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BSF Enterprise PLC
29 June 2023
 

 

29 June 2023

 

BSF Enterprise PLC

("BSF" or the "Company")

 

Interim Results

 

BSF (LSE: BSFA), (OTCQB: BSFAF), the Main Market listed biotech company and owner of pioneering UK-based clinical and cellular agriculture company 3D Bio-Tissues, is pleased to announce its unaudited interim results for the six months ending 31 March 2023.

 

Highlights

 

·    Produced three small prototype fillets of meat in November 2022

·    Produced the UK's first full-sized fillet of cultivated meat in February 2023

·    Doubled lab space to 2,400 square feet, increasing production capacity to 2,500 litres of City-Mix per annum, equivalent to 60,000 litres of end-product

·    Engaged with over 70 Cellular Agriculture companies with 26 progressing to business opportunities

·    Partnership with QKine, combining technologies to expedite the creation of affordable cultivated meat

·    Partnership with New Harvest to accelerate routes to market

·    Signed distribution partners covering Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji

 

Post Period End Highlights

 

·    Produced two full-sized fillets and a strip of pork which were tested at a technical event

·    Produced cultivated skin to the thickness of leather

·    Raised £2.9 million in oversubscribed placing

·    Signed first PoC contract with company in the leather industry and have engaged with many more

·    Cash balance of £2.7 million as at the date of this announcement

·    Produced two full fillets and a strip of pork which were tested at a technical event

·    Admitted to trading on the OTCQB exchange in the US under the symbol BSFAF

 

Che Connon, Managing Director of BSF Enterprise and CEO at 3D Bio Tissues, commented: 

 

"The period under review has been one of significant progress on both technical and commercial fronts. Technical milestones have included us producing the UK's first 100% cultivated steak, an enormous step forward for our industry, as well as skin products thick enough to be used to make leather goods. Commercial progress has been demonstrated through numerous partnerships and proof-of-concepts as well as the signing of our first contracts, while expanding our sales channels both direct and indirect.

 

"Activity has continued apace since the end of the period and we have no intention of slowing, given the many opportunities available to us and the huge global potential for our innovative technology.  We have a strong balance sheet which will support our well-defined growth strategy and we look forward to updating the market on future successes."

 

 

For further enquiries, please visit www.bsfenterprise.com or contact:

 

BSF Enterprise PLC

 

Via SEC Newgate below

Che Connon - CEO & Executive Director

Geoff Baker - Executive Director

 




 

Shard Capital (Broker)


Damon Heath

Isabella Pierre

0203 971 7000



 

SEC Newgate (Financial Communications)


Bob Huxford

Elisabeth Cowell

George Esmond

020 3757 6882

BSF@secnewgate.co.uk

 

ISIN of the Ordinary Shares is GB00BHNBDQ51

SEDOL Code is BHNBDQ5.

 

Notes to Editors

BSF Enterprise PLC (BSF) is focused on unlocking the next generation of biotechnological solutions - using cell-based tissue engineering to help generate cultured meat, lab-grown leather, as well as human corneas, collagen growth and skin substitutes, as part of a radical transformation to deliver sustainable solutions across a variety of sectors.

 

It owns 100% of 3D Bio-Tissues (3DBT), a tissue engineering company with patent-protected IP that facilitates the manufacture of accurate tissue replicas. Using this technology 3DBT has successfully demonstrated production of the UK's first high quality lab-grown meat, with full thickness skin and corneal tissue from its laboratory in Newcastle. 

 

BSF aims to deliver growth to shareholders through the continued commercialisation of 3DBT's IP, which has multiple applications, as well as acquiring complementary businesses. It aims to acquire a suite of technologies that underpins the development of tissue templating for corneas, meat and leather, and license out the IP to manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to help manufacture the products at scale. 

 



 

Registered number: 11554014

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSF Enterprise Plc

 

Unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

for the period ended 31 March 2023

 



 

Chairman's Statement

 

On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to present the unaudited interim report and financial statements of BSF Enterprise Plc for the six months ended 31 March 2023.

 

During the period, the Company successfully started to implement its go-to market strategy in order to progress a number of commercial opportunities and help bring its flagship City-Mix™ products to market. 

To this end 3DBT has now engaged with over 70 Cellular Agriculture and Biotech companies, of which 26 have progressed to new business opportunities.

 

As well as Cellular Agriculture companies, 3DBT has progressed two other key target markets. These include Biotech Companies, such as those working in gene therapy, stem cells and regenerative medicine; and Life Sciences companies and academia, which research the above disciplines.  2 product evaluations are currently underway with a view to creating efficiencies in serum free media formulations for stem cell applications. 

 

In order to serve these opportunities, 3DBT more than doubled its lab production capacity to 2,400 sq ft and this contributed significantly to our research and development activities during the period. We now have the capacity to produce 2,500 litres per year of 3DBT's patented serum-free and animal-free City-mix™, enough to supplement 60,000 litres of media per year. This unique product enables the reduction of use of expensive growth factors whist stimulating cells to produce more tissue, thereby increasing yield.

 

This in turn eliminates the requirement of conventional plant-based scaffolds, blends or fillers, to ensure structural integrity of cultivated meat and leather products. 3DBT's products are therefore 100% structured meat, produced without any animals suffering in the process. The lab facility also enables 3DBT to showcase its offering to potential customers such as manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers that are looking to commercialise lab-grown meat and leather for the mass market.

 

I am pleased to say that we have successfully produced two full-scale fillets of cultivated pork using our tissue-templating process aided by City-mix™, as well as a cultivated pork strip, which were presented at a technical event in May 2023. In addition, we have created animal skin at a thickness comparable to leather and have signed a first contract to evaluate this for its potential as a leather substitute.

 

In March 2023, we raised £2.9 million of new capital by way of a placing and subscription for new shares. This capital is being used to extend the development of 3DBT's research and development activities and to support the Group's strategic objectives.

 

Our marketing activities continues to expand to support anticipated revenues from serum-free cell culture media component sales and cosmetics research. These include commercialisation of City-MixTM (cell culture media supplement) and peptides in skin cream.

 

We aim to deliver growth to shareholders through the continued commercialisation of 3DBT's IP, which has multiple applications, as well as through planned M&A opportunities. BSF aims to acquire a suite of technologies that underpins the development of tissue templating for corneas, meat and leather, and license out the IP to manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to help manufacture the products at scale.

 

I am delighted with the progress we have made in the first half of our financial year which continues at pace. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and commitment to the Group and our shareholders for their continued support during the period.

 

Min Yang,

 

Chairman

 

29 June 2023



 

Chief Executive's Report

 

I am pleased to present my report for the Company for the six months ended 31 March 2023.

 

Financial summary

The net loss for the period ended 31 March 2023 was £656,206 (2022: £291,533 loss). The results for this period include those of 3DBT. Therefore, the comparative information for the period ended 31 March 2022, which relates to the Company only, is not directly comparable. The increase in the loss compared with the corresponding six-month period in 2022 is wholly the result of including losses from our subsidiary, 3DBT, of £420,719 as it continued its research and marketing activities.

 

The loss per share was reduced from 1.43 pence per share to 0.76 pence per share.

 

Cash flow

The Group's cash balances as at 31 March 2023 were £343,451 (compared with £1,061,529 at 30 September 2022) and approximately £2.7 million as of the date of this report. The reduction in cash balances reflect the losses for the period. The Company raised £2.9 million by way of an oversubscribed placing of new ordinary shares and the subscription of new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company on 29 March 2023. However, £2.8 million of the proceeds from this capital raising were not received until after the period end.

 

Dividends 

During the period ended 31 March 2023, there were no dividends paid or proposed.

 

Successful Prototypes and UK's First Fillet of Cultivated Meat

In November 2022, 3DBT reached a major industry milestone in successfully producing three small prototype fillets of cultivated meat, cultured in its patented, serum-free and animal-free cell booster, City-mixTM.  Although not eaten, the prototypes were cooked and they surpassed 3DBT's expectations in all respects regarding their quality and likeness to conventional meat, both in their raw and cooked forms.

 

3DBT then reached a further industry milestone in February 2023 by producing the UK's first full-scale fillet of cultivated meat.  The fillet of pork was produced in 3DBT's laboratory in Newcastle and again cultured in City-mixTM, such that there was no need for a plant-based scaffold. This resulted in a product that was 100% meat and 3DBT's management believed it to be the world's first 100% cultivated pork steak.

 

As with the prior prototypes, the cultivated pork fillet was in all respects very similar to conventional meat, both in its raw form and on cooking, with aromas similar to those of conventional pork. In addition, those eating the pork agreed that both the texture and taste in the mouth were indistinguishable from conventional pork steak.

 

Technical Event

Post period end, 3DBT made further progress by producing two full fillets and a strip of cultivate pork which were tested at a technical event on 25 May 2023. Study participants were limited to those persons who had a direct working relationship or involvement with the Company. The meat was cooked and presented formally by a trained, independent chef, utilising an array of cooking methods. The chef's involvement was key to demonstrating that cultivated meat could be handled and cooked in the same way as traditional meat. The Study participants that tasted the cultivated meat provided very positive feedback in terms of its taste and texture.

 

€100,000 Grant

In October 2022 3DBT was awarded a €100,000 grant to build upon the current capabilities of its proprietary serum-free media, City-mix™. The grant was awarded by leading food innovation organisations, EIT Food, co-founded by the European Union, in partnership with the Good Food Institute. EIT Food's aim is to drive the production of cultivated meat, reduce the cost of cultivated meat production, and accelerate its commercialisation.  The grant was a strong endorsement of 3DBT's team and its work from a range of prestigious groups within its sector.

 

Partnership with QKine

In November 2022, 3DBT entered into a partnership with growth factor company Qkine. The collaboration involves 3DBT combining City-mixTM with Qkine's growth enabling protein engineering technology to accelerate the creation of affordable cultivated meat. Together 3DBT and Qkine are working to optimise the effectiveness of animal-free cultures to reduce the dependence on other protein compounds, increase yields, and lower overall costs. This is expected to pave the way for advances in cellular agriculture in the UK and world-wide.

 

Partnership with New Harvest

In December 2022 3DBT announced a partnership with New Harvest Netherlands ("New Harvest"), a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing cellular agriculture. New Harvest is providing 3DBT with a clear and comprehensive roadmap of the safety and regulatory requirements of animal-free media, its ingredients and derivatives in the European Union and the UK, and will include other jurisdictions as time allows. The 12-month project is focused on advancing 3DBT's route-to-market strategy and accelerating the commercialisation of its products worldwide.

 

City-Mix Commerical Progress

During the period, the Company successfully started to implement its go-to market strategy in order to progress a number of commercial opportunities and help bring its flagship City-Mix™  products to market.

 

To this end 3DBT has now engaged with over 70 Cellular Agriculture and Biotech companies, of which 26 have progressed to new business opportunities. From these 26 business opportunities, 18 product evaluations are underway with a view to incorporating City-Mix ™   into cultured media formulations. A further three companies have completed successful evaluations and began purchasing the product in April/May 2023 with an additional Cultured Meat company including City Mix™ in their production media formulation but yet to purchase.

 

As well as Cellular Agriculture companies, 3DBT has progressed two other key target markets. These include Biotech Companies, such as those working in gene therapy, stem cells and regenerative medicine; and Life Sciences companies and academia, which research the above disciplines.  2 product evaluations are currently underway with a view to creating efficiencies in serum free media formulations for stem cell applications. 

 

Since the period end 3DBT has also entered into direct sales agreements with two lab-grown meat companies and one biotech company, acting as importance references for the Company. These are initial sales and revenues are relatively small at this early stage but are expected to grow over time.

 

In order to be ready to serve these opportunities the Company has now more than doubled its lab production space to 2,400 sq ft and validated its City-Mix™ production and quality control processes. Current production capacity is 2,500 litres per year , equivalent to 60,0000 litres of end product in the diluted form in which it is used, and 3DBT will continue to scale production appropriately.

 

Sales Channels

3DBT also plans to roll-out a web-based sales channel for City-Mix™ in the coming months to facilitate an e-commerce route to market. This is an additional approach to penetrating both Cultivated Meat and Biopharma markets and will include links to suppliers, FAQs, companion documentation and datasheets. BSF also intends to open an office in Hong Kong to service the huge emerging opportunity in China.

 

In addition, 3DBT has made positive progress in building its indirect sales network, which extends the reach for the Biotech and Life Sciences markets, with the Company securing its first distribution partner, Abacus dx., part of Diploma PLC, covering Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.  3DBT also has signed BIOZOL Diagnostica Vertrieb GmbH  as a European distribution partner in the German speaking regions of Europe namely, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which will further expand its geographic reach.

 

Lab-grown Leather Update and Contract Win

Post year 3DBT announced it had bio-engineered samples of animal skin tissue, measuring up to 10 by 10 cm in size and between 0.5 mm to 1 mm in thickness. The production of tissues with such thickness represents an important milestone in the industry. Various properties of the samples will be analysed to evaluate their potential as a substitute starting material for traditional leather products. The global leather goods market was valued at £$253 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow to $405 billion by 2030, a CAGR of 6.6%.

 

In order to meet this opportunity BSF has engaged with a number of companies within the leather industry in the UK and abroad regarding potential Proof of Concept (PoC) engagements to establish the suitability of the skin product as a sustainable, ethical alternative to traditional leather goods. This has led to 3DBT signing its first contract with a leather company for them to test and develop lab-grown animal skin for leather production. Once suitability is established, BSF will seek to develop plans to scale-up production of 3DBT animal skin products.

 

Innovation Award Win

3DBT was voted 'University Spinout of the Year' at the North East Innovation Awards ceremony, a competition organised by the Innovation SuperNetwork on 10 May 2023. The award recognises companies spun out of universities that are making an impact in terms of innovation, ground-breaking research or furthering a specific sector or technology. 3DBT was recognised for its lab-grown animal tissue products, which were described as an inspired, transformative innovation with world-leading levels of functionality.

 

Admittance to trading on OTCQB

BSF's Ordinary Shares were admitted to trading on the OTCQB Venture Market in the United States on 24 May 2023 under the symbol BSFAF, providing access to one of the world's largest investment markets, and thereby creating the potential for greater liquidity in BSF's shares.

 

To maximise the benefits the Company is undertaking a US investor roadshow between June 26-30, 2023 and has appointed a US agency to manage its Investor Relations in the region. In addition to the roadshow, BSF will attend the Future Food Tech Summit in New York City on 27 and 28 June as part of its strategy to raise its profile amongst prospective partners and investors, over 800 of which will be at the event.

 

Oversubscribed £2.9m fundraise

In order to support 3DBT's rapid growth, BSF raised £2.9m in an oversubscribed placing at the end of the period under review. The net proceeds of the Placing are being used to provide working capital to support the organic growth of the Company.  

Specific uses of the funds include: the continued development of cultivated meat fillets; expansion of 3DBT's City-Mix™ production capacity to support new business; entry into new global target markets, including, among others, gene therapy, stem cells and regenerative medicine companies; further development of 3DBT's lab-grown leather products; and the advancement of 3DBT's cornea proposition, finalising the process for full thickness cornea production.

Further acquisition opportunities

The Board continues to evaluate potential acquisition opportunities in line with its strategy to acquire a

suite of technologies that underpins the development of tissue templating for corneas, meat and leather. To date, several opportunities have been identified and internal assessment is progressing.

 

Outlook

The period under review has been one of significant progress on both technical and commercial fronts. Technical milestones have included us producing the UK's first 100% cultivated steak, an enormous step forward for our industry, as well as skin products thick enough to be used to make leather goods. Commercial progress has been demonstrated through the numerous partnerships and proof-of-concepts as well as the signing of our first contracts, while expanding our sales channels both direct and indirect.

 

Activity has continued apace since the end of the period and we have no intention of slowing, given the many opportunities available to us and the huge global potential for our innovative technology.  We have a strong balance sheet which will support our well-defined growth strategy and we look forward to updating the market on future successes.

 

Che Connon

Chief Executive Officer

29 June 2023



Statement of directors' responsibilities in respect of the interim results

The Directors; being Min Yang (Non-Executive Chairman), Dr Che Connon (Managing Director), Geoffrey Baker (Executive Director) and Dennis Ow (Non-Executive Director) confirm that the set of Interim Financial Statements has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 "interim financial reporting", as it applies in the European Union and that interim report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7R and DTR 4.2.8R, namely:

·    an indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months of the financial year;

·    and material related party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report.

By order of the Board

 

Min Yang

 

Chairman

 

29 June 2023



 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

for the period ended 31 March 2023

 

 



6-month period

to 31 March

 2023

 

6-month period

to 31 March

2022



    (Unaudited)

 

   (Unaudited)


Note

£

 

£



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations


 

 

 

 





 

Grant income

3

84,926


-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

4

(728,435)


(291,533)

 

Operating loss for the period


(643,509)

 

(291,533)

 


 

 

 

 

Finance expense - right-of-use lease liabilities


(5,550)


-






 

Loss before taxation


(649,059)


(291,553)

 


 

 

 

 

Taxation

5

(7,147)

 

-

 

 


 

 

 

 

Loss for the period


(656,206)

 

(291,553)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Loss and total comprehensive loss for the financial period


(656,206)

 

(291,533)

 





Earnings per share

 




 

Basic and diluted (pence per share)

 

6

 

(0.76)

 

 

 

       (1.43)






 

 

There are no items of other comprehensive income.

 

The notes to the interim financial statements form an integral part of these interim financial statements.



 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

as at 31 March 2023

 



As at

31 March

 2023

(Unaudited)

 

As at

30 September 2022

(Audited)


Note

£

 

£

Assets


 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 


Property, plant and equipment

7

121,675

 

73,488

Right-of-use assets

8

185,680

 

223,560

Intangible assets


2,485,290

 

2,485,290

Total non-current assets

 

2,792,645

 

2,782,338

 

 

 

 


Current assets

 

 

 


Cash and cash equivalents

9

348,451


1,061,529

Receivables and prepayments

10

3,012,603


132,762

Corporation tax receivable

5

33,950


33,950

Inventory

11

40,299


21,855

Total current assets


3,435,303

 

1,250,096

 


 

 

 

Total assets


6,227,948

 

4,032,434

 





Equity and liabilities





Capital and reserves





Share capital - issued and fully paid

14

785,326


781,884

Share capital - issued but unpaid

14

244,396


77,985

Share premium - fully paid

14

3,571,946


3,711,576

Share premium - unpaid

14

2,662,583


-

Warrant reserve

14

34,785


12,537

Retained deficit


       (1,657,226)


       (1,001,020)

Total equity


5,641,810

 

3,582,962

 





Liabilities





Current liabilities





Trade and other payables

12

304,738


142,821

Taxes and social security


65,405


60,809

Lease liabilities

13

76,888


74,946



447,031

 

278,576

Non-current liabilities





Lease liabilities

13

117,997


156,933

Deferred tax

5

21,110


13,963



139,107


170,896

Total liabilities


586,138

 

449,472



 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities


6,227,948

 

4,032,434

 

 

The notes to the interim financial statements form an integral part of these interim financial statements.

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

for the period ended 31 March 2023

 

 


Share capital issued and paid up

Share capital issued and unpaid

Share premium fully paid

Share premium unpaid

Warrant reserve

Retained deficit

Total

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

As at 30 September 2021

203,400

 

-

407,984

-

 

-

(246,568)

364,816

Comprehensive income for the period








Loss for the period

-

 

-

-

-

 

-

(291,533)

(291,533)

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

 

-

-

-

 

-

(291,533)

(291,533)

As at 31 March 2022

203,400

 

-

407,984

-

 

-

(538,101)

73,283

 








As at 30 September 2022

781,884

77,985

3,711,576

-

12,537

(1,001,020)

3,582,962

Comprehensive income for the period








Loss for the period

-

 

-

-

-

 

-

(656,206)

(656,206)

Total comprehensive loss for the period

-

 

-

-

-

 

-

(656,206)

(656,206)

Issue of shares

3,442

166,411

54,058

2,662,583

-

-

2,886,494

Issue of warrants

-

 

-

(22,248)

-

 

22,248

-

-

Share issue costs

-

 

-

(171,440)

-

 

-

-

(171,440)

Transactions with shareholders

3,442

 

166,411

2,662,583

 

22,248

-

2,715,054

As at 31 March 2023

785,326

 

244,396

3,571,946

2,662,583

34,785

(1,657,226)

5,641,810

 



 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

for the period ended 31 March 2023

 



6-month period

to 31 March

 2023

(Unaudited)

 

6-month period

to 31 March

2022

(Unaudited)

 

Note

£

 

£

Cash flow from operating activities


 

 


Loss after tax


(656,205)

 

(291,533)

Tax expense

 

7,147

 

-

Depreciation

 

52,752

 

-

 

 


 


Changes in working capital:





Increase in trade and other payables


166,512


131,850

Decrease / (increase) in receivables


(50,846)


24,483

Increase in inventory


(18,444)


-

Net cash used in operating activities

(499,084)


(135,200)






Cash flow from investing activities





Acquisition of plant and equipment

7

(63,060)


-

Net cash from investing activities


(63,060)


-






Cash flow from financing activities





Issue of shares

14

57,500


-

Costs of share issues

14

(171,440)


-

Repayment of lease liabilities

13

(36,994)


-

Net cash used in financing activities


(150,934)


-






Net cash flow for the period


(713,078)


(135,200)






Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

9

1,061,529


359,868

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

9

348,451


224,668

 

 

 

 


1.       Accounting policies

 

           Basis of preparation of Interim Financial Statements

 

The Interim Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 "Half Year Financial Reporting" as it applies in the United Kingdom and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority. These Interim Financial Statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006, do not include all the notes of the type normally included in an annual financial report and have not been audited or reviewed by the auditors pursuant to the Financial Reporting Council guidance on Review of Interim Financial Information. Accordingly, this report should be read in conjunction with the annual report for the year ended 30 September 2022 (the "Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements"), which has been prepared in accordance with UK-adopted International Accounting Standards in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006. The Annual Consolidated Financial Statements constitute statutory accounts as defined in section 434 of the Companies Act 2006 and a copy of these statutory accounts has been delivered to the Registrar of Companies. The auditor's report on those statutory accounts was unqualified, drew attention to a material uncertainty in relation to going concern by way of emphasis, and did not contain a statement under 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the Interim Consolidated Financial Statements are consistent with those used to prepare the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 30 September 2022 and those applicable for the year ended 30 September 2023. The preparation of the Interim Consolidated Financial Statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates. In preparing these Interim Consolidated Financial Statements, the significant judgements made by management in applying the accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that applied to the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements described above. The Interim Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, under the historical cost convention.

 

2.       Going concern

The Group had cash of £348,451 as at 31 March 2023. In addition, the Company had issued shares immediately prior to 31 March 2023, proceeds from which totalling £2,828,994 were received subsequent to the period end. At the date of this report, the Group had approximately £2.7 million of cash. On this basis, the Board considers the Group to have sufficient resources to remain in operational existence for the foreseeable future.

 

 

 

 

3.        Grant income

 

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2022 (Unaudited)

 

£

 

£

Grant income

84,926


-


84,926


-

 

4.        Administrative expenses

 

 

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2022 (Unaudited)

 

£

 

£

Legal and professional fees

136,676


176,084

Consulting fees

126,150

-

-

Accounting and tax fees

7,369


92,150

Directors' remuneration (see below

95,192


15,000

Staff costs

149,381

-

-

Service charges - BSF International Limited (Note 15)

30,000


-

Purchase of consumables

35,955


-

Marketing

5,310

-

-

Bank charges

448


57

Depreciation

52,752


-

Property costs

20,128



Travel and accommodation

27,911


8,242

Other

41,163


-


728,435


291,533

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors' remuneration

 

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2022 (Unaudited)

Executive Directors

£

 

£

Dr Che Connon

50,192


-

Non-executive Directors


-


Geoff Baker

15,000


15,000

Min Yang

15,000


-

Dennis Ow

15,000


-


95,192


15,000

 

5.   Taxation

 

 The charge for the period is made up as follows:

 

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2022 (Unaudited)

 

£

 

£





Current tax




Research and development tax credit

-


-

Deferred tax




Deferred tax expense

7,147


-

Tax charge for the period

7,147


                         -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The movements in tax receivable balances are summarised as follows:

 

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

Year ended 30 September 2022 Audited

 

£

 

£





Balance brought forward

33,950


-

Acquired on acquisition of 3DBT

-


33,950

Balance carried forward

33,950


               33,950

 

The balance receivable represents a claim for research and development tax claims due to 3DBT.

 

Deferred tax:

 

The movements in deferred tax liabilities are summarised as follows:

 

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

Year ended 30 September 2022 Audited

 

£

 

£

Balance brought forward

(13,963)


-

Acquired on acquisition of 3DBT

                 -


(13,356)

Deferred tax expense

(7,147)


(607)

Balance carried forward

(21,110)


            (13,963)

 

6.       Earnings per share

 

The calculation of earnings per share is based on the following loss and number of shares:

 

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

6-month period ended 31 March 2022 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Loss for the period from continuing operations

£(656,206)

 

£(291,533)

Weighted average shares in issue

86,280,375


20,340,002

Earnings per share (in pence)

(0.76p)


(1.43p)

The Company presents basic and diluted loss per share information for its ordinary shares. Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the reporting period. Diluted earnings per share are determined by adjusting the profit or loss attributable to ordinary shareholders and the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding for the effects of all dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 

There is no difference between the basic and diluted earnings per share, as the Company's outstanding warrants are anti-dilutive.

 

7.        Property, plant and equipment

 

Plant and equipment

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

Year ended 30 September 2022 Audited

 

£

 

£

Cost:




Balance brought forward

80,914


-

Additions

63,060


10,620

Acquired on acquisition of 3DBT

-


70,294

Balance carried forward

143,974


80,914



-


Depreciation:




Balance brought forward

7,426


-

Charge for the period

14,873


7,426

Balance carried forward

22,299


7,426



-


Net book value:




As at period / year end

121,675


73,488

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.        Right-of-use assets

 

Land and buildings

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

Year ended 30 September 2022 Audited

 

£

 

£

Cost:




Balance brought forward

237,656


-

Additions

-


133,886

Acquired on acquisition of 3DBT

-


103,770

Balance carried forward

237,656


237,656



-


Depreciation:




Balance brought forward

14,096


-

Charge for the period

37,880


14,096

Balance carried forward

51,976


14,096

Net book value:




As at period / year end

185,680


223,560

 

 

 

9.       Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

As at 31 March

 2023 (Unaudited)

 

As at 30 September 2022 (Audited)

 

£

 

£

 

 

 

 

Cash at bank

348,451


1,061,529 

 

All bank balances are denominated in pounds sterling. The Directors consider that the carrying value of cash and cash equivalents represents their fair value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.      Receivables and prepayments

 

 

 

As at 31 March

2023 (Unaudited)

 

As at 30 September 2022 (Audited)

 

£

 

£

Prepayments

11,069

 

11,759

Amounts receivable on issue of restricted shares

77,985


              77,985

Amounts receivable on issue of shares (Note 14)

2,828,994


                      -

Vat recoverable

94,555


             43,018


3,012,603


           132,762

 

The amounts receivable on the shares issued during the period have been received in full subsequent to 31 March 2023.

 

11.      Inventories

 

 

As at 31 March

2023 (Unaudited)

 

As at 30 September 2022 (Audited)

 

£

 

£

Raw materials and laboratory consumables

40,299


21,855


40,299


21,855

 

 

12.     Trade and other payables

 

 

As at 31 March

2023 (Unaudited)

 

As at 30 September 2022 (Audited)

 

£

 

£

Trade payables

46,065


             58,498

Accruals

258,673


             84,323


304,738


           142,821

 

 

 

 

 

13.    Lease liabilities

 

Land and buildings

6-month period ended 31 March 2023 (Unaudited)

 

Year ended 30 September 2022 Audited

 

£

 

£

Cost:




Balance brought forward

231,879


-

Additions

-


133,886

Acquired on acquisition of 3DBT

-


112,026

Lease payments

(36,994)


(14,033)

Balance carried forward

194,885


231,879

 

The finance expense recognised in respect of these leases amounted to £5,550 in the period ended 31 March 2023 (period ended 31 March 2022: £nil).

 

The maturity of lease liabilities is as follows:

 

Land and buildings

As at 31 March

2023 (Unaudited)

 

As at 30 September 2022 (Audited)

 

£

 

£

Non-current liabilities

117,997


156,933

Current liabilities

76,888


74,946

Right-of-use lease liabilities

194,855


231,879

 

 

14.     Share capital and share premium

 

 


Number of shares

Share

capital

Share premium

Issued Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

 

£

£


 

 

 

At 30 September 2022

85,986,937

859,869

3,711,576

Exercise of warrants

50,000

500

7,000

Placing of Ordinary shares

16,317,648

163,176

2,610,824

Subscription for Ordinary shares

617,613

6,176

98,818

Costs of share issue

-


(171,440)

Issue of warrants

-

-

(22,248)

As at 31 March 2023

102,972,198

1,029,721

6,234,530

 

Issue and fully paid

95,173,707

785,325

3,571,947

Issued and unpaid

7,798,491

244,396

2,662,583





As at 31 March 2023

102,972,198

1,029,721

6,234,529

 

Shares issued during the period ended 31 March 2023 were as follows:

 

Exercise of warrants

 

On 9 February 2023, the Company issued 50,000 ordinary shares following the exercise of warrants at a price of £0.15 per share.

 

Placing and subscription

 

On 29 March 2023, the Company raised £2,924,000 by way of an oversubscribed placing (the "Placing") of 16,317,648 new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company ("Placing Shares") at a price of 17p per share (the "Placing Price") and additionally, the subscription of 882,352 new ordinary shares ("Subscription Shares") by investors procured directly by the Company ("Subscribers") also at the Placing Price (the "Subscription").

 

The Company has entered into deeds of variation with each of the subscribers in respect of the Subscription Shares pursuant to which 264,739 of the Subscription Shares ("Second Tranche Shares") will be allotted and issued conditional on (i) the Company convening a general meeting and obtaining approval from shareholders to disapply statutory pre-emption rights ("Resolutions'') and (ii) the publication of a prospectus, as soon as reasonably practicable following Admission. The Second Tranche Shares and the Fundraising Warrants shall be allotted and issued conditional on the passing of the Resolutions and the publication of a prospectus.

 

Placees were granted one warrant for every two Placing Shares subscribed for as part of the Placing, exercisable at 34 pence per Ordinary Share ("Exercise Price"), representing 8,158,824 warrants, all exercisable at the Exercise Price and expiring on the third anniversary of Admission.

 

In addition, the Subscribers have also been granted a warrant for every two Subscription Shares purchased. Representing 441,176 warrants, exercisable at the Exercise Price and which also expire on the third anniversary of Admission (the Subscription and the Placing together referred to as the "Fundraising" and the Placing Warrants and the Subscription Warrants together referred to as the "Fundraising Warrants"). The Fundraising Warrants are granted conditional on (i) any requirement for the Company to publish or procure the publication of a prospectus as soon as reasonably practicable following Admission, and (ii) the Company obtaining approval from shareholders to disapply statutory pre-emption rights.

 

In total, 8,600,000 warrants were granted pursuant to the Placing, all exercisable at the Exercise Price and expiring on the third anniversary of Admission.

 

In addition, Shard Capital has also been granted broker warrants equal to 2 per cent of the total number of Placing Shares subscribed for pursuant to the Placing, representing 326,352 warrants.

A total of 16,985,261 Ordinary shares of £0.01 each (being the aggregate of the Placing Shares, the Subscription Shares less the Second Tranche Shares and 50,000 ordinary shares issued on 9 February 2023 following the exercise of warrants) were admitted to the standard segment of the Official List and to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange ("Admission") on 14 April 2023. Following Admission, the total number of ordinary shares in the Company in issue is 102,972,198.

 

A total of £171,440 of costs were incurred in relation to the issue of Ordinary Shares and this amount has been deducted from the share premium account.

 

Issue of warrants

 

As noted above, the Company issued an aggregate of 8,926,352 warrants during the period. A total of 50,000 warrants (issued in 2022) were exercised during the period. Accordingly, a total of 21,196,569 warrants remained outstanding at 31 March 2023, summarised as follows:

 


Number of warrants


 


 

At 30 September 2022

12,320,217

Exercise of warrants

(50,000)

Issue of Fundraising Warrants

8,600,000

Issue of Broker Warrants

326,352

As at 31 March 2023

21,196,569

 

Using the Black-Scholes pricing model, the valuation of the Broker Warrants has been calculated at 6.82p each, giving rise to an aggregate value of the Warrants of £22,248. The issue of the Broker Warrants resulted in an increase to the warrant reserve of £22,248 and a decrease to share premium of £22,248.

 

The inputs in the model were as follows:

 

-     Share price: 17.0 pence

-     Exercise price: 24.0 pence

-     Expected life of warrant: 3 years

-     Risk-free rate: 3.47%

-     Volatility: 85.0%

 

15.     Related party transactions

 

a)   Geoff Baker and Min Yang are directors of both BSF Enterprise plc and BSF International Limited. Both Geoff Baker and Min Yang who are directors of 3DBT and are directors of BSF Angel Funding Limited which is a shareholder in the Company. 

 

b)   Key management are considered to be the directors and their remuneration is disclosed in Note 4 above.

c)   BSF International Limited, a shareholder in BSF Angel Funding Limited, provided accounting support and other administration services to the Group during the period ended 31 March 2023 totalling £30,000 (2022: Nil). 

 

16.     Subsequent events

 

The Company's Ordinary Shares were admitted to trading on the OTCQB Venture Market in the United States on 24 May 2023. The shares trade under the symbol BSFAF. Trading on the OTCQB market provides BSF with access to one of the world's largest investment markets, expanding the Company's reach to a broader pool of investors while creating the potential for greater liquidity in its shares.

 

 

 

 

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