year contracts and successful record of expansion with customers provides a growing recurring revenue base which, coupled with a record new business pipeline and supportive market drivers, underpins the Board's confidence in another year of growth and the long-term success of Eagle Eye."

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Tim Mason, Chief Executive Officer

Lucy Sharman-Munday, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Tel: 0844 824 3686

Investec (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)

Corporate Finance: Sebastian Lawrence / Pippa Harries

Corporate Broking: David Anderson / Sara Hale / Nick Prowting

 

Tel: 020 7597 5970

 

Shore Capital (Joint Broker)

Corporate Finance: Hugh Morgan / Daniel Bush

Corporate Broking: Henry Willcocks

 

Tel: 020 7408 4090

Alma PR

Caroline Forde / Hannah Campbell

Tel: 020 3405 0205

 

 

 

About Eagle Eye

 

Eagle Eye is a leading SaaS technology company transforming marketing by creating digital connections that enable personalised performance marketing in real time through coupons, loyalty, apps, subscriptions and gift services.

 

Eagle Eye AIR enables the secure issuance and redemption of digital offers and rewards at scale, across multiple channels, enabling a single customer view. We create a network between merchants, brands and audiences to enable customer acquisition, interaction and retention at lower cost whilst driving marketing innovation.

 

The Company's current customer base comprises leading names in UK Grocery, Retail, Leisure and Food & Beverage sectors, including Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose and John Lewis & Partners, Virgin Red, JD Sports, Pret A Manger, Greggs, Mitchells & Butlers, Pizza Express; in North America, Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Southeastern Grocers, Staples US Retail and Giant Eagle and in Australia & New Zealand, Woolworths Group and The Warehouse Group.

 

 

Strategic Report

 

Overview

 

Eagle Eye has delivered a strong strategic and financial performance in the first six months of the financial year, demonstrating the benefits of our high-quality SaaS business model. With our customer strategy delivering across all three areas of Win, Transact and Deepen, we have built on the momentum of the prior year, returning to pre-pandemic growth rates.

 

The strength of our business and the attractiveness of our offering is evident in the strong revenue and profit performance, delivering 50% growth in adjusted EBITDA to £3.1m on revenue growth of 40%, to £15.1m. We are gradually increasing the Group's EBITDA margins, whilst we continue to invest, and this growing level of profits is now flowing through into positive cash generation. Importantly, we continue to benefit from low customer churn and high levels of annual recurring revenue, providing us with confidence to continue to invest to support our future growth.

 

We are seeing growing momentum in our international markets, announcing two further retailers to our US roster after the Period end. With North America expected to become one of the largest digital promotions markets in the world, these wins are a clear demonstration of our ability to execute on that opportunity. We are also excited by the prospects for our Australia operation and the access it provides us to South East Asia.

 

We continue to invest in our people and products while significantly broadening and deepening our customer base in key geographies, providing us with the foundations for growth acceleration over the medium term. The pandemic has accelerated the digital engagement strategies of retailers around the world to provide customers with a relevant digital marketing solution. This, coupled with the proven enterprise capabilities of the Eagle Eye AIR platform, position the Group well to capture a growing proportion of this expanding market.

 

Growing market opportunity and competitive strength

 

The competitive strength at the heart of the AIR platform is its ability to deliver personalised marketing messages to consumers securely, at an enterprise scale, via a multitude of channels. It is this ability to personalise a customer's journey, in real time, at every interaction, which is driving the growing interest in our product.

 

Accelerated by the pandemic, the shift to digital continues at pace, with retailers of all kinds developing their omnichannel capabilities to address rapidly changing consumer shopping behaviours. Meanwhile, the awareness of how valuable it can be to personalise that experience is growing. According to recent analysis by Boston Consulting Group, redirecting just 25% of a retailer's spending on mass promotion to personalised offers would increase their return on investment (ROI) by 200%, leading to a top-line growth opportunity of more than $70 billion annually for US retailers. Commentary like this encourages businesses to actively evaluate the opportunities for personalisation.

 

The desire for convenience, and use of digital methods to deliver savings, is growing, globally. New INMAR intelligence data shows strong growth in digital coupons since 2018, surpassing paper free standing inserts (FSIs) for the first time in the US in the first half of 2021, with digital coupon redemptions accounting for 33% of all coupon redemptions, compared to 24% for FSIs. Digital coupons not only provide the most convenience and personalisation for a consumer but are a simple and effective way to reduce paper consumption across the globe, thereby reducing a company's environmental footprint.

 

Eagle Eye AIR has the ability to sit across the entire marketing ecosystem, connecting all the elements required to deliver personalised marketing at scale. As part of our growth strategy, we will continue to create partnerships and collaborations with other businesses in the industry, such as Neptune Retail Solutions and Chargebee, using their expertise to strengthen our offering and leveraging their marketing reach.

 

Delivering against our growth strategy

 

I am pleased to report good progress across our growth strategy during the first half of the financial year:

 

1."Win, Transact and Deepen"

 

-     'Win': bring more customers on to the Eagle Eye AIR platform;

-     'Transact': drive higher redemption and interaction volumes through the platform; and

-     'Deepen': encourage our customers to adopt more of our product portfolio as they become more adept at digital marketing.

 

Win

 

There was an increase in the win rate, both in the UK and internationally, resulting in an uplift in "Win" related revenue. New customer highlights secured in the Period include Halfords Group plc for customer engagement and two new US customers post Period end.

 

Our high level of customer retention means that each new customer win significantly adds to our growth prospects, through expanding the use of the platform and the addition of new services.

 

Transact

 

As a result of a number of significant customer contracts reaching the transactional phase, in addition to further deepening with existing clients, chargeable AIR redemption and interaction volumes, a key measure of usage of Eagle Eye AIR, increased by 40% to 635m (H1 2021: 452m).

 

The Period saw a decline in SMS volumes as anticipated, driven by the decreased use of Click & Collect following the lifting of lock-down measures by the UK government. Revenue from this stream has been broadly maintained, at £1.2m (H1 2021: £1.2m) but as expected fell as a share of total revenue to 8% (H1 2021: 11%).

 

Eagle Eye AIR is also used by brands to run campaign activations across our growing Retailer, Operator and Audience Network. This was one of the key areas of the business impacted by the COVID-19 lockdowns. This has slowly started to recover, growing 13% from £0.3m in H1 2021 to £0.4m in the Period. With over 7,100 UK hospitality venues on Eagle Eye AIR, we have an attractive platform for Brands to exploit, as they seek the means to recapture lost revenue and strengthen their businesses as a result of the pandemic.

 

Deepen

 

Our customers continued to expand their use of AIR, highlighting the increasing relevance of our technology and the release of pent up demand post COVID-19.  This success can be seen in the growth in our Net Revenue Retention rate, which increased to 130% (H1 FY21: 108%). Customer expansions included supporting Asda in the trial of a new loyalty programme, Asda Rewards, Pret A Manger with the expansion of the coffee subscription service into France and the U.S., as well as the launch of a trial loyalty scheme, Pret Perks and the launch of a subscription service for Liberty Retail Limited. We are also working in partnership with MethodWorx, a software development and digital transformation agency, to launch long-standing digital promotions customer, Pizza Express' new loyalty programme, PizzaExpress Club. This scheme is the first of its kind by a UK hospitality operator, using the AIR stampcard feature alongside our Digital Wallet to manage customers' personal stampcards and reward coupons. We also deepened our partnership with Mitchells & Butlers through the launch of a new project to gather data on different offer types used by customers whilst also helping to reduce fraud.

 

Pleasingly, our long-term contract customer churn rate by value remains very low at 0.04% (H1 2021: 0.2%), with good levels of renewals taking place.

 

2. Innovation

 

Innovation continues to lie at the heart of our proposition, investing in the capabilities of Eagle Eye AIR to ensure that our technology continues to benefit our customers, and their consumers.

 

Personalised Promotions

 

We continue to increase the ways in which retailers can create value for their customers through personalised offers and promotions.  A new feature launched in the Period allows retailers to set rules for coupons to be shared within a household, adding to the attractions of the promotions. POS Connect continues to be an area of significant investment, with recent enhancements supporting clients across multiple time zones, enabling additional tactics such as multiple rewards, and offering further segmentation qualifications and new stacking rules to give clients even more flexibility in their execution. There has also been a big emphasis on enriching the ecommerce integration process.  

 

Gift

 

We have streamlined the consumer experience of our gift portals making it easier and faster to purchase a gift card. We recently introduced a postcode lookup feature which ensures a frictionless customer journey and reduces errors that later need to be rectified. Our self-service management portal also allows clients to manage their gift programme themselves and speeds up the set-up of new gift clients.

 

Subscriptions

 

Clients can now offer subscriptions where the monthly/annual fee is loaded as redeemable credit that can be spent online or in-store. This brings guaranteed spend and a direct relationship with customers along with access to all data relating to the subscription and other purchases. We are working with Chargebee, who provided a pre-integrated payment solution enabling the programme to be up and running in weeks. This is already being used by Liberty London for their Beauty Drop subscription service.

 

Integrations

 

Our aim is to be the most flexible, scalable and future-proofed promotions and loyalty platform in the market. Through our APIs, we make it easy for retailers to seamlessly integrate our AIR platform with their tech stack. In the Period we added 5 new integrations and now have over 80 integrations across Point-of-sale, eCommerce, CRM, data analytics and payments technologies.

 

3. International Growth

 

We have continued to execute against our international growth strategy in the Period, winning new business and strengthening existing customer relationships across our key territories. We continue to invest in our international capabilities to ensure we have the ability to deliver our revenue growth.  

 

North America

 

We have been delighted by the progress in North America in the year to date. With the US estimated to be the largest digital promotions market in the world, due to the huge value of promotions by Consumer Packaged Goods businesses, it is an important area of focus for the Group. The recent successes, with new clients secured both directly and through our influential partner, Neptune Retail Solutions ('NRS'), and an expanding US sales pipeline are hugely encouraging.

 

We were pleased to announce post Period end two further significant wins. The first is a three-year contract with our partner NRS, the leading omnichannel retail marketing company, to provide digital promotion services, including coupon at till, for a national U.S. grocer. Our partnership with NRS brings together a powerful omnichannel proposition that is compelling for retailers and branded manufacturers and we expect to drive further customer interest. This is the second joint client for NRS and Eagle Eye in the US, following the signing of Southeastern Grocers in December 2019.

 

The second is a multi-year agreement with Giant Eagle, a regional food, fuel and pharmacy retailer and one of the 40 largest family operated companies in the US, to facilitate its new digital loyalty platform and increased promotional capabilities. Eagle Eye was directly selected by Giant Eagle for its breadth of capabilities and ability to facilitate a personalised loyalty platform at scale. 

 

The Group's work with Southeastern Grocers and Staples US Retail have continued to progress well, with the success of these programmes elevating the profile of Eagle Eye in the US market. 

 

In Canada, we signed a three-year contract to extend our partnership with Loblaw Companies Ltd ("Loblaw") to power the PC OptimumTM loyalty program. Loblaw is using Eagle Eye's AIR digital marketing platform as well as professional services to ensure ongoing innovation to deliver value to PC OptimumTM members. Eagle Eye continues to support the PC OptimumTM program at EssoTM and MobilTM stations including the launch of redemption at nearly 2,000 EssoTM fuel stations across Canada. With Esso ExtraTM program retirement, PC OptimumTM is the sole loyalty program at EssoTM stations in Canada.

 

Australasia

 

With two of the largest retailers in the Australasia region now customers, we are exploring the sales opportunity in the wider Asia Pacific region. The Group believes there to be a good level of enterprise prospects in the region.

 

Our significant five-year contract with Woolworths went live in August 2021 to the members of the Everyday Rewards loyalty scheme, just 10 months after contract signature. A range of new features continue to be introduced to members of the scheme. This year we will begin work with Woolworths New Zealand, operator of over 180 Countdown branded supermarkets in New Zealand.

 

We continued our work with The Warehouse Group, one of the largest retailing groups in New Zealand. In January, its largest retail banner, The Warehouse, went live nationally with an app-first loyalty programme, The Market Club. We continue to work with The Warehouse Group as it seeks to deliver more features to members of its fast-growing programme.

 

4. "Better, Simpler, Cheaper"

 

We have developed a proven business model to grow our EBITDA margin whilst also investing as we 'Win' in sales and marketing and enhancements to the product to generate new opportunities for growth.

 

Our people costs represent 78% of the operating costs of the business in H1 2022 (H1 2021: 78%) and we recognise they are our biggest asset. As we have moved through the pandemic and workforces have become more mobile, our business model has allowed us to use remuneration as one of the levers to reward and retain our best people. Continued investment in H2 2022 is built into our plan, in line with the model we have developed.

 

ESG

 

We are committed to high ESG standards that we formalised with a new structure in 2021. Our focus is on materiality and where we can make a difference, building on the foundations we already had in place.

 

Environmental                                      

 

We are focused on ensuring our environmental footprint remains low. Through our digital solution, we have been able to eliminate paper, aiding the sustainability of our customers' solutions. Our key technology suppliers also have serious, relevant environmental targets and the assessment of their appropriateness is now a key part of our supplier code of conduct. The remote working practices accelerated by the pandemic have significantly reduced travel requirements across the Group thereby cutting our carbon emissions. In addition to this, we have a commitment to plant trees in order to offset our carbon footprint.

 

Social

 

We remain committed to our goal of being a great place to work by creating an environment where our people can flourish. We have developed values and a culture that set us apart with our people being the differentiator. By delivering an extensive training programme and rewarding our employees well, Eagle Eye recognises the importance of its greatest asset.

 

We have continued hosting our Company Value Awards and Purple Awards which demonstrate that all the value we create is thanks to our people. We have also continued to develop our senior management team across the group through the launch of the "Purple Pathways" (career development) programme, which has seen a number of employees move into senior roles. This has not only strengthened the skills of our management team to deliver value for our customers but has also aligned and empowered staff on the strategy of the business.

 

We launched our 'Purple Women' initiative in FY21 aimed at supporting women through all aspects of their work/home life. This key initiative has progressed well during the first half of the financial year as our business strives to become a role model for women in tech.  We have implemented new family friendly policies including: greater emphasis on flexible working; work experience programmes; education and support of health-related issues impacting our employees; extended paid leave for parents; and additional support for parents returning to work.

 

As part of our ongoing commitment to charity work, we have partnered with 52 Lives, a charity built around the concept of 'kindness' who find people who need help and then deliver it. We have launched the Purple Places Challenge, which will see the team walk, run, cycle and row their way around the world, as part of our efforts to raise money for 52 Lives and we will continue to run several more fundraising events over the course of the year.

 

Governance

 

We maintain our strong corporate governance framework which we have already adopted by following the QCA Code. In the first half we have seen progress made against the new structure we implemented during FY21. We have now agreed a matrix made up of 16 KPIs against the three categories of ESG to assess our status and monitor our progress, with suitable actions identified. These KPIs, including environmental consumption, gender pay gap and board independence, are compared to the market median to allow focus on areas of improvement. A full report will be issued within the Company's Annual Report and Accounts.

 

 

Financial review

 

Key performance indicators

H1 2022

H1 2021

Change

 

 

 

]

Financial

£000

£000

 

Revenue

15,112

10,829

+40%

Recurring subscription and transaction revenue

11,489

7,959

+44%

  - licence revenue

5,699; 38%

3,799; 35%

+3ppt

  - AIR transaction revenue

4,584; 30%

3,037; 28%

+2ppt

- SMS transaction revenue

1,205; 8%

1,123; 10%

-2ppt

Total recurring revenue

76%

73%

+3ppt

ARR

£18.9m

£13.0m

+45%

NRR

130%

108%

+22ppt

Adjusted EBITDA1

3,138

2,095

+50%

Operating profit before interest and tax

613

236

160%

Profit/(loss) after tax

£0.6m

£(0.1)m

Maiden profit

   Net cash2

1,802

81

+2,125%

   Cash and cash equivalents

2,202

1,181

+86%

Short term borrowings

(400)

(1,100)

-64%

 

 

 

 

Non-financial

 

 

 

Chargeable AIR redemption and interaction volumes

635.0m

452.2m

+40%

Long term contract customer churn by value

0.04%

0.21%

-0.17ppt

1 Adjusted EBITDA excludes share-based payment charges along with depreciation, amortisation, interest and tax from the measure of profit

2 Net cash is cash and cash equivalents less borrowings

3 Recurring subscription and transaction revenue is referred to a 'Recurring revenue'

 

Revenue and gross profit

 

During the Period, the Group delivered strong revenue growth of 40% to £15.1m (H1 2021: £10.8m), building on momentum from Q4 2021 and achieving growth in all areas of our customer strategy: Win, Transact, Deepen.

 

Revenue generated from recurring subscription fees and transactions over the network increased to £11.5m (H1 2021: £8.0m), representing 76% (H1 2021: 73%) of total revenue for the Period. This growth was driven primarily through the international business where revenue increased by 140% to £4.7m (H1 2021: £1.9m) due to new clients in the Period, such as Staples and Woolworths, and increased volumes from existing clients, such as SEG. In addition, there was a recovery from the Covid-19 impact on the prior period reflected in the buoyant Black Friday and Christmas periods along with further deepening in existing UK recurring AIR business which increased by 15% to £5.3m (H1 2021: £4.6m).

 

Professional services revenue increased by 26% to £3.6m (H1 2021: £2.9m). Under IFRS 15, a SaaS business will typically recognise revenue (including implementation revenue from professional services) over time. In some cases, implementation revenue is now recognised over the period the service is live. Therefore, during the period of implementation for a new client, which is typically between two and six months, no revenue will be recognised, although directly attributable associated costs are also spread over this period, matching revenue and costs. Revenue from professional services that has been deferred into future periods, but delivered and billed, was £1.8m at 31 December 2021 (31 December 2020: £0.6m).

 

In addition, as new professional services are layered on top as we deepen our relationships with clients, this creates a wave of secured professional services revenues which are being recognised over the period to the end of the current contract term. When a contract is renewed this process starts again and a new wave is formed as we continue to deepen. FY 2022 sees a number of these contract renewals which, in addition to existing clients deepening by once again implementing their growth plans as Covid-19 restrictions have eased has contributed to an increase in professional services revenue of 26% to £3.6m (H1 2021: £2.9m).

 

The Group's Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR), which is our period exit rate for recurring AIR subscription and transaction revenue plus any professional services contracted for more than 12 months hence and secured new wins, excluding any seasonal variations and lost contracts, increased by 45% to £18.9m (H1 2021: £13.0m). The growth rate is higher than the overall revenue growth due to the securing of long-term professional services in some enterprise accounts, versus the comparative period.

 

The Group has a strong Net Revenue Retention (NRR) rate, which is the improvement in recurring AIR revenue excluding new wins in the last 12 months. It has improved in the period to 130% (H1 2021: 108%) due to successful deepening of existing accounts.

 

Chargeable AIR redemption and interaction volumes, a key measure of usage of the AIR platform, increased by 40% to 635.0m (H1 2021: 452.2m), broadly in line with the growth in recurring subscription and transaction revenue.

 

Gross profit grew 43% to £14.0m (H1 2021: £9.8m) with gross margin of 93% (H1 2021: 91%). The change in gross margin reflects the lower relative contribution of the lower margin SMS business. SMS revenue increased by 6% to £1.2m (H1 2021: £1.2m) but as expected fell as a share of total revenue to 8% (H1 2021: 11%). AIR margin was maintained at 98% (H1 2021: 98%). Cost of sales includes the cost of sending SMS messages, revenue share agreements and outsourced bespoke development work. All internal resource costs are recognised within operating costs, net of capitalised development and contract costs.

 

Adjusted operating costs and EBITDA

 

Adjusted operating costs increased 41% to £10.9m (H1 2021: £7.7m) as the business has invested in line with our planned growth investment model. Adjusted operating costs represents sales and marketing, product development (net of capitalised costs), project delivery (net of capitalised implementation costs), operational IT, general and administration costs.

 

Net staff costs, which represent 59% of adjusted operating costs (H1 2021: 62%), increased to £6.4m (H1 2021: £4.8m) reflecting annual pay awards, increased performance related bonuses and investment in the people of Eagle Eye, with headcount rising from an average of 141 in FY 2021 to 158 at 31 December 2021, with investment in people continuing in H2 2022 in line with our investment model. With the Google Cloud transition now complete, IT infrastructure costs increased slightly behind the rate of recurring revenue growth, up 46% to £2.9m (H1 2021: £2.0m). Other operating costs, which are either discretionary or are not correlated to changes in revenue, were £1.6m (H1 2021: £1.0m), as the Group has increased its spend on marketing to take advantage of the changing landscape and reflecting the legal costs of entering the Group's new banking facility with Silicon Valley Bank.

 

We have continued to invest in our products where total spend in the Period was £2.4m (H1 2021: £2.2m). Capitalised product development costs were £1.1m (H1 2021: £1.0m) whilst amortisation of capitalised development costs was £1.1m (H1 2021: £1.1m). Contract costs (including costs to obtain contracts and contract fulfilment costs), recognised as assets under IFRS 15, were £1.0m (H1 2021: £0.2m) and amortisation of contract costs was £0.6m (H1 2021: £0.2m).

 

The strong sales performance and controlled investment spend has seen adjusted EBITDA grow by 50% to £3.1m (H1 2021: £2.1m). To provide a better guide to the underlying business performance, adjusted EBITDA excludes share-based payment charges along with depreciation, amortisation, interest and tax from the measure of profit.

 

The GAAP measure of operating profit before interest and tax increased 160% to £0.6m (H1 2021: £0.2m), reflecting the growth in EBITDA partially offset by higher amortisation and share-based payment charges.

 

Earnings per share

 

Net finance expenses reduced 10% to £0.04m (H1 2021: £0.04m) reflecting the lower level of utilisation of the Group's revolving credit facility and the reduced cost of the new Silicon Valley Bank facility.

 

The tax credit of £0.02m (H1 2021: charge of £0.29m) reflects the recognition of a deferred tax asset in the UK reflecting the expected utilisation of a proportion of the historic losses brought forward and UK research and development tax credits received offset by tax payments for the Group's profitable operations in North America.

 

The Group reported a maiden profit after taxation of £0.6m (H1 2021: loss of £0.1m) and reported basic earnings per share improved to 2.29p (H1 2021: loss of 0.36p) primarily reflecting the improvement in profit.

 

Cash and net debt

 

The Group ended the Period with net cash of £1.8m (H1 2021: £0.1m) being better than the Board's expectations. This followed an improved cash performance, driven by the increase in adjusted EBITDA, generating a positive cash inflow of £1.0m (H1 2021: outflow of £1.4m). During the Period, the Group entered a new three year £5m funding facility with Silicon Valley Bank, with up to an additional £2.5m available, subject to credit approval at the time, should there be an appropriate investment opportunity. This provides the business with security and flexibility over its financing options to deliver on its growth aspirations. The Period end net cash, together with the unutilised portion of the Group's £5m revolving credit facility, means the Group has £6.8m available headroom (December 2020: £5.1m) which the Directors believe is sufficient to support the Group's existing growth plans.

 

Statement of financial position

 

The Group had net assets of £6.6m at the end of the Period (June 2021: £5.4m). Net assets include £1.8m of revenue billed to customers but deferred under IFRS 15 (June 2021: £1.0m; December 2020: £0.6m), the increase primarily reflecting the growth in professional services following new client wins and deepening of existing client relationships.

 

Outlook

 

With the pandemic having accelerated the digital strategies of retailers around the world, personalised digital engagement with consumers is more relevant than ever. The growth of our international customer base alongside our continued strong and growing presence in the UK demonstrates our ability to execute on this opportunity.

 

We have entered the second half of the year in a strong position, trading in line with the Board's expectations. Our multi-year contracts and successful record of expansion with customers provides us with a growing recurring revenue base which, coupled with a record new business pipeline and supportive market drivers, underpins the Board's confidence in another year of growth and the long-term success of Eagle Eye.

 

Consolidated unaudited interim statement of total comprehensive income for the six months ended 31 December 2021

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

 

6 months to

 

6 months to

 

Year to

 

 

31 December

 

31 December

 

30 June

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

Note

£000

 

£000

 

£000

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

15,112

 

10,829

 

22,800

Cost of sales

 

(1,122)

 

(1,027)

 

(2,134)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

13,990

 

9,802

 

20,666

Adjusted operating expenses

 

(13,377)

 

(9,566)

 

(20,432)

 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

 

3,138

 

2,095

 

4,215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based payment charge

 

(581)

 

(252)

 

(877)

Depreciation and amortisation

 

(1,944)

 

(1,607)

 

(3,104)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

613

 

236

 

234

Finance expense

 

(35)

 

(39)

 

(108)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

578

 

197

 

126

Taxation

 

19

 

(290)

 

(183)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) after taxation for the financial period

597

 

(93)

 

(57)

Foreign exchange adjustments

 

29

 

(199)

 

(100)

 

Total comprehensive profit/(loss) attributable to the owners of the parent for the financial period

626

 

(292)

 

(157)

(1) Adjusted EBITDA excludes share-based payment charge, depreciation and amortisation

 

 

Earnings/(loss) per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

4

2.29p

 

(0.36)p

 

(0.22)p

Diluted

4

2.01p

 

(0.36)p

 

(0.22)p

               

 

 

 

Consolidated unaudited interim statement of financial position as at 31 December 2021

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

 

31 December

 

31 December

 

30 June

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

 

£000

 

£000

 

£000

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets

 

6,696

 

6,264

 

6,527

Contract fulfilment costs

 

344

 

270

 

196

Property, plant and equipment

 

924

 

865

 

826

Deferred taxation

 

513

 

212

 

121

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,477

 

7,611

 

7,670

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

7,400

 

5,367

 

6,194

Current tax receivable

 

-

 

-

 

221

Cash and cash equivalents

 

2,202

 

1,181

 

1,713

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,602

 

6,548

 

8,128

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

18,079

 

14,159

 

15,798

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

Trade and other payables

 

 

(9,735)

 

 

(7,757)

 

 

(8,575)

Financial liabilities

 

(400)

 

(1,100)

 

(900)

 

 

 

(10,135)

 

(8,857)

 

(9,475)

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other payables

 

(1,343)

 

(858)

 

(928)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

(11,478)

 

(9,715)

 

(10,403)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

6,601

 

4,444

 

5,395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

261

 

258

 

261

Share premium

 

17,503

 

17,315

 

17,503

Merger reserve

 

3,278

 

3,278

 

3,278

Share option reserve

 

4,577

 

3,762

 

3,997

Retained losses

 

(19,018)

 

(20,169)

 

(19,644)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

6,601

 

4,444

 

5,395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated unaudited interim statement of changes in equity for the six months ended 31 December 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in "retained losses" is a cumulative foreign exchange loss balance of £(40,000) (June 2021: £(69,000)).
 

Consolidated unaudited interim statement of cash flow for the six months ended 31 December 2021

 

 

Unaudited

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

 

6 months to

6 months to

 

Year to

 

 

31 December

31 December

 

30 June

 

 

2021

2020

 

2021

 

 

£000

£000

 

£000

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

578

197

 

126

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

149

149

 

297

Amortisation

1,795

1,458

 

2,806

Share-based payment charge

581

252

 

877

Finance expense

35

39

 

108

Increase in trade and other receivables

(1,205)

(527)

 

(1,233)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

1,664

(1,072)

 

(15)

Income tax paid

(373)

(344)

 

(563)

Income tax received

221

-

 

-

Net cash flows from operating activities

3,445

152

 

2,403

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

Payments to acquire property, plant and equipment

(246)

(111)

 

(221)

Payments to acquire intangible assets

(2,113)

(1,288)

 

(2,826)

 

Net cash flows used in investing activities

(2,359)

(1,399)

 

(3,047)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

Net proceeds from issue of equity

-

60

 

251

Proceeds from borrowings

200

1,300

 

2,200

Repayment of borrowings

(700)

(200)

 

(1,300)

Capital payments in respect of leases

(91)

(13)

 

(104)

Interest paid in respect of leases

(16)

(20)

 

(38)

Interest paid

(19)

(19)

 

(71)

 

Net cash flows from financing activities

(626)

1,108

 

938

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents in the period

460

(139)

 

294

Foreign exchange adjustments

29

(199)

 

(100)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

1,713

1,519

 

1,519

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

2,202

1,181

 

1,713

 

Notes to the consolidated unaudited interim financial statements

 

1. Basis of preparation

 

The Group's half-yearly financial information, which is unaudited, consolidates the results of Eagle Eye Solutions Group plc and its subsidiary undertakings up to 31 December 2021. The Group's accounting reference date is 30 June.  Eagle Eye Solutions Group plc's shares are listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM).

 

The Company is a public limited liability company incorporated and domiciled in England & Wales.  The presentational and functional currency of the Group is Sterling. Results in this consolidated financial information have been prepared to the nearest £1,000.

 

Eagle Eye Solutions Group plc and its subsidiary undertakings have not applied IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting, which is not mandatory for UK AIM listed groups, in the preparation of this half-yearly financial report.

 

The accounting policies used in the preparation of the financial information for the six months ended 31 December 2021 are in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of UK adopted International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') and are consistent with those which will be adopted in the annual financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2022.

 

The profit before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and share-based payment charge is presented in the statement of total comprehensive income as the Directors consider this performance measure provides a more accurate indication of the underlying performance of the Group and is commonly used by City analysts and investors.

 

While the financial information included has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement criteria of UK adopted IFRS, these interim financial statements do not contain sufficient information to comply with IFRS.

 

The comparative financial information for the year ended 30 June 2021 has been extracted from the annual financial statements of Eagle Eye Solutions Group plc. These interim results for the period ended 31 December 2021, which are not audited, do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The financial information does not therefore include all of the information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements.

 

Full audited accounts of the Group in respect of the year ended 30 June 2021, which received an unqualified audit opinion and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006, have been delivered to the Registrar of Companies.

 

2. Going concern basis

 

As part of their going concern review the Directors have followed the guidelines published by the Financial Reporting Council entitled "Guidance on Risk Management and Internal Control and Related Financial and Business Reporting''. The Directors have prepared detailed financial forecasts and cash flows looking beyond 12 months from the date of issuance of this half-yearly financial information. In developing these forecasts, the Directors have made assumptions based upon their view of the current and future economic conditions that will prevail over the forecast period.

 

On the basis of the above projections, the Directors are confident that the Group has sufficient working capital to honour all of its obligations to creditors as and when they fall due. In reaching this conclusion, the Directors have considered the forecast cash headroom, the resources available to the Group and the potential impact of changes in forecast growth and other assumptions, including the potential to avoid or defer certain costs and to reduce discretionary spend as mitigating actions in the event of such changes. Accordingly, the Directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing this half-yearly financial information.

 

3. Segmental analysis

The Group is organised into one principal operating division for management purposes. Revenue is analysed as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

 

6 months to

 

6 months to

 

Year to

 

 

31 December

 

31 December

 

30 June

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

 

£000

 

 

£000

 

£000

Development and set up fees

 

3,623

 

2,870

 

5,887

Subscription and transaction fees

 

11,489

 

7,959

 

16,913

 

 

 

15,112

 

10,829

 

22,800

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

 

6 months to

 

6 months to

 

Year to

 

 

31 December

 

31 December

 

30 June

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

 

£000

 

 

£000

 

£000

AIR revenue

 

13,887

 

9,659

 

20,164

Messaging revenue

 

1,225

 

1,170

 

2,636

 

 

 

15,112

 

10,829

 

22,800

 

The majority of the Group's revenue comes from services which are transferred over time.

 

4. Earnings per share

 

The calculation of basic earnings per share is based on the result attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period. The calculation of diluted earnings per share is based on the result attributable to ordinary shareholders divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period, diluted for the effect of options being converted to ordinary shares.

 

 

Unaudited

H1 2022

Earnings

 per share

pence

 

Unaudited

H1 2022

Profit

£000

 

Unaudited

H1 2022

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

 

Unaudited

H1 2021

Loss

 per share

pence

 

Unaudited

H1 2021

Loss

£000

 

Unaudited

H1 2021

Weighted average number of ordinary shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

2.29

 

597

 

26,096,563

 

(0.36)

 

(93)

 

25,747,607

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

2.01

 

597

 

29,750,336

 

(0.36)

 

(93)

 

25,747,607

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Alternative performance measure                            

 

Adjusted EBITDA is a key performance measure for the Group and is derived as follows:

 

 

Unaudited

6 months to

31 December

2021

Unaudited

6 months to 31 December

2020

Unaudited Year to

 30 June

2021

 

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

Add back:

578

197

126

Finance income and expense

35

39

108

Share-based payments

581

252

877

Depreciation and amortisation

1,944

1,607

3,104

Adjusted EBITDA

 

3,138

 

2,095

 

4,215

 

6. Net cash                            

 

 

30 June 2021

Cash flow

Foreign exchange adjustments

31 December 2021

 

 

£000

£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

1,713

460

29

2,202

Financial liabilities

(900)

500

-

(400)

 

Net cash

 

813

960

29

 

1,802

 

7. Availability of this Interim Announcement

 

Copies of this announcement are available on the Company's website, www.eagleeye.com.

 

 

 

 

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