Source - LSE Regulatory
RNS Number : 6405H
AIQ Limited
31 July 2023
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF EU REGULATION 596/2014, WHICH IS PART OF UK LAW BY VIRTUE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL) ACT 2018.

 

31 July 2023

 

For Immediate Release

 

AIQ Limited

("AIQ" or the "Company" or, together with Alchemist Codes and Alcodes International, the "Group")

 

Interim Results

 

The Board of AIQ (LSE: AIQ) announces the Company's unaudited consolidated interim results for the six months ended 30 April 2023. 

Summary

·      Completed a contract to supply a non-fungible token ("NFT") marketplace for education applications in Hong Kong

·      Awarded a contract to supply a virtual data centre

·      Revenue for the six months ended 30 April 2023 was £73k (H1 2022: £361k)

·      Net loss for the period was £353k (H1 2022: £202k loss)

·      Cash and cash equivalents of £329k at 30 April 2023 (31 October 2022: £636K)

 

Harry Chathli, Chairman of AIQ, said: "The first half results were in line with management's expectations and reflect the challenging market conditions and impact of the macro-economic climate on NFT and other blockchain-based projects. We completed the delivery of our project from last year and also commenced a new contract in the first half that was completed in the second half.

 

"At the time of the full year results earlier this year, we noted that we were continuing to receive interest, but that the revenues would be second half weighted. We remain hopeful of signing a new substantive contract in the second half of this year, but we do not expect full revenue recognition from this contract in this fiscal year. Consequently, we anticipate revenues for the full year 2023 to be substantially below that of last year. We continue to maintain tight cost control and lower our expenditure levels. We have vacated our premises in Malaysia and are consolidating our operations in Malaysia with those in Hong Kong thereby reducing our cost level by £100k on an annualised basis. We are pleased that our supportive shareholders have extended the deadline for repayment of their loan by 12 months from its due date in 2024. Additionally, the Board is keeping all its strategic options open should the markets not turn favourable in the short- to mid-term."    

 

 

Enquiries

 

AIQ Limited

c/o +44 (0)20 4582 3500

Harry Chathli, Chairman




Guild Financial Advisory Limited (Financial Adviser)

+44 (0)7973839767

Ross Andrews




Gracechurch Group (Financial PR)

+44 (0)20 4582 3500

Claire Norbury



Operational Review

 

During the six months to 30 April 2023, AIQ completed the delivery of a contract to supply an NFT platform. It has been built to enable art schools and education centres in Hong Kong assist their students in publishing NFTs on a blockchain platform. The Group performed the role of project manager and subcontracted the technical delivery (such that the net benefit to the Group is the margin earned on the contract).

 

Towards the end of the period, the Group was awarded a contract, by a new customer, to set up a virtual data centre. As with the NFT marketplace, the Group's role is project manager. The Group has delivered the initial phase of the project as planned. This comprised a feasibility study into building the data centre on three different non-cryptocurrency public blockchains, in accordance with the customer's requirements. Based on the findings of the feasibility study, the customer has decided to reevaluate its plans to build a virtual data centre. Accordingly, while the Group expects to be awarded further work from this customer under new contracts in due course, for this initial project the Group will now receive approximately 35% of the contract value announced on 27 March 2023.   

 

During the period, the Board resolved to not renew the lease on its Malaysian office, which was due to expire in July 2023, and to formally close its Malaysian subsidiary, which is expected to occur by the end of the year. The Group's business has been primarily conducted from Hong Kong since the establishment of Alcodes International in Hong Kong and the divestment of the Group's Malaysia-based e-commerce business. Accordingly, the Group expects to recognise further cost savings of approximately £100k on an annualised basis by winding down its Malaysian operations.  

 

Financial Review

 

Revenue for the six months ended 30 April 2023 was £73k (H1 2022: £361k). The revenue was primarily based on delivery under the data centre contract with a small proportion contributed by the NFT platform contract.

 

The Group recognised a gross profit of £71k (H1 2022: £115k), which reflects the lower revenues.

 

Administrative expenses were reduced to £286k (H1 2022: £392k) as the Group continued to implement cost reduction measures. However, this was offset by a net loss on foreign exchange of £121k (H1 2022: £70k gain) due to the weakening of the Pound against the Malaysian Ringgit and Hong Kong Dollar. Accordingly, operating loss was £337k (H1 2022: £207k loss).

 

Net finance costs were £16k compared with net finance income of £5k for the first half of the previous year. The increase in costs relates to the accrual of interest on the convertible loan notes that were issued during the previous year.  

 

Loss before tax for the period was £353k (H1 2022: £202k loss) and the loss per share was 0.5 pence (H1 2022: 0.3 pence loss per share).

 

The Group had cash and cash equivalents of £329k at 30 April 2023 (31 October 2022: £636k).

 

Outlook

 

The environment for NFT and other blockchain-based projects has remained challenging as a result of the impact of the macro-economic conditions as well as the volatility in the crypto markets. During the second half of the year, the Group completed delivery of the new contract won in the first half and continues to receive interest in its services and solutions. AIQ is hopeful of signing a new substantive contract in the second half, however, it does not expect full revenue recognition from this contract in the current fiscal year. Consequently, AIQ anticipates revenues for the full year 2023 to be substantially below that of last year. 

 

The Group continues to maintain tight cost control and lower its expenditure levels. It has vacated its premises in Malaysia and is in the process of consolidating its operations in Malaysia with its operations in Hong Kong, which is expected to reduce costs by £100k on an annualised basis.

 

In H1 2023, the Group had cash outflows from operating activities of £353k and its cash position is approximately £200k at the date of this report. The Board continues to monitor the Group's cash position closely. It considers the Group to be a going concern, but, as set out in Note 2 to the financial statements, has identified a material uncertainty in this regard. The Board is pleased that, as also announced today, the Group's supportive shareholders have extended the deadline for the repayment of the convertible loan notes by 12 months from the due date in 2024. Additionally, the Board is keeping all its strategic options open should the markets not turn favourable in the short- to mid-term.

 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 APRIL 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

 

Six months

ended

30 April

2023

Unaudited

£

 

Six months ended

30 April

2022

Unaudited

£

 

Year ended

31 October

2022

Audited

£

Revenue

5


72,960

361,061

498,388

Cost of sales



(2,238)

(246,097)

(384,462)

Gross profit/(loss)



70,722

114,964

113,926







Other income



-

-

12,202







Administrative expenses



(286,065)

(391,791)

(682,722)

Impairment charge

8


-

-

(133,682)

(Loss)/gain on foreign exchange



(121,208)

69,985

74,031

Operating loss



(336,551)

(206,842)

(616,245)







Finance income



102

9,184

273

Finance costs



(16,399)

(4,563)

(24,934)

Loss before taxation



(352,848)

(202,221)

(640,906)

Taxation



-

-

-

Loss attributable to equity holders of the Company



 

(352,848)

 

(202,221)

 

(640,906)







Other comprehensive income (as may be reclassified to profit and loss in subsequent periods, net of taxes):






Exchange difference on translating foreign operations



 

80,045

 

(21,110)

 

(2,902)







Comprehensive income attributable to equity holders of the Company



 

(272,803)

 

(223,331)

 

(643,808)







Earnings per share basic and diluted (£)

7


(0.005)

(0.003)

(0.010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

AS AT 30 APRIL 2023

 

 


 

 

As at

30 Apr 2023

Unaudited

£

As at

31 Oct 2022

Audited

£

Assets






 





Non-current assets





Property, plant and equipment



10,881

12,270

Right of use assets



23,628

73,026

Rental deposits



-

-

 



34,509

85,296

 





Current assets





Trade and other receivables                       



105,452

66,408

Cash and cash equivalents



329,364

636,459

Total current assets



434,816

702,867

Total assets



 469,325

 788,163

 

Equity and liabilities






Capital and reserves





Share capital



647,607

647,607

Share premium



6,019,207

6,019,207

Share warrant reserve



12,000

12,000

Foreign currency translation reserve



 

86,473

 

6,428

Accumulated losses



(6,984,154)

(6,631,306)

Total equity



(218,867)

53,936

 





Liabilities





Current liabilities





Trade payables                                            



9,434

-

Accruals and other payables                       



125,388

137,714

Lease restoration provision

9


27,750

18,500

Lease liabilities                                            



25,620

78,013

Total current liabilities



188,192

234,227






Non-current liabilities





Convertible loan notes



500,000

500,000

Total non-current liabilities



500,000

500,000

Total equity and liabilities



469,325

788,163









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 APRIL 2023


 

 

 

Share

capital

 

 

Share premium

Share warrant reserve

Foreign currency translation reserve

 

 

Accumulated losses

 

 

 

Total equity

 


 

£

£

£

    £

£

 

£

 




 

Balance as at 31 October 2021 (Audited)              

647,607

6,019,207

-

 

9,330

(5,990,400)

 

685,744

 

Total comprehensive loss for the period

 

-

-

-

 

 

(21,110)

(202,221)

 

   (223,331)

Balance at 30 April 2022 (Unaudited)

647,607

6,019,207

-

 

(11,780)

(6,192,621)


462,413

 


 


 




 



 


 




 


Balance as at 31 October 2022 (Audited)              

 

647,607

6,019,207

12,000

6,428

(6,631,306)

 

        53,936

Total comprehensive loss for the period

 

-

-

-

 

 

80,045

(352,848)

 

   (272,803)

Share warrant reserve

 

-

-

-

-

-

 

-

 

Balance at 30 April 2023

647,607

6,019,207

12,000

86,473

(6,984,154)

 

(218,867)

 














 

Share premium - Represents amounts received in excess of the nominal value on the issue of share capital less any costs associated with the issue of shares.

 

Accumulated losses - The accumulated losses reserve includes all current and prior periods retained profits and losses.

 

Share warrant reserve - Amount arising on the issue of warrants during the period.

 

Translation reserve - The translation reserves includes foreign exchange movements on translating the overseas subsidiaries records, denominated MYR and HK$, to the presentational currency, GBP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 APRIL 2023


 

 

Six months ended

30 April

2023

Unaudited

£

 

 

Six months ended

30 April

2022

Unaudited

£

 

Year ended

31 October 2022

 

Audited

£

Cash flows from operating activities






Loss before taxation


(352,848)


(202,221)

(640,906)

Adjustments for:-






Depreciation


50,218


117,383

123,272

Impairment charge


-


-

133,682

Loss on disposal of fixed assets


-


-

10,467

Share based payment charge


(6,000)


-

1,000

Write off tax receivable


-


-

24,493

Lease restoration cost


9,250


-

18,500

Interest income


(102)


(9,184)

(273)

Interest expense


16,399


-

24,934

Foreign exchange


1,482


(57,595)

(16,891)

Operating loss before working capital changes


(281,601)


(151,617)

(321,722)

(Increase)/decrease in receivables


(33,957)


(34,886)

103,115

Decrease in payables


(2,892)


(15,840)

(108,025)

Cash used in operations


(318,450)


(211,459)

(326,632)

Interest received


102


9,184

273

 

Net cash used in operating activities


 

(318,348)


(202,275)

 

(326,359)







Cash flows from investing activities






Proceeds from sale of fixed assets


-


-

512

 

Net cash used in investing activities


-


-

512







Cash flows from financing activities






Proceeds from issue of convertible loan notes


-


500,000

500,000

Interest on lease liability


(14,995)


-

(7,879)

Repayment of lease liabilities


(52,393)


(55,862)

(91,476)

 

Net cash inflow/(outflow) in financing activities


(67,388)


444,138

400,645

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


(385,736)


241,863

74,798

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period


636,459


581,618

581,618

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents


78,641


28,158

(19,957)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period


329,364


851,639

636,459












The non-cash movement from financing activities is £18,500 (2022: £5,555) on account of accrual of interest on loan notes £12,500 (refer to Note 13) and share-based payment charge £6,000 (refer to Note 12).

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these consolidated financial statements

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

AIQ Limited ("the Company") was incorporated and registered in The Cayman Islands as a private company limited by shares on 11 October 2017 under the Companies Law (as revised) of The Cayman Islands, with the name AIQ Limited, and registered number 327983.

The Company's registered office is located at 5th Floor Genesis Building, Genesis Close, PO Box 446, Cayman Islands, KY1-1106.

The Company has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange.

The consolidated financial statements include the financial statements of the Company and its controlled subsidiaries (the "Group").

2. PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES

The principal activity of the Company is to seek acquisition opportunities and to act as a holding company for a group of subsidiaries that are involved in the technology sector.

The Group is an information technology (IT) solutions provider, currently focused on the delivery of blockchain platforms in Asia through the provision of IT consultancy.

3. ACCOUNTING POLICIES

a) Basis of preparation

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and International Accounting Standard 34 "Interim Financial Reporting" (IAS 34). Other than as noted below, the accounting policies applied by the Group in these condensed interim financial statements are the same as those set out in the Group's audited financial statements for the year ended 31 October 2021. These financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention and cover the six-month period to 30 April 2023.

These condensed financial statements do not include all of the information required for a complete set of IFRS financial statements. However, selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of the changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 October 2022.

The condensed interim financial statements are unaudited and have not been reviewed by the auditors and were approved by the Board of Directors on 30 July 2023.

The financial information is presented in Pounds Sterling (£), which is the presentational currency of the Company.

A summary of the principal accounting policies of the Group are set out below.

b) Basis of consolidation

The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries made up to the end of the reporting period. Subsidiaries are entities over which the Group has control. The Group controls an investee if the Group has power over the investee, exposure to variable returns from the investee, and the ability to use its power to affect those variable returns.

The consolidated financial statements present the results of the Company and its subsidiaries as if they formed a single entity. Inter-company balances and transactions between Group companies are therefore eliminated in full. The financial information of subsidiaries is included in the Group's financial statements from the date that control commences until the date that control ceases.

c) Going concern

The financial statements are required to be prepared on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to do so.

The Group incurred losses of £0.35 million during the period and cash outflows from operating activities of £0.32 million. As at 30 April 2023, the Group had net current assets of £0.25 million and cash of £0.33 million. The Group's cash position was approximately £200,000 at the date of this report.

The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements through cash generated from the capital it raised on admission to the London Stock Exchange, the issue of the convertible loan notes in the period (see note 10) and from the operations of its subsidiaries.

Notwithstanding these actions, a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on the Group's ability to continue as a going concern with the uncertainty of future trading performance giving rise to a material uncertainty over the going concern status of the Group. The Directors consider the Group to be a going concern but have identified a material uncertainty in this regard.

4. SUBSIDIARIES

The consolidated financial statements include the financial statements of the Company and its controlled subsidiaries (the "Group") as follows:

 

Name

Place of incorporation

Registered address

Principal activity

Effective interest





30.04.2023

31.10.2022

Alchemist Codes Sdn Bhd

Malaysia

2-9, Jalan Puteri 4/8, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor Darul

Ehsan

Malaysia

 

Design and development of software

 

100%

100%

Alcodes International Limited*

Hong Kong

Room 47, Smart-Space FinTech, Level 4, Core E, Cyberport 3, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

 

Software and app development

 

100%

100%

              * Held by Alchemist Codes Sdn Bhd.

 

5.       REVENUE

 

 

Six months

ended

30 April

2023

Six months

ended

30 April

2022

Year

ended

31 October

2022

 

 

£

£

£

Sale of software products

-

19,052

-

Software development income

72,960

341,263

496,296

Merchant commission income

-

746

844

Other

-

-

1,248

Total

72,960

361,061

498,388

 











 

All revenues were generated in Asia. An analysis of revenue by the timing of the delivery of goods and services to customers for the periods ended 30 April 2023, 30 April 2022 and the year ended 31 October 2021 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 April 2023

30 April 2023

 

Goods transferred at a point in time

Services transferred over time

 

£

£

Sale of software products

-

-

Software development income

-

72,960

Cashback income

-

-

Other

-

-

Total

-

72,960

 

 

30 April 2022

30 April 2022

 

Goods transferred at a point in time

Services transferred over time

 

£

£

Sale of software products

-

-

Software development income

-

360,315

Cashback income

746

-

Other

-

-

Total

746

360,315

 

 

31 October 2022

31 October 2022

 

Goods transferred at a point in time

Services transferred over time

 

£

£

Sale of software products

-

-

Software development income

-

496,296

Cashback income

-

844

Other

19

1,229

Total

19

498,369

 

6. SEGMENT REPORTING

IFRS 8 defines operating segments as those activities of an entity about which separate financial information is available and which are evaluated by the Board of Directors to assess performance and determine the allocation of resources. The Board of Directors is of the opinion that under IFRS 8 the Group has only one operating segment, the sale of software and ancillary services. The Board of Directors assesses the performance of the operating segment using financial information that is measured and presented in a manner consistent with that in the Financial Statements.

All revenues were derived from Asia.

7. LOSS PER SHARE

The Company presents basic and diluted earnings 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 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 warrants and loan notes are anti-dilutive in nature and therefore the diluted loss per share has not been presented.


 

 

 

Six months ended 30 April 2023

Six months ended 30 April 2022

Year ended 31 October 2022

 








Loss attributable to ordinary shareholders (£)



(352,848)

(202,221)

(640,906)


Basic - Weighted average number of shares



64,760,721

64,760,721

64,760,721


Basic earnings per share (expressed as £ per share)

 

 

(0.005)

(0.003)

(0.010)

 

8.       IMPAIRMENT CHARGE

An impairment charge of £133,682 was made in the 2022 year-end accounts in respect of leasehold improvements and furniture and fixtures in the Group's Malaysian office bringing the value of those assets down to £nil on the basis that the lease would expire in July 2023.

 

9.       LEASE RESTORATION PROVISION


 

 

 

As at

30 April

 2023

As at

31 October

 2022


 

 

 

£

 

£

 

Balance b/f




18,500

-

Addition




9,250

18,500

Balance c/f




27,750

18,500

 

The Group has made a provision for the future costs of restoring its Malaysian office to its original specification as the lease expires in July 2023. Based on an estimation by management of the future expected costs of £37,000 to restore the premises to its original state, a further provision of 25% amounting to £9,250 has been provided in the period with the remaining £9,250 to be provided for in the second half of the year to 31 October 2023 as the Company does not intend to renew its lease.

 

10.     SHARE CAPITAL


 

 

Number     

Nominal

value     

£

 


Authorised

 


 


Ordinary shares of £0.01 each

800,000,000

8,000,000

 



 

 

 


Issued and fully paid:

 

 

 


As at 1 November 2022

 

64,760,721

 

647,607

 


Issue of shares in the period

-

-

 


At 30 April 2023

64,760,721

647,607

 

 

 

 

 

Six months ended

Year ended

 

30 April 2023

31 Oct 2022

 

£

£

As at beginning of the period

647,607

647,607

Issued during the period

-

-

As at end of the period

647,607

           647,607








 

 

11.     SHARE WARRANT RESERVE

 

On 3 October 2022 the Company granted 300,000 warrants to Guild Financial Advisory ("GFA"), the Company's corporate adviser, exercisable at a price of £0.01 for a period of up to ten years. The warrants were granted in return in part for their corporate financial services carried out for a period of 12 months whereby it was agreed that GFA would provide services for an amount of £24,000 with £12,000 being settled in cash and the balance of £12,000 represented by the issue of the warrants. As a result of this the fair value of the warrants is deemed to be £12,000 spread evenly over the 12-month period of the contract with £6,000 expensed for the six months to April 2023 and £5,000 carried forward as a prepaid expense while £12,000 was taken to a warrant reserve.

12.     CONVERTIBLE LOAN NOTES

On 24 January 2022, the Company entered into an unsecured convertible loan note agreement (the "Convertible Loan Note Facility") for a total subscription of £500,000 (the "Loan Notes").

Under the Convertible Loan Note Facility, the Loan Notes had an expiration date of 24 January 2024 ("Expiration Date") and can be repaid, in part or in full, by the Company on 31 December in any year prior to the Expiration Date by giving not less than 14 days' written notice to the noteholders. All outstanding Loan Notes attract interest at a rate of 5% per annum from the date of issue (24 January 2022) to the date of repayment or conversion.

The Loan Notes shall be convertible into new Ordinary Shares of the Company at the lesser of 11 pence per Ordinary Share or the Volume Weighted Average Price of the Company's Ordinary Shares on the London Stock Exchange in the seven-day period prior to the date on which the Loan Note is converted into Ordinary Shares. The Loan Notes shall be convertible, in part or in full, at any time from the date of issue until the Expiration Date by the noteholder giving to the Company at least one week's written notice.

As disclosed in Note 13, post period end, the Expiration Date of the Loan Notes was extended to 24 January 2025.

13.     POST BALANCE SHEET EVENTS

Post period end, as announced on 31 July 2023, the Company and the holders of the Loan Notes referred to in Note 12 above entered an agreement to extend the Expiration Date of the Loan Notes by 12 months to 24 January 2025. All other terms of the Convertible Loan Note Facility remain unchanged.

 

 

 

 

 

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