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GB Group PLC
19 October 2023
 

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Thursday, 19 October 2023

GB GROUP PLC

("GBG", "Group" or the "Company")

Half-year trading update

Today, GBG, (AIM: GBG) the experts in digital location, identity verification and fraud software, provides an update on its performance for the six months to 30 September 2023.

Summary

The Board is pleased with the first half performance, with excellent progress to drive simplification that will increase the effectiveness of our business. This ongoing group-wide focus has resulted in cost efficiencies which underpin the Board's confidence that GBG will deliver its FY24 profit expectations.

 

1H24

(Approximate

figures)

1H23

Revenue

£132.4m

£133.8m

Adjusted operating profit excluding FX gain

£23.4m

£21.9m

    Adjusted operating margin excluding FX gain

17.7%

16.4%

Net gain on foreign exchange

£0.3m

£6.2m

Adjusted operating profit

£23.7m

£28.1m


First-half revenue was approximately £132.4 million (1H23: £133.8 million), which represents constant currency growth of 1.8%. Excluding the impact of the year-on-year decline in cryptocurrency customer revenues, first-half growth was 3.3%.

Location delivered high single-digit constant currency revenue growth through new customer and partner wins alongside upsell activity, despite continued weakness in e-commerce volumes, while Fraud achieved low double-digit revenue growth driven by important contract renewals and new business wins.

In line with our expectations, Identity revenues declined by approximately 3% on a constant currency basis. Excluding the year-on-year decline in cryptocurrency customer revenue, Identity was broadly flat, with strong growth in APAC offsetting a tough prior-year comparator in the Americas. It is also encouraging that, as expected, monthly transaction volumes in Identity have stabilised and we still expect some year-on-year revenue growth in the latter part of the year.

Profitability

Gross margin was approximately 69.2% (1H23: 71.1%) reflecting the revenue mix in the period. As previously indicated, GBG has continued to focus on group-wide efficiencies while maintaining disciplined investment to capitalise on the long-term opportunity in our markets. We have made excellent progress; 1H24 operating expenses were approximately £6 million lower than the prior year despite inflationary pressure.

Overall, we expect first-half adjusted operating profit of approximately £23.7 million.

The ongoing focus on simplicity and efficiency underpins the Board's confidence that GBG will deliver its FY24 profit expectations.

Balance sheet

GBG's financial position remains strong; our year-to-date cash conversion has improved to approximately 100% (1H23: 57.5%) due to a reduction in one-off items. Net debt as at 30 September 2023 was approximately £104.8 million (31 March 2023: £105.9 million) after the £10.1 million payment of the FY23 final dividend.   

GBG intends to release its half-year results on Tuesday, 28 November 2023.





 

For further information, please contact:

GBG

Chris Clark, CEO & David Ward, CFO

Richard Foster, Investor Relations

 

 

+44 (0) 1244 657333

+44 (0) 7816 124164

Numis (Nominated Adviser and Corporate Broker)

Simon Willis & Joshua Hughes

 

+44 (0) 0207 260 1000

 

Barclays (Corporate Broker)

Rob Mayhew & Stuart Jempson

+44 (0) 207 623 2323

 

Teneo (Financial PR)

James Macey White & Matt Low

+44 (0) 20 7353 4200

GBG@teneo.com

 

Website

www.gbgplc.com/investors


About GBG

GBG is the leading expert in global digital identity. We combine our powerful technology, the most accurate data coverage and our talented team to deliver award-winning location intelligence, identity verification and fraud prevention solutions.

With over 30 years' experience, we bring together a team of over 1,250 dedicated experts with local industry insight from around the world to make it easy for businesses to identify and verify customers and locations, protecting everyone, everywhere from fraud.       

To find out more about how we help our customers establish trust with their customers visit www.gbgplc.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @gbgplc.

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