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Learning Technologies Group PLC
22 September 2020
 

Learning Technologies Group plc

HALF YEAR RESULTS 2020

Resilient performance and FY20 expected to be in line with market expectations

 Learning Technologies Group plc ("LTG" or the "Company"), the provider of services and technologies for digital learning and talent management, announces half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2020.

Key highlights

·     

Resilient performance in H1 2020.

·     

Robust business model delivered organic growth in SaaS and on-premise licence revenues in H1 2020, and a return of project activity in Content & Services since the half year.

·     

£81.8m placing in May 2020 provides platform to capture long-term growth opportunities in digital learning and talent management starting with acquisition of eCreators announced today.

·     

Open LMS integrated and growing well since acquisition in March 2020, adding expertise in a market-leading Learning Management System (Moodle), and a platform for long-term growth boosted by eCreators bolt-on.

·     

2022 run-rate target reconfirmed; c.£230m revenues and c.£66m Adjusted EBIT.

 

Financial highlights

·     

Recurring revenues account for 81% of Group (H1 2019: 74%), underpinning resilience.

·     

Revenue up 2%, including contribution from Open LMS acquisition.

·     

Acceleration in digital learning adoption offset by delays to projects and implementations due to COVID-19, leading to a small decline in underlying revenue.

·     

Underlying Adjusted EBIT of £20.1 million (excluding non-cash items), ahead of prior year (H1 2019: £19.4 m); Adjusted EBIT of £18.4 million (H1 2019: £19.4 million), including previously disclosed non-cash items, share-based payments and amortised R&D.

·     

Software & Platforms (76% of Group revenue):

 

o  Revenue up 13%, driven by acquisition of Open LMS and growth across Rustici,   GOMO and Breezy HR.

 

o  Stable retention rates and some postponements in new sales due to COVID-19 in   PeopleFluent.

·     

Content & Services (24% of Group revenue):

 

Revenue down 22%, as expected, due to COVID-19 delaying some projects.

 

Prestigious project wins include $1m virtual-reality healthcare project for PRELOADED.

·     

Good cash generation, and successful placing in May 2020, resulting in net cash of £77.8m.

·     

Robust balance sheet and debt facility supports strong acquisition pipeline.

 

Shareholder returns

·     

In recognition of LTG's robust performance and cash generation, the Board intends to reinstate the FY19 final dividend of 0.50 pence, in addition to a proposed interim dividend of 0.25 pence.

·     

LTG will pay the interim dividend of 0.25 pence per share and postponed FY19 dividend of 0.50 pence per share on 30th October 2020 to all shareholders on the register as at 9th October 2020.

·     

The Board will review the appropriate total dividend in respect of FY20 in due course.

 

Current trading and outlook

·     

Reinstating guidance; Board expects FY20 performance to be in line with market expectations.

·     

LTG is actively pursuing its acquisition pipeline in high growth digital learning and talent management market.

·     

Improving momentum for new sales in Content & Services in H2.

 

Jonathan Satchell, CEO of LTG, said:

"Our people remain our highest priority, and LTG's performance is a testament to their commitment and dedication.  Delivering strong results during a global crisis is an exceptional achievement.  LTG's combination of excellent cash generation, high margins and a robust balance sheet support the Board's decision to pay the postponed FY19 dividend and propose an interim dividend.

High levels of recurring revenue, momentum for new sales and an improving order book support the Board's confidence of delivering FY20 results in line with market expectations.  We have an exciting and active acquisition pipeline and also a robust balance sheet to capitalise on the structural trends in digital learning and talent management.  These factors enable us to reconfirm our run-rate target of c.£230 million revenues and c.£66 million EBIT by end 2022."

Financial summary:

£m unless otherwise stated

H1 2020

H1 2019

Change

Revenue

64.1

62.6

+2%

Recurring Revenue %

81%

74%

 

Revenue Outside UK %

82%

79%

 

Adjusted EBIT

18.4

19.4

-5%

Adjusted EBIT margin

28.7%

31.1%

 

Statutory PBT

4.1

6.8

 

Adj. Diluted EPS (pence)

2.251p

2.228p

+1%

Net Cash / (Debt)

77.8

(13.9)

 

 

Analyst and investor presentation

LTG will host an analyst and investor webcast at 09:30 today, Tuesday 22 September 2020.

The registration link can be found here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7986187669184186894

 

Enquiries:

 

Learning Technologies Group plc

Jonathan Satchell, Chief Executive

Neil Elton, Chief Financial Officer

 

+44 (0)20 7402 1554

Numis Securities Limited (NOMAD and Corporate Broker)

Stuart Skinner, Nick Westlake, Ben Stoop

 

+44 (0)20 7260 1000

Goldman Sachs International (Joint Corporate Broker)

Bertie Whitehead, Adam Laikin

 

+44 (0)20 7774 1000

FTI Consulting (Public Relations Adviser)

Rob Mindell / Jamie Ricketts / Chris Birt / Jamille Smith

+44 (0)20 3727 1000

 

About LTG

LTG is a leader in the growing workplace digital learning and talent management market. The Group offers end-to-end learning and talent solutions ranging from strategic consultancy, through a range of content and platform solutions to analytical insights that enable corporate and government clients to close the gap between current and future workforce capability.

LTG is listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market (LTG.L) and headquartered in London. The Group has offices in Europe, North America, LATAM and Asia-Pacific.

 

 

 

Chairman's Statement

 

Introduction

 

The Board is delighted to report that LTG has delivered a robust performance in the first half of 2020, in line with management expectations. 

 

Despite the macroeconomic and societal disruption caused by COVID-19, the Group acted swiftly to mitigate against potential adverse impacts on employees, customers and other stakeholders, and the financial health of the company.  At the same time the Group built on the achievements of prior years, investing in the business and preparing for the opportunities that will arise as a result of the fundamental changes that we are seeing in the corporate learning and talent management markets.

 

The acquisition and integration of Open LMS has been completed successfully and we look forward to further building LTG's position in the corporate Moodle market as noted with today's announcement of the proposed acquisition of eCreators.  The Group continued to deliver strong operating margins and cash conversion.  The strength of LTG's balance sheet, supplemented by the equity placing completed in May leaves the Group in an excellent position to build on these achievements and deliver on our new 2022 financial strategic targets.

 

Results

 

In the six months ended 30th June 2020, revenues increased by 2.3% to £64.1 million (H1 2019: £62.6 million).  Total recurring revenues increased 10.9% from £46.5 million in H1 2019 to £51.6 million in H1 2020, and recurring revenues now account for 81% of total revenues (H1 2019: 74%). We expect the percentage share of recurring revenue to return to the mid-70s as service revenues recover over the medium term.  Underlying revenues fell £1.7 million (4.3%), or 6.7% on an organic constant currency basis (excluding the H1 2020 contribution from Open LMS and assuming a full-period contribution from Breezy HR in H1 2019).  This reflects the challenging COVID-19 trading environment, which was more than offset by a £3.2 million contribution from the Open LMS business in the second quarter.

 

Underlying Adjusted EBIT was up 3.6% to £20.1 million, excluding the net year-on-year increase in non-cash items (H1 2019: £19.4 million).  Adjusted EBIT[1] of £18.4 million (28.7% margin) was down on H1 2019 (£19.4 million; 31.1% margin).  As previously guided the decline in margins was primarily driven by two non-cash items.  Share based payments increased from £1.0 million in H1 2019 to £1.8 million in H1 2020, predominantly as a result of share option awards to management following the acquisition of PeopleFluent in 2018 and the launch of an Employee Stock Purchase Plan ('ESPP') in the US in 2019.  Additionally, amortised R&D increased to £1.9 million (H1 2019: £1.0 million) mainly as a result of the post-acquisition capitalisation of PeopleFluent's R&D since May 2018. 

 

Operating profit of £5.1 million (H1 2019: £7.9 million, restated from last year to include acquisition costs) is stated after amortisation of acquired intangibles, various acquisition earn-out charges, foreign exchange movements arising on acquisitions, acquisition and integration costs.  Amortisation of acquired intangibles increased to £10.9 million (H1 2019: £10.2 million).  A net foreign exchange loss of £1.1 million (H1 2019: nil) arose on the acquisition of Open LMS and reflects the movement in the USD/GBP exchange rate between the $21.0 million revolving credit facility ('RCF') being drawn for the purposes of the acquisition and completion of the acquisition at the end of March.   Acquisition-related contingent consideration and earn-out charges of £0.9 million (H1 2019: £1.1 million) relates primarily to the anticipated earn-outs resulting from the Breezy HR and Watershed acquisitions which are based on demanding incremental revenue growth targets over a three year period.  Acquisition costs of £0.4 million (H1 2019: £0.3 million) and integration costs of £0.2 million (H1 2019: nil) relate to the Open LMS integration in the second quarter.

 

Finance expenses of £0.9 million (H1 2019: £1.1 million) include interest on borrowings of £0.6 million (H1 2019: £0.9 million), charge on contingent consideration of £0.1 million (H1 2019: nil) and a £0.2 million (H1 2019: £0.2 million) charge relating to the Group's leases following adoption of IFRS16. 

 

The Group reported a profit before tax of £4.9 million for the six months ended 30th June 2020 attributable to the owners of the parent company (H1 2019: £6.8 million).

 

The basic earnings per share in H1 2020 was 0.710 pence (H1 2019: 1.012 pence).  Adjusted diluted earnings per share as set out in Note 8 was in line with the prior year at 2.251 pence (H1 2019: 2.228 pence).

 

LTG maintained strong operating cash flows in the period driven by good cash collection.  Approximately £5.7 million of payments have been postponed until later periods including the 2019 final dividend payment, Directors' 2019 performance bonuses and FICA tax payments in the US.  The majority of these postponed payments are expected to be made in the second half of 2020 with the balance to follow during 2021-22 (see further details below).  Net cash flows from operating activities (excluding contingent consideration payments relating to 2019 of £1.0 million) was £21.1 million (H1 2019: £15.5 million).  This combined with the placing in May resulted in gross cash at £98.0 million (including £30.0 million held on 6 month deposit) and net cash​[1] at £77.8 million (31st December 2019: gross cash was £42.0 million and net cash £3.8 million).  Excluding the transaction costs relating to the acquisition of Open LMS and acquisition related deferred consideration payments, operating cash flow conversion was 100% (H1 2019: 79%). 

 

The Company reduced expenditure on property, plant and equipment during the first half of year but increased investment in capitalised R&D to £3.1 million from £2.8 million in H1 2019.

 

At the time of the acquisition of PeopleFluent in May 2018, LTG entered into a new debt facility with Silicon Valley Bank ('SVB') and Barclays Bank for $63.0 million. The facility comprises a $42.0 million term loan repayable in quarterly instalments of $2.1 million, a committed $21.0 million RCF and an uncommitted $28.0 million accordion facility, all available for five years.  The facility is subject to various financial covenants and interest is charged at between 160 and 210 basis points above LIBOR based on the covenant results.  At 30th June 2020 the $21.0 million RCF and $28.0 million accordion facility were undrawn.  At the time of the placing in May 2020 the lenders agreed to postpone the term loan repayments in the second half of 2020; these term loan repayments which total $4.2 million will be paid in equal quarterly instalments from Q1 2021 until the termination of the loan in 2023. 

 

In H1 2020 approximately 82% (H1 2019: 79%) of LTG's business was undertaken for customers outside of the UK and a growing percentage of the Group's revenues are denominated in USD.  Net USD cash inflows are used as an internal hedge against the USD loan capital and interest repayments helping to reduce the business' overall exposure to exchange rate volatility.

 

Overall net assets increased to £273.6 million at 30th June 2020 (31st December 2019: £174.0 million) and shareholders' funds[1] increased from 26.0 pence per share to 37.1 pence per share.

 

​[1] Denotes first instance of an Alternative Performance Measure (APM) term defined in 2020 Interim Report

 

Operational Review

 

Software and Platforms (76% Group Revenue)

 

The Software & Platforms division (excluding the post-acquisition contribution of Open LMS) increased revenues from £43.7 million in H1 2019 (assuming a full period contribution from Breezy HR acquired in April 2019) to £45.3 million in H1 2020; a 3.6% increase.  SaaS and on-premise software licence revenues increased by 6.6% reflecting strength across all businesses.  Rustici increased licence and hosting revenues by 24% and Breezy HR (on a like-for-like basis) increased revenues by 32%.  Although Breezy HR witnessed a sharp fall in monthly recurring revenues from mid-March as 'lockdowns' commenced the business returned to growth in May and is now trading ahead of pre-COVID levels.

 

As expected, whilst PeopleFluent has seen a reduction in new sales as corporates delay large enterprise implementations, retention rates have remained largely in line with 2019.  SaaS and on-premise revenues have increased 1.4% year-on-year whilst support and maintenance fees reduced by 41%.  In May PeopleFluent launched a new mid-market talent acquisition platform based on Breezy HR's award winning platform to deliver a comprehensive solution for faster deployment amongst mid to large sized clients.  This has met with early success.

 

In September LTG acquired the Patheer talent development and analytics software IP for $0.2 million.  This platform will form the foundation of a new PeopleFluent Talent Mobility product which fits well into PeopleFluent's existing talent management and learning portfolio and complements its current capabilities in a number of ways, including automated skill and job matching, recommendations to employees on internal openings and active projects (promoting internal mobility), recommending learning, mentoring and developmental activities (promoting career advancement). 

 

The Software & Platforms division generated Adjusted EBIT margins of 31.5% in H1 2020 down on prior year's margin of 35.6% primarily as a result of increased R&D amortisation, investment in business development and the inclusion of Open LMS from April.

 

Content & Services (24% Group revenue)

 

As expected the Group has seen a reduction in professional services revenues following the impact of COVID-19 with revenues in the Content & Services division declining 22% from £19.8 million in H1 2019 to £15.6 million in H1 2020.  Some services projects have been postponed and new sales delayed, particularly in the development of digital learning programs where non-recurring content revenues declined 29% to £6.5 million.  Content & Services projects are typically run on a fixed price, non-recurring basis, with a relatively short sales cycle. 

 

Included within Content & Services non-recurring platform development projects revenues, PeopleFluent has been impacted as new systems implementations have been paused or delayed by clients.  However, recurring services revenues were flat year-on-year and include an 8% increase in consulting services driven by Affirmity's diversity and inclusion offerings.

 

After a weak second quarter, strong sales momentum from LEO, LEO-GRC and Preloaded has built during the third quarter.  Eukleia has been rebranded LEO-GRC and now forms the specialist governance, risk and compliance arm of LEO's business.  Notable sales successes include a prestigious $1 million virtual reality healthcare project for PRELOADED and a number of strategic change management programs for LEO.  LEO-GRC has had notable success in enabling large banks to convert many of their face-to-face compliance courses into digital formats required as a result of the increase in remote working.  Across Content & Services the value of the order book declined during early Spring as clients delayed and postponed projects but has increased since then through stronger sales such that the order book is now only approximately 10% down on the beginning of the year.  This combined with an encouraging sales pipeline, gives confidence for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.

 

Content & Services saw adjusted EBIT margins decrease marginally from 21.1% in H1 2019 to 19.7% in H1 2020.

 

Given the breadth of LTG's capabilities, the Group is able to partner and deliver substantial change management programs.  LTG is part of the iMast alliance which includes Babcock, QinetiQ, Thales and various academic institutions.  The iMast  alliance was shortlisted as one of two consortia to bid to partner with the Royal Navy as part of their program to transform and modernise Royal Navy training in innovative ways that will deliver more, better trained Royal Navy personnel to the front line.  LTG is also working with KPMG on the latest Civil Service Learning tender.  We look forward to being able to update shareholders on these and other opportunities over the coming months, with the Royal Navy contract award announcement due in December 2020.

 

COVID-19 Update

 

In light of the potential impact of COVID-19 on the business, management took a number of cautionary proactive measures to prioritise the strong liquidity and cash position of the Group and to follow WHO and government guidance to protect the safety of workers, customers and partners. 

 

The Company implemented a work-from-home policy with effect from 16th March for all its staff, putting in place a number of measures to enable effective remote working.  These measures have proved to be successful and whilst we have reopened some of our offices for limited use cases we anticipate that the majority of our staff will continue to work remotely into 2021. 

 

In order to sustain LTG's position of financial strength we adopted a number of prudent measures including a freeze on salary increases and new recruits, a postponement of the proposed final dividend distribution and payment of contingent consideration for Breezy HR vendors funded through shares in lieu of cash.  Due to the robust financial performance of the Group since then we have been able to reverse some of these precautionary measures including ending a salary deferral scheme for all staff and repaying furlough payments to the government.  Directors agreed to postpone their 2019 performance bonuses until market conditions normalised and these payments will now be honoured at the end of September.

 

 

Acquisition and integration of Open LMS

 

On 31st March 2020, LTG completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Open LMS from Blackboard Inc for cash consideration of $31.7 million (subject to some customary price adjustments) funded from the Group's existing cash and bank facilities.  The acquisition of Open LMS adds complementary expertise to the Group's existing proprietary software solutions, through the addition of expertise in the market's leading open-source Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle.

 

Through simple online tools Moodle allows the creation, personalisation and tracking of learning and examinations programs.  Open LMS is a leader in facilitating clients to implement, customise, host and support their Moodle solutions as well as providing additional products and services.  LTG supports Open LMS through its existing operational infrastructure and, under a partnership arrangement, LTG resells Blackboard's suite of products that integrate with Moodle.

 

During the second quarter many universities had to implement digital learning solutions speedily, reliably and to scale, as institutions had to pivot to remote learning and examinations.  Open LMS has been able to respond quickly to these needs.  In August Open LMS announced a partnership with an invigilation software provider to extend the breadth of the offering, which is gaining considerable traction in the market.

 

The post-acquisition results for Open LMS are reported in line with LTG's accounting policies.  Further details are provided in Note 15.

 

The acquisition of Open LMS was the first step in LTG's ambition to build the global leader in the provision of commercial Moodle services.  Today the Company has announced the acquisition of eCreators Pty Ltd ('eCreators').  eCreators, Australia's largest regional Moodle provider, enhances LTG's position within the Australian market adding significant corporate and further education clients; the company will be integrated into Open LMS.  eCreators is being acquired for initial consideration of A$5.5 million (circa £3.1 million) funded by the Group's existing cash, with up to a further A$6.5 million (circa £3.7 million) being payable based on ambitious revenue growth targets over the period 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2023.  eCreators reported unaudited revenue of A$4.6 million (circa £2.6 million) in the 12 months ended 30th June 2020.  Completion is subject to regulatory approval by the Australian government which is anticipated by the end of October 2020.

 

Update on strategic objectives

 

LTG's objective is to build a business of scale to capture the growth opportunity in the global digital learning and talent management markets.  We intend to achieve this through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions that complement the current business.  On 29th May the Company announced the successful placing of 64.4 million shares raising gross proceeds of £81.8 million before expenses.  The purpose of the placing is to underpin the Group's ability to accomplish its long term growth strategy and take advantage of opportunities that may be accelerated by the current macroeconomic conditions.  It is the Board's intention to finance its current pipeline of near-term acquisition opportunities, broadly over the following 12 months, from the proceeds of the placing.

 

At the time of the placing the Board set out a new financial strategic target to achieve run-rate revenues of circa £230 million and run-rate Adjusted EBIT of circa £66 million by the end of 2022 through a combination of organic growth and additional strategic bolt-on acquisitions financed through the placing proceeds, internally generated operating cash flows and prudent debt financing.  These financial targets exclude any assumptions of acquisitions of a larger scale.

 

The Group is managing an active pipeline of acquisition opportunities and I look forward to updating shareholders on progress over the coming months.

 

Corporate Governance

 

As part of the Group's commitment to improving LTG's Environmental, Social, Governance ('ESG') disclosures the Company has undertaken a number of benchmarking exercises against which the Group will track its performance in future periods.  Key data points include the Group's carbon emissions, staff turnover and diversity and inclusion metrics.  The Company has launched a number of initiatives including the establishment of Employee Resource Groups to champion issues such as multicultural diversity, LGTBQ+, and working families, as well as initiating an annual pay equity review, a global maternity and paternity policy and training on equality, diversity and inclusion compliance.  We are also undertaking a review of our flexible working practices.

Further details of the ESG benchmarking and initiatives are provided on the LTG website and we look forward to providing further updates at the time of the Group's full-year results announcement next year.

 

I am delighted to announce that with effect from 1st October Simon Boddie will join the plc Board as a Non-executive Director.  Simon is currently CFO at Coats Group plc, the leading FTSE 250 industrial thread manufacturer, and sits on the Board and is Chair of the Audit Committee of PageGroup plc.  He brings over 30 years of corporate finance and operational experience to the Group.

 

Crowe UK LLP ('Crowe') have been the Group's auditors since LTG listed on the London Stock Exchange in November 2013.  The Company undertook a competitive tender process for the position of statutory auditor during the period and we mutually agreed with Crowe for them not to participate.  There were no reasons for and no other matters connected with Crowe ceasing to hold office as auditors of the Company.

 

BDO LLP were selected through the tender process and will be appointed as auditor of the Company for the year ending 31st December 2020. The appointment of BDO LLP as auditor will be subject to confirmation by the shareholders at the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Company.

 

Dividend

 

The Board is committed to a progressive dividend policy.  In April, given the uncertainty for the remainder of the financial year due to the impact of COVID-19, we announced the postponement of the final dividend of 0.50 pence per share until market conditions normalised.  Although there remains significant uncertainty ahead for the global economy, given the measures that the Company has taken to mitigate these risks and the robust performance and operating cash flows that the Group has generated in the year-to-date, the Board believes it is appropriate at this time to reinstate the postponed final dividend. 

 

The Board is also pleased to announce that, in line with last year, it has approved an interim dividend of 0.25 pence per share.  The resulting dividend of 0.75 pence per share will be paid on 30th October 2020 to all shareholders on the register as at 9th October 2020.

 

The Board intends to propose a final dividend at the time of the announcement of its full-year results which will be subject to shareholder approval at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

 

Current trading and outlook

 

The Board is delighted with the progress that the Group has made in the first half of 2020 despite the difficult market conditions and the disruption caused to our staff and their families by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Group's recurring software revenue base continues to grow, and alongside strong operating margin performance and cash generation the Group is well placed to build on these foundations.

Given the robust performance of the Group in the first half of the year, LTG's high recurring revenues and the encouraging trends that we are seeing in the sales pipeline, the Company has reinitiated guidance for 2020 in line with market expectations.

Following the placing in May, the Board continues to actively pursue bolt-on and strategic acquisition opportunities, that will extend LTG's technical offerings, domain specific expertise and broaden and increase its scale.  With continuing robust operating margins and a strong balance sheet the Board considers LTG well placed to achieve our strategic goal of run-rate revenues of £230 million and run-rate Adjusted EBIT of £66 million by the end of 2022. 

 

Andrew Brode

Chairman

22 September 2020
 

Consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 

 

Six months to

30 June 2020

 

Six months to

30 June 2019

Year to

31 Dec 2019

 

 

Note

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Revenue

3

 

64,082

62,628

130,103

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses (excluding share based payment charge)

 

 

(57,207)

 

(53,687)

 

(110,602)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share based payment charge

 

 

(1,815)

(997)

(3,111)

Operating profit

 

 

5,060

7,944

16,390

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBIT

 

 

18,397

19,448

41,022

Adjusting items included in Operating profit

5

 

(13,337)

(11,504)

(24,632)

Operating profit

 

 

5,060

7,944

16,390

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance expenses

6

 

(924)

(1,126)

(2,092)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

 

4,136

6,818

14,298

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax credit/(expense)

4

 

780

(61)

(3,426)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after taxation

 

 

4,916

6,757

10,872

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit for the period/year

 

 

4,916

6,757

10,872

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

 

 

9,843

460

(4,293)

Total comprehensive profit for the period

 

 

14,759

7,217

6,579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

Basic, (pence)

8

 

0.710

1.012

1.628  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted, (pence)

8

 

       0.696

       0.996

1.584

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of financial position

Note

 

30 June 2020

£'000

30 June 2019

£'000

31 Dec 2019

£'000

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,366

1,910

1,687

Right of use assets

10

10,470

10,871

9,864

Intangible assets

9

262,599

244,237

228,468

Deferred tax assets

 

4,546

3,398

4,761

Other receivables, deposits and prepayments

 

-

421

120

Amounts recoverable on contracts

 

759

-

713

 

 

279,740

260,837

245,613

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Trade receivables

 

22,450

30,971

28,911

Other receivables, deposits and prepayments

11

4,177

4,217

2,478

Amounts recoverable on contracts

 

3,917

5,282

4,699

Amounts due from related parties

 

-

12

18

Cash and cash equivalents

12

68,045

21,067

42,032

Short-term deposits

12

30,000

-

-

Restricted cash balances

12

602

215

330

 

 

129,191

61,764

78,468

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

408,931

322,601

324,081

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Lease liabilities

14

2,804

2,905

2,880

Trade and other payables

13

64,245

63,573

62,791

Amounts due to related parties

 

82

-

-

Net restricted cash from the consolidation invoice process (CIP)

 

78

335

-

Borrowings

14

6,738

6,587

6,344

Corporation tax

 

3,403

2,377

2,386

ESPP scheme liability

 

381

-

203

 

 

77,731

75,777

74,604

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Lease liabilities

14

9,538

10,181

9,077

Deferred tax liabilities

 

26,180

25,229

25,257

Other long-term liabilities

 

7,568

9,515

8,443

Borrowings

14

13,476

28,333

31,858

Provisions

 

827

803

853

 

 

57,589

74,061

75,488

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

135,320

149,838

150,092

NET ASSETS

 

273,611

172,763

173,989

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

2,847

2,506

2,509

Share premium account

 

231,229

147,998

148,216

Merger relief reserve

 

31,983

31,983

31,983

Reverse acquisition reserve

 

(22,933)

(22,933)

(22,933)

Share-based payment reserve

 

5,914

2,442

4,413

Foreign exchange translation reserve

 

9,491

4,401

(352)

Accumulated retained earnings

 

15,080

6,366

10,153

TOTAL EQUITY

 

273,611

172,763

173,989

 

Consolidated statement of changes in equity  

 

 

    Share

capital

Share

Premium

Merger relief reserve

Reverse acquisition reserve

Share based

payments

reserve

Foreign

exchange

reserve

Retained earnings

Total equity

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Balance at 1 January 2019

 

 

2,501

147,560

31,983

(22,933)

1,608

3,941

4,159

168,819

1 January 2019 restatement due to IFRS 16

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,314)

(2,314)

Profit for period

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

6,757

6,757

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

 

-

-

-

-

-

460

-

460

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

-

-

460

6,757

7,217

Issue of shares net of share issue costs

 

5

438

-

-

-

-

-

443

Share based payment charge / credited to equity

 

-

-

-

-

997

-

-

997

Tax credit on share options

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

(62)

(62)

Transfer on exercise and lapse of options

 

-

-

-

-

(163)

-

163

-

Dividends payable

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

(2,337)

(2,337)

Balance at 30 June 2019

 

2,506

147,998

31,983

(22,933)

2,442

4,401

6,366

172,763

Revision of 1 January 2019 restatement
due to IFRS 16*

 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(215)

 

(215)

Profit for period

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

4,115

4,115

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

 

-

-

-

-

-

(4,753)

-

(4,753)

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

-

-

(4,753)

4,115

(638)

Issue of shares net of share issue costs

 

3

218

-

-

-

-

-

221

Share based payment charge / credited to equity

 

-

-

-

-

2,114

-

-

2,114

Tax credit on share options

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,414

1,414

Transfer on exercise and lapse of options

 

-

-

-

-

(143)

-

143

-

Dividends paid

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,670)

(1,670)

 

Balance at 31 December 2019

 

 

2,509

148,216

31,983

(22,933)

4,413

(352)

10,153

173,989

Profit for period

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

4,916

4,916

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

 

-

-

-

-

-

9,843

-

9,843

Total comprehensive income for the period

 

-

-

-

-

-

9,843

4,916

14,759

Issue of shares net of share issue costs

(refer to reconciliation in Note 17)

 

338

83,013

-

-

-

-

-

83,351

Share based payment charge / credited to equity

 

-

-

-

-

1,815

-

-

1,815

Tax credit on share options

 

-

-

-

-

-

-

(303)

(303)

Transfer on exercise and lapse of options

 

-

-

-

-

(314)

-

314

-

Balance at 30 June 2020

 

2,847

231,229

31,983

(22,933)

5,914

9,491

15,080

273,611

*The detailed IFRS 16 implementation was concluded at year-end and this resulted in a change to the 1 January 2019 restatement.  We have not restated the 30 June 2019 consolidated statement of financial position comparatives on the basis that the quantum of the change was not material.

 

 

 

Consolidated statement of cash flows

 

Note

Six months to

30 June 2020

£'000

Six months to

30 June 2019

£'000

Year to

31 Dec 2019

£'000

Cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

 

4,136

6,818

14,298

Adjustments for:-

 

 

 

 

(Gain)/loss on disposal of PPE, right-of-use assets and lease liabilities

 

(142)

2

2

Share options charge

 

1,815

997

3,111

Amortisation of intangible assets

 

12,845

11,175

23,305

Depreciation of plant and equipment and right-of-use assets

 

1,723

1,841

3,672

Finance expense (including IFRS 16 charge)

 

332

235

716

Interest on borrowings

 

598

921

1,487

Acquisition-related contingent consideration and earn-outs

 

890

1,055

3,509

 

Payment of acquisition-related contingent consideration and earn-outs

 

(978)

(2,321)

(2,321)

Interest income

 

(6)

(30)

(111)

Operating cash flow before working capital changes

 

21,213

20,693

47,668

Decrease in trade and other receivables

 

7,391

4,098

7,392

Decrease/(increase) in amount recoverable on contracts

 

895

(1,886)

(1,593)

Decrease in payables

 

(6,782)

(7,171)

(10,633)

 

 

22,717

15,734

42,834

Interest paid

 

(781)

(837)

(1,449)

Interest received

 

6

30

111

Income tax paid

 

(1,829)

(1,700)

(4,518)

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow from operating activities

 

20,113

13,227

36,978

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow used in investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(53)

(731)

(687)

Development of intangible assets

 

(3,106)

(2,793)

(5,690)

Investment in short-term deposits

 

(30,000)

-

-

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

15

(22,486)

(8,764)

(8,764)

 

Net cash flow used in investing activities

 

(55,645)

(12,288)

(15,141)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow used in financing activities

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid

7

-

(2,337)

(4,007)

Cash generated from issue of shares, net of share issue costs

17

80,208

443

664

Proceeds from borrowings

 

18,182

-

16,057

Repayment of bank loans

 

(36,596)

(3,248)

(15,468)

Contingent consideration payments in the period

 

          (121)

                -

-

Cash payments for the principal portion of lease liabilities (IFRS 16)

 

(1,510)

(1,655)

(3,275)

Net cash flow from/(used in) in financing

 

 

 

 

activities

 

60,163

(6,797)

(6,029)

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

24,631

(5,858)

15,808

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period/year

 

42,032

26,794

26,794

Effects of foreign exchange rate changes

 

1,382                                        

131                                         

(570)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period/year

12

68,045

21,067

42,032

 Notes to the consolidated financial statements for the six months to 30 June 2020

 

1.       General information

 

Learning Technologies Group plc ("the Company'') and its subsidiaries (together, "the Group'') provide a range of learning and talent software and services to corporate customers. The principal activity of the Company is that of a holding company for the Group, as well as performing all administrative, corporate finance, strategic and governance functions of the Group.

 

The Company is a public limited company, which is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange and domiciled in England and incorporated and registered in England and Wales. The address of its registered office is 15 Fetter Lane, London, England, EC4A 1BW. The registered number of the Company is 07176993.

 

2.      Basis of preparation

 

The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial information has been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. They do not include all disclosures that would otherwise be required in a complete set of financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the 2019 annual report.

 

The interim results for the six months to 30th June 2020 are unaudited and do not therefore constitute statutory accounts in accordance with Section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

Statutory accounts for the year ended 31st December 2019 have been filed with the Registrar of Companies and the auditor's report was unqualified, did not contain any statement under Section 498(2) or 498(3) of the Companies Act 2006 and did not contain any matters to which the auditors drew attention without qualifying their report.

 

The accounting policies used in preparing the interim results are the same as those applied to the latest audited annual financial statements.

 

Going concern

The Group meets its day-to-day working capital requirements from the positive cash flows generated by its trading activities and its available cash resources. These are supplemented when required by additional drawings under the Group's committed $21.0 million revolving credit bank loan facilities (RCF) and an uncommitted $28.0 million accordion facility, which are available until 2023.  During the period, the Group drew down the RCF facilities to fund the acquisition of Open LMS in March.  In May, following the successful equity placing raising gross proceeds of £81.8 million (£79.6 million net of fees, refer note 17), the RCF drawdown was fully repaid and the lenders agreed to postpone the term loan repayments in the second half of 2020; these term loan repayments which total $4.2 million will be paid in equal quarterly instalments from Q1 2021 until the termination of the loan in 2023. 

 

Despite the impact on trading cash flows caused by COVID-19, the Group continues to hold a strong liquidity position overall at 30th June 2020, with gross cash and cash equivalents of £68.0 million, with £30.0 million held on 6 month deposit (refer note 12) and net funds of £77.8 million (refer note 14) (31st December 2019: gross cash was £42.0 million and net funds £3.8 million).  Whilst there are a number of risks to the Group's trading performance, including from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, as summarised in the 'Principal risks and uncertainties' section on pages 23 - 24 within the 2019 Annual Report, the Group is confident of its ability to continue to access sources of funding in the medium term.

 

The directors report that they have re-assessed the principal risks, reviewed current performance and forecasts, combined with expenditure commitments, including capital expenditure, and borrowing facilities. The Group's forecasts demonstrate it will generate profits and cash in the year ending 31st December 2020 and beyond and that the Group has sufficient cash reserves to enable it to meet its obligations as they fall due, as well as operate within its banking covenants, for a period of at least 12 months from the date of signing of these financial statements. 

 

The Group has also assessed a range of downside scenarios to assess if there was a significant risk to the Group's liquidity position. The forecasts and scenarios prepared consider our trading experience during the pandemic to date and we have modelled downside scenarios such as varying degrees of reductions in content & services project revenues, delay in new sales wins, extended customer payment days and various cost reductions.  The directors have concluded that it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the interim financial information, having undertaken a review of a detailed reforecast for 2021 and the impact this forecast has on the Group's gross cash, net debt and ability to meet bank covenants under the existing facilities agreement. 

 

Alternative performance measures

The Group has identified certain alternative performance measures ("APMs") that it believes will assist the understanding of the performance of the business. The Group believes that Adjusted EBIT, adjusting items, Shareholders' funds and net cash / debt provide useful information to users of the financial statements. The terms are not defined terms under IFRS and may therefore not be comparable with similarly titled measures reported by other companies. They are not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, IFRS measures.

 

Adjusting items

The Group has chosen to present an adjusted measure of profit and earnings per share, which excludes certain items which are separately disclosed due to their size, nature or incidence, and are not considered to be part of the normal operating costs of the Group. These costs may include the financial effect of adjusting items such as, inter alia, restructuring costs, impairment charges, amortisation of acquired intangibles, costs relating to business combinations, one-off foreign exchange gains or losses, integration costs, acquisition related contingent consideration and earn-outs, joint venture profits and losses and fixed asset, right-of-use asset and lease liability disposal gains or losses.

 

 

3.      Segment analysis

 

 

Geographical information

 

The Group's revenue from external customers and non-current assets by geographical location are detailed below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

   Europe

United States

Asia Pacific

Canada

Rest of world

   Total

 

£'000

   £'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

     £'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

11,590

2,815

44,512

887

2,212

2,066

64,082

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

29,480

-

231,569

14,114

31

-

275,194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

13,216

5,713

37,864

1,693

2,322

1,820

62,628

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

32,872

-

206,993

17,488

86

-

257,439

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year to 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

25,808

8,738

84,454

2,459

5,165

3,479

130,103

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

31,029

-

194,658

15,136

29

-

240,852

 

The total non-current assets figure is exclusive of deferred tax assets in each of the periods above.

 

 

 

 

Information about reported segment revenue, profit or loss and assets

 

Software & Platforms

Content & Services

Other

Grand Total

£'000

 

On-premise Software Licenses

£'000

Hosting & SaaS

£'000

Support and Maintenance

£'000

Total

£'000

Content

£'000

Platform development

£'000

Consulting and other

£'000

Total

£'000

Rental Income

£'000

Six months to 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring revenue

10,285

34,241

1,840

46,366

-

569

4,637

5,206

50

51,622

Non-recurring revenue

1,204

425

463

2,092

6,460

2,362

1,546

10,368

-

12,460

Revenue

11,489

34,666

2,303

48,458

6,460

2,931

6,183

15,574

50

64,082

Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

 

(3,163)

 

 

 

(476)

-

(3,639)

Adjusted EBIT

 

 

 

15,277

 

 

 

3,070

50

18,397

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

 

 

 

(8,957)

 

 

 

(1,972)

-

(10,929)

Profit before tax

 

 

 

3,439

 

 

 

647

50

4,136

Additions to intangible Assets

 

 

 

34,946

 

 

 

-

-

34,946

Total assets

 

 

 

349,391

 

 

 

59,540

-

408,931

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six months to 30 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring revenue

7,484

30,827

2,991

41,302

-

868

4,311

5,179

59

46,540

Non-recurring revenue

796

226

404

1,426

9,111

3,239

2,312

14,662

-

16,088

Revenue

8,280

31,053

3,395

42,728

9,111

4,107

6,623

19,841

59

62,628

Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

 

(2,256)

 

 

 

(583)

-

(2,839)

Adjusted EBIT

 

 

 

15,203

 

 

 

4,186

59

19,448

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

 

 

 

(8,047)

 

 

 

(2,130)

-

(10,177)

Profit before tax

 

 

 

5,061

 

 

 

1,698

59

6,818

Additions to intangible Assets

 

 

 

12,723

 

 

 

-

-

12,723

Total assets

(Restated)

 

 

 

260,209

 

 

 

62,392

-

322,601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year to 31 December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recurring revenue

13,861

67,014

4,666

85,541

-

1,623

9,298

10,921

101

96,563

Non-recurring revenue

1,633

759

697

3,089

18,345

6,903

5,203

30,451

-

33,540

Revenue

15,494

67,773

5,363

88,630

18,345

8,526

14,501

41,372

101

130,103

Depreciation and amortisation

 

 

 

(4,162)

 

 

 

(1,943)

-

(6,105)

Adjusted EBIT

 

 

 

31,577

 

 

 

9,344

101

41,022

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

 

 

 

(15,771)

 

 

 

(5,101)

-

(20,872)

Share of losses of associates

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

-

-

Profit before tax

 

 

 

10,309

 

 

 

3,888

101

14,298

Additions to intangible Assets

 

 

 

15,729

 

 

 

-

-

15,729

Total assets

 

 

 

223,987

 

 

 

100,094

-

324,081

 

 

Adjusted EBIT is the main measure of profit reviewed by the Chief Operating Decision Maker.

 

The total assets figure is inclusive of deferred tax assets in each of the periods above.  The figures at 30th June 2019 have been restated to provide a consistent comparative.

 

Information about major customers

 

In the six months to 30th June 2020 no customer accounted for more than 10 percent of reported revenues (H1 2019: no customer accounted for more than 10 percent of reported revenues).

 

 

 

4.         Taxation

 

Taxation for the six months to 30th June 2020 has been calculated by applying the estimated tax rate for the current financial year ending 31st December 2020 to an estimated tax adjusted profit figure.

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year to

 

 

30 June 2020

30 June 2019

31 Dec 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current tax:

 

 

 

 

Tax on profits for the period/year

 

3,147

2,635

4,667

Adjustments in respect of prior years

 

-

-

706

Total current tax

 

3,147

2,635

5,373

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax:

 

 

 

 

Origination and reversal of temporary differences

 

(3,587)

(2,677)

(1,285)

Adjustments in respect of prior years

 

(340)

103

(662)

Total deferred tax

 

(3,927)

(2,574)

(1,947)

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax (credit)/expense

 

(780)

61

3,426

 

5.      Adjusting items

These items are recurring and non-recurring costs included in normal operating costs of the business, but are significant cash and non cash expenses that are separately disclosed because of their size, nature and incidence.  It is the Group's view that excluding them from Operating Profit gives a better representation of the underlying performance of the business in the period.  Further details of the adjusting items are included in Note 2.

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year to

 

 

30 June 2020

30 June 2019

31 Dec 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Adjusting items included in Operating profit:

 

 

 

 

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

 

10,929

10,177

20,872

Loss on disposal of fixed assets

 

1

2

2

(Profit)/loss on disposal of right-of-use assets and lease liabilities

 

(143)

-

-

Acquisition-related contingent consideration and earn-outs

 

890

1,055

3,509

Net foreign exchange loss arising due to business acquisition

 

1,070

-

-

Acquisition costs

 

383

270

249

Integration costs

 

207

-

-

Total adjusting items

 

13,337

11,504

24,632

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.      Finance expenses

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year to

 

 

30 June 2020

30 June 2019

31 Dec 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Charge on contingent consideration

 

110

-

248

Interest on borrowings

 

598

921

1,487

Interest on IFRS 16 lease liabilities

 

222

235

468

Interest receivable

 

(6)

(30)

(111)

 

 

924

1,126

2,092

 

7.      Dividends paid

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year to

 

 

30 June 2020

30 June 2019

31 Dec 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Final dividends paid

 

-

2,337

2,337

Interim dividend paid

 

-

-

1,670

 

 

-

2,337

4,007

 

The proposed interim dividend of 0.75 pence per share (comprising the postponed FY19 dividend of 0.50 pence per share and normal interim dividend of 0.25 pence per share), amounting to a total dividend payment of £5.5 million, is not included as a liability in these financial statements and will be paid on 30th October 2020 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 9th October 2020.

 

8.      Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

Six months to

Six months to

Year to

 

 

30 June 2020

30 June 2019

31 Dec 2019

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

 

Profit after tax attributable to owners of the Group:

 

 

4,916

 

6,757

10,872

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares:

Basic

 

692,823,974

667,503,571

 

668,045,258

Diluted

 

706,492,868

678,469,771

686,278,166

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (pence)

 

0.710

1.012

1.628

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

 

0.696

0.996

1.584

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted basic earnings per share (pence)

 

2.295

2.265

4.470

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (pence)

 

 

2.251

 

2.228

 

4.351

 

Diluted earnings 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 has share options that are dilutive potential ordinary shares.

 

In order to give a better understanding of the underlying operating performance of the Group, an adjusted earnings per share comparative has been included.  Adjusted earnings per share is stated after adjusting the profit after tax attributable to equity holders of the Group for certain charges as set out in the table below.
 

 

Six months to 30 June 2020  

Six months to 30 June 2019 

Year to 31 Dec 2019  

 

Profit after tax

Weighted average number of shares

Pence per share

Profit after tax

Weighted average number of shares

Pence per share

Profit after tax

Weighted average number of shares

Pence per share

 

£'000

'000

 

£'000

'000

 

£'000

'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per ordinary share

692,824

0.710

6,757

667,504

1.012

10,872

668,045

1.628

Effect of adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

10,929

 

 

10,177

 

 

20,872

 

 

Integration costs

207

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

Acquisition costs

383

 

 

270

 

 

249

 

 

Acquisition earn-out

890

 

 

1,055

 

 

3,509

 

 

Net foreign exchange differences on business acquisitions

1,070

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

Interest receivable

(6)

 

 

(30)

 

 

(111)

 

 

Finance expense on contingent consideration

110

 

 

-

 

 

248

 

 

Finance expense on lease liabilities (IFRS 16)

222

 

 

235

 

 

468

 

 

Income tax (credit)/expense

(780)

 

 

61

 

 

3,426

 

 

Effect of adjustments

13,025

-

1.880

11,768

-

1.763

28,661

-

4.290

Adjusted profit before tax

17,941

-

-

18,525

-

-

39,533

-

-

Tax impact after adjustments

(2,040)

-

(0.295)

(3,408)

-

(0.510)

(9,674)

-

(1.448)

Adjusted basic earnings per ordinary share

15,901

692,824

2.295

15,117

667,504

2.265

29,859

668,045

4.470

Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share options

-

13,669

(0.044)

-

10,966

(0.037)

-

18,233

(0.119)

Deferred consideration payable (conditions met)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Deferred consideration payable (contingent)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per ordinary share

15,901

706,493

2.251

15,117

678,470

2.228

29,859

686,278

4.351

9.      Intangible assets

 

 

 

Goodwill

Customer contracts and relationships

Branding

Acquired IP

Internal software development

Total

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

 

132,258

92,739

2,577

38,432

6,689

272,695

Additions on acquisition

 

6,232

1,454

-

2,244

-

9,930

Additions

 

-

-

-

-

2,793

2,793

Foreign exchange differences

 

209

(64)

(2)

19

69

231

At 30 June 2019

 

138,699

94,129

2,575

40,695

9,551

285,649

Additions on acquisition

 

109

-

-

-

-

109

Additions

 

-

-

-

-

2,897

2,897

Foreign exchange differences

 

(3,823)

(1,597)

(51)

(1,015)

(159)

(6,645)

At 31 December 2019

 

134,985

92,532

2,524

39,680

12,289

282,010

Additions on acquisition
(see note 15)

 

18,105

10,221

-

3,514

-

31,840

Additions

 

-

-

-

-

3,106

3,106

Foreign exchange differences

 

6,854

2,793

96

1,834

453

12,030

At 30 June 2020

 

159,944

105,546

2,620

45,028

15,848

328,986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

amortisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

 

-

23,769

670

3,254

2,544

30,237

Amortisation charged in period

 

-

7,433

153

2,590

999

11,175

At 30 June 2019

 

-

31,202

823

5,844

3,543

41,412

Amortisation charged in period

 

-

7,692

145

2,859

1,434

12,130

At 31 December 2019

 

-

38,894

968

8,703

4,977

53,542

Amortisation charged in period

 

-

7,913

145

2,871

1,916

12,845

At 30 June 2020

 

-

46,807

1,113

11,574

6,893

66,387

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying amount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2019

 

138,699

62,927

1,752

34,851

6,008

244,237

 

At 31 December 2019

 

 

134,985

 

53,638

 

1,556

 

30,977

 

7,312

 

228,468

At 30 June 2020

 

 

159,944

58,739

1,507

 

33,454

8,955

262,599

                 

 

 

 

10.     Right-of-use assets

 

 

Computer equipment

Property

Total

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cost

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

-

-

-

Additions on transition to IFRS 16

 

83

11,855

11,938

Additions on acquisitions

-

266

266

Additions

-

163

163

Foreign exchange differences

-

94

94

Disposals

-

(123)

(123)

At 31 December 2019

83

12,255

12,338

Additions on acquisitions

-

-

-

Additions

-

2,219

2,219

Foreign exchange differences

-

370

370

Disposals

-

(1,002)

(1,002)

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2020

83

13,842

13,925

 

Accumulated Depreciation

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2019

 

-

-

 

Charge for the year

60

2,441

2,501

Disposals

-

(27)

(27)

At 31 December 2019

60

2,414

2,474

Charge for the year

23

1,244

1,267

Disposals

-

(286)

(286)

 

 

 

 

At 31 June 2020

83

3,372

3,455

 

 

 

 

Net book value

 

 

 

At 31 December 2019

23

9,841

9,864

 

 

 

 

At 30 June 2020

-

10,470

10,470

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

11.     Other receivables, deposits and prepayments

 

 

30 June 2020 

30 June 2019 

31 Dec 2019  

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Sundry receivables

145

1,099

326

Prepayments

4,032

3,118

2,152

 

4,177

4,217

2,478

 

 

12.     Cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term deposits

 

 

For the purpose of the statement of cash flows, cash and cash equivalents comprise cash held by the Group and short-term bank deposits with an original maturity of three months or less:

 

 

30 June 2020 

30 June 2019 

31 Dec 2019  

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

68,045

21,067

42,032

Restricted cash balances comprise amounts held on behalf of third parties and employees as part of the Employee Stock Purchase Plan ('ESPP'):

 

30 June 2020 

30 June 2019 

31 Dec 2019  

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Restricted cash

602

215

330

Short-term deposits comprise term deposits with an original maturity greater than three months:

 

30 June 2020 

30 June 2019 

31 Dec 2019  

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Short-term deposits

30,000

-

-

 

13.     Trade and other payables

 

 

 

 

30 June 2020

 

30 June 2019

 

 

31 Dec 2019

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Trade payables

 

 

3,127

1,322

1,508

Payments received on account

 

 

49,409

54,048

49,219

Tax and social security

 

 

982

597

603

Acquisition-related contingent consideration and earn-outs

 

 

965

-

3,230

Accruals and other payables

 

 

9,762

7,606

8,231

 

 

 

64,245

63,573

62,791

 

 

 

14.     Borrowings

 

On the acquisition of PeopleFluent Holdings Corp. in 2018 the existing debt facility with Silicon Valley Bank was repaid and a new debt facility with Silicon Valley Bank was entered into for a total of $63 million. This is made up of a $42 million multicurrency term loan and a $21 million multicurrency revolving credit facility, both available to the Group for 5 years. The facility attracts variable interest between 1.6% and 2.1%, based on the Group's leverage, above LIBOR for the currency of the loan. The term loan is repaid with quarterly instalments of $2.1 million with the balance repayable on the expiry of the loan in April 2023.

 

The bank loan is secured by a fixed and floating charge over the assets of the Group and is subject to various financial covenants.  The lease liabilities have arisen on adoption of IFRS 16 and

are secured by the related underlying assets.

 

 

30 June 2020

30 June 2019

  31 Dec 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Current interest-bearing loans and borrowings

6,738

6,587

6,344

Non-current interest-bearing loans and borrowings

13,476

28,333

31,858

Current lease liabilities

2,804

2,905

2,880

Non-current lease liabilities

9,538

10,181

9,077

 

32,556

48,006

50,159

 

Net debt / cash reconciliation

 

Net debt / cash can be analysed as follows:

 

30 June 2020

30 June 2019

  31 Dec 2019

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash and cash equivalents

68,045

21,067

42,032

Short-term deposits

30,000

-

-

Borrowings:

 

 

 

-     Revolving credit facility

-

(8,698)

(16,011)

-     Term loan

(20,214)

(26,222)

(22,191)

Net cash / (debt)

77,831

(13,853)

3,830

 

15.     Acquisitions

 

On 31st March 2020, LTG completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Open LMS from Blackboard Inc for initial cash consideration (before some customary price adjustments) of $31.7 million  (£26.5 million) funded by the Group's existing cash and bank facilities.  The acquisition of Open LMS adds complementary expertise to the Group's existing proprietary software solutions, through the addition of expertise in the market's leading open-source Learning Management System (LMS).

Open LMS is a Moodle-based eLearning solution, which allows clients to create, personalize and track instructions for students with simple online tools. Open LMS will be run as a standalone brand within LTG's portfolio of best-in-class businesses. LTG will support Open LMS through its existing operational infrastructure and, under a partnership arrangement, LTG will resell Blackboard's suite of products that integrate with Moodle to meet the demands of current and future customers.

The following table summarises the consideration paid for Open LMS, the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the acquisition date.
 

15.     Acquisitions (continued)

 

Consideration

Fair Value

£'000

Initial purchase price

26,523

Purchase price adjustments

(4,037)

Total consideration

22,486

 

 

 

 

Recognised amounts of identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed

Fair value

£'000

Trade and other receivables

758

Trade and other payables

(6,636)

Net deferred tax assets/liabilities on acquisition

(3,476)

Intangible assets identified on acquisition

13,735

Total identifiable net assets

4,381

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

18,105

 

 

Total

22,486

 

 

The total consideration and fair value adjustments to the assets and liabilities assumed are provisional and are management's best estimates at this time.  These estimates may be refined in the second half of the financial year.

 

Open LMS contributed £3.2 million of revenue for the period between the date of acquisition and the balance sheet date and £0.7 million of profit before tax attributable to equity holders of the parent.  As a preliminary assessment, had the acquisition of Open LMS been completed on the first day of the financial year Group revenues would have been approximately £2.9 million higher and group profit before tax attributable to equity holders of the parent would have been approximately £0.7 million higher.

 

 

16.     Reclassification of expenses

 

The costs outlined below were previously separately disclosed from Operating expenses and/or Operating profit, are now included within the Group's Operating expenses and Operating profit figures.  Prior year results have been restated to provide a consistent comparative.

 

 

 

 

30 June 2019

 

 

31 Dec 2019

 

 

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

Acquisition-related contingent consideration and earn-outs

 

 

1,055

3,509

Acquisition costs

 

 

 

270

249

Loss on disposal of fixed assets.

 

 

 

2

2

Impact of restatement to Operating expenses

 

 

1,327

3,760

Impact of restatement to Operating profit

 

 

272

251

 

 

 

 

17.     Reconciliation of share issue proceeds

 

The share issue amounts included in the consolidated statement of changes in equity and statement of cash flows, can be reconciled as follows.

 

 

 

 

30 June 2020

 

 

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

 

 

 

 

Share capital

Share premium

Total

Proceeds from issuance of shares from equity placing

 

 

241

81,541

81,782

Associated placing costs, paid from proceeds

 

 

-

(2,119)

(2,119)

Proceeds from issuance of shares from share option scheme

 

 

 

7

 

538

 

545

Total proceeds disclosed in the consolidated statement of cash flows

 

 

 

248

 

79,960

 

80,208

Associated placing costs, within other payables

 

 

-

(75)

(75)

Breezy earn-out consideration settled via a share issue

 

 

 

90

 

3,128

 

3,218

Total issue of shares disclosed in the consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

 

 

 

338

 

 

83,013

 

 

83,351

 

18.     Events since the reporting date

 

Today the Company has announced the acquisition of eCreators Pty Ltd ('eCreators').  eCreators is being acquired for initial consideration of A$5.5 million (circa £3.1 million) funded by the Group's existing cash, with up to a further A$6.5 million (circa £3.7 million) being payable based on ambitious revenue growth targets over the period 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2023.  eCreators reported unaudited revenue of A$4.6 million (circa £2.6 million) in the 12 months ended 30th June 2020.  Completion is subject to regulatory approval by the Australian government which is anticipated by the end of October 2020.

 

There have been no other significant events since the reporting date.

 

 

 

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