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Proton Motor Power Systems PLC
14 September 2023
 

                                                                                                            14 September 2023

                                                                                                                             

Proton Motor Power Systems plc

("Proton Motor" or the "Company")

 

Unaudited Interim Results for the six months to 30 June 2023

Proton Motor Power Systems plc (AIM: PPS), the designer and producer of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid systems, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended to 30 June 2023 (the "Period" or "H1 2023").

Operational Highlights

-      Delivery of 19 fuel cell systems from across the Company's product range to customers

-      Strengthened the board with the appointment of Mr. Ali Naini as a Non-Executive Director 

-      New 13,500m² production facility expected to support scale up of product production capacity:

15-year lease signed

Good progress made in planning the transfer of manufacturing and development activities to the new site  

Financial Highlights

-      Order intake of £1.4m (H1 2022: £1.5m)

-      Total order book at the Period end of £3.7m, including repeat orders from existing customers and income from maintenance agreements

-      Sales of £929k (H1 2022: £980k)

-      Generated a positive gross margin

-      Increased existing loan facilities with principal shareholders by approximately €14.5m

Dr. Faiz Nahab, CEO of Proton Motor, commented:

"Activity during the period has been focused on continuing to position Proton Motor to be able to take advantage of the expected growth in demand for fuel cells, as the public and political will grows towards the transition to a decarbonised energy system. Part of that focus has been on ensuring the Company is well placed to scale production to meet demand, while there's also been a drive to grow and develop sales and marketing channels to support the delivery of more near-term opportunities and access to future demand. Having invested in products that we know are market-leading, turning our attention to scaling-up production and sales is a natural next step."  

 

For further information:

 

Proton Motor Power Systems Plc            

 

Dr Faiz Nahab, CEO         


Roman Kotlarzewski, CFO

+49 (0) 173 189 0923


www.protonpowersystems.com

Allenby Capital Limited               

 

Nominated Adviser & Broker

+44 (0) 20 3328 5656

James Reeve / Vivek Bhardwaj

 




Celicourt Communications

 

PR Adviser

+44 (0) 20 7770 6424 / protonmotor@celicourt.uk

Mark Antelme / Philip Dennis    

 


 

 

 

 

About Proton Motor

 

Proton Motor has 25 years of experience in Power Solutions using CleanTech technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, fuel cell and hybrid systems with a zero carbon footprint. Based in Puchheim near Munich, Proton Motor develops and produces standard products as well as customised solutions.  The focus of Proton Motor is on stationary solutions, as well as mobile, marine and rail applications.  The product portfolio consists of base-fuel cell systems, standard, as well as customised systems.

 

Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Proton Motor Power Systems plc. The Company has been quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange since October 2006 (code: PPS).

 

Chairman's report

 

Introduction

 

We are pleased to report our unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2023. During the period, the Company has continued to make good progress in positioning itself to take advantage of the expected growth in demand for fuel cells, as part of the solution towards decarbonising the world energy systems, on the back of growing public, political and commercial momentum.

 

The real focus of activity has been to ensure the Company is well placed to be able to scale production and take advantage of near and longer-term opportunities by further improving access to market. In support of this, and the future development of the business, the Company has also sought to strengthen its Board with the appointment of Mr. Ali Naini as a Non-Executive Director.  

 

Operations

 

In October 2022, the Company announced that it signed a fifteen-year lease agreement for 13,500m² modern premises. This new facility is anticipated to contribute towards enhanced and efficient production throughflows. In addition, this new facility is anticipated to substantially expand the Company's manufacturing, testing and development capacity.

 

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The facility is located in the town of Fuerstenfeldbruck, less than 12 kilometres from Proton Motor's existing operations, and is contained within the Munich metropolitan region. Good progress is being made on the coordination and planning for the transfer of operations to the new facility, which is expected to be operational in 2024. This process is being supported by a rent-free period of 10.5 months from April 2023.

 

The new premises comprise over 13,500m² of useable space, of which over 10,500 can be dedicated to production, testing and development with the remainder of the space being devoted to office usage. This represents a seven-fold increase in the amount of space available for production when compared to the Company's current premises.

 

During the first half of the year, the Company saw the team broadly stabilise, after a period of growth that is complementary to the increase in space now available to the Company. In addition to the focus on scaling operations, there was also an increased focus on the development of sales channels and market access for the Company's range of products.

 

Proton Motor is fortunate in that it has built close and trusted relationships with a wide range of blue-chip organisations during the build and test phase of its products, which have and will continue to offer market opportunity. As a result, the Company already benefits from repeat orders, based on the confidence these businesses have in the products being offered. Nonetheless, the Company recognises the need to develop wider market access and during the period this resulted in several 'letters of intent' being signed and the development of framework agreements aimed at supporting near and longer-term sales.  

 

Alongside these company specific initiatives to drive sales, there is also a recognition across the industry that the ultimate driver of fuel cell adoption will be regulatory. Though it is not possible to say with absolute certainty when the inflection point driving this adoption will be reached, the increase in momentum of regulation and growth in substantive commercial conversations would suggest we are now much nearer that point. This is evidenced by Proton Motor's early-stage discussions with existing customers concerning potential future orders of fuel cell systems.

 

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Finance

 

Proton Motor received orders for £1.4m in the first half year of the year, including several repeat orders from existing customers. Repeat orders allow better planning of production material purchases on more favourable terms, which management expects will lead to an improvement in margins.

 

Sales in H1 2023 were £929k (H1 2022: £980k), arising from the 2022 and H1 2023 order intake. These sales were primarily generated in the stationary sector. £2.3m was invested in the development programme and our workforce has increased to 115 (H1 2022: 108) full time employees. In line with demand, we have added staff resources predominantly in the areas of production and product development.

 

Excluding the impact of exchange differences, the operating loss in the first half of 2023 was £6.1m (H1 2022: £4.9m). This was in line with our budgeted expectations and resulted from further investments in product development, production and staff in addition to manufacturing infrastructure.

 

£239k was invested in equipment and infrastructure during the period (H1 2022: £213k).

 

The new facility's lease has been capitalised in line with IFRS 16 and is accounted for as a right of use asset.

 

Cash burn from operating activities increased during the Period to £6.8m (H1 2022: £4.8m), reflecting the increased level of activity to deliver our sales pipeline and from further investment. Current contracts are quoted with up-front payments, which reduces reliance on working capital and allows the Company to continue to invest in its manufacturing capability. The cash position as at 30 June 2023 was £2.7m (30 June 2022: £2.2m).

 

We were very pleased with the continued support of our principal shareholders with whom we agreed to increase the existing financing facilities by €14.5 million to ensure operational financing for the Company into 2024. The principal and interest on these additional facilities is not convertible and interest is charged at EURIBOR +3%.

 

I personally would like to thank all our customers who continue to believe in us, our committed employees and our shareholders who have the vision to invest in our mission.

 

Current trading and outlook

 

It is evident that the awareness of hydrogen as an alternative clean energy source for the future is increasing to a considerable extent both amongst the public as well as within industry, and that the demand for associated technologies, including fuel cells, will also increase substantially.

As such, the Company will continue to invest in positioning itself to take advantage of that growth as it builds, through near-term and longer-term opportunities, through a proven product, that can be scaled and readily has access to the market through a variety of different channels.

Helmut Gierse

Non-Executive Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 




Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

Six months

Six months

Year ended

 

to 30 June

to 30 June

31 December

 

2023

2022

2022

 

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

Revenue

929

980

2,088

Cost of sales

(914)

(715)

(2,089)

 




Gross profit

15

265

(1)

Other operating income

98

211

604

Administrative expenses

(6,213)

(5,455)

(11,057)

 




Operating loss

(6,100)

(4,979)

(10,454)

Finance income

2

1

0

Finance costs incl. exchange gains((losses)

554

(3,064)

(8,450)

(Loss) for the period attributable to shareholders

(5,544)

(8,042)

(18,904)

 




(Loss) per share (expressed as pence per share)




Basic

(0.4)

(0.5)

(1.2)

Diluted

(0.4)

(0.5)

(1.2)

 




OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 




Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months

Six months

Year ended

 

to 30 June

to 30 June

31 December

 

2023

2022

2022

 

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

Profit/(Loss) for the period

(5,544)

(8,042)

(18,904)

Othe comprehensive (expense) / income

 



Items that may not be reclassified to profit and loss




Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

(332)

(97)

(959)

Total other comprehensive (expense) for the period

(332)

(97)

(959)

 




Attributable to equity holders of the parent

(5,876)

(8,139)

(19,863)

 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 




Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months

Six months

Year ended

 

to 30 June

to 30 June

31 December

 

2023

2022

2022

 

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

 




Assets




Non-current assets




Intangible assets

110

107

149

Property, plant and equipment

1,970

1,589

2,037

Right of use assets

11,191

13

452

Finance investment

0

11

-

 

13,271

1,720

2,638

 




Current assets




Inventories

2,469

2,408

2,302

Trade and other receivables

1,052

1,242

946

Cash and cash equivalents

2,662

2,183

2,720

Total current assets

6,183

5,833

5,968

Total assets

19,454

7,553

8,606

 




Current Liabilities




Trade and other payables

(4,072)

(4,831)

(4,657)

Lease debt

(742)

(14)

(215)

Borrowings

(432)

(410)

(466)

 

(5,246)

(5,255)

(5,338)

 




Non-current liabilities




Borrowings

(108,415)

(91,859)

(103,007)

Lease debt

(11,045)

(4)

(252)

Total liabilities

(124,706)

(97,118)

(108,597)

Net liabilities

(105,252)

(89,565)

(99,991)

 




Equity




Capital and reserves attributable to equity shareholders




Share capital

11,049

11,025

11,040

Share premium account

20,963

20,415

20,717

Merger reserve

15,656

15,656

15,656

Reverse acquisition reserve

(13,861)

(13,861)

(13,861)

Share option reserve

3,058

2,393

2,728

Foreign translation reserve

12,115

(10,683)

12,509

Capital contributions

289,434

289,462

289,497

Accumulated losses:




Opening balance

(438,122)

(395,931)

(418,234)

Loss for the year attributable to the owners

(5,544)

(8,042)

(18,904)

Other changes in retained earnings

0

1

(1,139)

Total equity

(105,252)

(89,565)

(99,991)

 

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 













Reverse

Share

Foreign

Capital




Share

Share

Merger

Acquisition

Option

Translation

contribution

Accumulated

Total


Capital

Premium

Reserve

Reserve

Reserve

Reserve

Reserve

Loss

Equity


£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

 










Balance at 1 January 2022

11,023

20,390

15,656

(13,861)

2,187

11,745

289,434

(418,234)

(81,660)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

206

-

-

-

206

Proceeds from share issues

2

25

-

-

-

-

-

-

27

Currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 










Transactions with owners

2

25

0

0

206

0

0

0

233

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(8,042)

(8,042)

Other comprehensive income:

-

-

-

-

-

-

-


0

Currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

(22,428)

28

22,303

(97)

 










Total comprehensive income for the year

0

0

0

0

0

(22,428)

28

14,261

(8,139)

 










Balance at 30 June 2022

11,025

20,415

15,656

(13,861)

2,393

(10,683)

289,462

(403,973)

(89,566)

 










Balance at 1 July 2022

11,025

20,415

15,656

(13,861)

2,393

(10,683)

289,462

(403,973)

(89,566)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

335

-

-

-

335

Proceeds from share issues

15

302

-

-

-

-

-

-

317

Currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-











Transactions with owners

11,040

20,717

15,656

(13,861)

2,728

(10,683)

289,462

(403,973)

(88,914)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(10,862)

(10,862)

Other comprehensive income:

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

Currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

23,192

63

(23,441)

(186)

 










Total comprehensive income for the year

0

0

0

0

0

23,192

63

(34,303)

(11,048)

 










Balance at 31 December 2022

11,040

20,717

15,656

(13,861)

2,728

12,509

289,525

(438,276)

(99,962)

 










Balance at 1 January 2023

11,040

20,717

15,656

(13,861)

2,728

12,509

289,525

(438,276)

(99,962)

Share based payments

-

-

-

-

330

-

-

-

330

Proceeds from share issues

9

246

-

-

-

-

-

-

255

Currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 










Transactions with owners

11,049

20,963

15,656

(13,861)

3,058

12,509

289,525

(438,276)

(99,377)

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

(5,543)

(5,543)

Other comprehensive income:

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

0

Currency translation differences

-

-

-

-

-

(394)

(91)

153

(332)

 










Total comprehensive income for the year

0

0

0

0

0

(394)

(91)

(5,390)

(5,875)

 










Balance at 30 June 2023

11,049

20,963

15,656

(13,861)

3,058

12,115

289,434

(443,666)

(105,252)

 

Share premium account

Costs directly associated with the issue of the new shares have been set off against the premium generated on issue of new shares.

 Merger reserve

The merger reserve of £15,656,000 arose as a result of the acquisition of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH during 2006. The merger reserve represents the difference between the nominal value of the share capital issued by the Company and their fair value at 31 October 2006, the date of the acquisition.

Reverse acquisition reserve

The reverse acquisition reserve arose as a result of the method of accounting for the acquisition of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH by the Company. In accordance with IFRS 3 the acquisition has been accounted for as a reverse acquisition.

Share option reserve

The Group operates an equity settled share-based compensation scheme. The fair value of the employee services received for the grant of the options is recognised as an expense. The total amount to be expensed over the vesting period is determined by reference to the fair value of the options granted. At each balance sheet date the Company revises its estimate of the number of options that are expected to vest. The original expense and revisions of the original estimates are reflected in the income statement with a corresponding adjustment to equity. The share option reserve represents the balance of that equity.

CASH FLOW STATEMENT


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months

Six months

Year ended

 

to 30 June

to 30 June

31 December

 

2023

2022

2022

 

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

 




Cash flows from operating activities

 



Profit / (Loss) for the period

(5,544)

(8,042)

(18,904)

Adjustments for




Depreciation and amortisation

278

214

666

Interest income

(2)

(1)

-

Interest expense

3,006

986

3,629

Share based payments

(330)

(206)

361

Movement in inventories

(61)

(572)

(466)

Movement in trade and other receivables

190

381

678

Movement in trade and other payables

(759)

333

159

Exchange rate movements

(3,560)

2,079

4,821

Net cash used in operations

(6,782)

(4,828)

(9,056)

 




Cash flows from investing activities

 



Purchases of intangible assets

(8)

(45)

(102)

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(231)

(169)

(779)

Purchase value of leased assets

(11,163)

-

-

Interest received

2

1

-

Net cash used in investing activities

(11,400)

(213)

(881)

 




Cash flows from financing activities

 



Proceeds from issue of loan instruments

6,186

4,823

10,656

Proceeds from issue of new shares

585

234

114

New obligations of lease debt

11,163

-

-

Repayment of obligations under lease debt

155

(105)

(191)

Repayment of short term borrowings

0

(84)

(51)

Net cash generated from financing activities

18,089

4,868

10,528

 




Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

(93)

(171)

591

Effect of foreign exchange rates

572

203

(23)

Opening cash and cash equivalents

2,183

2,152

2,152

Closing cash and cash equivalents

2,662

2,183

2,720



 

Notes to the interim report

 1.             Basis of preparation

These interim consolidated financial statements of Proton Power Systems plc were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) as adopted by the European Union and with those parts of the Companies Act 2006 applicable to those companies under IFRS. They were also prepared under the historical cost convention and in accordance with IFRS interpretations (IFRICS) except for embedded derivatives which are carried at fair value through the income statement and on the basis that the Group continues to be a going concern. The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies adopted in the 31 December 2022 statutory audited financial statements. No new accounting standards have been adopted by the group since preparing its last annual report.

The Group has chosen not to adopt IAS 34 (Interim Financial Statements) in preparing these financial statements therefore the interim financial information is not in full compliance with IFRS.

The financial information for the half year ended 30 June 2022 set out in this interim report is unaudited and does not constitute statutory accounts as defined in Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The Group's audited statutory financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2022 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies. The independent auditor's report on those financial statements was unqualified and did not contain statements under Section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006.

Until such time as the Group achieves operational cash inflows through becoming a volume producer of its products to a receptive market it will remain dependent on its ability to raise cash to fund its operations from existing and potential shareholders and the debt market.

In preparing the consolidated financial information, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH has been deemed to be the acquirer and the Company, the legal parent, has been deemed to be the acquiree. Under IFRS 3 "Business Combinations", the acquisition of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH by the Company has been accounted for as a reverse acquisition and the consolidated IFRS financial information of the Company is therefore a continuation of the financial information of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH.

Goodwill arising on consolidation represents the excess of the cost of acquisition over the Group's interest in the fair value of the identifiable assets and liabilities of a subsidiary, associate or jointly controlled entity at the date of acquisition. The cost of an acquisition is measured as the fair value of the assets given, equity instruments issued and liabilities incurred or assumed at the date of exchange. Goodwill is initially recognised as an asset at cost and is subsequently measured at cost less any accumulated impairment losses. Goodwill is reviewed for impairment at least annually, or more frequently where circumstances suggest an impairment may have occurred. Any impairment is recognised immediately in income statement and is not subsequently reversed.

On disposal of a subsidiary, the attributable amount of goodwill is included in the determination of the profit or loss on disposal.

2.             Critical accounting estimates and judgements

The Group makes estimates and assumptions concerning the future. The resulting accounting estimates will, by definition, seldom equal the related actual results. Estimates and judgements are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. The estimates and assumptions that have a significant risk of causing a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities within the next financial period are discussed below.

Recognition of development costs

Self developed intangible assets are recognised where the Group can estimate that it is probable that future economic benefits will flow to the entity.

 Impairment of goodwill

The carrying value of goodwill must be assessed for impairment annually, or more frequently if there are indications that goodwill might be impaired. This requires an estimation of the value in use of the cash generating units to which goodwill is allocated. Value in use is dependent on estimations of future cash flows from the cash generating unit and the use of an appropriate discount rate to discount those cash flows to their present value.

 3.             Segmental information

An operating segment is a group of assets and operations engaged in providing products or services that are subject to risks and returns that are different from those of other operating segments for which discreet financial information is available and is regularly reviewed by the Chief Operating Decision Maker ("CODM").

Based on an analysis of risks and returns, the Directors consider that the Group has only one identifiable operating segment, green energy.

All non-current assets are located in Germany.

4.             Share based payments

 The Group has incurred an expense in respect of share options and shares issued to directors as follows:


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months

Six months

Year ended

 

to 30 June

to 30 June

31 December

 

2023

2022

2022

 

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

 




Share options

-

-

(130)

Share awards

352

206

721

Shares

58

28

109

 

410

234

700

5.             Finance costs including exchange differences


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited

 

Six months

Six months

Year ended

 

to 30 June

to 30 June

31 December

 

2023

2022

2022

 

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

 




Interest  

3,006

985

3,629

Exchange (gain) on shareholder loans

(3,560)

-

-

Exchange loss on shareholder loans

-

2,079

4,821

 

(554)

3,064

8,450

6.             Taxation

Due to losses within the Group, no expenses for tax on income were required in either the current or prior periods.

 

 

7.       Profit / (Loss) per share


Unaudited

 

Unaudited


Audited

 


6 months

 

6 months


year ended

 


ended 30 June

 

ended 30 June


31 December

 


2023

2023

2022

2022

2022

2022

 

Basic

Diluted

Basic

Diluted

Basic

Diluted

 

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

£´ 000

 







Loss attributable to equity holders of the Company

(5,544)

(5,544)

(8,042)

(8,042)

(18,904)

(18,904)








Weighted average number of Ordinary shares in issue (thousands)

1,551,459

1,551,459

1,549,533

1,549,533

1,550,521

1,550,521

Effect of dilutive potential Ordinary shares from share options







and stock awards (thousands)

-

18,075

-

-

-

18,075

Adjusted weighted average number of Ordinary shares

1,551,459

1,569,534

1,549,533

1,549,533

1,550,521

1,568,596








(Loss) per share (pence per share)

(0.4)

(0.4)

(0.5)

(0.5)

(1.2)

(1.2)

Basic loss per share is calculated by dividing the loss attributable to equity holders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

 

Diluted loss per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding to assume conversion of all dilutive potential ordinary shares. The Company one category of dilutive potential ordinary shares: share options, which have not been included in the calculation of loss per share because they are anti-dilutive for these periods. No interim dividend has been proposed or paid in relation to the current or prior interim period.

 

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