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ECSC Group PLC - Trading Update

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ECSC Group PLC
21 January 2021
 

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21 January 2021

ECSC Group plc

('ECSC' or the 'Company' or the 'Group')

Trading Update

for the 12 months ended 31 December 2020

 

Growing Profits and Strong COVID-19 Recovery

 

ECSC Group plc (AIM: ECSC), the provider of cyber security services, is pleased to announce a trading update for the twelve months ended 31 December 2020.

Highlights*

·      Adjusted EBITDA** profit in excess of £0.4m (2019: break-even)

·      Managed Detection & Response (MDR) division recurring revenue growth of 22% to £2.42m (2019: £1.98m)

·      Group revenue of £5.7m (2019: £5.9m)

·      90 new Assurance division clients (2019: 118)

·      Cash of £1.12m at period end (31 December 2019: £0.35m), including £0.42m of COVID-19 related medium-term government support relating to VAT and PAYE deferral.  The Group's bank facility of £0.5m remains unutilised.

* Financial information for the year ended 31 December 2020 remains subject to audit

** Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation and excludes one-off charges and share based charges

 

Ian Mann, Chief Executive Officer of ECSC, commented:

"Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Group made solid progress during the 2020 financial year, and we are particularly pleased to report growing adjusted EBITDA profitability and cash generation.

"The £3m of Group revenue in H2 illustrates the recovery in the Assurance division following the COVID-19 related impact seen in Q2.  The continued growth in recurring MDR revenue demonstrates the resilience of this service line, and our effective strategy of winning consulting clients and converting them into long-term managed services clients.

"ECSC is well-positioned in the growing cyber security marketplace, and we are now resuming our organic growth strategy and related recruitment activities.  I would like to thank the whole team for an outstanding performance under challenging circumstances."

 

 

Enquiries:

ECSC Group plc
David Mathewson (Non-Executive Chairman)
Ian Mann (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 1274 736 223

Allenby Capital Limited (NOMAD and Broker)
David Hart / Asha Chotai (Corporate Finance)
Tony Quirke (Sales and Corporate Broking)

+44 (0) 203 3285 656

Yellow Jersey (PR and IR)
Sarah Hollins

Annabel Atkins

Matthew McHale

+44 (0) 203 004 9512

 

Notes to Editors:

Founded in 2000, ECSC Group plc (AIM: ECSC) is the UK's longest running full-service cyber security service provider. With an extensive range of in-house developed proprietary technologies, including advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, ECSC provides expert security breach prevention and advisory support to organisations across all sectors.

ECSC operates from two Security Operations Centres (SOCs): one in Yorkshire, UK, and the other in Brisbane, Australia.  ECSC offers flexible 24/7/365 cyber security monitoring, detection, and response support to its clients, either as a fully managed service or to enhance an organisation's existing cyber security systems.  In addition, ECSC's Assurance division provides guidance, certification to industry standards, and extensive testing services to allow organisations to assess their cyber security protection.

ECSC is led by a highly experienced senior management team with over 80 years' combined experience within the company, and has delivered consecutive organic growth for the last 20 years.

The Company's broad client base ranges from e-commerce start-ups to global blue-chip organisations, including 10% of the FTSE 100.

For more information please visit the following: https://investor.ecsc.co.uk/

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