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RNS Number : 9793L
ECSC Group PLC
11 September 2019
 

The following announcement replaces the announcement released at 07.00 today under RNS number 8934L. Within the Cash Flow section of the Financial Review, capital expenditure has been corrected to £0.07m (from £0.7m). All other details remain the same.

 

11 September 2019

ECSC Group plc

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

Unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2019
and current trading update

 

ECSC Group plc (AIM: ECSC), a provider of cyber security services, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019 and an update on current trading.

Highlights

·    Managed Services division revenue up 63% to £1.24m (2018: £0.77m) with Consulting Services division revenue down 23% to £1.19m (2018: £1.56m), resulting in total revenue for the six months of £2.63m (2018: £2.65m)

·    Gross Profit increase of 18% to £1.44m (2018: £1.22m)

·    Adjusted* EBITDA** loss of £0.19m (2018: £0.49m)

·    59 new Consulting clients secured, an increase of 18% on 2018

·    Partner Programme generating 17% of new client wins and 4% of Consulting revenue

Post-Period Highlights

·    Strong growth of Consulting sales since period end

·    Record revenue in July of £0.62m, up 42% on the same month prior year (2018: £0.44m), with circa £0.1m monthly adjusted EBITDA profit

·    Record levels of Consulting bookings in Q3 and into Q4

·    Cash of £0.4m at 6 September and unutilised bank facilities of £0.5m

·    Trading broadly in line with expectations for the full year, on track to reach EBITDA profitability

 

*Adjusted EBITDA excludes one-off charges and share based charges

**EBITDA is defined as Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation

 

Ian Mann, CEO, commented:

"We are pleased that from the start of H2 the previously reported reduced level of consulting services demand has now been reversed, with consulting growth recovering strongly to match the continued growth in managed services recurring revenue and cyber incident response service."

 

David Mathewson, Non-Executive Chairman, commented:

"Since period end, the return to profit, positive cash flow, and strong Q3/4 outlook are testament to the continued improvements across the business.  The recent release of the first significant GDPR related cyber security breach fines highlights the continued need for ECSC's proven expertise and long-established services which is now showing in our current trading."

 

 

Enquiries:

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

+44 (0) 1274 736 223

Allenby Capital (NOMAD and Broker)
David Hart
Nicholas Chambers

+44 (0) 203 3285 656

Alma PR (Financial PR)
Josh Royston
Hilary Buchanan
Susie Hudson

+44 (0) 203 4050 205

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

Chairman's Statement

 

As stated at our AGM on 19 June 2019, following the strong results achieved in 2018 including revenue growth of 35%, overall revenues to 31 May 2019 were flat compared with 2018. This level of activity continued for the remainder of the half year period, with overall revenues of £2.63m generated across the six months.

 

However, since the end of June 2019 we have seen a significant improvement in overall performance and a return to profitability.  This includes a return to strong growth within the Consulting division reflected in record levels of consulting bookings in Q3 and into Q4.  Therefore, we expect revenues for the 2019 financial year to be broadly in line with current market expectations, and still expect to be EBITDA profitable (excluding the impact of share-based payments) for the full year 2019.

We have now seen the first significant intentions to fine announced by the UK's Information Commissioners' Office (ICO) under the new GDPR regulations, with British Airways at £183m and Marriott International at £99m.  This confirms the significant potential impact of breaches for organisations failing to adequately address cyber risk.  The significant rise in ECSC's incident response revenues demonstrates more organisations recognising the need for expert help when their cyber security fails.

The ECSC Kepler Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, released in 2018, and delivered through the global Security Operation Centres (SOCs), continues to be central to the growth in the Managed Services division.  Clients increasingly recognise that 24/7/365 cyber security breach detection, and expert incident response, is vital to the protection of personal information and maintenance of critical IT systems.  For all but the largest global organisations, the outsourcing of these critical functions is the logical choice, and ECSC has the technology, expertise and processes to deliver.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all of our clients, staff, new channel partners and advisors for their continued support and commitment during the year.

ECSC is well positioned in a growing cyber security marketplace, and we look forward with confidence to broadening our base of clients and delivering improved operating results.

 

David Mathewson

 

Non-Executive Chairman

11 September 2019

 

 

 

Chief Executives Officer's Statement

 

Despite the UK economic uncertainty, and its short-term impact on consulting projects, we have focussed on continued improvement across all areas of the business.  These have all contributed to the strong growth of the Managed Services division and, post-period end, record trading in Consulting.

 

Our post-IPO investment in the Managed Services division, in both establishing the UK and Australian Security Operations Centres (SOCs), and the development of the ECSC proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) software 'Kepler' continues to drive growth.  This technology is used extensively within our security devices to enable the identification, assessment and alerting of critical security events to the SOC teams for analysis and reporting to clients.  Our continued investment in R&D activities demonstrates our commitment to maintaining systems at the forefront of cyber security managed service offerings.

 

Our new Partner Programme allows typically IT Value Added Resellers to directly sell selected ECSC services whilst referring more complex projects to the ECSC sales team to deliver.  As of the end of July 2019, 66 partners have signed up to the programme, generating more than 50 sales opportunities and contributing to both new client acquisition and revenue.  The Board sees the continued expansion of the Partner Programme to have the potential to significantly increase growth in the future.  Sales and marketing resources are being directed to support the growing Partner Programme.

 

Further improvements were made to the performance of the sales team, with a significant focus on management and ongoing training and development.  Additional resource in the marketing team has also led to a 50% increase in marketing leads.

 

Cyber security testing continues to account for the largest proportion of our consulting sales, and is typically the initial starting point for any client looking to improve their cyber security for the first time.  Commonly, initial testing engagements turn into further sales across multiple service lines as a result of the company's 'land and expand' strategy.  This is a result of our consultative sales approach and comprehensive breadth of service.

 

Consulting and assessment against standards, including ISO 27001, PCI DSS, and Cyber Essentials, have continued as organisations are increasingly required to demonstrate external verification of their cyber security capabilities to their customers, partners, stakeholders, and the ICO.  Billing rates for consulting days have been robust and consistent during the year.

 

We have continued to invest in ECSC proprietary software in the year, including continuing development of our Managed Services Artificial Intelligence (AI) software embedded within many of our managed devices.  The focus remains on delivery of our technology through managed services, avoiding the issues end-users continue to have with other vendor companies where cyber security technology is being sold without appropriate in-house resource, expert management and effective 24/7 monitoring.

 

The UK cyber security market remains an attractive segment of the wider IT sector.   Against this backdrop, we are confident that the organic growth strategy of ECSC remains appropriate.  Managed Services remains the strategic focus of the Board, to build our recurring revenue streams and target the fastest growing segment of the market.

 

Key Performance Indicators

 

The following Key Performance Indicators were established in mid-2018 to enable meaningful future performance measurement.  A measure of R&D has been added with these results:

 

 

Performance

Indicator

 

Rationale

Jun

2019

(interim)

Dec

2018

(full year)

Jun

2018

(interim)

Revenue Growth

Measurement of the success of the organic growth strategy

 (0.6%)

35%

43%

Managed Services Recurring Revenue
Growth

Visibility of the success of increasing the percentage of revenue from long-term recurring revenues

 

28%

 

46%

 

52%

Managed Services Recurring Revenue Proportion

Visibility of the success of increasing the percentage of revenue from long-term recurring revenues

 

35%

 

29%

 

29%

Managed Service
Order Book

Combined measurement of new client contracts together with renewals of existing client contracts

£2.7m

£2.5m

£2.4m

Managed Services
Gross Margin

Delivery efficiency measurement

69%

53%

41%

Consulting
Repeat Revenue

Quasi-recurring from longer-term consulting clients

 77%

 78%

78%

Consulting
Gross Margin

Delivery efficiency measurement

47%

57%

57%

Contract Liabilities

(Deferred Income)

Contracted and invoiced revenue yet to be recognised

£1.1m

£0.9m

£0.9m

Research and Development

(of revenue)

Investment in future cyber technologies, service enhancements and intellectual property

11.8%

8.5%

9.2%

 

We are delighted to report the post-period return to strong growth and profitability.

 

The team continues to acquire new clients, deliver quality service, develop our technologies, and build a solid base for continuing progress and improving financial performance.

 

Ian Mann

Chief Executive Officer

11 September 2019



 

Financial Review

 

Principal Activities

 

The principal activity of the Group during the period continued to be the provision of professional cyber security services, including Consulting, Managed Services and the sale of Vendor Products.

 

Comparative Financial Information

 

The Group applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated (see note 4).

 

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


6 months

6 months

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2019

2018*

2018*


£'000

£'000

£'000





Revenue




Consulting

1,193

1,557

3,122

Managed Service

1,244

765

1,745

Vendor Products

87

161

228

Other

110

166

287


2,634

2,649

5,382





Gross Profit




Consulting

558

886

1,783

Managed Service

862

314

923

Vendor Products

16

31

42

Other

4

(11)

(8)


1,440

1,220

2,740





EBITDA (Adjusted)*

(184)

(488)

(635)

EBITDA**

(249)

(641)

(866)

Operating (Loss)/ Profit (Adjusted)*

(474)

(664)

(1,027)

Operating (Loss)/ Profit

(539)

(817)

(1,258)

 

* Adjusted Operating Loss and Adjusted EBITDA excludes one-off charges and share based charges

**  EBITDA is defined as Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation

 

 

Revenue & Organic Growth

 

Total revenue in the period ended 30 June 2019 was £2.63m, down 0.6% on the comparable prior period (revenue in the six months ended 30 June 2018 was £2.65m).  Within this, Consulting revenue was down by 23% to £1.19m (June 2018: £1.56m).

 

Managed Services division revenue rose by 63% in the period to £1.24m (June 2018: £0.77m).  Within this division, Incident Response revenues rose to £0.31m (June 2018: £0.03m) during the period.

 

Vendor Products revenue in the period falling by 46% to £0.09m, (June 2018: £0.17m), but remains small contributing only 3% of revenues.

 

Margin Generation

 

Gross Profit in the period was £1.44m at 55% margin (prior year interim period: £1.22m at 46% margin).

 

Consulting margin fell to 47% in the period (prior year interim period: 57%). The Board expects Consulting margin to more closely track the trend of revenue generated in the future.

 

Managed Services margin rose to 69% (prior year interim period: 41%), this increase is a direct result of new contracts utilising the capacity built in 2018 and the growth in incident response revenues.

 

EBITDA & Operating Loss

 

EBITDA (Adjusted) in the period was a loss of £0.19m (June 2018: loss of £0.49m). EBITDA in the period was a loss of £0.25m (June 2018: loss of £0.64m).

 

Operating Loss (Adjusted) in the period was £0.48m (June 2018: Operating loss of £0.66m). Operating Loss in the period was £0.54m (June 2018: operating loss of £0.82m).

 

Cash Flow

 

The cash balance at the start of the year was £0.65m. During the period, the cash balance has fallen due to the EBITDA loss (£0.25m), capital expenditure (£0.07m), and development costs (£0.09m).

 

The cash balance at 30 June 2019 was £0.19m and £0.4m as at 6 September 2019.

 

Balance Sheet

 

The Group's Balance Sheet at 30 June 2019 had Net Assets of £0.57m (June 2018: £1.41m)

 

Going Concern

 

The Directors have assessed the going concern status of the Group by reference to a number of factors.  In particular, the Directors have considered the strong rate of growth in the cyber security market, that the business continues to attract new clients and is not overly dependent on any single client, that the business continues to retain key staff following the restructuring, that the business has no Corporation Tax liability to HMRC. The Group has also agreed an invoice discounting facility with Barclay's of £500,000. As at the 30 June 2019 this was unutilised.

 

In undertaking their review, the Directors have reviewed financial projections for the years ending 31 December 2019 and 2020, a review which assumed continued revenue growth and cost efficiency.

 

In the event that this revenue and cost performance is not achieved, the Directors have also considered a sensitivity analysis based on lower revenue growth and have formulated contingency plans for this scenario, which enable the Group to preserve its financial resources.

 

As such, the Directors have concluded that the cash balance at 30 June 2019 is sufficient to fund the ongoing growth and development of the Group and to meet its' liabilities as they fall due for at least the next 12 months.

 

IFRS 16

 

The Directors adopted the application of IFRS 16 "Leases" from 1 January 2019, using a modified retrospective approach. IFRS 16 introduced a single, on-balance sheet accounting model for lessees. As a result, the Group, as a lessee, has recognised right-of-use assets representing its rights to use the underlying assets and lease liabilities representing its obligation to make lease payments

 

Further information on the impact of IFRS 16 is included in Note 4 to the Financial Statements.

 

 

 

David Mathewson

Non-Executive Chairman (Oversees the finance function)

11 September 2019

 



 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2019

2018*

2018*


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000






Revenue

5

2,634

2,649

5,382

Cost of Sales


(1,194)

(1,429)

(2,642)

Gross Profit

5

1,440

1,220

2,740

Other Income


103

79

152

Sales & Marketing Costs


(943)

(909)

(1,817)

Administration Expenses


(1,139)

(1,207)

(2,333)






Operating (Loss)/Profit before Exceptional Items


(474)

(664)

(1,027)

Share Based Payments


65

54

111

Exceptional Items


-

99

120






Operating Loss


(539)

(817)

(1,258)

Finance Income


-

-

1

Finance Cost


(19)

-

-

Loss before Taxation


(558)

(817)

(1,257)

Taxation Credit

6

12

22

19

Loss for the Period


(546)

(795)

(1,238)






Other Comprehensive Income


-

-







Total Comprehensive Income for the Period


(546)

(795)

(1,238)






Attributed to Equity Holders of the Company










(Loss)/Earnings per Share

7

pence

pence

pence

Basic Loss per Share


(6.0)

(8.7)

(13.6)

Diluted Loss per Share


(6.0)

(8.7)

(13.6)

 

* The Group applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated (see note 4).

 



 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As at 31 December 2018

 

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2019

2018*

2018*


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000






ASSETS










Non-current Assets





Intangible Assets

8

418

407

412

Property, Plant and Equipment


370

469

427

Right of use Assets


946

-

-

Deferred Tax Asset

6

15

7

4

Total Non-current Assets


1,749

883

843






Current Assets





Inventory


39

28

18

Trade and Other Receivables


1,243

1,144

1,123

Corporation Tax Recoverable


258

201

155

Cash and Cash Equivalents

9

190

1,000

650

Total Current Assets


1,730

2,373

1,946






TOTAL ASSETS


3,479

3,256

2,790






LIABILITIES










Current Liabilities





Trade and Other Payables


(1,928)

(1,800)

(1,709)

Lease Liabilities


(154)

(20)

(20)

Total Current Liabilities


(2,082)

(1,820)

(1,729)






Non-current Liabilities





Lease Liabilities


(828)

(31)

(20)

Total Non-current Liabilities


(828)

(31)

(20)






TOTAL LIABILITIES


(2,910)

(1,851)

(1,749)






NET ASSETS


569

1,405

1,041






EQUITY





Equity attributable to Owners of the Parent:





Share Capital

11

91

91

91

Share Premium Account

11

5,661

5,661

5,661

Share Option Reserve

11

251

147

186

Retained Earnings

11

(5,434)

(4,494)

(4,897)






TOTAL EQUITY


569

1,405

1,041

 

* The Group applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated (see note 4).

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

 



Share

Share




Share

Premium

Option

Retained



Capital

Account

Reserve

Earnings

Total


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000







Balance as at 31 December 2018*

91

5,661

186

(4,897)

1,041

IFRS 16 Adjustment (see note 4)

-

-

-

9

9







Loss and Total Comprehensive Income






Income for the year ended 30 June 2019

-

-

-

(546)

(546)







Transactions with shareholders






Share Based Payments

-

-

65

-

65







Balance as at 30 June 2019

91

5,661

251

(5,434)

569

 

*The Group applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated (see note 4).

 

 



 

Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2019

2018*

2018*


Note

£'000

£'000

£'000






Cash Flow from Operating Activities










(Loss) before Taxation


(558)

(817)

(1,257)






Adjustment for:





Amortisation of Intangibles

8

85

73

175

Depreciation


205

103

217

Share Based Payment


65

54

111

Lease payments


(98)

-

-

Finance Costs


19

-

-






Cash from Operating Activities before





changes in Working Capital


(282)

(587)

(754)






Change in Inventory


(21)

25

35

Change in Trade and Other Receivables


(220)

(94)

(148)

Change in Trade and Other Payables


219

185

111






Cash used in Operating Activities


(304)

(471)

(756)






Corporation Tax received


-

-

122






Net Cash Flow used in Operations


(304)

(471)

(634)






Acquisition of Property, Plant and Equipment


(65)

(46)

(126)

Development Costs capitalised

8

(91)

(80)

(187)






Net Cash Flow used in financial Activities


(156)

(126)

(313)






Net (decrease)/increase in Cash & Cash Equivalents


(460)

(597)

(947)






Cash & Cash Equivalents at beginning of period

9

650

1,597

1,597






Cash & Cash Equivalents at end of period


190

1,000

650

 

* The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated (see note 4)

 



 

Notes to the Financial Statements

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2019

 

1.         Corporate Information

 

ECSC Group plc is incorporated in England and Wales and quoted on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market (AIM: ECSC). Further copies of these financial statements will be available at the Company's registered office: 28 Campus Road, Listerhills Science Park, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1HR. These condensed consolidated interim financial statements as at and for the six months ended 30 June 2019 were approved by the Board of Directors on 10 September 2019.

 

2.         General Information

 

These financial statements may contain certain statements about the future outlook of ECSC Group plc. Although the Directors believe their expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any statements about future outlook may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different.

 

3.         Basis of Preparation

 

These interim financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2019 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, International Accounting Standards and Interpretations (collectively 'IFRS') issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ('IASB') as adopted by the European Union ('adopted IFRS').

 

The financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2019 (and comparative) have been prepared on a consolidated basis. The consolidated financial statements present the results of the Company and its subsidiaries ('the Group') as if they formed a single entity. The financial statements of the Group and Company are both prepared in accordance with IFRS. They do not include all of the information required for a complete set of IFRS financial statements. However, selected explanatory notes are included to explain events and transactions that are significant to an understanding of changes in the Group's financial position and performance since the last annual statements.

 

This is the first set of the Group's financial statements in which IFRS 16 has been applied. Changes to significant accounting policies are described in Note 4.

 

The financial statements have been presented in thousands of Pounds Sterling (£'000, GBP) as this is the currency of the primary economic environment that the Company operates in.

 

4.         Accounting Policies

 

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of the financial statements are set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all periods presented, unless otherwise stated.

 

4.1       Basis of Accounting

 

The financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis except as stated.

 

New standards, amendments to and interpretations to published standards

 

The Group adopted IFRS 16 Leases from 1 January 2019. IFRS 16 introduced a single, on-balance sheet accounting model for lessees. As a result, the Group, as a lessee, has recognised right-of-use assets representing its rights to use the underlying assets and lease liabilities representing its obligation to make lease payments. Lessor accounting remains similar to previous accounting policies.

 

The Group has applied IFRS 16 using the modified retrospective approach, therefore the comparative information presented for 2018 has not been restated and is presented, as previously reported, under IAS 17 and related interpretations. The details of the changes in accounting policies are disclosed below.

 

Definition of a lease

 

Previously. The Group determined at contract inception whether an arrangement was or contained a lease under IAS 7 IFRIC 4 Determining Whether an Arrangement contains Lease. The Group now assesses whether a contract is or contains a lease based on the new definition of a lease. Under IFRS 16, a contract is, or contains, a lease if the contract conveys a right to control the use of an identified asset for a period of time in exchange for consideration.

 

The Group has applied IFRS 16 only to contracts that were previously identified as leases. The Group has elected not to separate non-lease components and will instead account for the lease and non-lease components as a single lease component.

 

As a lessee

 

The Group leases a number of assets including properties and cars

 

As a lessee, the Group previously classified leases as operating or finance leases based on its assessment

 

On transition, for leases previously accounted for as operating leases with a remaining lease term of less than 12 months and for leases of low-value assets the Group has applied the optional exemptions to not recognise right-of-use assets but to account for the lease expense on a straight-line basis over the remaining lease term.

 

The Group has benefited from the use of hindsight for determining lease term when considering options to extend and terminate leases.

 

When measuring lease liabilities for leases that were classified as operating leases, the Group discounted lease payments using its incremental borrowing rate at 1 January 2019.

 

The rate applied are:

 

·   Cars: 7.50%

·   Property: 4.25%

 

On transition to IFRS16, the Group moved £9k from Accruals to retained earnings, which representing rent savings.

 

The following is a reconciliation of total operating lease commitments at 31 December 2018 to the lease liabilities recognised at 1 January 2019:

 


£'000

£'000

Total operating lease commitments disclosed at 31 December 2018


1,155

Recognised inclusions:



·   Lease components

115


·   Adjustments to commitments disclosures

18





Recognition exemptions:



·   Leases with remaining lease term of less than 12 months

(103)




29

Operating lease liabilities before discounting


1,184

Discounted using incremental borrowing rate


(178)

Operating lease liabilities


1,006

Finance lease obligations


40

Total lease liabilities recognised under IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019


1,046

 

Impacts for the period

 

As a result of initially applying IFRS 16, in relation to the leases that were previously classified as operating leases, the Group recognised £946k of right-of-use assets and £952k of lease liabilities as at 30 June 2019.

 

Also in relation to those leases under IFRS 16, the Group has recognised depreciation and interest costs, instead of operating lease expense. During the six months ended 30 June 2019, the Group recognised £91k of depreciation charges and £19k of interest costs from these leases.

 

For the impact of IFRS 16 on EBITDA, see Note 13.

 

4.2       Going Concern

 

The Directors have reviewed whether the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. In conducting this review, the Directors have considered a range of factors, including the market prospects for cyber security services, client relationships and dependency, supplier relationships and dependency, actual or potential litigation, staff retention and reliance, relationships with HMRC and regulators, financing arrangements, historic trading and cash flow performance, current trading and cash flow performance, and future trading and cash flow expectations. In undertaking their review, the Directors have reviewed financial projections for the years ending 31 December 2019 and 2020, a review which assumed continued revenue growth and cost efficiency.

 

In the event that this revenue and cost performance is not achieved, the Directors have also considered a sensitivity analysis based on lower revenue growth and have formulated contingency plans for this scenario, which enable the Group to preserve its financial resources.

 

Based on this review, the Directors have concluded that the Group has adequate resources to meet its liabilities as they fall due and continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future, which is considered to be at least the next 12 months. Consequently, the Directors have adopted the going concern basis in preparing the interim financial statements.

 

4.3       Revenue Recognition

 

Performance obligations and timing of revenue recognition

 

Revenue comprises the sales value of goods and services supplied during the year, exclusive of Value Added Tax and trade discounts. Revenue from the provision of Consulting services is recognised as services are rendered, based on the contracted daily billing rate and the number of days delivered during the period.

 

Revenue from Pre-paid contracts are deferred in the balance sheet and recognised on utilisation of service by the client. Pre-paid revenue is included within Consulting in note 5.

 

Revenue from Managed Services contracts includes:

 

Hardware and devise build - the hardware revenue is recognised on order in other revenue in note 6, any profit from hardware is deferred and recognised on a straight line basis over the term of the contract. Devise build is deferred and recognised on a straight line basis over the term of the contract.

 

Configuration and installation - is deferred and recognised on a straight line basis over the term of the contract.

 

Licensing -  is deferred and recognised on a straight line basis over the invoice period.

 

Management and monitoring -  is deferred and recognised on a straight line basis over the invoice period.

 

Revenue from the sale of products (vendor) is recognised when the significant risks and rewards of ownership have been transferred, which is considered to occur when the software or hardware product has been delivered to the client.

 

Determining the transaction price

 

The Group's revenue is derived from fixed price contracts and therefore the amount of revenues to be earned from each contract is determined by reference to those fixed prices.

 

Costs of obtaining long-term contracts and costs of fulfilling contracts

 

Commissions paid to sale staff for work in obtaining the Managed Service contracts are prepaid and amortised over the terms of the contract on a straight line basis.

 

Commissions paid to sale staff for work in obtaining the Prepaid Consulting are recognised in the month of invoice.

 

Contract Balances

 

 


Contract

Contract

Contract

Contract


Assets

Assets

Liabilities

Liabilities


30 June

31 December

30 June

31 December


2019

2018

2019

2018


£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000






At 1 January

49

-

(949)

(829)

Commission expensed during the period

(17)

(13)

-

-

Commissions paid in advanced of contract completion

17

62

-

-

Recognised as revenue during the period


-

1112

2129

Invoiced in advanced of





performance during period


-

(1,275)

(2,249)


49

49

(1,112)

(949)

 

 

5.         Revenue and Segment Information

 

The Group's principal revenue is derived from the provision of cyber security professional services.

 

During this period, the Directors received information on financial performance on a divisional basis. The Directors consider that there are three reportable operating segments: Consulting (including Remote Support services), Managed Services, and Vendor Products. There were a small number of other transactions recorded during each period which are not considered to be part of either of the three reportable operating segments. These are presented below within the 'Other' caption and are not significant.

 

The Directors do not receive any information on the financial position of each segment, including information on assets and liabilities. Accordingly, such information has not been presented.

 

The Group is not reliant on any single client, with no single client accounting for 10% or more of revenue. All revenue recognised is derived from external clients.

 

The Group's revenue and gross profit by operating segment for the year ended 30 June 2019 were as follows:

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2019

2018

2018



£'000

£'000

£'000






Revenue





Consulting


1,193

1,557

3,122

Managed Service


1,244

765

1,745

Vendor Products


87

161

228

Other


110

166

287

Total Revenue


2,634

2,649

5,382






Gross Profit





Consulting


558

886

1,783

Managed Service


862

314

923

Vendor Products


16

31

42

Other


4

(11)

(8)

Gross Profit


1,440

1,220

2,740






Operating Loss


(539)

(817)

(1,258)

Finance Income


-

-

1

Finance Cost


(19)

-

-

Loss before Taxation


(558)

(817)

(1,257)

 

 

6.         Taxation

 

Recognised in the Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2019

2018

2018



£'000

£'000

£'000

Corporation Tax Charge/(Credit)


-

-

-

Deferred Tax Credit


(12)

(22)

(19)

Total Tax Credit


(12)

(22)

(19)

 

 

 

Reconciliation of Total Tax Charge Credit

 

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2019

2018

2018



£'000

£'000

£'000






Loss before Tax


(539)

(817)

(1,257)

UK Corporation at rate of 19%


(53)

(155)

(164)

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes


1

1

2

Exercise of Share Options


-

-

(14)

Over/under provision in prior period - Deferred Tax


(12)

(22)

(19)

Tax losses on which Deferred Tax not recognised


52

154

176

Total Tax Credit


(12)

(22)

(19)

 

 

Deferred Tax Assets & Liabilities

 

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2019

2018

2018



£'000

£'000

£'000

Deferred Tax Assets


126

134

119

Deferred Tax Liabilities


(111)

(127)

(115)

Deferred Tax - Net Liabilities


15

7

4

 

 

Deferred Tax Assets of £0.13m is recognised in respect of unutilised trading losses, Share Based Payments and short-term timing differences. Deferred Tax Liabilities of £0.11m arise on timing differences in the carrying value of certain of the Company's assets for financial reporting purposes and for corporation tax purposes. These will reverse as the fair value of the related assets are depreciated over time. Deferred Tax balances have been calculated at the rate of 17%, being the rate of Corporation Tax rate expected to be in force when the timing differences reverse.

 

Unutilised Trading Losses

 

The Company continues to carry forward unutilised trading losses of £4.96m (unutilised trading losses were £0.47m as at 30 June 2019). A Deferred Tax Asset of £0.80m has been recognised as at 30 June 2019 in respect of the unutilised trading losses. No further Deferred Tax Asset has been recognised because the Board envisages that a significant period of time will be required to generate sufficient profits to utilise the trading losses carried forward.

 

7.         Earnings per Share

 

Basic Earnings per Share is calculated by dividing the Profit for the period Attributable to Equity Holders of the Company by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares outstanding during the period ('Basic Number of Ordinary Shares').

 

Diluted Earnings per Share is calculated by dividing the Profit for the period attributable to Equity Holders of the Company by the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares outstanding during the period plus the weighted average number of Ordinary Shares that would be issued on conversion of all the potential dilutive Ordinary Shares ('Diluted Number of Ordinary Shares'), subject to the effect of anti-dilutive potential shares being ignored in accordance with IAS 33.

 

Adjusted Earnings per Share is calculated by dividing Adjusted Profit by Diluted Number of Ordinary Shares.

 

The calculation of Basic, Diluted and Adjusted Earnings per Share is as follows:

 

 



Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited



6 months

6 months

Year



ended

ended

ended



30 June

30 June

31 December



2019

2018*

2018*



£'000

£'000

£'000

Net Profit attributable to Equity Holders of the Company


(546)

(795)

(1,238)

Add back: Exceptional Costs


-

99

120

Add back: Share Based Payments


65

54

111

Adjusted Profit


(481)

(642)

(1,007)






Number of Ordinary Shares ('000)





Initial Weighted Average


9,098

8,994

9,047

Exercise Share Option


-

14

14

Equity Warrant


-

90

37

Basic Number of Ordinary Shares


9,098

9,098

9,098

Weighted Average Dilutive Shares in Period


598

261

458

Diluted Number of Ordinary Shares


9,696

9,359

9,556






Earnings (Loss) per Share (pence):





Basic Earnings per Share


(6.0)

(8.7)

(13.6)

Diluted Earnings per Share**


(6.0)

(8.7)

(13.6)

Adjusted Earnings per Share


(5.3)

(7.4)

(11.1)

 

* The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated (see note 4).

 

** In accordance with IAS 33, the effect of anti-dilutive potential shares has been ignored

 

During the year ended 31 December 2018, Ordinary Shares were issued as follows:

 

·      On 27 April 2018, David Mathewson, Non-Executive Chairman exercised his options over 6,411 ordinary shares in the Company at nil cost per share.

 

·      On 2 May 2018, Former Director exercised options of 8,041 ordinary shares in the Company at nil cost per share.

 

This share issue is taken into account in calculating the Basic Number of Ordinary Shares.

 

During the year ended 31 December 2018, the following dilutive events have occurred:

 

·      On 18 April 2018, the Company granted options of 200,000 Ordinary Shares to the Non-Executive Directors.

 

·      On 7 August 2018, the Company granted options over 185,000 Ordinary Shares to selected employees, of which 180,000 remain outstanding at year end.

 

These dilutive events are taken into account in calculating Diluted Number of Ordinary Shares.

 

 

8.         Intangible Assets

 

GROUP & COMPANY

 

Development Costs

 

 

Costs

£'000



As at 1 January 2018

704

Additions

187

As at 31 December 2018

891



As at 1 January 2019

891

Additions (6 months)

91

As at 30 June 2019

982



Amortisation




As at 1 January 2018

304

Charge

175

As at 31 December 2018

479



As at 1 January 2019

479

Charge (6 months)

85

As at 30 June 2019

564



Net Book Value




As at 31 December 2018

412



As at 30 June 2019

418

 

 

 

9.         Cash & Cash Equivalents

 

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


GROUP

GROUP

GROUP


As at

As at

As at


30 June

30 June

31 December


2019

2018

2018


£'000

£'000

£'000

Cash & Cash Equivalents

190

1,000

650

 

 

10.       Secured Facilities

 

The Group has been provided with payments facilities by Barclays Bank plc, including a BACS payment facility and a credit card facility.

 

Barclay's are also providing an invoice discounting facility of £500,000.

 

These payment facilities are secured by a debenture in favour of Barclays that creates fixed and floating charges over the assets of the Company.

 

 

11.       Share Capital

 

Ordinary Share Capital

 

During the period ended 30 June 19, the movement in Share Capital was:

 

 

Ordinary Shares

Number of Authorised Shares

Number of Shares Issued and Fully Paid

Ordinary Share Capital £'000





As at 1 January 2018

11,992,131

9,084,072

91





Exercise of Share Options

-

14,425

-





As at 31 December 2018

11,992,131

9,098,497

91





As at 1 January 2019

11,992,131

9,098,497

91





As at 30 June 2019

11,992,131

9,098,497

91

 

On 27 April 2018, David Mathewson, Non-Executive Chairman exercised options over 6,411 Ordinary Shares at nil cost per share.

 

On 2 May 2018, a former Director exercised options over 8,041 Ordinary Shares at nil cost per share.

 

Share Premium Account

 

The balance of the Share Premium Account represents amounts received in excess of the nominal value (1 pence per share) of Ordinary Shares. This account is non-distributable.

 

Share Option Reserve

 

The balance of the Share Option Reserve represents the accumulated amounts charged to the Statement of Comprehensive Income in respect of Share Based Payments. This reserve is non-distributable.

 

Retained Earnings

 

The balance of the Retained Earnings account represents the accumulated retained profits or losses of the Group. This account is a distributable reserve, provided that the accumulated balance is positive.

 

 

12.       Controlling Party

 

ECSC Group plc does not have an ultimate controlling party.

 

 

13.        Adjusted (Loss)/Profit before Taxation and Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

Adjusted (Loss)/Profit before Taxation

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


6 months

6 months

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2019

2018*

2018*

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Loss before Taxation

(558)

(817)

(1,257)

Share Based Payments

65

54

111

Exceptional Items

-

99

120

Adjusted (Loss)/Profit before Taxation

(493)

(664)

(1,026)

 

Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


6 months

6 months

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2019

2018*

2018*

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating Loss

(539)

(817)

(1,258)

Depreciation and Amortisation

290

176

392

EBITDA**

(249)

(641)

(866)

Share Based Payments

65

54

111

Exceptional Items

-

99

120

EBITDA (Adjusted)

(184)

(488)

(635)

 

 

 


Unaudited

Unaudited

Audited


6 months

6 months

Year


ended

ended

ended


30 June

30 June

31 December


2019

2018*

2018*

 

£'000

£'000

£'000

Operating Loss

(539)

(817)

(1,258)

Share Based Payments

65

54

111

Exceptional Items

-

99

120

Operating Loss (Adjusted)

(474)

(664)

(1,027)

 

* The Group has initially applied IFRS 16 at 1 January 2019, using the modified retrospective approach. Under this approach, comparative information is not restated (see note 4).

 

 

14.    Subsidiary Undertakings

 

ECSC Group plc currently has the following wholly-owned subsidiaries, which are incorporated and registered in England and Wales:

 

Name of Subsidiary

Registered Office

Date of Incorporation

Principal Activity





ECSC Services Limited

28 Campus Road

Listerhills Science Park

Bradford

BD7 1HR

18 April 2017

Dormant





ECSC Labs Limited

28 Campus Road

Listerhills Science Park

Bradford

BD7 1HR

18 April 2017

Dormant





ECSC Australia Limited

28 Campus Road

Listerhills Science Park

Bradford

BD7 1HR

29 September 2016

Intermediary holding company

 

ECSC Australia Limited currently has the following wholly-owned subsidiary, which is incorporated and registered in Australia:

 

Name of Subsidiary

Registered Office

Date of Incorporation

Principal Activity





ECSC Australia Pty Limited

Governor Phillip Tower Level 36

1 Farrer Place

Sydney

NSW 2000

20 March 2017

Provision of professional cyber security services

 

The share capital of each Group entity is as follows:

 

Entity

Ordinary Shares in Issue

Nominal Value

Investment at Cost

ECSC Services Limited

1 share

£1

£1

ECSC Labs Limited

1 share

£1

£1

ECSC Australia Limited

1 share

£1

£1

ECSC Australia Pty Limited

100 shares

AUD 1

 AUD 100





Total



£60

 

* AUD = Australian dollars


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