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Scholium Group PLC
30 November 2022
 
                                                             Scholium Group plc                                                                               

Interim Report & Financial Statements

Six Months ended 30 September 2022

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the UK version of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended ("MAR"). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

 

The directors of Scholium Group plc ("Scholium", the "Company" or, together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") present their report and financial statements for the Group for the six months ended 30 September 2022.

Operating highlights

·    Revenues at £4,454k up by 16% compared with prior corresponding period

·    Gross profit of £1,731k up by 36% compared with last year and at an increasingly better margin of 39% (2021: 33%)

·    Pre-tax profit up by 33% to £179k due to improved trading and a sustained recovery from Covid-19 (2021: profit of £135k)

·    Earnings per share increased 33% to 1.32p per share (2021: 0.99p per share)

·    NAV per share of 70.4p (2021: 68.8p)

·    Cash (net of £213k (2021: £250k) Covid loan) is lower by £780k from 31 March at £(515)k at 30 September 2022 due to the unwinding of client cash balances in H1

Financial Summary

Six months ended September

2022

2021

Change

(£000 unless otherwise stated)

 

Restated*

 

Revenue

4,454

3,832

16%





Gross Profit

1,731

1,274

36%





Gross Margin

39%

33%






Pre-Tax Profit

179

135

33%





Inventories

9,482

8,895

7%





Net Cash

(515)

1,000






Net Assets

9,578

9,357

2%

 

 

 

 

NAV/Share (pence)

70.4

68.8

 

David Harland, Chair of Scholium, noted:

"We are pleased with the continuing steady progress made by the Group in recording its third consecutive profitable half-year period. The closure of the Mayfair Philatelics business has proceeded smoothly with minimal impact and we are delighted to see a fuller calendar of trade fairs both in the UK and abroad. On-going geopolitical events present a difficult environment in which to plan but we remain cautiously positive about the coming six month period."

The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Philip Tansey, Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Scholium Group plc

David Harland, Chairman

Philip Tansey, Chief Financial Officer

+44 (0)20 7493 0876

WH Ireland Ltd - Nominated Adviser

Chris Fielding

Megan Liddell

 

+44 (020) 7220 1666

* The 2021 figures have been restated by eliminating the impact of the discontinued operation, Mayfair Philatelics.

Business Review

Scholium is engaged in the business of rare books, modern prints, art and collectibles.  Its primary operating subsidiary is Shapero Rare Books, one of the leading UK dealers trading internationally in rare and antiquarian books and works on paper, which also trades as Shapero Modern, a leading UK dealer in the growing marketplace of modern and contemporary prints.   

Revenue streams

The Group earned revenue in the six months to 30 September 2022 from the sale of rare books, prints and works on paper through Shapero Rare Books and limited sales of remaining stocks in Mayfair Philatelics which the Board had decided to close in the financial year ended 31 March 2022, due to the challenging nature of the collectible stamps market.

 

Strategy and key performance indicators (KPIs)

The Group's strategy is to:

•       provide stable asset-backed growth driven by the markets in which the Group operates;

•       build, either organically or by acquisition, a portfolio of art and collectibles focused businesses to enable further diversification of its revenue and profit streams; and,

•       attract individuals or teams of specialists in markets complementary to the Group's existing businesses.

The current principal KPIs are:

•               sales, gross profit, gross margin and profit before tax;

•               the breadth and distribution of the stock of rare books held by the Group;

•               stock turnover;

•               cash position;

•               net assets per share; and,

•               earnings per share.

Performance Review

Overall Performance

The Group made a profit before tax of £179k during the six months to 30 September 2022, a welcome 33% increase from the profit of £135k for the corresponding period last year. Sales revenues and margins improved despite on-going global events.

Turnover increased by 16% compared to the same period in the prior year.  This was due to significantly higher sales in Shapero Rare Books (SRB). SRB's sales were 16% higher than last year at £4,429k (2021: £3,814k). Gross Profit increased by 36% to £1,731k (2021: £1,274k) reflecting the higher margins achieved in this period.

Group costs, including Distribution and Administrative expenses, increased by 39% to £1,518k (2021: £1,091k).  Almost all of this increase was due to trade fairs and exhibitions which in the prior corresponding period were only starting following the lifting of Covid restrictions.

The results of the Mayfair Philatelics business are shown as Discontinued operations in the financial statements as the decision was taken to close it and significant charges taken in the year ended 31 March 2022. The decision to close the business has led to a focus on selling the remaining stock and collecting the outstanding debtors. This process, whilst involved, is approaching its end and a further £15k of provisions was taken in the period against the likely irrecoverable nature of some of the smaller and older debts.

The Group result for the six months was a profit before tax of £179k (2021: profit of £135k). There is no current or deferred tax charge (2021: £0k) as the Group has utilised tax losses which are not recognised as a deferred tax asset.

Inventories increased by £587k to £9,482k (2021: £8,895k). Group cash balances continue to fluctuate on a monthly basis in line with stock purchases and trade debtors and whether, as in the prior period, certain levels of clients' cash were maintained with the Company pending sales; a significant balance of clients' cash received immediately prior to the year-end date of 31 March 2022 and then released immediately afterwards being the prime driver. Net overdrafts and cash loans of £(515)k at 30 September 2022 (2021: net cash of £1,000k). 

Summary Group Financials

Six months ended September (all figures £'000)

 2022

 2021

Change

Revenue

4,454

3,832

16%

Gross Profit

1,731

1,274

36%

Gross Margin

39%

33%


Distribution Expenses

(368)

(89)

313%

Administrative Expenses

(1,150)

(1,002)

15%

Pre-Tax Profit

179

135

33%





Inventories

9,482

8,895

7%

Net cash

(515)

1,000


Net Assets

9,578

9,357

2%

NAV/Share (pence)

70.4

68.8

2%

 

The Board is focused on demonstrating shareholder return and part of that desire is the analysis of the core performance of the Group's trading business without costs that are related to the non-trading elements such as public company status and other non-directly related or one-off costs not typically expected to be incurred in a 'normal' year.

Six months ended September (£'000) 

2022

2021

Profit

179

135

Add back:



Central costs of the public group

157

158

Mayfair Philatelic losses

15

28

Depreciation & amortisation

171

114

Finance expenses

19

19

Operating EBITDA

541

454

 

Financial Position

The Group retains a strong balance sheet. Net assets of £9,578k (2021: £9,357k) are supported by £9,482k of stock (2021: £8,895k) including an overdraft balance in net cash of £(515)k (2021: cash of £1,000k).  Trade and other payables have decreased substantially on account of significant client cash balances held in advance of sales at the 31 March 2022. The Covid loan drawn down in October 2020 of £250k has been reduced by repayment to the current £213k (2021: £250k). There is 70.4p of net assets per share (2021: 68.8p).

Shapero Rare Books & Shapero Modern

Shapero Rare Books including Shapero Modern continues to be the driver of sales growth and source of trading profits with Group resources balanced between its stock of rare books and prints to maximise sales and profit opportunities.

Shapero Rare Books operates from its first-floor bookshop at 106 New Bond Street, its retail premises on the ground floor of 105 New Bond Street and a separate gallery for modern prints nearby at 43 Maddox Street. The previously separate leases for both premises in New Bond Street were combined into a single lease during the period though for a period of less than 12 months and consequently the Board is focused on securing suitable alternative premises in the near future.

Trading in both Rare Books and Shapero Modern was at increased levels during the first six months of the year compared to the prior year. Turnover increased by 16% as compared to the prior-year period to £4,429k (2021: £3,814k) due to the re-opening after the restrictions of Covid-19. The gross margin of 39% (2021: 33%) reflected higher margins across both books and prints. The profit achieved by this division for the first six months of the financial year was £367k (2021: £319k).

Summary Performance, Shapero businesses

Six months ended September (all figures £'000)

2022

2021

Change

Revenue

 4,429

 3,814

16%

Gross Profit

 1,731

 1,268

37%

Gross Margin

39%

33%


Pre-Tax Profit

367

319


 

Scholium Trading

Scholium Trading was originally set up to trade alongside third-party dealers in rare and collectible items, typically in paintings and works of art. The Board had decided to wind down the business and sell the remaining few items of stock.

Scholium Trading's activity for the first half to 30 September 2022 resulted in sales of £25k (2021: £18k), with a gross profit of £0k (2021: £6k).

 

Mayfair Philatelics

The Board determined that the market for stamps was unable to generate the success and profits seen in books and art and the decision was taken to close the business in the year ended 31 March 2022. The results of the business have been presented and treated as discontinued business within these report and accounts and the impact of this is explained in note 6 to these accounts.

The first half resulted in sales of £28k (2021: £371k). Gross profit, which was principally from the auction activities, amounted to £1k (2021: £169k). Direct costs and overheads amounted to £79k (2021: £197k). The net loss from on-going wind-down activities of £52k was offset against impairment provisions taken in the prior financial period ending March 2022. A further provision in regard to the impairment of stock and debtors of £15k was taken in the current financial period resulting in a pre-tax loss due to discontinued business of £15k (2021: £29k).

 

Costs

Distribution costs have increased significantly driven almost entirely by the costs of trade fairs and exhibitions that had previously been impacted by Covid-19 lockdowns. The central costs of the business include all board directors and other Group level costs including the various costs associated with membership of the AIM market. There were no (2021: £0k) recharges made to the Group's subsidiaries for these central costs in the six months ended 30 September 2022.  The central costs were therefore £157k (2021: £158k). 

Summary Performance, Central costs

Six months ended September (all figures £'000)

2022

2021

Change

Total Costs

(157)

(158)

-%

 

Outlook

The Group is now focused on its two profitable businesses, rare books and modern prints having discontinued the distraction of stamps and Scholium Trading and is looking to continue the profitable performance of the recent eighteen months into the second half of the current financial year.  

Looking forward, the Group is viewing its trading for the second half of the year with cautious optimism.  

 

Key Risks

Like all businesses, the Group faces risks and uncertainties that could impact on the Group's strategy. The Board recognises that the nature and scope of these risks can change and regularly reviews the risks faced by the Group and the systems and processes to mitigate such risks.

The principal risks and uncertainties affecting the continuing business activities of the Group were outlined in detail in the Strategic Report section of the annual report covering the full year ended 31 March 2022.

In preparing this interim report for the six months ended 30 September 2022, the Board has reviewed these risks and uncertainties and considers that there have been no changes since the publication of the 2022 Annual Report.

 

Independent Review Report to Scholium Group plc

 

Conclusion

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2022 which comprises the condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income, the consolidated statement of changes in equity, the condensed consolidated statement of financial position, the consolidated statement of cash flows and the related explanatory notes.

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 September 2022 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with UK adopted International Accounting Standard 34 and the AIM Rules.

Basis for Conclusion

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK) 2410, "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued for use in the United Kingdom. A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures. A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit. Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the Group are prepared in accordance with UK adopted IFRSs. The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with UK adopted International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting".

Conclusions Relating to Going Concern

Based on our review procedures, which are less extensive than those performed in an audit as

described in the Basis of Conclusion section of this report, nothing has come to our attention to suggest that management have inappropriately adopted the going concern basis of accounting or that management have identified material uncertainties relating to going concern that are not appropriately disclosed.

This conclusion is based on the review procedures performed in accordance with this ISRE, however future events or conditions may cause the entity to cease to continue as a going concern.

Responsibilities of Directors

The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the AIM rules.

In preparing the half-yearly financial report, the directors are responsible for assessing the company's ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless the directors either intend to liquidate the company or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.

Auditor's Responsibilities for the Review of Financial Information

In reviewing the half-yearly report, we are responsible for expressing to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statement in the half-yearly financial report. Our conclusion, including our Conclusions Relating to Going Concern, are based on procedures that are less extensive than audit procedures, as described in the Basis for Conclusion paragraph of this report.

 

Use of Our Report

This report is made solely to the Company in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410 "Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity" issued by the Financial Reporting Council. Our work has been undertaken so that we might state to the Company those matters we are required to state to it in an independent review report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the Company, for our review work, for this report, or for the conclusions we have formed.

 

 

 

 

Lee Baker FCA

For and on behalf of

Wenn Townsend Chartered Accountants

Oxford, United Kingdom

 

29 November 2022

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of total comprehensive income (unaudited)

 






Six-month Period Ended (Unaudited)

Six-month Period Ended (Unaudited)

Year Ended (Audited)

 





30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 





2022

2021

2022

 




Note

£000

£000

£000

 








Revenue

 



3

4,454

3,832

8,129

Cost of Sales





(2,723)

(2,558)

(5,058)

Gross profit

 




1,731

1,274

3,071









Distribution costs





(368)

(89)

(340)









Administrative expenses





(1,150)

(1,002)

(2,262)

 

 







Total costs and expenses

 




(1,518)

(1,091)

(2,602)

















Profit from operations

 




213

183

469









Financial income





-

-

-

Financial expense




4

(19)

(19)

(33)

Other income




 



58









Profit before taxation

 




194

164

494









Income tax (expense)




5

-

-

-









Profit for the period from continuing operations

 




194

164

494









Loss from discontinued operations




6

(15)

(29)

(317)









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

 




179

135

177









Earnings per share in share:

 







From continued operations - pence




7

1.43

1.21

3.63

From discontinued operations





(0.11)

(0.22)

 (2.33)

Total earnings per share

 




1.32

0.99

1.30


Consolidated statement of financial position

 

 






30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 





2022

2021

2022

 




Note

£000

£000

£000

 




 

Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Assets

 







Non-current assets

 







Property, plant and equipment





980

1,080

970

Intangible assets





4

6

4






984

1,086

974









Current assets

 







Inventories





9,482

8,895

9,584

Trade and other receivables




8

2,677

2,589

2,219

Cash and cash equivalents





(302)

1,250

705






11,857

12,734

12,508

















Total assets

 




12,841

13,820

13,482









Current liabilities

 







Trade and other payables




9

2,053

3,163

2,868

Bank loans and borrowings




10

44

63

47

Right-of-use asset lease liabilities




11

322

166

193

Total current liabilities

 




2,419

3,392

3,108

 

Liabilities due over one year

Bank loans and borrowings




10

169

187

188

Right-of-use asset lease liabilities




11

675

884

787




 

 




Total liabilities due over one year

 

 

 

 

            844

            1,071

975









Total liabilities

 




3,263

4,463

4,083









Net assets

 




9,578

9,357

9,399









Equity and liabilities

 







Equity attributable to owners of the parent

 







Ordinary shares





136

136

136

Share premium





9,516

9,516

9,516

Merger reserve





82

82

82

Retained earnings





(156)

(377)

(335)

Total equity

 




9,578

9,357

9,399

 

 







Net Asset Value per Share

 




70.4p

68.8p

69.1p

 

 

These interim financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 29 November 2022 and signed on its behalf by Philip Tansey.


Statement of changes in equity




Share

Share

Merger

Retained

Total

 



Capital

Premium

reserve

earnings

equity

 



£000

£000

£000

£000

£000

 
















 

Balance at 31 March 2020

 


    136

9,516

82

(75)

9,659

 

Loss for the period from continued operations

 


-

-

-

(158)

(158)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 


-

-

-

(158)

(158)


 


 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 September 2020

 


    136

9,516

82

(233)

9,501

 

Loss for the period from continued operations

 


-

-

-

(279)

(279)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 


-

-

-

(279)

(279)


 


 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 31 March 2021

 


    136

9,516

82

(512)

9,222

 

Profit for the period from continued operations

 


-

-

-

164

164

Loss for the period from discontinued operations

 





(29)

(29)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 


-

-

-

135

135


 


 

 

 

 

 

Balance at 30 September 2021

 


    136

9,516

82

(377)

9,357


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period from continued operations

 


-

-

-

330

330

Loss for the period from discontinued operations

 





(288)

(288)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 


-

-

-

42

42

Balance at 31 March 2022

 


    136

9,516

82

(335)

9,399

 

Profit for the period from continued operations

 


-

-

-

194

194

Loss for the period from discontinued operations

 


 

 


(15)

(15)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 


-

-

-

179

179

Balance at 30 September 2022

 


    136

9,516

82

(156)

9,578


 


 

 

 

 

 


 

Consolidated statements of cashflows

 






30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 





2022

2021

2022

 





£000

£000

£000

 








Cash flows from operating activities

 







Profit before tax





179

135

177

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment





171

114

231

Amortisation of intangible assets





-

2

4

Finance expense





19

19

33






369

270

445









Decrease / (increase) in inventories





102

130

(559)

(Increase) in trade and other receivables





(458)

(900)

(530)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables





(815)

1,855

1,560









Net cash generated from operating activities

 




(802)

1,355

916









Cash flows from investing activities

 







Purchase of property, plant and equipment





(16)

(19)

(26)

Net purchase of right to use assets





(54)

-

-

Net cash used in investing activities

 




(70)

(19)

(26)









Cash flows from financing activities

 







Lease repayments for right-of-use assets





(107)

(82)

(165)

Bank loan





(22)

-

(15)

Interest paid





(6)

(6)

(7)

Net cash (used)/generated from financing activities

 


(135)

(88)

(187)









Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

(1,007)

1,248

703









 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

705

2

2









 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 




(302)

1,250

705

 

Cash / (overdraft)

(302)

1,250

705




 

 

 

Notes

 

1.    General information   

Scholium Group plc and subsidiaries (together 'the Group') are engaged in the trading and retailing of rare and antiquarian book and, prints and works on paper primarily in the United Kingdom. The Company is a public company domiciled and incorporated in England and Wales (registered number 08833975). The registered address is 106 New Bond Street, London W1S 1DN.   

 

2.    Basis of preparation    

These condensed interim financial statements of the Group for the six months ended 30 September 2022 (the 'Period') have been prepared using accounting policies consistent with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) including standards and interpretations issued by the International Accounting Standards Board and in accordance with International Accounting Standards in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006. The same accounting policies, presentation and methods of computation are followed in these condensed set of financial statements as applied in the Group's latest audited financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2022. While the financial figures included within this half-yearly report have been computed in accordance with IFRS applicable to interim periods, this half-yearly report does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as set out in International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting. These condensed interim financial statements have not been audited, do not include all of the information required for full annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the Group's consolidated annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2022. The auditors' opinion on these Statutory Accounts was unqualified, did not draw attention to any matters by way of emphasis and did not contain a statement under s498 (2) or s498 (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

3.    Revenue

 







30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2022

2021

2022

 






Group

Group

Group

 






£000

£000

£000

 










Sales of stock





4,228

3,577

7,839


Commissions





163

237

279


Other income





63

18

11







4,454

3,832

8,129

 

 

* The 2021 figures have been restated by eliminating the impact of the discontinued operation, Mayfair Philatelics.



4.    Financial (expense)

 







30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2022

2021

2022

 






Group

Group

Group

 






£000

£000

£000

 

 

 

 








Interest payable





    (6)

    (6)

 (10)


Unwinding of discount on right-to-use liabilities

 




  (13)

  (13)

 (23)











Total financial (expense)





  (19)

  (19)

 (33)

 

5.    Income Tax







30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2022

2021

2022

 






£000

£000

£000

 

Current and deferred tax expense

 








Current tax





-

-

-


Deferred tax

 




-

-

-











Total tax expense

 




-

-

-

 


 







 

The charge for the year is reconciled to the

 








profit per the income statement as follows:

 













30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2022

2021

2022

 






£000

£000

£000

 










Profit before tax





179

135

177











Applied corporation tax rates:





19%

19%

19%











Tax at the UK corporation tax rate of 19%:





34

26

34











Utilisation of tax losses





(34)

(26)

(34)


Current and deferred tax charge

 




-

-

-

 

 

6.    Discontinued Operations

 

The Board conducted a review of the Mayfair Philatelic business in the year ended 31 March 2022 and determined that the business was not key to the future of the Group and unlikely to become profitable on an ongoing basis. In accordance with IFRS5 - Non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations, the results for Mayfair Philatelic are shown as Discontinued operations in the income statement of both the current and the prior period; its assets and liabilities have been recorded at the lower of the carrying value and fair value less costs to sell in the financial statements for this financial period. An analysis of the individual line items is shown below.

Financial performance and cash flow information

Results in £'000

30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 

2022

2021

2022

Revenue

28

371

680

Cost of sales

(1)

(202)

374

Gross Profit

(27)

(169)

306

Distribution expenses

(12)

(43)

74

Administration expenses

(67)

(155)

409

Offset against brought forward provision

52

-

-

(Loss) before impairment charges

-

(29)

(177)

Impairment charges against debtors and stock

15


140

(Loss) before tax

(15)

(29)

(317)

Tax

-

-

-

(Loss) from discontinued operations

(15)

(29)

(317)

 

The net result of wind-down sales less costs and net losses incurred in the six months ended 30 September 2022 have been off-set by releases from the impairment provision charged to the accounts of the year ended 31 March 2022.

 

Assets and liabilities of discontinued business

The following assets and liabilities relating to Mayfair Philatelic are included within the relevant line of the Group Consolidated statement of financial position at the lower of the carrying value and fair value less costs to sell at:

£'000

30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

Assets

2022

2021

2022

Fixed assets

2

6

5

Intangible assets

4

6

4

Current assets - Stock

27

261

114

Current assets - debtors and prepayments

79

359

458

Total assets of Discontinued business

112

632

581

 




Liabilities




Trade creditors

2

43

236

Accruals

94

30

141

Total Liabilities of Discontinued business

96

73

377

 

 

7.    Earnings/(Loss) per Share - pence







30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2022

2021

2022

 






Group

Group

Group

 






£000

£000

£000

 

 

 









Profit used in calculating basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to the owners of the parent






Continuing





194

164

494


Discontinued (Note 6)





(15)

(29)

(317)


Total





179

135

177











Number of shares

 








Weighted average number of shares for the purpose of basic and diluted earnings per share





13.6

million

13.6

million

13.6

million










Basic earnings per share from continuing operations




1.43

1.21

3.63


Basic loss per share from discontinued operations




(0.11)

(0.22)

(2.33)


Total basic and diluted earnings per share

 

 

 

 

1.32

0.99

1.30

 

Basic earnings per share amounts are calculated by dividing net profit / (loss) for the year or period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the year.

 

The Company currently has no potentially issuable shares arising from share options.  As a consequence, the number of basic and fully diluted shares in issue are equal. No new shares were issued during the period, and the Company had 13.6 million shares in issue at the end of the period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.    Trade and Other Receivables







30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2022

2021

2022

 






Group

Group

Group

 






£000

£000

£000

 










Trade debtors





2,262

2,268

1,700


Other debtors





-

33

24


Prepayments and accrued income





415

288

495







2,677

2,589

2,219

 

 

9.    Trade and Other Payables







30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2021

2021

2022

 






Group

Group

Group

 






£000

£000

£000

 










Trade creditors





1,158

2,244

1,946


Other taxes and social security





(18)

30

30


Accruals and deferred income





890

864

768


Other creditors





23

25

124







2,053

3,163

2,868

 

10.  Loans and Borrowings







30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2022

2021

2022

 






Group

Group

Group

 






£000

£000

£000

 

 

Bank loan due in less than one year





               44

               63

47


Bank loan due in more than one year





169

187

188


 

Total bank loan





213

250

235

 

11.  Right-of-use asset lease liabilities







30 Sept

30 Sept

31 Mar

 






2022

2021

2022

 






Group

Group

Group

 






£000

£000

£000

 










Lease liabilities due in less than one year





322

166

193

 

 

 

Lease liabilities due in more than one year





675

884

787

 

These liabilities represent the future lease payments due under the Group's leases of its Mayfair    premises.     

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